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ebruary is such a short month to have so much to pack into this issue of the magazine. We’re focusing on weddings because, people still fall in love and want to get married even during a pandemic. We have tips on how to make the best of your special day along with, as of this writing, the rules of the modified version of Phase 2.

This happened. I had my pesky old cataracts removed and since it was the National Eye Care Month, I thought I’d share that experience with you. Our monthly non-profit spotlight is The Easter Seals. You’d be amazed at all the services this organization provides. We’re also starting a monthly SB Success Story. Jan Middleton, owner of Shreveport-Bossier’s iconic Counter Culture restaurants has graciously agreed to be our guinea pig. She is such a joy to be with, knows how to tell a good story and her journey to success is pretty incredible. I invite you to send me candidates to highlight in our monthly Success Story feature. It’s time we started tooting the horn for our hard-working local folks. Speaking of hard working, this is also our annual Women in Business issue. If you want to know what the women of Shreveport-Bossier City have been doing to get through this crazy year, look no further than our special section. I always get excited and have a sense of pride when I read their amazing stories. Makes me want to shout – “You go girl!” We’re also launching a program to celebrate the inspirational women of our community. Send in your nominations along with a written explanation of why your candidate has been a source of inspiration for you. Send to editor@sbmag.net.

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Weddings with a Twist

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The Beauty Boss

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SB Pets

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Good To Know

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SB Travel

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SB Real Estate

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Home Matters

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SB Living

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Calendar of Events

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SB Success Stories

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Inspirational Women

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SB Eats

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National Eye Care Month – My Cataract Journey

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Pediatric Dentistry Month

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Home Feature

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Easter Seals

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Dental & Vision

71 ON THE COVER On the Cover: Left to right, top to bottom: Brandy Canatella, Debbie Canatella, Missy Fussell, Rhalanda Jackson.

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EATS

Shreveport/Bossier Metropolitan area offers cuisine from around the world, marked with our hometown taste. Originality is at its peak with the variety of local chefs this area has to offer. SB Magazine wants to highlight our local talent and give a big “merci beaucoup” to the restaurants, eateries, caterers, delis, bakeries, pop ups, food trucks, dessert bars, ice cream shoppes, and whatever else pleases our palettes. Every month, SB will list local restaurants in our new, featured Restaurant Guide. Let’s support local and treat ourselves while we do it!

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TAKE YOUR ART TO THE STREETS

As an artist, you’re always looking for places that sell local art to display your work; you can bring your drawing, jewelry and goods over to The Lot Downtown Shreveport. The outdoor event center and shopping area is packed out on the weekends, so you can get your art in front of people from all over without having to travel near and far to do it. The Lot Downtown Shreveport is a spacious outdoor event center, located in the heart of downtown Shreveport, LA. Owners, Norman Cone, Deshea Guzman, and Edgar Guzman, have turned the old Sportran Bus Station into a family-friendly hangout where you can enjoy local food trucks, live music, sports, art vendors and special events. Bands, artists, and foodies from all over come to showcase their talents each weekend and create a lively atmosphere everyone can enjoy. left to right: Norman Cone, Deshea Guzman, Edgar Guzman

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lanning a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about whether your governor is going to change the pandemic phase and cut you off at the knees. From the wedding ceremony to the reception to the honeymoon, the bride and groom must follow a whole new set of rules that have nothing to do with what Emily Post’s Book of Etiquette recommends. You might as well throw that book out the window. SB Magazine has put together a “how to” of sorts that you can reference as you dip your toe into the unknown waters of planning your special day amid Covid-19. First, know your phases. You might start with a reputable and calming wedding planner – Mandy Cathey comes to mind – who has kept up to date on the rules you’ll have to follow. A knowledgeable planner will know how many guests you’ll be able to have at the wedding and the reception. As of this writing, Louisiana is in a modified Phase two. This means: F Limited to 25% capacity F Maintain a 6-foot distance between guests (not sure if this includes the bride and groom. Six feet

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will definitely affect the “You may now kiss the bride” moment in the ceremony.) You’ll have to have timed seating at the reception. No buffet No dancing Service or sales of alcohol must be between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.

Your rehearsal and dinner that follows will have to get creative. We suggest you choose a venue that can offer a sense of intimacy while maintaining a social distance. You can’t beat Port au Prince. At least if you can’t get cozy with your wedding party, the food will make up for it. The wedding ceremony itself can be performed practically anywhere your imagination can take you. From a grand church sanctuary where your guests can spread out to someplace like La Chute where you can take it to the beautiful and already spacious outdoors. Now, let’s dig into the actual preparations. Choosing the dress, booking the spa, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, hair, makeup, the gifts, the flowers and transportation to and from the venues. It’s enough to boggle the mind. Fortunately, the modified Phase 2 rules aren’t quite as rigid when it comes to these arrangements. And, again, your wedding planner is just a phone call away with a plan. SBMAG.NET

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HOW TO CHOOSE A

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A diamond engagement ring represents love and commitment. Before purchasing your diamond ring, there are a few things to consider.

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2. Choose a Carat Weight As carat weight increases, so does the price. Choose the carat weight range you’re open to considering, and this will help you narrow down your choice. 3. Pick a Cut Quality Cut quality is the aspect that most dramatically impacts a diamond’s beauty. Excellent and Ideal cut diamonds are some of the most common. 4. Choose a Color Grade Range The goal with diamond color is to choose a diamond that appears white. But you don’t need to pay for a D or E diamond to get a colorless stone. In general, diamonds in the G to I range appear white but cost far less.

Saying yes to the dress will remain relatively the same for you. Happily Ever After is our pick for shopping local. They have a staff that has a knack for putting you in the right dress for your figure type. The showroom is fairly compact so you won’t be able to bring your entire wedding attendants along for the selection party. You’ll have to settle for those few that are closest to you. Speaking of which, they also have a wonderful array of bridesmaid gowns. For your flower girl, The Moppet Shoppe has the best selection of custom-made heirloom dresses by Linda Harris for the little one chosen for this honor. You’ll be able to thumb through her portfolio of adorable dresses and then pop in for a fitting. You might think that there’s no point in making a spa and hair day since you won’t be able to have as many guests as you want at the wedding. Not so, mon Cheri. Did you forget that you’ll have a photographer to capture every moment? We didn’t. We love Avalon for your hair and makeup. This salon has been set up in “pods” with dividing screens between set-ups so that distancing is easy. Make-up artists will always have a mask on as will your hair dresser. You might want to get your mothers in to see Tiffany at Bleu Med Spa early in your planning. She offers a fabulous weight loss procedure that will trim those unwanted inches off the waistline so that the “Mother of the

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5. Pick Clarity Grade For Clarity, you should look for a diamond that’s eye clean, meaning you can’t see any blemishes or inclusions with the naked eye. Depending on the shape, you can usually find an eye-clean diamond in the VS1– VS2 range.

6. Compare Diamonds Once you’ve narrowed down your preferred specs for a diamond, compare similar stones to determine which one to buy. You’ll want to consider aspects like how brilliant the diamond is, if it’s eyeclean, and what the price is.

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Check the Certification You should consider only GIA Certified Diamonds and AGS Certified Diamonds in your search for a loose diamond.

8. Get an Expert Opinion Get a trustworthy expert opinion. Before making the big decision to buy a diamond, have an expert review your choice. Having an expert’s opinion ensures you get the best diamond for your budget. You’ll also have more confidence in what you’re buying.

Bride” and “Mother of the Groom” dresses look as though they belong on the catwalk. We’re getting down to the details now. Flowers. Thank goodness flowers can’t catch the virus and we don’t think it can be spread by a flower arrangement either. The flower shop at Rose Neath will work closely with you – not too close, mind you – to make your bridesmaid’s bouquets, the groomsmen’s boutonnières, the grooms boutonnière and your bouquet spectacular. Appli-K’s in downtown Shreveport can help you with gifts for your wedding party with a lovely selection of monogram keepsakes. iShuttle is revving up their engines to get you to the ceremony on time and get you out of there so the honeymoon can begin. They know what’s important, after all. Even if you opt for a virtual event, you still need to create those magic moments that make getting married a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event. Think of the memories you can share with your children and grandchildren when you tell them, “yes – we got married right in the middle of a life-altering pandemic.” If that isn’t true love, we don’t know what is!


When planning a wedding, your choices are wide open, and the sky’s the limit on the amount of extravagance. However, as we all know, the day of the wedding can be very hectic and full of surprises no matter how well you plan. With dozens of details that need to be taken care of on the big day, it’s a good idea to pass those duties off to a trusted family member, the maid of honor, or maybe even a wedding day coordinator who can take charge of everything. Ask around and look for local reviews to find the best and most affordable coordinators. Make sure to book everyone and everything you need well in advance of the wedding so that you can enjoy this special day. Don’t forget to carefully consider your fiancé's ideas and preferences, too. You can’t make everyone happy, but you want

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Allow us to style your Wedding! COMPLETE ONSITE AND OFFSITE HAIR AND MAKEUP. We love giving our guests a positive, welcoming experience at Avalon while helping everyone in our community look and feel beautiful. Avalon Hair Salon has served the Shreveport Bossier area for 22 years. We are a Redken 5th Ave Black Elite Salon always staying current with trends and our education to create your personal style. You can find us on: Avalon Hair Salon

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A Louisiana landmark in southeast Shreveport, LaChute Plantation offers an elegant estate venue with southern charm, classic style and multiple picturesque locations to share vows with your partner. Voted Best of SB Magazine 2020, we offer all-inclusive services or the flexibility to participate in planning your day. Our in-house designer guides you through the process with assurance your wedding will be as individual and unique as you are. Whether you select a ceremony setting under our famous Live Oak, on the steps of the Main House or by the Waterfront, guests are sure to be impressed by the beauty of the moment. The Bridal Suite at LaChute Plantation is an area favorite of photographers and brides alike. From the light and airy furnishings to its velvet drapery and boutique beauty bar, our brides are pampered all day with their ladies at their side. After the “I do”, celebrate the occasion with style in our Carriage House indoor reception space. With its light neutral pallet our designers can accommodate any brides vision to create the perfect social affair.

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It is our special honor to be part of your special day! Let us help you transport your guests and your wedding party between venues with a personalized shuttle service just for you. With a wedding bus, no guests will end up lost, show up late, or waste time searching for parking. It’s the perfect way to keep your guests organized before arriving at your event.

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One of the many benefits of a wedding transportation shuttle is that you can relax while you travel and enjoy comfortable amenities such as plush seating, extra legroom, and air conditioning. Additionally, buses offer far more legroom than cars or limousines. Formal clothes can be difficult to move in and are easy to wrinkle; after traveling on a bus, everyone will still be looking sharp. When you call to book your bus, be sure to let your reservation specialist know what amenities you’d like to see on your wedding day, and we’ll make sure you’re matched with the perfect shuttle!

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the beauty BOSS’s guide to Extended Beauty by JonPaule Calcote

Long gone are the days of secrecy and taboo when it comes to receiving beauty services and medical enhancements. It seems it is becoming more and more accepted and celebrated by men and women alike. One thing you need to remember is not to go too far reaching for the fountain of youth but to strive to look your personal best at any age.

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1. Botox

“Botox and dermal fillers are becoming more mainstream medical treatments in refreshing your appearance, but many people still do not know the difference between the two”, says Nurse Practitioner, Owner of Fixx Medical Spa, and my personal injector, Brigette Moss. Botox is an injectable used to relax the muscles in the face to soften or even eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. It has been approved and used as a beauty treatment since 2002 and is one of Brigette’s favorite beauty treatments she offers.

2. Dermal Fillers

As for fillers, they are used to treat areas of volume loss as we tend to lose 1% to 2% percent of our natural collagen each year starting at some point in our late 20’s. Brigette prefers and offers fillers that are hyaluronic acid based. Since hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies, our bodies recognize it. It also holds water volume in our skin and in her opinion gives a more natural appearance.

3. Lash Extensions

Eye lash extensions are in no way a new beauty trend, but undoubtedly one of the most popular these days. This beauty service is one that is constantly growing and evolving. I sat down with Alexandra Swain, owner of The Crown Lash and Beauty Bar, and lash artist of 8 years, to get the low down on lashes. Alexandra extensively studied under a fabulous instructor in Dallas that has provided lash services for A-List Celebs such as Beyonce and Mariah Carey. She explained to me the three most fabulous types of lashes that she artfully provides. The Classic Lash, The Volume Lash and the Russian Volume Lash.

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Whether it is Classic Lash where a single synthetic lash hair is adhered to a single eye lash hair of your own or the Volume Lash, where a pre-designed synthetic lash fan is applied to an individual lash hair of your own, lash extensions are most certainly a way to wake your eyes up while adding depth and definition on those “no makeup” days.

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Commonly treated areas for fillers are lips, cheeks, jaw line and nasal folds. Commonly treated areas with Botox are crow’s feet, forehead lines, and deep-set lines between the eyes.

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fat reducing treatment provided by Dr. Catherine Vanderloos, owner of Envy Med Spa. This is a procedure in which a medical laser is set to the color that breaks down fat cells in the body, which are then removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system while not causing harm to the skin, blood vessels or nerves. It is recommended to do two treatments of this procedure, reducing the treated area by 20% each time. This


procedure produces a visible difference and reduction in size to the treated area. The treatments should be done 6 weeks apart and you can continue to see changes 12 to 14 weeks after treatments with absolutely no down time.

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Diet and exercise are always recommended to expedite the process and maintain results. 5. Morpheus8 Morpheus8 is a skin tightening

procedure that works fabulously with the Sculpsure to tighten the skin after a reduction and size is achieved. It’s often paired together, says Dr. V, as I like to call her, but is a great standalone service to tighten the skin in any area. The Morpheus8 is a radio frequency machine that tightens the skin by using insulated micro 5 needles that heat under the surface of the skin. The most impactful results are achieved by doing 2 to 3 treatments three weeks apart.

