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The Yeager Family Health Check

Physician and Healthcare Provider Directory

People to Watch in 2018

Top Business Leaders in Our Community


The Best Places to Get Fit This Year

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Happy New Year! Here’s to us starting off on the right foot with peace and goodwill to all. Last year was a tough one for many, and it ended with fires destroying so much so close to home. The only good thing that came from it was people reaching out to those in need. It brought many closer together. There are still those that are just devastated by losing their homes, so we suggest continuing to reach out in any way to donate your time and household items, clothes, and even money to the charity of your choice. Starting off the New Year is a great time to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes. To help you along, we are featuring Health Check, a directory of trusted healthcare professionals with categories from dental to podiatry to dermatology. In addition, our MOVE section features a wide variety of fitness facilities to help you get fit and have fun in 2018. We even included Healthy Choices, with 100-calorie snack ideas so you don’t feel like you are missing out. Fran Drescher of Cancer Schmancer opened our minds at her 3rd Annual Health Summit, bringing in experts to help us be medical consumers and take back the control of our lives. Ten percent of cancer is genetic and 90% is environmental; the good news is we have the power to make many changes in our environment which would be the best prevention. People







difference and going places in 2018. We are pleased to introduce you to these professionals who are doing extraordinary work both personally and professionally.

Gayle Barnes Publisher/Editor


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PUBLISHER/EDITOR Gayle Barnes CREATIVE DIRECTOR Elissa Linick ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Linda Perry ADVERTISING SALES Paige Kavanaugh EDITORIAL AND ACCOUNT COORDINATOR Kaylie Carafelli STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Marvin Steindler CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Toni Love Debbie Vaccarello Melissa Westervelt STAFF WRITERS Pax Ansley Lori Berezin Irene Marshall Elena Richards CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Marc Cohen Dr. Anna Guanche Beth Cone Kramer Nancy Scrofano Dustin Troyan Mark Wendell CALENDAR EDITOR Amanda Ragatz COPY EDITOR Nicole Schubert ACCOUNTING Karen Dafesh SUBSCRIPTIONS $18 per year ADVERTISING & INFORMATION 310.494.6250 | 805.379.4066 860 Hampshire Rd., #H Westlake Village, CA 91361

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Calabasas Style receives many phone calls, emails, Instagram comments, and Facebook posts from our readers. We would like to share some of them with you. Calabasas Style magazine is my favorite magazine!! — Resident at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Just want to say how much I enjoyed your Nov/Dec issue of Calabasas Style magazine... especially the story about Marvin’s Garden. All kidding aside, the real reason for my note today is to compliment your “Note from the Editor.” As one of the founding members of the city, along with being on the first city council and the third mayor, I was most pleased when you spoke about family and community and that it takes a village and ‘Calabasas is that perfect community.’ It was a difficult journey and many years of dedication by a civic-minded group of people that wanted a ‘Village.’ To see that acknowledged is among the rewards! Thanks again for showing ‘Marvin’s Garden.’ — Marvin Lopata

The Nov/Dec issue is the best one yet! It really is a great issue, and it just keeps getting better and better every time! — Dave, Local Resident

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Your support of the local community and the networks that you foster make living here better. You are a mirror that allows a community to take a look at itself and continue to improve. — Tammy Randall Wood

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Table of CONTENTS Auto 164 170

Country Club Living Classic Chevys of So Cal Motor4Toys Charity Car Show

Beauty 52 116

New Year, New Skin Vitality: Silhouette Instalift ™

Calendar of Events 158 162

January February

Community 66 80 142 146

148 154

132 172

Oaks Christian School

32 The Yeager Family: Finding Love in Paradise


Wine & Dine

Styles of the Season Valentine’s Gift Guide

Financial 156

134 136 140 144

Business Owners: Plan Your Estate!

Strong & Toned is the New Sexy MOVE! Warrior&Co.: A Yoga Studio Take a Stand

Health 48

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Healthy Choices




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Pet Sponsors

108 110


Olive Oil Harvest A Shining Beauty, Inside and Out: Chansé Corbi

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Brave New Heights

Calabasas Country Club


People to Watch in 2018

Cover Feature



A Gift from the Gods: A Sweet History of Chocolate Keep Your Cool and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Physician & Healthcare Provider Directory Fran Drescher’s Health Summit Is It Just Snoring, or Is It Sleep Apnea? Dr. Iris Stone: Hear Clear Hearing Aids Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice Restore the Health and Beauty of Your Smile What is Normal Forgetfulness Ask the Pharmacist Ask the Pediatrician

Home Furnishings 58


Technology 90

Let’s Get Healthy!

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____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Linda Perry Bristol Farms, known for its fresh food, quality




sourcing, has expanded its footprint in the San Fernando Valley with the opening of its new Mulholland store on November 11. The Mulholland store marks the first of Bristol Farms’ new concept stores featuring an allnew food hall format, combined with several epicurean market stations and innovative taste experiences. The new Bristol Farms concept store is a true culinary destination for families, foodies, and everyday shoppers. The store features hundreds of local vendors, nearly 1,000 European and import-style products, 4,000 natural and organic grocery items, as well as day-to-day traditional grocery products and supplies. Bristol Farms Mulholland also offers new




kids cooking and food education classes, seasonal DIY programs, and community



charity programs. The 25,000-squarefoot Mulholland store is located at 23379 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364 and is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more photos of our events, please visit


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____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Charles Oliver The Casa Pacifica Angels 16th Annual “Spotlight on Style� Fashion Show took place on Saturday, November 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Guests enjoyed an afternoon filled with fabulous fashion, scrumptious lunch, and unique boutique shopping. The day was hosted by Susan and Ken Bauer, and Carin Holmenas produced




fashion show featuring the beautiful designs of Lourdes Chavez, whose most recent designs are very elegant and upscale. A champagne reception was enjoyed by those who perused a variety of unique boutiques featuring an array of designer accessories and clothing satisfying the most discerning of shoppers. The boutiques also featured amazing one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for friends and family during the holidays. A silent auction offered bountiful baskets filled with amazing experience packages and personal pampering opportunities for both men and women. For more information on Casa Pacifica, please visit For more photos of our events, please visit


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____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello Westfield Topanga and The Village hosted a special weekend of events with “UNCORKED” on the evening of Saturday, October 21, and “UNCASKED” on Sunday, October 22. UNCORKED ticketholders enjoyed a relaxing luxury champagne, wine, and premium food tasting and shopping event inside the Luxury Collection corridor of the Westfield Topanga Mall, with UNCASKED, a craft beer and food tasting outdoor event, taking place at The Village. Ticket proceeds for both events benefitted The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools, a prominent school district comprised of sixteen high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools within cities and towns such





Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village. All champagnes, wines, and beers were provided by Total Wine & More. In addition to the food and beverage tastings, guests enjoyed live music, special complimentary gifts, and premium gifts with purchases from participating retailers. For more infor mation or to make a donation to The Foundation, visit

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____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by John Salangsang The Kingdom, a luxury shoe and handbag destination located in The Commons at Calabasas, partnered with Kimberly Chandler, wife of NBA player Tyson Chandler and local Calabasas resident, to host a “sip and shop� event benefitting The Foundation for Living Beauty. Over 40 women attended the event to show their support, sip champagne, and browse the incredible selection of high-end offerings in the store. The sip and shop brought awareness to the Foundation for Living Beauty, whose mission is to empower women to increase their physical wellness and emotional stability while coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy. A portion of all sale proceeds went to the Foundation, in honor of cancer survivor Joumana Kidd, the mother of an employee at The Kingdom and ex-wife of NBA coach Jason Kidd. For more information or to make a donation, visit

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FInding Love in


By Pax Ansley Photography and cover by Marvin Steindler

Love often comes when and where you least expect it.

strong love for each other in a simple ceremony in the

Cupid can strike at any moment and in any situation.

picturesque location of their meeting.

Be it close to home or in a land far away, fate seems to always find a way to bring the most important

Fast forward two years. Ryan’s success in the diamond

people into our lives with impeccable timing. For Ryan

industry has brought the happy newlyweds to sunny

and Courtney Yeager, their fatefully merging paths

Southern California. Ryan has been named the Vice

brought them over 2.000 miles from their respective

President of Sales for House of Taylor Jewelry Company.

homes and arranged for a very special and

He proudly works side by side with the owner

unforgettable meeting.

of the jewelry company, the one and only





Courtney has landed a dreamy location modeling gig in tropical Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. South Floridian








diamond industry, is on a well-

Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Courtney’s love


The year is 2011. Beautiful and

of fashion has inspired her to design


her own clothing lines and lend her talented mind for design to other


deserved vacation at a gorgeous resort, also in Cabo San Lucas.

clothing companies. Living in the Hollywood Hills, this couple, selfdescribed as “best friends,” are on top of the world. When Courtney and Ryan received the news that they were expecting their

first little Yeager, they knew their lives were This story begins, as many others do, when boy


about to change forever. By the time their son was

meets girl. Ryan catches sight of the beautiful Courtney

born, Van Yeager, Courtney knew they needed to make

and is instantly intrigued. After the initial pleasantries are

some type of a move. A new mom with no family in the

exchanged, the pair soon discover a strong connection.

state and no friends with children, Courtney craved a

The spark between them is fueled by the sweet tropical

support system that she knew she was not getting at

air, the salty surf, and warm sand between their toes.

the time. She wanted to raise her new baby in a place

Still, these two new lovers quickly realize there is more

with a community feel to it. “I was a new mom with

to this connection than a simple summer fling. After

no family in California,” remembers Courtney. “I had

just four perfect days in paradise, Ryan and Courtney

always heard people moved to the ‘Valley’ once they

are married. Despite the scoffs of disbelief and well-

had children, so I wanted to explore my options. It took

intentioned warnings from their friends and family,

two years of convincing Ryan to make the move, but

the couple declare their newfound, yet incredibly

once we did, we never looked back.”

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FINDING LOVE IN PARADISE Courtney and Ryan, along with their

an aspiring fashionista. She picks out her

Courtney has loved to cook since her

son Van, have now been in The Oaks

outfit every single day that goes from

late teens. She has traveled all over Italy,

Community of Calabasas going on two

the top of her cute little accessorized

among other places, and has picked up

and a half years. Almost a half a year

head down to her matching shoes. She

plenty of tricks and recipes along the way.

after moving into their beautiful house

has also become quite the ballerina,

These days, Courtney cooks for her family

in Calabasas, the couple found out their

attending a weekly ballet class. Van

every night, using only the freshest organic

second child, a daughter they named

thrives in anything related to art or music.

ingredients purchased from local farmers.

Blu, was on the way. According to the

He is definitely hands-on and loves to tap

Van loves to help his mom in the kitchen,

Yeager family, there is no place they

into his creativity. Van attends innovative

and Courtney is able to spend quality time

would rather raise their kids. Courtney

and unconventional Muse School in

with her little sous chef as he helps prepare


Calabasas. Muse focuses on bringing

dinner. “I have found that keeping him

moms in the community. “Being around



involved in the kitchen has helped with

other like-minded moms has helped me

responsible and well-balanced child. The

introducing new foods to my children,”

tremendously in learning to let go and

school is run completely on solar power

Mom Courtney warmly recounts. “It is

have fun with it,” she says. “None of us

and features a farm-to-table approach

definitely our favorite time together.”

are perfect; we’re all just doing our best!

to their provided meals. It also happens

Having two toddlers is never easy, but it

to be the country’s first vegan K-12

The Yeagers are constantly involved with

is as fun as we can make it!”

school. The focus on nutrition and fitness

their kids’ activities. From tennis to ballet

that Muse provides does not stop in the

to coaching Van’s soccer team, this well-

Four-year-old Van and Blu, who is almost

classroom. Ryan and Courtney have

balanced family is always on the move.

two, are involved in many exciting

made these healthy choices a “way of

When they do have downtime, you won’t

activities in the area. Blu is, like Mommy,

life” for themselves and their children.

find them “down” for long. This fitness-




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loving family loves to get moving. “We love to travel,” says Courtney. “Our favorite vacation spot is Cabo San Lucas. Since my husband and I met there, it will forever be a special place for us. We also love Greece! We haven’t brought the kids yet, but we are planning a family trip there next summer.” After their whirlwind romance south of the border, Ryan and Courtney are still going strong six years later. Ryan is now the owner of Yeager Diamonds, a Private Concierge diamond company. Ryan proudly explains, “Yeager diamonds is directly connected to one of the largest diamond mining companies in the world, specializing in large white and fancy colored diamonds. Serving the Calabasas and Hidden Hills area, I bring my clients wholesale pricing and expertise in investment diamonds and portable wealth. Courtney is a busy mother of two, but she still finds time to fuel her passion for fashion. Van and Blu are enjoying life, growing up in our beautiful Calabasas home.” For a couple of lovebirds married after only four days of knowing one another, Ryan and Courtney have beaten the odds. “Our friends thought we were crazy and never thought it would last,” Courtney adds

I have found that keeping him involved in the kitchen has helped with introducing new foods to my children, Mom Courtney warmly recounts. It is definitely our favorite time together.

with a smile. “Six and a half years, two kids, and four businesses later, we are still best friends.”. n

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DENIM, DIAMONDS & STARS ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello

More than 500 guests were in attendance on Sunday, October 22 for the 12th Annual Denim, Diamonds & Stars event, including some of Hollywood’s most recognizable celebrities, families impacted by autism, and the general




red-carpet charitable event raised funds for the ACT Today! organization to provide awareness, advocacy efforts, and direct care and treatment to children with autism. The fundraiser featured a VIP and general cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and a seated gourmet dinner catered by the Four Seasons Hotel’s award-winning





of celebrity guests included Olivia Newton John, with a special tribute to 2017 honorees, including the 2017 Golden Cowgirl, Dr. Anna Guanche of Bella Skin Institute. ACT Today! is the nation’s leading autism nonprofit organization that provides direct help and support to children with autism and their families. For more information, visit

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STAND UP FOR KIDS GALA Photography by Dave Peloso

___________________________________ ____________________________________ The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley held their 15th Annual ‘Stand Up for Kids’ Gala Diner & Auction on Saturday, October 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. This annual gala helps support over 4,200 children in quality beforeand




leagues, and summer camps. This year’s co-event sponsors were Morton Capital Management and Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation. Event honorees were philanthropists Bob and Audrey Byers for their strong support and generous contributions to the Boys & Girls Club over the past year. Jack Gleason, four-year board member, was recognized with the Cal Johnston Service Award. Retired Commander-Chief of Police Randy Pentis served as Master of Ceremonies. Evening highlights included a silent and live auction, gourmet dining, live music, and dancing. For more information, visit

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BREAST CANCER EVENT ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Melissa Westervelt Under the starlit sky of October 26, Michelle








Breast Cancer” event in support of finding a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds




to the Institute of Oncology Breast Cancer Research at Hadassah Hospital, reinforcing Hadassah’s commitment 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. Dr. Ian Taras spoke to the group of about 100 guests on “Secrets of the Ob/Gyn,” and local resident and courageous breast cancer warrior Roni Adler shared what Hadassah has done for her breast cancer. Guests painted beautiful vases and filled them with flowers while enjoying delicious food and wine from sponsors Brent’s Deli, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Aja Vineyards, and Santa Barbara Winery. For more information on how to support Hadassah Hospital, visit

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FITNESS FASHION FINDS » Styles to stay fit and fabulous in the New Year

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Chocolate By Pax Ansley There is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a silky,

chocolate, still in its raw cacao form, arrived in Europe.

deliciously decadent piece of chocolate. It seems as

It was the explorer Cortés that brought this mysterious

if chocolate has always been around, lending itself to

concoction from the shores of Aztec-ruler Montezuma’s

awkward first dates, romantic Valentine’s Days, and

empire to the castles of the kings and queens of the Old

those “just because” moments. In fact, chocolate has

World, and the European ruling class was immediately

been around for a very long time — but not as the

intrigued. Known only from romanticized stories of the

sweet treat we know today.

“savage” Aztec people, chocolate developed a reputation as a rich, decadent aphrodisiac from the jungles

Chocolate made its first appearance in Mesoamerica

of an exciting new world.

as far back as 1900 BCE. The Aztec people harvested the seeds of the sacred cacao tree to make a frothy,

Before long, the first European chocolatiers began to

bitter, fermented beverage. Thought to give the drinker

sweeten the bitter Mesoamerican beverage with sugar

strength, the Aztecs believed that this tree and its seeds

and honey. With that, modern chocolate was born, and

were a gift from Quetzalcoatl, their god of wisdom. They

the world could not get enough.

put such value on these seeds that they were actually used for currency by the Aztec people.

Perfect as a gift for your favorite chocolate lover or for those moments when you just need a bit of sweetness in

It wasn’t until the beginning of the 16th century that


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Valentine’s Gift Guide


1: NEWBERRY CANDY Want to impress your Valentine with specialty toffee, fudge, and candied cherries? Not just your average chocolate, Newberry Candy offers some of the best artisanal candies and varieties of toffee and fudge to make you nostalgic—just like your grandma used to make. 3130 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805.552.7692

2: NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Perfect for your Valentine, and all of your gifting and dessert needs. Every delicious bite-sized bundtini, miniature bundtlet, and sharable bundt cake is baked fresh daily and crowned with their signature cream cheese frosting. Nine classic flavors and a seasonal Featured Flavor.


6524 Platt Ave. West Hills 818.340.2253 Kosher certified 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805.446.3082 @nothingbundt


3: FLOWER POWER STUDIO Looking for a one-of-a-kind floral arrangement for your one-of-a-kind Valentine? Flower Power Studio is a flower studio like no other. Rebecca personally creates one-of-akind designs exclusively for you and those you care about. Whizin Market Square 28914 Roadside Dr., #218 Agoura Hills 818.288.0048

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Valentine’s Gift Guide 4: DEJAUN JEWELERS The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection celebrates the unique and brilliant woman who wears it. Worn stacked or layered, the look features multiple diamonds. Perfect for celebrating the many qualities of a woman you adore. Available at Dejaun Jewelers.


