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2017 Medical Resource Directory

People to Watch in 2017

Top Business Leaders in Our Community


The Best Places to Get Fit This Year

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Happy 2017 to all of you! Can you believe it’s already the beginning of a new year?

Happy 2017 to all of you! Can you believe it’s already the beginning of a new year? This time is my favorite time of the year, as it is always a time where we encourage ourselves with a refreshed sense of motivation to better ourselves in all aspects of our lives. The New Year can sometimes be daunting to set numerous resolutions. We tend to forget that our resolutions should be a year long journey, and not stress ourselves to accomplish these goals within the first month. Most resolutions include leading a healthier lifestyle physically and mentally. We want to help contribute to these goals and took the hard work out of getting started. With our featured “Health Check” and “MOVE!” sections, you will find a directory of trusted health and fitness professionals to get you closer to your goals. “Health Check” features the best healthcare providers in the area. From doctors to dentists, hospitals to therapists, you will find our most trusted network available to you. “MOVE!” features a wide variety of ways to get fit in 2017 and these fitness facilities will be sure to keep your motivation going all year long. This issue we are introducing a new section, People to Watch. These featured individuals are making big moves in 2017 and we are thrilled to introduce them to you. In People to Watch you will meet professionals who are doing extraordinary work personally and professionally. In addition to, we are so excited to feature the Hartoonian family this issue. This delightful family of 5 invites us into their world as they share with us their love for Calabasas in addition to the personalities of their three handsome boys. Irene Marshall, Editor


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Table of CONTENTS Auto


144 Motor4Toys 173 Ferrari Westlake

152 January 154 February


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Fergus Meets Cesar Millan

Chamber News

Calabasas Country Club

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Your Mouth is the Gateway to your Body Ask the Pharmacist

Home Furnishings

70 Décor


Inspired Elements of Great Design

Technology 134

Can Someone Work Out for Me Please?


Health Check Discover the Secret to Vitality Agoura Hills Dr. Renee Cotter

102 106 108

Got Sinus Issues?

The Growing Concern About Organics Healthy Choices

Wine & Dine

Skin Care Resolutions for the New Year

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Mentoring for Wealth Preservation


Dr. Jeffrey Glaser

Health and Beauty


Valentine’s Gift Guide

122 MOVE! 128 Why Cardio is King 132 Senior Fitness

The Hartoonian Family: 78 Discovering the Treasures 94 of Calabasas

Dining 100


Styles of the Season

Financial Fitness

Country Club Life

42 44

People to Watch in 2017

Synergy Academics


Calendar of Events


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Three Common Household Items

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2017 Medical Resource Directory

People to Watch in 2017

Top Business Leaders in Our Community


Dr. Tanya Altmann Fran Drescher’s Health Summit

The Best Places to Get Fit This Year


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KITCHEN CENTERS ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello

It truly was A FIESTA FOR THE SENSES on November 17 as hundreds gathered for



unforgettable Appliance

evening and



Center’s third LIVE at UNIVERSAL – The Culinary Performances Series Presents: Chefs Elvia and Ramon Saldivar. The sizzling hot dinner and culinary show headlined the Plata Taqueria & Cantina’s husband and wife duo. This event was held at Universal Appliance and




showroom in the interactive SUB ZERO WOLF LIVING KITCHEN at 26767 Agoura Rd. in Calabasas. In





reinvented palette of all-natural and healthy flavors, which the Saldivars have dubbed New Wave Mexican Cuisine, the guests were treated to Plata’s famous blueberry margaritas. Guests also enjoyed Baja Brewing’s organic Cabotella beer, and a once-ina-lifetime tasting of ASOMBROSO – the world’s first ever premium tequila, rested in Silver Oak Napa cab barrels, which sells for as much as $6,800 a bottle.


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Treasures of


By Pax Ansley Photography by Marvin Steindler

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” ~ Le Corbusier

since. To show his passion and intimate knowledge of the city of Calabasas, The Agency has recently named Emil a managing partner for the new expansion of The

For the Hartoonian family, Calabasas has become a

Agency in Calabasas. Emil has taken to the position

treasure chest of experiences and adventure in every

with enthusiasm and optimism. “We are bringing about

possible way and so much more. Emil Hartoonian and

a change in the real estate world. We are all about

his wife, Ellie, along with their three boys, have lived in

collaboration, communication, and information sharing.”

a stunning house in The Oaks for a little over six years now. Originally residents of Porter Ranch, the Hartoonians made the decision to move into our remarkable community for a variety of different reasons. Like so many young families that make the move to Calabasas, the




amazing schools, the sense of community, and the world-class amenities, along with the privacy and security. In fact, most of the young couple’s friends already


Painting the Town Red with the Hartoonian Family _______________________________________________________________________________

lived in the area. Yet, for Emil, his

Ellie is recently licensed and is taking to the real estate world very well. “She has the personality for it,” gushes Emil. “She is very warm and welcoming. She will be wonderful for this company.” To say that Emil and Ellie are personally invested in this town is certainly an understatement. The love the couple has for Calabasas is crystal clear. “Since I am often times the first face people see when looking to move into the community, I take my job very personally,” Emil reveals. When clients come to him with specific

ties to Calabasas ran far deeper than all that. Emil’s love

questions about the area, like where to shop for the most

for Calabasas had already began to blossom several

beautiful jewelry, the best Italian food, the best schools,

years before, in a much more professional setting.

or even a good tradesman, Emil is able to draw from his own experience in raising a family in Calabasas. He

Emil and Ellie are in the real estate business. Before

is able to help his clients support local businesses and

moving to Calabasas, Emil spent several years working in

get acclimated quicker. In his own words, he is able to

the area as an agent for a local real estate brokerage.

“bring the community together.” He adds, “My intimate

And recently, they moved to well-known luxury real

knowledge of this beautiful city is my forte.”








personally acquainted with what Calabasas has to

When Emil and Ellie are not working up a sweat in the

offer, Emil became hooked and has been hooked ever

local gym, the couple love taking their boys out on the

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Treasures of Calabasas When Emil and Ellie are not working up a sweat in the local gym, the couple love taking their boys out on the town to try new restaurants. “Ellie and I are foodies, and we love getting the kids involved in trying new things.” During the week, Ellie’s culinary skills take the spotlight. “Like her mother, Ellie is an amazing cook.” Emil proudly goes on to say, “The kids love the traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes she prepares.” Like their parents, the Hartoonian boys have become very integral little parts of this community. Ariyan, the oldest, at 9-years-old, attends Carden Conejo school in Westlake. An emerging food connoisseur, Ariyan takes cues from his father’s adventurous palette and trusts his parents’ taste. “Most of the time he just says, ‘I’ll want what you are having.’ For a 9-year-old, he is really starting to know his tastes,” boasts proud father Emil. Ariyan also loves basketball and is an amazing artist as well. At 6-years-old, the middle Hartoonian son, Arshan, loves art. His creative side shines through with his many beautiful projects and art pieces. “He has the biggest heart and charm for such a sweet little boy,” admires his loving parents. He, like his older brother, attends Carden Conejo and loves to play basketball. The youngest Hartoonian boy, Arman, is just 4-yearsold. Arman attends Boulevard School in Woodland Hills. He is the builder of the bunch. With a wild and crazy imagination, the youngest boy in this motley trio keeps his parents busy. He is a non-stop fountain of gushing energy. Emil and Ellie certainly understand the nuances of building a lifestyle and home in Calabasas. With their three young boys brimming with energy and curiosity, the mantra of this family has become “What’s next?” For a close-knit family like the Hartoonians, finding new and exciting things to do in the area is both the challenge and the reward. Emil and Ellie have tried to instill in their boys a sense of adventure. These busy parents find themselves having to stay one step ahead of their energetic trio. Keeping these boys engaged and occupied is a full-time job in itself. Always trying to keep things fresh and interesting, the Hartoonians of Calabasas continue to explore the undiscovered treasures in their own backyard. n If you know a great family or individual to profile, please contact us at:


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Acknowledging his passion and intimate knowledge of the city of Calabasas, The Agency has recently named Emil the managing partner for the new expansion of The Agency in Calabasas.

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GALA ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley held their 14th Annual ‘Stand Up for Kids’ Gala Dinner & Auction at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village on October 22. This year, the Boys & Girls Clubs recognized John L. Notter as event honoree for his strong support and generous




the Boys & Girls Clubs this past year. The Cal Johnston Service Award was presented to Mark Bagaason, who has been an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Morton Dr.







Foundation were co-event sponsors and





Women Network LLC, served as master of ceremonies. The annual Gala Dinner & Auction is the largest fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater




included a silent auction, gourmet dining, entertainment, and dancing.

The Gala helps to support over 4,000 children in quality before-school and after-school programs, sport leagues, and summer camps.


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CHARITY BALL ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Curtis Dahl

National Charity League, Inc., San Fernando Valley Chapter held its 51st Annual Charity Ball on November 26 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Since 1966, it has been a tradition of the chapter to honor its most recent graduates for their years of service to the chapter and the community in which they live. This year they celebrated and recognized 14 exceptional young women who, together with their mothers, have given generously of their time to enrich the lives of so many people with their years of volunteer service. Over the past six years, these young women have collectively contributed thousands of hands-on volunteer-service hours to the following philanthropies: American Cancer Society Discovery Shops, Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, California Wildlife Center, Guide Dogs of America, Motion Picture and Television Fund, New Horizons, ONEgeneration, Operation Gratitude, Tri-Valley Special Olympics, and West Valley Food Pantry.


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FASHION SHOW ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello and Charles Oliver

The Casa Pacifica Angels “Spotlight on Style� Fashion Show took place on November 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Guests enjoyed a great afternoon of fabulous fashion, sumptuous dining, and unique boutique shopping. The day was hosted by Susan & Ken Bauer and Carin Holmenas Productions and produced an incredible runway fashion show featuring the beautiful clothing creations of designer Margi Kent, whose most recent designs are a collection that celebrates the casual California lifestyle and who held a special meet and greet following the show. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception as they perused a variety of designer boutiques featuring a wonderful collection of accessories, clothing, and gifts to satisfy the most discerning of shoppers and featuring perfect one-of-a-kind gifts to buy for friends and family for the holidays. A silent auction offered baskets filled to the brim with amazing experience packages and personal pampering opportunities women.


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STYLES OF THE SEASON » Whether jogging on the treadmill or out running errands

By Sasha Lewis







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« FITNESS FASHION FINDS Calabasas Style picks the accessories and apparel to get you fit this New Year.







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Valentine’s Gift Guide 1. BLUSH BOUTIQUE Blush Boutique has the pants, sweaters, and jackets to keep you warm and cozy this winter while always looking perfectly in style! New fashions arrive weekly – with great jewelry and accessories to complete the look all at amazing prices!


The Courtyard at The Commons 23671 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.222.5874 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805.497.6100

2. HIGH KARAT Consignment is always in style. You’ll find high-end designer handbags, shoes, watches, and jewelry at price points that make it an affordable luxury. You’ll find white-glove treatment if you are looking to consign and fabulous service when you are looking to buy!


Westlake Village: By appointment only 323.376.2841

3. KATE & LACE This Valentine’s Day Kate & Lace will help you find a perfect gift for that special someone. You will absolutely love this sweetheart print organic cotton pajama set and this adorable red nightie by the brand Only Hearts. 2900 Townsgate Rd., #107 Westlake Village 805.370.5222


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Valentine’s Gift Guide 4. BESITOS BOUTIQUE


No matter what the occasion, you’ll always find the perfect outfit, accessories, and gifts at BESITOS Boutique! Come get personally styled by Eva and Joy with fashions you’ll love, including this versatile dress and fabulous jewelry by UNOde50! Free parking behind the store. 22567 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.591.7300 Between Fallbrook & Shoup Corner of Ventura Blvd. & Sale


5. GRAYSE BY KELLY AND MARIE GRAY GRAYSE by Kelly and Marie Gray is a modern collection of specialty separates designed to dress women who love quality, luxury, and style. You will love this swirl 3/4 sleeve leather coat and asymmetrical pave top. Westfield Topanga 6600 Topanga Cyn. Blvd. Canoga Park 818.710.9940 Lower Level – Luxury Court next to Neiman Marcus

6. POLACHECK’S JEWELERS Polacheck’s Jewelers has been serving Southern California for four generations and carries an impressive array of the most luxurious jewelry and watch brands. Dazzle your Valentine with these stackable pave diamond rings by Shay Fine Jewelry. Available in 18k white, yellow, and rose gold.


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Valentine’s Gift Guide 7. FILLMORE & 5TH A designer consignment boutique offering highly coveted clothing and accessories for women and men at a fraction of the original price. They’ll help you put together the perfect outfit for any occasion, like this Yves St. Laurent bag and gold clutch.


30750 Russell Ranch Rd., #E Westlake Village 818.706.0700

8. ALPERT VISION CARE Oliver Peoples sunglass and optical frames are hand crafted of the finest quality materials and worn by celebrities around the world. Discover this original and authentic eyewear collection with sophisticated and timeless styles in an array of natural tortoise shell hues.


20929 Ventura Blvd., #23 Woodland Hills 818.883.4303

9. GLAM BOUTIQUE SPA Spoil yourself or someone you love with beauty services and products from Glam Boutique Spa, NOW OPEN in Woodland Hills. Book a GLAM facial, spray tan, brow or lash service and feel your best this Valentine’s Day. Gift certificates available. 22749 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.914.5758


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For the New Year

By Anna D Guanche MD FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist

STOP PICKING (!) Don’t pick at your blemishes. Picking pimples

is whey protein, which causes a cystic type of

It’s that time of year. We begin at New

causes them to become more inflamed,

acne in people who take it in order to “bulk up”

Year’s with fresh resolve – just after enjoy-

swollen, and noticeable. I understand the

their muscles. Carbohydrates and sugars cause

ing the excesses of food, fun, and family.

anger and frustration pimples cause, but

glycation, which may contribute to the harden-

Here are a few suggestions for cutaneous

when you attack them, they fight back! If

ing of tissues and subsequent wrinkling. For the


the pimples are acting up, stick to the an-

skin, a lean protein diet with plenty of vegetables

ti-acne skincare regimen you are using and

and some fruits is ideal. New studies show that

try to be patient. If there is a pustule or white-

apple cider vinegar and pressed virgin coconut

Wear sunscreen every day. You knew it! This

head that you just can’t be seen with, gen-

oil in moderation may also be beneficial.

is the first, most important resolution for pre-

tly unroof it without squeezing after a long,

venting sun damage and skin cancer. Sun-

steamy shower. Spot treatments, such as our

screen on the face should be complement-

Miracle CreamTM, can be a big help in ush-

ed by application to the neck and hands. UV

ering pimples away.


rays are a direct cause of wrinkling, brown spots, texture changes, and skin cancer. For


evidence, simply compare your chest skin to

Schedule a facial. You deserve some rest

your breast skin — or your upper-back skin

and relaxation - and glowy-smooth skin. For

to your buttock skin (unless you are a nude

those prone to blemishes, cysts, whitehe-


ads, or blackheads, a deep pore-cleansing facial by a skilled aesthetician is important.

Choose sunscreen with both UVA and UVB

In a professional facial, an aesthetician first

protection in a formula that won’t clog

exfoliates to remove surface dry-cell build-

pores (non-comedogenic), preferably con-

up and then prepares the skin with steam

taining zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.


and softening creams. Next, the pores are

amples include Elta® 46 Tinted or Clear and

gently squeezed to remove old oil, con-

Anthelios® Cellox Shield products. For red-

gestion (called closed comedones), and

ness-prone skin, I recommend Avene Antir-

blackheads to make skin look smoother and

ouger Day 25 or Rosaliac tinted 30. There are

clearer and mitigate breakouts. A finishing

many choices of sunscreen on the shelf. Trial

mask with cooling ingredients makes redness

and error may be the best option in discov-

disappear and infuses hydration into thirsty

ering a formula compatible with makeup or

cells. Blue and red-light treatments help re-

not-too-shiny or white skin…but don’t give

duce breakouts and stimulate healing. Start-

up. Daily sunscreen is important!

ing the year off with a nice facial and resolving to do so again periodically throughout

BEAUTY REST Get your sleep. We all can read exhaustion

the year is a gift to yourself.

nite non-compliment: “You look tired.” Lack


of sleep can have a major impact on mental

Just don’t. This is a discipline issue and cannot

alertness, but when you are tired, it’s also re-

be ignored. Makeup on the skin overnight

flected in your complexion. Nighttime is when

contributes to breakouts and congested

the body rids itself of toxins, which otherwise

pores. Small particles of eyeshadow and mas-

accumulate and cause a sallow, tired look.

cara enter the eye and irritate, causing puff-

In addition, sleeplessness compromises the

iness. Puffiness every night stretches the deli-

body’s circulatory system and causes a pallor

cate under-eye skin and that, in turn, causes

that allows tiny blood vessels under the eyes

fine lines, or “crepiness,” to develop. Makeup

to show through. We don’t want that violet

remover wipes or Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

“show” under our eyes, especially since it’s

are popular options for washing makeup off.

on each other’s faces, leading to that defi-

otherwise known as dark circles. Give your body a fair chance to rest and recharge, with


a regular sleep-wake cycle that allows your

Good news! You don’t have to avoid choco-

highest functioning. If necessary, a little help

late! Studies show that chocolate does not, in

from melatonin is always welcome.

itself, cause breakouts. High-sugar foods, such

so do very greasy foods. The newest contributor

STOP SMOKING Hello? If you are smoking, please stop. Besides other terrible systemic effects, the oxygen supply to skin is pinched off by vasoconstriction and the skin wrinkles more easily. Smokers suffer higher rates of skin cancer. In addition, voice, nail, and hair changes signal accelerated aging.

MOISTURIZE The face, body, hands, feet, and neck all need tender, loving care. For the body, the best time to moisturize is just after toweling off from a shower. The moisture is then sealed in. Mineral oils, such as baby oil, are excellent, but beware of the slip hazard. Otherwise, Cetaphil Restoraderm or Cerave cream are good options. Facial moisturizers vary significantly and are recommended based on skin type and age. The neck and hands can benefit from the same sun protection and moisture regimen as the face every day. For specific neck pampering, I love Nectifirm. Happy New Year! Remember that great skin takes discipline. When you resolve to take better care of your skin and follow through, you will undoubtedly see results! Your complexion tells a story about what is going on inside. What will your skin say in 2017? n The statements in this article are for general informational purposes only and do not substitute for individual medical advice.

as cake and candy, do cause breakouts and

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WATCH In 2017 • Thousands of books and articles have been written about the different traits and characteristics required to succeed in business. We’ve identified some of the top professional and business leaders in our community and discovered one element that they all have in common. From them, we learned that “Success is not the key to happiness” but rather, that “Happiness is the key to success.” Simply put - If you love what you do and are passionate about your purpose, that’s the key to achieving true success. We hope their stories will inspire you in your field of endeavor in 2017.

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People to Watch John Notter

ChairmAn: Westlake Properties, Inc. Owner: Westlake Village Inn


Almost everyone in our community has been touched by the inspiration and generosity of John L. Notter, chairman of Westlake Properties, Inc., and owner of the four-diamond Westlake Village Inn. Known as the Conejo Valley’s most stylish boutique property, the Westlake Village Inn is a European-style hideaway encompassing 17 lush and verdant acres surrounded by its own private lake. In the summer of 2012, the property launched The Stonehaus, an intimate, all-day enoteca, located in the center of the property’s private vineyard, which has become a favorite destination for winetasting, great food, and comradery for guests and locals alike. This past year, Mr. Notter celebrated the remodeling and expansion of Bogies Outdoor Vista Terrace, where guests now enjoy more of the majestic views of the Inn’s beautiful lake, fountains, and vistas. The West-

advisory board of Chemical Bank of New York, Columbia Uni-

lake Village Inn is also in the process of submitting plans for

versity, and the Frank W. Jobe Foundation in Los Angeles.

a peaceful boutique spa where guests and locals can enjoy the ultimate spa experience amid the sophisticated ele-

John Notter recently donated $1 million dollars to the Boys

ments of the Tuscan countryside.

& Girls Club to help complete the construction of a club at Redwood Middle School in Thousand Oaks. The John L.

