Living Magazine March 2018

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Braces! Not just for Kids!

Hildebrand Orthodontics THE AREA’S TOP DOCS

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FEATURES 64 I From Couch to 5K Ditch the sofa and hit the trail

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March calendar to be outside soaking in the wonders of spring. Whether you live on a sprawling ranch or a downtown condo—or anything in between—springtime in Arlington/Mansfield/Grand Prairie is a new beginning—for the trees and the animals—and for us. In the words of King Solomon in Song of Solomon 2:11, “For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come.” March is also the time for our annual Top Doc section. I can’t help but notice how many lists of the nation’s top medical specialists include doctors from our area. We’re truly blessed to have these dedicated men and women living and working among us. You may see your favorite doctor on our list of outstanding healthcare providers or might find the doctor you’ve been looking for. Happy spring, from Living Magazine to you!



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Most people don’t know that Mansfield is the “Pickle Capital of Texas,” and maybe the world. Best Maid Pickles got their start here in 1926 when Mildred Dalton and her husband Jessie began planting and harvesting their own pickles to make Mildred’s famous sandwich spread. They had such success growing their own pickles, they began packing and selling them in their store. The Dalton family is still making Best Maid a household name. And every March, Mansfield and thousands of others celebrate this unique history with The World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza. This community-driven event is now in its seventh year and is one of the most popular festivals in Texas. Historic Downtown Mansfield is decked out in green for a family-friendly day of music, food, fun and, most of all, a huge parade. Check out all the details and the schedule of events at and then join us for the fun on March 16 -17, 2018.

Grand Prairie is taking a Texas A&M tradition and applying it at the municipal level in March by hosting the city’s first Big Event on March 24, a city wide volunteer day. On this day volunteers will be matched with service projects as a way to build unity in the community, share thanks and serve others. Volunters may sign up and residents may submit job requests through March 1 through the city’s website at All jobs will be vetted to make sure volunteers will be able to complete them in four hours. We will match volunteers with projects, notify everyone, have a big pep rally to kick it all off, then lunch to end it and invite everyone back out for a great free concert for all at EpicCentral Park Saturday night, featuring Vocal Trash and Memphis Soul. This will be our first event on our new Grand Lawn and Amphitheater in EpicCenter Park. If you are so inclined, join us!



There’s no doubt that Arlington is a family-friendly town. Whether you’re a parent with young kids taking advantage of our libraries and public parks, a retiree enjoying our senior centers and abundance of volunteer opportunities, or anyone in between, there’s a lot to keep you busy and connected in The American Dream City. A great example of our emphasis on family was last month’s Family Reunion Planning Workshop. Throughout a jam-packed morning, residents learned how to save money on their reunion, locate the right lodging, build an itinerary, and left with checklists and timelines for planning an event that’s fun for every age group. This month promises to be another good time for families with Youth Art Month at Arlington Museum of Art, family-friendly programs at Arlington Music Hall, dog parties and dog weddings at the new Rush Creek Dog Park, educational presentations at the UTA planetarium, mobile pet adoption events, and so much more. Why not get your family out and about and make some forever memories this month in The American Dream City? And lastly, our hats off to the nearly 70 Arlington ISD students who recently signed or will sign with a college athletic program. We can’t wait to watch you make us proud on the field and court.




TINY TOT’S EASTER EGG HUNT 3-6:30pm. Cliff Nelson Rec Center.


EGG-CELLENT EASTER PARTY It’s a children’s get together with games, activities and a small egg hunt. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny! Be sure to bring a camera. $6. 10:30-12:30. Hugh Smith Rec Center. Arlington Parks and Recreation MARCH 1 - 31

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION Register online at Arlington Parks and Recreation

MARCH 9, 10, 15

MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Presented by Mainstage Classic Theatre. Visit for show times. Mansfield


CREATEX PAINTING Wanting to unwind with friends after a long week while tapping into your artistic side? Join us at Globe Life Park for our one-of-a-kind painting technique class. Led by local artist, Thomas Menezes, who will guide you through easy-to-follow steps and provide technique instruction in a stadium event space overlooking the field. Leave with a completed painting of the ballpark to take home, or you can use the supplies to create something entirely personal and unique. No experience is required, all supplies are included. Class is open to ages 16 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult. A cash bar will be available. Visit!/19518/. Arlington


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SHRIMP FEST Enjoy choices of boiled shrimp, shrimp gumbo, or shrimp etouffee with music from the popular Cajun band “Crawfish” and you have a fun filled weekend. Shrimp Fest will be held under the Big Red Patio. The food will be served starting at 11:00 a.m. and the music starts each day at 12 noon. After eating delicious food and enjoying the music of “Crawfish” or shop in one of America’s largest flea markets. Admission is free and parking is $4. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Rd. For more information visit tradersvillage. com/grand-prairie. Grand Prairie



Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm. Arlington

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as we campout at River Legacy Park. Pack your tents and sleeping bags! The night will include dinner, a movie under the stars, sleeping bag story time and a good old fashion camping sing along. Visit for information. Arlington Parks and Recreation


THE BARKS AND REC 5K The Barks & Rec 5k is open to all individuals who would like to run, with or without a furry-friend. Dogs from the Mansfield Animal Shelter will also be made available for those who would like to be teamed up with a running partner. Pre-registration is required. After the fun run is Mansfield’s first Barks in the Park doggy day out. Cost is $20. Katherine Rose Park. Visit for details. Mansfield




BUNNY BRUNCH Hop on in and enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny! Have for brunch, crafts, face painting, and fun! Bring your camera and get your picture with the Easter Bunny. Register soon, tickets are limited! Must have ticket to enter and everyone must be registered. 9-10am and 10:30-11:30am. Save $1 per ticket with your MAC card. Online registration ends March 22. For cost and registration visit mansfieldtexas. gov/event/6935/bunny-brunch. Mansfield


SUMMER CAMP & KIDS ZONE REGISTRATION Registration for summer Kids Zone day camp and summer sports and nature camps opens March 22! Last year’s Kids Zone sold out in less than an hour... mark your calendars now and reserve your spots! To reserve your spot visit Mansfield



Girls enjoy a day out with mom. Have fun making beautiful paintings and a tasty brunch. Spend time with mom whether you are creative or no artistic abilities at all….just have fun and spend time with each other. 9-11am. $10 per person. Ages 5 and up. Dottie Lynn Rec Center.

Let’s BBQ some hotdogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings and play bingo! 3-4:30pm. $4 per person. Senior Rec Center New York.

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ALABAMA Alabama will perform to legions of loyal fans, selling out 10,000 to 15,000 seat venues night after night. They were honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award at the Ryman Auditorium and were named “Album Of The Year” at the Dove Awards for Angels Among Us” Hymns & Gospel Favorites. As they have for over forty years, ALABAMA continues to “Roll On.”













Texas-native Anderson brings his superdistinctive visual and narrative styles back to a stop-motion animated feature in the vein of 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Set in a dystopian future Japan where all dogs have been quarantined on a remote island, a young boy arrives in search of his lost dog, Spots. A star-studded vocal cast (including Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, and more) features. MARCH 16


An action-adventure reboot of the film series based on video game heroine Lara Croft, this installment features Croft (Vikander) as she goes to complete her father’s research and uncover ancient secrets.



Based on the classic science fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Meg Murry and her little brother set out in search of their missing scientist father, who used a new concept known as a tesseract to travel to a mysterious planet from which he has not returned. MARCH 29


Stacked with pop-cultural references from the last 40 years, this Spielberg-helmed adaptation of the popular novel focuses on a ubiquitous virtual reality space called OASIS in which “players” compete to find a gigantic hidden treasure and gain control over the virtual world.




One of the most successful musical artists of our time, Webber pens an autobiography about a life that includes anecdotes from a life of many passions and stories, with cameo appearances from industry legends like Judi Dench, Richard Branson, Mandy Patinkin, Barbra Streisand, and more. MARCH 20











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TALK OF THE TOWN Meet Ed Frazier of BizTV & BizTalk Radio BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

Over the last decade, small business has generated 64% of new jobs in this country. There are, in fact, more than 30 million small businesses and 15 million home-based companies in the US. Local entrepreneur Ed Frazier wanted to find a way to meet the needs of small and privately-owned businesses; a network committed to original, resourceful, and insightful programming about real people succeeding in real business. Through BizTV & BizTalkRadio he’s done just that. Ed’s vision was of a home for small businesses, dedicated to broadcasting on topics that matter to them, such as sales and marketing, business management, finance, and worklife balance. That’s exactly what BizTV & BizTalkRadio does now over 300 radio & 130 TV stations.


serving on the board at and BizTalk Radio, Ed also served as the Chairman of the board of NTN, a publicly traded company, and is currently on the board of Centerpost, a private equity firm. More than Qualified Ed Frazier is the vice chair of Rural Media Group. Prior to his role as vice chairman, Mr. Frazier was the CEO of Rural Media Group, he guided the growth of the networks’, accounting for over half of the revenue. Ed has been active in developing media operations for 25 years. His most recent activities include advanced video streaming and internet solutions. Mr. Frazier was instrumental in the growth of Penny Sports web streaming that has produced over 750 events for High Schools.

A Leader in the Industry Ed Frazier is considered one of the founding fathers of the regional sports television industry. His work in originating networks, implementing advanced technologies, and developing program genre earned him an Emmy, an Addy, and awards and induction in the Broadband Hall of Fame. He pioneered the first satellite subscription sports network SSN, and the first global television network. He founded Prime Sports; a global operation distributing sports including MLB, NBA, NHL, Europe, and South American Futbol, Cricket, Tennis, and boxing. In addition to professional sports the companies secured, distributed 119 collegiate programs.

Ed has over 20 years’ experience in the development of regional national, and global cable television networks. He co-founded Home Sports Entertainment, which grew into Liberty Sports, a holding company comprised of 27 operating divisions and generating revenues of 750 million annually. He also serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the NRB Television Network.

A graduate of Sam Houston High School in Arlington and 1976 UT Arlington graduate, Ed led the Merger with Fox Sports Net. The company started in 1984 with a desk and a telephone and sold for 1.2 billion in 1996. In addition to

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BizTV and BizTalk Radio is a culmination of all these years of experience. “On BizTV small businesses can find the resources they need to manage their money, start new ventures, and grow their business,” he said. “It is lifestyle talk radio with an accent on business.”




GRAND PRAIRIE – PlayGrand Adventures, Grand Prairie’s inclusive playground will serve the diverse needs of children and adults regardless of ability. The first such playground of this magnitude in DFW, the 10-acre playground will be constructed in phases and feature a series of playgrounds and adventure areas ranging from high intensity to peaceful and quiet, and from modern and colorful to rustic and nature-themed. The unique playground concept is designed to enhance the sensory, physical, cognitive and social abilities of people of all ages and abilities. The first phase of PlayGrand Adventures is expected to open summer 2019 in Grand Prairie’s EpicCentral Park at SH 161 and Arkansas Lane, near the Epic MegaRecreation Center (opening spring 2018) and Epic Waters Year-Round Indoor Water Park (now open). Already completed are site work, infrastructure and restrooms. The playground equipment in phase one features an adventure zone and adventure hill pod. The adventure zone, sponsored by Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington, will include vibrant and whimsical play equipment for sliding, climbing, swinging and spinning, with an area specifically for toddlers, and plenty of shade and seating. The play hill pod is a gradually sloping 14-foot mound that will have an iconic play structure on top, as well as slides and climbers for all levels of ability, with social, interactive and cognitive features. Future pods include: Tranquil Adventures, Adventure Challenge, Exploration Zone, Adventure Sports, Adventure Village and Adventure Stars. “North Texas is home to more than 660,000 individuals


living with a disability,” said Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen. “PlayGrand Adventures will be an innovative destination playground for the region and will offer an opportunity for all to play, interact and develop skills in a fun, safe outdoor environment.” The city of Grand Prairie project is funded by a combination of public and donated funds. The city’s $2 million is supplemented with a fund raising goal of $2 million. More than $750,000 has been raised or pledged to date. In addition to Baylor’s sponsorship, P. Lawler Enterprises is sponsoring a PlayScape called “Prairie Grass Nets.” This climbing piece resembles prairie wheat puff cocoons that allow users, especially those with mobility limitations, to climb and socialize. Atmos Energy Corporation invested in Adventure Village, a play zone that promotes learning about municipal safety, bike safety and daily life style activities. Other major sponsors include: Stripe-a-Zone, American Resource Management, OpenAire, LOH Foundation, Freese & Nichols and Halff Associates, as well as many individual donations. The Grand Prairie ISD has sponsored “The Miles for Smiles district wide fun-raisers” totaling more than $60,000 in donations. The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is developing the park with professionals and parents skilled at working with children with special needs. All donations go directly into the construction of PlayGrand Adventures, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation. For information or to donate to the project, please go to www.



ON THE COVER Braces! Not just for Kids!



hings are gearing up at Hildebrand Orthodontics. With his all-American, surfer style, I suppose it was only natural that Dr. Jed Hildebrand would partner up with Epic Water Park for 2018! From the beginning, this dynamic orthodontic office has provided state-ofthe-art care that’s patient-centered in an atmosphere that’s inviting, comfortable, and most of all, FUN. It’s a place where young children and older adults come to get their beautiful smiles from Dr. Jed Hildebrand. Dr. Hildebrand and his dentist wife, Kim, have always had a passion for their community and bettering the lives of those around them. Those who know them know they’re always on the lookout for ways to help keep our Arlington community healthy. So, this summer, as you and your family float down the lazy river at Epic Water Park, you might notice Dr. Hildebrand’s surfer/survivor logo on the inner tubes. And don’t be surprised if you see Dr. H there surfing the waves himself or splashing around with Kim and their two little ones, Kai and Liv.

THE PLACE TO BE Hildebrand Orthodontics, is a bustling place. A cool, boutique-style practice, it resembles a casual hangout with its beach-themed murals and bright, two-story open, sky-lighted treatment bays. The painted ceiling reflects a blue, tropical sky and the waiting room includes 12 free-play video games, iPads for patients to use during visits. There’s even an in-office coffee bar for parents. (Although with a “nowait” policy, no one is hanging around for long.) And Dr. H is there himself laughing, sharing, and getting to know each of his patients.

BRACES—NOT JUST FOR KIDS Although Dr. Hildebrand prefers to see a patient for the first time at age seven, many of his patients are adults who either never had braces as a child or who had braces but didn’t wear their retainer long enough. No worries- with Invisalign clear tooth aligners and new clear braces, he can straighten your teeth, and no one will ever notice. “Braces go


“Braces go on during your first appointment and sometimes the day of your free consult and big changes to start looking great happen in the next few weeks.” on during your first appointment and sometimes the day of your free consult and big changes to start looking great happen in the next few weeks” Dr. Hildebrand said.

STRAIGHTER TEETH FASTER Dr. Hildebrand employs the latest, high-tech thermal wires which respond to the temperature of the mouth allowing him to straighten teeth faster than ever before and with far less discomfort to patients. “We’re excited to be using this new technology,” Dr. Hildebrand said. “Throughout your treatment, we’ll change out your wires to these new flexible wires that leave your teeth less sore than before. No more tightening of braces and no more bands on back teeth, no old school treatment with head gear either, which means far less risk of cavities and embarressment. We’re also doing great things with new mini braces, the smallest braces on the market. It’s exciting to watch the transformation of a patient’s smile with this new technology that cuts treatment time down by six months.”

GIVING BACK REACHING OUT Dr. Hildebrand enjoys participating in

Christian dental missionary work in Mexico and has traveled overseas to dental clinics and served orphans in Cambodia. With his love of extreme sports and family, he can often be found skiing, surfing or just playing sports with his kiddos at the park. Dr. Hildebrand was a contestant on the hit CBS reality TV show Survivor V: Thailand in the fall of 2002. He has appeared on numerous TV shows afterwards and giving talks to local youth and church groups, including MTV’s TRL, The Carolyn Rhea Show, CBS’ The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E!, Inside Edition, and The Ticket talk radio show. He’s opening up extra spots this spring in his schedule for children, teens and adults that are interested in braces and Invisalign. Hildebrand Orthodontics is located on Hwy I-20 between Cooper and Bowen in south Arlington. Call (817) 468-4141 to schedule your complementary braces consultation with Dr. Jed today. (817) 468-4141 2200 Interstate 20 W Suite 100 Arlington, Texas 76017

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race is a word we hear and use so often that many of us don’t even consider its meaning or its work in our lives anymore.

