Discover Deep Transformational Life Coaching in Flagstaff, AZ
Living the human experience is a beautiful, complex journey. It's filled with peaks and valleys of pleasure and pain, both physical and emotional. It seems so simple when we're children, but things change as we grow: we begin to form our own opinions, develop romantic relationships, build a career, and work our way through life. With age comes maturity and personal development, but all too often, we grow older without learning how to manage and accept our emotions, thoughts, and relationships. This causes us to get stuck, and for some, they then stay stuck - trapped in a vicious cycle of self-doubt, judgement and negativity.
Sound familiar? If so, ask yourself if you are suffering from any of the following:
- Unresolved childhood trauma
- Grief, loss, and betrayals in life that you can't get past
- Harmful patterns that keep you stuck in a rut, with no hope of moving forward
- Anxiety about your personal or work life
- Anger, insecurity, and stress that gets the best of you
- Codependency and people pleasing-problems that leave you emotionally bankrupt
- Family or romantic relationship issues that you can't handle or resolve
- Negative thoughts and self-criticizing problems equating to "I'm not good enough" and "I can't succeed."
- Overthinking and racing thoughts that distract you during the day and keep you up at night
- Lack of motivation or purpose in your life
- Low self-worth, self-love, and lack of personal development
If you're struggling because you aren't sure what to do next or how to change your life for the better, know that you aren't alone. Millions of people just like you aren't where they want to be in life. Fortunately, your personal growth life coach in Flagstaff, AZ, is here to help you reimagine, refocus, and rebuild your life for the better.
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We All Suffer at Times. Now, Lets Do Something About It
If you're reading this page, chances are you're not exactly happy with how your life is going. And that's okay. You're in a safe place.
Finding the right person to speak with about the personal growth issues in your life is challenging. Some life coaches in Flagstaff only see you as a transaction - a means to make money and provide unhelpful, mediocre services. Christy Maxey is the anthesis of uneducated, fly-by-night life coaches. She has worked with thousands of people just like you and has built a reputation of helping people as their life coach in Flagstaff and throughout Arizona, as well as with clients all over the world.
As a former therapist, Christy uses an effective system of evidenced-based concepts, tools, and exercises like trauma-informed coaching, inner child healing and EMDR to uncover true self-worth. Christy's signature system, the Maxx Method, helps develop emotional intelligence and provides life-long skills that will help guide you in relationships with yourself and others.
Remember: you are not broken YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. There is nothing wrong with you. And, it doesn't have to take years of therapy to get the results you are hoping for
The Maxx Method Difference
Many people use go to therapy but see few results. They've tried reading books, listening to podcasts, and maybe even hired a life coach. But at the end of the day, they're still struggling with root issues that cause stress, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.
Christy Maxey has developed The Maxx Method, an evidenced-based path to Personal Development, Healing and Emotional Intelligence. When you work with Christy Maxey as your life coach, you will spend your time together getting to the root cause of your problems. You'll answer questions like:
- How are you holding yourself back?
- What limiting beliefs do you have?
- What are you resisting?
- How are self-doubt and judgment keeping you stuck?
- How is your past STILL affecting you now?
- Where is your anxiety coming from?
Often, we don't know the answers to these questions without help. Unfortunately, many therapists and life coaches in Flagstaff, AZ lack focus. They encourage you to talk about your day, week, and month. They get a general sense of what is bothering you, but before any real work is done, your therapy session is over. In the end, you see few results and you're left reeling with more anxiety and stress than before.
Clients choose Christy Maxey as their personal development life coach because she gets right to the issues without wasting your time. She pulls on her vast experience to heal men and women of all ages, using traditional techniques from psychology and psychotherapy combined with results-oriented coaching. Christy always emphasizes honesty, compassion, and accountability, so you get real benefits and real efficiency with her coaching.
If you're ready to be re-introduced to your authentic self, your journey starts here.
