Flourish 07.22.2022

Page 1

July 22, 2022

THE PRESS

Your Guide to Health, Beauty & Fitness

THE PRESS

Your Guide to Health, Beauty & Fitness

Clean and Clear Water

The Skin Experts

Fitness Mistakes to Avoid

Several options exist to reduce hard minerals in your tap water and drinking water

New facial spa in Brentwood showcases hemp oil-based product line

Recognizing which practices should be averted can lower your risk of injury


2B

|

JULY 22, 2022

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

One woman’s journey through surrogacy MELISSA VAN RUITEN

O

ne Brentwood couple’s surrogacy journey inspired them to help others who

are considering the same path. Jessica Busman’s surrogacy journey took 8 years. But after being able to help two separate mothers expand their respective families through being a surrogate, she knew she had found her true calling. “For my second [surrogate] journey, I helped an IVF doctor and her husband,” Busman said. “She inspired me to start an agency, so she could recommend her patients in need with someone she trusted. She knew the need was there.” “I also helped facilitate her last journey, by matching her with a lovely surrogate of ours and having her go through our program herself,” Busman said. “She got to experience what we do, on an agency level, as well as my individual desire to be a surrogate myself.” In 2017, following her second surrogate pregnancy, Jessica and her husband, Chris Busman, started their own agency, Surrogacy Partnership in Brentwood. Since its inception, they’ve worked to match surrogate mothers with intended parents. In that time, 21 babies have been born to intended parents worldwide as part of their program. Due to Busman

previously having been a surrogate, she knows what a successful surrogacy process looks like, and she gained the skills to help others navigate their own journeys. Busman said that for many, surrogacy is often a last resort, resulting from issues with infertility, sterility, elevated medical risk, or same-sex couples that are not equipped to give birth on their own. Surrogacy can serve as an alternative to adoption, providing intended parents with a genetic bond to their child. “When surrogacy is executed effectively through a reputable agency, such as Surrogacy Partnership, the process can be a rewarding and joyful experience for surrogate and intended parents alike.” Busman said. For women who’ve decided they’d like to be on the giving end of the surrogacy journey, they have already had healthy, fullterm pregnancies, know what it’s like to be a parent, and want to be able to give that gift to others, according to Busman. “These are women who are generally givers by nature,” Busman said. “They often are employed in careers that exemplify that trait, too.” The process for matching surrogates with intended parents is involved. First, Surrogacy Partnership vets all potential candidates to make sure they meet the guidelines that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine puts forth. Past pregnancy and delivery records are gathered, background checks are performed, and a psychological evalua-

Photo by Melissa van Ruiten

Jessica Busman and her husband, Chris, launched their own surrogacy agency, Surrogacy Partnership, in 2017. tion is administered. The agency contracts with a Ph.D-certified clinical and industrial organizational psychologist who specializes in surrogacy. Partners and spouses of potential surrogates are also evaluated. For intended parents, a psychological evaluation is also required before the process starts. They also need to provide proof that they’re able to financially support their surrogacy journey. In California, that cost is between $70,000 and $120,000, and intended parents are also responsible for the surrogate’s medical costs, insurance, and other incidentals throughout the nine months of pregnancy, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Once the clinical report has been approved and cleared, Busman is able to present potential surrogate profiles to intended parents. Once the intended parents make their choice, the surrogate is presented with the parents’ information. If the surrogate accepts, a “Match Zoom Call’ is facilitated. Busman stated that she has never had a call that didn’t end in a match. “I really listen to the wants, needs of both sides, and hear them,” said Busman. “It’s really a process.” Surrogacy Partnership touts itself as being a small, intimate agency, which is often a draw for couples who are worried about getting overwhelmed by larger organizations. According to their website, they offer all-inclusive support, beginning to end, for families dreaming of having a child. The Busmans have remained in contact with many of their clients and adore being able to see their children grow. “We love what we do,” Busman said. “It’s a passion to be able to help others, and it’s so rewarding to see the families we help bring together.” Between 1999 and 2013, there were 18,400 infants born to surrogate mothers in the United States, according to the National Library of Medicine. For more information about the services offered by Surrogacy partnership, visit their website at https://surrogacypartnership.com/. To view a video, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia

TreVistaSeniorLiving.com

The Care You Need. The Community You Deserve! Take a tour of our beautiful community and learn more about life at TreVista.