Beyond overseeing every aspect of this magnificent proper-

Notter Family Club at Redwood is named for the Swiss immi-

ty, John Notter is also one of the community’s most inspira-

grant, born in Zurich, who came to the United States with his

tional leaders and philanthropists. He serves as Chairman of

family in 1941, when he was 7-years-old. After serving in the

the Board for the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, an

U.S. Army, he graduated from Pasadena City College and

international community dedicated to preventing and con-

California State University, L.A., and in 2006, he received an

trolling cancer, and as a trustee of the Virginia and D.K. Lud-

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from California Lutheran

wig Fund for Cancer Research. Mr. Notter has also served as

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chairman of the audit committee as a member of the Hilton Hotels Corporation board of directors and chairman of Princess Hotels International, Inc. He concurrently served as president of Universe Tankships, Inc., and National Bulk Carrier, Inc. Mr. Notter has served on the boards of Financière Crédit Suisse First Boston in Zurich, Swiss American Corporation and Suntory Industries of Japan, and York-Hanover, Ltd., in th e U . S . and C a n a d a . A d d i t i on a l l y, h e se r v e d o n t h e

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People to Watch Renee Dua, MD CO-Founder/Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Renee Dua has turned her life experiences as a wife, mother of two young boys, and doctor (she is a triple board certified physician specializing in nephrology, hypertension, and internal medicine) into a business venture that is radically transforming the healthcare industry. Dr. Dua is the co-founder and chief medical officer of Heal, the fast-growing startup that provides modern, on-demand doctor house calls. The inspiration for Heal hit her late one night in 2014 when her infant son was ill with a severe cold and needed to see a pediatrician right away. She waited nearly eight hours in an emergency room — an agonizing experience for anyone, but one that led her to create Heal as a solution. She knew there had to be a better way since the average wait time for a primary-care doctor appointment exceeds 18 days

Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Cigna

and 80% of Americans delay or forgo going to the doctor

Healthcare, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare. Heal is available

because of lack of time and work responsibilities.

for an in-network co-pay or an all-inclusive, flat-rate $99 fee. Licensed physicians are available seven days a week, from

Through Heal and the use of technology, Dr. Dua has helped

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 365 days a year (including all major

reinvent the practice of medicine and has proven that doc-

holidays) for anything a patient might require during a tra-

tor house calls can improve medical outcomes, improve the

ditional office visit.

physician and patient relationship, and save the healthcare industry billions of dollars. She found that the real key to a

For more information about Heal, visit and down-

better healthcare system is to increase quality by better-

load the Android app from the Google Play store and the iP-

ing the relationship that physicians have with their patients.

hone app from the iTunes App Store. If you aren’t tech-sav-

Heal is doing just that. Heal doctors are able to spend the

vy, you can dial 844.644.HEAL. Heal doctors can be at your

amount of time they need in a patient’s home, see the en-

location within two hours or you can schedule an appoint-

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deeper relationships. Being in the home, enables doctors to uniquely delivery higher-quality, more proactive precision care and to gather more data to help the patient but also to give back to the larger healthcare system. Heal currently services all of California, has cared for more than 12,000 patients to date, and is in-network with Blue


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1880 Century Park East, #711 Century City 844.644.4325

People to Watch Marshall W. WALLER Attorney at Law

Feinberg & Waller, APC

Marshall Waller is a director and shareholder of the law firm Feinberg & Waller. He is a certified family law specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, with more than 35 years of experience as a practicing attorney. He is the author of one of the most comprehensive textbooks in the state of California on the subject of family law and divorce. The textbook, now in its seventh edition, is noted for integrating statutory law and judicial interpretation into a cohesive general discussion of most aspects of California family law. He has also written a guidebook for other attorneys who are studying to become California certified family law specialists. Waller is a sought-after and engaging speaker and has been a media commentator on family law matters for many years.

firm has ongoing community outreach efforts and recently

He has presented for the Regents of the University of Cali-

worked to compile and publish a comprehensive resource

fornia, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), on a variety

list providing information on low-cost, nonprofit agencies

of topics, from trial basics to complex Hague Convention,

in Los Angeles and Ventura County that assist in family law

international child-custody issues. He is an appointed mem-

services for families in need. In addition, Feinberg & Waller

ber of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law

has released a series of informational videos on divorce and

Section Executive Committee.

family law topics, such as “What If My Spouse Is Cheating?”, “Simplifying Complex Divorce,” “Pre-Marital Agreements,”

Feinberg & Waller has been located in Calabasas for more

and, “Relocation with Your Children.” Go to Feinberg &

than 10 years, and Waller has been an active volunteer in

Waller’s website at to view this library of

the local community. Among other things, he volunteers his

valuable resources and to listen to Waller speak on an ex-

time as coach of the Oaks Christian High School mock trial

tensive array of family law topics. n

team, which he helped found and organize nearly 10 years ago. He is also a vocalist and guitarist who finds that music is a good way to relax; he has shared his musical performing talent at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital. Waller and his associates at Feinberg & Waller are passionate about the field of family law. They understand that all

23501 Park Sorrento, #103 Calabasas 818.224.7900

too often families in crisis don’t know where to turn for help and that hiring a lawyer is cost prohibitive for many. The

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People to Watch Kim Maselli Artistic Director

California Dance Theatre Pacific Festival Ballet

Dream. Inspire. Achieve. This has been the motto for California Dance Theatre (CDT) in Agoura Hills for 30 years and has been a belief system for founder Kim Maselli her entire life. Born into a theatrical family, Kim was encouraged to pursue Photography by Juliet Walsh

her God-given dreams and found herself in New York City pursuing a classical ballet career by age 17. After training at the Joffrey Ballet, Kim danced with American Ballet Theatre II, learning that hard work and perseverance were key ingredients to success. Just as important were the mentors who inspired her. With their encouragement, Kim found herself in Hollywood dancing in TV specials with Baryshnikov and the feature film Girls Just Wan to Have Fun and landing a fouryear role dancing on the hit TV series Fame.

Part of CDT’s success is the performing opportunity the ThouBelieving her dreams could be achieved, Kim trusted that the right doors would open. One of these doors led to California Dance Theatre, established in 1985 with co-founder Joyce Hurley, who is also her mother, and Lori Sorensen. This trio of professional women brought their expertise and passion for the dance world to the Conejo Valley. Quickly, the studio grew as CDT’s commitment to train dancers and instill

sand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza provides. As an art advocate in the community, Kim pursued her dream for a regional ballet company. Pacific Festival Ballet (PFB), a nonprofit organization, was formed and awarded the residency status at the Civic Arts Plaza in 2001. To date, PFB is known countywide for annual performances of the Nutcracker, classic and original ballets, and children’s educational programs. These pro-

a love for the arts flourished.

ductions are instrumental in launching young artists as they

Today’s faculty includes an array of professionals with dis-

This January, both the school and company, relocate to

tinguished careers in film and television, on Broadway, and

their beautiful new facility in Westlake Village. With this new

with international ballet companies. Most CDT students

era ahead, both Kim and her establishments continue to

dance for the love of movement and music while others

“Dream. Inspire. Achieve.” n

share the stage with world-class professionals.

become passionate in pursuit of a professional career. Kim and her faculty mentor these young artists, applauding their successes at Juilliard, USC/Kaufman, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, San Francisco Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. In the commercial genre, alumni have danced professionally on Broadway and in TV, film, and world tours with various pop stars.


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2282 Townsgate Rd. Westlake Village 818.707.3267

People to Watch Steven Roseman, ESQ. Founding Partner

Roseman & Associates, APC

Steven Roseman, Esq., thrives on practicing law. Growing up in South Africa, his passion for fighting for what is right permeates throughout his entire law firm. That ideology, combined with his belief to vigorously advocate on behalf of his clients, is instilled in his staff and colleagues at the firm. Steve is the founding partner of Roseman & Associates, APC, a mid-sized real estate and business law firm based out of Woodland Hills, with offices in Southern California. Roseman & Associates, APC, was formed in 1996. Steve has been practicing law for 25 years, representing clients, both individuals and corporations, throughout Southern California and Nevada. The firm specializes in the practice of real estate and business law, representing commercial, retail, mixed-use, multi-family, homeowners’ associations, and residential property owners in all aspects of real estate legal issues, as well as corporations and LLCs in both transactional and litigation matters. The firm also has extensive experience in negotiating all aspects of real estate and business transactions.

and active member of the California and Nevada State Bars, and the firm is a member of several prominent trade organizations in both the real estate and business world, including the Community Association’s Institute (CAI) and the California Association of Community Managers. Steve is also very politically active in leg-

A seasoned trial attorney, Steve has personally handled

islative efforts and is a delegate for CAI’s California Legislative

more than 20 trials and arbitrations, including numerous jury

Action Committee (CLAC). In 2013, Steve was appointed by the

trials. Although Steve believes that going to trial is the last

City Council of Calabasas to serve on the City of Calabasas

resort, and amicably resolving disputes is almost always the

Historic Preservation Commission and chaired the commission.

best course of action, when a trial attorney is needed, Steve and his team at Roseman & Associates, APC, are trained and

In 2016, Steve was appointed as a commissioner to serve on

skilled to take on the task.

the City of Calabasas Planning Commission. Steve also currently serves on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabe-

Steve was honored to be selected in 2015 and 2016 as a Cal-

tes Research Foundation (JDRF). n

ifornia “Superlawyer,” which is bestowed to a select number of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection and award process is determined by independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Steve and his team are also actively involved in numerous chari-

21650 Oxnard St., #2000 Woodland Hills 818.380.6700

table and trade organizations. Professionally, Steve is a licensed

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People to Watch Trish Steele Founder & CEO

Safe Passage

Safe Passage, DBA of Women Crowned in Glory, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(C)3 corporation with a purpose to shelter, educate, equip, and direct women and children of domestic violence to safety and a new life. Trish Steele, the founder and CEO of Women Crowned In Glory, Inc., started the “Stepping Stones to a New Life” program and founded Safe Passage in 2000 when she realized that more needed to be done for the 3.5 million annual victims of domestic violence. Trish drew upon her own past experience with domestic violence, overcoming all forms of abuse, hearing loss, and hopelessness with the help of many experts who gave their time and services to rebuild her life and break the cycle of abuse. Trish initially sheltered women in her own home before getting the funds to establish a permanent safe-house

brings great awareness to the issues of domestic violence

residence in the Valley. To date, more than 1700 women and

and is an amazing example of how an abused woman can

their children have come to Safe Passage looking for shelter

be restored to start a new life of success. Her dedication to

and support. Over 60 emergency calls a month are directed

helping others has earned her national, regional, and local

every day to the right resources for safety and hope. The Safe

recognition and awards, including the highest honor of the

Passage program has a 95% proven track record of helping

“President’s Volunteer Service Award” from President Obama

survivors of domestic violence find their way to a stable job,

in April 2011.

new home, relationship with God, and safe, healthy family. Trish and her passionate board of directors have been workSafe Passage thrives off its team of experts that includes doc-

ing hard to see that Safe Passage grows to the next level with

tors, dentists, plastic surgeons, career mentors, counselors,

a goal to open offices in every major city across the nation.

image consultants, self-defense teachers, and other pro-

The organization welcomes all new members who are pas-

fessionals in the community that donate their time and ser-

sionate to help carry out this big vision. n

vices to the women and children in need. Safe Passage also collaborates with other domestic violence organizations in order to increase the donated services, products, and clothing needed for addressing the needs of abused women and their children. Trish has spent 27 years reaching out to all women, encouraging and directing them to fulfill their calling in life. As author, model, beauty consultant, and spokesperson, Trish


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P.O. Box 40034 Studio City 818.232.7476 800.799.SAFE

People to Watch Martin Levy,




Even though Marty Levy, CLU/RHU is a very successful insurance and financial services advisor, humble as he is, he would probably never tell you about it. Marty founded and runs one of Southern California’s most successful insurance and employee benefit agencies, Corporate Strategies. “The amazing thing about our business is that it’s organic,” says Marty. “We simply do great work, and our people are the best in the business. If we get a client, the odds of us having a business relationship 10 years later is near 95%. I think the retention says a lot about our business.” The agency provides employee benefits, HR technology, and human resource and insurance strategies to hundreds of Southern California businesses. Some people refer to them as the “Kings of Small Group” based upon the number of

ever,” especially since there aren’t that many solutions out

businesses they insure, but they consider themselves a sim-

there to begin with.

ple blend of old-fashioned advisory-based insurance brokers and modern technology tools.

Marty, who lives in Calabasas, is a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an elite group of profes-

The main focus of the agency is protecting professionals, and

sionals representing the top 1% of insurance professionals in

one of the areas they have been extremely focused on is

the United States. The firm principals rank consistently among

protecting against the expenses of long-term care, the area

the top producers in the country, and tenured professionals

where aging meets financial planning. “Most people are un-

make up his very skilled team.

derestimating how long they are going to live and where the dollars are going to come from to pay for their care. I’m pas-

“I run a very successful business,” says Marty, “but it always

sionate about this area,” says Marty, “because I know and

comes down to a very simple thing: helping people protect

have seen so many people who have consumed a lifetime

and address the greatest exposures in their lives.”

of savings in an effort to continue to provide a quality life for their family or for their relatives.” The agency uses the most unique ways to address this problem and help business owners and professionals protect a lifetime of accumulation and provide for their families. One of the solutions they offer to address the exposures is called The Perfect LTC Solution. The agency considers it “the best

21021 Ventura BlVD., #200 Woodland Hills 818.377.7260

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People to Watch Geoffrey Rouss Branch Sales Manager


Geoffrey Rouss (NMLS #285987) fuses his extensive real estate and financial experience in his current role as branch sales manager of Wintrust Mortgage. Geof strives to make the mortgage experience virtually effortless for real estate agents and clients throughout Calabasas, Ventura, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, Inland Empire, and West Los Angeles. Lending his broad knowledge of both the real estate and banking industries, he helps those seeking to refinance or purchase a property stay up-to-date with current residential interest rates and news. Whether customizing loans or speaking with underwriters to get quick decisions, Geof ensures clients meet tight deadlines. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in business, with an emphasis on real estate, Geof

continues to help realtors and buyers navigate through a sea

moved home to the Los Angeles area to work for a “Big 8”

of successful transactions. At Wintrust, Geoff grants customers

accounting firm, Arthur Anderson & Company. He consulted

access to different lenders and loan programs, enabling them

regularly with real estate clients. This position led to his next

to find the most competitive rates in the industry. He utilizes the

job as asset manager at Coast Federal Bank. Geof helped

company’s unique platform as both a bank and mortgage bro-

dispose of the bank’s troubled assets and complete loan

ker/lender, offering in-house processing, appraisal, underwrit-

modifications. This entry into the retail side of the business

ing, doc drawing, and funding all under one roof.

prompted Geof to become a mortgage lender. Passionate about his work, Geoff prides himself on remaining After Home Savings and Loan acquired Coast Federal Bank,

available 24/7. He aims to make fellow realtors look good as

Geof found his next home in real estate brokerage at Fred

he earns his clients’ trust. Working with Geof is clearly a win-

Sands Realtors. One of the most successful real estate agents

win situation for all. Geof also takes great pride in his family.

in Los Angeles, Geof continually ranked in the top 1% in pro-

He, his wife, and three children live in Calabasas. n

duction at the company. Geof then opted to take an opportunity with Wells Fargo Bank as a mortgage specialist. He subsequently moved to Countrywide Financial, earning top sales person awards every year. His customer satisfaction reports also remained in the top 1%. Geoff began working at Wintrust Mortgage in 2014, after Bank of America took over Countrywide. Always putting his clients first, the knowledgeable and caring professional


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Wintrust Mortgage Equal Housing Lender 23975 Park Sorrento, #350 Calabasas 310.804.8181

Wintrust Mortgage is a division of Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A., a Wintrust Community Bank NMLS #449042.

People to Watch Natalie Waknine Founder & Owner


Natalie Waknine broke through the glass ceiling when she became a highly successful, licensed general contractor in a predominantly male industry. After initially working in the business alongside her brother to pay for college, Natalie went on to receive her degree in psychology and worked as a behavioral therapist before rediscovering her passion for contracting years later. Believing you should do what you love, Natalie opened NES Property Services, where she has thrived in upgrading and remodeling people’s homes or building them from the ground up. Her company’s mission is to go “Beyond Service, Beyond the Competition.” Natalie adds, “My number-one goal is a happy customer. So, we do our best to make that happen. I saw people getting hurt by other contractors and wanted

meticulous. Natalie finds good communication is the key.

to build a business with honesty and reliability.”

“Most importantly,” Natalie notes, “we look to create longterm relationships with our clients. We stay in touch all along

While NES Property Services always puts the customer first,

the way and even after the job is completed.”

they also tell it like it is. “Before taking a job, we make sure we click with a client and that the energy is good

Natalie and her family moved to Calabasas nearly four

between us,” explains Natalie. Remodeling can also be

years ago when Natalie was six months pregnant. “I knew

stressful, so Natalie’s therapy and psychology experience

Calabasas was where we wanted to raise our kids. We love

in resolving issues plays an important role in ensuring that

the great people, atmosphere, and community.” As a busy

everyone remains happy throughout the process.


mother of two, she understands that clients can’t always

don’t employ outside project managers or salespeople

work with a contractor from 9 to 5. That’s why she doesn’t

– as NES believes in being more personable. “We don’t

shut off her phone at the end of the business day. She en-

overwhelm our customers. They never need to spend time

deavors to work around each client’s busy schedule and is

shopping around. We bring them samples and oversee

always there when her clients need her. n

their project from start to finish, always looking to cut costs without ever cutting corners.” An artist at heart, Natalie uses her eye for design to help clients create their perfect home. Whether remodeling, designing, or building a completely new home, Natalie stays personally involved, never compromising on quality or safety. Clients consider her trustworthy, down-to-earth, and

26500 Agoura Rd. #594 Calabasas 877.907.1441 License #953312 Calabasas Style 61

People to Watch Mark Figearo Co-founder & CEO

Sunpower by green convergence

Mark Figearo is the co-owner and CEO of SunPower by Green Convergence, Southern California’s #1 solar installer and roofing contractor. Mark himself has been in the construction business for over 35 years and has run his own company, P-H-D Enterprises, for more than two decades. He also holds SunPower advanced sales, design, and installation certifications and is a licensed electrical contractor. In addition, Mark serves on the board of trustees with Trinity Classical Academy, loves spending time with his children and grandchildren, and enjoys world traveling. Green Convergence first began in 2008 when Mark Figearo met DJ Schramm (Green Convergence co-founder and roofing contractor) serving on the Real Life Church construction team in Valencia – the first USGBC Gold LEED-certified church building

come to Green Convergence to experience world-class

in the country. They united Mark’s electrical contracting

solar, receive a customized solar design within minutes, and

experience and DJ’s roofing contracting experience in the

meet solar face to face.

solar industry and founded Green Convergence. In starting this solar company, their goal was to converge green technologies

With over 60 employees and 1,000 installations, SunPower

and make energy independence a reality.

by Green Convergence continues to grow and make a difference in energy savings for families across Southern

Green Convergence became a SunPower Authorized Dealer

California. Today, beyond residential solar, commercial solar,

and Owen’s Corning Preferred Contractor but continued to

and roofing, Mark and the team are reaching their goal of

grow exponentially. Because of their customer approval ratings

energy independence by offering energy management

and quality workmanship, Green Convergence became a

services in batteries and smart thermostats. Visit SunPower

SunPower Premier Dealer and eventually a SunPower Elite

by Green Convergence in their Calabasas Solar Design

Dealer. Then, in 2013, Green Convergence reached a new

Center, call 818.444.3411, or learn more on their website at

level of success by becoming SunPower’s first Master Dealer. today!. n

Now, there are nearly 30 SunPower Master Dealers nationally. This recognition led to Green Convergence branding with SunPower to become SunPower by Green Convergence. Along with becoming a Master Dealer, SunPower by Green Convergence opened the first Solar Design Center in Southern California (located in Santa Clarita) and opened their second Solar Design Center in Calabasas in September 2016. With a Solar Design Center, homeowners and business owners can


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26799 Agoura Rd., #C-3 Calabasas 818.444.3411

People to Watch Hillary Federman & Samantha Senia Co-founders


Home staging has been deemed essential by today’s top real estate agents, with a proven ability to increase market value and sell properties quickly. No one knows that better than Hillary Federman and Samantha Senia, the co-founders of Elite Home Staging. Since starting their company 10 years ago, this dynamic duo has successfully staged over 10,000 homes and has turned their company into the fastest-growing staging company in Southern California. The driving element behind their success is that they know how to balance the art of appeal with the science of selling, and they work with each client until their home is sold. Their strategic approach curates environments that inspire homeowners and wow prospective buyers. Whether you are seeking an aesthetic revamp or competitive advantage,

uninspired by vacant properties. Styled yet relatable, each

Elite transforms potential to perfection!

house is staged to captivate attention and leave an unforgettable impression – giving sellers the upper hand over the

Working in a sales environment for many years, Hillary has

competition to tip the scales to SOLD.

perfected the skills needed to grow a brand, understand market demands, create value in whatever the product, and

As a full-spectrum staging firm, Elite offers a wide array of

maintain healthy customer relationships. Samantha has al-

services to satisfy clients’ needs. From home staging for

ways had a passion for the aesthetics and the visual environ-

real estate to custom interior design, Elite’s diversified

ment around her. Her eye for all things sexy, sparkly, and bold

team brings all of the right qualities and expertise to the

have given her a great ability to create gorgeous interiors;

table. They also have a residential model homes program

think Restoration Hardware meets Kelly Wearstler.

for companies that lease apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and timeshares and a corporate relocation pro-

Since joining forces, these women have been unstoppable,

gram so that whoever walks in the door will feel at home…

complimenting each other’s strengths, while taking Elite from

or wish it was theirs! n

a home business to a firm with thousands of accomplished properties. Their combined knowledge and ongoing study of the market keeps Elite a credible, relevant, and valuable resource. Both women also understand the financial and emotional aspects of home buying and the need to stage each home strategically to appeal to a wide demographic. Their stunning “to date” furnishings turn rooms into visual stories,

21128 Vanowen St. Canoga Park 310.776.9469

sparking the imaginations of buyers who often feel

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People to Watch Kenneth L. Snyder, ESQ. Seth Snyder Administrator

The Law Office of Kenneth L. Snyder The Law Office of Kenneth L. Snyder was founded in 2003 by two brothers, Kenneth L. Snyder, Esq., and Seth Snyder, administrator. Both brothers began their careers in the legal field in 1990, working for the famous attorney that represented Rodney King in his claim against the City of Los Angeles. It is that case and other cases where justice was needed that inspired them to pursue a career in helping injured people get compensated fairly for their loss. They knew the moment Ken was sworn in as an attorney that they would never work for anyone else. Their passion is second to none in representing their clients and tending to their needs. By working for themselves, they can dedicate their time to compensating survivors for the financial and emotional losses suffered as the result of the death of a loved one or those in-

secretaries. Everyone in the firm shares the same goal of giv-

jured through the negligence of someone else.

ing every client the attention and compassion that he or she needs to get through the legal process without unnecessary

Both Ken and Seth understand the effects of a serious per-

additional stress.

sonal injury or wrongful death. They know that when you are severely hurt or a loved one tragically gets killed in an acci-

Their clients never pay a fee out of their own pocket. “Our

dent, your life and the lives of your family and loved ones are

fee is always contingent on our settlement,” says Seth.

forever changed. “Losing a loved one is a devastating and

“Luckily, we almost always win!” Ken likes riding motorcy-

overwhelming experience, and if your loved one died as a

cles, which gives him another perspective in representing

result of the negligence of another party, we understand all

motorcycle victims. Both Ken and Seth love to play golf and

of the emotions they are going through,” states Ken. Seth

have been seen playing at Calabasas Country Club. n

further explains, “Our clients can feel many emotions, such as grief, anger, frustration, stress, and fear about the future, so we want to eliminate as much of this stress as possible.” The firm is known for having a resourceful and aggressive litigation department and never accepting low offers from Insurance companies. Because of these efforts and others, they have won multiple awards, including two straight years as the “best personal injury attorney” by the Daily News. The practice has grown fast and now includes 10 empathetic employees, including lawyers, paralegals, and legal


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21700 OXNARD ST., #2080 Penthouse Suite WOODLAND HILLS 818.703.0379

People to Watch Kirk A. Bell, Managing Member


Riverflow Wealth Mangement, LLC

Kirk A. Bell, CFP, began working in the wealth management business in 1996 with Smith Barney after running his family’s manufacturing business for 17 years. He fell in love with financial planning while learning all about the business as executor of his grandfather’s estate, which included investments, properties, and a business. Kirk pursued his passion at Smith Barney. Then, in 2009, he opened Riverflow Wealth Management. As a wealth planner, Kirk manages his client’s finances using the Four Pillars of Wealth Management: Lifestyle Management, Liability Management, Debt Management, and Asset Management. Using a goals-based process, he examines cash flow, net worth, and personal balance sheets to design efficient financial planning techniques. from “How I Used Real Estate to Completely Fund My Kid’s Money remains one of the top three areas of importance to

College Education” and “Six Steps Women Can Take to

most people, along with family and health. Kirk builds long-

Achieve Retirement Security” to “How Much Do You Need

term relationships by helping clients achieve their financial

to Retire? Four Ways to Achieve That Magic Number” and

goals, incorporating estate planning, charitable giving, and

“7 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Financial Adviser.”

tax-effective investing.

