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27 L E A D ING WO M E N 28 I DONNA J. SMIEDT & DESARAY MUMA – THE FAMILY LAW FIRM OF DONNA J. SMIEDT 30 I TAMMY MOORE – SERVICE PROS AUTO CENTER

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letter from the p ublisher

publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels

“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” PROVERBS 31:25 As women, we’ve come a long

way. Doors that were closed to our mothers and grandmothers have been flung wide open for us. Even as we celebrate our victories, we contemplate how far we hope to see our daughters and granddaughters advance in the future. Every June I have the privilege of introducing Living readers to some of the movers and shakers, the innovators and pioneers in our area. These women are leaders, not only in their chosen field, but in their families, their circle of friends, and throughout our community and world. This year, we were more impressed than ever with the leading women we met working throughout the fields of health, law, dentistry, tourism, recreation, photography, weight loss, and even automotive. We took time to chat with them and find out about the journey they’ve trod so far, the difference they’ve been able to make, and where they hope to head in the future. We’re proud of each of you. And we think our readers will be just as impressed.

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O U R M AYO R S mayor

DAVID COOK

There’s nothing like Mansfield’s Fourth of July celebration. Since 2008 Mansfield’s Rockin 4th of July has provided great family fun and a spectacular celebration of our nation’s independence. This year’s 12th annual event is 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Big League Dreams Sports Park Mansfield. There’s live music, games, entertainment, food vendors, a patriotic ceremony and of course, fireworks. They are easily the most spectacular fireworks in the region, thanks to Mansfield’s own Extreme Pyrotechnics that save some of the best they have to offer for their hometown celebration. The event is free. No pets, coolers or outside food/drinks allowed. There is no onsite parking at

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BLD. All parking is at MISD Vernon Newsom Stadium with free shuttle buses to and from the event. More buses have been added to lessen the wait after the fireworks end. Celebrate America right here in our Hometown and save the date for Mansfield’s Rockin 4th of July. Happy Summer!

RON JENSEN

The city’s historic Fire Station #1 is now reimagined and open as Firehouse Gastro Park (FHGP), 321 W. Main Street, Grand Prairie. This dining destination features indoor and outdoor dining, an outdoor stage with seating and yard games, a secret garden bar, family-friendly green-space, a Tweed-fueled coffee shop, a smoke house, and diverse deliciousness including Nashville hot chicken, artisan burgers, farm fresh salads and sandwiches, popup food trucks, local craft beers and LA’s own MAMA’S MEDICINE cocktails. Restaurateurs Jason and Carlee Smith brought their southern California roots to downtown Texas for a relaxed upscale experience. The restaurant is open Tuesday – Sunday. Enjoy the walk up coffee bar window, or

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JEFF WILLIAMS

I was recently honored to stand between mascots, Rowdy of the Dallas Cowboys and Rangers Captain of the Texas Rangers to thank one of Arlington’s own. The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded the first ever WOW Award recognizing a “front-line professional who goes to great lengths to be kind and create a memorable experience for guests at an Arlington-hospitality-related organization”. Congratulations, Carrie Bogard, a 19-year parking attendant for Stadium Parking. Carrie is so much more than a parking attendant. She’s a turkey at Thanksgiving, a bunny at Eastertime, and friend to her customers, all year long. It’s folks like you who make Arlington great, Carrie. Thanks! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 10, 2019 when Arlington's Globe Life Park will host Texas'

GRA ND PRAI RI E settle inside the coffee lounge with WIFI for a meeting, book or conversation. From a fun lunch, to Happy Hour and unique cocktails, to a delectable dinner, to concerts and lawn games at night, the warm vitality of FHGP wows all who enter. Live Life Grand,

A RLINGTON largest craft beer, wine, and cocktail event. Tickets for The All-Star Festival start at $40, for afternoon or evening sessions and will include 250 drink samples, food vendors, live music, and outdoor games. Admission includes two tickets to a Texas Rangers game during the 2019 season and a photo inside the Rangers' dugout. Here in Arlington we love our designated drivers. They can purchase a ticket for $20, which doesn’t include alcohol but does include the two Rangers game tickets. It’s shaping up to be another great summer in The American Dream City!


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Children ages 2-10 will bike a 1/4 mile, run 200 yards, and water slide their way to the finish line. Participants will need to wear tennis shoes, comfortable athletic clothes and bring their own bicycle or tricycle with a helmet. Medals will be awarded to all who finish. 9am-1pm. River Legacy Park, 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd. Pre-registration is required and costs $15 per child. Register online or call 817-459-6434.

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ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

SUGAR RUSH 5K

Come check out some amazing performances that are scheduled! 224 N. Center St.

Home to one of the top four junior bakers in the entire country--Jaxon Remillard of Batter Jax Bakery. Fresh off his performance in the Food Network Kids Baking Championship, Jaxon joins us as our celebrity guest. Run the race with candy and cupcake treats along the route to keep you motivated. Timed competition with medals in each age group for those who prefer the sweet taste of victory to a frosted donut. Jaxon will be on hand to sign autographs, take photos and share stories of his Food Network days with our runners. 8am. 303 N. Walnut Creek Dr. Visit raceroster.com/ events/2019/22217/2019-sugar-rush-5k.

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Come and enjoy some really great music! Visit the website for information event listings. T H E L OT D OW N TO W N . C O M

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

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Le v i t t P a v i l i o n

Free movie nights under the stars! Bring lawn chairs and blankets, picnic and coolers, just no glass containers. L E V I T T PAV I L I O N A R L I N GTO N . O R G / E V E N T JUNE 6-8

FLOWAPALOOZA G ra n d P ra i r i e

Join us for our 3 day FlowaPalooza at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, featuring The Flow Tour Prime Stop #3. This EPIC event will be filled with family friendly activities, waterpark fun, live music, and FlowRider clinics from the Pros themselves! E P I C WAT E R S G P. C O M / F L O WA PA L O O Z A

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MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT Arlington

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.

water this summer! Offering a morning of FREE water safety lessons and activities. This event starts at 9:00am, safety talks and lessons start at 9:30am and rotate every 10 minutes. There will be demos with American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors, fun activities, a bounce house, safety related vendors, a bike tune up station and a hot dog lunch (while supplies last)! Allen Bolden Pool, 2800 S. Center St.

JUNE 22

THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Arlington

The Harlem Globetrotters, who are committed to bringing their fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. 3pm6pm. 600 S. Center St. Get your tickets now. U TAT I C K E TS . C O M

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SWIM SAFE

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

Grab your swimsuit, towel, and bike and come learn ways to stay safe in and around

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VERNON NEWSOM STADIUM PARKING LOT 3700 EAST BROAD STREET • MANSFIELD *OPEN DAILY AT 6:00PM* UNLIMITED RIDES $30 • 6-10PM WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY JUNE 5 & 6 CARNIVAL RIDES • EXCITING GAMES • FOOD FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY • MIDWAY BY TALLEY AMUSEMENTS

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Discover A Great Concert Experience!

3rd Annual Lake Ridge Eagle Band Boosters 6/1 Ana Popovic

6/7 Vicki Lawrence & Mama

JUNE 5 thru 9 6/13 Gary Morris

6/20 Tony Jackson

Vernon Newsom Stadium Parking Lot 6/21 CCR VS Tom Petty

6/29 Briefcase Blues Brothers

3700 EAST BROAD STREET - MANSFIELD * OPEN DAILY AT 6:00 PM * Upcoming

Santana and The Allman Brothers Tribute, Leather and Lace Presents: Once Upon a Temptress Fairytale, John Conlee, Bee Gees Gold Tribute, Sandy Vee Anderson is Dolly, Johnny Lee, Champions of Magic-Summer Spectacular

Unlimited Rides $30 Downtown Arlington • Est. 1949 224 N Center St. • Arlington, Texas 76011 817-226-4400 • mark@ArlingtonMusicHall.net Purchase Tickets Online at www.ArlingtonMusicHall.net

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TRACE ADKINS & CLINT BLACK Sunday, June 16 at 7 PM

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

Two icons of country music Trace Adkins and Clint Black have teamed up for a massive concert that promises hits, hats and history.  MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 PM  Levi tt Pa v i l i on 

BB KING BLUES BAND Sunday, June 9 at 8:30 PM

C OMI N G TO T HE ATER S

JUNE 28 // YESTERDAY HIMESH PATEL, LILY JAMES DIR. DANNY BOYLE (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)

From the “I’m in based on the premise alone” department comes Yesterday, which sees a struggling musician experience a freak accident during a global blackout. When he comes to, he plays The Beatles’ song “Yesterday” for his girlfriend (James) only to discover The Beatles have never existed and nobody knows who they are—except him—unwittingly becoming the biggest rock star in the world.

Levi tt Pa v i l i on THIS M ONTH IN M OVIE HISTORY

GARY MORRIS Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 PM

JUNE 5, 1998 // THE TRUMAN SHOW

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JIM CARREY, ED HARRIS // DIR. PETER WEIR (DEAD POETS SOCIETY)

SQUEEZEBOX BANDITS Saturday, June 15 at 7 PM

Novel and prescient upon its release in 1998 (Big Brother would premiere just a year later), The Truman Show features Carrey as a unwitting reality television star in a thoughtful and surprisingly humorous film that forces us to examine our fascination with surveillance, the media, and perception in ways that feel more relevant than ever in 2019.

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THE BLACK LILLIES Friday, June 21 at 8 PM Levi tt Pa v i l i on THE DICK BELDINGS  Saturday, June 22 at 9:30 PM  Texa s Li v e ! 

OUR BOOK P ICK

JOJO SIWA Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie

BRIT FLOYD Wednesday, June 26 at 8 PM 

JUNE 18 // SUMMER OF ’69 BY ELIN HILDERBRAND

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

THE STONELEIGHS - ROLLING STONES TRIBUTE  Saturday, June 29 at 7 PM  T h e LO T D ow nt ow n 

TOM BASLER DUELING PIANOS Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 PM 

From the author dubbed the “queen of the easybreezy summer read” by the New York Post comes her first historical novel, set in the tumultuous summer of 1969, when the Levin family looks forward to spending time at their grandmother’s historic Nantucket home but soon realizes that everything is changing around them.

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STILL FROM YESTERDAY (2019), UNIVERSAL PICTURES. MOVIE POSTER FROM THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998), PARAMOUNT PICTURES. BOOK COVER FROM SUMMER OF ’69 BY ELIN HILDERBRAND (2019), LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY, WITH DESCRIPTION EXCERPTS FROM PUBLISHER. ALL INFORMATION IS PRESENTED FOR NON-COMMERCIAL ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES.


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INAUGURAL KAABOO TEXAS HELD First iteration of three-day music festival brings music fans to the area

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IN MID MAY, KAABOO Texas and the Jerry Jones family united to deliver the Lone Star State a larger-than-life event at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The three-day immersive experience joins only two other versions of KAABOO held in Del Mar, California, and the Cayman Islands. The festivals are best known for their elevated live entertainment lifestyle brand appealing to all the senses, with world class musical acts, live contemporary art installations, culinary demonstrations, top-tier comedy, and health + spa treatments. The spect acular list of per for mers included The Killers, Sting, Pitbull, The B l a c k E ye d Pe a s , L i on e l Ritchie, Joan Jett, Laur yn Hill, Little Big Town, Alanis Morissette, and Rick Springfield, among others.

