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To Your Health! For the past several years, The Beachcomber has regularly published this health and wellness guide. Our hope is that it provides information on what all Islanders might need to grow healthy and stay well — from an acupuncturist for an aching back to a family doctor who will tend to loved ones when they are sick to a yoga class that will add serenity to someone’s hectic life. Vashon is fortunate to have a wealth of providers living and working here, offering up the skills they know best. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” We hope Islanders find plenty of oppurtunity in these pages; we believe they are our way to help create a healthy community, and we extend special gratitude to the Vashon Health Center for sponsoring the guide. — Susan Riemer, Health and Wellness Guide editor Acupuncture ....................................3

Lactation Support .........................29

Addiction Therapies .......................5

Mammography . ............................29

Ayurveda . ........................................6

Massage . ........................................31

BodyTalk ..........................................6

Medical Clinics & Health Centers................................39

Breathing .........................................7 Care Facilities — Long Term .........7 Child & Family Services .................8 Chiropractors . ...............................10 Counselors .....................................10 Dentists ..........................................20 Domestic Violence . .......................22 Doulas ............................................22 End of Life Services .......................22 Esthetics .........................................22 Exercise ..........................................23 Eye Care .........................................28 Health Products . ...........................28 Herbalists .......................................29 Home Health Care . .......................29

Meditation .....................................40 Midwifery ......................................40 Movement ......................................42 Naturopathy ..................................42 Nutrition ........................................43 Occupational Therapy ..................44 Physical Therapy ...........................44 Podiatry .........................................44 Reiki ...............................................45 Senior Services ..............................45 Spas . ...............................................45 Ultrasound . ...................................45 Weight Management ....................46 Yoga.................................................46

The listings provided here are meant for informational purposes only. The Beachcomber does not endorse any individual provider or treatment modality.

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Acupuncture Ronald J. Ada, L.Ac.

Phone: 463-4342 Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and on call weekends for emergency service Insurance Accepted: Most major plans and auto accident insurance E-mail: Ron Ada practices traditional Chinese acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with a complete herbal pharmacy on premises. He does meridian balance techniques and laser acupuncture — needle-free therapy using safe infrared light that revitalizes damaged tissues, eliminates inflammation, swelling and pain without drugs, rejuvenates weakened cells so that they function optimally and enhances immune function. Other therapies include moxa, cupping, Yamamoto’s New Scalp Acupuncture, tuina (Chinese massage), dietary and exercise advice as well as a five-needle protocol for stress reduction, post- traumatic stress disorder, weight control and substance abuse. For those without health insurance, he offers free acupuncture services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Patients must call to schedule. His Vashon office is located at 21830 Vashon Hwy. S.W. He also has an office in Port Orchard, where he practices on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Jessica Bolding, M.S., L.Ac.

Phone: 463-9066 Hours: Mondays through Fridays by appointment Insurance accepted: Most major plans Web site: Jessica Bolding is the Oriental medicine and acupuncture specialist at Paradise Ridge Acupuncture Herbs

3 and Massage (PRAHM). Bolding uses a combination of acupuncture, bodywork, nutrition and breath work to assist people in reaching their ideal state of health. Her specialty is in family and women’s health including fertility. Bolding also teaches meditation and Qi Gong, holds a community clinic on Tuesdays and runs a monthly low-cost wellness clinic for children.

Karen M. Hain, L.Ac., MAcOM, LMP

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 251-0871 Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays Insurance Accepted: None Web site: Karen Hain is trained in Japanese and Chinese style acupuncture as well as herbal medicine from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. She is also a licensed massage therapist with more than 15 years of experience. Treatments consist of a unique combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and manual therapy. Manual therapy modalities include craniosacral therapy, muscle energy techniques, fascial work and visceral manipulation. Her special interests include treating acute and chronic neuromuscular conditions, gynecological disorders and digestive complaints.

Susan M. Kaetz, MPH, L.Ac.

Phone: 567-5680 Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Susan Kaetz has been practicing acupuncture for more than 12 years. In addition to her private practice, she is affi liated with Bastyr University and the University of Washington Medical School. She supervises acupuncture students from Bastyr University at Harborview Medical Center’s Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Clinic. She is also a Reiki practitioner. Publisher

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4 Kaetz began her acupuncture studies after 25 years of work in the field of community and public health. She was attracted to traditional Chinese medicine because it focuses on the whole patient and provides unique explanations for many health concerns. Drawing on her experience and resources from work in integrated medical settings, she enjoys working with patients to find individualized solutions for their health problems.

Lori King, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Phone: (206) 550-0739 Hours: House calls only; Monday through Saturday Insurance Accepted: Auto accident/ personal injury E-mail: Lori King has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1993. She serves not only in the capacity of acupuncturist, but of health consultant, trained in the art of Chinese medicine, wherein she assists her clients to achieve robust health and vitality of body, mind and spirit. She has a house-calls only practice. By being treated in one’s home environment, the client can fully rest and remain warm following a session, instead of immediately experiencing inclement weather. This is especially important for the clients who have just returned from surgery or whose injury prevents them from readily getting in and out of a car. In addition to health restoration through treatment of acute and chronic conditions, King has many years of experience treating psycho-emotional disorders, addictions and pediatrics. Modalities include acupuncture, moxa, cupping, guasha, ion pumping cords, flower essences, herbal medicine/supplements, cranial/ visceral manipulation, touch techniques and photonic light (laser) therapy. She also offers equine acupuncture and a unique combination of acupuncture for the horse and its human. Call for a free consultation to assess your individual needs.

Stas Kudla N.D., L.Ac.

See Naturopathy, page 42.

Dennis Levin, L.Ac.

Phone: 567-5298 Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Dennis Levin offers his expertise in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in private sessions at The London Health Center on Vashon and at White Crane Wellness in West Seattle. In addition to his area of specialty in mental health treatment — an offshoot of his many years of experience at Fairfax Hospital — Levin’s practice includes comprehensive, effective treatment for pain, injuries, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, menstrual problems, headaches, insomnia, allergies and many other complaints. Levin also offers a weekly low-cost “Community Acupuncture� drop-in clinic from 6:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday evenings at his Vashon office. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, he practices in West Seattle.

Michelle Obertacz, N.D., L.Ac. See Naturopathy, page 43.

Ann Leda Shapiro, L.Ac.

Phone: 463-3967 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: Most major plans, including HMOs Ann Leda Shapiro is a licensed acupuncturist and artist who has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine since 1991. Additional modalities include Chinese herbs, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, acupressure, tui na (Chinese massage) and shiatsu (Japanese massage). Acupuncture is able to treat menstrual problems, PMS, menopause, weight gain and loss issues, back, shoulder, neck and foot pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, allergies, insomnia and stress.

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Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Eli Andrew Stahl, L.Ac., LMP

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 463-2945 Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Eli Stahl creates an individualized treatment plan for each person he works with, listening deeply to their concerns and needs. H says he often finds that the most important part of the healing experience is having the feeling of being heard. He uses various techniques according to each patient’s health situation. His training includes acupuncture, massage, herbs, cupping, moxa and other possible techniques to help a person reslove issues present in their lives. He has been trained by various exceptional teachers over the years who’ve been wonderful mentors, and inspired him to aim for the highest level of mastery. At present he is deepening his knowledge of Chinese Herbs within a small learning environment.

Addiction Therapies The Brahman Institute

Nigel Lott Phone: 769-6725 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: Yes, call to inquire The Brahman Institute offers, through

5 its owner Nigel Bruce Lott, internationally recognized treatment for all forms of addiction. Lott uses a holistic, spiritualbased program that incorporates profound tenets and models that produce positive results five times higher than the national average. This is a helpful program for all people suffering from this progressive, ultimately fatal, disease we call addiction.

Holistic Approaches to Recovery Treatment (HART) at Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS)

Phone: 463-5511, ext. 232 Hours: By appointment Monday through Thursday Insurance Accepted: DSHS, Group Health, limited others, sliding scale E-mail: Web site: HART is a Washington state-licensed addictions outpatient treatment center specializing in substance abuse prevention, intervention, assessments, youth outpatient treatment and aftercare support. Youth treatment (up to age 20) includes The Seven Challenges curriculum (www.thesevenchallenges. com) and referrals to a specialized HART team of local experts who provide adjunct holistic recovery services. Options may include art therapy, mindfulness

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6 stress-reduction, acupuncture, bodywork, nutrition and naturopathic care, narrative therapy and mental health counseling, children of addicts (COA) or affected-others groups, recoveryoriented psychiatric services, spiritual concepts exploration, equine therapy, Pilates, yoga and fitness, educational coaching, community service learning, pet therapy and a wide variety of pro-social activities. Families are included in affectedothers groups and empowerment training. HART at VYFS also offers a supervised internship program for Chemical Dependency Professional Trainees (CDPT) under the Washington State Department of Health and provides an Island opportunity to earn a marketable degree through local community college courses and interning as a CDPT at VYFS in an innovative and dynamic program model for addiction treatment. Potential applicants can learn more about becoming a CDP at www.doh. and at the VYFS Web site.

Stephen Bogan

See Counselors, page 13.

Ayurveda Ronly Blau

Phone: (206) 499-8488 Hours: Wednesdays Web site: Ronly Blau, certified Ayurvedic practitioner, offers whole health counseling. She assesses patients’ health status through a thorough inquiry and detailed pulse and tongue observations then creates a wellness plan according to an individual’s unique constitution to address any imbalances. The plan holistically addresses the mind, body and spirit using the gems from Ayurveda’s treasure chest: lifestyle and dietary counseling, herbal formulas, yoga, breathing practices, meditation and cleansing practices. She guides, educates and supports people in their well-being and living their unique potential. Blau also works in downtown Seattle.


Kaisha Thomas, LMP, CBP, CCST

Phone: 567-5854 Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends Insurance Accepted: None Kaisha Thomas is a licensed massage therapist and certified BodyTalk practitioner. The focus of her work is to assist others with the life-changing opportunities that are presented by pain, injury, illness and the stress of everyday life on this planet. Deep resolution of what is perceived as pain and disease often requires restructuring/reconfiguring from the “inside out.” Being witness to what is unfolding within for a client and utilizing techniques refined over her years as a manual therapist, Thomas supports the clients that she sees in their laying foundations for substantive change — physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

Kristina Turner, CBP, RC

Phone: 463-2796 Hours: Monday through Saturday appointments Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: BodyTalk activates self-balancing systems so the body/mind can recover more easily from stress, illness and injury. Turner enjoys integrating BodyTalk into her counseling practice on Vashon. Many of her clients find that BodyTalk is the catalyst that helps them to transform with ease core issues recurring in their physical health, relationships and careers. Confidential sessions focus on making vital connections inside yourself to support healing. With more than 25 years’ experience in the healing arts, Turner is a certified practitioner of BodyTalk, Guided Self-Healing, NLP and Paradox Management and author of The SelfHealing Cookbook. Her office, within walking distance of Ober Park, is a calm eddy, a quiet place to pause, inquire, release

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Susan Cassaro, CTBF

Phone: (206) 406-8442 E-mail: Web site: www.transformationalbreathing. com Susan Cassaro facilitates Transformational Breathing, a method that enables people to open their diaphragms and breathe fully. Conscious breathing leads to conscious living. Change your life by changing how you breathe. Workshops and private sessions are available.

Care Facilities — Long Term Beneficial Adult Family Home

Phone: 856-1670 Insurance Accepted: DSHS clients accepted The home offers care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is licensed for six residents and has two caregivers working at all times.

Island Elder Care

Phone: Naomi Shipley at (206) 852-4123 or Theresa Shipley at (206) 856-1670 Insurance Accepted: Medicaid and some long-term insurance plans Island Elder Care offers two adult family homes on the Island, one in downtown Vashon and one in Gold Beach. Both homes take no more than six residents in their home-like settings and strive to nourish the minds, bodies and spirits of those who reside there. Theresa Shipley, R.N., is the owner and provider of Island Elder Care Adult Family Homes. She has more than 15 years of experience in geriatric nursing. She has worked as a home health care nurse, hospice nurse and as an instructor for numerous training programs, including the Clover Park Technical College nursing program. She is currently pursuing her certification as a geriatric nurse specialist. Naomi Shipley is a long-time caregiver on Vashon and the administrator of Island Elder Care. She is trained as a certified nursing assistant, massage therapist and EMT. She is pursuing a degree in health care administration.

Knipp Hopper Homes

Phone: 463-3169 and 898-9022 (cell) Insurance Accepted: None Knipp Hopper Homes, serving the elderly of Vashon Island since 1989, is an assisted-living facility licensed by the state. The complex is made up of apartments that

are privately owned. They are located in a quiet neighborhood that is close to town. The facility accommodates nine residents with a dedicated, well-qualified staff that includes a registered nurse, who resides at the facility, as well as certified aides, cooks and housekeepers. Twenty-four hour care is graduated to the needs of the residents. Virginia Hopper, R.N., is the owner.

Vashon Community Care

Phone: 567-4421 Insurance Accepted: Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care insurance. Vashon Community Care’s mission is to enrich the individual’s experience of aging on Vashon through creative, collaborative, caring, community-wide services. It is the only nonprofit senior living facility on Vashon Island, providing for Vashon’s seniors by offering a continuum of loving, supportive care for those at home on its campus and elsewhere in the community. VCC offers a host of programs and services for the Island community, including Beardsley Terrace Long-Term Care for those who need 24-hour care; Aspiri Garden Assisted Living apartments, which offer as little or as much help as a person wants or needs, and Break Time Adult Day Care, where adults living independently in the community can come for drop-in care, activities and friendship. The caring staff, wonderful food, full

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8 activities program, health care support and beautiful environment are just a few of the amenities VCC offers. Additionally, VCC provides foot care for Vashon seniors and a monthly Caregivers Support Group. People who are interested in a tour, more information or have questions are invited to call.

