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Stephanie Whiteside: Carmel Clay Schools Welcomes Its First Mental Health Coordinator With the increasing recognition in our society as to the importance of dealing with mental health issues, we spotlight on our cover this month Stephanie Whiteside, recently named as the first mental health coordinator for Carmel Clay Schools. We applaud the CCS in taking the initiative to add Whiteside and her expertise to the school system’s staff. As Whiteside explains, she will be dedicated to working with the CCS’s staff to recognize the risk factors and early warning signs that allow a student’s issues to be addressed before they become more serious. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Cover Photo // Laura Arick

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Tony’s Steaks and Seafood Pairs With Local Businesses to Benefit the CCPL Foundation Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

We live in an uber-connected world, and today’s fast-paced environment requires mutually beneficial partnerships to leverage resources and creative solutions that sometimes serve beyond the marketplace and into the nonprofit sector. The publishers of Carmel Monthly and I are honored to have partnered with Tony’s Steaks and Seafood of Indianapolis and Carmel Travel Company on a unique and creative way to bring like-minded folks together for a delectable dinner and wine-pairing experience that will benefit the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation.

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ater this month, Tony Ricci, owner at Tony’s, and his remarkable staff will host 25 individuals who have purchased tickets to the first of four themed dinner and wine-pairing events to be held at Tony’s Steaks and Seafood of Indianapolis. The proceeds will go to the CCPL Foundation, which in turn will be used to support the Carmel Clay Public Library’s digest of expansive programs for library members of all ages. The idea was conceived one festive winter evening while my husband and I were enjoying another mind- blowing meal at Tony’s along with our dear friends, Melisa and Todd Keiser. Melisa owns Carmel Travel Company and sits on the board of directors for the CCPL Foundation. After conversing with Michael Morgan, general manager at Tony’s of Indianapolis, we had developed a plan to host a tasting event as a fundraiser for the library foundation and planned to meet with Ricci, Neil Lucas (publisher of Carmel Monthly), and Morgan to pitch the idea to Ricci. Ricci’s reputation, generosity and support for community institutions such as libraries precedes him. Having said that, we did not expect that he would open his restaurant for not just one dinner and pairing event but for one each quarter of the year (4 total events), of which 100% of the proceeds will benefit the CCPL Foundation.

When asked why the fundraiser for the foundation was an important cause to be involved in, he explained that as a young immigrant who came over in the ’70s from Italy to Cincinnati, he did not have access to the types of support systems that exist today. “I had to use a library in order to learn English,” Ricci shared. “I had to be in the library and study longer than my friends because I didn’t understand the language. There was a library right across from my school, and I spent a great amount of time there throughout my youth.” Ricci, who is a man of deep faith, continued, “When I started my businesses, I’d made promises that I would give back whenever I can. To me, the library is going to help a young child out there who’s struggling. A child who is going to the library to study and focus more so that he/she can bring up their grades and

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get into the college that they want. That was me. If I can help in raising money and awareness, then that is the reason why I do it [donate]. I don’t do it for any other reason.” Keiser expressed why Carmel Travel Company is excited to be part of the collaboration. “We are so excited to be a part of the group that is putting together these amazing tasting events,” Keiser said. “Collaborating with Carmel Monthly Magazine and Tony’s of Indianapolis to raise funds for the CCPL Foundation is the culmination of great teamwork and friendship. I think it’s fantastic that we’ve found a way through our businesses to share our love for the library while providing a way to experience new tastes and cultures at the same time. Appreciating fine dining, travel and reading are some of our great loves. What a great

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way to combine all these experiences and help serve the community at the same time!” Ricci described, in brief, what guests of these tasting/pairing events will experience. Those who are truly curious to learn more will need to contact Elizabeth Hamilton, CCPL Foundation director, to sign up for the wait list for the next event at Tony’s of Indianapolis in September—the June event is sold out! “People are going to see that we are more than what you see on the menu,” Ricci said. “We truly love our business and what we do. We truly care about the experience and the food. I believe it’s not going to be long before people in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas find out that there’s a lot more to us than just a place to go sit down and have dinner. What your guests will find out that evening, with this menu, is that it’s going to be Tony’s on steroids as far as presentation, quality, the pairings and so on and so forth.”

Hamilton weighed in on why having the support of businesses is key to the CCPL Foundation’s ability to financially support the existing and future programming offered by the Carmel Clay Public Library. “To have somebody like Tony [Ricci], who loves libraries and used libraries to better himself and his life, is really why we exist,” Hamilton said. “We want to

be that service to everyone that helps them broaden themselves. Without people like him, who are willing to step up and support our efforts, we wouldn’t be able to offer all the free programming that we are able to offer. Without that kind of support, we’d be existing as just a repository for books and not as a functioning community center, and that is what libraries really are—institutions that are here to better the world. We’re all stepping out of the ‘bubbles’ that we live in and are finding ways that we can continue to grow and spread the word about what we do.” To request more information and/or to reserve your seats for the next Tasting at Tony’s of Indianapolis Benefiting the CCPL Foundation in September, please email Elizabeth Hamilton at ehamilton@ carmel.lib.in.us. The date for the September event will be finalized by June 10. Tickets are $150 per person and include a themed dinner and selected wine pairings in one of Tony’s private dining rooms.

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Be sure to join us for The Blind Pig Speakeasy Shindig presented by Turkle and Associates benefitting Indiana Youth Services Association’s (IYSA) “Make Good Decisions” program. The Flapper-style event will be held June 20 at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis and is guaranteed to be the “bee’s knees.”

