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Judy Blatz: From High Tech to High Touch

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During her last few years at Hewlett-Packard, Judy Blatz knew she wanted to shift from technology to health care, although she was not sure how that would play out. She talked to a few health care professionals, including physiotherapists because, “I felt that our health care system was focusing more on treating symptoms than on uncovering and treating the root cause,” she said.

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“Also, I strongly believe that individuals must be responsible for their own health and wellness by crafting health care programs that support their needs,” she added.

Blatz started taking courses in therapeutic massage in her free time and decided that this field was a good match for her interests.

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Early in 2007, she took advantage of HP’s early retirement option and began her foray into a new career. She stepped up the course work and became certified in therapeutic massage, focusing on people suffering with chronic pain and diseases like multiple sclerosis.

“Although I think that ‘pampering’ massages are wonderful and important in this high stress environment, my primary focus is on helping people with painful medical conditions,” she said.

Blatz’ long term goal is to expand her business “to add other therapists with unique modalities, such as acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and herbology,” she said.

She also plans to continue her education in CranioSacral Therapy CST, which she describes as “a light touch therapy that focuses on the area from the cranium to the tailbone and the central nervous system.”

CST can help people with everything from migraine headaches to attention deficit disorder, according to Blatz.

She also practices Pilates and hopes to become a certified instructor. “I think Pilates is especially helpful for older people, because it builds core strength and balance, which are both important to overall health,” she said.

“My goal is to open a holistic healing and alternative health care facility that offers a full range of options, so that people can craft their own treatment plan to support their body in healing itself,” she said.

While she is in the building phase of her business, which is based in Laconia, NH, Blatz sometimes works seven days a week, from early morning through the evening. “But, since I schedule my own time, I can block out vacations or days off when I need to,” she said.

Blatz joined Digital Equipment Corp. in 1979 as an administrative assistant, immediately after graduating from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. While at DEC, she earned a degree in accounting from Rivier College in NH and also took computer science courses at University of Lowell in Massachusetts. She worked at several New England locations and held various jobs during her 28 year career with DEC, Compaq and HP. At the time of her retirement, she was a marketing manager within BCS, supporting resellers from the Spit Brook Road site in Nashua, NH.

While at DEC, she met and married Bob Blatz, who was with DEC, Compaq and HP for 34 years in a variety of positions. Before retiring last year, he held a Linux marketing position and managed the OpenVMS marketing group.