Personal Wellness Stories
Read about our member's peronal wellness stories.
Wellness Center Member
"The Wellness Center has been like a good friend to me over the years. There are times when we lose touch, my fault of course, but, it is always there for me when I need support.
"The staff is friendly and helpful. I am often surprised that they remember my name after some of my long absences. I have taken classes in Yoga for Weight Loss, Tai Chi for Inner Balance, water aerobics, and have used various other services including message therapy and personal trainer for water aerobics. I also participated in the Champions "Weight Loss Challenge", a fantastic experience; my team won the contest ("Go Reducers") but everyone who participated was a winner.
"On a special note, Debbie Vinson, my personal trainer for water aerobics, became a special friend as we worked to help me reduce and strengthen prior to hip replacement surgery. Debbie was as much a counselor as a trainer, listening to my challenges and helping me to decompress. I always felt lighter mentally as well as physically when I left the water.
"I cannot imagine myself without The Wellness Center and now that I have a new hip, I can see our friendship growing. Whenever I think of personal fitness I look to see what the Center has to offer. Gail, Curtis, staff, and instructors, thank you for all that you do and for caring."
Practice Manager, Dourron OB/Gyn Associates, PC
Wellness Center Member
"In 2008, I reached a point in my life where I was the most unhealthy that I had ever been. I was being treated for high blood pressure, sleep apnea, pre-diabetes and weighed almost 300 pounds. I knew I had to make a permanent change.
"I joined the Wellness Center because I needed a comprehensive program that combined exercise and nutrition, was not expensive, and was conveniently close to my workplace. I began meeting Curtis, an exercise physiologist, as well as a nutritionist on a monthly basis. Believe me, I’m not a fan of exercise, but Curtis managed to put together a personalized routine that even I could stick to.
"I went from being completely inactive to exercising at least four days a week even during the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I followed this regimen for six months to satisfy my insurance company’s requirement for bariatric surgery approval but even after the surgery I continued my membership. I’m still working towards my goal, but I have lost 40 pounds since last October and have reduced some of the medications I used to take."