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COVER STORY

ACCENT PODIATRY ASSOCIATES

FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN D o e s n’t Have to be a Life Sentence

BY MEREDITH KNIGHT / PHOTOS BY TRU PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAIME EMFINGER AND DIANA RAINES

oot and ankle pain aren’t normal. Yet 80% of us will suffer with it to some extent, at some point in our lives. Reasons such as foot/ F ankle trauma, overuse, and/or genetic conditions can hinder with our everyday life and when we do experience them, it’s not a good idea to ignore them. Pain of the foot and ankle rarely resolves itself but can usually be corrected with conservative intervention from foot and ankle experts, such as those at Accent Podiatry Associates. It’s easy to not think about our feet, when everything is working and pain-free. Yet, many conditions such as plantar fasciitis, neuromas, hammertoes, bunions, flat feet, heel spurs, or Achilles tendonitis greet you each morning and accompany you to bed each night, it can be hard to think of much else. Yet “WE WERE RECOMMENDED TO ACCENT many of us decide these are normal signs of aging PODIATRY ASSOCIATES THEN RETURNED or an unfortunate roll BECAUSE OF THE EXCELLENT CARE AND of the genetic dice. Drs. CUSTOMER SERVICE. WE’D RECOMMEND Dharmesh Bhakta, Keyvan Ganz, Shae Paschal, Jinal THEM TO ANYONE WITH FOOT OR ANKLE Mehta, Jacob Jasper and PROBLEM."-DALTON H., ARLINGTON, TX physical therapist Steve Silvey know better.

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“THIS IS HONESTLY ONE OF THE BEST MEDICAL OFFICES I'VE EVER VISITED. THE STAFF MAKES YOU A NUMBER-ONE PRIORITY AND ENSURES YOU’RE 100% SATISFIED. EVERYONE HERE IS EXTREMELY COURTEOUS AND POLITE AND HELPS YOU TO THEIR FULLEST EXTENT." - ALEXANDER N., GRAND PRAIRIE, TX

PIONEERING CARE. At Accent Podiatry Associates, they spend their days diagnosing and treating the root causes of foot or ankle problems. They believe in discovering and addressing the source of your foot/ankle pain or dysfunction and not merely masking the symptoms. The mission of Accent Podiatry Associates is to remain on the leading edge of knowledge and technology while providing compassionate quality care for disorders, conditions, and injuries affecting the foot and ankle.

CONSERVATIVE CARE. Accent Podiatry Associates is your onestop shop for treatment of everything from simple fungal toenails to complex foot & ankle surgeries. The doctors at Accent Podiatry Associates place an emphasis on patient education, concisely presenting all options to their patients. They believe in partnering with their patients to pursue the


"I'VE BEEN A PATIENT FOR A FEW YEARS, AND EVERYTHING JUST GETS BETTER. I'M WALKING BECAUSE OF THE GREAT SURGICAL CARE I EXPERIENCED AND FEEL I RECEIVE THE BEST CARE." - JEANIE M., ARLINGTON, TX

DHARMESH “DAN” BHAKTA, DPM, FACFAS

KEYVAN GANZ, DPM, FACFAS

SHAE PASCHAL, DPM, FACFAS

STEVE SILVEY, LPT, CWC

neighbors, and friends. The Accent Podiatry offices at 3050 South Center Street in Arlington and 221 Regency Parkway in Mansfield are fun places to visit, with doctors and staff always laughing and joking around. After all, it’s easy to have that attitude when you’re doing the work you love.

CONVENIENT AND ACCESSIBLE. The doctors and staff of Accent Podiatry Associates realize that your life is as hectic as theirs and that is why they’re committed to making their practice and care as convenient and accessible as possible. They work hard to respect your needs for appointment timings, and making themselves available, when 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. 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 Associates help you find the root cause of your foot/ankle problems and regain your active, painfree life again.

JINAL MEHTA, DPM

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Every person and corporation views leadership through their own perspective, many seeing it as simply a means to an end rather than an ongoing way of life. Prickett explains that leadership is developed over time and that one’s perspective on leading largely effects leadership style and ability. “The humility of a leader is what will multiply the impact of their influence beyond their efforts,” he says. Humility is not a quality most of us automatically associate with leadership, however the greatest leader of all time humbled Himself beyond imagination, leaving His throne and His Kingdom to be born in human form in a lowly stable. Jesus was born to lead, but “while His destiny preceded creation, His capacity was developed by experience.” Leadership is less about taking the lead through position and power and more about servitude. Christ demonstrated this very concept at the Last Supper as he humbly washed His disciples’ feet. In Matthew 23 Jesus said, “If you have a lofty opinion of yourself and seek to be honored, you will be humbled. But if you have a modest opinion of yourself and choose to humble yourself, you will be honored” (TPT, vs.12). The best leaders have what Prickett calls “a blend of personal humility and professional willpower.” In a thought-provoking chapter on identity, Prickett reveals that good leaders work towards becoming unnecessary. As good parenting involves teaching our children how to be independent, good leadership does the same. Sadly, some leaders would rather control than witness the exponential growth possible when others are released. He explains: Release of others to carry the vision and culture as multipliers means they are likely going to do things different than how you might. It’s the cost of multiplication. The reward of tending to culture is the satisfaction of knowing you didn’t have to matter directly but got the privilege of

being a part of a multiplying impact towards a common vision. Some leaders, however, won’t possess the security or emotional intelligence to be unnecessary. They won’t want things to happen around them indirectly, but they need to be in control directly. They may never know the deeper satisfaction of multiplication beyond themselves. Culture change will only be attractive compared to tactics and strategy when leaders are willing to get out of the way. When it isn’t about the individual, the group can flourish. Until then, the capacity of the organization is directly tied to the limitations of an individual’s insecurity. Freedom is rooted in identity. A by-product or fruit of freedom is security. Where there is an assurance of identity, there will be a security that overcomes temptations of control. The capacity of the organization will be tied to the soul of its leader as the insecure leader won’t empower and entrust others. Without release, the culture will be and remain stagnant yet predictable. Only those who are secure in their identity and emotionally intelligent will be able to realize their full leadership potential. When we are willing to release control and allow others to flourish and grow, we ourselves stretch our capacity. Great leaders not only allow others to shine, they give place for them to do so. Are we willing to fully embrace our season, recognize greatness in others, and humbly serve those around us? Our dreams may beckon us, but our journey is just as important as the destination. Every day brings new experiences and opportunities for growth and “appreciating the thing that is available right now is a key to developing what we can handle tomorrow.”

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THE FA M ILY LAW F IRM O F DO N N A J . SM I E DT

Donna J. Smiedt and Desaray R Muma Family law has been Donna Smiedt’s specialty— and her passion—for over thirty years. During that time, her firm has become the go-to place in our area for complex family law litigation, including divorce, property division, adoption, child support, paternity, and post-divorce modification. A good thing got even better when Donna welcomed aboard a dynamic, young attorney named Desaray Muma. As Donna relates, “Desaray came to work for me, four years ago, after working for a colleague of mine who was leaving private practice to become a professor. I began tasking her with research and briefs, which she promptly and expertly returned to me, no questions asked. I found her to be a dedicated and intelligent young lawyer. I started her training by having her take on uncontested

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cases and appear at the least contested or least challenging hearings, to gain experience. She performed flawlessly. As her confidence level and knowledge of family law grew, I dragged her along to watch and learn as I tried the more complex and high-confl ict family law cases that are my specialty. One day, in the judge’s chambers, I was arguing a fairly specialized area of the family code on a tricky enforcement case with several hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, against a very seasoned family law attorney. We were jabbing back and forth, when suddenly, a strange voice spoke up with an incredibly lucid and compelling statement regarding my client’s case. The room fell silent and the judge asked, ‘And who are you?’ Desaray said, ‘I’m Desaray Muma, Ms. Smiedt’s associate attorney.’ The judge said, ‘Young lady, I believe you’re correct. That’s

“We’ve grown the firm to include a senior litigation lawyer, Michael A. Munoz, with almost 15 years of family law experience as well as amazing paralegals, legal assistants, office manager, receptionist, and chief financial officer, to provide the best possible front and back office service to our clients as Arlington and Mansfield’s full-service family law firm.”


my ruling.’ And Desaray Muma, Attorney at Law had arrived. She’d come into her own. And I couldn’t have been prouder!” “When I began as a younger attorney, I aspired to have the confidence and tenacity I saw in Donna,” Desaray said. “She took me under her wing and has played a huge role in me becoming the attorney I am today. I’ve gained invaluable experience in all areas of family law including divorces, child custody battles, adoptions, child support, and Child Protective Services litigation.” Desaray’s favorite cases are those involving the collaborative law process. “This involves a series of meetings outside of court focused on settlement from the beginning of the case, allowing families to have a customized process and control over their case,” Desaray said. “Collaborative law gives families the right to make decisions for their children and sets parents up for future success in co-parenting.” A hallmark of Donna’s practice has always been understanding the emotional toll litigation can take. For 30 plus years, she’s guided her clients deftly through the legal aspects of the process but also the more personal ones, proffering advice on how best to navigate the emotional minefields of family law and easing transitions for everyone in the family, including children, who often struggle the most with the adjustments. “The more information I

have, the better I can present options to them,” she said. “The more informed I keep them, throughout the proceedings, the less stressful it will be for them. Total honesty between my client and myself is the best way to get the desired results.” Those efforts have been recognized by a Fort Worth Top Attorney award, as well as being voted Family Law Attorney of the Year in Arlington no less than seven times. Desaray agrees, “As an attorney and in my personal life, I abide by ‘my word is my bond’,” she said. “Nothing is more important to me than integrity.” Another welcome addition to the firm is Desaray’s rescue dog, Baxter. “He’s a Maltese mix—a little dog with a big personality,” she said. “He comes to work with me every day, greets clients, and trots back into my offi ce, while I meet with them. We call him our ‘divorce therapy dog’ because of his calming effect on people.” Last year, the fi rm fell on challenging times when Donna suffered an injury that caused her to take a lengthy medical leave. “As I worked from home following surgery, Desaray took on many of my cases as well as keeping up with her own busy caseload,” Donna said. “Without me even asking, she assumed more responsibility at the firm and showed me she was ready and able to efficiently manage all her own cases—and some of mine—with the excellence to which my clients have

become accustomed. If not for her, the fi rm I’ve built through family sacrifi ce, personal grit, and a desire to provide the best legal services to our community could have been in serious jeopardy.” Donna decided to make Desaray the firm’s fi rst non-equity partner. “Not only is she an awesome lawyer in the courtroom as well as in the collaborative practice of family law, she’s proven to have the ability to manage employees and to interview, hire, and train many of our spectacular support staff,” Donna said. “We’ve grown the firm to include a senior litigation lawyer, Michael A. Munoz, with almost 15 years of family law experience as well as amazing paralegals, legal assistants, office manager, receptionist, and chief financial officer, to provide the best possible front and back office service to our clients as Arlington and Mansfield’s full-service family law fi rm.” “I’ve had the privilege to watch Desaray blossom into the brilliant, beautiful, young lawyer and businesswoman she is today—a proficient attorney, confident in her own skills,” Donna said. “That’s important in the fast pace of the Tarrant County Courthouse. She’s garnered the respect of her opposing counsel and the jurists before whom she regularly practices. I feel confident of an excellent future for both of us in this endeavor we love.”

“The more informed I keep them, throughout the proceedings, the less stressful it will be for them. Total honesty between my client and myself is the best way to get the desired results.”

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of Tammy Moore, who serves as co-owner/operator, alongside her husband, Bruce. Tammy is often surprised when she looks back at the events that brought her to serve her community through Service Pros. “My professional life wasn’t just handed to me,” she said. “And it certainly didn’t come with a manual. It’s been a long road of trial and error, learning from mistakes and setbacks. But 15 years of hard work and dedication in the traditionally maledominated field of automotive has paid off for me.” Tammy realizes that, just as with fast foods restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses, her customers have any number of auto shops from which to choose. “What sets Service Pros apart for our customers is a personal, family experience at a great price,” she said. “We live in this community. Our customers are our neighbors, and many become our friends. We offer things like same-day repair, free loaner vehicles, free shuttle service, and four-year warranty on repairs because it’s the right thing to do for our community. And that’s just the way you treat family.” Fifteen years ago, Tammy took a leap of faith, leaving a secure job with a large, national corporation to join her husband in realizing his dream of owning the area’s premier auto repair shop. “We believed we could make a difference with our store in North Richland Hills,” she said. “I began there filling in wherever I was needed, as a driver, picking up parts, and delivering customers, learning the business day by day. I started to notice areas where I thought I could improve the store. And my husband was open to my ideas.” Tammy decided, for instance, that instead of waiting for customers to come to them, she could go door to door distributing door knob hangers and making contacts with other area businesses, to strengthen the brand and drive customers to the store. Things went so well they were able to open a second store in Mansfield TX, B&M Auto Specialties. Before long, both businesses were thriving, and the Moores were enticed to sell fi rst the North Richland Hills store then the Mansfield location as well.

