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Best of Whistler 2012: Beauty and Health


Best Spa

Serenity, thy name is  The Scandinave Spa , which is once more first among the many when it comes to Whistler's spas. Last year's winner, the Nordic-influenced facility also pulled in the vast majority of votes in 2012. The experience of a day visit is like visiting a stunning outdoor hot springs, in the snow, surrounded by the great silent pine and cedar forests and the mountains.

Oh and there's an indoors, too, because along with its hot and cold plunge pools, Scandinave has a steam room, sauna and full massage services. Packages include Thai Yoga and Hot Stone treatments. Visit www.scandinave.com for more.

It's followed in second place by the Spa at the Four Seasons, which has 11 treatment rooms, including two set aside for couples. It offers the full complement of facials, hands, body and feet care, along with massage, steam and more.

This year, the Vida Spa at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler rounds out the top three. This Wellness Day Spa has, among its many attractions, an outdoor 60-foot lap pool that plays underwater music.

Best Doctor

 Dr. Cathryn Zeglinski  at the Northlands Medical Clinic in the Summit Lodge complex on Main Street is a firm favourite in Whistler, making 2012 the seventh year in a row that she has been chosen as the resort's best doctor. It also happens to be the seventh year that her clinic has been opened. As is fitting in a resort like Whistler, Dr. Zeglinski is fully qualified in both family and sports medicine, and is a former member of the Canadian road cycling team.

Dr. Karin Kausky of Whistler Medical Clinic came second in the category. A busy professional, offering family and general medicine, Kausky is a long-time Whistler physician. Dr. Richard Tamplin from Town Plaza Medical Clinic came in third place.

Best Medical Clinic

 Whistler Medical Clinic  wins the Best Medical Clinic vote, taking the prize as they did in 2011. Northlands Medical Clinic came second and Town Plaza Medical Clinic was third.

Best Chiropractor

Your skeleton can only take so much, and when it gets out of alignment sometimes the only way to walk as upright as evolution intended is to limp/shuffle/slouch your way to your chiropractor for a manipulation.

The strong hands of  Keith Ray  at Whistler Chiropractic finished back on top of this category this year.

"It's really nice to be recognized, not just for myself but for our entire staff," said Ray. "We've been working to help people get the most out of their Whistler lifestyle for 15 years now, and it's still what motivates us."

Andrea Bologna of Village Centre Chiro was a close second, while Pat Shuen at Whistler Chiropractic was third.