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CW NEWS: Dr. Alan Brast Joins the CW Team

By | In the News, Our Practice, Therapy

Comprehensive Wellness is pleased to announce that Alan Brast, PhD, CCHT, NLP, will be joining our practice on May 1, 2019. Dr. Brast has been a healthcare professional for over four decades. His primary areas of expertise include suicidology, medical hypnotherapy/analysis, grief and emotional trauma counseling for suicidal ideation, rape, emotional and physical abuse, dread disease anxiety, phobia disorders and other areas of medical/psychological trauma. He has expertise in crisis management and facilitates hospital support groups for cancer patients.

Learn more about Dr. Brast

Alan Brast, CCHT - Trauma Therapy Specialist

CW NEWS: Welcome Health & Wellness Coach, Anne McEntee, RN

By | Health & Wellness, In the News, Our Practice

Comprehensive Wellness is proud to welcome Health and Wellness Coach, Anne McEntee, RN, NBC-HWC, to the practice. Anne McEntee is a Registered Nurse and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She completed Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program. Anne enjoys working with individual clients to help them prevent or manage chronic health issues. 

Learn more about Anne McEntee, RN

Anne McEntee, RN | Health & Wellness Coach

SPECIAL OFFER: May Reiki Healing Days

By | Promotion, Therapy

May 1-31, 2019

What is Reiki Energy Healing? 

How can Energy Healing support my physical health, emotional wellbeing and creative life goals?

If you have asked yourself these questions and are curious to learn more, schedule a 45-minute Introductory Reiki Healing session with Denise Arline, MA, for a special rate of $75.  

You will receive a personal consultation about your energy wellness and a deeply nourishing Introductory Reiki Healing experience. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this powerful natural healing modality and how can enhance all aspects of your life!

Denise Arline, MA, is an Energy Medicine Practitioner, Reiki Healing Master and Holistic Life Coach. She holds a Masters Degree in Transformative Healing Arts from JFK University and advance training in various healing modalities. With years of experience, Denise supports her patients in clearing blocks and restoring their natural energy flow and vitality.  This allows her patients to feel more empowered, energized and able to create positive change in all areas of their lives.

Schedule your Introductory Reiki Healing Session today!

Sessions are limited and will be available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and the third Saturday of May.

Call 925.464.3916 to schedule your session!

Email Us for More Information
Reiki Energy Healing

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Women’s Health Forum

By | Events, Therapy, Women's Health

Wednesday, April 24

5201 Norris Canyon Rd. Suite 330 – San Ramon

Join us in San Ramon for an afternoon discussion with our experts about important topics in women’s health, including:

  What Mom Couldn’t Tell You: Latest Research on Women’s Sexuality

  The Latest Procedures in Fat Reduction

Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and special event pricing on some of our popular aesthetic treatments, including Corrective Peels, CryoCorrect Treatment, Fillers, Botox®, Monalisa Touch®, PicoSure®, SculpSure®, Ultherapy, SkinCeuticals, and ZO Skin Health products.

Our Team

Patricia Geraghty, MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP
Women’s Health Specialist

Rebecca Parish, MD,
Founder & Medical Director

Denise Hilliard, MD,
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist

Renee Hilliard, MD

Paul J. Wotowic, MD, FACS,
Plastic Surgeon

Frozan Safiari,
Clinical Esthetician

RSVP by April 20

Call 925.464.3916 for more information or to RSVP!

Sign Up Today

Beyond Pros & Cons: How to Think About Making a Difficult Decision

By | Decision Making, Feature

Beyond Pros & Cons:
How to Think About Making A Difficult Decision

My research into (and love) of decision-making began when I was a graduate student working on a breast cancer study at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. For patients who didn’t have a clear “best choice,” the doctors would outline treatment options and say something along the lines of “We think that you could do Option A or Option B and have the same survival rate. We support you either way, but the decision is yours.” This was empowering for some people and extremely stressful for others. 

These types of difficult, and deeply personal, decisions are not limited only to the medical world. We encounter them in many different areas of our lives. Should I take Job A or Job B? Should we move or stay where we are? Should I go to College A or College B? And just like the patients in our study, some people find this empowering and others find it overwhelming and stressful.

Part of what makes these types of decisions difficult is not having process that works (i.e., getting to a decision that you can live with and feel good about). Most of us learn to make decisions using tools (like pros & cons) and when those methods don’t get you a final decision, then what? In working to answer that “then what?” I spent years using qualitative and quantitative ways of understanding how and why people made decisions and—most importantly—how to support someone making a difficult decision. That work resulted in the five step structured approach called Decide For Yourself.

If you are struggling with a decision, here are seven general decision-making tips to consider:

1. A deadline helps. If you don’t have an external one, give yourself an internal deadline and stick with it.

2. Try not to censor yourself. Make a decision based on what is important to you, not what others think you should do.

3. Stop researching at some point. We will always have to deal with uncertainty and imperfect information—no matter how much research we’ve done.

4. Make one decision at a time. Sometimes decisions can get jumbled together like a bowl of spaghetti, it helps to pull them apart and tackle them individually.

5. Use an analytical approach and then check your gut instinct. We’re partial to the Decide For Yourself process, but research shows that going through any analytical process informs your gut instinct and makes it more reliable.