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YSA membership is comprised of Youth Service Bureaus that deliver community-based juvenile delinquency and family support programming. IYSA’s current 32 members serve approximately 74 Hoosier counties. Youth Services Bureaus (YSB) serve vulnerable youth and families and offer programming that supports positive youth development, including four core roles: Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, Information and Referral Services, Community Education and Advocacy for Youth. The “Make Good Decisions” program is one of several IYSA youth-oriented programs. “Make Good Decisions” educates teens and young adults on the dangers of underage drinking, alcohol poisoning and drug use and drug overdose. Carmel residents Norm and Dawn Finbloom are spokespersons for “Make Good Decisions.” Their decision to get involved and advocate for IYSA’s “Make Good Decisions” and Indiana’s Lifeline Law that was expanded upon by Sen. Jim Merritt during the 2014 legislative session came as a result of losing their son, Brett Finbloom, in 2012. Brett, a graduate of Carmel High School, passed away just a week before he was to begin college classes from alcohol poisoning. The Lifeline Law provides immunity for

a minor who calls 9-1-1 to report that someone is having an alcohol- or substance-related health emergency. Partygoers are sometimes reluctant to seek help for a friend who has been injured while over-indulging or who may even be suffering from poisoning or an overdose. They fear they will get in trouble themselves. The Lifeline Law was passed to remove the fear and encourage friends to call for emergency assistance in such situations. Leading the charge for the Lifeline Law, Merritt has spoken at several middle and high schools, colleges and universities alongside Dawn Finbloom advocating for the law and for the “Make Good Decisions” program. “Dawn and I have been in several middle schools and high schools and I think it’s incredibly important that we keep talking with administrative-types in education,” Merritt emphasized. “For the last several years, we’ve been working towards getting rid of the stigma of drug and alcohol overdoses and expand the law so that there are no questions asked about a situation where someone is having a drug or alcohol overdose and 9-1-1 is called or texted. In 2012, [former] Indiana Attorney General Zoeller and I were on Ball State’s campus talking with about 80 students about the Lifeline Law and I

noticed that there were some EMTs in the back of the room.” Merritt approached the EMTs and asked, “Do we have that bad of an alcohol problem here? And they said ‘Well, not with alcohol but drugs.’ My job as a state senator is to continue the awareness because there will always be silly 17 or 18-year-old on any college campus as a freshman who has newfound freedom and will be overserved. We need to make everyone aware on those campuses through geofences and other means of awareness that there is a law [that protects them] and nobody has to die.” Merritt credited IYSA and the Finblooms for their continued advocacy and fundraising efforts and encouraged people to attend this year’s The Blind Pig Speakeasy Shindig. “I would say to the folks that attend The Blind Pig or any other fundraising event that we have, and to any adult or parent, ‘Help us use your influence and how much you care to help spread the word. Continued awareness is the key to saving lives.” Join us on Thursday, June 20 for The Blind Pig Speakeasy Shindig and enjoy a night of “Gatsby-themed” fun, food, and fundraising with charity-gaming tables and raffle prizes. This is your opportunity to not only support IYSA but to save the life of an Indiana teen or young adult. Tickets are selling fast so visit indysb.org/blindpig for ticket and event information.

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You’ve seen the national and local headlines and have likely seen and/or have heard a commercial for cannabidiol (CBD) products sold right here in Indiana, but what does it all mean? Is it all a masterfully disguised placebo effect crafted by the hemp industry or do these products really have beneficial properties? What should consumers be aware of when purchasing and using CBD products?

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ccording to Fortune.com, “Nearly 7 percent of Americans are already using cannabidiol (CBD), placing the potential market opportunity for the muchhyped cannabis compound at $16 billion by 2025, according to a new analysis by Cowen & Co.” I have been researching these questions for the last 90 days and am eager to share some of the basics of what I’ve learned about the industry and based on my personal usage.

The End of the Hemp Prohibition and What it Means for Hoosiers The passing of the 2018 Farm Act and Indiana Senate Bill 516 have left many wondering-what does all this mean for the reemerging hemp market for our state. How does the legalization of hemp and CBD benefit our state? Justin Swanson, attorney and president of Midwest Hemp Council,

worked with all the lawmakers who authored SB516 and broke it down in brief. The passing of SB 516 allows those who obtain a license from the state seed commissioner to grow and handle hemp in Indiana. This comes after President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Act in December. Hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act in the 2018 Farm Act, thus clearing the way for hemp to be placed under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture and treated as an agricultural commodity going forward.” What SB 516 accomplished this year is that it required our seed commissioner to establish rules regulating hemp production here in Indiana, and that was a direct response to the passage of the 2018 Farm Act.” Swanson explained, “What the Farm Act did for the states was it empowered them to be the primary regulator of hemp

production in their states if they choose to do that.” Swanson said that SB 516 also mandated that Indiana create the Indiana Advisory Committee, a “statutorial-created entity” designed to provide advice and feedback to Indiana’s State Chemist and Seed Commissioner Don Robison as he is developing the rules for hemp grown in Indiana.

What Does CBD Stand For and What Is Its Purpose? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that was discovered in 1940 by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants. One of the most important qualities— from a legal perspective—is that CBD is nonpsychoactive. In layman’s terms, you won’t get “stoned” after using it. CBD has been found to have analgesic, anti-inflam-

Reading about CBD’s anti-inflammatory qualities interested me because I have the aches and pains of a 40-plusyear-old who was uber athletic in her youth. I have also been a long-term insomniac, to the point that it has affected my overall physical health. The saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is no longer an amusing quip, and I wanted a natural solution without succumbing to prescription sleep aids. My husband has been a lifelong sufferer of migraine headaches and has been on nearly every over-the- counter as well as prescription medicine over the last 40-plus years. Three years ago, he suffered a grand mal seizure and stopped breathing. I was scheduled to be at an event but decided at the last minute to stay home that night and was able to resuscitate him. Later, the doctors diagnosed the seizure as being migraine-induced. Fast forward, after two trials with antiseizure medicines and several petite seizures in between, my husband has found relief from the seizures with a prescription medicine and relief from the migraines that are thought to cause his specific type of seizure with 500 mg full-spectrum CBD oil. We communicate with his neurologist about everything he is taking to avoid any drug interactions. This is very important for people who are on prescription medicines to understand. You must have an open and honest discussion with your primary

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care and/or specialist physicians. This advice is applicable to anyone considering or currently using CBD products— tell your doctor, and even if he/she doesn’t subscribe to its benefits, let him/her know so as to avoid any future negative interactions.

