I met Rachel Donovan just about 3 years ago. I was struggling with my weight. No matter what kind of “diet” I tried I failed. My stress and depression was winning the battle. I was given Rachel’s number by my primary care physician who said Rachel could help me. Boy that was an under statement…I was nervous, scared and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I can honestly say what a difference Rachel has made in my life. I learned what “clean” eating was all about. I learn things about myself with many in-depth conversations Rachel and I have had. This has been the most amazing journey for me and it’s just beginning. I’m so grateful that Rachel had the trust in me to give me the tools that fit my needs. Her compassion and love that she shows with her clients is special. The tremendous support given anytime of day is what we need more of in this world. I am trully blessed that Rachel and I have crossed paths. I thank her and love her from the bottom of my heart!!!
My life has been a cacophony of weight loss programs and DIETS. When I was 12 years old my mother took me to the doctor to get diet pills. I spent my high school years on a legal high. After that there was Weight Watchers (more than once), Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem (over and over and over), and I considered weight loss surgery. I yo-yoed back and forth and while I had many successes in life, the weight eluded me. Quite frankly, I had given up.
I weighed 250 pounds when I had my first visit with Rachel. I didn’t have the energy to keep up with my grandchildren and they were getting to an age where they were making comments about my weight and it made me feel really bad about myself.
Rachel asked me what I wanted to do. I said that I would like to lose 25 pounds. I remember thinking, “yeah right, then I can gain it all back and more”. Rachel said, “Just have fun with it” when she advised me to keep a food journal to work on mindfulness about what and why I eat. Well, I did that. I found out that I can eat anything I want, just not all in one day and not all in one serving. I like to say that I eat everything (as in kinds of foods) but I don’t eat EVERYTHING! I learned to eat half of what I want, to take home half of my restaurant order for another meal. To eat half a donut, or half a cookie, or split a dessert.
Well, maybe I was just ready. What I do know is that NOBODY EVER told me to have fun with it. Losing weight was deadly serious business and my worth was attached to that number on the scale. I wound up losing 60 pounds. I have kept it off for about 4 years. I do not own a scale and only get weighed when I see Rachel every six weeks or so. Rachel has been a life saver for me.
I have been seeing Rachel for GYN care and craniosacral therapy for the past 3 years. From my first appointment with her I was very comfortable and knew I was in good hands. Rachel takes her time at each appointment; I always feel that she has a good sense of what is going on with me physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She gives me options for treatments and then helps me choose the treatment that feels most comfortable for me.
I have suffered with post-concussion syndrome for many years and found that craniosacral therapy is the most effective treatment to keep my symptoms away. I had been to many practitioners in the area before I went to Rachel and I found that Rachel has given me the most effective treatments.
Rachel is a competent, compassionate, and gifted practitioner who truly cares about her patients.