Holistic Care for Whole People
4923 US Route 5 www.sojourns.org
Westminster, VT 05158
We hope you enjoy this first issue of Sojourns’ quarterly newsletter ! As you will discover, we’ve made lots of exciting prog-
ress here at Sojourns over the last year. We continue to strive to meet our goals of making high quality integrated care acces-
sible for all in our community. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Amy Littlefield was the first naturopathic
physician accepted by Blue Cross as a primary care provider in the state and that we are now able to bill Blue Cross/ Blue
Shield for her services. We anticipate being able to bill additional carriers for naturopathic care beginning in 2008. Please
take a look inside for more about Dr. Littlefield and to discover what else we’ve been up to.
Please let us know if you have suggestions or recommendations for how we can meet your needs more effectively. We wel-
come any feedback you can offer to help us make the newsletter a valuable resource for you.
On behalf of Sojourns’ Board of Directors and staff, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your support. We are so
grateful to be a part of this amazing community !
– Cynthia N. Moore, M.S. Executive Director
Jump Start Your Metabolism !
Chris Hastings, DC
Watching my children at play, I am struck by their boundless energy. They run
from one activity to the next. There is no walking.
Looking at your energy reserves is an excellent assessment of health. Can you
keep up with your kids?
I have noticed that, for me, good parenting is a reflection of my energy
reserves. Can I summon up the energy to keep up with my children? It is my
goal to do so. If I can’t, I need to rev up my metabolism.
There are some very simple things that we can all do to rev up our metabo-
lisms and boost our energy:
First, eat a good breakfast. For many of us who have to get up and go to work,
coming up with something that is both quick and nutritious can be a challenge.
It is absolutely imperative that you give your body adequate fuel to run on. Your
body has an innate intelligence; it conserves resources when they are scarce. If you
don’t feed your body, particularly in the morning, your metabolism will come to a
screeching halt. The empty stomach and coffee routine, though apparently effec-
tive in the short term, is draining in the long run. During the week, my preferred
quick breakfast is a tablespoon of whey protein, and a tablespoon of paleogreens
mixed with 6 ounces of mineral water and 1-2 ounces of juice.
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Metabolism jump start continued
Secondly, stay away from, or at least moderate consumption of, certain foods. Sugar, caffeine, white flour products,
and hydrogenated fats are the obvious ones to avoid. (Notice saturated fat is not on my list!) Cereals and grains are also
foods that I personally have to watch and not over-do.
A good way to figure out your optimal fuel is to pay attention to your body. Your ideal fuel mix will keep you satiated until
your next meal. If you have a noticeable energy drop in either the mid-morning or mid-afternoon, you’re not providing the
Finally, exercise is critical to boosting metabolism. This is another place where you really have to pay attention. Is the
exercise you’re doing actually revving you up? Or is it draining you? I began to notice that my 3-mile jog really wasn’t giv-
ing me any kind of boost at all. All I felt was achy, sore, and tired. I changed my workout routine so that now, I still do my
3-mile loop, but I do it in bursts. I don’t jog. I run. I run until I am taxed, and then I walk. I walk until I am fully rested.
Then I run again. With this type of workout, I still get that muscle burn I like, and I feel really rejuvenated afterwards.
If you’re experiencing low energy or low libido, or if you’re overweight, your body can be showing signs of a slow me-
tabolism. We can all come up with excuses for why we can’t do this or that, but, to be honest, in order to make health
changes, you have to make lifestyle changes. One of my favorite quotes, oft repeated to patients, is Albert Einstein’s
definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So pay attention to
your body, and make the lifestyle changes it needs. Your body will thank you with abundant energy.
Dr. Chris Hastings is a former Olympic athlete turned Chiropractor who specializes in Functional Medicine and Exer-
cise Physiology. He is the happy father of 2 young children who have no idea the lengths he will go to keep up.
With her loving attention to detail, sparkling sense of humor
and delightful good nature,
Marion Aiken is one of Sojourns’ shining stars !
