Body Balance #278

Do you need to bring your body into balance? We ask a lot of our physical selves, through our work and play. Today we speak with two healing practitioners who help their clients find balance through modalities such as massage, energy work, and dietary change. Julie Wright is the owner and director of Soma Massage and Wellness in South Portland; Carrie Levine is a certified nurse midwife, functional medicine specialist, and the founder of Whole Woman Health in Newcastle.


Carrie Levine

Carrie E. Levine, CNM, is the founder of Whole Woman Healthcare in Newcastle. Carrie is a certified nurse midwife. She evaluates and treats most common women’s health concerns, from preventive care and nutrition/lifestyle counseling to women’s health/gynecology services and annual physicals to ordering routine and specialized diagnostic tests and prescribing medications as appropriate. Previously, Carrie practiced gynecology at the world-renowned Women to Women healthcare clinic in Yarmouth, Maine from 2006 to 2014. Prior to that, she practiced full-scope midwifery at Miles Memorial Hospital in the beautiful midcoast town of Damariscotta. Carrie prides herself on her ability to listen to and relate to women. For more than 15 years, she has been working with her clients to identify personal health goals and then break those goals down into attainable steps. She looks for the underlying causes of illness, seeking to connect the dots of seemingly unrelated symptoms and emotions. By supporting women in setting and achieving their own health goals, Carrie helps her patients thrive emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Carrie earned a bachelor of science degree in public relations and women’s studies from Syracuse University. She went on to earn her RN and MSN from Case Western Reserve University. Her certificate in nurse midwifery is from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Practitioners in Women’s Health, the Maine Nurse Practitioners Association, and the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Julie Wright

Julie Wright, owner and director of Soma Massage and Wellness in South Portland, has been practicing massage since 2003. Julie specializes in therapeutic and nurturing massage, stress reduction, grief recovery, healing, and balancing work, drawing upon her education through the Polarity Realization Therapy and Spa Tech Institute, continuing education classes, and personal experience. Before opening Soma, Julie worked for a chiropractic office, where she deepened her practice in and understanding of therapeutic massage and worked closely with their patients to provide relief from muscular dysfunction. For many years, she was an outdoor educator for the Outward Bound School in Maine and Maryland, where she led multi-day sailing and professional development courses with youth and adults. During this time, she was also an educator for the Outdoor Leadership Program through the University of Southern Maine. Before moving into the healing arts, Julie was a program manager for the Youth Resiliency Project, a branch of the Peoples Regional Opportunity Program, where she developed activities and programs for youth and families and managed staff and interns.