Located in the Short Hills Surgery Center, the renovated 2,500 square foot space is four times what practitioners Cristina de La Mar and Phil Veneziano had in Maplewood Village. After signing the lease, they knocked down walls, upgraded lighting, covered surfaces with warm colors and eclectic accent pieces. “We love working here because we set it up to flow with us,” de La Mar said.
Mood Lighting and Warm Tones Relax Patients
Each room is laid out with attention to detail. A water sculpture softly trickles down one wall while golden Balinese carvings brighten others. Calming music and low light filter through the waiting area. “Lighting is really important to us because it creates the mood,” Veneziano said. “We want people to relax before they go into the next space,” de La Mar added, describing the intentional atmosphere.
Seven Point Wellness celebrates the opening of their newly expanded clinic with an Open House on Sat. Nov. 11th, Noon – 2:00 p.m. Drop in and say hello, tour the clinic and enjoy a little food, drink and merriment. There will include a 15 minute- demonstration at 1:00 p.m., along with a question and answer session about “Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine” and its role in healthcare, fitness, preventative medicine.
Veneziano and de La Mar, partners in life as well as business, said the new space is flexible and full of possibilities. At the end of the hallway, two large wooden tables anchor a conference room along with a smart TV and a mini-kitchen. It’s a room designed to hold seminars, demonstrations, community meetings.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Women’s Health and Martial Arts Seminars to Come
De La Mar said she would like to lead a series of women’s health classes beginning with pregnancy and cycling through adolescence to menopause. Veneziano said he wants to teach martial arts and seminars that demonstrate the depth and breadth of traditional Chinese medicine. “It’s not just for pain,” Veneziano said, noting he treats patients for diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments in addition to injuries. “Most people don’t know it’s a complete medicine.”
The duo takes a holistic approach to health incorporating acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies, and other treatments, along with psychological aspects of wellbeing. To determine what’s happening in a patient’s life, they look beyond physical symptoms to diet, habits and routines. Most importantly, they said they listen, so they can help patients make changes. “We don’t want to just ‘Band-Aid’ something,” Veneziano said. “We want to understand why this happened.”
“It’s really about hearing their story,” de La Mar said describing their extensive intake process. While de La Mar and Veneziano each have their own specialty, and now their own office, clients can see either or both depending on need. “At the root of every illness is an emotional ‘something’,” Veneziano said. “You have to look at the whole picture.”
Growing the Practice and Looking for the Right Fit
While each continues to see patients twice a week on alternate days at their New York City office, local business is growing. In fact, they are hiring. They are looking for a receptionist to manage the new, curved front desk. They are also seeking another professional practitioner to sublet one of the four new treatment rooms. While they are open to possibilities, Veneziano said they want “someone who fits in with the vibe here.” Cristina laughed and said “Drum therapy wouldn’t work.”