Riverside Natural Health Center Opens in MiddleburyBy Sue Hoxie
Offering primary and specialized care for families and individuals
Middlebury, Vermont – September 26, 2014 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest member, Riverside Natural Health Center (RNHC), located at 5 Park Street in the Star Mill Building in Middlebury. RNHC was founded by four licensed health professionals—Nieve Shere (acupuncture), Dr. Matthew Perchemlides (naturopath), Chenoa Hamilton (midwifery), and Stephanie Powers (massage)—who offer primary and specialized care for both families and individuals.
Riverside Natural Health Center will host its grand opening celebration on Friday, October 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m. at their office. Visitors can meet the practitioners, receive acupuncture and massage demonstrations, as well as learn and talk about the services RNHC provides. There will be drawings for complimentary services and products, as well as activities for children.
“At Riverside Natural Health Center we combine proven traditional techniques with modern science, resources and modalities to provide the best health outcomes for our patients and clients,” said Nieve Shere. “We treat acute and chronic conditions as well as providing preventive care. Individually, and in collaboration, we are committed to your optimal health and healing.”
Dr. Matthew Perchemlides (“Dr. Perch”) is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician and a specialist in integrative medicine, including naturopathic oncology and chronic disease. He completed his medical training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM), a four-year CNME accredited Naturopathic Medical School, where he graduated first in his class. While at UBCNM, Dr. Perch also earned a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition. Dr. Perchemlides went on to complete his integrative oncology training in a nationally recognized and CNME certified residency program at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America through Bastyr University. Dr. Perch also holds a nursing degree from the Boston College Connell School of Nursing, and before becoming a physician, he worked as a registered nurse in four nationally recognized hospitals. Dr. Perch has a unique understanding of the science behind both conventional and natural medicine and how to integrate these two modalities to help those individuals achieve optimal health.
Nieve Shere holds a Masters of Science in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent in England and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, one of the oldest accredited schools of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States. She graduated with honors and sat on the college’s Advisory Board. Trained in the styles of Master practitioners Kiiko Matsumoto and Dr. Mark Seem, she received hands-on clinical instruction in three styles of acupuncture; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Acupuncture, and Acupuncture Physical Medicine. Nieve is NY and VT State licensed, Board Certified in Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, CCAOM certified in Clean Needle Technique, and AHA certified in both adult and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR & NRP). Nieve is also a trained Labor Support Doula through Doula’s of North America (DONA) and completed postgraduate training in Acupuncture for Labor and Delivery and Stroke Rehabilitation at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. She also externed at the St. Vincent’s Rape Crisis Program in NYC specializing in PTSD, anxiety, and depression. In 2010, Nieve volunteered for a busy childbirth center in Haiti where she provided labor support and acupuncture care during pregnancy, and assisted the midwives with prenatal, neonatal, and postpartum care.
Chenoa Hamilton is a Traditional Midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), Licensed Midwife in the state of Vermont, a certified doula, Certified Lactation Consultant and Emergency Medical Technician. Additionally, Chenoa is certified by the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP & BLS) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adults, infants, and newborns. Chenoa has been attending births since 1997. Having completed a three-year, traditional midwifery program, and apprenticed in a high-volume water birth center in Portland, Oregon. During that time, Chenoa also volunteered with Doula Circle, a program that provided doula services for teen mothers, a commitment that she currently maintains by offering childbirth education and support to families. In 2006 Chenoa moved with her family to Vermont, where she worked as primary midwife at naturopathic midwifery practice Salisbury Natural Family Health. In 2010 Chenoa volunteered as the primary midwife for a busy birth center in Jacmel, Haiti with sister and licensed acupuncturist Nieve Shere, leading to the eventual start of Jumelles Wellness Midwifery Acupuncture in 2013.
Stephanie Powers has been in massage practice since 1999. She takes pride in creating an atmosphere that nurtures the body's natural ability for healing, relaxing, and rejuvenation. She believes in attention to detail, awareness of each client's particular physiology, and working to create a true benefit in the lives of her clients.
Riverside Natural Health is located in the Frog Hollow area, specifically the Star Mill Building, in downtown Middlebury. The street address is 5 Park Street, Unit 3C. The phone number is 802-989-7669. Each practitioner schedules their own appointment times.
About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interest, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County.