Best of Utah Body & Mind 2020

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Readers choose their best doctors, medical institutions, wellness practitioners and more



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Editor’s Note: Bridge Over Troubled Waters BY JERRE WROBLE


Readers’ Picks: Utah’s Best in Health & Wellness


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Don’t Wring Your Hands—Wash Them BY CAROLYN CAMPBELL





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Look Out for Lyme BY BABS DE LAY

CoolSculpting Puts the Freeze on Fat BY CAROLYN CAMPBELL

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How to Start a Meditation Practice BY MAYA SILVER

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Fighting the Odds of Pancreatic Cancer BY BECKI BYRNE

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his edition of Best of Utah Body and Mind is our third annual. It comes at a time when the world is facing down what many in the medical field are calling “the monster,” a novel coronavirus causing an illness known as COVID-19. First documented in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China, the highly contagious virus has infected more than 3 million people worldwide as of April 29, showing up in 210 countries and territories around the world. Of those infected, nearly 225,000 have died due to complications from the virus. The United States, as of April 29, reports more than a million cases with nearly 60,000 deaths, of which Utah has recorded 4,343 confirmed cases and 45 deaths. Sadly, these losses may be just the beginning. Because we have no “herd” immunity to the illness, until a vaccine is developed, we will need to brace ourselves for ongoing outbreaks of the virus and resulting deaths in the coming year. Now, more than ever, Utah residents are focused on their health and well-being. In the spring of 2020, the vast majority of us have stayed home to avoid exposure to the virus in the hopes of “blunting the curve.” Such social-distancing efforts have helped ward off a massive outbreak that would have overwhelmed local health-care facilities and workers. By slowing the infection rate, we will be able to better manage outbreaks and even contain them over time. That’s why we feel obliged, even during these nail-biting days, to publish the results of our recent Best of Utah poll. More than 80 categories were voted upon by 2,000 City Weekly readers in late

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December 2019. In the pages that follow, we shine a light on those institutions and professionals that readers voted upon and declared to be “the best” across a broad spectrum of health care, from hospitals and clinics to doctors, dentists, nurses, psychiatrists and more. We’ve also highlighted alternative modes of healing, including categories for chiropractors, naturopaths, herbalists, acupuncturists and others. And, for when we return to our “normal” lives, we’ve included favorite gyms, rec centers, boot-camp classes, aerobics instructors, fitness programs, climbing walls and wellness companies. Also, you’ll find a handful of staff picks in response to the question we asked of readers: “What did we miss?” Lastly, for a list of runners up in each category, be sure to turn to pages 28-29. We’ve included articles on a range of topics from cancer to Lyme disease and body sculpting, written by Carolyn Campbell, Babs De Lay, Maya Silver and Becki Byrne. It’s our hope that you’ll keep this publication close at hand and utilize it as a resource in the months ahead as we strive to recover from the effects of COVID-19. Please thank—make that congratulate—those who’ve earned a Best of Utah nod this year. If this virus has taught us anything, it’s that those who offer their skills, guidance and compassion as healers during challenging times such as these are most certainly a bridge over troubled waters. We salute you all!


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Best Addiction Recovery Fit to Recover The Fit to Recover team knows that each person follows his or her own unique personal path, so that’s why they offer four different pillars of recovery that include nutrition, community service, creative arts and fitness. Starting out as a small group of friends supporting one another, this community now has hundreds of people passing through their doors. As a space of no judgment, they work with clients saying, “Whether in the gym, the kitchen, the studio or the community, we are mutually supportive and stare down our challenges, together.” (Samantha Herzog) 789 W. 1390 South, SLC, 801-410-8988,

Best Allergist Erin K. Willits, MD As a specialist in allergies and immunology, Erin Willits is the one to call if you find yourself having an unusual reaction to a shellfish dish or wayward peanut. She comes highly recommended with comment after comment thanking her for her compassionate and sincere nature. Thoughtful and informative, she adds a human touch to her work. As one reviewer wrote, “She talks to you like a human being and makes you feel comfortable and cared about.” (SH) Intermountain Healthcare, 9450 S. 1300 East, Sandy, 801-501-2145,

Best Anesthesiologist Suzanne H. Harrison, MD With 19 years of experience to her name, Suzanne Harrison is considered a trustworthy and knowledgeable professional. Her specialty is helping patients through surgery by creating a painless space of comfort and survival using anesthetic medicine with caution and care. As an anesthesiologist with multiple hospital affiliations

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including Alta View, LDS Hospital and Riverton Hospital, you can rest assured that wherever you receive her care, you’re in good hands. And when she’s not putting people to sleep for surgical procedures, she’s waking them up on Capitol Hill as an elected representative for the Draper area, working on many medical-related bills. (SH) Mountain West Anesthesia in Murray and Sandy and affiliated with Intermountain Healthcare (Alta View Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, LDS Hospital, Riverton Hospital and TOSH),

Best Back/ Spine Center Aspen Falls Spinal Care Center At Aspen Falls Spinal Care Center they address both the pain and its root causes with the latest tech to back it up. Their care systems are built to benefit everyone from top-tier athletes to the rest of us. They use an integrative approach to recovery for long-term results with the end goal of “To get you back to doing what you love to do, as quickly as possible.” (SH) 370 E. South Temple, Ste. 100, SLC, 801-06589394; 912 Baxter Drive, Ste. 130, South Jordan, 801-528-6560;

Best Cardiologist Scott Hacking, MD, FACC When it comes to matters of the heart, interventional cardiologist Scott Hacking can be found at St. Mark’s Hospital with a practical yet sentimental approach to treatment. When an experience with his father-in-law’s coronary disease hit close to home, Dr. Hacking found himself driven to seek advancements in the field of cardiology with a compassionate mindset. “I try to make sure my patients have easy access to me,” he says, “... for them to trust their health with me is a privilege.” (SH) Heart Center at St. Mark’s, 1161 E. 3900 South, Ste. 2000, SLC, 801-266-3418,

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With slogans like “prepare to be pampered” and “step into our sanctuary,” you can be sure your time at The Dental Spa will be a tooth care “experience unlike any other.” Normally, one wouldn’t consider going to the dentist a good time, but with facials, manicures and pedicures offered alongside less-pleasant procedures from tooth fillings to porcelain crowns, this team hopes to change your mind. The stylish, modern persona of this spa, coupled with a setting of ambience, makes all “the dental spa difference.” (SH) 620 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-466-6645,

Best Dentist Robert Page, DDS Robert Page is a well-established Bountiful dentist and the key figure of Page Family Dentistry, where they treat you like one of their own. Returning patients have commented on his careful, considerate nature and want you to know that you will feel at home when in his care. One longstanding set of patients who moved to a different state still returns to Utah just so they can continue seeing Dr. Page for his “exemplary, amazing, and trustworthy” work. (SH) Page Family Dentistry, 535 E. 500 South, Ste. 3, Bountiful, 801-292-7807,

Best Dermatologist Garrett C. Lowe, MD Dr. Lowe comes highly recommended with many enthusiastic testimonials. Known for being thorough and professional, his patients appreciate his friendly and approachable nature. Dr. Lowe cares about the emotional wellbeing of patients as much as their physical health and safety. He takes the emotional concerns and confidence issues that can go along with skin conditions just as seriously as the conditions themselves, offering patients a very empathetic approach. (SH) Utah Valley Clinic Dermatology/IHC, 395 W. Cougar Blvd., Ste 604, Provo, 801-357-7280,

Best ER Physician Neil Krulewitz, DO If you’ve taken a tumble on your mountain bike, Neil Krulewitz is the ER doc you want on duty. Past patients have described him as “focused” and “attentive” but also very kind in his bedside manner. This down-to-earth doctor knows what he’s doing when it comes to critical care, but still manages to find time to spend with the family, “a good book, and a Maine IPA” making him an ER physician whom you can relate to in your hour of need. (SH) University of Utah Hospital, 50 Medical Drive, SLC, 801-581-2730, Medicine.Utah.Edu


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Best Family Medicine Physician Ross Brunetti, MD

Dr. Brunetti is our top-voted family physician this year, but he’s also an Army Medical Corps veteran who loves a good Utes game. His patients describe him as direct and willing to go out of his way to help. Considerate and smart, he’s also known to crack a joke or two to keep things good-humored in the office. A Utah native who attended Judge Memorial, the U of U and Saint Louis University School of Medicine, he has been with the clinic since 1999. While he’s not accepting new patients at this time, his office can likely refer you to others in his group. (SH) Foothill Family Clinic-South, 6360 S. 3000 East, Ste. 100, 801-365-1032,

Best Family Practice Clinic Foothill Family Clinic Foothill Family Clinic is a place “where the patient comes first.” With a slogan that speaks of a commitment to quality care, it’s no wonder they’ve been voted for this honor in a previous Best of Utah edition. With three locations— including Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights and Draper—Foothill’s reach has given them the chance to improve the lives of many Utahns. With a focus on preventative health as well as offering a variety of procedures from lab tests to cosmetic work, it’s no wonder this clinic keeps getting voted the best. (SH) Multiple locations,

Best Gastroenterologist Joseph Merrill, MD Gastroenterology is as complex a field as the word itself. But lucky for us, we’ve got Dr. Merrill

Offering unique features such as art and charity events coupled with engaging patient programs, Community Nursing Services goes above and beyond the norm with their hands-on approach to nursing care. Each patient is treated case by case with unique plans created for their individual needs. Making it their mission to create “moments and exceptional experiences that heal,” this organizaiton proves that compassion is king when it comes to nursing. (SH) 2830 S. Redwood Road, Ste. A, West Valley City, 801-233-6100,

Best Hospice Care Solstice Home Health & Hospice

specializing in the delicate system that is the stomach and digestive tract. In 2014, he received a Compassionate Doctor Recognition for his exceptional bedside manner. Patients describe him as polite and clear minded, and when you’re dealing with the potentially uncomfortable subject of digestion, it’s comforting to have a doctor who offers dignity and respect. (SH) Intermountain Avenues Specialty Clinic, 324 10th Ave., Ste 200, SLC, 801-408-7500,

Solstice Hospice uses a team-oriented approach to care for patients in the final stages of chronic illness, providing a holistic model of treatment for the body, mind and soul. These health experts are dedicated to the comfort and dignity of their patients while helping them make the most of each day. Solstice Hospice staff offer guidance and peace of mind to patients and their families at a time when they need it the most. (SH) 1115 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-485-1035,

