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BEST 2016

Three weeks of online polling resulted in thousands of votes to highlight the best Mesa has to offer. OUR READERS DECIDED WHAT THEY LIKE MOST ABOUT THE CITY, from the best places to take the kids to the best spot for sushi to the best shop to get a haircut. Some of the winners are well known and well-established landmarks, while others might be new to you. PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE WINNERS — along with the second- and third-place finishers — and stop in to see what makes these businesses, restaurants, people and places so special.


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BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER

SHERRY MACEWEN

Hermosa Vista Elementary School 2626 N. 24th St. • 480-472-7550 • www.mpsaz.org/hermosa

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hen it comes to teaching, Sherry MacEwen shares a passion for providing her students the best environment in which to learn and grow as young scholars. MacEwen, who teaches kindergarten at Hermosa Vista Elementary School in Mesa, was drawn to become a teacher once she had her three children. “I wanted to help kids expand their minds,” she said. She said she believed Mesa Public Schools (MPS) was a perfect fit for her as a teacher because her children graduated from the school district. MacEwen has spent the past 10 years teaching at Hermosa Vista, where she taught kindergarten for nine years and third grade for one. “My job is to provide not only the academics, but to provide a safe environment so the students can love school,” she said. “Kindergarten is the first step into a school experience for a lot of these kids. If they don’t love their experience, it’s going to be

a struggle for them as they grow up.” MacEwen teaches under a duallanguage immersion structure where her students learn their classroom curriculum in English and Spanish. She began researching the benefits of a dual-language immersion program two years ago with a few of her colleagues and support from the school district. “The program is doing more than I thought it would do for the students,” she said. “The kids are doing remarkable, and it’s been such an amazing program.” MacEwen said the best part of teaching kindergarten is having the chance to watch her students grow and learn each day. “I really don’t consider it work because I love what I do so much,” she said. “I think a lot of people take for granted what these young kids are able to do. I tell parents before school starts that we will hit on all the curriculum points and that their kids will be engaged and challenged.”

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Guerrero Elementary School 463 S. Alma School Road 480-472-9200 www.mpsaz.org/guerrero

Entz Elementary School 4132 E. Adobe Road 480-472-7300 www.mpsaz.org/entz

Brad Breuer

BEST MASCOT

MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL TOROS 2700 E. Brown Road • 480-472-6900 • mpsaz.org/mtnview

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Stephanie Bessey

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL

EAST VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 1601 W. Main St. • 480-461-4000 • evit.com

ommy the Toro is Mesa’s favorite mascot again! The toro can be found cheering and pumping up the student section at Mountain View’s athletic events or turning up school spirit at pep rallies or around campus. No matter where he is or what he’s doing, Tommy the Toro is the leader of Mesa Mascots.

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Skyline Coyotes 845 S. Crismon Road 480-472-9400 mpsaz.org/skyline THIRD PLACE

Dobson Mustangs Photo by streetpianos.com

1501 W. Guadalupe Road 480-472-3000 mpsaz.org/dobson

Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune

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igh school students looking to jumpstart their education and careers can look no further. The East Valley Institute of Technology offers programs in over 20 different fields in which students can earn elective credits by spending half-days in occupation-specific classes on one of EVIT’s three campuses. EVIT’s Mesa campus has more than 15 buildings spread over 65 acres and houses the school’s main administrative offices. EVIT also offers adult education and summer school.

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2626 N. 24th St. 480-472-7550 mpsaz.org/hermosa

1630 E. Southern Ave. 480-472-5900 mpsaz.org/mesa

Hermosa Vista Elementary

Mesa High


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BEST PLACE TO WORK

VERVE WELLNESS CENTER

4824 E. Baseline Road, Suites 140 and 110 • 480-969-4040 vervewellnesscenter.com

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inding a workplace that brings you joy from the moment you walk through the front door is important to any employee. Associates at Verve Wellness Center in Mesa believe that’s exactly what they receive, and that’s why the establishment was voted best place to work in Mesa. Verve Wellness Center is a provider of multiple medical services such as medical, dental, chiropractic, naturopathic and physical therapy. The wellness center also provides individual or group-setting yoga, counseling and mindfulness meditation. Employees at Verve Wellness focus their efforts on providing clients exceptional wellness experiences that have long-lasting results at affordable rates. With such an emphasis on patient care, Verve Wellness Center also focuses on employee satisfaction. “I think it’s vital in any company to show employees how important they are,” said

Jacey Pobieglo, executive assistant. “If you reward them, they in turn will show you how valuable they are as employees.” Employees at Verve Wellness Center appreciate the opportunities to grow within the company and its family-like environment. Verve Wellness Center offers its employees flexible hours and diverse methods of patient care in each of its health-care divisions. Employees also enjoy the fact that there’s an emphasis on patient care over insurance guidelines. In addition, there’s a mutual respect for one another whether it be doctors or front desk clerks. Each employee pitches in their time to cover a colleague’s shift if he or she is sick or unable to come into work due to personal reasons. “There’s not a too big or too small mentality,” said Emily Starr, billing administrator. “We all matter and make the company what it is.”

Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune

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East Valley Institute of Technology

1601 W. Main St. 480-461-4000 evit.com

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Invidasys

2500 S. Power Road 480-792-1950 invidasys.com

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Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N. Macdonald 480-644-2230 arizonamuseumof naturalhistory.org


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BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

ERIC PEREZ

path that they are interested in pursuing. “We want to turn their passion into paychecks,” he said. “EVIT is a pinnacle jewel for a career in technical education, and I like to think that I have played a small role in that.” Marina Faccone, junior at EVIT, said she enjoys the fact that Perez allows her to have creative freedom on any project. “Something that sets Perez apart from other teachers is the way he engages with his students,” she said. “He likes to find his students’ talents and brings the best out of them.”

