Desiree Blankenship

Desiree Blankenship

After working as a mental health counselor for 26 years, Desiree Blankenship decided it was time for a career change.

“More and more of my clients were put on medications at younger and younger ages, and they weren’t healing,” she said. “So I began to study natural medicine and holistic healing, and I did a lot of that for my clients.”

Blankenship spent four years diving into ancient medicine, learning how food and plants can be used to heal people. She also learned that people heal on three levels — mind, body and spirit — and that they cannot separate one from the other.

Today, Blankenship is a spiritual healer, holistic life coach and co-owner of the Balance With Nature Center, located in Suite 10 of the Shaw Center at 124 E. Main St. Blankenship’s business partner, George Ballinger, is a certified biofeedback technician.

Balance With Nature, which opened in March, offers a variety of therapies such as nutrition, herbal remedies, spiritual coaching and meditation. The goal is to find natural, non-drug treatments for the center’s clients.

Blankenship said she wants to show people that they can take steps to heal themselves.

“I don’t want to be anybody’s healer for very long,” she said. “I want to give you tools and skills so that you, now, can become your healer and pass it on.”

Balance with Nature is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Individual sessions at other times are available by appointment.

The center offers free classes about essential oils at 2 and 6 p.m. Mondays, as well as classes on other topics at noon Wednesdays and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays. There may be a $10 fee for some classes, depending on whether handouts are distributed.

People who want to learn more about Balance With Nature should mark their calendars for a pre-holiday open house, which will run from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the center. The event, dubbed “What a Girl Wants,” will offer tips for natural health and beauty.

Balance With Nature is also teaming up with Kindful Hospice to present “Living at the End of Life,” a community education event about end-of-life issues. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Nov. 17 in the large meeting room at Ada Public Library, 124 S. Rennie Ave.

For more information, call Blankenship at 580-380-1844.. Check out the center’s Facebook page for updates and class schedules.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.

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