You're Invited! The Raby Institute's Official Grand Re-Opening Scheduled for Oct. 2

 

The Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine celebrates a milestone next month, welcoming patients and the community to tour our new, expanded integrative health location-the largest of its kind in Chicago.

 

Putting a priority on health and the healing capabilities of place, the Raby Institute moved up 17 floors recently from the 4th floor of 500 N. Michigan to the 21st. The new space is 33 percent larger. It encompasses intentional thought and design, reflective of the Raby Institute's innovative approach to caring for patients and teaching patients to care for themselves.

 

"The environments where we spend our time support our whole being-our mental, physical, and spiritual health," says Raby Institute founder Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABIHM. "They elicit emotional responses in us, and as a result are capable of affecting our health and well-being."

 

The Raby Institute will reveal the new space in a grand re-opening on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. You're invited to enjoy a contemporary juice apothecary provided by Owen + Alchemy, works from Chicago artist LeNardo Nelson, Sr., and an introduction to Inspire Her Girls Leadership Academy.


Comprised of 21 exam and treatment rooms, the Raby Institute offers patients sweeping views of the city and Lake Michigan. Rich, colorful walls represent the five colors in Chinese medicine, and a calming tea lounge with carefully selected essential oils is available to patients in the reception area.


"My dream has always been that the minute someone walked through this space, he or she would feel an overwhelming calmness. Being in a serene state, instead of inundated with a barrage of sensory input, would in turn enable healing," Dr. Raby says.


Integrative Psychologist Susan Duma, PsyD, MPH, adds, "This space enables us to show how much we value and respect our patients' healing journeys. And that's exactly why we've created it-to connect even more to their healing process."

 

The move was a long time in the making, in progress since 2012. Throughout the expansion, Dr. Raby focused on recycling everything possible: carpet, flooring, wallpaper, lights, and furniture. The pieces were either re-used directly or broken down for use in a new way, such as old wallpaper becoming the glue that holds new wallpaper. Additionally, all materials are VOC-free.

 

The Raby Institute then donated items that weren't able to be recycled in the new space. Upwards of $60,000 in supplies-including sinks, wood, counter tops, toilets, glass panels, and even the front desk-went to WINGS Metro, a 40-bed shelter for battered women and children opening in Chicago this year.

 

For Naturopath Katherine Chavez, ND, watching Dr. Raby's vision unfold has changed the ways she thinks of her patients. "We see people all the time with serious issues, like someone might struggle to sleep, for example. Helping them through that seems very hard. But now we can really look at what Dr. Raby has done-not only being a woman, but challenging how ‘normal medicine' works and what it looks like. That wasn't easy for her, either. It was a concerted effort pretty much made by one woman. It's her vision, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it."

 

The Raby Institute invites you to attend the unveiling celebration on Thursday, October 2, at 5 p.m. For inquiries or to RSVP, please call the Raby Institute at (312) 276.1212.

"I observe my body and mind with new awareness since becoming a patient of the Raby Institute. I see my own health and healing as something I help create everyday."
- Raby Institute patient