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A Hand Up for

Homeless Prevention

Safety Fest

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Kicking off this month, the American Heart Association’s Shop With Heart Card event is a unique opportunity to shop while giving back.




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10 Jennifer Morales with Steve and Elaine Robertson. Photo by Debi Beauregard/Custom Minds Photography.


With the support of dedicated community volunteers, Westside Homeless Prevention is changing lives by helping break the cycle of homelessness. Katy resident Jennifer Morales is one shining example.


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Power and Control: The Anatomy of Domestic Abuse



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EXCLAMATION POINTS! Associate Publisher, LIZ JOHNSON Vol. 14 No. 4 April 2017

Hi Katy friends! As we launch into April in Katy, I am excited to take on a new role as your Associate Publisher with absolutely! Katy Magazine. My family and I have lived in Katy for 11 years now, and it is truly a place that has seeped into my heart and soul. My husband and children are everything to me, and to live in a community that values families and heart as much as Katy does is a true blessing and one I don’t take for granted. I have lived all over the country, and when we moved here, I immediately felt home. They say home is where the heart is, and we found ours in Katy. One thing you should know about me is that I love Liz Johnson. quotes. I recently saw a poster that said, “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.” It seemed to speak to me this month, and I hope it speaks to you as you enjoy your April adventures. I have been blessed to be welcomed into this amazing family at absolutely! focus media, and I cannot wait to continue on my new adventure with all of you! Our April issue is a perfect example of why I love this magazine and the Katy community. I invite you to learn all about Westside Homeless Prevention in our cover story beginning on page 10. The amazing volunteers who are involved with this organization and the difference they are making in Katy provides a life-changing advantage Ryan, Alison and Nicholas Johnson. to the families they help. The tools and help they provide set their clients on a path of success that cannot be denied, but is so desperately needed to equip them on life’s journey. Be sure to take a look at What’s Kickin’ in Katy to see what’s going on this month in our amazing community. Don’t forget to send us your stories and events so we can see what adventures you are taking, and maybe we can join you on a few.

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A Hand Up

COVER STORY By Liz Johnson


Homeless Prevention


Chris Crockett, Steve and Elaine Robertson and Jennifer Morales.

hen Jennifer Morales found herself and her three children living in a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Fort Worth, she realized help and big changes were going to be needed in her life. Luckily, Morales had some friends in Katy who opened their home to her, but with three small children, space was at a premium, and it quickly became apparent that staying with them would not work out. It was time to find her own place for the sake of her children. However, without a job, Morales had no way to pay rent and provide for her children. One step away from being homeless, Morales asked for help, and she found it with Westside Homeless Prevention (WHP).

Bringing Westside Homeless Prevention to Katy Four Katy area women recognized that there was a true need to address homelessness in the area. Through their various roles and work in the Katy community, Karen Kessler, Chris Crockett, Cheryl Hollabaugh and Rebecca Fox decided to meet with the WHP team to see if they could help. According to Fox, the program spoke to her heart. “We were convinced that WHP had the right plan of a ‘hand up’ and not a ‘hand out,’ and we were on board to make a difference for our students in Katy. The best part is their focus on keeping students in their home campus without moving them from school to school and disrupting their education.” “For years, we have had homeless students and families in Katy ISD, but most people were unaware of the issue,” stated Crockett. “When my friend Karen Kessler approached me about WHP, I knew it would be a good fit for our community! There is nothing more important for student success than family stability, and WHP provides the means for families to achieve that.”

Transforming Families Through Confident Self-Sufficiency WHP’s Executive Director Susan Bolling explained their success model. “In a recent study done by WHP, we found that for every $1 you give to help keep a student in school, the long-term rate of return is $20. A $1,000 investment in WHP


yields a $20,000 rate of return to society and to the student. A high school graduate will earn an additional $350,000 over their lifetime over one without a diploma. Providing a stable environment for students who so desperately need a bed of their own, a place to do homework and the support to help their families become self-sufficient is vital to the future of the Katy community and its schools. No matter how much money you push into your neighborhood school, if these basic needs aren’t met, children will still fail and still be left behind.”

WHP Executive Director Susan Bolling, Children at Risk Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bob Sanborn and WHP Board President Betsy Bagley supporting WHP at the organization’s 2015 Luncheon.

