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SPOTLIGHT 24 | KLEIMAN EVANGELISTA EYE CENTERS OF TEXAS 26 | OMEGA OB-GYN ASSOCIATES PROFILE 28 | PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF MANSFIELD 29 | MANSFIELD COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER 30 | UNITED DERMATOLOGY 31 | AOA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS-JASON K. LOWRY, MD, FAAOS 32 | ATLAS VEIN CARE 33 | KOS/DANCHAK AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AIDS

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34 | ACCENT ON YOU PLASTIC SURGERY AND MEDI SPA 35 | DARIEN W .BRADFORD, MD 36 | SANDI HAMM, DDS AND NICOLE GRANT, DMD

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18 | HILDEBRAND ORTHODONTICS

38 | SURGICAL ASSOCIATES OF MANSFIELD 39 | AMY SCHOENING, DDS

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40 | METHODIST ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL ASSOCIATES

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42 | AOA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS-FRANK RODRIGUEZ, MD 43 | MANSFIELD FAMILY DENTISTRY 44 | AOA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS AND THE JOINT PRESERVATION CENTER-JOSEPH M. BERMAN, MD

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45 | INSTITUTE FOR HORMONAL BALANCE AND BIOTE 46 | ARLINGTON PAIN & THERAPY 47 | STEVEN W. THOMAS, DDS 48 | BACK 2 WELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC 49 | CITYVIEW AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AIDS, INC.

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publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”

It’s hard to believe it but spring is here already. The days are getting longer, the temperature is creeping up, and there’s new life all around us. I hope you get some time to get out and enjoy spring in Arlington/Mansfield. Neighborhoods are alive with flowers. Birds are building their nests and we’re making our plans for another busy and fun-filled Texas summer. Happy Spring 2020, y’all!

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Here in Arlington/Mansfield, we are blessed with some of the best medical professionals in the country—or even the world. Whether you just moved to the area or you’ve lived there for years, we want to help you find the best family doctor, dentist, or medical specialist for your family. Our annual TOP DOCS showcase can do just that. Each year, we help our readers get to know the best doctors living and working near you with in-depth profiles on who they are, what they offer, and what they can do for your family.

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DAVID COOK

Census Day is April 1. Are you ready to be counted? In just a few days U.S. residents will receive Census forms in the mail with 10 questions that will tell us how many people are living in Mansfield and in our country. It’s safe to respond, and your information is private. For the first time you will be able to reply to the Census online. You can also reply by phone or by mail. The data collected is important to local communities like Mansfield. Population is used to determine Congressional representation and draw district lines. In the last Census, Texas gained four additional seats in Congress. It’s also used to determine funding for programs like Head Start and Community Development Block Grants, which we’ve used in Mansfield for

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roadway improvements. Locally we use the data to see how Mansfield is growing and make decisions on infrastructure expansion. So when your Census form comes in the mail this month, please take five minutes and answer those 10 questions. We’re counting on you.

RON JENSEN

In March residents throughout the nation, including Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie, will begin receiving mailed invitations to respond to the 2020 Census count. This year for the first time, residents may respond online and by phone, in addition to the traditional method of responding by mail. Responding to the Census is completely confidential and no responses are shared with any other agency or organization. It is important to be counted, as it determines your city’s federal funding and electoral representation. We encourage you to respond to the Census; promote the Census to your friends, associates, church families and philanthropic organizations; and assures others that responses are safe and confidential. No Census employee will ask for money, bank information, social security number or political affiliation. You will be asked a few simple

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GRA ND PRAI RI E questions, like age, gender, and the number of people who live in your home, including children as of April 1. If you haven’t responded by end of April, a Census worker will come to your door to assist in your response. Grand Prairie Counts! Be Counted,

JEFF WILLIAMS

There’s no doubt that what makes Arlington great is the people who call it home and the neighborhoods full of friendly folks investing in our quality of life. Since 2007, the Neighborhood Matching Grant program has helped make those neighborhoods even better with a total of $933,725 in financial support for projects and activities to “enhance and beautify neighborhoods, improve neighborhood vitality and participation, and foster civic pride”. On Feb. 11, the Arlington City Council approved just over $100,000 in grant funds for this year’s projects proposed by seven neighborhoods across The American Dream City. In past year, grant money has been used to upgrade neighborhood landscaping, add pedestrian walkways, enhance neighborhood entrances, and more. We can’t wait to see this year’s improvements. If your project

A RLINGTON wasn’t chosen, don’t worry. You’ll get another chance to propose your ideas in August 2020, when the next call for projects will open for 2021’s grants. We want to say a great big “thank you” to the Petco Foundation who recently donated $35,000 to Arlington Animal Services which they plan to use in their feline spay and neuter program. The foundation has been raising money in Petco stores to fund its grant program. Arlington Animal Services applied for one of the grants and won. Animal Services Manager Chris Huff says the money will be used to spay and neuter 600 domestic or feral cats. The check also came with toys and treats for our Arlington dog and cat population.

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March

9 - 13

REC CENTER SPRING BREAK CAMPS

A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

What a great way to spend Spring Break! Come join us for a week of fun games and activities. Bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration required. Ages 5-12. Visit our website for various rec center locations and pricing. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G

ONGOING

MARCH 14 AND 28

MARCH 21

ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT

BRUNCH AND BRUSHES

Come check out some amazing performances that are scheduled! Visit our website for information. 224 N. Center St.

Adorable adoptable pets looking for new homes will be available at the mobile adoption unit for immediate adoption! Visit with adoptable cats available inside PetSmart! Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm.

Every girl needs a day with her mom! Enjoy a morning filled with bright colors, beautiful painting and a tasty brunch. 9am-11am. $10/ person. All ages. Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 3200 Norwood Lane.

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FARMER’S MARKET POP UP G ra n d P ra i r i e

MARCH 18

Join us for a small sampling of your favorite Grand Prairie Farmers Market vendors at our Winter Pop Up Markets located inside The Epic! Featuring a few of our artisan craft and food vendors bringing you a look at what will offer at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market beginning in April. 2960 Epic Place.

NATIVE AND ADAPTED PLANTS FOR NORTH TEXAS C i t y of A r l i n g t o n Wa t e r

6:30pm-8pm. George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, 100 S. Center St.

MARCH 21 MARCH 13 - 14

ST. PADDY’S DAY PICKLE PARADE M a n sf i e l d

Come and create a great memory. Free admission to the parade and events! Food and item booths. Sign up early to be in the parade, run in the 10k, 5k or Kids K, participate in the Baby Parade, Pet Parade, Cornhole tournament or Beer Keg Races, live music on the Main Stage. Kids have fun in the Pickle Playground and take a selfie with a Pickle Queen or 6-foot Pickle Dude mascot. ! Historic Downtown. P I C K L E PA R A D E . O R G

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FIX-A-LEAK WEEK 10am-12pm. George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, 100 S. Center St.

INCLUSIVE FAMILY NIGHT A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

A game night for families who have a member with an intellectual or developmental disability. Enjoy light snacks and play games and get to know each other. 6:30pm-9pm. $15, ages 5+. Cliff Nelson Rec Center, 4600 W. Bardin.

MARCH 31

SPRING FLING BBQ

A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Join us was we welcome the Spring weather. Barbeque some hotdogs with all the trimmings and play bingo. 3pm-4:30pm. $5. Senior Rec Center New York, 2015 Craig Hanking Dr.

MARCH 25

LANDSCAPE FOR RAINWATER CAPTURE 6:30pm-8pm. Southwest Branch Library, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd.

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Atlanta Rhythm Section

7 Bridges - The Ultimate Eagles Experience

3/13 Petty Theft (Music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) 3/14 Arielle's Burlesque Featuring Jo Weldon 3/19 Simone Spadino - Symphony Arlington 3/20 Aaron Tippin 3/23 Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Show 3/26 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Tribute 3/27 Karla Bonoff 3/28 Arturo Sandoval 10 Grammy Award Winner 3/31 Billy Gilman Upcoming

Gary Pucket & The Union Gap, Donny Edwards - An Authentic Heart & Soul Tribute To The King, Gary Morris, Sammy Kershaw, Jim Curry's "A Tribute To The Music Of John Denver" Symphony Arlington, Martin Barre - Jethro Tull, Steve Tyrell

Downtown Arlington • Est. 1949

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our picks | BEST BETS

C OMI N G TO THEATE R S

U PC O M I N G E V E N TS

DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! 2020 Sunday, March 8 at 7 PM

T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie

TV’s biggest dance show returns with “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” featuring fan favorite professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop. CHERRY BOMB Friday, March 6 at 9:30 PM

MARCH 27 // MULAN LIU YUFEI, DONNY YEN DIR. NIKI CARO (WHALE RIDER)

Disney continues its seemingly endless string of live action adaptations of formerly animated films with this month’s Mulan, which will incorporate more adjustments than most, stripping out the vocalized musical numbers and goofy dragon Mushu (previously voiced by Eddie Murphy) to become more of a martial arts-focused epic tale.

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16TH ANNUAL DALLAS BLUES FESTIVAL Saturday, March 7 at 7 PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie

7 BRIDGES - THE ULTIMATE EAGLES EXPERIENCE Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 PM

THIS M ONTH IN M OVIE HISTORY

MARCH 9, 1990 // JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO TOM HANKS, MEG RYAN DIR. JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY (MOONSTRUCK)

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AARON TIPPIN Friday, March 20 at 8 PM

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PAW PATROL LIVE! Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22 (Various Times) T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie

TX STRASSENFEST SPRING BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, March 21 at 3 PM

It delights us to present the absurd cult classic Joe Versus the Volcano on its 30th anniversary, which the late Roger Ebert ultimately gave four stars and praised for its “magnificent goofiness.” In short: Joe (Hanks), who has an incurable case of “brain fog” and is given only a short time to live, is convinced by a wealthy industrialist to throw himself into a remote volcano in exchange for a fully funded lavish lifestyle before he does it.

OUR BOOK P ICK

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TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO MUSIC AWARDS SHOW Monday, March 23 at 6:30 PM Arli n gt on Mu s i c Ha l l

REFLECTIONS OF PATSY CLINE Saturday, March 28 at 2 PM Arli n gt on Mu s i c Ha l l 

ARTURO SANDOVAL 10 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER Saturday, March 28 at 8 PM  Arli n gt on Mu s i c Ha l l 

BILLY GILMAN Tuesday, March 31 at 8 PM

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Bestselling singer, businesswoman, and mother Carrie Underwood shares notes from personal journey toward optimal health, along with her signature Fit52 workout, in a book packed with meal plans, recipes, weekly workout programs, and guidelines for keeping a food and workout journal every week, 52 weeks of the year. Imagery from Mulan (2020), Walt Disney Pictures. Movie poster from Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment. Book cover from Find Your Path (2020) by Carrie Underwood, HarperCollins Publishers, with description excerpt from publisher. All materials are presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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MARCH 3 // FIND YOUR PATH HONOR YOUR BODY, FUEL YOUR SOUL, AND GET STRONG WITH THE FIT52 LIFE BY CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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ARLINGTONMANSFIELD YMCA HONORS LOCAL RETIREE J E R R Y M C C U L LO U G H — M A K I N G A DIFFERENCE IN A R L I N GTO N / M A N S F I E L D

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HEN JERRY MCCULLOUGH RETIRED, after 43 years as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in Arlington

ISD, he was open to the next thing God had for him. After much prayer and meditation, the Lord began to open doors for Jerry to serve our community—in multiple ways. At 66, he began a ministry to other retirees, helping them find fulfilling in giving to others. “I work to encourage men and women to serve in their churches but also serve within the many great non-profit organizations in our community,” Jerry said. “Serving others is mentioned numerous times in the Bible but the word ‘retirement’ is not. If men and women who are retired—or even still working—would devote themselves to serving others, what an enormous impact that could make on the Arlington/Mansfield communities.” Jerry is making that impact in many ways. The architype of a servant leader, Jerry helped Mission Arlington develop and coordinate the Mission Arlington Baseball Program, Mission Arlington Basketball Program, and actively volunteers at their annual Christmas store. He’s a volunteer pastor of Apartment Church through Mission Arlington and attends the National Young Life Camp each summer as an adult guest host. He’s the chairperson of the Salvation Army Advisory Council, the Red Kettle committee, Tarrant County Child Protective Services Board, and the Arlington Young Life Advisory Council. He’s a member of the Salvation Army Family Life Committee, the Arlington Dental Health Board, the River Legacy Foundation Board, the North Texas Higher Education Board, the Trinity Sports Foundation Board, and a Rotarian of the Downtown Rotary Club. When the time rolled around this year for Arlington-Mansfield YMCA to bestow the annual Bill & Shari Bowie Community Leadership Award, Jerry was a natural choice. The Bill and Shari Bowie Community Leadership Award was created to encourage volunteerism and to recognize local community leaders who’ve made a considerable impact through their donated time, talent, and financial resources.

THE CRITERIA FOR THIS AWARD ARE: • VOLUNTEERISM The award recipient’s volunteer activity helps to design and implement solutions and strategies to build sustainable programs and services in our community.

• SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY The recipient’s efforts have a positive impact on many lives. Their generous donations have improved or changed important social issues in our community. They are leaders in our community who help to encourage and lead a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism.

• YMCA ADVOCACY The recipient is a cause-driven leader, a YMCA advocate, and someone who’s shown willingness to help advance the Y’s mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Jerry certainly ticked all those boxes and, at 66, is still open and looking for the next area where the Lord wants to use him. Thank you, Jerry, for all you do to make this community—and our world—a better place.

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COURTESY: VISIT FORT WORTH/PRESS RELEASE, JESSICA CHRISTOPHERSON, IMDB.COM

Filming

Wraps on Local Football Flick L U K E W I LS O N , M A R T I N S H E E N TO STA R I N A D A PTAT I O N O F A C C L A I M E D B O O K

BOOK COVER: PROPERTY OF MACMILLAN, PHOTOS: LUKE WILSON/GREG2600 VIA WIKIMEDIA.ORG: CC BY 2.5. MARTIN SHEEN/BRYAN MCGUIRK VIA WIKIMEDIA.ORG: CC BY-SA 2.0.

T T HE T RUE S T ORY OF A GR O UP OF F OR T WORTH ORPHANS who banded together as a football team that would contend for the Texas state championship in the depths of the Great Depression has been shot in the DFW area and is headed to the big screen this year. Based on the book by Jim Dent, 12 Mighty Orphans follows the Masonic Home Mighty Mites, a ragtag bunch spurned on to play football by a World War I medic turned Temple High School football coach. Outweighed, out-supplied, and outmatched, the team went on to become an inspiration in trying times.

Dallas native Luke Wilson stars as that real-life coach, Rusty Russell, who was himself or phaned at a young age. In an attempt to make good on a vow he made to God while recovering from mustard gas during the war, he accepts an opportunity to mentor and coach a group of orphans in desperate need of leadership, encouragement, and support. “For me, t here’s not h i ng more impor t ant than authenticit y in making a movie,” said director Ty Roberts. “We’ve been welcomed with open doors here and are thrilled to be working with local crews and cast members to bring this incredible true story to life.” St a r r i n g w it h W i l s on a re f i l m legends Martin Sheen and Robert D u v a l l , V i n e s s a S h a w, Wa y n e Knight, and Treat Williams. The film is scheduled to be released later this year.

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community | FRUIT OF THE VINE

G O D O U R FO R T R E S S

and Protector

C L A I M I N G G O D ’ S P ROT E C T I O N F O R M Y WA N D E R I N G K I D S BY M IMI GRE E N WOOD KN IGHT

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t 2 4 , my d au g ht er,

Genesis 28:15 “Behold, I am with you and

Molly, rarely let me help

will keep you wherever you go.” (Surely,

her with anything. So,

“wherever” includes Russia and Bulgaria.)

when she called all in a

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and coura-

tither one day because her debit card wouldn’t work, I was excited to

“GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US

jump into the role of problem solver for her.