7. Semi-Permanent Cosmetics

We are not talking about your grandma’s permanent cosmetics, people! The industry has evolved in many ways from the pigments used to the techniques in application. Nothing is what it used to be. I, myself, offer three types of permanent makeup at the Brow Boutique in Spa Concepts. Microblading, which is a process where a manual hand tool is used to implant a cosmetic pigment into the skin in the form of tiny little hair strokes recreating the natural growth pattern of your own brow hairs. This gives the illusion of textured natural looking three-dimensional brows. The results can last 1 to 3 years. Semi-permanent lip blushing is a service in which a cosmetic lip pigment is tattooed into the skin of your lips enhancing the shape and color using a delicate cosmetic tattoo pen with a kaleidoscope of pigment shades available. The results can last 2 to 5 years.

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Semi-permanent eye liner is a service where I tattoo in a cosmetic eye liner pigment using the cosmetic tattoo pen defining the eye for stunning eye definition that does not smudge or wash off and can last 1 to 3 years.

Each semi-permanent procedure requires a five week touch up after initial application.

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s a child, actress Angelique Feaster Evans always knew that she wanted to be an actress. She would watch shows like Good Times and timeless film icons like the late Cicely Tyson and dream of one day seeing her face on a screen as well. Born in Detroit, Evans moved to Haughton with her family as a small child. They lived there until 5th grade when the family made their way to Dallas. It was in Dallas that Angelique was exposed to the arts world and fell even more in love with the idea of being an actress. She attended the Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy before moving on to the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where her classmates were neo-soul legend Erykah Badu and the late trumpet player Roy Hargrove. Part way through her sophomore year at the Arts Magnet School, Angelique’s family moved back to Haughton and she graduated from Haughton High School. After high school, Evans attended Centenary College where she obtained her B.A. in Speech with a minor in Theatre as well as her master’s in Education Administration. While at Centenary, she was part of their theatre department and performed many times at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Evans also earned her certification in theatre and speech in Louisiana which allowed her to teach theatre and speech. Evans used that certification when she taught at Oak Terrace Alternative School for ten years. At Oak Terrace, Angelique realized her passion for planting art and culture seeds into the hearts and minds of young people who otherwise would not have that opportunity.

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The performance aspect of acting is by far Angelique’s most beloved part of the acting life. She has graced every stage in our area in productions like A Raisin in the Sun, Indigo Blues, and CROWNS. Her film and television credits include a feature on Judging Amy along with co-starring in the Lifetime series The Division with Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson. She has also appeared in several regional and local commercials for places like McBride and Collier and RentBusters. Evans has performed under the direction of Hollywood playwright and screenwriter, Judi Ann Mason, and has shared the stage on several occasions some of Shreveport and Bossier City’s most talented performers. Angelique’s passion for teaching and uplifting the next generation lead her to establish the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre. Mahogany has birthed some amazing young talent like Shreveport native Wil-


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Before the big day, be sure to decide what role your pet will play. Is your pet going to play a large role in the wedding, such as best canine or best feline? Or maybe they’re going to be the ring bearer or walk the bride down the aisle. Dress your pet to impress. Have their collar or leash match the colors of your wedding. Maybe a simple color coordinated satin bow tie or dazzling tux for your furry friend will add the right touch, but be sure it fits properly and is comfortable so that your pet can enjoy the day. Avoid any pitfalls by keeping it simple – a flower or little bow attached to their collar is fun and charming. Also, beware of using choking hazards and poisonous flowers in their wedding attire. Always check with the wedding venue to see if they allow pets. Imagine showing up on your wedding day and you're told that pets are not permitted on the property. Always have some treats and a bowl of water available. It’s a good idea to


take your pet to the venue before the ceremony so that it’s not a new and strange place. While you are there, take a minute to determine a quick exit in case they get upset, too excited during the wedding, or require an emergency potty break. Tell your photographer that you want to include your pet in some of the wedding photos. This allows the photographer to plan photo ideas involving your pet and also allows them to prepare for unpredictable pet behavior. Remember, even with a well–behaved pet, there is no guarantee that they’ll behave on your big day. The day’s commotion can be increasingly stressful for your pet, so make sure they can handle the excitement. Make sure and let your guests know that your pet will be at the wedding. Provide this information on the save-the-date cards and then again on the invitation. This will warn anyone with allergies and let them plan in advance so they can enjoy your beautiful wedding day. It’s great fun to have your beloved pet around on this special day, but you don’t want to worry about them the whole time. It might be a good idea to hire a pet sitter to bring your pet to the ceremony, watch them during the ceremony and reception,

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chsner LSU Health Shreveport is leading the way in diversity and equity in healthcare for North Louisiana by making it a central part of the system’s culture. Ochsner LSU Health has mobilized a Diversity and Inclusion Council, which includes various resource groups whose sole purpose is advocating for minority groups within the system. Ochsner LSU Health is committed to diversity in leadership and values the different views, opinions and personal journeys that create a better place to work and deliver healthcare. We salute the many women leaders and physician leaders at Ochsner LSU Health for their dedication to bringing the highest quality care to all people of North Louisiana, as well as their commitment to forwarding cultural progress. How do you feel about Ochsner LSU Health’s efforts to bring diversity and equity into the culture? “I am proud to serve in a system that emphasizes diversity and equity within the culture. I appreciate Ochsner LSU Health’s efforts to not only emphasize diversity and equity as it pertains to gender and ethnicity; they take it a step further to also consider age, physical ability, religious

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“I experience the culture of diversity and equity every day I go to work at Ochsner LSU Health. Aside from talking about diversity and inclusion and hiring leaders to focus on those efforts, Ochsner LSU Health shows its commitment to diversity and equity through its hiring and promotion practices. When I work with colleagues from all different backgrounds and walks of life, I am confident that we are providing the kind of healthcare that everyone in our diverse community can benefit from.” —Dr. Valerie Lockhart Welch: Chief Medical Information Officer What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as a woman in the medical field? “One of the most challenging expeDr. Mila Shah-Bruce riences is juggling my personal and professional life. I am a mother of two and a wife, in addition to being a physician. I am the only one that cleans out the fish tank, a hamster cage and a guinea pig cage; feeds the dog; and puts dirty clothes in a hamper. I have a very supportive family, but juggling a medical career with family is challenging. However, as a working mother, this helps me relate more with my working patients. My patients and I often share stories about our families and the endless trials and tribulations of parenting. It helps me to make a real connection with my patients.” —Dr. Mila Shah-Bruce: the only OB/GYN in Northwest Louisiana specializing in Pediatric Obstetrics and Gynecology “I began my career in a field that was predominantly male, and I found being a female colleague alongside males offered additional input to all our training. We struggled alongside each other on difficult days and could celebrate our successes together throughout our training. I honestly feel that there is no disadvantage in being female. As we all continue to learn that the more diversity we have, the more ideas are brought to a group, and better growth and patient care occurs.” —Dr. Jacquelyn Bowers: Director of Emergency Services, North Louisiana Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for girls interested in the medical field today? “Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and to stand up for yourself. Many of my male colleagues got their raises and supplements just by asking, and the women I work with sometimes assume that they should just keep plugging away for the same money even when more work is added.” – Dr. Lauren Beal: Division Chief of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

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AVALON HAIR SALON

y passion is hair. My joy is sharing & guiding others in the hair industry. My dreams and hopes as a business leader always grows & expands. However, one thing always remains the same… Helping others to feel beautiful, strong and capable in their life journey is what truly makes me happy.

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la’s customers have been shopping at the store since they opened their doors. The Mom-daughter duo delight in getting to know their customers and value the relationships formed through running a locally owned business. Canatella Interiors brings such a wide-range of variety to SB, all in one location. “Our store is very eclectic but we are able to meet the needs of all different styles,” Brandy said. Thus, the store can cater to a variety of people with different style perspectives or budgets. Canatella Interiors gets a wide-range of items but the price is not uniform throughout the store. If customers see something in the store they like, but it exceeds their budget, Cantella Interiors can help them find alternative pieces that create the same look. “We use what you have, and add only what you need,” Brandy said. The store is willing to take on the challenge of helping put together any look that clients have envisioned for their interior décor. DEBBIE CANATELLA & BRANDY CANATELLA THOMPSON

CANATELLA INTERIORS

Canatella Interiors is available to come into your home or business and help design unique looks that will fit your tastes. They have experience in interior design for personal homes, office buildings, car dealerships, apartment complexes and even casinos. There is a huge array of selections for pieces in the store that can fit to any space in need.

y now, if you’re in the home industry, you’ve probably heard of Canatella Interiors, the award-winning Shreveport home furnishings and accents store run by mother-daughter team Debbie Canatella and Brandy Cantatella Thompson.

Canatella Interiors offers personal detail as a locally-owned business in Shreveport. They are truly invested in helping customers find what they are searching for and aid them in designing the perfect look for the customer’s space. Canatella Interiors strives to ensure their pieces have solid warranty and are simultaneously chic.

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For over 20 years, Canatella Interiors, with their strong eye for design that focuses only on interiors and avid dedication to its customers, have continued to share their unique vision for home design. “We opened Canatella Interiors because we wanted to share our retail vision and design aesthetic that did not exist in the Shreveport-Bossier area,” says Brandy. With special attention to the customers’ needs, Canatella Interiors uses their interior design knowledge and ambition to find the quality items they sell. The store provides customers with not only high quality furniture such as beds, dining sets, lighting, bedding, sofas and chairs, but also has a wonderful selection of unique accessories like lamps, oil paintings, rugs, accent pieces, florals, fine jewelry, trendy totes and gifts. In addition, they offer one of the largest selections of Mark Roberts, Nora Fleming, Tyler and Capri Blue Candles.

Brandy and Debbie run a business that is down to earth and easily accessible to the community. And they promote other local businesses by shopping local. “A lot of our clients are like family,” Brandy said. With sincere interest in their customers’ needs, Brandy and Debbie can help Shreveport-Bossier residents find the furniture décor and accessories they are seeking inside the local community. What exactly is that aesthetic and vision? According to Debbie and Brandy, Canatella Interiors can give you the look you are looking for from sparkle to simplicity. Add to that a healthy dose of Southern hospitality that’s delivered in an approachable setting by people who care about the customer experience and you have Canatella Interiors.

Canatella Interiors’ main goal is having passion for their customers and focuses on customer service like no others. The store is filled with unusual and exquisite pieces you cannot find anywhere else. Debbie and Brandy become friends from the minute you engage with them in the store. Who wouldn’t want their advice on home design? “We will go out of our way to make sure you’re happy … we want to see you again,” Brandy said. Many of Canatel-

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BOOKKEEPING

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OUTSOURCED PAYROLL

KRISTIE GIGLIO, MISSY FUSSELL, AMANDA PHILLIPS, AMY RANDALL

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CFO PROSOLUTIONS

FO ProSolutions provides QuickBooks advisory services, bookkeeping, payroll services, and business consulting for small to mid-sized businesses that are interested in growing their business through sound financial management. CFO’s services provide a checks and balances system for business owners and can also help simplify their bookkeeping to save them time and money. Missy Fussell, who founded CFO ProSolutions in 2015, has over 25 years of experience as an Accountant and successful small business owner. If you are thinking about employing a chief financial officer with experience in order to grow your business, then you should consider contracting CFO ProSolutions as an alternative. Their team of accounting advisors can help manage your finances much more cost effectively. Having trained eyes on your finances at all times can bring considerable peace of mind as well as the confidence needed to make intelligent financial decisions. CFO ProSolutions’ services include expertise in bookkeeping and payroll, providing accuracy, consistent reconciliation, fraud prevention, and cost effectiveness. Outsourcing allows business owners to focus on running their business better, grow faster, and make more money. CFO’s team of accountants will reconcile your accounts and prepare financial reports and ensure that you are prepared for a seamless tax season.

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Payroll can be a very daunting task for most businesses. It is one of the largest expenses for a company and can be very time-consuming. CFO ProSolutions can set up all of your payroll tax accounts, payroll items, and obtain all of the required documentation from employees. They process payroll, payroll taxes, Quarterly Payroll Tax Returns, Annual Tax Returns, W2s, and Workers Compensation Audits. You can rest assured that all of your payroll taxes are paid timely and all required filings are completed. Missy believes that her team’s responsiveness to their clients is one of the attributes that makes the company successful. “By combining our expertise, experience and the energy of our staff, each client receives close personal and professional attention.” A testimonial by client and business owner, Lauren LeCompte, states it all -- “They are professional, knowledgeable, prompt to reply, reasonably priced, and always willing to help. Perhaps the most important thing to me is their sincere desire to help me become more successful in my business.”

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CINDER’ELLA IN DISGUISE CLEANING SERVICES, LLC

our favorite cleaning lady you say? Why yes, that would be Cha’Neal Caldwell and her crew. Cha’Neal is a proud Evangel alumni, single mother to 3 beautiful children, and successful entrepreneur.

ing customizable plans and flexible scheduling, and providing special touches unique to Cinder’Ella in Disguise that keep our clients repeatedly booking. We love what we do and I am proud that we are known for going above and beyond what other cleaning services may not do.”

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This former education major found out quickly that determination, hard work, and willingness to do a job that few want to tackle translates into success. “I started my own business in my twenties to be more independent and create a legacy for my children,” says Cha’Neal citing financial freedom, stability, and opportunity as things that lured her into entrepreneurship. A typical day for Cha’Neal starts early as she juggles dropping her kids off at private school, doing walk-throughs to provide quotes, and arriving on a job site to personally train new employees so that each of her clients remain satisfied.Yes, you read that right. This young entrepreneur still rolls up her sleeves to get her hands dirty. In fact, she tackles jobs that would be daunting to most and transforms spaces in a matter of minutes. Her motivation? “The absolute best part of my day is making clients happy. I love seeing the joy on their faces and hearing the appreciation in their voices after the job is complete.” This go-getter has grown her business organically. “All of my clients have been from word of mouth. We take pride in knowing our clients love the work that we do so much that they refer us to their friends and family. We aim for complete client satisfaction. I believe that is why we have so many loyal clients and for that I am truly grateful.” “We have been told repeatedly that it is the little things like using eco-friendly products for those with allergies, offer-

So what can you expect from this amazing crew of ladies? Organizing, decluttering, basic or deep cleans for residential and commercial, move in/out cleans, post construction sweeps, and last but not least LAUNDRY are all things they offer. Cha’Neal’s crew of 6 is hands down the best around and she credits them for helping her get where she is today. “Each employee is not only personally trained by me, but must also successfully complete a rigorous certification course in both Residential and Commercial Cleaning,” states Cha’Neal. Her company is licensed, bonded and insured and are founding members of the American House Cleaners Association in which they also hold certifications for Covid 19 Infectious Diseases Cleaning and Professional House Cleaning, as well as Residential and Commercial Cleaning Certification from NSA. As you can see, this successful graduate of IAP Career College’s Cleaning Business Owner course means serious business when it comes to cleaning. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let Cha’Neal and her crew take care of you.

