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contents

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Editor’s Note: Take a Well-Day

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Readers’ Picks: Utah’s best in health & wellness

BY JERRE WROBLE

BY THE BAM STAFF

staff Publisher JOHN SALTAS Director of Operations PETE SALTAS EDITORIAL

Body & Mind Editor JERRE WROBLE Proofreaders CAITLIN HAWKER, LANCE GUDMUNDSEN Contributors CAROLYN CAMPBELL, BABS DE LAY, SAMANTHA HERZOG, ANNA KASER, SYDNEY PHILLIPS, MIKEY SALTAS, MAYA SILVER

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The Big Revel: DNA testing proves who you belong to BY CAROLYN CAMPBELL

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Sniffle Me This: How to heal the common cold BY CAROLYN CAMPBELL

BUSINESS/OFFICE Accounting Manager PAULA SALTAS Office Administrators DAVID ADAMSON, SAMANTHA HERZOG Technical Director BRYAN MANNOS

MARKETING Director of Events & Marketing SAMANTHA SMITH

CIRCULATION Circulation Manager ERIC GRANATO

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Readers write in with their faves

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Waiting Game: Utah’s medical cannabis rollout slows to a crawl

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Art Director DEREK CARLISLE Graphic Artists SOFIA CIFUENTES, SEAN HAIR, CHELSEA NEIDER

Mellow Your Groove: The culinary joys of CBD oil BY MAYA SILVER

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Take a WellDay

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t’s a given that we’re born with an expiration date. But, before that day comes, we have use of this miraculous cluster of tissue, bones and organs that enables us to grasp all that life offers. All that’s needed to achieve maximum fulfillment is to give our bodies the proper care and feeding, right? Ah, therein lies the rub, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, we didn’t come with instructions. Umm, just guessing here: Optimal health involves eating lots of organic veggies and fruits, spending as much time as possible in the outdoors—hunting, gathering and socializing—and napping whenever the mood strikes. Sounds so simple and serene—just like the Garden of Eden. You know, that place we got kicked out of? So, now, our beloved forms must endure adversity: Modern diets, sedentary lifestyles, addictions, negative emotions, disease, accidents, natural disasters, pollution, warfare and who knows what else? Even something as life-affirming as having a baby comes with risks. How many children and their moms wouldn’t be here today without the intervention of modern medicine? The longer we live, the more ways there are for our bodies to betray us. That’s why the healing arts are such an intricate part of our experience on Planet Earth. It’s a quest we all have in common. We all want to live our best lives, so how do we keep our earth suit intact and functioning at its peak? That’s what this Best of Utah Body and Mind is all about. We all require different solutions. Some of us will only see board-certified physicians, while others are searching for a sweat lodge and a shaman.

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DREAMSTIME

FROM THE EDITOR

They all have merit. We asked readers to let us know which local practitioners have the expertise and chops to get them through a health challenge. Who gives them hope and inspiration to become a better person—physically, mentally and spiritually? Where do they go for help? In this, our second annual Best of Utah Body and Mind, more than 2,400 readers voted in our online poll in some 80 categories. Those named in these pages are among the top three vote-getters in each category (though, in a few instances, there were fewer than three). We also had a handful of reader-nominated winners. If you don’t see your favorite physician, dentist or yoga teacher in these pages, keep them in mind for next year! And encourage your friends and family to vote. This edition is a great community resource. Finally, congratulations to this year’s winners! We appreciate you honing your skills and making the Wasatch Front a healing nexus. Because of you, when the chips are down, we know we have support. But we don’t have to wait until the chips are down. We can take a wellness-day off from work. We can visit a new gym. Sign up for a tai chi class. Schedule that overdue colonoscopy or breast exam. Get our teeth cleaned. Or maybe just cook a great meal with lots of organic veggies! This issue of Body and Mind will hopefully inspire ways to celebrate a well day. Here’s to your health. —Jerre Wroble Editor, Best of Utah Body & Mind

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Best Rural Utah Medical Center

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HOSPITAL

BILL PETERSON

Castleview Hospital

Best Hospital University of Utah Hospital Since opening its doors in 1965, the University of Utah Hospital has grown to four hospitals, 12 neighborhood health clinics, 200 or more medical specialties and more than 1,000 physicians. Year in and year out, this teaching campus wins awards and is consistently ranked as one of the top medical and surgical facilities of its size in the U.S. It all got started when the U of U Board of Regents approved a four-year medical school in 1942. The first graduating class came out in 1944 with 35 graduates, four of whom were women. In 1956, the Board of Regents unanimously approved construction of a $10 million medical center that opened in 1965. This is the hospital that implanted the world’s first artificial heart into Barney Clark in 1982 and did the first double-lung transplant in Utah in 1996. A public hospital, owned by the State of Utah as part of the University of Utah, the U of U Hospital is the Mountain West’s only academic health care system and now boasts the Moran Eye Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University Orthopedic Center and University Neuropsychiatric Institute. (Babs De Lay) 50 N. Medical Drive, SLC, 801-581-2121, HealthCare.Utah.edu 2. LDS Hospital 3. Intermountain Healthcare

Best Community Health Clinic 4th Street Clinic It is said that angels have no philosophy but love, which goes right along with the mission of the Fourth Street Clinic (FSC) on 400 South and 400 West in downtown Salt Lake. This group of healers started in a small office in what was a newly opened homeless shelter (now called The Road Home) back in 1988. FSC saw roughly 800 housing units torn down, leaving 1,000 people cut off from homes. Homelessness went from an isolated and temporary situation to a now predictable, intergenerational and permanent problem, not just in downtown but all over Utah. Homeless and low-income residents needed health care and health education, so the FSC was born to serve this community. Thirty-some years

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later, they have a staff of more than 60 professionals along with hundreds of volunteers who provide a wide variety of services to more than 5,000 homeless men, women and children each year. Imagine yourself living on the streets and getting fainting spells. Or having an abscessed tooth. The clinic will ensure that you are seen by the appropriate medical professional and receive the necessary medication or treatment to feel better, including sending you to a hospital if warranted. For those looking for a volunteer opportunity, check them out. The clinic loves retired health care professionals who want to continue to be angels of love. (Babs De Lay) 409 W. 400 South, SLC, 801-364-0058, FourthStreetClinic.org 2. Planned Parenthood 3. Terra Health Collective

Best Women’s Health Clinic Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 on the premise that women should have access to the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives. Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel and another women’s activist opened the country’s first birth-control clinic in Brooklyn, and women lined up for information and advice. Nine days later, the police raided the clinic and shut it down. After years of jail time, travel and education on behalf of the clinic, the women were able to re-open Planned Parenthood, and the rest is “herstory.” Planned Parenthood of Utah (PPAU) opened in 1970 and now offers eight health centers from Logan to St. George and 11 rural contract family-planning providers. Many think PPAU provides abortion services. It does not. However, their trusted health care providers believe that sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights. They want to help patients make informed and responsible health care choices to ensure that every child is wanted. You can simply get condoms at their offices or schedule a regular exam. For those without insurance, PPAU is a great start on your path to good health. (Babs De Lay) Multiple locations, PlannedParenthood.org 2. Avenues Women’s Center 3. Terra Health Collective

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As you travel down Highway 6, going south from Soldier Summit into the small town of Price (population 8,200), you’ll see a hospital on a bluff to the right. Surrounded by vistas of the La Sal Mountains and “castles” of rock formations, it’s a beacon to those in need, 24/7. The hospital was named in 2018 to the nation’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals (out of 2,157 hospitals). In addition, it has achieved a designation as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate for its standards of safety, quality care, performance improvement and patient engagement. As home to the Emery Medical Center, it features 49 beds, an eight-bed emergency department and an ICU along with a cardiac-care unit, a newborn nursery and a full range of services including diagnostic imaging services, surgery and family medicine. The hospital is there for outdoor adventurers visiting the area as well as locals. (Babs De Lay) 300 N. Hospital Drive, Price, 435-637-4800, CastleviewHospital.net 2. Garfield Memorial Hospital, Panguitch 3. Bear River Valley Hospital, Tremonton

Best Urgent Care University of Utah Health Urgent Care The University of Utah Health Care’s mission is “to serve the people of Utah and beyond by continually improving individual and community health and quality of life.” And serve they do, boasting over 1,400 board-certified physicians and 5,000 health care professionals. The doctors and specialists at the treatment center have mastery in over 200 medical fields, more than enough to get you patched up and feeling 100 percent again. (Mikey Saltas) Multiple locations, Healthcare.utah.edu 2. IHC Instacare 3. Granger Medical

Best Ob/Gyn Provider

Avenues Women’s Clinic One of Utah’s first female doctors, Ellis Reynolds Shipp studied at Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania before returning to the state. In a career that spanned 50 years, she delivered more than 5,000 babies and went on to found, in 1879, the School of Nursing and Obstetrics in Utah. She and other driven women paved the way for the dozen Ob/Gyns and midwives now affiliated with Intermountain Health Care’s Avenues Women’s Clinic. Here, they don’t just deliver babies like their historic counterparts did but offer bladder and breast-care services, contraception, fertility preservation, general gynecology and women’s health screenings. They are most proud of all the babies they’ve brought into this world, and it shows on the staff’s smiling faces. (Babs De Lay) 370 Ninth Ave., No. 205, SLC, 801-408-6100, IntermountainHealthcare.org 2. Planned Parenthood 3. Circle of Life

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Best Pediatrician

AVENUES WOMEN’S CLINIC

SEAN PHILLIPS

Peter Lindgren, M.D.

Best Family Practice Foothill Family Clinic Step into Foothill Family Clinic on any given day and watch how medical services ought to be provided FFC boasts three locations in the Salt Lake Valley (Foothill Drive, Cottonwood Heights and Draper) serving 95,000+ patients a year. Treating patients of all ages, and both men and women’s health, they established the medical business model more than 30 years ago to not just treat the symptoms but to focus on good health and prevention first. Like a mini-hospital, they offer minor surgical procedures, lab tests, IMT scans and echocardiograms—even simple wart and mole removals. They offer the best Botox, Radiesse and Juvederm treatments for adults, and have partnered with J. Lewis Research to help collect data for national studies. This clinic is the next best thing to going to a full-service hospital, only without the parking hassle, weird smells and billboards displaying how many minutes you’ll need to wait. (Babs De Lay) Multiple locations, FoothillFamilyClinic.com 2. Olympus Clinic 3. Granger Medical

Best Family Physician Amy de la Garza, M.D. According to U of U stats, abuse of drugs (including alcohol and tobacco) is the No. 1 cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. That means more than 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. is attributable to abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Sadly, only 1 addict in 10 seeks treatment. If you are a physician dedicated to healing, that fact has to concern you. Family physician Amy de la Garza, M.D., has made substance-use disorders a focal point of her practice by teaming up with Jonathan Bone, PsyD, to create the Equilibrium Clinic, offering patients in need both a diagnosis and outpatient treatment. Not only that, but from her convenient downtown office, she provides men’s and women’s health care, treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma and even physicals and immunizations: in other words, full-

service family care under one roof. (Mikey Saltas) 77 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-532-2570, DrAmyDeLaGarza.com 2. Jamie Longe, M.D. 3. Ross Brunetti, M.D.

Best Podiatrist Daniel L. Preece, D.P.M. There’s a domino effect associated with imbalance in our body, and the culprit is often found in our feet. When we feel pain in the foot or ankle area, we compensate and then feel discomfort in our hips, knees and back. Nip it in the bud by calling Dr. Dan Preece, Utah’s premier foot and ankle surgeon. He works on challenging issues such as Achilles tendons that have torn or ruptured, bunions and hammertoes. Highly rated online, one patient says: “Dr. Preece was professional, thorough, funny and very good. I will definitely go back to him and refer friends.” (Mikey Saltas) Salt Lake City Podiatry, 430 N. 400 West, SLC, 801-532-1822, SaltLakeCityPodiatrist.net 2. Jason Dickerson, D.P.M.