A SPIRIT OF FEAR BUT

“Don’t worry, baby. Let me call the bank

OF POWER AND OF LOVE AND OF A SOUND MIND.” 2 TIMOTHY 1:7

and figure out what’s going on.” Just before we hung up, I asked off-handedly, “Where are you?” “In the airport… in Russia.” “Russia??? I thought you were in Thailand!” “I had a long weekend.”

geous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Never! No matter what.) Psalm 18: 2,3 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Many is the morning I called upon that Stronghold for myself, for my husband, and for each of my wandering kiddos.) Psalm 91: 1,2, 10 -12 “No evil shall be allowed

The thought that my child could be 6,000

to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

miles from home, and I had no idea where,

For He will command His angels concern-

was more than a little unsettling. Over those

ing you to guard you in all your ways. On

two short years of Molly’s life, I learned

their hands they will bear you up, lest you

more about trusting God’s protection for her

strike your foot against a stone.” (No evil,

than I had in the 22 that preceded. Sending

Lord. No evil!)

her off to kindergarten, junior high, high school, and then college was mere practice for the day she announced—standing in her college cap and gown—that she was embarking on a gap year in Europe. That “year” turned into 22 months in England, Ireland, Spain, Bulgaria, and Thailand—with at least one weekend jaunt to Russia—working as an au pair, while she experienced different world cultures, updating her father and me strictly on a need-to-know basis. Concurrently, our older son headed off to college, our younger son started high school, and our oldest announced she was moving to Mexico to teach English. Surely God had overestimated my faith, my praying abilities, and my ability not to worry every minute of every day.

Psalm 138:7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand delivers me.” (Deliver them, Father.) Isaiah 43:1-3 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Amen and Amen.) It amazes me when I realize how little I worried during Molly’s time abroad, how I was able to lie down each night and go to sleep without running a dozen scary scenarios over in my head. She’s finally settled (for now) in Anchorage, Alaska. Her

I started Molly’s gap adventure asking God

big sister appears to be putting down roots

for scripture to call down protection over

in Mexico. Baby Boy is considering colleges,

her and my other three and to calm my

and his big brother is shopping for graduate

worrying mama’s heart. The Bible refers to

schools. Clearly, my days of praying God’s

God as our Shield, Fortress, Hiding Place,

protection over my kids aren’t over. But it

Keeper, Refuge, Rock, Shade, Shelter, and

helps to remember that God tells us not to

Stronghold. I needed Him in all those capac-

fear 365 times in the Bible. That’s enough

ities for my kids. Here are some protection

to calm even this worrying mama’s heart

promises that came to mean a lot to me.

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YOUR NEW SMILE BY DR. JED HILDEBRAND ORTHODONTICS BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

beautiful, winning smile gives an unforgettable first impression. It’s what Jed Hildebrand and his team are all about. Not a corporate dental conglomerate, they’re a family-owned, hometown-friendly orthodontic practice where you see Dr. Hildebrand on every visit and he and his team are just a phone call away, when you need them. At Hildebrand Orthodontics there’s a true team dynamic with Dr. Hildebrand leading the way, partnering with families to create smiles that are as healthy and functioning as they are beautiful. The office is fun and friendly, and the orthodontics is state-of-the-art. Hailing from a family of dentists (with his dad, two brothers, and his wife, Kim, all in the biz) this Plano High graduate has spent almost 30 years becoming an expert in his field. During that time, he’s been recognized as a leader and innovator by Texas Monthly, Arlington Living, and D Magazine and been named an Elite Invisalign provider in the Arlington area. But more than accolades, what matters most to Dr. Hildebrand is providing the highest quality of care and the latest orthodontic advancements in a fun, friendly, welcoming environment. Hundreds of Google 5-star reviews attest that he does just that. And dentists take their own kids to this private practice for the best orthodontic care in the area. He treats moms and dads along with teens and preteens with Invisalign, new mini braces and expanders to give the most comprehensive customized treatment. Your Braces—Your Way Customized to your needs- Non-Corporate, Non-multi-location, Your Kids Orthodontist for LIFE

MEET DR. H That friendly, smiling orthodontist laughing and high fiving with his patients is also a family man, athlete, and medical missionary. Dr. Hildebrand enjoys participating in Christian dental missionary work in Mexico and has traveled overseas to dental clinics in refugee camps in Cambodia, India, and Thailand. With his love of extreme sports, he can often be found snowboarding with his wife, Kim, motorcycling with his son, Kai, or wake surfing with his daughter, Liv. Dr. Hildebrand was a contestant on the hit TV show Survivor. But his favorite days are the ones he spends with his family being present with them. He strives to never let a day slip by without remembering to be thankful for his family and a wonderful staff that’s given him a purposefilled life helping all patients achieve a beautiful NEW smile with the latest and best treatments.

CONTACT 2200 INTERSTATE 20 W, SUITE 100 | ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76017 (817) 468-4141 | HILDEBRANDORTHO.COM #HILDEBRANDORTHO | @HILDEBRANDORTHODONTICS

DR. HILDEBRAND DOESN’T BELIEVE IN ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL ORTHODONTICS. THAT’S WHY HE OFFERS FOUR WAYS TO GET THAT GORGEOUS, HEALTHY SMILE. 1. Hildebrand Exclusive NEW Mini Braces The newest and smallest braces, mini braces are more comfortable and provide faster treatment results at the same cost as traditional braces. In fact, they’re 50% smaller and produce the same results six months faster. Made with high-tech tooth bonding surfaces so they don’t get loose and don’t go around your child’s tooth causing cavities. “Don’t accept treatment that creates cavities with bands around teeth,” Dr, Hildebrand said. “If an orthodontist insists on using outdated treatment with bands around your child’s teeth, look for another orthodontist. We’d love to have you try Hildebrand Orthodontics new technology. 2. Clear (Ceramic) Braces At the same cost as mini braces and with the same treatment time frame, mini fast clear braces are less noticeable and blend into the tooth giving you a great smile while in braces. Dr. Hildebrand sees every patient every visit to make sure your customized treatment plan is on target to finish your treatment 6 months faster than other offices. 3. Clear Invisalign Tooth Aligners Perfect for patients who want the least noticeable product, clear aligners can accomplish minor movements to achieve a perfect smile. They can be removed for special occasions and treatment times are traditionally shorter—usually only 12 months—with only a few in-office appointments to keep adults and children from missing school and work. 4. Bonded Retainers If your child has not gotten a bonded retainer from a previous orthodontist, please call Dr. Hildebrand. “Your child’s smile should get the best retainers offered today,” he said. “Don’t settle for anything less than the best which is a bonded retainer and clear retainer.” Once treatment is complete, each patient receives a specialized new gold chain to hold their smile in place. Once your teeth are just the way you want them, Dr. Hildebrand will fabricate a clear retainer to hold your teeth in place and help protect from grinding at night as well.

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PET CLUB Carl “Carl here is our fabulous Goldendoodle.” - CHARLY C.

SAY WHAT? A group of hedgehogs is called an array (but most hedgehogs are fairly solitary).

PET TRIVIA QUESTION! ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FACTS IS INCORRECT. WHICH ONE?

Rory

A) The Goldendoodle is a new breed, first appearing in the early 1990s B) The first cat to in the White House was from Lincoln’s family, named Tabby

“Here’s my cat, Rory. He loves to model.” - JENNIFER B.

C) Most dogs can only see in black and white due to colorblindness D) Unlike porcupines, hedgehog spikes are not barbed or poisonous

Prickles “This is Prickles Leopold English, a hedgehog who’s ready for a road trip!” - BETH E.

PET CLUB MEMBERS Living Pet Club members are automatically entered to win our frequent pet-related giveaways! To join the club, send your pet’s name, your name, your address, and a clear photo of your pet to pets@livingmagazine.net or visit LivingMagazine.net/pet-club. They might just turn up in a future issue of Living! PETS@LIVINGMAGAZINE.NET

(C: Dogs don’t see the same ways we do, but can see yellows, blues, and violets.)

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We will take one of each treat, please…the lady behind us will pay the bill!!

Visit our Arlington and Mansfield locations to find a selection of treats that can only be found in our bakeries – because they’re fresh-baked on-site by real pastry chefs who use simple, healthy, and whole some ingredients. Check out our playful exclusive seasonal treats, gourmet dog pastries, including our famous Pupcakes®, and one-of-a-kind canine cakes you can have personalized for your pup’s special occasion. With Three Dog Bakery, you can make their birthday, adoption day, training graduation day or any day special. Because who says you need to have a reason to spoil your dog? Three Dog Bakery opened the world’s first bakery for dogs in 1989 and has been making tails wag ever since! We’re excited to share the same over-the-top experience with you in Mansfield. Bring your dogs and come see what all the fuss is about!

Visit us at our Arlington location or our new Mansfield location for some awesome treats. Your humans are welcome!!

North Arlington • 817 E. Lamar Blvd. Mansfield • 3300 E. Broad Street Ste 142 817-795-3135 • ThreeDog.com Follow us:

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KLEIMAN EVANGELISTA EYE CENTERS OF TEXAS At Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas, it’s their life’s work to help you achieve excellent vision. Their friendly, professional staff and expert surgical team offer exceptional patient care and outstanding surgical results, while using the most advanced technology available. They do this with unwavering compassion and dedication to helping you accomplish your vision goals. Their experienced surgeons are specially trained to use advanced technology and techniques which provide you with precise results. They also offer many options to customize your vision to your individual lifestyle. Are you ready for a life with improved vision? Kleiman Evangelista has six state-of-the-art offices throughout DFW. Their doctors are among the most experienced in the DFW Metroplex, having performed thousands of procedures for satisfied patients using the most advanced technology. They have a team of industry-leading eye care experts who utilize advanced technology and techniques to treat a wide array of eye issues.

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Whether you have cataracts, glaucoma, astigmatism, a retinal condition, or just want to stop wearing contacts and glasses, they’re committed to helping you achieve your vision goals. CATARACTS Cataracts are a common, entirely normal part of aging. Though younger adults can develop cataracts—especially those who’ve experienced a serious eye injury or who have certain medical conditions like diabetes—older adults are far more likely to develop them. In fact, it’s estimated that cataracts currently affect more than 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40 and 90% of those over age 65. Fortunately, Kleiman Evangelista have extensive experience in restoring their patients’ vision via safe and effective laser-assisted cataract surgery. They offer the latest technology and a choice of several premium lenses, including the new PanOptix lens, to improve your eyesight and allow you to live your life to the fullest.

CATARACT SYMPTOMS Because cataracts develop slowly, it’s possible to live with the condition for years before its symptoms start to noticeably compromise your vision. For that reason, it’s good to have your eyes checked for cataracts regularly, especially if you’re between the ages of 40 and 50, when most age-related cataracts begin to develop. Here are a few early signs that you may have a cataract: • Blurred or cloudy vision • Difficulty seeing at night • “Halos” around bright lights (especially at night) • Sensitivity to bright light and glare • Need for brighter lights for reading and other close-up activities • Double vision or multiple images in one eye • A faded or yellowish hue to bright colors


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WHAT DOES CATARACT SURGERY ENTAIL?

LASIK

A typical cataract surgery involves a few simple steps:

Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgery that reshapes your cornea using lasers. It’s a quick and precise procedure that can successfully correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, enabling you to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses.

• First, a surgeon numbs your eye and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic. • Next, they make a small incision in the front of your eye, which allows them to easily remove the lens that is clouded by a cataract. • Then they replace the old lens with a new artificial lens (called an intraocular lens) made from acrylic, plastic, or silicone. • As your eye heals, it fuses with the new lens, and your vision begins to become clearer. Kleiman Evangelista is pleased to offer a variety of premium lens types currently available on the market, each of which offers unique advantages. The expert team of physicians at Kleiman Evangelista were also the first in Texas to utilize the PanOptix lens in cataract surgery. (Visit KEEyeCenters.Com to find out more.)

LASIK is typically painless, its results are immediate, and its recovery period is short. In many cases, the surgery can be performed on both eyes in under 15 minutes, and since it’s an outpatient procedure, you’ll be able to relax in the comfort of your own home as your eyes heal. THE BENEFITS OF LASIK Remember the first time you put on glasses and suddenly shapes and details were crisp and clear again? More than 600,000 Americans have that experience each year thanks to LASIK surgery, many of them declaring it to be “life-changing” and “the best decision” they could’ve made. Kleiman Evangelista provides each LASIK patient with treatment that’s tailored to their lifestyle needs.

LASIK surgery at Kleiman Evangelista is: • Fast—Most LASIK procedures can be performed on both eyes in around 15 minutes • Proven—Almost 99 percent of Kleiman Evangelista Eye patients are satisfied with the improvements the surgery made to their vision. • Efficient—Most patients see drastic improvements in their vision within one to three days. • Long-lasting—Following a short recovery period, your vision will be clearer and sharper—and it’ll stay that way, reducing your need to see an optometrist, though you should still have check-ups to make sure your eyes are healthy. • Convenient—Once your vision is improved, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of glasses or contacts. IS LASIK WORTH IT? Choosing to have LASIK surgery can save you money in the long run. Glasses and contacts can be costly to update and maintain over the years, whereas with LASIK, after a single, short procedure, you’re all set. Of course, making the decision to have eye surgery requires some thought and planning, and it may not be right for everyone. Kleiman Evangelista strive to connect each patient with the right treatment options. The highly experienced team at Kleiman Evangelista has helped tens of thousands of patients enjoy improved vision with blade-free LASIK and laser-assisted cataract surgery. Visit KEEyeCenters.Com or call (800)-714-2020 to schedule a free consultation to see whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK or cataract surgery and to discuss the many ways can help you achieve your vision goals.

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“I make an effort to stay up to date on developments in my field so I can speak with my patients in plain English, to communicate their diagnosis and what I think would work best for them,” he said. “Treatment is always ultimately up to them, but the more information I can give them, the better equipped they are to make savvy decisions. I try to think about how I’d want things communicated to my mom, sisters, or wife so they would be able to leave an appointment understanding their diagnosis and treatment plan going forward. I always try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated.” BY M E R E D I T H K N I G H T

nicated to my mom, sisters, or wife so they would be able to leave an appointment understanding their diagnosis and treatment plan going forward. I always try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated.” OMEGA OB-GYN Since 1985, Omega OB-GYN has partnered with local women to create a complete course of care to guide them through the many phases of healthcare they’ll encounter during their lifetime. Their goal is to establish a doctor/patient relationship that promotes trust as well the health of each woman, from initial exams and childbirth through menopause and beyond. At Omega OB-GYN, they understand healthcare can sometimes be a maze of choices and options that need to be customized for each woman, because what's right for one may not be the best choice for another. They provide the women of North Texas with routine gynecological exams and check-ups, infertility treatment for men and women; and doctors who work with them through sensitive times. Their obstetrical care includes both physical and emotional support for every stage of your joyous journey, and delivery in the stateof-the-art facilities at Medical City Arlington. They offer their patients hormone replacement therapy to stave off the effects of aging on the body, utilizing HRT pellet therapy customized to each woman’s body chemistry and feature advanced robotic

surgery to minimize healing time and get their patients back on their feet quickly. MEET DR. BRAD BOCCACCIO Dr. Boccaccio was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of North Texas in Denton and graduated summa cum laude in 2010. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth in 2015 then moved to Oklahoma with his wife (and dogs) to pursue his OBGYN residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City. Throughout his residency, Dr. Boccaccio received the Resident Teaching Award four consecutive years in a row, won "Best Quality Improvement Award", earned his certification on the da Vinci robotic surgical system, and published articles in various peer-reviewed journals. During his final year of training he was named Outstanding MIS Resident and was honored with the Resident Achievement Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He was also recognized by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and received the Senior Resident Award for Evidence Based Medicine. He believes in patient-centered, evidence-based medicine. Somehow, he not only found time to play trumpet in colleges but to found a fraternity and serve as president of the Interfraternity Council.

routine and high-risk obstetrical care, well-woman care, transition to menopause, contraception management, gynecology, and minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical procedures including hysterectomy and myomectomy. When he’s not in the office, delivering babies, or in the operating room, Dr. Boccaccio can usually be found working around his house, spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their dogs, or at the ballpark cheering on the Rangers. He admits he’s a sucker, whenever his wife finds another dog to rescue.