Best General Surgeon

Best Hospital

Jason Young, MD As a trauma surgeon specializing in transplants, Jason Young has the precise technical skill to give critical patients their lives back. He’s garnered multiple patient choice awards including a Critical Care Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Anyone about to undergo surgery is bound to be nervous, but Dr. Young puts patients at ease by guiding them through the process step by step. Thus, his people skills are as on point as his surgical ones. (SH) U of U Hospital, 50 N. Medical Drive, SLC, 801-585-8000, Healthcare.Utah.Edu

Best Geriatric Physician Alison Schlisman, MD Known to be innovative in her comprehensivecare programs, Dr. Schlisman works one on one with patients to promote health and wellness in older adults. She’s received numerous awards including three Compassionate Doctor recognitions and is a four-time Patient Choice Award winner. Now thanks to many happy voters and ongoing positive reviews, Dr. Schlisman can add the Best of Utah to her ever-growing list of accolades. (SH) Madsen Health Center, 555 Foothill Blvd., SLC, 801-581-2628, Healthcare.Utah.Edu

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University of Utah Medical Center The blending of academia and health care keeps the University of Utah Medical Center up to date on the latest medical research and advancements, making it an exceptional hospital to have in our valley. The U of U Medical Center’s mission is one of constant improvement and excellence in all that it does, from patient care to medical research. As “a patientcentered health care organization distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect,” the medical center rises to the call to “provide compassionate care without compromise.” (SH) 50 N. Medical Drive, SLC, 801-581-2121, Healthcare.Utah.Edu

Best Doctor of Internal Medicine Justin W. Mansfield, MD With 22 years of passion put into his practice, Dr. Mansfield’s many patients recommend him as a solution finder when no other solutions could be found. Internal medicine covers a wide range of common illnesses, so his expertise is in high demand. “Really, everything you do in med school points you toward internal medicine,” Dr. Mansfield says on his website, “I saw an opportunity to fill a need and do the things I love.” (SH) Tanner Clinic, 2121 N. 1700 West, Layton, 801-773-4840,

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Best Neuropsychologist


Parth Gandhi, Ph.D. While obtaining his doctorate at Brigham Young University, Parth Gandhi conducted research in developmental psychology, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, family systems and leadership development. Gandhi also is a co-founder of the group SCPTR, a Utah-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing the field of psychedelic medicine. SCPTR’s goal is to develop the resources necessary to bring clinical trials of psychedelics (such as psilocybin) to Utah. (Mikey Saltas) Neuro Assessment and Development Center, 1486 S. 1100 East, Ste. 100, SLC, 801-649-5300,

Best Nurse Practitioner


Stephanie Godfrey, FNP-C

Best Lasik Center

Best Ob/Gyn

Moran Eye Center Always on the cutting edge of eye care, the John A. Moran Eye Center offers a wide range of services to patients in the Mountain West. As the largest vision research and treatment center in the region, Moran’s four operating rooms schedule more than 6,000 annual surgeries. In addition, Moran maintains its own clinical floor plus 10 community clinics for outpatient visits. This vision center wants to help as many people as possible because they believe “no person with a blinding condition, eye disease or visual impairment should be without hope, understanding, and treatment.” (SH) 65 Mario Capecchi Drive, SLC, 801-581-2352,

Best Mental Health Treatment Center

Jefforey R. Thorpe, MD If you’re looking for a reassuring and knowledgable obstetrician/gynecologist offering prenatal care and delivery for pregnant women as well as gynecological services including pap smears, birth control, infertility, STD treatment/prevention and menopausal care, then Dr. Thorpe is there for you. After earning his undergraduate degree at the U of U, he received a doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of New Mexico. He then returned to Utah and began at Valley Women’s Health, where he’s been practicing since 1998. (Mikey Saltas) Valley Women’s Health, 585 N. 500 West, Provo, 801-374-1801,

Best Oncologist Mark Dodson, MD

University Neuropsychiatric Institute UNI is a safe healing space for those seeking psychiatric assistance to balance their mental health. When creating a recovery plan, the team considers all the facets of a patient as well as the complexity of their condition. UNI’s soothing natural backdrop is an added feature that can turn treatment into a mountain retreat of sorts, and with services for children, teens and adults alike, UNI makes thoughtful accommodations for everyone. (SH) 501 Chipeta Way, SLC, 801-583-2500, Healthcare.Utah.Edu/Uni

Best Neurologist Howard Reichman, MD Thousands of Utahns suffer from neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors and aneurysms. According to Utah Department of Health, more than 5,000 Salt Lakers suffer from Parkinson’s disease alone. One of the leading specialists in combating these disorders is Dr. Reichman. With more than 28 years of practice under his belt, Dr. Reichman was named the 2008 Doctor of the Year by the Utah County Medical Association and is a member of the esteemed Royal College of Surgeons. (Mikey Saltas) Utah Neurological Clinic, 1055 N. 300 West Ste. 400, Provo, 801-357-7404,

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After receiving a bachelor’s in health promotion and education from the University of Utah, Stephanie Godfrey went on to receive a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Southern Nevada. She then earned a master’s in nursing from Georgetown University before returning to her home state of Utah. Joining Aesthetica Medical Spa and Plastic Surgery in 2014, Godfrey specializes in injectables, medical aesthetics, anti-aging and wellness medicine. Nationally certified a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Godfrey’s passion for prevention, wellness and patient education informs her practice and guides her patients to enjoy a better quality of life as well as beauty inside and out. (Mikey Saltas) Aesthetica Medical Spa and Plastic Surgery, 1865 W. South Pleasant Grove Blvd., Pleasant Grove, 801-785-8884,

Those struggling with the dreaded “C-word” disease have a formidable ally in Mark Dodson, a gynecological oncologist at the University of Utah. Specializing in treating ovarian cancer, his clinical research focuses on minimally invasive surgery and novel treatments of gynecologic malignancies. With a reputation as a reliable and professional oncologist, Dr. Dodson’s patients sing his praises, with one leaving a review that said Dr. Dodson “took time to explain the diagnosis, and my options for treatment. My husband and I both walked out of there feeling confident in our care team.” (Mikey Saltas) OB/GYN Avenues Clinic, 370 Ninth Ave., Ste. 101, SLC, 801-587-2809,

Best Ophthalmologist/ Eye Surgeon Doug Marx, MD A Utah native and BYU graduate, Doug Marx obtained his degree from Georgetown before returning home and trading in his Cougar Blue for Ute Red at the U of U’s Moran Eye Center. Dr. Marx is the division chief of oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at Moran, working extensively in pediatric and adult oculoplastics related to cancer and other eye issues. (Mikey Saltas) Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, 65 Mario Capecchi Drive, SLC, 801-581-2352,

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Best Optometrist Jennifer Cherland, OD

Best Oral Surgeon Michael Broadbent, DMD MS Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are a unique breed who treat the hard and soft tissue regions of the head, neck, face and jaw. They are in high demand for everything from wisdom teeth extraction to dental implants to corrective jaw surgery. They even help those suffering from TMJ and sleep apnea. Dr. Broadbent was drawn to this field as a way to combine medicine and dentistry. Raised in Pleasant View, he graduated from Weber State and received his DMD from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Louisville, Kentucky. After a residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, he earned a master’s degree in oral and maxillofacial surgery before returning to Utah to start his practice. (Mikey Saltas) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Utah, multiple locations, 801-758-5003,

Best Orthodontist Steven Arnold, DDS Is the gap in your front teeth wider than Michael Strahan’s and Madonna’s? More misaligned than Steve Buscemi’s? Whatever you’ve got working within your gums, Steven Arnold, DDS, and his team of professionals at Smile Perfect can help give you a smile that even celebrities would envy. Along with his responsibilities at Smile Perfect, Dr. Arnold is also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. (Mikey Saltas) Smile Perfect, 4587 W. Cedar Hills Drive, Cedar Hills, 801-642-0995,

Best Orthopedic Surgeon Daniel Gibbs, MD The unlucky among us hobble around with the painful trifecta of shoulder, hip and knee

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First, some definitions: An optometrist (OD) is an eye doctor who can examine, diagnose and treat the eyes. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who can treat medical conditions and perform eye surgeries. And an optician fits eyeglasses, contact lenses and other visioncorrecting devices. Jennifer Cherland is an OD whom patients have described as engaging, helpful and caring. Tired of squinting and need your vision corrected? Cherland at Costco Vision Center has you covered. (Mikey Saltas) Costco Vision Center, 5201 S. Intermountain Drive, Murray, 801-290-4201,

CAMERON WELLNESS CENTER pain. Then there are the lucky among us who’ve been treated by Dr. Gibbs, who specializes in that specific trio of joints, from rehab all the way to reconstructive or replacement surgery. So, when it comes to major joints, seek out the expertise at Heiden Orthopedics and surgeons like Gibbs. (Mikey Saltas) Heiden Orthopedics, 6360 S. 3300 East, Ste. 210, SLC, 435-615-8822,

Best Osteopathic Physician Nick Monson, DO Dr. Monson is a sports medicine specialist who delves into spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle injuries as well as chronic tendon issues. His spinal injections help keep athletes, weekend warriors and even those who only cheer on their teams at the top of their game. His passion for sports has led him to serve as team physician for the U.S. ski team, University of Utah Athletics as well as high school programs. (Mikey Saltas) Farmington Health Center, 165 N. University Ave., Farmington, 801-213-3200; University Orthopaedic Center Injury Clinic, 590 Wakara Way, SLC, 801-587-7109, Locations/Farmington

Best Ear, Nose & Throat Physician Tykie Skedros, MD

Of the many disciplines among medical practitioners, an otolaryngologist (head and neck specialist) may be one of these least known. But if you refer to the specialist as an ear, nose and throat doctor, or better still, an ENT, you understand what these doctors focus upon. Bountiful native Tykie Skedros is expert in areas ranging from thyroid surgery to nasal issues to sleep apnea, allergies and head or neck tumors. He’s also skilled at cooking lamb—but you didn’t hear it here. (Mikey Saltas) Mountain West ENT, 1551 S. Renaissance Towne Drive, Ste. 310, Bountiful, 801-295-5581; 2255 N. 1700 West, Ste. 200, Layton, 801-776-2180,

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Best Pain Clinic Cameron Wellness Center Founder Todd Cameron, NMD, has been practicing natural medicine in Utah since 1997, so it comes as no surprise that he and Cameron Wellness Center find themselves named for another Best of Utah category in 2020. The center offers alternative pain management treatments, such as regenerative injection therapies (RIT), which are nonsurgical and minimally invasive. RIT—when combined with acupuncture, massage and IV therapy—can help manage chronic pain.. (Mikey Saltas) 1945 S. 1100 East, Ste. 100, SLC, 801-486-4226,

