Colorado Springs Living Well - Summer 2017 Issue

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Manitou Springs mineral waters. A health destination for more than 150 years.

State of the art treatment for pain management and athletic recovery in just 3 minutes.

BUILDING TRENDS Multigenerational custom homes are on the rise and keeping one local builder busy with projects from the Springs to Denver.

PROBIOTICS HELP OR HYPE Dr Kavanaugh examines the evidence and benefits.

TECHNOLOGY brings Colorado Springs hospitals and EMS together to improve care for stroke and heart attack victims.


This vivacious, multi-talented actress and musical performer transitions effortlessly between stage, screen and the concert world. Page 20

Chef Franco Pisani of Paravicini’s Italian Bistro opens new rooftop restaurant Sopra Antipasto & Wine Bar.


“When something important happens in my clients’ lives, I want to be the first one they call.” -Tim Mason

We proudly welcome Tim Mason, who joins Bob Book and his team at Strategic Financial Partners.

Tim Mason CFP, ChFC, CLU Specializing in high net worth Estate Planning ®

Bob Book

AIF Specializing in optimizing retirement plans for private, public and nonprofit organizations. ®

Bob and Tim proudly serve the various financial needs of their respective communities. Bob has spent over 15 years implementing fee-based 401(k) and 403(b) consultative solution plans for private, public and nonprofit organizations; while Tim has over 20 years of experience designing strategies focused on multi-generational wealth transfer. Combining forces, Bob, Tim, and their respective teams work alongside clients in developing financial plans, managing investment portfolios, creating & implementing estate plans & business succession strategies, 401(k) plan consulting & retirement planning, along with endowment & foundation services. Their unique approach when engaging clients is predominately outcome based, and managed to the financial plan. Individually, and together, Bob and Tim bring world class deliverables and service to their respective client base.

Strategic Financial Partners Colorado Springs Office

1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 501 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 719.388.0237

Denver Office

5619 DTC Parkway, Suite 425 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 720.305.9480

John W. Ferguson, Jr. CLU, CFS, LUTCF,®AIF®

President & CEO

On behalf of Strategic Financial Partners, I am pleased to announce the partnership of Bob Book, AIF® and Tim Mason, CFP®, ChFC, CLU who individually, and with their teams, have served their clientele exceptionally well. Now, by combining their respective practice resources they will synergistically serve their present and future clientele with complimentary expertise. Congratulations Bob and Tim!

Securities and investment advisory services offered through Securian Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Strategic Financial Partners is independently owned and operated. Bob Book and Tim Mason are Registered Representatives and Investment Advisor Representatives of Securian Financial Services, Inc. Tracking # 1707577 DOFU 02102017

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PEREGRINE - LA BELLEZZA 1910 La Bellezza Grove ~ $725,000 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, main level master and office, open floor plan, private courtyard.

KISSING CAMELS 3740 Cumulus View ~ $795,000 5 bedrooms (3 on the main level), study, 5 baths, elevator, 3-car garage, terrific views.

KISSING CAMELS 1710 Coyote Point Drive ~ $895,000 5 bedrooms, main level office, 3-car+ golf cart garage, great outdoor spaces and views.


KISSING CAMELS - SIGNATURE POINT 3440 Signature Golf Point ~ $895,000 4 bedrooms, (2 bedrooms+office on main), 3-car tandem garage, on golf course, views.

KISSING CAMELS 3910 Star Rise Point ~ $1,025,000 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2+golf cart garage, 2 main level bedrooms, Pikes Peak views.

KISSING CAMELS 3836 Camelrock View ~ $1,045,000 6 bedrooms (3 on the main level), library, 6 baths, 3-car garage, enclosed courtyard.

OLD BROADMOOR 25 Maple Avenue ~ $1,075,000 5 bedrooms (includes main level guest suite), office, fenced backyard and mountain views.


UNIVERSITY PARK 5039 Stonehill Road ~ $1,275,000 4 bedroom suites, study, 5 baths, 3-car garage, unique multi-sport gym, pool, great views.

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KISSING CAMELS 3775 Hill Circle ~ $1,395,000 Totally updated, on golf course, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3-car oversized garage, amazing views.

KISSING CAMELS 3515 Hill Circle ~ $1,425,000 On the 7th Fairway, 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3-car garage, great outdoor spaces, stunning views.

KISSING CAMELS 3670 Hill Circle ~ $1,925,000 4 bedrooms, study, 6 baths, 3-car garage + room for 2 golf carts, one-of-a-kind panoramic views.

S O L D KISSING CAMELS 3650 Camels View Represented the Seller

A Leader in Residential Home Sales Kevin Patterson, Owner, CRS,GRI The Patterson Group 800.900.1775 / 719.575.1200




COVER STORY Kristen Chenoweth Country is at her Core. Cover Photography: Gian Andrea Di Stefano

AUGUST 2 - 20th

Mark your calendars 63rd annual Parade of Homes


ORGANIZED HOARDER What once was old can be new again


HOSPITAL EXPANSION St. Francis Medical Center begins expansion project


GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB Discover a new paradigm for wellness


INVESTMENT SCREENING Portfolios filtered to your unique beliefs and preferences


CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME Numb hands are not normal


THREE GENERATIONS Volunteer together with Global Dental Relief


ALZHEIMER’S WARNING SIGNS Is this normal or should I be worried

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5 MYTHS Dispelling weight loss myths


ASK THE DOCTOR Doctor, my eyes water all the time


REMINISCING It’s good for your brain and heart


A FOODIE’S DELIGHT The Palisades MBKuisine Program


CUTTING EDGE Technology without the knife


WHAT TO LOOK FOR When choosing Assisted Living or Memory Support


SEXUAL TROUBLES Now there’s a non surgical option


HEART AGE Do you know yours


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Chef Franco Expands Skyward


Whole Body Cryotherapy


Probiotics Help or Hype


Building Trends


Technology Together


Happy Bike Rides Together


Drinking to Your Health


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a busy summer ahead

any of you will relate to what I’m about to say. Whether you still have eggs in your nest, or you’re as free as a bird, school just let out, it’s summertime and you’re thinking to yourself how in the world are we going to squeeze our “bucket list” of fun things into what seems like just 3 short months. The tourists arrive shortly after the Thunderbirds roar overhead signalling that long days, cool drinks and fairytale weather beckons us to let our hair down and start exploring. It was August of 2006 that my wife and I rolled into town with two young children and two Penske moving trucks. Since that time, we’ve learned to pen our summer activities in advance knowing how quickly time flies when you’re having fun. As an avid cyclist, my summer starts by competing in the Road Bike Time Trial at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail. If you’ve not attended this event, you’re missing out. The variety of sports means there’s something for everyone in the family and this year the live concerts move to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Summer for my wife, who’s a 5th grade Math & Science Teacher, is all about relaxing. In fact, we’re excited to try out the Garden of the Gods Club this June for some much needed R&R. They were kind enough to reach out and invite us for a stay. After talking further, they decided to offer our readers a fantastic special. Make sure to check out their editorial feature on page 26 for more details. August 10th our town “gears up” literally for the Colorado Classic. Is this the race that will save professional cycling in Colorado? Time will tell, but how exciting to have another year of pro men’s and women’s racing in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver. No matter your summer schedule, whether packed or relaxed, our staff at Colorado Springs Living Well Magazine wish you a happy and safe summer full of memories. Thank you for your loyal readership.


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Whole body Cryotherapy New Cryotherapy location in the heart of Pine Creek & Briargate brings state-of-the-art, whole body recovery solutions for pain management and athletic recovery.

Q: What prompted you to open Colorado Springs Cryotherapy? My wife, Rebekah and I have always been very active and enjoy the Colorado Lifestyle. Unfortunately, because of this, we have both experienced many overuse injuries along the way. We met at a wealth management firm where I was a Managing Principle for the last 16 years. Last year I had the opportunity to take an early retirement and began looking for a business to get involved with. One day, as we were flipping through the channels, we came across an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Although I have no 10

interest in reality shows, I was intrigued by what I saw. The ladies were using a cryochamber. At the time, I was suffering from a knee injury and a pulled rib. I began wondering if this type of thing would help. I did my research, called the manufacturer’s representative and eventually decided to try treatment. I have always been skeptical of treatment modalities that rely on anecdotal evidence, but to be fair, it would be difficult if not impossible to do a doubleblind study that involved freezing the body. After my very first visit, the rib pain was gone and my knee felt much better. During my research, I discovered that

“During my research, I discovered that most people experience much better sleep.”

most people experience much better sleep. My 19-year-old son had been an insomniac since his early teens. I took him to try it, and he noticed marked improvement. At this point, I was hooked. The rest, as they say, is history. Q: What is Cryotheraphy and how does it work? Though the basic healing properties behind cold cure are the same as they have been for centuries, cryotherapy as it’s known today has evolved significantly. Today, instead of soaking our bodies in a tub filled with ice water for twenty to thirty minutes, which can be quite uncomfortable, we can get the same therapeutic

USES FOR CRYOTHERAPY PAIN Rheumatoid/Osteo Arthritis Fibromyalgia Neck & Back Pain Headaches Improved Sleep

RECOVERY Shorten Recovery Time Enhance Performance Decrease Muscle Soreness Promotes Less Fatigue

benefits and more from a three-minute session in a cryochamber. At Colorado Springs Cryotherapy, we have the most sophisticated cryochamber in the state, which was designed with client comfort among its utmost priorities. Most cryochambers have one setting: extremely cold. We allow our clients to choose from 8 different experiences. They can opt for the traditional cold only session, or they can alternate between heat and cold. If they want to focus on a particular part of the body, we can increase the intensity for that area alone. Q: Is Cryotheraphy just for pain management or are there other benefits? The main documented benefit from Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is an increase in endorphin levels. Many European Studies have shown that it is beneficial for relieving the symptoms from depression and anxiety. Most users notice an immediate increase in energy levels and mood even after their first session.

