3 Reader Recommendation Requests to start the weekend

From Alice:

I’m looking for a good, reasonably-priced personal trainer in the West Seattle area… hoping some of your readers can give me some suggestions!

From “bookbiz”:

Can your readers recommend a good acupuncturist either in Seattle or West Seattle? My wife’s foot doctor recommended the treatment, but we don’t know where to begin the search. Thanks for any help.

And from Marylyn:

I am a soon to be new West Seattle resident, and am in need of a good dog walker.

If you have recommendations for any or all of these requests, please post a comment here. And remember – all WSB RRRs, and their responses, are archived here. Thanks for helping your fellow West Seattleites (and future ones!).

37 Replies to "3 Reader Recommendation Requests to start the weekend"

  • Annie December 15, 2007 (8:34 am)

    Nancy Ishii is a licensed acupuncturist who practices in the
    White Crane Spa on California Ave. She specializes in gentle techniques and is very thorough. Her number is 206.937.4777.

  • hopey December 15, 2007 (8:45 am)

    I adore my dog walker Janice Butler. She is friendly, sincere, reliable, genuinely flexible, and supportive of obedience training. She can do walks and/or dog park visits. After hiring her, I discovered she walks what seems like all of the dogs in my Fauntleroy/Arbor Heights neighborhood! I’m not entirely sure she is taking new customers right now, but please do give her a ring to find out.

    P.S. Tell Janice you saw it on WSB… I’ve been telling her what a great resource it is!

  • Katherine December 15, 2007 (8:47 am)

    I’ve had good acupuncture results with Linda Minato. She only works in West Seattle on Fridays. Call
    767-3298 for appointment.

  • BB December 15, 2007 (9:07 am)

    Alice, although on the surface it seems a little spendy you should at least look into the X-Gym on Alki (www.xgym.com) the owners (Sharmon and PJ) are West Seattle’ites and your results will be great!

    Marylyn, as far as dog walkers… Jess (who used to own the Tail Wag by Cafe Ladro) now does dog walking exclusively. He is GREAT with the dogs and very reliable. Our dog sprints across the dog park to great him every time we see him there. His number is 841-8245.

  • WSB December 15, 2007 (10:32 am)

    Reposting a recommendation that accidentally wound up attached to a different post:

    Jan wrote: “Really good acupuncturists…either Linda Minato (206-767-3298) or Debi Hoffman(206-781-3527). Both are located at 4746 44th Ave. SW Suite #203. It’s right across the street from Junction True Value. They are both extremely knowledgeable in their field.”

  • Jan December 15, 2007 (11:22 am)

    and…Debi Hoffman is also a Certified Hyperbaric Tech, and a Hyperbaric RN at Virginia Mason…good credentials…

    thanks, WSB <3

  • Ann K December 15, 2007 (12:11 pm)

    Trainer: Beth Baker http://www.runningevolution.com, excellent!

  • Charla Mustard-Foote December 15, 2007 (12:14 pm)

    Miranda Taylor is an exceptional acupuncturist in West Seattle. I had not done any kind of acupuncture before I met her — and now I depend on a combination of her work and the Communichi organization.

    http://www.communichi.org (Jordan VanVoast and Serena Sundaram)

    http://www.taylorgoodhealth.com (Miranda Taylor)

    Contact me if you need particular information.



  • I Heart Jiggers December 15, 2007 (12:18 pm)

    I have to agree with BB. Jess is fantastic with dogs, and the whole family has the Dogmaster Gene. Jess’ mom is our Dog Walker. You may reach her thru Jess to see if either are taking on new pups. Woof!

  • Jeremy December 15, 2007 (3:23 pm)

    My wife and I have been greatly helped by Laura Zanieski and Jim Dowling at Westside Acupuncture on California near PCC.

  • Vickie December 15, 2007 (4:35 pm)

    Jim Dowling at Westside Acupuncture ( 206-938-2055) is the best! He’s been practicing acupuncture in West Seattle for years in private practice as well as at Bastyr Natural Health Clinic on Stone Way. He’s very attentive to his clients and one of the most grounded people I know.

  • star December 15, 2007 (5:05 pm)

    Anne Binder is an AWESOME trainer

  • jb December 15, 2007 (5:27 pm)

    Personal Training: Therese Bianci. She Rocks. 206.234.6607

  • Alistair December 15, 2007 (9:42 pm)

    I’ve found the WS fitness facilities lacking. Allstar Fitness is local, but their new downtown location is markedly nicer than the one on SW Andover. Parking is pretty painless, and free early morning and weekday evenings.

    I strongly recommend Damien (dkrantz@allstarfitness.com).

  • H December 16, 2007 (1:49 am)

    West Seattle Acupuncture & Oriental medicine is great!
    5410 California Ave SW
    Seattle, WA • 98136
    (206) 923-2053

  • Ruth December 16, 2007 (7:33 am)

    Diane Hoover at walkingthepawss@yahoo.com is the best dog walker, pet-sitter around. She took care of my elderly dog, my new puppy, two cats, etc. etc.

    She is very affordable and trustworthy!

  • Steph December 16, 2007 (12:07 pm)

    David the Dog Walker is great. http://www.davidthedogwalker.com. He is reliable and will also take your dog to the groomers. My dog loves him. His assistant Erin was actually featured in the Seattle Post with our dog (Lou) discussing that service. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/341215_dogwash27.html

  • Kim December 16, 2007 (1:50 pm)

    Re Accupuncture – I recommend Paul Nojaim at W. Seattle Accupuncture – 923-2053

    Best dog walker – Demerey Shain – TLCPetServices@comcast.net. She is reliable, caring and incredibly knowledgeable.

