John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 15 years scaling rocks, the AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor??who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip??now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested.
Structure Therapeutic Massage and Body Work owner and founder Jeanette Falu-Bishop began her massage-therapy career on U.S. military bases in Germany, where she provided more than 1,000 hours worth of massages for wounded servicemen. In recognition of her dedication and work, Jeanette received a Presidential Volunteer Award in 2006, signed by former president George W. Bush. Today, she and her staff mollify muscular discomfort with soothing therapeutic treatments and relaxing massages in a variety of modalities, including deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, and hot-stone therapy. The team uses refreshing essential oils to complement treatments, which can increase blood flow, improve skin tone, promote joint flexibility, and restore the body's ability to escape awkward situations by melting and seeping under door cracks.
Doctors of Chiropractic Kurt Perkins and Ron Salvaggione believe that health is more than the lack of painful symptoms. True well-being stems from lifestyle choices that contribute to a balanced body. To help guide clients toward holistic wellness, they use a series of chiropractic techniques, which targets the underlying neuromuscular imbalances that can cause fatigue, chronic pain, or an inability to win a staring contest against your own reflection. Their care goes beyond alleviating current ailments, however. The doctors also help each patient understand how everyday posture and emotional states can affect overall health and how being conscious of them can help prevent the resurgence of pain.
Crossfit Pandora’s Box welcomes students of all fitness levels to one-hour Crossfit classes held seven days a week. Head trainer Tamara Gray motivates students to demolish their self-perceived barriers during strength and conditioning workouts that vary daily. Drawing from the same principles as police-academy and military special-ops training, the total-body fitness regimen utilizes a rotating cast of equipment that includes kettlebells, tires, and spiked maces to scare calories out of hiding. The co-ed group setting fosters a communal atmosphere, filling the expansive workout studio with echoes of shouts and booming high-fives.
Dr. Randel B. Wing of Premier Acupuncture Clinic, who's board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, heads a staff who helps patients find balance and wellness through a range of holistic treatments. Acupuncture—insertion of fine needles at key points on the body—facilitates the flow of qi along energy pathways, bringing equilibriums thrown off by wayward somersaults back into balance. The clinic employs other traditional Chinese treatments, such as Chinese herbs, for an extensive list of maladies including addiction, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
He may be master of multiple laser systems, but Dr. Robert T. Motazedi is not looking to blow up the moon. Rather, the chief of The Colorado Laser Clinic has set his sights on destroying sun spots, acne, and even tired tattoos with his aesthetic laser treatments. The doctor, along with his certified and trained assistants, has wielded laser power to remove unwanted hair for more than 15 years. For jobs not fit for a laser, the doc calls upon Physician’s Choice chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and doses of Restylane, Sculptra, and Botox.