Welcome To Vitathena Wellness
A Store Without Walls
~ Formerly the Manchester Parkade Health Shoppe ~
I am Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN) and a Wellness Guide with a lifetime in both the natural health and Western medicine arenas. I have over 13 years of experience helping thousands of people, primarily as the former owner of the Manchester Parkade Health Shoppe. I am committed to providing you a personalized, hopeful experience that takes into account your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Relying on cutting-edge scientific research and practical solutions, I address symptoms and root causes of a wide variety of health conditions.
I am dedicated to empowering you to reach your wellness goals. Recognizing that you may be suffering from an acute or chronic condition, and possibly one that has not been diagnosed despite numerous medical evaluations and lab tests, I provide customized recommendations for dietary supplements, essential oils, and other natural therapies, and changes in your diet and lifestyle. When appropriate, I make referrals to a variety of holistic practitioners that heal with other modalities.
What Makes Me Different?
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN) & Wellness Guide
Personalized natural regimens to empower your body to heal itself
Lifestyle guidance and a wide selection of evidence-based natural therapies
Simple, convenient, time-saving access to the answers you need
Passionately support your body, mind, and spirit
Find answers by listening intently, researching extensively, and searching with an open mind for innovative approaches
Grew up in the natural health and Western medicine arenas
Empowered thousands to optimize their health at the Manchester Parkade Health Shoppe, an award-winning nutrition center that operated for 65 years
Mentored by Michael Dworkin, PD, CCN, a Connecticut licensed clinical nutritionist with a doctorate in pharmacy
Address the symptoms and underlying causes of a wide range of health issues
Provide true compassion, the ability to feel your pain and the resolve
to help relieve it
Non-judgmental openness that allows you to relax into the awareness that your investment in your health will reduce your suffering and transform you
Supportive, focused collaborations that foster real healing, self-love, and inner peace
Why Choose a Natural Approach to Wellness?
Conventional medicine treats individual symptoms, but rarely looks beyond symptoms to address the whole person and potential causes of illness. Treatments are based on the idea that the same medical solutions are appropriate for large groups of people.
Complementary and alternative healthcare and medical practices (CAM) are personalized and consider the mind, body, and spirit. They address disease prevention and underlying causes through the use of non-traditional, often ancient healing modalities that are based on the concept that the body has the power to heal itself.
Some Compelling Numbers
More than 42% of adults and children rely on various natural therapies.
2012 National Survey NCCIH
Roughly 697,000 Americans died of heart disease in the United States in 2020. That's 1 in every 5 deaths.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
5 years - the time within which people with prediabetes can develop type II diabetes.
CDC December 2021
Of the 40 million American adults who suffer from
anxiety, only 37% receive treatment.
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
Approximately 300,000 preventable deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic.
Over 1M American women experience menopause every year. 85% of postmenopausal women worldwide have experienced a menopause symptom. BMC Women’s Health 2015 & National Institute on Aging 2022
What Clients Say
"Shout out to Erika Dworkin!! Her suggestions have directly impacted me in the most positive way! Following her suggestions on supplements & a progesterone cream, my hot flashes have decreased by 90% & I’m feeling more myself while dealing with premenopausal symptoms! I cherish her wisdom & advice . . ."