Is Lyme infection “active” or “chronic”?
Tuesday, March 19th, 6:00 pm

Practitioner EventJoin us for an educational Dinner Program at Coastal covering

  • Novel Lyme Test utilizing Lymespot assay technology to provide information about T-cell activity concerning Borrelia infections and chronic inflammation.
  • Most advanced Elispot on the market
  • More information than traditional two-tier testing


Dr. Carsten Nicolaus MD PhD, Medical Director, BCA Clinic, CEO Infectolab

Dr. Felix Scholz PhD, Head of Immunology at Infectolab

The Three Rules: A Person-Centered* Model of Dementia Care
Thursday, February 21st
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Elderly Woman Smiling with CaregiverAnn Quinlan, of Healthy Aging Matters, will outline and explain the three rules aimed at effectively supporting you and your loved one through the challenges of dementia care. The three rules help support engagement with a person’s abilities rather than focusing on the side effects of the disease. Offering gentle communication toward a calmer interpersonal relationship can help alleviate your own stress around the demands of toileting, dressing schedules, outside appointments, and mealtimes.

Using the three rules can offer your loved one a feeling of safety and dignity through the fear and confusion so often associated with having dementia. Ann developed these three rules to help the primary care partner through the day-to-day labyrinth of dementia care.

The Rules

    • Body Language
    • Facial Expression
    • Tone of Voice
    • Be Prepared
    • Eye Contact
    • Gentle Voice
    • Music

Goals & Outcomes

Using these rules, you can

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Deescalate behavior in the moment
  • Redirect toward a feeling of safety and the familiar
  • Create harmony through simple communication
  • Reclaim dignity for self and loved ones

*The concept of person-centered care is attributed to the late Thomas Kitwood (1937-1998), a British health care pioneer in the field of dementia care. He developed innovative research projects and training courses, challenging the “old culture of care.” Kitwood used the term to bring together ideas and ways of working that emphasized communication and relationships beyond the standard medical language of care for individuals with dementia.


Ann Quinlan, Founder of Healthy Aging Matters [ More About Ann ]

Being Mortal Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday,  February 7th
6:00 – 8:00 pm*

Being Mortal Film Viewing and DiscussionWe’ll watch the FRONTLINE film titled Being Mortal and Jaye will follow up with a discussion on how to handle end of life issues with open eyes and open hearts. Even if you’re not faced with it today, this is a great opportunity to get prepared for handling it with grace when you are.

Film Information

FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.


Jaye Van Dussen, Community Liaison, Hospice of Southern Maine


Assistance with Completing Advanced Directives

Hospice of Southern Maine

Carol Schoenberg, End of Life Educator
207-289-3640 or

Maine Health

Health Educators and Learning Resource Centers
1-866-609-5183 or


100 Campus Dr #122
Scarborough, Me 04074

5 Bucknam Rd
Falmouth, Me 04105

Intro to Herbs: Dreaming Your Herb Garden into Being
Thursday, January 24th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Herb Garden PotsWhat a beautiful, intimate, and deeply healing relationship you are creating, whether in a yard or in potted plants. Consider your own personal health goals, as this will support you in determining who you may want to invite to be a part of your magic space. We’ll speak briefly of strategies for building a garden bed, then of moist/dry and sun/shade considerations. We’ll allow time and space for intuition to come forth and for questions to be answered. You will leave inspired and with confidence.


Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs [ More About Mischa ]


Intro to Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp
Thursday, January 10th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cannabis Plant with Medical SymbolCannabis is a medicinal plant that has been used since ancient times. There’s no doubt that it has become shrouded in controversy and confusion. At Coastal, we get many questions surrounding it’s many forms and uses. It’s become evident that education on the legitimacy of its power to treat various conditions is sorely needed. Nurse practitioner, Jay Reighley will be here to share her extensive knowledge of the topic and answer your questions.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Derivatives and forms of cannabis
  • Cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors (how cannabis works in your body)
  • Strains of cannabis
  • Difference between cannabis and hemp
  • CBD and THC
  • Over-the-counter vs medical card requirement
  • Laboratory testing for strength and purity
  • Dosing
  • Role of the  caregiver (one who assists with medical marijuana treatment)


Jay Reighley, APRN, Nurse Practitioner at Integr8 Health  [More About Jay]

Accompanying Article

For a primer, check out Jay’s article The Long Journey of Cannabis Medicine.

Presentation Slides

To download the presentation slides, visit

YouTube Video

Intro to Herbs: Culinary Herbs to Support the Immune System
Tuesday, November 27th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

With pizzazz and a bit of magic lore, we’ll explore the herbs and condiments you have in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator door that will support you as we move into the winter months. Come away with trust in your body’s capacity to keep you warm and healthy through the season, with a pinch of this and a bit of that.


Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs [ More About Mischa ]

Facebook Live Video

Implementing an Anti-inflammatory Nutrition Plan
Thursday, November 8th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Anti-Inflammatory FoodsInflammation is at the root of many disease states. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can be a huge part of treating chronic pain, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and depression. This talk will guide you through implementing an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan for life. Steph will use The Inflammation Syndrome: Your Nutrition Plan for Great Health, Weight Loss, and Pain-Free Living as a guide, so you can go home with a comprehensive resource at your fingertips.