The Village at Westfield Topanga 6320 Topanga Cyn. Blvd., #1650 Woodland Hills 818.888.8292

5: CQ & TK NAILS CQ and TK Nails are the best nail salons in Calabasas, offering manicure and pedicure options for your special Valentine. Both offer gift cards and walk-ins are welcome! Mention Calabasas Style for your 12% discount!


CQ Nails 26500 Agoura Rd., #107 Calabasas 818.880.0499 @cqnails TK Nails 26527 Agoura Rd., #108 Calabasas 818.880.5148 @t.k.nails

6: SHARON SEGAL NINA SEGAL From the daughters of Fred Segal, Sharon Segal Nina Segal is Westlake Village’s premier shopping destination. Discover unique gifts, jewelry and apparel this Valentine’s Day or treat yourself and find the perfect date-night look. The Promenade at Westlake 160 Promenade Way, #E Westlake Village 805.777.7019 @theclosetsharonsegal @ninasegaljewelry


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Valentine’s Gift Guide 7: BESITOS BOUTIQUE Make a confident statement in red to stand out from the crowd. Besitos has the styles to make every woman look her best, including great designs from Eva Varro and Karen Kane. Their stunning collection of Brighton Jewelry makes an ideal Valentine’s Day gift.


22567 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.591.7300

8: THE KINGDOM The premier destination for luxury shoes and accessories. New designs straight off the Milan and Paris runways. You’ll find a hand-picked collection perfect for yourself or holiday gift-giving at this high-end boutique. Something for every fashionista.


The Commons at Calabasas 4719 Commons Way, #G Calabasas 818.912.6990 @shopthekingdom



The Flower Apothecary self-care products are hand made in small batches. Crafted of flower and gem essences and floral waters, they infuse your mind, body and soul with good vibrations. Explore their unique range of skin mists, drops, creams, and more. Available at: Serenity Calling in The Oaks Mall

Blush Boutique

in Calabasas and Westlake Village

The Flying Owl Gift Shop in Agoura Hills


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New Year


New Skin

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By Anna D Guanche MD FAAD Board-Certified Dermatologist Founder, Bella Skin Institutee

ible flaking, but with excellent results.

are often combined with resurfacing

Deeper peels, such as TCA (trichloro-

(Fraxel® or microneedling).

acetic acid), can provide even more re-

January is a time for renewal! We all know that injectables such as Botox®

sults, particularly in the under-eye area, but with about seven days of downtime.

Skin tightening is great for restoring a rest-

and Juvederm® are a go-to for reducing lines and rejuvenating the skin, however, they alone are not enough to maintain a youthful, healthy glow. The skin integrity changes over time, becoming thinner and more translucent. The tone of the skin changes, as well as its elasticity. Brown spots and broken blood vessels begin to appear. Luckily, we can build collagen, smooth the surface, reduce redness and brown spots, and firm the skin. We will discuss some of the procedures that can improve the health and glow of your skin—so that you can start this year afresh!

RESURFACE Texture changes and increased visibility of the pores are things patients complain about daily. A popular and effective treatment that smooths the skin and builds collagen is Fraxel Resore ®. The laser energy from this device goes deep, and yet the fractionated technology allows for the skin to heal quickly, within two





thicker, smoother, more youthful-appearing skin. Another way to resurface is deep microneedling. In fact, the concept is the same except microneedling does not use thermal energy. Microneedling is an older technique that has become new again. Its benefits are stimulation of collagen and smoothing of fine lines.

ed, youthful appearance. Sagging in the lower face, as well as crepiness of neck

Brown spots, growths, and broken blood

skin appear shortly after changes in the

vessels mar the complexion. The VBeam

eyelid skin. For the eyelids, Thermage® is

laser is the gold standard for reducing

a great firming option that has no down-

redness and broken blood vessels. It also

time and lasts up to two years. For the

stimulates collagen and can be per-

neck and lower face, Ultherapy® is the

formed in conjunction with a Jessner’s

strongest skin-tightening device known to

peel. In addition, the Perfecta device

us at this time. Skin tightening with either

can be used to remove specific individu-

device is a great option for those who

al brown spots. IPL (intense pulsed light)

want a nonsurgical pick-me-up.

is a device that rejuvenates the skin by removing unwanted freckling from sun

The New Year is here, and there is no

damage and is used to rejuvenate the

doubt that getting in shape is on all of

face, neck, chest, hands, and legs with

our minds. Why not get our skin in shape

minimal downtime. Small growths that

as well? I saw a quote once that said: “If I

appear, such as benign keratoses and

could firm my face with exercise, I would.”

enlarged oil glands, can be very simply

The procedures discussed above address

removed with liquid nitrogen treatment

the most common skin texture, tone, and

or electrocautery, depending on the

color concerns. We are fortunate to live

type of growth. Many people don’t real-

in a time when technology can help us

ize how simple and quick it is to remove

be our best selves. When it comes to your

unwanted moles and growths. On the

face, choose a board-certified derma-

face in particular, these procedures heal

tologist and only trust your skin to the

beautifully, leaving minimal to no trace.

best. Happy New Year! n


The statements in this article are for general informational purposes only and do not substitute for individual medical advice.

days. A series of 4–6 Fraxel® treatments stimulates


The skin has it five layers on the surface that regenerate naturally about every 48 days. The dermis is the “hide” of the skin, where collagen lives. There is one injectable that more specifically targets collagen stimulation in this area. Sculptra ® is a suspension of particles that induces a healing response and collagen genesis in the dermis. This results in volume res-


toration to the face and a thicker, more

Peels are lovely for the skin—allowing

stimulates collagen from the underside is

that glow to shine through. I, myself, do a Jessner’s peel monthly, and it keeps brown spots and fine lines at bay. This peel is very mild, with minimal to no vis-

robust dermis. Another procedure that platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This procedure employs your own platelet-derived growth factors to stimulate collagen production in the dermis. Both procedures

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SUGAR PLUM TEA ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Melissa Westervelt Pacific Festival Ballet held their 19th Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party and Luncheon on Sunday, November 5, at the always beautiful Sherwood Country Club. This annual fundraiser helps raise the monies needed to ensure that thousands of children will experience the magic of the ballet. It was an enchanting afternoon with “sugar and spice and everything nice,” including a special silent and live auction, photo booth, children’s activities, and lovely luncheon fundraiser for Pacific Festival Ballet’s 24th season of The Nutcracker. Pacific Festival Ballet is the resident ballet company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The company studios and their training school, California Dance Theatre, are located in a new facility in Westlake Village. For more information, please visit For more photos of our events, please visit


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KOUROSH RUGS For over 130 years, Kourosh Rugs has cultivated a family business offering a stunning collection of intricately designed and handcrafted Persian rugs. Visit their store to see the additional collectibles like antiques, crafts & arts, which are in store exclusive. 22540 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.272.9611

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____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Curtis Dahl National Charity League, Inc., San Fernando Chapter, held its 52nd Annual Charity Ball, Wind Beneath My Wings, on Saturday, November 25 at the Four Seasons 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 their communities. This year, the achievements of 18 dedicated young women, the Debutantes of 2017, were celebrated. As these beautiful young women gracefully performed the Saint James Bow, they reached out to the waiting arm of their fathers and began their promenade around the dance floor as their mothers’ love, pride, and joy lit up the ballroom. The Debutantes of 2017, along with their





members, helped raise thousands of dollars towards helping various philanthropies supported by the chapter, such as Guide Dogs of America, ONEgeneration, New Horizons, and West Valley Food Pantry. For more photos of our events, please visit


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ANNIVERSARY ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Michael Adams Nearly 300 residents, staff, and special guests attended University Village Thousand Oaks’ 10th Anniversary celebration on October 16 to honor the first people to sign up for University Village, the first couple to move in, and a host of original residents who have been at University Village since its opening in 2007. Master of Ceremonies and UVTO resident Frank Welch introduced speakers from University Village senior management, including Ryan Exline, Bob Bouchard, Ernie Sandlin, and Warren Spieker. Ginger Detterman, current chair of the University Village resident council, introduced past chairs, including Bill Marshall, the first chair of the resident council, as well as the current council. Also singled out for recognition were residents who have donated their photography and volunteers who assist with the numerous activities and programs on campus. To conclude the ceremony, resident Tom Simondi created a video to capture the 10 year history of the community. A sumptuous anniversary dinner was served for the residents that evening. For more information, go to For more photos of our events, please visit


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WATCH In 2018 • 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, you have the key to achieving true success. We hope their stories will inspire you in your field of endeavor in 2018.

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People to Watch Steve Elson, PH.D. Chief Executive Officer

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Growing up in a children’s home in Arkansas, Dr. Steve Elson never thought he would be involved in any endeavor resembling a children’s home. But after receiving his doctorate in psychology at Michigan State University, he was sidetracked from his career goal in academia to get “real-world” clinical experience first-hand. It happened to be at a children’s residential facility in Connecticut. Once there, he never looked back. He realized that working with children/youth and their families was his calling. Steve soon gravitated into management and eventually moved to California as executive director of a similar agency in Pasadena. Now, as CEO of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, he oversees a program that resembles a “children’s home” – a residential treatment center located on

for innovation/excellence. The training institute includes a

Casa Pacifica’s 25-acre campus in Camarillo.

pre-doctoral internship program approved by the APA and provides consultation to agencies country-wide, training over

Hired while the campus was under construction in 1994, Steve

2,000 providers annually. In January 2018, Casa Pacifica is

pursed all necessary licenses and staff to operate as Ventu-

co-hosting an International Conference of Child & Youth Care

ra County’s emergency shelter. The campus also includes a

Workers including speakers from 10 countries.

health clinic, residential treatment center, and non-public special-education school. Serving about 350 children and youth that first year, Casa Pacifica’s array of services has grown to include a full continuum of care offered through 17 different programs – from residential treatment to in-home and schoolbased behavioral/mental-health services. They have offices in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Camarillo and touch the lives of one out of every 100 children and youth in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties – more than 3,500 annually.

Under construction is a new cottage for youth with substance abuse/mental-health issues. The culmination of a $16.6 million capital campaign, it includes a multipurpose building for vocational education, training, and conference space along with clinical and administrative offices. A leader in the field, Steve has published a number of papers/articles, is active in public policy efforts benefiting children in foster care and other public service systems, and has served as president of five different state and national organizations. n

Under Steve’s leadership, Casa Pacifica has become the largest agency on California’s Central Coast serving children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. All programs are nationally accredited and have received state and national recognition

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People to Watch Susan Holland EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cancer Schmancer

Susan Holland currently serves as Executive Director of Cancer Schmancer. She initially joined the group during its inception in July 2007 in honor of her father, whom she lost to the disease, and friends who have been touched by the illness. A close friend of renowned actress, comedian, health-advocate, and cancer survivor Fran Drescher, Holland stepped up when Drescher asked her to help create the Cancer Schmancer Movement and Foundation, based upon her 2002 New York Times best seller of the same name. The team continues their mission to improve women’s healthcare and empower people across the globe, shifting the priority from searching for a cancer cure to prevention and early detection. Holland is also a health advocate in her own right. Her pas-

Every year Cancer Schmancer hosts a Health Summit which

sion for developing relationships and connecting people

gathers together thought leaders in medicine and the envi-

serves the foundation well. Before joining Cancer Schmanc-

ronment for a master class in cutting-edge health informa-

er, Holland executive produced a travel series with her for-

tion. One of the major goals is to expand the Health Summit

mer husband. She also holds a degree in Fashion Merchan-

to more cities and turn it into a documentary video series so

dising and Business and specializes in fashion buying, media

that people who can’t attend in person can have access to

sales, public relations, and event production.

the information as well.

The organization’s lean staff of three wears multiple hats.

The team is also growing their free mammogram Fran Van

Holland ensures the company runs smoothly while continu-

program which provides screening for thousands of under-

ing to execute Drescher’s vision. She cultivates like-minded

served women in the Los Angeles area by partnering with

relationships, partners, and potential sponsors. They are cur-

additional providers and communities throughout the Unit-

rently promoting their Be the Change educational video,

ed States. Teachers and students frequently applaud their

which is the next step in the organization’s Detox Your Home

efforts in assisting them to lead healthier lives. Grateful in-

School Assembly Program. The video stars Drescher and Ja-

dividuals praise the group for encouraging life-saving early

mie Foxx plus a host of amazing kids and offers practical

detection and other positive behaviors. n

advice for eliminating carcinogens and other toxins in the home. They aim to expand the program in schools across the country and currently seek volunteers to help with all aspects of the movement.


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People to Watch John Heubusch Executive Director

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

While the Reagan Presidential Library is just a short drive from Calabasas, the famous landmark’s executive director, John Heubusch, often meets neighbors across the fence or in the surrounding community who’ve never made it to the stunning hilltop location in Simi Valley. Heubusch, a native of Washington, D.C., who made the move to California just over 15 years ago, thinks he understands why. “I was born and raised in our nation’s capital and worked there for twenty years,” Heubusch says. “Yet, in all that time, I never once visited the Washington Monument. That was for tourists,” he felt. “Sometimes there are jewels in your own backyard that you’re certain are worth a visit but you put off because they’re so nearby. You always plan to stop in. But then life happens, and you just never quite make it there.”

Heubusch, an author himself, has numerous writing credits to his name. In addition to writing pieces for The New York

However, when it comes to the Reagan Library, people

Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal,

from around the world are thrilled to make the trip. Almost a

and other national publications, his first novel, The Shroud

half-million people a year make the 40th president’s museum

Conspiracy, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2017

one of the most visited sites in the state of California and the

and ranked as high as #30 on Amazon’s best-seller list. The

most-visited Presidential library in the United States. Beyond

much anticipated sequel to his book, entitled The Second

the Reagan Museum and the numerous special expositions it

Coming, is slated for publication in August 2018. n

hosts -- from “The Dynasty of Genghis Kahn” to “Pompeii: The Exhibition” -- the venue is home to an actual Air Force One aircraft. Guests can climb aboard the Boeing 707 that served as the flying White House for seven U.S. presidents. Heubusch, who serves as the organization’s chief executive, often hosts events open to the public, involving appearances by media personalities, entertainers, politicians from across

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the political spectrum, and best-selling authors. On any given night, he can be found on stage interviewing the likes of former U.S presidents, television hosts, such as Katie Couric and Regis Philbin, newscasters like Tom Brokaw, entertainers such as Mike Love of Beach Boys fame, and award-winning authors like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and P.J. O’Rourke.

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People to Watch Jennifer Lopata FOUNDER

Synergy Academics

With over 20 years of experience in education, behavioral therapy, and child development, Jennifer Lopata has developed an affinity for helping children and teens navigate through adolescence and early adulthood. Earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA and a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from USC, Jennifer became a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and spent her early career counseling severely emotionally disturbed adolescents. The challenging nature of her work served to develop strategies that enabled Jennifer to understand the processes essential to overcoming obstacles for any child or teen. As the mother of three children, Jennifer became acutely aware of the reciprocal role that confidence plays in education and how overcoming educational challenges builds the confidence that ultimately results in academic success.

Jennifer’s revolutionary approach to educating students is only part of what makes Synergy Academics unique. Syn-

After eight years developing and operating her previous ac-

ergy Academics distinguish itself by allowing students to

ademic tutoring center, Jennifer drew upon experience to

select from any number of exceptional tutors to find the

create a dynamic new venture in academic services that

per fect combination of personality, knowledge, avail-

is both evolutionary and revolutionary. The result is Synergy

ability, price, and even location. They also offer college

Academics, which brings unprecedented access and ev-

counseling to help students and parents navigate the col-

er-expanding service options to the students it serves in a

lege admission process.

productive, nurturing environment. Synergy Academics is a comprehensive learning center serving students at every educational level. From elementary school through college, “Synergy Students” benefit from knowledgeable and compassionate tutors who truly care about their happiness and success. The objective is to build confi-

Jennifer personally gets to know each of her students and her greatest joy is seeing them thrive academically and gain confidence in their abilities. Jennifer resides in the West San Fernando Valley with her husband, three kids, and a “menagerie” of pets and horses. She loves coming to work each day to be with her “other” kids at the center. n

dence in students by developing their natural strengths, turning challenges into triumph. Synergy Academics determines the unique ways each student learns and matches each person with a tutor who truly understands his or her learning process. Combining nurturing tutors with a positive and focused environment, Synergy Academics also provides SAT/ACT prep, college counseling and financial aid assistance.


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People to Watch Patricia Will CEO & FOUNDER


There were few women leaders in healthcare development when Patricia Will founded Belmont Village Senior Living in 1997. Twenty years later, the company’s service-oriented model has resulted in 26 best-in-class facilities across seven states and in Mexico City, first-rate amenities and hospitality, and nationally recognized enrichment programs. In 2016, Belmont Village’s Circle of Friend’s ® memory program for residents with early to moderate memory loss was awarded the Argentum Best of the Best award and acknowledged for improving the future of senior living. Patricia was inspired to start Belmont Village in the 1990s when her mother-in-law, Josephine, was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Patricia searched for a senior housing option for Josephine that provided the right

“It wasn’t there in time for Josephine but was for Ed,” adds

balance of lifestyle and care but found none. So, she de-

Patricia. “He lived in every phase of our community and en-

cided to create a place that offered the unique blend of

joyed his later retirement years to the fullest. That has been

hospitality, amenities, and premier health care she sought

the biggest blessing for me.” The newest Belmont Village

– a place she would be happy to live.

community will open in Calabasas in early 2018, offering assisted living and memory care.

“My partners and I learned all that we could about all of the conditions that accompany aging,” said Patricia. “We wanted to create a place that would foster a sense of independence in each of our residents, no matter where they were in life. A place where getting older wasn’t the end of the road. It was a new opportunity.” Patricia’s team sought out university-based research in the areas of gerontology, hospitality, dining, consumer preferences, and architecture.