The Use of CBD from a Medical Professional’s Perspective “I opened my practice in Carmel in November of 2017, and literally in the first month of my new practice, I had received dozens of questions from patients asking for my opinion of CBD,” Dr. Ashlie Olp at Olp Family Medicine of Carmel said. “I decided that I had better research it because there were

that many patients asking about it. What I have found is that there isn’t a lot of super hard science out there about CBD.” Dr. Olp “We have an endocannabinoid system where we have natural cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies in the central nervous and immune systems,” Dr. Olp said. “It [endocannabinoid system] helps to regulate homeostasis. Our bodies use a lot of energy to keep everything in its internal environment the same, such as blood pressure, temperature, hydration status, etc.” Based on this knowledge, the prevailing theory is that CBD assists the endocannabinoid system in bringing the body back to a state of homeostasis.

“I read a lot of hypothesis on why CBD might work for things that take place in the nervous or immune systems because of the way the endocannabinoid system works,” Dr. Olp stated. “So, you can hypothesize on how CBD might work with anxiety, PTSD, depression, arthritis, chronic pain syndromes like migraines and IBS. There are some studies that suggest CBD can help with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and MS.” Dr. Olp emphasized that it is important to discuss with your doctors if you are considering or are using any CBD product, and that even if the doctor isn’t subscribing to the theories of the known and/or unknown

benefits of CBD, you still need to have the conversation. To recap, do your research on the products, and then discuss your findings and interest with your doctors before taking any CBD products, but most importantly, don’t take what you read from any CBD advertisement or article (including mine) as evidence-based facts. Nobody has earned a medical degree or won a Nobel Prize from what they’ve read on the internet.

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There is a lot of information and buzz out there about the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) products and related state laws but what does it all really mean to you—the consumer— and are you able to purchase from a local company that is headquartered and licensed as a hemp grower/producer in Indiana rather than from a faceless entity on the World Wide Web? The answer is yes, you can.

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grozen Life Sciences, located in Carmel, Indiana, was founded by Carmel residents Brian Schroeder and his son, Austin.

“In 2016, we started seriously looking at the overall cannabis industry and what was happening in the surrounding states,” Brian Schroeder said. “At the time, CBD was not legal

in Indiana. After all our research, we basically said there is definitely something here [with this plant] and there are therapeutic benefits.” The Schroeders, anticipat-

ing the eventual legalization of CBD in Indiana, compiled research, and devised a business plan. In March of 2018, Governor Holcomb signed House Bill 52 into law. HB 52 legalizes the purchase, possession, use and sale of CBD oil that contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The End of the Hemp Prohibition Era The official end to hemp prohibition was on December 20, 2018, when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill. Under this act, hemp has become an agricultural commodity. The Schroeders,

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code on it. When a consumer picks up one of our bottles, they will find a lot number and ingredients product label. The CBD tincture oil— which is our first product category—we offer in four different strengths: 500 mg, 1,000 mg, 1,500 mg and 2,500 mg in three flavors: natural, mint and strawberry.”

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who are active members of the Hemp Industry Association and Midwest Hemp Council knew this decision was coming and immediately filed for an Indiana grower/ producer license, which they were granted. As they move further into the growing/producing side of their venture, the Schroeders are investing in the necessary processing equipment so they will be able to grow, process, formulate, test, manufacture, distribute and sell Agrozen products—all from within the state of Indiana.

The Agrozen Life Sciences Difference “Agrozen Life Sciences is more than just putting our

“There is a general misconception with certain products on the market, claiming to be hemp seed oil or hemp oil, and those products do not have CBD oil in them,” Austin shared. “These products are priced considerably lower and very misleading to consumers.” Brian explained, “ Our product focus is on full-spectrum hemp extract products. Meaning, all cannabinoids in the hemp plant are in our products. There are many companies out there selling CBD isolate [pure isolated cannabidiol] and removing all the other cannabinoids. What the scientists and researchers are finding is that all the cannabinoids in the plant work together to provide a therapeutic benefit.”

label on a product,” Brian stated. “It’s creating products that people can actually benefit from.” Agrozen’s product line is comprised of a wide variety of nutritional CBD supplements in tincture (oil) and caplet forms, CBD K-Cups, inhalants and hemp CBD lotions in the beauty care line. All Agrozen branded CBD oil products are researched, third-party tested and strictly follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) throughout processing facilities in the U.S. “We receive COAs [certificates of analysis] and lab reports on all of our products,” Brian emphasized. “Every Agrozen product has a [state-required] QR

What’s Next on Deck for Agrozen In addition to the existing line of full-spectrum CBD products, Agrozen is developing an expansive beauty care and personal care line. “The personal care and beauty care industry is basically endless with what you can do,” Brian said. “The anti-inflammatory properties that you find in CBD is a hot

spot within the beauty care market. We currently offer a topical lotion—500 mg in a 2-ounce jar—that is scented with orange blossom. Once the beauty care line is launched, pet products are next.”

The Human Factor Behind Agrozen When asked what motivates the father-and-son team, Austin replied, “Seeing how people are affected and how their lives are improving is incredible. We are seeing this, firsthand, through our products.” ”We are not doctors or pharmacists, and anyone who is considering taking CBD, we recommend you speak with your physician to make sure CBD doesn’t interfere with any medication you’re currently taking. Our local authorized Agrozen dealer and pharmacist, Saumiin Calcuttawala, Pharm D at Carmel Prescription Shop (317) 688-7050 is an expert on CBD products and can answer your questions and sells product. Our website, Agrozen.com is meant to educate the consumer on the natural plant compounds and benefits, and for us, it’s about being transparent with the consumer.” For additional information about Agrozen Life Sciences, visit agrozen.com or call (844) 655-6935.

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While there may not be controlled clinical studies being conducted proving that cannabidiol (CBD) effectively treats generalized anxiety disorders, there are theories among medical professionals, research and personal testimonials that claim CBD products are not a placebo scam but have measurable effects on people being treated for PTSD, depression, social anxiety disorder, sleeping disorders, etc.

