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Planet Gratitude Holistic Health: Where Healing Meets Innovation

Jun 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Jordan Peschek
Planet Gratitude LLC is a special place for healing in the community that emphasizes holistic health and wellness and provides a welcoming space for all. Dr. Una Forde and Theodore Rick share a profound commitment to integrative health. They offer a range of therapies that weave together traditional chiropractic techniques with innovative holistic approaches including chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, supplements, stretching and massage.

Dr. Una Forde: Chiropractic, Acupuncture and more 

Dr. Forde, known affectionately as “The Gentle Chiropractor,” brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice. Her journey in healing began at Montana State University and led her through Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Over the years, Dr. Forde has enhanced her expertise with certifications in acupuncture and studies in Functional Medicine, Brain Gym techniques and Health Kinesiology.

Theodore Rick: Massage, Stretching, Reflexology

Theodore Rick, a Certified Massage Therapist and the brain behind Taj Kinesiotherapy, collaborates closely with Dr. Forde. In fact, Planet Gratitude is now a space that combines Rick’s practice, Healing Taj Holistic Stretching and Massage, with Forde’s original practice, Golden Sun Chiropractic Wellness Center. Rick’s unique method combines Active Isolated Stretching, Shiatsu, Thai Stretching and Reflexology to help reduce muscle tension and improve overall physical function.

A Patient-Centered and Root Cause Approach to Holistic Health

Both practitioners emphasize the importance of a balanced approach to health. “When your body is balanced and your nervous system is functioning at full capacity, your body’s natural healing processes are optimized,” Dr. Forde explains. Rick adds, “We focus not just on treating the symptoms but on understanding and addressing the root causes.”

Planet Gratitude’s approach is patient-centric, offering customized treatments that cater to individual needs. “Each patient receives the gentle, effective care they need, tailored specifically to them,” said Dr. Forde. This philosophy is a cornerstone of their practice.

Their collaborative work environment also extends to educational efforts, aiming to empower their patients with knowledge about their health. “We believe in educating our patients as much as treating them, so they can maintain their health outside our clinic,” Rick states.

The community has warmly received their efforts, with many locals regularly turning to Planet Gratitude for everything from pain relief to wellness maintenance. The center has become a hub for those seeking a more profound, sustained sense of well-being.

Planet Gratitude Comedy Club

The dedication to a healing and inviting atmosphere is noticed when a patient first walks in the door. A friendly staff member welcomes in each patient, windows allow light into every room, and a space with games and books for children brings ease to families. A wall in the center is filled from floor to ceiling with gratitude and inspiration that is hand-written by patients. And as a final token of their dedication to health from all angles, they have a space for a stage and seating that is turned into Planet Gratitude Comedy Club each month, where laughter is indeed healing medicine.

Looking to the future, Dr. Forde and Rick plan to continue expanding their services and educational outreach. “Our goal is to keep integrating more holistic modalities and techniques, ensuring that our community’s wellness needs are comprehensively met,” Dr. Forde concludes.

Dr. Forde and Theodore Rick are dedicated to holistic health and what it means to live a healthy, balanced life. Their work at Planet Gratitude stands as a testament to the power of integrating traditional and innovative approaches to health, making a lasting impact on the community.

Planet Gratitude is located in the International Village Professional Building, 220 W. 98th St., Bloomington, Minnesota. For information about the $20 new patient special, call 952-922-1478 or visit