Best Internist Margaret S. Lunt, M.D. St. Mark’s Hospital is home to the offices of Margaret S. Lunt, M.D., who boasts more than 24 years as an internal medicine physician. Lunt is also affiliated with the reputable MDVIP program, a health care system serving more than 300,000 patients nationwide with a goal of practicing preventive and personalized health care geared not just in treating the disease but toward early detection. Her practice focuses on chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, thyroid disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as geriatrics, women’s health, nutrition and more. It costs you, the patient, a monthly fee for this VIP service, but you can either pay it on the front end for preventative care, or later, after a disease has you in its grip. You know you’re worth every penny. (Mikey Saltas) St. Mark’s Hospital, 1160 E. 3900 South, Ste. 1200, SLC, 1-866-240-4715, M.D.VIP.com 2. Beth C. Hanlon, M.D., FACP 3. Justin Mansfield, M.D.

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There is not much worse on this planet than having a sick child. This winner in this category is a veritable child whisperer who won the Patients’ Choice Award in 2008-’12. One parent commented that Dr. Lindgren knows just what to say to children to help them through their struggles and that he understands children of all ages.” Another posted: “He has been our pediatrician for 19 years. Our kids love him … he’s calm and has a cute sense of humor with the little ones.” Lindgren completed his residence at the University of Utah Medical Center after receiving his degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. Like many who come out here to train, he put down 25 years’worth of roots. Why not? Our skiing is great, and he’s never lack for patients with Utah’s high birth rate. (Babs De Lay) Intermountain Medical Group, 2000 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-464-7600, IntermountainHealthcare.org 2. Kathleen McElligott, M.D. 3. Jennifer Cox, M.D.

Best Cardiologist Scott Hacking, M.D., FACC You could simply rate a heart doctor by the number of lives he’s saved but Scott Hacking, M.D.’s patients at the St. Mark’s Heart Center, where he’s been practicing now for almost 20 years, find a more meaningful connection with him, leaving comments such as, “He shows a real concern for his patients and his bedside manner is excellent!”; “He is considerate, kind and listens,” “He’s an extremely competent cardiologist, including [with his] procedures” and, “He has been able to correct my heart issues, which has given me back my normal life.” After attending the University of Utah Medical School, he did his residency at the U of U Hospital, then went to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and finally returned to Utah to practice interventional cardiology and treat cardiovascular disease. Pray you never have coronary heart or artery disease, hypertension or atrial fibrillation, but if you do, seek a referral to Dr. Hacking. (Babs De Lay) Heart Center at St. Mark’s, St. Mark’s Hospital, 1161 E. 3900 South, No. 2000, SLC, 801-266-3418, HeartCenterUtah.com 2. John J. Ryan, M.D., FACC, FAHA 3. Anna B. Catino, M.D.

Best Dermatologist Michael Swinyer, PA-C Having a dermatologist work on you is like hiring a lawyer— you want the best, and you want that person sworn to secrecy about your skin problems. That little mole that may be cancerous? Bothersome dermatitis? That giant squishy lump you’ve been hiding underneath a hat for years? Unicorn horn growing out of your scalp? Although not an MD, Michael Swinyer is an experienced Physician Assistant and a clinician at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, a clinic his now-retired father, Dr. Leonard Swinyer, founded. After working as a dermatology research coordinator for six years, Michael went on to earn a master’s degree as a Physician Assistant from the University of Utah. He was then employed by the Veterans hospital before joining Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. The clinic not only works on a wide range of skin ailments but, on the cosmetic side, offers Botox and fillers like Juvéderm Ultra XC, does peels, removes unwanted hair with lasers along with a whole bucket of other miracles to make you look and feel as beautiful as you can be, in a practical and safe manner with no upselling. (Babs De Lay) Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, 1548 E. 4500 South, Ste. 202, SLC; 4040 W. Daybreak Parkway, Ste. 200, South Jordan; 385-222-7674, DWoseth.com 2. Wendy Matis, M.D. 3. Rustin Ross, M.D.

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Best Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive)

SAUNDRA BUYS, M.D.

Renato Saltz, M.D., FACS

JONATHAN MARTINEZ

Dr. Renato Saltz had an idea to create a medical clinic to cover the spectrum of aesthetic care, from pre-surgery consults to the most techno-advanced surgeries and non-surgical procedures, to elaborate and restorative post-operative care of treatment for the face and body. This comprehensive practice draws a big circle around all the best treatments such as cosmetic surgery, specifically facial rejuvenation, body contouring and breast surgery. Let’s face it: Gravity and aging aren’t our friends. Liposuction can get rid of that fat in your abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, inner knees, check, cheeks, chin, calves and cankles. If you’re a mom with saggy breasts and a poochy tum-tum, or if you want your butt to look full and round—not asymmetrical—Dr. Saltz knows how to give you the look you desire. Plus, he uses Cellfina—the only FDA-cleared treatment to improve the appearance of cellulite in women. His gallery of before and after shots illustrate what a visit to the surgeon can do in terms of body contouring, breast lifts, lip augmentations, face and brow lifts, rhinoplasty and the “mommy makeover.”(Babs De Lay) 5445 S. Highland Drive, SLC, 801-274-9500; 1820 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, 435-655-6612, SaltzPlasticSurgery.com 2. Angela Keen, M.D., PLLC. 3. Steven H. Warnock, M.D.

Best Oncologist Saundra Buys, M.D. Cancer is a relentless foe, yet it faces a undaunted opponent in Saundra Buys, M.D. With her office fittingly located on Circle of Hope Drive overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, Buys is a medical oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and professor of medicine at the University of Utah. Specializing in breast cancer, this graduate of Tufts University did her internship and residency at the University of Utah and began caring for patients as far back as 1982. She was recognized in 2017 by Forbes as one of the top breast cancer physicians in the country. As chief of the U’s Division of Oncology and medical director of HCI’s High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, those struggling with this dreaded disease have a national leader lighting a path forward. (Mikey Saltas) Huntsman Cancer Institute, 1950 E. Circle of Hope Drive, SLC, 801-585-0303, Healthcare.utah.edu 2. Jonathan R. Whisenant, M.D.

Best Plastic Surgeon (Cosmetic) Brian Reuben, M.D. While plastic surgeons on TV make for great viewing, Utah has its own rock-star talent in Dr. Brian Reuben, who treats male and female patients in Midvale. He likes to say that he’s your partner in beauty. He earned his first medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by six years of residency at the University of Utah in general surgery. He then took off for the University of Pittsburg for three more years of specialty training in reconstructive plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. He found his passion, trained under a contour surgeon and got on a plane to further study in Ghent, Belgium, to learn advanced techniques for scalpels and the laser knives he uses in breast operations. Never had breasts? He can make yours any reasonable size with the most up-to-date implants. If your implants are damaged or have lost their shape, he can fix them. Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation is another skill of this multi-talented doctor. Tummy tucks, liposuction, man-boob reduction, lifts and augmentations, nose, eyelid and brow surgery—if you want an exterior part to look better so you feel better, make an appointment today with Utah’s own medical ace. (Babs De Lay) Trilogy Medical Center and SLC Plastic Surgery, 7001 S. 900 East, No. 100, Midvale, 801-747-2273, SLCPlasticSurgery.com 2. Angela Keen, M.D. 3. Renato Saltz, M.D.

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Best Gastroenterologist Holly B. Clark, M.D. Female gastroenterologists are a rare breed. But Holly B. Clark, M.D., says she took up the specialty “simply because many women prefer female physicians.” As such, she specializes in diseases more common in women, such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation. The vaunted colonoscopy just comes with the territory. When it’s time for you to have to have this uber-intimate procedure done, Dr. Clark is the one you want to boldly go where no one has gone before. Funny, casual and sincere, she sets patients at ease to talk about all things fecal matter. “I want them to know that they can tell me anything,” she says. “It is my duty to be discreet and believe me, I’ve heard it all!” She can handle all of your nervous (bad )jokes as you slip under the anesthesia, like: “Hey Doc, let me know if you find Amelia Earhart!” or “Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there? (Babs De Lay) Utah Gastroenterology, 1250 E. 3900 South, Ste. 360, SLC, 801-263-3041, UtahGastro.com 2. Dan Collins, M.D. 3. Joseph Merrill, M.D.

Best Registered Nurse Inna Prokopenko, RN Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center is home to a trove of top-notch medical professionals in the wellness and beauty industry, one of whom includes Inna Prokopenko, RN A Ukraine native, Prokopenko earned her nursing degree in 1993 and spent seven years gaining experience in her home country. She joined Gateway and began working with Dr. Mark Taylor in 2001. Specializing in services ranging from skin rejuvenation, Botox, tattoo and hair removal as well as LipoDissolve treatments, Prokopenko often serves as a resource to physicians on the use and application of cosmetic products and procedures she’s mastered. She even conducts research and publishes studies to share her nursing expertise, including a study on non-invasive skin tightening and another on photodynamic therapy. Her treatments have been life changing for many dealing with scar tissue and birthmarks. (Mikey Saltas) Gateway Aesthetic Institute, 440 W. 200 South, Ste. 250, SLC, 801-595-1600, GatewayLaserCenter.com 2. Shelly Logue, RN

Best Physician Assistant Natalie Bee, PA-C, MPAS After spending 20 years as a respiratory therapist, Natalie Bee shifted career gears and obtained a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah to become a physician assistant specializing in family practice. Bee treats a variety of patients at Foothill Family Clinic, though she has an affinity for treating women’s health-related ailments. When not in scrubs, Bee can be found enjoying the Salt Lake dining scene and spending time with her five children. (Mikey Saltas) Foothill Family Clinic North, 2295 S. Foothill Drive, SLC, 801-486-3021, FoothillFamilyClinic.com 2. Meghan Zorn, PA-C 3. Joanne Rolls, MPAS, PA-C

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Best Retirement Community

THE WENTWORTH

The Wentworth

Best Nurse Practitioner Julia M. Klein, RN, MSN, FNP-C, MSCN

COURTESY THE WENTWORTH

The Best Retirement Community belongs to Wentworth Assisted Care, found in five locations dispersed around the Salt Lake Valley: East Millcreek, Parklane, Coventry, Willow Creek and Draper. Care options include long-term assisted living as well as respite care for individuals recovering from ailments or simply providing relief for home caregivers. Not only are their buildings attractive, clean and inviting, but they offer delicious meals, medical transportation, beauty and fitness programs as well as diverse social, cultural and educational activities and outings just to name a few features. They’re even pet-friendly! Who said retirement life was dull? (Mikey Saltas) Multiple locations, TheWentworth.com 2. Legacy Village at Sugarhouse 3. Welcome Home Assisted Living

Best Home Nursing Care Community Nursing Services (CNS)

Julia Klein grew up in northwestern North Dakota on her family’s farm before starting her career as a registered nurse at the University of Utah in 1985. She went on to earn a master’s degree and license as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). She honed her nursing skills working in medical/surgical nursing, neurocritical care and for the emergency department. She’s also worked at the U’s Student Health Service and at its Wendover Clinic. In 1996, she began working at the U’s Department of Neurology, providing direct care for patients with multiple sclerosis, working on clinical trials and actively educating her patients and peers about MS. (Mikey Saltas) University of Utah Imaging and Neurosciences Center, 729 S. Arapeen Way, SLC, 801-585-7575, Healthcare.utah.edu 2. Monica Bell, DNP, ACNP 3. Carlie J. Hamilton, FNP

People tend to relax and feel better once they get home from the hospital, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still need nursing care. There are few home health providers that have been in service as long as our local Community Nursing Services (CNS) have. Since 1928, when CNS opened its doors, it has expanded its offerings and coverage statewide. Its nine offices now deliver home health care, hospice care, immunizations, infusion therapy, respiratory services, telehealth and physical therapy. As a nonprofit, they are committed to providing care whether or not the individual has insurance or the ability to pay. Their 650 nursing associates are dedicated to helping you heal in the familiar comfort of your own home. (Mikey Saltas) 2830 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-233-6100, CNS-Cares.org 2. Visiting Angels 3. Right at Home

Best CNA

Best Hospice Care

Tabitha Edson, CNA As a certified nursing assistant, Tabitha Edson works on the front lines of health care, assisting those in need with basic care, from helping them prepare a meal to reminding them to take their medicine, showering, dressing and cleaning their surroundings. “Alzheimer’s is such an important cause to me,” she writes on her Facebook page. “I spend most of my time as a caretaker for some of the sweetest people I have ever met who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia. They can make you laugh, cry … and want to scream at the same time.” Heaven forbid you need the services of a CNA, but if you do and you are under the care of Tabitha Edson, CNA, rest assured—you’re getting the help from one of the best. (Mikey Saltas) BeeHive Homes of Draper, 711 E. Pioneer Road, Draper, 385-275-2626, BeehiveHomes.com 2. Lexi Capson, CNA