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, The Holistic Health Approach [ More About Steph ]

Facebook Live Video

Intro to Hospice: Guiding You Through End of Life Planning and Care
Thursday, November 1st
6:00 – 7:30 pm

It’s common to think of hospice only when someone is in their final days and it’s time to “keep them comfortable.” Hospice is so much more than that. It’s about working with caring people who listen and guide you and your family through a very difficult time. Although it may be difficult, the sooner you have the discussion the better. Jaye will be here to explain what hospice is and what services are available to help us “live until we die.” It’s not about giving up, it’s about easing into death as prepared as you can be. Hospice helps the whole family do just that.

Learning about hospice before it’s a necessity makes the concept so much easier. So even if your needs aren’t imminent, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more.


Jaye Van Dussen, Community Liaison, Hospice of Southern Maine

Anxious to Awesome: Mindhacks for a Peaceful and Powerful Life
Thursday, October 18th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

In this workshop, you will learn how to leverage neuroscience, mindset, your energy field, and the Law of Attraction to dial down stress and ramp up success! Master your mind and you will unleash your life with a toolbox of tricks that work with the bartender in your brain and the power of your thoughts! This is NOT your average stress relief workshop!


Bambi Thompson, Brain Coach and Speaker – Anxiety Transformation and Success Acceleration

Bambi is a non-medication anxiety specialist, transformational speaker and brain coach for success acceleration and anxiety transformation. She’s the co-founder of the Corporate Unicorn’s Women’s Success Summit in Maine, co-author of Dare to Be Authentic, and the former producer and host of Power Me Up Radio on the Amazing Women of Power Network. Bambi combines her background as an Occupational Therapist with her knowledge of brain science, metaphysics, energy medicine, and the Law of Attraction to revolutionize her clients for success, to transcend limitation, optimize performance, and activate your personal power.

Learn More About Bambi

Smoothie Workshop: Mastering Healthy Breakfasts on the Go
Monday, September 24th
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Smoothie and BlenderSmoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into a quick and on-the-go form. Whether your aim is to get more protein or veggies into your diet or you’re looking to pack in some functional foods (foods with possible health benefits beyond essential nutrition), smoothies can be a great addition to your diet. Tammy will cover the health benefits of various ingredients and will make different recipes for sampling. The recipes will address the following concerns:

  • energy to get you through until lunch,
  • inflammation/joint health,
  • immunity, and
  • hormone balancing.

Smoothies make it easy to incorporate power-packed, targeted nutrition into your day!

Workshop Leader
Tammy Lynne Nonni, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Tammy is a Mom, a marine mammal responder & volunteer, a photographer, an herbalist & a health coach. She has healed herself through diet & wellness practices & prevention in dealing with high blood pressure & panic/anxiety disorder. She helps her clients heal their whole being in regards to health & wellness. She helps people make healthy lifestyle choices for lasting change.

Autumn Herb Walk at Deering Oaks Park
Tuesday, September 18th
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Mischa Schuler

As the light shifts, on the week of the Equinox, we’ll visit with the plants as their energy moves back into their roots in preparation for the seasonal changes ahead. We will visit with these extraordinary beings in their later stage of growth – observing seed strategies and marveling at how much the Earth has to offer. Our evening will be rich in herbal folklore, laughter, and understanding of how to incorporate our new plant friends into daily Life.

Meet at the Deering Oaks Park east parking lot. The address is roughly 356 State Street. The walk will be a leisurely quarter mile (approximately) with stops along the way.

Walk Leader

Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs [ More About Mischa ]

Grand Relocation Party
Thursday, July 12th
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Happy hour: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

We’ve been at our new location (29 Marginal Way) for about 6 months now and we couldn’t be happier. Customers love the bright open space and improved parking. We love being in a space that makes it easier to help you. Now that we’ve settled in, it’s time to celebrate!

The day will be full of

  • product samples,
  • vendor demos,
  • prize drawings and
  • the first 20 customers with a $150 or more purchase get a free Coastal canvas beach bag!

We’ll also have happy hour from 4:00 – 7:00, with snacks, Sebago Brewing Company beer, Herbal Revolution shrubs (drinking vinegars), and more!

Price drawings include:

  • Products from
    • MegaFood whole food supplements
    • Host Defense mushroom supplements
    • Carlson award-winning nutritional supplements
    • Natural beauty and personal care products
  • Gift certificates from Bayside independent businesses such as Bayside Bowl and Leavitt & Sons deli.

Slow Medicine, Lasting Relief:  A Chinese Medicine Approach to Lyme Disease and Other Chronic Illness
Thursday, May 31st
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Lyme disease is on the rise, as is a host of other chronic “inflammatory” illnesses.  Join Chinese medicine expert Alexandra Gilmore for this lively, informative discussion.  How does Chinese medicine approach these frustrating, debilitating, and often recalcitrant conditions?  What different perspectives and alternative treatment options does Chinese medicine have to offer?

