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The SFP Advantage We want to be more than your financial services professional. We want to be your financial partner. One of the most important aspects of any relationship is trust. At Strategic Financial Partners we strive to earn your trust. We are dedicated to providing you with the solutions to address your unique needs and objectives. We are equally dedicated to making sure you understand the solutions we recommend, as well as the many options available to you. You have worked hard to get where you are today. We want to work hard to help you get where you want to be tomorrow, and into the future.

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Mulligan A Mulligan by definition is an unofficial do-over. In 2008 The Broadmoor hosted the U.S. Senior Open and on the final days, Eduardo Romero rose to the top and took the victory with a 6 under par. Because he was not a commonly known player, I don’t believe many people recognized him, allowing me the fortunate opportunity to congratulate him and shake his hand as he was walking through the lobby with his trophy. This summer The Broadmoor will have a do-over as the host to this great event. However, I would not say it’s a Mulligan, but rather an honor to welcome back the best players in golf to our great city. A lot has changed in our town since 2008. Recently ranked as the second best place to live in America by U.S. News & World Report, our town continues to be front and center in the news and on the national stage, making me excited to see what transpires this summer as the best battle it out on our turf. It was June 1st and the year was 1918 when Spencer Penrose invited the most important people in the state and around the country to celebrate his magnificent new hotel. Known as the Grande Dame of the Rockies, I can’t think of a better venue to enjoy an afternoon of golf. This wonderful sport connects so many of us. Young, old, male, female, it doesn’t matter. Many of us know the sound and feel of a crisp golf shot and it’s like nothing else. As a spectator behind the ropes, golf allows us front and center access to the players. The ability to hear their thoughts, watch their shots from just a few feet away, and glimpse into their stragegy allows for an experience unlike anything else. I’m thankful that my parents taught me the game. Going on to play for my high school team in North Texas, golf has shaped my heart, mind, and discipline - giving back to me more than I could ever repay.

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Lifestyle Portraits Profiling Your Neighbors Living Their Dreams

Pat Holmes This California Dreamer Brings Impressive Bucket List to Colorado and Reminds Us All to Live Life with Purpose and Passion Story by: Joshua Cates Photography: Wendy Pearce Nelson, Blue Fox Photography


olorado Springs resident Pat Holmes left California to come to Colorado in 1998. Bargaining everything he had, he took out a $750,000 loan to buy a local auto body shop. “The owner had died, the business was failing, and it was the riskiest move of my life. What attracted me to this business was not the actual auto body part, but rather the business opportunity. For me, business boils down to two success factors – common sense and selfdiscipline,” Pat said. Jumping into the challenge of taking a failing business and turning it into a successful business is only one of the challenges Pat met and conquered. He decided in his 30s he was going to push himself to learn new things.

“This year I’ll turn 67 and my on-going goal is to continue to find things in my life that stimulate and challenge me.”

Since the 1990s, Pat has been restoring and collecting bikes, at one time he boasted an impressive collection of 27 bikes. Pictured here working on his 1926 Nimbus.

This has become the mantra of this successful businessman’s life. The auto body shop was not Pat’s first venture of turning around a failing business. His first business was a pizza restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. This was no “pie in the sky” idea. In nine months, he turned it around and it is still a thriving business today. “I didn’t know anything about sling pies, but I applied myself to learning and made it a thriving pizzeria.” Born in England, but raised in South Africa, Pat started racing motorbikes and in 1979, he won the Honey Lube Oil 6-Hour Road Race. That stirred a passion that gained momentum. “Traveling in America, I went to a motor cross event where they were racing sidecars. I began motor cross and won #1 in nationals twice. I then progressed to vintage and post vintage motor cross where I won two more national titles. In 2003, I won the sidecar division in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, sponsored by Harley Davidson.

I began racing in 1979. In 2003, I won the sidecar division in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, sponsored by Harley Davidson.

Not content just to ride a motorcycle, Pat discovered a love for restoring bikes. Since the 1990s, he has been restoring and collecting bikes, at one time he boasted an impressive collection of 27 bikes. In 2017, he was at an auction for a client and came across a Nimbus, a Danish motorcycle produced from 1919-1926. “They are not well known in this country, and I knew it was one of great value but it needed restoring,” he reflects. “I bought and restored this classic old bike. This was the first restoration I had done in ten years, after losing a best friend which lead to a disinterest in restoration for a period.”

The most challenging thing during the restoration was the motor and verifying the authenticity of the bike parts, sometimes as specific as the gas cap, in order to be sure the bike was 100 percent correct. I had to have it manufactured in Denmark. 1926 was the last year of production, but they were produced until 1928 with leftover parts. In April, a Nimbus sold at Bonhams for $85,000. Unlike Pat’s restored bike, this unrestored bike had a motor that didn’t run, no papers, and parts missing. Pat’s personal largest sale over the years was a 1926 Brough Superior SS 100 Alpine Grand Sports bike that he restored. This bike fetched a hefty $350,000. “This year I’ll turn 67 and my on-going goal is to continue to find things in my life that stimulate and challenge me. This goal-setter has accomplished an impressive bucket list. “I have professionally raced, traveled to milestone world locations, and restored bikes. For me, these are true measures of success and happiness.” We can all learn lessons from this inspirational baby boomer – At Living Well, we hope this article has rejuvenated you to think big, pursue your dreams, and purpose to be challenged. Life is too precious to waste. Live each day with passion.

(Left) Pat at his home in Colorado Springs this past Fall with his beautifully restored 1926 Nimbus. He says quite possibly the best example in the world of this model.

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The Preventive Cardiology Program is a multidisciplinary approach to identifying potential cardiovascular disease risks factors in patients, educating them in ways to prevent heart disease.

Preventive Cardiology is more than early bird specials at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services By Andrea Sinclair


ardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 2,200 Americans dying every 40 seconds from cardiovascular-related causes, according to the American Heart Association. Prevention has become central in the reduction of cardiovascular-related disease and mortality, with cardiologists and primary care providers playing an instrumental part in the delivery of preventive care. As part of our mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care, the physicians at PenroseSt. Francis Health Services and Colorado Springs Cardiology, a Centura Health Clinic, know it’s far better to prevent a disease than to treat it. The Preventive Cardiology Program at Penrose-St. Francis has helped about 150 cardiovascular patients since its inception in the fall of 2016. The program, whose leaders and co-directors are Dr. David Albrecht, specialist in general cardiology and nuclear cardiology, and Dr. Paul Sherry, who specializes in 14


cardiovascular disease, is designed to increase understanding and education about ways to prevent heart disease and to encourage preventive cardiovascular care. Both doctors have accomplished additional certifications in nuclear cardiology and cardiac ultrasound. The Preventive Cardiology Program is a multidisciplinary approach to identifying potential cardiovascular disease risks factors in patients, educating them in ways to prevent heart disease. This program helps people make lifestyle changes to prevent cardiovascular disease and the Preventive Cardiology Program team provides a multidisciplinary approach to teach participants how to reduce the factors that are putting them at risk for heart attack and stroke. The program includes community-wide prevention seminars held in Colorado Springs and Canon City with presentations by both doctors Albrecht and Sherry, as well as registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists and cardiovascular nursing experts. The prevention seminars also offer on-site free health and biometric screenings and nutrition consultations.

“This program is about keeping people away from cardiologists and heart surgeons, while at the same time improving their quality of life,” said Sherry. The former military physician attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and then Texas A&M University Medical School. Sherry served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and has spent another two decades in private practice cardiology in Colorado Springs. At Penrose-St. Francis, the Preventive Cardiology Program offers resources to patients with an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease; individualized programs designed to reduce risk factors and prevent disease from getting worse. The Preventive Cardiology Program team includes specialists to direct patients to nutritional services, prescriptive exercise programs, stress testing, cardiovascular riskreduction programs and a vascular rehabilitation program. Doctors Albrecht and Sherry have treated all types of cardiovascular disease for decades and recognize the value of prevention. Both physicians believe it is especially important to reach people in their

middle years of life, but will never turn away participants of advanced ages as everyone can benefit from preventive strategies. “In their 30s and 40s, people still feel healthy and great, they’re not thinking about heart problems and their risk factors,” Albrecht said. His retirement in early 2016 was short-lived, as he joined forces with

Sherry to create and co-direct the Preventive Cardiology Program at Penrose-St. Francis. Albrecht is a University of Illinois graduate and attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. “Identifying and mitigating risks such as hypertension, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, high cholesterol

and smoking is critical to preventing cardiovascular disease later in life. We want to connect with men and women who are in their early 40s, working long hours, not exercising very much, not eating very healthy, and help educate them and offer them the services that are going to help them improve their lifestyles for the long-term,” both doctors said.

