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Finally… Laser Cataract Surgery

Bladeless And Computer Guided – The Next Frontier T

he latest step in the evolution of modern cataract surgery has now become available in Delaware. This new technology, Femtosecond laser cataract surgery, offers precision never before possible and aims to meet the expectations of today’s active By: cataract patients. FDA Approved in Jeffrey B. Minkovitz, M.D. 2010, and under investigation for several years before then, the laser has been used in thousands of cataract procedures worldwide. But within the United States, availability of these lasers has been limited. Along with my partners at the Center for Advanced Surgical Arts, I have monitored the results of this new technology. Recognizing the significant benefits, we brought this technology to our surgery center, the first and only laser of its kind in the area and one of the first 75 in the country. Already one of the most technologically advanced procedures, cataract surgery has evolved in slow, incremental steps. Until recently, the procedure was performed manually, by removing the cloudy lens through a large incision, which was closed with crude sutures. Microscopes and ultrafine sutures dramatically improved recovery, from a week of bedrest to an outpatient procedure. Then, intraocular lenses allowed for functional visual rehabilitation. The current “state of the art” procedure, phacoemulsification by ultrasound, was invented approximately 40 years ago, allowing removal of the fragmented cataract through smaller incisions, further improving outcomes. Better ultrasound machines have improved safety and efficiency, while better intraocular lenses have allowed for better overall visual results and in many cases the elimination of dependency on eyeglasses. Now, in yet another significant leap forward, cataract surgery has evolved to once again stand as one of the most technologically advanced surgeries of any kind. The Femtosecond laser, originally developed to create LASIK flaps for laser refractive surgery, can now be used to design and create all of Dr. Minkovitz programming the necessary the new LensX laser. 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

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incisions for cataract removal and astigmatism correction, precisely measuring the ocular structures with micron precision and displaying these structures through real-time high resolution digital images. The laser can also create the critical opening of the lens (capsulorrhexis), and also fragment the lens before any instruments enter the eye. This allows for reduced ultrasound energy (which can be damaging) and improved safety. Reports suggest that the procedure is up to 10 times more precise than when performed with manual blades and ultrasound. The computer guided accuracy is ideally suited for the latest premium intraocular lenses capable of improving spectacle free vision. Delaware is home to some of the finest medical and surgical care available. With this early introduction of leading edge technology, we are proud to usher in the next stage in modern eye care.

Dr. Minkovitz and Stacey Hurley, RN overseeing installation of the new LensX laser. 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.

For further information or to schedule an appointment please call 302-656-2020 extension 1.

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 • Cataract & Corneal Surgery to Wilmer Institute with Dr. • Diabetic Eye Care Minkovitz, where he maintained • Glaucoma Evaluations his teaching and clinical • Neuro-Opthalmology appointment. In addition to • Retina / Macular Degeneration introducing laser vision correction to Delaware, he also introduced • LASIK & NearVision CK® NearVision CK to eliminate • Comprehensive Eye Exams reading glasses, DSAEK (a • Custom Fitted Contact Lenses newer, less invasive type of • BOTOX® Cosmetic corneal transplant) and most recently the newest advance: laser cataract surgery. Dr. Minkovitz is a co-founder Stephen H. Franklin, M.D. ~ Paula C. Ko, M.D. of the Center for Advanced Jeffrey B. Minkovitz, M.D. ~ Dennis R. Mirra, O.D. ~ Robert C. Sergott, M.D. Surgical Arts and serves on its Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein, M.D. ~ Scott J. Fudemberg, M.D. medical advisory board. He is also on active staff at Christiana 1207 N. Scott Street • Wilmington, DE 19806 • Care. While on staff of Wilmer at Johns Hopkins University,

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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!


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Thank You !!!.................................................8-9


This Was My Lucky Day!..............................5 The Tradition of the Father-Daughter Dance..6 Make His Heart Skip A Beat...........................7 Beautiful Hair (W Del. Edition).........................7 Lips – They’re Becoming a Trademark......10 Want Lasting Looks? (W Del. Edition)..........10 For The Love Of Flowers................................11 Wedding Reception 2013 – Ready?............12 Flower Girl Shopping Made Easy...................13 For Personal And Professional Service........13 Wedding Dress Shopping 101.....................14 Bridal Show...................................................15 Sophisticated Ladies Will Make You Over....15 Making The Irreplaceable, Unforgettable......16 Vintage Engagement Rings..........................17 Eyelash Extensions For The Wedding........18 Girls In White Dresses....................................19 Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library...........20 Matthew’s Formal Wear & Tailors...................20 The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment..............21 Skin Care For Brides.......…...........................22 Usinf Massage Therapy To Manage Stress...23 Wedding Dresses Cleaned............................24 $100 Wedding Gown Sale............................24 Capturing Special Moments in Time............25 Important Wedding Decision..........................26 Fall In Love With Hagley...............................75 University And Whist Club............................76


Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery..................2 Delaware Hair Solutions...............................27 Huh? Can You Say That Again......................28


Ara Atkinson-Skinner

Hear Well Again (W Del. Edition)..................28 What’s New In Brain MRIs?...........................29 Headaches & Migraines.................................30 Keeping Bones Healthy For A Lifetime.....…31 Spider Vein Treatment...................................32 Recovery From An Eating Disorder..............33 Looking Your Best On A Wedding Day........34 Do You Know Your Numbers?........................35 Retinal Vascular Disease..............................36 The Journey To A Smile..............................37 “Oh No, I Lost A Tooth!” (W Del. Edition)....37 Help, My Eyelids Have Fallen!...................…38 Weight Loss For Your Health........................39 Relief From A Dropped Uterus......................40 How Healthy Is Your Heart............................41 Volunteer RN Program..................................42 58 Years Of Serving Delmarva...................43


Prenatal Yoga.......................................................44 Year Round Support.....................................45 Meet Fitness Goals.........................................46 Stress And Chiropractic................................47 What Are You Waiting For?...........................48 The Best Tap Water In The World.................49 New Year… New You....................................50 Reverse Type 2 Diabetes..............................51 Mind Blowing Benefits Of Exercise...............52 What Horses Do??.......................................54


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Where You Work Effects How You Work.......56 Select The Appropriate Wealth Manager.........59 Peace Of Mind..............................................71 3



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Helping Parents Share End Of Life Wishes..57


The Other Side Of Disappointment..............58


Are Spousal Benefits Available?...................60 Legal Checklist For The New Year...............61 Happy New Year........................................…62


The Grand!....................................................63 Shops Are Popping Up All Over......................64 Downtown Wilmington....................................44 New Castle County Chamber........................65 Delaware State Chamber...............................65 NAWBO’s First Fridays................................66 5th Annual Spring Expo..............................….66


Centurian Café & Gifts........................................67 Candy For All Occasions..................................67 The Pampered Chef..........................................71


Which Wellness Field Is Right For You?....68 Avoid Tough Academic Choices In June..….69 Healing The Child Within Us All....................70 Certificate Programs.......................................58


Generation X.................................................72 Which Service Company...............................73 February/March 2013


educate. enrich. empower. As with everything in life there will be changes. So it is with the 2013 year as we gear up to again produce a quality publication for the Women of our different counties. We made it through the election, we made it through the cliff (whatever that is), the world didn’t end, and we made it through another holiday. Yea! Every year I say this is going to be a better year than last year, and I can honestly say that when I say this I am never talking about my company. I am talking about my life, and my direction. So again I will admit that I am heading in to 2013 with the feeling that 2013 is going to be a great year both for my family and me. And so far it is looking like I am correct… yes, another Yea! My company is doing well, and that is because of the wonderful contributors, and of course the continued support of our readership. When I get a call from a reader saying “I just wanted to let you know that you have the most wonderful, enlightening paper I have read in my 84 years.” Goldie Vance; well Goldie you made my day, and you make my job worth every hour that I spend with it. Thank you Goldie. Or you get a testimonial from a wonderful doctor that says “Thank you for allowing me to educate my patients so that they do not put off their health even in this bad economy.” That also, is what we are all about. I work to make a living, but I also work so that my contributors can give you an education in many avenues not just in your medical decisions, but also in your everyday life decisions.

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Each issue we either do a Business or a Women In Profile, but on some occasions we focus our paper a little more toward a particular subject. This issue we are focusing toward Bridal. We have a Bridal section all year, but this is a special time, as we head in to the Month of Love and also commitment. It is also the month of Heart Awareness, so don’t forget the most important part of these months is not who you love, but how you love yourself for your family. Don’t ignore your health, protect your heart - it is the only one you have. 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... All photos were shot on location at the Winterthur Museum, founded by Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. They invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning. Acres of grounds, picturesque gardens, made this one of the most memorable shots that the Women’s Journal has ever photographed. The possibilities were endless and the hospitality of the staff was a wonderful experience. Please visit their dedicated Winterthur Weddings website to see beautiful pictures, read their blog, and find information about everything from their catering packages to the museum sites to the most commonly asked questions! We did not do a separate shoot for Western DE County, since we are new to the area and have not built the Bridal section of the paper there, so I hope that you will enjoy our beautiful cover. I can’t help but be proud of this cover, as it is my youngest daughter Heather Shafer who is the model for the bride. Heather is wearing a gorgeous gown from Anastasia’s Bridal Salon, Owner Luba Cawley, located at 3300 Concord Pike, Suite 1, Wilmington, DE 19803, PH 302.652.2575, The flowers were provided by Belak Flowers, located at 832 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809, 302-762-5000, and again perfectly suited for the gown, and the location. I admit that I requested that peacock feathers be included in the flowers, since my daughter has always loved peacock feathers since she was a small child. The jewelry was all from the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware, located at 4001 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 19807, 302-397-8336. All jewelry was gorgeous one of a kind estate jewelry, hand picked by the owners, and perfect as well. Most people never know how much work and energy goes in to one of our shoots, unless they participate in one, or if they are the people helping to pull it all together. Hair and makeup were provided by J. Christian Hair Salon an award-winning, upscale salon located at 7465 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707; for more information call 302-325-2306. 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. They will never know how much I appreciate all of them…Thank You… 4


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This Was My Lucky Day!


“LADY’S IMAGE has been LUCKY for me over the years. Always get compliments on the career, casual and occasion clothing I buy there.” Logic said I should try LADY’S IMAGE first for my Mother-of-the-Bride gown. My daughter and I were prepared to find a spectacular dress at LADY’S IMAGE.

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Working with a sales-gal who was savvy and interested in me was LUCKY. I was advised and encouraged to try a few styles I would have never picked myself. It was one of those gowns I finally chose. It looked fabulous on me. The LADY’S IMAGE seamstress was able to alter my gown to perfection. Within two hours I purchased my gown, underpinnings, shoulder wrap, shoes, handbag and jewelry. Stunning Swarovski Crystals were the beads of my necklace and earrings – the perfect accessory. My sales-gal told me my jewelry was custom made by Cheryl Richardson for her Blessings Collection. LUCKY again, looking through this extraordinary collection my daughter and I found a stunning necklace and earrings for her. LUCK continued and we were able to design crystal necklaces for five attendants with earrings to match. All were custom made for our needs and our budget. Something the girls can wear again and again – a classic heirloom. I always find what I want at LADY’S IMAGE. LUCK? Not really – it’s LADY’S IMAGE!

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The Tradition of the Father-Daughter Dance Weddings are a time to celebrate Dance is a part of that celebration Make Group Lessons ‘A Family Affair’ More Than One Traditional Dance

The Father-Daughter Dance is a long standing custom. Traditionally, this dance came first in the celebration. The father danced with the bride then presented her to the groom to dance to the steps of a new life. It was a beautiful way to express the tender relationship and transitions of the bride and the two most important men in her life By Yvonne M. Cimone

These days, the traditions are reversed. The Bride and Groom’s ‘First Dance’ opens the celebration and the Father-Daughter Dance is second. It can be moving and emotional for the two dancing and for those watching. Even strong guys will shed a tear at the realization of his little girl growing up and starting a new life. With a little thought, practice, and planning…you can help make this dance all that you wish it to be and a ‘moment to cherish’

Group Lesson Make Learning Fun-and a ‘Family Affair’

Dance Lessons will make this tradition so much easier and, maybe even downright fun. The very best part of my job, and I mean this, is meeting people. This past year, I had a chance to work with some very wonderful ‘Dads’ for the ever important ‘Father-Daughter’ Dance. They were a bit nervous, proud of their lovely daughters, and always a little bashful regarding this upcoming public display of affection and of their dance skills. My goal is always to put them at ease, and build their confidence. Within one lesson everyone is more self-assured and relaxed. When a family makes the time to get together and includes the mother of the bride and the others who are in the wedding party-it offers everyone a chance to brush up on dance skills. This pays off in many ways. The mother of the bride gets to practice with Dad—and the groom gets a chance to dance with mom-everyone is prepared.

Music Choices & Choice Moves

Several of the brides chose songs to dance to that their fathers had sung to them as children. Watching one dad dance and sing, ‘Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Well I have to Go’….Priceless! So lovely, so sweet—all I did was give them the steps and techniques that made it all look elegant and effortless. If you don’t have a favorite song memory, then make one. Choice of music can be serious and touching, lighthearted and fun, classic or contemporary. One father-daughter duo danced to ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and another to ‘Rainbow Connection’. ‘I loved Her First’ and ‘My Girl’ are also great choices I have seen, but there are so many more—A great instructor can help you choose music and the moves.

Take away the worry of that First Dance so that it becomes one of the highlights of your day.

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Stephen Fennell dances with his daughter, Sarah Fennell Kinney, 2012


Yvonne, I can’t thank you enough for your expertise in teaching my dad and I how to conquer our Father/Daughter dance. My dad and I not only learned a lot during our lessons but we had a fabulous time and enjoyed many laughs together. I think you gave my dad a lot of confidence. It was awesome that you took the two of us and our abilities and put together an unforgetable performance. We had the best time dancing together and it was an event that I will never forget. Thank you so much! - Carrie Marquardt

Mark Ryan, dances with his daughter, Jade Ryan McClure, 2012 6


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Make His Heart Skip A Beat, Take His Breath Away…..Say “I Do” 2013 Bridal Trends

Brides and Braids Rock n Roll Craze by J Christian Studio


our entire wedding begins the moment you begin your walk down the aisle. There are other key moments in your wedding like your first dance or the exchange of vows, but the first (and most important) is when the bride walks down the aisle. Most likely you have worked together on many aspects of the wedding and you’re both aware of the majority of the details; but when the veil is lifted and you lock eyes with your groom, for a millisecond you will find yourselves transcended into a moment of complete intimacy! This moment is epic for most grooms and imprinted on him forever. Make his heart skip a beat and take his breath away and he’ll be ready for “I do”.

The Entire Package

The average wedding costs $5,000 per hour. Photos and video document this day for a lifetime, for generations. You’ve found your dream wedding gown and perfectly pretty pumps, but what about hair and makeup? It’s an important element to consider, since your style will tie your entire bridal look together. Professional hairstyling and makeup will enhance your beauty, carry your theme and endure the rigors of the celebration. Wedding style is timeless yet succumbs to fashion trends of the season. If you’re a bride in 2013 you have plenty to be excited about! You will however need a talented and enthusiastic hair stylist to see you through.

Accessorized hairstyles: It’s all about the accessories – oversized flowers, vintage hair pins and modern headbands! Big and bold, small and simple or colored and vibrant – there is an accessory for every bride and every hair type.

You will find the trends versatile, interchangeable, and easily mixed and there is something for all hair types. Gatsby-Inspired Finger Waves: We love this at the studio! We rarely see a bride ready to take this kind of risk. 1920s glamor is not for everyone, but we do see the trend of finger-waive hairdos on the rise.

We Don’t Do Bad Hair Days (Pre-Wedding Checklist)

Even an international platform artist and educator with more than 30 years in the business will be hard-pressed and challenged to turn dry, broken, damaged and brittle hair into aisle worthy bridal material on a week’s notice. If your goal is coiffed perfection, follow these guidelines for best results.

Braids: Braids are everywhere and brides are taking note. There are many creative ways to wear this romantic and timeless wedding style – as a headband, a fishtail braid, a wraparound or rope braid. Braids can be tight or loose, in an updo or in a ponytail.

6 Months Before - Experiment with different cuts and colors, find your look and begin a hair care routine that includes regular deep conditioning treatments and trims every 4–6 weeks. 4 Months Before – Schedule your hair and makeup bridal trial, reserve your wedding date and bridal party services on the salon’s schedule.

Flower crowns: Brides are turning to the floral headpiece, flower wreath, crown or headband as an alternative to the traditional veil. This look can be vintage, whimsical or bohemian inspired. Long, soft curls under a hair crown create an elegant and romantic look. Shorter hair with the right headpiece can achieve a sweet or edgy look.

2–3 Months Before – Collect photo inspiration of different hair and makeup styles you’d like to see at your bridal trial. 1 Month Before – Get your hair and makeup trial completed together. This allows enough time before the wedding if you want to try a new style but is close enough to keep your look fresh. 2 Weeks Before - Get your final hair trim and deep conditioning treatment, touch up your color and/or highlights.

Bouffant ’dos: This elegant hairdo styled to puffperfection, tamed fly-aways with extra hold hairspray and finished look with a simple and sweet headband is hot this season. You can wear it sans headband or ponytail style. Either way, this style works for both the modern and vintage bride.

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services. It is recommended that these be the only services you receive on your actual wedding day.

My very best wishes for the fairy tale wedding of your dreams. 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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Our Wedding... Thank You All photos were shot on location at the Winterthur Museum, founded by Henry Francis du Pont. Acres of grounds, picturesque gardens, made the possibilities endless and the hospitality of the staff was a wonderful experience. Please visit their web site at www. My youngest daughter Heather Shafer was gracious enough to be my bridal model for the shoot. Heather is wearing a gorgeous gown from Anastasia’s Bridal Salon, Wilmington, DE 19803. It is unbelievable that this gown came straight off the shelf. Luba Crawley picked a gown and the bridesmaid dress for the shoot, and I was totally impressed that Luba picked a perfect gown suited for the petite bride, and the grandeur of Winterthur. The beautiful elegant mother of the bride dress was provided by Lady’s Image, located at 3910 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. Our model Pamela Rizzo, is publisher of the Women’s Journal. Masha Kohi, makeup artist, and hair stylist was our bridesmaid model wearing a beautiful champagne full-length gown from Anastasia’s Bridal Salon. Belak Flowers, located at 832 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE, 302-762-5000 provided all the flowers for our shoot. Barbara Williams perfectly matched the flowers to suit the dress and the location. Delaware Jewelry Exchange, located at 4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE, provided all jewelry for the shoot. Each piece was gorgeous one of a kind estate jewelry, hand picked by the owners, and perfect as well. February/March 2013


To All Our

Vendors And Participants! A special thank you to Matthew’s Formal Wear and Tailors, located at 1810 West 4th St., Wilmington, DE 19805, 302-654-4853. Matthew’s provided the perfect tux for our handsome groom model Bob Diamond, who is wearing a trim looking tux that fit like a glove. Most people never know how much work and energy goes in to one of our shoots, unless they participate in one, or if they are the people helping to pull it all together. And you can see from some of the extra photos we indeed have a lot of fun as well. Hair and makeup were provided by J. Christian Hair Salon an award-winning, upscale salon located at 7465 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707; for more information call 302-3252306. 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 to the Women’s Journal.


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Lips – They’re Becoming a Trademark

By Carmella Gibellino-Schultz


hrough a smile, a pout, or perhaps a kiss, lips are the bearer of our emotions. Healthy lips can make you look young, sophisticated, sensual, or exotic. Likewise, thin, pale, colorless lips look lifeless…and well…old. As we move away from the suppleness of our youth, our desire to juice up those lifeless lips becomes part of the daily grind. In today’s image driven society fuller, plumper lips are more than desirable. They’re becoming a trademark, a fashion statement in its purest form.

O, how ripe in show Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow. -William Shakespeare

So we try to give our lips some life. Women across the world spend multiple hours and multiple dollars on lipsticks and liners, plumpers and glosses, trying to get that perfect shape and perfect color. We devote 10 to 30 minutes every morning, meticulously practicing the art of make up, a talent we may or may not be blessed with. If you’re lucky enough to achieve some symmetry, and you somehow avoid the smudging and smearing before you leave the house, you still have to reapply throughout the day to avoid looking washed out.


Even with all of the available plumping products on the market, many of us feel our lips are too small or too thin, or perhaps unsymmetrical. The hazard of an unsteady hand only complicates the daily grind. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to think about it? To be able to eat, even kiss, and still retain that youthful glow? Permanent lip liner and full wash of lip color is the solution to rejuvenating your smile.

“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.

Permanent cosmetics can change or enhance your lips in many ways, including, but not limited to: • enhancement of lip color, slight or dramatic variations available • placing lip liner outside of natural lip line to create a fuller look, or inside to create a smaller look • enhancing the shape of the bow (middle of top lip) or even creating a bow where one hasn’t existed • c  orrecting uneven lips, balancing the top and bottom lip Permanent cosmetics are the solution for a natural restoration of youthful color, and a fool proof way to correct and enhance shape. Those perfectly defined, fuller lips you’ve always wanted are finally achievable. You will enjoy the results for years to come!! You can wake up with make up, and use that precious primp time for something else. No smears! No Smudge! No worries! For more information on all permanent cosmetic procedures, pictures of Carmella’s artistry and more, please visit our website at www. Feel free to call, we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you are interested, we will gladly assist you setting an appointment for a COMPLIMENTARY consultation with Carmella, where shape defining and color quest are just the beginning. No commitments, just exciting possibilities.

