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What Exactly Is Medical Grade Ozone at the Burick Center?

We’re proud to be affiliated with the American Academy of Ozonotherapy and have received our certification and training through the academy.  Check out this article from the American Academy of Ozonotherapy on what medical grade ozone really is!



Article written by the American Academy of Ozonotherapy. Read the original article, here

What Exactly Is Medical Grade Ozone?

Oxygen as a single atom is deficient in electrons. This makes the atom very unstable, and as a result single oxygen atoms cannot exist in nature all by themselves – at least not for more than nanoseconds. However, two oxygen atoms can join together to share electrons, and this combination forms a very stable molecule referred to as O2. This is the stable form of oxygen that is found in the atmosphere.

When an energetic force, such as electricity or ultra-violet light, is imposed upon a molecule of O2, the two oxygen atoms are temporarily split apart into single oxygen atoms. Then, in a matter of nanoseconds these highly unstable oxygen atoms will pair up again and reform back into O2 molecules. But a small percentage of them will unite in a ménage-a-trio known as ozone. Thus, ozone, referred to as O3, is a molecule which consists of three oxygen atoms all sharing the same electrons. Because there just are not enough electrons to go around to keep three oxygen atoms completely happy, ozone is a relatively unstable molecule. This instability is why it is such a powerful biological stimulant.

How is Medical Grade Ozone made?

Ozone is made by passing pure oxygen gas through a crystal tube through which an electrical spark is directed. The electrical energy breaks apart the oxygen molecules as described above, and what emerges from the other side is a mixture of oxygen and ozone.

Medical Grade Ozone in Mechanicsburg, PA

How is Medical Grade Ozone used?

Doctors trained in the use of medical grade ozone know how to administer it into the blood, joints, spine, and body cavities such as the bladder and the intestines.

What conditions respond to Ozone Therapy?

Since oxygen is so fundamental to why people get sick and how the body heals, ozone therapy has been found to be useful for many conditions including: heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, herpes, hepatitis, interstitial cystitis, diabetes, Lyme disease, chemical sensitivity, macular degeneration, intestinal disorders, and auto-immune disorders.

What is Prolozone® Therapy?

Prolozone® is a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by our president Dr. Frank Shallenberger. It is excellent for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. Because in many cases Prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.

Is Ozone Therapy Safe?

The primary mission of the AAO is to provide educational and therapeutic standards for the safe and effective use of medical ozone therapy in America.  A safety study in the overall use of ozone therapy was published in 1982.  The reference is below.  That study found that in a group of 384,775 patients treated with various forms of ozone therapy including a total of 5,579,238 treatment sessions a very low complication rate of 0.006% was observed. The only major complications occurred when ozone was improperly provided from untrained practitioners. The AAO was formed to standardize and promote the safe and correct medical use of ozone therapy in the United States. Our members have taken extensive training on safe and proven protocols in ozone therapy and have passed examinations in addition.  As long as these guidelines are followed we believe that the data shows that ozone therapy is one of the safest of all medical therapies.

Additionally, ozone therapy has been used throughout the world for various medical, dental, and veterinarian indications for over fifty years. There are over 2300 peer reviewed scientific papers published on ozone therapy, and more are being published every day. These papers can be accessed on the library page of the academy’s web site.

These papers speak to the safety and efficacy of ozone therapy.

The AAO is a member of The International Medical Ozone Federation (www.imeof.org) which represents 21 different ozone related medical associations around the world. The IMEOF has dedicated itself to insuring that medical practitioners around the world are properly trained to use standardized ozone protocols to provide safety and maximum efficacy.  The IMEOF has published The Madrid Declaration which establiches safety and efficacy standards for ozone therapy.  This document has been published in English, Spanish, Arabic, French, German, English, Spanish, and Japanese.  See the reference below.



Jacobs M. Accidents and Typical Complications in Ozone Therapy. OzoNachrichten. Vol. 1, 5, 1982

Madrid Declaration on Ozone Therapy (2nd edition). ISCO3, 2nd. edition, 2015,



At the Burick Center for Health and Wellness, we offer both ozone infusions and prolozone injections.

Schedule an initial free phone consultation today! Contact us at 717.730.9000 to learn more about whether Ozone Therapy is the right choice for you.

