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Kevin Dunnigan, Certified Financial Planner with Investment Centers of America, Inc.(ICA) was recently honored as the 2016 Top Bank Based Representative out of over 400 reps nationwide. Kevin has held this title for over 30 consecutive years. Mr. Dunnigan, one of the founders of ICA back in 1985, was recognized at the ICA National Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida held May 3-6, 2017.

“As ICA’s top bank financial advisor since ICA’s founding over 30 years ago, Kevin Dunnigan, Certified Financial Planner, has provided exceptional wealth management services to clients for over three decades. His unwavering commitment, expertise, and passion for helping his clients reach their financial goals has raised the standard for the industry. We could not be more proud to have him as part of the ICA family.” -Jim Komoszewski, President, CEO, ICA

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I was in McKee hospital and while I was waiting, lo and behold, saw a Style Magazine. It was so nice to see your editorial and browse thru all the pictures in it of people at celebrations or at work. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed seeing the publication. Judy Mucklow, Loveland I wanted to share with you how much I enjoy Style Magazine! I read it top to bottom each issue. And, I especially pay attention to the September issue where you feature breast cancer survivors; I always recognize someone in that issue. Your magazine is amazing! Noreen Arnbrecht, Greeley COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Thank you again for sponsoring Fire Hydrant 5K! The event was a huge success and we are so grateful for your contribution. Together we were able to raise over $85,000 to help the homeless pets of Northern Colorado! We hope you are proud of the contribution you and your business have made to our community. We couldn’t do it without you! Kelsey Myers Events and Development Coordinator Larimer Humane Society

In our June 2017 issue of Style magazine we neglected to credit the photographer for the photos appearing in the “Carbondale Colorado” article. The photos should have been credited to “Images by Draper White, courtesy of Edible Aspen.” We apologize for the oversight.



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Hatha, Hops & Hilarity


Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods: Water Valley


Transforming a Kitchen


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around town


Regenerative 14 Premier Stem Cell and Wellness Centers Spotlight 16 Medical Skyline Endoscopy Profile 18 Personality Fast Forward Dan Berlin

Business Spotlight


noco style

42 Sport Ute Tech Summer 2017 Automotive

Living 45 Healthy Biking 101

6 From The Readers

12 Publisher's Letter About Town 62 Masks Gala

Perennial Luncheon 2017

Governor’s Art Show Opening Night Cultivate Hope 2017

Down & Derby Party Kentucky Derby Gala

Choices for 50 Many Pet Pain Management


58 Travel The San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway 10



HEALTHY & FUN Wellness. It is a topic we are all interested in, or should be, as healthcare is rightfully trending to emphasize prevention rather then just the cure. That approach extends to our fourlegged dog pals as well. My little guy, Roo, is my 14-year old Pomeranian mix buddy who travels to the office everyday and sometimes even out to


appointments. Although he has had numerous health problems, his high quality of life is being maintained through the help of cardiac veterinarians at Colorado State University Veterinary School and his five daily medications. Roo’s buddy, Lulu, is my frisky and entertaining 2-year old King Charles Cavalier Pekingese mix whose lively pace on walks ensures Roo gets his daily cardio – not to mention tugging on his leash when he falls behind. Both dogs come to the office daily along with Nikki, a 13-year old Papillon, and occasionally Max, a 5-year old terrier mix rescue. You could say that our office is dog friendly! Pets are such important family members, it’s important to be sensitive to their health and aging process. Research has made big advances in veterinary science in ways to manage aging and pain management in our fur friends. We visited with several area veterinarian specialists to learn of techniques and helpful pain management modalities. Be sure to read “Many Choices for Pet Pain Management” to learn of the many ways we can help our pets in time of need. When speaking of wellness and prevention, exercise tops the list. Biking is fun, a good form of exercise and is extremely popular in northern Colorado. And the City is very bike-friendly. Our bike trail system is the envy of many communities and riding to work and recreation is encouraged and supported with signage, bike lanes, and intersection technology. Additionally, Fort Collins now sports a rental bike network

and you can read all about it in “Biking 101, Fort Collins is a Haven for Cycling Enthusiasts.” Northern Colorado is also known for its plethora of breweries. But, perhaps not many of you know that some breweries have added the healthy practice of yoga on their grounds. That is certainly one way to entice someone to exercise! Read “Hatha, Hops & Hilarity” to see how our breweries are continuing to attract followers. By now you probably noticed that this July issue’s masthead is Style, and NOCO Wellness is simply noted on the cover. Our readers continued to tell us that they preferred to see Style every month, so look for twelve issues of Style a year with wellness articles an important topic we cover. We hope you enjoy browsing this issue. Be sure not to miss the many interesting medical, wellness, travel, home and lifestyle articles. Wishing you and your pets a healthy summer!





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Lisa Bublitz, RN, Kaci Hecker RN, Mathew Pouliot, DO, Dan Wright, Radiology Technologist


With innovative research and treatment facilities in Colorado and Arizona, Premier Regenerative Stem Cell and Wellness Centers offers innovative proven techniques to help reduce pain with regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is a new and advancing scientific field focused on the repair and rejuvenation of damaged tissue by harnessing the natural healing power of the body’s own stem cells. Stem Cells are unspecialized or undifferentiated cells capable of two processes: selfrenewal and differentiation. Premier’s Chief Executive Officer, Kandace Stolz explains, “Our extensive research involves adult stem cells established from the patient’s body; these cells are multipotent, mesenchymal stem cells which can differentiate into a variety of cell types. We generally use


bone marrow derived cells because our data suggests they’re known to repair and replace degenerative areas in between discs and in damaged joints. We have very strict guidelines which stipulate that the stem cells can’t be manipulated in any way that would change the body’s makeup.” The original focus of Premier was based in stem cell research, Stolz says. “We began with research in 2009 and added the means to increase the longevity of the cells. We then discovered we had a therapy we could offer to the general public. We expanded and became a wellness center offering a number of things to our patients.” Johnstown was the first center, opening to the public in 2013. More recently, the Scottsdale center was added. Additionally, Premier partners with Mike Ditka’s

Gridiron Greats organization, a non-profit providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players.


At Premier, a team of board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors provide technology to treat orthopedic injuries and bone and joint pain. The regenerative medicine treatments use stem cells found in mature adult tissue (bone marrow, adipose, or fat) to relieve symptoms for a number of illnesses. Because individuals are treated with cells derived from their own bodies, there are no ethical implications. A stem cell procedure harnesses and amplifies the body’s natural mechanism for healing, using adult autologous stem cells STYLEMEDIA.COM

(mesenchymal) derived from bone marrow. “Stem cells are dormant until wakened by signals of injury,” Stolz says. “We take them from a healthy area where they are dormant, pull them out and then put them into the area of injury. The injury site signals the cells which then direct what happens.” Because mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and have antimicrobial properties, they aid in the healing process. Additionally, MSCs have immune regulatory properties, which may stop the immune system from attacking the myelin sheath. Premier also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for a variety of injuries caused by wear and tear on the joints. In some instances, the elements of PRP therapy is combined with stem cells. Another option is in intravenous (IV ) therapy where liquid substances are injected directly into a vein. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is also available. HBOT is a medical treatment enhancing the body’s natural healing process through inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber. It is used for a variety of treatments that can help patients dealing with strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy and heart failure. For a full list of Premier’s offerings, check out


Regenerative medicine or stem cell therapy offers a viable option for treating

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orthopedic ailments. Stem cell therapy is performed by Premier’s team of doctors, using the patient’s own stem cells to treat chronic painful orthopedic problems (knees, hips, shoulders, feet/ankles) or spinal disc injuries and conditions that have not improved following conservative, non-surgical treatments. Many potential patients looking for an alternative to invasive surgery go to Premier after exhausting all other remedies.