WHP has been in the Katy area for about a year but has been in Spring Branch since 1994. Early in the 1990s, Spring Branch ISD sought to identify the reason for chronic student transfers and poor standardized test scores in several

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With support, we will be able to guide more families into selfsufficiency, keep families and their children in their homes and ultimately support them in order for children to stay in their schools. – Dr. Steve Robertson schools. A task force was formed to address the cause: poverty and homelessness. At the same time, social services also noticed that they were seeing a lot of repeat clients. Students were transferring from one school to the next, because their parent could not afford a stable home for the family. Recognizing that being homeless is more then just a housing issue, WHP was formed to help break the cycle of homelessness with the idea that stability equals success. WHP offers classes to clients on financial planning, parenting, job training, counseling services, rent and utility assistance. For children, WHP offers a summer book club, a back-to-school party with free school supplies, an Adopt a Family Program for Christmas and Thanksgiving meals. But more importantly, WHP offers support and love through an amazing case management team.

The Heart of WHP’s Katy Volunteers Two special community volunteers helping to make WHP successful in Katy are Dr. Steve Robertson and his wife, Elaine, who serve on WHP’s Advisory Board. “Steve and I are very passionate about WHP, as it involves families in our Katy community,” said Elaine. “As educators, both of us have experienced working with homeless families and would like to help provide resources and solutions to these families in order to reverse this painful cycle. It is not an organization that just gives money to a situation, but it is an organization that invests in our children’s futures by creating opportunities.” The Robertsons have big plans to make WHP successful in Katy, and their love for children motivates them and drives their commitment. “Many people are not aware that Katy ISD currently has over 600 children who have been identified as at risk,” said

Steve. “These are families who could be homeless tomorrow. We hope to spread the word of WHP in order to receive as much support as possible from our Katy community. With support, we will be able to guide more families into self-sufficiency, keep families and their children in their homes and ultimately support them in order for children to stay in their schools. Providing a stable home for our children will increase their success in their education and ultimately lead them on a journey to a more successful, self-sufficient life.”

Katy community to reach the families in Katy who most need our program and support.” Visit for more information on Westside Homeless Prevention.

Proven Success in Times of Need Morales couldn’t agree more and is now one of WHP’s best clients and success stories. She is doing well in her job and is in a management training program. “WHP has given my children and me stability and happiness, not only through financial help but also with life training. Just following a simple budget, watching expenses has become much more effective. There’s a lighter side to things as well. I see my children smile more. They are just more at ease with life, as am I. It is with much gratitude and appreciation that I can look to our future with hope and confidence due to the reassuring and positive attitudes and actions of Myrna, my case manager and everybody at the WHP.” Bolling stressed the need for WHP in the Katy Area. “Over the last six months, we have served the same number of families as we did in our whole last fiscal year. The need continues to be great, as we now serve Spring Branch and Katy ISD and strive to help families keep their kids in their same school throughout the entire school year. We are so grateful to have been welcomed into the Katy community with open arms and hands ready to serve. It is critically important that we have the financial support of the

Spring Luncheon Thursday, April 6th

11:30 am – Registration Noon – Lunch and Program Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77024 WHP will present a message of service and empowerment at its Spring Luncheon. The special guest speaker is Larry Payne, author of The Heart of HoUSton: Lessons in Servant Larry Payne. Leadership. Payne has over 40 years of experience in public service, education and not-forprofit and religious leadership. The book explores ways in which people can create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Tickets are $35 per person. Visit to purchase tickets. Contact Christina at or 713-973-8083, extension 105 for more information. l APRIL 2017


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Treat Yourself While Helping Others


oustonians are famous for their philanthropy. Nonprofit events drive the social scene, and a different one happens almost every night in the Bayou City. As much as Houstonians give back, they also love to shop, so the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Shop With Heart Card event creates a unique opportunity for both to join forces for good. A longtime supporter of the AHA, Rosemary Schatzman recognizes the benefits of the Shop With Heart Card event, a spring shopping and dining discount card fundraiser benefiting the AHA. “I love that with this card, every purchase I make can have a meaning. It’s during a seasonal time where I’m spending a lot – wedding, graduation and Mother’s Day gifts, you name it – and it means that much more that I get to support AHA’s mission. All it takes is a $50 donation, and in return, I get a card for amazing discounts to top retailers in the Houston area,” said Schatzman. Katie Brass is one of many Houstonians looking forward to this premier spring shopping and dining event. The Shop With Heart Card works like most discount card fundraisers. Supporters purchase the Shop With Heart Card for a minimum donation of $50. Then, from Friday, April 28th through Sunday, May 7th, cardholders can use their card to save 20 percent off regularly priced merchandise at participating retailers and enjoy a complimentary appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an entrée at participating restaurants.

