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Women’s Journal The New Castle County

A Quarterly Resource For Women of New Castle County

First Quarter 2017

Cover & profiles shot on location at The University and Whist Club by Shannon Adelson of Adelson Media, Inc. See profiles on pages 36-39

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Ophthalmology Blog:

Questions And Answers With Dr. Jeff Minkovitz, Cataract And Refractive Specialist shape of the cornea, which may affect the refractive outcome of cataract surgery. Because most patients who have undergone LASIK are highly motivated to remain free from glasses, experience with LASIK is helpful in planning and performing these surgeries.

By Jeffrey B. Minkovitz, M.D.

Patients considering refractive or cataract surgery frequently ask me many questions about their eye condition and their options for treatment. Today, many more options exist, and asking the right questions helps to ensure the best fit. While each patient may have unique concerns, many questions surface repeatedly. In this article, I have tried to highlight some of the most common as well as some which apply more broadly.


: How long do I need to be without my contact lenses before laser vision correction?


: Patients with soft contacts should refrain from wearing them for at least one week, and preferably two. Hard contacts require one month or more. Contact lens wear can alter the surface of the eye (the cornea), changing both the shape and clarity.


: Can patients with cataracts undergo laser vision correction?


: Does laser vision correction cause cataracts or affect future cataract surgery?

: Patients with significant cataracts should not undergo laser vision correction. Laser vision correction is for the reduction of spectacle dependence. It does not improve vision diminished by cataracts. Furthermore, modern cataract surgery can often achieve the same goals of laser vision correction (reducing dependence upon glasses) while simultaneously improving best corrected vision (the principle goal of cataract surgery). Premium intraocular lens implants can also reduce dependence upon reading glasses.


: Laser vision correction does not cause cataracts, but can alter the


trained in corneal transplantation. He completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins. Previously, he graduated magna cum-laude from Harvard, earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, completed internship at Harvard’s Mt. Auburn Hospital, and served his ophthalmology residency at Washington University. Dr. Minkovitz participated in the early research on Excimer Laser refractive surgery, and has offered this procedure to Delawareans since FDA approval in 1996, before Delaware had its own laser. These early pioneering individuals travelled to Wilmer Institute with Dr. Minkovitz, where he maintained his teaching and clinical appointment. In addition to introducing laser vision correction to Delaware, he also introduced NearVision CK to eliminate reading glasses, DSAEK (a newer, less invasive type of corneal transplant) and recently the newest advance in cataract

: Will laser vision correction help me read without glasses?

: Laser vision correction is performed to reduce spectacle dependence for distance vision. In patients who are farsighted (see better far than near), there may be some near vision benefit, but patients in their mid-forties or older will typically need reading glasses to see close. One exception is monovision, in which one eye is corrected for distance and the other for near. Conductive keratoplasty (NearVision CK) is a procedure for improving reading vision in patients who do not need distance glasses


surgery: laser assisted cataract surgery. In 2016, Dr. Minkovitz founded Laser Vision Delaware, llc and brought the newest and most advanced refractive laser to Delaware. Dr. Minkovitz is a co-founder of the Center for Advanced Surgical Arts and serves on its medical advisory board. He is also on active staff at Christiana Care. While on staff of Wilmer at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Minkovitz received the Outstanding Teacher award. He was also named Top Doc in ophthalmology by Delaware Today Magazine six consecutive years, and has been an invited instructor at American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meetings.

For further information or to schedule an appointment please call 302-652-3353.

: Can cataract surgery reduce my need for glasses?

: The principle goal of cataract surgery is to restore clear vision in patients experiencing vision loss from cataracts. Advances in surgery, as well as attitudinal changes in patients and surgeons, have increased the emphasis on “enhanced vision” – improving visual performance beyond what may have been present even before cataracts developed. New technology has allowed better, safer surgery with speedier recovery. New implant designs have allowed reduction in “optical aberrations,” resulting in improved performance. Better measurements have allowed more predictable refractive outcomes (reducing nearsightedness and farsightedness). And premium intra-ocular lenses can reduce astigmatism and provide spectacle freedom for near and distance vision simultaneously. Please feel free to submit questions for future issues through The Women’s Journal, or visit my website at www.eyephysicians.com

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



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It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and that we are now beginning 2017. Each year I always tell myself that this is going to be the best year yet, and 2016 was a very good year for my family and for my business. Each morning I awake and thank God for my wonderful blessed life that I am allowed to have, because whether you believe in God or not, you have to admit that if you have your health, and you have a good life, you are blessed. I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday, and that you are ready to start your New Year off with a positive attitude. Whether you were happy with the outcome of the 2016 election or not, may we all pull together to take our country beyond the conflicts that we have seen over the last several months concerning politics. There is nothing that we can’t overcome in life, if we work hard enough. The Women’s Journal is distributed free of charge, sponsored by our contributors, and is available in medical buildings, hospitals, doctors’ offices, recreation centers, libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, hair salons, supermarkets, and many other local businesses. Can’t put your hands on a copy? Just call us so we can help! Pamela Rizzo, Publisher

On The Cover . . . We would like to thank the University and Whist Club for

hosting our cover and profile photoshoot at their beautiful facility in Wilmington. If you are looking for the perfect location for your next event, you owe it to yourself to check out their wonderful facility. For more information call 302-658-5125 or visit their website: www.universityandwhistclub.com I would also like to say thank you to J Christian and his incredible team of stylists and makeup artists. They have never let me down in the 7 years that I have worked with this group. J Christian Studio is an award-winning, upscale salon located at 7465 Lancaster Pike in Hockessin Delaware. For more information or to book an appointment with any of his amazing stylists or makeup artists, call 302-235-2306 or visit: www.jchristianstudio.com. I am extremely sad to say that this was J’s last issue styling for photoshoots for NCC. It was a privilege to have worked with you all these years. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Mr. Shannon Adelson, of Adelson Media, Inc. was our photographer for this shoot. We are pleased with his great eye for photographing and his professional ease in dealing with each of our participants. You can contact Shannon at 484-7480166, or email him at shannon@shannonadelson.com. To see more of Shannon’s work, check out his website at www.shannonadelson.com. Please take the time to read each of our profiles this issue. This issue for NCC we have 6 dynamic men & women who represent what success looks like. Complete profiles can be found on pages 36-39. Also, this issue in Chester and DE County we have 3 extremely successful people from the medical field. Complete profiles can be found on pages 36-37 in the Chester and Delaware County issues. 3


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Dr. Melissa P. Broyles


Ophthalmology Blog......................................2

Calling All Men…To Pilates!........................32

Begin A Healthier Life....................................5

What Are You Waiting For?.........................33

Resolve To Be A Life Changer......................6

Finding Your Motivation!..............................34

Have An Overactive Bladder?.......................7 Red, Cracked, Sore Corners Of The Mouth.....8 Address Chronic Disease..............................9 Got Hemorrhoids?…....................................10 Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder.....................11


Profiles & Thanks...................................36-39


How Do I Treat My Varicose/Spider Veins..12

Exit Planning Considerations.......................40

Diabetes And Vision Loss............................13

Women And Retirement Planning................41

All-on-4 Dental Implants .............................14

Advantage Of A Virtual Office......................42


Restore Gut Health.....................................15 Help Reduce Wandering People.................16 The Best Treatment For Fibroids.................17 Dizziness And Balance Problems.................18 Hearing & Balance (Del. & Chest. Edition)........18 Reasons For A Screening Colonoscopy.......19 The Silent Killer...........................................20


Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement.............21 Type 2 Diabetes..........................................22 Smartlipo Triplex® Vs. Surgical Liposuction.......23 Restore Your Own Hair (Del. & Chest. Edition)...23 Untreated Hypothyroidism..........................24 About Stem Cells........................................25 Menopause – Don’t Fear The Change...........26 Help For Loss & Grief.................................27 Caregiver Stress..........................................28 The Hottest Health Regimen.......................29 A Goal Without A Plan.................................30 Numerous Benefits Of Halotherapy..............31


Candy For All Occasions.............................43 Painted Stave Events..................................43


Pampered Like A Princess...........................35 Acne Cleared. No Prescriptions Or Lasers....44 How To Apply Makeup.................................44 Spring Celebrations.....................................45 Trending: Brow Microblading.......................46 “A Client Story”...........................................47 Change One Thing About Your Skin...........48 Jewelry Stores & Car Dealerships...............49 Say “YES!” To Being Picture Perfect............50 Got Gray? GREAT! (Del. & Chest. Edition)....50


Weddings At The Whist................................51 For The Love Of Flowers............................52




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Open Every Gift............................................53 The Art Of Finishing Touches.......................54


Access. Education. Influence.......................55 Paint Your Workplace For Success!............55 Duct Cleaning (Del. & Chest. Edition)............55 TICK’d Off: Battling Lyme Disease...............56 Your Job Done Right...................................72


Boost Your Career.......................................57 Silent Winter Retreat...................................57 What Can Tutoring Do.................................58 The Good Teacher.......................................59 From The Parents Perspective....................60


When The Caregiver Becomes the Patient?....61 ‘Tis The Season For Safe Driving................62


Bounce Back From Setbacks......................63 50th Annual Dinner SCCC ............................64 Your Passport To Travel...............................64 Women’s Networking Events........................65 Walk To Cure Arthritis..................................65 Go Red For Women Luncheon....................66 Keeping Families Close...............................66 Supporting Small Businesses......................67 Why Join Us?..............................................67 Spring Expo.................................................68 A Chamber Focused On Doing Good..........69 Delaware Brain Tumor Walk........................69 180 Ballet Winter/Spring Season................71



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Begin A Healthier Life

With Weight Loss Surgery What are my surgical weight loss options?

Roux En Y Gastric Bypass The most common gastric bypass surgery, Roux En Y Gastric Bypass shortens the digestive tract by creating a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. Your body also absorbs fewer calories as a result.

The most common procedures are the Adjustable Gastric Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux En Y Gastric Bypass and Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS). By Gail M. Wynn, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Saint Francis Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (Headshot by Shannon Adelson of Adelson Media, Inc.)


ariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery is recognized by the National Institute of Health as an effective alternative for severe obesity and life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, hypertension and coronary artery disease.

Who is a candidate? Bariatric surgery is an option for those individuals who have failed to lose weight through non-surgical means and who meet the universal standards established by the National Institute of Health (NIH), which includes: body weight greater than 100 pounds overweight, a BMI greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with medical complications related to obesity, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea.

Adjustable Gastric Band The Band wraps around the upper part of the stomach, dividing the stomach into a smaller pouch and a larger lower stomach. By creating a smaller stomach pouch, the Band limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel fuller sooner and stay fuller longer.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) BPD/DS is a procedure with two components. First, a smaller, tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion of the stomach, very similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. Next, a large portion of the small intestine is bypassed. As a result of the surgery, patients experience greater weight loss as compared to some other weight loss surgeries, and they can eventually eat near “normal” meals.

Sleeve Gastrectomy During the surgery, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device and the majority of the stomach is removed. Food passes through the new stomach tube directly into the intestines.

What are the benefits and risks of these surgeries? • Each surgical procedure has its own benefits and risks. • Gastric band patients have shown a loss of 41% of their excess weight at three years. • Sleeve Gastrectomy patients have shown an average loss of 66% of their excess weight. • Gastric Bypass patients have shown an average loss of 75% of their excess body weight. • BPD/DS surgery results in weight loss of 70% or greater. As far as risks are concerned, weight, age and medical history will determine your specific risk. You should consult with your doctor if bariatric surgery is right for you.

What do I have to do to prepare for surgery? You most likely will need a cardiology and pulmonology consultation and clearance, lab work and a chest x-ray, and go through a medicallysupervised weight loss program prior to surgery.

How long will I be in the hospital after surgery? If you opt for Gastric band surgery, you may leave the hospital the same day or stay one night. The other two surgeries will require a two-day stay at the hospital.

How much time will I have to take off of work after surgery? You will need 7-10 days to recover from band surgery versus two weeks to a month for a gastric bypass or sleeve.

Does insurance cover surgery? Review your insurance policy to see if weight loss surgery is included. If it is a covered benefit, it is your right to obtain the service in a timely manner.

To learn more about Bariatric Surgery, or to make an appointment, call 302.421.4221 and mention the article in The Women’s Journal. www.TheWomensJournal.com



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Resolve To Be A Life Changer!

The gift of life that you give will help sustain someone else’s life. It could be a friend, a family member or in most cases a complete stranger. But does it really matter who it saves? Isn’t life the most precious commodity we have?

By Michael Waite, Director, Marketing & Community Relations


hether we openly admit it or not, the start of a new year causes us to reflect on where we are in our lives. Do we have a desire to be a better person, lose weight, become more active or save more lives? That’s right . . . at this moment you can make a resolution to save lives by making an appointment to donate blood at Blood Bank of Delmarva, just like John did. Ten years ago, John had a triple coronary artery bypass & needed 8 pints of blood and 4 units of platelets. That day 12 people saved his life. Twelve people who didn’t know him and he didn’t know them. Twelve people who took time out of their busy lives to save someone else, someone they didn’t know and would probably never meet. John himself had donated blood in the past, but not on a regularly scheduled basis. But after his life altering incident, he made a resolution . . . a resolution to give back to those who unselfishly had done the same for him. Over a 10 year span, John has become one of our most frequent donors and has donated over 240 times, which means he’s been at BBD 24 times per year over the last ten years! That’s consistency and dedication. By the way, platelets are his preferred form of donation. There is very little else you can do in your life that’s more gratifying and more impactful than donating blood because it’s a gift that will directly affect the life of a patient at one of the hospitals Blood Bank of Delmarva serves in our region.

questions on our website at www. DelmarvaBlood.org. You’ll also find helpful information on good practices you should use to make your donation go more easily. Or you can simply pick up the phone and call us with any questions or concerns you may have.

In my conversations and travels throughout the Delmarva region, the talk always turns to “Why should I give”? Here’s why: 65% of the United States population cannot donate blood for a number of different reasons. Many take medications that prevent them from donation; others have or had illnesses that make them ineligible, many are deferred because of travel and there are a significant number who don’t meet the physical requirements to donate. All these restrictions are there for one purpose, the absolute safety of the blood supply in our country.

Our donors are everyday heroes . . . doing what they can on a daily basis to help save lives. It’s important work, it’s lifesaving work and we’d like you to join us. Again, the time you spend in a donor chair will make a world of difference in the life of someone you may never meet, but as our friend John will tell you, he’s here today because 12 people over 10 years ago chose to make a difference. To schedule your appointment, please go online to DelmarvaBlood. org or call 888 8-BLOOD-8.

Of the 35% or so who have the ability to donate, only 4-5% actually do. That’s a tremendous burden on a very small segment of our population. It’s also a burden on blood centers throughout the United States as we struggle continuously to recruit new donors. Many of the people who donate regularly are aging and due to physical ailments may not be able to donate much longer. As an industry, we must find healthy new donors who will take up the challenge of helping to save lives, which is why we constantly encourage people who have never donated in the past to join us.

Michael Waite, former on-air radio personality at WJBR, is the current Director of Marketing & Community Relations for Blood Bank of Delmarva, a position he has held since February 2011. Michael is the organization’s primary media spokesperson and collaborates with executive management on strategic initiatives to improve organizational performance. He also manages community relations and leads the Blood Bank’s fundraising efforts. He is a past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, a former board member for the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and a University of Delaware HRIM Renaissance Award winner.

We love our donors for saving local lives! Schedule your appointment at www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8

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The process of blood donation doesn’t take a lot of time. For whole blood, the actual donation time is less than 15 minutes. The entire process from the time you walk into one of our donor centers until the time you walk out takes about an hour because of the questionnaire that everyone must answer before every donation, along with a quick check on your blood pressure, temperature and hemoglobin levels. All these steps are FDA mandated for the safety of the blood supply and for the safety of the donor.

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Have An Overactive Bladder & Medication Didn’t Help? Don’t Give Up An Implant that sends the right electrical impulses to the nerves


ou might have heard about medications and other therapies for improving urge incontinence and overactive bladder, which causes a frequent, urgent urge to pass urine that sometimes results in leaking.

track record, providing relief in more than 70 percent of cases for women who have not achieved the results they want after trying medications, physical therapy, behavior modification and other strategies.

But many women still are not aware of a highly successful, simple therapy called sacral neuromodulation which treats urge incontinence and overactive bladder by helping the nerves in the bladder to function properly.

No more uncomfortable pads, no more staking out the nearest restroom, no more staying home because you never know when the urge to go will come. No wonder so many patients say they wish they had learned about the implant years ago.

Here’s how it works. To control the nerves of the bladder, a small device called InterStim® is inserted, through the skin, near the tailbone, also known as the sacrum. It works by sending the right nerve impulses to the nerves of the bladder, which decreases the urge to urinate. Since approval by the FDA in 1998, it has demonstrated a good

neurostimulator near the hip. For a lengthier test period it is common to do the procedure in an operating room under sedation.

held programmer that the patient can use to turn the device on and off, as well as increase or decrease the impulses.

Most patients return to their jobs and other routines the next day. During the trial, patients must be careful when they are bathing to avoid getting the device wet. They should not do any heavy lifting.

The implant is permanent. The battery that powers it has a life span of five to seven years. Patients can check their hand-held device to check if the battery is getting low, or they will notice a return of symptoms. Battery replacement is a procedure that takes about ten minutes to perform.

During the evaluation phase, patients keep a diary of their urination and leakage to gauge if the device is helping. Most patients say the impact is almost immediate, often within 24 hours.

Take it for a trial run

This device is unique in that patients can try it out to determine if it’s a good fit for them. The evaluation phase can be as short as four days or as long as two weeks.

If patients’ symptoms are greatly improved or cured during the evaluation, they can go on to longterm use of InterStim® therapy, in which the device is implanted.

For a brief trial run, the patient typically comes to the office and the doctor places an external

A life-altering therapy

InterStim® comes with a hand-

You will meet highly skilled and caring physicians who are the only urogynecologists in Delaware who have completed fellowships and are board-certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Babak Vakili, M.D., is the director of the Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Vakili completed his fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center.

Emily K. Saks, M.D., MSCE, is a urogynecologist with the Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Saks completed her fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Howard B. Goldstein, D.O., MPH, is a urogynecologist with the Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Goldstein completed his fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.



To learn more or make an appointment at the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery please call 302-623-4055. Please mention you read about this treatment in The Women’s Journal.

Bladder problems shouldn’t keep you from the things you enjoy most in life.

Matthew Fagan, M.D., MS, is a urogynecologist with the Christiana Care Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Fagan completed his fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center/University of Maryland.

Christiana Hospital Medical Arts Pavilion 2 302-623-4055 4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1208, Newark, DE 19713 Smyrna Health & Wellness Center 302-623-4055 100 S. Main Street, Suite 215, Smyrna, DE 19977 Christiana Care Concord Health Center 610-361-1030 161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 www.christianacare.org/urogynecology

The implant is truly a life-altering therapy.

Let us help you get back to what really matters.

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Red, Cracked Sore Corners Of The Mouth? E

ver get red, scaly, swollen patches in the corners of your mouth where your upper and lower lips meet? It can be just an annoying dry feeling spot or can progress to be deeply fissured, burning and very painful. It can be uncomfortable to open your mouth, speak or eat. Some people with the condition report a bad taste in the mouth as well. The condition is known as angular cheilitis, perleche, or angular stomatitis.


Without treatment angular chelitis can plague the sufferer for weeks if not months, especially when the predisposing factors are still present. In addition to keeping the body hydrated, a prescription ointment which includes a steroid for the inflammation, an antifungal for the most common causative organism, candida albicans, and possibly an antibiotic for the bacterial culprits is most effective. The ointment is applied topically in a very thin film to the affected area 3-4 times per day until the lesion is cleared which is typically a few days. It is important to change your toothbrush at the beginning and end of treatment to avoid re-infecting the site. Your dentist can easily diagnose angular cheilitis and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Patients often tell me that they regret not seeking help earlier as the medication resolved the problem so quickly.

What causes Angular Cheilitis?

The most common initiating factor is the pooling of saliva in the corners of the mouth. This creates a chronic moist environment, a perfect breeding ground for candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus and possibly Steptococcus (although this is rare). These organisms normally live in balance in your mouth; however, they are opportunistic and will grow and multiply when given the chance. The most common culprit is the fungus, candida albicans, the thrush organism responsible for mouth infections or vaginal infections after antibiotic use and diaper rash in babies. Like all infections, there must be a receptive host. What makes an individual more likely to be receptive to the effects of the causative fungus or bacteria? Any condition which compromises the individual’s ability to fight infections such as diabetes, HIV, nutritional deficiencies, cancer, immunosuppressive medications, to name a few. Some early literature reports that a Vitamin B deficiency directly causes angular cheilitis; however, a study held by the New Hanover Regional Medical Center disputes this. This is not to say that a Vitamin B deficiency cannot contribute as it has an important role in boosting the immune system and promoting skin health. Vitamin B therefore plays a role in modulating host response.

Eliminating Predisposing Factors

Go to a dentist who will do a thorough dental and head and neck exam. Factors such as overclosure, tooth wear and muscular tone will be evaluated. Many times restoring the teeth to the appropriate size and shape or in denture patients, making a new denture will resolve the angular cheilitis and a host of other problems.


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Increased folding or wrinkling in the corners of the mouth. Of course some of us are all too familiar with the loose sagging skin of the aging face. But the fact of which many are not aware is that the “overclosed” mouth where the nose and the chin are closer together than in youth, also causes these creases. The overclosure, referred to medically as decreased vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO), occurs when teeth are lost without replacement, excessive rapid wear of the teeth occurs, and also when dentures do not recreate an acceptable VDO. Too much saliva. Physical injury to the face, particularly where lip closure is affected. Facial muscle tone deficits from neuromuscular diseases, Parkinson’s disease or Bell’s Palsy. Habitual licking of the lips, biting fingernails chewing on pencils all introduce moisture and bacteria to the area. Trauma including dental work which stretches the corners of the mouth.

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Dental Care Should Address Chronic Disease

By Dr. Lewis Yu and Dr. Grace Liu


hronic disease occurs when you lose the ability to make new cells. The body is constantly repairing itself: eye cells, every 48 hours; skin cells, every six weeks; liver cells, every eight weeks; and nervous system, every eight months. Failure to reproduce cells, or not producing enough of them, will result in diminished organ functions and chronic disease. What does it take to make new cells? Imagine a house reduced to a pile of rubble by a tornado. To rebuild it means removing debris (toxins), bringing new materials (nutrition), and the electricity to power the process. All three components are needed to avoid chronic disease. PH stands for potential of hydrogen, a measure of our body’s voltage. The body operates in a very narrow range, around pH of 7.44. This translates to -25mv (millivolts) of electricity. At this voltage our body is at homeostasis and doing well. This number changes to -50mv when the body encounters a need to produce new cells to repair an injury.

parts of the body. The front teeth, for example, have a relationship with the kidneys. The premolars are connected with the stomach.

Our body has amazing healing ability. It’s a matter of removing toxins and letting it heal itself.

Teeth associated with low voltage problems are more prone to decay. In other words, if a dentist fixes decay in a tooth without addressing the underlying organ, the restoration will ultimately fail because the organ’s “voltage pump” is still not working to repel the decay toxins.

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Typically, after several repairs the tooth will require a full crown that would cover the problem until the crown breaks off with half the tooth inside and require a root canal to eliminate infection within the root. This would be covered by another crown and likely eventual loss of the tooth. Worse, without proper cleaning of the surrounding bone, residual infectious material can spread to the surrounding bone. This is called CAVITATION. If not treated it becomes a chronic drain on the immune system.

