Prelude to Daffodils

Integrative Wellness


Prelude to Daffodils

As Kate’s business partner at Open Door, and as the director of the Acupuncture Clinic, I can say we’re brimming with excitement for upcoming developments. Like the daffodils, the blooms are a little ways off, but the underground energy is beginning to move.

By summer we are doubling our footprint in White River Junction. Our excellent clinical services of acupuncture, physical and massage therapy, social work, and nutrition will continue at 18 North Main Street.

Our movement classes and community events will move into our new space, just next door. Big, open, and airy, this will become an Upper Valley hub for dance and natural movement arts, and personal training.

ACUPUNCTURE services at Open Door continue to grow. We are delighted to have Cicely Andree on-board, a graduate of the preeminent Seattle Institute for Oriental Medicine.

Cicely joins me and Stefan Grace, L.Ac., giving individualized sessions in our sublime treatment rooms, and Mason Stabler, L.Ac., who runs our group acupuncture clinic.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



Whats Happening at Open Door...
So many dance classes!
Personal training with Joe and Kevin

 Family Contact Improvisation Class and Dance-Jam
 March 23, 5-7:30pm
Instructors: Kelly Armbrust and Jennifer Blue

 Barre Class
Tuesdays and Thursday, February 27- March 29, 9-10am
Instructor: Olivia Fauver

Projects in Motion: Exploring Functional Movement as Creative Practice
A workshop intensive with Axis Syllabus teacher Ruth Douthwright and Movement Educator/Speaker Erin Godfrey
 April 6-8th, 2018
 Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday  9am-12pm


Mindfulness & Self-Compassion: An Experiential Workshop
 Sunday, March 18, 2-4:30pm
Instructor: Lisa Varno, RYT, M.M.Ed.

Free Open Meditation
Date: Wednesdays starting February 7, 2018,  12-1pm


Open Door's Optimal Health and Weight Loss Program
Tuesdays, March 27- May 1, 6:30-8pm
Instructors: Kate Gamble and Holly Westling

Young Women's Self-Defense (girls ages 13-18)
 Fridays, March 2- April 6, 4-5 pm
Instructor: Kevin Comeau

Deconstructing Divorce
Thursday, March 15,  5:30-6:30pm
Presenters: Sally J Boyle CFP CDFA and Jan Scheiner PhD

Women's Sacred Circle
Mondays, March 19-May 7, 7-8:30pm
Instructor:  Andrea Manning

Community Acupuncture
Thursdays, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Round Table: Couples Therapy and the Universal Need for Connection
April 4, 7:30-8:30pm
Presenters: Marcia Webster and Jill Fischer

Open Door's elegant and versatile space is the perfect spot for a celebration. Rent the studio and kitchen for your private event, or choose from our menu of services and let us help create the event for you. Events include:
  • Prom night dinner and dancing
  • Graduation party
  • Family reunion
  • Wedding party celebration
  • Work gathering
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March Nutrition Notes 

Holly Westling 

Yesterday, I went for a long hike through the woods with some friends and was pleasantly surprised by the warm temperatures and tiny buds popping out on the bushes and trees. This morning it is snowing. March can be a challenging month as “Mother Nature” teases us with spring like weather one day and sends us indoors with icy cold temperatures the next. With this change in season, our immune systems can be challenged while the presence of Rhinovirus (cause of the common cold) peaks. There are many things we can do to boost our immune system. Of course washing your hands frequently is an excellent place to start. I also recommend making some modifications to your nutrition plan to help boost your immune system. One step we can take is increase our antioxidant stores that enhance the immune system by including more citrus, brussels sprouts, colorful peppers, cilantro and parsley. We can also add more immune boosting minerals such as zinc and selenium by snacking on nuts and seeds and eating plenty of wild -caught seafood, eggs, onions, whole grains, spinach, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.
Beyond diet, we can keep our immune systems strong by keeping our body moving with a healthy exercise plan. Later this month, Kate Gamble (MSPT) and I will be teaming up at Open Door and offering an Optimal Health and Weight Loss Program. Join us and learn in detail the best way for you to eat and exercise in order to optimize your health. Each participant will be provided an individual meal and exercise plan specifically designed for them. Participants will also learn in detail how to improve not only their physical heath and strength, but immune health, brain health, and heart health. For more information, please visit our website>

Enjoy this delicious recipe full of flavor and immune-boosting herbs and spices:

Slow Cooker Moroccan Fish Tagine
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 fennel bulbs, 1/4 cup fronds minced, stalks discarded, bulbs halved, cored, and sliced
1/4 inch thick
1 onion, halved and sliced thin
Kosher salt and pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste (make sure there is no sugar added - Muir Glenn is a good
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 ½ teaspoons paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 tomatoes, cored and chopped
2 (2-inch) strips lemon zest
½ cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped coarse
¼ cup raisins
1 ½ pounds skinless cod fillets, 1 inch thick, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
Add sliced fennel, onion, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until softened and lightly browned, 8 to10 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste, garlic, garam masala, paprika, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in broth, scraping up any browned bits; transfer to
slow cooker.
Stir in tomatoes and lemon zest.
Cover and cook until flavors meld, 4 to 6 hours on low or 3 to 5 hours on high.
Discard lemon zest.
Stir in olives and raisins, then season cod with salt and pepper and nestle into slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high until cod flakes apart when gently
prodded with paring knife and registers 140 degrees, 20 to 30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle individual portions with parsley and 
fennel fronds and drizzle with remaining oil before serving.

Through our wellness programs, Open Door offers clients the tools to be self reliant and resilient, and to achieve vibrant health and well-being. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and provider. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our services to the workplace and out to the community.
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Open Door offers clients the tools to achieve vibrant health and well-being and to be self reliant and resilient. Our fresh approach to healthcare encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes and bring our wellness services out to the community. Learn more>
Open Door is a collaboration of practitioners offering professional services and classes that support the art and science of living well:
  • Professional Services: Physical Therapy, Counseling, Co-Active Coaching, Nutrition Consults
  • Classes & Workshops: Dance, Yoga, GYROKINESIS®, Meditation, Cooking, Writing, Music, Art
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