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r. Christopher “Chris” Bojrab, president of Indiana Health Group (IHG), the largest multidisciplinary behavioral health private practice in Carmel, Indiana, established in 1987, shared his opinion of CBD and on treating his patients with CBD oil and topical products. Bojrab attended Wabash College and Indiana University School of Medicine. He was named Top Doctor by peers in “Indianapolis Monthly Magazine” and was awarded Distinguished Fellowship by the American Psychiatric Association. He is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. His areas of interest include psychopharmacology, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, pain syndromes and gambling addiction. “I am hugely interested in science-based medicine,” Bojrab stated. “I am, by nature, an incredibly skeptical person. Initially, I was probably negatively

predisposed towards the whole idea about CBD.” A skeptic right out of the gate, Bojrab didn’t subscribe to the automatic acceptance that CBD was beneficial to everyone. However, since many of his patients were asking and/or taking CBD products, he decided to “dig into” some of the “research” that is out there.

According to Bojrab, he tends to see CBD having the best “hit rate” for pain, anxiety and for sleep. “Unfortunately, in comparison to a pharmaceutical product, there’s not nearly the type or quality of research that there is for things that go through a FDA approval process,” Bojrab admitted. “With that being said, if you look at the work that has been done, I was struck by a what we do know about the endocannabi-

noid system now which certainly lays the groundwork for a prior plausibility as to why these types of substances could have physiologic effects and could have at least some of the benefits that they are reported to have.” Bojrab was still teetering on his opinion as he was listening to what his patients were telling him over the course of a year. “I was seeing so many patients come in, many I’ve known for five, 10, 15-plus years, who were having fairly striking responses to CBD. It’s not a panacea; it doesn’t work for everybody. But it seems to have a reasonably high

like it more if we had more double-blind placebo-controlled trials because the placebo effect is pretty powerful.” How much CBD does one take, and can it have an adverse effect on other prescription medications? “Normally when you go to your doctor and they give you a bottle of pills, it will say, for example, 200 mg of Lamictal or 100 mg of Topiramate—that is the number of milligrams per dose or per pill,” Bojrab explained. “For CBD, that’s the number of milligrams in the whole bottle. So, a 500 mg bottle

hit rate and most commonly in the things that are probably best supported from the literature as to what it should do.” According to Bojrab, he tends to see CBD having the best “hit rate” for pain, anxiety and for sleep. “People ask me about its use for depression—I think it’s been a little hit or miss there,” he said. “Some people have reported benefit. People sometimes ask me about the anticancer effects; I tell them that there is some in vitro data where that might be the case, but we’re just not sure how clinically meaningful it is in a real-life person. There certainly is a good database targeting certain types of seizures in patients.” Bojrab said of his patients who experience positive results with CBD, they notice them within the first few weeks of taking CBD oil and/or related products. “Now in fairness, I’ve also given it to a number of people where it hasn’t done a damn thing, but that’s just the same for any of the medications I prescribe,” Bojrab stated. “So again, I hold my guard against making it sound too magical or too over the top because it’s not everything to everybody. I sure would

of CBD actually gives you 16.67 mg per 1 ml dose. The doses that were approved to treat the two refractory childhood seizure disorders, were 400 to 800 mg per dose. At those kinds of levels, you can see drug interactions where it can even raise or lower the dose of other anticonvulsant medicines.” Bojrab stressed that anytime a person is on any type of prescription medication, they should first consult with their doctor before taking CBD products.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

TOTA L P E R FO R M A N C E MEDICAL CENTER:

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The providers at Total Performance Medical Center of Carmel, Indiana, are dedicated to helping men who struggle with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low testosterone, and women seeking treatment for low libido and hormone replacement therapy. The center also offers antiaging solutions for both men and women, such as Botox, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment, micro facials and other treatments provided at their Carmel location.

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e met with Carmel resident Danielle Lammers, nurse practitioner and co-owner, to tour the center and find out more about the myriad of treatments that she and her dedicated staff provide for men and women alike. So, what does Total Performance Medical Center specialize in? “We still work with men’s testosterone and ED treatments, but we have also gotten into aesthetics, such as PRP facials, and we will soon offer Botox and bioidentical hormone pellet therapy—available for both men and women,” Lammers explained. “The pellet looks like a little grain of rice and is inserted directly under your skin. It stays there for four to six months and slowly releases hormones based on lab levels.” Lammers explained that hormone pellets is time-released and works off of cardiac output.

So, when you’re sleeping, there’s not much being released, and if you’re exercising, more is released. It’s a bioidentical hormone, so it matches your body. It’s more natural than testosterone therapy or estrogen pills that women take. “Once the pellet’s inserted, we will take a blood test after six weeks to make sure that you’re where you need to be, and then you only have to do a blood test once a year after that,” Lammers said. “While there are hardly any side effects, the pellet is easy to remove should there be a need to remove it.” Most patients will get the pellets twice a year. Currently, Total Performance Medical Center is the only group offering BioTE hormone replacement pellets in Carmel. The center offers PRP treatments and facials at the practice. PRP has only become available within the last couple years but is an effective treatment with numerous applications, includ-

ing erectile dysfunction, hair loss, and scars or wrinkles on the skin”. Lammers said “PRP is when the patient’s own blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge which extracts the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood. The PRP promotes healing and supports cell growth.

main treatments that we do here.” The center also offers ReGenED. The painless, pulsating soundwaves of the ReGenED procedure opens up old blood vessels and stimulates the formation of new vessels, in a process known as neovascularization. This results in improved blood flow, which