6. Be clear on the trade-offs. Accept those you can’t do anything about and mitigate those you can.

7. Once you decide, dive in with both feet. Don’t torture yourself with what-ifs —research shows that once you commit to a decision and make it yours, it builds positive momentum.

Maria Carson Breber, Founder of Decide LLC

Maria Carson Breber developed her proprietary decision-making method, Decide for Yourself, based on 25 years of experience and research. She started Decide LLC to share her decision-making method with people and businesses everywhere.

Beyond the Obvious – Understanding the Source of Pain

By | Feature, Musculoskeletal Health

Beyond the Obvious:
Understanding the Source of Pain

Have you ever treated pain in your joints, only to have it return a few weeks or months later?

Knee pain for example. The usual RICE treatment–rest, ice, compress, elevate–will help the knee heal, and hands-on therapy can accelerate healing. But what if the knee problem isn’t THE PROBLEM. What if something else is going wrong in the leg that compromises the function of the knee? In this case the knee pain will eventually come back, usually accompanied by further injury.

This too often is the case, and with knees it is easy to see why. Think about each joint in your leg. Your ankles and hips are made to move in all directions, while your knees only bend in one direction. Most compensated walking strategies involve lateral (side to side) motion in the leg, and because the knees do not bend sideways they tend to be the first joint to feel the strain. Imagine if you walked unknowingly with a small lateral strain on your knee. How long would it take before you became sensitive to the tissue damage?  How much damage might you generate before seeking help? Would treating just the knee solve your problem?

Because the human body is so adaptable, it can be easy to compensate the normal function of your body. For example, all it takes to drive the knee a little sideways is a stiff big toe or weakness in the hip. 

At Comprehensive Wellness we look for these underlying issues when we perform whole body biomechanical exams. Our exams include evaluation of posture, gait, movement, joints and soft tissue quality. By understanding why you move the way you do, we can formulate a holistic healing plan that addresses both the pain you currently have and the root causes or drivers of your pain.

Successful treatment programs typically integrate a variety of methods such as manual therapy techniques, joint rehabilitation, restoration of foundational body skills, and habituation of better movement patterns. It may sound like a lot, but we’re able to focus where you’ll target your work. Most of our patients regularly practice only 4-8 exercises and aim to keep just one body skill top of mind throughout each day. Even the most time-constrained professionals and busiest of moms have been able to integrate this type of programming into their life.

Learn more about our Kinesiology/Movement program.

Jeremiah Dees, CSCS, is a movement specialist with over 18 years of experience specializing in kinesiology. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he studied Human Biodynamics and Integrative Biology, while concurrently rowing on the national champion crew team.

Learn more about Jeremiah.


By | Events, Therapy

Saturday, May 4

Cost: $95

Are you trying to increase energy, prevent or manage diabetes, reduce blood pressure, or lose weight? Newest research shows that better sleep is a critical step in all of these goals. There are many things you can do to improve your sleep. Medication can be avoided or stopped. 

Join us for this informative class, where you will go home with the following tools to sleeping well: 

• Insomnia basics

• Lifestyle practices to support sleeping well

• Cognitive restructuring: ways to improve thought patterns

• The relaxation response 

• Forming long-term patterns in behavioral techniques

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board certified Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Educator and Coach. She has the latest Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy for Insomnia training and has actively been teaching better sleep for all individuals. 

Patricia Geraghty FNP-BC, WHNP, is a nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  She is a fun and engaging speaker, recoginized for her contributions to women’s health. She speaks nationally on sleep and health.

Sign up today and gain the benefits of more energy, improved concentration, and better health.

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Sleep For Health Workshop

SPECIAL OFFER: Botox Cosmetic

By | Aesthetic Medicine, Promotion

We love Botox® Cosmetic and we want you to try it. We know you’ll love it! Choose from one of these great offers:

10 free units on your first treatment with Botox® Cosmetic. Botox® Cosmetic treatment must be with 20 units or greater. New Botox® Cosmetic patients only.


• Treat one area (at least 20 units) and try a new treatment area for free (up to 20 units). Returning Botox® Cosmetic patients only.

Valid through April 30. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer.

Schedule Your Appointment Today
Spring Botox Promotion

HEALTH & WELLNESS CLASS: Reducing Stress for More Energy & Well-Being

By | Events, Therapy

Monday, March 18

Cost: $75

Would you like more clarity in the chaos? Handle stress in everyday life? This class will explore tools and resources that you already have but perhaps are not utilizing.

If you are curious about hypnotherapy or already know of the benefits; this is a great class to empower positive changes. Come join us, bring a friend, and learn about how you can:

• Feel a connection to your life

• Decrease anxiety naturally to regulate blood pressure and heart rate.

• Learn creative ideas to put a shine in everyday activities.

Each participant will receive a packet of class Information, a digital hypnotherapy recording to reinforce our work, and additional tools to implement healthy and happy changes.

Presented by Rebecca Berke, BCH. 

Space is limited!

Register Today!
Rebecca Burke | Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Specialist | Comprehensive Wellness, Walnut Creek, CA

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher / coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives. She aligns them through the mind/body connection with cohesive and confident engagement with their natural gifts and strengths.