Every week, Marion Aiken gives her time and her gift for detail to
Sojourns as a Patient Accounts Volunteer. Marion has been a resident of
Bellows Falls for over 75 years, and she has known Sojourns from its begin-
ning days. Over 20 years ago, she became of patient of Sojourns’ Founder,
Dr. Linda Haltinner, when Linda’s clinic was called Saxton’s River Chiro-
practic. Seven years ago, Marion was adjusting to both retirement and be-
ing single when Linda invited her to come and help out at Sojourns.
What do you do at Sojourns?
I’ve done various things since I came in. Mostly I’ve worked in patient accounts
and helped with the filing. I make the hot rice packs they sell in the Apothecary.
What was your work before Sojourns?
I worked in production control for Bryant Grinder in Springfield. Bryant is no
longer in business. I did data-entry, recording the requirements of every part that was required to build every machine.
The business was around for most of the last century. My father, brothers, sister, myself, my uncle, my cousins, all
worked up there, so it was sad to see it go. I have also been an Office Manager and a Municipal Secretary.
What do you like most?
What I like about Sojourns is how everybody treats you. They’re friendly; they’re caring. I like the physical presence of
the building, the colors the rooms and hallways have been painted. I like the fact that it’s clean and bright. It’s a very
comfortable place to be.
Why do you choose to volunteer?
I find you have to have something where you’re doing for somebody else. Coming in here for what I do is very fulfill-
ing for me.
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Client Services Coordinator
Wanda West aka “Wanda Woman”!
Wanda West has lived in Westminster all her life. She was born in Bellows
Falls, and went to all the local schools. Now she is married and has two
daughters and one grandson. She’s been with Sojourns since January of 2003.
As Client Services Coordinator, Wanda greets the 350+ people that Sojourns sees each
week. Our clients often comment on the compassion and the caring they experience
from the moment they walk in the door. That’s what Wanda offers.
Describe your work as Client Service Coordinator.
I make sure that someone’s appointment -- from the time they walk in the door, until they go into the practitioner’s room --
is as smooth and as calm as possible, and the best that it can be. And the same again -- once they come out of the practitio-
ner’s room until they go back out the door.
Do you have a favorite story from your time here?
There are a multitude of great moments with clients. At Sojourns we get to know clients. We get a chance to have more
than just idle chitchat. They are people, not just charts and numbers.
What do you like most about your work?
I love meeting with the people, and the spontaneity; the phone calls, the people coming in the door, the faxes coming in the
machine, the multi-tasking. It is very invigorating, and it always changes.
I just think that’s fantastic. It’s a great environment to work in.
New, state-of-the-art, thermography equipment for breast cancer screening, prostate cancer
screening, and overall health evaluation is now available and affordable at Sojourns !
Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT) is an FDA approved, objective, non-invasive tool that has been studied
and used as a medical imaging method for over 50 years. It is used widely throughout Europe, and is cited in over 12,000
studies in current and recent medical journals. Computerized regulation thermography has gained significant attention in the
area of early detection and confirmation of breast cancers. In a German study, 54% of breast cancer patients were correctly
diagnosed by history and physical examination. The number rose to 76% when mammography was added. However, when
computerized regulation thermography was used, the accuracy of diagnosis rose to 92%.
Computerized Regulation Thermography differs from other thermographic imaging techniques and systems. Instead of re-
flecting an image of the body’s heat patterns, a CRT measures the temperature of specific points to precisely discern patterns
and imbalances that may be indicative of existing or potential disease. It also gives us important information regarding the
body’s ability to adapt to changes in temperature and other environmental stresses. Cancers and other physiological disorders
not only show different patterns of heat than healthy tissue, but also may impede the body’s ability to appropriate regulate
it’s temperature. The thermographic screening we offer at Sojourns not only serves as a tool to help reveal underlying areas of
imbalance, it can also help us to identify patterns that lead to disease so that the patterns can be successfully treated before
the disease manifests.
We are one of very few facilities in the United States offering this service, and encourage everyone to take advantage of
it. Because we recommend an annual CRT to all of our clients, we are committed to keeping the price affordable.