“The PRP facial or ‘vampire facials’ that you see on TV that look red or bloody is an inaccurate portrayal,” Lammers emphasized. “The procedure for the facial begins with using lidocaine on the face to ensure that it is numb. Then, we draw a small amount of blood of which the platelet rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from. Using a microneedling device, small “micro punctures” are made on the face. Lastly, the PRP is massaged into the face. This helps to promote collagen production, which in turn helps reduce acne scarring, age spots, and wrinkles. Afterwards, your face will be red for a day or so, but it will give you a nice, healthy glow.” The PRP procedure is also helpful in erectile dysfunction in patients who are no longer responding to ED medications, or desire to stop medications. In PRP for ED procedure, the PRP is injected directly into the penis. This is a very effective treatment and one of our main treatments we do here. We also do the PRP facials here [for men and women], but for ED, the patient’s [PRP] is reinjected into the penis, and it helps regenerate nerve damage. That’s one of

helps any man—not just those with ED—to achieve stronger and more sustainable erections. “ReGenED is painless for the most part and breaks up those blockages,” Lammers said. “A lot of men choose to do both procedures, so the ReGenED breaks up the blockages and then the PRP helps regenerate lost cells or damaged nerves. We still offer traditional ED treatments as well, including oral and injectable medications.” Don’t wait another day to feel good again. Get back to living your best life and make the call to Total Performance Medical Center now to set up an appointment and start feeling like a younger you today! Call Today (317) 454-7700 10385 Commerce Drive Suite 120 Carmel, IN 46032 or visit totalperformancemedical.com

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Second Nature Landscapes Presents Second Nature Lighting - the fastest Growing Division of the Company Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick and submitted

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ou’ve probably driven past a home in the Carmel and/ or Zionsville area and noticed the breathtaking outdoor landscape and/ or holiday lighting that was designed and installed by Zionsville resident Cory Owens and his team at Second Nature Landscapes. A Zionsville-Based Company Owens has been designing and maintaining immaculate landscapes for over 20 years and is the owner of the Zionsville-based landscape company, Second Nature Landscapes.

He and his team have launched an additional arm of his business that offers the same high-level customer service, design and execution that has earned him an impeccable reputation in his industry but focuses on landscape, holiday and event lighting. “We originated as a landscape company, and we’ve been doing landscape lighting, Christmas lighting and all sorts of things, but as time has gone on, there are different types of lighting that we do,” Owens explained. “So, landscape, special event, wedding, graduation parties

and Christmas lighting has built up to the point we’re trying to separate the lighting side of our company from the landscaping side.” Owens has been a resident and business owner in Zionsville a long time, and his brand is well established on the landscaping side. “I’ve been in Zionsville since the mid-’90s on the landscape side,” he said. “I actually worked for a company that I purchased and rebranded in 2006. We don’t want our customers to be confused and say, ‘So now you’re just a lighting company?’ and lose that

Cory Owens, owner and Isaac Beverstock, Account Manager

cohesiveness that we’ve built with the communities we work in. We’re letting people know that we’re not abandoning our landscape company, but as time has progressed, it has become necessary to segregate the two while remaining under the same umbrella.” Second Nature Lighting just recently launched a new website where it features all its services from landscape

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We’re letting people know that we’re not abandoning our landscape company, but as time has progressed, it has become necessary to segregate the two while remaining under the same umbrella.” lighting, Christmas décor, RGB lighting and event lighting. “We do our best to brighten up where we’re at in Zionsville and Carmel,” Owens stated. “Our shop is on the edge of Zionsville near Carmel. Our ideal place to work is within our own backyard [Boone and Hamilton counties]. So, if you’re thinking about hosting an indoor or outdoor event or need to retrofit your existing landscape lighting to LED outdoor lighting, now would be a great time to contact Owens or Isaac Beverstock, account manager at Second Nature Landscapes. Beaverstock said, “Whether it’s a big hall that were doing for a wedding or an outdoor venue,

we have a lot of experience with indoor lighting as well as outdoor lighting.”

franchises across the U.S. and Canada. His franchise is the only one that has been in central Indiana for as long as it has, and with that comes a depth and breadth of knowledgeable resources. “As a veteran franchisee of over 20 years, I can say with certainty, there are not many people that have as much experience as we have, but if something comes up that we haven’t ever come across, we have a vast network of people that have seen it, so we have that advanced knowledge.”

Christmas and Holiday Décor “Christmas is the big holiday, but we get some people who want Halloween lighting too,” Owens said. “There’s ways even within [yearround] landscape lighting to have color-changing lighting that is warm white throughout the year, but people can literally change it on their app for Halloween lights or red, white and blue for the Fourth of July or green for St. Patrick’s Day. From a traditional Christmas decorating perspective, there is obviously a higher cost involved because of the install/takedown that is involved.” Owens explained that his Christmas light arm, Christmas Decor, is part of a franchise made up of 430

The Second Nature Lighting Customer Experience “Communication with the customer is foremost,” Owens emphasized. “We always want to hear what the customer wants first, and we’ll make our recommendation from there based off our principles, what can be achieved and understanding their budget.”

LED Warranty and Maintenance “We offer a maintenance service where we come out once or twice a year, trim around the lights, readjust them if the dogs have run around the beds and knocked the fixtures sideways,” Owens said. “From a warranty standpoint, our lighting systems are hands-off for 10 years once we put it in,” Cory continued. “The light fixtures we use are guaranteed for life, as are the transformers.” Visit Second Nature Lighting’s website at secondnaturelighting.com or give them a call at (317) 873-5278.

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Meet CFM’s Super Volunteer, Doug Dolen Writer // Janelle Morrison

The Carmel Farmers Market is produced and managed by “communityminded” volunteers and is headed up by an equally dedicated leadership team led by the market’s President Ron Carter and Vice President Deborah Schmitz. While a market can’t function without quality vendors, the volunteers are the heart and soul. One specific volunteer was brought to my attention by several of the veteran CFM volunteers and has been affectionately dubbed a “super volunteer” by his market peers. For that reason, we are featuring Carmel’s own Doug Dolen in this month’s CFM highlights.

