HEALTH & WELL
BEING - December 2007
The Evolving Phoenix
Rising Center Celebrates 9 Years of Community Service
Phoenix Rising Center
(PRC) was established in 1998 as a community-based educational
organization offering classes and seminars with a focus on
bringing awareness to the internal energy to facilitate harmony
and balance in all areas of life. It was founded by Dr. Don
Leathers, Naturopathic Physician and Catherine Shank, Ortho-Bionomist
and also included their individual client practices.
Moab Qigong Family
Like the mythological
phoenix bird who rises out of its own ashes, The Phoenix
Rising Center keeps evolving and changing.
In addition to our current classes in qi gong, tai chi, martial
arts, and meditation, the center will expand in January to
include classes and workshops on a variety of topics such
as creative movement, Chi Walking and Chi Running, food and
nutrition, and other magical offerings TBA!! Our classes
will continue at the MARC, Castle Valley community center,
Blanding, Bluff and other locations. Dr. Leather’s
and Catherine Shank’s individual practices continue
to be an integral part of the Center, as is their networking
with practitioners of other healing modalities.
Dr. Donald Leathers is a Naturopathic physician (N.D.) and
is a general medical practitioner trained as a specialist
in natural medicine. He is educated in the conventional medical
sciences, but is not an orthodox medical doctor (M.D.). A
Naturopathic physician has a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine
(N.D.) degree from a four- year graduate level naturopathic
In practice, Dr. Donald Leathers, performs physical exams,
laboratory testing, nutritional and dietary assessments,
metabolic analysis, allergy testing, x-ray examinations and
other diagnostic tests. He facilitates the restoration of
health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition,
herbal medicine, homeopathy, exercise therapy, body work,
counseling, hydrotherapy, Chinese medicine, etc.
Naturopathic Medicine is based on a cogent philosophy that
acknowledges the patient as a participant. It is effective
in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic.
Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches
of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners
for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
Dr. Donald Leathers associates true health with the balances
of body, mind, and spirit. He encourages his patients to
take an active role in their own healing process. To facilitate
this process, he utilizes a variety of conventional and integrative
treatment modalities and considers each individual’s
Ortho-Bionomy is a comprehensive healing system that allows
integration of physical, emotional, and mental experiences.
It helps break the cycle of pain without causing pain,
and effectively speeds recovery from injuries, surgery,
and stress. It uses gentle movement, preferred body postures,
isometrics, and compression to correct structural imbalances
and bring clients into ease. Many clients refer to it as
magic because of its gentle way of healing from the inside
out. One client said recently, “ It’s so subtle
and yet I feel profound comfort and relief in my body.
My pain is much less and I feel taller than when I came
Consider a stiff neck with limited range of motion. The neck
may have forgotten how work with in harmony with the individual
cervical vertebrae and shoulders so that it expresses limited
functionality. By resourcing these other areas through the
self-corrective reflexes in the nervous system, the neck
will find its structural integrity that will allow it to
move out of pain and into greater strength and mobility.
Clients report sensations on the mental, emotional, and physical
levels. This feedback guides the session and becomes an integral
part of the healing process.
Each session is tailored to the client. I encourage clients
to take and active role by sharing self-care exercises and
visualizations to continue the re-education process, reduce
stress, and continue integrating the session.
Phoenix Rising Center
is located above the Red Rock Bakery at 76 South Main Street
Suite # 10. Visit or call us at 259-8123 and be sure to mention
you read about it in Moab Happenings.