It’s like one stop shopping. The Columbine Family Health Center has evolved into a united facility of Eastern and Western healing techniques and philosophy. Often cures for symptoms involve more than popping pain pills or antibiotics. Sometimes a patient needs touch or holistic approaches to what ails them.
When Dr. Mike Camarata moved into the upper bay of the Nederland shopping center, he brought with him an acupuncturist and a massage therapist. Having many rooms available, he opened the center to more forms of alternative healing.
The practitioners at Columbine Family Health on Peakview Drive and Highway 119 are hosting an open house and a chance to meet the therapists and healers who have joined forces to offer just about any type of medical treatment one might need. The open house will be on Saturday, March 2, from noon to 3 p.m.
Dr. Camarata said: “I am really delighted to offer a wide variety of health services to the Nederland community. The facility is evolving. We have many new practitioners as well as a couple of therapists we carried with us in the move.”
At the open house, visitors will have a chance to meet Dr. Camarata, Kathy Valen, chiropractor; Therapists LB Witulski, Monique Stader, Shawn Garin, and Dianne Fleming who will be available for mini-massages. If you have never had a massage, this is a perfect opportunity to try it for free, and experience the benefits first-hand.
Marcia Taylor who is practicing a multi-dimensional system balancing therapy, and Teresa Keller, a Mindful Living Psychotherapist, will also be present to share their knowledge and offer mini-sessions. Other therapists are certified practitioners and are eager to talk about their healing techniques and to meet members of the community.
Athena-Marie is new to Colorado. Originally from North Carolina, she spent a year living at the ocean in South Carolina before deciding to give the mountains some time. On her first visit to Colorado, she fell in love with Nederland and decided to call it home for now. She has been practicing massage therapy for five years and enjoys assisting people in their whole-body health.
As the years have progressed, her true passion has been aimed more towards energy work, Reiki, for example, hands-on healing, and intuitive body awareness counseling. She said, “By examining physical tensions and where they reside in the body, we can begin to unlock emotional and mental blocks that are at the root of chronic physical pain and disease.”
Athena-Marie prefers to work on an individual basis. Sessions are unique to the individual and usually include a variety of bodywork techniques. Her sessions are 1.5 to 2 hours long, allowing time for the physical body to open and integrate the bodywork. Massage and bodywork for children can be shorter sessions based on the child’s comfort level. Along with therapeutic massage as well as healing work, she has certifications in the following areas: Prenatal massage, Reiki Master, and is an Ordained Interfaith Minister.
McLalughlin has provided Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Nederland for years at the Oriental Healing Clinic. She said her journey into facilitating healing began with studying the functioning of the human body in the Western medical paradigm of biochemistry, endocrinology and physiology, and exploring the functioning of the human body in its most microscopic and chemical nature.
She also entered the world of an emergency medical technician where she witnessed the many factors affecting a person’s health and was brought into contact with the human spirit and how it endeavors to experience this world. Following a master’s in business degree, she moved into the business world focusing on the delivery of EMT care, developing her passionate philosophy that the systems in our world need to support equity of access and recognize the equality of all people.
A key turning point for McLaughlin was moving to the United States, where she became qualified as a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, bodywork and herbal medicine. She then studied in China at the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, a top level hospital. In addition she received training in Yin Style Bagua, a system of Bodywork, Martial Arts and Qi Gong that emphasizes the connection of Qi (chi) between practitioner and patient. Her certification is in Reiki level 1 and 2, and Karuna Reiki level, which also supports the energetic healing processes.
“I feel fortunate to combine the chemical and microscopic understanding of the body with the energetic and macroscopic richness and wholeness of Oriental Medicine in assisting a person’s healing journey.”
McLaughlin’s qualifications include a master of science degree in Oriental Medicine, national certification in Oriental Medicine and a State License
Valen has been Nederland’s chiropractor since 1988, and has been expanding her technique and healing services ever since. Besides chiropractic, she also offers electrotherapy, decompression therapy, vibrational therapy, phototherapy, Laser and infrared, and nutritional counseling.
Fleming became sold on massage in 1992 when the back end of a lumber truck ran over her car on a Wondervu switchback. “My neck injuries were severe, but thanks to massage therapy, and later on, Pilates to strengthen injured muscles, I had an incredible recovery.”
Fleming committed herself to becoming one of the best therapists as a result of that experience. Since 1993, she has studied and practiced Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Lymph Drainage, Acupressure and Pre-natal massage.
“I set up shop in Nederland in 1994, and enjoy my work as much today as I did when I started.”
Teresa Keller, Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Yoga Teacher and artist
Keller began working with children, families and communities in 1987. She is a trained Art Therapist and offers a holistic approach with evidenced-based practices and a focus on Mindfulness techniques.
Paramount in her work is a wish to assist others in cultivating lasting joy and realizing potential wellness that is within us all. She works also as the Bilingual (Spanish) School-based Therapist at University Hill Elementary School in Boulder for the past seven years and volunteers her time as a meditation teacher in various communities. Her service in the Peace Corps and International Aid led her to complete premedical training and offer a wider view of well-being. She believes in a community model of care utilizing the rich resources of health and wellness providers within the center and beyond.
Keller enjoys a simple mountain life with her family in Gilpin County and is grateful for their lessons of kindness and laughter. A 30-minute free consultation can be scheduled with Keller by calling 720.369.3387.
Witusky has been practicing massage for almost nine years in the Nederland area. He specializes in doing deep tissue, acupressure, Reiki, Jin Shin and various other modalities. He graduated from Crestone Healing Arts Center and he is a registered and insured Certified Massage Therapist. His office is located in the Columbine Medical Clinic and is also available for house calls. He can be contacted by phone at 303.589.1199 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Garin’s goal is to spread positive vibrations to the Nederland and Gilpin area through the mediums of music, community involvement, and therapeutic bodywork. He has been practicing massage therapy in the Front Range area for more than a year since his graduation from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. He specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu/Acupressure, Sports/Orthopedic Massage, Swedish, Thai Massage, and Reiki. He is available by appointment at the Columbine office as well as in the comfort of your home.
Hurst-Stader is the owner of New Moon Bakery but before that she was a successful massage therapist in Nederland and has been practicing massage on and off for 15 years in the Nederland community. “Massage has always been my passion and I feel so fortunate to do what I truly love doing,” she said.
She attended the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in the late 199’s and also became nationally certified. Her practice specializes in injuries, recovering from surgeries, repetitive motion injuries, chronic pain and stressful jobs. “And something you may not know about me is I love working with hospice,” she said.
Nancy Squire-Evans has a passion for Nutritional Coaching and received her bachelor’s degree in Holistic Nutrition in 1995. Since then she has been certified as a reflexologist, therapy foot treatment, and is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Energy Therapy and studied Aromatherapy, Essential Oil Therapy, at the American College of Healthcare Sciences.
She has just completed her Certification in Class IV Laser Therapy. Squire-Evans uses her training to empower the body to heal itself. She works with both humans and their four-legged companions.