Premier was among the first organizations to collect data on techniques using mesenchymal stem cells. Premier’s team has also developed and compiled extensive research for years regarding IV treatments and other realms of regenerative medicine. Premier is part of a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial on the use of adult stem cell therapy to treat back pain with a process developed by Mesoblast, a leading company in adult stem cell product research.


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Here’s the Poop on

Sacral Nerve Stimulation By Michelle Venus

Skyline Endoscopy Center, Loveland It’s a problem people just don't talk about. But it can rear its ugly head and when it does, a variety of treatment options are available. Fecal incontinence, or a lack of bowel control, and the associated embarrassment and lack of dignity, factor into the reluctance to broach the topic. Let’s face it, it’s not cocktail party patter. The syndrome is more common than you might think: it is estimated that two to seven percent of the general population suffers from it. Women are two times more likely than men to develop problems. Over the age of 70, the incidence climbs to 15 percent. Nearly 50 percent of nursing home residents succumb to fecal incontinence. And yet, only a third of the nursing home group discuss their incontinence issues with their doctor. Dr. Crystal North, gastroenterologist


with Centers for Gastroenterology and Skyline Endoscopy Center in Loveland, advises patients to talk to their physicians sooner than later. “Sometimes the patient is having problems holding loose stool but not solid stool. Or sometimes they can’t hold their gas. As soon as the problem arises, bring it up with your doctor, because that’s not normal,” she states. The causes vary from muscle and/or nerve damage from back or hemorrhoid surgeries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, severe diabetes, dementia, or rectal prolapse, among others. Often, nerve damage is sustained during childbirth, both vaginal or C-section, and worsens over time, hence the greater number of women afflicted. It’s not uncommon for women to develop the problem decades after giving birth, says Dr. North. Men, especially those who suffer from nerve damage as a result of

radiation to the prostate, can struggle with fecal incontinence, too. Anyway you look at it, it stinks. The nature of fecal incontinence results in complications that go far beyond the actual disorder: Patients often experience emotional distress with the loss of bodily functions. They feel frustrated, ashamed, angry, or depressed. The skin in the area is delicate and sensitive and is easily irritated. Repeated contact with stool can lead to pain and itching, and can result in ulcers that require further medical attention. Fecal incontinence is a serious problem that simply does not get enough attention. Once diagnosed, there are several treatments that can be employed depending on the underlying cause. Medications and dietary modifications are frontline options, followed by exercise and other therapies such as biofeedback and STYLEMEDIA.COM

Dr. Crystal North, gastroenterologist with Skyline Endoscopy Center, Loveland bowel training for muscular problems. Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is an increasingly preferred treatment for problems stemming from nerve damage and is one that Dr. North highly recommends if other treatments do not deliver the desired success. More conservative treatments, such as medication and surgery, are not regarded as ideal options. But SNS is garnering a lot more attention—and it’s very positive. SNS is a type of medical electrical stimulation therapy that typically involves implanting a programmable stimulator just under the skin that delivers low amplitude electrical stimulation to the sacral nerve (located at the lower end of the spinal column). The sacral area controls the everyday function of the pelvic floor, urethral sphincter, bladder, and bowel. By stimulating the sacral nerve, a signal is sent that manipulates a contraction within the pelvic floor. Over time these contractions rebuild the strength of the organs and muscles within it. This effectively alleviates symptoms of fecal disorders, and in many cases eliminates them completely.

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At Centers for Gastroenterology, patients first undergo anorectal manometry, a diagnostic procedure that tests pressures and sensations in the anus and rectum to determine if the problem is muscular or neurological. If the results indicate that SNS is recommended, then a one week trial commences. At Skyline Endoscopy Center, tiny wires are placed into the tailbone area with the intended outcome of awakening the sacral nerve. If the patient shows a 50 percent improvement during the trial, then they move on to the implant, which is about the size of a silver dollar. Dr. North likens it to a pacemaker. She chuckles, “I call it the pacemaker for the pucker.” “The results are phenomenal,” says Dr. North. “We’re seeing 85 to 90 percent of patients respond to the InterStim trial and then be candidates for the permanent implant. This treatment is one of the few areas—other than colon cancer— where we can make a huge impact on patients’ lives.” She goes on to tell of patients who come into the practice in tears after seeing tremendous improvement. These are people who haven’t left their homes in six or more months and can now lead a normal life again. This is a load of information to dump on those who feel isolated by fecal incontinence. But it is the duty of the gastroenterologist to get to the bottom of the issue and help the patient nip it in the bud. Ultimately SNS can bring tremendous and welcome relief from a problem that causes great distress. It can be life changing. And that’s the poop on sacral nerve stimulation. Skyline Endoscopy Center 2555 East 13th Street, Suite 210 Loveland, CO 80537 (970) 663-2159





DAN BERLIN By Michelle Venus

Last November, Fort Collins resident Dan Berlin stood on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. He also ran Peru’s Machu Picchu trail marathon and ran the Grand Canyon —rim to rim to rim. That’s back and forth. Twice. He’s completed twelve marathons (including Boston and New York) and several triathlons. These are heady goals for any athlete. And Dan achieved all of them as a blind athlete. Move over, sighted athletes. This guy has you in his dust. Dan started experiencing vision problems at age seven. He could no longer see the blackboard in class. His parents took him to an ophthalmologist, with the eventual diagnosis of cone-rod dystrophy, a congenital, degenerative disease that ultimately took his sight. “I can see light, contrast, and movement,” explains Dan. But he lacks clarity and acuity, and is considered legally blind. A few years ago, genetic tests isolated the exact gene that Dan carries and that causes his disease. When it was discovered, Dan asked his doctors what the next steps were. “I was really excited and said, ‘Great. Now how do we fix this?’” The docs replied that there was nothing they could STYLE 2017

do to reverse the effects of the disease. “But they knew where the gene was,” Dan chuckles. It’s that sense of humor and drive to lead a fulfilling life that motivates him. “There is so much spirit and morale from other athletes on the course with me,” he says. “It’s just a matter of being able to do things together. It also gives me a greater perspective on how we, as a society, deal with physical disabilities. It [the training] opened my eyes—no pun intended—into the way in which every individual can live better in society. It’s about inclusion and acceptance of disabilities. As long as there is an openness to inclusion, then the individual can not only lead a fruitful life, but they can give back a lot.” That statement drives Dan’s core belief that each one of us has the ability to live a productive and fulfilling life. It’s how we do it, and how we fit within our environment that is important and can make a true difference. And that’s what gets to the core of who Dan Berlin is, as a person and an athlete. While his athletic accomplishments make headlines all over the world and inspire many people, the day-to-day Dan