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on Juanz is healthy, Cali-Mex inspired fast-casual dining with exceptional quality, consistency & affordability of their healthy & diverse menu. According to Don O’Byrne, Owner & Founder of Don Juanz, his brand differentiation is built on creativity, excellence & social responsibility.  He points out that it’s his staff at his Shreveport location that is operated by a team made up of 90% female that keeps things running smoothly.  His wife, Amy, leads the ladies, handles all human resource matters & directs administrative duties for both Don Juanz locations, including site selection for their third location in Texas.  Amy was formerly employed for 15 years by Enterprise Rent-A-Car in their corporate office in human resources.  Don also mentions; “the average career held by women working at Don Juanz is from 5 years and up.  From entry-level to management, retention has been higher for women than men, especially when the age gap is between 18-30 years old.  Women in this age bracket seem to be more assertive and attentive in their work than their male counter parts”.  Don points out that at his Shreveport location, he has promoted more female team members to management than men.  “Don Juanz flexible Cali-Mex menu is designed to appeal to consumers of all ages; however, we’re most relevant to women 30+ and families. I like to think the women at Don Juanz know what other women expect”, says Don. Rather

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it be certified healthy menu options, quality ingredients, organic margaritas, or the seamless maintenance of high sanitation standards, Don Juanz has become a creative leader in the high demand channels of take-out, delivery, catering and dine-in. With endorsements from Ochsner Health Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana & LSU-Health; Don Juanz is the only Mexican restaurant in North Louisiana that has been certified by Eat Fit Shreveport. We definitely see something deliciously healthy going on over there!

BOSSIER CITY AIRLINE CENTER 2333 AIRLINE DRIVE BOSSIER CITY, LA (318) 752-3244

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through changes in the function, as well as the esthetics, of a smile. Every day is rewarding, and I get to see people’s lives transform for the better.” Dr. Haynie said the best part of practicing orthodontics is seeing the look on her patients’ faces after getting their braces off. “There’s a certain excitement that builds when a patient is about to see their new smile. It never gets old. To help someone in such an evident way is unbelievably rewarding.” In recent years, technology has significantly advanced the field of orthodontics, improving outcomes and comfort levels for patients. Dr. Haynie and Foster Orthodontics remain on the cutting-edge of technology. “Rather than the impression material used when I was a kid, we now scan our patients’ teeth and 3-D print their models in our office. This allows for precision bracket placement, saving patients’ valuable time. 3D-printing has also opened the door to our own in-office system of clear aligner therapy. We are able to take the process of clear aligners from start to finish, digital design to fabrication, all here within our four walls.”

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r. Allison Haynie joined Foster Orthodontics in 2020, practicing alongside the father-son duo of Dr. Ben E. Foster and Dr. Ben C. Foster. As the third daughter of Drs. Bob & Laura Haynie, two Shreveport physicians, she always felt a love for healthcare and service to others. While at Texas A&M, Dr. Haynie received a degree in Biomedical Science while exploring a minor in Art. Her passion for integrating science with art led her to the UT-Houston School of Dentistry, where she graduated at the top of her class. After completing an orthodontic residency in Houston, Dr. Haynie is thrilled to return home to practice in the Shreveport-Bossier community. “Orthodontics is about so much more than straightening teeth. It is about improving health and self-confidence

Dr. Haynie stays active with her husband and dental school sweetheart, Dr. Jeffrey Kerst, a general dentist. They wed in August 2020 after two postponements due to COVID-19. “It has certainly been an adventure to get married, move states, and each begin a career all in the midst of a pandemic, but challenges are a part of life. I encourage any young woman to keep on persevering when challenges present themselves. You never know what little girl out there is looking up to you. Focus on your goals, remember to appreciate the blessings around you, and make time for the truly important things in life.”

SHREVEPORT RIVERGATE PLAZA 1914 E. 70TH ST. 318.797.8833

BOSSIER CITY RIVER OAKS PLAZA 3011 AIRLINE DRIVE 318.741.0080

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TOP: LAURIE COMEGYS, LYNDRA STRICKLAND, KELLI DEFATTA. BOTTOM: LAURA POU, LAURIE GAUTREAU, ELLEN ERWIN

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autreau Interiors was started by Designer Laurie Gautreau five years ago. From there, the business has evolved from a design studio with two employees to a full-service design firm and showroom with 8 employees. In 2020, the growing business took a huge leap of faith to expand into a 3600 sq. ft showroom and office space in Towne Oak Square and changed its name to Gautreau Gallery and Interiors. We hope the new location can offer a unique shopping experience to the Ark-La-Tex by allowing shoppers to work with decorators to customize their space. The Showroom houses a Visual Comfort Lighting Gallery, plus a Design Center with upholstery, fabrics, wallpaper, and bedding. The extra square feet also allows customers to shop straight from the floor, something so important right now as delays are seen across the board due to Covid. Laura Pou has been with GGI for a year and a half as an Associate Designer. Her traditional style and ability

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to pull a room altogether from working with old and new pieces makes her a great addition to the Gautreau Brand. Customers love that we have new shipments of vases, pillows, lamps, and other accessories every time they come in. We also like to highlight local and original art. Custom Drapery Panels and Hardware will be added to our showroom very soon, and we are expanding our bedding lines. Our focus is good home design, so everything in our store is something you can buy to make your house more beautiful!

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GRAF ORTHODONTICS

raf Orthodontics is proud to introduce you to our orthodontists-extraordinaire, both “Women in Business” that succeed for our practice and our community at every turn; Dr. Cayce Cloud and Dr. Lauren Flynn. Both of them serve as Orthodontists in our Bossier City, Shreveport, and Minden offices. As new associates at the practice, they each work closely with Dr. Graf creating beautiful smiles and relationships with our patients and their families. Being part of a patient’s journey to a beautiful smile is something that collectively inspires them about the field of orthodontics. Dr. Cayce Cloud joined Graf Orthodontics in March 2020. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Cloud practiced for two years outside of Nashville before making Shreveport her new home. Dr. Cloud is married to her dental school sweetheart, Corey. They welcomed their first child, Claire, in September 2020. When not working, the Clouds enjoy traveling, snow skiing, and spending time outdoors with their Goldendoodle puppy, Mae. vDr. Lauren Flynn joined Graf Orthodontics in July 2020 and hails from Dallas, Texas. She has lived all over the

Midwest, but is excited to call Northern Louisiana home! In her spare time, Dr. Flynn loves hitting the local food scene with her fiancée, Jit, an Oral Surgery resident at LSU, Shreveport. She is also an accomplished flautist (really!), and prefers to spend nonoffice days boating, traveling, and spending time with family. Clinical expertise is important for sure, but it’s the people that make Graf Orthodontics special. Charisma, joy, compassion, humor, and a multitude of other unteachable qualities are what matters the most. Having these two amazing women as part of your Graf Orthodontics family is a benefit beyond.

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conditioning companies, and healthcare facilities. Since the Covid 19 pandemic began, Veronica and her husband, Kenneth, use some high-tech disinfecting equipment in many businesses to keep everyone safe. Veronica, Kenneth, and her employees went to a safety class training (Enhanced Facility Disinfection) and successfully completed it. Glover states that she is very blessed to have a great and prosperous business and have the opportunity to work with many great clients. Klean Me Up Kleaning, LLC is listed in the yellow pages, Better Business Bureau, Yelp, etc., and has several clients who have given her excellent references. Veronica Glover enjoys her life in Shreveport as a positive entrepreneur, a wife to her husband, Kenneth, and mother to her daughter, Jessica Graham, Hemphill, and son, Kenneth Jr. She is also the proud grandmother of Nola Rae Hemphill, her precious granddaughter. Glover gives every job that comes her way her undivided attention. There is no job too big or too small for her and her excellent crew of employees.

CALL OR EMAIL TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIMATE 5629 CASHMERE CIRCLE 318-393-2068 VGLOVER02@AOL.COM

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eronica Graham, Glover, owner and founder of Klean Me Up Kleaning & Painting Services, started her business in 2013. In 2018 she merged her painting services with the cleaning services. Glover does professional cleaning and painting services around Shreveport and Bossier City, and wherever else if needed. Glover and her employees perform work at apartment complexes, residential homes, oil companies, movie industries, beauty schools, jewelry stores, car dealerships, air

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have developed relationships with local non profit organizations and my agency gives our time and resources to support their causes. I have been with State Farm for over 8 years and opened the doors to my agency on January 1, 2017. A mission of mine as an agency owner was to use my platform to enhance the lives of others around me and give back to our local Caddo Parish, Bossier Parish and Desoto Parish communities. Every summer, we partner with the Giving BAK Foundation by providing a fishing day with kids of the Volunteers of America Bossier Lighthouse Program. As a member of our local Shreveport and Bossier Chamber of Commerce, it is important to me to shop and dine with our neighborhood small businesses and support our local schools. My agency is also a founding member of a local Business Networking International chapter, BNI Prime, with myself as acting chapter President. BNI Prime has connected our agency with many business professionals in the Shreveport / Bossier area. Outside of insurance needs, we are a trusted resource to our policyholders and take pride in the relationships that we build with other small business owners and professionals.

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s a lifelong native of north Louisiana, I was born and raised in Ouachita Parish. In 2009, I graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As a resident of the Shreveport area for over ten years, I

If you are new to the area or you are simply looking for an agency to build a lasting relationship with, please give us a call! We would love to speak with you and begin protecting your most precious assets. We are truly a one stop shop for all of your insurance needs for car, motorcycle, home, boat, RV, life and health! We want to be your most desirable and only choice when choosing a quality insurance agency. Call us today for a free quote!

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premium access to their doctor. For a low monthly membership fee, patients enjoy same-day or next-day appointments, longer appointment times, and 24/7 direct access to their doctor by phone, email, or text. The goal? Create a safe, unrushed space for patients to build a relationship of trust with their doctor. “I made the transition to personalized primary care because I believe in helping patients reconnect with their body, mind, and soul,” said Dr. Luraguiz. “By spending more time with my patients, I get to create a comprehensive health care plan specific to their individual needs.” Dr. Natalia Luraguiz, M.D., is a Board-Certified Family Doctor who received her undergraduate and doctorate from Hospital Italiano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At LSUHSC in Shreveport, she completed an elective internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Natalia then completed her Family Medicine residency at UAMS in Little Rock. At Toledo Bend Clinic in East Texas, Dr. Natalia served as Clinic Director and was ER Trauma Director for Sabine County Hospital for six years. In 2007 she opened a Yoga Studio and received her first-degree Reiki level. At Baylor College of Medicine in Lufkin, she worked as an assistant professor until July 2020.

SUREACCESS MD, LLC

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ureAccess MD, LLC is proud to call one of the area’s most dynamic “Women in business,” Dr. Natalia Luraguiz, a partner in the practice.

Long wait times and short doctor’s visits are a thing of the past at SureAccess MD. As a concierge primary care medical practice in Shreveport, they provide personalized care. Dr. Natalia is a pioneer in this new style of private care. SureAccess MD limits the number of patients to ensure

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During the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Natalia has dialed in to the importance of her patients’ overall happiness, health and well-being. She spent years practicing Western medicine while learning Eastern medicine. Combined, Dr. Natalia has learned to apply a holistic approach for the care of her patients. Dr. Natalia works closely with each individual to address their very unique concerns and personalizes each plan of care to best suit their needs. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact SureAccess MD today to secure your place and begin your journey towards a healthier you.

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The expertise of team members, Taylor Colvin, a nurse practitioner and lead injector, and lead medical aesthetician, Mari Lou Sharp, offer high-end dermatological treatments in a lush boutique environment. They are passionate about skin care and helping you achieve your ultimate skin goals. Susanna shares, “We see teenagers struggling with acne, younger women wanting to enhance their natural beauty and clients in their aging prime who are looking to rejuvenate their skin and reclaim their glow. For our new clients, we recommend starting with a facial. This thorough cleaning in our relaxing, two-room spa environment is something anyone can appreciate, and they’ll definitely want to come back for more.” Our most popular offerings are BOTOX® injections, fillers, facials, lash lifts and microblading – a semi-permanent way to enhance your brows by placing pigment in natural-looking hair strokes. Microblading is especially effective for more mature clients looking to fill in sparse patches on their brows. And while many spas offer fillers, you’ve got to go to professionals who know what they are doing to ensure that you get a natural-looking end result. That’s why our clients come to us.

MARI LOU SHARP, SUSANNA VAN NORMAN, TAYLOR COLVIN

8445 MED SPA

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he love of all things skincare lead to the creation of Shreveport’s newest destination for all things aesthetic, 8445 Med Spa. “We want to provide state of the art skin care in a chic setting,” says, Owner, Susanna Cage Van Norman. And while 8445 Med Spa certainly brings high-end glam to the Shreveport spa scene, forming authentic relationships that last and helping clients be their best selves, is at the heart of what Susanna and her team do. Susanna has a team of aesthetic experts who take a personal approach towards your beauty enhancement needs. “We combine progressive techniques with the best products available in order to create a custom experience for our clients,” said Susanna.

We are excited to offer laser and skin tightening services. Diolaze XL for hair removal, achieve the smooth and soft skin that you’ve always wanted with the new champion of laser hair removal. Lumecca is the most powerful intense pulsed light to treat pigmented and vascular spots, clients see amazing results. Morpheus8 is fractional skin treatment that stimulates collagen production of the underlying layers of the dermis. By targeting the deeper layers of the skin, tissues of thecae and body can be remodeled to reveal a more radiant youthful appearance.” Susanna recommends, “Invest in your skin! It’s one of the most important aspects of who we are, and most people spend very little time taking proper care of it. The good news? It’s never too late to start. We are happy to join people wherever they are in their skin care journey and hope to form a lasting relationship as their aesthetic advisor and advocate.”