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Omega Arlington 505 Omega Drive Arlington, Texas 76014-2004 (817) 468-3255 Omega Grand Prairie 5203 Lake Ridge Parkway Suite 101 Grand Prairie, Texas 75052-3006 (817) 640-0771 Centralized Scheduling Number (817) 472-2365 OmegaObGyn.com

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PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF MANSFIELD D a n n y Wr i g h t , D D S D eb orah C. S u l l i va n , DDS, M S C orey M en ou , D D S Dr. Wright and Dr. Sullivan of Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield are board-certified pediatric dentists with a succinct objective for each of their young patients. “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 is totally onboard, “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 kids to actually enjoy coming to the dentist.” Now, they’re happy to welcome another likeminded dentist onto the Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield team. Dr. Corey Menou was first exposed to pediatric dentistry during a mission trip to Mexico, while he was in dental school. “I was able to see how large an impact a pediatric dentist can have in the lives of their patient’s overall healthcare,” he said. “As soon as I walked into Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield, I knew we shared a philosophy of putting young patients first and providing the highest level of preventive and restorative care with kindness, compassion, and smiles.” In fact, Drs. Wright, Sullivan, and Menou 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 they look upon dentistry not merely as a job but as a ministry. “God calls us to

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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.” “We want to raise up a generation who sees going to the dentist as a happy, positive experience,” Dr. Menou said. “Nothing drives me more than seeing a nervous patient through their first dental experience and watching them grow into a confident young person who’s excited about taking care of their oral health.” Drs. Wright, Sullivan, and Menou 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 to keep smiles beautiful and authentic looking, they offer aesthetic white fillings and white crowns.

• DIPLOMATES OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • TOP DOC RECIPIENT 2018, BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST • PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY WITH THEIR CHILD DURING THE DENTAL VISIT. • WE USE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS, INTRAORAL IMAGING, AND LASERS. • 24-HOUR EMERGENCY CALL IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE. • APPOINTMENTS ARE OFFERED BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL FOR CONVENIENCE. CONTACT

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If you’re considering cosmetic surgery to improve or restore your appearance you want to be sure to partner with a cosmetic surgeon who’s highly trained, board-certified, and experienced in the type of procedure that best suits your needs. Then look no further than Dr. Michael L. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center. Dr. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center offers excellence in: • Face Lift & Neck Lift, Brow Lift, Blepharoplasty, Facial Fat Grafting, Lip Implant • Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift & Reduction, Breast Implant Revision & Removal • Mommy Makeover, Abdominoplasty, VASER Liposuction, Diastasis Repair • Brazilian Butt Lift & Buttock Contouring • After Weight Loss Skin Removal Surgery, Body Lift, Brachioplasty • Gynecomastia & Cosmetic Surgery for Men • Aesthetic Medical Spa, Botox® & Dermal Fillers, Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing • Warm Sculpting with SculpSure® Non-invasive Laser Body Contouring • ThermiVa Nonsurgical Vaginal Restoration Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery who has been in practice in Mansfield since 2008. For over a decade, patients have traveled to visit Dr. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, where has performed an extensive array of cosmetic sur-

gery procedures in facial plastic surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift and reduction, body contouring abdominoplasty, VASER liposuction, mommy makeover, gynecomastia surgery for men, buttock contouring, and non-surgical aesthetic skin rejuvenation from his Medical Spa. In addition, Dr. Thornton enjoys performing revision and reconstructive cosmetic surgery, for those patients who’ve experienced unsatisfactory results.

al meetings and participates in advanced cosmetic surgery courses to offer his patients the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery. With close to 15 years of combined surgical training and operative experience, it’s no surprise that Dr. Thornton is consistently recognized as a Living Magazine’s “Top Doc” in the specialty of Cosmetic Surgery and has been voted as “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in Living Magazine in Arlington & Mansfield since 2016.

Dr. Thornton grew up in Frisco and matriculated to Baylor University for his undergraduate studies. He completed medical school at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by a comprehensive five-year residency in general surgery and fellowship training in surgical critical care and trauma surgery from the internationally recognized R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he acquired extensive knowledge in the management and reconstruction of complex traumatic injuries.

Soft spoken, passionate about his work and devoted to his patients, Dr. Thornton’s appreciation for surgical beauty are central to the relationships with his patients and his approach to cosmetic surgery. Dr. Thornton enjoys spending time with his wife, Raquel, who also works in his office as Director of Marketing & Patient Experience. Browse his gallery of stunning before and after photos and contact us to schedule your own complimentary consultation.

Following a creative passion, 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 all aspects of cosmetic surgery.

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

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UNITED DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES Jea n n i n e H oa n g , M D Dr. Hoang’s approach to personalized care grew out of her desire not just to diagnose skin problems, but to look for long range solutions. 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. “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.” Dr. Hoang also appreciates her patients’ desire to stop the visible effects of aging. She specializes in subtle, noninvasive cosmetic treatments, as well as minimally invasive cosmetic enhancement technologies, to provide patients with their desired aesthetic results in the most natural looking way possible. These services include injectables, laser treatments, skin tightening, muscle building and fat reduction to rejuvenate the skin. Other specialties include: • HydraFacial, which cleanses, gently exfoliates, extracts, hydrates, protects and nourishes the skin for instant, long-lasting, visible results. HydraFacial is an invigorating, versatile facial treatment that uses patented technology along with nourishing ingredients to create an instantly gratifying glow, restoring the skin’s vibrant tone and texture. • Skin resurfacing and photo rejuvenation, a premier skin treatment that can produce dramatic results. These services use lasers or photodynamic therapy to treat skin conditions and remove

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effects of photoaging like wrinkles, spots and textures. • NovaThreads, a new FDA-approved injectable treatment to lift, tighten, and define facial contours. NovaThreads can be done over your lunch hour, and use thin, absorbable sutures that are carefully inserted and skillfully manipulated beneath the skin to achieve a variety of cosmetic enhancements. • Emsculpt® can be used to sculpt and tone your entire body. It works through powerful muscle contractions that result in deep remodeling of the muscle’s inner structure. Emsculpt can strengthen and tone abdominal muscles and arms, and tone and firm the buttocks, thighs and calves. These are just some of the cutting-edge treatments offered by Dr. Hoang and her talented staff at United Dermatology. She has personally trained her team of dedicated physician’s assistants, who share her vision of preventive, proactive medicine. This includes Brian Cook, Kyla Crispe, Tiffany Bivens, Uyen Mimi Phan, Jason Tharpe and Paige Herlihy. Offices are conveniently located in Mansfield, Arlington, Burleson and Flower Mound. MEE T D R. H OA N G Jeannine Hoang graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Aus-

tin 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 her first office in Mansfield where her patient base grew so rapidly, she soon opened additional locations in the DFW area. Along with her talented staff across four locations, Dr. Hoang offers a full menu of medical and cosmetic services to her ever-growing patient population.

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130 Regency Parkway Mansfield, TEXAS 76063 (817) 539-0959 723 North Fielder Road, Suite C Arlington, TEXAS 76012 (817) 539-0959 780 NE Alsbury, Suite B Burleson, TEXAS 76028 (817) 529-1753 2560 Central Park Avenue, Suite 395 Flower Mound, TEXAS 75028 (469) 635-5990 UnitedDerm.com


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AOA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS Jason K . Low ry, M D , FA AO S

Dr. 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 has a special interest in robotic joint replacement. “Our facility performed the first robotic total knee replacement in our area. We are truly just scratching the surface on how robotics can improve joint replacement outcomes by giving patients a better aligned and balanced knee. I am thrilled we are able to offer this cutting edge technology to our patients.” Dr. Lowry is locally known for his anterior hip replacements, knee replacements, and revision joint replacements. He is especially interested in robotic joint replacements, hip and knee replacements for 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 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. Dr. Lowry has been recognized for his hard work, philanthropy and care. In 2017, he was recognized as a Distinguished Medical Member of the American Arthritis Foundation and has been consistently recognized by his Orthopedic peers as a Top Doc and Super Doc in North Texas. He thoroughly enjoys helping patients re-

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”.

gain their mobility and get back to enjoying their lives.

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri Kansas City.

He serves as Director of the Total Joint Program at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic & Spine Hospital of Arlington and Co-Director of the Joint Institute of North Texas. The Joint Institute was founded as a center of excellence within AOA and aims to provide the most advanced, evidence-based care for patients with joint problems.

M.D., Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha. B.S., AA Theology, Creighton University, Omaha, magna cum laude.

In his free time, Dr. Lowry and his wife are involved in their children’s activities at Pantego Christian Academy and youth sports leagues in Mansfield. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling and fly fishing. Dr. Lowry and his accomplished team are eager to serve you in Arlington, Mansfield, or Midlothian. ED U CATI ON Board Certified 2010, American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. Fellowship, Adult Reconstruction CJPR at RIAO, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

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Arlington Office 800 Orthopedic Way Arlington, Texas 76015 Mansfield Office 2801 E. Broad St Mansfield, Texas 76063 Midlothian Office 1441 S. Midlothian Pkwy #130 Midlothian, Texas 76065 (817) 375-5200 jasonlowrymd.com arlingtonortho.com jointinstituteofnorthtexas.com

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True of false—Only middle-aged people get varicose veins—Crossing your legs is bad for your veins—Your diet doesn’t affect my vein health. Did you know that each of these is false? Arlington native Thomas Eidson does, and he spends his days addressing these and other vein-related issues with his growing patient base at Atlas Vein Care. As a physician board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, he is uniquely qualified to partner with his patients suffering from a broad range of vein-related conditions. “I always knew I wanted to be a doctor; wanted to care for people,” he said. “But it wasn’t until my residency, that I saw patients coming through the hospital complaining of leg pains that I realized vein care was my calling.” His patients would certainly agree. “To me there’s no greater satisfaction than hearing stories like the grandmother who’s able to spend days walking through Disney with her grandchild without the pain her legs used to cause her due to underlying vein problems,” Dr. Eidson said. “When we can change a life for the better like that, that’s a great day.” At Atlas Vein Care, Dr. Eidson focuses exclusively on the diagnoses and treatment of vein-related problems in the legs performing every medical vein treatment himself, without deferring to a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Since 2011, he has safely and successfully performed thousands of vein treatments to help improve patient self-confidence and quality of life. “My goal and the goal

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of my staff is to treat each patient as an individual, never just another patient,” he said. “It’s vital that we slow down and speak to each one and make them a part of their treatment and recovery.” When not on the job, he is a husband, fisherman, hunter, gym buff, and musician. He and his wife are active members of Gateway . “My life’s philosophy is to be a good steward of all God has given me,” he said. “Ultimately everything we have is God’s. Luke 16:10 says, ‘If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities.’ From the moment you step

into our clinic, you are family. We want you to ask questions and understand the treatment. We want you to feel better. We thank God for each day that He gives us a chance to help someone feel better; help them get back to a pain-free, normal life.”

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Dr. Melissa Danchak, Owner/Audiologist at Kos/Danchak Audiology, has a few very simple professional philosophies: do my absolute best to serve my patients and my employees to the best of my abilities; continue learning and growing so that I can accomplish that, every day! “What we say we do, we do. That is being verified publicly by the community of physicians that consistently refer their patients to us and the online reviews and recommendations our patients are posting about their experiences,” Dr. Danchak says. Dr. Danchak believes that the first and main priority is to honor the practice’s commitments to each patient. “Better hearing healthcare is a journey, not a transaction! Each day, we meet with people that give us the opportunity to earn their trust. Their confidence in us and their positive reviews online are humbling, to say the least, and we are also grateful for their willingness to share their experiences publicly as that helps others do something about their hearing healthcare needs.” For over 35 years, Kos/Danchak Audiology & Hearing Aids has been ‘Helping North Texans Hear Better!’ They have been making a difference in the lives of North Texans Since 1984! They help a grandmother hear her grandchildren more clearly when they speak on the phone. They help a working professional hear better in their place of employment. They help people hear better in social situations and at their place of worship. Dr. Danchak says, “there are not many audiology practices in the North Texas area that can say

“There are not many audiology practices in the North Texas area that can say they’ve been helping people hear better for over 35 years. We believe that how we meet with people and the delivery of the services we provide is ultimately about giving an experience that makes them feel confident in their decision to address their hearing healthcare needs with us!”

they’ve been helping people hear better for over 35 years. We believe that how we meet with people and the delivery of the services we provide is ultimately about giving an experience that makes them feel confident in their decision to address their hearing healthcare needs with us!”

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101 West Randol Mill Road Arlington, Texas 76011 (817) 277-7039 northtxhearing.com facebook.com/kos.danchak

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ACCENT ON YOU PLASTIC SURGERY AND MEDI SPA Y A n thon y Na ka mu ra , M D, FAC S, PA

With over 31 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; for the “you” you always dreamed you could be. Dr. Nakamura understands that the best results come from an open, comfortable surgeon/patient relationship. Whether you’re interested in breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or a complete Mommy Makeover, he can help you achieve the outcome of your dreams with a procedure tailored just for you. Dr. Nakamura provides A-list care with a personal approach. 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., Accent on You Cosmetic Surgery Center effectively marries cutting-edge, science-based technology to know-you-by-name care from a veteran plastic surgeon. Drs. Nakamura patiently walks each patient through treatment options,

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including likely outcomes and any potential risks and complications of surgery. His Accent on You Plastic Surgery and Medi Spa offers specialized services as individual as you are. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere enables you to carefully consider your options, so you know the decision you make is the right one for you. A graduate of the University of Texas, Dr. Nakamura completed med school at UTMB Galveston, his general surgery 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 Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and Texas Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He’s also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

DR. NAKAMURA OFFERS THESE AND OTHER SURGICAL AND MED SPA SERVICES: • Breast Enlargement • Breast Lift • Tummy Tuck • Liposuction • Mommy Makeover • Injectable Fillers • Botox / Dysport • Medical Facials • Chemical Peels / Micropen • Cool Sculpting • Microblading • Lash Extensions CONTACT

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For more than two decades Darien Bradford, MD, has helped thousands of North Texas heart patients. Not only has he opened up clogged arteries, but through his continued, specialized training, he has helped expand options for heart patients by providing viable alternatives to traditional open-heart and open-chest surgery. He and his surgical team are highly specialized in both video and robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in which Dr. Bradford is able to see inside the chest with a camera and operate precisely through tiny incisions. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Bradford is a cardiothoracic surgeon trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the chest, esophagus, diaphragm, heart, lungs, and trachea. A leader and innovator in his field, Dr. Bradford has paved the way for others as he helped established minimally invasive surgery techniques of the chest, heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and trachea. Gone are the days when heart surgery meant cracking open the sternum and momentarily stopping the heart. Dr. Bradford’s minimally-invasive training helps provide his patients with shorter recovery time, less risk of infection, negligible scarring, reduced recovery time, less blood, less pain, fewer complications, and far greater success rates and helped pioneer robotic surgery in our area as well as introducing a new mechanical heart valve requiring less anticoagulation. At his practice on Broad in Mansfield, patients and their families are afforded the time they need to ask questions,

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never leaving until they’re comfortable with the diagnosis and confident in the specialist who’s spent so much time studying and searching the latest techniques and technologies, to make what could be a life-altering condition a mere bump in the road. Because each patient is unique, he works closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for them. Dr. Bradford uses minimally invasive Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (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 ENB procedures, a method of obtaining lung tissue biopsies from peripheral regions. In fact, this superDimension navigation system was nominated as “Best Medical Technology” by the Galien Foundation.

