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    COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL November 10, 2015
Local doctor opens new wellness clinic
Dr. Mary Gabriele
begins new endeavor
for family medicine
Cottage Grove Sentinel
Grants help local
non-profi ts upgrade
Opal Center for Arts and Education
and Bohemia Mining Days receive money
local family prac-
titioner said that a
desire to spend more
time with her patients has led
her to strike out on her own.
Mary Gabriele, MD, who
grew up in Connecticut and
practiced at PeaceHealth
Community Medical Center
in Cottage Grove beginning
in 2008, said she wanted to
“spend more time with pa-
tients,” which led her to open
Gabriele Wellness Clinic at
1260 East Main St. in Sep-
“PeaceHealth was too
demanding,” Gabriele said.
“I don’t like to race people
Gabriele, who also worked
at Sunshine General Store
before beginning medical
school, described her new
endeavor as a “family medi-
cine and functional medical
practice” for patients age 12
and up.
Services include well-pa-
tient physical exams and treat-
Cottage Grove Sentinel
photo by Jon Stinnett
Dr. Mary Gabriele's new clinic is located at 1260 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove.
ment of various complaints,
including irritable bowel
syndrome, high blood pressure
and thyroid issues.
Gabriele said business has
been brisk so far. The clinic
employs two people — front-
desk/scheduler Mary Hen-
dricks and LaMer Steptoe,
LPN, nurse and scheduler.
Hours are Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the clinic
can be reached by phone at
Two Cottage Grove-based
non-profi ts plan to utilize grant
funding from the Oregon Com-
munity Foundation to upgrade
their infrastructure.
Kathyrn Porter, a Foundation
representative, told the Sentinel
last week that the Opal Center
for Arts and Education and Cot-
tage Grove’s Bohemia Mining
Days Festival were named as
recipients of $4,000 and $2,500
grants, respectively.
Porter said the OCF program,
which offers grant opportunities
to small arts organizations with
budgets under $100,000, is of-
fered once a year.
Opal Center Director Leah
Murray said the funds will be
used to augment the equipment
in its theater, located at 513
Main St. in downtown Cottage
Grove, which hosts children’s
productions of the Storybook
Theater, an annual Halloween
mash-up and other productions.
“The goal of this project is to
upgrade our technologies and
equipment to make our systems
easier to use for anyone wishing
to use the Opal Center,” Murray
She said the center has older
sound and lighting boards but
no dedicated computer system
to control them, which means
that sound and lighting projects
must be created from scratch
manually for each production
“This project will include the
purchase of a gently used iMac
and QLabs Pro software,” she
said. “This will allow us to cre-
ate and control a performance
lighting and sound program
relatively easily. We will also
purchase new lights that will be
As part of a three-year stra-
tegic plan, the theater also up-
dated the look of its frontage
and purchased and installed new
seats last month.
Meanwhile, Bohemia Mining
Days Interim Coordinator Cin-
dy Weeldreyer said the $2,500
grant was “inspired by a collab-
orative process that began last
“The BMD Heritage Asso-
ciation took the lead … to invite
other community event organiz-
ers to work more collaboratively
to share resources that support
all of our organizations,” Weel-
dreyer said. “We began a …
process that lasted for months
at the beginning of this year to
apply to OCF’s larger Commu-
nity Grant Program to purchase
tables, chairs and shade cover-
She added, “We committed
that if our request was funded
we will share the electrical spi-
der boxes and shade canopies
with other community event
producing organizations. All of
the community event organizers
would benefi t from more tables,
chairs and a newer, lightweight
performance stage. These are the
big-ticket items we hope to get
funded through the OCF Com-
munity Grant in the future.”
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