East Valley Institute of Technology 1601 W. Main St. • 480-461-4000 evit.com

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ric Perez, instructor at East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), has been named Best High School Teacher in Mesa. This is the second consecutive year Perez has received the award. Perez, multimedia and graphic design instructor, said his class strives to give students tools not only to succeed in a classroom-setting but in a career field. His 16 years spent at EVIT have been focused on tapping into the interests of each student he comes across. “I always told myself that if there’s nothing else that needs to be taught I would retire,” Perez said. “There’s something every day that I learn, and I share it with my students. To be able to see my students utilize what I taught them is amazing.” Perez’s class is divided into a two-year session, where he teaches the fundamentals of

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Leon Zamora Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune

graphic design and photography. Once students complete the program, they have more than 10 employment references on their resume, Perez said. “My students come into this class knowing that not only are they going to learn, but they will leave with skill sets they can use for the rest of their lives,” he said. “Whether they go out and become doctors, athletes or lawyers, they can always fall back on what they learned in these classes.” In addition, Perez

also reaches out to industries throughout the Valley in order for his students to assist them with any graphic design needs. “We want to give the students the opportunity to gain industry skills,” he said. “My whole vision is we should be teaching students how to gain experience. There’s so much that we can offer them.” By providing skill sets in multimedia, Perez said the students are able to market themselves in the workforce and find a career

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Becky Devine

East Valley Institute of Technology 1601 W. Main St. 480-461-4000 evit.com


Awarded 2015 A+ School of Excellence™ by Arizona Educational Foundation A+ Judges: “Quality learning.” EVIT provides the ADVANCED career and technical education for East Valley students with over 40 TUTITION-FREE programs offered at two centralized Mesa campuses. For a full listing go to evit.com/programs. Internships and prep for state/national licensing & certifications FREE transportation provided by East Valley school districts Voted Best Public School in Mesa by East Valley Tribune readers, 2015. Multimedia instructor Eric Perez voted Best High School Teacher.


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BEST CHARTER SCHOOL

PRIMAVERA ONLINE SCHOOL

2471 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-456-6678 • Primavera-online-high-school.com

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rimavera Online High School offers part-time or full-time enrollment to students working to earn a fully-accredited high school diploma in a non-traditional environment. Even though classes are online, students at Primavera don’t miss out on the social fun of being in high school. Primavera hosts school events such as dances and has a variety of student clubs to participate in. Primavera Online High School also offers a dual-enrollment option to give students a head start on college credits.

3015 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212 E. Guadalupe Rd.

S. Power Rd.

CALL TODAY!

Primavera Online High School graduates Special to The Tribune

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10115 E. University Drive 480-984-5645 leadingedgeacademy.com

221 W. 6th Ave. 480-844-3965 clubzona.org/locations/mesa_ arts_academy

Leading Edge Academy, East Mesa

NOW ENROLLING Small & Caring Campus

Mesa Arts Academy

JULIA ANGEL School Leader

BEST PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC

julia.angel@leonagroup.com • Before & After School Care Available • Tuition-Free Full-Day K-8 Program • Free Transportation

141 N. Macdonald • 480-969-9166 • qop.org/wp

1 FREE Uniform Shirt with NEW Enrollments

• Low Cost Kindergarten Readiness (3 & 4 Yr Olds) • Visual Arts • Physical Education • School Uniforms • Early Release Fridays 12:30pm

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Mesa Christian Academy

7930 E. Baseline Road 480-641-1970 mesachristianacademy.org

• Student Laptops and Classroom SMARTboards

Special to The Tribune

ueen of Peace Catholic School is celebrating its 75th year of faith and family. Queen of Peace recently added a new school building just in time for the 2015-2016 school year and offers various scholarships to students. The school has an athletics program as well as a student council, books club, choir and robotics club.

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Christ the King Catholic School 1551 E. Dana Ave. 480-844-4480 ctk-catholicschool.org

NOW ENROLLING GRADES preK-8

480.830.3444

libertyartsacademy.com


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BEST MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT

BACKYARD TACO

1524 E. University Drive • 480-464-8226

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hen you stop in and try Backyard Taco, try not to fall in love with the cozy atmosphere and tasty food. The casual restaurant has been serving up “food made with love” since opening a little over three years ago. What makes this Mexican food unique is the restaurant’s commitment to bring in fresh ingredients to create flavorful food that’s cooked over a mesquite grill. “Everything we do is fresh and hand-prepared and it’s delicious,” said Russell Beck, vice president of operations for Backyard Taco. Beck said they bring in fresh vegetables, and cut everything by hand. Part of Backyard Taco’s success comes from its authentic flair in its entrees, the other aspect Beck contributes to their customers. “We wouldn’t be successful without all our customers…we’re really thankful the

neighborhood has really taken us in,” Beck said. “So we like to do our part to give back to those that want to come and eat here and support us so that means being very friendly, very helpful in anyway we can.” Backyard Taco’s signature menu item is its carne asada (steak) tacos. The restaurant also serves up marinated chicken, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, all prepared fresh and cooked over an indoor mesquite grill. On being voted into the Best Of Mesa: “It’s an honor because we know the competition is fierce, we know we have some constraints with our current location, it is a little bit on the small side,” Beck said. “We find it an honor that people can overlook some of the logistical issues…and still vote us in the top of Mesa.” Visit Backyard Taco and try one of its signature carne asada tacos served up with an authentic twist.