In some ways, it’s become a cliché, a redundancy that floats around in our vocabulary inoculating us to its power in our lives. It’s a word that has been overused, misused, and misunderstood. Grace is not just a word destined for a plaque on the wall, nor is it a free ticket to sin or do whatever you want. Grace is power. It is supernatural, and a fresh perspective on


grace will rejuvenate your walk with the Lord. I had come to a place where I didn’t consider grace too much. It had become a cliché to me. But as I began to pray for the coming year, the Lord breathed the word grace into my heart, awakening me to consider this supernatural phenomenon once again. If you’ve gone through my bible study, Fitted For Grace, then you already know that grace moves well beyond unmerited favor. Salvation by God’s unmerited favor towards us is expressed as grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

abundance, but we have to learn how to walk in it, how to receive it, and how to apply it to our life circumstances. Sometimes God’s grace comes along and sustains through tragedy and stressful situations. In those seasons, sometimes it is grace that keeps air flowing in and out of our lungs, causes us to put one foot in front of the other, or merely to get out of bed. It is working in us, and at the time, we don’t recognize it as His grace, but in hindsight, it becomes clear. Other times, His grace is available, but we have to choose to walk in it and to be obedient to the leading of His Spirit in our lives. Life is filled with opportunities to either go it alone or press into Him and receive the grace. His heart, as always, is to shower us with Himself and His abilities:

“Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything – every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 TPT The underlying key to a life of grace is a life of pursuit of God Himself!

“And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.” Hebrews 11:6 TPT

However, if we never go past the wonder of our salvation to live an abundant life of love and power, fulfilling the desires of God’s heart towards us, then we have shortchanged ourselves by never experiencing the powerful side of grace. Grace empowers us to do what only we can do when He is living inside of us. He enables us to walk with Him, to accomplish what He has set before us and to live a Godly lifestyle. I believe His grace will propel us forward, moving us closer and closer to our destinies and Him. As we work with grace, we are working with the Lord. As with all of God’s attributes and promises, grace is available in

Consider the freshness of every form of grace being poured out upon you day-by-day and moment-by-moment. We enter every year not fully knowing what lies ahead, but we are assured that God’s never-ending grace is awaiting us no matter what. His grace will empower us to handle circumstances beyond our natural abilities to process, whether they are challenging, victorious, overwhelming or tragic. Will you join me in making this a year of a deliberate pursuit of God’s presence and the application of grace in your life? Facebook: Anchored To Jesus with Dorothea Shields Web:


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en Gbulie had an experience few in his field ever will, when he served as lead plastic surgeon in a procedure to separate a set of conjoined twins. During the 18-hour surgery, Dr. Gbulie worked with a team of dozens of doctors as they separated 12-month-old Nigerian girls named Miracle and Testimony, conjoined at the pelvis from birth. “That was a humbling experience,” he said. “And watching them develop since then has been amazing.”

Since he was a boy Uzoma has wanted to become a doctor. “I had an older cousin who was a doctor,” he said. “I looked up to him and he inspired me to follow in his footsteps. But, I didn’t fall in love with medicine in medical school. I fell in love with surgery. I realized I loved the technical knowledge required to perform surgical operations. Beyond that, I relished the challenge of solving complex problems and not having only one approach to each one.” It was this passion that led him to his chosen field of plastic surgery which he says allows him to satisfy his creative yearnings in the fields of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and to make a real difference in the lives of his patients. The internet is flush with gushing reviews from those patients, who find in Dr. Gbulie more than a doctor. They find a friend who


“I WAS TAUGHT TO GO THE EXTRA MILE AND NEVER REST ON MY LAURELS; TO CONSTANTLY STRIVE FOR SELFIMPROVEMENT. I’M ALWAYS LOOKING TO MASTER NEW TECHNIQUES AND STAY ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF PLASTIC SURGERY.” takes the time to get to know them individually and what they hope to achieve through plastic surgery. “I pride myself in taking excellent care of my patients,” he said. “I was taught to go the extra mile and never rest on my laurels; to constantly strive for selfimprovement. I’m always looking to master new techniques and stay on the cutting edge of plastic surgery.” Dr. Gbulie is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed his medical education at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos graduating in the top 5% of his class. He underwent residency training in general surgery at the prestigious Howard University Hospital in Washington DC, where he received the Surgery Intern of the Year award. He underwent fellowship training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital and craniofacial surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and Necker Hospital in Paris, France. Dr. Gbulie is certified both by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Although a day off is a rare thing for Dr. Gbulie, when he does have some free time he enjoys decompressing with a good movie or playing soccer on his Xbox. “I’m very competitive,” he admitted. He also loves to dance to Soca music, which he describes as fast-paced dance music from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. “My wife and three kids are very active, and I love to hang out with them on trips,” he said. “We especially love going to the beach and theme parks for family vacations.” Dr. Gbulie’s goals in life are simple. “Personally, I strive to be a good, honest, and hardworking citizen and to provide for my family. In my practice, I try to deliver excellent care to all my patients and treat them as if they were family.” He has also volunteered his time mentoring younger plastic surgeons. 2975 East Broad Street, 200 Mansfield, Texas 76063 (682) 518-8619




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hen “America’s Favorite Fisherman,” Jimmy Houston, was diagnosed with cataracts, his doctor sent him to KE Eye Centers of Texas for the LifeStyle Lens procedure. “The care and reception by all the staff was excellent. From the moment we walked in, we knew that Dr. Parker had sent us to the right place.”


“In the last year, my vision became so poor I had to wear reading glasses to see anything up close, and I couldn’t see very well at a distance either.” Jimmy’s optometrist diagnosed him with cataracts and arranged for him to go to KE Eye Center in Arlington. “My LifeStyle Lens procedure went smoothly,” he said. “I was so pleased with the care I received and the results have been incredible. They first did the


LifeStyle Lens replacement and after, I could read anything…I mean anything. I was grabbing bottles of shampoo in the shower and reading the tiniest print on them, just because I could.” They also performed laser cataract surgery to help with Jimmy’s distance vision. “Now I can shoot a bow better than ever… shoot a rifle better than ever. My casting has come back to the way it was when I was a kid. They did a remarkable job.”


Now with offices in Arlington, Plano, Mount Pleasant, Dallas, and Gun Barrell City, and coming soon to Southlake, KE Eye Centers of Texas employs hand-selected ophthalmological surgeons and staff and offers a full menu of cutting-edge ophthalmological services from routine eye exams to blade-free Lasik, advanced cataract surgery, dysfunctional lens syndrome (over-40 vision) treatment, BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

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multi-focal and specialty lenses, comprehensive care for a range of eye diseases, and state-of-the-art refractive surgery as well as a relatively new corneal inlay procedure.


KE Eye Centers of Texas surgeons and staff take pride in offering patient-centered concierge care. Longtime patients and newcomers alike are treated like family. The doctors and staff take time getting to know each patient, educating them about their many, state-of-the-art treatment options, then partnering with them to choose the best treatment option and lenses for their lifestyle.

“I was so pleased with the care I received and the results have been incredible. They first did the LifeStyle Lens replacement and after, I could read anything…I mean anything. I was grabbing bottles of shampoo in the shower and reading the tiniest print on them, just because I could.” ADVANCED CATARACT TREATMENT

Previously necessitating a lengthy recovery, cataract surgery has progressed to a sophisticated laser procedure requiring only a tiny incision to remove the cataract followed by lens implantation. The LenSx laser and LifeStyle lens which are implanted during cataract surgery are safe and precise. The procedure is pain-free and non-invasive, and recovery time is minimal. In most cases, patients are able to see clearly with these lenses with reduced dependency on—or completely without— glasses or contacts.


KE Eye Centers of TX offers a variety of LifeStyle Lens procedures for patients who live active lifestyles and want to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or bifocals. LifeStyle Lenses allow KE Eye Center doctors to customize each procedure to a patient’s individual vision needs and active

lifestyles. So, whether you love to cycle, play tennis, swim or enjoy a good book, there’s a procedure tailor-made for you. For patients with an active lifestyle who also spend time at the computer or enjoy reading, the ReSTOR Lens corrects for multiple distances.


The ReSTOR Lens uses “apodized diffractive” technology, which functions like two lenses in one, allowing for near, intermediate, and distance vision correction. In clinical trials, the ReSTOR Lens eliminated the need for corrective eyewear in over 80% of patients who received the implants in both eyes. And 94% of patients involved in the clinical trials reported they’d elect to have the procedure again. Visit or call (800)-7142020 to schedule an appointment at the location nearest you

“Now I can shoot a bow better than ever… shoot a rifle better than ever. My casting has come back to the way it was when I was a kid. They did a remarkable job.”


Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center Michael L. Thornton, DO, FACOS


550 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Suite 120 Mansfield, Texas 76063 (817) 477-9000


f you’re seriously considering undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure to improve the look of your face, breast, buttocks, or body, the most important decision you’ll want to make is who will perform your cosmetic surgery? You’ll want a surgeon who’s highly trained, board certified, skilled, and experienced in the type of procedure you’re considering. Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowshiptrained, dual board-certified cosmetic surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Since 2008 and for the past 10-years, patients have traveled from around the country to visit Dr. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, where he provides an extensive array of procedures in facial cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift and reduction, body contouring abdominoplasty and liposuction, mommy makeovers, cosmetic surgery for men, buttock augmentation, and non-surgical aesthetic skin rejuvenation from his medical spa. In addition, Dr. Thornton enjoys performing complex revision and reconstructive cosmetic surgery, for those patients who’ve experienced surgical misfortunates.

EXTENSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING Dr. Thornton grew up in Frisco and is a graduate of Baylor University. He


Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, under the surgical direction of Dr. Michael Thornton, offers excellence in Cosmetic Surgery and Nonsurgical Aesthetic treatments, including: • • • • • • • •

Facial Cosmetic Surgery Breast Cosmetic Surgery Body & Buttock Contouring Surgery Cosmetic Surgery for Men Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation Aesthetic Medical Spa Botox® & Dermal Fillers CO2 & Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing

Dr. Thornton combines personalized, one-on-one attention with extensive surgical training and experience for outstanding cosmetic surgery outcomes on the face, breast, and body. completed medical school at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by a comprehensive five-year residency in general surgery in Michigan and fellowship in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at the internationally recognized R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD, where he acquired extensive knowledge in the management and reconstruction of complex traumatic injuries. Following a creative passion for aesthetic surgery, Dr. Thornton’s surgical training ultimately culminated with the completion of a dedicated 12-month fellowship in cosmetic surgery accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery that focused on facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction, body contouring surgery, non-surgical aesthetics, skin care rejuvenation, and laser medicine.


Dr. Thornton routinely attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer his patients the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery. With more than 15 years of combined surgical training and operative experience, it’s no surprise that Dr. Thornton is consistently recognized as a Super Doc in the specialty of cosmetic surgery and 2016 & 2017 Reader’s Choice as “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in Living Magazine in Arlington & Mansfield. Dr. Thornton is the immediate past president of the Texas Cosmetic Surgery Society

“Dr. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, where he provides an extensive array of procedures in facial cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift and reduction, body contouring abdominoplasty and liposuction, mommy makeovers, cosmetic surgery for men, buttock augmentation, and non-surgical aesthetic skin rejuvenation from his medical spa. In addition, Dr. Thornton enjoys performing complex revision and reconstructive cosmetic surgery, for those patients who’ve experienced surgical misfortunates.“ and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) where has also been an oral-board examiner for the ABCS for the past several years. Soft spoken, passionate about his work and devoted to his patients, Dr. Thornton’s appreciation for beauty and strong Christian faith are central to his relationship with his patients and his approach to surgery. Dr. Thornton is also a gifted pianist and is newly married to his wife, Raquel. Dr. Thornton’s innate artistry combines seamlessly with his meticulous attention to detail to produce beautiful results for his patients.


Dr. Thornton’s caring personality and genuine warmth are reflected in his chair-side manner as he personally enjoys getting to know his patients. Your private consultation is booked for approximately one hour and Dr. Thornton will spend as much time as necessary to establish a comprehensive and thorough physicianpatient relationship. This level of personal attention from Dr. Thornton is what defines his surgical practice. Although well qualified, Dr. Thornton chooses not to use a patient coordinator, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant (PA) to perform consultations. In addition, he personally sees every post-operative patient following surgery and actively engages in the healing process to provide the highest physicianlevel care.



Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, under the surgical directorship of Dr. Thornton, was established in 2008 and your experience with Dr. Thornton begins the very moment you step into his 3500 sq. ft. office beautifully adorned in Mediterranean style, featuring a large and spacious foyer accented in Tuscan grandeur, three private examination rooms, a Medical Spa facility, and a private procedure room. Personal attention to detail defines his surgical practice and his entire medical staff is dedicated to putting you at ease. Many of Dr. Thornton’s employees have been with him for several years and collectively share in his philosophy for compassion and excellence. Because of their ability to build genuine personal relationships, Dr. Thornton and his medical staff are frequently recommended to friends and family, and patients return for additional treatments knowing they are in excellent hands, for everything from extensive body contouring and breast revision surgery to brow lifts and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Browse the gallery of stunning before and after photos at MansfieldCosmeticSurgery. com and call 817-477-9000 to schedule your own complimentary consultation.


Texas Orthopaedic Surgical Associates Edward M. Mairura, MD and John R. Harris, MD


rs. Eddie Mairura and John Harris were both unmistakably drawn toward a career as an orthopaedic surgeon but that drawing looked very different for the two men. As Dr. Mairura recalled, “During my second year of medical school, my uncle was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the pelvis. I took him to his appointments at the Mayo Clinic and there I met his treating orthopaedic surgeon, Michael Yaszemski. I was intrigued by his bedside manner, his compassion, level of knowledge, and communication skills. Dr. Yaszemski kept in touch with me and offered me the opportunity to work in his lab and perform research. It was during this time that I decided to become an orthopaedic surgeon; to one day help people with musculoskeletal issues the way Dr. Yaszemski helped my uncle.”



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As for John Harris, he took up woodworking, to relieve stress during med school. As he related, “I was already drawn toward medicine, because I had a desire to help change people’s lives with new and exciting medical technology. But my interest in orthopaedic surgery began when I realized I liked treating injured patients more than I do sick patients. Then I really fell in love with the field of orthopaedics from the first case I saw that involved drills, screwdrivers, and all kinds of tools just like the ones in my garage. It was fascinating. And I was hooked.”

techniques for treating focal cartilage injuries in the knee and shoulder which today include a variety of options,” Dr. Harris said. “I also have the most up-todate training in arthroscopic techniques for shoulder and knee injuries of many sorts and a special interest in focusing on these injuries in athletes and getting them back to their sport as soon as possible.”



And two gifted orthopaedic surgeons were born. Today they care for patients with a wide range of orthopaedic problems, each doctor with his own specialties. “I have top-notch, up-to-date training in the latest BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTO BY LAUREN MADEAN

Dr. Mairura has a special interest in knee arthritis, hip arthritis, and patients with day-to-day trauma-related injuries. “I love to listen to my patient’s needs and provide them with the best evidence-based

options that maximize non-surgical treatment and allow them to have surgery after a thorough understanding of all their options,” he said. “I work with my patients to meet their expectations and allow them to get back to their daily activities and hobbies.”


At their bustling Texas Orthopaedic Surgical Associates in Mansfield, they provide a complete range of orthopaedic services, specializing in adult joint reconstruction, sports medicine and athletic injuries, shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery, trauma, foot and ankle surgery, surgery of the shoulder and upper extremity, physical therapy, and imaging services, as well as fracture and soft tissue injury treatment.


