Healing Alternatives at Inner Synergy
When it comes to yoga, Keira Harrison of Inner Synergy (545 Lit Way), has had a lifetime of experience.
"From the moment I could walk, I was practicing yoga with my mom," Keira said. "When I was eight, I became seriously dedicated and worked my way through a yoga encyclopedia for children. I took my first classes when I was in high school, continued in college, and really deepened my home practice when I was in my early 20s and becoming a new mom."
In the fall of 2004, Keira returned to classes with Hanneli Francis and fell in love with the Anusara style of yoga. "After teaching for a year and a half, I wanted to deepen my therapeutic and anatomical knowledge to be able to help my students even more, so I decided to attend massage school at RCC," Keira said. "I offered house-call massages in Williams, and in 2008 my family decided to move to Ashland."
In 2010 Keira discovered Supreme Science Qigong and went into intensive study to become a level-3 certified facilitator. "I was dreaming of having my own studio where I could bring all of my talents under one roof," Keira said. "In the meantime, Brent Kenyon, the owner of Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine, was looking for someone to host his medical marijuana clinics in Ashland and Grants Pass. My partner, Ethan Felcher, decided that he would like to take this on, and I jumped at the opportunity."
In February 2013, Inner Synergy opened at 545 Lit Way. It is a "full spectrum healing arts center" with the mission of "helping our clients to take charge of their own health and healing."
"We guide them to make well-informed choices about natural alternatives to modern medicine," Keira said. "Our wonderful massage therapists and skilled chiropractor offer healing touch to relieve aches and pains. They can also help document chronic pain conditions in conjunction with the doctor who works with S.O. Alternative Medicine. Our bright classroom offers a cheerful and intimate setting for classes and workshops."
Keira and Ethan have always focused on bringing sustainable products to the community.
"Since 1997 we have been producing 100% hemp gear from sustainably manufactured fabrics from Eastern Europe," Keira said. "We carry our own locally produced World Roots hemp packs and bags and are supporting many other local artists and artisans."
Keira is also available for private sessions in therapeutic or strengthening yoga and healing qigong. She will be starting a new weekly class series in April.
For more info, call 541-479-2251.
Personal Attention at Anderson Bradley Krant
At Anderson Bradley Krant, P.C., Attorneys at Law, both Carolyn Anderson and Susan Bradley Krant have over 25 years experience in law. In fact, they attended law school to-gether in San Francisco.
"We were practicing law in the Bar Area and loved the fast-paced city life until children came along," Susan said. "We were both looking for a great place to raise children. My husband and I knew the Ashland area from childhood trips to Crater Lake and camping, while Carolyn and her family passed through town every Christmas on their holiday pilgrimage to Eugene. So in 2006 we moved here and opened a small firm that focuses on individual attention to clients and respecting community and family."
The two-woman law firm focuses on litigation. Carolyn is an employment law specialist, representing both employees and employers in disputes such as wrongful termination, harassment and wage claims. Susan works on business, property, and construction disputes, and devotes a large portion of her practice to estate litigation, drafting wills and trusts for individuals and couples, and providing business advice to those looking to avoid conflict.
"Our firm is small and it allows us to have personal contact with our clients," Carolyn said. "Our staff is also top-notch; many have been with our firm almost from the beginning, and we have a real sense of family with our support staff. We also offer creative approaches to dispute resolution and are always aware of our clients' needs for quality legal work at reasonable rates."
Susan agreed. "Business set-up and estate planning packages can often be provided at a flat fee," she said. "New or established businesses can consult on legal risk management and various legal requirements. Because we both practiced in the big city, we have big-firm experience with a small town approach to our clients' legal needs."
Both attorneys are licensed in California and Oregon and actively practice in both states. Carolyn is active in volunteer work, and she has a daughter attending Reed College, and a son at AHS. Susan has two sons, one a senior at AHS and another who attends Culinary School in Portland.
For more information, call 541-488-1225 or go to www.abklegal.com. The office is located at 450 Siskiyou, Site 3, next to the Library.
