Crystals on Midday Makeover WENY TV

Marjorie Wilson is the owner of Fossil Rock Acres at a new location – 5234 West Wolf Run Extension in Campbell, NY 14821. She sells crystals, fossils, figurines and military items. Marjorie has a Master’s degree in Metaphysical Science and gives classes at her new location on meditation, the crystals and crystal grids. She may be reached at (607) 769-2729, by email at The website is and she is also on Facebook.

How long have you been in business?

Fossil Rock Acres has been in business for 11 years. They opened for business the day after Thanksgiving in 2006.

How did you begin in this business? What has been the evolution?

I have always done some kind of craft. Years ago I did ceramics. I had over 400 molds and 2 kilns. I had classes on how to paint ceramics. Then I began to create beaded jewelry with the crystals. I went to craft shows and Native American Pow Wows. The weather is very unpredictable. I found it was much more relaxing and less stressful to have a store.

Were you a business owner before you had the ceramics and the beads?

No.  Ceramics was my first venture and I did that for about 10 years.

What did you do before that?

When I first came home from the Army, I sold advertising for the Bath Pennysaver. Then I worked at the VA. I was secretary for the Elmira/Corning Airport. Then I went to work for the Federal Government as an Administrative Maintenance Technician. After that I went to work for the Addison School District as the attendance/registration officer. My last 10 years there I was a teaching assistant.

I was very practiced in people skills but it also taught me how to deal with all the paperwork in owning a business – sales, inventory, cashflow, quarterly sales tax, etc..

Is there a specific software that you like to keep track of all this?

I do everything manually. I created a form using Microsoft WORD Tables that I use to keep track of things.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

There are a few people who would come in the store and say, “We are praying for you”. They would think I was a witch and worshiping satan because I had the crystals. I am neither a wicka nor a witch but people thought you were that just because you had the crystals and that is a satan sort of thing.

Crystals come from the earth and God created the earth. I appreciate prayers anytime.

However, there are still some people out there who look at it the other way.

What are your greatest achievements?

I have stayed in business for 11 years. I do no business online. I once had it set up for the jewelry online and sold 2 or 3 things. The cost of having that website was so much I took it down. I have been considering trying it again with my own website since there is so much online shopping now.

Are there any stumbling blocks?

If I were to mention anything it is the issue of being a single person owner. If you have to do something else, if there is a death in the family or you are sick (unexpected things), you have to close the store. Planned things you can let people know ahead of time that the store will be closed on a certain date. Most of my customers understand that. But there are a few who complain a bit.

Bringing on someone part-time as a backup person is not affordable. The cost of the compensation insurances and the salary and other expenses is not economically reasonable to do something like that.

If you could have a do-Over, what would that be?

I don’t usually play the “Shoulds, Woulda, Coulda” game. I am just grateful for what I have.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself retiring from her. I will sell this business. I will draw Social Security and travel.

Nutrition Response Testing on Midday Makeover WENY TV

Donna Burdick is the owner of Finger Lakes Nutrition. This is a business that offers Nutrition Response Testing as their primary modality for nutritional healing. She is also a classically trained, board certified, registered dietician with over 20 years’ experience in medical model nutrition.  Donna is located at 911 Pennsylvania Ave. in Elmira, NY  14903. She can be reached at (607) 229-6079 or by email at Her website is and she is on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 What is Medical Model Nutrition?

Medical Model is “after the fact”. It is not prescribing herbals; not looking for other answers. In my mind, I have been treating medical diagnoses with ineffective dietary prescription for the last 20 years.  Unfortunately, most people don’t understand how important nutrition is for overall well-being and disease prevention.  What I am seeing are patients that have become medical wreckage.  Which means people have several diagnoses and are being treated with too many medications that, in most cases, just mask the symptoms.  No real answers are provided as to why they are sick.  With my clinical background and my training in Nutrition Response Testing, I believe there is always something I can do to help a person feel better.  For example, I can help you relieve headaches, digestive issues and many other common symptoms of a poor diet.  I do that through teaching you what healthy foods are and planning menus so that you are eating more nutritious foods that will help your body heal.

