2160 NW Vine Street | Grants Pass, OR 97526 | 541.955.2582
Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 7:00 a.m - 9:00 p.m.
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featured member - Steve Lonas

Steve, June’s featured member, was born in Southern California. He moved to Grants Pass and attended middle school and high school here. He then moved back to California, but eight years later he returned to GP and has lived here for the last 25 years. While in San Diego, he attended several different colleges including Mira Costa College, Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College. Upon his return to Grants Pass he attended RCC and Umpqua Community Challenge for his paramedic certification. He is married to Jennifer and they have a daughter who is just about to graduate from high school with medical honors. A 2 year old German Shepard named Jax is also a part of their family.

Steve has had an abundance of vastly different jobs. While in San Diego, he worked Security for the Navy’s Field Support office. Then he went to school in the morning, sold real estate in the afternoon and would follow that up by surfing or attending a Martial arts school where he became an instructor. He would instruct a couple of nights a week before his bartending job. For a few months he also drove a limousine for Paul the Greeks Limousine service. When he returned to Grants Pass, he worked at a gym, briefly at Bi-Mart, then he tried his hand at law enforcement as a reserve deputy, then at Valley Fire service, moving on later to become an ER tech while he obtained his Paramedic certification. He then got his EMT and began working for Care Ambulance. He enjoyed working in medical so much that he quit his other occupations and went on to do wilderness rescue and Mercy Flights, because he wanted to fly in a helicopter. About 12 years ago he became their supervisor and ran operations on his shift. During that time he also trained to become a SWAT medic, and helped set up the program. One perk was that he got a lot of free ammo. You may see him at the Club in his teaching clothes on occasion, when he teaches the CPR class that is offered in the conference room. He has been teaching CPR one to three times a month for the last 20 years.

One of his biggest challenges has been to continue working around injuries instead of taking the recommended time off for recovery. Steve says he is addicted to exercise but food also has a huge impact on weight and health maintenance.

Some of his hobbies include hiking, going to the movies, traveling when he can and coin collecting. Something you might not know about Steve is that he and his brother have been making their own supplements for a few years now. They started doing this to make sure that they knew, in entirety, what they were putting in their body and to rid the supplements of any potential fillers. His brother launched EarthNutri Performance, a supplement company offering pre-workouts, protein powders, and other various health enhancement and workout support products. Steve supports the business by promoting and selling the products.

He has been a member of Club Northwest since we opened, and says he has always enjoyed the family friendly and positive atmosphere. When at the Club, he enjoys lifting weights and swimming because it helps him burn fat. What got him motivated to workout was the need to push himself and to alleviate stress. He says he needs to stay in shape to keep up with his daughter and that pushing his body to the limit makes him feel alive. Thank You Steve, for being so kind, caring and an ambitious contributor to our medical community.

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