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


Choosing your artist is the most important decision one can make on this quest for beauty. We are here to help you make an informed decision. Carmella has performed thousands of pc procedures since 1999, making her reputation and experience unmatched in the area. Come and see her portfolio for yourself. Beautiful, youthful, lovely lips can be yours permanently. Wake up with make up!

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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. 10

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For The Love Of Flowers Fabulous Flowers For Your Blooming Life

Fragrant Flowers boronia, callas, carnations, freesia, gardenia, hyacinth, lavender, lilac, lily of the valley, lilies, roses, stephanotis, stock, sweet peas.

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Co-owner of Belak Flowers

Fragile Flowers bouvardia, daffodils, euphorbia, gardenias, grape hyacinths, herbs, iris, lilac, lily of the valley, peony, phlox, ranunculus, sweet peas. Spring Flowers acacia, alliums, anemones, astilbe, boronia, daffodils, forsythia, ginestra, grape hyacinths, hyacinth, iris, lily of the valley, lilac, nerines, peony, pussy willow ranunculus, sweet peas.

Shapes of Bouquets

Arm Bouquet~ gardeny & longer Bible~ corsage shape Biedermier~ concentric circle Cascade~ elongated length Crescant~ sideways moon Nosegay~ round & tight Pomander~ covered globe Tussie Mussie~packed nosegay

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arb still makes every bouquet. Belak Flowers delivers weddings in the tri-state area, from Philadelphia to the Chesapeake Bay. Belak Flowers has won The Best Of The Knot Several Times. They are also an exclusive Local Partner with David’s Bridal. For more information, please call to make an appointment with Barbara. Visit our website to see examples of bouquets, ceremony & reception designs.

Best selling Cut Flowers for Weddings

Nationally 1 roses 2 carnations 3 pom poms 4 lilies 5 mums

Belak Flowers roses calla lilies hydrangeas gerberas lisianthus

Autumn Flowers amaranthus, anemone, bittersweet, dahlia, chrysanthemum, gerbera, godetia, japanese lantern, gladiolus, montbretia, ornamental peppers, rose hip, rover mums, sedum, thistle, tuberose, yarrow.

Flower Value for Less

if you like this: roses orchids peony gardenia stephanotis lilac

Winter Flowers amarylis, all bulbs, euphorbia, heather, narcissus, tulips, winterberry.

consider this: lisianthus iris dahlia rose bouvardia stock

Belak Flowers Where Your Vision Comes Into Bloom

since 1954 302-762-5000 888-762-8877 832 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington, DE 19809 Barb’s Email: established wedding specialist free personal consultation with Barb all budgets possible evening appointments available

Year Round anthurium, asters, bells of ireland, bouvardia, carnations, delphinium, chrysanthemums, freesia, gardenias, gladiolus, hypericum berries, liatris, lilies, lisianthus, orchids, roses, snapdragons, statice, stock sunflowers.

Forms of Bouquets Formal~ Free style ~ Gardeny~ Simple~ Traditional~

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Wedding Reception 2013 – Ready? We Are! O

ur motto at Sherm’s Catering “No Event is Too Big or Too Small”. We are here to serve our clients and avidly follow all the breaking news and trends in the catering industry so we may offer you the best and most current advice on planning your event. Presented By: Today I wanted to share “Sherm” with you some wonderful trends for wedding receptions in 2013. We are aware that every bride is on a budget, some larger than others, but the point is there is a way to achieve all of these things on YOUR budget. Talk with your caterer, check for availability – be creative together. You would be surprised what a caterer can do for you if you give him some time to bring the plan together.

Hot Catering Trends for 2013 Plated Dinners versus Buffet Style: You got it! A Listers in Hollywood are leading this trend. They’re asking caterers for plated dinners on china with silverware, something more sophisticated. Spotlighting Your Culinary Heritage – more brides and grooms are proudly sharing their heritage by planning traditional dishes to both ethnic cultures and backgrounds. This trend is a natural conversation starter for guests who are meeting each other for the first time. Fully loaded with flavor and emotion, this trend adds an additional depth of personal touch to sharing a meal for the first time together as one family. Feature Entrée of the Year – Pork! More brides are serving pork at their weddings as a main course that veers away from the more expected beef offerings. They’re not looking for traditional pulled pork dishes, but a restaurant-quality creation for their event. Eye-Popping Cakes – The cake style that dominates right now is clean and modern with just one amazing pop of embellishment such as a bow, monogram or flower. The other major look takes the opposite tack, using eye-popping color or all-over appliqués. And finally, a traditional idea has come around again: Brides are loving cakes that mimic wedding-dress details like lace. Themed Drink Bars – With grooms getting more involved in planning, it only makes sense that a few more groom-centric ideas are creeping in. And those boys do love to plan a whisky bar, let me tell you! But don’t limit yourself. Martini bars are FABULOUS. How about a champagne bar, or a bloody mary bar, a fancypants beer bar, or a mojito making station? It doesn’t have to be alcoholic either – tea, coffee or hot chocolate are also a great addition!

Dessert Bars – dessert bars are here to stay, but now they have a formal twist. Dessert bars by color. For example: White, do merengues, French macarons, fudge brownies topped with powdered sugar, and lots of desserts with vanilla-bean frosting.

Scheduling Your Reception Follow these guidelines to secure your caterer and venue of choice: • Prescreen caterers at least one year in advance. Six months is cutting it close and you miss the chance to reserve your choice selection. • Schedule tastings at least 6 months in advance. • A good caterer will request a deposit averaging between 30% to 50% of the cost of service. These deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, make your selection carefully. • Two weeks before the event, meet with your caterer to finalize headcount, review the menu, clear any questions or concerns (i.e. food allergies, children’s menu), special instructions day of (i.e. lighting candles). Make your final payment. Congratulations on your engagement! We are here to help and can answer any question you have before you begin on the journey of planning your first official dinner as a married couple. We offer you our very best and sincere wishes for a lifetime of happiness. Cheers!

that at this stage in his life, he can give, and that he seeks opportunities to better his community. In Sherm’s words: “Fulfilling – absolutely. Rewarding – absolutely. Life changing – you bet. On a number of levels. Those touched by the work, those involved in the work and philanthropy changes YOU! Get involved today. I promise this is something you will never regret.” Sherm has more than 20 years in the culinary field. He’s done it all, from operating small kitchens to fine dining. He studied Hotel Restaurant Management at the University of Delaware. Sherm and his partners own and operate a successful café in NCC Government Center and a full service, special events facility in Christiana Memorial Hall to meet all your catering needs.

Not everyone comes from a privileged background. Some people start from humble beginnings and get their education from the school of hard knocks. Sherm is one of those guys. He is not the type to cry and whine about his circumstances, he is more apt to fight his way forward. It’s just how Sherm is wired. Probably because of how he got his start in life; He has always had a burning need to help those around him. He wants to give back. One of his favorite quotes is by Henry Ward Beecher: “In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.” Ask anyone of his friends, if they’re barbequing, running, or holding a tournament and they need his support, he is there. Sherm is also actively involved in corporate fundraising with Easter Seals, and is involved internationally through HelpPortrait. Locally, he partners with many other business owners to benefit charities in Delaware that spend their dollars only here in the local community. Sherm says that his philanthropic work is important to him, and

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Flower Girl Shopping Made Easy A

ll brides have enough to worry about as they plan their perfect wedding. That’s why at Hansel & Gretel we make shopping for flower girl By: Carol Harvey dresses easy. When a bride comes in looking for dresses we are able to show them a large selection of dresses in the store in sizes from infant to size 7. They are able to see the actual dress, feel the fabric. and if the child is with them we can try them on for size. Even if the child

can’t come in we can choose a dress size from the child’s measurements. Dresses come in white and ivory with an impressive selection of sash colors and sash styles to choose from. We have actual fabric swatches in the store so colors can be matched with the bridesmaid’s dresses. We also have dresses in color. If she’s having a ring bearer we have suits and tuxedos for boys starting in infant sizes also. Once the dress is selected we also help the bride select shoes, hair bows, jewelry, tights or socks, and even flower girl books. Truly one stop shopping. When a bride leaves Hansel & Gretel so many have told us how easy it was.

We have the “That Was Easy” button from Staples. We’ve done weddings for one flower girl up to seven flower girls in one wedding. We have companion style dresses for both older and younger girls. All of the dresses are ordered to get the exact size and color a bride has chosen and they take about four to six weeks to come in. We have never missed a wedding date. If necessary a dress can be rushed or even overnighted for a small fee.

We love helping brides. It’s our privilege to be a part of their special occasion. Come see us!

302.478.0383 • Concord Pike and Silverside Road •


For Personal And Professional Service Presented By: Crystal Gooding

SERVICES PROVIDED • Honeymoon Planning • Destination Wedding Accommodations – Local or International • Vacation Planning • Girlfriend Getaway Packages Simpson Travel, LLC will customize your honeymoon or vacation while offering competitive rates and personal attention. We realize that wedding planning can be quite stressful and time consuming. We feel that planning a honeymoon should not be. Whether your dream honeymoon package consists of an all inclusive resort, a luxury cruise, a private beach getaway, or anything in between, Simpson Travel can put together a honeymoon package tailored just for you. Our process includes researching your destination(s), researching pricing,

making sure a honeymoon package is available, finding the best flights, and much more. Contact Simpson Travel and “Leave the Details to Us” Phone: 302-378-0894 or 866-567-4270 Email: Web:

With all our traveling together, my husband and I have never used a travel agency. Preparing to plan our honeymoon, together we’ve decided to use a travel agency because it was for a special occasion and we used Simpson Travel, which was a referral from our parents. It was the best decision we’ve made! Our agent was

Crystal, and we were taken care of extremely well. All of the location options she recommended to us made it hard to decide. Finally we decided on the resort, Royal in Cancun. It was AMAZING! The staff was magnificent and made us feel like royalty. We are looking forward to using Simpson Travel again for future travel. ~ R & J Smith.

Testimonials: Dear Crystal, We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the services you provided in coordinating travel for our destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico. You were able to ease my nerves and maintain honesty, efficiency, and integrity as your professional and personal standards. Many of my guests commented on how helpful and kind you were when planning their travel. You even made yourself available to me once I was in Mexico and needed further assistance, whew! Beyond the professional service you provided you became a friend in the process. We will definitely continue to recommend you to others and look forward to planning our oneyear anniversary trip with you! With heartfelt thanks, ~ R. and E. Winslow 13

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Wedding Dress Credentials:

Luba Cawley has a long retail background. She started her career at Lord & Taylor and then moved on to the Catalog Division of Winterthur Museum. She opened Anatasia’s Bridal five years ago and has never looked back. In her free time, she is attached to her family, especially her little girl. We are also excited to announce that we have added the Mikaella Bridal line and A.B. Ellie sashes to our store. We are anxious to show you these beautiful gowns. By: Luba Cawley Owner, Anastasia’s Bridal Salon


s the Spring air drifts in, there are a few things to think about when you go out on your all-important search. Always remember that your gown is an expression of who you are. You will be the one wearing it and ultimately the decision is yours to make. It is important to be yourself on your wedding day. You don’t want to look back and say, “Who was that girl?” Keep these tips in mind to make your experience pleasant and memorable in the best way possible!

As always, at Anastasia’s we want you to look and feel your best in every way. Bridal shopping can seem stressful at times and we are here to take the mystery out of it, tell you the truth and stand by what we say. Please call and schedule some time to come in and see us.

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

Always make an appointment

- Not all bridal salons require appointments, but call and make one anyway. You can get a real sense of the store based on your first conversation with them. Also, if you schedule an appointment you are guaranteed at least an hour of undivided attention.

Shop for the real you

- No matter what, knowing your body shape (Women’s Journal May/June) is the first step toward finding the perfect gown. You may want to lose some weight but your body frame won’t change all that much!! Love yourself!

Weekdays are better than weekends

- Plan in advance and take a day off to go bridal shopping. Then grab some lunch and make a memorable day for yourself. You will be happy that you did. Stores are not as crowded during the week.

Things add up

- Hidden costs add up and can change your bottom line. Your veil and/or headpiece and alterations are extra. Factor that in when thinking about how much you are comfortable spending.

Lose the crowd

Testimonial : “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

- Bringing a large entourage with you to your appointment is a big no-no. Bring one or two close friends or family members that can give you thoughtful advice during your search. A large group can take over the appointment and the bride gets lost in the shuffle. February/March 2013


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Sophisticated Ladies Will Make You Over

1810 Wilmington Pike (Rt. 202) Glen Mills, PA 19342 ¾ mile south of Route 1 Across from David Dodge

Come and Visit Us Sophisticated Ladies is more than a consignment shop. We care and work at having each and every one of you personally attended to without being intrusive. What does that mean? It means, we not only help you to pick out clothes that look good on you but also coordinate any clothes you may like. Some people feel uncomfortable and uncertain as to what to wear or how to best coordinate an entire outfit. Many people want to know what colors look better than others on them. Did you ever buy an outfit that you did not like when you went to wear it; well maybe it was the wrong color or needed to be better coordinated. One New Year’s Eve a lovely lady named Joy came into the store at 2PM and said she was going to a black tie affair that night and had nothing to wear. I said to her that I would do whatever possible to satisfy her. She told me she had a dress at home but at the last minute she decided she did not like the way she looked in it. Well wouldn’t you know we found her the perfect dress with shoes and a silk shawl. She was so grateful. Her husband loved her outfit and everyone complimented her at the party and how wonderful she looked. The best part of this true story is that the whole outfit cost her less than $75.00. The following week she came back and could not thank us enough. We have an image consultant who will assist you with coordinating complete outfits to include shoes and jewelry if appropriate. She is at the store from 2PM-6PM Tuesday and Wednesday, 2PM-7PM Thursday, and 2PM-6PM on Saturday. She will make suggestions and assist you in your purchases. Our consultant has also been doing makeup consulting for the past 15 years and will give you a free consultation with your purchases. Not only is the coordination of an outfit important but your makeup as well. For more information contact Judith Sapol, Owner/President. 15

Taking Consignments Tuesday to Thursday 10-6

Join us for our Wine and Cheese Parties Enjoy free prizes and many price reductions on all clothes and jewelry. Friday January 25th 4-8 PM Friday February 22nd 4-8 PM A fashion image consultant and make-up specialist will assist with your purchases and provide free consulting. Like us on facebook for new finds and bargains. We range in size from zero to three plus. Home of the $1 and $5 racks.

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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

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Vintage Engagement Rings With A Modern Twist usually “it is just too small” We love hearing this, as being a family business; we do business with family values in mind! After hearing this we sit them down and explain what we can do to make their treasure into the perfect Engagement Ring and to make it special for the couple!

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.


ne of the most overlooked choices for Engagement Rings are the Vintage or Antique pieces. Many times rings have the beauty and character not seen in some of today’s options. The one issue we encounter with antique and vintage rings is they contain center stones just too small for the current large stone phenomenon. Please let us explain that with a few simple changes we can turn any ring into the most prized engagement ring.

Family Heirloom, Estate , Vintage , and or Antique: Possibilities are Endless!

Over the years we have many couples come into the store wanting to trade in a ring that has gifted to them for the purpose of an engagement ring. Our first question to the couple: Why? What does this ring not have that you are looking for? The answer is

As a Jewelry store that specializes in Estate Jewelry we have those special pieces you cannot find anywhere else. Our ring selection ranges in age from 1-100 years old and all available to be redesigned into the perfect engagement ring. If you find a perfect ring that has a Ruby as a center stone or is set with the a different cut than you are looking for?.. We can easily switch it out for a Diamond of any cut and size you desire. Let us help you create your one of a kind, perfect, vintage engagement ring with just the right amount of a modern twist!


“Over the course of a few months Corey patiently contacted me as unique options came in until we found one that just stood out to me.. They then found me the perfect stone to complete the ring within my budget.. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!” -Brian K. Newark, De My Fiance and I spent months searching for the perfect engagement ring.. Our search for something unique with excellent quality came up empty handed until we visited the Jewelry Exchange of DE! Not only is your selection unparalleled, but your ability to identify and select the perfect ring within 30 Minutes blew us away! Your selection of engagement and wedding bands are amazing!.... Your entire Staff was extremely friendly throughout the entire process. I look forward to working with you on our wedding bands! Thank you again for all of your help -Cynthia M. Pike Creek, De 17

Jewelry Exchange of Delaware

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

4001 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 19807 302.397.8336

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Eyelash Extensions For The Wedding – And The Honeymoon! or call 302-635-7327

By Melisa A. Ferriola, CPCP, LE


he Wedding Day. Oh, the planning and preparation. So much to consider; so many choices to make. You look to the experts to make your day the best it can be. As you arrange appointments for your hair, nails and makeup, don’t leave your investment unprotected. Tears of joy lead to mascara smudge – even when professionally applied. Waterproof mascara isn’t a good solution when it leaves your lashes dry and brittle and doesn’t provide the best look possible. False eyelashes look fake, are hard to apply and may disastrously fall off at the most inopportune moment! The solution will not only last you through your special day, but will go with you on your entire honeymoon! Eyelash Extensions. Extensions are a fantastic alternative because of their natural (or dramatic) look, ease of application, and affordability. They will

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accentuate and enhance your look to give you photos of a lifetime, without worry. The extensions themselves are perfectly polished polyester points. They come in a variety of thicknesses, colors and degrees of curl. Extensions are applied one lash at a time with care and precision using special bonding agents

custom look. The Bride may seek a dramatic look, but the bridal Moms may want lashes that restore a youthful vibrancy without looking overdone. And shouldn’t the entire bridal party look their best - each deserves custom, waterproof lashes for the big day. Your natural lash turns over every 60



Full Set Save 20% thru 3/31 Profile: Lasting Looks is a unique day spa in the Hockessin Corners marketplace – next to the Back Burner Restaurant. Our mission starts with the desire to empower women to take charge of their appearance

and to put their best image forward. Our staff of estheticians can help meet all your skincare needs, as well as our unique services like Eyelash Extensions and Permanent Cosmetics by Melisa.



Who would benefit from eyelash extensions? The The The The The The

Blushing Bride and bridal party, for a joyful celebration; Business Professional, for a polished image; Mature Retiree, to bring back the lashes of her youth; 20-Something, for a glamorous night on the town; Fitness Enthusiast, for looking great while working hard; Natural Blond, for dark, dramatic lashes.

for a completely natural look. The result is thicker, longer eyelashes that are safe in the shower, while swimming, sleeping or exercising. Perfect for all your honeymoon plans! Your “lashscape” is designed specifically for you – suiting your facial features and lifestyle. Your technician should have an artistic flair when applying your lashes. The right combination of length, thickness and curl is needed to achieve your


to 90 days and a new extension is applied to keep your lavish look fresh. These one hour Refining Applications are recommended every 2 to 4 weeks. So when you return from the honeymoon, schedule your refining application to continue your fabulous look. Whether you want lashes for your wedding day and honeymoon, 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. 18


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Girls in white dresses with cream colored sashes Rice and confetti on your nose and eyelashes By Debbie Esslinger, Owner


nytime of the year can be wedding season, however, no matter when you tie the knot, it will be the most important day of your life. One of your favorite things, of course, will be the purchase of a bridal gown. Bare Essentials has some very helpful suggestions that may eliminate a lot of headaches. After 15 years of fitting brides for garments “underneath it all”, here are a few tips. Before you make the final selection of your gown, know what types of undergarments are needed to help you be the most beautiful bride you can be. *If you are a curvy gal, strapless and/or backless gowns can be problematic as these types of undergarments accommodate less of a size range. Choose a figure flattering style that accentuates your assets. We carry a vast selection of strapless options, however, bras or bustiers without straps create support challenges. Be realistic about the design and structure of your gown. You may love the dress, but it may not be the correct style for your body. *If you are a petite or missy size, additional push in the bra

or shaping of the bust may be needed. Bustiers with cups for added cleavage or a bra that lifts and separates will help fill in the bust line of the dress. If needed, Bare Essentials carries a variety of removable and reusable bust enhancing inserts. Also available are the new backless and strapless bras that can be worn up to 25 times. *Not sure what type of panty to wear under the dress? Here is a suggestion. If you are not accustomed to wearing a thong, boyshort or bikini style, don’t let your wedding day be the first time you try one out. Choose the style that you are comfortable wearing. There are many sexy and gorgeous panties in lace or satin to match our specialty undergarments. No matter your preference; our Hanky Panky bridal line will have a match for you. Many styles have the words BRIDE or JUST MARRIED embroidered in Swarovski crystals. *Should you need to wear a compression garment to smooth out the bumps and hide the

loose areas, there are shapers available that are both functional and pretty. Don’t worry that you will feel or look like a sausage. We provide many levels of compression from very light to extremely heavy. We will assist you deciding which level feels and looks the best. *If possible, bring your dress with you to choose the appropriate undergarment. Our bra consultants will fit you and assist in finding the right combination of bra and panty styles. The final touch will be your gown placed on top of your selections to make sure the look is both seamless and beautiful. Before you leave our store and head to your seamstress, you will know your undergarments are as close to perfect as possible.