doesn’t garner as much press, and he should. He and his family moved to Fort Collins a decade ago from the New York City area. He and business partner, Joe Basta, bought Rodelle in the early 2000’s, a company that produces vanilla products such as beans, extract and paste, along with other baking ingredients and spices. (The company hosts its own 5K race in September, starting at the company’s facility in southeast Fort Collins.) It was one of the first risks Dan took; leaving a successful career in a multi-national company—where his wife also worked—to embark upon an entrepreneurial venture. It’s a challenge that fully sighted people are often reluctant to try. But for Dan, it was something he felt compelled to do. Every cross country move poses challenges. One of the biggest and most difficult adjustments Dan had to make was getting around. Accustomed to more public transportation options available in the New York metropolitan area, he was very frustrated with his new found lack of independence and not being able to get from Point A to Point B on his own. Ultimately, it led to feeling that he wasn't contributing fully enough to “keep up my end of the bargain in career, family,


everything,” which put him in a very low place for a couple of years and led the decision to shake those feelings off and “stand up, take responsibility, and move forward.” In 2009, Dan started running in his neighborhood with only his cane to guide him. After a few weeks, he realized he needed a goal, and registered for the Crossroads Half Marathon. With a 13-week training plan downloaded from the internet, he got started. A week before the race he started wondering how running an organized and well attended race was going to work for a blind person. A call to the race director connected him with his guide, Connie DeMercurio. From that point on, Dan was hooked. Connie gave him tips on how to be a better runner and the snowball started rolling, which led to more and greater adventures. Dan and three friends who guide him during races were inspired to found Team See Possibilities, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that supports worldwide efforts to help blind children and to inspire individuals, both with and without disabilities, to push past their perceived limitations. They do this by taking on epic


endurance challenges in iconic locations all over the world to raise money and awareness. Having completed the Rimto-Rim, Machu Picchu, and Kilimanjaro expeditions over the past three years, Team See Possibilities will head to China in November to run, bike and hike the Great Wall. Giving back takes a leading role in Dan’s professional life, too. Rodelle engages in philanthropic work that supports the environment, vanilla farmers and their communities. The company partners with SAHANALA Madagascar, an employee-owned cooperative of over 3,000 members that helps preserve the environment and works with vanilla growers to increase their revenue. In Uganda, the company partners with local farmers by providing energy efficient, clean cooking stoves that mitigate indoor air pollution and reduce fuel consumption, which helps to minimize deforestation. Also in Uganda, Rodelle supports a vocational school to foster educational opportunities for secondary-level students that helps them to develop real-life work skills in the vanilla trade, with the hope and expectation that these skills will lead to successful futures. Closer to home, Rodelle hosts

Junior Achievement students at twiceyearly Job Shadow events at their facility, giving them the low down on career options in the manufacturing sector. “I love what we’re doing here at Rodelle,” states Dan. “It’s important to me and to Joe, my partner. We focus heavily on economic development and the well being of the shareholder farmers we work with. It’s important that they participate in the world profit chain all the way to the end consumer. I love that part.” Dan travels at least twice a year to vanilla growing regions of Madagascar, Uganda, and Indonesia to meet with the farmers and oversee Rodelle’s philanthropic projects. All the while, Dan continues to train for his next great epic challenge and awareness-raising campaigns through Team See Possibilities. Those are some pretty big running shoes to fill, and Dan fills them to overflowing. Michelle Venus is the Development Director at KRFC 88.9. She is the proud mom of two beautiful, brilliant, and talented children. She can be found pedaling around Old Town and the Spring Creek Trail. STYLEMEDIA.COM



















































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Hatha, Hops, & Hilarity! By Malini Bartels


Combining a few of northern Colorado’s favorite things can lead to health and happiness. Everyone is always looking for fun ways to spend their time, while experiencing those quintessential Colorado activities. What better way to seek shelter from the piercing summer sun than with a beer, some laughs, a few stretches, and even a handful of furry friends? Hops and Humor Alisha Lubben is the brand manager for Maxline Brewing in Fort Collins’ bustling mid-town. The Maxline Brewing family is constantly seeking unique events to offer to the community. “I personally listen to and watch a STYLE 2017

copious amount of standup and wanted to combine two of my favorite pastimes: experiencing comedy and drinking beer with friends,” mentions Lubben. “When people come together at a brewery, there is more to their experience than drinking great beer. Friendly and educated staff, culture, and a sense of community and belonging all play an integral part of a taproom’s offerings and feel.” Through all of these facets, a gathering place is created where you have the opportunity to partake, as a group, in laughter, great food, and the support of

local artists and performers. Enter, Comedy Brewers. Similar in style to “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” Comedy Brewers is a high octane comedy show featuring Fort Collins’ most exciting improv comedians, performing a series of games and scenes all based on audience suggestions. The popular local comedy group has picked Maxline Brewing as their home away from home base (The Bas Bleu Theatre) to entertain groups of all ages on a typical Sunday night. “We like to make the brewery feel like an extension of your home,” insists


New Belgium Brewing Company Lubben. “Our taproom evokes the same warm and inviting feeling of your living room after a long day. Beer-tenders go above and beyond to help you relax and meet new friends.” Those friends become family and all of a sudden you have a place to laugh together, explore ideas, excite your palate with food and beer pairings, dance to live music, and cheer each other on when winning a game of Beer & Bingo. Many events are in collaboration with local shops and restaurants, so you can also feel good about supporting small business. Upcoming Comedy Shows at Maxline Brewing Visit for more details •

July 9 - 970 Comedy group - 7:30pm-9:30pm

August 13 - 970 Comedy group - 7:30pm-9:30pm

August 20 - Comedy Brewers - 7pm-9pm

September 10 - 970 Comedy group - 7:30pm-9:30pm


Hops for Hounds At Zwei Brewing on the south end of Fort Collins, Hatha and Hops for Hounds is the second Saturday of every month from 9:00am-10:00am. The class requires a $10 fee, which covers an hour-long yoga session and a pint of beer after the class (or you can grab a wooden nickel for beer enjoyment at a later time), with proceeds going to The Animal House Rescue & Grooming. Everyone is encouraged to bring a yoga mat and dress appropriately. “It's all about relaxing and being present,” mentions beer-tender Lindsey Ludwig. “A good stretch to start off your day, followed by a cold beer, can set the mood for a nice relaxing weekend. It's a great way to socialize afterwards, as well. Plus, the experience of having a yoga class somewhere that is out of the ordinary entices the curious.” The folks at Zwei know that yoga is a natural fit in the tasting room. They have a nice, peaceful open space available in the mornings, and wanted to find a way to give back to the community. What better way than with yoga, beer, and helping dogs? Samantha Lieurance, the yoga instructor for Hatha and Hops

for Hounds, is credited with approaching Zwei with the concept of holding yoga classes in the brewery. After some discussion, they came to the decision that donating the proceeds to Animal House was an awesome way to give back to a local charity. Alongside with Yay Life Yoga and Prost Brewing, Zwei has been able to sponsor a kennel at Animal House. “The best part about coming together for an event like this at the brewery, is the feeling of community and togetherness. Hatha and Hops for Hounds allows people to grow together, socialize, and find a common ground, much like many of the events we have here at Zwei. What’s even better, is that you are able to support a good cause and enjoy a beer at the same time.” Downward Dogs Jacob Schneeberger is the sales representative for Prost Brewing in Old Town Fort Collins. When the idea of conjoining puppies, yoga, and beer was presented to the brewery, he knew they had to jump on it! “Colorado, especially Fort Collins, is all about living a healthy lifestyle and STYLEMEDIA.COM