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Bristol Home Health and Hospice Many people think that you call a hospice provider in the final days of a person’s life. But there is no need to wait that long. Working with a family doctor in advance can help a patient receive hospice services earlier, which helps provide practical and emotional support to the patient and his or her caregivers leading up to the final days of a terminal illness. All three finalists in this category are terrific providers and worth checking out. Bristol Hospice (formerly Brighton Home Health and Hospice) says they hire only the most skilled and passionate people in the industry. Their staff needs to possess that very special skill set to assist friends and family with the dying and death of a loved one. Of course, they provide all the expected medical services, like IVs, catheters, home baths and such, but where our voters said they excelled was in the simple things: holding a hand, being a friendly face and willing to talk and listen,

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writing letters and even helping a patient record their life story. Bristol is not only in Utah but in Minnesota, Nevada and Oregon, as well. (Babs De Lay) 206 N. 2100 West, Ste. 202, SLC, 801-325-0175, BristolHospice.com 2. Community Nursing Services 3. Inspiration Hospice

Best Ophthalmologist/ Eye Surgeon Francis J. Wapner, M.D., FACS Ophthalmologist vs optometrist. What do they do? An optometrist checks your eyes and figures out what kind of glasses/contacts you need to wear. The ophthalmologist is a medial doctor who can diagnose and treat eye disorders and perform surgery if you have an ocular disease. Wapner gets fivestar ratings from our readers and patients: “I have been seeing ophthalmologists my whole life, and he knows his stuff!” says one commenter. He’s a grad from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did his residency at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute in New York, N.Y. Wapner, now with three decades of experience, has a huge local following. He affiliates with St. Mark’s Hospital, and he can see you, really see you, for far and near sightedness, glaucoma, macular degeneration and amblyopia. (Babs De Lay) 1250 E. 3900 South, Ste. 310, SLC, 801-263-2020, AdvancedEyeCareUtah.com 2. Susan Chortkoff, M.D. 3. Mark Mifflin, M.D.

Best Optometrist William J. Bogus, OD, FAAO This man has staying power. After graduating from Pacific University, he’s been in practice for 35 years in the same location. His loyal online following raves about him: “By far, the best optometrists I’ve ever seen. Takes a real interest in his patients and goes above and beyond to make sure you get the best care,” says one commenter. “He takes the time to talk and get to know you,” says another. You can expect to receive complete family eye health care, along with some fun frame styling as well as contact lens fittings. He even treats eye disease and injuries. His staff

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will make sure your insurance forms are properly handled. “Spec”him out!(Mikey Saltas) William J. Bogus OD, FAAO, 2319 S. Highland Drive, SLC, 801-485-1371, Dr-Bogus.com 2. Scott Barnes, OD 3. Lori Hooley, OD

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Best Dental Practice Some things don’t seem to go together such as the relaxing vibes of a spa and the dread and anxiety of visiting a dentist office. But, picture this: You go to the dentist office and are seated in a massage chair while your hands are dipped into soft, warm paraffin wax. Riiiiiiight. Next you can get a facial, a mani/pedi or a real massage. This is before the lovely Dr. Debbie or handsome Dr. Kirk Graham even look at your teeth! We are not making this up! The folks at the Dental Spa have figured out how to combine dentistry and a spa experience to effectively make you into a pliable bowl of jelly. These dentists want you to be healthy and happy from top to bottom. They offer fissure sealants, nightguards to balance your teeth while you sleep and sport guards for when you play rough, veneers, bonding and whitening, too. They can make a filling the same color as the tooth it’s in and can re-sculpt your gum tissue with gum recontouring. Located in Sugar House of course, where so many of the beautiful people live. (Babs De Lay) 620 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-466-6645, TheDentalSpa.com 2. Apex Dental 3. Focus Dental

Best Dentist Robert Palmer, D.D.S. While many dental offices feel like filling stations with an in and out vibe, Dr. Robert Palmer’s patients report that he takes time and care to get to the root of their problem. If the five most frightening words in the world to you are “The dentist will see you now,” take heart. The Doc his staff help you feel at ease from the moment you make your first appointment until you walk out the door as his many positive online review attest. “Finally found a dentist that isn’t about gimmicks and genuinely cares about doing the job right. He’s honest and his office seems to be on all the same page,” says one commenter. His competitive rates encourage patients to keep up on their care. This D.D.S. is the real deal: It’s all about the tooth and nothing but the tooth. He sees all ages in his offices, offering cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic and periodontal care, implants, teeth whitening, same-day crowns (he makes his own in-house) and snoring prevention. (Babs De Lay) 223 S. 700 East, No. 3, SLC, 801-3556997, SLCFamilyDental.com 2. Tom Brickey, D.M.D. 3. Stephen Johansen, D.D.S.

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Best Oral Surgeon

Best Back/Spine Center

Alvin J. Stosich, M.D., D.D.S.

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We often take the performance of our mouth and jaw for granted—so when we have a severe toothache, the frantic search for a doctor begins. That’s why you might wish to keep the name of Dr. Stosich top of mind for that inevitable time when a tooth goes bad or your wisdom teeth have to come out or, worse, you’re dealing with facial trauma and reconstruction, cosmetic surgery, TMJ or jaw surgery, dental implants and more. Dr. Stosich is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who attended Creighton University for dental school and the University of Nebraska Medical Center for medical school and his residency. He opened his private practice in Salt Lake City in 2007. Find him at Aspire Surgical, an Intermountain Healthcare facility. (Mikey Saltas) Aspire Surgical, 6268 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-783-3645, IntermountainHealthcare.com 2. David S. Stoker, D.D.S. 3. Cameron J. Egbert, D.D.S.

These doctors work themselves to the bone … which is to say, yours! In today’s world where people don’t want to wait for anything, a chiropractic clinic now exists where walk-ins are welcomed, and the wait time is usually less than 15 minutes. Whether you’re visiting from out of town and have been sleeping on bad hotel beds and surviving tiny airline seats or just threw out your back this morning doing yardwork, the chiropractors at the Joint are available at 12 locations in Utah: American Fork, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Farmington, Orem, Riverdale, Salt Lake, Sandy, South Jordan, Spanish Fork, West Jordan, West Valley, with each office open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Although the Joint is a nationwide network of franchises of 425-plus offices, they feel local because the doctors and professionals working in each location live in their communities. In a time when we all need someone to ease our pains, tension and discomfort, it’s nice to have a Joint somewhere close to turn to for emergency or ongoing specialized health care that begins with our spine. (Babs De Lay) Multiple locations, TheJoint.com 2. Aspen Falls Spinal Care 3. TOSH

Best Periodontist LaRissé Skene, D.M.D. Periodontal disease is the bane of modern life. Poor dental hygiene and dietary habits cause gums to become inflamed and swollen. Then, dreaded gingivitis sets in, followed by “pockets” and bone loss. Those are all the tragic words you might hear Dr. LaRissé Skene mention if you’ve been lax on flossing. A Utah native, Dr. Skene graduated from the University of Utah and attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania where she completed a postdoctoral specialty in periodontology. In spite of the gruesome sights she confronts each day, she remains upbeat and dedicated to helping you preserve your teeth. If your dentist recommends you see a periodontist, you’d do well to see Dr. Skene. Should a tooth need to be pulled, she takes great delight in helping you grow more bone for a dental implant. And fear not, she’s a pro at helping you manage any pain that might arise. (Jerre Wroble) Utah Periodontal Specialists, 1955 S. 1300 East, Suite 3, SLC, 801-487-5807; 3632 W. South Jordan Parkway, Ste. 102, South Jordan; 801-302-0339; UtahPerio.com 2. Steven L. Skanchy, D.D.S. 3. Daniel H. Thunell, D.M.D.

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Best Pain Clinic SMART Clinic Some say a little pain never hurt anyone, but ongoing pain can wear you down. Chronic pain is any pain lasting more than 12 weeks, and it can affect as many as eight out of every 10 adults. The most common cases are back, headaches, joint and nerve pain. Co-founded by Scott Adelman, M.D., and Michael Giovanniello, M.D., both spine and pain specialists, the SMART Clinic is all about minimally invasive procedures and care. For example, for those suffering with painful degenerative disc disease, spinal fusion is often recommended. Using endoscopic surgery and other techniques, SMART Clinic doctors can often forgo fusion while preserving skeletal (spinal) motion, repairing herniated discs and reducing back pain. The physicians here are so forward thinking that they routinely provide education and preceptorship programs with Lone Peak Surgical Center. They will follow your progress through rehab until you’re back on the slopes or up on your mountain bike. (Babs De Lay) 96 Kimballs Lane, No. 408, Draper, 801-676-7627, TheSmartClinic.com 2. SLC Qi Community Acupuncture 3. Omega Pain Clinic

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BODY AND MIND | DNA

The DNA Reveal Self-discovery through genetic testing DEREK CARLISLE

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enetic testing makes medicine personal. “You can find out about your health in a lot of different specialties,” says Heather Bagley, licensed certified genetic counselor at Salt Lake City’s Intermountain Medical Center. “There is prenatal testing before a child is born, neurology for the brain, cardiology for the heart and testing to determine the future likelihood of high cholesterol, diabetes and cancer.” The goal of personalized medicine is to customize treatment for each patient. “To treat him according to his own body,” Bagley says. When a patient has cancer, genetic testing uses information about a patient’s genes to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. “We can treat it more effectively and analyze the person’s specific cancer, rather than just doing the same thing on every patient.” Beyond medical purposes, DNA ancestry testing is really big—to find out where a person’s ancestors came from and who their blood relatives are. This year, in my own life, DNA tests shed light not only on the mystery of my biological roots, but they helped doctors treat my life-threatening illness and gave my daughter hope for a cancer-free future. “Patients need to think of what they want to get out of [genetic] testing,” Bagley says. “It can be used to discover fun information or to make a medical decision that will affect an individual and his family members.” Genetic samples are acquired through a blood test, from skin and hair cells and through prenatal amniotic fluid, Bagley says. Ancestry testing is simpler yet. Because people’s understanding of DNA may be limited to TV crime shows, they often ask if an ancestry test requires a cheek swab. Actually, you only need to collect a half teaspoon of saliva in a test tube. Then, after you snugly screw on the test tube lid, a blue stabilizing solution is released that protects DNA

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while it is mailed to the company. According to Michelle Ercanbrack, family historian at Ancestry, the usual wait time for results ranges from four to six weeks. An email confirms when test results are available online. Before a child is born, each parent’s DNA is like a deck of cards. “You shuffle both decks, cut them and 50 percent is passed on from each parent,” Ercanbrack says. Siblings don’t look like carbon copies of each other because they can get more hearts from Mom or more spades from Dad. While specific DNA pieces are inherited and passed on, other pieces become diluted over time. “If the oldest living members of a family are tested, you get an idea of what the previous generation’s ethnicity looks like,” Ercanbrack says. I was adopted at birth. My birth mother’s maiden name was distinctly German, and I thought my DNA would reveal German ethnicity. It was a fun surprise that my Ancestry ethnicity estimate showed 73 percent Great Britain, 10 percent Ireland and 17 percent other regions. Ercanbrack says that while my ancestry is probably culturally German, I was dealt more ethnic “cards” on the British side of the aisle. My birth mother was one of 12 children and had six sisters. Three of them developed breast cancer, two of them twice. An aunt and a cousin from my birth father’s family also had breast cancer. This year, I faced my second bout with breast cancer. After surgery, doctors ordered a MammaPrint test that compares the future behavior of my tumor against 70 genes. When the results showed “low risk,” they decided to treat me with radiation, but not chemo. Because I have now had cancer twice, my daughter and I decided that I should pursue genetic counseling. Utilizing a blood draw, the test showed that I don’t have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes that are linked to breast cancer. Bagley explains that while there is likely a genetic connection to my cancer, it hasn’t yet been medically established, like there is with CITYWEEKLY.NET


BRCA1. Still, experiencing cancer for the second time convinced me to become more proactive. I’m now trying to lose weight and eat more nutritiously in an effort to improve my health. Genetic testing prompts many folks to change their lifestyle. “If a genetic test shows that they are going to develop heart disease, they will eat in a way that is more heart healthy,” Bagley says.

