A Sad Goodbye from Dr. Shima
Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider
Dear Patients and Friends,
It is with mixed emotions that I write this final newsletter article. After almost 8 years with Wellness for the Body and much deliberation, I've accepted a full time position with one of our professional associations. I am incredibly grateful to my colleagues here and proud of the practice that we have built together. Sadly, this change means that I will no longer be treating patients.
While I am sad to leave all the wonderful patients I've had the privilege of treating, I am delighted that you will be in the very capable hands of Dr. Tara Brown and Dr. Caren Fortin. Many of you have already been treated by Dr. Brown when I was on maternity leave, and I have heard great praise for her skills and bedside manner from all. Dr. Fortin has also covered my practice in the past and she is an experienced and skilled practitioner who has been practicing in Oakville for many years.
They both practice in a style very similar to my own and bring their own unique training as well. I've had the pleasure of working with both doctors, have been treated personally by them, and have referred many satisfied patients and friends to them over the years – this is why I have no doubt that you will love your visits with Dr. Brown and Dr. Fortin. I will be reviewing all active files before my departure, and we will stay in touch to ensure each one of you transitions easily to be under their care.
I will be in the office for the month of May and I look forward to our final visits together. Dr. Brown and Dr. Fortin have generously offered to perform re-evaluations for the cost of regular office visits for the months of June and July 2016. This re-evaluation will provide an in-depth analysis of your health for $45 ($40 for seniors and children). I highly encourage you all to take advantage of this offer and book your appointment as soon as possible. This first visit with your new practitioner will be a little longer at no additional cost so they can get to know you.
I would like to extend my thanks to each and every one of you. It has been a privilege to be part of your health care team. If you have any questions about this transition, please talk to me, our clinic director Jenn Lickver, or Dr. Tara Brown. The clinic will always be able to get a hold of me should there be any questions or concerns.
Best regards and well wishes,
Dr. Shima Shahidy, BSc, DC
Just Go and Take a Hike :) !
Gabriella Tozser, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Most of my family and friends know me as an avid hiker who likes to get lost in the forest trails from sunrise to sunset. I love hiking because it is a very relaxing hobby and puts my mind into a meditation like state. A good hike has many benefits in addition to the beautiful scenery. I try to go at least two or three times a month whenever the weather is permitting. While I struggle to go to a gym and lift weights or swim in the local pool, I am more motivated and energized being in the middle of a forest.
Moving my legs one step at a time, I know I will be amazed once again with the beauty of the trails. I often don’t notice that hours pass by as I go my own pace and observe as much as I can along the way. I pass along little creeks and lakes surrounded by magnificent cedars and pine trees. At the lookout, I enjoy the view of the rolling hills and I feel connected to a higher-self.
In addition to the beautiful visuals, I gain better blood circulation because I'm constantly moving and pumping blood into all of my muscles and tissues, increasing oxygen to every square inch of my body and lowering the risks of high blood pressure and diabetes. My lungs feel clearer as I breathe the fresh air, and my vitamin D level increases as I soak up the sunshine. My mood is elevated and hopeful when I concentrate on the breathtaking surroundings, leaving all my worries behind as I quicken my step. I feel pleasantly tired with some muscle soreness, which is normal because I am building up muscle cells and getting stronger! Don’t forget the calories I burn climbing up to the top of each hill.
When I arrive back to my car, I make sure that I follow up my walk with a nice 15 minute stretch for my legs, arms, neck, and shoulders. Stretching also helps with the drive home. When I arrive home, the benefits of my adventurous day are still adding up. I know I will have a goodnight sleep and wake up rested and energized for days. I even notice that my endurance level at work improves. Most importantly, I can finally have my favourite chocolate treat! I hope you will put your hiking boots on too this spring and for all the good weather that is yet to come.
Many blessed and healthy hikes to you,
P.S. One of my favourite hikes is in Mono Cliffs, part of the Bruce trail system in Mono Provincial Park near Orangeville. Find more info at www.ontarioparks.com
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