When not on the job, Dr. Mairura enjoys spending his free time with his family and his significant other, Selina. “We attend church together on weekends and are constantly making new friends in the DFW area,” he said. “Being from Minnesota, I enjoy the lake and when the weather allows, I like to go speed boating and tubing at Joe Pool Lake. I enjoy working out, watching sporting events either on TV or in person, notably NFL and NBA. We enjoy travelling as well having enjoyed beautiful cities and countries like Nairobi- Kenya, Maldives, and Dubai in the last several months.” Dr. Harris still enjoys woodworking and building everything from dining tables to beds to buffets. “I’m a huge fan of bass

fishing and really enjoy hunting when I can get around to it,” he said. “I’m also a huge sports fan, first and foremost following the Arkansas Razorbacks (alma mater) followed by the Dallas Cowboys who are due any year now for a new ring. But my true passion is spending time with my wonderful wife and our four children playing in the backyard, going to parks, wrestling, reading books, and rushing between hockey, baseball, and dance classes.”


Both busy doctors find time to give of themselves to make the community a better place to live and work. Dr. Mairura is involved in community service outreach programs some of which are church-based and some from his prior connections from Minnesota. “I provide mentoring for some young adults I’ve met in church, allowing them to shadow and spend time with me during my clinic and surgery hours,” he said. “I also do guest lectures for an organization in Minnesota that seeks to help underserved young adults gain entry into college and advance their careers.” Dr. Harris and his wife are starting young teaching their kids (the oldest of which is seven) the importance of giving to the community. “We try to get our kids active in community service events especially around holidays when people really need to see people who care for them doing various activities such as the salvation army bell ringers, working soup kitchens, etc.,” he said. “Since we moved to the area last August, we’ve been on the lookout for ways to plug in.”

geons, they only consider surgery after all conservative options have been exhausted. “Advances in our field have been remarkable,” Dr. Harris said. “Many procedures that needed open surgery in the past, particularly in the shoulder, can be dealt with using less invasive arthroscopic techniques with excellent results.” But even with these less-invasive options, Drs. Harris and Mairura only discuss surgery with their patients as a last resort. Visit to find out more or to schedule a consultation.

Although both men are experienced sur-

“I love to listen to my patient’s needs and provide them with the best evidencebased options that maximize non-surgical treatment and allow them to have surgery after a thorough understanding of all their options,” he said. “I work with my patients to meet their expectations and allow them to get back to their daily activities and hobbies.” 35

Atlas Vein Care Thomas E. Eidson, DO


he human body is a miraculous machine. From the top of our heads to the tip of our toes, each of us is a symphony of flesh and bone, skin and organs, muscle and sinew and more. And keeping everything flowing are our all-important veins. Dr. Thomas Eidson has made it his life’s work to keep those veins working with optimum health and function. But if you’re one of the 85 million Americans who suffers from painful, unsightly varicose veins, you know the condition can leave you with embarrassing varicose and spider veins, hair loss, itching, restlessness, leg cramps, skin discolorations, open leg sores/wounds and a good deal of pain and discomfort.


Varicose veins might not look the way you think. “Only 20% of our patients actually see their varicose veins,” Dr. Eidson explained. “In fact, some of our patients don’t have any visible symptoms. But many have skin discoloration, pain, or swelling. In fact, swelling is the most common symptom. Others experience restless leg, swelling, leg heaviness, aching, or night cramps.”


Dr. Eidson will begin your treatment with a painless, in-office evaluation and diagnostic study then provide minimally-invasive treatment for your vein issues. “It’s my goal that not one of our patients would hesitate to recommend us to their friends and family,” he said. “No concern is too big or too small. If it’s concerning to our patient, it’s concerning to us. Our staff undergoes continuing leadership and personal development training to enable them to grow and excel, not only within our medical practice, but in life.”


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“No concern is too big or too small. If it’s concerning to our patient, it’s concerning to us. Our staff undergoes continuing leadership and personal development training to enable them to grow and excel, not only within our medical practice, but in life.” MEET DR. EIDSON

Born and raised in Arlington, Dr. Eidson graduated from Arlington High and received his bachelors from UTA, and his medical degree and specialty training “all over the country”. He is dual board certification in venous and lymphatic medicine and family medicine. BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

Dr. Eidson has safely and successfully performed thousands of vein treatments to help improve patient self-confidence and quality of life. When not on the job he is a husband, fisherman, hunter, gym buff, and musician. He volunteers with his church and Special Olympics and mentors local students aspiring to enter the medical field.

Accent on You Plastic Surgery and Medi Spa Y Anthony Nakamura, MD


ith 30 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon and esteemed cosmetic enhancement expert, Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura believes in providing natural-looking results for his patients. It’s you—only better. It’s the “you” you always dreamed you could be. With patients from all over DFW and far beyond, Dr. Nakamura understands that the best results come from fully-informed decisions and an open, comfortable relationship between surgeon and patient. Whether you’re interested in breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or a complete Mommy Makeover, Dr. Nakamura can help you to achieve the outcome of your dreams with a procedure tailored just for you.


A recognized expert in plastic surgery and body contouring, Dr. Nakamura provides A-list care while taking a personal approach with every patient. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and cosmetic enhancement expert, with thousands of happy patients in his wake, he understands that each patient’s cosmetic and health goals are as unique as they are. Fully-accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., his Accent on You Cosmetic Surgery Center effectively marries cutting-edge, science-based technology to know-you-by-name consultation and care from a veteran plastic surgeon.


Dr. Nakamura patiently walks each patient through treatment options, including likely outcomes and any potential risks and complications of surgery. Dr. Nakamura and his team offer specialized services as individual as you are. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere they’ve cultivated enables you to carefully consider your options, so you know the decision you make is the right one for you.

cal Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and Texas Medical Association. He’s also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Nakamura provides you with the medical knowledge and nurturing care you need to feel great about yourself again.


3030 South Cooper Street Arlington, Texas 76015 (817) 417-7200

A graduate of the University of Texas, Dr. Nakamura completed med school at UTMB Galveston, his internship and residency training at LSU School of Medicine, Charity Hospital New Orleans and residency training in plastic surgery at UTMB Galveston. Dr. Nakamura is affiliated with the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and the Medical Center of Arlington and is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society MediBY MEREDITH KNIGHT


Arlington Orthopedic Associates and The Joint Preservation Center Joseph M. Berman, MD


r. Joseph Berman’s 37-year medical practice experience in Arlington has opened up new opportunities for his patients. He and his staff of nurses and therapists are all members of The International Cartilage Repair Society. His office and Arlington Orthopedic Associates have been designated an international teaching facility by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee and Orthopedic Surgery. As one of only a few designated centers of excellence in joint restoration in the US, the Joint Preservation Center, of which Dr. Berman is the founder and medical director, now has the opportunity to offer patients new research and techniques in joint maintenance and repair. Dr. Berman recently completed a select FDA study and trial of a new artificial meniscus implant – the NuSurface. One of only 10 centers in the USA to offer an artificial meniscus, the “C-shaped” shock absorber in the knee, for patients who’ve lost their medial meniscus. The device, easily implantable as an outpatient procedure, can save years of wear on the joint and decrease or significantly postpone the need for future surgery. Enrollment has now been completed and data is being collated to present to the FDA. This may be an exciting answer to the question many patients ask “what are you going to put back in” after the medial meniscus is removed.


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Having completed one study, Dr. Berman has embarked on another FDA study. Using natural sea coral plugs, the study will show that articular cartilage can be encouraged to grow toward the coral plugs. This is one the first studies of joint and cartilage restoration in which the FDA is allowing us to treat osteoarthritis. All studies prior have addressed injury to cartilage; this study may allow cartilage and bone growth which may preclude the indication of partial or total knee replacement. A potential exciting alternative to arthritis treatment. Lastly, there is genuine excitement about a very new option for patients with osteoarthritis. Available currently, Cryopreserved Human Amniotic Suspension Allograft has shown anti-inflammatory characteristics and may have the potential to help grow or stabilize articular cartilage through increase in natural growth factors. These stem cells, harvested from human placenta and umbilical cords, have shown some early evidence

that this injection may decrease progression of the arthritic disease. A single injection into your knee done in the office, can offer relief from painful arthritis for as much as a year. That is twice the usual amount of time that many of the viscosupplements (rooster comb) or other preparations can boast. It can be repeated yearly if indicated. Medicine is rapidly advancing. Many innovative techniques in arthroscopy and joint restoration did not exist when he started his practice. As new procedures become available, Dr. Berman is on the forefront of evaluating these options for his patients. He has created an informative website,, which informs patients about pathology, injury, and treatment of knee and shoulder problems. “The more the patient understands, the more realistic the expectations and the better the results,” he said. “The future of medicine in the USA will be dependent upon allowing many new and perhaps revolutionary techniques to become part of routine medical decisions.”

Institute for Hormonal Balance and BioTE Mandy Cotten


or years now, Mandy Cotten has dramatically improved quality of life for men and women through optimizing hormone levels with bioidentical pellets placed under the skin. At the Institute for Hormonal Balance she and her staff strive to provide individualized treatment plans for patients in multiple stages of life and men and women alike. Bioidentical hormone treatment is not only one way they do this. “For our female patients, we begin with comprehensive well women care,” Mandy said. “An annual well-women exam is a great time to go over any questions you have with your provider, talk about any symptoms you are having, and make sure your body is functioning the way it should. We’re not concerned merely with longevity, but with living life to its fullest potential.” If hormone imbalance is an issue, Mandy may discuss the BioTE method of hormone optimization which includes balancing estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, and vitamin status so they work together in the body to establish optimal health. “Balanced hormones are essential for mental health and disease prevention as we age,” Mandy explained. She also offers a full menu of aesthetic services, including Botox, dermal fillers, and SlimShots, so you can look as good as you feel. “SlimShots are a promising weight management support tool that combines a


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“An annual well-women exam is a great time to go over any questions you have with your provider, talk about any symptoms you are having, and make sure your body is functioning the way it should. We’re not concerned merely with longevity, but with living life to its fullest potential.” number of vitamins and nutrients to give your body the extra help it needs to burn fat and increase energy levels,” Mandy said. Mandy Cotten received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from TCU and completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Loyola University in New Orleans. “I’ve worked alongside Dr. Gary Donovitz, a world-renowned expert in hormone BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

optimization and have been practicing the BioTE method of hormone optimization for five years, with wonderful success.” Mandy is also the Director of BioTE Clinic and Research and is currently conducting a study with veterans on PTSD and hormone balance. When not on the job, she spends as much time as possible with her husband, Casey, and their two children.


iKids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Ross L. Hamilton, DDS Steven Machicek, DDS Blane R. Hamilton, DMD Randy W. Hamilton III, DMD


ne of the greatest gifts a child can receive is the confidence to smile without feeling self-conscious or embarrassed. The doctors and dream team at iKids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics want their patients to have that confidence—while also having a Disney to Dentistry experience. The highly-skilled doctors on the iKids team strive to engage each patient, making a trip to the dentist healthy, educational, and exciting.


As a father himself, Dr. Ross understands that your children are your most precious asset. His goal is to provide high quality care, while ensuring great experiences for his patients. His focus is preventive care, helping parents understand their options when it comes to little teeth. He received his doctor of dental surgery from the prestigious Baylor College of Dentistry, and trained with respected pediatric specialists in his field. He, his wife Ileana, son Pierce, and daughter Viktorya make their home in Mansfield.


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iKids is nationally recognized for their customer service in the healthcare industry. Their state-of-the-art offices offer a wide range of services from preventative care to orthodontics. They provide a comfortable kid-friendly environment and over-the-top customer service. They have been called upon to share their expertise on TV shows, including Fox 4 News and CBS’s American Health Front. They stay connected to the community through donations, educational awareness, community outreach, and sponsorships.

Dr. Machicek is a board-certified orthodontist who loves to give his patients the smile they’ve always wanted. He’s proud to offer traditional braces and Invisalign to children, teens, and adults. He’s a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1997 and received his dental and orthodontic degrees from UTHealth School of Dentistry in Houston. Dr. Machicek lives in Mansfield with his wife and family. Blane R. Hamilton knows the importance of positive dental experiences to a child’s long-term health, so he makes it his job to put kids at ease and make treatment fun. He’s a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has received special training in many fields, including oral care for special-needs patients. He lives in Mansfield with his wife, Sarah, and their four boys.


Randy W. Hamilton III has been practicing dentistry for over seventeen years and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Randy shares his expertise through professional lectures and in his popular book, “Grin and Bare It, a Parent’s Guide to Little Teeth.” Dr. Randy stays busy serving his community and his church and spending quality time with his family.

Sandi L. Hamm, DDS


our teeth are vital to your happiness every day. And when those teeth form into a smile, they can broadcast confidence, express appreciation, and reassure the ones you love. Each smile is unique and each is precious in its own way. Dr. Sandi Hamm spends her days making sure those smiles stay radiant, functional, and healthy. “One of the things I love about dentistry, is it can allow us to perform life changing procedures. Dental technology and knowledge are continually and rapidly advancing. That requires me to fervently seek to learn all that I can.” She does this through continuing education, above that which is required of her, and by participating in dental study clubs. “We meet regularly to listen to renown speakers and dental experts and to participate in complex dental planning sessions,” Dr. Hamm said. “It’s an exciting time to be practicing dentistry with so much to offer my patients.” Dr. Hamm and her seasoned staff handle everything from routine cleanings and check-ups to complex restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Specializing in complete smile makeovers including porcelain crowns/veneers, teeth whitening (in house or take home), teeth grinding relief, snoring relief and gum disease therapy. We also offer Invisalign clear braces, dental implant restorations and implant retained dentures. We always try to find a solution to meet your dental goals. For Dr. Hamm, the most important part of her practice is not the state-of-the-art technology she offers but the friendly, know-you-by-name service she and her


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“It’s an exciting time to be practicing dentistry with so much to offer my patients.” staff provide. “I want to keep my practice relationship-oriented and create beautiful smiles along the way,” she said. “I’ve been blessed with a staff who shares my philosophy of not only providing our patients, of all ages, with the very best dental medicine available but to genuinely care about them and their lives. We take a holistic approach to dentistry, because what affects the mouth affects the rest of the systems of the body.”


A longtime Mansfield resident, Dr. Hamm is active in our community and enjoys supporting the non-profits that are important to her patients. She holds membership in the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Association and is now accepting new patients. Call (817) 477-4441 to schedule an appointment. Also visit her website at to read more about her, her dental staff, view patient photos and read about procedures that she performs.


Audiology Experts Lisa B. Fell, AuD and Kristin Robbins, AuD


earing loss is a far more common health issue than most people realize. A diagnostic hearing evaluation by an audiologist can determine whether or not there’s need for intervention. “Some people have their hearing evaluated because their spouse or employer insisted on it,” said Dr. Lisa Fell, audiologist and co-owner of Audiology Experts in Arlington. “Others prolong the need for evaluation and endure daily life feeling that everyone mumbles or that family and social gatherings aren’t enjoyable anymore.” Many people never make the connection between these feelings and hearing loss. “But loss of hearing is not just a condition of aging or for those that enjoyed too much loud music in the 60s,” said Dr. Fell’s partner, Dr. Kristin Robbins. “It occurs much younger than the general public tends to realize.” “Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact daily communication and cognitive function and can lead to isolation and depression,” Dr. Fell said. It’s for that reason that she and Dr. Robbins devote themselves to providing thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, and appropriate management of hearing loss for their patients. As doctors of audiology, Drs. Fell and Robbins offer immediate solutions for better and easier communication after the hearing has been evaluated. If the results indicate that hearing loss may be caused by a medical problem, they refer the patient for medical intervention. “But for a majority


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Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact daily communication and cognitive function and can lead to isolation and depression. of the patients we see, hearing loss is not something medicine or surgery can improve,” Dr. Fell said.

make the appropriate recommendations for delivering the best success and happiest hearing aid wearers.”

Over the past two decades, Dr. Robbins and Fell have witnessed hundreds of success stories. Unfortunately, not everyone seeks or finds help for their hearing loss. “The reason may be affordability, false information, or too much confusion in advertising,” Dr. Robbins said. “That’s why patient education is such an important part of our job. We take the time to listen to the patient and explain to them and their loved one, their unique diagnosis, and how it can best be helped.”

