2015 Natural Choice Award Winners

A record 1,200 ballots were submitted in the 2015 Natural Choice Awards. Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, the annual awards program gives readers the opportunity to select the individuals and businesses across the Phoenix-metro area that deserve recognition for their efforts in health and wellness, and green living. Winners are determined by popular vote from online ballot submissions at NaturalAz.com, from May 1 to July 15, 2015. More than one winner listed indicates a tie.

Be sure to scroll down through this entire page to see all winners and related spotlight articles.


Naturopathic Physician:  Dr. Monica Vaghela

Runner-up:  Dr. Theresa Ramsey


Homeopathic Physician:  Dr. Stephen Messer

Runner-up:  Dr. Theresa Ramsey


Holistic M.D.:  Dr. Theresa Ramsey

Runner-up:  Dr. Jack Wolfson


Holistic Dentist:  Dr. Michael Margolis

Runner-up:  Dr. Lisa Butler, Dr. Stephen Kovar


Chiropractor:  Dr. Sara Penton

Runner-up:  Dr. Goudarz Vassigh


Acupuncturist:  Dr. Buffy Daney

Runner-up:  Heidi McHardy


Bodyworker:  Sheri Burch

Runner-up:  Dr. Martha Reed


Physical Therapist:  Dr. Robb Blackaby

Runner-up:  Sandi Salazar


Massage Therapist:  Sheri Burch

Runner-up:  Renee Sanders


Craniosacral Practitioner:  Marsha Craven 

Runner-up:  Millie Mason


Personal Trainer:  Ryan Buch

Runner-up:  Jeff Vukobratovich


Yoga Instructor:  Kate Shipp

Runner-up:  Paulette Bodeman, Sherry Kilian


Yoga Studio:  Bikram Yoga Tempe

Runner-up:  Studio Sontosha Yoga


Women’s Health Specialist:  Dr. Theresa Ramsey

Runner-up:  Dr. Marianne Marchese


Men’s Health Specialist:  Dr. Houston Anderson

Runner-up:  Dr. Phranq Tamburri


Psychologist:  Dr. Sarette Zecharia

Runner-up:  Dr. Nicole Cain**

**While Dr. Cain is not a licensed psychologist, she did receive the second most votes in this category.


Counselor:  Lisa Angelini

Runner-up:  Christina Bates


Life Coach:  Dr. Martha Reed

Runner-up:  Debra Manning


Meditation Leader:  Stephanie Phelps

Runner-up:  Dr. Martha Reed


School for Holistic Medicine:  Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

Runner-up:  Southwest Institute of Healing Arts


Weight Loss Program/Center:  Dr. Martha Reed

Runner-up:  New Results Medical Weight Loss


Reflexologist:  Ginger Hay

Runner-up:  Glenda Bokamper, Lucy Martinez


Natural Healing Center:  Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center

