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Alternative healing takes root

BRECKENRIDGE – Alternative health care may become more convenient and affordable in Summit County.Sacred Tree, a wellness center offering acupuncture, massage, natropathic medicine, traditional medicine, spiritual kinesiology, hypnotherapy, martial arts and yoga classes, opened Sept. 14 in Breckenridge. Today it hosts an open house for community members to talk to practitioners.PriceBrigette Christy, owner of Sacred Tree, hopes to offer special payment plans that she said could cut costs in half for people receiving ongoing treatment for two or three months. She and her staff are pursuing grants and other funding programs to help achieve her goal.”We really do want to be in a position where we’re affecting and benefiting the community,” Christy said. “The prices are really reasonable,” said naturopath Justin Pollack. “They’re going to give us some stiff competition for our own clinic (in Frisco, which we’re also working at).”ConvenienceIn addition to reasonable prices, Sacred Tree intends on offering an integrated healing center, where patients can more conveniently receive care.In fact, patients can take advantage of both traditional and alternative treatments. Dr. Kendrick Adnan, a family practitioner at the Breckenridge Medical Center, will join naturopaths Pollack and Kimberly Nearpass as primary care physicians.”Our original vision for practicing was to work in an integrated setting with nurses, MDs, massage therapists and acupuncturists,” Pollack said. “It makes it more complete.”Christy also wanted to give practitioners an opportunity to fully focus on their patients rather than wasting energy on such business aspects as marketing, billing, taxes and appointments, which Sacred Tree will now address.”Most of us in the holistic field don’t come from a strong business standpoint,” said Joel Proctor, one of the three licensed acupuncturists at Sacred Tree. “We just want to practice our healing art, and it takes a lot of time to find your way through the (insurance and marketing) maze. It takes away from us furthering our studies and focusing on our patients.”CollaborationHaving practitioners work under one roof also allows for care givers to support each other and share ideas about health care.”I feel like my work has improved since I’ve been here,” said Allyson (Friday) Watters, certified massage therapist. “When you’re practicing this gift, there’s something about being in an atmosphere with other like-minded people that really supports what you do. There’s a cohesiveness among practitioners, and it bolsters my individual work. “VisionsChristy has dreamed about opening a holistic health center for the past few years. She started Spin Creative Studio, an advertising design and marketing communications agency in Summit County, about nine years ago. Her business experience and the fact that she has relied on alternative healing methods for her ailments gave her confidence to open the center.Though Sacred Tree has three treatment rooms, Christy has big plans. She’s already looking at a larger space, and she ultimately hopes to build a destination healing retreat center to treat minor to serious illnesses. She anticipates attracting world-renowned healers for speaker series, workshops and practitioner training.For information, call (970) 453-8558.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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