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Best of Whistler 2012: Beauty and Health


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Best Dental Services

Located in Franz's Trail, Creekside Dental was number one as they were last year. The company offers a full range of cosmetic and general dental services.  Whistler Dental was second in this category and Aarm Dental Group came third.

Best Dentist

 Dr. Phil Gaudin  at Creekside Dental is Whistler's favourite dentist for 2012. "Dr. Dreamy, himself," someone wrote about the good dentist, has owned Creekside Dental since 2007. Last year's winner, Dr. James McKenzie at Whistler Dental, came a close second, and Dr. David Perizzolo at Aarm Dental Group rounded out the top three.

Best Massage Therapist

Getting to patients' cores and working out the knotty and stress-related muscle problems or aiding nerve and joint function with magic hands makes a lot of friends at this resort.  Magdalena Regdos  at Peak Performance takes the honours for Best Massage Therapist for the third year running, with her holistic approach to healing and rehabilitation.

"It's pretty awesome. It's nice to know there is that much support out there," Regdos says. She added that there are new plans for 2013 that she hopes supporters will like, including Awesome Arts Academy classes, with a new healing division.

Lesley Byford at Peak Performance came second, as she did in 2011, and Kathryn Lord at Peak Performance took third place.

Best Physiotherapist

Whistler probably has the most physiotherapists per capita of anywhere in the world, and deservedly so. Not only do we bang ourselves up on a regular basis, we're also motivated to get better quickly so we can get back to battling dirt, rocks, snow, ice, trees and our physical limitations.

 Alison McLean  at Peak Performance kept her winning streak alive, going back to the 2002 edition of Best of Whistler — she truly goes to 11.

Mike Connolly at Back in Action was second in the voting this year, with Bianca Matheson, also from Back In action, running a close third.

Best Health Trend

Just as Cat Smiley won for best coach,  The Original Boot Camp  won for Best Health Trend this year. While there is no shortage of intense workout programs out there to pick between, Smiley's Boot Camps were the first of their kind in Whistler and continue to do draw people looking to whip themselves into shape. In fact, with a growing list of events like the Tough Mudder, North Face Whistler Half Marathon, Whistler GranFondo, Ironman Canada, etc., there are more reasons than ever to get fit.

Second on the list was yoga, which has held the top spot every year and is still the go-to health fix for huge numbers of locals looking to get stronger and more flexible, as well as all the other health benefits. Third went to CrossFit Whistler, which trains some of Whistler's toughest athletes like Death Race racer Don Schwartz and big mountain freeskier Sonja Lercher.