Dr. Lewis Yu earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1996. He received two years of advanced postgraduate 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.

The mouth is truly the gateway to our health. Little changes in our body show up in our mouth. Because of this connection, in addition of treating the tooth infection we need to consider overall body health. According to the World Health Organization, although the United States is the richest and most technologically advanced country, it ranks 28th in medical outcomes, which ties with Cuba. This is an indictment of our current main stream health care model. While our health care is great for acute care and trauma, it is failing us in the treatment of chronic disease.

Nutrition and detox are very important parts of the system but without sufficient power the injury doesn’t heal properly. This essentially describes a chronic disease state.

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Every body organ is tied to a muscle battery system pathway. The muscle battery connects to organs, and teeth serve as circuit breakers for the system, like a body health detection system.

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On our office website at www.AllAboutSmilesDE. com, there is a tooth meridian chart that correlates each tooth and its connected organs. A problem with a specific organ will produce symptoms in the tooth. California’s Loma Linda University conducted a study showing that teeth have a mechanism to “pump” out toxins or infections. Ancient Chinese medicine has taught for centuries that teeth are connected to other www.TheWomensJournal.com

Dr. Grace Liu has been practicing dentistry since 1996, having earned her degree from the New York University School of Dentistry. She continued her education through post-graduate studies at Columbia University, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies in Nevada and the Academy of Dentistry. She is also a member of the Delaware State Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.


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oes the following scenario sound familiar?

Everyone else in your family has gone to bed several hours ago, however, you are still wide awake watching TV or doing whatever chores you can find around the house. Finally, because you know you should go to bed, you attempt to do so. Nonetheless, you lie awake for another hour or more, staring at the clock, and counting the few hours that are left for you to sleep. When morning rolls around, you get up when everyone else does, because, of course, you have to. You have to go to work, or school, and begin your traditional day. You feel quite groggy for a while, eventually you adjust, but ultimately you feel sluggish until bedtime comes around again. What doesn’t quite make sense is that no matter how tired you may feel that evening, once again, you can’t get to sleep and the pattern continues throughout the week! Perhaps on weekends, you have a little more freedom. You still stay up late, but on Saturdays and Sundays, you sleep very late, often till noon or one o’clock. Others may describe you as lazy, or bemoan the fact that you’re wasting your day. You may even feel guilty about this, but you know you’re out of sync with everyone else, and don’t know why. I mean, in reality, you get less sleep than they do! If the above scenario sounds familiar, you may be suffering from what is called Delayed Sleep Phase Onset Disorder! You are what sleep professionals call an “Owl”. This sleep disorder is largely genetic, and affects at least 10% of the population, but there is good news. It can be treated!! www.TheWomensJournal.com

At the Insomnia Clinic at Delaware Sleep Disorders Centers, we have many patients who have presented with these same symptoms. Many have no idea why they are the way they are, and have never even considered the fact that they may be suffering from a legitimate disorder. Many of my patients find great relief in having a name put to their symptoms, and a reason to explain why they’re chronically late for work. It certainly is not because they are lazy, or irresponsible!

For those of you who think you may have such a Circadian Rhythm Disorder, there is much reason to be optimistic! Circadian Rhythm Disorders are often easily adjusted, and maintained. The treatment does require determination, and patience, but the success rate is quite high.

There is also a flip side to this, where individuals with Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder like to go to sleep early, but no matter what time they do, they always wake up early, usually earlier than everyone else. These people are called “Larks”. Both “Larks” and “Owls” fall into what are medically called Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders.

About the author: Cynthia Nigro, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist is now working at Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers after many years of being in private practice. She originally trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, but after becoming fascinated

To schedule an appointment for the Insomnia Clinic at Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers, please contact us at (877) 335.7533 option 1.

Melatonin is one of the most dominate hormones that regulates the part of the brain that determines sleep, and in the average person, it starts rising in the body at about eight or nine o’clock, and by six or seven o’clock the next morning, it has completely fallen. The rise of melatonin causes drowsiness, and the lack of it corresponds with wakefulness. Unfortunately, for those with a circadian rhythm disorder, their melatonin cycles occur either later or earlier. If left to their own devices though, they will have a perfectly normal night’s sleep, just at different times than most.

by the connection between the mind and the body, she began extensive training in all modalities of Biofeedback. Presently she combines these therapies to optimize treatment for those with sleep disorders. Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers, LLC, is staffed and equipped to evaluate and treat most sleep-related disorders. Diagnosis and treatment for many disorders may begin after just one night. When performing a sleep study, our technologists work closely with our medical director – (a physician who is board certified in Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine or Neurology) – to identify and confirm sleep disorders, measure their severity and recommend multiple treatment options.


Melatonin is greatly affected by light, so by manipulating the amount and timing of light exposure, a person’s circadian rhythm can be nudged in one direction or the other. Aside from outdoor exposure, light devices are manufactured to simulate outdoor light, and are used to accomplish this. In addition, oral Melatonin tablets are sold over the counter, and with medical direction, can be taken to aide in initially resetting cycles. 11

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t the Delaware Advanced Vein Center, we treat both varicose and spider veins in an office setting as outpatient. The Delaware Advanced Vein Center specializes in personalized care and works with you within every step in the process. The first step is to determine what is causing the varicose and spider veins. These may be a symptom of venous insufficiency, which is a disease where the one-way valves in the veins are incompetent and may lead to discoloration, bleeding, ulcers and a “heavy leg” sensation that may hinder daily activity.

Ultimately, this treatment helps patients to eliminate the problem early on before the spider veins cause very unpleasant effects. This treatment is done in the doctor’s office.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it would be recommended you undergo a venous ultrasound to document this objectively. The venous ultrasound will check the circulation of the vein valves by measuring the blood flow in the valves opening and closing and this will determine the level of reflux you may have. If you have venous insufficiency, the ultrasound results will help determine if your insurance will cover the procedure to fix the problem.

There is no down time after this procedure is performed. Patients are able to walk and resume their normal daily activities immediately following the procedure. They may experience some temporary bruising and swelling in the treatment area. When the compression bandages are removed in a few days, patients are usually advised to wear compression stockings for several weeks to facilitate healing. Other than that, and keeping the area clean, no post-op care is required by the patient.

If your venous ultrasound shows reflux, we will make sure conservative efforts are utilized to avoid any surgical procedure if possible. If conservative efforts are not useful or helpful than a simple painless ten-minute ablation could be performed which would be curative. There are different kinds of ablation procedures, we typically recommend radiofrequency to treat. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein under local anesthetic. The slender catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the catheter, which heats the vein wall. As the vein wall is heated and the catheter is withdrawn, the collagen in the wall shrinks and the vein closes. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. This treatment is an outpatient procedure done in our Omega office.

If you are experiencing pain, swelling or other symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins, call today at 302-731-0001 to schedule an ultrasound. We can walk you through the process and get you on your way to healthier legs!

If your venous ultrasound did not show reflux, the doctor would recommend treating the spider veins with sclerotherapy. The procedure consists of the doctor inserting a tiny needle into the veins and then injecting a solution known as a sclerosant. It irritates the lining of the veins, which triggers them to collapse. Once they collapse, the body reabsorbs them. This eliminates the appearance of veins on the outside of the skin and will reduce the pain caused by veins. The potency and type of sclerosant varies based on the size and location of the veins.

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By Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein, MD By Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein, MD atients with diabetes may suffer from a group of conditions, which together are called diabetic eye atients with diabetes may suffer from a group of disease. This includes diabetic retinopathy, cataract conditions, together diabetic eye (clouding of thewhich lens inside theare eye)called and glaucoma disease. includes diabetic retinopathy, cataract (a group This of diseases that damage the optic nerve) (clouding of the lens inside the eye) and glaucoma Diabetic retinopathy occurs in more than half of (a group affected of diseases that damage nerve) patients by diabetes. It isthe theoptic leading Diabetic inage more than half of cause of retinopathy blindness inoccurs working Americans. patients by diabetes. It isare theequally leadingaffected Both typeaffected 1 and type 2 diabetics cause of blindness in working age Americans. by blindness. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are equally affected Diabetic retinopathy is the term that describes by blindness. damage to the vessels of the retina. The retina is a Diabetic is the nerve term that describes thin layerretinopathy of light-sensitive tissue that lines damage to the vessels of the retina. The retina the back of the eye. When light enters the eye itis a thin layer of light-sensitive nerve tissue thatimages lines passes through the iris to the retina where the back of the When light enters theimpulses. eye it are focused andeye. converted into electrical passes through signals the iris are to the retinabywhere images These electrical carried the optic nerve are focused and converted into electrical impulses. to the brain and give us vision. These electrical signals are carried by the optic nerve Elevated glucose (sugar) in the blood causes damage to the brain and give us vision. to small blood vessels in the retina. The sugar eats Elevated glucose in thevessels. blood causes damage away at the walls(sugar) of the blood The damaged to smallleak blood vessels in theinretina. The sugar vessels fluid (swelling) the center of the eats retina away at the walls of the vision blood vessels. Thereading damaged that provides the sharp needed for vessels leak fluidfaces. (swelling) the center of the retina and recognizing This in is known as diabetic that provides the sharp vision needed for reading macular edema. and recognizing faces. This is known as diabetic Damagededema. blood vessels limit circulation or oxygen macular delivery to the retina. The blood vessels carry Damaged blood vessels limit circulation or oxygen nutrition to the delicate retinal nerve tissue. With delivery the retina. The the blood vessels carrygrowth impairedtooxygen delivery, retina releases nutrition to the delicate retinal nerve tissue. With factors that cause abnormal new blood vessels to impaired oxygen delivery, the retina releases growth grow on the surface of the retina. This is known as factors that cause abnormal new blood vessels to proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The new fragile, grow on the surface of the retina. This isscar known as abnormal blood vessels bleed and cause tissue proliferative diabetic retinopathy. new fragile, formation. This may lead to retinalThe detachment. abnormal blood vessels bleed and cause scar tissue Both diabetic macular edema and proliferative formation. This may lead to retinal detachment. diabetic retinopathy may lead to blindness. Both diabetic macular edema and proliferative Who is at greatest risk developing diabetic diabetic retinopathy mayfor lead to blindness. retinopathy? The longer someone has the Who is atthe greatest diabetic diabetes, greaterrisk the for riskdeveloping of developing diabetic retinopathy? The longer someone has the retinopathy. Other risk factors for developing diabetes, the greater include: the risk poor of developing diabetic retinopathy control ofdiabetic blood retinopathy. Other risk factors for developing sugar levels over time, high blood pressure, high diabetic retinopathy include: poor control of blood cholesterol, and pregnancy. sugar levels over time, high blood pressure, high What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy? cholesterol, and pregnancy. Many people do not have symptoms until the What are of diabeticmay retinopathy? disease is the verysymptoms advanced. Symptoms include: Many people dodifficulty not havereading, symptoms the a blurred vision, newuntil floaters, disease very advanced. include: shadow is across the vision,Symptoms eye pain ormay pressure, and blurred vision, difficulty reading, new floaters, a decreased color vision. shadow across the vision, eye pain or pressure, and The best way to vision. diagnose diabetic retinopathy is a decreased color dilated ophthalmologic exam. Yearly examinations The best wayare to diagnose retinopathy is a for diabetics extremelydiabetic important to look for dilated ophthalmologic exam. Yearly examinations retinal changes that may occur before a patient has for diabeticsIfare extremely important to look for symptoms. diabetic retinopathy is discovered, retinal changes that may occur before a patientto has often more frequent examinations are required symptoms. If diabetic retinopathy is discovered, monitor for advancement of the disease. often more frequent examinations are required to Additional also helps detect and manage monitor fortesting advancement of the disease. diabetic retinopathy. An optical coherence Additional testing helps andnon-invasive manage tomography (OCT)also study is a detect valuable diabetic retinopathy. An used optical test, which is frequently tocoherence evaluate retinal tomography (OCT) studyinisthe a valuable thickness and to assist detectionnon-invasive of retinal test, which is frequently used to evaluate retinal swelling. This test helps to determine whether fluid thickness and to assist in the detection of has leaked into the retina and it also helpsretinal track swelling. test helps to determine whether fluid response This to treatment. has leaked into the retina and it also helps track response to treatment. www.TheWomensJournal.com


Fundus photographs (a photograph of the retina honors from the Ohio State University College of and optic nerve) provide documentation of retinal Engineering in 1984. Dr. Ko received her M.D. degree Fundus (a photograph of the honors Ohio State University of in changes photographs and helps physicians monitor the retina disease. from thefrom Ohiothe State University College College of Medicine and optic nerve) provide documentation of retinal Engineering 1984. Dr. Ko receivedher herresidency M.D. degree 1989, again in with honors. Following in Fluorescein is a specific test changes andangiography helps physicians monitor thethat disease. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Ophthalmology at Temple, Dr. Ko served a prestigious evaluates the retinal blood vessel circulation. 1989, again with honors. Following her residency in fellowship at Georgetown University in diseases Fluorescein a specificinjects test that This is a testangiography in which theisphysician a dye Ophthalmology Temple,and Dr. Ko served aby prestigious of the retina andatvitreous, is Certified the evaluates the retinal blood vessel circulation. into the patient’s arm. The dye circulates through fellowship at Georgetown University in diseases American Board of Ophthalmology. This is a test in eye which injects a dye the body to the andthe thephysician photographer takes of the and and is expertise Certified by the Dr. retina Ko has an vitreous, area of special in retinal into the patient’s arm. The dye circulates through pictures. The fluorescein highlights the retinal blood American Board of Ophthalmology. problems, especially diabetic eye disease, macular the body to the eye the photographer takes vessels allowing theand physician to determine whether Dr. Ko has an areadetachment, of special expertise in retinitis. retinal degeneration, retinal and CMV pictures. The fluorescein highlights the retinal blood the blood vessels are closed, damaged, or leaking. problems, especially diabetic eyeand disease, macular Dr. Ko has lectured extensively, has published vessels allowingangiogram the physician determine whether The fluorescein alsotoprovides a map and degeneration, retinal and many papers on thesedetachment, topics. Dr. Ko is CMV activeretinitis. in the blood vessels are closed, damaged, or leaking. can help guide treatment. Dr. Ko has lectured extensively, and has published resident training, and is on staff at the University of The fluorescein angiogram also provides a map and many papers onUniversity, these topics. Koas isat active in MD and Temple asDr. well the Medical There areguide fortunately many effective treatments can help treatment. resident andisisaton staff at theof University of Center oftraining, DE. Dr. Ko the forefront ophthalmic for diabetic retinopathy. Treatment may include MD and Temple University, as well as at the Medical There are fortunately manyinjections effectiveoftreatments technology, and utilizes the most advanced intravitreal injections (small medication Center of DE.including Dr. Ko islaser at the forefrontand of ophthalmic for Treatment may include procedures, treatment intraocular intodiabetic the eye),retinopathy. laser treatment, and vitreous and technology, and utilizes the most advanced intravitreal injections (small injections of medication injections, in the care of her patients. retinal surgery. These treatments can prevent, treat, procedures, including laser treatment and intraocular into the eye), laser treatment, andinvitreous and or reverse damage from diabetes injections, in the care of her patients. retinal surgery. These treatments can prevent, treat, the retina. Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein and or reverse damage from diabetes in Dr. Paula Ko are retina specialists Theretina. National Eye Institute has the Dr. Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein and at Eye Physicians and Surgeons advised the way to keep your Dr. Paula Ko are retina specialists who are committed to taking care The National Eye Institute has vision is by keeping your health at of Eye Physicians Surgeons patients withand all retinal advised the way to keep your on TRACK: who are committed to taking care diseases. If you would like to vision by keeping your • Takeis your medicines as health of patients with all retinal schedule an appointment onprescribed TRACK: by your doctor diseases. you would like to or get aIfsecond opinion •• Take your medicines as Reach and maintain a schedule an appointment prescribed by your doctor please call (302) 652-3353. healthy weight or get a second opinion •• Add Reach and maintain physical activity ato your day please call (302) 652-3353. healthy weight • Control your ABCs (A1C, blood • Add physical to your day pressure, andactivity cholesterol) 2016 •• Kick Control ABCs (A1C, blood the your smoking habit pressure, and cholesterol) 2016 and earlyhabit detection •Prevention Kick the smoking with regular eye examinations Prevention and vision early detection helps maintain for diabetic with regular eye examinations patients. Understanding how and helps maintain vision for occurs diabetic why diabetic retinopathy patients. Understanding how and empowers patients to take control why diabetic and save theirretinopathy eyesight. occurs Dr. Ko and Dr. Glazer-Hockstein are Board Certified retina empowers patients to take control specialists who are committed to treating all retinal diseases Glazer-Hockstein andDr. save their eyesight. graduated such asand AMD, Retinopathy Retinal Detachment Dr. Ko Dr.Diabetic Glazer-Hockstein areand Board Certified retina by utilizingwho the are most advancedtoprocedures, laser Cum Laude from Jefferson Medical specialists committed treating allincluding retinal diseases treatment, intraocular injections and sutureless surgery. Dr. Glazer-Hockstein graduated such as AMD, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Detachment College. She was a member of by utilizing the most advanced procedures, including laser Cum LaudeArmory from Jefferson Medical the Hobart Hare Honor treatment, intraocular injections and sutureless surgery. College. She was a member of Medical Society and was elected the Hobart Honor to the AlphaArmory OmegaHare Alpha Honor Medical Society was elected Society. She alsoand received the Carol to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor R. the Mullen prize in ophthalmology. Society. She also received theat Carol She completed her residency the R. Mullen prize in ophthalmology. Scheie Eye Institute, University of She completed During her residency at she the Pennsylvania. that time Scheie Eye Institute, University of was elected Chief Resident. Pennsylvania. that time she After residency,During Dr. Glazerwas elected Chief Resident. Hockstein completed a two years After residency, Dr. Glazermedical retina fellowship at the Hockstein a two years Scheie Eyecompleted Institute, University of medical retina fellowship at the Pennsylvania. Scheie Eye Institute, University of Dr. Glazer-Hockstein has Pennsylvania. published multiple articles in peerDr. Glazer-Hockstein review journals and hashas lectured on published articles in peera variety ofmultiple retinal disease subjects. review journals and has lectured Her specialization includes but is on a variety retinal disease subjects. not limitedofto: macular degeneration, Her specialization includes but is retinal vascular disease, and not limited to: macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy. retinal vascular disease, and Paularetinopathy. C. Ko, MD is with Eye diabetic Physicians & Surgeons, P.A., 1207 Paula C. Street, Ko, MDWilmington, is with Eye North Scott Physicians & Surgeons, P.A., 1207 DE 19806. Dr. Ko graduated with North Scott Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. Dr. Ko graduated with 13


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ery few people are aware of how much they use their teeth on a daily basis. It is not until an individual begins to lose teeth and their oral health and quality of life declines that they begin to understand the impact of impaired oral function on their daily life. Patients with missing and/ or failing teeth suffer from malnutrition, reduced self esteem, and self confidence. They possess a high risk for developing oral conditions such as boney atrophy. Patients also suffer from periodontal disease, cavities, root canal infections, and serious bite problems called “Bite Collapse”. In addition to serious dental conditions, patients with severely failing dentitions can also be more at risk for serious medical conditions such as: cardiovascular problems, stroke and diabetes, complications if pregnant, with a high risk of preterm and low birth weight babies. There are several solutions for individuals with failing dentition. The typical sequence of therapy to address these complex dental conditions could require at least three surgeries. First, the teeth are extracted and the bone is allowed to heal. Patients will temporarily function in a traditional upper or lower denture, which at times impacts the patient’s diet choices. Next, the implants are placed and require a healing time of three to four months. A third surgery is done to expose the implants. The start to finish time is six to eight months. During this time, patients use removable dentures to function.

The All-on-4 Protocol uses only four dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth. By angling the back implants, we can avoid nerves and sinus grafting which often requires much more aggressive surgical treatment. Not only does this technique replace an entire arch of teeth, but it allows Dr. Klassman to correct bite problems that were not correctable with other treatment options. Patient’s lives are improved instantly by giving them immediate fixed teeth which improves eating, nutrition, psychological confidence, and removes all sources of infection. This occurs by connecting the new set of teeth to the implants, protecting the surgical site. Any post surgery discomfort is dramatically reduced. Patients can resume eating and activities right away.

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ecently the gut and its microbiome are being referred to as the second brain. The term probiotic has become commonplace in most households, and is almost thought to be a panacea for most digestive disturbances. A basic understanding of digestion can be helpful. To digest means to change food in the mouth, stomach and intestines by the action of gastric and intestinal juices into a form that can be used by the body. Sounds simple; but it is not in reality. The organs involved are the mouth, esophagus, liver, gall bladder, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus — all playing specific roles. Enzymes are required to break down food and when this doesn’t happen or the acidity in the stomach isn’t adequate (such as in the use of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec), there is failure to absorb ingested minerals. When this happens toxins build up and burden the liver. The brain and immune systems are completely dependent on the gut, which is largely controlled by your microbiome, your intestinal microbial organisms. This affects your mood, libido, how you use fats and carbs, immunity, inflammation, vitamin production, digestion, neurotransmitter production and even how you see the world. How we feel emotionally and physically hinges on the condition of our microbiome. No other system in the body is more sensitive to changes in the gut bacteria than the CNS. This relationship is bidirectional. Some of the gut’s nerve cells and microbes release neurotransmitters that speak to the brain. In the Encyclopedia of Cancer it was mentioned that although electromagnetic fields may be considered safe for human cells, they seem to be deleterious to our microbiome counterpart. Even fluoride ingested by the fetus in the third trimester in utero will impact the microbiome of the fetus creating potential for a future diagnosis of autism. The discussion between gut health and the brain can include conditions such a Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, psychological disorders, www.TheWomensJournal.com

eczema, allergies, and arthritis, as well as autoimmune concerns, anxiety, and depression. The functional approach would be to first gather information through a thorough case history and physical examination, neurological questionnaires, blood, urine, stool and breath testing, and possibly brain mapping. In some cases, blood work is used to test the integrity of the gut lining, gluten reactivity and cross reactivity, and food sensitivities. Stool samples give us specifics about bacterial diversity, protein, fat and carb metabolism, and inflammatory biomarkers. These biomarkers will give information about infection, inflammation, digestive insufficiency and metabolic imbalance. This is some of the information used to devise an individualized treatment plan to address gut associated problems which are many conditions. Hopefully, you may now understand why this specific testing lays the perfect foundation to find the cause so that we can appropriately treat and rebuild the gut so you have....better health! HAPPY GUT=HAPPY LIFE! For more information call 302-239-5014.

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“Since working with Dr. Crosser my health and well-being has changed dramatically! As a woman in my mid 50’s I try to stay somewhat healthy or at least I thought so! Experiencing stubborn weight loss, bloating and poor gut health I was in a slow spiral to poor nutrition and health. Through Dr. Crosser’s guidance, high quality nutritional supplements and her unwavering dedication to her patients I have never felt better! Thank you Dr. Crosser!! Everyone should have just one hour with you to see how they can make improvements for a healthy lifestyle!” - June E. “By a stroke of luck, I met Dr. Crosser and began working with her. Despite a relatively healthy diet and exercise, I was suffering from anxiety, fatigue, and generally not feeling well. Dr. Crosser conducted a very thorough analysis of my symptoms and health history before recommending a customized regiment of high quality, natural supplements. The results have been miraculous. I had forgotten what it felt like to be well. I have my life back! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. Crosser.” - Judy T.

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Tips To Help Reduce Wandering With People Who Have Alzheimer’s Or A Related Dementia W

andering is always a cause for concern with people who have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. In the winter, wandering can be extremely dangerous for your loved one as they may not always dress appropriately and may become lost.

