Welcome to Omaha Integrative Care

At Omaha Integrative Care, we offer counseling or coaching, yoga, massage, nutritional services, acupuncture, and meditation or mind / body medicine classes.

One of the things that sets Omaha Integrative Care apart is that we're the only location in the region that has all of those services under one roof.

One of the things we hear often from our clients is that when People come in, they feel like they're coming into a Sanctuary.

We're very picky about, not only who works here, but what we offer. All of the products we offer, right now, are through Pulling Down the Moon, and their products are triple-tested and the highest quality.

We really just want to help you to enjoy life to the fullest.

What is integrative care?

Integrative care combines traditional western medicine with complementary therapies such as yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, massage and counseling. A defining component to integrative care is that the complementary treatments are research-based and not meant to take the place of traditional medicine, but to support the whole person during treatment. Most importantly, integrative care is about treating the whole person and looking at all aspects of life – physical, emotional and spiritual.

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In our online store we have gathered a selection of items that we feel are the best offer for women who are trying to become pregnant. Whether you are trying "naturally" or using medical means like Invitro Fertilization (IVF), you will find what you need in our array of yoga for fertility DVDs, fertility books and many nutritional products - all chosen to support the fertility journey.
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A Shared Path: Patient and Practitioner Walking Towards Meaningful Change

Pebble in the PondThis past weekend I was honored to begin Duke’s year long Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare.   This first cohort of 35 gathered at Duke Integrative Medicine for an immersion in leadership and integrative healthcare.  The result was what retired General McChrystal called a “shared consciousness” –the same contextual knowledge experienced at the same time.  Truly integrative and coming from all different disciplines, models and regions; the common knowledge driving this shared consciousness is the critical need for change in our healthcare systems.

Program Director Dr. Adam Pearlman began the conversation with identifying that in healthcare we are at an inflection point — a point of dramatic change.  We are sitting on a precipice.  What has been is no longer working. The days of reacting versus responding to our health needs have taken a toll on all of us – as individuals, practitioners, businesses and as a society.  Patients and providers are looking for change.  It was empowering to be with a group of people who feel the energy and opportunity this point of change can bring. With this opportunity comes a great responsibility to use informed mindfulness to respond to the crisis.

The collective energy and passion was like a buzz I could feel physically.  Faculty and president of Innovational Services, Michael Aquilino defined this buzz as alignment. Alignment became a core distinction throughout the weekend.  Alignment happens when your words and actions match up.  When you say I want to live a happy and whole life and take the steps to promote and protect that intention.  Alignment is a medical practitioner who knows their patient and holds the relationship with deep respect.  In our culture of information and comparison, alignment can be trickier than it seems.  It takes deep awareness and practice.

As I continued to feel the buzz of alignment throughout the immersion weekend, I began to see the parallel process for integrative healthcare leaders and practitioners and the patients/clients we work with.  When patients/clients come to us they too are at an inflection point, a point in which dramatic change in one direction or another is possible. This change could be a flight into health or a health crisis.

People come to integrative healthcare services from a variety of paths.  Some are looking for prevention and wellness or to optimize their current health and functioning.  Some are coming for secondary prevention or to mitigate the symptoms of existing conditions such as anxiety/depression, chronic pain or other stress-related disorders.  Some are looking for support in the treatments for infertility, cancer or other conditions.  Regardless of why people choose the integrative path, I would say they all have reached a point of inflection. This point of inflection could be a health crisis, it could be an “aha” moment or it could be a very conscious decision to live life differently.  Whatever the inflection point is, once a person identifies this and lines up their values and what they want for their health over the course of rest of their life a buzz is created.  That internal buzz pushes us to take the risk and begin to make changes; to align our words with our actions.

