Nothing makes Dr. Christina Davis happier than watching a child, as she puts it, go “mainstream” in the serene milieu of Peace Valley Holistic Center, which sits along a northern edge of Peace Valley Park in Chalfont.
After nearly five decades of administering alternative therapies to those with special needs—and often pioneering them—the naturopathic physician has learned to take nothing for granted, especially the simple touchstones of a child’s life, like a marathon Halo session with friends or a gossip-y sleepover.
“The families, when they come, they’re ready to break up or divorce. They can’t take it,” the 72-year-old Dr. Davis says. “I’ve watched families get back together.”
She came out of retirement to open the nonprofit center in 2010 with her daughter, Donnamarie Davis, a federal litigator who specializes in special education law. Audio, vitamin and light therapies, QiGong massage (a needle-free form of acupuncture), reflexology and natural food diets are the staples of her practice, which is headquartered in a once-dilapidated farmhouse. The renovations were conducted by way of donations and volunteers, a holistic effort that’s symbolic of how she lives.
Dr. Davis holds doctorates in natural medicine and shamanistic practice and attributes her philosophy to early childhood influences, namely parents who were into organic farming long before the term came into existence and who soothed her chronic indigestion with simple diet modification.
A client base as far flung as Florida and Arizona and her growing media presence are testaments to Dr. Davis’s own mainstreaming.
“Socialism,” she promises, “happens before your eyes.” —Avery Greene