Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 12

STORY BY LINDSAY LAPRAD HUDNOR | PHOTO P. 12 BY TESS J. PHOTOGRAPHY | PHOTOS P.13 COURTESY OF STYLE ME PROM & BEYOND Health Conscious • Fashion Forward Christine ’91 & Daisy ’17 Blake A family practice physician, mother of five, and creative entrepreneur, Christine (Babcock) Blake ’91 still makes time in her busy schedule to give back. As a family practice physician, she focuses on building healthy habits as a form of prevention. She has served as President and a spokesperson for the Maine American Heart Association Board of Directors and is also featured on WMTW Channel 8 with a “Heart Healthy” segment. A 2016 recipient of a Maine Osteopathic Board Award for "outstanding contributions to the osteopathic profession and community," this Thornton Academy alumna truly does it all. Christine Blake ’91 Christine reflects on her time at Thornton fondly and believes that it helped her to develop a diverse background. She also shares that she even used Macintosh computers in school and found she was well-versed in technology when she entered college at the University of Maine. While at Thornton, Christine worked hard in the classroom by taking AP classes and spent her spare time cheerleading, dancing, and competing in pageants. By the time Christine entered medical school at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, she held two state pageant titles and had traveled all over the country teaching cheering, dance, and choreography. Christine found pageants to be a natural platform to serve as an educator and advocate for maintaining healthy lifestyles. Another one of her creative outlets, sewing, has turned into a successful business venture. She began sewing at age nine and now designs pageant, prom, and bridal gowns through Christine Blake Designs. The business took off when Christine sponsored a custom-made gown for Thornton alumna, Kristin Korda ’10. Kristin won Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen in 2009 and received a handmade dress from Christine Blake Designs as part of her prize package. Christine grew her dress business by selling them out of her family practice office in Westbrook, starting a nonprofit in the process. She explains, “I love helping girls and women create a design that makes them feel amazing. The feeling of beauty doesn't come from the clothing itself; it comes from the confidence that the pi