Holistic doctor open for business

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005

JUNEAU - Dr. Maureen Longworth began seeing patients last month at her new downtown holistic medical practice.

The founding chairwoman of the annual Women's Health Forum, she has 12 years experience working at SEARHC, where she will continue to work part-time.

Longworth said she believes she is establishing her dream practice at her new Alaska Holistic Family Medicine practice, in the Valentine Building at Front and Seward streets.

Longworth said she will see patients at the practice up to two days a week. Board-certified in family and holistic medicine, she said she wants to look beyond "fixing" symptoms by addressing the needs of the entire person, including mind body and spirit.

"It may be someone has a sinus infection every year," Longworth said. Instead of simply treating the infection, she would look at the underlying causes for the infection.

She also treats terminally ill patients, she said.

For people interested in the possibilities of holistic medicine, she is offering a free brief telephone interview. Longworth can be reached at 5BE-WELL.

Longworth will offer free, drop-in 40-minute groups giving a brief overview of holistic medicine, including a demonstration of an energy balancing exercise at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Feb 4, and 5:15 p.m. Wed, Feb 9, at her office, upstairs in the Valentine Building, 119 Seward St., Suite 17.

All are welcome to one or both meetings.

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