In this dynamic presentation we’ll discuss:

  • why deep healing takes time
  • the body as a garden (not a fortress)
  • why some bodies are susceptible to outside influences while others seem not to be
  • the benefits of systems-based thinking (and of not losing the forest for the trees)
  • why Chinese medicine doesn’t need a Western medical diagnosis to be effective


Alexandra Gilmore, LAc, MAcOM, ATX Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Alexandra Gilmore, LAc, MAcOM, has been called a “Dr. House” of Chinese medicine; she enjoys unraveling complex cases that leave other practitioners stumped.  She is committed to excellence, and works in deep partnership with her patients in the service of transforming their health status and reaching their highest possible vitality.

Learn More About Alex

21-Day Holistic Detox Primer
Wednesday, May 30th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Stephanie Walsh, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach will be here for an in-depth talk on where toxins hide in your environment, why a detox is important for health and weight loss, and how to follow her 21-Day Holistic Detox program to get the results you’ve been striving for! This is the kickoff to the 21-Day Holistic Detox Program taking place from June 9th – 29th but will be beneficial to anyone who wishes to start a detox program.


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, owner of The Holistic Health Approach

Learn More About Steph

To learn more about the 21-Day Holistic Detox Program and to register, visit

Lyme Disease Town Hall with Area Health Practitioners
Wednesday, May 23rd
6:00 – 8:00 pm

If you “know Lyme” you most likely “know frustration.” Whether you’re in your initial stages of finding a diagnosis, deep into treatment or are supporting a loved one struggling with the disease, knowledge is one of your best defenses.

We’ve assembled a panel of Maine health practitioners who are fluent in treating Lyme disease. These individuals are passionate about helping those dealing with Lyme and are excited to share their knowledge with those who desperately need it.

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
More About Paula


Dr. Sean McCloy, MD, MPH, MA, Medical Director and Founder of Integrative Health Center of Maine
More About Dr. McCloy

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

Mary Penner MSN, FNP, Co-Founder of Therapia-Maine
More About Mary

Practitioner Event: The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Mucosal Immunity*
May 17th
6:30-8:30 pm

Exclusive Telecast of a new seminar by Dr. Datis Kharrazian

In this new cutting-edge seminar, Dr. Datis Kharrazian will present a detailed perspective of how mucosal immune function impacts brain function and mood, weight loss and metabolism, heart disease, and endocrine function, and will include a comprehensive review of the latest literature. A detailed understanding of the secretory IgA (SIgA) immunity and how to measure dysfunction in mucosal immune reactions using specific laboratory tests will be presented. Nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle strategies to support mucosal health in a clinical setting will be discussed.

Topics include:

  • How mucosal immune function impacts metabolism and obesity in the field of immunometabolics
  • How the mucosal immune system communicates with the brain through various cytokines and peptides and impacts memory, mood, and degenerative changes in the brain
  • The glutathione connection to mucosal function, intestinal microbiome, and inflammatory reactions
  • How the mucosal immune system develops from birth to childhood and throughout the lifespan
  • Recent research on how mucosal immunity impacts atherosclerosis and heart disease
  • How to evaluate mechanisms of the mucosal immune system

There will be time for questions and answers following the telecast.


A light, gluten, dairy, soy free dinner will be offered.

Sponsored by Apex Energetics

Inside Out – Chinese Medicine and Your Skin: Options, Agency, and Lasting Relief
Thursday, April 12th
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join Alexandra Gilmore, LAc, MAcOM, for a lively introduction to understanding skin health and skin dis-ease through the lens of Chinese medicine.

In this dynamic presentation you will learn:

  • the basics of maintaining healthy skin
  • several self-care rituals to support your skin, skin health, and healthy aging
  • foods to help you age well
  • how your current food choices may be impacting your skin health

You will also learn:

…you have options! There is more than one way to treat your skin concern(s).

…you have agency!  You need not be held hostage by the whims of your skin disease (or any disease).

…how your skin is reflecting your broader health–and you’ll leave with a better understanding of what it’s trying to tell you.


Alexandra Gilmore, LAc, MAcOM, ATX Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Alexandra is an acupuncturist and board-certified Chinese medicine herbalist with a specialty in and passion for treating skin disease with Chinese Medicine.  In 2012 she graduated at the top of her class from Mazin Al-Khafaji’s prestigious Chinese medicine dermatology diploma course in London, England.   She continues to study with Al-Khafaji on a regular basis, traveling across the US and abroad to learn, collaborate, and deepen her clinical skills.  She’s honored to be able to provide this specialized knowledge and service to southern Maine and New England, more broadly, and excited to share it with you!

Learn More About Alexa

21-Day Holistic Detox Primer
Thursday, April 5th
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Stephanie Walsh, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach will be here for an in-depth talk on where toxins hide in your environment, why a detox is important for health and weight loss, and how to follow her 21-Day Holistic Detox program to get the results you’ve been striving for! This is the kickoff to the 21-Day Holistic Detox Program taking place from April 7th – 27th but will be beneficial to anyone who wishes to start a detox program.


