Health news and notes


Physical Therapy staff advance their skills

The staff at Physical Therapy Services of Brattleboro, Inc., is committed to being lifelong learners and dedicated to furthering their skills and education.

In November, Shaun Barnes, MPT, Cert. D.N. earned his certification in dry needling and M. Damon Kindopp, PT, Cert. D.N. advanced his spinal manipulation skills with a spinal manipulation course, both through The Spinal Manipulation Institute. JeanMarie Rodriguez, PTA furthered her continuing education in Aquatic Therapy in April 2016 learning how to perform manual therapies in an aquatic environment.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 802-254- 4699, email or visit


Grace Cottage: Free cancer support group

For community members dealing with cancer, Grace Cottage is offering a free support group, beginning Monday, Jan. 2, and meeting for eight weeks.

Hearing the news that you or a loved one has cancer can stir a range of emotions. Some people feel shock, disbelief and anger; others experience sadness, fear and loss. This support group offers a safe environment to share all of these experiences and to learn from others facing similar obstacles. Cancer support groups can have powerful effects on quality of life and on the success of treatment and recovery.

Meetings will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center (Heins Building), 133 Grafton Road.

The group will be facilitated by Grace Cottage Behavioral Health Specialist Caroline Chase, M.S., Counseling Psychology. Registration is requested at 802-365-3715, ext. 6.


Grace Cottage: Men's coffee hour group

Men of all ages are invited to Grace Cottage for coffee, conversation, and a series of casual lectures on Wednesday mornings, Jan. 4 to Feb. 22.

The Men's Coffee Hour will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center (Heins Building), 133 Grafton Road.

The free lecture series will cover a range of topics, including Vermont's agricultural history, the West River Railroad, Windham County forestry, the role of the Grace Cottage Community Health Team, and more. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

For more information, call CHT member and event organizer Bill Monahan at 802-365-3762.


The nurse is in

A Wellness nurse from Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services will be available at the Alstead Fire Station on Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon. The nurse will also be at Applewood Senior Housing in Walpole on Jan. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. and at St. Peter's Church in North Walpole from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also on Jan. 27.

A Wellness nurse will also be available at the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale on Jan. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.     

For more information, call 603-352-2253 or visit


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