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December 2012/January 2013

Women’s Journal

The New Castle County

A Bi-Monthly Resource For Women of New Castle County

See pages 5 and 6 for our featured people in profile Read about Dr. Nadiv Shapira’s Three-Tier Approach to Spider Vein Treatment on page 10

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Dr. Ari D. Abel shares what to do when you say “Help, My Eyelids Have Fallen!” on page 16

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Alisa Robinson of ART Fitness sets S.M.A.R .T Goals for Fitness on page 31



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The Importance Of Preventive Eye Care

By: Jeffrey B. Minkovitz, M.D.


f all the human senses, vision is often named as the most important and precious – that which would be missed most if lost. According to the CDC, approximately 11 million Americans over the age of 12 could improve their vision through proper refractive correction, and over 3 million (3%) over 40 are either legally blind or have low vision. People often seek eye care if their eyes are red or painful, or if vision becomes blurry. But routine eye examinations are important even if eyes and vision are fine – because many blinding eye diseases have few or no warning signs until vision loss is severe and possibly irreversible. The most common cause of

blindness in the United States is diabetic eye disease. In the early stages, when most easily treated, diabetic eye disease has no symptoms. Diabetics should have a comprehensive, dilated eye examination at least once a year to prevent serious complications. Maintaining good blood sugar control is also important to the health of the eyes. The second most common cause of blindness in the US is glaucoma. Vision loss from glaucoma often goes undetected until the disease is advanced, and once vision is lost, it can never be regained. Also, progression of more advanced glaucoma is more difficult to arrest. Glaucoma is more common in older adults, but it can occur even in the young. Regular examinations include screening to detect glaucoma. The most common cause of blindness among Americans over age 50 is age-related macular degeneration. While early macular degeneration has no cure, early detection, vitamins and a healthy diet can help to avoid progression. In cases which do progress, prompt intervention can improve outcomes. Worldwide, cataracts are by far the most common cause of blindness. Fortunately, this condition is reversible, and treatment is widely available in

developed countries. Technical advances have made surgery more successful than ever before. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has revised its recommendations for routine eye examinations, stating children should have routine screening and vision testing during regular pediatric visits, with referral to a specialist in the event of a finding or a family history or other risk factor. Young adults should have a baseline evaluation, and then periodic routine visits. “The frequency of ocular examinations should depend on the individual’s age, race, past ocular history, medical history, family history of eye disease, and the types of symptoms or ocular findings encountered.” Your eye care professional should recommend an appropriate interval. In addition to periodic screening examinations, prevention is important for maintaining good ocular health. Always wear eye protection when working with power tools or dangerous chemicals, or when playing sports posing a risk of eye injury. Fireworks and paintball injuries are also common causes of vision loss. Ultraviolet protection (glasses or sunglasses) can help to prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and ocular tumors. A diet healthy in fish and green vegetables can reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Finally, good blood pressure and blood sugar control, and smoking cessation helps avoid eye disease in addition to other health benefits.

While great advances have been made in ophthalmic treatments including cataract surgery and macular degeneration therapy, prevention and early detection can help to ensure the best possible vision for a lifetime.

Jeffrey Minkovitz, MD is an ophthalmologist with Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Minkovitz specializes in cataract and refractive surgery, and is one of only a few Delaware surgeons specially trained in corneal transplantation. He completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins. Previously, he graduated magna cum-laude from Harvard, earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, completed internship at Harvard’s Mt. Auburn Hospital, and served his ophthalmology residency at Washington University. Dr. Minkovitz participated in the early research on Excimer Laser refractive surgery, and has offered this procedure to Delawareans since FDA approval in 1996, before Delaware had its own laser. These early pioneering individuals travelled to Wilmer Institute with Dr. Minkovitz, where he maintained his teaching and clinical appointment. In addition to introducing laser vision correction to Delaware, he also introduced NearVision CK to eliminate reading glasses, DSAEK (a newer, less invasive type of corneal transplant) and most recently the newest advance: laser cataract surgery. Dr. Minkovitz is a co-founder of the Center for Advanced Surgical Arts and serves on its medical advisory board. He is also on active staff at Christiana Care. While on staff of Wilmer at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Minkovitz received the Outstanding Teacher award. He was also named Top Doc in ophthalmology by Delaware Today Magazine six consecutive years, and has been an invited instructor at American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meetings.

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CK® Testimonial... It finally occurred to me what has been missing during the last 2 days. Since Richard’s surgery, he isn’t complaining about his inability to read something on the fly without searching for his glasses. He wired 6 recessed lights (NO GLASSES), he read the Sunday paper sections A & B and menus (NO GLASSES), and is using the computer (NO GLASSES). I suppose for Richard, needing to look for glasses when he wanted to see something, has been the hardest adjustment of becoming older. His dependence was so gradual that I never related to why he would get so angry over needing them. My house has been quieter. I now have 2 less things to do everyday: find the glasses and make sure they were clean! Dec 2012/Jan 2013



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Dr. Philip Chao



The Importance Of Preventive Eye Care.....2 It’s Our 6th Anniversary In February...............7 Learning to Hear Again...................................8 ...May Lead To A Fulfilling Sex Life...................9 Spider Vein Treatment....................................10 It’s Never Too Late!.....................…............…11 A Winning Combination (W Del. Edition).....11 Stress Less....................................................12 Who Is Taking Care Of Your Parents’ Teeth.13 Age Related Macular Degeneration...............14 Is The Radiation Worth It?............................15 Help, My Eyelids Have Fallen!...................…16 Every Woman Should Have.........................17 Let’s Talk About Incontinence......................18 Affording Senior Living..................................19 Jessica Harper’s Story..................................20 30 Year Anniversary.......................................21 Smoother, Younger Looking Skin?.................22 Give The Gift Of Life This Holiday Season....23 Shocking Statements About Your Health Care!..24


On Our Cover...............................................5-6


Home Away From Home…...........................25 Pilates For Breast Cancer Patients...............26 Holiday Stress And Chiropractic..................27 Yoga & Aerial Yoga Retreat............................28 Best Tap Water..............................................29 The Guesswork Out Of Hormone Balance...30 Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals For Fitness..........31 The Truth.......................................................32 Fibromyalgia & Massage..............................69


Dr. Lewis Yu and Dr. Grace Liu




Christine E. Serio



Teaching Good Manners...............................50 For The Love Of Flowers................................51 Not A Foodie?...............................................52 How Do I Choose The One???......................53 Making The Irreplaceable, Unforgettable......57


Holiday Travel................................................55


Educating Women.......................................49 Relaxed Gift-Giving...................................….56 Get A Running Start........................................57 Certificate Programs.......................................58

Where You Work Effects How You Work......34 Whose Controlling Your Money?..............…38

Celebrating The Holidays, And Grief...............35

Bayada Now Hiring Nurses...........................36 Looking for Part-time Income?.....................62

When Is Enough, Enough?..........................37


Who Pays My Wages....................................39 Protect Your Rental Property?......................40 ‘Tis The Season For Safe Driving..........…41 Families Through Artificial Reproduction......42


The Grand!....................................................43 Downtown Wilmington....................................44 Free App.......................................................45 Save The Date...............................................45 NAWBO’s First Fridays................................46 Connecting You To More Customers......….47 The Pampered Chef...........................................58 She Is 75 Years Old, Bulging In The Middle.....70 Business Women’s Expo..............................70


Centurian Café & Gifts........................................48 Nora Lees.............................................................48 Candy For All Occasions.................................55





Diamonds......................................59 Sophisticated Ladies.......................................60 Great Stuff Savvy Resale..............................60 Recycle Your Unworn Jewelry.........................61 This Time It’s Personal..................................62 Best Accessory For The Holidays....................63 Girls Start Your Engines!.............................64 Is Your Hair Aging You?.................................65 Q Salon & Spa (W Del. Edition)....................65 Unique Fashions. Unusual Accessories.......66 Facials For Your Back.....................................67 You’re Not Alone!..........................................68 It All Leads To The Eyes!.................................75 Want Lasting Looks? (W Del. Edition)...........75 The Skinny On Permanent Make Up….........76 Stubborn Fat Has Met Its Match......................76


Change More Than One Life........................46 Figuring Out What Women Want.................71 Emergency Generators................................72 Which Service Company (W Del. Edition)....72 We Have The Best Dressed Customers!.......73 Avoid Holiday Hassles..................................73 Dec 2012/Jan 2013


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educate. enrich. empower. As we head into the holiday season let us all remember what the holidays are about. We see so much sadness in the world around us, but if we really open our eyes I know that we each can see some happiness and something beautiful that will make our spirits rise above the hardships that are around us. In your community you will see many places where they are asking for donations for food, open your pantry and give generously so that every family may at least have food on the table, which will be one less thing that the family will have to worry about this season. I remember when my children were small and we seemed to have everything. Nice home, nice car, plenty of food, and the holidays were totally over the top with excessive amounts of everything. Then the economy came to a screeching stop. We almost lost everything. We were even to the point that food became hard to come by. What I realized after that was that less is not always bad. We realized that we still had each other and we learned to make do with much less, and the simple things in life became much more important and enjoyable. So as we go into our holidays, remember to say thanks for all that we have, and try not to complain about what we do not have. Say a special prayer for the brave young men and women in our military for all that they and their family have sacrificed for us. Reach out to someone in your community that needs a helping hand, become a giver not a taker. Thanks to all our wonderful contributors for your support of the County Women’s Journal and we would also like to say happy holidays and a blessed New Year to our faithful readership. The County Women’s Journal is available in medical buildings, hospitals, doctors’ offices, recreation centers, libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, hair salons, supermarkets, thousands of homes and many other local businesses. Can’t put your hands on a copy? Just call us so we can help. Thanks, Pamela Rizzo, Publisher

On The Cover... This issue, our People In Profile cover was shot on

location for New Castle County at the lovely Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast which is located in Newark, Delaware in an area historically known as “The Wedge”. For more information call Amy at 302-218-8713. The Western DE County cover was shot on location at the beautiful Q Salon and Spa, at 110 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, PA, for more information please call 610-358-6088. As always we are extremely grateful to the men and women that participate in our photo shoots. Hair and makeup were provided in New Castle by J. Christian Hair Salon, an award-winning, upscale salon located at 7465 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE, for more information call 302-325-2306. Hair and makeup in Western DE County were provided by Q Salon and Spa, which is a beautiful upscale salon located in Chadds Ford, PA, for more information call 610-358-6088. Roy McDowell of Royal Photography provided all photography work. Royal Photography is located at 3646 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810, for more information call 302-478-1809. Without all of these wonderful people none of our photo shoots would be possible. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. 4

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mily Saks, M.D., is dedicated to restoring women’s quality of life. She is a Urogynecologist at Christiana Care’s Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. She is devoted to helping women with pelvic floor disorders such as urinary and fecal incontinence, or vaginal prolapse, dropping of the vagina, bladder or uterus. Growing up in Central New Jersey, Dr. Saks attended Rutgers College and UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine before accepting a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She chose her specialty because of her desire to make a difference for women, each and every day. She often reminds patients that incontinence and other pelvic floor conditions are common and can almost always be treated. “Women shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.” An accomplished researcher, she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, the study of the causes, distribution and control of disease in populations. Her research on urinary incontinence was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Saks, a mother of two, was a Division I Academic All-American Field Hockey player and is an avid runner. She enjoys traveling, most recently visiting Vietnam and Thailand. She traveled to Eritrea, Africa to volunteer her expertise and perform surgeries to repair fistulas. These devastating injuries suffered by young women during childbirth leave them unable to control bodily waste functions. Practicing medicine enables her to fulfill two passions: her fascination with science and the joy of working with women one-on-one. “Patients tell me they feel as if they have gotten their lives back,” she says. “Women don’t have to suffer in silence. We are here to help restore their quality of life.”

Dana L. Reynolds, Esq.

Deb Malek

Emily K. Saks, M.D., MSCE



eb Malek is the Chef and creative entrepreneur behind the new and happening Centurian Café’ and Giftshop in the Abby medical center. She has put together years of culinary experience and an extensive interior design background in order to introduce the “Home Made” environment that can be felt on every visit to the Centurian Café.

ana L. Reynolds, Esq., was raised in the Brandywine Hundred section of North Wilmington, is a graduate of Concord High School, and is the founder and managing attorney at the Law Offices of Dana L. Reynolds, LLC, located in historic Trolley Square in Wilmington, Delaware. She focuses her practice on family law and criminal defense and is one of a small number of attorneys in Delaware working and frequently lecturing in the cutting-edge area of assisted reproductive technology (ART) law.

Introducing a combination of comfort foods and creative new recipes has helped Centurian Café’ leave a tastefully delicious and lasting first impression on the Newark Delaware area. The café offers a medley of original gift ideas just in time for the holidays alongside with a flavorful home cooked meal type atmosphere.

Ms. Reynolds is a skilled legal practitioner and advocate, providing individualized counseling to clients with highly personal and familycentered challenges and goals. She advises and represents clients in matters of divorce with property division and alimony, child custody and support, adoption, termination of parental rights, guardianship, protection from abuse, and parentage matters. She is also a talented negotiator and experienced drafter of settlement and release agreements, separation and prenuptial agreements, egg and embryo donation agreements and gestational surrogacy agreements.

Having been born and raised in the area Deb is a familiar face that has created the flavors and concepts behind each and every dish on the menu at Centurian Café’. Her works in nonprofit organizations throughout the Delaware valley are a testament to her hard working and never give up spirit. This resume’ speaks volumes through her volunteer work and time she has dedicated to organizing and conducting multiple charity events for the National Diabetes association.

In addition, Ms. Reynolds brings her strong litigation and negotiation skill sets to the criminal defense arena while protecting her client’s constitutional and due process rights. She represents both adults and juveniles charged with traffic violations, misdemeanors and felony offenses.

The attention to detail that goes into every meal served at Centurian Café is like no other and comes with a satisfaction guarantee. So for an experience that’s unique and unlike anything else please come visit Deb and enjoy a creative flavorful dish today: looking forward to seeing you soon! 5

Debbie Esslinger


pening Bare Essentials in 1998 was a life changing decision. It has given me the opportunity to be an independent business owner, calling my own shots and helping women look and feel their best. When I relocated from California to Delaware, I wanted to start my own business but had not decided what type of endeavor would be right for me. I had a background in sales and marketing having worked for The Coca-Cola Company and as a Director of Sales for a large hotel chain. These corporate positions gave me the financial background and business experience needed for success. Two months after moving to Delaware and while working for a local dress shop, I discovered that women were desperately seeking a place where they could purchase bras and other undergarments and receive professional recommendations. Bare Essentials was my life’s AH-HA moment! This was the business I was meant to open. Long before Oprah “discovered” how important bra fitting was, I had already been in business for several years. More importantly, because she highlighted and endorsed professional bra consultations, it became a national phenomenon and women began to flock to my shop. I was ready with the one-on-one personal attention that so many women needed. I now employee 7 bra consultants and I am celebrating my 15th year in business. We’ve taken bra fitting to a whole new level! I am extremely proud of that fact! On a personal note, I enjoy being the mother of four children and my husband has always been supportive providing me with encouragement and a strong shoulder to lean upon. He shares his business savvy with me and has been an intricate part of the success of the company.

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air styling & make-up application were provided compliments of J. Christian Studio, where hair and art perform.

Jane Warren Strobel


ane is a born and raised native Delawarean, a lifelong north Wilmington resident, a family leader, and a long time successful businesswoman deeply rooted and involved in her community Growing up in Claymont gave Jane a strong sense of family and community and a love for locallyowned businesses. After University of Delaware and a short stint working for a department store, she returned to her roots. Combining her “passion for fashion” and her love for locally-owned business, Jane and her sister Janice blended their talents and opened Lady’s Image on Concord Pike - 33 years ago. Jane’s life journey, personally and professionally, have been interwoven ever since. Shortly after opening Lady’s Image, Jane met the love of her life Brad. A few years later, their children Tara and Tyler were born. In their early years, they came to work with Jane, and customers would stop in regularly to shop and see the children; the children loved it! Over the years, Lady’s Image has thrived, winning “Best of Delaware” accolades for over 17 years in categories including casual, career, evening, and accessories. The store actively participates in numerous community fundraising events, including fashion shows at women’s and cancer awareness groups, churches, colleges, high schools, and American Heart Association. Per Jane: “when you are fortunate enough to be raised in a community such as ours, you become personally and professionally involved in so many lives, and it allows you to reach out and help on so many levels.” Jane’s professional style is “teamwork”, “the glass is always half FULL”, and every customer is a unique individual. Jane’s greatest joy is when a customer says: “You changed my life, you gave me the self-confidence to go out and conquer the world”. Stop in and meet the Lady’s Image team: 3910 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 19803.

Dec 2012/Jan 2013

Joe White

Valerie Brown-Baul , MBA



ong before the increase in popularity of life coaching, Joe White was coaching individuals to break free from their limiting beliefs and fears and to transform their lives. Joe is driven by his passion and his mission to help others. His passion and mission was inspired from his own life experiences. It was almost 19 years ago when Joe overcame a near fatal drug addiction and alcoholism to reclaim his life and set his life on a new path. This new path led Joe to open Get Life Coaching in his basement in Delaware in 1999. From there, Joe and his dedicated team have grown Get Life Coaching result by result. They have built their reputation on being able to get lasting results with clients when other methods have failed.

alerie Brown-Baul is a Senior Consultant and Multi-Media Marketing Professional with expertise in Social Media Marketing. She is a highly effective strategic thinker with over twenty years of leadership experience in the Telecommunications, Education, Non-Profit and Financial Services industries. Valerie’s passions include marketing coaching and integrating multi-media technology and marketing. She enjoys teaching and has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington University for the past 7 years. She develops and teaches courses in Social Media Marketing, E-commerce, and Marketing Management. Mrs. Brown-Baul is also an author, dynamic speaker and licensed minister at Word of Faith Christian Center. Her passion is to empower adults and youth to understand who they truly are, empowering them to walk in their purpose, using their God-given gifts and talents to serve the world. She gives back to the community through her non-profit Spiritual Path Alliance (SPA) and IAM…Leadership & Training Institute. She encourages leaders to form strategic alliances and to be led by the Spirit of Love in everyday decision making. “SOULutions” is her first published work and The “I AM…” Way is her most current.

Today, Joe has worked with thousands of individuals and businesses in areas of emotional balance, relationships, health, financial, and business. He has coached everyone from top Delaware business owners to couples on the brink of divorce. Joe conducts seminars ranging from Life Coaching Certification courses to Firewalking.

Her diverse experience has allowed her to make a positive impact in many organizations including Christina School District, Delaware Department of Education, AT&T, Verizon, Dow Jones and Company/ The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, Valerie has developed and implemented marketing plans for AT&T, Verizon, small businesses, nonprofits, schools, political campaigns and community development organizations.

The results of Joe’s work has been studied and documented in two PhD. research projects in which one study won Best of Conference at an academic conference in Nashville, Tennessee and the other was turned into an academic book available on Amazon. Joe is currently 2012 New Castle County Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year and former 2008 Entrepreneur Advocate of the Year.

Mrs. Brown-Baul holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA in Business/ Management Information Systems from St. Leo College of Florida. She was born and raised in Montclair, NJ and currently resides in Bear, Delaware with her husband Charles Baul. Valerie has 3 children Christina, Earl and Miyah, and two grandsons. She encourages her family to be all God created them to be!


J. Christian is a Master Artist with more than 30 years experience in the beauty industry. Together with his wife Marcy, they own and operate J. Christian Studio, an upscale salon located in Hockessin, DE. As an International Platform Artist and Master Educator for Sexy Hair Concepts, J. Christian travels here and abroad teaching other Stylists about hair fashion. He regularly teaches at the Institute of Courage, a hair academy established by Michael O’Rourke, founder of Sexy Hair Concepts located in the Topanga Canyon just outside Los Angeles as well as at the Paul Mitchell School in Delaware. J. Christian Owner of J. Christian Studio 7465 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 302 235 2306


oyal Photography’s owner, Roy McDowell, brings a wealth of experience, both creative and business, along with an unmatched ability to put people at ease, to every occasion he photographs. Over the past 18 years, Roy McDowell has captured “that” moment for more than 300 brides and grooms and preserved high school memories too numerous to count. Such exposure has led Roy to become one of the most recognizable photographers in Delaware. The pride, precision, and passion he exudes has compelled brides-to-be to track down, “the photographer who took their senior portrait years before”. Roy exhibits this same commitment and customer service when working with the many schools and businesses with whom he’s managed contracts. “The consumer drives the product I provide; not the other way around”. With the help and support of family, friends, and business associates, Roy McDowell strives to achieve his goal of providing an unforgettable experience with superior photographs, exceptional customer focus, and lasting relationships. Roy McDowell Owner of Royal Photography 302 438 1308


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It’s Our 6th Anniversary In February cancers in the body, which is very useful in finding liver, pancreas and kidney cancers. This advanced technique spares patients from unnecessary radiation, as MRI does not use ionizing radiation. SWI is a technique, which finds microscopic blood and calcification in the brain. We use this when you have had brain trauma and have seizures, memory loss or unexplained headaches. Without this software, other scanners would simply not see the lesion. Your brain can have many lesions not seen by other scanners. REVEAL technique, which shows us your arteries without any dye injection. It works very well in the legs and abdomen and pelvis. It shows us the arteries just by using the pulsations of your arteries. It is a very advanced technique and it is quite possible your doctor might be unaware of its existence. However, you can avoid an injection of dye, by asking your doctor to request REVEAL.

is what Medicare pays for. MRI Consultants offers these techniques and will do them for FREE when asked by your neurosurgeon or neurologist.

By Dr. Philip Chao


T MRI is 100% sensitive for finding breast cancer and is generally better for all other MRI studies. A 3T MRI scanner shows details that no other scanner can see. Just today, a case where there was old healed tendonitis was able to be seen. This is something that could still be painful but would not be visible on any other scanner. On a different patient, breast cancer was found at a very early stage that was missed by several mammograms. In the cervical and lumbar spine, scans are done with thinner sections and more detail than other scanners in Delaware - 2.5mm contiguous images. Herniations that are missed by other, less powerful, scanners can be found. Most people do “3mm skip 1mm” the scanner “skips” 25% of the anatomy scanned. Stronger means both sharper and faster! Twice as good! Offering state of the art MRI and many procedures that other providers may not offer - routinely including Diffusion Tensor imaging (DTI), which shows fiber tracts in the brain and spinal cord and picks up brain damage not seen by any other test. [We are unaware of anyone else doing this] We do metal subtraction imaging, noncontrast angiography with NATIVE, cancer screening with REVEAL. We add these innovative scans for free once your doctor orders a regular MRI of that body part. And all of this involves very little additional time on the scanner. At an October 2012 conference in Montreal, the doctors talked about the BEST MRI scan for a patient with a brain tumor. They said “routine imaging” should be done — which

Patients should know that 3T Breast MRI is best but we also have the best OPEN MRI at 1.5T. Scanned were two patients that did not fit at two different top facilities located in Delaware. What is quite remarkable is that both had mammograms and sonograms that were difficult to interpret. Neither knew if they had cancer. Neither fit in any other facility’s MRI at that time. The tests were also able to be shortened to a mere 12 minutes with the safest MR dye injection in the world. We spent extra money on contrast to offer the safest MRI contrast available. Both studies were positive for breast cancer (quite large, in fact) and both could have been found earlier if their doctors had ordered the test earlier. Missed by mammogram

SAFETY. But if your scan does require dye injection, the MR contrasts we use have never caused a single case of nephrogenic systemic sclerosis. This is not true of all MR contrast. We use Prohance at 3T and Multihance at 1.5T and Eovist if the patients have poor renal function. Consult our website at . We believe using the safest contrast for MRI is the best solution for all of our patients. One size or contrast does not fit all. Safe contrast costs just a bit more, but you are worth it.

SPEED. 3T MRI is the highest magnet strength for MRI in clinical practice. We have two 3T MRI scanners. We are happy that some doctors (or businessmen) have followed our lead. Our 32-channel head coil is twice as fast as a 16channel head coil. COMFORT. Our 70 cm (30 inch) OPEN BORE scanner is more open than a traditional “open” MRI with a 0.3T scanner—which is only 19 inches wide. The so-called standup MRI scanner with a 0.6T magnet is only 18 inches wide. The 30 inches wide OPEN MRI we have (the most spacious in the world) has a weight limit of 550 pounds. It is the best MRI for anyone. We have many patients who are claustrophobic on other MRI scanners who can be scanned without sedation at our facility. You have not had a comfortable MRI scan till you try our Siemens 18 channel Espree. When you have more room inside you are likely to hold still and get a better study. We also have a special sequence called BLADE which freezes motion. So if you are moving a lot we use BLADE for your scan and get clear pictures.

Dr. Philip Chao graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and was Scholar of the House. He continued his studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, receiving his medical degree in 1983. After a transitional internship year at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown NY, Dr. Chao did his residency in Radiology at Brooklyn’s SUNY Health Science Center (19841987), where he became Chief Resident. He stayed on to complete a fellowship in Neuroradiology (1987-1988). Dr.

Breast cancer was found at a very early stage that was missed by several mammograms Chao has been interested in MRI technology since its very beginning – the first MRI scan took place in 1981 while he was pursuing his medical studies. The University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Chao was both a Body MRI Fellow (19881990) and a Neuroradiology Fellow (1989-1990), was at the heart of the development of this technology and Dr. Chao was able to work with pioneers in MRI on the first GE Signa 1.5T (tesla) scanner. His advanced research and specializations complete, Dr. Chao left the University of Pennsylvania for a position as Director of MRI in Wilmington DE – a position he held for 14 years. Dr. Chao eventually left that position to create the best MRI center in Delaware, using the very latest technology: 3T MRI. While 3T (tesla) scanners have been used for scanning research patients since 2002, these advanced, more powerful MRI scanners only became available for clinical use in 2004. Dr. Chao worked hard to bring 3T technology to Delaware and in February 2007, MRI Consultants, LLC began operating the first 3T scanner in the State. 3T is the newest horizon for MRI.

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Learning to Hear Again hearing help not only delays your reconnection to the world through your hearing and ability to communicate, but it also impacts how well you can make use of the sounds you hear, once they are restored.

Audiological Evaluation, Listening Needs Assessment, and live Hearing Aid Demonstration, the audiologists at Riddle Hospital will offer a hearing treatment plan that is specifically designed for your individual needs and budget.

What is Auditory Deprivation?

By Catherine M. Marino, Au.D.


Use It or Lose It!

What Does it Take to Hear Again?

Tinnitus Prevention

hat is it like to hear all the sounds of life? Fantastic! Marvelous! If you have slowly begun to lose the ability to hear conversations and other important sounds that enrich your life, there is hope. Learning to hear again is possible through the care of a competent audiologist who customizes a hearing treatment plan using current advanced hearing aids as a tool to better hearing. Today’s technology not only can help restore those missing sounds but also employ an adaptive process for reintroducing them. This enables the auditory system to organize these sounds for maximum benefit and minimum annoyance. As wonderful and dramatic as restored hearing is, the process of learning how to interpret and manage many lost sounds takes time, patience, and auditory training with the help of an attentive audiologist. Just as walking out into the bright sunshine after several hours in a dark movie “hurts” your eyes, so too does the sudden experience of re-hearing the many sounds of life overwhelm your ears and brain if they come at you all at once. While you would not stay in the dark just to stave off the insult to your eyes, why would you risk the negative consequence of staying in silence too long? Putting off getting

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For more information or to schedule an evaluation or treatment, contact the Audiology Department at Riddle Hospital.