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, owner of The Holistic Health Approach

Learn More About Steph

To learn more about the 21-Day Holistic Detox Program and to register, visit

21-Day Holistic Detox Program
Saturday, April 7th through Friday, April 27th

Steph is back to offer her 21-day detox program that is designed to instill lasting change. You will receive both group and personal support with a program designed to make your detox as easy and effective as possible.

Program dates: Saturday, April 7th – Friday, April 27th
Cost: $175 (includes program support and required supplements)
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 26th
Program Kickoff Presentation: Thursday, April 5th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Mid-Detox Refresher: April 19th, 5:30 pm


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, Founder of The Holistic Health Approach

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Brain Food: The Connection Between Nutrition and Mental Health
Thursday, March 29th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Studies have shown that neurotransmitters (the “feel good” chemicals in the brain) are affected by the food we eat. Looking specifically at the link between nutrition and depression, serotonin-producing carbohydrates are key to improving overall mood and decreasing symptoms of depression. Though nutrition is an extremely important aspect of caring for the body and mind, Carolyn takes it a bit deeper by focusing on your relationship with food via modalities like intuitive eating. Developing a healthy relationship with food and exercise is essential to living a happy and fulfilled life. Food is not the enemy, it is here to nourish.

You will learn:

  • How food affects mood
  • What intuitive eating means
  • How a person can change their relationship with food and exercise
  • The role of the RDN


Carolyn Milles, RDN, LD, Registered Dietician Nutritionist and Founder of CV Wellbeing

Learn More About Carolyn

Understanding the Link Between Stress, Microbiota Dysbiosis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Thursday, February 22nd, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Dysbiosis occurs when you have a lack of good bacteria in your gut. Stress has been shown to imbalance the gut microbiota (aka your community of bugs living in your digestive tract) and even exacerbate IBS symptoms.  We are now learning that the gut microbiota may also play a role in IBS.  This presentation is meant to shed some light on this complicated condition.

You will learn:

  • How the body responds to stress
  • Six contributing factors of IBS symptoms
  • The role stress plays in IBS
  • How stress affects the gut microbiota
  • The role microbiota imbalance plays in IBS
  • Nutrition and lifestyle changes that may help reduce IBS symptoms

If you or someone you know suffers from IBS, this is a great informational event to signup for!


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, Founder of The Holistic Health Approach [ View Steph’s Bio ]

Buen Camino: Finding Your Way
Thursday, February 8th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

“Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
From The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

When we step away from our lives and take the time to reflect on our goals, our dreams, and our visions, we learn many lessons we may never have even thought of. Marsha Greenberg will be offering an interactive presentation sharing her journey walking the 500 mile Camino de Santiago and the lessons she learned along the way.

Attendees will:

  • Explore the lessons offered by the Camino de Santiago and how they apply to your life
  • Learn what’s involved in taking the next step on your path
  • Increase your understanding of the ability and courage you can access to have the life you want
  • Learn ways to feel inspired, while challenging yourself to accomplish your visions and goal
  • What makes you happy and brings joy to your life.

The new year often brings a renewed spirit of change and discovery. Join Marsha for an evening of story sharing and inspiration. You’ll leave motivated to become an active participant in your journey rather than just being along for the ride.

Marsha Greenberg, Writer, Instructor, Life Coach, and Adventurer, Buen Camino: Finding Your Way [ More About Marsha ]


Herbs for Menopause Support
Thursday, November 9, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Red Clovers with MugMenopause is an extraordinary time of transition and self-actualization. We’ll explore herbs that strengthen the nervous system, support the juicy parts of ourselves, and regulate hormones. We’ll talk about how to use food and herbs to maintain strong bones and healthy cognition. Mischa will also show you how to make a few herbal remedies and teas so you can see just how easy it is!  You’ll leave feeling confident in your capacity to generate a grounded transition for yourself.


Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs [ More About Mischa ]

Hormonal Balancing in Menopause and Perimenopause with Bethany Hays, MD
Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Practitioner EventThis event is for women’s health physicians, primary care physicians, internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, physician assistance and other healthcare professionals.


  • Develop a plan for prescribing nutraceuticals, diet, and lifestyle interventions to manage symptoms in women in perimenopause and menopause.
  • Apply treatment approaches for common PMS/menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood disorders, libido, osteoporosis, fibroids, endometriosis etc. using a practical algorithm for each.
  • Create a safe hormone replacement therapy based upon a concept that nature (if not disrupted by castration, disease or foreign chemicals) knows best in how to create balance in menopause. When HRT is needed we should follow her lead.

About Dr. Hays

Bethany Hays, MD, FACOG is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist who trained as a perinatologist, and practiced obstetrics for 29 years. Dr. Hays practiced and was the Medical Director of True North, a holistic health center in Falmouth, Maine, until its doors closed to patient care in 2016, after 14 years of changing healthcare in America. Using “Circle Process” described by Christina Baldwin and modified by those working at True North, the Circle created an integrative practice combining physicians and various other healing modalities. Dr. Hays found her way to the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1999, has been teaching for IFM since 2000, and is a current board member. She has been affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical School, University of New England, Dartmouth Medical School and Tufts Medical School. Teaching has always been a part of her work. She has been described as “earth-mother”, “fire-brand”, “innovator”, “trailblazer”, “trouble-maker” and a number of other less gracious monikers.

CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Coastal Pharmacy.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A Menopause Primer
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Menopause, defined as a year without a period, marks a major shift in a woman’s body. The years of hormone imbalance leading to menopause are considered perimenopause. The whole process can last up to a decade. As hormones shift and change over this time, what your body needs shifts and changes.  Luckily, there are a lot options available to support yourself through this time.

Carrie Levine and Jay will be here to provide the information you need to greet this phase of life with clear understanding.


Carrie Levine, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife and Founder of Whole Woman Health [More About Carrie]
Jay Reighley, APRN, Nurse Practitioner at Integr8 Health  [More About Jay]

Facebook Live Video

 October Gut Health Series

Digestive complaints are not the only sign of compromised gut health.  Did you know that brain fog, fatigue, depression, weight gain, acne, joint pain, allergies, chronic infections, thyroid problems and more all relate to the health of your gut?  In this Gut Health Series, learn what’s going on in your gut, how your food and mood are affecting your gut health, and the steps you can take to get back on track to a healthier, happier you!

Attending at least one of the 4-week series will be beneficial, but why not sign up for the entire series!  Each week builds your knowledge of the digestive tract and enhances your chance of optimizing your gut health.

Series Leader

Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, Founder of The Holistic Health Approach [ More About Steph ]

Week 1 –  In One End and Out the Other: The Whats of the Guts
Thursday, October 5, 5:30 pm

Do you really know your gut? Get to know the soups-to-nuts, from tongue to bum, of your digestive tract.  You’ll learn the anatomy of your digestive tract, how your gut processes the food you eat, and why those little bugs called your microbiome are so important.  This is where health starts. Learning how it all works will help you make healthy decisions and analyze where there may be an issue.

Facebook Live Video

Week 2 –  Eat Your Greens and Gasoline: What You Don’t Know You’re Eating
Thursday, October 12, 5:30 pm

Ever wonder what those unpronounceable ingredients are in your food? There are a lot of hidden toxins in our food supply.  You’ll learn where those toxins are coming from (hint: think of your car’s gas tank), how pesticides and other toxins effect your overall health and why gut health is important in protecting you from these insults.  Get the biggest bang for your health buck. Learning which foods and products are effecting your health – both positively and negatively – will help you become a more informed, savvy shopper and improve your health.

Facebook Live Video

Week 3 – Fatigue, Fogginess, Fear and Food: What Your Brain May be Telling You
Thursday, October 19, 5:30 pm

Gut health is key to brain health! What you eat can either support or compromise your brain activity.  You’ll learn about the gut-brain connection, how stress and depression or anxiety effect your gut health, and what foods or supplements are vital for optimal gut and brain health.  This is a key component to the secret of happiness. Learning how your gut health effects your mood, and vice versa, will help you make the nutrition and lifestyle changes that will keep you healthy and happy.

Facebook Live Video

Week 4 of the October Gut Health Series
Don’t Worry, I’ve Gut This! Your Road to a Healthy Gut
<brThursday, October 26, 5:30 pm

Knowledge is power, and now you’ve got the power to optimize your gut health! You’ll learn several lifestyle steps you can take to support your digestive tract, improve your gut health and live a happier, healthier life!  Bring it all together. Understanding the steps you can take to enhance your gut health will help you continue making healthy changes that set you on the path to optimizing your health, your weight and your life!

Facebook Video

Gene-Based Health: Change Your Destiny with Lifestyle Planning
Saturday, September 23, 10:00 -11:30 AM


Your family’s health history is not your health destiny. Your genes tell an important story about your health risks and potential. You can rewrite that story by planning your lifestyle around your genes. In this way, you learn to work with your genetic code rather than against it.

Dr. Mueller will discuss what we can learn from genetic testing and how it helps determine what lifestyle habits will work best with your genetic makeup.

For more information, view Dr. Mueller’s informational video at


Dr. Rudy Mueller, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Fellow, and co-founder of Precision Health in Scarborough [ More About Dr. Mueller ]

Facebook Live Video

Autumn Equinox Herb Walk at Back Cove
Thursday, September 21, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Mischa Schuler

As the light shifts, on the eve of the Equinox, we’ll visit with the plants as their energy moves back into their roots in preparation for the seasonal changes ahead. We will visit with these extraordinary beings in their later stage of growth – observing seed strategies and marveling at how much the Earth has to offer. Our evening will be rich with herbal folklore, laughter, and understanding of how to incorporate our new plant friends into daily Life. Meet at Coastal Wellness at 84 Marginal Way (parking in the building) and we’ll walk to Back Cove together. It will be a leisurely quarter mile (approximately) with stops along the way.

Walk Leader

Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs [ More About Mischa ]

Medicinal Plant Walk Around Back Cove
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Mischa Schuler

As the plants reawaken to spring, we will visit with these extraordinary beings in their young stages of growth – learning to recognize their patterns across the refreshed spring landscape. Our evening will be rich with herbal folklore, laughter, and understanding of how to incorporate our new plant friends into daily life. We will be meeting at Coastal and walking a leisurely half mile (as Mischa puts it… it’s more like an herb stop and talk). Plan to bring boots in case it’s muddy!