Mortgage Assistance from Linda Read
Pacific Residential Mortgage and Pacific Residential Mortgage Bank is an Oregon-based company employing local people that opened in Lake Oswego in 2004. Linda Read, the Senior Mortgage Banker in the Ashland office, has been working in the mortgage industry since 1991.
"Wow," Linda said, "24 years already. I'm a Jersey girl and met my husband in the D.C. area while going to college. He was from Medford, and we lived in Ashland while finishing our degrees. Then we went to Portland for 18 years but always wanted to come back to Ashland. We moved here in 2007, and I was working at a large bank for a few years before this opportunity to join PRM came up in 2010."
Linda loves the combination of talent, focus, products, and a sense of community that PRM brings to her profession.
"We have become a leading Northwest mortgage bank with the client benefit of in-house processing, underwriting, funding and closing departments, all of which streamlines communications and the entire loan process," she said. "Our underwriters and processors are based in Oregon and know our particular property profiles."
PRM offers clients the best lending options to fit their unique mortgage requirements. Those can include conventional home financing (with as little as 5% down on a purchase); Jumbo financing up to 90% loan-to-value; FHA with as little as 3.5% down; USDA and VA loans; reverse mortgages; HomePath; 203k, and more.
"We also offer Lock & Shop," Linda said. "That allows you to lock a low interest rate while you are shopping to buy a home. At PRM we have the experience to help you navigate the landscape of home finance. Experience is not expensive, but it is priceless. Almost 100% of my business are referrals from industry professionals and previously satisfied clients. I take great pride in helping people with their mortgage financing needs and approach every transaction as if it were my own. I listen carefully to identify precisely what is needed. I recognize that what I do can have a big impact on your future, and I take that responsibility seriously."
PRM is committed to the community where they work, and they help support many local charities. Linda and her husband have two girls who attend the high school and middle school. "I wouldn't want to live, work or play anywhere else," Linda said.
Pacific Residential Mortgage (NMLS-1477/WA CL-1477) is an equal housing lender. For a no-charge, no-commitment consultation to explore your home financing options, contact Linda Read (MLO-317357) at 541-708-6105 (cell: 541-646-1331). The office is located at 310 E. Main, Suite 210, above John L. Scott Real Estate.
Getting Fit with Personal Trainer John Hacker
As a personal trainer, John Hacker at Hidden Springs Community Fitness Center (535 Lit Way) knows what it's like to overcome diversity and to be motivated.
"Twenty years ago I was in a very bad bike accident and suffered a severe head injury," John said. "I was lying comatose in the intensive care unit, and doctors told my family there was a good chance I would not survive. I view that point in time as my true birth as a human being. Had I believed that I would not recover, I would not have. What we focus on becomes our reality. What happens to you on your journey is not relevant; your attitude and how you respond to life is!"
Because of his injuries, John had to learn to read and write again. "I could not leave the house for six months because I would forget where I lived," he said. "I had no feeling in my right leg for two years. I essentially had to rebuild myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. What a fantastic gift."
Using those same motivational beliefs with his clients has proved very effective for John.
"With the specific techniques I have developed—the very ones I teach my clients—I was able to recover and am now stronger and healthier than I was before. Since my accident, I have competed in and was divisional winner in several triathlons and have been catapulted into another dimension of incredible happiness. I know I can help you with your goals."
Hidden Springs is a group of doctors, therapists, coaches and wellness practitioners "dedicated to assisting and empowering one's well being." As Fitness Director, John designs programs that are individually tailored to meet each person's unique needs.
"I absolutely love being a coach and feel it's exactly what I was meant to do," John said. "I have applied the very specific principles that I teach in my own quest for a healthy body, mind and spirit. I help people get from where they are now to where they want to go. You can achieve anything you desire, but you must have a plan."
John and his wife moved to Ashland in 2006 from Portland, and he has been dedicated to helping his clients on many levels since then. He has been the Fitness Director at Hidden Springs since 2011. For more information, you can call 541-200-8993.