Prior to founding Belmont Village, Patricia was vice president and partner at Mischer Development. Patricia earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She currently serves as a board member of numerous academic and charitable institutions, is a recognized leader in senior living, and has played an integral role in setting standards and shaping industry policy. n

Her personal story was the guiding principle in creating a new type of senior living community, but it would not be many years that she would reap the ultimate benefit of her inspiration. Her father-in-law, Ed, moved into the first Belmont Village community in Houston and lived there for several years.

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People to Watch Rob Wynner Attorney at Law

Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner

Rob Wynner is a shareholder of Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, a Westlake Village law firm. He advises privately held companies and their owners in structuring, negotiating, and closing strategic transactions. Rob’s clients are at the forefront of several industries, including fintech, information technology, software, consumer products, real estate, restaurants, manufacturing, distribution, insurance, and technology. During the past year, Rob completed the following notable transactions: (1) the sale of a privately-owned food processing company to a national foodservice distributor; (2) the sale of a cosmetics manufacturer to a private equity-backed strategic buyer; (3) the acquisition of a mobile technology marketing company involving multiple foreign

Rob is an executive committee member of the Casa Paci-

subsidiaries; (4) private placements for a real estate fund;

fica Board of Directors. He is a past recipient of the Amigo

and (5) the sale of a majority interest in a software and tech-

of the Year award in recognition of his contributions to Casa

nology company to a publicly traded buyer.

Pacifica, and he provides pro bono legal services to Casa Pacifica and other local nonprofit organizations.

Rob also acts as outside general corporate counsel for emerging and established companies, advising clients on

Rob is also active in coaching and supporting local youth

such issues as shareholder agreements, distribution agree-

soccer. He was a member of the 2017 Maccabi USA Masters

ments, employment and independent-contractor agree-

soccer team that recently competed in the 20th Maccabi-

ments, real estate transactions, and corporate gov-

ah in Israel. This translates into how he interacts with his cli-

ernance issues as well as equity and debt financings,

ents, viewing their relationship as a team. His understanding

licensing agreements, joint ventures, equity-incentive

of how teams work and how each person who is part of a

plans, phantom stock and cash incentive compensation

team can make a huge contribution to achieving great suc-

plans, and business succession plans.

cess guides his approach. Rob owns every client issue, every concern, and every challenge alongside his clients so that

Rob works to structure transactions creatively so they get

they know Rob is there for them and is part of their team. n

done, while at the same time minimizing potential risks. He adds value by collaborating with his clients to understand their business, goals, challenges and concerns, then brings legal expertise into that business to find practical solutions that will be acceptable to all involved.


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People to Watch Crystal Naone, PH.D. President & CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

Dr. Crystal Nāone has devoted her career to the betterment of youth. As a child of teenage parents, she knows the critical role that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley have in the positive development of children and teenagers. Besides having personal experience and empathy for those who are challenged, Dr. Nāone has an extensive background in developing and leading a high-performing nonprofit with expertise in fundraising and programming that truly serves as a positive force in the community. Prior to he Boys & Girls Clubs, Dr. Nāone served as CEO of the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) for 10 years. During her tenure, she implemented a collective leadership and mentoring model; engaged and built strong

public schools. Other positions included the Community Re-

stakeholder relationships locally, nationally, and internation-

lations and Development director at Keiki O Ka ‘Āina Fam-

ally; and garnered numerous awards, including three Best

ily Learning Centers and executive director of The Palehua

Places to Work designations. She was one of three finalists for

Project, a for-profit company where she created a leader-

the Pacific Business News 2016 Business Leader of the Year for

ship program for youth ages 16 to 22. She started her career

the state of Hawai’i. She also quadrupled participation in pro-

as a teacher in Hawaii.

gramming and personally raised more than $54 million. Dr. Nāone has served on many leadership boards, including Dr. Nāone collaborated with a complex stakeholder base

the Council for the Alliance for Strong Families and Children

that included local and national foundations; the Business

and the Executive Committee for the National Grow Your

Roundtable; the governor’s office; state legislators; congres-

Own Collection. Born in Laguna Beach, California, she re-

sional delegates; the directors of the Department of Edu-

turns to Southern California, residing in Westlake Village. She

cation, Department of Health, and Department of Human

and her husband have 3 boys. She is an avid traveler, reader

Services; policy makers; service providers; nonprofits; small

and crossfitter. For more information the Boys & Girls Clubs,

business owners; developers; and more. Her efforts helped

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to pave the way to increase resources and build community engagement for education and holistic well-being statewide and nationally. Dr. Nāone held many positions throughout Hawai’i, including capacity building consultant for The Learning Coalition, a foundation dedicated to improving education in Hawai’i’s

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People to Watch Raina Ring OWNER

Calabasas Travel

Raina Ring is the founder of Calabasas Travel, a luxury, personal-concierge travel service that serves as a VIP travel consultant in every aspect of travel. Raina, a long time Calabasas resident, has worked in the luxury travel industry “forever” and has traveled to every continent, cruised every ocean, and experienced countless destinations around the world. Raina also founded the award-winning Sail with the Stars Celebrity-Themed Cruises and DeluxEscapes, affiliates of TravelStore, the most reputable travel agency west of the Rockies. For Raina, traveling isn’t simply a trip but a journey that leaves her transformed and forever changed by the experiences. Calabasas Travel offers an elevated and unparalleled experience from start to finish. It’s a full-service concierge travel agency built on exceptional service, personal knowledge, and experience. Raina specializes in creating individually designed journeys and fulfillment of bucket-list travel. Her clients receive the best of the best in travel planning and coordination. Her mission is built on the foundation of a deep-rooted passion for service and hospitality, while her intimate knowledge and numerous personal, insider connections allow her to provide VIP treatment and white-glove service in every way. As a member of Signature Travel Network, Calabasas Travel provides exclu-

Here’s what people are saying about Calabasas Travel: Dr. Anna Guanche, Bella Skin Institute “We absolutely adored our trip to Australia, impeccably planned by Raina and her counterpart in New Zealand. She prepared us with a color, bound, and accurate summary of what our experiences would be and when we would need to pack, what weather to anticipate, and what add-on experiences were possible. A++”

sive benefits around the world equivalent to travel services

Brent Polacheck, Polacheck’s Jewelers

provided by luxury credit cards.

“Raina Ring at Calabasas Travel is who I turn to when I need expert travel advice.”

Special travel services offered include safaris, exotic destinations, all types of cruising, private island and villa rentals, destination weddings, honeymoons and baby moons, golf and sporting-event travel, private jet and yacht charters, meetings and conventions, and around-the-world trips. Life is too short not to live it fully. For any future travel, contact Raina next time you want to “leave the ordinary to enjoy the extraordinary.”


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Marvin Markowitz, Factor’s Deli “As my personal travel concierge, with every trip Raina always exceeds our expectations!” n

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People to Watch Maya Williams President and Principal Designer

Maya Williams Design

No one said marrying glamour and functionality would be an easy task for an interior designer, but it’s a relationship Maya Williams has mastered. So much so that in the past three years, her company has reached well beyond the boundaries of her home base in Southern California. She recently completed projects in New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Her work even came to the attention of Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group and the richest man in China. “When you’re working with Jack Ma, you have to be extremely quick and knowledgeable in your craft,” Maya explains. Of course, it helps when a client knows exactly what they want. Most don’t. Most have a style preference or a mood they want to capture and then hire Maya Williams Design to make fantasy reality. “Exposing clients to quality custom

in the West Valley and not want to commute to other cit-

craftsmanship they haven’t seen or ever been exposed to

ies. It’s an amazing proof of concept, and Maya laid the

previously --- but is exactly what they’ve been searching for

groundwork that Warner Center as a city center is feasible.”

--- is just the best. The satisfaction I receive when a client experiences their new home, literally brought to life for the

Inspired by working on many estates designed by world-fa-

first time, is a joy I can’t even describe.”

mous architects, like Gordon Kaufman and Paul Williams, Maya advocates for the preservation of historical architec-

In 2009, after working as the lead designer for eight years at

ture. “Helping new owners with their mid-century modern

a Westside design firm, Maya founded Maya Williams Design

restoration projects is a passion of mine,” she says, “And

with the bold vision of making residential interior design sig-

bringing them back to their former glory is an honor.” A por-

nificant in daily life. Maya takes on all levels of residential

tion her yearly profits go to local and international philan-

projects, including remodels and new construction.

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On the commercial side, Maya is at the forefront of revitalizing Warner Center in Woodland Hills, which complements the work of her husband, Aaron Williams, with the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council. “Maya’s work on the stunning new headquarters of Beauty Blender’s Warner Center office is so important,” says Aaron. “It’s cool and hip

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People to Watch Nina SavelleRocklin, Psy.D. Psychoanalyst/author/radio host

creator of Kick the Diet Habit

When it comes to weight loss, Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin wants the world to know it’s not about willpower. She’s on a mission to help people get healthier without counting a single calorie or carb. Considered a thought leader in the field of eating psychology, she’s guided thousands of men and women to heal their relationships to food, stop the binge-diet cycle, and lose weight for good. Dr. Nina’s personal experience gives her a unique understanding of what it’s like to struggle with food, weight, and body image. As a child and throughout adolescence, she struggled with eating disorders. Today, she is a psychoanalyst, author, and radio show host, bringing a fresh perspective to weight loss by helping clients and listeners focus on what’s eating “at” them instead of on what they are eating.

One popular concept is the Food-Mood Formula, which correlates specific foods and moods. Smooth, creamy foods

She’s been featured in Psychology Today, the Los Angeles

are associated with a wish for comfort. Bulky, filling foods

Times, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, Huffington Post, and

are connected to loneliness. Crunchy textures are linked

many other publications. She is also a frequent guest expert

with anger.

on radio shows and podcasts, including the Dr. Drew Podcast. By addressing these underlying triggers and using comfort In addition to her private practice based in Sherman Oaks,

words instead of comfort food, it’s possible to create perma-

Dr. Nina hosts a show on L.A. Talk Radio and recently started

nent, sustainable weight loss without dieting. Above all, she

doing on-camera interviews on Focus TV Network. She writes

wants everyone to know that there is always hope.

an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, and has a YouTube video series, The Dr. Nina Show. Her book Food

Dr. Nina currently offers several free resources on her website,

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Dr. Nina was inspired to develop an online program to help those who are unable to see her privately.

She created

Kick the Diet Habit, a 30-day online course to help as many people as possible make peace with food from the comfort of their homes. The program is currently international, with members from over 19 countries.


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Raiman Rocks

Gall Raiman’s passion for large and exquisite diamonds began more than three decades ago when he first earned his GIA and AGS certifications. Since then, he has mastered the techniques and trends driving high-end jewelry design, establishing ongoing relationships with the finest diamond suppliers around the world. Gall led a successful diamond and jewelry manufacturing business for 20 years prior to opening Raiman Rocks in 2006 and has been a member in good standing of the Diamond Club West Coast since 1987. Gall founded his private jewelry showroom utilizing his expert skills in all aspects of the industry, his keen eye for unearthing rare treasures, and his insatiable appetite for discovering the newest trends in the gemological world. This hidden gem, located in the Cala-

free evaluation to those seeking their dream diamond, spar-

basas Square business park near the upscale retail and en-

kling investment, or complimentary appraisal. His methods

tertainment center the Commons, specializes in fancy color

are evidently working. Customers continue to praise Gall’s

diamonds. The store showcases a collection of rare colorless

integrity, high standards, first-rate knowledge, keen eye,

and natural-color diamonds, carefully selected from many

and expert craftsmanship. They greatly appreciate his per-

unique sources, including colorless and pink diamonds from

sonal guidance, detailed renderings, and caring, personal

Africa, green emeralds from Colombia, and red rubies and

attention. And his exquisite gemstones and breathtaking

blue sapphires from Burma.

settings will dazzle your heart, light your imagination, and enliven your soul.

Raiman Rocks clearly reflects Gall’s core values: to deliver flawless integrity, expert knowledge, uncompromised value,

Gall lives and works in Calabasas alongside his wife, Galit.

and exceptional service. Since the store’s opening in 2006,

They are enthusiastic, proud supporters of the Santa Monica

the company has become a wholesale leader in the large

Mountains Fund, participating in their fundraising and hiking

and natural fancy color diamond industry, delivering out-

events. The couple also enjoys special road trips with the

standing diamonds at incomparable prices. Gall delights in

Ferrari Owners Club, dinner with good friends, and some of

seeing each of his clients thrive. He believes that when you

the world’s most dazzling diamonds. n

act out of integrity and treat others like members of your family, you weave a web of reciprocation leading to mutual success. He remains the jewel behind Raiman Rocks. The master gemologist possesses a true capacity for creating both stunning pieces and lifelong customers. He offers a

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People to Watch Selene Kepila FOUNDER

ENSELE Center For Natural Healing

Selene Kepila is a nationally recognized natural-healing provider and health coach, specializing in Brain Optimization. For over a decade, Selene has served clients in Calabasas and across the U.S. Brain Optimization is an advanced technology that fosters natural healing, without medications, regardless of health issue (mental, emotional or physical). Selene offers this cutting edge technology to help clients heal from being stuck in a state of stress and trauma. Brain Optimization has been scientifically proven through clinical trials and its use by the U.S. Army and Mayo Clinic, to name a few. This technology has been around for over 30 years and has helped over 100 thousand clients worldwide. Brain Optimization is different from bio feed-

s u f f e re d f o r y e a r s , t r y in g a v a r ie t y o f me dic a tions and

back or neurofeedback in that it creates an acoustic

therapies with little to no lasting results. “It changed my

mirror of brain activity in real time. When the brain hears

life” has been the most common response to her work.

its reaction, it is prompted to adjust its activity to a more balanced state, resulting in healing on its own terms. The

We are proud and honored to present Selene in this fea-

sessions are non-invasive, very relaxing and, most impor-

ture of People to Watch in 2018. Make the call that could

tantly, effective.

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The brain controls literally every function including emotions, behavior, motivation and decisions. Medications are limited with “outside-in” healing rather than “inside-out” healing. With over 25 years in the health industry, clients have reported overcoming anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, sleep disorders, addictions, migraines, anger, cognitive processing, as well as poor academic and athletic performance. Selene’s clientele include all ages regardless of health issue. Parents of teens and younger clients praise the way their children have overcome their health issue, freed from the need of continuous medications. Selene says that the most rewarding aspect of her work is seeing life-changing and miraculous results for clients who


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People to Watch Daniel Burgess Founder & Owner

Daniel Burgess Consulting

In the construction field, Daniel Burgess is that guy called upon to rescue construction projects that have gone sour. In fact, from the crested gates of Beverly Hills to the sprawling ranch estates of Hidden Hills to the grand vistas of Malibu, when the topic of conversation turns to construction woes, there is a bit of sage advice offered by those who have experienced that pain: “You need The Fixer.” The term of endearment given to Daniel by his loyal clients. Daniel Burgess has been assisting home owners, building owners, contractors, and architects throughout Southern California for the past 25 years. His fundamental responsibility is to oversee every aspect of a construction job, ensuring that the project gets done correctly, on time, and on budget. Proficient in all aspects of new construction, remodel-

the cost of his fees, to say nothing of the deadlines that are

ing, and additions, he has saved his clients millions of dollars,

met and your peace of mind.

years of time, and even a few marriages. Unfortunately, many home/business owners who become Whether your project is your dream home or more modest

involved in construction and remodeling projects have no

remodel, one guarantee is that there will be bumps in the

idea that people like Daniel exist. They enter into agree-

road. Disputes between and among the clients, general/

ments with their contractors, architects or interior designers

prime contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers are bound

assuming they are in control – until they realize that they are

to happen. The best way to avoid these costly mistakes, de-

not! We’ve all heard the adage “an ounce of prevention is

lays, and potential lawsuits is to hire “The Fixer.”

worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this wisdom more borne out than amongst Daniel’s clients who regularly share with

Daniel takes on a holistic management role for each proj-

regret: “If we’d only known about you sooner…”

ect. This includes reviewing the details of each contract and subcontract, thorough onsite inspections, plan and design

Don’t let your dreams turn into regrets; call The Fixer. n

reviews, and providing cost analysis reports. He also does a rigorous pre-construction review to put together solid estimates and schedules and takes other key steps to avoid snags during each phase of the project. The bottom line is that his approach actually protects your bottom line. The money you save is considerably less than

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OLIVE OIL H arvest

By Pax Ansley Photography by Irene Marshall There is nothing quite like the Tuscan

past 18 years. With their children all grown,


countryside. From the stunning groves of

the passionate couple decided it was time

dancing in their heads, the Hutchisons’






ripe olive trees to the gorgeously intimate

for them to start a new journey. During

travel to Italy became equal parts business

local trattoria, where handmade pasta

their multiple trips across Italy, twice a year

and pleasure. With each visit, Harry and

drips with silky olive oil, a trip to this

for the past 10 years, they have observed

La Verne sought out olive growers to talk

scenic region in central Italy is sure to

the Italians’ love for a certain green-

to about the process of growing and

tantalize all the senses. For Harry and La

tinged, golden tincture found in every

milling olives. After much research, they

Verne Hutchison, countless trips to Italy

kitchen in Italy. With every visit to Rome,

realized that the land, soil, and climate

over the past 10 years have given them

Florence, and the Tuscan Countryside, this

of Calabasas were absolutely perfect to

inspiration and the dream to bring a little

“liquid emerald gold” found its way into

grow Tuscan olives.

piece of Tuscany back home with them

almost every Italian culinary creation they

to Calabasas.

encountered. Soon, it was decided that

With a resume of training courses and

the Hutchisons would produce the highest-

certifications from UC Davis in the care,

Tucked away in the Mulholland Scenic

quality extra virgin olive oil this side of the

cultivation, and milling of olives under their

Corridor is Park South Estates of Calabasas

Mediterranean. And with that, Hutchison

belts, Harry and La Verne sought out FGL

where Harry and La Verne have lived for the

Olives was born.

of Santa Paula to do an analysis on their


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soil. Through water and soil analysis to determine suitability, the conditions in Calabasas proved to be ideal for growing Tuscan olive trees. Once they were given the greenlight, Harry and La Verne headed to McEvoy Ranch of Petaluma in April of 2011 to select their trees. Along with advice on pruning, harvesting, and other practices, the Hutchisons left McEvoy Ranch that day with 200 of their very own Tuscan olive trees. Among the Pendolinos, Frantoios, and Leccinos, each of the 200 trees stood about three-feet tall. These trees, in pots for four to six years at McEvoy Ranch, were planted into the welcoming Calabasas soil. With the knowledge that olive trees need more water in the first five years, the Hutchisons developed a special irrigationmanagement program that allowed them to control the amount of water going to their trees at any given time. FGL of Santa Paula continued to






leaf analysis to determine the best type and frequency of fertilizer distribution for their olives. The olive trees today are 10-feet tall. Harry and La Verne soon realized that they excelled in different roles in their business. La Verne found herself thriving in more operational tasks, such as managing the front office as well as the legal, marketing, and technology needs of the company. Harry found himself spending his time working the grove and taking care of the trees. During the two-week-long harvest, though, it’s all hands on deck. By harvesting the olives early, in mid-September, the Hutchisons found that the purple and green young olives yielded more pungent oil. After the olives are de-leafed and washed, they are milled within six hours of harvest to produce their special blend of extra virgin olive oil. They purchased the Spremoliva C30 mill in 2016 from Mori-Tem, a family-owned manufacturing plant in Tavernelle, Italy. The oil is then stored in stainless steel, foodgrade Fustis that are made in Italy. At this point, Hutchison olive oil is still only in the hands of their “taste-tester� family and friends. They plan to one day produce a boutique oil of the highest quality. In fact, Harry and La Verne have the New York International Olive Oil Competition in their sights. With over 900 olive oil entries from 27 different countries, the Hutchisons hope to win gold someday. n

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club life Tricks and Treats Makes Halloween Sweet Over 200 kids and parents had a blast at the annual Halloween celebration at the Club! Everyone enjoyed the Halloween costume contest, the pumpkin painting, and the great treat bags filled with candy and toys. The Halloween celebration has become a signature event in the Calabasas community!