Kirk also finds time to volunteer through the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he served as their chairman

“To help clients the most, you have to be a conscientious listen-

for the Special Olympics when Britain came to Calabasas in

er and have a constructive impact,” stresses Kirk. “Sometimes I

preparation for the games. He was also president and board

feel like I am more a psychologist than wealth planner. I have

member of the community-based Character and Ethics Proj-

to create trust and loyalty to be effective.” He aims to under-

ect and a member of the Military and Family Life Consultant

stand the feeling behind his client’s words. “I never learn any-

Program, where he provided financial counseling to the men

thing when I am talking, but I do when I am listening.”

and women of the armed forces. n

Kirk also customizes each client’s plan to fit his or her comfort level. Kirk’s ability to help clients achieve their financial goals has resulted in his company’s yearly 30% growth. He works with many baby boomers planning for retirement. He also oversees a lot of wealth transfer as that generation’s parents pass on. Potential clients can find a wealth of information on the River-

26610 Agoura Rd. Calabasas 818.224.2269

flow Wealth Management website. Kirk posts articles ranging

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People to Watch Dylette Davis founder & CEO


Dylette Davis has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. She began in her hometown of Atlanta and then went to Washington, D.C., before moving to Southern California. Over the years, Dylette recognized the need for quality hospice care, especially for underserved youth. Young children are usually left out of the hospice system that caters mainly to the elderly. Building upon her background and passion for children, Dylette founded the Loving Home Hospice for Children in Agoura Hills in 2008. Her number-one goal was to develop a safe space where children facing life-threatening illnesses could receive inpatient and home hospice and palliative care. goal to help those suffering live as comfortably and fully as Loving Home Hospice for Children provides nursing care 24

possible during their final phases of life.

hours a day, seven days a week, for youths under 21 and their families. Their compassionate team, coordinated by

The center strives to allow families to grieve as a whole while

professional nurses and physicians, along with spiritual lead-

focusing on the quality rather than length of life and even

ers and trained volunteers, provides medical, psychological,

the joys of the family bond. As William Wordsworth wrote in

social, and spiritual assistance.

his poem Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood, “…Though nothing can bring back the hour

“The death of a child is an unimaginable loss. Having a

of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve

support system really makes a huge difference during and

not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”

beyond,” Dylette explains. “It is very rare that hospice and palliative care are focused solely on children. Many people

Future goals include a new 30-bed facility to be located in

find it too heavy to deal with,” noted the mother of two.

Calabasas. Dylette and her staff continue to fundraise for

“But, it must happen in order to find a peaceful place for

the facility to open in 2017 as they remain a constant voice

both those in care and their families to receive help with

for those with little or none. n

counseling and grieving.” According to the nonprofit’s website, less than 1% of children needing hospice services in the United States receive it. This often leads to an increase in job loss, alcoholism, and drug abuse by their survivors. “No family or child should have to be alone during these times,” Dylette stresses. It is her


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5126 Clareton Dr., #206 Agoura Hills 805.210.5916

People to Watch Steve H. Hornstein CPA, LL.M., CFP® Attorney at Law


Steve Hornstein, an Estate Planning Attorney and Certified Public Accountant, opened Hornstein Law Offices and Hornstein Financial in Woodland Hills in 2002. Now, with a staff of seven, his office prepares tax returns and assists clients in setting up estate plans as well as navigating through the entire estate and trust administration process when a loved one passes, including filing probate and other court petitions when necessary. Over the years, Hornstein Law Offices has prepared thousands of trusts and estate planning documents and has successfully litigated nearly a dozen estate planning cases at trial. Steve is the author of the comprehensive book on estate planning, Creating Your Estate Plan – 18 Rules To Make Sure Your Estate Plan Will Work When It Needs To. Steve resides in Tarzana with his wife Bryna and their two

Steve’s focus for the year 2017 is to make the estate planning

children, now eight years old. The Hornsteins are active


members of the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills, having hosted

as possible. Through his online trust-

exchange students from France and Brazil. “Our kids loved

preparation system that he developed, people can create

looking at the globe with the students and talking with them

a low-cost, “do-it-yourself” estate plan for themselves or

about their lives abroad,” says Steve. Steve is also active

they can choose to meet with Steve or his staff for more

with the West Valley-Warner Center Chamber of Commerce,

comprehensive planning. “Too many people don’t have a

having served as its president for the past two years and

proper estate plan, and this creates turmoil for their families

now serving as CFO. Steve also served as co-chair of the

and unnecessary litigation in our already overcrowded

chamber’s Fine Wine and Food Tour for the past ten years.

courts. I see it every day. I want to help people protect their

“I am so proud that our chamber’s Fine Wine and Food Tour

families and, in the process, help society as well.” n






just celebrated its 10th year and has grown to become such a valuable event, helping its members connect with local businesses in the San Fernando Valley.” Steve enjoys helping raise money for organizations vital to our community. To raise funds for art programs in our community, he danced the tango at the Valley Cultural Center’s Dancing with Our Valley Stars and took home a second-place trophy! He also sang at a fundraiser for the Valley Women’s Center. An avid


runner, Steve enjoys running 5K races for charities with his dogs Bailey and Riley.

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People to Watch Ernie Sandlin Director of Marketing


On 65 rolling acres in Thousand Oaks, there’s a senior living community bustling with active residents. The campus includes 367 apartments and villa-style homes plus an adjacent health care center. Their success can be attributed to Photography by Michael Adams

the many dedicated staff members who work toward bettering the lives of seniors at the community. One of these staff members is Ernie Sandlin. As Director of Marketing at University Village, Ernie is one of the first people prospective residents meet, and then a team of Residency Counselors takes them through the advantages of choosing this benefit-rich CCRC (continuing care retirement community). By choosing University Village, hundreds of older adults have

In his official capacity, Ernie builds relationships with those

made the decision to downsize their homes and expand

weighing their senior-living options and stays close to res-

their opportunities. This is a vibrant community with countless

idents once they move into their new home at University

activities for people of all interests. There’s a heated pool

Village. He has the advantage of having met almost ev-

and fitness center, a billiards room, a library, an arts and

eryone before they even move in and has become friends

crafts studio, and plenty more. Residents have access to as-

with many of them. In fact, outside of working hours, he’s

sisted living, memory support, and a skilled nursing center

a full-fledged member in a resident tennis group that

at the adjacent health center. “At its heart, a life at Uni-

plays weekly.

versity Village is much more than four walls and a beautiful residence,” says Ernie. “It’s a lifestyle and a life plan, all

Ernie has seen so many residents embrace the freedom to fill

wrapped up in one package. No other experience offers

their days as they choose, with activities they like and new

the long-term coverage in a quality setting where you can

friendships they’ve made. “It means I’ve done my job well

also receive care if and when you need it.”

when someone is happy here,” he says. “It’s a special place where people can thrive – myself included.” n

Before coming to University Village in 2004, Ernie spent nearly two decades in university enrollment management. He sees parallels between that position and his current role. “Recruiting high school seniors to colleges and attracting older adults to experience the benefits of a CCRC turned out to be extremely similar,” he says. “Both groups are looking for the best way to position themselves for the future.”


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3415 Campus Drive Thousand Oaks 805.241.3300

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Décor CALABASAS ST YLE ’ S FAVO R ITE ELEM ENTS BRONT MATTRESS At Bront Mattress, their goal is to provide you with the perfect bed so that you sleep well tonight to bring on tomorrow. With a wide range of beds to choose from, you can shop with confidence to find your perfect bed, like the Kingsdown Sleep Haven, featuring the most luxurious and technologically advanced materials. 22110 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.914.4061

ARHAUS FURNITURE They travel the world to find unique pieces like their Portsmouth Chair—the back is sectioned by three cross spalls, suggesting the exposed hull of a small wooden boat. Find more inspiration at their store at The Oaks. 186 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks 805.857.7001

ELEGANT FIREPLACE MANTELS The kitchen hood is the focal point of an elegant kitchen. Elegant Fireplace Mantels offers a stunning collection of hoods and matching corbels ranging from classical European styles to contemporary. Their exquisite collection features an array of designs, made from their trademark Renaissance Stone™ to create your unique kitchen hood design to perfection. 11949 Borden Ave. San Fernando 800.295.9109


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Calabasas Style has perused the local area to locate some of our favorite home décor elements, and we are excited to share them with our readers!

ALDERMAN BUSHÉ INTERIORS The Hall Chest, shown bunched together, is a beautiful statement in any room. It comes in an array of dazzling custom finishes. The chest works today in both transitional and modern environments. Let their design showroom help you with any interior design needs. 1881 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805.498.5588

NW RUGS Their huge selection of quality rugs and furniture is like no other in Los Angeles. They source from the best vendors in the country. The variety of furniture styles and options make it possible to furnish your entire house from just one showroom. 28610 Canwood St. Agoura Hills 818.706.3333 14564 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks 818.386.7847

GLOBAL SOURCE LIGHTING This incredible Belladonna chandelier is sure to make a statement in your home. Featuring clear Firenze crystals and light pendant in the middle, this chandelier is modern yet chic. Visit Global Source Lighting for the world’s finest lighting and accessories. 28501 Canwood St. Agoura Hills 818.707.6000

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Inspired Elements of Great Design

My Favorite L.A. Resources When you’re searching for design inspira-

the spaces I create. They are key ele-

right in close proximity, and I’ve listed just

tion, you might look to magazines, Houzz,

ments in achieving that California energy

a few from my two favorite design districts

or HGTV, but do you ever wonder where

that is casual but at the same time so ele-

nearby. A word of warning – the resourc-

high-end designers get theirs? The answer

gant and so dynamic. I search for resourc-

es listed below are almost entirely “to the

is, of course, everywhere – nature, art, ar-

es that epitomize the best ingredients that

trade.” That means that to make any pur-

chitecture – but in this article, I would like

help me create the look.

chases you’ll have to enlist a designer, but

to share with you some of the sources for

absorbing the pure, cutting-edge design

the goods we use to create the wonderful

My treasure hunts often take me down

genius of these curated spaces is abso-

rooms that make the world swoon.

new and interesting paths, but these here

lutely free.

are the handful of special places that I alAs a native Californian, there is an aes-

most always visit as I begin to compose

La Cienega Design Quarter

thetic I am drawn to when I am hunting

the furnishing selections for any project.

The sister showrooms of Formations and

for inspiration that informs my projects no

In this article, I’ll let you in on some of

Dennis & Leen are my go-to spots for furni-

matter their locale. Unexpected scale,

my ritual pilgrimages of inspiration. Here

ture and lighting that embodies the Cali-

sculptural form, and natural textures are

in Calabasas, we have some of the best

fornia aesthetic. Founded by Richard Hall-

ingredients that can always be found in

high-end design resources in the world

berg, Barbara Wiseley, and Dan Cuevas, their pieces are used by top designers all over the world and are featured frequently in premier design magazines such as Veranda and Architectural Digest. For years, when my company was based in Connecticut, I would make the pilgrimage back to L.A. to absorb their extraordinary furniture and lighting in person. One of my favorite perks of being based back in SoCal is that they are just a half hour down the road. If you stop in, you just might see me there! A block or so down on Melrose is another of my favorite stomps – Rose Tarlow Melrose House. With some of the best finishes I’ve ever encountered and details that look all at once modern and historical, the furniture, upholstery, fabric, and lighting that the venerated Ms. Tarlow has created for her collection are some of my favorite items on the market today. A trip to her lovely showroom is a master class in great design and craftsmanship.

Pacific Design Center (PDC) I have a penchant for hand-screened prints, and one of my favorite sources is Raoul Textiles. Their unique fabric designs are a throwback to a vintage, war mweather look that is nostalgic and currently on trend. Also at the PDC is Lee Jofa,


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The Midas Classic Chandelier by Fisher Weisman

The Liedekerke Dining Table by Gregorius/Pineo

Textiles by Kerry Joyce with collections like Aerin by Aerin Laud-

I’m smitten with – Fisher Weisman and

er, Groundworks by Kelly Wearstler, and

Natasha Baradaran. If you’re looking for

Hunt Slonem’s new collection (which I

unique, these two lines break the mold.

just love). Another favored showroom

Kneedler/Fauchere carries Kerry Joyce’s

for wonderful fabrics, great lighting, and

handsome line of textiles and wallcov-

accessories is Thomas Lavin. With an eye

erings that I adore and also the impos-

for a look that is up to the minute, they

ing and wonderful iron lighting and

are our source for fabrics such as Hod-

hand-fashioned furniture of Gegorius/

soll McKenzie, Zimmer + Rohde, Travers,

Pineo. I can’t think of two lines that ar-

and Romo. With furniture by Altura and

ticulate that effortless-but-sublime Cali-

lighting by Cox London, a stop at Thom-

fornia look any better.

as Lavin is always on my list. So, there you have it! Whether hunting Another company that exemplifies my

inspiration or treasure, these amazing

favorite aesthetic is Michael Taylor De-

resources are the guiding lights of my

signs. A master of scale with an affinity

favorite adventures in design and help

for inviting the outdoors in, Michael Tay-

me time and again to create the magic.

lor was an innovator of the “California

Until next time, here’s to your own de-

Look.” In our Connecticut years, we

sign adventures and to creating your

would often use his pieces to bring un-

own Noble Spaces! n

expected scale and a breath of fresh air to a more traditional East Coast design

Tammy Randall Wood, ASID, is the

experience. I have a pair of enormous

founder and principal of Interior Archae-

pole baskets in my office that once be-

ology. She has designed an extensive

longed to Michael, currently holding

array of projects coast to coast -- from

10-foot-tall fiddle-leaf fig trees, which

seaside cottages on Martha’s Vineyard,

constantly remind me of the importance

metropolitan penthouses and formal

of scale. I will treasure them always as a

Beltway manors to cultivated West

nod to his influence upon my work.

Coast compounds. Her firm brings a fresh approach to tailored interiors.

The cherries atop our inspiration sundae are two showrooms I never miss on any visit to the PDC: Jean De Merry and Kneedler/Fauchere. Jean De Merry carries not only their own exquisite line of upscale furniture, but also two lines that

The Otto Console & One-of-a-kind Accessories by Rose Tarlow

Tammy Randall Wood, ASID INTERIOR ARCHAEOLOGY 818.991.0365

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club life Golf’s Popularity Is Soaring at CCC People of all ages are taking up the game of golf at CCC. The club’s long driving range, the “short game” practice area, and private and group lessons make learning the game fun. Plus the social, athletic, and charitable aspects of the game has helped to aspire new members to discover the passion of golf.

We All Need a Good Laugh! The bond formed by laughter can be incredibly powerful, which is why comedy nights are thriving at the Club. Members and guests love seeing top-rated Hollywood comedians each month — without having to leave the neighborhood!

For information on membership, contact Steve Gincig: 818.444.5548 or

At Calabasas Country Club Who Said Fitness Can’t Be Fun? If you dread your dull and boring fitness routine, you obviously have not tried working out at the world-class Calabasas Athletic Center - featuring state-of-the-art equipment, free spin and yoga classes, and a full Pilates studio. Working out with friends is the key to staying fit!

Have You Been Naughty or Nice? The holidays fill everyone with joy – especially when you get to share your gift wishes with Santa himself! Kids and parents love the traditional club’s Annual Santa Brunch!

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Physician and Health Care Provider

DIRECTORY 2017 Good health and well-being are our most important resources. Without them, nothing else matters. Fortunately, we live in an area where we have access to some of the best hospitals, doctors, dentists, and heath care professionals in the country, dedicated to helping us achieve the health and wellness goals for ourselves and our families. Calabasas Style is proud to present you with this medical resource guide to help you learn more about some of the great medical professionals living and working in our community. As we enter into a new year, we hope that you will find this resource guide helpful on your healthy and happy journey!


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WEST HILLS HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER Douglas Long | President and Chief Executive Officer 7300 Medical Ctr. Dr., West Hills 818.676.4000 |

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is one of the most valuable resources available to our community. Its “Quality Care, Close to Home” is a well-documented fact that impacts the quality of life for people who reside in the western part of the San Fernando Valley. Ranked among the top hospitals in Los Angeles County for heart attack treatment response, West Hills Hospital is the first accredited chest-pain center in Los Angeles. It still ranks in the top 10% nationwide in response time for heart attack victims. The medical center is also designated as an advanced-stroke center and accredited for sepsis care by the Joint Commission. The hospital is also home to the renowned Grossman Burn Center, the Center for Bariatric Surgery, the West Hills Regional Heart & Vascular Institute, and the New Beginnings Center for Maternal & Newborn Care. The 30-bed ER is available 24/7, features a state-of-the-art helipad, and is pediatrics approved. West Hills Hospital has some of the fastest ER wait times in the area, with an average speedy wait time of five minutes — a significant difference from other hospitals in the community that have average wait times as high as 78 minutes. With 450 expert physicians and a staff of more than 900 that brings outstanding service to every bedside, the hospital offers a full complement of advanced technology, compassion, and responsive care for the improvement of human life. For more information on quality care, close to home, visit


Anna Guanche, MD 23622 Calabasas Rd., #339, Calabasas 818.225.0117 | Anna Guanche, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon specializing in cosmetic procedures that have minimal downtime and excellent results. Her practice is named Bella Skin Institute in Calabasas, where she has assembled her dream “derm” team of professionals to care for the concerns of celebrities, CEOs and supermoms. The state of the art Bella Skin Institute facility has been designed to be warm and engaging while providing clients with the newest, most innovative procedures available to perfect skin. Bella Skin Institute is dedicated to combining medical science and cosmetic beauty to provide each client with customized treatments to meet their needs, from dermatology services to minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, performed at the facility. Dr. Anna Guanche uses a tumescent anesthesia for all procedures so the patient is never placed under full general anesthesia. Procedures performed include resurfacing, hair removal, Fraxel™ and laser therapy; Platelet-rich plasma for collagen rejuvenation; Thermage CPT™, KyBella injectable for skin tightening, and the latest injectables for wrinkle reduction. Aesthetic services include microdermabrasion and dermalinfusion, dermaplaning; facials and waxing. General dermatology services include skin cancer screening and surgery, acne, rashes, and eczema. Dr. Guanche is a fellow of the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of the Dermatology staff at UCLA Medical Center as well as a clinical instructor for UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Anna Guanche and her staff approach their work with absolute joy and infectious enthusiasm, which is felt throughout the practice.

Photography by Troy Jensen

for reduction of double chin, Voluma injection for cheek augmentation, Ultherapy

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SINUS INSTITUTE Alen Cohen, MD, FACS 7345 Medical Ctr. Dr., #510, West Hills 818.888.7878 |

Anyone who has suffered through the pain and discomfort of severe sinus infections knows just how debilitating they can be. The good news is that these conditions are not just treatable but actually curable now. Dr. Alen Cohen is a board certified nose and sinus surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also the founder and director of the Southern California Sinus Institute (SCSI), which has become one of the premier sinus centers in Los Angeles and Southern California. Thousands of patients have benefitted from Dr. Cohen’s life-changing procedures, which include the medical and surgical treatment of patients with all nasal and sinus disorders, including nasal obstruction, deviated septum, environmental allergies, acute and chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and sinus headaches. One of the most common procedures Dr. Cohen routinely performs is the revolutionary, in-office Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure, for which he is one of the top three performers on the West Coast. This amazing procedure dilates the sinus openings with a balloon (just like opening a clogged artery around the heart) so the sinuses can drain and the person can breathe better, without headaches and recurrent infections. Dr. Cohen has also personally pioneered a breakthrough procedure in the treatment of more-advanced, chronic sinusitis; deviated septa; nasal polyps; and sinus headaches called Minimally Invasive Image-Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (MIGSS™). As such, patients routinely come to him from all over Southern California for management of their chronic nose and sinus problems for definitive relief.

