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Premier chiropractic seminar and consulting company The Masters Circle (TMC) has announced that its 2012 Chiropractor of the Year is Dr. Aaron Collins of Collins Chiropractic Burien, WA.

If you want to find out more about Collins Chiropractic, please go to or call 206.242.0998.

This prestigious award recognizes a doctor of chiropractic for their professionalism, integrity, clinical competence, personal growth, practice growth and outstanding achievement in the profession.

The audience which consisted of doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, nutritionists, other wellness professionals (including personal trainers, acupuncturists, physical therapists and massage therapist) chiropractic college presidents, dignitaries of the profession, his all-star team and his father, who is also a chiropractor, cheered endlessly as their colleague and friend made a gracious acceptance speech filled with passion and emotion.


Seattle Children’s Hospital, Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC), and Healthy King County Coalition (HKCC) today announced the receipt of a two-year, $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Areas of focus include the cities of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Kent, North Highline, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, and the Seattle neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Georgetown and South Park. This area has a combined population of more than 479,000.

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) will fund Seattle Children’s Hospital and its partners to work collaboratively with youth, families and communities in South Seattle and South King County on obesity prevention and tobacco control, particularly among youth.

Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CTG program is a comprehensive community health improvement initiative launched in 2011 and funded through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. CTG funds support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending in small communities.

Free unwanted drug disposal on Saturday, Sept. 29

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King County residents can dispose of their unwanted and expired medicines anonymously and at no cost at a nationwide drug “take-back” day on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are 22 take-back collection sites in King County currently with more expected by the day of the event. To find a location go to

Collection sites in the Highline area are SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S. 188th St., Bartell Drugs parking lot at 21515 Pacific Hwy. S, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m, and Bartell Drugs parking lot at 27055 Pacific Hwy. S. from 2-6 p.m.

This one-day event is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement agencies.

About 30 percent of prescription and over-the-counter medicines sold go unused. Unused prescription drugs too often fall into the hands of children and teens, where they cause poisonings and deaths. In fact:

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.


By Gwen Davis

Normandy Park experienced a wave of drama recently when several residents complained that the California-based Hanbleceya – a company serving individuals with mental illness – opened treatment facilities in their neighborhood.

The five homes Hanbleceya either bought or rented house individuals with mental illness and drug addiction issues.

However, rumors that the company will soon expand their facilities to Burien and Des Moines are unfounded.

“I don’t have any knowledge of that happening here,” said Mike Martin, Burien city manager. “I am aware of the general issue and we’re monitoring it.”

Des Moines Assistant City Manager Lorri Ericson gave a similar statement: “We are not aware they have any plans at this time.”

Dr. Ian Wolds, clinical director at Hanbleceya said plans for expansion is a nonissue.

“We will not be opening any treatment facilities in Burien or Des Moines,” Wolds said. “The only facility in the Seattle area is in the Normandy Park Towne Center… We have no specific plan to buy or rent houses in either of these areas as our needs are being fully met.”


UPDATE: Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m.

The 7-state American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific Region held its fundraiser. “Ride Around the Sound” Saturday, Sept. 15. Over 200 registered riders pedaled 100 miles from South Seattle Community College, or 75 from Marvista School in Des Moines. The organization helps keep kids from picking up that first cigarette, helps families dealing with lung cancer & asthma, and advocates for clean air. This is ride's the 30th year, but the first with this route. It was in the San Juan Islands in the past.

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Over 200 cyclists will take part in the inaugural “Ride Around the Sound” bike ride on September 15th. A benefit for the American Lung Association in Washington, the ride features five distance options around Puget Sound, ranging from 100 miles to a family-friendly ride of under 15 miles in West Seattle. Local school Marvista Elementary will serve as the 75-mile starting location.

Burien streets that will be on the route are: 16th Ave SW; SW 107 St; 10th Ave SW; SW 116th St; 4th Ave SW; SW 152nd St; Maplewild Ave SW; SW 172nd St; and Sylvester Rd SW.