Part of what I do, is to identify the underlying stressors that are making you NOT feel well.  These stressors may include heavy metals, chemicals, food sensitivities, immune challenges and scars.  With that information I then create an individualized nutrition and supplement program to implement at a pace you can live with.

How long have you been in business?

Finger Lakes Nutrition has been in business for about 6 years.

How did all this start for you?

It started with a chiropractor visit in Ithaca. I am a runner and I was experiencing pain while running. So, I went in to find out why it hurt to run. During the treatment visits I was muscle-tested for the first time ever. The doctor explained that what he was doing was muscle testing, Nutrition Response Testing. I left with helpful nutrition advice and a need to know more about Nutrition Response Testing.  Every time I went back, my chiropractor would tell me more and I would leave with my head spinning with excitement realizing this is what nutrition work is supposed to be.  That was February or March of 2010 and by August I was sitting in an introductory course on Nutrition Response Testing in Albany.

When I left that training, I realized I had found my purpose in my career. I didn’t know how I was going to make I happen but I could not rationalize how I would practice nutrition any other way.

What were you doing before that?

I had worked in food service for years; I worked as a nutrition clerk at a hospital in Oneonta while going to school in my late 20’s. This is where I got my introduction to food consistencies and practice talking with patients. While going to school, I volunteered at Upstate Home for Children and Adults and worked in the kitchen.

I currently practice as a Registered Dietician for NY State working with developmentally disabled individuals. I have 20 years of experience in this field and feel very fortunate to work with a clinical team that includes occupational therapists, speech pathologists, behavioral specialists, nurses, doctors and more.  Working with these disciplines over the years, I have learned to look at all of the influences in a person’s life and treat them as a whole person.

Where were you educated?

I have earned two Associates degrees from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).  My first degree was in business/accounting, followed by a degree in math/science which lead me to a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta. Following completion of my degree program I completed a 10-month internship at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, NY and then took the exam to be a Registered Dietitian.

Shortly thereafter, I started my position with NYS and returned to school at Ithaca College to earn a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.  I wanted to be able to safely prescribe exercise programs in addition to the nutrition piece.

I do believe that when you find your purpose and decide to move in that direction it is as if someone hands you the tickets to get there.  Divine intervention I believe.  That’s how life has felt for the last 20 years.

Where did you get your training for Nutrition Response Testing?

ULAN Nutritional Services in Clearwater, FL. That has been a 6-year process since I work full-time. To complete the training, I flew to Clearwater, FL 4-5 times a year. The training is thorough and very intense including both practice management courses and clinical courses.  Each clinical module, a total of 9, was composed of three full days of training.  Before moving on to the next module we had both written and practical testing to ensure our competency in all the previous teaching.  Exhausting, but so worth it.

I graduated in September 2016.  My goal is to retire this year from New York State and focus on Nutrition Response Testing full-time.  Working full-time in addition to my practice has definitely limited my success.  It is hard to move forward when you are being pulled in different directions.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

Communication is key in having patients understand what Nutrition Response Testing is.  My goal is to have patients understand that this is about lifestyle change and not a quick fix.  It is about getting at the root cause of illness or non-optimum health and not masking symptoms as with medication therapy.  There is no easy way out.  It takes time and commitment, often months or years to heal poor health.  There is hope.  The body will heal if given the right tools.

What are your greatest achievements?

Graduating the Nutrition Response Testing training and trusting the skills I have learned to help people.

After that, it’s all the success stories I have created with my patients. The healing is real

 Are there any stumbling blocks?

Me! I get in my own way. Not putting myself out there enough for fear I can’t handle it all physically and personally. I work full-time and there is some fear of letting go of secure income when you still have a child to help through college. However, when I do put the effort forth, the business does grow.

When I walk into this office after a day of stress, I become invigorated and clear minded almost immediately. So on-purpose. I just have to trust

If you could have a /do-Over, what would that be?

I would begin with Nutrition Response Testing 20 years ago.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Successful in healing with a steady patient flow.  Doing speaking events.  Expanding my practice to focus on detoxification which will help in the prevention and treatment of so many conditions including cancer and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Patients are an inspiration to me. Each patient, with their unique situation pushes me to learn more and to be more effective in helping others.