Kennebec Valley Well being Membership modifications fingers, to stay health middle in Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE — When Sharon Roy made the choice it was time to offer her enterprise…

FARMINGDALE — When Sharon Roy made the choice it was time to offer her enterprise enterprise in Farmingdale, she skilled one request for the dealer: Don’t arrange a “For Sale” indication.

“I simply can’t have that,” Roy reported a short time in the past. “I merely can not have my clients drive up every working day and see a indication. It leads to query within the group.”

For 45 yrs, Roy has run the KV Well being Membership, initially together with her accomplice, Kim Brouillet, who died 18 a very long time up to now after being recognized with most cancers, and now by herself.

Roy reported as she methods her sixty fifth birthday, she is able to have one other particular person else purchase above the enterprise.

Julia Panepinto performs heat-up deadlifts in September 2020 on the KV Well being Membership in Farmingdale. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal file

Preserving that neighborhood was critically vital to Roy and Scott Coutts, who has bought the enterprise enterprise. The provide shut Monday. Phrases of the sale haven’t been disclosed.


“He was fearful that anybody would purchase (the property) and convert it into workplaces and shed the local people hyperlink,” Roy defined.

For the generations of women and men who’ve utilised the KV Properly being Membership, as it’s acknowledged, the ability has been a subsequent residence and the employees members an extended relations.

The relations environment was a magnet for Coutts, who owns and operates two neighborhood enterprises along with his companions: Coutts Brothers Inc. in Randolph, which does utility development and substantial-voltage line work, and Quirion Growth Inc. in Augusta, which does residential and industrial earth function, among the many different services.

Coutts’ hyperlink to the bodily health middle dates once more to his teenage a number of years, and he did his to begin with bodybuilding current there.

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“(They) ended up nice ample to present to present me a significant once I couldn’t make it on time,” Coutts talked about. “I used to be succesful to perform out on the off hrs. It’s a actually good family surroundings. Superior vitality.”


Although Coutts in no way imagined he would personal a well being membership, he acknowledged KV General well being Membership is an arrange, partner and children-oriented enterprise, like Coutts Brothers and Quirion Constructing.

“I’m not performing this for financial achieve, and I do know that seemingly into it,” he stated. “That is further of an psychological choice on my aspect as a result of local people and buying that taken care of as a well being and health middle.”

The KV Well being Membership opened in 1977 at a tiny rental room in Augusta. At the moment, Roy was enrolled in nursing college and married to Brouillet.

Brouillet had acquired into the well being membership and defined to his partner he ready to purchase out the proprietor.

When he had acquired a diploma in criminology, Brouillet was a standard athlete who skilled competed in shot place on the Junior Olympic Sport titles, in accordance to Roy. He parlayed that into producing the general well being membership.


The enterprise grew because the few added a girls’s software program, hosted powerlifting competitions and constructed curiosity in bodybuilding.

With every particular person enlargement, they sought out different areas, and eventually completed up in Farmingdale. After they had been confronted with nevertheless a unique shift, they made the choice to determine their very personal home. They opened the most recent facility at 11 KV Lane in 1992.

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In 1998, Brouillet was recognized with melanoma, a form of pores and pores and skin most cancers. At that stage, Brouillet circled operation of KV Wellness Membership to Roy whereas he targeting his remedy. He died in 2004 at 52.

Utilizing in regards to the day-to-day jogging of the health membership gave Roy a extra highly effective backbone, she acknowledged, however it additionally examined her, as did overhearing remarks from clientele expressing uncertainties about her means to hold on on her particular person.

“The naysayers defined, ‘I give her six months,’” she stated. “I acknowledged: “Watch me, child. I’ve been performing it.’”


However Roy was additionally operating the danger of overdoing it by working prolonged hrs and quite a few days at a prolong. That’s when she employed Ron Gallagher to be supervisor.

Collectively the way in which, Roy has acquired certifications as a food plan and wellness advertising and marketing advisor. She is a non-public coach, a senior bodily health professional and a {golfing} conditioning trainer.

Roy has additionally made working groups and Silver Sneakers programs for older consumers, which have helped set up communities of friends. That thread of local people can be seen within the photos she has pinned to her enterprise workplace doorway exhibiting various generations of place households who’ve develop to be clientele.

“I live with no regrets,” Roy talked about. “I check to look at my options and make the only option centered on what’s prone to be excellent for me and the individuals right this moment about me. I simply can not say I want I’d have completed all the things various, as a result of reality it could not have gotten me to this spot.”

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“This place” incorporates being married to Colin Roy, a retired college athletic director who spent 26 a very long time at Corridor-Dale Heart and Excessive College in Farmingdale, whom she glad in 2008.


Whereas Roy talked about she designs to go on as a coach at KV Properly being Membership, she additionally hopes to commit extra time having fun with golf together with her accomplice, and never getting up at 2:30 a.m. to open up the health middle for the early risers.

Coutts reported he has brief- and extended-term choices for the well being and health membership, which incorporates proudly owning Gallagher carry on as supervisor. Coutts acknowledged he’s additionally looking to replace among the cardio tools, and he applications to talk with members about what they want to see on the membership.

“I need to get some clear, youthful blood in there,” Coutts acknowledged, “and make the changeover to get younger clients involved, and a few sports activities groups within the location at the highschool stage. It could be a travesty to not have the well being membership within the Gardiner-Farmingdale area.”

Editor’s Observe: This story has been up-to-date to replicate that the title of the enterprise is KV Well being Membership. 


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