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Tammy Moore

When you visit Service Pros Auto Center on South Cooper in Arlington, you can’t help but notice a woman’s touch about the place. Maybe it’s the homey waiting room. Maybe it’s the play area for kids. There’s something unmistakably nurturing going on here. What you’re sensing is the inspiration and dedication

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“We took much-needed time off for three years,” Tammy said. “I was buying and selling cars and focusing on the family.” After a little break, we knew our passion was owning our own auto repair shop and being able to provide quality car repair service at a reasonable price. “We bought the South Cooper Street land in 2014. It enabled us to stay close to the kids’ school and we were able to build exactly what we wanted for our customers—from the ground up. I knew I wanted to provide a kid-friendly, clean, homey environment, to make the experience of waiting at an auto shop a pleasant thing. We also wanted to add a large number of bays, because nobody likes waiting for their car to be repaired.” And that’s exactly what they did.


Looking back, Tammy realizes she was lucky to have a role model early in life. “When I was going through difficult teen years, I lived with my ex-boy friend’s mother. Every day I saw her dress in a business suit and heels and drive off to her job. In the evening—even on her worst days— she took off those heels with blistered, sore feet and started cooking and cleaning, always kind and patient. She’d greet her children and husband with a full dinner, a warm hug, and a smile on her face. I knew I wanted to do the same for my own family someday. Looking back, I think she’s the reason I try so hard for my family.”

Juggling own babies and business comes with big responsibilities—holding up the household, running errands, handling the marketing, payroll, hiring, accounting, outside sales, and doing whatever it takes to develop the store. But I’ve loved every minute of it!”

Tammy married young and was blessed with a ready-made family. “At the age of 18, I took on the role of parenting a precious three-year-old daughter and helping my husband run a business,” she said. “Raising a kid and helping run a business, I grew up fast. We were blessed with our own daughter who’s 10 now. Then in 2014 we received a shock when the doctor told us we were having twins—two more wonderful girls. They’ve been a blessing that we couldn’t have imaged.”

Tammy is a firm believer in giving back to the community that’s done so much for her business and her family. “This past year, I was proud to be a part of the FFA budget committee, a program that meant a lot to me, as a teenager. We’ve sponsored different events in the community from the holiday parades, to Halloween community carnivals and Toys for Tots. I’ve started my own outreach, purchasing and wrapping 3,000 books with the help of the Service Pros team, so no kid in the Arlington ISD elementary schools goes without a book at Christmastime.” Tammy also helped her husband start a Christmas non-profit called SPONSOR 5 which receives applications from the community and selects five needy families to receive Christmas gifts and dinner. “We hope to keep growing this program,” she said.

“I couldn’t have grown into the woman I am today, without my best friend and partnerin-crime, my husband,” Tammy said. “Working side-by-side with Bruce every day is so much fun and a true blessing.

It’s been an exciting journey for Tammy. Through it all, she’s held fast to a simple philosophy, “Have faith. Work harder then you did yesterday. Your dreams will come true, if you believe in them. “

“We bought the South Cooper Street land in 2014. It enabled us to stay close to the kids’ school and we were able to build exactly what we wanted for our customers—from the ground up. I knew I wanted to provide a kidfriendly, clean, homey environment, to make the experience of waiting at an auto shop a pleasant thing. We also wanted to add a large number of bays, because nobody likes waiting for their car to be repaired.”

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MANSF IELD CO S M ET IC SU R G E RY C E N TE R

Raquel Thornton

Not many of us would have the guts to pack up and move 1,100 miles across the country with only our dog in tow. But four years ago, that’s exactly what Raquel Thornton did. She’d had an exciting life so far, dancing competitively from a very young age, working in the fi lm industry, even being a featured principle dancer on Disney’s High School Musical 1, 2, and 3. But Texas was calling, and she decided to make a fresh start. “Competitive dancing taught me a lot about hard work, respect, discipline, teamwork, punctuality, and being willing to take risks,” she said. “I met my husband when I got here, and the rest is history.” When that husband, Dr. Michael Thornton, asked her to join him at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, it seemed like a natural next step for Raquel. “I’ve always been plugged into the fashion and beauty industry,” she said. Even as a young girl she collected high fashion magazines and books of inspiration. “I love clothes, makeup, hair, skincare, etc. So, it’s easy exploring the aesthetic and cosmetic side of the industry and immersing myself in learning more about cosmetic surgery procedures, Botox and dermal fillers, med spa practices, and professional skincare.” Whether it’s attending conferences with Dr. Thornton, managing the practice, or training in SkinCeuticals skin care, Raquel’s goal is never to stop bettering herself. Her natural eye for detail, fused with the high standards and ethics she learned while dancing, make her creative but, at the same time, grounded. “It’s great to share in

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Michael’s work,” she said. “Whether it’s new landscape for the office, redecorating the interior, or updating the vibe of the practice, we share a common goal and we’re a great support system for each other.” Raquel feels lucky to have a close family who instilled important values in her, from a young age. “They taught me to do the right thing, be kind, and give back whenever I can,” she said. “I never wanted to disappoint which helped me develop a good work ethic, high standards, and character.” “In this day of social media—of women judging women—I think it’s important to know your worth,” Raquel said. “No one should feel ashamed for getting Botox or cosmetic procedures, if it gives you more confidence and makes you feel good.” In her role as director of marketing and patient experience, Raquel wears many hats, but she most enjoys promoting body confidence. “I relish seeing clients ooze self-confidence following one of Dr. Michael Thornton’s

life-changing surgeries,” she said. “It always brings a smile to my face to hear that his work has improved someone’s quality of life.” When not on the job, Raquel enjoys spending time with her husband, working out and keeping fit, watching true crime, murder mysteries, and traveling. She understands how stressful it can be to take time out of your busy day to visit the doctor. So, she does everything she can to make visiting with Dr. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center a relaxing experience. “Like coming to see an old friend and leaving feeling great,” she said.

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


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THE FAMILY LAW OFFICES OF STEPHANIE A. FOSTER

Stephanie A. Foster, PC

Stephanie Foster believes in divorce with dignity. One of the first attorneys trained in collaborative law in 2008, she sees collaboration as a way to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and achieve a fair settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children. “Collaborative law is a powerful way to generate creative solutions in family law disputes while minimalizing financial and emotional damage to the couple and their children, all the while promoting post-divorce psychological and financial health of the restructured family,” she said. The benefits of collaboration are many and include: • Parties share the same information and work with transparency. • Parties hold “four-way” meetings that include dialogue between clients and their attorneys. • Parties discuss and agree upon the legal expenses incurring, promoting an efficient use of time and money. • Because agreements must be mutual and settlements aren’t forced, parties are more likely to be pleased with a compromise reached jointly. • If collaboration fails, litigation remains an option. Stephanie began her legal firm, The Law Offices of Stephanie A. Foster, in 1992 and has spent two decades devoting her time and effort solely to family law. Through it all, her practice philosophy has been simple. “Our commitment is to help our clients resolve their family law dispute while keeping their personal and economic dignity intact,” she said.

Her formidable legal team includes Associate Attorney Larry Mike, II, Legal Assistant Ashleigh Bell, Paralegal Sandra Patino, and Administrative Assistant Stephanie Bryce. Together they concentrate on family legal issues including: • Divorce • Modifications • Custody • Child Support • Spousal Support • Visitation • Enforcement of Custody/Support • Paternity • Step-Parent Adoption Stephanie’s dream of owning her own law firm began when she was just a girl. “My father is attorney John Foster,” she said. “When I was a child, I’d beg him to take me to work with him at his law firm each summer.” It was during those summers that Stephanie honed her philosophy of treating each client with dignity and affording them the time they deserve, no matter what type of case they present. The elder Foster and his wife, Barbara, instilled a love of the law, a passion for learning, and a strong work ethic in their three daughters. All three became lawyers.

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A graduate of Arlington’s Martin High School, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Stephanie traveled and explored different areas of law. Throughout her career, she’s handled approximately 2,700 family law cases. Stephanie is a member of Collaborative Divorce of Texas, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Lawyers of Arlington and Mansfield, and a lifetime member of the Texas Law Foundation. She’s active in the Arlington, Tarrant County, and Texas Bar Associations and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.

CONTACT

4214 Little Road, Suite 1000 Arlington, Texas 76016 (817) 277-2805 StephanieFosterLawyer.com

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FISH C IT Y G RILL

Deb Robinson

They say the restaurant business is either in your blood or it’s not. It certainly is for Deb Robinson. Growing up the daughter of restaurateurs, Deb watched her older brothers pull the night shift at the family café, Glen Rose Texas, while her parents and grandmother handled days. “From a young age I jumped in whenever and wherever I could to learn the family business,” she said. After college, Deb found herself back in the restaurant biz, hiring on as assistant manager at Wendy’s, then working for Black-eyed Pea, fi rst as an assistant then, within two years, as general manager. “Over the next 10 years, I helped open three new restaurants and moved around DFW helping the one that were struggling,” she said. Still young, Deb worked for Reata in Fort Worth until coming to work for Jack Harnett at Fish City Grill. The next 15 years saw her opening and successfully running four locations. And today’s she’s proud to be managing partner of the Fish City Grill in Mansfield. “I’ve been so blessed with Jack as a mentor and one of my best friends,” she said. “Over the past 23 years, he’s taught me how to own my own business and how to balance my work and personal life, fi nances, relationships, tough love, persistence, and everything it takes to be successful in life. The things I’ve gained from Jack—personally and professionally—are immeasurable.” Deb was blessed with other role models in the industry too. “My dad, my Uncle Doff, and my cousin, Nolan, each taught me so much,” she said. “Whether I was sitting on

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the jukebox after school asking my dad question after question and following his every step or traveling to Victoria to see Uncle Doff or Corpus Christi to see Nolan, their three restaurants were my classroom. I’d follow them around asking about ever ything, listening to their conversations, and absorbing their strategies for success.” Deb is quick to add that her mother taught her “everything else about life”. “My parents were married for 59 years,” Deb said. “They set an example of family love and support that helped me get to where I am today.” Throughout her 32 years in the restaurant industry—and with such stalwart role models—Deb has learned to recognize top talent, create a team environment where people want to work, and how to give her guests an unprecedented dining experience. “I’ve always wanted to make people feel better about themselves,” she

said. “I enjoy helping people succeed and teaching them the things I’ve learned through my own journey. Whether our decisions are right or wrong, we can learn from them.” Deb Robinson’s philosophy of helping those around her succeed, modeling perseverance in tough times, embracing change as a way to learn, and never being afraid to roll up her sleeves and work has been a recipe for success for her and all those who were lucky enough to come up under her tutelage.