Zwei Brewing Co. including beer,” mentions Schneeberger. “So, when we get to pair the two it makes for a great Sunday morning in Fort Collins. The puppies make this even more of a stress relief. After yoga time, we host an adoption event so we can find loving homes for all of the puppies.” Yes, that’s correct. People come to Prost Brewing on specific Sunday mornings to hold and cuddle with rescue puppies available for adoption. While doing downward dog with a dog, the animal is allowed to run around and on top of you, providing an ultimate cuteness factor that you can’t get with any other experience. At the end of the session, everyone is encouraged to sip a refreshing Prost beer (included in the ticket price) while filling out paperwork to rescue a cuddly creature and incorporate it into their lifestyle. “We are a venue to some GREAT people and we couldn't do this without Bounce Animal Rescue, who brings the


puppies, and Kaitlin Mueller who leads the yoga session. They have been amazing to work with! The opportunity for people to be active, hang out with puppies, and drink some great beer is what makes Fort Collins so special. Prost is thankful for the chance to host some wonderful people and we look forward to many more Puppy-Yoga-Beer events,” says Schneeberger. Schneeberger has worked all of these events and can see why the tickets sell out in three minutes. “I have seen Fort Collins grow like crazy and I feel that most people here have adapted to the Fort Collins lifestyle. To do that, you need to get out and be active. That could just mean biking to work, going on a hike, or doing yoga, but everyone here likes to take care of themselves.” The other thing Schneeberger knows is important to life in Fort Collins is… beer!

“In Fort Collins, puppy yoga isn't a trend, it is more about people living the lifestyle. If you bike to the brewery for puppy yoga, that might be the most Fort Collins thing you can do.” The next puppy-yoga session at Prost Brewing is scheduled for July 23, 10:00am-11:00am. The brewery does one of these every month. Tickets are only sold in advance on the website (www., and they always sell out. Everyone is welcome! For more great brewery activities in northern Colorado, visit

Malini Bartels is a lifelong creative working at the Music District. She is also a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress. Her incorrigible Corgi occupies most of her time. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods:

By Brad Shannon

What’s on your short list when you’re deciding on a resort vacation? Sun, sand, water, and golf ? Water Valley has you covered.

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According to Martin Lind, Water Valley’s developer, and Director of Marketing Kurt Hinkle, work on the project started in 1989 with a 20-year plan that included both residential and industrial development. Today, Lind noted, “It’s 20 years later and we still have 20 years’ worth of work to do!” During that time, Water Valley has emerged as a unique residential master planned community with golf and lake fronts. Lind recalls, “It took off and became northern Colorado's only resort property. The opening of the 18-hole Pelican Lakes golf course in 1999 was an exciting milestone. The opening of the clubhouse a few years later was a marketing milestone, and in 2003 the addition of the Pelican Falls 9-hole course was a confirmation milestone. Selling out all of Water Valley's single family lots was my happiest milestone.” The development offers residents easy access to tennis, trails, 27 holes of championship golf, fishing, swimming, miles of beaches on five lakes, as well as the Poudre River, and dining at the Grillhouse at Pelican Lakes and the golf-themed Sand Bar. “We are lucky to live here,” said Lynn Anderson, who, with her husband Jim, has been a resident since 2005, when they


built a custom home in Water Valley North. “The experience is great. Like resort living, as they say. The lake is in our backyard, literally, and we have easy access to golf and the mountains. We thoroughly enjoy living here. We wish we’d found it sooner, and could have raised our kids here.” As it stands, the Andersons enjoy helping to raise their grandkids here, and having friends and family over for casual entertaining and to celebrate the summer season and holidays. “We host a 4th of July party, and we really enjoy sharing what we have here. We enjoy boating, and have a pontoon boat, kayaks, paddle boats and canoes, and a 50-foot dock with slips and a party deck. Jim enjoys fishing, and we are casual golfers and love to use the clubhouse,” she shared. Shannon Blesener, a Realtor with Sears Real Estate, lives in Water Valley and has sold and continues to represent various homes in the development to prospective buyers. Her first exposure to the community was when her agency had a local office 12 years ago when Water Valley South was being developed. “Where in northern Colorado do you find beachfront lots? The opportunity to live on the water is very limited. We STYLEMEDIA.COM

recognized that, bought a beach waterfront lot, and built a home,” she recalled. “We moved in around Halloween, ten and a half years ago. We love the water, and spend a lot of time kayaking, paddle boarding and enjoying our pontoon boat.” “We love the golf course, though we’re casual, not avid, golfers. We enjoy the walking paths, restaurants and shopping. Really, you don’t have to leave in the summer on the weekend to really get away. We come home from work and school, park the car, and enjoy the clubhouse, the bands that perform, movie nights and more. We ride on the bike/pedestrian path from north to south. With the clubhouse and pool, it’s really a resort community.” She and her family particularly appreciate how easy it is to have guests over and entertain. “We welcome friends and clients who’ve never experienced Water Valley, and who have no idea we have our lakes and beaches. There’s nothing like it in northern Colorado, and here we are, in the small community of Windsor, with a wonderful oasis.” From the perspective of a real estate professional, Blesener notes, “It’s a pretty easy sale. With the views of the mountains,


the pool, tennis, golf and more, and the wide variety of pricing for the spectrum of homes here, everyone can find a match for their budget and needs.” She described opportunities to purchase in the $200s for those interested in condominiums, and, across townhomes, duplexes, and single-family homes, price points land in the mid$300s up to $3 million for Marina Doce, a six-home gated community on a private lake, for those seeking true luxury. Blesener has the listing at 760 Doce Lane for $2.25 million, an amazing custom home for the discerning buyer. “It’s very exclusive, with a two-acre lot, privacy and a lake shared with just a few other residents; and we currently have other beautiful listings in addition to this luxury home in Marina Doce. There’s really something for everyone here.” Kathy Boeding of The Group Inc. currently has the home at 800 Doce Lane, a custom Colorado/Tuscan home, listed for $2.85 million. This spectacular home on 1.4 acres is also part of the Marina Doce area of Water Valley South. Residents here have exclusive rights to the lake these lots are adjacent to. “It features 314 feet of beachfront property on an all-sport lake, STYLEMEDIA.COM

with a consistent water level year-round, and plenty of place to play,” Boeding shared. “It’s a special place, truly an awesome enclave within the development, with golf-cart access to Pelican Lakes and The Falls golf courses. This is a rare opportunity, although it is one of two homes now available here.” Boeding describes the home as perfect for a family with an active lifestyle that enjoys golf, fishing and watersports. The home’s features include a gourmet kitchen, master suite with fireplace, private guest suite, a sauna and workout room, and huge garage – all within an hour of Denver, Boulder, and Denver International Airport, and just minutes from everything that northern Colorado has to offer, including Windsor, Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland proper, along with Poudre Valley Medical Fitness Center, The Budweiser Events Center, Promenade Shops at Centerra, Loveland Outlet Malls, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. Prospective residents, or even those just curious about life in Windsor and Water Valley, should know that Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club is a semi-private golf course that offers yearly memberships and public tee times. Golf and Social membership packages are available, and members and their guests have access to the pool facility. The Grillhuse at Pelican Lakes and The Sand Bar are open to the public. All five Water Valley lakes are available to Water Valley residents. Lake Water Valley, which surrounds the Pelican Lakes Event Island, is only available for use by residents of Marina Doce. Along the way, Water Valley has proven to have the best home appreciation in the area. “It set and raised the bar for all quality developments,” Hinkle said. “Water Valley is known as the