Additional Cryotherapy treatment benefits: Another category of research was focused on connective tissue growth which helps chronic pain and arthritic states. The first “modern “ cryochambers were developed in Japan in the 1970s to help those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps with things such as tendonitis and other overuse injuries. Athletes, weekend warriors and gym buffs can all benefit from cryotherapy. It speeds the rate of recovery from training and can improve performance during competition. Many people also use cryotherapy to enhance the health and appearance of their skin. It has been shown to improve tone and smoothness as well as increase elasticity and reduces the appearance of cellulite. This is due to the stimulation of collagen growth from extreme cold. And because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be effective for those suffering from dermatitis and psoriasis. Our immune systems can also experience a boost from cryotherapy sessions. This can cause a decrease in stress levels and improve sleep disorders. Q: Is Cryotheraphy safe? Our state-of-the-art unit runs through its cycle, then stops so clients cannot be over exposed to the cold. The air in the chamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen, which makes up over 70% of the air we breathe. Unless a person suffers from cold induced asthma or another condition exacerbated by cold, they are completely safe.

ABOVE: The air in the chamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen, which makes up over 70% of the air we breathe. BELOW: Today, instead of soaking our bodies in a tub filled with ice water for twenty to thirty minutes, we can get the same therapeutic benefits and more from a three-minute session in a cryochamber.

For more information on Colorado Springs Cryotheraphy call 719-888-0444 or visit them online at



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Multigenerational Homebuilding More than ever buyers are requesting home designs accommodating grandparents, parents and grandchildren all living under one roof.


ometimes things just go together – like baseball and hotdogs, or chocolate and peanut butter! And when the combination of things is just right, well, it’s easy to see that we’ve got a real hit on our hands. Presently this is what is occurring in homebuilding. More than ever buyers are requesting home designs accommodating grandparents, parents and grandchildren all living under one roof.


Mostly this is being driven by a basic combination of needs – grandparents have the equity to build a sizable home and, in return, by allocating the bulk of the space for their children and grandchildren, the grandparents have a loving community just right for affording them the comfort and security of aging in place. As for mom and dad, they receive the benefit of upgrading their lifestyle to a new custom built home while providing their children with the blessings of growing up surrounded by the grandparents. It’s a winning combination for all!

Copperleaf Homes Model: 2172 Red Edge Hts, Colorado Springs 719-598-8900 /

PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SPACES At the core of multi-generational living is the home design. Dividing up the square footage into both public and private spaces will require the bulk of thought during the early plan development stages. Often this is accomplished by placing the grandparents on one end of the home while putting mom, dad and children at the other. Both are united by designing large gathering spaces such as living room, kitchen and dining area in-between. By clearly delineating both public and private spaces, everyone is assured a heightened level of communal living when desired while also maintaining their own islands of sanity to which they may retreat when it’s time for privacy and rest.

EMPHASIZING OUTDOOR SPACES Also central for multigenerational homebuilding is a heightened focus on outdoor living. By adding courtyards, patios and covered decks, exterior spaces can create sizable alternatives for play and leisure. Outdoor kitchens are also great ways to create optional gathering spaces when the weather permits. Add in a fire pit or fireplace and immediately your outdoor options are significantly increased throughout the seasons.

DESIGNING AND BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE Another benefit to building a new home for a multigenerational setting is all of the ways you can plan for the future. By building in-home elevators, wide hallways and doors along with zero-entry showers and bathrooms fully wheel chair accessible, the future navigation throughout the house is guaranteed for everyone. Additionally, features such as kitchenettes, zoned heating and cooling, and added insulation for quiet spaces will maximize your level of privacy and self-sufficiency.


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At a certain point in our lives, we realize the generous amount of items we have collected. Some is clutter, many are important keepsakes, and then there are all the things we could not live without!



owever, now you are overwhelmed with what to do with this mountain of precious stuff. Some of us have a gift and a talent for how best to display our collections; and others just line it up, with the look of a somewhat organized estate sale. Our accessories are actually what makes our home stand out-they tell our story…It’s a life collected. Like friends, they come in all shapes and sizes, and not one size fits all.

I have always been a major maximalist! I truly love belongings, the stories they tell, and the memory of where I found them. I’ve always collected art and beautiful objects that have enriched my life and my home, as well as being enjoyed by those that see them. Once I read that a collection is the healthiest single thing one could do for oneself-and I took that to heart! I have been in retail my entire working career and have owned my own company for 30 years. I’ve been able to hone my skills as a display artist, which allows me to present and contain my obsession. I was honored to curate a lifetime personal collection of a prominent family, which led to the complete reorganization of the amazing pieces they had in their home. After a couple of days, art and antiques were rearranged as a “new” home interior emerged-offering another view and angle of each and every piece that meant so much to the members of this family. It was an incredible big “reveal”, and was, as if, the family were seeing it all for the very first time!

WHAT ONCE WAS OLD CAN BE MADE NEW AGAIN With that all said, maybe it’s time to step back and enjoy what you already have from a brand new perspective. Maybe the reason your art and your collected objects have never moved from the same old spot is that you’re unable to visualize their potential. This may be the perfect time to hire a professional! Bring out items left in storage or in a closet! Celebrate your history and enjoy your stuff! Just arrange it, light it and show it off! Summer 2017


ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER begins expansion project to care for future generations.



ince its grand opening on Aug. 8, 2008, St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) has exceeded expectations and risen to meet the health care challenges of the ever-growing Colorado Springs community. Always committed to evolve with the health care demands of the region’s future generations, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has begun a long-awaited expansion project to SFMC. 16

“A strong motivator in the design of the NICU expansion was keeping families together as much as possible.”

The SFMC expansion – expected to be an investment of about $100 million and to be completed in early 2019 – includes the construction of 168,000 square feet of additional hospital space as a four-level addition on the west side of the campus. The project will mainly focus on expanding the Emergency Department, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Surgical Unit.

years and we couldn’t be more excited and ready to grow and continue to meet the challenges of our equally growing community,” said Mark Hartman, chief administrative officer at SFMC. “The Emergency Department needed more beds as patient volumes have doubled since 2009 to 53,000 visits per year, making it the second-busiest ED in the 17-hospital Centura Health system.”

“This expansion project at St. Francis Medical Center has been sought after and necessary for about four

Patient volumes in every department of SFMC have steadily increased in the past decade, as the

population across Colorado Springs and much of southern Colorado has surged. To alleviate overcrowding in the ED, part of the Imaging Department was converted to a fast-track area for patients with less severe conditions. The expansion will more than double the number of beds in the ED from 23 to 48 and will make space for an eight-bed pediatric emergency room. The planning of the ED, explained Clinical Manager Diane Villavicencio, included clinical staff from the beginning to find the best possible design model. “Our primary goal was to find the right model for our ED that would best serve the community, as well as the clinical staff,” said Villavicencio. “We toured several EDs, both in Colorado and across the country, took elements from each and created a patient flow model that fits the needs of our patients, associates and EMS partners. We got input from EMS, radiology, respiratory, trauma and even security.” The Level III NICU at SFMC has outgrown its original location, initially planned with 25 neonatal bays and one neonatologist physician when it opened in 2008. After nearly a decade, the NICU has become the leading facility to care for premature babies and babies with severe medical problems in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and across the eastern plains and southern Colorado as a regional referral center. The expansion will increase the number of beds from 25 to 46 and will include unfinished space that could accommodate more NICU beds if needed.

STATS $100M investment 168,000 sq. ft. Surgery volume has doubled since 2009 53,000 ED visits per year ED beds growing 23 to 48 NICU beds growing 25 to 46 SFMC will add 50-75 employees

A strong motivator in the design of the NICU expansion, said Candace Garko, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services for SFMC, was keeping families together as much as possible. The NICU expansion will feature all private rooms with sleeping accommodations for family members, a family pre-discharge room to support parents before they leave the hospital and a NICU family lounge where patients’ relatives can interact and support other families in similar circumstances. “To me that’s huge, being able to provide neonatal care from the moment the mother arrives at our hospital, to well after they’ve been discharged. We are ready to provide care to all our patients until they no longer need it,” Garko said. Surgery volumes have more than doubled at SFMC since 2009, thanks in great part to the substantial increase in orthopedic procedures. SFMC has the largest benign gynecologic robotic surgery program in Colorado and the expansion will create two more operating rooms with shelled space for up to seven more. Once complete, Penrose-St. Francis will add 50-75 more employees to operate the SFMC expansion. “Penrose-St. Francis has a rich, 130-year-history of caring for and evolving with Colorado Springs and all our surrounding communities and this expansion has been created with that in mind,” Hartman said. “We will continue to provide the world-class health care that we are recognized and known for, while readying ourselves to meet the challenges of our thriving and growing region.” Summer 2017


MYTHS about weight loss

What intrigued me was the idea that people can take care of their bodies without drugs and surgery. by: DR. DEBORAH RIEKEMAN


t’s not always easy for an 18 year old starting college to decide what to major in. Initially I went to school to be a journalist until I heard about the philosophy behind chiropractic. The idea just made so much sense to me, even though I’d never personally visited a chiropractor. What intrigued me was the idea that people can take care of their bodies without drugs and surgery. Now three decades later, I’m immersed in my love of helping others, working not only as a chiropractor but also as a nutritionist. I’ve seen and been a part of improvements in others’ lives and for that, I am lucky. In my 37 years of practice, a common question and theme is weight loss. Please allow me to dispel a few myths.