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6715 E. McDowell Road 480-830-8181 or nandosmexicancafe.com

328 E. University Drive 480-964-5451 rosasmex.com

Nando’s Mexican Cafe

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BEST BREAKFAST SPOT

BEST BURGERS

T.C. EGGINGTON’S

IN-N-OUT BURGER

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1660 S. Alma School Road • 480-345-9288 • tcegg.com .C. Egginton’s has been a breakfast destination in Mesa since 1985. Their menu features a pleasant variety of classic breakfast items and fresh produce. Enjoy a breakfast salad, egg dish, omelette, frittata or one of their specialty dishes. If you are in search of refreshments, T.C. Eggington’s serves fresh juices and smoothies, along with coffee drinks and breakfast cocktails. Items from the lunch menu are also available all day incase one of their hot sandwiches catches your eye. They have offerings for every appetite.

1650 S. Stapley Road • 1342 S. Alma School Road 1-800-786-1000 • in-n-out.com ince 1984, In-N-Out has been a West Coast icon for family-friendly food. Between the regular menu and “fancy” secret menu, everybody loves a burger from the simply perfect spot. In-N-Out prides itself on giving back to the community and representing family-oriented, Christian ideals. All of the food, from the French fries to the tomato on your cheeseburger, is fresh, never frozen and “old fashioned.” Not to mention, each guest at In-N-Out is greeted with smiling faces, respectful service and tasty food.

Photo by tcegg.com

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1353 W. Main St. 480-461-6760 evit.com/services/bakery_culinary_arts

4805 E. Main St. 480-832-2860

Bistro 13

Rosa’s Mexican Grill

Wild Berry Diner

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Smashburger

1335 S. Alma School Road 623-888-6635 smashburger.com

Special to The Tribune

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East Valley Institute of Technology: Bistro 13 1353 W. Main St. 480-461-6760 evit.com/services/bakery


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Treat Your Feet

BEST SUSHI

SUSHI KEE

6825 E. Main St. • 480-654-1306 • Sushikeemesa.com

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his is a destination for sushi lovers in the Mesa area. Sushi Kee offers a diverse menu, featuring an array of appetizers, lunches, entrees, sushi rolls and sashimi. There is something for everyone on the menu. Sushi veterans will find a range of traditional and unique rolls on the menu. Classics such as the Alaskan, Rainbow and Vegas rolls are joined by the specialty Apache, Arizona and Mesa rolls. Anyone looking to take a walk on the spicy side will find plenty from which to choose as well. Sushi Kee has happy hour deals with drinks to complement the food.

$15 OFF Any Purchase of $50 or more

Bring this ad in to receive offer. *Can’t be combined with another offer. *Naot regular price and can’t be discounted. Exp 4/30/16.

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6638 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. 480-832-0959

6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. 480-830-8884 osakaaz.com

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse

www.arizonawalkshop.com 1310 E. Southern Ave #101• Mesa

(Gallery Plaza, 1 Block East of Stapley on Southern) S. Stapley Dr.

Teharu Sushi

ARIZONA WALK SHOP 480-461-1940

Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Tribune

BEST ASIAN FOOD

Southern Ave.

17 W. Main St. • 480-649-6140 • nunthapornthai.com

S. Gilbert Rd.

NUNTHAPORN THAI CUISINE

Naot Etera Sandal Womens

Birkenstock Arizona Sandal Men & Womens

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ith a plethora of food that can appeal to those who are always adventurous in their pursuit of new cuisine to offering what can be expected by those who frequent Thai-food restaurants, Nunthaporn Thai Cuisine offers Mesa residents a multi-faceted thai experience that’s in downtown Mesa. They offer four levels of spiciness among their traditional food selection and showcase the variety of tastes among Thai-food plates. Besides their list of entrees, there are numerous lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that start at $8 and run up to $10 based upon if you want meat or an alternative like Tilapia or Shrimp.

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Photo by Coleton Berry/Tribune

Pink Pepper

Brooks Addiction Walker Men & Womens

1942 W. Guadalupe Road, Suite 105 480-839-9009 THIRD PLACE (TIE)

Mekong Supermarket

66 S. Dobson Road, Suite 132 480-833-0095 THIRD PLACE (TIE)

Pho Thuan Thanh

502 S. Dobson Road, Suite 3 480-834-3449

... and more! /arizonawalkshop

Yucatan Sandal Men & Womens

Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm • Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

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BEST BBQ

EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF MESA 2016

BEST PIZZA

FAMOUS DAVE’S

1011 N. Dobson Road • 480-615-1444 • Famousdavesbbq.com

VITO’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1947 N. Lindsay Road • 480-832-3311 • Vitospizza.com

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ito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante has been serving authentic Italian cuisine and Chicago-style thin-crust pizza since 1986. Guests at Vito’s enjoy fresh, pure and authentic ingredients, some of which are still imported directly from Italy, such as their aged cheeses and Italian flour for the pizza

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fter winning more than 700 awards for various items on the menu, service and restaurant atmosphere since 1995, Famous Dave’s has won Best of Mesa Best Barbecue of 2016. Dave’s is famous for its little chubby pig logo, Wilbur, but the food is also certain to never disappoint. Dave’s offers ribs and pulled pork sandwiches like any barbecue restaurant, but also offers an array of barbecue chicken, wings, salads, and country side dishes and appetizers. The Kids Menu is also impressive, offering little ones anything from a cheeseburger to a rib dinner. Famous Dave’s is both delicious and affordable, making it the perfect place to grab barbecue in Mesa.

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crusts. Other ingredients are sourced locally and daily to ensure that guests are getting the freshest flavors possible. The menu offers an assortment of pizzas, Italian classics and lighter fair. The bar has a happy hour and daily specials on drinks. Vito’s also offers catering for your next party or event.

Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune

Tom’s BBQ

5005 E. McKellips Road 480-924-6019 1140 S. Country Club Drive 480-464-0471 tomsbbq.com Special to The Tribune

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4500 E. Main St., Suite 1 480-807-6475 waldosbarbeque.com

5057 E. McKellips Road 480-396-2000 venezias.com

2950 S. Alma School Road 480-820-5995 nellospizzamesa.com

Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria

Waldo’s BBQ

BEST WINGS

Nello’s Pizza Mesa

BEST ITALIAN

NATIVE GRILL & WINGS

VITO’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RISTORANTE

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Multiple locations • nativegrillandwings.com ative Grill and Wings has been a Valley favorite for more than three decades. It was one of the first restaurants to bring chicken wings to Arizona in 1979. Their award-winning wings come in 20 flavors. The restaurants have established themselves as family-friendly sports bars and grills where customers enjoy wings while watching the big game. With multiple Mesa locations, residents have a number of options from which to choose.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

6560 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. 480-214-9464 buffalowildwings.com

1947 N. Lindsay Road • 480-832-3311 • Vitospizza.com

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Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante 1947 N. Lindsay Road 480-832-3311 vitospizza.com

ito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante has been serving authentic Italian cuisine and Chicago-style thin crust pizza since 1986. Guests at Vito’s enjoy fresh, pure and authentic ingredients, some of which are still imported directly from Italy, such as their aged cheese’s and Italian flour for the pizza crusts. Other ingredients are sourced locally and daily to ensure that guests are getting the freshest flavors possible. Their menu offers an assortment of pizzas, Italian classics and lighter fair. The bar has a happy hour and daily specials on drinks. Vito’s is also an excellent choice when finding a caterer for your next party or event.

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270 W. Main St. 480-649-6476 ilvinaio.net

5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 108 480-396-2888 alessiasristoranteitaliano.com

il Vinaio

Alessia’s Ristorante Italiano

Special to The Tribune


FOOD & DINING

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FILET MIGNON & SHRIMP $1595

Exp. 4/16/16

LUNCH TUES-FRI • DINNER TUES-SUN

JAZZ BAND EVERY SATURDAY

¢OYSTERSUNDAY NIGHT

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2 MEALS FOR

$14.95

Choices include 1 Entree and 2 Sides. Expires 4/16/16.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CLAMS - COD - RIBS

Includes Soup or Salad & Side

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SUPER PLATTER

Ribs, Crab Cake, Pecan Shrimp, Hawaiian Fish & Dirty Rice

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61 E. University Dr., Mesa • (480) 844-7437 Center & University • Catering Available • Open for Lunch & Dinner

Valuable Coupons on the Web! www.pierdeorleans.com

Catering ~ Dine-In ~ Take-Out ~ Delivery Featuring Authentic Italian Cuisine and Chicago Style Thin Crust Pizza Since 1986

WEEKLY SPECIALS Mondays: all you can eat pasta $9.95 & happy hour until close Tuesday: ½ price bottles of wine Wednesday: ½ off all desserts Thursday: $3 draft beers Sunday: $5 signature drinks & kids eat for $2.50

1947 N. Lindsay Rd. • 480-832-3311 www.vitospizza.com

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BEST WAITER/WAITRESS/BARTENDER

ASHLEY COOPER

Desert Eagle Brewing Company • 150 W. Main St. 480-656-2662 • deserteaglebrewing.com

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artending requires more knowledge than just making a drink. It requires social savvy, customer service and a friendly attitude to keep customers coming back. Bartender Ashley Cooper at Desert Eagle Brewing Company has these traits in spades. Cooper said she thinks a misconception about bartending is that people think it’s an easy job or not as respectable as other occupations. “It’s not like that at all,” Cooper said. “We’re basically just in customer service, all we do is make sure everyone has a great experience wherever we work and then it’s a hard job too, you’ve got a lot you have to take care of and a lot you have to know, you have to be on your toes constantly.” Since opening in 2012, Desert Eagle Brewing Company owners Joe Campbell and

Jeff Bryant pride themselves on their commitment to craft and serve quality beers to their customers. “Meeting new people and getting to interact all the time, it’s a fun environment, it’s a great place,” Cooper said of Desert Eagle Brewing Company. Next time you stop in, try one of Desert Eagle’s beers on tap including their Golden Eagle Wheat, Roman Eagle Pale Ale or their Black Talon R.I.S. “It’s pretty awesome, I’m glad that I was able to keep up my good work and make sure all my customers were happy and that they were kind enough to go out and vote for me,” Cooper said on being voted into the Best Of Mesa for the second year in a row. Visit Desert Eagle during regular hours or happy hour from 3-6 p.m. daily and try one of their hand-crafted beers to complement award-winning customer service.

Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune.

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Beer Research Institute 1641 S. Stapley Drive 480-892-2020 hebeerresearchinstitute.com

EVIT Bistro 13 1353 W. Main St. 480-461-6760 evit.com/services/bakery_culinary_arts

Matt Poltash

BEST SEAFOOD

Sierra Richards

BEST STEAKHOUSE

ANGRY CRAB SHACK

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

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2740 S. Alma School Road • 480-730-2722 • angrycrabshack.com ngry Crab is a privately owned mom-and-popshop. The restaurant offers a delicious boil with all sorts of seafood to select from, including shrimp, crawfish, lobster and Dungeness crab. Their from-scratch boil is a complex combination of herbs and spices that helps bring out the flavor in the meat. A number of more exotic options are available for anyone who is feeling adventurous. Try the frogs’ legs or the alligator nuggets if you feel like taking a trip to the bayou; the po’ boy and oysters make great additions to the menu as well.

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Pete’s Fish & Chips

22 S. Mesa Drive • 480-964-7242 • petesfishandchips.com

1434 S. Alma School Road • 480-461-0790 • Longhornsteakhouse.com

ongHorn Steakhouse is located at Fiesta Mall in Mesa. The restaurant prides itself on providing top-quality steaks at all of its locations. Try bold flavors from the Peak Season and Chef ’s Showcase menus. The lunch menu also features more than 30 combinations, including LongHorn salads and steakhouse burgers. Margaritas and specialty drinks can be paired with dinner. Oh, don’t forget to save room for dessert.