resort of Northern Colorado.” With the economy rolling full steam ahead and real estate in northern Colorado setting records with each passing year, the future at Water Valley looks promising, with plans to fill in commercial and specialty uses on three remaining tracts. The work being done here has captured attention far and wide. Accolades Windsor and Water Valley have earned include an award-winning school system; Top 3 Safest Cities in Colorado from Movoto Real Estate; Top 10 Places to Raise a Family in America from Family Circle magazine; Best Golf Course, Windsor Now Readers' Choice; and 2015 Co-Course of the Year from It’s a past worth reflecting on and a future full of excitement. Lind concluded, “Water Valley has proven to be the most exciting and desirable place to live in northern Colorado. Pelican Lakes hosts free live music on Friday nights, trails galore, and world-class golf and fishing opportunities for all ages. Windsor and Water Valley is in the epicenter of the northern Colorado growth triangle, which makes it a safe place for the American dream to begin.” For more information on Water Valley, visit www.watervalley. com, and check your favorite real estate website for listings of Water Valley residences currently available for purchase. Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and award-winning communicator, and provides public relations and marketing communications services through his Loveland-based Shannon Marketing Communications LLC.


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A kitchen is more than a room where food is cooked and prepared. It is the heart of a home, offering sustenance not only by being the place where delicious cuisine is created, but also setting the scene as a gathering space imbued with personal taste and ambience. When Jim and Celia Foerster recently moved into their late 1980‘s home in south Fort Collins, they knew instantly that a kitchen remodel would be in order. The dated decor reflected a penchant toward an antique theme. The Foersters lean more toward a modernistic approach, so their transformation changed subdued creams and browns to bright whites highlighted by soft


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elements of gray, silver and frosted glass. “The kitchen was a nook and I immediately knew I wanted to remodel it,” says Celia Foerster, who then moved forward to completely transform the room into a contemporary oasis of light and cool, crisp brilliance. “I had a really good idea of what I wanted and Distinctive Remodeling also had some great ideas—they did exactly what we wanted.” Celia started the process before ever contacting the contractors, however. She emphasizes how important it is for the homeowner to be proactive in the process in order for the end product to come out as envisioned. “I did the legwork and went to all the

showrooms to see what I liked,” Celia says. “You’ve got to know what your own style is, though, because there is a huge variety of materials out there. It’s important to stay focused so you have some continuity throughout your home.” “The finished product far exceeded my expectations,” says Jim. “I thought it might be more average and didn’t know it would turn out so elegant.” Grounding is a good place to start, and so, not necessarily sitting in the lotus position and chanting “Om”, the Foersters nonetheless allowed themselves to gravitate to a natural base. Pulling the teal carpet, the floor took on new life with warm hickory hardwood. Although the laying of the floor STYLEMEDIA.COM

access to the rest of the house, including some of the kitchen area.” Major renovations included having a wall removed between the original kitchen and what is now the dining area. A northeast door accessing the deck was also taken out, to be replaced around the corner by sliding glass doors. Instead of the individual door, there is now a wall with a window, a large double white granite sink and more counters and cabinetry. In addition, a major island, topped with the same quartz as on the rest of the countertops, takes center stage. Many of the amenities seem slight but are indeed consequential. “We wanted to take advantage of a lot of

was one of the final steps, they purchased it beforehand to ensure there was enough for the kitchen and dining room. It was also paramount to match it with the same material found in the foyer and living room, in essence developing a seamless great room impression. Mark Baker, co-owner of Distinctive Remodeling alongside wife, Francine, says, “Originally we met with them for a few weeks and got an idea of what we wanted to do. Then it took about eight to ten weeks altogether to complete the work. We came in through the garage, sealed everything off with plastic and utilized air scrubbers with HEPA filters to keep dust out and everything as clean as possible. This way they had STYLE 2017

dead space,” says Celia. There are drawers located in the island that offer nifty storage solutions for such items as everyday plates and a hefty mixer. Corner under-drawers slide all the way out, and customized dividers take the guess work out of what might normally become a junky mishmash of utensils, pans and other small appliances. A full-size microwave fits neatly, and nearly unnoticed, under the countertops instead of looming up top. “Celia really likes to optimize space,” says Jim of the substantial variety of cubbyholes and cupboards that house everything from hot chocolate to kitchen towels. “It helped that the Foersters already knew

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Mark and Francine Baker, owners, Distinctive Remodeling, Home Owners, Jim and Celia Foerster, John York, owner, York Electrical Services and Aaron Orchard, apprentice. a lot of what they wanted,” adds Baker. “We like to point out all the options, such as indrawer dividers, because the clients need to know itemized costs before a final decision can be made. We always let the homeowners pick out their own appliances. The cabinets are three-quarter inch melamine. The pieces were painted at the shop, but all doors, faces and framework were painted inside the home.” A new Zephyr gas range graces the north wall where an arched picture window once stood, both sides now bordered by fashionable triangular windows. In the case of the Foerster kitchen, lighting plays a grand role of its own. “We installed LED tape lights over and


under all the cabinets,” says John York, owner of York Electrical Services. “They are low voltage and dimmable to set different moods. Another thought we had was a low-voltage magnetic switch plate inside the pantry so the light comes on automatically. We strive to listen to exactly what the customer wants in everything we do, so they can make an educated decision about which elements they want to incorporate.” An electrician’s job in a remodel is often truly difficult. Taking what’s already available to metamorphose it into a livable dream site can be a challenge. “A lot of what an electrician does is behind the scenes,” adds York. “We need to identify what is still usable, as well as what

has to be updated, to meet code changes. In addition, we need to keep hot receptacles that way so that other contractors can keep working. In addition, when we leave there’s no dirt, dust or miscellaneous parts left behind—just working electrical systems.” On a final note, Celia Foerster forewarns anyone considering a similar undertaking to understand, “You’re always going to go over schedule and cost, by maybe 10%. Once you get into it and start tearing things up, you’ll discover things that you didn’t know you were going to find.” Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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BIKING 101 Fort Collins Is A Haven For Cycling Enthusiasts By Kyle Eustice The freedom a bicycle can provide is exhilarating. From the wind whipping through your hair to luscious sun rays warming up every pore on your body, a bike ride is one of the quickest ways to connect with nature and simultaneously get some exercise. For those who truly love the feel of being on two wheels, there’s nothing else like it. Luckily, for residents of Colorado and visitors alike, Fort Collins is one the most bike-friendly cities in the country. The vast trail systems that are set up throughout the Front Range suit everyone from beginners and seasoned cyclists to families.

