Some Notes on the Groton Wellness Center
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
The Groton Wellness Center in Groton, Massachusetts, offers dozens of nonstandard treatments. It was co-founded by G. Robert Evans, D.M.D. and his wife, Jean Nordin-Evans D.D.S., and currently has 18 practitioners on its staff. Its Web site describes it this way:
Groton Wellness Center is the first holistic center of its kind in New England, synergistically fusing state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, dental care, psychology, nutrition, and a host of complementary and alternative therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. . . .
Our broad array of wellness treatments, services and locally-produced nutritional offerings are just the start of our community approach to your holistic health. Come early and often to enjoy our nourishing, organic café. Join the on-going wellness conversation on our blog, or via Facebook. Take a yoga or nutritionally-based and delicious cooking class, indulge in a therapeutic massage, have a restorative facial or infrared sauna to detox or just plain glow. We want you to feel great in every way .
The Center was registered as a limited liability partnership in 2004  and appears to have begun seeing seeing patients in 2005. The facility is said to have two components: a dental clinic and a medical clinic/spa that features massage and "detoxification" services. The dental staff includes the Evanses and five other dentists. The staff members at the Spa include one physician (Sarika Arora, M.D.), one naturopath (Joshua Lloyd, N.D.), two acupuncturists, two nurses, one nurse-practitioner, one herbalist, two "certified health coaches," and one psychotherapist.
The nonstandard dental services listed on the Center Web site include:
- "Biological" or "holistic" dentistry. The Center's page on "biological dentistry" states that the "primary route to your total wellbeing is your mouth"  and links to "meridian tooth charts" that relate each tooth to organs and diseases throughout the body. (Meridian tooth charts are not related to the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, health, and disease that its widely accepted by the scientific community ).
- Mercury amalgam removal. The page on amalgam states that the mercury component of amalgam fillings is "the most toxic, non-radioactive substance known to man," "has been proven to deplete and suppress the immune system," and "may be the cause of chronic maladies that have affected you for years." and that patients who truly want to achieve health and well-being need to consider removal of their amalgam fillings .
- Cavitation surgery, which the clinic site describes as holes in the jawbones that rarely show on x-rays, CAT scans or MRIs but can be detected with electrodermal screening.
- Removal of teeth that have had root canal treatment.
The nonstandard services at the medical clinic/spa include:
- IV nutritional therapies, which include vitamin C, Magnesium +B, Myers cocktail, glutathione, and vitamin B12, are said to " effectively fight infections, inflammation, allergies, Lyme disease and side-effects from chemotherapy. A "Doctor's IV consultation" is required.
- Cranial-sacral therapy, which according to the Web site, "addresses the key pathways for all the body's systems," is useful for and general health maintenance, and is effective against attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, pain, autism, fibromyalgia, heart disease, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinus infections, gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach or small intestine), chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain, menstrual irregularity, eye dysfunction, dyslexia, depression, motor coordination difficulties, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), hyperactivity, asthma in babies, floppy baby syndrome, whiplash, cerebral palsy, certain birth defects, and other central nervous system disorders.
- A 10-day "superclease" program said to provide most participants with weight loss; cleanse all systems of the body; remove toxins and help prevent disease; reduce food cravings; increase immunity; and increase energy and clarity.
- Oral chelation therapy "to help remove mercury and other toxins from your body."
- Reiki, which the Web site claims will reduce stress; stimulate the immune system; increase energy; relieve the pain and symptoms of a variety of health conditions; and "help patients with acute and chronic illnesses, from asthma and arthritis, to trauma and recovery from surgery."
- Electrodermal screening, breast thermography, quantum reflex analysis, homeopathy, reflexology, and chakra evaluation.
All of the above procedures are gross departures from rational health care. You can follow the links to read more about them.
The Web site also provides the Groton Wellness Diagnostic Tool , which consists of three pages of questions about symptoms, diet, lifestyle, personal health goals, and health concerns and a final page that "recommends looking into the following services." The first page contains a disclaimer that "this tool is not to diagnose or specifically treat; it is a tool to identify treatments at Groton Wellness that may be beneficial to you and your well-being." However, no matter how the questions are answered (or even if no answers are given), the final page recommends the same 21 things: acupuncture, esthetics (skin treatments), the Farm to Table Cafe (which serves organic foods), cavitation surgery, clay baths, colon hydrotherapy, treatment with Dr. Lloyd, electrodiagnostic testing, mercury removal, IV treatment, IV vitamin C, lymph drainage, magnesium baths, massage, new patient dentistry, treatment with Dr. Aurora, root canal removal, sauna, thermography, a test that measures mercury exposure and excretion, and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet.
The Evanses also oppose the use of fluoride in any form to fight tooth decay .
Three of the Center's staff members have been disciplined.
In 2008, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry received a complaint from a patient whom the Evanses treated in 2003 and 2004, when they were part of another dental group. The patient reported that (a) Dr. Nordin had diagnosed four cavitations and referred her to Dr. Robert Evans, (b) Dr. Robert Evans performed cavitation surgery four times, two of which included unnecessary extractions of root-canal treated teeth, and (c) the Evanses and/or others in the practice had failed to render proper care to teeth with cavities and had been unable to install proper bridges . In 2010, both Evanses signed signed consent agreements under which they agreed to serve on probation for two years and take continuing medical education courses in risk management and in diagnosis and treatment planning. Dr. Nordin's agreement stated that she had practiced improperly by extracting endodontically treated teeth that had caused no symptoms and by failing to document certain procedures related to crown and bridge treatment . Dr. Robert Evans's agreement said he had practiced outside the scope of dentistry and had failed to perform and/or document certain procedures when performing oral surgery .
In 2011, Sarika Arora, M.D., signed a consent agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine under which she was reprimanded and fined $1,000 for failing to fully disclose to a patient the nature of her agreement with a company to sell their products as well as the availability of those products or equivalents elsewhere .
The Groton Wellness Center offers dozens of tests and treatments that have not been substantiated by scientific research and, in my opinion, lack a plausible rationale. It is not a facility I would recommend.
- Welcome to Groton Wellness. Groton Wellness Web site, accessed Jan 20, 2015.
- Groton Dental Wellness Center, LLP, registration for limited liability partnership. February, 2004.
- Biological dentistry. Groton Wellness Web site, accessed Jan 22, 2015.
- Barrett S. Meridian tooth charts signify poor judgment. Dental Watch, Nov 23, 2014.
- Amalgam removal - The first step in detoxification. Groton Wellness Web site, accessed Jan 22, 2015.
- Groton Wellness Diagnostic Tool. Groton Wellness Web site, accessed Jan 20, 2015.
- Fluoride - There's a better choice. Groton Wellness Web site, accessed Jan 22, 2015.
- Name redacted. Complaint against Drs. Jean Nordin-Evans and Robert Evans. Jan 24, 2008.
- Consent agreement for probation. In the matter of G. Robert Evans. Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry, Docket No. DN-08-133. Effective date: Feb 5, 2010.
- Consent agreement for probation. In the matter of Dr. Jean Nordin. Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry, Docket No. DN-08-130. Effective date: Feb 5, 2010.
- State Board of Medicine takes disciplinary action. Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine news release, Jan 19, 2011.
This article was posted on January 23, 2015.