Dr. Karen Fairfield
Chiropractor, Nutrition, TRX
Dr. Karen graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in 2000 and has, since then, specialized in Applied Kinesiology and Clinical Nutrition. After relocating her family from San Francisco, Dr. Karen's first office opened on Oak Island in 2001.
Dr. Karen has always sought to solve her and her patient's health challenges in the most natural, conservative way possible. Most recently, her approach is more geared toward combining chiropractic and functional medicine. Using a combination of chiropractic techniques, lab testing and muscle testing, she works on supporting the most important systems of the body, looking for the underlying cause of symptoms.
Dr. Karen built the current location on Oak Island Drive in 2006 so she could expand her professional services and add our gorgeous "Treehouse" yoga room. Married with a teenage son and her 3 fur babies, she loves the beach, fitness, healthy food and music.
Charles joined Island Healing in 2018.
One of our greatest revelations in life is finding our true passions. I made this discovery back in 2016 when I began my studies in massage therapy at Miller Motte College. As a student therapist, I had the privilege of working with clients on a weekly basis who suffered from chronic pain issues, and was able to see each of them improve. Through this experience and after much research, I made the decision to seek further training after graduation in orthopedic massage. Since graduating in December 2016, I have worked in a number of different settings from spas to such events as the Ironman and Wrightsville Beach marathon. I am currently working on a master’s certification from the Center for Pain Management in orthopedic massage, and my passion is to help those who deal with pain to live pain free. As a massage therapist my main focus is on deep tissue work and soft tissue balancing.
Agnes began her early schooling in India and was raised with a strong yoga practice, understanding that yoga is basic part of self-care of our mind and body. Her inspiration is assiting patients in finding inspiration alternatives for pain management and be a guide for healing. She started her prerequisites for the nursing program at CFCC then decided to work as a CNA at a nursing home in a dementia unit. Furthering her education, she started the massage therapy program at College of Wilmington. As a student therapist, she had the privilege of working with clients including her diabetic mother on a weekly basis and others who suffered from chronic pain issues. She was able to see each of her clients improve with neuropathy. Through this experience and after much research, she made the decision to seek further training in orthopedic massage. She is a current member of AMTA and and has furthered her training in Sports Massage, Seasonal Lymphatic Drainage, and Myofascial Technique for Migraines. She has experience with the cupping technique and is also trained in Himalayan Salt Stone massage to balance the pH levels. She has studied Self-Care for Massage Therapists: Body Mechanics and her passion is to become a master in Tai Chi as well as gain an acupuncture license for Pain Management and work with PTSD patients. As a massage therapist, her skill lies is deep tissue work, acupressure, trigger points, and soft tissue balancing and has recently completed her Pre/Post Natal Massage Certification.
John Arms is a nationally board certified massage therapist and is currently licensed and practicing in the state of North Carolina. Since opening his practice in 2010, he has provided massage therapy in a variety of settings from private practice to spas, and has offered chair massage through coffee shops, grocery stores and in corporate settings.
John blends a wide variety of techniques to cater the session to each client’s needs and preferences. While he offers the classics like Swedish and deep tissue massage, his hallmark as a therapist is his ability to work intuitively, creating a safe and relaxing space for you to explore your own healing process.
John currently offers Swedish Relaxation Massage and Deep Tissue Massage, as well as the lighter touch techniques of Reiki, Myofascial Release and CranialSacral Therapy.
Front Desk Staff
Amy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach offering Holistic Nutrition education and Lifestyle Coaching. She is Certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she has training in over 100 dietary theories and a variety of coaching methods.
Amy offers private coaching sessions, group programs, classes, seminars, shopping tours, cooking demonstrations and employee wellness programs. She offers in-home consultations and sessions and long distance coaching.
Her focus is helping individuals discover a healthy and happy lifestyle through diet, self care, movement and stress management. Amy specializes in Holistic Nutrition, Self Care, Chronic Conditions, Digestive Health, Adrenal Health and Specialty Diets, especially gluten-free support.
She is the owner of CRAVE SUPER Superfoods, a product line of healthy blends, seasonings and grinds. Available at Island Healing.
Office Manager/Yoga Instructor
Micki is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 E-RYT and currently owns Tree of Life Yoga studio. She established her studio in 2011 in Sanford, NC and relocated to Oak Island in 2017. She lives with her daughter Skylar and fiance, Steve. She was so excited to merge her idea of whole body wellness with the Island Healing family! Her specialty is anatomical yoga, bringing a modern idea of yoga to the mat. "We teach the science of the mat and our goal is to empower every student to understand and develop a practice that is best for their body and will sustain a healthy well being for a lifetime." She always offers in depth prop instruction and variation explanations so whether you are just starting out or want to develop your practice on a deeper level, Micki offers something for you. She has been teaching as a studio owner and lead instructor for 8 years and her studio is a credentialed yoga school with Yoga Alliance.