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The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Turtle Island Massage Therapy offer health services in the south Osborne area. One is a new arrival while the other is a familiar favorite.


It has been more than 10 years since Turtle Island opened in a house on the west side of Osborne. Four years later this owner-operated massage therapy clinic moved across Osborne to a larger location at 562 Osborne St. Four massage therapists and a reflexologist are kept busy attending to approximately 500 clients.


A Turtle Island employee said the clinic attracts patients from south Osborne, River Heights, Fort Rouge and outside the city. While many of them are there for general health maintenance, others want to address specific injuries.


Patients can book a 30-minute massage or opt for a longer, two-hour massage.  


Another option is reflexology, a deep tissue foot massage based on the belief that points on the foot correspond to points on the body.


Massage therapy is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Turtle Island is also open some Saturdays during the winter months.


Further south on Osborne, a new pharmacy recently opened its door. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 660 Osborne St. is an owner-operated franchise. This is the sixth Medicine Shoppe to open in Winnipeg for the Edmonton-based company.


"This is a community pharmacy with the focus on the patient," said Jason Hoeppner, the pharmacist in charge of the new location. "I will get to know patients and try to be as accessible as possible."


Hoeppner graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2001. He previously worked at the Dominion Centre Shoppers Drug Mart and for St. Boniface Hospital, where he specialized in pharmaceutical treatment in the cardiology and intensive care units. He is also certified as an advanced cardiology pharmacist and as a diabetes educator.


Hoeppner is planning to offer healthy living events once a month at his shop. Free bone density testing will be offered during the last week of September.


You can find both over-the-counter medicines and natural health products in the pharmacy. Hoeppner is in contact with wholesalers who offer alternative products, such as Tecnu, for treating the effects of poison ivy.


"The goals are to get what the customers want and to meet people’s needs," he said.


The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Dianne Doney is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge. You can contact her at diannemary@hotmail.com.

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