A note from Dr. Taz MD: We’re Expanding!

May begins the expansion of ACHIM. I am proud to bring in new providers that will help expand our mission of teaching everyone to Live Healthy Naturally! For those of you who were able to attend our 5 Year Celebration event, we had a great time with you and I hope you all got a chance to meet Dr. Grossman and Dr. Zach (Dr. Z), both from Emory.

Please feel confident that all providers are focused on providing the best care, getting to the root of your medical issues and expanding your options. We are also expanding the third floor, so I apologize in advance for any construction chaos, but am excited that we will have additional space to best care for you, our patients! For those of you with kids in the classroom, enjoy this last month of school! Summer is right around the corner, so keep an eye on our Specials and tips and tricks for your healthiest summer ever.

With Gratitude,
Dr. Taz MD

Meet Dr. Stephanie Grossman MD!  ACHIM Welcomes Dr. Grossman!

Hello, I’m Dr. Stephanie Grossman and I am so excited to be joining the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine in May! After nearly 15 years with Emory University, I am excited to be joining Dr. Taz and the rest of the team. What I love about this practice is Dr. Taz has integrated the best of both worlds – and as an internist I understand complex medical cases, but I want to treat them as effectively as possible using an integrative approach.

For those of you interested in my history, my time at Emory included a lot of teaching and training of new residents as I was an assistant professor. I also helped to start their first hospitalist program, began their pallative care program and more recently was the Director of the Supportive and Integrative Oncology Program. As I prepare to join the practice, I am excited to go beyond just the conventional care of patients, and treat the whole person – finding the root causes of what patients are dealing with and helping them to heal. I look forward to meeting many of you in the future!

To book an appointment with 
Dr. Grossman, call 404-814-9808.

A note from Rabia: Eating For Thyroid Health

Rabia Vaughns

Rabia Vaughns

Follow these tips if you are affected by hypothyroidism or if you want to prevent developing a sluggish thyroid. Avoid eating vegetables from the Brassica family raw because they contain goitrogens, which interfere with thyroid function. Some examples include kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. If you have hypothyroidism, limit intake of these vegetables and only eat them when cooked. Limit intake of other foods that can negatively impact thyroid function including: soy, strawberries, peaches, pears, millet, pine nuts, peanuts, canola oil and gluten containing grains/foods. Opt for pure filtered water and avoid water that has been treated with fluorine or chlorine. Choose seafood options that have less risk of mercury contamination, as mercury is a significant thyroid toxin. For more information go to www.seafoodwatch.org. Avoid eating soy products or iron rich foods within 2-3 hours of your thyroid medications. Increase consumption of foods that support healthy thyroid function including: coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, brazil nuts (2 daily), cranberries, beans, turmeric, sea vegetables and protein rich foods.

* Rabia Vaughns is a Physician Assistant committed to offering comprehensive and compassionate medical care.  Rabia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Towson University in Maryland.  She worked as a public health educator for several years before completing her Physician Assistant certification and her Master’s in Medical Science.  For the past six years, Rabia has worked as a Physician Assistant concentrating in family practice and women’s health.  Her caring, personal demeanor and unique knowledge makes her a valuable member of our practice. 

Ayurveda: Ayurveda and You


There is no better gift for a Mom than time to herself to restore, relax and rejuvenate. As a Mom for 26 years, I know that for sure.

Lately, I have noticed a buzz around our Center and people are asking… What is Marma? Let me help you visualize it! “It’s like going on a long journey inside,” a recent client said after she got up from the table. Imagine that your body is like a vibrational field of energy with different centers and systems resonating to different colors and sound vibrations. When there is a note off key such as with anxiety, grief, depression, pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances; we feel out of sorts. Through gentle pressure on the skin with fragrant aromas of essential oils, gemstones, and sound healing, I facilitate this free flow of energy, which frees you up to experience joy and balance throughout your entire being. Symptoms begin to melt away and even your skin begins to glow.

This body/mind therapy is unique to world class spas such as The Chopra Center and Canyon Ranch.

You don’t have to travel far to feel like you are on vacation though. I welcome you to experience it for yourself with me. 

Read testimonials here!

To personalize your understanding of Ayurveda, visit me for the “Ayurvedic Sampler” package which includes three fifty-minute sessions that will enhance your overall health regimen.  To learn more about Ayurveda and how it can benefit you please visit www.gedaliahhealingarts.com.

