About The Purple Sage Center
Purple Sage Center is a labor of love and a family affair. Dr. Alexandria's husband helped build her dream of a beautiful, healthy space to work with patients and continues to help in the upkeep of the building. Her in-laws cheerfully help out with property maintenance and photos. Even the family's beloved, fluffy dog is put to work as an occasional greeter, showering patients with soft, lovable goodness.
Dr. Alexandria had a vision of a healthy, bright space to spend her days and a non-toxic office for her patients to visit. Purple Sage Center was designed by Dr. Alexandria and her husband, Keith Wolfram, to be a state of the art medical office in a contemporary and comfortable home-like setting. This unique facility was renovated using green building materials and techniques to create a peaceful, non-toxic healing environment for patients.
A green building is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives, such as protecting occupant health, improving employee productivity, using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently, and reducing the overall impact to the environment. Green building materials are environmentally responsible and are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources.
On the outside of the Purple Sage Center you will notice the xeriscaping or “dry landscape." Xeriscaping takes advantage of naturally occurring, water frugal plants that happen to be extremely attractive. Landscapes can use large amounts of our drinking water. Arizona’s hot and dry climate causes extremely high evaporation rates. Combine that with the low average rainfall in the area and it’s obvious why xeriscape is the way to go.
Solar panels are used at the Purple Sage Center and provide electricity to the building. We take advantage of Arizona’s greatest source of renewable energy - sunshine. The building's multi-paned windows complement the efforts of the solar panels by reducing heat within the building.
As you enter the Purple Sage Center, you will notice the beautiful cork flooring. Cork flooring is a renewable resource that stands out in many ways. Unlike vinyl and other synthetic materials, it does not release toxic fumes. It is also a natural fire retardant, hypoallergenic and insect resistant. This sound resistant flooring is also very comfortable to stand and walk on.
The paint on the walls is zero VOC. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are unstable compounds that are out-gassed into the air causing toxic air pollution, which is often locked into buildings and our lungs. VOCs increase the chances of an individual becoming chemically sensitive and add to toxic ozone in our environment.
Keith, the owner of Arizona Kitchen's and Refacing, specially chose the cabinets and countertops. The cabinet bodies are made with wheatboard so there is no formaldehyde outgassing as there would be with conventional factory cabinetry made from particle board, which contains urea formaldehyde glues. The cabinet bodies are durable and can be refaced in the future, which saves good cabinet boxes from the landfill through reuse. The cabinets have real, solid wood doors and drawer fronts. The cabinet finishes use no VOCs.
The countertops are made from IceStone® durable surfaces and consist of recycled glass and concrete. They are strong like granite, not as porous as marble and heat-resistant like stone. IceStone's chemical composition is benign and 99.5% inorganic, making it a very safe material from the standpoint of toxicity and fire resistance.
Purple Sage Center has private, spa-like treatment rooms for consultations, gynecology exams, skin care services, acupuncture, detoxification and treatments. All of our rooms have welcoming views into the beautiful natural landscape around the building. We hope you'll feel at home here!