Men's Personal Development Growth Coaching in Flagstaff, AZ
Men in today's society often fight against strong feelings of stress, anger, and self-defeating patterns that keep them stuck in a rut. Unfortunately, many men are socialized to ignore their feelings and inner experiences. As a men's therapist and life coach for more than 20 years, Christy Maxey has the techniques and experience to break down the barriers keeping men from living the life they want.
Men deserve compassion, but they also deserve high expectations and positive confrontation when necessary. Unlike some life coaches in Flagstaff, Christy's approach doesn't allow men to hide behind insecurity and grandiosity. Male clients choose Christy because she pushes them to live to their true potential without wasting time.
Coaching Men with Relationship Issues
Relationships don't always come easily and we are not taught how to have healthy, secure relationships. Challenges can be hard to overcome without help. If any of the following problems sound familiar, life coaching with Christy Maxey could be the solution:
- Difficult Relating to Partner
- Repeating Negative Patterns in Relationships
- Feelings of Loneliness
- Feeling Misunderstood
Coaching Men with Stress
Stress is the leading root cause of disease. Although men are taught to "just deal with it," that's not the best answer. With Christy Maxey as your life coach, you can address issues with:
- No Appreciation for Hard Work
- Pleasing Everyone Except Yourself
- Exhaustion without Physical Activity
- Feelings of Unhappiness and Lack of Motivation
Coaching Men with Anger
It's no wonder that men suffer from aggression and anger when we tell them to turn off their emotions. Life coaching can help you overcome:
- Aggressive Behavior
- Outbursts of Anger
- Career Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Verbal Aggression and Abuse
If you're a man open to working through your problems to better yourself, there's good news. Christy Maxey's proven, efficient life coaching system can help you be the father, husband, friend, and self that you truly want to be. With the right tools and guidance, you can live life with less anger and stress. And with the right tools, you can focus on finding your voice without resorting to aggression.
Women's Personal Development Growth Coaching in Flagstaff, AZ
Women are beautiful, unique individuals. But many seem to suffer from the same universal theme - an inner critic that hinders true growth and sabotages them from a fulfilling, happy life.
As a therapist, Christy Maxey spent much of her time working directly with women just like you. Christy combines an incredible depth of knowledge and guidance with life coaching energy, uncovering your true potential as a woman, free of dysfunction.
Unfortunately, no matter what women do as mothers and employees, many believe that they're never good enough. They feel like they're not worthy, not lovable, and not strong.
If you feel like you're unworthy of success and happiness, it's time for a change. It's time to look in the mirror and take care of yourself, not someone else.
If you're ready to reclaim the life you deserve, your journey to success starts with women's life coaching in Flagstaff. Here are just a few areas that Christy Maxey helps women break free of the chains that keep them down:
Coaching Women Suffering from Pleasing & Codependency
Many women today do everything for everybody else but don't take time to heal or explore personal development. Personal development growth coaching from Christy Maxey can help you address these common issues:
- Self-Medicating to Cover Up Feelings of Inadequacy
- Feeling like You've Lost Yourself
- People Taking Advantage of Your Kindness
- Over-Providing for Others
Coaching Women with Unpleasant Emotions
Many women are unsure of how to untangle the mess of emotions they go through. Life coaching in Flagstaff can help you manage your emotions and find the clarity and love you need in your life. Does this sound like you?
- Feelings of Shame and Guilt
- Issues with Your Career or Job
- Unhappiness with Others' Behaviors
- Bouts of Sobbing That Lead to Anxiety and Depression
Coaching Women with Self-Confidence Issues
Though every life is valuable, society triggers many women to de-value themselves as they grow older. One of the core components of Christy's life coaching is to help women value who they are. Self-confidence can help by:
- Highlighting Positive Attributes Over Shortcomings
- Finding Solutions to Confidence Issues
- Teaching You How to Love Yourself, Flaws and All
- Giving You the Tools to Assert Yourself Without Guilt
If you're a woman and you're ready for change, we've got great news. Women's coaching with Christy is all about change and focus. It's active and experiential coaching that will keep you engaged and accountable to yourself. The result? A life bursting with happiness, fulfillment, and joy.
