New Year 2022 Tree of Life Center Newsletter

New Year 2022 Newsletter Update

A new year, a new opportunity to reflect on what worked and what did not work for us last year, and opportunity to choose again differently for that we wish to bring forth. Of course we can always choose again at any time, but the first of the year seems to be a fitting place to start.

For me, 2021, more than any other period of time, really showed just how complex we humans are, and how resiliant we can be. But in terms of health, this past year made even more obvious how all encompassing we are in body, mind, and spirit. The effects on physical health from prolonged stress, isolation, and disruption to our normal way of living, could not be overlooked. It is thru this awareness we find our way back to health and happiness. Mental health professionals are working way past capacity as these stessors drag on. Secondary medial conditions are up thru all age groups. Now, more than ever, we need a truly functional approach that integrates allopathic medicine with complementary wellness professions that have served humanity very well for centuries. A system that integrates body, mind, and spirit, while honoring the long standing Hippocratic principle of “first do no harm”. We need to embrace modern science along with long proven holistic therapies, not in competetion, but in concert, for the best and highest good of our clients and patients.

At the Tree of Life Center for Wellbeing we are constantly building on these principles. We experience the incredible strength and wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit, with our clients as they call on their inherant capacity to heal and rise above their challenges. We grow with them as we are so honored to be apart of their process.

New at the Tree of Life Center

Energy Healing

         with Sylvia Tavares RTM

Our second treatment room is pretty much completed. Sylvia will now be offering her unique combination of skills with Usui Reiki, Allergy Antidotes ™, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Now Sylvia is also offering and the highly effective Cyberphysiology Techniques (a form of neurokinesis) for healing painful memories, and the physical symptoms they may perpetuate, in seconds.

Sylvia generally works with distance healing, however this beautiful new space provides another option for in-person healings.

We will be posting more detailed information on these techniqes over the coming weeks, so stayed tuned to our upcoming newsletters. This is definately something you will want to know about and experience.

NEW!  ONLINE BOOKING

 

Now you have the option of booking your next appoinment, checking status of your appointments, and changing your appointments, all online with our super easy and convenient online booking.

Of course you can still text or email us as well. We may have other time and day options for you.

e-Gift Cards at Tree of Life Center

NEW! E-Gift Cards from the Tree of Life Center for Wellbeing

 

A simple way to give a e-gift card for Massage and Reiki.

Purchase one or more sessions

or

Put any amount, $10 and up, on a card of your choice, for your favorite someone to use as they wish

 

Use this simple link: https://squareup.com/gift/QV6E0XM9YJDS4/order

This will take you to our E-Gift Card page (see below) Here you can scroll across to the card you wish to purchase, enter the amount you wish to pay, and put in the person and email address for them. How easy is that?

Massage $85.00 one hr, $115.00 for 90 min. (TLC members deduct $10 for each session. Use the custom field) (more about membership here: https://center4wellbeing.com/rates/)

Reiki with Sylvia $50.00 for 60 minutes.

Wishing you the very best in this Holiday Season!

Dana & Sylvia Tavares

TLC News Update 8.12.21

Tree of Life Center for Wellbeing Newsletter Update August 2021

In this Update

TLC Covid 19 Update (vaccinations, testing)

Membership (important reminder for members)

FSM

 

TLC Covid 19 Update

I imagine you are watching the news and see that once again Covid 19 infections are increasing in Maine, as elsewhere in the US. This time it’s largely the Delta variant and effecting younger people, especially the very young who are not yet able to get the vaccine. The data from around the Country seems pretty clear, those who’ve had the vaccine are less susceptible to Covid 19 and it’s variants. Although there is a relatively small percentage of “break through infections” meaning infections in those who have had both doses of the vaccine, they are much less likely to get seriously sick or die, or even wind up in the hospital. The disturbing news is however, even vaccinated people who become exposed to the virus can, for a short period of time, be able to transmit the disease. This is compounded by the fact there is often no symptoms in may individuals that would tip them off to the fact they’ve been infected. The potential risk for transmission is higher with these variants as well.