For almost two decades, Dr. Bradford has led 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 and his wife, Kristin, have five children and live in Mansfield. When not operating, he enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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SANDI HAMM, DDS AND NICOLE GRANT, DMD As Dr. Sandi Hamm watched the Mansfield community grow, she also saw her dental practice flourish, thanks to enthusiastic patient word-of-mouth. She realized she needed help meeting the demands of a thriving practice, but not just anyone would do. Her patients had grown accustomed to a dentist who takes time getting to know them, listens to their questions and concerns, and makes them an active part of their dental care. How fortunate to find a likeminded practitioner in Dr. Nicole Grant. Born and raised in San Diego, Dr. Grant graduated Cum Laude from the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, she was inducted into the OKU Dental Honors Society, received the International College of Dentists Leadership Award, and the Psi Omega Scholastic Achievement award. Clearly, she was qualified, but Dr. Hamm was also thrilled to realize she shares her patient-first philosophy and her commitment to continuing dental education. “I have the utmost respect for Dr. Grant’s knowledge and experience,” Dr. Hamm said. “She has a knack for connecting with patients—of all ages—and putting them at ease. I’d trust her as my own family dentist and am thrilled to have her join me in caring for our patients.” One of the aspects Dr. Hamm loves about the dental field, is her ability to perform life-changing procedures. “Everyone wants a smile they feel good about—no matter their age, gender, profession, or circumstances,” she said. “It is truly an exciting time to be practicing dentistry, when there’s so much we can do to make that a reality.” HELP FOR SNORING AND S L EE P APNEA One exciting new offering is a sleep apnea appliance that is helping patients find relief from snoring and provides an alterna-

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tive if they cannot wear a CPAP. “Our patients wear the custom-fitted device while they sleep,” Dr. Hamm said. “It prevents their jaw from falling back when they sleep, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of the throat, and preventing the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway; this gives our patients a safe, soundless, satisfying night’s sleep.” V I RTU AL S MI L E C O N SU LT Drs. Hamm and Grant can now offer patients interested in cosmetic dentistry a virtual smile consult. “Patients send us pictures of themselves and let us know how they would like to change their smile,” Dr. Hamm said. “We send them a personalized video giving them treatment options, a timeline and an estimate of what it would cost.” Drs. Hamm and Grant are ready to handle everything from routine cleanings and check-ups to complex restorative and cosmetic dentistry—even complete smile makeovers. They would love to be part of your dental health story.

SERVICES • AT-HOME OR IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING • PORCELAIN VENEERS AND CROWNS • SMILE MAKEOVERS • WHITE FILLINGS/COSMETIC BONDING • INVISALIGN CLEAR TOOTH ALIGNERS • DENTAL IMPLANTS RESTORATIONS • SNORING RELIEF • PERIODONTAL THERAPY • CPAP ALTERNATIVES • HELP WITH SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA • SMILE VIRTUAL CONSULTS, WWW. SMILEVIRTUAL.COM/DR-SANDI-HAMM/SIGNCONTACT

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ACCENT PODIATRY ASSOCIATES D h a rm es h Bh a kt a , D P M , FAC FAS, Keyvan Ga n z, D PM , FAC FAS, Sh a e Pa s ch a l , D PM , FAC FAS, Jin al M eh t a , D PM , AAC FAS, Jac ob J a s p er, D PM , A AC FAS, a n d Steve S i l vey, LPT, CWC BY M E R E D I T H K N I G H T P H OTO BY L A U R E N M E D E A N

Whether you’ve been sidelined with a sports injury, you’re dealing with an ingrown toenails, bunions, or heel spurs, you’re suffering with complications of diabetes, or anything else affecting your feet or ankles, it can be hard to carry on with all you have to do when your feet and ankles aren’t at their best. The doctors of Accent Podiatry Associates understand. They spend their days providing the very latest podiatric care to patients of all ages. COMPASSIONATE CARE Accent Podiatry is a one-stop-shop for anything from simple fungal nails to complex foot surgery. The vibe of the practice is warm and compassionate with an emphasis on patient education and patient/doctor partnership. Visit Accent Podiatry at 3050 South Center Street in Arlington or 221 Regency Parkway in Mansfield and you’ll find friendly doctors and staff laughing and joking and connecting with patients. It’s easy to have that attitude, when you’re doing the work you love. They believe in slowing down and taking time to really listen to their patients.

Shae Paschal, Jinal Mehta, Jacob Jasper, and Steve Silvey, believe in seeking and treating the root causes of conditions such as plantar fasciitis neuromas, hammertoes, bunions, f lat feet, heel spurs, or Achilles tendonitis—not merely masking symptom but discovering and addressing the source of your pain or disfunction. Daily pain is not just a symptom of aging. The Accent Podiatry doctors and staff are here to help you discover the source of your pain and treat it, so you can live your life free of foot and ankle pain. CONVENIENT CARE

CONSERVATIVE CARE

The doctors and staff of Accent Podiatry realize your life is as hectic as theirs. That’s why they’re committed to making their practice and care as convenient and accessible as possible, respecting appointment times, and making themselves available, when their patients need them. On their website at AccentPodiatry.com they provide educational videos on topics such as Total Ankle Reconstruction, Triple Nerve Decompression for chronic foot pain, and possible causes of chronic burning feet. They accept most insurance plans and welcome new patients.

The Accent Podiatry doctors take a conservative approach to care. Although they’re highly qualified surgeons, they consider surgery only as a last resort, after all conservative options have been explored. Instead, Drs. Dharmesh Bhakta, Keyvan Ganz,

If you’re experiencing problems with your feet or ankles, it’s not just a biproduct of aging or a nuance to learn to live with. Let the professionals at Accent Podiatry help you find the root cause of your foot/ankle problems and regain your active, pain-free live again.

STATE-OF-THE-ART CARE FOR ISSUES AFFECTING THE FEET AND ANKLES INCLUDING: • FOOT, ANKLE, HEEL PAIN • BUNIONS • PLANTAR FASCIITIS • DIABETIC WOUND CARE • FLAT FEET • NEUROMAS • HAMMERTOES • ACHILLES TENDONITIS

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Arlington Office 3050 South Center Street Suite 140 Arlington, Texas 76014 (817)-557-1006 Mansfield Office 221 Regency Parkway Suite 117 Mansfield, TX 76063 (817)-477-3611 AccentPodiatry.com

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SURGICAL ASSOCIATES OF MANSFIELD GA RY A LEX AND ER, M D , FAC S, C P E JOSHUA T RU S S ELL, M D , FAC S, C P E JE R E M Y PARCELLS , M D , FAC S A ND RE W STAND ERWICK , M D, FAC S

The goal of Surgical Associates of Mansfield is simple—to improve the lives of those they serve through the latest, next-generation surgical technology and know-how. Excellence is their standard in everything they do. Drs. Alexander, Parcells, Trussell, and Standerwick have performed thousands of successful surgeries restoring the quality of life to many of your DFW neighbors. BY M E R E D I T H K N I G H T

DR. ALE XA NDER Practice Founder Dr. Gary Alexander is a board-certified general surgeon practicing in the DFW Metroplex since 2007. Dr. Alexander specializes in surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, including heartburn/reflux surgery, gallbladder surgery, and colon surgery. He performs endoscopy including colonoscopy for diagnostics and cancer screening, thyroid surgery, breast surgery, and vascular access surgery as well as skin and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Alexander takes time to ensure his patients understand their options. “If there’s a non-invasive option that would work better than a surgical procedure, we’re happy to let our patients know about it and do everything we can to point them in the most conservative direction,” he said. ‘Only after we’ve exhausted all non-surgical options do we recommend proceeding with surgery.” DR. PARC EL L S Dr. Jeremy Parcells performs a wide range of procedures including hernia, gallbladder, anti-reflux, colorectal, bariatric surgery, 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, and less pain for his patients.

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“It gives me joy to provide immediate solutions to my patients’ healthcare concerns,” he said. “Robotic surgery represents the next stage of growth and innovation, allowing us to perform operations we’re already performing laparoscopically—only better. Every year we’re finding new ways to push the technology further.” D R. TRU S S EL L As a broad-based general surgeon, Dr. Joshua Trussell performs common procedures for conditions such as gallbladder disease, appendicitis, small bowel disorders, and soft tissue infections and masses. He repairs all types of hernias, including advanced abdominal wall reconstruction and repair for large loss of domain incisional hernias. He specializes in surgeries for colon cancer and skin malignancies, including melanoma and has experience in bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery with easier recovery for our patients and more precision for us,” he said. “Our goal is always to choose the least invasive option.” D R. STAN D E RW I C K Dr. Andrew Standerwick performs a wide

variety of procedures, focusing on those involving the abdomen and related organs. He has a special interest in hiatal hernias, inguinal hernias, anti-reflux surgery, and he has been trained in using minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and recovery time. Dr. Standerwick specializes in weightloss surgeries, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and revision surgery. “Obesity is the number one health concern in the US today impacting self-esteem, relationships, quality of life, and many obesity-related illnesses,” he said. “Not everyone is a candidate for bariatric surgery. But for many it’s the beginning of a whole new—healthier, happier, longer—life.” Surgical Associates of Mansfield is always accepting new patients.

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It seems a common trend that large corporate clinics are appearing on every corner. They are advertising unrealistic fees and quick impersonal appointments that leave their patients feeling unappreciated. Amy Schoening has come to realize bigger isn’t always better—not for her patients, staff or for herself. Dr. Schoening started with a small solo practice and experienced what every dentist dreams of, due to her successful leadership her dental team expanded and her patient base grew by leaps and bounds. Dr. Schoening had a very successful business, but for some reason she felt something was missing . “One of the reasons I chose dentistry as my life’s work is the relationships with patients,” she said. “I love nothing more than spending time getting to know my patients, their children, parents and friends. However, the bigger my practice grew the less time I had to interact with my patients or to invest in my staff.” She is returning to that small office atmosphere that she has missed and her patients are ecstatic. “Having the skill to truly transform someone's life by giving them a smile they can feel confident about is what has made dentistry my passion," she said. “Now I have time to slow down and tune in to each individual patient and their needs— whether they be physical or emotional. " Dr. Schoening's patients hail her as a dentist who pays attention to the smallest detail and always takes the time to treat them as respected individuals and family. With 25 years of experience, she’s still passionate about constantly re-educating herself in the latest techniques and dental technology. “I want to thank my wonderfully supportive family and a team of people who’ve

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stuck with me and believed in my goals and visions,” Dr. Schoening said. “I’m looking forward to taking everything I’ve learned over my 25 year career and building the perfect, small practice that reflects my philosophy and my vision for dental care. In the end, I hope the people I’ve known and touched—both personally and professionally—will remember me as a good person who cared for others, someone they could trust without hesitation.” Dr. Schoening is an active member, past president and board member of Dental Health Arlington, a nationally recognized non-profit with the goal of providing preventive and pain-relieving services to low-income residents as well as educating children about healthy oral hygiene habits. She and her husband, Andrew’s, support of the Oakridge School Board has included donating time and finances to rebuild the Oakridge track and wrestling center. A mom of two, she enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling to Montana to ski in the winter and hike in the summer.

TO PROVIDE HER LOYAL PATIENTS WITH ALL THE CARE THEY NEED UNDER ONE ROOF, DR. SCHOENING OFFERS A FULL MENU OF PREVENTATIVE, RESTORATIVE, AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY INCLUDING: • ULTRASONIC CLEANINGS • NON-SURGICAL GUM CARE • COMPLETE FULL-MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION • DENTURES AND PARTIALS • PORCELAIN VENEERS • COMPLETE SMILE MAKEOVERS • INVISALIGN CLEAR TOOTH ALIGNERS • IMPLANT-SUPPORTED PARTIALS, DENTURES, CROWNS, BRIDGES CONTACT

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METHODIST ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL ASSOCIATES Ed wa rd M . M a i ru ra , M D Joh n R . H a rr i s , M D John Harris and Edward Mairura came to their love of orthopedic medicine via different routes. “During medical school, my uncle was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the pelvis,” Dr. Mairura said. “I took him to his appointments at the Mayo Clinic and met his treating orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yaszemski. I was intrigued by his level of compassion for my family, knowledge, bedside manner, and communication skills. Dr. Yaszemski kept in touch with me and offered me the opportunity to work in his lab performing research. It was during this time I decided to become an orthopedic surgeon; to one day help people the way Dr. Yaszemski helped my uncle.” Like Dr. Mairura, Dr. Harris knew he wanted to practice medicine, to “help change people’s lives with new and exciting medical technology”. But it was an interest in woodworking, during his med school years, that sparks his interest in orthopedics. “I fell in love with orthopedics from the first case I saw that involved drills, screwdrivers, and tools that were just like the ones in my garage. It was fascinating, and I was hooked,” he said. While he is fellowship trained in sports and arthroscopy, Dr. Harris really enjoys performing shoulder and knee replacements, fractures “from top to bottom” and especially knee and shoulder arthroscopy, and treating injuries such as ACL and meniscus tears, rotator cuff injuries and shoulder dislocations. “I also take care of pediatric sports injuries and trauma,” he said. Dr. Mairura performs general orthopedic surgery with a special interest in trauma,

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total knee replacements, anterior hip replacements, arthroscopic treatment of the knee, carpal tunnel, and trigger fingers. “I love listening to my patients’ needs and providing them with the best evidence-based options that maximize non-surgical treatment, considering surgery only after a thorough understanding of all other options.” “Professionally, my goal is to get patients and athletes—of all ages—back to their particular activity or sport as soon and safely as possible, returning them to their very best,” Dr. Harris said. “Personally, I aim to show Christ’s love in all I do, and hopefully, help point patients back to God, to show His love and mercy in the tough times and give Him all the glory for the good outcomes.” Dr. Harris is married with his fifth child on the way. He and his wife, Lincoln, are active members of First Baptist Church Mansfield and support local down syndrome awareness events. “I

love doing local sports physicals and covering local football games as a team physician,” he said. Dr. Mairura provides career mentorships to young adults interested in a medical career and serves as church leader in the health ministry serving healthcare needs of the underserved. He and his wife, Selina, enjoy spending time with extended family and their church community. They enjoy Sundays at Joe Pool lake and cheering the Minnesota Vikings.

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Anna Toker is living proof that you can have it all. Not only is she a wife, mother, community volunteer, avid tennis buff, and successful surgeon but she’s had the chance to go from solo practitioner to working for a large medical interest then made the conscious decision to return to a smaller, more intimate practice again. “I’ve spent a lifetime mastering the art of surgery,” she said. “My volume of patients, over the last few years, has given me invaluable experience. Now I feel like a better approach to patient care really needs to be my priority. I’m proposing a holistic methodology that emphasizes whole-food supplements and minimally invasive surgery allowing my patients to achieve energy, beauty, and wellness.” Born outside of Mineral Wells but raised in South Louisiana, Anna Toker describes herself as a “native Texan with a penchant for Zydeco”. Her patients would attest that combination also makes for a doctor who’s highly approachable and provides patient care that—though it’s completely cutting-edge—is personal and compassionate. She’s a practitioner who knows your name and cares about your quality of life and comfort level. Toward that end, Dr. Toker seeks the least-invasive, viable option for each patient specializing in robotic, minimally invasive surgery. Her efforts were recently acknowledged when she and her team at USMD were recognized as one of the top hospitals in the USA for length of stay after colorectal surgery. Dr. Toker herself has been awarded Best Doctor recognition on numerous occasions. Dr. Toker has expanded her patient offerings as medical director of Skandii MedSpa where she’s able to offer supervised weight loss, body sculpting, and medical aesthetics, so her patients can look as good as they feel. “Our mission

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is to encourage greater self-confidence through improved weight, appearance, skin tone, nutrition, and hydration,” Dr. Toker said. “We encourage non-surgical approaches to aging to achieve natural beauty and wellness through a lessis-more philosophy. Our goal is to encourage community through a common experience of self-improvement with physician guidance.” When not on the job, Dr. Toker donates her time volunteering for Catholic Charities, in particular at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie and St. Monica Catholic School. She’s also committed to donating monetarily to non-profit programs that help feed the underprivileged. A college and pro tennis player and tennis teacher, Dr. Toker is still a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and gets in a game, when she can. Her free time is happily spent as a wife and mother. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “Now I want to be the doctor my patients deserve.”

