Our Open House Was a Huge Success

To celebrate our new office we, Mountain West Wellness and Irelan Chiropractic hosted an Open House in May. Attendees were treated to delicious culinary delights prepared by our special friends Blue and Gina. There wasn’t a crumb left over which is testimony to how delicious everything was. We salute you!

The rainy weather was touch and go but gratefully the moisture held off long enough for the Lion Dancers to perform outside. We thank the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association and Shifu Howie Solo for coming to bless our office and for putting on a very colorful, loud and entertaining performance for all of our guests. It really was something not to be missed.

To all of you that attended we want to extend a great big thank-you for your support of us and your continued belief in what we do. We are very grateful.

We also entered everyone who came into several drawings including 6 months of acupuncture care and 6 months of chiropractic care. The winners were Sandy and Steve! You know who you are, congrats!

Mountain West Wellness’ Mission Stays Strong

by Kim Hayashi

Our mission at Mountain West Wellness is to help as many people as possible, one person at a time. We believe in this so strongly that it is has become an intimate part of who we all are, and is not just an empty, intellectual statement that is printed on disposable brochures.

At one time, this mission was carried out solely by Jack Schaefer, the founder of Mountain West Wellness. He single-handedly built this practice to a point where he needed office help so that he could continue to focus his attention on patient care without distraction.

To all of you who have been graced by my appointment reminder calls and who have patiently endured my chronically optimistic and cheerful front office banter, I would like to tell you how I came to fulfill that need.

In 2001 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and in a desperate search for care outside of the “traditional medical model”; I was directed to Jack by a mutual friend. Immediately, upon walking into his office I felt better. Jack treated me with dignity, and as an individual with feelings; not just someone with a diagnosis. I was patiently listened to, (imagine that) and shown genuine warmth, caring and concern. Well, I immediately told all of my friends and family about Jack and encouraged each of them to make an appointment, which most of them did. I was so excited about the clinic and the medicine that I even approached perfect strangers and enthusiastically sang Jacks praises!

After being a patient for six years I talked (begged) my way into working for the clinic. I came to understand through my own experience and that of my family and friends that Mountain West Wellness was a special place that promoted healing and that Jack was an extraordinary practitioner who actually practiced what he preached. Jack lived his mission statement, with integrity and grace by actually striving to help everyone, one person at a time. I was fortunate to be one of these people and in return I wanted to give back to something that I passionately believed in. Obviously, Jack succumbed to my pleadings and welcomed me in as part of the team. For that I am eternally grateful.

Over time Jack has expanded his staff to include our newest member, Julie Gwyther, MSOM, L.Ac. Julie is a skilled practitioner who combines her belief in the clinic’s mission with her talent of providing excellent patient service. This is a winning combination and Julie is an irreplaceable addition to Mountain West Wellness.

The clinic has also been a temporary home to numerous interns who donate their time and services in exchange for the opportunity to share in the wealth of knowledge that Jack and Julie possess. It is an honor to be chosen and over the years many have petitioned to become a part of what this clinic stands for. Unfortunately, there is space for only a few and these wonderful men and women have each made a contribution to the clinic that is immeasurable.

Jack, Julie and I, along with Jim Irelan our Chiropractor, want to extend our gratitude to each of you for your choosing us to be in partnership with you and your health. We understand that we are all in this together, each one of us an integral component of the whole. Thank you for believing in what we do and for giving us the opportunity to help everyone – one person at a time.

Staying Cool with Cucumber Salad

by Julie Gwyther MSOM

As summer approaches and the weather becomes hotter our body’s dietary needs change. The winter months and part of spring required warming foods that were cooked for a long time such as soups and stews. Hotter weather requires slightly more cooling foods. The basic concept is that one wants to keep the yin and yang balanced in the body by adjusting what one eats with each season.

Yin is the aspect of our body that is water, cooling and nourishing. In hot weather this part of our body gets used up more as we sweat and our body overall feels warmer. By eating cooling foods that nourish yin and clear heat we can help our body adjust to the weather and stay healthy. The following is a quick and easy summer salad recipe to help you do just that.

2 large cucumbers diced

1 cup plain yogurt

1 tsp of dill

A pinch of salt

A tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Dice the cucumbers (you may want to peel them first if you don’t like the bitter skin, but the skin being bitter actually helps clear heat out of the body) and place in a bowl. Place the cup of yogurt in a separate bowl and mix in the dill, salt, and lemon juice. Combine the yogurt mixture with the diced cucumbers and serve!

Happy Hour Acupuncture

Do you have someone that you would like to experience the benefits of acupuncture, but you haven't been able to get them in?

Have ever been feeling like you need a "tune-up"?

Why not try a new concept in acupuncture that we are doing? We call it "Happy Hour Acupuncture" It is a chance to just to walk in for a quick treatment to get you rebalanced.
On June 4th from 4:00 to 7:00 anyone can just walk in for a Happy Hour Treatment.

A non-alcoholic, Stress Reduction, Body Balancing, Health Enhancing Experience

This is a a non-appointment treatment time that is open to all current patients and the public. Treatments are only $30. For more information please call the office at 303-648-4066.

Thursday June 4
for only $30

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