Giving Thanks with Friends and Family The Club had a record number of members and friends who attended their annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. Members and guests enjoyed all of the traditional Thanksgiving faire plus a huge assortment of other great salads and entrées and a massive dessert assortment. The Club also offered “Thanksgiving to Go,” where guests could pre-order a complete Thanksgiving feast to enjoy at home!

For information on membership please visit General Information: 818.222.8111 | |

At Calabasas Country Club Getting into the Swing with Ladies on the Links Classes Women all over the area are learning how to play golf through the club’s Ladies on the Links golf classes. Lessons include putting, pitching, chipping, and full swing, along with measurement and analysis at the Club’s Golf Performance Center. Ladies also learn golf-course etiquette. For more information, contact Academy Director Jeff Silverstein at or call 858.245.0469.

Santa Claus Sighting at Calabasas Country Club The Holidays fill everyone with joy–especially when you get to share your secret gift wishes with Santa himself! Kids and parents love the holiday tradition of the club’s annual Santa Brunch, where Santa heard every child’s Christmas wish.

Planning your private or corporate event? Contact Director of Operation Nick Gora at or 818.444.5545.

Keep Your Cool

and Don’t Sweat the


By Irene Marshall It was an interesting year, and many people wound up at

1. Think before you act.

odds with friends over opinions, politics, and social media.

2. Think before you speak or post.

There were wars on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that

3. If someone insults you, tactfully let them know.

were quite uncomfortable to witness, yet sometimes amus-

4. Learn your triggers and avoid them.

ing. It can be difficult when your friends have an opposing

5. Count to 10 to calm down. It does actually help.

opinion on a subject, but is it worth losing friends over? No.

6. Pretend you are above it all.

The best friendships are the ones where you can both be

7. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

open and honest with each other regardless of opinion. You

8. Take a few deep breaths and go for a run.

can’t expect everyone to think the same way that you do;

9. Listen to your heart, not your head.

it’s unrealistic, and it would make life dull.

10. Ask yourself if you want to be a positive or negative person?

Here are some tips on keeping your cool when you feel your-

There will always be things that you disagree on with people,

self getting agitated and annoyed by opposition:

and that’s just part of life. If you love and respect your friendship, you can afford to be open with one another. n


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Let’s Get

H ealthy!

By Marc Cohen Seems like we just had this conversation; could it possibly

Many of the health apps are tied to health devices, like

be a whole year since we chatted about our New Year’s

iPhone or Fitbit. These are very effective in keeping track

resolutions and our own health care? Every year we say,

of your daily health goals. I, personally, use an Apple

“This is the year we get healthier.” We continually learn more

watch to keep track of my steps, calories, and distance.

about the science of health and discover how important it

The Fitbit is a more economical option. You can pick up

is to take care of ourselves. Let’s rediscover the different

one for around $70, while the Apple watch starts around

ways technology can help.

$329. If you want the additional features, including a phone and hundreds of apps, you should check out the

It’s not always just about how much exercise we do

Apple watch.

but also how it affects our mental health. With the app Meditation Studio, you can learn about stress,

As technology advances we learn more about our

performance, happiness, and something that is more

bodies, from our blood pressure to smart toothbrushes for

important than most people realize — your sleep. It

kids, a connected diabetes device to monitor your sugar

includes help from experts to guide you through the

levels. My smart scale tells me what my body fat is and

emotional side of your well-being.

serves as a daily reminder of how much I ate. The last time I stepped on the scale after the holidays, my talking scale

We all struggle with our eating, especially during the

said, “One at a time please.” Just trying to take care of

holidays. Too many cookies, cakes, and other fattening

your health, friends. After all, I get paid by the reader,

stuff. It takes the whole month of January to lose what

so I want to make sure you are all around to read my

we gained in December. The app EDO allows you to

fascinating articles.

scan food labels. It analyzes ingredients and nutritional values and lets you know if what you are purchasing is

Be safe and healthy and please don’t drink and drive or text

gluten free or lactose free. Add to it the free app Moves

and drive.

which coordinates between you and your smartphone by helping you keep track of the distances between locations on a map. It also gives you calories burned. I like the Couch to 5K app, which gets you to a 5K in nine weeks. It includes running for beginners and programs for those of you who use a treadmill. If you want to include your puppy (and who doesn’t?), they have the Pooch to 5K. It’s fun and will most definitely help improve your health.


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Hope you enjoy your holidays! n See you on the radio! Marc Cohen

Physician and Health Care Provider

DIRECTORY 2018 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

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.


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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. Her practice, Bella Skin Institute in Calabasas, is where she has assembled her “derm dream team” of professionals to care for the concerns of celebrities, CEOs, and supermoms. The stateof-the-art facility is warm and engaging and provides clients with the 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. Procedures include resurfacing, hair removal, Fraxel™ and other laser treatments, plateletrich plasma for collagen rejuvenation, Thermage CPT™, KyBella injectables for reduction of double chin, Voluma injections for cheek augmentation, Ultherapy for skin tightening, and the latest injectables for wrinkle reduction. Aesthetic services include microdermabrasion and dermalinfusion, dermaplaning, facials,

General dermatology services include skin-cancer screening and surgery and acne, rash, and eczema treatments. Dr. Guanche is a fellow of the American Board of Dermatology, a member of the dermatology staff at UCLA Medical Center, and 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

and waxing.

CARLOS GUANCHE, MD Southern California Orthopedic Institute 6815 Noble Ave., Van Nuys 818.901.6600 |

Carlos Guanche, MD, is a world-renowned expert in hip and shoulder arthroscopy and complex shoulder reconstruction. Over the past 20 years, he has treated thousands of patients whose professional lives depend on his skilled hands to bring them back from debilitating injury to center stage and court. Faced with career-threatening conditions, professional athletes and world-famous entertainers have entrusted their well-being to Dr. Guanche. The majority of his patients, however, are average people working a regular job and participating in sports at many levels. Since 2003, Dr. Guanche has been a partner at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, a tertiary referral center for complex sports medicine and shoulder problems. He has devoted his career to his patients by constantly striving to innovate and make procedures less invasive, with smaller incisions, less pain, and shorter downtime. He is committed to advancing his field of specialty and has two orthopaedic-device patents to his name. He has also trained medical students and resident doctors in sports medicine and arthroscopy procedures. Dr. Guanche is the instructional course director at the prestigious Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago, as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Guanche specializes in many types of treatments for hip and shoulder injuries, including labral repairs, femoroacetabular impingement, hamstring repairs, rotator cuff repairs, and the management of arthritis of the shoulder and hip (including anterior total hips). He is one of only a small group of surgeons in the country that perform reverse total shoulders on a regular basis.

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Iris Stone, AuD., FAAA, Doctor of Audiology| Diagnostic Clinical | Dispensing Audiologist 4764 Park Granada, #109, Calabasas 818.222.HEAR | 818.222.4327 | Iris Stone, AuD, FAAA, Doctor of Audiology, earned her degrees from New York University, St. John’s University, and A.T. Still University in education, health administration, and audiology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and the California Academy of Audiology. She sits on the board of directors of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and was the United Chambers of Commerce San Fernando Valley’s recipient of the 2016 Small Business Award. 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 her ability to listen to the concerns of each individual and find a solution based on patients’ budget acoustic, and cosmetic needs. Her focus is on her patients’ lifestyles, always delivering thorough care with complete follow-up. Hear Clear Hearing Aids, Inc., offers a completely new approach to a hearingcare 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 is possible to restore a person’s hearing almost 100% if they are properly diagnosed and fitted correctly with the right product. Dr. Stone uses state-of-the-art technology to test, counsel, and complete the needs of her patients, as well as provide the best quality care. Hear Clear Hearing Aids has offices in Calabasas and Ojai, California.


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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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.

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 medicine and non invasive anti-aging treatments. 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 is a medical spa offering top-of-the-line laser treatments and esthetician services to individuals of all colors and skin types. They specialize in laser skincare treatments such as fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, acne laser treatments, laser hair removal for all skin types, laser tattoo removal for all colors, and sun damage and red face repair. In addition, Dr. Sarti offers several types of premier services, including SmartGraft hair restoration, Silhouette Instalift, The Secret – RF Fractional Micro-needling, and laser fat removal and body-sculpting techniques using Vanquish and Exilis ULTRA. All of these treatments are noninvasive, and patients typically resume normal activities immediately after a procedure. Dr. Sarti and his staff work with you individually to establish a treatment plan that suits your desired outcome, timeframe, and budget. Your progress is systematically monitored with the Canfield VISIA camera system so you can see the visible results after each treatment. At the Vitality Institute of Agoura, you can expect professionalism, friendly service, and results!

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

Dr. Tania Baker is one of the few dentists in the area who offers the InvisalignÂŽ procedure for adults looking for a way to straighten their teeth without metal braces or wires. The InvisalignÂŽ aligners are removable and virtually invisible, so you can keep living your life and caring for your teeth throughout treatment. Dr. Baker is also committed to eliminating the fear and anxiety that many patients experience when going to a dentist. Her serene, spa-like cosmetic and laser dental practice provides 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 practice is devoted to holistic dental care, 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 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. 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.

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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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SINUS INSTITUTE Alen Cohen, MD, FACS, FARS 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 Southern California. He has also been named a 2013-2018 Los Angeles Magazine Super Doctor and a national 2017 Castle-Connolly Top Doctor. As such, 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 so the sinuses can drain, thus preventing sinus infections, and so the patient can breathe better. As such, patients routinely come to him from all over Southern California for management of their chronic nose and sinus problems and definitive relief.


Double-Board-Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon | ENT/Head & Neck Surgeon 7345 Medical Center Dr. #510, West Hills, CA 91307 818.888.7878 | Renowned, double-board-certified, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Hershcovitch possesses the unique expertise to tackle a myriad of surgical procedures. Utilizing his years of training and deep knowledge of facial aesthetics and rhinoplasty (nose surgery), he creates natural results for clients throughout Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and West Hills. Dr. Hershcovitch guides each patient with care and understanding to make informed decisions and maintain peace of mind. Every aspect of this transformation, beginning with the initial consultation through the plastic surgery and subsequent recovery, is personalized. Dr. Hershcovitch is passionate about matching his patients’ inner and outer beauty and continually creates subtle, natural results. From modern medical offices to a compassionate, professional staff, the doctor ensures that his patients feel supported throughout the entire process. After completing his degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Hershcovitch pursued a medical degree from the State University of New York. He performed his residency training in head and neck surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and completed his fellowship from the prestigious Mittelman Plastic Surgery Center at Stanford University. He is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He’s been honored many times during his illustrious career. His work has also been published in numerous well-known scientific publications as he continues to present his research to the medical community.

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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 15 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.

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

Dr. Tanya Altmann is a UCLA-trained pediatrician and the founder of Calabasas Pediatrics, a concierge practice providing personalized pediatric healthcare with an emphasis on integrative medicine, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and an assistant clinical professor at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Dr. Tanya has a broad understanding of the most recent medical developments. She is the author of several bestselling parenting books and a child-health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows. With more than 20 years of experience helping families with everything from day-to-day health concerns to choosing the best preschool to gathering experts from around the country to solve unusual cases, Dr. Tanya is the go-to pediatrician in Calabasas, seeing children from birth through college. Calabasas Pediatrics offers longer appointments, after-hours availability, nutrition, of your own home. Skype visits, email, and text communications are regularly used 24/7 to make it easier for today’s busy family to reach the office when needed, even while traveling abroad. Using new medical technology, including the GeneSight test and BrainSpan assessment, photo-vision screening, and ImPACT testing, Calabasas Pediatrics is able to help paint a thorough picture of your child’s current and future health. After all, raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted, successful children is the goal at Calabasas Pediatrics!


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and lactation consultations in their beautiful, state-of-the-art office or in the comfort


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.

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.

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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


Advanced Medical and Surgical Treatment of the Foot and Ankle 7301 Medical Center Drive, #302, West Hills 16661 Ventura Blvd., #714, Encino 818.986.9898 |

Dr. Matthew Safapour, DPM, an accomplished, seasoned, board-certified (ABMSP) podiatric surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, is dedicated to helping patients strengthen the crucial foot/ankle foundation and maintain pain-free, healthy lives. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and a master degree from Long Island University, Dr. Safapour attended podiatric medical school at CCPM, an affiliate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed his internship and residency at CCPM, USC/LA County Medical Center and pursued a fellowship in biomechanics. The doctor has been in private practice since 1997, performed thousands of foot surgeries, and is currently an attending podiatric physician for a major IPA/HMO organization. Dr. Safapour helps resolve such painful issues as bunions, caused by excess bone growth and joint inflammation, and hammertoes, produced by a muscle imbalance surrounding the joints. He also treats diabetic foot ulcers and diabetic neuropathy, which occurs when metabolic and neurovascular factors result in nerve damage and poor circulation. This often causes loss of feeling or the sensation of pins and needles or sharp pain in the toes, feet, and legs, allowing infections in the region to go unnoticed. Treating these issues and more during their early stages helps ensure successful outcomes. Dr. Safapour and his staff offer excellent medical and surgical options for overcoming foot pain and other podiatric issues in a caring, healing environment.


Mehdi Izadi, DO 7301 Medical Center Dr., #302, West Hills 818.888.3387 | Dr. Izadi, a board-certified physician in family practice and geriatric medicine, decided to open his own private practice in West Hills in 2013 after 27 years of practicing medicine. He has lived in Calabasas for 17 years, and previously, he owned and operated a large medical group in the high desert. Dr. Izadi’s philosophy of practicing medicine has always been to put the well-being of every patient first, those who entrust him with their health. In addition to providing traditional disease management, Dr. Izadi has extensive expertise in preventive medicine and manipulations. There is no doubt that all of our bodies have self-healing mechanisms in place that work to keep us well every day. Dr. Izadi views his role as “The Facilitator” of that process by any and all means available today. The services offered at Dr. Izadi’s new practice include well-care and disease management for both men and women. The facility is equipped to make your visit as convenient and timely as possible. They perform minor office surgeries, inject medications, and do heat treatment and adjustments if needed. The practice is for adolescents and adults on an outpatient basis and by appointment only. Almost all private insurance and Medicare are accepted, and very reasonable prices are offered for self-paying patients. Attention to detail and punctuality are very important to Dr. Izadi as he respects your time as well as your trust in him to care for your most precious commodity: your health and well-being.

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Brenda Johnson, R. Ph. | Inside Gelson’s Market 22277 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas 818.223.8656 | Calabasas Pharmacy celebrates over 20 years in the community. 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 19 years ago. She is certified in all immunizations, including the shingles, pneumonia, and Tdap, and travel medications and vaccines. 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. Your prescriptions and vitamins can be prepackaged into a blister packaging system to remind you to take them at the correct time each day. Calabasas Pharmacy has started to provide strep and influenza testing so patients can quickly determine if they have either of these acute infections. The pharmacy takes most insurance plans, including Medicare Part D, and works with your doctor to get your medications approved. Calabasas Pharmacy is open seven days a week. It is very easy to transfer existing prescriptions by calling directly at 818.223.8656.

SMILE BRIGHT PERIODONTICS M. Natalie Dianati, DDS/Periodontist 28040 Dorothy Dr. #102, Agoura Hills 818.584.1841 |

Dr. M. Natalie Dianati earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and graduated with Departmental Honors. Dr. Dianati continued her education and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery at UCLA School of Dentistry with dental board scores among the top 1% in the nation. While at UCLA, she was extensively involved in research, and her efforts led to publication in the prestigious Developmental Biology journal. Throughout her education, she was on the dean’s list and the recipient of multiple scholarships, including the Newfield Scholarship and the Ruth G. White Scholarship for excellence in academic achievement and leadership. Dr. Dianati completed a three-year residency and received her Certificate in Advanced Periodontics from the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital-UCLA. During her specialty training, she conducted advanced research on “Maxillary Sinus Augmentation Using Allograft, Xenograft, and Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate for Improvement of the Implant Site.” Dr. Dianati is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, which is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. Dr. Dianati is a member of numerous dental associations, including the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, California Society of Periodontists, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. Dianati enjoys going to basketball games, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her family.


