Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup Kicks Off Fall Series



Wendy Warner, M.D.

To kick off the fall series of presentations hosted by the Delaware Valley chapter of the Functional Forum, local guest speaker Wendy Warner, M.D., founder of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, will present on the topic of toxicity at 7 p.m. on September 27.


The evening will include both the live presentation by Warner and a screening of footage from the Functional Forum episode filmed at the Environmental Health Symposium in San Diego, California. Dinner will be provided, with time for Q&A, large and small group discussion and networking.

Warner’s talk, entitled “The Evolution of Environmental Medicine—Surviving and Thriving in a Toxic World”, is sponsored by Metagenics and will focus on the history of environmental medicine, the main five environmental toxins and how to reduce exposure to them on a community-wide scale.

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Holistic Alternatives to Pain—Local Voices: KATHY FENNELLY, Energy Healing

LV_HealingTouchByKathy-KathyFennelly_0617How does energy healing work to address pain?

Energy healing works well for both chronic and acute pain. Among the most popular are reiki and Healing Touch. As a Healing Touch practitioner, I look at pain from a holistic standpoint and understand that some physical pain might not have solely physical roots, but roots in the subconscious, or stored at the cellular level, where energetic disruptions occur. Some potential causes may include challenging life circumstances, ruminating thoughts, unpleasant memories, emotional perturbations or unsettling past experiences.

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Healing Touch Workshop with Kathleen Fennelly

NB_KathyFennelly-1_0916Certified Healing Touch Practitioner Kathleen Fennelly, RN, of Healing Touch by Kathy, will offer a Healing Touch workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m., September 19, at the Phoenixville Middle School. The workshop will teach attendees the basic principle of energy therapy and some hands-on techniques. Fennelly sees clients at her private practice, in Bryn Mawr, as well as in various locations such as assisted living facilities, hospitals, private homes and outpatient facilities.

Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy that uses gentle touch to assist in balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person to achieve a sense of well-being. The practitioners use touch to clear, energize and balance the energy fields of the body to promote self-healing during this therapy, which is safe for all ages and works in harmony with traditional or allopathic medical care.

NB_KathyFennelly-3_0916The benefits of Healing Touch include stress reduction, anxiety and depression management, pain reduction, cancer care support, enhanced immune function, accelerated surgical recovery, hospice care support and deepened spiritual connections. A session begins with a consultation and a series of questions. Then, the client lies fully clothed on a massage table while the practitioner gently places his or her hands on the body. Sessions typically last 40 to 60 minutes, and patients report feeling peaceful and completely relaxed following the treatment.

“Ordinary stressors we face on a daily basis, being pulled in too many directions with family and work responsibilities, can slowly and subtly influence our ‘being’. Self-care is so important, because if we keep giving all of ourselves to family, friends and work without rejuvenating ourselves, we burn out,” explains Fennelly. “Healing Touch is one way to give you more control over your inner self.”

The workshop is being offered through the Chester County Adult Night School. Register at

Cost: $29. Workshop location: 1000 Purple Pride Way, Phoenixville. Healing Touch by Kathy is located at 1062 E. Lancaster Ave., Ste. 13-A, in Bryn Mawr. For more information, call 610-698-8643, email or visit

September 2016