Meet the Staff
Terra Bookout, Physician Assistant
A Colorado native, Terra graduated cum laude from Colorado State University. I then spent 2 years doing type I diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center prior to entering PA school at CU Denver in 2009.
When I graduated, I knew that I wanted to work primarily with female patients and I didn’t want to wear scrubs! I wanted to be able to see outside all day and not have to be on call! My first job offer was with a dermatologist in Greeley. The physician had told me that he was trying to get into aesthetics (the fun stuff), so I would be doing the head-to-toe skin checks, literally looking for skin cancer between people’s toes and he also wanted me treating the acne, warts and moles. I read a quote once that said “if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” So I thought to myself, “I want to do the fun stuff” so, here I am… and I haven’t “worked” since.
I have been with Allura for 5 years now and specialize in injectables, laser treatments and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
When I’m not at the clinic, I am quite the thrill seeker. Last summer, I went skydiving for the first time. It wasn’t particularly on my “bucket list”, but I thought I would give it a whirl. Something very unexpected happened when I was signing the waivers acknowledging that I could die that day and I found myself in such a peaceful place knowing that if I DID die, I was in a place where I would be ok with that. I just felt that I had accomplished all of the things I have set out to do and that was such a powerful feeling! When I jumped out of the plane, I remember the cold air hitting my face. I was trying to focus on the horizon as they recommended and not the looming ground below me. The instructor I was jumping with told me that it was time to pull the chute and started his countdown. I thought to myself, “This is it!” But my story continues because within seconds, I looked up and a big beautiful grey and blue parachute opened above me…and I started to cry. It was an unexpected reaction and when my feet hit the ground I felt as if God was saying to me, “not yet, Terra. You still have work to do!”
I also just got back from surfing in Sayulita and I got to ride in Yamaha’s newest side-by-side.
I do also enjoy less risky things like CrossFit, traveling, and eating at fancy restaurants. I have an amazing man in my life (Brady) and he comes with 2 blessings, Devin (age 13) and Nelson (age 10). Being a mother figure is new to me, but my nieces, Autumn and Aspen, as well as my nephews, Blake and Cason, have trained me well!
I am always waiting for summer now that I have my home on Lake Loveland, but the renovations definitely keep me busy when it’s cold! The house needs a lot of work! It has green toilets and a spiral staircase (clearly the fad in the 1960’s), but I plan to update most of the interior to a modern industrial feel!
I am constantly striving to learn more about the aesthetics industry, and I attend advanced training often. My hope is to continue to grow within the company that I love so much.
Jessica Hanavan, R.N.
We want to welcome our newest R.N. or our Resident Native Jessica Hanavan. Born and raised in green chili country of Southern Colorado, she combines her love of nursing with her natural creativity to help our patient’s look and feel their best. Plus, her green chili recipes are out of this world! Meet Jessica:
When I’m not working, you can find me running, cooking or hanging with my 15 year old: Slash the dachshund! Being healthy is really important to me so running is my outdoor passion to accomplish this goal. Enjoying the Colorado scenery is a bonus! In the last two years I’ve ran some amazing races. The 200 mile Wild West Relay was an adventure but also a challenge. I started in Ft. Collins with 9 other teammates and finished in Steamboat. I slept only 4 hours at a time before getting back up to pound the pavement! We made so many memories in those two days.
Traveling to wine country of Napa, California to run a half marathon was another adventure I won’t forget. Besides the laughter and fun of running with my nursing school best friends, we received a bottle of wine for finishing the race. So apropos! The scenery was beautiful but Colorado’s is still #1 for me.
My indoor pastime is cooking and baking gluten-free, paleo and keto recipes. I love taking regular recipes and altering their ingredients to create a healthier version that tastes just like “the real thing.” This year I made Christmas a little healthier with some gluten free chocolate peppermint cookies, keto-peanut butter cups and a keto-cheesecake for Christmas day. I often do baking tutorials on Instagram to share some of the ways I make every day cooking and baking healthy.