Sensory deprivation is the reduction of environmental stimulation to one of our senses. In the case of auditory deprivation, it is prolonged reduction of sensory input to our ears, auditory nerve and hearing parts of our brain. Hearing loss reduces the transmission of sound through temporary blockage or damage to the outer, middle or inner ear and thus reduces the electrical signals sent along the hearing pathways to the brain.

Barbara J. Madden, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology/Director Catherine M. Marino, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology

Denise E. Stewart, M.S. Clinical Audiologist Lisa C. Mackenzie, M.S. Clinical Audiologist RIDDLE HOSPITAL Audiology & Hearing Aid Center 1118 West Baltimore Pike Suite 207 Media, PA 19063 (484) 227-3200-phone (484) 227-3265-fax RiddleAudiology

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As a result of auditory deprivation, the auditory nerve and hearing pathways of the brain begin to lose their ability to faithfully carry auditory signals to the hearing parts of the brain. The auditory cortex may start to lose its capacity to interpret and process the incoming signals because of neglect. So the sooner a hearing treatment plan is initiated using properly programmed hearing aids, the faster and better able the person is to make use of all the many re-heard sounds. The plasticity of the brain is a good thing, but it can go both ways. (i.e., use it or lose it.)

The Audiology Department and Hearing Aid Center at Riddle Hospital can help you find a better solution by:

Another interesting fact is that the hearing pathways to the brain are arranged according to frequency much like the strings on a piano. Each fiber is dedicated to a specific frequency. So it is important to get immediate help even for hearing loss in a specific frequency range, such as a high frequency hearing loss. The introduction of amplification to restore hearing for those specific frequencies keeps all the fibers in good condition and may also help prevent or reduce tinnitus, which is an additional consequence of auditory deprivation.

• Identifying hearing loss and assessing middle ear dysfunction • Testing for balance disorders • Evaluating for and fitting hearing aids, custom ear products,

and assistive listening devices

• Offering hearing aid technology including digital and

computer programmable instruments

Take back your hearing. Make an appointment by calling 484.227.3200.

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A Healthy Conversation With Your Doctor May Lead To A Fulfilling Sex Life • Do you not experience orgasm? • Is it painful when you have sex? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions and you want to make a positive change, schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.

By Nadine Thompson, M.D.


requently, it’s the problem women mention last in a routine checkup with their gynecologist. “By the way, doctor, I’m having a little issue with my sex life.”

While there isn’t a female equivalent for Viagra -- the medicine that was a game changer for men with sexual dysfunction -- there are many approaches women can take to boost their level of satisfaction.

Your overall health can have a significant impact on your sex life. Diabetes, heart disease, neurological illnesses, liver failure, kidney disease and hormonal imbalances can all have a negative effect. Drinking too much alcohol and using drugs are bad for romance, too.

So, please make any concerns you have about sex one of the first topics you bring up with your doctor. Don’t be shy about speaking up!

Certain medications, especially antidepressants, can trigger the “off” switch to your libido. Pa-

Sexual dysfunction for women is defined as persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response or desire. I’d take it a step further. If there is any aspect of your sex life that you are distressed about, it’s a problem. Start with an honest conversation with yourself. Here are a few questions to think about:

The solutions I offer are as unique as the women I see. That might start with a simple anatomy lesson so women can better understand how their bodies work. Sometimes I can help a woman talk her husband into helping more around the house – so she has the energy to have a romantic evening later.

If you have a concern, let’s talk about it. You have a right to a fulfilling sex life!

If painful intercourse is caused by medical problems -- including endometriosis, pelvic mass, ovarian cysts or scar tissue from surgery or a sexually transmitted disease – the solutions are varied. In complex cases, patients can benefit greatly from an interdisciplinary approach. For example, a woman who has suffered

For more information or to make an appointment, call: 302-659-4520. The Christiana Care Center for Women’s Health provides a select group of women’s health specialists focused on gynecologic issues that may become more complex for women beyond their child bearing years – conditions that can often only be addressed by special consultation, advanced treatment or surgery. The Center for Women’s Health is located at 3706 Kennett Pike in Greenville.

That pain that just won’t go away, The specialists at the Christiana Care Center for Women’s Health know just how to identify – and deal with – this commonly ignored problem. We’re here to support you and your doctor with the latest diagnostic tools and treatments to minimize symptoms and correct problems. It’s just the kind of expert help you need to live pain-free.

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Nadine Thompson, M.D., earned her medical training at the State University of New York Health Science Center and completed her residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center. She is a board certified gynecologist with a special expertise in sexual dysfunction.

somewhere below your belly button?

• Is your sex drive zero or extremely low? • Is it difficult to stay aroused during intercourse, even when you do have a desire for sex?

sexual abuse at some point in her life might work with a therapist as well as her doctor.

Treatments are often simple too, such as suggesting a lubricant for a patient who has been through menopause and is experiencing vaginal dryness that makes sex uncomfortable. That also can be a problem for women who have just had babies.

An important part of my job as a physician is help women understand that sexuality is connected to good health.

All too often, women don’t view their sexuality as part of their overall health. The truth is that a fulfilling sex life contributes to our sense of wellbeing -- and a lack of satisfaction can trickle down and build to an undercurrent of unhappiness in many relationships.

tients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation often lose their desire for sex, as well.


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Spider Vein Treatment: A Three-Tier Approach M

any patients with Spider veins expect that a few injections will cure them. But even though they may look innocuous, Spider veins are often indicative of venous insufficiency in deeper and larger veins. Venous Insufficiency results from defective valves within the veins allowing blood to flow backward, pool inside and distend them. For this reason, the underlying problem contributing to spider veins must be addressed first. Ultrasound examination should often be done to rule this out.

Pre and Post multi-modality treatments

Venous insufficiency at different levels my cause spider veins!

Tier I. Spider Veins (SV’s) - red / purple / blue fine lines appearing in starburst-like or web-like clusters at the surface of the skin, 1.2mm in diameter or less. Usually caused by venous insufficiency involving deeper veins. By Nadiv Shapira, MD, FACS, FACPh

Tier II. Reticular Veins (RV’s) - larger (1.5-2.5mm) blue/purple veins located beneath the skin. They may protrude and form areas of unattractive bulging clusters. SV’s are usually associated with incompetent RV’s. RV’s may be indicative of deeper vein’s insufficiency. Tier III. Deeper vein insufficiency may involve the great saphenous vein, small saphenous vein, accessory saphenous veins and/or perforating veins. They often result in varicose veins (enlarged, swollen, bulging, rope-like veins that occur on the surface of the legs).

Treatment tailored to the tier! Treatment options ( office procedures done under local anesthesia with no “down time”):

1. Sclerotherapy – injection of SV’s with a chemical solution (sclerosant) which causes inflammation, makes the walls of the veins stick together, scar up and eventually reabsorbed. Ideal for 0.8-1.2mm spider veins. 2. Ohmic Thermolysis (“VeinGogh”) - relatively new, done by placing a tiny needle and focusing heat energy (radio frequency) on the SV. Best for purplish SV’s 0.8mm or smaller. 3. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) - Effective for smaller veins in fair skin types and new tiny veins formed around treated areas.

When underlying venous insufficiency is not found (tier I), a combination of 1-3 modalities hastens and improves the resolution and the cosmetic results.

carefully evaluated my condition and explained what my treatment options were as well as what I could expect. Supported by an extremely caring and compassionate team, Dr. Shapira has gently and affectively treated my condition. My legs no longer ache, they don’t feel full and heavy, my ankles are much less puffy, a great deal of the discoloration is gone or reduced and they generally look and feel much healthier. I can’t thank Dr. Shapira and his staff enough for all of their care. -Jodi P. Nadiv Shapira, MD, FACS, FACPh, an adult cardiac and thoracic surgeon for over 20 years in the Christiana Care Health System, DE recognized the need for improvement in the care of venous disease. He recently established First State Vein and Laser Spa, utilizing minimally invasive treatment modalities for all forms of venous diseases, including spider veins, large and small varicose veins, leg swelling and skin ulcerations. He is a diplomat of the American Boards of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, fellow in the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Thoracic Surgery and the American College of Phlebology. He is a member of Vein Affiliates and Vein Experts.

Common fan-like clusters, also at the inner aspect of the knee

A fan-like cluster commonly found at the outer aspect of the thigh. Typical to child-bearing women, associated with a lateral perforating vein.

4. Foam Sclerotherapy - Foam is made by mixing a sclerosant with C02. Applicable for sclerotherapy of RV’s. 5. Mini-Phlebectomy – Since sclerotherapy of bulging RV’s or SV’s may cause an unsightly staining, mini-phlebectomy (a delicate surgical removal of these bulging small veins) is the preferred treatment for these. 6. Endo Venous Laser Ablation – closure of incompetent tier III veins from the inside by heat emitted from a small laser fiber.

Your first treatment at our new location will be 30% off, including: • Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment • Botox or Dysport • Restylane, Juvederm or Perlane • Chemical Peels • Latisse • Facials

7. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy - applicable for closure of incompetent perforating veins.

When underlying venous insufficiency is found (Tier II or III), treatment by modality #4,5,6 and/or 7 is done before addressing cosmetic concerns. Testimonials:

Dr. Shapira, who is a very personable man, took the time to thoroughly explain the entire procedure and reassured me of the benefits of proceeding with it. The procedure was quick, painless and without complication. Finally, I have the much-needed relief from the discomfort I had been living with for so long thanks to Dr. Shapira and his wonderful staff. - Alinda R. S. I have worked as a flight attendant for many years and was at the point where my legs ached every time I went to work. My ankles were always puffy and my legs discolored due to unhealthy veins. Dr. Shapira

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It’s Never Too Late! By: Anna Marie Mazoch, D.D.S.


n this issue of the Women’s Journal, I would like to introduce you to a patient with some interesting problems and a history of neglect. Allow me to have John S. tell his own story, paraphrasing his words: “I was referred to Dr. Mazoch by my sister; I knew she would direct me well. It had been 30 years since I had been to the dentist. I had never had my teeth cleaned before and only went to see the dentist when I was in pain. When I was 12 years old, a friend threw a toy gun at me while we were playing, I ducked in the wrong direction and it hit my front teeth. Ever since, if I had to smile I would cover my mouth; for more than 30 years, I didn’t smile. But then those two teeth had eroded so much, they were broken on the side, I was having some pain, they looked awful and food was getting stuck. So, I was motivated to call Dr. Mazoch.

I thought that all dentists were good for was pulling out teeth but I was wrong. It took me maybe half an hour to feel comfortable in Dr. Mazoch’s office. The procedures seemed easy and the treatment was definitely comfortable. It didn’t take long to overcome my fear and everything seemed to go rather quickly. I am very motivated to keep things up. I was in deep depression when I first came to Dr. Mazoch, but now she’s given me a reason to smile again! Thanks seems so little to give in return. My advice to others is to not be afraid because of the pain; pain is not an issue. The treatment is definitely worth it and prevention, brushing, and flossing, is so important. Education was also important. I didn’t know that there were things you could do to fix my teeth and I didn’t know how much effect my dry mouth had on my mouth condition. So, do it sooner rather than later.”

John S’s two front teeth were unfortunately too damaged to repair, necessitating extraction. A provisional and temporary removable appliance was made during the healing process. His very deep bite (his lower teeth nearly hit the roof of his mouth) made a fixed bridge (crowns with attached false teeth) necessary. We also performed periodontal cleanings, placed multiple fillings, and three individual crowns. John has graciously granted me permission to use a number of photographs of his before and after smiles, including his picture as a 12 year old school boy. He shows us that IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO ATTAIN ORAL HEALTH.

Dr. Anna Marie Mazoch received her B.S. degree in Biology, summa cum laude, from Ohio University and her D.D.S. from Northwestern University. She is a member of the

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American Dental Association, the Delaware State Dental Society and several local dental study clubs. She has been practicing general dentistry for 32 years, first in Cincinnati, then Montpelier, Vermont, and the past 11 years in Delaware. Her keen interest in continuing education for herself and her staff stems from a quote by G. V. Black, the first dean of Northwestern University Dental School and the father of modern dentistry: “The professional (wo)man has no right to be other than a continuous student”.



The Holidays Are Coming!! Dr. Mazoch’s Third Annual Food Drive

As we approach the holiday season, we find our hearts opening to others less fortunate. We hope you can help in our collection for the Food Bank of Delaware, while gaining a chance to win a few great prizes.

Thank you for your contribution in this time of need.

RULES: For each donation of at least three nonperishable food items, enter your name to win: • One of two Sonicare FlexCare Plus Electric Toothbrushes ($145 value). • One Waterpik Ultra Waterflosser ($57 value). • One of Two Opalescence TresWhite Prefilled Disposable Whitening Kits ($47 value). (Limited to 5 entries for non-patients; limited to 15 entries for patients.)

Drawing and last day to donate is December 13 11

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Stress Less be more helpful in dealing with the situation at hand. Learning to recognize the signals of stress responses can help us utilize the positive effects (heightened awareness, increased mental acuity, the ability to tolerate physical pain) to deal productively with the fear, anxiety, or danger

By Brenda Pavlic, CPhT


ife is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. Stress…it is the human body’s defense mechanism to overcome fear or trauma, avoid danger, or prepare for a threatening situation. It serves as a resource to deal with perceived attack or unexpected challenges—regardless of whether the threat is psychological or physical. During stressful situations the hypothalamus is stimulated, chemicals are released, and the ‘fight or flight’ reaction kicks in. The adrenal glands produce extra cortisol and adrenaline enabling us to go the proverbial extra mile to accomplish what may seem impossible. Without this defense mechanism we could not survive. The stress reaction is beneficial in that our mental acuity is sharpened allowing us to make quick decisions and move into immediate action if need be. It can also make us over-reactive during times when staying calm would

risk of heart attack, stroke, infertility, rapid aging, headaches, insomnia, anxiety / depression, poor immune function, weight gain, and fatigue despite proper sleep.

The human body does not distinguish between physical stress and psychological stress. When you are stressed over meeting a deadline, arguing with a loved one, financial worries, or being stuck in traffic when you are already late, your body reacts exactly the same as if you were facing imminent physical harm. Examples of internal stresses are serious illness, chronic disease, endocrine imbalances, compromised immune system, recovery from injury, and impaired adrenal function. In small doses stress can help you perform at your best while under pressure but if exposed to stress for a long period of time, the physiologic effects can be quite damaging. If you have a lot of worries on a daily basis, your stress response may be ‘on’ most of the time so that you may be in emergency mode all the time. Constant exposure to stress affects nearly every system in the body putting health and longevity at risk. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, breathing becomes quicker, and your brain ‘goes to work’. The health risks associated with chronic stress include increased

Each person is unique in their ability to handle stress and how it will affect them. No two people will react or be affected in exactly the same way if exposed to the same threat. There is also a gender bias when it comes to stress. Men and women deal differently with stressful situations. While males are more likely to respond to an emergency with aggressive action, females are more likely to turn to others for help or try to difuse the situation. Females will ‘tend and befriend’ during a crisis where men will define the task, then complete it. Women will often hold on to a stressful situation long after it has passed while men will let go of it as soon as there is resolution or a solution has been offered. Understanding the physiologic and psychological effects caused by chronic stress is important in learning to effectively manage stress and/or recover from the damage. While there are many things in life we have no control over, we can control our reaction to them so that we are not doing further harm. Recognizing the warning signs when stress levels are out of control is critical. It is easy for levels to build unnoticeably until the point of overload. Recovery from chronic stress exposure requires discipline. Each person has ultimate control over his or her thoughts, emotions, schedule, environment, and approach to dealing with problems. First define the stressful areas in life then decide if you can change it or how you will allow it to affect you if you can’t. A good action plan will include getting proper rest (eight hours a night), good nutrition, gentle exercise, and adrenal support through supplementation if needed. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing increase your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure if practiced regularly. For most people in today’s society stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. The physical changes our bodies go through speed our reaction time,

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enhance our focus and increase our strength and stamina. However, if you find yourself frequently feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it may be time to take action and get your nervous system back in balance. For more information, call Saveway Compounding Pharmacy at 302-369-5520 or 1-877-2258469, or visit them at 31 Albe Drive, #1, Newark, DE 19702. Brenda Pavlic is a nationally certified pharmacy technician and co-owner of SaveWay Compounding Pharmacy in Newark, DE. With more than twenty-five years of pharmacy experience she has furthered her career with extensive training and education in Pharmacy Compounding, Women’s Health, Cosmeceutics, Pain Management, Aseptic and Veterinary Compounding. She has published articles and presented seminars both locally and nationally to healthcare practitioners. Her experience and education provide her with skills needed to develop formulations that ease medication administration, improve compliance and ultimately result in positive outcomes for patients.


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Who Is Taking Care Of Your Parents’ Teeth? Taking Dentistry Into Nursing Home Setting

By: Dr. Grace Liu and Dr. Lewis Yu


e make sure that our children and ourselves brush our teeth everyday and get dental checkups twice a year, but what about our geriatric parents living in nursing homes? Senior citizens living in a nursing home setting have traditionally been an underserved segment of our population in terms of oral health care. We would like to use this opportunity to highlight some of the challenges that our seniors are facing and some possible solutions. Our elderly parents face unique challenges in maintaining proper oral hygiene due to physical and/ or mental disabilities that often come with old age. Reduced dexterity and eye-hand coordination translate directly to a lower state of oral health. On top of these physical obstacles, human emotions (such as pride, embarrassment, guilt) make it much more difficult for our elderly parents to accept help in brushing their teeth. The same set of emotions may also prevent us, the caregivers, from readily offering help in these mundane tasks and doing them with extreme care. For those senior citizens who live with their immediate families, they are more likely to enjoy a higher level of care from their loved ones. It is a different story for the ones who live in an institutional setting. Most of the nursing home population are frail, medically compromised who would require more care than their family is able to give. Nursing home staffs have the underappreciated job of taking care of a large number of residents with a tight budget and resource constraints. It is possible under the previously mentioned circumstances that lower priority care items could be ignored at times. Oral health care often falls into this category. Is it really a lower priority item? Overall health starts at the mouth. Oral health and medical health are

very much interrelated. Here are some examples: Proper digestion of food is not possible without good teeth. Gum disease is an infection that can lower the immune system’s ability to fight other sickness. Bacteria in gum infection has been linked to heart disease. Illness in other parts of the body may show signs in the oral cavity. Imbalance of the bite (such as a broken denture) may cause headache, neck pain, dizziness, hormonal imbalance, ear ringing. (see the article “TMD the Great Imposter”). This list goes on and on; however, there is one single most important factor in deciding how important oral health is. That factor is QUALITY OF LIFE. Of course, it is important for our body to function properly. However, what about how it effects our mental state? Would we be happier eating a juicy steak or drinking Ensure milkshakes through a straw? Depression is common among the geriatric population. Imagine how difficult it is for our elderly parents to slowly lose their independence. Under these circumstances, the simple pleasure of eating and tasting food has a great impact in lifting their spirits.

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Currently our office is gearing up to bring this concept to practice. At the request of the patients or their legal guardians, we would visit them at the facility as their private health care provider. In the first phase of this program, we would provide onsite semi-annual checkups (including x-rays) and limited cleaning. Most of the denture related procedures could be done onsite as well. For the patients who require the use of our dental office, we would schedule them to complete all necessary procedures in one visit. This would reduce the headache of transportation. Our boutique office in North Wilmington is well suited for this purpose. In the near future, we will be bringing a mobile dental facility to the nursing home. As the population in the United States ages, the number of nursing home residents can only increase. Caring for the elders is one of All Abouts Smiles’ teams passions. Oral health care issues really should be raised in this discussion as a distinct topic, not as a secondary issue after medical care. After all, we are all going to get old. Note: Caring for the elders is one of our team at All About Smiles’ passions. If you would like us to speak with your group about geriatric care or any other dental related subjects, we would be very happy to do so.

Our Team at All About Smiles has conducted many on site training sessions for nursing home staff. Our goals are to share with the staff techniques in assisting residents with oral hygiene procedures and in identifying signs of oral pathology and infections. We are happy to say that we are being received with great enthusiasm from the staff. It has been very gratifying to see these health professionals willing to learn so they can elevate the level of care to their patients.

Bringing The Dental Office into Nursing Homes


Dr. Lewis Yu earned his dental degree from

the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1996. He received two years of advanced post-graduate oral surgery training in both the New York City Hospital System and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He continues his education through extensive hands-on training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies and the Pankey Institute. The Las Vegas Institute has provided Dr. Yu with advanced training in Neuromuscular Dentistry and Comprehensive Aesthetic Restorations. He had practiced in Philadelphia and Newark, DE before joining All About Smiles, P.A. He is a member of the Delaware State Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Grace Liu has been practicing dentistry since 1996, having earned her degree from the New York University School of Dentistry. She continued her education through post-graduate studies at Columbia University, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies in Nevada and the Academy of Dentistry. She is also a member of the Delaware State Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

From left to right.: Carla, Lindsay, Lewis, Grace, Patti, Rebekah

All About Smiles, P.A. is conveniently located at 4543 Stoney Batter Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808; 302/239-1641. Visit the website at for directions, hours, and more services.

Transportation is a common problem for home residents to receive dental care. With the advent of portal dental equipment, it is possible to perform some of the dental procedures in the nursing home. Procedures such as denture fabrication and repair, and teeth cleaning are within possibility. A dentist can perform regular checkups onsite and can contribute in the development of the comprehensive care plan of each of the individual residents.


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Age Related Macular Degeneration A

By: Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein

ge-related macular degeneration (AMD)affects millions of Americans and can cause them to lose their central vision. AMD is a degenerative disease of the macula, a part of the retina which controls a person’s central vision. Symptoms can start with distortion of straight lines or missing parts of letters but can lead to a dark spot in the center of the vision causing complete loss of central vision. Patients will never go completely blind from this disease but they can become “legally blind” from loss of central vision. They can lose the ability to do things like drive, recognize friends’ faces, read and write legibly. There are 2 types of AMD, the dry and the wet form. The dry form is characterized by little yellowish deposits in the macula called drusen. These are “aging spots” that accumulate from by-products of retina metabolism. Unfortunately there still is no treatment for dry AMD. In contrast, the wet form of AMD is characterized by abnormal blood vessels that grow underneath the retina. Twenty percent of patients have wet AMD but these patients make-up 80% of the people who have significant vision loss. Patients with wet AMD can experience sudden vision loss when these abnormal blood vessels start to leak or bleed. This type of vision loss occurs over days to weeks and inevitably gets worse if not treated. Intraocular injections are successfully being used to treat wet AMD. These injections not only stabilize but can improve vision. They are given indefinitely to a patient off and on for the rest of a patient’s life. Intra-ocular Avastin (Genentech $60) injections can be given monthly. It has been shown to stabilize or improve vision in about 90-95% of patients. Currently this drug is being used off-label as this drug was FDA approved for colon cancer, not for use in the eye. Intra-ocular Lucentis (Genentech $1,950) is another drug that successfully treats wet AMD. Lucentis is FDA approved for treatment of wet AMD. Both drugs are vasoendothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors and work by causing abnormal blood vessels to regress. A recent study (CATT trial) funded by the NIH compared the efficacy of Avastin and Lucentis. This large prospective randomized study showed that Avastin and Lucentis were equally effective in preventing vision loss and improving vision in patients who were followed monthly. However, there was a trend toward Lucentis drying out the retina better and having a slightly lower post-injection hospitalization rate for systemic complications. In addition there have been a small number of site-threatening infections in patients receiving Avastin. This may have occurred because of possible contamination during the compounding process that occurs when Avastin is used. Clinically, Avastin and Lucentis are equally effective, but they are different drugs and behave differently when given to a patient. It is vastly important for the retina specialist to have the ability to choose which drug (and switch between the two if appropriate) to use on a patient with wet AMD. They are both good tools to use in successfully treating wet AMD. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors Avastin and Lucentis have revolutionized the way we care for patients with age-related macular degeneration. Prior to VEGF inhibitors, treatment was limited to thermal laser and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Unfortunately, even with treatment, many patients with AMD became legally blind garnering

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only modest visual improvement with laser or PDT treatment. With the use of Avastin and Lucentis, the diagnosis of AMD no longer means eventual and certain blindness. “VEGF Trap” is now a new weapon in our armamentarium against AMD. This unique molecule may have advantages over Avastin and Lucentis in that it has a higher binding affinity for VEGF and longer half life than the currently used VEGF inhibitors. This means that the time between injections may be longer than what we see in Avastin and Lucentis. Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated VEGF Trap’s equivalence to Lucentis. Adverse events in all treatment groups were also equivalent so it is felt that this new drug is at least equally effective and safe. The critical results of this trial demonstrated that VEGF trap may reduce the treatment burden for patients and families regarding frequency of intraocular injections. VEGF trap has the same ability to deliver outstanding visual results and may require less frequent dosing than Lucentis and Avastin. It is a hopeful time for many AMD patients as new therapies become available. SYMPTOMS OF WET AMD • Acute central vision loss • Acute distortion in vision • Unexplained vision loss in someone with dry AMD Call your eye care provider if you have any of these above symptoms, as they may be the beginning signs of AMD.

received her M.D. degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1989, again with honors. Following her residency in Ophthalmology at Temple, Dr. Ko served a prestigious fellowship at Georgetown University in diseases of the retina and vitreous, and is Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ko has an area of special expertise in retinal problems, especially diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and CMV retinitis. Dr. Ko has lectured extensively, and has published many papers on these topics. Dr. Ko is active in resident training, and is on staff at the University of MD and Temple University, as well as at the Medical Center of DE. Dr. Ko is at the forefront of ophthalmic technology, and utilizes the most advanced procedures, including laser treatment and intraocular injections, in the care of her patients.

Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein and Dr. Paula Ko are retina specialists at Eye Physicians and Surgeons who are committed to helping patients with AMD and other retinal diseases. If you would like to learn more about AMD or to schedule an appointment call (302) 652-3353.