EMDR Coaching in Flagstaff, AZ
EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, is a powerful technique used to heal people from distressing and disturbing life experiences. EMDR Coaching with Christy Maxey allows the mind to heal from psychological trauma much quicker than traditional therapy methods.
When we go through traumatic experiences, we often associate those events with negative beliefs and emotions like feelings of shame, anger, and inadequacy. EMDR helps the mind reprocess the life-changing event, allowing the client to heal and live a life they love.
Is EMDR Right for You?
Many people are reluctant to try EMDR because of poor results from previous attempts. Christy Maxey's EMDR Coaching includes guided visualization and inner child healing for a more robust approach. This tactic is part of Christy's Maxx Method - a life-changing framework for personal development.
What is the Maxx Method?
You may have received help from a therapist or life coach in Flagstaff, AZ, in the past, only to fall back into bad habits and self-destruction. If that sounds like you, chances are you never addressed the underlying cause of your problems. You cut the weed but never removed the root.
The Maxx Method is a six-part holistic system of evidenced-based tools, exercises, and concepts, developed to help you achieve maximized personal development.
EMDR and the Maxx Method are not only used for extreme traumas. They can be very helpful for common memories and events that foster feelings of low self-esteem and powerlessness, too. These methods were developed to help manage unpleasant emotions, show you how to find deep love, and heal old wounds that keep you stuck.
EMDR and the Maxx Method could be right for you if you have experienced:
- Social Anxiety
- Loss, Betrayal, and Grief
- Negative Core Beliefs
- Hurt, Anger, and Sadness
- Low Self-Esteem
- Lack of Confidence
Break Out of Your Comfort Zone and Be Proud of Your True Self
The world is changing. People are finally learning how to manage their own human experiences. But we can't do it alone. Christy Maxey is here to guide you on the path to a positive, guilt-free life. If you're ready to look inward, find peace, and develop the skills to love your true self, you're in the right place. After all, you've been suffering long enough.
When you work with Christy, you'll be on a fast track to the truth - no beating around the bush or wasting time. Christy's methods are gentle but firm, compassionate yet driven. You will learn, you will transform, and you will be happy because it's you who did the work. It's time to face your fears head-on, so you can't play the victim card anymore. You're capable of great relationships, healthy self-confidence, and of doing something with your life. If you're sick and tired of being stuck, this is your chance to get out of that rut.
Ready to learn to value yourself and live the life that you deserve? Contact Christy Maxey today for your free 15-minute consultation.Call Us480-600-3003
Latest News in Flagstaff, AZ
More snow heading to Flagstaff over next several days
KTAR.comPHOENIX – There is no escaping the snow in northern Arizona, where more storms are lining up to unload over the coming days, forecasters said.Heavy and blowing snow is expected to cover Flagstaff and surrounding cities starting Thursday night, on the heels of a weather system that brought precipitation and winds that topped out at 78 mph in Coconino County the previous day.A winter storm w...
PHOENIX – There is no escaping the snow in northern Arizona, where more storms are lining up to unload over the coming days, forecasters said.
Heavy and blowing snow is expected to cover Flagstaff and surrounding cities starting Thursday night, on the heels of a weather system that brought precipitation and winds that topped out at 78 mph in Coconino County the previous day.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.
“This is not the end – this is actually the beginning,” meteorologist Cindy Kobold with the Flagstaff office told KTAR News 92.3 FM early Thursday.
“We are looking at more snow for the next several days, two more storms for sure.”
Snow will continue Thursday through Friday morning for most of the High Country, becoming heavy this afternoon. Gusty winds will also persist continuing dangerous travel conditions. Snow loading could be a concern in some areas. #AZwx pic.twitter.com/erycHrIvME
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 23, 2023
The next incoming storm could drop another 8-12 inches around Flagstaff, Williams and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Another storm Saturday night into Sunday may yield between 6-12 inches.
