Local receives award for volunteering
Adrian Wade, past president of the Durango AARP Chapter No. 1243, was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the annual Colorado ARRP Thanksgiving Volunteer Brunch in October in Denver.
Wade was instrumental in the revitalization of the Durango Chapter in 2005. He is an outstanding volunteer in the community with Manna Soup Kitchen, the Colorado Department of Transportation Highway Cleanup and Durango Food Bank. The AARP Durango Chapter collects food for the Durango Food Bank throughout the year. Wade is the district coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program.
In addition, the Durango AARP Chapter No. 1243 in October gave a donation of $200 to Sarah Smith, executive director of the Durango Food Bank. In October, the food bank has provided enough food to prepare 19,932 meals to families; provided food to last two weeks to 412 recipients; and given out 134,598 pounds of food to families and 8,241 pounds of food to assist other agencies.
Donations of peanut butter and jelly are always needed.
Free wellness event to be held Thursday
A free event titled Nourishing Your Body, Mind, and Soul through the Holidays will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sonas Integrative Medical Center, 3750 N. Main Ave., Suite No. 4.
The event is a collaborative effort of a health-care provider, a nutritionist and an intuitive mind-body healer who work together to address the wellness needs of the whole person. A variety of nourishing gifts and door prizes will be given away, and the local documentary Now that I Know will be shown.
For more information, call 259-4848.
The Wells Group announces new hire
The Wells Group announces the addition of Justin Osborn to its staff.
Originally from Rockwall, Texas, Osborn first moved to Durango in August 1999. He attended Fort Lewis College, where he received a degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. Before coming to The Wells Group, Osborn worked at Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors for six years. During that time, he received numerous top-producer awards. Osborns hobbies are hunting, fishing, skiing/snowboarding, soccer, softball and spending time outdoors with his family.
He is president-elect of the Durango High Noon Rotary, a committee member and past area chairman for Ducks Unlimited, a member of Young Professionals of Durango, a certified ski instructor for both alpine and Nordic skiing, and a USSF and NFHS soccer official.
For more information, call 259-6680.
Physical therapist receives certificate
Jeni Hartmann OT, PT, of Rakita Tomsic Physical Therapy, has passed the McKenzie Credentialing Exam and received her credentialing certificate.
Attainment of the certificate indicates that the practitioner has met the requirements of the McKenzie Institute International and USA Board of Directors including postgraduate courses and a written and practical examination to achieve competency in the McKenzie Method. The method is an evidence-based assessment and treatment strategy for spinal and extremity problems.
Hartmann is a physical and occupational therapist. She earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy, then returned to school and earned her masters degree in physical therapy.
She enjoys combining both disciplines into treatment, as well as incorporating her additional training in Aston Patterning, Maitland, Kinesiotaping and the McKenzie Methods.
For more information, call 259-0574 or visit www.rakitatomsicpt.com.
First National Bank announces hire
First National Bank of Durango announces the addition of Heather Rice to its staff as a loan-review analyst.
Rice commutes from Pleasant View, north of Cortez, and she has been in the area for the last eight years. She joins the bank after working as a substitute teacher in Cortez. Rice holds a degree in accounting.
For more information, call 247-3020.