While genetic test results are clear cut, how such tests are paid for is a “little more murky,” Bagley says. “It ranges from being paid for by insurance to costing thousands of dollars.” Because I had a strong family history of cancer, my insurance covered my medical genetic testing, but I paid for my own AncestryDNA test (which currently runs $99). In my mind, the results of both tests were priceless. Proof Positive The results of my AncestryDNA test revealed that a first cousin also took the test. I was told I could contact her through a code number. Being adopted, it’s always thrilling to meet a new relative. I wrote her a friendly note, saying I would like to make contact. Two days later, I received a reply and discovered it came from a familiar source. “Carolyn, this is Angela Presley,” the note said. “It’s so good to hear from you.” Tears came to my eyes. I wished I could reach through my computer to give Angela a hug. Years earlier, 54 Presleys had hugged me on the front steps of the family farmhouse in Batesville, Ark. Through my own research and the help of a Presley genealogist, I believed I had found my birth father’s family. My kids and I will never forget that on our first visit to Arkansas, our family photo was displayed prominently on a fireplace next to other family photos. The Presleys’ instant, total acceptance (prior to my DNA test) was comforting and thrilling. We spent a week talking, eating and getting acquainted. They remarked how my face sweats the same as my aunt’s and grandmother’s and that my hand is shaped like my cousin’s. My birth mother’s surname was accidentally left on my adoption papers. While I was certain of her identity, I could only hope that the man she named as my birth father actually was. Having my Presley family connection confirmed via DNA was the proof I yearned for. Sandra Lacy, a Presley cousin, wrote to me, saying, “While I have never doubted that you are my cousin, this was somehow a validation that no one can deny. Through my tears, I exclaimed to Momma, ‘She really, really is ours!’” When I took my test, I had imagined possibly learning about relatives I’d never met before, but I didn’t think about those with whom I had already made contact. As much as I had grown to love the Presleys, our DNA match cemented the deal. Before I took the test, I couldn’t prove we were related. Now I can. This is evidence that we share a biological link. There is nothing like scientific confirmation of the family bonds that we were already creating based on genealogy. While my story seemed unique and precious to me, Ercanbrack says that the Ancestry staff hears personal stories like mine every day. “It’s a highly emotional experience when a family story goes from being just a story to becoming the truth. It’s a validation you can get no other way,” she says. “Every person on my team has discovered a new truth through taking the AncestryDNA test,” she says. “It’s been a journey of self-discovery that was very rewarding for each of us.”

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Best LASIK Center

Best Physical Therapist

John A. Moran Eye Center

Sandy Vojik, PT, DPT, CMPT

What is LASIK? It is defined as “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.” Big words for a surgery that corrects myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. The procedure can help a person go glasses- or contacts-free. It was invented in 1989 by an Iranian-born ophthalmologist, Dr. Gholam Peyman, in Arizona. So, then, who is John A. Moran? He’s the retired chair of a holding company called Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp. who’s been a director or trustee of more than 30 corporations and philanthropic organizations, including Wynn Resorts, the Coleman Company (of gas stove fame) and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. By virtue of having earned his BS and LLB degrees at the University of Utah back in 1954, Moran gave back to the university in 1993 by helping establish the eye center where, at 86, he continues to serve as a director. With 35 specialists and 11 locations with research labs along with new therapies for diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, the Moran Eye Center performs free cataract surgeries to communities in need and gives exams and eyeglasses for resettled refugees. “No person with a blinding condition should be without hope, understanding and treatment,” is a philosophy that guides their research. Bravo, MEC! (Babs De Lay) 65 Mario Capecchi Drive, SLC, 801-581-2352, HealthCare.utah.edu/moran 2. Hoopes Vision 3. LasikPlus

Here’s another University of Utah grad proving she’s a successful overachiever: Sandy Vojik is a doctor of physical therapy, Polestar Pilates practitioner, mentor and educator. She recently taught “10 things you can do to prevent injuries and optimize your movement” at the Front Climbing Club. She teaches Oov classes on how to use the biofeedback device that’s all the rage to help build core strength, improve posture and awaken the nervous system. Dr. Vojik knows sports and can relate to game-related injuries. Not only does she provide the full range of physical-therapy services but she is also offers nutritional health coaching. (Babs De Lay) Sandy Vojik Physical Therapy, 3770 UT-224, Park City, 708-421-5301, Ultra-Movement.com 2. Susan McLaughlin, PT 3. Esther Smith, DPT, Cert MDT, NTP

Best Orthodontist Tony Skanchy, D.D.S. A Salt Lake City native and University of Utah graduate, Tony Skanchy attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and went to receive an orthodontic specialty degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Says Skanchy, “... I want to provide the highest quality of care, use the best materials, new technology and leading-edge treatments.” Along with traditional wire braces, Alta View offers Invisalign clear aligners. The office utilizes the latest technology innovations, from digital X-rays to diode laser treatments. Come in for a complimentary consultation to learn about treatment options and the necessary timeline to perfect your smile. (Mikey Saltas) Alta View Orthodontics, 10220 S. 1300 East, Sandy, 801-523-1111, AltaViewOrthodontics.com 2. (tied) Alan C. Jensen, Brian Randell, Jon Silcox, Michael Richards

Best Chiropractor Angie Canada, DC Dr. Angie Canada’s chiropractic practice goes far beyond cracking backs. After working as a massage therapist for 13 years before earning a chiropractic degree, she knows the importance of getting to the root of a problem, not just a quick adjustment to treat symptoms. She offers care for sport-related injuries (including Kinesio taping) as well as treatments for headache, neck pain and TMJ. For scartissue and fascial restrictions, she uses the Graston massage technique. She approaches spinal care with science -based treatments. Vets are welcome and can use their VCP cards at her practice. It’s no wonder that Dr. Canada’s compassion and dedication to her patients earned her this top award. (Samantha Herzog) Canada Chiropractic, 1473 S. 600 East, SLC, 801-487-1010, CanadaChiropractic.com 2. Suzanne Cronin, DC 3. Cody C. Mecham, DC

Best Orthopedic Surgeon Eric Heiden, M.D. Of course, Dr. Eric Heiden was voted No. 1 by our readers! He’s the famous former speed skater and cycling champion who went back to school and became the guy who really understands your pain and knows how to treat it. Son of a surgeon, pre-med school athlete Heiden set 15 speed-skating records during his career on the ice and won the gold medal in all five speed-skating events at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. He hung up his skates but apparently still lusted for endorphins so he took up cycling. He rode with the 1986 7-Eleven team in the Tour de France and won a U.S. Cycling Championship before he went to medical school at Stanford, then became the team physician for the Sacramento Kings and the U.S. speedskating team, and finally opened shop in Park City in 2006. Athletes from around the world come to Park City to see Doc Heiden. You can, too. (Babs De Lay) Heiden Orthopedics, 2200 Park Ave., Building D, Ste. 100, Park City; 6360 S. 3000 East, Ste. 210, Cottonwood Heights; 435-615-8822; HeidenOrtho.com 2. Nathan Momberger, M.D. 3. Brian Fukushima, M.D.

Best Orthopedic Clinic The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) This is a sanctuary for wounded skiers, suffering soccer greats and ... vitamin research? This 100,000-square-foot hospital for sports medicine has it all: surgery suites, a research lab, lap pool, weight and exercise room, rehab center and dozens of patient rooms for evaluation, physical therapy, nutrition counseling, exercise and sports physiology and regular ol’ orthopedic care. Who knows how many knees, shoulders and hips have limped, creaked or been wheeled in and replaced with shiny new models since this facility was created in 1991? Local vitamin MLM Usana is working with TOSH on vitamin studies that look at the effects of vitamins on muscular weakness in young, active people and on muscular strength in post-surgical patients. Nike chose TOSH to be one of 20 visual training systems in the country. (Babs De Lay) 5848 S. Fashion Boulevard, Murray, 801-314-4100, IntermountainHealthCare.org 2. University of Utah 3. Heiden Orthopedic

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Best Physical Therapy/ Rehabilitation Center The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital also won Best Orthopedic Clinic, so it’s logical they should win this category hands down. Or hands up. Or hands to the side—when you’re trying to heal to return to work, improve your athletic performance or recover from an injury. You have to see this place to believe it. At 100,000 square feet, they boast a medical staff of 147, a 36-bed orthopedic unit, 10 surgical suites, a five-lane therapy pool and a rehab center with exercise labs and an video-analysis suite. TOSH is a is the official sports medicine provider for Utah Youth Soccer and works with many high schools in the Salt Lake Valley. Their Living My Best osteoarthritis program includes physical therapy, nutrition, stress management and surgical options to help patients achieve pain-free movement. If all this activity has made you hungry, TOSH’s Athletes’ Kitchen has a hands-on cooking school with nutrition classes. BAM! (Babs De Lay) 5848 S. Fashion Boulevard, Murray, 801-314-4100, IntermountainHealthCare.org 2. Pinnacle Performance 3. Grassroots Physical Therapy

Best Mental Health Treatment Clinic University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute

The University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) is known by so many as Utah’s best mentalhealth treatment center for those who struggle with and survive mental health diseases and disorders. UNI has dug deep into our brains, physiology and spirits by looking at depression, substance-use disorders, treatment-resistant mood disorders and the whole spectrum of autism by creating and running clinics and same day treatments. Located near the University of Utah, UNI serves as a safe space for those needing compassionate care. Because UNI is associated with the U of U, it collaborate with different departments in research and is not afraid to work on a state or national basis with other groups and schools actively trying to find answers for how we’re wired. UNI developed the Kidstar Summer Day Camp for autistic children. At a time of chronic teen suicides, UNI has responded by creating SafeUT, a text and tip line on a smartphone app providing real-time intervention to youth, run by licensed clinicians texting live, 24/7. Students enrolled in Utah schools can also submit confidential and anonymous tips through the app about bullying, threats of violence and emergencies. The crisis line for anyone with questions or needing help is 801-587-3000. (Babs De Lay) 501 Chipeta Way, SLC, 801-583-2500, HealthCare.Utah.edu/uni 2. Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment 3. Salt Lake Behavioral Health Hospital

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Best Psychiatrist Gregory Ellis, M.D. Dr. Ellis has two specialties: First, he’s a neurologist and second, he’s a psychiatrist. Dr. Ellis and professionals like him have their offices full of patients dealing with depression, insomnia, schizophrenia, mood disorders, personality and bipolar disorders, binge eating, and attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorders (just to name a few). Dr. Ellis is so good that he’s an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Utah School for Medicine in the Adult Psychiatry Department. His five-star ratings include comments from patients, such as, “I have been seeing Dr. Ellis for many years because of my depression, and he is a kind and understanding man. He has also helped my father for over 10 years with his many medications and has definitely increased my dad’s quality of life.” (Babs De Lay) 7050 S. Highland Drive, Suite 230, Cottonwood Heights, 801-878-4081 2. Stephen Proskauer, M.D. 3. Scott R. Stiefel, M.D.

