Sponsored by Kenton Family Wellness
Corri Rekart and Evelyn Cusson have been welcomed to the Kenton neighborhood twice—the first time they opened a practice on North McClellan Street, and the second time last month, when they reopened as the Kenton Family Wellness Center in a larger space around the corner. Now visible to passersby on North Denver Avenue, the new storefront location has attracted a lot of attention in this tight knit North Portland neighborhood. “People come in and say ‘welcome to the neighborhood!” says Rekart with a smile.
The expansion of the Kenton Family Wellness Center can be measured in both feet and services. The new space is nearly four times the size of the former office and the number of practitioners grew from four to eleven. Services now include acupuncture, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic care, counseling, skin care and yoga. “It really is an organic collection of people,” says Cusson. “We’ve come together through personal connections.”
Investing in the Health of the Kenton Neighborhood
The friendly Kenton community is the main reason Rekart and Cusson
opened their practice there nearly five years ago. At first it was just
the two practitioners—Rekart is a licensed massage therapist
specializing in massage for pregnancy and labor, and Reflexology, and
Cusson is a naturopathic physician and midwife—but by 2009 they were
nearly bursting out of their 750-square-foot space and eager to have a
more prominent community presence.
They didn’t need to look any further than a 100-year-old low-rise building around the corner to find just the right place to expand. In May, construction started on the building interior and by the first week of July they were moving their offices into the newly renovated space and preparing for an August opening. The business partners say they only closed their practice for two days during that time. “We were working on the new office and still seeing our clients in the old one,” says Rekart.
On a warm evening, Neighborhood Notes visited the newly opened Kenton Family Wellness Center to meet the practitioners and learn more about the kinds of services they offer. Even at dusk, the interior was bright, warm and comfortable. The bamboo flooring that was used throughout the center, (except in the practitioner’s rooms) gives off a golden glow. Architectural details like the storefront window and some original cabinetry as well as vintage doors (converted into kitchen cabinets) add ambiance that only exists in the architectural beauties of the early 20th century.
The reception area is shared with Solabee Flowers and Botanicals, which ensures a year-round flora feast for the senses, and on the walls of the community room/yoga studio are works by local artists. The art is rotated each month in time for the Third Thursday art walk, when the Kenton Family Wellness Center stays open late into the evening to invite the community in for a glass of wine and a chance to meet the practitioners.
Although they come from a range of backgrounds the practitioners share several things in common: a belief in the strength of community, a passion for holistic, preventive healthcare, and a fondness for Kenton. They consider themselves a collective, each practicing as an independent yet united in their desire to provide exceptional care to their community. The unique nature of this collective makes it possible for practitioners to refer clients to their peers for complimentary care, bounce ideas off one another or discuss new preventive healthcare information. And binding this team of healthcare professionals even closer is their proximity to the Center—all are North or Northeast Portland residents!
List of Services: Preventative Healthcare Integrated with Progressive Techniques and Therapies
The list of services at Kenton Family Wellness Center rounds out an exceptional preventive healthcare plan, but we learned the practitioners integrate quite a few progressive and interesting techniques and therapies. For example, clients can receive a barefoot massage, a bamboo massage, (a technique that uses stalks of bamboo in varying lengths for deep tissue work), and a combined light therapy and acupuncture treatment. Chiropractic care may include the Kinesio Taping Technique for muscle pain and postural support, and yoga practitioners can balance their Chakras in a one-hour class offered every Saturday morning.
We were also introduced to Bowen therapy, a type of neuromuscular re-education that helps reduce muscle spasms and inflammation, and Spacial Dynamics, a type of Movement therapy that teaches awareness of one’s personal space. (Both are optional therapies provided by Evelyn Cusson.)
Community Acupuncture and Massage
Committed to making their services available for all, the Kenton Family Wellness Center opens their doors for Community Acupuncture and Massage every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. For a mere $20 clients receive a chair treatment (fully clothed) in a group setting. What better way to kick off the weekend with friends?
Classes and Workshops
And in preparation for the change of seasons and holiday madness, the
Center will be offering a variety of workshops and classes. For
starters, a 6-week weight-loss program beginning in mid-October will
include classes that cover stress, hormones, depression and unhealthy
food choices—all contributors to weight gain.
To learn more about the practitioners, services, yoga class, and upcoming workshops and programs at Kenton Family Wellness Center, visit the web site or call 503.285.6227. The Center will conduct business as usual throughout the reconstruction of North Denver Avenue and walk-ins are always welcome.