Walk Leader

Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Owner of Wild Carrot Herbs

The Dynamic Healing Power of Homeopathy
Saturday, May 6, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

In this workshop, you will discover the Dynamic Healing Power of Homeopathy, learn a quick overview of its history and healing principles, and gain a basic understanding of how to apply Homeopathic remedies to everyday situations, emergencies, and acute illnesses.

Understand: Quick review of the principles of homeopathy and classical medicine and the practical overview of potency use.

Learn: How to use remedies for acute illnesses such as flu, fevers, and First aid including concussions, bruises, cuts, burns, tick bites, stings, sprains, and discomfort after dental work. Allergies, jet lag, and emotional trauma due to grief or anxiety will also be covered.

Discover: How to take an acute case and apply this safe, gentle and natural therapeutics with quick, effective, and maximum results.

For a preview of what Betsey will be teaching, read her article The Dynamic Healing Power of Homeopathy.

$10 FEE FOR THIS EVENT. The fee will be collected onsite.


Betsey Beaven
Betsey is one of the co-founders of Bloodroot restaurant, vegetarian cookbook author, and former food critic. She has been involved with homeopathy for over 15 years. Read more about Betsey at

The Realities of Parenthood
Thursday, March 30
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Life with a new baby brings a lot of changes. There are many joys but there can be a lot of challenges as well. Ellen & Tricia will share the realities of being a new parent along with creating a postpartum plan to ease the transition.

Babies in arms are welcome!

Discussion Leaders

Tricia Albert, OTR/L, CLC, owner of Blooming Into Motherhood [Bio]
Ellen Kunkle, CCE, facilitator of the Mothering Circle at Maine Medical Center in Falmouth [Bio]

Customer Appreciation Event
Wednesday, March 1
4:00 – 7:00 pm

It’s our 1 year anniversary! Come celebrate with us and let us treat you to drawings, samples, demonstrations. snacks, and 20% off your entire purchase (excludes prescriptions and cafe items).

Participating vendors include:

Mad Gab’s
New Chapter
Rainbow Light
Renew Life
Zen Bear
Cape Whoopies
Chewy Chewy Yum Yums
Coffee by Design
Spindrift Seltzer
Two Fat Cats

No registration required. 

21-Day Holistic Detox Program Kickoff
Thursday, February 23
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Stephanie Walsh, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach will be back for a more in-depth talk on where toxins hide in your environment, why a detox is important for health and weight loss, and how to follow her 21-Day Holistic Detox program to get the results you’ve been striving for! This is the kickoff to the 21-Day Holistic Detox Program taking place from March 6-26, but will be beneficial to anyone who wishes to start a detox program.


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, owner of The Holistic Health Approach

To learn more about the 21-Day Holistic Detox Program and to register, visit

New Mom Discussion: Exercise in Pregnancy and Postpartum
Tuesday, January 17
6:00 – 7:00 pm

In this discussion, we will talk about safe exercise guidelines during pregnancy and postpartum. This includes what types of exercises are recommended or to be avoided, exercise intensity and the benefits to you and your baby. Bring your questions, as every woman’s level of fitness and exercise needs, are different!

Discussion Leaders

Nancy Charlebois, PT, LMT, Jade Integrated Health
Tricia Albert, OTR/L, CLC, owner of Blooming Into Motherhood
Ellen Kunkle, CCE, facilitator of the Mothering Circle at Maine Medical Center in Falmouth

**Partners in parenting and babies in arms are welcome!**

Detoxing for Long-Term Health
Monday, January, 23
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Detoxification is a great way to eliminate the negative effects the environment has on your body. Food additives, chemicals, pollutants, and medications are among the major offenders.

Certified nutrition therapist and eating psychology coach Stephanie Walsh will teach you where toxins may be hiding in your life and how simple changes can detox your body now and well beyond for long term health.


Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, owner of The Holistic Health Approach


Wednesday, December 14
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness Gift BoxDIY Gift Boxes

Create customized gift boxes for your friends and family with healthy items from Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness. We will provide the boxes and packaging supplies and will offer 10% off items used in your gift boxes.* We’ll start you off with some ideas below, but there are many more possibilities. Staff will help you select items that are perfect for those special people in your life.

  • Pampering: aromatic natural soaps, candles, and lotions
  • Aromatherapy: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy and a variety of essential oils
  • Winter health: vitamins and supplements essential to immunity and seasonal health
  • Essentials Pack: vitamins everyone should take such as vitamin D, multivitamin, and fish oil
  • Stress relief: Mental Calm anxiety and stress relief supplement, Badger sleep balm, rose and lavender essential oils
  • Sports nutrition: SFH protein powder and recovery powder, fish oil, creatine supplement,  and Badger sore muscle rub
  • Mom-to-Be: prenatal vitamins, pregnant belly salve, and nipple cream

*Excludes baked goods and pastries.

Wednesday, November 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Boost Your Immunity with ElderberryElderberry - The Bailey Farm

Do you want to be virus-free this winter? Join us to learn how the super high antioxidant value of elderberry has been grown, processed and used to fight colds and fever, respiratory ailments, flu, herpes simplex and inflammation for thousands of years in Europe and native cultures. Hippocrates called elderberry “the people’s medicine chest.”

