by Vonnie Woodrick
As a founder of the non-profit organization, i understand, I have experienced what it takes to create and execute a small business plan and to run a full-fledged business. It all begins with a simple idea with courage and tenacity to take risks at all magnitudes. In five years, i understand has flourished into something I could have never imagined.
The passion to make a difference, the willingness to change the conversation surrounding mental health, and the drive to bring this conversation to everyday places has proven to be successful. Due to our partnership with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, monthly support groups, speaking engagements, community partnerships, the definition petition and so much more, my organization is thriving.
I was passionate about the change that needed to happen surrounding mental health; it drove me to take risks and believe that when you do things for the right reasons, they work out the way they are supposed to. Of course, that didn’t come without worry, mistakes and countless hours of dedication. Even people I believed would be supportive, but proved otherwise, only motivated me further to prove that i understand could be a success.
The common factors among the women I spoke to about running their own businesses were passion and the desire to make a difference. Linda Anderson, who created Joy Undiluted, said, “I wanted to fill a gap between people who are not living in joy and feeling alone, with those who can help.” For Anderson, finding an avenue to show others how to experience something such as joy makes it exciting to show up at work every day.
In 1998, I had an incredible experience with Holistic Care Approach during their inaugural year. Pilates, massage therapy, and Reiki, was not as mainstream as it is today, but they managed to serve about 100 clients in the first year. Perhaps, they were a bit ahead of their time.
Now, with many looking for alternative ways to wellness, HCA has grown. With more than 6,000 clients being served through various services and treatments, they also boast that their staff cares about the “Whole you – body, mind and spirit” and believe that, “only by balancing the three can you enjoy good health.”
Determined to help others find alternative treatments for all around well-being, owner Barb Meconis stated, “I brought a lot of my belief systems, my passions with me when I bought this business.”
Meconis is an RN who worked in traditional healthcare for over 45 years and knew she could be a part of the change that was needed. Meconis states, “The current system of healthcare separates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our human nature with its treatments. Integrative medicine does not. We treat conditions, not diseases. Most emotional conditions manifest in the physical body, so the services we offer encompass the whole person.”
Finding joy in the workplace comes easily for Meconis. She is not only able to witness the positive outcomes and health improvements in her clients, but also is building a quality and impeccable staff and maintaining profitability.
“She means business” is a simple phrase to describe these amazing women in business who have dedicated their lives to helping others live more joyfully and judgment-free and to treating the person as a whole. They want others to be the best they can be, whole and healthy.
At times like any woman in business, they feel like Wonder Woman; someone who can do it all, while fulfilling personal and professional goals. But let’s face it – a woman in business who is also a mom can have her plate overflowing with responsibilities, and at times can easily feel like throwing in the towel.
Those times are fleeting for Anderson, Meconis and me, who have found through our work that when we have the ability to see the difference we are making, the long hours prove, “She means business.” We will get it done, all while making a difference in the lives of others. As Anderson states, “We are here to raise awareness of all things mind body soul to help people explore the many ways they can stop diluting their joy and live a better life!”
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Harness the healing power of oxygen to overcome your ailments with Ozone Therapy! Offered by Dr. Robert Grafton at Holistic Care Approach, Ozone therapy is an effective treatment for many different illnesses, from endodontic infections and herniated disc pain, to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. Ozone therapy may also used against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Ozone therapy, like exercise, delivers measured doses of oxidative stress – activating the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is super oxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase. This keeps DNA young by maintaining the telomere, which protect the ends of each DNA strand.
Medical ozone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It has been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections, osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis, cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections, and Lyme disease.
Ozone therapy may also be used to treat:
If you have any questions about Ozone Therapy, or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by email or give us a call at (616) 361-9221.
Did you know…. That IV, or Intravenous Therapy is comprised of nutrient treatments administered directly into a patient’s bloodstream, which prove more effective than regular supplementation. Higher blood concentrations can be achieved to improve immunity, wellness, or relief from a wide array of symptoms. Our different types of therapy can be tailored to your unique needs by our certified practitioners.