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581 W. Debbie Lane Mansfield, Texas 76063 (817) 225-2094 FishCityGrill.com


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C OSME T IC & CO M PREHE N SI V E DE N TI STRY

Sandi Hamm, DDS

When she was young she wanted to be a marine biologist because she loved the ocean and marine creatures of all kinds. She even had seahorses. But as a young girl in high school, she started working for a wonderful dentist who became her mentor and inspiration and still is!! She enjoyed it so much that she trained to become a dental hygienist then undertook dental school and eventually opened her own family dental practice. That young girl was Sandi Hamm, and that dental practice has since served generations of Tarrant County families. “One thing I’ve loved about practicing dentistry is that you are always striving to raise the bar,” she said. “Dental technology a nd k now-how a re cont i nu a l ly a nd rapidly advancing. That requires me to fer vently seek to learn all I can.” She does this through continuing education (above what’s required of her) reading books, newsletters, watching webcasts and participating in dental study clubs. “We meet regularly to listen to renown spea ker s a nd dent a l ex per t s a nd to participate in complex dental planning sessions,” Dr. Hamm said. “It’s an exciting time to be practicing dentistry with so much to offer my patients. I’m always looking for a better way to get a fabulous result or a more natural approach to health concerns.” D r. H a m m a n d h e r t e a m e n d e a r themselves to patients by taking extra

time understanding their concerns, goals, and health. “Our desire is to provide care that is truly individualized to each patient,” she said. “We’re big on patient education. After all, who cares more about your teeth than you do? If I can provide my patients with all the information they need about the importance of good oral health, I can give them the tools for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We take a holistic approach to dentistr y, because what affects the mouth affects the rest of the systems of the body. I’ve been blessed with a staff who shares my philosophy of not only providing our patients, of all ages, with the very best dental medicine available but to genuinely

care about them and their lives. We just love ‘doing life’ with our patients.” Dr. Hamm has been a member of First United Methodist Mansfield since 1992. In her free time, she enjoys travel, yoga, piano, and spending time with her 2 sons and friends. Her personal and practice philosophy is “To Be the Best She Can Be Every Day” and she strives to achieve that every day!

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GAY D OS D U F F ER, P.C.

Lauren Duffer

Lauren Duffer always had a passion for helping others and originally thought she might direct that passion toward teaching. “I grew up in Arlington with an attorney dad and a mom who’s one of the most giving people that I’ve ever met,” she said. “I suppose it was their combined influence that led me toward family law.” Originally obtaining a degree in Speech Communication from Baylor, Lauren applied to law school thinking, if she wasn’t accepted, she’d take it as a sign she should become a teacher. “As it turned out, I was accepted to several law schools,” she said. “Ultimately I chose SMU and felt immediately drawn toward family law.” During her 15 years of practice, she’s handled a wide range of family law matters, including collaborative law, divorce, surrogacy, child custody, grandparents’ rights, adoption, egg and embryo donation, paternity, and child support. During that time, she’s been named a Top Family Attorney from 2008 to 2018 and a Rising Star Attorney in 2010 and 2011. She’s also served as president of the Arlington Bar Association. A certified mediator with a focus on assisted reproductive technology issues and family law disputes, she has provided caring and unique solutions for family legal matters, for those looking to restructure their family or create one. Lauren is a fellow of American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, an exclusive group of attorneys across the world that handles adoption and family formation matters.

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In addition to handling traditional family law matters, she has specialized in assisted reproductive technology matters, such as drafting surrogacy contracts for people to assist with carrying another couple or person’s baby and drafting egg donor contracts for people to donate their eggs to another person or couple and sperm donation. “I feel like the real success of the Gaydos Duffer Law Firm comes from our team approach,” she said. “I absolutely could not do my job without my office staff, Courtney Davis, Alexis To, and Lindsey Reynolds or my other attorneys, Larry Gaydos, Brooke Wilson and Courtney Walker.” When not on the job making a difference for other families, Lauren spends every moment she can with her two amazing boys, sevenyear-old Brody and three-year-old Blake, and her husband, Ronnie. “When I’m not working, I’m usually working at my other full-time job as a select baseball and t-ball mom,” she said. She was also recently elected to the board

of BLOOM Worldwide, a non-profit that arranges for orphans to come to the United States to stay with host families. “I was fortunate to have two dynamic role models in my life,” Lauren said. “My mom is a rare example of a truly selfless person—and a topnotch mom. My dad is the smartest and hardest working person I’ve ever met. I’d like to think I’m a cross between the two.”

CONTACT 1521 North Cooper Street Suite 710 Arlington, Texas 76011 401 Pitchfork Trail, Suite 705 Willow Park, Texas 76087 (817) 548-5643 Lindsey@GaydosDuffer.com GaydosDuffer.com


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C OOP ER ST REET Y M CA

Cheryl McCarver

Cheryl McCarver’s cup runneth over. With 15 grandchildren—and three more on the way—plus a job she adores, these are surely the best years of her life. Looking back, the Executive Director of the Cooper Street YMCA realizes the road that led to her career began as far back as teaching Sunday School in her teens. “ T here was just something about bringing the scripture lessons to life for kids through song, craft, and the stories,” she said. “All my life, I’ve found joy in serving and giving back. I guess it’s natural that I’d fi nd my calling in nonprofit work where the core of everything we do is seeing a need in people’s lives and meeting it.” Growing up, Cheryl had two inspirational role models. “My mother is a lover of people,” Cher yl said. “ She meet s no stranger. My father is a retired Air Force veteran with a work ethic he instilled in all his children. The marriage of the two—love for people and hard work—has been a magical combination for me. I’m so grateful for who my parents are and who they’ve been for me.” Even as a child, Cheryl was creative and organized. And she loved physical activity. Yet her heart was always pulled toward roles that served others, such as teachers, beauticians, or even, she says, helping animals. How perfect then that she found her way to the YMCA, where she can put her creativity, organizational skills, and nurturing nature to work making a difference in her community. “It’s been a blessing to offer the gifts God gave me toward community development

and health and wellness-focused work, building relationships that strengthen the health and well-being of children, families, and communities,” Cheryl said. “Through my work at the Y, I’ve learned how important it is to begin by building relationships with the people, respecting their journey, and understanding the places where people live, learn, and love.” Somehow Cheryl fi nds time to mentor three younger professionals, volunteer in T V production at her church, serve on the boards of Healing Hands Ministries and Texas Health Resources Community Leadership Council, serve on the Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Task Force of the city of Dallas, the Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council’s Community Health Committee, and volunteer, when she can, at the food pantry. “My goal is always to serve the Lord

with gladness and make the spaces I fi ll better than they were before,” she said. “Sometimes in life we lose our way, or our hopes and dreams are stalled,” Cheryl said. “When this happens, I always go back to my creator and reconnect to who He made me to be. It’s like a GPS rerouting me back. It might sound odd but one of the things I ask myself when determining where to exert my energy, time, and focus is, ‘Is this the ditch that I want to die in?’.”

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7120 S. Cooper Street Arlington, Texas 76001 (817) 419-9629 AMAYMCA.org

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AC C E N T O N YO U CO S M E TI C SU R G E RY C E NTER AND M ED I-S PA

Irene Ware, Melissa Debrecht, and Beth Walker Dr. Y. A nthony Nakamura believes in g iving credit where credit is due. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and cosmet ic en h a ncement ex per t , he’s the first to admit he could never have realized the astounding success of his cosmet ic su rger y center a nd med ispa w ithout his highly qualif ied and dedicated st af f. Irene Ware, Melissa D ebre cht , a nd B et h Wa l ker a re not only sk illed at what they do, they ’re compassionate, car ing, and devoted t o t hei r pat ient s . T he y sp end t hei r days truly listening to each patient to

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3030 S. Cooper Street Arlington, Texas 76015 (817) 417-7200 AccentOnYou.com

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understand their cosmetic goals then partnering with them and Dr. Nakamura to make those dreams a reality. IRENE WARE With almost 20 years in the spa industry, Irene says skincare was her first love. “Five years ago, I decided to further my career and obtained my nursing degree,” she said. “I enjoy teaching my patients about Botox and fillers and good, basic skincare regimens. Most of the work that goes into having bright, glowing skin is in the things you do daily.” She prides herself in her honesty and attention to det ail. “Your cosmetic enhancement should complement your beaut y, not distract from it. That’s always our goal.” When not on the job, Irene enjoys family time. She plans to never stop learning and growing in the job she loves. MELISSA DEBRECHT The newest member of the Accent on You team, Melissa has quickly endeared herself to her patients with her ready ear and gentle touch. “Relationship is so important in what we do,” she said. “If our patients don’t learn any thing else from me, I hope they leave here knowing I genuinely cared about their experience, while they were with us.”

Melissa begins each day eager to see what she can learn and in turn teach to her patients. ““Working with Dr. Nakamura and the amazing staff at Accent on You has allowed me to learn so much,” she said. “My goal is to foster meaningful relationships with those around me, to be grateful for every day, and to treat time as my most valuable resource.” BETH WALKER A h a l lma rk of Bet h’s 13 yea r s in t he aesthetics industr y is her passion for continuing education. After obtaining her license, she has doggedly pursued knowledge in areas such as laser hair removal, microblading, lash extensions, and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo rejuvenation. She studied medical deepchemical peels and even obtained her medical assisting certification. “In our industry, it’s vital to remain current with trends and innovative technology,” she said. When not on the job, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, attending and volunteering at Paradox Church, good food, good wine, healthy living, and working in her f lowerbeds. “Working, going to school, raising a family, and expecting a new baby was a lot on my plate,” she said. “But helping others learn to love their skin is truly my calling.”


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S H E RL EY ARA M AT H , M D

ARL IN GTO N FAM ILY PRACTI C E , PA

Sherley Aramath, MD, Laura Rice, DO, Tien Truong, DO, and Kaitlyn Gorman, FNP-C Modern medicine has advanced at lightning speed. Sadly, that can mean patients become merely numbers; statistics; just so many names on so many charts. The board-certified doctors at Arlington Family Practice think there’s a better way. For 40 years, they’ve served as a medical home for generations of families providing ever-advancing modern medicine with know-you-by-name care.

CONTACT

2415 Matlock Road Arlington, Texas 76015 (817) 277-6444 ArlingtonFP.com

Sherley Aramath has a favorite quote, “Only a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile” (Albert Einstein). It’s a guiding principle, whether she’s leading a medical mission trip abroad or caring for her patients at home. Detailoriented, conscientious, and compassionate, Dr. Aramath takes a systematic approach to care. Her practice involves medical management of chronic health conditions, women’s health, newborn care, pediatrics, and adult medicine. She’s a recipient of Patients Choice award 2018, Compassionate Doctor award 2018, and Top Doctor award 2019. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Aramath enjoys outdoors, running, gardening, music, reading, and staying involved in her church. TI EN TRU ON G, D O Dr. Truong practices a holistic approach to health integrating physical, mental, and social health and preventative medicine. Her philosophy for medical care is “using advanced medical technology to serve patients with different backgrounds in a compassionate and personalized way”. Moving from Vietnam in the middle of med school, her goal was to make a real difference in people’s lives. Dr. Truong practices a full range of medicine from newborn care to geriatric, in other words, the whole family, focusing on patient education to help them make the right choices about healthy diet and lifestyle. She was named America’s Best Physician 2018 and Texas Top Doc 2019.

When she’s at home, she spends time with her family and enjoys traveling. LA U R A R I C E , D O Laura Rice hails from a long line of healthcare professionals, so a career in medicine was always at the back of her mind. Her interests lie in osteopathic, natural, homeopathic, and functional medicine. She strives to set a good example of a life of health and wellness for her family and her family of patients. “I firmly believe the healthier one is, the happier they will be,” she said. Dr. Rice loves learning, traveling, and forging wellness partnerships with her patients. Dr. Rice is a past winner of Most Compassionate Doctor Patient Choice Award. K A I T LY N G O R M A N , F N P - C Nurse Practitioner Kaitlyn Gorman understands it’s a struggle to stay healthy in our modern world and she’d never tell her patients to do something she wouldn’t do. “I get up at 4:00 a.m. to work out before my 12-hour shifts,” she said. “I pack a balanced, nutritious lunch.” But she also chooses when to indulge. “I strongly believe if we take care of ourselves, we can live a long, adventurous life,” she said. Most of her working life has been as a nurse in the ER. “I learned a little bit of everything, but mostly that life is a gift and so are all the amazing people in our lives,” she said. “My goal is to encourage, educate, and empower every person I meet, so that they may be the best version of themselves.” june 2019

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C ITY VI EW AU D IO LO GY & HE ARING AID S , INC.

