Due to personal reasons, we have unfortunately had to suspend all 2024 helicopter operations. We are excited to resume helicopter tours in the summer of 2025. Stay tuned!
Due to personal reasons, we have unfortunately had to suspend all 2024 helicopter operations. We are excited to resume helicopter tours in the summer of 2025. Stay tuned!

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Meet Courtney Bell

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Courtney Bell: A Visionary in Holistic Health and a Devoted Family Woman

Courtney Bell’s journey from an ICU nurse in Atlanta to a pioneer in holistic health, rooted in her Alaskan upbringing, showcases her commitment to wellness and family—learn more about her inspiring story.

Roots in Alaska:

Born and raised in the serene and rugged beauty of Port Alsworth, Alaska, Courtney grew up as the eldest of five children, surrounded by the majestic landscapes of the Alaskan wilderness. This environment instilled in her a profound appreciation for nature and wellness from an early age.

Nursing Career and Transformation:

After completing nursing school, Courtney ventured to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012, embarking on a decade-long journey as an ICU nurse in one of the city’s largest and most prestigious hospitals. Her experiences in the ICU, witnessing the complexities of health and recovery, laid the foundation for her evolving vision of healthcare.

Pioneer in Holistic Wellness:

In 2017, Courtney experienced a pivotal shift in her professional life. She discovered her true calling in holistic health and functional medicine, recognizing the vital importance of gut and digestive health in overall wellness. Driven by this newfound passion, she founded a successful wellness business, becoming a beacon of hope and healing for those struggling with digestive issues.

Life in Atlanta:

Courtney’s life in Atlanta is a harmonious blend of her professional endeavors and personal joy. She resides there with her husband and daughter, embracing the city’s vibrant culture and opportunities while maintaining her Alaskan resilience and groundedness.

Summer Retreats and Family Legacy:

Courtney returns to her roots in Alaska every summer, where she joins her sister Dana in managing the family’s cherished Bed and breakfast. This annual pilgrimage is more than a business endeavor; it’s a time to reconnect with family, share her experiences with guests, and impart her holistic health philosophy in a setting that naturally embodies wellness and tranquility.

The Essence of Courtney:

Courtney is a testament to the power of evolving one’s passion into a life’s mission. Her journey from a dedicated ICU nurse to a trailblazer in holistic health reflects her deep commitment to nurturing the body and soul. In her, one finds an inspiring blend of a healthcare professional, an entrepreneur, a mother, and a guardian of her Alaskan heritage. Courtney’s life is a narrative of relentless pursuit of growth, healing, and the joy of giving back to her community and family.

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Joel Natwick

Joel Natwick, a seasoned bush pilot from Alaska, has turned his dream into a lifetime of adventure, soaring through the skies and sharing the wonders of the Alaskan wilderness with the world—explore his remarkable journey.
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Dana Natwick

Dana Natwick, a passionate globetrotter from Port Alsworth, Alaska, combines her love for travel with a noble aspiration to serve in humanitarian aid, embodying the spirit of adventure and compassion—learn more about her inspiring path.