Best Pediatrician Galina Hornyik, MD Healthy children—and lots of them—have long been associated with our state. It’s only right that those children have access to the best pediatic care, which is what Draper pediatrician Dr. Hornyik provides. First-time parents as well as growing families can find a trusted friend and physician in Dr. Hornyik for their infants up to adolescent-age children. In practice for more than 20 years, she loves nothing more than watching her patients grow up to be healthy and happy. (Mikey Saltas) Wasatch Pediatrics, 114 E. 12450 South, Ste. 100, Draper, 801-523-3001,

Best Periodontist LaRisse Skene, DMD Our country’s first president, George Washington, would likely have given his eye teeth for periodontal care. His teeth gave him fits his entire life, and he wore dentures (though none were made of wood, as some have claimed). Too bad caring for the soft tissue and bones of the mouth wasn’t much of a science in the 1700s. One can only imagine his immense appreciation at meeting a highly skilled dental professional like Dr. Skene who could perform periodontal miracles from implants to deep cleaning of tooth roots to painless extractions when warranted. He’d have said something like: I cannot tell a lie. Dr. Skene is the best in Utah! (Mikey Saltas) Utah Periodontal Specialists, 1955 S. 1300 East, Ste. 3, SLC, 801-487-5807; 3632 W. South Jordan Parkway, Ste. 102, South Jordan, 801-302-0339;


Best Physical Therapist After an injury or surgery, it’s fairly common to seek out a physical therapist. And, by all means, give Susan McLaughlin a call for that. But she will be the first to tell you there’s much more to physical therapy than exercising sore muscles or damaged joints. How about a lesson in epigenetics—the study of biological mechanisms that switch genes on and off in order to revitalize “sick” cells? Want to know more about birth mechanics or postpartum recovery? Ask McLaughlin. (Mikey Saltas) Align Integration & Movement, 231 E. 2100 South, Ste. 100, SLC, 801859-4142,

Best Physician Assistant Natalie Bee, PA-C, MPAS Many family clinics today utilize a physician assistant who provides expert treatments and life counseling minus the white-robe visage. Natalie Bee ambitiously set her career path on becoming a physician’s assistant and fulfilled that dream with a master’s degree from the University of Utah. It’s a special person who’s able to thrive in the PA role, and Dr. Bee is that special person. (Mikey Saltas) Foothill Family Clinic, 2295 S. Foothill Drive, SLC, 801-486-3021,

Best Plastic Surgeon (Cosmetic) Renato Saltz, MD For the third year running, Renato Saltz has been named the best by our readers, and for good reason. Not only is he well-known in Utah, but Saltz is an internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon as well as the author of 500 national and international papers and seven books. The breadth of his procedures range from head to toe and all parts in between. Is a lift, implant, tuck, augmentation, reconstruction or makeover in your future? Renato Saltz will see you through it all. (Mikey Saltas) Saltz Plastic Surgery, 5445 S. Highland Drive, SLC, 801-274-9500,


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Best Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive)

Best Psychotherapist/ Counselor

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Dr. Reuben is a classically trained plastic surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at the U of U before undertaking a three-year plastic surgery training at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh. His breast-care specialty includes breast cancer reconstruction, breast reduction and breast augmentations, replacement and implant (plus implant removal). He also offers vaginal rejuvenation and mommy-makeover procedures. (Mikey Saltas) 22 Plastic Surgery, 7001 S. 900 East, Ste. 100, Midvale, 801-937-9650,

What to do with your life after earning a university degree in English and American literature? For Guruprasad Singh (Jon Scheffres), it was to search along another path using knowledge he had gained through yoga and meditation to begin a career in psychotherapy. His techniques (tailored for individuals or groups) engage the senses and imaginations of his client to achieve lifechanging personal growth and healing. (Mikey Saltas) GPS Interactive, 311 S. 900 East, Ste. 101A, SLC, 801-633-3908,

Best Podiatrist Jason Dickerson, DPM

Best Pulmonologist Kathleen D. Pfeffer, MD

Utah is one of the best places on earth to enjoy outdoor activities. With that distinction comes another: It’s also a place you’re likely to experience outdoor injuries and accidents. Luckily, a number of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons call Utah home. Among them is Jason Dickerson—the king of foot and ankle injuries. From painful sprains to severe injury and foot repairs, Dickerson is your first call on your path to recovery. (Mikey Saltas) Heiden Orthopedics, 6360 S. 3300 East #210, SLC, 435-615-8822,

Snoring, headaches, drowsiness, lack of concentration and a battery of other symptoms point to the possibility of life altering sleep or pulmonary problems. Those are mostly associated with adults. However, for many people, sleep and pulmonary issues begin at an early age, and may signal a treatable malady, not a cranky child phase. Kathleen Pfeffer specializes in pediatric pulmonary medicine and is there to return you and your family to a good night’s sleep. (Mikey Saltas) Utah Sleep and Pulmonary Specialists, 9103 S. 1300 West, Ste. 103, West Jordan, 801-432-8690,

Best Psychiatrist

Best Urologist

Reid Robison, MD

Peter Caputo, MD

Born in Chicago, Reid Robison grew up in Toronto, Canada. He attended BYU where he earned a degree in neuroscience and went on to the University of Utah, where he received his MD and MBA degrees. As the medical director for Center for Change, he oversees acute inpatient care, residential care, day treatment, independent living and outpatient care for adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders, helping them live full lives after conquering anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. (Jerre Wroble) Center for Change, locations in Orem, Salt Lake and Boise, 888-224-8250,

Another member of Utah’s famous Caputo family, Peter is a well-travelled local boy made good via Westminster College, Temple University, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and the Cleveland Clinic. Already with over 30 research articles to his credit, plus presentations at national medical conferences, he is a recognized expert on robotic surgery methods, with his own focus on kidney, prostate and bladder cancer. (Mikey Saltas) Granger Medical Clinic, multiple locations, 801-965-3600,

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he year 2020 will live long in our memories as the year we faced a pandemic. Caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness rampaging around the world, spreading person to person, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Older persons and those with chronic health conditions must take precautions as they are at higher risk of developing complications. The pandemic put a chill on travel plans and gatherings of all kinds, including classes, church services, spectator sports, entertainment and conferences. To slow the virus’s spread, Utahns were asked to step up as global citizens and stay home. As television’s Dr. Oz says: “It sounds paradoxical: We have to come together by staying apart.” Revisiting a timeline of the first 90 days of 2020—sourced from local media reports—reveals how quickly the virus emerged and came to dominate our lives in Utah and throughout the world: JANUARY 2020 11: The city of Wuhan, China, reports the first death from a new type of coronavirus. 21: The U.S. records its first case of the virus. 29: The White House Coronavirus Task Force is formed. 30: The World Health Organization declares the outbreak a global emergency. 31: Foreign nationals who had traveled to China in the preceding two weeks were barred from entering the U.S. FEBRUARY 2020 4: Four Utahns are quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise 12 | BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2020


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ship off the coast of Japan, two of whom test positive for the virus. 11: The disease is officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. 29: The first American is reported to have died from COVID-19 at a hospital in Kirkland, Washington. MARCH 2020 6: The first case of coronavirus in Utah is confirmed after a passenger from the Grand Princess cruise ship returned to Utah. A state of emergency is declared by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. 10: Utah confirms its second coronavirus case—also someone who had also traveled. 11: An NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City is canceled after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19. On that news, the NBA suspended its season. Latter-day Saints church leaders announce April’s General Conference will be offered online or broadcast via TV or radio. Summit County records the state’s third case of the illness. 12: Jazz player Donovan Mitchell tests positive for COVID-19. Travel from most of Europe is banned. (On March 14, travel from the U.K. and Ireland was also banned.) The NCAA cancels March Madness. Business closures begin to take place along the Wasatch Front. Schools and universities are dismissed, initially for two weeks. The Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force is created. 13: President Trump declares a national emergency, allowing Utah government to seek federal aid to respond to the virus. 14: Park City reports its first case of community-spread COVID-19. CITYWEEKLY.NET

15: Utah reports 28 cases, including seven who are visitors. 16: Utah Department of Health declares a public health emergency. Herbert directs all Utah restaurants and bars to close to dine-in and bar customers. Restaurants are allowed to serve drive-thru and pickup meals. Liquor stores remain open. 17: Utah County records its first community-spread case. 18: A 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Salt Lake City shuts down the state’s coronavirus hotline and interrupts virus testing. Utah’s 4th District congressman, Ben McAdams, tests positive for COVID-19. He later is hospitalized for nine days. 21: The Navajo Nation announces a stay-at-home order. 22: The first person from Utah dies from COVID-19. LDS missionaries recalled from their missions arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport swarming with crowds, prompting criticism from local officials. 24: Gov. Herbert creates an Economic Response Task Force to mitigate the local economic impacts of the virus. 25: Residents of Summit County are ordered to stay at home for non-essential travel until at least May 1. 27: Gov. Herbert announces his Stay Safe, Stay Home directive, which Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall then backs up with the force of law in her city. A $2.2 trillion relief package is passed by Congress and signed by the president. 30: The Salt Lake County Sheriff announces it will enforce the governor’s Stay Safe, Stay Home directive. For more information, visit —Jerre Wroble


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The flu can hit you like a ton of bricks. “It usually starts suddenly,” says Utah Department of Health epidemiologist Keegan McCaffrey. “You are feeling well one day and then you are really ill the next.” Typical flu symptoms include high fever, cough and sore throat. “Most people can’t go to work with the flu,” McCaffrey says. Infants, young children and people over 65 are at the greatest risk of contracting the flu. It can spread through saliva droplets in the air, or by being in close proximity with someone who has it, or from touching surfaces—such as a doorknob—someone with the flu has touched. McCaffrey adds that a flu shot is “the best thing you can do to prevent flu. Most flu shots have protection against four different flu viruses.” Flu shots start to be available in September or October for the upcoming flu season that occurs from October through May, he says. He recommends getting the shot in early fall, before flu season. A winter uptick takes place during January through March. Both the flu and the coronavirus are respiratory ailments with some similar symptoms. “The difference is that we have tools to fight the flu—vaccines and anti-virals. But the coronavirus is new, and there are no vaccines or medication,” McCaffrey says. To limit exposure to both, McCaffrey recommends practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands often, soaping for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing. (And to limit the spead of COVID-19 in particular, wear a mask in public.) If you think you have the flu, “stay home from work or school, call the doctor and let him know if you have traveled anywhere,” says McCaffrey. The doctor can assess your situation and prescribe anti-virals if needed, he says. —Carolyn Campbell BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2020 | 13