BELOW ARE TIPS ON HOW TO HELP REDUCE WANDERING: * Secure the home of someone living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Install locks out of eye level view on doors and windows. You can also use motion detectors to alert you when your loved one opens the door. * Place a full-length mirror or stop sign on doors that you do not want your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia to enter. The image of another person can often stop someone with dementia. Also stop signs have been so imbedded in our memories that they can often still invoke the intended response.

* Use signs with pictures on doors to help someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia find the bathroom and their bedroom. These signs will aid in correctly identify where the doors lead and can help your loved one from accidentally leaving the house. * Have a fence installed with secured gates. This will allow your loved one to safely get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. * Get in the habit of taking walks together in the evening. Assuring your loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is getting enough physical activity can help reduce their anxiety and restlessness. * Keep easy to eat snacks and water on hand and within view. Often those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia wander because they are looking for something, such as food or water.


* Avoid noisy and busy places, such as the mall, that can cause anxiety for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Often they will try to walk to somewhere that is quieter and has less stimulation that can cause agitation. * Have a plan of action for if your loved one does wander off. Use a permanent marker or sew identification into their clothes with your contact information. Keep a recent photo and medical information on hand to share with police and other authorities who will be helping you search for your loved one. You can also look into joining a program that can help you track your loved one with GPS. These often require a monthly subscription fee.

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Half Of All Women Will Develop Fibroids; What Treatment Is Best For You? those that do, the most common complication is pain and this is correlated to the possible increase in size of the fibroid. There is a small increased risk for having preterm labor or preterm birth if the fibroids are large. Expectant mothers are generally monitored closely with frequent ultrasounds.

By Nima Patel, M.D., MS, FACOG


y the time women reach menopause, almost half will develop fibroids. Fibroids can begin forming in women as early as the age of 20. They become more common as women get older, peaking in their 40’s. Fibroids are common, and a doctor who specializes in gynecological care can help with treatment or management options. Fibroids are usually noncancerous growths made of muscle and connective tissue. They can be as small as a pea or as large as a cantaloupe, with most measuring somewhere in between. Typically, women have more than one fibroid. While fibroids are not life threatening, they can make life uncomfortable. The most common symptom is irregular bleeding. Women with fibroids can experience heavier, longer menstrual periods sometimes with blood clots and with more cramping. Many women just feel bloated, as if there is something inside them and their pants are too tight. They may experience back pain or a sensation of pushing on the bladder causing them to have to urinate more frequently. Most pregnant women who have fibroids don’t have complications. In


Causes of Fibroids and Diagnosis While we don’t know exactly what causes fibroids or how to prevent them, we do know that fibroids are genetic and run in families. Women of African descent are more likely to develop fibroids than women of Asian or European descent.

Fibroids can grow by latching onto a blood supply and using the hormones in a woman’s body. Sometimes, the bleeding they cause is so severe that the patient may need a blood transfusion. To properly diagnose fibroids, women may receive an ultrasound or an MRI to determine the size, number, and location of the fibroids. Another procedure is a hysteroscopy. A hysteroscope is a long, thin camera that is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus to examine the inside of the womb. This can be done in the office or in an outpatient surgery center. The gynecologist may also recommend a biopsy of the lining of the uterus to evaluate for any uterine cancer.

Treatment of Fibroids

Fortunately, there are a lot of options for women who need relief from fibroids. But there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each treatment is tailored to suit the individual

woman and her needs. Treatment of fibroids depends not only on the size, location and number of fibroids but also on the symptoms most bothersome to the woman. In addition, the woman’s age, her general health, her symptoms, and whether she wants to have babies in the future are important factors in determining the best treatment option. Birth control pills, hormonal shots, or progesterone intrauterine devices (IUDs) can help to control bleeding from fibroids. Ibuprofen and similar drugs can help reduce pain from cramps and iron supplements can help women who bleed heavily avoid becoming anemic. One non-surgical option is a uterine artery embolization, performed by an interventional radiologist, which blocks the blood flow to the fibroid. Another non-surgical option is a medication that creates temporary menopause. The fibroids shrink, but the patient also experiences the side effects of menopause: hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings. These are temporary and can be controlled with low dose hormonal addback therapy. When a woman stops taking the medication, the fibroids may grow back. Fibroids shrink after menopause because levels of the hormone estrogen drop significantly. For some women, watchful waiting may be the best treatment. If women are near menopause and their symptoms are not interfering with their daily lives they may want


to hang in there and let nature take its course.

Surgery May Be Best Option

Sometimes, surgery is the best option. A surgical procedure called myomectomy removes the fibroids from the uterus. But it is not a permanent fix as it won’t prevent new fibroids from growing back. This surgery is usually reserved for women who are interested in maintaining the option of having more children. Radiofrequency ablation is a newer treatment that uses heat to destroy the fibroid tissue. Radiofrequency ablation is an outpatient procedure performed by laparoscopy, in which the surgeon works through tiny incisions in the abdomen. The fibroids remain, but they shrink in size, typically about 25-40 percent within three months of the procedure. When other measures don’t provide relief or are not a good option, a woman may opt for a hysterectomy which is the surgical removal of the uterus. The surgery usually can be done using minimally invasive techniques, either by laparoscopy or robotic surgery. This allows the woman to have her hysterectomy as a sameday procedure, so she can recover at home and get back to her routine within

a few weeks. In most cases, the ovaries are not removed and the woman will not go through instant menopause following the hysterectomy. Women who have extremely large fibroids might require an abdominal hysterectomy in which the uterus is removed through an incision in the abdomen. A patient can expect to stay in the hospital for a day or two and have a recovery period of four to six weeks. If you have fibroids, talk to your doctor. There are many treatment options. Together, we will find the right one for you.

Nima Patel, M.D., MS, FACOG, is a gynecologist specializing in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at the Center for Advanced Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Christiana Care. She also serves as Associate Program Director of the Christiana Care Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program. To make an appointment, contact: Christiana Care’s Center for Advanced Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Medical Arts Pavilion 2 Suite 2103 4735 Ogletown-Stanton Rd Newark, DE 19713 302-623-4410

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Dizziness And Balance Problems T

he treatments for different causes of dizziness differ so dramatically from one another that a one-sizefits-all approach cannot work. The By Dr. Michael Teixido, MD best results come from identifying a specific diagnosis that result in specific and effective treatments for each patient. At ENT & Allergy of Delaware we strive to offer the highest level of care for patients with dizziness and balance problems. Evaluation requires a careful history, knowledge of the variable patterns of vertigo in known disorders, and a careful physical examination aided by testing of the balance system. The four most common diagnoses of patients with dizziness seen in our clinics are vestibular migraine, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular neuronitis, and Ménière’s disease. About half of the patients we see with dizziness have symptoms caused by the same mechanism that causes migraine headaches. Migraines have many symptoms other than headaches, and the cardinal symptom of a migraine headache is sometimes completely missing. The dizziness of Vestibular Migraine has the same food, environmental and physiologic triggers as migraine headaches. Stress, hormones, weather changes and foods are commonly identified as triggers in our patients. Fortunately, once recognized, routine migraine therapies are successful in controlling symptoms. Another common cause of dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). In BPPV calcium crystals present in our inner ears to sense the direction of gravity come loose and find their way into the semi-circular canals. When changing head and body position the crystals fall through the canals and cause a sensation of spinning for up to 40 seconds until they reach the lowest position. People who get dizzy from lying down or rolling over in bed very likely have BPPV. This condition is more common in the elderly and is a dangerous cause of falls. Once detected the challenge is to identify which ear and which canals have crystals in them and to perform maneuvers or prescribe exercises that will be effective in either dissolving the crystals or moving them back to an area in the inner ear where they will not cause symptoms. Some patients with balance problems have an inner ear condition caused Ménière’s Disease. In Ménière’s Disease extra fluid accumulates in the delicate membranous labyrinth of the inner ear where all of the hair cells of hearing and balance reside. As the ear goes through cycles of accumulation of fluid and decompression through membrane ruptures, episodes of violent episodes of dizziness can occur and hearing, tinnitus and fullness in the ears can fluctuate. Unpredictable attacks of violent spinning with nausea and vomiting can last for more than an hour and wreak havoc on a patient’s life and, untreated, can continue for seven to twelve years so treatment to control vertigo is essential. Treatment starts with with medications, and if necessary injection of

steroids or other agents into the ear. Some patients benefit from surgery to drain excess fluid in the delicate inner ear. Another common cause of balance problems is Vestibular Neuronitis. Vestibular Neuronitis causes the longest lasting severe vertigo attacks of any vestibular disorder. Out of nowhere comes a severe vertigo attack with nausea and vomiting that lasts an entire day and often sends the patient to the emergency room for help. Vestibular Neuronitis is caused by a virus which paralyzes all of the nerve endings from one inner ear. Fortunately the attack occurs only one time but it takes up to six weeks to recover. The affected inner ear may be weakened forever and the process of adaptation to the imbalance between the inner ears can be helped with special exercises. At ENT & Allergy of Delaware our diagnostic efforts are aided by a state-of-the-art balance laboratory in which we can measure the strength of the balance organs in one ear compared to the other. Other tests sensitive to specific conditions

are also performed. This helps us narrow down the diagnostic possibilities in cases where the history and initial physical exam are inconclusive. While testing does not always give an exact diagnosis, it gives additional information that the doctor can consider in the context of the history and physical examination and can be essential to finding a correct diagnosis. We can then be sure that our treatment efforts are being put in the right place. Dr. Teixido is a Delaware native and practices at ENT & Allergy of Delaware. He is Delaware’s only Neurotologist (neurology and neurosurgery of ear disorders). He is director of the Delaware Otologic Medicine and Surgery Fellowship training program. He teaches ear medicine and surgery regularly at Thomas Jefferson University and at the University of Pennsylvania where he is Assistant Professor, and at Drexel University, as well as nationally and internationally. Dr. Teixido founded the nonprofit: Association of Migraine Disorders to raise awareness and provide helpful resources to patients looking for solutions and to coordinate research efforts in the area of migraine disorders.


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Keeping You Informed: Reasons For A Screening Colonoscopy T

he early warning signs of colon cancer: You feel great. You have a healthy appetite. You are only 50. By Dr. Katherine A. Sahm, Among cancers M.D., F.A.C.S. that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But if everyone ages 50 or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Starting at age 50, for persons with average risk, the American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy every 10 years. A colonoscopy can prevent 76% to 90% of colon cancers. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 19 (5.4%). The risk is slightly higher for men. The risk for colon cancer is increased if you have: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, or a mother, father, or sibling with colorectal cancer. Most colorectal cancers start as a noncancerous polyp (fast growing cells that line the inside of the colon and may become cancer). A screening colonoscopy can find such polyps and often the polyps can be removed before they develop into cancer. If cancer is already present, finding it early, before it causes symptoms, or spreads, can increase your chances of full recovery.

What is Colorectal Cancer? Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts, even if it spreads to other body parts later. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

This prevents colorectal cancer. Screening also can find this cancer early, when treatment is most effective. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened as recommended. Your Procedure: Pre-colonoscopy evaluation includes your history, current medications, and allergies. It is important to let your doctor know if you are taking any blood thinners (Plavix, aspirin, Coumadin) vitamins, herbs, or iron.

What Can I Expect? The day before the procedure you will drink a laxative preparation to clean out the colon. The day of the procedure you will be given sedation to help you feel comfortable during the procedure. The colonoscopy will not take more than an hour to complete. When you awaken from the procedure and the medication wears off you will need a responsible driver to take you home. You should completely recover from the test by the next day. A colonoscopy is a simple, potentially lifesaving procedure. Not everyone has symptoms of colon cancer. Some symptoms are very mild and therefore overlooked. If you are 50 years of age or have a colon cancer history in your family, you owe it to yourself to be checked.

How Can I get an Appointment? Please take the initiative to prevent colon cancer and get your colonoscopy screening. Dr. Katherine A. Sahm, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Board Certified General Surgeon and a trained professional that performs colonoscopies in a hospital setting.


For more information on the procedure of a colonoscopy, please go to the American College of Surgeons: Patient Education Web site at www.facs.org/patienteducation/.

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• Everyone age 50 and older • Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps • Those with a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease If you are at higher risk for colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend screening at a younger age, and you may need to be tested more often.

Screening Colonoscopy: Screening tests help find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer.

To schedule an appointment please contact Dr. Sahm’s office at 302-475-4900.

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Benefits of a Colonoscopy:

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health&medicine Meet the Physicians of Cardiology Physicians P.A. KEVIN COPELAND, D.O. Dr. Copeland has been a member of Cardiology Physicians, P.A. since July of 2014. He began his studies in Radiologic Technology, after which, he obtained a Bachelor of Kevin Copeland, D.O. Science degree at Neumann University in December of 2000 where he graduated with honors. Dr. Copeland then went on to attend medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His post-graduate training in Internal Medicine took place at Christiana Care Health Systems Program from July 2006 until June of 2009 followed by an additional year where he was nominated to serve as the Chief Resident for the Medicine Program at Christiana Care Health Systems. He began his fellowship in Cardiology the following year and was elected the Chief Cardiology Fellow from July 2012- June 2013. After completing his fellowship in Cardiology, he continued an additional year of fellowship with concentration in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Copeland was awarded Physician Ambassador for the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit and Nurse Physician Partner for both, 2012 and 2013. Dr. Copeland has presented and published several abstracts and manuscripts in both general and interventional cardiology. He has a stong interest in interventional cardiology, the diagnosis and interventional treatment of peripheral vascular disease and cardiac hemodynamics.

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Don’t Let The Silent Killer Affect You Before It’s Too Late E

ach year, millions of women across America proudly wear their distinctive pink ribbons for an entire month to raise public awareness of breast cancer, a disease that takes the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually. Yet, as the American public focuses on breast cancer, a silent killer is also taking the lives of nearly a half-million women in the United States each year. In fact, cardiovascular disease is, by far, the leading cause of death in the United States. Not just a disease of America’s aging population, a recent study from the American Journal of Cardiology cited that women ages 45 to 54 years of age have an almost equal risk of dying from cardiovascular disease as from breast cancer; currently, this risk alarmingly

increases as women grow older. Of course, it should be noted that cardiovascular disease not only refers to heart disease, but also encompasses the risk of stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and is responsible for almost 140,000 deaths annually, 60% of which are women. In fact, strokes are the third leading cause of death in American women. Studies have shown that the risk of having a stroke also varies by ethnicity. AfricanAmerican females are statistically twice as likely to suffer a stroke as Caucasian women. Hispanic women’s risk of stroke is more than the risk to Caucasian women but less than the risk to African American women. In 2009, approximately 35% of people hospitalized for stroke

were younger than 65 years of age. Although these statistics sound alarming, it is estimated that 80% are preventable.

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What is Natural Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? By Dr. Elizabeth Carter


any women, as well as most doctors, are confused as to what Natural BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is and whether it is good for you or not? How is it different from traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? The confusion arises because no distinction is made between traditional synthetic HRT and natural BHRT in studies and articles written about traditional hormone replacement therapy. Studies merely talk about hormone replacement therapy, and continually meld HRT and BHRT. To compare synthetic products and natural products is like comparing apples and oranges. It is no wonder that everyone, doctors included, are often confused. When you look at studies using natural BHRT, you will find it to be safe and helpful in maintaining your body’s normal functions.

What Are Synthetic Hormones? Traditional HRT refers to giving hormones made from conjugated equine estrogens (CEE) from the urine of pregnant mares called Premarin and/ or Premarin combined with progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate called Prempro. Synthetic estrogen is referred to as CEEs. Synthetic progesterone is referred to as progestins. All synthetic drugs contain fillers and coatings that may or may not cause side effects. The synthetic estrogen Premarin contains many different kinds of estrogens that are not capable of fitting into human estrogen receptors sites. There are no studies to date that show what happens to these circulating estrogens, as they cannot be detected when testing for estrogens in saliva, urine or blood. Although earlier studies show Premarin may increase dementia, in the French E3N study 2004, it was also found it may be anti-cancerous for breast cancer. (French E3N Study 2004-Int.J.Cancer 114, 484-454 (2005); www.ncbi.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PCM2211383).

and peanut oil are used today to make natural estrogen and progesterone compounds. The bio-identical hormones known as 17 beta-estradiol and progesterone have been FDA approved. Peanut oil is used to make an FDA-approved progesterone called Prometrium. The word “Natural” when referring to hormones means “the exact same chemical structure as what your body makes.” This does not mean all bioidentical hormones are made from plants. Hormones produced in a laboratory, having the same chemical structure as your body’s are natural and bio-identical. Everything else is synthetic.

HRT Vs. BHRT What Estrogen To Use And Why Before the Women’s Health Initiative Study Results became known, HRT was known for the treatment of menopause symptoms with synthetic hormones. Now HRT is often used to describe BHRT. Traditional HRT and BHRT are totally different ways to treating lack of hormones, the similarities and differences of which has created much confusion. To add to the confusion, the FDA has authorized that the same precautions for HRT be put on drug side effect inserts of BHRT. To be clear, HRT and BHRT are not the same drug; they do not have the same side effects. Bio-identical hormones are often made from wild yam. The hormones found in wild yam are biologically identical to the chemical structure your body makes. Your body makes three different kinds of estrogens called Estrone or E1, Estradiol

or E2, and Estriol or E3. Synthetic estrogen comes in many forms. The most common synthetic estrogen prescribed is a pill called Premarin. It comes from horse urine and is a mixture of E1, sodium equilin sulfate, 17 alpha-dihydroequilin, 17 alphaestraddiok, and 17 betadihydroequilin. The horse estrogens are equilin and equilenin. Additives and the coating of the pill are added which may cause a burning sensation when urinating, allergic reactions, and joint aches and pains. The estrogens found in Premarin and other synthetic estrogens contain many forms of estrogen that do not fit into the estrogen receptor sites in the human body. What happens because of this is not completely known, however, it is known that the synthetic estrogens stay in your body for 13 weeks because we do not have the capability of breaking down equine estrogens. Estradiol your body makes, is eliminated from your body via the urine in one day. Bio-identical hormones are broken down and are bioavailable for use in our body. It is most commonly given in a cream form. It can be given as E2 alone, or it can be given as a combination of E2 and E3 in different percentages.

“Phased Hormonal Cycles” From the book by T.S. Wiley Sex, Lies and Menopause, What Your Doctor Is Not Telling You. The light of the moon is why we, as women, cycle between 28 and 30 days. We are no longer able to distinguish those phases of natural light, due to our overexposure to synthetic, cheap

What Are Natural Bio-Identical Hormones? Natural BHRT has only been offered in the United States as an alternative to synthetic hormone replacement in the last few decades. However, it was first used in this country by the American Indians for menopausal symptoms in the form of wild yams. Wild yams, soybeans


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electricity. Overexposure of even a light bulb in your refrigerator can inhibit your melatonin release, which will disrupt your natural rhythm of estrogen. If that happens, then the natural balance we are striving for is disrupted, destabilizing the very thing we are striving for – the estrogen fitting in the receptor site.

“It may be bio-identical, but it won’t help you if you don’t do it right. A knowledgeable doctor who can educate you makes all the difference. Be involved in your health.You have to live what you learn to stay healthy.” ~ Sherry N., Berwyn, PA Dr. Elizabeth Carter is a Chiropractor, Naturopath, and medical student, who has served the Main Line and Philadelphia area for 18 years, specializing in pediatric, pregnancy, and nutrition. Her practice, Restorative Health Center, is based in Exton, PA. With a background in gymnastics, professional dance and her passion for outdoor adventure, Dr. Carter is well versed in movement, natural body connections, and holistic healing. Along with Chiropractic services, Dr. Carter utilizes naturopathic healing strategies in an effort to promote true body and mental health. Her education spans from a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, from Temple University, to Doctor of Chiropractic from Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic, along with her many certifications in Pediatrics and Pregnancy Chiropractic, Physiologic Therapeutics, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy. Dr. Carter is a Certified Thermography Technician and oversees a certified Thermography center. Dr. Carter is an Affiliate with the BX Protocol and is currently enrolled in medical school, along with working towards her fellowship with the Wilderness Medical Society. Dr. Carter is certified in The Wiley Protocol® bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for anti-aging. Dr. Carter is also on the Program Advisory Committee for the Professional Massage Therapy Program at the Berks Technical Institute.

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patient copied me on an email he received this spring from a friend, a grieving husband: “I would like to thank all of you for the words of sympathy regarding the passing of my wife. She had diabetes. She lost her left leg 2½ years ago. Her right foot had two sores on it, which became infected. They would not heal because there was not enough blood flow to her foot. The doctors decided to open up the arteries. To do this, they had to insert dye into her bloodstream so they could see where the blockage was. The dye caused a urinary tract infection. The poison got into her bloodstream and shut down five main organs. She had a heart attack and the doctors decided to pull the plug on her. She lived two more days. The doctors pumped her full of morphine until she died on Palm Sunday at 10:03am. She would have been 74 on April 4th.” One more precious life rudely and painfully snuffed out, and much too soon. Insulin-resistant, or Type 2 Diabetes, is a serious disease that has become an epidemic across all ages. Don’t think you’re out of the woods just because you’re feeling well. In truth, the cellular and hormone-signaling damage that leads to full-blown diabetes starts 10 to 20 years before typical physical symptoms arise. But you, with your informed doctor’s help, can see it coming years in advance with the right diagnostic tests (e.g., fasting

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insulin levels) and divert it with drugless lifestyle changes.

all those complex carbohydrates that dietary “authorities” have erroneously recommended (and that the processed-food industry has packaged in scary ways). Meanwhile, cellular and metabolic damage must be dealt with because long-term exposure to high insulin levels is toxic.

The rate of insulin-resistant diabetes has increased seven times in the last 50 years. Strangely enough, conventional health agencies have been advising high complex-carbohydrate, low saturated-fat diets for the last 50 years, too. Do you see a possible connection? This is the 21st century. Medical knowledge is changing rapidly. We can’t rely on 20th century medicine and dietary myths to comfort us in the face of this ever-growing diabetes epidemic. Here’s the problem: Diabetes is not a blood sugar excess disease at its root, but a longterm insulin damage disease. It all starts with large amounts of insulin sloshing around in the bloodstream over many years, chasing after too much diet-created blood sugar. Then certain cells – at first the liver – start screaming, “I can’t stand it anymore!” These cells lower their acceptance of insulin and then don’t do their glycogen-storing jobs as well anymore. But the body knows excess blood sugar must still be stored, so hormones stimulate the pancreas to pump out even more insulin to overcome the liver’s adopted resistance. This creates a vicious circle of expanded cell resistance that can grow for decades and affect multiple organs and systems. Finally, the pancreas exhausts itself and no longer pumps enough insulin to chase down and store

Sadly, the 20th century answer to insulin resistance is to ply the body with toxic drugs like Avandia – and often adding even MORE insulin – to ensure excess blood sugar gets stored (probably as abdominal fat). That’s right: more insulin on top of an insulin excess problem! And so the damage grows from using flawed blood sugar control protocols and conventional diet recommendations that can’t possibly heal. Do you want more than that for yourself and your family? First, educate yourself on the new UNdiabetes lifestyle paradigm. All I can do here is to encourage you. The website sources below include a modern approach to diabetes prevention and reversal, plus a fourpart lecture transcript on insulin and its myriad metabolic effects. I’ve also cited a recent book to help you master your control of leptin, a protein hormone discovered in 1994 that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism. Settle in with your study. Explore the web links. There’s much to

consider, and it may stretch you for a time. It certainly may surprise some doctors sincerely trying to help their patients. Next, find yourself a health professional, like myself, who understands leptin signaling and who is willing to support your 21st century efforts at enlightened diet, hormone balance and appropriate types of exercise. The less you know, the more your doctor will need to know. But if you are already a diagnosed diabetic, please do not make the serious mistake of throwing out your meds and protocols and going it alone. That could easily kill or disable you for years to come. You need professional support to change your approach. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ archive/2099/12/31/diabetes-most-of-what-youve- been-toldmay-be-wrong.aspx http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ archive/2001/07/14/insulinpart-one.aspx http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ archive/2001/07/13/insulin2.aspx http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ archive/2001/07/14/insulin3. aspx http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ archive/2001/07/14/insulin4. aspx Richards & Richards, Mastering Leptin: Your Guide to Permanent Weight Loss and Optimum Health (Third Edition), ISBN 9781933927251

Dr. Heather Rooks, DC, Executive Director PATH Integrative Health Center Dr. Rooks is skilled and experienced at finding and addressing the root physiological, biochemical, hormonal and neurological imbalances causing the poor health status of people today. In the current health tragedy most people find themselves in, she has found an emphasis in Metabolic disorders like weight gain, pre diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, digestive disorders and Hypothyroidism, but she works with all kinds of conditions.