Patients/clients and practitioners of integrative healthcare are on a shared path to a more meaningful and richer way of living life to the fullest.  We are both at this inflection point. When we line up our values with our actions — alignment — an internal and external buzz is created. This is what moves energy and creates change in a system as well as in each of us individually.  This collective energy is extremely empowering.  When practitioners and patients/clients can take this path together, side by side, healing for both the individual and the system will be incredibly profound.  We are feeling this buzz at Omaha Integrative Care and honored to walk the path with you on your way to finding your center as we also find our way to creating meaningful change in our community.


Julie Luzarraga, LICSW, DCSW


Tidbits from Start a Spark/Sensual Oils Talk with Sara Comstock, LMT

DoTerra-Oils-LogoWhere’s the love for February! It’s a month where everyone is about done with winter.  Luckily, it’s also short and included Valentine’s Day for some extra loving while cooped up inside.  

Thank you to those who made it to the Start a Spark/Sensuality talk on February 13th.  For those who could not make it, here’s a recap:

  • Balancing hormones and managing stress:  Try Clary Sage, Geranium and Lavender.
  • To get in the mood: Lavender , Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang. 
  • For spiritual and emotional grounding: Sandalwood, Bergamot, Geranium, and Patchouli are nice options.

Taking a deep breath in and awakening our sense of smell with floral and citrus scents can be uplifting while woody scents will be more grounding.  Some uses for oils are diffusing to create a certain atmosphere or topically for a loving and sensual massage. You can even make a scented perfume or cologne. Sometimes emotions and healthy vitality can dim our spark. Essential oils are a great way to enliven the senses and reconnect. With March around the corner be on the look out for more essential oils to awaken the senses! Open the windows, let the sunshine and refreshing air in and get ready for some spring cleaning!

Sara Comstock LMT

Want more information on what essential oils are all about?  Read more here.  You can also shop for essential oils on Omaha Integrative Care’s DoTerra Store.

Save the Date: Collective Healing at OIC


Community Acupuncture

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Come by any time between 4-6 PM

What to expect?

During community acupuncture, you will lie in a comfortable zero gravity chair.  Sessions are approximately 30 minutes and may also involve aromatherapy, healing music or other  techniques to help bring the mind and body into a relaxed state. Most people will not feel sleepy afterwards.  Rather you will likely feel rested and energized.  You may opt to do reflexology or add this on to your acupuncture experience.

Single Session Acupuncture . . . . . $30

Add Reflexology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20

10 Session Package . . . . . . . . . . . .$250

What to bring?

An open mind and a friend if you like!  We have everything else needed to relax mind and body.  You may want to wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to take shoes and socks off.

*If you are new to OIC, you will need a physician referral letter before Dr. Heidel can provide acupuncture as well as a completed consent to treat form.  Please email us below and we would be happy to coordinate with your physician.

Omaha Integrative Care feels strongly about creating and supporting a healing community.  We believe that we gain strength from the whole and energy from the universal experience of being human.

More questions?  Email us below.

Holistic Health Series: Weight Loss & Detox

Bonnie Heidel, MSOM, DOM, LAc


In case you missed Dr. Heidel’s Holistic Health Series on weight loss and detoxification  – here’s the skinny…



The connection between the body and mind is a very real one, with the way your body feels playing a big part in how your brain functions and whether or not you experience a state of well-being.  Keeping it free from toxins, free radicals and other environmental invaders requires some understanding of how your external environment can adversely affect the internal environment.

So what does that mean?  Let’s discuss external pollutants.

Air – Asbestos, Gasoline, Dry Cleaners, Paint, Metal Fabrication and Finishing, Boilers, Hospitals using Ethylene Oxide Sterilization…to name a few.

Water – Nebraska’s water is the 6th worse in the Nation.  In 2012, industrial facilities dumped 10.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state’s rivers and streams, “Wasting our Waterways” reports.  Nationwide, industry dumped 206 million pounds, polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries.

Effects on our organs:

Lungs – the lungs bring oxygen from the air to our bloodstream and release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream back into the air.  They also filter out tiny blood clots formed in the veins.

Toxic Signals – runny nose, clogged sinuses, frequent sneezing and coughing, trouble breathing or getting enough air.