Best Radiologist William Auffermann, MD Pioneering radiologists who ventured into the realm of the mysterious X-ray learned by trial and error their benefits and hazards. Once limited to broken bones, radiology now heals. Among the leading Utah researchers and practitioners of radiology sciences is William Auffermann, a cardiothoracic radiologist, who is moving us past yesterday’s limits and into the future of medical revelation. (Mikey Saltas) University of Utah Hospital, 50 N. Medical Drive, SLC, 801-581-7553,

Best Registered Nurse Libby Roulette, RN There’s a steady and sure trend toward the belief that health treatment needn’t be tied to only the “hard” sciences. Today’s health practitioners are more educated about the benefits of naturopathic and Eastern medicine therapies. It’s no wonder then, that the winner for best registered nurse, Libby Roulette, is indeed a full-on practitioner of natural therapies for the prevention and treatment of physical maladies. (Mikey Saltas) Utah Natural Medicine, 242 S. 400 East, Ste. 2609, SLC, 801-363-8824,

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Since 1996, Legacy Retirement Residence has provided independent living services to Utah’s retirement age segment of adults. Persons who have loved ones in retirement homes know that one of the greatest barriers to successful transition is the sense of lost independence. At Legacy, promoting resident independence while maintaining individual dignity is paramount—and is the reason they rated Utah’s best in 2020. (Mikey Saltas) 1617 W. Temple Lane, South Jordan, 801-253-4556,

What began as a more than modest medical office in the Layton apartment of Dr. A.Z. Tanner in 1910 is now seven Tanner medical clinics in Davis and Weber counties. Tanner clinics provide the gamut of medical services—30 medical specialties practiced by 130 providers. Our readers rate the Syracuse location as a go-to for urgent care Mondays through Saturdays. (Mikey Saltas) 2038 W. 1900 South, Syracuse, 801-773-4840,

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Best Rural Utah Medical Center Wayne Community Health Center When it comes to health, residents of rural Utah need always factor in their distance to medical services as well as the availability and specialties of health professionals. Residents who live within range of Bicknell, Escalante, Panguitch and Hanksville, however, can take comfort thanks to the caring treatment offered by Wayne Community Health Center. With four locations, residents have access to quality medical, dental and pharmaceutical services regardless of any financial, geographic and cultural barriers. (Mikey Saltas) 128 S. 300 West, Bicknell, 435-425-3744,

Avenues Women’s Center To prove men are blissfully ignorant about women’s health, just ask most any male to tell you all they know about gynecology, fertility, menopause, breast care, contraception, reproductive medicine and babies. Chances are you will have a short conversation—but, amazingly, it’s men who decide the rules to play by when it comes to state law. Therefore, it’s no wonder this beacon of women’s care for years is annually voted best by our readers; simply put, they know and understand women. (Mikey Saltas) 370 Ninth Ave., Ste. 205, SLC, 801-408-6100,

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Best Acupuncture Clinic With a graduate degree from one of the leading U.S. schools in her field (the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine) and studies in China and Thailand, owner Melissa Zappa, LAc, specializes in pain relief, digestive issues, sports medicine as well as injuries experienced by performing artists. Certified in oncology acupuncture, Zappa also practices at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Flow also offers dry needling, a treatment intended to alleviate tense or tight muscles— very helpful for sports-related injuries so common in Utah. Her patients describe her as approachable and passionate with a “warm and inviting studio,” and have testified to positive results in treating conditions ranging from sciatica to stress-related digestive issues. (Maya Silver) 50 S. 600 E., Suite 2B, SLC, 385-242-0649,

Best Acupuncturist/ Doctor of Chinese Medicine Amanda Valenti, Valenti Acupuncture It’s nice to receive medical treatment from a practitioner who understands you. Someone who won’t judge you when you tell them your attempt to launch your first cliff at the ski resort didn’t go as planned. And someone who gets that you need to get back on the trail as soon as possible for your own sanity. Amanda Valenti, MSTOM LAc, is that practitioner. Not only is she extensively trained and experienced in acupuncture, cupping, electrostimulation, herbal medicine and more traditional Oriental treatments, but she’s also a climber, yogi, hiker and snowboarder who focuses on sports-related injuries and rehab. Valenti also specializes in women’s health, autoimmune disorders and cancer patients, and offers discounted student pricing. (Maya Silver) 1760 S. 1100 East, Ste. 3, SLC, 435-315-2616,

Best Ayurveda Practitioner Maria Radloff, Mariyurveda As a former graphic designer working insane hours in Phoenix, Maria Radloff may seem like an unlikely suspect as a practitioner of an ancient Indian medicine. But it’s that hectic pace of life that turned Radloff on to the healing system of Ayurveda—and helps her “get” her patients who are suffering from the effects of a stressful lifestyle. The consultations at Mariyurveda consider nothing in isolation. Radloff’s holistic approach takes into account lifestyle, diet, health goals and more to write an Ayurvedic prescription involving everything from food choices and herbs to yoga and meditation. Radloff offers special packages for athletes and also provides group and private ashtanga vinyasa yoga instruction to complement the Ayurvedic approach. (Maya Silver) 369 E. 900 South, Ste. 135, SLC, 480-600-3765,


Best Kinesiology/ Biofeedback Practitioner Shawn Postma, Cameron Wellness Center One of the refrains of the patients of Shawn Postma is that he is able to solve previously unsolvable issues with a combination of compassion, intuition and specialized experience. Many of us can relate to the frustration of experiencing a few mysterious symptoms with no answer to be found from a primary care doctor. That’s why having a resource in the wellness community like Postma is invaluable. As a naturopathic physician who takes a holistic approach to treatment, Postma specializes in treating chronic fatigue, anxiety, cancer and several other conditions and illnesses. Postma is also trained in biofeedback therapy, monitoring bodily functions like breathing and heart rate to help you make subtle changes to your body and reduce pain or other symptoms. (Maya Silver) 1945 S. 1100 East, Ste. 100, SLC, 801-486-4226,


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to injury or misalignment. Each session ends with a 20-minute rest to facilitate faster healing. Dr. Jackson also regularly sees children. (Maya Silver) 515 E. 4500 South, Ste. G230, SLC, 385-743-8833,

Best Dietitian/ Nutritionist Savannah Lavenstein, Evergreen Healing Having healed her own longtime eating disorder through clinical treatment and a post-treatment recovery journey, Savannah Lavenstein is an in-house nutritional counselor who now focuses on disordered eating and eating disorders. She focuses less on what you’re eating, and more on why. She also works with clients with goals to release weight, create sustainable eating styles for medical conditions, and heal bodyimage issues. She leads experiential meals, body-signaling meditations and mindful eating practices. (Carolyn Campbell) 1760 S. 1100 East, Ste. 3, SLC, 719-510-0401,

Best Chiropractors Best Herbalist Elevation Chiropractic Center Elevation’s methodical approach to chiropractic care starts with an X-ray and thermographic scan for a careful understanding of your alignment issues. The adjustment itself is gentle with no popping or twisting, and it focuses on the entire spine—not just problem areas—for longer lasting results. Dr. Matt Jackson, who’s honed his practice through studies in Utah, Texas and Mississippi, specializes in upper cervical care, which impacts the entire rest of the spine. As the top two vertebrae—the Atlas and Axis—are the most mobile spine segments, they are also prone

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Josh Williams has been a devotee of plant medicine and nature spirituality for more than two decades. As the owner of Greenthread Herbs Apothecary & Workshop, Williams works with tea as a method of utilizing plant medicine and as a practice of self-care. He is known locally for his custom tea blends and herbal formulations that are created for each client to address their individual natures and personal wellness goals. He also oversees many herb-related classes. (CC) 376 E. Fourth Ave., SLC, 801-918-2824,

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y wife, Julie (Bella) De Lay, has been diagnosed with Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, an infection caused by the Borrelia bacterium that’s spread by ticks. She’s been on antibiotics of all sorts for two years and is often curled up in a ball of pain in tears. Have you ever watched those huge swarms of starlings that fly around in waves? That’s what this bug is like. She never knows when or where it will hit. One week she can’t use her feet, the next week she can’t bend her neck. And she often registers a 102-degree temperature, which, right now, makes everyone think she’s infected with the coronavirus (she’s not). I asked her to explain what’s going on: Julie De Lay: I used to be a rather healthy person—like a five- or six-times-a-week hot-yoga person. In 2017, shortly after returning from a yoga retreat in Mexico, I began to get sick. Weeks and months went by, and my flu-like condition continued to worsen. With a primary care physician who could find nothing wrong with me and a symptom list that kept growing longer, I was referred to every specialist out there. I spent nearly a year searching for an answer and a doctor who would listen and take an interest in me. Unfortunately, all of my tests kept coming back normal and not one of the specialists I had been referred to, including a top local infectious disease doctor, had a clue as to what was ailing me. Yet, I was getting sicker with every passing day. At one point, I spent three months bedridden, unable to feel my feet. On one of my numerous ER visits, an ER doctor advised me that my phosphorus looked low and to go home and drink two glasses of milk. I lay in that hospital bed crying in absolute frustration because I don’t 16 | BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2020

even drink milk. And, I could not feel my feet. What could it be? So many names of possible diseases were thrown out over the course of that year: MS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia. No one could give me a positive diagnosis of what I was experiencing. Finally, after a long year of hopeless searching, feeling alone and helpless, I found a nurse practitioner who listened to my story and after further, more intense testing, found I had Lyme disease and its co-infections. And to add insult to injury, not one of the new intense tests, nor visits to the nurse practitioner, were covered by my insurance. Why, you ask? Because insurance companies do not recognize Lyme as a disease. What do I want you to know? Lyme is not just carried by ticks anymore. It’s been proven to be carried by mosquitoes and other flying insects. Lyme is everywhere, not only back East. Wear Deet (the real stuff) and protective clothing when you are outside. After coming in from the outdoors, remove your clothing and check your body for ticks. If you think you’ve been bitten by a tick, if you have a bulls-eye rash or have to remove a tick from your body, report it to your doctor immediately. The normal course of action for this is 30 days of the antibiotic doxycycline unless, like me and a lot of others out there, you didn’t have a rash or any other indication that you had been infected. Educate and protect yourself and your kids.

