Our Mission

Our mission at Mind and Body of Vero is to nurture our clients at every step on their path to wellness. We are a premier health and wellness clinic taking the unique approach to bridging time-proven wisdom of Eastern healing arts with Western self-care practices.  We strive to provide compassionate care from our professional staff to maximize your health and wellbeing.

Our Story

Mind & Body of Vero is the area’s premier integrative medical spa taking the unique approach to bridging time-proven Eastern practices with advanced Western therapies to provide clients with tools to participate in their own self-care practices.

Neurologist Dr. S. James Shafer, founder, has more than 25 years of clinical patient care and actively participates in research in degenerative neurological diseases. Throughout his career, delivering the diagnoses of chronic neurological diseases inspired Dr. Shafer to seek out practices and a more “whole-istic” approach that supported a patient’s mental/emotional health while undergoing treatments that helped manage physical symptoms.

At Mind & Body of Vero, clients will find an atmosphere of quiet grace and soothing elegance. Our professional and experienced staff is focused on providing the highest level of care and a positive experience.

Our services include nurturing massage and bodywork, vitamin and nutrient therapies, the healing arts of meditation, mindfulness and gentle yoga practices and nutritional counseling.

Regardless of their level of health, all clients will be empowered to develop habits and lifestyle changes to encourage a healthy, vibrant and wholesome life.

Our Staff

Dr. S. James Shafer

Dr. S. James Shafer, a local resident since 1977, has practiced Adult Neurology in Vero Beach and the surrounding area since 1997. From 1997 to 2016 Dr. Shafer practiced in a multi-specialty group and in 2016 ventured in solo practice and formed Vero Beach Neurology and Research Institute. He is the founder and Medical Director of The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Vero Beach that was formed in 2001 and has cared for thousands of MS patients world-wide. While he treats all Neurological Disorders he is a Nationally recognized MS specialist. He, additionally, has expertise in Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke being the founding and current Medical Director of the Indian River Medical Center Stroke Program.

Dr. Shafer completed his Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutritional Biochemistry graduating summa cum laude at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1988. He then graduated from Medical School at The University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida in 1993. This was followed by a one year Internal Medicine Internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Returning to Gainesville in 1994, he completed his residency in Adult Neurology in 1997 at The University of Florida at Shands Teaching Hospital.

Professional activities include being the current Department Chairman of Neurology and Psychiatry at Indian River Medical Center, Medical Director of the IRMC Stroke Program, Secretary of the Indian River County Medical Society, Board Member and Physician Volunteer to the WE CARE indigent care program of Indian River County and Associate Professor of Neurology at Florida State University Fort Pierce, Florida campus.

Dr.Shafer is actively involved in Neurological Research of MS, Stroke, Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease and has completed and served as a Sub-Principal Investigator in over 50 National and International clinical research trials. Additionally, he is a Speaker Consultant and Advisory Board Consultant to several major pharmaceutical companies.

He and his wife Helen are active community supporters that serve and support many charitable organizations: The Education Foundation, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC), Youth Sailing Foundation, Wheels and keels Foundation, Senior Resource Association (SRA), The Live Like Cole Foundation and others. Dr. and Mrs. Shafer are active supporters of The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

Dr. Shafer has been married to his wife Helen for 30 years and together they have raised 5 children. Oldest daughter Ann-Marie and middle son Robert are in Vero Beach. Their oldest son Art lives in Miami and their youngest son Danny lives in Denver. Joanne the youngest lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They have 4 grandchildren Allison and Charlotte in Vero Beach along with Hank and Audie in Denver.

Christi Buck

Hi. My name is Christi Buck. I am not your typical Dietitian/Nutritionist, my approach is from an integrative and functional standpoint. This approach is firmly rooted in the belief that the body has the capacity to heal itself if given the right tools. Hearing your health story, challenges, getting to the root cause, and address the whole body. I understand what it is like to feel sick I had my own history of health challenges which I have overcome. I want to help you get solutions to your illness. With a hands-on approach my clients will be seen through to the end. I pride myself in my professional experiences, extensive education and certifications in order to apply my knowledge to help YOU! Addressing inflammation and the microbiome of the gut is where I start.

