Growing up on a farm granted Ryan and Shane Stonemetz a firsthand look at the injustices of the industrial-food market. The brothers watched their father and grandfather toil daily to make ends meet and subsequently swore off entering the family business. However, as the pair established their adult lives in Portland and Seattle, they realized that injustices live forever unless someone puts up a fight.
And so began ProFarm Produce, a small farm-to-customer enterprise that lowers prices for shoppers and increases wages for farmers by eliminating the middleman. The company started with nothing more than a 12-foot truck and a bed full of organic cherries, but it has since grown to a fleet of trucks thanks to an extra-potent fertilizer that's safe for automobiles' digestion. The expanding staff transports ProFarm's bounty to 20 area farmers' markets and various wholesale clients. ProFarm also participates in a CSA program that provides weekly boxes of fresh, local produce to participants in surrounding communities.
The pain-management and internal specialists at Well Balanced Acupuncture share a common goal—helping their clients heal and find balance. To do so, they use traditional Chinese-medicine techniques, including acupuncture, cupping, and herbal remedies to promote well-being. These techniques can help treat health concerns that range from sports injuries and allergies to digestion problems and anxiety. Herbal-medicine treatments can also target infertility by using acupuncture and herbs to increase blood flow, thereby stimulating the ovaries and boosting fertility. Jesse Liberty brings his background in human physiology and experience working with athletes to Well Balanced Acupuncture, where he incorporates Chinese-medicine techniques with western modalities to help clients with any ailment, whether it's a sports-related injury or insomnia or allergies.
Amy Fagin knows that every client has specific needs, whether it’s to loosen up tight muscles or boost weak blood circulation. Armed with more than 13 years of experience and her knowledge of numerous massage modalities, she addresses these distinctive needs by designing personalized treatments that work to rejuvenate both body and mind. Amy uses Swedish massage to relax overstressed musculature and can also rely on deep-tissue work, trigger-point therapy, or heated volcanic stones to treat the underlying causes that contribute to chronic pains. For an added boost, the center performs facials and seaweed gel wraps, which work to nourish the skin and attract the attention of wealthy merman suitors.
Some people never use their brain to its full potential, whereas others stretch their brain far beyond its potential—and try to take over the world. At Power Brain Training Center, certified brain-education trainers fuse traditional Asian mind-body practices with the principles of neuroscience to create a curriculum that teaches adults and children how to properly manage the power of their brains. The center utilizes its own five steps of brain education to help people reduce stress, improve concentration, lose weight, and have those long-awaited telepathic conversations with their pets. The trainers use a combination of physical exercise to amp up blood circulation and mental-fitness exercises to help the brain become more adaptable. Mindful breathing and confidence-building exercises work to release negative emotions and refresh the brain. Finally, the trainers teach their pupils to implement the principles of their training in daily life to help students master and control their brain's potential for good.
Hypnotist Charlene uses hypnotherapy to help her clients focus on what needs to change in their lives. Tapping into the subconscious, she can help clients decrease their stress levels, lose weight, and eliminate bad habits. She also dispenses tarot and astrology readings—techniques she has studied for nearly 30 years. Both techniques aim to help clients better understand their personal relationships, find appropriate career paths, and even communicate with the deceased.
More than anything, licensed massage therapist Alissa Kipp wants to foster a safe and nurturing space for the mind and body so clients can engage in deep relaxation. That's an easy feat given her level of expertise. She has an expansive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, and specializes in trauma recovery for the head, neck, and shoulders. Her techniques range from flowing Swedish strokes to firmer deep-tissue pressure.