Myth #1 Weight loss must be slow to be effective Research now shows that fast weight loss is more effective. A study in Australia proved 81% of fast dieters lost 12.5% of body fat compared to 50% of gradual dieters.

Myth #2 Getting older causes belly fat Belly fat is largely related to eating excessive amounts of processed carbohydrates. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine, November 2008, showed belly fat is linked to premature death. Men with excess of 40” waists and women in excess of 35” waists average roughly 18

double the risk of premature death that those with 34”-28” waists. Each 2” increase in waist circumferences is associated with 17% increase in mortality in men and 13% increase in women.

REINVENT YOURSELF Nutrition Counseling

Myth #3 Exercise is necessary in order to lose weight Exercise has lots of health benefits; cardiovascular and lung health, muscle tone and stress relief, but it isn’t critical to weight loss.

Chiropractic Care Allergy Testing Bloodwork Analysis Zerona inch loss laser Doctor assisted accelerated weight loss

Myth #4 Low calorie versus low carbohydrate Technically, low carbohydrate diets are more effective, however, nutritional and protein balance is necessary for significant weight loss and a regime combining both concepts works fastest.

Myth #5 Fat lasers don’t work Research published in the Journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, January 2010, proves otherwise. In a blind, placebo controlled randomized, multi-site study patients lost 3.5 to 9 inches compared to the placebo group that lost one half inch. In my office, we use the ZERONA laser, which is the first FDA approved noninvasive body contouring laser for inch loss and safety.

Dr. Deborah Riekeman, D.C.

(719) 632-6988 37 years practicing in Colorado Springs

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REMINISCING It’s Good for Your Brain and Heart!

by: JOHN MCILVENNAN Resident Program Manager - Brookdale Skyline


t’s been said that “In the future, everyone will be worldfamous for 15 minutes.” The phrase has to do with both the ephemerality of fame in the information age, and more recently, the democratization of media outlets brought about by the internet. In this context, the quote by the artist Andy Warhol takes on an up-to-date meaning that “because there are so many channels by which an individual might attain fame, albeit not enduring fame, virtually anyone can become famous for a brief period of time.” But what about in the “good old days” when there was no internet? Could just regular, ordinary men and women achieve just a fleeting brush with fame, or with the famous? Our Resident Program’s associates here at Brookdale Skyline put that question to a few of our residents in an ongoing reminiscing group entitled “Our Life Stories.” The brain cells began to fire once again, and there was a twinkle in everyone’s eyes as the seniors began to reminisce. Ronnie talked about life on a ranch in Oklahoma during the dust bowl days. She was just a wee little girl, but they sure had a friendly neighbor next door. Whenever this gentleman stopped by to see her father, he would always bring her some little thing or other. On one visit, he told her he had a special gift for her in his pocket, but she would have to close her eyes in order to take possession. Well, of course she did as told, and the next thing she knew, he had placed a squirming frog in her cupped palms. That was the best gift she had ever received from their neighbor, Will Rogers. Marie was perplexed by how a Chicago girl like herself ever wound-up in sunny southern California as a gal-Friday at a car dealership in Beverley Hills in the 1950s’. One day a well-dressed, be speckled gentlemen came on the grounds and ordered a Cadillac for his wife. The problem was that he wanted it in his wife’s name—but it was to be a surprise when she would come in with him in a couple weeks to pick-it up and drive it away. Would Marie be so kind as to just sign his wife’s name? Marie didn’t mind, as long as her boss was OK with the

whole scheme. So after a couple times practicing, she did the deed. She wrote “Marilyn Monroe” on the dotted line. And sure enough, Marilyn and her husband returned in a couple weeks to claim the car, in Marilyn’s name, thanks to Marie. Dorothy’s dad had a gas station in Kansas along the Missouri border. Early in the morning a polite young man drove in to town and pulled-up to the bay door. He needed to fill-up and get the radiator fixed, but he was plum-out of cash and he just had to get on his way. The fellow did have a gold wedding ring and asked, “Would that cover the repairs and the tank of gas?” “It might,” her dad replied, “At any rate, we’ll save it till you return with the cash.” Soon it came off the traveler’s hand and into her dad’s cash register. The car was repaired, but the fellow never did return to claim his possession. He probably had other things on his mind as he headed out west to make his fame and fortune. And he did, for he was a young Walt Disney. “We still have that ring in the family. It’s in my jewelry box somewhere,” Dorothy laughed with a nostalgic sigh. “Daddy gave it to me for safe keeping, very long ago.”

That was the best gift she had ever received from their neighbor, Will Rogers So next time you think you will never be famous, even for 15 minutes in this information age, you’re probably wrong. Just reach way back in your memory and reminisce and… remember. Your brain and mind will thank you—and maybe also your heart.

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Not quite five feet tall, with a lovely heart shaped face and lustrous blonde hair, Chenoweth has been a giant presence in the entertainment world for more than twenty years. 20

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hat does a Broadway star; award-winning television and film actress, in-demand voice-over performer and renowned concert entertainer have in common? The answer is simple. All these talents are found in one woman; Kristin Chenoweth. From garnering the prestigious Tony and Emmy Award, to being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and getting her own star in 2015 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this vivacious, multi-talented actress and musical performer, transitions effortlessly between stage, screen and the concert world. Not quite five feet tall, with a lovely heart shaped face and lustrous blonde hair, Chenoweth has been a giant presence in the entertainment world for more than twenty years, receiving the coveted Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, for her work in the television series Pushing Daisies, being honored with the Tony for her Broadway stage portrayal of Sally Brown, in the revival of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, to her recent well-reviewed turn in NBC’s Hairspray Live! Frequently living out of suitcases and eating in hotel restaurants, as well as constantly being tempted by the buffet style food always available on television and film sets, this compact package has to work at keeping her body fit as well as her voice in shape. “I think walking is underrated,” Chenoweth smiles. “I live in New York, and that’s how we do it here. I also try to keep the sweets to a minimum… that’s very hard. And I’m really trying to increase my water intake. Also, I’m a big fan of sleep. Our bodies heal when we sleep; although I’m not always great at this, it’s a constant challenge that I try to master. “When I’m touring I workout in the hotel gyms, and weather permitting, I love to walk around the town I am in. It’s fun get to know the area a bit as well as meet new people. Exercising and meeting new people at the same time = awesome!” Chenoweth goes on to say that staying healthy is the only way she can be on the road and achieve success both as a musical technician and an artist.

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Manitou Springs mineral waters. A health destination for more than 150 years.

State of the art treatment for pain management and athletic recovery in just 3 minutes.

BUILDING TRENDS Multigenerational custom homes are on the rise and keeping one local builder busy with projects from the Springs to Denver.

PROBIOTICS HELP OR HYPE Dr Kavanaugh examines the evidence and benefits.

TECHNOLOGY brings Colorado Springs hospitals and EMS together to improve care for stroke and heart attack victims.


This vivacious, multi-talented actress and musical performer transitions effortlessly between stage, screen and the concert world. Page 20

Chef Franco Pisani of Paravicini’s Italian Bistro opens new rooftop restaurant Sopra Antipasto & Wine Bar.





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Although she now calls New York home, Chenoweth was born and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and cherishes the years she lived there. Her upbringing has played a huge part in her music and acting and is more a part of who she is than the fifteen plus years she’s lived in big cities, on both coasts. Country is still at her core. “There is a theatrical feeling in country music,” she says. “I believe it could be one of the main connections as to why I love opera and musical theatre. Everyone thinks these worlds are so different. But in my mind, if a song tells a story, it doesn’t matter what world it’s supposed to fit into.” This down home philosophy and remarkable voice have served her well; making her Broadway debut in the l997 musical Steel Pier, two years later she was cast as Sally Brown in the huge hit of the revival of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Getting glowing reviews and winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, this was the role that made her a Broadway star. By 2000, television started taking notice, and NBC developed a semiautobiographic comedy series for her; called, what else Kristin. Lasting just half a season, Chenoweth went back to Broadway and her starring role in Wicked, the story of the early years of the Witches of OZ. Blending both her love of music with acting, she starred as Marion, the local librarian opposite Matthew Broderick in the television adaptation of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. Two years later she joined the cast of The West Wing as Annabeth Schott for two seasons.

One would think that there wouldn’t be room on Chenoweth’s dance card for another project, but Nicole Kidman who was in the middle of filming the movie remake of Bewitched, saw Wicked, and was so impressed with her performance, that she asked the movie’s director, Nora Ephron, to cast her as her character’s neighbor. “I had most of my scenes with Nicole and she was delightful,” says Chenoweth. “She’s kind of a regular girl from Australia with this amazing movie career.” Thus a film career was born with roles in RV, opposite Robin Williams, the remake of The Pink Panther, with Steve Martin, Four Christmases opposite Reese Witherspoon, and You Again with Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell. In last year’s NBC’s Hairspray Live!, she starred as Velma Von Tussell creating a whole new take on the hilarious soundtrack song “Miss Baltimore Crabs.” “The role of Velma wasn’t easy to play as she wasn’t a very likeable character,” Chenoweth explains, “But I wanted to honor Linda Hart who played her on Broadway as well as Michelle Pfeiffer who starred as Velma in the big screen version.” Chenoweth will also be seen this fall in My Little Pony: The Movie, and is currently in Toronto filming Perfect Citizen. “Think Edward Snowdon + law firm + Boston + excellent writing. “I just love to perform,” Chenoweth explains about her diverse career, where she is constantly exploring different mediums and characters. “It kind of goes back to what Dolly Parton does; she’s an entertainer with an amazing voice as well as a smart business woman. Sometimes I just sit down and watch Nine to Five because it makes me so happy.