So what does this mean in terms of our office and policies. We are watching this closely, especially the spread in our area. Currently I am seeing new clients, many are from away visiting or have just moved here. I continue to require pre appointment Covid questionnaires completed. Most people I am seeing have completed both vaccines. However with the trend as it is I may have to implement even more precautions to keep everyone safe. This may include proof of vaccination for new clients or pre-appointment Covid testing. I am currently looking into having test kits available at the office that are 97% accurate, easy, comfortable, and only take 15 minutes for results. Currently anyone can purchase these kits at Walgreens. I’ve been using these for myself.

I am seeing the effects of the stress from all this in my clients almost daily. It’s difficult on so many levels for many people. Generally, almost everyone is grateful for the procedure’s I have in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 

Membership

TLC membership is turning out to be very popular and utilized. This is terrific as its a Win-Win for all. Priority care, cost savings, priority scheduling and recurring appointments, all appreciated by all. Shortly I will send out invitations to all members for access to my professional grade nutritional-herbal distributor where you, as a member, will have a great discount on hundreds of products including personal care.

Important reminder to all members however, if you haven’t set up recurring monthly appointments, do not wait until the last of the month to try and squeak in your appointment. This time of year, especially this year, is extremely busy and may be difficult to get the time slot you wish, or any time slot at all. Remember, one of the key reasons I established the membership is to prioritize your access to the services you rely on. If my calendar is showing openings, I’m going to fill them because I have to. Membership, when working as intended, prioritizes openings for you. But I need to see this in advance, so please don’t wait until the last week of the month to schedule your appointment and risk losing your membership if you haven’t paid your membership online but rather waiting until you come in.

 

Frequency Specific Microcurrents (FSM)

As more of my clients are experiencing or learning about  FSM the more popular and in demand its becoming. Great news, I’ve purchased a second frequency generator, something I’ve been wanting to do for many months now. This provides more options. First, I can run multiple protocols at once. Some frequencies that are believed to support your body to heal injuries such as disc, ligaments, muscle tissue, fascia, etc. take a significant amount of time running to be effective. Prior to getting the second frequency generator I could only run one set at a time, meaning if I am focusing on pain relief I couldn’t be tying up that generator with potential tissue healing frequencies. Now I can do both. Second, some injury protocols can take more than a hour to run. Now, with a second generator, I can spit the program and run both at once, shortening the time.

The third, and maybe the biggest advantage, I’m planning on setting up my second treatment room as a comfortable space for clients to come for FSM specifically without the expense of manual therapy included. This is especially important for someone in the initial phase of healing that requires 2-3 treatments a week for the first 1-2 weeks. This can make the difference between a faster and more complete recovery. My plan is not to have massage going on at the same time. The client would not need me to be present, but to be available. I would be in the office and ready to assist at any time. I’ll let you know more as the details come together.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying summer in Maine.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Dana Tavares LMT

 

New Office Update

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update to let you know our new office is set up and ready to re-open. A important update however. At the last minute I located a even nicer office space than initially planned on . This is a far better suited space, on the first floor, with a separate waiting room and private bathroom!

Our new location is 19 Sheepscott Rd. Newcastle 04555 (less than a tenth of a mile, on the right, off route one near Newcastle Jeep dealership)  https://goo.gl/maps/PpwoXnXofA9R16hv6 

I do not have a sign out yet, but just look for the Lavish hair salon. Our office is on the left side.

One last note. As I detailed in my last post, https://center4wellbeing.com/2020/12/26/tlc-covid19-policy-update-12-26-20/ I will be changing my rate structure as of June 1st. I will be sending this info shortly.

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the blossoming of Spring here in Maine! The Alwifes are in here at Damariscotta Mills and the wildlife is out in full force with the excitement this brings. Great place to bring your kids and your camera.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Be Well,

 

 

 

 

April 2021 A New Business Model-New Office Space

Hi Everyone,

It’s been awhile since I reached out to all of you. I hope everyone is doing well.

I have a couple things to share with you. We have just passed the one year point of Covid19. It’s been a challenging year keeping a massage practice up and viable during this time, as you can imagine. But we did it, and a new year is here along with Spring.

This important newsletter includes the following;

Moving to a new office space. Office closing schedule.

Direct Primary Care (concierge) vs Insurance

Important change to my business model that includes rate increases and membership discounts.

