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East Meets West Fair promotes healthy living

By Janet Stoica

More than 60 vendors and several hundred visitors attended the 8th Annual East Meets West Health Fair and Business Bonanza held at the Bartlett High School gymnasium on Sunday, April 12. The Red Cross collected 25 quarts of blood and Dr. Dmitry Levenson of the Reliant Medical Group in Webster was the featured speaker.

Life Skills, Inc. and Page Chiropractic planned and presented the event, a fundraiser to benefit adults with developmental disabilities.  Commerce Bank and Cam’s Oil Service, Inc. were the sponsors.

Vendors at the fair representing the health, holistic, and self-improvement professions were eager to instruct, advise, and give out free samples of many of their products and service offerings. 

Among them was Lettuce Beans owner Lisa Barnes, who offered up a holistic approach to education through food. “I believe that food is medicine and you have to put good food into your body to be healthy,” she said.  Lisa offers home-cooking services to those of us wanting to become more educated about the food we eat and she will demonstrate the best way to prepare and cook everyday healthy foods.  She will even take people food shopping to review food product labeling. Contact her at [email protected]    

Energy medicine was the focus of Geri Freeman of Eden Energy Medicine. A certified practitioner of energy medicine, Geri demonstrated some of her healing traditions on a willing attendee who seemed to get great benefit from her techniques, which include kinesiology, qi-gong, yoga, and acupuncture.  Geri’s literature indicates that using these forms of energy medicine will “keep your energies balanced and humming, improve your health, sharpen your mind, and increase your joy and vitality.”  Her email is [email protected] 

Insurance provider Fallon Health Care was in attendance as well, explaining senior care options in the areas of Mass Health, Summit Eldercare, and Navicare.  Jessica Recore of the Senior Care Products division explained the major differences between the three plan offerings. [email protected]

The New England Organ Bank had two energetic representatives in Lacy Kaminski, a volunteer, and Robin Lataille, volunteer and a successful kidney transplant patient.  Robin was eager to tell her story about the success of her kidney transplant and how the procedure would not have been possible without the services of the New England Organ Bank.  “As many as 18 people pass away on a daily basis waiting for an organ transplant,” Robin said. “There are 123,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in our country, with kidneys being the most necessary on the list.  Liver and heart donors are greatly needed too.”  Registration can be done at

Life Skills Inc. and Page Chiropractic would like to thank all the vendors who participated in our 8th annual Health Fair and Business Bonanza. We are pleased to see the support shown to this fundraising event for Life-Skills Inc. It is with great pleasure that we are able to provide this free event to the public  and share the commitment that Life-Skills Inc. has in the community for so many consecutive years.  Thanks also to the American Red Cross for running a blood drive during the event.

Pure Organic Body Bars was only too happy to provide samples of its aromatic, natural, and chemical-free soaps.  Co-owner Tabitha Santoro explained that the soaps are to be applied after showering and toweling off to soothe and soften your skin.  “This is my first time promoting my products,” said Ms. Santoro. “I was making the body bars and giving them away to family and friends for gifts until many family members told me that I should offer my products to the public.”  Tabitha and partner Karen Snow have developed the body bars with organic ingredients such as coconut oil and tea tree oil, along with scents of lavender and baby powder. They are also working on a body bar that will serve as a natural insect repellent for outdoor use.

Gayle Suzanne, author and a certified professional coach, displayed her recently-published book It’s in the Little Things, which deals with overcoming life’s negative events to reach your goals.  “My focus is on helping you overcome adverse happenings in your life and reaching your true potential,” she said.  Gayle’s website is

Maria Sun Reed of Spencer held down two very different exhibits, one a custom jewelry and gift design booth specializing in handmade Asian and seashore-inspired jewelry items of beautiful quality, the second a real estate business which specializes in waterfront properties.  “I’m a full-time realtor, Maria said, “and my gift business is part-time but I really enjoy crafting.” Some of her creations consisted of seashore earrings and bracelets. (508) 873-9254 

Mama Dolce’s Café display included tasty gelato to end a perfect day at the Health Expo.  Owner Nancie Zecco’s gelato cart offered a variety of flavors for purchase, while she handed out flyers for her Davis Street establishment.  Mama Dolce’s Café offers breakfast items, soup and sandwiches, pizza, salads and, of course, sweets, including cannollis, cupcakes, tiramisu, cheesecakes, and cakes and pies to order.

This event was made possible due to the hard work of Tammy Lewandowski of Life-Skills Inc. and Jean Tremblay of Page Chiropractic.

Lisa Morgan

Director of Day Habilitation Services

Life-Skills Inc.