CALIFORNIA SPINE AND PAIN INSTITUTE Magued R. Fadly, MD, QME 7325 Medical Ctr. Dr., #103, West Hills 818.225.0045 |

Magued Fadly, MD, QME is an accredited fellowship-trained and board certified painmanagement physician who has dedicated his practice to the diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive management of pain disorders and pain disability. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Yale University and obtained his accredited fellowship in pain management at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Fadly established his pain management practice in the San Fernando Valley and for the past decade has become the community’s choice for pain-management. Dr. Fadly performs procedures involving the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and pelvic regions. He treats spine pain and pain-related symptoms and is an expert on pediatric pain, bladder pain, and vulvodynia. He also treats patients suffering from fibromyalgia and migraines and all sports-related injuries. Dr. Fadly has remained dedicated to developing and teaching the most innovative pain management techniques, including the use of ozone revolution therapy to treat joint pain and the use of lasers for nerve ablations and percutaneous discectomy. His use of these state of the art practices means patients can return to their regular activities as quickly as possible. He has a recorded 95% personal success rate for pain relief within the first week of treatment and is dedicated in offering comprehensive pain care in a compassionate and nurturing environment. Dr. Fadly has been published in a range of academic journals and is the official educator of the Providence Tarzana Medical Center podiatry residency program for pain management and anesthesiology. He also lectures to multiple pain management fellowships throughout the country.


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CALABASAS DENTAL SPA Tania Baker, DDS 4937 Las Virgenes Rd.,#203, Calabasas 818.880.5520 |

Dr. Tania Baker is committed to eliminating the fear and anxiety that many patients experience about going to the dentist. Her serene and spa-like cosmetic and laser dental practice in Calabasas provides a delightful balance of high-quality dentistry and spa pampering. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, she takes great satisfaction in helping patients maintain optimal oral health with the most technologically advanced and minimally invasive procedures available. Her entire practice is devoted to holistic dental care, where patients have a full range of services available, including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, veneers, periodontal disease treatment, cosmetic dentistry, laser dentistry, dental implants, CEREC same-day crowns, oral cancer screenings, and innovative services for sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Baker graduated in 1980 from a prestigious academy of dental medicine in Europe before moving to California with her family in 1984. Here, Dr. Baker successfully established her professional credentials and received her dental degree at Loma Linda University in 1990. Since opening Calabasas Dental Spa, she has treated thousands of patients with her unique gentle style and holistic approach. She offers everything from preventative and family dentistry to the most advanced aesthetic care in full-mouth reconstruction cases. Her smile makeovers use the most advanced technologies and minimally invasive strategies to bring the most natural aesthetic results while maximizing comfort during the procedure. Calabasas Dental Spa also offers a membership club program for patients who do not have dental insurance that includes an affordable package for children, adults, and patients with periodontal disease.


Stephanie Mandelman, MD | Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology 1250 La Venta Dr., #101B, Westlake Village 805.496.0880 | Dr. Stephanie Mandelman has a unique approach to conventional medicine which includes traditional methods as well as the most modern solutions in all areas of women’s obstetrical and gynecological health. Her priority is to use the most appropriate methods for the best healthcare for women of all ages while maintaining warm and caring relationships with her patients. Dr. Mandelman provides complete women’s healthcare including obstetrics, surgical and office gynecology, infertility, and menopausal management. Her obstetrics practice is an intimate environment where patients receive the highest level of care for themselves and their unborn baby, with state of the art facilities and the most up-to-date prenatal testing. She also offers a full range of gynecologic services — from annual check-ups and routine Pap smears, to gynecologic problem visits and surgeries and treats all types of menopausal problems. She is also one of the few locally based board certified gynecologists performing the MonaLisa Touch procedure – the first FDA approved laser treatments for vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. She attended the Chicago Medical School and did her OB/GYN internship at UCLA and completed her residency training at the University of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She has been practicing since 1999 and started her own practice in 2006 in Westlake. She is currently active on staff at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks and West Hills Hospital. She is affiliated with Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital and the Los Robles SurgiCenter.

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CALABASAS PEDIATRICS Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP 23480 Park Sorrento, #109A, Calabasas 818.914.4429 |

Dr. Tanya Altmann is a UCLA-trained pediatrician and best-selling parenting book author. As a child-health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows, including Today (NBC), KTLA 5 Morning News (CW Los Angeles), and The Doctors (CBS), Dr. Tanya has discussed breaking medical news stories and controversial parenting issues. Dr. Tanya has a broad understanding of the most recent medical developments. She is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, and chief medical advisor for the Newborn Channel. After 14 years in a busy group practice, Dr. Tanya founded Calabasas Pediatrics in 2015, a concierge practice providing personalized pediatric healthcare. With an emphasis on preventive medicine, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle, Calabasas Pediatrics offers longer appointments, after-hours availability, and home visits. Families love the beautiful, state of the art office conveniently located near The phone, email, and Skype. In addition, Calabasas Pediatrics offers new medical technology, including photo-vision screening and ImPACT testing. The staff at Calabasas Pediatrics is friendly and well-educated. Nurse Angela is kind and compassionate and loves getting to know the families. Baby nurse Polly teaches labor and delivery, baby care, and lactation classes and offers consultations in the office or the privacy of your own home. Dr. Tanya and her team at Calabasas Pediatrics love being able to spend more time with patients and keep them healthy, happy, and out of the urgent care and ER.


Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, Interventional Pain Management 16311 Ventura Blvd., #518, Encino 818.501.PAIN (7246) | Dr. Jeffrey B. Glaser is a UCLA-trained, double board certified, interventional pain-management physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders which cause pain. Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology, Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from conditions that cause pain, with minimally invasive techniques. Often, Dr. Glaser can help patients avoid painful, invasive surgeries which frequently have a long recovery time and don’t guarantee pain relief. In addition to his outstanding credentials, Dr. Glaser is a highly sought-after speaker and receives repeated outstanding-recognition awards by professional societies, his peers, and his patients based on reviews and accolades. In fact, Dr. Glaser’s name is all the buzz amongst the Hollywood elite who need and seek care for management of pain. A large focus of Dr. Glaser’s practice is on spine-mediated pain due to conditions such as herniated discs, arthritis of the spine, spondylolisthesis, and failed back surgery syndrome. He also treats other conditions, including migraines, peripheral neuropathy, and complex regional-pain syndrome. Crucial to developing a comprehensive treatment plan is the initial diagnosis and work-up to determine the source of the condition causing pain. Treatment plans are usually multi-modal and may include minimally invasive procedures, medication management, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Dr. Glaser completed medical school at the prestigious Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and his internship and residency at the world-renowned University of California at Los Angeles. He resides in Calabasas.


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CALABASAS MED SPA Lawrence Osman, MD 23659 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas 818.225.0122

18546 Roscoe Blvd., #306, Northridge 818.885.0455 | Board certified dermatologist and owner of Calabasas Med Spa, Dr. Lawrence Osman, has been treating patients for over 14 years. Having trained with some of the pioneers in the fields of dermatology and minimally invasive rejuvenation, Dr. Osman offers comprehensive treatments ranging from skin-cancer exams and acne treatments to lasers and injectables. With more than 25 years combined experience, Dr. Osman and his team at Calabasas Med Spa employ cutting-edge treatments, including minimally invasive liposuction under local anesthesia, noninvasive CoolSculpting body sculpting, and advanced facial rejuvenation. A recipient of the Health Beat Elite award, Dr. Osman helps maintain a high safety rating. He is also a Black Diamond Provider of Botox, which places the practice in the top 1% of Botox cosmetic injectors in the entire United States. Dr. Osman earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine and completed his residency in 2002. Since then, he has received numerous awards, including the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association for his outstanding dedication to learning. He continues to serve the educational community on the faculty of UCLA. He also belongs to the American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and many other esteemed medical organizations. Caring and meticulous, Dr. Osman and his colleagues offer minimally invasive, quality care. Believing less is more, the doctor employs his keen eye for aesthetics and expert training to provide optimal results specifically tailored to fit each individual patient.


Christopher Costanzo MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeon 2190 Lynn Rd., #380, Thousand Oaks 805.373.9919 | Dr. Christopher Costanzo attained his board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1987 and has been voted Best Plastic Surgeon, Perennial Favorite, and Winner of the Reader’s Choice Award year after year by the Ventura County Star newspaper. With over 30 years of experience and more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures performed (including over 5,000 breast augmentations), Dr. Costanzo has the expertise and experience to help his patients achieve the look they have always desired. Dr. Costanzo has a 100% perfect safety record with no medical malpractice judgments and has upheld an excellent standing with the California Medical Board. Dr. Costanzo received his B.S. in pharmacy and his M.D. at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He completed a rigorous five-year residency in general and plastic surgery at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He received his Fellowship in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his Fellowship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Akron’s Children Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Costanzo’s philosophy is based on these important tenets: Provide honest and upfront answers to each patient’s questions; be available to listen to each patient’s needs; and provide each patient with information, without pressure, so that cosmetic surgery is always the patient’s decision. By using sound judgment and safe surgical practices, Dr. Costanzo turns fears about cosmetic surgery into wonderful experiences.

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CALWEST HEAD & NECK SURGICAL INSTITUTE Marc Kerner, MD, FACS 696 Hampshire Rd., #110, Westlake Village 18350 Roscoe Blvd., #318, Northridge 818.349.0600 |

The Calwest Head and Neck Surgical Institute is the premiere Center of Excellence for Comprehensive Head and Neck Medical and Surgical problems in Southern California. All of the surgeons are board certified and fellows of the American College of Surgeons and treat a wide variety of ear, nose and throat disorders, and excel in delivering the highest level of surgical care in head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, spine surgery, and pain management. The team is led by Medical Director, Marc Kerner, MD, FACS. Dr. Kerner is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is one of only 850 surgeons who have achieved this designation. Dr.Kerner has developed a number of cutting-edge surgical techniques and instruments in his field. He was the first to use computer-aided image-guided technology for sinus surgery in Southern California. He was the first to introduce powered instrumentation in sinus surgery to UCLA and the community and balloon sinus technology, as well as platelet gel technology in maxillofacial and facial plastic surgery. Dr. Kerner is a clinical professor of surgery at Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine, and adjunct professor of communication sciences at California State University, Northridge. He is the director of head and neck cancer surgery and the Head and Neck Tumor Board at Northridge Hospital.

VITALITY INSTITUTE OF AGOURA Michael Sarti, MD 30200 Agoura Rd., #110, Agoura Hills 818.735.0904 |

Dr. Michael Sarti is a board certified physician specializing in emergency and aesthetic medicine. After 28 years of serving as the medical director of one of L.A.’s busiest trauma centers, he established the Vitality Institute of Agoura in 2012 to cultivate his other career passion, aesthetic medicine. The Vitality Institute of Agoura specializes in scar-free hair restoration and noninvasive anti-aging treatments. Dr. Sarti and his team offer all of the latest and most-effective technology in treating wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots, and in feminine rejuvenation. He features acne laser resurfacing, which has given patients the smooth skin they have wanted for years, as well as laser tattoo removal for all colors and sun-damage and red-face repair. Dr. Sarti also offers several types of premier laser fat-removal and body-sculpting techniques, including Vanquish and Exilis ULTRA. All procedures are done on the premises, utilizing prescribed pharmacological combinations at the time of service if needed. Since these treatments are noninvasive, patients typically resume normal activities immediately after their procedure. Dr. Sarti considers the path to a healthier and smoother complexion and fat loss objectives a journey he embarks on together with patients. He and his staff work with each individual to establish a treatment plan that suits desired outcome, time frame, and budget. Each person’s progress is systematically monitored with the Canfield VISIA camera system so results are visible after each treatment. At the Vitality Institute of Agoura, patients can expect professionalism, friendly service, and results!


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Dr. Matthew Alpert, OD 20929 Ventura Blvd., #23, Woodland Hills 818.883.4303 | Dr. Matthew Alpert, OD, is a board member and chairman of optometric innovation at VSP Global, the largest vision and benefits service provider in the U.S., with more than 71 million covered lives across the globe. He acts as the voice for the VSP network of 30,000 eye care professionals, while working with Google and other strategic partners to identify new and innovative opportunities for the eye care profession. Dr. Alpert is also the owner and practitioner of Alpert Vision Care in Woodland Hills, where he provides comprehensive eye exams, digital retinal imaging, contact lens services, pediatric vision exams, LASIK consultation and co-management, and evaluations, treatment, and management of ocular disease. His onsite optical lab offers state of the art equipment with an optical showroom featuring over 2,000 eyeglass and sunglass frames. Dr. Matthew Alpert graduated with clinical honors from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned the prestigious California Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year Award in 2002. He is the past president of the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society and also served on the founding advisory board for the TLC Laser Eye Center in Encino. The American Optometric Association chose Dr. Alpert to be the liaison for the “Eye on Nutrition” awareness campaign, and he has been a delegate to the California Optometric Association’s Congress and President’s Council. Recently, Dr. Alpert returned from his third trip to Soweto, South Africa, where he developed the “We See” child health project, where 30,000 underserved children will now receive critical eye care services.


Iris Stone, MA, CCC-A, FAAA | Diagnostic Clinical | Dispensing Audiologist 4764 Park Granada, #109, Calabasas 818.222.HEAR | 818.222.4327 | Iris Stone, MA, CCC-A, FAAA holds licenses in audiology and hearing aid dispensing in the states of New York and California. She earned her degrees from New York University and St. John’s University in education, health administration and audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the California Academy of Audiology. Her clinical expertise is in diagnostic testing, including comprehensive audiological evaluations, tinnitus evaluations and management, with a specialty in hearing aid fittings and rehabilitation. Her unique style is the ability to listen to the concerns of each individual and find a solution based on their budget, acoustic, and cosmetic needs. Her focus is on her patient’s lifestyle, always delivering professional, unhurried care with complete follow-up. Hear Clear Hearing Aids, Inc. offers a completely new approach to a hearing care facility. Appointments start on time and last as long as needed. Despite the fact that hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the country, technology has become so advanced that it possible to restore a person’s hearing almost 100% if they are properly diagnosed and if they are fitted correctly with the right type of hearing aid. Iris Stone also uses state of the art technology to test, counsel, and complete the needs of her patients, designed to provide the best quality care. Hear Clear has offices in Calabasas, Ojai, and new offices in Tustin and Palmdale.

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7320 Woodlake Ave., #160, West Hills 818.887.5008 | Dr. Renee Cotter is a board certified gynecologist, providing quality care to women the in West Hills community since 1991. Although Dr. Cotter no longer practices obstetrics, she continues to provide advanced, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and office well woman care as well as aesthetic laser treatments for her patients. Dr. Cotter is considered one of the top gynecologic surgeons in the West San Fernando Valley. Her passion is to provide individualized care to each patient. In addition to minimally invasive outpatient surgery such as hysterectomy, myomectomy, or surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, she also offers treatment for heavy periods, painful periods, contraception, hormone replacement, endometriosis, PMS. She is a solo practitioner, who along with her nurse practitioner, offers a welcoming office experience. Dr. Cotter and her nurse practitioner, Deborah Turturro, offer cosmetic procedures for her patients. Dr. Cotter offers laser liposuction, in office, without general anesthesia, in addition to laser treatment of cellulite, sagging chins, and even underarm perspiration. New to her office are vaginal laser treatments to improve painful intercourse, minor urinary incontinence, or improve vaginal tone and sexual enjoyment. Her nurse practitioner has over 10 years of experience with Botox, Juvaderm, Voluma, and Belotero as well. Dr Cotter grew up in Southern California. She received her BS from the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1987. After completing her internship and residency training at Whiter Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, she established her private practice in West Hills, where she remains today.

FAMILY PSYCHIATRY & COUNSELING Sabira Saifuddin, MD, Medical Director 5655 Lindero Cyn. Rd., #405, Westlake Village 805.341.3416 |

Dr. Sabira Saifuddin is a board certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She serves as medical director at the Family Psychiatry, Counseling & Wellness Center in Westlake Village. Her practice offers cutting-edge psychiatric and preventative treatment, psychotherapy, and lifestyle coaching for individuals of all ages and conditions. She specializes in performing psychiatric evaluations to establish accurate diagnosis and offers brain chemistry testing and analysis to accurately diagnose and prepare a customized treatment plan. Besides medications and counseling, Dr. Saifuddin utilizes medical nutrition, professional-grade supplements, and lifestyle interventions for optimum improvement in mental and physical health for her patients. She and her team – Nicole Montgomery, NP; Sean Nourian, MFTI; and Carmina Zavala, MFTI – provide counseling and therapy services for a wide variety of issues, including ADD or ADHD in adults and children; anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder type I and type II; as well as milder forms of cyclic mood conditions, autism, developmental delays, and related disorders. They also treat other conditions, including fibromyalgia, sleep problems, fatigue, and eating disorders, as well as outpatient treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Dr. Saifuddin is a graduate of University of Southern California, LAC Medical School, and has been practicing since 2000. Her goal is to provide comprehensive treatment to her patients, including behavior therapies, individual therapy, family therapy, and couples counseling. She and her team emphasize a practical approach to problems and focus on building better coping skills.


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MOUNTAIN VIEW DENTISTRY Jeffrey Schechter, DDS 26560 Agoura Rd., #102, Calabasas 818.880.4023 |

Dr. Jeffrey Schechter is the Calabasas and Agoura Hills dentist that people have learned to trust for the health of their teeth, gums, and body. The primary goal at Mountain View Dentistry is to get your teeth and gums to their healthiest state as quickly and gently as possible. Whether you are looking for preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implants, or other restorative procedures, the team at Mountain View Dentistry has the expertise and non-invasive techniques you’re looking for. Dr. Schechter’s philosophy is to focus on preventative dentistry which he believes can save his patients a considerable amount of costly oral health problems over time. He and his team use the most current technology and techniques for your safety and health, including digital x-rays to greatly reduce the amount of radiation his patients are exposed to. Dr. Schechter also specializes in non-toxic tooth-colored fillings instead of mercury-containing silver amalgam fillings. He uses state of the art equipment including dental lasers and digital photography to care for his patients in a way that is healthy, safe, and as stress free as possible. Dr. Schechter received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California School Of Dentistry in 1983. He and his friendly team have been in the practice of general and cosmetic dentistry and the art of beautiful smiles for over 30 years. Dr. Schechter is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Fernando Dental Society.


Sarmela Sunder, MD 16311 Ventura Blvd., #600, Encino 818.501.3223 (FACE) | Ruth Swissa Spa 29020 Agoura Rd., #A6a, Agoura Hills 818.735.8818 Dr. Sarmela Sunder is a double board certified and fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery and has dedicated years of training to the face and neck. This, combined with her innate sense for aesthetics, gives her a distinctive approach to patient counseling. Additionally, Dr. Sunder represents a woman’s perspective, offering her patients a unique experience. Dr. Sunder received dual degrees at John Hopkins University and continued her education at Cornell Medical College, spending years doing research and publishing several articles in leading scientific journals. She completed her residency program and internship at Stanford University, culminating in service as chief resident. During her residency, she trained under the mentorship of a pioneer in rhinoplasty and facelift techniques, as well as a former president of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She continued her training with a specialized fellowship under the mentorship of an internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Sunder merged her artistic talents with her passion for medicine to become one of the most renowned facial plastic surgeons in the nation, lecturing at conferences nationwide. Dr. Sunder and her team are dedicated to guiding patients through their elected procedure, from the decision-making process through the treatment to the recovery process and beyond. Her knowledge of the most innovative medical technologies enables her to offer more-precise and less-invasive techniques that yield more naturallooking results.

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RUMACK-HARMER PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Elena Rumack, DDS & Lecia Harmer, DDS  Owners 16542 Ventura Blvd., #506, Encino 818.943.8228  | 23622 Calabasas Rd., #119, Calabasas 818.222.4543  | Drs. Elena Rumack and Lecia Harmer met 10 years ago at UCLA Dental School and have been fast friends ever since. Both dental care providers are board certified specialists in pediatric dentistry and are co-owners of Rumack Harmer Pediatric Dentistry, in Calabasas and Encino. Dr. Elena Rumack obtained her DDS degree from UCLA. After completing a residency specializing in caring for patients with special needs, she completed a second residency in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Rumack has been a lecturer and clinical instructor at UCLA for the past ten years. Affectionately called the “Tooth Whisperer” by parents, Dr. Elena is known for her gentle ways in treating children and comforting their parents. Dr. Lecia Harmer attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry oral biology. Dr. Harmer actively participates in many community outreach programs, both locally and internationally. Both Dr. Elena and Dr. Lecia are known for their gentle way of putting children at ease when it comes to dental treatment. They strongly believe in preventive dentistry, focusing on nutrition, education, and positive reinforcement in a nurturing environment. To encourage early prevention of dental disease, both doctors encourage parents to bring their children in for their first dental visit by age 1, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


Jason Pair, DDS 23622 Calabasas Rd., #119, Calabasas 818.222.4543 | After graduating from UC Los Angeles with a B.S. in physiological sciences, Dr. Pair traveled north to dental school where he attended UC San Francisco. He then completed his orthodontic residency in 1999 at UCLA, where he was chief resident. His research project was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, the leading peer-reviewed journal in the profession. He has had multiple case reports published since that time. Dr. Pair is a member of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, where he was president for the year 2007. He is currently a peer review committee member. He is a lecturer and clinical instructor in the UCLA Orthodontics Residency Program. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. In addition to lecturing at UCLA, he has lectured to the California Society of Pediatric Dentists, the California Dental Assistant Society and the San Fernando Valley Dental Assistant Society, the ROP program of Santa Clarita and at the University of Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He has participated in various volunteer dental organizations, traveling to Guatemala, Mexico, and Israel. Dr. Pair is dedicated to creating beautiful and healthy smiles and offers orthodontic services for children and adults. He is proud to be associated with Dr. Rumack and Dr. Harmer, serving the community where he resides. Services include all forms of braces, the Damon System, Invisalign, and Surgical and accelerated orthodontics for children, teens, and adults.