UPDATE: Burien/Normandy Park 75-mile Start for “Ride Around the Sound”
Photo credit: 
Photo by Steve Shay

Alex Wiljanen, 14, pictured at Marvsta, Des Moines, prepares for the 75-mile Lung Assoc. bike ride. He will join his father, Ken. He rode the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride & said he has no intention of ever smoking.

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Learn how to tune up your health from the experienced health-care professionals of Burien’s medical community at the free Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Burien Town Square.

The annual event provides an opportunity to learn about the newest and best in health care. You can also improve your general well-being with free health screenings, demonstrations, presentations on wellness topics, fire safety, physical fitness information, and more.

Kids are sure to have some fun with face-painting, clowning and balloon art. Information on local education programs in the health-care field will also be available.

Burien’s Community Wellness Fair is sponsored by the Burien Wellness Cluster, a partnership between local health and wellness providers, educators and city government. The overall goal of the group is to boost Burien’s economy by building on Burien’s existing wealth of high-quality health-care providers.


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Seattle Met magazine has announced its top docs and Highline radiologist Peter Ory, MD is among the esteemed list of physicians. According to the magazine, over 4,500 doctors in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in the 2012 survey, with active participation from almost 40 percent of doctors practicing in King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties, and parts of Pierce County.

Rankings were determined by algorithms that rate doctors on a 10-point scale, employing not only peer endorsements but factors such as experience, education, training, disciplinary history, fellowships, hospital privileges, and awards. The doctors that make it as part of the top doc listing’s, represent the top 4 percent of practitioners in their fields as of May 2012.

Dr Ory joined Highline in 1997 and was Medical Director of the radiology group iRAD from 2005 to 2010. He is triple board certified in, Radiology, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In addition, he did a neuro-radiology fellowship at UW.

Highline Medical Imaging staff is honored to work with Dr Ory and are pleased he received this prestigious recognition.


Approximately 43 million Americans suffer from arthritis and that number is expected to climb higher as our population ages. By 2020, it is estimated that 60 million people will have arthritis due to the increased number of people over 65 years of age.

Dr. Barry Bockow, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and a local Rheumatologist, has been selected to participate in a nationwide study for Osteoarthritis of the hip. He is one of the few MD’s selected in the entire West Coast to provide this injectable compound free to patients.

All medical visits, imaging studies and evaluations will be covered by the study and are free to the patient. For more information or an appointment, call Dr. Barry Bockow at (206) 246-7880.

Rudy Garza Named Coalition Coordinator

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Navos Mental Health Solutions announced it received a King County grant to create a community-based coalition for drug free youth in the Burien/White Center communities and has appointed communications veteran Rudy Garza as Coalition Coordinator.

Navos has been responding to the needs of people with mental illness in King County for over 40-years. Its services are targeted to those who live at or near poverty, often as a result of their mental illness. The mission of Navos is to improve the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness by providing a broad continuum of care.
“As part of the work we do with youth, we saw a need to address the substance abuse-related issues among youth in the Burien/White Center community said Joan Zintak, Director of Adult Services.” This five-year grant allows us to collaborate with other agencies, the private and public sector, and the community at-large to better address these issues by providing alternatives,” she added.


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Over 500 cyclists will take part in the inaugural “Ride Around the Sound” bike ride on September 15th. A benefit for the American Lung Association in Washington, the ride features five distance options around Puget Sound, ranging from 100 miles to a family-friendly ride of under 15 miles in West Seattle.

Normandy Park’s Marvista Elementary will serve as the 75-mile starting location.

The event offers full support including breakfast at all starts, lunch on the course, five rest stops, detailed ride guides, and more. A delicious feast, beer and music await riders at the finish line party at South Seattle Community College. Relaxing coastal lodging is also available for participants who want to make the event a weekend getaway.

“We are thrilled to offer this amazing route with spectacular views of the Sound,” said Renée Klein, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “What better way to celebrate clean air and healthy lungs than with a fun event in the beautiful outdoors?”

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