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7555 E. Eagle Crest Drive 480-654-2232 lassendas.com

2613 N. Thunderbird Circle 480-830-6100 steakandstone.com

Las Sendas Golf Club’s The Patio

Steak and Stone


FOOD & DINING

EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF MESA 2016

Prime Steakhouse Featuring Steak on a Stone & Traditional BBQ

Ashley Cooper was recognized by our Best of Mesa voters for her exceptional bartending and customer service at Desert Eagle Brewing Company, 150 W. Main St. Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune

DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS

Happy Hour SundayThursday!

M-F 11am to 3pm

8 Choices at $6.99

(No coupons, No substitutions)

FISH & CHIPS

Buy One for reg. price, Get 2nd for Lunch or Dinner: w/purchase of 2 beverages. Exp. 5/31/16.

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2nd Meal $ 99 50%ofOff equal or lesser value. Not valid on holidays.

Discount up to $10 off. Must present ad to receive offer. Not valid with any other offers or holidays. Expires 5/31/16.

3406 E. Baseline @ Dana Park

NW Corner Val Vista/Baseline

480-633-1580

www.seafoodmarketrestaurant.com

BEST LUNCH UNDER $7.00 (Total Bill)

All You Can Eat Ribs All Day Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

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per person

(ALL OF APRIL)

2613 N Thunderbird Circle,Mesa, AZ 85215 (in the old Anzio’s Landing Building)

480-830-6100

steakandstone.com

Thank You For Pete’s Sake!

THE ORIGINAL FISH & CHIPS Pete’s Has Been Serving Deep Fried Goodness For Over 69 Years!

20% OFF

ANY PURCHASE OVER $8 May not be combined with any other offers or coupon. One coupon per person, per visit. No cash value. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Coupon valid at all 8 Pete’s Fish and Chips. Exp. 6/1/16

Our Prices Can’t Be Beat! 8 Convenient Locations Drive-Thru/Take-Out Our Specialty

FREE

DEEP FRIED BURRITO With any purchase over $8

May not be combined with any other offers or coupon. One coupon per person, per visit. No cash value. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Coupon valid at all 8 Pete’s Fish and Chips. Exp. 6/1/16

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BEST BAKERY/DESSERT

BEST COFFEE SHOP

SWEET CAKES

INSIDE THE BUNGALOW

480-461-9529 • 21 W. Main St.

48 N. Robson • 480-844-2353 • insidethebungalow.com

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n 2011, Inside the Bungalow won “Best Coffee Shop,” and the voters say they have done it again in 2016. The café focuses on producing wholesome, natural, organic and healthy menu items, including primarily sandwiches and salads. However, they also believe firmly in promoting local businesses and coffee and tea growers and their surrounding communities. The coffee and tea menu is much smaller than that of a typical chain coffee shop, like Starbucks, but offers the delicious essentials. “Eating at the Bungalow is like eating at home,” said Betty Freeman, co-owner of Inside the Bungalow.

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weet Cakes celebrated its 10-year anniversary just last year, and it’s no wonder they have been open that long! One look at their so-called “Better Than Sex” brownie or face-sized cinnamon roll will have your mouth watering. Sweet Cakes was even featured on TLC’s “Best Food Ever” TV show. If you just aren’t a “sweets person,” Sweet Cakes also has a relatively large menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. The bakery stands out even more so because even with its high demand, prices on baked goods don’t exceed $3.50. In a world where taking the family out for a treat seems unaffordable, Sweet Cakes is a place where affordability and quality are aplenty.

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Dolce Vita Gelato and Grocery

5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 104 480-218-0225 gelatodolcevita.com

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1353 W. Main St. 480-461-6760 evit.com/services/bakery_culinary_arts

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5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 104 480-218-0225 gelatodolcevita.com

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NANDO’S MEXICAN CAFÉ

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Desert Eagle Brewing Company 150 W. Main St. 480-656-2662 deserteaglebrewing.com

January, so its near-immediate award-winning success is testimony to a menu full of selections ranging from the Southwest Chili Dog to the Peanut Butter Burger. The restaurant strives to be more than the average bar and grill, focusing on customer engagement and satisfaction. The evening lighting is dim, providing an old-timey bar feel. The Kid’s Menu is diverse, but Flip’s might be a better spot for a family lunch rather than a family dinner — remember, it is a full bar. But for those 21 and up, Flip’s happy hour also features an array of inexpensive and delicious food and drink specials.

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Uncle Bear’s Grill and Tap 9053 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101A 480-986-2228 uncle-bears.com

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ooking for a laid-back spot to grab a few drinks after work? Nando’s is the place for you! Not only does the dinner menu have something for even the pickiest eaters, but their happy hour is also sure to never disappoint. From 3-6 p.m. MondayFriday, customers can order anything from Mexican sliders or pizza to chorizo and bean tacos for no more than $8 a plate. Happy hour drinks are also available for $3-$6.50. Guests can order margaritas, draft beers, Coronita Floats or any of their well drinks at unbeatable prices.

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DOLCE VITA GELATO AND GROCERY

5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 104 • 480-218-0225 • gelatodolcevita.com

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olce Via Gelato and Grocery is owned and operated by two true Italians. Walter Bergamaschi and Marti Printy trained near Bologna, Italy, in the art of gelato before opening for business in Arizona. While gelato was their initial passion, the couple has gifted Mesa with their authentic Italian deli cuisine. They use only “true Italian ingredients,” including Salumi (Italian cold cuts), imported cheeses including fresh Mozzarella di Bufala, oils, jellies, sauces, cookies and other necessary Italian groceries like coffee, soda, flour and olives. The deli specializes in sandwiches, particularly paninis and pastas. All menu items from the deli, as well as the gelato, are homemade in store without additives and the freshest, healthiest ingredients they can find.

