Dr. Machelle Perkins is a licensed Acupuncturist and Naturopath and established her practice in 1999. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, a post graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and also a Medical Degree in Naturopathy from St. Luke’s University School of Medicine.
Dr. Machelle Perkins, DOM Acupuncturist
Dr. Perkins is a board certified by the NCCAOM and the Florida Department of Health as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She has passed her National board exam in Naturopathy and previously had a license to practice Naturopathy in the District of Columbia and Idaho. There is currently no comparable license available in the State of Florida. She served on the medical board of the Cancer Wellness Institute from 2000-2004.
Dr. Perkins has lectured to The Society of Radiation Therapists on the benefits of Oriental Medicine for cancer patients. She has been interviewed on nationally broadcast Good Day New York and locally broadcast on Studio 10 where she discussed the benefits of Oriental Medicine. She treats a wide range of patients including celebrities and professional athletes.
Dr. Perkins promotes a natural approach when treating patients, especially in the fields of pain management, aesthetic enhancement and nutritional counseling.
Dr. Perkins is considered to be one of the leading acupuncturists in the state based on her success rate with her patients. She has earned her reputation by incorporating cutting edge technology into her practice.
Westbrook University Homeopathy & Homotoxicology Aesthetic Lipodissolve – The Non-Surgical Lipoplasty Many years of numerious hours of extensive training in Holistic Medicine
Marina the Therapy Dog
Marina is a young mini-cockapoo that loves meeting people. Since she is a Cockapoo she doesn’t shed and is hypoallergenic. She has been trained to greet you when you first walk-in and will lay beside you during your intake. She presently will not join you in the exam room. She is still in-training so she hasn’t master all of her skills perfectly to be a true therapy dog. If you prefer, it can be arranged to have her stay in her dog bed or not to be in the office your entire visit.
Sam is the Front Office Receptionist who helps new and existing patients to feel welcomed here at NaturalMED Therapies. Even though she is a Dental Assistant by trade, she has always had a passion for working in Health Care while still maintaining a professional yet caring side of Customer Service. Whether you call on the phone or walk-in to the office, you will always be greeted with a warm smile because she has always believed that “A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.” – Dalai Lama
Tom became a Florida LMT in 1989 after graduating from the Humanities Center School of Therapeutic Massage in 1988.He was one of the first massage therapy students from this school that was asked to internship at the Lykes Cancer Center at Morton Plant Hospital,Clearwater,FL which is now part of Bay Care Health System. After graduating, Tom specialized in sports therapy/rehab working with numerous local, national and international athletes. He was also a member of the Florida State Sports Massage Team and sometimes managed a team of 50 therapists. He also became proficient with accident and injury treatments. Tom worked directly with law firms and insurance companies, reaching results that were beneficial and prompt to his clientele and business associates.
In 2006, Tom passed his national board exam with the NCBTMB and became nationally certified. Around this time, Tom was in a serious bicycle accident and was told he needed extensive surgery. A friend of his introduced him to a type of therapy offered by Erchonia Medical that was new to him, Low Level Laser Therapy( also know as cold laser therapy). He researched this therapy, was treated with it and recovered substantially. Seeing the results on himself, he decided to become certified in this modality.
Tom has attained numerous certifications with Erchonia and their Low Level Laser Therapy training seminars. He credits his expertise in laser therapy to the outstanding presenters that Erchonia has had to educate thousands of medical professionals annually around the world including these experts in their fields:
*Dr. Trevor Berry,DC, DACNB- Diplomate Chiropractic Neurologist, FDA researcher for neurological effects of Laser Therapy, Erchonia neurology consultant and international speaker. Specializes in traumatic brain injuries, vestibular and balance disorders, pain management and neurodegenerative disorders and functional medicine.
*Dr. Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO- Diplomate Chiropractic Orthopedics, Professor at Life Chiropractic West, teaches Management of Spinal Disorders and Spinal Pathology/Neurology. Erchonia neurology/orthopedic consultant and international speaker. Teaches on whiplash/ spinal trauma, neuroimmunology,nutrition, and neurophysiology of therapeutic lasers. He has taught more than 1750 post graduate continuing education seminars around the world.