Bare Essentials Bra Boutique

4009 Concord Pike

Wilmington, De 19803 302-477-4888

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Weddings at Winterthur For information call our catering office at 302.888.4910 or visit

Winterthur is nestled in Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley on Route 52, between I-95 and Route 1. Photos from left: Amy Deputy, Tom Feehly, Joel Plotkin, and Tom Feehly.

Matthew’s Formal Wear & Tailors Tuxedo & Suit Rentals & Sales Formal Wear For Every Occasion Matthew Smith, Jr. Barbara Smith

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Why Get A Facial??? It’s The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment!!! of fine lines and wrinkles, and a smoother, firmer texture and facial glow.

Combined with skincare product break throughs, and customized home care products designed for deeper penetration into the skin for more efficient results.

By Brigette King


taying young and “fresh faced” means taking care of yourself and your skin. What you do at home is only one part of this equation. Regular facials, including deep pore cleansing, exfoliation and hydration are beneficial to slowing down that time clock! The increased levels of pollutants we are exposed to every day leave dirt, grime (impurities) and even chemicals on our skin. Regular facials help clean out clogged pores so the skin can breathe-preventing blackheads and breakouts. In addition, facials can help address the free radical damage done from sun exposure.

Feeding the skin with high quality/improved state of the art, break through skin care technology is a must. The ingredients contained in today’s professional skin care products are designed for deeper penetration into the skin. In addition, when microcurrent technology (which is non-invasive) is used, it helps stimulate the energy centers of the cells to work more efficiently/effectively. This, in turn, helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, gives the skin a smoother and firmer texture, and improves facial contour.

Brigette King former owner of DK Day Spa has joined the staff of Hockessin Day Spa as a Licensed Skin Care Specialist.

While traditional facials have amazing results, facial peels and medical microdermabrasion take removing dead skin cells and aid in cellular renewal to a whole new level. They stimulate the “deeper” layers of the skin stimulating the collagen and elastin production. When the skin is well exfoliated, the layers of dead cells are removed allowing a diminished appearance


Meet Barbara Burcham Owner, Hockessin Day Spa

By getting regular facials at every phase of the process you are taking an important step to slow down the effects of aging considerably.

Brigette specializes in custom facials and peels along with other modalities of skin care. With 16 years experience and a leader in her Skin Care field, she is also a National Fitness Competitor. Brigette also has extensive knowledge in diet and nutrition and is very passionate about educating her clients with proper skin care & nutrition to help them naturally fight the process of aging.

arbara bought Hockessin Day Spa in May of last year. For the past 15 years Barbara has worked in the dental industry managing a very successful dental practice in Pike Creek. Even though much of her life experiences have been in the dental field she always had a love of the beauty profession even out of high school. When she graduated Cosmetology school though she realized her goals were more about staying home and raising her family than a career in beauty. Now that her girls are grown she has decided to take on a new adventure in her life in something she has always been passionate about---BEAUTY!! When the opportunity presented itself to purchase The Hockessin

Day Spa she decided no better time than the present and jumped in headfirst. “I look forward to working side by side with Jean Boland for the next couple of years to create the most upscale and sophisticated day spa in Hockessin. With my management experience and passion for the industry and Jean’s knowledge and talent in skin care we are an unstoppable team!”


Day Spa 302-234-7573 1304C Old Lancaster Pike Hockessin, DE 19707

If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it... But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. ~Frank Lloyd Wright


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Skin Care For Brides


he first step in realizing the best skin care regimen for your upcoming wedding is By: Erica Suppa, B.S., L.E. setting aside ample time to prepare! You cannot wait a week before the wedding and expect glowing, healthy skin. Are you five or six months away from your wedding?

While you’re addressing invitations and picking out bridesmaids dresses, take some time to work on your skin care regimen. Making an investment now will pay off big on your wedding day. A daily routine conditions your skin, maintains healthy hydration levels, and reduces excess oil production. All these factors can reduce the occurrence of spots and open pores as well as flaky, dry and dull skin. Moisturizing daily will also protect your skin from the environmental elements which cause premature ageing (pollution, smoke, UV rays, air conditioning and stress). Your skin care regimen should consist of a good cleansing program. Try using a multi-step system including: • A good cleanser appropriate for your skin type in the morning and evening. • Daily moisturizer with SPF. • An exfoliant once to three times a week.

in reality estheticians provide quality service at a very good price. The price may seem high, but the expense is well worth the savings you’ll receive in the long run. These trained professionals can lead you to what you need; saving you a fortune and keeping you from purchasing items that will not deliver results. Now is also a great time to consider having a professional facial treatment every month. Tell your skin care therapist your wedding date and your skin care goals. They may recommend treatments such as peels or regular facials that will help you achieve picture-perfect skin. As a bride-to-be, you already know the joy and stresses of planning a wedding. While everything else falls into place, it’s time for you to take care of yourself in preparation for the big day. You deserve to captivate guests as you walk down the aisle and be proud of your wedding photos for years to come. Fresh Faced Skin Care offers services tailored specifically to your unique skin care concerns. Our Blushing Bride package begins by assessing your specific needs. We encourage brides to bring their mothers and even their bridesmaids – let us throw you a private skin care party!

To schedule an appointment, please call 302-689-3223 or visit

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.

Already have a daily skin care regimen?

You may wish to have your skin care routine reviewed by a professional if you still have some problem areas. If you have been doing the same skin care regime for the last two years or more, it may need some tweaking because your skin adapts to the products and their benefits. Once your skin gets used to the products, they will not be able to do any more for the appearance of your skin than they are already doing.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the skin care choices out there?

A licensed esthetician will be more than happy to sit down with you for a consultation on what you need to do to improve the condition of your skin. Although the general view of spas and professionals brings up a visual of overpriced shops and botched skin, February/March 2013



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Using Massage Therapy to Manage Stress the reigns becomes more and more difficult. The best way to maintain your stress levels in your body is to have a healthy lifestyle. Massage can be an invaluable portion of a healthy lifestyle as it directly targets knots and is considered by many to be one of the best treatments for stress management. How can you best tell what your current stress levels are? Get a massage and notice how long it takes for your mind to quiet. Some of my clients are By: Pete Lerza LMT, NCTMB, clearly relaxed within the first fifteen minutes, while others CHP, Manager can take up to an hour or longer Kaya Wellness & Yoga to relax. Eventually, and with frequent treatment, most will After surviving the hectic begin to relax earlier and earlier giving season, it is definitely into the treatment session. time to slow down and take Taking some stress out of your care of you for a bit. Stress is a body will alleviate some of the silent killer. We rarely realize or acknowledge that we are stressed mental stress as well. until we’re sitting under a mountain of it and have nowhere Testimonials: to run. “I started coming to Pete a little over While experiencing stress, we a month ago. My neck, back, and have an innate habit of rolling legs were nothing but knots caused our shoulders forward and/or form hours at a computer, driving, lifting them towards our ears. and yes lots of stress. After just a For brief periods of time this month of coming to Pete my Pilates can cause discomfort in the instructor told me she could see a muscles, but isn’t an overall big difference in my range of motion. health concern. The issue arises Love my massages, but really love when we are exposed to stress the change I see from working with for a prolonged period of time. As a true professional that knows what we hold this abnormal posture, he is doing. Thanks P. S., Rehoboth the muscles involved- namely the trapezius and rhomboids- stay “I had a great experience. My continuously flexed, which limits massage was therapeutic and the circulation in the area. When relaxing. Pete is an experienced the muscle fibers have less blood therapist and very good at describing flowing through them, they begin the muscles affected and treatment. to stick together, eventually I appreciate his clinical and thorough clumping into a knot. While knowledge of anatomy and therapy most people know that knots are techniques. The spa itself is soothing very unpleasant, the majority and comforting. The room was do not know that if a knot goes peaceful and good music. Thank untreated it will eventually you.” ~Alan become scar tissue. With muscles being tight from knots “Pete proved to be a very sensitive and scar tissue, many people and proficient massage therapist. He eventually experience limited asked for feedback as to pressure range of motion with simple, and touch, but little verbal feedback daily activities such as lifting was actually needed because Pete one’s arms above their head. was so sensitive to the cues and Stress also pushes our bodies responses my body provided to the to release cortisol, which is a bodywork. Pete gave an excellent helpful hormone in the body that massage, working deeply into some regulates stress; but prolonged very blocked places without creating release of this hormone can pain or discomfort. I felt safely held cause muscle and protein in his skillful touch throughout the deterioration in the body. Most massage. In summary, I am very things are fine in moderation but pleased, satisfied, and grateful once we lose control, regaining 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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Cherished Memories -Capturing Special Moments in Time

Have you ever found yourself asking, “If this moment could only last forever?” It seems the bigger the occasion, the more months of preparation it By Ara Atkinson-Skinner takes. Then, ARA ILLUSTRATED STUDIO GROUP when the event arrives, it seems to go by in a flash!

At young age, I enjoyed taking photos as a solution to making moments last forever. I remember using the old Polaroid camera, I think it had eight shots on a roll, take a picture and wait 5 minutes shaking it back and forth before you could see if the photo was good. It didn’t matter if was not good, you wouldn’t dare throw it away, it was too expensive-allowance only goes so far! I kept every crazy photo collecting them in boxes, photo albums and scrapbooks. Soon, the boxes and albums didn’t fit on my shelves or under the bed and then up in the attic they would go. Then not to mention, the frames-- framed photos on the wall, down the hall, on the mantle. There simply was never enough room. The first time I bought a collage frame, I thought, “How cool is this?” I can pull together special moments into one place, especially family shots. I was delighted with the concept. Through the years I discovered my own creativity and found myself gravitating to photo collage. I created for myself and then for others.

The reaction was always same; the recipients/viewers would be transported right back to that particular time and place. “Oh, I remembered that day, “look at my crazy hair” or “what was I wearing?” or “... how young we were”. The memories flood back; sometimes there are tears, but always joy!

So you can’t stop time rolling by like a freight train, but you can enjoy the moments as they come. Collage can be one way to capture snapshots of time that can never be lived again in the physical, but what fun to recall! Especially since our time is limited, being able to create beautiful memories that can be cherished then handed down to the next generation is a wonderful gift. I still love looking back at my great-great grandparent’s photos and memorabilia. My great-great grandmother was a milliner and my great grandfather a ship builder. My mother has old black and whites that will need to be restored before they fade away. The photos were taken from as early as 1917 depicting images of folks in the fashion of the day and historic architecture. They’re bygone years, however an important part of my history.



Today there are so many ways you can do collage keepsakes. If you are not too crafty, just start easy with a collage frame. Decide on your special moment and then pull out the old photo albums where your subject might be and begin the selection process. When you see all the photos together you will be amazed and now have a wonderful story to share with family and friends.


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Your Second Most Important Wedding Decision! Let’s get our priorities in order:

Ron Sayers – Graduate Gemologist (GIA)

Your first decision should be very obvious. Your selection of the proper mate is all important. True love will last a lifetime whereas true lust is very temporary at best, and also not very cost effective.

The second most important decision:

After the mate is selected it is time to tell the world you have made an excellent choice. This is most often accomplished by placing a beautiful ring on the third finger of the left hand to announce to all that this person is spoken for. Why is this so important? The bride will look at, admire and cherish her wedding band and engagement ring every day for the rest of her life. If she only glances at it three times a day, that works out to 54,750 times in a 50 year marriage, providing of course, she made a good first decision. Your results may vary. OK enough humor, the point is long after the wedding is over, the flowers have wilted, the cake is eaten, the limo ride has ended and the dancing is done, the wedding jewelry is still doing it’s job telling the world about the new family it represents. This is in no way meant to diminish the vows, beauty, pageantry, and party of a great wedding, along with its lifetime of fond memories. I am simply pointing out the fact that the wedding jewelry represents a significant investment and should be chosen with the utmost care and consideration.

guide you in your selection of the right diamond to suit your needs. They can explain how the color, clarity, carat weight, and cut interact to give you the best balance of beauty, value, size, and stability in the diamond. They can also explain the different cuts and how they vary in price per carat. Professionals will always offer to show you the diamond in a gem microscope and explain the cut and clarity details, which vary the beauty and price. Now, the right ring mounting for her! After choosing the diamond of her dreams you should consider how she will wear and enjoy it. Will she prefer white or yellow gold, perhaps platinum. How active is she, or what type of work will she do. The hot style today is the halo setting with micro pave diamonds around the center diamond. You should be aware that they must be constructed very well due to the very tiny prongs and diamonds. A good jeweler can explain which setting styles will be at risk of lost stones in the near future and which will hold up to more rigorous use. Just because a ring looks beautiful in the showcase will not guarantee it will hold up to every day use. How about a custom one of a kind ring made especially for you.

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We do custom jewelry right in our store. We are the areas most experienced custom jewelers with state of the art equipment and talented diamond setters to make your dream ring just for you.

Testimonials: • 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

Which comes first, the mounting (ring) or the diamond? We have a lot of brides to be, coming in with a picture of a ring they like, and the photos are often very pretty. This is often helpful in determining a style they lean toward but to be totally sure the style works, a ring needs to be seen from all angles, touched and tried on for comfort and appearance. We find a better way to start is with the diamond or other gem that will be used as the focal point. The diamond is the major part of the investment, and the part that will most likely not be replaced. The mountings will wear out over many years and styles change. Although the center diamond can be upgraded to a larger or different shape diamond at any time, we find that most brides are very sentimental about their original engagement diamond. There are many factors involved in selecting the proper diamond to fit your particular needs. A qualified GIA Graduate Gemologist has the advanced training to February/March 2013

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• 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 my ring! Enjoy the brownies!



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Delaware Hair Solutions . . . Has two locations to serve you. Understanding Hair Loss

Millions of men and women suffer frustration and embarrassment Dee Anderson over the traumatic problems of – Owner excessive hair loss. It’s estimated that over 50% of men, by the age of 35, and 40% of women by the age of 40 will have a degree of baldness. Studies have proven that individuals with hair loss look older than they are. Hair loss is a normal part of the aging process. But with the technology and science available today we all have several options available to us to fight hair loss. Women can do very little to hide their problem. They are presumed to have health issues or, even worse, labeled as not caring about her appearance. She is embarrassed when she tries to go to the salon to get help. Too often, the stylist will tell her that there is nothing that he or she can do to help her. For the men who can’t shave their head or wear a hat to work, they too face the same dilemma as the women. They are often overlooked for promotions for a younger looking counterpart. They’re reluctant to even try hair replacement because of all the bad results they’ve seen in the media and even on their friends or family members. They don’t explore other resources to see if they really is something revolutionary that can give them back the look they lost, from no fault of their own.

Major causes of Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia - medical term for male/female pattern hair loss Alopecia Areata - spots of hair loss ranging from a pea to an entire area on the head Alopecia Totalis - total hair loss of the scalp Alopecia Universalis - hair loss of the entire body Traction Alopecia - excessive stress or tension on the hair causing hair loss in the areas Tricitillamania - sensation by pulling the hair out at the follicle

Medical Conditions - high fever, extended use of antibiotics, surgery, pregnancy, thyroid, and of course, anti-cancer drugs

Laser Hair Therapy is a non surgical therapeutic laser. It is the most powerful laser that is safe for cosmetic purposes and fully complies with FDA standards for safety. LLLTHT is ‘Coldbeam’ laser technology. The power level is so low that is virtually a mere vibration, harmless, but effective.

Delaware Hair Solutions provides the Following Options: Low Level Laser Hair Therapy ( LLLHT) Low Level Light Hair Therapy could be in a class by itself. Recently approved by the FDA to re-grow hair, LLLHT has taken hold in the market. In studies, 57% of individuals will re-grow hair, 85% will experience a halt in hair loss while 100% of users see a thickening of the hair shaft. Success is seen in those individuals who are in their first five years of hair loss. Not surprisingly, many scientists and physicians have been using low level laser over the years to speed up wound healing and produce new tissue. Studies have shown laser increases circulation and oxygenation of the blood to the scalp and the hair bulb. Laser also removes calcification and other blockages around the hair bulb; as well as increases cell replacement. Laser helps hair to improve in fullness, shine, body and elasticity; therefore problems such as over oily or dry scalp, as well as dandruff and itchiness can be reduced. To appreciate how it works, you need to understand the basics of how hair grows and replaces itself in the natural cycle of growth and regrowth. Every hair on one’s head usually grown for several years and then falls out. The root then rests for a few weeks before starting to re-grow a new hair. This cycle continues throughout our lives. Unfortunately, as we age, some people replace fewer hairs that are shed resulting in thinner hair and gradually baldness occurs. You don’t go bald or thin out because your hair falls out– it’s meant to do so. You go bald or thin out because it doesn’t grow back! Laser used on a regular basis strengthens and regenerates the hair roots. This slows or arrests, and in some cases, reverses the degenerative cycle as previously described. Once the hair root is dead, nothing can be done to restore them, so the sooner treatment is started, the better the results are. Noticeable improvement is achieved in 4- 6 months. However, if you have heavy hair fall-out, you may notice a reduced rate of heavy hair fall-out after a few treatments. Laser treatments are usually used in conjunction with topical treatments to further augment the effectiveness of both the laser and the products. Results vary from individual to individual.

Non Surgical hair replacement

Non-surgical hair replacement is the choice for more and more individuals because of the advances in technology and the natural look that’s now attainable. The options available with Virtual Reality have made the choice easier for many. The definition of hair replacement is any additional hair added to one ones existing hair or scalp to give the appearance of fuller , thicker hair. Compared to all other options, hair replacement and hair systems represent and affordable method with immediate results for solving hair loss. If a person is not happy with the


results, it can be reversed completely without any risk or scars. Today’s hair replacement has improved over the years. They no longer look like toupee or common wigs. The results are truly amazing in regards to creating a natural front hairline and a totally natural appearance. With today’s advanced technology, the systems are very light density and the base product is much thinner, like another layer of skin. Attachment methods allow the wearer total freedom. They can participate in normal activities, such as working out and swimming with no detection. There is also no need to remove anything before going to bed. Coverage can be just where the client needs the hair. Whether it’s just on the crown of the head or full head, the same natural look can be achieved. I’ve studied all the options, attend continuing education, and visited numerous studios to give you honest answers to your hair loss issues no matter what the situation may be.

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. The laser hair treatments, are 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. 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.

Delaware Hair Solutions 1082 Old Churchman’s Rd. Suite 200 Newark, DE 19713

Phone: (302) 525-6241 26145 John J. Williams Hwy. Millsboro, DE 19966

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Huh? Can You Say That Again.... Helping Delaware Hear Well Again

• Kiijuana Cann, Au.D. • Rebecca Holowka, MS, CCC-A • Lisa Marencin, MS, CCC-A, FAAA • Stacy Sanders, Au.D.


uh? Are you aware that you are asking for repetition by saying “huh?” or “pardon me?”

Is someone in your family asking, “Can you hear me?” This question is not just the cell phone commercial joke; it is asked by husbands to their wives, by wives to their husbands, by adult children to their parents … it is asked when members of a family become frustrated with or even joke about a loved one’s untreated hearing problem. Interestingly, people do not joke about visual impairments yet hearing loss seems to be the brunt of many jokes. Unfortunately, we believe this social attitude is a real barrier to acceptance of communication problems. Hearing loss affects all age groups and is more prevalent than you think. • 1 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss; • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem; • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss; • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems; • It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss. Many individuals are unsure of how much hearing loss they have and if their hearing loss really warrants hearing aids. The only way to know this answer is to be tested by a qualified audiologist.

A primary concern of most individuals with hearing difficulties is knowing where to go for help. An audiologist is a professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment, and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification, licensure, and training; audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, dispense and fit hearing devices, and refer patients for medical treatment or evaluation.

The second concern individuals express is uncertainty of what to expect from their audiologists.

The process of optimizing your communication abilities takes teamwork. You are a partner in your hearing care, never just a patient with problems to be treated. Your concerns and desires play an important role in determining your communication options. The benefits of different technology will be explained and the audiologists will make a recommendation based on realistic communication goals. As audiologists, our responsibilities to you are to thoroughly and accurately diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment, to counsel you on expectations and adjustments to a new world of sound, and to teach you and your significant other communication strategies. You should expect follow-up visits within two to three weeks of your initial fitting of hearing aids. You, too, have responsibilities. As a new or previous hearing aid user, you will be asked to wear your hearing aids on a regular schedule so that your brain can acclimate to these new sounds. You and a family member or a friend can practice implementing new communication strategies into your daily living. Most importantly, in order for us to help you, you must be willing to follow the protocol set by your audiologists so that adjustments can be made in accordance to your acclimation and progress. Some individuals may visit their audiologists for a couple of visits and reach optimum benefits, while others may require more help depending on the degree of hearing loss and duration of time prior to getting help. Together, you and your audiologists can maximize your communication abilities. If you are saying “Huh?” or a family member has commented that you don’t seem to hear as well, it is time to find out why.

ensure proper fitting and adjustments. After working with you to determine realistic goals for improving your condition, we will recommend only the services or products we believe are best suited to help you meet those goals. At Hearing Services of Delaware, you are a partner in your own hearing care. Hearing devices can have a dramatic positive impact when a patient along with their partner or family members are properly counseled and supported through the process. We are honored to be a part of such dramatic improvements in the lives of our patients. Let’s work together to make a positive change in your life and those around you. You are worth it!