Best Psychotherapist/ Counselor Guruprasad Singh (Jon Scheffres), MA, LPC Mix psychotherapy with kundalini yoga and you’ve got a refreshing alternative to Western medicine’s approach to issues of the mind. A teacher and counselor for almost 30 years, Guruprasad Singh founded GPS Integrative Therapies in 2005. This is non-traditional stuff: healing and growth arrived at by using a combination of mind/body and imaginative nontraditional process techniques. “My conviction is that we not only can survive life but experience every moment as a learning process

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and discover the gift in every situation, no matter how troubling,” the yogi says. He treats individuals, groups, couples and families for depression, anxiety and fear, trauma, abuse, anger problems, addiction and destructive patterns in marriage and relationships. A local business owner says, “He is both highly intuitive and quite skilled at the same time. This combination enables him to facilitate healing very effectively.” Guruprasad Singh also offers classes and trains students who want to become kundalini yoga teachers. (Babs De Lay) GPS Integrative Therapies, 311 S. 900 East, Ste. 101A, SLC, 801-633-3908, GPSIntegrativeTherapies.com 2. Ashley Greenwell, Ph.D. 3. Sean Patrick McPeak, LCSW

Best Addiction Recovery Center Odyssey House Odyssey House was the first psychiatrically enhanced therapeutic substance provider in Utah helping teens, adults and moms and/or dads with kids overcome all types of drug and alcohol addiction. In a 2015 evaluation conducted by the University of Utah, Odyssey House was among the top 8 percent of service providers nationally who ranked as “highly effective”. With six facilities in Salt Lake County (including affordable sober housing apartments for adults and families and a recoveryfriendly medical clinic), OH has a strong reputation of success in Utah since opening here in 1971. Participants in local programs keep the buildings and areas where they are located in tiptop shape, and they volunteer wherever they can in the community. They are great neighbors to have. Thank you, Odyssey House! (Babs De Lay) 344 E. 100 South, SLC, 801-322-3222, OdysseyHouse.org 2. Fit to Recover 3. First Step House

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BODY AND MIND | COMMON COLD

Sniffle Me This How to prevent a common cold, and how to cope if you have one DEREK CARL

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t happens to adults about twice a year, and what seems like every week for kids: The common cold strikes again. The virus spreads through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus also migrates when an afflicted person touches you or you touch an item such as a phone, towel or doorknob and then rub your eyes, mouth or nose. Twenty-four to 72 hours later, the familiar symptoms begin: dry, scratchy throat, runny nose, congestion, cough and a general feeling of being unwell. How to treat—or prevent—a cold? There are as many different approaches, it seems, as there are local experts to share them. Our advice: Try them all! Dr. Amanda Lucero, naturopath Dose with D At the onset of your cold, or if people around you are sick, take Vitamin D, which is antiviral and shortens a cold’s duration, Dr. Lucero says. “It’s a good idea to have your Vitamin D levels checked to make sure they are optimal,” she adds. At the cold’s beginning, she also suggests taking elderberry-based supplements as well as echinacea, an herb that is not only antiviral but anti-inflammatory. “It increases the number of white blood cells to fight off pathogens,” she says. Also, she says, if you take Vitamin C as a supplement, couple it with bioflavonoids, so it will be more accessible to the cells. Gateway Laser Center Wellness Division 440 W. 200 South, Ste. 250, SLC 801-595-1600 GatewayLaserCenter.com 18 | BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2019

Dr. Ross Brunetti, family practice Zinc it up! Dr. Brunetti recommends that adults take zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold and as long as systems persist. He suggests buying geranium extract drops at a health-food store and using them three times a day for 10 days. “Echinacea makes the white cells crawl faster and fight infection better,” he adds. “Take it twice a day for two months.” Chicken soup can help with the symptoms. He suggests preparing some soups and meals with garlic which can help reduce cold symptoms. In addition, decongestants phenylephrine and suphedrine help fight symptoms. “If you have allergies, you can use Flonase,” he says. For kids with colds, he recommends a single dose of 1-2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey and then rubbing Vicks Vaporub on the chest. Foothill Family Clinic 6360 S. 3000 East, Ste. 100, SLC 801-365-1032 FoothillFamilyClinic.com Nurse practitioner Carlie Hamilton Wash those hands Carlie Hamilton emphasizes the importance of good hygiene, especially hand washing, to prevent getting and/or spreading colds. “I tell the younger kids to sing the ABCs and rub their hands 10 times [under the water],” she says. “Make sure the soap gets on both sides of your hands and under your fingernails.” She advises kids in school to use hand sanitizers CITYWEEKLY.NET


both before and after recess. Since most colds are viral and don’t respond to antibiotics, she says overthe-counter products are helpful. “Decongestants help drain out the congestion so that it doesn’t sit in there and fester to become a sinus infection.” She adds, “Make sure you are taking plenty of fluids so that the mucus doesn’t stay thick instead of draining out. Here in Utah, use a humidifier or vaporizer to make sure that the sinuses are moist and draining.” A cough suppressant decreases the severity and amount of coughing. Most colds last seven to 10 days—if it lasts longer, see a doctor. Draper Family Medical Associates 12272 S. 800 East, Ste. 100, Draper 801-523-1300 Ayurvedic practitioner Maria Radloff Sip on spicy tea Begin drinking spicy teas as soon as you feel cold symptoms. Boil hot water with dry ginger, black pepper, cumin, palm jaggary (coconut palm sugar). You may also drink a little coffee or add coffee to the above tea. As congestion starts, start taking in trikatu and honey. Trikatu is made of three spices: black pepper, long pepper (pippali) and dry ginger powder. Use 1 teaspoon of trikatu plus one teaspoon of honey and mix in a bowl. Every 1 to 1 ½ hours, take 1/8 of a spoonful and lick it clean. This will reduce congestion, strengthen digestion and clear up system blockages. It’s important that these small amounts are taken all day long and not all at one time. This remedy is called muhurmuhu in Sanskrit. Ayurveda and Yoga 369 E. 900 South, No. 135, SLC 480-600-3765 Mariyurveda.com

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Dr. Todd Cameron, naturopath Hydrate daily “A ton of viruses cause cold symptoms—reducing the number you are exposed to reduces your chances of catching a cold,” says Dr. Cameron. “To help prevent colds, travel like a politician—never touch your face when you are out in public.” If you can, go to the grocery store or use public transportation at nonpeak hours. After a gathering where you are shaking people’s hands or hugging them, wash your hands and face as soon as you can. He recommends mushroom extracts—tail mushrooms, reishi mushrooms, maitake mushrooms shiitake mushrooms and chaga mushrooms. “They all have beta glucans and are extremely immune-moderating L-Lysine is a good antiviral. N-Acetyl Cysteine helps to break up the mucus,” he says. Hydration also is important, he says, noting you should drink “a minimum of half your weight in ounces of water daily.” Cameron Wellness Center 1945 S. 1100 East, Ste. 100, SLC 801-486-4226 CameronWellnessCenter.net BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2019 | 19


Best Herbalist

LEGACY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

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Josh Williams

Best Wilderness Therapy Program

Best Acupuncture Clinic

Legacy Outdoor Adventures

SLC Qi

Finding your inner self in the wilderness is an age-old tradition: As a rite of passage into manhood, ancient Spartan boys would be given minimal supplies and sent into the wild, where they would tap into the environment and their intuition to figure out how to survive. Now, the Great Outdoors is being used to help young people straighten out their lives. Legacy Outdoor Adventures is a treatment program designed to give young men (and women through its Juniper Canyon Recovery Center) ages 18-35 a journey to adulthood. The specialty of Legacy is mentoring youth with emotional or behavioral issues, substance-abuse problems, social anxiety, fear and/or a combination of each. Using evidence-based clinical practices, Legacy treats the whole person with structured and intensive care. It is the only residential treatment center in the country accredited by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council. (Mikey Saltas) 1764 Aspen Lane, Loa, 435-836-2272, LegacyOutdoorAdventures.com 2. Aspiro 3. Elements

When thinking about acupuncture, many are apprehensive about being stuck with needles. Where do you go for safe, effective treatment? Will it hurt? How often should you go? Is it affordable? SLC Qi’s owner, Matt Jevtic, L.Ac, has recently seen his 30,000th patient and says his unique group-setting business model allows for payment on a sliding scale (between $20 and $40 per treatment). More important, the practice, where patients lie in comfortable recliners, fully clothed, in a quiet soothing room, fosters a community atmosphere. “It’s not a profit-driven business, it’s a passionate business,” Jevtic says. He loves that his clients can continue treatment for as long as needed without stopping because it got too expensive. “I am still very passionate about it, even after all these years,” he says. “I still think we’re saving the world.” (Anna Kaser) 242 S. 400 East, Suite B, SLC, 801-521-3337, SLCQi.com 2. Flow Acupuncture 3. Earth Center Acupuncture

Best Naturopath Todd Cameron, NMD Starting out his career with an interest in emergency medicine, Todd Cameron switched gears once naturopathy took hold. After graduating from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1996, Cameron and his wife, Jennie, returned to Salt Lake City to offer general naturopathic and specialty medical services. The aim of naturopathy is to help the body heal itself using integrative and holistic treatments, including nutrition and bodywork. Excellence is a hallmark of his practice, which is why he took home the Best Wellness Center award in the Body & Mind publication in 2018. Suffering from chronic, prolonged health issues? Tired of side effects from prescription meds? Give this naturopathic physician a buzz. (Mikey Saltas) Cameron Wellness Center, 1945 S. 1100 East, SLC, 801-486-4226, CameronWellnessCenter.net 2. (tied) Amanda Lucero NMD / Thaddeus Jacobs, ND, LAc 3. Leslie Peterson, NMD

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Best Holistic Physician Todd Mangum, M.D. Educated in a wealth of health-related fields, Todd Mangum not only earned his M.D. degree from the University of Utah, he is also trained as a massage therapist and certified as an acupuncture practitioner. He knows the best ways to make a body healthy and perform at its highest rate. Prescribing a combination of a healthy diet, supplements, herbs, massage, acupuncture and other techniques, Mangum provides individual and specialized treatment plans for all of his clients. (Anna Kaser) Web of Live Wellness, 34 S. 500 East, Ste. 103, SLC, 801.531.8340, WebOfLifeWC.com 2. Ulrich Knorr, ND 3. Rick Henriksen, M.D., MPP

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Josh Williams has been a student of plant medicine for more than two decades. With two herbalist degrees and now a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, Williams treats his clients with compassion and strives to find answers to their questions and concerns. “I like to teach new customers about herbalism through experience,” Williams said. “I talk with them about how herbalism can help them, make them a cup of tea and, then, go from there.” Williams also teaches many workshops around Salt Lake to help people learn about herbalism. (Anna Kaser) Greenthread Herbs, 362 E. 900 South (inside Thyme & Place), SLC, 801-918-2824, HerbalistJosh.com 2. Dave Card 3. Amanda Kotter

Best Holistic Health Store Greenthread Herbs The only full-service herbal apothecary in Salt Lake, Greenthread Herbs was opened by Josh Williams, a short seven months ago. The shop contains a wealth of products, with more than 180 herbs along with many herbal products. Each employee is also an herbalist and can any answer questions you may have, which means that you receive a free consultation the minute you walk in the door. “I was never going to open a retail store,” Williams said. But after offering workshops in the area, the interest in herbs grew, and Williams finally caved and opened a storefront. The store is helping Salt Lakers stay happy and healthy. (Anna Kaser) 362 E. 900 South, SLC, HerbalistJosh.com 2. Dave’s Health and Nutrition 3. Good Earth Natural Foods

Best Wellness Center Terra Health Collective (formerly The Little Wellness Place) When Amanda Valenti and Rachelle Ballard started The Little Wellness Place, they hoped to combine their areas of expertise—acupuncture and movement therapy—and a general passion for wellness of all kinds. Later on, Savannah Lavenstein joined the group, adding her expertise in food and nutrition. “The community needed a place like this, and we simply provided it,” Ballard says of the collective. They now host workshops and retreats, using their combined knowledge to offer movement, meditation, Chinese Medicine, guest speakers, mindfulness practices and more. Ballard describes their unique community as a “catch-all for people to talk about wellness in a non-fitness way. In a less cliquey way.” (Anna Kaser) 1760 S. 1100 East, No. 3, SLC, TheLittleWellnessPlace.com 2. Cameron Wellness Center 3. Seek Studio

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Best Nutrition Coaching Anne Dorsey

Best Bodywork

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As a board member of Wasatch Community Gardens, Anne Dorsey is on a mission: “To radically revolutionize the concept of what healthy eating can be. My intention is to teach people how to have pleasure and heal your body at the same time.” Self-employed for the past five years as a holistic nutrition and wellness coach, Dorsey admits she loves food. While she’s both a “mother and farmer at heart,” she is not a foodie but a health nut who believes in the power of pleasure, not in willpower. For example, she loves kale and butter. The key to helping her clients get healthier is understanding their mindset and individual needs instead of shaming them for having fries every now and then. Start loving your body now, not 20 pounds from now, by getting a new approach and a new coach. Enroll in one of her six-month whole-body immersion programs, and you discover someone pretty wonderful who lives in your own skin. (Babs De Lay) 2868 S. 2475 East, SLC, 801-842-2326, UtahMilkAndHoneyWellness.com 2. Erin Butler 3. Savannah Lavenstein, Evergreen Healing

