Oaklawn Hospital is pleased to announce the April 2nd opening of a holistic care center that is located at 15217 W. Michigan Avenue on their Bear Creek campus, a quarter-mile west of I-69. “Our vision is that Oaklawn Holistic Center will provide healthcare choices that offer complementary therapies that can integrate withconventional medicine to enhance healing and promote wellness,” said Oaklawn President & CEO Rob Covert.
Holistic medicine dates back thousands of years and is focused on therapies that treat the patient as a whole person,as opposed to mainly treating a particular symptom or ailment. Its techniques are centered on improving the body’s immune system and looks at an individual’s overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being before recommending treatment. The practice of holistic medicine does not rule out allopathic or conventional medicine, and the Oaklawn Holistic Center will work closely with Oaklawn primary care physicians to assure that their patients are receiving effective complementary care.
Martin Holmes, MD, of Oaklawn Medical Group-Albion is the Center’s medical director and Karla Anderson, RN, CNHP oversees the daily operations and treatments that come from nutritional therapists, massage therapists, naturopathic practitioners, and other practitioners of complementary treatments.
Anderson is a strong advocate of the holistic approach and using naturopathic therapies to strengthen the body’simmune system. "I’ve seen a lot of people turn to holistic medicine who suffered chronic ailments and were not experiencing much success through allopathic treatments. Often times these patients not only found relief for their chronic conditions, but found that other health problems improved as well due to improvement in the performance of their immune systems.” Naturopathic therapies emphasize using diet modification, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, acupuncture,hydrotherapy, massage, joint manipulation, and lifestyle counseling.
The Center offers classes and treatment that include numerous modalities, initially specializing in Therapeutic Body Work, Functional Normalization, Pregnancy Massage, Trigger-point Therapy, Healing Touch, Reflexology, Migraine Headache Relief, Injury Rehabilitation, Essential Oil Massage, Hot stone Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Comprehensive Holistic Assessments, pH testing, Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Therapy, Loomis Digestive Health Assessments, Fastech Foot Forms, Ionic Foot Baths, Ear Candling, Natural Health Life Classes, Holistic Life Coaching Club, QiGong, and Live Foods.
The Center is open Mondays from 10am-7pm and hold classes from 7-9:30pm. It is also open Wednesdays from 8am-2pm, and Fridays from 12pm-5pm. Anyone seeking additional information or appointments should call (269) 789-3873.