DR. TOKER HELPS HER PATIENTS EMBRACE THEIR NATURAL BEAUTY AND WELLNESS AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SKANDII MEDSPA OFFERING: • • • • • • • • • •

Clean Start Weight Loss Academy Whole Food Supplementation Body Contouring Skin Resurfacing and Tightening Laser Hair Removal Injections, Fillers, Facials, Peels, and more Infrared Sauna Photorejuvenation Acne Treatment Wrinkle Reduction

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AOA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS Fra n k Rod r i g u ez, M D

Doctors 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 20th, Dr. Rodriguez will not only run his eighth 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 self-confidence, 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.” Rodriguez may be doing the running, but everyone else can play a part in supporting

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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.”

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: www.everydayhero. com (search for Frank Rodriguez)

Making a donation is as easy as visiting www. everydayhero.com and searching for Frank Rodriguez. Along with your financial support, you can leave a message of encouragement. 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, shoulder, or 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

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MANSFIELD FAMILY DENTISTRY Joh n Ba u er, D D S a n d C o d y B a ue r, DDS

Forty years is a long time to do the same job. Fortunately for Dr. John Bauer, his chosen field of dentistry has changed so much and so rapidly that it’s stayed exciting, challenging, and rewarding for him. When John and his wife, Terri, first opened Mansfield Family Dentistry, in 1980, Mansfield was a sleepy, little town. As the population has grown, the Bauers—now joined by their son, Dr. Cody Bauer—have partnered with local families, providing everything they need for healthy, fullyfunctioning teeth and gums. ONE-STOP-SHOP Now serving four generations of Mansfield families, the Bauers have kept their emphasis on relationship—their family serving your family—and have pioneered many of the latest dental breakthroughs right here in Mansfield. They offer everything from simple cleanings and filling to cosmetic procedures, including teeth straightening and full-mouth makeovers. “It’s important to us to offer everything our patients need under one roof, where they’re already comfortable,” Dr. John said. “When we realize, during a routine check-up, for instance, that a patient needs a root canal, tooth extraction, or dental implant or when they inquire about a cosmetic procedure, the last thing they want is to be referred out to a strange dental practice.” Their cosmetic menu includes tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays, and Invisalign clear braces—for healthy teeth and a gorgeous smile. EM P OWERING PATIENTS Over the past four decades, much has been learned about the connection between the health of the teeth and gums and the health of the other systems of the body. Dr. John and Dr. Cody place an emphasis on patient education—at any

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age. “There’s a very real correlation between bacteria in the mouth and conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes,” Dr. Cody said. “We want to give our patients the tools they need for a lifetime of vibrant oral health then partner with them on that journey.” One way they do this is through thorough cleanings and routine exams, as well as fillings and other restorative dentistry and sealants, to prevent future decay. I MPL AN TS When the natural tooth is beyond help, the Drs. Bauer can provide patients with a dental implant that’s indistinguishable from natural tooth. A permanent, natural-looking tooth that’s anchored to the jaw with a titanium post, it gives you the same function and biting strength as the natural tooth and preserves facial structure. Whether you’re looking for someone to stay on top of routine maintenance of your teeth and gums, you need to get back on track with restorative dentistry, or you’re ready to make some changes with a complete smile makeover, call Mansfield Family Dentistry at (817)-473-0291 over visit MansfieldDentistry.com.

SERVICES • F IL L IN G S, R ESTO R AT IO N S, AND D E N TA L SE A L A N TS • C R OW N S, B R ID G ES, B O N D ING, AND IM PL A N TS • D E N T UR ES • R O OT CA N A LS A N D TO OT H E X T R ACT IO N S • N IT R O US OX ID E A N D SE D AT ION D E N T IST RY • IN L AYS, O N L AYS, A N D PO R C E LAIN VENEERS • IN V ISA L IG N C L E A R B R AC ES • SIL E N T SL E E P O R A L A PPL IA NC E CONTACT

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AOA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS AND THE JOINT PRESERVATION CENTER Joseph M . Ber ma n , M D Dr. Joseph Berman’s 38-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. (As seen demonstrated on the picture included) One of only 10 centers in the USA to offer this 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 by decreasing the relative risk of arthritis. Enrollment has now been completed and data is being collated to present to the FDA. The FDA, because of the promise this device brings to the market, has put the NuSurface on a fast track. It is hoped that the device will come to market by early 2021, being available to the general public, potentially revolutionizing meniscal surgery. This may be an exciting answer to the question

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many patients ask “what are you going to put back in” after the medial meniscus is removed. 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 will allow cartilage and bone growth which may preclude the indication of partial or total knee replacement. A potential exciting biologic restorative alternative to metal and plastic in the treatment of arthritis. 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. Ber-

man is on the forefront of evaluating these options for his patients. He has created an informative website, JosephBermanMD.com, 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.”

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INSTITUTE FOR HORMONAL BALANCE AND BIOTE Ma n d y Cot t en , D NP, A P R N , F N P - C

Next time you’re in a crowd, look around. Chances are many of the men and women surrounding you are experiencing daily fatigue, unexplained weight gain, mood changes, and feelings of discomfort due to hormonal imbalance. But these symptoms—and others—can easily be alleviated by addressing that imbalance. Dr. Mandy Cotten, FNP-C has devoted her career to doing just that, helping men and women regain the vigor and good health they once enjoyed. At the Institute for Hormonal Balance in Arlington and Irving, Mandy offers the BioTE method of hormone optimization. Her new location on Park Springs Boulevard in Arlington is an elegant retreat where female patients begin with comprehensive well-women care. “An annual well-women exam offers my female patients the chance to ask questions, talk about symptoms they’re experiencing, and make sure their body is operating the way it should,” Mandy said. “I am passionate not only about longevity but also about optimal patient wellness and quality of life.” For many, that journey toward wellness begins by restoring the natural balance of their hormones with BioTE Medical’s method of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), helping ease their symptoms for physical, mental, and emotional health. Dr. Cotten, FNP-C is passionate about patient education, empowering her male and female patients to make informed, savvy decisions about their own healthcare. She also offers a full menu of aesthetic services, including Botox, dermal fillers, and SlimShots, weight management, vaginal rejuvenation, SkinPen, Emsella for incontinence, PRP injections for sexual wellness, and

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skin tightening so you can look as good as you feel. ME ET D R. COT T E N Dr. Mandy Cotten, FNP-C graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science degree of nursing (BSN) in 2010. She began her career working in labor and delivery at John Peter Smith Hospital. She completed her doctorate at Loyola University in New Orleans with clinical training at both JPS and Baylor. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in May 2015 and is now a family nurse practitioner certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Dr. Cotten, FNP-C has performed over 15,000 pellet procedures, making her one of the most experienced in pellet procedures within the BioTE network. As Clinical Director at BioTE, she helps train others in the importance of hormone optimization to assist patients in achieving the highest quality of life. The clinic at

BioTE trains over 70 practitioners and their staff monthly. Dr. Cotton, FNP-C was invited to present at the North Texas Nurse Practitioners Association on Hormone Optimization and was selected as a Top Family Nurse Practitioner by the International Nurses Association in 2017. She is a member of North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG). When not on the job, she spends as much time as possible with her husband, Casey, and their two children.

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New Arlington Office: 4224 Park Springs Boulevard, Suite 100 Arlington, Texas 76017 Irving Office: 1875 West Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 100 Irving, Texas 75038 (817) 467-7474 donovitz.com

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ARLINGTON PAIN & THERAPY JASON BU T LER, M D MA RK D IRNBERGER, D O THOMAS H O NG , D O

If you’re living with daily pain, the doctors of Arlington Pain & Therapy would like to partner with you on your journey, doing everything they can to decrease your pain, increase your productivity, minimize your reliance on medication, maximize your physical activity, and improve your quality of life. Arlington Pain & Therapy is a multi-disciplinary group offering multiple treatment options under one roof. “Because we’re each from different backgrounds with different training, we each bring our own special experience together for a common goal—improving the quality of life of our patients,” said Dr. Jason Butler. “We place an emphasis on patient education. When a patient knows and understands their condition and all their treatment options, they can play a vital role in their own care.” “We believe in treating pain with a comprehensive approach,” said Dr. Thomas Hong. “Our practice is all inclusive utilizing medications, physical therapy, injections/procedures, and surgeries to treat pain with everything available under one roof. Because we each have such different experience and training, we are able to consult with each other on the combination of treatment that will best serve each patient.” Your care at Arlington Pain & Therapy will begin with a thorough physical exam and a detailed history of your past care and symptoms. Once a diagnosis has been compiled, you and your doctor will collaborate on an individualized treatment plan tailored to your symptoms and your lifestyle,

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beginning with the most conservative measures before considering medication or surgery. “Of course, when a patient is struggling to work, has severe pain, or decreased quality of life, their treatment plan can be accelerated,” Dr. Hong said. “Our goal is to help improve our patients’ overall quality of life by reducing the burden of the physical and emotional aspects of pain,” said Dr. Mark Dirnberger. “We strive to provide compassionate care to all patients to assist them in living a healthy productive life—treating the whole person, not just their symptoms.” All three men are active members of our community and volunteer their time providing free care to those without the means to receive it. Their goal is to treat each patent like a member of their own family and to improve the lives of everyone they treat. Don’t stay stuck in a cycle of pain and medication. The doctors of Arlington Pain & Therapy are now accepting new patients. They want to help you redefine your pain and get back to the life you love to live.

ARLINGTON PAIN & THERAPY IS AN INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT, NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL MEDICINE, SPORTS MEDICINE, AND OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE MEDICINE PRACTICE OFFERING HELP FOR THOSE SUFFERING WITH: • N EC K PA I N • LO W E R B A C K PA I N • S C I AT I C A • A RT H R I T I S ( K N E E , H I P, E TC . ) • C A R A C C I D E N TS • S P O RTS I N J U R Y • H E A D A C H ES • A B D O M I N A L PA I N • N E U R O PAT H Y • F I B R O M YA LG I A

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2001 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd, Suite 130 Arlington, Texas 76018 (817) 419 - 6111 2800 E. Broad Street, Suite 508 Mansfield, Texas 76063 (817) 419 - 6111 PainAndTherapy.com


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STEVEN W. THOMAS, DDS Creating Magnificent Smiles for Over 30 years!

Highly-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 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.

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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.

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.

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4164 South Cooper Street Arlington, Texas 76015-4127 817-468-1166 StevenWThomasDDS.com

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BACK 2 WELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC Mic h a el C Ba n k, D C In this day of big-box medical practices, the patients of Back 2 Wellness Chiropractic are enjoying know-you-by-name care at a family-owned and operated chiropractic practice that’s also on the leading edge of chiropractic science. “I’m blessed to work with my wife, two sisters-in-law, and a staff that’s become like family to us,” Dr. Bank said. “They make the office very warm and welcoming and take the same obsessive approach I do to making sure our patients get well and enjoy an amazing chiropractic experience.” With a special interest in sports medicine, Dr. Bank places an emphasis on patient empowerment and education. “I have an extensive medical background based in sports medicine earning a bachelors and master’s degree, as well as my doctorate in chiropractic,” he said. “I also earned a post graduate certification in brain traumatology and whiplash injuries from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego.” Michael began his career as a school athletic trainer working alongside the team doctor who was a chiropractor. “He invited me work with him over the summer,” Dr. Bank said. “I saw people come in hurt and leave happy. But it wasn’t until I got injured myself, separating a rib from my spine which caused excruciating pain, that I had my first adjustment. Feeling the relief it gave me, I knew chiropractic is what I wanted to do for a living. I just want to do everything humanly possible to make my patients feel better and live life to the fullest. And I’m blessed with a team who shares that vision.” At your first visit to Back 2 Wellness Chiropractic, Dr. Bank will explain the science behind chiropractic care and give you a full evaluation to see if chiropractic care is right for you. From there, he will develop a plan of chiropractic care specific to your condition and your health goals.

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"Dr Bank has saved my quality of life! I was involved in two car accidents and go back for regular maintenance. When I waited too long between visits, I was unable to walk, and he worked me in. Within two visits I was back to normal." Dominique G “Dr. Bank went over everything, explaining in detail what was going to happen and the results I could expect. All I have to say is WOW! the results were BETTER than ANY Chiro I’ve ever seen.” Darin M “Dr. Bank is always able to help me find relief and feel better. I drive 45 minutes to see him because he is so good." Country C

When not on the job, Dr. Bank enjoys working out, spending time with his family, and volunteering as a YMCA coach. If you’re new to chiropractic and want to learn more, please call Back 2 Wellness at (817) 453-9339 to receive personalized answers to your questions from their friendly team.

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CITYVIEW AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AIDS, INC. D ia n e Bl a i s i n g , Au .D ., A DA , A B A , FA A A

It 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 says. “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 says. After more than 24 years serving as an audiologist, the last 12 with her own practice, Dr. Blaising provides a source for total hearing care. “I want my office to serve as a resource center for everything hearing,” she says. “I opened Cityview Audiology & Hearing Aids because I wanted to do more for my patients. For instance, we offer 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.”

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Dr. Blaising is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Rachel Ruiz to the practice: “She is an exceptional audiologist with a special interest in tinnitus, balance disorders, and pediatrics.” Dr. Ruiz came to Cityview Audiology from a practice in Dallas last year. She is glad to be back in Fort Worth and closer to home. Dr. Blaising says, “Our entire team joins me in our mission to help our patients obtain a better quality of life by enhancing their ability to communicate with family and friends, leading to deeper, more meaningful relationships,” she says. “We love helping working men and women be more successful in their careers. We love helping grandparents have better communication with their grandchildren. 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 unique hearing loss.”

Dr. Diane Blaising began her career in 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 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. Find out more at CityviewHearing.com.

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WOMEN'S CARE ASSOCIATES OF MANSFIELD Maria n Z i n n a n t e, M D , FAC O G Sara N or t h rop , D O , FAC O O G Jessica Pea rce, D O B h a vis h a Bh a kt a , D O

At Women's Care Associates of Mansfield, personal relationships with patients are the number one priority. “It’s a blessingfor us to be a part of so many local families,” said Founding Partner Dr. Marian Zinnante. “Often, we deliver a baby for a patient, then next thing we know, here comes her mother, her sister, sister-inlaw, and best friend and they become our patients, too. We even have patients with five or six of their grandchildren delivered by one of our doctors.” “I’m blessed to work with three outstanding OB-GYNs,” Dr. Zinnante said. “As a mother and grandmother myself, I’d be thrilled to have any one of them care for my family. Individualized, highly personal care has always been the hallmark of this practice, so I selected them each very carefully. How serendipitous to have found three women who share my philosophy of putting patients first and of respecting the patients enough to deliver their care the way they want it delivered.” With the goal of providing a single location for all their patients needs, Women’s Care Associates of Mansfield offers a variety of in-office procedures and collaborates with perinatal specialists. “It helps our patients avoid the stress of scheduling at multiple facilities,” said Dr. Zinnante. M EET THE TEA M One of the founding OB's at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Dr. Marian Zinnante has been in practice since 1998.

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Born and raised in Houston, she left her first career as an English teacher to attend medical school. When this mother of four and grandmother of three isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, boating, and her two dachshunds, Max and Andy. And she’s a sucker for the entire Toy Story series. After a residency in Ohio, Dr. Sara Northrop is happy to be back home in Texas. She has a young nephew and niece who keep her busy. And in her spare time, you’ll find her pursuing and sharing her love of foster care and adoption. She can also be found jogging with her dog, Camille. Born in Florida, Dr. Jessica Pearce lived in Hawaii for a time. She and her husband, Kyle, have one daughter, Layla. When she isn't delivering babies, she enjoys gymnastics, Game of Thrones, reading, painting, traveling, and spending time around lakes or oceans. Dr. Bhavisha Bhakta was born in Zambia and lived there for nine years before moving to her beloved Texas. She even dragged her Missouri-native husband, David, back here with her after residency. She likes binging on Netflix, playing tennis, and eating Thai food. She’s thankful for time with friends and family, but OB-GYN is her true passion.

