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Story last updated at 3:53 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SVT Wellness Center to hold open house

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


Photo by Michael Armstrong

The Seldovia Village Tribe Wellness Center, located next to the SVT Health Center on East End Road, will hold an open house from 4-7 p.m. March 8. As part of the event, Dr. Abby Laing will do a presentation entitled "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" at 6 p.m.

There's a new kid on the block in the ever expanding Homer health provider community: the Seldovia Village Tribe Wellness Center. The new facility, located next to the SVT Health Center on East End Road, holds an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8. Dr. Abby Laing does a presentation at 6 p.m., "What is Naturopathic Medicine?"

Laing, a naturopathic doctor raised in Homer and now practicing in Anchorage, offers clinics twice a month at the new center. Naturopathic care is one of the services offered at the SVT Wellness Center. Other services planned include homeopathic care, behavioral health care, massage and acupuncture. The Wellness Center's programs complement the SVT Health Center.

"We've had a lot of success with treating the illnesses of people," said Wellness Center Director Greg Browngoetz. "One of our strategic goals has been to develop a way to treat the whole person."

The $2 million building was constructed mostly with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, one of 85 U.S. community health centers that received $600 million in stimulus funding grants in 2009. The Rasmuson Foundation also offered grant support. Tyonek Construction was the general contractor of the 5,700-square-foot, two-story building. The upstairs houses office and administrative space, with the lower floor for examination and consultation rooms.

The Wellness Center is in the processing of hiring a behavioral health clinician and anticipates adding from three to five new positions this year, Browngoetz said. When the center was in early planning stages, physical therapy had been considered as another service, but that program was dropped.

For more information and appointments, call the SVT Health Center at 226-2228.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.