Winds are on track to reach 40-45 mph.
“It doesn’t look like the wind is going to be as impactful,” Kobold said.
Winds blew so hard Wednesday that the weather service had to guess at snow estimates.
“It made it impossible to accurately measure the snow,” Kobold said.
Several highways remain closed Thursday because of the weather, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation:
• State Route 87 between Winslow and Payson (Milepost 342-252)
• SR 260 eastbound between McNary and Greer (MP 360-385)
• SR 273 between SR 260 and Sunrise Park (MP 377-383)
• U.S. 180 north of Snowbowl (MP 236-248)
• SR 64 near the Grand Canyon (MP 240-264)
• U.S. 191 South of Alpine (MP 188-252)
Other roads reopened Thursday, including northbound Interstate 17 between SR 179 and Flagstaff, eastbound Interstate 40 at U.S. 93 (MP 72), and westbound I-40 at Holbrook (MP 289).
Kobold and the rest of the Flagstaff bureau staff were among those who drove I-40 early Wednesday.
“It started out as rain and then it got cold so fast there [was] this icy accumulation that is really horrible on the 40,” she said.
Plows had gotten the snow out of the way, but there was still ice.
“Temperatures are too cold to get it out of there,” Kobold said, “and you don’t have all these semi[trucks] generating friction with their tires to melt that off.”
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.
Roads closed in northern Arizona as winter storms expected to dump up to 15 inches of snow
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A major winter storm rolled through much of Arizona early Tuesday, bringing the potential for dangerous driving conditions and more than a foot of snow to higher elevations. The Arizona Department of Transportation says multiple roads are closed in northern Arizona due to winter weather-related crashes. The following roads are currently closed:Several schools in the High Country have also delayed classes and buses for Wednesday. For more information, visit ...
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A major winter storm rolled through much of Arizona early Tuesday, bringing the potential for dangerous driving conditions and more than a foot of snow to higher elevations. The Arizona Department of Transportation says multiple roads are closed in northern Arizona due to winter weather-related crashes. The following roads are currently closed:
Several schools in the High Country have also delayed classes and buses for Wednesday. For more information, visit https://www.azfamily.com/weather/closings/.
ADOT says snowplows are working to clear the affected areas and advise drivers not to tailgate a snowplow and to avoid travel during severe storm conditions. Earlier today, slick road conditions caused the driver of a tractor-trailer to lose control on the I-40 in Williams and hit a Department of Public Safety patrol vehicle that was parked on the side of the highway. DPS says the trooper suffered minor injuries.
Meanwhile in the Phoenix area, residents were hit with rain, wind and hail late Tuesday night. The West Valley was covered with balls of hail, while north Phoenix saw strong winds and pockets of rain. Some homeowners even captured loud thunder and the occassional lightning strike! However, the wind has been constant across the Valley. Officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads since visibility is low on the freeways.
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A spokesperson for the city, Sam Beckett, says Flagstaff has already had a near record-breaking snow accumulation for January, which has made preparation for this storm more complicated. “I think we cracked the third largest January snowfall in history, and the biggest piece was after the events. Crews, up until Friday, were still doing snow hauling in the communities to try and free up space to be able to move around in some of the priority areas. Our downtown area. Trying to haul all that snow out of there has been a monumental effort. And then the transition right back to snow operations has been just a ton of work. It’s constant. It never lets up,” said Beckett.
According to the First Alert Meteorologist April Warneke, heavy snow is expected in the High Country, with blowing dust expected in desert spots. Forecasters predict nine to fifteen inches for Flagstaff, about three to five for Prescott, and one to three inches in Sedona.
Crews in northern Arizona have already taken an abundance of caution, with Flagstaff Unified, Williams Unified, Embry-Riddle, and Blue Ridge also canceling classes for Tuesday. Prescott Unified School District will also have a two-hour delay on Tuesday. Closer to Phoenix, a High Wind Warning is in the effect of the Superstition and Pinal and Superstition Mountains from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. as gusts of up to 70mph are possible.
