The Tortoise Clinic is an established holistic health center, where East Meets West. We have had the enormous privilege of serving 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, and surrounding communities for 30 years.
Offering both Eastern and Western healing modalities, we are proud to bridge different medical perspectives.
We specialize in Acupuncture, Holistic Medicine, Aesthetics, Micro Needling, Massage, Body work, Homeopathy, Detox/Fasting, Western Medicine Acute and Primary Care, Lab Work, and more.
We have the largest Chinese Herb dispensary in NW Florida, a full Apothecary, Medical Grade Supplements, Eastern and Western Herbal Formulas, and customized raw herbal prescriptions.
Dr. Karen DeVore received her Doctorate in Medicine from Bastyr University. She is a Naturopathic Doctor who focuses on education, empowerment and integration. She is passionate about sustainable health practices for the entire family, and works to create individualized wellness plans to support each client in their health journey using evidence-based integration of nutritional, botanical, and lifestyle modifications.
Dr. DeVore received her doctorate from Bastyr University and she is honored to be a part of the global movement toward integrative medical care. As a result of Dr. DeVore’s extensive education and training, she focuses on the root cause of illness and the influences of diet, lifestyle and environmental contributions in relationship to the whole person.
With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Lisa is a seasoned primary care acupuncture physician and a highly sought after practitioner, specializing in Neuro-Acupuncture. Dr. Lisa practices an advanced form of acupuncture that balances the central nervous system, treating a wide variety of aliments such as pain, mood disorders, long haul COVID, chronic illness, and nerve based pathologies.
Katie is an experienced Nurse Practitioner, offering primary care and medical aesthetics. After earning her Master's of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University in 2014, Katie joined the Emergency Medicine team at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Since relocating to the Emerald Coast, she has amassed extensive experience in primary and urgent care, as well as concierge aesthetics. Katie is an Allergen provider, offering cosmetic and therapeutic aesthetics, including BOTOX, JUVEDERM, and KYBELLA. Patient's enjoy Katie's non-judgmental approachability, as well as her keen clinical skills. With over 8 years of experience, Katie's skillset and approach to medicine and patient-focused care is a true asset to our patients.
Gwen is a local legend in the massage world, with over 20 years of experience. She began her training with the internationally acclaimed Hanna Tachashiegi at age 16 and has amassed a vast amount of experience and training. Throughout her years of studying the intricacies of the body, she has earned certifications in most massage techniques; deep and therapeutic bodywork, prenatal, Shiatsu, acupressure, Swedish, reflexology, breath work, and Japanese facial massage, just to name a few. Gwen's passion for the comprehensive and holistic approach to health permeates into each aspect of her massage sessions. Her calm and gentle approach is an ideal compliment for her to her ability to locate and release deep rooted muscular tension.
Over twenty years of practicing massage and accrediting an array of bodywork modalities, June has a multitude proverbial ``tricks up her sleeve``. June's massage philosophy is, no one bodywork technique fits all body parts and body injuries. With an emphasis on deep tissue and Thai massage techniques, along with myofascial stretching she is able to help clients reach their health improvement goals.
Graduated from the Tai Sophia Institute (TSI), the oldest and only Middle States accredited acupuncture school in the United States. Since graduating from TAI, Drew has studied extensively with some of the most famous practitioners of the modern era.
Dr. Schefer, ND is a naturopathic physician and received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. He specializes in homeopathy, water fasting, and lifestyle interventions to optimize and restore health.
Dr. Schefer’s passion for natural medicine was instilled by his personal journey with chronic neurological symptoms. After being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and trying numerous treatments, he was left feeling defeated as his symptoms continued to worsen. With a deep belief in the innate ability of the body to heal, Dr. Schefer discovered the power of water fasting to heal his body. He soon experienced optimal health and his passion for natural healing was born.
Dr. Schefer believes that all people, no matter what the condition, are capable of experiencing optimal health. It is this belief that is the driving force for his practice.
She first came to the Tortoise Clinic as a patient and was immediately taken with the peaceful atmosphere. It wasn’t just the success of the treatment that kept her coming back but she loves the positive energy and serene feeling at the clinic and hopes to provide the same experience for everyone she comes in contact with.
Kody is a dual-licensed massage therapist and esthetician specializing in helping clients look and feel their best. A native to the Emerald Coast, she is a graduate of Soothing Arts Healing Therapies School of Massage in beautiful Miramar Beach, Florida.
Kody enjoys learning new techniques and continuing to develop her skills to better serve her clients. She uses an integrated approach from a wide range of modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and sports massage, along with myofascial and PNF stretching to help manage discomfort while creating a harmonious state in both body and mind.
When not in the clinic she enjoys yoga, gardening and spending time with her 2 dogs.