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How Does Smartlipo Triplex® Differ From Surgical Liposuction? And More Frequently Asked Questions By Nadiv Shapira, MD FACS, FACPh

What is Smartlipo Triplex®?

Smartlipo Triplex® is a revolutionary procedure that uses Cynosure’s state-of-the-art Smartlipo Triplex® system for minimally invasive laser assisted liposuction. The laser energy is introduced into the fat through a tiny catheter placed under the skin.

What does Smartlipo Triplex® do?

Smartlipo Triplex® uses three different laser beams; one melts the fat, one tightens and thickens the skin, and one minimizes bruising.

Who is a candidate for Smartlipo?

The ideal candidate is not substantially overweight. She or he will have deposits of unwanted fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Areas of the body that can be treated are the abdomen, outer or inner thighs, love handles, knees, arms, bra-line, waist or neck.

How is the procedure done?

The procedure is done in our office and patients experience little discomfort. One to three body areas can be treated during one procedure. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation is not necessary for most people. First, the area is numbed with a diluted lidocaine solution through a few tiny skin incisions. Next, a laser cannula is inserted into the fat through the same incisions to melt the fat and to tighten the skin. Finally, the treated fat is removed with a small suction tube. 

Who performs the Smartlipo Triplex® procedure?

Dr. Shapira, a board-certified surgeon, will be performing this procedure. He has had over 25 years’ experience as a cardio-thoracic surgeon at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Delaware.

What is the down time?

Smartlipo Triplex® has an added benefit of tightening the skin. Liposuction alone or Coolsculpting do not provide any skin tightening and often they leave dimpling or sagging skin, particularly with older patients who have lost more of their skin’s elasticity. After traditional liposuction, a ‘tummy tuck’ is required to remove excess skin.

The procedure generally is done at the end of the work week and most patients are back to their normal routine on Monday with no interruption. The treated areas tend to be swollen for several days. Local tenderness is treated with Tylenol and Motrin.

Traditional liposuction requires a longer recovery time while SmartLipo Triplex® patients can return to their normal routine in a couple of days.

How does Smartlipo Triplex® differ from traditional liposuction?

Yes! The fat cells are removed permanently, therefore, if you gain weight after the procedure, it will not concentrate in areas that were treated. Although SmartLipo Triplex® removes the fat cells permanently, it will not prevent you from regaining weight. To keep your new shape and new weight after Smartlipo Triplex® you must live a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise plan.

Traditional liposuction uses a cannula and physical manipulation to suction fat from beneath the skin. SmartLipo Triplex® utilizes laser energy to liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove with the cannula, typically resulting in less bruising for the patient.

Are the results of Smartlipo Triplex® permanent?

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Testimonials “No matter how much weight I lost, I could never lose it under my belly button or my love handles. I hated how my stomach hung over my pants. After SmartLipo with Dr. Shapira, I have lost 3.5” in those areas and love the way my clothes fit me now! I love my new body and I’m constantly getting compliments on how I look” - Danielle F., Wilmington, DE “Dr. Shapira and his staff were wonderful and he spent so much time with me which made me feel he really got to know me. This adds to my sense of safety and security when entrusting him and his staff to my care.” - Deborah S., Alexandria, VA


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What You Need To Know About Stem Cells

By Dr. Brian Shiple


he term “stem cells” is a phrase that is often mentioned when discussing alternative treatments for orthopedic injuries and many other medical conditions. However, many people do not fully understand what stem cells are, where they come from, and how they can be used. Another common source of confusion is that there are several different kinds of stem cells that are used to treat musculoskeletal issues. The three different kinds of stem cells we will discuss in the upcoming articles are adult autologous stem cells from bone marrow and fat, non-autologous placental products, and embryonic stem cells. Adult autologous (from your own body) stem cells are the most common type being used in orthopedic cases today. The specific types of adult stem cell that are being used to treat musculoskeletal conditions are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), pericytes, and hematopoetic stem cells (HSCs). These are multipotent, meaning they are able to differentiate into different types of tissue and can regenerate bone, blood, cartilage, tendon, muscle, ligament, intervertebral discs, and fat

cells. This type of stem cell is ideal in the treatment of advanced arthritis, cartilage, muscle, tendon, ligament, and disc injuries. It is being used with very good evidence to treat early avascular necrosis (AVN), a condition resulting in bone death from lack of blood supply to the bone. Physicians may choose a bone marrow source of stem cells to treat their patient’s musculoskeletal condition. We have mastered the ability to obtain the bone marrow cells very comfortably with the use of nerve blocks and local anesthesia. The bone marrow is then processed in our lab, concentrated, and counted to make sure an optimal amount is obtained for treatment to assure a good prognosis and outcome. In case our patients have a less than ideal cell count, we have the option to add another cell source to their case to help ensure their treatment will be as effective as possible. A patient’s bone marrow concentrate is injected into their area of treatment using expert guidance with high resolution ultrasound and/ or fluoroscopic guidance as soon as possible after the cells are processed. This is done the same day as the bone marrow aspiration due to the fact that the longer a stem cell is outside of the body, the less effective the healing capacity becomes and the FDA and state regulations do not allow a stem cell to be stored for later use in the United States. With the extensive recovery time, risks, complications, copays, deductibles, and out of pocket expenses that come with surgery, adult bone marrow stem cell injections are a less risky, and often cost effective alternative to a joint replacement or other musculoskeletal surgical repair. Our patients seek us out because we offer

progressive treatments to help them regain their mobility and function without surgery! Visit www. drshiple.com for more information and see why doctors choose Dr. Shiple to perform their cellular medicine treatments as an alternative to surgery.


“Have you been told you need a knee replacement or are you living with extreme pain from arthritic joints? Before you have anything replaced or waste your time on conventional treatments please read my quick story. I am a retired pro bodybuilder and I had given up on living a normal life, let alone working out due to severe knee pain. I went the orthopedic route with no success and it was determined that my only option was a knee replacement. This is when I began to look for other options and came across The Center for Sports Medicine. After a thorough examination to include diagnostic ultrasound we decided that I was a candidate for stem cell therapy.

We proceeded with the stem cell treatment and after the recovery period I was able to resume training and live without constant knee pain for the first time in 12 years. Maintenance treatments were necessary every once in a while due to my intensity of training, but for these 4 years I was virtually pain free and training at a very high level. Nine months ago we did a second stem cell treatment and with only one week of rest I was able to return to my workout schedule. Since this treatment the knee is completely pain free and I have increased the intensity and volume of training very close to what it was when I was a competitive pro bodybuilder. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the care that I get at the clinic is the best in business! Over the last five years Dr. Shiple and his staff have performed numerous nonsurgical treatments all over my body to heal torn tendons, muscles, ligaments, headaches,

arthritic conditions in my neck and back, elbows, feet, wrists, and shoulders. The most important thing about what Dr. Shiple does is that his treatments greatly reduce the recovery time compared to surgery. I can truly say that without this avenue of treatments I would not be living a healthy, active lifestyle that is very important for my happiness.” - Frank Rhea

Credentials: Dr. Brian Shiple is a highly accomplished sports medicine and family practice board certified physician. Dr. Shiple is one of the leading interventional regenerative medicine physicians on the east coast and uses platelet rich plasma and adult stem cells for the healing of musculoskeletal conditions. He has been practicing age management wellness and aesthetic medicine for over 8 years. He has been in practice for 22 years and is a highly sought after speaker, educator, and author.

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Untreated Hypothyroidism: The Silent Killer

By Brian J. Shiple, D.O. & Kelly P. Shiple, PA-C


he majority of the American population experiences problems with low energy levels, difficulty losing weight, poor concentration, and memory issues on a daily basis. Struggling with these problems while trying to get through the stressors of daily life can be a constant uphill battle. This ongoing fight for many leads to decreased motivation, depression, and a sedentary lifestyle. Longterm, these issues contribute to increased risk of obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even death. The underlying issue here is the high incidence of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is a commonly undiagnosed type of underactive thyroid. SCH is defined as a serum thyroidstimulating hormone (TSH) above the upper limit of normal with a normal serum free thyroxine (T4) level. Many doctors only check a free T4 level. The standard thyroid lab panel only includes TSH and free T4 levels. The problem is many practitioners do not check a serum free triiodothyronine (T3) level. Research has shown that a low free T3 level in the face of a normal TSH and/or free T4 level causes persistent underactive thyroid symptoms. This is not to mention other conditions that cause hypothyroidism and are commonly missed such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Wilson’s Reverse T3 Syndrome. The next problem is that the standard treatment of choice for www.TheWomensJournal.com

hypothyroidism no matter what the type or cause, is Synthroid (levothyroxine), which is made of T4 only. Your thyroid makes T0, T1, T2, T3, and T4. T4 only is prescribed because when your thyroid is functioning properly it is supposed to be able to convert T4 to T3. T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone that helps relieve hypothyroid symptoms. However, many people with a persistently underactive thyroid have difficulty converting T4 to T3. This leads to a build-up of a byproduct called reverse T3, which blocks T3 from entering cells and the cycle of fatigue, brain fog, and weight gain continue. When you tell your doctor you are not feeling well they may increase your dose of Synthroid or offer to put you on an antidepressant. This may help improve your symptoms for short periods of time, but you always seem to fall back into that cycle. No matter what you tell your doctor, they keep telling you your levels are ‘normal’. Sound familiar?

This cycle persists because as clinicians, we are taught to treat numbers and not patients’ symptoms. Many patients actually need their thyroid hormone levels and dosages pushed higher than the way physicians are customarily trained. At Chadds Ford Wellness, we address all treatable thyroid hormones, especially T3, by prescribing a bioidentical, natural form such as Armour, Nature, or desiccated thyroid. This helps to increase free T3 while suppressing TSH levels. The controversy in treating the thyroid this way is the idea that we are forcing the thyroid to become overactive and as a result causing bone turnover and increased heart rate. However, studies have shown that even high doses of thyroid hormone do not cause bone loss or abnormal heart rhythm in most patients. Thyroid hormone levels are closely monitored along with a urine test to check for bone loss to make sure that a safe level of thyroid hormone is prescribed on a case-by-case basis. Over the course of the first four weeks of the above treatment, energy levels increase, moods improve, weight drops, and brain fog disappears. When this cycle is finally reversed, patients begin to feel like themselves again. Isn’t it time to break the cycle?

“I have been an overall healthy person my entire life. Once I hit 40 everything stopped working. No matter how healthy I ate or how often I worked out, the scale just would not budge. I began working out 5 days a week with a trainer and eating a Paleo style diet. I still couldn’t lose a pound. My performance at work also began to decline. I couldn’t retain any information that was given to me. My boss asked if I had ADD. I began to feel frustrated and down on myself. I could easily take a nap in the middle of the day. By the time I got home from work I was ready to crash. It was then that my husband found Kelly Shiple at Chadds Ford Wellness. After an in depth review of my history, symptoms, and labs we finally figured out that not only did I have hypothyroidism, I had an autoimmune component along with an inability to convert T4 to T3. At my next visit after starting treatment with Kelly we realized I had lost 15 lbs. in two months. My diet and exercise routine did not change, but the weight finally came off. My energy levels improved and my ability to function at work was so much better. I am so grateful to finally have my life back after years of suffering.” - C.L.

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As this cycle continues, what seems to be a minor issue of hypothyroidism can become a more major health condition. Persistent low free T3 levels increase the risk of high cholesterol and are a strong predictor of heart disease and heart attack incidence. Untreated low normal thyroid levels are equivalent to the risk of smoking in regards to heart disease risk. Low free T3 levels are also an indicator of increased risk of mortality.

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Menopause – Don’t Fear The Change

By Dr. Melissa P. Broyles, D.O. Menopause is when a woman’s monthly menses (“meno”) pause (“pausis”) for a consecutive year. The average age women reach menopause is 52 years old. However, it can occur anytime between 42-56 years of age. The primary complaints about menopause are hot flashes and night sweats. Other common symptoms include:

vaginal dryness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, depression, memory lapses and weight gain. Most cases can be diagnosed on the basis of symptoms and menstrual history. To confirm menopause, a FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) level can be checked. If the level is greater than 30, then menopause is confirmed. However, during the perimenopausal period (the time leading up to menopause) a woman’s hormones can fluctuate immensely and therefore laboratory testing of hormones is not reliable. The goals of treating menopause are to provide relief of symptoms and to prevent disease (i.e. osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease). An integrative approach to menopause focusing on diet, exercise, stress reduction and hormonal balance is essential. There is no need to fear the “change” as this holistic approach will help you feel better and prevent chronic disease. Nutrition plays a fundamental role in menopause treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Adopting a whole foods (unprocessed) diet consisting of vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, fruits, lean protein and healthy fats will decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Fermented soy (i.e. miso, tempeh) can be effective in relieving hot flashes; and new studies have found that a moderate consumption of soy (less than 11g/day) has a protective effect against breast cancer. Also, two tablespoons of flaxseed twice daily can reduce

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the number of hot flashes by half within six weeks. So try flaxseed on cereal, yogurt or in a smoothie. There are numerous health benefits of regular exercise during menopause, namely a reduction in cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Other benefits include increased bone density, improved heart function, reduced blood pressure, decreased cholesterol, increased energy and an improved sense of well-being. It is recommended that menopausal women exercise at least thirty minutes four times per week to achieve these health benefits. However, the requirement for weight loss during menopause is sixty minutes daily. Perimenopause and menopause can be a very stressful time in a woman’s life. Continued stress weakens the immune system and increases the risk of disease, including: autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, it is important to practice stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises. In addition to eating a whole foods diet, exercising and engaging in stress reduction techniques, vitamin and botanical supplements can be very helpful in menopause. Most women should take a good multivitamin (one that provides 70%-100% of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals) and fish oil. Fish oils (with EPA and DHA components) do not only aid in cholesterol reduction and mood elevation but also have been shown to decrease hot flashes and night sweats. Black cohosh is also very effective in treating hot flashes. In addition, there are numerous supplements for other individual symptoms of menopause, such as: Valerian or Hops for insomnia, Chaste tree berry for erratic menstrual bleeding, St. John’s Wort for depression, and Kava for anxiety. However, an integrative physician should be consulted regarding the proper dosing, safety, and potential herb-drug interactions. When diet, exercise, stress reduction and botanical treatments are not effective, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) should be considered. Understanding the benefits and risks of HRT is critical to determine if it is right for you. Any HRT should be used in the lowest dose and for the shortest duration. Bioidentical hormones (those that match our body’s hormones) prepared by compounding pharmacies offer several advantages, including: customized dosing, more hormone combinations and delivery options (i.e. creams, capsules, pellets). Again, this should be under the direction of a physician experienced in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. So, don’t fear the change of menopause. There are several effective and safe treatment options for you.

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Help For Loss & Grief A

s a community partner in end-of-life, Delaware Hospice wants to reach out to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. While grief is very personal, there are many common experiences that accompany the death of a loved one. Delaware Hospice offers an opportunity to support those who are grieving by breaking the isolation. Grief should not be a taboo subject. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. They are aching for you to tell them its okay to grieve and share in their journey.

Here are 6 helpful tips you may find helpful when trying to deal with loss and grief:

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Give yourself the time to let grief run its course. The grieving process is personal to you and thus should go at your own speed. There isn’t a deadline set to feel a certain way. Remember, grief is not a one-time event, but a process and goes through cycles. Don’t put yourself on a timetable to be finished grieving. In reality, the grieving process may not end, but it will get easier over time.


Seek help outside of family and friends. Grief can feel very lonely, even when you have loved ones around. Often sharing your sorrow with others who have experienced similar losses, who are not your family, can help.


Continue to have a support system. Keep friends and family close, spending some time alone is fine, but long periods of isolation may not be. Allow loved ones and friends to share in your sorrow or simply be there when you cry.


Keep your life moving. There is comfort in routine, activities with friends and every day life. Do as much of this as you feel comfortable doing. When you are ready, consider trying a new activity. It can be a positive step forward in this new chapter in your life. You may also want to consider attending social events. If you feel like leaving early, you don’t have to give a reason. Do what feels right for you and others will understand.


Allow yourself to be happy and let humor into your world. It’s okay to allow yourself to enjoy moments of happiness. Don’t feel like you need to be sad all of the time. You can allow moments of happiness and even laughter and still grieve your loved one. Laughter truly can be helpful in the healing process and is a healing and healthy release.

We may not be nationally recognized for laughs with Grandma, but Rose thinks we are. We’re the best at keeping Grandmas from going back to the hospital,* so she can be at home to give out hugs. When coping with serious illness we can help reduce symptoms and stress to make every day about living more fully.


We can even prevent trips to the hospital that can mean more tests and more stress. We’re there 24-7 when you need us. So with our help, Grandma can be at home to give out the hugs.

No matter where you are in your grief journey, it is also important to know you are not alone. Delaware Hospice has both adult and children bereavement counselors available throughout the state. We’re here to help individuals and families navigate through grief in a way that is focused on coping and healing.

Call us for a quality of care that improves the quality of living at (800) 838-9800.

Realize that what you may see as a “setback,” is natural and is okay. Grief is a journey. Even when you may feel you have begun to heal and re-engage in life, there will be times when your loss still hits you hard. Holidays, birthdays, or special dates can be difficult. Seeing a photo of your loved one, hearing stories about them, or visiting a place that was special to them can trigger grief to resurface. Don’t be too hard on yourself when this happens, or let these emotions frustrate you. It’s natural to still have grief resurface in these situations. Being compassionate with yourself is important.

Delaware Hospice also offers a variety of workshops and meetings to our families and community as space permits free of charge. As a trusted community partner in end of life education and support, Delaware Hospice strives to provide quality healthcare services to our community. To learn more about our Bereavement program, call 302-478-5707 or visit our website www.delawarehospice.org. www.TheWomensJournal.com


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By Kristin Stetler Donovan, Owner, Age Advantage of Newark


ith the holidays behind us, the hectic hustle and bustle has since slowed down, as New Year’s resolutions are made and plans begin to take shape. For many of us, resolutions may include losing weight, exercising more, concentrating on achieving better overall health, or maybe planning a vacation. The one thing people never plan on over the holidays is noticing how parents or loved ones are declining and are in need of assistance. So, many family members and friends try to handle the everyday needs of their loved ones alone, without assistance. This may come from feelings of devotion, obligation, or the sheer tireless love and desire to please and help. The unfortunate thing is that the word “tireless” is fine when used in speech; but when caring for loved ones, there is such an emotional and physical demand that it just becomes too much, resulting in stress. Statistics from the Administration on Aging show that about 70% of people turning age 65 will need long-term care assistance at some point in their lives. When that time comes, the longterm care is almost always (80%) provided by a family member. The increased responsibility and constant worry over a loved one’s fragile mental or physical health results in a prolonged activation of the body’s stress response for family caregivers. This can lead to a multitude of negative health complications such as decreased immune system functioning and increased risk of physical and mental health problems. The American Psychological Association suggests that family caregivers

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take advantage of support and education groups, as well as respite care, in order to combat these negative health effects.

I would like to share my experience briefly. My mother passed in 2010 from kidney failure. It was a gradual process; however, the last two years were incredibly difficult. I spent countless hours going to rehab/healthcare facilities, simply because she asked. The last several years of her life, she did not drive, had significant impact from diabetes and high blood pressure, and suffered from depression due to my father’s death two years prior. As seniors age and experience the loss of their own physical and cognitive well being, it wreaks havoc on their, and their caregivers’, emotional well being. The last week of my mother’s life was the most eye opening for me. After many years of trying to split my time between my family and my parents’ increasing needs, I finally admitted that I just couldn’t do it anymore. My sister and I decided to place my mother in a five-day respite program, where she would reside while we decided how to handle her increasing needs. This is when I learned of the home care option. I had no idea such agencies existed. Unfortunately my mother passed only days later.

Testimonials: “Thanks for caring for my mom and always accommodating us with all the schedule changes.” - Karla H. “Thank you so much for all the services you have given me this year. The ladies have been wonderful and very helpful. Us “old folks” certainly should appreciate all that you do and I’m sure they have.” - Peg H. “To the caring folks at Age Advantage: The family would like to extend their thanks to everyone

who was involved with the care of our mother. After a rough start with another agency we discovered Age Advantage and from the minute we met Kristin we knew we had found someone with the caring and compassion we wanted for our mother. From then on we knew our mother was in excellent care with the various staff that came to her house. Special kudos to C.R., her major caregiver, whom mother grew to adore. She pretty much became part of the family! Once again, thank you from the “B” family.”

The reason I share this is to let those suffering from the exhaustion that accompanies caring for our loved ones know: there is help. I opened Age Advantage Senior Care Services in an effort to provide relief and quality care to people who are now in the situation I was in for many years. I implore you to make the resolution to always take care of yourself and get help if need be; because if you are exhausted and drained, you cannot be what you need to be for your loved ones, friends, family and, most importantly, for yourself! If you need assistance or support caring for your loved ones, or simply guidance and a resource for information, please call and we would be happy to be of assistance.

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The Hottest Health Regimen Is Cool As Cryo has been documented to safely and quickly benefit chronic pain and inflammation. It also has an established role in benefitting athletic performance.” In addition to pain relief, WBC may also stimulate collagen production, improve skin tone, help with anxiety and depression, and improve sleep. And the endorphin rush experienced can provide an energy boost and overall feeling of well-being.