IN THEIR EFFORT TO PROVIDE ALL THE OB-GYN CARE THEIR PATIENTS NEED IN ONE LOCATION, WOMEN'S CARE ASSOCIATES OF MANSFIELD OFFERS THESE OFFICE-BASED PROCEDURES: • IUD/NEXPLANON • ENDOMETRIAL ABLATION • HYSTEROSCOPIC STERILIZATION • ULTRASOUND IN-OFFICE • COLPOSCOPY • CONIZATION OF CERVIX/LEEP • BIOIDENTICAL HRT • INFERTILITY TREATMENT • LOW LIBIDO CARE • HIGH-RISK OBSTETRICS

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Over the 15 years Steven Havard has practiced cardiovascular medicine, the field of medicine has taken a dramatic shift away from treating patients only after they are sick and toward promoting peak health and wellness—before problems occur. Dr. Havard has led that movement. With an emphasis on patient education and empowerment, he partners with each patient to work proactively toward optimum quality of life. He calls it The Havard Heart Difference. “We strive to go above and beyond just the practice of medicine, to provide an experience for the patient they won’t find with other cardiologists.” That difference means seeking solutions for those who are suffering with heart and vascular disease and placing an emphasis on quality of life for everyone. One patient attested in a five-star online review that The Havard Heart Difference saved his life. “Dr Havard is exceptionally knowledgeable as well as compassionate. He spends time with patients, explaining in great detail everything about one’s malady and what one can do and expect in treatment. He saved my life!” Others attest that he’s interested in his patients, genuinely concerned, never rushed, and that it only takes one visit to feel confident in him as their cardiologist. One patient who admits to feeling high anxiety, any time he visits a doctor’s office reported, “He LISTENED to my health complaints and concerns and took the time to explain, educate me, and put me on the path to better health. I would and have recommended Dr. Havard to close friends and family members.”

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Perhaps another patient said it best, “Heart disease is scary. (Dr. Havard) takes the fear away. He has an excellent demeanor and bedside manner, takes time to answer all my questions with great detail. I will never, ever consider another cardiologist.” Dr. Havard received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, completed his residency through Yale at Hospital of Saint Raphael, and a fellowship through Tufts University at Baystate Medical Center. Even in elementary school, he knew he wanted to be a doctor. “I spent my life working toward that goal,” he said. “Now I get to live out my dream every day.” A firm believer in giving back to his community, Dr. Havard volunteers his time to Linda Nix Center, a faith-based nonprofit clinic that provides medical services to uninsured adults. He is now accepting new patients. El habla español.

VITALS IS THE LARGEST ONLINE DATABASE OF PATIENT REVIEWS FOR DOCTORS AND FACILITIES THEY AWARDED DR. STEVEN HAVARD: • Compassionate Doctor certification for treating patients with the utmost kindness in overall and bedside manner scores • On-Time Promptness award for consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments • Patients' Choice recognition for making a difference in the lives of his patients and receiving near perfect scores, as voted by patients

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BHARMAL INTERNAL MEDICINE Hujefa Y Vora , M D “Primary care is a sacred partnership between physician and patient,” he said. “I believe in working with patients and their families as a trusted partner and friend first, then a diagnostician, problem-solver, and care coordinator.” Dr Hujefa Vora’s practice is centered around his strong commitment to building lasting relationships with his patients. To achieve this, he and his nurse practitioners at Bharmal Internal Medicine take care of their patients through all phases of treatment, from the outpatient clinic to the hospital to the rehabilitation facilities serving the Arlington and Mansfield area, a unique feature among primary care practices today. As a child growing up in Fort Worth, Dr. Vora’s role models were always doctors. “My father fought end-stage renal disease for 25 years,” he 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 taught Dr. Vora a sense of empathy for his own patients and their families, and insight into the complicated spectrum of fear, hope, anxiety, and elation they go through during the healing process. Dr. Hujefa Vora strives, above all, to be a good communicator. “Physicians and nurse practitioners must listen and take direction from our patients, interpret our findings, and convey these to our patients and their families in a clear, concise, and compassionate fashion.” Nurse Practitioners Noelle Petri and Mary Huynh, with their expertise and enthusiasm, bring a positive energy to Bharmal Internal Medicine. They share Dr. Vora’s strong commitment to patient-centered primary care. They provide same-day appointments for established patients, expanded well-woman

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services and preventative services, home visits, and weekend appointments. Their team approach to primary care allows Bharmal Internal Medicine to serve as a comprehensive complete primary care clinic offering the full spectrum of preventative care services, chronic disease management, and acute nonemergent care. They have recently expanded their office which allows them the opportunity to serve more patients in a beautiful and inviting atmosphere. Dr. Vora graduated from Austin College with a degree in mathematics and completed his medical school and residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In his free time, Dr. Vora enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter gardening, raising chickens, traveling, skiing, hiking, and cycling. He is an active volunteer with his church community and 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 said. “Without the support of my community, I wouldn’t be a doctor today.” He also donates his time to his preferred hospital, Medical City Arlington, where he recently served as Chief of Staff.

DR. VORA SPENDS HIS DAYS ADDRESSING THESE AND OTHER CONCERNS WITH HIS PATIENTS. • D IA B E T ES PR E V E N T IO N A N D T R E AT M E N T • HY PE RT E N SIO N M A N AG E M E N T • C O R O N A RY A RT E RY D ISE ASE • AST HM A A N D C O PD • CA N C E R PR E V E N T IO N A N D D E T ECTION • W E IG HT M A N AG E M E N T • W E L L N ESS E X A M IN AT IO N S FO R ME N A N D WO M E N

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POSITIVE ACTIONS INTERNATIONAL COUNSELING AND CONSULTING SERVICE Esth e r S cot t , LPC A more meaningful, well-balanced, successful life—it’s what we all want. Esther Scott and Positive Actions International, partner with clients to work toward that very goal through one-onone counseling, including: • Marital and Premarital • Grief and Depression • Stress and Anxiety • Veterans/First Responders (PTSD and Family Reintegration) S OLUTION-FOC USED APPROACH Positive Actions International takes an action-oriented, step-by-step approach to helping individuals reach their goals. They develop a plan and timeline with an achievable end in sight, motivating clients to invest in themselves and reach their goals. M ULT ICULTURAL SKILLS Working with people around the world has afforded Esther a unique perspective on the core issues impacting human emotions, offering them a unique ability to provide effective treatment solutions to complicated problems. HOLISTIC TREATMENT A typical course of treatment at Positive Actions International takes clients through four phases: 1) Intake and evaluation; building a relationship that provides hope. 2) Discovery and planning; focusing on the emotional, relational and spiritual areas of the client’s life, their thoughts about the problem and what concrete steps can be taken to improve their situation. 3) Training and building; developing the skills needed to better manage their situation. 4) Reflection and reinforcement; understanding how they have positively changed, emphasizing the new skills they have gained to help them live a more meaningful, well balanced life. M EET ESTHER SC OT T Counselor and Certified Life Coach Esther Scott has held a deep passion for helping in-

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dividuals find the best in themselves and others. Her guiding principle is, "We can do all things…;" She works to help clients discover their strengths and resourcefulness, and determine the specific POSITIVE ACTIONS they can take to achieve their goals and fulfill their God-given purpose. Esther has dedicated her career to helping others achieve personal growth, serving individuals and families in Italy, Greece, Bahrain, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. As a military spouse she has a passion for our nation’s veterans and first responders, noting how difficult it is for those groups to overcome their reluctance to seek treatment for the issues that often accompany those lines of work. She works to spread the word about the benefits of mental health treatment to improve overall health and advocates for regular well-visit check-ups, every six to 12 months. Esther earned a double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health. Esther is a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology, the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. She’s a regular consultant on local TV and radio and has published in Counseling Today Magazine. Esther volunteers her time as a board member on Arlington Kindness Initiative Commission, a women’s mentor and volunteer interpreter with Christ Chapel Bible Church, president of Dominican Cultural Society Dallas-Fort Worth,

and a Traumatic Incident Responder at local schools. “Counseling can be truly eye-opening for those who’ve been unhappy, but never realized they can take Positive Actions to overcome their condition and reclaim their happiness,” she said.

SERVICES • Individual therapy • Marriage and Couple’s therapy • Family therapy

CONSULTING • Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy • Job Performance/Motivating Underachievers • Listening Skills for Supervisors

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5624 Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard Arlington, Texas 76017 (817) 807-0058 PositiveActionsInternational.com PositiveActionsInternational@gmail.com Facebook.com/PositiveActionsInternational

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DIGESTIVE HEALTH ASSOCIATES OF TEXAS Moust a fa You s s ef, M D a n d Ima d I . Ah ma d , M D

What should you consider when choosing a gastroenterologist? Selecting a GI physician who is well-trained, experienced, and board certified in their field is extremely important. Choose a doctor that actively listens to your concerns and incorporates cutting-edge research, natural remedies, and diagnostic techniques to establish and employ a tailored treatment plan for your particular situation. Dr. Youssef and Dr. Ahmad are skilled, board-certified physicians in gastroenterology and internal medicine. They are highly qualified team members of the renowned Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT) and are group partners with North Texas Gastroenterology Consultants. They practice personalized medicine and provide a comprehensive, compassionate approach to all areas of gastroenterology using technologically-advanced methods for surgical and non-surgical procedures. THE MOST INNOVATIVE GI TREATMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES “We’re interested in finding the root cause of heartburn and managing it accordingly,” says Dr. Youssef. The minimally invasive TIF Procedure (transoral incisionless fundoplication) corrects the cause of reflux—a faulty valve between the esophagus and stomach—and provides relief from acid reflux (heartburn) symptoms. This nonsurgical outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Youssef uses a device attached to the endoscope to reconstruct the lower esophagus valve for relief and control of reflux, heartburn, and regurgitation. Dr. Youssef is skilled in all areas of gastroenterology with special interest in colon cancer screening (colonoscopy), GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and management of inflammatory bowel dis-

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ease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Ahmad enjoys and appreciates the technological aspects of medicine. Although all facets of gastrointestinal disease fascinate Dr. Ahmad, he is especially interested in pancreatic and biliary diseases. Because of his specialized training, Dr. Ahmad has the advantage of diagnosing and treating a wide range of pancreatic and biliary diseases. Endoscopic ultrasound is a great tool that allows him to view, evaluate, and biopsy organs and benign or malignant tumors, both within and outside of the gastrointestinal tract. The use of endoscopic ultrasound in combination with ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) has decreased the need for ERCP as a diagnostic tool over time, minimizing the associated risk of performing this procedure. His goal is to connect with and care for patients through laughter or tender compassion. Both physicians treat a wide array of common gastrointestinal disorders. If a screening colonoscopy is needed, DHAT’s Direct Access program offers patients (ages 50 and

above) the flexibility and convenience of scheduling a colonoscopy by simply dialing a direct phone number. “We’re working closely with our local hospitals to establish a Heartburn Center that provides a comprehensive approach to heartburn, acid reflux, and upper GI complaints,” Dr. Youssef says. “Our standardized screening tests assist in determining the best treatment for our patient’s symptoms.” Don’t hesitate to seek help from experienced, board-certified physicians who offer tremendous knowledge, skill, and precision in comprehensive GI care and state-of-the-art treatments. Call DHAT to schedule an exam and consult with Dr. Youssef or Dr. Ahmad.

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309 Regency Parkway, Suite 201 Mansfield, Texas 76063 (817) 877-0888 DHAT.com


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Raised in a farm town in Northern California, Cheryl White set out for the East Coast to pursue higher education. With a Ph.D. under her belt, she delved into neuroscience research in the laboratory. But she always knew she wanted to work directly with people, using science to improve their lives. And so she went back to school to earn a medical degree at Harvard. While assisting in a pediatric burn unit as a medical student, she found her calling. “The first surgery I participated in was releasing burn scars from a teenager’s underarm so that she could raise her arm for the first time since her injury. On that day, I knew I would be a plastic surgeon.” As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. White carries out a wide variety of reconstructive and aesthetic procedures, including surgeries of the face, breasts and body. “The mix of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery is challenging and stimulating. Doing aesthetic surgery makes me a better reconstructive surgeon and vice versa.” Dr. White has run a solo practice for 16 years, and serves the DFW community from her centrally located office in Las Colinas. She keeps her practice small. “I enjoy time with my patients,” she said. “My philosophy is to keep the volume low so that the quality of interactions and outcomes will be high. Patients are often surprised that I spend about an hour with them at the first visit, that I do the post-operative care myself and that I still perform in-office procedures like Botox and facial filler injections myself. The post-op patients get my email address so that they can reach out forever.”

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Dr. White serves as vice chief of medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital-Las Colinas, and is past Chair of Surgery at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Irving. When she is not working, she enjoys foreign travel and hiking and has trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru, through the rainforest in Australia and along the Baltic Sea in Sweden, among other locations. She and her physician husband even hiked in Iceland on New Year’s Eve one year. “That was another-worldly experience. The landscape and the winter lighting were so foreign, you wondered if you were still on planet Earth!” Having spent time as a high school exchange student in Peru and as a preschool teacher in Mexico after college, Dr. White speaks Spanish. “But my talented office manager, Belinda Hernan-

dez, and office-medical assistant, Jennifer Hernandez, are truly bilingual and are very helpful. We want all patients to feel welcome here.” Dr. White obtained her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA and her M.D. at Harvard Medical School. She completed a science fellowship at M.I.T. and surgery training at the University of Washington Medical Center. She accepts new patients.

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400 West IH-635, Plaza 1, Suite 350 Irving, Texas 75063 (972) 251-2000 drcherylwhiteoffice@gmail.com

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SPOTLIGHT

DISCOVER CAMP THURMAN Celebr ating 50 Years

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If you’re lucky, you have wonderful childhood memories of going to camp. If you grew up in the Arlington area, those memories might center around Camp Thurman. The thousands of kids who’ve been lucky enough to attend this Christian camp as a camper or a counselor—or both—have unforgettable memories of summer days spent enjoying: • Two pools and a lazy river to escape the summer heat • Towering rope courses to navigate over rivers and through the trees • A giant bouncing pillow for endless jumping • A 40-foot tall, two-lane zipline • A giant pendulum swing and two trapeze jumps • Fun and exciting camp games such as Slap-Dodgeball and Capture the Flag • Crafts, games, skits, and snacks galore For 50 years, Camp Thurman has helped children and teens push their personal limits and forge friendships to last a life-

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time. But it’s about more than that. Camp Thurman is a nonprofit ministry-minded summer camp dedicated to sharing God’s love and helping people pursue their identity in Christ. Located on 14 verdant acres in Pantego, Camp Thurman offers residential camp level activities in a day camp setting where kids feel far from home, when they may only be miles away. This summer, the fun will revolve around an Old West theme and, as in past years, the camp will serve even more campers, throughout the school year. Camp Thurman counselors are the cream of the crop, young men and women eager to share their love of Jesus. Each of the 350 summer staff members undergo rigorous vetting and training, before they

“I’ve been working at Camp Thurman part-time, for three years. It’s one of the best opportunities out there for high school and college students with summers off. You’ll gain great experience and meet great people.” Katy J.


FOR 50 YEARS, CAMP THURMAN HAS MET THE NEEDS OF LOCAL KIDS WITH A VARIETY OF CAMP OPTIONS.