Mindfulness and Your Internal Garden

Spring is in full bloom now, and it’s such a pleasure to “be fully present” with the beauty that surrounds us. As we turn that present moment awareness within, let us consider our own internal gardens – our minds, hearts, bodies, and spirits. What shape is your garden in? Some of you are master gardeners in the outside world. How do you think you are doing with caring for the inner terrain of Self? Let’s first think about pulling weeds. What would you like to let go of – that which is no longer serving your highest good? Weeds may be ways of thinking, behaving or feeling. They could include states of shame, resentment, judgment and guilt. You may need to weed out people or activities, or even being overextended and overscheduled. Next let’s consider the seeds you would like to plant. What would you like to cultivate within yourself and in your life? What blooms would you like to manifest and enjoy more? Perhaps taking better care of yourself by investing in your own well-being. Maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. What is the ideal state of your garden? Creating a vision board with the elements of your ideal Self and ideal Life can be a helpful touchstone to keep you moving towards your intentions. And finally what do you need to sustain your healthy garden? More love, joy, connection, self-acceptance, forgiveness, creativity, laughter, inspiration? These elements are essential to our well-being and optimal health. As we move through life from a place of self-honor, self-love and self-care, we become more peaceful and authentically powerful. This is your one precious life, your one precious garden – take good care of it and enjoy life to the fullest.

To book an appt. with Angela, call 404-814-9808.

Angela Buttimer, MS, RYT, LPC is a holistic psychotherapist and registered yoga and meditation teacher. Her focus is on integrative wellness and mindfulness-based psychology. She is in private practice at Buttimer and Associates, LLC and facilitates classes regularly at ACHIM. Stay tuned for upcoming programs!

Farewell from Jessica Gross


To my Patients,

As some of you may already know, my time at ACHIM is coming to a close this month. After giving it much thought, I have decided to move to California to be near my family. I am sad to go, as I have had such a wonderful experience with all of you and with Dr. Bhatia and her team. It has been such a pleasure getting to know each of you. I have been so honored by your trust in sharing your stories with me and allowing me to be part of your journey to finding wellness.

My last day at ACHIM will be on Wednesday, May 7th. If I do not see you for a treatment before then and you are in the area, please stop in to say farewell.

I have met with the new acupuncturist, Allison, and am confident you will benefit from her knowledge and compassionate bedside manner. I wish you all the best. Please continue on your journey and keep working hard to find your balance.

With the warmest regards,

Jessica Gross L.Ac, Dipl.OM

Meet Our New Acupuncturist: Allison Andersen

Smiling young man in an acupuncture therapy

Hello, my name is Allison and I am pleased to be joining the ACHIM team as your new acupuncturist. I enjoy working with patients to come up with beneficial treatments that compliment their lifestyle and medical needs. I have spoken with Jessica; I know how much her patients mean to her and I will continue to keep her level of care and compassion, while bringing my education from my schooling at AOMA and Chengdu, China and my experiences while practicing in Florida. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all current and future ACHIM acupuncture patients soon!



To book an appt. with Allison, call 404-814-9808.

Nutritional Consulting with Landria Voigt: Junk Food, It’s Never Just ONCE IN AWHILE


If it were, I’d be okay with that. But it’s not.

It. Never. Ends.

Junk food, with lots of sugar and artificial colors, is constant. For many of us, it’s gone way beyond birthday parties, class treats, vacations and holidays. How about a lollipop from the doctor? Or some jellybeans for going to the bathroom? Perhaps some candy for getting a haircut? Great T-ball game, here’s a sno-cone. Really, a cookie for going to the grocery store? A popsicle will mend that boo-boo. When did junk food become a reward for everything our kids do? I love this article from US News because I could totally relate. After I posted it to Facebook, I noticed many read it so I have to assume they feel the same. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth a peek.

Ever wonder why some kids are sick so often (70 percent of our immune system is in our gut) or moody, or can’t concentrate or listen, or don’t want “real food” or are constipated or hyperactive or have autoimmune diseases, or get tummy aches, or well, you get my point.

