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COVER STORY 10 CARING FOR WOMEN FOR LIFE Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Understands Women’s Unique Needs

From maternity and children’s care to breast health and gynecological surgeries, women can count on Memorial Hermann for comprehensive and compassionate care throughout their lives.

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Vol. 1 No. 9 | August 2013

Ready or not, here it comes: the beginning of the school year. It seems like the summer flew by, and for many of us, we are trying to get in our last family outing before the bell rings and school is in session. While the Houston area no longer boasts a world class amusement park, a short drive to San Antonio is worth the time. One of my family’s favorite places to visit in San Antonio is SeaWorld. Whether you want to experience the thrill of the roller coasters – which I don’t – or enjoy the shows featuring God’s majestic creatures up close and personal, there truly is something for everyone there, and the kids always love the wet ‘n wild experience. I must confess: I love the animals, the amazing shows and beautiful, meticulously maintained grounds. I’m not big on the wet part, but a momma does what her children love with grace and a tall order of perseverance. As we prepare for back to school, it’s time for the annual doctor and dentist visits. In our special Medical Focus beginning on page 28, you will find many of Fort Bend’s finest medical providers to help get your little ones ready for the coming year. And, don’t forgot about taking care of mom. Patti, Kolton, Shamu, Kassidi and Tim Our cover story explores the many stages at SeaWorld San Antonio. in women’s lives and the exemplary care available right here in our community at Memorial Hermann. As always, absolutely! Brazos is out and about taking photos and visiting with our readers and advertisers to bring what’s important, new and relevant to you in a community magazine. And, we’ll do just about anything to be able to visit with you – including suiting up. Our team recently had the opportunity to see how the da Vinci Si Surgical System works firsthand, so we went in, scrubs and all, to capture this amazing system on film and bring it into your homes. Jesse McPeek, Alan Wyles, Hope to see you out and about in the Lisa Fredrickson and Geof Nesossi. heart of Brazos!

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Texas Direct Auto and Houston Humane Society Announces Goal of Finding Homes for 1,000 Animals Through ASPCA $100K Challenge The organization hopes to beat its own record of adopting out the animals it shelters with help from local partner


his summer, the Houston Humane Society, with support from Texas Direct Auto, has the goal of adopting out 1,000 of its animals as part of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, a national campaign designed to save as many animals’ lives as possible. As one of 50 shelters selected from across the country to participate in the $100K Challenge, the Houston Humane Society is competing to break its own record of saving animals’ lives in June, July and August. The Challenge offers a $100,000 grand prize, which could assist the Houston Humane Society in sheltering even more of the City’s animals and in finding them forever homes. The Houston Humane Society is ecstatic to have found a partner in Texas Direct Auto, the “World’s Largest Independent Dealership,” for the Challenge. In addition to selling cars and offering exceptional financing, the dealership acts as an advocate for animals and recently opened the Texas Direct Auto Dog Park. Texas Direct Auto’s Director of Business Development Jessica DeMarr is thrilled to support the Houston Humane Society in the Challenge by donating water, promotional products and various items needed during the competition. “This is a great opportunity for both Texas Direct Auto and the Houston Humane Society to find homes for the wonderful pets located at the shelter,” DeMarr said. “I’m eager to work with the Houston Humane Society this

summer and get the community just as excited as we are to help reach the goal of adopting 1,000 animals into loving homes.” To help achieve its goal of adopting out 1,000 animals this summer, the Houston Humane Society is planning multiple summer events, including movie nights, dog washes, animal adoption speed “dating” and much more. Furthermore, the organization hopes that Houstonians and other surrounding communities will participate in the Challenge not only by adopting but also by spreading the word and encouraging others to visit the facility to meet the adoptables. Sherry Ferguson, Executive Director of the Houston Humane Society, believes these initiatives are imperative for the organization to reach its goal. “I’m thrilled the Houston Humane Society is involved in the ASPCA $100K Challenge,” Ferguson said. “Our goal is and always has been to provide the highest quality of care and find homes for the animals we shelter. The Challenge will help bring awareness to this and through our summer events, the community will be able to get involved, have fun and find forever friends!” For questions regarding the $100K Challenge and the events surrounding the summer campaign, the organization’s partnership with Texas Direct Auto or more information about the Houston Humane Society, please visit the organization’s website at

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Caring For Women For Life Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Understands Women’s Unique Needs


t every stage of life, women need a trusted health

partner that understands their unique needs. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is that partner. From maternity and children’s care to breast health and gynecological surgeries, women know they can count on Memorial Hermann for comprehensive and compassionate care throughout their lives. 10

The Sweet Anticipation of a New Baby Regardless of whether a woman is expecting her first or her fourth baby, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land seeks to make each pregnancy and childbirth an extraordinary experience. As recipient of the 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades®, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land ranks among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide in maternity care. Helpful educational programs include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding basics, newborn care, hospital tours and a sibling class. When it comes time to deliver, moms appreciate the private birthing suites that provide single-room maternity care. “I liked being able to stay in the same suite for labor, delivery and our

