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Wellness Place opens office in Crystal Lake

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 4:51 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Wellness Place, a cancer resource and education center headquartered in Palatine, has opened a satellite office in Crystal Lake called Wellness Place Cancer Connections. 

The new site is in the community room on the first floor of the Advocate Good Shepherd Outpatient Center, 525 Congress Parkway.

Free cancer-related support services are available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays by calling 847- 241-5964. Services include one-on-one cancer-related counseling for individuals, and sessions for couples, families, caregivers and loved ones. 

“For those affected by cancer, it is critical that support is available and accessible,” Wellness Place Clinical Director Kathy Scortino said in a news release. “With a dedicated office now open to the public in McHenry County, Wellness Place is better equipped in the area and can more effectively help to relieve the emotional distress commonly associated with a cancer diagnosis.” 

Three years ago, Wellness Place began offering services to patients through a joint effort with a local oncology practice, North Shore Oncology/Hematology Associates in Crystal Lake. To broaden services to the greater McHenry County community, Wellness Place secured independent office space and as of October has the capacity to offer free cancer-related counseling, education and resources. 

Scortino said Wellness Place is looking to add programs in Crystal Lake, including support groups and stress and pain management therapies such as yoga and tai chi. 

The satellite program in McHenry County is funded through grants from the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation, the McHenry County Community Foundation, the Coleman Foundation and donors from the area. For information, call LeeAnn Atwood at 847-241-5973. 

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