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MALIBU CANYON MED SPA David Vesco, MD 4937 Las Virgenes Rd., #104, Calabasas 310.903.2784 |

For nearly three decades, Dr. David Vesco, MD, has served as director for the Canyon Medical Center and Malibu Canyon Medical Spa in Calabasas. The doctor incorporates his training in both internal medicine and surgery to help patients in such holistic areas as anti-aging, regenerative medicine, stem-cell treatments, sports medicine, neurology, and medical counseling. Since 2012, he has administered stem-cell and plateletrich plasma (PRP) treatments, which utilize one’s own blood to stimulate healthy cell regeneration and healing, to more than a thousand clients seeking facial cosmetic rejuvenations and joint treatments. His specialties include stem-cell nano-fat grafting, facial lifts, PRP hair restoration, PRP face and lip rejuvenation, and Smart CO2 Laser technology for facial resurfacing. Born and educated in Bulgaria, Dr. Vesco holds an impressive array of scientific, business, and scholarly achievements, including academic appointments at both the University of Michigan and University of California. He was the first medical doctor to recognize how hyperbaric-chamber oxygenation could benefit stroke patients. The doctor also wrote several highly regarded books and even coined the term “antioxidant.” He has since based much of his research on the topical application of bioflavonoids, laying the foundation for a whole new generation of skincare products. His award-winning discoveries have also led to some of the world’s most effective holistic skincare approaches utilized today at such innovative facilities as Malibu Canyon Medical Spa and beyond.

OAK PARK DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN & ORTHODONTICS 1115 Lindero Canyon Rd., Westlake Village | 818.889.5440 1188 Roadrunner Way, Simi Valley | 805.526.1188 | Yazdan Alami DDS, Jennifer Barry DDS, Faina Gelman DDS, Joey Pedram DDS, Matthew Bruno DDS, MS, Jane Yu DDS, Jelson Yalung DDS, MS, Alisha Paletsas DDS, Wayne Ozaki MD, DDS, FACS

Oak Park Dentistry for Children and Orthodontics has been providing comprehensive and preventative dental care to the children, teens, and young adults of Conejo Valley and the surrounding areas for over 35 years. For decades, we have been striving to raise our first and second generation of patients without cavities and gum disease by way of education and incentives for excellent oral hygiene. We truly believe that early implementation of great oral habits is key to a lifetime of healthier and brighter smiles. Our focus is to deliver an outstanding and conservative level of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Oral/Plastic Surgery. Our board certified providers are highly trained to address all of our patient’s needs using the latest techniques and equipment in a fun, friendly, and unparalleled environment. Children with special needs will benefit from our specialists who have extensive training in treating children with various special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Our newest location in Westlake Village has been described as a “children’s wonderland” by many dental publications. We recommend our “Peek- a- Boo” complimentary visit for children under 3 years of age. We are available evenings and Saturdays in addition to our regular daily schedule.

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By Irene Marshall Photography by Melissa Westervelt

We were looking forward to the Health Summit, and it did not

parents. Babies are born pre-polluted with over 200 to 330

disappoint. It was moved to a larger venue at the Dorothy

chemicals in the umbilical cord. Even if you just changed one

Chandler Pavilion due to the demand for more people who

thing in your life from what you learned at the Health Summit,

wanted to become medical consumers. What does that even

it could add years to your life. Everyone knows Fran Drescher

really mean? It means taking back control of your life. The

from her years on TV as The Nanny, but many do not know

host, Fran Drescher, made everyone feel so welcome. She was

her as a cancer survivor and the voice of cancer prevention.

so warm, and you almost felt as though you were having a

Fran Drescher is the founder, president, and visionary of the

private conversation with her. All the speakers were so genuine

nonprofit Cancer Schmancer Movement. She focuses on early

and spoke from the heart, offering us, the medical consumers,

detection, prevention, and advocacy.

expert advice on how we can possibly prevent cancer, which is the best cure. There was so much information given on this day

10% of cancer is genetic; 90% is environmental. Our homes, we

on many subjects, from gut bacteria to natural bio-identical

found out, are more toxic than living across from an oil refinery,

hormones and robotic surgery.

and we have total control of our homes. Cancer-causing genes can be turned on and off with lifestyle, and there are many

It is terrifying when you hear that our children are the first

changes we can make. Bottom line: We, our friends, and loved

generation that are not predicted to live longer than their

ones have all been affected by cancer in some way.


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Here are some highlights…

Bioidentical hormones: Dr. Gail Jackson has helped thousands of

Ways to reduce inflammation: Inflammation causes many different

women restore the hormonal imbalance which causes issues like

diseases, not just cancer. However, 90% of cancer can be

depression, anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, weight loss, and an

attributed to inflammation caused by our environment, and we

decreased desire for sex. Dr. Jackson formulates small hormonal

can help reduce inflammation by doing a few things. Taking three

implants unique to each patient using all-natural plant sources

tablespoons of hemp seeds, fish oil, and omega 3 and 6 a day all

like yams, which are biologically identical to the human form of

helps to cut down on inflammation. Dr. Zuri Murrell suggests drinking

estradiol and testosterone.

yellow milk, which is a combination of turmeric and almond milk. Turmeric is known as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Robotic surgery: Dr. Mel Kurtulus is a pioneer in the field of robotic

treatment due to its main ingredient: curcumin.

surgery and one of the top 23 Epicenter robotic surgeons in the country. This highly advanced technology allows surgeons to

Your gut bacteria: Dr. Zachary Bush is one of the few triple-board-

perform less-invasive operations and shorten healing time.

certified physicians in the country, with an expertise in internal medicine. His research into gut microbiome restoration is very

Mindful consumerism and Capitol Hill: Cancer Schmancer is

promising in preventing diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer. There

working on the Carcinogen Free Label Act, a bipartisan bill

are so many pesticides in our environment that slowly poison our

introduced in 2012 so that consumers can make healthier choices

systems and kill the good bacteria in our guts that he suggests

and, through purchasing power, dictate trends that influence the

reducing exposure by always eating organic food.

formulas of household products and food. If we stop buying toxic products and start buying nontoxic ones, the change in demand

Your mouth: According to Gerry Curatola, D.D.S., everything we

will bring healthier products to market.

have been doing to maintain oral health is wrong. Metal fillings are toxic. Most toothpaste companies use carcinogens in their

Nutrition: What we eat and drink – or don’t -- is a huge part of

toothpaste, and mouth bacteria can cause lung cancer. The

prevention. For example, cancer loves carbs, sugar, and alcohol,

mouth is the gateway to the body, and we need to be more

so reduce your intake. Fiber, on the other hand, has been linked to

aware of what goes in it.

fighting certain types of cancer, helping good gut bacteria, and controlling blood sugar, but most people eat only 1/3 of the daily

Pain pills and cannabis: There is still such a stigma about cannabis.

fiber they need, so we should all bump fiber intake way up.

The United States makes up 5% of the world yet consumes 80% of the world’s pain pills, according to Dr. Uma Dhanabalan. When

A reminder: Please do your own research, consult your physician,

used properly, cannabis helps with many medical issues, such as

and be a medical consumer, like Fran says, before taking any

pain, eating, sleeping, nausea, anxiety, and PTSD.

medical advice.

Embrace your pain: To heal, you must start from the inside out. Russell

There was so much good information we could not mention all

Feingold is a Shaman, sound healer, and author who gave up the

of it. We strongly suggest you check out

Western lifestyle to follow his calling as a medicine man. To heal and

and follow the organization at

restore wholeness mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually,

for the most cutting-edge information on cancer prevention and

you must embrace and deal with your pain, grief, and trauma.

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Sleep Apnea?

By Jeffrey Schechter, DDS Snoring isn’t sexy, and sleep apnea is a common and potentially

and there are many treatment options, including more than 100

serious disorder. You snore during sleep when airflow from your

different types of FDA-approved oral devices.

mouth or nose goes to your lungs, causing the tissues of your throat to vibrate, making a loud, raspy noise. Loud snoring can

Your dentist can recommend a treatment device that best

make it hard for you or your partner to get a good night’s rest.

suits your particular needs and fit it in the safest and most

Snoring may point to other medical problems, such as sleep

comfortable way. One recommended device is the mandibular

apnea. If you have sleep apnea, your breathing becomes very

advancement device. This is one of the most widely used dental

shallow during sleep or is briefly interrupted in breathing lapses.

appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. It resembles a

These lapses usually last about 10 to 15 seconds and can occur

sports mouth guard in appearance and is useful in forcing the

up to hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural

lower jaw down and forward slightly. This offers tremendous

sleep rhythm. Consequently, you spend more time in light sleep

help in keeping the airway open and preventing breathing

and less time in deep, restorative sleep, which you need in order

problems. A tongue-retraining device is also recommended to

to be energetic, mentally sharp and productive the next day. Thus,

correct sleep apnea. This splint holds the tongue in the right





position and works to

the way you breathe while

keep the airway open.

sleeping and how you function during the day.

After your dentist completes your clinical evalu-

Sleep apnea is treatable but

ation, the recommended

often goes undetected. To

oral appliance is fab-

help ensure that this doesn’t

ricated using digital or

happen, look for the major signs

physical impressions and

of sleep apnea, which include

models of your teeth.



These models are sent to

and/or choking or gasping

a dental lab where the

sounds. Other common signs

appliance is made. Your

of sleep apnea include fighting

dentist then adjusts and



fits your appliance to

morning headaches, waking

maximize its comfort and




up frequently to urinate and dry mouth/sore throat upon waking.

effectiveness. adjustments.

A physician is needed to properly diagnose sleep apnea using a diagnostic test called polysomnography, which is an overnight

Whatever treatment option you choose,

sleep study. Once diagnosed, your physician can discuss treatment

it is important to address the issue of

options. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy

snoring and sleep apnea to ensure a

is usually the first treatment choice for adults with moderate to

restful night’s sleep so everyone can

severe obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP is effective but a bit clunky

be their most focused, productive and

as it requires a pump to generate pressurized air, a conduction

healthy self.

tube and a mask that fits over your nose. Unfortunately, 40 percent of people who try CPAP don’t stick with it, claiming that

Wishing you restful and restorative

the device is not comfortable when sleeping. But thanks to the 18

sleep and much health and joy in the

million Americans that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, the

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device manufacturers have a powerful incentive to find solutions


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dental visits are crucial because these devices require periodic

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Iris Stone AuD., FAAA Doctor of Audiology

By Elena Richards Photography Marvin Steindler The


disease, balance problems, falling,

Times change, and the focus changes.

changing. We are in transition. Just




social isolation, loneliness, clinical de-

The “age of manufacturing” was 1900

listen to the news! Although the United

pression, diabetes, cardiovascular dis-

to 1960; the “age of distribution” was

States claims (with good reason) to

ease, and many more. Baby boomers

1960 to 1990; the “age of information”

provide superior healthcare, the costs

(those born between 1946 and 1964)

was 1990 to 2010; and now, here in the

have been climbing.

are now the largest group of people in

present, we find ourselves in the “age

the United States, representing 45% of

of the consumer.”

In just the last decade, many impor-

the population. They are health con-

tant studies have sur faced linking

scious and have a greater focus on

hearing loss to many disabling con-

enjoying life and retirement. They have

ditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s

created the “age of the consumer.”

Consumers today are well-informed, savvy, and distrusting! They want to be involved in the decision-making and, clearly, expect their problems to be solved.Dr. Stone understands, engages, and retains her patients because they are the center of everything she does. She shows an interest in their lives and their families. She believes that it is not enough just to fix things because they are not working. Instead, she gives her patients the tools to help them become successful hearing-aid users, assistive-device users, and tinnitus therapy and technology users. The good news is that there is amazing new technology. There are different options for different lifestyles. Features of the newer hearing instrument technology include precise processing and accurate reproduction of sound, providing excellent speech intelligibility, enhanced clarity for the higher pitches or individual needs, and reduction of unwanted background noises or sudden sounds at all input levels for greater listening comfort. The newest technology includes smartphone capability, allowing users to control the settings of their hearing devices for any listening situation, whether out exercising, listening to music, or in a noisy restaurant. The best sound technology

can transform hearing instruments into advanced, high-definition, wireless headphones by easily connecting and streaming phone calls, music, and audio directly from the smartphone. There are so many choices and unparalleled options that there is a solution for everyone. Dr. Stone is very active in the Calabasas community, providing workshops and seminars at the senior center relating to hearing loss, new technology, and information for those that suffer from ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and vestibular (balance) issues. She sits on the board of directors of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and is a fellow of the Academy of Doctors’ of Audiology, the California Academy of Audiology, and the American Academy of Audiology. She was the recipient of the 2016 small business award in recognition for outstanding service to the community from the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley and Region. n 4764 Park Granada, #109 Calabasas 818.222.HEAR 818.222.4327

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DOWN TO SLEEP By Irene Marshall

As I lay wide awake at 2:00 a.m., I found myself reaching for

long weekend, late nights, or whatever that reason is

the familiar melatonin supplements to put me back to sleep

that you’re awake at 2:00 a.m.

and wondering about how melatonin really works and if it is as safe as they say. More than three million adults and a

Melatonin does induce many dreams throughout the

half a million children take melatonin, and that number is

night, but most people wake easily and without side ef-

expected to increase as people look for natural remedies.

fects when the suggested dosage is followed precisely. However, some people have had symptoms such as diz-

Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body. It

ziness, sleepiness, stomach cramps, and irritability in the

is produced in the pineal gland of the brain that is re-

morning. Also, melatonin supplements work for some peo-

sponsible for regulating sleep cycles. We can also get

ple but not others. You just have to try them and see.

melatonin supplements to help us fall asleep. People use melatonin supplements to adjust the body’s internal

Short-term use of a few months is suggested and is per-

clock. Though melatonin supplements help people to

fectly safe. If you are taking melatonin supplements for

fall asleep more easily, they do not help people to sleep

extended periods of time, however, it is best to consult

more soundly or regularly throughout the night.

your physician. Too much melatonin can boost your blood sugar, so supplements are not recommended for

Melatonin’s main job is to regulate the day and night

people with diabetes.

cycles. Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin and signals the body that it is time to sleep.

Here’s another fun tidbit: Melatonin does not work well

Light decreases the melatonin production and signals

with blue lights emitted by screens from the TV, com-

the body that it’s time to wake. Some people who have

puter, phone, iPad, and other devices. These blue lights

trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin.

suppress melatonin levels, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Red lights, on the other hand, work well with


When the supplements are taken at the right time, in

melatonin and are the least likely to suppress melatonin

the right dose, the added melatonin can help you get

levels and keep you up. So, for alarm clocks and night

back on track with your sleep thrown off by jet lag, a

lights go for red lights and sleep tight! n

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Vitality Institute of Agoura is excited to offer Silhouette InstaLift, the new, minimally invasive technique to lift sagging facial skin and the latest facial


rejuvenation procedure. Cosmetic medical techniques have advanced greatly in recent years. Many aspects of facial aging can be addressed with safe and effective procedures that offer little downtime and natural-looking results. While wrinkles, brown spots, and lost volume can be treated with existing procedures, until now, there has been no minimally invasive way to lift the deeper layers of mid-facial skin, one of the major contributors to an aged and tired appearance. Silhouette InstaLift is a simple in-office procedure to re-contour your face by lifting the deeper layers of your skin for a more youthful appearance. During a short in-office procedure, Michael Sarti, MD, will insert the patented Silhouette InstaLift sutures to lift the deeper layers of the skin in your mid-face, cheek, or neck area. The treatment does not require general anesthesia and typically takes 45 minutes. You will see results right away, and the recovery time is minimal. The




sutures are naturally absorbed by your body over time. The sutures are absorbed while stimulating the production of collagen to aid in healthy skin renewal for naturallooking, long-lasting results. Dr. Sarti has 30 years of advanced surgical experience and utilizes this knowledge to place the InstaLift sutures in the best position for your facial features. During your consultation, Dr. Sarti will discuss whether this technique is suitable for you and will create a treatment plan to ensure you achieve the results you desire. Call 818.735.0904 now for a free consultation! n


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aloe vera juice HEALTH BENEFITS OF

By Irene Marshall

The aloe vera succulent plant has been used for

beverages can help keep your body balanced in

centuries for medicinal purposes. Aloe vera juice is

pH, and aloe vera juice is alkaline.

thick and not bad tasting, yet it is best when cold. It can be served alone or also be added to smoothies

Hydration: The aloe plant is very water-dense, so

or mixed with other juices. Most people only think

consuming it is an ideal way to prevent or treat de-

of treating sunburns with aloe but drinking this in

hydration. Staying hydrated helps your body detox

a juice form provides you with a number of other

by providing a way for you to purge and flush out

health benefits.


Digestion: Aloe vera is made up of enzymes known

Liver function: When it comes to detoxing, healthy

to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats, and

liver function is key. Aloe vera juice is an excellent

they can keep your digestion running smoothly.

way to keep your liver healthy. That’s because the

Many people suffer from stomach and gut issues

liver functions best when the body is adequately

that keep them from absorbing nutrients from the

nourished and hydrated.

food they’re eating. Aloe vera may help decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines.