Abbie Sewall, grower of certified organic elderberry at The Bailey Farm in Freeport, will enlighten the audience on the powerful health benefits of elderberry and how to process it into juice, syrup and shrub tonic. She will also share the history and folklore of this amazing plant, known since Celtic times as “the Protector of the Garden.” Every garden should have one, everyone can learn how to boost their immune systems and be virus free.

Abbie SewallFounder of The Bailey Farm and Health Coach, Immunity First

Tuesday, November 15
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Sick MomNew Mom Discussion: Staying Healthy Naturally During Cold and Flu Season

This month we’ll discuss natural ways for parents to help their families stay healthy during cold and flu season.

Acupuncturist/herbalist Naomi Skoglund from Six Branches Family Acupuncture will join series facilitator Tricia Albert OTR/L, CLC* to share natural immune-boosting tips including foods to eat and avoid and massage you can use with your little ones to give their immune systems a boost! This is an interactive discussion, so bring your questions and concerns.

Babies in arms and partners in parenting are welcome!

Discussion Leaders

Naomi Skoglund, L.Ac., owner of Six Branches Family Acupuncture
View Naomi’s Biography

Tricia Albert, OTR/L, CLC, owner of Blooming Into Motherhood
View Tricia’s Biography

*Co-facilitator Ellen Kunkle can’t make it but will be back in January.

Saturday, October 29
8:15 am – 2:30 pm
centerforwellnessleadership_symposium-sqCenter for Wellness Leadership Symposium: Integrative Health in Athletic Performance

The Center for Wellness Leadership is thrilled to announce the 2016 Symposium on Integrative Health in Athletic Performance. CWL is bringing together leading practitioners in integrative Health and athletes who will share their expertise using integrative and alternative approaches complement conventional medicine.

  • Keynote: Integrating Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Homeopathy and Naturopathy for Injury Preventative and Treatment
  • Chinese Medicine and Osteopathy for Athletic Injury
  • Q&A with Professional Athletes and Coaches

Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness was a proud sponsor of this event.

View Pictures From the Event

Wednesday, October 26
5:30 – 7:00 pm
breast-self-checkThe Full Picture of Breast Health

Maintaining breast health is a combination of healthy habits and using effective detection tools. Learn disease prevention steps as well as the capabilities of thermography* in diagnosing issues. Through knowledge and action, we increase our chances of maintaining breast health.

*Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a noninvasive method of taking a picture of your body. The picture displays heat patterns in the body which can show infection, tumors or vascular issues.


Carrie Levine, CNM
Founder of Whole Woman Health
View Carrie’s Biography

Ingrid LeVasseur, BA, CCT
Founder of Inner Image Clinical Thermography
View Ingrid’s Biography

Monday, October 17
6:00 – 7:00 pm
New Mom Discussion: Introducing Solids to Your Baby

Baby Eating WatermelonBabies in arms and partners in parenting are welcome!

Discussion Leaders

Tricia Albert, OTR/L, CLC
View Tricia’s Biography

Ellen Kunkle, CCE
View Ellen’s Biography

Wednesday, September 21
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Dementia-StopPreventing Dementia: The Future Is in Your Hands

The incidence of neurodegenerative disorders including dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s is on the rise. There are preventive steps you can take to reduce the incidence and/or the progression of these disorders. Find out more about the various disorders and what you can do about them. Attend for your own health or to support a loved one already coping with a disorder.

Carrie Levine, CNM
Founder of Whole Woman Health
View Carrie’s Biography

Tuesday, September 20
6:00 – 7:00 pm
New Mom Discussion Series: Finding Balance as a New Mom

New-MomNew moms have a lot to balance: learning an incredibly important role, maintaining a healthy relationship with her partner, feeding schedules, sleeping schedules, and the often overlooked need for personal identity and space. Join Tricia and Ellen in discussing how to maintain a balance that offers more peace of mind. This is an interactive discussion, so bring your questions and concerns.

Babies in arms and partners in parenting are welcome!

Discussion Leaders

Tricia Albert, OTR/L, CLC
View Tricia’s Biography

Ellen Kunkle, CCE
View Ellen’s Biography

August 17, 2016
An Open Discussion on Breastfeeding
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Breastfeeding-BabyBeing a new mother is both incredibly rewarding and incredibly hard. Making the choice to breastfeed adds a level of complexity that cannot fully be appreciated until you experience it first-hand. Join us for an open and honest discussion of the benefits of breastfeeding and handling the unique challenges that come with it. Whether you are planning for the future or have already started, this discussion is for you. Bring your questions and Tricia, Ellen and Carrie will bring their knowledge and compassion.

There will be samples of Motherlove products which are 20% off through August as well as a raffle for two Motherlove packs (Green Salve, Nipple Cream, Diaper Rash & Thrush cream and Birth & Baby Oil). Event participants will receive 20% off their entire store purchase, after the event.

Partners in parenting and babies in arms are welcome.


