Alternative health fair is Saturday in Silverthorne |

Alternative health fair is Saturday in Silverthorne

SILVERTHORNE – To compliment the 9Health Fair, Alpine Earth Center is planning its own free gathering to teach locals about alternative medicine and healing practices – it’s set for Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The long-running local 9Health Fair, which took place last Saturday, provides mainstream health information, including inexpensive blood tests and wellness screenings.

“(The alternative health fair) will generate exposure and interest in holistic and alternative medicine, which is not generally done by the mainstream,” said Dr. Justin Pollack, a locally practicing naturopathic doctor.

Professional homeopath Caroline Falkenburg agreed – Such an event is a great opportunity for locals to visit with a collection of wellness providers all in one place, she said. People will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one about various healing practices and how they can be used.

Information stations on yoga, Qi Gong, pilates, homeopathy, naturopathy, nutrition, acupuncture and massage therapy will be available to health-fair visitors. Yoga, Qi Gong and pilates sample sessions will run in the upstairs fitness room.

“People can actually walk into a session and participate,” said Alpine Earth Center co-owner and event host Sherie Sobke. She also noted that Alpine Earth Center already puts on regular yoga sessions, and various clinics and talks.

Wellness topics being presented “aren’t as mainstream,” Sobke added. Even so, something as simple as a yoga class could help someone with a lot of issues and make them feel better.

“There are a lot of different health modalities out there that could help just with general health,” she said. “You could come to something like this to address health concerns and learn about something that may be less expensive and less invasive.”

Depending on local enthusiasm and attendance levels, the alternative health fair may become an annual event.

“Check it out,” Pollack said. “There’s an awesome tea shop, the river’s right there. It’s a neat place to visit.”

For more information, call (970) 468-8189 or e-mail To learn more about Alpine Earth Center, visit

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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