“We have seen lots of heart disease in our careers and we are relentless advocates of the importance of preventive care and medicine,” Albrecht said.

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This year the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (SCWCC) celebrates its 25th anniversary. While this is an impressive milestone, it’s the changes in last three years that have our community buzzing about SCWCC and its current President and CEO, Lola Woloch. Since taking on the role in January of 2015, here are just a few stats for you to think about. 68% increase in membership revenue, 131% increase in programs revenue, 92% increase in gross profit, 281% increase in net income, and 56% increase in attendance, just in this past year. In addition, their annual Accolades Awards Luncheon, honoring the Business Leader of the Year, has seen a 262% increase in sponsorships over the past three years.

LOLA WOLOCH President & CEO, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Lola, what is one key to the SCWCC’s success over these past years? One key to our success is that we are true advocates for business and pride ourselves on constantly making connections and building business relationships that benefit everyone involved. I believe the most powerful connections happen when our members are ready to take a leap. They are facing that jumping off point when deciding to start a business, grow to the next level, advance in their career or make a bold change. These are the pivot points in our human and organizational experience that build our courage and confidence. I believe that if we connect the right people and leaders together, the entire business community collaborates and thrives, which leads to greater economic impact and a higher quality of life.

Lola, what is unique about the SCWCC membership value? We also provide exclusive benefits for our members from discounted health insurance, dental, workers compensation, media, advertising and printing services and so much more that allows small businesses to compete. It’s important to serve the business community and give back. We have a Foundation and have tripled our give back to the community this past year by providing scholarships for women.

Lola, please tell me what led you to your current role at the SCWCC Our home and life were directly impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire. Although we didn’t lose our home, we had significant damage which we had to repair.

Community Leader Spotlight My current career had me traveling most of the time. Realizing I’d need to act as the general contractor on our repairs, I knew I wanted to make a life shift and work from home and stay local. I was so impressed by the quick rebuild of our community and the people who jumped in to help. I knew it was now my time to pay it forward and find an organization that was in true need of help. I made Colorado Springs my home over 20 years ago and directly sought out a position that would enable me to use my talents and give back to Colorado Springs.

Tell me about the recent awards SCWCC received Our 2018 is off to a quick start and I’m honored that the SCWCC received three awards at this year’s Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executive Conference (CCCE) from the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI). Recognized as one of the top performing Chambers of Commerce, we won 1st place in Increase in Membership, 1st place in Best Communications Campaign by a Chamber with fewer than 500 members: and 2nd place in Increase in Dues Revenue.

In closing Lola's vision for the SCWCC has majorly impacted the community of Colorado Springs. Her goals are lofty, to say the least, and her attitude is quite simply, "Failure is not an option." Since 2015, the trajectory has skyrocketed and the SCWCC has become a valuable and well-respected Chamber of Commerce in Colorado. Under Lola's leadership, and with the dedicated work and strong support of the SCWCC Board of Directors and Member volunteers, SCWCC has achieved greater levels in 2017. Lola was recognized by the Colorado Springs Business Journal as a Woman of lnfluence for her efforts. Summer 2018


The Spinal Disc The term “a slipped disc” is not correct, these structures cannot slip. Mother Nature has the ability to heal most disc injuries.

O By: Katharine Leppard, MD

ur spine is a series of bones stacked on top of each other. In between these bones is a structure called a disc. A disc is built similar to a jelly doughnut. There is tough outer wall called the annulus, and a watery jelly inside the disc called the nucleus. A normal disc acts as a shock absorber pad, and also allows movement in the spinal column.

Spinal Discs and Aging As we age, the water inside the disc will dry. Over time, the discs will lose height and bulge. This is the typical cause of loss of height as we age and can cause significant problems. These changes will be seen on an MRI in everyone by the age of 40. A study of 10-year-old children also demonstrated that these changes were present in 10% of the children 20


at age ten, this is likely genetic. Sadly there is not a way to prevent disc degeneration. These changes are sometimes called degenerative disc disease, however, these are actually degenerative changes that are normal for age, rather than a specific disease.

Disc Rupture/Herniation A disc rupture and a disc herniation is the same thing. This is when the outer wall of the disc tears and the jelly inside the disc is extruded. The term “a slipped disc” is not correct, these structures cannot slip. This injury is seen on an MRI scan. A disc herniation can narrow the nerve canal and pinch a nerve, causing radiating pain into an extremity. This can be a serious injury that can lead to permanent weakness. Please seek immediate medical care if you develop weakness in a limb. Mother Nature has the ability to heal most disc injuries. The jelly inside the disc is 80% water, and

over time our bodies can absorb this water which will make a large disc rupture look smaller over time. You will often see photos of this used to claim that spinal decompression traction treatment has healed the disc injury. This is not accurate, the disc rupture becoming smaller over time is the process of natural healing. Once a disc is ruptured, the disc cannot maintain the water inside of the disc, and it will become a degenerative disc earlier than the other discs.

disc rupture to become smaller in size. Spinal traction can be effective in the neck to alleviate pressure on a pinched nerve. Future developments include stem cell injections, whether or not this will turn out to be an effective treatment is unknown at this time.

Treatment options for disc rupture/herniation fall into several categories: Do nothing. The passage of time and the body reabsorbing the water in the disc jelly can heal the majority of disc injuries. Steroid epidural injections. This is a cortisone injection at the site of the ruptured disc. Cortisone is our strongest anti-inflammatory, this can reduce inflammation and pain, and for some can speed up natural healing. Surgical Intervention. There are a number of surgical options that are beyond the scope of this article. Spinal decompression surgery, where the ruptured part of the disc is surgically removed, is done for disc injuries that compromise the nerves in the spinal canal. Discs can be surgically fused, and disc replacement surgery is available as well. Physical therapy. PT can help muscle spasm, tightness, weakness, and pain. Spinal traction or decompression is not effective for low back or lumbar disc injuries. It will not cause a dehydrated disc to reabsorb water. It will not cause a

Preventing Disc Injuries Disc ruptures usually occur on the back wall of the disc. The curve in the low back puts the back wall of the discs on slack and protects the disc. Bending your knees when you lift maintains the curve in the low back. Twisting can also stress a disc. Making certain not to twist when you are carrying a heavy weight is important. Remember, “If you move your nose, move your toes,� when carrying a heavy weight. Our spine is a wonderful structure. The spine provides a protective case for the nerves housed inside it, yet allows movement. The spinal discs are a critical part of this amazing design. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Katharine Leppard, please call her office at 719-575-1800.

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Fast Food Eyecare A thorough eye exam does take time; if convenience is chosen over quality, problems could be missed, and the window of early detection gone!


oday’s advanced technology allows many of the things we do in our life to be faster and more streamlined. Meals can be ready in minutes. You can place your order at the drive-through and two minutes later your meal is ready at the window. How could it get any more convenient? Didn’t have time to pick up that one item you needed after work or were just too tired, why not order it online from the comfort of your bed and have it delivered to your home in a couple of days?

This all sounds great but many studies have shown that quality can suffer and be compromised for convenience; not to mention the loss of revenue to your community when you don’t spend your money locally. We have all witnessed what happens when compromise wins, local businesses have fewer jobs, less inventory or can even be forced to close the brick and mortar stores. We all have to make the conscious decision about how much we are willing to sacrifice for speed and convenience, whether it be food, products and services, or even healthcare. In the world of eye care when businesses offer a reduced cost or a “free” professional eye exam, you have to wonder if they are sacrificing quality for convenience. In most cases, you are just getting an eyeglass prescription and not a true full eye exam. Many 22


eye diseases and conditions have no early symptoms and the only way they can be detected early on is from an eye exam. You are probably thinking, “What constitutes a full eye exam, what should it include?.” The eyes are the only part of the body where we can take a look inside and get generalized information on how healthy the body is.

as it needs to be evaluated for the more serious conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cancers, hemorrhages, and other retinal issues; thus dilation of your pupils or the use of Optomap retinal imaging is critical. A thorough eye exam does take time; if convenience is chosen over quality, problems could be missed, and the window of early detection gone!