“When I went in to audition for RV, the director said ‘I hope you can act as you’re so perfect for this part.’ It worked because I’ve done the RV thing; these are my people. I’ve also starred as a abused woman who turns to prostitution in the independent film, Into Temptation, as I have a dramatic side, being on The West Wing for two years.” Continuing to perform in front of sold out concert venues in the thousands, and to television and movie audiences in the millions, Chenoweth still remembers that young girl who performed gospel at many of Oklahoma City area churches, laughing that a highlight of that time, “was when I belted out the song by Norwegian contemporary Christian singer Evie Tornquist, called “Four Feet Eleven.” The chorus begins, ‘I’m only four feet eleven, but I’m going to Heaven, and it makes me feel ten feet tall.’ Obviously I related to that song for many reasons.” PS: “ I would like to say hi to my family in Colorado. My brother and his family live in Golden; and my cousins live in Steamboat Springs. Whenever I’m there, I somehow feel that God might have come down with his big finger and touched the state with it.” Summer 2017



“The summer season is upon us, and with that, those of us in relationships try to think of new ways to spend time together.”


1 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nic Ponsor is the Owner of Colorado Springs’ Largest Independently Owned Bike Shop. For more info

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s the owner of a bike shop I always suggest going for a bike ride together, which can be a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy time together, but all too often couples have dramatically different levels of fitness or experience when it comes to cycling. This tends to lead to problems and frustrations when attempting to ride together, as the more seasoned cyclist tends to want to go farther and faster than the novice. As a long time racer, I know how this can be, and I have some solutions to allow couples to ride together even if they have drastically different ability levels. First, try getting the less experienced rider on an E-bike (meaning a bike with an electric assist motor). The electric assist provided will allow the novice to ride much faster and farther than they ever would be able to on their own. This way the more experienced cyclist can still get a solid workout and both people



can still stay together and enjoy the shared time. In the last few years E-bike popularity has grown exponentially, so now there are many options available and most bike shops now stock at least a few options. If that isn’t an option, try having the more experienced cyclist do a hard workout before riding together. Whether it is a hard ride, run, strength training workout or other exercise, by pushing themselves before going riding together, it turns the ride together into a recovery spin instead of the main workout. This way the desire to push hard and ride tough terrain is no longer the goal, and they will gladly tone down the speed and take the time to talk and enjoy the scenery. A third option is taking a day trip to one of the many beautiful mountain towns here in Colorado and renting very basic path bikes rather than bringing your own bikes. Riding in street clothes on a

“ALL TOO OFTEN COUPLES HAVE DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF FITNESS OR EXPERIENCE WHEN IT COMES TO CYCLING.” Nic Ponsor, Owner of Criterium Bicycles offers some helpful advice to remedy this problem and frustrations when trying to bike together.

Rent: Riding in street clothes on a basic bike that isn’t set up for you prevents any serious rider from pushing too hard or going too far.

basic bike that isn’t set up for you prevents any serious rider from pushing too hard or going too far. Plus, with the outstanding scenery surrounding many of our mountain towns, it is very easy to focus on the beauty around you as you are riding rather than focusing on how far or how fast you are going. With so many amazing places to explore in Colorado, a bike ride

together can be an awesome way for couples to enjoy time together and at the same time get some fresh air, exercise, and stress relief. Just remember that the goal of time together is time together enjoying each other’s company and enjoying an experience together, not setting a new PR or challenging yourself. Save the personal challenges for when you are riding on your own.


Pick easy terrain for a beginner Be encouraging and supportive Take breaks often Enjoy conversation

DONT’s Bring a cycling computer Heartrate Monitor E-Bike: The electric assist provided will allow the novice to ride much faster and farther than they ever would be able to on their own.

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to reach optimal health and approach their lives at the fullest potential. At the International Health & Wellness Center (IHWC), the possibilities of achieving optimal health are as limitless as the surrounding landscape. Nestled within the breathtaking setting of the renowned Resort at the Garden of the Gods Collection you’ll find an integrative approach to elevating your overall wellbeing. Life is always a series of transitions, large and small. At the IHWC, the personalized approach to these transitions will lead you on the path to growth and transformation. The Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Collection is devoted to enhancing overall

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a brand new 30,000 sq. ft. building, the IHWC is comprised of a 10,000 sq. ft. medical center, the 10,000 sq. ft. Spa, and an 11,000 sq. ft. event center for fitness and cooking demonstrations, didactic lectures and more. The fact that Colorado Springs origin identifies the city as a health destination is noted by Garden of the Gods Collection Managing Director, Laura Neumann. “Our unique destination drew our owners to purchase the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort and the surrounding acreage. It was not lost on us that General Palmer’s vision was rooted in our city’s appeal as a wellness destination 100 years ago. Then and now, our climate

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and setting make us a popular tourist destination and health resort. With our dry climate and 300 days of sunshine combined with the sacred setting of Garden of the Gods, we feel we are the ideal destination for wellness as we once were in the 19th and 20th centuries. Candidly, we believe we are humble stewards of the land and historical purpose of our forefathers. We envision our collaborative approach of trusted Western medical models seamlessly entwining best practices of holistic, naturopathic alternatives ultimately aligning so well that the historical vision of our destination’s founders will become forever engrained in our destination’s identity.”

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CUTTING EDGE Technology Without the Knife


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he epidemic of skin cancers in the US is only getting worse. There are four million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC), called basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, diagnosed in the United States each year! And for years, Dermatologists have focused on the treatment of skin cancer with surgical procedures followed by reconstructive plastic surgery. While surgical procedures will remain the first choice for treating these NMSC, there is a new, non-surgical approach to treating these cancers that enjoys a 95% cure rate. Patients now finally have a choice that does not involve surgery to treat their NMSC.

new, non-surgical treatments for these cancers are seeing a 95% cure rate This new non-surgical skin cancer treatment with the SRT-100™ delivers a precise, calibrated dose of Superficial 28

Radiotherapy that only goes skin deep. This low-dose of radiation safely destroys NMSC with minimal damage to the healthy surrounding tissue. There is no requirement for anesthesia, no cutting or stitching, less risk for infection, and no need for reconstructive plastic surgery to repair surgical scars. Patients typically have less downtime or lifestyle restrictions during and after treatment, than they would experience with surgical treatments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the SRT100™ as a safe and effective treatment for NMSC. The procedure takes just a few minutes in a physician’s office and offers exceptional cure rates. It is ideal for patients with health risks that prevent them from undergoing surgical treatment, or patients who wish to avoid the pain and scarring associated with surgery. Colorado Dermatology Institute has been a leader in the delivery of Dermatologic care in Colorado Springs for 7 years. It is the only Dermatology clinic in Southern Colorado to be honored with an affiliation with the

ABOVE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the SRT100™ as a safe and effective treatment for Non-melanoma skin cancers.

University of Colorado to facilitate the care of complex patients within a University setting. It is the only Dermatology clinic in America to have achieved the highest level of quality care accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It houses the 2nd Dermatology Residency program in Colorado dedicated to producing exceptional Dermatologists for our community. And, now it is the only Dermatology clinic in Southern Colorado to offer this non-surgical treatment option for select NMSC.

TAKE ACTION: For more information on NMSC treatment options or to schedule an appointment please call 719-531-5400.

HAVING TROUBLES SEXUALLY Now there’s help. Learn more about ThermiVa, a non invasive, non surgical treatment option. by: JOHN R. BURROUGHS, MD, PC


r. John Burroughs, Medical Director of Springs Aesthetics, provides outstanding results for non-invasive to minimally invasive procedures in a fun, professional, and compassionate atmosphere. “We have everything that can help correct and protect from aging changes including medical grade cosmeceuticals, wrinkle blockers, facial fillers, chemical peels, photofacials, skin tightening, skin resurfacing, cellulite / fat removal, and we are now proud to offer non-invasive feminine rejuvenation with ThermiVa,” says Dr. Burroughs. HOW DOES IT WORK? ThermiVa uses gentle heat treatments to help women look and feel better by remodeling collagen and tightening the tissues around and inside the vagina. The treatments, provided by Mychelle, our Aesthetics RN, take only 30 minutes and are essentially painless. No anesthesia or sedation is required, and there is no downtime. WHEN CAN I EXPECT RESULTS? Benefits occur after just one treatment reaching maximum improvement after only three treatments. Aesthetic improvements are gained and are visible externally. Functional improvements

that are benefits of ThermiVa treatments include vaginal tightening, decreased dryness, dysorgasmia, and relief with stress urinary incontinence. HOW MANY WOMEN EXPERIENCE THIS PROBLEM? The American Association Benefits occur after of Family Physicians notes just one treatment that vaginal atrophy reaching maximum is a chronic condition improvement after only three treatments. estimated to effect up to 40% of postmenopausal women. Vaginal dryness can cause sex to be painful, Although these treatments may sound too even with the use of magical to be true, Springs Aesthetics lubricants. “My ThermiVa patients report is seeing a tremendous response and significant improvement in their vaginal satisfaction rate over 90%. It is rare that a lubrication, which lessens pain during non-surgical treatment can have so many intercourse. In addition, many patients benefits not only physically, but emotionally that struggle with dysorgasmia have and in this case towards sexual well-being. noted increased sensitivity and the Because women are living longer, fuller ability to achieve orgasm,” says Dr. lives now there is a solution where they Burroughs. “With the continued trend don’t need to put up with stress urinary of going hairless, it is an area women incontinence or lack of sexual satisfaction, are becoming more concerned about. much less painful intercourse. This aesthetic driving force as well as the desire for improved sexual It’s time you take back your feminine confidence and satisfaction is driving health from age, medical issues, or women to pursue these treatments,” childbirth. Call us for an appointment. adds Dr. Burroughs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. John Burroughs is an oculofacial plastic surgeon best known for his outstanding cosmetic surgery results. He is also the medical director for Springs Aesthetics, a full-service medical spa in Colorado Springs opened to serve the purpose of helping people feel better about themselves. For more information visit or call 719-473-8801 Summer 2017


