When COVID Came to Whitefish

By Kristen Schepker

The COVID pandemic, which began as a “big city” issue, is now upending daily life in rural areas that once appeared immune to its dangers.

I live in such an area, and I’m witnessing first-hand how the pandemic—and its economic, social, and political dynamics—can wreak havoc in a small country town.

A hiking trail in Glacier National Park. Over the summer, COVID hit the towns around this and other Montana landmarks, causing social and economic upheaval.

As a former long-time resident of San Francisco, I relocated to Whitefish—a town of about 7,500 people in western Montana—in the Spring of 2019, just months before COVID swept the globe.

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The Aging Brain: Evidence-Based Interventions for Brain Health

Written by Erik Goldman

Age-associated cognitive decline is one of the nation’s most pressing health issues. Every day in the US, roughly 10,000 people reach their 65th birthdays. People over 65 years of age now represent almost 15% of the total population. Octogenarians are the fastest growing age bracket.

As these trends continue, the need for effective clinical strategies to support and sustain brain health will become increasingly urgent. Fortunately, there are effective nutritional and lifestyle-based approaches that can promote healthy brain function well into advanced age.

In this free webinar, Colleen Ambrose, ND, will describe the factors that drive age-related neurodegeneration, the nutritional deficiencies contributing to it, and the interventions that can help patients maintain their cognitive function as they age.

You will learn about:

  • The factors that contribute to neurodegeneration in midlife and advanced age.
  • The nutritional deficiencies that may contribute to or mimic neurodegeneration.
  • Actionable lifestyle modification and dietary supplementation strategies can improve brain health, and how to apply them.


Dr. Colleen Ambrose earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, a 4-year accredited program with training in primary care, botanical medicine, osteopathic manipulation, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy. She specializes in homeopathy, somatic work in relation to stored trauma within the body, biofeedback, and hydrotherapy. She believes in the innate healing power of the body and strives to support this by treating the root cause of the illness.

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