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FM volunteer and retired Carmel Clay Schools administrator Jim Burrell shared some thoughts about his former student, employee and dear friend, Doug Dolen. Dolen was a student of Burrell’s while attending Carmel Junior High School—now Carmel Middle School—and Burrell hired Dolen as part of the custodial team at Carmel Elementary School while Burrell was principal there. Together the two have been volunteering at the 21-year-old market for nearly two decades. “Doug’s got a good heart, and he’s a dedicated person,” Burrell said. “He does everything he can to help out. He’s here when the market opens, and he’s here when it closes. When he was at Carmel Elementary, the students and parents loved him. Everyone loves him, and people miss him when he’s not here at the market.” Another CFM volunteer, Susan Bock, added, “Doug is always available when you need him to be, and he always gives 100%. He’s one of a kind. Really, the market is lost when he’s not here.” Burrell mentioned that Dolen works at the Carmel Farmers Winter Market as well. Ron Carter added, “Doug’s also our resident restaurant critic. He knows of every good restaurant in four states, maybe five. He and I are the only two CFM volunteers that have been to multiple locations of Lambert’s Cafe—the home of throwed rolls.” In addition to volunteering at CFM for nearly the last two decades, Dolen has also been a dedicated volunteer with the Carmel

Carmel Farmers Market June Entertainment and Events ENTERTAINMENT Fire Department for almost 40 years. “Doug Dolen is a community treasurer,” David Haboush, chief of the Carmel Fire Department, shared. “Doug’s father was part of the fire department in the earliest days. He [Doug] practically grew up at the CFD. Doug volunteers in our Fire Prevention Bureau, and he carries the honorary rank of chief. Chief Dolen is one of a kind and brings a big smile to everyone he meets. It is difficult to think of CFD without Chief Dolen. He loves our community and loves the Carmel Fire Department.” Dolen graciously spent a few moments answering my questions at the market one Saturday morning, and I concur that he is a celebrity amongst marketgoers. Many stopped to say hello to Dolan while I attempted to steal him away for a brief interview. “Yes, I’ve known Jim [Burrell] since I was in junior high,” Dolan said with his infectious smile. “I started with Carmel Clay Schools in 1979 when Jim hired me. I’ve been here [Carmel] all my life and live in Old CARMEL MONTHLY

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Town. It’s a great place to live and a great place to volunteer. I just love it; I enjoy people, and that’s why I do it. Everyone always asks me when the summer market will start [in the off season], and so many people look forward to coming out on Saturday mornings, meeting their friends and neighbors, eating and listening to music every week. It’s the whole atmosphere of the market the people enjoy. If you are interested in volunteering [at the market] and you really enjoy people and being outside, the market is a great place to be.” Be sure to say hello to Doug Dolen when visiting the market and check out all the June events and entertainment lineup at the market this month, posted on its website at carmelfarmersmarket.com.

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CCS Welcomes Its F i r s t M e n t a l H e a lt h C o o r d i n at o r :

Stephanie Whiteside

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick

The Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) board of trustees recently approved the hiring of Stephanie Whiteside as its first mental health coordinator, officially beginning her duties on June 3.

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hiteside earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She began her career as a therapist in the Indianapolis Public Schools district and recently served as the director of Cummins Behavioral Health Systems overseeing the clinical and operational health programming for 113 Indiana schools throughout five counties. “I’ve been so encouraged by the positive responses by the community and by the support that this position has been given,” Whiteside said. “I think CCS academics and achievements speak for themselves, and I really think the investment in students’ mental health further shows that CCS care about the whole child and what is best for the students. That played a large part in why I made this decision [to accept this position].” Whiteside has been in the mental health field for a little over 10 years, starting out as a school-based therapist. During that time, she saw though the lens of education the value in working with students and their families in a school environment. “Interestingly, I was diagnosed with ADHD in the third grade, so I know firsthand how mental health influences social functioning and academic functioning,” Whiteside shared. “When I look back, I think of those teachers and mentors that were there to support me throughout

[my] journey, so that’s really what piqued my interest in the [mental health] field.” Whiteside continued, “My experience at Cummins has provided me the opportunity to work with different school systems. I’ve been able to work with administrators, teachers, students, families, law enforcement and other community partners. We’ve been able to develop comprehensive mental health services in the schools.” Transferring those skills over to her new role at CCS, Whiteside is spending her first 30 days getting acclimated to CCS administrators and community partners. “I also want to get a better understanding of the needs and strengths of the school community,” she stated. “Then, I will begin developing those relationships, community supports and partnerships within the community that I think are going to benefit our students and families. I am also developing that internal knowledge base, the supportive interventions, and am identifying important linkages for students who may need more intensive support as well.” When asked about the role that the school district’s first mental health coordinator will play on the district’s efforts to reduce the numbers of student addiction/overdose, suicide, depression and other mental health-related occurrences throughout the student body, Whiteside replied, “When I speak with teachers, parents and community members, many of them CARMEL MONTHLY

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bring up these same concerns, and I hear a lot of people ask, ‘How can we help?’ and ‘What can we do?’ I hope to spread awareness, and I hope to provide that education to assist students and their families and the school professionals on identifying the warning signs and identifying strategies to help support our youth.” Whiteside emphasized that recognizing risk factors and warning signs are the first step to reducing these issues and occurrences. “I think the next step is connecting to those beneficial resources and supports that can come from within our school or our community,” Whiteside explained. “I see my role as a resource, a support and a bridge for those resources and partnerships. I think that’s where my background as a social worker is very beneficial because it’s just natural that I want to go out into the community, and I want to build those relationships and partnerships. I also want to maintain and foster ongoing partnerships that we already have. You mentioned community partners such as the Carmel Youth Assistance Program and Carmel Police Department, and I want to support their efforts as well, as they’re making a difference in our community.” When asked what the present obstacles are in improving the mental health and well-being for the CCS student body, Dr. Michael Beresford, superintendent at CCS, responded, “I don’t know that there

