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Contributed PhotoSpa of the Rockies manager Avalon Lionheart, left, receives a SpaFinder award presented by actress Mariel Hemingway naming Spa of Rockies as one of the Top 10 Mineral and Thermal Spas in the world.

At the International Spa Association (ISPA) annual gathering in Las Vegas on Nov. 8 and 9, Glenwood Hot Springs’ Spa of the Rockies was honored twice. Spa Manager Avalon Lionheart attended the international conference and received both awards on behalf of Spa of the Rockies. SpaFinder readers selected Spa of Rockies as one of the Top 10 Mineral and Thermal Spas in the world, and Spa magazine honored Spa of the Rockies with a Reader’s Choice award in the category of Domestic Mineral Springs Spa.

Suzanne Mardesen from Yampah Spa has recently been certified in Aveda’s new demi-permanent Smoothing Infusion texture smoother. This is a very gentle smoothing treatment to help tame curl and frizz. Call 945-0677 to schedule an appointment.

Throughout November, Alpine Hospice team members from offices in Glenwood Springs and throughout Colorado visited 27 assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities throughout Western Colorado in association with “We Honor Veterans,” a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Alpine Hospice visited assisted living facilities in Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Carbondale including: OpenGate, Grace Healthcare, Crossroads, Ed Moore, Heritage Park, Mesa View and The Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home. Alpine Hospice presented certificates of appreciation and an American flag lapel pin to every veteran.

“We said the Pledge of Allegiance, sometimes a short prayer, and gave a short speech about how the Greatest Generation made America number one,” Andrea K. Uliano and Dennis Williams, Hospice Care Consultants, Alpine Hospice, said. “As hospice professionals our mission is to provide comfort and support at the end of life, and we want to honor and serve these veterans through the challenges they face from illness, isolation or traumatic life experiences.”

Vectra Bank Colorado has named Melissa Demos chief credit officer. In this role Demos oversees all credit-related functions for Vectra Bank, including loan approval, loan operations, and lending systems and platforms for the bank’s commercial, installment and mortgage lending operations.

With more than 30 years experience, Demos’ team of 80 employees is responsible for credit analysis, credit reporting, appraisal review, construction risk, special assets and OREO (bank-owned real estate). She takes over as chief credit officer after six years as senior vice president, senior credit manager for Vectra Bank Colorado.

“We are very fortunate to have such an experienced credit manager right here at our corporate office to take over the helm of this important position,” says Vectra Bank Colorado President and CEO Bruce Alexander. “Vectra’s lending portfolio and its ability to truly act as a local financing partner with businesses is vital to Vectra, and Melissa Demos has the experience in place to continue our strong, high quality lending practices.”

Prior to joining Vectra, Demos acted as vice president, credit administration, with Compass Bank in Denver from 2002 to 2005. Before that Demo was Vice President Media and Telecommunications Lending at US Bank, Denver, from 1997 to 2005. Demos has held various management and executive management positions in lending including Republic Bank in Houston, Texas, and Bank of Boston, Boston. She is a board member of the Risk Management Association and slated to act as president of the board next year.

Dr. Scott Tesoro and the staff of Sopris Chiropractic are pleased to welcome Dr. Ashley Dolan to the practice.

Dolan graduated cum laude with a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the University of Western States in March 2011. She believes that it is important to spend time getting to know each patient so that she may tailor treatment to their individual needs. In addition to chiropractic care for the whole family, Dr. Ashley specializes in kinesio taping for sports injuries and safe, drug-free treatment of sinus conditions.

Tesoro admits that he was not looking to expand his practice, “but when I met Ashley I immediately knew that she would be a great complement to the practice I’ve built over the past 17 years. She is an excellent adjuster and believes in taking the time to develop individualized care for every patient.”

Dolan is currently seeing patients Monday through Friday in both the Carbondale and Willits offices. Call 970-927-9204 for more information or visit

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