Dr. Glazer-Hockstein graduated Cum Laude from Jefferson Medical College. She was a member of the Hobart Armory Hare Honor Medical Society and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She also received the Carol R. Mullen prize in ophthalmology. She completed her residency at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. During that time she was elected Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. GlazerHockstein completed a two years medical retina fellowship at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Glazer-Hockstein has published multiple articles in peer-review journals and has lectured on a variety of retinal disease subjects. Her specialization includes but is not limited to: macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, and diabetic retinopathy. Paula C. Ko, MD is with Eye Physicians & Surgeons, P.A., 1207 North Scott Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. Dr. Ko graduated with honors from the Ohio State University College of Engineering in 1984. Dr. Ko



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0% of patients who suffer a heart attack never make it to the hospital! Nuclear Stress testing (SPECT imaging) has been the gold standard for the non- invasive evaluation of patients with symptoms that suggest the presence of coronary artery disease. SPECT imaging has been in existence for decades and has proven itself to be highly sensitive and specific for the detection of significant coronary artery disease. Moreover, SPECT imaging has proven life saving in many cases by detecting severe coronary artery disease before a major heart attack or sudden death. In order to image the heart and its blood supply the patient receives an intravenous radioactive isotope such as Technetium 99 so that a special gamma camera can visualize the heart and its blood supply. The test also provides vital information about the heart’s wall motion and ejection fraction which is an expression of the hearts strength as it pumps blood to the body. This information is invaluable to the physician as it provides a comprehensive evaluation of the heart in a single test!

the last decade the utilization of medical imaging has expanded, as new technologies have emerged designed to aid in the diagnosis of various medical conditions. The most common of these diagnostic tests include x-ray, CAT scan and nuclear SPECT imaging. Given this expansion of medical imaging there has been heightened concern about the sometimes significant radiation exposure to patients undergoing some of these specialized diagnostic tests.

now used almost exclusively. More sophisticated CT/PET scans are now available that expose patients to a fraction of the radiation. Newer scanning protocols are also utilized today that further reduce patient exposure.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is a worldwide medical society dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care and The primary concern regarding professionalism. The ACC has this exposure is the risk of channeled much of its efforts in developing cancer. In fact, the last several years to assure ionizing radiation is a proven the safety and continued quality cancer-causing agent. The of SPECT cardiac imaging. primary evidence for this comes Worldwide experts in the field It is very important to be from studies from atomic bomb of cardiology have devised survivors in Japan and from specific recommendations for for vascular disease those exposed to high evaluated doses of appropriate stress testing. These radiation from the Chernobyl recommendations are designed to nuclear accident. In most caseshave if you increased riskdecision as assist the physician’s these exposures were significant, to which patients are appropriate to receive stress testing. In doing much higher than the radiation so, patients can be assured that exposure of any one patient they are receiving the appropriate undergoing a diagnostic test. test for the appropriate reason Therefore, it is not clear what the Diabetes at the appropriate time. As a effect these medical tests have general rule, the benefit of the on patients and their subsequent Smokinginformation obtained from a risk of cancer. It is important nuclear stress test, when done to understand that it has never appropriately, far exceeds the been proven that nuclear SPECT Family history of Vascular Disease danger from radiation exposure! imaging has ever caused cancer. However, nuclear SPECT imaging In conclusion, nuclear stress Humans are exposed to many Family History of Aortic Aneurysm and CT scanning do have testing remains a safe, highly types of radiation on a daily effective modality for the some of the highest radiation basis from natural background Coronary ArteryofDisease coronary artery exposure levels compared to other diagnosis radiation, irradiated foods, disease and impending heart diagnostic imaging modalities UV exposure, microwaves, attack. It ishypertension the goal of your and therefore it is imperative that Uncontrollable cell phones and even your TV physician to keep your lifetime these tests should be reserved and computer screen! Medical exposure to radiation to a for those patients who are felt to imaging exposes patients to what Elevated cholesterol minimum. It is also important benefit the most. is known as ionizing radiation, to remember that medical Thanks to the latest technology, testing, including nuclear stress perhaps the most potent and the amount of radiation exposure potentially harmful form of testing, can provide valuable and patients during their stress radiation exposure. During Twelve million people intothe United States have Peripheral Disease sometimeArterial life-saving information test continues to be less and less. SPECT imaging the patient is so that the risks of exposure Newer isotopes with higher energy should be weighed against the exposed to this radiation from butP.A. less We radiation are theAt administered isotope. During Cardiology Physicians, Are exposure Performing Today’s Testing benefits of Latest performing the test.

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Meet the Physicians of Cardiology Physicians P.A. GAETANO N. PASTORE, M.D., F.A.C.C. Dr. Gaetano Pastore has been a member of Cardiology Physicians since July of 1998. Dr. Pastore attended Villanova University as an undergraduate. Gaetano N. Pastore, M.D., He then went to the Milton F.A.C.C. S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University for his medical degree. He did his Internal Medicine residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and his cardiovascular fellowship at the Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Pastore has contributed as a co-author on papers that have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and has presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Pastore has been recognized as an outstanding teacher/preceptor by the Christiana Care Family Practice Residency Program. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and serves as the Governor of the American College of Cardiology for the starte of Delaware. Dr. Pastore has a strong commitment to clinical and consultative cardiology. Dr. Pastore has a special interest in echocardiography. This includes transthoracic, transesophageal, and stress echocardiography. He has expertise in the interpretation of nuclear imaging in cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Pastore resides in Avondale, Pennsylvania with his wife Linda and three children Mia, Luke and Gianna. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family, generally on vacation in warm climates. Dr. Pastore enjoys tending to his 180 gallon saltwater coral reef tank and is an avid fan of thoroughbred horse racing. Dec 2012/Jan 2013

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Help, My Eyelids Have Fallen!

Ari D. Abel, MD

Bryan D. Seiff, MD

The most common patient complaint we hear in oculofacial plastic surgery is about “droopy eyelids”.


ut what does a patient mean when he or she complains that the eyelids are “drooping”? What treatments are available to correct this problem? And when does this “drooping” cease to be a cosmetic concern and become a true functional problem? In order to understand this problem and how to fix it, we must first define what is meant by “droopy eyelids”. This complaint may mean different things to different people, and identifying a patient’s specific concern is important because the techniques for fixing these problems will differ accordingly. True “droopy eyelids”, referred to as Ptosis in the medical literature, occur when the eyelid lifting muscle or its corresponding tendon is weakened and the lid itself (Fig 1A) hangs lower than normal (Fig 1A). Ptosis may be caused by dysfunction of the eyelid muscle or the nerve which supplies it, but is most commonly a result of wear and tear on the tendon. If the eyelid hangs low enough it may obscure the pupil, thereby affecting the patient’s peripheral vision. Dermatochalasis is a condition in which the eyelid skin has thinned and lost its elasticity and subsequently hangs over the eyelashes and lid margin (Fig 2A). As this tissue thins, fat may also begin to prolapse into the upper eyelid space. Once these tissues have descended past the lid margin, they (Fig 2A)

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can obstruct the patient’s peripheral vision. They may also displace the eyelashes downward and cause irritation of the eye. In certain cases, this condition can be worsened by gravitational descent of the thicker eyebrow tissue, pushing the eyelid tissues even further down. When ptosis or dermatochalasis becomes severe enough, it can obstruct the patient’s peripheral vision and begin to affect his or her daily activities. Common complaints include difficulty with driving or reading. These are more noticeable at night as ambient light levels decrease, and as compensatory forehead and accessory lifting muscles begin to fatigue. Many patients will state that they can see better when manually elevating their eyelids. In order to document these changes, photographs can be taken which demonstrate obstruction of the pupil by the eyelid or by redundant skin. In addition, visual field testing can be performed to document the degree of visual field loss. Patients that do not have any visual complaints but wish to improve the overall appearance of their eyelids may choose to undergo these procedures on an elective basis. Correction of drooping eyelids is usually surgical. Ptosis is corrected by tightening the eyelid muscle and its corresponding tendon, either through an external incision at the eyelid crease or an internal incision on the underside of the eyelid (Fig 1B). Dermatochalasis (Fig 1B) is improved by removing the redundant eyelid tissue through a lid crease incision, a procedure known as a blepharoplasty (Fig 2B). If the brow has descended and is contributing to the drooping eyelid, it can be lifted at the same time. These procedures are performed on (Fig2B) an outpatient basis, usually under light to moderate sedation. Patients are advised to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for approximately one week, but may otherwise resume their normal activities, including driving, the very next day. Ice is used for several days to minimize bruising, and ointment is placed on the incisions for approximately 2-3 weeks to aid in healing. Stiches dissolve or are removed at one week. Both Drs. Abel and Seiff are Oculofacial Plastic surgeons, meaning they specialize in the delicate tissues of the eyelid and surrounding structures.

Abel Center for Oculofacial Plastic Surgery at 302-998-3220. Dr Abel is one of approximately 400 Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons in the United States. An Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Abel is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of eyelid, brow and other facial dysfunctions. He is skilled in the removal of tumors and the repair of ocular and facial trauma. He has many years of experience in aesthetic facial surgery, skin rejuvenation, as well as Botox and wrinkle fillers. Dr. Abel received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He conducted a two-year fellowship in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. Dr. Abel also has a profound interest in medical missions for developing countries, which most recently included trips to India and Nepal. Dr. Seiff is one of approximately 400 Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons in the United States. An Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of eyelid, brow and other facial dysfunctions. He is skilled in the removal of tumors and the repair of ocular and facial trauma. Dr. Seiff also has a strong interest in aesthetic care. This area of his practice includes aesthetic facial surgery, skin rejuvenation, as well as Botox and wrinkle fillers. Dr. Seiff graduated first in his medical school class at UMDNJ and completed his ophthalmology training at Cornell. He then completed his two-year oculoplastic fellowship at Univ. California-San Francisco.

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By Alpa Vadher, MD

Every Woman Should Have skin, repeated sunburns, many dark moles, or a family history.


omen lead full and busy lives and often doctor’s appointments take a backseat to other commitments. Staying on top of your health at various stages in your life not only promotes peace of mind, but also identifies any potential health issues which can be taken care of ahead of time. Besides the basic vision check and dental exam, your primer to preventive care should include the following screenings: Cholesterol screening High cholesterol has no symptoms but can have serious health consequences. Your reading will include LDL (low-density lipoprotein-“lousy”) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein-“healthy”). Excess LDL cholesterol can cause build-up in the arteries, interfering with blood flow to the heart and brain. Aim for 130 or less. HDL cholesterol has protective qualities because of its ability to remove LDL from the blood. A good range is 50 or more. Schedule your first cholesterol test at age 25 and Screen more regularly if you are 45 or older, have a family history of heart disease, or have a total cholesterol level of over 200. Pap test Begin at age 21 or 3 years after the onset of sexual activity. The test collects cells from the cervix and checks for HPV virus which has been linked in causing cervical cancer. If done together, this test is done every 3 yrs until age 30 and every 5 yrs until age 65 after which you can stop if you haven’t had any abnormals. Mammogram Schedule your first mammogram by age 40, then and repeat every 1-2 years until age 50 after which it is recommended to do yearly.

Skin cancer screening Skin cancer is the second most common cancer in women behind breast cancer, and nearly 100 percent curable if caught early. Schedule your first head-to-toe screening with your dermatologist or primary care provider, by age 40, and annually if something is found or if you are at high risk: fair

Diabetes Diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn’t make enough insulin or has a reduced response to insulin – causing your blood sugar to be too high. Some people with diabetes experience symptoms, others may go for up to 10 years without clear symptoms. Women particularly suffer severe consequences from diabetes ranging from birth defects during pregnancy, to heart attack and stroke, to premature menopause. A screening blood sugar test is recommended at least once by age 45, or sooner if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, or are overweight, have had a baby weighing more than 9lbs or had gestational diabetes. Normal is less than 99, pre-diabetes is 100-125, and diabetes is more than 126. Colonoscopy Colon cancer is 90 percent curable if found early. Begin screening at age 50, then once every 10 years, if no polyps are found and you have no other risk factors. Patients with a parent diagnosed before age 50, or a condition like inflammatory bowel disease should get their first test 10 years before the family member was first diagnosed, with repeat testing at least every five years. Bone Density Scan A DEXA scan measures the mass of your bones and assesses your risk of developing osteoporosis – a bone-thinning disease that affects nearly 8 million women in the U.S. Schedule your first test by age 65 or earlier if you are underweight, have ever smoked, been on oral steroids for long periods, had gastric bypass, have hyperthyroidism or have a recent history of fractures or a family member with osteoporosis.


Make your health a priority and. If these tests aren’t already a part of your overall healthcare plan, talk to your doctor about the right time to begin. Focusing on good preventive health habits now will build good habits for a lifetime and give you information about your personal health that will help you to make good decisions about your lifestyle and activities. About Alpa Vadher, MD Dr. Vadher completed her MD at Temple University School of Medicine and has been at Gateway Medical Colonial Family Practice since 1999 and is a member of the medical staff at Brandywine Hospital. She enjoys getting to know families and has special interests in women’s health, adolescent and pediatrics, dermatology procedures, joint injections, travel and preventive medicine. She enjoys educating patients about their illness using current evidence based medicine and information technology and likes to get patients involved in making decisions about their health together.


our spaCious private rooms help patients reCover in Comfort. Brandywine Hospital has undergone a renovation to offer our patients private rooms with special amenities that help them feel more comfortable and at ease. These new rooms have ample space for family and friends. Wi-Fi is available. Now, every room in our Medical/Surgical, Orthopedic and Neuroscience, Progressive Care and Intensive Care Units is completely private. To find out more about the patient-centered care at Brandywine, visit

Weight Control Exercise is not only good for your heart and bones, but recent research has found it may even decrease your risk of breast and colon cancer, depression, osteoporosis and stroke. Check your BMI. Over 30 means you meet the criteria for obesity, over 27 is considered Overweight and 20-25 is ideal. If 17

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Let’s Talk About Incontinence And Discuss Solutions That Work!

urology and highly specialized treatments and surgical techniques. That means we can handle complex cases, including reconstructive surgery.

By Babak Vakili, M.D. Babak Vakili, M.D., is the director of the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Vakili is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, LA.


t one time in her life, at least one of every two women will experience incontinence, that annoying “wet” feeling, because she couldn’t make it to the bathroom in time. Sometimes, even a good laugh -- or a cough or sneeze -- can result in leaking. But incontinence is no joke. Here’s the good news. There is a highly specialized and growing subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology called urogynecology that is devoted to pelvic floor conditions such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and pelvic organs that have prolapsed, or dropped. It’s a very fulfilling field in medicine because urogynecologists help to restore women to active, productive lives – often without surgery. At Christiana Care Health System’s Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery, I work with Emily K. Saks, M.D., and Howard Goldstein, D.O. We have offices in three locations and are the only urogynecologists in Delaware who have completed threeyear fellowships in female

One of the conditions we see often is overactive bladder, also called OAB or urge incontinence, in which the muscles in the bladder contract at the wrong time. Symptoms include an urgent feeling to go to the bathroom, heading to the bathroom many times during the day and night, and leaking urine on occasion before you make it to the toilet. Don’t think of an overactive bladder as an inconvenience you have to endure. Instead, imagine how much better you will feel if you don’t have to worry about dashing to the ladies room. Patients often tell us how relief from incontinence has improved their lives in very personal ways. “It’s so nice not to have to wear black all the time.” “I lost 100 pounds after I started exercising again.” “I used to stay home all the time. But now I go out and meet friends.” We encourage our patients to go out and share the good news with their friends. Frequently, they discover they are suffering from the same problem. Often, OAB can be treated with changes in lifestyle. Even losing a modest amount of weight can make an improvement. So can pelvic floor exercises, in which you train your muscles by stopping the flow of urine in midstream, then repeat sets of contractions when you aren’t going to the bathroom.

Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol helps, too. Artificial sweeteners irritate the bladder, as well, so use them in moderation. Can you drink a cup of morning coffee with Splenda? Yes, you can. Can you drink 12 diet sodas a day? No, you should not.

There are a number of different medications that can reduce the urge to go if lifestyle changes don’t do the trick. There also are techniques you can learn so that you can train yourself to go to the bathroom on a schedule, gradually increasing the time between trips. Think of it as mind over bladder. Some cases of OAB require surgery. But most operations are much less invasive than the surgeries in the past years. Today, there are faster and more effective procedures to correct the problem, enabling patients to get back to their busy lives in just a few days.

We take incontinence issues seriously. Dr. Babak Vakili, Dr. Howard Goldstein, Dr. Emily Saks Specializing in advanced care for pelvic problems that disrupt your daily life. The specialists at Christiana Care’s Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery offer personalized attention and the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options.

New patients accepted, call 302-623-4055. 4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road Medical Arts Pavilion 2, Suite 1208 Newark, Delaware 3706 Kennett Pike Greenville, Delaware Smyrna Health and Wellness Center 100 S. Main Street, Suite 215 Smyrna, Delaware 12WHS43

A small percentage of cases are stubborn. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be fixed. One treatment is neuromodulation, in which an electric stimulator is implanted next to a nerve. It’s an outpatient procedure that takes 30-minutes. The risk is extremely low; the success rate is very high, about 80 percent. Acupuncture also is emerging as an alternative treatment to neuromodulation. The most important thing to remember is you have a lot of options. If you have an overactive bladder, don’t suffer in silence!

Emily K. Saks, M.D., MSCE, is a urogynecologist with the Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Saks completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and has completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Howard B. Goldstein, D.O., MPH, is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Recon-structive Surgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. He currently serves as the Director of Research and Education for the Division of Urogynecology.

The Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery is located in suite 1208 of the Medical Arts Pavilion 2, on the campus of Christiana Hospital in Newark. Appointments are also available at the Christiana Care Center for Women’s Health, 3706 Kennett Pike, Greenville or the Smyrna Health & Wellness Center, 100 S. Main Street, Suite 215, Smyrna. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 302623-4055 or visit

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hether you’re looking for a more carefree, maintenancefree lifestyle for yourself, or helping your parents explore By Dianne Duffy their options, cost is, Community Relanaturally, one of your tions Director, Glen first concerns when Mills Senior Living it comes to senior living. Even with all of the information available online, most families don’t know about the hidden gems—the many financial assistance programs that can make living in a personal care home an affordable choice. Many of us grew up in a time when our parents simply didn’t talk about money, and it can be a sensitive topic to approach. Often, children are unaware of their parent’s assets, which can make it difficult to know just how much financial assistance they will need to live comfortably. Enlisting the support of an outside expert, like a Personal Care Home Administrator, or a financial advisor, can help to start the conversation and make talking about these issues easier. Once you move past any financial barriers, you can move onto the most important concern of all: enjoying a full, healthy life!

Veterans Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers an Aid & Attendance Benefit, a significant monthly pension for qualified veterans and surviving spouses, to help with the cost of living in a personal care home. The application process can be confusing, so Glen Mills Senior Living offers free assistance in determining eligibility and applying.

Elderlife Financial Services

Elderlife Financial Services offers: A loan used as a line of credit with low monthly payments. Up to six people may share in the application, which is great for siblings contributing to their parents’ care. Each month, you simply request the amount you need, and the funds are sent directly to you. Glen Mills Senior Living provides assistance with this process.

Life Care Funding Group

Life Care Funding Group offers a service that can help you finance the cost of senior living through a Life Settlement, a transaction that sells your life insurance policy for an amount greater than the cash surrender value from the insurance company. Again, Glen Mills Senior Living can provide information on this Company.

About the Author:

Dianne Duffy is the Community Relations Director at Glen Mills Senior Living, a Five Star personal care home (formerly known as assisted



living) which also provides short-term respite stays, located at 242 Baltimore Pike in Glen Mills, PA. Glen Mills Senior Living residents live in their own private apartments while enjoying the support of the community’s caring team, which includes 24x7 on-site nursing staff. Owned and operated by Five Star Senior Living, one of the country’s largest and most trusted providers, with over 210 communities in 30 states, Glen Mills Senior Living is proud to help seniors and their families discover a healthier, happier life. Dianne invites you to call her at 610-358-4900, to make a reservation for a complimentary lunch, learn more about Glen Mills Senior Living, or to discuss your family’s financing options. Mention this article and you will save $1,000 off of your first full month’s rent. Please join us for the Glen Mills Senior Living’s upcoming events.

Testimonials The Lord has provided a safe and happy place for those that need assistance in living their daily lives. We thank God for the wonderful, loving and attentive staff here at Glen Mills Sr. Living for all they do in caring for my Mom and Dad. When my wife was first diagnosed with dementia, I had no idea where to take her. I could no longer take care of her needs. My retired pastor recommended Glen Mills Senior Living, since he had a dear friend living there and he thought it was a wonderful Community. Since she has been a resident, I am very pleased with the treatment and the amenities, cleanliness, and the friendliness of the staff. My wife is well taken care of and we both enjoy the entertainment that they bring in. I visit her every day. Dec 2012/Jan 2013


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Jessica Harper’s Story:

Photos and story by Beverly Crowl

“Stopping treatment does not mean giving up on life .” knew well the support they offered to patients and families, and she decided to turn to them for help during the months that remained.

“This is a difficult time and there’s no way to minimize that. But you can make choices that will help make it better. Being cared for by Delaware Hospice does help make it better for me and my family

Jessica said, “Delaware Hospice’s care team and I share the same goals—for me to be alive and enjoying my life as long as possible.”


essica Harper, a native of Delaware, was never one to take it easy. For ten years as a single mom, she raised three children while working and taking college classes at night. With her hard-earned Bachelors Degree in hand, she went full speed ahead to earn her Masters Degree in Social Work. As a Social Worker, Jessica worked for several agencies over the years, including Delaware Hospice, where she gained an appreciation for its mission of quality of life at the end of life. In February 2012, when Jessica’s world was shattered with the diagnosis of a terminal illness, quality of life at the end of life became her personal mission. For the past five years, Jessica has courageously fought several types of cancer. Determined to do everything she could to live, she underwent surgeries, chemotherapies and radiation. She said, “Some days, I had to drag myself out of bed, despite feeling so sick, just to go for another treatment.” Finally, her oncologist told her that the cancer was back in her liver and there was no cure. Jessica said, “He strongly urged me to continue chemotherapy because it might give me a little longer to live, although, of course, there were no guarantees. I heard what he was saying, but I knew how my body was feeling. I was tired of being pumped with drugs and dealing with the many debilitating side effects.” She remembered, “I felt almost victimized by how harsh it was on my body. I was very sick. With my last dose, I ended up in a wheelchair with no energy. The essence of me was gone. I had become a body full of chemicals trying to function and not functioning well at all.” Jessica got through the previous treatments with the hope that she would be cured. “Now I would face those devastating treatments until the end of my life, without the strength I found through that hope.”

Decision For Hospice Jessica thought for a long time about what she should do. She said, “My preference would be to live until 100, as would most people, but this option was off the table. How would I now spend the rest of my life? How could I treat my body with more dignity? What was best for me and my family?” With her experience as a social worker on a Delaware Hospice care team, Jessica

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some crazy things I did--such as dying my hair which then turned green. I want my grandchildren, especially, to get a sense of me and my personality and not be left with the memory of the sick person they’ve seen these last few years. It keeps me busy and feels good to be leaving something behind.” “My cousins and friends send cards in the mail every day with a prayer, a bible verse, a smile, or a big hug to lift my spirits. I don’t have a lot of energy to do things outside of the home, but I do enjoy the comfort of my home, surrounded by things that are meaningful to me.”

“My nurses arrive with a big smile and lift my spirits. They really care about how I’m doing and listen to what I’m saying. They are excellent with pain management, which is my primary concern. They work with me as my condition evolves, finding the right medication and adjusting doses to best manage my symptoms. I’ve called them many times, and no matter how silly the question, they’re always happy to answer and assure me that it’s not a bother. Most of all, I appreciate the fact that they treat me with such respect, kindness and gentleness. Jessica was always the planner of the family, organizing parties and get-togethers, and making sure everything was done right. Now, as much as ever, she wants to be sure her family is prepared for the inevitable. She said, “A terminal illness is a family situation and each member of the family needs support, so it’s important to me that the Delaware Hospice team members care for the family and not only for the patient. Even though she followed a career as a social worker, Jessica appreciates her weekly visits with her Delaware Hospice social worker, who was also a former colleague. “It reduces my anxiety so much to have someone to talk with who can assess our situation, give us advice and information, and who really cares about how we’re doing. I’m able to express my feelings freely—whether it’s to laugh, cry, or scream. You can’t always show your emotions with family members or discuss things openly. Seeing them sad makes me feel worse, so it’s important to have someone outside of the family to talk to who won’t become as emotionally distraught as my family members.”

Quality Of Life Jessica is now 4 ½ months along since the prediction of 6 months to live. “If I had chosen chemotherapy, I would have been immediately bedridden and suffering physically as well as emotionally. Instead, I’ve spent this time with family and friends, enjoying my books and cards, laughing at TV shows with my husband, and relishing good food. I never realized how important it was to taste food until chemo took it away from me. But I can still enjoy food and the nice meals my husband prepares. It’s a small thing, but I don’t want to give that up.” “My husband of 23 years, Bruce, takes wonderful care of me. Knowing that I miss working in my garden, he places a bouquet of fresh flowers in my room every week.” A journal of notes and drawings sits on Jessica’s table at her side. “My daughter suggested I write down some memories, so I pick it up from time to time and share things from my life— books I’ve read, what school was like in my day, my favorite TV shows, what was popular when I was growing up, and

Jessica didn’t delay in seeking hospice care once she got the bad news, for one reason: “I wanted my care team to know me as a person and my preferences so that further down the road, when I can no longer communicate, they’ll be able to respect my wishes. My entire family is also comfortable now with the staff. They feel they can count on them and trust them, which again takes worry from me.” Jessica looks forward to her Delaware Hospice chaplain’s visits as well. “We have good discussions. He challenges me to focus on what’s important with my faith, and he’s helped me come to terms with some unresolved issues. Ever the planner, we’ve already organized my funeral. It will be tough enough, and this will make it easier on my family.


“I appreciate little things every day, like the flowers and the trees, the beauty of nature around me. It is not easy to face the end of my life, but I feel at peace knowing that I have some control over how I spend my remaining days. Right now, I am sitting in my favorite chair with the sun shining on me, I hear birds chirping outside, and I’m smiling.” About Delaware Hospice Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has provided exceptional care and support to 41,500 patients and their families. Its mission is to help each patient, each day, live the fullest, most comfortable life possible. Delaware Hospice is the largest and only licensed, nonprofit, community-based hospice serving Delaware and southern Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Delaware Hospice is honored to be accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care standards-setting and accrediting organization. Delaware Hospice was voted as a 2011 Top Workplace in an employee survey by Workplace Dynamics and the News Journal. For more information about Delaware Hospice’s programs and services, upcoming events, or employment opportunities, call 800-8389800 or visit our website,

“When Mom’s heart was failing, mine was working overtime...until I called Delaware Hospice.”


“Mom was always the strong one. When the doctor said her heart was failing, I was overwhelmed. Delaware Hospice gave me the confidence to care for her. They always made Mom feel like she was their only patient. They brought peace and joy to our home when we never expected it.” Delaware Hospice is dedicated to providing high quality hospice care to patients and families in their home settings or at the Delaware Hospice Center.

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Delaware Hospice Marks Its 30 Year Anniversary O

nce upon a time, not so long ago, there was no hospice in Delaware…

Delaware Hospice was founded in 1982 by a grassroots committee of healthcare professionals, clergy, and community leaders to meet the need for hospice care in Delaware where none existed. Thirty years later, 41,500 patients and their families have benefited from its focus on providing choice, comfort and care at the end-of-life. Traveling back in time… Dame Cicely Saunders opened the doors to St. Christopher’s Hospice in the United Kingdom in 1967, to pioneer the world’s first hospice program. Dame Saunders believed, “You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can to not only help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.” The hospice movement caught on rapidly back in the United States, with Senate hearings on the subject of death with dignity in 1972. In 1974, Connecticut Hospice was created as a demonstration program, and only four years later, the National Hospice Organization was established to provide a forum for discussion, education and support of quality standards for hospices. University of Delaware nursing students visited a hospice in Sheffield, England in 1978. Student Gretchen Jones wrote home, “St. Luke’s is like something out of a theoretical textbook, which you know you will never see in a real situation. The rapport the staff has with patients, each other, and physicians is so unheard of in the U.S. I know that I will not see this type of care accomplished at home, but the attitudes can be incorporated into my own thinking and caring for aging patients.” (Just a few years later, Gretchen became a founding member of Delaware Hospice and its first patient care coordinator.) Delaware community members were becoming interested in a hospice to serve Delawareans, but mobilization of that interest was primarily due to the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. In a longrange planning program, the Diocese surveyed its 38 parishes about long-term needs. Hospice care, including bereavement counseling, was specified by an overwhelming number of parishes. As a result, the Diocese allocated $40,000 as seed money for the initiation of a nonsectarian community hospice program

in Delaware. Thus, the grassroots committee now had the means to bring Delaware Hospice, the state’s first hospice—and still its only notfor-profit hospice—into existence. Gene Donnelly, of Wilmington and Rehoboth, served Delaware Hospice for 32 years as a founding member and a member of the Board Gene Donnelly, of Trustees Delaware Hospice member. He Founding Member remembers the and Board of Trust- early struggles ees Member for 32 of the fledgling years. organization:

which takes so seriously the quality of services provided as well as the mission of identifying new ways to meet community needs. The breadth of Dale Stratton, Delaware Member of DelHospice’s aware Hospice’s New Hope, Board of Trustees Transitions, for 25 years. and Palliative Care programs all indicate the responsibility that they have demonstrated, beyond basic patient and family care, to be providing appropriate end-of-life care for the community.” Board Member for 22 years, John Ward of Wilmington feels his involvement with Delaware Hospice has kept his life in balance: “allowing me to do meaningful work alongside what I do from day to day on the job.” He added, “Opening the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford was the one achievement for which I am most proud. I’ll never forget one beautiful evening, when we held a 5K run on the grounds. A patient’s bed was pulled out on the veranda, surrounded by family and the family dog. Another day, I noticed a family with about 20 visitors who had taken over the country kitchen at the Center, making it their home while they remained close to their loved one. I was touched on both occasions, thinking that this is exactly what we had envisioned in building the Delaware Hospice Center.”

