Dancing with the Mountain Stars
September 16, 2010
Dr. Greg Poulter doesn’t have any dance experience (unless you count weddings), but he still wants to shake his groove thang – specifically his hips – for a good cause.As a spine surgeon, he’s helped myriad people get back into their game, and now, through the Dancing with the Mountain Stars event, he hopes “to learn to move my hips,” he said.In fact, moving his hips has been the hardest part of learning his routine – that, and carving out time to practice four hours a week. Nevertheless, he’s committed to the cause.”As a physician that will use this critical piece of equipment frequently, I figured I should put my dance shoes on and do my part for Summit hospital,” he said.Poulter grew up in Salt Lake City and briefly worked as a ski patrolman after college. Then, he hit the books for another 10 years, to train as an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Drexel in Philadelphia, followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at University of Michigan and an additional spine surgery fellowship at University of California, San Francisco.He and his wife, Brenda, of 14 years, settled in Breckenridge, where he became a partner with Vail Summit Orthopaedics and the vice president of the medical staff at Summit Medical Center. In January, he was the first in the country to use a new system for minimally invasive spine fusions.As a skiing enthusiast, he took his now 3-year-old son, Dominic, up to Arapahoe Basin before his second birthday.”I remain an avid skier, although work sometimes gets in the way,” he said, adding he jumps on his mountain or road bike any chance he gets. This summer, learning dance steps has cut into his leisure time, but he doesn’t seem to mind.”Participating in Dancing with the Mountain Stars is a chance for me to show my support and gratitude for the efforts to improve our operating rooms,” he said. “It also is an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and try something fun.”Plus, the routine allows his dance personality to shine.”I can be very serious yet show a playful and humorous side as well,” he said.
Though Kate Brewer only has experience with country dancing, she’s a fox trot kind of gal: outgoing, happy and fun loving.She moved to Breckenridge in 1961 and married her husband, Barney Brewer, a year later. Together, they had two children, Betsy and Ben. She taught school in Denver for a time and served on the Summit school board in the 1970s, when it built Breckenridge Elementary School. She also worked for social services, running a “stepping stones” program that diagnosed children with learning disabilities.In 1980, she embarked upon her real estate career. She has worked on several development sales projects, including River Glen in Frisco and Beaver Run, building four, in Breckenridge. She earned many awards during her 13 years with Prudential Real estate in Breckenridge before joining Slifer, Smith & Frampton in 2005. She received her GRI designation in 2000 and her CRS in 2009.To enhance recreation in the mountain community, she ran a cross-country program at a cabin near Breck Park Estates and sat on the Summit Huts Board when it originated, then helped with finding sites for Janet’s and Francie’s cabins.These days, she enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren, alpine skiing, rafting, and hiking and cross-country skiing in the backcountry from hut to hut.She decided to give Dancing with the Mountain Stars a spin for three reasons: “to be a better dancer, meet new people (and because it) feels good to be giving back to the hospital fundraiser,” she said.Like others, her biggest fear is that she’ll mess up her dance, and the hardest part has been learning not just the steps, but all of the arm, head and eye movements, which she practices two or three hours a week. But, mastering her dance and working with Summit’s dance instructors has been the most rewarding part, she said.