ANNE DORSEY

Best Psychic

The Anatomy of Wellness The Anatomy of Wellness works with clients who are dealing with chronic pain from injury or posture issues. Their licensed massage therapists specialize in a range of services, from basic Swedish massage to deep-tissue massage, stretch therapy, kinesio taping and dry-sauna treatments. They treat whiplash, sciatica, carpal tunnel pain, tendonitis, trigger point pain, muscle strains and imbalances brought about by sitting at a desk all day. If you are suffering from chronic aches or from an injury, the healing hands at The Anatomy of Wellness can help you heal your whole body and get back on track. (Anna Kaser) 4609 S. 2300 East, Ste. 202, Holladay, 801-879-9962, TheAnatomyOfWellness.com 2. Rocksteady Bodyworks 3. Knead a Massage

Best Yoga Instructor

Suzanne Wagner You might say that Suzanne Wagner jeté’d her way into a psychic career. “When I was a dancer for Ballet West,” she said, “I always carried around tarot cards in my pack.” Her friends would ask for a reading about their lives and, from there, her following only grew. When she retired from dancing, she became a massage therapist and was soon giving people readings of all different kinds. She likes to incorporate numerology, astrology, tarot cards and other techniques to get a wellrounded reading for her clients. And now, she writes a column for Catalyst, helps create workshops and teaches classes at Golden Braid Books. “I love people, and I want to help them,” she says. Simple as that. (Anna Kaser) 707-354-1019, SuzWagner.com 2. Ross Gigliotti 3. Margaret Ruth

Best Day Spa

Sarah Betts As co-founder of the sleek and chic Seek Studio, Sarah Betts lives for outdoor adventure, good food and a heartfelt community. As a certified yoga instructor, Betts was inspired to create Seek because of a passion for the outdoor life, where sports conditioning and yoga brought endurance and awareness to her adventures. Her studio’s Vinyasa-style yoga classes include the signature Athletic Flow, Seek Flow and Power to the Zen. This adventure-loving foodie will keep those smooth yoga playlists grooving along, so pump up your vibe and remember her words to live by: “Rock your best self and don’t be a dick while doing so. Kindness looks good on everyone.” (Samantha Herzog) Seek Studio, 1790 S. 1100 East, SLC, 385-355-4380, SeekStudioSLC.com 2. Parinaz Samimi 3. Kate McGowan

Sego Lily With locations in Bountiful, Layton and Midvale, Sego Lily is a day spa that offers world-class relaxation and restorative services such as re-mineralizing baths, body polishes, facials, pedicures, massages of all kinds and more. Each service can be enhanced with what is needed and/or desired to heal the body, including aromatherapy, dry brushing, injury recovery mud, scalp treatment, sinus soothers, heart-opening stones and more. There are even spa packages for mothers-to-be, girlfriend retreats as well as a couple’s relaxing getaway. For the men in your life, consider the Gentlemen’s Facial or a Soothing Soak. (Anna Kaser) Multiple locations, SegoLilySpa.com 2. Kura Door 3. Healing Mountain

Best Aesthetician

Best Spiritual Practice Salt Lake Power Yoga

Nicole Anderson

Yoga is not a religion, but if you regularly attend the high-energy yoga classes at Salt Lake Power Yoga, your spirit can’t help but be lifted. Grounded in the Baptiste yoga tradition with a focus on balanced movement, strength, and breath, SLPY’s big studio provides natural light, views of the Wasatch Range and plenty of heat, all of which will leave you feeling refreshed and restored. The smaller studios offer additional classes, teacher-training programs, retreats and workshops. Whether the goal of your yoga practice is to find inner strength and peace or to meet kindred spirits, SLPY is an amazing community that will support your growth. (Anna Kaser) 250 E. 300 South, second floor, SLC, 801-468-9642, SaltLakePowerYoga.com 2. Two Arrows Zen 3. Sacred Energy

Nicole Anderson’s journey into the world of aesthetician work is full of twists and turns. After going to cosmetology school and then massage school, Anderson started working at Sanctuary Day Spa where she cut hair and did massages. While there, she obtained a certificate in manual lymphatic drainage and, soon after, she owned her own salon. After the market crash in 2008, though, she decided to go back to school and eventually obtained a master’s degree in health promotion and education. Even with years of education under her belt, she still felt drawn to the spa. She recently became spa director at AquaVie, where she has worked for the past three years. “I’m really just a spa junkie at heart,” she says with a laugh. (Anna Kaser) AquaVie Day Spa, 3350 S. Highland Drive, SLC, 801-484-0574, AquaVieDaySpa.com 2. Anita Chambers 3. Katie Mae Swaner

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Best Fitness/ Aerobics Class Instructor Dominique Maack

MELISSA ZAPPA

MADI SMITH

When approaching fitness, Dominique Maack’s focus is on efficiency and purpose. “I try to not waste too much time explaining or having downtime,” the fitness instructor and swim coach says. “We move from exercises quickly, and I jam a lot into an hour. I also try to find music to help people motivate and move to the beat.” Sarah Betts, the owner of Seek Studio—where Maack leads Seek Sweat and TRX classes—thinks highly of Maack. “Dominique is incredibly dedicated to the design of every single class,” Betts says. “The thought she puts into the energy of the room and the exercises involved really impacts the people there. It’s easy to get to a certain level of complacency. But Dominique is always challenging herself.” Seek Studio, 1790 S. 1100 East, SLC, 385-355-4830, SeekStudioSLC.com 2. Sarah Betts 3. Carrie Goodwin

Best Acupuncturist Melissa Zappa, LAc You can say she has a following as this is Zappa’s second win in this category. Initially working in the music industry, Melissa Zappa switched gears to study acupuncture, she dedicated her time to helping people heal. After spending time in China, Zappa came back to Utah and opened Flow Acupuncture in 2015. “One of the best things about Flow is its ability to help people continue to do what they love, like dancing or playing guitar,” she says. Zappa specializes in digestive issues as well as those dealing with head, neck and back pain. (Anna Kaser) Flow Acupucture, 349 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-242-0649, FlowAcupuncture.org 2. Amanda Valenti, LAc, MSTOM, DIPL. OM 3. Rebecca Conde, LAc

Best Crossfit Gym SLC Crossfit SLC Crossfit isn’t just a gym, or a place to hang out after work, it’s a community of folks who are passionate and fitness-minded. And that community that has taken the country (and Utah) by storm. After an introductory session at the SLC Crossfit, your trainer will recommend a program that might include privatetraining sessions and/or group classes. In addition, they offer a foundation program teaching the principles and mechanics of weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, nutrition and mobility. In addition, you can learn proper use of barbells and how to train for competitive Crossfit games. Watch out. You might just become one of those passionate Crossfit people. (Anna Kaser) 619 S. 600 West, SLC, 385-252-1933, SLCCrossfit.com 2. Kirin Crossfit 3. Brickwall CrossFit

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Best Fitness Center for Older Adults Age Performance If you weren’t born yesterday, then Age Performance has a health program for you! The center’s motto is:“Strength to change the way we age” and its expert trainers (one of whom is Eleni Saltas, daughter of City Weekly’s honcho, John Saltas) can help you stretch your “health span” to match the length of your “life span.” Founder Paul Holbrook knows that to live a better life you must keep your body strong, so it’s his mission to help mature people build and maintain strength. We may have this idea that getting older means we slow down but the team at Age Performance proves that it doesn’t have to! (Samantha Herzog) 1300 S. 1100 East, Ste. 202, SLC, 801-467-6554, AgePerformance.com 2. SLC Strength & Conditioning 3. Fit to Recover

Best Fitness Classes The Bar Method Elegant yet practical, The Bar Method combines ballet moves with numerous fitness disciplines such as conditioning, yoga, Pilates and more. It’s as good for your brain as well as your body. Experiencing the workout in San Francisco, owner Carrie Goodwin was so invigorated by this unique life-changing system that she had to bring a franchise to Salt Lake City. Each exercise provides countless variations, allowing pupils to rise a challenge. “Students leave feeling

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centered and in touch with their inner personal strength … the strength they have always held within themselves,” Goodwin says. (Samantha Herzog) 1057 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-485-4227, BarMethod.com 2. Peak 45 3. SLC Crossfit

Best Massage Therapist Brianna Clark Like many who serve as massage therapists, Brianna Clark had her own injury to overcome and found that massage was her ticket to recovery. As a practicing, licensed massage therapist since 2008, Clark trained in massage at Myotherapy College. She is certified in orthopedic massage and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in health promotion and education. Clark knows the ins and outs of massage and is passionate about helping clients “return to the activities they love without pain.” Her expertise is in sports injury and pain management, so if you’ve been struggling, contact Clark at The Anatomy of Wellness to finally relieve your pain. (Anna Kaser) Anatomy of Wellness, 4609 S. 2300 East, Ste. 202, Holladay, 801-879-9962, TheAnatomyOfWellness.com 2. Nicole Anderson, AquaVie Day Spa 3. Sara Rose, Sara Rose Massage Therapy

Best Alternative Health Care Provider (not listed above) Maria Radloff, Mariyurveda Maria Radloff has been practicing and then teaching Ashtanga yoga since 2008. In that time, she also has been a student of Ayurveda but only became a student at the Kerala Academy in 2017. Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest medicinal practices in the world. Radloff says the Ayurveda approach to health is balancing functional energies (vata, pitta, kapha), metabolic fires (agni), bodily tissues (dhatus), along with the timely removal of waste products (malas), all of which results in having a pleasant soul, sharp senses and a peaceful mind. Radloff has found that her yoga practice and classes she leads at Centered City Yoga are the perfect complement to Ayurveda. Both philosophies are interwoven and rely upon each other. (Mikey Saltas) Centered City Yoga, 926 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-521-9642, CenteredCityYoga.com 2. Eric Overton, M.D. 3. Balanced Well Beings (foot zoning)

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Best Climbing Wall

RACHELLE BALLARD

The Front Climbing Wall

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The Front is not only the best, but also the biggest climbing club in Salt Lake. Offering a wide variety of climbing and group fitness classes, the Front not only teaches people how to boulder and use ropes but also to communicate, lead and even fall without fear. Take a private lesson to get one-onone attention. And after a strenuous climbing sesh, go stretch out with a yoga class also taught in the building or stop in at Rumsy’s café for a delicious snack. There are also youth programs that include summer camps, after-school programs, birthday parties and more. (Anna Kaser) 1470 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-466-7625, FrontSLC.com/ws/ 2. Momentum 3. iRock

Best Life Coach Rachelle Ballard Rachelle Ballard approaches health and personal wellness in a refreshing and unique way. Her techniques are as unique as her clients. “I use a mixture of movement therapy and behavior-change modalities to create a process people can use to make themselves feel better,” she says. For some of her clients, that may mean dancing, yoga or possibly just going into nature and feeling the earth beneath their feet. With a background in yoga and personal training, Ballard knows what works best for each body, and she listens to people’s needs and helps them achieve their wellness goals. “We are the expert on ourselves,” she says. Most importantly, she insists, “You are not broken.” (Anna Kaser) IntoTheWoodsWellness.com 2. Cynthia Wand 3. Jim Pehkonen

Best Martial Arts Instructor Katrina Reynolds, Krav Maga Contact Combat SLC Krav Maga (Hebrew for “contact combat”) is the official martial art of the Israel Defense Forces. Owner and head trainer of the SLC Krav Maga, Katrina Reynolds is a master of this militiameets-the-street style of defense, having trained personally under expert instructor Grandmaster Rhon Mizrachi. Designed for the battlefield yet championed by civilians, this Israeli hand-to-hand “contact combat” is a practical form of protection that anyone can use. Add in the fact that Reynolds is the first woman to achieve a black belt in the craft, and her story has all the makings of a new martialarts legend! (Samantha Herzog) 1360 S. Main, SLC, 917-693-9024, SLCKravMaga.com 2. Will Bernales, Bernales Institute of Martial Arts 3. Toshio Osaka

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Best Personal Trainer Collin Vestal If you’re looking for someone who can help you lose weight and get in top condition, then look no farther than to Collin Vestal, head trainer at the South Davis Recreation Center. This high-energy outdoorsman is a cross-platform personal trainer certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine who can guide people of all ages and abilities in athletic acuity while attaining fitness goals. He also operates Fit Salt Lake, his own fitness training program, which touts no contracts or memberships. Shift your lifestyle permanently with the help of this fitness expert. (Samantha Herzog) South Davis Recreation Center, 550 N. 200 West, Bountiful, 801-298-6220, SouthDavisRecreation.com; Fit Salt Lake, 801-694-3570, 2. Stephen Pizza, SLC Strength & Conditioning 3. Paul Holbrook. Age Performance