Still have questions? Here’s what you need to know. By John and Ann DiStefano, Co-Owners Peak Cryotherapy and Massage


hether you are looking to ease muscle soreness and chronic pain, sleep better, reduce anxiety, or if you just want to look and feel better, Whole-Body Cryotherapy (WBC) may be the answer for you. WBC is a non-medical health treatment that involves exposure to extremely low temperatures for a three-minute session. WBC can reduce inflammation, help manage pain, improve athletic performance and recovery, reduce the visible signs of aging, burn more than 500 calories, and help with insomnia and depression. That’s why celebrities such as LeBron James, Tony Robbins, Derrick Hough, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston, among a growing list of others, have praised the benefits. While relatively new in the United States, WBC has been popular in Europe for many years, especially with elite soccer teams looking for a performance edge. Increasingly US collegiate and pro athletes are adding cryotherapy to their training programs. Several members of the Dallas Mavericks credit their 2011 NBA Championship to cryotherapy and Georgetown University has recently added WBC to its training center. In Delaware, local athletes, such as Jennifer Mouser, four-time starter and Captain of the UD club softball team, can’t stop talking about it (see sidebar). Participants in Cross-Fit, martial arts, spinning, running and weight lifting love WBC for reducing muscle soreness and getting them back to the gym more quickly. In a study entitled Clinical Relevance of Whole Body Cryotherapy, Alan G. Christianson, NMD concluded that, “Whole Body Cryotherapy


How does WBC work? Initially developed in the 1970s by a doctor for his patients with rheumatoid arthritis, WBC uses air cooled to -220°F to help your body heal itself. The subzero temperature stimulates a response in the body’s regulatory functions. Blood rushes to your core, and when you exit the cryosauna, the oxygenated, nutrient-enriched blood flushes back out, clearing toxins while promoting cellular regeneration for faster healing. Is it safe? Extreme cold has been used to reduce inflammation for centuries, and wholebody cryotherapy has been used safely for decades. A health inventory will be reviewed to ensure that you do not have any contraindications that would prevent you from experiencing cryotherapy. What can I expect from my visit? After completing your intake form, you’ll put on the robe, socks, and booties provided. Now you’re ready to enter the cryosauna. Once in, an elevator lifts you so your head is above the chamber, and you’ll exchange your robe for gloves. A staff member will remain with you, chatting and encouraging you until your 3 minutes are up. After the session, you can dress and get on with your day, or choose to indulge with a massage for the ultimate experience. Massage is the perfect complement to WBC, whether you are trying to release muscle tension, correct an imbalance, or just completely relax! If you’re thinking that a 3-minute WBC session may be for you, try a session at Peak Cryotherapy and Massage in Pike Creek for only $29. Packages and memberships are also available. 29

“In season or off season, I love coming to Peak for cryo. Whether I just finished with a hard workout, or I come in to relieve my daily aches and pains, I leave feeling great. When I pair it with my massages from Kate, I feel even better! Over the years, I’ve had multiple injuries, and no matter what is hurting, this helps me get back into the gym.” - Jennifer Mouser - Captain of the UD club softball team.

John and Ann DiStefano, co-owners of Peak Cryotherapy and Massage, are a brother and sister team who are excited to share the health benefits of cryotherapy with the community in which they were born and raised.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 302-502-3160 or visit peakcyotherapy.net.


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A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish will be involved, and how you will deal with obstacles that arise. The plan should take into account how you will celebrate success along the way and how to deal with setbacks.

• Measurable – How will I know I have accomplished my goal? • Achievable – How realistic is this goal? • Relevant – Why does this goal matter? ( look at your commitment responses above) • Time related - What is the deadline or target date?

By Liz Brown, Be Well Life Coaching


appy New Year! Each year 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions yet only 8% are actually successful in achieving their goal. The most popular resolutions are related to weight, finances, relationships and self-improvement. Often these goals become only a wish because there is no clear plan to achieve them. A successful plan needs to take into account how to manage obstacles and setbacks, and where to find support. In addition, a successful plan must be flexible to avoid the “all or nothing” feeling that sabotages many resolutions.

Start With a Clear Goal There are many factors involved in creating a plan to reach your goal. Commitment to the goal is a first step. When committing to making a change it is helpful to ask these questions. • If I achieve this goal, how will I benefit? Be as specific as possible – better health, appearance, less stress, improved relationships, financial benefit. • Why now? Many people use external deadlines to start making a change. This might work but be clear why this is the right time to start. • What are the pros and cons of making the change? For example, if I stop drinking I will feel better but I will not be able to meet my friends for happy hour.

Support is Critical – Coaching Will Help!

To illustrate, here are two example goals. Unclear goal: I want my house to be less cluttered. Clear goal: I want my house to be well organized by March 31. I will clear out 2 closets each week. I will work 30 minutes 3x a week and take what I remove to donate every Sunday. My family supports this goal and will help to accomplish it. This is important because we are planning a family reunion in April and want to be done by March 31st so we can enjoy the party. In the second example it is clear what you want, why you want it, who will help and when it will take place and be completed.

Create a Plan Once the goal is clear you can begin to make a plan. A plan will include small steps towards the larger goal. The plan should include how you will make the change, what resources you will need to accomplish it, who

Many times one of the biggest obstacles to reaching even a very clear goal is lack of support. I work with many clients who became frustrated with failed attempts to make changes on their own. We work together to clarify the goal, create insight and awareness about the obstacles. We then create an action plan with attainable steps. Support becomes critical when you feel ambivalent about staying with your plan or when it becomes challenging. As a coach I provide encouragement when you doubt your ability to succeed and I help you celebrate each step. Setbacks are a common part of any change process and good support will help you to get back on course. Call me for a complimentary session to get started! Testimonials: “Liz supported me when I was at a crossroads in my life. I am so grateful for her guidance on how to best utilize my strengths in ways I never thought of. She helped me see a clear direction on what my future can

look like and it’s exciting!” ~ S.B., Wilmington “Liz coaches with nurturing and nononsense guidance that helps you see your strengths and how to deploy them for a better you. She helps you understand your whole self to make steps toward a whole life, while addressing immediate and longterm goals in your world. She is so motivating without being intimidating, everyone should be so lucky to work with her.” ~ A.A., Wilmington Credentials: Liz Brown is an ICF Professional Certified Life, Wellness and ADHD Coach. Her mission is to help clients identify their personal and professional dreams, goals and visions and support them every step of the way to sustained success.

Start the year off with a plan! Mention Women’s Journal for 10% off a two hour goal planning session. To learn more or to schedule a complimentary one-hour session, please call me at 302.584.5521 or email lizbrowncoaching@ gmail.com

The next step is to become very clear about defining your goal. One technique created by St Louis University Professor Robert Rubin is called SMART goals: • Specific - What do I want to accomplish? 30



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The Numerous Benefits Of Halotherapy S

alt has been used for hundreds of years in many therapeutic ways. Most people are familiar with “wet salt” therapy, which includes nebulizers, Nettie pots, saline solutions, and salt baths. Halotherapy is what is known as dry salt therapy, and it is becoming increasingly popular in modern day times for improving health. Halotherapy is provided all over the world as a holistic and complementary method for improving respiratory issues, skin issues, athletic performance, and overall wellness.

Halotherapy adopts the principles of Speleotherapy, utilizing modern technology and a manmade environment. The word speleotherapy comes from the Greek word “speleo,” which means cave. In speleotherapy, a person sits in a salt-lined cave and inhales the salt dust infused into the air. The word halotherapy is derived from the Greek word “halos,” which means salt. In halotherapy, the salt cave environment is replicated. These environments are commonly known as salt caves, and salt rooms. With the use of a machine known as a halogenerator, pure pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride is crushed into micro-sized particles, and the dry salt aerosol is released into the air. Dry salt therapy is not a new trend. It originated from the salt mines and underground caves of Eastern Europe and Russia. Centuries ago, European monks would go to natural salt caves where they would grind salt rocks together to form salt dust for people with respiratory issues. In 1843, Polish physician, Feliks Boczkowski, discovered that workers in salt mines had much better respiratory systems than those of coal miners. Soon after,

he established the first health facility in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. In 1949, German physician Dr. K. H. Spannahel observed that during World War II, the people hiding in the salt mines from the bombs had experienced respiratory benefits. He helped create a salt therapy facility in the Klyutert cave in Germany. Soon after, in 1968, the first speleo-hospital opened in the Ukraine to assist those with respiratory ailments. In 1985, the salt mine workers in Russia, in collaboration with the Institute of Balneology, invented the first halogenerator device. This device brought the benefits of halotherapy to modern day. Halotherapy has since grown in all parts of the world, including the United States. Halotherapy acts to cleanse and detoxify the lungs, thus improving respiratory function. People sit in a “salt room” for a minimum of 30 minutes, and breathe in the dry salt aerosol. Dry salt is super absorbent, and removes impurities from the lungs, clears congestion, kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, increases oxygen intake, and boosts immunity. People with respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, COPD, smoker’s cough, bronchitis, cold symptoms, and cystic fibrosis can utilize halotherapy as a complement to their already established treatment regimen.

Others can benefit from halotherapy as well. Athletes can use halotherapy to increase their lung capacity and improve their endurance and performance. Singers, who use their vocal cords constantly, can benefit from halotherapy. Travelers can use halotherapy to aid in the recovery from jet lag. People with cold and flu symptoms can accelerate their recovery time with the use of dry salt aerosol. Those who practice yoga can use halotherapy to increase ability to perform deep breathing and revitalize themselves. Halotherapy can also help improve

The skin also can benefit from halotherapy. Salt increases activity of skin ion channels, and increases protective properties of skin cells. Dry salt normalizes skin pH, increases blood flow to the skin, increases regenerative properties of the dermis, and improves skin rigidity. Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and rosacea can benefit from halotherapy.

Shannon Bushong, DPT graduated with her Master’s in physical therapy from MCP Hahnemann University in 2001, and her doctorate from the University of Scranton in 2010. She has over 14 years of experience as a physical therapist. Dr. Bushong has been trained in seminars instructed by John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB, the developer of the myofascial release approach. She practices myofascial release physical therapy to reduce pain and restore function in patients. www.TheWomensJournal.com


mental and emotional states by decreasing anxiety, stress, and depression. Halotherapy is all natural, noninvasive, and 100% drug free. The Salt Cove is the first halotherapy location in the state of Delaware. The Salt Cove recommends that all medical conditions be treated by the appropriate medical professional, and halotherapy act as a complement to your established medical treatments. If you are unsure whether to try halotherapy, please consult your medical provider.


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Calling All Men . . . To Pilates! more for women. It is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world, and men are definitely taking advantage of the many benefits of Pilates.

By Nancy Hawkins Rigg Founder and Owner, Forever Fit Foundation


ilates may be one of the most misunderstood exercise forms. Without the benefit of thousands of years of history like Yoga, or a straightforward purpose like running, Pilates leaves many people curious. This may be why men tend to shy away from alternative forms of exercise that they are unsure of. Is Pilates useful for men? Pilates was started by a man, Joseph Pilates, for men. He was a boxer and fitness enthusiast. Pilates has been a training vehicle for elite athletes, both men and women, for over 50 years. Men have been prominent figures as instructors, educators, and promoters of this exercise method throughout its history. Though men have always played a large role in the Pilates practice, the surge of popularity of the practice has been powered largely by a wave of women participants and educators, leaving some with the impression that Pilates is

What is “the true Pilates experience?” A good session will massage your entire body from the inside out. You should feel refreshed and invigorated at the end. Every move you make will become constructive exercise, whether getting in and out of your car, walking across the room or reaching a top shelf, because you are using your body correctly. You will feel better, look better and sleep better. Joseph’s goal was not that you spend hours in the gym every week, but that you train your body to function correctly, get the juices flowing in the proper direction, breathe and live a healthy life.

5 REASONS MEN SHOULD DO PILATES: Develop often neglected muscle groups

Men tend to focus on larger and mainly upper body muscles. Pilates reaches the intrinsic or smaller muscles that are vital for support. Joseph himself choreographed exercises that suited his body type and had to remind himself to strive for balance in the body.

Improve flexibility

The focus on stretching helps prevent injury, muscle strain and imbalance. This focus increases

range of motion and muscular “fluidity”. Men tend to have tighter muscles, which hinders flexibility.

Core strength

By increasing core strength, it powers movement from the center of the body to the limbs.

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By paying attention to your body and your movement, you create new neural pathways. Men like to focus on the amount of weight being lifted. By isolating specific smaller muscle groups it maximizes the effect of the movement. Be present and in the moment. This will reduce your stress level.

Better sex

By increasing strength in the core and pelvic floor muscles, you will have greater control of that region.

3 TIPS FOR MEN WHO ARE NEW TO PILATES: Take classes. Come on in and start learning today. If you are already in a class, ask the instructor if you can try something new in the practice.

There is nothing specifically different about Pilates training for men. The method is the same for all. Developed on a man’s body and taught with input from both men and women, Pilates is founded on healthy movement principles for the human body in general. Men might find that they are a little tighter in the hips

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Finally, Pilates is a mind/body practice that goes beyond the superficial muscles and requires more subtle attention and microadjustments than some men are used to finding in a traditional exercise class. There is no “just power through” attitude that men might be used to in gyms. When working with the Pilates equipment, the resistance is not intended to be overpowered. Sometimes the lightest setting on the reformer is the most challenging for core muscles. Thoughtful movement is the key to a deeper level of fitness. “The Pilates training at Forever Fit Foundation is outstanding. They have state of the art Pilates Reformers, Barrels, Cadillacs, etc. The trainers are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, empathetic, demanding, and effective. We look forward to our weekly sessions. We believe it is an investment in our well-being.” - Neal and Jane Mayer, Millsboro DE

Nancy Hawkins Rigg is the founder and owner of Forever Fit Foundation, a personal training business specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yamuna Body Rolling and sport specific training. Forever Fit Foundation accepts clients at three sites: Dover and Rehoboth, Del., and Mendenhall Station, Pa., just over the Delaware line. A certified athletic trainer, she earned her bachelors degree from 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) 6985201 to schedule an appointment or more information.

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What Are You Waiting For? “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” ~ Henry Ford

By Heather Diamond, 200 e-ryt, LMT Founder, VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga

“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.


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. www.TheWomensJournal.com

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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.

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 ~ Cybele Tomlinson lives.”

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

“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

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Finding Your Motivation! YOU to get out of bed to live YOUR best life?

Motivation can be defined as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” Your motivation to exercise can be simple or complicated, but in order for any exercise program to work, you have to UNDERSTAND your reasons for doing so. Without knowing the “why” you are working out, exercise becomes a chore and a bore. Hitting the snooze button at 5:00 am or dropping your workout on a busy day becomes very easy. By Cathy McDougall


:00 am arrives too early. That may sound as obvious as “the sun rises each day,” but think about that for just a moment. At 5:00 am, the sun hasn’t even come up yet, the bedroom is the perfect temperature, and your body has likely slipped into a nice, deep REM sleep. Staying in bed would be really nice! But when my alarm clock goes off at 5:00 am, there’s no excuses—time to hit the gym. I’m motivated for the new day: to move, to feel good and to WELCOME another opportunity to live my best life. I’m not special that way. I don’t have a secret that makes early morning workouts easy. I learned to tap into my motivation so that every day exercise is as much a part of my routine as brushing my teeth. It’s not always easy. Before I became a personal trainer and nutrition coach, I was a television news reporter with two boys, two dogs and long hours at the TV station. I had late nights and early mornings. But exercising in some way every day gave me energy. A completed workout was the best part of my day, even if it was at 5:00 am, or 10:00 pm. And deep down, I believed then, as I believe now, that taking that time to exercise, made me a better mom, wife and employee. It is MY hour, my personal time to work on ME. And, I’m stronger for it. THAT is my motivation. As a personal trainer, I feel it’s my mission to help clients see that exercise and good nutrition make YOU a BETTER YOU! We just need to find our personal motivation. So that’s me. What motivates

Motivation must come from inside. You may have heard that before. We all need a reason why: a real purpose and a sense of why getting in shape, and losing fat is important to us. But, true motivation isn’t superficial, and you understand it better when you dig deep. You may tell yourself that you want to lose twenty pounds for your high school reunion. GREAT! But that’s not enough. Dig deeper. WHY do you want to lose that weight for that particular event? If you think about it, your answer, and consequently your motivation may surprise you. Maybe you want to impress the one boy who’s ever broken your heart. Maybe the extra weight makes it hard for you to climb stairs, and you want to be able to cut a rug with your former dance team members.

the first step, of making the first mistake, of learning too much about ourselves. But without that first step, nothing happens. So how do you get past your “what ifs,” and your “I don’t know hows”?

Take ACTION! Take a small step, every day, even a simple one. Start by listening to your inner voice: the one that reminds you that you are a special, unique individual who deserves to live your best life. Can’t find your motivation? Grab a piece of paper and brainstorm. List all the reasons getting in shape and being healthy and strong are important. List all of the challenges to getting there. Dig deep. Push until you find that truth. Still can’t find it? Enlist a friend, a family member or a nutrition coach! Find someone you trust to help when you need motivation reminders. Put some money where your mouth is! Make a friendly bet with yourself or others so there is money, or another “prize” for your success. Keep digging for your true motivation until you find that one perfect gem that gets you out of bed in the morning. It doesn’t have to be at 5:00 am, but it does have to be important to you. And, it must honor your true self. Remind yourself of your “why” every single

If you dig deep enough, you’ll see that so often, motivation is linked to emotions and feelings, which makes them neither right nor wrong . . .“If I lose this weight before the reunion, I won’t be embarrassed that I’m heavy.” Those are feelings. It’s what you DO with those emotions and feelings that will bring about change. “I want to be proud of myself at this reunion, so I’m GOING to lose the weight.” Your motivation can be simple or complicated. Simple: I want to lose weight so I can keep up with my grandkids. Complicated: I’m tired of feeling lousy about myself and making excuses for why I can’t participate in activities. So many times, we don’t dig deep enough for our motivations because we are afraid. We’re afraid of taking 34

day. You’ll see: your motivation can change your life. Need help getting or staying motivated? Give me call!


“Cathy is a great fitness trainer and overall health coach. She truly wants to see her clients succeed. She gives great advice, tips and steps on how they can achieve their fitness and nutrition goals. Her motive is to help her clients make sustaining lifestyle changes, not just meet a short-term goal and falter afterwards. The key, I found, is how she guides on small achievable changes and individual goals working towards your larger goal one step at a time. That way, it doesn’t feel as overwhelming. I’ve been training with her for a little under six years now. I really look forward to working out with her once a week, I feel good about getting a great exercise session under my belt, and I always thank Cathy and myself afterwards. We are currently also working on weekly new nutrition tips and eating behavior modifications to coincide with my physical workouts. I really enjoy my time spent with her. She has a wonderful energetic nature, great sense of humor, and a real passion for health and willingness to help her clients. Most of all . . . she really cares.” - Lisa

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Dr. Gail M. Wynn

Gail M. Wynn, MD, FACS is a board certified general surgeon with a special focus on weight loss surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery. She is co-founder of the Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery (CHRIAS) and is also the Medical Director of Saint Francis Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. She has performed over 2,000 weight loss surgeries. Along with her partners, Drs. Irgau and Peters, she is committed to providing excellent surgical care and a comprehensive surgical weight loss program in a caring, compassionate environment. In addition to weight loss surgery, Dr. Wynn also performs advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery (surgery through small scars) of the abdomen, which allows for faster recovery times and less pain after major surgeries. She also performs breast surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Wynn did her medical training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine where she graduated with honors. She completed her surgical training at the Medical Center of Delaware, and has authored numerous publications and academic presentations. She has served this community for over 16 years and takes pride in her very low complication rates and excellent outcomes. Dr. Wynn was voted one of Delaware’s Top Docs for Abdominal surgery from 2007 to 2011 by Delaware Today magazine. She was also voted Delaware’s Top Bariatric Surgeon from 2011 to 2015.

The Saint Francis Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence specializes in gastric bypass, gastric band, gastric sleeve and Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) surgeries. The convenient, flexible, completely personalized program was the first to be named a Bariatric Center of Excellence in Delaware. In addition to being accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), Saint Francis is a Blue Distinction Plus designee from BlueCross BlueShield Association. If you are considering bariatric surgery, consider Dr. Wynn and the bariatric team at Saint Francis. For more information, visit StFrancisHealthcare.org/Bariatrics or call 302.421.4121.

Jacques Macq

Jacques Macq is a native of Brussels, Belgium. After attending hotel/restaurant school and finishing his apprenticeship in the Ardennes region he served in the Belgian Navy before working in Monte Carlo. He first came to the United States when he moved to New York City in the 1980’s and worked in such notable restaurants as Le Bernardin and Provence in SoHo. Continuing his world travels, he then worked for Michel Rostang in Santa Monica and at Alain Chapel in Mionnay, France before settling in the Caribbean for the next eight years – first in St. Martin and then the Cayman Islands. It was during this time that he became a protégé of noted Beaujolais winemaker Marcel Lapierre who was a pioneer of biodynamic French winemaking. After returning to the United States, he was sommelier at the Dilworthtown Inn before becoming a wine sales representative for Regal Wines and Monsieur Touton Selection. He spent 7 years as Dining Room Manager and Member Services Manager at the Wilmington Country Club. In May of 2013, he opened Bistro Jacques on Lincoln Street in Wilmington, where he won many Best of Delaware and Readers’ Awards including; Best Wine Bar, Most Romantic Restaurant, Best European Dining Experience and a ranking of #2 Wilmington Restaurant on Trip Advisor before closing this past May.

Jacques came on board at the historic University and Whist Club as the Managing Director back in September. The University and Whist Club is a private dining club that has provided superior food, beverage and service to its Members in the historic Tilton Mansion for nearly 200 years. Since taking the helm, Jacques and his team have been rebuilding everything from the wine list to the Membership base, renovating the kitchen and redoing the menu. Established by a group of Wilmington business leaders, the University and Whist Club is located in a prestigious and historic section of Wilmington, Delaware centrally located minutes from downtown Wilmington. Membership information is available by calling (302) 658-5125 ext. 107 or by visiting www.universityandwhistclub.com.



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Kristin Stetler Donovan

Throughout my life I have been passionate about caring for others. As a young girl, I volunteered; as a young woman, I had the honor of caring for my mother and my father; and currently, I am honored to hold the title of Mother to three beautiful boys! When I am serving others, my energy is endless, I never give up in my quest to make people happy, and my passion for life is contagious. My desire in life is to find a way to help as many people as possible and now, together with my staff, we are doing just that. When given a choice, most seniors prefer to heal and live independently at home. While caring for my mother and father, I encountered disorganized, unreliable, and at best, satisfactory help. Instead of relieving my mountain of responsibilities, it added to them! This frustration fueled my research for a better option for the seniors of Newark. When I discovered Age Advantage, I was impressed and inspired! This care model has raised the standards for home care in every community they have served since 1998. The seniors of Newark deserve a great home care and I am excited to share it with you!

Ensuring safety, preserving dignity, and serving respectfully is our utmost priority! Quality care starts with a careful and meticulous hiring process, hiring only those that meet our high standards and who are truly committed to the families they serve. Our staff has a unique ability to match people with just the right caregiver; one who is compatible with our client’s care requirements, lifestyle, and personality. There is a perfect caregiver for everyone and we won’t stop until we find the perfect match! What really sets us apart is that quality care does not end there; we supervise, train, and support our caregivers and clients 24/7, 365 days of the year. We are detailed, involved, and always available when you need a helping hand or just a smile.

Dr. Lewis Yu

Pleasant music, comfortable furniture and a spacious and welcoming reception area greets patients at All About Smiles dental office on Stoney Batter Road in Wilmington, just a quarter mile off Limestone Road. But the real difference in All About Smiles is Dr. Lewis Yu, a general dentist who has practiced holistically for more than 20 years. After earning his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Yu completed two years of oral surgery training in the New York City Hospital system and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His education continued through coursework at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies, an international institution that integrates comprehensive diagnosis and contemporary techniques designed to improve the lives of patients and enhance professional satisfaction.  “In order to truly heal a person, we must treat the body as a whole, not as separate parts,” said Dr. Yu. “Our job as health practitioners is to identify and remove the burden, so the body can heal itself.” With these principles in mind, he and his wife, Dr. Grace Liu, created All About Smiles as a unique general dental practice. Dr. Yu and his wife share a holistic focus on the whole body that makes their patients feel like members of an extended family. It’s also called biological dentistry, focusing on prevention and early treatment, not only for the mouth but also for the entire body.