(925) 470-3395

| info@trevistaseniorliving.com

TreVistaSeniorLiving.com

|

3950 Lone Tree Way, Antioch CA

RCFE #079200748


JULY 22, 2022

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

|

3B

Come get healthy with us!

Recognizing which practices should be avoided can lower risk of injury and produce the desired results.

Photo courtesy of Metro Creative

7 common fitness mistakes to avoid

F

ollowing appropriate guidance when pursuing fitness goals is important. However, with so

much information available online, it can be challenging to sift through the advice and determine what is safe and effective and what is not. Fitness enthusiasts may make certain mistakes along the way to achieving their

goals. But knowing what to do and what not to do can lower risk of injury and produce the desired results.

1. Skipping warm-up

Warm-ups are vital before a workout. They help muscles in the body become acclimated to exercise by gradually building up heart rate and muscle flexibility and endurance. A warm-up can include walking, biking or light repetitions of exercises. see Mistakes page 5B

OAKLEY

Paddle Board & Kayak Rentals

$10 OFF

NTALS HALF DAY RE

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK BY RESERVATION 100 BIG BREAK RD • OAKLEY 925-679-0900

www.bigbreakmarina.com/kayak-rentals

Now Coming Scheduling to Patients EARLY Walnut CreekCreek 2022 in Walnut

Exceptional Care | EXTRAORDINARY TECHNOLOGIES Learn more at www.basscancercenter.com 575Lane, Lennon Lane Creek Walnut CA Creek, CA 575 Lennon Walnut | 925-433-8786


4B

|

JULY 22, 2022

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

The NEW way to relieve pain and inflammation!

FREE

Cryo Slimming Consultation

4532 Main Street, Oakley email: Cryo4Life10@gmail.com BOOK NOW: www.Cryo4Life.com

Organic, Vegan, Cruelty-Free Skincare Made Locally in Pleasant Hill, California

Though it can be hard to remember family members’ conditions, doctors have good reason to ask about their patient’s family’s medical histories.

The importance of knowing your family medical history

W

hen visiting a physician for the first time, patients may notice an

extensive section on family history on one of the requisite forms they fill out before meeting the doctor. It can be hard to remember or know family members’ conditions, but doctors have good reason to ask about their

Order Today

1-845-702-0217 SUPER SERUM LAVENDER NIGHT CREAM

Premium nourishment for your skin! This potent serum is packed with natural vitamin C, A, and E to help build the healthiest collagen while leaving your skin visibly brighter. An ultra-hydrating moisturizing cream to supercharge your skin’s youthful radiance.

FIND US IN STORES AT: Health Hut - 161 Chestnut St., Downtown Brentwood Planet Renu - 2121 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Ste. E207, Walnut Creek Back2Perfect Wellness Center - 2651 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill Diablo Foods - 3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette Looking to hire estheticians and beauty professionals!

www.belfioreherbal.com

patients’ family’s medical histories. Family medical histories can be vital to one’s own health care. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that family history might be one of the strongest influences on a person’s risk for developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. While you cannot modify your genetic makeup, knowing your family’s medical history can help you take the steps necessary to protect yourself. Family history reports can serve as warning signs for illnesses. These clues can help doctors prescribe certain screening tests at earlier ages to catch potential diseases when they are most treatable. For example, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says that healthcare profession-

als may recommend more frequent screenings (such as mammography or colonoscopy) and screening at an earlier age for people at an increased risk of certain cancers. Doctors may recommend biannual checkups to stay apprised of any changes in health that may signal a risk. A thorough health care professional will record your family medical history and ask you to update it routinely in an effort to ensure you get the best, most effective care possible. You can help the process by having the information needed at the ready. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following. ♦ Talk to your family. Make a list of close family members and discuss any conditions or issues they might have had and at what ages. ♦ Learn about chronic diseases. Speak to your relatives about chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, being sure to ask how severe such issues were and if any required hospitalization. ♦ Plot your ancestry. Learn about your ancestry and if any medical issues are more common among people who share that ancestry. ♦ Record everything you learn. Keep the information where it can be easily accessed and updated. For example, My Family Health Portrait is a free web-based tool to organize family health information and give it to doctors. – Courtesy of Metro Creative