Best Pilates Studio Maven Strong A 2018 Best of Utah winner for their primo fitness classes, Maven Strong is back in 2019 for serving up the best Pilates in Utah, which is only fitting since, as one Yelper noted, it’s the “great-big-little studio that grew out of 9th & 9th Pilates, built by Tessa Arneson.” Their Pilates mat and reformer classes (those that use Pilates equipment to increase strength and coordination) are some of the best in the city, with a robust schedule taught by highly trained instructors. And many a reformer class are combined with other fitness elements—such as “strong,” “jumpboard,” “sweat,” “TRX” and more. Three mat Pilates classes focus on heat, core and sweat. “Our little studio packs a big punch!” Maven’s welcoming sign roars. As its website promises, this classy and hip studio is just the place “to unwind, kick ass, or find inspiration to be a braver human.” (Samantha Herzog) 155 E. 900 South, Ste. 200, SLC, 801-410-4180, MavenSLC.com 2. The Point Pilates 3. Peak 45

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Best Boxing Club/ Gym Title Boxing Club Have you ever just wanted to punch something? Have you also wanted an exercise practice that is fun and engaging? Get your gloves on and get ready for the intensity of a true boxer’s workout, including proper heavy-bag training. Title Boxing offers not only boxing but kickboxing, with rest periods for stretching and abdominal workouts and cardio in between. Title Boxing Club is also one of the largest growing franchises in the country, and with three locations along the Wasatch Front— Sugar House, Cottonwood Heights and South Jordan—there is sure to be a workout that fits into your schedule. (Anna Kaser) Multiple locations, TitleBoxingClub.com 2. Fit to Recover 3. Rebel House

Best Tennis Instruction Liberty Hills Tennis (formerly Coach Mike’s Academy) Is your little tot the next Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova? Perhaps you need to tune up your own serve or backhand. Because of the hard work of now-retired tennis player, coach and visionary, Mike Martines, Liberty Hills Tennis operates two firstclass public tennis facilities: Liberty Park Tennis Center, with 16 lighted hard-courts and CMTA at Oak Hills (formerly Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy) at Foothill Boulevard and 1300 South with 10 hard courts, both offering court reservations, adult and junior group lessons, private lessons, ball machine rentals and a pro shop. And for the tennis tot in your life, CMTA @ Oak Hills also hosts a year-round tennis training junior academy for youth age 4-18. (Mikey Saltas) CMTA @ Oak Hills, 1216 S. Wasatch Drive, SLC, 801-583-9451, LibertyHillsTennis.com 2. Mike Trabert, Salt Lake Tennis & Health

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Best Yoga Studio Seek Studio Seek is a place where mindfulness meets strength and function meets grace. This sweet Sugar House studio serves as a welcoming space “for those who seek more” in life. Build energy while moving to the “deep beats” of the owner’s growing collection of self-minted playlists. The studio’s flowing Vinyasa style of yoga combines with a kickass community of reseters and go-getters to help each new seeker that walks through their doors “stress less, flow more” and ask themselves: what are you looking for? (Samantha Herzog) 1790 S. 1100 East, SLC, 385-355-4380, SeekStudioSLC.com 2. Salt Lake Power Yoga 3. Centered City Yoga

Best Community Swimming Pool Steiner Aquatic Center has been a staple in the community for years, offering inclusive classes for all types of swimmers—it’s the go-to community pool for many east-side Salt Lake City residents. With an outdoor lap pool boasting eight 50-meter lanes, and an indoor pool with two diving boards, a hot tub and ten 25-yard lanes, Steiner is a state-of-the art pool available to all, including those with disabilities. They also host water aerobics classes and an adult water polo league. (Anna Kaser) 645 S. Guardsman Way, SLC, 385-468-1925, SLCO.org/sports-complex 2. Cottonwood Heights Rec Center 3. Fairmont Aquatic Center

Best Private Gym SLC Strength & Conditioning SLC Strength & Conditioning is where athleticism meets injury prevention, group training meets youth programs, and an open gym meets personal trainers. Founder Stephen Pizza is a former college strength and conditioning coach who knows that strength and conditioning are the basis for great performance. His background led him to start his own gym, where he uses free-weight-based equipment, chains, dynamic push-pull methods and more. With knowledgeable trainers onsite, the gym offers individualized attention, coaching and guidance, along with an emphasis on safety, to help athletes, from beginners to elite, do exercises and maintain proper form. “If you’ve never lifted weights before, this is the perfect environment to come test it out and give it a try,” co-owner Kristy Pizza says on their website. (Samantha Herzog) 3232 S. Highland Drive, SLC, 801-8100373, SLCStrengthAndConditioning.com 2. Fit to Recover 3. Iron Allies Fitness

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Best Public/ Community Recreation Center South Davis Recreation Center Private gyms may come and go, but recreation centers are part of the community, especially for families. Case in point: South Davis Rec Center, which sports the slogan “Family, fitness, and fun for everyone.” Open since 2007, the three-story, 160,000-square-foot, brick-and-steel building offers a bridge between a workout and a playout. Whether you’re diving for Easter eggs or enjoying a pool party with your pooch at Dog-a-Pool-ooza, the SDRC— with its leisure and lap pools, multipurpose gym, weight room, fitness classes and lessons, Olympic-size ice rink and adult and youth sports— offers seasonal and daily activities for your well-being and amusement. Discover, learn, and play at South Davis Rec Center today. (Samantha Herzog) 550 N. 200 West, Bountiful, 801-298-6220, SouthDavisRecreation.com 2. The Park Center in Murray 3. Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center

Best Fitness Programs for Kids Kids Yoga and AntiGravity at Awaken Studios “I would go to the gym, but I have to take care of the kids” is a sentiment felt by parents nationwide. There’s an alternative for you and your tot—get back to the level

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of fitness you were at before your youngster came into the world by enrolling them in classes at the same gym as yourself. Awaken Studios not only offers day care for children under 2 but offers kids yoga and AntiGravity classes as well as AntiGravity kids parties. Your kids will love it, and you’ll have enough time to partake in the studio’s reputable adult classes. (Mikey Saltas) 6168 S. 1300 East, Murray, 801-906-1911, Awaken-Studios.com 2. SLC Strength & Conditioning Youth Programs 3. GTC Gymnastics Training Center

Best Utah-based MLM That Sells Health Products doTerra The oil business is booming in Utah, and by that we mean the essential oil business. Utah has some of the most influential companies right here in our midst, and one of the most recognized brands is doTERRA. Founded in 2008 with the goal of selling therapeuticgrade essential oils to help people breathe easier, feel less pain, enjoy improved digestion and more, doTERRA set about to establish a standard of quality known as CPTG, or certified pure therapeutic grade, so the oils could be used safely. The direct selling method allows doTERRA’s “wellness advocates” of 2 million to spread the word and meet with customers one-on-one. Even better, doTERRA is able make a positive difference in the lives of those they work with through its global botanical network of artisans and distillers. (Anna Kaser) 389 S. 1300 West, Pleasant Grove, 800-411-8151, DoTerra.com 2. NuSkin 3. USANA Health Sciences

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UNITE FITNESS RETREAT

Best Weight Loss Retreat

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Unite Fitness Retreat Getting a tax refund this year? Sold your condo for tidy profit? Did Aunt Mary leave an inheritance for you? What to do with it? Spend it on yourself here at this all-inclusive weight-loss camp for adults offered by the week in downtown Salt Lake City based at the Hyatt House. People fly here from all over to experience this doctor-recommended program. They come to move their bodies, reset their metabolic thermostat, to create new eating habits, and renew their spirit. With a dedicated staff of personal trainers, counselors and life coaches, you’ll partake in activities such as hiking, weight training, yoga, cross-fit-style boot camps, water aerobics as well as cooking classes and nutrition counseling, you will lose weight, inches, body fat while gaining enthusiasm and a joy for life again. (Jerre Wroble) 140 S. 300 West, SLC, 866-589-5615, UniteFitnessRetreat.com

Best Ski/Snowboard School Brighton Resort Snow Sports School Whether you’re a little ripper or young shredder or simply young at heart, class is in session at Brighton’s Snow Sports School. The temperatures may be icy cold in Big Cottonwood Canyon, but Brighton’s attentive instructors know how to heat up your enthusiasm for the sport while helping you fine-tune your skills and techniques. With daily lessons for both kids and adults, Brighton also hosts weekly classes for kids and weekend freestyle camps for advanced skiers age 7-15. There are also women’s workshops as well as Thursday night ski or board lessons for age 8-adult. Brighton has earned the reputation as “the place where Utah learns to ski and ride.” Who knew school could be so fun? (Samantha Herzog) 8302 S. Brighton Loop Road, Brighton, 801-532-4731, BrightonResort.com 2. Snowbird 3. Alta

Best Water Aerobics Classes Is the gym just not your style? Treadmill? As if. That burly guy on the bench? Left a puddle of sweat behind. Thank heavens for these much-loved pools in Sugar House. Fairmont’s 25-yard lap pool combined with the ever-pleasant leisure pool (at 86 degrees, with a whirlpool, two-story water slide and current channel, really fills the bill. Operated by Salt Lake County, the aquatic center offers simple-to-advanced classes in aqua fit, motion and Zumba as well as hydro fusion and deep-water fitness. Grab your pool noodle and jump on in. The water’s fine! (Mikey Saltas) 1044 E. Sugarmont Drive, SLC, 385-468-1540, SLCO.org/Fairmont 2. Murray Parks and Recreation 3. Alta Canyon Sports Center

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Best Way to Learn Dentistry

HEALING MOUNTAIN MASSAGE SCHOOL

Founded in Nevada, Roseman University opened its South Jordan campus in 2005 and began enrolling its first class of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students in 2006. In 2010, they added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program and, in 2011, a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree (Roseman’s was the first doctoral-level dental program ever offered in Utah). Roseman features a block curriculum, meaning students take only one class at a time and master the lessons (pass or no pass) before going on to the next. Classes are held in hexagonal rooms where students face one another for maximum engagement. The school’s open-door policy gives students ready access to the faculty and staff. After spending long hours in the classroom and in a state-of-the-art simulation lab, they move to a clinic setting in their third and fourth years. There, students provide dental care under the supervision of licensed faculty members, at the university’s dental clinic. That’s learning you can sink your teeth into. (Jerre Wroble) 10920 S. River Front Parkway, South Jordan, 801-302-2600, Roseman.edu

Best Uptown Workout Life Time Athletic Located in “SoJo” since 2006, Life Time is a national fitness chain, but it’s unlike most of the corporate gyms you’re familiar with. It bills itself as a athletic-resort and is the only one of its kind in Utah. This 110,000-square-foot center facility is one of 140 “resorts” in North America that features fitness studios, cardio and weights floor, racquetball and squash courts, rock climbing walls, full-size basketball courts, cycling theater, a LifeSpa salon with therapeutic massage, an indoor and outdoor aquatics center with lap pools and water slides, a day care and kids camp plus a LifeCafe, home to healthy chef-crafted meals. There are several tiers of memberships, so the luxury resort experience may be within reach. Stop by and ask for a free introductory pass. They’re open 24/7—so, no excuses! (Jerre Wroble) 10996 S. River Front Parkway, South Jordan, 801-302-0909, Lifetime.life

Best Health and Wellness Educator Healing Mountain Massage School Healing Mountain Massage School, accredited by the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), has been a leader for massage therapy education since its inception over 20 years ago. Why attend Healing Mountain over other massage schools? Because they offer two exceptional programs for starters, one to become a massage therapist another

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to become an advanced holistic-health practitioner. They feature small class sizes of 8-15 students and boast a beautiful 7,100-square-foot day spa and clinic conveniently located downtown. Plus, they have a near perfect exam pass rate, and the majority of students are retained and hired within Salt Lake City. If you live in Cedar City, there’s a campus for you there. (Mikey Saltas) 363 S. 500 East, SLC, 801-355-6300, HealingMountain.edu