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is anybody who doesn’t want to help a student in need. I think the obstacles are things like stigma. Sometimes there’s a stigma associated with mental health, and we’ve got to rid of that. We’re chipping away at that stigma, but it’s still there, and until we [in the community] are comfortable with mental health needs having the same importance as physical health needs, we’re going to have to keep working until we get that [concept] to be widely accepted.” The focus among the administrators at CCS is not solely on the mental health of its high schoolers but on its middle school and elementary school-age students as well. “The earlier [the intervention] the better,” Whiteside expressed. “The culture of making connections is key, and once we start modeling and talking about mental health and focusing on our strengths and restorative practices, I think that students are going to start developing the ability to regulate, and we will be able to identify any concerns much earlier on as well.” Dave Woodward, director of student services, added, “When talking about

supports for younger kids, we [CCS] have a very strong core of social workers in our elementary schools now who are working closely with our families in need and with our community resources. That’s part of why we’re so excited that Stephanie came on board because she has the background that can provide additional leadership for that group that is already doing such incredible work at our schools, especially our elementary schools.” Whiteside added, “I think that making connections with children is key, and as human beings, I think we’re wired to develop connections. As adults, what we can do is model those healthy behaviors. We need to prioritize our mental health, practice self-regulation and preservation. We need to not be afraid to reach out to our resources, and we need to talk about the importance of mental health and well-being with children. Let them know that if they ever feel that they’re not well that you are there to support them, that they have a community that is there to support them. Those are key factors in developing that village.”

Speaking directly to parents and guardians of the CCS student body, Beresford said, “I think sometimes there is a feeling that if our kids are struggling or if you’re struggling as a parent [or guardian] that you feel like you’re a bad parent and you isolate instead of reaching out for help. Parenting is a tough job. We have to get rid of those barriers so that when you’re struggling, or your child is struggling, you feel comfortable reaching out for help. The thing we say a lot around here is, ‘It is OK to not be OK.’ The key to that is getting the help that you need.” Woodward concluded, “I can tell you that out of all our administrators, social workers, student services coordinators and SROs, there’s not one of them that wouldn’t be able to point you in the right direction immediately based on whatever the situation is that you’re dealing with. The connections in this community are so strong, and there are so many resources. We just need to make sure that our parents [and guardians] know that we can help them access those resources.”

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Hamilton County Youth Assistance Programs Set the Bar for Indiana Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Carmel Youth Assistance Program

It brings me great pleasure to share with our readers the news of the recent passing of Senate Enrolled Act 596 (SEA 596) that was authored by state Sen. Victoria Spartz and sponsored in part by state Rep. Donna Schaibley in the House. SEA 596, which assists Indiana’s at-risk youth and families with wraparound services, recently passed the House of Representatives unanimously. It also allows the Indiana Supreme Court to create a two-year pilot program to assist juvenile court judges in five Indiana counties by providing voluntary preventative programs for at-risk children.

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he model for SEA 596 is the existing Youth Assistance Programs (YAP) that have been established in Hamilton County (Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program), including Carmel (Carmel Youth Assistance Program). The Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program (HCYA) was developed in the fall of 2009 as a pilot program in Westfield, Indiana, under the leadership of Judge Steven Nation, Hamilton County Superior Court 1 (retired), and Judge Paul Felix, Hamilton County Circuit Court. Currently, the Early Intervention Advocates in each community work under the appointment of Judge Paul Felix, Hamilton County Circuit Court, and Judge Michael Casati, Hamilton County Superior Court 1. CYAP was formed in the fall of 2015 and works in collaboration with the Carmel Clay School District, City of Carmel and the Hamilton County Superior Court and provides crucial support to Carmel kids

and families in need with programs such as the Carmel Summer Meals Program. “A great thing about this [pilot] program is that it connects at-risk youth to the existing services on a more systematic, longterm and not just ad-hoc basis,” Spartz said. “I believe we must do it and start working with these kids as early as possible. We do have some great leaders like Judge Nation, Chief Justice Rush, Justice David, Brian Payne at CICF, Dr. McCormick and the IDOE, and others committed to success and willing to take a leadership role on this issue. It’s not a question if we should do it, we MUST do it, and we MUST succeed.” Rep. Schaibley, a Carmel resident, added, “I’ve been aware of the HCYAP for many years and have spoken with Judge Nation, Judge Felix and Mayor Cook [Westfield] many years ago about its genesis, and the success that they’ve had as far as reducing the number of children in the juvenile justice system in Hamilton County is dramatic. It is a very important thing to try

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and bring this to other counties and bring it statewide, and that is the genesis of SEA 596, which is modeled after the HCYAP. This is something that could be a potential game changer for so many young people and their families. Being able to intercede and get the counseling/treatment or food pantry services that they need and being able to reach out and get these kids on the right track is so important. I would love to see it be a statewide program in the next five to 10 years.” Since they had served on one of the model programs, I asked CYAP Board President Dr. Bob Youkilis and CYAP Early Intervention Advocate Maggie Figge for their thoughts on the passing of SEA 596. “For me, it’s the idea of permanency,” Youkilis said. “When we [CYAP] started, we said that we needed to put away a whole bunch of money just in case [funding became an issue]. If this is a state movement now, hopefully it’s not going to be that [financially] risky for other groups to get started.” Figge added, “Hopefully it will also bring the quality of advocates up too. The right person makes a big difference in this role.” The youth assistance programs in Hamilton County continue to serve the families as summer break has commenced, and as the city of Carmel’s population grows, so does the need among several local families. Last year, CYAP served 23,806 meals to Carmel kids. This year, at the time of publishing, CYAP is planning on providing meals to 230 out of the 1,500 kids who are on the “free and reduced lunch” program at

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Carmel Clay Schools. The need is real and growing. CYAP is asking for the community’s help in supporting the Carmel Summer Meals Program and CYAP initiatives with your generous donations. Figge explained, “Not only is the Carmel Summer Meals Program going to get more expensive because it is growing— we’re up 50 kids from last year [at the time of the interview in May]—but we’re finding it to be such a good outreach [program], that we’re plugging in other outreach opportunities too.” Figge said the CYAP board and staff have been discussing hosting a day for free haircuts for kids or a coat/jacket drive before the new school year starts and the fall season begins.

“As the Mentor Program keeps growing and as word continues to spread that we have children that need mentors, we want to be able to provide funding for them to do certain activities and have a recognition program to congratulate the kids when they reach their milestones,” Youkilis said. “There really is no end to what we can do. We have the board behind us as we continue to come up with programming ideas, but we need the ongoing funding because we are going to do more with it.”

