- Group Medical Visits
- Individual Patient-Provider Appointments
- Integrative Health Consults
- Osteopathic Visits (not open to new patients at this time)
- Medical Acupuncture Visits
- Herbal Consultations
- Ayurveda Consultations
- HeartMath Consultations
- NAET Consultations
Private Pay, Most major insurances, Medicare, Medi-Cal, CMSP, Medi-Cal for Families.
Other low cost programs include: Sliding scale, FPACT, CDP, CHDP.
More about our Wellness Services
The Forestville Wellness Center (FWC) is the integrative health services site for West County Health Centers (WCHC) in Sonoma County, California. To broaden the medical and health options for our WCHC patients, services at the Wellness Center include traditional, Individual Patient-Provider Appointments as well as an ever growing array of Group Medical Visits.
All of our services are available for patients of West County Health Centers and offer a wonderful opportunity to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Ask your Care Team or call us today to see if we have consultations or group medical visits that can help you on your journey to wellness.
Call today to make your appointment – (707)-887-0290.
What are Group Medical Visits?
Group Medical Visits is a term used to describe a wide variety of visits designed for groups of patients, rather than individual patient-provider appointments. Group Medical Visits have been found to be a highly effective means of health care delivery that can assist in meeting not only the patient’s physical and medical needs, but also provide educational tools and social and psychological support.
Some groups are led and facilitated by WCHC medical staff and some groups are facilitated by instructors from community partners like The Ceres Community Project. Regardless of the facilitator, all groups are overseen by West County Health Centers medical providers.
Some of the groups are structured as a series of sessions and intended for the participants to begin together and stay together for a designated number of weeks (from 4 – 8 weeks), while other groups are are offered on an ongoing, weekly basis and can be joined at anytime.
The Forestville Wellness Center offers any patient of the West County Health Centers the unique opportunity to engage in these Wellness Group Medical Visits, which offer education, support, and tools for lifelong, healthy behavioral changes.
Our wide variety of groups is growing and the following is only a partial list of our current offerings:
- Living Well with Pain
- Yoga Basics
- Medical Qigong
- Living Well with Diabetes
- Mindful Eating
- Ayurveda for Greater Wellness
- Nutrition for Wellness
- Women's Writing
- Beyond Stress: Stress Management
- Freedom From Smoking
- WAYCOOL "West County Active Youth Collaborating on Organic Lifestyles"
Individual Patient-Provider Appointments available at FWC:
Group Medical Visits are not the only options available at the Forestville Wellness Center. Our medical providers practice specialties such as Osteopathy, Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine, and utilize Herbal, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments as a complement to your traditional medical care.
These visits focus on nutrition, herbal medicines, healthy movement and other complementary, integrative medical tools for your health. Ideal for anyone, and especially valuable for people with sensitivities to conventional treatments or for whom conventional treatments have not been entirely successful.
Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.), practice a ‘whole person’ approach to medicine. Rather than just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body; as an integrated whole. With specialized training in the musculoskeletal system – your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones – osteopathic physicians have an understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect another. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is part of the osteopath’s training and practice and by combining other available medical options with OMT, DO’s offer their patients very comprehensive care.
At the Wellness Center, we have physicians who are also acupuncturists. Acupuncture is the well-known and ancient healing system developed over two thousand years ago in China and throughout Eastern societies. It is widely practiced today in the United States and is especially effective for many symptoms and syndromes, including: pain reduction (including chronic headaches and muscular aches and pains), nervous system balancing and emotional calming, women’s health issues, digestive disorders, and many other conditions.
These consultations with our Herbal Medicine Consultants – graduates and interns from the California School of Herbal Studies – are comprehensive with a holistic approach to the patient. Recommendations will include herbal teas, tinctures, and other natural approaches such as nutritional advice. A WCHC medical provider will oversee and review the process with the herbal consultants and the patient.
Ayurveda, a 6,000 year old system of medicine developed in India, is based on balancing our unique constitutions. It recognizes that the very same elements in the universe: air, gases, water, fire and earth, are indeed present and at play in our bodies. When the elements get out of balance we experience dry, wet, cold, and/or heat and this leads to different levels of disease states. Ayurveda looks at our health with a fresh approach and considers the mind, body and spirit as one.
Ayurvedic practitioners, trained at the Dhyana Center in Sebastopol, will work with you to determine your unique constitution, develop a plan with you for diet, self-care measures for at home practice, and other remedies to establish more balance. This plan will be reviewed with one of our medical providers.
HeartMath is similar to biofeedback. In biofeedback, we use technology to measure brainwaves and show patients how certain thoughts and actions can influence activity in the brain. In HeartMath, we use technology to measure heart rate variability and coherence in the heartbeat. We can then show the patient how breathing in a certain way and accessing a positive emotion influences the efficiently and regularity of their heartbeat. Because the heart is the strongest rhythmic generator in the body, all body rhythms will entrain to the organized, coherent heartbeat, leading to optimum physical functioning.
HeartMath has two goals: quicker recovery from stress, and greater psychological and physiological resilience, attained by regular practice of the HeartMath techniques. At Forestville Wellness Center, the patient may have up to six individual consultation. These consultations include evaluation of the patient’s practice, introduction to HeartMath techniques and suggestions for practice at home, all of which are reviewed by one of our medical providers.