John Varner knew he wanted to be a jeweler at the age of 9.
He started Morning Star Jewelers in Evergreen at age 18, and 28 years later, he’s winning awards for his jewelry design.
Varner has won two first-place awards in the Rocky Mountain Jewelers Association. A ring he designed took first place in its category, and a bracelet he designed took first place in its category and then won the best-of-show category. Now it will move on to be judged at the national level of Jewelers of America in January.
The categories in this competition are delineated based on the worth of the piece of jewelry.
This is only the second time Varner has entered the competition. The first time, he says, he didn’t win anything.
“It took me awhile to get my courage up to enter again,” he said.
Varner said his grandmother took him to look for rocks when he was a youngster, and those sorts of experiences got him hooked on jewelry-making.
“We would find stones and arrowheads in the woods. She got me started (making jewelry),” he said.
“I have a big family history of artists. My grandmother and my aunt were wonderful artists. I just fell in love with (making jewelry).”
He knew immediately that he would be a jeweler. “I know that’s not like other people.”
Acupuncturist opens clinic in Stone House
Evergreen is a healing community, and acupuncturist Denise DuPree wants to be part of it.
DuPree has just opened the Denise DuPree Acupuncture Clinic in the Stone House in North Evergreen. She comes to Evergreen by way of Seattle, where she had a similar clinic there. She says she wants to combine her knowledge of alternative medicine and acupuncture with traditional medicine to help people live better lives.
She does it all — working with people who have digestive disorders, insomnia, menopause and PMS, people with pain issues or addictive behaviors, stroke patients, dental patients.
“It really doesn’t stop,” she said. “(Chinese medicine) is a real intricate medicine, and the beauty of it is that you can integrate it with Western medicine.”
DuPree, who has worked in Chinese medicine and acupuncture for more than eight years, said she became interested when she was teaching second-graders at an international school in Malaysia. She met a fourth-generation Chinese-Malay acupuncturist.
“I thought this was so great, so I decided to change my entire life and career,” she said.
Her latest passion is trying to start a nonprofit organization that would provide health-related help to veterans. She said she has worked with vets who have post-traumatic stress syndrome. She envisions a community clinic that would have other professionals in addition to herself helping veterans.
Mooberrys receive chiropractic award
Dr. Katy and Dr. Isaac Mooberry, both chiropractors and partners at Get Moving Chiropractic, received the Rising Star Chiropractor of the Year Award for 2007-2008 from the Colorado Chiropractic Association.
This award is presented to a Colorado chiropractor practicing for less than 10 years who has contributed to the association and the chiropractic profession in Colorado.
“This award was a surprise to both Isaac and me, but we both feel very honored to have received the award,” Katy Mooberry said. “We received the award because we are active in the CCA, especially with the lobbying efforts to help pass legislation that is important to the chiropractic profession in the state of Colorado.”
The Mooberrys, who are not just partners at the office but are married, helped get the Colorado legislature to pass a medical pay law for motor vehicle insurance, which means chiropractic care is now covered for people in car accidents.
Both doctors attended Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore., and they brought their practice to Evergreen 10 months ago. They are accepting new patients at their offices at 2942 Evergreen Parkway, Suite 305. Call them at 303-670-7777 or visit www.getmovingchiro.com.
New doctor, extended hours at New West Physicians
New West Physicians at 30940 Stagecoach Blvd. has added a doctor to its internal medicine team and has extended its hours.
Dr. Doreen Telisak joins Dr. Ken Cohen and Dr. Anne McLean and nurse practitioner Kathleen May in providing patient care. Telisak will integrate traditional Western medicine with evidence-based alternative medicine and nutrition to provide treatment plans for patients.
A Texas native, Telisak graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., before moving to Colorado to practice.
In addition, the clinic has extended its hours. It is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
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