“We had met several times a month and had finally reached a point that we were ready to launch. The whole process was scary. We were in unchartered territory, promoting something that didn’t exist in this area, not knowing what the community’s reaction would be. Funds were very limited, and our great concern was ‘which zip codes in Wilmington would we be able to serve?’” He continued, “There was slow but steady growth as we spread the word through community presentations and media engagement. Then we suddenly took off like a rocket! The organization reached all three counties and people began to recognize what Delaware Hospice offered.” Reflecting on the impact Delaware Hospice has made in the community, Donnelly said, “One of my greatest joys in attending functions around the state is to meet and hear someone talk about their appreciation for Delaware Hospice’s care of a family member. I smile and feel affirmed, thinking of all the people who have been involved—the staff and volunteers, and their commitment to this mission. I think Delaware Hospice deserves an Academy Award for the outstanding contributions and the many lives its staff has touched in the state.”

Andrew Himelstein, MD, said, “Delaware Hospice has been a part of my life since I arrived in Delaware, caring for my patients with expert, compassionate care. I’ve known that when my patients had reached the end of what I could offer them as far as treatment for their cancers, that I was turning them over to good hands and kind people for the remainder of their lives.”

Dale Stratton of Wilmington has served on the Board of Trustees for 25 years. She recalls, “I was working in Corporate Benefits for DuPont when Delaware Hospice’s founders asked us for a grant for start-up funds. We felt this was a unique, appropriate, and cost-effective type of care for our employees. Since then, I’ve been honored to serve on the Board and proud to be part of an organization

Delaware Hospice’s President and CEO, Susan Lloyd, MSN, RN, credits the success of the organization to its board, staff and volunteers, who “have made tremendous contributions over the years. Founding board members and staff carried the banner for hospice care in a big way. They had to teach people what hospice care was and work with physicians to build a trust that they would be able to take care of their patients. Some were real pioneers in this field and their commitment was enormous.”


Lloyd believes that strict adherence to providing quality care, focusing on community outreach, embracing technology, and successful fundraising have all contributed to the success of Delaware Hospice. Delaware Hospice is unique in the area because of the grassroots support, responsible for its initial Volunteers at founding, Camp New Hope give an enthusias- which has tic, warm welcome sustained it through thirty to children and years. As teens who are needs in the coping with the loss of a loved one. community have grown, so has the response both in monetary gifts and in volunteer efforts. This generous support has allowed Delaware Hospice to offer programs above and beyond traditional hospice care, such as New Hope for grieving children and teens; Transitions for seriously ill individuals who are not appropriate for hospice, and home-based palliative care for those whose illness requires symptom management; and extensive family support groups and workshops throughout the state. Statewide, 800 volunteers visit patients, make telephone calls, organize fundraisers, or provide office assistance. In 2008, a successful capital campaign made possible the opening of the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford and its new option of 24-hour specialized Jeffrey Santoro, care. With Member of the recent approval Board of Trustees. for a similar Center in Hockessin, Delaware Hospice looks forward to providing this option of care to families in New Castle County and Pennsylvania. Board member Jeffrey Santoro remarked, “So, it’s been 30 years, and I can’t wait to see what happens over the next 30 years, because what Delaware Hospice has done and the exceptional, unwavering care they’ve brought to the people of Delaware has been overwhelming.” Home Based Palliative Care for individuals who are not hospice appropriate but whose illness requires pain and symptom management.

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How Would You Like Smoother,Younger Looking Skin? Look No Further! What can you do for your sun spots? IPL has been extremely successful for the removal of dark spots that show up on your face, chest or hands as a result of long-standing exposure to sunlight. Three to six treatments, at two week intervals, can get rid of all these unpleasant marks and leave you with smooth, flawless skin.

Do you feel like your skin is sagging particularly around your chin and jaw line?

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t Juventas Aesthetic Center, you will find the way to smoother, younger looking skin. You can get rid of the unwanted hair on your upper lip or your entire leg. Have you been plagued by facial redness you have tried to cover up for years? You can clear it with few treatment of IPL. At Juventas Aesthetic Center, our experienced and knowledgeable staff is committed to making you feel comfortable during your treatments!

What is IPL? IPL is one of the leading

modalities for permanent hair reduction. During a session, you will experience a brief, slight snapping sensation, after which you might feel hot for a few hours. You should keep your body temperature lower during this time. You should not tan or expose your skin to ample sunlight for 2-3 weeks before the first session and stay out of sun for the duration of treatments. We recommend 6 treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart. You may notice a change as early as a few weeks after the first session.

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Don’t worry! Fractional Nonablative Laser treatment can tighten your skin. Juventas Aesthetic Center can help you wipe away the effects of years of wear and tear from face and hands.

Are you staring at your wrinkles wondering if there is an easy way to get rid of them? At Juventas Aesthetic Center we can help you to soften your wrinkles by simple injections.

How do injections work? Botox or Fillers are used for giving the face a more youthful, refreshed look. Botox injections typically last 4 months whereas the effect of fillers last about 9-12 months. No downtime, no surgery and despite the need for repeat injections, it’s still less expensive than a facelift.

What should you expect after a botox injection? Minor headaches are not uncommon, but gone before you know it. In 4-7 days you see the wrinkles disappear. Botox can be used on the forehead, around the eyes, above the upper lip, on sagging cheeks and even on the neck lines.

Testimonials: “I had laser hair removal at Juventas. The process was very easy and comfortable and in less than 6 months, all the unwanted hair on my face and underarm is gone. I barely ever shave anymore!” ~ Charlotte , North Wilmington “My face was covered with Rosacea (redness and flushing). I was using foundation ever day to cover the redness. After IPL treatment at Juventas, my skin is back to normal. I do not miss the cake on my face.” ~ Teresa, Newark

Juventas Aesthetic Center Mehdi Jadali, M.D. FACS Board Certified General surgeon, Certified for Laser treatment by Palomar and National Laser Institute and BOTOX and Filler injections by National Laser Institute Michele Burke-Kelly, Board certified Physician Assistant, Certified for all laser treatments by Palomar and National Laser Institute Teresa Duricek, MA Certified all laser treatments by Palomar

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Give The Gift Of Life This Holiday Season

By Christine E. Serio External Communications Specialist Blood Bank of Delmarva


sk most people what the holiday season means to them and many will respond with memories of holidays past spent with family and friends. Some will mention a special gift they received while others will relate how they’ve helped someone else in need. The holidays seem to bring out the best in all of us as the spirit of giving seems to consume us in one way or another. There’s a gift that blood donors share every day and it’s the most personal gift imaginable, the gift of life. More than 20,000 patients a year are in need of blood and blood products. The Blood Bank of Delmarva needs 350 donors a day to meet the needs of the 16 hospitals on Delmarva. Each blood donation can save up to three lives and takes about an hour to complete from start to finish, with the actual donation lasting about five to six minutes.

not be with us today if not for blood donors giving during the holiday season. On Christmas Eve 2010, Wyzhir was cutting a strip of molding with a miter saw when the holiday turned from festive to tragic.

of high fevers, he suddenly began vomiting profuse amounts of blood. After several months of testing and uncertainty, he was diagnosed with portal hypertension, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by impaired blood flow to his liver.

With a sudden slip, Wyzhir instantly lost his left hand just above the wrist. He was flown to a trauma center and immediately taken into surgery early Christmas morning. It took surgeons more than 12 hours to reattach his hand. That night complications set in when he developed a high fever and high blood pressure and was taken back to surgery.

Portal hypertension is an increase of blood pressure in the portal vein from his intestines to his liver causing an enlarged, overactive spleen and esophageal varices (blood vessels in his esophagus that bleed very easily). Gage depends on platelet transfusions prior to diagnostic and reparative procedures since his platelet counts are always low and leave him at risk for bleeding easily

It took six hours to stabilize him. Over the next couple of days, various treatments and surgeries were attempted, but ultimately the doctors determined Wyzhir’s hand could not be saved.

“His overactive spleen gobbled up the platelets,” says his mother, Molly. Ironically, Gage’s father, Jon-

Wyzhir’s brave response was, “It’s not what I wanted to hear, but I know it was in God’s plan for me.” Although his hand could not be saved, Wyzhir’s life was spared because of the many blood transfusions he received. He is now a healthy, happy 17-year-old senior at Mardela High School in Mardela Springs, MD.

Other blood product recipients require on-going treatments, such as Gage Waddell who needs regular platelet transfusions. His treatments don’t take a vacation during the holidays and the short shelf life of platelets, make them a high demand product. Those donations have saved people like Wyzhir Johnson, a senior in high school, who would

athan, is a regular platelet donor and has been for several years. “It was a shock to us that our little boy would be a patient in need of platelets. You hope that your children will never need any type of transfusion,” says Molly. “I am so grateful to Jonathan and all those people who take the time to donate,” she says. “It truly is a lifesaving gift.” Gage recently had surgery to redirect the flow of blood to his liver. Doctors will know in several months if it was successful. Giving the gift of life is as easy as rolling up your sleeve. Be someone’s hero this holiday season, make an appointment with Blood Bank of Delmarva by calling 1-8888-BLOOD-8 or visiting

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Four-year-old Gage was a seemingly, healthy little boy until October 2011, when after a week

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Shocking Statements About Your Health Care! There Is A Different Path To Take... H

ow do you know if you are healthy? Do you gauge your healthiness on whether or not you are in pain? How do you know if your medications are working? Or on how you exercise? Or on how you eat or not? In this article I will uncover some of the reasons we as a nation are so utterly “NOT HEALTHY” and offer you a fresh perspective and an OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE YOUR HEALTH FUTURE!

Dr. Heather Rooks, DC As senior clinic director, Dr. Rooks is skilled and experienced at treating the root physiological, biochemical, and hormonal imbalances associated with Type 2 Diabetes and with Hypothyroidism. Dr. Rooks uses breakthrough diagnostic testing and analysis that’s rarely done in conventional settings, to uncover the hidden, underlying causes a person may be experiencing from Type 2 Diabetes and Hypothyroidism. She also takes great pride in delivering personalized healthcare treatment to patients as well as providing an environment that supports and inspires patients to reverse their poor health. Dr. Rooks graduated from the University of Delaware, with a BA in Biology and has a Minor in Women’s Studies. She attended Life University for her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and has extensive Postgraduate education in Functional Endocrinology. Outside the office, Dr. Rooks enjoys being with her Cream French bulldog, Romeo, traveling and consciousness raising activities, spiritual retreats and humanitarian mission trips. She also loves Yoga and any kind of fitness. Dec 2012/Jan 2013

I ask the questions above because everyday in my office I consult with new clients and in my experience lately are in 1 of 2 categories. I find that the majority of people that I meet are either “Uber-healthy” and health conscious or severely Unhealthy, take laundry lists of medications, have had multiple surgeries, joint replacement, gastric bypass, are diabetic, overweight or obese. There really is no middle ground. The 1 common denominator with them all is MIS-INFORMATION: they have never been told what “HEALTH” really is and how to achieve it! The first category or Uber Healthy people tend to care more, read more and DO more about it. The severely Unhealthy group see too many doctors, eat too much “non-food” and sugar and don’t DO much of anything…how can they? THEY ARE SICK AND TIRED. Usually they are SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED!!!! Is this your experience too? I am going to make a statement here that might BLOW some of you away: WE CAN PREVENT all of the leading causes of sickness and death! We CAN prevent or reverse cancer, diabetes, neurodegeneration, and infertility ~depending, of course, how far down the path to destruction you may have wandered. You might have noticed many of the diseases occur together. Heart disease and depression. Infertility and autoimmunity. Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. This is because these seemingly separate diseases share an underlying mechanism: INFLAMMATION. Inflammation is a natural process that we will die without, but we will also die with too much. The #1 cause of INFLAMMATION IS OUR DIET :O In order to understand how food influences inflammation you need to understand a bit about digestion and hormonal consequences of FOOD. In order to do that you need to be properly educated about food, what causes Inflammation and how to reduce and prevent inflammation. Here is another 1 of my shocking statements that most of you may not know: YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR, REGARDLESS OF THEIR SPECIALTY DID NOT STUDY NUTRITION IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. Did you know that?? So they should not be advising you about it. The medical Allopathic paradigm is solely to diagnose (to name) and treat (with Rx’s, surgeries and chemical interventions) disease. That is not

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HEALTHCARE, THAT IS SICK CARE OR SYMTPOM MANAGEMENT, as I prefer to call it. (Shocking statement #3) They will MANAGE YOUR SYPTOMS ONCE YOU ARE SICK UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE (shocking statement #4) but that does not guarantee you are healthy. This is where our “Health Care System” and it’s ALLOPATHIC MEDICAL (MD) PRACTITIONERS go wrong, in my opinion. YOU ARE TESTED ACCORDING TO WHAT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY WILL PAY FOR (shocking statement #5), and typically it is only BLOOD TESTS. Maybe some imaging as well, but imagining tests like CT scans, MRI’s and X rays give NO information about your body’s inner workings or biochemistry. How do you know your inflammatory status? What are your sex hormones doing? How is your sugar regulation? How about Cortisol…has any doctor you’ve had ever tested that? And then there’s the MISUNDERSTOOD/MISDIAGNOSED/MISTREATED Thyroid. • • • • • • • • •

IF: You are not happy with your health status You have been diagnosed with a CHRONIC, debilitating health condition You suffer with chronic pain You are simply tired of taking so many Rx’s which only seem to be increasing in # You are feeling worse, having 1 diagnosis after another You have not been tested to know what your inflammation levels are You have not been tested to know hormone levels are You want to feel better, look better and have a healthier future You want to improve your health status, enjoy more energy, and be more VITAL and ABUNDANTLY healthy

…And you wish to ACHIEVE DIFFERENT RESULTS, SEEK A DIFFERENT APPROACH (shocking statement # 6)!!! At P.A.T.H Integrative Health Center we have a different model of care that is helping People Achieve Total Health. Typical results include increased energy, decreased body weight if needed, decreased unnecessary Rx’s and procedures, eliminate diagnoses, reverse chronic conditions, decrease in body pain and discomfort, increase in quality of life, happier, more optimistic about health future, knowledge of how to care for yourself and family! IT IS YOUR BIRHTRIGHT TO BE HEALTHY; IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILTY TO FULFILL IT! (Shocking statement #7) OUR MODEL OF CARE CAN REVEAL WHY YOUR HEALTH IS NOT OPTIMUM AND WHAT IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE.

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Home Away From Home… RoseAnn Rossi, Instructor: Focus Fitness Mainline, Focus Fitness Brandywine, Barre Focus Fitness Haverford


ocus Fitness Brandywine, conveniently located in Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills, PA, is a boutique studio offering expertly taught Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre. The 5 disciplines taught at FFB are incredible fitness regimens that offer a plethora of health benefits. Yoga’s series of poses (asanas) and controlled breathing helps with stress management and is also beneficial for a variety of health conditions: cancer, depression, pain, and anxiety. We offer a complimentary Yoga for Cancer Survivors’ class to help renew and restore the mind and body, during and after cancer. Yoga provides improved balance, flexibility, range of motion, and strength. In turn you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical and daily activities. Whether a beginner or seasoned Yogi, Focus Fitness has a class for you! In addition, our cycling classes and combination classes are designed to increase your calorie burn and keep your metabolism boosted throughout the day. Regardless of your age or fitness level, cycling is a great low impact, high intensity cardiovascular workout that burns a lot of calories! At Focus Fitness our Barre and Pilates classes are structured to create a workout that puts less stress on the joints than other forms of strength training, while still getting the muscles to a maximum burn. The major benefit of doing these classes that draws many people is that it creates a long, lean and toned body. Our Barre Focus Fitness class incorporates exercises done at a ballet barre combined with elements of Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga. These workouts rely mainly on one’s bodyweight for resistance. The moves challenge your core stability and balance, creating lean muscle and increasing bone density. Our Barre workouts shape each muscle group by overloading your muscle and then stretching it. Pilate’s focus on control, targets the core muscles. When your focus is on abdominals “powerhouse”, you strengthen those muscles which overtime can reduce lower back

pain. Pilates and Barre will tone and tighten abs and thighs, and lift the buttocks. Achieve a “dancer’s body” – strong and sleek. Come enjoy an effective workout at Focus Fitness Brandywine and increase your mind/body awareness!

Testimonials: The studio is the best place I have found, even over personal training for a great overall workout. I tell everyone I know about it! ~ Stacey R.

life but it wasn’t until I stepped into to the beautiful Focus Fitness studio did I realize that a huge piece had been missing -- the energy and peace that comes from pushing yourself physically in a nurturing, welcoming and uplifting environment. Everyone at Focus Fitness is positive and encouraging, and the awesome variety of classes means there is something new to look forward to every day. My favorite classes are “YeS”, Spinning and Barre. The instructors are constantly changing the routines and music which makes it fun and hard work...and that leads great results. I am stronger, more toned and more flexible each week.

“Focus Fitness offers so much: a beautiful/serene environment, nurturing teachers, and classes that are interesting and diverse. The yoga at Focus brings the art of a ‘moving meditation’ to a new level.” ~ Judi T. I have taken several classes now at Focus Fitness and have loved every one of them! All the instructors have great personalities, have offered great workouts, and have worked hard at tailoring them for each person’s needs and levels! Plus, I love the way I can buy a package so I can attend classes when it works for me, without the guilt about losing money when I can’t get there! ~ Kelli M.

But most importantly, I feel calmer, less stressed and definitely more invigorated. I love Focus Fitness and look forward to a very long and happy relationship! Thank you! ~ Liad P. Favorite Class(es): Alignment, Anasura, Yoga/Pilates. I love everything about Focus including the location the space and especially the teachers. Everyone I have had the

opportunity to take a class with has always been incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and inspiring. Each time I meet a new teacher or take a different class I am always happily surprised by the unique style each teacher brings to their class. I also love the variety of offerings and the different times the classes are given. I always know that I can somehow find a class that will fit into my schedule. I began taking classes two years ago up the street at High Level Fitness where the teachers were good but the space was awful. The class sizes up there began to dwindle and they decided to stop offering classes. It was right about that time that Focus opened up and it was like a dream come true for me! ~ Betsy L. Focus Fitness offers great combinations of cardio, strength, and stretching in a clean, contemporary environment. My favorite is the “YeS” class! The instructors are well trained and are very good at motivating the clients to work to the best of their ability. It’s a fun and unique workout! ~ Sandy P. Favorite Classes: “YeS” Noon Classes (“I love that!”) I am not sure what I ever did with my time before Focus Fitness opened up. It keeps me balanced, physically, and more importantly, mentally. I always feel welcome there. ~ Kathy M.

I like how each of the instructors I have been to have something that is “unique” to them, you guys are doing an awesome job with selecting instructors. I am totally addicted to spinning. ~ Michelle S. Dear Focus Fitness Team: The past few months at Focus Fitness have been life changing. Vigorous exercise has always been a part of my daily


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Pilates Offers Benefits For Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors

By Nancy Hawkins Rigg Founder and Owner, Forever Fit Foundation


ctober is the month designated as breast cancer awareness month, a time for non-profits to raise funds for research, cause prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and to provide information about detection and dealing with diagnosis and treatment. The trainers at Forever Fit Foundation have the experience of supporting clients with breast cancer. The practice of Pilates has physical and emotional benefits as it strengthens the core and trainers can modify exercises that meet the client’s needs. Many people have misconceptions about Pilates and are afraid to try, thinking Pilates is only for the young, thin and supple. Not so. Pilates has benefits for everybody, including those dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates, a German immigrant, who was a prisoner of war in England during World War I before he moved to New York City in the 1920s. He created a revolutionary system of exercises, which if done properly and on a regular basis, creates a strong and flexible core. That core consists of the muscles surrounding your spine in the center of your torso. Core strengthening goes beyond toning the muscles that wrap your torso. Building a stronger core takes practice and focus, and that is another component of Pilates. You develop inner strength literally Dec 2012/Jan 2013

and figuratively because you learn to eliminate mental distractions. This can be particularly beneficial as breast cancer patients prepare their bodies and their minds for treatment or surgery. In addition to the psychological benefits, Pilates exercises can help restore range of motion after surgery associated with breast cancer by lengthening and strengthening. Trainers modify the exercises to meet the client’s needs, and the Pilates apparatus is readily adjusted to accommodate your needs.

As you practice Pilates you are strengthening and lengthening the muscles that properly support your spine, keeping your vertebrae in a nice straight column. Most clients do not begin Pilates training with a lean and flexible body, a straight spine and the ability to easily execute all the exercises the trainer presents. Pilates takes practice, and diligent and consistent practice yields results. Learning and practicing Pilates is best done under the watchful eye of a personal trainer who has extensive Pilates training herself. At one time, the practice of Pilates was almost limited to ballet dancers who had become injured in the studio or on stage, but more people learned the benefits of Pilates.

is strengthening, both physically and mentally.

First, she will talk to you privately about your own personal situation, then you will start training with a plan designed to meet your goals and to improve your fitness level - the options are almost endless. The trainer will be able to demonstrate the exercises and guide you through the practice with verbal support and encouragement. You will receive gentle verbal cues as your body adjusts to this new way of moving. Practice is one of the hallmarks of Pilates. The foundation of the Pilates method remains consistent. The exercises are performed slowly and rhythmically, and with mental focus, so the student develops a strong and flexible core. With your trainer, you will learn to stretch and move, extending your body and your mind in order to restore that health and confidence. You will look better, move better and feel better. Nancy Hawkins Rigg is the founder and owner of Forever Fit Foundation, a personal training business specializing in Pilates Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yamuna Body rolling and sportspecific training. Forever Fit

Foundation accepts clients at three sites: Dover and Lewes and Mendenhall Station, Pa, just over the Delaware line. A certified athletic trainer, she earned her Bachelor Degree from the University of Delaware and her Master’s in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from Miami University in Ohio. Please call 302.432.1816 or 698.5201 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

And that’s where a certified Pilates trainer comes in. Safety is an obvious concern, and that’s just one reason you want to select a trainer who is educated in all aspects of Pilates. A full Pilates studio is equipped with apparatus, modern versions of Joseph Pilates’ original equipment. The trainer will be able to assist you on the apparatus, and some exercises offer variations or effective modifications using smaller apparatus, such as a ring or ball or even just your own body on the mat. The movements may feel unfamiliar at first, and that’s because changing existing patterns 26


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Holiday Stress And Chiropractic There are many possible causes of stress.


hey can be physical (car accident, repetitive motion), emotional By: (deadlines, death Dr. Katie Schuler D.C. in the family), or even chemical (too much caffeine, hormonal imbalance). The big one for this time of year is holiday stress, women tend to place huge amounts of stress on themselves this time of year. We want to make sure all the holiday meals, gift and parties are in perfect order. If you are stressed, it’s important that you do whatever you can to avoid the negative effects. Thankfully, there are also many ways to help relieve stress. One important way to relieve stress is with chiropractic adjustments. Today’s modern woman has become much more knowledgeable in diet, nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sports and physical activity, and methods for maintaining wellness and general fitness – about which chiropractors have considerable expertise that they are eager to share. Chiropractic wellness programs are particularly well-suited to the special needs of pregnant women, new mothers, women who are overweight, who are in stressful situations, and others who need to protect and strengthen their bones, nerves, joints, muscles and overall health. Millions of women rely on chiropractors because of the caring interaction that develops between patient and doctor and because of chiropractic’s effective combination of expert care, effective spinal adjustments, exercise and nutritional

guidance, and lifestyle counseling. Because the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the different functions of your body, any disruption in nerve communication to your organs and body tissues will result in abnormal function. Chiropractors help restore normal nerve function and communication, thereby allowing your body to work normally and naturally. The result is often a reduction in pain and inflammation, as well as prevention of further deterioration. Research has also demonstrated that arthritic changes begin in the spinal joints in as few as three days after a joint becomes fixated. Relief from pain and prevention of further deterioration are among the many “side effects” of regular chiropractic care.

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n the U.S. we enjoy some of the best tap water in the By: world. It’s not Maria Williams something we think much about unless we don’t like the taste or odor of our water. But there is so much more to the quality of our water than its taste and odor. Yes, it’s important to have great tasting water, but it’s also important to be sure it’s free of impurities that are probably affecting your family’s life more than you know. For example, water from a municipal source (about 85% of the country gets their water from the “water company”) contains either chlorine or chloramine, which is used to disinfect water. These disinfectants can be harmful in and of themselves. They create “disinfectant byproducts,” or DPBs, which are created when these gases are heated, such as in a bath or shower. Studies have shown as much as an 83% increase in getting a tumor and 35 percent increase in getting bladder cancer as a result of exposure to DBPs. Another example is lead. Both groundwater and surface water supplies are susceptible to heavy metal infiltration. Surface water is often contaminated with mercury (and other contaminants) from the rain as well as from run-off of metals, such as lead, arsenic and cesium, from industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential presence. What’s the danger with heavy metals? Bio-accumulative, they build up in vital organs such as the liver, kidney, lungs, and colon. They also amass in the lymphatic and neurologic systems. Heavy metals cause a wide and varied host of neurological, immune, and gastrointestinal problems. These metals trapped in the body’s tissue are not easily removed and relatively low levels can diminish health.

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According to Prevention Magazine, it’s the number one way to prevent cancer. “You’ll reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and hormonedisrupting chemicals. A new report from the President’s Cancer Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that homefiltered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water, whose quality often is not higher — and in some cases is worse — than that of municipal sources, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group.”

A whole house filtration system will eliminate the need for multiple filters such as shower filters or separate drinking water filters. However, some choose to opt for additional filtration of inorganic contaminants such as fluoride, which whole house water filters are not designed to remove.

• Better Tasting Water Encourages More Drinking

Since most Americans are chronically dehydrated, it’s a good idea to drink enough water each and every day. Experts say we should drink half our body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces per day. Or at least strive to.

• Well Water Carries Even More Risks

Because well water is not regulated, you are responsible to ensure it is safe. Well water should be tested at least annually by a certified lab. This may cost several hundred dollars a year, but it’s worth knowing that there are no bacteria such as e-coli, coliform or other harmful bacteria in your water.

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Most contaminants in your water are not visible. This photo here was taken after about 6 months of use on city water. Perhaps you assume that only well water has significant dirt and debris in it, but judging by this image, that’s not the case. This is just one filter out of the many we receive from customers with very similar or worse condition. Many even catch large pieces of debris – such as insects, worms, paper, rocks, and more.

