Our story began when we met (for the second time) at a personal development workshop in 2000. Ed was in medical school, Wendie was completing medical school, and had been accepted to go to New York for her OB/GYN residency.
As Wendie tells the story: Ed was already talking about building this “Center” with multiple modalities of healing located on 200+ acres of land where people learn to heal both on the land and with the land.
After both completing medical school and residency, in 2008 we started Visions HealthCare, which was wildly successful. We grew from 3 employees in 3900 square feet of space to 110 employees in 30,000 square feet of space. We were the largest functional medicine practice in the country and had modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, Osteopathy, psychiatry, psychology, nutrition, spiritual medicine, energy medicine, etc. During our 8 year tenure, we had the privilege of serving over 20,000 patients.
Unfortunately, due to a range of factors and challenges, many of which can be attributed to inexperience with managing capital and growth, we had to close our doors in 2015. We were both devastated. This had been Ed’s lifelong dream, and we had poured all of our resources into it.
We then took some time to reflect and breathe. The more we looked at what other options there were, the more we realized that there was nothing else that fulfilled our commitment to bring this approach to the world.
Our calling is to inspire and empower people to be vital, vibrant and healthy until 100 years of age. The approach is based on the belief that there are five core aspects of health, and each aspect needs to be balanced in order to experience vitality. The five areas are: Structural, Chemical, Emotional, Social and Spiritual. A major imbalance in even one area can throw off the entire system.
So, we opened Five Journeys, a membership-based wellness organization that uses functional and integrative medicine as core components of our evaluation and treatment. We partner with our members to empower and inspire you in your them in their unique journey to greater vibrancy and vitality. Our goal is to get to the root cause of problems, issues and illnesses, and help you solve them. We believe that many chronic diseases can be prevented, reversed, reduced and/or resolved with this approach.
Mere survival is not enough. We are here to help you THRIVE.
Ready? Let’s go on this journey, together!