The Natural Approach Staff
Dr. Laura Vasallo
Have you ever been told that there is nothing wrong with you or that nothing else can be done to help you feel better?
Arriving in the Land of Plenty (United States) from Cuba at the age of 8, Dr. Laura Vasallo did what most young people do and she started to eat all the yummy stuff. This poor diet led to feeling frustrated and an unhealthy lifestyle, which led to many visits to traditional medicine doctors for pills and antibiotics as the answer. Noticing that she was not the only one with these frustrations and struggles Dr. Laura knew something had to change but was not quite sure what.
Never a person to shy away from life, she enrolled into one of the oldest and top institutes for acupuncture and oriental medicine in Florida and at the age of 24, she became a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. At the same time, Dr. Laura also studied and earned her Massage Therapy License, became a Bach Flower Practitioner and is now a health coach.
Practicing what she preaches since 2000, Dr. Laura has become a compassionate and dedicated physician who strives to bring back the tradition of the caring healer, one who knows and understands their patient, not just their disorders because as she believes “The aim of the treatments, in addition to relieving the main symptom, is to restore overall harmony and health to the individual.
Visit her Wellness Center and let her extensive experience work for you.
Dr. Laura Vasallo
Acupuncture Physician, Licensed Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Bach Flower Practitioner
The Massage Team
Kimberly Anderson, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Hello, my name is Kim and I look forward to meeting you as your massage therapist. I’m from the Merritt Island area, a Florida native, and a member of the Natural Approach family of providers. I have over 19 years of experience in massage therapy in different techniques. I trained locally at Space Coast Health Institute and enjoy doing deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy technique, myofascial release, micro-current therapy, as well as hot stone massage. Even with years of experience, I am open and always learning new modalities to enhance my massage therapy practice. I am also a facial specialist (since 2013) as an added bonus for clients who wish to increase their relaxation and rejuvenate their skin. In my spare time, I enjoy photography and spending time in nature.
Jessica Smith, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
I am a graduate of Florida School of Massage (FSM) in Gainesville Fl. as of Sept.2013. Me and my family of 7 total (5 kids ages 16,10,4 and twin boys who will be 2 in Dec.) along with my husband of 13 years, just moved to my hometown here in Palm Bay Fl. at the beginning of 2019. I have recently met Dr. Laura and staff here at the Natural Approach Wellness Center and immediately felt ease and comfort with them. I am looking forward to receiving, and understanding more about acupuncture, as well as the other wellness services offered through this wonderful office. My goal is to bring with my LMT experience pain relief, balance and peace for the mind, body, soul and clarity for all my clients. My bodywork offers an incorporation of intuitive massage with deep tissue and Swedish flow also bringing in some Thai/yoga stretching. All combined I believe with regular sessions, massage will help the body to better heal itself though injury and daily life stressors. As we strive for balance, pain free and a peaceful feeling of wellness. There are many blessings in life that may be shared, I hope to share some of mine with you!
The Office Team
Marketing Coordinator / Front Desk
I am so excited to be a member of the Natural Approach Family! I started out as a patient here and fell in love with healing my body naturally that I wanted to be a part of this amazing team and learn more about the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine!
I will be helping out in the office along with marketing and promoting! When I’m not here I’m running around town with my husband and 2 beautiful kids! I can’t wait to meet and get to know you all!
Hello, my name is Gabryella. I was born here in Florida, in South Miami. My family and I lived in Orlando when I was in grade school, and then to Palm Bay where I graduated from Bayside High School. I just started working with Dr. Laura in September 2020 at the front desk. I instantly fell in love with the office and the happiness surrounding it. I admire Dr. Laura and her natural approach to all aspects of life. Everyone who I’ve come in contact with here at the office, whether it be co-workers or patients, have made me feel extremely welcome. I am currently in training to become a birthing doula, however that is going to be put on hold because I am expecting my first child in March of 2021. Working with Dr. Laura has opened a new door for me where I have decided to finish my degree in Medical Assistance at Eastern Florida State College. I look forward to learning more here at Natural Approach Wellness Center and seeing more new faces come through our doors.
Hi there! My name is Sabina and I am truly thankful to be a part of our wonderful team at Natural Approach! My husband and I grew up locally in Brevard and we are now raising our daughters here. I come from a background in grocery retail management, a career that I never found a sense of fulfillment in. I have been a long term family caregiver and was also a CNA for a season, cut short due to my high risk twin pregnancy. I have been searching for an occupation that provides the sense of purpose I have been missing, not just a job, and I am grateful to have found it. I am loving the peaceful, positive environment and knowing we are helping our patients to heal, to reduce pain, and reduce stress. I have personally experienced the benefits and relaxation from massage and acupuncture, and I know Dr. Laura can help you too. I sincerely look forward to meeting you and contributing to your health and wellness!
Front Desk / Assistant
My name is Julie Primus and I am a scouser–from Liverpool, England, now living in sunny FL, with my Husband Steve and daughter Jade. I am thrilled to be part of Natural Approach, as I am passionate about the value of natural and complementary treatments. I love the fact that the Wellness Center is helping people to heal their body, mind, and spirit holistically!
The Fitness Team
Body Sculpting and Yoga Instructor
Erica is a full-time teacher for Brevard Public Schools who spends her free time traveling, biking, kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling. She loves working out and has a passion for helping people incorporate fitness into their busy lives.
In 2010, she earned a group fitness instructor certification through AFAA, and a few years later she became a personal fitness trainer. Erica’s goal is to lead fun fitness classes that keep her clients smiling while sweating.
Mariah, “The Tiniest Warrior“, is a Yoga Instructor and artist living in Melbourne, FL for the last 15 years. She has been practicing yoga over 10 years and teaching yoga. Mariah is an RYT500 instructor registered and insured with the Yoga Alliance.
Inspired to teach by her love of movement and mind/body wellness, Mariah has proven success in helping clients of all body types and ages achieve their health and wellness goals. With a background in teaching clients with limited mobility, children,and those with physical and mental disabilities she is equipped with the knowledge to help you build strength, balance, and a mindful practice you can continue to enjoy for your entire life.
My name is Lara Ramos and I am from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. My family and I have been living in the Space Coast since 2007. I’ve been practicing Yoga since 2011, teaching since 2014. I completed my 200 E-RYT Yoga Certification under Anette Armstrong at Downtown Yoga, a pioneer in this field in Melbourne, Florida. My certification include Vinyasa , Yin , Hot and Power Yoga. I strive to provide you a practice that has effort and surrender. I meet my students at their level of experience and physical ability with a focus on safety and body awareness. My classes and sequences are approachable, nurturing, creative, at times challenging yet fun. I like providing a playlist along with the sequence so that you will leave feeling renewed, inspired and accomplished. I consider my Yoga practice a constant journey. Yoga has given me freedom both physically and mentally. I believed strongly in the value of remaining a student and have plans to continue to deepen my training not only as a Yoga Instructor but also in foundational Ayurveda philosophy to complement the Yoga Practice and enhance the health and well being of each individual. See you in the mat!