FoxFire Salon and Spa Celebrates 35 Years

Tenacity and perseverance are two traits that have helped FoxFire Salon and Spa reach an impressive milestone—35 years in business. “It was never my intention to be a business owner,” said Karin Walker, founder and owner. “I just wanted to work with my friends doing great hair and having fun in a really nice environment.”

“I was 26 years old and needed $25,000 for the build-out of my first location,” Walker recalled. “I kept getting turned down because the bankers didn’t think I knew what I was doing, and they were right!” Young and fearless, the aspiring salon owner kept applying. Eventually she found the right lender, who by happenstance was also her client. Walker’s parents offered their home as collateral.

The founder’s vision of a high-end salon was the catalyst for FoxFire. The business opened on Feb. 14, 1984, in leased space at the intersection of Center and Orchard Streets in Tacoma. Walker credits her six original employees with playing a huge role in the salon’s overall success. Two still work with her in a staff that now numbers close to 30.

Though Walker describes her start as unintentional, she has kept a keen eye to the future. In 2001 she moved the business to its Fircrest location. She built this salon from the ground up. In 2009 she heard a rumor that a prime location in the Proctor District might soon be available. She contacted the building owner to say she was interested. Just a few months later, she opened this second location.

“It’s been quite the journey, but I’ve enjoyed it,” said Walker. “I’m a people person and have enjoyed working with my team.” She is also proud of the many awards the salons have earned over the years. Most memorable was being recognized in 2013 by Salon Today, the top business publication for owners of salons and spas. FoxFire made its list of the top 200 salons in the country.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

FoxFire Salon and Spa

1912 65th Ave W, Tacoma

2701 North Proctor St, Tacoma

253.565.7765

foxfiresalon.com

Body Condition Scoring for Dogs & Cats

Many dog and cat owners may not be familiar with body condition scoring. But Amanda Evans, manager at Mud Bay Pet Supply, uses it regularly to evaluate her own dog’s health. We talked to Evans about the concept and about evaluating your own dog or cat’s weight.

MB: As humans, we often use the scale to evaluate our weight. Why use the body condition score at Mud Bay?

AE: The body condition score is about the shape of your dog or cat. Healthy weight is about having a proportionate body. A Basset hound that weighs 60 pounds is going to look different from a Labrador that weighs the same. The body condition score is a more effective way to talk about weight.

Humans, too, consider height, and also body mass index. We look at where we’re carrying weight and if that weight is muscle or fat.

MB: Let’s say I want to evaluate my dog or cat’s body condition score. How do I figure out if she scores a healthy three?

AE: It all comes down to appearance and feel. Look at the top of the animal and look for a clear “waist” definition. An animal should have some curve when looking at the back. It should not have just a straight line from chest to hips. You also want to see an abdominal “tuck” from the side. The stomach should form a diagonal line from chest to the back legs and hips. Feel for the ribs. Dogs and cats have varying amounts of hair, but you should be able to feel the ribs as clearly as you can feel the bones in the back of your hand. If the ribs are really obvious, the animal is scored under a three. If you can barely feel the ribs, or can’t feel them at all, the animal is over a three.

MB: What if I don’t feel comfortable assessing body condition on my own?

AE: Take your animal to someone in animal health care that you feel comfortable talking to, whether in a store or at an animal hospital. Don’t be ashamed if your dog or cat gets a bit over a three or is a bit under. It is easy enough to fix. At Mud Bay, we care about weight because a healthy weight can dramatically increase an animal’s lifespan and its quality of life.

COURTESY OF MUD BAY

For Additional Information

blog.mudbay.com/quick-tips-for-figuring-out-your-dog-or-catsbody- condition-score

Linnea’s Unique Boutique Continues to Grow

Linnea Grantham dreamed of one day following in her father’s footsteps. “My father owned a European gift shop just outside of Boston and my sisters and I practically grew up in the shop,” recalls Grantham. “I always wanted to have a gift shop of my own one day.”

Grantham’s opportunity came knocking in the fall of 2015. Capital Medical Center in Olympia was looking for a vendor to establish an independently owned gift shop at the hospital. Grantham, who also owns a successful promotional products company with her husband, enthusiastically answered. “It was one of the scariest and most exciting decisions I’ve made because it had always just been a dream,” she says. “But I knew I had to try.”

Linnea’s Unique Boutique, opened in December 2015, quickly garnered rave reviews from hospital staff and the general public. The shop’s 300-square-foot space is filled wall-to-wall with fun and eclectic gifts, a little sarcastic humor and plush animals. “I only stock things that I would personally buy,” the owner explains. “I love everything in here.”

