Below is an excerpt from the Pique Newsmagaine’s Best of Whistler 2018. This is a summary of the Health and Wellness winners. Please reference the full article at the Pique’s website https://piquenewsmagazine.com
HEALTH AND FITNESS
From the Pique Newsmagazine article on the Best of Whistler 2018. I encourage you to read the full list of the Best of Whistler at this link. The photos used below were in the original article and are copywrite of coastphoto.com along with the respective photographer. https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/best-of-whistler-2018/Content?oid=1255961
BEST SPA: SCANDINAVE SPA
best Spa Scandinave Spa – PHOTO BY BRAD KASSELMAN – COASTPHOTO.COM
Whistler might be best known for offering plenty of options to be active and push the limits, but the opportunities to relax in this resort town are just as abundant. When it comes to relaxation, no one does it better than the Scandinave Spa. That said, it should come as no surprise to see the nordic-style spa voted back on top of the list this year.
“We are honoured to win the best spa in Whistler again this year, it’s a fantastic achievement and evidence that we are achieving our mission at Scandinave Spa; to offer a haven for personal renewal, in the age-old tradition of the Scandinavian baths, where mind and body find peace,” writes spa director Simmone Lyons in an email.
With steam rooms, saunas, fire pits, hot and cold baths and relaxation areas scattered around the picturesque property, coupled with their team of skilled massage technicians on hand, it’s the perfect place to head for some peace and quiet.
The Spa at Nita Lake in Creekside came second, with Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge voted into the bronze-medal position.
BEST CHIROPRACTIC FACILITY: WHISTLER CHIROPRACTIC
There’s nothing that puts a bigger crank in your day than back pain—or any kind of pain, for that matter.
Luckily for all the active residents and visitors who spend time in Whistler, Whistler Chiropractic has been around to provide care for many of those issues for more than 20 years—whether you’re an elite athlete prepping for a competition or a weekend warrior ready for a big day on the slopes. Led by Dr. Keith Ray, Dr. Jacqueline Brusset and Dr. Patrick Shuen, the clinic offers traditional chiropractic and soft-tissue techniques, in addition to registered massage therapy and traditional Chinese medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicine.
Locals voted Dr. Bologna (out of Blue Highways) into the second-place spot, and Dr. Adam Underhill Chiropractic (out of Coast Medical) into third.
BEST PHYSIOTHERAPY OR MASSAGE FACILITY: BACK IN ACTION PHYSIOTHERAPY
When most people think about physiotherapy, they typically think of heading into an office for a standard appointment.
But at Back in Action Physiotherapy—voted the best physiotherapy or massage facility for the second consecutive year—their services extend right into the community’s phones.
“We try and make it as easy as possible for our clients … and we create a lot of access to resources for free,” says Back in Action’s office manager Ainslie Conway. Those resources include concussion materials, prehabilitation tools in preparation for ski and bike seasons, and their new SKIRAD app.
“We can use that to give people exercises, there’s self-assessment tools, there’s advice on nutrition, there’s advice on concussions, that sort of thing,” Conway explains.
When it comes to concussions, Back In Action’s step-by-step guides are available to help clients work through their brain injury, she adds. “A lot of people who are coming in don’t necessarily have family around them, and they don’t have someone to recognize when things are going wrong, so we give those tools to them. It’s sort of like a concussion action plan.”
The facility also focuses on getting involved in the community, whether it’s through its free seminars or its work with the Whistler Community Services Society’s concussion support group.
In second place this year was Peak Performance Physiotherapy. Lifemark Whistler Physiotherapy took third.
BEST DENTAL PRACTICE: CREEKSIDE DENTAL
Despite the fact that Creekside Dental has taken the Best Dental Practice win many years in a row, office manager Marjorie Ordona was still surprised to receive the call with the good news this year.
The main reason? They’ve grown so used to receiving that call, she was surprised to hear a different reporter that usual on the other end of the line this year. “You caught me off guard,” Ordona says with a laugh. “I usually get the call from Dan Falloon!”