“We facilitate patients in a self-discovery journey about their oral health. In addition to general services, we take care of mercury toxicity and head and neck neuromuscular issues like TMJ, headaches, and movement disorders.” ‘Let the body heal itself,’ is the philosophy that incorporates expertise in traditional dental practice with understanding of the overall health of teeth and gums. It has been shown that 90% of pain in the body is muscular in origin. By starting with an appreciation of the neuromuscular system, a longer-term approach to oral and bodily health can be achieved. It is this ongoing appreciation for the patient’s overall health that separates All About Smiles from other dental practices. Visit www.AllAboutSmilesDE.com or call 302-239-1641 for more information.



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Dr. Kevin Copeland

Kevin A. Copeland, D.O., F.A.C.C. has been a member of Cardiology Physicians, P.A. since July of 2014. He began his studies in Radiologic Technology after which he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Neumann University in December of 2000 where he graduated with honors. Dr. Copeland then went on to attend medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His post-graduate training in Internal Medicine took place at Christiana Care Health Systems Program from July 2006 until June 2009 followed by an additional year where he was nominated to serve as the Chief Resident for the Medicine Program at Christiana Care Health Systems. He began his fellowship in Cardiology the following year and was elected the Chief Cardiology Fellow from July 2012-June 2013. After completing his fellowship in Cardiology, he continued an additional year of fellowship with concentration in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Copeland is Board Certified in Internal Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine and also maintains board certification in both Interventional and General Cardiology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has received multiple Physician Ambassador Awards for the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit at Christiana Hospital.

Dr. Copeland has presented and published several abstracts and manuscripts in both general and interventional cardiology. He has a strong interest in interventional cardiology, the diagnosis and interventional treatment of peripheral vascular disease, valvular heart disease and cardiac hemodynamics. Dr. Copeland was born, raised and currently resides in Delaware with his wife Lori and their three children: Emily, Owen and Landon. In his spare time, Dr. Copeland enjoys spending time with his friends and family, going to the beach, traveling and both watching and participating in his children’s sports. He is an avid college football fan in addition to following the local Philadelphia sports teams.

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Joyce Dungee Proctor is a leading career development strategist, keynote speaker, certified career coach, author and mentor whose mission is to challenge and inspire individuals to make the transformations necessary to achieve their purpose and attain their destiny. Joyce has been providing professional services in career and executive coaching for more than 25 years. A Captivating Career with Joyce Dungee Proctor, works directly with executives and professionals, helping them to “take the limits off” and create a career that takes their breath away - while earning what they deserve. Joyce is also the founder and president of Seminars by Joyce - The Total You, Inc., a full service empowerment firm that specializes in a blend of speaking and executive coaching services developed during her years of experience in leadership, management, sales and human resources roles. Her mission is to support, inspire and coach people to achieve success by offering services that are customized to meet the unique needs of every client and audience. She has coached thousands of individuals on their careers, drawing from her diverse experience as a district manager, senior market manager and managing director. She uses the proprietary system, “The Ultimate Career Coaching” method, which is a super-powered coaching formula that’s been featured on CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, to name a few. Joyce’s clients are unemployed, under employed, working and worried, or are experiencing career transitions. They look to her for direction, support and to design the blueprint to get them to where they ultimately want to be. Her book, Take the Limits Off: Nine Ways to Stop Talking and Start Doing, offers a simple, elegant way to self-empowerment. Her most recent book, The Breakhrough Book, is a personal writing tool to get you where you want to go next. Contact Joyce at: joyce@seminarsbyjoyce.com or www.seminarsbyjoyce.com



Thank You... To Our Photographer

This issue, our People in Profile were photographed by Shannon Adelson of Adelson Media, Inc. When you look at the beautiful photos that he did for us, you will see why Shannon is one of the top photographers in Delaware.

Shannon Adelson has been doing photography since he was a child and has always been involved in the arts. He has been shooting semi-professionally since 2005, and officially opened his own business, Adelson Media, Inc., in 2008. In addition to photography, he has a background in managing, marketing and social media for online retailers. When an opportunity to shoot entertainment events presented itself, he decided to follow his passion and begin fulltime with Adelson Media, Inc. Shannon said that the process of taking pictures has always been fun; but recently he discovered the joy and wonder of making portraits. Using creative compositional elements like light, color, framing, gesture, expression, and depth of field. Every image can tell its own story.  Thanks Shannon for a great job!

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We would like to thank the management of the University and Whist Club for sponsoring our Profile Photo Shoot this issue. What a beautiful location for our shoot. Explore the long-standing history that has made the University and Whist Club Delaware’s premier fine-dining membership club. Let the historical elegance, rich history and sophisticated ambiance of the University and Whist Club be the backdrop to your next special event. From private parties to business luncheons and wedding receptions the Club is available to members and non-members alike and will delight you and your guests with its unique touches of individuality. The smartly appointed rooms of the University and Whist Club can accommodate up to 150 people for wedding receptions and up to 200 people for banquets and hors d’oeuvre receptions. The University and Whist Club also offers private dining rooms for smaller groups and a more intimate atmosphere. Start planning your next event with the University and Whist Club. Located at 805 North Broom Street in Wilmington, Delaware. (302) 658-5125.



By Evelyn M. Joiner, CPA, CDFA™

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eath. Long-term disability. Two uncomfortable topics too often avoided. Despite the sensitivity of these topics, most recognize the importance of discussing them with loved ones. But, it is equally important to discuss plans with your attorney, accountant, and financial advisor. Planning for these events are not just for the wealthy; there are several issues that affect everyone equally. Here are some things to consider. Elder Planning Because no one wants to think about death or disability, people wait too long to plan. By procrastinating, you could find yourself scrambling to pay unexpected bills or watch as your life-time savings and retirement diminish to nothing. Many miscalculate their living expenses or neglect to buy proper insurance. These errors could be avoided by timely planning with qualified professionals. The right professional will help you ensure you have the resources needed to pay for longterm medical care and protect your assets. Do Not Do It Yourself It is important to discuss your intentions with the proper professionals. Several times, I have had clients incur a tax bill because something was not done correctly. For example, older parents may have titled property in the names of their children thinking they were protecting the property from estate taxes. But, by transferring title, the parents actually made a gift, transferring their cost basis. The result is a much larger capital gain to the children when they dispose of the property. If the parents had left title in their name and transferred the property at death through their estate, the children would have received a stepped-up basis in the property equal to the fair market

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Exit Planning Considerations value of the property at the time of the parent’s death. This would have resulted in no capital gain (and no tax liability) to the children if they sold the property shortly after death. Power of Attorney You may have thought about who you would trust to make medical decisions if you could not. You may have even executed a medical directive and power of attorney to address these concerns. Equally important is a financial power of attorney so who you trust can access your accounts in the event you become incapacitated or die. You can designate in the power of attorney that it does not become effective until you are considered incapacitated by a doctor. You can also designate which accounts your agent is authorized to access, what authorities you grant to your agent, and even choose more than one agent to make joint decisions. Organize Documents If you become incapacitated, what documents or information will others need to put your affairs

in order? Things like your will and medical directives are vital, but information such as medications you take, passwords to important accounts, banking information, tax returns, and life and health insurance policies are equally important. Do not forget to include the names of your attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, and doctors. Have one place where your important documents and information are kept, and be sure to inform those who need to know where to find this information.

Talk to your accountant to determine what tax information might be needed. For instance, if you own stocks, property or businesses, the cost basis of your assets will be needed to file final tax returns upon your death. Improper cost basis information could result in unexpected taxes due to those you leave behind. Update Documents Regularly Your plan should be reviewed on a regular basis and when any major life-changing event occurs. Review

your designated beneficiaries on all life insurance and retirement accounts. By designating a beneficiary on these accounts, those assets can be transferred more smoothly and efficiently. If you marry or divorce, your plan will likely need updating. If a beneficiary dies, your beneficiary designations will need to be updated. Planning for your exit is not a comfortable topic to discuss. However, it is important to plan for and it is crucial to do it while you still have all your faculties. Proper planning with your accountant can also ensure you have proper cash flow and reduce the tax liability to yourself and your beneficiaries. Evelyn M. Joiner, CPA, CDFA™ is a partner at the firm of Sparano, Vincelette & Joiner, CPAs in Wilmington. She started her accounting career in 1999, obtained her Master’s degree in Taxation, and is the only CDFA™ in Delaware who is also a CPA. You can find her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/ in/evelynjoiner.




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Women And Retirement Planning Presented By Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU


omen face special challenges when planning for retirement. To meet these financial challenges, you’ll need to make retirement planning a priority.

Begin saving now To maximize your chances of achieving a financially confident retirement, start with a realistic assessment of how much you’ll need to save. The sooner you start, the more time your investments have to potentially grow.

Save as much as you can – you have many options If your employer offers a retirement savings plan join it as soon as possible and contribute as much as you can. If your employer offers a pension plan, find out how many years you’ll need to work for the company before you’re vested in, or own, your pension benefits.

Save for retirement – no matter what Even if you’re staying at home to raise your family, you can and should – continue to save for retirement.

Plan for income in retirement At age 65, women can expect to live, on average, an additional

20.3 years. 1 According to recent statistics, 37% of older women are widowed, 14% are divorced, and almost half of all women age 75 and older live alone. 2 So what can you do to ensure you’ll have enough income to last throughout retirement? Here are some tips: • Estimate how much income you’ll need. • Find out how much you can expect to receive from Social Security, pension plans, and other sources. • Set a retirement savings goal that you can work toward. • Consider purchasing long-term care insurance to help protect your retirement savings and income from the high cost of nursing home care.

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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 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 more information or to schedule a complimentary, no obligation initial consultation contact Fred’s office at 302-999-9330 or fdawson@bdfwealth.com. * Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. is an independent firm. * Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC * Any opinions are those of Fred Dawson and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. * You should discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.

Fred is frequently sought after as a public speaker on financial matters. If your group or organization would like to hear Fred speak merely contact his office at 302-999-9330.

Married or not, it’s critical for women to take an active role in planning for retirement. Preparing for retirement with your spouse will help ensure that you’re both provided for, and pave the way to a well planned retirement.

I don’t know enough about investing Commit to spending just a few minutes a day learning the basics of investing, and you’ll become knowledgeable in no time. You don’t have to do it by yourself--a financial professional will be happy to work with you. Some Content Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2014.

Sources: 1. The National Vital Statistics Report, Volume 61, Number 4, May 2013 2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, A Profile of Older Americans: 2012

Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU Wealth Manager, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. • Executive Vice President, Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc.

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One of the many challenges a business owner faces is finding an office environment that fits their business needs as well as their budget. A virtual office provides an opportunity for business owners to conduct business in a professional manner and can also provide a great impression while networking.

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How To Apply Makeup By Ashley Sachs, Owner of Customized Cosmetics by Ashley and Custom Blend Specialist


f you’ve never learned how to apply makeup, you are not alone. Here’s some application techniques you will learn during a Daily Essentials Custom Blend Consultation in addition to having your personalized products created for you:

STEP 1 ~ Prep Your Face For Foundation Wash and moisturize your face before applying any makeup. Then, apply primer with your foundation brush.

STEP 2 ~ Apply Liquid Foundation Pour a small amount of foundation to the back of your hand. Tap your foundation brush into the foundation, then pat the brush along your cheekbones stroking down.

STEP 5 ~ Apply Blush

Use down strokes everywhere except your forehead: stroke towards your temples.

Smile and place your blush brush on the apple of your cheek, then draw a nike symbol up your cheek bone.

STEP 3 ~ Set Foundation With A Translucent Setting Powder Once your foundation is dry use a powder brush (I like kabukis) to pat the setting powder onto your face. Remember to pat, not rub powder onto the skin, you don’t want to move the liquid foundation, just set it.

STEP 4 ~ Apply Bronzer/Definer Apply your bronzer in a “3” motion (up the bridge of your nose, across top of your forehead, down your temple, below your cheekbone then to the tip of your chin and repeat on the other side of your face. Blend to your neck and even decollete for an even look.

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I first met, though, she instantly made me feel at ease! Ashley was very welcoming and listened to my concerns for self-improvement. She took the time to explain the difference between using store-bought cosmetics versus customized cosmetics, as well as providing thorough instructions on how to apply the make-up. Immediately after the consultation, I felt like a new woman! I cannot thank Ashley enough for my new ‘youthful’ look. She’s changed my life forever. Thanks Ashley!” ~ Heather M.

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e just finished the holiday season and the next one is on its way – the Spring Special Occasions! There will be so many events as the weather begins to brighten our days – Weddings, Proms, Graduations, Vacation Get A-Ways! Brighten your eyes, as well with the perfect accessory – Eyelash Extensions! Eyelash extensions have gained tremendous popularity in the last few years because of their natural look, ease of application, and affordability. With semi-permanent eyelash extensions, eyelashes are made thicker and longer through professional application of a synthetic eyelash that is curved to replicate a natural lash. Extensions are applied one lash

Lash Extensions have many options – from a long DIVA look to a soft NATURAL look. For proms and weddings, go for the diva! False eyelashes look fake, are hard to apply and may disastrously fall off at the most inopportune moment! Have fantastic pictures to last a lifetime: The Prom Night and Graduation, The Wedding and Honeymoon and your much deserved vacation. Lash Extensions will carry your through your special events.

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Profile: Lasting Looks is a unique day spa in Hockessin Corner – next to the Back Burner Restaurant and Jennifer’s Bridal. 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.

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Whether you are looking for a time-saving, everyday look, lashes for your wedding day and honeymoon, a glamorous prom accessory, a professional portrait, or just a weekend away, Lasting Looks has the professional, perfected technique, applied by a licensed, certified and experienced Eyelash Extension Specialist. www.LastingLooksForYou.com



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Microblading is a technique used to mimic the client’s natural hair pattern rather than creating an outline and then completely filling in the eyebrows using a tattooing machine. When microblading, I use a special tool to create individual strokes of pigment so you can still see through to the skin but give the brows the illusion of volume and definition. Each client’s brows are different and the technique used to tattoo them varies. If your eyebrows need some attention and you are considering permanent cosmetics, microblading creates the most realistic hair-like volume. You can trust Carmella for a beautiful, natural finished look that you have always wanted.

icroblading is a buzzword trending in the beauty industry, but what does it mean? Simply put, it’s the process of tattooing hair-like strokes to your eyebrows creating a natural looking permanent eyebrow. Carmella has spent over 17 years mastering this technique. Eyebrows are the anchor of the face. Defined eyebrows draw attention to your eyes making you look younger and more beautiful. Some women have a hard time creating this look on their own with makeup because they don’t know what kind of products to use (i.e. pencils, powders, gels), can’t find the right color or don’t know the correct shape to create. And some women just don’t have the time or the patience to apply every morning and reapply throughout the day.




The whole procedure of microblading brows takes at least two hours, looks healed after about one week and costs $550 for two visits, one month apart. To book a complimentary consultation to see if microblading is right for you, please call The Permanent Cosmetic Studio at (610) 883-0636.


Permanent Cosmetics is the perfect solution, imagine waking up every morning with your brows already perfectly shaped and colored, or getting out of the ocean or the pool this summer looking flawless! So why doesn’t everyone get their brows permanently tattooed? Many hesitate because they don’t want to look fake, the truth is, it’s all in the Artist’s work.

Referring Doctors Dr. Abel M.D. | The Abel Center for Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Pontell M.D.

Dr. Fanny J. Berg M.D.

Dr. David Zabel M.D.

Dr. Peter R. Coggins M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Minkovitz M.D. | Eye Physicians & Surgeons

Dr. Joseph J. Danyo M.D. Dr. Jillian Banbury M. D.

Dr. Katheryn M. Warren M.D.

Dr. Peter Panzer M.D. | Panzer Dermatology Assoc.

Dr. Ian M. Longergan, D.O. | Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of DE

Dr. Paul Sabini M.D. F.A.C.S.

Dr. Timothy Greco M.D.

Dr. Jonathan Saunders M.D.

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

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

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Delaware Hair Solutions – “A Client Story”

Dee Anderson – Owner


y name is Joy…and I wear hair. A strange statement, I’ll admit and one that took me a long time to be able to say with confidence. And even now, most people will respond with “What does that mean?” So I am going to share my story. After menopause two things happened – I got divorced and my hair started to thin. At first, it didn’t bother me too much. But after a few years of being single I began to think of dating again. And my brain said “Are you kidding? You are practically bald on top. Good luck with the dating!” So I decided to do something about it. I went to what I thought

was the only game in town, got a hairpiece and began to try and adjust to wearing it. I wasn’t thrilled with the place or their product but did not think there was an alternative. Then one day, while waiting in a doctor’s office, I browsed through the Women’s Journal and saw an ad for Delaware Hair Solutions (DHS). I filed this away thinking one day I would check it out since it was closer to home. The next time my hair piece was removed, cleaned and replaced it felt uncomfortable so when I got home I looked in the mirror and discovered that they had put it on BACKWARDS! I called Dee Anderson the next day and begged her to help me – which if you know her you know she immediately did. That was 7 years ago and I have been her client ever since. My hairpiece is now a part of who I am which is why I now tell everyone. I used to hope no one would notice; and, they didn’t. But, now when I get compliments on my hair (including a fellow judge during the 2015 Miss Delaware Pageant) I explain why it is so nice. My fellow judge’s response to my revelation – “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!” DHS dyes my hair to blend perfectly with the color I chose (instead of my natural white) and I have since learned that telling people isn’t nearly as scary as I would

have thought. But the good news is that you don’t have to tell anyone! The type of system I wear is adhered to my scalp with adhesive which holds it quite securely for weeks. DHS has systems for men, women and even children. Their salon does only non-surgical hair replacement so it is very discrete and comfortable for the men and women who depend on them to solve their hair loss problems. They offer free, truly no-pressure consultations, and their customer service is amazing.

My advice for men or women feeling less than good about their hair loss? Call Dee at DELAWARE HAIR SOLUTIONS — Best call I ever made!

Call for a free consultation and see what we can do for you! We provide products that are natural looking and fit comfortably into our clients lifestyle – improving their outward appearance and helping them regain a sense of well-being.




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If You Could Change One Thing About Your Skin, What Would It Be?

By Joanne Graves, Owner of Sanctuary Spa


re you longing for firmer, younger looking skin? Less visible fine lines and wrinkles? Less discoloration, sun damage and redness? How about smaller, more refined pores? Less oily, congested skin? Who doesn’t? Your skin is the most beautiful when it’s healthy. By focusing on nourishing, restoring and preventing damage, outward radiance naturally follows.

Now what if I told you that you can get those results, and more, with: • The most powerful non-invasive treatment available • Immediate visible results • Long-term skin health benefits you can see and feel • No downtime; no discomfort • Addresses specific skin concerns • Effective for every skin type • Can be done in 30 minutes

carpet. The machine sprays cleaning solution and vacuums away the yuck, but in a much more refined, spa-like way, of course! HydraFacial MD® is a non-invasive, multi-step treatment that combines the benefits of next-level hydra-dermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides. It does all of this in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation! In fact, a series of HydraFacial MD® treatments dramatically improves hydration while

helping to eliminate the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, oil & congestion and even creases in the nasolabial folds. And to top it all off, it’s affordable. What more could you ask for?

We’re giving away one HydraFacial MD treatment to one lucky Women’s Journal reader! Just log onto www.mysanctuaryspasalon.com/ register-to-win to enter! The winner will be announced March 30th, 2017. Good luck!

Interested? Of course you are! What you want, what you need, what you absolutely have to have, my friend, is a HydraFacial treatment. Maybe this is the first you’re hearing of it, or maybe you’ve seen it before, which would make sense since it’s been in New Beauty, InStyle, Elle, Allure, Brides, and more, as well as shows like The Doctors, Housewives, ABC, Fox News, and the list just goes on.

So, what exactly is it, you wonder? Like microdermabrasion, it exfoliates and it uses a vacuum-like suction on the skin. But, unlike microderm, which uses inert crystals that can be irritating to downright uncomfortable, a HydraFacial feels kind of cool-figuratively and literally! It infuses the skin with different serums and suctions away what shouldn’t be there, like exfoliated cellular debris, excess sebum, dirt, you get my point. It’s sort of like steam cleaning your 48



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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.

uick. Name the two most intimidating places people hate going to shop. I’m guessing most of you named either a car dealership or a jewelry store, or both. While different products are offered there is a parallel to be drawn between these two experiences. Let’s take a closer look. Car buying is emotional for the vast majority of us. We see a car on the road, catch a glimpse on TV or research models in anticipation of the need for a replacement. In all these cases we are led by excitement, visualizing what it would be like to drive the car, what our friends, colleagues and neighbors will think, etc.. So we head on down to the show room to get a closer look, some info on options and to drive the car. Then it hits you. Ughhh… I hate car dealerships.

Jewelry shopping can be very similar. It starts with an emotion, a visual and then when it comes time to actually step foot in a store that feeling comes across you. Yep, you guessed it… Ughhh.. I hate being pounced on. Depending on where you have shopped I am sure you have encountered one or many of the following: the smarmy, the intimidating, the over bearing, the hard closer, the condescending, the judgmental, etc.. None of these are the least bit appealing when you are attempting to shop for a luxury good. Shopping for jewelry should be enjoyable. I have always felt that this is the most frustrating thing when shopping for cars or jewelry. Regardless of whether you are making a purchase today or in six years, you should be able to shop at your pace and receive knowledgeable help when and if you request it. This is the principal I base our stores upon.

When you enter one of our stores, whether it is our Greenville location, our Lewes location or our new accessory store - Hooked in Lewes you will be treated the same way. Upon entering you will be greeted with a friendly hello, followed by an iteration of the following: “Please let me know if you have any questions or would like a closer look at anything. I am here if you need me. I like to let people browse at their own pace.” From there we will be in ear shot to answer any questions and to assist you as much or as little as you would like. I ask all of our staff to follow a simple theory – the function of sales person is to assist and educate the consumer so that they can make an informed decision at a pace that suits their preference. nothing more nothing less.

Jewelry Exchange of Delaware

Buy - Sell - Trade - Consign - Redesign The elegant place to sell or trade unwanted jewelry. Testimonial Owning and operating an Italian restaurant is not always the most glamorous of jobs. We do whatever it takes including rolling up our sleeves and preparing orders, clearing tables and even washing dishes. However, as former (and forever!) beauty queens, we still enjoy dressing up, wearing makeup, and showing off beautiful accessories. So, we contacted Jewelry Exchange of Delaware store and asked them to create something unique that would showcase our personality, sense of style, and even the restaurant itself. Jewelry Exchange of Delaware designed the most stunning, detailed pendants made of our own logo! We had necklaces, earrings, and pins made, plus cufflinks for our Dad. Each piece is so elegant and right on trend. In fact, we receive compliments every single time we wear one! Both the service and quality of the workmanship at Jewelry Exchange of Delaware are just phenomenal. Thank you for accessorizing the V and the M of V&M Bistro in style!  - Vincenza Carrieri-Russo & Margherita Carrieri-Russo (The owners & sisters of “Vincenza & Margherita Italian-American Bistro”) www.TheWomensJournal.com


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YOU’VE SAID, YES TO THE DRESS; Now Say “YES!” To Being Picture Perfect 2 Months Prior ❏ Haircut and color - this allows your cut and color to flow with the style you choose for your special day

❏ Beauty Maintenance: facial, manicure, pedicure

❏ Eyelash extensions ❏ Waxing - do all waxing to determine

what you will need to schedule 3 days prior to your special day

3 Weeks Prior to Wedding Day ❏ Make certain all appointments are

confirmed for you and the bridal party

❏ Eyelash fill Photograph by Andi Diamond Photography: www.andidiamond.com Tampa, FL

By Lori Zaiss


Wedding Day Countdown Your big day will be here before you know it! The Wedding Team at Fusion created this “Wedding Day Beauty Checklist” so that you will have one less thing to worry about. At Fusion, we pride ourselves on becoming your Wedding Beauty Consultant, like a wedding planner, but for your hair, makeup and nails!

