About Us


After practicing shiatsu for several years at various locations, Benjamin Bartlein sought to create a healing center where he and other practitioners could assist people on their healing journeys. He found a vacant storefront space that was truly a blank slate to work with and he started dreaming. Thus, Eastern Shore Natural Health began in the spring of 2010.

The name Eastern Shore was chosen both to describe the physical location of the center on the east end of Lake Nokomis and to honor the eastern cultures that much of our complimentary medicine is rooted in. Like the ancient trade ports of the Far East that our name calls to mind, Eastern Shore is a place of cross-cultural exchange, where our practitioners draw upon the healing traditions of many cultures and people from all walks of life are welcome.

Benjamin dove into this project headfirst, transforming the space over the course of many months with hard physical labor. With an understanding that human health is inextricably connected to the health of our earth, he chose natural, non-toxic and recycled materials. The beauty of the natural clay plaster, the warm earth-tones of the non-toxic paint and the charm of the re-purposed doors are all reflections of Eastern Shore’s commitment to natural health and wellness.

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