*Dr. Jerome Rerucha, DC ,CSCS,CHPS- Chiropractor/ Owner of Performance Chiropractic, Functional Medicine Expert,Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Erchonia Multidiscipline Clinical Support Specialist, international speaker and author of all Erchonia Laser Protocol manuals. The expert on low level laser therapy. Has taught laser therapy techniques worldwide for almost 20 years.
*Dr. Jeff Spencer,DC – named “Sports Chiropractor of the Year” in 2004, former Olympic cyclist. Staff Chiropractor for USPS and Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Teams with 8 Tour de France wins. Has worked with PGA,WTA, NASCAR, Formula 1,NFL, MLB. Dr. Murphy blended laser therapy and chiropractic with all of the professional athletes he treated. Erchonia sports laser trainer and international lecturer.
Tom was fortunate to receive this training from these world experts. He treated numerous patients in the Tampa Bay Area with the Erchonia Low Level Laser which facilitated the therapeutic massage therapy and expedited the healing process. As a result of this experience, Tom was hired as a consultant by Erchonia Canada to introduce this emerging medical technology to Eastern Canada. He demonstrated Erchonia products from Ontario to Newfoundland and set up medical trade shows to promote these devices in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
Tom also went to national medical groups to promote this technology. He demonstrated these devices to the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in Ottawa,ON and the Ontario Medical Association, the Ontario Long Term Care Association and the Canadian Olympic Committee in Toronto, ON. He demonstrated Erchonia’s healing properties to numerous MD’s, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Plastic Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Long-term Care Centres, and various medical boards for review. He also worked with the Tibetan and Nepali communities in Toronto, ON.
Tom was offered to do some therapy work at his friend’s hospitals in Nepali during the spring/summer, but a melanoma diagnosis prevented this trip. Tom returned to Florida for surgery and treatment on his cancer. He has passed his 6 year mark cancer free. He spent time after this caring for his father in his home state, Connecticut, and his mother in Florida.Tom has a son, also in the medical field.
Tom believes in treating a patient holistically and works with patients to attain a body, mind and spirit in balance. His hobbies include an interest in science, history, the environment, all cultures, restoring vintage autos/houses and health.
-FL and Nationally certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker
-Numerous certifications in Low Level Laser Therapy
-Non-Opioid Pain Relief Specialist
-Sports Therapy/ Injury Specialist
-Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Relief Specialist
“Thank-you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you in your journey to better and more enjoyable health!”
Our Approach in combining Acupuncture and Naturopathy
At NaturalMED Therapies we are focused on a patient-centered approach to health and wellbeing. In contrast to other medical clinics or practices, at NaturalMED Therapies you will be our sole focus during your visit. You can expect Dr. Perkins and our staff to guide you through any questions and concerns you may have regarding your care. We strive to provide excellent service through all phases of care. Patient satisfaction with positive outcomes is the standard by which we measure our success. Our practice is unique because as an Acupuncturist and Naturopath, Dr. Perkins incorporates time tested ancient modalities such as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, while combining the latest cutting edge technologies. This allows Dr. Perkins to provide a tailored approach to each patient.
