Just beyond the backdoor of the home belonging to radiation oncologist Dr. Shiao Y. Woo and philanthropist John Shaw-Woo lies an urban oasis where they can revive, relax and restore balance to their busy lives.

By Christine Fellingham • Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Behind a towering Victorian on a bustling city street, there’s a secret sanctuary. A sparkling pool, elegantly appointed outdoor living room and lush landscaping provide a spa-like retreat for Dr. Shiao Woo, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and John Shaw-Woo, founder of GFoundation Inc. This carefully-designed extension of their indoor living space is part of their commitment to overall wellness and well-being.

The busy couple balance their demanding professional schedules with rigorous fitness routines. “Even though we work out with trainers a few times a week, I love to take a daily swim after coming home from a long day of work,” says Dr. Woo. “It is not only relaxing but is also a great aerobic exercise.”

The stunning space is more than an open air fitness studio; it’s also the perfect place for the two to unwind. “We are able to relax, entertain with friends and share family time with our three little dapple dachshunds Ginger-Blu, Pepper and Sage,” says John. “The backyard in Old Louisville has turned out to be our little piece of heaven.”

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