Office closing April 19th thru (approx.) May 12th.

The first thing to share with you is that we will be moving our office as our current office building has a new buyer. We will be moving just diagonally across the street to the Shadis Law building on the corner of Academy Hill Rd and the Mills Rd (Rt 215). This will be a downsize for our office, however it’s a very comfortable and charming space on the second floor. The plan is to move the first week in May. On top of this, Sylvia and I are also moving our residence, but staying in the same area. This is scheduled for the last week in April, thus I will close our office the third week in April and plan to be reopened later in the second week of May. Leading up to this my schedule may be a bit erratic. I will do my best to maintain all recurring monthly and bi-monthly scheduled appointments during this time along with currently active clients that require more immediate attention. My schedule will be a bit unsettled over this time.

 

A New Business Model

I’ve been working on the best approach from here that builds on my dedication to providing you the very best manual therapy wellness care, while at the same balancing the increasing cost of a small private practice (especially during the COVID pandemic).

 

I am very grateful for those of you that were able to continue seeing me during the past year. Without you I certainly would not have been able to keep the doors open. Although I’ve been practicing massage therapy for quite a few years, I wasn’t ready to completely retire just yet (just because of a worldwide pandemic). In fact, this is the very time in my career I have been waiting for. Although I consider myself partially retired, I still work 5-6 days a week. The key difference, instead of seeing 4-5 clients in a day, I now typically only see 2 clients per day. This schedule makes it possible for you to receive more focused attention along with a broad range of adjunct therapies such at ASTM, FSM, hot stones, etc. as needed during any visit. If you need extra attention any given day, having the time flexibility to provide that is important. And for me to continue to have the time and resources to keep up with the latest continuing education to improve your outcomes with not only massage, but also ASTM, and FSM, is important. Amazing new developments are happening all the time in these fields. Patients with long standing pain and chronic conditions are finally finding relief. There are very few practitioners in the northern New England area trained this way. I am fortunate to be getting this training and passing the benefits to you.

 

It’s not just about the therapies however. It’s also about access, being able to get in for help when you need it. I don’t want to be one of the offices that responds to a overwhelming demand by sacrificing the client-focused goals, or hiring other therapist to fill the demand, or booking out a month in advance. Instead, I wish to maintain a schedule that prioritizes my existing clients and expands the client-focused model.

 

As many of you know, I am always pushing myself to learn more about what I do, about holistic healing, reading journal articles, case studies, and adding new modalities to my tool box, so I can best help you. And during this process I keep you in mind. I’m always happy to email or text you something that comes across my desk that I think you may find helpful or of interest in terms of your goals working with me. This was not as possible when I was always crunching my schedule, subcontracting and running my office at the same time.

 

But of course every business has the cost of doing business, and I am no exception. So how do I find the balance between the more fluid, client focused practice, and the constant financial demands of running an office, and still make a basic living? Many doctors and other health professionals are running up against the very same situation. They don’t wish to sacrifice patient care by complying with insurance regulations and restrictions to receive reimbursements that barely cover the bill. Thus a number of these offices are turning to a concierge model, or now more commonly called “direct primary care” where there is a type of membership, or retainer, that gives the patient access to the doctor, when and as often as they need it, at a affordable price, bypassing insurance all together.

 

Up until just a couple years ago, my office derived about 80% of our revenue thru insurance reimbursement (via sub contracts to local chiropractic offices). That began to change as more self-pay clients became regularly scheduled over the last two years. This change was fortunate because the last of my subcontracting stopped this year, without much notice, as several insurance companies began changing their long held policies regarding massage reimbursement as it had been administered via subcontracted providers. This alone could be enough to put any office out of business. In order to continue providing my services I will need to either go back to a higher number of clients per week, raise my rates, or find another creative solution.

A possible solution. The hybrid Direct Primary Care model.