To say I’m a dog lover is an understatement. Slash and I have been together since he was a little one. Up until earlier this year, Slash’s buddy was a large Great Dane named Axl. The two of them together was amazing. Of course, Slash could run under Axl while playing in the living room! Losing Axl to cancer was hard on both of us but the ornery, spunky Slash of old returned with a vengeance. You can probably tell I’m a big Guns n’ Roses fan since I named them after the lead singer and guitar player.
Making people smile, either through my nursing or my creativity, is what makes me happy. Oh, and Slash begging at my feet when I’m in the kitchen!
If laughter is the best medicine, we have the miracle drug. Bobbie’s laugh is infectious. Meet Bobbie:
I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years coming to Allura 9 years ago after owning my own spa. I love people which really led me to this career. After so long in the business, I think it is fun I wanted a chemistry degree. It now seems so impersonal! So I combined my love for science with my love for people and here I am in the aesthetics field. Hopefully, making patients smile when they leave the clinic.
Working with and learning about the products associated with facials, microderms, peels and electrolysis that help our skin stay youthful brings out the chemistry side in me. Learning the medical aesthetics side regarding lasers fuels my fire to help people feel good. I love when a patient returns to “show off” the improvements from a laser treatment! I get excited to laugh and smile with them! Being in my 50’s keeps me VERY interested in anti-aging and just being physically fit and having healthy eating habits. I found as we age we have to eliminate some foods or exercise more. My motivation…chocolate!
What also keeps me fit both emotionally and physically is my family. I am blessed with my two children, Ryan and Ashely. They each have two children. Ryan has Kieran (9) and Willow Star (2) who rules them all. She could have a bit of your Grandma in her! Ashely has Julian (3) and my newest grandbaby, Xander, who was born on Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to have them all close so I can babysit whenever I need a fix. My family keeps me on the go and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They keep me hopping, smiling AND laughing!
Tracy, my husband, also keeps me active with fundraising and dancing since he’s in an 80’s band! I love music especially my crazy 80’s hair bands. My grandkids dance to Def Leppard, AC/DC, Aerosmith. We enjoy travelling locally. You’ll find us up in Estes enjoying our Colorado weather. If we are not outside, you will find me watching football or the Eagles play hockey. I’ll keep my favorite football teams a secret. You may not like my choices!!
In a nut shell laughter is my medicine and love is my band aid. I probably laugh too much but what fun is it not finding the good? When a bit of bad peeks through, smile and laugh. It really is the best medicine.
You know her as one of our expert Physician Assistants but her extensive travel and sports keeps her busy in her off hours. In her own words:
Active travel is one of my passions. I went to Nepal in 2007 and helped with a high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema study on the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. I volunteer as a camp medic, am a donor and am on the medial review board for First Descents, an organization that provides outdoor adventure for young adults ages 19-39 living with cancer. I participated in a medical mission trip with Timberline Church in Malawi, Africa. “On the way” to Malawi, I stopped over in Tanzania and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Now, that was a hike!
The outdoors is my playground. I’ve hiked the entire 210 mile John Muir Trail, skied the Haute Route in Europe, climbed the Grand Teton Exum Ridge and climbed Mt. Rainier.
I’ve always been a runner and cyclist. Running gives you a chance to gain perspective on life. I have run the Leadville Marathon, Twin Cities Marathon, Marine Corp and the Boston Marathons. Seeing the country on a bike is exhilarating. I’m proud I completed the 120 mile Triple BiPass bike ride 8 times, completed the 3 day, 60 mile Trans Rockies run and participated in several 2-day events. When I was 50, I completed my first Iron Man Triathlon! Then the next year, I completed the Melbourne Australia Ironman. Hard work but and experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything.
The Colorado winters can’t stop me from having fun. I love to downhill, cross country, skate ski and snowshoe.
I’m happy I have the opportunities I’ve had including watching my 24 year old son navigate the world. I’m a proud mom of a CSU Electrical Engineering student!