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Bob Dubin, DC, and Rob Skoog, DOM

Bob Dubin, DC, and Rob Skoog, DOM

Holistic health services open office in Placitas

Signpost Staff

Last month Dr. Bob Dubin, DC, joined Dr. Rob Skoog, DOM, in opening Placitas Holistic Health at Homesteads Village.

Dubin has been providing chiropractic care on an out-call basis since moving to Placitas last year, after thirty years in the chiropractic business in Petaluma, California. He told the Signpost, “I’ve done as much as possible to partake in an experiment designed to provide health care without drugs or surgery.”

Dr. Bob, as he likes to be called, uses the Cox flexion/distraction technique, as well as eclectic methods he has developed over the years. He offers health-screening technologies that are predictive of problems as well as diagnostic. He also provides individualized counseling on dietary modifications, exercise, and nutritional supplements.

Dubin met Skoog, another longtime health-care professional, while filling in at Lifetime Chiropractic in Rio Rancho. The two shared unsatisfactory experiences with traditional Western medicine and life-changing introductions to alternative health care that led them to their chosen fields. They are both strong proponents of the holistic health model.

Dr. Skoog worked as a paramedic in Taos and Albuquerque and was “seasoned” as a emergency-room technician while preparing for medical school. He opted for Chinese medical school at Southwest Acupuncture College after being inspired by a personal healing experience through acupuncture in 1998. He said that his medical doctors told him he “had the wrong symptoms” and they could do nothing to address certain neurological problems.

Skoog continues his training with a grand master from Taiwan.

“I treat patients with acupuncture and when appropriate, I prepare individual formulas with granulated herbs. While pain relief is the primary motivator for people to seek alternative health care, I also focus on internal medical problems—not just symptoms,” Skoog explained.

Dubin said, “We share a common vision of helping patients live a normal healthy life and to be able to return to doing the things they want to do. We both realize that every medical discipline has its limits, so we offer our complementary practices to bring a higher level of care to the community.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 771-3933 or stop by 3 Homesteads Road.


Bernalillo C of C exec completes leadership training

C. Nick Vuillemot, executive director of the Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce, recently completed a week-long professional development program provided by the United States Chamber of Commerce with the Institute for Organization Management, at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

The program is one of five Institute programs held each year at U.S. college campuses. Nearly fifteen hundred individuals attend Institute annually. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.


Envisions Group Mortgage Services celebrates grand opening

Envisions Group Mortgage Services Company celebrates moving into its new offices with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 10 at 4:30 p.m. at its offices on 6101 Moon NE, Suite 3000. Envisions is also celebrating becoming the first mortgage company in New Mexico to be 100 percent certified by the New Mexico Association of Mortgage Brokers.

Envisions has also developed a unique process for shepherding the sometimes arcane mortgage progression from application to closing on a property.

“We began two and a half years ago with the goal of doing something different,” says Jim Dobier, vice president, operations/marketing.

“Too often, the date and time for a mortgage closing comes and there is a problem. Everything falls apart and is pushed back. That’s very stressful, especially for the buyers, who are committing to perhaps the largest financial transaction of their lives. If and when problems crop up, we don’t want any finger pointing blaming the realtor, title company, or finance company. We’re taking responsibility for every aspect and step in the transaction.”

Envisions is a member of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, New Mexico Association of Mortgage Brokers, Albuquerque Metropolitan Board of Realtors, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Valencia County Chamber of Commerce, and the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please contact Jim Dobier at 821-2032.


Sen. John Edwards, AG Patricia Madrid join in support of minimum-wage increase

On June 28, at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza, Attorney General Patricia Madrid joined Senator John Edwards and the Albuquerque Minimum Wage Coalition to rally for an increase in the minimum wage.

Madrid said, “We all know that prices have gone up because of inflation, but the pay for many hardworking people has not changed. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, almost twenty-six thousandNew Mexicans in 2004 were paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $5.15. That’s equal to a city the size of Carlsbad, all working at minimum wage, all struggling to get by every day of the year. An entire quarter of New Mexico residents meet federal poverty guidelines, and at least 43 percent qualify for government assistance, according to New Mexico Legal Aide.”

Recently, the Albuquerque City Council raised the issue about the need to increase the minimum wage in Albuquerque. In an initial hearing that lasted almost five hours, the council voted four to three to support the resolution that would put a plan to raise Albuquerque’s “Fair Wage” to $7.15 on the October 4 ballot. The proposal was later rejected, but last month enough residents signed a petition to put the plan on the ballot.

Meanwhile, former Senator John Edwards has raised the issue on a national level, with his One America Committee. The committee has partnered with allies, labor unions, and grassroots organizations to organize and pass minimum wage ballot initiatives in targeted states around the country.

Madrid said, “No one who works full-time should still be living in poverty. Congress has repeatedly blocked attempts to raise the current minimum wage that was established almost a decade ago. We must speak up on this vital issue for those who are working two or even three jobs just to make ends meet.”






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