Brook Gentile

Brook Gentile is the Front Office Manager at Mind and Body of Vero. She previously worked as a Coordinator for the Spa’s at the Walt Disney World Resort. She also has several years of office management experience. Her background, training and experience allow her to provide exceptional customer service to our clients. She graduated from Kaplan University with an Associates Degree in Business Administration/Management. Brook has two children, her daughter, Raegan is 11 and her son, Zander is 6. They love to spend time together at the beach and going to theme parks.

Quote:All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Elise Mahovuch

Throughout my teens and twenties, yoga desperately tried to get my attention – a mention in a magazine article or a pose in an advertisement. Each time it came across I’d think, “What’s that yoga all about?” “I wonder what it’s like to do yoga.”

Curiosity won out and my first practice was in my living room with a VHS recording. I knew, in a moment, what a picture or the written word couldn’t communicate. I came home to myself and my heart said, “Ah-Ha! that’s yoga!”

Yoga is the synthesis of the wisdom of movement, presence of mind and grace through breath. It is the tool that allows me to experience the infinite through the finite. My teacher training is grounded in the heart-centered lineage of Kripalu Yoga, the yoga of compassion and a practice of meditation in motion.

On the teacher’s mat, from my heart to yours, I hope our shared experience is “Ahhh! That’s yoga!”

Laurie Ann Leach, LST, LMT, CLT, BSHS

A Holistic Care and Lifestyle Educator certified therapist who specializes in the Somatic Therapies such as shiatsu, massage, stretch techniques, SFR – stroke functional rehab and the Cognizance Therapies (PROC – perception, recognition, observation, cognition) using such methods as REBT – Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, these speaking and support methods work in the NOW of life to promote balance, well-being, a freer future which aid the changes in physical and psychological patterns for clearer thinking and life threatening illnesses.

Also, having core training with Master Teachers that include: Dr. Deepak Chopra – Quantum Physics and Guided Meditation; Dr. Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones (The art of positive thinking); Dr. Andrew Weil – Nutritional Basics; Pauline Sasaki – Quantum Shiatsu, reading the body’s energy patterns and opening channels; Luke Chan – Chi Lel Qigong – movement exercise to open channels and balance the body; plus many more.

Developing techniques in the Soma field of body health; SFR, and Lymph-atsu – a combination of Shiatsu and Lymphatic therapies that help to flush and renew the lymph system of the body.

With many health education tools, she is ready to help you change your state of mind; aromatherapy, Trager, MPS – microcurrent point stimulation or electro acupuncture, Hot Salt Stone with CBD, CBD oil treatments and oral ingestion no THC, Phytochemical Nutrition and more in her 24 years of experience.

Lisa Terry, MSW, LCSW

Lisa Terry is a Licensed Psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Vero Beach, FL for the last 23 years.

Lisa received her graduate degree from Florida State University in 1991. Her approach to mental wellness is built around the profound power of “our beliefs and thoughts” making mindfulness the perfect vehicle for transformation from pain to comfort, and chronic discontent to a quality of life. The method Lisa created and, currently, uses is MindWelltm.

Lisa is dedicated to staying current on the latest scientific research on the effectiveness of mindfulness, mindfulness-cognitive-behavioral therapy, and spiritual psychotherapy. Lisa keeps current through attending intensive conferences with leading neuroscientist in this field as well as with persistent reading and research.

In her free time, Lisa may be found outdoors paddle boarding, running, biking, reading, and meditating. Often times, Lisa is accompanied by her rescue dog, Perry Terry. Lisa is, also, an artist creating jewelry and painting.

Lisa founded the Terry Mindfulness Center LLC in 2015 to gather other practionners to join her with the mission of creating a mindful community one person at a time. Then, in 2018, Lisa teamed up with a colleague to co-create Terry Mindfulness & Long Wellness Center to further expand services and establish a place for people to receive professional assistance.

TMLW Center offers a variety of services from like-minded, yet diverse, wellness licensed professionals offering counseling to all ages, group meditations, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Specialized workshops and classes in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, meditation, art, and healing sciences are offered at the Terry Mindfulness & Long Wellness Center.

Stacie Springer

Stacie Springer has been a licensed practical nurse for 5 years. She is a graduate of Palm Beach State College, in Lake Worth, Florida. She worked as a certified nursing assistant for three years prior to that. She is certified in phlebotomy and double certified in IV therapy. She has experience ranging from cardiac to endocrinology, geriatrics to pediatrics, and has spent the past year and a half in skilled nursing.