If you don’t filter your water, then your body becomes the filter. Your liver, kidneys and colon will filter the water when it’s not filtered prior to consumption or being consumed.

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Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals For Fitness W

ith the year coming to an end, many of us make the resolution to get in shape and start living healthier for the New Year, but by March, we have a By: million excuses why we will Alisa Robinson start it up again next week. But what if I told you there was a better way? What if you could set yourself up with a better chance of success in 2013? With a strong commitment and the necessary tools you can be successful in your journey to good health and fitness by setting REALISTIC GOALS, also known as S.M.A.R.T Goals.

SMART is an acronym that stands for: S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Realistic T – Trackable Using the SMART goal method you can create a system in which your fitness program will seem to schedule itself.

S – Specific Fitness Goals

These goals make you ask Who, What, When, Where and Why. No matter what you might want to achieve, put this in writing so you can see what your main goals are. For example A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join Art Fitness and workout 3 days a week.”

because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your selfimage. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

R – Realistic Fitness Goals

To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

T – Time Specific Fitness Goals

A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal Alisa is the owner of Art Fitness, an Exclusive Fitness Studio in Wilmington. After researching the growing epidemic of chronic illnesses and the obesity rate in the United States reaching all times highs Alisa felt it was time to take drastic measures to teach individuals how important their body is and small changes every day can be the difference between life and death. Alisa

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M - Measure Fitness Goals Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the fitness goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as......How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished? A - Attainable Fitness Goals

When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, and skills to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but

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n the world it seems that the simple truth is hard to come by. People are quite By: Dean Roles capable at manipulating words in order to alter belief systems. People do this to benefit themselves for various reasons (this article is far too short to explore these reasons). In the horse world, 90 percent of the training methods utilized are based on manipulated belief systems, that are usually derived from other belief systems. These systems are usually developed to attract people and create income. Then these systems are changed as time passes to attract more income. Or even worse, the system is recreated by Johnny come lately, based on beliefs off the first faulted system. In reality, these faulty methods are a huge problem in the horse world, and the problem has gotten so bad that over 90 percent of all horses are not ridden. Out of the remaining 10 percent that are ridden, 80 percent of those are not safe mounts. Do the math – that means that every 2 in 100 horses are safe. In my younger years, the percentage of safe, well-trained horses was around 70 percent. That number has shrank so exponentially that if I had not seen it happen with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. Although there are other factors at work here, such as the physical and mental condition of the rider and horse, feed, unnatural care methods of the horse and so on, the fact that the truths of horse training have been replaced by heavily faulted belief systems seems to me to be the primary cause of this. So what are the truths that training should be based on? I’m glad you asked! 1. Never harm the horse. 2. The trainer is absolutely responsible for every result. PERIOD. 3. All horses communicate with body language thru pressure and release. Horses know what you want by the application of pressure and will desire to do what you want because of the release of pressure. 4. Always use enough pressure to obtain the desired results, and always use as little as possible (see rule 1.) 5. If you cannot get a horse to desire your company at all times, it will result in you being dismounted. Dec 2012/Jan 2013

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The Truth

6. You cannot scare a horse into not being scared ( also known as de-spooking) 7. Horse training should always be interesting for the horse and should never be exciting for the people. 8. Horses should always move away from pressure and never apply pressure to a human. It is the humans responsibility to create space for the horse to move away into. 9. Always remember you tell a horse where not to be (not where to go – that’s a predator mentality!)

10. Make the good thing easy – make the bad thing hard (for example – you cannot make a horse stand still, he must desire to do so!) These are 10 of the golden truths of horse training and just so you know, these truths can be applied in other aspects of life. That’s how truth works – it is always true whether it’s a horse, a career decision or correcting your child. The truth will set you free!

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Onyx came into my life in January 2009. In the past 3 years she has battled strangles and founder. In the spring of 2012 I decided this mare needed to have a job and I was desperate to find someone who would work with her without sacrificing my horse’s soul. And so it begins… On June 9 I brought Dean a horse with soundness issues due to her foundering previously. I brought him a horse that had no desire to please a human, but who would rather intimidate people with her size and power. Dean saw that Onyx’s issues ran deep and they weren’t all psychological…her physical well being needed to be addressed as well. He took such care to get my horse physically comfortable in the first three weeks by trimming her feet, giving her massages. Anything he could think that would help, he did. He could have physically pushed my horse, took my money for a month’s worth of training and sent us on our way, but he didn’t! This man cares about the horses and he cares about the people who own these horses that come through his gates. He has a plethora of knowledge and he loves to share it. He spent hours talking to me and sharing the lessons he has learned in his career…and he does it with passion! He is teaching me how to speak horse and to translate the information my horse gives me and to have a relationship with Onyx. It’s been a beautiful experience to have Dean train me and teach my horse and I’m excited to say my journey isn’t over. I’m continuing lessons with Dean and he is also continuing to trim Onyx’s feet to keep her sound. ~ Donna Austin, Clayton, DE


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Where You Work Effects How You Work and play computer games, or a spot for solitaire breaks while cleaning the garage. It should be a place that fosters productivity and focus. A place where work gets done. So if a home office is to serve as a functional place of business, it helps to follow a few ground rules. 1. Devote a separate space to the office. A spare room is ideal, but if you don’t have space, a separate corner or area will do. 2. Keep all others, especially children, out of the office during “business hours.” 3. If at all possible, keep the computer off-limits to children. Invest in an inexpensive computer for them to use.

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Taking Control of Your Environment

It’s a typical day in the life of home-based businessman Bob Kornfeld. And, as usual, things are a just little bit hectic. A client called to discuss an upcoming project, but Bob can’t find the notes from their last conversation anywhere on the desk in his home office. One of the kids must have been using his computer yesterday, because his settings are wrong and it’s running slow. But then again, he’s had to answer so many phone calls he hasn’t had time to get anything done anyway. Now he’s got to organize a last-minute teleconference before the plumber arrives to fix the kitchen sink…which of course could be at any time in the next three hours. Small business coaches know that for people who run homebased businesses, one of the biggest professional challenges is managing what can sometimes be a very unprofessional environment. The more distractions there are, the harder it is to concentrate on the task at hand and do it well. But there are solutions available to help small businesspeople get the most out of their work space.

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4. Keep papers and clutter organized in drawers or files. 5. Get a separate business line to separate work-related calls from all other calls.

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cumstances, finding the space and privacy necessary to work productively at home can still be an issue. But there are other options available to small businesspeople. An executive suite or business center offers all the perks of a traditional office without the pressure of a long-term commitment. Often available month-to-month, they are usually professionally furnished and equipped with all the necessary communication and latest technology. They come in a range of sizes to suit one-person operations as well as larger ones. And the best part is, they include a receptionist to handle the mail and visitors, internet access, telephone service, administrative support, office cleaning and more. Another, even more affordable solution is the Virtual Office. These offer only the services you need, from a separate address and phone service while you still work from home to meeting space, conference calling and other flexible, pay-asyou-go solutions.

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These three options should offer a solution to any small businessperson.

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he whole first year after the death of a loved one is very strange. Every day is a first. Every month is a first. More importantly, every holiday is a first without the cherished William person you loved E. King so much. As we get close to Christmas, I decided to personalize this article by referring to my own journey after losing my wife to cancer two years ago. It was the beginning of October so I didn’t have much time before I had to deal with the holidays. Thanksgiving came very quickly and I went to my daughter’s turkey dinner. One of my granddaughters is named after my wife and it is difficult but a special gift to say her name. A photo album

of my grandson’s wedding pictures from June was being shared. I had to choke back sobs as I viewed the last pictures taken of my wife amid the happy surroundings of the wedding. I kept excusing myself to be alone to try and hold off tears. Somehow we made it through dinner and I left early to get back home under the excuse of having to go to work the next day. The next Holiday was Christmas and I had to try and keep things a little normal for my three children and eight grandchildren. I decided to take a road trip to St. Louis to visit my oldest son and four grandchildren. That way I wouldn’t have to decorate the house with a tree or lights or anything. However, I did want to send Christmas cards especially to thank family and friends who had been calling and making sure I was all right. I never could have realized how hard it was going to be to come across the addresses of friends far away who didn’t know of my wife’s passing. There were only

about ten of them but to write of your loss over and over was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. The road trip was an excuse to be by myself for the fourteen hours out to St. Louis and the fourteen hours back. I arrived late Christmas Eve and left the morning after Christmas. My youngest son made it from Denver and we all spent Christmas together riding an emotional roller coaster. Hugs didn’t have to have words and looks spoke volumes. We made it through the first Christmas. I’m sharing this story because you might not know what to do or say to friends or families who have lost someone this year. That feeling is normal. Here are a few tips that might help them through the holidays: 1. Let them know you are there: to listen, to help, or just drive them to church or a store. 2. Ask if they want to put any decorations out and ask if they want you to help. 3. Ask if they would like help addressing cards or wrapping packages.

4. Ask if they would like to come to your house for a dinner. 5. Ask if you could drop off a dinner during the holidays. 6. Call, stop by, and ask. Make sure they know they don’t have to be alone. I am lucky. I have my wonderful children and beautiful grandchildren and 34 years of memories. The Holidays are never going to be easy but time really does have a way of softening the edges.

Happy Holidays and remember to Be Happy and Live Life with Love. William E. King is a funeral director at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes. Bill is the Advanced Planning Manager and has 20 years of experience in the funeral industry. He received a BA from Loyola College Baltimore and later a Mortuary Science degree from the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville.

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When Is Enough, Enough?

Knowing The Time To Change. By Joe White President and Founder of Get Life Coaching. 2012 Entrepreneur of The Year


remember when one client walked into my office for her complimentary session. She was middle-aged, children gone to college, her marriage felt empty, she was heavier than she wanted to be, and she was wondering why she did not have any passion for life. She first came to me thinking she needed to change her career, but little did she know, what she really needed to change was the way she lived her life. Somewhere along the journey of life, we learn to believe that passion was the byproduct of something we did. If we had a job we loved, then we would feel passion. If we had a relationship that we felt fulfilled in, then we would feel passion. The truth is that passion is the genesis of all things that make us feel alive. Passion is the fuel of our dreams. Her challenge was not unique. Too often, life gets too comfortable. Our routines turn into ruts, and then something changes that upsets the apple cart. We come to the realization that life is not a straight line, but rather a bunch of bends and turns. We start to feel that the sharp turn is more like a dead end, and we fear we cannot reclaim our happiness. Instinctually, we start looking for the source of pain or what will get us out of pain. The harder we search, the further it takes us away from the solution: ourselves. For the past 14 years, I have had the good fortune to have worked with thousands of individuals and businesses. Throughout these years, I have kind of gotten the reputation of being like the “A Team” of coaching. Clients come to me when all other avenues have failed and results are a must. This

She decided to trust me, and we began to work together. First, I helped her find happiness and passion and come from a place of emotional abundance. Then, we tackled the area of need: her relationship. She was able to get her husband to join her for the sessions. The truth came out that he felt the same way she did, and he felt powerless. I was able to get them both back into their hearts and rekindle their relationship.

client was no different. The quality of her life was dramatically sliding backwards. She thought she was at her breaking point, but in truth, she was far from it.

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There are three catalysts of change. First, we become satiated with pain. We often think we are at the point where we cannot take any more, but we can actually end up spending many more years in pain before we will ever take action. Second, is that an event comes and hits us so hard that we have to take action. Third, is that we proactively choose to change. This is always the best choice, and it was my client’s best chance to change. I explained to her that happiness and passion are things you choose. I agreed with her that it is a very difficult choice - but it’s still our choice. I asked when she “lost” her passion. Her eyes began to tear and she said, “When my relationship stopped growing.” I don’t know if she truly needs her career change, but I do know that until she learns that happiness and passion come from within, everything will be just a Band-Aid.

The lessons learned are that happiness and passion come from within, and when we look externally before internally, we are only applying a Band-Aid. We don’t need to wait for a threshold of pain or a significant emotional event before we can change; proactive change is always best. Lastly, often what we think is the problem is often a smokescreen for the deeper issue. So, look inward with courage and faith.

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Presented By: Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU


here is an undisputed fact in this world, and that is if you don’t control your money, your money will control you. If you are a “believer” in this old adage, then here is the first step in controlling your money. Prepare a comprehensive list of all your expenses and how much you spend on each item. In many circles, this is known as a budget. Here is an example of the items that you may need to include: Alimony payments Hobbies Health Insurance Premiums Food/Groceries Domestic Help Medical Expenses/co-pays Clothing Homeowner’s Insurance Allowances Utilities Yard/Pool Maintenance Child Care Phone Home Maintenance Education Expenses Cleaners Subscriptions 401K/IRA Contribution Auto Insurance Gifts/Birthdays Mortgage Auto Maintenance (gas/oil/repairs) Property Taxes

prominent among Fred’s diverse domestic and international client base of professionals, retirees, professional musicians and business owners. In 2008 Fred was cited by Delaware Today Magazine as one of Delaware’s Top Financial Advisors. Criteria are not necessarily based on client satisfaction or advisor performance. Fred received a State of Delaware Senate Tribute in 1999 for his “long and distinguished record of service to his community, his country, his state and his region.”

Charge Cards Auto Payments Sales Taxes Entertainment Charitable Contributions Club Dues Tax Preparation Vacation Life Insurance Premiums Personal & Miscellaneous Other Now total it all up! As presumptuous as it may sound, if you continued this wonder system for the rest of your life, you would be amazed at how much financial discipline you would develop! Now compare your “outgo” to your “income.” If you find that you’ve got “too much month left over”, (you run out of money too soon), then you now know where you need (and can) cut back. Additionally, you are now prepared to do some serious retirement planning! 32 years ago, my wife and I agreed to do this system. Louise has not missed one month all these years! We are in control of our money….our money is not in control of us. Everyone should do this! You NEED to do this! Begin today!

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Who Pays My Wages If I’m Injured On The Job? Heather A. Long, Esq.


Delaware Workers’ Compensation Benefits


hen new clients come in for their initial consultation meetings in my office, almost always their biggest concerns are how they can still get paid while they are injured and out of work. Understandably, in these tough economic times many families are finding that they are having to stretch the family budget farther than they ever have before and the prospect of losing income can be terrifying. The fear of not being able to make ends meet is often the reason that many injured workers try to return to work before they are physically ready to do so. This then can start a nasty cycle that results in aggravation or worsening of the original injury, which in turn can prolong the amount of time that the injured worker needs treatment. The injured worker can become trapped in this cycle, going around and around, until their injury is properly treated and is allowed time to heal. If you are injured at work, it may be tempting to jump back in to your job and try to deal with your injury on your own. However, rest assured that the Workers’ Compensation laws are set up in such a way that you will not have to go without pay if you choose to follow your doctor’s orders to remain out of work. If your doctor indicates that you must stay out of work completely, this is called Temporary Total Disability, or TTD for short. If he or she wants you to reduce your hours, that is called Temporary Partial Disability, or TPD for short. In both circumstances, injured workers are afforded the protection of Workers’ Compensation laws to protect a portion of their earnings while they are recuperating. Injured workers that are on TTD (completely out of work) are paid by their employers’ Workers’ Compensation insurance company, rather than being paid directly from their employer. In order to start payments, the injured worker must timely report the injury and should have a “First Report of Injury” filed with the Department of Labor. (For more information on how to do this, please see my July and September articles.) The First Report of Injury should have your correct wage listed. For those employees who receive extra incentives such as commission, bonuses, mileage, etc., you will want to keep a close eye on this to make sure that your wages have been reported correctly. Often times, after the First Report of Injury is filed, an “Agreement as to Compensation” is also filed. This Agreement as to Compensation details your average weekly earnings before you were injured. Typically, this is calculated by reviewing the past 26 weeks (6 months) worth of earnings. Once the injured workers’ average weekly earnings (pre-injury) are calculated, we can then calculate the benefits that are due under the Workers’ Compensation laws. Here in Delaware, an injured worker is entitled to two-thirds (2/3) of his pre-injury earnings, up to a maximum of $645.01 and a minimum of $215.00 as of July, 2012. It is important to note that the minimum and maximum benefit amounts change each year. The most current limitation amounts are listed on the Department of Labor website at: http://dia. Workers%20Compensation%20Rate%20Chart.pdf. Therefore, as an example, if an injured worker had average weekly earnings of $600.00 per week before

taxes and his doctor orders him to stay out of work completely (TTD) he can expect to receive $400.00 per week in Workers’ Compensation benefits. Injured workers who are ordered by their doctors to reduce their hours (rather than going out of work completely) are also protected by the Workers’ Compensation laws. As discussed above, this is called Temporary Partial Disability, or TPD for short. In this case, the injured worker is entitled to two-thirds (2/3) of the difference between his old, pre-injury wages and what he earns with his new reduced hours. The same 26 week period before the injury is used to calculate the average weekly wage upon which the Workers’ Compensation benefits are based. To further illustrate this situation, let’s say that the same worker from above that was earning $600.00 dollars per week before taxes was placed on TPD by his doctor. He used to be able to work 40 hours per week, and now his doctor indicates that he can only work 30 hours per week. Accordingly, he went from earning $600.00 per week to now earning only $400.00. He is then entitled to TPD benefits for the $200.00 per week that his paycheck is short. TPD benefits are also paid at two-thirds; therefore, he can expect to receive $133.33 in Workers’ Compensation benefits. This serves as a supplement to his $400.00 paycheck, so his total weekly income of his on the job earnings plus Workers’ Compensation benefits would be $533.33. As you can see, figuring out exactly what your weekly Workers’ Compensation wage replacement benefits are can be a daunting task. A consultation with a lawyer who specializes in this area will help you figure out what you are entitled to, and can streamline the process so that you are paid promptly. All of the lawyers in my firm, including myself, offer consultations for work injuries. The consultations are free, and the insight into your claim could be invaluable to your future health and benefits.

Heather is a graduate of Widener University School of Law, and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Prior to attending law school, she was licensed as a paramedic and spent time volunteering for her local ambulance corps. She is also active as a Mock Trial coach for Salesianum High School.

Heather is licensed to practice law in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, please call (302) 565-6100 or e mail her directly at Testimonials: • “The settlement you got sounds much better (than the offer they made to me before I hired you) and I don’t have to worry about my bills and such. Thank you so much.” ~ C.W. • “You did great at the hearing, getting my boss to admit that they knew I fell.” ~ J.J.

Heather has been an attorney for over six years, and is currently practicing workers’ compensation and personal injury law at Kimmel, Carter, Roman & Peltz, P.A. with offices in Newark and Wilmington. Heather worked her way through law school as a paralegal in a personal injury firm. After passing the bar exam, she spent several years working as a defense attorney, representing local, regional and national companies. With the knowledge gained of the inner-workings of these companies, she now represents injured workers and personal injury plaintiffs.


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Considering An LLC To Protect Your Rental Property? created around an LLC owner and all other assets are off-thetable. Therefore your “personal” assets, such as your primary residence and other investment homes, are generally protected from claims by creditors. By Melissa L. Rhoads, Esq.


f you own or are considering buying one or multiple real estate investment properties to capitalize on the beneficial housing market, you have undoubtedly spent countless hours pondering the risks associated with property ownership. More than likely, you are especially concerned that you are one slip-and-fall away from losing everything. There is a solution. Forming a Delaware Limited Liability Company (LLC) may be your best option for risk management and limiting future headaches associated with property ownership.

What is an LLC?

An LLC is a hybrid business entity that combines the best attributes of a partnership and a corporation. Specifically, an LLC can choose to be taxed like a partnership, whereby the individual owners of the LLC pay taxes on their respective personal income tax returns instead of the company. An LLC resembles a corporation in terms of limiting personal liability, whereby the owners’ liability is limited to the amount of capital contributed. Currently, an LLC is the preferred form of protection for most real estate investors.

Why should you consider an LLC for your real estate ventures?

An LLC effectively separates your personal assets from any potential liabilities associated with the real estate. In the event of an accident or other problem, the most an individual LLC owner stands to lose is the property itself. A shield is

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How do you form an LLC?

Generally, setting up an LLC is a relatively inexpensive and simple task; assuming, of course, that it is done correctly. The controlling document for any LLC is the Certificate of Formation, which is typically a one-page document that explains specific information about the LLC being formed, such as the LLC’s name, and its registered agent address. Keep in mind that no two companies can have the same name. As such, you may want to reserve the name before filing your LLC formation paperwork. Once a Certificate of Formation is filed and subsequently approved by the Secretary of State, an LLC is a lawfully recognized business entity. There may be additional requirements to get your LLC up and running. For example, you may be required to register your LLC with other governmental agencies such as the Department of Revenue. It is important to make sure all necessary registrations are handled properly in order to gain the protection afforded by an LLC. Once all of these preliminary steps are handled, the LLC is ready to conduct business.

Your Real Estate Property and LLC Once you have successfully and lawfully created your LLC, your LLC is able to buy and title property just like you would otherwise do personally. As such, once you locate a possible investment property you are able to purchase, mortgage, title, and insure the property solely in the name of your LLC. All rental payments from tenants can be made payable to the LLC and property management becomes part of your



What if you already own a property that is titled in your name?

If you currently own a property that you would like to transfer to your recently created LLC, this process can be done through a title transfer. As such, you no longer personally own your investment property; instead the real estate is owned by the LLC. Keep in mind there may be tax consequences and other costs associated with a deed transfer. However, you may find the longterm personal liability insula-

tion may be worth any initial costs of a transfer.

These issues are provided to serve as a few key suggestions (and not intended to be a comprehensive discussion). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Melissa L. Rhoads, Esq. at (302) 658-6400 or Melissa L. Rhoads is an attorney at Tighe & Cottrell, P.A. at 704 King Street, Suite 500, Wilmington, Delaware 19899.

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‘Tis The Season For Safe Driving I

t’s easy to get caught up in the magic of holidays in Delaware. Everyone seems to be in a better mood, and all of the hustle and bustle – including shopping, parties, and visiting with loved ones – makes the cold weather a little easier to bear. Of course, making merry has its price, as travel can be especially dangerous during this time of year. Whether you are traveling locally or planning a trip to visit friends or family out of state, it’s important to take some extra precautions when driving during the holiday season. To best avoid unpleasant situations like collisions, theft or more, follow these safety suggestions: Perform routine maintenance. One of the easiest ways to avoid car mishaps is to drive a safe vehicle. Check and rotate your tires, get a tune-up and have your oil changed regularly, at least every six months.

Keeping up with these tasks ensures that your vehicle will be in top driving condition for Delaware’s often-treacherous holiday weather. Prepare for inclement weather. Due to the unpredictability of the East Coast’s weather conditions, it’s always a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Emergency kits include items that can help signal others in times of distress, make minor repairs, or help keep you protected from excessive temperatures while stalled. These kits can be purchased for as little as $30, or you can make your own. Some items that you might want to include are blankets, water, road flares and tools. For more ideas on what to include in your vehicle emergency kit, speak to your auto insurance agent or visit www. Drive defensively. Just as the

old adage goes, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. The lack of a sales tax draws more people into Delaware during the holiday season, which means the chances for collisions increase. When driving, be on the lookout for erratic drivers, slippery roads, snowdrifts and other unusual conditions. Never drive at speeds that would prevent you from taking necessary corrective actions, particularly in the evening when hazards are more difficult to see. Also, keep your eyes on the road, as you never know what other drivers have had too much eggnog. Don’t leave valuables in the car. When you travel, there’s a good chance that you’ll leave your vehicle unattended in places with which you’re unfamiliar. In order to avoid holiday break-ins, don’t leave valuables in your car, especially in clear view of anyone who walks by. Many criminals take advantage

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law of holiday shoppers’ generosity, and when your new purchases are visible, they make for a tempting target. If you must leave items in the car, opt to put them in the trunk, away from prying eyes. Give a copy of your itinerary to a friend. Whether you are headed out to the mall, a party or a relative’s house, let someone know where you are going and how you intend to get there. In the event that you are in an accident, stranded or are incapacitated, your contact will know your intended route and be able to pass relevant information along to the authorities. A little extra vigilance and a lot of common sense go far in keeping everyone safe during the holiday season. If we all take these simple protective measures, we can significantly reduce the number of serious accidents that occur on our state’s roads and highways. Sadly, every day in our law practice, we see victims seriously injured in automobile accidents due to another person’s negligence or reckless driving. Be sure to follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others during one of the most wonderful times of the year.

The Morris James Personal Injury Group wishes you and your family a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

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A Basic Primer On Parentage In Delaware When Building Families Through Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART): In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Embryo, Egg, & Sperm Donation, And Surrogacy: Part I Of III

By: Dana L. Reynolds, Esq.


elaware is one of a handful of states that adopted the Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) which, for purposes of this three part article, addresses questions of (i) who is a deemed a legal parent when artificial reproduction – i.e., in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg or embryo donation, etc., – is used to build a family; and (ii) the necessary steps for an intended parent to be named on a child’s birth certificate even if that intended parent is not genetically related to the child or did not give birth to the child. More recently, the Delaware Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011 (the “Civil Union Statute”) was enacted and both clarifies and reinforces parentage rights under the UPA for same-sex partners to a civil union. In particular, Section 204 of the Civil Union Statute specifies that “[t]he rights of parties to a civil union, with respect to a child of whom either party becomes the parent during the term of the civil union, shall be the same as the rights (including presumptions of parentage) of married spouses with respect to a child of whom either spouse becomes the parent during the marriage.” Section 204 is immeasurably important to establishing parentage in same-sex unions, with or without the use of a gestational carrier (i.e., non-genetic surrogate), especially when presumption of parentage may be a key issue in establishing parentage for these couples.

Establishment of Parent-Child Relationship; Donor Relationship Under UPA Subsection 8-201(a), a mother-child relationship is established by, among other things, (i) the woman’s having given birth to the child or (ii) a court “adjudicating” that woman as being the child’s mother. Under UPA Subsection 8-201(b), a father-child relationship is established by, among other things, (i) an unrebutted presumption of the man’s paternity (as discussed in more detail below), (ii) an acknowledgment of paternity, (iii) a court “adjudicating” the man as being the child’s father, or (iv) the man’s having consented

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to assisted reproduction by a woman which resulted in the birth of the child. Under both Subsections, a genetic connection between the child and the parent is a basis for “adjudicating” a parent-child relationship. However, in the case of a third-party sperm or egg donation (and embryo donation) for the purpose of IVF or IUI, the donor is not a parent and thus cannot be adjudicated one under Delaware law. In particular, Section 8-102 of the UPA defines a “donor” as an “individual who produces eggs or sperm used for assisted reproduction, whether or not for consideration” and Section 8-702 makes it clear that “[a]donor is not a parent of a child conceived by means of assisted reproduction.” The definition of the term “donor” expressly excludes (i) a husband (civil union partner) who provides sperm, or a wife (civil union partner) who provides eggs, to be used for assisted reproduction by the wife (or civil union partner), (ii) a woman who gives birth to a child by means of assisted reproduction, or (iii) an unmarried partner who provides sperm [or eggs] and consents to the assisted reproduction by the other partner with the intent to be the parent of the resulting child. This clarification regarding parentage is extremely important for both the intended parents and for donors of eggs, embryos and sperm with respect to understanding the rights and responsibilities (or lack thereof) for each party involved and should always be reiterated in embryo, egg and sperm donation contracts.