In the meantime, Flagstaff is already seeing near-blizzard conditions. and Beckett says the city is asking those who don’t need to travel to stay off the roads. “If you don’t have to travel, don’t travel. We’re going to see some pretty significant snow storms, snow events coming in the next 24-48 hours or so. Expecting the bulk of it to come in tomorrow afternoon. We are going to see a lot of wind, a lot of snow at times. It’s going to make traveling very hazardous, and we just hope that if people don’t have to travel, don’t travel. Stay home, if you have that option to remote work, tomorrow would be a great day to do that,” he said.
If you do decide to drive, Beckett says, stay clear of snow plows. Each year they have incidents where people get into trouble getting too close to one or trying to pass one. “When you see the snowplows, give them some extra space. Don’t assume they can see you, their focus is on their plow, and understanding where they are on the road. They aren’t watching the car coming up behind them too fast. Give them a little extra space,” Beckett said.
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Andy Reid’s year in Flagstaff, and its enduring impact on him and now 98-year-old boss
The Kansas City Starhttps://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article272248458.html
When Chiefs coach Andy Reid was in his late teens in Los Angeles, his older brother, Reggie, studied geology at Northern Arizona University.After Reggie suffered permanent damage to his right arm in a motorcycle accident, the little brother spent a summer in Flagstaff helping him with the demanding field work of digging holes for soil samples.In an interview with The Star in 2013, Reggie Reid said h...
When Chiefs coach Andy Reid was in his late teens in Los Angeles, his older brother, Reggie, studied geology at Northern Arizona University.
After Reggie suffered permanent damage to his right arm in a motorcycle accident, the little brother spent a summer in Flagstaff helping him with the demanding field work of digging holes for soil samples.
In an interview with The Star in 2013, Reggie Reid said he could still remember Andy “sweating his tail off” as he kept telling him he had to dig deeper.
“And all that cinder block,” Andy Reid recalled with a smile Monday night. “That’s tough.”
As it happened, that wasn’t the only time Andy Reid dug as deep as he could for the cause at Northern Arizona — which would become a one-year building block in the arc of his coaching career at one of its many pivotal junctures.
And that time also became a cause for him to pause and celebrate his former boss there amid all the hoopla on Monday, when Reid invoked the name of near-centenarian Larry Kentera repeatedly at the Super Bowl LVII Opening Night shindig.
“Ninety-eight years old and still going strong,” Reid said at one point. “He’s something.”
So was Reid’s brief but meaningful time working for Kentera, who by telephone on Tuesday gushed over Reid and was gratified by his references to him.
“I haven’t coached for a long time, and then Andy brings up my name,” he said, laughing and adding, “Everybody probably thinks I’m underground right now.”
While Reid’s 14 seasons in Philadelphia is the most visible previous stop in his career and part of the pandemonium as he prepares his Chiefs to face the Eagles in the Super Bowl on Sunday, his year with the Lumberjacks was part of the connective tissue of his budding career when it was pivotal he gain traction.
Reid had relished his three years at his first full-time coaching job at San Francisco State, a now-defunct and then-Division II non-scholarship program. He was making about $22,000 a year as part of a three-man staff, responsible for teaching classes and selling hot dogs (at times amid campus protests) to fund-raise for a lean football budget.
But by the end of the 1985 season, it was time to make a move up. And when LaVell Edwards, his mentor and former coach at Brigham Young, touted Division 1-AA (now FCS) Northern Arizona — a school located in Flagstaff, about two hours north of Phoenix — Reid resolved that he had to get the offensive line job there.
So moments after Edwards called on Reid’s behalf, Kentera said, the eager Reid called in what seemed a rather orchestrated approach. But Kentera told Reid the same thing he had told Edwards: I’m not making any decisions now, because I have to get to Sacramento for a recruiting trip and I’ll get back to you after that.