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Downtown Transit Center Two of the most popular trail systems — Spring Creek Trail and Poudre River Trail — are some of the most traversed in the city. According to the City of Fort Collins website, the Spring Creek Trail is 6.93 miles long and extends from West Drake Rd. to the confluence of Spring Creek and the Poudre River, where it joins the Poudre Trail. Meanwhile, the Poudre River Trail runs parallel to the Poudre River for 10.10 miles between the Overland Trail at Lyons Park and the Environmental Learning Center on East Drake. There’s also the Mason Trail, Power Trail, the Foothills Trail and the Fossil Creek Trail. Chris J. Johnson, executive director of Bike Fort Collins and head of the Fort Collins Bike Share (the current iteration of the Fort Collins Bike Library), is an avid rider who is well versed in Fort Collins’ trail systems. “For recreation and scenery, you can't beat the Poudre River Trail and the Spring Creek Trail,” Johnson says. “These scenic, paved, separated multi-use trails connect much of Fort Collins to parks and nature areas. For getting around town, we're very excited about the Mason Trail, which runs all the way from the Poudre River Trail in North Fort Collins down to the South Transit Center where you


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Mason & Laurel Station can connect to the Fossil Creek Trail.” In addition to all of the interconnected trails, Fort Collins is extremely conscious of all its cyclists that use two-wheels to get around. Johnson is impressed with the implementation of a new “Low Stress Bike Network,” which uses signage, smart intersection technology and well-marked bike lanes to create a comfortable bike commuting experience between different areas of Fort Collins. Johnson believes bikes are part of the “DNA” in Fort Collins. “Our community, city leaders and businesses take sustainability seriously — social, economic and environmental,” he says. “Promoting bikes and active transportation are a key part of that commitment.” Part of that commitment is tied into the Fort Collins Bike Library, which as of April 1, 2016, evolved into the Fort Collins Bike Share. The same team behind the Bike Library has partnered with Zagster, its bike share provider, “to bring a truly unique biking experience for Fort Collins residents and visitors,” according to its website. Community bikes are placed all over the city that are available for rent. Essentially, people are able to locate a bike station, borrow any bike, unlock it, go for a ride and return it to the Bike Share kiosk. Each bike is equipped with eight speeds, GPS tracking, a lock, rack and lights. The Fort Collins Bike Share Hub, located in the Downtown Transit Center (formerly the Bike Library), is now an enhanced cycling information center staffed with knowledgeable Bike Fort Collins employees who are trained to suggest bike routes and provide safety information, as well as help distribute helmets for bike share riders. Coupled with the Low Stress Bike Network, Fort



Collins has truly become one of the best cities in the country to ride a bike. “The Low Stress Bike Network is continuing to grow and every time a street is due for re-striping or maintenance, it’s an opportunity for the city to optimize its safety and bike friendliness,” he explains. “We also have a number of exciting regional trail projects in the pipeline that will make bike travel between cities in Northern Colorado more comfortable and convenient. We also continue to examine our growth model, through updates to city and transportation and transit plans, to be forward thinking about the role active transportation and transit orientation play in building healthier, safer streets and neighborhoods for all.”

Kyle Eustice is a writer from Omaha, Nebraska, who spent five years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, honing her craft. After a brief return to her hometown, she was anxious to return to the mountain region and settled in Fort Collins with her husband, Paul Lukes, and two dogs, Petey and Paco, in 2014. STYLE 2017



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Pet Pain Management By Brad Shannon

We hate to see our pets suffer. Thanks to advances in veterinary science and a deeper understanding of issues companion animals deal with as they age, there are many ways to approach pain management and maintain quality of life for our fur buddies.

Robin Downing DVM, treats Muffin, who is nearly 22 years old, with therapeutic laser to alleviate her osteoarthritis pain.



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Is your pet in pain? To the untrained eye it can be difficult to assess whether a pet is in pain. Cats and dogs tend to hide pain as a protective mechanism. A good place to start is a conversation with your veterinarian, with an examination and assessment of your pet’s health. A useful resource is the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Acute Pain Scales for dogs, cats or horses. These provide psychological and behavioral signs of pain, how an animal responds to palpation and a general state of body tension. For Dr. Robin Downing of Windsor Veterinary Clinic and The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management, identifying pain is about behavior and changes. She adopted human medicine’s “activities of daily living” for evaluating pets. “There are things pets are used to doing, we’re used to doing with them, and seeing them do,” she observed. “With pain, those change. Some are subtle, such as needing help to jump on the couch, not being able to go as far on walks, or chasing the ball less. Appetite may wane, grooming may be neglected, they may object to being petted or not like being touched on part of their body. Many don’t understand that what they’re seeing is pain.” Dr. Kathleen Cooney, founder of Loveland’s Home to Heaven and Guardian Pet Aquamation, observed, “The top reason someone comes to someone like me is over concern that their pet is in pain. The best thing we can do is have a conversation about common signs of pain.” Cooney, one of the first vets in the country certified as a palliative care and hospice specialist for animals, sees older pets, pets with chronic conditions, and those nearing the end of life. “We discuss the end-of-life process, what’s normal and what’s not. While the CSU’s pain scale has its place, it’s not as useful toward the end of life.” Common signs of pain Many signs may indicate pain: panting, lameness, difficulty sleeping, pacing, abnormal posture, body tensing, poor grooming habits, tucked tail, dilated pupils, licking a sore spot, muscle atrophy, decreased appetite, vocalizing/yowling, reclusive behavior, aggressive behavior, avoiding stairs/jumping, depression, and inability to stand. Cooney advises these need context. “One sign does not necessarily mean an animal is in pain,” she said. “Multiple signs taken together can lead to that conclusion. All dogs pant, panting alone may not indicate pain, but with other factors, it may.” 90% of my families don’t have a good grasp of signs of pain a pet may exhibit as they approach the end of life. They may not


pick up signs of a pet’s pain, or interpret some things as pain that are not. That can lead to turning to euthanasia sooner than needed, or to a pet being in pain and lacking good quality of life, depriving it of a quality dying process.” Downing assesses pain with a careful clinical exam, hands on, touching in specific places and ways to determine where they are painful, and how painful. That can lead to more investigation, including X-rays of limbs, spine, hip, joints, etc. Seeing the animal move is important, both in a straight line and circles, to assess gait. A metabolic evaluation helps understand and treat any additional disease present. Acute pain may require surgical intervention, while chronic pain means creating a pain management strategy. Managing your pet’s pain There are several veterinary practices and world-class experts in northern Colorado that specialize in managing companion animal pain and preserving quality of life. As you seek a practice or team of professionals to help your pet, you’ll find those who specialize in specific treatments and practices offering broader services. All should be willing to assist in cooperation with other practices and specialists with whom you have relationships. Downing’s goal is to break the pain cycle using appropriate medications, supplements, nutrition and treatment tools. Her focus, along with Cooney’s, is multi-modal, applying physical and pharmacological techniques to manage pain. Traditional Treatments Medications are key, and Downing stresses the importance of staying current on the latest research, noting similarities in the way some drugs work for humans and animals as well as important differences. “Tramadol showed early promise in animals after good results in people; but it turned out to be terrible for pain management in dogs because they don’t metabolize it the way humans do.” Methadone is exceptionally effective for managing acute pain when taken orally by humans. In dogs, it is well used when injected, but orally it has no bioavailability. “I have, as a key opinion leader and a founder of the discipline of modern pain management in animals, a responsibility to make recommendations that are effective,” she noted. “Physical therapy for humans is called rehabilitation for dogs,” said Dr. Alice Baker of Optimal Animal Health. Baker works with clinics in the region, including South Mesa Veterinary Hospital. Her approach involves body manipulation like stretching, massage