Does this seem familiar? • I don’t hear well because other people mumble. • I just can’t be seen wearing a hearing aid. • I know people think I’m not as sharp as I used to be because I don’t hear as well as I once did. • Hearing aids are a waste of money. My friend’s are in his dresser drawer. • I don’t trust anyone who wants to sell me a hearing aid. • My hearing is not bad enough to need hearing aids.

It’s time. At Hearing Services of Delaware, we are dedicated to helping you optimize your hearing. We promise to provide an accurate and thorough diagnosis, set realistic expectations, schedule follow-up visits to

Call (302) 376-3500 for Your Free In-Office Hearing Aid Trial & Demonstration!

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What’s New In Brain MRIs? EVERYTHING. We offer a super high quality abdomen study for $500 that is able to pick up smaller pancreatic cancers, smaller liver cancers and includes diffusion weighted imaging for free. This new technique is up to 96% sensitive for cancer. Ask us about our Out-of-Pocket discount for other tests as well.

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ven now, many health care providers do not fully appreciate the benefits of higher tech MRI studies. We have been committed to providing the highest quality MRI technology since 2007 when MRI Consultants opened its doors with the First 3T MRI in the First State. A recent review article in Medscape, (http://www., completely turns around everything we know about MR imaging. There are new techniques in imaging— 3T MRI, MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, DWI and perfusion imaging—all of which are better than the routine post-contrast MRI study for lesion margin evaluation. Our new office in Lewes has offered these techniques since 2011. We have the technology and the experience and this was recognized by Dr. Chao’s peers in Delaware Today magazine 2012, which listed him as a Top Doc in Radiology. Dr. Chao’s desire to provide the most advanced MRI imaging possible had led us to offer services other facilities do not. Things like Metal Subtraction Imaging. Indirect Arthrography. Super high resolution studies—which can only be done at 3T. Quantitative MRI which can measure white and grey matter and CSF. Diffusion Tensor Imaging which picks up subtle brain trauma, alzheimers and even autism. Proton spectroscopy. Prostate MRI (which, at 3T does not require an invasive probe/ coil). 3T Breast MRI which is 100% sensitive for breast cancer. We understand that in these troubled “fiscal times,” even the very highest quality studies must be affordable.

We understand that some patients suffer from claustrophobia. Our Newark facility has both a 3T MRI and an 18-channel, 1.5T wide OPEN BORE MRI scanner that produces pictures guaranteed to be as good as other CLOSED MRI pictures! The American College of Radiology (“ACR”) said so! When deciding where to go for an MRI, make sure the scanner that will be used for your test has been approved by the ACR. It is your only way to be sure scanner is not too weak or too old to produce images that will help your doctor with a diagnosis. If you schedule a 3T MRI at our Newark facility and find you simply can’t go through with it, we can just move you over to our Open Bore scanner— said to be the most spacious and least claustrophobic scanner available. For those patients who know themselves to be extremely claustrophobic, we offer IV sedation at no additional charge—provided they have someone to drive them home afterwards! Another question you should ask when considering where to go for an MRI is what CONTRAST is used. While the contrasts used for MRI are very different from those used for CT scans, there are differences even amongst those used for MRI. Some have been linked to a very rare, but very serious, dibilitating and incurable illness called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (“NSF”). We have always been very careful to select contrasts that have NEVER been connected to NSF. They cost a little more, but we think you’re worth it! ( We use Multihance (at 1.5T), Prohance (at 3T) and Eovist (for patients with kidney problems). REVEAL is new software that shows cancers as “light bulb” lesions. Tumors actually light up on the screen like light bulbs! We recently found a large cancer that turned out to be malignant with

this technique— and we did it without any injections. To learn more, do a web search for “diffusion weighted imaging of cancer.” More information can be found at www. mriconsultants. net and www. bestopenmri. net, or www. safecontrast. com. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Chao at 302 295-3367 (33MR). We are here to help. 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. 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 (1988-1990) 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


Brain MRA at 3T 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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y name is Dr. Jeffrey Harris, and I am the Director of The Migraine Headache Relief Center of PA. Right now in the U.S. there are millions of people who suffer from chronic headaches or mild to severe migraines. Many struggle for years to find lasting pain relief. While headache and migraine pain is commonly experienced by men and women alike, research has shown that as many as two to three times more women experience debilitating headache and migraine conditions than do men. Some estimates even suggest that the percentage of women suffering globally may be as high as 18 to 25%. If you are one of the unfortunate many who suffer with headaches or migraines, you need to know that recent advancements in medical dentistry could help eliminate your headache or migraine pain for the long-term. But first, let’s put contemporary headache and migraine treatment into perspective. Where do most women - indeed, most people - first look to solve headache and migraine pain? The bottom line is that most individuals start by self-medicating. They take over-thecounter pain medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or codeine to control pain symptoms. As a confusing factor, there is an almost endless number of pain relief options to choose from, ranging from various pills to natural remedies. Wherever they may start, those who suffer feel as if they MUST begin somewhere and therefore explore the most readily available solutions. Unfortunately, most headache and migraine sufferers quickly find out that over-the-counter painkillers and solutions marketed as “natural remedies” only provide temporary pain relief, if any. Additionally, painkillers can take something away from you - usually clarity and focus, and a sense of independence. Drug dependency is always a risk. Tragic is the fact that the medical industry has done shockingly little to change this paradigm. When standard pain medications do not work

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people often turn to their general physician or a specialist for help. Contemporary treatments for headaches and migraines usually involve prescription painkillers or injections (great... more drugs), trigger point management or even surgery. These are daunting truths to face, and even more frightening is that those options often fail to deliver on the promise for lasting pain relief. So why do these options frequently fail?

the cutting-edge of medical dentistry, technologies, and patient care. Professional organizations include the American Dental Association, Dental Society of Chester and Delaware Counties, and Main Line DKU (Dentists Keeping Up.) Dr. Harris regularly donates time to teaching dental students at The Temple University - Kornberg School of Dentistry.

They’re failing because they were designed to “treat” headache and migraine symptoms, and NOT the root cause of the pain. You cannot treat the symptoms - you can only mask them.

In 2012, Dr. Harris founded the Migraine Headache Relief Center of PA (MHRPA) to bring the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols available in the world for resolving headaches, migraines, and TMJ to the people of the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Region. Dr. Harris now serves a diverse group of male and female patients throughout the tri-state area (DE, PA, NJ) who could find help nowhere else for their unique and complex pain conditions. MHRPA is currently accepting new patients.

Furthermore, in the case of trigger point management, this is mostly guesswork with inconsistent results. In the case of surgery, the solution is radical, usually unnecessary, and always dangerous. In the case of injections and prescription drugs, temporary pain relief can be achieved but it never lasts. Worse yet, many powerful pain medications are addictive and put your health and well-being at serious risk. Still, doctors are frequently prescribing them because they really DON’T KNOW HOW to diagnose and treat complex headaches and migraines any other way. The medical community has only recently discovered that there is a frequent and direct connection between headaches and migraines and dental-related force imbalances. Through no fault of their own, the vast majority of physicians are not trained to properly diagnose and correct dental-related force imbalances. This is why pioneering medical dentistry is getting far better results relative to traditional techniques. The Migraine Headache Relief Center of PA treats a wide array of root causes for headache and migraine pain. We use cuttingedge, non-invasive therapies to get your teeth, muscles, nerves and joints working together in perfect harmony to free you from pain. Treatments are drug-free, injection-free, and our success rate is absolutely phenomenal. Whether you have bite force imbalances causing intermittent pain or you’ve had chronic headache or migraine pain for years, we can probably help you RIGHT NOW. Dr. Harris attended Temple University School of Dentistry and joined the Academy of General Dentistry soon after graduation in 1985. He is highly committed to providing the most advanced treatments available today for general dentistry, chronic headaches and migraines, Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and common jaw discomforts, neuromuscular imbalance and chronic tension, Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Sleep Apnea. Dr. Harris devotes significant time to his professional development to stay at 30

Testimonial “I suffered with headaches for 2 years. I was treated for sinus infections... I had been to the hospital three times, Neurologists, a Chiropractor... they put me on about six or seven prescription medications that actually gave me worse side effects. After two years [of that] my grandmother saw an article in the paper about Dr. Harris. I was skeptical after going through so many different things and nothing was helping... but I gave it a go. After 12 weeks of therapy I was headache-free.” - Chelsea C.

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Keeping Bones Healthy For A Lifetime

By William Hohman, M.D.


steoporosis is a serious disorder that can keep a woman from enjoying an active lifestyle, especially as she grows older. It is a disease in which the bones lose their normal architecture, become extremely soft and are subject to fracture and slow healing. This can occur especially in women following menopause. Certain medical conditions, such as an overactive thyroid gland, can further contribute to decreased bone strength. Unlike some other disorders, osteoporosis doesn’t begin with obvious symptoms. That’s why it’s especially important for women to develop good habits when they are young to help keep their bones healthy so they can remain vibrant and fit well into their golden years. Bone density is a medical term referring to the amount of calcium and other mineral matter per square centimeter of bone. Bones should be dense, so they don’t easily break. One common way to measure bone density is with a simple imaging test known as dual photon densitometry or DEXA. If a woman isn’t getting enough calcium, her bones can be weakened. The impact can be devastating, resulting in fractures that can rob a woman of her mobility and even shorten her life expectancy. But let’s look on the bright side. There are many things women can do to prevent or improve bone loss. In some cases, usually after menopause, your doctor may suggest one of a variety of medications to prevent fractures that are available while helping weigh the benefits and risks. Good habits make a tremendous difference in bone health. Daily diet plays an important role. Every woman should know her daily calcium intake and make adjustments to ensure she is getting enough to at least replace her daily loss.

The minimum daily requirement for calcium intake varies according to a woman’s age and various specific co-existing medical conditions. In general, women who are pregnant or breast feeding require 1000-1200 milligrams of calcium per day. Premenopausal women who are 20-50 years old, and post menopausal women on estrogen therapy, need 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. Post menopausal women who are not on estrogen therapy should strive for 1200 milligrams per day. (Even men need calcium in the 1000-1200 milligrams range, with the actual amount depending on age, so give your spouse, brothers and dad a friendly nudge, especially if they are seniors.) On the flip side, one should also remember that too much calcium can contribute to other problems. For many of us, as we get older, it can be more difficult to get enough calcium from food. For example, many people consume less milk and other dairy products as they grow older. But you can get calcium from other sources including fish, other seafood and green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and kale.

many dietary sources but is present in certain fish like wild salmon and is sometimes added to milk, juice, or cereal whenever you see labeling like “fortified with Vitamin D.” In winter, when it gets dark early and we don’t spend as much time outdoors, Vitamin D supplementation is especially helpful. General guidelines are for 600 International units daily below the age of 70, and increasing to 800 International units over age 70. Smoking and more than moderate alcohol consumption are associated with lower calcium absorption and potentially lower bone mass or density. Too much caffeine can be associated with increased body excretion of calcium. We often hear about elderly women falling and breaking their hips. What often occurs, however, is the hip bone has become so fragile that it fractures on its own and the woman then actually falls because of the spontaneous fracture. Other vulnerable bones include the vertebrae in the spinal column, the wrist and the upper arm. Regular exercise can help prevent these types of injuries. Inactivity can cause you to lose as much as 10 percent of your body’s muscle mass with each decade of life after age 40. Even if you don’t think of yourself as athletic, you can get on the right track with a simple exercise program. It’s never too late to start! Always remember, whenever other medical conditions are also present, always first seek the advice of your primary care physician.

Be adventurous and experiment with foods. You might not love dairy products but you might enjoy yogurt. Choose orange juice fortified with calcium. Always remember, however, that your most ideal source of calcium is from natural dietary intake, not supplements or fortified liquids. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is naturally produced in the skin with exposure to sunlight. As we age, our skin tends to produce less vitamin D. Vitamin D is not found in

You might begin by taking a brisk 30-minute walk each day. As you grow stronger and more confident, you can ramp up your exercise routine. Start wearing 3-pound wrist weights when you take your walk. Then work up to 5-pound weights. Make multiple forms of fitness training part of your routine. Ride your stationary bike while you watch the news. You will build strength and endurance -- and the muscles you are toning will support and stimulate your bones. You might find that you enjoy exercise so much that you add weight training to your regimen. Women who maintain a consistent exercise program will find over time that they can even regain some of the bone mass they have lost. Take good care of your bones and they will carry you through for a lifetime. To schedule an appointment with William Hohman, M.D., contact: Christiana Care Center for Women’s Health 3706 Kennett Pike, Greenville 19807 302-623-6320 Christiana Care 4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road Newark, DE 19713 302-623-4175 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.

That pain that just won’t go away, somewhere below your belly button? 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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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. 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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Recovery From An Eating Disorder Is


n AmerIcA todAy, As mAny As 10 million women and 1 million men are battling eating disorders. Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, involve extreme disturbances in eating behaviors— following rigid diets, bingeing on food, throwing up after meals, or obsessively counting calories or exercising. But eating disorders are more complicated than just unhealthy dietary habits and, over time for those suffering, obsessions about food and weight come to dominate everything else in life.

“Most of all, maintain hope,” added Dr. Frankel. “The process of recovery can be both inspiring and discouraging, with alternating successes and setbacks. Offering unconditional support for a family member may be a challenge, but the reward can be a full recovery from a life-threatening eating disorder.”

The good news is eating disorders can be treated successfully, especially when the family is willing to do their part. In fact, in the past decade alone, the evidence supporting the role of family, particularly parents of adolescents, in eating disorders has become clear.

The Eating Disorder Program at Brandywine Hospital offers one of the most experienced eating disorder treatment teams in the country led by Medical Director Michael Pertschuk, MD, who was named Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doc for Eating Disorders” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.” For more information, call 877-406-0431.

“In the Eating Disorder Program at Brandywine, we value the important role family has in the treatment process and encourage the family to partner with our clinical team in becoming part of the solution,” said licensed clinical psychologist Judith Frankel, PsyD. As part of Brandywine’s program, families participate twice weekly in family therapy sessions, which can help the family take care of themselves while offering support and consistency for their loved one, and multi-family group counseling that are attended by a number of families, providing another layer of support and understanding. There is also a free, bi-weekly community support group led by Dr. Frankel and her colleague and clinical psychologist, Rita Woidislawsky, PhD, open to any individual over the age 13 struggling with an eating disorder and their family members who are looking for a confidential and supportive environment to help them focus on recovery once discharged from the inpatient hospital program.

The Eating Disorders Support Group (EDSG), which began on September 6, meets every other Thursday of the month, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, in Brandywine Hospital’s 2 North Conference Room except for first Thursday of the month when the group meets in the 1 West Conference Room. The meetings are open to all individuals over the age 13 who are presently in recovery, currently suffering from an eating disorder, family members and friends of those with an eating disorder, anyone needing more information about eating disorders, and those interested in the care and treatment of the eating disordered, such as teachers, nurses, physicians, counselors, and mental health workers. No registration is required. For more information about the EDSG, where and when it meets, call 610-383-4950.

“It is often hard to know what to do if your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder,” said Dr. Woidislawsky. “Some people feel guilty, some feel overwhelmed and others overreact. Whatever the feelings may be, perhaps the most important thing to do is provide the right support, and that is where our family programs and support groups can help.” According to Drs. Frankel and Woidislawsky, essential strategies that are often the focus of family therapy programs and help to support their loved ones moving forward, include: • • • • • • • •

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Avoid placing blame. Family members do not cause eating disorders. Instead, there are multiple and complex causes. Set realistic expectations and goals of themselves and others. Be a good role model. Evaluate your own eating habits and attitude towards weight loss. Stick with treatment. It can take a while, even after the eating disorder behaviors have subsided. Implement family meals and eliminate isolated eating. Sitting down together promotes healthy eating habits and a connection among family and friends. Keep the attention off of food. Talk about the day’s events, go for a walk, or play a game. Learn to combat media messages that promote size and shape prejudice. Communicate effectively and non-judgmentally. Talk about eating and exercising for health and optimal physical and mental functioning rather than for weight change. Have a strategy for responding to comments such as “I feel fat.” Find healthy ways to manage unpleasant feelings such as stress, anxiety, depression. Approach your loved one’s therapist with any concerns or questions.


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Looking Your Best On A Wedding Day …Or Anyday By Brenda Pavlic, CPhT


hether you are the Bride, the Mother of the Bride, the Mother of the Groom or the Grandmother of either of the newlyweds, you want to look your absolute best on the wedding day. With all you have to do to get ready for this important day, don’t wait until the last minute to take care of you! Starting 6 months prior, eliminate junk food from your diet and replace it with healthy fruits and vegetables. This will not only

provide you with a healthy glow, it will also support your immune system that will inevitably get taxed due to the stress associated with planning a wedding. Drink plenty of water, not only to hydrate your skin but also to flush out toxins from your body. You may not have time to incorporate a full training schedule but you can start doing some exercises to relieve tension and to make you look and feel great on the wedding day. Gentle stretching along with deep breathing can help relieve tension and tone up your physique. Walking is a great way to clear your head, develop your leg muscles, and improve stamina. In as little as fifteen minutes a day or thirty minutes three times a week you can make some significant

changes in the way you look and feel. It is extremely important to get plenty of sleep so you do not look tired in your pictures. No matter how excited or stressed you may be, lack of sleep will show on your face especially around the eyes. And it is not enough for you to sleep eight hours the night before. Sleep deprivation over time takes its toll and it can take months to fully recover. Do your best to allow for six to eight hours of sleep a night. If you don’t do so already, start exfoliating your skin once or twice a week to develop smooth texture and a healthy glow. If your skin is sensitive there are plenty of exfoliating products designed to be gentle to your skin

or you can make your own from less abrasive substances such as sugar. Be sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize twice each day. Avoiding stress is unlikely during this time, so make sure you have a plan for de-stressing as you go along. Gentle massage is a great stress reliever. Schedule some quiet time just for you… bubble baths, meditation, reading for entertainment/enjoyment, playing word games, puzzles, or gardening. Any of these things will help you relax and temporarily take your mind off of all of the things demanding your attention as you plan. As you spend the next several months working out all the details of your dream day, don’t forget to invest a little thought and planning on yourself in order to be sure you look and feel your absolute best. Making some adjustments in your diet, exercise, and lifestyle can insure you will be picture-perfect on the big day. 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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Do You Know Your Numbers? D

o you know your periodontal pocket depth numbers? Do you need to care? You read the articles in the health section of the paper or By: Dr. Grace Liu and in the popular Dr. Lewis Yu women’s magazines, or maybe catch a clip on the “Health Watch” edition of the evening news on the effects of gum disease. Most people disregard the information, because they brush regularly, see their dentist, and may have nice looking teeth. But the fact is that 3 out of 4 people have some form of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. Gum disease is mostly painless, but can be dangerous at any stage. Its destructive power on the jaw bones and other related oral cavity structures has been well-documented. Over the last several years, studies looking at the effects of gum diseases on the vital organs of our body have begun to surface. The systemic implications are more dramatic than just the risk of losing your teeth.

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of your body. The same blood and bacteria that circulate through your mouth and gums also makes its way to your heart and all the other major organs. Research shows that there is an association between gum disease and many chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and pre-term, low-birth weight babies. Pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. This is due to a laborinducing chemical that is found in oral bacteria called prostaglandin. People with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease and/or exacerbate an existing condition. Diabetic patients are more likely to get gum disease due to their inability to fight infections. Furthermore, gum disease can actually increase blood sugar, increasing their risks for complications. As you can see, gum disease is not something one would want to wait and watch, because the repercussions could be severe.

• Have a condition that makes it harder for you to fight infections such as: * Uncontrolled diabetes, AIDS, or cancers * High levels of stress * Poor diet that is low in nutrients

The mouth is a playground for bacteria. Some good, but mostly bad. They hide under our gum line, between the teeth, and in the crevices of the tongue. The longer plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more harmful they become. Bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed, red, swollen and bleed easily. These symptoms describe a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the beginning stages of gum disease. It is very important to realize that it is also the reversible stage. Gingivitis can be easily “knocked out” with diligent home care that includes brushing, flossing and/or Water Pick® use and regular visits to your hygienist. Unfortunately most people think that bleeding gums are totally normal, and ignore this first warning sign of gum disease. As gum disease progresses the gums pull away from the tooth’s root, causing “pockets” that are in fact infected. Deep within these pockets, the bacterial toxins set up their home and literally destroy the supportive bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place. Over time, and without proper treatment, the teeth will eventually become loose and need to be removed. As a diagnostic tool, once a year your hygienist should be taking measurements (in millimeters) of the pockets around each tooth. This is a simple and usually painless screening for possible gum problems. The ideal numbers range between 1 and 3 mm. We use this as a guideline of health because each person is able to clean below their gum line up to 3 mm with the normal use of brushing and flossing.

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 postgraduate 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 Road, Wilmington, DE 19808; 302/239-1641. Visit the website at for directions, hours, and more services.

