Wilson High mothers and longtime wellness practitioners have opened up a clinic just down the hill from the school.
Living Well Community Health Clinic, located in Suite F of the Wilson Park Building at 1820 S.W. Vermont St., offers a growing list of services that include acupuncture, massage and physical therapy. The clinic was started by Sarah Watson, Laura McCorkle and Malinda Finnell; all met years ago through parent activities at school and happened to work in similar careers in wellness.
The three also share an office with Dr. Foster King, a physical therapist.
Watson, who has worked in massage therapy for 20 years and specializes in sport injuries and surgery recovery, says she is excited to be able to move back to her neighborhood after having worked in Northwest Portland for the past five years.
"Our kids are all at Wilson, which is really special, just to be down the road from our children," she said. "Because they actually do get body work, which is one of the key reasons why I moved here, to be able to get my kids to understand how, with sports injuries or just a general feel of 'Oh, I'm just depleted,' they can come down here for treatment."
McCorkle has worked in massage therapy for more than a decade and also co-founded Fertile Connection, which helps In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clients with stress reduction, fertility preparation and support. She says the expanded space in Wilson Park will allow her and her colleagues to experiment with different services.
"Each of us wanted to branch out and do other things," McCorkle said, "like offer classes and some wellness programs."
For example, she plans on offering weekly hour-long mindfulness classes that would incorporate meditation and other stress-relief exercises. Finnell, an acupuncturist, has also toyed with the idea of offering group classes.
Watson says that the practitioners at Living Well will complement and build on each other's skill sets in what she describes as a "cross-pollination" of care.
"I can never truly say, 'Oh yeah, only come and see me because I'm the best,'" she says. "It's like, 'No, you need to go see this chiropractor, and you need to go see this acupuncturist, and the three of us are going to formulate a plan.' And that's what we want to create here."
For more information about Living Well Community Health Clinic, visit livingwellcommunityhealth.weebly.com.