Please contact Diana Venman, Sojourns’ Practice Manager if you would like additional information or to schedule a CRT.
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Meet Sojourns’ Naturopathic
Dr. Amy Voishan Littlefield is a graduate of the National College of Naturopathic
Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Her experience and training in primary care have
equipped her well for her work at Sojourns. In a given day, Amy will care for a child
with an ear infection, offer a treatment protocol for diabetes, assess a client with
an upper respiratory infection, and discuss complementary therapies with a client
Amy’s residency at Clifton Springs Hospital in New York helped her to cultivate her
gift for bridging the gap between high quality conventional medical care and natur-
opathic medicine. Her passion is working holistically with patients being treated for
cancer and their oncology team to provide integrative oncology care. She particu-
larly likes finding a comprehensive, holistic treatment plan for those people who feel “managed by their parts” in the con-
ventional world of medical specialists. In her approach with chronic and critical illnesses, she recognizes the importance
of helping her patients remember what’s healthy about them, and what their bodies are doing well. “I encourage people to
trust their bodies.”
Amy brings an insatiable curiosity to her practice. “I love to know things broadly and deeply. I like to know the specifics,
and the systems behind things. And I always want to know the broader significance.” This curiosity is what makes her an
excellent practitioner. It’s also why she enjoys her medical practice so thoroughly.
What does she appreciate most about Sojourns? “Working with a diverse group of people who have a broad range of train-
ing. I implicitly trust every single practitioner at Sojourns. I can refer to and consult with each with confidence.”
Amy and her husband, Thatcher, are expecting their first child in early February.
Naturopathic medicine is based on
the following six principles:
• First, do no harm.
• Treat the whole person.
• Identify and treat the cause of illness.
• Remove obstacles to healing and health, and allow the healing
power of nature to act.
• The word doctor means teacher; the physician should educate the
patient and emphasize self-responsibility.
• Prevention is the best medicine.
Dr. Greg Burkland is a graduate of Bastyr University who joined
our staff this summer. Greg is a soft-spoken, gentle man whose passion is Bo-
tanical Medicine (Herbs) and whose curiosity and sense of humor is especially
sparked by working with children. We are thrilled to found another highly
qualified, compassionate physician to join our practitioner team as we continue
to see a growing demand for naturopathic services.
Thanks to the efforts of our billing and credentialling staff, both Dr. Littlefield and Dr. Burkland will be creden-
tialled with those insurance companies who will be offering Naturopathic coverage beginning in 2008. Please
check with your insurance company to confirm coverage details for your individual plan.
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Sensory Integration at Sojourns
Sensory Integration work is about awakening sensory awareness and the skill to interpret sensory input. Both kids and
adults who are struggling with learning differences, behavioral problems, and issues of focus or coordination can ben-
efit from the work.
Our senses give us information about our environment and ourselves. They are the means by which we learn about and
move effectively in our world. Our senses include the “classic” senses by which we hear, see, taste, smell and touch; and the
“hidden” ones of movement/balance-sensing and proprioception (information about our muscles and joints). Our nervous
system perceives, integrates and uses this sensory information continuously, often without our conscious awareness.
To feel safe and capable in our environment, we need to process sensory information effectively. When sensory information is
not processed effectively, a person’s behavior and actions may be affected in unexpected ways that are misunderstood by oth-
ers. For example, if a child is over-reactive to unexpected touch, she may perceive the touch as a threat and strike out at the
source of the offense. This behavior may be seen as aggression; when for the child, the hitting may be an act of protection.
Sensory processing affects behavior, adaptive responses, and the acquisition of life skills including language, the ability
to focus, physical coordination, organization and social interactions.
At Sojourns, our Sensory Integration Therapist evaluates the whole person in context of his or her life—assessing the client’s
current abilities, skills, and desires for growth and development. The ultimate goal of therapy is to identify and alleviate
sensory differences that may be impeding independence and well-being.
We are pleased to announce that Shelley Earley,
an Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Integration
will be joining Sojourns in November.