I’m just saying, why can’t we do better snacks and treats? Why do we have to have cupcakes, bright red and blue popsicles, AND candy ALL at the same party. Sometimes I talk to different groups, like Girl Scout troops, for example. When I go visit them, I talk about why we want to eat healthy and then I provide many healthy snacks for the girls to sample and then rate the taste from 5 (super yummy) to 1 (gross). MOST of the girls like, no…LOVE, all of the snacks I bring. By the end, as I walk around, I hear kids yelling, “I’m giving them all 5s!!!”. Yeah, now I’m bragging. But, still, the kids are happy with these foods. I don’t understand why our expectations of our kids are so low that we think they will be disappointed with anything unless it has lots of color, preservatives and sugar. Our kids deserve more credit (and better options) than this. By the end, as I walk around, I hear kids yelling, “I’m giving them all 5s!!!”. Yeah, now I’m bragging. But, still, the kids are happy with these foods. I don’t understand why our expectations of our kids are so low that we think they will be disappointed with anything unless it has lots of color, preservatives and sugar. Our kids deserve more credit (and better options) than this.

Continue Reading here.

For an individual nutritional consult, please call 404.814.9808 to make an appointment.  You can visit Landria’s nutrition blog here

Meet Our New RD Jackie Dominas

Joel Cookston Photography

I am a registered dietitian, certified health coach and certified yoga instructor who loves nature, cooking and dogs. For years I suffered from excess weight, hypoglycemia and other health issues. I was sick of being prescribed medications to mask my symptoms and desperately wanted to heal the root cause. Using my clinical knowledge as a registered dietitian combined with my education from the Integrative Nutrition Institute in NYC, I began to use food as medication and nourished myself back to health. I am excited to join the Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine, especially to work with those of you who are suffering from complex digestive disorders and need specialized support to heal and live an abundant, happy and healthy life.

When you work with me, we will address your health goals and collaborate with Dr. Taz’s recommendations to develop a therapeutic nutrition plan designed to fit your needs. After each session, you’ll feel empowered to make simple modifications to your current lifestyle that will produce results. Expect to overcome food cravings and intolerances, digestive discomfort, and to stop looking at food as calories but rather as a way to support your health and vitality.

I look forward to working with you soon! I share weekly tips and recipes on my blog, Embrace Wellbeing.

To make an appt. with Jackie, call 404-814-9808. 

May Specials

HydraFacial Specials
Single Basic Facial $99 (save $15)
Plus w/ light therapy $125 (save $25)
Advanced Anti-aging $150 (save $25)

Save $10 on Booster Packages!
Lipovite – Buy 3 for $65 (weight loss booster)
Super B Booster – Buy 3 for $95
Vitamin C Booster – Buy 3, Save $10

Marma Wellness Package
*Mother’s Day Package for May*
Four 80 minute sessions $480 (must be a Mom to qualify).

May Events & Classes

May 13
Holistic Approach to Grief & Loss For Women & Children Through Sound and Color
with Gedaliah Genin
7pm – 8:15pm | $25

May 14
Paleo Diet – Why it Might Not Be Working for You
with Landria Voigt
7:00 pm | FREE

May 15
Mindful Blooms: Cultivating Your Ideal Life
with Angela Buttimer
7:00 – 8:15pm | $30, bring a friend, both pay $25

May 19
Mobile Thermogram
9am – 5pm|

May 28
Gas, Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea? You may have SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Come Learn More! 
with Landria Voigt
7:00 – 7:45pm | FREE

Call 404.814.9808 to reserve your spot or book your appointment for any of our May happenings!

Mother’s Day Special: Give the Gift of Health for Mother’s Day!


*Women’s Health Bundle*

Click here to purchase!

From the Garden

This month, as we focus on mental health, here is a delicious brain food recipe for you to try from Dr. Taz’s book What Doctor’s Eat.

Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Salmon

  • 24 fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons red wine
  • 1 pound skinless wild salmon fillet (about 3/4″ thick)

1. Mash the raspberries and vinegar with a fork in a small bowl. Stir in the orange juice, zest, honey and wine until combined. Set aside.

2. Coat a large non-stick skillet with a healthy cooking spray (a seasoned cast iron pan is naturally non-stick) and place it over medium heat. Cook the salmon until the fish is cooked through, turning once, for about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the salmon to a plate. Remove the skillet from the heat and carefully wipe away any liquid with a paper towel.

3. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the reserved raspberry mixture. Stirring constantly, cook until just thickened, about 2 minutes.

4. Cut the salmon into four even pieces and place each piece on a plate. Pour sauce over the salmon and serve with your favorite vegetable on the side.

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