Dr. Ken Jansson, an orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Orthopedic Associates and medical director for Via Christi’s Sports Medicine services, remembers the first day he met Yakubovich.
“The first time I saw her she didn’t even speak English,” says Jansson. “She is the American success story. She has done it the old-fashioned way, with a lot of hard work and good effort.”
Although as a doctor Jansson doesn’t generally make referrals for massage services, he says it is good for providing stress relief and general wellness. “I think people with milder problems, general aches and pains, and flexibility problems can do well with massage,” says Jansson.
Yakubovich says she loves her work because she is able to bring relief to overstressed bodies. Massage services offered include Swedish; back, shoulder and neck; deep tissue massage; reflexology; body dynamics and pregnancy, as well as acupuncture and acupressure.
Massage sessions generally are one hour, but will range from 15 minutes for a chair massage to 90 minutes for a thorough spa massage. The facility is also equipped with a shower and dry sauna. Yakubovich’s staff of five therapists includes Dr. Allen Fitzner, an acupuncturist who has practiced for more than 31 years.
Yakubovich is also a student at the Kansas School of Chinese Medicine, where she is studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Once a competitive swimmer in Russia, she believes in natural remedies to heal the body’s ailments and takes no medications. Yakubovich even foregoes anesthetics at the dentist’s office, and has had a root canal without benefit of pain blockers. “There are some problems you cannot treat with massage, but you can treat with herbs and acupuncture,” says Yakubovich.