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Meet Johanna Oosterwijk of Shambhala Wellness in Denton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johanna Oosterwijk.

Johanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I came to the USA from the Netherlands where I worked as a Registered Nurse. After one year in the USA, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. At that time, I gave myself 5 years to live so that my 3 girls will remember me. They were 2, 4 and 6 years old at that time. After 2 years, I decided I did not want to die, so I did lots of research to find out why I had this cancer and what I could do about this. I did discover that I created this cancer myself, even though if it was unconsciously. That changed my life and since then I have wanted to help as many people as possible.

First, I started working out of my house, but after several years I had too many clients. So I opened up an Alternative Health Center in Denton. My service started with Reiki energy work. I added Hypnotherapy, Quantum Biofeedback and Functional Thermography as a service and finally I became a Naturopathic Doctor.

We started with 3 additional practitioners: a chiropractor, a massage therapist and a nutritionist. After 4 years we added another building with 8 more practitioners. Counselors, acupuncturist, Neurofeedback, EFT, yoga, meditation and other workshops.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My husband and I bought a 90-year-old home to house the Wellness Center. It was a major investment and needed a lot of remodeling. We did not know if it would be a success, so it was a big gamble, but it has always been my dream to have a place where people could come for wellness and/or to restore their health. One struggle we did not face, was getting additional practitioners to join our center. Most came through word of mouth.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Shambhala Wellness – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My focus right now is on Reiki Energy healing and Functional Thermography, which is a non-invasive full-body scan (including the breast) without any radiation. I use an infrared scanning device that measures the heat in the body to discover how the organs are functioning and to reveal vascular changes in the breast, inflammation and asymmetries, which may indicate a problem.

I am most proud of all the practitioners that are working at our center. We have individual practices, but are working together as a team.

What sets us apart is that our center offers so many different healing modalities all under one roof. There is something for everyone looking for alternative health options. Our center has a very relaxed, caring atmosphere with beautiful gardens and local art on the walls.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans are to expend this center with more workshops (digital) because people like to learn and see what is new. Digital is the way to go. Right now, I have a Shaman from New Mexico who comes here 2 times a year. We can expand this through digital seminars.

Another project that we are thinking about is opening a community garden on the property next door to the center to teach organic gardening.

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1 Comment

  1. Herma Vos

    July 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Wow ! Thanks so nice to read ! Congratulations from paris ! Kisses, Herma

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