How We Faced Adversity
By Dr. Evelien Van Amerongen
In December 2015, the perpetual rain, high tide and raging storms came and laid siege to Westport. Our dental centre at Barrack Yard was flooded and turned into a little Venice. All the rooms were submerged and all the equipment and fixtures were lost. We had to close the centre and suspend any dental treatment and therapies. Despite all the hard work in cleaning up the sludge and post-flood mess over the Christmas period, the whole team stayed in a positive frame of mind.
Strangely enough, we had been trying to move premises as our business had outgrown Barrack Yard. But we were always met with obstacles regarding planning permission, which had put a halt to any of our opportunities to move to a larger centre. After the flood, however, the tune changed and we were contacted by the local constituency office and the Enterprise Board with offers of help.
Inspired by my aim to create a comprehensive integrative health centre where people can reconnect with their full
potential and becoming more self reliant and proactive in their own wellbeing, we visualised, through meditation, a premises big enough to have all our therapies available under one roof.