Child & Family Services

Baby Group, Vashon Youth & Family Services

Phone: Lori Means at 463-5511 Hours: The group meets weekly E-mail: Web site: The baby group is a drop-in group for new parents. New moms and dads watch the babies explore the learning environment while parents discuss everything from teething to biting. Parents make friends and learn from each other, the parent educator and guest lecturers on subjects such as baby massage, signing, CPR and first aid, early literacy, language development, nutrition and brain development. Check it out for free then join using the sliding fee scale. The group meets weekly; parents can join anytime (before or after baby arrives). See the VYFS Web site for current dates and times or e-mail a request to be added to the e-mail list.

Child Find, Vashon Island School District

Phone: Jenna Buffington at Chautauqua, 463-2882, ext. 245 Hours: Screenings are done once a month, with other screenings scheduled as necessary. Insurance Accepted: None needed, services are free. The Vashon Island School District sponsors Child Find, a free health screening program for Vashon children ages birth to 21 years old. Children are screened in the areas of vision, hearing,

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 motor coordination, communication, social/emotional and concept development. This screening helps the school district and parents to identify children who may have special learning needs and match them with programs that will help them to thrive. Call to schedule an appointment or make a referral.

Family Coaching

Yvonne Zick, Parent Tool School Phone: (206) 992-8882 Hours: By appointment / Flexible Schedule Web site: Yvonne Zick is a well-known parent educator and teen mentor with a focus on drug, alcohol and adversarial relationship prevention. Many families just need a “tune up,” a fresh perspective and creative ideas to deal with common family issues that can get families stuck. Zick guides parents to find the roots of family struggles and to create an achievable action plan, getting family’s connected again. Zick draws from her years of teaching research-based parent education classes, her training in somatics (the body’s reaction to stressors) and her own experience mothering her 15-year-old son and her 5 year old.

From Partners To Parents

Phone: Lori Means at 463-5511, Vashon Youth & Family Services E-mail: Web site: This workshop, designed by Drs. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman and based upon 13 years of research, is for couples experiencing the transition to parenthood. It is designed to help couples navigate the changes that occur when their new baby arrives by helping them to strengthen their relationship and by giving them skills for understanding and integrating the baby into their family. The workshop is led by a certified Gottman educator. The free service is available to every #4

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Vashon Island parent of a pre-school child and especially helpful to new parents. Call or e-mail for workshop details.

Incredible Years Positive Parenting Classes

Phone: Lori Means at 463-5511, Vashon Youth & Family Services E-mail: Web site: The discussion-oriented class for parents of children ages 2 through 10 focuses upon relationships, positive behavior management and skill development. Child care is provided in the PlaySpace playroom, and dinner is provided. For questions or to sign up, call or e-mail VYFS. See the Web site for more information.

Parent-Child Play Groups

Phone: Lori Means at 463-5511, Vashon Youth & Family Services E-mail: Web site: or join the group at, Vashon Babes and Toddlers Parents are invited to get out of the house (or rain) and play with their children in an indoor playroom. Parents and tots can explore the activity centers together while meeting other Island families with toddlers. Parents can have tea, relax and watch children learn to interact with peers. Parents can also get information and support on challenges such as “temper tantrums,� potty training or sibling conflicts. Or they can just hang out and take a break from chores. Parents can join anytime. Check it out for free. The fee for the groups is based on a sliding scale. The groups are open to every Vashon Island resident who is a parent of a child who is walking through age 3.

Parent Coaching

Phone: Lori Means at 463-5511, Vashon Youth & Family Services E-mail: Web site:

9 Parent Coaching is tailored to individual needs. It may involve a single consultation with a parent educator or up to six inhome visits. A parenting professional will work with parents to understand their needs, direct them to appropriate resources or develop strategies or support while parents practice specific skills with their children in the privacy of their home.

PlaySpace, Vashon Youth & Family Services

Phone: Marshall Murray or Lori Means at 463-5511 Location: 9820 Gorsuch Rd. Hours: Daily Monday through Friday. See the PlaySpace calendar on the VYFS Web site or call to receive an e-mailed copy. E-mail:; lmeans@ Web site: The PlaySpace offers a variety of daily indoor programs for parents, caretakers and children. Parents can enjoy playing with their child in a play room full of developmentally appropriate learning toys and activity centers for children birth to 6. Children ages 3 to 6 engage in creative messy art activities with the Creation Station volunteers in the Discovery Room. Music and movement classes are provided by community teachers. All VYFS playgroups, parent chat groups and parenting classes are held at this facility. The PlaySpace is available for rental for birthday parties and meetings. The first visit is free. Memberships are available on a sliding scale.

Public Health Nurse for Vashon Island, White Center Public Health

Phone: (206) 205-7239 or (206) 291-7324 This is a fully paid service for qualifying women and infants with a DSHS medical coupon. Services for children with special health care needs are free. Public health nurses offer free home visits for support, education and referral, including access to medical coupons and WIC for pregnant and postpartum women,

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10 infants and children with special health care needs.

Welcome Baby, Vashon Youth & Family Services

Phone: Lori Means at 463-5511 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays E-mail:; Web site: The birth or adoption of a child is a celebration, and as an Island agency, Vashon Youth & Family Services would like to offer its congratulations and a gift bag including a list of Island resources for families. Call to arrange to receive your gift bag.


Phone: (206) 296-4822, day of clinic cell phone: (206) 291-7336 Hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2: 30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month WIC, a supplemental food program for women, infants and children up to age 5, meets on Vashon the third Wednesday of every month at the Vashon Methodist Church, 17928 Vashon Hwy. S.W. WIC provides free vouchers for nutritious food as well as nutrition education for qualifying lower income pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children. Services include access to a registered dietician, social worker and public health nurse. An application worker is also available to help with DSHS applications for medical coupons, a basic food package and temporary cash assistance for needy families.

Chiropractors Dr. Thomas Basile

Phone: 463-1850 Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with evening appointments available Insurance Accepted: All major plans Web site: During Dr. Basile’s 21 years of practice as a doctor of chiropractic, he has made the extra effort to train himself in a variety of chiropractic approaches. His skills span the entire spectrum, from subtle low-force instrument spinal corrections to hands-on manipulation. He has advanced training in rehabilitation and places an emphasis on equipping patients to empower themselves with self-help home exercises and therapeutic procedures. Dr. Basile employs some of the latest technology and keeps himself up to date with the latest spine and health research.

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 He is currently taking advanced training to attain his Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner status through the International Chiropractic Association.

Carslon Chiropractic

Dr. Elmer Carlson Phone: 463-3677 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, closed from noon to 2 p.m. Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Corrective and maintenance care for the whole family since 1979.

Dr. Lauren Chinn

Phone: 463-0963 Hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans, including Group Health Cooperative Dr. Chinn holds a chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College and is also a licensed massage practitioner. He has been in practice since 1978. Dr. Chinn’s primary focus is on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of problems of the spine and extremities. Modalities include hot packs, ice, massage, manipulation, corrective stretches and exercises. Emphasis is on posture and biomechanics, assisting with patients’ current needs, educating them so they may avoid re-injury and freeing them from dependence on doctors and/or therapists. Dr. Chinn has more than 1,000 hours of continuing education in neurology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and whiplash injury and is certified in Active Release Technique, McKenzie Technique and Graston Technique.


Stephanie Barbee, LICSW

Phone: (206) 275-2250 Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays Insurance Accepted: Premera Blue Cross, Uniform Medical Plan, Group Health Cooperative, First Choice and Regence Blue Shield and may be eligible for out-ofnetwork benefits. E-mail: Stephanie Barbie is a licensed clinical social worker practicing psychotherapy since 1995. She works with adults experiencing distress, depression, anxiety, worry, panic, grief, relationship problems, adjustment and other issues. Her work is based in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is a collaborative, mindfulness-based approach. As part of her work, she helps

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Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 people access their native calm, curiosity and compassion, which are key ingredients for healing. She says learning how to access this state of “self energy” and then from this state, how to attend other parts of the self (feelings, thoughts, physical sensations and other aspects of personal experience), is transformative. When we are in leadership with our thoughts and feelings, we can be more present and live more satisfying lives, aligned with our values and intentions. Barbee also offers services in Spanish.

Stephen Bogan, LMHC

13 offers compassion, experience and hope to individuals and families. Services he offers include mental health and addiction counseling for youth and adults, assessments and assistance in referral to treatment, intervention support, post-treatment continuing care, individual and family sessions, father-son healing work, marijuana recovery and training and consultation. He has two office locations: one at Courthouse Square and one in West Seattle.

Liz Brenneman, M.A., LMHC

Imperfect Healer Counseling Phone: 463-3050 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None, but he can provide invoices for people to submit for possible payment; fees are flexible E-mail: Web site: Stephen Bogan is inspired by and enjoys working with youth and adults who are struggling with substance abuse, addiction and mental health problems. He is moved by their deep searching, fierce energy and ferocious hunger for “something” to fill them up. He provides inspiration, knowledge, guidance, support, compassion and recovery coaching. With more than 33 years of working with youth and adults, he

Certified Coach Phone: (206) 909-9635 Hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday, by appointment Insurance Accepted: Some plans will reimburse – invoice provided; sliding fee E-mail: Web site: Liz Brenneman is a licensed therapist working with individuals, couples, families, children and groups. She believes the creativity of the human spirit is a source of healing. Encouraged by people’s innate drive toward health and balance, Brenneman ventures with clients into complex territory. In a safe, honest and confidential environment, she joins them in an exploration into the root causes of difficulties, providing support as clients

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14 move through their healing process. She works in an interdisciplinary manner, integrating body, mind and spirit. She offers creative and recognized modalities, including EMDR, dream tending, sand tray therapy, mindfulness, humor, joy, relaxation and somatic awareness and cognitive behavioral approaches. Brenneman also co-facilitates women’s and men’s dream circles.

William D. Carr, D. Min., LMHC

Phone: (206) 790-9877 Hours: Daytime and early evening hours are available Insurance Accepted: Yes. Assistance provided for people to make claims on their insurance. E-mail: When we are honest with ourselves, we know the truth of the opening line of Scott Peck’s best-selling book, The Road Less Traveled, “Life is difficult.” Becoming the person one is “intended” to be, the person one has the potential to be, takes a commitment to inner work. This means becoming aware of the injuries, emotional and relational, one has suffered in the past and that often continue one’s suffering in the present, and then to heal and grow beyond them. But we need not, often cannot, do this work alone. The healing of inner wounds and the development of

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 inner clarity and strength usually best happens in the context of a safe, respectful and understanding relationship with an experienced guide in the inner life. It is possible to live happily. In his psychotherapy practice, William Carr uses his training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and clinical pastoral counseling, as well as more than 30 years of experience in counseling, therapy and teaching other therapists, to assist people in healing the wounds that linger from “the slings and arrows” of life, to develop inner strength and confidence to deal with life’s inevitable difficulties and to find and live the fulfilling and loving life of which they are capable. He works with individuals and couples, adults and adolescents.

Jeri Jo Carstairs, LMFT

Phone: 567-4667 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None, but will provide receipts E-mail: For more than 20 years, Jeri Jo Carstairs has enjoyed working with individuals and families on Vashon Island. She is a state licensed marriage and family therapist and works especially with people dealing with health, grief and family issues.

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Her office is a studio near her home on the west side of Vashon.

Philip Cushman, Ph.D.

Phone: 463-1797 Hours: Daytime weekday hours by appointment Insurance Accepted: None Dr. Philip Cushman offers individual and couples counseling using pyschodynamic and systems-oriented approaches in a private, secluded setting in central Vashon. Fees are mutually determined according to a flexible sliding scale. He has been in practice as a marriage and family therapist since 1978.

Carol Ellis, M.S., NBCC

Phone: 463-9370 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Carol Ellis is available for parent coaching and counseling for children and families. She has a developmental prevention focus, assisting families with skills for creating positive social/emotional growth for children at home and school. Retired in 2001 as the Chautauqua Elementary School counselor, she is available for a limited number of clients on a sliding scale. Her office is on Harbor Drive S.W.

15 She has more than 20 years’ experience and offers in-depth psychotherapy focusing on issues such as grief and loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, trauma, sexual abuse and spirituality. She offers shamanic energy healing, medicine wheel groups and free opportunities for fire ceremony and munay ki rites.

Remony Henry, MSW, LICSW

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 463-2945 ext. 4 Hours: Mondays through Fridays by appointment Insurance Accepted: Most major plans, including Group Health, Premera, Regence Blue Shield, Aetna, Uniform and First Choice Remony Henry has more than 14 years’ experience providing individual, group and family therapy. She is an EMDR practitioner and specializes in helping people recover from traumatic events in their past. She has extensive experience working with depression and substance abuse in both adolescents and adults. Henry is fluent in Spanish and provides individual and family counseling in Spanish.

Roberta Godbe-Tipp, Ph.D., MSW

Phone: 463-0082 Hours: By appointment E-mail: Web site:, Are you looking for a different approach in counseling? Are you wanting your spiritual nature to be consciously held as you navigate through challenging times? Roberta Godbe-Tipp has been in private practice for more than 29 years and brings a transpersonal and transformational approach to counseling. She helps clients unravel difficult life issues and facilitates positive and meaningful change.

