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Forum to focus on alternative treatments

Krystle Wagner • Jun 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Alternative treatments and therapies will be the focus of the next town hall meeting in Grand Haven arranged by Extended Grace.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave.

Vendors will be on hand to provide information about their services. A group of panelists will also provide information about therapies and alternative treatments during small and large group discussions.

TCM Counseling will provide QPR training prior to the meeting, from 5-6 p.m. Call 616-842-9160 to register for the training.

Panelists involved in the upcoming meeting include Dr. Gary Cool, an acupuncturist, homeopath and herbalist; Dr. Michael Weiss, of Weiss Chiropractic Wellness Center; Monica Verplank, who will represent the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation; Rebecca Neil, a holistic health care practitioner massage therapist; and Sandy Parker, owner of On the Path Yoga.

Previous town hall meetings have focused on topics such as mental illness, addiction, suicide and sexual assault.

The topic of alternative treatment and therapies arose from community members expressing interest in learning about them during previous meetings, said Extended Grace Executive Director Barbara Lee VanHorssen.

In addition to raising awareness about resources, VanHorssen said the meeting is also aimed at “dismantling the shame and stigma around mental illness.”

As residents gain awareness about alternative options, Parker said they hope to raise awareness about their services so providers can also make proper referrals. Parker said the integrative care takes a look at the body, mind and science. If one system is failing, she said they can look at other aspects of the person they can help.

“If we give people hope, we’re going to give them a way forward,” Parker said.

Organizations and individuals interested in providing information about their services can call 616-414-9111 or email office@extendedgrace.org. Anyone who needs transportation for the event can call 616-414-9111.

Sponsors for the event include the City of Grand Haven, Grand Haven Area Public Schools, North Ottawa Community Health System and Ottawa County. Health Hutt and Wild Blue will provide snacks.

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