Clear skin: Hydrating aloe vera juice may help reduce the frequency and appearance of acne. It


Alkaline levels: A body with an acidic pH is a breed-

may also help reduce skin conditions like psoriasis and

ing ground for disease. It’s an atmosphere where ill-

dermatitis. Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants

ness thrives. Eating and drinking alkaline foods and

and vitamins that may help protect your skin. n

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Restore the Health and Beauty

of your


By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler Smiling is clearly one of our most expressive ways to communicate positive feelings. All parents long to see their baby’s first

One of the major causes of gum recession is periodontitis, an

smiles. Even animals, from puppies to chimps, are believed to

oral disease where certain bacteria attack gums, resulting in

possess the capacity to grin.

bad breath and inflammation that can undermine health. Signs of periodontal disease include swollen or receding gums, con-

What lies beneath each smile also reflects well-being. Good

tinual bad breath, bleeding during brushing, and loose teeth.

oral health can affect the entire body. Inflamed gums provide

In numerous studies, bacteria and inflammation caused by per-

a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which can spread

iodontitis have been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease,

from mouth through body, disturbing teeth and gums, and a

and even Alzheimer’s disease.

person’s entire immune system. It is crucial to get a regular check-up from a board-certified periodontist who can evalu-

Regular check-ups with a periodontist like Dr. M. Natalie Dianati

ate plaque level, bone structure, and other symptoms related

can help keep your gums in line. Possessing a Bachelor of Sci-

to periodontal disease. Problems identified sooner rather than

ence degree in Neuroscience from the University of California,

later can nip both mouth and systematic issues in the bud.

Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Dianati graduated with Departmental


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Honors. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery at UCLA

Dr. Dianati trained with Dr. Chao in Los Angeles and is certi-

School of Dentistry with dental-board scores among the top 1%

fied to perform The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™). Once

in the nation. She is a member of numerous dental associations,

gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes

including the American Academy of Periodontology, Acade-

exposed, leading to tooth decay and other dental problems,

my of Osseointegration, California Society of Periodontists, Cal-

as well as an unsightly looking gum line. Dr. Dianati and Smile

ifornia Dental Association, and American Dental Association,

Bright Periodontics can help restore the beauty beneath your

and is certified by the American Board of Periodontology.

smile, resulting in a healthier mouth and body. n

Historically, once gums receded, treatment generally consisted of painful practices involving scalpels, tissue grafts, and inva-

M. Natalie Dianati, DDS

sive surgery. Fortunately, today, there are other options, and Dr.

Smile Bright Periodontics

Dianati can provide relief for receding gums utilizing the revo-

28040 Dorothy Dr., #102

lutionary, minimally invasive Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™).

Agoura Hills

Invented in 2006 by Dr. Chao, the procedure involves creating


a tiny pinhole to enable specially designed instruments to glide

the gum over the receded part of the tooth without cutting. It is far less painful than previous techniques and requires shorter recovery time.



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By Irene Marshall We are all so busy these days that there are times we feel like we are losing our minds. We forget things and go downstairs only to realize we don’t remember why we are there. How many times have we gone to the grocery store for just a few things and our mind goes blank on half of them? We wonder what the heck is going on and if this is normal? Many of these forgetful episodes can be written off as to how busy we are, lack of sleep, medications, stress, depression, or even thyroid issues. As we get older, there is wear and tear on all of our body parts, including our brain. It’s good for us to realize what normal forgetfulness is versus something you should discuss with your doctor.

Normal forgetfulness: Unusual forgetfulness: - You forget about an appointment

- You miss many appointments

- You can’t remember all the names of the people you met at a wedding

- You forget you went to the wedding

- You forget what an old friend does for a living

- You forget what your friend does for a living right after talking about it

- You forget if you put two or three teaspoons of sugar in your coffee

- You can’t work the coffee pot

- You lose things like your keys, phone, or sunglasses

- You can’t make sense of the numbers in your check book

- You forget what day it is

- You feel lost about time

- You get lost going to a friend’s home you have not been to in a while

- You get lost going home from the grocery store

- You forget the name of a device

- You call a “car” a “bench”

- You forget someone’s name

- You forget your sister’s name

The best way to keep your brain healthy and your memory strong as you get older is to have an active lifestyle, get regular physical activity, and engage in mental activity and social interactions. If you or your family recognize more serious memory issues, please consult your physician just to be safe. n


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____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Melissa Westervelt Health and fitness fanatics joined together at the City of Calabasas Civic Center to celebrate community, fitness, and fun on Sunday, November 12 for the Calabasas Classic Run presented by Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center and Coldwell Banker Calabasas in conjunction with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Featured timed races were the 5k and 10k run, 5k/10k combo race, along with a one-mile Fun Run. The run courses, certified and sanctioned by USATF, explored the beautiful, scenic roads of Calabasas. Both competitive and non-competitive runners were invited to enjoy a great post-run party expo featuring food trucks, stretches, massages, a kids’ fun zone, free giveaways and raffles, vendors, and community organizations, along with a guest appearance by American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff. The Calabasas Classic Run benefits the Community Center Alliance supporting programs for children and residents to build a stronger and healthier community. For more information, visit For more photos of our events, please visit

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The 3rd Annual Muddy Warriors Xperience took place at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on November 19. Participants made their way through a challenging trail course with fun obstacles deigned to test their strength and endurance. The Health and Fitness Fun Fair accompanied




the day, featuring local companies showcasing their products, exciting outdoor contests and activities, raffles, music, food, and drinks for runner and spectators. This event was brought to life by Muddy Warriors, LLC, a local fitness company created by two moms, Laura Page and Klaudia Moran, with a mission to empower people to believe in themselves and their ability to overcome both mental and physical challenges in their lives. Muddy Warriors donates portion of the race entry proceeds back to local charities. In addition, Operation Kindness, Muddy Warriors’ own charitable program, creates opportunities for local nonprofit organizations to run concession stands and raise funds for their cause. For more photos of our events, please visit


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Iris Stone, AuD., FAAA Doctor of Audiology

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Ask the



My doctor would not prescribe an antibiotic for me when I was sick. I eventually felt better, but I think the antibiotic would have healed me faster. Why can’t I take an antibiotic?


Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs, however up to 50% of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed. Each year in the United States, at least

2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die. The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance. Below are some common illnesses that patients often assume can be treated with antibiotics while, in fact, antibiotics are not appropriate for them. Bronchitis. Occurs when the airways of the lungs swell and produce mucus. The symptoms last less than three weeks. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus and often occurs after an upper-respiratory infection. It almost always gets better on its own. Common cold/runny nose. More than 200 viruses cause the common cold. The infections are spread through the air and close personal contact. When germs that cause colds infect the nose and sinuses, they may produce mucus of a white, yellow, or green color. This is normal and does not mean antibiotics are needed. Sinus infections. Occur when fluid is trapped or blocked in the sinuses, allowing germs to grow. Viruses cause 90% of adult cases and 50–70% in children. Antibiotics may be needed if the sinus infection is caused by bacteria. Sore throat. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, however strep throat is caused by bacteria. Only 20–30% of sore throats in children are strep, and in adults, it’s only 5–15%. Strep throat must be diagnosed by a lab, not visually.


Flu. Also caused by viruses. “Antivirals” can make you better faster

The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run, one of the

and may also prevent serious complications, but they must be start-

most spirited fun runs in the nation, was hosted on Sunday, De-

ed within 48 hours of symptoms.

cember 3 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. Attendees came

There are some amazing products to help boost your immune system to fight infections. Your pharmacist can help you choose what is best for you. 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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in teams of friends, families, and co-workers to run or walk the 5K, spread smiles, and good cheer. All participants enjoyed getting decked out in their favorite holiday costumes, tying jingle bells to their shoelaces, and being festive while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. West Hills Hospital sponsored thelongest-standing, holiday-themed 5K race, joining forces with the Arthritis Foundation to conquer this troublemaking condition. 100% of the registration fees and fundraising efforts went directly to the Arthritis Foundation’s great cause. To find more information or to find out how you can take part in the fight to find a cure for arthritis, visit

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Ask the

Pediatrician How much exercise do my kids really need?

Kids and teens need at least 60 minutes of exercise activity a day, and unfortunately, school P.E. doesn’t usually count for much. The best thing you can do is work out together as a family: an after-dinner stroll, bike riding, hiking—even walking the dog! Exercise improves self-esteem, reduces stress, and decreases the risk of serious health issues, such as obesity, heart disease, and stroke, later in life. 2–3 year-olds: Toddlers thrive on unstructured play. Climbing, running, jumping, playing in a sandbox are fun and healthy activities. Join in—they’ll love it, and you’ll get some exercise, too. 4–5 year-olds: With increasing coordination, 4 and 5-year-olds can play catch, dribble a ball, and take part in organized games. Biking and swimming are great options, too, but be careful as kids at this age still lack judgment, safety awareness, and coordination. 6–12 year-olds: Find out what your child likes: team sports or noncompetitive activities such as swimming, gymnastics, or martial arts. Demonstrate your commitment by practicing at home, coaching, and showing up at your child’s games. 13–18 year-olds: Unfortunately, many teens spend more time exercising your credit card than their muscles. So, encourage whatever activity they enjoy: competitive sports, skating, rock climbing, or snowboarding. Take a ski trip, go to the beach, or travel to the mountains with the entire family. Exercise should become as much of a routine part of your family’s life as eating and sleeping. By stressing fitness with your children, you help ensure that they will stay active throughout their lives. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, is the founder of Calabasas Pediatrics. She’s also a best-selling parenting book author and assistant clinical professor at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.

THE AGENCY LA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHARITY EVENT The Agency gave a whole new meaning to the term “happy hour” on Thursday, October 12, as Mauricio Umansky, founder and CEO of the Agency, got behind the bar and shook up the good stuff at Valley hotspot XOC Tequila Grill for an evening benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Friends, family, and fans turned out in droves to get a taste of Mauricio’s signature margaritas and enjoyed savory Mexican fare by sponsored venue host XOC Tequila Grill as they mixed and mingled for a good cause. The event, sponsored by Hilltop Securities, Polacheck’s Jewelers, and SoulCycleCalabasas, concluded with a raffled for a $2,000 gift certificate to

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


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Polacheck’sJewelers, and lucky attendees went home with totes filled with The Agency attire and free passes to SoulCycle Calabasas. In total, $4,000 was raised for CHLA—the most money raised for the hospital from DipJars in the shortest amount of time.

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Healthy Choices LOW - CALO R IE SN ACKS ! By Irene Marshall

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. Portion control can be one of the most difficult aspects of maintaining a healthy diet. To help curb overindulgence, here are a few of our favorite healthy snack foods that are just 100 calories.

Air-Popped Popcorn

3 cups popcorn • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g • Sodium: 3 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg • Carbs: 18.6 g • Fiber: 3.6 g

Tomato Soup

1 cup tomato soup • Saturated Fat: 0.19 g • Sodium: 471 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg


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Blueberry Smoothie 1/3 cup of nonfat yogurt with frozen blueberries and ice • Saturated Fat: 0 g • Sodium: 59 mg • Cholesterol: 2 mg

Cheese & Crackers 3 crackers with cheese • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g • Sodium: 397 mg • Cholesterol: 7 mg


14 almonds • Saturated Fat: 0.63 g • Sodium: 0 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Green Apple Slices With Peanut Butter

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Nowadays, when you walk into a gym, you are start-

to give them the tone they want, yet they lose muscle

ing to see more women lifting weights for all the health

mass and wind up looking skinny-fat, meaning thin and

and fitness benefits, and it is refreshing. Previously, some


women felt intimated by the thought of weights. Not only are they surrounded by guys grunting, but they also

We all know endorphins give us that happy feeling, but

have to figure out the machines. So, it was not uncom-

gaining strength also empowers us as women. We may

mon to see the women head to the cardio areas while

be the smaller of the sexes, but we can be mighty.

the men congregated by the weights. Osteoporosis and osteopenia are common issues we Having an exercise routine that combines both cardio

all know about, and women young and old are experi-

and weight lifting is the best way to maximize your calo-

encing the loss of bone density. Besides taking calcium,

rie and fat burning. When you rely solely on cardio for fat

adding weight-bearing exercises into your routine can

loss, you eventually stall your metabolism as your body

provide the answer for the maintenance and improve-

adapts to your routine. However, if you combine cardio

ment of bone health.

with weights, you boost your metabolic rate throughout the day. This makes you more efficient at burning fat,

Lifting weights also can improve sex drive. Estrogen is

even when you are done exercising.

the primary sex hormone women produce, however women also have small amounts of testosterone. It turns


Most women want to have a toned, fit look. The best

out that boosting testosterone levels in women improves

way to do this is to build strength and muscle. Some

sex drive, and weight training is one of the most effec-

women make the mistake of expecting cardio alone

tive ways to elevate testosterone. n

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HELPING YOU STAY CALABASAS COUNTRY CLUB Health & Fitness Center 4515 Park Entrada, Calabasas 818.222.8111 Ext. 122 |

The Calabasas Athletic Club is a world class health and fitness complex designed to inspire a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. In this fitness paradise, you will find the best in weight training and cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and more. The functional training area is designed to improve range of motion, core strength, and balance. Stability balls, foam rollers, kettle bells, and battling ropes are readily available. Dynamic and popular instructors lead group exercise program. Classes include indoor spinning, total body conditioning, Pilates mat, kickboxing, golf, and a full mind-body program including yoga and more.


2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., #20&30, Thousand Oaks 747.334.6465 | Andrea and Marlon Byrd are bringing the best of indoor cycling to our community! CycleBar creates a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels. Each ride in this studio is fueled with amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics, and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. At CycleBar, the mission is to rock the ride, each and every time! If you are new to the cycling world, intro rides are offered every other week. And don’t fret if you don’t have your own shoes, as free cycling shoes are offered with every ride. To register and schedule your first class, simply visit


5575 Las Virgenes Rd., #A, Calabasas 747.334.6004 |

Float Fitness is a boutique fitness studio offering specialized Functional & Body Awareness training, as well as training in Kettlebell Sport. The fitness studio focuses on personal group training and private classes for both kids and adults, with an emphasis on proper technique and form. Owner Marlon Byrd not only has a myriad of credentials in the fitness field, but he is a retired 15-year MLB player. Having trained with elite athletes and trainers around the country, he has worked with pioneers in the health and fitness industry and seeks to bring all of his acquired knowledge to the Float Fitness studio.


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21015 Oxnard St. Woodland Hills 818.912.6855 | WARRIOR&CO. is a family-owned and operated yoga studio in the heart of Woodland Hills. This yoga studio aims to bridge the gap in family health and wellness by offering a space where parents and kids can exercise simultaneously but still get an individualized experience. In the hot studio, classes differ from heated Power Vinyasa to Hot Mat Pilates, all which help to detox and build strength. The non-heated studio also offers Power Vinyasa in addition to Wise Warrior (for seniors), Tranquil/Restorative yoga, and kids and tween yoga. All of the certified instructors have dynamic and extensive backgrounds in yoga, exercise science, health, and fitness.


Whizin Market Square 28878 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills 818.852.7273 | CenterBarre is a boutique exercise studio offering a better way to be your best self. We offer a unique workout program to get you lean, limber, and strong in a class you’ll actually like — combining the best of barre, Pilates, yoga, and cardio. Our program is designed to challenge you regardless of age, weight, or fitness level. “I’ve designed a program that is safe, efficient, effective, and fun,” says Janet Katleman, owner and creator of the CenterBarre program. “Every movement in our workout has meaning so you can get maximum results in a minimum amount of time. Bodies change at CenterBarre, and they change quickly.”


5875 Kanan Rd., Agoura Hills 818.292.8863 |

iLoveKickboxing fitness studio has brought a community to Agoura Hills that really cares and encourages its members to improve and fight for the best body possible. They have continued to grow since their opening over two years ago, with multiple fitness studios across the United States. The inspirational instructors hold you accountable and bring their high energy to every class to motivate you to build muscle, increase endurance, boost energy, and lose weight all at the same time. These bag-hitting, adrenaline-flowing workouts engage and challenge. There is never a dull moment at iLoveKickboxing Agoura HIlls!


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A Yoga Studio By Elena Richards

WARRIOR&CO. is a family owned and operated yoga studio in the heart of Woodland Hills. With similar morals and values, the owners of this space have one common intention for the New Year, to bring people together and create a warm and welcoming yoga community. The New Year is an opportunity to reflect on the past, embrace changes that need to be made, and make room for new experiences. The practice of yoga, a movement meditation, creates a space where you can meet your most authentic self. Within this space, you can work on fulfilling the intention you set for yourself in the New Year. This movement meditation is accessible to children and veteran yogis alike in a two studio setting: one heated and one non-heated room. WARRIOR&CO. is a one-of-a-kind yoga studio aiming to bridge the gap in family health and wellness by offering a space


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where parents and kids can exercise simultaneously but still get an individualized experience. In the hot studio, classes differ from heated Power Vinyasa to Hot Mat Pilates to set sequences, all of which help to detox and build strength. The non-heated studio also offers Power Vinyasa in addition to Wise warrior (yoga for seniors), Tranquil/Restorative yoga, and of course, kids and tween yoga. All of the certified instructors have dynamic and extensive backgrounds in yoga, exercise science, health, and fitness. All of their training and teaching experience meet Yoga Alliance Registry Standards. A consistent yoga practice will help students feel rejuvenated and inspired throughout their day and lifetime. With the many options and time slots available on the daily schedule, take the hour to yourself and enjoy the newest yoga community in our neighborhood to better your overall well-being. n

OLIVE ALCHEMY: A BALANCED LIFE Olive Alchemy, a family-owned extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room and retail store in Calabasas, hosted an educational talk accompanied by an olive oil tasting with nutritionist and chiropractic clinic director Dr. Fred Vaziri on Thursday, October 26th. Dr. Vaziri educated attendees on aging and weight and pain management. He explained the role olive oil and nutrition play in living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Dr. Vaziri has successfully integrated both Western science and Eastern medicine into his diverse practice, which combines chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine. He hosts regular educational seminars on the subjects of nutrition, weight management, pain management, and anti-aging lifestyle. Olive Alchemy offered their 35 varieties of olive oils and balsamic vinegars for attendees to enjoy, in addition to refreshments, wine, and light snacks. For more information on future events, visit

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“Once they make up their minds to do something, it is all out and no looking back!”

brave new


CALABASAS KIDS CONQUER WHITNEY IN LESS THAN A DAY By Pax Ansley Majestic Mount Whitney, located in

One day in early 2017, 9-year-old

California’s southern Sierra Mountains, is

Brayton voiced an idea he had for

the highest point in the continental Unit-

his family to hike from their house in

ed States. Soaring 14,505 feet above

Calabasas to the Santa Monica Pier.

sea level, it is a two-day marathon for

Fast-forward to July, just six months

most hikers. While very few attempt the

after this determined young boy’s

hike in just one day, on October 10 of

ambitious idea. Brayton, Tiffany, and

this year, Calabasas resident Tiffany Sax,

Brian left their home in The Oaks of

11, and her brother Brayton, 9, reached

Calabasas before sunrise, negotiat-

the Mt. Whitney summit and made it

ed the rugged Santa Monica Moun-

back down in a stunning 14 hours.

tains with ease, and reached the famous Santa Monica Pier at 3:51 p.m.,

“It feels like we accomplished some-

finishing the 22-mile hike in just over

thing really big,” 11-year-old Tiffany says

10 hours.

with a smile. When their parents, Brian and Andrea, completed the same

The following month, in August of

hike in 2014, the children decided they

2017, Brian, Andrea, Tiffany, and Bray-

wanted to follow in their footsteps. “Mt.

ton traveled to the beautiful state of

Whitney is the hardest 14,000-foot peak

Wyoming to get a better look at the

to climb in one day,” gushes proud dad


Brian. “It is 22 miles, and the elevation

Eclipse. A couple days after view-

gain is over 6000 feet.”

ing this breathtaking moment, they



shifted their sights to the 14,000+-foot


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Viewpoint students, Tiffany and Brayton

mountain called Longs Peak in Col-

have developed a natural sense of am-

orado. They hit the trail that morning

bition and an adventurous spirit. Their

and reached the popular milestone

active and motivated parents are well

Keyhole in less than four hours, where

aware of this strength in their children.

the moderate hike turns into a treach-

“Once they make up their minds to do

erous climb. Brian, Tiffany, and Bray-

something, it is all out and no looking

ton negotiated dozens of dangerous

back!” says Andrea. “We think it is a

paths, some with sheer drops of over

great trait to have at such a young age

1,000 feet. The brave trio kept their

and hope they hold onto that forever.

cool and reached the summit of Longs

We are so very proud of them!”