Caryl Antonia Greene, M.Ed., LMHC Phone: (206) 465-9172 Hours: Mondays through Fridays by appointment at Vashon and Seattle locations Insurance Accepted: Some insurance accepted out of network Web site: and Caryl Antonia Greene offers expert counseling for adults, children, mothers with infants, adolescents, couples and groups.

offering a wide range of health care services for women of all ages including annual preventive exams/paps sports physicals family planning/contraception gynecology std testing and treatment breast health care menopause/perimenopause support mental health weight management and more…..

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16 Diane Hillaire, RC

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 463-2945 ext. 4 Hours: Mondays through Fridays, flexible hours Insurance Accepted: None, sliding scale Web site: Diane Hillaire offers a safe, confidential and compassionate space to explore individual and relationship challenges. For more than 23 years, she has worked in private practice and agency settings in Washington and Hawaii, providing counseling for individuals, couples and families with a wide range of concerns. Her work facilitates mental and emotional clarity, spiritual process and practical action and often includes dream work, sand play and other creative/symbolic modalities. She currently offers counseling for adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. She also co-facilitates women’s and men’s dream circles.

Dan Kaufman, Ph.D.

Phone: (206) 384-5118 Hours: Monday through Saturday with flexible times Insurance Accepted: None but invoices may be submitted to many carriers E-mail: Web site:; Using his extensive background in both K-12 education and mental health, Dan Kaufman works with families, especially those with teens who are struggling behaviorally or with substance abuse, to improve communication, understanding and compassion for one another and to reestablish a healthy family unit. He also provides personal and leadership development services to individuals, leaders and teams. He enjoys helping to develop more understanding of diverse points of view, building skills that lead to effective decision-making and uncovering barriers to change for individuals as well as teams and organizations.

John Koriath, Ph.D.

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 463-2945, ext. 4 Hours: Weekdays and Saturday morning, by appointment Insurance Accepted: none Web site: John Koriath sees individuals, couples and families facing challenging issues around health, relationships, children, aging parents, work, life direction, meaning and purpose in life. In his counseling approach, he combines deep listening, powerful questions and synthesizing perceptions along with

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Coherence Biofeedback training and Matrix Energetics. Taken together, this unique approach helps individuals realize changes to mind and body that promote wholeness and develop resources to open new and soul sustaining possibilities in everyday life. He brings a unique background to his counseling practice, blending three decades of experience in science, psychology, the therapeutic processes of indigenous people and the perennial wisdom of world religions and philosophies.

Jeff Larson, Ph.D., Psychologist, Pastoral Counselor

Phone: 463-5359 Hours: Mondays and Thursdays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans; fee adjustments are available Web site: counseling Jeff Larson provides counseling and consultation for men, women, teens, couples and families and has more than 20 years of experience. His expertise includes depression, anger management, bipolar and anxiety disorders, conflict resolution and communication problems, major life transitions — including grief and loss, chronic and terminal illness — and issues intersecting faith and purpose. Larson’s counseling style is interactive, beginning with a thorough assessment, clarification of goals and constructive feedback. He combines active listening and objective feedback through cognitive reframing, skill building, coaching and a solution orientation. Larson’s purpose is to promote healing of the heart, mind, body and soul through providing affordable, compassionate and professional counsel as an outreach ministry of Vashon Lutheran Church and Life Church of West Seattle, where he sees clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Jan McBride, LMFT

Phone: 463-3442 Hours: Mondays through Fridays, with evening appointments available Insurance Accepted: Most plans accepted Jan McBride is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family. She sees couples and individuals in depth psychotherapy, a perspective that includes symptom relief as secondary, while primarily focusing on development of the whole person. She presently is doing graduate work in Jungian Studies, a compliment to her training in body therapy.

The wish for healing has always been half of health. –Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Jeffrey Morrison, M.A., LMHC

Certified Focusing Trainer Phone: 567-0570 Hours: Wednesday afternoons and Fridays and weekend focusing workshops Insurance Accepted: Most major plans E-mail: Web site: Whether working with individuals or couples, Jeffrey Morrison’s goal is to collaborate with people to develop a trusting relationship with themseves by facing their pain, anger and fears in a safe, comfortable way. His blend of formal studies in psychology, philosophy, religion and Inner Relationship Focusing supports both short-term practical problem solving and long-term personal growth. He believes deep down, people already know what’s right for them and just need to learn how to recognize and interpret it. When they do, they’ll love and respect themselves for who they truly are. This heightened intuitive self-respect leads to better relationships, greater control of their emotions, enhanced abilities to be creative and solve problems and most of all, a more joyful life.

Nancy Paul, M.A., LMFT, LMHC

Conscious Choices Counseling Phone: 567-5544 Hours: Variable Insurance Accepted: Premera, Regence PPO, Uniform Medical E-mail: Web site: Nancy Paul offers couples, family and individual counseling for ages 12 and up, using traditional and alternative counseling techniques. She has 20 years’ experience in a general practice with specialized training in depression/anxiety disorders, AD(H)D and post traumatic stress disorder.

Deb Pierce, M.A., RDT/BCT

Stages of Healing: Performance strategies for everyday life Phone: (206) 686-4325 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Web site: Deb Pierce offers drama therapy, trainings, classes and consultations on personal performance. She uses theater arts to help clients develop empathy, poise, confidence and self-respect. Drama therapy is an inter-active, experiential method that helps clients to rehearse for real life events in a safe, supportive environment.

In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties. – Henri Frederic Amiel

17 Jenean Richards, M.A, LMHC

Phone: 567-4677 Hours: Vary according to need, typically 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Insurance Accepted: Most plans accepted except Regence and medical coupons. Preferred provider for Group Health, Premera BC, KPS, Aetna, RCWT, Molina, United Health Care and the Vashon Community Wellness Project. Jenean Richards provides psychotherapy, both brief and in-depth, to children, adolescents, families, individual adults and couples. She also teaches Vipassana (insight) meditation classes and does hospice work. She is typically gone December and January to a monastery in Asia, so new clients are not accepted after November until mid-January.

Marianne Rose, M.A., CDP, LMHCA

Phone: 463-5892 Hours: As scheduled Insurance Accepted: Limited E-mail: Marianne Rose has been a psychotherapist in private practice for 20 years on Vashon Island and holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a Washington State Chemical Dependency

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18 Professional license. Individuals, couples, families and groups meet in a private, cabin setting working from holistic, engaging perspectives. Specializing with adolescents, Rose has facilitated many community forums on eating disorders, addictions and the recovery of a balanced sense of self from depression and anxiety. She has extensive experience working with gay couples and families, as well as traveling with and serving the Puyallup Indian Tribe. Her skills and experience continually expand through serving as clinical director for Holistic Approaches to Recovery Treatment (HART) on Vashon, teaching at Antioch University’s Continuing Education Program and facilitating “A Course in Miracles” study groups at Burton Community Church. Available for professional supervision/ consultation and group/class presentations and parent education, Rose is often assisted by her trained canine thera-pets.

Sonja Sackman, Ph.D.

Phone: (206) 799-9764 Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., evenings by arrangement Insurance Accepted: Several major plans and Medicare Sonja Sackman is a clinical psychologist and consultant serving individuals,

William D. Carr D. Min., LMHC

Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis Adults, Couples, Adolescents

Court House Square, Suite 207 19001 Vashon Hwy., S.W. Vashon Island, Washington 206-790-9877

couples and groups. She works with adolescent and adult men and women on clinical concerns, psychological growth, relationship issues and wellness. Typical concerns treated in her practice include grief, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, dissociation, psychosomatic illnesses, marital and intimacy issues and psychological complications related to medical conditions, life transitions and family problems. Her work with clients is collaborative, insight-oriented and integrative. She encourages a deepening of awareness and integration of rational, emotional, intuitive and somatic sources of insight and emphasizes the development of skills to bring these insights and capacities to bear on solving life’s challenges. In tandem with her clinical work, she serves as a consultant to individuals and small groups engaged in the creative or academic process and mentors graduate students, writers, artists and therapists in dreamwork, active imagination and research. She welcomes inquiries into her practice and is accepting new clients at her Courthouse Square and Pioneer Square offices.

Holly Taylor, M.A.

Phone: 567-0091 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None The underlying philosophy of this practice is that increased self awareness elicits profound change and enables us to feel and act from the love that is inherent in all people. There is a deep spiritual component to this work, while the practical focus is on increasing self awareness through examining conflict in relationships. The therapeutic process unfolds predominantly through dialogue, with strong emphasis on relationships and exploration of emotional problems. Group, couple and individual sessions are offered.

Jeffrey Tipp M.A., LMFT

Phone: 463-5808 E-mail: Web site: Jeff Tipp is a child mental health specialist and parent coach.He is a marriage and family therapist trained by the creators of Narrative Therapy, a collaborative and accessible approach to personal empowerment and well being. Children and families may find themselves invited by “old familiar stories” into unhappy and seemingly inescapable roles that guarantee conflict. Are you caught in a “role” that has stolen away the delight and intimacy of your closest relationships? Call for a for a free 30-minute consultation.

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Vashon Youth & Family Services is the only licensed mental health agency on Vashon. They serve any Islander who wants or needs help, regardless of their ability to pay. They help children, families and individuals cope with life’s challenges and stressors through individual and family counseling and therapeutic groups. Jeffrey Zheutlin, MA, LMHC, clinical director, has worked on Vashon for more than 20 years and is also a child mental health specialist. He has years of experience working with families, children, individuals and couples. Rachel Brantley, BA, is finishing her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Mars Hill Graduate School. Her focus is on working with at-risk youth and adults with chemical dependency issues. Gretchen Burkholder is working towards her master’s degree in psychology at Antioch University in Seattle. Her focus is in art therapy and mental health counseling. Her interests include working with children, adults and families and helping them deal with issues of loss and grief. Cynthia Evans, M.A., received her master of arts in counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. She provides counseling for children, adults and families. She is trained to teach nonviolent communication skills and leads third grade emotional/social learning at Chautauqua Elementary School. Daniel Macca, BA, CHT, works with both youth and adults. In addition to transitional therapy, he has advanced training in hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming. He has worked with the ROPES challenge course and kayaking with at-risk teens. Marci Napoli, BSW, has 20 years of experience working with youth

Barbara DiPrete Waterbury, M.A.

Phone: (206) 455-1608 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None, but she provides receipts for reimbursement E-mail: Barbara Waterbury’s psychotherapy practice welcomes all stages of life: She is comfortable working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families and the issues that matter to them. Her training is in depth psychology, which focuses on integrating the various parts of ourselves and our experiences for deeper understanding, appreciation

19 and families. She is now working on a master’s degree in psychology from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. Debbie Rieschl, BFA, has 20 years’ experience in social services and working with at-risk youth and young adults in San Francisco and Seattle. She spent 15 years managing transitional housing for homeless young adults and facilitating their life skills in a variety of areas. Greg Thompson, MA, received his master’s in counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His interests are working with children, individual adults, families and seniors. He has a focus that involves a depth or Jungian approach to unconscious images, using methods such as dream work and sand play. He also employs family systems, attachment theory, cognitive-behavioral strategies and a narrative approach. Jeff Tipp, MA, LMFT, CHT, has trained in narrative therapy and Ericksonian hypnosis and has 30 years’ experience with Buddhist meditational disciplines. He also focuses on the challenges of child and adult ADHD. John Stringer, MA, M.Div, is pursuing his master’s in counseling psychology at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle. He has more than 25 years of experience in working with individuals and families as a pastoral counselor and a Navy chaplain. His clinical interests include working with individuals and families, exploring issues of identity, abuse and trauma as well as other relational and existential issues. Jessa Zimmerman, BS, is working on her master’s in psychology through the Leadership Institute of Seattle and Saybrook Research Institute in San Francisco. She provides counseling for children, families and adults. She brings six years of experience as a LaLeche League leader, providing new parent and breastfeeding support. and respect for our own and the larger human experience and struggles. She uses modalities ranging from psychotherapy to dreamwork and sand tray therapy. Her offices are on Vashon and in Pioneer Square. She offer a complimentary first session and a sliding scale upon request.

Beth White, LICSW

Phone: 463-5944 Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays on Vashon Insurance Accepted: Several major plans A therapist for over 30 years, Beth White works with men and women in individual, group and couple’s therapy. Her style

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20 emphasizes an in-depth exploration of how to create new meaning for both who we are in relationships and also how we can relate to ourselves lovingly.

Meg White, LMHC

Phone: (206) 719-4487 Hours: Weekdays during business hours and some evenings Insurance Accepted: All major plans E-mail: Meg White is a licensed mental health counselor with 20 years’ experience working with preteen and teen girls, adult women, couples and families. She specializes in parenting/family issues and depression/anxiety in girls and women. She also has an office in Seattle. On Vashon, her office is centrally located and on the bus line.

Cynthia Zheutlin, M.A.

Phone: 463-2189 Hours: Mondays through Fridays days with some evening appointments available Insurance Accepted: None, but works on a sliding fee scale from $80 to $45 Web site: Cynthia Zheutlin has a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology and is a registered counselor. She has been in private practice for 19 years, working mostly with women individually and in groups; however, she also works with couples and men. She specializes in women’s issues and is trained in domestic violence issues. She is also certified as a personal life coach for both men and women.