About a year after opening, the shop’s popularity got the attention of Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Grantham was invited to open a second shop. “I’ve always said that Linnea’s is not your typical ‘hospital gift shop,’ but a gift shop that happens to be in a hospital.”

The Overlake space is more than twice the size of the Olympia location. Their distance apart of nearly 70 miles, with a lot of freeway traffic, makes running the two locations geographically challenging. But, says Grantham, “I have a wonderful, supportive staff at both shops, who I can’t say enough good about. They make it all possible.”

In April, Linnea’s opens in a third location, the Lacey/Hawks Prairie area. Customers will be delighted at the new shop, says Grantham. They will find items that are offered only in the Lacey shop.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

Linnea’s Unique Boutique

3900 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia
facebook.com/LinneasDreamOlympia

1035 116th Ave NE, Bellevue
facebook.com/LinneasDreamBellevue

6715 Martin Way E, Lacey
facebook.com/LinneasDreamLacey

Public Market at Point Ruston

CHI Franciscan and Point Ruston are proud to announce that CHI Franciscan’s Northwest Healthy campaign will be the lead sponsor of The Public Market at Point Ruston. This partnership, through the campaign’s commitment to nurturing the community’s well-being, will support the new public market and provide wellness education and interactive opportunities to live Northwest Healthy lives.

The Public Market at Point Ruston will feature two prominent Northwest Healthy spaces, including the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen and the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen. The Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen will provide an open, inviting space for local market vendors to showcase their products, work with local chefs, interact with people, and allow shoppers to watch, ask questions, and get recipes. The Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will offer a full kitchen, open seating area, and the ability to transform the space for community and private meetings and events.

“We are committed to our mission of creating healthier communities by supporting programs and resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle.” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. Their partnership with Point Ruston, Patel says, “will provide our neighbors and families with an environment that promotes incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives.”

“Fresh food is an essential ingredient to a Northwest Healthy lifestyle, and the kitchens will help the community explore the important relationship between food and nutrition,” says Holly Martindale, registered dietitian at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Making healthy choices when shopping and learning how to prepare delicious, well-balanced meals will keep individuals and their families healthy for generations to come.”

Built across 97 acres, Point Ruston is a waterfront resort-inspired village that encourages people to walk, bike, and be active. Building vibrant community spaces is the central component of Point Ruston – and a key element to creating Northwest Healthy communities.

“Our vision from the beginning was to convert and repurpose this beautiful waterfront property, reclaiming it from its industrial past and creating a place where kids, families, visitors and the community alike can play, eat, and relax as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Point Ruston’s Managing Director Loren Cohen. “Point Ruston is excited and appreciative of CHI Franciscan’s support to bring this vision to reality.”

More information on how to request to use the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen or the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will be announced in early Fall 2019.

For more information:

www.chifranciscan.org

https://www.pointruston.com/


MARTINA PRESTON


Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather often awakens a desire to get outside and be active. But seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat need to use caution when making plans in the sun.

Put on Your Walking Shoes

Walking is an excellent physical activity. And doing so in a park or forest is a great way to connect with nature. Joining a group can also be an easy way to meet new friends. Choose terrain—and supportive shoes—suitable for your activity level and balance.

Take an Exercise Class

Get your endorphins flowing! Yoga, pilates or tai chi can all improve balance and flexibility, decreasing the chance of falling. Water aerobics is good for those with arthritis or chronic pain. Or try low-impact sports such as horseshoes, miniature golf, bocce ball, bean bags, badminton or croquet.

Get Outside and Garden

Gardening can be as calming and relaxing as an hour of meditation. Digging, planting and weeding can improve strength, flexibility and agility. If you don’t have a garden, consider volunteering at a local park.

Lighten Up Your Diet

With fruits and vegetables coming into season, it’s time to enjoy salads, light soups and other lighter fare. Farmers markets provide an opportunity to get outdoors and select healthful foods for dinner.

Stay Hydrated

As we age, our ability to notice thirst may decrease, so keep an eye on your water intake, especially when you’re outdoors in the sun. At home, drink water and herbal tea rather than other beverages.

Watch for Allergies

Summertime can mean allergy season, so pay attention to allergy forecasts. Untreated allergies are uncomfortable and can lead to breathing problems or sinus infections. Your doctor can recommend or prescribe a treatment to help prevent serious respiratory problems.

Check the Side Effects of Your Prescriptions

Some medications increase sun sensitivity. Find out whether you need to take extra precautions. Following other suggestions on this list will help you avoid problems.

Relish the Outdoors

Enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic! Just remember to pick an area with comfortable seating and shade, even if it’s in your own backyard. Bird-watching and photography are two other pastimes to stimulate the mind and body. If you love to shop, flea markets are a fun summertime activity. Just remember to protect yourself with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and bug repellent.