It is also important to understand the risk factors. You are more likely to get gum disease if you: • Do not clean your teeth well • Smoke or chew tobacco • Have a family history of gum disease • Are taking medications that affect your mouth by making it dry • Are experiencing hormonal changes for girls/women


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Retinal Vascular Disease – Retinal Vein Occlusion By: Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein


n ancient proverb states “the eyes are the windows of the soul.” As ophthalmologists, the eyes are our window to the body’s circulation system. We see changes in the blood vessels of the retina that reflect what is occurring throughout the body. The retina is a thin sheet of nerve tissue in the very back of the eye. It has its own distinct blood supply and is one of the most metabolically active tissues in the body. The retina is extremely sensitive to changes that occur in blood vessels. Patients with common medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes may develop loss of vision. This is related to the changes in blood flow through the retina that these diseases can cause. One of the most common retinal blood vessel diseases (or retinal vascular diseases) is a retinal vein occlusion. Retinal vein occlusion occurs because the veins in the retina become clogged or blood flow becomes interrupted. This blockage can result in permanent damage to the retinal veins. Most often a “thrombus” or blood clot causes the blood vessel occlusion. Patients experience painless vision loss from lack of blood flow to the retina, also known as “ischemia.” Another significant cause of vision loss is “macular edema” or swelling in the center of the retina. Risk factors for the retinal vein occlusions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, blood clotting disorders, and inflammatory diseases. People 50 to 60 years old are most commonly affected. Treatment of retinal vein occlusion begins by controlling any underlying medical problems. It is important for patients to maintain good blood pressure and cholesterol control. Patients with underlying clotting disorders may need to see a hematologist. While it is important for patients to optimally control their medical problems, there are several new treatments which can be targeted at the retina to help patients maintain their best possible vision. Treatments which specifically target the retina are important because no oral medications or eye drops help patients with retinal vein occlusions. Until recently, laser therapy was the only treatment for retinal vein occlusion. Laser therapy can decrease swelling within the retina which help to preserve vision and in some patients can result in visual improvement. Newer treatments include injections of medicine into the vitreous cavity (the gelatinous space in the eye). The most commonly used medications include steroids and vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (VEGF inhibitors). VEGF is a protein that is abnormally high in the eye of patients with retinal vein occlusions. It causes abnormal new blood vessel growth (neovascularization) and causes blood vessels to leak fluid into the retina resulting in blurry vision. Patients typically require a series of anti-VEGF injections every four to six weeks. Another injectable medicine is triamcinolonc, a steroid which is very effective in decreasing swelling and blood vessel leakage within the eye. Osurdex is a longer acting steroid implant which can also be used to treat retinal vein occlusions. The Osurdex implant is inserted into the eye in the

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office under local anesthetic and can be effective in the treatment of retinal vein occlusions. During the past few years many patients have benefited from these treatments for retinal vascular disease. With the new powerful arsenal of intravitreal medications, retinal specialists not only preserve vision but allow maximum visual outcomes. Treatment may require ongoing care but with these new therapies, we can help to prevent blindness.

Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein & Dr. Paula Ko

Dr. Glazer-Hockstein graduated Cum Laude Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein and Dr. Paula Ko from Jefferson Medical College. She was a member of the Hobart Armory Hare Honor Medical Society are retina specialists at Eye Physicians and and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Surgeons who are committed to helping patients Society. She also received the Carol R. Mullen prize with AMD and other retinal diseases. If you in ophthalmology. She completed her residency at would like to learn more about AMD or to the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. schedule an appointment call (302) 652-3353. During that time she was elected Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Glazer-Hockstein 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 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.


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The Journey To A Smile

By: Anna Marie Mazoch, D.D.S.


hat do you do when your dental condition seems hopeless?

the bite into place, so that normal chewing is difficult to accomplish and repositioning of the teeth is impossible without braces. To make matters worse, a previous dentist had placed a fixed, nonremovable, bridge along both the upper underbite teeth and the normal bite teeth. There was no way to save her bridge and move her teeth. To say that treatment was complex AND difficult to plan is a huge understatement. We needed the expertise of four different specialists: an orthodontist, periodontitis, endodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our first step was to get rid of any emergent problems and abscesses so several root canals were required. Next was periodontal therapy, including thorough scaling and root planning and some treatment by the periodontist. The next step was to properly position the lower to upper models of her teeth. This relationship is called Centric Relation and is accomplished using study models taken from molds of her teeth, devices to align the lower jaw to the upper jaw and a correct registration of upper to lower. Once we were

What if you are losing tooth after tooth but you want to try to save as many of your remaining teeth as you can? What if you don’t want to wear any removable partial dentures at all? What if you hate your smile so you just don’t smile, ever? What do you do to avoid surgery to correct your badly positioned jaw bones? Maria came to me nine years ago with just such problems. Her teeth were worn down, what we now call occlusal disease. She had several teeth which were endangered due to periodontal disease, which is loss of bone and gum support and the teeth were getting loose. Maria also had several abscesses as a result of trauma and decay, necessitating root canal treatment. Her biggest problem, however, was her bite or “occlusion”. Occlusion is the way the teeth come together and work to chew food. Her lower six teeth were forward of her upper six front teeth. This is often called Before ORTHO an underbite. It locks

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able to determine the Centric Relation, we could see that braces were possible, without surgery. Unfortunately, because she needed braces, we had no way to determine where her bite would end up and had to wait until the orthodontist did her best at alignment. Finally, it was my turn. My first step, as usual, was to plan, plan, and plan some more. We placed multiple crowns, bridges, implant crowns, and bridges, and veneers. The final step was to make a protective splint to prevent excessive wear and abrasion against her new teeth. Maria and I began to discuss possible treatment options back in 2003. She had braces placed in 2006. Maria’s treatment with me started in January, 2009 and was completed in January, 2010. Yes, it took a long time and was very difficult for all involved. But the result was worth it for all of us. To see a patient smile broadly, for the first time in many years, is a priceless gift to a dentist. After ORTHO

Dear Dr. Mazoch, I wish I had met you 20 years ago, and had done the major dental work long ago instead of just 3 years ago. However, as the saying goes “Better Late than Never”. My dental work involved extensive coordination between different dental disciplines (orthodontics, periodontitis, oral surgeons, etc.) and it needed someone like you to take responsibility in coordinating these disciplines for the prep work. The entire

work took a long time (about 3 years), but you were always there for me, always fitting me into your schedule when any emergency arrived. After I finished all the prep work, the hardest, but most rewarding part began: the process of finalizing my smile. You were a true perfectionist always looking for the best solution and never settling for good enough. I remember you going back to the dental technician, asking for work to be redone, until everything fit perfect. 37

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Phone: 302-998-9594 Fax: 302-998-8207 My dental team and I truly enjoy helping our patients overcome obstacles of fear and financial difficulties. My office manager, Dawn, has several payment options to offer and explains the ins and outs of treatment; my patient coordinator, Wanda, works to maximize insurance payments and get you scheduled in a timely fashion; my assistants, Shaima and Joanie, help to make your visits comfortable and stress free and will answer all clinical questions; and I offer the best care of which I am capable and give options for various treatments. We hope you will try us out during this new year of possibilities.

I could not have had a more caring and more dedicated professional to help me through this very long process, if it wasn’t for the discomfort of dental work (especially the # 2 stuff), I could almost say that I have fond memories of the time I spent in your chair. I wish you and your excellent team a wonderful 2013 and a long and successful professional career. I hope to have time to stop by next time I will be in Wilmington. ~ Sincerely, Maria February/March 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) February/March 2013

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.

If you think you may be a candidate for any of these procedures, or would like any information regarding other services available, they can be contacted at the 38

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Weight Loss For Your Health

here is no doubt that obesity is Tsociety a major health problem in our today. The biggest impact

many of us could have on improving our overall health and lowering our risk for medical complications would be weight loss. Yet, this problem is very difficult for many of us to solve. There are hundreds of fad diets, weight loss programs, and outright scams that promise quick and easy weight loss. The foundation of every successful weight loss program relies on healthy, calorie controlled diets in combination with some form of exercise. The simple fact remains that weight loss occurs when we burn more calories during the course of a day than we consume. I recently read an article provided by the Mayo Clinic that outlined six points that are essential for a strategy for successful weight loss.

are tempted to break away from our diet. It helps to take responsibility for our own behavior and realize that this is fundamental to helping us lose weight.


day. 3,500 calories equals about a pound of fat. You need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose one pound. You would lose about a pound a week if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you would lose about a pound a week. While you can lose weight without exercise, exercise plus calorie restriction can give you a weight loss edge. Exercise can burn off the excess calories that you cannot cut through diet alone. Exercise offers numerous health benefits. This includes improving your mood, strengthening your cardiovascular system and reducing your blood pressure. It can raise your good cholesterol and help maintain weight loss. Studies show that people who exercise regularly are more able to maintain weight loss better over the long term.

We need to set realistic goals when planning weight loss. Rome was not built in a day and 50 pounds will not disappear suddenly. A good long-term goal is to aim at losing 1 to 2 pounds a week. If you lose weight at a relatively slow and steady rate, it means that you have made fundamental changes in the way you live your life. To lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1000 calories more than you consume each day. This can be accomplished by lowering your dietary intake and increasing your physical activities. It helps to think about process and outcome when you are setting your goals. Making a commitment to It is very important to be exercise regularly is an example of Making a commitment to weight The final essential to weight loss a process goal. Hoping to lose 30 loss is the first essential. Permanent is trying to change your perspective. pounds over the course of a year is weight loss takes a great deal of time Eating healthy foods and exercising evaluated for vascular disease an example of an outcome goal. The and effort. It takes a lot of mental for only a few weeks or months is Mayo Clinical article suggests, that and physical energy to change our not going to be enough. Long-term we make our goals SMART: Specific, daily habits. Addressing underlying you haveand increased risk successful weight loss comes Measurable, Attainable, if Relevant, stresses in one’s own life maybe the from habits that become part of our and Time-limited. An example of first lead to success in maintaining way of life. Lifestyle changes start a SMART goal is aiming to walk 30 weight loss related lifestyle changes. by taking an honest look at our daily By addressing stressful weight-related minutes a day, five days a week for routine and eating patterns. It helps the next three months. triggers like financial problems or to plan a strategy to gradually change relationship conflicts maybe the first Changing what we eat is essential our habits and attitudes that have Diabetes step in lifestyle changes that may to lowering total calorie intake. A sabotaged our weight loss efforts in help us lose weight. The stresses in simple way to lower caloric intake is the past. We need to move beyond our lives may never completely go to eat more plant-based foods. This simply recognizing the challenge and Smoking away, but improving our ability to includes fruits, vegetables, and whole move towards learning how to deal manage them allows us to focus on a grains. Striving for variety helps you with it. There is no doubt that weight healthier lifestyle. achieve your goals without giving Family history of Vascular Disease loss is a major health issue facing up taste or nutrition. An important many of us in American society today. Motivation is essential to weight fundamental to weight loss is to It is essential that we try and reduce loss as well. And the best part is that Family History of Aortic Aneurysm eat a healthy breakfast each day. health care cost in our society. This “Motivation” can come from a variety Try to eat at least four servings of is what is driving health care reform. of places including most importantly vegetables and three servings of fruit from within ourselves. We are Artery Disease Taking personal responsibility for daily. Try to use healthy fats.Coronary This the ones who are going to have to weight loss will not only benefit us as includes olive oil, vegetable oils and undertake diet and exercise changes nut butters. We need to try and cut individuals by improving our lifestyle Uncontrollable hypertension to accomplish the goal that we are back on sugar and choose low fat and longevity, it will also benefit now committed to. What things are dairy products. Try to keep meat our society as a whole. This simple going to allow us to stick to our plan consumption to about a 3-ounce remains; burning more Elevatedprinciple cholesterol to lose weight? Sometimes making a portion a day. This means a serving calories than we consume during the list of what is important to us helps of meat that is about the size of a course of a day will lead to weight us stay motivated and focused. This deck of cards. loss. Those of us with weight issues could include simple things like need to look in the mirror and make Getting active and staying active wanting to look good on an upcoming a commitment to gradually changing is a key to weight loss. The simple vacation, desiring to dance at our and improving ourselves. This is principle is that weight loss will children’s wedding, or wanting to see the best way to begin tackling this occur if we burn more calories than our grandchildren grow. Identifying significant health issue. At Cardiology Physicians, P.A. Weduring Are the Performing Today’s Latest Testing we consume course of a motivational factors helps when we

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Meet the Physicians of Cardiology Physicians P.A. JOHN J. KELLY III, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Kelly has been a member of Cardiology Physicians since 1996. Dr. Kelly grew up nearby the Wilmington area in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He attended Garnet Valley High School. His family belonged to the Graylyn Crest Swim Club John J. Kelly III, M.D., in Northern F.A.C.C. Wilmington. Dr. Kelly obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and attended Jefferson Medical College. His post graduate training began with a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He served as Chief Medical Resident there. His Cardiology Fellowship was at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston Texas. Dr. Kelly’s recognitions include AOA membership, being named Intern of the Year at University of Illinois and being named Chief Cardiology Fellow at the Texas Heart Institute. He was an Attending Physician at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He received a Teaching Award from the residents at Christ Hospital. He was then an attending physician at Paoli Memorial Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania before joining Cardiology Physicians in 1996. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified both in Internal Medicine in the subspecialty of cardiovascular disease. He has additional board certification in interventional cardiology. Dr. Kelly has a strong commitment to consultative cardiology and has been in practice since 1991. Dr. Kelly has additional areas of interest including echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography, diagnostic catheterization and catheter based treatment of heart disease. He also has an interest in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Kelly is the Medical Director for Cardiology Education at Christiana Care Hospital. Dr. Kelly and his wife Janice were married in 1989. Dr. Kelly and Janice are the proud parents of Jay and Brooke. Dr. Kelly’s free time is spent enjoying family activities. He spends as much time as possible on the sidelines watching his children compete in various athletic contests. He enjoys chipping in with coaching when able. He tries, without much success, to play golf.

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Find Relief From A Dropped Uterus - And A Lift In Lifestyle especially if the baby was large and labor was long and difficult.

Because the muscles and ligaments that form the pelvic floor are stretched and weakened, it is difficult for them to hold the uterus in its proper place. In time, the uterus starts to sag into the vagina.

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.


omen can’t see inside their bodies but they can often feel when something isn’t quite right. If you feel like you are sitting on a small ball or experience a sensation of heaviness or pulling in your pelvis, you might be suffering from uterine or vaginal prolapse, a condition that occurs when the womb or other pelvic organs fall from their natural positions into the vaginal canal. Prolapse can make sex painful and may cause lower back aches. It can trigger a sudden urge to go to the bathroom and can spark repeated bladder infections. Uterine prolapse is typically, but not exclusively, the result of at least one vaginal delivery,

A lack of estrogen after menopause can contribute to uterine prolapse. So can obesity, chronic constipation and smoker’s cough. Uterine prolapse isn’t a life-threatening condition. But it certainly can be distressing. So don’t delay getting help. At the Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery, we often see patient of all ages who come seeking relief from a dropped uterus, although the condition also can impact younger women. The center provides state-of-the-art treatment options for pelvic problems. My colleagues, Emily Saks, M.D., and Howard Goldstein, D.O., and I are the only doctors in Delaware who have completed three-year fellowships in urogynecology, a subspecialty that focuses on the treatment of pelvic floor disorders including incontinence and prolapse of the womb, bladder or vagina. As your urogynecologist we will talk with you about the best way to remedy uterine prolapse, weighing the severity of the problem against your overall health and lifestyle. Our goal is

always to help our patients remain active at every stage in life, whether they are dashing off to the office or playing with their grandchildren.

There are many treatment options for prolapse. For example, a mild case might be treated with a regimen of weight loss and pelvic floor exercises. Another option is to use a pessary -- a donut-shape plastic or silicone brace that holds a prolapsed organ in place. It’s similar to a diaphragm and can be fitted in the office. Many women rely on a pessary for years; others use it only as needed – when they exercise, for example. Alternatively, surgery could be the best way to go. (Women who are planning to have more children may not be good candidates for surgery.) Complete uterine prolapse might require a hysterectomy, in which the womb is removed; however we offer many other options. Urogynecologists are trained in surgical procedures that move the uterus into its normal position by reattaching the pelvic ligaments that hold it in place. Recent advances also include highly successful minimally invasive techniques that allow surgeons to make repairs through laparoscopy, in which a slender tube is inserted through a tiny incision in the abdomen. As a result, women experience less pain and recover more quickly, moving on to a much improved quality of life.

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 Reconstructive 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 of Women’s Health, 3706 Kennett Pike, Greenville or Smyrna Health & Wellness Center 100 S. Main Street, Suite 215 in Smyrna. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 302-6234055 or visit

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How Healthy Is Your Heart?

How A Personal Care Home/Senior Living Community Can Help You Stay Healthy In Your Senior Years


ebruary is American Heart Month, and with all of the information on heart health in the news, it can be difficult to By Dianne Duffy know where to start. Community RelaAs you near retirement tions Director, Glen and beyond, it Mills Senior Living becomes even more important to take action to help keep your heart healthy and strong. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases are the nation’s number one killer, but there are simple steps you can take each day to reduce your risk. Below are some easy ways to add a little exercise to your daily routine. Remember, it’s very important to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program.

kGet walking

In warmer weather, partner up with a friend and walk outside. On rainy days, you can always walk laps around your local mall.

kEnjoy the outdoors

Routine activities like housework and gardening are great for getting your heart rate up.

kGo for a swim

Head to the beach or your local gym for a great exercise that’s fun, too. Get motivated. Working out with a friend is a great way to stay on track.

kJoin in

Exercise classes, like those available at many fitness centers and retirement communities, are perfect for getting heart-healthy while making new friends. Most Senior Living Communities offer regular wellness checks, and most have an on-site nurse or consulting physician. The staff can remind you of upcoming local health screenings, and many Communities offer educational programs where you can learn tips for healthy living. Need prescription refills or just a friendly reminder to take your medication? The staff of a Senior Living Community or Personal Care Home can help. Many communities also offer transportation to doctor’s appointments, so you never have to worry about missing a check-up. Retirement living is a great way to begin a healthier lifestyle. With all of the fitness programs, activities, and healthy eating options provided, you can feel great about the choices you make each day. At Glen Mills Senior Living, our knowledgeable, caring staff is always available to answer any questions and offer support along the way.

Fitness is an important part of staying healthy, and a Personal Care Home makes it easy, with daily fitness classes designed to meet the needs of each individual’s abilities. In addition, when you’re looking for a nutritious, well-balanced meal, the Community can help you make healthy choices. Glen Mills Senior Living, a premier Personal Care Community located on Baltimore Pike in Glen Mills, is always happy to accommodate special diets, and our popular fitness classes are a fun way to rejuvenate and stay healthy. With so much to enjoy at Glen Mills Senior Living, from a variety of recreational activities, to fitness programs and outings, we are proud to help you live a healthy lifestyle. A happy, healthy retirement—it’s as simple as listening to your heart. To learn more about Glen Mills Senior Living, call Dianne Duffy at 610-358-4900. If you like, schedule a lunch and tour.

Glen Mills Senior Living Provides:

Assistance with Activities of Daily Living Medication Management Special Dietary Menus Activity Program 24 Hour Staffing – Nursing 24 Hours/Day Emergency Call System Housekeeping and Laundry Services Nutritious Gourmet Restaurant-Style Dining Scheduled Local Transportation Respite or Short Term Stays are Also Offered




“It has been a learning experience for me since I lived alone and now I’m living with 90 other residents. I’ve learned to live with people I’ve not met before, and many are not as well off as me. It is a pleasure to go to the dining room and have meals prepared for me, and not have to cook. The staff are helpful and caring and I’ve enjoyed my 13 months here. I selected Glen Mills Senior Living because I was so impressed that they serve coffee in cups with saucers…I don’t like mugs….and linen napkins at every meal.” - Lillian Hendershot February/March 2013


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Retired Nurse Wanda Tucker

Discovers an Outlet for her Nursing Experience

In the Volunteer RN Program at Delaware Hospice they’re not alone and helps to avoid emergency situations.”


fter retiring from a nursing career and relocating to Delaware, Wanda Tucker, RN, was searching for a volunteer role that would provide an outlet for her compassion and skills. She found it at Delaware Hospice. The Volunteer RN Program offers retired nurses an opportunity to share their expertise and to continue to experience the self-fulfilling rewards of caring for others. Wanda served as an RN for 38 years in a urology office and in cardiac care while living in California. She discovered Delaware Hospice’s volunteer program upon her move back to the East coast in 2011 and signed on. She said, “I had no experience with hospice, but I felt the need to get involved. So, for the past year and a half, I have been a companion for patients, vigil volunteer, delivery person, check-in caller, and assistant in the office. These opportunities have filled the gap that I found after leaving my career as an RN.” Wanda particularly enjoyed getting to know one of her patients. “This lady was a great talker and we both looked forward to my weekly visits.” Wanda has joined other volunteers in an extremely helpful activity of making checkin calls. “We call the family or patient at the end of the week to be sure they have supplies needed for the weekend. It’s a great chance to let them know

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She also felt rewarded by her experiences as a vigil volunteer. “The caregiver often just needs someone to hold their hand, or to listen if they want to talk about their loved one. This is a very intimate time and it’s an honor to share it with them.” When asked to assist in the Volunteer RN Admission role, Wanda said: “I hesitated to take on a different role; but, after my first visit, I could appreciate what an added benefit this would be for the patients and family. There is so much information to be absorbed when a patient is admitted to hospice. As a Volunteer Nurse, I accompany the Admissions Nurse for the initial meeting with the patient and family. When the Admissions Nurse has finished and left the home, I stay on to answer questions or reinforce important matters they’ve been told by the Nurse. If they have new questions, I can either answer them or get in touch with the appropriate Delaware Hospice staff person.”

