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A “Site” for Sore Eyes – Santee Family Optometry Grand Opening

Santee Family Optometry

There is a new doctor in town and she is suited up and ready to take on those nasty eye problems.  Santee Family Optometry had its Grand Opening celebration last Wednesday, August 5, with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, City of Santee, and local businesses.  This is a beautiful office, located just a couple doors down from Henry’s in the Marketplace at Santee on Mission Gorge Rd.

Santee Family Optometry - Interior

Dr. Irene Gendelman, O.D., provides a full range of eye care, including comprehensive eye exams, laser and surgical vision correction, and emergency eye care.  She and Optical Care Specialist Wendy Siltmann are especially proud of their work with the InfantSee program to provide eye care specifically to children 12 months and younger.

Grand Opening Guests

Guests on hand for the Grand Opening included Santee Council Member John Minto; Pam White, Assistant to the Executive Director at the City of Santee; Santee Chamber Board Members Warren Savage, John Olsen, John Morley, Ronn and Virginia Hall, and Richard and Hartha Jackson; Ellen Malin, Field Representative for State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth; and local business owners Gabriel Piña of Piña Business Services and Thomas and Caroline Hootman of Simply Spa.  Also on hand was Dr. Smit Patel, an optometrist with an office in El Cajon and, coincidentally, Dr. Gendelman’s husband.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting

(L-R) Wendy Siltmann, Ellen Malin, Dr. Smit Patel, Dr. Irene Gendelman, John Minto, Warren Savage, Pam White


Ellen Malin presents Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Gendelman as Dr. Patel watches

Certificate of Recognition

We wish Dr. Gendelman and Santee Family Optometry well.


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Simply Spa Health and Wellness Expo

Simply Spa Wellness Expo

Thursday evening, April 30, was Simply Spa’s first Wellness Expo and Open House.  This was an opportunity for people to stop in, see the facility, and get information about various alternative health care methods (“alternative” in that they are not mainstream medicine).  I was already scheduled to help backstage at the dress rehearsal of CYT’s “Cinderella,” so I was not able to spend a lot of time at the Expo, but I did have a chance to talk to some of the experts, as well as Simply Spa’s owner.

Wellness experts at the Expo included Dr. Kenneth Greenberg, a local chiropracter who has an office up on Lake Murray Blvd., and acupuncuture specialist Jane Mergens, who practices at the same office.  Also there were health and wellness experts Ben and Carol Flick to talk about nutrition, exercise, and more, and Dharlene Fahl-Birttian, a Certified Tea Expert, who shared the stress-releaving power of tea.  All of these experts were available to answer any questions visitors had on their fields.

Thomas Hootman is the owner of Simply Spa, when he isn’t working in radio advertising or one of his other projects.  His goal for Simply Spa is to be a major source of education for the community as well as wellness services.  He hopes to have three spas open in the next few years, and then to expand outside the county through franchises.  As part of his community outreach Simply Spa participated in the Relay for Life of Santee and and Vet Fest, and will be at the May Ride to support Operation Homefront.  You can also find them at the Santee Street Fair on May 30 and at Santee Day at the San Diego County Fair on June 20.

You can get more information at the Simply Spa website.

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More Health News

Catching up on my messages, I realized that we have not one, but two health-related events this week.  In addition to, and coming before, the Compassionate Care Seminar is Simply Spa’s Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, April 30.  The Expo runs from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and brings together experts in acupuncture, chiropractics, and fitness and nutrition.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your body works (or maybe doesn’t work), and what you can do to improve it.  I can personally recommend their chiropractics expert, Dr. Kenneth Greenberg, who has been my personal chiropracter for many years now, and I’m sure the others are as qualified as he is.  Best of all, this Expo (and Open House) is FREE.

The Expo will be at Simply Spa, at 278 Town Center Parkway, Suite 101, near the Ross Store.  For more information about the Expo, you can check out the Simply Spa Blog post.

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Compassionate Care Seminar

This coming Saturday, May 2, Dr. Yang’s Family Care Clinic is hosting a health care seminar on compassionate care.  The seminar, entitled “How to Give & Receive Compassionate Care,” will be held at Sonrise Community Church on N. Magnolia Ave. from 8:50 am to 1:00 pm.  Topics to be covered include Visiting the Sick, Difficult Questions, End of Life Decisions, Caring for Elderly Loved Ones, and many more.  In addition, the seminar has been approved for 4 CEUs by the BRN of California.

Registration is $30, which includes a Continental breakfast and seminar handouts.  You can send a check made out to Dr. Yang’s Family Clinic to DYFC, 10201 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite A, Santee, CA 92071.  If you want to pay by credit card, you can call Debbie at 619-596-4963.  If you want to register at the door, it will be by cash or check only – no credit cards – starting at 8:30 am.  For more information about the seminar, you can e-mail me at and I will send you a copy of the flyer, or you can e-mail the Santee Chamber of Commerce at and see if they have it on file.

To learn more about your host, check out Dr. Yang’s Family Clinic website.


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