Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Supporting Women Vets with Gretchen Stein, PhD and David Wettergren, EdD

Dr. Gretchen Stein and Dr. David Wettergren are co-founders of A Place of Grace, a nonprofit organization that integrates medical, alternative, mental health, and spiritual models of healing. Gretchen explains how she used holistic therapies to help herself heal from a chronic illness. That experience helped motivate her start A Place of Grace with David in 2010. They discovered that of the thousands of returning women veterans, 20% of them have PTSD. Tragically, the suicide rate of women who were in a war zone is three times that of men. Many of the women have been sexually traumatized during their deployment. Gretchen and David describe the various programs offered at A Place of Grace. One of their most popular programs is a Summer Camp for female veterans which is offered on October 12-14, 2012 at Marine on the St. Croix, MN. For more information about these programs, please visit