In our modern world, there’s increased opportunity for ear-damaging elements such as medication, loud music through earbuds, environmental noise, and disease. To prevent hearing loss, Drs. Fell and Robbins recommend protection from exposure to loud noise, for extended periods of time. “And if hearing loss is suspected, get tested,” Dr. Robbins said. “If hearing instruments are recommended, then just do it.”

“There’s no cookie-cutter recipe, when it comes to hearing loss,” said Dr. Fell. “Each person needs something different. It’s our job to evaluate their condition and

“Don’t take for granted the position you have in your life and with the people around you,” Dr. Fell said. “Untreated hearing loss can really strain relationships, hinder your confidence in being your best, and make dayto-day living more stressful than it has to be.” Visit to find out more.

United Dermatology Associates Jeannine Hoang, MD


erhaps like many people you’ve thought of dermatology as an aesthetic field rather than a medical one. But dermatologists like Dr. Jeannine Hoang and the staff of United Dermatology spend their days doing much more than treating acne, warts, and rashes. She is called upon daily to diagnose and treat serious—even life-threatening—skin conditions, such as skin cancer. But thanks to advancing technology, they’re also able to identify pre-cancerous areas and head cancer off, before it begins. “Skin cancer is highly treatable, when caught early,” Dr. Hoang said. “That makes routine skin checks paramount.” And because skin conditions are often indications of problems elsewhere in the body, Dr. Hoang has become increasingly interested in other aspects of healthcare, fitness, and nutrition. “I’m passionate about preventive medicine, anti-aging and learning about proactive approaches to maintain health and function through healthy lifestyle habits,” she said.


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Dr. Hoang has studied the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement, believing that natural hormonal balance throughout life is an integral component of health and wellness and is actively pursuing further education in this field through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Cook, Kyla Crispe, Tiffany Bivens, Uyen Mimi Phan and Paige Herlihy. She has personally trained each PA to strive for excellence in service, clinical acumen, and delivering superior results.

“When the body is healthy and balanced, it will show through healthy, radiant skin,” Dr. Hoang said. “My goal is to practice preventive, proactive medicine, empowering my patients to care for their skin to prevent disease, cancer, and aging, while addressing the overall health of their bodies.” She also offers non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic enhancement technologies that provide her patients enhanced beauty in the most natural looking way possible.

Jeannine Hoang graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her MD at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and a residency in dermatology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. With her board certification completed, she opened Mansfield Dermatology where her patient base grew so rapidly she soon opened additional locations, this time as United Dermatology Associates. Now with thriving United Dermatology practices in Mansfield, Arlington, Burleson and Flower Mound, Dr. Hoang offers a full menu of medical and cosmetic services to her ever-growing patient population.

Dr. Hoang oversees each United Dermatology facility and has hand-selected a talented group of caregivers who share her vision of preventative, proactive medicine, including Dr. Ben Treen and physician’s assistants Lisa Moody, Brian BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEREK GOWER



Surgical Associates of Mansfield Jeremy Parcells, MD


r. Jeremy Parcells spends his days changing lives for the better. “Who wouldn’t want to do that for a living,” he asked. His interest in medicine began in high school, when he was given the opportunity to observe surgery. “At that second I set my heart on becoming a surgeon,” he said. But it wasn’t until his surgical training that he recognized the potential for bariatric surgery to restore health and change lives. He was hooked! Bariatric weight-loss procedures include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch and intragastric balloons can be the first step for many patients to a life free of obesity and obesity-related conditions. “It gives me joy to provide immediate solutions to my patients’ healthcare concerns; to see the results of my education and hard work and to know it’s improving someone’s day-today life,” he said. Dr. Parcells performs a wide range of procedures including hernia repair, gallbladder, anti-reflux, colorectal, and a full range of complex laparoscopic and robotic surgeries performed through a much smaller incision and resulting in shorter recovery times, less risk of infection, less scarring, less pain, and improved outcomes for his patients. Dr. Parcells is the highest-volume robotic surgeon in Tarrant County, extensively trained in the da Vinci Surgical System, offering his patients at Surgical Associates of Mansfield a whole new level of robotic surgery precision, as the system affords him a magnified, high-definition view of the operation and translates the tiniest movements


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“It gives me joy to provide immediate solutions to my patients’ healthcare concerns; to see the results of my education and hard work and to know it’s improving someone’s day-to-day life,” of his hands into movements of surgical instruments at the site. “Where traditional open colon surgery meant a seven to 10-day hospital stay and laparoscopic surgery brought that down to four or five days, with da Vinci robotic surgery, my patients are routinely going home one or two days after surgery, with even better results,” he said. Dr. Parcells graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College and obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Texas BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOS BY LAUREN MADEAN

Medical Branch in Galveston, a residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and a fellowship in minimally-invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He and his wife, Carolyn, a local pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine, live in South Arlington with their two boys where they enjoy getting outside and going to Rangers games. Dr. Parcells is honored to have been chosen 2017 Best Bariatric Surgeon and to see Surgical Associates of Mansfield chosen 2017 Best Surgery Group.

Creating Magnificent Smiles for Over 30 years! Steven W. Thomas, DDS


ighly-trained, friendly and caring, Dr. Thomas specializes in a wide variety of treatments to prevent future problems, treat any current problems and enhance the overall quality of your family’s oral health. Dr. Thomas established his practice with the mission to strive to do what is right, always and a commitment to integrity, trust and empathy for his patients. With extensive training that includes esthetic, implant and restorative dentistry, Dr. Thomas provides the highest level of dental care for every member of your family. His care and philosophy is shared and extended through each member of his staff, so the patient knows they are going to be treated well. In Dr. Thomas’ care you’ll experience the attention to detail that keeps him on the leading edge of the rapidly advancing techniques in the field of dentistry. As a graduate of the highly acclaimed Kois Center in Seattle, Dr. Thomas has completed a rigorous curriculum of continuing education that enables him to keep his patients’ smiles healthy and esthetically pleasing for a lifetime. Dr. Thomas is also an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the International Team of Implantology. Dr. Thomas was born in Ft. Worth but grew up in Arlington, and he is proud to practice in his hometown. He and his wife are the proud parents of five children and are active in their community, including Walnut Ridge


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In Dr. Thomas’ care, you’ll experience the attention to detail that keeps him on the leading edge of all the rapidly advancing techniques in the field of dentistry. Baptist Church in Mansfield Texas and Bible Study Fellowship of Arlington. As a Christian, Dr. Thomas gives God all the glory for everything he has accomplished and the many people he has been able to help. Away from his practice, Dr. Thomas loves spending time with his friends and family and enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds. Are you ready to love your smile and your dentist? Get to know Dr. Steven Thomas, one of Arlington’s Top Docs.



Bharmal Internal Medicine Hujefa Y. Vora, MD


ujefa Vora grew up in Fort Worth, Texas with a father who fought end-stage renal disease for 25 years. While most of his friends idolized football players, astronauts, and movie stars, he was inspired by the doctors who cared for his father. “Dad lived a great life despite his illness,” Dr. Vora said. “The care his doctors gave him sparked my passion for caring for others, a fire that still burns in me today.” This early experience offered Dr. Vora a sense of empathy for his own patients and their families, and insight into the complicated mix of fear, hope, anxiety, and elation they go through during the treatment process. Dr. Vora’s primary care practice is broad in spectrum, providing care for patients from young adults all the way to geriatrics. He provides a special emphasis on care of the elderly, who have their own unique set of challenges and medical issues. These unique concerns are best handled by primary care physicians experienced in geriatric care. “Primary care is a partnership between physician and patient - a sacred relationship. I believe in working with patients and their families as a trusted partner and friend first, then a diagnostician, problem-solver, and care coordinator.”

As a partner, Dr. Vora believes strongly in working with families to pursue any and all reasonable and necessary treatment options for his patients. As an internist in primary care, Dr. Vora is particularly excited by diagnostics in medicine. “Internists are much like detectives analyzing symptoms and searching out underlying disease processes, isolating problems, and eventually figuring out a way to diagnose and treat patients. It’s very rewarding,” Dr. Vora said. A unique feature of Dr Vora’s practice is that he is known for following his patients through all


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phases of their treatment. He maintains staff privileges at multiple facilities in the South Arlington and Mansfield area enabling him to assist his patients and their families navigate easily through our complex medical system. He treats them from the clinic to the hospital, following through rehabilitation, to the nursing home and, ultimately, through the entire spectrum of life. In an effort to better serve his patients, Dr Vora has been joined by Noelle Petri, a family nurse practitioner in his Arlington office. With her expertise and enthusiasm, Noelle brings a very positive energy to Dr Vora’s office. She has made it possible for Dr Vora to provide same-day appointments for his established patients and expanded well-woman services. In his free time, Dr. Vora enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife of eighteen years, Insiyah, and his almost four-year-old daughter, Mariya. “Mariya is everything good in my life,” he said. “Through her innocent eyes, I aspire to be the best father I can be.” The Voras enjoy gardening and raising chickens, traveling, skiing, hiking, and cycling. BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTO DEREK GOWER

Dr. Vora does a great deal of volunteer work through his church. He and his wife take yearly mission trips to third world countries in Asia and Africa. “It’s important for physicians to give back to their communities,” he says. “Without the support of my community, I wouldn’t be a doctor today.” He also donates a great deal of his time to his preferred hospital, Medical City Arlington, where he recently served as Chief of Staff. Dr. Vora graduated from Austin College with a degree in Mathematics, and did his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His true passion, however, was theater and communication arts. “Physicians, above all else, must be good communicators. We must listen and take direction from our patients, interpret our findings, and convey this to our patients in a clear, concise, and palatable fashion.” His passion for theater also blends naturally into his career. “Much like one of my heroes, Dr. Patch Adams,” Dr Vora says, “I believe that laughter is the best medicine. We entertain and we heal.”

Methodist Mansfield Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates Joshua Trussell, MD, and Andrew Standerwick, MD


one are the days when surgery meant weeks—even months—of recovery, unsightly scars, fear of infection and other complications. Thankfully, surgeons like Joshua Trussell, MD, and Andrew Standerwick, MD, are now able to perform minimally-invasive surgery with much less assault on the body and stress to the patient—not to mention better precision and greatly improved outcomes. Their guiding motto at Methodist Mansfield Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates is, “Healing through surgery. Helping with recovery.”


Extensively trained in minimally-invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Drs. Standerwick and Trussell offer procedures for a wide range of conditions; including surgery for benign and malignant disease of the colon and gallbladder and the repair of various inguinal, ventral, and hiatal hernias. Experts in weight-loss surgeries—including Rouxen-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy—they always emphasize the least invasive approach possible.


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Dr. Standerwick’s personal motto of “Do it right!” carried him through medical school at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, his residency at University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and his fellowship at Summa Akron City Hospital in Ohio and now guides him at his practice back home in Texas. On the job, he’s a general surgeon specializing in bariatrics. Off the job he’s a running and hockey enthusiast.


For Dr. Trussell surgery is never onesize-fits-all. “I strive to learn each patient’s needs then to tailor my approach to their specific situation,” he said. He performs a wide range of procedures specializing in hernia treatment. “I take hernia treatment seriously and follow my hernia patients’ recovery throughout their lives,” he said.


Robotic surgery options have made hernia repair safer and simpler than ever before and Dr. Trussell stays on top of the latest technological advancements in the field. Dr. Trussell is a proud Mansfield native. A graduate of University of Texas Health Science Center’s Houston School of Medicine, he completed a surgical residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He is a member of the American Hernia Society Quality Collaborative and volunteers with the physician’s assistant school. But his favorite roles are loving husband and devoted father of three. Methodist Mansfield Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates is owned and operated by Methodist Medical Group and is staffed by independently practicing physicians who are employees of Methodist Medical Group. The physicians and staff who provide services at this site are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any affiliated hospital.


Darien W. Bradford, MD


urgery of the heart, lungs, and other areas of the chest aren’t what they used to be, thanks to pioneering surgeons like Darien Bradford. Procedures that used to see the patient’s sternums cracked open, hearts stopped momentarily, grotesque scarring, and long, arduous recoveries are now far less invasive. Recovery is shorter and less painful. And there are fewer complications and far greater success rates. Amazingly, Dr. Bradford now sees his surgery patients return to normal life, in as little as two weeks. “My goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life through advanced treatment and to do so in a way that minimizes pain, risks, and recovery time for them,” Dr. Bradford said. “Because each patient is unique, I work closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for them.” Minimally-invasive surgery of the chest, heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and trachea is just one way Dr. Bradford is pioneering medicine advancements in Tarrant County. Dr. Bradford has established the architype of the patient-centric office, where patients and their families are afforded the time they need to ask any and all questions and never leave until they feel comfortable with the diagnosis and confident in a specialist who has spent so much of his own time studying and searching for the latest and best techniques and technologies, to make what could be a life-altering condition a mere bump in the road for them.


Dr. Bradford uses minimally-invasive Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy


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“Because each patient is unique, I work closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for them.” (ENB) to access difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, aiding in the diagnosis of lung disease and leading to earlier, personalized treatment, potentially saving lives. LungGPS technology used in the Medtronic superDimension navigation system is a remarkable way to maximize the possibilities that ENB procedures create, with 35 clinical studies completed to date, plus 47 independent articles and the largest ENB study yet currently underway: a global NAVIGATE clinical study. Dr. Bradford and other leaders in the healthcare industry recognize ENB as a recommended method of obtaining lung tissue biopsies from peripheral regions. In fact, the superDimension navigation system was nominated as “Best Medical BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

Technology” by the Galien Foundation in 2014 and 2015.


A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Bradford completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. For almost two decades, he has perfected his skills in our area where he has privileges at several local hospitals. He has lead the way with many life-saving techniques, such as minimally-invasive surgery for coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves, as well as birth defects of the chest and heart. Dr. Bradford is currently accepting new patients.

Mansfield Chiropractic Center, LLC George H. Bobbitt, DC


hen he talks about his job, Dr. George Bobbitt’s enthusiasm is palpable. “Most people have no idea how incredible and miraculous the human body really is,” he said. “Since I learned about its inner workings and the good that can be done through healing arts, I’ve had an unceasing desire to help as many people as I can to live longer, be healthier, feel younger, and have the best quality of life possible.” Dr. Bobbitt’s passion is chiropractic, helping people get well with his knowledge of the spine, muscles, bones, and nervous system, without the use of drugs or surgery. He’s adamant that the right combination of spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, massage, and nutrition will do wonders for anyone. Dr. Bobbitt says that our spine is like the breaker panel in a house, with each nerve controlling a different part of the body, just as a breaker panel’s switches control different parts of the house. If something goes wrong with a nerve in the spinal column, problems inevitably arise in the part of the body that the nerve controls. While surgeries and medicines can try to control the symptoms of these CONTACT

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“Since I learned about its inner workings and the good that can be done through healing arts, I’ve had an unceasing desire to help as many people as I can to live longer, be healthier, feel younger, and have the best quality of life possible.” problems, chiropractic, through spinal decompression and alignment, can address the problem at its root, enabling the body to mend and fix it. Ever since he dedicated his life to chiropractic, Dr. Bobbitt has also made it his job to educate anyone he can on health and wellness. “I want to one day be an international speaker and inspire others to improve their lives in the many ways chiropractic can help,” he said. “I want to make a global difference, and that has started right here in this area.” BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTO BY DEREK GOWER

Dr. Bobbitt splits his time over four bustling facilities, Mansfield Chiropractic, Kennedale Chiropractic, Arlington Chiropractic, and Neighborhood Weight Loss Center. He mentors other chiropractors to spread his knowledge and help them accomplish their goals, and he opens his office to Chiropractic and radiography technicians in training to help them complete their internships. “The body can heal itself if given the best chance to,” Dr. Bobbitt said. “We can all live happier, healthier lives. And chiropractic can help.”