Diane Blaising, AuD, ADA, ABA, FAAA 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 said. “I took the record player to school and instead of using the needle on the record, I had a sewing needle stuck into a pencil eraser. We’d hold the wooden end of the pencil between our teeth and place the needle on the turning record and could hear the record through our teeth and bones in our skulls. It’s not coming through your ear canals. It’s bone conduction hearing.” The workings of the human auditory system haven’t ceased to amaze Diane. Now as a boardcertified doctor of audiology, she’s discovered she likes the human side of audiology even more than the medical/science side. “I love the patient contact and making a difference in the lives of my patients the most,” she said. After more than 24 years serving as an audiologist, the last 11 with her own practice, Dr. Blaising sees herself as a source for total hearing care. “I want my office to serve as a resource center for everything hearing,” she said. “I opened Cityview Audiology & Hearing Aids because I wanted to do more for my patients. For instance, we 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 says she has the best staff on the planet. “They join me in my mission to help our patients obtain a better quality of life by enhancing their ability to communicate with their families and friends, for deeper, more meaningful relationships,” she said. “We love helping working men and women be more successful in their careers. We live in a time when hearing aid technology is extremely sophisticated and we have the ability to treat any hearing loss successfully. Every patient is different. So we stay abreast of advancements in the programming software that allows us to correctly fit hearing instruments to each patient we see.” 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 in Louisville and as

a pediatric audiologist at the Louisville Deaf Oral School. Dr. Blaising is board certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology and has twice been given the Ace Award for continuing education. She and her husband are members of First Baptist Church in Dallas and Dr. Blaising is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. She is pleased to announce that she will be bringing another audiologist to the practice in 2019 who will offer services for patients with cochlear implants. “This will be an exciting addition to the practice, said Dr. Blaising.” Visit Find out more at CityviewHearing.com.

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7801 Oakmont Boulevard Suite 109 Fort Worth, Texas (817) 263-1800 CityviewHearing.com


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D IE T SO LU T IO NS WEIGH T LOSS C ENT ERS , LLC

Jennifer McMahon

Jennifer McMahon has a vision—optimum health and limitless potential for each of her patients at Diet Solutions. Every day, she walks alongside men and women on their weight-loss journey. “The best part of my job is getting to know each patient,” she said. “I am blessed to spend my days empowering people to become their best selves; celebrating victories with them and encouraging them through their struggles.” This medically-monitored weight loss program offers a unique, highly personalized prog ram—as unique as each patient themselves. Their website is loaded with testimonials from men and women who found themselves stuck in a life where they felt helpless, sluggish, isolated, and negative, with no hope for lasting change. At DSC, they found support and encouragement—they found themselves again. With an emphasis on education and empowerment, Jennifer and the Diet Solutions team, under the guidance of Dr. Richard Knight, make weight loss healthy and attainable. Your initial visit at Diet Solutions includes a thorough medical exam including weight and BMI, EKG, lab work, blood pressure, B12 injection, appetite suppressant, a food consultation, and a “before” photo. Weekly, follow-up visits will consist of a program review with a consultant, weight and BMI, b12 injection, blood pressure, and appetite suppressant. You may also choose to incorporate patented Skinny Mini Me Fat Burner, Skinny Mini Me Fat Blocker, and Skinny Shots to improve your fat burning metabolism, decrease unwanted water retention, help maintain blood sugar

levels, decreases mild signs of depression, normalizes appetite, stimulates greater levels of energy, and eliminates fatigue. MEE T J ENN I FE R M C M A H O N Growing up, Jennifer always knew she wanted to be independent. “I worked for various types of people and decided I didn’t want to have to depend on anyone else,” she said. “The only person I truly wanted to work for was myself. Starting your own business has many obstacles. At times, you can feel defeated. But I found that writing my goals and dreams on sticky notes and sticking them to your bathroom mirror helped me stay focused on what I was working toward. And it was all worth it. I love being my own boss and I love serving our patients.” Jennifer and her husband, Brandon, are proud parents of a 12, 13, and 14-year-old, making family life nonstop. Of course, they wouldn’t have it any other way. The McMahons are members of Ovilla Road Baptist Church where Jennifer and Brandon are active members of a life group they periodically

host. She also supports the Boys and Girls club by attending The Cinderella Ball charity events throughout the year. In her business and personal life, Jennifer adheres to a simple mission statement, “To love God and to help others.” We think she’s doing a great job!

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920 Hwy 287 North, Suite 306 Mansfield, Texas 76063 (817) 453-3438 821 Southwest Alsbury, Suite C Burleson, Texas 76028 (817) 295-3438 2542 West Pioneer Parkway Pantego, Texas 76013 (817) 277-3438 114 Park Place Ct. Suite 201 Waxahachie, Texas 75165 (214) 980-1414 DietSolutionsCenters.com

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MANSF IELD FAM ILY D EN TI STRY

Terri Bauer

Terri Bauer is all about family. Whether it’s her husband, Dr. John Bauer, their four kids, and 11-count ‘em—grandkids or her family of patients at Mansfield Family Dentistry, Terri is one of those women who isn’t happy unless she’s giving to someone. A true southern lady, Terri is as much at home orchestrating a family meal that would have Norman Rockwell scrambling for paints and brushes as she is making a run for the World Cutting Horse fi nals. Through it all, she feels blessed beyond belief. Terri and John opened Mansfield Family Dentistry in 1980, when Mansfield was still a sleepy, Texas town. As the town has grown, the practice has thrived, serving generations of Mansfield families. Eleven years ago, their son, Dr. Cody Bauer, was able to join his parents in the practice. “Mansfield Family Dentistry was built around the importance of family,” Terri said. “As we’ve watched our own kids grow up and now our grandkids, we’ve been blessed to watch our patients grow up as well, starting families of their own and bringing their own kids to us for care. It’s an honor that’s beyond words, to know that a parent has such good associations with our office that they want their own child to experience the same thing “It’s been such a blessing to work alongside my husband and son,” Terri said. “They both possess such caring hearts, keeping dentistry relaxed and personal but also going that extra mile to offer the very latest modern dentistry has to offer. And

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God has blessed the three of us with a team who shares our passion for caring for the families of Mansfield.” T he simple goal of Mansfield Family Dentistry is to exceed patient expectations; to go that one step further to deliver a dental experience patents can’t help but tell their friends and family about. “After each and every visit, we want our patients to be so delighted with the service they received they’ll want to refer others to us,” Terri said. “Whatever we do, we want to make a positive difference in each of our patient’s lives.” Maybe that’s why a majority of their days are fi lled with referral and repeat business. “Two of my biggest inspirations have been my parents,” Terri said. “I’m blessed with wonderful children who teach me new ways to love and support family. I work

with wonderful people who know all my faults and support me anyway. And I have my greatest cheerleader, my husband. I’m at the age that it would take many pages to thank everyone who’s helped change my life for the better. Dick, Tawana, John, Clay Charles, my recently deceased mom, the list is endless. I love starting my day on our back patio at the farm meditating on all my blessings, enjoying the beauty of nature, and renewing my faith. My cup runneth over.”

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Mansfield Family Dentistry (817) 473-0291 100 Carlin Road Mansfield, Texas 76063 MansfieldDentistry.com


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A UDIO LO GY EX PERTS

LISA B. FELL, AuD

Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and negatively impact social and emotional well-being. This could be what's happening if you find yourself or someone you love withdrawing from social situations, spending less time with family and friends and shying away from things they used to love, like going to dinner or a movie. Dr. Lisa B. Fell of Audiology Experts, is a Doctor of Audiology that evaluates hearing and takes the time to understand the degree of hearing loss and an individual's lifestyle so she can recommend solutions for improving quality of life. Hearing loss can occur gradually. “A change in a person’s ability to communicate affects the whole family, and often it’s a family member who first notices a change in their loved one," said Dr. Fell. Hearing loss can be frustrating, alienating, and fatiguing. Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to doing poorly on memory tests because of the strain involved in trying to hear. Essentially, someone might strain to hear an instruction or conversation and then not remember what they heard. Dr. Fell states, "some research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia." One Johns Hopkins study found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. It’s important that the patient get evaluated. Hearing loss can happen to anyone - like children, vibrant retirees experiencing natural, age related hearing changes, even young adults still in the workforce. Audiology Experts employs the latest knowledge and technology to evaluate the situation and create a custom

solution. They offer a wide range of hearing devices, as well as sophisticated hearing protection to help maintain your hearing. And they offer it all right here in Arlington.

• Custom ear molds and hearing protection, musician’s earplug, sleep molds and swim plugs

AT AU D I OL OGY E XP E R TS YO U ’ LL F I N D :

Dr. Lisa Fell opened Audiology Experts in 2008. She earned her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences Center and she holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Prior to founding Audiology Experts, Lisa worked at an ENT clinic in Arlington as a clinical audiologist. Dr. Fell and her husband, Denton have a son and daughter. When not busy at work, they can be found hiking, camping, attending music events, and relaxing on their patio with their two Australian shepherds.

• Comprehensive audiological evaluations by an experienced audiologist • Providers for many insurance carriers for diagnostic testing and hearing aids • Cerumen removal (ear wax cleaning) • Tinnitus consultations • Access to hearing aid manufacturers with the latest in technology • Competitive pricing and a 30-day adjustment period for hearing aids

M E E T T H E D O CTO R

• Available financing options • Expert Hearing Care packages available for care and maintenance to keep your devices at optimum performance • Hearing aid batteries, supplies and assistive listening devices

CONTACT

1261 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 105 Arlington, Texas 76013 (817) 451-4818 AudiologyExperts.com

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LAUR EN M ED EAN PH OTO G R A P HY

Lauren Medean

Lauren Medean is often amazed at her journey in life, the way God has gone before her, and the destination that’s beyond anything she could have imagined. From an early age, she felt like she wanted to be a teacher and touch young lives. But God had other ideas. There came a day when she was plugging away at school, working toward her teaching degree, and realized, with two young kids, her heart was tugg ing at her to stay home and make them her focus. “Yet I still wanted to contribute to the family fi nancially,” she said. “God opened my eyes to the idea of photography—something I enjoyed but never thought of as a career.” And what better subjects for her to get started than her own two precious children. Lauren soon discovered she has an eye for capturing that unique shot and drawing out the personality of each subject. She began amassing clients. “This developed quickly into a career that supported my family so my husband could go to nursing school,” Lauren said. “And since I was my own boss, I could still make the kids my priority.” And what a career it’s been. Lauren has been privileged to record the most precious times in people’s lives— from first photos of a newborn to wedding and pregnancy sessions, senior shots, and documenting each stage of life for growing families. A tr ue ar tist behind the lens, she understands how to orchestrate that one-of-a-kind shot and isn’t afraid to try things that haven’t been done before. Her easy-going personality gives her quick

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rappor t with babies, kids, teens, and adults alike, helping them relax and be themselves in front of the camera. The results are not to be believed. “I looked at my work, early in my career, and thought, ‘Wow, this should be on a magazine cover’,” Lauren said. “Now, I’m honored that that’s become a reality. God answers prayers in His own perfect timing.” Here magazine work—like all her work—has a way of pulling the viewer in and telling an entire story with just one image. Lauren was blessed with an inspirational role model in her mom. “She was a strong, fierce woman full of grace, compassion, and love for everyone,” Lauren said. “She passed away when I was only nine. But I was blessed with her sisters and mother who taught me invaluable lessons about life and showed me how to overcome

tragedy and glide through my time on earth with God's grace.” Always looking for ways to pay it forward, she donates her time and photography to individuals or families in need. “I wish all the time that I had more pictures of my mom,” she said. “That inspires me to provide other families with beautiful pictures of the ones they’ll soon be losing.” She also volunteers at St. Jude’s Children's Hospital offering Reiki Energy Healing and photography services.