D MEDAL OL ARD

2021 AW

THE PRESS O RE NT WO

D

925-489-3531

Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock

G

NEW CLIENT OFFER:

B


JULY 22, 2022

Mistakes from page 3B

2. Getting caught up in ‘low-fat’ foods It is important to eat a balanced diet that includes real, wholesome foods, according to Lucky 13 Fitness. Many people fill their carts with sugar-free desserts or fat-free items thinking this is healthy eating. When fat or sugar is removed, chemicals often replace these ingredients. Rather than embracing an extreme diet, focus on balance and moderation.

3. ‘Cheat days’

Some people operate under the assumption that the weekend or another less-regimented day is an opportunity to let loose and stray from a diet and exercise regimen. This can be a mistake. A better approach is to find a routine that has enough balance so a person doesn’t feel like he or she needs to go off the rails to indulge.

4. Using the ‘I’m busy’ excuse

There is no such thing as being too busy to exercise. Making exercise a necessary part of a daily routine requires finding time for fitness. Individuals may need to squeeze in exercise in the early morning before work or school. If exercise seems to be getting in the way of family time, engage in a group workout with the kids or your spouse.

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

|

5. Pushing too hard

Many people exercise under the assumption that ‘more is more.’ Injuries can occur when one pushes too far in a workout, particularly if he or she is lifting more weight than his or her body can handle. Giving the body some time off to recuperate is essential because rest helps to prevent injuries.

6. Making vague goals

Establishing fitness goals helps people reach markers that make it easy for them to gauge their success. Statements like ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I want to get stronger’ make it hard to measure progress, as they lack specificity. Instead, make firm goals, such as a specific number of pounds to lose or being able to lift a certain amount of weight by a predetermined date.

7. Hopping from program to program

It’s tempting to try everything the gym or the fitness world has to offer. It is better to learn the basics and stick with a program for some time before moving on to another one. Otherwise, you may never have enough time to master any routine. These are just a few of the fitness mistakes to avoid as you begin a journey to improved health and wellness. – Courtesy of Metro Creative

450 John Muir Parkway Brentwood, CA 94513 RCFE: #075601300 *Terms and Conditions Apply.

GET FIT FOR SUMMER! Join Today and your friend works out for FREE!

GET FIT for for the SUMMER! $0 ENROLLMENT! 2 for 1! JOIN TODAY

2

1

(NO CONTRACT NECESSARY)

$19.99

WEEKENDS *Buy the 1st Membership for only $19.99 per month.

FOR ONLY

ONLY *2ND MEMBERSHIP FREE! *SMALL PROCESSING FEE. *ALT. DAY.

and a friend or family member can join for

FREE with you!

*

* Small card fee may apply. See staff for details. Offer expires 9/1/22

Unlimited FREE for One Week! Bootcamp Non-members welcome! 2515 Main Street, Oakley (In Lucky Shopping Center)

925-679-BFIT (2348)

www.californiafitness247.com 2515 Main Street Oakley CA 94561 (In Lucky Shopping Center)

Inspired Living 925-679-BFIT (2348) www.californiafitness247.com • • • • • •

LIFE FITNESS • CARDIO THEATER FREE WEIGHTS • FLAT SCREEN TV’S OPEN 24/7 •FREE TOWEL SERVICE BOOTCAMPS •FREE WIFI PERSONAL TRAINING • NUTRITIONAL SPORTS COUNSELING WestmontCONDITIONING of Brentwood

FREE

Independent & Assisted Living • Memory Care

GUEST PASS

Live YourTry Way us forwith 7 days! Resort-Style Amenities. Must present offer. Expires 7/30/14

Our senior living community offers you or your loved one professional, caring support in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Select the living option that best suits you and your lifestyle.

