All events are held at Coastal (29 Marginal Way in Portland) and are free and open to the public except where noted. Registration is required.

The Human Givens Approach for Mental Health and Wellness

Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Woman Reading Human Givens BookMy experience with PTSD led me to the most efficient and effective therapy I had ever heard of or experienced – the Human Givens Approach! One session gave me my life back and was so transformative that I started studying the approach with the goal of bringing it to the US.  This UK/Ireland born approach was not available in the US in 2015, when I was lucky enough to experience it.  Four and a half years later, I am a licensed Human Givens practitioner, having left my architecture and construction career to bring this extremely effective and empowering approach to people in the US.

The Human Givens approach is NOT only a trauma treatment… it is a holistic approach to mental and emotional wellness and clear thinking. Trauma was merely my way in – and now I have the privilege of sharing this profoundly empowering approach with people in Portland and throughout the US. And I am excited to share a little about it with you at Coastal Pharmacy!

Learn more about the Human Givens Approach here:


Katherine Vilnrotter, Syntropy Global

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Alternative Concepts in Mental Health

Thursday, October 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Over my career as a psychiatrist I have searched for the real reasons that cause the terrible suffering that result from mental health issues.  Please join me for a discussion on new perspectives and innovative pathways to be explored when navigating a solution for emotional suffering and other psychiatric issues.  Some of the topics we can explore include nutrition, biomolecular approaches, lifestyle changes, the transformation of differences into gifts, meditation and energy psychology.

Among the things you will learn:

  • How psychotropic medications affect the brain and body.
  • When their use may be appropriate.
  • Nutrition’s role in mental health.
  • How your mental focus on can affect your mental health.
  • The role of meditation and its roots in neuroscience and quantum physics.

Dr. Pam Shervanick, Co-Founder of Syntropy Global

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Womb Care: Nourishing Your Reproductive System for Optimal Fertility

Thursday, October 24th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

There are many paths that invite us to tend our fertility, whether our journey on this road is long or short. Fertility can be a joyous gift while equally posing a frustrating challenge. Together we’ll explore accessible herbal strategies to support the emotional body, the uterus, and the endocrine system whether planning for a family in the next year or already being on this journey for longer than hoped. Travel home with at least five tips that can be incorporated immediately, and a number of additional suggestions.

Mischa Schuler, Herbal Practitioner and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs

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Chinese Medicine with Fall LeavesA Chinese Medicine Approach to a Healthy Fall Transition*

Monday, October 28th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Learn how to eat, drink, breathe, think, and dress for success this autumn and winter!

Join Chinese medicine physician Alexa Gilmore for the inside scoop on how to stay healthy and vibrant in body, mind, and spirit as we transition into the colder, darker days ahead.

Autumn arrives and we bear witness to the seasonal shift in our external environment, but we often neglect to acknowledge that same shift happening within us, in our own internal environment.  The more we cultivate an awareness around these subtle shifts and an appreciation for them, the more we can stay tuned in to the energy of the season, and the stronger, healthier, and more resilient we become.

Alexa’s enthusiasm is sure to put a smile on your face, and you’ll leave with practical, actionable tools and tips that will transform your closet, vanity, kitchen, and perspective into the bastions of seasonal wellness that they are!

Alexa Gilmore, LAc, MAcOM, LMT, ATX Acupuncture

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A Holistic Approach to Managing Anxiety

November 7th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Anxiety is a symptom that can reflect a number of deficiencies and imbalances. Anxiety can also point to opportunities for strengthening communication skills/relationships, spiritual health, environmental health, and occupational/financial health. There are so many practical methods for managing anxiety that do not involve prescription medications! Evelyn Bunce, DNP, FNP-C will share a comprehensive and holistic approach to thriving with anxiety; perfect timing amidst a busy holiday season! Be inspired to welcome anxiety and use it to your advantage to grow in your health!

Dr. Bunce is a board-certified family nurse practitioner trained in health promotion and disease prevention. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Catherine McCauley School of Nursing at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a certified family nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She completed her doctoral research project in the field of depression and exercise. She also holds a degree in English and Art History from Wesleyan University.

As a nurse working in the mental health field she became very passionate about the connections between environmental, physical, social and mental health. She trained under some of the leading integrative practice providers in the St. Louis area and was amazed at the positive patient experiences and outcomes. She now brings this holistic style of healing and care to Mainers of all ages at Atlantic Family Health, an integrative primary care practice in Scarborough.


Dr. Evelyn Bunce, DNP, FNP-C, Atlantic Family Health

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Hemp-Derived CBD: Just the Facts

Wednesday, November 13th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

What’s the deal with CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a hemp-derived nutrient that has been receiving a lot of attention for its benefits in health and well-being. It’s likely that you’ve heard from someone who is using it to control their stress or pain. Despite its popularity, there is a lot of confusion about this complex dietary ingredient. Let’s break the facts down together.

  • Learn about the discovery of CBD, its natural sources, including the differences between true agricultural hemp and cannabis
  • Did you know that you make cannabis-like compounds in your brain?Learn about your endocannabinoid system (ECS), and how crucial it is to maintaining your day-to-day health
  • What are the differences between CBD brands? Learn how PlusCBD™ Oil is committed to crafting the highest quality hemp CBD products
  • Learn about the meaning of “full-spectrum hemp extract” and why it is important in choosing a CBD product
  • Determine why hemp-derived CBD may be the best option for your health


Miles Sarill, National Educator with CV Sciences

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Details Coming Soon

The following events are currently in development. To be notified when details have been finalized, please sign up for notification.

An Integrative Medicine Approach to Children’s Health

Monday, January 6th

Full details will be announced soon.


Linda S. Grigel, MHP, P.A.-C, CCH, Fal River Health Center

Mold Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Will be held this winter. Stay tuned for details!

Dr. Aguiar will discuss how symptoms of various illnesses such as Lyme, can mimic those of mold-related illness. Chronically ill patients should consider the potential for mold involvement.

Dr. Jacob Aguiar, ND, Co-Founder of Scarborough Integrative Health

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