Best Yoga Teacher Training Inbody Yoga Academy Locally operated for the past 15 years, Inbody Yoga Academy offers multiple programs and retreats designed to enhance the skills and expertise of yoga teachers. The Inbody Mindfulness Certification Program brings meditation and science together and helps deepen personal mindfulness and meditation. In addition, there are 200- and 300hour yoga teacher trainings as well as a 300-hour level-1 yoga therapist training. Those guiding you along the way are highly qualified, with accreditations ranging from Ph.D.s and master’s in psychology, physiology, sports science and philosophy—not to mention their intangible assets of kindness and empathy they give their students. If you want to take the next step in your yoga practice, you know where to go. (Mikey Saltas) 1597 S. 1100 East, SLC, 801-448-8848, InbodyYogaAcademy.com

Best Scalpel Against Cancer Teresa Reading, M.D. Dr. Teresa Reading is a general surgeon who makes a point to make cancer patients feel comfortable. During my recent breast-cancer surgery, she discovered the cancer had spread to a lymph node. Without leaving the room, she conferred with my other doctors—and my family—about her findings. After that surgery, she ordered a MammaPrint test

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in which a piece of my tumor was compared against the possible future behavior of 70 genes. When the results showed a “low risk” of recurrence, she let me know chemotherapy would not be necessary. Dr. Reading was on my team through it all. (Carolyn Campbell) 324 E. 10th Ave., Ste. 200, SLC, 801-408-7500, IntermountainHealthcare.org

Best Born-again Breasts John B. Hijjawi, M.D. Dr. John Hijjawi’s mother had breast cancer. It’s no surprise, then, that as a plastic surgeon, his specialty is reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast. A native of Chicago where he attended Northwestern University Medical School, he began practicing in 2005 and has performed more than 1,800 primary breast reconstructions. He is skilled in many types of plastic surgery and offers reassuring options during difficult times. (Carolyn Campbell) 5169 S. Cottonwood St., Ste. 420, Murray, 801-507-1650, IntermountainHealthcare.org

Best Nipple Tattoos Spa Bisou When you think of Bisou Beauty (aka Spa Bisou), think “disco hall meets tattoo parlor.” Clarissa Martinez, master aesthetician/aesthetic instructor, is a permanent cosmetic artist and trainer. The woman-owned and operated company offers courses for aspiring local entrepreneurs who want to be certified in their services. In addition to offering permanent cosmetics, they also offer spa services such as facials, teeth whitening, lash extensions and more. They even create permanent nipple tattoos for those who have been through breast reconstruction. In addition to offering permanent cosmetics, this crew manages to have fun, do quality work and always stay ahead of the trends. So, whether you want to upgrade those brows, or begin a new career path, choose Bisou! (Sydney Phillips) 2021 Windsor St., SLC, 801-652-2384, SpaBisou.net

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sorry, Chuck, no medical pot for you

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BODY AND MIND | MEDICAL CANNABIS

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The Utah Legislature leaves pain sufferers in the lurch

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huck doesn’t laugh instantly at a joke. He tells one about every other sentence, but his humor is so dry, you have to wait about 30 seconds to see if he smiles or laughs to determine the seriousness of his statement. When he talks about being stationed in Vietnam, though, he’s always serious. He believes Agent Orange, the herbicide U.S. planes dropped on the jungles to destroy the foliage, caused his multiple sclerosis. Sadly, our government makes it extremely difficult to give vets affected by Agent Orange, or AO, their long-deserved medical disability or compensation. Visiting the website for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.gov), you’ll find lists of illnesses believed to be caused by contact with AO, including chloracne, Parkinson’s disease, soft tissue sarcomas, and cancers such as Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate cancer and lung cancer. If a veteran’s disease is not listed on the official website, he or she can apply for benefits by including a doctor’s report stating that the illness is believed to be caused by contact with AO. Chuckles—as he’s called by his wife—followed these procedures and was denied benefits. Meanwhile, his disease progresses, paperwork piles up and years go by. When he returned from his tour of duty in Vietnam, he served in the reserves at Utah’s Dugway Proving Ground, where the highest concentration of military chemical weapons were stored and de-activated. That was a possible Round 2 of exposure to toxins used by our military. Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic, painful disease in which one’s immune system attacks a substance called myelin, the

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fatty cell material that wraps around our nerve fibers to protect them. Since nerves are connected to the spine and the brain, MS interferes with the messages that go back and forth along the nervous system. The MS International Federation estimates more than 2 million people are living with MS worldwide. Its symptoms, such as blurry vision, weak limbs, fatigue and unsteadiness, are unpredictable. People with MS say they never know what to expect and that it can go dormant and then progress without warning. More women than men have MS, with a ratio of 3 to 2. It’s not directly hereditary, contagious or infectious, and no drug that can cure it. Chuck has been suffering for 20 years with muscle tension, spasticity as well as pain in his legs, hips and toes. He doesn’t sleep well and says that living with MS is “like you’ve exercised too much, in a bad way.” While he has never tried opiates, Chuck has taken ibuprofen and muscle relaxers such as Flexeril, but those drugs, he says, have not helped. “The Flexeril helped me sleep, but then I couldn’t wake up.” He admits to smoking cannabis recreationally when he served in the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, but when he returned stateside, he was afraid he’d get busted for possession/using and gave up smoking the plant. About five years ago, he admits to discovering and buying cannabis tinctures and edibles while vacationing in Colorado, Washington and, more recently, Nevada. The way he smiles about finding a viable pain treatment for his MS is believable—and no laughing matter. And relief from so many of his symptoms, if only temporary, is why CITYWEEKLY.NET


Chuck became a grassroots fighter for passing Proposition 2 in Utah. “I helped gather signatures to get Prop 2 on the ballot: I was motivated! In some cases, people were voting for the very first time in an election, and Prop 2 got them into the arena of how democracy works,” he said, adding, “The ridiculous attack ads were more hilarious to me than anything, but it didn’t worry me about the prop passing as I think people could see through those extremely dishonest ploys.” Voters approved Prop 2 in November 2018, but the Utah Legislature quickly convened and replaced it with new legislation to make cannabis virtually impossible to obtain now or anytime soon in Utah. In March 2014, the state legalized non-psychoactive cannabidiol oil, or CBD, to treat severe epilepsy, and you can now legally buy CBD vape pens and tinctures. But, Chuck stresses, CBD is not medical cannabis. So, just what did our elected officials do to change Prop 2? Chuck explains it this way: “If you went to, say, California, you’d walk into a privately owned (but state-regulated) dispensary where there is not a doctor on site. [In Utah,] there will only be pharmacies where there must be a pharmacist or doctor on site at all times—no other state requires this.” In addition, he says, cannabis bud must be in a 1-gram blister pack—which is not sold elsewhere like that. “That’s 1/28th of an ounce and, FYI, THC degrades in plastic wrapping,” Chuck says. “Let’s say you load up a pipe or bong to smoke your medical cannabis,” he says. “That’s about one-half of a gram in your bowl. Our legislators now say we can only buy up to 2 ounces in a 12-day period. That amount isn’t going to help anyone suffering from pain or other major medical symptoms.” Chuck says the only edibles that will be allowed by Utah law are gel cubes that must be in rectangular blister packs that in no way can look like candy. Currently, he says, such cubes are not manufactured in this country. Furthermore, no gummies, brownies or lozenges can be sold nor can patients legally smoke the bud/ flower or use anything that requires a flame (vape pens use coils) or buy pre-rolls or joints. Currently, for patients who qualify to receive medical cannabis, there are no state facilities/pharmacies open in Utah. Thus, people are forced to go out of state where medical and/or recreational cannabis is legally available. Chuck noted that one good thing came out of the lawmakers’ meddling: State funds can’t be used to prosecute medical-card holders if they possess medical cannabis. At some point, he said, there should be a logical national legislative approach to decriminalize cannabis users and growers because having different laws in different states as to who can and can’t use cannabis is both frustrating and confounding. While the state has just begun hearings on dispensary licensing procedures, 68-year-old Chuck isn’t feeling too positive that natural pain medication will be available to him anytime soon. He’s down to working six-hour days, three days a week, due to his MS pain. He buys his edibles and tinctures during regular road trips out of state. “I’d rather be a patient than a criminal, but that’s all I’ve got for now,” said the Vietnam vet. For those seeking medical cannabis, Deep Roots Harvest holds West Wendover’s only dispensary license, and it is scheduled to open this summer. Folks know them as the dispensary that opened in Mesquite in 2017. The drive to the closest dispensary in Colorado is a long day trip, but there’s nothing for sale in Wyoming or Idaho yet. CannabisUtah.org BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2019 | 29


BODY AND MIND | CBD

Herbaceous Mocktail

DEREK CARLISLE

Ingredients 2 teaspoons (12 grams) simple syrup 1 tarragon sprig 1/4 cup (100 grams) arugula juice (press your own or buy online) 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) rosemary oil 1/4 cup (100 grams) orange juice 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) egg white 1 teaspoon (4 grams) lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon (10 milligrams) Charlotte’s Web CBD isolate 2 teaspoons (10 grams) almond milk

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Edibles—as in food infused with marijuana—can be very divisive. Some have had a bad experience when, say, a tasty brownie gave way to 12 hours of disorientation. Others claim edibles don’t work for them, no matter how much THC they ingest. Food infused with CBD, however, is a totally different story. While research is still emerging, the National Institute of Health recently dubbed the effects of CBD (or cannabidiol) “favorable.” While this cannabis constituent can treat everything from epilepsy and anxiety to insomnia, it does not create a “high” like its sister compound, THC, marijuana’s more-illustrious chemical compound—meaning, it contains no psychoactive properties. If you want to hop aboard the CBD train, a good way to start is by infusing food and drink with CBD extracts. As it turns out, there are myriad ways to do so. At the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, CBDproducer Charlotte’s Web hosted a pop-up event on Park City’s Main Street—dubbed Wellhaus—consisting of CBD sampling, education, and even a gastropub with CBD-infused menu items. The nexus between the film world and this hot hemp product emerged during the filming of Before You Know It, a comedy that premiered at Sundance. Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web decided to provide CBD products to the whole cast and crew to mitigate the stress and sleep issues associated with filming. The partnership inspired them to further deepen CBD-awareness within the film industry by setting up shop at Sundance. The culinary genius behind Wellhaus? The Herbal Chef (aka Chris Sayegh) who’s become known as one of the country’s leading cannabis chefs. At Sundance, he dreamed up dishes like a salmon bowl with 30 | BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2019

Process Steep freshly made, warm simple syrup with tarragon for 10 minutes. In a shaker, combine all ingredients except the almond milk in a cocktail shaker and shake. Stir in the almond milk by hand. Serve in a coup glass over ice.

aguachile sauce and a Cracker Jack dessert with corn custard and lavender caramel sauce. The recipes all used CBD extracts produced by Charlotte’s Web, including an isolate that contains 0 percent THC (Read: Worry not if you’re an employee subject to drug testing). While Utah may be only on the cusp of the rising tide of marijuana legalization, CBD was legalized across the country in 2018, though is still unregulated by the FDA. There are many budding CBD producers right here in Utah, as well as a wide field of products sold online. For those who want to start experimenting with CBD in a home kitchen, here are a few tips from Chef Sayegh, plus a recipe for a rejuvenating Herbaceous Mocktail. Serving size: A serving of CBD is around 1 milliliter (or two droplets of extract) about twice daily. Start on the low end and work your way up if needed. Finally, choose your CBD extracts from a reputable source so that you don’t end up with bad product. CBD flavor profile: Some CBD extracts have more of that signature, pungent hemp flavor you might recognize if you’ve ingested a THC-baked good. A CBD isolate, however, has a pure, almost-unnoticeable flavor profile. For that reason, the isolate is Chef Sayegh’s go-to for culinary purposes. Other CBD extracts might be made with oils or other agents that carry their own flavor. Taste your particular extract to get a sense of the flavors at play and avoid overpowering your dish. Heat warning: Avoiding heating a CBD extract above 113 degrees Fahrenheit (or play it safe at 110 degrees F). Otherwise, you will negatively impact the CBD terpenes—basically what makes you feel CBD’s effects. Whisk it good: Homogenize the CBD extract with a fat or protein (like an egg) before incorporating it into the rest of a recipe. For example, you could whisk the extract with olive oil for a salad dressing, or fold it into egg white for a pie. Cocktail compatibility: While THC and alcohol might lead to nausea and dizziness, CBD and alcohol go very well together, according to Chef Sayegh. Drop a little CBD into—say, a gin & tonic or Old Fashioned—and let the tranquility commence. CITYWEEKLY.NET


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Readers choose their best Doctors, Medical Institutions, Wellness Practitioners and more!