Wise and Strong Women Speak exploring mind, body connection

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LEWISTON — The Center for Wisdom’s Women has announced that two physicians will speak at the next semi-annual Wise and Strong Women Speak program set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23.

Dr. Anne Brown, whose specialty is integrative medicine, and Dr. Margo Goodman, who is trained and certified in osteopathic medicine, will share the wisdom gleaned from their personal lives and their professional experiences in holistic health care.

Brown has been at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center since 1996 and is director of integrative medicine. During her tenure, she has introduced a mind-body program for stress reduction, started a consult practice in integrative medicine, including group visits for people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Her practice emphasizes nutrition, movement, mind-body techniques and other methods to help address chronic disease and improve overall health. Integrative medicine’s definition of health is more than just the absence of disease, but includes a sense of feeling good physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Brown is a Maine native. She did her medical training at the University of Vermont, Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans and the University of Arizona. She has done additional mind-body training at the Benson Henry Institute. She has served on the board of Maine Health Access Foundation.

Goodman also grew up in Maine. Her interests in alternative medicine led her to study a 5,000-year-old Mesoamerican energy medicine system, the Continuing Tezkatlipoka Tradition, for more than 10 years.

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Goodman studied osteopathic medicine at UNE and completed her training at the family medicine residency at Central Maine Medical Center. She now practices family and osteopathic medicine in Auburn. She previously served on the Center for Wisdom’s Women board.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians who practice in every medical specialty. They provide a full range of services, from prescribing drugs to performing surgery, and they use the latest medical tools. But DOs also offer unique approach to patient care​ that emphasizes a whole-person approach to treatment and care.

Developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, it is founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health. DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.

The Center for Wisdom’s Women is a day drop-in center for women. Now in its seventh year, the “Wise and Strong Women Speak” evenings are designed to give voice to the often unspoken stories of women. They have evolved into a community experience.

The center’s Herban Works products will be for sale at the event. The calendula salve and lavender eye pillows are available. Light refreshments will be offered. The program is free, although donations will be accepted. Those who attend are invited to bring contributions of hygiene items (full size, unopened containers only) for the hygiene pantry.

No reservations are needed. The Center for Wisdom’s Women is located off Bates Street between Pine and Ash. Parking at the site is limited, but is available on the street or a few blocks away in the Park Street garage. For more information, call 207-513-3922 or visit www.wisdomswomen.org.

Anne Brown 

Margo Goodman

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