Peak in six hours and 30 minutes.

With these memorable hikes under their belts, Tiffany and Brayton were well prepared for their conquest on the brutal Mt. Whitney. In the early hours of October 10, after only two hours of sleep, the dynamic duo and their father started the climb at 2:15 a.m. They reached the summit in just under nine hours. After spending a short hour soaking up the view and basking in the glow of their success, Tiffany, Brayton, and Brian descended the mountain in five hours, hopped in their waiting car, and arrived back in Calabasas by bedtime. Ten hours later, Tiffany and Brayton were in their Viewpoint



describing their adventures to their classmates. “Our goal,” exclaims Brayton excitedly, “is to climb as many peaks as possible in the United States, as well as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa!” n

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TAKE a STAND By Irene Marshall Studies have shown that our bodies can benefit from simply

the type of work you are doing. However, even though stand-

standing up, contracting muscles, and moving. An additional

ing burns more calories as your heart works harder to circulate

benefit is that standing up every 20 to 30 minutes seems to cue

blood upward, it can also put more of a strain on veins, backs,

the body to burn calories so you don’t gain as much weight

and joints. If you are overweight, it is always best to consult

from sitting at the office most of the day. The average person

your physician. If you do use a standing desk, it is recommend-

spends nine hours a day sitting, and research has shown that

ed to not stand in any one position for more than eight min-

sitting too much can lead to disability as we age. It doubles

utes, and you should take a two-minute moving break at least

the risk of diabetes and can shorten your lifespan. It also in-

twice an hour to stretch and walk around.

creases risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Standing causes a higher heart rate, around 10 beats per minute higher than sitting, which adds up to burning about 50 calories more per hour. Over a year, that adds up to about 30,000 more calories or eight pounds of fat. The Apple watch is a great device that not only counts steps and calories burned, but every hour it prompts you to stand up. Over recent years, many people have opted to use a standing desk for many different reasons. Some of these desks go up and down so you can sit or stand at your desk depending on


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Here are benefits of standing and moving more often: • Standing more often lowers your risk of weight gain and obesity. • Using a standing desk may lower blood sugar levels. • Standing may lower your risk of heart disease. • Standing desks can reduce back pain, but many people need to elevate one foot on a block. • Standing versus sitting all day improves mood and energy levels. • Take mini walks and move around; don’t just stand in one position all day. n

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Chansé Corbi

By Lori Berezin Photography by DelightFotos and Morgan Lieberman

People enter beauty contests for a variety of reasons. For

Athletics have been a big part of Chansé’s life since elementary

Calabasas teenager Chansé Corbi, recently crowned Miss

school. Currently a varsity cheerleader at Oaks Christian School,

Calabasas Teen at an event produced by Toay Productions, the

she also competes in lacrosse and track. Other hobbies include

title offers far more than prestige and bragging rights.

drawing, playing piano, surfing, reading novels, and spending quality time with her mom, close friends, and twin brother, Max.

“It is also an opportunity to discuss teen issues, bring awareness

She is also thrilled to spend her upcoming semester abroad in a

to cancer research, and to be a positive influence in Calabasas

breathtaking European city. The school matches each student in

and the surrounding area,” explains Chansé, whose name means

the dorms with someone from a different country. Chansé looks

“good fortune.” The first in her school to ever compete in a beauty

forward to forming international friendships and learning about

contest, she was thankful to have the backing of family and

other cultures.

friends. “They really supported me and gave me the confidence to reflect my true self.” Responsibilities of the title include raising

Chansé’s young life is clearly an ongoing adventure. Future plans

awareness about bullying and cancer research and speaking at

include a career as a neurosurgeon and oncology research. She

Boys and Girls Clubs. The outspoken teen will also attend various

hopes to search for a more efficient cure for cancer, which has

community events, including Susan G. Komen, an MS walk,

affected her family and so many others. This is truly an impressive

literacy events at the Children’s Foundation where she will read

goal for someone so beautiful inside and out. n

to kids, and other functions. She also plans to volunteer with the American Cancer Society this summer.


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CALABASAS HILLS MOVIES IN THE PARK Calabasas Hills Residents got a special Halloween treat on Sunday, October 15th with a free movie night featuring the Disney movie Hocus Pocus. The event was organized and sponsored by Coldwell Banker Realtors Joel Simon & Sharona Rosen from The Estate Collective, Financial Advisor Nedim Saul at Oppenheimer, and Alex Berger, Mortgage Banking Officer, Vice President at BBVA Compass. Food trucks and popcorn added to the fun, and Cupcakes & Wishes sold baked goods to raise money for a local charity.

Local residents

love living this kid-friendly neighborhood where families can enjoy the park adjacent to Bay Laurel Elementary School every day! These free movie nights are an ideal way to brings families and kids together for a great autumn night of fun and camaraderie!

WESTFIELD TOPANGA LIGHT THE NIGHT Hosted by KABC7’s Brandi Hitt, Westfield Topanga and The Village kicked off the holiday season with their “Light the Night” tree lighting celebration on Saturday, November 18. Admission was free with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or gift for kids or teens through ABC7’s 25th Anniversary of Spark of Love in conjunction with Southern California Firefighters and Toys for Tots. The night’s program of events at The Village included live entertainment by MUSYCA Children’s Choir, Snowfall a Capella, and the Flux Capacitors. Special guest appearances were made by the L.A. Kings’ Bailey the Mascot and Santa Claus. Those in attendance also experienced the season’s first snowfall. In addition to the tree lighting, Westfield Topanga also celebrated the opening of one of five special outdoor Holiday Ice Rink locations hosted by the L.A. Kings. The rink will be open to the public through January 30.


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Cost Plus World Market presented the annual Christmas Tree

The El Camino Shopping Center, located at the intersection of

Lighting at The Promenade at Westlake on Friday, November

Mulholland Drive and Avenue San Luis, is a 135,000 square-foot

17. The show lineup featured singer and songwriter Rachel

retail and dining destination serving the Woodland Hills communi-

Platten, who kicked off the evening and holiday season with

ty. The center, operated by Regency Centers, was reintroduced

a special performance. Guests also enjoyed an opening act

to the public after a recent $13 million upgrade, celebrating the

from Sean Oliu & Friends, a local band made up of high school

grand reopening on Saturday, November 18. The celebration was

students who perform to bring awareness about the impor-

fun for all ages, offering food and beverage samplings from se-

tance of music education. VH1 Save the Music Foundation

lect El Camino eateries and restaurants like Maria’s Italian Kitchen

was also highlighted during the night, celebrating their 20th

and Blu Jam Café. The Tuscan-themed outdoor celebration also

anniversary of helping kids, schools, and communities realize

included a photo booth, face painting, and live entertainment

their full potential through the power of making music.

featuring John West. Some of the new additions include a Bristol

The evening culminated with the arrival of Santa Claus and his

Farms in the old VONS location mid-shopping center, façade up-

reindeer and the lighting of the 65-foot tall Christmas tree with

grades, improved parking, fresh sidewalks, and landscaping.

5,000 sparkling lights. A grand finale of fireworks capped off the celebration for all who came to enjoy.


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Oaks Christian School 31749 La Tienda Dr. Westlake Village 818.575.9900 FB: Oaks Christian IG: oakschristianschool T: @oakschristian

Education Goes Above and Beyond the Classroom


Oaks Christian School

By Lori Berezin Education is ideally meant to inform and enhance mind, body,

tigious institutions as Boston College, Cornell, Dartmouth, NYU,

and soul. Clearly, the faculty at Oaks Christian School in West-

Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Prince-

lake Village achieves all this and more as they strive to promote

ton, Stanford, U.S. Air Force Academy, and others.

academic excellence, artistic expression, and athletic distinction within the context of Christian values and leadership de-

The recent Class of 2017 also earned $6.5 million in college


scholarships and aid. Even more impressive is that they performed over 15,000 hours of community service across nine

Following their vision to create a Christian school in the Conejo

different countries and the state of California. Students part-

Valley, David Price and Dallas Price-Van Breda founded Oaks

nered with such esteemed organizations as the American Can-

Christian School in 2000 to serve grades 5 through 12. The mid-

cer Society, James Storehouse Foundation, and Children of the

dle school and high school have been housed in separate

Nations. Plus, each year, more than 200 students teach English,

buildings since 2009 to allow for additional growth. Their stu-

visit orphanages, build houses, and share the gospel around

dents’ achievements are continually top-notch, and 99% of

the world in such diverse countries as China, Costa Rica, Gua-

the school’s graduates receive college admission to such pres-

temala, Haiti, India, Uganda, and more.


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Learning clearly extends far beyond the classroom for many

We lived quite a distance away from the school and wondered

Oaks Christian students. There are presently 22 sports and 48

if the commute would be feasible. It was worth every minute of

school teams. Together, they have earned 148 league titles, 44

those drives! Both of our daughters have flourished here. They

CIF titles, and nine California state titles. Fifty recent graduates

have grown tremendously in their academics, sports, and most

will be participating in collegiate sports, and another 50 will be

importantly, their faith. My oldest has now graduated and is

majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

starting her first year of college. I am very confident that she is

The arts are also encouraged at Oaks Christian, and many stu-

well prepared and will be successful moving forward. I am so

dents pursue artistic careers after graduation.

thankful for the foundation that Oaks Christian helped create.�

Parents and students often express gratitude for their Oaks Chris-

The school also offers robotics and computer coding classes,

tian education. One parent, Renee Aguilar, notes, “Both of our

entrepreneurship and engineering programs, and recently

daughters have attended Oaks Christian since the sixth grade.

added state-of-the art Mac labs and Makerspace classrooms.

Initially, we were drawn to the school because of their aca-

Those seeking a quality, Christian-based education in the Conejo

demic reputation as well as the strong sports programs offered.

Valley should learn more about Oaks Christian School. n

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Plan Your Estate! By Mark Wendell and Karl Knickmeyer

Einstein: Try not to become a man of suc-

• Ensure that the business can provide a

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust. When a

cess but a man of value. (He and She)

continuous stream of income for the family.

business comprises a large portion of the

• Minimize estate taxes and other costs.

estate, the estate will need capital in or-

Vince Lombardi: The only place success

• Facilitate the timely and private distri-

der to pay the estate settlement costs

comes before work is in the dictionary.

bution of assets by avoiding probate pro-

and taxes to prevent the liquidation of the


business. When life insurance is held in an

Valuable business owners are constantly per-

• Communicate your wishes to your heirs

irrevocable life insurance trust, the pro-

forming their demanding work of managing

to minimize possible family tensions.

ceeds will not be included in the owner’s

the complexities of their business. However,

• Preserve estate assets for the benefit of

taxable estate.

the often-neglected aspect of a business

future generations.

owner’s financial life is the design of his or her

Business owners spend a lifetime investing

managed, an incomplete estate plan could

Estate Planning Solutions for Business Owners

have devastating consequences for the

Depending on the value of the business and

family and future generations benefit after

owner’s family and the business.

the owner’s intentions regarding the dispo-

they are gone. The only way to ensure that

sition of the business, the owner’s approach

happens is with a solid estate plan specifi-

After a lifetime of building a successful

to estate planning requires much more than

cally designed for business owners. n

business, it is not uncommon for the value

a simple will. While every situation is differ-

of the business to comprise the vast major-

ent, most business owners can benefit from

ity of a business owner’s estate. Many busi-

these additional estate planning tools:

estate plan. When not properly planned and

ness owners would like to see their business remain in the family after their death, or at

Business Continuation Plan. In the event of

least to have their family financially ben-

the death of a partner or shareholder, a

efit should the business need to be sold.

business continuation plan, typically fund-

Without a well-conceived estate plan with

ed by life insurance, provides the needed

full consideration to the business as an es-

funds to buy out the surviving spouse or

tate asset, the chances are high that liq-

other family members.

uidation of the estate can result in a “fire sale” of the business in order to pay estate

Business Succession Plan. All business

liquidation costs and taxes.

owners who intend to transition out of their business need to create strong business

It takes a well-conceived estate plan with

succession plans several years before their

special consideration to the business own-

anticipated exit date. Addressing the is-

er’s intent for the business, either as an

sues in a multi-year buyout allows the own-

ongoing concern or as a source of capi-

er to get the best price and terms for the

tal for their family, to ensure the business

sale of the business.

remains intact and is smoothly transferred upon the business owner’s death.

Revocable Living Trust. The revocable living trust is the bedrock of any well-thought-

A well thought-out, individually prepared

out estate plan. When the business own-

estate plan will:

ership (sole proprietor, partnership, or

• Ensure that the value of your business is

corporation) is held in the revocable trust,

not adversely impacted by your death.

the owner controls the ultimate distribu-

• Provide the capital needed to keep the

tion of the business and the business as-

business operating after your passing.

set is not included in the probate estate,

• Continue to provide capital to meet the

thereby eliminating the cost, delay, and

immediate cash needs of the family.

publicity of probate proceedings.


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sweat equity and money into their enterprise, often with the hope of having their

Copyright© Mark Wendell 2018, All Rights Reserved. MD Wendell Wealth Partners: A preeminent personal wealth enhancement boutique for select clients,, 805.402.8642. Karl Knickmeyer is an estate planning and tax attorney located in Westlake Village, CA 310.717.7245,,

20TH ANNUAL CALABASAS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS With a focus on women as leaders and protecting the environment, Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer delivered the city’s 20th Annual State of the City Address on November 14 at Founders Hall at the Calabasas Library. With a special section reserved for local Girl Scouts, Maurer recapped the city’s accomplishments over the past year while providing the over 200 people in attendance with a look at upcoming projects and goals. Maurer also named Calabasas resident Michele Faulkner as Citizen of the Year, honoring her for her ongoing work with the Girl Scouts, area schools, and local youth. Maurer, who shared that she recently became certified as a wildland firefighter, also saluted Los Angeles County’s Fire and Sheriff’s departments, noting the strides that they are making to welcome more women into what have traditionally been male-dominated fields.

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of events

EVERY SATURDAY, 8AM – 1PM 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 ••••••••••••••• JANUARY 11TH 7:15AM – 9AM GOOD MORNING CALABASAS NETWORKING BREAKFAST Breakfast will be held at the Calabasas Country Club, 4515 Park Entrada, Calabasas. The dress is business attire, and during the breakfast, everyone is allotted a moment to stand up and introduce themselves as well as their company affiliation/ business. Make sure to bring lots of business cards to hand out as well as marketing material to display on the marketing tables. For more information, visit

JANUARY 13TH 10AM – 2PM 8TH ANNUAL COATS FOR CASA PACIFICA COAT DRIVE IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE With 30-tons of snow for sledding and playing, the Coat Drive is a great opportunity for family fun with complimentary coffee and smoothies, and kid’s crafts. Please bring new or gently used winter clothes of all sizes, including coats,

BLUSH BOUTIQUE ANNIVERSARY PARTY Blush Boutique owner Sherry Thomas celebrated two milestone events at the end of October—the 8th Anniversary of Blush Boutique in Calabasas and the 3rd Anniversary of the newer store in Thousand Oaks. When Blush Boutique first opened for business,

sweaters, hoodies, mittens/gloves, winter hats and scarves, to benefit the children and youth of Casa Pacifica in Camarillo. Located at Three Springs Park, 3000 Three Springs Dr. in Westlake Village. For more information, visit

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 perfect for any occasion.

Guests came

to celebrate the store’s great success at both locations while sipping wine, snacking on small bites, and browsing the store’s variety of stylish pieces. Since new styles arrive weekly, Blush is your go-to shop, where you can always find a current, unique collection of clothing and accessories for every woman at an amazing price.