The IV treatments have been especially helpful to pre or post chemotherapy patients, those suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, malabsorption, and many other conditions, viruses and illnesses. Below are a few of the different types we offer
Ayurvedic Medicine & Lifestyle Consultation
Ayurveda is the oldest healthcare system in the world. Just as with holistic medicine, Ayurveda focuses on the person as a whole, and takes into account that every person is unique. If you are looking for a way to improve your overall health, vitality, and emotional well-being, visit us and schedule an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation.
Your consultation will be tailored specifically to you, but here is an example of what to expect from your session:
Nanette Bowen, PA-C, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher 500-hour, and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Nanette has worked in the healthcare industry for over thirty years, first as a Registered Nurse, and currently as a Physician Assistant. She is also registered with NAMA as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Through her unique access to these two healthcare models, she is able to guide others toward regaining their equilibrium and offer them tools to take control of their health. Read Full Bio
Dr. Preeti Sali-Kasatkar, BAMS, DASA (India), LE, RABT (USA) is a Licensed Esthetician & Ayurvedic Practitioner. She joined the staff at Holistic Care Approach in 2016 after moving to Grand Rapids and obtaining her aesthetician license. She is a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and registered with AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of North America), and will leverage her years of experience during your Ayurvedic Consultation. Read More
Thermography IMAGE is EVERYTHING… Safety & Peace of Mind a Unique Concept for Preserving Your Breasts and Your Heart!
IMAGE of SAFETY… Today, with the recognized potential harm of routine over-exposure of radiation to healthy men, women and children, the trend is toward “safer testing”
Thermography is the ULTIMATE safe test. Nothing enters or invades the body; the body has it’s own method of illuminating it’s signs and symptoms that reveal themselves as thermal changes on the skin. Today we can safely see them with thermography… so why not take a look? CLEAN.PURE.SAFE
IMAGE of PRESERVATION… Hippocrates’ directive of “Do No Harm” is exactly what patients expect of health and well-care today.
If your images reveal no abnormal or suspicious activity, then take steps to preserve your status.
If your images reveal early abnormal or possible suspicious activity, themography offers you time to change it.
The good news is with themography, you never have to compromise your cellular DNA or disrupt any other biological function to find out. SAFE.PURE.PEACE OF MIND
IMAGE OF PREVENTION… Decades of experience has taught us that the ONLY way to control disease is to prevent it in the first place.
First, you must become aware of the subtle changes that are typically developing unseen for decades. They can no longer hide.. not when you have the “Infrared Eyes” of thermography.
It is possible to change the course of everyone’s medical history by seeing, believing and making subtle changes in everyday habits to reveal the reality and power of prevention. EARLIER.SAFER.PREFERRED
IMAGE of HEALTH…
IMAGE of CONFIDENCE… We invite you to experience this professional preventive medical test in our office.
Have you considered Thermography for your next breast exam? Thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras alongside sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce a high-resolution mapping of your body’s temperature variations. Because of its extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations may provide subtle, yet vital clues to the detection of cancer or a precancerous state of the breast. There’s no radiation, no compression, and the technology is supported by more than 800 peer-reviewed studies.
As a special offer for Breast Health Month, Holistic Care Approach will deduct 10% from your initial Thermography screening cost. To schedule your appointment, Contact Us or visit our website for more information on Thermography
With the arrival of spring, many of us are out and about enjoying the warmer weather as the trees and flowers begin to bloom. Looking ahead to the summer months, Holistic Care Approach has a wealth of natural and effective treatments for beautifying your skin as well as treating one of the most common skin conditions: acne.
For April, we’re offering 10% off all products, facials, and peels for treating acne. In addition, you can receive $50 off all acne Broadband Light treatments. Get started on the path to clear, healthy skin just in time for summer days at the beach!