Make sure your eye doctor takes into account the status of your systemic health along with the

Compromising quality of vision care also results in compromising your healthcare as they are one and the same.

medications you take for any existing conditions. You need to realize that what can affect your systemic health can affect your eye health and eventually your vision. Each eye has six external muscles that direct our eyes and align them in the direction of our choosing. An evaluation of eye alignment needs to be performed to ensure that improper alignment is not causing any symptoms or discomfort that you may be having. Once alignment is confirmed, your prescription determination is critical; taking extra time during this process will ensure that seeing with your new eyewear or contact lenses helps you see to your full potential. More importantly, make sure your eye doctor evaluates your external eye health. An external eye exam checks for dry eye, eyelid and corneal conditions, as well cataracts which can all affect vision. Lastly, don’t forget about the back part of your eye

Being unaware of the standards of quality regarding eye care services could make all the difference in your overall wellbeing. The degree in which we accept an inferior product or service is a personal decision, but if we accept inferior quality, it soon becomes a new standard of lower expectations. I often hear, “They don’t make it like they used to,” and “Well I guess you get what you pay for.” We have seen that cheaper and faster is not always better, so be cautious of being in such a rush that you end up sacrificing health for convenience. Do not choose “Fast Food Eyecare,” but choose to “Live Well, Colorado!”

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our life, your style, your choice. At Liberty Heights, a 5-Star rated Senior Lifestyle community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, residents have access to all levels of care in one beautiful community. Our Continuum of Care setting offers residents and families the peace of mind of knowing that if one’s needs change—even temporarily—there is an appropriate level of care available, and the transition will be a smooth one. Stunning views and incomparable

categories: Quality Measures, Staffing, RN Staffing, Health Inspection and Overall Quality. For our residents and families, it means the confidence of having a top-rated choice when searching for exceptional care, as well as the comfort of knowing their chosen community can provide care tailored to the individual needs of each resident. Additionally, families can rest assured knowing their loved one’s needs are met with dignity and compassion, thanks to our dedicated and compassionate staff. Family member Vivien Hayden shares: “Thank you for all you’ve done to make Mom’s stay so comfortable. Your staff is 5-star. The food was excellent! Everyone was so wonderful. I could sleep at night knowing Mom was well cared for.”

amenities are just a part of what we offer at Liberty Heights. Executive Director Tammy Minuhin shares, “Our goal is to provide an exceptional experience for our residents and their families at every level of care, whether they are with us for a short-term rehabilitation stay or as a long-term resident.”

In Colorado Springs, you DO have a choice. Whether you’re in need of short-term rehabilitation after a surgery, long-term nursing care for a chronic illness or disability, or just looking for a more carefree lifestyle, we offer luxurious living spaces and levels of care to suit your needs, along with the ability to provide continued 5-Star rated care as those needs change.

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hen Kathy Dreiling and Michelle Talarico chose the name “Soup to Nuts” for the book they plan to write someday, they knew it would sum up the tastiest and craziest adventures experienced in almost 30 years in the catering business. Voted the “Best Catering Company in Colorado Springs” for the past 20 consecutive years, Picnic Basket Catering Company had its beginning in 1989 when two friends combined their love for food, fun, and $300 each to pursue adventures in catering. Over the past 29 years, the company has grown into three distinctly different divisions in answer to the needs of their clientele; Picnic Basket Catering Company, Buffalo Gals Grilling Company, and Cravings Catering & Five Star Events. Located in southwest Colorado Springs, Kathy and Michelle have been expediting events from their current facility since 1990. They employ 27 full-time staff and 52 part-time, on-call serving staff. In 2017 they traveled 30,000 miles along the Front Range and around the Pikes Peak Region to facilitate 2,147 events to feed over 135,000 guests. From feeding guests in beautiful venues throughout Colorado to remote and technically challenging locations, they transform a client’s vision into reality using regional ingredients, colorful décor, rentals, bar service, entertainment, and creative ways to finish and serve on site. Notorious for their community involvement, they have been the co-sponsor of the Colorado Springs Wine Festival since 1995 supporting The Colorado Springs Conservatory, completely underwriting the Urban Peak breakfast for 1000 guests, and working to support El Paso County Parks by donating food and services to the Happy Trails Event for the Nature Center and Bear Creek Park. Helping to support the growth of SCWCC by facilitating monthly breakfasts has contributed to the success of the event. Kathy and Michelle received the Philanthropists of the Year Award in 2016 and the Colorado Springs Chamber Business Persons of the Year Award in 1995.

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Senior Living Basics By: Brookdale Senior Living

Q: How can my parents afford to live in a retirement community if they’re on a fixed income?

A: First, many people are surprised to learn that retirement community living is not as expensive as they

think. Many communities include daily amenities within the monthly rent. These are items that people pay for while living in their homes but will no longer pay for after they move into a retirement community. For example, usually all utilities and some meals are included in retirement community costs, so people will not have to pay for those services. Most retirement communities can help folks understand the cost comparison between community living and home living.

Q: What are some warning signs I should look for that would alert me it’s time for my mom or dad to move into a retirement home?

A: Most parents don’t want to burden adult children with their problems, but repeated references to a

particular concern might be the parents’ way of reaching out for help. Some warning signs to watch for may include irregular sleep patterns, mood swings, inappropriate or unusual behaviors, preoccupation with health issues, unkempt clothing or grooming, disinterest in family matters, problems with balance and mobility, diminished desire for social interactions, difficulty maintaining or forgetting conversations, and appointments or even neglected bills.

Q: What are the social advantages of moving to an independent or assisted living community?

A: We are always in search of ways to help slow mental decline and help increase the quality of our loved

ones’ lives. One factor often overlooked is socialization and activity. Senior living communities provide a unique solution by offering a residential environment with various opportunities for socializing, such as dining with friends, outings, and exercise programs. This helps both the body and mind. Senior living can make the difference by providing the extra daily help some older adults need while facilitating the important component of social interaction and making personal connections. 28


If you have more questions about senior living, visit www.brookdale. com to find a Brookdale community in your neighborhood. We look forward to your call. Let’s start a conversation today.

Q: What is the true benefit of moving to a senior living community?

A: This can be different for each individual. Many people find that being around others in a family environment helps with their peace of mind, making them feel like they aren’t alone and feel a sense of safety in the community. Others find that the social interaction keeps them active and healthy. Some enjoy handing over the chores of daily living to someone else in order to enjoy their time doing activities they never had time for in the past. 

Q: My husband and I are the primary caregivers for my mother. However, we are planning a vacation. What level of care can we expect for her during a short-term assisted living stay?

A: Caring for your mother 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is a serious responsibility. Whether you are away

on vacation or a business trip or even need care for your mother during recovery from an illness, our on-site wellness staff will provide the same compassionate care and personal attention provided to permanent residents. Respite residents enjoy a premier level of services, including a variety of educational and social activities, daily nutritious meals, medication management, assistance with tasks of daily living, scheduled transportation, housekeeping, laundry services, as well as group activities and possible day trips. Summer 2018


Prevent Colon Cancer By: Prashant Krishnan, M.D.


olon cancer is the third most common type of cancer that affects both men and women. Risk factors that can contribute to colon cancer include being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, diets high in red meat, smoking, heavy alcohol use, older age, personal history of precancerous polyps, personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, diabetes, and genetic syndromes. Some things you can do to minimize your risk include staying fit, healthy dietary habits, curtail smoking and only drink in moderation, control your glucose levels, and have regular discussions with your physician.

more likely that polyps will be seen and removed. In fact, studies have shown that endoscopists who use FUSE scopes detect and remove more precancerous polyps than with traditional scopes.