KELLY LENIHAN

Service at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios.

Based in Puyallup, the dentist-owned company—with 14 locations, 37 dentists and more than 180 employees in the South Puget Sound—has customer service at the core of its mission.

“We try to treat people the way we would want to be treated,” says owner and CEO Dr. Steven Broughton, who bought his first office from a former dentist in Puyallup in 1997. “People say our practice feels like we’re all neighbors, like they’re just going down the street for friendly dental care.”

With hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including Saturdays, doctors available 24/7, free consultations, same-day appointments, and entire-family same-day care, Light Dental Studios has solutions patients need. “We’re trying to make dentistry effortless by making it about our patients, not the dentists,” says Broughton. “Our schedule accommodates their schedule, not the other way around. Our doctors are always available, and almost all procedures are done in-house.”

Besides standard dental checkups, treatments and other services, Light Dental Studios offers on-site orthodontics, implants, surgeries and dentures. Children’s dental care is also offered. In fact, the offices frequently schedule care for entire families side-by-side on the same day to save time.

Light Dental Studios also gives back to the community at the annual South Sound Free Dental Day. That’s when the staff donates its time and skills to give away more than $90,000 worth of dental work—including fillings and extractions—on a first come, first-served basis. “We want patients to feel comfortable,” Broughton says. “Our first goal is to provide same-day treatment.” Broughton notes that Light Dental Studios will continue to add offices over the upcoming years in growing family locations.

He attributes the increasing growth of his practice to the convenience for patients of evening and Saturday hours and same-day appointments.

LEAH GROUT

LIGHT DENTAL STUDIOS
lightdentalstudios.com

Wellfound Behavioral Health

Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, a joint venture between CHI Franciscan and MultiCare Health System, opened its doors to welcome patients on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The new $45 million nonprofit hospital will bring transforming healing in behavioral health care for Washington state.

“Our mission is to serve all those in need,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. “The need for access to behavioral health care and services continues to escalate throughout our state. Together with MultiCare, we recognized our shared responsibility to help address this crisis. Wellfound will serve as a critical resource not only for patients, but for providers and first responders to better assist individuals in need of specialized care and support.”

“We have looked forward to this day for a long time, and we know that Wellfound will have a profound and positive impact on our community by increasing rapid access to behavioral health services,” says Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare. “Thanks to our partnership with CHI Franciscan we are now able to address the vital need for more inpatient psychiatric beds in our community.”

As the two largest health systems in Pierce County, CHI Franciscan and MultiCare formed a unique joint venture in 2014 called the Alliance for South Sound Health to build and operate the new behavioral health hospital. Wellfound was designed with patient safety, experience and high-quality care at the forefront. Everything from the layout, architecture, calming aesthetics, natural lighting and artwork and nautical theme of the 67,000 square-foot hospital are designed for safety, healing and hope.

The hospital will provide voluntary and involuntary admissions with a focus on general adult psychiatric care for ages 18 and older with common psychiatric conditions such as acute depression, suicidal tendencies, self-injury, mania, psychosis and anxiety. Professional clinicians will treat behavioral health and co-existing secondary medical or chemical dependency conditions.

“Our goal is to provide care at the time it is needed through our highly trained doctors, nurses, licensed therapists and mental health professionals. We are focused on treating the whole person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual states of well-being,” said Maureen Womack, CEO of Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital. “Adults experiencing a mental health crisis will have a safe, calm environment, and comprehensive clinical services to ensure a seamless transition back into the community.”

In the beginning, Wellfound will provide inpatient behavioral care for a limited number of adults, accepting referrals from hospital emergency rooms, first responders, and crisis centers. Individuals and walk-ins will be evaluated by a skilled assessment team to determine the level of care and treatment needed, and based on evaluation, may be admitted pending bed availability. The hospital will open its beds in phases, starting with eight inpatient and six crisis-stabilization beds, with more added over time. When fully up and running, the freestanding, two-story hospital will offer 120 inpatient beds and serve approximately 5,000 patients annually.

multicare.org/wellfound-behavioral-health-hospital/

http://www.southsound.wa.networkofcare.org/mh/



Senior Wellness: Tips for Health this Spring

Most people, especially seniors, tend to slow down during the winter, so spring—when nature is waking up again—is the perfect time to get moving. Whether you’re living independently, living in a senior community, living with a family member or caring for one, these spring health tips are sure to rejuvenate and inspire.

“Spring up” your diet by eating foods fertile in the spring season as a healthy way to shed those winter pounds naturally. Foods that are in season during the spring include leafy greens, strawberries, baby asparagus, and seasonal fish and shellfish.

