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Vicki Lee Green Realtors would like to congratulate Michelle James for being the top sales person and top listing agent for July. Michelle has been selling real estate since 1993.

Hospice of the Valley, a division of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, is proud to announce Dr. Laurie Marbas as Associate Medical Director. She will also continue as a family physician at the Grand River Hospital District in Rifle.Marbas has served as an officer in the United States Air Force and while deployed, practiced in Texas, Virginia and in the Middle East.She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Portland, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and a medical degree from Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine. She completed her internship and family medicine residency at Texas Tech University HSC and is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Marbas has published several books including the Visual Mnemonics series for medical students and Blueprints Clinical Procedures.

Paradise Day Spa welcomes Natalie Cieczak to its team. Natalie has been a licensed cosmetologist for nine years. Natalie takes pride in guiding guests with the look that suits each individual best; she enjoys customizing cuts, coloring, make-up and styling to lifestyle, face shape and personal needs. Natalie strives to help guests feel great about themselves and is involved with the “Look Good Feel Better” program sponsored by the National Cancer Foundation to help women going through treatment. Paradise Day Spa is now taking donations of wigs and scarves.Natalie Cieczak will be taking appointments at Paradise Day Spa from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Paradise Day Spa is located at 2520 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs by the 27th Street bridge in Penrose Plaza.

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (SCIC) recently honored Christy Franke, CIC, and Joe Luetke, CIC, of Glenwood Insurance Agency for dedication and leadership in the insurance industry.Franke and Luetke were awarded a certificate of achievement, recognizing five consecutive years of active affiliation with the SCIC. The SCIC designation carries meaningful prestige in the insurance profession as it signifies commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.

The Speckled Feather Mercantile of New Castle is excited to announce the addition of the Simple Stories product line to its offering of specialty scrapbook supplies. Offering products from lines such as Maya Road, Pink Paisley, Studio Calico and My Mind’s Eye, The Speckled Feather Mercantile is the Western Slope’s largest provider of specialty paper crafting supplies otherwise unavailable to crafters without a trip to Denver. The store also offers classes and free access to its Craft Cafe, a space set aside for patrons to come in and work on their projects, whenever the shop is open. For more details and a class schedule, visit

Glenwood Hot Springs has hired Megan Swanton as the new spa director for its award-winning Spa of the Rockies. With a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a background in spa management, Swanton brings with her an extensive education and experience in the healing arts. The former Aspen resident has also managed spas in French Polynesia and in Miami, and she owned and operated her own wellness business in Australia.”I’ve worked at and visited high-end spas around the world, and I can tell you the Spa of the Rockies is a top spa on an international scale. I am so thrilled to be here and to help promote this wonderful place with so much healing history,” said Swanton. As the spa director, Swanton will be responsible for providing leadership, support and direction to the spa staff, as well as managing day-to-day operations including retail, guest services, spa services and wellness programming.

D-Tangle Salon is proud to introduce Joslin James as its new stylist. Joslin specializes in hair and nails and can be reached at 945-5056. D-Tangle is located on the corner of Eighth Street and Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

Perri’s Collision Repair and Refinishing would like to introduce its new estimating customer service employee Lori Bak. With six years of service in the United States Navy, Lori is a natural leader. She has extraordinary organizational skills, just what it takes to handle multiple claims on a daily basis. Born and raised in Lee’s Summit Missouri, Lori moved to Glenwood Springs with her family in 1997, and has been in the collision industry for more than 10 years starting in 1999. Despite her heavy work load that requires high demand on time sensitive paper work, she always takes time to stop and listen to her customers. Lori has a way of making our customers feel comfortable and assured as she looks at their care, carefully explains the damage, and then the next step in the repair process. We are so proud to have Lori on the Perri’s Collision Repair and Refinishing team.

With the addition of Dr. Aaron Langley, Glenwood Veterinary Clinic has now expanded its full-time veterinary staff to a total of six doctors. He joined the practice in early June, and has spent the past six weeks becoming familiar with the area and meeting clients. Langley’s practice will include both equine and small animal patients, and he is available for appointments starting immediately. Langley will spend about 75 percent of his time seeing equine patients as part of the clinic’s 3-truck ambulatory service, but he will see small animal patients either in the field or at the clinic on Wednesdays. Langley has a special interest in alternative medicine as a complement to traditional medicine, and is also highly experienced in the areas of equine podiatry and equine dentistry. He is certified in both equine and small animal acupuncture, and will obtain full certification in veterinary chiropractic for both large and small animals this coming fall and winter.Glenwood Veterinary Clinic is located at 2514 Grand Ave., just north of the Sunlight Bridge and across the street from Rivers Restaurant. For more information, contact GVC by phone at 970-945-5401, by email at, or visit

Healthy Horse Boutique grand openingHealthy Horse Boutique, a health food store for horses, will host a grand opening of its new riding arena and boarding facility at 489 Rose Lane in Carbondale (near the rodeo grounds) on Saturday, Aug. 25. The facility has been thoughtfully designed as a caring and nurturing environment that offers “peace of mind” for both owners and their horses and will be accepting new boarders in September.The free event is a benefit for the valley’s Pony Club (donations accepted) with Healthy Horse Boutique and all participating vendors contributing a portion of all proceeds to the club. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be dressage clinics with Katherine Raine, who helped the USET win the team bronze medal for the Dressage World Championship at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in Holland.From 1-6 p.m., local vendor booths will offer a variety of horse-inspired products including saddles, jewelry, apparel, equine rehabilitation, catering and training.At 4 p.m., there will be a free reception featuring complimentary appetizers and beverages.At 4:30 p.m.. there will be a riding demo with Karen Oberlohr and Jalapeno.For additional information visit

Dalby, Wendland & Co. congratulates Janet M. Lee, CPA, MT on her recent promotion to tax supervisor. Janet graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver in 2009. She has more than 15 years experience in tax compliance related to individual, small business, partnership, trust and estate, and nonprofit entities. She is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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