8445 medical spa

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BAYOU STATE ROOFING

MARY “Bayou State has allowed me the balance that most single mothers wish they could achieve. The oncall services that Bayou State has readily available allow for more fluid communication. A typical day for me starts between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. I am the liaison between the crews, project managers, salespersons, repair teams, and contractors. In the event of an emergency, such as leaks, I dispatch repair teams immediately to prevent any further damage. By 7 a.m., I am communicating with our project managers and have confirmed everyone is where they need to be. Simultaneously, I am preparing my family for their day. The better part of the day consists of an array of follow-ups, paperwork, scheduling projects, and a continued open line of communication. I will show up on job sites to check in with our crews, project managers and deliver materials. By the end of the day, I have accomplished a balance between my family and career. “ “The woman I look up to most is my mother. She was my rock. Though she is not with us anymore, the work ethic and

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deliver personalized financial advice to help you achieve your goals, today and tomorrow. I take the time to understand what’s truly important to you. Together, we document your goals, track your progress, and make ongoing recommendations to help you diversify your portfolio, and adjust to whatever life brings — both the expected and the unexpected. With regular reviews of your goals, anytime access to MAUREEN O’NEAL MBA, CRPC®, CLTC®, APMA® your investments, and digital tools to FINANCIAL ADVISOR CARDINAUX WEALTH ADVISORS help you stay on track, I can help you A PRIVATE WEALTH ADVISORY feel confident, connected and always PRACTICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC in control of your financial life. What is important to you, is important to me. My areas of focus include investments, retirement planning strategies, retirement plan distribution, retirement income strategies, women’s financial strategies, and family financ-

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perseverance that she instilled in me pushed me to push myself. My advice to other young women in the business world today is not to allow fear to stop you from reaching and surpassing your goals. Find what you are passionate about and allow yourself to thrive in it. Find your balance and commit to it. Do not let the world corrupt your moral compass. “ TANDI “I have been with Bayou State Roofing for five years now. Being a single mother, I am very thankful to work for such a positive company that ensures a good life for my son. My days consist of inspecting multiple roofs for damage and working with the rest of the Bayou staff to give our clients the best prices and services possible. I am proud to be one of the lead salespeople and to be a part of the Bayou team. Making sure our clients home is secure and safe is a top priority for our company and in my five years I have helped thousands of people to ensure their roof is in great condition.” “All women who chase their dreams are essentially an inspiration to me because they aren’t complacent. My advice to young businesswomen is to surround themselves with empowerment, value your time, strive for greatness daily, trust yourself, and don’t be afraid of change.”

318-510-3622 B AY O U S TAT E R O O F I N G . C O M es. While advising clients can take many avenues, my team and I share a common vision: to help clients develop clear direction for their finances and their life by providing guidance along the way. That’s why we are Cardinaux Wealth Advisors. What sets us apart are our skills, our values, and our commitment to excellence. While others may focus solely on your portfolio, we provide specific advice tailored to your total financial situation. Through financial advice, investments, and solution recommendations, as well as progress meetings and smart technology, we can help you achieve your financial goals and adjust to whatever life brings. Among the many other hats I wear, I’m a wife, mom (specifically, a baseball and football mom,) friend, baker, reader, and learner. I love adding to that list, and I am passionate about being involved with several non-profit and civic organizations throughout our community. I love learning new things, and I ask a lot of questions. Tell me about the last, new thing you learned or the book you’re reading, and we’ll be here all day. Curiosity is good for the soul. Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. Investment advisory services and products are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2021 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., All rights reserved. 3439460ACMR0221


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esolutionist, professional, compassionate, and pragmatic describe Bessie Taylor Casey, the owner and Chief Operating Officer of BesCa Land Services, LLC, established thirteen years ago. BesCa Land Services, LLC offers services to individuals or families who own land in the state of Louisiana and who are not currently in possession of inherited property. Many clients will or have leased property to oil and gas companies under these circumstances and, by doing so, have created a tremendous problem for some of those companies. It is important to identify all heirs whether deceased or living before legal counsel is retained to prepare a succession or probate that could be cost effective. Casey is committed to resolving property issues in a systematic and accurate manner, working to ensure that all parties are included and informed and that decisions are fair and equitable for those involved. Additionally, to maintain a strong knowledge base, Casey enhanced her skills to include oil and gas negotiations. Her experiences as the former Executive Director of a non-profit for eleven years, providing homeownership opportunities to Section 8 recipients, as a paralegal, banker, and a notary along with hard work, are also reasons for her success. Professionally, she is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (The Paralegal Association) and the Professional Civil Law Notaries Association. Casey’s business has grown over the years to expand throughout the state of Louisiana by word of mouth, which is known to be the greatest advertisement one can receive. Casey says that satisfaction is a priority when it comes to her clients and knowing that she has achieved what she sets out to do. “To make life better for someone else, to provide a greater level of comfort, and to lend support and resources give me immeasurable pleasure,” says Casey. She is a woman of great faith and whatever she has encountered during her twenty years of dedicated work, her experience and strength have sustained her. Casey is the mother of two: Jermaine T. Casey and Ree Jernelle Casey-Jones, and she is the doting grandmother of one darling grandson, Dawson Casey Jones.

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amie Kochakian always dreamed of owning a gift shop. It all started when we were opening our 2nd location for Novus Glass in the Wallace Lake area. I realized this would be the perfect location for a gift shop because there were no stores on that side of town. Finally, my dream became a reality when we opened Jolie Blonde a year ago.

Since we opened our doors, I have learned that things are never the same day to day--that’s what makes it so much fun! Building relationships with our customers and developing new friendships every day by helping them find the perfect gift or helping them decorate gives me great joy. At Jolie Blond, you can find the perfect gift for anyone including children of all ages and men. Whether you’re a jewelry lover, gift-giver, or décor enthusiast, Jolie Blond is the place for you. You will find Christmas serving pieces to Pecan filing or, for Mother’s Day, beautiful smelling candles, lotions, soaps, and much more your Mother will love. Our shop has all the seasonal décor lover’s essential needs. Whatever holiday you’re shopping for, at Jolie Blond, you will find unique Louisiana gifts that you will love and treasure!

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lways on. That describes the spirit of the group of women shown here—and of Red River Bank. Everyone on this team knows that life is constantly changing, and that means your financial needs, goals and opportunities change, too. That’s why we’re “always on”—not just meeting your needs but thinking ahead to what you may need next. Whether you visit us to open a Totally Free Checking Account or something more complex like finding the ideal mortgage product or making your retirement plan work smarter, you’ll find a fully engaged, proactive team. In addition to that great, personal service, you’ll also find a full complement of free tech tools to help simplify your life seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We’re here for you. Always Louisiana, always on. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT – KATIE NEBLETT PROVENZA, TERRY TALLEY, ANDRIA BEARD, VALERIE MITCHELL, ELIZABETH C. MAXWELL, TRACY HESTER, KENDRA M. WHEELER, JANELL FLETCHER. NOT PICTURED JUDY MADISON AND JENNIFER MAXWELL

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RHALANDA R. JACKSON How long have you been in business and do you have any special training in what you are doing? I have been a Realtor for 5 years. Each of my previous jobs have contributed to the skills needed to be a successful realtor. Having worked in sales for over 20 years, I have learned how to navigate tough conversations, overcome obstacles and objections, and most importantly, listen for understanding. Additionally, holding a real estate license requires continuing education and training yearly. What woman inspires you and why? Several women inspire me and have played instrumental roles in my life over the years. My grandmother inspired me to know and love the Lord and to love and forgive people. My small circle of women friends encourage me and pour so much into me personally and professionally. Finally, my pastor shows me the beauty of living in the full favor of God and she has played a key role in my spiritual development and educational pursuits.

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arah McCoy has been in real estate for four years. In order to become a realtor, Sarah had to become nationally and state licensed through an accredited real estate course. The most important training came from all of the amazing people within her brokerage, Diamond Realty & Associates. Sarah holds the title of being a top producing agent at Diamond Realty & Associates, dealing with properties in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Benton, and surrounding areas. She commits to utmost customer care, working hard for her clients, and persistence until each job is done 100%. These are the reasons why she maintains customers from the beginning of her career until now, four years later. Sarah loves watching her community grow and values the real estate progress in this area. “I want to help the community to continue growing in the right direction by helping my clients buy and sell their homes, making their dreams come true.” In 2018, Sarah was named Diamond Realty Rookie of

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What’s unique about the service or business you provide? The Reed Jackson Home Group at KW NWLA offers a holistic approach to real estate. We help ensure customers enjoy the process from start to finish. My experience in various aspects of sales and service allows me to help my clients navigate through the process and I’m better able to advocate on their behalf. What accomplishments are you most proud of? I have successfully obtained licenses in Louisiana as a Real Estate Agent, Notary Public, and Insurance Agent. Since starting my real estate career, I have been named Rookie of the year, appointed to the Agent Leadership Council for 2 KW brokerages and recently voted SB Magazine Best of Real Estate 2020. My team continues to grow and to out perform previous years selling over 10Million in 2020. I am even prouder that I am able to effectively navigate being entrepreneur, college professor, wife to Michael, and mother to Tylor, Micah and Cameron. If you were mentoring a younger woman, what advice would you give her? The best advice I could give is “Don’t be afraid.” Figure out what your big WHY is, WHAT your goals are, and HOW you plan to achieve them. Never be afraid of failure because failure makes us better! 318-525-5357 Last but certainly not least, to thine own self be true… Just be YOU! But be the best YOU, YOU can be! Shreveport, LA 71105. Independently owned and operated. Licensed in Louisiana 318-213-1555

the Year. Since then, she has become one of the top listing agents and top producing agents. In 2020, Sarah had over 10 million in production as an independent agent. When asked what accomplishments she is most proud of, Sarah says, “My walk with the Lord, my husband, and having the best of both worlds with a thriving career and keeping meaningful relationships with family and friends.” As a young woman in the business world, Sarah believes a great leader inspires others in their leading style. Someone who motivates those that are leading into becoming leaders themselves. Sarah’s advice to other young business women would be to SET YOUR GOALS, review them regularly, surround yourself with supportive peers, work hard, and don’t settle for second-best. “The best part of my career is that I don’t have a “typical” day. Everyday is different and important in its own way whether it be finding homes for my clients or selling them. Each task comes with its own greatness.”

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In the last year, we have grown significantly, and that required moving into a larger space at 1950 E 70th Street STE A, Shreveport, LA 71105. We have incorporated a small gym space in our new space for our little clients that offers much needed sensory exposure as well as equipment for learning to sit, crawl or walk. Many of our younger clients require multiple disciplines to work with them, and Jeter Therapy Group wanted to create a comfortable space that allowed us to work together as a team for these families to achieve their goals. Many of our adult patients who have significant medical conditions enjoy that we can provide services in their homes but as an outpatient service.

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eter Speech Language Pathology services is now also Jeter Therapy Group, owned by Dana Jeter Williams. Jeter Therapy Group is a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy for both adults and children. We offer proactive, quality healthcare in a safe and comfortable environment. At Jeter Therapy Group, your treatment is our number one priority, and we make sure to meet all your needs in a timely manner. Most of our health insurance plans allow us to provide services in the home, clinic, or via telehealth, depending on the plan.

This past fall, Dana was able to attend a course that discussed TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty) gaining new knowledge about tongue and lip ties in pediatric and adult populations. “She is always looking for ways we can expand our knowledge base, so we are performing the best evidenced-based assessments and treatment practices in order to better serve our clients.” (Inez, SLP-A) A familiar face in the clinic is transitioning into the role of Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLP- A), Inez Esparza (our Certified Medical Interpreter, Spanish) recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education and will begin providing bi-lingual services to our Spanish speaking population. We have seasoned clinicians trained to work with various deficits, including autism, hearing loss, developmental delays, neurological disorders, stroke patients, dementia, swallowing, voice, and much more. We accept all major insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and accept private pay as well. We are so excited to be able to grow in our community! 1950 E. 70th Suite A Shreveport, LA

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GOOD TO KNOW firm, of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas: consumer protection, legal compliance, client education, product standards, service standards, and general business practices.

The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Southern Research Company, Inc. has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Southern Research Company, Inc. is located at 2850 Centenary Blvd. in Shreveport Each year, U.S. employers, organizations and governmental agencies request millions of consumer reports to assist with critical business decisions involving background screening. Background screening reports, which are categorized as consumer reports, are currently regulated at both the federal and state level. Since its inception, PBSA has maintained that there is a strong need for a singular, cohesive industry standard and, therefore, created the BSAAP. Governed by a strict professional standard of specified requirements and measurements, the BSAAP is becoming a widely recognized seal of achievement that brings national recognition to background screening organizations (also referred to as Consumer Reporting Agencies). This recognition will stand as the industry “seal,” representing a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. The BSCC oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that validates the background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence. To become accredited, consumer reporting agencies must pass a rigorous onsite audit, conducted by an independent auditing

OB/GYN SPECIALISTS OPEN AT OCHSNER LSU HEALTH SHREVEPORT—ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport continues to invest in its St. Mary Medical Center by opening an OB/GYN Specialists clinic. The new clinic, located at One St. Mary Place in Shreveport, La., is nearly 20,000 square feet and has 26 exam rooms, two treatment rooms and two ultrasound rooms. The OB/GYN Specialists, consists of six physicians and three nurse practitioners. The new providers, Dr. Beth Geneux, Dr. John Haynes, Dr. Kristi Michael, Dr. Darrell Sandifer, Dr. Stephanie Sockrider, Dr. Kristy Waltman, Aimee Smiley, NP, LaToya Gipson, NP and Holly Johnson, NP, will begin seeing patients on November 3.  The group is an addition to its existing OB/GYN team. Ochsner LSU Health also has 10 OB/GYN physicians and two nurse practitioners whose clinic practice is located at 1602 Kings Highway and women’s and children’s inpatient services are at its St. Mary Medical Center.   The new clinic, along with a 6,000 square foot café and common area currently undergoing renovation, represents an additional $6 million investment at its St. Mary Medical Center and is coupled with landscaping improvements and signage additions for the entire campus. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - St. Mary Medical

