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High Level Wellness

CACTUS IN BLOOMCommitted to: High Level Wellness, Stustainability & Innovation

The philosophy and intention of Medicine Wheel Wellness Center can be summed up by our commitment to three topics: high level wellness, sustainability and innovation. The Center was borne out of a vision and commitment by Dr.Steve Swidler DDS,to expand the integrative/holistic services available at Medicine Wheel Dental. The concept of high level wellness asks each of us to consider the possibility of what the “next chapter” of our life could look like “at its best”. The Wellness Center offers a peaceful and inspiring environment to embrace and explore these possibilities. Various therapeutic services, treatment modalities, classes and conferences will provide rich opportunities for the greater community to both learn about and to present new options and innovative ideas that are truly viable. This can benefit the individual, the community, and ultimately the planet. We will be presenting topics and classes to enhance the physical,emotional,mental and spiritual potentials of attaining high level wellness and providing space for others to do so as well. Please let us know what you might be interested in or interested in presenting within these guidelines.

For more information or questions regarding booking space at Medicine Wheel Wellness call 520.743.3366 or Email


Wellness Services Offered

Wellness Services Offered

Cranial Sacral Therapy-

Cranio sacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing. The inter-connections of the mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly, and can be effective in acute or chronic cases.

Swedish Massage-

A relaxing massage, uniquely designed to reduce physical and emotional stress. More and more physicians are recommending massage to their patients as studies have shown massage helps to lower blood pressure levels, promotes healthy circulation and leave you with a feeling of inner calm and wellbeing.

Deep Tissue Massage-

Uses slower strokes and deeper pressure to relieve muscle tension, chronic inflammation, muscle/joint pain and physical stress. Used here is an orthopedic massage approach to unwinding soft tissue strains and dissolve adhesions and torsion in the muscle.

Hot Stones Massage-

A full body massage using hot stones with the intention to melt away muscular tension and induce deep relaxation. This treatment has been refered to by clients as a journey. It is soothing for those with arthritis and chronic pain.

Rosen Method Bodywork-

A powerful tool for stress reduction and for reaching the body/mind connection through touch. It is effective in easing chronic tension and its ill effects on the mind and body. It is a valuable technique for personal growth and for finding the path of the heart and soul in one’s life and living more fully in the present. This work is complementary to those receiving psychotherapy. Using a gentle touch (hands that listen rather than manipulate), the practitioner focuses on chronic muscle tension. As relaxation occurs and the breath deepens, unconscious feelings, attitudes and memories may emerge.

Foot Reflexology-

is an ancient, holistic energy-based modality, working through the energies of the nervous, electrical, chemical and magnetic systems of the body. This technique is applied to reflex maps resembling the human body, which is believed to exist on the feet and hands. It can help reduce stress, stimulated the bodies own healing abilities and cleanses the body of impurities.

Acupuncture –

a gentle and effective treatment modality which uses the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to treat both the mental and physical, providing profound healing, pain relief and relaxation.


(heated herbs), is often included for stimulating circulation in stagnant painful areas of the body and organ systems, promoting health, longevity and ease.


the application of pressure to acupuncture points with fingers, thumbs, or special tools for stimulation of specific therapeutic points.  The addition of gentle, deep stretches open pathways of healing, relaxing and renewing the body.  Great for stress and pain relief.

Auricular Therapy-

the use of needles, probes, seeds or metal beads to stimulate specific points on the ears. Based on a micro-system just like foot or hand reflexology, the activation of these points powerfully stimulates and detoxifies the immune system and relieves pain.


the application or inhalation of concentrated natural oils (essential oils) extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves or roots.  The oils contain specific properties for treating both physical and emotional disorders /stress and for creating a blissful, fragrant, healing atmosphere.

Gua Sha-

stimulating the body by pressing and stroking the skin with a round-edged instrument. This technique relieves pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough and more. It’s good to come in for Gau Sha at the first sign of a cold or flu.