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1245 W. Baseline Road • 480-820-5374 • z-cafe.net

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BEST PLACE TO SHOP

DANA PARK VILLAGE SQUARE 1758 S. Val Vista Drive 480-584-6181

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ana Park Village Square provides Mesa residents a wide variety of shopping experiences. Food options the likes of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop to RA Sushi, differing stores along the lines of Anthropologie, Jos. A. Bank and Barnes and Noble — there are a total of 100 stores, restaurants and services at the 70-acre shopping center. Featuring cobblestone, plenty of palm trees, marble that gives a sleek modern look and ample parking space, there’s something for everyone at Dana Park Village whether you’re looking to simply go out to eat, shop or immerse yourself in Mesa’s development by the Triple Five of Arizona.

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North Dobson Road and Loop 202 480-874-7526

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1310 E. Southern Ave., Suite 106 • 480-350-7588 • babydollhair.com aby Doll Hair provides more than just haircuts, as they also do nails and makeup, too. Owner Sabrina Miller-Castillo said they have six styling stations and offer pedicures, manicures and that they have a separate company called Baby Doll Weddings, which is in the same location, but has its own space within the salon. Miller-Castillo added that it stays true to being a salon in regards to the atmosphere, and they like to use old-school methods of customer service, such as following up with clients to ensure that they’re satisfied. They use products like Lanza, Moraccan Oil and Keune. Special to The Tribune

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6227 E. McDowell Road • 480-854-4453 ucked away in the Red Mountain Promenade is Happy Feet Nails. The quaint nail salon has walls covered in murals depicting dolphins and penguins, the latter of which might bring to mind the movie “Happy Feet,” and with the ample lighting, it’s a comfortable place to get a manicure or pedicure. The services offered begin at $30 for a full set of nails, while a pedicure costs $25 and manicures start at $15. They also offer eyelash extensions, permanent makeup and facial treatments. Van Ngo, one of the owners of the salon, said he emphasizes customer service, and that is what he has focused on in his attempt to make it the best spa and nail salon possible.

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Cosmos Salon & Day Spa 2837 N. Power Road 480-844-0707 cosmossalonandspa.com

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BEST JEWELER

DICKSON’S JEWELERS 54 W. Main St. • 480-964-5822

business, if I’m not here, I’m not open, so I really pride myself in making my customers happy.” Dickson’s specializes in selling gold, gemstones and diamonds to their loyal customer base and also sell silver and stainless steel jewelry. “I love to dress up and love owning the store because I get to pick the jewelry I sell and I get to wear it and I get to play dress up everyday, it’s so fun,” Skaarup said. Trust your memories to the jeweler with a personal touch. Visit Dickson’s Jewelers to experience their one-of-a-kind customer service.

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ewelry is an extension of someone; it’s not just an object, but a memory that should be handled with care. Dickson’s Jewelers prides themselves on their personal and responsive service that addresses their customer’s jewelry and concerns. Michelle Skaarup, who has been the

owner of Dickson’s Jewelers for the last eight years, said they do whatever they can to make their customers happy. “A lot of times they’re bringing in their memories, a lot of times they’re broken or damaged and we like to bring them back to life for them,” Skaarup said. Dickson’s Jewelers offers full-service

for jewelry and watch repair and complete everything in store so customers can get their jewelry in fixed condition in just a few days. Skaarup said the family business is excited to be voted into the Best Of Mesa and appreciates the recognition. “It makes me feel good that my customers really appreciate what I do. I’m a family

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riding itself on being a judgment-free zone, Planet Fitness offers new or experienced gymgoers an affordable package starting at $8 per month for basic amenities and a $20 program. The latter features privileges that include things like unlimited tanning and access to all Planet Fitness facilities, and some select clubs offer haircut and unlimited hydromassage. There are things like Pizza Mondays, Bagel Tuesdays and a gym class that is limited to five people per session and that provides a 30-minute circuit workout free of charge. The facility has the typical free-weight racks, to the wide array of cardio and weight machine options that line the inside of the facility.

2049 W. Broadway Road • 480-464-1234

nickknacks, furniture, rustic-looking goods and more can be seen among the lanes of Call it New Call it Antique mall. Ryan Erbach, who owns the store with his father, said the 43,000-square-foot building has gone from offering the wares of 46 dealers in 2014 to its current number of 235 dealers that rent out about 350 spaces. But that’s merely the back of the store, as the front showcases the consignment products. Erbach said they offer items that are explainable as mid-century, vintage and retro — just to name a few descriptions — and that they try to appeal to all shoppers.

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BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

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ith the best patients of any practice, Dr. David Warkentin, owner and founder of Verve Wellness Center, says it’s easy to receive the distinction as the Mesa business with the best customer service. Warkentin founded his business to provide a different health care environment. Under the same roof, patients have access to medical, dental, chiropractic and naturopathic care. They can also receive physical therapy, a massage, counseling and participate in yoga and meditation programs. It starts at the entrance, Warkentin said. “I didn’t want people to feel like they were walking into a doctor’s office,” he said. So, he created an office that makes people think they’re walking into a high-end resort. And, his staff spends as much time as needed with each patient. There are no 10-minute appointments at Verve, Warkentin said. Only two patients are scheduled per hour, so each person gets 30 minutes with the doctor. Patients can snack on fresh fruit and pastries in the waiting room or make and drink a latte or other coffee drink while waiting. For the kids, he has PlayStation 3s, XBoxes, movies and hot chocolate. “They never want to leave,” he said with a laugh. Then he decided to be open longer than traditional office hours — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, including through lunch hours; weekends as needed and having staff on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “We are definitely thinking out of the box,” Warkentin said.

