Dr. Spencer Niemann restores feet and ankles to optimal health with a comprehensive list of services that includes orthotics, care for wounds and the effects of diabetes, minor surgeries, and laser therapy for nail fungus. His philosophy is based on friendly, personal care as well as on a holistic sense of how the health of the feet informs whole-body wellness—and informs the feet’s owners about what the shins have been up to lately. Additionally, Dr. Niemann is bilingual and can assist both English- and Spanish-speaking patients.
Foothills Golf Group’s four golf courses each carry the company’s signature: immaculately groomed sweeping landscapes. The 7,142-yard behemoth that is Club West Golf Club showcases this purity of the turf with a challenging course design filled with elevation changes and stunning views of the surrounding hillsides. The Duke At Rancho El Dorado and The Foothills Golf Club represent classic Arizona golf, leading players along a lush emerald carpet that winds through a desert landscape peppered with shrubs and cacti. The 6,713-yard Ahwatukee Country Club rounds out the portfolio with a fair layout that challenges all skill levels to keep the ball out of the desert sands haunted by the ghost of Peter O'Toole's caddy.
Scottsdale Center for Sight's founder, Dr. Paul M. Petelin, knows eye surgery—he's completed more than 10,000 LASIK surgeries, and is often the one other doctors go to when they're faced with a challenging case in their own practices and are tired of writing notes to the Eye Fairy. With Dr. Petelin at the helm, the center's patients can rest easy, whether they're getting a quick eye exam or going in for a more significant treatment. Dr. Petelin clarifies vision with cataract and lens-implant surgery, and diagnoses and treats glaucoma and age-related retinal diseases through surgery, medication, or laser treatments. As one of the first in the state to perform all-laser LASIK, the center specializes in bladeless LASIK corrective surgery, which is said to result in fewer surgical complications and gives patients more peace of mind.
For once, it’s OK to play in the mud: in each of the Terrain Mud Runs, racers compete in a challenging race through the muck of a 3- or 5-mile obstacle course. Before the race starts, you’ll store a clean change of clothes in a gear tent. Put on a race T-shirt (provided to each participant), affix a timing computer chip to your shoe, and then head to the starting line to race against the others, climbing on monkey bars, crawling through tubes, scaling cargo nets, and dodging soap salesmen. At the end of the course, you’ll head to the terrain village for an afterparty.
The awards don’t end there: the organizers hand out more specialized awards, such as fastest man and fastest woman in different age groups, rewards for best-dressed teams, and an award for the largest team. You’ll also get to enjoy beer, food, and music with family, friends, and other racers.
At Whirlwind Golf Club, 36 holes appear as emerald gashes on the surrounding arid landscape while the Superstition Mountains and Sierra Estrella paint a craggy buffer between the horizon and the blue skies above. The verdant path is divided into two 18-hole courses—Cattail and Devil's Claw—each measuring more than 7,000 yards from the longest tees. On Cattail, the longer of the two, three large ponds and a stream intersect the course, along with numerous bunkers, canyons, and tumbleweeds unafraid to roll right over putting lines. Devil's Claw, meanwhile, pits players against many of the same elements, including blind tee shots and classic risk-reward gambles over watery doglegs.
The Cattail Course at a Glance:
The Devil's Claw Course at a Glance:
The team at Cottam Health Partners draws on training in a massive range of disciplines. Chiropractic doctor Neil Cottam has ben practicing for two decades, learning about techniques including lumbar flexion distraction and drop-table adjustment. Chiropractic care corrects misalignments and improves nerve communication between the brain and organs in the body. Under Neil’s supervision, the certified massage therapists knead and rub muscles to reduce mental and physical fatigue and improve range of motion after hard workouts or appearances in an infomercial about how dangerous trampolines are.