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) 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
Krista Marchiano, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
I grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga where I eventually went to Gwinnett College for Massage Therapy. I graduated top of my class with honors entering into a career that I love. I am nationally certified and am certified in many different types of massages including deep tissue, neuromuscular, and Swedish.
I moved to Florida in 2013 and became part of Dr. Laura’s team in 2017. I am now very happily massaging and working with awesome people!
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
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!
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.
Yoga Fit Instructor
Born and raised in Palm Bay, Florida I have always had a love for the Environment and natural sciences. Teaching yoga since August 2018, I am certified through the YogaFit: Level 1 and working towards my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Through Alexis Martin Yoga: Be Infinite Yoga and Wellness.
My passion for others and wholesome wellbeing has grown throughout the years and continues to expand. My goal is to support and guide others to find comfort and power within their breath and bodies with safe alignment and foundational yoga poses.
Mon. 9:30-6 PM
Tues. - Thurs. 9:30-4 PM
Fri. 9-12:30 PM
Fri. 9-12pm & 1-3pm
(Massages by Appointment)
Sat. 9-12pm & 1-3pm
(Massages by Appointments)
Where to Find Us
Natural Approach Wellness Center
2002 Pennwood Drive
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Regular Special Events
One Friday a Month Open for
Stress Relief Happy Hour Events