3 Months Prior to Wedding ❏ Come in for your hair and makeup consultation and schedule trial run

❏ Custom Blend consultation for

foundation and lip stain - so you can be confident that you will be picture perfect without feeling caked up.

❏ Trial run for hair and makeup ❏ Beauty Maintenance: facial, manicure, pedicure

❏ Book your appointment for your special

day and your girl’s appointments (at Fusion we have a full Wedding Team so we can accommodate any size wedding party!)

If you are an out of town bride you will want to meet with us so we can create a plan for your total look including what needs to be done with your hair color/cut prior to your wedding day.

❏ Schedule your manicure and hair styling appointment for your rehearsal dinner


❏ Waxing ❏ Beauty Maintenance: facial, manicure, pedicure

3 Days Prior ❏ Eyelash fill ❏ Final Haircut and color ❏ Waxing for the wedding & honeymoon

Singh Photograph by Artful I Photography: www.artfuliphotography.com Camden, DE

(eyebrows, lip, legs, bikini)

“Lori and Maryssa were absolutely incredible and made me look perfect on my wedding day! They did a run through with me before the big day to make sure we were all on the same page. They traveled down to Lewes, DE and were the epitome of professional - on time, flexible, prepared, and had a great attitude - they made it fun! Most importantly, their work was gorgeous and everyone was really happy (especially me). My big day was really windy and our hair definitely held up for pictures, ceremony, etc. Lori even stayed to help put on my veil and gave my mom and Maid of Honor a quick tutorial on how to take it out for the reception. . It was such a luxury to not have to worry about our hair and makeup because for years Lori’s work has spoken for itself. I live in Manhattan and won’t get my hair done anywhere else - I wait until I’m in town to go to Fusion!” - Stephanie Selekman-Singh

Rehearsal Dinner ❏ Manicure and pedicure ❏ Hair styling ❏ Custom Blend adjustments if necessary ❏ Make sure you don’t indulge too much and drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep!

Your Wedding Day! ❏ Wear a button down top for all of the

ladies so you can easily get dressed without messing up your beautiful style

❏ Hair and Makeup for the Bride and

your wedding party (feel free to bring Champagne!)

❏ Have a Beauty Survival Kit (hair spray, bobby pins, lip color, q-tips, tissues)

“When I got engaged and started planning wedding details, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Lori Zaiss would be styling my hair. There is only one person I would ever trust with such an important event, despite the fact that she was quite literally a thousand miles away! Distance between wedding vendors and couples can create certain challenges, but Lori made the entire process extremely easy and stress free. Beforehand, I assembled pictures of each girl and her corresponding desired hairstyle for the wedding. Lori was able to perfectly capture each style from the pictures, even the extremely complicated ones. She ran perfectly on time for all seven of us – one bride, four bridesmaids, a mother and a mother-in-law. The end result was incredible! I cannot tell you how many compliments every single one of us received on our beautiful hairstyles, both the day of and for weeks to come! Lori truly surpassed any expectation and vision I could have had for my wedding day – right down to being my shadow for bobby pin touch ups as needed! We love Lori, and we are so grateful that she was able to be a part of our wedding day.” - Kelly Pupello

At Fusion, we provide our brides with a complimentary Beauty Survival Kit.

We hope you cut this checklist out and consider booking a complimentary Wedding Consultation with Fusion’s Wedding Team by calling 302-479-9444. Visit Us at 3444 Naamans Road • Wilmington, DE 19810 You’ll Like Us...www.facebook.com/FusionHairSalon3444 50


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For The Love Of Flowers and drink, the wedding dress? Everyone has something that is extremely important and therefor becomes the focus.

By Barbara P.G. Williams Co-owner of Belak Flowers


very good friend called me to get started on planning her son’s wedding. As I was emailing her my guidelines, I realized how important these points are and that a lot of moms and brides would like to hear from a wedding professional, especially from someone who has had a child go through the wedding process. My email was brief. Before I could even estimate her expenses, the following items needed to be decided: The amount of guests coming will really determine where the wedding can be as not all venues can accommodate 250 guests and some locations have a minimum. What is the date of the wedding? What season? Autumn, Spring, Christmas? Is it a holiday weekend? Is it in the busiest wedding months? May, June, September or October?

the church be decorated already for a holiday? Is the church ornate, possibly making additional color distracting? Is the ceremony going to be in a beautiful garden or tent? Always remember the length of the ceremony. If the exchange of vows is intended to last about 20 minutes then a giant amount of flowers for a short ceremony is really not needed.

The colors of the wedding, what are the bridesmaids’ dress colors? That alone can help determine the flower colors. What color are the groom and groomsmen wearing? Are metallic colors important? Silver? Gold? Can a soft color of gray foliage be added? Although you might not think of the metallics as “colors” adding a flash of silver or a warm neutral shade of foliage can make whites or even brighter colors just pop!

Always make sure the floral centerpieces blend with the bouquet flowers and the colors you have already used for the bridal party. The reception should reflect your taste and all floral designs should relate and look like they belong at the same event.

Are any other flowers needed for the ceremony? A token flower offering for the Blessed Mother? Have you decided to present your Mothers, Grandmothers or others dear to you with peace flowers after the ceremony?

What does the bride’s dress look like? A tailored or plain design of dress can have a more elaborate floral bouquet. A heavily beaded and detailed gown needs a simpler bouquet, one that does not fight with the dress and distracts from the bride herself. The quality of the dress makes a difference too. Does the gown, need the formality of orchids and callas or are common and traditional flowers a better match? And don’t forget scale, a smaller clutch or larger?

Then we need to consider the possibility of moving flowers to the reception. Does your venue supply the centerpieces in a package and do you like the design and size options? The table count determines your centerpiece count and the number on the guest list is the start of all your organizing. How many guests can comfortably fit at a table and how many tables are going to be needed?

This is when I realized how complicated my email to my friend, the Mother of the Groom, was going to be. I carried on…

The vision of the wedding: Is it going to be black tie, rustic, or somewhere in between? Themes and designs make a difference in the quality and quantity of everything. The total count of bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets added to the boutonniere and corsage counts constitute a large percentage of the floral total: the People Flowers.

Perhaps you’ve found your dream centerpiece on Pinterest. Are the flowers and foliage the most important part, or perhaps the colors or even the container design caught your eye? See what the florist suggests for your venue. For instance, an outdoor ceremony does not call for a tall centerpiece as weather, winds and even unlevel terrain may endanger an easily tipped container. On the other hand, a hotel with 40-foot ceilings would be a lovely space to fill with high centerpieces. To save money with centerpieces needed on many tables, perhaps ask for half to be decorated with tall designs and the other half with the same flowers in a shorter but coordinating container.

Are we doing flowers for all the parents, or just the bridal party? I always recommend that anyone important enough to be in the formal pictures is important enough to be given a corsage or boutonniere. What are the priorities? The music, the flowers, the cake, the photograph settings, the food

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Will something be needed to adorn the seating card table? With all your guests’ name cards laid out, how much room is actually left for an arrangement? A large table with a mere 85 guests will have more room than a smaller table with 200 guests. And finally, are you planning the traditional throw-away the bouquet ceremony? Do you want a smaller, inexpensive version of your bouquet, or are you planning on throwing your original bouquet? After the event is over, what flowers will be remembered? The beautiful and complimentary blooms you chose to reflect your taste and theme. How will you remember them? They’ll be the forms and colors that complete your gowns and dresses and suits and they’ll all be there in your photographs. Remember to decorate the people and coordinate with the church and venue. It’s your wonderful day to share with your partner, family and friends. Congratulations on needing to start this process!

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“T here are so many gifts, still unopened from your birthday . . . ”

- Hafiz

by Donna M. Duffy

Calling all midlife women entrepreners, autumn sages, who in this vibrant season of your lives, have something extraordinary to bring and share with the world__this is for you!

From our birth, we have been equipped with everything needed for our lives. As we grow and evolve, we're in a process of discovery, opening our gifts along the way. Yet in the busyness of life, that discovery gets forgotten. We neglect the gifts we've been given to make an impact and influence in the world. Donna Duffy is a dynamic entrepreneur, visionary, CEO/Founder of 3E Marketing Solutions and voted “2016 John Maxwell Top 30 Leadership Award”. Her talent for creative inspiration empowers, motivates and educates others. Donna’s mission is to educate, equip and engage small business owners and organizations with affordable marketing strategies and solutions through workshops, coaching/consulting, implementation and events. She embraces grassroots methodology, getting down in the trenches to meet business owners where they are and gains her greatest pleasure from the development of others.

As women of autumn, we have this phenomenal opportunity to connect with ourselves in a way that we have not been able until now. We’ve come through our early adult years and are coming into this open space where we can plumb the depths of our gifts and strengths like never before. In the book, Die Empty, Todd Henry encourages us to not die with the work and gifts left untapped in us, but to embrace and use the gifts we've been given, to bring our goals and dreams to life now. We may have believed we had forever, but within this season of autumn, we know not to wait forever, or even until tomorrow. We only really have today. It behooves us to make the most of these years so that we can make our mark on the world. As entrepreneurs, we are on an adventure of continually unveiling our ability to bring our products and services

to those who need them and with whom we choose to work.

Let's look at the word “G.I.F.T.” and see how we can open every one:

Give and Be Generous

First, we must begin with generosity and graciousness, filled with gratitude for the gifts we have received.

Invest in Yourself

Investing in ourselves means having an ongoing, unswerving commitment to becoming the very best we can be.


•Why your midlife entrepreneurial journey is an unprecedented time of courage, growth and reinvention.

•How creating your own manifesto helps you on your quest toward transformation & change in yourself and the world around you.

As mid-life women entrepreneurs, we know full well that following our passion will not only take us on a path to profit and position our businesses for success, but it will help us fulfill our purpose so we can make a difference in the world.

•How resolve and tenacity keep you steadfast as you pursue your vision and achieve your dreams.


Each beautiful day of autumn comes with changes that are deepening our sense of confidence, reminding us that those gifts are really for us after all. Tearing them open and discovering them is not as overwhelming as it once was. We should be encouraged and filled with joy, knowing our gifts are bringing significant change and transformation to us and those we serve. So, breathe in every bit of this autumn chapter of your life and open every gift!


In this Enlightening and Inspiring Book YOU will Discover:

•How your years of wisdom, strength, insight and experience perfectly positon you for success in life and business.

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•Why collaboration, partnership and sisterhood bonds create greater abundance and opportunity.

Donna cuts straight to the heart of women in midlife who are impacting the world with their ideas, insight and innovation. Each chapter is part of a manifesto that has guided Donna on her path as a business owner and will embolden others to forge ahead and blaze trails for others to follow. Her no-nonsense style will engage you and remind you that this season of your life is to be embarked upon with the greatest of passion and purpose. Your years and experiences have equipped you. Now it’s time to step in and embrace this season with grace, poise, resilience and confidence.


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The Art of Finishing Touches By Ara Atkinson-Skinner

I recently took my granddaughter shopping for some school supplies which required a trip to one of her favorite Designer stores. They were having a big sale, so she was able to purchase Ara Atkinson-Skinner a beautiful quilted book bag CEO/Illustrator Ara offers creative solutions to and a few other accessories. business owners, entrepreneurs, The whole shopping experience art directors, authors, writers was wonderful, from the clerk and discerning clientele “Make Their Mark” with asking if she could assist us, distinct Unforgettable original illustrations and creative to the great use of space and impressions for an audience organization of products on the of one to a multitude. shelves. That’s saying something too, because even with all the bold intricate design patterns, you think that would overwhelm you, but somehow it all blended well, allowing for a relaxed calming experience. This is no an accident, every detail has been carefully and strategically thought out and executed, it is the “The Vera Bradley® Brand experience”. When we were checking out, the last thing I received was a beautiful palmsize envelope in the Vera Bradley® signature green color (matching back to the beautiful shopping bag topped with tissue paper) with my receipt tucked inside. It may seem trivial, but it made me feel special. This is a good example of those extra special finishing touches that can make all the difference in becoming a memorable BRAND! Does every business need to go to that degree of BRAND designed receipt envelopes & packaging? The answer, “No, of course not, BUT I’m sure each business can do something memorable depending what you are selling and who you are trying to attract to your business (your “ideal” client/customer)”. More importantly, are you building your BRAND and is it congruent throughout the experience for the client/customer? Today, there are some very reasonable options to BRAND building and some are FREE. Do you have your own Brand Promise or tag line? How do you want to make your client/customer feel or experience with your products or services? Always start with, “treat people the way you want to be treated”. Do your clients/customers



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know you appreciate them? Then turn it around, do your clients/customers appreciate you for what you are giving them? If you answered, “I’m not sure” to either question,then it’s time to do something about that. Start small, one small step at a time and build it. Promoting your BRAND is ongoing with multiple layers of marketing. People need to be reminded, that’s where building a strong 4 Senses BRAND Experience is so vital. It helps preventing your clients/customers from looking elsewhere. Do you have a Signature BRAND phone call response? How do you treat client/customer calls & meetings? What have you done lately to show your appreciation? Building a Power BRAND doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient, but keep building with all those little extra finishing touches that can go a long way to keep & build appreciative and loyal clients/customers! C LOGO logo BEFORE: sDA a perfectly fine

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AFTER: ABOVE IS AN EXAMPLE OF RE-BRANDED LOGO. Before creating this new logo, it required getting real clear with the clients-- what their business is and their target audience. I needed to communicate visually they are more than just a dance studio, but an amazing Arts Conservatory offering an array of visual & performing arts classes, workshop intensives, private lessons and more for the very young to adults. This was a challenge, but the final result was worth the effort to get it right! If you notice, I was able to keep a significant icon tying the original logo to the new, which kept continuity important for the established business & their existing customers.

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Lu Ann trusted me to deliver her re-branding from LuLu Travels to ” her renamed, newly focused -P C company. I gave her a new logo KER MAR BOOK & a custom supportive illustration. Those two items were then used for various finishing items like: biz cards, leatherhead package, FaceBook, newsletter, embroidered shirts, table-throw, note cards, bags and a very nice book mark (great entry level gift item for her clientele). This is just the beginning-many more ways to become “Unforgettable” to come! AT

“Capturing our branding and essence of who we are perfectly, Ara Atkinson-Skinner, ever the artist, over delivers and wows us every single time. Her ability to continually and excellently create supporting illustrations, allows us to keep expanding our vision verbally knowing she will match it with visually. We're thrilled that our partnership and collaboration continues to grow and keeps us creatively on the cutting-edge. We have Ara to thank for seeing our brand through such a beautiful lens.” - Donna Duffy 3E Marketing Solutions “Ara’s designs really helped my business. It gave me a more professional approach to how I market myself. It really has taken my business to the next level.” - Joan Gennarini Rekindled Spirits


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“Ara at Ara Illustrated has been fantastic in trying to capture all that we do at DelArts into one complete and clean logo, while incorporating elements of our old logo to help with the transition to the new! We didn't make it easy for her there are 4 co-owners, so it took a lot of patience on Ara's part to keep going back to the drawing board to create a logo we all loved! She did it, though, and we couldn't be more pleased! She has continued to see our rebranding through all its stages, from new signage to new advertising copy. The stress of having her design our ads has taken a ton off of my plate, and we feel extremely lucky to have Ara in our corner!” - Tracy Friswell-Jacobs Delaware Arts Conservatory


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Tick-borne Disease TICK’d off: Battling Lyme Disease TICK IDENTIFICATION

Marian Eastman Lyme Yarnbombs, Inc. Founder/Executive Director Yarn Addict; Lyme Advocate.


ooking back to the summer of 1998, I never thought a tiny tick bite would make me sick and I would never be well again. Nor did I ever think it would take 7 years, 15 doctors, and numerous tests later to get a proper diagnosis for the cause of all my symptoms. That tiny tick gave me one big problem: LYME DISEASE! Like most Lyme disease patients, I don’t recall feeling a tick bite or seeing a rash. I just felt sick. And the feeling just would never completely go away. My symptoms got so bad that for about 6 years I relied almost entirely on a wheel chair. What tick’d me off was that I went through endless tests and evaluations for all types of illnesses without being given a correct diagnosis for years. No one was able to tell me the cause of my debilitating nerve pain. Through a lab in California that specializes in tick-borne diseases, I received a positive test for Lyme. A short course of antibiotics would not work at this point. It took years to get my pain down to a manageable level by using various treatments. Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the country.

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Each year, over 300,000 people will disease awareness in hopes that who was treated for Lyme. One be diagnosed with Lyme disease... it could prevent someone from student had to drop out of college BABESIOSIS and that only includes the positive going through what I have. Often because his symptoms got so bad. test results reported to local health I am home, off of my feet, due to Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells.ofBabesia infection Because the interest yarnbombdepartments. Approximately half ofasymptomatic lingering nerve I am happy toMany can range in severity from topain. life threatening. people who are infected ing sparked, my husband, Jeff and all Lyme disease patientsfeel receive myhave knitting crochetingSome to people with the disease fineaand have do not anyand symptoms. nonspecific I starteddevelop a nonprofit organization flu-like symptoms, as fever, chills, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, false negative due to poorsuch testing keep me sweats, busy. In headache, May, with help called Lyme Yarnbombs, Inc. or fatigue. and misinformation. By some from NFL Yarnivores and KTOG, Lime green yarn, sponsors, and estimates, diagnoses each year can I combined the things I love by donations will go towards raising be as high as 1-2 million. Lab tests “yarnbombing” 86 parking meters awareness, education and patient such as the ELISA and Western Blot in Newark, DE, in lime green care funds. Volunteer knitters / are notoriously inaccurate, which colors for Lyme Awareness month. crocheters and state coordinators is why they are only to be used in Yarnbombing is a form of street are needed as we gear up for next support of a diagnosis. A negative art using yarn instead of paint. year’s yarnbombing events. More Location: test does not necessarily mean On installation day, a lot of towns will be added in May 2017. Northeast and Upper that you do not have Lyme. Lyme people said they knew of someone Midwest disease is a clinical diagnosis Carrier: based on symptoms. Patients BlackleggedMimi deer ticks Royal Pest supports can experience burning sensations, joint pain, frequent headin her battle against Lyme Disease aches, chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, Bell’s palsy, flu-like symptoms, and many more. Since these symptoms may mimic other diseases, it is not uncommon for patients to receive a misdiagnosis of MS,EHRLICHIOSIS chronic fatigue syndrome, neuropathy, juvenile arthritis, ALS, Ehrlichiosis is Alzheimer’s. a disease caused by at least three different ehrlichial species in the United States Parkinson’s, or even and is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. Typical symptoms include fever, For more information visit Mimi with Frannie, Ramani, daughter of Royal Pest’s “YARNBOMBING” headache, fatigue and muscle aches. symptoms occur weeks the Usually, Royal Pestthese butterfly, taking BJ Bias,within starred 1-2 in our Lyme following on Main Street in lymedisease.org a tick bite. the Lyme Disease Challenge Disease Challenge video Newark, DE With such a high rate of misdiagnosis, many patients are ending up with Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD). I am dedicated to raising Lyme Location: Southcentral and Eastern U.S.

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ou may have decided you need to add a credential to your resume, or you might be thinking that a college degree could boost your career. The research would back you up. Statistics show that earnings consistently increase with level of education. On average, workers over 25 years old with bachelor’s degrees earn an astonishing 70% more than their counterparts with high school diplomas. In addition, people are turning to certificate programs to boost their earnings, add new credentials to their resumes and improve their career prospects. Professional development programs and courses also provide an excellent way to retool for a job change. “Certificates are a homegrown American invention and are expanding rapidly in response to a wide range of educational and labor market demands,” reported researchers at Georgetown University. A major finding of their study is that the postsecondary certificate has become a cost-effective tool for increasing educational attainment and gainful employment in the U.S. If it’s been awhile since you were in school, you may be wondering if college is still right

for you. Some prospective returning students feel unsure whether they could be successful in college-level coursework after being away from a classroom environment for a period of time. But once they’ve started, students report finding a renewed commitment for success. “In college this time around, I’m focused,” said one student. “I found that my studying techniques and time management skills were much improved from when I was a younger student,” reported another. Most colleges and universities have a continuing education department that will help returning students choose a program that fits their educational goals and help guide them through enrollment processes. For those considering a return to college, whether for a degree, certificate program or other course, the University of Delaware’s ACCESS Center provides free academic advisement to help identify career and educational goals, develop educational plans, implement decisions and build learning skills.

Since 1946, Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries has been serving the local community and beyond by being a refuge of peace and play in a sacred setting. Join Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville MD for their upcoming Winter Silent Retreat. Date: February 19-24, 2017

With rustic cabins, dorm-style retreat houses, and the modern Riverview Retreat Center, we serve as both a camp and retreat facility year-round. As we like to say, “we serve people who serve people”.

Held at their Riverview Retreat Center, and facilitated by Rev. Karen Moore and Anita Wood, you’ll experience a daily rhythm of prayer, simple meals and so much more. Allow your spirit to settle, relax and clear by resting in God. To register online, go to www.pecometh.org/winter-silent-retreat or call them at 410-556-6900. The great folks at Camp Pecometh in Centreville MD have been hard at work getting ready for the 2017 Summer Camp season. This year’s theme is “Branch Out at Camp!” For more information and to download the brochure, visit them online or call them at 410-556-6900.


To learn more about continuing education programs at the University of Delaware, visit www.pcs.udel.edu. To make an appointment with an ACCESS adviser, call 302-831-8843, write to access-advise@udel.edu or visit www.pcs.udel.edu/access.


For more on what’s happening at Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries, call 410.556.6900.


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What Can Tutoring Do For Your Child? (Headshot by Shannon Adelson of Adelson Media, Inc.)

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Presented By Jim Power Article By Dr. Raymond J Huntington, Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center


f your child has ever failed a test or struggled through one or more subjects or classes, you’ve probably thought about looking into tutoring programs that could help. Jim Power of the Newark, DE Huntington Learning Center says that most parents recognize the obvious benefits of tutoring, but there are many other positive results as well. “Individualized tutoring can help children fill in any learning gaps and raise their grades,” says Power. “The great news is that there are so many other wonderful byproducts of tutoring that can have a lasting impact on a child and help shape his or her future for the better.” Mr. Power shares some of the positive things that tutoring can do for your child:

Foster independence. Children who struggle to keep up in the classroom often feel helpless and stuck, unable to complete tasks on their own. When they receive individualized instruction and develop the “building blocks” needed to progress in their learning, over time, they will feel empowered and more comfortable taking ownership of their education.

him or her to feel more optimistic about school—and happier overall. “When children are able to finally understand something that has historically been difficult for them, it’s an immediate boost to their confidence and feelings of selfworth,” says Power. “Without a doubt, tutoring is a wise long-term investment in your child that you as a parent will see paying dividends for years to come.”

Most children who struggle with school for an extended period of time begin to feel worthless and embarrassed, thinking of themselves as stupid or incapable of learning. The right personalized tutoring program will start to yield positive results, leading a child to feel relieved and even proud of his or her newfound abilities.

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About Jim Power and Huntington Learning Centers

When children seem indifferent or angry about school, they might be masking their struggles to understand basic concepts and their feelings of frustration about even the smallest tasks. Tutoring will help pinpoint the root of any academic problems so that parents and teachers can take action. Once a child begins to feel more capable and confident, he or she will also remember what it feels like to be interested in learning.

Jim Power is the Executive Director of the Huntington Learning Center in Newark, DE. Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction

in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. © 2016 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com.