I was recently treated by Dr Perkins for smoking cessation. I cannot emphasize enough how great this experience was.... The office is professional and calming. Dr Perkins is very informative. After 50 years of smoking I am approaching 60 days smoke free!! Thank you Dr Perkinsread more
If you have tried everything to stop smoking/vaping and really feel it is time to QUIT, Dr. Perkins was it for me. 49... years, a pack of menthol a day. I tried Chantix, patches, hypnosis and vaping to cut down/stop. When breathing became noticeably harder it was time to try something different. Acupuncture and Dr. Perkins whole process made it incredibly easy to quit. This was 5 months ago. I didn't want to believe it but I still have no desire. Dr. Perkins will be there with you for how ever long it takes you. Make this your FIRST choice. Very little weight gain snd if that gets worse I'll go right back to NaturalMed Thrrapies.read more
Dr Michelle Perkins and her staff (Sam) are wonderful and caring people and really do a great job with my back pain. ... Dr Perkins does a complete job to help get rid of my chronic back pain. I had tried using the Veterans Administration and she is hands down much better and does a thorough job on my back to get rid of all my back pain. I highly recommend Dr Perkins!!:)read more
Dr. Perkins helped me manage and heal from several different health issues traditional doctors could not help me with.... After a car accident, I suffered from severe neck pain and anxiety (the two not entirely related). I also had terrible sinus problems, but doctors couldn't find anything I was allergic to. The acupuncture greatly eased the pain from my injury while I healed. The herbs she recommended for my sinus problems and anxiety have also healed my body. I no longer need any allergy medication besides a daily nasal rinse and no longer experience symptoms of anxiety. I will always be truly grateful for her help!read more
I had never tried acupuncture before and when I met Dr. Perkins she immediately put me at ease. She sincerely wanted to... do whatever she could to help me so she also recommended several supplements which have proven to assist with my issues. Thank you, Dr. Perkins!read more
Dr. Perkins is thorough and thoughtful in her approach. She was recommended by a friend who had also had it with... traditional doctors. Staff is super courteous and helpful as well. I highly recommend.read more
Dr. Perkins and her staff are some of the most caring and attentive people you will meet. I enjoy how well I feel under... their care, and if I have an issue, they are right there to help me through it. I am lucky to have found them.read more
I have been with Dr. Perkins since few years ago. The practitioner I was going to before, retired and I needed to find... a new one. I was skeptical at first with Dr. Perkins until the first consultation, tests and test results reading. She was very thorough and patient with my many questions. She let me borrow few books of hers to help me gain more knowledge and information about the topics I was interested about. Couple of friends that I referred to her were very satisfied as well. I love the office's relaxing atmosphere as well as Dr.Perkins demeanor.read more
So thankful I chose this place for acupuncture! I started here for my back and neck pain, but also have severe... digestion issues. I feel so bloated often, cannot digest easily, and have multiple problems along the lines of that. I thought I had many different things and changed my diet a lot, was eating incredibly healthy and nothing changed. Dr Perkins recommended a stool test which I sent out and I finally found out what I have!!! She took the steps to figure out exactly what I needed to do after the results came back. I am so excited to cure this bacteria that’s inside of me weakening my system.read more
I have had chronic and debilitating low back and bilateral hip pain for more than 2 decades. I did all of the regular... western medicine stuff. Xrays, injections, physical therapy, rest, stretch and the list goes on. My life changed the day I walked into Dr. Perkins office. The difference? She is a healer. She is so adept at acupuncture that I felt relief after the first treatment. My case required multiple sessions at first and now I have tapered to twice a month Before seeing her I could not walk a block or do every day activities without horrible pain. Now I walk 2 miles a day, engage in strength training and have started dancing! Dr. Perkins cares deeply for her patients and she believes in healing instead of masking. She listens to you with such compassion and gentleness and then gives you what you came for.read more
I've been treated by Machelle on and off for over 13 years for lower back pain, sciatic, arthritis and high blood... pressure. She's amazing, and I usually am pain free within 2-4 treatments. I've been to several acupuncture therapists, and always return to NaturalMed Therapies because she is the only one that has relieved the pain.... until the next time I do something strenuous that brings me back.read more
Dr. Perkins is a gifted practitioner who is completely focused on the well-being of her patients. Dr. Perkins is very... knowledgeable of treatment options and has a wealth of tests available to assist in determining the best treatment plan. Office time is focused exclusively on the patient and not shared with others.read more
I have been searching for someone as knowledgeable as Dr. Machelle for quite a long time. She has a vast knowledge... that I was quite impressed with.I would say, she is passionate, smart, helpful and not your typical acupuncture Physician. I highly reccomend her and pricing was right on point and worth every Penny. Im Thankful!read more
I’ve been going to Machelle for a few months now and every time I have a consultation or go over results, she is very... informative and explains things thoroughly. She dedicates extra time sometimes a few hours past our initial session to listen and address a solution for me. She’s very compassionate and patient and I would highly recommend her to anyone.read more