Wanda believes that her presence there has been greatly appreciated by families. She has been able to reinforce safety issues, demonstrate deep breathing techniques, or emphasize the importance of exercising the arms and legs of bedridden patients. Sometimes she made an impact simply by being there to listen, she said. “I visited a wife who was caring for her husband of 62 years and just needed someone to talk with.” Wanda also donates her time and expertise in the Delaware Hospice Family Caregiver Training Program. While a Delaware Hospice volunteer stays with the patient, allowing family caregivers to attend the training, Wanda and other volunteer RN’s provide educational sessions that address the unique needs of family caregivers. These educational sessions include hands-on training to family caregivers in the areas of safety, infection control, body mechanics, fall precautions, skin care, etc., along with selfcare strategies and available resources.

Delaware Hospice is currently seeking nurses statewide who are retired, unemployed, or underemployed and interested in sharing their skills as a Volunteer RN in patient care or caregiver education. Please contact Ralph Plumley, Support Services Manager, at 302-478-5707 or for more information. More than 800 volunteers bolster Delaware Hospice’s activities, each contributing his or her own special gift. Volunteers may visit patients to give the caregiver a break, run errands, help out in Delaware Hospice offices, or help organize a fundraising event. In addition to the Volunteer RN Program, unique opportunities for service to others include Vet to Vet Volunteers and Memory Bear Seamstresses. New volunteers receive a comprehensive and worthwhile orientation so that they are well-prepared for their volunteer activities. To make a difference in someone’s life and enrich your own, call the Volunteer Coordinator in your county at 800-838-9800.

hearing Dad laugh It’s more than a belly laugh. Its about Mom and Dad, and Dad being Dad again. At Delaware Hospice, we believe it’s about living fully. That’s why we work to make each day the best it can be. So the sound of a single laugh can make it all be OK. Call us for a quality of care that improves the quality of living at 855-DEL-HOSPICE (355-4677).



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58 Years Of Serving Delmarva Is Just The Beginning community, recognize that going to a center is not always possible and to make blood donation as convenient as possible. By Christine E. Serio External Communications Specialist Blood Bank of Delmarva


or 58 years, Blood Bank of Delmarva members and donors have been saving lives across the Delmarva Peninsula with their gift of life through blood donation. The organization is dedicated to the community it serves and continues to demonstrate that through its relationships with various individuals and groups as well as through providing a safe and adequate blood supply to 16 hospitals it serves on Delmarva. The Blood Bank was founded to be the community blood donation center and blood/blood product provider for the area. In its 58 years of existence, there has never been a blood shortage on Delmarva. This is due to the generosity of thousands of donors a year and the hardworking staff who ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply. The organization has created relationships with the 16 hospitals throughout Delmarva and ensures that more than 20,000 patients a year are provided with the blood and blood products they need to survive life-threatening illnesses and devastating injuries. The patients are people who have been in accidents, those battling cancer, burn victims and others. They are given a fighting chance and their fate is forever changed because of the donors who take time to give of themselves. Not only does the Blood Bank have four fixed locations (Wilmington, Christiana, Dover, DE and Salisbury, MD), but it also has more than 30 regularly-scheduled community mobiles throughout the Peninsula. The goal is to be embedded in the

Fast Facts: 8 As of Dec. 21, 2012, there were more than 80,882 red cell, platelet and plasma donations collected by Blood Bank of Delmarva from more than 47,857 donors on Delmarva.

Blood Bank also holds numerous blood drives at corporations throughout the region. The relationships with the area’s employers serve as a reminder that there are many ways to give back and that donating blood is one of the most personal forms of philanthropy. In 2012, the Summer Blood Challenge—a friendly competition among companies to boost blood donations during the slower summer months—had 221 companies participate. This was a record number of participants and the goal is to continue those existing relationships while forging new partnerships both for the challenge as well as for year-round blood donation initiatives.

8 Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. 8 One unit of blood can save up to three lives. proud to be a part of the Delmarva community and looks forward to continuing to be a friendly partner in the community, building relationships and changing lives.

8 Blood Bank ensures a safe blood supply by performing infectious disease tests such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, West Nile Virus and more.

At the Blood Bank, staff recognizes that the blood donor population is aging and to maintain the record of no blood shortages on Delmarva, the younger generation is needed to embrace more frequent blood donation and recognize its importance. From September 2011 to May 2012, 73 high schools and 13 colleges throughout Delmarva hosted a record 139 blood drives resulting in 8,704 blood donors drawn. That is up 11.9 % from the previous record of 7,774 blood donations collected during the 20102011 school year. Blood Bank staff ensures that the students are educated about donor eligibility as well as what makes for a good donation experience. The drives are held at the schools and many students become repeat donors after they realize the donation process is simple and easy and how they have touched lives by giving blood.

Please call

1 888 8-BLOOD-8 to make an appointment.

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Prenatal Yoga

By: Judi Block, RYT Kaya Wellness & Yoga Practicing prenatal yoga brings awareness to both mother and child and the amazing changes happening in the body. It prepares a woman to give birth actively and instinctively, building trust in her body’s wisdom while bringing forth a sense of calmness, confidence and focus. Yoga encourages us to go within, bringing quiet to the mind so we can listen to our body’s cues. It connects us to the intuitive and innate wisdom within each of us. Prenatal yoga helps to alleviate some of the common physical discomforts of pregnancy – fatigue, lower back pain, leg cramps, upper back and shoulder tightness, sciatica, nausea and indigestion. The poses strengthen and open the body for birth, keeping the muscles strong and toned yet flexible. It helps with physical balance as the body’s center of gravity continues to shift. Modifications are available to suit each pregnancy stage or to adjust to how the woman’s body is feeling week to week. Pranayama or breathwork is essential for relaxation. Maintaining deep and even breaths increases the intake of oxygen and helps reduce stress and anxiety. It calms the mind and body to develop a greater sense of inner focus and contentment. When the breath is coordinated with rhythms of contractions, the increase of oxygen provides the stamina to ride the sensations while restoring energy during the breaks in between. April/May 20122013 February/March

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“You relax naturally & easily You trust your body & your mind Moment by moment you know exactly what to do” ~Affirmation from Judi’s class

The yoga postures in conjunction with the breath are tools to keep us in the present moment - without attaching to the past or grasping for the future. This is vital for the journey of labor as you work through each individual contraction with dignity and a calm focus. When a contraction is over it is time to leave it in the past and rest. While each contraction is a step closer to meeting the baby face to face, it is not the time to get lost in thoughts of how long that will be. The laboring is done right there in the present moment with the birthing woman feeling empowered in the ability to tap into her vast inner resources. Two important parts of a prenatal yoga class happen in the few minutes before class begins and ends. Before class the women chat about how they are feeling, their prenatal visits, the latest baby gear, etc. The supportive community they create is beneficial as feelings are validated and friendships are made. At the end of each class there is a relaxation and reflection time. This quiet and peaceful time is an opportunity for the mom-to-be to recharge, reenergize and connect with her baby along with her own true nature and intuition which will guide her on the amazing path into motherhood.

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Judi Block is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher for Conscious Birthing. Join her for class on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm at Kaya Wellness & Yoga in Rehoboth Beach, or schedule a private Prenatal Yoga session. Judi also offers Children’s Yoga Parties at Kaya, Rehoboth. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call (302) 227 – 3450. Prenatal Yoga only available at Rehoboth & Philadelphia locations.

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Quest Fitness Offers Year-Round Support For Those Looking To Improve Their Health And Fitness In 2013 Reality Check 52 Challenge sends message that long-term weight loss takes time.


For those who’ve abandoned their weight loss resolution time and time again, a local Matt Carter, Founder fitness expert is proposing a way that community members can achieve their health and fitness goals. Quest Fitness founder Matt Carter is kicking off the Reality Check 52 Challenge to help individuals commit to making meaningful changes over 52 weeks. “On average it takes a year to plan a wedding and it takes year to achieve true health,” said Carter, who is a personal trainer and a supporter of creating a more active community through outdoor exercise and play. “With this challenge we’re prepared to offer anyone who is interested the education and the support that they need to reach their goals and, for some, change their lives.” The Reality Check 52 Challenge open to the general public and to members of Quest Fitness in Lewes – is based on accountability, education, persistence and ongoing support. The first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Carter will hold a motivational workshop on overcoming different weight loss challenges or enhancing fitness levels. Monthly topics will include Basic Nutrition and Supplementation, Yoga and You, Adventure Racing, Better Way to a 5K and more. At each check-in, trainers will also help participants update their progress charts with weight, body fat and measurements for chest, waist, biceps and thighs. “Even if someone works out at home, they can still check in with us on a monthly basis

and take part in our workshops,” Carter said. Dropin cost is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Personal trainers will work with participants to set their own goals, whether it’s losing weight, preparing for a 5K run or simply making exercise a regular part of their lives. To support the Reality Check 52 Challenge, Quest Fitness is also adding more activities to its already packed calendar of warm-weather community sporting events such as ongoing beach family fitness parties, mud and water runs, and youth sports skill day. The club, located at the Village of Five Points, is also offering three new programs to members: obstacle course training, group TRX resistance training and urban obstacle training.

Carter said that as a sports coach the issue of obesity has always alarmed him. Across coastal Delaware, one out of three people are obese and stand the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. “We all have good intentions at the start of the year, but the reality is that we have to change our behavior and that takes time and ongoing support,” Carter said. “For anyone who wants to improve their health in 2013, we’re here to make it happen for them.” 45

To join the 2013 Reality Check 52 Challenge, attend a monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. each first Saturday of the month or visit

The most community and familyoriented facility around, Quest is a full-service fitness facility offering: • Strength Training • Aerobics • Cardio • Personal/Group/Youth Training • Nutritional Consulting • Full-Apparatus Pilates Studio by FOREVER FIT FOUNDATION • Youth Fitness Classes, Camps & Birthday Parties • Founder of the Downstate DE Dirty Dozen Mud Run • Lewes kayak rentals and kayak tours. We are located in the Village of Five Points Shopping Center.

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Innovative Personal Training Helps Meet Fitness Goals perhaps Alzheimer’s disease and some forms of cancer.

By Nancy Hawkins Rigg Founder and Owner, Forever Fit Foundation


y now, many New Year’s resolutions have become regrets since it’s very easy to find an excuse not to workout. For people who really want to work out, finding time can be nearly as difficult as picking a winning lottery numbers. It helps to make time and to enlist some professional help to assist you in reaching your fitness/ lifestyle goals. If it were easy, everyone would be in shape, right? Why not eliminate frustrations plus get the most benefit from your time and money by scheduling an appointment with a personal trainer? How many people do you know who have purchased exercise equipment from an info-mercial, only to realize the investment was in vain? How many buy workout system based on DVDs but never use them? After all, a home version of the Pilates reformer just collects dust if it is not used routinely. Meanwhile, a sense of failure develops, the pounds pack on as excessive snacking nourishes disappointment coupled with lack of exercise. Excuses and anxiety block the path toward success and positive change. Research has shown that you’re never too old or out of shape to start moving with regular and beneficial exercise. Even residents of longterm care facilities benefit in terms of strength, preventing falls and boosting morale. Exercise could be one of the keys in battling the epidemic of childhood obesity, staving off heart disease and February/March 2013

Exercise is frequently part of the prescription for treating depression. Many people find a particular form of exercise, Pilates, holds the key to achieving fitness goals. People who have mastered this dilemma commit to make their workout time a priority. Start by scheduling a consultation with a personal trainer. Forever Fit Foundation offers a complimentary assessment to help you get moving in the right direction. During a private interview, a qualified professional will address goals with the client. What do you want to accomplish? For many clients, a workout session with a personal trainer becomes a delightful mix of recreation and therapy. The trainer will also discuss costs and financial commitment. Decide which time of day works well with your personal schedule. Trainers meet the needs of their clients, so that might mean you’ll could be in at 5:30 a.m. on Monday or at noon on Wednesday. Most people find that working with a trainer maximizes their time spent in the Pilates room and in the gym. Forever Fit Foundation has developed a reputation of innovative personal training, training that meets you where you are and also helps you grow, and Pilates is as much a part of that as is strength training. Pilates is low impact and improves core strength, flexibility, and it helps develop long lean muscles and body awareness.

Make an appointment with yourself as well as the trainer. Consider yourself a priority while you become the you that you really want to be. Nancy Hawkins Riggs is the founder and owner of Forever Fit Foundation, a personal training business specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yamuna Body Rolling and sport specific training. Forever Fit Foundation accepts clients at

three sites: Dover and Lewes, Del., and Mendenhall Station, Pa., just over the Delaware line. A certified athletic trainer, she earned her bachelors degree fro the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in exercise science and sports medicine from Miami University in Ohio. Please call (302) 423-1816 or (302) 698-5201 to schedule an appointment for more information.

Most people who have discovered the challenges and rewards of practicing Pilates realize that there is a tremendous advantage to having a skilled and experienced trainer not only to encourage, but also to provide variety and growth to your workout. The benefits of Pilates are achieved with precision, and some of the positions are quite complex. A trainer can assist in not only assuring that you are moving safely and correctly, but also modify exercises to meet your specific needs. 46


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Stress And Chiropractic T

he modern world is becoming increasingly complex, and the demands on our time and attention are many. Our jobs are also more complex, By: and the business world Dr. Katie Schuler D.C. has become more competitive. With the industrial age came helpful machines and increased productivity, but it also brought us the jackhammer, the loudspeaker, the motorcycle and car, and innumerable noisy machines. Physical stresses such as sound, air and water pollution have worsened over the last century, especially in the United States. We are also, because of electronic media and the Internet, aware of troubles and tragedies around the world that previous generations would never have known about, creating anxiety. Taken together, these assaults on our senses create a physical and emotional reaction. The word for this overwhelming feeling is stress. It’s term borrowed from the field of engineering, in reference to physical forces upon mechanical structures. The term was first used in its modern medical sense around the turn of the 20th century by Walter Cannon, a Harvard physiologist. Cannon also first described the “fight or flight” syndrome, and noted the damaging physical effects of a continuous stress response. Modern healthcare is increasingly recognizing that many illnesses are caused by stress, or worsened by stress. In fact, in every chiropractic office, many patients will show the ravages of chronic stress. While chiropractic can treat the effects of stress on the body, such as headaches, it can also help the body manage and process stress in a healthy way.

How We React to Stress

We perceive stress from three basic sources: our environment, our body and our emotions. Environmental stress includes noise, weather, physical threats, time pressures, and performance standards. Body stress includes disease processes, organ malfunction, poor nutrition, poor sleep, and physical injury. Emotional stress is more difficult to define. It encompasses our reactions, in thought and emotion, to environmental and physical stressors. Criticism, for example, is devastating to some, while others seem unaffected. In many ways, however, we are each in control of how much emotional stress we will feel. Relaxation techniques, meditation and contemplation, hypnosis, and similar approaches can all have a strong mediating affect on stress. These techniques provide tools that allow one to gain greater control over reactions to stress, and therefore reduce the overall effects of a stressful event.

messages from the SNS, the adrenal glands secrete corticoids, including adrenaline, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. All of this is very useful if we’re running from a prehistoric raptor, or confronting a more modern threat to physical safety. When prolonged, however, the long-term effects of this state can be disastrous to good health. Many studies of people who have been subjected to chronic stress have found evidence of the negative health effects of stress. These effects include high blood pressure, damage to muscle tissue, diabetes, infertility, damage to the immune response, and slowed healing from disease and injury. Stress reactions are also at the root of disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and stress has been linked in human and animal research with cardiovascular disease.

Chiropractic Treatment and Stress

Chiropractors work primarily with the spine, the root of the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body. One effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body, often leading the misalignment of the spinal column. Chronic stress also leads to nerve irritation. The adjustments of a chiropractor release muscle tension, and that helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation, and improve blood circulation. These changes may be enough, in many cases, to convince the brain to turn off the fight or flight response, beginning the process of healing. A healthy and balanced spine is one key to effectively managing stress. Chiropractors are trained in nutritional and other therapies for stress. Several nutritional supplements, including B vitamins, help the body cope with stress. A Doctor of Chiropractic may also recommend relaxation techniques, and discuss posture and environmental changes to help recovery from chronic stress. A chiropractor cannot make a job less stressful, or create a quieter, calmer world. What chiropractic treatment can do is help you develop healthy responses to stress, reducing potential physical damage.

Ways to reduce stress

Wake up your spine – do some simple spinal stretches daily to enhance posture, breathing, and health. Eat the breakfast of champions – breakfast should consist of anti-oxidants (fruits and vegetables), fast-absorbing protein (nondenatured

whey or eggs), and high-quality fat (coconut). Your body should consist of 70% water, but you may measure around 50%, especially in the middle of the afternoon. Optimal hydration, with pure, clean water and functional beverages is often the limiting factor in maintaining your optimal energy and stress levels.

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Effects of Stress on Health

Stress, whether physical or perceived, triggers a fight or flight response. This is a systemic physical reaction, affecting almost every part of the body. The hypothalamus, a part of the brain, stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The heart rate increases, blood volume and blood pressure increase, blood is directed away from digestion and the extremities. Vision becomes more focused, hearing more acute. In response to the


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What Are You Waiting For?

By: Heather Shafer, CYT Director, Kaya Wellness & Yoga

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you are right.” ~Henry Ford


erial Yoga looks intimidating & complicated to most people. The most common reason that someone does not try this new style of yoga is that they think they cannot do it, or they are not ready for it just yet. They want to get stronger or more flexible first. Take the time to dive in and you will find that VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga is one of the best ways to find a connection with your body, to build strength and flexibility, and to create space and movement in the body. Once students get started with VaihAyasa, they usually find that it is not so intimidating at all: in fact they tend to find it fun, relaxing, and oh so yummy! Vaihayasa Aerial Yoga allows practitioners to sink into their practice more quickly, to deepen stretches, to find proper alignment naturally, and to reap the benefits of inversions without strain on the joints of the body. You will find that your mind clears, shifting to become open, aware, present. You don’t have to be young or flexible to do Aerial Yoga. One of the things I love most about teaching VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga is the quick progress that can be seen in students alignment, strength, & flexibility. For instance, Reverse Namaste (or prayer hands behind your back), is a pose that no matter how many

times I tried in my regular practice, I was not able to get fully into. The support of the fabric and the space created in my shoulders from my aerial practice helped me fully into this mudra (even without the fabric) within 5 times of practicing it. Another reason I enjoy Aerial Yoga is that no matter what physical limitations a student may enter the room with (sciatica issues, shoulder strain, broken wrist), there are always adaptations that can be made to allow the student to create movement and space in the body. The ability to surrender into postures makes it the perfect way to create more flexibility naturally, and gives the practitioner a chance to feel support where the body needs it. Why Should You Try VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga? -decompress the neck & spine -proper alignment naturally, gravity assisted -less pressure on hands, neck & shoulders -allows gravity to deepen stretches (relax into holdings) -enhance, deepen, & advance your floor practice -achieve more advanced postures while being supported -experience the benefits of inversions without risk of injury to neck or spine -gain a new perspective on the body’s alignment & movement -move more fluidly -breath-based, allowing you to take advantage of the opening created -feel grounded as you fly -safety & fun Are you asking yourself, what am I waiting for? Wherever your starting point, you will find yourself deepening into postures, while you create space and health in your body with Aerial Yoga. So, dive in and know that “You Can.”

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VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga classes are regularly offered at Kaya Wellness & Yoga, Rehoboth Beach, DE, at Kaya Aerial Yoga, in Olde City Philadelphia, & at Kaya Aerial Yoga, in Wilmington located within The BlueBallRoom. Publisher’s Note: “When I first thought about taking Aerial Yoga I was assuming that it

would be hard, and that there was no way that I could do any of it (I am almost 60 yrs. old). I also assumed that I had to be really strong and limber. I was totally wrong: From the very beginning it was fun, enjoyable, & allowed me to go in to yoga poses that I never had been able to do in regular floor yoga. As the old saying goes.. ‘Try It, You’ll Like It’ .. I promise.” ~PJ, Lewes, DE 302-227-3450 or email

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“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted -- in body, mind, and heart -- and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow -- or we begin to flow more in our lives.” ~Cybele Tomlinson



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In The U.S. We Enjoy Some Of The Best Tap Water In The World. But… I

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.

The Top 7 Reasons to Filter ALL Your Water in Your Home

• Prevent Cancer

• Maintain Only One System

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.

• Last But Not Least, Peace of Mind

• It’s the Stuff You Can’t See

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.