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CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE HELPING HANDS AWARD WINNER FOR JUNE

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KURT RUPENTHAL For more information about nominations or Ranj Puthran Insurance Agency, call 317-844-4683 or visit 815 W. Carmel Dr., Carmel

Kurt has been for many years the CarmelFest Parade Marshal and is now its chairman. Kurt was named the Carmel Rotarian of Year for 2017-18, in recognition of his lifetime volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Carmel. Kurt does many things behind the scenes to help the club, serving To nominate someone go to Facebook.com/Ranjputhranhelpinghands as coordinator for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Chairperson or ranjitputhran@allstate.com for Rotary Interact in central Indiana. Kurt has a dental practice in Carmel and is married to Kathy. They have 3 grown sons. Thank you, Kurt, for your service to our community! If you would like to nominate someone you know who is volunteering in the community, please email me at ranjitputhran@allstate.com

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Trekking Antarctica:

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Imagine running a 13-mile course in crisp temperatures between 15 F and 34 F minus the wind chill and against 35 mph winds while maintaining your footing along the muddy terrain, all for the sake of saying you “did it.” You may ask why someone would aspire to complete such an onerous task voluntarily. Carmel residents Dr. Matthew and Holly Abbott share why they chose to make the voyage to Antarctica and what they have taken away from this unique and truly awesome experience only a small percentage of humans are willing and able to accomplish.

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hen they’re not training for half-marathons, Matthew is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and Holly owns her own consulting business evaluating international transcripts for prospective student-athletes for NCAA Division I and II sports. Holly has been an avid runner since grade school, and Matt grew up playing soccer but attributes his half-marathon running to his wife’s affinity for the sport. “I ran my first half-marathon

13 years ago when we ran the [Indy] Mini Marathon together,” Matt said. “After running the Mini, I was like, ‘Why am I doing this?’ I still exercise, but I’m not a big runner. Holly had this Antarctica trip planned before our daughter was born, and when she became pregnant, that kind of threw a wrench in her running it [the Antarctica Half-Marathon]. When she was able to do it, I decided to go with her, and so I trained and lost 35 pounds.” Holly found early on in her running career that half-marathons were the right distance for her physically. “I ran in high school and college, and while I was doing my master’s work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, half-marathons were not really popular—this was in 2005. I had always wanted to run a marathon, it was on my bucket list, so I trained and ran the Richmond Half-Marathon and ended up getting a stress fracture in my foot. Fast forward, when I moved back to Indiana, Matt and I were dating, and I told him that he should run the [Indy]

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Mini with me and that it would be so much fun, and he would love it.” Matt interjected, “And I didn’t.” Holly laughed and continued, “I realized that the half-marathon distance was a good distance for me. I could train for it and enjoy it, so that’s when my love for the half-marathon began.” While Matt was completing his residency at IU, Holly was working for the NCAA and was looking for a challenge and something to do. She came up with the idea to run a marathon in every state. Holly ran a half-marathon in every state and in Washington, D.C., over a period of three years. Once she had checked off all the states, Holly decided to run in all of Canada. “I’ve run in eight providences,” she said. “I have only Newfoundland and Labrador and the three territories, and then I’ll be done with that. I originally signed up for Antarctica in 2012, and there was a five-year waiting list at that time. I was slated to run with a friend of mine in 2017. Well, Matt and I were going through IVF [in vitro fertil-

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ization], and our daughter, Harper, was born on March 3, 2017. I was supposed to be running in Antarctica on March 15. Clearly, that was not happening, so the organization, Marathon Tours & Travel, let me defer for two years, and that’s when Matt decided to come with me. I told him that he was going to have to run it, though.” This past March, Matt and Holly embarked on the first leg of their voyage to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they would meet with their fellow runners and organizers from the Marathon Tours & Travel group. The group took a flight to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, the world’s southernmost city. From there, the group boarded a Russian vessel for departure to King George’s Island off the coast of Antarctica. The course on King George’s Island has marked gravel roads that connect scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. The Challenge “We were running in 35 mph headwinds, a 10-minute hailstorm during the race

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and ankle-deep mud in parts of this trail race,” Holly said. “Literally, there wasn’t a flat part of the race the entire course. Usually, when you run this course, you start out at a Russian research base and run out to the Uruguayan base, which is the hilly part, and you run back. Then you do a loop through the Chilean base to the Chinese base, which is the flat part of the racecourse.” “Running uphill against the wind was hard,” Matt said. “And the hailstorm was a good time. Essentially, there was a 2 1⁄2-mile stretch where we were running two huge hills.” Holly added, “There was literally no relief. It was brutal and the hardest course I’ve

ever run. You started the race running on an incline. For me, with the amount of travel and preparation it took to get down there and back, I was like, ‘I’ve waited seven years to do this, I’m going to finish even if I have to walk the entire race.’ Barring a bone sticking out of my leg, I was going to finish.” Matt finished second overall with a time of 2:00:36, and Holly finished third overall and first-place female with a time of 2:01:29, beating out over 76 runners from all over the world. After surviving the race, the runners get to take some time exploring the continent, viewing up close the wildlife and terrain. “We got to

go out on Zodiacs and explore the channels and bays,” Holly shared. “We saw humpback whales, minke whales and different types of penguins. The seals were laying around sunning themselves.” While looking at their recently received medals from the Antarctica Half-Marathon, the couple said they are looking forward to telling their daughter about this adventure and any future excursions one day. Matt shared that he does enjoy the travel aspect of the half-marathons, even if running is not his top- ranked sport. “I think it is good to have experienced the world,” he said. “You get a different sense

of the world when you travel. I think it is good to get out [of your bubble] and see the way the rest of the world lives. The hardest part is getting motivated, but once you get to that point and you set a plan, a goal and a timeline, you can do it. You just have to get off your butt and start running.” For more information on Marathon Tours and Travel, visit https://marathontours.com

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