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with high honors. She obtained her DDS degree from UCLA, concurrently with a M.S. in


Brenda Johnson, R. Ph. | Inside Gelson’s Market 22277 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas 818.223.8656 | Calabasas Pharmacy celebrated 20 years in the community last year. Pharmacist Brenda Johnson opened the pharmacy because she wanted to practice pharmacy by getting to know her patients and providing comprehensive care in an efficient manner. Consumer Reports states that independent pharmacies make fewer errors, offer swifter service, and are more likely to have medications ready for pickup when promised – which holds true for Calabasas Pharmacy. Brenda was one of the first pharmacists to become certified to administer immunizations 18 years ago. She started with flu shots but has expanded into all immunizations, including the shingles, pneumonia, and DTaP vaccines, and travel vaccines. Travel medications can be filled for patients traveling out of the country without a prescription. Brenda is also trained in hormonal contraception and can conveniently furnish birth control to patients. Calabasas Pharmacy provides medication synchronization, which means they will synch all your medications so they can be picked up together, once a month, before you run out of anything lifesaving. Your prescriptions and vitamins can also be prepackaged into a blister packaging system to remind you to take them at the correct time each day, never forgetting a dose. Calabasas Pharmacy takes most insurance plans, including Medicare Part D, and works with your doctor to get your medications approved so they are covered by your plan. The pharmacy is open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is very easy to transfer existing prescriptions by calling them directly at 818.223.8656.

HEALING COMPASS NATURAL HEALTH CENTER Linda Read Shelby, L.Ac., A.C.N. | Viveka S. Rucker, L.Ac., A.C.N 24007 Ventura Blvd., #102, Calabasas 818.591.8600 |

Healing Compass Natural Health Center in Calabasas provides eastern medicine and functional health care, both as primary care and in conjunction with western medicine. The center’s focus is to create a personalized plan for people of all ages to improve bodily functions, speed healing, and support habit change leading to optimal health and disease prevention. Co-directors Linda Read-Shelby and Viveka S. Rucker are licensed acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as well as certified applied clinical nutritionists. After seeking natural treatment options for themselves, their positive experience with holistic care inspired them to become licensed practitioners and to share this approach with others. Upon receiving their Master’s degrees and state board licensing, they opened their businesses in 2003. Through 13 years of ongoing education and clinical practice, they have come to embrace the best of both eastern and conventional evaluations and tools for healing. They are committed to integrative care and offer support to other physicians by providing adjunctive holistic care programs for their practices. Helping people heal naturally and feel great by eating real, nutrition-rich foods, assisted by whole, food-based supplements and herbs, creates a solid foundation for the energized treatments of eastern medicine. This can awaken and stimulate a powerful healing reaction in the body, mind, and spirit. The center utilizes acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, micro-current, bodywork, nutritional assessment, therapeutic supplementation, and diet and lifestyle coaching, along with personalized, targeted programs. The center treats people in all states of health, from children to those interested in healthy aging.

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DISCOVER THE SECRET TO VITALITY IN AGOURA HILLS by Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler We would all love to find the fountain of youth. Until we do, a

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Dr. Renee Cotter

Offering Advanced Gynecology for the Whole Woman By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler


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Dr. Renee Cotter, one of the most respected Gynecologists in the San Fernando Valley, has been practicing in West Hills since 1991. Dr. Cotter currently specializes in advanced, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and well-woman healthcare. Her center offers hormone replacement therapy, contraception, family planning, and well-woman screening exams. Dr. Cotter also treats incontinence, painful periods, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic organ prolapse, and more. And she does it all in the privacy of her warm and welcoming office, woman to woman. Patients travel far and wide to see Dr. Cotter, long respected for her expert surgical skills. Most surgical cases are performed on an outpatient basis, with minimally invasive techniques prompting shortened recovery times. Dr. Cotter specializes in advanced laparoscopic outpatient procedures for hysterectomy, myomectomy, and even pelvic organ prolapse, where the patient goes home the same day to recover in the comfort of her own home. Women are able to return to their normal activ-

Dr. Cotter currently specializes in advanced, minimally

ities and work in one to two weeks.

invasive gynecologic surgery

Dr. Cotter also offers treatments to help women look and

and well-woman healthcare.

feel their best, such as SmartLipo laser procedures to remove fat. In a single visit, Dr. Cotter can minimize saddlebags, love handles, belly and underarm fat, double chins, and sagging necks without general anesthesia. Laser treatments to remove cellulite, tighten saggy skin, or even treat underarm perspiration are also available. Additional cosmetic treatments include Botox and fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, and Belotero.

Her center offers hormone replacement, contraception, family planning, and wellwoman screening exams.

When estrogen replacement in menopause is inadequate or not an option, special laser treatments can help make painful intimacy far more pleasurable. Dr. Cotter was raised in Southern California. She received her B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her residency training took place at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. For the past 25 years, Dr. Cotter has practiced in West Hills. She currently focuses primarily on gynecology and surgery and other well-woman issues. n Renee Cotter MD 7320 Woodlake Ave., #160 West Hills 818.887.5008

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KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT NATURAL: THREE COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND THEIR MANY USES By Pax Ansley Take a look into your bathroom medicine cabinet.

Just as Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) was once praised

The odds are that you will find a myriad of differ-

by the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, in

ent color vials and bottles filled with various liquids,

the year 400 BC, this medicinal marvel can help

creams, and gels. Products that promise the ap-

detox our systems, aid in weight loss, clear sinuses,

pearance of eternal youth and everlasting beauty,

and lower cholesterol. The natural bacteria-fight-

enough to make any medieval alchemist envious.

ing properties can help clear up a sore throat, set-

There are miracle hair elixirs, skin cleansers, and

tle the stomach, eliminate bad breath, and even

smoothers, each pricey product with a different

stop the smell coming from your feet after a killer

dazzling label filled with promises. Believe it or not,

workout. ACV can also soothe itchy or burned skin

there are three simple, natural items that can re-

due to insect bites or rashes from poison ivy. As for

place almost every product in your under-the-sink

your beauty routine, ACV can work as a shampoo

menagerie. What’s more, you most likely already

to remove flaky residue on your scalp that leads to

have these items hiding in your kitchen cupboard.

dandruff, double as a facial cleanser, and function as a natural deodorant.

Sodium bicarbonate, more commonly known as bak-


ing soda, is a naturally occurring mineral known as

Coconut Oil has been found to have hundreds of

nahcolite. The ancient Egyptians used nahcolite as a

uses in our daily life. This multi-tasking oil has obvious

cleaner. Today, we can channel that great civilization

moisturizing properties but can also take off make-

by using this amazing compound for cleaning bath-

up and get rid of dandruff. This delicious-smelling

tubs, toilets, or kitchen sinks. With baking soda’s alka-

oil’s antioxidants make it an incredible anti-aging

line pH levels, its uses are endless. Baking soda can

tool that can control blemishes and sooth the itchy

neutralize a nasty case of heartburn, soothe a killer

effects of eczema. Aside from the fact that coco-

sunburn, or even put out an actual fire. Its cleaning

nut oil can replace any kind of skin or hair moisturiz-

properties will work in your beauty regime to wash

er on the market, it can also act as a bug repellent,

your hair, brush your teeth, and wash your face, and

shaving cream, massage oil, or even, yes, a natural

as a natural alternative to deodorant.

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possible. More than 98% of strawberries, peaches,

bow. Shiny reds, deep greens, rich purples, and

nectarines, and apples tested positive for at least

bright oranges fill your vision on every side. You

one pesticide residue. Potatoes, celery, grapes,

close your eyes and breathe in. The air is sweet

cherries, kale, collard greens, spinach, tomatoes,

and cool. You lose yourself in the moment until your

cucumber, and peppers are also present on the list

grocery cart bumps the pyramid of pomegran-

of produce found to have the highest incidence

ates displayed in front of you. As the deliciously

of pesticide residue. For these, spending a bit

tart fruits teeter precariously, you snap back to the

more on the organic option is definitely worth it.

reality of your local grocery store. You look down at your grocery list clutched tightly in your hand: apples, bananas, broccoli, and strawberries. As you resume focus on your task, you look around at the different signs and labels. The word “organic” jumps out at you from all sides, usually attached to a slightly higher price tag. Is it really worth it? What does it all really mean for you and your family?

very little pesticide residue. If there is not enough room in the budget for organic everything, these are the fruits and vegetables that could be switched out to a more budget-friendly, non-organic alternative. Avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, and kiwi are among the produce that

For something to be labeled organic, as defined

showed very low concentrations of pesticide res-

by the USDA, it should be grown without the use

idue in the tests.

of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, tested 6,953 samples of produce from all over the country. Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested contained pesticide residues. Even though an organic alternative is always a good choice, it is not always easy to buy organic everything. Luckily, not all non-organic produce is created equally. Some produce tests revealed that certain fruits and vegetables are more likely to contain pesticides; these are the fruits and vegetables that you really want to buy organic, if at all


Other fruits and vegetables were found to hold

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All tests performed by the USDA were on washed and peeled samples. Organic or not, and whatever the source, make sure to always wash your produce thoroughly in cool running water. A produce brush is a nice way to scrub heartier fruits and vegetables. Even if you intend to peel the fruit or vegetable or cook it, it is still very important to wash before consuming. Don’t let nasty chemicals and pesticides rain on your produce parade. Buying organic when you can will help keep harmful chemicals out of your family’s bodies, our air, and our water, and will also encourage more sustainable farming for our planet. n

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GOT SINUS ISSUES? CALWEST HEAD AND NECK SURGICAL INSTITUTE CAN HELP Have you had recurrent colds, post nasal drip, or nasal blockage that doesn’t seem to go away? If so, there’s a good

Treatment of bacterial sinusitis Therapy for bacterial sinusitis includes appropriate antibiotics. In

chance you have had sinusitis. Over 37 million people suffer

addition, nasal sprays or decongestants may be recommend-

from sinusitis each year. Marc Kerner, MD, FACS, is double

ed to relieve congestion. We do not recommend prolonged use

board certified by The American

of nonprescription nasal sprays or

Board of Otolaryngology – Head

drops. Inhaling steam or using sa-

and Neck Surgery and The Amer-

line nasal sprays or irrigations is ef-

ican Board of Facial Plastic and

fective to relieve sinus discomfort.

Reconstructive Surgery. He is the medical director of Calwest Head

Diagnosis can be made by look-

and Neck Surgical Institute located

ing into the nasal cavity with a

in Westlake Village and Northridge.

small endoscope and, if neces-

He is also a pioneer in some of the

sary, an x-ray scan of the sinuses. If

latest treatments for sinus issues and

it is determined that sinus passag-

has treated thousand of patients.

es are narrowed or blocked, there are now a number of state-of-the

When is a cold actually sinusitis?

art options that can be used to correct this condition.

Sinus infections develop when the

According to Dr. Kerner, balloon

sinuses become blocked. Bacte-

sinuplasty is a minimally invasive

ria flourish in the sinuses, creating

procedure for patients suffering

symptoms such as runny nose, con-

from sinus blockage. Dr Kerner

gestion, facial pain, and pressure.

is one of the first surgeons in the

Sinus blockage is caused by allergy

country to do the procedure,

attacks or structural issues. It can be

which is performed in the office

made worse by exposure to environ-

under local anesthesia and al-

mental pollutants. Bacterial sinusitis

lows rapid recovery for patients.

is treated with antibiotics to cure the

The technology for this procedure

infection and prevent future compli-

was adopted from angioplasty, in

cations. Normally, mucus from the

which small balloon catheters are

sinuses drains into the nasal passages. When people have a cold or allergy attack, sinuses become inflamed and are unable to drain, leading to congestion and repeated infections. Diagnosis of acute sinusitis usually is based on physical examination and a discussion of symptoms.

used to dilate blocked vessels. In the case of sinuses, the balloon is used to enlarge drainage pathways. Minimally invasive surgery is also available to correct anatomical deformities that lead to obstruction of the sinuses. The balloon sinuplasty devices are effective endoscopic tools and may be used with other medical therapies or endoscopic surgical

X-rays of sinuses or a culture of nasal discharge is used to

techniques. The balloon sinuplasty

test for bacteria.

products can be used for one patient over several sinus issues. Addi-

When acute becomes chronic sinusitis

tionally, this procedure does not limit

Frequent sinus infections or an infection lasting three months

future treatment options for patients

or more are likely indicators of chronic sinusitis. Symptoms of

with progressive disease.

chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute sinusitis; however, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and can require surgery to correct the blockage and relieve the symptoms.


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Comprehensive Knowledge, Highest Ethics, Best Results • 95% of patients have significant pain relief from the first treatment • Immediate appointments available for acute pain • Open access to patients needs (concierge without fee) • Removal of the disc without surgical incision • The best results of PRP (platelet rich plasma) • Stem Cell Therapy for sports injuries • Kyphoplasty for vertebrae fracture • New treatment for Fibromyalgia and bladder pain

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Dr. Tanya Altmann Treats the Whole Child at Calabasas Pediatrics By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler Over the past few decades, healthcare has changed drastically. Rushed office visits are the norm, and often, no one doctor oversees a patient’s care. Children are the future. They deserve the best, most up-to-date healthcare possible. A new mode of pediatric medicine, the concierge model, is growing in popularity in response to today’s fragmented healthcare system. It emphasizes preventative, holistic care by a central doctor who develops a relationship with a young patient over time. Now, more than ever, it is critical that a single physician helps manage a child’s healthcare. A working mom herself, Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, understands the day-to-day challenges that patients and their families face. She opened her concierge practice, Calabasas Pediatrics, in July 2015. Dr. Tanya strives to help parents and children become active participants in their


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Services include: • Well visits • Sick care • Home visits • Telemedicine visits • Nutrition counseling • Lactation consults • Immunizations • Travel consults & vaccines • Ear piercing • ImPact • GeneSight • CellScope

health, addressing issues preemptively to prevent them from

Dr. Tanya completed her internship and residency at UCLA.

growing unchecked.

She received a medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine and Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McK-

“As the practice owner,” Dr. Tanya notes, “I regularly spend

enna College. She serves as assistant clinical professor at Mat-

hours reviewing past medical records, talking to specialists,

tel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and chief medical advisor for

and creating personal health plans for patients and families,

the Newborn Channel. She is also on the editorial advisory

many of which address diet, nutrition, sleep, stress, and exer-

board for Sharecare, a new interactive healthcare website.

cise. Getting healthy and staying that way are the primary

She’s also appeared on such popular shows as Dr. Oz and The

goals for our patients. We take great care when referring our

Doctors and has been quoted in hundreds of periodicals from

patients to specialists, ensuring coordination of care tailored

Parenting magazine to the Los Angeles Times. n

to each patient’s needs.” The center offers three levels and price ranges – VIP, extra care, and as-needed care. Families desiring full access to Dr. Tanya via cell phone, email, and video calls, might opt for the VIP level. The lower-cost, most-popular Extra Care level includes 24/7 access and comprehensive, unhurried, same-day appointments. The center also provides as-needed appointments for occasional visits during regular hours. And yes, the doctor even makes house calls, often eliminating the need for a trip to an urgent care center or long wait in the ER. There’s also a helpful interactive symptom checker on her website, with a comprehensive list of symptoms, photos, and advice. Dr. Tanya also helps young patients transition from pediatric to adult care. A mother of three, she’s keenly aware how good nutrition benefits growing bodies and minds. Her latest book, What to Feed Your Baby, helps parents navigate today’s oft-confusing world of nutrition. It stresses the 11 foundation foods critical to brain development and growth – eggs, prunes, avocado, fish, yogurt/cheese/milk, nuts, chicken/ beans, fruit, green veggies, whole grains, and water – that should be the basis of every child’s diet in the three phases of early life: infancy, toddler, and preschooler.

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Health Summit

By Irene Marshall Photography by Melissa Westervelt and Tim Horton Photo

We were looking forward to this year’s Health Summit so we could

Being a medical consumer empowers people with knowledge

get proactive about our health and learn about prevention and

to make educated choices on prevention and treatment for life

early detection for cancer. It was an intensive day of education

and illness. “Educating yourself leads to self-empowerment, and

with noted experts who have innovative information and new

you will protect your personal environment by making simple

techniques to help prevent and cure cancer. Traditional medicine

changes in your daily life,” says Dr. Jere Rivera-Dugenio, who is a

and alternative medicine were introduced, with ideas on how

doctor of natural medicine and a holistic researcher.

to change your life and hopefully save it. Our heads swam with everything we needed to change, but then we remembered something Fran said: “Don’t make perfect the enemy of good.”

Here are some highlights…

In other words, you don’t have to be perfect; just try to be a good

Cancer statistics:

version of perfect. Fran Drescher is a 16-year cancer survivor,

• One out of every three women will get cancer.

actress, author of Cancer Schmancer and the founder of the

• One out of every two men will get cancer.

Cancer Schmancer Movement. She pulled together experts in

• The NIH says, “The five-year relative survival rate for all childhood

many areas of alternative and traditional medicine to teach

cancers combined is now approximately 81%. As of 2006, the

people how to be medical consumers.

five-year relative survival rates for the five most common cancers were: breast, 90%; prostate, 100%; lung, 16%; colorectal, 67%; and bladder, 81%.”


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• The most common cancers are breast, prostate, colon, rectal,

prevention of lung and brain cancer. Other benefits include using it as

bladder, and melanoma.

a pain medication and using it for nausea, to stimulate appetite, and to decrease anxiety. And there are numerous other health benefits,

• The cancer mortality rate has decreased by 23% since 1975.

Alternative therapy: Hope4Cancer’s Dr. Antonio Jimenez suggested seven keystones to treat the whole body with nontoxic treatment protocols to have a

including helping with Chron’s disease, glaucoma, epileptic seizures, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, hepatitus C, Inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, lupus, Parkinson’s, PTSD, etc. The final comments were: “Hydrate before you medicate.”

foundation for success in treating cancer.

Breast cancer:

1. Spiritual and emotional health

Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center gave the advice to get

2. Practice nontoxic cancer therapies

tested for the BRCA gene. Drink three cups of green tea a day and take

3. Enhance your immune system

a healthy dose of folic acid. Folic acid can be found in leafy greens,

4. Detoxify your life

asparagus, broccoli, papaya, oranges, avocado, seeds, nuts, Brussel

5. Nutrition balance

sprouts, beans, peas, lentils, okra, cauliflower, beets, and bell peppers.

6. Eliminate pathogens 7. Oxygenate

Holistic approaches:

Geopathic stress: Regular exposure to electromagnetic frequencies weakens our immune system and ability to fight disease. Fran mentions, “Everything

Marilu Henner and her husband, Michael Brown, shared their story

old is new again.” Get rid of your cordless phone, Bluetooth, and

about how lifestyle changes helped Brown beat cancer without

never sleep with your cell phone near you. Sometimes going old

chemotherapy or radiation. They used the best of western and

school is better for your health.

eastern medicine to help him and wrote a book about it, Changing Normal. They changed his lifestyle, diet, and stress level and added in

The ugly side of beauty:

herbal therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional supplements to remove

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of Beauty by Stacy Malkan is a

the toxins from his life and improve his immune system.

book we all should read. There might be lead in your lipstick, dioxane


in baby soap, or coal in your shampoo. The cosmetics industry has been under-regulated for decades. The industries toxic secrets have

Ninety-two percent of cancer is related to the environment. It’s time

begun to finally emerge. Our skin is the largest organ in the body, so

to detox your home, food, cosmetics, cleaning products, etc. Ed

why would you cover it in toxins?

Begley Jr. stressed the importance of actually reading the labels on your cleaning products with all those strong smells and finding out

Please do your own research and be a medical consumer if you

what is really in them.

decide to practice any of these remedies and consult your physician.

Benefits of cannabis:

There was so much good information we could not mention all of it.

Whether you voted for or against legalizing it, you can’t ignore the

For any further information or to get involved go to the Cancer

benefits it has in helping those with cancer. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan,

Schamancer wesbite and follow the

MD, MPH, FAAFP, spoke about using cannabis to promote wellness

organization at for the most

and prevent illness, in some cases by using cannabis as a plant

cutting-edge information on cancer prevention and early

medicine. Cannabis has been used to shrink tumors and in the

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Lidia Ortiz, owner of The Headline Salon in Woodland Hills, hosted a special fundraiser to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society and to help support Nate Newman, a 17-year-old brain cancer survivor. Lidia learned about Nate’s condition through her longtime employee, Mary Jane Trifon who is Nate’s Grandmother. Determined to help, Lidia and her staff have hosted this event for the past three years. Nate was diagnosed with this life-threatening condition in the summer of 2012 when he was just 13 – and it has changed his life forever. This years’ event on October 30, celebrated Nate’s three years of remission. Nate, his brother Max, and parents Jacquee and Steve Newman attended this event where friends supporting “Team Nate-Dawg” raised about $10,000. Nate uses his own experience as motivation to give back by mentoring other kids who have spent part of their youth battling cancer.