“This is Arlington’s hidden secret, tucked away in a shaded, wooded area with incredible zip lines, pools, games, etc. Your child will build wonderful memories he’ll carry for a lifetime. This is the most awesome, fun, exciting, well-organized Christianbased camp in all of Texas.” Debbie R. work with the children, preparing each counselor to love the campers and keep them safe. For five decades, Camp Thurman has been committed to providing the most transformative camp experience in the DFW area by sharing God’s love and helping campers and counselors grow closer to Him. Since 1969, Camp Thurman has touched and molded the lives of approximately 128,000 campers. In 2000, they extended the reach of the camp with a year-round Challenge Adventure Program. More than 7,000 participants of all ages enjoy Camp Thurman’s specialized programming each year through outdoor activities, corporate retreats, team building workshops,

“I worked at Camp Thurman part-time for more than five years. The greatest group of people work here for one common goal. Great management staff that truly care about their employees. Constantly improving to give the kids the greatest possible camp experience!” Justin C. and leadership and character development workshops. Each event is fully customized for each school, college, church, non-profit organization, corporation, or other special group to create an experience that’s life changing, not only for individuals but for our community. After each event, Camp Thurman continues to act as a resource for the group. Camp Thurman also invests in the lives of its counselors, the majority of whom are former campers, helping them find, explore, and strengthen their identity in Christ. Many of them return to camp throughout the year for Bible study. Find out more about the life-changing camp experience at CampThurman.org.

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• Classic Day Camp For children ages five to 11, or entering K-6th grade • Sunshine Camp A shorter day for youngest campers, aged four • Sweaney’s Sidekicks A shorter day for campers mixed ages four or five, Pre-K or Kindergarten • ETC Camp Night camp experience for campers entering the 7th grade • Breakout Camp Camp for campers entering the 8th and 9th grade • Get-Away Camp An away camp experience for campers entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade • CIT Servant Leadership Program Training the next generation of staff. For those currently in 8th for school year 2019-2020 VISIT CAMPTHURMAN.ORG TO FIND OUT MORE.

CHECK OUT THE NEW CAMP THURMAN BLOG AT CAMPTHURMAN.ORG/BLOG FOR STORIES, RESOURCES, AND TO CONNECT WITH OTHER CAMPER PARENTS AND STAFFERS.

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H OW I S T H E D I G I TA L R E A L M AFFECTING THE HUMAN BRAIN? BY DAVID BU ICE

study conducted by researchers from five universities: Harvard, Australia’s Western Sydney University, the UK’s King’s College London, Oxford University, and the University of Manchester. The overall conclusion of the study, published in World Psychiatry, is that we’re only in the preliminary stage of exploring this question and have much to learn about the online world’s impact on the brain. Trying to reach at least some tentative conclusions, however, the scientists focused on three areas: attention and concentration, memory, and social interaction. Attention and concentration The researchers looked at a common online activity, multitasking, and concluded that this practice may well limit our ability to concentrate on completing specific tasks, both online and off. If we’re easily distracted online by the latest email or social media notifications, that tendency for easy distraction can carry over and make it difficult to concentrate on completing offline tasks. Memory Before the Internet, people had to store facts mentally, but now we can depend on the Internet for unlimited factual content. This may actually benefit the brain, allowing it to concentrate on more important tasks. On the other hand, if the brain’s long-term memory declines because of dependence on the Internet, our ability to think critically may also diminish. The study concluded that much additional research is needed on the long-term cognitive effects of depending on the Internet for information. Social interaction The study found that the brain seems to process online interactions much the same way it does reallife contacts. This may be good for older adults struggling to overcome feelings of isolation, but younger people whose brains are still developing seem more susceptible to the negative social consequences of online interactions, such as peer pressure, rejection, and cyber bullying. Looking forward, the authors were somewhat divided on what lies ahead. Dr. John Torous of the Harvard Medical School concluded, “There are certainly new, potential benefits for some aspects of health, but we need to balance them against potential risks.”

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n less than three decades, the Internet has re-invented the ways in which we search for information, consume entertainment, and manage our social networks and relationships.

In contrast, we know much less about the effects our online activities are having on the human brain. To date, the most comprehensive effort to explore this question is an international, collaborative

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In contrast to Torous’s measured outlook, Dr. Jerome Sarris of Western Sydney University, senior author of this study, was more pessimistic, writing, “…the #Instagramification of society has the ability to alter both the structure and functioning of the brain, while potentially also altering our social fabric.” Time, and much additional research, will tell us considerably more.


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Attention and concentration The researchers looked at a common online activity, multitasking, and concluded that this practice may well limit our ability to concentrate on completing specific tasks, both online and off. If we’re easily distracted online by the latest email or social media notifications, that tendency for easy distraction can carry over and make it difficult to concentrate on completing offline tasks. Memory Before the Internet, people had to store facts mentally, but now we can depend on the Internet for unlimited factual content. This may actually benefit the brain, allowing it to concentrate on more important tasks. On the other hand, if the brain’s long-term memory declines because of dependence on the Internet, our ability to think critically may also diminish. The study concluded that much additional research is needed on the long-term cognitive effects of depending on the Internet for information. Social interaction The study found that the brain seems to process online interactions much the same way it does real-life contacts. This may be good for older adults struggling to overcome feelings of isolation, but younger people whose brains are still developing seem more susceptible to the negative social consequences of online interactions, such as peer pressure, rejection, and cyber bullying. Looking forward, the authors were somewhat divided on what lies ahead. Dr. John Torous of the Harvard Medical School concluded, “There are certainly new, potential benefits for some aspects of health, but we need to balance them against potential risks.” In contrast to Torous’s measured outlook, Dr. Jerome Sarris of Western Sydney University, sen ior aut hor of t h is st udy, was more pessimistic, writing, “…the #Instagramification of society has the ability to alter both the structure and functioning of the brain, while potentially also altering our social fabric.” Time, and much additional research, will tell us considerably more.

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5 Tips for Spending Less Time Online A recent study found that we spend about 50 hours a week on our online devices, approximately 30 percent of our lives. When you add to that the time spent working, commuting, and sleeping, there’s little left over for things like hobbies and interacting with friends and loved ones. If you’d like to spend less time staring at electronic screens, these five tips should help.

1. TURN OFF THE DEVICE ALL TOGETHER. Be proactive about simply turning it off, especially at home. You’ll be less likely to check email and social media notifications every few minutes.

2. LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA. Unfortunately, social media c a n de vou r hou r s of t i me , so if you have f ive or more accounts, consider deleting some of them or uninstalling their dedicated apps.

3. LIMIT SMARTPHONE APPS. You’ll probably never ditch your smartphone in favor of a land line, but at least think seriously about limiting the number of apps that draw you to that miniscule screen.

4. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. Modern technology allows us to connect easily and freely with others, but there’s nothing better than actual contact with good friends and loved ones.

5. GET INVOLVED. Join a civic club, a church, or a little theater group. Volunteer at a hospital, food pantry, or animal shelter. If actively involved in activities you enjoy, you’re less likely to be glued to a computer screen. The benefit of less screen time? At the very least, you’ll be more aware of the daily wonders that surround us. As that great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.”


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Macular Degeneration (MD) MD is one of the most problematic and incurable eye diseases that causes blindness. MD occurs when the central portion of the retina deteriorates. This part of the eye is known as the macula, located behind the beautiful irises, at the back of the eye. Its sole responsibility is to focus! Yes, the macula enables you to see details, read, drive, recognize images, and see colors. Diabetic Retinopathy

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he eyes are generally one of the first things you notice upon meeting someone. Eyes are even said to be the very windows to your soul. Unfortunately, after you hit the big five-oh, eye health often spirals downhill.

You may first begin to notice eye problems when trying to read small copy on anything from smart phones to pill bottles. This condition is known as presbyopia (farsightedness). It’s an easy fix! Presbyopia can be remedied with eyeglasses and multifocal contact lenses. In some instances, you might need surgery. More significant eye concerns Although presbyopia is a simple fix, there are diseases that wreak havoc on your vision. The four biggies are macular degeneration (MD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.

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Our eyes are also the windows to our health. In the case of diabetes, our eyes will reveal the telltale signs of the condition. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the retina’s blood vessels become leaky. It will cause dark spots or floating string-like objects to appear in your line of vision. Glaucoma This slippery and asymptomatic disease causes gradual vision loss. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they have glaucoma until it’s too late. The condition occurs due to abnormally high pressure in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Fortunately, glaucoma can be monitored by having a air puff test. If glaucoma is discovered early on, vision loss can be slowed down and in some cases prevented. Depending on the severity of the condition it can often be treated with eye drops and medication. In some cases, you might need laser surgery to control the pressure. You can reduce the risk of these three conditions by making lifestyle changes. Opt to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and refrain from smoking. Cataracts Imagine walking around with sunglasses on that have a film over the lens and you’ll get a sense of what cataracts are like. Objects tend to appear cloudy and fuzzy. It occurs when protein clumps build up on the eye lens and obscure vision. Luckily the condition can be treated with a 15-minute procedure. Remember to value your vision and the gift of sight! And make annual eye exams a priority.


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uilding a capsule wardrobe, which consists basically of the style essentials, allows you to focus on purchasing versatile, quality pieces that won’t fly in and out of style on the fickle winds of fashion trends. You can spend more on individual items and still save money when you aren’t worried about every flash-in-the-pan look. Forget about buying things that can do merely double duty—the best capsule wardrobe contains articles of clothing that provide you with endless mix-and-match options.

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Tops A classic white button-down of the highest quality you can afford is the glue that holds a capsule wardrobe together. Wear it with a blazer, over a tee, or even under a dress. Great-fitting solid tees aren’t just for weekends. A black or white t-shirt will also look great with your favorite skirt or slacks for the office. Outerwear A well-constructed blazer is equally at home paired with slacks, skirts, jeans, or dresses. A denim jacket can instantly turn your favorite work outfit into a polished-casual style for weekends. If you crave color, try adding a cardigan in your favorite hue. Pants You don’t need a closet full of jeans. A good pair of jeans should easily be able to handle five years of regular wear. If you are unsure of your waist and inseam measurements, a higher end store can help. Trousers for work in solid, neutral shades will give you the most bang for your buck. Skirt or Dress Choose the style that looks best on you, but a black, grey, or navy pencil or A-line skirt will go with everything. There’s a reason the little black dress gets so much press. You can wear it under your white button-down, blazer, or denim jacket. Accessories This is where you get to have some fun and add your own personal touch to a basic outfit.

THE BEST CAPSULE WARDROBE CONTAINS ARTICLES OF CLOTHING THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH ENDLESS MIX-AND-MATCH OPTIONS.

A colorful scarf or fabulous piece of jewelry will help you to “mix it up” while still requiring minimal closet space.

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Five Dermaplaning Fast Facts

• Fac ial p e ac h f u z z ( f in e ve l l u s h air) d o e s n o t grow b ac k t h ic ke r an d d arke r af t e r d e rmap l an in g. • De rmap l an in g is t y p ic al l y c o n sid e re d safe fo r al l skin t y p e s an d c o l o rs. If yo u h ave ac t ive ac n e , vasc u l ar l e sio n s, o r an o t h e r skin c o n d it io n , an ex p e rie n c e d p rovid e r c an t e l l yo u if yo u ’re a go o d c and id at e o r n o t . • It ’s u su al l y a go o d o p t io n fo r p e o p l e w it h se n sit ive skin w h o c an ’t u se c e rt ain ex fo l iat in g p ro d u c t s o r t re at me n t s. • It ’s a l ow - risk p ro c e d u re w it h l it t l e t o n o sid e ef fe c t s an d n o d ow n t ime . •In ge n e ral , d e rmap l an in g c an b e d o n e eve ry fo u r t o six we e ks.

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mooth, gorgeous, glowing skin is undeniably breathtaking, whether you’re 22 or 82. It’s why we spend billions of dollars annually on skincare. Hidden among the new products and advanced medspa services available, there’s an en vogue treatment that dates back to the beauty queens of Hollywood’s Golden Age and perhaps before. It’s called dermaplaning, which, in simple terms, is an ultra-close facial shave.

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Dermaplaning is different than shaving your face with a regular razor. It involves gently scraping your entire face—including your cheeks, forehead, and temples—using light strokes with a safe yet sharp exfoliating tool. During this comfortable, virtually pain-free procedure (which takes around 15 minutes), dead skin cells and vellus hairs are removed. Vellus hairs make up the ultra-fine, short, wispy “peach fuzz” that covers our face and body. The combination of exfoliation and vellus hair removal smooths your skin and prepares it to better absorb applied products and treatments. You can buy special dermaplaning tools to use yourself (you’ve probably seen some of these advertised on TV), but it’s wise to have it done by a professional who knows what they’re doing, and who can determine if you’re a good candidate for dermaplaning to begin with. I’ve found that professional dermaplaning integrated with customized facial treatments gives my skin a fresh, luminous appearance that I can’t replicate at home. For me personally, the combination of dermaplaning, HydraFacial, and LED light therapy, in this order, has created life-changing results in my skin. The key is to find a provider who is experienced, adept, and skilled in dermaplaning, and who can create a treatment plan designed to deliver the best results for your skin type.


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Big Picture This atypical modern home was designed to be unlike any place the owners had lived before, with their background calling for deep country roots and to be a space for family gatherings with plenty of exterior views.

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By the Water The modern vernacular of the home takes advantage of the lake views and natural landscape, while also bridging the exterior and interior, such as with this partially covered patio with pool and outdoor fireplace.

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Around the Table Creative interior touches like a floating cabinet and unique lighting fixture in the dining area turn even conventional spaces into areas that feel creative and personal.

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What’s Cooking A large, open kitchen just off the living area can easily serve as the center of attention, and features stainless steel builtins that match the cabinet pulls and brushed metal bar seating along with a large window above the sink.

Have a Seat The home incorporates a wood structure reminiscent of a barn, stretched out along the long and narrow site so that each room in the home can have its own views both within the home and beyond.

Relax and Refresh A bright pop of color in the bathroom pairs nicely with a thick wood block countertop and a modern bowl-style sink with unique fixtures.

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SHED Ahead WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE INSTALLING BACKYARD STORAGE BY C H ERY L AL E XAN DE R

Storage Free up space and put things neatly and safely out of the way. Tools, decorations, bikes, mowers, and more will have a new home. Safety A shed constructed with appropriate materials, including locks and bolts, will secure and protect your belongings. Outdoor Retreat If relaxation and comfort is more your style, you can outfit your shed out with comfy chairs and cushions, and you’ll have the perfect man-cave or she-space. Hobbies A shed can provide much needed extra space to take up painting, sewing, model-making, or scrapbooking. Workspace Whether you’re welding, repairing, or simply upcycling household items, a shed can offer workspace your home may not afford. Value Having a shed or garden building will add value to your home when or if it’s time to sell or rent. Going green During winter, your shed could as an indoor greenhouse. Consider growing your own produce and honing your gardening skills. Entertain in Style A well-dressed shed embellished with a nice paint job and decorations appropriate for the outdoors can be the ultimate addition to a stylish garden and provide an ideal party base. Playroom

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arage overflowing? No place to play? Hobbies becoming space-inhibited? It might be time for a shed. A shed can provide adequate and safe space for stor-

Keep your house clutter-free by constructing your shed as a playroom— close enough to keep an eye on, but far enough to keep the mess out of sight.

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ONCE YOU’VE DETERMINED THE REASON WHY A SHED IS RIGHT FOR YOU, CONSIDER WHAT KIND OF SHED YOU’RE READY FOR.

• Es t imat e how m u c h s t o rage yo u ne e d by laying o u t t he t ool s o r eq u ipm ent you ’ l l be ho u s ing. Ad d i n ext ra w alk ing/ m ov i n g s pac e. Make s u re t hat yo u r large s t piec e of eq u ipm e n t w ill fit t hro u gh t h e do o rs . C o ns ide r over head s pace . • Decide whether you want a prefabricated shed or a DIY kit, or if you want to hire professionals. • Select a climatesuitable material that matches your home. • Install shelves to keep the floor clutter-free. Install pegboards for additional organization. Heavyduty hangers keep ladders and garden hoses off the floor. Consider baskets or plastic bins for gardening gloves or craft supplies. • Add a ramp to easily roll wheeled items in and out. • Plant shrubs or attach window boxes filled with flowers to blend your shed into the landscape. • Install lights (wireless, solar, or motion-activated) so you can use your shed after dark.