This month, we’re putting a spotlight on the many holistic treatments available for acne. Did you know that there are several natural options that can help treat your acne? Often, there are underlying causes of acne that need to be assessed, and utilizing prevention over treatment can be a better option. Just some of the natural holistic treatments for acne available at Holistic Care Approach include:
Contact us for a FREE skin care consultation today to find out the best acne treatment solution for you!
Conversations with Barb: Grow Your Own Tower Garden
Tuesday, Apr. 19th 7 – 8 p.m.
We think you will find it a healthier, easier, and smarter way to grow your own vegetables and fruits – right outside your own backdoor. Learn more about hydroponic, vertical gardening for inside or out! There’s no weeding, no tilling, no kneeling, and no messy dirt! This event is FREE to attend. Check out our events calendar for more information, and to view other free events this month. We look forward to seeing you!
Eminence Facials for Acne
Eminence of Hungary produces all-natural organic skin care products made with hand-picked ingredients. Many of their offerings are extremely effective as acne treatments, such as their Probiotic masques, moisturizers and cleansers, and their Willow Bark Exfoliating Peels. The Clear Skin Collection from Eminence focuses on keeping your skin clean and healthy with several carefully-selected ingredients. Each of these has its own individual benefit, but their synergy can alleviate many skin problems, including acne. Stop in to Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids to view our full product line.
As winter begins to give way to spring, you can usher in your own renewal by giving yourself clearer, healthier skin.
This month, we’re offering $50 OFF any SkinTyte BBL Treatment.
Broadband Light (BBL) Therapy is an innovative technology that sets new standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage.
BBL skin tightening is an ideal treatment for wrinkles, tightening skin on the abdomen, and firming neck and lower facial tissue.
During a BBL treatment, The light energy gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen, restoring your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant, and younger-looking.
These treatments are safe and optimized for all skin types. BBL technology can predictably, effectively, and comfortably treat any area of the body where improvement is desired.
View even more March savings on our specials page, or contact us to schedule an appointment today!
Celebrate the waning of winter by pampering yourself with one of our many massage therapy options available at Holistic Care Approach. Our wide range of expert practitioners in multiple disciplines gives you the best selection to choose from.
Conversations with Barb: Are Allergies Affecting Your Life?
Tuesday, Mar. 15th, 7 – 8 p.m.
Are allergies affecting your health? Learn how you can use Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques to eliminate your allergies! This class will introduce you to NAET, show you how it works, and teach you how to muscle test at home. This event is FREE to attend. Check out our events calendar for more information, and to view other free events this month. We look forward to seeing you!
Chartreuse Organic Herbal Teas
Holistic Care Approach is a proud distributor of Chartreuse Organic Tea, makers of high quality loose leaf herbal teas. Chartreuse Teas are sugar-free, caffeine-free, gluten-free, and are grown locally in Michigan. All teas are USDA Certified & Fair Trade with herbal benefits. This month, we’re offering a 10% discount on our collection of Michigan-made Chartreuse Herbal Teas. Stop in to see our selection today!
I spent some time today cleaning out a cupboard that had been left untouched in my condo after my mother in law passed away several years ago. I found this amazing old cookbook of hers from her birth town of Oswego, New York. The cookbook has a date of 1890 and while it has some pretty cool recipes it also held this little treasure that I would like to share with you as we begin a new year. The title is:
Take time for 10 things:
Blessings for a wonderful 2016!
This therapy can open up new avenues of healing for many people. By addressing a person’s cranial sacral system (the fluid that flows inside the head and spinal cord of our bodies), healing begins at the internal core, thus yielding more pure and elongated results. Gentle pressure focused on balancing the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid releases restrictions from the sacrum to the cranial area.This therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages natural healing mechanisms to dissipate stress on the central nervous system. Virtually anyone can reap the benefits of CranioSacral therapy, for encouraging brain and spinal cord performance is critical in creating balance and flow to the human body. This method of therapy may improve or prevent a variety of conditions. Click here to learn more.
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