Fortunately, colon cancer is one of the few cancers that is preventable; more importantly, YOU have the power to prevent it. A simple 15-20 minute colonoscopy can help prevent this cancer from ever developing. The hardest part of the procedure is the preparation, which involves inducing diarrhea. Once you arrive for the procedure, you enter a restful sleep with no memory of the procedure and no discomfort. A good colonoscopy can save your life by preventing colon cancer; but not all colonoscopies are the same. Assuming the preparation of the colon is adequate, two factors determine how good an exam you receive: 1) how good is the technology used by the endoscopist and 2) how good is the endoscopist at finding and removing precancerous growths, known as polyps. These two are actually related to each other. The colon is a tube which twists and turns and has many walls. To see the entire colon and look for polyps, it is extremely important to have maximum visualization. Traditional scopes use 20 year old technology with one camera to see 170 degrees inside the colon. FUSE scopes use modern innovation with three cameras to see 330 degrees inside the colon. FUSE scopes can see almost twice as much as the older technology, making it

CONCLUSION: A colonoscopy can save your life by preventing colon cancer. Talk to a gastroenterologist to see if you need a colonoscopy. If you do, find out what the precancerous polyp detection rate of your endoscopist is. Also, insist on modern technology FUSE scopes for your procedure. YOU deserve nothing less.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Prashant Krishnan, M.D. - Gastroenterologist Peak Gastroenterology Associates 2920 North Cascade Avenue, Suite 300 Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 636-1201 // www.peakgastro.com Dr. Krishnan is a Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado, Rocky Vista University, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is also a board member of the practice, a local hospital, and sits on multiple committees. 30


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ordera, a master planned community in Briargate, offers an outstanding lifestyle and continues to grow and evolve, presenting impressive opportunities to home buyers. Delivering the ideal blend of features with remarkable homes and Academy School District 20 schools, the list of amenities continues to expand, fostering a strong sense of community. At Cordera, residents are given the gift of freedom, neighborly streets, and family activities. The popular Community Center is a place for Cordera events, such as holiday parties, fitness classes, kids’ activities, and other social gatherings. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, fitness room and classes, grand multipurpose room, child watch room, and deck overlooking the five-acre Grand Lawn Park. Plus, plans for a new outstanding 16-acre park are underway. Wild Rumpus Park, which is inspired by the book, Where the Wild Things Are, will aim to highlight the site’s incredible natural beauty and character with opportunities to explore and enjoy the rolling topography and vast views of Pikes Peak. The park will also provide amenities encouraging play and discovery. This park will continue to enhance the quality of life for residents of Cordera.

Great childhood experiences live here Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, fitness room and classes, grand multi-purpose room, child watch room, and deck overlooking the fiveacre Grand Lawn Park.

With home prices starting from the $300s up to the $900s, builders are offering an impressive collection of home sites for clients’ dream homes, with move-in ready homes also available. Saddletree Homes, Keller Homes, Vantage Homes, Campbell Homes, Goetzmann Homes, and CreekStone Homes are all offering exceptional homes. Cordera also offers two neighborhoods with low-maintenance amenities, Élan and Estancia, built by Keller Homes and Vantage Homes. Live easy with low maintenance features such as snow removal from front walks, sidewalks, and driveways for each unit; landscape maintenance repair, replacement of exterior landscaping, landscape irrigation systems, and maintenance of retaining walls, trails, sidewalks. Stop by any or all of the Cordera model Homes! Or visit us online at Cordera.com for more information. 32


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Hormone Replacement Therapy By: Robert Dill, PA; Board Certified in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy


s we age, our hormone levels naturally change and fluctuate. For men, a decrease in testosterone is common and generally starts around age 30. Women also notice changes in hormone levels (such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone), although their hormone levels are generally affected by biological experiences such as menopause or polycystic ovarian syndrome. These hormone levels are incredibly significant to biological and psychological wellness, and they also impact our day-to-day experience.

For example, when our hormone levels are IMBALANCED, we can experience symptoms such as: Decreased libido and erectile dysfunction Loss of morning erections and decreased sexual performance Increased visceral body fat and decreased lean body mass

Balancing Hormone Levels to Promote Optimal Functioning

Decreased physical strength Fatigue and loss of energy Decreased physical activity and decrease in a general feeling of well-being Depression, mood swings, irritability, and poor concentration If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing an imbalance in hormone levels. You may find that you feel drastically different than you felt when you were younger, and if you are like me, this does not sit well with you. You don’t want to fall behind or age prematurely. However, with hormone replacement therapy, you can balance your hormone levels and achieve a variety of positive impacts.

For example, when your hormone levels are BALANCED you can experience the following: Improved physical stamina, endurance, and better results from exercise Improved muscle bulk and muscle tone Improved lipid metabolism Improved glucose/sugar metabolism, and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes Improved libido and sex drive A more beneficial hormonal environment for weight management 34


Treatment is available and can include testosterone management for men, and hormone management for women. It is important that treatment is tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Treatments can include different approaches such as a more traditional emphasis on an increase in testosterone within the male body, and the correct balance of hormones in the female body. Treatments may also include HCG injections, Vitamin D, DHEA, medication for thyroidrelated issues, and routine blood work to make sure your body receives the maximum benefit from treatment. ABOUT: Author Ryan Cole is the Co-Founder of Apollo Medical Associates based in Colorado Springs. PHONE: 719-477-3135 WEBSITE // ADDRESS www.ApolloMedicalAssociates.com 1115 Elkton Drive, Suite 107 Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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Living Well caught up with actor Lou Diamond Phillips at an exclusive photo shoot for the magazine at the Garden of the Gods Collective in Colorado Springs. The day was beautiful and Phillips was relaxing in the make-up chair, sipping Colorado made bourbon.


success on the big and small screen for almost thirty years, the diverse performer is perhaps best known for his starring role as the Latino rocker Richie Valens in the iconic film La Bamba; and more recently on the six-season run of the beloved Netflix series Longmire, playing Lakota Native Henry Standing Bear. A ‘melting-pot’ of races and cultures including Filipino, Native American, Chinese, Hawaiian and Spanish, this versatile actor has successfully stepped into many diverse roles. Phillips was in town as the guest of the annual Colorado Springs ComicCon, where well-known actors and comedians get a chance to meet their fans on a one-to-one basis. He has nothing but great things to say about the city. “I give a thumbs up to Colorado Springs; such a beautiful place to live,” he says with enthusiasm. “ComicCon was really wonderful as I got to meet many of the people who have followed me for many years. The weekend gave me an opportunity to give back to my fans, by shaking hands, signing autographs, and taking pictures with them. Also, the view from the Garden of the Gods Collective was amazing, such a beautiful place for a photo shoot. The landscape is amazing and the view of the mountains from the patio was incredible.” Born at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, Phillips was raised in Flour Bluff, a small town near Corpus Christi, Texas. Passing up the opportunity to attend Yale University, he opted to enroll at the University of Texas at Arlington, earning a 38


Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a minor in Honors English. He wrote three plays in college while performing in comedy shows at night with the Zero Hour. After graduating, Phillips spent the next four years performing with the Front Room Troupe at the Stage West in Fort Worth, tackling such classics as Hamlet and Faust while appearing in several made-in-Texas independent films including Trespass, about a brutal rape on a Texas ranch; where he also wrote the script. So, when the fairy tale happened in 1987 and he was “discovered in Texas,” earning the lead in La Bamba. Phillips was well prepared. This was the role that made him a star and the young actor worked nonstop for the next five years. In perhaps his most beloved performance, Phillips played the ill-fated rocker in the biopic turned cult classic. The film is the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young Mexican American teen and his meteoric rise to rock ‘n’ roll stardom before perishing in a plane at the age of seventeen, along with Buddy Holly and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson Jr. The plane went down in a blinding snowstorm on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lakes, Iowa and this horrible night was named “the day the music died.” “That was a very exciting and interesting time for me,” explains Phillips. “This was my Cinderella story and the success that was happening to Ritchie was happening to me in real life, so I just opened up my heart to what he must have been going through and played it on the screen. But I did my research, reading the stack of newspapers stories from the 1950s about his career and the plane crash. I also had fifteen songs to learn, even though they were performed by Los Lobos, as well as playing the guitar.” The one downside was that Phillips was paid scale for La Bamba, which back then was a thousand dollars a week and within six months he was out of money and entertained the thought of moving back to Texas. “The film was in the can, but I was an unknown in the lead and the story centered around a then, relatively obscure MexicanAmerican rock star,” he says. “Nobody was beating down my door.”