Wait, My INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO Owns What Now, fully customizable, filtered investment portfolios are an obtainable reality.


by: ALEX LIPPERT, CFA Vice President of Wealth Management Strategic Financial Partners


f you own shares in mutual funds, ETFs, or have any exposure to an index, understanding all of the companies that you invest in and their potential link to unethical (or at the very least disagreeable undertakings) is a complete mystery to you. If you own individual stocks, you may be surprised to know that many well-known “blue-chip� companies may have some revenue streams from activities that could absolutely be considered unethical or not socially conscientious. Unfortunately, the wideworld of finance generally

does not distinguish between what is ethical or unethical when it comes to growth potential or an opportunistic risk/reward profile of an investment. Investors and their advisors largely make decisions based upon these inarguably important surface-level risk and return characteristics. However, because no thought is normally given to the investments from a screening perspective, it is almost assured that most are not only investing in, but unknowingly affirming business practices that are quite disagreeable to them.


If you would not actively support a cause or business practice, why then is your investment nest egg doing just that?++ Investment screening as an idea has been around for a good while but in the past, it has not been very effective in practice. Take the S&P 500 Index for example. The research capability and technology needed to screen its 500 companies on a consistent ongoing basis, looking on a granular level at each company to scrutinize their ever-changing multitude of revenue streams and business practices was a daunting task. This led the early pioneers of the strategy to create some screened mutual funds within only certain manageable investment categories like “large sized company U.S. stock”. One issue with this approach was that it is impossible to build a well-diversified portfolio only utilizing a few specific investment sectors or asset classes. Additionally, there was widespread skepticism

about the true filtering capability of these investment vehicles coupled with returns (compared to peers) that weren’t compelling enough to spur investment. From an activism standpoint, the first-step towards truly creating change is to not support causes you disagree with. Where you choose to invest your hard-earned accumulated wealth is no different. We have the ability to screen for and filter out of your investments a multitude of varying business practices and activities. To name some of the most prominent: non-family oriented entertainment, tobacco/ alcohol, energy (oil/ gas) and nuclear power, abortion, gambling, weapons manufacturers (if you don’t want land mines in your portfolio but really, we can actually screen specifically for landmine companies), stem cell research, and Sharia Law. Unfortunately,

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these exposures can be more present than imaginable within a traditional asset allocation portfolio. These individual screening categories can be combined to form a much more wide-reaching conceptualized underlying portfolio objective like a portfolio following a strict “Biblically Responsible Investing” mandate or environmental philosophy for instance. The only restriction to accomplish a fully screened portfolio is that the account minimum is $500,000. This minimum is not an arbitrary figure. Because the screening takes place

on a company-by-company basis (including stocks and bonds), scale is required to build a fully diversified portfolio that we are confident in. Imagine a scenario where you know, without a doubt, that your investments are completely filtered to your unique beliefs and preferences while still being an efficiently allocated portfolio to meet your financial planning objectives. Fully customizable, filtered investment portfolios are no longer a distant but beautiful mirage; now they are an obtainable reality.

The Malick & Lippert wealth advisory team at Strategic Financial Partners in Colorado Springs may be reached at 719-388-0250. Investments with social policies may underperform similar investments that do not have social policies. Neither asset allocation nor diversification guarantee against loss. They are methods used to manage risk. Investment risks may vary. One should consult the prospectus for details. Alex is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. 1765858 DOFU 04202017

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”I walk this street everyday smoking a cigar, saying hi to other merchants. I feel like the Godfather of Garlic. I could’ve put another Paravicini’s somewhere else but I have no desire to try and duplicate this.” - Chef Franco

Sunday roast bruschetta made with beef braised for 12 hours with Chianti caramelized onions and Gorgonzola cheese. Image courtesy of Paravicini’s Italian Bistro.



RESTAURANT & BAR Paravicini’s Italian Bistro has been a staple in Colorado Springs since 2003, and owns the title of “Best Italian” restaurant since 2004.


Antipasto & Wine Bar Sopra Grand Opening June 2017 4 North 28th Street Old Colorado City 32


hef proprietor, Franco Pisani says his “success is from the ground up,” and now plans to keep growing his concept skyward with a rooftop Restaurant and bar to open in June. Appropriately named Sopra, which translates to “above,” the free standing entity will offer a comfortable space for Paravicini’s patrons to wait, enjoy sharable plates, cocktails, wine and the incredible rooftop patio views. “Sopra is an antipasti, wine bar with classic, modern Italian,” says Pisani. “I wanted a before and

after dinner restaurant for someone that wants something lighter. Charcuterie, cheese plates, different appetizers I’ve seen in my travels. The concept is shared plates, a bottle of wine, and that’s a date night.” Although Pisani promises to include some Paravicini’s favorites, the Sopra menu will feature unique items they’re unable to execute downstairs. Sopra’s menu will have options like an Italian version of shrimp and grits made with polenta. A caprese stack with eggplant, beets, fresh mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. Hand formed Ricotta cheese with local honey, toasted pine nuts, fresh basil, cracked sea salt and black pepper.

This is the arancini, stuffed with mozzarella, peas and risotto in a pesto cream sauce that was featured on Food Networks ‘Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives’ with Guy Fieri.


Eggplant Rollatini 2 medium-sized eggplants Pisani speaks to his Italian roots with fervor, so we can still expect satisfying and substantial portions. “This is just like being on Mulberry Street, this is East coast Italian,” says Pisani. “I won’t go against who I am and I don’t do anything small.” The bar side of Sopra will feature a 100 bottle wine list and classic cocktails made with Colorado spirits. “You can start with a bottle of wine and carry it down here to Paravicini’s,” says Pisani. “Or get a Manhattan made with Axe & the Oak whiskey.” “We have uninterrupted views with a huge fire place,” says Pisani. “I didn’t just throw a bar in a room I had upstairs. It’s a huge undertaking. It has a 20 seat community table, 10 seat bar and additional table seating for 30 more.” Pisani believes that Old Colorado City eateries are all a part of something bigger and is careful not to infringe upon the place setting that they each hold. Instead he encourages a gradual evening of eating and drinking to really appreciate all the area has to offer. “We’re all about taking care of the guests and

creating an experience.” says Pisani. Pisani isn’t interested in recreating another Paravicini’s on top of the existing restaurant or building a franchise. He wants to solely expound upon what he has already done and offer Colorado Springs yet another version of his Italian expression. Chef Franco wants to stay true to his family’s southern Italian roots taking food from his mother’s kitchen and adding a little of his chef’s skills to step them up a notch. By Dionne Roberts Read the full article at

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 ounces ricotta cheese 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan 5 cups Tomato sauce 2 cups bread crumbs 1cup vegetable oil for frying Place eggplant in eggs then breadcrumbs and fry in hot oil till golden brown and set aside. In bowl combine parmesan and ricotta cheeses, salt and pepper mix. Place a tablespoon of the cheese mixture on 1 end of the eggplant and roll up tightly. Place the Eggplant Rollatini into a baking dish. Continue with remaining eggplant. Evenly distribute the tomato sauce on top of the Eggplant Rollatini. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 for 15 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

LEFT: Chef Franco Pisani trading his chef’s hat for a hard hat RIGHT: A selection from Sopra’s 100 bottle wine list

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robiotics are live bacteria or yeast that is targeted to both healthy individuals and those with chronic medical conditions. Many products make claims that this therapy improves overall health. Unfortunately, proof for many of these claims are lacking. For gastrointestinal disorders, there are indications that probiotics may be helpful in the treatment of a number of acute and chronic conditions.

The concept of probiotics (“for life”) was first proposed in the early 1900s. Interest in this form of therapy intensified in the mid-1990s with research into the gut microbiome.

Why should bacteria matter? The human microbiome (bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract) contains over 500 species of bacteria with a population of nearly 100 trillion bacteria (bacteria outnumber our own human cells 10:1!). These bacteria live in cooperation and competition with each other in the bowel. There is significant evidence that indicates a beneficial effect of these bacteria on gut health. These bacteria also help with the production of nutritional factors, such as B vitamins. Disruption of the host/ gut microbial interaction may lead to a number of disease states. This produced the theory that alteration

of this gut ecology could lead to improvement in these diseases. The bacteria in probiotics may work through suppressing “bad” bacteria, improving the intestinal barrier, modulating the immune system, and modulating pain perception. Where do probiotics come from? Probiotics are derived from food sources. Many of the current products are purified or modified versions of bacteria found in common foods, especially fermented products (dairy). Current products are available in live, freeze dried, and native form (most commonly yogurts). Bacteria used in probiotics need to be able

to reach the small intestine and colon in sufficient quantities to exert the desired effect.