Ordona attributed Creekside Dental’s consistent results in Best of Whistler to its staff’s commitment to clients, whether they be longtime locals or visitors referred by their hotel’s concierge. “We’re passionate about what we do, we love coming to work and we’re so invested in our patients that it makes it easy,” she says. “In a small community like Whistler, we’re tightknit.”
The practice has also seen a change in management in 2018. Dr. Julian Truong became a partner, after first starting with Creekside Dental as an associate in 2012. “I know he’ll be super stoked (to hear of the win),” Ordona says.
Whistler Dental followed in second place, while Whistler Smiles finished in third.
BEST MEDICAL CLINIC: WHISTLER MEDICAL CLINIC
best medical clinic Whistler Medical Clinic – PHOTO BY MARTEN BELL – COASTPHOTO.COM
BEST MEDICAL CLINIC Whistler Medical Clinic
Another repeat champion in this year’s Best of Whistler contest is Whistler Medical Clinic (WMC). It’s easy to see why the clinic, open 365 days a year and conveniently located on top of the Whistler Health Care Centre, was locals’ top choice for another year.
“It’s great that people recognize our efforts at WMC,” writes Jocelyn Read, practice manager at Whistler Medical Clinic, in an email. “It is a challenging time for healthcare in Whistler, with clinics closing and doctors leaving—many people have been left without a (general practitioner). Three years ago, there were 12 family practice doctors in Whistler and now we are down to seven.
“We try our best to accommodate the community by providing family practice, same-day and walk-in services—it makes for some crazy days lately, but we truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding,” she adds. “Our patients are very lovely and the partners at WMC are a great bunch of (doctors and) people and that helps make our environment a great place to work.
“Thank you, Whistler, for voting for us… We truly appreciate it.”
This year’s runner-up was Coast Medical Clinic, with Town Plaza Medical Clinic rounding out the top three.
BEST FITNESS FACILITY: MEADOW PARK SPORTS CENTRE
In a town as small as Whistler, it’s difficult to leave the house without running into someone you know.
But nowhere is that more true than at Meadow Park Sports Centre.
“It’s a real gathering place for the community. You walk in the front doors, you recognize people in the pool and people on the ice,” says Mayor Jack Crompton of the municipally run facility. As a community, “we love recreation and we love that place,” he adds.
That’s just one of many reasons why Meadow Park continues to come out on top year after year in the Best Fitness Facility category—in fact, “we’re looking for new competition,” Crompton says with a laugh. However, those competitors will have to bring their A game: Meadow Park stands out from the crowd with its NHL-sized ice rink, swimming pool, squash courts, weight room and fitness studio (all for some of the most reasonable prices in town).
The list of amenities will only improve in the coming year. Thanks to a $400,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Whistler’s Emerald Foundation, construction is set to begin on an expansion of the cardio room and inclusion of a dedicated public-use stretching area in 2019.
Fitness and indoor climbing gym Whistler Core earned second place, while newly opened Creekside facility Altitude Fitness sprang onto the scene in third.
BEST YOGA/PILATES FACILITY: YYOGA WHISTLER
best Yoga Facility YYoga Whistler – PHOTO BY BRAD KASSELMAN – COASTPHOTO.COM
BEST YOGA FACILITY YYoga Whistler
When yogis walk through the doors of YYoga Whistler in Function Junction, they don’t have to wait for a hot yoga class to begin before feeling the warmth.
“It’s kind of like a nice hug when you come into the studio,” says Laura Ward, studio manager at YYoga Whistler, of the welcoming, open-to-all vibe the Function Junction studio strives to foster.
YYoga’s Whistler location has reclaimed the top spot this year after dropping out of the top three in 2017. “We’re so grateful. That’s amazing,” Ward says of the win, chalking it up to “consistency—and just awesome teachers.”
“Our studio is extremely consistent with the quality of classes we offer and the clarity around what students can expect when they come into class. Every class is taught so that a beginner can enjoy but also so the advanced practitioner has the option to take the pose to where they want to go,” she adds.
Yogacara Whistler claimed the second spot this year, while Loka Yoga landed in third.