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GOOD TO KNOW Center also includes a 122-bed hospital and several targeted care centers, including a comprehensive diagnostic and imaging center, ambulatory surgery center, and neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and sports medicine, sleep, gastroenterology, and outpatient child psychiatry clinics. Since its inception on October 1, 2018, Ochsner LSU Health has heavily focused on increasing access to healthcare adding 180 new physicians to its system, expanding to several new locations including its St. Mary Medical Center, completing a major electronic health record upgrade, implementing several leading telemedicine programs, beginning virtual visits, and undergoing major renovations at its Academic Medical Center on Kings Highway in Shreveport. LSU SHREVEPORT ALUMNUS ADVOCATES FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM LSU Shreveport alumnus Scott E. Peyton will be one of twenty nonprofit leaders presenting at Elevate 2021, a conference hosted by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) from February 24 to 26, 2021. Peyton has served Louisiana as a probation and parole officer and the Director of Right on Crime, and he graduated with a Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration (MSNPA) degree in December 2020 from LSUS.   Working in state criminal justice has given Peyton a unique understanding of the challenges former offenders rejoining society face. Driven by his experience, Peyton enrolled in the LSU Shreveport Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration program as a pathway to help offenders and ensure the criminal justice system recognizes key values.  “Providing second chances for justice-involved individuals helps keep our communities safer, and it creates a system that recognizes values of hope and redemption,” Peyton said.  “I chose LSUS because of its academic excellence and the reputation of its MSNPA program,” Peyton said. “Being able to earn the CNP and Masters in Nonprofit Administration are both invaluable in my role as a state director and in my advocacy efforts.”  Peyton’s participation in the NLA Elevate conference is a special part of the certification requirements and will solidify his place as one of 11,000 CNPs. The Elevate conference strives to connect social sector leaders with students to build cultural competency and critical thinking around nonprofit workforce trends, leadership, advocacy, and equity.   LSU SHREVEPORT STUDENT ACCEPTED INTO NATIONAL PEER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP PROJECT Louisiana State University in Shreveport is proud to announce that Alyssa Garza, undergraduate sociology

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student, has been accepted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Peer Education Leadership Project. She is among only 6 students chosen across the nation to participate for 2021. Garza is the first Certified Peer Educator on the LSUS campus, working in her role to promote mental health awareness to other students. The CPE training was designed by NASPA and includes 12 extensive training hours on peer leadership, motivating behavior change, listening skills, response and referral skills, how to take action and intervene, recognizing the role of diversity and inclusivity, programming and presentation skills, self-care, and group dynamics.  “Being accepted into the Peer Education Leadership Project is very personal to me,” said Garza.” Being given the opportunity to reamplify the importance of mental health at LSUS and prioritize the needs of my peers who are struggling with their mental health as I have, is something I am passionate about and hope to accomplish.”  Much of the research around successful mental health support has shown the importance of using trained peers in wellness programming, as students are the key curators of change and primary support systems for their peers. Garza’s participation in the NASPA Peer Education Leadership Project will allow her to receive professional support from this reputable organization to implement her ideas on the LSUS campus.  “I am truly excited for Alyssa, our students, and our campus to be able to see her ideas come to fruition for everyone’s benefit,” stated Angie Pellerin, Director of Counseling Services at LSUS.” LSU SHREVEPORT INTRODUCES “CAREERS IN CANNABIS” COURSE FOR SPRING 2021 Louisiana State University in Shreveport will offer a “Careers in Cannabis” course beginning in the Spring of 2021. The legal cannabis industry is predicted to outpace all other industries in terms of job growth by 2030, and LSUS wants to be at the forefront regionally for education surrounding this new emerging market. “Our mission as an institution of higher education is to ensure we are preparing people in this region to be successful in their future careers,” said Dr. Julie Lessiter, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives for Louisiana State University Shreveport. “We are offering this course to gauge the level of interest in the community, and to also provide a much-needed discussion and education around the topic of the legal cannabis industry.”  The four-week course starts in February and will meet twice a week. A livestreaming option will be available for those who cannot attend in person, or who are uncomfortable being in the classroom setting in the current pandemic. Topics covered by local industry specialists will include growing hemp, basic plant biology, basic and clinical research on cannabinoids, jobs, laws and regulations, and the marketing of products made with cannabis.  Based on the level of interest there may be future more


GOOD TO KNOW specialized courses and for-credit programs in Chemistry, Law, Business, Agriculture, and more. Three canna-tech companies currently operate in Shreveport at InterTech-1. Expansion of these companies with a qualified workforce is paramount, not only to the success of the company, but also to new workforce development opportunities that will form in this region around the cannabis industry. Eye Doctors Provide Lunch for First Responders Christopher Shelby, MD, Wyche Coleman III, MD, and Stephen Lewis, OD, of WK Eye Institute, are showing thanks to the city’s first responders with lunch provided to the Shreveport Police Department, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Fire Department. More than 450 individual pizzas were delivered to employees at the Shreveport Police Department and Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Nearly 100 pizzas were delivered Friday, Jan. 29, to Sheriff’s Department substations and its detective offices. The doctors will provide pizza lunches to members of the Shreveport Fire Department later in February. “One of the most basic, instinctive actions anyone can do to show comfort, respect and sincere appreciation is to offer a warm meal,” said Dr. Coleman. “Doctors Shelby, Lewis and I admire and respect the work our first responders perform daily. We understand their community role and the important part they play.” Added Dr. Shelby: “I respect and applaud our first responders for all they do. Offering local officers and support staff a meal is small compared to what they sacrifice daily on our behalf. It is an honour and the least Doctors Coleman, Lewis and I can do.” Dr. Lewis agreed. “In these hard days, we are reminded ever more of just how important they are to our city. I believe it’s also in times like these, saying thank you is more important than ever. Providing a meal is a small way of showing our appreciation.” Willis-Knighton CAO Brian Crawford Reappointed to State Police Commission Brian A. Crawford, Willis-Knighton Health System executive senior vice president and chief administrative officer, has been reappointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the State Police Commission. Crawford represents the 4th Congressional District and was nominated by Centenary College. The State Police Commission is a seven-member body that

has exclusive jurisdiction and final authority over the administration of the state police service. The commission serves as an impartial review board that authorizes and resolves State Police rules in order to regulate state personnel activities, while also hearing appeals from hired, full-time law enforcement officers. “I’m honored and humbled to be reappointed by Gov. Edwards to serve the people of the 4th Congressional District as a member of the State Police Commission. I want to thank Dr. Christopher Holoman and Centenary College for their confidence and renomination to this important post in supporting our State Troopers in their critical public safety role.” UNITED WAY NWLA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SERVING NORTHWEST LOUISIANA This year United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) is celebrating 100 years of serving the community. UWNWLA’s centennial celebration will include both new and signature events throughout the year, such as Early Ed Week, Read Across America Day, Day of Caring, a Fun Run & 5k, and will culminate with the centennial celebration on August 26. Due to safety concerns caused by COVID-19, the organization will adapt its events as needed to include in-person, virtual, or hybrid models.  As part of the yearlong centennial celebration, UWNWLA will spotlight 100 stewards of service, highlighting individuals and organizations who actively give back to Northwest Louisiana. UWNWLA will begin accepting nominations for the stewards of service awards in February through United Way’s website. In addition to recognizing the 100 stewards of service, UWNWLA will also convene a panel of community leaders to select 10 stewards to be featured and awarded at the centennial celebration in August.    “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders within our community that work to make Northwest Louisiana better,” said President & CEO, Bruce Willson. In 2019, UWNWLA yielded more than $80,000 in sponsorship revenue from their annual events. UWNWLA hopes to achieve similar success in 2021, as these events allow the organization to continue essential programs and services many depend on and help support positive outcomes for local nonprofits.   

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ine is your typical vision story. I was eight years old living in England, the only daughter in an Air Force family of six. Having three brothers is difficult enough – the constant teasing, bickering and trickery – but having to get the dreaded “glasses” took it to a new level. Back in the day, if you were told you needed glasses you might as well never show your face again. And don’t get me started on braces for your teeth. We were driving through the beautiful English countryside on our way to a village filled with antiques. Mom and Dad loved to go antiquing and dragging us along was their idea of the ideal family outing. I was having a great time counting all the sheep grazing in the field when it occurred to me that those sheep were standing awfully still. I commented on this and all three boys had themselves a great laugh. To this day, I am teased about the “frozen sheep” of England because those beasts were nothing more than bales of hay.

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BY SEVA MAY Mom took me to the eye doctor the following week and within a few days of counting sheep, I was wearing the most attractive pair (not) of baby blue, cat-eye glasses for little girls. Ugh! Since then, I’ve worn many styles of eyewear, struggled with contact lenses, and had Lasik surgery to correct my vision. The Lasik lasted until I hit my 50’s and suddenly, I’m back in glasses. Ironically, the cat-eye look was back in style. Then, my eyesight, even with glasses, seemed foggy and blurred. Like someone had left a thumbprint on my pupil. I scheduled an appointment with a young doctor that my husband and I have admired since he was a 15-year old flying his stunt plane in Coushatta. The first time we met Wyche T. Coleman, III, he had just landed his plane after giving us an airshow that any mother would have had nightmares about. He came strolling in to the barbeque party we were having with mutual friends like he had just popped a wheelie on a motorcycle instead of doing a loopdi-loop in a twin engine. Now, Dr. Wyche T. Coleman, III handles a LenSx femtosecond laser with as much finesse as he does his airplane.


He confirmed that I had the beginnings of cataracts but they weren’t bad enough yet to schedule surgery. I could still see well enough with my readers. Fast forward a couple of years of working on a computer, writing features and columns for SB Magazine and the beginnings of cataracts had gone full blown. Those cataracts were really disrupting my work and costing me a fortune in readers because I kept losing them. After a series of tests were set up at Dr. Coleman’s office, I was ready to pull the trigger. About a week before cataract surgery, I was given an A-scan or a noncontact optical biometry to measure the length of my eye. Seems weird since the eyeball is round, right? How do you measure the length of something that’s round? And the answer is: the distance from a point on one side of the eyeball to a point on the other side. The curvature of my cornea, using a technique called keratometry was also measured. Both measurements help determine the appropriate power of the artificial lens implant that would replace my smudged up, clouded lens.

Dr. Coleman had also recorded a very informative video that all his cataract patients watch prior to the procedure. Using visuals, he describes what to expect, how the procedure works (don’t worry, he uses language that we non-medical people will understand easily) and how to take care of your eye afterward. He also talks about any side effects that might occur rarely. He doesn’t do this to scare you but rather to prepare you for what might happen. By the end of the video, I was even more convinced that I could put my trust in Dr. Coleman’s capable hands. My right eye would go first. I arrived at the Willis Knighton Eye Surgery Center bright and early, too early if you asked my husband. He had to come along because I was unable to drive myself after the procedure. Upon entering the building, we were checked for fever. All clear there so we moved up to the waiting area to check in. While we waited, a nurse asked me questions regarding my medical history. I was offered a mild sedative to help my jittery nerves. I wasn’t nervous at all but I took it just in case I might get a little jumpy – you never know. I then followed the nurse, who was just lovely I might add, to a closet where she gave me a paper gown and a delightfully attractive hair cap in a fetching shade of blue. All gowned up, I was ushered into another room with a row of chairs that reminded me of those big massage recliners you see in the mall. There, I met another sweet nurse who, after being so welcoming, proceeded to stick a needle in my wrist area for an IV. Now, I’m like anyone else. I don’t particularly like IV’s but I understand the necessity. I have to say, this one was not bad at all. This nurse had it together. I hardly felt a thing – not that I’d stand in line for another one – but this lady sure was smooth in the IV department. A rather tall gentlemen approached my recliner. He too was all robed up with an industrial looking Covid mask on. This was the anesthesiologist who also had a litany of questions for me. By then, that wonderful little pill was kicking in and I started to doze a little just in time for my procedure.

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tion through my IV. After thoroughly cleansing the area, a drape was place over my face. A gadget called a speculum was used to hold my eye wide open. Using the newest LenSx technology, a femtosecond laser made a precise incision making the lens accessible in order to perform a capsulotomy. This is a fancy word for removing the lens. The cloudy lens was broken up and removed from my eye by using the latest ultrasound technology called a Phacoemulsification Procedure. On to another room where Dr. Coleman inserted the new multifocal lens called the PanOptixs lens that would hopefully take me out of wearing glasses FOREVER! Less than a week later, my right eye was taken care of in the exact same way. Well except for one minor issue – which wasn’t the nurse’s fault. Getting the IV proved more difficult this go around because my vein blew. She used the opposite wrist and all was well. And so are my eyes. The only problem I’ve had is driving at night. The

lights have a series of rings around them that made seeing Christmas decorations a prismatic, psychedelic experience. I’m in hopes that this phenomenon will eventually go away. Or maybe not! A follow up eye exam resulted in an additional procedure called the Ytrium Aluminium Garnet (YAG) Laser Posterior Capsulotomy in the right eye. This was to remove what is called a secondary cataract. It’s really nothing more than a cloudy film behind the intraocular lens. This was followed a week later by the left eye. All this occurred in Dr. Coleman’s offices. A few drops of numbing eye drops, a dozen or so zaps and – TaDa! – perfect vision. I can’t thank Dr. Coleman and his staff of incredibly kind technicians and nurses enough. Now, I can enjoy the second half of my life able to see the expressions on my grand children’s faces, the notes on sheet music, and the beauty of the sunsets from our back deck.

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was definitely a very bizarre year, and it looks like 2021 is starting out just as unusual. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop focusing on your health or avoid taking care of yourself. Ensuring your emotional and mental health should be at the top of everyone’s list. A great way to begin this new year is with your dental and vision care, and luckily the Shreveport-Bossier City area has the finest selection of highly trained dental and vision professionals. Whether it’s a simple eye exam or teeth cleaning, or maybe even a more complex surgical procedure, our local doctors practice using the most advanced and cutting-edge technology to improve your vision and ensure that healthy smile of yours. If you’re looking for the best care possible, take a look at some of the top graded professionals in our area.