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However, as luck would have it, he immediately landed a guest-starring role on Miami Vice, “appearing with both Viggo Mortensen and Annette Bening, “which basically paid me as much as I made on the six-week shoot of La Bamba,” he remembers. Next came Stand and Deliver where he gave a remarkable performance as a gang member whose life is changed by a tenacious and caring math teacher, played by Edward James Olmos. His intense performance would go on to garner him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The next year he played another type of outlaw in Young Guns. Co-starring with the young acting posse that included Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Kiefer Sutherland, Phillips played Jose Chavez y Chavez, a Navajo-Mexican, in the retelling of the adventures of Billy the Kid (Estevez) during the 1877-81 Lincoln County War, which took place in New Mexico Territory. Written by John Fusco, who went on to pen Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Young Guns is thought to be the most accurate portrayal of the Lincoln Country War ever brought to the screen. Switching gears, Phillips went on to star opposite Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington in Courage Under Fire, playing helicopter gunner Monfriez during the Gulf War. “My father did two tours in Vietnam, and would tell me the stories of serving in combat,” he remembers, “and I try to support the USO whenever possible.” For the last six years, Phillips has been ensconced in the beautiful city of Santa Fe, NM, filming the

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“I fell in love with the script as the story had an amazing amount of depth,” says Phillips, “As a contemporary Western, there’s nothing like it on television today.

contemporary Western series Longmire, based on the best-selling Craig Johnson series of novels. While filmed in Santa Fe, Longmire takes place in the mountains of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. The series also stars Australian actor Robert Taylor as Sheriff Walt Longmire, a widower battling personal demons, and Katee Sackhoff, best known for Battlestar Galactica, as deputy Victoria Moretti, who has more than a professional interest in the handsome, yet troubled sheriff. Phillips plays the sheriff ’s oldest and closest friend and confidant, Henry Standing Bear. The two go back decades: Henry and Walt served in Vietnam together and Henry is the godfather to Walt’s daughter, Katie. The owner of the Red Pony Saloon, Standing Bear has his own scores to settle and relies on his local pipeline at the bar and on the reservation — bringing a keen sense of intuition to Longmire’s dutiful police procedure. When Phillips was sent the Longmire pilot script more than six years ago, he strongly felt that the project was “very right” for him and immediately knew he wanted to play the role of Henry Standing Bear. “I fell in love with the script as the story had an amazing amount of depth,” says Phillips, “As a contemporary Western, there’s nothing like it on television today. “The experience truly opened up my eyes. I’ve played Lakota before and was adopted by the Lakota nation after Young Guns, and given a Native name by the tribe, which translates to Star Keeper. During that time, I went Summer 2018


Born at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, Phillips was raised in Flour Bluff, a small town near Corpus Christi, Texas. Passing up the opportunity to attend Yale University, he opted to enroll at the University of Texas at Arlington, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a minor in Honors English.



to South Dakota and saw the conditions in Rose Bud at Pine Ridge; so I was familiar with these worlds and it was interesting to find the differences between the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Navajo.” Transitioning to the small screen twelve years ago, Phillips has had a busy decade in TV with some compelling story arcs on popular series, including 24 (he remains good friends with Sutherland from Young Guns days), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, SGU Stargate Universe, and most recently Blindspot and Hawaii Five-0. Constantly working, in 2015 he starred with Antonio Banderas in The 33 about the Chilean mine disaster, and as the despicable mass-murderer Richard Ramirez in the true story of The Night Stalker. Both of these true-story dramatizations were directed by women, “who were always looking for a different approach to these characters – two men with almost debilitating baggage,” Phillips explains. Recent projects include co-starring in Filly Brown with Edward James Olmos, a starring role in the independent film Created Equal directed by Bill Duke and the contemporary Western Urban Country. “The character of Don Lucho in The 33 was the foreman who took the miners into the mine on that day. Initially thought of as a villain, director Patricia Riggen had me bring in a sense of real guilt to Lucho as he had reported safety concerns to the mining company that were not heeded by the supervisors. Richard Ramirez, portrayed in The Night Stalker, was almost destined to be a mass murderer as he was exposed to violence, perversion, and neglect most of his young life and so desperately wanted to be ‘someone.’” The experience truly opened up my eyes. I’ve played Lakota before and was adopted by the Lakota nation after Young Guns, and given a Native name by the tribe, which translates to Star Keeper.

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In addition to an ongoing and well-respected film and television career, Phillips is starting to brand himself as a celebrity chef who has created a solid foundation in the food world and has the chops to move forward to create his own brand. In 2012 and 2013 he was a celebrity judge on Iron Chef America and the next year he competed on the Food Network series Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Sauce Boss, emerging as the winner on both series. Reflecting upon the many “blessings” that Longmire has created for him, Phillips decided to host ‘Thanksgiving in July,’ at the end of the second season of filming, a tradition that continued until the end of production. “I tend to bring together near strangers into the warmest, most welcoming place I can think of - the kitchen,” Phillips says with pride.

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hen you walk into a small business you are almost guaranteed personal service. An owner or knowledgable salesperson is there to listen to your needs and help you immediately find what you are looking for. At Mackenzie & West we are here to help you create the perfect outfit or find that unique personal gift you will love giving. Atmosphere and vibe are such important factors when shopping. Department stores can feel overwhelming and impersonal, but in a small business, you feel the vibe of the store right away. At Mackenzie & West we pride ourselves on an easy going and friendly atmosphere. Our staff and product assortment add to our happy vibe. Small businesses can provide interest to your shopping experience. Because small business owners buy from a variety of vendors (both big and small), the salespeople likely know the stories and missions behind the companies and products they sell. At Mackenzie & West we love to share the special details of a purchase whether it be a local artisan or a fair trade company half way around the world. When you shop small, you build relationships. It becomes fun and reassuring to come back into a store and work with the same people. They begin to get to know you better: they learn your style and what your preferences are. So many times your customers become your friends and how fun is that? At Mackenzie & West many of our customers HAVE become our friends and are genuinely interested in helping our business succeed. They return again and again to shop with us. Small businesses create community. When there are a number of small businesses in an area, it becomes like a neighborhood. People help each other out with referrals, events, handyman work, or just about anything. Small businesses like to help local businesses, organizations, and charities which further builds and supports the local community. At Mackenzie & West we recently partnered with Care and Share (Colorado Springs’ local food bank) to help bridge the summer meal gap. Raising enough to provide 7,149 meals to our local community, we are blessed to have our small business as a platform for giving.

Next time you head out to shop, please consider the many reasons to shop small. We hope that you will choose local retailers to find just what your are looking for and that you have an enjoyable shopping experience! At Mackenzie & Westwe hope to provide you with both.




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When Do Grandparents Obtain Parenting Rights to Form a ‘Grand Family’? In the last 20 to 30 years, the rise in grandparents who take on the responsibility and cost of raising their grandchildren has risen dramatically. Federal law requires that states consider placing children with relatives in order to receive foster care and adoption assistance. By: Gordon N. Shayne


ccording to a recent story on 60 Minutes, more and more grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren. These are heartbreaking stories of grandparents who have rescued their grandchildren from extremely difficult and urgent situations. Very often, the grandparents are exhausting their retirement savings and then struggle to provide for their grandchildren with little or no help from the state.



In many of these cases, grandparents have stepped in to take custody of these children because one or both parents have serious drug and/or alcohol addictions or unresolved mental health issues. Many substance abuse problems seen today are the result of the recent escalation of a nation-wide opioid/painkiller epidemic.