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Best Natural Health Store Dave’s Health and Nutrition Dave’s Health and Nutrition is a locally owned supplement market focused on promoting health, healing and holistic living through education and empowerment. Dave’s offers Utah’s largest selection of homeopathic products. A variety of practitioners at Dave’s Health are ready to help clients succeed in pursuing health goals through options such as nutritional consultations, energy work, aura readings, craniosacral massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, life coaching, lymphatic drainage massage and trigger point massage. (CC) 880 E. 3900 South, SLC, 801-268-3000; 1817 W. 9000 South, West Jordan, 801-446-0499;

Best Day Spa/ Wellness Center The Kura Door The word “spa” is an acronym for the Latin “saludis per aqua” or “health through water.” The Kura Door’s ofuro baths include organic botanicals such as mineral-rich magnesium salts that are infused within the water of a traditional Japanese ofuro soaking tub. A tea service accompanies the bath. “In Japan, the bath serves as the path to well-being for body and soul,” says Ali Kulmer, coowner. “In order to stay happy and healthy, a relaxed body and mind is very important.” (CC) 1136 E. Third Ave., SLC, 801-364-.2400,

Best Integrative Medicine Practice Utah Natural Medicine Utah Natural Medicine offers naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Their practitioners seek to find and address the cause of disease while viewing the body as an integrated network of systems affecting one another. They use evidence-based practices and protocols along with

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centuries-old natural therapies. The foundations of health are addressed through diet and lifestyle strategies while using customized nutrients, herbs and, when indicated, pharmaceuticals to help each patient achieve their goals. (CC) 242 S. 400 East, Ste. 2609, SLC, 801-363-8824,

Best Hypnotherapist Joesephine Lawrence, CHT Loooook at this pocket watch as I swing it slowly back and forth before your eyes. You are getting sleeeepy, verrrry sleeeepy. That may have been how hypnotists were portrayed in old-time movies—not what a hypnotherapist is like today. Practitioners help clients get into trance-like states to use their subconscious mind to change bad habits, sleep better, improve communications in relationships and much more. Lawrence puts you to sleep (“hypno” comes from the Greek word meaning sleep) so you can travel around your inner brain and discover what’s unplugged, mis-wired and needing repair. Clients can lose weight, stop smoking and ease pain, stress and anxiety if they can get to the state of hypnosis. From all reviews, Ms. Lawrence is the real deal. One client posted they stopped smoking after one session. Been searching for clarity in your life? This is worth a try! (Babs De Lay) Hypnoclarity, 1007 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-215-9262,

Best Massage Therapist Brianna Clark, LMT There are so many kinds of massage available in Utah now: Swedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, sports, trigger point, reflexology, shiatsu, prenatal, couples and others. A good massage therapist, no matter their specialty,

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is worth their weight in bitcoin. They should be able to read your body with their hands as if a blind person were reading holy scriptures in Braille. Clark is not just about treating her clients but educating them through her blog. She specializes in an integrated approach to pain relief in medical massage and corrective exercise. The staff has earned more than 150 five-star reviews on Google for their healing methods and knowledge. Clark herself has been practicing since 2008 and found her passion for it after recovering from an auto accident years ago that left her in intense pain. Her healing journey combined a massage-school education with courses at the University of Utah that turned her into a trainer and therapist extraordinaire. (BDL) The Anatomy of Wellness, 4609 S. 2300 East, Ste. 202, Holladay, 801-879-9962,

Best Naturopath Todd Cameron, NMD This doctor has quite the resume to earn the Best Naturopath title. He’s started working at Primary Children’s Hospital and the University of Utah, then in home health and then launched the first search-and-rescue team in Island Park, Idaho. He realized early on that traditional Western medicine did not align with his spiritual core nor was it the only answer for the many chronic issues he saw every day in his practice. Dr. Cameron started one of the first alternative medical clinics in Utah which now offers IV therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, prolotherapy, neural therapy, botanical medicine and nutrient therapy. Dr. Cameron could even be called the godfather of natural medicine in Utah because of the many people he’s healed and saved from pain with his historic principles and a belief that the soul can’t be defined by charts and pills. (BDL) Cameron Wellness Clinic, 1945 S. 1100 East, Ste. 100, SLC, 801-486-4226,

Best Psychic Medium Betty Pegues The obvious joke here is that Betty already knows she won this vote, right? The selfdescribed psychic intuitive offers readings and teaches classes to help people learn about their “soul team.” You’ll often find her engaged in deep conversation at Dancing Cranes in Sugar House or at one of her SoulWorks Psychic and Holistic Fairs giving insight and guidance to seekers. She also holds workshops on how to connect with angels and spirit guides. Wouldn’t it be nice to know who’s got your spiritual back? She will support you, guide or direct you but she’s firm that she will not “carry” you on your journey. One client commented, “She sits in calmness watching you discover that your life is so much more than the cocoon that has wrapped itself around your heart.” If you can’t connect with her at Dancing Cranes, you can get counseling from her over the phone. (BDL) 801-815-0588,


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Best Aerial Silks Classes Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness Studio Silks are all the rage. It’s not just a Cirque du Soleil or Burning Man thing—it’s a viable art form and exercise option. It’s also known as aerial contortion, ribbons, tissues or tissu. Basically, you hang from the ceiling or a pole on long pieces of fabric known as hammock silks from which you swing, climb, drop and spin. It’s beautiful to watch and awe-inspiring for those who can see a performance because it takes amazing strength and agility to do the tricks. If you’ve never seen someone dance with silks, drop by during one of 10 different kinds of classes, from beginners to advanced, kids to the newly popular Pole-Esque (burlesque meets silks). There are also hooping options which you may have seen on American’s Got Talent. This is where people hang and swing/ spin on a big steel hula hoop. There are a dozen instructors to train and keep you safe, whether it’s learning silks, pole, hand balancing, pole-ography, belly dancing, flexibility and/or hoop options. (BDL) 8385 S. Allen St., Ste. 114, Sandy, 801-652-9575,

Best Barre Fitness/ Best Aerobics Class Instructor The Bar Method More women than men know about the barre method of exercise, because more little girls took ballet classes than little boys. That “bar” attached to a wall in a dance studio is known as the “barre,” and the exercise and fitness classes that have developed from this simple wall attachment is the new popular way to socialize and buff up. Basically, the routines and reps are based on ballet-inspired


It’s hard to lose weight and keep it off unless you get yourself an ideal mix of nutrition and exercise. The people here customize everything for their clients to ensure their success, from meal plans to fitness programs. Best of all, for those who don’t live near one of their locations, they offer online programs and remote consultations! No more excuses for living in Goshen and not having a neighborhood gym/spa. You can go online and get your program and be held accountable from week to week by your nutritionist and personal trainer. They will figure out your body composition/type and the best exercise plan with plenty of resistance and cardio training. They even have recipes so you don’t get bored with eating the same calories every day. If you own a business and want healthier employees, consider creating a corporate wellness program for your people, from the delivery drivers and secretaries all the way to the CEO. (BDL) Multiple locations in Draper, Centerville and Pleasant Grove,

dance steps and are intensely focused on improving core strength with a side benefit being better flexibility. They describe their method as one that “uses your own body weight, the ballet barre and a few props to create a transformative workout resulting in long, lean, sculpted muscles.” The owner, Carrie Goodwin, took her first bar method class in 2008 from founder, Burr Leonard, in San Francisco. She says it challenged her mind and her physical limits, and she wanted to share it with women in her own Utah community. She has even challenged her daughters to do the same. Goodwin believes that “a woman’s passion, dedication and hard work can change the world.” (BDL) 1057 E. 2100. South, SLC, 801-485-4227,

Best Bootcamp Fit to Recover Fit to Recover was founded in 2013 by a drug and alcohol addict hoping to make a difference in not just his life but the lives of others who are on the journey to recovery. Imagine having an addiction problem and successfully giving up those substances of choice. You might have problems socializing with folks who do drink or engage in recreational drugs. A small group of friends got together in sobriety and created a safe space for exercise and fellowship. They’d meet Saturdays to jog in Sugar House Park. After time, the OGs gathered friends and community who agreed that exercise, nutrition, creative expression and community service were keys to keeping sober. Almost a decade later, this group sees hundreds of sober people coming through their doors each week seeking their fitness classes in kettlebells, circuit training and cardio. During warm weather, their bootcamp returns to Sugar House Park for classes. There is also relaxing “recovery yoga” instruction to encourage mental and physical harmony, team sports in volleyball and softball and now indoor

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soccer. You don’t have to be great at any sport or fit as a fiddle—just sober and wanting an exercise community to work out with … and play with. (BDL) 789 W. 1390 South, SLC, 801-410-8988,

Best Boxing Club/ Kickboxing & Best Spin Classes Rebel House This fitness studio is new to downtown, offering three types of classes for either boxing, yoga or spin. Yeah, so what’s different about that from what other gyms offer? Start with neon lights and quality electronic dance music. Then add 45 minutes of sweat dripping off your nose from your Rebel Ride or your Rebel Riot of boxing to bring that heartbeat up. Don’t have gloves? You can rent them for $2 and get wraps for your hands for $7 that are reusable the next time you want to punch a bag. They sell a variety of memberships to cater to clients’ needs. This place is not for casual spirits who want to go to the gym and ride the bike while watching Ellen. It’s the place you see on Ellen when she complains about her live Peloton instructor—it’s fun but super serious. Clients here are called “rebels” and the instructors will take their clients through a ride (indoor rhythm-based cycling class), a riot (boxingbased workout) or a rehab music-driven power flow or restorative yoga. They say they can burn 300 to 900 calories off you in a 45-minute workout if you’re willing to do the work. And you better not be late because you must make reservations for several of the classes, and you’ll lose your spot if you’re a no-show. (BDL) 320 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-718-7448,

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And unlike any other gym or training facility here in Utah, they offer special in-home training for those who can’t leave their home due to injury or illness. Brava! (BDL) 1291 S. 1100 East, Ste. 202, SLC, 801-467-6554,