and trigger point activation, along with specific therapeutic exercises to build strength and increase range of motion. Hydrotherapy, exercising in water, whether in a pool or on a treadmill, provides the benefit of the resistance of the water and an animal’s buoyancy to take weight off their joints. Alternative Therapies Downing uses acupuncture and chiropractic, noting that the science for acupuncture is more robust. “Patients can’t self-report relief for non-specific low-back pain, for example. With acupuncture, we can measure levels of neurotransmitter activity in specific nerves, and MRI’s reveal brain activity in response to treatment, showing its efficacy. We also see clear outcomes, where dogs that can’t walk, and owners expecting to euthanize, are able to walk out and go home after treatment.” Dr. Brielle Weldon serves northern Colorado with mobile holistic vet services focused on pain management and chronic disease, with treatments that include acupuncture and cold laser therapy. She notes that to be a veterinary chiropractor or acupuncturist, first you need to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. “Many of my patients are older, larger animals, and owners appreciate not having to load them into the car and go to a clinic, which can be stressful for the animal and the person. After acupuncture eliminated a chronic painful condition I had, it inspired me to add that to what I offered.” Dr. Kellyi Benson, internal medicine resident at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, also considers acupuncture and other approaches to help her patients. “I see a variety of conditions that cause pain/discomfort or diminished quality of life. A lot of evidence in human medicine shows the benefits of acupuncture and other manual therapies for chronic pain and we’re starting to gain ground in the veterinary world. Acupuncture is non-invasive, virtually painless and has few contraindications. Other modalities, such as laser therapy, physical therapy and massage, can make such a huge difference in the quality of life of pets that have pain, chronically and acutely.” With a growing interest in supplements, Downing noted that there are now good studies on specific products. “We don’t have to rely on a web search for something that may not help and may actually hurt.” Baker notes that Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years, and offers options that avoid side effects that can cause problems with health-compromised patients. “Seizure medications can cause liver problems, and we can help lower the needed dosage for those or for pain medications if there are concerns STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Dr. Cooney and Erin McNerney use the Assisi Loop to provide anti-inflammatory therapy for Darbie the pug. Darbie recently had bilateral knee surgery. Treatments can be provided at the Home to Heaven center or in the home.

about kidney health. Owners know, like with their own health, that being handed a prescription isn’t always the best way to handle things.” Cooney makes use of herbs, hemp oil, essential oils and homeopathy in her practice. Laser therapy is a tool Downing and Baker rely on, as well. “The light stimulates cells to create more ATP, recruits healthy inflammation, reduces harmful inflammation, and may bring in stem cells. There’s a lot of research in the vet world on its use for wound management, pain and more, and we see some amazing results, in some cases better than IV pain meds,” Baker shared. Palliative and Hospice Care For aging pets, Cooney provides palliative – medical comfort – care to limit or minimize the discomfort a pet may experience in the face of illness or disease. “We don’t eliminate pain, it remains, but we take the focus off it to


let the pet live as comfortably as possible.” She cites diabetes and osteoarthritis as conditions she helps owners manage. That evolves into hospice care – for both pet and caregiver – in the form of both emotional and physical care as the pet approaches the end of its life. “It goes on through death, with emotional and spiritual care support for families after a pet passes,” she noted. Where human hospice is typically expected over a six-month timeframe, for animals, it’s generally three months. “Pain management during hospice time is integral, as the biggest concern families have is that their pet has no pain and no suffering.” No matter what type of companion animals you share your life with, what their ages are, or their current state of health, there are many options to maintain and improve their quality of life as they age. “It’s exciting, there is so much we can do, given changes in our profession and recognizing the importance of

pain,” Downing emphasized. “It helps with the obligations we have, as vets and owners, to help them live better and longer.” Resources To learn more: The American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats: CSU’s VTH scales to gauge feline, canine and equine pain:

Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and provides public relations and marketing communications services through his Loveland-based Shannon Marketing Communications, L.L.C.


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The San JuanSkyway Scenic Byway

Photo Courtesy of George Fargo

By Julie Spencer

Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs.

CAN'T MISS God’s Country. When I heard those words as a child, I knew a trip to Colorado was in my future. Growing up in western Nebraska, we were only a Sunday afternoon drive away from northern Colorado. And while those of us in NoCo think we live in a little piece of heaven on earth, I highly recommend a car trip to southwest Colorado. It may be the real deal. This particular 236-mile picturesque loop, known as the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, will take you through mountain towns of Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Mancos, Cortez, Telluride, and Ridgway. While it can be driven in about seven non-stop hours, allow a minimum of three days to enjoy the treasures along the way.


Ouray Known as “The Switzerland of America” and “The Outdoor Recreational Capital of Colorado,” charming town of Ouray Bythe Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is located in a valley surrounded by 13,000 foot snowcapped mountain peaks. One of Colorado’s original mining towns, Ouray now prospers from tourists who seek the beauty and healing powers of soaking in the local sulfur-free hot springs, fishing in crystal-clear rivers and alpine lakes, and hiking/biking/4-wheeling the many nearby mountain trails. A trip to Ouray would not be complete without a dip in the natural hot springs, and the 90-year-old Ouray Hot Springs Pool is now open after a multi-million dollar renovation. The remodel features six individual

pools: a 100-106 degree hot pool, a lap pool, an activity pool with climbing wall and obstacle course, a family-friendly shallow pool and two overlook soaking pools divided by an infinity-edge waterfall, all surrounded by a breathtaking view of snowy mountain peaks. This is definitely on my list of things to do the next time I take this trip. Ouray is the perfect place to stop and spend the night after seven hours on the road from NoCo or Denver. Whether you prefer camping, a stay in a quaint B&B such as the China Clipper Inn, a pampering night at the luxurious Beaumont Hotel & Spa (named #1 Hotel in the West by Conde’ Nast Traveler Magazine in 2013), or an overnight in one of two lodges offering onsite hot springs (Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Fire & Ice Festival in Loveland.

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Springs and Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa Lodge), the choices are abundant for this small town of approximately 1000 residents. Visit for a comprehensive guide to the area. Silverton and Durango Silverton is an outdoor mecca all of its own. Offering some of the best Jeep, ATV, and bike trails in the country, you can sign up for a guided tour or do-it-yourself and rent from one of the local outfitters. White-water rafting on the Animas River is another adventurous option, or for a more relaxing day choose a river, stream or lake for fishing. Silverton is also known for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. STYLE 2017

From early May through late October this historic steam-powered train runs the 45-mile scenic trip between Durango and Silverton. Operating since 1882, this train trip will take you back in time and should be a definite for anyone’s bucket-list. (www. Besides being the other half to the Narrow Gauge, Durango is the largest city on the Skyway and somewhat of a “SoCo” to our “NoCo.” Outdoor adventures abound with fishing, hiking, zip-lining, mountain biking, rafting, and snow-skiing in the winter, in addition to being the home of six microbrew and craft breweries (Durango self-proclaims to be the “Napa Valley of Beer”), a large downtown restaurant scene, galleries, museums, a private university, and

a community college. ( Mancos Mancos, located just 30 minutes northwest of Durango, is an up-and-coming artist haven. Over 150 artists, ranging from sculptors to poets, call this historic western town “home.” It recently was designated as an official state Creative District, one of only 21 Colorado communities receiving this honor for their commitment to the arts. Visit the eight local art galleries and tour the historic opera house after a hearty breakfast or lunch at the Absolute Bakery & Café, or opt for a gourmet farm-to-table meal at Olio, “a delicious blend of food ~ wine ~ art,” also located in the pedestrianfriendly downtown.