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stay,” said Fort Bend resident Amy Raley. “I also liked how we could send our baby to the nursery if we needed to, and we did send him there for four or five hours the first night so I could get some sleep.” The spacious and tastefully decorated rooms include hotel-like amenities: whirlpool tub, refrigerator, television, DVD player and a convertible guest bed. Complimentary music and massage therapies are also available. “My husband loved the bed for his overnight stay,” said Raley. “It was much bigger than the bed we had at the last hospital where we delivered.” New moms, like Raley, also appreciate the knowledgeable nursing staff that is dedicated to meeting their every need. “The nurses were really great,” said Raley. “We could call them about anything at any time, and they were very helpful in answering questions.”

“Memorial Hermann Sugar Land has a very experienced staff,” said Chantal Nguyen-Tran, M.D., a Memorial Hermann-affiliated obstetrician/ gynecologist. “The nurses are very specialized to meet each patient’s needs, while the hospital excels in maintaining safety and quality in all aspects of patient care.” That focus on quality attracted obstetrician/gynecologist Jeffery Gubbels, M.D., to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land when he was practicing with South Texas Medical Clinics, which has since been acquired by the Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “The availability of high quality anesthesia and an onsite NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nursery to care for premature babies and newborns with special health needs are key reasons to work with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land,” said Dr. Gubbels who has offices in Rosenberg, Wharton and Sugar Land. “Their commitment to quality and safety is the compelling reason that doctors choose to deliver there.”

Dr. Kelli Burroughs with Amy and Landon Raley.

Specialized Care for High-Risk Pregnancies Even before she delivered, Raley learned she had elevated protein levels

in her urine. Her physician, Kelli Burroughs, M.D., whom Raley raves about with accolades like “amazing, very positive, a good listener and very open,” referred her to the hospital’s HighRisk Pregnancy Clinic. Open Monday through Friday, the clinic is a collaboration between Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and UTHealth Medical School. “When a patient has elevated protein levels, we always suspect pre-eclampsia, which can increase the blood pressure and affect kidney function,” said Dr. Burroughs, a Memorial Hermann-affiliated obstetrician/gynecologist. “In very rare cases, this can be a risk factor for still birth, so that’s one of the reasons I wanted to bring in the High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic to monitor Amy and her baby.” The High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic provides specialized testing and consultation for complicated and highrisk pregnancies. Affiliated physicians, with board certification in both obstetrics/gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine, serve in a consultancy role as women continue to see their obstetricians. Alfredo Gei, M.D., is one of those physicians. Every day is unique as he and his colleagues care for women with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and anemia. Other conditions commonly referred to the clinic are women carrying multiples, those who will be 35 or older at the time of delivery or have a history of cancer or multiple miscarriages, and those with decreased fetal growth. Increasingly, the clinic is seeing women who have undergone bariatric surgery since that reduces stomach capacity and can result in vitamin deficiencies. “We collaborate with local physicians to treat their patients,” said Dr. Gei. “The maternal-fetal medicine physicians provide the doctors with phone consultations, and we see their patients in our clinic. If a patient is admitted to the hospital, and they want us to see her right away, we will.” In Raley’s case, her elevated protein levels proved to be benign, and she delivered a healthy baby at 38 weeks.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Ranks Among Top in the Nation At Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, quality and patient safety are core values that drive the staff to provide the best possible outcomes for patients. This relentless commitment has resulted in the hospital earning these accolades: • 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award™ awarded by Healthgrades®, ranking it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide • 2011 and 2012 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ as measured by The Joint Commission, ranking it in the top 18 percent in the nation • Pathway to Excellence® designation by American Nurses Credentialing Center • 100 Top Hospitals® 2012 awarded by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) • Five-Star Award from Texas Department of State Health Services for exemplary work in caring for newborns and their families Additionally, the Memorial Hermann Health System serves as a national leader in quality care. Some recent recognitions include: • 2012 Eisenberg Patient Safety Award by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission • 2013 Top 5 Large Health Systems in the nation according to the 15 Top Health Systems study by Truven Health l AUGUST 2013


Delivering More Than Babies: Mammograms for Preventative Care Of course, giving birth is just one stage of a woman’s life. By age 40, women should undergo a baseline mammogram. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land offers the latest technology, breast tomosynthesis, to empower women to be proactive in monitoring their breast health. Tomosynthesis is a cutting-edge, digital technology that creates a highly focused 3-D picture of the breast, detecting smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer. Dedicated breast radiologists, like Rui Song, M.D., who work with this advanced technology say it significantly reduces patient callbacks needed to conduct more tests when suspicious areas are detected with 2-D mammography. Digital tomosynthesis uses X-rays to make a three-second, arc-shaped sweep of the breast, creating multiple images from different angles. This eliminates problems found in traditional 2-D mammograms where overlapping breast tissue can hide potential tumors. “Tomosynthesis is more specific and more sensitive in detecting cancer so we can see smaller cancers earlier,” said Song, a Memorial Hermann-affiliated breast radiologist. “Satisfaction with mammograms, from patients and referring physicians, has soared.”

