A new wellness center is incorporating experiences in Hawaii, with the environment of downtown Frederick.

“I’m using Hawaiian as mental imagery, I want to use all five senses; so I want when someone comes in this door to hear Hawaii, feel Hawaii, smell Hawaii, taste Hawaii in our juices and coffee’s, and just feel all the goodness that the island brings,” said Owner of New Market Hãnai Ohana, Teresa Russell.

New Market Hãnai Ohana, located on S Court Street, is new and unique to downtown Frederick. It is a family wellness center that offers counseling to individuals, couples, and families, and then offers substance abuse assessments and life coaching. 

“We do assessments, and individual counseling services…anything else would have to be referred out, but often addiction is an individual issue, and needs to be addressed because there are so many core issues that don’t get dealt with in a group setting. So providing individual service is really where I want to focus. I’ve done the group setting for a couple of years now,” said Russell.

“After meeting with Teresa, and getting to hear about what she sees for the future of their business…I think they’re just going to be a wonderful, calming presence for us to have downtown,” said Downtown Frederick Partnership Marketing and Promotions Manager, Leeann Dickerson.

Hãnai Ohana translates into “extended family” in Hawaiian and the counselors are individually referred to as “kõkua,” or “helper.” The new wellness center is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Teresa and Kareem Russell.

In addition to being a resident of Hawaii for 11 years, Teresa is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Supervisor, Maryland Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Supervisor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her experience with counseling individuals of diverse backgrounds goes back 13 years. Kareem complements Teresa’s counseling services with his own expertise as a health and wellness coach.

“We’re going to have several counselors here as we start adding services, and my husband will also be doing health coaching to help people with their fitness and nutrition,” Added Russell.

With locations around the city like Carroll Creek, utilizing activities in nature like morning meditation or walks with clients is never far away.

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