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(817) 929-0131 LaurenMariePhotography.Zenfolio.com


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ARL IN GTO N CO NVENT IO N & V I SI TO R S BURE AU AND T RAVEL & SP O R TS L EGACY FO U ND AT IO N

Mary German

Mary German wasn’t born in Texas, but— as they say—she got here as quickly as she could. As Chief Operating Officer of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mary is an expert on the very best restaurants, hotels, shopping, public art, year-round events, and everything a visitor can do to have a uniquely Arlington experience. In short, the Virginia native spends her days helping others discovering the many unique and irresistible qualities she herself found and loved in Arlington. If it’s happening in The American Dream City—or it’s about to happen—Mary knows about it. Mary was one of the lucky ones to have a mother that was an exemplary role model for her as a child and even more so throughout her adult life. “Her life lessons, manner, and words of wisdom continue to influence my actions and decisions every day,” Mary said. With a tourism and hospitality management career that’s spanned for over 25 years, Mary now serves not only as chief operating officer for the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau but executive director of the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation, and a faculty member and moderator for Destinations International Certified Destination Management Executive Program and Core Clarity Facilitator. “My passion is providing opportunities for others and making a difference in the community,” she said. Since 1991, Mary has been instrumental in the development of many projects including Arling ton Entertainment Area Management District (trolley) and Arlington Tourism Public Improvement District. Her volunteer work

has included development of the Pathways to Excellence Program, annual Women’s History Month program at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance, and development of the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation, the 501c3 arm of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mary says tourism touches everything in Arlington. “We created the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation, for instance, to address the workforce needs of the community and provide a sustainable workforce for the travel, tourism, and sports industries’ employers,” she said. “The goal of the foundation is to provide long-term educational opportunities for youth and adults in underserved communities and provide an upwardly-mobile and rewarding career pathway.” With more than 14.5 million visitors to Arlington annually and more than 10,000 travel and sports-related jobs, tourism and sports are in Arlington’s DNA. “Our hope is

that, through the foundation we can enrich the lives of Arlington students by providing educational scholarships for tourism, travel, and sports management programs at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus and University of Texas Arlington,” Mary said. “I like to think that through my career and volunteer work, I’m able to inspire others to achieve the greatest version of themselves by strengthening their innate talents and living and leading with purpose, passion, and authenticity,” Mary said. “My goal has always been to live and lead with purpose, passion, and confidence.”

CONTACT

1905 East Randol Mill Road Arlington, Texas 76011 (817) 265-7721 Arlington.org

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INSTITUTE FOR HORMONAL BALANCE AND BIOTE

Mandy Cotten

We all want to be our best emotionally, psychologically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually; to be the best spouse, parent, adult child, friend, employee, and citizen we can be. Yet the condition of our bodies and how we feel physically has a profound effect on our mood, energy level, ability to think clearly, and attitude toward others. That’s why having a trusted holistic health provider like Mandy Cotten in your corner is so important—for you and those who count on you. Every day, Mandy works to improve the quality of health—and therefore the quality of life—of men and women throughout A rling ton, Ir v ing, and far beyond by optimizing hormone levels with bioidentical hormone pellets placed under their skin. She and her staff at the Institute for Hormonal Balance provide individualized treatment plans for patients in multiple stages of life. But bioidentical hormone replacement is only one of the ways they’re helping men and women realize their full potential. “For our female patients, we begin with comprehensive well-women care,” Mandy said. “An annual well-women exam is a great time to go over any questions you have with your provider, talk about any symptoms you’re experiencing, and make sure your body is operating the way it should.” If hormone imbalance is an issue, Mandy may discuss her BioTE method of hormone optimization including balancing estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, and vitamin status so they work together in the body to establish optimal health. “Our hormones act as messengers, designed to interact with

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specific target cells and organs and provoke a change or result”, Mandy said. “As we age, hormone production changes, and hormonal imbalance can occur. Unbalanced hormones can have a variety of side effects and symptoms, making balanced hormones essential for mental health and disease prevention, as we age,” Mandy explained. Mandy also offers a full menu of other services, including Botox, dermal fi llers, SlimShots, Emsella (FDA approved treatment for incontinence, PRP Injections, Doctor Supervised Weight Loss ®(DSWL)and Skin Tightening, so you can look as good as you feel. “DSWL ® & SlimShots are promising weight management support toosl that combines a number of vitamins and nutrients to give your body the extra help it needs to burn fat, balance hormones, and increase energy levels,” Mandy said. Mandy Cotten received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from TCU and completed her doctorate at Loyola University in New

Orleans. “I’ve worked alongside Dr. Gary Donovitz, a world-renowned expert in hormone optimization and have been practicing the BioTE method of hormone optimization for more than five years, with wonderful success.” Mandy is also the director of BioTE Clinic and Research. When not on the job, she spends as much time as she possibly can with her husband, Casey, and their two children.

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Arlington Office: 2304 I 20 West, Suite 120 Arlington, Texas 76017 Irving Office: 1875 West Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 100 Irving, Texas 75038 (817) 467-7474 donovitz.com


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KOS/DANCHAK AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AIDS

Melissa Danchak, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Melissa Danchak is humbled every day. “We are given the opportunity to help people in North Texas hear the best they can. The positive quality of life differences we make for those with hearing health concerns are simply awesome!” Dr. Danchak is focused on i mprov i ng awa reness around hearing health care. “Hearing loss specifi cally is not as noticeable as blurry vision or a toothache and so people naturally struggle to identify with their own hearing health care needs. Ironically however, the majority of people we meet each day have not had their hearing tested in years.” She is also focused on improving the stigma around addressing hearing loss. “There is no pill or surgery you can take. In my opinion, over-the-counter options are not in the consumer’s best health care interest. Wearing hearing aids does not make someone look ‘old’ they help someone hear and understand better! We also participate with most major medical insurance companies and have partnerships with CareCredit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage to provide fi nancial options to hear better.” Dr. Danchak began working in the practice as a young audiologist. She then bought the practice when Susanne Kos, the original audiologist/owner, retired in 2002. “Susanne was very well respected and trusted by her patients and area physicians,” Danchak says. “The physicians that referred to Susanne continue to refer to us today. We know they value the services and the delivery of care we provide. All of us here understand the

impact we have in our community and we are proud that our patients share their positive experiences with others in person and online.” The journey begins with a discussion about the unique and personal hearing challenges one faces each day. A hearing evaluation is then conducted and, if appropriate, a live listening demonstration experience with hearing devices is provided. “It is always exciting to watch someone hear and understand a loved one or a friend better,” Dr. Danchak said. ”It is an emotional experience - and it reminds us of why we do what we do.” Dr. Danchak and her staff understand that an investment in better hearing is not just about technology. “Our Complete Hearing Health Care Program is the most comprehensive pack age of services in the North Texas area. It

includes all of the service people need to be successful with their investment in better hearing and with KDA — including free batteries for the lifetime of the devices.” The long-term relationship Kos/Danchak Audiology has formed is just one reason they have earned over 75 five-star reviews on Google, Facebook, and HealthyHearing. com. It’s also why so many of their satisfied patients refer their friends and family to them each month.

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SAILS FAM ILY M ED ICINE

Erica Sails, MD

Dr. Erica Sails believes in the basics. “Proper rest, diet, exercise, fresh air, water, self-control, sunshine, and trusting God are all essential to staying healthy and becoming the best we can be,” she said. At her family medicine practice, Dr. Sails spends her days educating, motivating, and empowering her patients to achieve optimal health. “I enjoy partnering with my patients to set smart goals to help prevent—and in some cases reverse—the progress of lifestyle disease.” It’s what God has called her to do and what He solidified in her, while she undertook urban missionar y work in inner-cit y Chicago. “My time in Chicago, combined with my faith in God, truly changed my life,” she said. “It gave me a unique perspective on medicine and myself—both as a physician and a ser vant to man—working as an extension of the healing hands of Christ.” Dr. Sails sees each patient as a life God has allowed her to impact. “I’ve learned the importance of listening, especially to unspoken words and body language; to recognize the real needs that are often more than just physical. Listening helps me be more compassionate and effective— both in the mission field and in medicine.” Her holistic approach to health—addressing the physical needs by understanding the mental, social, and spiritual needs of each patient—sets her apart. Dr. Sails shared with us an example of this approach in action. In her practice she had a patient who was neglecting her diabetes and hypertension medicine. Once she gained her trust, Dr. Sails discovered the patient feared for

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her life, at the hands of a drug-addicted daughter who—among other things—was selling her medicine, to fund her drug habit. Dr. Sails helped the patient get out of this dangerous situation, fi nd a place to stay, and obtain the social services she needed. Once the patient was in a place where she could manage her medicine and money, and feel safe, Dr. Sails and the patient could partner to address her diabetes and hypertension and her health improved tremendously. This is just one of many patients who has received another chance at a healthy life thanks to a doctor willing to meet them where they were and extend the grace of God. Dr. Sails is an active member of Arlington Seventh Day Adventist church where she’s involved in outreach, leads life groups, and is the former health ministry’s leader. She and her family also support Revive Community Service.

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GRE AT S K IN S PA AND FAC I A L C L U B

Brenda Cureton-Smith

You don’t win “Best Skin Care in Arlington, Texas” six times unless you offer superior products, solid business practices, and over-thetop customer service. Brenda Cureton-Smith and her Great Skin Spa and Facial Club deliver all of the above—and then some. Beginning her beauty career 13 years ago, Brenda secured the first U.S. franchise of Canadian-based FACES Cosmetics. Always looking for ways to lift and empower others, she developed Great Skin Spa and Facial Club, headquartered in Arlington. The company has flourished, over the past nine years, and is now selling franchises. People just love Great Skin! Brenda herself began, at a young age, exploring how she might keep her skin at its healthiest. “How could I keep my skin looking young? How can I age gracefully? How can I use makeup to ‘enhance’ my look and still feel good about myself, when I take it off?” She also wondered how to make spa services a part of routine self-care for her guests, not just an occasional treat or splurge. “Everybody needs to block out time to relax,” Brenda said. “And everybody deserves to feel—and look—like a star.” Never one to shy away from hard work, Brenda started at Ground Zero— and age 50—developing her brand, concept, and operating principals that would embody everything she knew to be important to her guests; to partner with them to meet their skin and beauty goals together. Fast forward a few robust and exhilarating years and Great Skin is now an award-winning day spa and franchise company with Brenda as operating master esthetician and CEO. “Our hallmark is understanding each guest’s beauty goals and matching them with the perfect skin care treatment plan and home care practices,”

Brenda said. “We begin with a brief ‘needs assessment’, which can include a ‘before’ photos, then develop a highly-personalized treatment plan. Our motto is ‘Relax, Rewind, Renew!’.” At Great Skin Spa and Facial Club guests are celebrated with exceptional customer service, affordable pricing, facial club memberships, and experienced skincare specialists. Brenda is seeking entrepreneurs interested in their own Great Skin franchise location. “We’re expanding throughout Texas, offering a turnkey franchise program including everything you need to successfully own and operate your own Great Skin Spa & Facial Club,” Brenda said. Great Skin specialists in anti-aging, acne, hyper pigmentation, daily skin care for men, women and teens, along with body slimming treatments, and waxing. Find out more at GreatSkin4You.com. MEET BRENDA CURETON-SMITH An Arlington resident, Brenda hails from Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in professional communication. A natural-born wordsmith, Brenda previously worked for AH Belo, the Dallas Morning News, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

THE SKIN AND BODY-CARE SPECIALISTS AT GREAT SKIN OFFER: • Anti-Aging • Acne Treatment • Hyperpigmentation skin treatments • Facials • Chemical Peels • Microneedling • Microdermabrasion • Waxing • Non-surgical Fat Cavitation • Cellulite Treatments • Foot Detoxing • Makeovers • Teeth Whitening • Gold Tox System

