Lorraine Cannatta has always had a healing touch. As a child, she helped her neighbor care for stray and injured farm animals; as a teenager, she applied those same skills to assisting her baby brother, who was born with breathing problems. After studying to become a certified surgical technician, she spent 18 years as part of a surgical team. Today, Lorraine draws upon these experiences and her extensive credentials to provide holistic wellness services at Five Elements Healing Center.
Licensed massage therapists reduce client anxiety and chronic pain. Ayurvedic consultations balance mind and body using a mixture of healthy meal plans, breathing techniques, yoga postures, and herbal remedies, and yoga classes for all fitness levels emphasize gentle movements and breathing techniques. Breathing patterns also are an essential part of the center’s empty-bowl meditations, in which participants sit with their palms up and open, similar to empty bowls. For clients seeking spiritual guidance, Five Elements offers counseling and intuitive readings.
Dr. Joy K. Lunan DDS brings more than three decades of experience to her family dentistry practice, which serves patients in the greater Waterbury, Naugatuck, and Middlebury areas. A native of Mercedes, Texas, she studied at Baylor University and the University of Texas, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Today, she works hard to not only brighten smiles with whitening treatments and cosmetic procedures, she also wants to ensure that mouths stay healthy with cancer screenings and preventative care. Regular cleanings, x-rays, and checkups are key in deterring expensive problems in the future and maintaining a healthy mouth for as long as possible.
When she is not caring for her adult patients via cosmetic and restorative dentistry or her pediatric patients, she maintains an active lifestyle of kayaking, cycling, sailing, skiing, and fishing. Much like her work at her dental practice, her interests are diverse and include spending time with family, friends, and her beloved dogs.
Working to empower individuals with disabilities to live life to the fullest, Futures, Inc. provides social-skills training, tutoring, independent-living training, and other support services to students and adults with disabilities. At the Futures School—Connecticut’s first community-based special-education school to be approved by the Department of Education—students aged 14–21 receive customized, one-on-one special education in their home communities. These education services include real-world work experience, transportation services, sessions with a full-time counselor, and typically lead to a high-school diploma from Futures School.