Freeport doctors plan to offer farm shares along with prescriptions

May 14th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

FREEPORT, Maine — The local private practice of a pair of alternative doctors just got a little bit fringier.

Be Well My Friend, the South Freeport Road family practice of Drs. Kevin Kenerson and Michael Dufresne, offers services ranging from pediatric care to acupuncture to medical marijuana certification.

This month, the physicians will add farm shares as they seek to build a new kind of integrative health center.

“My goal has always been to empower patients to find health and take the best care of themselves,” Kenerson said. “Oftentimes, patients say they can’t afford to eat healthy, or they’re just uneducated on cooking or nutrition in general. So our goal in starting this is to support our local farmers and our patients. Long-term, our goal is to have an actual farmers market in the Freeport office.”

Both doctors took circuitous paths to medicine.

Kenerson suffered from chronic back pain and left a career in banking to try to find a remedy. He studied massage therapy and considered chiropractic school before enrolling in the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He graduated in 2006, one year behind Dufresne, a Mainer who studied zoology and marine biology as an undergraduate, but returned to school after growing disappointed with his career options: working in a chemistry lab for a government contractor, and other distinctly non-animalian gigs.

They met in earnest after residency, while working together at Augusta Family Medicine at MaineGeneral, and soon went to work for Manchester Family Practice. Around the same time, they opened an Augusta-based

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