In 2011, my vision became reality. Kitsap County has the strictest zoning laws in the state. The requirements for a doctor meant that the majority of options are outrageously expensive properties, medical buildings, or strip malls in poor condition. I had always wanted a house that could be converted into an office, not far from the freeway or busy area of town but also off of the main roads. I wanted a space that conveyed comfort, healing, and an overall organic and holistic outlook. When it came down to it, we got lucky. My husband just happened to find a property listed under residential even though it had been turned into commercial zoning in order to assist the planning of Home Depot nearby. It was an arduous year of planning and remodeling but it truly embodied my entire vision.
So now what to call it? I knew that it was not just going to be my chiropractic office, as I was entering midwifery school at this time. I also knew that at some point I would most likely open the space for others to use part-time. I wanted a name that represented what all of the different work inside that office would represent. Specializing in maternity and pediatric care, in both chiropractic and midwifery, I always felt that I was helping families start out right, or perhaps giving them a new start with the tools necessary to begin or further a holistic lifestyle that supported their physical and emotional growth.
Epoch – ep·och /ˈepək/
- a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics
- the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something
I fell in love with Epoch Wellness Center. I hope that for many, the care and education given will allow for a change. A change in health, perspective, and understanding. I want my office to be a part of the shift that is happening in our world, that understands that our health in a large part is what we make of it, is impacted by how we live, is not something we are just victims to. When it comes to pregnancy and pediatric health, our choices and perspective don’t just affect our immediate health but the life and long-term health of our children and families. So let’s open our minds to the possibilities and the consequences of our choices. Let’s remember that our bodies are capable of incredible things when they are supported and strengthened as a whole instead of neglected or reduced into pieces and treated as though they are misbehaving.
One of my favorite quotes is by Susanne Arms:
where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred,
we must begin with how we treat each other
at the beginning of life.
For that is where our deepest patterns are set.
From these roots grow fear and alienation
~ or love and trust.”
I would add that how we treat our bodies and that of our children from the beginning, has the ability to root strength, vitality and optimal health or encourage weakness, dysfunction and illness. We can’t control every little thing that impacts our health, but we can control a lot by the choices we make, particularly in the beginning. It is my hope, that you will be given tools and education at Epoch Wellness Center to help you do just that. Let this be a time of change, a time of growth, and a time of a new beginning in health.