terested in learning a client’s entire story so that he can best provide a holistic approach to improving quality of life. It is no surprise that many of his patients consider him a friend and can say without hesitation that he was “born to heal.” McGilvery grew up in Southern California and moved to New York City with the intention of studying 3-D animation and architecture at the Pratt Institute. But the move to New York dramatically changed his path, as he was first exposed to eastern medicine once he lived on the East Coast. “The energy, the people, the culture—I learned more in the first two years living on my own in New York than I had in my entire life,” he said. “This place is magical. It’s not easy living here, but I had the support of my family and friends and worked my butt off every day.” He went to massage school at the Swedish Institute, and after graduating, he took a course in personal training at the same college. After spending some time working in Astoria as a massage therapist and personal trainer, McGilvery felt that acupuncture was the next step. He then earned his master’s degree in acupuncture at Pacific College. McGilvery has lived in Astoria for seven years—“I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else,” he said—and with the population boom in western Queens, it was the perfect place for his rapidly growing business. “It is a growing neighborhood with a very diverse group of people. I love the beauty of Astoria Park, the amazing views, all of the old and new restaurants and bars opening in the area,” he said. “And the people! This place is a melting pot but still has a very strong Greek and Italian heritage to it. Even though I am a transplant and neither Greek nor Italian, I love this area in Queens. Astoria is everything.” Devin McGilvery L.Ac., LMT 917-868-2480 @fhacupuncture Functionalhealthacupuncture.com OCTOBER 2016 I BOROMAG.COM I 47 The energy, the people, the culture—I learned more in the first two years living on my own in New York than I had in my entire life." Devin McGilvery The services offered at FHA are varied and provide a wide array of healing techniques while keeping it simple for the patients: Acupuncture is the use of small, very thin needles to stimulate points on the body to help treat conditions and bring balance to the body’s internal systems, providing better functionality and increased overall health. Massage therapy and other modalities such as cupping and gua sha help relax tight muscles and connective tissue so that the patient can move and perform better and deal with the stress people put on themselves on a daily basis. Laser acupuncture is becoming more widely used as it doesn’t involve needles but can stimulate key areas to help treat a client’s specific conditions. Facial rejuvenation is another acupuncture treatment that FHA provides that helps patients look more youthful and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles over time.
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