Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network
OUR GOAL IS TO BETTER SERVE OUR PATIENTS, CLIENTS AND THE COMMUNITY.
Organized in 2001, Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network (SIPN) is an informal, not-for-profit group of health and healing arts professionals committed to educating and supporting one another and, thus, the public.
We are very fortunate to have so many outstanding practitioners in and around Saratoga Springs, a city long known for its healing waters and spa treatments. This website gives us the opportunity to inform the community about who we are and how we can help. We hope this site becomes a resource that you will return to again and again.
We consider ourselves "integrative practitioners" because we know that the work each of us offers, whether treatments, counseling or classes, is only one piece of the health and healing dynamic. Each of us represents a method, or methods, complementary to all the others within the group, creating a vast and invaluable network of wellness resources.
how we began
After the tragic events of 9/11, suddenly, being a bodyworker and teacher in upstate NY didn’t feel like enough. More than ever, we integrative practitioners needed community; to come together to talk, laugh, cry, and educate ourselves. We needed to find out how our practices were complementary and how we could support one another.
So in the fall of 2001, Margery Chessare made a bunch of phone calls to strangers, arranged with a friend, Rob Bauer, to use his oversized waiting room as a meeting space, brought in coffee and bagels, and that was the birth of SIPN, the Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network. The first time we gathered, most of us had never met before. As a group, we had no name or even a plan. It wasn’t until we came together that morning that we recognized the need to continue meeting.
Margery directed SIPN for 10 years, at which point she was happy to pass along the reins to Katrina Clay and her co-directors. Margery’s school, Turtle Back Craniosacral Education, had grown, her practice was busy, and it was time to make room for others to lead the group. Margery cannot fully express her gratitude to Saratoga and the Capital District for supporting all of us—so many incredible, heart-centered practitioners offering so many different modalities. She can’t imagine accomplishing all of this anywhere else. Thank you!