Motivate. RescueTime -For children who repeatedly struggle in school, it’s a daily challenge to muster up the motivation to put effort toward homework or assignments. Sadly, these students tend to feel that no matter how hard they try, they will fail. A customized program of instruction will help a child become a better student, and as a result, allow that child to experience the positive feelings associated with acquiring new knowledge. Soon, that child will feel more inspired to work harder and persevere when things are difficult. One of the best things tutoring can do for your child is prompt

Dr. Raymond J. Huntington is the 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. Jim Power is the Executive Director of the Huntington Learning Center in Newark, 34 Liberty Plaza, Kirkwood Highway, Newark, DE 19711. For more information or to schedule a consultation at the Newark location call 302-737-1150 or visit www.newark.huntingtonlearning.com. 58


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The Good Teacher*

Written by Dr. Angela Hoover Elementary Principal, PA Leadership Charter School they can apply for their permanent teaching certificate. When a teacher is hired by a school district, they are required to accumulate 180 hours or 6 graduate credits every five years during their profession to keep their permanent certificate active. If they fail to meet these requirements, they immediately lose their job, and have to hit the books again to renew their certification. A school district cannot keep a teacher on its staff without a current certification. And the interview process begins for School Administrators. Piles of resumes are stacked on the desk of the human resources contact. What a daunting task to undertake. Who should the district invite to interview? Should it be the candidate with the highest grade point average? Wait! Maybe it should be the candidate who has some extra experience working with children? Hours upon hours are spent shuffling through each resume and narrowing in on maybe a handful of candidates out of a hundred or more resumes. How does the human resources contact define a “good” teacher?


any of us remember the excitement and thrill of packing our backpacks the night before the first day of school. We were filled with anticipation of meeting our teachers and hoping that we had the “good” one. But, what does a “good” teacher look or sound like? These are very simple questions, yet very complex to answer. Many of us would answer these questions differently. Parents may utilize social networking and other parent input to make this decision. Administrators may provide responses that are very analytical. Teachers themselves might struggle to provide a clear, concise response. So, how do you know that your child has a “good” teacher? That’s the million dollar question. Unfortunately, there are no correct answers to these questions. But, consider this: each one of us forms an opinion of people that we meet within the first couple of minutes. We critique one another’s social skills, mannerisms, and nuances. This critique could instantly be positive or negative. But, it’s that first impression that creates a conscientious decision on how we feel about another person. If this holds true, then think about your child’s teacher. Stop, and really think about whether or not your child received a “good” teacher this year. How much time have you spent getting to know this teacher? How much time has your child spent with the teacher? Have you had a personal conversation with the teacher that was meaningful and insightful?


With that being said, let’s take a historical journey on how your child’s teacher became certified. The teacher has graduated from a university with a degree in education. During their time of study at the university, they also had to pass several state-mandated examinations to receive their initial teaching license. Their competencies for both educational pedagogy and theory are not only tested, but put into practice during their student teaching experience. Upon successfully completing all of these requirements, it’s time to apply for the ceremonial graduation walk where they are handed their first teaching certificate. After spending a minimum of four years studying to become a teacher, they must return to the classroom and obtain an additional 24 credits, complete three years of satisfactory performance within the school district, and attend a school sponsored induction program before 59

It appears that finding a “good” teacher has become quite a long and arduous process. It’s complicated. There are so many factors that have to be considered because each school is unique in its culture and its needs. Who will be the best “fit” for the position? Who will work collaboratively with the staff? Who will be the gem that will act as an advocate for the school and the children? Every school district puts forth its best effort to search for the perfect teacher for their schools. Many people within the school district work behind the scenes as part of the search process. Each teacher has been extensively trained and certified. Teachers must be competitive and prove themselves worthy of a full time position in a school. Making the final cut is commendable. They are put through a rigorous hiring process. Therefore, we should hold some trust in our schools to define and find a “good” teacher. Our schools and the teachers are responsible and held accountable for the education of every child.


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Gateway Lab Charter School: From The Parents Perspective with the task of understanding my child’s needs and abilities has kept us at Gateway as they strive to encourage a healthy and safe learning environment.”

By Timothy W. Griffiths M.Ed. Executive Director Gateway Lab School


ateway Lab Charter School is a state-approved, public charter school centrally located in New Castle County. The school’s unique design allows students with a variety of disabilities to find their path to a successful education. That path to success was exactly what Leslie Mitchell, parent of Christian who is a 7th grade student at Gateway, was looking for. We asked Leslie why Gateway? “My son is a very intelligent and determined pre-teen who began falling behind due to various reasons. Christian is considered legally blind and has a condition that affects his balance and coordination.” Gateway works very hard to support students and their families in the learning process. “As a single parent, I continuously worked with Christian to keep pace. The stress to keep pace physically, emotionally and mentally became taxing. My son felt different and rejected,” said Leslie. Individualized planning and full wrap around services gave Leslie peace of mind that Christian could be successful.

Leslie & Christian Mitchell What keeps you at Gateway? “Gateway was built with a genuine commitment to demonstrating sound leadership, good values, a strong work ethic, and respect. These basic essentials combined

How has Gateway helped your family? “Gateway specializes in working with children who have IEP’s. They have been successful at synergizing my son’s abilities and programs to help him achieve higher standards while limiting unwanted stressors that can negatively impact his energy level. As my son requires one on one assistance, he has a trained designated paraprofessional educator who has built a great relationship with him and given our family great piece of mind knowing that he is receiving the proper support throughout his school day.” Leslie continued, “Christian feels more comfortable speaking up for himself and being his own advocate ensuring he is provided the tools he needs to be successful which allows him the opportunity to function independently or in a team setting.

at Gateway as an option for their child? Selecting a school is one of the most important decisions we as parents will make for our child as this will become like their second home since this is where much of their time will be spent. If you are considering Gateway, make a point to tour the school and attend a school event to gain firsthand experience as you connect with some of the families and learn of the strides their children are making at Gateway.

Finding out if Gateway is the right place for your child is easy. Learn more about Gateway Lab Charter School on our website www.gatewaylabschool.org

Tim brings with him nearly 20 years of experience. He has helped develop and grow from concept to graduation, 14 schools in Philadelphia serving students who have been pushed out, dropped out and those who needed a more specific program to help them find success in school. He has also worked with schools in surrounding states to help develop and turnaround failing schools. Most recently Tim worked with a non-profit organization in Philadelphia to create a charter school where students who where disengaged could re-engage and be re-energize about learning, re-connect with teachers, and, while working with their parents and teachers, set goals for after high school.

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Why could Gateway be the right choice for other parents looking for a school for their child? “As parents, we are our child’s best advocate, and the power of choice breeds competition in any marketplace. It is critical parents identify schools that offer a child focus talent of educators who are experienced and trustworthy, and who can efficiently execute strategies for learning in the classroom in order to develop productive citizens. I encourage those who live nearby to visit Gateway and consider whether this school offers an environment where their child can flourish.” What would you say about the need for Gateway in Delaware? Many of the Delaware public schools are not equipped to meet certain needs of their student population nor have the funding to develop their programs or bring in talented resources to execute the proper accommodations for students to be successful. Should they continue to grow their school? “It’s critical to have Gateway expand”, says Leslie.

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What Happens When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient? “First, do no harm” does NOT apply to the insurance adjuster assigned to evaluate your case! – Delaware Workers’ Compensation Law

By Heather A. Long, Esq.


ealthcare workers are used to being multifaceted caregivers. They care for their patients, their families, their co-workers and often neglect to care for themselves. For that reason, many healthcare workers do not report their injuries when they do get hurt, which inevitably leads to problems in the long run. Delaware has a “no fault” workers’ compensation system in place, whereby a Delaware injured worker may make a claim for medical benefits, disability benefits and lump sum benefits, among others, just by virtue of being injured while on the job here in the State of Delaware. These benefits are bestowed upon the Delaware injured worker by statute- meaning, it’s written in black and white and can be found in the law books, or online for you to review. Additionally, since these benefits are considered “no fault,” it generally doesn’t make a difference HOW you were injured, which is a good thing for those workers who have a propensity to be a bit clumsy. They are protected just the same as the nurse that gets assaulted by a patient. It does not matter whose fault the injury is, as long as you’re injured while on the job (with very few exceptions) you will be


protected by the Delaware Workers’ Compensation statutes. In order to be properly compensated for a work injury, the worker must first prove that an injury occurred. As you can imagine, the more time between the injury and the reporting of it to a supervisor, the harder it is to have the claim acknowledged. This is particularly true for healthcare workers that will typically work through aches and pains, trying not to be a squeaky wheel. While this may score you some “tough guy” points, it certainly does not score you points with the adjuster who will be assigned to evaluate, and accept or deny your claim. As with every other aspect of healthcare, documentation is key. Therefore, if you are injured (particularly as a healthcare worker) it is necessary to inform your supervisor and document the injury. Ask your supervisor to fill out a “First Report of Injury” and give you a copy. Also, make a note of any witnesses to your injury, and take pictures of any obvious bruising, cuts, scrapes or other outward signs of injury. This is exactly the type of situation where an ounce of prevention can equal a pound of cure, because as all healthcare workers know- if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen! If you are injured at work, particularly if you work in the healthcare field, immediate and accurate documentation regarding the injury you sustained and how it occurred is of utmost importance. In order to make sure that your injury is properly documented, I highly recommend: 1. that you inform your supervisor in writing about your injury; and 2. consult with an attorney to ensure that you will receive all the benefits to which you are entitled. I offer free consultations with no attorney’s fee to be paid until your case is settled. This gives you the peace of mind you need in order to focus on the most important thingyour health. Testimonial: Excellent Lawyer — 5.0 stars “Heather has been amazing throughout this entire ordeal. When I thought I had no options, I came into contact with Heather and she not only took on my case when others wouldn’t,

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she handled it professionally and was honest and reassuring with me.” ~ Michelle Heather has been an attorney for over ten years, and is currently practicing Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Law at Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill, P.A. with offices in Newark and Wilmington. Heather worked her way through law school as a paralegal in a personal injury firm. After passing the bar exam, she spent several years working as a defense attorney, representing local, regional and national companies. With the knowledge gained about the inner-workings 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.

Heather is licensed to practice law in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, please call (302) 565-6132 or e-mail her directly at HLong@kimmelcarter.com.


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‘Tis The Season For Safe Driving By Susan D’Alonzo Ament, Esquire Susan D’Alonzo Ament is a partner with Morris James LLP and has practiced for 33 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.


he next few months can bring with them some of the most challenging driving conditions in Delaware. Whether you are traveling locally or planning a trip to visit friends or family out of state this holiday season, it’s important to take some extra precautions when driving during the holiday season as well as into the winter months. To best avoid unpleasant situations, follow these safety suggestions: Perform routine maintenance One of the easiest ways to avoid car mishaps is to drive a safe vehicle. Check and rotate your tires, get a tune-up and have your oil changed regularly, at least every six months. Keeping up with these tasks ensures that your vehicle will be in top driving condition for Delaware’s oftentreacherous winter weather. Prepare for inclement weather Due to the unpredictability of the East Coast weather conditions, it’s always a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Emergency kits include items that can help signal others in times of distress, make minor

repairs, or help keep you protected from excessive temperatures while stalled. These kits can be purchased for as little as $30.00 or you can make your own. Some items that you might want to include are: blankets, water, road flares and tools. For more ideas on what to include in your vehicle emergency kit, speak to your auto insurance agent or visit www.redcross.org. Drive defensively Just as the old adage goes, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. When driving, be on the lookout for erratic drivers, slippery roads, snowdrifts and other unusual conditions. Never drive at speeds that would prevent you from taking necessary corrective actions, particularly in the evening when hazards are more difficult to see. A little extra vigilance and a lot of common sense go far in keeping everyone safe during the holiday season and throughout the winter. If we all take these simple protective measures, we can significantly reduce the number of serious accidents that occur on our state’s roads and highways. Sadly, every day

in our law practice, we see victims seriously injured in automobile accidents due to another person’s negligence or reckless driving. Be sure to follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others during one of the most wonderful times of the year. WHAT TO DO IF INVOLVED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION Stop your Vehicle Never drive away from the scene of a collision, even if it’s a minor collision. The vehicles should remain where they are unless they interfere with traffic. Turn your hazard lights on, set out cones or other warning devices if you have them; Call 911 or the Police Even if there are no serious injuries, call to report the collision. An officer will be sent to file necessary reports and exchange information, and will call for medical personnel if needed for injuries; Take Photos Use your camera or phone to photograph the collision scene to document damage to the vehicles, and depict how the collision took place;

Retrieve Relevant Information Record the names and contact information of the other drivers or witnesses, license plate numbers, the make, model and colors of other vehicles, insurance information and the exact location of the incident; File a Collision Report with the Police In some circumstances the police will not come to the scene of a collision. Should this happen, you should still contact the police to report the collision. A police report may help you make a claim with the insurance companies; Contact your Insurance Company Report the collision to your insurance company even if the collision was not your fault; Do not give a Recorded Statement over the Telephone Do not give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance adjuster without an attorney present; Seek Medical Attention Often injuries are not readily apparent in the hours, or even days, following a collision. Unless

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you are absolutely sure you were not injured, you should be examined by your family doctor or emergency medical professionals; Keep a File Keep a file with all of the relevant information regarding the collision in one location for easy reference; and Know your Automobile Insurance Policy The insurance process will be much easier if you know and understand your policy benefits and coverages before a collision. Never wait until after an incident to learn this information. For example, do you know if you have a deductible, rental car coverage or enough wage loss coverage? If you or a loved one suffers the unfortunate event of a motor vehicle collision or work related collision, the Personal Injury Group Attorneys at Morris James LLP will guide you through the process of obtaining the maximum compensation for your injuries to which you are entitled under the law. With six locations throughout the State of Delaware, we are available to serve you.

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Six Ways To Bounce Back From Setbacks color. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” - John Maxwell


Make a written list of what’s working now, then connect each thing that’s working to something that supports your goal. Keep a journal, and reach out to someone who can help you move forward on your goal. Celebrate the many small wins along the way! “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” - Theodore Roosevelt

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hen life happens, there are some situations you just can’t control. To deal with life’s setbacks, focus on the things that you can control. First and foremost, know that you’re not alone – everybody has them. Activate your faith along with action and rise again! Remember that you’re in charge, even if you feel differently. People who accept personal responsibility—for the state of their career, the state of their relationships and the state of their life—tend to be happier, more productive, and more successful than those who don’t. Regardless of the nature of the limitation you’ve just run into, you should ask yourself, “What would I do differently next time? What can I learn from this for the future? How can I benefit from this situation now?” These questions will put the energy and attention where they belong—on you and your resources—and away from the outside factors you can’t control. Once you take charge of your destiny, you’ll have an increased sense of purpose and power! Reconnect to your outcome, and make sure it’s a goal that inspires true passion in you. Once you have a life’s goal that’s worth committing to paper and reading aloud daily, you will always have a point on the compass to turn to. So turn to it! And if you don’t have a point on the compass, choose one. Choose something to strive for that gets you excited, alert and engaged every single time you think about it. Dream big. Dream passionately. Dream in www.TheWomensJournal.com

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Remember what got you this far. You’re exactly the same person you were when you were winning. Think of a major victory in your life and at least three positive traits you possess, or actions you took regularly that made that success possible. You know how to be that person. If there is someone or something in your life that’s standing in the way of you being that person on a daily basis, manage your routine and/or manage who’s in your camp. Take an inventory on a regular basis of who’s in your life, and ask yourself: “What kinds of seeds is this person sowing? Is he or she supporting the person I want to be?” Stick with the people who are sowing positive seeds in your life, and do your best to weed out the people who are sowing negative seeds. “We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.” - Barbara De Angelis

someone you have good chemistry with, someone with experience and who’ll hold you accountable to your own mission and commitments. “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” - Jane Howard Remember you can accomplish a lot by connecting with your inner self. Scheduling quiet time is a gift that can change your life. Eventually your comeback will happen and you will be thankful for the journey along the way!

Decide how you will use your resources. This one’s important. Using the written list you just developed, identify how and when you will use all of the resources. Set a one-week deadline for an action you’ll take. Use the list and your action steps to create a clear plan for moving forward on your goal. Find some way, to take action on that plan and consider bringing a mentor into your circle.

Testimonials “This is the best seminar I have ever attended! Powerful and motivating, like a beacon of light shining through the darkness of my economic predicament, it gave me hope and direction to continue to pursue success. Joyce Dungee Proctor is inspirational. She speaks from the heart and from personal experience regarding what many face in the way of career challenges. Her ability to interact and connect one-on-one with a diverse audience is phenomenal, helping individuals to crystallize their goals and objectives with real world suggestions on recognizing ones strengths.” - Rose Howerter

Think of who you’ve got in your camp. Start reaching out to people and build a dream team that can help you brainstorm and troubleshoot your plan, and help you turn your plan into a reality. Find people who will remind you of who you really are. Find a way to identify and invite a coach into your circle, i.e., someone you trust,

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Delaware marketplace. Well, she far exceeded my expectations! We immediately connected and she not only provided education on 21st century job seeker best practices, but she empowered, challenged, inspired and provided ongoing accountability, which repositioned me to land my next rewarding leadership opportunity. I cannot say enough positive things about Joyce. She is a Dynamic Leader, Empowerment Specialist and Change Catalyst who has extensive and proven expertise in her discipline. Her infectiously positive personality, genuine sincerity and power spoken through her words leave you feeling strengthened, refueled and ready to conquer the world! There are very few that I would put into the same category as Joyce Dungee Proctor. I am honored and grateful to share a connection with this extraordinary and transformational leader. I would highly recommend her Career Coaching expertise and services to anyone!” - Daphne McRae MBA & CSM, SSGB

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50th Annual Dinner of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce Honoring the 2016 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award

Friday, March 24 6:30–10:30 pm Longwood Gardens Tickets $175. Sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more, visit www.scccc.com or call the Chamber office at 610-444-0774. Presenting Sponsor:

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It is a privilege to make dreams come true and we accept the challenge with experience, integrity and care. We take pride in finding the right vacation for each traveler regardless of their budget. At Your Passport to Travel, we’re here to assist you in planning your next dream vacation. We’ll help you decide where to go, where to stay and what to do once you’re there. With a combined 125+ years of experience, we have local contacts just about anywhere in the world. This local knowledge will provide you with the vacation of your dreams! When you book online you have no one to contact when things go wrong. At Your Passport to Travel, we’re there to assist you every step of the way. We pride ourselves on offering our clients exceptional customer service down to the smallest details of your trip! We strive to meet the client’s every need, while giving the client options to choose from. In addition, we build custom travel itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets. You work hard in your job so when it’s time to wind down, relax and cross that next travel destination off of your bucket list, think of Your Passport to Travel. 64

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My name is Holly Potoeski, and this walk is near and dear to my heart.


was diagnosed in 1986 with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 4. Since then I have had hip and knee replacements to ankle fusions so I have had my fair share of struggles in my 33 years of life. The past 5 years of my life up until this past June have been the most difficult. I spent 5 years of my life in pain, the moment the IV drug and chemo (I took for 12 years straight) stopped working, up until this past June after trialling 8 other IV drugs, we found a medication that actually helped. We need to raise money for research not only for a cure but to find other medications that help manage the pain and the disease. The medication I found this past June is the last drug on the market that I have left to help me at this time. Not “if” but “WHEN” this drug stops working I am completely out of options. That is until they develop a new medication and the only way that can happen is to have money to fund research. I have trialled EVERY medication on the market at this point in my life. I have NO options left! Hopefully by raising money we can fund the research needed to develop the medications needed so other young children and adults won’t have to go to bed at night or wake up in the morning wondering if this is the last they will have a pain free day, or if it’s the last day your meds will help their condition, which is something that is always in the back of my mind. I am hoping children who are now diagnosed will not have to go through what I had to go through. We have come a far way the past 29 years with research however we have a far distance to go. I’m sure you can see why I have a big commitment to this cause. www.TheWomensJournal.com



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Dover Downs Hotel 1131 N. DuPont Hwy, Dover, Delaware Lunch, Auction, Health Screenings, Speakers, Entertainment and more!!

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The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides housing and support services to families who have a seriously or chronically ill or injured child receiving medical care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children or Christiana Hospital. There is no charge for families to stay. A $15 contribution is requested per night, but is not required and is often reduced or waived. No family is ever turned away due to the inability to contribute. This is thanks to the generosity of the community. To make a charitable donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, please visit https://rmhde.org/donate-now/ or call (302) 656-HUGS.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DELAWARE UPCOMING 2017 EVENTS February 27 — 8th Annual Sullivan’s Wine Dinner Five course dinner with wine pairings, live music and silent auction. 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner.

June 4 — 7th Annual Red Shoe and Brew at Brandywine Polo Club Join us from 1:30 – 6 p.m. (Polo match @ 3 p.m.) for an afternoon of food, beverages and fun. Silent and live auction, live music and polo match.

March 28 — Change the Luck of a Child CBS 3/CW Philly Telethon 8th Annual telethon will air live from the station 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tune in to learn more about RMHC of the Philadelphia Region and see stories about the four Ronald McDonald Houses in the area, the Care Mobile and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.

June 11 — Ronald McDonald House Birthday Party Join us to celebrate the House’s 26th Birthday with a cook out, games, crafts, face painting, moon bounce, Ronald McDonald show and birthday cake.

April 15 — 29th Annual 5K Run/Walk – with the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium Register as an individual or start a team to run/walk for the House. Refreshments, prizes, music, race t- shirt for all participants.

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he Exton Chamber helps the local community by giving back to its member Non-Profits through the Non-Profit Council. The mission of the Chamber’s NonProfit Council is to enhance and contribute to the quality of life in the Exton Community by assisting in the growth and development of its Non-Profit organizations. It accomplishes this mission by providing opportunities for the nonprofits to network with each other, recruit volunteers, promote events, and facilitate collaboration between the nonprofits and local businesses. “The Exton Region chamber of Commerce sees the need in providing resources and connections to Non-Profits in the region. By doing so, the chamber adds value to the benefits of membership for both the non-profit members and the for-profit members who support their mission.” Laurie Kerkering, President of the Exton Chamber.

The Council has just completed its first year with significant impact through a variety of events. In 2017, the Council has scheduled even more exciting events to continue to meet its mission:

Exton Chamber for Good (All Year Long)

The Exton Chamber for Good is to promote non-profits fundraising and volunteers needs through the Chamber’s social channels and encourages the for-profit businesses to volunteer their time, effort and equity sweat!

In the Know for NPOs (1st Month of each Quarter)

Morning breakfast meetings to provide a forum for members to present their organizations as well as allow time to network and meet other Chamber members interested in making our community stronger. 2017 Topics include: Motivating Your Board, Navigating the Political Landscape, In the News, and Major Gift Cultivation.

Mixer with Shakers Event (February)

Each year the Chamber’s “Mixers with Shakers” event brings together the business for-profit and non-profit communities to raise funds for a variety of charitable causes. The event features special guest bartenders (volunteer business leaders) who “mix it up” on behalf of their favorite charities. Attendees include Chamber members and non-members who purchase drink tokens, tip the bartenders and vote for the best cocktail.

Annual Non-Profit Board Reception (August)

sector and non-profit members will have the opportunity to set up a display table and give a 1-2 minute appeal about their organization to those attending.

Non-Profit Leadership Summit (December)

Provide education and networking opportunities to nonprofits’ staff, executive directors, and board members. Potential topics: social media, public relations, advertising, fundraising, volunteer management, grant writing, researching, creating efficiency, board development and strategic planning.

This networking event for Board Members and Executive Directors of ERCC Member NonProfits provides an opportunity to network.

Non-Profit Luncheon (June)

One monthly ERCC luncheon will focus on Non-Profits. The speaker will be a leader in the non-profit

For more information, visit www.ercc.net or contact the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce at 610-363-7746.

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