And, he makes sure his office keeps up with the changing world, both in equipment and practices. “It’s always been my theory that you have to spend it to earn it,” he said. “If I think it’s good I’ll buy new technology.” Investing in the staff is also important, he said. All the medical providers at Verve have doctorate-level degrees, he said. “There are no PAs here; you see a dentist, a chiropractor or MDs,” he said. Many medical practices hire interim providers, such as physician assistants, Warkentin said, because of financial cutbacks. But, he’s chosen to “go that extra mile for our patients.” Medical practices that follow the plan used by Verve Wellness are becoming more common, he said. And, he’s not ready to stop making things better for his patients. Next up is a renewed focus on opening the Verve Health Care Center at Indian Bend and Loop 101. Warkentin referred to the planned 5-story, 110,000-square-foot building as “gorgeous.” The engineering and design work for the project are finished and permits have been obtained. He’s waiting to see what Congress does related to the Affordable Care Act before finalizing plans for the campus. It would also offer patients essentially any type of medical care they need under one roof, with even more specialists working there. It would also include a teaching facility. “People want customer service back,” Warkentin said.

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rigley Field in Chicago is one of the most beloved parks in the MLB, but in the Valley it’s Sloan Park, the team’s spring training home. The facility brings to this side of the country the quirks of the ivy-laden ballpark, including an outfield lawn that resembles its bleachers. There’s also the opportunity to nosh on Windy City fare like hot dogs.

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Arizona Renaissance Festival

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Christmas Lights at Mesa Arizona Temple 101 S. LeSueur 480-833-1211

ALTA MESA GOLF CLUB

1460 N. Alta Mesa Drive • 480-832-3257 • Altamesagolf.com

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lta Mesa Golf Club is Mesa’s No. 1 option for great golf, social events and dining. The club boasts a champion level 18-hole course with eight lakes stretched across 160 acres. There are also top-notch facilities on the course including a pro-shop, driving and practice areas, and an excellent grill where golfers can unwind after a day on the fairways.

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BEST FAMILY SPOT

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BEST MUSEUM

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 53 N. Macdonald • 480-644-2230 arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org

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athy Eastman, curator of education at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, said her facility has the “wow” factor with dinosaurs that roar and an indoor three-story waterfall. Our readers think so as well, voting the Arizona Museum of Natural History the best museum. But the museum is so much more than dinosaurs and water, she said. “What is really important is welcoming our visitors and providing a fun and special experience accessible to everyone,” she said. Visitors to the Arizona Museum of Natural History can get a variety of interactive experiences such as puzzles, gold panning and digging for a dinosaur. “On March 25, we are hosting the ever-popular Dino Egg Hunt, and during the summer, we have amazing kids’ camps,” Eastman said.

For adults, there’s the Beer N’ Bones fundraiser on April 22. The event is so popular that it regularly sells out. “Adults visiting the museum have the opportunity to view one of the best collections of Mesoamerican and Hohokam artifacts in Arizona, learn about Arizona in the Movies, plus our mineral and mining galleries,” she said. “Many adults enjoy coming with children, but also have fun leaving the kids home and spending time exploring their interests.” Eastman is pleased that that resonates with visitors as well. “As part of the city of Mesa we are very honored to have our visitors hold AzMNH in high esteem,” Eastman explained. “Arts and cultural services are so important and to be voted as part of the top three, we know we are contributing to the quality of life in the East Valley.”

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IMPACT DANCE

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mpact Dance has entered its sixth year of training dancers in the East Valley. Dancers as young as 2 can try out free classes at the newly-expanded Impact Dance facility. The studio offers classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, technique, lyrical, tap, contemporary, tumbling and musical theater and has seven age levels in its company. Company members participate in three competitions and two conventions per season and the top four levels of company compete nationally.

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ears ago, Mesa was in need of an animal hospital, and Dr. Michael Kleban was happy to oblige. In 1994, Kleban founded Red Mountain Animal Hospital and the rest is history. “I have an entrepreneurial spirit,” Kleban said, “I wanted to be able to provide the level of care that I believe in at an affordable price. What better way than by being my own boss?” The hospital is staffed by four full-time veterinarians, including Kleban, and offer a wide and all-encompassing array of animal health care services. Among the services offered at Red Mountain Animal Hospital include animal dentistry, heartworm prevention and testing, radiology and prescription foods along with the standard spay/neutering, surgical and microchipping services for dogs and cats of all ages. Red Mountain Animal Hospital also tries to make things as easy as possible for clients and their pets. The new client form that needs to be completed is available online.

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ritter Caretakers is Mesa’s favorite pet sitter for the third year in a row! The business offers in-home and overnight pet sitting as well as other services throughout Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler with the guarantee that all pets will be treated like family. Owner Dawn Dubelbeis is a life-long animal lover and offers a money-back guarantee if her clients are unhappy with their service.

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The biggest factors, though, are affordability and accessibility. Those are what Kleban strives for in his practice. “Our focus is on making sure that all pet owner’s are able to keep their pets healthy. We keep our care affordable and accessible,” he said. “I think of myself as a general practitioner, offering our clients and their pets primary health care. We know our patients well and strive to provide individualized care plans that meet the needs of every particular patient.”

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BEST DENTIST

DR. ALICE HSIEH

4824 E. Baseline Road, Suite 140 • 480-969-4040 vervewellnesscenter.com

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ike many who pursue the dental field, Dr. Alice Hsieh of the Verve Wellness Center got into it by watching her family. She soon got enraptured in it, getting her degree from the University of California, San Francisco and hasn’t looked back. She takes particular pride in the quality of care she is able to provide. And when she fixes smiles, she likes to make her clients smile as well. “I pride myself in the care and quality of treatment I provide to each and every patient in my chair,” she said. “My goal is for each patient to feel completely at ease with all treatment, to have a clear understanding

of the medicine surrounding my clinical decision making and ultimately, in combination with all of these items, keeping them at ease with a good sense of humor and bedside manner.” Hsiesh’s specialty lies in prosthodontics, which is the specialization of placement of dental implants. But what Hsieh enjoys most is how happy she can make someone by helping them improve their oral health. “The joy of changing a person’s life by creating a gorgeous, healthy smile is one of the intangible rewards of being a dentist that can’t be measured,” she said.