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prehensive oral care for the whole family,” said Rabalais, a south Louisiana native who has been practicing for over 19 years. Rabalais loves a challenge, and the use of fine motor skills and attention to detail required of dentistry drew her in. “I could never see myself doing anything else. I love dentistry.” She has been in the Shreveport-Bossier City area for 13 years, and intends to call it her “forever home”. Services offered at Rabalais Dental Centre include cleanings, fillings, crowns, dentures, root canals, implant restorations, and tooth whitening. “The first thing people notice about someone is their smile,” Rabalais said. “It gives people confidence in themselves, and the ability to help someone regain that wonderful smile is one of the most rewarding things I do.” Recognizing that dental work can be expensive, Rabalais offers an in-house dental membership plan, which is a fantastic alternative for those who don’t have dental insurance

Shelly Rabalais has always felt a deep passion of caring for people. A career in the healthcare industry resonated with her and dentistry has proven to be the perfect fit. “We work with both patients and other dental providers such as orthodontists and oral surgeons to ensure com-

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Making people comfortable when they come for an appointment has always been a priority at Rabalais Dental, but over the last year “comfort” took on a new meaning. Covid-19 brought challenges to everyone, and the dental community was no different. Immediately Dr. Rabalais set her team to task “As always our first priority was the safety of our patients and staff. Next we reviewed the Louisiana Department of Public Health directions for healthcare providers and developed a plan that we felt combined both in the most effective way”, Rabalais said. In addition to health surveys and temperature checks upon arrival, adjustments to scheduling and patient interaction protocols took effect immediately to ensure that patients were not at risk due to casual contact. Next, UV air purifiers and patient room doors were added to reduce airborne risks. “Patients are already apprehensive about a dental visit. With the added stress of Covid-19 we want


to ensure that they know we have taken every precaution on their behalf. It is vitally important for our patients to know they are in a welcoming and safe environment from the moment they walk through the door,” Dr. Rabalais said. Rabalais believes her faith is one of the things that has made her successful. “God continues to bless me every day with fantastic patients and a fantastic team,” she said. Her calm yet determined and motivated demeanor has also helped. “I love being able to comfort people when they’re fearful,” Rabalais said. “I love a challenge, and what better challenge is there than identifying what pains someone and bringing them back to good health? I ask daily for God’s direction in my life, my family and my ability to help those who have entrusted me with their care” The remodel of Rabalais Dental Centre was slowed due to impacts from Covid-19, but now she is back at it full force. “I am extremely excited for everyone to see everything that’s been done. Major changes have been incorporat-

ed to streamline and improve our sterilization process as well as chairside improvements. Obviously it is not all about the look. She is confident, when work is done, it will be able to process patients more efficiently and ensure greater patient comfort “We are redoing everything, both inside and out, including our new logo.” Although there is still work to be done you can get a sneak peek here in these photos. 2164 AIRLINE DR, BOSSIER CITY, LA 71111 PHONE: (318) 747-3270 RABALAISDENTALCENTER.COM PICTURES COURTESY OF MANDY DUCOTE AT GALERIE D PHOTOGRAPHY SBMAG.NET

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Proudly Serving Bossier, Shreveport, Barksdale, & Surrounding Areas

For over 30 years, Hooper Family Dentistry has been serving satisfied customers by providing dental needs in Bossier, Shreveport, Barksdale and surrounding areas. The magic of dentistry comes alive in the attractive smiling faces of so many satisfied customers. In this high-quality, familyfriendly, peaceful atmosphere three experienced dentists listen carefully to their patient’s concerns and desires ensuring them of an exceptional dental experience. To them quality is more important than quantity, and each dentist is committed to giving their patients the very best dental care possible in the most comfortable environment possible. HOOPER FAMILY DENTISTRY TREATS PATIENTS LIKE FAMILY AND WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT. YOU WILL BE KNOWN BY YOUR NAME, NOT A NUMBER.

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Oral Surgery Associates provides a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical treatment options. With locations in Shreveport, Bossier, and Ruston, they have served North Louisiana, East Texas and Southern Arkansas for over thirty years. Expertise include removal of wisdom teeth, corrective jaw surgery, dental implants, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions of the mouth, face, and jaws. Dr. David Clark graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 1997 and received his under-graduate from Louisiana Tech. After attending dental school at NYU College of Dentistry, he received training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Washington Hospital Center. Following his residency, Dr. Clark moved back to Shreveport and joined Oral Surgery Associates in 2011. He is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Louisiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Northwest Louisiana Dental Association. He enjoys golf and spending time with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters, London and Everleigh.

Dr. Frank Harmon graduated from Northeast Louisiana University and Baylor College of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was awarded the Merck, Sharp, & Dome National Resident of the Year in 1984. After completing his military obligation, he entered private practice in Shreveport in 1987. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, Louisiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Fly fishing and woodworking occupy him in his spare time. 2120 BERT KOUNS IND. LOOP SUITE D SHREVEPORT, LA 318.687.9800 1525 DOCTORS DRIVE BOSSIER CITY, LA 318.747.5791 400 EAST VAUGHN AVE. RUSTON, LA 318.251.1111 ˆ WWW.NWLAORALSURGERY.COM SBMAG.NET

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Bryan Vekovius, M.D. OCULOPLASTIC SURGERY AND NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY

One of the great rewards in practicing medicine for Dr. Bryan Vekovius is that he can not only help patients feel better, but also look better. It’s an added bonus for patients with vision problems who receive the treatment and then like what they see when they look in the mirror. An experienced oculoplastic surgeon who has performed over 17,000 eyelid procedures, Dr. Vekovius is an expert in aesthetics and the treatment of diseases and syndromes involving the eye and eyelid, tearing system and the optic nerve. He is an expert in blepharoplasty, a surgery which reduces bagginess and droopiness in the eyelids, which can be to improve appearance but also vision. Excess skin on the upper eyelid, for example, can cause peripheral vision loss. He performs dozens of these surgeries each week, helping all types of patients, even those who have lost muscle function in the eyelid. “I strive each day to be a physician who is committed to quality, compassionate care, superior patient satisfaction, and excellence in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery,” he said. Dr. Vekovius is one of the few cosmetic surgeons in the region who is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is recognized as a leader in Oculoplastic Surgery and Neuro-Ophthalmology and has performed thousands of procedures for problems like tearing disorders, including dry eye syndrome. Dr. Vekovius is also an expert in skin cancer excision and reconstruction, as he continues to perform several surgeries each month removing cancers from the eyelids and face. Dr. Vekovius completed his ophthalmology training at LSU in Shreveport in 2001. He then underwent fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery, specializing in techniques of plastic surgery as it relates to the eyes and their surrounding structures such as eyelid repairs, browlifts, tear duct surgery, and

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treatment of thyroid eye disease. Trained by Dr. Thomas C. Spoor, he also learned the art of laser skin resurfacing and treatment of facial veins and blemishes as well as use of Botox and Dysport and fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, and Belotero. He then completed further training in NeuroOphthalmology, the subspecialty of Ophthalmology which encompasses the optic nerve, the nerves which control eye movement, and the brain. Driven by his passion for giving back to the community, Dr. Vekovius teaches the next generation of ophthalmologists at LSU Heath Shreveport School of Medicine. Dr. Vekovius has become one of northwest Louisiana’s premier physicians, drawing patients from the ShreveportBossier City area, as well as from other areas of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The office is conveniently located in Southeast Shreveport in the Ashley Ridge Business Park. His contributions in the fields of Oculoplastic surgery and Neuro- Ophthalmology have changed the lives of many patients by enhancing their features, rejuvenating their appearance, boosting their self-esteem and improving their vision. Born in Baton Rouge, Dr. Vekovius was raised in Shreveport. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: William, Samuel and Sophia.

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et’s see a great big smile because February is National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM), and it’s an excellent opportunity to promote the benefits of good oral health to your child. Getting children off to an early start of good dental health habits is essential for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. On February 8, 1949, the American Dental Association held its first national observance of Children's Dental Health. In 1955, this single-day national observance became a weeklong event, and in 1981 it was extended to a month-long event known as the National Children's Dental Health Month. Its message reaches millions of parents and children all across America. For 2021, the American Dental Associate has chosen the campaign slogan "Water, Nature's Drink!" SBMAG.NET

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Tooth decay is the most chronic disease affecting our children in the United States. It’s a fast-growing issue and posing serious health risks to our children. The health of a child is closely correlated to their oral health. By scheduling regular dental visits and helping your child develop good oral health habits, you can help ensure that your child keeps that big beautiful smile of theirs while staying healthy. Furthermore, poor oral health has also been associated with decreased performance in school. Children with chronic dental issues are often unable to focus and have problems completing their school work. A child with a toothache is unlikely to score well on a test because of the distraction caused by pain. Untreated tooth decay can lead to eating problems, as well as problems with speaking and learning. Moreover, children with tooth or gum pain may experience decreased social well-being while at school. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for good oral hygiene: ̢ Using an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste, brush your teeth at least twice a day. ̢ Floss daily. Bacteria that cause decay remain between teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing removes plaque and food from between the teeth and along the gum line. ̢ Limit between-meal snacks and eat a healthy, wellbalanced diet.

̢ Make regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and oral exams. ̢ Before their first birthday, have your child visit a dentist and begin regular dental check-ups. Routine dental exams and good preventive oral care can provide your child with a lifelong smile and help them stay overall healthy while positively affecting social relationships and performance in school. Visit the 2021 NCDHM campaign website (www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month) to download posters and activity sheets for kids (like coloring sheets, mazes, and crosswords).

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Carol and Elton Richey

Elton & Carol Richey TRAVEL AGENT CONFIDENTIAL

TRAVEL AGENT

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ep,” Elton mumbled, perusing the two recent Presidential Executive Orders on International travel, “as confounding as it is clarifying.”

The All-Inclusive Affair

“So, what’s it say?” Carol asked. We thought we’d have a bit of fun with our Travel Column since Covid-19 has he made traveling such a challenge. “Good question,” replied. “The original order We’re sets a going back back timeto to century when magazine time thethe 19th19th century when magazine pubpathway forinin travel with COVID testing when coming into publishers printed episodic narratives. One of the first lishers printed episodic narratives. One of the first the U.S. from foreign countries. But quarantine uponsigresignificant American release inThe the “serial” format was nificant release in the “serial” format wasmake Unturn wasAmerican only recommended. new order may Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. In many fact, cle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. In fact, quarantine upon return mandatory.” many American authors became recognized through American authors became highlyhighly recognized through seriserialization. Let’s thehis characters inscreen. Travel Agent alization. see ifsee theifinto characters in Travel Agent Confi“May?” sheLet’s said leaning computer Confidential become as popular as those of Charles Dickens dential become as popular as those of Charles Dickens or or Arthur Conan Doyle. “May,” he reiterated. “It directs federal agencies to assess SirSir Arthur Conan Doyle. and take regulatory action furthering a policy of requiring compliance with CDC guidelines on testing, self-quarantine, self-isolation on arrival and other measures. So, the burden on international travel could get substantial.” hooah!” Ryan exclaimed as Angela whipped the agencies car across lanes of “The new order directs federal to two consult with traffic and and provide into therecommendations shopping center state and local officials “Mask Up!“ sheSo,comabout additional parking domesticlot. travel restrictions. we manded, “We’re going in.” “In where?” he complained. might see more restrictions on domestic travel.” “In there,” she pointed through the windshield. “That “Well, agency.” sort it out. We’ve got a team meeting in an hour. travel And,” she added turning to her desk, “sort out how we Fumbling with his mask, Ryan questioned, “They still comply when we do those resort inspections in Cancun make travel agencies?” “Of course they do,” Angela retortnext month.” ed, jumping from the car and marching toward the agency.

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* * *demanded of the man sit“You a Travel Agent?” Angela ting at I’m thelate,” frontAngela desk computer. “Uh,” hein.stammered, “Sorry apologized walking clearly caught off guard, “ uh, yes. How can we help you?” “You’re not,” Carol replied, “Just started.” Carol, Tam“Book me something Danno,” Angela commanded plantmy and four other agents were on the sales floor. Others ing herself in the chair in front of the desk.“ “Excuse me?, joined online. Elton, was in the back, running the video, he fumbled. monitoring the chat box, and sporting some bright red headphones. “We need to go somewhere. Now! Ryan and I’ve been

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Diana was laughing out and loud.I Behind heritaanyvircooped up onscreen at home for 6 months can’t take more. We had Caribbean cruise booked for June.” Exastual palm treea swaying, “Somebody get those things off peration his head!”filled her voice as she fell back in the chair and threw up her hands. “It cancelled, rebooked and cancelled “It’s Mardi Gras, can wear headphones!” Elton shot again! I don’t careI where we red go. Just book us a cruise!” back smiling. Folding his arms and turning to Angela, “Look,” Ryan grumbled, ”I’m not going quarantine for Speaking of Mardi Gras, anywhere my whole just dangtoKrewe is going two weeks when getparades. back!” Can’t have not Balls. Can’t crazy! Can’t haveI no throw no beads! They are just stressing out!” The front desk commotion disturbed Carol’s morning reading. “He’s in over his head again,” thought, “I bet they are,”getting Carol responded. “People joinshe Mardi Gras laying down her Travel Weekly and walking over for the Krewes to socialize. But that’s difficult to do right now.” rescue. “We’d love to book you a cruise,” she said, smiling at Angela. ships aren’t sailing now. in. So, “Everywe’d be “Ain’t just “But, krewes stressing,” Angelaright weighed looking at Winter or Spring 2021. When are about you interone’s discombobulated. Butofthey’re fired up our ested in traveling?” September Mardi Gras Getaway Cruise. Two more couples booked this morning!” “Next Week.” Angela shot back, scrolling her cell phone

calendar. “We Gras wantMadness to go toalright,” the Caribbean next week! “Yep, it’s Mardi Tammy added. “But, Who you got sailing?” when my friends start complaining about no Mardi Gras I to September and just say, are ‘Look fixedsailing that. We moved itRyan “There nowe ships Angela,” complained. put it Ion cruise shipbewith a roller coaster on top deck!’ “And ain’t gonna stuck at home for two weeks just because I took a vacation.” “Glad we scheduled that for September,” Elton said. Pulling up sailing a chairbefore next to Angela, “Nothing’s right now.”Carol acknowledged, “I’m afraid I got nothing. Nobody’s sailing the Caribbean “But, there is so much Diana shouted. before November. But,demand,” if you enjoy cruising, I may have solution. Sounds like you want sand and sun?” “Right,” Elton agreed. “ASTA, the American Society of “Yes,” sighed, looking up from her phone. TravelAngela Advisors, released a study finding 87% of Americans plan to travel this summer. Now, where they go de“You like cruising,” Carol continued, “So, I presume you pends on howall-inclusive the vaccinepricing, rolls outmultiple and newdining travel choices, restricwould enjoy tions play out.” spacious ocean front rooms with the pool outside your door?” “Well theface cruise lines are repositioning ships to“Yes. get ready Angela’s brightening with anticipation. Yes. to resume sailing. But,” Carol reminded them, “revenue Yes!” she said. sailings won’t start until the CDC approves test sailings.” Turning to Ryan, “What about you?” Carol asked, “Relaxation or action?” “He just needs a book, a beach umbrella, and a Mojito,” Angela interjected. “And snorkeling. Can we snorkel?” “Hmmm,” Carol mused while getting up from her chair. “Yes, you can. You might enjoy a little all-inclusive resort on Isla Mujeres, just off Cancun. I’ll be right back.” Walking to the literature rack she returned, brochure in hand. “This,” she said, “is a family friendly, adult oriented all-inclusive resort. Small, secure property, private beach, infinity pool overlooking the ocean. “And,” her voice rising with emphasis, “we can get you there!” “But isn’t the U.S.-Mexican border closed?” Ryan quizzed. “If you’re crossing on land, yes,” Elton smiled, adding, “But, not if you’re flying.” “Book it. Now!” Angela insisted. “Wait! Wait! Wait! Is it really safe to travel?” Ryan questioned, with more than a little incredulity in his voice.