Staying Healthy Through Mid-Life and Beyond As women age, they can experience urine leakage. The two most common conditions that cause this are urinary stress incontinence and overactive bladder. Stress incontinence occurs when coughing, laughing, sneezing or during other activities that put pressure on the bladder and urethra. Other contribut-


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ing factors include vaginal childbirths, obesity and straining associated with constipation. “These stresses weaken the pelvic floor muscles and the ligaments that support the urethra,” said Nina Dereska, M.D., a Memorial Hermann-affiliated urogynecologist. Medication to treat stress incontinence is generally ineffective, but inserting a plastic pessary into the vagina can obstruct leakage. “The gold standard and most effective treatment for stress incontinence is the bladder sling,” said Dereska. “This is where we support the urethra with a safe, FDAapproved mesh material to recreate the ligaments and hold up the urethra.” With overactive bladder, there is an urge to urinate because of bladder twitches or contractions. Treatment can be as simple as modifying fluid intake or strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through physical therapy. Sev-

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eral once-daily medications have proven effective in three out of four women. Other treatments include nerve stimulation therapies like Urgent®PC and InterStim®, as well as Botox injected into the bladder.

Committed to an Exceptional Patient Experience From motherhood through menopause and beyond, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is committed to delivering to women an exceptional patient experience. By combining quality, patientcentered care with advanced technologies, they serve as a trusted partner to help women live healthy, productive lives. Visit to learn more.

EVENTS August 5th – 9th, 9 am – 3 pm Earth-Kind® Kids’ Kamp The Fort Bend County Master Gardeners host the week-long event for youth entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades based on the Junior Master Gardener Wildlife Gardener curriculum covering such topics as birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles. Kids’ Kamp will be held at the Fort Bend County Extension office at 1402 Band Road in Rosenberg. A registration fee of $50 includes all materials, snacks and a T-shirt limited to the first 25 paid registrants. To register, call 281-633-7033 or visit

August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 5:30 pm Line Dancing This course, geared for participants ages 50 and older, is intended to introduce you to the fun, social and healthy activity with line dances to all types of music. The free classes are offered Tuesday evenings at the Rosenberg Civic Center, located at 3825 Highway 36 South. No experience is needed. Call 832-595-3520 or register at

August 24th, 6:30 pm Red, White and Blue Jean Bash West Fort Bend Women’s Charity presents an evening of live music, dancing and a barbeque dinner at Swinging Door Restaurant Dance Hall, located at 3818 FM 359 in Richmond. Proceeds from the event benefit Helping A Hero and other charities supporting veterans. For tickets, visit

August 25th, 11 am – 8 pm Holy Rosary Annual Bazaar Holy Rosary Catholic Church’s 77th annual bazaar, located at 1416 George St. in Rosenberg, will feature live music, raffles, familyfriendly booths and games, live and silent auctions and a barbeque dinner with all of the trimmings. Meals will be served from 11:01 am – 2:01 pm with drive-through available. Call 281-343-3089 or visit

August 31st, 12:30 – 2 pm Labor Day Backyard BBQ Celebrate Labor Day weekend with an oldfashioned 1930s Barbeque at the George Ranch House. Chow down on old-fashioned grub, listen to period music while playing games of the 30s and make the ice cream for your cobbler the old-fashioned way as you celebrate the American worker. Cost for the meal is $13.50 for adults ages 13 and older, $10 for children ages 5 to 12 and $4 for children 4 and under. For reservations, email or call 281-343-0218. l AUGUST 2013





Leilani Essary Hurles T

he beginning of a difficult journey: All of my life, I set my goals.

Get married, have kids, retire early, travel with my husband and enjoy life. I was moving right along, too. I got a college degree, married, had three children, taught school and coached swimming. My dad, at age ninety, was having some health issues at the time. Therefore, my husband Bill and I moved him to Fulshear to live with us. Then, it happened! The “c” word. The one word that knocks you on your butt. And that word is cancer! After extensive surgery, I began taking chemotherapy treatments for ovarian stage three metastatic cancer. My

journey has been a revolving door ever since. But what an incredible ride it has been! Who would have thought that so much good could come out of so much pain and suffering?