Jeffrey Zheutlin, M.A., LMHC

Phone: 463-2189 Hours: Monday through Thursday evenings Insurance Accepted: Some insurance plans and also works on a sliding scale ranging from $90 to $50. Zheutlin has been practicing psychotherapy for 19 years in Washington and is licensed by the state. He is clinically trained with a transpersonal orientation and is certified as a child mental health specialist as well as a clinical supervisor, and he has taught many classes in anger management. Zheutlin works with families, couples, children and both men and women. He has also been contracted by the state to work with the developmentally disabled.

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Michael Maki, DDS

Cliff Eckman, DDS Phone: 463-9282 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and by appointment only on Fridays Insurance Accepted: Washington Dental Service and most other major plans Drs. Maki and Eckman provide dental care for adults and children with the help of an experienced staff in a comfortable, modern setting. New patients are accepted.

Ann Mayeda, DDS

Phone: 463-5899 Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Insurance Accepted: All insurance accepted, including Basic Health Plus and DSHS for children through age 18. Dr. Mayeda is a preferred provider for Washington Dental Service, Regence and Premera. E-mail: Dr. Ann Mayeda provides preventive and restorative dentistry for adults and children and is an Invisalign certified provider.

William Rosendahl Phone: 463-9115

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Leif Rasmussen, DDS Phone: 463-3685 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans accepted Dr. Leif Rasmussen and the Vashon Dental staff offer a friendly, relaxed environment and excellent service. The office provides family and esthetic dental care. New patients are welcome. The office is located across from the Blue Heron.

Daryl Yorek, DDS, M.S., P.S.

Phone: 463-3313 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: Most major dental plans accepted Web site: Dr. Daryl Yorek’s mission is to create beautiful smiles while providing a rewarding experience for every family. He uses state-of-the-art orthodontic technology with a special emphasis on nonextraction treatment. For more information, see the Web site above or call the office for a complimentary consultation.

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Domestic Violence

DAWN Phone: 24-Hour Crisis Line: (425) 656-7867 or (866) 286-3296, collect calls accepted.

The Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) provides domestic violence support services to Vashon Island residents. Services are available over the phone or at a confidential South King County location. Advocates provide one-on-one advocacy, support groups for survivors of domestic violence, legal advocacy, court accompaniment, housing assistance and other community resource referrals. Representatives are also available for domestic violence presentations or other community outreach events.


Amber Matusky

Phone: 463-7705 Hours: On-Call Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Web site: Amber Matusky is a certified birth doula, a postpartum doula and a certified placenta encapsulation specialist. Her passion is helping new mothers and their families during the transformational time of pregnancy, birth and beyond. Placenta medicine is a powerful, natural way to achieve postpartum wellness by rebalancing hormones, increasing milk supply and boosting energy. Women find the capsules easy to take and helpful during their postpartum recovery.

End of Life Services Providence Hospice of Seattle

Phone: Main number: 320-4000, Intake: 749-7701 Hours: RN availability 24 hours a day for free consultations Insurance Accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurances and private pay. No one is denied services because of an inability to pay. E-mail: Web site: hospiceofseattle Providence Hospice of Seattle provides compassionate end-of-life care for adults and children living with life-limiting illness throughout King County, including Vashon Island. Care is provided wherever the patient may reside: home, nursing home, retirement home, assisted living facility or adult family home. Services include nursing, social work, spiritual support, personal care assistance, occupational therapy, volunteer assistance and grief support. Grief and loss programs

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 are available to the community at no charge. The Safe Crossings program offers anticipatory grief and bereavement services for children.

Vashon Threshold Choir

Phone: Barb Adams at 567-5264 The Vashon Threshold Choir is a group of Island women who honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling, some with living, some with dying. The choir’s repertoire is chosen to respond to individual musical taste, spiritual direction and physical capacity. Their singing may include simple songs, rounds, chants, lullabies, spirituals and hymns. The sound is soothing, relaxing and has been found to ease pain. The choir is invited to sing by family members and caregivers. The service is a gift; there is no charge. The women offer comfort and compassion in a small group of three or four singers and are available to sing in private homes, nursing homes and hospitals. If you or someone you know would like to be sung to, please let them know at 567-5264. Vashon Threshold Choir was formed in the spring of 2005 and accepts new singers who feel drawn to its kind of service. It is a sacred, delightful way to build community and be a part of sharing the gift of compassion at life’s thresholds. The group sings a cappella, so some musical ability is needed. They meet to rehearse twice a month and sing regularly at Vashon Community Care and when called to sing at the bedside.

Esthetics Glow

Candy Jennings Phone: 463-3571 Hours: By appointment Web site: Candy Jennings focuses on the health and beauty of clients’ skin, which can be enhanced with proper care. The peaceful environment and careful attention towards comfort and relaxation are equally as important to the well-being of skin as the pure, highly effective products that she uses. During each visit, she will examine a person’s skin and learn about any concerns the person may have and decide with the client which products are best suited to his or her needs. She treats mature skin, calms acne and rosacea and specializes in sensitive skin. Microcurrent non-invasive facelift treatments are now available as well.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – Mohandas Gandhi

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Core Centric Training

Sandi Silagi Phone: (206) 388-8953 E-mail: Train at home, outside or the gym. Get the body working through bigger movement and strength training — open up, breathe. Sandi Silagi’s trainings focus on fluid strength from the core extending out. She mainly uses bands, straps, dumbbells and body weight as the resistance and balls, Bosu balls, weighted bars, jump ropes and bags as tools. All ages, one-on-one or small group sessions are available.


Phone: 463-9588 Address: 9919 S.W. Bank Rd. Hours: 5:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Sunday. The Curves circuit program is a complete workout, including all five necessary components: warm-up, aerobic exercise, strength training, cool down and stretching all within 30 to 45 minutes. Staff members are always available for

23 assistance, and the atmosphere is designed to be supportive of women. Curves uses hydraulic resistance in its exercise machines versus weight stacks. Safe, accommodating resistance keeps members moving smoothly and safely around the circuit. Women push then pull rather than lift and lower weights. A safe, load-bearing activity helps to maintain bone density and fights osteoporosis. Strengthening muscles provides joint stability and is a crucial part of arthritis prevention or treatment. CurvesSmart was added in 2009. It is a computerized program, providing personalized exercise goals and instantaneous feedback. Any age and fitness level can use the equipment because it adjusts to the ability of the user. Curves has members as young as 12 and as old as 88.

Esther Edelman

Phone: 463-6765 Hours: By appointment E-mail: Esther Edelman teaches private, semiprivate and group classes in Pilates and aerial circus to adults, from beginner to professional levels. Pilates embraces core conditioning, flexibility and rehabilitation training. Circus skills include aerial tissu, Spanish web and hoop. She incorporates

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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST Information courtesy of, “Good preparation makes good neighbors.” Tools Flashlight(s) (keep one by your bed) Portable battery-powered radio Extra batteries Loud whistle (signal for help) Multipurpose pocketknife Goggles Dust face masks 1/2” rope Coils of bailing wire Duct tape Fire extinguisher Candles Waterproof matches Crescent wrench (turn off gas) Crowbar Handsaw Sledgehammer Screwdriver, pliers, hammer Garden hose (siphoning and fire fighting) Can of fluorescent spray paint Shelter/clothing Cold weather clothing Sturdy shoes Heavy work gloves One complete change of clothing Hat (rain, sun, cold protection) Sleeping bags/blankets Plastic sheeting or tarps Tent Cooking Manual can opener Paper plates & eating utensils Pots & heavy-duty aluminum foil Camp stove and fuel (do not use indoors) Personal Items Cash Copies of key personal documents Birth certificates Credit cards

Property Deeds Insurance policies, etc.

Plastic tape Pen Paper Seeing and hearing aids

Home and Family Preparation Create a family communications plan, including an out-of-state person to contact. Learn how and where to shut off utilities electricity gas water Strap water heater to studs in wall or floor Secure heavy furniture, especially bookshelves, to wall studs Provide strong support & flexible connections on gas appliances Install clips, latches on cabinet doors Non-Perishable food Manual can opener Ready to eat canned meat, fruit & vegetables

Canned fruit & vegetable juices Boxed milk or powdered (in nitrogen-packed cans)

High protein diet shakes Compressed nutrition bars Granola bars Trail mix Ready-to-eat cereals (in metal containers) Nuts (in jars or cans) Peanut butter Jelly Cookies, crackers (in plastic bags and tight containers)

Dried fruit (in metal container) Candy bars Hard candy Instant coffee, tea, & cocoa Ready-to-feed-baby formula Dried pet food Salt & pepper, sugar Sanitation Large trash bags Sealable plastic Hand soap & liquid soap Personal hygiene products Feminine hygiene products Infant supplies Toilet paper Paper towels Pre-moistened towelettes

Before and during a disaster, check this website to learn how to protect yourself, your family and your home. Plus, find links to useful sites.

First Aid Kit First aid booklet Prescription medicines & medical supplies Two pairs of latex/sterile gloves Sterile & adhesive bandages Eyewash solution Antibiotic & burn ointments Thermometer Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever Anti-diarrhea medicine Antacid WATER: If you do nothing else, stock water

& encourage your neighbors to do likewise! 1 GALLON OF WATER PER PERSON PER DAY.

(Store a minimum 3-day and preferably a 10-day to 2-week supply. Do not use milk jugs; 2 liter pop bottles can be used or food-grade plastic drums. Rotate every six months OR purify immediately before use, as described below.)


(Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 percent sodium hypo chlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, color-safe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners. Add 16 drops of bleach per gallon or 8 drops of bleach per 2-liter bottle right before you use it, NOT before you store it. Add drops, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor, repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes.

Both water and bleach must be changed out every year; strength of bleach deteriorates over time.

Store a minimum of a 3-day supply (and preferably a 10-day supply – 2 weeks supply) of foods requiring no refrigeration and little to no preparation or cooking. Be careful of high salt content, increasing thirst. Use a marker to date items. Inspect regularly for spoilage.

Never use a camp stove indoors!

1650 AM

Voice of Vashon has a 24/7 radio station on the air. Broadcasting on 1650 AM, VoV Standing By is a low power information service that can be heard right now in central Vashon. VoV Standing By uses a service called Travellers’ Information Service, similar to to the radio you can hear when going over Snoqualmie Pass. Intended to keep you up to date as you go through a community, this service will be used to inform Islanders about current events. In times of emergency, this may prove crucial as other methods of communication become unavailable. Right now VoV Standing By can be heard on much of Vashon and parts of Maury, with the signal getting clearer as you get closer to the transmitter up behind Granny’s Attic. In the future, more transmitters will be installed North of Vashon town and on Maury Island.

If an emergency happens, be sure to tune to 1650 AM.

Urgent Care

Emergency Numbers 9-1-1 for Emergencies Vashon Health Center 463-3671 Vashon Family Practice 463-2800 Vashon Plaza Medical Clinic 463-3696 Ambulances Services:

9-1-1 for Emergencies Mental Health Services: Vashon Youth & Family Services 463-5511

Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-562-6025 24-hour Crisis Line 461-3222

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26 strengthening and artistry training using her 25 years of experience in dance, gymnastics and theater.


Phone: Margaret Hoeffel at 601-1948 or Abby Enson at 459-7696 The Gyrotonic Expansion System is a machine-based workout rooted in the principles of yoga, dance and swimming. The system develops a strong flexible body with a knowledgeable awareness of one’s habitual movement patterns and structural alignment. The workout uses the muscles in their lengthened state, extending in spiraling motions outward from the body’s center to build resiliency and power in the tendons, ligaments and muscles while freeing and lubricating the joints. The integration of breath opens and cleanses the meridian pathways, activating the organs and the major systems of the body — endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, skeletal and muscular. Each workout is tailored to the needs of the individual, accommodating all levels of ability, from seniors to professional athletes.

“Good friends are good for your health.” – Irwin Sarason

Dari Haffie

Certified Personal Trainer Phone: 463-9259 Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays E-mail: Go beyond simply lifting weights. Use exercise balls, balance disks and free weights to develop functional strength, balance, alignment and body awareness. Dari Haffie has studied anatomy and kinesiology and draws from her experience as a dancer and massage therapist in the development of client programs. People are invited to contact her if they are interested in a strength program that will also improve the way they walk, sit and move through life.

KHC Fitness

Kelly Higgins Chevalier Phone: 463-6424 E-mail: Web site: and Kelly Higgins Chevalier has been teaching exercise classes since 1983. She has worked with all age groups and ability levels. Her work centers around moving from a strong and spacious core. Classes vary from the dance and rhythm-oriented World Step to Cycling from the Inside and

Hospice is about living “You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.” —Dame Cecil Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement Hospice care is about living. It’s quality of life, personal choice and compassionate care. It’s about making the best of all our days, of the days we have left. It’s about finding comfort and company and relieving suffering and pain. Hospice is about living life to the fullest. Providence Hospice of Seattle helps patients and their families make informed choices, provides companionship to patients and respite to caregivers, provides grief support, and identifies key community services that can be of assistance. All hospice services can be provided in the patient’s home or place of residence. For more information, go to or call 206.320.4000 or toll-free 888.782.4445

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Core Stability. All classes are set to world music. Special attention is paid to proper form and technique. Chevalier is currently teaching most of her classes through the Vashon Park District. For more information on her offerings, see the park district Web site.

Lotte Berk Method

Phone: Carol Eggen at 567-0066 The Lotte Berk Method was founded in London, where Eggen trained with Berk. A variety of exercises are combined into 60-minute workouts that strengthen and tone legs, arms, stomach and derriere with stretching throughout and at the finish. Benefits include lengthened and streamlined muscles, greater flexibility and improved balance, posture and body awareness. The exercises are non-impact, nonaerobic and are done to music. People work at their own level; the exercises are suitable for all fitness levels and can be modified for people with back or joint problems. Small-group sessions begin at $10 and are offered five times per week. Private sessions are also available. The location is on Reddings Beach Road.

