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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Graton's Community Accupuncture, Massage & Chiropractic Welcomes New Chiropractor

Community Acupuncture, Massage and Chiropractic, a $15 – 30 sliding scale clinic located at the Graton Community Club, is pleased to welcome Beverly Pencek, D.C., to its staff.

Dr. Pencek has over nine years’ experience and offers myofascial release, traditional adjusting or low force techniques to meet the patient’s individual needs. Several years ago she established West Marin Chiropractic in Point Reyes Station, where she still practices several days a week. She recently relocated back to Sebastopol/ Graton and is excited to be in service to the community through Graton’s low-cost clinic.

“I believe each of us is designed to be healthy,” Dr. Pencek said. “Chiropractic care helps restore optimum function, movement and wellness. Because movement is energy and energy is life, I take the time to give patients the quality chiropractic care they deserve.”

Her philosophy is representative of the Graton clinic’s goal: to offer affordable, compassionate, quality healthcare to patients regardless of economic or citizenship status. With the support of the Graton Community Club, a non-profit community service organization, the clinic has blossomed into an essential resource for West Sonoma County residents.

For example, the clinic’s services have benefited patients like “Kay”*, who has suffered for the past year and a half with excruciating torso pain that has kept her from working as well as from enjoying life. After exhausting her savings for a series of tests and doctor consultations that resulted in no relief, she was left dependent on prescriptions that barely helped. Since starting acupuncture treatment less than a month ago, she has experienced days of relief from her pain following her twice-weekly visits and has regained hopefulness about “getting her life back”. Her treatment protocol includes acupuncture, massage, herbal medicines which promote healing and balance, and, last but not least, gentle and caring support.

Others clients of the clinic enjoy being able to get a relaxing or therapeutic half-hour massage for $20. The clinic employs three of the area’s well-regarded massage therapists who have training in many medical and non-medical techniques.

This winter the Community Acupuncture, Massage and Chiropractic clinic shall begin sponsoring health education groups, such as a holistically-oriented “stop smoking” program and ongoing qi gong/movement classes. As our new Administration is aware in planning for national healthcare, self-care can drastically reduce medical expenses. In the words of Thomas Edison, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

The clinic’s founder, Jody James, L.Ac., feels fortunate to have support of local bilingual volunteers who help with reception and translation services. Currently the clinic is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoon/evenings and Friday mornings. The Graton Community Club is located at 8996 Graton Road, downtown Graton.

For more information regarding clinic services and appointments, please call (707) 823-2866.

*Pseudonym used to protect patient privacy.