Following in the footsteps of The Health Port

Nurse who was a customer of longtime Port Washington business opens That Natural Place in the same location to help people discover naturopathic medicine

THAT NATURAL PLACE opened its doors to customers on Oct. 17 in the Port Washington formerly occupied by The Health Port. Above, owner Shelly Skorik (left) stood with her daughter and store manager Sarah next to samples of ionized water. At left, Skorik showed off the backroom of the store where she provides hands-on therapy sessions. Photos by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press staff

For nearly 30 years, Shelly Skorik has been treating patients with Western medicine as a nurse. Now, she is helping customers find natural remedies at her new store, That Natural Place.

“My biggest goal is to educate people on getting well by using simple, cheaper stuff. Medicine and doctor visits are so expensive now,” she said.

Skorik opened the store on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1000 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, where The Health Port used to be located.

Skorik said she took over the space after The Health Port owner Kathy Shinevar died in May.

“I knew Kathy, and I would support her business by buying vitamin supplements from her,” Skorik said. “I never wanted to open up a business like this before, but there was a need to fill after Kathy passed away. This was her livelihood.”

Skorik operated a small-scale business at her home in Cedar Grove for 11 years while she was an emergency room nurse at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

She said she began researching naturopathic medicine after her eldest daughter Sarah had a serious medical condition as an infant.

Today, Sarah, a 2017 Port Washington High School graduate, helps her mom run the shop as the store’s manager.

“I’m with my mom 24/7 and it’s been a great experience doing business with her,” Sarah said.

Since opening last week, the women have seen a number of people asking about the new business while sampling teas, ionized water and medicinal herbs.

“I’ve had a lot of new customers who were waiting for a place like this to be here,” Skorik said. “The first day we opened, we had four people come in who were recently diagnosed with cancer and they were looking for help.”

One of the ways Skorik wants to help consumers is by offering Chalk Talk classes every other Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. The classes provide lessons for do-it-yourself remedies like cough syrups and natural hand sanitizers.

“We want to teach people how to use the things they have at their homes and to get back to the basics, using the stuff our grandparents used,” she said. “Our first class is going to be on vitamin C.”

Skorik also offers hands-on therapeutic services, including reflexology, Korean hand therapy, ear candling, jade stone facials and auriculotherapy, by appointment.

“I’m all touch. Being a registered nurse, I’m licensed to touch,” she said.

Next month, she will begin providing bioenergetics therapy, a diagnostic tool that uses psychodynamic psychotherapy.

“It’s quantum physics,” Skorik said. “It can detect emotion and if you’re deficient in certain vitamins or minerals. If you’re deficient in different things, it can manifest in your body and affect you.”

The Natural Place will also offer thermography diagnostic services by a visiting practitioner who uses a thermal imaging camera to assess inflammation and dysfunction within the body.

Skorik wants to rent a commercial kitchen to make lacto-fermented foods like kefir and kombucha and treats such as gluten-free muffins and cookies. Eventually, she wants to use cannabidiol (CBD) oil from hemp plants to make salves and creams.

“You can do all kinds of things with CBD oil and there’s no psychoactive affects,” she said. “It’s great for pain, anxiety and neurological disorders like seizures. That’s why a lot of people moved to Colorado to help their kids.”

Reflecting on the transition from her home business to Port Washington, Skorik said it was a challenge to update the store.  

“It was way more work than what I thought,” she said. “There were things I never thought I needed to do, but it’s been an amazing journey. I’ve learned a ton, and there’s still a lot I need to learn.”

As a member of the Open Door Bible Church, Skorik said her faith helped through the process.

“My faith definitely drives this. I believe this is where God wants me,” she said. “I believe everything God made was intentional and serves a purpose in medicine.”

Skorik is still a practicing nurse and visits patients at their homes. She said she supports Western medicine but felt limited in what she could do as an emergency room nurse for 20 years.

“I wanted to tell people what they could do, but I couldn’t,” she said. “I think we are overusing antibiotics and heavy-duty painkillers to treat a sore throat.”

She said she hopes her store can offer relief when modern medicine can’t.

“I’m passionate about helping people and I want them to get well,” she said.

As Skorik learns more about her customers’ needs, she will tailor her services and products to meet their demands.

“I’m trying to get a feel for what people in the community want because I’m not from here,” she said. “I already know some people are really into the ketogenic diet.

“Everybody has been so welcoming and helpful.”

 

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