Massage and Motion

Lynelle Sjoberg Phone: 463-1857 Hours: Flexible, by appointment The Massage and Motion studio is fully equipped with Pilates apparatus, yoga props, physioballs and foam rollers. Lynelle Sjoberg teaches pilates and yoga core fusion based on the yoga asanas and internal movement principles from pilates and other movement therapies.

RhythmJoy Dance Classes

Carol Lutra-Johns, LMP Phone: 567-5822 Hours: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Web site: Dance to the irresistible rhythms of live drumming from Rio and Salvador. Learn the hot and hip moves based on the traditional and modern dances of Brazilian Carnaval in a fun, friendly environment. Make a date with your body to get in great shape for 2010 with the sexiest workout on the planet: RhythmJoy Afro-Brazilian Dance. No experience is necessary; beginners are welcome.

Straight on Strength

Kelly Straight Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Life Coach E-mail: Kelly Straight teaches strength-training classes at Ober Park with free weights,

27 balls, bands and your own body weight at 8:50 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Every other week, alternating Monday/Friday, the group does a ski conditioning class with varying levels of difficulty. On Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. the class is a bit faster paced than the Monday/Friday class with spin bike intervals interjected for a cardio boost. An athlete her whole life, Kelly Straight brings to her personal training clients a broad depth of understanding and insight. A certified ACE (American Council on Exercise) trainer, she works with people whose needs range from post-physical therapy to small group classes to sportspecific training. She has interned with podiatrists and physical therapists, volunteered at an eating disorders clinic and worked with many cancer survivors. With her relaxed approach and sense of humor, she helps her clients achieve their goals. In addition to her classes at Ober Park, she offers smallgroup training classes in her home studio.

Studio Bliss

Arlette Moody, Certified Pilates Instructor Phone: 463-1839 Hours: By appointment E-mail: Studio Bliss is a fully equipped Pilatesbased home studio. Pilates is a full-body exercise technique improving flexibility and strength while focusing on the core. Moody can personalize a workout to fit individual needs.

Vashon Athletic Club

Phone: 463-5601 Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays Web site: http://vashonathleticclub. The Vashon Athletic Club offers many types of exercise. Swim, jog, bike, lift weights, take a yoga or aerobics class, Zumba or Poolates. Exercise makes people feel better. The club’s hours accommodate many busy schedules. Find out how rewarding exercise can be.

Vashon Park District

Phone: 463-9602 Web site: The Park District is committed to providing recreational and fitness opportunities for youth through adults and seniors. Offerings throughout the year include aerobics, ballet, baseball, basketball for children and adults, crew, flag football, frisbee golf, kayaking, in-line skating,

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Core Stability. All classes are set to world music. Special attention is paid to proper form and technique. Chevalier is currently teaching most of her classes through the Vashon Park District. For more information on her offerings, see the park district Web site.

Lotte Berk Method

Phone: Carol Eggen at 567-0066 The Lotte Berk Method was founded in London, where Eggen trained with Berk. A variety of exercises are combined into 60-minute workouts that strengthen and tone legs, arms, stomach and derriere with stretching throughout and at the finish. Benefits include lengthened and streamlined muscles, greater flexibility and improved balance, posture and body awareness. The exercises are non-impact, nonaerobic and are done to music. People work at their own level; the exercises are suitable for all fitness levels and can be modified for people with back or joint problems. Small-group sessions begin at $10 and are offered five times per week. Private sessions are also available. The location is on Reddings Beach Road.

Massage and Motion

Lynelle Sjoberg Phone: 463-1857 Hours: Flexible, by appointment The Massage and Motion studio is fully equipped with Pilates apparatus, yoga props, physioballs and foam rollers. Lynelle Sjoberg teaches pilates and yoga core fusion based on the yoga asanas and internal movement principles from pilates and other movement therapies.

RhythmJoy Dance Classes

Carol Lutra-Johns, LMP Phone: 567-5822 Hours: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Web site: Dance to the irresistible rhythms of live drumming from Rio and Salvador. Learn the hot and hip moves based on the traditional and modern dances of Brazilian Carnaval in a fun, friendly environment. Make a date with your body to get in great shape for 2010 with the sexiest workout on the planet: RhythmJoy Afro-Brazilian Dance. No experience is necessary; beginners are welcome.

Straight on Strength

Kelly Straight Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Life Coach E-mail: Kelly Straight teaches strength-training classes at Ober Park with free weights,

27 balls, bands and your own body weight at 8:50 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Every other week, alternating Monday/Friday, the group does a ski conditioning class with varying levels of difficulty. On Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. the class is a bit faster paced than the Monday/Friday class with spin bike intervals interjected for a cardio boost. An athlete her whole life, Kelly Straight brings to her personal training clients a broad depth of understanding and insight. A certified ACE (American Council on Exercise) trainer, she works with people whose needs range from post-physical therapy to small group classes to sportspecific training. She has interned with podiatrists and physical therapists, volunteered at an eating disorders clinic and worked with many cancer survivors. With her relaxed approach and sense of humor, she helps her clients achieve their goals. In addition to her classes at Ober Park, she offers smallgroup training classes in her home studio.

Studio Bliss

Arlette Moody, Certified Pilates Instructor Phone: 463-1839 Hours: By appointment E-mail: Studio Bliss is a fully equipped Pilatesbased home studio. Pilates is a full-body exercise technique improving flexibility and strength while focusing on the core. Moody can personalize a workout to fit individual needs.

Vashon Athletic Club

Phone: 463-5601 Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays Web site: http://vashonathleticclub. The Vashon Athletic Club offers many types of exercise. Swim, jog, bike, lift weights, take a yoga or aerobics class, Zumba or Poolates. Exercise makes people feel better. The club’s hours accommodate many busy schedules. Find out how rewarding exercise can be.

Vashon Park District

Phone: 463-9602 Web site: The Park District is committed to providing recreational and fitness opportunities for youth through adults and seniors. Offerings throughout the year include aerobics, ballet, baseball, basketball for children and adults, crew, flag football, frisbee golf, kayaking, in-line skating,

28 meditation, Senior Fitness, skateboarding, soccer, Core Stability, Fitness Beyond 50, strength training, stationary cycling, swimming, Tang Soo Do, Vashon Ski School, World Step, yoga and more.

Village Fitness Center

Phone: 567-5438 Hours: 24-hour member access E-mail: Village Fitness Center is a 24-hour access, members-only gym. It has 25 commercial-quality cardio and weight training machines. It is affordable at $50 per month for membership dues. The gym is clean and has restrooms, drinking fountain and central heating and air conditioning. It is centrally located in downtown Vashon. Registration is by appointment only. Call anytime and ask for Jon.

Eye Care

20/20 Eyecare Centers & Eyeland Optical

Phone: 463-2020 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and evenings by appointment Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web Site: 20/20 Eyecare Centers have offices in Auburn, Kingston, Port Orchard, Seattle, Silverdale and Vashon Island. The staff of the clinic includes Jon M. Willems, O.D., John J. Mayes, O.D., and Michael S. McCown, O.D., a receptionist, an assistant and an optician. The office provides fullscope eye care to all age groups from infants to adults. Newly available is a stateof-the-art Optomap that scans the retina without the use of dilation drops. The clinic offers services from comprehensive vision examinations to treatments for various eye injuries and diseases, including infections, allergies, diabetic eye diseases and glaucoma. It also provides evaluations and co-management options for ocular surgeries of the cornea, retina, lens (cataract) and LASIK refractive surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Dr. Willems has special interest in “difficult-to-fit” contact lens cases and nutritional eye care. The optical dispensary stocks many frames lines, from budget-conscious to unique, one-of-akind designer frames and uses the highest quality optical lenses available.

Health Products Bliss Organix

Carol Lutra-Johns Phone: 567-5822 Hours: By appointment E-mail:

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Web site: Carol Lutra-Johns makes all of the Bliss Organix products herself. She created the recipes and did the research and development over her 15 years as a massage therapist and aromatherapist. They are artisan, organic skin and body care products and aromatic botanical medicines handmade on Vashon. Fragrance-free products are available upon request. They are available at various Island stores and at the Farmers Market.


Phone: 463-9672 Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday For more than 30 years Minglement, a neighborhood health food store, has provided this Island community the essentials in natural health products. In addition to quality organic groceries and produce, including foods for those with food allergies, Minglement stocks an extensive variety of high quality bulk herbs and spices and teas as well as tinctures, supplements and essential oils. Most are organic, wildcrafted or sustainably harvested. The store offers more than 100 types of unusual, high-quality herbal, green, black and pu-erh (fermented, medicinal) teas. Minglement carries an eclectic selection of books on health, healing and healthful cooking. A trained clinical herbalist and a midwife are on staff to help people select herbs and supplements that are appropriate. Minglement is located on the corner of Vashon Highway and Cemetery Road inside of The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie.

Vashon Organics

Phone: 274-5900 (local) and 866-3749756 (toll free) Web site: Skin is our largest organ. Dermatologists estimate 60 percent of what we put on our skin goes through our skin and into our bodies. You might as well be eating your moisturizer. But would you want to? Vashon Organics offers only the purest, most natural and organic personal care products it can find or manufacture. The company produces its own brand, in*no*scent, a line of organic, unscented personal care products designed for people with heightened sensitivities. Vashon Organics is also the exclusive distributor of Apicare Healing Honey Skin Care, a line of personal care products from New Zealand based upon the incredible healing properties of Manuka honey. At Vashon Organics’ Web site, people can find a skin care database to look up specific

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 skin conditions and read the traditional American Medical Association treatment and alternative medical treatments as well. The Web site also hosts an education center where people can read articles and post comments.


Danielle McCutcheon

Phone: 463-3353, (206) 462-0835 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Web site: Danielle McCutcheon is an herbal practitioner who offers in-depth consultations, taking into account all aspects of a person’s life. She enjoys helping people find ways of combining herbs and nutritional protocol with their other health and medical approaches, whether for ongoing concerns or basic prevention and wellness. She can provide detailed information regarding herb-drug interactions based on recent research. Individualized herbal formulations and lifestyle suggestions are made based on each client’s personal needs. McCutcheon studied with Isla Burgess, Director of the International College of Herbal Medicine, as well as other esteemed medical herbalists from around the world. She is secretary of the American Herbalists Guild’s Washington Chapter and a member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists. She has an office in Courthouse Square and does home visits.

Kathy Abascal

See Nutrition, page 43.

Home Health Care Jim Hunziker, ARNP

Family Nurse Practitioner Phone: (206) 228-2101 Insurance Accepted: none E-mail: For people who are tired of waiting in waiting rooms to have general health care problems addressed, another option is to have that care come to them. Jim Hunziker provides general health care services to where people are, whether a home or office. He focuses on providing health care to men, and others as appropriate, whether it be for routine health care, a sore throat or other infection. His philosophy is to provide good heath care by encouraging healthy lifestyles and providing education to give people the tools needed to maintain health.

Be not slow to visit the sick. — Ecclesiastes


This is a nonprofit community reference Web site for those in need of aid for loved ones experiencing illness, disability or age-related health issues. Profiles and qualifications for private caregivers and care team managers on Vashon are listed with links to other Vashon care services such as hospice, family group homes and other care facilities. This site was created by a coalition of private caregivers who saw a need on the Island for a simple yet comprehensive list of care options on Vashon.

Vashon Health Center

Phone: 463-3671 Vashon Health Center provides a list of caregivers on the Island. It does not endorse or recommend anyone on the list but provides it as a service to Islanders. People may stop by the health center and request a copy at the front desk or phone and ask that one be mailed to them.

Lactation Support Colleen Carette, IBCLC, PA-C

Phone: (206) 351-7769 Hours: 24 hours a day seven days a week via e-mail E-mail: to make an appointment Insurance Accepted: May bill insurance with her receipt Colleen Carette provides breastfeeding assistance and education; physical assessment and examination of mother and baby; prescribes over-the-counter remedies for various ailments; discusses the effects of medications; educates parents on all aspects of infant feeding and develops care plans in collaboration with a woman’s health care provider.

Margaret Smith, IBCLC

Breastfeeding Specialist Phone: 463-2511 A retired midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Margaret Smith has extensive training and experience in the field of breastfeeding. Telephone consultations are free of charge. Home visits are $100.

Mammography Imaging Associates, Inc.

Phone: (206) 467-1949 Hours: The first Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of each month Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Provided on Vashon Island by Imaging Associates for 20 years, mammograms are performed by licensed and ACR-accredited mammography technologists.

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Step by Step Vashon Island 12-Step Meetings For more information: Alcoholics Anonymous Al-Anon Narcotics Anonymous

(206) 587-2838 (206) 625-0000 (206) 790-8888


AA On Awakening, 6:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church AA Vashon Island Group, 7 p.m., Episcopal Church


AA On Awakening, 6:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church AA Turning Point Tuesday Night, 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church Al-Anon Women’s Mtg., 7 p.m., Episcopal Church

Wednesday AA On Awakening, 6:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church AA Vashon 12 & 12, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church Thursday

AA On Awakening, 6:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church. AA Vashon Women’s Group, 7:30 p.m., call 463-5713 for info Al-Anon Lunch Brunch, noon, United Methodist Church


AA On Awakening, 6:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church AA Vashon Island Group, 7 p.m., Episcopal Church MA Marijuana Anonymous, 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church belfry


AA On Awakening, 7:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church Al-Anon, 10 a.m., Presbyterian Church AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church NA Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church


AA On Awakening, 7:30 a.m., Presbyterian Church Al-Anon, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church belfry AA Language of the Heart, noon, Presbyterian Church AA Vashon Island Group, 7 p.m., Episcopal Church

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 They work under the direction of Dr. Ken Heilbrunn, medical director for Imaging Associates, Inc. Mammograms are given in the office of Dr. Daryl Yorek near Vashon Market.


