GROTON -- Groton Wellness, in partnership with the Community Foundation, is embarking on a project to create a program that gives back to the community, providing free wellness consultations and treatments to those individuals who do not have the ability to pay for much-needed private, supplemental health care.
The Free Wellness Project is an endeavor by Groton Wellness, whose medical practitioners are volunteering their time one Saturday afternoon per month to treat qualifying patients for this medical-assistance program.
Groton Wellness volunteer staff members include: herbalist Kenyon Keily, psychotherapist Grace Ramsey Coolidge, LMHC, naturopathic Dr. Joshua Lloyd, ND, and covering Kinesiology and chiropractic, Dr. Gerry Dembrowski.
The first Free Wellness clinic will be on Saturday, April 26, in the afternoon. Participants will have the opportunity to register at grotonwellness.com.
Groton Medical Wellness Spa does not accept private health care insurance or Medicare and many individuals do not have the financial resources to pay for wellness consultations and treatment. Dr. Gerry Dembrowski, specializing in Kinesiology and chiropractic treatments, believes strongly in the concept of helping the community.
"It's all about the people," Dembrowski said. "We have statewide health care and now nationwide health care and we pay for these systems with our taxes. When someone's sick or injured, there is enough stress associated with the need for help and treatments and this is as close to burden-free as you can get."
"We have many different practitioners here who do many different things," Dembrowski continued, "and we confer with each other and build on those synergies to treat individual patients because we treat the patient from head to toe."
To raise funds for this project, Groton Wellness and the Groton Community Foundation are hosting a family fun event called "Ride for Free Wellness." Participants sign up to ride bikes, scooters, inline skates or horses on the Nashua River Rail Trail on May 31 and raise as much money as possible to donate to this cause.
The money raised will go directly toward the cost of prescribed treatments, which will include a wide range of herbal and natural supplements and tinctures. Groton Wellness has partnered with the Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to manage all funds raised and distributed for the wholesale cost of medicine and supplements. All donations are tax deductible.
Groton Wellness, located in the Mill Run Plaza, is a center for health and healing that is committed to the creation of healthier lives through holistic and natural approaches. Groton Wellness owners Dr. Jean Nordin-Evans and Dr. Bob Evans saw the need to create Groton Medical Wellness Spa LLC with the goal of treating individuals from "head-to-toe." While embracing scientific, alternative and traditional healing methods through education and support, the staff of Groton Wellness works with each person on his or her unique journey to whole health.
To support the physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals, Groton Wellness services address adult and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, medical, spa and offers nutrient-dense, natural foods that guests can either take out or enjoy in the café.
Treating a wide spectrum of chronic medical health problems and conditions -- detoxification and elimination of mercury, obesity and weight loss, fatigue, thyroid disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, depression and anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, Lyme disease, allergies, asthma, diabetes, ADHD and others -- the Groton Wellness staff includes a medical doctor, a naturopathic doctor, an herbalist, a registered nurse, an acupuncturist, a psychotherapist, an Ayurveda Wellness Coach, a nutritionist and practitioners of thermography, EAV, Ondamed and Specialized Kinesiology Chiropractic.
The May 31 Ride for Wellness is a family event and participants of all ages are invited to attend. Registration will take place between 1 and 1:30 p.m. with riders/walkers departing at 2 p.m. Beginning with a 1-mile ride along Groton's side roads to the Common Street entrance of the Nashua River Rail Trail, participants can continue north on the rail trail for any amount of time as long as they return to check out by 4 p.m. The Nashua River Rail Trail is a former railroad right of way that travels 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. This flat trail offers a 10-foot wide paved surface for the entire length and a five-foot wide gravel equestrian path for seven miles of the trail from Groton Center to the New Hampshire border in Dunstable.
Parking and registration will take place at Groton Dunstable Middle School, 344 Main St., Groton.
Groton Wellness, which is also a sponsor of the upcoming Groton Road Race, is hoping to balance a variety of financial resources to maintain the Free Wellness program as an ongoing service. The Groton Board of Trade recently approved the donation of funds through their grant process.
Another important resource for funding for the Free Wellness project, in concert with the Ride for Wellness, will be Corporate Sponsorships. There are four levels of sponsorship for businesses, including Titanium, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
To complement this endeavor, Groton Wellness will be hosting its sixth annual Spring Open House on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family day will provide holistic spa treatments, educational seminars, samples of their farm-to-table café selections, and will include raffles, unique vendors, a petting zoo, and live music for everyone to enjoy.
For information on sponsorship of or participation in the May 31 Ride for Wellness or for information on Groton Wellness and the Free Wellness Project, visit grotonwellness.com