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By Anasofia Vazquez
Writer - Intern 

Directory created to promote wellness in Fallbrook


Last updated 3/1/2018 at 4:13am

Attending a gathering of Fallbrook Wellness Directory members are, from left, back row, Susan Liebes (Fallbrook Land Conservancy), Kristine Vanderstock (Village Acupuncture), Will Shakespeare (Fallbrook Land Conservancy), Laurel Lozzi (Massage Therapist), and Annette Aubuchon (Radiant Reiki & Aura Reading); front row, Gale Denning-Mailloux (Bonsall Counseling), Michelle Verdugo (The Organic Suite), Amy Carpenter (Straight Up Pilates - host), Wendy Hammarstrom (Circles of Healing) and Sandra Buckingham (founder, Fallbrook Wellness Directory).

In the fall of 2011, the second annual Health-Beauty-Fitness Day prompted 15 local health professionals to discuss the idea of designing a special hard copy directory. It would include health, fitness, chiropracting and all that follows, to help their customers find these special services more easily.

In 2012, Sandra Buckingham put that idea into motion and created the Fallbrook Area and Pilates Alliance. It was compiled into a calendar of different local teachers and classes which was then distributed through the Village News. It was the beginning of what is known today as the Fallbrook Wellness Directory that was developed in late 2014 when its practitioners wanted it to expand.

By the end of December 2015, the directory had 30 members that not only offered classes and teachers, but integrative medicine and medical doctors with different specialties and methods.

It is now the beginning of 2018, and the directory has grown to 65 members, which includes 10 nonprofit groups, six of which are being sponsored by local businesses. This was all made possible because of Buckingham's efforts to turn an idea into a reality.

Buckingham is a certified yoga teacher with over 16 years of experience and she specializes in Vinyasa flow style and chair yoga. She is dedicated to sharing the benefits of yoga in creative ways and teaching people of all ages that exercises like yoga are fun.

The Fallbrook Wellness directory has its own website and monthly newsletters that are published on its Facebook page. Directory members are very active through the social media page by posting events, articles, special offers and celebrating accomplishments of their members.

The main reason this directory was created was to support and help local wellness businesses prosper in the community and to help the people who are seeking these services.

Directory members also plan to meet regularly at various business members' facilities to get to know each other. Each time, a nonprofit member will be invited to do a presentation so they can learn more about their mission and needs.

The Fallbrook Wellness Directory can be found at


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