Off Kentera went to Sacramento (about 90 miles from San Francisco) … where he was surprised to have Reid meet him at the gate back in the days before modern security would have precluded such a greeting.
For that matter, this was well before the advent of the internet and any number of easy ways to track possible flights.
“I had my ways,” Reid said, smiling. “I talked to enough people.”
And then he talked and talked to Kentera, who said he was practically running to baggage claim since he was in a hurry. But Reid kept pace, and kept saying “I want this job.”
“And, you know, I kind of liked that,” Kentera said. “He was hungry, you know what I mean?”
Between that, Edwards’ recommendation and the sense that Reid’s “demeanor and personality” made him the kind of guy who would just fit in, Kentera hired Reid with no real sense of what kind of position coach he would be.
Turned out Reid had a certain knack for the work.
“I can’t say enough about his coaching technique,” Kentera said, later adding, “He taught those players how to play offensive line. He didn’t just say, ‘Get down there in position and hit that guy down.’ You understand what I’m saying?”
If you know Reid and his ability to connect with people, perhaps particularly players, you definitely understand what he’s saying. And even by then, Reid’s gift with people, now a vast expanse that might be seen as six degrees of Andy Reid, was becoming a bedrock of his future.
Talk about a coaching carousel:
After a graduate assistant year at BYU under Edwards, he’d gone to San Francisco State to work for Vic Rowen — who had been a mentor to Edwards. Before he hired Reid, Rowen had hired a then-high school coach named Mike Holmgren — whom Rowen helped get a job with Edwards while Reid was at BYU … and would later give Reid his first NFL job with the Green Bay Packers.
And at San Francisco State, Reid would be joined by Dirk Koetter, with whom he would later coach at Texas-El Paso and Missouri.
It was more of the same at NAU, where Reid was accompanied from San Francisco State by Tom Melvin — now the Chiefs’ tight end coach. And Flagstaff was where he met Brad Childress, the new offensive coordinator. When Reid took over the Eagles in 1999, he made Childress his quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator before Childress became head coach of the Vikings and ultimately rejoined Reid in Kansas City for four years.
Meanwhile, beyond Reid and Childress, Kentera also hired two other future NFL head coaches in his five seasons at NAU: Bill Callahan and Marty Mornhinweg, who like Reid and Koetter spent time at Mizzou.
“I was just lucky; I guess that was it,” Kentera said. “They made me a good coach because they were good.”
That 1986 team went 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference, and Reid fondly recalled the wisdom he gained from Kentera.
“Great human being. Learned a ton from him,” Reid said. “His energy level was something we all wanted, and he wasn’t young back then, either.”
It was mutual admiration, to be sure. Even after Reid decided to leave only a year later soon after Koetter called and convinced him to consider joining him at UTEP under Bob Stull, later the MU coach. After an interview lunch in El Paso, Reid also got an endorsement from Dave Toub … now the Chiefs’ special teams coordinator.
When Reid sheepishly approached Kentera to tell him he had an opportunity to take a Division I job, Kentera remembered encouraging Reid to seize the chance.
“‘As much as I hate to see you leave,’” Kentera recalled saying, “ if you’re going to be in this game, you’ve got to go because it’s another step up.’”
When NAU announced Reid’s departure in February 1987, Dave Brown, the school’s co-athletic director at the time, told the Arizona Daily Sun the Lumberjacks were disappointed to lose him.
“I believe,” he said, “Andy has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Nearly 40 years later, as Kentera frets that he might be starting to get old, Reid frequently reminds him of the meaning of that year in his life.
He was Reid’s guest at a Chiefs-Steelers game in the last few years, and they have exchanged multiple text messages since the Chiefs beat the Bengals to advance to their third Super Bowl in four years.
Kentera tries to watch every Chiefs game he can. And when they lose, which he notes is “very seldom,” he tends to “kind of feel it a little bit.”
Thanks to Reid always remembering from where he came, each step of the way, Kentera also is feeling something now: gratitude for Reid all over again.
“Oh, yeah, hey, very nice,” Kentera said. “He’s just that kind of guy.”
