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Sandi Schaffer is a registered dental hygienist specializing in alternative practices. She performs dental hygiene procedures in convalescent hospitals, retirement homes, residences of the homebound and in other institutions.

Schaffer uses portable equipment to clean teeth and dentures, screen for oral cancer, give fluoride treatment and give non-surgical periodontal therapy. There are fewer than 200 hygienists registered for such work in California.

Schaffer has more than 10 years of experience as a dental hygiene clinician. Among her degrees is a certificate in Oral Health for Persons with Special Needs by the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Schaffer accepts insurance through Denti-Cal and Delta Dental, and private payments. She can be reached at or 274-8437.


Barry Bonifas, the former executive director of Music in the Mountains, has taken the position of associate director for development with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in Salt Lake City.

Bonifas resigned from MIM in April after 40 years in the arts, mostly as a chief executive officer. “I knew that I wanted to do something different after retiring from the arts, but I didn’t think that I would be taking a full-time position with an organization that I had belonged to since 1990,” Bonifas said. He had lived in Utah in the 1970s and often vacationed there.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has worked to protect the redrock country for 20 years. SUWA also has offices in Washington, DC, and in Moab and La Verkin, UT. It has a staff of 20 and an annual budget of $2 million. It’s Web site is


Shape Shifters – the new center for Pilates, massage, pain management, homeopathy, product sales and other services – opened its first day on Saturday. It’s located at 115-B S. Church St. in Grass Valley, and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To fit individual schedules, appointments also can be made for services from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All services cost $70 per hour. Call 477-5550 for more information.

The store’s grand opening will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25, and special discounts will be offered. Enter the store through Natural Accents from Mill Street, or from the rear parking lot on South Church Street, beneath the mural and down the stairs at the right corner.


Do you have business news you’d like the community to know about? Contact City Editor Trina Kleist at or 477-4230.

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