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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Benjamin Coon, D.D.S., and his wife Erica Brucker Coon, purchased Glenwood Meadows Dental in April 2010. The practice offers general family dentistry, dentistry sub-specialties and dental wellness and hygiene for children, adults and seniors at its convenient Glenwood Meadows shopping center location in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Re-establishing roots that run deep in the Roaring Fork Valley with a long-term aspiration to build their permanent practice amid family, lifelong friends and associates, the Coons recently relocated from Rapid City, S.D.

There, Dr. Coon served as General Dentist and Dental Officer for the United States Air Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Erica Brucker Coon was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Basalt High School before attending college at Montana State University in Bozeman, where the couple met.

Her family’s business, Brucker Brothers 3-D Iron, is recognizable to many in the region for its longstanding construction work that has resulted in much of the infrastructure of the upper Roaring Fork Valley and in many of Aspen’s finest homes and commercial buildings.

Glenwood Meadows Dental employs two of the Roaring Fork Valley’s most sought-after dental hygienists, Katherine Harvey and Iris Metzger, both of whom have an enthusiastic following for their gentle and thorough care.

When the Coons are not running their business, they enjoy family time with their two young children, Chloe and Carter. In their off-time the Coon family can be found camping, skiing, mountain biking, boating, and traveling in the state and region.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center presents a series of workshops focused on a range of topics for existing business owners and start-up enterprises.

The workshops will be presented in conjunction with Colorado Mountain College by advisors and mentors of the center. All workshops take place at 817 Colorado Ave. #107, Glenwood Springs.

The workshops will also be available by audio/web conference during the live presentation. Cost is $30 per workshop for the general public; and $20 for clients, advisors and mentors of the center and members of participating chambers of commerce.

To register, visit and click on Education and Training; or call (970) 945-5158.

Additional business workshops are presented by Colorado Mountain College in topics including Quickbooks, Financial Management, Conflict Resolution and more.

Schedule of remaining workshops:

• Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m.

“Legal Basics for Your Startup Business”

Jim Olp, Small Business Development Centers of Colorado

• Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.

“Retail – 10 Tips for Staying Alive”

Presenter: Vicki Peterson, Ace Hardware and Jon Zalenski, Treadz

• Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6-7:30 p.m.

“How to Fund Your Business … From Day 1 and Beyond”

Tod Cecil, Colorado Lending Source and Bill Sanderson, Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs

• Wednesday, Nov. 10, 4-5:30 p.m.

“Why radio is STILL an important advertising vehicle”

Teresa Cotton and Ron Milhorn, KMTS 99.1 FM Radio

• Thursday, Nov. 11, 4-6 p.m.

“Understanding Payroll and Avoiding Common Pitfalls”

Mark Betts and Dale Ahrens, ASAP Accounting and Payroll Services

• Friday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon

“Selling More with e-Commerce”

Eric Fullerton, Marketing Stimulus

• Wednesday, Nov. 17, 8:30-10 a.m.

“The Essentials and Importance of Business Exit Strategies”

Robert Minor, Owner Broker, Business World Brokers and Richard Feist, Owner, Colorado Business Listings

The Valley Wellness Center closed its doors on Saturday, Oct. 2. It was late last year that Dr. Jason Slaver and Dr. Claudia Slaver took over the Valley Wellness Center because the center was experiencing financial loss, according to a release sent from the Center.

Unfortunately, even with all the hard work from the doctors and all the staff, it appears that the past issues haunting the center could not be resolved and the center was forced to close, the release reported..

Dr Jason Slaver D.C., C.C.S.P., Danny Gross CBT and Nancy Gant CMT have relocated to a new location in Basalt. Reach them at the Basalt Wellness Center, 355 Gold Rivers Court, Unit 1, Basalt, CO, (970) 927-1177.

Mountain Family Health Centers is pleased to announce that internist Gail Mizner, MD has joined the staff at their Glenwood Springs facility.

Dr. Mizner earned her BA in French Literature at Amherst College and her MD at the Yale University School of Medicine. She returned home to Colorado to do her residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and then stayed on at UCHSC as a faculty member in the General Internal Medicine Division and the Head of Physician Education for the AIDS Education and Training Center.

In 1995, Dr. Mizner and her husband and two sons moved to Ely, Nev., where she enjoyed practicing as the only internist in an extremely rural and isolated setting. In 1997, the family moved again to Northern Chile, where she practiced internal medicine and ran HIV programs in two Chilean public hospitals. Since returning to the States in 2004, Dr. Mizner has been practicing internal medicine and HIV care in Prescott, Ariz. She is fluent in Spanish.

She says that “moving to the Roaring Fork Valley feels like coming home” and that as the first internist at Mountain Family, she is “looking forward to participating in the care of the clinic’s most medically complex adult patients.” When not in the clinic, she can be found on the slopes and hiking trails with her family.

Mountain Family is located at 1905 Blake Avenue, Suite 101, in Glenwood Springs, across the street from Valley View Hospital, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley is proud to announce Jim D’Agostino, Senior Vice President of Construction, Related, Snowmass Village, as its newest member of the Board of Directors. Jim brings a myriad of business experience to the board including PinnacleOne, a Project Management firm based in Phoenix, as Executive Vice President and previously Bovis Lend Lease as President, a national Construction Management firm based in New York City.

Additionally, Mr. D’Agostino also has a true dedication to community as shown by his tenure as most-recent Rotary Club President of Snowmass Village, Board Member of American Institute of Architects, NYC; and Greater Boy Scouts, NYC.

Importantly, Jim also brings great knowledge of Junior Achievement and the positive impact of the organization by his service on the Board of Junior Achievement in Princeton, N.J.; Board of Junior Achievement in San Francisco, CA and the National Junior Achievement Board of Directors in Colorado Springs.

To become involved with Junior Achievement’s Board, as a volunteer or donor, please contact Sharon Brady, District Manager at 404-7722;

Visit our website:, or visit us on our Facebook page: JA Roaring Fork.

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