31 individuals who are seeking to overcome muscular pain and dysfunction as well as gain greater ease of movement for daily living and achieve better health and wellbeing. Beck practices in a comfortable and tranquil north-end office space.

Tami Brockway Joyce, LMP

Diana Ammon, LMP

Phone: 463-5285 Hours: Most days of the week and some evenings Insurance Accepted: None Dianna Ammon has been a Reiki practioner for 14 years and a licensed massage practitioner since 2004. She is nationally certified and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She incorporates several modalities into her practice: Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian massage), foot reflexology, Swedish massage, specific deep tissue, polarity therapy and hot stone massage. She charges $60 an hour and $90 for home visits.

Tori Beck, LMP

Phone: 567-4283 Hours: By appointment, Monday to Friday and some Saturdays Insurance Accepted: PIP (auto), L&I, and can provide a detailed receipt for other insurance reimbursement Tori Beck has been in practice since 1989. She is a graduate of Seattle Massage School and is a member of the Amercian Massage Therapy Association. She has extensive experience working as a massage therapist in a physical therapy clinic. Her specialty is treatment of muscular injury and pain conditions. She also values the powerful benefit of massage for reducing stress and combines techniques to provide the most relaxing and rejuvenating effect. Her massage methods include myofascial release, deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy and Swedish massage. Beck incorporates an interest and perspective in the structural anatomy and biomechanical function of the human body with massage techniques that are effective in treating a wide range of physical conditions. This therapy is helpful for

Phone: (206) 898-1874 Hours: Variable Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Tami Brockway Joyce is a certified pre- and perinatal massage therapist and infant massage instructor. She uses her training and intuition in concert with a three-dimensional understanding of the human body to offer a nurturing space of healing and ease. In addition to pregnancy massage, she offers relaxation and injury treatment work. Her technique is based in deep tissue and Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage philosophy to invite balance to body, mind and spirit. “Being with Baby” is her infant massage series that focuses on touch communication between parent and baby. Call to find out when the next session begins.

Jill Bulow, LMP

Phone: 463-6297, (206) 949-5004 Hours: Flexible, by appointment Insurance Accepted: PIP and L&I A typical visit is tailored to the client in that moment. Bulow’s style is intuitive and thorough with techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, emotional integration, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, accupressure and hot stone therapies. Her office space is in Ellisport, and she will make house calls.

Gregg Conlee

Rosen Method Bodywork Practioner Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: (206) 291-4457 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays

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32 Insurance Accepted: None E-mail address: Rosen Method Bodywork is distinguished by its gentle, direct touch. Using hands that listen rather than manipulate, the Rosen Method practitioner focuses on chronic muscle tension. As relaxation occurs and the breath deepens, unconscious feelings, attitudes and memories may emerge. A Rosen Method practitioner has been trained to notice subtle changes in muscle tension and shifts in the breath and recognize these as indications that the client is relaxing and becoming more aware of his or her body and internal experience. The practitioner responds with touch and words, which allow the client to begin to recognize what has been held down by unconscious muscle tension. As this process unfolds, habitual tension and old patterns may be released, freeing the client to experience more aliveness, new choices in life and a greater sense of well-being.

James Cottrell, MA, LMP

Vashon at Home Massage Phone: 567-5301 E-mail: Web site: James Cottrell’s purpose is to be an inspiring, healthful-living educator and wellness resource to his clients. His goal with Vashon at Home Massage is to improve the benefits of therapeutic massage on Vashon by helping clients enjoy greater vitality and a sustained sense of well-being in the comfort of their own home or lodging. He is a a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and has been in professional practice since 1985. In addition to offering therapeutic massage as a house call or at his Vashon Heights office, he enjoys providing multiple massage sessions for special on-Island events, such as weddings, family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, retreats, fundraisers and memorials. He has a masters degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University and has been a workplace wellness consultant since 1992. He also works with a wide range of businesss to design and deliver courses in leadership, health education and self-care and provides seated on-site massage programs for employee incentive and appreciation. He is a multi-sport endurance athlete and an Ironman finisher and has coached many clients to achieving their wellness goals.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. –Mark Twain

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Kim Curry, LMP, CCST

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 498-3227 Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on Vashon, Insurance Accepted: Most major insurance plans Web site: Kim Curry has been in private practice for more than 10 years. She is a graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage and a member of the Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals. She is also one of the co-founders of the Vashon Community Wellness Project. Her approach to bodywork is integrative and holistic. Clients experience the long, full strokes of Swedish massage as well as more specific deep tissue and myofascial techniques. Her solid knowledge of anatomy and physiology makes her effective with injuries, chronic pain and headaches. She enjoys working with clients of all ages. Her passion is craniosacral therapy (CST). She has completed more than 420 hours of training, including working with infants and children. She will soon be adding the water therapy Watsu to her practice. By using both massage and CST, she is able to work deeply and compassionately from a “global” perspective. She provides a safe space for injury and trauma recovery, relaxation and an opportunity for people to explore a healthy relationship with their bodies. In addition to her work on Vashon, she works in Old Town Tacoma on Tuesdays.

Charlotte Dardis, LMP

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 463-2945, ext. 2 Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays Insurance Accepted: L&I claims and PIP Web site: Massage services include injury treatment as well as stress management and relaxation. Techniques include Swedish massage, deep tissue work, myofascial release and reflexology, according to individual needs and preferences.

Suzanne Greenberg, LMP

Massage by the Sea Phone: (206) 226-3779 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Massage by the Sea is located on a bluff looking out over Puget Sound and the Cascades. Suzanne Greenberg offers Swedish, deep tissue and Thai massage. She is also available to do house calls. She

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 was trained at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle and has 18 years of experience.

Dari Haffie, LMP

Phone: 463-9259 Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is a deeply relaxing treatment. Holding overhead bars for balance, Haffie uses her pedicured feet with her body weight to press, sweep, swirl and relax the muscles. The massage is done mainly with the heel and edges of the foot. Bamboo-fusion massage consists of Swedish style movements and heated bamboo tools. The warmed tools allow her to quickly penetrate and relax the muscles. These styles are available to anyone, as she can adjust each application to the individual client.

Laurie Hare, OTR/L

Phone: 463-3019 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: Services may be covered by insurance depending on the diagnosis and specifics of the insurance plan. Laurie Hare offers craniosacral therapy, somatoemotional release, visceral manipulation and manual lymph drainage. Craniosacral therapy is a light touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system — the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This vital system extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth down to the sacrum. Craniosacral therapy can help to alleviate a range of illnesses, pains and dysfunction, such as chronic neck and back pain, acute injury, repetitive movement injury, TMJ problems, migraines and headaches, chronic fatigue, autism, otitis media, colic, stress and tension-related problems, as well as enhance overall wellness.

33 Susan E. Hormann, LMP, LMTC

Phone: 463-6491 Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, some Fridays Insurance Accepted: None, but many clients can be reimbursed through their insurance plans Susan Hormann has enjoyed a thriving massage practice on Vashon for 14 years. She is a graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage and a 20-year student of yoga. She has an eclectic mix of techniques and curiosity for the human body not only on a musculoskeletal level but also on a biomechanical level. She hopes to bring a balance of mind/body education into her sessions. Whether her clients see her for relaxation, pain management or injury treatment, she appreciates working with people who want to play an active role in their own health care.

Karilyn Hoffman

Certified Reflexologist Phone: 463-9587 Hours: By appointment E-mail: Reflexology is a specific pressure technique that works reflex points on the feet and is based on the idea that these reflex areas correspond with all body parts. Karilyn Hoffman’s goal with reflexology is to help her clients return their body to a state of balance, release toxins, create energy, reduce stress and achieve relaxation. A one-hour session includes a soothing herbal foot bath and is $45. Gift certificates are available. She practices in a quiet home studio. E-mail or call for a brochure.

Michael Horswill, LMP

Sound Massage Phone: 463-5739 Hours: By appointment, flexible hours Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Michael Horswill has been practicing massage for more than 30 years. He opened

Jeffrey L. Morrison, MA, LMHC Certified Focusing Trainer Counseling, Psychotherapy and Workshops Individuals, Couples and Families Helping you connect emotionally with yourself and others Vashon: 206-567-0570 • West Seattle: 206-935-7850 email: • Web:

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34 Sound Massage in October 2001. He offers treatments for soft tissue injuries, muscle pulls, strains and sprains in acute or chronic stages. He also has had success treating migraines, tension headaches and repetitive use injuries such as carpal tunnel. Modalities include Swedish massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, Traeger and shiatsu. Instructions in relaxation and body awareness are blended in the massage to promote healing and healthy living. Gift certificates are available. Sound Massage is located in Parker Plaza.

Lisa Lenihan, LMP

Phone: (206) 660-2861 Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, with some evening appointments available Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Lisa Lenihan uses a combination of massage herapy techniques, including Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy and energy balancing. She uses therapeutic massage to treat a variety of ailments, such as thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, tempomandibular joint disorder, tension headaches, injured muscles and ligaments and muscle spasms. She has been in practice for 14 years and is currently seeing patients at Vashon Natural Medicine.

Beth Lolley, LMP

Phone: 463-1842 Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Insurance Accepted: PIP and L&I Beth Lolley has been in practice since 1985, with a focus on massage therapy for women. Her specialties include injury treatment, relaxation and pregnancy massage. She combines deep tissue work with craniosacral therapy, a subtle yet powerful technique that fosters healing and relaxation. Her clients report feeling safe and nurtured and recover from their pain.

Following her interest in working from the core of the body, she has studied Jin Shin Do acupressure and Chinese cupping techniques. Other modalities that she incorporates include myofascial release, lymphatic drainage and hydrotherapy.

Carol Lutra-Johns, LMP

Bliss Bodywork Phone: 567-5822 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Web site: A licensed massage therapist, energy worker, dancer and traditional bodyworker for over 15 years, Carol Lutra-Johns combines her love of movement with traditional Hawaiian healing touch in Bliss Bodywork. This traditional bodywork invites you to use your intent to shift your reality, weaving your body, mind and spirit together into a new harmonious agreement. She uses long, rhythmic full-body strokes and transformative energy techniques, soothing world music and fragrant Hawaiian and organic essential oils, in a warm, cozy room. One-hour, 90-minute and two-hour sessions are offered. Two-hour sessions include the traditional Hawaiian Deep Release technique. Call or e-mail for available appointments, session prices and directions. Gift certificates are also available. Her private studio is located in town in the new Roseballen community on Mukai Circle.

Joshua Morton, LMP

Phone: (206) 992-4029 Hours: Flexible day and evening hours Insurance Accepted: Some, call to inquire Web site: Joshua Morton is a 1994 graduate of Seattle Massage School. Since he began his practice, he has worked in the area of soft

Massage by the Sea Gift Certificates Available

RELAX‌ have your tensions soothed away next to expansive views of Puget Sound & the Cascade Mountains Suzanne Greenberg, LMP Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage 8624 SW Soper Rd, Vashon 226-3779

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Massage Therapy

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tori Beck L.M.P. Myofascial Release • Swedish Sportsmassage Muscular Pain & Injury Treatment Relaxation & Stress Relief

206-567-4283 Gift Certificates Available

In Business Since 1989 • Vashon Island WA

Is this your idea of a Basic Health Plan? Islander Hilary Emmer assists people in signing up for Basic Health, the state-subsidized health insurance. To be eligible, a single person must earn less than $21,600, and a family of two must earn less than $28,800. Basic Health is still open for children. Adults will be put on a wait list. Call Emmer at 463-7277; her services are free. For more information on Basic Health, see

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• Acupuncture • Biofeedback • Bodytalk • Counseling • Craniosacral Therapy • Dream Groups • EMDR • Hellerwork • Herbs • Hot Stone Massage

• IFS Therapy • Lymphatic Drainage • Manual Therapy • Massage Therapy • Matrix Energetics • Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy • Psychotherapy • Reflexology • Rosen Method Bodywork • Visceral Manipulation

36 tissue rehabilitation and injury prevention. In 2003 he became familiar with Aaron Mattes, developer and pioneer of Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening (AISS). He began to employ this technique with excellent results and devoted all of his practice to advancing his knowledge of and abilities in stretching and strengthening the human body. In 2003 Morton went to Florida to work with Mattes. Since then Morton has accumulated more than 2,400 hours working one-on-one with Mattes. This education focused on stretching and strengthening, and also gave Morton the knowledge required to address difficult neurological, orthopedic and muscular problems, such as scoliosis, neuropathy, joint replacements, muscle spasm, asthma, multiple sclerosis, impingement syndromes and many other diseases that were previously beyond his scope of understanding and abilities to help. He practices out of his Gold Beach home and makes house calls.

Christina Pappas, LMP

Vashon Massage Works Phone: 463-1978 Insurance Accepted: Yes, call to inquire Christina Pappas specializes in craniosacral, injury treatment and deep tissue massage.

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Steve Paschall, LMP

Hellerwork Practitioner Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: 938-9661 Hours: Call to inquire Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web site: Hellerwork is a unique opportunity to explore internal tension and change toward ease and effortless balance. The series of sessions combines deep massage, movement education and dialogue to make lasting changes to the body. The aim of the work is self-empowerment so that people gain lasting knowledge in choosing ease over tension.

