Many of you may know that I've been in private practice as a Clinical Nutritionist since 2002, but it's only been a year since I joined forces with three other holistic healthcare practitioners to form Montague Integrative Health. ("Only" a year or "already" a year, depending on how you look at it. And what a year it's been.)
My fellow highly skilled and experienced MIH clinicians are (shown below in the following order) Dr. Emily Maiella, licensed naturopathic physician; Nancy Paglia, massage therapist and yoga teacher; and Dr. Ellen Mitnowsky, chiropractor. Together, we offer compassionate and comprehensive natural healthcare to the Pioneer Valley community - from Montague to Greenfield, Turners Falls, Northampton, Amherst, Leverett, Shutesbury and beyond!
Last weekend, the MIH team hosted an Anniversary Open House in honor of our one-year group practice venture. MIH is located right next to the lovely Book Mill complex where a Gallery Walk and Diminutive Art Sale was in full swing the same day, so in addition to our invited guests we had the pleasure of meeting many curious, art-loving walk-ins who saw the balloons and came over to investigate.
This is the office I share with Dr. Maiella, transformed into Party Central. Note my Raw Pumpkin Pie (made this year with butternut squash) in the back left corner of the desk/buffet table.
About a hundred members of our community visited our 432 Greenfield Road location. Local, raw and healthy refreshments, ginger tea, dance music, a free raffle and the most perfectly splendid sunny day made the event complete!
Here are Nancy and Ellen in the kitchen, preparing Ellen's famous salad as sunlight streams in the window.
This is a glamour shot of Nancy's addmittedly decadent Apple Chunk Cake with Caramel Glaze from the Leverett Elementary School Cookbook (True confession: I LOVE this cake!)
We also served an assortment of raw cheeses from local dairies, along with olive tapenade and freshly baked spelt and multigrain breads from the nearby El Jardin bakery in Deerfield.
This is the Free Raffle table, where prizes included a free one-and-a-half hour massage, free nutritional and naturopathic consulations and a free chiropractic adjustment!
It was wonderful to see our dear friends and meet so many new people. We hope that some first-time visitors to the event will become familiar faces before long.
The Anniversary Open House was so much fun that plans are in the works for another MIH Open House in the Spring...to celebrate...well, Spring! May we all enjoy a healthy winter until then.
Love always, Diana
P.S. A silly moment between Dr. Emily Maiella and yours truly. Everyone has to have a little fun sometimes, right?