Picking The Right Filter For You Is Easy Because we’re an online business, we pride ourselves in cool tools used to educate you and help make your selection much easier. If you have city water, you can use our “water wizard” which helps you choose the right filter for your home. Use this shortened link to get there: Maria Williams, The Clean Water Mom, serves over 18,000 customers nationally with whole house water filtration systems from Kennett Square, PA. Visit online at or

“You Have a Great Product and We’re So Glad We Purchased It.” I wanted to let you know that we are loving our whole house water filter. Our water tastes wonderful! There’s no more running to the little filter at the kitchen sink, which always seemed to need replacing, and which worked poorly after a while anyway. Also, we can shower without the awful smell and skin-irritating problems of our heavily-chlorinated city water. ~ Ann Low, Georgia

• We Do More With Water Than Drink It

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New Year… New You

Take time , Make your health a priority Hypnotherapy Hypnosis is a

powerful, proven program which taps into the power of the sub-conscious mind. You can re-program your subconscious to help you change your behaviors, and give you motivation to change a habit and enjoy doing it. Hypnosis is the perfect tool for reeducating your sub-conscious mind, the part that creates cravings and impulses. Hypnosis can help you make those changes, quickly and more easily than you ever imagined possible.

• weight loss • stop smoking • study habits • depression • drugs & alcohol • memory • public speaking • pain control • self confidence • energy QRA Testing – Tired of feeling Bad…Loss of energy, Hormone imbalance, Weight Gain. This test will find deficiencies – thyroid, pancreas, liver, uterus….get to the root of the problem! Real Healing. Strong Supplements that REALY WORK! Quantum reflex Analysis (QRA) is a unique, highly effective testing of the bio-energetic status of the body’s key organs and glands. QRA can quickly pinpoint problem areas to determine the precise nutrients and exact amounts needed to rapidly restore your energy and dramatically improve your health. QRA has the ability to identify and eliminate the “root of the problem”. The practitioners use specific testing techniques to identify hidden infections that may be causing ill health from interference sites from traumas, surgeries, improper eating habits, stress, etc. Your body will actually pick the supplements it needs to restore your health. QRA has helped millions of people heal from many types of diseases including cancers and diabetes. Chiropractic – Help Heal Back and Neck pain, Allergies, Migraines, Babies with reflux and ear infections, Pregnancy Back Pain. Chiropractic is founded upon the premise that when spinal bones are functioning in normal motion and position, the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) can February/March 2013

properly communicate with the body’s tissues, organs and systems. With this philosophy, Chiropractic is not simply treatment for pain! Everyday occurrences can cause the spinal bones to lose their usual motion or position. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to detect and correct subluxations through safe, gentle and specific adjustments.

Colon hydrotherapy - is a gentle, natural method of washing long-term wastes from the entire colon. When this is done, the body no longer has to deal with waste accumulated during a lifetime, and can use more of its own strength to heal itself and fight disease. Virtually everyone has these builtup wastes in their colon, especially from eating processed foods, foods with preservative, pesticides and the chemicals and hormones that are added to many of our foods. Colon hydrotherapy is not painful or dangerous. The pressure felt is less than naturally occurring gas. Colon hydrotherapy helps control weight. Research shows that we carry within our bodies anywhere from 10 to 50 pounds of accumulated toxic materials. Some aliments which may be relieved by colon hydrotherapy are allergies, colitis, low back pain, halitosis, arthritis, constipation, headaches, indigestion, and lack of energy are just to name a few. Yoga – An hour of Peace every week, stretch out those aches and pains, increase flexibility, with our gentle beginner yoga classes. Call for our class hours. Acupuncture – Reduce and heal pain, Allergies, Sinus, Strengthen immune system, Hormone balance, Helps with almost any disease or illness. Acupuncture can be a very helpful treatment for many health conditions including addictions. It can help ease cravings, reduce stress, and detoxify the liver. Most clients report better sleep and a more stable and positive emotional state after only a few treatments. There is a standard protocol treatment for addiction that is personalized with specific acupuncture points to help every organ and system for that individual. Addictions can include but not be limited to: drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and food addictions (sugar, chocolate and carbohydrates). Have a Happy Healthy New Year from Heather ’s 50

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ook around you. There is a health crisis - AN EPIDEMIC: Stomach problems, Autoimmunity, Type 2 Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders, Obesity... The list is ENDLESS. The most debilitating health condition I see that is preventable and REVERSIBLE IS TYPE 2 DIABETES!! In today’s fast paced world we GO GO GO, eat fake fast food, consume artificial sweeteners, caffeine & sugar in epidemic proportions and IT IS TAKING ITS TOLL. Children and adults alike are FATTER, SICKER, ON MORE RX MEDICATIONS, and DIAGNOSED WITH MORE CHRONIC DEBILITATING CONDITIONS. There are alternatives to traditional treatments but most of all there is PREVENTION - the only way to avoid and/or reverse Type 2 Diabetes!

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.

Amazingly, one in four Americans has some form of diabetes or pre-diabetes. If this is not a clear sign that conventional health recommendations are flawed, I don’t know what is. I too have personal family related experience with this disease. Most of my paternal relatives (my dad included), have diabetes or died from it. His mother acquired type 2 diabetes and died from Pancreatic cancer. All seven of her sisters also had type 2 diabetes. In my personal experience with diabetes, I learned that virtually every case of type 2 diabetes is reversible. Through research and subsequent review of clinical cases and associated literature, this was made very clear to me.

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.

And the cure for type 2 diabetes has nothing to do with giving insulin or taking drugs to control your blood sugar. In fact, giving insulin to someone with type 2 diabetes is one of the worst things that can be done.

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.

The truth of the matter is that type 2 diabetes is a fully preventable condition that arises from faulty food hormone signaling, specifically leptin signaling and insulin resistance, both of which are directly diet- and exerciserelated. It is NOT a disease of blood sugar. Once you understand that, the remedy becomes clear: To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body’s insulin and leptin sensitivities. The ONLY way to accomplish this is through proper diet and exercise. There are other aspects to be addressed like healing the gut/gastrointestinal infections, regaining and balancing the stress hormone, cortisol and thyroid hormone levels. Bariatric surgery, which is being increasingly recommended as a diabetes treatment, will NOT do the trick, and there is NO drug that can correct leptin signaling and insulin resistance. Adhering to a natural, grain free diet as well as the other guidelines laid out above can help with three things essential for successfully reversing diabetes: recovering your insulin/leptin sensitivity; normalizing your weight;

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7 Benefits Of Exercise That Will Blow Your Mind! 1) Think exercise is all about toned abs and weight loss? It also makes you happier and smarter.

Maybe you exercise to tone your thighs, build your biceps, or flatten your belly. Or maybe you work out to ward off the big killers like heart By: disease, diabetes, and Alisa Robinson cancer. But how about sweating to improve your mind? “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”

2) It reverses the detrimental effects of stress.

Jumping on the treadmill or cross trainer for 30 minutes can blow off tension by increasing levels of “soothing” brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and nor epinephrine. The best part, is that exercise may actually work on a cellular level to reverse stress’s toll on our aging process, according to a 2010 study from the University of California—San Francisco. The researchers found that stressed-out women who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three-day period had cells that showed fewer signs of aging compared to women who were stressed and inactive. Working out also helps keep us from ruminating “by altering blood flow to those areas in the brain involved in triggering us to relive these stressful thoughts again and again,” says study coauthor Elissa Epel, an associate professor of psychiatry at UCSF.

3) It lifts depression.

Research suggests that burning off 350 calories three times a week through sustained, sweat-inducing activity can reduce symptoms of depression about as effectively as antidepressants. Exercise appears to stimulate the growth of neurons in certain brain regions damaged by depression. Animal studies have found that getting active boosts the production of brain molecules that improve connections between nerve cells, therefore acting as a natural antidepressant. And a 2010 study found that three sessions of yoga per week boosted participants’ levels of the brain chemical GABA, which typically translates into improved mood and decreased anxiety. Yoga can be used to complement — not substitute — drug treatment for depression, researchers say.

4) It improves learning.

Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors, which help make new brain cells and establish new connections between brain cells to help us learn. Interestingly, complicated activities, like playing tennis or taking a dance class, provide the biggest brain boost. “You’re challenging your brain even more when you have to think about coordination,” explains Ratey. “Like muscles, you have to stress your brain cells to get them to grow.” Complicated activities also improve our capacity to learn by enhancing our attention

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and concentration skills, according to German researchers who found that high school students scored better on high-attention tasks after doing 10 minutes of a complicated fitness routine compared to 10 minutes of regular activity. (Those who hadn’t exercised at all scored the worst.)

5) It leaves you feeling euphoric.

Yes, there is really a such thing called a “runner’s high” but you have to be willing to shift into high-intensity mode. The best way to give this a spin is through interval training. Run, bike, or swim as fast as you can for 30 to 40 seconds and then reduce your speed to a gentle pace for five minutes before sprinting again. Repeat four times for a total of five sprints.

6) It keeps the brain fit.

Even mild activity like a leisurely walk can help keep your brain fit and active, fending off memory loss and keeping skills like vocabulary retrieval strong. In a 2011 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Canadian researchers analyzed the energy expenditure and cognitive functioning of elderly adults over the course of two to five years. Most of the participants did not work out; their activities revolved around short walks, cooking, gardening, and cleaning. Still, compared with their sedentary peers, the most active participants scored significantly better on tests of cognitive function, and they showed the least amount of cognitive decline. By the study’s end, roughly 90 percent of them could think and remember just as well as they could when the study began.


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7) It may keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

The Alzheimer’s Research Center touts exercise as one of the best weapons against the disease. Exercise appears to protect the hippocampus, which governs memory and spatial navigation, and is one of the first brain regions to succumb to Alzheimer’s-related damage. A recent study published in the Archives of Neurology suggests that a daily walk or jog could lower the risk of Alzheimer’s—or blunt its impact once it has begun. In 2000, Dutch researchers found that inactive men who were genetically prone to Alzheimer’s were four times more likely to develop the disease than those who carried the trait but worked out regularly. 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 has modeled Art Fitness to be a facility that eliminates intimidation and offers a platform for education, compassion and healthy lifestyle changes without gimmicks or quick fix promises. Alisa has been a Fitness Professional for over 7 years, certified through NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) #1 nationally recognized certification. Alisa is also the 2012 YWCA recipient of the Empowerment Award. Alisa strongly believes it takes a strong support system to break old habits and make committed changes, it is top priority that Alisa delivers to each person she comes in contact with the motivation and encouragement needed to achieve not only fitness goals but lifelong goals as well.


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orses have always been there for humans, pulling our plows, By: Dean Roles carrying men into war, or hauling groceries home from the country store. We (for the most part) have grown beyond our need of horses performing these chores for us. Remarkably, horses seem to have evolved to these changing needs of man kind. I have noticed over the last twenty years that horses have moved their services from the physical realm into the mental. The horse herd social structure dictates that survival depends greatly upon the decisions the herd leader makes. Evaluation of the leader is just a simple matter of survival (Good Leader = High Survival Rate). This evaluation usually occurs frequently and usually involves a spacial invasion into the leaders domain to evaluate their response. If the leadership is under contention this can be quite violent, and if leadership is well established the physical representations are very subtle. This process of evaluating is what seems to have evolved towards their human counter-parts. Finding any weakness that may lead to disaster, a horse will resist you until it believes you deserve to lead. If you intend to be the one that is picking the speed and direction while you and your horse are dancing, you will have to assume the leadership role in the relationship. Assuming the leadership role requires that you learn a cross species language. Learn the biomechanics of that language, then thru patience learn to speak. At first you just hardly manage a coherent grunt or two, then a simple sentence and maybe a paragraph. Then before you know it, you have answered every question on your leadership exam perfectly. Once you achieved this ability to communicate in a healthy prosperous way, you can write the most beautiful story with a happy ending. February/March 2013

I met Dean Roles during the summer of 2010. Since then, my life and my horse’s life have changed in a positive direction. I am no longer afraid to ride my once anxious, nervous, confused Tennessee Walker named Tony. Building a close and solid relationship of trust and understanding with your horse is Dean’s foremost goal. He asked me at our first meeting what I wanted to achieve with my horse. My reply

was that I wanted a safe and more relaxed horse to ride. Thus began our first month of training. When I brought Tony to Dean’s facility, I thought Tony had good ground manners. Boy was I in for a surprise. Dean informed me that Tony was the leader and I clearly was not. Dean worked with Tony for the first couple of weeks while I observed his techniques with both groundwork and riding skills. I didn’t miss a day of training…..

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five days a week. Then it was time for me to get up in the saddle. I was a nervous wreck with lost confidence and I am sure Tony knew it. Dean certainly did. But we worked through my fears with baby steps. By the end of the next two weeks, I had regained my confidence and could not wait to get Tony back home and ride him in the ring. What a different horse in just four weeks…..much calmer, less anxiety, and overall just a happier horse. Winter came and went, as did summer whereby I was unable to ride due to a back injury (non-horse related). However, this past August, Dean came to our farm and my training resumed through the end of October. His techniques and ability to finesse a horse with what appears to be little effort is nothing less than amazing. I cannot describe how happy I am that I chose Dean Roles to be my trainer. He is a confident leader in the horse arena and is teaching me to be a confident leader with Tony. If Dean were to ask you what are the two most important things you are in charge of with your horse, you would quickly reply “speed and direction.” Once you have control of those two key elements you will be on your way to a happy and safe riding experience. Thank you, Dean, for everything you have taught me and for everything you will continue to teach me. ~ Pam Nebel, Harrington, 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.

By Chuck Boyce

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.

Physically Separate “Home” from “Office”

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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nd-of-life issues are generally hushed topics rarely brought up until it’s too late. Many parents want to talk about their final arrangements but don’t want to risk William upsetting E. King their children. The time to broach these important matters is when everyone is healthy and enjoying life and each other. Not all decisions need to be addressed at one time, but the door needs to be opened to some specifics so there is no guesswork by the family at an emotional time in the future. A good way to start the dialogue is with the “Medical Power of Attorney” and the “Advance Health Care Directive,” two documents

which are often found together in one form. They can be obtained from your attorney, the internet, or other organizations that deal with medical care. Everyone should complete a “Medical Care Power of Attorney.” This document appoints someone else to make decisions regarding your medical care when and if you are not competent to do so yourself. Coupled with the above form, the “Advance Health Care Directive” lets your physician, family, and friends know your healthcare preferences. Special treatments you do or do not want at the end of life, including your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or organ donation are examples of items that can be included in your directive. After healthcare options have been discussed, it should make for an easier transition to the topic of funeral and/or cremation arrangements. You could start by

confirming with your family where your burial plots are located and letting them know if there is a vault already in place. Giving your family this kind of practical information will lead to discussions about whether you want to have services at a church or funeral home, about the type of casket or urn, the kinds and colors of flowers, or the music or hymns you might prefer. Your funeral director can meet with you and any other family members of your choosing to present all of the options available, answer questions, and prepare a comprehensive funeral plan. When the whole family is talking about end-of-life issues, it will give everyone the peace of mind of knowing that all will be carried out exactly as you planned when the time comes.

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It seemed to me to be the practical thing to do along with creating a will and writing an advanced health care directive. Bill guided me through the process step by step, asking me the kinds of questions that I would not have thought of on my own. I have been asked if making pre-arrangements for my own funeral was morbid; it was most decidedly not. It has given me peace of mind, knowing that my wishes will be followed and that no one has to guess at what I wanted. Over the years as the circumstances of my life have changed, I have updated the arrangements. Being able to do that, too, has been comforting and left me worry-free.” ~ Tanya L. 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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On The Other Side Of Disappointment

The Gift & The Lesson - A Life That Matters! (This is usually when I am called for a complimentary session.) The spiral begins to turn deeper and deeper with every endless loop question. We must right ourselves and begin to move forward... Now!

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t doesn’t really matter in which area of one’s life it occurs. It could happen in love or a career, or perhaps a hope or a dream that comes crashing down. Plain and simple: we don’t like feeling disappointed, especially when it is something that we truly wanted. We have all heard the phrases that are supposed to make us feel better when we feel our worst. “This too shall pass.” “If it didn’t work out then it was not meant to be.” “If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.” And the list goes on... Yet, it doesn’t necessarily make us feel better. I can honestly say that, in the midst of a heartache when someone says, “Let it go, it will work out if it is meant to be,” my brain goes, “B.S.! But I want it to work out!” Even when the truth is staring us in the face. Even when it is telling us that what we desire is not under our control. Sometimes it does not make us feel any better in the moment. We often need something more, something stronger, to get us unstuck! I have to say that in my 14 years of coaching people to create breakthrough results, being stuck in disappointment sits high on the list when I ask individuals, “So what brings you here to me today?” This disappointment usually occurs when an individual’s straight line of life takes a sharp bend in a different and usually unwanted direction. We become sad and angry and seek out the answer to “why”. We may try to “fix” the situation even if the situation is not for us to fix. The disappointment builds and builds, and so does the intensity. February/March 2013

happy in the future. Sounds daunting doesn’t it?

The first key we must understand is that life is NOT a straight line. Just because you want life to be a straight line, doesn’t mean it is, and it never will be. Life is filled with ups and downs and bends in the road. We can’t always control the events or circumstances of our life, but we must take control of what we can - and that is US! We can do this by letting go of the notion that life is a straight line, that life is fair and just. At times it is none of that, and that is the side of life that is sad and, at times, ugly. But it is okay once you understand the rules of the game. Understanding the rules of the game, helps you to know how to actually win the game! What keeps people stuck in disappointment is that they have intense focus on 1) themselves, 2) what they have lost or what has been taken away from them, and 3) how it will negatively impact them and keep them from being

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I believe that disappointment, as with all things, is something that is here to serve us. Life is something Absolutely amazing! I have never that happens for us, experienced anything like this not to us! We may before. It is something that has not always enjoy what we are feeling, changed me, my outlook and but nonetheless, its therefor my life! - Penny Marroni intent is to serve us if we allow it. How do we recognize how making the same mistake over it’s serving us? Two ways: one is a and over again. We must not just gift, and the other is a lesson. understand the lesson but learn it and apply it to our life. It is in The gift is what is meant for the application of the lesson that us at this present moment. It is we move towards greater growth, something we must have to heal, contribution, and fulfillment. let go or hold on to. Perhaps it is the knowledge that you are One thing is certain, as long as stronger than you thought you you are living your life in areas were, or that you have recognized that matter, you will have times your ability to love completely and of disappointment and sometimes fully. Sometimes the gift comes even great disappointment. You in the form that will cause you can either be crushed by it or to appreciate even more all that rise above it! It’s your choice. Live you have. The gift is essential, but Free. the real gem is in the lesson. The lesson is the most valuable piece, I wish you love and passion for without it, we will continue just

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How Women Should Select The Appropriate Wealth Manager Presented By: Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU


ou need someone who demonstrates a passion for working with women. One who displays a sincere level of respect for women….one who asks more questions, has more dialog, more stories, helps to base decisions on meaningful discussions, may have a longer decision cycle, allows comparison shopping, someone who wants to make you a “raging fan.”

Step 1: The Discovery Meeting A highly structured discovery meeting should include many questions that ask about the quantitative issues as well as the qualitative issues in a woman’s life. This meeting should take no less than about 2 – 3 hours. The focus of the meeting is spent in understanding her and her circumstances, not trying to figure out what financial product should be sold. Step 2: Investment Planning Meeting At age 65 women can expect to live, on average, an additional 20 years. It is for that reason that women have a heightened interest in assuring that their investment portfolio is aligned with their long term goals, objectives and concerns. The plan should culminate in the action steps that need to be taken and when appropriate.

Step 3: Mutual Commitment Meeting Research has indicated that women prefer more time during the decision cycle. Certainly no decision should be rushed. Make sure that this particular firm should be utilized. A Personal Chief Financial Officer (PCFO) who wears the hat of Wealth Manager is an important member of the team of professionals. The selection of this person is of utmost importance and requires proper due diligence and consideration. Step 4: 90 Day Follow up Meeting Our research has shown that women seek education, organization and simplicity around their finances. An especially attentive PCFO will make sure that all questions are addressed in a dignified encouraging way and that at no time should a patronizing tone be used. Don’t hesitate to ask the same question 10 times if you need to understand an important point. A great PCFO will encourage questions.

a founding principal partner of the firm. Successful women are 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.”

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Step 5: Systematic Review Meetings In the beginning it may be appropriate for monthly meetings. As things progress, quarterly or semi-annual meetings may serve you better. No less than annual meetings are suggested, as changes in your status as well as laws and regulations will necessitate an annual review. Fred Dawson, ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) has over 30 years of comprehensive wealth management experience. He is Executive Vice President of Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. and

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Are Spousal Benefits Available? Delaware Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By: Heather A. Long, Esq.


ince this issue of The Women’s Journal is devoted to weddings, I want nothing more than to tell you, the readers, all about the benefits available to you as the spouse of an injured worker. Sadly, the benefits are only available to the spouses of injured workers if those “until death do us part” vows come into play. I realize that the last thing you want to think is that anything dreadful would ever happen to your soul mate. However, in the world of Workers’ Compensation, marriage is a club that does have its privileges. It certainly is not pleasant to think about or to talk about; but, once you’ve joined the ranks of those of us whom are married, you will officially have become entitled to certain benefits if your spouse is either fatally injured on the job, or is injured on the job and subsequently passes away from some other illness or injury. In order to make this easier to talk (and think) about, let’s bury our collective heads in the sand under the notion that this will never, ever, under any circumstances happen to our families. However, the information below is vital, so instead of thinking of your own family, rationalize it by thinking that you can keep this information in a safe place in case it would come in handy to help someone you know. If a worker is fatally injured on the job, Delaware Workers’ Compensation laws are set up in such a way as to provide for the dependents of that worker. Usually the first benefit that will become available is the funeral benefit. Under Delaware laws, the worker who is fatally injured while on the job is entitled to $3,500.00

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for burial expenses. This amount may be increased either by an agreement made with the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier, or by approval from the Industrial Accident Board. Realistically speaking, the funeral home will want to receive payment before the Industrial Accident Board will have a chance to hear and decide whether or not more money for this benefit would be appropriate. Therefore, the fastest way to guarantee that any funeral bills in excess of $3,500.00 will be paid is by making an agreement with the Workers’ Compensation insurance company. Typically, this is done through a lawyer. Additionally, the spouse, child or children of the deceased worker may be entitled to receive benefits. The amount each receives is dependent on how many children the deceased worker had, but generally, the amount of benefits increases as the number of dependents goes up. There is a cap, or maximum amount, payable for this benefit. Usually, the benefits for the dependent children stop when the child reaches age 18, but they may be extended to age 25 as long as the child is enrolled full time in college. The spouse may continue to receive their benefits for 400 weeks, or until the spouse dies or becomes remarried. As you can see, figuring out exactly which family members are entitled to death benefits and how much they are entitled to can be confusing and frustrating, especially while grieving for the lost loved one. I find that the best way for families who have lost a loved one to get through the process of applying for these benefits is to put everything in the hands of a lawyer who specializes in Workers’ Compensation law. This way, the family can begin the healing process without worrying about when and how they will get the benefits. 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 family.

