The Homer community expanded its healthcare services last week, adding a new surgeon through South Peninsula Hospital, as well as a new acupuncture clinic.
Dr. Todd Boling joined the staff part-time at South Peninsula Hospital, making it possible now to obtain surgeries that formerly necessitated patients traveling out of the area. Boling, a 10-year Soldotna resident and owner of the Peninsula Surgical Clinic, said he has had an eye on Homer for a while and recently built a home here.
“I like the community,” he said. “I like the people and I like the ocean, so that sort of drew me down here.” Boling and his wife have two teenagers, 13 and 16 years old.
With a practice that has focused primarily on general, abdominal and chest surgery, and other minimally invasive surgeries, Boling will also work in emergency room care.
Boling graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990, worked a surgical residency for five years in St. Louis, then moved to Soldotna. He said that, starting in June, he plans on being in Homer three weeks of the month, with one week reserved for his Soldotna clinic patients.
“I’m an outdoorsman. I like to fish, kayak, go hunting. I enjoyed the wilderness aspect of Alaska and I like the people up here,” he said. “It’s been a perfect match.”
Boling can currently be reached at 262-6800, and will establish a Homer number in the coming week.
Author and acupuncturist Valerie DeLaune opened the Alaskan Acupuncture Clinic this week in Chiropractor Jim Heston’s former offices at 1230 Ocean Drive.
DeLaune originally came to Alaska working as a naturalist aboard a cruise ship in 1989. Her first degree was in forestry and, for a time, she worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service. She then earned certification as a massage therapist before training in acupuncture, and has worked in the healthcare field for 20 years.
Formerly of Juneau, where she held also an acupuncture practice, DeLaune is the author of two books, “Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines” and “Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help.” She is working on a third book that will focus on lower-body trigger points.
Like Boling, DeLaune said she was drawn to Homer for its outdoor life by the sea, and likes to kayak, hike and ski. She said she also is happy to get away from Juneau’s rain.
“Every time I came here, I had a lot of fun,” she said. “There is always something interesting going on in the community, and it’s an inspiring community.”
DeLaune hired two massage therapists, Jessi Dullinger and Jason Hoffman, to add to her practice. She said her acupuncture practice is focused on patients 8 years old and up, with no gender preference. She treats a range of illnesses from stress to depression and arthritis to digestive problems, and can be reached at 226-Care (2273) or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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