Featured Treatment of the Month: BBL Photofacial

Beautiful Girl Touching Her Face. Beauty Face.Start your spring cleaning with facial rejuvenation! Relieve your skin of the long winter it’s had by receiving a Forever Young BBL Photofacial Treatment for $200 (regular $300) during the month of March 2014 only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

BBL is an innovative technology that sets new standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage. A photofacial using BBL energy is commonly used for rosacea treatment, age spot removal, the minimizing of small facial veins and sun spots, and many other skin conditions. Your photofacial treatment will be tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. Refresh, renew and rejuvenate your skin!

Contact us now for your free one-hour consultation!

Take an Archetypal Journey!

HCA is hosting a workshop titled Embodying the Spirit: An ArchetypalJourneyArchetypal Journey as a way for you to spring clean your soul. The series is developed and facilitated by Chris Wheeler and Mary Johnson based on the teachings of Caroline Myss.You will develop the ability to consciously respond to life situations that align with your spiritual path. You will gain insight into how personal and collective patters impact your life, and increase opportunities for reaching your highest potential!

The series includes five 2.5 hour classes (March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20) and offers the option of a residential weekend retreat June 13 – 15. The full program is $450, the price for just the classes are $135, and the price for just the retreat is $325.

Download the PDF page for more information and the registration form!

No Mud, No Lotus: A Day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor

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Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on March 29. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about transforming the challenges life presents into fertilizer for the good seeds inside us all.

 

Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha (or ‘meditation group’) in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for thirty-five years and has two adult children.

 

Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.

 

A vegetarian lunch will be served, and this year we will be meeting in a larger space. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.

 

9:30am to 5pm
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

 

Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Barbara Meconis Featured as an “Influential Woman”

Barbara Meconis Featured as an “Influential Woman”

Posted by hca_admin on 01/30/14

Barbara Meconis, owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach, was featured as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Influential Women.

The business was also nominated as the Top Women Owned Business in the $1.49 million and under annual revenue category.

by Tim Gortesma, GRPJ:

Barbara Meconis is proof that holistic and traditional health care can work well together.

Holistic journey

BarbThe owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach opened the natural healing center in northeast Grand Rapids in 2003 after having spent time as director of system quality improvement at Spectrum Health and as director of health care management programs at Priority Health.

Since then, she has negotiated an exclusive contract to provide holistic health services to the staff of the largest health care provider in West Michigan.

“I have established and expanded a business during a very difficult economic environment,” Meconis said. “Holistic Care Approach provides the widest range of holistic health services in a clinical setting and is unique to any business in all of West Michigan.”

Click here to see the complete article.

Program of the Month: HCG Weight Loss

Make 2014 the last year you will have “lose weight” on your list of resolutions. Change your life with your HCG Program.
  • Reset your body to lose only fat and inches
  • Rapid, safe weight loss
  • No exercise needed
  • Scientifically backed and time tested
  • No dangerous pharmaceuticals or surgery
The program includes a thorough initial and follow up visit, bioimpedance analysis before and after, weekly supply of HCG syringes, and is physician supervised.

Call today for a free 15 minute consultation with your doctor to learn more and see if the program is right for you.

Conversations with Barb – A 2014 Lecture Series

“Conversations with Barb”

Barb

A 2014 Lecture Series at HCA on the third Tuesday of each month

$5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door

Includes Handouts, Giveaways, Raffle, Fun and Interactive

7pm-8pm

January: Tuesday, 21st

Conversations January

Keep your Immune System Healthy Naturally

This conversation will discuss short and long term immune support to help you through the long winter. It will include essential immune system protocols.

February: Tuesday, 18th

Healthy heart check list

Complementary Therapies for Heart Health and Heart Disease

This conversation will share some holistic approaches for the person who wants to embrace heart health and prevent the early onset of heart disease.

March: Tuesday, 18th

Conversations March

Are Allergies Affecting your Life?

Are allergies affecting your health? How NAET can eliminate your allergies! An introduction to NAET, how it works.