Mansfield Miracles Paul W. Daum, MD


very obstetrician remembers the first baby he delivers. For Paul Daum, that first birth came in 1983. There have been thousands of tiny miracles since then. But for him the cry of those first healthy lungs still rings out, after three and a half decades. He went on to deliver the first baby at Methodist Charlton in 1986 and the first baby at Methodist Mansfield in 2006. Within his Mansfield Miracles office, Dr. Daum emphasizes one-on-one care with a highly personal touch for women at every stage of life. He cares for both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies and offers minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery. Because no two patients are exactly alike, Dr. Daum does his best to slow things down and get to know each patient and never leave a question unanswered. His goal is to educate and empower each woman to be her own healthcare advocate. After all, who cares more about your body and your health than you do? Throughout his three decades in solo practice, Dr. Daum has been at the forefront of many new technologies. He performed the first ever enodmetrial ablation, the first laporoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, the first hysteroscopic resection of uterine fibroids, and the first laparoscopic hysterectomy performed within the Methodist Hospital System. He educates other physicians, teaching and helping them develop their skills in these techniques.


A native of Kansas, Paul Daum moved to Texas in 1970 and knew right away that he was “home”. He graduated from Alvin High


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“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do your very best, and always show people you care.” school as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Magna Cum Laude from Texas Lutheran College. He completed medical school at University of Texas Southwestern and a residency at St. Paul Hospital where he received Most Outstanding Performance on his residency training examination. During his time at Charlton Methodist, he twice served as OB-GYN department chairman and once as president of the medical staff. He has served on the board of directors at Dallas Methodist Physician Network, as chairman of credentialing for Dallas Methodist Physician Network,


and on the corporate medical board at Methodist Hospital of Dallas. Dr. Daum is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is dedicated to the solo private practice of obstetrics and gynecology. His interests lie in low and high-risk obstetrics, minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery, incontinence surgery, and3D and 4D office ultrasound. Dr. Daum has two grown children. When not on the job, he enjoys golf and landscape gardening.

Arlington Orthopedic Associates Frank Rodriguez, MD


octors help people every day of course, but Dr. Frank Rodriguez is going out of his way to improve life for more than his own patients. He is, in fact, going all the way to Boston to raise money for a charity that is dear to his heart. This April 16th, Dr. Rodriguez will not only run his seventh Boston Marathon, but he will be raising money to benefit low-income students through Hale Reservation Inc. Hale Reservation Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop selfconfidence, inspire a passion for learning and encourage an appreciation for the natural environment. Their Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures (HOLA) program encourages Boston youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles, and resonates with Dr. Rodriguez because of his own lifelong love of the outdoors. “I loved exploring the outdoors when I was a kid,” explains Rodriguez. “Those carefree and adventurous days gave me confidence and helped make me the orthopedic surgeon I am today.” The HOLA program specifically addresses the “summer learning slide” that most adversely affects low-income students. It’s designed to encourage academic gains and develop social-emotional skills during the summer months so students are ready to begin the next grade in the fall. “Every child should be – and needs to be – outdoors,” emphasizes Rodriguez, “because exploring and enjoying nature provides an ideal opportunity to learn life lessons. I’m running this year’s Boston Marathon to give this opportunity to as many children as possible.”


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“It is very gratifying,” says Dr. Rodriguez, “to help someone in pain be able to resume their active lifestyle.” Rodriguez may be doing the running, but everyone else can play a part in supporting this important cause. Dr. Rodriguez has offered to match dollar for dollar any amount donated, and stresses that donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated. “It’s easy to take outdoor activities for granted here in Texas. But in a large city like Boston, so many young girls and boys don’t have a chance to explore and experience nature. Simple activities such as fishing, swimming or just running around outdoors – they don’t get to do that. I hope by partnering with HOLA, we will be able to stimulate these kids to learn more.” Making a donation is as easy as visiting www. and searching for Frank Rodriguez. Along with your financial support, you can leave a message of encouragement. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEREK GOWER

When he’s not devoting his time to charitable interests, Dr. Rodriguez is dedicated to making life more enjoyable for those who suffer from hip, knee or shoulder pain. A fellowship trained and board certified orthopedic surgeon, in practice with Arlington Orthopedic Associates at both their Arlington and Mansfield clinics, he specializes in sports medicine and joint reconstruction. “It is very gratifying,” says Dr. Rodriguez, “to help someone in pain be able to resume their active lifestyle.” Whether you need help yourself with orthopedic pain, or want to help support a worthwhile charity, Dr. Rodriguez would love to hear from you. To donate to the Boston Marathon effort in support of HOLA: (search for Frank Rodriguez)


Baylor Scott & White Primary Care – Mansfield Jeffrey Urieto, MD


s a boy, Jeffrey Urieto was greatly influenced by his mom, who worked as a nurse in a developing country. “I remember going to her clinic and seeing her in her nurse uniform taking care of patients and interacting with doctors and nurses,” he said. “One of the doctors took me under his wing and mentored me at a young age and it bolstered my desire to go into medicine.” There was little doubt in anyone’s mind that young Jeffrey had the personality for medicine too. Naturally friendly and a born caregiver, his desire from an early age was to help people. That propensity only grew as he completed his schooling. “It might sound cliché,” he said, “but I’ve always enjoyed personal interactions. I figured medicine was a way to get more of it while also being part of a person’s healing process. I have since realized that I love being a part of the movement to promote prevention, before people need healing.” None of this is lost on Urieto’s patients who are the beneficiary of his gregarious and gentle bed-side manners and his insatiable quest for medical knowledge. As a primary care physician, he is there to meet the medical needs of every member of the family. Dr. Urieto begins each morning with a prayer for the new day ahead, for the patients he’ll encounter, and for his family. “I was taught to put first things first,” he said. “When I begin by giving my day to God—my thoughts, my hands, my words, my relationships—

“I’ve always enjoyed personal interactions. I figured medicine was a way to get more of it while also being part of a person’s healing process. I have since realized that I love being a part of the movement to promote prevention, before people need healing.” that’s when I can be the doctor, husband, father, and friend He wants me to be.”


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When not on the job, Dr. Urieto enjoys tennis, soccer, golf, cooking, and spending time with his wife and their baby son, Isaiah. “My wife’s family is in the area, so we get to do lots of family get-togethers with them,” he said. “I also donate my time when I can to

United Christian Fellowship in Arlington.” “Our goal in moving to this area is to grow with Mansfield,” Dr. Urieto said. “I believe that primary care physicians are an essential part of any community. My family and I look forward to becoming more interwoven with this wonderful community.”

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Arlington Orthopedic Associates, P.A. Jason K. Lowry, MD


r. Jason Lowry, a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, says his orthopedic surgery practice has a small town approach in the big city. “I treat my patients like family,” he says. “Getting folks back on their feet and enjoying life again is quite rewarding. I have a really fun job.” He is locally known for his anterior hip replacements and complex, revision hip surgery, but also performs knee and shoulder replacements. He has a special interest in robotic hip replacement; hip and knee replacements for younger, active patients; and complex joint replacements for patients who have suffered from fractures or infections. Anterior hip replacement is performed through an alternative, muscular interval in front of the hip joint that can aide in a much quicker and predictable recovery. Dr. Lowry honorably served eight years as a commissioned orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, including Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom in 2009. He joined Arlington Orthopedic Associates in 2015, after initially practicing in Dallas in 2012. He is co-director of the Joint Institute of North Texas, which was founded as a center of excellence within AOA and aims to provide


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Dr. Lowry says his orthopedic surgery practice has a small town approach in the big city. “Getting folks back on their feet and enjoying life again is quite rewarding.” the most advanced, evidence-based care for patients with joint problems. In his free time, Dr. Lowry cherishes time with his wife and two children. As a family, they are involved in their church throughout the year and enjoy being outdoors hiking, biking and fly fishing when time allows. Dr. Lowry and his accomplished team are eager to serve you in Arlington, Mansfield or Midlothian.


Board Certified 2010, American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. Fellowship, Adult Reconstruction CJPR at RIAO, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri Kansas City. M.D., Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha. B.S., AA Theology, Creighton University, Omaha, magna cum laude


Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield Deborah C. Sullivan, DDS, MS and Danny Wright, DDS


he doctors and staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield have a simple mission. “Our goal is to teach children how to become confident, fearless dental patients and to help parents raise cavity-free kids,” said Dr. Deborah Sullivan. “I truly believe that God has gifted me to calm, comfort, and help other people— especially the littlest ones.” Dr. Danny Wright agrees, “We view it as a privilege to be a part of our young patients’ lives and take pride in educating them in establishing healthy oral habits. Our aim is to provide a fun, non-threatening environment that allows children to actually enjoy coming to the dentist.” In fact, Drs. Sullivan and Wright hear from astonished parents all the time whose children ask when they can return to the dentist. That may be because of their philosophy of “treating the child, not the tooth”. Or it may be because both doctors look upon dentistry not merely as a job but as a ministry. “God calls us to serve others and to try to bring joy to other people,” Dr. Wright said. “Our obvious goal is to take care of our patients’ dental needs. But more importantly, we want to do it in a way that’s pleasant and easy for the child to tolerate.” Drs. Wright and Sullivan discuss diet, hygiene, and helpful hints to help parents keep their children cavity-free. When dental treatment is necessary, they provide the highest quality restorations and offer all levels of anxiety-reducing sedation. And


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“Our obvious goal is to take care of our patients’ dental needs. But more importantly, we want to do it in a way that’s pleasant and easy for the child to tolerate.” to keep smiles beautiful and authentic looking, they offer aesthetic white fillings and white crowns. Twice a year Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield takes the entire staff to volunteer their dental services at Mission Arlington. Doctors, hygienists, assistants and office personnel spend the day helping children BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

Drs. Sullivan and Wright are board-certified pediatric dentists and diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. • Parents are encouraged to stay with their child during the dental visit’ • The latest technology in digital radiographs, intraoral imaging and laser treatment is used. • 24-hour emergency call is always available. • Appointments are offered before and after school for convenience.

smile who otherwise might never see a dentist. They continue that helping spirit throughout the year by working with the Save-A-Smile Foundation, Give Kids A Smile and dental mission trips to countries around the world. They are now accepting new patients.

Surgical Associates of Mansfield Winston Chan, MD


s a fellowship-trained Colon and Rectal surgeon extensively trained in minimally- invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Winston Chan has much to offer his patients, not the least of which is a shorter, less painful recovery after surgery. Through something called “enhance recovery after surgery” or ERAS, Dr. Chan can improve his patient surgical outcomes by approaching their care from a multi-disciplinary standpoint. This surgery-based program begins with a patient’s first surgery clinic visit. “A few of the important elements of a successful ERAS program include minimally-invasive surgery, multimodality pain control, and “pre-habilitation” for surgery (improving fitness, dieting, and overall health prior to surgery),” Dr. Chan said. The concept was first introduced at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center by Drs. Gary Alexander and Jeremy Parcells with the results being shorter length of hospital stay, improved pain control, increased patient satisfaction, and reduction of complications. “The Department of Surgery at Methodist Mansfield is proud to create an Enhance Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) committee and I’m proud to have been chosen co-chair of the program, because of my prior successful ERAS programs,” Dr. Chan said. “I began my career performing minimally-invasive or laparoscopic surgery which was revolutionary in its time,” Dr. Chan said. “But with robotic surgery, I am offering my patients suffering with conditions such as diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer,


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“The Department of Surgery at Methodist Mansfield is proud to create an Enhance Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) committee and I’m proud to have been chosen co-chair of the program, because of my prior successful ERAS programs.” rectal cancer, and other concerns, surgery shorter recovery times, less pain, less risk of infection, and improved outcomes. da Vinci robotic surgery has offer me more precision during surgery. And combined with ERAS, it has offered my patients better outcomes and much less arduous recoveries,” Dr. Chan said. Dr. Chan received his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of California Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTO BY LAUREN MADEAN

completed a general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and Colon and Rectal fellowship training at Baylor University Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Chan met his wife in medical school, a fellow MD specializing in physical medical and rehabilitation. The Chans are happy to be raising their two children in Texas. In their spare time, they enjoy cycling and swimming together. Dr. Chan speaks both English and Mandarin.


Surgical Associates of Mansfield David M. Rutledge, MD, FACS

Dr. David Rutledge admits he’s a bit of a tinkerer. “I like fixing thing and working with my hands,” he said. Whether he’s working on cars or fiddling with electronics, he enjoys thinking outside the box to find a solution. This problem-solving mindset made him a natural for a career as a surgeon and an early pioneer in minimally-invasive surgical procedures, including laparoscopic gallbladder surgery for digestive disorders. “Traditional open gallbladder surgery requires a longer recovery period and a good deal of pain,” he said. “With less-invasive laparoscopic surgery I can offer my patients a minimally-invasive procedure and a return to their normal activities within a week.” Through his affiliation with Surgical Associates of Mansfield, Dr. Rutledge has been able to go a step further with the da Vinci Surgical System, the leading robotic surgery platform which works in real time translating the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the instruments at the surgical site, allowing Dr. Rutledge to perform major surgery through the smallest of incisions. He stresses the importance of proper preparation and says a large part of being a surgeon is the planning. “With the proper planning, the actual operation only takes a small percentage of my time,” he said. “Most important is the time I spend sitting face-to-face with the patient discussing their needs and expectation. It’s the thought process before and during the surgery that’s important, not just the wielding of a knife. It’s the planning and fact finding that ensure each patient receives the treatment I’d want for myself or a family member.”


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“Most important is the time I spend sitting faceto-face with the patient discussing their needs and expectation. It’s the thought process before and during the surgery that’s important, not just the wielding of a knife. It’s the planning and fact finding that ensure each patient receives the treatment I’d want for myself or a family member.” Dr. Rutledge completed his undergraduate at Duke University and his medical school and a general surgery residency at University of Texas Southwestern. He’s ardent about staying on top of advancements in his field and excited by the rapid rate of improvement in modern medical science. “Consider that antibiotics have only been around for eighty years, and surgery was pretty difficult a hundred BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

years ago,” he said. “Who knows where we’ll be fifty years from now.” The da Vinci and other technological advancements at Surgical Associates of Mansfield have made surgeries exponentially safer, simpler, and more successful than ever before. And the care Dr. Rutledge brings to his craft ensures his patients get the care they deserve.

Cornea Consultants of Texas Aaleya Koreishi, MD Patricia Ple-plakon, MD


rs. Aaleya Koreishi and Patricia Ple-plakon believe the more involved a patient is with their own eyecare and the more knowledgeable they are about their condition and treatment options, the better the chance of a successful treatment outcome. They partner with patients and their families with handson diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. For them the relationships are the best part of the job.


The daughter of a retina specialist, Aaleya originally sought a different path for herself. But her father’s dedication and love for the field of ophthalmology ultimately drew her to follow in his footsteps. “I fell in love with the intricacy of the surgical skills and the ability to help people see, a cherished sense that is commonly taken-for-granted,” she said. Aaleya excelled in her studies then trained at the then top-ranked residency program (The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital) and completed a fellowship at the currently top-ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami specializing in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery (LASIK). A highly-skilled surgeon, Dr. Koreishi won a cataract surgery award as a resident and speaks nationally be-


“Ophthalmology allows me to build long-term relationships with my patients, and I enjoy being able to connect with my patients and their families.” fore her fellow ophthalmologists. She has specialty training in laser vision correction surgery and a special interest in tumors of the ocular surface and incorporating the newest state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

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But she’s most proud of establishing Cornea Consultants of Texas in 2013, expanding to a second location, and bringing on a like-minded partner, all in just 5 years.

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In college Patricia was a bit torn between her love of the biological sciences and her love of anthropology and sociology. Now as an ophthalmologist she finds her knowledge of different cultures and different people just as handy as her science knowledge. “Ophthalmology allows me to build long-term relationships with my patients, and I enjoy



being able to connect with my patients and their families,” she said. Dr. Ple-plakon completed her ophthalmology residency training at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, giving her formal training with complex cataracts, intraocular lens exchanges, laser refractive surgeries (LASIK and PRK), and the latest corneal transplantation surgeries. Drs. Koreishi and Ple-plakon specialize in medical and surgical treatment of the cornea as well as cataract, refractive surgery, and the treatment of dry eyes, performing the latest surgical techniques for corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, and other corneal procedures. They both make Tarrant County their home.


