Inner Light House, Living Well Center combine businesses

More is better.

That's the explanation Dawn McVay, owner of Living Well Health Center in Port Angeles, and Brenda Bradshaw-Csonka, director of Inner Light House in Carlsborg, give for combining their two businesses into a single holistic health center working under the umbrella of Inner Light House Wellness Center.

Services include nutrition therapy, skin care, bio-touch, massage, deep level energy work and psychotherapy counseling.

Bradshaw-Csonka, a massage therapist with a background in child psychology, moved to Sequim from Florida a little more than one year ago. After 16 years in the field, she decided to stop traveling so much by bringing practitioners and patients together in one place.

McVay, a nutritionist and licensed massage therapist, opened Living Well Health Center about three years ago. When approached by Bradshaw-Csonka to combine the two businesses, McVay said the merge seemed "natural."

"More and more of our clients were coming from

Sequim," she said.

"There's a retirement group that are very educated and enlightened and who are looking for intelligent answers to their problems."

Inner Light House works in conjunction with medical practitioners.

"We won't tell you to go off your blood pressure medication but we can give you some things that you can do to complement what you are already doing medically," Bradshaw-Csonka said.

"(For example), if your cardiologist says you need to eat better, Dawn can help you develop a diet that works for you, your lifestyle and your body."

"We all want prevention," McVay added about the relationship between naturopathy and traditional medicine.

"More than ever, it's a team effort."

Someday, the pair hopes to add a registered nurse to the staff, Bradshaw-Csonka said.

Inner Light House providers offer more than just "feel good" services.

"If you come to me with a sore, tight neck, I won't just help you feel better, I will give you tips and exercises to help you take better care of yourself," McVay said.

In the long term, Bradshaw-Csonka and McVay plan to turn Inner Light House Wellness Center into a certified school offering health and wellness certifications. The school would be open to the public and qualify graduates for employment in doctor's offices and hospitals or as independent consultants.

"Taking care of your health is the best investment," Bradshaw-Csonka said.

"If people are healthy in your community then you have a healthy community."

Inner Light House Wellness Center, 22 Mill Road, is celebrating its "rebirth" and a new natural health team. Massage, bio touch, nutrition, Reiki, counseling, skin care, exercise classes and more are available under one roof. For more information, go online to or call 681-4419.

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