UPA Gender Neutrality; Interpretive Framework for Establishing Parentage As demonstrated in UPA Section 8-201 above (relating to the establishment of a parent-child relationship), one might simply assume that the UPA is gender biased by acknowledging more ways for a man to be deemed a parent than a woman. However, to combat this apparent inequality between the sexes as it relates to parentage using ART, the UPA is expressly gender neutral so any language in the UPA relating to determinations of paternity can be substituted for determinations of maternity and vice versa. Further, parentage is established and the statutory law is interpreted by relying on both the UPA’s gender neutrality directive and the Civil Union Statute’s directive equalizing parentage rights for spouses in a civil union with those rights of married spouses. Thus, anyplace in the UPA that uses the term “man” may be substituted with “woman”, the term “husband” may be substituted with “spouse to a civil union”, the term “egg” may be substituted with the term “sperm” and vice versa. The result of this gender neutral interpretive framework now that the Civil Union Statute has been enacted is that traditional presumptions of paternity in the context of heterosexual marriage (i.e., presumption that a


husband is the father of his wife’s child) are applied to presumptions of parentage across the board in same-sex unions. To illustrate this interesting interpretive framework for parentage, take for example UPA Sections 8-204(a) (1) (relating to presumptions of paternity in the context of marriage) and 8-201 (relating to establishment of the parentchild relationship). Section 8-204(a)(1) specifies that “[a] man is presumed to be the father of a child if . . . [h]e and the mother of the child are married to each other and the child is born during the marriage.” Let’s interpret this provision in a not-so-complicated situation where a married couple conceived a child using a donated egg and donated sperm, the wife carries the fertilized egg (embryo) as a result of IVF, and she ultimately gives birth to a child. Under our interpretive framework, (i) the man – who is not genetically related to the child – will be automatically presumed the father under 8-204(a)(1) and the father-child relationship may thereby be established under Section 8-201(b); and (ii) the mother – who is also not biologically related to the child – will be able to establish a mother-child relationship by virtue of her giving birth under Section 8-201. In this heterosexual example, both of these intended parents’ names should automatically end up on the birth certificate at the hospital with no action necessary in the Family Court. If we interpret Sections 8-201 and 8-204 in the context of a civil union between two women where one partner gives birth to a child conceived by IVF using the other partner’s egg and a third-party donor’s sperm, Delaware law automatically presumes that this other partner is the child’s parent (or second parent) under Section 204(a)(1) and establishes the mother-child relationship under both Subsections 8-201(a) (relating to mother-child relationship) and (b) (relating to father-child relationship) by virtue of her genetic connection to the child, her consent to the assisted reproduction by her partner, and her unrebutted presumption of maternity. The birth mother will be able to establish her parent-child relationship by virtue of having given birth under Section 8-201 and not any genetic relationship to the child. A pre-birth proceeding to establish the genetically related partner’s maternity will likely need to take place so that both intended parents - the birth mother and the genetic mother - may be named on the child’s birth certificate just in case the hospital will not name both women on the birth certificate. This alleviates any need for a second-parent adoption. Let’s now assume that the situation involves a civil union between two men using an unmarried gestational carrier (surrogate) who gave birth to a child conceived through IVF with one of the male partner’s sperm and an anonymous third-party egg donation. Accordingly, we interpret Section 8-204(a)(1) to read “[a] man is presumed to be the father of a child if . . . [h]e and the father of the

child are [civil unionized] to each other and the child is born of the marriage.” In this example, the partner that is the genetic father of the child may establish parentage by a simple acknowledgement of his paternity or an adjudication of his paternity by a paternity test (or other affidavit by the reproductive endocrinologist attesting to the genetic relationship). The other partner - who is not genetically related to the child – will be automatically presumed the father under 8-204(a)(1) and the father-child relationship may thereby be established under that presumption in Section 8-201(b) and his consent to assisted reproduction by the genetic father which resulted in the birth of the child. Under this scenario, the genetic father should automatically be named on the birth certificate and a pre-birth proceeding to establish the other partner’s paternity should most certainly take place so that both intended parents - the genetic father and the other partner – are named on the child’s birth certificate. This should alleviate any need for a second-parent adoption and/or termination of parental rights of the gestational carrier who has no genetic connection to the child. In this type of surrogacy example, as with a surrogacy commenced by a heterosexual couple, it is incredibly important that the gestational carrier contract be well-drafted. Stay tuned for the next issues because Part II of this article will discuss egg and embryo donation contracts and Part III will discuss surrogacy contracts and pre-birth proceedings to establish parentage. Dana L. Reynolds, Esq. has lived in Wilmington, Delaware for most of her life, and is a graduate of Cornell University and Widener University School of Law. Her expertise and integrity have earned her a reputation as one of Delaware’s premier attorneys in the areas of family law – including divorce, dissolution of civil unions, custody, egg and embryo donations, surrogacy agreements and pre-birth proceedings for parentage – and criminal defense, including domestic violence, drunk driving offenses (DUIs), misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile delinquency and expungements. Her website may be found at

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The Holiday Season Is in Full Swing in Downtown Wilmington By Barb Bullock Director of Development and Communications Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

Comes Again FIRST & CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Thursday, December 13, 12:30 pm Wilmington Children’s

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ecember brings the holidays, and that means plenty of festive events and great shopping. Downtown Wilmington will be sparkling with bright lights and good cheer— and lots to do! It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with an abundance of family events and activities, from wreath making to traditional holiday music, theater and dance. Be sure to check out one or more of these holiday activities:


Sweet Honey and the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays THE GRAND December 19 Jim Brickman DUPONT THEATRE Saturday, December 1 Market Street Music Thursday Noontime Concert - Cartoon Christmas Trio FIRST & CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Thursday, December 6, 12:30pm Voices of Christmas THE GRAND December 9 Market Street Music Thursday Noontime Concert: Center City Chorale - Christmas April/May Dec 2012/Jan 2012 2013

Chesapeake Brass Band and A Capella Pops Holiday Celebration WORLD CAFE LIVE AT THE QUEEN Friday, December 21, 8:00 pm New Year’s Eve with Rusted Root WORLD CAFE LIVE AT THE QUEEN Monday, December 31, 9:00 pm

28th Annual Holiday House Tour DELAWARE ART MUSEUM Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am

• Men’s/Women’s clothing and accessories – Collars N’ Cuffs, Wright & Simon, Spaceboy Clothing, Sneaker City, Dimensions & Co., NOSO Boutique, Mlan4Ever Children’s Clothing Boutique and Isabella G. Fine Accessories & Apparel, Nzinga’s Cultural Connection and Designs by Keiko.


Family Wreath Making DELAWARE CENTER FOR HORTICULTURE Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 pm

The Nutcracker - First State Ballet Theatre DE TECH, Rt. 18 Georgetown Saturday, December 15 @ 7:00 pm GRAND OPERA HOUSE, 818 N. Market Street Wilmington Friday, December 21 - 23

Natural Holiday Crafts DUPONT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER IN WILMINGTON Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am

Wilmington has something for everyone! Check out www. for more information on these holiday happening in Wilmington.

The Nutcracker Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance DUPONT THEATRE December 15-16, 2012



A Christmas Carol by Patrick Barlow inspired by the story by Charles Dickens

something, check out these great places to do your Wilmington holiday shopping:

Festive Holiday Greens DELAWARE CENTER FOR HORTICULTURE Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 pm

Chorus - Annual Candlelight Holiday Concert FIRST & CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Saturday, December 15, 7:00 pm


THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS Friday, December 07, 3:30 pm

Alternatives Holiday Craft Show DELAWARE CENTER FOR 44

Holiday shopping at its finest in Downtown Wilmington Browse from an array of shops and boutiques for just the right gift. Whether you’re looking for a full day of shopping or a store where you can run in and pick up that perfect little

• Jewelry – A.R. Morris and Goldbug Jeweler. • Sporting Goods – Al’s Sporting Goods and the Bike Boutique. • Car stereo – Hi Sound Electronics. • Books – Ninth Street Book Store and Sunlight Book Source. • Art Lessons and Instruments – David Bromberg’s Violin store, Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) and Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). • Spirits – Veritas Wine & Craft Beer. • Gift Certificates make great Stocking Stuffers – Govatos Candy, Bloomsberry Flower Shop, Haus of Lacquer Nail Lounge, The Green Room, Extreme Pizza, Chelsea Tavern and Brew Ha Ha. Visit www. for more shopping ideas and make sure you and your family spend some of the most wonderful time of the year in Downtown Wilmington!


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“Yes, Boomer, there is a Santa Claus” The gift of a shelter pet changes more than one life

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In 1897, a newspaper in New York ran perhaps the most famous editorial in American history. It included the words, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Some shelter animals are equally as skeptical as young Virginia. Their only wish is to get a home this holiday season. Giving an adopted pet? A pet is more than a holiday gift, it’s a beautiful addition to your family, and requires careful consideration. Can the person you’re gifting take care of the pet? Age, financial situation, and commitment are important to think about. DON’T SHOP, ADOPT: An adopted pet is a gift that changes many lives. Obviously, it gives the greatest gift of all to a shelter pet – a home. But bringing an adopted pet into your heart also changes the fabric of your home and family in more ways than can be imagined. Come in to one of our shelters and talk to our staff. They can help match you with a pet that meets your preferences and is a good lifestyle fit. We always recommend bringing the gift recipient in to help with selection. In addition, when you adopt from the Delaware SPCA, you know the pet is up to date on all his/her shots, and is spayed or neutered. It makes your job as gift-giver a lot easier. Of course, if you decide against a pet for a gift, the Delaware SPCA has some great alternatives for any pet lover. Donate in honor of a loved one and receive a festive certificate perfect for gift giving. Donate a dog or cat bed in honor of someone special, or purchase Delaware SPCA fan gear from one of our shelters. Check out our website for more ideas at At the Delaware SPCA, there’s always a Santa Claus. The spirit of the holidays is ever-present in our tireless staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and contributors who work all year to give homeless, abused, and neglected animals a chance. 46


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IAMConnections is an online multi-media platform created to promote small businesses, showcase talent, facilitate word of mouth and customer relationship management. Valerie BrownBaul, Sr. Marketing Consultant, is passionate about giving every client her personalized attention to develop powerful collaborative marketing solutions. Although IAMConnections serves all types of businesses, Valerie also truly understands the needs of women and minority owned businesses and consumers. IAMConnections will also create like-minded networking marketing groups. Our first group is a women’s monthly marketing referral group,

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very morning at 7 o’ clock, the doors to Centurian Cafe in Abby Medical Center unhinge and open up for business, accompanied by the lighting of a small fluorescent sign that flashes a word that most of us love to see early in the morning: “COFFEE”. But the café has been bustling with life even

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before the doors are opened to the public. The owner, Deb Malek, arrives an hour ahead every day after shopping for fresh ingredients at the local market in order to prepare the Café for its daily special, cook up a pot of fresh homemade soup, prepare the coffee center with freshly brewed coffee and to organize her gift shop so that her best and most attractive gifts are displayed brightly for anyone who may want to get a present for someone visiting for medical reasons, or when the holidays approach, a gift for a family member or friend.

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and lunch options for anyone who wants to grab a good bite on the go. The café has since become so popular that customers prefer to sit down and have a delicious home cooked meal then pick up a cold sandwich from any fast food restaurant. What started off as a dream for a woman who loved to cook for her friends and family has become a warm and welcome place to sit, listen to nice music, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, and eat fine quality food in a friendly environment.

Catering for any occasion.

The café has been serving the visitors of Abby since it was opened last winter, and since then has become popular with the medical centers regular visitors and staff. It’s deliciously unique menu allows a wide variety of breakfast


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Educating Women Means Improving Lives For Families

Written by Robyn Crawford, Volunteer with the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies though the Canadian International Learning Foundation

One of those students is 19-year old Maryam, who graduated this year. “I am so excited to receive my certification! All the students are really happy and my family is really proud” she said before her ceremony. “I have been yearning for this day.”


t a school in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1600 students are receiving an education that will soon bring them good jobs and a better life for their families. Remarkably, more than half of the students are women. Teacher courses in Business Management, Information Technology, English and Communications, the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies provides teenagers and young adults the opportunity to build skills in high demand by local businesses, government and nonprofits. It started with a few women in 2007, and has grown rapidly to become a respected professional educational intuition.

“Receiving this type of education as a woman in Afghanistan can change their entire lives,” says Ehsanullah Ehsan, the schools’ Director and founder, and decades-long supporter of women’s education.

Maryam walked the stage with 200 of her fellow female students. It’s a showcase of their new skills, as well as their determination and perseverance. “It is really not easy to get an education for Afghan women, especially in Kandahar city, but I believe education is the only solution for problems we are facing in Afghanistan,” Maryam said. She now works as a communication officer, and hopes to study medicine in the future. While male students pay a small fee to help cover the costs of teachers’ salaries, the vast majority of expenses are paid by small donations from generous individuals in the U.S. and around the world, and through a capacity building grant provided by the U.S. State Department. This allows the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies to keep education free for its female students. The $10 to $25 monthly sponsorship cost is also kept low through educational and other support from volunteers located around the world. In fact, the school was originally developed in partnership with the Canadian International Learning Foundation, a registered Canadian charity managed by a group of volunteers in Ottawa, Canada. These and other online volunteers in North America and beyond provide professional development for the Afghan educators and also assist with fundraising, communications and curriculum development – all without leaving home.

Program lets you learn more about the students you’re helping, or sponsor a student in someone’s name as a gift for the holidays. Adopt-A-Student also makes a great way for a group or workplace to give back. When it costs as little as $10 per month to provide a student with professional education, you don’t have to make a big donation to get big results.

The charity accepts donations on behalf of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies, with 100% of the funds going directly to support student education. If you would like to sponsor a student or volunteer online, please visit www. The Adopt-A-Student

“The graduates get good jobs and people in the community see that. It helps them think that women and women’s education are important, and maybe their daughters should get an education too.” On average, employed students and graduates are each able to support six families members. It brings them pride and allows women to improve their communities and participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

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Yet, it costs just $10 to $25 per month (depending on the program) to sponsor a girl to attend.


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Teaching Good Manners to Our Children Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, No matter what fork you use.” - Emily Post

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Have you ever considered that success is also measured by acts of kindness, by paying attention to the feelings of others, and by the demonstration of good listening and communication skills? Only 15 percent of success in business can be attributed to technical skills. 85 percent of the reason a person gets a job, keeps a job, or advances in a job is due to people skills. Translation: Your child’s success hinges upon his social skills. The above quote from: Baltimore’s Child, November 2001 By Cathleen Hanson, Director, International School of Protocol

Why Offer Etiquette Classes to School Children? Can Offering a Manners Curriculum Curb the Epidemic of Bullying?

When I am invited to teach etiquette in area schools, I often spend the first few minutes asking students what they think they are going to learn and how they feel about a class on manners. First, there is silence in the room—nobody wants to confess what they think this class is going to be about. No one offers a hint of what’s on their mind. So I prompt them, “How many think this is going to be boring?” No hands go up—complete silence. So I prompt again, “You can be honest” One by one the hands shoot in the air—relieved to be allowed to say what they think, the discussion gets lively as they confess: they are dreading my class and that it’s going to be boring, and I will make them lift their pinky finger when they drink tea! I laugh, they relax, and then we all discuss the real reasons to learn etiquette. It’s never boring!

The Two Best Reasons to Learn Good Manners: You will have more confidence in all circumstances that you encounter & You will know how to put others at ease When we give children social skills, we increase self-esteem, their confidence grows, and they are less likely revert to attention seeking behaviors like Bullying as they learn better ways to communicate.

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Road to Success: Bullying Prevention and Civility Program “Courtesy, politeness, manners, and civility are all, in essence, forms of awareness. Being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect , and consideration into the very fabric of this awareness.” From: Choosing Civility By P.M. Forni, Co-Founder The Johns Hopkins Civility Project Teaching young people to be more Self-Aware is my first goal. The second step is to help students see that we all communicate with more than words and that they are ‘shouting loudly’ with their body language. Each time they choose to ‘exclude’ a classmate by using a mocking tone of voice or rolling their eyes, or whispering to shun, or cutting off a conversation they are using: Relational Aggression. The interesting thing about this topiconce the cat Is out of the bag—they all open up to discussing it, even admitting to doing it. They get it! From there we move to the challenge of teaching students to Communicate with Empathy by teaching about tolerance, diversity, and the worth of all people. Finally, students can work on making good decisions and choosing to be kind, courteous, and respectful by practicing Civility. Then…We All Succeed Give your students the best chances to succeed in life. Enhancing Social Skills is worth the time and investment in all of our young people’s futures 50


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For The Love Of Flowers as lovely gardens. An upstairs room is also available for the cooler months or for possible inclement weather. We have tied mason jar arrangements on the ends of the ceremony chairs that were used later for the cocktail hour.

for pictures, as well as time for the flowers to be repositioned.

In 2012, we provided flowers for almost 80 weddings. Many of them were in locations that have a perfect ceremony site created with brides in mind. If it is a separate room, the reception flowers can be set up simultaneously. By Barbara P.G. Williams Co-owner of Belak Flowers


arbara Williams, a floral designer for over 30 years, is co-owner of Belak Flowers.

To Save Time & Money For Your Wedding: Consider having your wedding ceremony and reception at the same location. It is not only more convenient for your out of town guests, but the time saved driving from one location to another will give you as a new couple more time with your guests. As a florist, I would recommend using the floral designs for both the ceremony and the reception, leaving the cocktail hour

A couple of years ago we had a giant ceremony and reception at the Springfield Country Club with 435 guests. I guessed the Country Club did not have 900 chairs and that the same chairs would be used for the ceremony as well as for the reception an hour later. The main issue was for us to know that, with the turnover of the room, the chairs needed to be covered, so the chair covers & sashes needed to be put on during the cocktail hour; the time allotment was 7 chairs a minute! It was good to know that when the delivery schedule was made out for that event. The Carriage House at Rockwood has several options for your ceremony. There are several outdoor areas which include a gazebo, as well

For a grand entrance, there is no better layout than the Hotel duPont with the duBarry Room upstairs for your ceremony and cocktails down a level before going into the Gold Ballroom for dinner. The flow of your event will be perfect. Because moving the ceremony flowers can be distracting during cocktail hour, separate florals will be needed for the dining tables.

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I recently had an appointment at the Christiana Hilton. They not only have a fabulous gazebo, located beside a lovely spot for cocktails, but their new Pergola, on a separate patio, with even a prettier ballroom, is just steps away. Ceremony flowers could easily be used again for a reception at this location.

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Not A Foodie? L

Presented By: “Sherm”

et’s start with the term “Foodie” – these are people who seek out and thoroughly enjoy food in every aspect. They routinely try new tastes and recipes, usually love to cook and can virtually quote facts from the food dictionary. They’re comfortable entertaining because they enjoy sharing new food finds with friends. Example: Martha Stewart is a foodie.

This article is for everyone else. People who would love to host the next big family gathering, impressing them with a delicious and memorable meal but are reticent to step up because they lack confidence in the food arena. Today I’m going to share insider information about planning and serving your own five-star event.

Secret To Success:

Stay focused on this: People always remember GOOD food, they remember when there was ENOUGH food to sate the guests, and they remember when their host/hostess was relaxed and warm versus a nervous wreck during the evening. Be warned though, these folks may want to come to your house for all future gatherings. But, after the first one I’ve got to say, I think you’ll handle it like a pro.

Time of Day, Determines the Menu The starting hour of your event will set the expectations of your guest on whether they should anticipate a full meal or more of a hors d’oeuvres laden cocktail hour. In America, regular meal times are 7 – 8 a.m., 11:30 – 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. During these times a regular menu should be offered.

People Remember When They Left Hungry Always plan for an additional 10 guests. You will be grateful you did when someone brings along an unexpected plus one, or you find your table lined with hearty eaters. Determine portions by following this rule: 5 guests per pound. This is especially important for meat. Meat often becomes the center piece of the table or entrée. Example: Ten pounds of roast beef, should serve a party of 50 people. I use this formula in my catering business to insure that my clients are not faced with

Plan A Menu And Serve Your Guests Like A Five Star Chef

complaints from their guests. Most caterers follow: 7 guests per pound. This is not advisable. You risk scant servings or running out of favored portions of the meal.

Portion per Person is directly Controlled by the Method of Serving

restaurants. He has studied HRIM at Del Tech and the University of Delaware. Sherm and his partner own and operate two very successful cafes with the third venue; The Skyline Grill, Sherm’s Catering will be catering events downstairs opening early spring in Pike Creek with full catering services.

It’s simple – buffet equals large servings and more waste. Why? People indulge when “no one” is watching. Service equals proportionate servings, less waste and almost always guarantees EVERYONE will have a chance to try everything on the menu. A sit down dinner, where all the food is on the table has a similar effect as the server style because everyone watches as the person next to them takes a serving. If you choose to have your guests serve themselves, use smaller serving utensils. For example use a small teaspoon instead of a serving spoon. You will be able to control portion size easier this way.

Style, Design, Theme, Garnishing Your Food and The Dining Area Martha Stewart is famous for creating intricate works of food art to decorate her table or garnish and serve a dish. You don’t need to be Martha to create the right ambience for your presentation. Humans eat with FOUR senses: Sight, Smell, Taste and Touch. Incorporate some of these very easy tips in your planning. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by your guest’s reaction: • Use serving dishes when possible. Never put a pan or pot on the table or in the dining area. Today you can buy almost anything inexpensively and if you buy a few bits at a time ahead of your big day, you will be proud to entertain and display your most cherished purchases. • Fresh flowers add life to your table. You can get these from your local market these days. • Use candy, nuts, M&Ms, fruit in unconventional ways to garnish your plates. • Fill a vase with water, add a drop of food coloring, a few flower pedals and float a lighted candle on top. Sit back and watch your guests be mesmerized by the beauty of it’s simple elegance. Bottom-line put your personal signature on your event, add your style. After all, your guests are your friends and family. They love you quirks and all. Remember the reason for a gathering is to bring people together. Serving food is a natural way to make this happen. Bon Appetite! With more than 20 years in the culinary business, “Sherm’s” experience runs the gamut from operating small kitchens to fine dining at Harry’s Savoy

My best to you as you create the perfect dinner party! Dec 2012/Jan 2013



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How Do I Choose variation. You could be thin or a bit heavier pear shape, a small framed or large framed rectangle or a very tall or very petite hourglass and so on.

Pear Shaped: This is the most

By: Luba Cawley Owner, Anastasia’s Bridal Salon


continually strive to remove the mystery from bridal gown shopping. Again, honesty is key to a positive relationship and the foundation that we build on with our clients. I always want our customers to have a pleasurable experience, feel comfortable and ultimately find the gown of their dreams. The unfortunate reality is that there is a lot out there and it can be beyond confusing. There are several bridal magazines available with gorgeous, leggy models flashing their pearly whites and looking fantastic. Naturally, a lot of our clients bring in clippings of gowns from magazines. They lay them out and casually say, “I’m not really sure how they would look on me.” Truthfully, magazines can be deceiving and so it is very important to try on as many different styles as possible. The one you LOVE in a magazine may not seem so great once you see yourself in it and vice versa. That is where the honesty of your mother or a trusted friend is needed. There are basically four body types/shapes: pear, rectangle, triangle and hourglass. When you start taking a closer look, you will find that most women are pear shaped and A-line gowns are the most flattering (most super models are triangle shaped). To determine your body shape, look straight ahead in the mirror and draw an imaginary line from the widest part of your shoulders to the widest part of your hips. Is it a straight line or are your hips wider than your shoulders or vice versa? Then look at your waist. How far from your imaginary line is the narrowest point of your waist? It is obvious that within these 4 categories there is massive

common shape. Hips are usually wider than shoulders and the waist is well defined. Strapless, sweetheart necklines, and A-line and modified A-line skirts work well. Ruching or draping is good here. Waist embellishment is also a plus like a sash or a belt. Try to avoid bias or straight cut styles with no waist and mermaids are really tough for pear shapes.

Triangle Shaped: Really an inverted triangle where the shoulders are wider than the hips. Bias or straight cut styles can look very sophisticated and full ball gowns look great on these girls. Ruching or draping is good here. Stay away from a low neckline that can make you seem long and all top from the neck to the bust. Rectangle Shaped: Here the hips and shoulders are about the same width and there is not much waist definition. Empire styles work especially well here as do bias cuts if you are particularly tall. Ruching or draping is good here Avoid halter or high necks that make shoulders seem narrow and as a result don’t flatter the waist. Straight cut dresses can make you look boxy and should be avoided. Hourglass Shaped:

Think Marilyn Monroe! Strapless, V-neck and low cut styles work well. Modifies A-line and A-line skirts work well as do mermaid styles. Ruching or draping is good here. Avoid bias or straight cut gowns that don’t do anything for an hourglass shape and empire styles will hide your best features.


RUCHING IS EVERYONE’S FRIEND! It brings out our pluses and hides those minuses. Now that you know your body shape, what gown will make you shine? That is where Anastasia’s Bridal comes in. We are experts in what looks good on your body! This may seem complicated but we are here to help! Please call and schedule an appointment today! 302 652 2575 3300 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Testimonials: “I want to thank you for everything Anastasia’s Bridal did for my wedding day. I absolutely dreaded going to bridal shops, but once I walked into yours, I just knew I would find my wedding dress there! I loved that my time there was all about me and I wasn’t being pushed out the door because there was another client behind me. Everyone there made me feel so comfortable and made the experience pleasant and fun; as it should be when you’re trying on wedding dresses. The selection of dresses that you carry are so beautiful that at first I didn’t think I would be able to choose. However, once I put the perfect one on, it was all over and I had found my dress! Not only did you carry beautiful wedding gowns but you also carried beautiful bridesmaid’s dresses. I was able to get my dress, my bridesmaid’s dresses, and even my mom was able to get her dress from the same place! Everything from service, selection, to attention to detail was first class! Since my wedding, I have had several friends/family members get engaged and my #1 recommendation is Anastasia’s Bridal! Thanks so much! P.S- It’s been almost a year since I have gotten married and I still have people tell me how beautiful my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses were!” – Stephanie Bleacher-Miller

Anastasia’s Bridal Salon 302 652 -2575 Tuesday - Friday 10 - 5 Saturday 10: - 4 www.anastasiasbridal .com 3300 Concord Pike Suite 1

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Making The Irreplaceable,

By: Roy McDowell Owner, Royal Photography



aluing what you hold most dear: The beauty, the love, and the unspoken feelings that turn each moment into a memory. Your wedding is a day you’ll never want to forget. When choosing a Wedding Photographer, make sure they will narrate the story of your wedding day through photojournalism, creative lighting techniques, and posing that captures the emotions, hopes, and dreams of you and those you’ve chosen to share your special day. Royal Photography offers a wide variety of wedding packages to meet all of your needs. With leather bound albums, parents’ albums, and individual pictures, Royal Photography allows you and everyone in your life to cherish your wedding memories forever. Over the past 18 years, Royal Photography’s owner, Roy McDowell, has captured “that” moment for more than 300 brides and grooms and preserved

high school memories too numerous to count. Such exposure has led Roy to become one of the most recognizable photographers in Delaware. He creates a lasting impression, not only of an event, but of himself. The pride, precision, and passion he exudes has compelled brides-to-be to track down, “the photographer who took their senior portrait years before.” Roy exhibits this same commitment and customer service when working with the many schools and businesses with which he’s managed contracts. “The consumer drives the product I provide; not the other way around.” With the help and support of family, friends, and business associates, Roy McDowell strives to achieve his goal of providing an unforgettable experience with superior photographs, exceptional focus, and lasting relationships. Contributing Author Erin Seims

Royal Photography Phone: 302.478.1809 E-mail: 3646 Silverside Road • Wilmington, DE 19810 Dec 2012/Jan 2013


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Head To Your Local Spa

For Relaxed Gift-Giving This Holiday Season!

