SPRING HILL — Several local businesses sell specialty items for home health care, but few have the range of wares offered at All Florida Medical Supplies.
From hammertoe cushions to recliner chairs, the store in Hernando West Plaza has sold physician-recommended and patient-choice items and supplements for 20 years.
As the store marks its 20th anniversary this month, it has launched a series of free weekly sessions presented by local medical practitioners, each highlighting a different field of alternative therapies, said manager Tammy McKenzie.
From 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, a speaker on dream interpretation will be featured. Subsequent lectures also will be scheduled on Thursday afternoons.
The programs aim to explain various therapies in a neutral atmosphere, McKenzie said, making it unnecessary for people to visit a doctor's office.
McKenzie holds a master's degree in holistic nutrition. Under her managership, the store sells nutritional supplements, organic herbs and spices, floral remedies, vitamins, aromatherapy oils and dispensers, and a broad range of books on subjects for healthy living.
With her passion for holistic medicine, McKenzie said "If the mind and the spirit are not happy, then the body will not be healthy."
There's much more in the store's product line.
"By far, the most popular item is Biofreeze, a topical pain relief gel, chiropractor-recommended," McKenzie said. "Yes, definitely, I hear good results," she added.
About 30 percent of customer purchases are doctor-prescribed, McKenzie said.
"The rest of them are, 'Have you got something for this or that,' " she said. "Usually, they come in with a pain complaint, usually arthritis."
Noting that customers average about 60 years in age, the manager added: "We do quite a bit of walkers, and canes especially. People like to have several."
Cushion supports and bathroom safety devices are big sellers, too.
Floor space and shelves are devoted to air and water cleaning systems and supplies, cervical collars, arthritis gloves, body-specific binders and wraps, comfort stockings, healing creams, adhesive bandages, reaching implements, weighted eating utensils, medical alert bracelets and pet supplements.
On the lighter side, the store offers specialized greeting cards and "trinkets," McKenzie said, which customers buy as inexpensive gifts for their caregivers or grandchildren.
The business opened in Hernando County in 1988. It has been owned by MK Management of Cordova, Tenn., since 1993.
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