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Best Circuit Training F45 F45 is a global fitness community franchise that specializes in a type of training that builds and sculpts lean, mean human machines by unifying muscle groups in your body with cardio and resistance training. The gym is unique in that it has a blue track where clients stand behind a line and watch trainers do specific exercises or use weights before you warm up. Then you get the 45-minute workout of your life with either F45TV or F45FM media. The “F” in F45 stands for “functional” and consists of high-intensity interval training with circuit training and functional exercises. The “45,” of course, is the length of the class and includes warm-up, instruction, a rotation of all the different stations and rest time. You won’t ever do the same routine twice at F45 as the workout changes daily. The instructors get great reviews and the training names of the classes inspire fun (“Angry Bird,” “Miami Nights”). The franchise is a business model for people who are passionate (some say obsessed) with health and fitness. Find that tribe, and the rest will follow. (BDL) Multiple locations,

Best RockClimbing Wall The Front Climbing Club There are many claims as to the inventor of the first indoor rock-climbing wall/structure. Wikipedia says the first wall was created in 1964 by a University of Leeds P.E. lecturer. He inserted pieces of rock into a corridor wall. Schurman Rock in Seattle is believed to be the first artificial climbing structure in the U.S., constructed in 1939. It’s hard to believe that in a land full of gorgeous mountains, lots of folks want to climb indoors, but for the past two decades, The Front Climbing Club has proven it’s a thing. Here, you can train to climb big rocks and mountains year-round in a 30,000-square-feet

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safe and climate-controlled environment. Better yet, when you’re done with a class on bouldering and rope climbing or a session with a trainer, you can go to their Mexican-inspired restaurant on the third floor and have yourself a fat burrito, a salad and cerveza! Or head to the sauna and relax, or take one of 40 yoga classes offered each week. It’s a super hip place for live music in the summers, wild climbing competitions and even movie nights. Look for men’s and women’s climbing as an event at the Tokyo Summer Olympics—a first for the games! (BDL) 1470 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-466-7625,

Best Senior Fitness Programs Age Performance Getting old isn’t fun. Every morning, you wake up with a new inflamed joint that you never even knew about. Your muscles hurt and you’re just damned slower. Age Performance has a philosophy that “Most chronic illnesses and limitations associated with age have nothing to do with age but rather inactivity.” How many studies do you have to read to understand that movement and exercise will lengthen your life and enhances its quality as well? They also believe some people may exercise but aren’t doing the right moves and may be harming themselves instead. AP estimates that as we age, “We lose around 1.5% of our strength per year after the age of 50, and we lose 3% of our power or our ability to move quickly every year after the age of 50!” The staff wants you to know you can feel much younger and better by understanding that exercise is medicine. For example, cartilage doesn’t have it own blood supply and without movement, your joints seize up and you lose range of motion. Given those facts, they create a personalized training plan customized to meet your needs whether you have arthritis, cancer, depression, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia or have suffered a stroke. Certainly, by going for one-on-one, couple or group training you will achieve better balance and mobility. They have gentle stretch yoga, too.

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This nonprofit’s goal (which it certainly achieves) is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using a fun, experience-based curriculum surrounding running. The group started in 2007 with 30 girls from Mountain View and Rowland Hall school. This year, they hope to reach 1,900 girls throughout Utah with their programs that include dynamic discussions, activities and running games. It’s a 10-week program where girls in grades 3 to 8 gain skills that should give them a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. There is also a service project and a 5K celebratory event for “graduation.” Mind you, this isn’t the Girl Scouts, but in ways, it’s similar. Through running activities, the adults hope to teach girls to have confidence in themselves, build character, care for others and make personal connections in a world of cell phones. They also have two-day camps during the summer months including Girls Have Heart (which focuses on emotions) and Girls Have Power (with an emphasis on friendship). The program is under an international umbrella and was established in 1996 with 13 girls by Mary Barker who starred in the movie Apple Pie. The Utah nonprofit serves Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch and Weber counties. (BDL) 1625 Foothill Drive, SLC, 801-477-0467,

Best Gymnastics Training Gymnastics Training Center If you have a flexible and energetic human in your household who dreams of Olympic gold someday or simply loves running and tumbling on mats or hanging from rings or parallel bars, GTC is just the place! There are many kids gyms in Utah for those under 5 or 6 years old. But GTC offers fun and exercise even for pre-schoolers (starting at 9 months of age with parents in class) and offers a myriad of gymnastics to those in elementary school as well as tweens and teens. The gym has the staff to ensure there’s a 1 to 4 ratio of supervision. They pride themselves on staying current on the latest schools of thought for young athletes under the guidelines of the USGA. One parent commented about his 4-year-old daughter’s first class, saying, “I was very concerned that a full hour would be too long for a class, but she was fully engaged the whole time. She came home with all her wiggles out!” GTC offers kids classes with training on bars, vault, floor, tumbling and beam. As students move up in skill levels, they can try out for the Team Training program and join competitive teams. You might want to sign up now. (BDL) 1470 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-433-0801,




Chill Pill

CoolSculpting puts the freeze on fat BY CAROLYN CAMPBELL


eople may have pockets of fat on their bodies that are difficult to minimize, even after dieting and exercising. These stubborn fat deposits vary greatly from person to person, because people carry fat in different areas of their bodies, says Renato Saltz, a board-certified plastic reconstructive surgeon with an interest in cosmetic surgery. CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical contouring treatment that freezes this persistent fat. The body then eliminates the resulting dead cells in one to three months. Saltz explains that the number of fat cells in a person’s body is set during childhood and adolescence and varies only a small degree in adulthood. One benefit of CoolSculpting is that, unlike with diet and exercise, fat cells are actually destroyed and removed from the body. This means the same fat cells cannot return or enlarge with weight gain. “The fat dies, the body eliminates it and the skin tightens up,” Saltz says. “Previously, most fat-reduction procedures involved diet, surgery, liposuction and tummy tuck.” The arms, abdomen, flanks, knees, thighs and chin are areas that may be treated with CoolSculpting. A typical treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes, after which the patient loses 20% to 25% of the fat cells contained in that piece of tissue, adds Saltz. Body areas may need more than one treatment to help remove more of the remaining fat cells. Sometimes, it’s possible to undergo dual sculpting—having two areas treated at the same time. “You can be sitting there reading

a newspaper or looking at your computer while having your fat removed,” Saltz says. He adds that no anesthetic or pain pills are necessary. He recently underwent a CoolSculpting session himself. . “They treated me for an hour, and then I put my scrubs back on and saw patients,” he says. He currently sees about 36 patients per week for CoolSculpting procedures and has completed more than 8,500 cool sculpting treatments in his Holladay and Park City offices. Each is followed by a massage to help break the tissue. The cost of CoolSculpting is about $500 to $700 per treatment. A free consultation is offered to determine if a candidate is appropriate for CoolSculpting. “An esthetician can tell you if you are ready for treatment,” Saltz says. CoolSculpting has two interesting origin stories. In the ’70s, a group of dermatologists who studied children following tonsillectomies discovered that, after being given multiple popsicles, the kids had “a significant reduction in their fat layers in their faces. They were much thinner in their necks,” Saltz says. A similar discovery showed that Boston equestrians who rode horses in the cold “lost a lot of fat in their inner thighs,” says Saltz. These revelations were each part of the evolution of today’s CoolSculpting, which removes fat cells using cryolipolysis technology, a noninvasive treatment that targets and freezes fat cells, “without the use of needles or surgery, and without any downtime. The procedure is safe, FDA-approved and truly effective,” Saltz concludes. BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2020 | 21

Best Martial Arts Instructor



Jerry Johnson

Best Interval Training

Best Martial Arts School

SLC Strength and Conditioning

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

This gym seems a bit cheeky in their ads: “We provide an experience unlike any other in the athletic industry, allowing our clients the freedom to come to a professional exercise facility and have choices of group fitness classes, personal training or utilizing the gym on their own time.” Are they different? Yes, because they offer classes and hone skill sets in Olympic lifting and its variations, suspension training, plyometric movement with an emphasis on injury prevention, full body strength, core strength, functional movement, joint stability, bone health and nutrition. Once you join, you receive a fullbody assessment followed by an intro course on movement and lifting (yes, there’s a lot of grunting involved). Then, you are free to practice and work on your goals. The staff will track your progress and adjust your program where needed as you progress. Certainly, without staff engagement you could lose interest or even injure yourself. That’s why the staff is required to maintain high standards and must have at least a bachelor’s degree with advanced certifications to coach you. They don’t encourage competition between members but want the best outcome for you and hope you will get it by listening to your body as you progress in the programs. (BDL) 3232 Highland Drive, SLC, 801-810-0373,

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Jiu Jitsu is a Japanese system of unarmed combat and physical training. It’s like Judo (also unarmed combat) but does not focus on tripping or throwing opponents to the ground. The Brazilian form focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting and was originally created by several Japanese masters. There are martial arts studios all over Utah that teach taekwondo, karate and MMA (mixed martial arts) but Gracie has risen to the top because their classes are relevant with purpose and are great for the entire family. First, there are classes for growing children to help them develop coordination, mental strength and increase social skills. Their ‘Bullyproof’ for kids (ages 5-12) is great pro-active training as is ‘Women Empowered’ for female students. The Gracie family has been teaching for three generations and love beginners as well as students attempting to reach the highest skill levels. Are you worried that you’ll panic if you’re attacked and would like to have some basic defense moves? The Gracie teaches proper techniques for self-defense in real-world situations so that what you learn on the mat can stay with you the rest of your life. They believe the key is learning proven self-defense techniques in a safe and supportive environment that encourages discipline and empowerment. There are 23 different self-defense classes that will teach the 36 most useful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves out of the 600 possible moves for sparring or self-defense. You can drop in to any of their 23 classes as they are taught in one-hour blocks. Once you complete all 23 classes, you move towards earning your belt—if a belt is your goal. (BDL) 2120 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-997-1455,

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The Winner School is a family-owned and -operated activity center for children 2-18 that’s operated with the philosophy that every child is a winner. They offer pre-school, after-school and camp programs that teach dance, basketball and karate. Above all, Mr. J, as he’s known, is a karate master. Originally from New Zealand, he’s been teaching the martial art for more than 20 years and holds a third-degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate. To add to that training, he’s won Man of the Year more than seven times in the Excel Karate League (EKL). So basically, you’ve got an instructor that knows his stuff and is happy to share his training with students ranging from beginners to those on their way to a black belt. Over the years, the school and Mr. J have added some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and forms with 10 different weapon sets for their competitive tournament teams. The Winner School itself has been voted one of the best pre-schools in the state with a one-of-a-kind 14,000-square-feet facility designed to provide quality instruction. The school hosts the Art with Heart charity dance concert that raises money for Shriners Hospitals and has given over $600,000 to the nonprofit over the years. This is a school and an instructor with heart and skill. (BDL) The Winner School, 6120 S. 2075 East, SLC, 801-278-2500,

