Solomon Wickey protege takes over

Perkinson’s ‘Open Minds‘
to fill void left by Wickey’s departure

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

CANAAN, Ind. (February 2003) – Many people in southern Indiana have heard of the holistic healer Solomon Wickey. A person of Amish faith, Wickey practiced natural healing techniques in the Madison, Ind., area for more than a decade.
Wickey recently moved back to his homeland in northern Indiana. Now his protege, Donna Perkinson, has taken up the practice of treating ailments through the natural healing methods she learned as Wickey’s former student.
Perkinson, 50, said she first learned about Wickey after her husband, Ron Perkinson, was treated by him for severe back pain. Inspired by the amazing relief her husband had experienced, Perkinson visited Wickey for the severe headaches she was experiencing.

Donna Perkinson

Donna Perkinson at her home office.

Perkinson said that conventional medical doctors had been unable to help her. However, after one visit with Wickey, her symptoms disappeared. Much to her chagrin, a couple of months after her initial treatment from Wickey, Perkinson’s headaches reoccurred. Desperate for relief, she immediately decided to go back to Wickey.
Perkinson said she almost panicked when she heard rumors that Wickey was retiring and leaving the area. When she was finally able to see Wickey, she asked if he would teach her what he knew. He agreed, and for a whole year Perkinson observed and took notes as Wickey treated patient after patient.
Some of Wickey’s patients came from as far away Africa and Egypt. Although he had never advertised or put up any signs, Wickey’s reputation had spread internationally.
“Solomon told me, ‘If you’re good at what you do, you won’t need a sign,’ “ Perkinson said.
After studying under Wickey for a year, Perkinson learned that although he wasn’t retiring. Wickey did intend to move away from the Madison area to northern Indiana. Wickey, who had shared his knowledge with several others, told Perkinson that he had planted his seeds and was moving on.
Perkinson said she knew that Wickey would be sorely missed by many of his patients, and that there wasn’t anyone else around to her knowledge who practiced the same techniques. Knowing this, she was inspired to start her own practice. “I feel like one of his seeds since he showed me how to do this,” she said.
As Wickey’s protege, Perkinson has been feeling the void he left behind for a little over two years. At her small office located just off Hwy. 129 about four miles outside Versailles, Ind., Perkinson practices the techniques she learned from Wickey. Those techniques include natural healing, kinesiology and the use of herbal medicines.
Kinesiology is defined as “the use of muscle testing to identify imbalance in the body’s structural, chemical, emotional or other energy to establish the body’s priority healing needs.” According to Perkinson, it’s really all about getting the body to heal itself.
While hard to explain, muscle testing is one of the ways Perkinson determines the source of the ailment. According to Perkinson, it is how she connects her body’s energy with the energy from her patient’s body which tells her what is wrong.
Another method is the lean test. Perkinson administers this test by asking a patient questions to determine if their body naturally leans forward, which means yes, or backward, which means no. Perkinson said she can actually teach her patients to administer their own lean test, which helps them select appropriate treatments for their own illnesses.
Once she determines, through muscle or lean testing, the source of the ailment, Perkinson administers the treatment through herbs and/or releasing. According to Perkinson, releasing is more of a spiritual practice, and while not tied to a specific religion, requires a basic faith in God. Releasing requires the laying on of hands, said Perkinson, and a prayer to request that the illness or bad emotions be removed and replaced with health or positive emotions.
While unconventional, Perkinson’s natural healing methods, which she attributes to a spiritual gift, appeal to many people, especially those who have not found relief for their ailments through conventional medicine. Her patients claim that she has cured them of everything from kidney stones to depression.
Judy Feldkamp of Rising Sun, Ind., said she had lost all confidence in medical doctors when her husband suggested she give Perkinson’s treatment a try. Feldkamp had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and had also been on prescription cholesterol medication. Feldkamp said she was amazed that even after her first treatment, she began to see results. “I really believe in this health care and know it has done more for me than any other type of health care I have tried.”
Joyce Thompson of New Castle, Ind., said she started treatment from Perkinson about a year ago for a bladder problem. “I had three surgery’s and did not want to have another one. In about two months my problem was gone,” Thompson said.
Aaron Bright of North Vernon, Ind., is also convinced that Perkinson’s natural healing methods work. “I had neck and back pain for years due to bicycle accidents, and after seeing Perkinson several times my pain has been relieved,” Bright said.
Perkinson said that she feels she is now doing what she was meant to do and that she will continue to help people as long as she is able. In addition to treating patients, she also teaches classes to others who want to learn natural healing methods.
Perkinson shares her office space with Marquita Asher, a certified massage therapist who specializes in Reiki, massage therapy, aromassage, Chakra, herbal body wraps and meditation.

For more information contact Perkinson at (812) 346-1213 or visit her office at 215 Hwy. 7, Vernon, IN 4782.

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