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.

Event Change Due to COVID-19

We will not be holding any in-person events until fall. We will be rescheduling all but the Lyme Town Hall, which will be held as a webinar. 

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Webinar: Third Annual Lyme Town Hall

Thursday, April 30th, 6:00 – 7:30

In its third year, this is a must-attend event for anyone concerned about Lyme disease. Take advantage of having access to multiple Portland-area Lyme-literate health care practitioners along with the director of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education. You will benefit from perspectives gained through diverse treatment protocols and experience with countless unique patients. They will share insights on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

If you’re not familiar with the town hall meeting format, it’s an open forum that encourages questions and interactions between panelists and attendees. There will be a brief introduction then we’ll get right into questions and discussion.

Paula Jackson Jones, President & Co-Founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education
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Dr. Jacob Aguiar, ND, Co-Founder of Scarborough Integrative Health
Daniel Katz, L.Ac, MSOM, PT, Co-Founder of Wildwood
Dr. Sean McCloy, MD of Integrative Health Center of Maine
Steven Zarembka, ND, Scarborough Integrative Health

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The New Paradigm in Well-Being and Healthy Weight Management

Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

A presentation of evidence-based methods for sustained weight loss and well-being by Jason Gootman, MS

  • Learn how to lose weight, keep it off, and do so in the context of boosting your overall well-being
  • Learn how to work with yourself not against yourself
  • Learn how to permanently overcome yo-yo dieting
  • Learn how to permanently overcome compensatory eating (commonly referred to as “emotional eating”)

Jason Gootman, MS, Rise and Thrive

Jason Gootman, MS, is a wellness coach who is famous for helping people who formerly struggled with taking care of themselves to become really well from the inside out. If you’ve tried and failed more times than you can count, Jason will end this cycle immediately and lastingly with his approach that turns the popular, dogmatic, guaranteed-to-fail approaches on their heads. Jason’s technical credentials include: Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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Dates to Be Determined

Mold Illness: How Mold Exposure Could Be Impacting Your Health

Will be held in the fall. Watch this site and Facebook for details.

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

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

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Empower your Personal Home Health Routine to Increase Cognitive Performance and Reduce Symptoms of Cognitive Decline

Will be held in the fall. Watch this site and Facebook for details.

What you will learn:

1.     The most current scientific research on the neuroprotective elements of botanical aromatic oils.  Merril will provide a Comprehensive summary of botanical chemical constituents and their effects on Cognitive health.

2.     Experience the aroma molecules of the 6 most effective plants that are used in mild to moderate dementia individuals and their caretakers.  While using your olfactory sense to smell the plant material, you will learn of the positive research results.

3.     Through a systematic series of challenges, Sue will discuss the importance of stimulating the Five Regions of your brain.  Sue will guide you into an introductory  Mind Fit Routine.


Merril Abramson, Client Care and Community Outreach Manager, Home Care Assistance
Sue Arsenault, Owner, Home Care Assistance

Sue and Merril are Champions of Aging in place as they share their joy of educating our community about non-pharmacological approaches to cognitive health that are consistent with scientific research.

Sue Arsenault, BA
Sue is the Owner/Operations Director for Home Care Assistance of Southern Maine.   Sue’s intention is to set a higher standard of excellence in-home care for older and or disabled adults which they so deserve. Sue fully embraces the importance of the Home Care Assistance exclusive Balanced Care™ model of care and Cognitive Therapeutics Program™ Sue considers it a privilege to ensure that her clients not only have their immediate needs cared for, but include quality of life activities to each care shift in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and mental stimulation as well as spiritual wellbeing. 

Merril Abramson, D.Ay.,MA, BA, BSN, RN
Merril is the Client Care and Community Outreach Manager for Home Care Assistance.  Merril holds a Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine from the United Nations, Certified in Clinical Aromatherapy, Integrative Holistic Nurse who developed the first Clinical Ayurvedic and Aromatherapy training for Healthcare Professionals at USM Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals, the first Integrative-Ayurvedic and Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner Certification for the Boston Shiatsu School and is the developer of the East-West Adusa Ayurvedic Skin and Body line.  As a home health nurse, Merril became acutely aware of the lack of Cognitive Health Education in our community.  With the Home Care Assistance model, Merril is able to provide Scientifically based, holistic care plans that increase quality of life and reduce negative symptoms for those aging at home.

Most Recent community involvement:  Merril and Sue were involved with the 2019 Portland Alzheimer’s Walk.  Sue was the Logistic Chair and Merril the Event Co-Chair.  For 2020, Sue will take over the role of Event Co-Chair as Merril develops the first,  CareGiver Mind and Body Balanced Care Program for Home Care Assistance to role out Spring 2020. 

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Fundamentals in Cancer Prevention: Changes You Can Make Today

Date TBD

The possibility of developing cancer is a concern at the top of almost everyone’s list. There are many things you can do today to reduce your risk. Dr. LaBant will be here to help you harness the power of prevention.

In this class she will outline:

  • The role of Naturopathic Medicine in cancer care
  • Discuss Primary Prevention and risk reduction strategies
  • Discuss the hallmarks of cancer
  • Incidence of cancer types and prevalence in New England
  • Root causes of Cancer- Toxin exposure, Environmental, Genetics, Epigenetics, Nutrigenomics
  • Blood sugar balance and its role in cancer
  • Role of the microbiome in cancer
  • Strategies for changes you can make today!

Dr. Miranda LaBant, The Sante Center for Natural Healing
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