Ask About our Summer Special! Savings up to $5,835!* Deposit by 07/31 to receive half off your 3rd and 4th month’s rent, plus a personal fitness training evaluation with 3 sessions with an on-site licensed physical therapist!

westmontbrentwood.com | 925.392.0147

5B


6B

|

JULY 22, 2022

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

A good smile can open doors. A Sheffield Smile can change lives.

We believe in giving you reasons to smile Skin Experts facial spa is located on Balfour Road in Brentwood.

Photo courtesy of Skin Experts

Skin Experts help make Brentwood glow

Call today to schedule your FREE exam and consultation   

Braces or Invisalign for Children and Adults Flexible finanacing … choose your own payment plan Two locations, same great team

• Extraordinary smilestoare beautiful – schedule a consultation today. Call today schedule your FREE exam and consultation • Your is priceless. We can help make your investment fit in your budget. Callsmile today to schedule your FREE exam and consultation  Braces or Invisalign for Children and Adults Antioch 757-9100 • We have two locations to serve you, but we are still the same great team.  Flexible finanacing … choose your own payment plan  Braces or Invisalign for Children and Adults Brentwood  Two locations, same great team634-4446 

D MEDAL OL RD

Flexible finanacing … choose your own payment plan

G

925-757-9100 • Brentwood 20211  Antioch Two locations, same www.sheffieldortho.com great team 925-634-4446 AWA

B

RE

D

THE PRESS

NT WO

O

S

DAWNMARIE FEHR kin Experts opened in June, and the facial spa has been welcomed by East County

residents.

www.sheffieldortho.com Antioch 757-9100 Brentwood 634-4446

Family 634-4446 Community • Health

www.sheffieldortho.com Antioch 757-9100

Brentwood

www.sheffieldortho.com

Our goal is for everyone to achieve a happy, healthy smile MEDA L LD AWARD

20 2 100 2 11120

MEDA L LD AWARD

20 2 088

G

2021 AW

THE PRESS O RE NT WO

D

R MEDA VE AWARD

GO

2013

SIL

GO

BR O

G

D

R MEDA VE AWARD

D MEDAL OL ARD

B

THE PRESS O RE NT WO

SIL

E MEDA NZ AWARD

L

MEDAL LD AWARD

L

AWARD

L

R MEDAL VE AWARD

20 2020020 2 18820 2 166 2 19920

B

Craig Chlebicki DDS | Christopher Charles DDS

D MEDAL OL

GO

925-634-3503 SIL

BrentCourt Professional Building: 1140 2nd St., Ste. A, Brentwood

w w w. b re n t c o u r t d e n t a l g ro u p . c o m

The company opened the spot as the first of what it hopes will be many to showcase its hemp oil-based product line, Qul Beauty. “We founded this company to be innovative and cutting edge, with all the greatest ingredients from around the world,” said Tom Schmidt, president and CEO. “We use hemp oil as some of our main ingredients.” Schmidt said Brentwood was chosen for the first site not for convenience – the company is based in San Diego – but because of its proximity to Shelley Hancock, chief beauty officer and world-renown aesthetician. Hancock has owned multiple spas, and mentors aestheticians all over the country. She has hired and trained all of the aestheticians at Skin Experts and said she loves Schmidt’s Qul Beauty line and believes in its efficacy. “I’ve been in the industry so long and seen so much and tried so many product lines,” Hancock said. “There’s just so much, that when they called and told me about their product line, I wasn’t that excited, but I said ‘Go ahead and send them to me.’ When they came, the presentation was beautiful.” Hancock said the product was as good

as the wrapping and began to try it on her clients, who also loved it. “You don’t get the ‘wow’ factor often,” she said. Skin Experts offers a variety of facials – they offer the entire line of take-home Qul Beauty products – and all new customers get one free facial. “Until the Brentwood spot, we just sold our skin care line,” Schmidt said. “We really saw the benefit of hemp oil … during COVID, looking at our strategy, we thought we had this incredible skin care line and would like to have our own spas to handle it.” Schmidt said his company is vertically integrated (streamlining its operations by taking direct ownership of production stages rather than relying on external contractors or suppliers), manufacturing and packaging its skin care products in California, and looking to open more spas now that the Brentwood location is up and running. Another perk from the spa is beauty technology. “In the industry, I’m known as the ‘machine queen’ or the ‘gadget guru,’” Hancock said. “I’m into equipment and we use high-tech equipment most spas don’t offer. To bring that to the game without charging an arm and a leg is really incredible.” Skin Experts is at 2261 Balfour Road, Suite A, in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-390-5505 or visit www.skinexperts.com.


