[In the News] Alternative Thinking Columbia’s Nava Health is riding a wave of interest in non-traditional medical treatments

Bernie Dancel, CEO of Nava Health stands in the lobby of his Columbia, MD Nava Health location
April 16, 2024

Bernie Dancel’s Nava Health might have become another business casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dancel closed one office and downsized two other locations to survive when in-person services shut down. Since then, the Columbia-based alternative health company’s business has exploded, with revenue more than tripling from 2021 to 2023. Nava Health is now on its way to becoming Greater Baltimore’s latest public company through a $320 million Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) deal as people increasingly search for options outside of traditional medical care.

“People are looking for alternatives,” Dancel said. “And Dr. Google is a very, very good, smart doctor.”