Nationally, a growing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren, with the number of kids who have a grandparent as their primary caregiver reaching 2.9 million in 2015. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division for 2016, three percent of Colorado kids (38,000 children) lived in households where a grandparent served as their primary caregiver. Nationally, a growing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren, with the number of kids who have a grandparent as their primary caregiver reaching 2.9 million in 2015. Some experts point to drug addiction, particularly the growing problem of opioid abuse, as the primary driver of this trend. Many of these children have been living without love and affection, some are homeless, left to fend for themselves, and others are exposed to the dangers of not being properly supervised and fall prey to unsavory predators.

non-parents like an aunt, uncle, or family friend who has had custody of children file a parental responsibilities case because of the amount of time that they’ve provided care for a child when the biological parents have relinquished the care to a non-parent. “Federal law requires that states consider placing children with relatives in order to receive foster care and adoption assistance. Grandmothers and grandfathers often are the first — and best — choice when state and local caseworkers have to take a child out of a home and find someone else to take custody,” said Angela Sausser, Executive Director of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, a coalition of public child safety agencies in the state. On February 9th, 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act was passed and signed into law (FFSPA) (P.L. 115-123.) This is a landmark bill that focuses on the importance of children growing up in families. The legislation introduces historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. It also includes provisions to help ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed. For more information and a summary of the Bill go to fosteringchamps.org

“For every child in foster care who has been placed with a relative, another 20 children are being raised by relatives outside the system,” said Jaia Lent, Deputy Executive Director of Generations United, a Washington, D.C.-based family research and advocacy group. A case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, Troxel vs Granville, said that parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the care and custody of their children, but there are exceptions. When children are not being properly supervised or cared for by parents, or a parent is incapacitated due to a substance abuse addiction, grandparents may be entitled to file a petition in the District Court and obtain full parental rights. In these kinds of cases, it is vital that grandparents obtain adequate legal representation to assist them with proving all of the facts that would lead to obtaining a court order. This will give grandparents custody rights. Oftentimes in these cases, parents do not agree that the grandparents should have custody rights and that sets up a disputed legal case between grandparents and natural parents over the best interest of the children. You can also have

ABOUT GORDON N. SHAYNE The Law Office of Gordon N. Shayne is focused exclusively on Colorado Family Law. For more information visit them online or call them at 719-442-6649 www.ShayneLaw.com 509 N. Tejon St. // Colorado Springs, CO

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By: James Sbarbaro Jr, MD, Ophthalmology DaVita Medical Group – Colorado Springs, CO

A Word on Advances in Cataract Surgery


s we go through life, signs of aging are inevitable. One of those signs is a decrease in vision. A common reason for decreased vision is a cataract. A cataract is the “clouding” of the natural lens in the eye. While a cataract is considered a normal part of aging, the decrease in vision that often occurs a cataract can be improved with advances in medicine.. Early symptoms of a cataract can often be remedied with a change of eyeglasses or with better lighting. As the cataract progresses these options become unsatisfactory andundergoing cataract surgery can restore vision.

Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens implant which then does the focusing. Prior to recent advances, individuals who had astigmatism would generally need glasses to see clearly after cataract surgery. Astigmatism is a condition where the corneal surface of the eye is shaped like the

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side of a football as opposed to the regular rounded shape of the side of a basketball. Today, with the availability of astigmatism correcting intraocular lens implants, patients with astigmatism may be able to see clearly in the distance without the assistance of glasses. Likewise, there are “multifocal” intraocular lens implants. These can provide patients with reasonable vision for both reading and driving distances without so much dependence on glasses at either distance. For patients who have both cataract and glaucoma, it is possible to implant a device at the time of cataract surgery to help control eye pressure. The iStent® is a small implantable device that is inserted at the time of cataract surgery and can reduce the need for glaucoma drops. There have been many advances in correcting aging problems of the eye. There will be more advances in the years to come. For additional information on DaVita Medical Group’s ophthalmology services, please visit our website at www.DaVitaMedicalGroup.com/CO

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This Napa-style event will offer 18 tasting stations featuring Colorado Springs’ top restaurants, microbreweries and spirits purveyors

Discover Goodwill An Enchanted Weekend event at the Garden of the Gods Collection this August


iscover Goodwill is holding its second An Enchanted Weekend event at the Garden of the Gods Collection this August 16-18 (anenchantedweekend.com). Comprised of four events full of opportunities to mix and mingle with friends while supporting Discover Goodwill’s mission of helping individuals achieve greater independence, this year’s An Enchanted Weekend promises to be bigger and better than ever. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, August 16, with Discover Goodwill’s Chic Boutique, an elegant retail pop-up store full of gentlyused fashion from Colorado Springs’ trendiest closets. The Thursday evening shopping event goes from 5-8pm and is open to VIPs and event sponsors. Guests will enjoy signature “Goodwilltini” cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they shop to their heart’s content. The Chic Boutique will take place at the Garden of the Gods Collection’s International Health and Wellness Center in The Three Graces, which will offer Chic Boutique shoppers exclusive discounts on spa services. The next morning features an exciting Golf Experience at Kissing Camels Golf Course, with breakfast followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start to kick off the adrenaline-fueled tournament for 32 foursomes. Players will receive meticulously crafted surprises around every corner--food and drink, spectacular swag and thrilling hole-in-one opportunities including a “Million Dollar Shot” and the chance to win a three-year luxury SUV lease courtesy of Lexus of Colorado Springs.



Friday evening offers guests the chance to take in the majestic scenery of Garden of the Gods at Discover Goodwill’s On the Mesa event. This Napa-style event will offer 18 tasting stations featuring Colorado Springs’ top restaurants, microbreweries and spirits purveyors set to the sounds of local band Woodshed Red. Attendees can mingle and socialize as they enjoy spectacular views and enjoy dessert in the Giving Tent showcasing crowdfunding opportunities to help local individuals who have barriers to employment. An Enchanted Weekend culminates in the Saturday night Gala and After-Lounge, as guests wine and dine while bidding on luxurious experiences and packages during spirited live and silent auctions. The

evening is capped with exciting Raise the Paddle bidding, all in support of Discover Goodwill’s job training and placement programs. Following the dinner, the weekend will conclude with an after-party accompanied by live music, dancing and lots of sweet and savory snacks. An Enchanted Weekend raises funds to support Discover Goodwill’s more than 20 programs that help individuals in our community achieve greater independence. These life-changing programs and services include Voyages, a day program offering seniors socialization and recreational activities; and Possibilities, a town square community that gives individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities opportunities to learn important life skills. In addition,

Discover Goodwill offers job training and placement programs that in 2017, provided training and career services to 24,802 individuals, including 9,101 who were placed into community jobs. Learn more at AnEnchantedWeekend.com

Contact Bonnie Martinez regarding sponsorship opportunities at 719-785-9203 or bmartinez@discovermygoodwill.org

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Summer 2018


My Newfound Confidence

How One Colorado Resident Found a New Smile and New Outlook on Life with Cosmetic Dentistry

Meet Lori Short. Last year after months of debating and research, she decided to seek out professional help to correct years of poor dental work and advice.

to people and especially embarrassed to laugh. Naturally, this was leading to depression. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and an outgoing person, but I felt ten years older than I was and had lost most of my confidence. As an entrepreneur, working to start a new business it was important for me to feel good about myself; however due to my worn-down teeth, my selfesteem was low. I knew I must get my health, mind, body, and spirit in check and a huge part of that was being able to smile and look my best. I decided to find a dentist who could help me.


’m 57, and over the years, like many people, I’ve had your standard run of dental work, cleanings, fillings, and crowns. However, I never really thought much about the quality of the dental work I had received until I noticed how my smile had deteriorated and I was having some intermittent jaw and face pain. My life, health, and particularly my smile were at the point that I was really embarrassed to talk 52


Like most, I initially started my search for the right doctor online. I live in rural Colorado, so I knew I would have to travel to find an experienced and skilled dentist who could handle my problems. Looking for a cosmetic dentist who had the best ratings and recommendations, I called many offices, but when I called Dr. Rota’s office something was different. I was instantly welcomed by a warm, friendly voice from his receptionist. She couldn’t say enough about Dr. Rota’s skills and training and the people he had helped. In fact she answered the phone stating, “changing the world one smile at time.” (At the time, I thought that sounded presumptuous but, not any more.) Traveling more than two hours for my initial evaluation, I was pleasantly surprised to walk into an office that looked more like someone’s home than a

dental facility. Even more impressive was the time Dr. Rota and his staff took to listen to my concerns, evaluate my issues and explain my dental condition and his recommendations. I felt reassured that I was in the right place.


