We’ve had a very sad time this past weekend.  Nellie, our 17 year old Peke-a-Poo, had taken a turn for the worse, so we helped her pass over.  She’d had congestive heart failure for a long time, as well as a bad back…..by the weekend, even at rest her breathing was really labored.  Funny, she never really complained—just tried to stay as still as she could so it didn’t hurt so much.

Many of you have met Nellie at the office.  She would often come hang out in the waiting room to greet people, or follow me or Brad back to our rooms and snore while we worked.  Once upon a time, we could show off her tricks to kids who came in (she could sit up, roll over and do “high fives”).  I’ll always remember the spouse of a patient who would cuddle up with Nellie on the couch and snooze while their partner had acupuncture; she said it was the best hour of her week.  It makes me smile to think of how many of you would drop down onto the floor to play with Nellie, or even bring your own dog in to meet her.

Trooper will never be the kind of office dog that Nellie was.  Although he loves people (and especially other dogs!), he has a hard time hanging out with us more than a few hours at a time.  At that point, he either throws himself onto our laps (at 85 pounds, you can imagine what that is like!) or puts his snout under our hand and pops it up from our computer mouse.  That is his sign for “hey, can’t we go take a walk or something?”.

We’re thinking that Nellie is busy chasing rabbits or just hanging out on a rock surveying the world around her.  We’re really, really grateful for the time she spent with us.  (See the end of this post for a recent photo of her).


Summer Workshops with Riverside Chiropractic and Vitality Center

I have the pleasure of announcing a series of workshops held by Dr Susan Burger at Riverside Chiropractic in Morrisville.  I’ll be talking about menopause and such, Sally Miller will be doing a class on stress management from an Ayurvedic perspective….and several other cool topics.  To register, call 215-736-3803  or email : frontdesk@livewithvitality.com  Here are some details:

Menopause:  A Transition That Can Rock Your World

with Dr Wendy Warner, Dr Philip Getson and Leisha Getson

Sunday June 10th 1-5 pm  $97 
Dr Warner is board certified in both Ob GYN and Holistic medicine, and a recent guest on the Dr Oz Show! She will share some of her story of what it’s been like as a holistic MD within the medical system. You will learn the basics of how to eat, how to move, what natural medicines and herbs can help, and how to graciously engage the emotional and spiritual changes that accompany your journey into the second half of life!
Special additional guests: Dr Phillip and Leisha Getson on the benefits of breast thermography – an effective diagnostic tool with no radiation.

This is a DO NOT MISS workshop for women of every age!
Take Back Your Power to Be Calm

W/ Sally Miller, Yoga & Meditation teacher, Ayuruedic Medicine practitioner 

Sunday July 10th 1-5pm $97 

Women across America are experiencing more “adrenal burnout”, worry, anxiety, and stress than ever before. Join Sally for an inspiring and informative look into the nature of stress and the effect it has on the female body. Learn to slow down, be still, listen to the breath, and rejuvenate! Sharing the principles of Ayurvedic Medicine, this will be a rich discussion of the challenges we face as women when looking to balance our lives and take time for ourselves. Dress comfortably as you will experience some yin yoga, meditation, and other useful techniques to take home and use right away!

Nellie hanging out enjoying the back deck