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Posted on: March 25, 2019

Functional Medicine Center Opens in Downtown Hollywood

Ark Wellness Center

Whether you're looking to lose weight, feeling tired or lacking energy, or dealing with a chronic medical issue, Ark Wellness Center, located at 1918 Harrison Street, can help you rebalance and get on the path to ideal physical and mental health through Functional Medicine.

"Functional Medicine," explained owner Joshua Gothelf, a certified Physician Assistant, "is getting to the root cause of any health issue that someone has. While traditional medicine alleviates symptoms, a pill can only do so much. We get to why the issue exists in the first place and then go from there."

For Gothelf, the root cause of most issues can be found in the gut. So his focus is mainly on nutrition, as well as getting the patient into the right mental and emotional state.

"Physical and mental health definitely go together," he said. "Therefore, we concentrate on what we call the Four Pillars of Health: Food, Mood, Movement and Sleep. You can't just take care of one. You have to have all four.

"Usually when people optimize all four pillars, their health returns. For 90% of the people, once they get that in line, they become a whole new person."

Working with a staff that includes his wife Sheera, a licensed Clinical Social Worker; Jennifer Friedman, a Licensed Massage Therapist; and Dr. Marshall Silk, D.O., the medical director, who oversees the whole business.

"I always knew that I liked this type of medicine," Gothelf continued. "I was seeing a lot of people who were not getting the help that they needed. I really love what I am doing now."

A native South Floridian, Gothelf earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Brooklyn College, where he met his wife, and returned to Florida to receive his Physician Assistant Master's degree from Barry University. The couple live in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of Hollywood, and chose to locate their business in Downtown Hollywood due to its proximity and pedestrian friendly, tropical-urban environment.

Ark Wellness also provides counseling services, medical massage, and Craniosacral therapy, a form of bodywork which uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium, and is designed to improve the functioning of the nervous system to relieve pain and improve mobility.

To set up an appointment for a free health assessment, in-depth lab report analysis, or to learn more about any of their unique programs and supplements, visit Ark Wellness at, call 954-888-8335 or email

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