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Baby, Ride! is a moving and poignant, yet very humorous story about the challenges of facing ovarian cancer. When this type of life crisis arises, it is easy for a person to get despondent and withdraw into a world of despair or denial. But, you can choose to fight. Having an uplifting feeling is what this book is all about. The idea for the book came after I began writing e-mails that I called “Monday Updates” to friends and family giving them an up-to-date progress report on

ow I hope readers benefit from reading Ride, Baby, Ride!:

Helping you overcome this disease with a good mental attitude is the book’s main benefit. Those sharing this difficult time with a loved one will also relate and benefit from what is being said throughout the pages of the book. My hope is that it will bring inspiration and determination to those who need it the most and that it will give courage and motivation to those facing any life crisis and bring some humor back into their lives.

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About Leilani Essary Hurles: • Has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Houston • Diagnosed with ovarian stage three metastatic cancer in January 2010 • Battled cancer with a positive attitude, purposeful prayer and a lot of good old-fashioned humor • Writes Monday Updates in her weekly blog: • Updates are read weekly by hundreds of readers throughout the United States • Goal is to find a cure for ovarian cancer • An ovarian cancer research fund has been started in Leilani’s name at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston with Dr. Michael W. Bevers as the individual in charge of the fund • Ride, Baby, Ride! can be purchased at


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Lamar CISD Hires Five Administrators Lamar CISD’s Board of Trustees hired five administrators at its June meeting as the District prepares for the 2013-2014 school year. Isaac Davila is the new Transportation Director. Davila is a graduate of Oklahoma State and worked in the transportation and payroll departments in the Tulsa Public Schools for six years. Robin Sheehan is the new Purchasing/ Materials Manager for Lamar CISD. She has her bachelors and masters in business administration from Houston Baptist University. A graduate of Terry High School, she is a Certified Texas School Business Specialist through the Texas Association of School Business Officials. Sheehan has been the Buyer for Lamar CISD since 2010. Bertha Alvarez is the new Assistant Principal at Navarro Middle School. A graduate of Alverno College in Milwaukee, Alvarez has her masters from Lamar University. Prior to her position at Navarro, Alvarez taught in the Milwaukee, Alief and Lamar CISD schools. She taught kindergarten and has been the lead bilingual/ESL teacher at Long Elementary since 2009. Risa Crosby is the new Assistant Principal at Long Elementary. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she has her masters from the University of Houston-Victoria. Crosby has eight years of teaching, all in Lamar CISD, most recently as the Math Facilitator at Velasquez Elementary. She also taught for two years at Williams Elementary. Keith Williams is the new Assistant Principal at Briscoe Junior High. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and has his masters from the University of Houston-Victoria. Williams began his career in education at George Junior High, as a coach and science teacher, in 1998. He also has been a coach and teacher at Foster High School and served as the high school summer school principal in 2007.

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ristofer Wright, 2013 graduate of Needville High School, received the Fighting Heart athletic award at the annual sports banquet. The award goes to the athlete who shows the most heart – someone who refuses to give up in difficult times. The expression on Kristofer’s face when he received the award was “priceless,” said Mr. Janacek, Kristofer’s principal. “I was astonished, and I was amazed,” said Kristofer. Kristofer has been participating in sports since the seventh grade. Although his favorite sport is football, and he really enjoys playing football, he said, “I knew I could do something in track. Coach Valentine helped me get through some adversity through the years. Everybody was bigger than me, and they didn’t think I was going to go anywhere. He motivated me and encouraged me a lot.” “My coach saw me achieve my dream, which was making the finals for the track for the 100 meter dash. I wanted to go to the area meet, but I wasn’t the fastest, so I practiced a lot, got my speed up and made myself faster. Coach Valentine said, ‘That’s all I ask.’ I got to where I wanted to be. I had to make myself be where I wanted to be.” Kristofer conquered any obstacles that stood in his way. “My mom encouraged me to keep going and to keep doing what I wanted to do,” he said. Coach Valentine said, “Kris is a great kid. He epitomizes what we mean by the fighting heart. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the biggest, fastest, strongest or best athlete. It’s someone you can count on every single day to give you everything they have and do it without question. He’s 100 percent loyal to his coaches and teammates. He has tremendous character the way he works every single day. The thing that stuck out to me was, as a freshman, he made a goal to make the finals in the 100 meter in the district track meet. He made the finals, but he didn’t place.”

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The Hispanic Heritage Forum held their Scholarship Award presentation on June 13th at the Rosenberg Civic Center. Natalie Sulak received an Academic Excellence award presented by Don Kerstetter. Natalie plans to attend Wharton County Junior College, where she will study Graphic Design.

Pedro Fulgencia was awarded the Ernie Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Award of $1,000. Pedro plans to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio to study Architectural Engineering.

Lamar CISD’s Ray and Velasquez elementary schools were among the handful of campuses in Texas to receive the designation of Distinguished Performance Schools. To achieve Distinguished Performance, a school must be a Title I campus, be 40 percent or more low income, have been rated Exemplary in 2011 and Exemplary or Recognized in 2010 and 2009. Velasquez Principal Kera Faltysek, Ray Principal Ben Perez and former Velasquez Principal Heather Patterson celebrated their school’s designation.


