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Generations Of Holistic Guidance

SINCE 1956


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?

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  • 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

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  • Passionately support  your body, mind, and spirit

  • Find answers by listening intently, researching extensively, and searching with an open mind for innovative approaches

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  • 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

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  • 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


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Wellness YOUR way. Learn better self-care as a customer or client, online or
          in-person, independently or in groups.

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.

Important Reasons to Follow a
Preventive Care Natural Lifestyle

Natural Therapies


More than 42% of adults and children rely on various natural therapies.
2012 National Survey NCCIH

Heart Disease


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

5 years - the time within which people with prediabetes can develop type II diabetes.
CDC December 2021



20% of all out-patient surgical procedures result from digestive diseases.




30-50% of all cancer cases are preventable. 

World Health Organization February 2022



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. 

American Journal of Public Health 2011



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 . . ."
Shelly A.
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