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Best of Utah Body & Mind

Readers choose their best health-care providers, medical institutions, fitness guides and more.



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Best for Transgender Health
Bernadette Kiraly, MD
A family physician whose passion is primary care, Dr. Kiraly joined the U of U in 2003 where she dedicated herself to helping refugees receive the care they need. That led her to working with gender minority populations. Now, as co-medical director of the U Health Transgender Health Program, she oversees primary care and gender affirming hormone therapy for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The program also offers support services, resources and seminars on a wide range of topics. For gender-diverse folks in need of healthcare, it's comforting to know there are many medical professionals in your corner, and perhaps none more dedicated than Dr. Kiraly.
U of U Sugar House Health Center, 1280 E. Stringham Ave., SLC, 801-581-2000,

Best Luxury Medical Spa
Haus of Aesthetics
Formerly Spa Trouve on 900 South, Haus of Aesthetics arrived on the scene to create a high-end medical spa that still feels warm and inviting. Woman-owned (by Amy Archuleta), the spa welcomes all, regardless of gender identity. Offering a wide range of services—including Botox filler, lip enhancements, CoolSculpting, laser hair removal, dermaplaning, microneedling, chemical peels and the refreshing medical-grade facial known as the HydraFacial. With all the latest techniques and technology, you can't help but leave looking luxuriously rejuvenated.
705 E. 900 South, Suite 100, SLC, 801-997-8199,

Best Injections
Hillary Taggart, DNP-FNP-C
Dr. Taggart has personalized the injectable business in SLC by offering natural Botox and fillers under the care of an experienced master injector. Working in the medical aesthetic industry since 2014, she opened her boutique-style med-spa in 2021. She emphasizes a more natural and conservative look for clients. Not only does she listen to her clients but she also takes time to educate them so they understand her use of certain products or why she might suggest other areas to treat to achieve their desired results. Her goal is to create a look that: "Everyone will notice, but no one will know."
Modern SLC Injections and Aesthetics, 2290 E. 4500 South, Suite 210, Holladay, 801-516-8884,

Best Small/Friendly Gym
Foothill Personal Training
This "little gym that could" was established in January 1994 and moved to its current location in 1997. At 2,300 square feet of floor space, it may be smaller than some, but it's not tiny, either, and the staff is made up of outstanding strength, conditioning and health coaches. Plus, it offers convenient parking, easy Interstate access and east bench views of the Wasatch and the Oquirrh mountains—all at reasonable fees with no contract necessary. It's a friendly, positive, energetic environment—one where you're likely to hear people laugh (as opposed to grunt) as they work out.
2645 Parleys Way, SLC, 801-484-2828,

Best Breast Cancer Healing Retreats
Image Reborn Foundation
Image Reborn Foundation was founded in 1998 by Dr. Renato Saltz, a plastic surgeon who saw a need for women to emotionally heal and rebuild after cancer. The foundation provides no-cost renewal retreats to women diagnosed with breast cancer and helps them to live more fulfilling lives. Participants stay in a mountain home in the company of six to seven other women experiencing breast cancer. Throughout the weekend, the women partake in nourishing food, movement and massage. As they cry, laugh, grieve and celebrate together, they learn they are not facing this disease on their own.
5445 S. Highland Drive, Suite 5, SLC,

Best Boutique Gym
Align Fitness Studio
This local boutique fitness studio offers a wide variety of classes: barre, Pilates, dance cardio, yoga, TRX and more. This is the place to balance yourself on three levels: body, mind and spirit. A very important aspect of the studio is creating what they call a circle of friends to welcome members and build relationships with one another. As they say, "What's better than exercising with your friends?" The instructors are the driving force and each one is creative, well-trained and energetic—it's hard to pick a favorite!
450 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-869-2752,

Best Doulas
Heart Tones Birth Services
Pregnant women need immense love and support, and doulas can help with that. Heart Tones Birth Services' owner, Beth Hardy, handpicks her doulas based on precise skill sets: She looks for down-to-earth souls who will care for all types of families, who are experts in labor support and who can connect with moms-to-be. Clients can read the bios of Heart Tones doulas online and choose one for themselves, or Hardy will match moms-to-be with a doula. Then, clients and doulas meet to decide if they want to work together. Doulas provide prenatal visits, then remain on call 24/7 from two weeks prior to the mom's due date until the baby is born. Postpartum, doulas will visit moms to offer help in a variety of ways. It's a service most new moms fantasize about: Someone who understands their needs and concerns who knows exactly what to do.

Best Medical Cannabis Prescriber
Tim Pickett, PA-C
Born and raised in Utah, Tim Pickett is a local and licensed medical provider and member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. As owner and operator of Utah Therapeutic Health Center—a full-service Utah cannabis medical clinic—he brags that his team is the most educated group of marijuana clinicians in the state. His relationships with Utah marijuana grower/cultivar have helped create new products specifically designed for his patients. Above all, he enjoys educating patients about medical marijuana in the hopes of destigmatizing the plant and encouraging its safe and effective use. As he says: Get your card and learn more.
740 E. 3900 South, Suite 108, SLC, 801-851-5554,

Best Dance Party on a Bike
Rideologie Cycle Studio
As Salt Lake City's first "rhythm ride" studio, Rideologie in Sugar House doesn't only offer state-of-the art equipment to use, it creates the "experience" of high-octane instructors, energetic music and the positive spirit of a fitness community for all levels. Their 45-minute-long cycling classes are choreographed to the beat of the music. You best be prepared to sweat. (Don't worry, towels are provided.) As they say, it's a "full-body dance party on a bike!" Classes are pay-as-you-go—so you're only paying for the classes you attend (although there are discounts if you're a regular rider). After the ride, enjoy the use of an on-site bathroom, shower, hairdryer, hair ties, earplugs, mints. A party that sends you home clean and refreshed. What else could you ask for?
1155 E. Wilmington Ave., Suite 200, SLC, 801-484-1456,

Best Gyrotonic Studio
Movement Design Lab
Want to learn about two fitness methods, namely Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis? Both movement systems are designed to open energy pathways and increase range of motion in people from all walks of life. The no-impact movements strengthen muscles that support the spine and hips and stabilize the shoulders. Gyrotonic exercises are practiced on customized devices with rotational discs and weighted pulleys while Gyrokinesis is practiced on a mat and chair without equipment. There are only a handful of studios offering these unique exercise methods along the Wasatch Front, and one of them is the Movement Design Lab, with classes taught by none other than Bre Dumke Helfrich and her staff. Come take a Gyrotonic class at $45/class or a Gyrokinesis classes for only $25, and enjoy the small class size.
244 W. 300 North, Suite 103, SLC, 801-831-4391,