Runner-up:  Desert Sage Herbs


Reiki Practitioner:  Marsha Craven

Runner-up:  Cynthia Djengue/Melanie Dunlap/De Alva Ward


Energy Healer:  Stephanie Phelps

Runner-up:  Andrea Sobotka


Intuitive Reader:  Melinda Vail

Runner-up:  Dr. Martha Reed, Andrea Sobotka


Enlightened Books/Gift Store:  Storm Wisdom

Runner-up:  Changing Hands Bookstore, A Peace of the Universe


Spiritual Center:  Storm Wisdom

Runner-up:  Insights for Life


Organic Eatery:  True Food Kitchen

Runner-up:  Nourish


Vegan Eatery:  Pomegranate Cafe

Runner-up:  Green


Gluten-Free Menu:  Picazzo’s

Runner-up:  Nourish


Gluten-Free Baker:  Gluten Free Creations Bakery

Runner-up:  Jewel’s Bakery and Café


Farmers’ Market:  Mamma's Organic Market

Runner-up:  Uptown Farmers’ Market


CSA:  Mamma's Organic Market

Runner-up:  Desert Roots Farms


Health Food Store:  Desert Sage Herbs

Runner-up:  Sprouts Farmers Market


Green Maids:  Eco Mama Green Clean

Runner-up:  Maid Brigade


Natural Pet Care:  Andrea Sobotka

Runner-up:  EB's Bark and Bonefest


Natural Salon/Spa/Nail Care:  Inner Radiance Spa

Runner-up:  Pure Salon


Natural Skin Care:  Inner Radiance Spa

Runner-up:  Simple Nature Skin Care


Eco-Friendly Transportation:  Clean Air Cab

Runner-up:  Discount Cab


Solar Provider:  SolarCity

Runner-up:  Harmon Solar


Heating/Air Conditioning:  All Aire Air Conditioning & Heat

Runner-up:  Knight Air Conditioning


Green Builder:  Gavin Homes

Runner-up:  Venue Builders


Green Realtor:  Melisa Camp

Runner-up:  Jan Green


Creative Arts:  Allura Westly

Runner-up:  Paige Sullivan


Nonprofit Organization of the Year:  One True Love

Runner-up:  Liberty Wildlife


Green Business of the Year:  Eco Mama Green Clean

Runner-up:  Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences


Holistic Business of the Year:  Desert Sage Herbs

Runner-up:  Insights for Life


Health & Wellness Business of the Year:  Absolute Health

Runner-up:  Desert Sage Herbs




ONe TRUe LOVe is a local Arizona nonprofit on a mission to serve the heart, mind, and body of human beings in need through the distribution of food, educational classes and community building events. They have served more than 23,000 individuals living on the streets of the Valley and now have added a food truck to increase their impact by 500 percent.

Co-founders Krysten Aldridge and Ann Cabano say, “One of the coolest things we do with our food truck is rescue food waste from other food trucks and grocers in the Valley and transform it into food for those in need. At our food rescue outreach events, we offer a full menu to those who live on the streets, allowing them to have a dignified, healthful restaurant experience that many of us take for granted each day.”

For more information, call 480-209-4355 or visit ONeTRUeLOVe.org.



Eco Mama Green Clean

Eco Mama Green Clean is a local woman-owned, eco-friendly, residential and small business cleaning service, licensed, insured and bonded, that provides deep and routine cleaning. They formulate, sell and use their own product line of natural cleaning products and support local businesses and vendors. Eco Mama protects the environment by providing green cleaning, the best choice for homes with babies, children and pets, at an affordable rate.

Owner Sarah Mitchell says, “Becoming a mother was my inspiration for starting Eco Mama, and my second and third children are my motivation to keep it going. We give clients an option for quality cleaning services, without toxic chemicals. Using our own green product line sets us apart from other cleaning companies.”

For more information, call 480-544-6262 or visit EcoMamaGreenClean.com.



Desert Sage Herbs

Desert Sage Herbs is a mother/daughter-owned and operated herbal store and holistic wellness center. Customers can browse 350 jars of organic herbs, teas and spices in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, as well as more than 100 different therapeutic-grade oils. Vicki, Brittney and the herbalist staff provide personal, one-on-one service; answering their health questions and choosing herbal extracts, teas, essential oil blends, supplements and books. For those with more complex issues, the center provides additional services that include herbal consultations, therapeutic body work and colon hydrotherapy.

Co-owner Vicki Greener says, “My daughter and I are inspired by one of the oldest forms of medicine; plant medicine. Our passion is to support others to live a health-filled life, where they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually empowered.”

Location: 1728 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For more information, call 480-785-9065 or visit DesertSageHerbs.com.



Absolute Health

Dr. Sara Penton, owner of Absolute Health, states, “Our goal is to treat the whole person, rather than a symptom, to help alleviate mental, physical and emotional stress.” Absolute Heath wellness center incorporates doctors and therapists that come together as a team to obtain optimum health and wellness for their patients. A wide range of services such as chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, IV therapy, ozone therapy, biofeedback, neurofeedback, detoxing, nutritional counseling, massage, non-invasive allergy relief and more are offered at Absolute Health. They can help patients with a wide variety of disorders, including ADHD, hormone imbalances, chronic pain, immune support, emotional distress, allergies and fatigue. Absolute Health is dedicated to educating and caring for each patient.

Location: 8360 E. Raintree Dr., Ste. 135, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-991-9945 or visit AbsoluteHealthAz.com.