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The Holistic Health Center in Conesus NY

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Saint Michael’s Mission was the home of the Holistic Health Center from 1979 until 19xx. Click any image to enlarge. See article below.

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The front cover of the pamphlet of the Holistic Health Center.

600 Attend Open House at Health Center in Conesus

Unknown Author - The Livonia Gazette

20 September 1979

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The cutting of the ribbon to officially open the Hemlock Lake Holistic Health Center. Left to right: Dr. Edwin Kenrick, vice-president American Chiropractic Association; Dr. Albert Cera and Dr. David Redding, executive directors of the center; James Emery, minority leader in New York State Assembly and Frank Lamb from the New York State Department of Commerce and Dan Mulvaney, Supervisor of the Town of Conesus.

The Hemlock Lake Holistic Health Center celebrated its official opening with an open house this past weekend. The 600 visitors to the two day open house enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather on their tours which included the complete health spa facilities, the Nova Vital restaurant and the grotto gardens.

Saturday’s opening ceremonies featured a ribbon-cutting and remarks by area dignitaries. The Honorable James Emery, New York State Assembly minority leader, in one of his first appearances since his open-heart surgery, said, “This health center is a great asset for the people of Livingston County and the people of New York.”

Frank Lamb, former mayor of Rochester and currently with the State Department of Commerce, added, “I think health and Livingston County go together, the health center is a great dream come true.”

Two years of preparation by directors Dr. Albert Cera and Dr. David Redding have made the center what it is today. One year was spent negotiating the five-year lease with The Divine Word Seminary for the use of the north wing. During the year since the signing of the lease the former seminary has been completely remodeled to provide rooms for 60 guests. Also added was the health spa, with its sauna, and whirlpool hot tub. Modern medical and chiropractic treatment rooms have been installed. An attractive third floor guest lounge features a sunny veranda overlooking uninhabited Hemlock Lake.

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New York State Assembly minority leader, James Emery, addresses the crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting at the Hemlock Lake Holistic Health Center. Master of ceremonies Ed Hindle holds the microphone.

The Nova Vita Restaurant, though not part of the original plans, provides a daily luncheon menu featuring gourmet health food, fresh juices and the Nova Vita salad. Dinners are served Friday and Saturday evenings and brunch is offered on Sunday.

The health center was the dream of chiropractors Dr. Albert Cera and Dr. David Redding, who both saw the need to provide a greater scope of patient care.

The original idea for the health center came to Dr. Cera in a dream. In his dream Dr. Cera saw the words “You are to reveal the work of God from myth through myrhh”. A student of the Bible advised Dr. Cera that the sentence meant that the word of God would be revealed through the truth (referring to myth) and the meaning of myrhh referred to anointing for healing. “That’s what it’s all about, ”said Dr. Cera, “Healing.”

Dr. Redding, explaining further the concept of the center, said, “The holistic approach to healing deals with the treatment of the causes of disease. It is coordinated treatment of the body, mind and spirit and not just a masking of symptoms of disease by the use of pain killers or other external applications.”

In keeping with the holistic approach, the health center professional staff includes: a medical consultant, a resident chiropractor, a psychotherapist, a nutritionist, nurse and spiritual director.

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