Just like the guy he met that day in Sacramento and sensed was what he might be looking for.
NAH and NCHC announce changes to northern Arizona operations Thursday due to weather
Healthcare providers in northern Arizona have been impacted by the recent winter storm, with Flagstaff locations announcing operational changes.Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) announced Wednesday that visits to NAH Medical Group clinics and offices in Flagstaff would be moved to telemedicine or rescheduled for the safety of both patients and staff. It also closed NAHOSC, Children’s Health Center and EntireCare Flagstaff Wednesday.NAH’s website on Thursday included a banner that said NAH offices would be contacting...
Healthcare providers in northern Arizona have been impacted by the recent winter storm, with Flagstaff locations announcing operational changes.
Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) announced Wednesday that visits to NAH Medical Group clinics and offices in Flagstaff would be moved to telemedicine or rescheduled for the safety of both patients and staff. It also closed NAHOSC, Children’s Health Center and EntireCare Flagstaff Wednesday.
NAH’s website on Thursday included a banner that said NAH offices would be contacting patients with appointments that day to change to telemedicine or reschedule.
It added that any new updates would be posted on nahealth.com.
North Country Healthcare (NCHC) has also been changing its operations in response to the weather. It closed the Williams Urgent Care Wednesday, and announced additional closures and delays at other locations across northern Arizona.
Locations closed Thursday included the Fourth Street and University Avenue locations, pharmacy, dental services, pediatric care and mobile medical unit in Flagstaff, as well as the primary care, physical therapy and dental offices in Williams.
These locations will also be on a delayed start Friday, with the announcement noting that they will open at 9 a.m. “at a minimum.”
NCHC’s Show Low primary care and dental offices were on a delayed schedule Thursday, opening at 10 a.m. The Williams Urgent Care, NCHC’s Grand Canyon services and all lower elevation locations were operating on regular hours Thursday.
More information, including additional updates, can be found at northcountryhealthcare.org.
After being closed Wednesday, Flagstaff Urgent Care reopened with limited hours on Thursday. Due to “icy roads and bad visibility,” the urgent care center delayed its opening by two hours Thursday and closed two hours earlier than usual.
Clinic manager Gabriela Gilmore said Flagstaff Urgent Care sees fewer patients than usual in bad weather, though it also tends to receive more phone calls requesting telehealth appointments.
Gilmore recommended that most Flagstaff residents considering a visit to urgent care “stay home until the road conditions are better.”
“Give us a call before heading to the urgent care; we can answer most questions over the phone,” she said. “Most urgent care visits can wait. If someone feels like their symptoms cannot wait, then they should consider going to the emergency department.”
Matt Kraemer, PT, DPT, FACHE, LSSBB, an administrator with NAH’s Orthopedic and Spine Institute, said this week’s weather has “offered all kinds of challenges” to delivering care.
“Reduced visibility and icy road conditions [have] made it difficult for our patients and staff alike to reach our ambulatory care centers,” he said.
On both Wednesday and Thursday, NAHMG clinics had been contacting patients to either switch appointments to a virtual format or reschedule, depending on urgency, need for in-person appointments and preference.
Patients with “truly urgent and emergent” needs have been directed to FMC’s Emergency Department for care -- which is still open and operating mostly as usual.
Dr. Rachel Levitan, chair for FMC’s department of emergency medicine and an emergency medicine physician, said the travel conditions have been making census counts lower for now.
“With the highways closed and snow, fewer people coming into town and out and about, it typically makes census lower in Flagstaff until one to two days after storms, then we usually get quite busy,” she said. “I can’t speak to exact numbers, but know that weather can make it more difficult to get out.”
The switch to telehealth for prescheduled appointments is not new, Kraemer said.
“This winter, more than others, we have been forced to transition in-person visits to virtual care delivery given road closures and inclement weather,” he said, adding that contingencies providers have made in response to COVID have helped develop this option.