Paula Pelletier-Butler, LMP

Integrative Bodywork for Women Phone: (206) 679-1970 Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and occasional Thursdays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web site: Paula Pelletier-Butler has 23 years of experience in women’s health and is currently a midwifery student at Bastyr University. She is a certified pregnancy and women’s health bodywork therapist. Her private practice at Vashon Natural Medicine is an integration of techniques for women, providing supportive,

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Chad Magnuson Family Medicine Attentive, personal healthcare for all ages Located next to the Village Green at 17429 Vashon Highway SW Visit my website or call to schedule an appointment


Effectively serving the Island community in progressive physical therapy since 2005

Physical Therapy & Integral Medicine Tim Sobie, MS PT

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner cm 206-463-2787 (ARTS)

Maria Bokor, MPT

Craniosacral & Women’s Health


Most Major Insurances Accepted

Vashon Family Practice Annex Building 17917 Vashon Hwy SW

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38 compassionate treatment from menarche through menopause, including overall health, pregnancy, post-partum, pelvic pain, PMS, dysmenorrhea, infertility, pre/ post gynecologic surgeries and breast health, including post-mastectomy care. She also teaches pregnancy and women’s health bodywork to massage therapists on the West Coast.

Caroline Sias, LMP

Phone: 463-1510 Hours: Mondays,Wednesdays and Thursdays at London Health Center Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Caroline Sias’ massage practice combines treatment massage and alpha/ beta states of meditation (deep relaxation) resulting in multi-layer healing.

Lynelle Sjoberg, LMP, CPT

Massage & Motion Phone: 463-1857 Hours: Flexible, by appointment only Insurance Accepted: None Lynelle Sjoberg’s massage training combines systems from both Eastern and Western medicine, including Thai, shiatsu, Swedish and deep tissue. Her background in Pilates, yoga and the movement arts influences her massage treatments. She relies on her years of

experience and intuition to guide her bodywork.

Sky Massage

Madrone Sky, LMT Phone: (206) 353-2649 Osha Sky, LMT Phone: (206) 412-4649 Insurance Accepted: Yes, call to inquire Madrone and Osha Sky specialize in treatment, deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, Hawaiian and relaxation massage. They educate clients on proper body mechanics, as well as relaxation and stretching techniques. They have more than 20 years’ experience.

Lyn Solander, LMP

Phone: 463-5801 Hours: Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and some weekend hours Insurance Accepted: PIP Web site: Lyn Solander’s style is Lomi Lomi, a soothing and healing massage from Hawaii. She also practices craniosacral therapy, which works in a powerful way. She creates all of her own massage creams from all natural ingredients. Her massage studio is on the Burton hill.

Offering refreshing and restorative massage for all occasions in the peace and comfort of your island home, lodging, or my North end studio.

James Cottrell, MA, LMP 206-567-5301

In practice since 1985 WA License MA 9249

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Michiko Uto, LMP

Full Circle Wellness Center Phone: (206) 276-3230 Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Insurance Accepted: L&I and PIP Michiko Uto offers injury treatment massage from acute to chronic stages, certified clinical and sports massage, medical massage, European massage and Daucik Method.

Medical Clinics & Health Centers

Chad Magnuson Family Medicine

Phone: 463-5401 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and other times by special arrangement. Address: 17429 Vashon Hwy. S.W. in the Vashon Physical Therapy building Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web site: Chad Magnuson Family Medicine provides responsive, attentive, personal health care for all ages. This includes well/ preventative care, illness and chronic disease care and urgent care that can be scheduled. To schedule an appointment, use Dr. Magnuson’s online appointment system accessed via the office Web site or call the office and leave a message on the confidential office voice mail.

Full Circle Wellness Center

Phone: 463-2945 Hours: Open as per practitioners’ schedules, presently Mondays through Saturdays Insurance Accepted: Most health care plans accepted by a variety of practitioners Web site: Full Circle Wellness Center has been serving the community since 1997. Its mission is to provide the Vashon community with high- quality, complementary health care in a safe, respectful and caring environment. Its skilled practitioners educate, support and facilitate individuals and families in realizing their health care goals. Full Circle offers a wide variety of modalities to support the health and well being of mind, body and spirit. See its ad for a full list of services on page 35. All of the practitioners at Full Circle are participants in the Vashon Community Wellness Project.

39 Vashon Family Practice

Phone: 463-2800 Address 17917 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web site: Vashon Family Practice provides compassionate, comprehensive care to people of all ages. Located in downtown Vashon, the clinic offers conventional and naturopathic health care to meet a variety of patient needs. The physicians at Vashon Family Practice are Sjardo Steneker, M.D., and Nicole Maxwell, N.D. In addition to routine care, the clinic offers specialized procedures, such as colposcopies and LEEP procedures, stress EKGs, circumcisions, vasectomies and minor surgeries. The clinic includes a surgical room, an X-ray facility and a lab. The building, built in 2004, was designed with special attention given to patient comfort. Same-day appointments are available. A physician is on call 24 hours a day for urgent and emergency care. Some specialized health care services are also available at Vashon Family Practice, including podiatry care through Island Crest Foot and Ankle Center, a complete range of audiology services through audiologist Leah Keylard and a variety of cardiac and vascular diagnostic exams through Seattle-based UltraEcho. Vashon Family Practice provides care at reasonable rates for uninsured patients, offers a sliding scale and participates in the Vashon Community Wellness Project.

Vashon Health Center

Phone: 463-3671 Address: P.O. Box 529, 10030 S.W. 210th St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturdays for acute care only Insurance Accepted: Group Health and most major commercial plans Web site: Vashon Health Center has a team of five board-certified family practice physicians and a certified family practice physician’s assistant. The clinic provides the Island with full spectrum care, including acute and chronic medical care, adult and pediatric medicine, prenatal care, gynecology and emergency care. The clinic has laboratory and X-ray facilities on site. The staff of providers consists of Drs. Gary Koch, Michael Kappelman, Kim Farrell, Laurel Kuehl, Jeff HansPetersen and Stephanie Lee, PA-C. The Health Center also offers a 24-hour on-call service through its regular phone number and serves people regardless of

40 their ability to pay. It is located at Sunrise Ridge.

Vashon Plaza Medical Clinic

C.G. Weispfenning, M.D. Phone: 463-3396 Address: 17639 100th Ave. S.W. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays Insurance Accepted: Most major plans The Vashon Plaza Medical clinic is a family practice owned by Charles G. Weispfenning, M.D. The clinic is staffed by medical providers Dr. Weispfenning, Elizabeth Hopper, ARNP; Medea Karr, ARNP, and Katie Konrad, ARNP, and a wonderful nursing and clerical staff. The practice offers on-site X-ray and laboratory and a small surgical suite. The office contracts with most major insurance companies; contact the reception desk for additional or specific information.

Vashon Women’s Health Center

Kimberly Scheer, ARNP Phone: 463-2777 Hours: Monday through Friday Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web site: Kimberly Scheer provides holistic, personalized care for women and teens. She utilizes a blend of traditional medicine and complementary therapies.

Meditation Amy T. Huggins

Phone: 567-5166 and (206) 851-7159 E-mail: Amy Huggins teaches meditation practice to small groups in their homes. The meditation practice is effortless, a gentle doorway into the levels of consciousness that open to grace.

MAX Meditation

Phone: (206) 551-5992 Class times: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays E-mail: Learn to quiet the mind and open the heart through this unique, fun and easy-to-use meditation method. In each class, participants will be guided through relaxation techniques, passive meditation, active meditation and visualization specifically designed to enhance clarity of thought and focus. The mind is a powerful tool, and this method helps people learn how to use it more effectively. The class is led by Vila Loukas, a teacher with the Modern Mystery School International.

Paradise Ridge Acupuncture, Herbs and Massage Phone: 463-9066

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Class time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays Accessing your divine energies of the heart, this meditation is about being your own teacher. Give yourself permission to be. The sessions are facilitated by Jessica Bolding.

Puget Sound Zen Center

Phone: 463-4332 Web site: The Puget Sound Zen Center is a nonprofit organization founded on Vashon Island that offers introductions to Zen meditation and six opportunities a week to practice Zen. The primary aim of the center is to encourage insight into the human condition and compassionate action, and the primary practice is zazen, or Zen meditation. Recent studies on Buddhist meditation have shown its beneficial effects, including increased body awareness, better reflexes, a decreased level of stress and general better health and well-being. For programs and more information, see the Web site or call the center.

Jenean Richards

Phone: 567-4677 Jenean Richards has practiced Vipassana meditation under the head of Buddhism for northwest Thailand since 1993 and has been teaching beginning meditation classes on Vashon for the past seven years. The class is appropriate for anyone ages 16 and older with an interest in learning the tools of insight meditation, a practice based on mindfulness — bringing attention to what we are doing in our body and our mind in the present moment. Meditation is helpful for people suffering from anxiety disorders, excessive worry, attention deficit disorders, addictive disorders and depression. Classes are typically offered in October and April but may be taught at other times if there is sufficient interest. Richards is typically out of the country December through February. The format is typically one long session on a weekend and four to six subsequent Tuesday evenings at the Zen Center.

Midwifery Gail Murphy, L.M.

Vashon Midwifery Service Phone: (206) 300-5552 Clinic hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, other hours by special appointment; on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week Insurance Accepted: She is a preferred provider for Regence, Premera, Lifewise and DSHS and accepts many other insurances E-mail: Gail Murphy is a midwife who is trained,

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42 licensed and fully equipped to provide full maternity care to low-risk women. She is currently the only maternity care provider who serves the women of Vashon 24 hours a day by both practicing and living on the Island. She provides prenatal and postpartum care on Vashon and labor and delivery at home or occasionally at a birth center in Seattle. Within the guidelines of safety, she specializes in gentle birth. She strives to prevent complications by promoting health through education, nutritional guidance and selected use of herbs, homeopathic remedies, supplements and exercise. She is also available for nutritional counseling at Minglement on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by private consultation. By special arrangement she is also available for other maternity support services, including non-stress tests, for women receiving care from obstetricians.

Movement Movement for Life

Stacey Hinden Phone: (206) 227-5534 Hours: By appointment Movement for Life is a comprehensive educational and therapeutic approach to wellness using movement, sensory awareness, healing touch, voice/sound/ breathwork and nature connection. It recognizes that like all natural phenomena, our thoughts, emotions and bodily processes are organized into patterns. By attuning to our own inner flow, directly experiencing the physical substance of our body and the unique states of consciousness inherent within, we learn to notice which patterns are life-giving and which are inhibiting growth and health. Aligning with the Earth’s rhythms and cycles, we enter a personal and subtle dance of inner and outer nature and return to an organic state of balanced vitality and energy as we move through the seasons of our lives with wholeness and harmony of body, mind and spirit. People of all ages benefit, addressing issues such as bonding/ sleep/tummy time, digestion, cognitive and other learning challenges, chronic pain, artistic or athletic performance or personal growth. Stacey Hinden is a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, a certified practitioner of body-mind centering and a movement artist with more than 25 years of experience. She also offers somatic classes, workshops and community-based performance projects. She is a participating provider in the Vashon Community Wellness Project.

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Naturopathy Stas Kudla N.D., L.Ac.

Phone: (206) 937 2066 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings Insurance Accepted: Auto injury only E-mail: Dr.staskudla@seasons-4-health. com Web site Dr. Stas Kudla has more than 30 years of experience in resolving chronic and acute pain issues as well as addressing various disease issues with natural remedies and/ or acupuncture. His methods are helpful for hard-to-diagnose conditions. He also does well child exams.

London Health Center

Angela London, N.D. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Phone: 408-7400 Insurance Accepted: Most major plans Web site: Dr. Angela London sees people of all ages and has a special interest in women’s health, including preventive medicine (annual exams), menopause, endometriosis, fibroids and fertility. She also has expertise in chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel diseases, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, adrenal fatigue, allergies and eczema as well as acute conditions such as colds/flu, cough, bronchitis, urinary tract infections and sinusitis. Her customized treatment plans are designed to fit individual needs and to encourage healing through diet and lifestyle changes, nutriceuticals, vitamin therapy, homeopathy and plant medicine. Dr. London has practiced in Whatcom County since 2002 and has been practicing on Vashon since April of 2008.

Nicole Maxwell, N.D.

Phone: 463-2800 Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Insurance Acccepted: Most major plans Web site: As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Nicole Maxwell’s goal is to guide people to optimal health. Dr. Maxwell provides one-on-one health coaching, promotes the important roles of diet and nutrition and offers healthful lifestyle counseling and hormone balancing to achieve optimal health. She integrates the most advanced medical technologies with the ancient wisdom of the naturopathic medical healing arts in order to provide exceptional care and works with other health practitioners to provide a strong network of support for the patients.

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 She believes in the principals of naturopathic medicine, where the emphasis of health is on prevention and not the treatment of disease, and the focus of treatment is on the whole body and not on symptoms of an illness. Dr. Maxwell works at Vashon Family Practice on the Island and in West Seatte in her private practice.