Goals;

  • to keep a fluid, client focused practice
  • Continue to have the space in my schedule to be able to see my clients when they need to see me, not have to schedule weeks out.
  • Continue to have the time, and funds, for continuing education to help improve your outcomes (after all, this is why you are coming in).
  • Keep my rates affordable.
  • Respect the limits and capacity of my hands and shoulders.
  • Avoid sharing office space as a means of affordability, thus reducing my options and control of the environment and having less scheduling options.
  • Continue to offer adjunct services; FSM, homeopathy education, Metabolic Typing Diet consultations, discounted access to my online dispensary for professional grade herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional products.
  • To continue to provide the very best in my scope of practice.

 

Proposed mechanism;

The typical Direct Primary Care model includes a monthly or yearly access fee that covers certain common appointments such as a yearly check up or regularly scheduled wellness care. Additional charges may be charged for additional care, lab fees, etc. and may provide a discounted rate for subscribed members. Typically medical offices using these models do not accept insurance and limit their access to subscribed patients only.

I see using a hybrid model that incorporates these various aspects, but still provides access to clients that wish to opt out of this model. What I am working on is as follows;

 

Direct Care Clients would subscribe with a monthly fee of $75.00 (paid via direct deposit or credit card on file). This would cover each subscribed client for one, 1-hr massage per month. (an additional fee of $30. Would be charged at the time of service for clients preferring a 90 minute session). Additional sessions during the calendar month would be charged, at the time of service, at the current rate of $75.00 for one hr., $105.00 for 90 minutes. Direct Care Clients would receive a 15% discount with full access to my online dispensary thru Wellevate for all their nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic products carried by Emerson Ecologics, one of the top professional suppliers. Adjunct therapy such as FSM, corrective exercise training, homeopathic education, etc. will be included at no extra cost. Priority in scheduling, after hours online consultations, will be available for Direct Care clients.

Non Direct Care Clients; Rates for 1-hr therapy will increase to $85.00, and $115.00 for 90 minutes. Adjunct therapy such as FSM require additional charges. Scheduling may have limited options. New clients may be limited as I prioritize existing clients.

 

I realize for some people this will be a welcomed option. For others however it may be more difficult. I’ve never turned anyone away who needs help but could not pay full cost upfront. Truth of the matter however is that I need to stay open to benefit anyone. I have a donation button linked to PayPal on my website for those who can afford to chip in for those less fortunate. It may be possible for me to set up a “go-fund-me” page to bring in additional support for those in need with less resources. I will establish a list of clients requesting support that I can refer to as any funds come in. TLC is not a tax deductible organization.

 

Thank you for your patience wading thru this rather long newsletter. I encourage your feedback. I also encourage you to contact me if you wish to remain on this client/email list or if you wish to be removed. Anyone I haven’t seen in the last 24 months will be removed automatically unless I hear from you.

 

Meanwhile, I’ll keep you posted on the progress as we transition to our new office.

 

In Health,

Dana Tavares LMT.

 

 

Setting Course For Optimal Health

 

Dana Tavares LMT, CPT

Tree Of Life Center For Wellbeing

Certified Advanced Metabolic Typing ®Advisor

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Disclaimer:

Dana Tavares LMT and Sylvia Tavares RTM, (dba The Tree Of Life Center for Wellbeing), is an educational and holistic resource center and are not medical doctors. We do not diagnose any medical condition or prescribe any treatments. The relationship between Dana Tavares, Sylvia Tavares, and their clients, is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. The relationship we have with our clients is based on equality; where the client is knowledgeable about their health situation and we are knowledgeable about the Homeopathic and holistic health process. It is fully the client’s choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Dana Tavares and Sylvia Tavares presents. Homeopathy doesn’t “treat” an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness. That is an educational process, not a medical one. The uses for products and homeopathic remedies we discuss are based on traditional and current homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products purchased thru us are as any retailer/customer relationship and only provided as a retail service and convenience to the client.

 

Tree Of Life Center Receives Better Business Bureau A+ Rating

 

We are very pleased the Tree of Life Center For Wellbeing has received a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Maine.

 

Our goal at the Tree Of Life Center has always been to provide the very highest level of professional service for you and your family. This is especially important when it comes to your personal wellness care. We are pleased to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for the efforts we have made, and continue to make every day. We do not take this rating lightly. The Better Business Bureau accreditation helps provide confidence for anyone seeking our services that may not have the benefit of a friends personal referral.

Tree of Life Center For Wellbeing BBB Business Review

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