Prior to beginning my treatment, the “ah ha” moment for me was when Dr. Rota inserted custom designed “temporaries” showing me what my smile would look like. Dr. Rota has the video on his phone for proof! I literally broke down in tears the first time I looked in the mirror at his office. My smile was more beautiful than I had expected. At first, I thought I couldn’t afford the cost, but when it comes to your health and confidence, there is truly no price you can put on quality of life. Dr. Rota and his staff helped to make my smile affordable and offered several payment options to help. Dr. Rota was so great to patiently explain the options and process, both good and bad, so I had a clear understanding from start to finish. Most impressive is that Dr. Rota makes his crowns himself with the aid of a computer-generated CAD/CAM software. He is truly an artist.


At first, I thought I couldn’t afford the cost, but when it comes to your health and confidence, there is truly no price you can put on quality of life.

Today I’m pleased to say that I not only found a wonderful doctor, I found a family and a home in his office. They made me feel so comfortable from start to finish, that I now look forward to my routine care visits. Last November my finals were put in and I’m still getting used to people’s compliments Friends ask what is different about me, did I lose weight, did I have a facelift? I laugh and say no, but the cosmetic dental procedure genuinely changed my entire face, and my entire

life. Everything from my eyes, smile, and cheekbones to my entire face is now vibrant. I’ve reclaimed my confidence. I ’m back to my old self - active, social, running my business, laughing with my spouse and friends; and truly feeling like I have an entirely new outlook on the next 20 years of my life. Were the cost, time, and effort worth it? I can say it was well worth it. I’m a new person and I couldn’t be more thankful. I now feel like, “I CAN change the world.”

See Lori’s video transformation and learn more about Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Joe Rota at www.rotadental.com Summer 2018



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Centura Spine Care offers a one-stop shop of expertise and compassion By Andrea Sinclair

We have a conservative approach to our care delivery, trying to utilize non-surgical treatment options first and working through those evidencebased practices and alternatives until surgery is the last resort.


n estimated 13,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. every year, most commonly from vehicle crashes, falls, sports and workrelated accidents. Among people aged 55 and older, falls are the most common cause – and can have the most severe, long-lasting effects on a person’s health and quality of life. Spinal cord injuries can happen to anyone, leaving the injured people, their family and friends, to cope with the aftermath, which is often stressful and complicated.



Back and neck pain, spine conditions or injuries can be life-crippling and altering – treating them shouldn’t be complicated or inconvenient. The experts at Centura Spine Care can help get you back to where you should be – enjoying life as painfree as possible, in a convenient all-encompassing location close to home. Whatever back or neck pain you’re suffering, or the severity of your spine condition or injury, Centura Spine Care has a full range of treatment options to offer a path to healing and relief. At Centura Spine Care, pain management and spine surgery expertise come together under the leadership of Dr. Sergiu Botolin, orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. William Lippert, pain management expert and anesthesiologist. Together, they combine decades of knowledge

and experience with physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, psychologists and a personal nurse navigator to evaluate each patient’s condition and recommend a comprehensive and conservative treatment program designed to get you back on your feet. “We have a conservative approach to our care delivery, trying to utilize non-surgical treatment options first and working through those evidence-based practices and alternatives until surgery is the last resort,” explained Lippert, whose specialties include comprehensive pain care management with a focus on spine pain of the back and neck. He has been a leader in innovative pain therapy for over 30 years in Colorado Springs, pioneering advanced pain therapy utilizing laser guidance, sophisticated imaging and neuromodulation. At Centura Spine Care, each patient works with a personal nurse navigator who coordinates care and acts as a liaison with the medical team, making sure every need is met on the path to healing and pain relief. “Our goal is to work with patients as a team to reduce pain, increase motion and improve quality of life; there is no need to go anywhere else for treatment, we can do everything here at Centura Spine Care,” said Botolin, whose specialties include degenerative spine conditions, minimallyinvasive spine surgery, adult and pediatric deformity and complex spinal reconstructive surgery. Dealing with back or neck pain and spine conditions and injuries can take a heavy toll on daily life and that is

why Centura Spine Care’s one-stop shop model is the most convenient and accessible to our patients in Colorado Springs and across the Pikes Peak region. We offer worldclass orthopedic surgery at some of Colorado’s most advanced operating suites. Our skilled spine rehab therapists employ a full range of spine therapy services in an environment designed to foster rapid healing. We are committed to spine pain and injury prevention through education and are fully certified by the Joint Commission.

“Compassion is a priority in the way we care for our patients here, because we understand that they deal with chronic pain day in and day out,” Lippert said.

“We listen to our patients and take everything they tell us about their symptoms and how they’re feeling physically, mentally and emotionally very seriously. Our team is always ready to address every condition, with compassionate and professional care.” Whether you are referred by a medical provider or arrive at Centura Spine Care on your own, our expert team will engage in a thoughtful discussion about your pain, lifestyle demands and expectations. We will address any questions or concerns you have and will keep in close contact with you and your referring physician, always maintaining open and accessible lines of communication. For more information about Centura Spine Care or to schedule an appointment, call (719) 571-8550 or visit www.penrosestfrancis.org/ centuraspinecare Centura Spine Care is located at Sisters Grove Pavilion, 6011 E. Woodmen Rd., Ste. 360. Summer 2018


Continuing to Grow The Colorado Springs Airport continues to see large increases in passenger traffic with a 17% growth over last year and the trend is likely to continue with the recent addition of four new routes.


hat’s great news for local residents looking for a hasslefree summer vacation. “We now have 15 non-stop destinations,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Aviation for the Airport. “We just added three new markets — Minneapolis, San Antonio and Seattle —plus we added additional service to Atlanta. Seasonal service has restarted to Washington DC Dulles and Chicago O”Hare too. So there are plenty of great options for summer travel.” Convenience is the big advantage for the Colorado Springs Airport. Parking is simple and affordable (just $6.00 per day for long-term and only $8,00 per day for short-term), check-in and TSA lines are easy, plus it’s a short drive from anywhere in the Pikes Peak region. So travelers can spend their vacation on vacation, rather than dealing with long drives and long lines. “We hear from travelers how much they love the convenience of the Airport,” added Phillips. “Time is money, so if we can save them time, that’s valuable to them. Plus, it’s a lot less stressful so they can relax more and enjoy their trip.” Four major Airlines serve the Colorado Springs Airport, including American, Delta, Frontier and United. So in addition to the 15 non-stop destinations, travelers can get to great cities around the world with just one stop. For more information, travelers can visit FlyCOS.com 58


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Pilates for Golfers Professional Athletes Turn to Pilates for Strength Training, Focus, and Injury Prevention By: Dawn King


s our beautiful city prepares for the arrival of the PGA’s most elite and experienced golfers, we are reminded of the focus, dedication, and physical acumen that the game of golf demands. Though the goal is to be effortless, the repetitive motion of the golf swing can take its toll on an unconditioned body - resulting in low back, hip, and shoulder pain. To prevent injury and increase strength and stamina, pros such as Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Rich Beem, and Phil Mickelson have all turned to Pilates. In addition to building core strength, Pilates increases balance, pelvic stabilization (key to a rotating spine!), flexibility, and overall postural alignment. It also directly addresses issues central to most golfer’s

The basic Pilates principle of full-body movement (that focuses from the inside out) is powerful as it addresses most of the problems that golfers have or have the potential to develop. Pilates trains the body uniformly creating balance, stability, strength, and mobility as well as improved flexibility and coordination - music to a golferʼs ears. The basis of a safe and effective golf swing is a stable lumbar spine and a mobile thoracic spine - both features of a good Pilates regime. It works for the pros and it will work for you!

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Province has partnered with Food Network star, Beau MacMillan on their dining experiences

Come and Experience A Taste of Province For Yourself! NEW IS GOOD. NEW KEEPS YOU CURIOUS AND MOVING FORWARD. Familiar allows you to settle in and feel at home. It feels natural and relaxed. At Province Springs, a new senior living community in Colorado Springs, you’re invited to keep your familiar while adding a dash of new.


