Addiction, to both recreational and prescribed substances, has become an epidemic in our state. We are all impacted. Today we speak with family physician Dr.Mary Dowd, the medical director of the Detoxification Program at Milestone Foundation in Portland, about her experience treating addiction. We also speak with Kate Bowley, whose former husband died of an overdose after a work-related injury began his three-year struggle with addiction.
There is great value in building things that give pleasure to others. For the past five years, Patrick Guerette has been the tournament director of the Maine Pond Hockey Classic, bringing players like South Portland firefighter Joshua Perry to central Maine. Portland restaurateur and artist Jay Villani opened his first eatery, Local 188, 18 years ago, and now has three more. Maine is a happier place as a result of their efforts.
Maine is becoming known for its highly trained healthcare providers and innovative healers. Today we speak with Dr. Jon Ryder, dean of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine, which will be graduating its first class of dentists in 2017. We also discuss ground-breaking techniques for re-patterning the brain and nervous system, in cases of trauma and chronic pain, with health psychologist and integrative practitioner, Dr. Gregory Nevens.
What do we do when we find a need, whether in our own communities or in other parts of the world? Today we speak with Katie Wallace and Katie Brown, who are helping ease the hunger of Maine schoolchildren through their work with The Locker Project. We also discuss the coffee community and the positive impact of fair trade and organic practices with Bard Coffee co-founder Bob Garver.
Maine is home to myriad successful businesses. Today we speak with two entrepreneurs who are creating high-quality products and contributing to community well-being. Fred Forsley is the founder and president of Shipyard Brewing Company, an business that supports many local road races. Cyndi Prince is the founder of LooHoo, LLC, a Maine-based company that makes and sells reusable, energy-saving wool dryer balls.
How do we nurture growth in a positive and sustainable way? Whether this is economic, ecological or social growth, the answer is the same: by paying attention to what factors may be influencing it, and working favorably with those factors whenever possible. Today we speak with Nancy Smith, executive director of Grow Smart Maine, Sue Inches of the Red Oak…