JULY 22, 2022

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

|

7B

Tap Into Healthier Water for Your Entire Family

East County residents often face the challenge of having ‘hard water,’ or water filled with minerals.

Photo courtesy of Delta Pure Water

How to get clean water for your home

Ensure safe and healthy water for drinking, bathing and cooking with our convenient whole-house filtration systems.

FULL SERVICE WATER STORE

DAWNMARIE FEHR

destroying their pipes,

fixtures and appliances each day, but there are several options to reduce hard minerals in your tap water and

One is a water softener system that removes hard minerals like calcium from water and replace them with sodium, experts say. Homeowners who install these systems will notice things like water spots occur less frequently, if at all. The other option – and one the City of Brentwood uses – is a water conditioning system. Chris Hayek, president of Delta Pure Water, said both systems will protect pipes and appliances. “The difference between the two is it’s just a different technology,” Hayek said of water softeners versus water conditioners. “Whereas the softener removes the calcium from the equation, the conditioner changes the structure of it for about 20 minutes. So you have to be readily available to squeegee your shower (or hard water spots will occur), things like that.” Hayek noted different areas of East

• Well Water Treatment • Non-salt Water Conditioners • Bottled Water • Pure ICE • Salt

DELTA PURE WATER ETC D MEDAL OL ARD

2021 AW

THE PRESS O RE NT WO

B

drinking water.

FULL SERVICE PLUMBING

D

the challenges of hard water

County have harder water than others. Brentwood wants residents to use the conditioner systems to keep sodium levels in its wastewater low. In lieu of using salt, water conditioners use a certified technology to change calcium so it is less harmful to filtration systems, pipes and appliances. Conditioners tend to cost about $500 more than softeners. Both reduce hard mineral content by 80%-85%. Delta Pure also has a solution for drinking water – an under-the-sink reverse osmosis system. “What’s nice about reverse osmosis, molecularly, is it’s a man-made product,” Hayek said. “You take water, put it through the reverse osmosis unit and come out with your drinking water, so it is the most molecularly close in mineral content to spring water as a man-made product can be.” Hayek said reverse osmosis systems are technically desalinators and could turn ocean water into drinking water. They take city drinking water and turn it into a “nice drinking product.” Smell and taste are improved, and the result is close to spring water. Delta Pure Water is at 41 Sand Creek Road in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-634-6658 or visit www.deltapurewater.com.

G

E

ast County residents face

• Water Treatment Solutions • Water Softeners • Water Conditioners • Reverse Osmosis Systems

Wa t e r Tr e a t m e n t S y s t e m s 41 A Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood (at Brentwood Blvd., behind McDonald’s)

Lic. #838264

Mon.-Fri. 10am - 6pm Sat. 9am - 5pm

925-634-6658 www.deltapurewater.com

got news? Subscribe today and never miss a thing! ONLINE www.thepress.net/site/services CALL 925-634-1441 Voted family favorite 7 years in a row!

Honored by our patients with a 5-star Google rating!


8B

|

JULY 22, 2022

WWW.THEPRESS.NET

Your trusted partner in your baby’s care. Choosing the right pediatrician is important, as your pediatrician will be your trusted partner in your baby’s well-being for years to come. That’s why we offer Expectant Parent Meet and Greet appointments, either virtual or in-person, for you to get to know our pediatricians.

Learn more and schedule at johnmuirhealth.com/brentwoodpediatrics

JMH_Pediatrics_Brentwood PT Ad_2022_R4.indd 1

Be heard.

6/17/22 10:42 AM