Other treatment effects seen in smaller trials include: reducing the symptoms of lactose intolerance, managing hepatic encephalopathy (a complication of advanced liver disease), and treatment of pouchitis.

A number of systemic reviews of randomized, controlled trials (the gold standard of “proving� a medication works) suggest efficacy of probiotics as monotherapy or adjunct therapy in:

Specific bacteria shown to be of benefit in clinical trials include species of: Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Saccharomyces, Bifidobacterium, and non-toxigenic Escherichia.

- Reducing the severity and duration of acute infectious diarrhea

The length of treatment is not known. Previous study has shown that the probiotic strains disappear from the gut within 4 weeks of stopping the probiotics. This suggests that continuous use may be needed. How should I pick a probiotic? Probiotic products can vary widely in quality and labeling. Products shown in controlled human studies to be effective (see the list of bacteria and conditions above) should be recommended for use. Probiotics are considered safe in most people, with the possible exception of the critically ill. All probiotic products marketed in the United States are either dietary supplements or foods, with a single product (VSL#3) sold as a medical food. They are typically not covered by insurance.

- Preventing antibiotic-associated and C. difficile diarrhea - Reducing the risk for necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm neonates - Treatment of ulcerative colitis - Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Summary There is some benefit of probiotics in specific gastrointestinal disorders. These therapies are modest in their effect, and in most cases, are used in combination with other treatments. Probiotics used should be those that have been proven to be effective in achieving the results that they claim. Research and interest in the gut microbiome has intensified and future research will hopefully lead to better use of these natural therapies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan Kavanaugh, MD is a gastroenterologist with Associates in Gastroenterology and may be reached at 719-635-7321 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Associates in Gastroenterology, PC (from left to right) Bryan Kavanaugh, MD - Michael Baker, MD - Austin Garza, MD - Erik Van Os, MD Karin Cesario, MD - James Howden, MD - Scott Swendsen, MD - William Lunt, MD Summer 2017



Almost everyone has heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, fewer have heard of cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a pinch of a nerve at the inner elbow that goes to the little and ring fingers. This is the second most common pinched nerve that occurs in the arm.

Nerves carry feeling and control muscle movement. The nerve at the inner elbow is called the ulnar nerve. Symptoms of ulnar nerve compression can be variable. Typically there is numbness in the little finger and half of the ring finger. There can be pain at the inner elbow, or this can be pain free. Long-term pressure on the nerve leads to wasting of the muscles in the hand called atrophy, with loss of hand strength and hand functioning. Sometimes when pain is absent and numbness is not noticed, people simply notice that their hand has become weak and that the muscles in the hand have wasted. Numb hands can originate from a number of sources, and sometimes a combination of issues is present. Pinched nerves in the neck cause arm pain and numbness. Most commonly the ulnar nerve is pinched at the elbow, there is a second much rarer site in the palm called Guyon’s canal where this nerve can also be pinched. Thoracic outlet syndrome is an even rarer diagnosis that can cause numbness in the ring and little finger as well. Accurate diagnosis is important for accurate treatment.


ABOVE: A common symptom is numbness or tingling in the ring and small finger (red area).


Cubital tunnel syndrome is a pinch of a nerve at the inner elbow that goes to the little and ring fingers.

This is the second most common pinched nerve that occurs in the arm.

Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome falls into two main categories. Surgical decompression of the ulnar nerve is the definitive treatment. This is absolutely indicated with moderate to severe pressure on the nerve. Failure to pursue surgery in a timely manner can result in permanent weakness and numbness. The goal of surgery is to eliminate the pressure on the nerve. The longer the pressure on the nerve is present, the greater the risk of permanent nerve damage with permanent numbness and weakness. Physical therapy and chiropractic treatment are not effective for this condition.

For mild cases of cubital tunnel, patients can try ulnar nerve protection strategies. The ulnar nerve at the elbow has the most room around the nerve when the elbow is straight. When the elbow is bent, this draws the nerve taut and stresses the nerve. The goal of ulnar nerve protection is to keep the elbow as straight as possible both during the day as well as at night. Do not rest or sleep with your hand behind your head. Do not sleep with your arm all curled up. Do not hold the phone to your ear with this hand. Also avoid leaning on

ABOVE: Another symptom is pain at the inner elbow or wasting of the muscles in the hand.


Arm symptoms can be from a number of different causes. Do not ignore numb hands, to do so risks permanent nerve damage. the elbow. Do not rest the elbow on the armrest in the car or at your desk. Also minimize repetitive elbow bending. When lifting weights, stay in a limited range of motion. Of course all of this is much easier said than done. Elbows are designed to bend. You may also fall asleep in a good position only to wake up with your arm curled up underneath you. You can try wearing an elbow pad at night to keep the arm straight, this typically is not comfortable. At times it is better to proceed with surgery and correct the problem. Arm symptoms can be from a number of different causes. Accurate diagnosis is critical for accurate treatment. Do not ignore numb hands, to do so risks permanent nerve damage. LEARN MORE: Remember, numb hands are not normal. If you are having these symptoms call Dr Katharine Leppard’s office to schedule an appointment at 719-575-1800.

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THREE GENERATIONS VOLUNTEER with Global Dental Relief in Guatemala


olorado Springs fatherdaughter dentists Dick and Monica Dobbin, and granddaughter Sophia Bricker traveled to Guatemala with Global Dental Relief (GDR) to share their skills and big hearts to help children. For ten days in March, Dick and Monica volunteered as dentists and Sophia as a general volunteer, working to provide free dental care to children in need in schools located in the Mayan Highlands village of San Martin Jilotepeque.

Dick Dobbin, DDS, Monica Dobbin, DDS, and Sophia Bricker help provide free dental care for children in need.


The family members joined a diverse team of 18 volunteers – six dentists, two dental hygienists and ten nondental volunteers – who traveled from eight states in the US, and Denmark. Over the course of six days, the team provided 705 children with much needed dental care and oral health education, valued at $202,840. SERVING POOR CHILDREN School children attending the clinic ranged in age from 5 to 16 years old. Each child received an initial

examination, followed by a cleaning, restorations, and extractions as needed. At the end of their treatment, patients were given fluoride treatments, new toothbrushes, and oral health education to improve awareness and encourage continued tooth brushing habits. Guatemala is a lower middle income country with rapidly rising inequality. This can leave rural families with limited, if any, access to affordable dental care. As a result,

ABOUT GLOBAL DENTAL RELIEF Global Dental Relief (GDR) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 2001 to provide free dental care and oral health education to impoverished children and families in Nepal, northern India, Cambodia, Kenya and Guatemala. GDR’s commitment is to return to these same children every two years to provide continuous care.

a small area of decay in a child’s mouth goes untreated until the tooth, or many teeth, are compromised. Without care, the child suffers from chronic pain and infection throughout his or her young life. Dental decay affects a child’s ability to eat properly, sleep at night, pay attention in school and to generally thrive.

Since 2001, GDR has hosted over 2,000 volunteers, providing treatment and oral health education to 125,000 children. To learn more about Global Dental Relief or sign up to volunteer, visit www.

MEMORABLE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE For Dick, this was one of many trips he has taken with GDR in Guatemala and India. Monica volunteered in Nepal before starting dental school, while Sophia had her first experience volunteering abroad on this trip. “It’s nice to give back,” said Sophia. “I liked working with the little kids, and working with my mom and Grandpa was so special.” Over the years, Monica witnessed her father having many volunteer experiences and wanted to share this special work with him, while helping her daughter see a developing country in a different way. “I want her to be grateful for what she has and to experience what it means to help other people,” said Monica. Dick and Monica worked as dentists during the entire clinic, while Sophia assisted them chairside, performed oral hygiene education, and applied fluoride varnish. She also put her Spanish language skills to good use. Days were demanding as work was done under field conditions with portable dental units and simple field lighting. “I hoped that by volunteering with Sophia, she would gain a new appreciation for my abilities and could share in one of the best experiences of my life,” said Dick, who has also travelled with his other granddaughters. It was a wonderful time for the family members, filled with special interactions and small gestures between children and volunteers, bridging generations and cultures. As they departed San Martin, the family knew that these Guatemalan children would receive ongoing care. GDR volunteers return to treat patient populations every two years to ensure continuous care throughout their school years.