Tricia Albert, OTR/L, CLC
Tricia is a national board certified pediatric occupational therapist and lactation counselor, specializing in infant and toddler feeding with Blooming into Motherhood in Scarborough. She has been working with new mothers and children for over 20 years.

Ellen Kunkle, CCE
Ellen is a certified childbirth educator at Maine Medical Center and a postpartum doula with Full Circle Doula Services, providing education, guidance, and support to new moms, babies, and families. She also facilitates the Mothering Circle, a new mother’s support group offered through Maine Medical Center in Falmouth.

Carrie Levine, MSN, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife and Founder of Whole Woman Health in Newcastle. Her practice focuses on integrating the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health care for women. The first part of Carrie’s career was spent attending births and caring for women during the childbearing year.

July 20, 2016
5:30-7:00 pm
Woman Talk: Thyroid HealthCarrie Levine - Whole Woman Health

Speaker: Carrie Levine, CNM, Founder of Whole Woman Health

Learn basic thyroid physiology, comprehensive testing, nutritional support, and conventional treatment. Program attendees will receive 15% off their entire purchase (excluding prescriptions), following the presentation.

June 22, 2016
Woman Talk – Adrenals
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Carrie Levine - Whole Woman Health

Speaker: Carrie Levine, CNM, Founder of Whole Woman Health

Stressed and wired? Wired and tired? Tired and depleted? Come learn about your adrenals and how they influence energy, sleep, hormone balance, weight, and blood sugar.

June 9, 2016
Five Blood Tests You Need to Know For Yourself
5:30-7:00 pm

Speaker: Richard Maurer, ND, Author of The Blood Code
Richard Maurer - The Blood CodeHave you heard that you should follow a low carb diet? Or maybe you heard you should eat low fat or reduce animal protein? Diet recommendations should not come from a fad diet book or from a brochure in a doctor’s office, they should come from within you. Results from a few blood tests offer a broad insight into the way your diet, nutrition and fitness effect your metabolism. Fortunately, direct labs have made it easy for most people to get blood test results anywhere in the country. In this workshop, Dr. Maurer demystifies the meaning of five simple blood tests that offer a bang-for-the-buck explanation of your metabolism—What disease risks lurk and what to do about it.

May 25, 2016
Woman Talk – Digestive Wellness
5:30-7:00 pm

Carrie Levine - Whole Woman HealthSpeaker: Carrie Levine, CNM, Founder of Whole Woman Health

Digestive imbalance is at the root of inflammation. Come learn how the gastrointestinal system is central to health and wellness.

May 13, 2016
Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness Grand Opening Party
2:00 – 7:00 pm
Happy Hour 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Grand-OpeningThere will be lots of giveaways and vendor demonstrations. Participating vendors include:

  • Bedrock Tree Farm
  • Bee Well Massage
  • Cape Whoopies
  • Cellar Door Winery
  • Chaga Mountain
  • Chewy Chewy Yum Yums
  • Good Natured
  • Host Defense Mushrooms
  • Honey Girl Organics
  • Little Lads
  • Mad Gabs
  • Megafood
  • Renew Life
  • Two Fat Cats
  • Urban Farm Fermentory
  • Urban Moonshine
  • Zen Bear Honey Tea

Happy hour appetizers and beverages from Urban Farm Fermentory and Cellar Door Winery will be served from 5:00-7:00.

Coastal Community members receive 20% off their entire purchase May 13th and 14th.

May 12
Book Signing and Discussion  with Sasha Rose, N.D., LAc
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Dr. Sasha Rose will be here to discuss the brain-gut connection and sign copies of her book Digestive Relief for Life. Visit the nutritional health and wellness area of our store to view or purchase the book.


May 4
DIY Essential Oils Class – Spring Cleaning!
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wyndmere Essential Oils will be here to cover the benefits of using natural products in your cleaning. Using natural products is both healthier for you and better for the environment. This is a do-it-yourself class so you will be creating your own cleaning mix and bringing home a recipe card for your future cleaning needs.

To learn more about essential oils, view Maureen Petone’s essential oils blog post.

This class is limited to 15 participants. Please contact Maureen at if you will be attending.

April 4 – April 9, 2016
Conventional Vitamin Swap
Nutrition and Wellness Department

rainbow-light-productsBring in any conventional multivitamin supplement (i.e. Centrum, One A Day, etc) from Monday, April 4th to Saturday, April 9th. You will learn the differences between natural and conventional vitamins and receive a one month supply of Rainbow Light multivitamins. Your choice of the  Women’s One Multivitamin or Men’s One Multivitamin. Samples of Rainbow Light’s Bear Essentials, Allergy Rescue, Pain-Eze and BerryD-Licious Vitamin D3 will also be available and you will be entered for a chance to win the book Grow It Heal it by Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner.

  • Rainbow Light is the first, original “food-based” multivitamin with a base of organic spirulina.
  • All Rainbow Light products are 100% natural and gentle on the stomach.
  • All Rainbow Light products are 3rd party tested and non-GMO and organic whenever possible.
  • All Rainbow Light products have plant sourced digestive enzymes which provide easy absorption.

Read more about Rainbow Light’s purity standards.