Navigating the Gap Between Current and Optimal Health

Living Every Day in Your Optimal Health – Not Just a Dream

Imagine living every day in your optimal health for a longer, more active and satisfying life! We’ll help you get there. Over 15 experts from a wide variety of Las Vegas health professions offer their best wisdom on how to attain your optimal health in a number of specific areas ranging from nutrition, exercise and pain management to skincare, weight management, mindset and much more. This series of weekly webinars on Wednesdays from 7-8pm beginning June 12 and going through August 28th offers practical actionable insight that will move you toward attaining your optimal health.

Health is one of my great passions. So, I’ve assembled an extraordinary talented group of Las Vegas based health professionals.

Dr. Angela Carlson, ND, Certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Denise Tropea, DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Gus Vargus, Owner, MGR. Structura Body Therapies
David Smith, Moderator, Owner of and

And, we’ll be pulling in other talented Las Vegas based health professionals based on both their knowledge and their proven ability in helping people overcome obstacles to improve their health.

Helping You Create Practical, Real Health Improvement

So, you’re going to not only receive high quality health education in this series, but also, you’re going to have an opportunity to picture your optimal health and move in that direction. We’ll help you get there. This is about you’re creating practical, real change.

So, where ever you are now in your own health situation, we invite you to make your participation in this series a huge positive turning point toward attaining your optimal health!

Introducing Our Core Optimal Health Presenters

Dr. Angela Carlson, ND - Certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Las Vegas, NVDr. Angela Carlson is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor. She received a Doctorate Degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2012. She then completed 2 years of Residency, in General Medicine and Women’s Health. Dr. Carlson worked as a Primary Care Physician in Oregon, prior to moving to Las Vegas where she opened her own practice.

A few of her areas of expertise: thyroid conditions, gastrointestinal issues, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes and prediabetes, and cardiovascular concerns like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. She really enjoys working with clients that are looking for a different approach to their health care with both conventional diagnosis and pharmacological treatments and cutting edge natural medicine therapies.

Dr. Denise Tropea DPM - Doctor of Podiatric MedicineDr. Denise Tropea, is a board certified foot surgeon and has maintained a private practice in Las Vegas for 25 years. She is originally from the New York / New Jersey area and completed her studies at the Scholl College of Podiatry in Chicago. She then went on to complete a 2 year residency in surgery and orthopedics in Salt Lake City before opening her practice in Las Vegas. In 2016 she closed her practice in Las Vegas to follow her passion in health and wellness. Her knowledge of medicine, treatment of chronic conditions, the importance of supplementation and exercise, along with her extraordinary skill as a health educator give her the cutting edge in assisting people in creating their optimal mind, body and soul health.

Gus Vargas, Owner,Mgr. Structura Body Therapies, Las Vegas, NevadaGus Vargus, Owner, MGR. Structura Body Therapies in Las Vegas, worked for 9 years in IT support for Scientific Games which gives us the hint that he is a technician who has the ability to apply his technical skill and knowhow to optimizing the human body. He got involved in the health industry when he was injured after 6 years of doing bootcamp at 5am in the morning. This started his 18-month journey to get it healed. When conventional methods couldn’t help him, his search led him to a company in Ogden, Utah called Strucutra Body Therapies. What he couldn’t do in 18-months, they were able to do address in just several weeks. He was so impressed with the effectiveness of this therapy, that he quit his corporate job and opened a local clinic for Las Vegans.

David Smith, M-Div Moderator, Owner of NetworkLasVegas.comFinally, where do I fit in? David Smith, not a health professional, but as moderator, pastor and owner of a marketing company in Las Vegas my skill is in bringing people together, helping people communicate and make important transitions that improve their lives. But there’s another reason I helped create and organize this webinar. Health has always been my passion, and I’ve found that it’s possible for a person to discover one key activity that can help create optimal health in all areas of life. I’ll share the key activity that pulls everything together for me, how it works, and help guide you to discover or strengthen or simply celebrate yours. I will give you a hint… ((

That’s enough for introduction. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Let’s jump right in!

The 5 Pillars of Optimal Health

We believe that there are 5 areas that make up optimal health, we call them the 5 Pillars of Optimal Health. If you’ve ever seen someone who’s focused on just one of these 5 Pillars of Optimal Health while ignoring the other 4, you’ll know why a person needs all 5.


Now I’m going to defer to the experts who are each going to say how their area of health care and their work with clients affects each one of these 5 areas:

Dr. Angela Carlson (see video)
Dr. Denise Tropea (see video)
Gus Vargas (see video)

David Smith (see video notes below)

As I said, one overarching passion can pull together your entire health landscape. For me that one passion is trail running. I’ve created one huge trail adventure each week.

Effect of Trail Running on Physical Health:

  • The one big adventure causes me to have a reason to exercise daily.
  • Causes me to discipline my food intake by quality and quantity.
  • Causes me to add proper supplementation, continually tweaking and refining for the best results.
  • I work through injury and refine my technique.
  • All so I can enjoy that one adventure each Saturday.

Effect of Trail Running on Mental Health:

  • My most creative though time comes while running.
  • Running makes me more mentally alert.
  • Oxygenates my body and my brain.

Effect of Trail Running on Emotional Health

  • Problems that seemed large tend to melt away when I exercise.
  • Exercise releases stress which is a killer and can lead to depression.
  • That exercise each day helps me start out the day with one accomplishment.
  • This increases self confidence and emotional well being.

Effect of Trail Running on Social Health

  • Even though running is a solitary sport…
  • I’m much easier to get along with when I have that regular daily run.
  • In those rare instances when I miss it due to injury, sickness or life or work gets in the way, it affects my social life.

Effects of Trail Running on Spiritual Health

  • I’ve developed a relationship and bonding with the earth.
  • It’s hard to explain.
  • But every run is a spiritual experience for me.

Something You Can Do Right Now:

  • Go to my favorite page of Water in the Desert
  • I’ve recorded the sites and sounds of water.
  • Take just 5 minutes each day this week, put on head phones, click play and listen.
  • Experience your stress going down, and your sense of well-being increase.

Navigating the Gap Between Your Current Health and Your Optimal Health

  1. List 3 words to describe your current health.
  2. List 3 words to describe your optimal health.
  3. Is there a gap between the two?

Listen to a video discussion as the webinar leaders identify their own current heath, optimal health and the gap (see above video).

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