On October 27, under the evening stars, in Calabasas, Michelle Conwiser hosted B’yachad, Southern California’s, “Raising Breast Cancer Awareness One Glass at A Time” event. This fundraising event surpassed B’yachad’s expectations, raising over $6,500.00 and reinforced Hadassah’s committment to do what it has done for over 100 years, which is to dedicate itself to medical research without regard to borders, religious, affiliation, monetary needs, or artificial political boundaries. Jen Levin, a local resident and breast cancer survivor bravely shared her courageous story, winning her battle against doctors, the insurance industry, and beating cancer itself, in front of approximately 100 members and friends. Guests painted wine glasses and enjoyed delicious food sponsored by Brent’s Deli of Westlake, Nothing Bundt Cakes of West Hills, and wine, donated by Aja vineyards, and Santa Barbara Wineries. All proceeds benefitted Hadassah Medical Organization’s Breast Cancer Research.


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I believe that treatment does not just stop with an intervention. It’s important for me to understand my patients and their lifestyles..


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By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler Dual board-certified, interventional pain-management physician Dr. Jeffrey Glaser opened Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino more than 15 years ago. His goal is to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from chronic pain, with an emphasis on conditions of the spine that cause symptoms, such as back pain, neck pain, and sciatica. At some point in their lives, eight out of 10 people suffer from a major episode of back pain. Living with pain can turn one’s life upside down. Dr. Glaser offers alternative, minimally invasive solutions to surgery. Interestingly, greater than 50% of his patients have had previous neck or back surgery and see Dr. Glaser because they still suffer from pain. Back and neck pain can be disabling, depressing, and very upsetting, says Dr. Glaser. There are situations where surgery is “needed,” but most of the time, patients don’t “need” surgery, and less-invasive treatment modalities can get a patient out of a pain crisis. Dr. Glaser works with the finest spine surgeons in the community so that when a patient does need a referral, there is continuity of a dedicated care team. The field of interventional pain management utilizes the most stateof-the-art, advanced, and minimally invasive techniques to treat a patient’s underlying problem. It is critical that patients first have a comprehensive evaluation and consultation with Dr. Glaser with complete review of studies and other medical records. Once Dr. Glaser has evaluated a patient, he can recommend a treatment plan. Some procedures utilized by Dr. Glaser include nerve ablations/rhizotomies, selective nerve-root blocks, epidurals, sympathetic blocks, Botox, minimally invasive discectomy (no incisions), and spinal-cord stimulation.

Dr. Glaser and his staff continue to improve patients’ quality of life while adhering to the Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm.” Min-

Dr. Glaser believes that treatment does not just stop with an in-

imizing the use of controlled substances while maximizing the use

tervention. “It’s important for me to understand my patients and

of minimally invasive treatments to alleviate pain, Dr. Glaser offers

their lifestyles,” he stresses. By understanding his patients’ life cir-

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cumstances, hobbies, habits, and goals, he can best custom tailor treatment plans. After graduating from the prestigious Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Dr. Glaser completed his internship and residency at the renowned UCLA Medical Center. He then practiced in Las Vegas before returning home to Southern California to open his private practice in Encino in 2001. One of the most exciting advancements for patients suffering from chronic back and leg pain is the newest generation of spinal cord stimulators (SCS). “SCS is like a pacemaker for pain,” says Dr. Glaser. A SCS is a device that delivers high frequency electrical signals to the spinal cord via leads which are implanted in the epidural

Conditions Treated: Herniated or bulging discs Back and neck pain Sciatica Peripheral neuropathy Spinal stenosis Failed back surgery Degenerative disc disease Arthritic conditions Vertebral compression fractures Congenital spinal problems Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) Migraines Sports injuries

space. The signals modulate or change the signal of pain going to the brain. The net result is that patients experience relief of back and neck pain without major surgery and without dangerous narcotics. One of the best parts about SCS is that patients can actually “test drive” this treatment modality to see if it is an option for them before having it implanted.

Jeffrey B. Glaser, M.D. Glaser Pain Relief Center 16311 Ventura Blvd., #518 Encino 818.501.PAIN (7246)

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Vitality Institute of Agoura celebrated the Grand Opening of their new expanded office located at The Ridge in Agoura. The design and features of this first-class office development provides Vitality the per fect setting for their clients who seek the latest skin and laser treatments. The Vitality Institute of Agoura is owned by Dr. Michael Sarti, a board certified physician with over 30 years of experience treating patients. They offer a wide range of medical spa treatments for men and women including hair restoration, radiofrequency microneedling, aesthetician services and facials, anti-aging laser treatments and fat removal. The new and expanded space at their new location further supports Dr. Sarti’s dream where he can provide patient care in a serene and nurturing environment. The office is beautifully comfortable and the staff is comprised of highly qualified registered nurses and aestheticians who help all of their clients on their journey to a healthier and smoother complexion.


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Finally, there is great news about a visit to the dentist! While new and

tender, swollen, or appear to be receding from the tooth. Addition-

extensive research has linked dental disease to such problems as

al signs include chronic bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, and

heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, there now is conclusive scien-

loose teeth. Because of prevalent gum disease, many people be-

tific evidence that people with gum (periodontal) disease are more

lieve that bleeding gums or even occasional “doggy breath” is nor-

likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.

mal. Unfortunately, these signs can signal the presence of infection that, if left untreated, can lead to possible systemic complications

Heart disease claims 600,000 lives annually, making it America’s number one killer. The connection between heart disease and bad gums is straight-forward: The mouth is a gateway to the body, and bacteria from infected gums can cause inflammation, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. Clots subsequently decrease the blood flow to the heart, thereby causing elevated blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack. We strongly believe that this unfortunate scenario can easily be diagnosed and prevented with regular dental care. Additional studies, recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, have also shown that gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers analyzed brain samples from people with Alzheimer’s and found gum-disease-related bacteria in 40% of the brain samples. No such bacteria were found in the brain samples from people without Alzheimer’s. The rationale for the link suggests that bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain, where it can potentially lead to brain-tissue degeneration that appears similar

and potential loss of bone and gum tissue in the mouth. The most exciting news for patients concerned about gum disease is that we now have technology in the dental office to screen and diagnose the presence of gum disease with fairly high accuracy. The test involves a saliva swab in the office, which is then analyzed for bacteria. Once confirmed, the dentist can prescribe appropriate medication to eradicate the bacteria. Subsequently, the dental hygienist can remove the infectious plaque and treat the affected tissues with antimicrobial rinses. After the dentist addresses and treats periodontal disease, a consistent in-home preventive-care routine will be required. This could include the use of an oral irrigator (such as Waterpik), twice-daily brushings, use of a recommended oral rinse, and a diet rich in Vitamins A & C. Partnering with your dentist and routine dental examinations will greatly aid in managing and preventing any future periodontal disease.

to Alzheimer’s disease -- a grim possibility that once again can be easily

We have much to celebrate with our dental patients. We now

diagnosed and averted with proper dental care.

have the science and technology available to diagnose and treat periodontal disease, thereby preventing future health complica-

A growing body of research further correlates periodontal bacteria

tions. A visit to the dentist now can mean a substantial contribution

to pancreatic cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, miscarriages, pre-term

to your future well being, and that’s news worth celebrating!

births and related birth defects, and systemic complications with diabetes, strokes and hypertension.

In this new year, we join the entire dental community in wishing you

So what is this destructive gum disease? How does it form? How do

much health and happiness, and

we diagnose it, and how do we banish this microbial enemy from

thanking you for trusting us with your

our mouths and bodies? According to the American Dental Associa-

all-important oral care.

tion, 80% of Americans have mild to moderate gum disease caused by pathogenic bacteria that form in the mouth and live at the gum line. The usual culprits contribute to the formation of gum disease: smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, poor dental care -- and even being male. Warning signs of gum disease include gums that are red,


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The Healing Compass Natural Health Center in Calabasas hosted an open house event where chamber members, friends, and guests enjoyed a great evening learning about the health benefits they provide. Healing Compass provides Eastern Medicine and Functional Health Care both as primary care and in conjunction with western medicine. The focus is to create a personalized plan for people of all ages to improve bodily functions, speed healing, and support habit change leading to optimal health and disease prevention. The Healing Compass Natural Health Center is owned by Co-Directors Linda Read-Shelby and Viveka S. Rucker. Both women are licensed acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as certified Applied Clinical Nutritionists. They opened the center after seeking natural treatment options for themselves and their positive experience of holistic care inspired them to share this approach with others. They treat people in all states of health from children to those interested in healthy aging.


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WEST HILLS HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER POWER OF PINK West Hills Hospital & Medical Center hosted their annual Power of Pink community event on October 20 at the Woodland Hills Country Club. The physician panel featured seven distinguished and board certified doctors, oncologists, hematologists, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons who make up part of the impressive breast cancer team at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Topics for the discussion included The Importance of Early Detection, Advances in Mammography, Genetics, Breast Cancer in Men, and Reconstructive Surgical Options. The event was moderated by Bridget Karl, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community. Each year, more than 220,000 Women in the United States are diagnosed with Breast Cancer. West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here and equipped to offer more than hope. The good news is death rates have declined since 1990 and a generation of women, aided by increased awareness, early detection, and improving treatment options, are living more full and healthy lives.

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To help you stick to your healthy-living resolutions, we’ve selected some of our top picks for nutritious goodies. Whether you’re constantly on the go or just want something full of flavor and nutrients, get your daily fix with these picks.


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1) COFFEE SMOOTHIE ( 1 banana (pre-sliced and frozen) ½ cup brewed coffee, chilled ½ cup milk (any type: almond, coconut, skim, etc.) ¼ cup rolled oats Optional: whipped cream, cinnamon, cacao nibs or anything you like! Blend all ingredients until smooth.

2) SKINNY & CLEAN CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE ( 2 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour (or gluten-free) 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 8 / tsp. baking powder 1 16 / tsp. salt ¼ tsp. coconut oil 2 ½ tsp. honey or agave ¼ tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. plain nonfat Greek yogurt 1 tbsp. nonfat milk (or milk substitute) Optional: sugar-free caramel syrup on top Coat coffee mug with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, Greek yogurt, milk, honey or agave, and vanilla. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Transfer batter to the mug and microwave on 30% power for 2:30. Let cool for 2 minutes.

5 3) OAT & BLUEBERRY BLENDER MUFFINS ( 2 cups rolled oats 2 large eggs 1 cup Greek yogurt 2 large ripe bananas 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. vanilla extract 3 tbsp. honey A pinch of salt Preheat oven to 390 degrees and line muffin tray. Put all ingredients except blueberries into a blender until combined. Stir in half the blueberries. Pour the mixture into muffin pan filling ¾ full. Top with remaining blueberries. After baking for 15-20 minutes, allow muffins to cool on rack.

4) ROASTED CHICKPEAS ( 2 cans of chickpeas ¼ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. paprika 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dry chickpeas and toss in bowl with olive oil and salt. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Combine spices and sprinkle on top.

5) ZUCCHINI PASTA PESTO ( 2 large zucchini 2 3 / cup roasted garlic walnut pesto 1 cup cherry tomatoes Fresh basil for garnish Sea salt Julienne the zucchini to make noodles. Lightly salt and drain in a colander for 20 minutes. Toss noodles and tomatoes with pesto until combined. Garnish with fresh basil.

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MOVE! The Best Places to Get Fit for the New Year

If you’ve been down that New Year’s resolution path (and who hasn’t?), you know the drill. You begin with an earnest vow while standing by the chip bowl at a New Year’s Eve party—“I’ll lose 20 pounds! I’ll run a marathon!” But once you get back to your usual life’s routine, come February those ambitions fizzle like day-old champagne. No surprise: A University of Washington study found that almost half of us ditch our resolutions before March. To keep a resolution from becoming more than a fleeting commitment, start the New Year on the right foot with these fitness studios. These local fitness options are a sure-fire way to get you motivated and in shape.



EPX Elite Performance is much more than just a health and wellness company. EPX takes great pride in their program design and fitness knowledge. They believe fitness should be fun and movement quality should be the focus of each exercise since natural human movement is the basis of their program design. They offer single, semi-private, and small group classes with training programs that are fun, safe, and incorporate both strength and conditioning and are designed to transform the body. In addition, EPX Elite Performance offers agility and speed training and TRX and kettlebell classes.

Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Sports Academy is a one of a kind, 96,000-square-foot, state of the art athletic development campus where every athlete – no matter age or ability level – can train like a professional…and maybe train right next to one, too! “We use leading edge technology and world class coaches, trainers, and practitioners to provide an inspiring experience for all of our athletes,” says General Manager Ashley Dean. “Everyone who walks through our doors is an athlete to us. We’re here to help people get better. What ‘better’ means is up to the athlete.” Director of Athletics Tim Jensen explains, “Some athletes are on JV and want to make varsity. Others are starters on varsity and want to play in college. Some are professional hopefuls. Others are training for the Olympics. And many are parents, just wanting to stay in the game.”

21522 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.245.5008

With classes offered every hour from open to close, there is something for everyone. EPX also offers a one-of-akind professional athlete performance training program to professional, collegiate, and youth athletes, in addition to their elite program, which includes education in injury prevention, maximum speed development, and energy-system conditioning. Named a top 10 gym in Time Out magazine, they offer options for all ages, budgets, and fitness levels. EPX Elite Performance has a beautiful new facility with all new, state of the art equipment, and it is open Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Check out their personal training facility in Woodland Hills for your free one-week membership – you will not be disappointed!

1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Thousand Oaks 844.518.7246

Sports Academy’s key differentiator is the fully integrated solution it delivers to the athlete, with everything under one roof. “Full-circle development” is how Sports Academy describes its methodology and process, which means it’s not just sport-specific development that is offered on the campus. The Integrated Sports Medicine Clinic is led by Dr. Beau Daniels, team chiropractor for the Los Angeles Rams. “We take insurance and provide outstanding care to everyone who comes through our doors,” says Daniels. Other areas of development are Mindset and Sports Psychology, Sports Performance, Injury Prevention and Recovery, a Bio Mechanics Lab, Nutrition, Dieter’s Close Quarters Defense® (CQD®), and a Learning Center, which are all key components of the Full-Circle process.


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5126 Clareton Dr., #160 Agoura Hills 805.432.6689 KO Studios is Agoura Hills’ premier boxing-fitness, small-group training studio. KO stands for community and encouragement and is a place where many walks of life are welcome. KO’s clients have the common goals of working hard, giving their best, and seeking a safe yet energizing place to have coaches guide them, support them, and provide the routines to achieve great results while discovering how hard they can push themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. Their mission is to provide clients with an immediate feeling of positive energy and inspiration through their unique concept, technique, and delivery of the KO personalized experience. They give you the benefits of private training, overview, and support in all of their small group classes. Their effective 30-minute workout sessions are designed around cardio, fitness, bag work, kickboxing, boxing, weightlifting, and stretching. Coach Henry Castro spent his life in the fitness business, evolving through various positions and learning all avenues of the fitness business. He bought his first gym at the age of 23. After opening numerous Powerhouse gyms and managing many Spectrum Club locations, Coach Henry went on to pursue his own signature style of boxing-fitness and opened KO Studios. Clients on Yelp have noted how supportive and motivating the coaches are and how the workout is the best they have ever had. In addition to the many 30-minute classes offered, KO Studios is proud to share their space with chiropractor and wellness practitioner Dr. Michael S. Shore, DC. At KO, fitness and wellness goals can be met together.

DEFY AGING SOLUTIONS™ 22941 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.584.2010

DEFY AGING SOLUTIONS™ is the area’s only fitness program for adults 40+, designed by physicians to be safe and game-based to be fun. Producing measurable results for the body and brain, it all adds up to a comprehensive “Clinical Concierge Fitness™” program that can’t be found anywhere else. The physician-designed workouts ensure safety and effectiveness for all members regardless of their initial fitness level. The 35-minute sessions are fast to fit a busy lifestyle. There are a maximum of eight participants per session, and the spa-like setting of the world’s first Private UltraWellness Studio™ provides an energizing comfort. It’s like nothing you have ever experienced before. The 21-day FASTSTART Program begins with a medical questionnaire and a comprehensive fitness assessment. After 21 days, participants are retested. Average results have shown a 10% decrease in blood pressure and a 5% decrease in body fat. Also, increases average over 26% in strength, flexibility, cardio endurance, and reaction time. These remarkable results have been proven in men and woman, ages 40 to 86. In just three weeks. Clients also report feeling better, moving better, and having more energy. It’s so much fun that one member has said, “It’s like recess for adults!” DEFY AGING SOLUTIONS™ is a group of caring professionals committed to keeping you motivated and on track to accomplish your personal health and fitness goals. For a limited time, the 21-day FASTSTART Program is offered at a special rate of only $97. Call today to start the New Year with measurable fitness results.


27040 Malibu Hills Rd. Calabasas 818.880.2993

The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is the community’s choice for fitness, recreation, and events. This 30,000-square-foot health club features a gymnasium with basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and a 35-foot indoor rock climbing wall. Their health club is open seven days a week and features professional workout stations, adjustable treadmills, step machines, elliptical machines, a calisthenics area, and an extensive collection of free weights. The dance exercise room is home for their fitness classes. From calm and gentle classes, like yoga, stretch, and Pilates, to energetic and upbeat classes like Zumba, step, spin, and R.I.P.P.E.D., they offer an impressive array of over 50 fitness classes for you to choose from. The AHCCC personal trainers help you reach your health and fitness goals, increase your cardiovascular health, and learn about healthy eating choices. The 10,000 square foot gymnasium features basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and badminton courts that are available for open play at various times throughout the week. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports – so come to the AHCCC and see why! The players are friendly and beginners and advanced players are welcome, and it is great exercise! They offer affordable pricing with no annual contracts so you can stretch your body without stretching your wallet! Call or drop-in for a tour today!

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Fitwall offers one of the most fun, safe, and effective studio fitness experiences. Their group classes consist of 40 minutes of results-oriented, high-intensity interval training with workouts that provide an effective blend of strength, cardio, and flexibility training.

The Calabasas Country Club Health & Fitness Center is a world class health and fitness complex designed to inspire you to lead a healthier more balanced life… and what a great way to start the New Year! In this 6,000 square foot health and fitness paradise, you will find the best in weight training and cardiovascular equipment including Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes, PowerMill, SYNRGY360, TRX, and more. The cardiovascular machines are the most advanced available, each featuring a personalized television with DIRECTV. The functional training area is designed to improve range of motion, core strength, and balance. Tools including stability balls, foam rollers, kettlebells, and battling ropes are readily available.

Team G Tennis is a professional academy in the SFV catering to athletes who want to excel in their sport. Team G’s focus is to provide a fun, competitive environment to train high performance kids ages 9-17 to reach college & professional levels.

26799 Agoura Rd. Calabasas 818.665.5142

The company uses their own proprietary equipment called “The Fitwall” which is an apparatus that allows them to safely load and challenge the body in more intelligent and effective ways than traditional fitness methods. Fitwall’s unique technology platform inspires, guides, monitors, and tracks each person’s individual progress and forces the body to work as a unit, creating a stronger, sleeker, and functional physique for men and women. One of the best aspects to the Fitwall training system is it works for everyone! The company’s methodologies and coaching applies to customers of all ages, fitness levels, and interests. While their workouts can be challenging, their coaches are there to make sure you are working at an appropriate level for you. Because their workouts are based on timed intervals, each person can perform the amount of exercise at the pacing that is best for them. This means if you are just starting out, you do just a little and gradually do more. If you are already fit, it means pushing and doing more than you have before. Since all of the Fitwall workouts are just 40 minutes in length, it’s the perfect amount of time for an efficient, effective workout that fits easily into your day and workout regime.


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Health & Fitness Center 4515 Park Entrada Calabasas 818.222.8111 Ext. 121

Dynamic and popular instructors lead the group exercise program. The main studio, indoor cycling studio, and Pilates studio are each uniquely designed with specialized flooring, lighting, temperature control, and sound system. With over 30 complimentary classes and several kids’ classes each week, the class schedule is the best in the area. Classes include indoor spinning, Total Tabata, total body conditioning, Zumba, Pilates mat, kickboxing, golf, fitness classes, and a full mind-body program with yoga, stretch, and more. Your membership will begin with two complimentary sessions with one of our elite MOTIVATORS™ personal trainers each carrying an NASM or equivalent certification with their record of delivering outstanding results. They will analyze your health history, lifestyle, and goals to design a program specifically to meet your needs. For information or to schedule a tour, contact Tim Kinlen, director of fitness at

22855 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas 323.686-TEAM 323.686.8326

Team G Tennis owner Gerald Mathews has always been inspired to achieve greatness. He believes that by providing the right support to those who want to work, sweat, and constantly challenge themselves, his players will be able to go on to achieve top-level ranks, as well as recognition by top colleges and professional tennis competitions. Coach Mathews takes a personal interest in each student to make sure they receive the most challenging and rewarding experiences that allow them to succeed. His students not only respect him as a coach, but also as someone they can trust and who keeps the game fun. In addition to helping his students achieve their personal and professional goals, his tennis students receive amazing health and fitness derived by the sport. Physically, the sport demands quick anaerobic movements that burn fat, increase the heart rate, enhance muscle strength and promote high energy levels. Mentally, the tactical aspect of the game involves alertness and quick thinking to develop shot patterns, generating new connections between nerves in the brain. Once his students master the game, they can enjoy a lifetime of these great health benefits. Connect with Team G for camp, private lesson and fitness training! Now accepting high performance athletes in all sports to train with them this summer!

