Wellness Clinic opens in Prairie Township

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By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Sandi Latimer
From left: Sky Sharma, development sales associate at Life Care Alliance; Jim Gant, director of the Prairie Township Community Center; Prairie Township Trustee Ron Ball; Cheryl Grossman, director of Corporation Engagement for Life Care Alliance; Melinda Rowe from Life Care Alliance and Jared Klaus, wellness dietitian, join together to cut a ribbon marking the opening of a wellness center. This is the eighth such center Life Care Alliance has established. It operates at the Community Center on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prairie Township has joined with Life Care Alliance to offer a wellness clinic once a week.

Nurse Thelma Fosselman sets up her clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday at the Prairie Township Community Center.

“I do a foot clinic, and check blood sugar and blood pressure,” she said recently when Life Care Alliance officials joined with representatives of the township and community center to cut the ribbon to officially open the clinic.

“And this is my angel volunteer,” Fosselman continued, putting her arm around Nancy Hopkins.

Hopkins does all the paperwork for Fosselman, checking patients in and getting all their necessary information.

“Or setting the mood for the whole experience,” said Life Care Alliance spokeswoman Melinda Rowe.

At the foot clinic, Fosselman, a registered nurse, will clip toenails, as well as check for signs of problems associated with diabetes.

Then, laughing, “No, I don’t polish the toenails.”

There is no charge for the clinic, but donations are always welcome, Fosselman said.

Accompanying Fosselman is dietitian Jared Klaus who is available to speak with people on a one-to-one basis. Klaus keeps no regular hours, but prefers to speak with clients at their convenience. He circulates among many of the other such wellness centers Life Care Alliance has established. He can be reached by calling 614-437-2981.

This wellness center was established by a grant through the OhioHealth Osteopathic Heritage Center. Others set up through this center at Doctors Hospital include the Church of the Nazarene in Grove City, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, and Gye Nyame Place in northeast Columbus.

Appointments to see Fosselman any Thursday at the Prairie Township Community Center can be made by calling her at 740-360-4132.

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