About Medicine Wheel Wellness
Supported by the spirit of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the National "Medicine Wheel" located in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains, Medicine Wheel Wellness has been created for people to find a path to optimal wellness through a balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. Every aspect of Medicine Wheel Wellness has been designed to create more efficient, holistic healing whether from stress, injury, illness, or past patterns. Integrating complementary services for more convenience and accessibility, we create better health and wellness for everybody…givers and receivers alike. The vision for Medicine Wheel Wellness is to offer affordability and better outcomes using a holistic approach of complementary health care practices to shift the community and world-wide into healthier and happier living.
Integrating therapeutic services, East and West with ancient Medicine Wheel teachings from the North and South, we integrate modern medicine with ancient wisdom for optimal health and healing. The Wheel provides a calendar of healthcare, correlating with the four directions, four stages of life, four seasons, and together this creates a map to health, happiness, and prevention of pain, illness, and dis-ease.
Some people are walking a fairly balanced life, others are in a repeated pattern of pain, stress, illness, and emotional upset. A journey through our Medicine Wheel fills the gaps, or can guide you into a new lifestyle of healing and prevention of injury or disease. The four directions (North, South, East, and West) represent our four aspects of life (physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional), along with our stages of life (birth, youth, adulthood, elderly). This creates a map to optimal health and wellness that encompasses an entire year's process, each month the Medicine Wheel emphasizes a specific aspect to fulfill. We can fill those gaps with the services offered any day, but as we flow through the year and tend to these aspects in unison with the Earth, we are creating a balanced lifestyle, in ease and harmony, free of pain, stress, illness, and disease.
HEALTHY BODY. HAPPY MIND. CALM EMOTIONS. BALANCED SPIRIT.
There have been about 100 medicine wheels found in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, but it is the one in the Bighorn National Forest in eastern Wyoming that is "The Medicine Wheel". Native American cultures built medicine wheels to symbolize dimensions of health and life. Seventy-five feet in diameter and at an elevation of 9,642-feet, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel is a national historic landmark; it is the best preserved and most complete medicine wheel yet discovered.
Image: Medicine Wheel sunset photograph by Tom Melham
“When recovering from injury, illness, dis-ease or looking to improve an overall healthy lifestyle, you have options at Medicine Wheel Wellness that fit your individual budget and healthcare needs. A healthcare model based around integration, affordable care, and prevention has always been a vision of mine since becoming a Physical Therapist in 2001. After seeing the challenges patients and providers face with the current healthcare system, I wanted to create a progressive approach emphasizing quality care that benefits the patient as well as the system I know I must work within. Every body is different but we are all striving for the same goal…to feel good and live a happy, quality life. Medicine Wheel Wellness provides people with a broad variety of options and access to quality care all in one convenient location saving time, money, and creating a positive holistic healing environment for a healthy body, happy mind, calm emotions, and balanced spirit”.
-Francine Bartlett, PT, DPT, ATC, RYT
Welcome! I am the Founder, Owner, and Director of Medicine Wheel Wellness and co-own Excel Physical Therapy, the initial therapeutic service that set the foundation for Medicine Wheel Wellness. My practice as a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, and Yoga Instructor coupled with a passion for travel led into deeper studies in the healing methods of global and local cultures. I believe to achieve optimal health and wellness it requires a holistic approach with a balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. With guidance from the Medicine Wheel integrating these aspects, the four directions, and through the collaborative practitioners who offer their services within our healing space, we offer the community an integrated approach to optimal health and healing and a lifestyle to prevent illness and dis-ease.