Once a week you'll have the opportunity to peek inside the mind of one of our local health & wellness experts. They'll share with you their advice, suggestions, wisdom and answer their most popular question from clients.
This week let's get to know our local health and wellness expert Kate Gamble, MSPT. Kate is a movement specialist, dancer, physical therapist and the founder of Open Door Integrative Wellness, located in downtown White River Junction, Vermont.
Tell us about yourself and why did you choose to go into a health field?
I am a dancer and physical therapist by training. Both professions have trained me to be a movement specialist. The natural grace and ease that our body is structured to provide amazes me. I am drawn to how the body can support all aspects of our well being. My own curiosity and passion has guided me in my career and in the development of the integrated model that my business, Open Door, provides
What makes you unique in your field?
My dance and somatics training has allowed me to provide PT that is infused with science and metaphor. My focus on neurological rehabilitation and the training I received at the Mayo Clinic and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center has grounded my work in the knowledge of what role the nervous system plays in rehabilitation.
My present role as founder of Open Door Integrative Wellness allows me to utilize the talent and knowledge of an excellent team of practitioners to support the wellness of my clients.
What question do your clients ask most frequently and how do you answer them?
What is Open Door? Open Door is an integrative wellness center that provides clinical services, workshops and classes that promote wellness and vitality. We provide services in house and as outreach in the community as we are committed to making services as accessible and pragmatic as possible. We believe that by listening to individuals and the community we can better be of service and succeed in our mission.
What do you see as the greatest health risk posed to this generation?
So many... access to and the efficiency of health care, mental health including stress, anxiety, depression, lack of education and agency for individuals.
What’s the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received?
Become curious about your body, understand the power of breathing, trust yourself.
I have also been inspired by Atul Gwande's work and his belief that we should all ask ourselves,"what are you willing to do to be well?"
Do you have a success story of redeemed health you’d like to share?
So many and almost every day...
I am inspired by my clients in so many ways. I see their perseverance even with profound health challenges, I see the support they get from loved ones, I see their gratitude when they feel heard.
What is your favorite area of wellness to practice?
I love movement- dance, walking, yoga.
I need meditation and believe that it should be up there with exercise and good nutrition as a fundamental health ingredient.
What are you passionate about, besides your professional life?
My amazing children...they offer so much depth to my life and now that they are adults, I love learning from them and watching them navigate their lives with integrity and humility.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
Anything by Moshe Feldenkrais but this is a particularly good one:
"My purpose is to allow people to move closer to actually being creatures of free choice, to genuinely reflect individual creativity and emotion, freeing the body of habitual tensions and wired-patterns of behaviour so that it may respond without inhibition to do what the person wants."
What’s one book you recommend everyone should read?
Everybody has such different interests so hard to say. Right now I have been very interested in the book, Matter and Desire by Andreas Weber
What one suggestion would you make that would have the greatest impact for improved health?
Find time to close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
Any final piece of wisdom you’d like to share?
Go toward what feels good in your body.
How can people learn more about you and what you offer?
Visit my our website Open Door Integrative Health
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