Salmon Falls Family Healthcare is Presenting Sponsor…

Salmon Falls Family Healthcare of Somersworth is thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 1st Annual St. Mary Academy 5K Run/Walk in Dover, to be held on Saturday, April 13th at 9:00 am.

As St. Mary Academy’s mission states, it is “a Catholic faith community dedicated to the education and growth of children in an atmosphere of peace, justice, and love.” The Academy is celebrating its centennial with events such as the 5K run/walk, and an Alumni Gala and Auction, which offers a year of free tuition to one lucky winner, and more offerings.

Salmon Falls Family Healthcare strives to promote a healthy lifestyle for its patients and the community. The healthcare providers educate families about preventive care, smart food choices, and exercise habits, so sponsoring an event like this that encourages physical activity was a natural fit. Claire Menard, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Salmon Falls, takes it one step further by promoting 5210 Healthy NH, a program that fights childhood obesity, with her patients and with the schools in surrounding communities. “I am thrilled that SFFH is sponsoring the 5K race/walk for St Mary Academy! The event encourages community participation in a fun, fitness activity and this corresponds nicely with our 5210, healthy lifestyle’s campaign. On a personal note, I am very happy to support an event at the school my children attended.”

Salmon Falls has just re-located to 7 Works Way in Somersworth, right in front of the Works Family Health & Fitness Center. Learn more at

The SMA 5K Run/Walk will begin and end at St. Mary Academy, located at 222 Central Avenue in Dover, NH. The certified race course will lead participants through Historic Dover and the Dover Community Trail. There will be chip timing, and tech t-shirts will be available for the first 125 registrants. Registration is only $20, or $25 on the day of the event. Sign up at:

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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