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Tracy joined the Burick Center for Health & Wellness in June of 2016 to help patients by managing various aspects of the office. Tracy brings more than three decades of medical office experience as the former office manager of a multi-specialty group and also works on a part-time basis as a Patient Service Rep at a local urgent care center.

Tracy’s favorite part of working in a medical practice is the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them navigate through the maze of health care. She loves being part of the dynamic team at the Burick Center.

Tracy likes to spend time with her family. She has two sons, Mason, who is living and working in Philadelphia as a Sr. Analyst for a marketing firm, and Spencer, who works at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

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Rena Geesaman is a Registered Medical Assistant who enjoys providing attentive and caring client service. She is very happy to be part of the Burick Center team where patient care is our number one focus.

Her goal is to do everything within her power to ensure every interaction leaves you feeling well cared for and perhaps even delighted.

Rena volunteers by serving as board treasurer for Carlisle Christian Academy. She also helps facilitate a program at River of God Church for single, pregnant girls which provides practical, emotional and spiritual support.

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Dr. Peter Lu trained and worked in New York City for 15 years and recently moved to central PA. He studied pre-med at Brooklyn College and attended medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Thereafter he worked in the inner city hospitals of New York City, and lastly had the honor of caring for people with his sister in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Lee has had the sincere pleasure of working in the Greater Harrisburg area for over 20 years. She relocated to Harrisburg in 1990 after completing her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Pre-Med at Cornell University. Lee received her first Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University. Her second Master’s Degree, as well as Doctorate, were both from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She uses a Cognitive-Behavioral approach to guide her work with clients across the lifespan. She strongly believes research has shown that changing your thoughts does change your life. Her primary focus with clients is to reduce symptoms by assisting clients to achieve skills they can utilize in their professional, academic, and personal lives.

Burick Center Staff MemberHeather Motter

LMT, Massage Therapist and Back Desk Coordinator

Heather Motter joined the Burick Center team in 2018. A graduate of YTI Career Institute, Heather prides herself on using her highly developed skills to maintain the balance between mind and body. As a licensed massage therapist, she specializes in Medical Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Oncology Massage.

Heather has a vast amount of experience working with a variety of patients. From a simple relaxation massage to a patient dealing with chronic pain, Heather is able to facilitate treatments uniquely designed for each patient’s individual needs.

Heather insists that massage is not just a relaxation luxury. Instead, her philosophy is that massage helps lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle. She encourages everyone to take the time to meet with her to develop a care plan to enhance their overall wellness.

Heather is a resident of Carlisle, where she resides with her fiancé, two sons, and four dogs. When she’s not at work, she can be found outside working on her back yard oasis, or volunteering at Speranza Animal Rescue.

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Felicia Miller is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist who provides nutritional counseling and education to patients of the Burick Center for Health & Wellness.

She takes the science of nutrition with her extensive knowledge of food and coaching skills to create an easy-to-follow actionable plan for her clients to follow.

Recognizing that there are multiple components to creating a successful wellness plan, she looks at the whole person – their concerns, lifestyle, personality, family, and career. Listening to her patients allows for Felicia to find the root cause of their issue and not simply the symptoms.

“Being healthy goes beyond diet, food is just one of the pillars of a happy, healthy person.” Felicia goes beyond the traditional diet education- she coaches and supports her patients as they learn how to make changes in their day-to-day life.

“I’m passionate about whole foods and healthy living I strive to inspire you to make positive food and lifestyle changes – at any age.”

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Ashley is a nurse at Burick Center for Health & Wellness. Her nursing philosophy is one of holistic care. She is a patient advocate committed to clear communication, education and applying critical thinking and decision-making skills to help patients achieve better outcomes. She enjoys providing the highest quality nursing care in a respectful, healing environment. She has a personal commitment to life-long learning through formal education and hands-on experience. She appreciates that compassion along with innovative care is what the Burick Center for Health & Wellness is all about.

Ashley has an Associate’s Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College and a Bachelors Degree from Penn State University.

She is married and has twin boys, She enjoys spending time with her friends, family and pets. She has owned and shown Quarter Horses all of her life and continues to compete in her spare time.