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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

FIR ST EY ECARE NO RT H A R L I N GTO N

Vanessa Nguyen, OD and Gayle Karanges, OD It can be fascinating to see two ver y d if ferent jou r neys converge on one vocation. It was that way for Drs. Vanessa Nguyen and Gayle Karanges. Gayle grew up obsessed with all-thing-horses. “I competed in equestrian events since the age of five,” she said. “I taught riding lessons and realized I love helping people. I also have a fascination with the workings of the human body.” So, healthcare was a natural path for Gayle. Vanessa was born in Vietnam but left, as a baby, to embark upon a harrowing

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journey that took her family from their home countr y to a refugee camp—for two years—before finally arriving in the US. “The stereotype about Asian parents wanting their kids to become doctors is true,” she said. “My parents hoped I’d go to med school. But it wasn’t for me.” Optometry, however, was a perfect fit. At First Eyecare in Arlington, the two go beyond basic eye exams and prescribing g l a s s e s a nd cont ac t s . “ We conduc t thorough eye exams, spending extensive time evaluating each patient’s vision and how their general health affects their eyes long term,” Dr. Karanges said. “With full diagnostic capabilities, we can detect conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions, during their eye exam.” Drs. Karanges and Nguyen partner with primary care physicians to co-manage patients w ith medical conditions affecting their eyes. “We’re a full medical practice diagnosing and treating ocular diseases,” Dr. Ng uyen said. “We can evaluate diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, keratoconus, eye infections, and more.” First Eyecare also offers non-invasive, in-office cosmetic procedures such as eyelash extensions, lash lift, microblading, a n d T her m i E ye . “ E ve r yon e s h ou l d

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feel good about their appearance,” Dr. Karanges said. “We’re thrilled to be able to help in that area.” A hallmark of the First Eyecare practice is the time the doctors invest simply listening to their patients. “We don’t just hear what the patients are saying but listen to what, how, and why,” Dr. Nguyen said. “Being able to connect with our patients is the first step in building a good relationship and establishing trust in our care.” Looking back Drs. Nguyen and Karanges bot h rea lize how blessed t hey were to have moms who set an example of hard work while putting families first. “My mom a lways told me I cou ld do anything I set my mind on,” Dr. Karanges said. “You can have a family and have a successf ul career too. She was my strongest advocate.” “As a child I didn’t realize how hard my parents worked to make a better life for their five kids,” Dr. Nguyen said. “But now it pushes me to do everything I can to make them proud.” And both women are passionate about empowering the next generation. “You can have it all, if you’re willing to work hard,” Dr. Karanges said. “Be passionate about your work and it won’t feel like work at all.”


K ASTL LAW, P.C.

Kristina N. “Krisi” Kastl, J.D.

Dallas personal injury law firm Kastl Law, P.C. is one of Texas’ leading firms concentrating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and 18-wheeler accidents. “We help people with injuries as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence,” says Kristina N. “Krisi” Kastl, J.D., who founded the women-owned and -operated firm in 2006. “We’re not afraid to take the tough cases. We take them and get justice.” From burn accidents and explosions to dog bites, truck crashes, and car wrecks, Kastl Law helps clients with a range of personal injury claims. They’re proud to be the voice of the victims against big insurance companies that try to use intimidation to unfairly get out of accepting responsibility for their insured’s wrongdoing. “Insurance companies aren’t here to pay you—they’re here to save money,” Kastl explains. “When the insurance company tells you no, we investigate and evaluate the credibility of the plaintiff and tell their story to ensure that the truth prevails.” Helping people is at the heart of what Kastl does every day at her firm. From the time she was in kindergarten, she knew she wanted to go into law. “I’ve always wanted to help people, especially those who can’t help themselves or those who might need assistance helping themselves,” Kastl says. Graced with her mother’s and grandmother’s tenacit y a nd per severa nce, K ast l is committed to making a difference in the lives of her clients. “Every day we get to help people get back to normal,” she says.

“We help them get through a tough time where maybe they lost a car, or they lost some of their health. We take the hardest cases that others won’t take.” With nearly two decades of experience as a trial attorney, Kastl has made a name for herself both in the courtroom and in the community. She currently serves on the following boards: Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers, Texas Trial Lawyers, and Dallas Women Lawyers Foundation. In addition, she serves as the American A ssociat ion of Just ice Women T r ia l Lawyers Caucus Chair. She also serves as the immediate past President of the Texas Women Lawyers Association. “Our firm is active in the community and committed to making the community safer for everyone—particularly those on the road,” says Kastl. No matter the size or complexity of the case, each one is treated as if it’s the firm’s only case. Kastl and the personal injury lawyers

at her fi rm are dedicated to providing a personalized approach for each and every client. “We take the time to get to know each client. We listen to their story and learn how someone else’s carelessness negatively impacted their life,” says Kastl. If you have suffered personal injuries as a result of someone else’s actions, inaction, negligence, or recklessness, let the attorneys at Kastl Law, P.C. seek justice on your behalf. “We get what people deserve,” Kastl says. “We get justice.”

CONTACT

3601 Hulen Street, Suite 101 Fort Worth, Texas 76107 (817) 219-2053 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75204 (214) 937-4424 KastlLaw.com

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ENDURE TECHNIQUES TO BUILD STAMINA THAT’LL KEEP YOU IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN BY SAMANTHA GLUCK

HIGH INTENSITY, SHORT INTERVAL ACTIVITY. mprov ing your physical f itness will improve the way you experience life in general. If your schedule is overf lowing with both personal and professional obligations, the idea of an effective and consistent exercise routine might seem unattainable. But it’s not. It’s actually simple. Keep in mind—it’s simple, not easy.

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Stamina lies at the heart of physical fitness. The longer you’re able to sustain a given physical exercise, the higher your stamina, or endurance. Building stamina enhances your performance in a chosen sport, but it also makes activities like bringing the results of your latest shopping excursion into your home much less taxing. These three simple techniques can get you started.

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If you’re short on time and want to go hard at increasing endurance, you need to do this three days a week. One high intensity interval training technique, called Tabata training, alternates between 20 second maximum effort intervals and 10 second rest intervals. For example, you might run (or do push-ups, non-weighted squats, or sit-ups) as fast as you can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then do it again for a total of eight rounds.

PERSISTENCE, PERSEVERANCE, PRESENCE. Persist until you finish with your planned training session no matter what. Persevere by not skipping a workout even if you’re traveling for work or just don’t feel like it. Keep your mind in the present as you train by concentrating on the end goal. Rule yourself by ruling your mind.

MODERATE INTENSIT Y CARDIO EXERCISE. Whether you choose cycling, jogging, swimming, or plan to alternate between these, commit to at least three days a week for 30 minutes each session. Ideally, you’ll work your way up to five days. Keep it steady and easygoing to reduce joint wear and tear.

Monitor your progre s s as you go along by recording your activities, improvements, and various external influences. But don’t fall into the trap of using someone else as the measure by which you judge yourself. It’s all too easy to look to celebrity figures or carefully curated social media feeds for inspiration, but try to keep your eyes focused on yourself and your future.


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WHAT YOU MIGHT RUN INTO Tensing your upper body. Both beginners and seasoned runners s tr u ggle w i th rela xing their upper bodies w h i l e r u n n i n g . Ke e p shoulders down, not bunched up around your ears, and elbows b e n t a t 9 0 d e g re e s . Eliminate any sideto-side movement of your arms as you run.

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There’s a basic technique you can use to improve your running performance and enjoyment. The Pose Method is a technique which aligns the body and leverages gravity to propel the runner forward with m i n i m a l ener g y w a s t e . You were born to run, and this simple method can show you how—though it does take a little practice. Find out more by visiting PoseMethod.com/running.

Neglecting to stretch. Stretch your upper and lower leg m u s cle s before an d af ter a run to increase mobility and enhance performance.

Wearing inadequate shoes. Wearing worn out running shoes or an inapp r o p r i a t e t y p e o f r u n n e r f o r yo u r particular foot is a leading cause of injuries. Go to a store specializing in running shoes. The staff there can determine if you need shoes to correct pronation or other concerns. Replace your shoes every 250 to 350 miles of use.

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Heel striking. If your hips sit behind your feet when running, i t c a u s e s h e e l s t r i k i n g . Yo u can’t push off the ball of your foot when it’s leading your hips and you have to push with heelto -toe. Too m uch h e a v y h e e l striking and you might develop an injury like plantar fasciitis and your speed will likely suffer.


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SEVEN WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR BODY’S HARDEST-WORKING ORGAN BY DAVID BUICE

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eart disease is the le ad i ng c ause of death in the United States. According to the CDC, someone has a he a r t at t ack ever y 40 seconds, and about 630,000 A mer ic a ns d ie a n nu a l ly from heart disease. T he good news is you don’t have to accept heart disease as an inevitability. There are risk factors you can’t control, like your age, ethnicity, and family, but there’s plenty you can do to promote a healthy heart too. Beyond regular exercise, here are seven additional steps anyone can take to promote good heart health.

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EXERCISE REGULARLY Regular exercise is a given. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as jogging/ running or brisk cycling.

DON’T USE TOBACCO AND AVOID SECOND-HAND SMOKE No amount of smoking or exposure to smoke is safe, and the more you smoke, the greater your risk becomes as arteries nar row, blood pressure increases, and oxygen in your blood decreases. Fortunately, the risk begins to drop soon after you stop smoking, and after 15 years your risk falls to about the level of someone who’s never smoked.

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EAT A HEART-HEALTHY DIET

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A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps protect your heart. Limit salt and sugar consumption. Limit saturated fats (red meats, full-fat dairy products, and coconut and palm oils) to five percent of your daily calories. Try to avoid trans fats (deepfried fast foods, bakery products, margarines, chips, crackers, and cookies) altogether. Also, drink alcohol in moderation, meaning one drink a day for men over 65 and women, and two drinks daily for men under 65.

coping with stress—overeating, for the heart. Some healthy stress relievers include deep breathing exercises, meditation, and relax-

Diabetes doubles your r isk of diabetic heart disease as over time high blood sugar can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. It’s important to have regular checkups and be tested for diabetes. If you have it, keep it under control.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

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Excess weight increases your risk of heart disease, and waist circumference can be a useful tool to measure abdominal fat. For men a waist size over 40 inches women it’s a waist over 35 inches. Reducing your weight by only three to five percent can reduce

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GET ENOUGH QUALITY SLEEP

R EST O F YO U R L I F E.”

Don’t feel guilty about making sleep a priority. A rule of thumb: If you wake up without your alarm

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THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

When I think of persistence, I picture a successful Texas artist who also happens to be my sister, Denise Greenwood Loveless. Neesie (as I call her) was undeniably born with artistic talent. But the thing that’s helped her excel in her field has been an uncompromising persistence that kept her fueled through 30 years of late nights in the studio while maintaining a day job, trial and error to find her perfect medium, and pounding the pavement to get her work in front of the right eyes. People look at her today and see a dynamic, successful woman with an enviable art career. But few understand the three decades of unyielding persistence it took to get her there. Her recipe for success looked something like this.

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feature | THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE

recipe for success SET GOALS Take time to figure out what you want. Research has found that people who set clear goals, refuse to quit, and continue to bounce back from difficulties succeed in achieving those goals a whopping 90 percent of the time. EXPECT SETBACKS

LONG-TERM HABITS CAN BEAT SHORT-TERM SUCCESS

Henry Ford went bankrupt three times before designing his first automobile. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times before inventing the lightbulb. It can be hard to persist against obstacles or setbacks when you’re staring them in the face. Anticipate potential problems and form a contingency plan beforehand so you’re psychologically ready when things get tough. TAKE A FIRST STEP Decide where you want to end up. Then step it back to where you are today. What’s the first thing you need to do to head toward your goal? Take that initial step, then the next, then the next. REVIEW, REEVALUATE, AND REVISE When things don’t work out, review the steps you took and processes you followed. Consider what worked, what failed, and what you could have done better. Revamp your plan accordingly. GATHER SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. Get advice from those with more experience. Accept guidance and help. Learn from the mistakes and successes of others. You still must work hard, but it’s better to do so with support and positive reinforcement. STAY FOCUSED Visualize yourself accomplishing your goal no matter what it takes. Then keep your eyes on the prize. Focus on staying focused—nothing matters except for the thing you’re doing right now. ENJOY YOUR SUCCESS Success is sweeter and more fulfilling when you recall what it took to get there. Allow yourself time to savor the eventual victory. Then consider where you want to go next and get back to work.

