Patient stories

These stories paint a picture of how we help individuals achieve a higher state of health and well-being and how we empower them to heal.

Video stories

About eight years ago, Linda Shay’s stress caught up with her when she had a panic attack. By using Penny George Institute for Health and Healing services like acupuncture and Mindfulness Training, she has found a way to manage her stress without prescription medications. Hear her story and learn information on how to take a holistic approach to stress management.


Finding healing in the midst of serious illness

Hanna Cooper’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer came out of the blue. A team of Allina Health specialists and other care providers are helping her fight the illness. But equally important are the providers who help her find healing in the midst of a life-threatening condition.

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After enduring debilitating pain, Kellie Palladino finds hope, healing and the ability to dance at her wedding through holistic care

Kellie Palladino, a trained actor and dancer, was suffering from an injury to her back that occurred while she worked as a pastry chef. After trying traditional treatment without relief, she tried acupuncture and group visits for managing pain. After her treatment, she went from hardly moving to dancing with her husband on her wedding day.

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After years of chronic pain, Deb Clark is "healing from within"

Deb Clark, 60, is finally getting back to her active, adventurous self. Clark had a rewarding career, found time to earn a doctorate in her 40s, and is passionate about travel, music and the outdoors. But by the time she was 50, health complications and chronic pain related to osteoarthritis combined with a connective tissue condition had begun to catch up with her. She had problems with her eyes, hips and hands.


Toni McNaron, 79, is doing aerobics again after heart surgery

Following her heart surgery, Toni McNaron had no interest in keeping up with her routine of aerobics twice a week, gardening, and household projects and chores. Thanks to the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, she is back at it again—even mowing the lawn and shoveling snow.

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Recovery and healing through an integrative approach: Barbara Jo's story

When Barbara Jo Koch-Smith had a heart attack, Western medicine saved life. But she healed her heart, along with joint inflammation and pain, using a holistic approach that incorporated acupuncture, Mindfulness Training, changes to her diet and more. 

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Cancer survivorship: Achieving optimal health

After being treated for breast cancer in 2014, Beth Lehman was ready for a fresh start in 2015. She just wasn't sure how to pull it off. That's where the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing's LiveWell Fitness Center came in. 

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Rebecca's birth story

An integrative health approach helped Rebecca Sorenson, a new mom who was having twins, deal with the anxiety and pain of a Cesarean section, recovering from surgery, and being thrown into motherhood.


Healing through the power of integrative therapies, forgiveness

Michael, a 62-year-old resident of a St. Paul suburb, suffered from severe lightheadedness for nearly two years before he was referred to Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, cardiologist and vice president of the Penny George Institute for Healing and Healing.


Jennine Speier, MD, found the resources she needed to lose weight and increase strength at LiveWell Fitness Center

Jennine Speier started with a Pilates Reformer workout and soon noticed a difference in how she felt. She joined the Take Action Weight Management Program and learned about mindful eating, savoring food, paying attention to hunger signals and the importance of portion control.