Visions HealthCare, a practice striving to combine conventional insurance-based care along with alternative medicines, celebrated the opening of its Dedham facility Tuesday.
Introducing the Visions leadership team at a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday was Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. O’Rourke, who pointed out that the facility at 910 Washington St. had once been a restaurant.
“A lot of us have been here to dine over the years and now we’ll be coming here to stay healthy going forward,” O’Rourke said.
Edward Levitan, CEO and Medical Director of Visions HealthCare, began the practice in 2008 with only three employees, including himself, and about 3,900 square feet of space in Wellesley.
His vision was to create a different kind of medical treatment center.
“Medicine now doesn’t work for the physician, it doesn’t work for the patient and it may or may not work for the insurance company,” Levitan said in an interview in December.
Levitan and his team offered acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, spiritual alignment, nutrition counseling, and energy healing, along with other practices more standard at medical centers. For some of the practices, Visions was able to work with insurance companies; with others, insurance was not offered, he said.
Visions treats patients by looking at five different areas of health: physical, biochemical, mental/emotional, energetic, and spiritual, Levitan said at Tuesday’s event.
“People are literally dying for this kind of treatment,” Levitan said Tuesday, adding that Visions had expanded rapidly to 55 employees with 13 physicians. The Dedham facility is 30,000 square feet, he said.
State Representative Paul McMurtry, D-Dedham, was present at the event Tuesday and praised the Visions team for creating more health options for more people.
“I wish everyone who has been a part of this venture and everyone who walks through these doors days of good health ahead,” McMurtry said.
Dedham Town Administrator William Keegan said he was pleased to see the Visions leadership had sought LEED certification – environmentally friendly construction standards – for its building.
To conclude, Levitan introduced the rest of his leadership team – Quality Director Wendie Trubow and Business Director Kelly McCormack – who helped him to cut the ribbon.
“From the leadership team, thank you for being here from the bottom of our hearts,” Levitan said. “Thank you for helping to bring our vision to reality.”