Best Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Scott White, Personal Training Zone Certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor and owner of Personal Training Zone, Scott White is passionate about health and fitness. With nearly 30 years of experience, Scott combines both Eastern and Western approaches to well-being and says, “I want to empower you to be healthy and fit because you choose to be healthy and fit— no other reason creates lasting success.” Scott teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong weekly at various locations, see website for schedule and details. (Megan Wagstaff) 4010 S. 2700 East, Holladay, 801-566-5964,

Best Pilates Studio Peak|45 Looking for a low-impact workout with highly noticeable results? Look no further than downtown’s Peak|45. Utilizing the Lagree Megaformer Method, owner Kristen Kenney says, “As a former D1 athlete, it is the only exercise that allows me to get a high intensity butt kicking workout without any joint pain. In under an hour I feel stronger, healthier and happier.” With a motto of “better sore than sorry,” each workout is designed to be effective and efficient, increasing cardio and muscular endurance. (MW) 250 E. Broadway, No. 250, SLC, 385-645-7325,


Best Personal Trainer Frank Young, Fit to Recover

Best Pole Fitness Onyx Pole and Aerial Studio Whether you’ve always dreamed of running off to join the circus or were recently inspired to channel your inner J Lo after the Superbowl halftime show, Onyx Pole and Aerial Studio is equipped to help you spin, swirl and swing with style. Guys, you’re welcome to test your skills, too. Members sing praises like, “Best thing I’ve ever done for myself,” “I’ve never felt more welcome,” and “So much more fun than the normal gym.” Memberships and passes start as low as $45/month. (MW) 8385 Allen St., Ste. 114, Sandy, 801-652-9575,

Best Private Gym SLC Strength and Conditioning Finding a workout to fit your style is no sweat at SLC Strength and Conditioning. From group classes to private training, open gym hours to youth programs, gym members can access personalized programs tailored to achieve individual goals using fitness methodology typically reserved for high-level, professional athletes. All programs have a strong emphasis on injury prevention, full body strength, weight maintenance/loss and nutrition. (MW) 3232 Highland Drive, Millcreek, 801-810-0373,

Best Public Recreation Center Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center If you’re someone who gets bored with the same old exercise routine, maybe it’s time for a membership at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center. With a total of seven pools, a three-tiered dive tank, an Olympicsize ice arena, a basketball gymnasium, an indoor walking track, six racquetball courts, three Pickleball courts and several fitness rooms—plus on-site childcare—the workout possibilities are nearly endless. Plus, family memberships mean everyone can stay healthy and active together. (MW) 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights, 801-943-3190,



Frank is the lead fitness trainer at Fit to Recover, a nonprofit gym and community center dedicated to people in recovery from substance misuse. “FTR is more than a gym ... we are a community built on a foundation of safety and connection,” he says. Frank was recently awarded the Utah Recovery Ambassador Award in September 2019. Frank coaches at the gym nearly every day; drop by to try your first class free. (MW) 789 W. 1390 South, SLC, 801-410-8988,

Best Ski/ Snowboard School

Best Water Aerobics Classes

Brighton Resort

Steiner Aquatic Center

Known for its family vibe, Brighton Resort not only offers free lift passes to kids 10 and under, it’s also the best place to teach your littles how to shred. Kids as young as three can participate in ski and snowboard lessons, on-site rentals are available, and the instructors are arguably the most patient and passionate you’ll find anywhere. Hit the powder stashes in Hidden Canyon and Rock Garden while the kiddos get the hang of “pizza” and “french fry” skies on Explorer and Lower Majestic. (MW) 8302 S. Brighton Loop Road, Brighton, 801-532-4731,

You know you’ve always wanted to try a water aerobics class. Take your pick from four different offerings at Steiner Aquatic Center. In fact, at just $7 a pop, why not try them all? Struggling with joint issues or coming off a recent ski injury? Sign up for the Low Impact class. Looking for a challenge? Deep Water Aerobics might be the right choice. Prefer to keep your feet on the ground (er, bottom of the pool), Shallow Water Aerobics are a popular pick, or spice it up with Aqua Zumba Fitness. (MW) 645 Guardsman Way, SLC, 385-468-1925,

Best Community Swimming Pool

Best Tennis Instruction

Steiner Aquatic Center

Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club

Summers at Steiner Aquatic Center see plenty of pre-teens attempting gainers off the high dive and moms and tots attending early morning swimming lessons. But regardless of the season, Steiner is the best place to swim some laps and channel your inner Michael Phelps. Regardless of the day or time, there are always lanes partitioned off to practice your butterfly and backstroke in the indoor and seasonal outdoor Olympic-size pools. (MW) 645 Guardsman Way, SLC, 385-468-1925,

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Maybe you’re a tennis pro trying to perfect your finishing stroke; maybe you’re a newbie who doesn’t even know how to hold a racquet. Either way, you’re welcome at Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club. From beginner lessons to 90-minute coaching clinics, the tennis pros here offer affordable options for all skill levels. Enjoy up to 14 indoor/outdoor courts, and in summer months, you’ll love-love cooling off with a quick dip in the pool after a match. (MW) 2471 S. 1700 East, SLC, 801-487-3206,

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Best Weight Training Instruction





Fit to Recover

FTR Fitness class might be more aptly named “Saved by the (Kettle)Bell”. Part gym, part community center, Fit to Recover focuses on strength training and sobriety for all fitness levels and recovery levels. FTR Fitness is a mix of weight lifting and circuit training taught daily by Best of Utah Body & Mind winner Frank Young (best personal trainer) and other trainers, as part of a broader initiative that focuses on whole-body wellness via nutrition, community and creative arts. (MW) 789 W. 1390 South, SLC, 801-410-8988,

Best Yoga Instructor Sarah Betts, Seek Studio Co-founder of Seek Studio, Sarah Betts teaches Vinyasa-style yoga among five different formats, from slow and restorative to high energy and upbeat (paired with her motivational playlist du jour). Sarah opened Seek in 2017 with her partner Alex Zuhl. Certified at Be Luminous Yoga, she also holds a master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition and has been teaching yoga since 2013. (MW) 1790 S. 1100 East, SLC, 385-355-4830,

Best Yoga Studio Salt Lake Power Yoga

Best Yoga Teacher Training Salt Lake Power Yoga There are many reasons to become a yoga teacher. Maybe you’re looking for a side hustle, making a full-on career change or just looking to deepen your practice. Whatever the reason, there aren’t many studios as good as Salt Lake Power Yoga when it comes to getting certified. Their 200-hour Yoga Alliance School goes beyond asanas, anatomy and sequencing, educating on topics like leadership, philanthropy, goal setting and business building. (MW) 250 E. 300 South, Ste. 200, SLC, 801-468-9642,

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You may have found yourself driving along 300 South and noticed people sauntering along Broadway, yoga mat tucked under one arm. Perhaps you wondered, “What hot and trendy yoga studio are they headed to?” Answer: Literally, a hot one. Salt Lake Power Yoga, or SLPY, specializes in Baptiste-style heated power yoga classes for all levels. On a budget? Try the CommUNITY class, taught by newly certified yoga instructors, for just $7. (MW) 250 E. 300 South, Ste. 200, SLC, 801-468-9642,


Best AcroYoga Classes


Kimberly Preston, AcroYoga

walk out the door, chanting along with the staff as they bid you farewell: “Eat more fiber.” (JW) 10150 S. Petunia Way, Suite B, Sandy, 801-823-6626,

Jolley’s Pharmacy

Best Botox

It’s nice to know your pharmacist wants to help you feel better, right? Instead of rolling their eyes at you after you’ve stood in line for an hour begging for a refill like some David Copperfield’s Oliver Twist character, “Please, sir, may I have some more?” this group cares. Pharmacists have been around since the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, often being the only healers available to the common people. The Jolley family owns three of the four pharmacies in Greater Salt Lake, including two in Salt Lake City, one in Sandy and in West Jordan. Elder brother Dean runs the 11th East store, little brother Bryce runs 1300 South, a third cousin operates the Redwood Road location and the one in Sandy was sold out of family. Compounding pharmacies are old school because they make and blend medicines there for patients, doses and concoctions that have been ordered by medical professionals that aren’t commercially available on shelves or through manufacturers. They hand mix and blend hormones and other prescriptions including topical creams, capsules, lozenges and suppositories. (BDL) Multiple locations,

Spa Trouvé

What’s AcroYoga, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever played airplane with your kids (or as a kid), you’ve already done it. Part acrobatics, part partner yoga, part healing art, AcroYoga is playful and fun—even more so when taught by Kimberly Preston, a leader in the Salt Lake AcroYoga community and co-founder of the Salt Lake AcroYogis group. Visit her website to book private and semi-private sessions or workshops. Kimberly is also a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner. (MW)

Best Fitness Inspiration Ian Acker, Fit to Recover Fit to Recover owner Ian Acker knows the struggle of addiction and recovery. After completing outpatient treatment in 2012, he was counting on exercise as an integral part of his sobriety. He started running every Saturday at Sugar House Park with a small group of friends; today, over 350 people in recovery regularly workout at Fit to Recover. Says one member, “I am nearly five months sober, and more fit than I have been in my life, and I owe that to Ian. I have done the work, but Ian paved the way.” (MW) 789 W. 1390 South, SLC, 801-410-8988,

Best Reiki Practitioner Lizz Schofield Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing that’s administered by a “laying on of hands.” A reiki practitioner taps into life force energy and offers it to those who need an infusion of it to combat stress or illness. Those who provide reiki treatments and those who teach it (called reiki masters) are very aware of how thoughts, words and actions help or hinder wellness. On her Facebook page, Lizz Shofield lists herself as “Mother, Reiki Master Instructor, Life Coach, Consultant, Photographer, Dancer, Healer, Heathen.” Someone with those wide-ranging credentials must know a great deal about people and what makes them tick. She’s also well known in the community for her fitness instruction in the pole-dancing world. If you’re looking for a “hands-on” experience with a reiki professional who is intuitive, divinely led and nonjudgmental, this is your healer. (BDL) 801-949-7122,,