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The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Johnny and Lucy Alaniz.

Victoria Mason, pictured with Don Kerstetter and Yvonne Becerra, received an Academic Excellence award. Victoria will attend Texas State University this fall to study Communications and Theatre.

The Rotary Club of Richmond held the Hilmar Moore Community Service Awards Ceremony on June 6th at The Fort Bend Country Club.

Mary Dotterell, Kenny Kucherka, Prisilla Salas, Steve Onstead, Alicia Casias, Cherie Vasquez, Lisa Regan and John Cotterell attended the event.

Pat and Judge Bob Hebert, pictured with Gary Gillen, were proudly presented with the Hilmar Moore Community Service Award for 2013.

Joe Gurecky, Judge Ken Cannata, Olga Gracia and Chief Robert Gracia visited before the event.

Doris Gurecky, Weston Lakes’ Mayor Mary Rose Zdunkewicz and Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore enjoyed the evening together.

This was the year of the Falcons! Congratulations to the Foster Falcon Baseball and Softball Teams on their amazing seasons. After losing a classmate at the end of April, both teams dedicated the rest of their seasons to Bailey Cooper. They honored her by wearing Camo hats with a pink “F.”

Anxiously awaiting to cheer on the Foster Falcons during the Regional Final game at Rice Stadium were Riley Dimeo, Claire Bilski, Riley Henegar and Carley Garrett.

Foster High School Varsity Baseball Team were Class 4A Regional III Finalists. Pictured are Head Coach Mick Tosch, Assistant Coach Bobby Neelon, James Duval, James Pearson, Hunter Kasuls, Riley Hood, Trent Murphy, Connor Parker, Cameron Hayes, Jacob Pustejovsky, Assistant Coach Scott Meyers, Luke Duval, Gabe Wise, Parker Milligan, Colton Young, Jackson Wise, Ozzie Martinez, Travis Wills, Reid Garrett, Wyatt Huff, Brock Keener and Assistant Coach Mike Harvey. Foster High School Varsity Softball Team were Class 4A State Finalists. The school held a sendoff pep rally before the girls headed to the State Tournament in Austin. Pictured are Chelsea Parker, Mickenzi Krpec, Cassie Baudry, Kellie Moehlig, Mckenzie Lavengco, Kaylyn Pryor, Meranda Charles, Tori Aprea, Brianna Alter, Kelbi Fortenberry, Delanie Guzman, Faith Minor, Lindsey Etzler, Kristen Clark, Claudia Aguilar, Suzanne White, Kendall Pryor, Courtney White and Noelle Hein. l AUGUST 2013



Dylan Knight and Mayor Evalyn Moore attended the Historic Richmond Association’s Classic Car Display in downtown Richmond the weekend of May 18th.


Reid and Joyce Garrett attended the ribbon cutting of the new Santikos Palladium AVX Theatre, which features 16 bowling lanes, in-theatre dining and an arcade.

Enjoying a tour of the Santikos Palladium AVX at the ribbon cutting were Frances and Lorenzo Lerma.

The Historic Downtown Rosenberg Merchants ribbon cutting was held on May 6th.

Shanta Kuhl and Gilbert Limones visited and enjoyed the event. Celebrating at BR Vino were Andie McDowell, Alicia Casias, Liz Moreno and Melissa Martin.

These kids enjoyed a swim party to celebrate their last day of school. Having pool fun were John Schimmin, Brayden Millon, Christian Hills, Carson Combs, Peyton Calvert, Meredith Grimes, Taylor and Austin Gabino, Josh Schimmin, Logan Washburn and Jeremy Willsey.


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Tiffany Pace and Judy Boyum attended the ribbon cutting for Angelique’s Mexican Restaurant.

AccessHealth and The Art League of Fort Bend hosted an Art Show Opening Reception at AccessHealth’s newly renovated facility on Austin Street in Richmond. Guests enjoyed hor d’oeurves, wine and beautiful works of art created by The Art League of Fort Bend artists. The art will be on display through mid September.

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When the annual Texas Police Games concluded in June, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office’s Daryle Ryan was heavy with medals. In the Track and Field events, Ryan won one bronze medal, six silver medals and one gold medal. The bronze medal was for the 400-meter dash. The silvers included the 5K run, 10K run, high jump, 800-meter run, the 200-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. The gold medal was for winning the long jump competition. Congratulations!

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The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance and the Rose-Rich Auto Mile presented the 2013 State of Richmond Address in June at Fort Bend Country Club in Richmond. More than 220 people attended to hear Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore give updates on current and future projects involving Richmond. Kenny Kucherka and Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen.