Surgical Associates of Mansfield Gary K. Alexander, MD, FACS


fter years as a board-certified general surgeon, Gary Alexander is still fascinated by the human body; mainly in its ability to repair itself. And he’s in awe every day that God and his patients allow him to be part of that process. “I’ve always loved putting things back together,” he said. “I knew at a young age I’d either be an engineer or a surgeon. I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made.” A big proponent of patient education and empowerment, Dr. Alexander sees a vital part of his job as helping patients understand their viable treatment options. “If there’s a non-invasive treatment option that would work better than a surgical procedure, we encourage our patients to explore it and do everything we can to point them in the most conservative direction we think will work for them.” However, when a surgical procedure is the best option, Dr. Alexander’s patients can rest assured they’ll receive the best care possible at the Surgical Associates of Mansfield, the largest robotic surgery practice in the area, which offers a wide range of minimally-invasive surgeries. Dr. Alexander and his associates are not afraid to tackle complex cases, as they take pains to ensure each procedure is as minimally-invasive as possible. With his background in computers, Dr. Alexander has trained extensively in all applications of the da Vinci robotic platform, which works in real time translating the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the instruments at the surgical site, allowing Dr. Alexander to perform major


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If there’s a non-invasive treatment option that would work better than a surgical procedure, we encourage our patients to explore it and do everything we can to point them in the most conservative direction we think will work for them.” surgery through the smallest of incisions. For his patients, this means less pain, shorter recovery, less risk of infection, less trauma to surrounding tissue, less scarring, and better potential outcomes. “His aim every day is to provide top-notch medical care through timely screening and conservative surgical intervention of treatable diseases,” he said. Dr. Alexander attended the University of



Texas Medical School at Houston after completing his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Dallas. Married to a fellow physician, he is Daddy to a precious baby girl whom the couple is happy to be raising in Mansfield. When not on the job, he enjoys tinkering with electronics and other gadgets, writing and drawing, and cheering on local sports team, especially baseball.

Kos/DanchakAudiology &HearingAids Melissa Danchak, AuD, CCC-A


r. Melissa Danchak is in the qualityof-life business… specifically, helping people hear the best they can and improving their quality of life business! At any age, hearing loss can interfere with relationships, education, work performance, and when left untreated, is proven to lead to social isolation and depression. More recently, many reports have also shown a direct link to an increase in cognitive decline. Dr. Danchak knows there is a stigma associated with wearing hearing aids. “There is a perception that hearing aids make you look older, or that they are cumbersome and difficult to use. Hearing devices today are smaller and more discreet than ever before. They are also extremely user friendly, and there are rechargeable options that eliminate the need to replace batteries. This makes them easier to use for those with dexterity issues. There is also confusion about what good hearing health care is. We believe that better hearing is an investment, not a transaction. The services that we provide reflect the patient first approach that we take in order to provide good hearing health care. We also participate with most major medical insurance companies and have partnerships with CareCredit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage to provide affordable financing rates.” At Kos/Danchak Audiology & Hearing Aids, Dr. Danchak and her staff serve those with hearing loss in a caring and comprehensive manner. The patient journey to better hearing begins with a discussion about the hearing challenges someone is facing, followed by a thorough hearing evaluation. A live listening demonstration with hearing devices is then provided. Dr. Danchak’s experience tells her that this process


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is the best way to help people realize the quality of life improvements they will have by addressing their hearing health care needs. With the many advancements in hearing device technology, Dr. Danchak is genuinely excited to provide patients with the live listening demonstration experience. “It is always a pleasure to watch as someone hears their loved one clearly from down the hallway for the first time in years or to hear the birds outside. It can be such an emotional experience for the entire family. The range of positive emotions and responses always reminds us of why we do what we do.” Dr. Danchak and her staff take time getting to know each patient, their family, their lifestyle, their hearing and communication needs. They know that an investment in better hearing is not just about the technology. That is why they provide a Complete Hearing Health Care Program. “This program is the most comprehensive in the North Texas area, and it includes all of the service people need to be successful with their investment BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEREK GOWER

in better hearing and with Kos/Danchak Audiology. It also includes free batteries for the lifetime of the devices!” The long-term relationships Kos/Danchak Audiology has forged with their patients and the patient centric approach they take is one reason that they have garnered over 50 five-star reviews on Google, Facebook and HealthyHearing. com. It is also why so many of their satisfied patients refer their friends and family to them each month. Dr. Danchak began working at KDA in 1997 and she has owned the practice since 2002. “Susanne Kos, the original owner of the practice, was very well respected and trusted by area physicians,” Danchak says. “Those physicians referred patients to her on a monthly basis and continue to refer to us today. This practice has been helping North Texans hear the best they can for over 32 years. Our goal is to live out our mission each day; to walk with our patients along their better-hearing journey, providing them and their loved ones, with a better hearing experience for life.”


Mallery Family Dental Mark Mallery, DDS


t’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. But it’s rare that the child gets the opportunity to repay the favor. Dr. Mark Mallery is one of the lucky few able to return to his hometown with a life-changing skill and help the community who raised him to be the man he is today. His practice, Mallery Family Dental, is not far from his childhood home, and Dr. Mallery loves the excitement of seeing familiar faces walk through his door. He delights in caring for his old teachers or mentors from childhood, while at the same time watching new generations arise. He and his staff strive to offer the community the close, personal relationship they expect from a family dentist. Dr. Mallery was born in Grand Prairie and graduated from Lamar High School in Arlington. After he graduated from Baylor in Waco, he went on to Baylor College of Dentistry, then to a year in an advanced education in General Dentistry Residency. He now lives in Mansfield with his wife, Heidi, who works as a treatment coordinator at the practice, and their three children, Justin, 11, Abby, 8, and Logan, 3. Dr. Mallery’s passion lies in finding creative solutions with the best possible outcome for his patients; something that will improve their lives in subtle or even profound ways. “The cures that dentistry offers can be life changing,” he said. “There’s nothing like giving someone the confidence to smile or the ability to eat a normal meal again.” His extensive continuing education allows Dr. Mallery to provide additional services,


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“The cures that dentistry offers can be life changing,” he said. “There’s nothing like giving someone the confidence to smile or the ability to eat a normal meal again.” making even complex procedures available in a single, comfortable location. Heidi Mallery is joined by two other dental hygienists, Kathey and Janine, both with over thirty years of experience in the field, and dental assistants, Gina and Leah. The newest additions to the practice are Cindy, Gloria, and BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN MEDEAN

Nicole in the front office, who work to ensure each patient’s visit is pleasant from the start. Together, the team at Mallery Family Dental offers everything from routine dental care to implants, bridges/crowns, extractions, dentures, cosmetic restorations, and full-mouth reconstruction. Dr. Mallery and the team invite you and your family to make Mallery Family Dental your dental home.

Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Lindsey Dietrich, MD


r. Lindsey Dietrich, a physician with Texas Health Physicians Group, had an unlikely first exposure to her vocation. “It’s a little embarrassing,” she said. “I was four when I went to the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney and discovered a fascination with skeletons. It seems only fitting that I became an orthopedic surgeon who works with bones and joints.” Little could her parents have realized what an ideal fit this would be for their daughter. “Orthopedics is a field where there’s still an art to physically examining and ‘fixing’ people,” she said. “In sports medicine I love the emphasis on recovering an active lifestyle. Sports medicine allows me to work with athletes and active people of all ages—from kids to seniors—promoting lifelong fitness and wellness and encouraging injury prevention. I love that my job allows me to be deeply involved in my community through volunteering. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Over the past four years, this award-winning and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon has partnered with local companies to develop the premier facility for athletes recovering from injuries or looking to improve their fitness. “I’d like to see this unique facility be a flagship for recovery, injury prevention, and overall wellness,” she said. As a physician, Dr. Dietrich is passionate about patient empowerment. “I believe in giving people the information and the power to make their own good decisions about their health, bodies, and lives,” she said. “I have a special place in my heart for young athletes because kids are in such a pivotal time in their lives and athletic careers.”


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“I believe in giving people the information and the power to make their own good decisions about their health, bodies, and lives.” Specializing in the care of knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle injuries, Dr. Dietrich gives much of the credit for her success to an outstanding staff. “They’re the reason Sideline Orthopedics and Sports has been so successful,” she said. “They’re overwhelmingly hospitable, dedicated and knowledgeable. I’m tremendously grateful to work with them.”

physicals. She facilitates a weekly free evening clinic for DFW student athletes and mentors high school and college students interested in health sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys grilling, running, yoga, travel, listening to live music, spending time with her one-year-old son and trying to convince her parents and siblings to join her in Texas.

Dr. Dietrich volunteers her time at local area high schools and universities working with student athletes, evaluating injuries or recovery, helping on the sideline of various sports games, and coordinating sports

“I believe that when life gets hard the best thing you can do is give of yourself to others,” she said. “Kindness and good intentions always make their way back around to blessings.”

Providers employed by Texas Health Physicians Group practice independently and are not employees of the hospital or Texas Health Resources.



Swapp Orthodontics Aaron V. Swapp, DMD, MS


ave you ever thought about putting your hand in a stranger’s mouth? Not many have. And no one probably should (because that’s obviously gross). “Every day I ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, and maybe one has answered orthodontist,” said Dr. Swapp. “My initial decision in choosing the dental profession was based on the example of my Boy Scout leader when I was younger. Not only was I intrigued by the many technical aspects of dentistry, but his dedication to serving his patients and the community inspired me to do the same.” After 11 years of higher education, Dr. Swapp was finally able to pay it forward. After school, he took on a teaching position at Baylor Dental School where he instructed aspiring orthodontists. He still teaches part-time but receives no compensation for the time he donates to the school. “I love teaching and sharing the things I’ve learned,” he said. “Many others blessed me by imparting their knowledge, and I feel it’s important to do the same. I’m one of the fortunate people who truly loves what I do.” Dr. Swapp’s dedication to service extends beyond helping other orthodontists and is evident throughout his orthodontic practice. He and his staff are continually looking for ways to improve the orthodontic experience for their patients. “Our practice is very family-oriented,” he said. “We treat every patient as though they were a member of our own family. My staff and I are always looking for ways we can go above and beyond for our patients; to offer them things they might not find elsewhere.” Dr. Swapp strives to remain available to speak with patients personally, even after hours. “Every patient sees me at every visit,” he said. “I try to


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“My staff and I are always looking for ways we can go above and beyond for our patients; to offer them things they might not find elsewhere.” learn more about them and support them whenever I can. We try to keep things fun and light-hearted and offer ample after-school appointment times, so patients rarely miss school.” Outside of the office, Dr. Swapp and his team serve their community in many ways, including donating all money received from extra retainers to Mansfield Cares charity, helping school sports teams raise money through mouthguards, and volunteering at local schools to improve the educational experience. Dr. Swapp’s mom is an elementary school teacher, and much of his passion for education and service comes from her. “I’ve been blessed by examples of selfless service from my mom, scout leader, and others” said Dr. Swapp. “I hope one day the same could be said of me.”


Dr. Swapp graduated summa cum laude



from UNLV Dental School receiving the dean’s award for top academic honors. He completed his orthodontic training at Baylor and received the Baylor Orthodontic Oscar for the best treated orthodontic case in his class. He obtained board certification and currently teaches Baylor College of Dentistry students about dental lasers, 3D X-rays, and new technology in orthodontics. Dr. Swapp has published multiple dental articles and recently received the prestigious Watson Award. He’s a member of American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Texas Orthodontic Study Club, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, and Greater Dallas Association of Orthodontists. When not on the job, Dr. Swapp enjoys working on cars, camping, hiking, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and four children. He still serves as scout leader and is active in his church and community.

Cityview Audiology & Hearing Aids, Inc. Diane Blaising, AuD, ADA, ABA, FAAA


t should have been no surprise to Diane Blaising’s family when she found her calling helping others live a better life through improved hearing. Way back in elementary school, it was a young Diane who wowed her classmates with a science project demonstrating bone conduction hearing. “This was back when we had portable record players,” she said. “I took the record player to school and instead of using the needle on the record, I had a sewing needle stuck into a pencil eraser. We’d hold the wooden end of the pencil between our teeth and place the needle on the turning record and could hear the record through our teeth and bones in our skulls. It’s not coming through your ear canals. It’s bone conduction hearing.” The workings of the human auditory system haven’t ceased to amaze Diane. Now as a board-certified doctor of audiology, she’s discovered she likes the human side of audiology even more than the medical/science side. “I love the patient contact and making a difference in the lives of my patients the most,” she said. After more than 20 years serving as an audiologist, the last ten with her own practice, Dr. Blaising sees herself as a source for total hearing care. “I want my office to serve as a resource center for everything hearing,” she said. “I opened Cityview Audiology & Hearing Aids because I wanted to do more for my patients. For instance, we’re starting a free aural rehab class for anyone who wants to learn coping strategies for people with hearing loss and their families. Sometimes family members need a little education about how to communicate with the one with hearing difficulties.” Dr. Blaising says she has the best staff on the planet. “They join me in my mission to help our


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“I opened Cityview Audiology & Hearing Aids because I wanted to do more for my patients. For instance, we’re starting a free aural rehab class for anyone who wants to learn coping strategies for people with hearing loss and their families. Sometimes family members need a little education about how to communicate with the one with hearing difficulties.” patients obtain a better quality of life by enhancing their ability to communicate with their families and friends, for deeper, more meaningful relationships,” she said. “We love helping working men and women be more successful in their careers. We live in a time when hearing aid technology is extremely sophisticated and we have the ability to treat any hearing loss successfully. Every patient is different. So we stay abreast of advancements in the programming software that allows us to correctly fit hearing instruments to each patient we see.”

audiology in 1992. She received her doctor of audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and her master’s degree in audiology from the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has years of experience working with hearing-impaired adults and children in otolaryngologists’ offices in Louisville and as a pediatric audiologist at the Louisville Deaf Oral School. Dr. Blaising is board certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology and has twice been given the Ace Award for continuing education.

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The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu famously said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For those who aren’t accustomed to regular exercise, starting a new exercise plan might seem like a daunting prospect. The key is to start slowly and deliberately with manageable initial goals. It’s easy to begin with lots of enthusiasm, but a common pitfall is losing that good feeling when the reality of strenuous work sets in. By setting realistic objectives from the outset of a new fitness program, we can build morale by achieving small but consistent victories. It’s fun to see hard work produce measurable progress, and this is what makes going from sitting on the couch to running a 5K (3.1 miles) one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. There are several “couch-to-5K” programs available, and all share a process of daily, incremental increases in the level of effort. The most common is a smart-phone app called—you guessed it—Couch to 5K. Couch-to-5K programs generally start with brief walks, followed by longer walks, then short jogs, and so on. In the early

stages, there are short rest periods inserted between workouts. It can be so relaxing, you may forget you’re exercising once your body gets used to the new physical exertion. The main idea is not to push yourself so hard that you get frustrated, or worse yet, injured. That sort of hard work can make infrequent exercisers give up on a program. Couch-to-5K programs use a “boil the frog” approach to turning up the heat, so to speak, allowing you to see measured progress along the way without noticing things are getting hot. The secret to the effectiveness of these kinds of programs is gently re-familiarizing yourself with how your body reacts to exercise. At no point do you experience a steep increase in the effort you’re expected to put forth. If you can walk, you can do this. You set the deadlines and limits involved. The goals are your goals, and can be anything from achieving the ability to walk for a few minutes without feeling fatigued to becoming an ultra-marathon runner. It’s never too late to get into a new habit. Take those famous words to heart— and make the first step into a new future for you and your health.






Opened in 2003 and bursting with old Hollywood glamour, fainting couches, chandeliers in every room, original wood floors, and passionate people, Renata Salons is an old-time full-service salon with cutting edge style. Owner Lauren Jackson traveled the country training stylists and working fashion week events for years before returning to Texas to run the salon with her mom and co-owner, Sherry. She also reconnected and fell in love

with her now husband, master stylist Jackson, who runs Renata’s new 2nd Floor Barbershop, inspired by vintage shops of yesteryear and complete with walls lined with LPs, craft beer and whiskey, and 110-year-old barber chairs. Four years ago, Renata added urban salon The Parlour House. Jackson and Lauren and their team are passionate about hair care and have chimed in this month about some prevalent hair-care myths so you can keep your locks looking good.

