Nature Studies announces new hire
Durango Nature Studies has hired Karen Hickerson as its new program director.
She will be in charge of overseeing and developing all DNS programs, as well as working with educators to meet the environmental education needs of the region.
Hickerson graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in environmental sociology and elementary education.
Along with teaching environmental education, Hickerson has taught children to swim, whitewater raft, rock climb, backpack and ski.
She has worked for DNS as a volunteer and contract educator since 2008.
She recently completed Kamana Naturalist Program, parts I and II, through Wilderness Awareness School and is a certified Project Wild and Learning Tree Facilitator.
For more information, call 769-1948.
Canine academy trainers get certified
Alpha Canine Academy, 2877 County Road 234, announces it has the only two certified trainers in the Four Corners, Julie Winkelman and Toleda Cluff.
To obtain certification, participants must have 300 hours of experience, veterinarian references and pass a 250-question test. Certification must be maintained by attending seminars and conferences.
Certification was earned through Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Winkelman has owned and operated the business since 2000. The business offers dog training, basic obedience to behavior modification, group classes and private sessions. The business is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Saturday for group classes only.
For more information, call 382-5937.
Therapy practice announces hire
Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness announces that Megan Finnesy has joined its team.
Finnesy is a licensed massage therapist with eight years of experience. She has a degree in exercise science and psychology from Fort Lewis College and became a certified massage therapist at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. She specializes in medical, sports and Swedish massage.
Finnesy is an avid runner, mountain biker and skier. She has been recognized for her ability to obtain results through assessment of clients needs and designing treatment plans. Finnesy believes strongly in communication throughout treatment.
For more information, call 259-7829.
Polished Salon announces stylists
Polished Salon, 444 College Drive, announces the addition of new stylists Cheriese Bowen, Julie Hartman and Kyra Bartley.
The business is owned by Robin Wicka and Sherry McEnulty and offers manicures, nails, acrylics, pedicures, haircuts, styling, coloring, perms and waxing.
For more information, call 247-HAIR (4247).