Your home is where you relax and unwind. It’s where you host celebrations, small gatherings and nights in. It’s your place to make your own. So, it’s no surprise that American Seniors Housing Association research shows that overall satisfaction with your living environment depends on how strongly you feel “at home.” While the feeling of being at home includes the level of comfort and quality of your community, it also consists of the connection you feel with the staff and residents, and the sense of control and independence you have there. Recognizing that independent living is about more than just a beautiful apartment, Province also offers the best-in-class wellness services and amenities including a spa, a salon, an indoor pool and a fitness center. They have partnered with renowned American Southwest chef and Food Network star, Beau MacMillan on their dining experiences, where you can enjoy

innovative seasonal menus and flexible dining options that allow you to choose when and where you want to eat.


Older people are more healthy and active than ever. That’s why Province is built on the six pillars of wellness, that together, keep you connected, engaged and curious. PHYSICAL: Best-in-class dining experiences, nutritional oversight, exercise and fitness programs create your ideal physical environment. SOCIAL: Individually tailored opportunities for you to interact with friends, family and neighbors. INTELLECTUAL: Classes and learning opportunities that promote sharing your personal experiences and discovering new ideas. SPIRITUAL: An open and inclusive community where you can explore your beliefs, deepen your relationship to something larger and cultivate meaningful connections with others. EMOTIONAL: Room to enhance your most important relationships and

learn how to manage conflict and changes throughout life. OCCUPATIONAL: Meaningful opportunities to contribute to your community through work, volunteering and mentorship programs.


Call Today to schedule a tour of Colorado Springs newest and finest 55+ Independent Living Community. Tour all of our apartment home options and stunning amenities. Speak with some of our current residents about their actual experience at Province. Let us know you’ll be visiting so we can make it possible for you to sample our world-class cuisine! We’d love to meet you and discover if Province can offer you the very best in lifestyle; call us today!

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Pet Boarding and Daycare A Great Vacation for You AND Your Pet

By: Nancy Kay White


ummer is here, exciting plans are being made for a long-awaited trip; but for pet owners, one huge consideration in planning for a vacation is, “Where can I safety board my pet while I am away?” If you are unable to take your pet with you, you want peace of mind, knowing your beloved pet is being taken care of in an environment as much like home as possible. Your desire for this four-legged family member is to experience as little adjustment as possible while you are away.

Before choosing a pet boarding facility, there are questions you need to ask to ensure your pet is receiving the best possible care. Here are some we recommend:

1. Is there separation of small dogs from large

dogs? Small dogs can be frightened when being boarded with larger dogs.


Is the facility clean and the staff professional? We encourage you to check out the facility ahead of time. Sometimes, if possible, it is prudent to “drop in” on the facility during business hours to see the kind of care being given.


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Does the facility offer play time and personal time? If so, what are the additional charges for these services?


Is the facility willing to work with you on feed times and amount of food that your pet is accustomed to receiving at home?


Is there proper supervision of the facility from trained personnel? Some owners want a vet on the grounds 24/7. YOUR responsibility as a pet owner is to give clear instructions to the facility’s staff. If you choose a quality care facility, generally, they are pet owners themselves, and their desire is to provide the best care they can. You need to bring them a record of your pet’s shots and the name and number of your veterinarian.

If you are coming into Colorado Springs for vacation and need your pet taken care of for only a few hours, daycare can be a great option. This frees you to do some of those things you love to do that might not be a great fit for your pet. If you are an adrenaline junky, you might choose to leave your pet in good hands while you rappel one of the natural rock formations in the area, or raft extreme whitewater in the Royal Gorge. If you prefer a calmer adventure, a float down the Arkansas River might be more to your liking. Most rafting companies do not allow pets or have a place you can leave your pet unattended while you are on the water.

The Flaks family, founders/owners of BamPaws Stay and Play in downtown Colorado Springs, understand the concerns you have when leaving your pets behind. Their business was actually started out of their own need for quality care for their five dogs.

You want peace of mind, knowing your pet is receiving great care while you are away.

The Flaks family, founders/owners of BamPaws Stay and Play in downtown Colorado Springs, understand the concerns you have when leaving your pets behind. Their business was actually started out of their own need for quality care for their five dogs. They are avid pet lovers who offer daycare and boarding in a safe, clean “home” with 24/7 supervision. Their staff members are required to engage, interact, and monitor all dogs in their group. Their goal is to “make certain every dog or cat enjoy a safe, happy, and enjoyable stay.” BamPaws offers three kennel sizes and 10 private luxury suites. There is a daily quiet time from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The lights are turned off and soothing music is played for an afternoon rest period. “Our family does not believe in warehousing dogs in crates,” says Greg Flaks. BamPaws is conveniently located only two minutes off I-25 at the Cimarron exit. They invite you to stop by and tour their facilities. Their 24/7 supervision is manned by an on-site staff member. Grooming services are available.

Business hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Email: info@bampaws.com Phone: (719) 471-BARK (2275) Location: 815 S. Sierra Madre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Website: www.BamPaws.com

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Life Strategy Design How do you know you’re in the right place?

Author Donna Carlson

Your company’s best asset is sitting in your chair! Every organization is as good as the people who deliver its services. The approach I take in cultivating strong teams begins with having the right people in the right seats. That’s just smart asset management. What asset manager would leave a product sitting on the shelf without making sure it’s optimized for the target market? Do you know all the capabilities of your assets? This is the premise of Life Strategy Design in organizations. You have the strategy. I harness the strategy to cultivate synergy. I help managers look for the unharvested superpowers on their teams, the untapped potential that will create amazing velocity when it’s tapped.

How many times have you smiled at someone today?

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How satisfied do you feel going home each night to live the rest of your life?

Add up your score. If you have 80 points or more, congratulations! You have some work to do but it sounds like your role is a good match for now.

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If you have 60 to 80 points, you might want to cultivate some improvement; 40 to 60 points, you might want to start crafting a plan to curate the next step.

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Here’s a quick quiz to see if you are in the right role. Assign a value on a scale of 1-10 to each of these questions, 10 being a lot, 1 being not so much:

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What % of your best strengths are you putting to work on the job?

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How often do you imagine yourself anywhere else but at work? (Inverse ranking, 1 = every day)

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It starts with you and your team. How’s your velocity?

What’s your energy level on a daily basis in your role?


What % of your overall capacity are you using on a daily basis?

How often do you imagine yourself in another role in the organization?

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You can’t take this quiz on behalf of others in your organization, but if you are having a hard time motivating your team members, consider how they might be ranking their experience on your team. Are they putting all their gifts to work each day? Or are they like a race horse behind a gate? What are you doing to harness the strengths and energy on your team? How are you cultivating your human assets? Need help? Let’s talk.

Author Donna Carlson founded 360º Life Strategies, coaching individuals and teams to curate bigger minds, happier people and greater impact.

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If you have questions about senior living, we have answers. Aging is often difficult enough with seemingly overwhelming decisions and changes. Let us offer simple solutions. We’ll share with you information on your many options, and a helping hand to assist you on your journey.

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2850 North Academy Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80917 (719) 637-0877

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Excellent orthopedic care from head to toe. Centura Orthopedics provides you with the ultimate patient experience and excellent outcomes. Your care, comfort and peace of mind are constantly our top priority from your first office visit, to surgery, and stay at the hospital. Whether you are an athlete, have a traumatic injury, or are seeking the best option to treat joint pain, our surgeons are committed to providing accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment options for your individual condition. Eight convenient locations in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock and Denver.

Visit centuraorthopedics.org.

We are part of Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network. Centura Health does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, religion, creed, ancestry, sexual orientation, and marital status in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. For further information about this policy contact Centura Health’s Office of the General Counsel at 1-303-673-8166 (TTY: 711). Copyright © Centura Health, 2018. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-719-776-5370 (TTY: 711). CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-719-776-5370 (TTY: 711).

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Colorado Springs Living Well Summer 2018  

Colorado Springs Living Well Magazine is the premier health and lifestyle magazine for El Paso Co.

Colorado Springs Living Well Summer 2018  

Colorado Springs Living Well Magazine is the premier health and lifestyle magazine for El Paso Co.