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Parusia Purohit and Chris Mendoza are passionate about creating their own unique brand of community health.
The result of the collaboration between nurse practitioner Purohit and pharmacist Mendoza is Purohit Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Prairie Health Apothecary in St. Vital.
According to its website, Purohit Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Prairie Health Apothecary — which is located at 120-600 St. Anne’s Rd. — is an allied semi-private family practice and pharmacy focusing on holistic care.
"There’s not a pairing quite like this in Manitoba," said Mendoza, whose resume includes 13 years working at Shoppers Drug Mart on Dakota Street. "We work as a team to give complete health-care."
Mendoza, who lives in River Park South, said the pair opened the clinic and apothecary to give community members a holistic health-care option, which is tailored, in part, to the evolving needs of individuals and the demands modern life places on them.
"I think this comes at the perfect time, as more and more people are finding it difficult to follow up with someone about their health and wellness when they have a million things on the go," Mendoza said, noting she is also a certified diabetes educator.
"One of the many things we do here is work with patients with diabetes to go over their medication and look at their overall health. We both agree that your health encompasses every part of your life. For example, lots of people don’t think that diet impacts health, but it does. And sometimes, it’s not always about what you need to eliminate from your diet, but what you can modify and have in moderation. Sometimes it’s not about making drastic changes, but about looking at what you’re already doing and tweaking it."
Since opening in the spring, the clinic and apothecary have become a hive of holistic health activity. The facility’s programs include a walking club on Sunday mornings, which includes a 30-minute group walk in south St. Vital, and a Sing to Breathe group on Monday evenings — there’s a session for kids aged five to 10, and a session for adults aged 18 and older. Purohit has also recently partnered with the Breakfast Club of Canada and Winnipeg Harvest to create the Breakfast2Go program.
Purohit — who graduated from the faculty of nursing at the University of Manitoba, received her master’s in nursing (nurse practitioner) in 2013, and has worked at various health care facilities in Winnipeg — said she is passionate about the well-being of her different patients, and starting the clinic and apothecary has helped her "give back to the community."
"Especially at this time of year in Winnipeg, where we have very long winters, it’s important to help engage people in different activities," said Purohit, who lives in Royalwood.
"As well, we shouldn’t discount the affects social isolation can have on people’s health, and there’s a big community-building aspect to what we’re doing, in terms of networking and building relationships. It’s so important for me to be able to do this because for me, the best cure for things is prevention. You need to treat the mind, body and soul, and the mind and soul are also very connected to health."
When initially thinking about the design, decoration and colour concepts of the building, Purohit said the pair wanted to create a warm, welcoming environment.
"When people walk in, we want them to feel healthy right away, so we tried to create an ambiance to make people feel at ease," she said.
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