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Local Physicians Team Up to Open Methodist Sugar Land Cardiology Associates Two prominent Fort Bend-area physicians have formed Methodist Sugar Land Cardiology Associates. Sherman Tang, M.D. and Toussaint Smith, M.D. are longtime area cardiologists who have formed this new practice. Drs. Tang and Smith provide a complete range of cardiovascular services, from cholesterol management to the most complex diagnostic procedures. Methodist Sugar Land Cardiology Associates offers personal, hands-on care and state-of-the-art interventional techniques, backed by the resources, skilled staff and technological strength of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – home to many Fort Bend County “firsts” in cardiac care. “Dr. Tang and Dr. Smith are well-respected cardiologists in our community who are known for providing thorough, compassionate patient care,” said Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO Chris Siebenaler. “Combining their skill and expertise with our leading-edge technology and cardiovascular facilities provides a real benefit for patients in Fort Bend and surrounding areas.” Dr. Tang is a graduate of China Medical College in Taichung, Taiwan. He completed residencies at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as well as a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Miami. He has been in practice in the area since 1994 and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. Toussaint is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency – as well as fellowships in clinical cardiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation – at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has been in practice in Sugar Land since 1993 and is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and echocardiography. For more information, call 281-491-6808 or visit See ad on page 5.


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Hillcroft Medical Clinic Expands Medical Services in Sugar Land Hillcroft Medical Clinic (HMC) recently expanded its presence in Sugar Land. Located at Highway 6 in front of Lifetime Fitness, HMC added new facilities to accommodate additional doctors and services. In addition to family medicine and internal medicine, many medical specialties are now offered in Sugar Land, including cardiology, endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, neurology, OB/GYN, pulmonology, rheumatology, urology and general surgery. Expanded services in Sugar Land also include onsite Xray, CT and ultrasound, along with an in-house laboratory. When you visit the HMC office, something you won’t see is a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. Physician owned and managed, HMC doctors pride themselves on establishing direct relationships with patients. In a nod to patients’ busy schedules, HMC doctors offer convenient appointments, including same-day, lunchtime and Saturday appointments for both sick and routine visits, including physicals. The doctors and services have In-Network status with most insurance plans, too. Continued on page 36.

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Continued from page 35. HMC has provided medical care for the Houston area since 1948 and is the area’s oldest multi-specialty group. HMC opened its first Sugar Land office in 1980 on South Main. In 2007, HMC moved to its current home on Highway 6. HMC doctors also care for patients at their office in southwest Houston. With the recent growth of their Sugar Land office, HMC doctors look forward to continuing the tradition of quality medical care for another 65 years. For more information about HMC and its doctors, visit To make an appointment, call 832-500-5361. See ad on inside back cover.

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Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend On the road to recovery, patients look for the best doctors and physical therapists to join their team. When they choose Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend, patients gain the extra benefit of having the best close to home and easily accessible. This independent, therapist-owned clinic in Richmond offers general and specialty physical therapy services for everyone, from pediatrics to geriatrics. The clinic houses state-of-the-art equipment and a specialty pool for aquatic therapy. Highly trained, specialized therapists provide physical therapy services including sports medicine, orthopedics and rehabilitation therapy, including therapy for vestibular and balance disorders. Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend’s many success stories speak to their professional expertise that focuses on each patient individually. Their treatment programs are dynamic: they stay in tune with patients’ progress, continually updating goals and plans and working alongside each as they strive to achieve the best possible outcome. The clinic takes great pride in working closely with patients’ doctors, both near and far. A survey of doctors shows they have earned a rating for excellence from them. If you live in Richmond, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Needville or Fulshear, you can choose the convenience of coming to this clinic close to home. Patients say it best when they point out that this is a place of hope where people listen and where successes are celebrated. Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend’s Success stories prove that when patients choose them, they gain a team of outstanding and caring professionals. For more information, call 281-344-8900 or visit


Take Ownership of Your Health Heart disease, cancer and obesity are just a few of the ailments that people face, but they are avoidable for the most part. By balancing your hormones and controlling metabolism and diet, you can live longer, be healthier and look and feel great – well into your golden years. As co-owner and Clinical Director of Ageless Med Spa, Danielle Steel should know. After losing 76 pounds through the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) diet, Steel joined forces with Dr. Elvis Torres, and it opened the door to a new world of healthy living. “He’s the most compassionate, patient-oriented doctor I have ever met,” she says. “Since childhood, I knew I was meant to be a doctor. At medical schooI, I found my calling in women’s health and opened my practice 17 years ago,” says Dr. Torres, who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a member of the International Society of Cosmetic Gynecology. When patients began asking for additional procedures, Ageless Med Spa opened to meet the demand. Wellness and aesthetic services are also offered: Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, laser vein and hair removal, skin tightening, cosmetic fillers, Botox, facials, massage, pharmaceutical-grade cosmetics, in office liposuction and new options like the new Silhouette Lift—an hour-long in-office minimally invasive facelift—and the “Vampire Facelift” which uses your own platelet-rich plasma to rejuvenate the texture, color and tone of your skin. Visit and meet the experienced staff to look and feel your best at Ageless Med Spa, located at 414 West Grand Parkway South #115 in Katy. For more information, visit or call 281-392-3700.