To keep your body running at peak performance, it needs regular maintenance: a spring tune-up, so to speak. Dr. Lu Gao, board-certified internist at Pacific Medical Centers, offers the following tips:

  1. Keep warm as the season transitions from winter to spring. Even as temperatures start to rise, it’s important not to switch to spring/summer garments until outdoor temperatures stabilize.
  2. If you’re no fan of ice and snow, your whole world may expand once the spring sun settles in and thaws out the land. Stay active with daily outdoor exercises, ranging from 30 to 45 minutes. Moderate physical exercises are best to keep your heart rate at a safe range of 40–50 percent. These activities may include brisk walking or gardening, easily fitting into your daily routine.
  3. Be careful of obstacles to prevent falls both inside the house and outdoors. To be extra-cautious, use aids like walking sticks or canes whenever appropriate and possible. It is also important to ensure that footwear is securely on and supportive of your feet.
  4. Springtime can mean the beginning of allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, take or continue your allergy medications, and be aware of pollen exposure during springtime. Pollen counts are the highest between 5 and 10 a.m., so try to reduce excessive exposure during that time frame by staying inside, wearing a mask or taking antihistamines.
  5. Stay hydrated. As we age, our ability to notice thirst may decrease, so it’s important to keep an eye on water intake, especially when you’ve been outdoors in the sun.
  6. Stay up to date on immunizations and other health screenings.

When your body is tired and your joints are sore, finding the motivation to be active is easier said than done. Even the smallest steps, however, can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Start with just one or two of these health tips and work your way up from there.

https://www.pacificmedicalcenters.org/who-we-are/lu-gao/

KELLY LENIHAN

Treating Pain/Reducing Risk of Opioid Abuse

If you’ve ever undergone a surgical or dental procedure, your doctor may have prescribed an opioid, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, or morphine, to reduce your pain. Properly used, these drugs can be very effective. Improper use, however, can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, eventually leading to addiction.

Responsible prescribing and use of opioids is important to the physicians at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. “We want to minimize pain for people after surgery and treat their chronic pain as well as we can, while also leading the way in educating the community about new prescribing guidelines and limits, and why they’ve been introduced,” explains Dr. Douglas Taylor, who is board-certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain management.

When an individual undergoes a procedure at Olympia Orthopaedics, says Taylor, a key conversation that takes place is about expected pain after the procedure and the treatment for that pain. “We stress that prescribed opioids are to be used as a rescue medication in times when pain is really severe,” he says. Patients are encouraged to use alternative methods for pain control. These may include icing the area, using pain patches or taking over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen. Also commonly used during surgery are nerve blocks, which can minimize pain for up to several days, says Taylor.

Prescribing smaller quantities of opioid medications means that fewer pills end up left over and at risk of getting into the wrong hands. “People with opioid addiction often report that they started with prescription medicines that were in the home of a family member who’d recently had surgery,” says Taylor. “We’re trying to minimize this chance by reducing the amount [of drugs] that get into the community in the first place.”

Olympia Orthopaedic physicians employ many pain treatments, including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and injection therapies. “We are dedicated to helping our patients heal and minimizing their pain in safe and appropriate ways,” says Taylor.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
3901 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia
360.709.6230
olyortho.com

Fresh from the Farm: Get Your Share

South Sound residents are lucky to have an abundance of farmers markets in the local area. Nearly every day of the week, you can connect with local agricultural producers throughout Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties. They offer high-quality produce and other locally sourced products like honey, flowers, eggs and meat. And to become truly part of the regional agricultural system, you can enroll in a farm share program.

Much like your Netflix or magazine subscription, a Community Supported Agriculture farm share connects you directly to the source of fresh, seasonal produce chosen for you by your local farmer. Often referred to as farm boxes, CSA shares are offered in a variety of sizes based on the number of people in a household. They are typically available June through October, but some farms go year round. A few farms offer egg and flower shares as well.

Farm boxes can be picked up at the farm, at local drop points such as office buildings or front porches, and even at farmers markets. Members often get additional perks such as custom recipes based on the weekly delivery or opportunities to harvest items on the farm, such as flowers or herbs.

If you opt for picking up weekly at the farm, you get to watch plants develop from sprouting to harvest. You get the chance to reconnect with our region’s agrarian roots.

Farmers benefit greatly from having shareholders, and you help farmers stay viable, thus increasing your support of the local food supply. When you commit to eating in season by subscribing to a CSA, you can be sure that you are making a healthy choice for both yourself and the community.

HILLARY RYAN

For Additional Information
pugetsoundfresh.org/find-csa
farmerspal.com/region/washington