Fayetteville Hyperbarics, LLC
Holistic Wellness Center
Holistic Wellness Center
- Denise Mercado, CEO & Co-owner of Fayetteville Hyperbarics, LLC
My interest in serving children with developmental issues began with my youngest son's illness in 1982. Life took a sharp turn after Danny suffered a severe bout of Hflu meningitis at six months of age. As a result, I embarked on an advocacy journey to support Danny and other children with similar issues through a business model developed and shared in my book titled - They Created Us.
My knowledge of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT began when my oldest son, John II joined the U.S. Army as a hard hat diver. As John II shared his diving knowledge, I learned that HBOT is the only effective treatment for decompression sickness or the "bends" as it is commonly known. My interest in HBOT as a holistic option began shortly after my youngest son's death in 2007. While serving children in a business named after our youngest son, I began meeting parents of young children with autism and cerebral palsy who were traveling great distances to bring their children to HBOT clinics. This led to hours of research on the many benefits of HBOT and a realization that this viable treatment could have helped my son, Danny in so many ways.
My goal for Danny, my heart's desire, was to help him recover - to ensure that I provide him with every opportunity to reach his full potential. If you are a parent reading this, I know you understand the determination that wells up in your soul when your child has special needs.
Despite the lack of internet capabilities in 1982 when I began this journey, I was able to find a special therapy known as the Doman-Delacata therapy. This is an intense therapy program that requires the child be moved in a crawling motion. I learned of this treatment in the medical library at Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis, Washington while Danny was fighting for his life in the ICU. Shortly after Danny's discharge from the hospital, I shared this new found knowledge with our son's physicians and was met with resistance. Determined to do all I could to help Danny, I organized 50 volunteers to assist with the therapy program. The intrigue of this unusual therapy spiked an interest with the local newspaper. Pictures of volunteers working with Danny and an article about the treatment made the front page. However, when I took our son to a follow up appointment with his developmental pediatrician, the article and pictures were displayed on the bulletin board in the waiting room with a sign pointing to the article stating, "NOT APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION."
I believe that "outside the box" thinking is an important part of life's journey and allows us to explore the many possibilities of life. I understand first hand that sometimes it takes the illness of a loved one to push us to new things. Although Danny is no longer with us, my passion and understanding for the plight of parents and children with developmental issues led me to the world of HBOT.
During my research, I learned that the first HBOT chamber was built in 1662. Since that time, the list of treatable conditions has grown internationally. However, throughout the years, the system in the United States has prevented the inclusion of HBOT as a covered treatment for over 50 conditions provided worldwide. My vision is based on clinical research and patient testimonials on the extensive list of conditions that benefit from HBOT including children with autism, cerebral palsy, ADD, ADHD, and other developmental delays.
Since 2013, Fayetteville Hyperbarics has served several children with autism and cerebral palsy with remarkable results. The children served are now seeing success with therapies that showed minimal to no progress prior to HBOT. HBOT seems to be the viable adjunct treatment I was looking for to help Danny. The simplicity of it all makes sense. After all, it is simply 100% oxygen under pressure.
For this reason Fayetteville Hyperbarics has expanded its vision to include several holistic practitioners. Together we develop an individualized treatment plan that may include one or more of the holistic modalities available at our center.
My promise to you is that we will never give up on you or your loved one.
As CEO, Denise provides oversight and direction for the overall operations of the organization. She is an Honors Graduate of Campbell University and Entrepreneur that has established several businesses to support children and young adults with developmental issues.