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About Us

"The vision for Peak Wellness Collaborative is to build a thriving community of wellness practitioners where collaboration displaces competition, and where clients are treated and motivated to reach their peak wellness."

-Rich and Mary Willard, owners Peak Wellness Collaborative

Peak Wellness Collaborative is a unique addition to the Arkansas Valley wellness community offering office space for lease in Buena Vista for licensed and certified health and wellness practitioners - as well as offering wellness classes, guest speakers, and events for the community. Peak Wellness Collaborative brings together an alliance of licensed and certified professionals offering therapies and modalities to help support the health and wellness of our community and surrounding areas.

Serving all of Chaffee County and surrounding areas.

We are looking for...

chiropractors

counseling services

estheticians

aestheticians

dentists

functional medicine provider

health & wellness practitioners

herbalists

homeopathy

integrative medical doctors

naturopathic physician

licensed massage therapist

natural health providers

nutrition counseling/dietician

pediatrician

physical therapist

rolfing

sports medicine

therapists

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Building Updates & Layout

Building renovations were planned out in three phases.

Phase 1 - COMPLETED  - 8 suites, west side of the building: new carpet, paint, trim, lighting, deep clean, exterior

Phase 2 - COMPLETED - east side (leased when purchased): new carpet, paint, trim, lighting, deep clean

Phase 3 - IN PROGRESS Attached residential building aka The Annex, east side, 1000 sq ft., self-contained

Meet The Owners

Rich & Mary Willard

Family, faith, wellness, nature – these are just a few reason Rich and Mary Willard chose Buena Vista, Colorado when planning for their next stage of life. Rich and Mary moved to Buena Vista during the pandemic in 2020 so they could be closer to family and be present in the lives of their kids and grandkids in the breathtaking Arkansas River Valley. Rich, with a background in commercial real estate was looking for a new project. One that might take him out of retirement. “I felt like I needed a bigger purpose to challenge me, one that would connect us to our community and strengthen the personal relationship we shared.”

Mary’s interest in the health and wellness started as a young mother in her 20’s. Juggling motherhood and a high-paced career she eventually became severely ill and was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disease. Over the past 30+ years, she found healing in food, lifestyle, and Kagen water, helping her body into remission in 2018.

After an almost 30-year hiatus as a Colorado resident, Mary found herself moving back, this time to the mountains. Mary was juggling running a successful real estate business in Seattle from Colorado and finding her place and connection in the community during a pandemic. The purchase of the Buena Vista Health Center seemed like the perfect way to combine her passion for health and wellness and to connect with others within the Arkansas Valley.

“We feel honored that we have the privilege of maintaining the legacy of health care.” - Rich Willard

Building History

36 Oak St. is rich with history dating back to 1956 and at the time was looked upon as an "experimental project by the State of Colorado to show other rural communities how they could erect low-cost facilities to medically serve their communities".

Built from donations and volunteers from around the community, Dr. James Greene was the first doctor to practice at what was then called The Buena Vista Community Clinic. Fresh out of residency, making the snowy, mountainous trek from Denver with his family, Dr. Greene was attracted to Buena Vista immediately. He headed to the pharmacy to inquire about local doctors. The Pharmacist, Mr. E. Hale Lallier directed him to Lloyd Swedhin, the man that happened to be looking for a doctor for the community. Dr. Green was hired and eventually made a name for himself in the community. The facility was equipped to deliver babies and more and more expecting mothers came to the clinic after word got around. There is even said to be a club in BV that call themselves The Buena Vista Babies made up of people delivered by Dr. Greene during his time there.

The clinic experienced many ups and downs throughout its time, occasionally closing its doors but always owned and maintained by the Board, who kept immaculate records over the years.

Rich and Mary Willard feel privileged to have purchased the building from the original owners and "plan to honor the original intent of the building" by maintaining services within the health and wellness space.

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12/5/1955

The Buena Vista Health Clinic is formed

6/24/1956

Ground is broken for the building

11/10/1956

Dr. James Greene starts practice

6/23/1957

Health Clinic dedicated.

Clinic opens

4/1963

Dr. Arbogast resigns, Dr. Robert McGowen takes up practice

1995

Dr. McGowen ends his practice at the building

3/1959

Dr. James Arbogast takes up practice. Clinic reopens

1/1974

Expansion of the building to combine the Herrle home

3/28/2016

Mountain Medical merges with HRRMC

12/20/2021

Rich and Mary Willard buy the building under the name 36 Oak Street, LLC.

8/8/2016

Swan Mountain Family Clinic opens BV office

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6/23/2022

36 Oak St. celebrates 65 years of service!

Soft opening of Peak Wellness Collaborative

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