Renata Salons is a glamorous full-service hair salon in a three-story Victorian home located just off Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine at 224 E College St, Grapevine, TX 76051. Renata is also home to an old-fashioned barber shop. For more information and hours, visit or call (817) 488-3444 to make an appointment.


Getting your hair cut helps it grow faster. Answer: FALSE The truth is trimming your hair prevents split ends. Split ends create breakage and give you a “natural haircut” which causes your hair to look like it’s not growing. Regular trims do not promote growth, but do help keep the hair healthy and strong. - Tracey, stylist

Air drying your hair is important. Answer: TRUE Air drying as often as possible is great for your hair. Hair is the weakest when it is wet and can easily break under the stress of heat and brushing. Once a week, let hair completely air dry to give your hair a break from the heat. Partially air drying your hair before blow drying also helps. Use a styling mouse that protects from heat and leaves your hair shiny such as Mousse Bouffant or L’incroyable from Kerastase. -Tianna, stylist

Coloring your hair damages it. Answer: FALSE This myth comes from the fact that boxed hair dye uses harsh chemicals that are not good for your hair. However, professionals at reputable salons use high-quality products that don’t damage your hair. Many also offer deep conditioning treatments so you’ll leave with healthier hair than before you colored it! Be sure to research the products used at a salon before you visit. -Lauren, owner

You should avoid pools in the summer because they’re bad for your hair. Answer: FALSE While chlorine is not good for hair, you can take preventative measures to combat the effect it has on your color.

Hair is like a sponge, so wet your hair or use a leave-in conditioner before swimming in a chlorine pool to reduce the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove chlorine buildup immediately after swimming. Deep conditioning your hair regularly to maintain moisture also helps to keep your hair beautiful during the summer months. -Tianna, stylist

Hair should always be rinsed with cold water. Answer: TRUE As much as you may hate it, use cold water. Hot water opens the cuticle and allows the color to slip out of the hair. For the same reason, you should always style hair on low heat with hot tools, as heat can cause the color to slip. -Tracey, stylist

Fine hair is drier than curly hair. Answer: FALSE Curly hair is naturally drier therefore needs lots of moisture for lustrous locks. Use a conditioner that helps tame unruly and frizzy hair. We love the Kerastase Discipline line for curly hair. Use smoothing products such as Kerastase L’incroyable blowdry cream to help control your hair and to protect your hair from heat. - Tianna, curly hair specialist

There’s nothing you can do to help hair color last longer. Answer: TRUE Always use a salon professional shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair to extend the life of your color. Only shampoo your hair every other day to maintain the rich vibrant color and keep the natural oils in your hair. Use a moisturizing conditioner to keep the hair healthy. Healthy hair holds onto color better than porous hair. -Heather, color specialist



Purple dye prevents blonde from going brassy. Answer: TRUE If you struggle with brassy blonde you should use a good purple tented shampoo or conditioner. Our favorite is the purple Color Lustre conditioner by Shu Uemura. A glaze or conditioning treatment every 4-6 weeks will also help maintain shine, luster, and a beautiful tone in blonde hair. Blonde hair can get quite dry so regular trims are also important to prevent breakage. -Lauren, owner

It’s hopeless to expect fine hair to ever have any volume. Answer: FALSE Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically made for fine hair such as Kerasatse Densifique to achieve volume and lift. Use a styling mousse to achieve amazing volume that will last all day. My favorite product to create texture is Texture Wave by Shu Uemura. -Lauren, owner

Men need a trim twice a month. Answer: FALSE Men can easily maintain their style by getting haircuts every 3-5 weeks. Keep your hair line clean by getting regular neck trims too. -Jackson, owner






Have you ever had a doctor dilate your eyes?

I have been nearsighted since age eight, so I am all too familiar with the less-than-pleasant sensation of having my pupils pried open while a doctor peers at my retinas with a microscope and a flashlight. It’s really not the eye exam that bothers me. That’s over and done in a few minutes. It’s the after-effects. When your pupils are dilated, your eyes cannot control the amount of light that gets in. Peer into a mirror with the lights off. Then turn on a lamp. You will see your pupils go from large to nearly pinpoint in a matter of seconds. Light is good. Too much light is not good. Since the moment God said, “Let there be light!” we have associated light with good and darkness with evil. Jesus called Himself “the light of the world.” In classic literature throughout the ages, light has symbolized love, life, wisdom, and insight. Light is knowledge. Light is understanding. Darkness is confusion and chaos. If there is an area where I consistently struggle, it’s with a spiritual fear of the dark.


I want to know the plan. I want to know what’s coming. I want to see what’s next, and not just what’s next but what’s down the road and around the corner. I want my life mapped out like an itemized schedule—married by thirty, kids by thirty-two, career change at thirty-seven, first book published at forty, second book published by... You get the picture. If only I could see the plan then I wouldn’t worry so much. I wouldn’t agonize over decisions, and I wouldn’t make so many mistakes. My problem is not with doubt. Ephesians 2:10 reassures me that God does, indeed, have a plan for my life. It reminds me that God created me with purpose, on purpose, and for a purpose. I trust God’s plan.

information could damage our growth? Psalm 119:105 describes God’s Word (the Bible) as a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. That means that God, in His infinite wisdom, has us on a need-to-know basis. If God were to lay out everything for us in advance, He would do us a terrible disservice. There would be no need for faith. No need for trust. No need for prayer, which would rob us of an intimate relationship with our Father. We would never know the thrill of watching Him come through in the most unexpected of ways, and never the growth that comes from the struggle. We would simply resign ourselves to our lot and let things happen.

I just want more than one piece at a time.

God loves us too much to tell us everything at once.

Could it be that just as too much light can damage our eyes, too much

Here is what I know that I know: • God loves you

• Because He loves you, He wants what is best for you • He made you for something • He delights to watch you discover it • His plan is far better than yours Maybe you suffer from a spiritual fear of the dark, too. Perhaps God wants us to trust Him with our future so we can fully live in the present.

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KIDDIN’ AROUND Know when it’s time for a kidney screening BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

When it comes to kidney disease, to screen or not to screen? That is the question. The short answer is yes—if you’re at an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, that is. If you are, medical experts agree that you should undergo routine, annual kidney screening, because early detection can head off dialysis or kidney transplant and prolong life. But how to know if you’re at risk? According to the National Kidney Foundation, “anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of chronic kidney disease” could be susceptible. That’s because over time diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys. And that damage may not manifest with any physical symptoms. That means one in three Americans—roughly 74 million people—should make a routine kidney screening part of their annual check-up. When detected early, chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be slowed, and more serious complications can be prevented. Additionally, because our kidneys tend to work less effectively as we age, those over 60 and anyone with heart or peripheral vascular disease (hardening of the arteries) should be screened for CKD annually, as well as anyone of African American, Asian, Hispanic,


American Indian, or Pacific Islander decent, or anyone diagnosed as obese. There are two quick and easy tests to screen for chronic kidney disease: a blood kidney function test for creatinine (the waste a healthy kidney should filter from the blood) and a kidney damage test for protein in the urine (an early sign of CKD). These noninvasive and inexpensive tests determine how well your kidneys are filtering wastes from the blood, and whether products that should remain in the body, such as protein, are leaking into the urine. If you have any of the risk factors mentioned above, you have a one-inthree chance of developing CKD. Chances are anyone reading this article is either part of that 33 percent who need to be getting screened, or know someone who is. If so, now’s a good time to schedule a screening appointment to make sure your kidneys are working as they should—and to prevent any further kidney damage.


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Lisa Miller was the 4th in her family to get a kidney transplant at Methodist Dallas BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

When Lisa Miller first consulted with Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS, about her kidney problems, he didn’t recognize her. But when she told him whose daughter she was, his jaw dropped. He had performed kidney transplants on three of Lisa’s family members over the past two decades, including her mother. Now, it was Lisa who was in need of a transplant. “Methodist Dallas Medical Center is our go-to hospital for kidney problems, because they know our history and they care about our family,” Lisa says. “We just love Dr. Dickerman. I would never consider having anyone else perform my transplant.” As the founder of Methodist Dallas’ kidney transplant program, Dr. Dickerman has performed more than 3,000 transplants in his 38-plus years with the hospital — and Lisa’s family certainly stands out. “After performing four transplants for the same family, I almost feel like an adopted family member,” he says. “Seeing my former patients live healthy lives after a transplant is very rewarding and underlines the importance of what we do.”

man. She remembers the impact that first transplant had on her childhood. “My mom was able to come to my softball games after that,” Lisa recalls. “To hear her yell in the stands — a lot of kids would have been embarrassed, but not me. I was just happy she was there.” Over the years, Lisa watched as the lives of her brother, David Taylor, and her aunt, Linda Reaves, were transformed by kidney transplants. By 2016, Lisa herself was in stage IV renal failure and faced a five-year wait for a donor to give her a second chance at life.

A COUSIN’S GIFT Fortunately, kidney disease isn’t the only trait that runs in Lisa’s family. Generosity and selflessness are also there. Her mother, brother, and aunt all received kidneys from loving family members. Kidney donation is one of the few transplantations that can be performed with a living donor, and family members often provide the best matches. This time Lisa’s cousin, Stacy Kowalkowski, stepped up.


When Stacy became aware of Lisa’s condition, she prayed about whether or not to donate her kidney to her cousin.

Lisa had always known that she was at risk for kidney problems because a condition causing renal failure runs in her family. Her late mother, Betty Taylor, had two transplants, the first in 1972 and the second in 2000 by Dr. Dicker-

“I asked God what my purpose was supposed to be and if it was for Lisa,” she says. “I just looked up to the sky and told my Aunt Betty, ‘I’m going to try to help your baby girl if I can. I’m going to try to help my cousin.’”

CERTAIN OF SUCCESS Stacy felt confident in her decision to become a living donor to Lisa, as well as in the safety and effectiveness of the transplant procedure. “My mom, Shirley Neal, was a living donor to her sister, Linda Reaves, and she is perfectly fine,” she says. “My Aunt Linda is doing great. Sherrie Carr, Lisa’s sister, gave a kidney to her mother, and her recovery was fine. So I wasn’t worried. I was just grateful I could help.” As expected, the transplant went smoothly. It’s now been over a year since Stacy donated her kidney to Lisa, and both cousins are doing well. “I don’t know how I could ever repay Stacy for what she did for me,” Lisa says. Dr. Dickerman says the generosity of living donors, like Stacy, inspires him, and he encourages more people to follow her example. “Increasing living donations would be a major advantage for kidney transplantation,” he says. “You only have one heart, but you have two kidneys, and one will work almost as well as two.” 214-947-1800 • 1-800-284-2185 1411 N. Beckley Avenue Pavilion 3, Suite 261 Dallas, Texas 75203




Back pain is one of the most common ailments sending Americans to their doctor’s office for treatment. According to some medical authorities, the odds are you’ll have an episode of back pain severe enough that you seek medical attention about once every 15 years. BY DAVID BUICE




Back pain often develops suddenly without a specific cause your doctor can easily identify, but conditions commonly linked to back pain include the following.

Anyone, even children and teens, can develop back pain. But there are a variety of factors that can put you at greater risk.

• Muscle or ligament strain Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement may strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. • Bulging or ruptured disks The disks in your spine act as cushions between the vertebrae, and the soft tissue inside a disk can bulge or rupture, placing pressure on a nerve. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disk without back pain. • Arthritis In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis. • Skeletal irregularities Scoliosis, a condition in which the spine curves to the side, can cause pain—but usually only if the curvature is severe. • Osteoporosis The spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures, especially if your bones become porous or brittle.

• Age The chances of having back pain increase around age 30 to 40. • Lack of exercise Weak, unused muscles in the back can lead to pain. • Excess weight Being too heavy puts extra stress on your back. • Improper lifting Using your back instead of your legs can cause back pain. • Disease Some types of arthritis and cancer can contribute to back pain. • Psychological factors People prone to depression and anxiety seem to be at greater risk for back pain. • Smoking This habit can prevent your body from delivering enough nutrients to the disks in your back. For many reasons, if you’re a smoker, please stop!

Fortunately, by following your doctor’s directions and making some recommended lifestyle changes, in most cases your back pain can be reduced and hopefully eliminated.


STANDING CORRECTED Nearly 95 percent of lower back pain can be treated without surgery through a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, heat, physical therapy, exercise and weight loss, and tobacco abstinence. When conservative treatment doesn’t work and the pain is persistent and disabling, surgery might well be your next option.

COMMON SURGICAL PROCEDURES FOR THE BACK Discectomy This procedure involves removal of the herniated portion of a disk to relieve irritation and inflammation of a nerve. Laminectomy The surgeon removes bone to enlarge the spinal canal and relieve nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis. Fusion This procedure permanently connects two or more bones in your spine to relieve pain by adding stability to a spinal fracture. It’s sometimes used to relieve pain caused by a degenerated or injured disk. Artificial disks For some, implanting artificial disks is an alternative to spinal fusion for painful movement between two vertebrae caused by a degenerated or injured disk.


WHAT TYPE OF SURGERY? Surgical procedures for the spine are often referred to as an open procedure or minimally invasive surgery (MIS). With the traditional open method, the surgeon cuts through muscle to get to the problem area. The procedure can take up to three hours. In contrast, MIS uses portals or tiny incisions in the skin, and the surgeon inserts small, microsurgical instruments to complete the procedure—which may take as little as 75 minutes. Some MIS surgeons also use lasers to separate or eliminate tissue, but even when using a laser, the surgeon must make an incision in your back. There is no incision-free back surgery. There are proponents of both surgical techniques, and before surgery you probably should chose a surgeon trained in both. Discuss and carefully consider all options, get more than one opinion, and don’t give in to any marketing pressure. It’s your back and your life, so choose the option you truly believe is best for you.

A CAREER in Medicine, A LIFE of Giving Back MEET DR. MARK WOOLF OF ARLINGTON ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES As one of DFW’s Top Surgeons in total hip and knee arthroplasty, Dr. Mark Woolf has fully committed himself to providing personalized care to his patients. In addition to his medical work, Dr. Woolf truly gives back to the community in every aspect of his life and enjoys nothing more than to spend quality time with his wife Debra and their growing family tree. A native of Arlington, Dr. Woolf attended University of Texas at Arlington before completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He began his internship and orthopedic residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He practiced in a small group for 9 years in his home town before joining with a select group of local orthopedists to form Arlington Orthopedic Associates in 1996. He would eventually play a role in opening the Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington, the first orthopedic specialty hospital in North Texas, elevating the quality of care for the region making Arlington, TX a destination for orthopedic expertise since 2010.

Dr. Woolf began practicing orthopedics in 1985. His career began as a resident at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth. Shortly after going into private practice, he found himself gravitating towards total hip and knee replacements. He quickly became an expert, becoming a choice provider for revision work of total knee and hip replacements all over the metro. His patients consistently rave about his bedside manner. Dr. Woolf takes a deep personal interest in his patient’s well-being and passionately believes in optimizing the patients pre-operative care especially regarding how obesity and diabetes effect joint health and positive surgical outcomes. In addition to his work in Texas, Dr. Woolf organizes and leads medical mission work in Guatemala on an annual basis with Faith in Practice, helping those who cannot afford proper medical procedures by donating hip and knee replacement surgeries. He currently sits on their board of directors and has since 2013. Dr. Woolf has been happily married to his wife Debbie for 34 years and they are currently expecting their first granddaughter to join their three grandsons. His two sons, Jordan and Travis, both played golf for TCU while working on their degrees. His eldest son Jordan is currently in commercial real estate. His younger son Travis played PGA golf for 3 years but now is finishing up a masters in Christian leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary while working at College Golf Fellowship.