Shelley Earley has been practicing Oc- Shelley integrates many different
cupational Therapy for over 20 years, modalities with sensory processing
and has been incorporating Sensory principles, including Brain Gym® and
Integration into her practice for about other forms of play, exercise and yoga.
15 years. She has a background in spe- (Founded in the 1970’s, Brain Gym®
cial education, psychology, and move- is a method of using simple move-
ment. Shelly’s passion for working with ments to promote learning.) She ob- “Remarkable changes happen in
children was kindled while she was still serves and assesses her clients – both the lives of kids when Sensory
in high school, when she saw an article children and adults – and chooses Integration is included in their
in LIFE magazine about autistic chil- therapeutic techniques based on the protocols.
dren. She began her work with children client’s desires and needs. If you have a child with learn-
and adolescents in schools and therapeu- ing differences or behavioral
tic settings in 1972. When asked about what she loves challenges, bring him or her in
about her work, she emphatically for Shelly to do an evaluation.”
Shelley loves to learn, and she adds to replied: “The kids! Children usu- - Linda Haltinner,
her own work continually. In the past ally enjoy OT time. They want to Medical Director & Founder
year and a half, she has combined her come more often than their scheduled
advanced study in Sensory Integration sessions. In OT they get a chance to
with training in Therapeutic Listening, move and use their bodies—and begin
Rhythmic Movement for Reflex Inte- to understand their own body-mind
gration and additional study in sensory connection. I think it’s empowering
processing. for them to see themselves in a differ-
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Stacey London- Oshkello is
Sojourns’ new Registered Dietician
Stacey London-Oshkello, MS, RD, CD earned a masters degreen in nutrition from Bastyr
University. She takes a holistic approach to her role as a nutritionist. In addition to seeing
clients at Sojourns, Stacey teaches nutrition classes for parents of young children throughout
the region and runs a farm-to-kitchen program called Garden Meals. Stacey counsels clients with many types of dietary goals and
conditions to design diets based on locally grown, whole foods. She specializes in issues concerning weight loss, feeding children, and
managing food allergies. Her services are reimbursable by many insurance companies.
Eating with the seasons allows us the joy of eating food that is full of flavor and nutrition. Fall in New England offers
a bountiful, colorful harvest with many varieties of winter squash, as well as such delicacies as apples, kale, potatoes, carrots,
beets, and much more.
Winter squash are sweet to taste and full of beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. They can add nutritional
value, color, and flavor to any dinner table. Some of the different varieties available include butternut, acorn, hubbard,
delicata, and spaghetti squash. When buying winter squash look for smooth, firm squash that feel heavy for their size and
that have clean, hard skin. Store uncooked squash in a cool, dry place. Unpeeled squash will keep for 1-2 months at room
temperature. Cooked, cut squash should be kept in the refrigerator.
Baking squash retains the most nutrients and is easy to do. Baked squash can be eaten plain or sprinkled with cinna-
mon, nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice for increased sweet flavor. It can be added to muffins, pancakes, and quick bread, or
simmered in water with onion, carrots, and curry powder to make a delicious soup. Save the essential fatty acid-rich seeds to
toast with dried herbs for a crunchy, nutritious snack.
The muffin recipe below is a great way to incorporate nutritious squash into the diets of picky eaters!
Sweet Squash Corn Muffins adapted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair
Makes 18 muffins
2 cups cornmeal
To Bake Winter Squash and Pumpkin:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
Cut squash in half and scoop out the
4 teaspoons non-aluminum baking powder
seeds. Arrange squash cut side down in
¼ teaspoon sea salt
a baking pan. Add ½ inch water to the
3 Tablespoons dulse or kelp flakes (optional)
pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake
½ cup cold-pressed vegetable oil
at 350 degrees F until the squash is ten-
½ cup maple syrup
der, 45-55 minutes
1 ½ - 2 cups water
¾ cup baked winter squash
1/3 cup pumpkin or squash seeds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil muffin tins. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and dulse flakes together in
a large bowl; set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, syrup, eggs, water, and squash until smooth. Combine wet ingredients with dry mix-
ture and mix with a minimum of strokes. Spoon into muffin cups. Decorate top of each muffin with pumpkin seeds. Bake
20 minutes. Top of muffins should crack slightly when done.