2017 Shop With Heart Card Heart Guild volunteers Lesha Elsenbrook, Karen Miller, Lu Caltagirone and Roz Pactor. Photos by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design.


2017 Shop With Heart Card Heart Guild volunteers Robyn Barnes, Laura Davenport, Julie Haralson and Melissa McAnelly.

This year, hundreds of the finest retailers and restaurants from across Houston and surrounding areas have signed up to participate to support this great cause, including Orangetheory Fitness in Katy. A full listing of participating retailers and restaurants is available on the Shop With Heart Card website and in their annual Merchant Card Directory. Brass noted that many people use the Shop With Heart Card as an opportunity to not only give back but to spread awareness of AHA and its mission among the community. “I am not always in town or have time to shop during the 10 day event, but I do not let that stop me from giving back. If I am unable to directly benefit from the perks, I will gift the card to a friend or family member. By doing so, I am able to continue to support AHA through my donation and generate greater awareness, often gaining a new supporter in the process.” The Heart Guild of Houston, a fundraising branch of the AHA, coordinates the annual Shop With Heart Card event. Thanks to the generous support of volunteers, underwriters and sponsors, the Heart Guild is able to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from Shop With Heart Card sales directly to the AHA. The AHA is one of the most recognizable and trustworthy non-profit organizations in the United States with a full 80 cents of every donated dollar going to fulfill the organization’s mission of “building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers of both men and women. The AHA accomplishes this mission by funding research, education and community outreach across the nation and here in Houston. “Heart disease and stroke have touched many of our lives,” said Shop With Heart Card Chair Julie Haralson. “This is an easy way to give back to our community and honor our loved ones while having a great time shopping, dining out and saving money. It’s mutually beneficial for everyone involved.” The 2017 Shop With Heart Card is available for purchase online at now through April 13th and at participating retailers starting April 13th for a minimum donation of $50. Visit for more information.

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High School HOT SHOT Meet Caleb Mendoza


senior at Faith West Academy in Katy, Caleb Mendoza has earned a reputation of respect and fortitude from his peers, teachers and administrators. His wide range of talents has impacted everyone he meets. With so much to offer the world, Caleb is destined for unprecedented success in his future. Caleb was nominated by Faith West Academy staff and voted by his peers as Most Representative Male for the Class of 2017. His forte is music. In any genre, Caleb plays effortlessly on his Eastman acoustic guitar and Fender electric guitar. His music resonates with his endearing persona. At 18 years old, Caleb’s music is both inspiring and entertaining. He said, “Kindled by the likes of Australian guitarist and song-writer Tommy Emmanuel, I attribute the love and support of my mother and father for my musical success. They have encouraged me to share my devotion to music with my school and community.” Caleb’s talent for music is Christ focused, and How Great Thou Art has been his longtime favorite composition. He is also a member of the Faith West Academy Marching Band and the Faith West Academy Chapel Band. In State Competition, he has maintained Superior ratings – the highest honor – for solos during his high school years. Besides the guitar, Caleb plays percussion and saxophone. One value Caleb lives by is generosity. “Be a servant. Servants worry only about the needs of others. God will take care of the servant’s