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BEST EYE CARE

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1809 E. University Drive • 480-833-1434 • Advancedeyecareofarizona.com

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ocally-owned House of Hearing offers a multitude of services and the latest in hearing-aid technology. Some services offered at House of Hearing include free tests, consultations and estimates, hearing aid fittings and repairs, and much more. The business sells and services the top brands in hearing, but will provide quick service and repair on any make or model purchased anywhere.

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SECOND PLACE

Fynes Audiology

2058 S. Dobson Road, Suite 9 480-456-0176 fynesaudiology.com

THIRD PLACE

Dr. David McBride, Tri-City Audiology 6553 E. Baywood Ave. 480-648-0606 tri-cityaudiology.com

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Pearson Eye Care Group, Fiesta Mall

1445 W. Southern Ave., Suite 2242 480-345-7520 pearsoneyecare.com

dvanced Eyecare of Arizona is committed to taking care of Mesa’s eye care needs using the latest technology to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries and provide co-management for laser and cataract surgeries. The company is receptive to same-day emergency visits and outside prescriptions. Eyeglasses from Advanced Eyecare of Arizona have two-year warranties. In-house technologies available include 3-D corneal mapping, automated threshold visual field testing, custom contact lenses to fit comfortably in all kinds of eyes, and revolutionary color-vision-deficiency lenses that help patients see color for the first time.

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BEST CHIROPRACTOR

DR. DAVID WARKENTIN

Verve Wellness Center • 4824 E. Baseline Road, Suites 140 and 110 • 480-969-4040 or vervewellnesscenter.com

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erve Wellness Center sprung out of Dr. David Warkentin’s early days in practice when he operated a solo chiropractic office. Warkentin, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, did his undergrad work at the University of Manitoba and earned his doctoral degree in Atlanta. He worked at a practice in Seattle for a couple of years right after graduating. That job is part of the reason he’s made Verve Wellness Center a state-of-the-art facility. The chiropractor he worked with in Seattle wasn’t keen on spending too much money on the office, a fact that still bothers Warkentin. “Who wants to work or go to an office with orange shag carpet? No one,” he said, laughing. Warkentin didn’t like the rain in Seattle much. His parents had a winter home in Arizona, and he visited them for about 20 years. After seeing “guys at the Phoenix airport wearing shorts during the winter,” Warkentin

decided this was the place for his practice. He moved here and opened a solo office in 2001. Just a few years in, he realized it was time to expand. “Single doctor offices are on the way out,” Warkentin said. So he first added a medical component to the office and expanded from there. “People said I couldn’t do that,” he said of adding medical doctors. “That meant I’d go to the ends of the earth to do it.” He now gets approached by solo practitioners who want to become part of a larger — but not enormous — medical group. When a new doctor joins and brings a patient base, “that lets us grow even further,” Warkentin said. He doesn’t consider it at all unusual that he, a chiropractor, owns the facility that also employs medical doctors. “People ask me how MDs feel working with a chiropractor. I tell them they don’t work with me, they work for me, so they better feel OK about it.”

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430 N. Dobson Road, Suite 116 480-969-9775

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BEST ORTHODONTICS

ROBISON ORTHODONTICS

1635 N. Greenfield Road, Suite 103 • 480-615-8888 • robisonortho.com

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f there is one reason why Dr. Tyler Robison got into orthodontics, it’s because of the people. He enjoys helping them, giving back and making them more confident in themselves through fixing their smiles. “I think the best thing is just taking a patient who has gnarly, messed-up teeth and just giving them a (beautiful) smile,” Robison said. “It’s most rewarding when patients are embarrassed to smile and their personality is such where they’re quiet and looking down all the time and then by the end they’re smiling, and they’re happy, and it literally changes their personality.” Coming from a family of dental practitioners, Robsison received his doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Louisville. Having grown up around the profession, he was naturally drawn in.

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5753 E. Brown Road, Suite 101 480-396-3577 macdonaldortho.com

2919 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite 106 480-588-5437 wingorthodontics.com

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But, instead of going the traditional dental route, Robison leaned toward orthodontics instead. “I guess I migrated more toward orthodontics instead of dentistry because it’s such an exciting, uplifting environment,” he said. “People were always happy, people wanted to be there, they were excited to come to the orthodontist. It was a vibrant environment.” And Robison also takes the time to give back as well. He is a part of the Smile Back Foundation, which offers dental scholarships and free dental work to kids who otherwise may not be able to go to the dentist on their own. “For me I just look at what I’ve been blessed with in life and what I have so if I can bring that talent and energy to kids that aren’t able to come in on their own accord and give them that same gift, I think that’s very rewarding,” Robison said.

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BEST HOSPITAL/MEDICAL CENTER

VERVE WELLNESS CENTER 4824 E. Baseline Road, Suites 140 and 110 480-969-4040 • vervewellnesscenter.com

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atients can see a primary care physician, obstetrician or gynecologist, dentists who specialize in endodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery or a doctor who specializes in Chinese medicine, or any combination of the above, all in one office. A goal at Verve Wellness Center is to take care of nearly every need a patient has, owner and founder Dr. David Warkentin said. With the recent opening of Verve Surgical Institute, his practice can now offer routine surgical procedures for its patients. Verve boasts 42 exam rooms and a staff of about 50 people, including about 15 physicians.

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Banner Baywood Medical Center 6644 E. Baywood Ave. 480-321-2000 bannerhealth.com THIRD PLACE

Adelante Health Care Photo by David Jolkovski/Tribune

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