Acupuncturists open shop at Bayview

A new health center in Bayview Center has opened its doors to a holistic approach to healing mind and body. Owned by the husband and wife team of Dr. Teresa Bujacich and John Donald, the Whidbey Center for Natural Health is located adjacent to Curves in the old bank building on Howard Road.

Dr. Teresa Bujacich and John Donald

A new health center in Bayview Center has opened its doors to a holistic approach to healing mind and body.

Owned by the husband and wife team of Dr. Teresa Bujacich and John Donald, the Whidbey Center for Natural Health is located adjacent to Curves in the old bank building on Howard Road.

“If I had to bring it down to one word, it’s balance,” Donald said. “Helping people understand where they are out of balance in their lives.”

Donald is a licensed acupuncturist with nine years of previous private practice experience and a three-year master’s degree in acupuncture.

At the Whidbey Center For Natural Health, he specializes in using acupuncture for the treatment of pain, including arthritis and injuries. He also has extensive experience helping patients who have been in auto accidents.

Donald said it’s worth giving alternative healing methods a try, and said he is a proponent of concurrent care, that acupuncture works effectively with other modalities, such as chiropractic, massage and physical therapy.

Bujacich is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist with three years of private practice experience following her internship with the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle.

She said even patients that are suspicious of being poked with needles quickly realize it’s not as bad as it looks. In fact, not bad at all.

Her clinical focus is on patient education, dietary and lifestyle therapies and physical medicine — including the combination of manual therapy with acupuncture.

A former wilderness program leader for troubled youths, Bujacich enjoys coaching her patients through difficult health challenges and life changes. A big part of that is exercising.

“We like to make sure people are moving,” she said.

She said she enjoys acting as a health consultant, giving patients an overview of available options for care and referring patients to other providers as needed.

One of the interesting aspects of the new center is that it offers a large classroom space for wellness classes such as yoga, qi gong and tai chi.

Bujacich also plans to bring in guest teachers for specific health workshops and to personally coach small groups of patients through diet and lifestyle changes. Community members are being encouraged to inquire about hosting classes at the center, she said.

Donald will be offering a low-fee, group acupuncture clinic to allow patients from all economic walks of life to access this unique system of medicine. This special clinic is similar to many in China where multiple patients are treated simultaneously using points that do not require patients to disrobe.

In addition to their medical services, the intention of the Whidbey Center for Natural Health is to provide a community resource for people interested in taking a comprehensive approach to their well-being.

“Sustainability of self and community” is their theme.

Bujacich and Donald formerly owned a medical clinic in Issaquah and recently moved with their daughter Lucy, almost 2, to South Whidbey as a return to their rural roots.

“It’s an amazing island,” Bujacich said. “It’s far away from the maddening crowd.”

Both Bujacich and Donald can submit claims to most insurance plans for acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.

Contact the center at 331-7331 or visit their Website at www.whidbeynatural.com.

More in Business

Training slated at mussel rafts

Penn Cove Shellfish employees will participate in oil spill training Friday near… Continue reading

SICBA holds home tour

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association will hold its 12th annual SICBA Home Tour… Continue reading

Gemkow now McClure Custom Homes

Gemkow Construction has changed its name to McClure Custom Homes, LLC nearly… Continue reading

Photographer wins Whidbey Telecom’s cover art contest

Whidbey Telecom has announced the winner of its 2018-19 Directory Cover Art… Continue reading

Freeland sculpture park open to public Aug. 25, 26

‘Liberating the image within’ sparks Hank Nelson’s creative vision

Mother-daughter duo bringing corners of the world to Whidbey

Fiona and Francesca Coenen-Winer sell pieces from near and far

Island Senior Resources aims to raise $10k Aug. 1

Growing demand for essential services strains nonprofit agency

Habitat taking over Saratoga Community Housing

After witnessing Saratoga Community Housing’s declining effectiveness, Habitat for Humanity of Island… Continue reading

Celebrate everything rabbit-related during Bunny Daze, March 26-31

Spring has sprung, and so have the bunnies. Celebrate the furry creatures… Continue reading

Schools foundation holding Dine Out Wednesdays

The South Whidbey Schools Foundation is holding its March Dine Out Wednesdays… Continue reading

Langley chocolatier Mona Newbauer offers a wide variety of gourmet chocolates in her shop, Sweet Mona’s. Some of those chocolates will make their way to Coupeville Saturday for the annual Chocolate Walk. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times
Chocolate Walk tickets selling quickly

A handful of tickets remain available for Saturday’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk. For… Continue reading

Seed farm grows with online store | CORRECTED

The growth of Deep Harvest Farm has been measured and intentional. Owners… Continue reading