Rich Perry

STRENGTH & FOCUS: A day of Natural Health

STRENGTH & FOCUS: A day of Natural Health
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For this week’s installment of Strength & Focus, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Donna LaBar, a Nutritional Healing Coach and co-organizer of the Natural Health Clinic, a special one-day forum focusing on educating the public about a variety of topics relating to health and wellness.

The free event, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort (201 Resort Lane, Tunkhannock), will feature practitioners, therapists, trainers, and speakers from diverse backgrounds, as well as providing classes for attendees’ participation throughout the day.

For years, LaBar had a personal interest in nutritional healing, but it wasn’t until her knowledge was put to the ultimate test, regarding the health of her daughter, that her hobby took a more professional direction. After her daughter’s recovery, LaBar was determined to provide assistance and coaching to others also experiencing serious health issues.

As someone who is passionate about empowering others to take control of their health, LaBar was interested in providing a platform that would serve to educate the community in all areas of wellness. She proposed the idea to another NEPA health professional and friend, Dr. Virginia Fennelly of the Holistic Health Center in Tunkhannock, who immediately fell in love with the idea, and the two set off to begin planning. With a wealth of experience and professional connections between the pair, they were able to assemble an incredible lineup of practitioners, speakers, and vendors in just two months’ time.

The purpose of the Natural Health Clinic is to deliver a practical and hands on approach to learning while also providing an open format for the general public to meet and discuss with various alternative health doctors, therapists, practitioners, and service providers. Along with lectures and presentations, there will also be a yoga room with back-to-back classes throughout the day.

The room is equipped with gymnasium-style matting, so no yoga mats are needed; however, the organizers are requesting advanced registration as a courtesy to the instructors. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Here is just a sample of the many presenters and vendors:

  • Dr. Virginia Fennelly on holistic healing
  • Dr. Clarence Mast on Lyme disease
  • Dr. Sandra Lane on cold laser therapy
  • Dr. Don Strasburger on Neuro Emotional Techniques
  • Dr. John Bucca on veterinary needs

There are also presentations by other professionals, covering topics such as reflexology, self-discovery, reiki, karate, tai chi, drumming therapy, nutrition and healthy diet, acupuncture, and more!

LaBar stated that the interest so far has been amazing, and she and Dr. Fennelly would love to turn this into an annual event, as well as hosting smaller workshops throughout the year.

“Our hope is that individuals will walk away educated and empowered to manage their own health or compliment a standard of medical approach to recover health. We want to enlighten attendees with great new approaches that make sense and are non-invasive,” LaBar said.

“Whether recovering health, maintaining good health, or trying to slow aging, these cutting-edge concepts, approaches, and/or technologies are effective and available right here in our area.”

For further information on LaBar’s coaching services, please visit

Photo, from left: Donna LaBar and Dr. Virginia Fennelly

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