ABOUT THE FAMILY Dick Dobbin, DDS and Monica Dobbin, DDS work together at Monica Dobbin, DDS, LLC, dental office in Colorado Springs. Dick, a graduate of the University of Nebraska Dental School, has been practicing dentistry for more than 50 years. Monica, who attended dental school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, is in her 20th year of practice. Sophia attends at Cheyenne Mountain High School and is an active swimmer. Drs. Monica and Richard Dobbin and Dr. Charles Sabadell may be reached at 719-473-5122 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Summer 2017



Technology brings Colorado Springs Hospitals and EMS together to Improve Care for Stroke and Heart Attack Victims. by: ANDREA SINCLAIR

a paramedic in the field who recognizes a stroke can tap a button on his or her phone that notifies everyone on the hospital team



hen someone suffers a stroke in Colorado Springs, a team of health care experts spring into action. First responders rush to the scene and provide initial care, quickly notifying the nearest hospital. The emergency department then prepares to receive the patient and deliver immediate care as the stroke team, a specialized group of doctors and nurses, mobilize to treat and reverse the stroke as quickly as possible. That process usually happens through radio calls and reports, phone calls and pages, often causing delays in care and potentially obstructing physicians from knowing all the critical information of a patient’s condition – mistakes that can impact outcomes negatively. Centura Health and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services have partnered with UCHealth and Memorial Hospital to bring Pulsara to the Colorado Springs community. Pulsara is a mobile application accessible on the smartphones and mobile devices of first responders, emergency department staff and hospital neurologists that links each person involved in every step of

patient care delivery. Before Pulsara, neurologists would receive a page at home and not know much more about their patient until they arrived at the hospital. The app connects the neurologists to the first responders and the ED staff, with real-time access to medical records, charts, notes, and observations from every person in the care delivery continuum. With Pulsara, neurologists get more information before they see the patient and receive it directly from the EMS provider or ED staff who treated the patient, decreasing the probability for communication errors to occur. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to use technology to improve the care we provide

vital signs, every member of the team is instantly updated. “We owe it to our patients to make sure we’re communicating and making our systems more connected for seamless patient care,” said Sue Richardson, EMS manager at Penrose-St. Francis. “By bringing together both major hospital systems in Colorado Springs to finance and support the integration of the Pulsara applications, we’re ensuring that we’re providing the tools to improve communications between prehospital and hospital services.” In addition to notifying the entire team of basic information, healthcare providers using Pulsara can transmit EKGs, photos and even medical record numbers, allowing other members of the care team to look up the patient’s Colorado Springs is one of the past medical history first communities in the country immediately. Because where hospitals from multiple no information is stored on the user’s personal health systems have joined forces device, Pulsara is HIPAA with EMS to harness the power of compliant and secure. mobile technology to coordinate The collaboration care teams and ensure that between Penrose-St. Francis and Memorial stroke and heart attack patients Hospital with Colorado throughout the region receive fast, Springs-area EMS high-quality care. providers is an example of how the health care community to our community and to make can come together and the jobs of our medics, nurses put patients first. When it and doctors more efficient,” comes to strokes and heart said Cory Warner, Director of attacks, minutes matter and Neuroscience and Spine Care the added capabilities that for Centura Health South State Pulsara provides can make Operating Group and Penrosethe difference toward a full St. Francis. recovery. Using the app, a Both health systems paramedic in the field who began the process of recognizes a stroke can integrating the Pulsara app tap a button on his or her last year and went live with phone that notifies everyone the technology in July 2016. on the hospital team that The hospitals are covering an ambulance is on its way the expense of the software with a stroke patient. As required to run this smart the paramedic enters more device application, making it information, such as the accessible for EMS and Fire patient’s medical history and agencies in the region.

We owe it to our patients to make sure we’re communicating and making our systems more connected for seamless patient care. Sue Richardson, EMS Manager Penrose-St.Francis

THE PULSARA APPLICATION WORKS ON ANY SMARTPHONE AND PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS: A universal clock that accurately tracks treatment times for each case. Benchmarks for comparison with national and local statistics to motivate performance. Secure chat between all members of the care team, along with alerts to members of the care team. Image-sharing capabilities to transmit information ranging from electrocardiogram readings to medication lists. Transfer capabilities that easily allow for relocation of heart attack and stroke patients between hospitals. Summer 2017


ASK THE DOCTOR Doctor, my eyes water all the time

“It may sound strange, but when we as eye doctors hear this, the cause is usually dry eyes. Living in Colorado at our high altitudes and low humidity throughout the year, dry eyes are extremely common. Additionally, in the heavily populated areas, this dry eye climate is further made worse by increasing levels of smog and air pollutants.”


at least 10% of the population have dry eyes but realistically in Colorado, the figures are much higher.

THE NUMBERS Statistics show that at least 10% of the population have dry eye syndrome, but realistically in Colorado, the figures are much higher. Individuals with dry eye problems usually exhibit burning, gritty, stinging, blurred vision, and redness of their eyes. Another one of the more common symptoms that dry eye patients may notice is excessive tearing.

The problem is, that the tears produced from this reflex are not of the same quality as the normal, natural tears. Dry eye syndrome is a condition that can vary from mild to severe. Factors that can contribute to the severity of a patients’ dryness can include things such as environment, certain medical conditions, certain medications as well as face and eye cosmetics. TREATMENT OPTIONS

CAUSE and FACTORS Although it seems counter intuitive that frequent tearing may signify dry eye, the reason is that many types of dry eye cause a reflex tearing response, which occurs when the body senses the eyes are dry.

Treatment is dependent on the severity of the condition and should be assessed by a qualified professional. Assessing the severity and determining the factors causing the dry eye will aid in choosing the appropriate course of treatment.

TAKE ACTION: At Archdale Eyecare, our comprehensive evaluation will find the best treatment program for your dry eyes. There is mounting evidence that dry eye syndrome can be a progressive condition so early intervention is critical. Don’t suffer any longer, call today for a comprehensive evaluation. We have two convenient locations. North office 719-638-4010 - South office 719-577-4400 42

The Palisades’ MBKuisine Program


“Chef Reed believes in providing fresh, made-from-scratch meals to residents and he is known for his demonstrations, tastings, and desserts.”


he Palisades at Broadmoor Park’s MBKuisine program, led by Chef Bryse Reed, is all about variety, nutrition, and taste based on the unique preferences and interests of The Palisades’ residents. Chef Reed believes in providing fresh, made-fromscratch meals to residents, and he is known for his demonstrations, tastings, and desserts. When asked what menu item residents of The Palisades like best, he explained, “They would say no matter what you order off the menu, you are sure to be satisfied.” “At The Palisades, we not only provide an interesting and delicious menu to appeal to diverse resident preferences, but we also personalize the whole dining experience, including when, where, who you dine with, and how your food is served,” said Chef Reed. Available daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, The Palisades’ dining program offers options that include a monthly

Champagne Sunday Brunch, in which family and friends are welcome; weekly Action Stations, where our chefs provide residents with cooking demonstrations or make entrées at the table; and weekly themed dinners. Chef Reed started his career with MBK as a server and later as a prep cook in our northern California community. He fell in love with cooking and with providing for seniors, and he completed culinary school while working for MBK. After 7 years of hard work and learning, Chef Reed was promoted to Director of Dining Services at The Palisades. Most recently, he won a food competition against another local provider. If you haven’t joined us for our Sunday Brunch yet, we welcome you to try MBKuisine for yourself. See the coupon below to reserve brunch for two in the month of June or July. Call 719-344-2715 or visit us online at to learn more about The Palisades at Broadmoor Park.

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to your health



s we know all too well from the recent drought in Colorado to on-going water shortages across the country, this dwindling elixir from Mother Nature has caused civilizations and communities to dry up and die. With no such shortage, nurturing bodies of water such as Fountain Creek and Rainbow Falls surround the mountain town of Manitou Springs, CO. A designated health seeker’s retreat for almost two centuries, the region also boasts eight drinkable mineral springs with easy access to tasting. Nestled in the shadow of Pike’s Peak, mountain snowmelt and rainwater travel below the surface into cavernous drainage systems, where limestone in the water dissolves as it heats up, creating a natural effervescence. Rising to the surface, the rapidly flowing water picks up minerals and sodium bicarbonate prior to be being released through one of the eight mineral springs. It is the variety in mineral contents that creates each spring’s own unique taste.


ARE THERE HEALTH BENEFITS? TO PUT IT SIMPLY, YES. There is a reason that people traveled across the country centuries ago to both drink and soak in the spring water.

These mineral springs have made the town a health destination for more than 150 years; and where indigenous peoples and animals have experienced their curative properties for several thousand years. The springs contain such minerals as calcium, necessary for bone and tooth formation; magnesium, vital for nerve and muscle health; potassium, which produces an electrolyte that helps maintain a healthy blood pressure, as well as copper, fluoride, iron and zinc. The waters of Manitou Springs have lured visitors for centuries. Native American, explorers, and both the sick and healthy of 200 years ago – and today - have traveled to the area to experience the slightly effervescent, sometimes sweet, salty or even tinny tasting natural spring waters that burble up from the earth. Dave Wolverton, Board Member of the Mineral Springs Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to restore the Manitou Mineral Springs, definitely has his favorite ones to taste. “My three personal favorites are 7-Minute, Stratton, and Twin Springs, and they pretty much cover the length of the city. These springs don’t have such a heavy mineral content, and don’t have much of a sulfurous or metal taste; and Stratton is more effervescent, with a taste similar to Perrier.” Wolverton is also a cyclist and believes that he,“has a much better recovery time drinking from the springs than consuming a traditional sports drink. The springs water is full of electrolytes, and I concluded that my body replenishes more quickly after drinking a pint of water from one of the springs.” The city tests the springs weekly for bacteria content to make sure they are safe to drink. Other springs include; Navajo, with a sweet and mild taste; Soda, with a hint of club soda; Cheyenne, slightly sweet and delicious; Iron has the highest mineral

content of all the downtown springs; and Wheeler, less effervescent and sweet to the palate. Are there health benefits? To put it simply, yes. There is a reason that people traveled across the country centuries ago to both drink and soak in spring water from Mother Nature’s drinking fountains. There are two ways to tour and taste the springs. The new SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs gives health seekers the opportunity to soak in seven cedar tubs, filled with heated mineral water from neighboring 7-Minute Spring. “Minerals are easily absorbed through the skin and into the digestive system,” says Mitzi Pasternak, lead aquatic therapist at SunWater Spa and mineral springs tour guide. “Soaking in the water creates homeostasis in the body – the process of balancing within and without as minerals pass through the skin. Soaking in heated mineral water can also create a relaxing, stressreducing benefit. The heat caused blood to expand to the body’s surface, flushing lymphatic fluid through the muscles and stimulating tiny organ cells to tell muscles to relax.” Featuring individual water therapies, Vichy shower, and a mudroom with personalized mineral and essential oil infusions, SunWater Spa offers three floors of restorative mineral soaking tubs. With the huge resurgence in the belief of natural healing, the communities of Manitou Springs offer a complimentary Mineral Springs map, detailed mineral content chart and free sampling cup; and even host guided taste tours from Memorial through Labor Day. As an enjoyable and special incentive to health seekers, the local Vintner/Tasting Room D’Vine Wines crafts a wine on the premises infused with water from Shoshone Spring, which is not open to the public.