Detoxification – If you smoke, quit, cut back on dairy products which can be mucus-forming and add a bit of ginger to your diet.  Ginger is a lung tonic, so add the fresh root to cooking or tea.

Kidneys – the kidneys control the amount of water, acidity and minerals in the blood.  They filter waste and toxins from the blood and play an important role in regulating blood pressure.  They help deliver oxygen to the body’s cells.

Toxic Signals – infrequent urination, dark/cloudy urination, frequent urinary tract infections.

Detoxification – the kidneys need lots of good healthy fluids – water especially – for them to function properly.  The Institute of Medicine, an independent research organization recommends between 90 and 125 ounces of water per day.  Other healthy beverages include diluted fruit juices and herbal tea, organic of course.  Avoid undoing all your good work by loading up on chemicals that leach water from your body, such as caffeine and alcohol.

Detoxing for Weight Loss:

Three organs come into play for weight loss: the Liver, Bowels and Intestines.

Liver – the liver is the body’s hazmat specialist, removing all sorts of toxins from the blood.  It also regulates blood sugar levels, stores nutrients and serves as a garbage disposal for old red blood cells.

Toxic Signals – bloating, nausea, indigestion, white or yellowish coat on tongue, yellowish tint to the whites of the eyes;

Detoxification – the liver is one of the body’s most powerful detoxifiers.  It functions best when you eat more veggies, fewer processed foods and less unhealthy fat.  Also keep the alcohol, sugar and caffeine intake low.

Bowels and Intestines – the bowels and intestines absorb nutrients and moisture into the body and eliminate waste.

Toxic signals – constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas, chronic skin problems, bad breath.

Contributing factors – low fiber diet, lots of processed or overly fatty and rich foods, pesticide residues, stress, delayed onset food allergies or intolerances.

Detoxification – Avoid foods to which you may be sensitive (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and tree nuts).  Add fiber to your diet by eating foods such as pears, berries, figs, lentils, black beans and Brussels sprouts.  EAT SLOWLY AND CHEW.  Fiber can be challenging for your body to digest in large quantities – especially if it’s been gulped down or not chewed thoroughly.  Help your digestive juices by chewing food into a liquid texture before you swallow or try a digestive enzyme supplement.

ANY QUESTIONS – Schedule a consult with Dr. Bonnie Heidel- Arnold at Omaha Integrative Care, for food allergy testing, nutritional consultation or digestive issues. It would be my pleasure to assist!  402-934-1617

The next Holistic Health Series is this Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Email below to save your space or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidel.




Mindful Moment: Eating Mindfully

© Braendan | Dreamstime.com - Enjoying A Cup Of Tea Photo

© Braendan | Dreamstime.com – Enjoying A Cup Of Tea Photo

One of our favorite times to practice mindfulness is while eating.  Mindful eating is an opportunity to enhance our enjoyment of food, slow down and bring attention to how we are feeding the body and practice doing one thing at a time.  Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches the raisin exercise, which involves eating one raisin with a beginner’s mind.  But, you can eat more than just a raisin mindfully.  It could be your family dinner, your lunch or a quick snack at work.

To practice mindful eating:

  • Set the stage for mindful eating.  Turn off computers, televisions or other distractions and prepare to eat in silence.
  • Be sure to have a moderate portion.
  • Before you even put food into your mouth, engage the other senses and notice what you are about to eat.  What do you see?  How does it smell?  What is the texture?
  • When you do begin to eat, steer your thoughts to just the experience of eating.
  • Chew slowly.  Some mindfulness practitioners will even chew each bite 20-40 times before swallowing.

Thich Nhat Hanh discusses more ways to practice mindful eating in this article.  This practice helps to support using nutrition to improve health – emotional and physical.  For more information on using nutrition to support emotional and physical health, join us February 25th at 6:30 for Dr. Heidel’s next Holistic Health Series on Nutrition for Health & Well Being.