  • Jill, NiaDiva December 16, 2007 (2:19 pm)

    Check out http://www.coachstacey.net. West Seattke local and comes to your home with a holistic approach. Also if you’re into a unique approach for fitness classes, I recommend trying out http://www.niadivas.com :)

  • Erik December 16, 2007 (2:59 pm)

    I won’t give up my dogwalker’s name as I only use her for extended stays and she’s hard to book. With regards to fitness, if you’re interested in a counter-intuitive approach to movement you can check out http://www.feldenkrais.com/. I’d start up a class if there was any interest.

  • Emily December 16, 2007 (5:33 pm)

    He’s not in West Seattle, but Jim Blair is a fantastic acupuncturist on First Hill. He’s in the Minor & James building (at the corner of Minor & James streets), and is especially great if you have never had acupuncture before and/or are nervous about the technique. Good luck!

  • Al December 16, 2007 (8:22 pm)

    Elyce Tajima at Golden Koi Acupuncture is another in West Seattle’s legion of fantastic acupuncturists. She’s kept my family and friends in better operating condition than most of us have any right to be in. And, she even has some evening appointments–a blessing for us with daytime work hours! 271-9939, at Mind Body Spirit in the Junction.

  • Sue December 16, 2007 (11:20 pm)

    Recommendation for Accupuncturist in West Seattle:

    I have been being treated by Miranda Taylor for about a month for back pain and related issues. I strongly recommend her for her professionalism, knowledge and most of all for her compassion. She’ll not only help you heal your body, but also your soul.


  • dksmith December 17, 2007 (1:23 pm)

    I second Elyce Tajima at Golden Koi Acupuncture (206-271-9939) AND she takes my insurance. She’s very gentle and also offers nutritional suggestions that might help.

  • Jo B December 21, 2007 (8:14 pm)

    i too use Erin at DavidtheDogWalker and love her! Andi happen to know he is in the process of hiring another dog walker, so should be taking on new dogs.

  • sandra December 22, 2007 (11:55 pm)

    thank you all for responding to my husband’s acupuncture request. It lead me to discover the Communichi Center at Beacon Hill. This is a not for profit organization that offers group acupuncture treatment with a flexible fee structure. They do have a wish list for a small microwave, and a toaster. If any of you have access to one, please consider donating to the center. Again, thank you for your referalls.
    http://www.communichi.org (Jordan VanVoast and Serena Sundaram)

  • Les December 27, 2007 (12:04 am)

    I second the following, referred by group health (and covered)

    West Seattle Acupuncture & Oriental medicine is great!
    5410 California Ave SW
    Seattle, WA • 98136
    (206) 923-2053

    Dog walking: We also use David and Erin. Have used them for over a year, for our older, blink Akita, who needs a brisk walk. He looks forward to the daily walks

    http://www.davidthedogwalker.com. He is reliable and will also take your dog to the groomers. My dog loves him. His assistant Erin was actually featured in the Seattle Post with our dog (Lou) discussing that service.


  • kathy December 28, 2007 (4:45 pm)

    Our cat-sitter is also a dog walker and I’m sure she’s as terrific with dogs as she is with cats. She’s very reliable and conscientious — I wholeheartedly recommend her. Elizabeth Emerson, West Seattle Pet Care Services, 206.898.7175.

  • Nicole January 19, 2008 (10:04 pm)

    I second the recommendation for Therese Bianci (206.234.6607) does in home and in-gym training… she’s tough and won’t let you slack. She’s attentive to form and will assure you get a complete workout.

  • Judi February 3, 2008 (11:09 am)

    I highly reccommend my awesome trainer – Jackie Helton. 206-2579640. jackiehelton@yahoo.com

  • David Hogan March 5, 2008 (7:06 am)

    I own David the Dog Walker and David the Dog Trainer.
    Erin, Angela, Jay, and I are at your service.
    We love our clients, and are currently accepting new business.

    Additionally, we now offer dog training services.

  • Steve April 29, 2008 (8:20 am)

    Nancy Ishi
    Very professional,
    Excellent with womens issues as well!
    Highly recommended!!!

  • Mary May 9, 2008 (10:31 am)

    Nancy Ishii is a gifted and compassionate accupunturist. She has helped me immensely with my health. She’s an 11 on a scale of 10.

  • Mary May 9, 2008 (10:33 am)

    XGym is fantastic and well worth the investment. It’s the only place I’ve ever seen that will fire you if you don’t the commitment. They workout a plan for you. That’s works for you. No cookie cutters at this gym. Most importantly Sharmon is one of the most inspirational people I’ve met in a long time and staff is great. Highly recommend this investment.

  • Mary May 9, 2008 (10:40 am)

    Pawsitive Petcare, Cyndi Witchi, has been my dog’s Nanny for over five years. She is the Dr. Doolittle of dog walkers. My dog is so happy, gets exercise, and lots of attention while I’m at work. Cyndi offers door to door service;she’ll pick-up your pooch and takes them back home saving you time while getting to and from work. Five star rating *****

  • Sandy June 4, 2008 (2:05 pm)

    I recommend Laura Gramly at Turning Point Acupuncture and Herbs. Her number is 932-6114 and she just moved to 3620 California Ave SW. I haven’t had to take antidepressants or pain killers in years since I started seeing her. She is really nice and has made a huge difference in my life.

  • Krystal June 5, 2008 (7:00 pm)

    Anthony at Left Coast Dogs is awesome. My dog’s tail wags TONS when I mention Anthony’s name! He is really great and works only in West Seattle, also very flexible!

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