April: Tuesday, 15th

Conversations April

Grow your own Tower Garden

We think you will find it a healthier, easier, and smarter way to grow your own vegetables and fruits – right outside your own backdoor. Hydroponic, vertical gardening for inside or out! No weeding, No tilling, No kneeling. No dirt!

May: Tuesday, 20th

Face of a beautiful young woman with a puzzle collage.
Face of a beautiful young woman with a puzzle collage.

Healthy Skin – Where Beauty Meets Health

This conversation will explore how our exterior reveals secrets to our inner health as well as how to reverse skin aging with organic skin care.

June: Tuesday, 17th

Conversations June

Acupuncture – What Everyone Needs to Know About America’s Fast Growing Health Care Method

What is acupuncture? What conditions are treatable by Acupuncture? What does it do?

July: Tuesday, 15th

Conversations July

Benefits of Massage

This conversation will explore the history of massage, benefits of massage, what conditions are helped, and types of massage. Receive a 10 minute chair massage!

August: Tuesday, 19th

Conversations August 2

Bio-Identical Hormones – BHRT

What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? What are the benefits? Can Men and Women use BRHT? Do I go to a doctor?

September: Tuesday, 16th

Conversations September

Four Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life

We will explore 4 changes you can incorporate into your eating that create a healing environment in the body. You will receive a prescription you can fill at your local supermarket and much more!

October: Tuesday, 21st

Conversations October

Rethinking Cancer

What is cancer? Where does it come from? Prevalence data, prevention, and holistic options.

November: Tuesday, 18th

Conversations November

Aromatherapy using Essential Oils for Body, Mind and Spirit

An interactive, fun conversation. Essential oils actions, safety considerations, blending oils and the essential oil first aid kit. How they work and how to use them in your life. receive an essential oil hand massage!

December: Tuesday, 16th

Conversations December

Stress Reduction – Why pay attention?

Techniques for coping with stress. Daily practice of the 30/30/30 principle.

 About the Owner:

Barbara Meconis, R.N., B.S., graduated magna cum laude from Mercy Central School of Nursing in 1972 as a Registered Nurse, and went on to receive her B.S. in health care administration from Davenport University in 1995. She has extensive health care experience in clinical and administrative roles, for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Barb has received certifications in intravenous infusion, case management, and nutrition. She entered into the world of holistic medicine in 1998 becoming certified in healing touch, quantum touch healing, auricular acupuncture (NADA), and Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Therapy (NAET). She is an advanced level II NAET practitioner.

After working for many years in hospitals and clinics, in 2003 Barb opened Holistic Care Approach LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan . Holistic Care Approach LLC. She is focused on the treatment of allergies through the use of NAET which she believes is the medicine of the future, being used in the present. The results are mind boggling and rewarding beyond her wildest expectations, to the extent that NAET is able to help people become healthy again.

Over the course of her career, Barb’s emphasis has been on program development and implementation. She enjoys coaching people through the complexities and challenges of the eastern and western health care systems, with a goal of integrating these two approaches through the many services offered at her clinic. Barb remains devoted to patient-centered care. Her focus is on women’s and children’s health. To that end she participates in many local organizations such as Girls on the Run, Healthy Homes, Asthma Network and several of the local colleges and universities as a mentor and speaker. Barb was a finalist for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Woman Owned Business of the Year in 2011, a finalist for the Grand Rapids Business Journal Woman Owned Business of the Year Award in 2012, and the recipient of the Davenport University Alumni of the Year award from the College of Health in 2013.

15th Year Anniversary of Holistic Care Approach

As 2013 unfolds I awake everyday with humility and gratitude to my staff, clients, friends, and our community and business partners for the exciting journey of building and expanding holistic medicine in West Michigan.

The last 15 years have been filled with change, adaptability, creativity and dedication to the idea that the client is the most important member of the medical team. We believe “healthy” means more than just the absense of disease. Each human being is a fusion of mind, body, and spirit- one dependent upon the other for optimal quality of life. We strive to create a culture of care for our clients.