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Teeth-By-Tonight!™ Dental Implants in One Procedure Dr. Rick Kline has devoted most of his professional career to helping those who have already lost or are losing their natural teeth to either accident or disease. Over his 18-year career, Dr. Kline has been on the cutting edge of every new development in this highly technical field. His signature procedure, Teeth-By-Tonight!™, is the culmination of a life’s work devoted to replacing lost smiles through the use of dental implants. Now, Dr. Kline can accomplish in a single procedure what used to require four to six procedures spread over a year or more. This miraculous advancement is made possible by the physics of placing multiple implants at just the right angles so that they can immediately support and

strengthen each other. As such, Dr. Kline can remove any remaining “bad” teeth, place dental implants and build a beautiful new smile to attach to those implants all in one procedure. The patient’s new smile has most of its biting and chewing power instantly. Plus, the new replacement teeth cover any gum tissue that was traumatized during the procedure. So, the patients report almost no discomfort or recovery time. They typically eat a light meal the evening after the procedure and can eat nearly anything the next day. For more information, visit or call 281265-7645 to schedule a complimentary consultation. See ad on Back Cover.

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“You are what you eat” is a phrase that has been around for quite some time, and it is evidenced by the continuous breakthroughs made in nutrition. Diet is beginning to play a crucial role in overall vanity and with excellent reason. Having a proper and balanced diet that meets your individual needs is not only beneficial towards your health, but it can make drastic improvements in your overall appearance. In regards to cosmetic surgery, it is extremely important to fuel your body with key nutrients to aid in the healing process. Not only will this boost your immune system, but it will also improve your recovery immensely. Researchers have discovered that an appropriate diet has proven to significantly improve and reduce swelling, inflammation, bruising and even grogginess following surgery. If you are investing in your appearance, make it well worth it by giving your diet and health a little TLC. Sugar Land Plastic Surgery wants to make sure you are as healthy as possible following surgery and long after. Sugar Land Plastic Surgery is proud to introduce nutrition services, including a medical grade vitamin line and Nutrition Counseling to further enhance your quality of life. Whether you are following a cosmetic procedure or focusing on your overall health, they are available to help you in the long run and strive to meet every individual’s beauty, health and wellness needs. For more information, visit www.MyBodySurgeon. com or call 281- 980-8000. See ad on page 7.


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Manish Asthana and Heather and Trey Reichert are returning champs from the 2012 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, the Spelling Stones. The Spelling Stones issue the 2013 challenge: “Bee there or bee square.”

Have you heard the newzzzz?! The bees are buzzing around Fort Bend County as the Literacy Council’s 4th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee is quickly approaching! The Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint Energy, is a corporate-style dinner that will take place on Thursday, September 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. Watch your neighbors, co-workers and friends compete against one another to win a coveted spot in the “Honey Hall of Fame.” Enter a team of three adults for $500 to compete and earn the b-r-a-g-g-a-d-o-c-i-o rights as the “Best GrownUp Spellers in the County.” Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for this event, and they range in price from $100 to $5,000. Underwriting opportunities are available at the $1,200 and $2,500 level. Underwriters receive a discounted team fee. In addition to regular sponsorships, smaller sponsorships are available, such as “Bee a Word Sponsor” for $200. At the $200 level, the sponsor will have a spelling word that is related to their business called during the Bee as one of the spelling words. For $100, a sponsor can be a letter in the “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” or “Friends of Literacy” alphabet sponsorship opportunity. Sponsors have the chance to claim the first letter of their business name, last name, children’s name, etc. and have that letter represent their business or their family. The “Literacy Alphabets” will be displayed at the event and on the website. If you have never donated to the Literacy Council, now is your chance! There are other various opportunities to sponsor this event, and all proceeds benefit the life changing programs of the Literacy Council. The returning “Bee” emcee will be Nancy Olson, joined by judges Mayor Evalyn Moore and Mayor Vincent Morales Jr. Will you “Bee” there or “Bee” square? Tickets are $40 if purchased pre-event and $45 if purchased at the door. For more information, visit or contact the Literacy Council at 281.240.8181. We hope to see you at the Bee on Thursday, September 12th!