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WHY CARDIO IS KING: THE INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE By Pax Ansley There are two types of people in this world: those who absolutely

The most obvious benefits of cardio can be seen in the cardiovas-

love cardio and those who would rather walk across a bed of

cular system. As the heart itself is a muscle, it must be worked out

broken glass than get on a treadmill. No matter which category

or it starts to deteriorate. In addition to making the heart stronger,

you fall into, one thing is for sure – cardiovascular exercise is one

this type of exercise increases blood circulation and increases

of the best things you can do for your body. Practically every

the body’s need for energy, which means more calories burned

system in the body sees benefits from aerobic exercise. From the

as fuel and a raise in the metabolic rate.

nervous system to the endocrine system, cardio works its magic on your body in ways you cannot even imagine.

As any cardio junkie can attest to, aerobic exercise releases “feel-good hormones,” called endorphins. These are nature’s lit-

Cardiovascular exercise, or aerobic exercise, is any movement

tle happy pills. The endocrine system sends these hormones out

that requires the body to take in extra oxygen while increasing

almost immediately after a raise in heart rate and oxygen intake.

the heart rate.

Endorphins help to ease depression and anxiety, as well as fatigue. This natural stress reliever can actually decrease appetite

In the nervous system, the benefits from aerobics occur mostly

as well.

in the hippocampus. This is the section of the brain that supports learning and memory. With the increased circulation of oxy-

If the weight racks are your preferred method of fitness, consider

gen-enriched blood, cardio training can aid in neurogenesis, or

this: Cardio will significantly decrease your recovery time between

the creation of new brain cells. It is also shown to reduce the

gym visits. By bringing more oxygenated blood to muscle tissue,

amount of age-related holes that develop in the white and grey

muscles are able to heal faster, clearing out the soreness-causing

matter, thereby slowing the effects of aging on the brain.

lactic acid and allowing a quicker return to pumping iron. n


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The StarPhysique Awards ® annually recognizes and celebrates those individuals who most inspire others in the world of health and fitness. This year, the red carpet and banquet award ceremony of the StarPhysique Awards ® took place on Sunday, November 13, at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Award nominees and recipients, along with some of the biggest stars in fitness, sports, and entertainment, were in attendance. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Los Angeles St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Recipients of the StarPhysique Award are honored for the past and present accomplishments in over 15 categories, including per formance, television, movies, teaching, commerce, health, wellness, fitness promotion, and more. Their selection is based on overall and continued achievements and contributions to communities. For more information about the StarPhysique Awards ® , please visit

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Adds Life to Your Years


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By Lori Berezin

aquatic exercise or stationary cycling. Ex-

“In my opinion,” offered Dario, “any

perimental studies demonstrate that com-

movement that is increasing your heart

Staying fit can benefit anyone at any age.

bined aerobic and resistance exercise

rate, weight bearing, and cardiovascular

Exercise is even more crucial for seniors try-

training helps keep the mind sharp.

is beneficial. There is no wrong exercise

ing to maintain good health. A myriad of

unless you have certain ailments that

studies from the Centers for Disease Con-

It can also lead to a life more in balance.

trol and Prevention, Johns Hopkins, Ameri-

Liane explains, “With the increase in the

can College of Sports Medicine, and else-

number of fall-related injuries in older

Chris added, “Consult with your doc-

where show that exercise positively affects

adults, many exercise programs include

tor before beginning any exercise pro-

strength, endurance, and flexibility. It can

aerobic and resistance training, balance,

gram. Once cleared, start out slowly and

even increase life expectancy by slowing

and tai chi. Flexibility training, such as

gradually. Too many people who begin

age-related biological changes.

yoga or static stretching, can also im-

exercising go too hard too soon, which

prove an older adult’s range of motion.”

may contribute to injury.” And then, he

The fitness pro sums it up.

stressed, “Make sure to incorporate car-

The American College of Sports Medicine

prevent you from doing so.”

advises seniors to engage in moderate

diovascular exercise, plus strength and

aerobic exercise 30 minutes a day, five

flexibility training into your weekly rou-

times per week, and strengthening exer-

tine. If it has been a while since you have

cises several days a week. They found ex-

The American College

exercised and are unsure of how to be-

ercise even helps reduce blood pressure

of Sports Medicine

gin, speak to a fitness professional and

and muscle strength in those with chronic,

advises seniors to

program for you. Think of it as adding life

disabling conditions. Most importantly, it

engage in moderate

in some people. It also improves stamina

can help older adults maintain their independence longer by reducing their risk of

aerobic exercise

developing coronary heart disease, high

30 minutes a day, five

blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes. According to John Hopkins Medicine,

times per week, and

individuals who remain inactive increase

strengthening exercises

their chances of developing depression and anxiety and even breast cancer.

several days a week.

have him/her design a safe and effective to your years!” You don’t have to be an Ironman Triathlete like Chris to enhance your life through exercise. According to the Functional Aging Institute, it’s never too late to start. Evidence strongly demonstrates that regular exercise can improve health and fitness for adults of all ages, even after years of sedentary and unhealthy behaviors. Even






people in their 90s and beyond have

award-winning University Village Thousand

demonstrated significant improvements

Oaks senior living community weighed in

in aerobic power, muscle strength, mus-

on the positive impact fitness can have on

“Simply put, any form of exercise that is

cle power, flexibility, balance, physical

senior health – Chris Morgeson, Dario Sen-

safe, effective, and FUN for the older in-

function, and many aspects of health.

ftleben, and Liane Fujita Ahmed.

dividual is most likely the best option.” Whether one joins a fitness group or sim-

Dario noted, “Strength training is very im-

The fitness trainers at University Village

ply walks with a group of friends, the

portant for all adults, but especially older

Thousand Oaks find that residents enjoy

benefits of exercise clearly outweigh any

adults. It prevents loss of bone density and

a wide variety of exercise options from

temporary inconveniences or hurdles.

muscle mass. Physical activity promotes

dancing, golf, and tennis to yoga, tai chi,

With moderate exercise, a little luck, and

circulation and mobility as well as one’s

and swimming. All a person needs is a

a positive outlook, many can continue to

ability to perform everyday tasks.”

good pair of walking shoes and a desire

“live long and prosper” throughout their

to improve one’s overall health. It doesn’t

senior years. n

Regular exercise can also improve men-

matter whether one chooses fitness classes

tal and emotional well-being. It reduces

or weight lifting at home or in a gym. What

University Village Thousand Oaks

stress, anxiety, and depression while im-

counts most is that one finds activities he or

3415 Campus Dr.

proving energy, sleeping patterns, and

she enjoys, so exercise becomes more of a

Thousand Oaks

mood. Even those with physical limitations

pleasure than a chore.


can enjoy low-impact activities such as

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Can Someone Please WORK OUT FOR ME? By Marc Cohen The holidays are over. We all put on the required 10 pounds. We

Fitbit Ari WI-FI Smart Scale. They give you a free version, which gives you

signed up for the lifetime membership at the local fitness center. We

two “get moving” sessions per week, or you can opt for the $30-a-year

are psyched. Ready. Set. Go! Wait! What do you mean, I actually

program and get unlimited access to all the content on the site.

have to show up at the gym in order to get into shape? You mean I have to use those horrible-looking machines to get results? Sadly, the answer is “yes.” Oh, if only there was a magic pill to get six-pack abs or lose 10 pounds overnight. There’s no perfect, easy solution, I’m afraid. So, let’s get real, and let’s get physical. You can hire a trainer, but this option can be cost prohibitive. It is, however, in my opinion, the best option. If you are like me, you need someone to push you towards your goals. But most people don’t want to spend $500 a month for a personal trainer. So, what’s left? Well, here are some apps that may help:

Looking for a quick workout? Try the Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout. It’s easy to use and time efficient, and all you need is a chair. It will include our old high-school friend jumping jacks. Thrown into the mix, you’ll also get pushups, wall chairs, high-knee running in place, and more. There’s also the added benefit of being coached through each move. Lose It is a great app and website. It is designed to help you lose weight by counting calories and keeping track of your exercise. It is compatible with many fitness devices and allows you to import your calorie intake vs. your calorie output.

Yoga is a great way to get fit, stretch your muscles, and soothe

Surprisingly, a fitness watch can help. Personally, I like the iWatch.

your mind. Grokker is a program that gives you unlimited access

It tells me how many calories I burn and how many steps I take

to workouts with video instruction for $14.99 per month. You can

each day and week. Remember, the goal is 10,000 steps per day.

stream it to your TV with your PC or Mac. It comes with a 14-day

That’s about five miles. You don’t have to kill yourself with heavy

free trial so you can try it before you commit. Their experts are

workouts, but you do have to do the work.

certified fitness trainers. I wish you health and fitness for the For $12 per month, try Fitnessglo. They give you over 500 videos

New Year. I have to go now; I have

in HD. The videos include balance, Pilates, strength yoga, and

hired a personal coach to exercise

more. You can even schedule classes by choosing the day and

for me. I think it is going to work out

time. It also has an offline mode that lets you view your classes

really well. I feel thinner already. n

without an internet connection. See you on the radio! If you want to emulate your sports heroes, check out FitStar by NLF great Tony Gonzalez. It is compatible with Fitbit, Up by Jawbone, and


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Pacific Festival Ballet held their 18th Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party and Luncheon on Sunday, November 6, at the beautiful Sherwood Country Club. It was an enchanting afternoon filled with “sugar and spice and everything nice,” including a special silent and live auction, photo booth, children’s activities,




fundraiser for Pacific Festival Ballet’s 23rd season of The Nutcracker. Artistic Director, Kim Maselli, honored resident composer Eric Allaman, whom she has collaborated with on three original world-premiere ballets, The Sea Princess, Noah’s Ark, and Camelot (debuting on May 19, 2018). Pacific Festival Ballet is the resident ballet company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The company studios and their training school,




will be relocating in January to their beautiful





Village. For more information, please visit


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Turning Challenges into Triumphs By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler

During this time of diminishing budgets and increasing class sizes,

Synergy Academics caters to students at every educational level,

some students are challenged in getting the personalized attention

from elementary school through college. There are four divisions:

they need in a given subject. Finding a mentor, or tutor, can help

One-on-one Tutoring, standardized test preparation, college ad-

bridge this gap.

missions counseling, and study center. Study center offers a distrac-

All-in-one academic tutoring and test-prep center Synergy Academics in West Hills strives to build confidence in every student by developing natural strengths. The center’s founder, Jennifer Lopata, has more than 20 years experience working with students and adolescents in behavioral therapy and child development. Lopata truly believes every student is capable of learning with the proper nurturing and guidance. Synergy Academics pairs each pupil with a compatible and suitable tutor. The team develops a meaningful one-on-one relationship based upon the student’s particular learning style. Compassionate tutors help students achieve more than they could on their own.


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tion-free environment where students can read, study, and complete homework assignments independently or in small groups. There is also a tutor available to answer questions. With one-on-one tutoring, students can choose from a wide array of tutors on nearly every subject. Standardized test preparation helps students study for the Advance Placement exams, ACT, SAT, ISEE, and subject tests. Tutors help improve a student’s knowledge, accuracy, confidence, exam stamina, and test-taking strategies. The college counseling division provides supportive guidance to help students navigate the often confusing college admissions process.

“Overcoming educational challenges builds the confidence that ulti-

the-art facilities include private rooms where students can focus

mately results in academic success,” notes Lopata. During her two dec-

on their studies and a more relaxed lounge area. There’s also a

ades working with students and adolescents, Lopata has developed an

bank of computers and laptops available, or students can provide

affinity for helping children and teens navigate the path through ado-

their own. Synergy’s knowledgeable tutors inspire students to real-

lescence and early adulthood. A mother of three, she learned firsthand

ize their academic goals. Compassion, camaraderie, and effort

about the role confidence plays in education. After receiving both a

result in better test scores and greater overall comprehension. The

bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA and a master’s degree in

benefits of tutoring are evident throughout history, from ancient

social work (MSW) from USC, Lopata became a licensed clinical so-

Greece, when Socrates first coached Plato one-on-one using his

cial worker (LCSW). She spent her early career counseling severely

famous Socratic method, to today. Tutoring clearly works. It’s a

emotionally disturbed adolescents and then served as director of op-

win-win situation for all! n

erations at an educational services company. Working through the myriad of challenges along her own career path prepared Lopata for creating an optimal learning environment at Synergy Academics. The center strives to make students feel right at home as it helps families take charge of their children’s academic success. The state-of-

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Cesar Millan By Beth Cone Kramer Photography by Debbie Vaccarello To Calabasas residents Anngel and Victor Benoun, Fergus is truly a miracle dog. The couple’s golden retriever rescue has garnered worldwide attention. “He wasn’t supposed to survive. He was injured with third-degree burns when his abuser doused him with battery acid. He was in a holding cell to be put down, and now, he is thriving,” shares Victor. “He weighed just 45 pounds and is now 66 pounds, strong and healthy. An amazing series of events brought him to where he is.” The story of Fergus and the Benouns began in the summer of 2015 when Anngel watched the news of his rescue on NBC4’s News. At the same time, the couple’s senior golden, Sammy, also a rescue, was at the end of his life. Anngel remembers, “I told my husband that if our beloved Sammy passes away and Fergus survived, I desperately wanted him.”Although the couple had previously rescued from Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, they faced stiff competition from over 400 other applicants. Anngel was determined to add Fergus to the family and, later, to recruit famed dog whisperer Cesar Millan to help Fergus with his onleash aggression issues. Anngel reached Millan through NBC anchor/reporter Robert Kovacik, who had been nominated for an Emmy for his story about Fergus. Millan loved the story and wanted to help. “Our goal from day one for Fergus was to have him become a certified therapy dog,” shared Victor. “USC county burn and trauma centers have already said they want him. He will be the first dog ever at the burn center, and he has gone to multiple events, interacting with burn and trauma victims.” Anngel adds that she would like to see Fergus participate in schools to show kids about overcoming adversity. Anngel says Millan recognized the problem immediately. The couple had been allowing Fergus to be the “leader of the pack” on their walks. “We were focusing on his terrible trauma and trying to baby him but Cesar taught us that Fergus only focuses on today. He doesn’t think about yesterday or tomorrow,” she explains. What’s next for Fergus? He has appeared along with the Benouns and Millan on T.D. Jakes Show on The Oprah Winfrey Network and is focused on training for his certification through Love on 4 Paws Animal Assisted Therapy organization. You can follow Fergus on Facebook at Fergusgoldenretrieversurvivor. For more information about how your dog might train to be a therapy dog, contact Love on 4 Paws at n


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The Leonis Adobe Museum hosted their annual “Winter Celebration” With Santa Claus on Sunday, December 4. Hundreds of families came out to enjoy the festivities where kids got to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to tell them what they wanted for Christmas! Kids also enjoyed making a multitude of Holiday arts & crafts, feeding the ranch animals, and enjoying the live interactive kids’ music by Craig Newton. The Leonis Adobe, built in 1844, is one of the oldest surviving private residences in Los Angeles County and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the San Fernando Valley. This historical monument and living history museum is located in the heart of Calabasas and is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing California ranch life from the 1880s with visitors throughout the year. The Leonis Adobe Association links people today with the past through public, educational, and organizational programs developed to experience California history.


The Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) celebrated its 35th anniversary with a fundraiser held Sunday, October 30, at the Dark Canyon Ranch in Calabasas. This family-friendly event featured a delicious lunch from Blue Table, beer from Ladyface Brewery, wine from the Woodland Hills Wine Company, and fantastic live music by Dorado. Guest speakers included UCLA professor and scientist Dr. Robert Wayne. There were several kids’ activities, including pony rides, nature crafts, and live animals. Proceeds benefited MRT’s work to continue to preserve and restore the natural environment of the Santa Monica Mountains and to help restore the burned Headwaters Corner. The MRT is committed to working in partnership with the community to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains for the benefit of the environment and for present and future generations through land acquisition and conversation easements, habitat preservation and restoration, and research education. For more information, please visit


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Charitable Exotic Car Show

By Dustin Troyan Photographed by Greg Grudt

The 13th Annual Motor4Toys Charitable Exotic Car Show and Toy Drive was a huge success. Thousands of car enthusiasts from all over California headed to the Anthem Building in Woodland Hills for what has become the largest automotive toy drive in the world. Motor4Toys began in the El Camino Shopping Center 13 years ago, and its genesis was a little car event called “Supercar Sunday.” Many readers might remember the weekly car show that brought so many enthusiasts together so close to Calabasas. Fast-forward and Motor4Toys has collected well over $5,000,000 in toys that are distributed to children in need all over the state. Proudly, Motor4Toys operates by giving 100% to charity. At this year’s event, just about every car imaginable was on display. The Auto Gallery, Coastline Motorsport, and Chrysler presented sponsors, and they brought out some of the rarest and most exotic cars. The Petersen Automotive Museum was also present as a sponsor and attended the event with the Checkered Flag 200’s members in full attendance. On the day of the event, over 45,000 toys were collected and then distributed to supporting agencies that help deliver toys to children in need. It was a wonderful day! n


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On Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, The Closet by Sharon Segal and Nina Segal held two fabulous trunk shows. On Friday, Citizens of Humanity held their trunk show and raffle between 12:00-4:00 p.m. Attendees were able to peruse the new styles, and were even offered complimentary embroidery by Lot, Stock and Barrel, with the purchase of 2 pairs of denim. On Saturday, the Charlie & Marcelle trunk show took place at the same hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Jewelry designer Kristina Jacobs from Charlie & Marcelle was in attendance and met with the guests. The Closet by Sharon Segal and Nina Segal is best known for their expressive, fun, and ever-changing items that curate your lifestyle. They offer brands such as Paige Denim, Burning Torch, and Moussy. Visit them at The Promenade in Westlake Village.


The Angels of the Alliance hosted their Annual Holiday Gift Boutique at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park on November 30. The event showcased over 15 great vendors with a fabulous selection of clothing, jewelry, and decorative gift items. The Angels of the Alliance, founded in 1999, is an auxiliary fundraising group for the Alliance for the Arts. Funds raised by the Angels of the Alliance support the Kids and the Arts program, which provides local T itle 1 students throughout Ventura County to experience live theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza . The funds raised provide free busing and tickets to per for mances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The Kids and the Arts gives rewarding and oftentimes life-changing cultural experiences to thousands of underserved children in our community. Through Angels sponsored events, they strive to raise awareness of the Arts in our community.


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FRIGHT NIGHT CELEBRATES EDGAR ALLAN POE Spotlight The Arts Foundation presented a wonderful evening of dramatic readings of short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe to celebrate Halloween. The event was held at Barnes & Noble Books in the Commons on October 23. Calabasas Mayor, James Bozajian, also presented a great historical background on the famous author.

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BESITOS Boutique celebrated the holidays at their new location in Woodland Hills on December 14, where shoppers enjoyed an evening of shopping, food, and wine. This new boutique features all of their clients’ favorite designer brands including Alberto Makali, Eva Varro, Lisette, Jag Jeans, and more, plus fabulous jewelry by UNOde50! Guests shopped for themselves, and everyone on their list, with the help of fashion savvy advice from Besitos owners Eva Lucero and Joy Palmer. The new Besitos location in Woodland Hills provides a warm, friendly, comfortable atmosphere where women can enjoy themselves shopping, socializing, and sharing a few laughs. No matter what the occasion, you’ll always find the per fect outfit, accessories, and gifts. The new BESITOS Boutique is located between Fallbrook and Shoup at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Sale – with lots of free parking in the back of the store!


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THE NEW WEST SYMPHONY POINSETTIA SUPPER CLUB FUNDRAISER Photography by Kyle Berman On December 9, double Grammy winner Jack Jones headlined the New West Symphony League’s annual Poinsettia Ball holiday fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Ross Porter, former broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, acted as master of ceremonies for the event. Proceeds from the Poinsettia Supper Club supported the New West Symphony’s orchestra and its community outreach and education efforts, many of which are focused on exposing children and young adults to the beauty of symphonic music. This event was the 29th annual Poinsettia Ball hosted by the New West Symphony League, the volunteer organization that provides financial support to the symphony. The evening included a cocktail hour, dinner, and live auction, followed by a performance by Jack Jones. More information is available at

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On November 18, Glam Boutique Spa had its grand opening event. Glam Boutique Spa is a luxurious day spa for women to hang with their girlfriends and get quick services like spray tans, facials, lashes, waxing, and more. The spa will also carry some of the industry’s best skincare and body care products, such as Intraceuticals, Epicuren, and PCA. Owner Lindsay Faulk, L.A. socialite and entrepreneur, has wanted to own her own business for years and is beyond blessed that ex-husband Marshall Faulk (NFL player) has helped make her dreams come true. Lindsay is excited to share her passion with others and help transform their skin, one Glam treatment at a time. You can now visit Glam Boutique Spa at 22749 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills and visit them online at


On November 7, the 11th annual Ross Porter Celebrity Golf Classic took place, benefiting Stillpoint Family Resources, helping individuals and families in crisis through counseling and educational programs. Stillpoint’s executive director is Ross Porter Jr. and his wife Jenni. Ross Porter Sr., former L.A. Dodger announcer for 28 years with Vin Scully, has hosted this tournament played at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. Many current and former baseball players, along with other sport’s celebrities, continually participate to support Stillpoint each year. This year, some celebrities supporting were Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Peter O’Malley (former Dodgers owner), Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Erik Karros, Shawn Green, Rick Dempsey, Jeff Weaver, former Lakers star James Worthy, and a host of others. The highlight of the evening’s live auction, mc’d by Justin Alderson and Daron Sutton, was a lunch date for two people in a private setting with Vin Scully, the newly appointed “Medal of Freedom” honoree of President Obama. For more information, please visit


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EVERY SATURDAY, 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. CALABASAS FARMERS MARKET Rain or shine, residents and visitors flock to Old Town Calabasas where a weekly farmers market replaces the old general store. Local vendors bring their fresh and exotic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and prepared foods to go.

january ••••••••••••••• NOW – APRIL 9TH THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR EXHIBITION With over 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition gives you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the production teams, and come face-to-face with recreations of Pixar film characters. For more information, visit JANUARY 10TH 7PM – 9PM DRINK, PAINT & CREATE Add a twist to date night, girls’ night out, or simply me time! Winey Art has teamed up with TGI Fridays in Woodland Hills to Drink, Paint & Create! Come see for yourself and unleash your inner Picasso! They bring ALL the supplies. Their artist guides you step by step to your completed painting in two hours and you take home your masterpiece to show off to friends and family. Located at 5919 Canoga Ave. in Woodland Hills.