By: Deborah L. Frazier

The holidays are here, which means it’s time to take care of your gift list. Instead of hitting up the crowded mall, unwind at your local spa. Find a gift for anyone with gift cards for massages, facials and other spa treatments, or lovely products that keep friends and family looking great year round! You don’t have to run yourself ragged going from store to store in the mall to give a relaxing gift during the hectic holiday season that’s calorie-free and clutter-free! Check out these common spa or wellness services, and who would enjoy receiving them.

The Gift: Personal Training Sessions Gym memberships can be expensive and risky. You may spend a ton of money on a gift that someone may not use; however, if the recipient is already a gym member, the gift of one-on-one sessions can be a challenging and motivating option. Personal trainers can customize exercises and fitness plans to their clients’ specific needs.

Perfect For:

Anyone who loves going to the gym but hasn’t splurged on personal training sessions. If you have a gym rat friend, this is a perfect way to go. Don’t give this to friends who aren’t gym regulars, though. They may never use the sessions if they don’t enjoy the gym already.

The Gift: Facial

Facials can be beneficial to all skin types. They offer deep cleansing, exfoliation and nourishment to dry, rough or damaged skin. You can choose from anti-aging facials, deep pore facials, seasonal facials and more. Many spas get into the holiday spirit by offering peppermint facials or pumpkin facials.

Perfect For:

Facials are a great gift for any age. For a teenage girl, try an antiacne one. A middle-aged or older woman would appreciate an antiaging facial. A European deep pore facial is great for anyone – it provides basic cleansing, exfoliation, massage, and a customized mask.

variety of skincare, hair-care and nail-care products. From face washes and exfoliation kits to nail polishes, shampoos, self-tanners, and so much more; you can choose from wonderful gifts you know will be enjoyed and used!

Perfect For:

Anyone! For close family and friends, choose something you know they’d really love, such as a facial scrub for an aunt who enjoys facials or self-tanner for your niece who

loves to have a warm glow even in the winter months. Choose staples for those you don’t know as well: shampoos, conditioners, face washes and nail polishes are practical gifts we could all use. This holiday season simplify your gift list by shopping at your local spa. Spa and wellness gifts are thoughtful, personal, and appreciated during a season when we all could use a little pampering.

About Deborah L. Frazier

Esthetician Program Coordinator, Dawn Career Institute, Inc.

The Gift: Manicure or Pedicure

Manicures and pedicures should be your go-to gift if you’re unsure of what spa service to give. Everyone loves them, and they’re common enough you won’t scare off anyone who’s not a regular spa-goer. Manicures and pedicures are always welcome – especially near the holidays when everyone wants to look their best!

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Debbie has been in the esthetics field for 13 years, as an esthetician instructor, director and program coordinator. Her education includes MegaPeel microdermabrasion, Dr. Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Institute of Skin Research Advanced Skin Analysis, just to name a few. For the past nine years, she has been the Esthetician program coordinator and spa manager at Dawn Career Institute. Her duties include developing curriculum, teaching instructors and managing student retention. She also is involved in the New Beginnings Spa, a functioning spa where students complete various services under the guidance of instructors. Debbie is dedicated and detailed in all that she does and loves to motivate her students to reach their goals. Debbie’s product knowledge Includes: • A Natural Difference • Dermalogica • Jane Iredale • Rhonda Allison • St. Tropez • Skin Therapy • OPI, CND Shellac and Zoya nail products

Those who get manicures and pedicures range from little girls, teenagers and young women to middle-aged and elderly women. And, increasing in popularity lately is the man-icure (which is nothing to be ashamed of, gents!)

The Gift: Spa or Salon Products

If you’re not interested in giving a gift card, spas and salons offer a

Want To Learn More?

Dawn Career Institute can prepare you for a career in the beauty and wellness industry! Dawn Career Institute offers Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Nail Technician and Personal Fitness Trainer programs. Our Esthetician, Massage Therapist, and Nail Technician programs can provide you with practical experience at our New Beginnings Spa, and our Personal Fitness Trainer program features a week-long boot camp led by fitness professionals. Dawn Career Institute is located in Wilmington, Del., and offers convenient day and evening classes, along with helpful job placement assistance to all students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. It’s time to begin your education to become a professional in the beauty and wellness industry!

Learn more today at or call 1-800-713-1546.

Dawn Career Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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Get A Running Start

On The Second Leg Of The Achievement Race Presented By: Maggie Lage Article By: Dr. Raymond J Huntington, Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center


hile the winter holidays offer a great opportunity to relax, they should also be a time to reflect on the progress students have made so far in the school year. By looking at key indicators, you can develop a good sense of your child’s preparedness for the semester that lies ahead. Indicator #1: Grades & Teacher Conferences Poor grades – and grades that dropped noticeably from the first quarter to the second – mean your son or daughter is heading toward trouble, particularly since future assignments will build on the knowledge and skills your child is supposed to have gained thus far. Listening, following directions, putting forth enough effort and completing homework and classwork neatly and on-time all have an impact on grades. Conferences with teachers are a good way to determine your child’s performance in all of these areas. When you meet with your child’s teachers, ask for

suggestions for specific activities you can undertake at home to support efforts at school. It’s also important to tell the teacher about any issues that may affect your child’s academic success. Family tension, financial concerns, health issues, or marital problems directly impact a child’s ability to concentrate in school. Indicator #2: Standardized Test Results In recent years, parents and students have paid the most attention to standardized tests during the spring – when many states and districts administer exams that now determine a student’s ability to graduate or move on to the next grade. But you can get a good idea of which skills should be strengthened in advance of these tests by taking a second look at the results of other standardized exams that may have been given in the fall. This is particularly true in school districts that administer tests at the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the year to measure students’ progress. If your child scored less than satisfactorily in reading or mathematics at the beginning of the year, for example, you might pay particular attention to these areas as he or she prepares for the high stakes tests that will be given in just a few months.

Indicator #3: Attitude & Study Habits Sometimes, bright students get bad grades for behavior-related activities. Does your child turn in his or her homework? Is the homework correct? Is your child bored with schoolwork, and not paying enough attention? These are not excuses; they are symptoms of different problems. You must identify these issues before you can remedy the problems. Another important factor is your child’s study habits – and the studying environment in your home. Many parents kick off the school year by talking with teachers about how much homework they expect to assign and then set up firm schedules for “homework time” after school and in the evenings. But by mid-year, many of these schedules

become a bit more flexible. If your child tends to be self-motivated and is showing strong progress, flexibility is a good thing. If he or she is faltering, it’s time to put that schedule back in place, and stick to it. Indicator #4: The Work/Life Balance Take a look at your child’s academic success during the first half of the year and weigh it against all of the extracurricular activities that filled his or her schedule. Were there enough hours in the typical day last semester to keep up with schoolwork while enjoying every activity? Working collaboratively, parents and students should prioritize activities that are most important, and create a schedule that strikes the right balance.

Hear what parents are saying about Huntington • I just wanted to thank you for working with me and my family from the beginning to help me get the tutoring I needed for the SATs. You were always so willing and beyond flexible to help meet my personal needs. I truly appreciate all of the hard work you did to put me with a WONDERFUL teacher

and help me boost my scores in order to help me achieve my dreams! • We wish to thank you and everyone at Huntington. The devotion and patience shown has been wonderful. Maggie, we will never forget how you went beyond the call of duty to help us.

Dr. Raymond J. Huntington is co-founder

of Huntington Learning Center, which has helped children achieve success in school for over 35 years. For more information about how Huntington can help your child, call 1-800-CAN-LEARN. Maggie Lage is the Executive Director

of the Huntington Learning Center in Newark, 34 Liberty Plaza, Kirkwood Highway, Newark, DE 19711. For more information or to schedule a consultation at the Newark location call 302-737-1150 or visit


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Research Calls Certificate Programs Gateway To Employment Professional development certificate programs provide an excellent way to earn a credential, learn new skills or retool for a job change.

completed in a relatively short time through parttime study. Last semester, 101 students earned professional development certificates through UD’s Professional and Continuing Studies.

A recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce called certificate programs a gateway to gainful employment and college degrees with over a million certificates awarded each year. “In the context of concerns about rising college costs and student loan debt, certificates, which are cheaper and take less time to complete than college degrees, have become of increasing interest to researchers, institutions, and other stakeholders in higher education,” explained the researchers, outlining the rationale for their study. “Certificates are a homegrown American invention and are expanding rapidly in response to a wide range of educational and labor market demands,” reported the researchers. A major finding of the study is that the postsecondary certificate has become a cost-effective tool for increasing educational attainment and gainful employment in the U.S. The University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a range of certificates in the health care, legal and business fields. These practical programs offer concentrated study in a specific area and can be

A certificate information session for Spring 2013 certificates will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 17, at the Doubletree Hotel, 700 N. King St., Wilmington. The information session is free, but reservations should be made by calling 302-831-7600 or visiting Certificates featured at the information session include: Analytics--Optimizing Big Data, Business Analyst, Clinical Trials Management, Financial Planning, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Paralegal, Advanced Paralegal and Project Management. The information session is an ideal place for potential students to find out if a certificate would meet their needs. Attendees can meet instructors and UD staff and have the opportunity to ask questions. Graduates from several of the certificate programs will be on hand, and refreshments will be served.

Classes for all certificates meet at the UD Downtown Center at 8th and King Streets in Wilmington, and are scheduled to suit people who are already working. Time required to complete these certificates ranges from four months to just over a year.

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Diamonds... Beautiful and affordableA great investmentThe ultimate possession! pendant for you to touch and enjoy every day as they did. And the best part is you can pass that love on to the next generation. Diamonds truly are beautiful and durable tokens of love to cherish forever.

A great investment ?

By Ron Sayers – Graduate Gemologist (GIA)


e have all heard the line diamonds are a girls best friend but did you ever stop to think how true it is ? Diamonds will be guaranteed to compliment your appearance with virtually any outfit you wear. Whether blue jeans or an evening gown, diamonds compliment any fabric or color you can imagine. They are also compatible with any skin tone, makeup or hair style. Diamonds are also available in many natural colors such as yellow, brown, pink and black, as well as some colors created by man. The most dramatic and versatile however is still the colorless round brilliant and unlike the outfits you wear them with, they can be worn in any season and don’t go out of style.

Diamonds are well suited for any age group. We have sold tiny diamond pendants for Christining gifts as well as a single add-a-link diamond bracelet which can be added to yearly. By the time the child is in college they can have a completed diamond bracelet which can be worn a lifetime. You are never too young or too old to wear diamonds. Think about it, the very diamond your grandmother or mother so lovingly wore on their wedding day can be remounted in a modern ring or

Let’s say you buy a pair of diamond stud earrings for $ 800.00. If you wear them only four days a week for the first year, your cost is $ 4 per day. That is about the cost of a Cappuccino and you saved all those calories. The rest of your life you wear them for free and when you hand them down to the next generation they will probably be worth much more. You don’t have to pay property tax yearly and you don’t have to waste money upgrading to the newest version.

What about love and romance ? Diamonds are the ultimate token of love when used as an engagement ring. They speak any language eloquently and are available in many shapes and sizes. Our sales staff includes Graduate Gemologists who can guide you in the selection of the ultimate diamond for the love of your life set in a ring she will cherish. We will show you the color, clarity and cut combination that will give your diamond the maximum brilliance.

work of art that remains beautiful forever. A DIAMOND IS FOREVER choose it wisely and enjoy your best friend.


Dear Tom, Ellen, Ron and Staff: Thank you so much for your prompt, professional, caring attention to my needs for the award that you so courteously provided

today. Sometimes when we deal with the best it is easy to forget to say thank you. We accept it as the norm. It is with you, but not all businesses. - Again many thanks. Best wishes and prayers, Dan Dear Sayers Jewelers Gang, A special thank you to Dawn for helping me pick out Orbis for Mom’s birthday last week and for the extra effort to ship them to me quickly. She loved all the Summer colors, especially the lime green opal. I am now the lucky recipient of the magenta one, thanks to her too! I always appreciate the service and selections at Sayers! Thanks again for another successful birthday celebration ! - Jennifer Dear Gretchen, Thank you so much for the great customer service received recently during my purchase of an Orbis ring. It is so refreshing to visit a business and receive great service. It was our anniversary week and thank you for making it so special. I love

We carry Lazare ideal cut diamonds and the very exclusive Forever 10 brand of ideal cut diamonds as well as diamonds from Antwerp Belgium, the diamond capital of the world. The key to diamonds is quality. If you spend money for an ugly diamond it will be ugly forever. A quality diamond is a cherished, 59

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Many women have the belief that a consignment shop is a thrift shop and are reluctant to take advantage of the savings. That used to be the old adage, but today it is seen as smart shopping and more and more women are looking into this avenue of saving on very fashionable clothing.

Value Of Consignment Shopping Like us on facebook. We range in size from zero to three plus. Home of the $1 and $5 racks.

This is not a thrift shop but an upscale women’s consignment shop. This may not be a thrift shop but it is a place for thrifty shoppers, who want “upscale fashions” for a certain occasion or daily wear “at a mere fraction of retail cost.” What is a woman’s upscale consignment shop? It is a place for anyone to take their better quality, lightly used clothes i.e. shoes, pocketbooks, jewelry, hats, and dresses. Sophisticated Ladies Consignment Boutique was voted the best consignment shop for evening wear by “Main Line Today”. Some clothes still have the price tags on and have never been worn. They are the latest fashions as well as the traditional styles that are basic to any well rounded wardrobe. Consignment shopping is a great way to change your wardrobe around especially when you consign and buy. You can buy something, take it home and wear it, clean it and bring it back and re-consign it. You have saved yourself a lot of money for your new outfit.

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Recycle Your Unworn Jewelry For A Happier Holiday

Free up some cash for Holiday gifts or for that Winter Vacation you have always wanted ...

By Nick Dellaquila General Manager Jewelry Exchange Of Delaware As the owner Roberta Kozak’s oldest son, Nick has been General Manager of the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware for the past 3 Years. Together with his younger sister Corey Grabowksi they own and operate two locations one in Historic Lewes and the other in Stately Greenville.

We Buy Gold Too… It seems you can’t get very far today without seeing those three little words… The “We Buy Gold” phenomenon is a result of the recent shift in global economic markets in the past few years. The Value of Gold has simply skyrocketed to unimaginable levels. Many people are unaware that the safest, most reliable and most beneficial place to go to sell your Gold and Silver is at your favorite local Jewelry store. Most Jewelry stores are willing and able to buy your unwanted Gold and Silver. Why not go where you have comfortably shopped in the past? Why not go somewhere you are confident that they will not be “gone tomorrow”? Why not go where you have a choice to either sell your items or in many cases receive a trade in value that is even more? Why not go somewhere where your good condition jewelry can be purchased as Jewelry and not as scrap? Your local Jewelry store is the smartest place to take your unwanted Gold and Silver!

So who sells their gold and unwanted Jewelry?... In a word - Everyone! We see people from all walks of life from many diverse socio economic backgrounds come in with Jewelry that is broken, unworn, unwanted, or simple all the above. Some people need cash to pay bills, some just would rather have the extra $$, others just don’t want excess lying around tempting would be thieves... Let’s face it, the economy today could be better and is forcing everyone to think a bit differently.

We then evaluate your items, often finding hidden value - monetary and/or sentimental.

We then will show you what the current price of Gold is and explain how that is broken down by the different purities (10kt, 14kt, 18kt, etc)

Finally we show you a spreadsheet that will give you a breakdown of what we will pay you today in cash for each item, what we will offer you in trade and what we would be willing to consign your item for.

Unfortunately most people unknowingly go to one of the dedicated gold buying places and simply do not get the maximum monetary value their transaction deserves… These places include: •


n past issues I have outlined how beneficial it is to look to your local Jewelry stores to sell you unwanted Gold and Silver Jewelry and how and why to avoid the pit falls of the “We Buy Gold” phenomenon. What better time is there to review than now as we head into the Holidays when everyone can use a little extra cash? Also, I would like to elaborate on how to maximize your Holiday purchase power with our trade option.

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We often have times where we listen to your memories of the items and understand how you really hate to part with a particular item; in these situations we can recommend redesign ideas of the sentimental piece to suit your current style. Some pieces are worth more than their weight monetary value and we feel that as a family business it is our duty to help point that out when we feel it necessary.

We Trade too… Keep in mind that you always get 20%-40% more in trade value to be used for a new purchase here at the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware. During this Holiday Season this might just be a great way to give a great gift!

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Brightly painted “We Buy Gold” newly opened store fronts Mall Kiosk Hotel “Gold Party” Sell your Gold by Mail

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While all of these may seem to be convenient options they all have negatives that are a little different except for one major commonality - They are all in business to profit solely on your gold value - they keep the lights on, pay the rent, and put money in their pockets. When you use your local Jewelry store you get to enjoy the benefit of selling your gold to the same people you trust when you buy jewelry.

Buy - Sell - Trade - Consign - Redesign The elegant place to sell or trade unwanted jewelry.

4001 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 19807 302.397.8336

At the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware we pride ourselves in taking our time with each and every client and making sure you will understand all of their options when selling your Jewelry. •

From there you are at your own discretion whether to sell, trade, or consign with us. If you decide you are not ready to sell you are welcome to think about it.

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Eyelash Extensions Your Best Accessory For The Holidays

By Melisa A. Ferriola, CPCP, LE


he holiday season is now quickly upon us. Ah, the season of giving. Give the first gift to yourself with a no fuss option that will allow you more time to get it all done – Eyelash Extensions! They are THE accessory for so many women. No fuss, no smudge, waterproof, natural or dramatic, affordable and safe. Eyelash Extensions have become so popular that they are rivaling the monthly nail treatments at the best salons around. Take a close look at celebrities Nicole Kidman, Star Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Gwen Stefani, Lucy Liu, Naomi Campbell and Liz Hurley. They have been wearing extensions since the early 2000’s. Lucky for us, this “trend” is not just a trend anymore and not just for celebrities. As they have become more popular and recognized by the mainstream, licensed estheticians have been adding this skill to their resumes. They are a fantastic alternative and have gained tremendous popularity – with the rest of us - because of their natural look, ease of application, and yes, affordability. But, I am sure you have questions…

Frequently Asked Questions about Eyelash Extensions

What are eyelash extensions? The extensions themselves are perfectly polished polyester points. They come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, colors and degrees of curl. There are various brands on the market as well as types of lashes – signature, mink or silk. How long do they last? Your lash extensions, when properly applied, will last as long as your natural lash is attached to you. Some will pop off, but with good adhesive and technique you’ll be able to enjoy your lashes for a few weeks. Our natural lashes shed about 3 to 4 lashes a day. If an extension is attached, it will fall off with your natural lash. So…if you get a set applied and care for them delicately, you will still have lashes left in 3, 4 even 5 weeks. To keep your lashes looking fresh, Lasting Looks recommends refining fills every 2 to 4 weeks. I was told to ask for Novalash (or Xtreme Lash, or 3D Lash). Why is that? Novalash, Xtreme Lash and 3D Lash are brand names. They are also training and lash supply companies. While training and supplies from these companies are very good it really comes down to the knowledge, skill and talent of the lash technician. How long will it take to apply the lashes? Your appointment time depends on how many lashes you are getting. At Lasting Looks, we like to keep eyelash extensions affordable for all budgets. Therefore, we offer different size sets: Wink, Demi and Full. A Wink Set is 20 to 25 lashes per eye; about 45 minutes. A Demi Set

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Full Set $150 is 40 to 60 lashes per eye; about 60 to 75 minutes. A Full Set is 70 to 100 lashes per eye; 90 to 120 minutes. Set sizes are not universal and can be independently defined by a salon. Be sure to ask about the number of lashes you are getting when you are booking your appointment. My nail salon does lash extensions for only $20. Are these the same? Extensions are applied one lash at a time with care and precision. This takes time. Other salons are offering clusters, flairs and strip lashes that take only a few minutes to apply and cost a lot less. Individual eyelash extensions are vastly superior to these other methods and produce a completely natural but dramatic appearance when professionally applied by a trained esthetician.


After – Full Set or call 302-635-7327 Whether you want lashes for your wedding day, the upcoming holiday party season, senior portrait or an every-day look to restore lashes of your youth, Lasting Looks has the professional, perfected technique, applied by a licensed, certified and experienced Eyelash Extension Specialist. Safe and affordable, trust your eyes to Lasting Looks! www.

Profile: In 2006, after a 20 year corporate career, Melisa Ferriola opened Lasting Looks – a permanent cosmetics studio, lash bar and day spa now located in Hockessin, Delaware. The Lasting Looks’ mission starts with the desire to empower women to take charge of their appearance and to put their best image forward. Come experience the Lasting Looks difference for all your skin care needs.

My teenager wants these. Is this recommended? Most teens have naturally long and strong lashes and find that extensions are not necessary. But they are awesome for a more dramatic look when needed for Proms, Special Occasions or Senior Portraits – without fussing with clumpy mascara. The extensions also come in a rainbow of colors for a young, fun flair. Because they grow out naturally, your teen (or you!) can get a one-time set without ongoing maintenance. 63

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Girls Start Your Engines! you buy it”. On line bra shopping may sound easy because the retailer may offer a diagram or a “How to Measure Yourself” tutorial or video. Following the instructions will give you a guideline to follow, however, you will still not know for sure if you are ordering the correct size or style of bra for your body type. There is no substitute for a personal bra fitting from our qualified bra consultants.


In addition to fitting advice, every customer is given a Bra Club Loyalty Card and we offer free shipping on any specially ordered item. Because fitting and sizing YOU is the most important part of our job, we create your individual profile for future purchases. The people in your life will love the fact that they can come to us, have our consultants look up your profile and help them pick a gift that will be just the right fit. We offer elegant gift wrapping at no charge and our Bare Essentials Gift Card is always the right size.

By Debbie Esslinger, Owner

t’s that time of year when shopping becomes a race and we rush around trying to split ourselves into multiple people to cross the finish line before Christmas and the New Year arrives. Internet shopping has become increasingly more popular but is it the right thing for you? There are many pros and cons to internet purchasing but here are a few things that make our shop unique. Certain items are better left for personal shopping and being assisted by a real individual. Shopping for intimate apparel such as bras or shapwear are definitely items you would want to buy in person. But, how are you supposed to know which undergarment is the right one for you even if you shop in person? Bare Essentials has been around for 15 years and we pride ourselves on our customer service and the individual bra fittings we offer every woman. We are not in a huge mall but rather serve our customers in a small, intimate setting providing a large selection of bras in sizes not found in regular department stores. Great care is taken to make sure each customer receives our undivided attention and honest recommendations before purchases are made. We want you to “try it before

As a business owner, I understand how easy it is to pop open the computer, search for a particular item, find it and buy it. BADA BOOM….BADA BING! Buying some things on

line is safe, accurate and fast. Purchasing any type of intimate apparel through the internet may not be a sound decision unless you have already had a personal bra fitting and know the exact size and style of bra or shaper you need. At Bare Essentials, the personal profile we created in our system keeps track of your purchases, what size and color was bought and when the sale was completed. Our established customers are able to call our shop directly, place an order for the bra, shaper or other undergarment they need. Since we have your size and preference in our system, we can pull the item from the floor or place a special order if needed. Your credit card information is verified and the item(s) shipped directly to you at NO CHARGE. You have the best of both worlds: The ease of shopping without leaving your home with the assurance that you will receive the correct size and style of bra for you. Because you’ve already enjoyed a fitting session in our shop we will be happy to accommodate any future purchase by phone. We’ve made it easy to look fabulous “underneath it all”. Our website is WWW.MYBARESHOP.COM

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Is Your Hair Aging You? The Bond between Client and Hairstylist

The Client/Stylist relationship itself is complex. It takes time to build a relationship of trust and respect. There is a kind of therapy or unqualified counseling sessions that go on between hairstylists and their clients in salons all over the world. This bond is important in order for the client to feel relaxed and trust in the esthetic judgment of their hairstylist.

The Risk of Trusting a Complacent Hairstylist

By: J. Christian of J. Christian Studio in Hockessin, DE


ever in our history has a youthful appearance for both men and women played such a prevalent role in determining quality of life. The fastest growing service in my salon today: Male gray blending. Women want “modern but not trendy”. Truthfully, this is a talented stylist’s dream client, for others this can be a challenge! The most common concern for my “over 30” clients is fighting signs of aging. They simply feel looking younger and modern gives them the competitive edge. If finding the answer to this constant battle interests you, explore the tips in this article and possibly take five years off your appearance. Look, DON’T WAIT, START NOW! Go into the holiday season looking your best. This one is a “no-brainer”. You get instant results and guess what, it’s never too late. Image consultation is a rapidly growing market for a reason. Don’t give up your edge. Make a change today.

Your stylist should offer a cut with long layers and subtle graduation, rather than shorter layers throughout. r Styling Do’s - If your face seems more angular these days, soften the edges by wearing gentle waves or curls around your face. If a fuller, round face is the issue, do the opposite — a sleek, straight look is an easy way to instantly counteract heaviness. r Fringe Benefits - Side-swept bangs give a fun, youthful vibe and instantly create fullness toward the front of your head, where women tend to lose hair. Thicker bangs is better, wispy is aging. Keep ends soft and fringy; blunt can be too harsh.

Many consider a talented hairstylist irreplaceable for good reason. Many clients rely on their hairstylist to keep them informed on hair trends related to THEIR LIFESTYLE, physical characteristics and profession. The risk of trusting a complacent hairstylist with your image is that you begin to just receive the same style, the same way, at every visit. That’s okay if you don’t want to think about anything new, you can stay in your comfort zone and remain relaxed. The problem here is that just as it’s important to remain current in advances in technology, fashion (office or runway) and acquiring new skills, it’s now equally important to update/upgrade your image.

r Consider Color - Follow this guide to determine the right shade for you: w Reds: Auburn tone—not a fiery red. w Browns: Chocolate brown. As we mature, our skin color changes and we lose pigment in our skin. Stay away from very dark colors like black or dark brown. Lighten up your color a few shades—this will take years off! w Blondes: Honey blonde— never baby or platinum blonde. Blondes especially need golden tones to add a rosy and sun-kissed glow to the face. r Highlights - Stay away from monotone hair color. Multidimensional, tone-on-tone highlights add movement to the hair. Go for natural and healthy. Avoid too many highlights that can look artificial and fake.

Tips for Younger-Looking Hairstyles

Ready to get started, here’s the tips I promised: r The Magic Length - Don’t resign yourself to a supershort crop. Instead, consider a length anywhere between your collarbones and chin. Hair that hits within those three inches is most flattering.

r Gray Blending - Whether you have a lot of gray hair or just a little, you can use a highlighting or color-weaving technique to put strands of your natural color in and look younger even while leaving some gray.

My best to you and your family this holiday season! J Christian Studio is an award-winning, upscale salon located in Hockessin, Delaware. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau of Delaware and recipient of a Torch Award for Market Place Ethics. The salon is the concept of J Christian, an International Platform Artist and Master Educator and a Member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.


