About Us


About Downeast Wellness

Downeast Wellness Integrative Health Services is a one-stop resource for Complementary, Alternative, Integrative Health, and Functional Health services in Ellsworth, Maine.

Using evidenced-based methods and empirically researched therapies, our team provides the best in natural and holistic health options.  We are affiliated with the Chicago School of Health, Saybrook University, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to bring our patients the most advanced and practical knowledge that is available.

We offer both in office and Zoom / Chat consultations and services for our patients' convenience; and are happy to schedule after hours Zoom consultations for both  our global patients and our patients who work during the day.

Our Team

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 Dr. Ruth Moore

Samantha Moore
Massage Therapy Student

Dr. Moore is a Psychoneuroimmunologist in Maine who is board certified in Clinical (medical) Aromatherapy through the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and has an integrative background in neuroscience, behaviorism, and functional health.  She has additional post-doctoral training in Integrative Medicine and Mindful Leadership from Saybrook University, and serves as an international resource for food intolerance testing and bioresonance medicine.


As both a provider and a US Navy veteran, Dr. Ruth is an expert in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative medicines.  She specializes in multiple mind-body medicine practices to restore balance in the neuro-endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.  With her convenient in-person and on-line presences, she has a thriving, global practice centered in Ellsworth, Maine.

To help increase access to care for isolated or rural patients, Dr. Moore has recently published a self-help and coaching book for trauma survivors, Building Resiliency: 32 Days to a Better You.  She holds weekly, on-line group sessions as readers navigate through their traumas and learn healthy resiliency practices.    

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Samantha is our business and office intern.  She comes to us with a pharmacy technician background; and is a student at the Downeast School of Massage Therapy and a Senior at the University of Maine at Machias.  


As a Business Administration major, she also is working with our social media, and posts several times per week on our Downeast Wellness Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. 


She is in our office on Wednesdays through Fridays, and can do training massages on Fridays.


Alfred "Butch"
Moore, Jr.

Butch is a trained biologist who specializes in aquatic and environmental issues.  When not helping our patients understand their environmental intolerances, he also works in our office as an executive coach who specializes in conflict resolution and leadership / business development. 


His background includes dual Bachelor degrees in Biology and Leadership and Organizational Studies and a Master's Degree in Leadership.


We admit it!  We were able to convince Cathy to come out of retirement!  Cathy is our office manager and has a lifetime of experience in business administration.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in business, as well as certification as a Beach Body coach.

When not in the office, Cathy is leading our water training program or playing at Graham Lake.

Cathy Hartigan, BA
Cooper Moore

According to Dr. Rausch, Cooper is "Magnificent!"  He is a retired service dog who transitioned himself into becoming our official Canine Therapist. 

As well-known traveler, Cooper has been certified by TSA and Delta Airlines as one of the best companions in the country. He has recently completed his honorary PhD and will be taking his place as a non-traditional provider within our practice.

Frank Higgins, CMH

Frank Higgins in a certified Master Herbalist who was educated at Oaksterdam University.  He brings many talents to our team, but specializes in wellness coaching, cannabidiol consultations, and therapeutic humor.  When people work with Frank, they are at ease with his irreverent humor and holistic approach to life.