With some forty years of dedication to the movement of wholistic health care, many have imagined that my interests lie strictly with the alternative. I prefer to see myself as a bridge linking the “alternative” and “traditional” models of health care, and I am free to draw from the best that each has to offer. The gulf between these two has narrowed considerably over the decades, in part because the separation is essentially false. Competent medicine with proper patient care certainly is “wholistic” and wholistic methods, supported by evidenced-based research, should be regarded as quality “medical” treatment.

My journey has in recent months taken me deeply into the care, science and skill of traditional medicine. I have to profess the possibility of bias, as an alumnus of UNC, but the kind of care that I have received in the UNC Health Care system has been remarkable. Seven weeks ago I had my right hip replaced with a metallic and plastic prosthesis.

Dr. Del Gaizo and the surgical team, as well as the nurses, Physical Therapists, Orthopedic Residents and so many others – at UNC hospital in Hillsborough – did a fantastic job not only with the surgery itself but also with patient care and support. They have earned my sincere respect and deepest appreciation.

There have been numerous changes at Wholistic Health Studio during this spring. We are sad to see our fine and dedicated yoga instructor, Betsy Templeton, retire from her three-times-a-week service to the WHS community. With her friendly smile and deep caring she has inspired so many people to get back in touch with not only their bodies but also, in many cases, their inner selves. But stay tuned, she promises to return with special presentations. We wish her great joy and success as she moves on to explore travel, grandchildren, and so much more.

We welcome Gigi Lee as our new yoga instructor. With her years of experience at Croasdaile and Duke’s faculty club, she brings a continuity of care and dedication to our yoga program at WHS. I am sure her vitality and gentleness will inspire students of yoga for many years to come. Let’s all do our part in making Gigi feel welcome.

In addition, we have the pleasure of announcing a new massage therapist to our therapy staff. During the next month Stephanie Nussbaum will be establishing a massage practice in our second therapy office, just off of the back deck. She has many years of training and experience, especially in providing supportive care for cancer patients. Most often her pressure is light, but with her deep and intuitive touch she reaches to a place of powerful connectivity and serenity within her patients. I am not just speaking metaphorically; I have, myself, had this experience.

Stephanie, as WHS Director of Outreach and Program Development, has launched a new, ongoing “Meetup” group that gathers one Wednesday a month at 7:30PM here at Wholistic Health Studio’s main classroom. Each program is FREE, and topics range from sound healing, laughing yoga, sexual awareness, to enhancing our immune system’s response, and so much more yet to come.

Finally, it is essential to acknowledge YOU. Our community is growing, and it gives us the greatest pleasure to see both old and new faces in our classes and at our presentations. As we approach the beginning of year seven, it is our constant reminder that we are here to serve. With the many operational challenges: staff absences or illnesses (including my own), disruption of services (well digging), repairs to an old facility (sheetrock needs repair), and the ongoing endeavors to provide quality programs – there are many distractions. But without you, we are nothing more than, to borrow from 1st Corinthians, tinkling cymbals. I hope you will let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your learning environment, to offer additional programs, or otherwise support your journey to wellness.
Thank you,

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