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BEHAVIORS SUCH AS DIET AND EXERCISE CAN SLOW DOWN THE AGING PROCESS.

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s we ready ourselves for another Tex as summer, it’s important to consider whether your HVAC system will be operating at top performance and keeping you and those you love comfortable. Now’s a good time to contact a professional heating and air company and have them inspect your system. A professional inspection should include flushing the drain pipes of water, since a clogged drain can mean your unit is working harder and less efficiently. In addition, they should clean the fan blades on the outdoor unit and remove dust

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There are a few things you can do, too. Schedule a time once a month to change disposable air filters. The first day of each month is a good time. A clean air filter can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Keep leaves, branches, and vegetation at least two feet away from your outdoor unit to allow the unit to pull in air freely. And routinely remove debris that falls into and around the unit. You might also invest in a programmable thermostat which allows decreased use of the HVAC system when you’re not home. For warm months, it’s recommended to set the thermostat around 78 degrees. Keep in mind that every degree you lower your thermostat during the summer costs about one percent more on your energy bill. If you notice your monthly bill is higher than usual during a given month, cont ac t you r he at i n g a nd a i r company and have them inspect the system to ensure it’s operating at top performance levels.

what can you do yourself? MAXIMIZE AIR FLOW WITH FANS Ceiling fans set to rotate clockwise can make a huge difference in the comfort and feel of your home during summer. The clockwise movement causes air to flow downward, preventing excess heat from rising into the higher levels of your home and making your air conditioner pick up the slack. (When the weather cools off again, reverse blades to spin counterclockwise.) UTILIZE WINDOW TREATMENTS Sun penetrating through glass can cause indoor temps to rise and kick your AC into overdrive. Investing in high-quality window treatments for sun-exposed areas can help prevent the afternoon buildup of heat in the summer months. REDUCE HEAT FROM OTHER APPLIANCES Consider using heat-generating appliance less during summer. Cook dinner outdoors on the grill, instead of in the oven. Hang clothes outside to dry instead of running the dryer. (A bonus is that glorious sun-dried smell.)


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I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO REPLY TO THE QUESTION “WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO THIS TIME?” WITH “THE BADLANDS!” AND LAST SPRING I FINALLY HAD A CHANCE TO DO SO, PACKING MY BOOTS AND HEADING OFF TO SOUTH DAKOTA FOR THREE DAYS.

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THE REGIONAL JET LANDED IN RAPID CITY just before a mighty storm system rolled in, which made the hour-long drive to Circle View Guest Ranch unforgettably harrowing. Used to storms in Texas I figured it’d be a piece of cake but felt increasingly anxious as angry, ominous clouds gathered and multi-pronged lightning bolts struck distant ground. I imaged someone finding me fried to a crisp in my little rag-top rental car on a lonely stretch of South Dakota highway some time later, foot glued to the gas pedal. It’s for that reason that I felt a wave of relief as I pulled in at the 3,000 acre ranch, eager to experience the Original 1880 Hamm Homestead Cabin—which has no running water or electricity. Having read about it in The New York Times years ago, the idea of roughing it for a couple of nights in an authentic Badlands cabin ignited a curious sense of adventure in me. After dragging my suitcase, which contained more bedding than clothing, into the tiny weathered dwelling, I lit the lantern, sat at the table, and made a list of needed supplies, with bottled water being most urgent. I also planned to pick up some fresh produce the next day so I could prepare a meal in the ranch’s guest kitchen. Since it was already dinnertime, I ventured out into the storm once more, making my way to Cowboy Corner, a gas station that only serves its dinner menu on Fridays and Saturdays. Fueled only by airline snacks and feeling emboldened by the fact that I was wearing pants with some forgiveness in the waist, I couldn’t resist ordering a chicken fried steak of epic


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WE MADE A MEAL OF IT, SHARING BOTH FOOD AND STORIES.

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made plans to ride together to the game lodge at Custer State Park.

The next morning wispy clouds brushed across a brilliant blue sky as if there had been no storm at all. A low breeze blew over the prairie, calling me to finish that last sip of coffee and get out and explore. It was a scouting expedition of sorts—a leisurely two to three-hour drive through the park loop where savage and often austere scenery pierces an otherwise peaceful landscape. >> Among the buttes and harshly eroded pinnacles I spied deer and hoped to catch a glimpse of the area’s prairie dogs, which are actually a type of ground squirrel. Stopping at many of the lookouts, my imagination soared as I daydreamed about what it was like for the Native Americans who lived and hunted on this land, wondering what they thought of the remnants of sea and turtle shells scattered around, proof the area was once underwater. Most impressive was Yellow Mounds Overlook, one of the park’s most written about and photographed views, where undulating, colored, rocky hills create a sharp contrast to the stark landscape of mostly grays and browns.

The open-air Jeep tour was a fitting way to spend my last afternoon in the Badlands. For close to two hours six of us traversed many of the park’s backroads. Along the way our knowledgeable driver told jokes and stories, shared bits of the area’s history, and stopped for us to photograph buffalo—the largest native land mammals in North America since the end of the Ice Age—and other animals from the safety of the vehicle.

Back at the ranch, I meandered over to the communal kitchen to make a leafy green salad and met a friendly couple from Arkansas who had prepared a pot of cowboy stew. We made a meal of it, sharing both food and stories. We also discovered we happened to be booked on the same Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour the next afternoon, and

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The tour ended with a chuckwagon cookout in the wild, complete with cowboys serenading us as we feasted on steak, hamburgers, and an assortment of sides. Amidst the stunning backdrop, laughter and fellowship ricocheted off kindred spirits who vowed to share photos once they’d returned to “civilization.” And all too soon the good times came to a close as we climbed into the Jeep, headed back for the ranch. I spent the rest of the evening relaxing outside my cabin, listening to the wind and gazing at the Milky Way. To this day I swear I could see its galactic center sitting there at the edge of the Badlands. It struck me that I hadn’t even missed television, Internet access, or being joined at the hip with my cellphone. I slept like a baby that night, my dreams filled with images of roaming buffalo herds set against the rugged beauty of the Badlands.


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trial by fire RECIPES AND PHOTOS BY MEGHAN YAGER

IN THE SPIRIT OF SUMMER, WE’VE GIVEN THREE DISHES A KISS OF FLAME

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GRILLED PORK CHOPS MAKES: 4 SERVINGS | TIME: 75 MINUTES FOR THE CHOPS: 3 tbsp. honey | 1 tbsp. vegetable oil | 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar | ½ tsp. garlic powder | 1 pinch red pepper flakes | 4 half-inch bone-in pork chops (about 3 ounces each) | Salt and freshly ground black pepper FOR THE APPLES AND ONIONS: 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted | 1 tbsp. olive oil | ½ tsp. ground cinnamon | ½ tsp. salt | ½ tsp. black pepper | ¼ tsp. ground cloves | 2 gala apples, cored and cut into half-inch slices | 2 yellow onions, peeled and cut into half-inch slices INSTRUCTIONS:

TIPS & TRICKS Be sure to have some freshly chopped parsley handy for an added pop of color on the platter of grilled pork, apples, and onions.

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SEASON pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Add the pork chops and mixture to a zip top bag and let the pork marinate for an hour on the counter. PREHEAT GRILL, then remove pork chops from the marinade and place on the grill. Cook for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through (USDA recommends cooking to an internal temperature of 145˚F followed by a 3 minute rest). IN A SEPARATE small bowl, whisk together melted butter, oil, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and cloves for the apples and onions. Place apples and onions on the grill and brush tops with half the butter mixture. Grill for 5 minutes, flip, brush with remaining butter, and grill for 5 more minutes. SERVE pork chops on a platter with apples and onions.


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CAESAR SALAD MAKES: 4 SERVINGS | TIME: 15 MINUTES FOR THE SALAD: 4 romaine hearts, sliced in half lengthwise | Half of a baguette, sliced | extra virgin olive oil FOR THE LEMON CAESAR DRESSING: 2 anchovies | 2 garlic cloves, peeled | ½ tsp. kosher salt | ½ tsp. coarse black pepper | 3½ tbsp. grated parmesan cheese | ¼ cup lemon juice | 2 egg yolks | ½ tsp. Dijon mustard | ½ cup extra virgin olive oil INSTRUCTIONS: PREHEAT one side of the grill for indirect PLACE all ingredients for the cooking. dressing in a food processor or blender and mix on low until dressing comes together. Increase speed to high for 30 seconds until thick, then refrigerate until ready to serve. DRIZZLE bread lightly with olive oil, then place romaine hearts and bread slices on the grill. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove bread when toasted and golden brown. The romaine should be removed when it is charred but not burnt. Plate romaine hearts on a platter with a drizzle of dressing and extra Parmesan cheese. Serve with bread.

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FLAMBÉED BANANAS

FOSTER PUDDINGS MAKES: 4 PUDDINGS | TIME: 20 MINUTES FOR THE PUDDING: 1 tbsp. orange zest | 1 cup whipped cream + more for garnish | 1 cup vanilla pudding (homemade or purchased) | 1½ cups vanilla wafer cookies, crumbled FOR THE BANANAS FOSTER: 6 tbsp. unsalted butter | 6 tbsp. rum | 2 large bananas, sliced into quarter-inch coins | 4 tbsp. dark brown sugar INSTRUCTIONS: IN A LARGE BOWL, fold together pudding, 1 cup whipped cream, and orange zest until combined. Chill until ready to assemble dessert. IN A MEDIUM NONSTICK SKILLET, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. Stir in bananas until coated well. Move pan away from flame, add rum, return to heat, then ignite the alcohol with a lighter or long match, letting it flambé until the liquor burns off. Let bananas cool slightly. ADD ¼ cup pudding mixture to each of 4 bowls or glasses. Top with an even layer of cookie crumbles. Top with a layer of banana slices. Add a second layer of ¼ cup pudding mixture each. Top with more bananas and finish with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately or chill for up to 2 hours before serving.

TIPS & TRICKS You can easily substitute cognac or other flavorful liquors for rum if you so choose!

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LIVING LIKES CHIP SHOT Golf is back in the news with the recent comeback of Tiger Woods, who won his first major in 11 years at the Masters in April. You can see him— and more than 150 other golfers—try to add to their legacy during the U.S. Open this month, to be played at Pebble Beach, California.

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Redken’s new Nature + Science range of shampoos and conditioners is vegan, sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-f ree, and fe at u re s for mu l at ion s for dry and brittle hair, damaged and distressed hair, and color-treated hair to protect your locks f rom t he summer sun. $22 EACH, ULTA.COM

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SUMMER SPIRIT A br ight, f loral g in finished with raw northern honey, the complex and quality Barr Hill Gin will make an excellent component of refreshing summer cocktails to sip on the back porch as the heat of the summer rolls in.

PORTABLE POWER Whether camping out o r hu n ke r i n g d o w n , this nif ty multi-powered FR X 3+ weat her alert radio from Etón i ncor p or at e s a d i g ital AM/FM radio, all 7 weather bands, wind-up and solar charg ing, a phone charg ing por t, an LED f lashlight, and red flashing beacon light.

$36/750 ML BOTTLE, LOCAL RETAILERS AND CALEDONIASPIRITS.COM

$60, ETONCORP.COM

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