Vashon Natural Medicine

Phone: 463-4778 Address: 18913 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Insurance Accepted: Most insurance plans Web site: Dr. Kelly Wright and Dr. Michelle Obertacz are naturopathic primary care physicians who provide natural health care for the whole family. Services provided include physical exams for adults and children, treatment of both chronic and acute conditions and a full range of laboratory testing. The specific therapies Dr. Wright and Dr. Obertacz use to help re-establish health include nutrition, therapeutic supplementation, lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathy, bio-identical hormone treatment and pharmaceutical drugs when appropriate. Dr. Obertacz is also a licensed acupuncturist and uses Oriental medicine in her approach to health care. Vashon Natural Medicine also has a complete naturopathic dispensary. Other practitioners at Vashon Natural Medicine include midwife Gail Murphy, massage therapists Lisa Lenihan and Paula Pelletier Butler and counselor Meg White.

Nutrition Kathy Abascal

Phone: 463-9211 Hours: Consults by appointment and classes as scheduled Insurance Accepted: None E-mail: Web site: and Kathy Abascal is an herbalist who teaches classes in the anti-inflammatory diet and provides drug-herb-supplementnutrition evaluations. Classes run for five consecutive weeks; schedules are posted at www. In private consultations, she reviews the client’s health history along with his or her nutritional habits, lifestyle and health goals. She provides information on treatments available, dietary changes, supplements and herbs to help her clients maintain the best state of health possible.

43 Full consultations cost $100. She also offers consultations in which specific questions and issues can be addressed. These can include a request for information on how to reduce cholesterol levels using natural methods, manage hot flashes in menopause, cope with a lingering cough, choose a suitable vitamin, determine how prescription medicines may interact with supplements and how to use diet to reduce inflammation.

Mara H. Andrus, R.D., C.D.

Phone: (206) 818-2016 Hours: By appointment Mara Andrus has been a professional dietian since graduating from Washington State University in 1985. She has worked in many aspects of nutrition and currently specializes in nutrition education for children, as she teaches classes for WSU Extension. Her expertise in maternal and child health has served her well in her work as a community nutritionist with the Washington State WIC program in recent years. She would like to be a part of incorporating some sustainable agriculture and farm-to-school principles as well as a more comprehensive nutrition education curriculum for the Vashon Island School District. She also enjoys one-on-one counseling with clients relating to weight management, diabetes and heart disease in her Vashon office. Overall balance in life and lifestyle choices dominate her focus of practice.

Jennifer Foege, M.S.

Certified Nutritionist Phone: (206) 330-9621 Hours: By appointment Insurance Accepted: none Web site: Jennifer Foege describes herself as a culinary renaissance woman. She provides three main services to the community on Vashon: nutritional counseling, whole food cooking lessons and personal cheffing services through her business, The Joyful Kitchen. All of these services are personalized and tailored to meet your individual needs. Her purpose is to help people develop nutritional goals to improve and enhance their health, whether it be under doctor’s orders or their own volition, and she promises to see people through to success. In her personal chef services, her objective is to provide meals that are mouthwatering, scrumptious and nutritionally balanced. Foege has her master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, and she is licensed as a Certified Nutritionist through the Washington State Department of Health.


Occupational Therapy

Laurie Hare OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Phone: 463-3019 Hours: Phone for an appointment Insurance Accepted: Services may be covered by insurance depending on diagnosis and specifics of the plan E-mail: Laurie Hare provides assessment and treatment for children with diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delay and sensory integration disorder. Therapy provides children with the specific blend of vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory input their nervous systems require in order for them to be able to respond appropriately for successful, organized and meaningful interactions in all aspects of their lives.

Physical Therapy

Alliantcare Physical Therapy & Integral Medicine

Phone: 463-2787 Hours: By Appointment Insurance Accepted: All major plans Web site: Tim Sobie, who owns Alliantcare, offers innovative physical therapy services based on advanced study and certification in the Feldenkrais Method. This method expands and broadens beyond the scope of conventional exercise approaches and hands-on manual therapy techniques that are common to most physical therapy. He is also doing doctoral research in clinical psychophysiology, also known as mindbody medicine. His services are applicable for a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions that cause pain, impair mobility or otherwise compromise comfort and quality of life. Appointments can be made individually and/or by a physician’s referral. Physical therapist Maria Bokor offers biodynamic craniosacral therapy sessions as well as women’s health, pediatrics, manual lymphatic drainage and orthopedic physical therapy. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy offers a powerful healing experience that often opens the path for clients to make rapid changes in resolving trauma and pain.

Cathy deSmet, P.T.

Namarupa Healing Phone: 442-2088 Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 Insurance Accepted: Premera, Lifewise, Uniform, L&I, PIP, First Health Network, Coventry and others that offer out of network benefits Cathy deSmet’s focus in physical therapy is on identifying impairments unique to each person that create pain syndromes and movement dysfunctions. She uses hands-on manual therapy techniques, specific exercise prescription and client education to correct alignment faults, muscle imbalances, posture and movement patterns.

Andra DeVoght, P.T., MPH

Phone: (206) 465-1728 Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Insurance Accepted: Premera, Lifewise, Uniform, First Choice, Cigna, L&I and PIP claims. Andra DeVoght integrates her 15 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist with her training in yoga and public health to offer detailed and holistic care for people experiencing chronic pain or stressrelated illness with a focus on women’s health: pelvic/hip/back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and pregnancy/post-partum pain.

Vashon Physical Therapy Clinic

Phone: 463-3441 Address: 17429 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Insurance Accepted: Most major plans E-mail: Established in 1981, the clinic has served Islanders for more than 25 years. Current practitioners are Marilyn Kleyn, PT; Dyan Prouse, DPT; Lonnie Shiosaki, PT, and Kathy Snyder, PTA. The clinic offers private treatment rooms as well as a rehabilitation training room and aerobic room. Therapists provide services for general orthopedic and neurological conditions as well as specialized services for low vision, vestibular (inner ear) and ergonomic (fitting the person to the job for comfort). Treatments are evidence based and covered by most insurance companies. Call Linda York, office manager, for further information.


Island Crest Foot and Ankle Center

Phone: (206) 275-9705 Hours: Monday afternoons Insurance Accepted: Most major plans John K. Ford, DPM, and John A. Lord, DPM, specialize in complete foot and ankle care health care, including treatment for bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses,

Vashon Health & Wellness Guide 2010 pediatric foot care, ingrown nails, fungal nails, sports-related injuries, custom orthotics, diabetic and geriatric foot care and wound care. On Vashon, the clinic is located at Vashon Family Practice, 17917 Vashon Hwy. S.W. The main office is on Mercer Island.


Jeanne Robinson

Phone: 463-6895 Hours: Thursdays and Fridays by appointment Reiki is an ancient healing technique that resembles laying on of hands. Reiki works on four levels of existence: spiritual, physical, emotional and mental. It often assists with pain relief, relaxation, stress reduction and feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious. It can help one feel both very relaxed and rejuvenated as it accelerates healing. Robinson periodically teaches Reiki classes and offers gift certificates for onehour Reiki sessions.

Dianna Ammon

See Massage, page 31.

See Vashon Island Day Spa See Spas, at right.

Senior Services Vashon Senior Center

Phone: 463-5173 Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays The Vashon Senior Center staff, volunteers and board strive to offer a meaningful and joyful life for every older adult. Programs include classes that enhance health, fitness and wellbeing. Participants can enjoy fitness, art, crafts, writing classes, movies, trips, entertainment and nutritious meals. Vashon Senior Center is governed by its own board and membership and is part of the Vashon Park District. Programs and services are available to all older adults and/or their families regardless of membership status. Programs: • Enhanced Fitness This class offers participants exercises that focus on strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning. Participants gain increased energy, confidence and a sense of community through this scientifically based exercise program. Students progress at their own pace, receive individual attention from a trained instructor and develop an activity level that is a good personal fit.  • Dining with Friends

45 A nutritious lunch is served Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:45 a.m. at the center. The suggested meal donation is $3.50. Participants decide what they would like to donate. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate. All donations are confidential. • Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels deliveries are coordinated by volunteers every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The suggested donation is $3 for those 60 and older; homebound individuals under age 60 are also eligible to receive meals on wheels for $4.50. To learn more about enrolling in this program, call 463-5173 or enroll online at • Senior Services Volunteer  Transportation Phone: 448-5740 This volunteer driver program can make it easier for older adults unable to drive to get to medical and dental appointments, even off-Island. Individuals needing regular assistance should call to enroll in the program.


Vashon Island Day Spa

Phone: 463-0587 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Web site: For the body, mind, soul and spirit, the spa is pleased to add its spirit works to the spa’s Magic Menu: Energy therapies, angelic readings, Reiki classes and certification, tarot, BodyTalk, astrology, crystal and sound therapies, shamanic practitioners, readings and more. Spa Magic Menu Services are $30 per half hour and up; the spa also offers a sliding fee scale for bodywork with Joleen Flint, LMP.

Ultrasound UltraEcho

Phone: (206) 621-4722 Vashon Hours: 9. a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays Insurance Accepted: Major plans accepted Web site: For more than 12 years, UltraEcho has partnered with physicians, providing them with the opportunity to offer cardiac and vascular ultrasound services in their offices. On Vashon, it offers exams at Vashon Family Practice. UltraEcho provides medically necessary cardiac studies, routine echocardiograms,

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything. — Thich Nhat Hanh

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46 stress echocardiograms and contrast echocardiograms as well as medically necessary vascular studies. UltraEcho works with local nationally recognized top cardiologists and cascular interventionalists, and results are available quickly.

Weight Management TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly)

Phone: 567-0099 Meeting time: 9 a.m. Mondays TOPS weight support meetings provide programs encouraging healthy lifestyles, nutrition and exercise. The meetings provide contests, incentives and awards to encourage weight loss. Support and encouragement from fellow TOPS members are the core of this program. Yearly national registration fee is $26. Weekly dues are $2. The meetings are held weekly at the Methodist Church.


Ronly Blau

Phone: (206) 499-8488 Web site: www.MeadowHeartAyurveda. com Ronly Blau is a registered and certified yoga teacher offering group and private yoga classes. Her flowing classes weave together the yoga poses, breathing practices, meditation and Ayurvedic wisdom. The three pillars of her teaching are breath awareness, listening to the wisdom of the body and having fun, enjoying the practice. When these are implemented, the body feels energized, circulation and immunity are increased, while the mind experiences a calm grounded state, relieving stress patterns in mind and body. She specializes in creating private yoga practices for people’s constitutions and at addressing their specific needs.

Amy T. Huggins

Phone: 567-5166 and (206) 851-7159 E-mail: Amy Huggins teaches Hatha Yoga classes, inspired by current Anursara yoga studies, at the Vashon Athletic Club Monday through Thursday each week. A certified teacher, she provides appropriate levels of challenge and support for brand new and more advanced students, with a focus on open-heartedness and breath. New students are welcome. For a schedule of classes and club fees, call the athletic club at 463-5601.

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. —Henry David Thoreau

Island Yoga Center

Phone: 463-2058 Web site: Island Yoga Center offers ongoing yoga instruction for all levels seven days a week. Its program includes introductory through advanced classes, therapeutic yoga for back care and wellness, gentle yoga, teen yoga and Sanskrit instruction. The benefits of yoga include stress reduction, greater flexibility, increased strength and a heightened sense of well-being. Each member of the center’s staff is caring and skilled and offers inspired teaching. They are Elizabeth Freeman, whose practice is influenced by the Iyengar tradition and whose classes include flow, breath awareness and mindfulness techniques; Kathryn Payne, who enjoys teaching classes with a focus on “practicing from the inside” — finding alignment through breath awareness and sensitivity to the energetic body; Ronly Blau, whose teaching is grounded by her practices in Ayurveda and vipassana meditation; Andra DeVoght, who is a physical therapist and combines Western knowledge of anatomy and health with the ancient wisdom of yoga; James Culbertson, who balances form, flow, ardor and ease with mindfulness and compassion; Lynelle Sjoberg, who draws from pilates and yoga, and Marcie Hamrick, who is also a family practice physician who has taught yoga for stress and emotional well being and therapeutic yoga.

Patti Kiriazis

Phone: 463-5601 Patti Kiriazis, a certified Hatha yoga instructor, has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years. She is currently teaching at the Vashon Athletic Club and welcomes members and non-members to her classes. Her emphasis is on her own bar work, stretching, foot work and Kundalini yoga. The advanced class ends with a meditation. She has studied yoga domestically and internationally.

Nigel Bruce Lott

Phone: (206) 769-6725 Hours: various E-mail: Nigel Lott teaches Himalayan Kundalini Kriya Yoga and says it is a form of yoga that calms the heart and mind, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, relieves anxiety, dramatically improves digestion, helps with chronic illness, is a quick detoxification remedy, purifies the nervous system, gives a younger looking skin, arrests the aging process and removes Karma. Aspects of mind such as thought, perception and attention are improved, refined and enhanced by regular practice.

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We have a large selection of Paraben free products to choose from: shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial care, bar soap handsoap, etc.

206/463-2100t'"9206/463-2000 t 9740 S.W. Bank Road P.0#PYt7BTIPO*TMBOE 8"

Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Serving Vashon Since 1972 Gary A. Koch, M.D. Michael Kappelman, M.D. Kim Farrell, M.D. Laurel Kuehl, M.D. Jeffrey HansPetersen, M.D. Stephanie Lee, P.A.C.

Office Hours Monday – Friday 9AM - 5PM Limited hours on Saturday for Urgent Care

t Offering a broad range of acute & preventive health care services t Compassionate, comprehensive medical care by board certified physicians specializing in family and geriatric medicine t Facility features on-site laboratory and x-ray t 24-hour on-call doctors t Medicare, Medicaid, Group Health Cooperative and most insurance plans accepted

Vashon Health Center 10030 SW 210th Street (206) 463-3671 Fax (206) 463-3613 463-3671


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