The expansion of services and staff, along with client loyalty to our mission has helped us to continuously strive to exceed expectations and grow. This continuous improvement has driven us to expand from 8 to 14 treatment rooms, 11 to 30 providers, and 10-30 service lines. The addition of Dr. Kate Heineman D.O. in a dual role as a full time physician and Medical Director, as well as the HCA Skin Care Center and IV Infusion Center positions us to offer a much wider depth of services.

So it is with excitement and continued commitment to excellence that we look forward to 2013!!

Warmly,

Barb

 

A Holistic Approach to Neck and Arm Pain:

by Katherine Heineman, DO at Holistic Care Approach

What is the significance of neck and arm pain?

Neck pain is common, disabling, and costly. Around 2/3 of population will have neck pain at some point, with prevalence highest in middle age.

What is one of the most common reasons for neck and arm pain?

Cervical strain/sprain is one of the most common reasons for neck and arm pain. Often, other pathology may need to be ruled out, including fractures, disc herniation, infection, or tumors, but cervical strain/sprain remains the second most frequent musculoskeletal cause of consultation in primary care.

What is cervical strain or cervical sprain?

Cervical strain and sprain are muscular in origin. Cervical strain is produced by an overload injury to the muscle-tendon unit because of excessive forces on the cervical spine. Cervical sprain is thought to be caused by the elongation or tearing of small muscles or ligaments.

What are common causes of cervical strain or sprain?

Day-to-day activities or trauma can often lead to cervical strain or sprain such as whiplash injuries from motor vehicle accidents (minor or major), day-to-day repetition or over-use injuries, falls, or postural neck problems, to name a few.

What are common clinical syndromes or diagnoses associated with cervical strain or sprain?

If you are experiencing neck and/or arm pain, apart from a diagnosis of cervical spine sprain or strain, you may also have been diagnosed with one or more of the following:cervical myofascial pain, cervical soft tissue pain syndrome, cervical acceleration/deceleration injury, extension/flexion injury, whiplash syndrome, hyperflexion/hyperextension injury, and/or neck or shoulder girdle soft tissue injury.

What are the most common symptoms associated with cervical strain or cervical sprain?

Neck pain

Headache

Shoulder, scapular, and/or arm pain

Visual disturbances

Tinnitus

Dizziness

Neurologic symptoms (weakness or heaviness in the arms, numbness, and paresthesia)

Difficulty sleeping due to pain

Disturbed concentration and memory

No specific pathology on imaging or diagnostic studies

What are common treatments for cervical sprain/strain?

Common treatments include: pain medication, NSAIDS, muscle relaxants, trigger point injections, or physical therapy.

What if my doctor has prescribed a variety of the above options and I am still experiencing neck pain?

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) of the cervical spine for neck pain is the second most common use of manipulative therapy. Various gentle techniques are applied in areas of impaired or altered function of the body framework (usually in this case, this includes your neck, shoulders, and upper back) to release the sprain and strain on the muscle tissues and to promote blood flow, thus enhancing the body’s own healing ability. With my use of OMT, I never apply force or use thrusting techniques.

What is my outcome with neck and arm pain?

Your outcome depends on the underlying cause and whether your pain is an acute or chronic problem. Studies show that even a single intervention with osteopathic manipulation has been shown to decrease neck pain. I will often recommend a short series of treatments (usually one treatment for 3 or 4 weeks) in order for the body to begin to heal appropriately. Most cases of neck and arm pain have some element of muscle strain or sprain, and if so, you should see improvement with manipulation.

What are other options at Holistic Care Approach for my neck and arm pain?

Apart from osteopathic manipulation, you may also benefit from acupuncture treatment, massage therapy, or a variety of supplements to support your system.

If you are new to osteopathic manipulation and have questions you’d like answered prior to beginning care, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office: 616-361-9221.

We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Heineman is physician specializing in Neuro-Musculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM). She commonly screens for nutritional deficiencies and offers expanded testing for thyroid, adrenal and other hormonal dysfunction. She is now practicing out of Holistic Care Approach and is serving as its Medical Director.