You may choose 1 or a  combination of modalities during your session.

Consider treatment for any of the following: ~ Anxiety ~ Pre and Post Dental Pain and Anxiety ~ Toothache ~ TMJ ~ Colds & flu ~ Detoxification ~ Headache/Migraines ~ Neck/Shoulder Pain ~ Tendonitis ~ Musculo-skeletal injuries and pain ~ Excess Gag Reflex ~ Stress ~ Bell’s Palsy ~ PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome) ~ the Blues or the Jitters ~ Arthritis ~ Gastrointestinal distress ~ Urinary tract infections ~ Gyn issues ~ Fibromyalgia – Shingles and nerve pain ~ Sinus issues ~ Addictions ~ Insomnia ~ Depression

Yoga Flow-

Whether your needs are temporary or long term, this offers a gentler approach. Ideal for those who are not ready for more challenging classes, have muscle or joint pain, stiffness, weakness, fatigue or recovering from a major illness. Classes include simple stretches, breathing exercises, restorative poses, as well as gentle movements designed to increase range of motion and build strength and flexibility. Restore your body and relieve your stress with this class.

Yin Yoga-

A quiet practice that compliments your regular dynamic yoga practice. Yin Yoga targets the spine, hips and legs. A small number of poses are held comfortably for approximately 3 to 5 minutes each. Each pose is designed to open meridians (superhighways through the body, carrying energy or prana). Yin Yoga applies strategic stress to connective tissues to help prevent deterioration of connective tissue which happens as we age. We increase our range of motion and reverse our aging process through Yin Yoga.

Percussion Table®

The Percussion Table® was conceived and developed by Dr. Swidler. The table is used to unwind soft tissue strain and injury patterns, balance body fluids and alignment and invites a condition favoring altered state physiology. For more information please view the video below where Dr. Swidler discusses the table at length.



Welcome New Patients

Welcome New Patients

Welcome New Patients

We are delighted to welcome you to Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center. We hope that you will find many opportunities for achieving greater health and wellness through the services and programs that we offer. Please take a moment to explore our website in detail so that you can get to know us better. We have lots of good information to share with you. Then visit the New Patient Forms tab, so that we can get to know YOU better! Congratulations on taking the next step towards greater health and well-being. Please let us know how we can support you to make it a pleasant and meaningful journey.


Welcome to Medicine Wheel Dental & Wellness Center

Welcome to Medicine Wheel Dental & Wellness Center

Welcome to Medicine Wheel

Dental and Wellness Center


With awareness we can make a choice to make a difference in ourselves and others. We can create relief and the opportunity for wellness by being present with supportive, compassionate care.

Medicine Wheel Dental is a nationally recognized integrative general dental practice with a specific focus on holistic/biologic approaches. We integrate a balanced mix of traditional dentistry with naturopathic, homeopathic and alternative modalities. Addressing concerns such as safe protocols for removing mercury (silver amalgam) fillings and bite/jaw alignment (TMJ) problems with a whole-body approach while utilizing biocompatible materials, we can help create high-level wellness that can be achieved even after years of compromised health.

Since 1976, patients have looked to our team for support in choosing the proper treatment options for their specific needs. To provide the highest level of personalized care, we continually examine the latest research to co-create a positive and informed dental health experience while at the same time delivering exceptional cosmetic results.

In our unique desert environment, patients will experience a warm, safe and peaceful dental setting unlike any other. Our benchmarked level of compassion and consideration for each individual is just one of the elements that have made us Tucson’s premier holistic dental choice.

Dr. Steven A. Swidler DDS & Dr. Kenneth C. Glass DDS



Medicine Wheel Dental Center’s Holistic Approach

Medicine Wheel Dental Center’s Holistic Approach

At the MW Center our focus is you and your overall health.

