At the Helm
No, I was not an automotive test dummy… although, some might argue I was certainly a dummy.
Even with plenty of time to think about it while in traction, it never occurred to me that the temporary pains and discomfort of my youth were going to translate into immobility and chronic pain later in life. Does any young adrenaline junky really think they will live to see the distant side of 30?
Somehow I made it, but not without some pops, squeaks and rattles.
Back in the early 1990’s, I set upon a quest motivated by my fate of constant pain and the persistent question I would ask each morning upon waking; “Will I be able to stand, today?”
After many years of frustration, trying products that failed to meet my demands, I realized I would have to create what I wanted – what I needed.
Applied Health Solutions was founded in 1997 for the purpose of developing highly specialized products from the finest materials available. As a research and development engineer for 15 years, I accepted no compromises.
It was this commitment to quality and the desire for perfection that drove me to define high expectations for our products. The products we offer today are the results of many dedicated and enthusiastic professionals, and our collective selfish demand for excellence.
Now that I am well past my 3rd decade — into my 6th, actually — I am grateful for the opportunity to once again pursue the active hobbies I had forfeited years ago. Albeit, this time, it’s with a bit more wisdom.
I no longer take my health for granted, and I hope to be around to see the distant side of many more decades.
Many medical doctors blamed Tamara’s problems on stress, eating disorders (which she did not have), and being a hypochondriac (which she wasn’t). Not one of the medical doctors ever realized that her problems were due to under-active adrenal and thymus glands, along with a body that was generally out-of-balance.
As Tamara began extensive studying and searching for alternative health physicians, she found that she could take proactive steps to improve her health, as well as the health of her family. As she states:
“My own experiences with alternative healing methods have been extensive on the “patient” level – everything from healing Valley Fever (a fungus indigenous to the Southwest, with symptoms similar to mononucleosis or chronic fatigue syndrome); to saving my daughter from an eye operation for crossed-eyes; to Candida (another fungus with many various symptoms – a repetitive ailment which I constantly battle); to hormonal situations and endless allergies – just to name a few of my experiences. Due to qualified alternative health care professionals and immune building nutrients, I was finally able to start seeing significant improvement in my health. Now in my 60’s, I am grateful I can honestly say that this last two decades have actually been the healthiest of my life. Others may be able to take it for granted, but for me, health is a constant challenge. Consequently, it has to be a full-time commitment.”
This “full-time commitment” is what helps Tamara empathize and focus on the needs of our customers. Nutrition, alternative medical care, and health continues to be a constant passion. When Tamara was invited to become a principal of Applied Health Solutions, she jumped at the chance. Being with the company since 2001 has been very rewarding, as Tamara continues to enjoy working with customers, and studying new, innovative ways to encourage great health.
In the crowd were heard the usual echoes of “trivial”, “no problem”, “I’ll be done tomorrow”. But the souls who uttered those words were also heard to groan their last breath face down in the dust.
There’s a point in every engineering project that feels like you’re standing in the middle of the street under the heat of the sun, staring straight into double-barrels of doubt. All tasks, major and minor, must be brought in on time, on budget, and on target. Most engineers quickly find themselves in trouble when facing this kind of heat, especially if they bought into the Easy Street sales pitch of the marketing brochure. But not all…
Meet Steve Hontz, engineer extraordinaire.
In over two decades of knowing each other, Bill has never seen Steve shy away from — or fail — an attempt to tame a wild project, big or small. Understanding the process of turning a complex task into a series of simple and methodical steps, Steve possesses a rare gift of planning, preparation, self-discipline and self-control matched by dang few in the engineering world.
Steve is an instrumental component to Applied Health’s team, sought out for his wisdom and guidance on all things technical. Whether the project calls for taming the dark and dusty corners of Easy Street, or the rough and tumble outlaws on the super-highway, Steve is our guy.
The poetic ‘ching’ of his spurs follow his stride to the edge of town. Pausing, he glances back with that knowing look in his eye… There’s a new sheriff in town.
Tahlea has a Masters of Arts in Mass Communications with a focus on Health, where she received notable awards and acceptance for her media research from national conferences and a peer-review publication.
Through extensive research and writing experience, she is frequently asked for advice on nutritional products, fitness, and healthy foods. Those seeking advice have helped to encourage her passion for creating clear and relevant health-related articles.
Tahlea has additional experience as a freelance writer in the entertainment, fashion, and social media industries.
She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, traveling, green smoothies, eating healthy food, and exploring new cities. She also loves kite surfing and watching the sunset over the ocean, while walking her Labradoodle, Roxy. . .(that is – she would love to if she knew how to kite surf, lived by the ocean, and had a dog).