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Facials For Your Back M

illions of people suffer from acne and By: Erica Suppa, there are a B.S., L.E. multitude of products out there to combat it. But what do you do about acne that occurs on the back rather than the face? Many people have back acne but most do not know what to do to treat this hard to reach area. One alternative is to have back facials. A back facial is a way of exfoliating an area that you cannot get to on your own. Both men and women enjoy back facials to combat acne. A back facial allows the area to be thoroughly cleaned, exfoliated, and toned. Use of steam or extractions can help remove impurities from the skin. This in turn can lead to a clearer, healthier, blemish-free back. Dry, irritated, overstressed skin can also benefit from a back facial. People who tend to have naturally dry skin, or who have damage from

exposure to sun or wind, can have a facial to nourish and repair the skin there. This is typically accomplished with the application of a moisturizing mask followed by a hydrating moisturizer. These treatments not only improve the appearance of the skin on the back, they also can help people feel more comfortable and confident while wearing clothing that reveals some or all of their back, such as tank tops, swimsuits, or dresses. People with acne on their backs may be particularly self-conscious, as it can be disfiguring. A back facial can help boost their confidence and allow them to dress how they want. A back facial may be used in an overall wellness regime. For example, one month you may choose to have a regular facial and the following month, schedule a back facial. This will reduce acne and make you look and feel great, not to mention the benefits of a little time to truly relax and unwind.

Fresh Faced Skin Care offers both back facials and back peels. The entire treatment is done in a calm, private environment with soft music and soothing lighting to allow one to relax while receiving a truly advanced and effective treatment.

Fresh Faced Skin Care is owned by Licensed Esthetician and Research Scientist, Erica Suppa. Erica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and has worked in the scientific and medical industries for over 12 years. She also works at the University of Pennsylvania as a cancer research specialist, assisting in the creation of ground-breaking cellular therapy cancer treatments. Let Erica’s scientific knowledge of skin care ingredients and how they interact with your skin allow you to get the results you have been searching for. Why spend money and not get results?

Testimonial: “I highly recommend Fresh Faced Skin Care. You get the best service and products at great affordable prices. You will be in good hands. Erica is very professional and knowledgeable. I was impressed that she took the time to evaluate my skin type for the right treatment and products. I notice a cleaner complexion and better glow and greatly appreciate the wonderful relaxation!” ~ Vicki L.

This issue’s cover & ‘People in Profile’ was photographed here at The Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast. Thank You!

The Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast The Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast is located in Newark, Delaware in an area historically known as “The Wedge”. Originally built in 1692, this B&B is situated on the remaining 2 acres of land that was once part of a 255 acre farm. After completion of the new building addition in 1840, with 2 main guestrooms, one with a private bath and the other with a semi private bath. A third guestroom is also available as part of a Friends and Family discount package. Extended stay suite with handicapped accessibility also available. Homemade breakfast, pet lounge, “bark park”, gym on premises and WIFI. These and more reviews on Trip Advisor: Stayed here for three nights last week, and maybe shouldn’t post a review, because when word gets out that this is the absolute best place to stay near the University of Delaware, we won’t be able to get reservations! We have been travelling to this area for years, and have stayed at lots of chains in the Newark/Fair Hill/Kennett Square area. My new favorite is the Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast -- we definitely won’t be staying anywhere else! – Ann - North Guilford, CT

The Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast Proprietors: Amy & Don Eschenbrenner 1202 Nottingham Road Newark, DE 19711 302-737-9504

We stayed here when we went to visit with our grandson at UD. It was the perfect place to stay with our dog Jessie. We were able to leave her playing on the grounds while we went to the dorm – pets Brandy and Bailey made her feel at home. Amy invited our grandson back for breakfast. This type of hospitality exceeded our expectations. The house was beautiful, interesting and very comfortable. We all enjoyed breakfast too. We could not think of staying anywhere else in Newark. – Dee - Islip, NY


My husband and I enjoyed our three nights stay at Blue Hen (despite the fact that we stayed during hurricane Sandy and many thanks to Amy and Donald for everything!) The historical home is just beautiful and the owners were gracious and friendly! Wonderful breakfast! It was like a home away from home! Very comfortable, very clean, and many little extras that made our stay so enjoyable... we’ll definitely stay here again! – Natalia - Moscow, Russia

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Most women experience hair loss (alopecia) while undergoing chemotherapy:


ith recent advances in technology, women now have a variety of choices to help make themselves Dee Anderson look and feel – Owner better during treatment. One of the most important decisions about your hair restoration process is making sure that you are informed of all the different viable options. We care for your cause and needs. Our purpose is to make you worry free about the things that are in your control. Visit us before your hair loss begins. Most women do not experience hair loss until after their second chemotherapy treatment, but some will start to lose their hair as soon as seven days after the first treatment. Hair loss occurs because hair follicles are weakened by chemotherapy, causing hair to fall out at a much faster rate than normal. Some women also lose their eyelashes and eyebrows during chemotherapy. We strongly recommend you visit us before you begin your chemotherapy treatment so that our professional stylist can become familiar with your present hairstyle and color. We also recommend that a hair sample of your hair be taken for future reference. Our goal is to recreate your natural hairstyle. Cutting your hair short before you start chemotherapy will make losing your hair less traumatic, and will help in your transition back to your natural growing hair, once the treatment is over.

Questions & Answers Will my insurance cover my hair restoration?

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How long before my hair grows back?

styling. Maintenance is done in total privacy by trained professionals at the studio. Visits take no longer than an average hairstyle, cut, and color. It is replaced on average every two months. The same beautiful hair she had with her natural growing hair. We concentrate on believability rather than durability, so styling can be changed as desired.

In almost all cases, once chemotherapy has ended, your hair is expected to regain strength and completely grow within 6 to 12 months. Therefore, most women continue to wear wigs for several months after chemotherapy has ended. When your hair initially begins to grow again, it may have a different texture or color. These variations in texture and color are usually not permanent.

Why Virtuesse?

Virtuesse is the best and most natural non-surgical cosmetic hair loss solution. Virtuesse allows us to recreate and enhance your hairstyle in a way that is easy, beautiful, fashionable, and flawless. Virtuesse is a thin, flexible, second skin like surface with natural hair growth patterns. The second skin like surface is thin and natural, it adheres with no ridges or bumps. It is literally undetectable to the human touch. With Virtuesse we can match your original hair color, texture, and style. This cutting edge technology creates a customized solution for each individual client.

How much maintenance does Virtuesse need?

Delaware Specializing in non-surgical cosmetic hair loss solutions for men and women. Delaware Hair Solutions is a member of an elite group of Hair Restoration Specialists. We are the only hair restoration studio in the area that offers the Virtual Reality and Virtuesse systems. These hair treatments allow us to provide our clients with full, thick and beautiful heads of hair that will provide them with a younger, more confident look. Laser hair treatments, also available through our studio, allow us to provide our clients with full, thick hair that is all natural. Using low-level laser diodes for the treatment of hair loss. These soft lasers rejuvenate your normal hair follicles to increase their rate of growth and reverse balding patterns. Laser hair therapy is best for those in the beginning stages of hair loss.

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Many insurance companies will cover a percentage of the expense. We would require a prescription from your physician. Each claim is unique and will be discussed at the point of consultation.

Our hair treatment options allow us to provide these individuals with the services that will eliminate these issues and create a happier, healthier lifestyle while providing them with a look that is nothing less than amazing.

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Fibromyalgia & Massage: What You Should Know that the phrase, “no pain, no gain”, is fairly inaccurate & I use my knowledge of the body to my advantage. I use a specialized technique to work out knots, which may still cause discomfort but it is much more effective & less painful than other techniques. I also use my knowledge of the GTO (Golgi Tendon Organ) which is a little organ in our tendons that senses when we are stretching. When the GTO gets this message from the muscle, it allows the muscle to relax & stretch further to avoid By: Pete Lerza LMT, NCTMB, injury. I employ this system by CHP, Manager applying pressure to tendons to Kaya Wellness & Yoga make them “think” that the muscle is being stretched, which relaxes Roughly 7 million American the muscle, making the experience easier for myself & my clients. I have the disorder which is largely classified by intense chronic also use Ischemic Compression pain: Fibromyalgia (FM). Though to catalyze the healing process. the cause is still not entirely What Ischemic Compression understood, some progress has does, essentially, is temporarily been made in the treatment of FM. cut off blood to a specific muscle Many pharmaceutical products cluster. This tells the brain that which induce an increase in there is an injury, which causes serotonin levels have been tested, the brain to respond accordingly but have had limited results. So far, & rush oxygenated blood to the the only treatment that has proven area. Typically, this blood would to be effective is regular massage. be met by a wound & begin to form Usually, patients will notice clear a scab, but there is no wound so & significant positive changes we’ve simply tricked the body into within the first 10 - 15 massage sending healthy blood to an area treatments. Due to the circulation which was tight. This will help of oxygenated blood to the tense, break down adhesions such as de-oxygenated blood, which is knots & general tightness found in many FM patients, there is a 1 in 10 risk that a FM patient Testimonials: will experience an aggravation of “I had a great experience. My symptoms. This does not last long, massage was therapeutic and but is important to know when relaxing. Pete is an experienced attempting this route of therapy. It therapist and very good at is recommended that FM patients describing the muscles affected and receive their first 10 massages in treatment. I appreciate his clinical increments of 2 sessions per week and thorough knowledge of anatomy for the first 5 weeks. This may be and therapy techniques. The spa a financial challenge, but when itself is soothing and comforting. The weighing out the gains in freedom room was peaceful and good music. from pain as well as not risking Thank you.” ~Alan any long term side-effects, this modality of treatment is priceless. “I just wanted to say that Pete did If a Fibromyalgia patient were to an excellent job in working all the pursue this route of treatment, kinks out of my shoulders and neck, the price of sessions could be and I was quite impressed with adjusted to fit a more comfortable his technique of massage, which budget. However, many insurance was quite different from my normal companies will reimburse a patient massages. It was deep tissue, but who truly has a need for the service not the normal painful type that you simply with the presentation of a get when you request deep tissue. receipt & physicians referral. When I walked out I felt relaxed, One of the key factors which and then the next day all the pain separates my practice from others was totally gone from my shoulders in the field is my conceptual and neck, and I had no soreness. understanding of the body from Thanks for a great job, Pete. I will a holistic point of view. I know definitely be back. ~Pamela


“Pete proved to be a very sensitive and proficient massage therapist. He asked for feedback as to pressure and touch, but little verbal feedback was actually needed because Pete was so sensitive to the cues and responses my body provided to the bodywork. Pete gave an excellent massage, working deeply into some very blocked places without creating pain or discomfort. I felt safely held in his skillful touch throughout the massage. In summary, I am very pleased, satisfied, and grateful for my experience at Kaya. I will definitely be returning the next time I am able to get away for a few days of rest and restoration. And yoga and bodywork at Kaya will be central to my plans.” ~Cathy Pete Lerza is the Spa Manager at Kaya Wellness & Yoga in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Pete is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified in Holistic Pathology. Pete also serves

on the Program Advisory Committee at the Dawn Career Institute. He takes a holistic approach to helping you relieve yourself of the physical and emotional stresses of everyday life. Primarily practicing Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage, and having a strong understanding of the nature of “knots” & general wellness, Pete strives to help his clients enjoy a better quality of life. Pete uses the knowledge from his certification in Holistic Pathology to address complaints of pain with various techniques & perspectives. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or or call (302) 227 – 3450.

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Yes, she is 75 years old, bulging in the middle and with a sagging hair line. She has served us well for 45 years. While she has had minor cosmetic surgery from time to time, she is due for some major renovation.


hile we were not her first, she is now ours and has been a great trooper for Chapel Street Players, withstanding the terrible snow storms of 2011 and keeping us cool during the stress of the great shows that we have all seen at Chapel Street. She has helped us celebrate the great triumphs of Amadeus, The Little Shop of Horrors and Frankenstein. YES, she is The Chapel Street Theater. She needs our help and for that we are running the only Capital Campaign since the renovation of the handicapped bathroom many years ago. We are a group that pride ourselves on the fact that everyone at Chapel Street is a volunteer. We estimate that this will cost about $165,000.00 if we get it done in the next 2 years. What will we do with your contribution? •

We will replace the Entrance way, which is leaking

We will replace the roof, which is showing wear.

We will replace the air Conditioners, already 25 years old, and the ducting

We will replace the ceiling in the Theater, which is beginning to show some wear.

We will refurbish the Light and Sound booth so that we can do more shows

We will replace the House Lights.

We will refurbish the downstairs Bathrooms

We will replace the Signs out Front.

We will refurbish the Box Office and the Bathrooms

We will refurbish the Hospitality areas.

We pledge to only use the money for the work on the Chapel Street Theater and, with your help, we can continue to grow and prosper as the only Community Theater in Newark, Delaware.

How can you help? Glad you asked! We would like your donation of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 dollars to the Capital campaign for Modernizing and Refurbishing the Chapel Street Theater. You can go on line at http:// and donate, or you can send your tax deductible donation to P.O. Box 36, Newark, DE 19715. Please mark the envelope Attn: Capital Campaign. Make your check payable to Chapel Street Players.

The Chamber celebrates the success of some of its members and congratulates all the winners from the 22nd Annual Entrepreneurial & Business Women’s EXPO! Carol Arnott Robbins, Regional Sales Manager and VP at M&T Securities, Inc. First Annual Business Woman of the Year Diane Ferry, President of Star-Med, LLC 22nd Annual Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Donna O’dell-Hoke, President of Unique Impressions & 2011 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Pamela Mayse, Director of Events at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce & Women’s Expo Committee Chair Congratulations to all the winners for your commitment in helping local women connect and grow their businesses and for the success of your own business! Dec 2012/Jan 2013


Figuring Out What Women Want.... Hint: Its all about enhanced livability and style!


he 2000 movie “What A Woman Wants” featured a chauvinistic executive who gained the ability to hear what women are really thinking with comedic results. It may seem like a huge leap to compare a romantic comedy to the home building industry, but knowing “what women want” is having an impact on today’s housing market. Did you know that women are the sole or primary decision makers in 91% of new home purchases? Historically, though, most home building contractors and tradespeople are men. However, as a female home buyer imagine that your builder “gets you”, knows what you are thinking and speaks your language. He offers plan designs that are based on who you are and how you want your home to feel. You can choose products and materials that mirror your home design personality. Known as “Women-Centric”, this simple—yet profound—approach recognizes that women and men view the home’s design and home building projects differently. A “Women-Centric” approach, derived from a decade of research into women’s preferences in the home, innovation in home design, products and other amenities, helps clients make wise, informed decisions. The “Women-Centric” approach understands how a woman looks at a home and how she determines if a house is truly livable. The women talk and the builder listens and asks questions. It is this interaction that results in a home that truly reflects what a woman wants and needs in her living space.

• Relaxation • Organization • Flexibility, and • Entertainment Just a few of the more popular additions include: • Open floor plans better suited for family gatherings with trim and architectural details to define spaces • Hair dryer-ready drawers (plug included) and 360-degree mirrors in the bath • Walk-in pantries • Drop zones for groceries with cubbies for mail, cell phones and keys • Enclosed gift wrapping stations • Locating laundry room closer to the bedrooms • Concealed storage in bathroom walls • Mudrooms with storage for bookbags, coats, shoes and boots With a new understanding and appreciation for women’s preferences selected for the home, everyone (even men!) can benefit from innovative solutions for enhanced livability and style.

More than just a pretty space Two examples above of Design Services Ltd. projects that use a Women Centric design approach. • Panoramic view of kitchen that is open to family room with ceiling detail and architectural elements helping to define space. • A spa-like bathroom complete with waterfall elevates an ordinary master bath to a relaxing retreat.

“Women-Centric” homes revolve around four main themes:

Rita Wilkins is the president, principal designer and project manager of Design Services, Ltd. With over 38 years experience, her approach to design is both aesthetic and business-like. She is a highly effective “hands-on” designer with extensive knowledge and expertise in residential, dental, medical, and commercial interiors. A graduate of University of Rhode Island, Rita attended Rhode Island School of Design and the University of North Carolina. She has been published in a variety of national publications and has received numerous design awards. 302.475.5663


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Emergency Generators:

Power When You Need It


hen the power goes out, it doesn’t really matter if the ice cream melts. (Well, it doesn’t matter TOO MUCH!) But a power failure also could mean that your sump pump quits working and your basement floods, your home business grinds to a halt because you can’t run your computer, or your home security system stops working. An emergency generator can help keep you, your property, and your family safe and comfortable during a power failure, whether it’s caused by lightning, an ice storm, a fallen tree branch, a car hitting a utility pole, or high energy demand during heat waves and cold snaps. At Joseph Frederick & Sons, we know folks typically call us when they need help right away, but we’re also in the business of helping you prepare for emergencies. The time to buy a generator is before the power goes out. When power failures occur, many stores sell out quickly. Some desperate homeowners become victims of price gouging, or they simply end up buying expensive professional-grade generators with features they don’t need. Contact our sales department to help you determine which generator is right for your home – then our certified technicians call install your generator safely and professionally.

For more information about emergency generators, visit our website at or call us at (302) 994-5786. Don’t wait until the power goes out, because, for one thing, it’s easier to find the phone number when the lights are working.

Our Company History…

This year, we at Joseph Frederick & Sons are excited to celebrate our 65th year in business. Our grandfather started this business in 1947 with one truck, a willingness to work hard, and a sense of integrity. Today, four generations later, we are proud to say that the name Joseph Frederick & Sons means the best in residential and commercial air conditioning, electrical systems, heating, and plumbing. The

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core values on which our family’s business was first built remain its cornerstone – our sense of integrity, dependability, and quality workmanship has withstood the test of time. We are a proud member of the BBB and past winners of their Torch and Rush awards. We are also a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and 3-time winner of their prestigious President’s Award.

Our Employees…

Our service technicians, sales department, and customer service representatives are a part of our family, sharing our family values and high standards of quality. We are confident and willing to place a warranty on all of our work and products, all of the time, no matter what. We employ NATE-certified installation and service technicians, which means we provide our customers with the very best service possible.

Our Customer Assurance Plan… Our Customer Assurance Plan helps keep your HVAC equipment running smoothly and efficiently all year long. Be safe, rather than sorry – detect problems in your equipment before they compromise your comfort or your checkbook. Sign up for our Customer Assurance Plan and enjoy annual checkups of your HVAC units, discounted rates on all your service calls, and priority status for faster service in emergencies.

Express gift card. If your friend makes a purchase from us and gives your name and address to our salesman, we’ll send you the gift card. Refer two friends and receive two gift cards – it’s the referral/ gift that keeps on giving!

Contact us…

Our Testimonials…

We are located at 810 Stanton Road in the Marshallton area of Wilmington, Delaware. Business hours are 7:30am – 4:30pm with 24 Hour Emergency Service. Visit us today at our website,, check us out on Facebook, or contact us at (302) 994-5786. We look forward to serving you!

We could not be happier with the knowledgeable, friendly and prompt staff at Joseph Frederick & Sons. They installed several A/C compressors. They took the worry and uncertainty out of our large project and made it a manageable and pain-free experience. We have definitely been won over to your company! ~ Customer from Greenville, DE Joseph Frederick and Sons fixed our plumbing problem that has plagued us for 10 years. The basement is finally dry! Thanks so much! ~ Customer from Wilmington, DE

Thank you for considering Joseph Frederick & Sons for your home’s air conditioning, electrical, heating, plumbing, and bath & kitchen remodeling needs.

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Joseph Frederick and Sons has quality service and professional crews (always pleasant). They are very competent and informative… and always efficient! We and our checkbook love the company! ~ Customer from Newark, DE

302.994.5786 • One Call. One Company. A family business you can trust.

Our Bath & Kitchen Renovation Department…

Great kitchens and bathrooms are more than just pretty cabinets and nice color combinations. To create a truly great kitchen or bathroom, the plumbing, air flow, and electrical planning must be part of the initial design process, rather than being shoehorned in at the end. That’s why Joseph Frederick & Sons is the company to call when it’s time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom. With more than 65 years of expertise in heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services, we work with you every step of the way, from design through installation, so your new kitchen or bathroom will be well-made both inside and out. We work with topquality suppliers to ensure that you get the very best cabinets, fixtures, and flooring. To set up a free consultation, contact us today.

Our $50 Referral Program…

Tell a friend about Joseph Frederick & Sons for their next purchase of heating, cooling, or plumbing equipment, and you could receive a $50 American



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SUSANNE FAULKNER Faulkner Jewelry Design “The County Women’s Journal has been the greatest marketing tool for my business. People often say to me, “I see you everywhere!” And I secretly think to myself, no, I am not everywhere — I am in the County Women’s Journal.” MIKE SAMONZE, Vice President Institutional Advancement, Salve Regina University “A group of Women Newspapers that has opened up a whole new market for us.” JEWELRY EXCHANGE “I just wanted to let you know that the editorial that we did last issue was a great success for us. It brought us customers that were selling and gold that otherwise we probably would not have had. Our Gold / Silver buying aspect of our business is VERY important to us. We had a great response!” KRISTY HANDLEY, Marketing Director • State Street Assisted Living “I have worked with the Women’s Journal in two separate areas of my career. Each time, I continue to be impressed by the professionalism and compassion of the staff. The articles and advertisements are always perfect. If I have a problem, Pam is always there to help. What more could a Marketing Director ask for. Thank you!” J CHRISTIAN • J Christian Studio “The Women’s Journal has proven time and again to be the most advantageous and well-rounded business builder for the salon compare-none. Each new issue brings a sharp uptick in our referrals sometimes reaching 60 new referrals per article. The editors are fair, customer-service focused, and continuously improving on the paper year-after-year. We will contribute as long as they’ll have us.” JEAN ZIGLER, Patient Coordinator • Eye Physicians and Surgeons “Thanks to the Women’s Journal, many people now know about NearVision CK, a new technology to improve reading vision. When Dr. Minkovitz’s article first appeared in the Women’s Journal talking about being able to read without “granny glasses,” I was amazed at how much interest and excitement this new procedure generated. After her own CK procedure, our administrator Mary Ann Moore was so thrilled about being able to read the fine print again that she became our CK model. Because the Women’s Journal is so popular, Mary Ann is recognized everywhere she goes. I’m happy about being able to reach so many people through the Women’s Journal.” FOCAL POINT OPTICIANS “The Women’s Journal is the most successful advertising we have ever done.”



ANNA C. GIACALONE, DMD Artist in Cosmetic Dentistry “I have been in practice for over 22 years and always relied upon my patients and colleagues to refer new patients. I am honored by the trust these individuals place in me by referring friends but in recent years I realize that this is not enough. I knew I needed an ethical and tasteful way to let my community know about my ethics, practice philosophy and training. I found such a vehicle with The Women’s Journal. I feel good about helping to inform the readers about important health issues while simultaneously allowing them to get to know us. Many wonderful patients have found us as a result of our Women’s Journal articles.” AMY MARTA CARNEY, Owner Clutter Bugs, LLC “ The County Women’s Journal has been a wonderful experience for me and my business! I can’t thank them enough. Advertising with them has been a complete joy from start to finish. I have only had positive feedback and I know that will continue. I would not do it any other way!!” MELISA FERRIOLA, CPCP • Lasting Looks “Honestly, I was reluctant to do yet another print ad for my business. I had not seen results in past advertising attempts and it was hard to make another such investment. But something told me that The Women’s Journal would be different. Is it ever! I saw immediate, direct results in my business! The Women’s Journal reaches my target audience and because it is so informative to perspective clients, they follow through and I get the sale. I have the bottom line to prove it! Thank you so much.” FRED WINWARD, President Resort Landscaping “We have built our business on the readership of the Women’s Journal: I cannot believe the amount of business we receive from our articles.” JOAN CARRERO, Director of Marketing • NASE Insurance “The best customer response our company has ever had from our advertising dollar.” DR. BEN E. BENJAMIN, Founder Muscular Therapy Institute “The Women’s Journal readers who see me for treatment are earnest, intelligent people who are serious about their health and well-being. It is a pleasure to work with them. My articles in the Journal are worth their weight in gold.” BRENDA PAVLIC, CPhT SaveWay Compounding Pharmacy “We are getting tremendous feedback, I am really glad we did this, it has added more pressure, and bringing in more business, but worth it!”

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“It All Leads To The Eyes!” By: Carmella Gibellino-Schultz


he eyes are the windows to the soul. They tell more than words and are certainly one of our most impressionable features. In the fast-paced, competitive society that we live in, women not only want, but need to make the best of their looks. We are constantly on the go, and, let’s face it, everyday matters. It is no wonder that the demand for permanent eyeliner is increasingly on the rise. More and more women across the board are discovering the glories of worry-free permanent eye make up. Permanent eyeliner is the perfect solution for saving more time and money on the daily dress up routine. Not having to draw on eyeliner means eliminating smudges, smears, and the dread of the look that is left when conventional liner wears off during the day. It is a God-sent for women who are allergic to cosmetic products or who have allergies that cause them to have to reapply several times a day. It’s quite simple, less mess and stress, and it equals more time for you.


Convenience isn’t the only reason for the rise in permanent make-up procedures. The shape of the eye plays a significant role in enhancing beauty. While some women are content redefining the line that nature gave them, others are reaping the benefits of permanent eyeliner, as it can be used to correct or reshape the natural look of their eye. Close set, deep set, drooping, and small eyes can all be made more attractive with the proper technique. As we are well-aware, there is no universal definition of beauty. The looks that can be created with permanent eyeliner vary widely. Carmella specializes in customizing her treatments for each individual. While some of us are drama queens, many prefer a more natural look. A “lash enhancement” is a technique where a thin, crisp line is applied right at the lash line, allowing the natural beauty of one’s eye color and shape to be showcased to the highest potential. If you prefer a more dramatic look, thicker lines and deeper colors may be the chosen path. Two or more colors can be stacked or smudged, creating depth. If you like, add a sassy little upturned flair at the outer corner to achieve the “cat eye” look. Whichever style you’re going for, the glorious part is that you will wake up, shower, exercise, sun, swim, and go to bed looking your best!!

“I have never felt more confident and you have brightened my life.” - L.M “Thank you for performing a miracle.” - L.E. “Permanent makeup enhanced my life, I always look good and go anywhere.” - B.M

Referring Doctors Dr. Abel M.D. | The Abel Center for Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Dr. Fanny J. Berg M.D. Dr. Peter R. Coggins M.D. Dr. Joseph J. Danyo M.D. Dr. Jillian Banbury M. D. Dr. Ian M. Longergan, D.O. | Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of DE Dr. Timothy Greco M.D.

Dr. Monica Mehring M.D. Dr. Jonathan Pontell M.D. Dr. Katheryn M. Warren M.D. Dr. David Zabel M.D. Dr. Jeffrey B. Minkovitz M.D. | Eye Physicians & Surgeons Dr. Peter Panzer M.D. | Panzer Dermatology Assoc. Dr. Paul Sabini M.D. F.A.C.S.

Dr. Jonathan Saunders M.D. Dr. M. Stefanyszyn, M.D. F.A.C.S. | Wills Eye Hospital Lynn Esdale RN | Lynn Victoria Cosmetic & Medical Skin Care Dr. Lisa W. Hostetler M.D. Sarah Lester, Medical Aesthetician Delmar Surgical & Cosmetic Treatment Center.

“Beauty isn’t about looking perfect. It’s about celebrating your individuality.” ~Bobbi Brown


When considering permanent eyeliner, it is easy to understand the importance of putting your face in the hands of a true professional. Carmella recognizes individual needs and custom blends pigment shades so that everyone can achieve the look they are seeking in order to make their eyes “pop.” She is brilliant with color theory and blending and downright meticulous when it comes to fine lines. So if you want to look and feel great in the new year, bring out your inner beauty effortlessly. Why not look extraordinary everyday and still have more time for yourself? Call for a free consultation today.

About the Artist

Carmella Gibellino-Schultz is a licensed cosmetologist and has been practicing the art of permanent cosmetics since 1999. In both Delaware and PA she has performed thousands of procedures and her impressive portfolio speaks for itself. Former owner of The Skin Care School and Center, her expertise and years of experience have made her the areas most sought after permanent cosmetics artist.


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