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RUNS THROUGH JANUARY 14 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, FRED KAVLI THEATRE Theater League presents the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and more. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit. Located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Bl. in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit

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JANUARY 20TH 10AM - 12PM TOUCH-A-TRUCK See, touch, explore, and honk the horns of your favorite cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles. There will be story time with the children’s librarian, art activities, and special guests. Free. Located at the Malibu Library, 23519 Civic Center Way in Malibu. For questions, 310.317.1364 or JANUARY 25TH 8PM PILOBOLUS MAXIMUS - BEYOND THE LIMITS OF DANCE For 45 years, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. Pilobolus brings this tradition to audiences across the globe through collaborations with influencers, thinkers, and creators. Pilobolus Maximus takes the most diverse and impactful elements of Pilobolus — some old and some brand new — and assembles them in a series of continually changing worlds. From the irreverence of a wild circus to the physical filigree of Pilobolus’ most classical physical work, Maximus is not only the best of Pilobolus but the most revealing of how diverse and surprising Pilobolus’s work can be. Located at Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. JANUARY 26TH 6PM – 8PM THE CALABASAS CHAMBER PRESENTS 2018 ANNUAL BOARD INSTALLATION GALA Join the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce as they recognize outgoing Chairman Bonnie Mulholland and welcome the new chairman, Jeanne Garrison. The evening will include Installation of the 2018 Board of Directors. Presentation of the “Spirit of Calabasas” Award & Chairman’s Award. They will be honoring the firefighters who have worked tirelessly protecting our homes in the devastating fires throughout Southern California. Please join us in celebrating our heroes. To register for the event, visit Located at Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel. JANUARY 27TH 8PM TCHAIKOVSKY PATHETIQUE, FRED KAVLI THEATRE The New West Symphony presents an evening of romance of Russian music composed by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, enhanced by the excitement of a world-premiere commission by EMMY® Award-winning composer Bruce Broughton for Lyris Quartet and New West Symphony. THROUGH JANUARY 28TH HOLIDAY ICE RINK AT THE LAKES Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. Tickets to the rink can be purchased onsite at the ice-rink ticket window. All tickets priced at


$15 and includes admission and skate rental.

Well-known radio personality Marc Cohen hosts The Distinguished


Speaker Series of Southern California at the Thousand Oaks Civ-

An award-winning jazz singer and songwriter, Mandy Harvey lost

ic Arts Plaza and has been the host of this series over the past

her residual hearing when she was 18. Though her hearing loss

17 years. On October 23, he hosted former Vice President Joe

is profound, her timing, pitch, and passion are perfect. Incorpo-

Biden for a speech accompanied by a 30-minute Q&A session.

rating American Sign Language into her rich performance,


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STILLPOINT FAMILY RESOURCES GOLF TOURNAMENT On Monday, November 6, Stillpoint Family Resources hosted over 130 golfers at North Ranch Country Club for its 12th Annual Ross Porter Celebrity Golf Classic. Beautiful weather accompanied the sports celebrities and amateurs who enjoyed a game of golf while noshing on In-N-Out lunch, as well as participating in on-course competitions. Foursome sponsors paid to golf with celebrities, including Lakers great James Worthy; L.A. Dodger greats Mike Scioscia, Nomar Garciaparra, Shawn Green, and Bill Russell; and many others. All guests enjoyed dinner with celebrities as well as Dodger royalty that included

Vin Scully, Tommy Lasor-

da, and Peter O’Malley. Retired Dodger Announcer Ross Porter introduced the celebrities at the beginning of the dinner, and many stayed through Live Auction bidding.

Over $100,000 was raised for

Stillpoint’s current programs to help them reach their new 2018 goal. For more information, visit

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Harvey glides from a “breathy jazz standard to growling blues” that gets the audience up on its feet” (Los Angeles Times), and though she can’t hear the applause or her own remarkable voice, she continues to find joy in music and inspire all who can listen. Located at Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

february ••••••••••••••• THROUGH FEBRUARY 1ST BIOMYTHOGRAPHY: CURRENCY EXCHANGE, WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY OF FINE ART This exhibition investigates multiple forms of currency and the ways in which they are encoded in today’s culture. Contemporary artists from Costa Rica, Southern California, and elsewhere use multimedia to draw attention to and understand the idea of cultural currency. Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit THROUGH FEBRUARY 1ST CONVERGENCIA / CONVERGENCIA, KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Curated by prolific representational artist Hernán Miranda, this exhibition features work by contemporary Paraguayans. Although several of the artists live abroad in Germany, Argentina, France, and the United States, all the works are influenced by their mother country. Media include oil, acrylic, charcoal, and graphite and sculptures in bronze and glass for “a convergence of different languages” in art coming from Paraguay, Miranda explains. Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, visit CalLutheran. edu/kwanfong. FEBRUARY 10TH & 11TH 10AM CIVIL WAR DAYS

LEONIS ADOBE WINTER CELEBRATION The Leonis Adobe Museum hosted their annual “Winter Celebration” on Sunday, December 3. Hundreds of families came out to celebrate the winter holidays and enjoy the festivities where kids had the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, take photos, and tell them exactly what they wanted for Christmas! A multitude of holiday arts and crafts booths were set up for the kids to enjoy. In addition, kids were invited to feed the ranch animals, and they enjoyed live interactive 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

Strathearn Historical Park will transform itself into a small town in rural America in the 1860s for the 7th Annual Civil War Days Encampment. Step back to another place and time when President Lincoln could take a break from his Washington duties to give a speech on the steps of our Strathearn House. Here, costumed civilians as well as soldiers from the north and south stand ready in their camps eager to tell their stories to the passing visitors. Sergeants drill groups of local boys and girls curious to experience military life. Skirmishes as well as artillery, infantry, and cavalry demonstrations take place throughout the weekend. Located at 137 Strathearn Place in Simi Valley.

buildings in the San Fernando Valley. This historical monument and living history museum is located in the heart of Calabasas

Send in any calendar submissions three months in advance to:

and is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing California

ranch life from the 1880s with visitors throughout the year.


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BESITOS BOUTIQUE DEC MY ROOM BESITOS Boutique hosted a fundraising event with the Dec My Room, an organization that creates a healing place by decorating and personalizing hospital rooms for children admitted into a hospital for a prolonged amount of time. Guests enjoyed a great evening of shopping, food, and libations where a generous donation from each item purchased went directly to the Los Angeles Dec My Room organization to comfort children at our local hospitals. BESITOS Fine Boutique carries a carefully selected collection of designer brands and 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 get personalized attention to help you find the perfect outfits, accessories, and gifts. 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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By Dustin Troyan Photography by Greg Grudt The 36th Annual Classic Chevy Show is an event not to miss. This show not only brings a variety of classics and hot rods but late-model street cars as well. The show is on May 6, 2018. If you are unfamiliar with the Classic Chevy Club of Southern California, there might not be a more energetic and passionate group of car owners out there. The Club has chosen Rancho San Antonio Boys Town, not only as their location, but also as the beneficiary of the show. Proceeds from the show will be donated to Rancho, which helps provide underprivileged youth a safe home and learning environment to help secure their futures. Over the last dozen years, the club has donated over $110,000 to Rancho. The boys at Rancho will be present to assist with the show and provide an amazing barbeque. What many people do know is that this show is open to all makes and models. Everyone is welcome to the show. The more the merrier. Beyond having a great show, it is a huge goal of the Chevy Club to generate as much revenue as possible for Rancho. The club has a strong connection with Rancho and Brother John, who operates Rancho, and they do their best to raise the bar each year and put on the best show possible. For


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INDEPENDENCE RIDE On Sunday, November 12, corporate sponsor Tire Pros and its dealers united in their mission to mobilize our wounded veterans and raise money for The Independence Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides all-terrain mobility devices and other services to disabled veterans. Supporters and participants of the ride helped severely wounded veterans regain their independence and experience activities they were previously unable to enjoy. The money raised through the ride gives disabled veterans the opportunity to get back outside and enjoy doing the things they love through a variety of mobility devices, each completely customized according to the veteran’s injuries, lifestyle, 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 to a loop through San Fernando and Simi Valley to Agoura Hills. Each ride featured rest stops at the various Tire Pros locations, which offered water, Gatorade, and protein snacks.

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GREENLEAF GOURMET CHOPSHOP OPENS IN CALABASAS Greenleaf Calabasas had their grand opening at the Commons of Calabasas on November 17. The new space serves the valley a diverse menu of fresh, delicious foods and craft cocktails, beer, and wine. The menu includes build-your-own salad, specialty salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, tacos, juices, protein shakes, and more. Special features are a large full bar and an outside patio wit h f i r e p i t . G r e e n l e a f e m b o d i e s a fun farm-to-face spirit, serving brunch, lunch, and dinner using premium,




The company’s core philosophy is to promote contemporary clean e a t i n g b y p r o v i d i n g a n affordable, quick-gourmet dining experience in a luxe and charming setting. Greenleaf also offers catering and events. The new restaurant has opened to rave reviews.


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COMPASS ICE RINK OPENING AT THE LAKES Tuesday, November 9 marked the beginning of the holiday season at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks as Compass, a real estate tech company, presented the opening night of their featured Holiday Ice Rink. The Holiday Ice Rink is a long-standing community tradition that Compass exclusively sponsored for the first time this year. At five o’clock, the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held under the evening stars, and the skating began around the Compass logo at center ice. The evening concluded with a VIP cocktail hour on the patio of Umami Burger. All of the community’s bestknown and loved real estate agents and staff from the Compass group were in attendance to premiere the rink opening. Regular rink hours are from noon to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sundays through January 28.

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THE BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF BAHA’U’LLAH On October 23, more than 150 people celebrated the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, at the Westlake Inn. The festive celebration hosted by the Baha’is of Los Angeles County Southwest marked one of many such celebrations worldwide and included live music from local acclaimed musicians under the musical direction of Calabasas resident and Grammy producer K.C. Porter. The program included video clips from the recently released film Baha’u’llah: Light to the World, and readings by children from a variety of faiths. In addition, Natasha Trenev and Stephen Barnes gave an inspiring talk about the oneness of humanity and shared values of the world’s great religions, followed by a buffet lunch. Those attending included local business leaders, clergy, teachers, doctors, families, students, and members of the Baha’i community.


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SS FAIRWINDS WEST HILLS CRUISE DAY The residents at Fairwinds West Hills got to enjoy a fun day at sea during the SS Fairwinds Cruise Day. This fun-filled event included casino-style gambling, a multi-station buffet, a Fit by the Sea class on the Lido deck, “Pool Volleyball,” andcreative sea crafts classes. Fairwindshas redefined Senior Living byoffering nonstop fun for the young-at-heart residents who call Fairwinds home. The fun event was organized by General ManagerElvis Gutierrez,Rick Waugh, and Lisa O’Laughlin who made sure everyone had a great time without leaving port!FairwindsWest Hills takes pride in offering an active assisted living environment that is warm, friendly, and inviting and in providing their residents with white-glove, five-star service. The SS Fairwinds Cruise Day was a perfect demonstration of the energy and vibrancy of everyday life at this active assisted living environment. Fairwinds is located at 8138 Woodlake Avenue in West Hills.

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Motor4Toys Charity Car Show

By Dustin Troyan Photography by Tommy Huth & David Rosenthal The 14th Annual Motor4Toys Charity Car Show and Toy Drive was a huge success. The car community and the community at large supported this great event by coming out in record numbers. Cars from all over the western United States showed up packed with toys to donate to underprivileged children. It has become an annual tradition for thousands of people and tens of thousands of toys! Presented by The Auto Gallery and Coastline Motorsport, both located in Woodland Hills, and hosted at the Anthem Blue Cross building in Warner Center, Motor4Toys has become the show to go to in December. Just about every car club imaginable supported the event, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to classics, imports, hot rods, 4x4s, and everything in between. Over the last fourteen years, Motor4Toys has collected well over $5,000,000 in toys that are then distributed to children in need all over the state. A little grassroots movement has turned into one of the largest toy drives in the state. Motor4Toys has continued to grow outside of the car community. Partnering with schools, businesses, clubs and volunteer organizations, it is the Foundation’s goal to include as many people as possible who can assist during the holiday season. Our goal is to grow outside of the car community and to hopefully cover the entire state of California, helping as many kids as possible. Next year is the 15th Anniversary, and it is going to be BIG! For more information or to participate or donate, please visit n


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

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

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!

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.



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

THE STONEHAUS 32039 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.483.1152 |

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.

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.



LARSEN’S STEAKHOUSE 6256 Topanga Cyn. Blvd., #2280, Woodland Hills 818.704.1226 |

MEDITERRANEO 32037 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.9105 |

Larsen’s Steakhouse is an upscale steakhouse offering the finest prime steaks and freshest seafood. Choose a wine from their extensive list with over 300 wines available.

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.


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Wine & Dine FRENCH DINING CAFÉ BIZOU 30315 Canwood St., Agoura Hills 818.991.9560 | Cozy and candlelit, featuring an extensive menu of Francophile favorites including sweetbreads and steak frites. A favorite with wine buffs for its $2 corkage fee.

RUSTIC ITALIAN ROSTI TUSCAN KITCHEN 23663 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas 818.591.2211 | Creative salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizza, soups, and an incredible kids menu offering Tuscan-style Italian fare, plus gluten-free and vegan options.

CANCER SUPPORT’S 26TH HOLIDAY HOME TOUR Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura Santa Barbara’s annual Holiday Homes Tour and Boutique took place on Saturday, December 2, and the boutique was open through Sunday, December 3. The boutique was hosted at a new, fabulous location in O’Reilly Hall at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village,boasting fantastic local vendors and unique

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!

holiday gifts and décor to the shoppers’ delight. The Holiday Homes Tour fundraiser was a self-guided tour through some of the most extravagant and beautifully decorated Conejo Valley homes. This event is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, with proceeds ensuring that adults and children impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and supported by the community—all offered free of charge. For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, please, visit or call 805.379.4777.

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RECENT SALES* Address 24672 Calle Largo 24704 Calle Altamira 24866 Paseo Primario 3735 Senda Calma 24846 Paseo Del Rancho 23956 Park Granada 23454 Park Hermosa 23736 Park Antigua 23102 Park Marco Polo 4259 Meadow Lark 22242 Drums 22537 Paul Revere 4104 Magna Carta 4157 Bon Homme 22450 Galilee 3802 Algonaut 26885 Provence 26706 Provence 5602 Winton 5745 Newcastle 3240 Oakridge 25540 Prado De Oro 23557 Long Valley 23712 Twin Oaks 23616 Long Valley 24705 Long Valley 24848 Long Valley

Neighborhood Calabasas Hills Calabasas Hills Calabasas Hills Calabasas Hills Calabasas Park Estates Westridge Classic Calabasas Classic Calabasas Bellagio Bird Streets Braewood Mulwood Mulwood Mulwood Mulholland Heights Mulholland Heights Mont Calabasas Mont Calabasas Mountain View Mountain View Mountain Park The Oaks Hidden Hills Hidden Hills Hidden Hills Hidden Hills Hidden Hills

Sq. ft. 1,834 2,446 3,174 4,099 5,433 3,515 3,232 4,338 3,788 2,527 3,284 2,401 2,124 3,137 2,682 3,218 6,269 6,869 7,329 7,325 6,178 4,932 2,740 2,467 5,100 9,900 9,400

List Price $1,009,995 $1,148,000 $1,499,000 $1,692,000 $2,799,000 $1,499,000 $1,399,000 $1,528,000 $1,599,900 $999,999 $1,374,999 $1,015,000 $1,189,000 $1,325,000 $1,189,000 $1,350,000 $2,399,950 $2,695,000 $2,699,000 $3,397,000 $3,250,000 $2,500,000 $1,799,000 $1,999,000 $2,775,000 $9,850,000 $9,995,000

Sales Price $980,000 $1,130,000 $1,525,000 $1,665,000 $2,650,000 $1,505,000 $1,375,000 $1,528,000 $1,550,000 $960,500 $1,340,000 $1,005,000 $1,175,000 $1,295,000 $1,204,000 $1,300,000 $2,375,000 $2,650,000 $2,633,442 $3,230,000 $3,135,000 $2,400,000 $1,750,000 $2,000,000 $2,650,000 $9,175,000 $9,925,000

*Sales represent closed transactions between 10/25/2017-12/5/2017 (Standard Sales only)

Information based on information from the CRIS-Net Regional FT MLS as of 10/1/17. Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been Listing and/or Selling Agent. CALBRE#01491245 Š2017 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HoneServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServeces of America, Inc.Ž Equal Housing Opportunity. Calabasas Style 177


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NEARLY 9,000 SQUARE FEET ON 10 ACRES Perfection awaits... Surrounded by the serenity of the Santa Monica Mountains, this one-of-a-kind estate is custom built. Automatic gates welcome guests to landscaped grounds-- a putting green and elegant stone frontage. Secondary gates provide ample space for parking cars, boats, etc. Soaring ceilings and windows enhance the light, bright California feel. Featuring a 10-Seat movie theater- complete with wet bar, a billiard room, sleek travertine floors, coffered ceilings, caterer level kitchen with Viking appliances & 12-burner range, and separate guest house. Two iron staircases lead upstairs to 4 spacious bedrooms, a bonus room, and an office off the Master. All, of course with an on-suite bath & breathtaking views from every angle. Downstairs, sliding doors open to the entertainer’s yard equipped with an outdoor BBQ-Kitchen, Pebble Tech pool & spa, fire place, fire pit, loggia, basketball court, soccer field & equestrian riding trails. Co-Listed with Lina Soifer.


KELLER WILLIAMS CALABASAS Director of Luxury Estates CalBRE#00966153

Thank you for entrusting me with your real estate needs for the last 29 years. 24975 KIT CARSON ROAD HIDDEN HILLS Cape Cod Country Char mer! This beauty is on a quiet cul-de-sac, set on a private knoll, and has char ming curb appeal. There is a spacious for mal living room to the right, which leads to an open for mal dining room. The kitchen is per fect for the chef in your household, and includes views of the backyard. There is an extra-large family room with a brick fireplace, and cocktail bar, for your home entertainment. Downstairs features an office/guest room and a full bath. Upstairs features a fabulous over-sized master suite with walk-in closet. There are 3 additional bedrooms upstairs, another full bath, and an upstairs nook for reading, schoolwork, etc. The backyard features a pool, patio for entertaining, and grassy play yard and hillside per fect for a vineyard!

OFFERED AT $2,299,000

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