Located just five miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, Mancos is a perfect stop before a tour of the ancient cliff dwellings. This amazing piece of history deserves a travel guide all of its own. of its own. Don’t miss it! Next Stop…Cortez Cortez, our next stop after Mesa Verde, is brimming in Native American and Southwest culture. With history dating back to 10,000 BC, Cortez offers museums, opportunities to experience the “wild west” with horseback riding adventures at Canyon Trails Ranch, and is rich in agriculture lending to some of the best Southwest cuisine you will find in the Four Corners Region. ( Telluride Seventy-five miles up the road, and perhaps the most well-known stop on the Skyway loop, is Telluride. Home to world renowned bluegrass, jazz, and film festivals, as well as a world-class ski resort, the town proper is nestled below 13-14,000 foot peaks. Park in Mountain Village, at the base of the ski resort, and take the free gondola into the heart of this historic downtown. Here you will find Victorian-era buildings hosting shops, gourmet restaurants, breweries and wine bars. ( Ridgway The next, and last stop on the Skyway loop is Ridgway, known as the “Gateway to the San Juan Mountains”. Like other towns along the route, Ridgway is rich in Old West heritage dating back to 1890 when the town was the headquarters for the Rio Grande Southern railway. Arts and agriculture still play a major role in Ridgeway with the town’s state designation as a Creative District and their up-and-coming culinary scene. Little known facts about Ridgway are that scenes from the 1960 movie “True Grit” were filmed there, and it is also home to John Billings who has handcrafted every single Grammy award since the early 90s. As with any great road trip, the journey is just as important as the destination. This is especially true for this trip if you travel my recommended route: take US-285 S through Fairplay and Buena Vista, to US-50 W through Monarch and Gunnison, then head south at Montrose on US-550, dropping into Ouray. This is my favorite drive – anywhere – as the road is lightly traveled, lined with trees, and takes you through the changing landscape of the Rockies to the San Juans. I’ve taken this trip twice in early October and the leaf-peeping colors are outstanding. Just when I thought it could not get any better, it did… right around the next turn.



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about town

FCMOA MASKS GALA April 21 Hilton | Fort Collins Nearly 320 guests feasted at a smallplates dinner presented in seven stations themed for notable past exhibitions of the Fort Collins Museum of Art (FCMOA) including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Chihuly Venetians to name a few. Silent auction items presented at each station also matched the artistic and cultural themes of these past exhibits. In addition, the evening saw selected Masks from the monthlong exhibit at the museum auctioned off and the presentation of the inaugural Roz Spencer Award. Proceeds from the evening and monthlong Masks exhibition will benefit the FCMOA and their mission to promote awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. Photos courtesy of

PERENNIAL LUNCHEON 2017 April 27 Embassy Suites | Loveland

Dan Tibbs, Terry McNeal


Tom & Kim Smagala, Paul Versteeg, Mark Goldrich, Gwen Hatchette, Christine & Bill Kneeland Gwen Hatchette - 2017 Roz Spencer Award recipient

Sally & Don Braddy

Liz & James Hicks, Fran Hardman

Respite Care’s Perennial Luncheon drew 475 community members to this 11th annual midday event. This year’s theme “It’s All About the Journey", highlighted the compelling stories of program families and featured a special video about Respite Care and the life-changing impact on those served. Including gifts, five-year pledges, and a generous challenge gift, the inspiring event netted more than $300,000 and will help benefit Respite Care’s programs of care for children with developmental disabilities in Larimer County and help provide respite to their entire family. Photos courtesy Aspen Photo & Design.

Natalie DeAngelis, Ali Lofquist, Mike Englert

Sandra Lundt, Jack Lundt, Anne Tynan

Wayne Schrader, Jennifer Schrader

Danae Hodge, Ryann Hodge, LeAnn Massey


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GOVERNOR'S ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT April 28 | Loveland Museum/ Gallery | Loveland

Heather Banks, Angela Walsh Linda Stenson

Original and exquisite art by nearly 60 regionally and nationally recognized Colorado artists were showcased at the 26th annual Governor’s Art Show Opening Night reception presented by the Loveland Rotary Club and Thompson Valley Rotary Club. Art lovers had an opportunity to view sculpture, mixed media, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, visit with many of the exhibiting artists and pre-purchase art pieces. Proceeds from the show benefit the Rotary Clubs’ respective Foundations and their community, state and international service projects, including academic and art scholarships for area students. Photos in part courtesy of AMA Divine Photography.

Margaret Mills, Jane Anetrini, Linda Moore

Pam & Dale Osborn

Phil Ashcraft, Nita Roy

Jim & Mary McCambridge, Chris Atib

Tiffany & Sean Cherry, Denise & Mark Suniga

Jerri & Matt Schmitz, Deb & K Campbell

CULTIVATE HOPE 2017 May 4 Embassy Suites | Loveland A feel good evening of dinner and drinks, a silent auction, live music and inspiring stories from participants who escaped poverty and abuse, in partnership with The Matthews House, were at the forefront of this 10th annual signature event. The theme of growth and new life resonated throughout the night as Cultivate Hope 2017 celebrated making a difference in the lives of those they serve. Through the generosity of attendees, including a $50,000 match from the Richardson Foundation, Cultivate Hope raised more than $155,000 to benefit The Matthews House and the at-risk youth and families they serve. Photos courtesy of PHOCO.


Jenny & Tim Brynteson, Jeff & Dayna Bedingfield


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DOWN & DERBY PARTY May 6 Highland Meadows | Windsor

The 8th annual Down & Derby Party was in full swing at the Big Red Barn at Highland Meadows. The popular event celebrates all the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby but does it Colorado-style. Many attendees in big stylish hats, sipped on mint juleps, enjoyed Southern fare and mingled before viewing the Kentucky Derby on large screen TV’s. The event included a Best Hat contest, a raffle drawing for a trip to Louisville to see the 2018 Kentucky Derby live, and more. Nearly 1300 attendees helped NOCO Unify net over $100,000 to benefit the United Way of Larimer County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer and Weld County, and the Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity.

Russel & Kate Baker

Megan Morrison, Cortney Alvarez, Alison Schuman

Brianna Watterson, Calandra Hvambsal, Alessandra Cummons

Mike Bellus and Ralph Will hold the check Bank of Colorado presented to NOCO Unify.

Stacie Lukas, Jeff Brundage

Katie Gale, Susan Anderson

Katy Burack, Amy Silva

Dori Workman, Laura Kensinger, Gayle Keen

Annette Petrie, Patricia Case

KENTUCKY DERBY GALA May 6 The Barn on Lily's Pond | Greeley The celebration at Churchill Downs was ever present at The Barn on Lily’s Pond at the annual Kentucky Derby Gala, with more than 300 Derby-dressed guests enjoying the day of horse racing. The event offered food, signature mint juleps, a hat contest for men and women, live dessert sale, and a musical performance by The Burroughs. Giant TV screens brought the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, as two of the most exciting minutes of television got underway. Nearly $30,000 was raised to benefit the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (the oldest continuously performing orchestra west of the Mississippi), and the Weld Food Bank, providing food and services to people in need.



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