needs. Luke 6:38 says, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.’” In addition to his undeniable musical talent, Caleb spends time acting with his school’s theater department. He is a member of the Faith West chapter of the National Thespians Society and has participated in theatre productions of It’s a Wonderful Life, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Under the Bridge. His favorite teacher is Linda George. Caleb recalled, “Mrs. George taught me academics and learning skills, but the one thing that has impacted me the most is that she holds unfalteringly to the basic necessity of Biblical morality in a straying world. Her faith is venerable and is contagious to those around her.” Caleb is also engaged in sports. Last year, he played shortstop for the Final Four Eagles baseball club. He demonstrates his endurance and speed by running for Faith West Academy in track and cross-country and has been honored as Academic All-State for his teams. One of the many things that Caleb will treasure about his high school experience is, “The relationships created with teachers of absolutely heaven-sent giftings and talents. At Faith West, I have learned that a basic academic foundation is critical to my future career, and with faith in God, anything is possible.” When he has the opportunity, Caleb volunteers for the “mission field” – any place people live where a Biblical influence is needed. Most recently, he volunteered at Child Care of Rosenberg orphanage. Caleb is a member of Focus Church in Katy, where he plays in the worship band. After graduation, Caleb aspires to either attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to major in music composition or to join the armed forces to play for the military band. Congratulations, Caleb, on sharing your genius of music with your school and community. We look forward to watching you make an impact on this world in your future.

“Be a servant. Servants worry only about the needs of others. God will take care of the servant’s needs.” – Caleb Mendoza 16

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The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Gala, A Tribute to Katy, with a record crowd. Guests were treated to dinner, dancing, photos and silent and live auctions benefiting the Chamber of Commerce charities. Photo by Custom Minds Photography.


Honorees were Peter McElwain, Chaille Voelkel, Joy Lee, Steve Smith and Greg Henry. Katy ISD recently hosted its annual Sister School Celebration featuring Mardi Gras themed fun. The award-winning Sister School program partners schools together that share common goals and encourages friendship, understanding and cooperation between students, parents and teachers.

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Katy native and Navy Midshipman Alondra Serrano participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer community.


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Hit the Trails in Cross Creek Ranch April 29th Hit the trails and explore the fun of living in naturefriendly Cross Creek Ranch during the Hit the Trails Family Festival on Saturday, April 29th from noon to 4 pm. The free event showcases the Fulshear community’s trails, nature areas and “living edges” along the banks of Flewellen Creek, which is designed to be fully self-sustaining, selfperpetuating and self-nourishing for plants and wildlife. Nature lovers will be able to trek along these areas, plus learn about gardening, birding and the community’s amazing water conservation efforts. The first 500 families visiting the Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center at 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane will receive a complimentary backpack filled with treats for the trail. Enjoy an afternoon of radio-controlled model boat races, kite flying, music, bounce houses and trolley rides

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Six Tips for Back Pain Relief Have you ever felt back pain? You are not alone. It is the leading cause of missed work days in the United States. Here are some tips to help prevent it. Lose weight. Losing as little as five to 10 pounds can take an incredible amount of stress off the lower back. Get moving. Regular aerobic activity can lead to decreased pain and improved function. Back and ab exercises will strengthen core muscles, reducing strain on discs and joints in the back and areas where chronic back pain occurs. Sit up straight. Slouching affects several areas of the spine. Be mindful of your posture, whether standing or sitting. Quit smoking. The substances in cigarette smoke are linked to faster degeneration of disks and higher rates of back pain. Smoking also reduces blood flow to muscles, joints and discs. Buy new shoes. Wear shoes that have strong arch support, room in the toes and a flexible sole. Try to avoid shoes that are higher than two inches, since it can cause strain on the back due to a higher center of gravity. Learn from experts. Attend the Neck and Back Pain Seminar at Houston Methodist West Hospital on Wednesday, April 19th at 6 pm in the Mesquite Conference Room. Dr. B. Christoph Meyer, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sebastian Villarreal, pain specialist, and Dr. Alexander West, spine and neurosurgeon, will discuss causes, prevention and management of neck and back pain. For more information and to register, visit See ad on pages 2 and 3.

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Medical Math With Medi-Weightloss Clinic Obesity can lead to metabolic syndrome – a group of risk factors that increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and some cancers. The syndrome is diagnosed with three or more risk factors: Central obesity, which is a waist measurement more than 40 inches for men and more than 35 inches for women; fasting blood triglycerides greater than 150 mg/ dL; low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels for men of less than 40 mg/dL and less than 50 mg/dL for women and blood pressure greater than 130/85 mmHg. The body mass index (BMI) is an important indicator of risk for metabolic syndrome. It is based on a person’s height and weight. An individual who is 5 foot 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds would have a BMI of 31 – obese. An individual who is 5 foot 6 inches and weighs 150 pounds would have a BMI of 24. Refer to for a BMI chart. Exercise improves health. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. Decreasing calories begins with awareness! Start to journal or document your foods. Choose foods that are nutritious with less calories. One tiny change can lead to decisions to make even bigger changes. Do your own “medical math.” Record your BMI, waist circumference, triglycerides, HDL and blood pressure. Do your medical math numbers equal health? If you are struggling with your medical math results and need assistance with weight loss, let Medi-Weightloss Clinic assist! They offer a medically supervised program with individual counseling to support clients in this lifestyle change. For more information, call 281-3050735. l APRIL 2017