“Travel has always carried risks,” EltonBut pointed when out,those “everything from kidnapping to disease. And, it always will. ships get turned Where we, as travel advisors, can help isloose, to identify those we won’t be risks for you and help you plan a vacation within able to keep your up!” comfort zone.” Diana replied. “Yes,” Carol added. “Coronavirus is real. The risk ofyou’re con“Hope tracting it is real. We have to consider that risk when recright,” Carol said. ommending a vacation destination and activities. But, the “But, if customers wait too long they may not find anyentire travel industry working through the World Travel thing to book. When 2020 sailings cancelled many guests and Tourism Council,into andthe thissecond resorthalf in particular, has shifted their cruises of 2021. And, implemented enhanced sanitation protocols to guard those ships are filing up. Let your customers know it’s against coronavirus exposure. We can’t completely elimitime to look and book for late 2021 and early 2022 cruise.” nate the risk, but these enhanced protocols and practices reduce thealert risk rang of contracting andA other illAn email in Elton’s COVID-19 headphones. message nesses as well.” from Sam, their franchise coach appeared on his second monitor. out “Subject: inspectionsElton - Travel Pointing a greenFWD: circle Resort on the brochure, said, Quarantine Extensions.” “You can tell which destinations have adopted these protocols looking theitWTTC’s Safe Travels Logo.” his As he by started to for click open Tammy interrupted email surfing. “Really?” Ryan queried, staring at the logo. “So, that’s kinda like the old ‘Good Housekeeping’ seal of approval?” “Elton, what about land vacations and all-inclusive re“Kinda,” Elton replied. sorts? How’s that new rule that requires Americans traveling back from foreign countries to have a pre-entry “Yeah?” Ryan shot back, “I still ain’t going if I gotta COVID test affect things?” quarantine when I get back.” “Good question,” he replied. “Should help get virus “Don’t have to anymore,” Elton said, turning histhe comunder control and may help the travel business. Requirputer screen toward Ryan. “CDC dropped the recoming a negative COVID-19 test within days prior mended post-travel quarantine backthree in August. See to U.S. entry seems like a good idea.” here?” “It seems better to be COVID-19 on an airplane where Squinting at the CDC travel page,everyone Ryan vis-has tested negative for COVID. Hawaii testibly relaxed. “Well,” he said Right? “if I don’t haverequired to quaraning when leisure travel. tine whenitI reopened get back? for . . . Okay, I’m in.” “CDC saysnew travelers “But that rule are onlyadvised appliestoto‘follow travelState, from terriforeign torial, tribal  and local or requirecountries. Right?” askedrecommendations Angela. ments after travel,’ Elton said. “So, we will need to “Yeah,” Elton “Rightprobably now, testing isn’t check those, butconfirmed. otherwise you’re good to go!”required for travelers returning to the mainland from a U.S. “Well. Book it!” Ryan said, turning Angela Puerto and smilterritory or possession, like Alaska,toHawaii, Rico ing. or the U.S. Virgin Islands. But, it’s complicated. Some places, like Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.SpickVirgin “No. You book it” Angela shot back, standing and Islands, do require testing to enter.” ing up her purse. ”There’s a sportswear store next door, and I need a new swimsuit!” “So, your customer might need a test to go on vacation and might, oratmight needonone toto come home,” Carol Carol smiled Ryan.not, “Come over my desk. We’ll pointed out “And BTW, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Isget the paperwork started.” lands are great vacation spots. They have all the vibe of an Later, after Ryan walkedwith out,alltravel documents international destination the safety, comfortin and hand, Carol turned to Elton intimating in a deliberatefamiliarity of domestic vacation.” ly mischievous and playful tone, “I saw you Googling over there I’m glad you CDC notice.” “They do,”earlier. Elton warned, “Gofound to thethat CDC Travel Planner page at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ “Yep,” Elton smiled back. “And I’m glad you thought of travelers/travel-planner It links over to state, the all-inclusive resort option. It really is adifferent great alterlocal, tribal, and territorial restrictions. From there you native to a cruise.” can work through the specific requirements for your cus“Well,” tomer’s she trip.”said, picking up her purse and preparing to lock up for the day, “It’s just a matter of figuring out where the customer wants to gocustomers and knowing “You know,” Angela said, “giving peacewhere of mind

about how to travel to send them for a safely and responsibly is really the spectacular vacamost important thing we do.” tion.” “Spoken like a true professional,” “Safe and Responsible” That was the subject line of Sam’s he replied. forwarded email. “Well,” Elton said, “Looks like things “But, speaking are sorting out. Most Caribbean resorts are adopting of spectacular policies to let’s help guests comply with the new U.S. travel revacations, strictions. And, the properties we’re inspecting in Cancun grab some dinner have all implemented quarantine extension programs. and start planning our Christmas And it covers the cost of quarantine on the resort propervacation.” ty for up to 14 days if a guest tests positive while on property, thus preventing forbehind international travel to “Great idea!” Carol saiddeparture locking door them. “Let’s go!” any country with COVID-19 testing entry requirements.” To be continued . . . “Sort of like built in travel insurance,” she said. “It’s the top new amenity, right? Free COVID testing and quarantine extension! Now, that’s customer service!” Travel Agent Confidential is sponsored by Expedia Cruises™ in Broadmoor. Send your travel related questions to “No,” Elton said smiling. That is Mardi Gras Madness!” broadmoor@expediacruises.com To be continued…

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ast month we gave you an overview of what a real estate appraiser looks for as he or she evaluates your home’s exterior and the lot it sits on. Is the land graded properly? How is the drainage? Where is your home located and what is the neighborhood like? These are all important questions when you are trying to sell your home. Next, the appraiser will step inside your home. What is the agenda at this point? You can breathe a sigh of relief because they are not there to consider the cosmetic appeal of the house: your choice of paint colors, the pattern of your wallpaper, drapes, blinds etc. Decorative choices that you’ve made can always be changed by the buyer (unless you have exceptional taste). The appraiser will be looking for craftmanship and the quality of the materials used in your home’s construction. Your floorplan is also part of the calculated value. A layout that is unusual with atypical room placements will be taken into consideration.

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Depending on the type of heating system you have will make a difference in value. Does your home come with forced air heating or is it a hot water baseboard heating system and radiators? Do you have state of the art heating that includes radiant floor heat?


Take a look at your fixtures. How old are they? Do your electrically outlets work properly and are they up to date and up to building code? Are your floors in good shape? The appraiser will also look in the attic to check out the insulation or whether it has been finished out and includes heating and air conditioning. Other elements of the interior appraisal will include: • •

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The size and shape of rooms If remodeling or renovations have taken place, the quality of the work and materials, the adherence to code and permitting, and the impact on the functional layout of the home will all be considered. Utility room condition and will it support a washer and dryer The age, quality and condition of the kitchen appliances. Energy efficiency measures such as solar power. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as any flood alert or similar system that has been installed by the current owner.

The appraiser will compile the information he has gathered regarding your property along with an onsite survey.

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They will then take into consideration the current market conditions and whether property values in the neighborhood are increasing, decreasing or remaining stable. They evaluate the current levels of supply and demand and housing inventory. The appraiser will also estimate how long the property may be on the market, determine the number of similar properties are on the market in the area and how many comparable sales there have been in the last 12 months The appraiser will compile their final report that will give their considered and informed professional opinion as to the appraised value of the home.

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HOME MATTERS | by hailey lawson

MORE WINTER IS COMING, SO YOU BETTER BE READY!

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reparing your house for winter weather may not be your top priority, but definitely don’t procrastinate any longer because more winter is coming — Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, has declared there would be six more weeks of winter! Some of us will experience temporary bursts of very cold temperatures, but others living in more northerly areas will experience prolonged periods of severe cold. Wintery weather accompanied by ice and snow conditions can cause major property damage. Before the weather turns frightful outside, it’s a smart idea to take precautions and reduce our risks. This winter preparation checklist will prove helpful in preparing your home for the winter elements. PIPES Water expands when it freezes. If the water freezes inside your pipes, the pipes can burst and cause significant

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home damage. To prevent freezing pipes, drain and shut off sprinkler systems and faucets and make sure all outdoor hoses are disconnected and all outdoor faucets are covered with insulators (many types are available at hardware stores). In unheated interiors, such as garages, attics, and basements, wrap pipes with insulation. Also, be sure to locate your main water shut-off in case of a water pipe emergency. WINDOWS AND DOORS Check around windows and doors for drafts. Drafts around windows and doors make it very difficult to keep your house warm. Use caulk and weather stripping to seal these areas. This easy and inexpensive fix can help you save a significant amount of money on your heating bill. Additionally, upgrading to double pane windows and insulated doors can greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency.


GUTTERS, ROOF, AND DRAINS Water back-up on the roof can lead to expensive home damage. Be sure your gutters are free of all leaves and debris. Before you get stuck with an annoying leak, check for missing or damaged shingles and replace them. Check flashing around chimneys, skylights, and vent pipes. Seal gaps with roofing cement and a caulking gun where water could penetrate. Always check to ensure that vents and chimneys are covered to prevent outside guests like rodents, birds, and insects from getting inside to nest in a warm place.

BAYOU STATE ROOFING is a locally owned and operated company that specializes in Residential and Commercial Roofing. For 8 years, they have served the Shreveport Bossier area, and most recently helped those in need of roofs and repairs in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura. Bayou State is licensed and insured to specifically work on roofs, while many roofing companies and contractors do not have roofing on their liability insurance. Out of state roofers, builders, and contractors are not bound by the warranties of Louisiana. They are also not here to personally answer questions and help with your specific needs. They go back home and you’re left with their possible mistakes. Bayou State works with you from beginning to end and after the job. They aren’t done when the roof is up. They want to make sure you’re happy and safe in your home.

HEATING SYSTEM It’s important to have your heating system serviced annually by a professional to prolong the life of the system and save energy. Always change your furnace filter at the beginning of the winter and then every two to three months thereafter. Dirty filters can cause your system to operate inefficiently. A room temperature lower than 65 degrees might not prevent the pipes that run inside walls from freezing, so be sure to keep your home heated to at least 65 degrees.

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FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY A flickering, warm fire on a chilly winter evening can be very stimulating. However, before burning that first log, we want to make sure that our fireplace and chimney are clean and free of any little critters. A professional chimney sweep should inspect your fireplace and chimney to clean out soot and debris that could catch fire. Additionally, always remember to keep the flue closed when you’re not using the fireplace. Follow these easy steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months. Prepare early so you can enjoy that hot chocolate and a good book while snuggled up by the fire. SBMAG.NET

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to have acquired the art from her example. I have fond memories of walking into my home after school while growing up. The smell of homemade cookies, or lemon scented Pinesol welcomed me right away. There was often a little bouquet of flowers in a milkglass vase next to my bed. And in warmer months, my freshly washed curtains would flap in the wind of the open window. It made me feel like home was the best place to be. There was evidence of mom’s magic touch in each little detail. Nothing fancy, just thoughtful. The quote from Elsie De Wolfe reminds me of my mom. “I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.” Hopefully, I do the same for my family… especially during the winter season, when we spend so much time indoors. Allow me share some ways you can make home magical, too.

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February! Here in the south, this month is sure to bring some of our colder, gloomier days. The hope of Spring is in the air… however, not a bloom yet to be seen. Instead of dread, is it possible to thrive during the long winter days? I like to think so! By simply making everyday moments magical, home becomes the best place to be. My mom was quite the home maker…and I am certain

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Possibly a long, lost ritual, setting a table is one way to create a magical moment. Start with tidying the space. Clear the tabletop, wipe down the surface, and sweep underneath. A blank slate is sometimes all the inspiration needed to feel creative. Begin layering. Vintage grain sacks or linen tablecloths are a beautiful foundation to build upon. Next, arrange a centerpiece. Think out of the box. Use items that are not specifically made to be a centerpiece. This adds an element of surprise as well as a focal point. A long wooden crate or tall gold lanterns can hold fresh or faux flower stems. Remember, small bouquets are inexpensive and can be added to your cart on your next stop by the grocery store. Then set the place settings. Instead of traditional, make your table unique. Place the napkin on the back of the chair, under the drinking glass, or tucked in the bowl. Layer your dishes from larger to smaller, and even top them off with the dessert! Watch the magic happen as your family enjoys a family meal gathered at the table…and dessert is already waiting for them!

If perhaps it seems difficult to enjoy a meal together at the dining table, with busy evenings and activities to attend…make a buffet-style dinner setting for convenience. Focus on presentation to make it magical. Set out all that is needed for family members to help themselves. A stack of white dishes, silverware, and napkins can be corralled for easy access. Even casual meals with paper plates and napkins become special in a woven tray or on a French breadboard. Glasses with colorful straws and desserts on cake stands makes a welcome sight at


the end of a long workday. Placing items at different levels add interest and may encourage picky eaters to try something new. Use unexpected items such as vintage scales or a wooden candle riser to serve veggies or main dishes. Do not forget the flowers and ambiance. A string of twinkle lights down the middle of the kitchen island catches everyone’s attention. And there it is…a magical moment. With a little thought and creativity, February can become a month that warms the heart. Afterall, it is the month of LOVE. Spend it well, serve well, and love well. Those are the magical moments.