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roundup MAKING YOUR HOME APPEALING TO BUYERS BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

TO SELL YOUR HOUSE IN A T IMELY MANNER, AND FOR AN OPT IMAL PRICE, YOU’ RE GONNA WANT TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD. T RY T HESE T RICKS TO MAKE YOUR PROPERT Y AT T RACT IVE TO BUYERS.

CURB APPEAL Attractive landscaping makes a great first impression. Keep your home's lawn mowed, prune the bushes, weed the garden, and plant some eye-catching perennials. SPRUCE UP T HE OUTSIDE When potential buyers see a sloppy exterior, they’ll assume the inside in neglected, as well. Eliminate outside clutter, clean gutters, fix broken windows, and pressure wash your siding. CREAT E AN INVIT ING ENT RANCE A fresh coat of paint on the front door, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, can make a world of difference. Replace faded house numbers. Put out a new welcome mat. And introduce some seasonal plantings in planters. REMOVE CLUT T ER AND PERSONAL IT EMS You want a potential buyer to picture themselves living in your home. If you must, rent a storage unit to stash tchotchkes, family photos, and other personal items.

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ORGANIZE CLOSETS AND DRAWERS Buyers will likely inspect your home’s storage potential. If drawers and closets look crammed, they’ll assume there’s not enough storage space. PAINT NEUT RAL COLORS When it comes to color, we all have different taste. Offer buyers a neutral pallet and let them envision their own colors, rather than hitting them between the eyes with yours. LIGHT IT UP Open curtains to welcome in natural light. Add floor or table lamps to any dim areas. A welllit room looks bigger and more inviting. ELIMINAT E ODORS When showing your home, pop some cookies or bread in the oven and put fresh flowers about. And for Pete’s sake, hide that litter box and smelly dog bed. MAKE EVERYT HING SHINE Lastly, clean your home until it sparkles—top to bottom.


finding (and keeping) t he right real estat e agent BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American will change houses 12 times in their lifetime. If you’ve bought or sold a home, you know it can be a complex and stressful experience. That’s why you need to find an agent you can trust, and hang onto them. A real estate professional who knows the ropes can get you the greatest value for your home when you sell, the best bang for your buck when you buy, and can help you keep transaction costs down when buying or selling. Your real estate agent will be your advocate throughout your home purchase or sale—your face, your voice, and your defense throughout a process that can be highly personal and mind-blowingly complex. Someone who understands the ins and outs of your unique real estate market can remove much of the stress from the process by anticipating complications and heading them off before you even know about them. If you don’t already have a real estate agent, begin by asking your family, friends, and coworkers who they use—especially if they’ve worked with the same realtor on several moves or if one realtor represents multiple generations of their family. In the end, you want to find an agent who: • Has enough experience to anticipate obstacles. • Keeps you informed throughout the entire process. • Understands the type of home, neighborhood, schools, and commute you want. • Offers you their personal cell phone number. • Is available to you after hours (within reason). • Aggressively and creatively markets your property. • Communicates with you in the way you want (text, email, phone call, or face-to-face.) • Remains professional but friendly. When home shopping, many buyers think they must work with whatever agent has listed a property. But once you’ve found the right real estate agent for you and have them in your corner, they can show you any listed property you’d like to see and look out for your best interest throughout the entire process.

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ren Buffet, is the fourth richest person in the world yet he still lives in the Omaha, Nebraska, home he purchased for $31,500 in 1958. The modest bungalow-style home is made of stucco and has five bedrooms and two and a half baths. C O N ST RU CT I O N is such a bustling

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IN BLOOM TEXAS BLOSSOMS THIS S P R I N G — O U R B LU E B O N N E T T R AV E L G U I D E I S H E R E BY AN N E T TE BROOKS

THERE’S BEAUTY TO BE FOUND EVERYWHERE IN TEXAS, BUT PERHAPS THE SPRINGTIME BLOOMS OF OUR STATE FLOWER OFFER THE MOST THRILLING SPECTACLE OF ALL.

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exans wax poetic about the splendor of bluebonnets, but opinions vary about the best place to see them, and it can change from year to year. Many folks claim to know

an out-of-the-way patch undiscovered by throngs of bluebonnet seekers, and if you’re lucky, they’ll share their secret. For those of us who aren’t privy to this information, you can spot them from Lake Texoma to Big Bend, but the Hill County is generally considered bluebonnet central. Each year, thousands of people descend upon the area to soak in azure fields of bluebonnets in all their glory.


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Hill Country Bluebonnet season in Central Texas, which usually peaks in early April, supplies the perfect reason for a Hill Country getaway. There are a few areas for bluebonnet viewing that are particularly popular. Known for its wineries, antique shops, and German heritage, Fredericksburg is a great place to see bluebonnets and view extensive wildflower fields. Be sure to visit Wildseed Farms, seven miles east of Fredericksburg, to capture the ultimate wildflower selfie. If you fancy a drive amidst rolling hills popping with color, head out of town on Texas North State Highway 16 to Llano. Burnet, around 55 miles northwest of Austin and officially recognized by the Texas legislature as the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, is another place to start our bluebonnet drive. If you love a good reason to celebrate, and who doesn’t, the town goes all out during their annual Bluebonnet Festival. Hailed as “the most exciting smalltown festival in Texas,” it’s held the second weekend in April. After you’ve checked out Burnet, head south for 13 scenic miles on US 281 to Marble Falls. A bluebonnet map, updated daily, is displayed in the visitor center, taking the guesswork out of where to find the showiest blooms. If you want to snap a postcard worthy photo that’s sure to impress, the famous Bluebonnet House in Marble Falls may just be the perfect spot. While in Marble Falls, why not pop into the Bluebonnet Café for a slice of one of their delectable

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home baked pies? If you’re there on a weekday, pie happy hour runs from 3 PM to 5 PM. Closer to Austin, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood offers another oppor tunity to spy your favorite springtime f lower putting on a show. Bluebonnets can cover the entire park, which runs along the south side of the Colorado River on western Lake Travis. Pack a picnic lunch. Relax and enjoy the scenery! Closer to DFW Just 35 miles south of Dallas, the official 40-mile Bluebonnet Trail begins in Ennis, Texas. Get your trail map in April at the Ennis Visitor Center or search online and download one. The town pulls out the stops during their annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival. Held this year on April 17, 18, and 19, you’ll enjoy arts and crafts, food, wines, live music, and kids’ activities, making it fun for the whole family. North of Dallas around Lake Texoma is another good location to find bluebonnets. They often spread as far as the eye out at the Denison Dam, also known as Lake Texoma Dam. And on FM 423 next to the historic Zion Cemetery in Frisco, the hillside is usually blanketed in bluebonnets. Closer to Houston Brenham, nestled in the Hill Country foothills between Houston and Austin, boasts some incredible views of bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Look for the Wildflower Watch on the town’s website and learn about the best spots

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ICONIC HILL COUNTRY DRIVE Willow City Loop, a 13mile, narrow two-lane private ranch road, is considered by many to be the quintessential bluebonnet drive in Texas. Here, nestled amongst rugged hills, valleys, and creeks, are stunning bluebonnetfilled meadows. You can also see phlox, firewheels (Indian blanket flower), Mexican poppies, and daisies along the way. Please be courteous of private landowners and do not trespass or block the road to take pictures. To get there, search for “Willow City loop map” to pull up a map.


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to view wildflowers. If you’re up for a scenic drive, fields of flowers can be seen around towns surrounding Brenham such as Chappell Hill, which calls itself “the heart of Bluebonnet Country,” Burton, and Independence. Bluebonnet patches may also be spotted in Houston area parks. To name a few on the list—Buffalo Bayou Park, Spotts Park, Rob Flemming Park in The Woodlands, and Terry Hershey Park in Memorial. Out near Sugarland and Katy, blooms can be found in Blessington Farms.

Big Bend National Park Can’t wait until April to see bluebonnets? A different species of bluebonnet than that found in Central Texas blooms through early March in Big Bend. You may also enjoy cacti blooms and clusters of red ocotillos around this time of year or a bit later. We hope this brief list of places to see bluebonnets inspires you to hop in the car and take a road trip that promises unforgettable views. If possible, go during the week. Even backroads can get crammed with vehicles full of fellow bluebonnet lovers on the weekends.

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Rodeo’s humble roots and timeless appeal By Mimi Greenwood Knight

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an there be anything more Texan than rodeo?

Though the sport is iconic in our fair state, its origins actually trace back to Spain, the Spanish nobles who brought it here in the 1800s, and the early ranchos who blew off steam demonstrating their riding and roping prowess for one another. One can imagine they’d be flabbergasted to see how it’s evolved. Today’s rodeo—performed by pro athletes with huge stakes in arenas of tens of thousands of fans and full coverage on ESPN—has come a long way. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, as the new American cattle market grew, so did the need for skilled horsemen. Many of the men running the Spanish missions that then dotted the Texas landscape were descended from Spanish nobility and trained in the celebrated skills of horsemanship and roping. They passed these skills on to their workers, known as “vaqueros.” When mission lands were converted to privately owned ranchos, the vaqueros found work running cattle and managing the rangelands, becoming the first American “cowboys.” When the U.S. took these lands from Mexico in 1848, the vaqueros continued their work, now alongside American counterparts, with whom they shared their equestrian traditions.

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ROUND UP FACT

Hello, Cowboy Each year during the annual roundup and branding of cattle, these vaqueros-turned-cowboys enjoyed displaying their horsemanship and roping skills for one another. Men being men, demonstrations soon turned into competitions. And the rodeo was born. As the ranks of American cowboys grew, so did the events. But when railroad stock cars replaced cattle drives and open rangelands were divided up and fenced off, those same cowboys were forced to seek other livelihoods. Yet the American rodeo tradition lived on with stock horse shows held in small towns throughout the west, offering cowboys the chance to supplement their now shrinking income. Clever showmen like Buffalo Bill Cody elaborated on the events, turning the America’s fascination with the “Wild West” into a lucrative business that would continue for many years. Those who were making their living through rodeos wanted to standardize the events and establish rules and regulations for the safety of competitors and animals. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) was established in 1936, instituting rules about safety, judging, and distribution of prize money. Today, the National Finals Rodeo is viewed by millions with standardized events such as bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, and bull riding. Many rodeos also include barrel racing, often dominated by female equestrians, while today’s stock horse shows revolve around the disciplines of reining and cutting, and usually include amateur riders as well as professional trainers.

The Houston Rodeo The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) began in 1931 (under the name The Houston Stock Show and Livestock Exposition). The downtown rodeo parade was added in 1938. In 1942, cowboy entertainer Gene Autry was the first rodeo entertainer. And the rodeo was broadcast live—on pay-per-view—for the first time in 1992. Since its genesis, the show has not only survived wars and recessions but has awarded over $40 million to youth scholarships. Now the largest livestock and rodeo show in the world, it’s played host to famous entertainers ranging from Elvis Presley to George Strait, Kenny Chesney

The word rodeo has its origins in the Spanish word rodear which means “to surround”. To avoid being swarmed by fans, Roy Rogers once attended the Houston Rodeo wearing a fake mustache, glasses, and a fireman’s uniform. To avoid being swarmed by fans, Roy Rogers once attended the Houston Rodeo wearing a fake mustache, glasses, and a fireman’s uniform. Since 1979, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colorado has paid homage to the colorful history of the American rodeo and the equally colorful men and women who made it possible.

to Justin Bieber. Attendance has grown steadily and so has the scholarship money awarded to winners. Today’s HLSR draws tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans. This year’s rodeo will take place March 3rd through the 22nd at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Visit RodeoHouston.com for more details). There’s so much happening each day that you won’t want to miss a thing. A few highlights are a mutton bustin’ event where five- to six-year-olds cling onto the backs of sheep, a calf scramble with substantial prize money for teens, and food you won’t find anywhere else. We’re talking chocolate-covered jalapeños and giant pickle-stuffed corn dogs. There’s also a barbeque eating competition and a rodeo wine show. Over 300 vendors will be there selling cowboy boots and hats, farm gear, and more. It’s no coincidence the rodeo is scheduled during the peak of Houston’s azalea season. The town will be alive with color and the weather will be a delightful 70 degrees. See you at the arena!

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BY ANNETTE BROOKS

ADVANCE NOTICE

List your account information. Collect all your accounts (bank, investment, insurance, mortgage, credit cards, utilities, vacation clubs, auto leases, loans, loyalty point accounts) and write the information down. Include account usernames and passwords and the names and phone numbers of any particular contacts you use. Note if any accounts are set up on auto pay and what the payment method is. Give the list to someone you trust and update it if things change.

Get or update your will. The right type of will saves your family time and money and gives you peace of mind knowing your wishes will be followed. While you’re at it, look into creating a power of attorney and a living will. A living will is a legal document that sets out your healthcare wishes in the event you cannot articulate them yourself. Power of attorney gives legal authority to another person to make property, financial, and other legal decisions for you.

Taking care of what’s most important, just in case

Review your insurance beneficiaries. Make sure your designated beneficiaries are accurate and the distribution among individuals still reflects your wishes.

Life insurance. Work with an insurance advisor who will help you determine how much coverage you need and can afford, and what type of life insurance is right for you. If you already have a policy, schedule a review. Situations change. Your current coverage may not be sufficient.

Long term disability insurance. Disability can happen to anyone—an auto accident, a bad fall, a debilitating illness—we’re all vulnerable. Long term disability insurance can protect your income and your family’s financial well-being in the event you can’t work.

Long term care insurance. If you don’t have it, it’s time to seriously consider this type of insurance. It protects your nest egg (and/or your family’s potential inheritance) by covering many of the costs of a nursing home, assisted living, or in-home care which aren’t covered by Medicare.

If something were to happen to you in the blink of an eye, do you have a plan in place to protect your family? There are a few things to consider now which can give you peace of mind.

Homeowners, auto, and umbrella insurance. Review these policies with your agent to ensure your coverage will adequately pay for damage and protect your assets in the event of a lawsuit. For example, if you add a teen driver to your auto insurance policy, consider increasing your umbrella policy. With umbrella coverage, you can add $1 million or more to your auto and homeowner’s liability coverage, generally for pennies on the dollar. Another way to ensure you are well-prepared to care for your family in the event something happens to you is to consult with a financial advisor and an estate planner. This way, nothing should go overlooked.

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TIPS AND TRICKS Tou can also replace ½ oz. of tequila with an orange liqueur like triple sec or Grand Marnier.

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LIME MARGARITA MAKES: 1 SERVING | TIME: 5 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: 1.5 oz. tequila (we prefer Dulce Vida because it is a Texas brand) | 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice, about 1 or 2 limes | 0.5 oz. blue agave or simple syrup | 1 cup ice | salt | fresh lime wedges DIRECTIONS: POUR ice into medium glass for mixing. Pour tequila, lime juice, and blue agave or simple syrup into glass. STIR or shake to combine. Set aside. Prepare margarita glass by running a fresh lime wedge around the rim and coating it in salt. POUR margarita into salt rimmed glass. GARNISH with a lime and enjoy! FUN FACT: The world’s first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas in 1971 by restaurateur Mariano Martinez.

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TIPS AND TRICKS Different ovens may lend a different bake on this muffin. Start checking around 17 minutes. Muffins are ready when the edges are golden and crispy. The goal is a crispy outside and a soft inside.

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PECAN PIE MUFFINS MAKES: 30 TO 34 MINI MUFFINS TIME: 30 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup brown sugar, packed | ½ cup all purpose flour | 2 eggs, beaten | 2/3 cup butter, melted and completely cooled | 1 tsp. vanilla | 1 cup chopped pecans DIRECTIONS: PREHEAT oven to 350 ˚F. Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick baking spray. MIX flour and brown sugar by hand in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, butter, and vanilla. Mix by hand until completely combined. STIR in pecans. Fill each mini muffin tin with 1 Tbsp. of mixture. BAKE 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown around the edges FUN FACT: This recipe is our twist on pecan pie, a Texas original! My husband’s grandmother made this recipe for every special occasion in her home and it is now our go-to for an easy dessert. Serve a few muffins with a scoop of ice cream and you are set!

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