Medical Focus Twenty-Five Percent Down, 75 Percent to Go in 2017

It is April 2017. That means a little over 25 percent of the year has already passed. Are you 25 percent toward your goals? Goals are not always achieved linearly – particularly not fat loss or financial goals. Track everything. Are you on track? Have you even moved off of the starting line? If the answer is yes, congratulations! If the answer is no, don’t worry. Step up your action and catch up. Remember, even if you are off of the course, you can still reach those goals. A plane traveling cross country is off course 80 percent of the time and still makes it to its destination, because the pilot knows where the destination is and makes constant corrections. At 25 percent down and 75 percent to go, there is still time to make some major changes this year. Ryan Kobermann, CSCS, owner of ESN Health – Personal Fitness Training and ESN Healthy Kitchen, along with the entire professional team of certified personal trainers at ESN Health, can help make this happen! ESN Health has many options available, including customized personal training, nutritional coaching, small group classes and nutritious, healthy meals to go. ESN Health clients receive a customized and comprehensive lifestyle plan, which includes a customized nutritional plan and exercise program synergistically working together to help clients reach their goals and expectations. ESN Health now has two locations: one in Cinco Ranch and one in Firethorne. For more information, call 281-395-0827 or visit

Your Hormones Control Everything Natural Bio Health’s providers have been helping patients for almost 20 years feel better and learn why imbalanced hormones cause issues and symptoms. Their providers take an in-depth approach in identifying solutions for patients to improve their quality of life through their Hormone Replacement Program and Medical Weight Loss Programs and by listening to how patients feel. Natural Bio Health’s products are made with all natural ingredients, not synthetic ingredients. Their hormones and supplements are naturally compounded by expert pharmacies that specialize in bioidentical hormones and wellness supplements. Natural Bio Health’s mission is to inspire and educate patients to identify why they are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, poor sleep, foggy memory, low libido or struggling to lose weight, as well as to prevent disease. They begin with an extensive blood panel consultation that covers more than a common check up to identify hormone levels, thyroid health, cortisol levels and more. Once they identify the deficiencies within the blood panel, the experts at Natural Bio Health are able to create a customized wellness program that is unique to each patient. Natural Bio Health’s providers then follow a patient’s wellness journey for life with regular visits and blood panels to measure how his body is responding and how his health is improving and benefiting from the hormone program. Learn more and schedule a complimentary visit with one of the providers at Natural Bio Health Houston, located 9090 Gaylord Drive, Suite 204. For more information, call 832-516-7770 or visit


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Cinco Ranch Face and Body Plastic Surgery Offers Medical Spa with Breakthrough Procedures When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Dr. Eric Humble believes “rejuvenation is about making your internal vision a reality so you can enjoy your life with joy and confidence!” Offering an in-house certified surgical center, as well as a cutting edge medical spa, Cinco Ranch Face and Body Plastic Surgery is a single destination with a full range of solutions, including Botox and filler injections, facial rejuvenation, body contouring and surgical procedures. Dr. Humble is a double board certified plastic surgeon and envisions Cinco Ranch Face and Body becoming the pre-eminent facility in Katy and the Greater Houston area for personal transformation through the medical arts of plastic surgery and skin correction techniques. Dr. Humble’s med spa offers an exclusive and breakthrough procedure called Cellfina, the only FDA approved, minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years. Performed by Dr. Humble in the office, Cellfina combines a proven approach with innovative, proprietary technology to treat the primary structural cause of cellulite – the connective bands woven throughout fat in the thighs and buttocks. These tight bands pull down the surface of the skin, creating the puckering seen on the surface of the skin. Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out in as little as three days. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, visit www. or call 281665-2626. See ad on page 5.