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he new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has just raised the bar for all fullsize pickups. After much anticipation, this light-duty truck is arriving in showrooms outdoing both itself and the competition. If that seems a bit much, here’s something: the new Silverado’s V8 engine gets estimated fuel economy equal to Ford’s base V6 and better than its vaunted EcoBoost. And that’s just the beginning. Pickup truck competition amongst the Detroit Three automakers is brutally fierce because trucks are very profitable. Once trucks were designed with few creature comforts and to handle the rough conditions of ranches and work sites. But in the 1990s, when gas was a whole lot cheaper, pickups gained a huge fan base among consumers who


never used them for anything more than driving. But once gasoline prices moved north of three dollars, those consumers fled the scene. The new Silverado’s estimated fuel economy may just lure those casual truck owners back to dealer showrooms.   The 2014 Chevy Silverado boasts three all-new engines designed to deliver it class-leading fuel economy. Named Ecotech 3, this new family of engines shares the same displacement as the ones in last year’s Silverado, but don’t be mislead. These engines are completely different. The base engine is a  285 hp, 305 lb-ft of torque 4.3 liter V6 whose estimated fuel economy at this writing has yet to be announced. But if the fuel economy numbers of the V8 are any indication, expect the V6 to be a gas sipper. The 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque 5.3 liter V8 will get you better fuel economy than Ford’s F-150 V6 EcoBoost with 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Both powertrains feature  direct injection, imperceptible cylinder deactivation and six-speed transmissions. A 6.2 liter V8 will be available later this year

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but numbers on that one aren’t available as of yet either. The new Silverado’s “living room quiet“ interior was seriously upgraded with new technology and loads more storage space. The centerpiece of the dashboard is the new MyLink multimedia interface featuring a crisp eight-inch display that you swipe like a smartphone. There are more nooks and crannies to stash stuff than ever before, and the cloth seats are advertised as easier to clean.  The Chevrolet engineers are claiming that their new model is a product of “evolution not revolution.” It may be a quiet jump, but it has propelled the 2014 Silverado ahead of its main competitors, the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150, in multiple categories. Follow Steve Kursur at KursarOnCars.

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A more current photo of the 1883 Moore House.

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“The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes.” – Confucius


he history of Fort Bend is learned through museums and records, and fortunately for our area, beautiful vintage homes. These historical homes are reminders of days past that capture the true essence of what life was like over one hundred years ago, built to last a lifetime. Located at 406 South Fifth Street in Richmond, Texas, stands a stunning Victorian classical revival plantation home built in 1883 by Thomas Culshaw. This home is known as the Moore House. John Matthew Moore was born in Richmond, attended Texas A&M University, served as a United States Congressman and was a cattleman. This Gothic Victorian home was John’s wedding present to his wife Lottie Dyer Moore. The home was built on 12,000 acres of land inherited from Lottie’s father, J. Foster Dyer, who died a year before the wedding. Her grandparents, Nancy Gray Spencer Barnett and Thomas Barnett, were part of the original Stephen F. Austin colonists. Their central focus of income was the county’s largest ranching operation with 7,000 cattle.

Congressman John M. Moore's home.


The Moore House was home to the Moore family for over ninety years, where Lottie gave birth to three sons and two daughters. John Moore was very active in politics, and from 1888 to 1892, he was president of the Fort Bend County Jaybird Democratic Association. He was engaged in the bitter feud that resulted in serious altercations and numerous deaths. Moore witnessed the Battle of Richmond on August 16, 1889 where armed fighting took place around the courthouse, the National Hotel and the McFarlane residence. Resolution was reached in October ending the 20-year turbulence. Moore’s oldest son, John Jr., was the mayor of Richmond for two terms and served as a judge in Fort Bend County. The younger son, Hilmer, served as mayor of Richmond for 30 terms beginning in 1949, making him the longest-serving elected official in the United States. In the original floor plan, this majestic two-story Victorian home had four bedrooms with a center tower and cupola. The structure is sound and well-built, constructed of mortise and pegged heart of pine lumber with cedar siding, pine flooring and foundation blocks. After his 1905 election, Moore contracted C.H. Page and Brothers of Austin to remodel the home in a Neo-Classical style popular during the early 20th century. Six huge white columns support the front of the home with a sidewalk that leads to an arched front door welcoming distinguished guests. Seven coal burning fireplaces were added, as well as new hardwood floors, room expansions, re-

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modeling and a front entry stairway. The First Baptist Church of Richmond originated in the Moore House, where church service was held in one of the spacious rooms on the bottom floor. The Moore family was always gracious and sharing with the community. Lottie died in 1924 and John in 1940; the family inheritors continued to live there until 1975.

The glassed-in porch of the Moore House is a prime location for small private gatherings.

Today, the Fort Bend County Museum Association has kept the home upgraded and beautifully displayed. Downstairs is a museum of fine furnishings and heirlooms reflective of the time the Moores enjoyed their home raising children. Upstairs are meeting rooms and space for exhibits. Weddings and special events are held all year. In December, the Moore House hosts the popular Candlelight Tour. Themes are selected and decorating is tastefully planned and orchestrated by the Fort Bend Museum Docents contributive to the era. Vintage homes like the Moore House will always be a valuable key to understanding the past and how people lived, and maintaining the history of our vintage homes helps make our nation strong.


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August 2013 - Absolutely Brazos Magazine  

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Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Brazos Area, Texas.