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 innerworkings of these companies, she now represents injured workers and personal injury plaintiffs. 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.

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A Legal Checklist For The New Year: Planning For The Success Of Your Business In 2013 business, having an updated, well drafted agreement will be crucial. Your agreement should be reviewed regularly, and this is especially true if you have made any changes to your business, including changes in members, shareholders or management. Also consider including succession-planning provisions and buy-sell provisions that will allow the business to plan for its future, ensure its longevity and provide continuity. By Melissa L. Rhoads, Esq.


f you own a business, there is no doubt that you have spent countless hours dedicated to ensuring its success. Don’t let a simple oversight or misunderstanding undo all of your hard work. This article is designed as a “legal checklist” to help you think critically about your business and to determine what changes you can make to ensure success in 2013 and beyond. Is your entity validly formed? When starting your own business, one of the most important decisions you make is what form of entity to create. Your choice will affect your ability to raise and solicit funds, avoid unnecessary taxation and operate your business efficiently. If you are unsure whether you have chosen the right entity for your business or, if your business has grown or evolved since its inception, it is time to review your options. We can discuss the pros and cons of each option with you and help you select the entity form that best benefits your business. Have you recently reviewed your operating agreement or shareholder agreement? Your operating agreement (if you are an LLC) or shareholder agreement (if you are a corporation) contains the rules by which your business is governed. Without such agreements, default rules established by statute and case law will dictate how matters will be resolved. In the unfortunate and oftentimes unforeseen event that a dispute arises within the

Do you have the right type of insurance for your business? Not only is having the proper insurance vital for a business’s financial success, but certain businesses are also required to carry insurance by law. Oftentimes, business owners think that insurance is a luxury that they can’t afford. However, having the right insurance plan can mean the difference between life and death for your business. Insurance plans can provide protection for your business in a multitude of scenarios, including liability, catastrophic loss, theft, litigation, personal injury and illness. Also, you can utilize insurance to fund certain events like acquiring your partner’s interest under a buy-sell agreement. Do you have a succession plan in place? As a business owner, it is easy to become so focused on ensuring success in the present that you forget to consider what can happen in the future. But, where would your business be if you, your partner or key management personnel suddenly became ill? Who would take over and continue running the business? You can’t plan for disaster, but you can put a plan in place to ensure that your business will stay afloat if disaster occurs. Having a succession plan in place allows your business to continue operating despite unforeseen death, illness or setbacks. It can also plan for inevitable future events such as retirement. The advantage of setting up a succession plan today is time. Time is something you don’t have when disaster 61

strikes. Today, you have the time to carefully explore all your options and put in place the best strategy to ensure that your business is protected should the unpredictable occur. Do you have valid employment contracts for all your employees? Employment disputes can arise with anyone at anytime. Don’t allow friendship and familial ties to cloud your professional business judgment. When disputes arise, and they will, the terms and conditions of that contract will govern. Make sure those terms and conditions are consistent with your goals as an employer. Other provisions to consider including in an employment agreement include confidentiality agreements, noncompete agreements, and policies concerning severance pay and accumulation of vacation pay.

be extremely rewarding both financially and professionally. However, before your expansion can become a reality, there are a number of structural, regulatory and financial issues you need to consider, including securing equity financing, complying with environmental regulations, protecting intellectual property, lease agreements, subcontractor agreements, and changes to your business structure. If you are interested in expanding your business, please contact us so we can discuss your options. These issues are provided to serve as a few key suggestions (and not intended to be a comprehensive discussion). Is your business positioned for future success? If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Melissa L. Rhoads, Esq. at (302) 658-6400 or Melissa L. Rhoads, Esq. is an attorney at Tighe & Cottrell, P.A. located at 704 King Street, Suite 500, Wilmington, Delaware 19899.

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appy New Year! This is the time of year we are working on a list of resolutions. I would suggest the top of your list be to take out your automobile insurance policy and review it carefully. This won’t be the most fun item on your list of New Year’s resolutions, but I assure you it is one of the most important. Why? I have represented victims injured in automobile accidents and at work for the past thirty years. I am always amazed at how underinsured people are, frequently unknowingly. In this very difficult economy, often people think cutting insurance premiums is the way to save money. This is a very risky choice with serious ramifications. I have found in my experience, people don’t even understand the consequences of being underinsured until it is too late. Let me explain. The Delaware Code Title 21, § 2118 requires an owner of any motor vehicle registered in Delaware to carry minimum insurance coverage of $15,000 for any one person and $30,000 for all persons injured in any one accident. Frequently clients tell me, “Oh, I have full coverage.” Usually that translates into the client having their statutory minimum of $15,000.00 per person

limits of automobile insurance coverage. This statutory minimum has remained the same and has never increased for as long as I’ve been a practicing attorney. One of the most difficult things I must do as part of my job is to explain the consequences of inadequate insurance coverage to a client seriously injured in a motor vehicle or truck accident, or in a wrongful death case. In Delaware, Personal Injury Protection automobile insurance coverage follows the vehicle you are in. If you are in your own car or someone else’s vehicle, and it only has Personal Injury Protection coverage of $15,000.00 per person/$30,000.00 per vehicle, these limits will be exhausted very quickly and are inadequate for seriously injured victims or deceased motorists. Personal Injury Protection by Delaware Code Title 21, §2118 provides compensation to injured persons for reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred within two years of the accident for medical, hospital, dental, surgical, medicine, x-ray, ambulance, prosthetic services, professional nursing and funeral services. It also provides for net lost earnings and extra expenses for personal services.

I usually recommend clients have a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 PIP coverage. I recently asked an insurance agent what the difference is for minimum $15,000/$30,000 automobile coverage as opposed to the higher coverage of $100,000/$300,000. I was told generally the premium increase would be around $500. For $500, why wouldn’t you want to address this important New Year’s resolution, and make certain you and your household members have adequate insurance, if and when you are seriously injured, and need it to pay your lost wages and medical bills? Another way to try and protect you and your family is to have adequate Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage applies when you are hit by an uninsured driver (I see this frequently in my practice) or a defendant driver who is underinsured for injuries or death. I recommend a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 Uninsured/ Underinsured motorist coverage. If I ever have the privilege of meeting with you following an automobile accident, I will ask that you bring me a copy of your automobile insurance policy and declaration

sheet. I carefully review and coordinate all of your applicable insurance coverages. I hope I will be pleased to see you show me a policy with appropriate insurance limits that protects you and your family.

By Susan D’Alonzo Ament Susan D’Alonzo Ament is a partner with Morris James LLP and has practiced for 28 years representing personal injury victims. Over the years, Mrs. Ament has found that some women don’t understand the crucial need to have adequate automobile insurance coverage in the event of a serious accident. Susan Ament educates women on these needs every day in her practice and in seminars that she presents throughout the year.


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ledgling businesspeople, take heart. A new trend is sweeping the globe: the pop-up shop. Temporary projects that provide capital and training, pop-up shops are generating opportunities and investment for entrepreneurs. They’re popping up in countries like England, Malaysia, and South Africa—and now you can find them

While programs vary from city to city, in general, the pop-up model draws from a pool of aspiring entrepreneurs, enabling them to start businesses in vacant storefronts. Each one is granted three to twelve months of rent and related capital, plus skill training, and paired with a mentor to get his or her business off the ground. The initiative not only draws people to the shops that are “popping up,” but also generates revenue for surrounding businesses. It enables people who may be strong on ideas but short on capital to try their hand in the retail scene for the first time.

In mid-October—just in time for the 2012 holiday season—Wilmington’s Project Pop-Up began opening up commercial space for entrepreneurs, providing three months of free rent in hopes of securing commitment to a long-term lease at the project’s completion. The city’s initiative is a part of the Downtown Delaware program run by the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO). Aside from Wilmington, the program is also running in Dover, Middletown, and Milford. According to DEDO, “Entrepreneurial activity and financial business prosperity are key drivers of economic growth in Delaware. That is why

today, entrepreneurs and business owners are more vital than ever to Delaware’s economic future.” Wilmington’s first pop-up shop opened on November 13 on Market Street: YoYo Joe’s Toys & Fun. On November 10, a different kind of pop-up garnered a lot of attention citywide. A one-day sneaker expo, Kicks and Sole, “popped up” in the LOMA district, at 312 North Market St. Kicks and Sole was the first sneaker event in the state of Delaware that allowed connoisseurs to buy, sell, and trade some of the hottest footwear and clothing on the market. For $10, sneaker freaks

were granted admission to this exclusive marketplace, allowing them to participate in an art show and even visit a “sneaker museum.” Not only did the expo generate revenue for vendors and for the venue, but it also showcased the property and LOMA to hundreds of people. Whether they last seven hours or three months, pop-ups provide great opportunities for local entrepreneurs and allow the city to reap great benefits. If the national trend is any indicator, Project Pop-Up could be a driving force in Downtown Wilmington’s entrepreneurial growth.

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ot the winter blues? Any one of these unique events happening in February and March will surely get you out of the house and excited to join all that is in happening in downtown Wilmington.


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By: Deborah L. Frazier

lot of people start thinking about taking a break this time of year. As the weather warms up and plants begin to bloom, you may think it’s a natural time for change. Perhaps it’s time to refresh your career and do something special for yourself, like preparing for a career in the wellness field. Working in the wellness field offers a wealth of opportunities to help people look and feel their best. You may get the opportunity to pamper someone on her special day, manage a client’s back pain, or help someone gain strength and flexibility. In other words, you can help make the world a happier place, one client at a time. Now the question becomes: Which wellness program is right for you? No matter your personality type, you can find a place in the wellness field. Here is a sampling of the career paths you can choose.

Esthetician (skin care specialist)

These wellness professionals provide a variety of skin care services, including facials, waxing, aromatherapy, body treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Estheticians may work in beauty spas, health spas, fitness clubs, resorts, or medical settings, such as hospitals or dermatologists’ offices. Estheticians should be upbeat and able to explain skin care treatments and products, but they must also know when to allow clients to relax in silence.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists provide a holistic approach to healthcare and wellness. Students in a massage therapy programs study topics like human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, medical terminology, hydrotherapy, therapeutic modalities, and more.

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Nail Technician

While manicures and pedicures are perhaps the most well-known procedures performed by nail technicians, students studying in this field also learn about nail structure and growth, nail disorders and diseases, nail maintenance, business skills, and more. Whether they work in beauty salons, day spas, resort spas, shopping malls, or independent nail salons, nail technicians should be comfortable talking to people while they perform nail procedures, which may take an hour or more. An ideal candidate for a nail technician program will be somewhat worldly and knowledgeable about current events and should possess a basic understanding about the beauty and fashion worlds.

Personal Fitness Trainer

Personal fitness trainers perform exercise-related assessments and design safe and effective fitness programs for clients who want to improve their health, strength, and flexibility. While you might think a personal fitness trainer should be extremely outgoing and sportsminded, that’s not always the case. It’s more important that these wellness professionals understand how to provide personalized attention to clients and develop fitness programs specifically designed to meet those clients’ needs. And of course, the best personal fitness trainers have the ability to motivate clients through a challenging and physically taxing workout.

How To Get Started

If you think a career in wellness is right for you, the first step is to learn more about your chosen educational program. Contact an admissions representative, who can give you an overview of the program and answer any of your questions. Touring the facility is a great way to see where you’ll be learning and the topics you’ll be studying. It’s important to gain a solid understanding of the wellness program and the career field you’re interested in before you enroll. Once you’ve found the right program, it’s

time to change your life and work toward your desired career. Once you’ve enrolled in a program, take some time to reassess your lifestyle and ensure you’re doing everything you can to succeed. Do your best to drink plenty of water, eat healthy and block out distractions while you study. We tell our students to “leave it at the door.” In other words, while you’re in class, try to forget about the grocery shopping you need to do, your car troubles and your personal life. Focus your energy on your studies, and you’re sure to do well.

About Deborah L. Frazier

Esthetician Program Coordinator, Dawn Career Institute, Inc. 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

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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!

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Article By: Dr. Raymond J Huntington, Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center

From PTA meetings to student-teacher conferences to the pages of your daily newspaper, the term “social promotion” is becoming a familiar, and sometimes emotional, topic of discussion. It happens when teachers decide to pass students on to the next grade even though they know they have not met the standards of achievement for the current grade. For decades, it’s been done, usually subconsciously, to avoid damaging children’s selfesteem. But over the past few years the rules and rhetoric around the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act and concerns about high school students who are unqualified for graduation have led scores of educators to curtail the practice. And yet the most obvious alternative – ‘grade retention’ – has engendered a good bit of tense discussion as well. While conventional wisdom would lead many to believe that students have a better chance of mastering material by going through a year’s worth of schooling a second time, many educators and organizations, including the national Association of School Psychologists, argue that many of these students develop social and behavioral problems that inhibit their long-term academic achievement. If your child is struggling academically, chances are neither option will be very appealing when the school year ends – which is why you need to take action now to ensure that you and your child’s teachers are confident that he or she is indeed ready to move forward this June. One way to do this is to keep track of what your child should be achieving at various points of each individual school year. Report cards and progress reports are good indicators, as are test scores and comments from teachers. But it’s also important to pay attention to the chronological direction of your child’s progress. If your son or daughter performed well during the first and second quarter of this school year, chances are good that he or she built a solid foundation for the increasingly difficult challenges that typically mark the third and fourth quarters. If grades have gone down as the year has gone on, your child will have to work very hard to stop a downward spiral and catch up before promotion or retention decisions are made. If that second quarter report card was uninspiring, it’s important to talk with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Find out which skills your son or daughter is trying to master. Ask if there are any behavioral issues that are impacting academic achievement, and if the teacher is satisfied that your child is completing homework satisfactorily and on time. Make sure you understand what skills your child should be acquiring and find out if extra assistance is available for helping your son or daughter catch up. But it’s also important to take a long-range view, and make sure you understand exactly which skills your child should be mastering at each grade in the K – 12 continuums. The early grades are especially critical for acquiring reading, language, and mathematics skills that form the foundation for higher level work. Success in middle school requires more reasoning and critical thinking skills that are vital for understanding literature, history, and other humanities. And as most parents of high school students know, the last three years

are literally the make-or-break point for charting a course for higher education and the demands of the workplace today. In most cases, you can also find a wealth of information on your state’s Department of Education website. Most of these sites provide a detailed description of the common core standards students must master at each grade. Most schools pay close attention to these standards and align their curriculum, teaching, and tests to them. Knowing what your child is expected to know in every subject will help you gauge his or her progress toward meeting those expectations. Most sites also have special recourses for parents who want to be better partners in their children’s studies, such as how to monitor homework and study habits, how to make your child become a better reader, and how to instill a lifelong love of learning that will give your child powerful fuel in the race to achieve for years to come.

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 Hwy. Newark, DE 19711.

For more information or to schedule a consultation at the Newark location call 302-737-1150 or visit www.newark.

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Kids’ Couch, Inc.

Healing The Child Within Us All Olga Yatzus, LPCMH, CSP, RPT


hen Kids’ Couch, Inc. first came into being in 2003, the focus was on helping and healing children. Olga Yatzus, LPCMH, CSP, RPT wanted to utilize her training as a psychotherapist along with her 27 years of experience as a school psychologist to improve the lives of school age children. It became apparent, however, that in order to be effective in helping children, we had to be able to help grownups, too. Within school settings, she had the opportunity to work with the children themselves, but found that she was cut off from their greatest resource – their parents! It is well understood that children can improve only when they are getting the support they need from their parents and/or primary caregivers. For example,

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a boy who was a stellar student in second grade becomes a third grader who has trouble staying on task long enough to complete a classroom assignment. He often starts “clowning around” in class to the point that his behavior becomes a distraction to other children in the classroom. His teacher might send him to the school counselor with the expectation that she can somehow teach him to sit still and finish his work. What he tells the psychologist indicates that he can’t do the work because he doesn’t understand the lesson; further investigation shows that he also has not been completing his homework sheets. This child has fallen seriously behind in his learning. Perhaps he has a previously undiagnosed Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder; perhaps there has been some severe stressor at home such as the death of a loved one which is making him too sad to focus well. These issues would certainly require the parents to be closely involved in finding a way to

support him and get him back on track. Perhaps, however, the problem could be resolved if his parents were just to review his homework sheets with him before and after he does them. This could help in several ways: 1. it gives him the chance to ask for help twice; 2. it shows him that his parents are available to help him; and 3. it gives his parents a daily opportunity to praise him for his efforts. How many of us could have and would have done better in school had we only been given a little more attention from our parents! We see variations of this scenario on a daily basis, where the answer can be as simple as parents or caregivers making themselves more readily available. We also see kids whose lives are very complicated by conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities, or who have experienced serious life events themselves or within their families. Regardless of the situation, we find that kids need their parents to be involved in finding solutions.


Seems like a “no-brainer,” huh? Here comes the heart of the matter: we have also found that parents and/or caregivers can provide support for their kids only when their own needs are being met. And that can seem like an impossible task. How many parents knew how hectic life was going to get, how hard it was going to be to juggle the contradictory needs of their kids, their jobs, and themselves? Finding an extra ten or fifteen minutes to help a third grader with his homework can be a monumental task in and of itself. At Kids’ Couch, Inc. we have made it our first priority to support the needs of the entire family. We understand that parents and caregivers are people who often have very complicated lives. When a child has mental health or behavioral problems, parents and caregivers suffer in a variety of ways, and we work to address that suffering. We know that our relationships with parents and caregivers will make all the difference in a child’s well-being.


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Next:designing for

Generation X We will be challenged to constantly stay abreast of the newest technology, products, and materials, providing new and different design services drawing upon our practical and professional knowledge and experience to deliver inspired design solutions for an increasingly connected and mobile generation.



huge demographic shift that is destined to shape our country’s landscape as much as their “boomer” parents’ generation did is the Generation X (born between 1965-1981), first time homebuyer. With the deep recession behind us, Gen- X will likely be a large driver of our housing market in the next 5-10 years.


Before making a purchase they gather information from the internet, social media, HGTV, home networks, and their friends. They do their homework before buying, know how much things cost, and have a clear budget in mind.

As a designer it is imperative that we continually assess trends to anticipate the needs of our clients. Our clients expect us to look ahead and stay informed about changes that will affect our relationship to the interior spaces in which we live and work.

They do extensive research about the materials and products capable of saving them time, money and maintainance.


Designing for this quickly evolving “Gen-X-er” we need to immerse ourselves into their world to understand how to design for their “wants, needs, and wish list” in their design aesthetic and lifestyle.

Tech Savvy

There truly is an app for anything! In addition to being well informed, they are also self empowered with cutting edge technology tools that measure, photo, create floor plans, and even produce 3-D drawings.

In many ways, this brings design to a new level – where design and technology not only intersect, but are fully integrated.


Characteristics of the Generation X Consumer

Frequently, Gen-X-ers come to the first meeting with a designer with preliminary design concepts.

Value Conscious

Influenced by the recession, having less disposable income, Gen X is value conscious.They want their home to multi-task as hard as its owners do. Value does not necessarily mean inexpensive. Budget conscious Gen-X-ers will invest more in what matters to them (e.g., high end countertops, backsplash or lighting) and cut back on areas that are not as important. Rooms need to be flexible and adaptable for use as a home office, nursery, guest room or even roommate.

Unlike their parents, Gen-X-ers embrace technology and are comfortable and confident with digital options (e.g., digital showers, touch faucets).


Spaces need to be integrated to max out function while still being comfortable, timeless and high quality (e.g., kitchen/breakfast room/gathering area become one space).

Practical and Efficient

Workspaces that provide minimal clutter, maxi-mum storage and high efficiency is important while still getting the most value per square foot for their home. Cost conscious and value driven, they prefer design that is timeless. So they buy quality that will last. Products easy to care for with low maintenance are important.


They want to make a statement (e.g., 1950’s retro chair/ a mural/ or unique accessories) and create a “designer look” with close attention to detail.

Rita Wilkins is the president and principal designer and project manager of Design Services, Ltd. 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. • February/March 2013



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