Often people ask me how I became interested in acupuncture. My simple answer is, “Pediatrics.” As a teacher I watched parents struggle with how to treat their kids’ colds, fevers, attention issues, etc. I wondered if there was an in between between no treatment, and what parents many times felt was over-treatment.”
But the long answer is that I was raised on public service. Both my parents strongly believed that in order to be a part of a community you need to actively give back to the community. As a teacher, I saw the need in Roanoke for pediatric holistic wellness services, so I moved in that direction. Yet, here I am, nine years later, and as I work with more and more people, my vision has expanded. Children are not the only population in Roanoke who need a one stop shop for their individual wellness needs. We all do.
Many of my patients know that I have been looking for a new space for years. It has taken me so long because I wasn’t looking for an ordinary spot, I have been searching for a house that can be home to larger vision of community wellness. Whole community wellness, whole person care. That takes a big house, but also a landlord that is excited about the dream as I am, and a new partner that has the same vision as I do. Next time you see me, ask me how one phone call made it all click together, for now suffice it to say I’ve found the perfect spot.
The Haven on 5th will be a collaborative house providing individualized whole person care for the Roanoke Valley through experiential education, and integrative health services. For years, Maya Ittah of Terre Vie Wellness and I have been working separately in the Roanoke Valley to help educate people on the fact that wellness is not one size fits all. Every body is different, every person unique in their constitution. Maya and I are equally dedicated to making alternative therapies and education on self-care affordable for the whole community. We decided to combine our complementary modalities and similar visions into one place. We’re all tired of having to search far and wide for what is right for us. The Haven on 5th is going to have it all in one spot! And if we don’t have it, we’ll help you easily find it.
Opening in September, The Haven on 5th will house:
- Queenpin’s current acupuncture clinic
- A new community style acupuncture clinic with treatments ranging from $20 – $45
- Queenpin Herb Shop
- Garden Song Eco-Cafe
- Terre Vie Massage
- Terre Vie Nutritional Counseling
- Community outreach programs on wellness
- Classes that will include yoga, dance, and internal martial arts
We can’t wait to get started, but in the meantime we’ll update you on all of our progress.