Stacie enjoys running, reading, painting, relaxing with music, and spending time with her family and animals. She has two cats and one dog, who are part of the family also! Stacie believes that we should all embrace new adventures, be bold and courageous, and let your faith be bigger than your fear!

Daniel Henry

Born and raised in Indian River County, Daniel has been working the business side of healthcare since 2013. He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and is working toward a Master’s in Business Administration. At Mind and Body of Vero, Daniel serves as our Chief Financial Operating Officer and is responsible for overall management and financials for both Mind and Body of Vero and Vero Beach Neurology and Research Institute. Outside of the office, Daniel enjoys watching sports, playing video games, and spending time with his wife Kelsey. He has a strong passion for music; listening to and playing along to genres ranging from Jazz to Drum Corp International, and everything in between. He aspires to obtain his Doctorate in Business Administration and/or Health Services Administration to one day teach and share his experiences at the collegiate level.

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Mindfulness & Meditation Therapy

Meditation helps people with chronic illness…lower pain levels, decrease emotional response to pain and other symptoms that are emotionally upsetting and disabling, lower feelings of nervousness, restlessness and anxiety, healthy coping & lowers depression, improve sleep, cultivate more compassion & love for yourself, it’s good for the caregiver…Ultimately leading all who practice it regularly to improved quality of your life~

Meditation eventually gives you more choices, additional coping skills and a different perspective regarding your challenging condition and/or circumstances. ~Improves Thought & Emotional regulation~ How to use mindfulness throughout your day!

Essential Oil Therapy

What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the most powerful part of the plant.
They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit rinds, resins and herbs and consist of hundreds of different organic compounds and constitutes. In humans, they provide support for every system in the body: skeletal system, muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system & hormones, your respiratory system & immune system. They help support & balance all of those. They support brain health & a healthy weight. Essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes. Meditation and relaxation. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that can be truly life-changing.

Why Young Living?
Our company grows their own plants, owns their own fields & controls the entire process from seed to seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle. Pesticides, pollution, previously farmed land – all of it can affect the quality of an oil. Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come. Any time you hold a bottle of Young Living’s powerful essential oils, you hold nature’s pure essence. We ensure this process is completed with the highest satisfaction of standard as Young Living’s oils are the purest. With Young Living’s Seed to Seal process. It’s a promise of integrity. Check it out here.


Restorative Yoga

With the support and validation of evidence-based studies, clients will appreciate the benefits of these gentle yoga practices, including increased energy, improved cardiovascular function, stress relief, pain management and mental/emotional resiliency.

Classes are open to all levels of fitness and health. Props such as chairs, blankets or bolsters may be used to support injuries or other limitations.

Class sizes are small and students will receive personal attention. Space is limited. Preregistration is recommended.

Nutritional Counseling

“Are you sick of suffering from digestive challenges, autoimmune disease, chronic inflammation, skin issues, or food sensitivities? Did you know that roughly 70% of our immune system lives in our GUT? I work side by side to take you on the path of healing with the right foods.”

My services at Mind and Body will include a Comprehensive Nutrition Assessment and 7 day anti-inflammatory meal plan with recipes and shopping list. Further services available at my practice in Vero Beach.

Neuromuscular & Swedish Massage

Massage is a variety of pressures applied to the superficial tissue of the body, by hands and arms in changing movements or strokes such as – effleurage, petrissage and tapotement. This is done by mild to deep pressure and movement, stretching of the muscles and underlying fascial tissue of the body, accompanied by oils or lotions – coconut, nut or essential oils and lotions that are unscented and hypoallergenic with a rich, luxurious glide to them, nourishing the skin and hydrating the muscles. Some methods may include using Hot Salt Stones, as we do, with a CBD oil – under .03%. The techniques are varied depending on the outcome desired from these sessions.

Nutrient & Vitamin Therapy

IV Therapy is valuable for a multitude of reasons. Vitamins, when taken orally, are only absorbed 10-20 percent and then excreted since they must go through the digestive system. By feeding vitamins, minerals and other natural substances straight into the bloodstream, the digestive system is avoided and 100% of the nutrients are absorbed. We can safely distribute larger doses into the bloodstream that would not otherwise be tolerated by the stomach or digaestive system. Our shots, or intramuscular medications are a quick and easy way to give you the boost you need, from energy to general health.