Why holistic? Because we believe and strive for “total body wellness.” Holistic Dentistry is an approach to dentistry that promotes health and wellness as a primary concern within the dental field. This approach encompasses both modern science and holistic understandings. It is sometimes called “Biologic” or “Biocompatible” dentistry. Holistic Dentistry acknowledges and deals with the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, not just his or her “teeth”. Holistic dentistry is partially based on the notion that what affects the mouth affects the body, and vice versa. A holistic dentist also works with other practitioners in the holistic health care field thus offering a comprehensive and integrative approach for you and your family. Holistic dentists try to minimize your exposure to harmful radiation by using equipment with a low emission of radiation, limit the number of x-rays taken and using alternative methods for diagnosis while being up to date in the use of the newer biocompatible restorations.

Some of the basic principles of holistic dental health practices are:

Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials using accepted treatment protocols
Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite problems=physical imbalance)
Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis
The early emphasis on immune system support during care
Microbiological control of infections using effective protocols & natural ingredients

While every holistic dentist will have his/her own approach, beliefs, and techniques to co create overall health and wellness, the primary goal for all holistic dentists is to obtain a better standard of health using your oral care as a gateway. Medicine Wheel Dental looks forward to sharing its approaches with you.


Holistic,Biologic Dentistry

Holistic,Biologic Dentistry

Holistic Dentistry stresses the use of nontoxic restoration materials while focusing on the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and hidden dental infections can have on overall health. According to those who specialize in this field, cavities, infections, toxic or allergy-producing filling materials, root canals, and misalignment of the teeth or jaw can have far-reaching effects throughout the body. Recognizing that individual tooth sites relate to specific meridians, organs, vertebrate levels, etc., our holistic/biologic dental approach will bring you much more then a beautiful smile.




The MW Center offers a variety of workshops that help grow your mind and body. Yoga therapist and instructor, Patricia Hillyard, will be teaching classes and giving workshops.

Medical research has documented yoga’s benefits for some special-needs populations. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University found that older adults and people with multiple sclerosis who participated in a weekly yoga class and home practice for six months showed significant improvement in measures of fatigue compared to a control group that didn’t practice yoga. “We also demonstrated improvements in forward bending and one-legged standing ability,” says neurologist Barry Oken, M.D., who has practiced yoga for 15 years. Such improvements are especially valuable for seniors, since fractures resulting from falls are a leading cause of disability among older adults.

Better posture is another plus, says Julie Lawrence, an Iyengar-certified instructor who collaborated with colleague Jane Carlsen to create the yoga class used in the Oregon study. “Slumping constricts the internal organs and interferes with respiration, circulation, and digestion,” says Lawrence. “Good alignment helps people breathe better, which has a calming effect on the entire body.” Also, she says, just as slumping can reflect and magnify a downbeat emotional state, so good alignment can help you feel more cheerful and energetic.

Yoga’s ability to help stooped seniors stand taller was demonstrated in a recent study of older women with hyperkyphosis (a.k.a. dowager’s hump). Research by Gail Greendale, M.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, found that one-hour yoga sessions twice a week for 12 weeks helped participants increase their height, reduce the forward curvature of their spines, and improve their scores on physical tests that assessed everyday tasks like walking, rising from a chair, and reaching for an object in front of them. Participants also said the yoga helped reduce pain, improve breathing, and increase endurance. “More than 60 percent reported increased feelings of well-being,” says Greendale.

Although Western scientists are just beginning to study yoga’s potential to alleviate many chronic health conditions, a large number of practitioners swear it’s made a huge difference in their lives. Some are like Eric Small, who’s continued to thrive for 35 years longer than his doctors expected him to live. Others, like Gose, credit it with helping them build and maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. And countless practitioners, like Jaime Powell, have used yoga to help them maintain physical and emotional strength and rehabilitate after injuries and accidents. (Yoga Journal)





MW Center offers bodywork as part of our philosophy of total wellness.

Our skilled wellness practitioners are skilled in the use Craniosacral Therapy, Massage and the use of Dr. Swidler’s Percussion Table®.For more information, please visit our bodywork page.