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Cancer Prevention at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston Just as they say the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth is a window to the rest of the body. Just by looking into a patient’s mouth, an oral surgeon can tell if the patient is drinking enough water, has significant reflux or has a history of bulimia. A few years ago, one of the surgeons at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston (OMSH) saw a woman for a painful mouth ulcer and noticed that her tongue had a blue stripe down the middle. She was referred to an endocrinologist, who diagnosed her with Addison’s disease, which not only explained the ulcers but many of her other health issues. While most things that are painful or just don’t look right in a person’s mouth are as simple as a trauma from biting the cheek, there are lumps, bumps and color changes that can represent more serious disease processes. One good rule of thumb is that if any red, white, black or ulcerated area persists more than two to three weeks, it should be evaluated by a dental professional. Oral cancer is most successfully treated if caught in the early stages. Oral and pharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in 48,250 Americans this year. There are several historical risk factors including male gender, smoking and alcohol abuse. However, there has been more attention recently on its association with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Routine screenings by a trained dental professional are an important tool in the prevention of oral cancer. For more information, call OMSH at 713-464-2833 or visit


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When Diet and Exercise Is Not Enough Staying healthy and looking good is a common goal for most women. Sometimes, a hectic lifestyle and stressful jobs make it nearly impossible to maintain an ideal body. Also, many women often gain or maintain resistant fat in undesirable areas regardless of what they do. Over time, this unwanted fat can be very discouraging and severely impact a woman’s body image. There are many options available to help address unwanted fat. By far, the most effective and reliable is liposuction. The procedure is safe, affordable and can target the difficult, stubborn areas that no amount of diet and exercise can. The Sugar Land Plastic Surgery team has seen first-hand time and time again how liposuction can make such a remarkable and immediate difference in the appearance of the body, especially in the stubborn areas. This extra help motivates patients and gives them confidence to achieve further fitness and live healthier lifestyles. Consultations with Dr. John T. Nguyen at Sugar Land Plastic Surgery are always complimentary. With your commitment and their help and support, you can achieve the results you have been working so hard for. Visit for more information. See ad on page 9.

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& QA Ear Infections 101 Expert: Dr. Ronald Vilela, pediatric otolaryngology surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital.



A typical ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear. It’s one of the most common childhood infections and can occur in one ear at a time or both ears at the same time. Ear infections are more common during cold and flu season.






Some infections might clear on their own with close followup. Antibiotics are typically used to treat ear infections. If your child has reoccurring ear infections, they might be a candidate for ear tubes.

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help to soothe a child with an ear infection. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe a numbing ear drop for temporary relief.



Frequent ear infections could lead to decreased sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics if frequent rounds of antibiotics are used, making infections in the future more difficult to treat. Hearing loss is a rare but potentially permanent residual of frequent ear infections.



Maintaining adequate hygiene and trying to keep the nose as healthy as possible are the best ways to prevent ear infections. Using nasal saline mist or spray daily can help to prevent an upper respiratory infection or allergies from leading to ear fluid or an infection. To learn more about the otolaryngology department at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1420.


Many situations can contribute to developing an ear infection. A middle ear infection can be caused by infection of fluid behind the eardrum, secondary to a viral or bacterial upper respiratory infection or uncontrolled allergies.



Symptoms can include ear pain, ear drainage, fever, irritability, sleeplessness, poor appetite, cough and nasal discharge. Children who aren’t old enough to speak might be fussier or seem to have trouble hearing or responding to quiet sounds. Tugging on the ears is not a reliable symptom to help your doctor lead to the diagnosis of an ear infection.


The Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Photo by A. Kramer.

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Power and Control: The Anatomy of Domestic Abuse By Nancy L. Rommelmann, Family Law Attorney


omestic violence has been identified as one of the major causes of emergency room visits by women in recent times. The following behaviors are symptomatic of the anatomy of an abuser/victim relationship. If you see yourself in the following behaviors, seek professional help immediately to get out of the abyss of abuse. Using Intimidation – Making her afraid by using looks, actions, gestures, smashing things, destroying her property, abusing pets, displaying weapons Using Emotional Abuse – Putting her down, making her feel bad about herself, calling her names, making her think she’s crazy, playing mind games, humiliating her, making her feel guilty Using Isolation – Controlling what she does, who she sees and talks to, what she reads, where she goes, limiting her outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions

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Using Children – Making her feel guilty about the children, using the children to relay messages, using visitation to harass her, threatening to take the children away Using Male Privilege – Treating her like a servant, making all of the big decisions, acting like the “master of the castle,” being the one to define men’s and women’s roles Using Economic Abuse – Preventing her from getting or keeping a job, making her ask for money, giving her an allowance, taking her money, not letter her know about or have access to family Using Coercion and Threats – Making or carrying out threats to do something to hurt her, threatening to leave her, to commit suicide, to report her to welfare, making her drop charges, making her do illegal things Emotional abuse is far more common than physical abuse, and its consequences are equally devastating. A great book on this topic is Anger Busting 101 - New ABCs for Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them written by Houstonian Newton Hightower.

“Please don’t ever blame yourself or feel like you deserve it.”

Firefighters Ricky Perez and Travis Williams conducted a safety demonstration at the 2016 Katy Area Safety Fest.



Denying, Minimizing and Blaming – Making light of the abuse and not taking her concerns about it seriously, saying the abuse didn’t happen, shifting responsibility for abusive behavior, saying she caused it


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Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department’s Second Annual Katy Area Safety Fest sponsored by Katy Mills will be held Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm at Katy Mills Mall, located at 5000 Katy Mills Circle. The Katy Area Safety Fest is free to the public and will feature personnel, equipment and apparatus from the 20 plus agencies that serve the greater Katy area. “We believe that strong public and private relationships can play a big role in making the community we live in a safer place for everyone,” said Don Massey, general manager for Katy Mills. Festival activities include exhibits and demonstrations, Life Flight helicopter landing and viewing, ladder truck tours, ambulance tours, kids’ activities, food vendors and more. Email at or call 281-5998888 for more information. l APRIL 2017


What’s Kickin’ in



here is no fooling around in April, because spring has sprung and so has the fun. There is something kickin’ in Katy for everyone this month!

April 1st Katy Sip n Stroll 5 – 8 pm Villagio Town Center 22762 Westheimer Parkway Grab some friends and head over to the most anticipated culinary, wine and craft beer tasting event in Katy. Enjoy live music as you sip and nosh your way through a variety of vendor booths, craft beer tables and over 35 food and wine tasting stations. Presented by Kroger, the event benefits The Ballard House. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

April 2nd Katy Crawfish Festival 11:30 am No Label Brewing Company 5351 1st Street The mud-bug madness is in full swing at the 3rd Annual Historical Katy Crawfish Festival. This year’s event features live music, paintball, dessert trucks, kid-friendly games and much more. Visit to purchase tickets.


April 8th Baskets and Bunnies 9 am – Noon Katy City Park 5720 Franz Road The City of Katy presents Baskets and Bunnies just in time for Easter. Kids can enjoy games, activities, crafts and more while they anxiously await a visit from the Easter Bunny. Visit for more details. April 8th and 9th Home for the Holidays Spring Gift Market Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm Leonard E. Merrell Center 6301 South Stadium Lane It’s never too soon to make that list and check it twice! Experience one of the largest gift markets in Texas featuring gifts, home goods and more from unique vendors. Visit

April 14th Good Friday Katy ISD Student and Staff Holiday

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April 16th Happy Easter! April 21st and 22nd Katy Jazz Festival Katy High School Performing Arts Center 6331 Highway Boulevard Experience the 9th Annual Katy Jazz Festival featuring world-renown ensembles and professional jazz artists, as well as a visual arts exhibit and sales showcase by ARTKATY. Performances include The Buddy Rich Big Band, Eric Marienthal, JD Warren & The Rudiment, Horace Grigsby and many more. For tickets, visit or call 281-396-2270. April 22nd Color for a Cause 5K 8 – 11 am James E. Taylor High School 20700 Kingsland Boulevard Lace up your tennis shoes and come run for a cause! The Taylor High School National Honor Society is hosting this fun run benefiting The Arc of Katy, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting those with learning or developmental disabilities. For more information, email Visit www. to register. April 29th and 30th BP MS 150 Rhodes Stadium 1733 Katy Fort Bend Road The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise money and bring hope to many who are affected by multiple sclerosis. For more details, visit http://main.


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April 2017 - Absolutely Katy Magazine  

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