Good News: October 2016


Alliance OB/GYN To Begin Offering CenteringPregnancy

Alliance Obstetrics & Gynecology will soon be offering CenteringPregnancy prenatal care for obstetrical patients as an alternative to traditional prenatal appointments. The first Centering groups will take place in early November. Alliance is the first privately owned Ob/Gyn office in the greater Lansing area to offer CenteringPregnancy.

CenteringPregnancy is prenantal care combined with pregnancy and childbirth education and includes a traditional health check-up with additional time and attention in a group setting. Patients will meet with a healthcare provider and other women who are due around the same time for 10 sessions throughout their pregnancy. Centering combines health assessment, interactive learning and relationship building to help introduce and support healthy behaviors. Groups include discussion, activities and time for sharing in a relaxed and fun setting.

Topics discussed in Centering groups include prenatal testing, stress management, breastfeeding, preparing for labor and birth, emotional adjustments, depression and newborn care and safety.

“Women tend to enjoy being around other women going through a similar experience. Centering moms create lasting friendships and are a wonderful resource to each other during a very exciting but also stressful time in their lives,” said Dawn Ellis, public relations and digital media specialist for Alliance. “Of course, we will continue to offer traditional OB appointments for patients that prefer traditional. Alliance strives to be the premier Ob/Gyn practice in mid-Michigan and we feel that letting our OB patients choose the prenatal care that works best for them helps us to reach that goal.”

Alliance Ob/Gyn is a private medical practice with offices in East Lansing and Mason specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Alliance is accepting new patients at both locations. To make an appointment at either office, call (517) 484-3000.

Willingham & Cotè, P.C. Welcomes New Attorney

Willingham & Cotè, P.C. is pleased to welcome Heather Gilkey to their firm. Gilkey brings more than 16 years of legal experience and will be further developing the firm’s business and corporate law, estate planning and real estate law practice areas. In addition to her exceptional legal skills, Gilkey has extensive business, leadership and philanthropic experience via her community involvement with the Zonta Club of East Lansing Area, Junior League of Lansing, WKAR Development Counsel, Athena WIN and Impression 5 Science Center. 

Willingham & Cotè, P.C., based in East Lansing, Mich., has been serving the legal needs of individuals, families and businesses for more than 50 years. The firm’s attorneys represent clients in Michigan and throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

AL!VE Café Becomes Locally Owned Franchise

E&M Food Services, Inc., has purchased the franchise rights to NOURISH by The Big Salad, operated within AL!VE. The transition from a corporately-owned entity to a franchise location took effect on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

E&M Food Services, Inc., is owned by Charlotte residents, Eric and Morene McGill, who also operate a CrossFit business in MOVE, the fitness center at AL!VE.

“This was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down,” Morene McGill said. “We love what AL!VE brings to our community – where we live and work. We want to support its efforts to transform the personal well-being of those who discover its services. NOURISH is an important part of its operations and we are dedicated to the café’s long-term success.”

The Big Salad, based in eastern Michigan, offers more than 17 million salad combinations, as well as fresh sandwich and soup options. It joined AL!VE in October 2014 and expanded its menu in the Charlotte location with smoothies and specialty coffees, and made “grab ‘n’ go” items available during off-peak times. The café has been operated directly by The Big Salad president and CEO, John Bornoty. However as The Big Salad continues to expand in the U.S., it is changing its business model from corporate ownership to a franchise system.


All current employees will remain part of the NOURISH team as ownership transitions. NOURISH by The Big Salad employs approximately 10 team members. Current hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Grab ‘n’ go items are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturdays. It is closed Sundays.


Call (517) 541-5815 for to-go orders or for questions. The menu and online ordering can be found at

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