By Alicia Martin

Apollo Beach has a new healthcare option with the recent opening of the Holistic Medical Care Center in the South Commerce Center. It was founded by Nataliya Sia, ARNP and Dr. George Rucker, MD. Its company motto is “Blending Medicine with a Holistic Approach.”

Holistic medicine is a healing-oriented, integrative medicine that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle and emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient. Holistic Medical Care Clinic’s mission is to provide the best health care utilizing integrative medicine which is a blend of conventional/Western medicine and complementary therapies. “We believe in treating the whole person, emphasizing prevention and health maintenance, and looking for the underlying cause and addressing that, not just treating the symptoms,” said Sunny Sia, RN and office manager.

“We also strive to spend time with our patients, which some doctors may not do nowadays.”

Nataliya is a Riverview resident and a native of the Ukraine who speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese-Mandarin and English. She graduated from USF and decided to partner with Dr. Rucker, who was looking to open his third clinic. The practice specializes in Urology with primary and urgent care services. Dr. Rucker is from Bradenton. He is a Urologist and General Practitioner who graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1995 and did his surgical residency at Cornell Medical and Sloan Kettering Cancer centers in Manhattan, N.Y. He opened his first practice in Bradenton years ago and then another in Tampa before working with Nataliya.

On Thursday, April 10, Holistic Medical Care Center will be a presenting a discussion forum which will be held at Caper rooms at the SCC Community Association’s main complex at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun City Center from 1-2 p.m. The community is invited. Please RSVP at holisticmedicalcareclinic Holistic Medical Care Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appointment. It is currently accepting new patients with or without health insurance. Walk-ins are welcome. Most major medical plans are accepted. It is located at 400 Frandorson Cir. Suite 103, in Apollo Beach. Call 398-0470 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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