ANNUAL MAYOR’S ADDRESS On Wednesday, November 16, Mayor James R. Bozajian held The 2016 Calabasas Mayor’s State of the City Address at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. The evening outlined the city’s accomplishments over the past year, which included the 25th anniversary of Calabasas. Music, history, and arts were some common themes throughout the night. Bozajian thanked our amazing firefighters and their efforts in regards to the Old Fire on June 4, in addition to commemoration the grand opening of the Senior Center at City Hall. The unveiling of the city officials’ commissioned artwork for the 25th anniversary also took place which featured a brilliant painting, by Maureen Gaffney, which measures at 40 square feet. Cimberly Castellon, co-writer of Images of America: Calabasas, received a key to the city in appreciation for her support and contributions. In addition to, Laureen Morick, founder of the City Arts Council, received the Citizen of the Year award.


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JANUARY 14TH 7AM – 2PM AGOURA HILLS/CALABASAS COMMUNITY CENTER COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is holding its annual Community Flea Market! This “one-stop shop” will feature clothing, jewelry, vintage accessories, furniture, knick-knacks, and much more! Located at 27040 Malibu Hills Rd. in Calabasas. For more information, contact Jenna at 818.880.2993 or JANUARY 14TH 10AM – 2PM 7TH ANNUAL COATS FOR CASA COAT DRIVE With 30 tons of snow for sledding and playing, this event is a great opportunity for family fun with complimentary coffee and smoothies, kid’s winter crafts, and a visit from everyone’s favorite ice princess. Bring new or gently used winter clothes of all sizes, including coats, sweaters, hoodies, mittens/gloves, winter hats, and scarves to benefit the children and youth of Casa Pacifica in Camarillo. Last year over 2,200 coats and warm items were collected and distributed to local children and their families. Located at 3000 Three Springs Dr. in Westlake Village. For more information, visit JANUARY 21ST, 10AM – 12PM TOUCH-A-TRUCK AT MALIBU PUBLIC LIBRARY The City of Malibu, Parks & Recreation Department, and the


Blush Boutique owner Sherry Thomas celebrated two milestone events in October – the 7th Anniversary of the Blush Boutique in Calabasas and the 2nd Anniversary of their new store in Thousand Oaks! When Blush Boutique first opened for business, Sherry Thomas was determined to create a relaxed and stylish atmosphere for women who love to wear fantastic clothes at affordable prices. Her fashion philosophy that “beauty is ageless” is reflected with her fashion-forward clothes and accessories that are contemporary and sophisticated, with comfortably chic elegance per fect for Southern California. Guests came to celebrate the store’s great success at the Calabasas and Thousand Oaks locations and enjoyed wine, food, and laughs while they shopped! Since new styles arrive weekly – Blush is your “go to” shop where you can always find an amazing collection of contemporary clothing, jewelry, and accessories for every type of woman at amazing prices!

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Malibu library proudly present: Touch-A-Truck! A special event where children can see, touch, explore, and honk the horns of their favorite trucks and emergency vehicles serving the Malibu community. All ages welcome! Event will include construction trucks, emergency vehicles, story time, art activity, LEGO robotics, and more. Visit or call 310.456.2489 for more information. Located at 23519 Civic Center Way in Malibu. JANUARY 27TH 2PM & 3PM ORTHOPEDIC SYMPOSIUM West Hills Hospital is holding an orthopedic symposium on January 27. At 2:00 p.m., Umesh Bhagia, MD, will be speaking about hip pain and hip replacements, and then at 3:00 p.m., Nirav Shah, MD, will be speaking about knee pain and the latest treatment options. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited, so please RSVP at 818.676.4321. Located at 7300 Medical Center Dr. in West Hills. JANUARY 31ST, 6:30PM – 8PM MUSETALKS PRESENTS: ROB & LISA BERES, THE HEALTH HOME DREAM TEAM Ron and Lisa Beres are Certified Green Building Professionals who help people attain optimal health by creating toxic-free homes. Ron and Lisa will share their simple techniques to make your home safer and greener with step-by-step solutions to improve your health…today. Reserve your spot at Located at MUSE Prime Campus, 1666 Las Virgenes Cyn. Rd. in Calabasas.

february ••••••••••••••• FEBRUARY 2ND – FEBRUARY 5TH THEATER LEAGUE PRESENTS DIRTY DANCING You’ll have the time of your life reliving the summer of 1963 with Baby, John, Penny, and all your favorite characters. From its first exciting steps to the unforgettable final lift, DIRTY DANCING’s choreography should not be missed. Features hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Located at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

VETERANS DAY AT UNIVERSITY VILLAGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Sixteen military uniforms and numerous memorabilia and photographs from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were on public display this past Veterans Day at University Village Thousand Oaks. The uniforms and other items belong to the residents of the retirement community who loaned them for the one-day public viewing. All service branches of the military, except the Coast Guard, were represented in the display which included medals, a Japanese sword, and personal wartime photographs. Commemoration of Veterans Day is especially meaningful for the more than 100 veterans living at University Village. This year’s event also featured a formal program with a concert by the Air National Guard Band Brass Quintet and an intergenerational “thank you.” Eleven individuals representing each decade thanked the University Village veterans for their service – a child, a teenager, a 20-something young adult, a 30-something, and on up to resident Marian Benson, age 107.


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FEBRUARY 8TH, 6:30PM – 8PM MUSETALKS PRESENTS: JACKIE DAY, AUTHOR OF THE VEGAN WAY In The Vegan Way, Jackie Day outlines a 21-day plan that emphasizes the three core reasons for going vegan: being as healthy as you can, being compassionate to animals, and respecting our planet. Each day, Jackie provides inspiration along with a specific goal to achieve, with all of the support you need to accomplish it. Reserve your spot at Located at MUSE Prime Campus, 1666 Las Virgenes Cyn. Rd. in Calabasas. FEBRUARY 18TH 8AM – 11AM WESTLAKE VILLAGE PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH WALK/RUN 10K/5K Family-friendly community expo with food and drinks, live music, and kids’ corner. Price: $35 pre-registration, $40 day-of registration (one fee of $50 total if running both the 5K and 10K--must pre-register). 10K starts at 8:00 a.m., 5K starts at 9:30 a.m., 1K kids’ fun run is at 10:30 a.m. (registration opens that morning at 7:00 a.m,). Register at Located at Westlake Village City Hall. Send in any calendar submissions three months in advance to:

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Everyone around me is sick; how can I stay healthy when I’m surrounded by germs?

Illnesses, such as colds, flu, strep, and pneumonia, are much more prevalent in wintertime, but there are ways to strengthen your immune system. A healthy immune system protects you by creating a barrier to stop invaders from entering your body. And if one slips by, it destroys them. When your immune system is depleted, bacteria, viruses, and toxins can overwhelm your body. The result? You get sick. To strengthen your immune system, first, get a flu shot, if you haven’t already. This is the most important thing you can do. Flu season typically peaks in February and can continue until May. Second, wash your hands often with soap and water. Viruses can live for hours on surfaces. If you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer that contains alcohol. Keep your hands away from your face. Cold and flu viruses enter through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Third, get plenty of aerobic exercise and sleep. Aerobic exercise is any activity that gets your heart pumping. It increases your body’s natural virus-killing cells. Walking fast for 20 minutes three times a week has been shown to improve immune response. Sleep is important too because sleep deprivation is known to suppress immune system function. Fourth, maintain a healthy diet. Avoid alcohol and sugar because microbes love sugar. A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins can boost resistance to infection. Eat in color; dark-green, red, yellow, and orange fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants. Try berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR AND BOUTIQUE Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s annual Holiday Homes Tour Boutique took place on Saturday,

Fifth, boost your immune system with supplements and vitamins. Get vitamin C and zinc (in lozenge form) and helpful herbs like Echinacea, ginseng, and garlic. Finally, relax. Evidence shows that your immune system revs up when you destress, but when under constant stress, you’re more vulnerable to everything from the common cold to major diseases. Take time for yourself, get a massage or do anything that relaxes you.

December 3, and Sunday, December 4, at a new location: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village. This fundraiser was a self-guided tour that showcased the beautiful holiday decorations of Conejo Valley homes. This event is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, with proceeds providing cancer support, education, and hope, free of charge, to local people affected by cancer and their families. In addition, their boutique featured items such as holiday décor and gifts, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and apparel. For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, please visit or call 805.379.4777.


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Brenda Johnson, R.Ph. Calabasas Pharmacy Owner Inside Gelson’s Market 22277 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas M – F: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. P: 818.223.8656 F: 818.223.8750

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INDEPENDENCE RIDE On Sunday, November 6, corporate sponsor Tire Pros and its dealers united to raise money to empower our nation’s severely wounded veterans and the caregivers who support them to take control of their lives through The Independence Fund. Through its dedicated mobility and treatment programs, the Fund assists veterans in transforming their lives toward a better future. The Independence Fund, a nonprofit organization, provides all-terrain mobility devices and other services to disabled veterans. The money raised gives disabled veterans the opportunity to get back outside and enjoy doing things they love through a variety of mobility devices, all completely customized according to each veteran’s lifestyle, injuries, and family goals. The Independence Ride featured a 62-mile, 25-mile, 8-mile, and 3-mile ride throughout the morning. The rides ranged in routes from Lake Sherwood, a loop through San Fernando and Simi Valley, and Agoura Hills. Each ride featured rest stops at different Tire Pros locations, which offered Gatorade and protein snacks.


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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero Being part of the Calabasas community gives us the luxury to look at our surroundings and embrace all that they offer. We have a lot to be grateful for in our unique city.

GLO DRY CELEBRATES 7TH ANNIVERSARY Glo Dry – the area’s most popular Blow Dry Bar and Beauty Lounge celebrated their 7th Anniversary in Calabasas. Owner Gloria Lopez and her stylists are committed to give their clients an amazingly memorable luxury service to satisfy all their beauty needs! The busy salon is located next to the Calabasas post office!

Recently, former Mayor James Bozajian delivered the Calabasas state of the city address. While listening, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride. Our city has grown rapidly. We are a growing community where the residents and businesses are both enthralled and excited about our future. We have truly come a long way. I wonder what the founders, the Chumash Indians, would have thought about the Kardashians? Here are some shining examples of what is great about Calabasas: • Our Calabasas football team is an 14-0 on the season. What a victory for them. Go Coyotes! They will be playing in the State Championship Semi Finals. • We have a fantastic nationally ranked school district, which attracts families to Calabasas. • Moody’s has upgraded the City of Calabasas bond credit rating to AAA. • Our streets are well-groomed with beautiful parks, a new senior center, a library, and a gorgeous city hall. • The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and Calabasas Country Club are top notch. • The community offers a variety of fun annual events: the Pumpkin Festival, the Calabasas Malibu Food and Wine Festival, the Calabasas Fine Arts Festival, the Calabasas Film Festival, concerts in the park and more. • We even have a city song, which, upon request, Mayor Bozajian will sing for you! The upcoming holiday season will bring further wealth and success to our community. Shoppers and restaurant goers come from all the neighboring counties and cities to enjoy our homespun offerings. We welcome their presence and, most of all, their business. Our success is the gateway to their future business. Wishing all a happy and prosperous holiday season.


Pamela Kissel CEO/President Calabasas Chamber of Commerce

Agoura Sash and Door donated a large truck full of doors, hardware, and windows on December 1. This is the second donation they have done in the last few years. Habitat ReStore sells the materials received at various locations and uses the sales amounts to help fund their house building efforts. Agoura Sash and Door are proud to be supportive of this organization.

The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce 23564 Calabasas Rd., #101 Calabasas 818.222.5680

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Sq. ft.

List Price

Sales Price

24621 Vista Cerritos

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24543 Via Esquina

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24882 Paseo Primario

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24687 Cordillera

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4501 Park Monaco

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23337 Park Colombo

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23230 Park Corniche





24839 Earls

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24925 Paseo Del Rancho

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3427 Malaga

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3615 Deauvilla

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24940 Lorenzo

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3682 Avenida Callada

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5716 Lyon

Mont Calabasas




5454 Wellesley

Mountain View




25648 Queenscliff

Mountain View




4210 Prado De Los Pajaros

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25345 Prado De Los Gansos

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24355 Little Valley

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24350 Bridle Trail

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5840 Annie Oakley

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24304 Little Valley

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*Sales represent closed transactions between 10/19/2016-11/29/2016 (Standard Sales only)

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RARE, MOSTLY ONE-STORY, ARCHITECTURAL ESTATE 7BR + 7.5BA with close to 8,000 SF of eleganance including art studio/bonus room, office, and movie theater.Gourmet kitchen with center island,wine fridge, and top-ofthe-line appliances including a massive in-wall refrigerator & freezer. Grand living room with wood beamed cathedral ceiling & marble fireplace. Master suite features fireplace,walk-in closets,and spa quality bathroom.Home features hand hewn walnut floors, library, and guest suite.Yard has grassy play areas, outdoor kitchen, pool/ spa, & multiple seating areasto take in the views.



Thank you for entrusting me with your real estate needs for the last 29 years.

Truly a one-of-a-kind estate. A gorgeous barn, along with a wonderful guesthouse, tennis courts, and mini golf course, are all along the private driveway leading up to the main home. Featuring wood beamed ceilings, chefs kitchen, gaming arcade and home theater seating twelve. The grand master suite includes a spa style bathroom along with an office/seating area. With a resort-style backyard, this incredible home is perfect for the entertainer. Property is over 2 acres.


SPECTACULAR HOME DECORATOR SHARP! 5BR + 4.5BA With 2-story entry! Enormous living rm w/wood floors, vaulted ceilings, built-in shelves & fireplace! Remodeled kitchen w/custom cabinets, granite,stainless appliances & SubZero refrigerator! Family rm w/floor-to-ceiling fireplace! Formal dining w/wine storage! Butler’s pantry w/sink! Master suite w/fireplace, walk-in closet & remodeled BA w/soaking tub, steam shower,dual vanities w/granite & Spanish tiles! Pebble tec pool,spa,built-in BBQ & fire pit! Existing newer barn/garage. HIDDEN HILLS OFFERED AT $2,349,000


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By Dustin Troyan Photography by Greg Grudt Ferrari Westlake is now open!

Ferrari Westlake is the latest addition to the Mattioli Automotive Group, North America’s premiere Ferrari dealership group, which includes Ferrari Los Angeles Service Center, as well as sister stores Ferrari Beverly Hills, Ferrari South Bay, and Ferrari Silicon Valley. The grand opening party was a huge success. The “who’s who” of the collector car world was present, as well as hundreds of Ferrari owners and enthusiasts. The parking area was reserved for Ferraris, and it was truly an incredible sight. The Ferrari owners were very excited to drive their Italian masterpieces to the grand opening. Ferrari’s latest offerings were on display as well as notable examples with historical racing heritage or ultra-rare models from the early beginnings of Ferrari. There were tens of millions of dollars on display, and the enthusiasts loved it! For the Ferrari enthusiasts in the community, Ferrari Westlake is a welcomed dealership. Undoubtedly, the dealership will become the focal point for the Ferrari community and a place to meet and hang out with like-minded enthusiasts. We are all very excited.

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BRENT’S DELI 2799 Townsgate Rd., Westlake Village 805.557.1882 | for additional location

ROSTI TUSCAN KITCHEN 23663 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas 818.591.2211 |

Free appetizers from 4-6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, $5 well drinks and appetizers from 3-6:30 p.m. on weekends. We didn’t invent Happy Hour, we just made it better!

Creative salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizza, soups, and an incredible kids menu offering Tuscan-style Italian fare, plus gluten-free and vegan options.



MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills 818.703.7272 |

MEDITERRANEO 32037 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.9105 |

Morton’s The Steakhouse Woodland Hills is the perfect destination for dinner with an extensive wine collection, USDA prime-aged beef, succulent seafood, and decadent desserts.

Mediterraneo is a top Zagat-rated restaurant and bar serving fresh, European-style cuisine with unparalleled quality and value. Located on the grounds of the beautiful Westlake Village Inn.



THE STONEHAUS 32039 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.483.1152 |

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE & OCEAN CLUB 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks | 805.418.1811 18412 PCH, Malibu | 310.454.4357 |

This venue is the area’s most popular “meeting place” where guests can relax over coffee or wine– New menu with healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. On the grounds of the Westlake Village Inn.

Mastro’s Steakhouse offers a menu of the best prime steaks and premium fresh seafood, served in a sophisticated, classic atmosphere. The result is a truly unparalleled dining experience.


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Wine & Dine FAMILY STYLE ITALIAN MAGGIANO’S 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills 818.887.3777 | Let the Maggiano family take care of yours for “any size, any event, and any location.” Their private dining rooms and elegant banquet facilities can accommodate any type of function, big or small.

NIGHTLIFE BOGIES BAR AND LOUNGE 32001 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.2394 | Enjoy the ambience at the new Vista Terrace Patio with lake views and lush lounge seating. Enjoy craft cocktails with live music and great DJ’s at this hot nightclub!

AMERICANA ZIN BISTRO AMERICANA 32131 Lindero Cyn. Rd., Westlake Village 818.865.0095 | Nostalgic cuisine with a synergy of cultural flavors. Beautiful lakeside setting. Sunday brunch is popular with locals. Thursday through Sunday evening for live music and dinner on the lake!

KELLER WILLIAMS TOY DRIVE The Emanuel Group and Keller Williams incorporated a toy drive with their annual food drive. KW notified neighbors that they would pick up food or new toys to donate on behalf of Motor 4 Toys and the West Valley Food Pantry. The toys were distributed to organizations such as The Children’s Hospital and Pacific Lodge Youth Services.

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Mentoring for

Wealth Preservation By Mark Wendell

In The Odyssey, the adventurer Odysseus

assume a leadership role in the future. A

• It will help protégés’ enhance self-aware-

charged a wise elder counselor to stay

mentoring program that is viewed as a cru-


home in Greece to educate his son while

cial day-to-day activity in a family, which

strengths and weaknesses as leaders and

he sailed the Mediterranean for extended

is incorporated into a long-term strategic

how this may impact others.

periods of time. The counselor’s greatest

plan, is more likely to be successful.

ambition and contribution was teaching





Successful wealth planning includes a combination of heritage, financial, and

the child, Telemachus, not to follow the

Mentoring is a much subtler process than

traditional Greek learning traditions but

parenting and coaching and is usually

to think for himself. The counselor’s name

based on an individual relationship and

was Mentor. Today, the mentor title is be-

is thought of as influence-driven. Though

stowed upon a person worthy of its special

the relationship is quite personal, it is not

meaning. It implies that the mentor will

necessarily viewed as a source to provide

form a bonding long-term relationship to

answers for every challenge, but rather as

guide development and growth of some-

a source to provide open-ended questions

one less able or less seasoned or someone

with guidance toward assimilating a varie-

interested in obtaining knowledge and

ty of answer choices. The goal of mentor-

wisdom from another. The dynamic of a

ing is the protégé’s achievement in build-

learning-teaching-counseling relationship

ing confidence and capability that will

is uniquely suited to a family-owned en-

eventually inspire the protégé to assume a

terprise, especially when a family wants

leadership position.

and assets will not fade away as they pass

Why is mentoring the next generation important?

Copyright © Mark Wendell 2016.

to preserve wealth and family values and pass them to the next generation.

• It will help the protégé’ to gain an under-

goal of a successful, lifelong enterprise is

standing of the family system and increase

not just to work tirelessly through difficulties

effectiveness as a responsible family busi-

and struggles that may result in financial

ness leader.

security one day but, more importantly, to include a family-member succession of

• It will help the protégé’ develop com-

the enterprise to the next generation. The

munication and conflict-resolution skills

essential and often-missing ingredient of

essential for working and co-owning with

a successful family-succession formula is

siblings, relatives, and parents.

the nurturing contribution a mentor can provide. The mentor-protégé’ relationship

• It will help the protégé’ understand

must engender feelings of loyalty and

unique components of being part of a

commitment that are rooted in a deep,

family enterprise:

emotional connection that will foster

investments, and insurance matters; and

growth, development, and self-awareness

family governance responsibilities.

estate planning; tax,

that, when combined, will encourage creative problem solving and promote think-

• It will help protégés’ improve their finan-

ing for oneself and will ultimately result in

cial and business acumen to make better

building self-confidence in the protégé’ to


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plan for successful continuation of a family enterprise for many generations. Most of us have a desire to pass on a legacy that is more than merely financial assets. The goal is to transfer values, stories, wisdom, life lessons, and intimate family traditions, as well as the family assets that generate the wealth – the family business enterprise. The mentor-protégé’ ingredient in the longterm formula of building an inheritance can assure that the family’s ideals, values, from generation to generation. n

In most family businesses, the challenging


estate planning that also encompasses a

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