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Barbara Meconis shares holistic view

January 28, 2014
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Barbara Meconis
Barbara Meconis.

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Barbara Meconis is proof that holistic and traditional health care can work well together.

Holistic journey

The owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach opened the natural healing center in northeast Grand Rapids in 2003 after having spent time as director of system quality improvement at Spectrum Health and as director of health care management programs at Priority Health.

Since then, she has negotiated an exclusive contract to provide holistic health services to the staff of the largest health care provider in West Michigan.

“I have established and expanded a business during a very difficult economic environment,” Meconis said. “Holistic Care Approach provides the widest range of holistic health services in a clinical setting and is unique to any business in all of West Michigan.”

Teaching

Meconis isn’t shy about sharing her knowledge, either.

She is an adjunct faculty member with Grand Rapids Community College, where she leads a series of classes on holistic wellness, and at Ferris State University, where she teaches an alternative medicine course for pharmacy students.

She also provides internship opportunities to students at Grand Valley State University and on-site presentations to schools for free.

Meconis is also a frequent public speaker on health-related topics and is a regular guest on local television and radio stations.

Holistic Care Approach was nominated as a Top Women Owned Business in the $1.49 million and under annual revenue category.

Judges noted Holistic Care Approach shows very good growth.

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