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Clean Lines, Open Spaces in Southeast Shreveport Craving some curb-appeal? You will find plenty with this contemporary take on a classic, traditional-style home. Paying homage to historic Southern charm with its multiple fireplaces and family-oriented living spaces, its open floor plan allows for more useable space with an abundance of glass. Lift-and-slide doors designed to open and disappear—bring the outdoors in. Here, efficiency is key.

There are times when you want a home that allows you to escape from your immediate surroundings—maybe a refreshing green oasis in the heart of an urban jungle. Then there are occasions when the structure plays second fiddle to the scenery outside and you just want the landscape and its surroundings to take over. This home fea-

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ture falls into the latter category. Located in the Silver Point development of southeast Shreveport, this stunning home is only minutes from town and surrounded by natural beauty. It has water, endless greenery, and elevation that steals the show. “That’s one of the reasons we chose this site,” says homeowner Valarie Knight. “My husband and I wanted to build something new, that was close to a body of water and, most importantly, highlighted its views. When we saw this site we knew it was right and immediately jumped on it.” Finished in June 2020, the home—a 4,388 square foot, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom—was designed by architect Bennett Sabatier of Lafayette’s Sabatier Architecture firm and built by Shreveport’s Wesley Thomas Construction and Remodeling. Minimalist details, such as crown molding and trim work, seem to diminish from sight while glass partitions and oversize windows take center stage. Its spacious, free-flowing living-and kitchen area mixes seamlessly with the outdoor patio spaces. The Knight’s are big entertainers who not only love to host colleagues and friends—but love to host their children (and their children’s friends). So one of the most important features in their new home was to have an open floor plan that would make entertaining, and indoor-outdoor

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living, easy. They also wanted the house to facilitate the transition into a new phase of their lives—becoming empty nesters. Specifically, empty nesters who entice their children to visit often.

Step inside to see why this home feels very approachable and welcoming.

To help Valarie in providing plenty of entertaining and gathering spaces for her family’s kids and friends, she enlisted the talents of interior designer Laurie Gautreau of Gautreau Interiors, who helped add her own design vision and modern flair to the residence.

The house is sited on a peninsula overlooking Long Lake. In helping make sure the site complimented the house, the Knight’s turned to a local landscape company to extend the usability of all the outdoor spaces—from the driveway entry to the backyard. “We knew we had to make these areas just as dynamic as the style of the home,” says Valarie, “so we designed a circular drive in front that effectively plays off the solid geometry of the house.”

“One of the best ways for all the rooms to work beautifully together was to create a palette of neutral colors and textured finishes that evenly flowed from room to room,” says Gautreau. And ‘falling into place’ it did! Together, with the expertise of the entire design team—Sabatier, Thomas and Gautreau —they all used their skills and a variety of unique design elements to add refinement and sleekness to its design. Inside and out–the home is full of modern conveniences and vintage touches. Summing up the results, Valarie could only praise her team on the final assessment of her new home. In looking back at the whole design process she recalls, “We created a relaxed flow between rooms, which further promotes an unhindered way of living. Allin-all, I think we accomplished what we set out to do.”

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The result is a dramatic front area that is warm and welcoming.

Entryway and Grand Foyer

This exuberant entryway makes the case for a standout design element that visitors will enjoy before they even enter the home. From the outside, you have a state-like house, giving the feeling of sturdy opulence. The arched, custom glass doorway leads guests into the grand foyer. Once inside, the details set the tone—herringbone hardwoods, a gold chandelier, custom artwork and furnishings—all present a beautifully ornate entrance. After all, first impressions are important.

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along with the 150 year old leather-tooled desk and chair (also belonging to Chuck’s grandfather), give the room a refined, sophisticated and personized touch.

Family Room

Exiting the grand foyer into the family room, you can view most of the first floor and straight out to the lake, thanks to the wide-open floor plan. The family room incorporates both the living and kitchen areas, exposing one to another, allowing natural light to flow through the first floor—giving the ability to accommodate larger groups, but also allowing it to feel more intimate when needed. The abundance of natural light allows a continuous view from the outdoors, whether you’re reading a book in the family room or socializing with friends in the kitchen.

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The study is spacious and open with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. A brick fireplace surrounds builtin walnut cabinetry and shelving. The custom, pen-andink pieces of art—sketched by Chuck’s grandfather—

The kitchen shifts you into a relaxed mind-set with its cabinetry, herringbone-tiled backsplash and appliances. The

Impeccable wood panel finishes and striking architectural details give this handsome study a charm all its own. Floor-to-ceiling sliding walnut doors offer a major focal point as you enter from the entryway.

Nowhere is the unexpected more pronounced than in the smile-inducing kitchen. All the living areas connect to avoid cluttering the open floor plan with too many cabinets, almost everything is well organized and stowed away in drawers. This also makes it easy for guests of all ages to access kitchen essentials.

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island doubles as a buffet, and its Quartzite countertop makes it the focal point of the room. The gold in the cabinetry doors, coupled with the gold-plated lighting above the island, has a vintage vibe. It is a natural gathering spot for guests. The elongated white subway tile, placed in a herringbone pattern, with vent hood easily compliment the cabinetry. All the elements combine seamlessly while connecting with the living areas and allows for uninterrupted views of the lake. Just steps away, there’s a wet bar—between the kitchen and dining room—which is yet another entertaining delight, with its built-in shelving and ice maker.

Master Bedroom and Bath

The master bedroom has the best view of the lake in the house. Here, the design elements are more refined, highlighting a more personal touch than the main rooms. Along with the lovely view, the quiet gray walls create a calming atmosphere for the busy hosts. The master bathroom, along with a large, his and hers walk-in closet, is spacious for both homeowners to occupy at once. There are dual vanities separated by floor-toceiling drawers and cabinetry. This is a more pleasing arrangement than running one long vanity along a wall with two sinks and gives each of the owners a defined area. The countertops are marble. The water closet has its own little room across from the tub.

Laundry Room

The laundry room has a tile floor, open locker cubbies for everyone and a side-by-side washer and dryer at the end of the room for easy access. Towels and wet or muddy clothes go right into the washer, which is surrounded by countertops on either side—easy for folding. There’s a workspace across from the cubies, and the builtins drawers and cabinets serve as a desk for household organization.

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Fitness Room

Fitness is a vital part of the Knight’s daily lives. Having their own workout room offers them the ability to add their own personalized touch—to design their surroundings based on the workouts that inspire them the most. Geared with cardio machines and weights, the room features a floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall flanked by two floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the lake. The room was designed to be a focal point for both the views of the lake and their love of personal fitness.

Poolside Terrace and Patio

The design of the back of the house, which overlooks Long Lake, is all about indoor-outdoor living, with a 20’ sliding door system that let the Knight’s and their guests go from the patio to the open family room and kitchen. This side is west-facing, so it enjoys lots of sunlight, especially in the evenings. The terrace and patio area include an enclosed sitting and grilling area (with phantom screens), fire pit area and plenty of deck space to just sit and enjoy the views of the lake. The transition from indoor to outdoor is seamless, as the boundaries are simply non-existent!

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itting in the sunny dining area of Counter Culture on Youree Drive, SB Magazine had the Opportunity to visit with Jan Middleton, owner of Counter Culture. We were curious to know how a young woman whose forte is marketing happened to acquire one of Shreveport-Bossier City’s iconic yogurt shop. It was more happenstance it seems than anything else. Jan had been working for an ad agency that handled the McDonald’s regional corporate account. On the verge

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of going national, she knew she’d eventually be losing the account. In 1994, while sharing an evening of comradery with a couple of friends, she asked one of them if he thought his brother, Mitch Timmons, the owner of Counter Culture, would consider selling to her. The rest is history, as they say. Three days later, Jan was the proud owner of that little restaurant across from Centenary College on Kings Highway – home of the infamous Humphry Yogurt. She has since multiplied the locations, SBMAG.NET

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which are scattered across Shreveport and Bossier City. Over the course of 27 years or so, Jan had a baby girl, Madeline, found an incredible manager, Melissa Harmon (who runs the ship), and has had a wonderfully fruitful experience growing her business. Jan believes that a big reason for her success is that she didn’t change a thing. The recipes are the same as the

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original, everything is made fresh in-house and the yogurt is a private label that no one else can use. She has sold several licenses to people who have been eager to own and operate a Counter Culture in their town. Counter Culture has a winning formula that has had one of its best years ever despite the pandemic. You can be sure that with Jan, Melissa and the talented staff directing its future, Counter Culture will be serving your children’s children in the days to come.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

In our society, those who live with disabilities are sometimes overlooked or mishandled. Millions of men, women, and children face each day with an unimaginable amount of strength and optimism all due to extenuating circumstances. Though they may have differences that set them apart from other citizens, it does not mean that they are not worthy of the same care and attention. It also does not mean that they are not capable of living and functioning as independent human beings. For over 100 years, Easter Seals has been dedicated to the health and wellness of people of all ages with disabilities and their families. They also tend to the needs of veterans, seniors, the mentally ill, and their families as well. Each year, Easter Seals provides much appreciated assistance to over a million people and are active advocates for the disabled and vulnerable. They were a top advocate for the passing of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and continue to be voices for the voiceless. Their top-notch team of employees and volunteers mixed with cutting edge programming has changed the lives of people in communities across the country.

these assistance programs offer. EarlySteps provides disabled children 3 and under with every tool possible to help them learn how to maintain and embrace who they are while providing the necessary knowledge to raise a child with special needs. Easter Seals Louisiana also offers Transitional Housing for those who are suffering from mental illness or are battling substance abuse along with mental illness. These individuals are either homeless, always bouncing around because they have no real home, or who are being released from the hospital with nowhere to go. Easter Seals Louisiana provides them with a safe place where they can learn valuable life skills, tackle important issues about themselves, and focus on getting and keeping their minds on the right track before venturing out on their own. It is so much easier to learn how to be a better you when you do not have the stress of basic needs like shelter and food. They even offer employment services to give even more opportunity to those trying to turn it all around. Easter Seals Louisiana is more than just a non-profit organization, it is a godsend for the lives that are forever changed by the many doors they are able to help open. What might seem small to some is an answered prayer to another. Every day, their volunteers and trained employees give their all to those who might not have it to give to themselves. With continued support from loving donors, Easter Seals Louisiana will be able to be a helping hand for generations to come.

It was 1919 when Ohio businessman Edgar Allen was inspired to create the National Society for Crippled Children. Some years prior, Allen lost his son in an unfortunate streetcar accident. His son’s life might have been save had Allen been able to find sufficient medical care for his son in their hometown of Elyria. Allen sold his business and started a fundraising campaign to build a hospital in their town. The journey of building and running the hospital is what really opened his eyes to the needs of the disabled. He never realized how overlooked children with disabilities were until he started that journey. That observation is what gave him the stroke of genius to start the National Society of Crippled Children which would eventually change its name to Easter Seals. In 1934, the organization had an idea to draw awareness to their cause of helping the disabled. Donors and advocates could show support by placing decorative seals on their envelopes and letters. These seals helped envelopes stand out and were a definite icebreaker and conversation starter. The first seal design was developed by Cleveland cartoonist J.H. Donahey who based the design on a concept of simplicity. He believed that the single lily, a symbol of spring, was best because those individuals who are helped by the organization were simply asking to live a normal life. It was not until 1952 that the lily was adopted as the organization’s official logo. By 1967, the organization had already expanded by setting up branches in communities across the county and inspired grassroots efforts to help the disabled were at a high. Easter Seals Louisiana was established in 1951 to cater to the needs of those who so desperately needed it. With chapters from Shreveport to Thibodaux, Easter Seals Louisiana offers a variety of services geared towards providing the love, support, and education these brave people and their families need in order to be their absolute best. For example, their Support Coordination program helps find and enroll people for services like Medicare and Social Security as well as make sure that they are being afforded all the benefits that SBMAG.NET

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inspiring women 2021

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It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference Margaret Hamilton that you have lived and lived well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our history books are brimming with the names of women through the centuries who have inspired us. Exceptional women like Helen Keller. Courageous women such as Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai or Amelia Earhart. These are names we are all familiar with. Other memorable ladies who are less well-known Margaret Hamilton also deserve a place in our history. Women like Margaret Hamilton without whom the moon would not have been reached. She’s the gal that wrote the codes for all the Apollo missions. Go back further to WWII as Hedy Lamarr, the gorgeous Hollywood actress, along with composer George Antheil, developed a secret communication system that scrambled radio frequencies. This kept the Axis Powers from decoding Allied messages and prevented the tracking of torpedoes. (She never got a dime for that invention which was not used until the 60’s. Recognition of her efforts finally came in 1997.)

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Have you ever heard of Vigdis Finnbogadottir? She was the 4th President of Iceland and is known for being the world’s first dem-

ocratically directly elected female president, and the longest serving female head of state. She helped paved the way for female leaders all over the world. Her motto is ‘Never let the women down’. Love this! How about Gertrude Ederle the first woman to swim the English Channel. Or Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry Annie Allen. These are all names that don’t readily roll off your tongue.

We can cite pages and pages of women who have made contributions to our society who may never become household names and probably wouldn’t expect to be so recognized. These are the women who are selfless in their missions. Who willingly made personal sacrifices to help other people. Women who volunteer their time and energy for worthwhile causes. Who give more than they take. We have these types of women living among us right here in Shreveport and Bossier City. They are nurses, teachers, health care workers and store clerks. They are our mothers, our mentors and our role models. Look around you and you’ll spot them. As we begin this new year, we are committed to building stronger relationships within our community by focusing on the power of kindness. We are launching a platform that allows you to share your stories about someone who has moved you by their actions. You will be able to nominate inspiring women who have touched your life or that you know has Malala Yousafzai worked tirelessly to help others. Women who are willing to lead without having a title attached to their name. Who will always lift people up and are ready to do the work that matters. In a paragraph or two, tell us about your nominee or nominees and why you feel they deserves more recognition for what they are doing. Each month we will highlight one woman and, at the end of the year, our readers can vote on the SB Magazine’s Inspiring Woman of the Year. Submit your nominees to editor@sbmag.net. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24


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