Special to AFN

Todd and Jen Winton have a clear vision of why Ahwatukee is the perfect place for their practice.

The husband-wife doctors – he a naturopath and she a chiropractor – consider it a community of people who are as committed to healthy living as they are to helping people achieve it.

“Ahwatukee has a very friendly community,” said Jen. “People are genuinely interested in their health and are continuously looking for natural alternatives to drugs and surgery. They find many answers in our clinic to get healthy and stay active.”

Jen Winton opened the practice, Active Lifestyle Clinic, at 16515 S. 40th St., Ahwatukee, not long before they married about six years ago, having met on the online dating site eharmony.com.

Now they’ve added a partner, Dr. Keith Smith, who is returning to Ahwatukee eight years after he sold his 10-year-old Ahwatukee Life Center.

The Wintons’ take healthy living seriously even when they’re not at work.

They’ve marched in demonstrations against genetically modified food, and load their website, activelivingcenter.com, with tips and products aimed at helping people live a healthier life.

Smith shares that philosophy, even though he had never met the couple until he began working with them, motivated by a desire to get back into chiropracty.

He had sold his business to open a wellness practice that concentrated on nutrition and weight loss.

“Many people are hungry for information on vitamins, nutrition and eating healthy but don’t know where to start,” he said. “I am passionate about sharing this information and helping people get back to basics with food.”

The Wintons, parents of two boys ages 3 and 5, have both been practicing for more than 15 years.

She graduated from Palmer West College of Chiropractic – Smith’s alma mater as well – in 2003 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington.

Her husband attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating in 1999.

Jen Winton practices chiropractic with a focus on family care.

Her husband focuses on the most conservative treatments, specializing in male and female hormone balance using bio-identical hormones, natural pain relief using prolotherapy and ozone injections and weight loss.

“The naturopathic aspect is very intriguing to most folks since male and female hormone imbalance is so rampant,” she said, adding that her husband’s natural pain injections and his other treatments “are very effective at healing joints and preventing surgery."

Before she had met her husband, Jen Winton had bought a small practice from Dr. Janelle Perkins in Ahwatukee at Ray Road and Ranch Circle, and soon found it “grew exponentially” to where she needed more space.

She relocated to the 40th Street location off Frye Road and by that time picked up her new partner in life as her partner in the practice.

Over time, they have found that one of their biggest challenges has involved the insurance industry.

“We used to rely on insurance sending us patients through their network listings,” she explained. “Insurance in Arizona has changed so much in the world of chiropractic that most do not cover it anymore.”

So they’ve developed a program offering low rates – such as $25 for an adjustment and $65 for naturopathic care – to counter the effects of those changes.

Jen Winton and Smith also have teamed up with local restaurants, such as Pita Jungle, Hillside Spot and Pomegranate Café, to offer health-related lunch workshops to businesses in Ahwatukee and the surrounding area.

Smith said he’s glad he’s hitched up with the Wintons because they share his commitment to helping people live healthier lives and because of their location.

“We all have a very similar philosophy, care for patients and make care affordable,” he said. “Plus, I have practiced in Ahwaukee for years and really enjoy the community.”

Information: 480-704-1050, ActiveLifestyleClinic.com

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