Learn More You can find a map of the eight springs, managed by the Mineral Springs Foundation at or visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 354 Manitou Avenue and pick up a hard copy map and history of the springs, or even sign up for a guided tour.

Summer 2017


IS THIS NORMAL OR SHOULD I BE WORRIED The Alzheimer’s Association has published the following warning signs to help us determine what is simply the result of normal stress filled lives, versus more serious concerns.

by: MARSHEA FREANT-VITT Director of Admissions – Genesis Pikes Peak Center


ost of us have asked ourselves these questions and have perhaps even joked about our changing abilities to remember things and accomplish tasks, but when should we actually start looking into these issues as possible red flags? The Alzheimer’s Association has published the following “warning signs” to help us determine what is simply the result of normal stress filled lives, versus more serious concerns. If you have a loved one living with advanced Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of Dementia, there are Enhanced Secured Memory Support Programs available with services based on an integrated, holistic approach, recognizing that mind and body – cognitive, emotional, and physical health are interrelated. Impairments in one area, such as the cognitive impairment of dementia, call for extra effort to keep the emotional and physical aspects of an individual’s function strong and healthy. Vigilance is required to avoid “excess disability” or unnecessary additional impairments – that can accompany dementia. Genesis Healthcare is committed to providing a safe, caring, therapeutic and supportive environment which “enhances emotional and spiritual wellness and overall life satisfaction” to persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The Dementia Care Philosophy within Genesis HealthCare embraces the pursuit of lifelong interests or creative selfexpression to enhance emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as improve health and overall quality of life. We recognize that each person has the ability and right to experience a meaningful life and are committed to understanding and meeting each person’s needs, preferences, and desires. Feel free to reach out any time for a chat or a tour. Genesis has three locations right here in Colorado Springs. I am more than happy to discuss any questions that you might have and help provide information to assist you in navigating the questions that surround Dementia care. 46



1 Short Term Memory Loss Forgetting new information is one of the most common early signs of dementia. Forgetting important events and asking for the same information over and over are also common symptoms of early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

2 Difficulty Performing Familiar Tasks People with dementia often find it hard to plan or complete everyday tasks. Individuals may lose track of the steps involved in preparing a meal, placing a telephone call or playing a game.

3 New Problems with Writing or Speaking Forgetting simple words or substituting unusual words, making their speech or writing hard to understand. They may be unable to find the word “toothbrush,” for example, and instead ask for “that thing for my mouth.”

4 Confusion with Time and Place People with Alzheimer’s can become lost in their own neighborhood, forget where they are and how they got there, and not know how to get back home.

5 Poor or Decreased Judgment Those with Alzheimer’s may dress inappropriately, wearing several layers on a warm day or little clothing in the cold. They may show poor judgment, like giving away large sums of money to telemarketers.

6 Problems with Abstract Thinking

Her vitality is important to me.

Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may have unusual difficulty performing complex mental tasks, like forgetting what numbers are for and how they should be used.

7 Misplacing Things and Losing the Ability to Retrace Steps A person with Alzheimer’s may put things in unusual places: an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.

8 Changes in Mood or Behavior Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may show rapid mood swings - from calm, to tears, to anger and aggression - for no apparent reason.

9 Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships For some people, a change in visual processing may be a sign of early Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast.

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10 Withdrawing from Social Activities They may remove themselves from sports, social events and hobbies. They may become passive, sitting in front of the TV for hours, sleep more than usual or not want to perform daily living activities. Summer 2017



What should I look for when choosing Assisted Living or Memory Support for a loved one? At the apex of their careers, many Generation Xers and Baby Boomers are juggling raising kids while caring for older parents. While waiting to meet a client, they may be texting a teen who forgot her soccer outfit and simultaneously picking up medication for Dad, who can no longer drive, or calling the in-home nurse to make sure Mom is properly taken care of. If this sounds like your typical day, and you’re contemplating the need for senior living community in Colorado Springs for your parents, there are several tips to keep in mind.

WHAT LEVEL OF CARE DO THEY OFFER? Do they just serve meals, or do they have trained team members to support each resident in a successful aging journey? You don’t want to have to move your parent or loved one as their needs progress. It’s important for him or her to have stability and routine. So, when they need further care, does the community have an on-site nurse seven days a week? Will there be full Assisted Living and Memory Support services on-site? Having these available when the time comes will bring you peace of mind.

ASSISTED LIVING Are care and support needs evaluated periodically to ensure personalized services for each individual? Find a place that promotes independence and wellness. Some facilities charge a flat rate for services, even if your loved one doesn’t need them. Financially it’s wise to find a place with a level-of-care system, in which you only pay for the assistance services that are needed.





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LIVING SPACES What type of living area will your loved one need? Will a onebedroom be sufficient, or will he or she need a suite? It will depend on personality, their level of independence and how many visitors they will have. Also, it’s important to choose a place that has open and inviting community spaces, walking paths, cheerful dining rooms and other places for them to meet and make friends. Multiple dining venues, a fireplace, sun room and other community life gathering areas offer a variety of options for spending time with new friends and family. Take time to visit several places and consult with family and friends before making this all-important decision with your loved one. He or she deserves a comfortable, safe, place to live and be cared for—and all of you deserve peace of mind! The Retreat at Sunny Vista—Assisted Living and Memory Support— is now accepting reservations. Please, call 719-888-3673 today, or stop by and visit The Retreat Discovery Center, located inside The Sunny Vista Living Center Building, at 2445 East Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, 80909.

Eventually, Memory Support may be necessary for your loved one. If so, you would want it to be with highly trained care partners,


who focus on each resident’s enjoyment and success. Look for a place that focuses on recognizing what a person can do and not what he or she can no longer do—so they are providing safety, security and peace of mind for each resident.



Though we usually think of heart disease as something that happens when you get older, there are some cardiovascular problems affecting young adults.

by: TRACY PAESCHKE, MD Cardiologist - CSHP, a DaVita Medical Group


ccording to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. More than 600,000 Americans have a heart attack every year; about 525,000 happen to be adults who have never had a heart attack before. Do you know what your heart age is? An example of this is a woman aged 53, but her heart is 75 due to smoking and high blood pressure. Heart age is the age of your heart and blood vessels as a result of your risk factors for stroke or heart attack. Some factors such as age, gender, or family history cannot be controlled. However, there are some steps to reduce the age of your heart. Things that negatively affect your heart condition are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.


Arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat and is caused by several different factors. Heart Muscle Disease such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) causes the muscle around the heart to become thick hindering its ability to pump blood throughout the body. Heart Defects. There are a variety that can happen during pregnancy or by genetics. The most common defect is abnormal blood flow.

Taking care of your heart now with these simple tips can help in the long run. Know Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active, and eat healthy. Small steps now make for a healthier, longer future later, and make it less likely to see me! However, should you need to see a cardiologist, our cardiology department offers a heart failure clinic to help patients manage and treat their condition. We can be reached at (719) 632-5109.

Sometimes life holds an endless list of challenges, until you discover an


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.

Brookdale Bear Creek

Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing 1685 South 21st Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904 (719) 329-1774

Brookdale Broadmoor

Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 615 Southpointe Court Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 579-5000

Brookdale Monument Valley Park Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 10 W. Monument Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 635-6300

Brookdale Palmer Park

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

Brookdale Skyline

Independent Living Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing 2365 Patriot Heights Colorado Springs, CO 80904 (719) 667-5360

Brookdale Vista Grande Assisted Living 2780 Vickers Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80918 (719) 598-0400

Brookdale Briargate

Assisted Living 7560 Lexington Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (719) 598-4200

For more information, contact one of the communities listed above. CO-P5-0515-FLY SC BROOKDALE® is a trademark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA.

Centura Orthopedics provides you with the ultimate patient experience and excellent outcomes when undergoing orthopedic surgery. 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.

Centura Orthopedics in Colorado Springs includes: Steven R. Myers, MD

Edward S. Szuszczewicz, MD

Timothy S. Hart, MD

John H. Pak, MD

David L. Walden, MD

Wallace K. Larson, MD

Ronald O. Royce, DO

Jonathan C. Barnwell, MD

Richard P. Meinig, MD

Michael R. Schuck, MD

Sergiu Botolin, MD

Orderia F. Mitchell, MD

G. Alexander Simpson, DO

Geoffrey P. Doner, MD

Toby G. Moore, DO

Michael B. Simpson, MD

Michael E. Feign, DO

Centura Orthopedics Broadmoor 1263 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite 210A Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Centura Orthopedics Briargate 4105 Briargate Parkway, Suite 300 Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Centura Orthopedics Audubon 3010 Circle Drive, Suite 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Centura Orthopedics is the official orthopedics provider for: 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, 2017. 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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