Natural health clinic moves to new office

After a decade located in an old farmhouse south of town, Vashon Natural Medicine is moving to the former veterinary clinic of Larry Glickstein, who retired last year.

Naturopathic physician Kelly Wright purchased the building at the end of April and will open there on Monday, June 2. The clinic will be open at its current location through the end of this week.

The move will prove beneficial in many ways, Wright noted, crediting Glickstein with making her purchase of the building possible.

“I never could have done it without Larry,” she said.

Among the benefits, Wright said, is that owning the building will reduce her overhead substantially. A significant percentage of her patients have Medicaid insurance benefits, which reimburse providers at low rates. She wants to continue to serve all people who need care, she said, and the reduction of her overhead will make that possible.

“Being in this location will make that sustainable,” she said.

Among the other benefits she pointed out on a tour of the new facility is that it is fully wheelchair accessible.

The building was once a home but housed the vet clinic for many years and was in need of renovating and new landscaping. Her father, Chip Wright, has been managing that process, she said, and when that is done, she believes the building will serve the clinic’s needs well, including those of the providers who also practice there — an additional naturopath, a massage therapist, an acupuncturist and a mental health counselor.

Wright is also planning to add a nutritionist, a medical doctor and another massage practitioner in the near future.

This opportunity came at a good time, Wright noted, as her current lease is up at the end of May.

“It was perfect timing,” she said.

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