Best Pharmacy

Best Birth Center

A full-service medical spa, services at Spa Trouvé range from laser hair removal to Coolsculpting, hydrofacials to Botox and Dysport injections. Founder and CEO Courtney Anderson is a consummate business owner who not only tirelessly researches products and services but works with her staff to ensure client satisfaction. Wave goodbye to your forehead lines, glabellar lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, lipstick lines, marionette lines and chin dimpling. And say hello to the silken skin of your teens, minus the acne. A membership program helps keep the procedures affordable. With locations in Orem, Highland, Draper and Salt Lake, Spa Trouvé is making the world a less wrinkly place, one beauty treatment at a time. (JW) Multiple locations,

Best CranioSacral Therapy Sarah Jensen

Birth Journey Midwifery Melissa Mayo, CPM, LDEM, is the head midwife at Birth Journey. Her own children were born into the hands of midwives, and the care she received at that time inspired her to pursue birth work. She trained first as a childbirth educator, then as a doula, then became certified as a lactation consultant. She studied as a midwife through an apprenticeship program in Alaska, becoming certified in 1992, and moved to Utah in 2001 where she’s continued her practice. Mayo believes in offering women a choice to have an out-of-hospital birth. To that end, Birth Journey offers prenatal care, diagnostic testing, ultrasound, labor and delivery, water birth, postpartum care, newborn care, lactation services and more. Those wishing to use Birth Journey’s spacious birth center have access to a birthing tub and a queen bed for resting in during labor. The center is now state licensed which helps with insurance reimbursement. They also offer a mobile care unit that travels all over the Salt Lake Valley to offer services in the home. (JW) 5107 S. 900 East, Ste. 140, Murray, 801-590-8980,

Best Spalike Colonoscopy Granite Peaks Endoscopy Center Warm blankets and a mountain view! Who would guess you’re here for a colonoscopy of all things? You won’t really even remember it, either, as they gently administer medication that leads to a wonderful deep sleep, certainly welcome after a night of too many laxatives. Their state-of-art endoscopy center offers quality gastroenterology care including colonoscopy screenings and both upper and lower endoscopy procedures. This private facility keeps your personal and medical information protected and confidential. The compassionate and caring staff makes the whole business of what’s going on with your colon interesting rather than gross. You’ll probably be a convert as you

Craniosacral therapy relieves compression in the bones of the head, the sacrum (the triangular bone in the lower back) and the spinal column. This noninvasive massage uses gentle pressure on the head, neck and back to help normalize the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system. Removing blockages from the flow enhances the body’s healing ability. Sarah Jensen’s expertise as a therapeutic massage therapist informs her craniosacral technique. One client described her experience thusly: “I felt so incredibly relaxed afterwards,” she said, “like I was a wet noodle.” It might be good to arrange for a ride home afterward so you can hang on to the feeling.(JW) 385-549-9366

Best Spa Day on the Cheap Healing Mountain Massage School We get it. Life is stressful and money is tight, but there’s no reason to carry your burdens around with you when Salt Lake is a hub for so many wonderful massage schools. Healing Mountain Massage School is a downtown institution that prides itself on its small class sizes and its diverse massage offerings that include Swedish, Deep Muscular, Japanese Full Body Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Prenatal, Abhyanga, Lomi Lomi, Myofascial Release, Shirodhara, Acupressure Facial and a Detoxifing Herbal Body Wrap. Don’t know what half of those techniques entail? Why not experience a new one each weekend. In addition, there add-ons such as Foot Spa Packages, Salt and Honey Scrubs and more. And the best part is, for you, the recipient, a 50-minute student session starts at $30 and goes up modestly from there. It’s body work for the working man and woman, a true perk to life in Beehive. (JW) 363 S. 500 East, Suite 210, SLC, 801-355-6300; 1636 S. State St., Orem, 801-655-5200; 297 N. Cove Drive, Cedar City, 435-586-8222;

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Slow down, re-focus and don’t forget to breathe BY MAYA SILVER


paleo diet isn’t the only thing that’s been around for millennia and happens to be trending today. While we’ve been ommming for thousands of years, more and more people are taking up the practice of meditation. Why the growing interest? In an age when our attention is hyperdivided between work, family, friends, travel, outdoor pursuits, hobbies and, of course, screens, we’re craving opportunities to slow down, reset our focus, and gain a little presence of mind. As Cindy Hallows, the founder and owner of the Haum Meditation Center in Park City, puts it, “We’re in a state of go, go, go … a state of continuous stress. And it’s scientifically based that meditation is a way to reduce stressors.” Indeed, while studies are still emerging, researchers have demonstrated that meditation and mindfulness may unlock physical and mental health benefits alike, improving everything from anxiety and depression to irritable bowel syndrome. Archaeologists estimate that meditation emerged some 7,000 years ago in religions and practices like Kemetism, the faith held by ancient Egyptians, as well as in Vedism and yoga in India. Meditation spread throughout Asia via the Silk Road, but didn’t really strike the Western consciousness until the 1960s and ’70s. Just as meditation takes many forms around the world, it also goes by different names. In the 12th century, for example, when the practice spread to Japan, it went by “Zen,” which translates to meditation. One of the principles at the heart of Zen is the idea of seeking. As the fifth century Buddhist monk Bodhidarma put it, “To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.” Mark Esterman, an ordained Zen teacher and founder of the Salt Lake Zen Group, combines the insights of East and West to make the experience of meditation accessible. In addition to breathing techniques, he uses a simple exercise developed by Zen master Genpo Merzel that asks his students to first adopt the mindset of “the one who needs to know.” Then to think like “the skeptic.” And finally to be “the one who doesn’t need to know.” The latter prompt puts you in the position of being a “non-seeking” mind, allowing thoughts to come and go without preference or judgment. “And 26 | BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2020


How to Start a Meditation Practice that is the mind of meditation,” he explains. This lesson serves to debunk perhaps the biggest myth about meditation—and one that keeps many people from starting a practice: that to meditate, you must stop thinking and silence your mind. On the contrary, producing thoughts is as second nature to the brain as pumping blood is to the heart. The point isn’t to stop the flow, but to change the way you respond to that never-ending stream of rumination. Interested in reaping the rewards of mindfulness? Here are a few ways you can start a meditation practice of your own. Find a community. It can be hard to get started on your own— instead, plug into a meditation class or group to learn from others. Attend a free weekly class at the Salt Lake Zen Group (755 E. 600 South, SLC, 801-532-4833,, or visit one of the several centers or Meetup groups on meditation in Salt Lake City. If you’re in Park City, take a group or private class at the Haum Meditation Center (1500 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 801512-4587, Several yoga studios also host meditation experiences. Take a class. If you prefer to learn through more traditional instruction, Mark Esterman with the Salt Lake Zen Group teaches a class called The Meditation Experience every semester through the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning Program (Continue. Use an app. Mindfulness and meditation apps are in their heyday. A couple of popular ones include Calm and Headspace, which was started by an Australian Buddhist monk. Many of these apps offer a limited free version with one or two guided meditations or intro courses. If you like the experience, you can pay to access a veritable universe of meditation tools. Just breathe. As Cindy Hallows with the Haum Meditation Center explains, simply paying attention to your breath can slow your mind, relax your body, and reduce stress. “If you’re in a place of anxiety, fear, anger—all those things that bring on stressors— take a full breath in and a longer breath out,” Hallows explains. Then repeat. CITYWEEKLY.NET


Fighting the Odds

The survival rate of pancreatic cancer is slowly rising but it remains a deadly foe




ancreatic cancer has been in the national spotlight recently with the diagnoses of prominent figures including Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and civil-rights icon, Rep. John Lewis. But there is some good news on the pancreatic cancer front. According to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Cancer Facts & Figures released this winter, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer has hit 10%, the first time ever this statistic has been reported in the double digits. Of course, with the good comes the bad. Though the percentage has increased, pancreatic cancer still has the lowest survival rate (only 9%) of all major cancers and remains the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The disease is the third leading cause of cancerrelated deaths in the United States. Around 2020, estimates show that pancreatic cancer will rise to the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. In 2019, an estimated 56,770 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 45,750 will die from the disease. The cause of most pancreatic cancer is unknown. The Utah Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is working hard to increase the odds for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, encouraging research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. Amplified by a nationwide network of grassroots support, PanCAN is determined to improve patient outcomes and double survival in the coming dccade. More information can be found online at On Jan. 12, 2016, two days after my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I got the call that no one wants. My father had pancreatic cancer. The world stopped that day, and

I knew it would forever be changed. Just 68 days after his official diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, my dad, Frank Herrmann—my hero and best friend—lost his battle. Up until 2016, I ‘d never heard of pancreatic cancer nor did I ever want to. Now, with the PanCAN community, I have the tools to help others in their journey and help make my dad proud. All of us in PanCAN say this isn’t a family we asked to be a part of, but we are so grateful for our purple brothers and sisters. This is the first year for the Utah Affiliate of PanCAN, and on July 11, 2020, we will host our first PurpleStride Utah in Sugar House Park. This is a 5K walk/fun-run where a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates join together to end pancreatic cancer. Fundraising and participation support patients and families. Register as a team or individual at Risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer: • Family history • Age • Chronic or hereditary pancreatitis • Smoking • Obesity • Long-standing diabetes (five-plus years) Symptoms • Patients with pancreatic cancer typically experience vague symptoms, which could also be confused with many other abdominal or gastrointestinal issues. They include: • Abdominal and/or mid-to-upper back pain Weight loss • Nausea/loss of appetite • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) Changes in stool (oily or watery) • New-onset diabetes

Detection and Treatment There is no early detection test for pancreatic cancer and few effective treatments are available. The location of the pancreas deep in the abdominal cavity is a factor hindering early detection. Treatment options include: Surgery is only possible in less than 20% of patients with adenocarcinoma (which accounts for more than 90% of all pancreatic cancers). Radiation is sometimes offered before or after surgery and can be combined with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is usually offered when tumors cannot be removed surgically and can be used before and/or after surgery. Clinical trials are an option for eligible pancreatic cancer patients and may offer a patient the best opportunity for a positive outcome.

Pancreatic Cancer Facts

• Pancreatic cancer is the world’s toughest cancer, with a five-year survival rate of just 10%. • Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Americans. • There are complex biological features of a pancreatic tumor that distinguish it from many other cancer types—and each patient’s pancreatic tumor biology and genetic makeup are slightly different. • High-priority research areas being explored in pancreatic cancer include identifying biomarkers for early detection, developing drugs that target specific gene mutations, understanding how the tumor microenvironment alters drug delivery and harnessing the immune system for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Becki Byrne is media chair for the Utah affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( BEST OF UTAH Body & Mind 2020 | 27

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