Local Health Enthusiasts

Meet the contributors!

We believe local experiences are important. With that in mind, we’ve partnered with local contributors for their perspectives on a variety of healthy living topics. Here are the writers who helped make this issue possible.

Dr. Joshua Allen

DMD, Owner & Dentist, Keep Smiling Family Dentistry

Dr. Joshua Allen took over Keep Smiling Family Dentistry from Robert Donaldson, DDS in 2020 after his retirement and is dedicated to providing the same level of compassionate, gentle care the practice has been known for since it was founded in 1979.

Heather Burgoyne

Owner, Soar Pilates

Coming from the fashion industry’s highly stressful work environment, Heather Burgoyne found a practice in Pilates to be her only outlet. After continuing for over a decade, she decided to make it her career. Her goal is to help those of all ages find their strength through wellness, strength through community.

Cathy Clements

Nutritionist & Life Coach, NASM CNC, CPT, FNS, WFS

Cathy Clements is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. She has experienced challenges in her fitness and nutrition and is helping women over 40 regain their youthful energy. She will meet you where you are on your journey.

Dr. Kimberly Crooks

PsyD LISAC Therapist

Dr. Crooks specializes in helping those who suffer from emotional and behavioral issues in addition to personality disorders and addiction. She uses a person-centered, integrative approach which includes many research-based therapies.

Shelly Crossman

DCNP, FNP-C, Owner, Dermatology & Skin Care by Shelly

Shelly is a native of upstate New York and has been a nurse for over 20 years. She received her masters degree as an FNP-C at SUNY Upstate Medical University and earned her dermatology certification in 2019.

Denise Gallus

PA-C, Women’s Health and Wellness

Denise Gallus is a certified physician assistant working with Dr. Jeanette Pilotte at Women’s Health and Wellness. She worked in family practice, urgent care, rural health and pediatric medicine before finding her true calling in women’s healthcare.

Jodi Gilray-Szostak

PT, DPT, c/NDT, Jodi Gilray Pediatric Therapy

Dr. Jodi Gilray-Szostak has been practicing physical therapy since 2004 and has been a business owner since 2010. She has clinical experience working in multiple fields and now specializes in outpatient pediatrics. She completed her certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) in 2011.

Malia Hirasa

Volunteer, The Launch Pad Teen Center

Malia is currently a junior at Prescott High School. She joined the Teen Advisory Council in October of 2022 to become more involved in her community, and joined The Launch Pad’s board soon after.

Vickie Johnston

Owner and Founder, H2O Health

Vickie Johnston is an international speaker, former lab tech, product designer, local resident, KYCA radio host, researcher, educator, creator and owner of the H2O Health store in Prescott Gateway Mall. Vickie has been on the forefront of “Green Living” since the beginning.

Ken Lain

Owner, Watters Garden Center

Ken Lain, known as “The Mountain Gardener,” writes weekly columns that are featured nationally. His podcast and YouTube channel by the same name have millions of downloads. During the week he can be found at Watters Garden Center in Prescott.

Jamaal McCoy

Owner, Fit Body Boot Camp, Vibes Juice Bar, Barbudos Mexican Grill & Cantina and Nana’s Cafe, and general manager of Findlay Toyota Prescott

Jamaal McCoy is a workout enthusiast, community leader and owner of many businesses as well as an inspirational speaker who works with youth. He has lived in the Prescott area since 2017 with his wife and daughter Naya.

John Murphy

Founder, Make 100 Healthy

John Murphy is chairman of the Prescott Commission on Well-Being and founder of the Make 100 Healthy Foundation, whose mission is to reduce diabetes and obesity though nutrition and gardening education. He’s a proud husband, father and real estate agent.

Elisa Oliver-Nielsen

MA, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

As a registered dietitian nutritionist for over 20 years with a master’s in food management from New York University, Elisa Oliver-Nielsen employs her knowledge and expertise to see her clients healed and thriving, so that wellness becomes achievable, sustainable and long-lasting.

Dr. Jeanette M. Pilotte

MD, FACOG, Women’s Health and Wellness

Dr. Jeanette Pilotte completed her education and residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1992 and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been practicing in Prescott for over 20 years.

Dr. Dana Rockey

MA, DMD, Owner, Prescott Sleep Solutions

Dr. Dana Rockey is a dental sleep medicine specialist, who focuses on solutions for snoring and sleep apnea at Prescott Sleep Solutions. He offers comprehensive treatments and collaborates with area physicians to treat patients.

Jion Sommer

Nutritionist, Reiki Master & Meditation Teacher, Owner, Living Proof Naturally

Jion Sommer found wellness from lupus and MS through a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet. On her journey she found her heart’s work teaching others the path to healing with a WFPB diet, meditation and Reiki restoring balance and harmony.

Blayne Soriano

Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach, Ten27 Crossfit

Coach Blayne Soriano is a Level 2 Crossfit Coach and Crossfit Kids Coach at Redtail Crossfit. She does one-on-one training and helps her clients with meal prep using her PN-L1 nutrition certification. She carries other certifications including Olympic lifting. Photo: Kai York

Maddie Stanik

TAC Member, The Launch Pad Teen Center

Maddie Stanik is a senior at BASIS Prescott and has lived in Prescott all of her life. She’s grateful that the Launch Pad has provided many opportunities to bring about positive change, particularly with the Teen Advisory Council’s Better Together campaign.

Lena Teng

TAC Member, The Launch Pad Teen Center

Lena Teng is a senior at BASIS Prescott. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner and bring positivity to one’s body, and mind. The Launchpad Teen Center provides her endless opportunities to be a part of Everybody’s Hometown through the Teen Advisory Council.

Loree Walden

Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

Loree Walden is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to Prescott in 2010. Her background spans a variety of careers, including 20 years of tax preparation, eight years of radio traffic and her current position as marketing manager for Yavapai Humane Society, where she is able to do what she loves by helping animals through advocating for them to help them find their furever homes!

Jesse Wasil

Founder & CEO, Summit 4×4 Company

Jesse Wasil established Summit 4×4 Company in 2017 to turn his passion for off-roading into a full-time job. Jesse has established himself as a dedicated community member and his business as a local leader for everything adventure.

Aymee Wilson

Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics

Aymee Wilson is an RN and aesthetic injector and owns Wilson Aesthetics. She graduated from Estrella Mountain Community College in 2010 and found a passion for the aesthetic industry and creating a space where patients can be treated with the utmost kindness and respect.

Bailey Zygutis

Nutritionist & Personal Trainer, The Moore Way Health & Fitness

Bailey Zygutis is a nutritionist and personal trainer with The Moore Way Health & Fitness. With a passion for holistic health, she works with individuals in person and online to create customized programs that teach them to more fully enjoy the benefits of good health.