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What’s your best bet in the battle of the bulge? BY LARUE GILLESPIE

So you’ve decided it’s time to lose a little weight. That’s great! Now you’re exploring your options. Cabbage soup diet? Ick! Jumping around in a super intense new gym? Too much work—and your knees aren’t what they used to be. Liposuction? Maybe a quick and easy fix is the ticket? What to do, what to do… If you have a considerable amount of weight to lose (100 pounds or more), any sound plastic surgeon will tell you to try dieting and exercising to reach or get close to a healthy goal weight before going under the knife. He or she might recommend bariatric surgery, particularly if you have genetic or hormonal issues thwarting your weight-loss efforts. If you don’t have a lot of weight to lose and there are some trouble areas that are bothering you, then liposuction, a tummy tuck, or some other type of cosmetic procedure could be just what you need. But so could hiring a personal trainer to kick you in the pants. How do you know which direction to go? We asked the experts.

ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE? “The perfect candidates for skin tightening and liposuction are generally fit and at a good weight but have one stubborn area that persists despite diet and exercise,” said Dr. Levine. “However, sometimes there are patients who are only mildly overweight and are not candidates for a bariatric procedure, but at the same time are having difficulty losing weight,” he said. “In this instance, I often opt to do a smaller procedure that they want to help them get over the hump, renew confidence, and ramp up their workout and diet programs. I have had much success with this approach.” “A personal trainer helps you change your lifestyle and practice habits that will allow you to lose the weight, tone those problem areas, and maintain the look that you want,” said Steven McDaniels, director of fitness and recreation at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. “Even if surgery can give you the look you want, there


NO SURGICAL FIX FOR VISCERAL FAT Plastic surgery cannot get rid of visceral fat (fat that collects around organs in your abdomen). High amounts of visceral fat in your body can lead to all kinds of health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Only proper diet and exercise can reduce this type of fat. is no replacement for healthy eating and exercise to stay in shape and look good long term.” On the other hand, “sometimes people have trouble areas of the body that would require extreme dieting and excessive exercise to achieve the improvement they seek,” said Dr. Elie Levine, the director of plastic surgery at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC. “In this case, surgery is a wonderful option to eliminate the aesthetic concern.” Basically, if you haven’t worked out in 10 years and you’re dealing with some flab, eating right and exercising under the guidance of a personal trainer can help you get the tight and toned body you want. However, if you have already tried dieting and exercise but still have stubborn pockets of fat (like a belly pooch), or sagging skin from having babies or from extreme weight loss, then plastic surgery (like liposuction, a tummy tuck, or other procedures) can get you the results you crave.

EXERCISE SUGGESTIONS FOR COMMON TROUBLE SPOTS: It is impossible to spot reduce an area with exercise alone, but Steven McDaniels, director of fitness and recreation at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida, suggests a few exercises you can do to strengthen and tone common trouble spots. • Muffin top: side bends, side plank hip lifts • Belly pooch: scissor kicks, reverse crunch • Bat wings: triceps kickbacks, triceps dips • Saddle bags: side leg raises, side lunges

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HOW TO COOK UP AN INVITING KITCHEN If you’re like me, your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where everyone tends to congregate to enjoy each other’s company, satisfy our hunger, engage in candid family conversations, share love and laughter, and commiserate over our challenges. And today, with so many of us focusing on healthy eating to fight obesity and food-driven health issues, meal planning and prep have become real priorities. This typically includes prepping lots of fresh fruits and veggies, which can take a bit more counter space. An organized, inviting kitchen can make the process less cumbersome and more enjoyable, and even easier to entice other family members to help with the tasks. Bonus! So what can you do to make your kitchen more inviting and functional? First of all, create an organized, efficient kitchen where everything that you need in your day-to-day meal


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give away, sell or donate all of those items cluttering your cabinets, countertops, drawers and pantry that you never use. And then, neatly organize the leftover ones that you do. You’ll be amazed at how much space you can free up, seriously. If it’s still feeling a bit cluttered, rarely-used items can be stored in cabinets or closets outside of the kitchen. For example, I love repurposing a coat or linen closet (or even the space under the stairs) into an “entertaining” storage space that holds trays, platters, serving bowls, small appliances, candles and seasonal cocktail napkins. It’s fun to organize it (okay, call me crazy, but it’s truly so satisfying) and easy to access these items that you don’t use on a daily basis when you need them. Another trick? Create an assigned “Beverage Station” in the kitchen, which allows multiple people to use the space and help with preparations without tripping over each other. And, on that note, if you’d

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A simple spring cleaning list BY AUDREY ASHE

Spring, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: Sunny days, birds singing, April showers that bring May flowers, the anticipation of summer... oh yeah, and spring cleaning. While it might not seem like the best thing about the season at first, it’s a necessary event that will leave your home fresh and inviting. Here are some cleaning tasks to get done this season.

BEDROOM: • Rotate mattresses to help them wear evenly. • Pare down your closet. Donate or discard any items you haven’t worn in the last year or so. • Replace saggy or deflated pillows. Toss washable pillows in the washing machine.

BATHROOM: • Give bathroom cabinets a thorough clean-out. Toss old products and makeup, and wipe off shelves, drawers, and window sills. • Are your bath towels and mat looking worn? It’s probably time to replace them.

DINING ROOM: • Dust, wash, and rearrange the contents of your cabinets for a fresh look. Be sure to wipe down or polish interior shelves and walls.

LIVING OR FAMILY ROOM: • Organize and dust bookshelves, clean knickknacks, put some things in storage or donate to reduce clutter.


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KITCHEN: • Remove everything from the cupboards, wipe down the shelves, then return items in an organized arrangement. Check pantry for canned goods beyond their expiration date. • Set your oven to self-clean mode or DIY with oven cleaner. Wipe away cleaner residue, debris, and ash with a damp cloth. • Remove food, shelves, and drawers from the refrigerator, then clean them as well as the interior. Throw away old condiments and food.

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Relax your mind, body, and soul at some of the best hot springs in the world BY ANNETTE BROOKS



hroughout the ages, people have flocked to geothermal springs to reap the benefits of their warm, restorative, mineral-rich waters. Now, with our renewed interest in healthy, natural activities, the original spa encounter is making a comeback. When planning your next trip, check out geothermal pools for built-in, healthful relaxation breaks. To pique your interest, we’ve highlighted a few hot spring experiences located on islands around the globe, each with its own unique attributes. ICELAND Part of the magic of Iceland is the geothermal pools found all over the island. The Blue Lagoon, the most famous, renews itself every 40 hours with waters that originate over a mile below the surface. The lagoon gets its brilliant blue color from silica in the water that reflects sunlight (the water itself is clear). A pampering experience at the lagoon includes luxury spa treatments (the in-water massage is divine) and access to an executive lounge with a fireplace, stunning views, its own outdoor deck, private showers, and complimentary skin care products. Want a more low-key thermal pool setting? Gamla Laugin (translated as “the old swimming pool”), also known as “the secret lagoon,” sits next to a large flowing river and small geysers. People first started to swim in this geothermal pool in 1891. It includes a rather basic yet comfortable building with changing rooms, beverages and beer, and a casual snack bar.


ADVENTURE NEW ZEALAND You’re never far from a naturally-heated soak in New Zealand. Hot Water Beach is one of the country’s most unique thermal pool experiences. Naturally heated mineral water bubbles up from deep within the earth to emerge through golden sand just a few yards from the ocean. When the tide is low, you can dig your own spa pool in the sand near the rocks at the southern end of the beach. Spades and shovels for digging are available for rent in local cafés. Lost Spring, also located on the Coromandel Peninsula, offers a picturesque soak experience with hand-sculpted pools and soothing waterfalls framed by native forest. A place of tranquility, Lost Spring is a great place to recharge, relax, and ponder life. Make a day of it and enjoy delicious cuisine with amazing views, and choose from a variety of beauty and relaxation treatments in the Polynesia-style day spa.

JAPAN With more than 3,000 hot springs (called onsens) throughout Japan, you could say the country is the queen of the thermal spring world, with each region having its own legendary onsens—and it’s impossible to mention them all. Oedo Onsen Monogatari, located on the artificial island of Odaiba out in Tokyo Bay, is a giant super-onsen modelled on an Edo period town. With a huge variety of indoor and outdoor tubs, restaurants, relaxation rooms, spas, and shops, you can easily spend a whole day at this one-of-a-kind, theme park-like onsen. Interested in a more authentic onsen retreat? Konansou Ryokan (a ryokan is a kind of traditional inn) carries on the heritage of age-old Japanese culture. After soaking in the hot spring, change into a yukata (casual kimono), enjoy top level Japanese cuisine, and relax in a uniquely Japanese room complete with tatami mats. Many rooms, as well as the roof terrace above the 8th floor, have a view of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. If privacy is what you desire, reserve a hotel room with a private onsen tub and in-room dining in the evening.

ALASKA There are plenty of upscale hot springs, spas, and resorts to choose from throughout the United States, as well as thermal pools among natural settings in the great outdoors. If you’re up for an unspoiled wilderness adventure, Goddard Hot Springs, located about 16 miles south of Sitka on Baranof Island, is as real as they get. Goddard—one of the first natural springs discovered in Alaska—is the definition of remote and rustic, and can be accessed by boat or floatplane. There are two modern cedar bathhouses on-site with open shelters over the hot tubs. Bring water and a snack, and don’t expect any frills. The area has outhouses (we meant it when we said rustic), and boardwalks provide easy walking. Hot springs don’t provide the kind of miracle cures our ancestors were searching for, but a thermal pool soak can boost blood circulation, stress reduction, and pain relief. It has even been suggested that certain minerals in the water may help build your body’s immune system.






Eating healthy in the spring doesn’t mean that things have to be flavorless! Get your fill from a single bowl packed with protein, veggies, and grains that’s easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to clean up. Each recipe makes two bowls. TIPS & TRICKS

You can easily make these bowls ahead of time at the start of the week to make your lunches for the week! Each recipe makes two servings so they are perfect for lunches throughout the week. Don’t do grains? You can swap out the cooked rice and quinoa with sweet potatoes! You can even use the sweet potato from the sweet potato bowl recipe!


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Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Add broccoli florets to the greased baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Roast for 10 minutes, until fork tender. In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil for shrimp. Add half of the mixture to a zip-top bag. Add shrimp to the bag, massaging the marinade into the shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium low heat. Remove shrimp from the bag, reserving marinade, then cook shrimp until pink on both sides, approximately 1 minute per side. Pour in marinade halfway through, stirring to coat. Serve shrimp over rice with roasted broccoli.


cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed cups cooked lentils cups loosely packed fresh arugula teaspoons olive oil teaspoon salt teaspoon black pepper teaspoon turmeric powder teaspoon garlic powder

For the dressing: ¼ cup lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons honey ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley ¼ teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease baking sheet with cooking spray. Add chopped sweet potatoes to a medium bowl. Add olive oil, salt, black pepper, turmeric powder, and garlic powder. Toss to coat the sweet potatoes. Spread sweet potatoes in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes until fork tender. In a small skillet, add arugula over medium heat. Wilt the arugula for 1 minute. Remove from heat to a cool bowl or plate. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for the dressing. Serve sweet potatoes over cooked lentils with wilted arugula. Drizzle over the dressing as desired.




tablespoon onion powder tablespoon garlic powder teaspoon dried oregano teaspoon dried sage teaspoon dried basil teaspoon dried tarragon chicken bouillon cube bay leaf cups wide egg noodles

Instructions to Make Chicken Noodle Soup You need: 1 carrot, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 3 cups water 2 cups chopped cooked chicken and this jar! In a clean mason jar, add the dry ingredients listed above. Close lid and add tag with the preparation instructions below. Gift to your friends and family! Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrot and celery, cooking until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add the whole jar of soup mix to the saucepan. Stir in 3 cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until noodles are cooked through, approximately 10 minutes. Stir in cooked chicken. Cook until the chicken is warmed through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy immediately! Know they love spicy soups? Add ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper to the chicken noodle soup mix to bring them some heat.


If you noticed that last month’s issue had this mason jar soup mix in it, but didn’t have the instructions to actually cook the contents of the jar, you’re not alone! We were so distracted by the thought of delicious soup that it completely slipped our minds. So we’re re-running the recipe this time around--with the preparation instructions. We’re sorry for any trouble we caused. Happy eating!



Texas Bluebonnets Beckon

The sights of springtime draw near BY ANNETTE BROOKS

Few things represent spring in Texas more than bluebonnets. Blanketing fields and roadsides in sheets of blue, their showy display inspires a deep appreciation for the sheer beauty of nature and the Texas countryside. Although the Texas state flower appears in many areas, especially throughout the Hill Country, ask anyone about the best location to view them and you will likely get different answers. Everyone has their own favorite spot. It’s also difficult to pinpoint exactly where and when bluebonnets will make their appearance, as locations may vary from year to year, depending on the weather patterns. Bluebonnets usually bloom in late March and early April, but it’s a good idea to check out the season’s forecast so you will see the flowers at their peak. (Just search online for a 2018 bluebonnet forecast.) When we queried a few native Texans about the most picturesque places to see bluebonnets, a few were frequently mentioned. This is not a definitive list, but it’s a good place to get started.


THE “BLUEBONNET HOUSE” IN MARBLE FALLS Heading out of Marble Falls on Highway 281 toward Burnet, an abandoned twostory 19th century homestead, aptly called the “Bluebonnet House,” sits alone in a field surrounded by grasses, bluebonnets, and other wildflowers. If you slow down to snap a photo, you won’t be alone. It’s said to be one of the most photographed houses in Texas.

ENNIS, TEXAS Designated as the home of the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail and the Official Bluebonnet City, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails. Be sure to check the current map on the website, call the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at (972) 878-4748 for updated trails and directions, or visit Where the bluebonnets bloom changes annually on the maps, which are highlighted and updated throughout the season.

FREDERICKSBURG, WILLOW CITY LOOP One of the most popular scenic drives in the Hill Country, this loop is a premier springtime destination for bluebonnet viewing. The boot fence, which sports cowboy and cowgirl boots on its wooden posts, heightens the Texas charm. To get there from Fredericksburg, drive north on Highway 16 for approximately 13 miles to Willow City. Head east on Ranch Road 1323 for about three miles, then turn left onto Willow City Loop. During peak bluebonnet season, plan to drive the “Loop” on a weekday when there is less traffic.

LLANO, TEXAS Take Highway 16 from Fredericksburg to Llano, a charming little town with shops and restaurants. (Try Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, a no-frills smokehouse experience that’s worth a visit.) People claim

that just north of Llano are some of the “best bluebonnet fields you’ll ever see.” Another option—from Fredericksburg, take North Highway 87 to FM 2323 to Llano for some splendid bluebonnet viewing.

APRIL BLUEBONNET FESTIVALS Texas loves to celebrate its bluebonnets with special events. Chappell Hill and Burnet are a couple of good examples. Chappell Hill’s shindig has earned the title “Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival,” and the town considers itself “the heart of bluebonnet country.” Located halfway between Houston and Austin on Highway 290, this year’s 54th Annual Bluebonnet Festival, held April 14th and 15th, will have more than 250 exhibitors. Not to be outdone, the bluebonnet festival in Burnet, held April 13th to 15th this year, includes a grand parade on Saturday. Considered by many to be one of the biggest and best parades in central Texas, it includes marching bands, antique cars, horses, fire trucks, and special performing groups such as the Sunrise Beach Lawn Chair Brigade and Hill Country Plungettes. Exploring Texas’ bluebonnet country has been described as “surreal perfection,” and we couldn’t agree more. Whether you make a day of it or plan a weekend trip, the flower-painted landscape brings feelings of joy and wonderment. What better way to celebrate spring? FREDERICKSBURG, TX



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A smattering of stuff that’s making us say “we like it!” this month THE 90TH ACADEMY AWARDS It’s an American tradition! See who’s loved, who’s snubbed, who’s looking fabulous, and who’s gonna screw up while honoring excellent films—some of which you may have even seen.

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NATIONAL PI DAY Both a mathematical concept (3.14, or π) and a delicious pastry (delightful pie), March 14 (3/14) allows us to celebrate this educational and delicious occasion by calculating the circumferences of our expanding midsections.

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