Dr. Perkins knows her stuff. She is also very compassionate. I have noticed improvement in how I've been feeling since... I started seeing her in Jan. I like that you can email her questions, very helpful.read more
An utterly amazing & gifted doctor! When I first went to Dr Perkins I could not stand for even 10 minutes without... excruciating pain. After *one* acupuncture treatment I found so much relief and increase of functionality that I am absolutely thrilled! In addition to drastic pain improvement she has identified genetic health condition and provided vitamins and supplements which have drastically improved energy and mood. She is very caring and compassionate and her staff is delightful to work with.Update: I wrote a review a long time back but I am writing one again. Dr. Perkins did so much good for my back that I had not been in to see her in quite a while. But I went in today for assistance with back and shoulder pain. Please explain to me how I can go have somebody stick dozens of pins in me and I walk out an hour later feeling so good and so relaxed. Truly amazing. I would have thought I just had a massage. I can’t explain it, but acupuncture works and Dr. Perkins is the best acupuncturist I have ever been to. She is also quite knowledgeable with TCM and other medical/nutritional areas as well. Top notch.read more
Machelle' has given me more from acupuncture and herbal supplements. That now I can understand and respect eastern... medicine. Throughout treatment's doc has helped me learn focus. I know have not had a cigarette in over a year. After smoking for 35years. Thank you! Living and feeling healthier. The pain of living in my body has become less difficult throughout this process. True understanding is enlighteningread more
Dr. Perkins has been excellent in healing my miserable sinus infections in very few days. She has prescribed the... perfect treatment to start the healing process felling relieved the very next day which in other occasions with different doctors would have taken more then a week. Dr. Perkins is very kind and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend her.read more
I’ve been going here for over 15 years...Dr Perkins is very knowledgeable; I trust her to do the right testing...... Spectra Cell labs is so much more informative than regular labs... and give the right advice to get me back on track. Whether it’s nutritional advice, acupuncture, Essential oils, Dr. Chi’s fingernail and tongue analysis, she can provide it all.... including pharmaceutical grade supplements. I highly recommend her.read more
Dr Perkins has been in business for 17+ years and established a well known practice. I and many friends have been... treated by her and rave about the health benefits. The office is very professional, relaxing and clean. Something that sets this practice apart is Dr Perkins spends an hour with each client and shows sincere compassion. She offers several different modalities not justAcupuncture. Also, she offers 2 different laser treatments and homepathic injections.She is very knowledgeable in spectracell lab testing and other diagnostic lab testing, this is unique from testing available from a regular MD. In addition, they are fully stocked with physician grade supplements for sale.read more
I have had such a wonderful and enlightening experience here with Dr. Perkins and staff. I have had relief from... treating here and look forward to the next time. She is very professional, kind, knowledgeable and a joy.Thank you.ARread more
I recommend seeing her for differ reasons. I have been going here and seeing Machelle for a good while now. she has... helped me alot with my back, knees and shoulder that I was sure I was going to need surgery for but after treatments from Machelle I no longer do. I went to here recently and she was following all Dulles of disinfecting and going above all rules and regulations. oh.and the herbal medications that she recommended works great! I must say I was sceptical, but they did and are working!! Thank you for being there Machelle and staff Sam!!!read more
I was going to Doctor after Doctor trying to find help with my problems. Dr Perkins was my answer. I am living life... again and able to do the things I used to do. I am very grateful for Dr Perkins helpread more
Dr. Perkins has been treating me for various challenges since April 2014. I have seen dramatic improvement in menstrual... symptoms. In fact, I no longer experience cramping, bloating, acne, back ache or heavy, achy legs before or even during my cycle. Nothing short of amazing.At Dr. Perkins' recommendation I did the Micronutrient testing in July 2014, which revealed a B12 deficiency and the other b vitamin were at dramatically low levels. I have been struggling with symptoms of depression and fatigue for years. Within 2 days of following Dr. P's protocol I began to feel relief. I was in disbelief and sort of questioned how well I was feeling. A month later I am astonished at the high energy levels I have and my bright, sunny outlook on life has returned! I didn't realize how bad it was until I started to get better. Don't except your symptoms. See Dr. Perkins and get better! You can not put a price tag on your well being nor can you afford to be sick.read more
I love to go to this office! I'm greeted bt Rusty the SuperDog and then led into a serene waiting room to await... Machelle Perkins. She has been treating me for over 5 years. Without her expertise in accupuncture and hilostic healing remedies I would not be able to walk and enjoy my life. She has been instrumental for my pain management issues, has helped me with my weight and takes care of me throught the year with herbs and remedies for colds, my allergies and supports my nutritional needs with supplements. I can highly recommend her and have sent several of my friends to her...,the best compliment I can give!read more