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Updated: Nov 29, 2023


Herb Carpenter

By Herb Carpenter


Your life is going along smoothly until all of a sudden it isn’t. The cause may be an injury, an illness, you’ve become discouraged or depressed, or maybe you just want to find a way to reclaim the person you used to be. In this issue of Strictly Business, we take a look at some of the businesses and agencies that are here to provide the services and support needed to restore you to your best.


Our cover article introduces you to Cathie Passino and her team at the University of Vermont Health Network CVPH Medical Center Rehabilitation Services. More than 45 therapists are now working in their new facility located at 210 Cornelia Street. The consolidation from four locations to one offers both in- and outpatients a wide range of convenient services.


Need to improve your physical fitness? CrossFit, located on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, may be the place for you. Ian Passino and his dedicated staff are eager to provide the inspiration and guidance that will help you reach your goals.


As we look ahead to fall and winter in the North Country, finding a new way to exercise and stay fit is important. The Crux Climbing Gym, located at Camp Pok-O-MacCready in Willsboro, offers a 40-foot climbing facility suitable for all ages, abilities and skill levels. Kathi Grabda and Krystal Lewis started out as workout buddies. When the pandemic hit, they looked for new ways to explore fitness. That led them to establish an indoor studio that has become so popular they have waiting lists for their classes.


Rebecca Boire-West had a series of careers that inspired her to become a massage therapist, a certified health coach and now a business owner. Body in Balance, located in downtown Plattsburgh, allows her to work as a liaison between health care providers and their patients to address issues such as pain management.


While much of this issue of SB focuses on physical health, we also offer you an intuitive article on the importance of mental health. Richelle Gregory, Director of Clinton County Mental Health and Addiction Services, provides guidance for dealing with stress and trauma by developing resiliency. Don’t miss her important recommendations.


And then there is our Insight article featuring Mark Hamilton, Executive Director of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority who started out dreaming of a career in the performing arts, moved on to travel in South America and teach in the Peru New York school district before finding his place at the housing authority.


Garry Douglas wraps up this issue with both good news and concerning news about travel across our northern border. While progress is being made, he emphasizes that border policy is still being directed by people who are “looking at the trees and not seeing the grander bi-national forest.” It is good to know that we can count on the Chamber of Commerce to remain dedicated to restoring our relationship with Canada to its pre-pandemic levels.


The purpose of restorative health care is to maintain a person’s highest level of physical, mental and social function in order to prevent declines that impact quality of life. I believe you will find the information we have provided in this issue is designed to put you in touch with the people and businesses who can help you do just that.


And that’s good for business.

Herbert O. Carpenter, Publisher

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