Chiropractic office will offer community classes
February 4, 2011
By Tim Pfarr
Newcastle-based chiropractor Dr. Melinda Maxwell has spent the past 26 years practicing medicine, helping her patients as well as taking a leading role in community education.
She began pro bono work with The Rotary Boys & Girls club in Seattle, and she then began offering a slew of courses and seminars at businesses, community colleges, high schools and her clinic.
This month, that clinic — Chiropractic Wellness Center — will begin free monthly workshops and activities in Newcastle.
Beginning Feb. 19, the clinic will host Super Saturdays, in which members of the community will be treated to a free breakfast at Chiropractic Wellness Center and a walk on a local trail. Super Saturdays will be from 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month.
Beginning Feb. 23, the clinic will hold Wellness Workshops at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., which will include meet and greets, health discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. The workshops will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month.
“It’s not something where you’ll come in and have people talking at you. It’s a group discussion,” said Marlina Velasco, public education and operations director for Chiropractic Wellness Center.
Maxwell and Velasco — a personal trainer — will speak at the first workshop Feb. 23. They will discuss aging, anatomy, digestion, biochemistry and hormones.
The clinic also now offers free screenings from 1-3 p.m. each Thursday. Those who receive screenings will also have the opportunity to schedule a full appointment at a reduced rate.
Maxwell hired Velasco at the beginning of the year, and Velasco has taken a leading role in launching the series. Maxwell began working as a chiropractor in Seattle, and purchased her Newcastle clinic — next to Yea’s Wok — in 2000. In 2008, she sold her Seattle clinic to focus exclusively on Newcastle.
Maxwell said her clinic now has the right staff to launch the new series and services, largely in part to Velasco joining the clinic.
“Marlina has the energy and drive to take it to the public,” Maxwell said.
However, the ultimate reason is to better the community.
“We want Newcastle to be truly healthy,” Maxwell said. “There are so many people who have health issues but don’t know they have them.”
Maxwell and her clinic also hope to hold a duathlon in Newcastle in June.