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We couldn’t ask for a better team of people to make this extraordinary
clinic possible !
The Sojourns Practitioner Team is comprised of
some of the most experienced and skilled practitioners in the region.
• Dr. Linda Haltinner, DC Medical Director Chiropractic, Biological Medicine & Functional Medicine
• Dr. Gary Clay, MD Holistic Family Medicine
• Dr. Chris Hastings, DC Chiropractic & Functional Medicine
• Dr. Jill Marquess, DC Chiropractic & Physical Medicine
• Dr. Amy Voishan Littlefield, ND, Lic Ac Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture
• Dr. Gregory Burkland, ND Naturopathic Medicine
• Gaelen Ewald, RN Nursing Support
• Pam Bolduc, RN Computer Regulation Thermography
• Doug McCorkle, PT Physical Therapy & Zero Balancing
• George Connell, PT Physical Therapy & Craniosacral Therapy
• Carolyn Ingraham, PT Physical Therapy & Craniosacral Therapy
• Angelique Priscilla PT Physical Therapy & Craniosacral Therapy
• Elizabeth Blum, OT Occupational Therapy & Lymphatic Drainage
• Shelley Earley, OT Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration
• Cynthia Moore, MS, Lic Ac Acupuncture & Homeopathy
• Brett Bloomberg, Lic Ac Acupuncture, NAET & Shiatsu
• April Brumson, Nurse Practitioner, Lic Ac Primary Care, Biological Medicine & Acupuncture
• Bonnie Bloom, Bodywork Therapist Jin Shin Jyutsu Herbal & Cleansing Support
• Kathy Daigle, Bodywork Therapist Massage, Craniosacral Therapy & Lymphatic Drainage
• Zoë Scott, Bodywork Therapist Massage & Myofascial Release
• Bruce Souza, Bodywork Therapist Massage & Myofascial Release
• Jeanne Marion, Medical Lab Tech Live Blood Cell Assessment
• Stacey London-Oshkello, MS, RD, CD Nutritional Counseling
• Diana Venman Fasting & Cleansing Programs
• Miss Bee Registered Therapy Dog
Our staff is the glue holding it all together behind the scenes.
Their amazing array of skill, humor, innovation, brains, brawn,
wit and will make it all possible.
• Diana Venman Practice Manager
• Wanda West Client Services Coordinator
• Seth Phoenix Client Services Staff
• Diane Provost Client Services & Operations Staff
• Jenny Swing Client Services & Apothecary Staff
• Amanda Jordon Billing Coordinator
• Kathy Gelineau Patient Accounts
• Crystal Furtado Patient Accounts
• Marion Aiken Patient Accounts Volunteer
• Leah Mutz Apothecary Coordinator
• Barbara Davis Apothecary Volunteer
• Lisabeth Sewall-McCaan Outreach & PR
• Kirk Murphy The Plant Guy
• Kyra Michaud Building & Grounds
• Cynthia Moore Executive Director
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Westminster, VT 05158
PERMIT # 1
4923 US Route 5
The Apothecary at Sojourns offers a wide range of very high qual-
ity, practitioner-selected products Stop by the apothecary and
Board of Directors
receive a $5 discount on your next purchase of $50 or more.
• Linda Haltinner, DC
Limit One Coupon per Household
• Tracy Sloan, CPA
• April Brumson, NP, Practitioner Rep
• Lisa DiBernardo
• Patricia Dooley
• Susie Hastings
In this issue: • Carolyn Partridge
• Diane Provost, Staff Rep
• New State-of -the-Art Cancer Screening tools now available • Kate Tarlow-Morgan
• Jim Tully
• Naturopathic Care & Sensory Integration @ Sojourns • Angela Walton
• Meredith Young-Sowers, D.Div.
• Jump Starting Your Metabolism
• Recipes from our new Registered Dietician
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