While he said many patients were willing to switch to virtual appointments in the past few days, providers have also opened additional appointments in the coming weeks to help make up for the cancellations. Some are even offering options on Saturdays, he said.
He said the power outages have not impacted most of NAHMG’s sites and employees, though those who have have been looking for other options -- even using cellphones at times.
While this wasn’t always possible and NAHMG closed some sites, he noted that the hospitals, emergency and surgery centers all have generators in case of an outage.
NAH has been following the National Weather Service’s guidelines for travel with this storm, Kraemer said, recommending staff and patients stay home as much as possible for their safety.
“Patients that are comfortable, and a virtual visit is appropriate for their condition, we recommend transitioning those to virtual medicine appointments,” he said. “If a patient is having a medical emergency, NAH recommends seeking care at the FMC Emergency Department, or calling 911 for emergency medical care and transport.”
'It is evidence that the Hopi clans traveled through there': New documentary explores real history of the Grand Canyon
The new short documentary 'Voices of the Grand Canyon' shares the deep cultural connections and generational struggles of those that call the monument home.FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Seeming to stretch out farther than what can be believed, the Grand Canyon National Park is an undeniable symbol of Arizona.And on Sunday, Feb. 26, the park celebrates its 104th birthday.But the canyon has a history that runs deeper than its status as a state park.A new short documentary by a Diné (Navajo) filmmaker is shedding l...
The new short documentary 'Voices of the Grand Canyon' shares the deep cultural connections and generational struggles of those that call the monument home.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Seeming to stretch out farther than what can be believed, the Grand Canyon National Park is an undeniable symbol of Arizona.
And on Sunday, Feb. 26, the park celebrates its 104th birthday.
But the canyon has a history that runs deeper than its status as a state park.
A new short documentary by a Diné (Navajo) filmmaker is shedding light on the canyon's sacred importance to the people who have called it home for centuries.
"Voices of the Grand Canyon" speaks the stories that most visitors to the park never hear. And for Deirdre Peaches – writer, director, and producer of the film – that story is a personal one.
>>You can watch the full 12-minute film below:
"I am Bitterwater Clan, born for Reed People, my maternal grandfather is Salt Clan, and my paternal grandfather is Bitterwater Clan. I am from Flagstaff, Arizona," Peaches said, introducing herself in Diné - the Navajo language.
"What brought me to filmmaking was a sense of reconnecting to my culture ... And using that as a way to learn more about my culture ... My traditions."
Her film features an all-Native American cast and production crew, placing the narrative of the Grand Canyon National Park in the hands of those that claim it as their homeland.
Viewers can see how the canyon is more than just a vacation destination.
“The archaeological sites are our footprints. It is evidence that the Hopi clans traveled through there,” said Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, former director of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and one of the film's narrators. “The Grand Canyon is very special to us. It’s our genesis.”
"And so for people visiting the park," Peaches explained, "I would just advise them to be respectful as if you were going into a church or a service or something of that sort."
For Peaches, the canyon is just as much of a living thing as the people who walk its stony formations.
"What we do to the land we do to ourselves. So I think that's really important for people to realize."
Credit: Deidra Peaches, Grand Canyon Trust
Coleen Kaska, a former Havasupai Tribal Council member. Credit: Deidra Peaches, courtesy of Grand Canyon Trust
On-screen, Jim Enote (Zuni), Nikki Cooley (Diné), Leigh Kuwanwisiwma (Hopi), Coleen Kaska, (Havasupai), and Loretta Jackson-Kelly (Hualapai) share the stories that stretch back to the roots of their heritage while viewers take a bird's-eye-view of the canyon's majesty.
Voices of the Grand Canyon debuted in 2022 to a wave of success at film festivals around the American southwest, winning Best Documentary at the Indie Film Fest in Phoenix.
But Peaches is keeping a cool head about her success.
"I'm feeling really good," she said. "And so like, now, I feel like I just want to keep filming."
You can learn more about the film, and the vast history of the Grand Canyon at grandcanyontrust.org.
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