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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS “Working with Jody and South County Magazine has been a fantastic experience from beginning to end. And there really is no end, considering they offer a wide variety of services for the local business who wants some great attention. The magazine is high quality. As a reader first, I always trusted South County to provide high quality content about the businesses in my area and the real people who own and operate them. South County Magazine highlights the efforts of local businesses with style and local business is the heartbeat of our communities. I was so impressed with the writing. Jody captured the essence of our company and the story behind it which is so important for our industry. Two thumbs up for South County - a simply great publication.” - Lindsey M. Fisher, CEO at A Mission for Michael, Inc. "Our company recently started advertising in South County Magazine and we have already received a great return on our investment! There are obviously many options when deciding where to place your marketing dollars, but for my money, I'm very happy to be partnered with a publication run by people who truly care about helping my business grow. Jody and her team worked with me to develop a campaign that would maximize my exposure to new customers and generate the best possible results. Thank you from all of us here at The Other Guys." - David Marzluf, The Other Guys Awning & Tint Specialists "As local business owners and professionals, we are so lucky to have South County Magazine to reach our target customer through advertising and share our business 'stories" and philosophies through the editorial opportunities. Working with South County Magazine couldn't be easier. I was helped every step of the way - from the photography, writing and design - AND ALL AT NO EXTRA COST. Since participating, my business has tripled - a significant return on my advertising investment. Advertising with South County Magazine is simple, straight-forward and most importantly ... it works!" - Victoria Vannini, Howard Jones Salon, Dana Point "It is an absolute pleasure advertising with South County Magazine. Wow! We were stunned by the overwhelming exposure and publicity from being on the front cover of South County Magazine. It put our Assisted Living Community on the map for South County. We felt special and like Rock Stars!"- Aileen and Paul Brazeau, San Clemente Villas by the Sea "Being new to San Juan Capistrano, I wasn’t sure what would be the best avenue for advetising and marketing. Thankfully I picked up a copy of South County Magazine at a restaurant and read the testimonials. They were not like any I’d seen – raving about the staff and Jody’s way of being more like a partner in your business than just an advertising publication. Jody met with me soon after I called. She listened to my goals and concerns, and then shared her thoughts and expertise with regard to what might be most effective for my unique business. Several months later, she is still in easy contact, never seeming like she’s trying to make a sale, but always wanting to be sure I don’t miss an opportunity to grow. I cannot say enough about what an asset Jody and her magazines are to our communities and businesses." - Catherine Darras, Catherine Darras Hypnotherapy, San Juan Capistrano "With many options when investing my advertising dollars, I decided to interview and research the local publications before I made a decision. After several interviews, it was clear we would put our trust into Jody and South County Magazine. Jody is a delight to work with, giving above and beyond professionalism and attention to detail. I feel she truly cares about the success of my ad and my business. Thank you Jody, South County Magazine is the best!" - Mary McPherson, Awoken Life Brain Wave Optimization, San Juan Capistrano "After searching for the best bang for my marketing dollar, I thought I hit a wall until I found South County Magazine. Great customer service is a priority to me, so when I met Jody and the staff, I was very pleased. They are very organized with a family feel. They want the best for your business and it shows. The best part of South County Magazine - it works! I have received many amazing clients due to this magazine. Thank you South County Magazine you are the best! !" - Brittany De Anda, Bronze by Brittany, San Juan Capistrano "We have been in business for 9 years and we have always done advertising to reach new customers. Recently, we started advertising with South County Magazine and the calls began flowing in right away! Jody was so helpful and didn’t push us into a long-term contract. We believe that positive results are the only contract we need. We look forward to continuing to build our business even more with South County Magazine." - Scott & Suzie Sells, Spot Free Windows, San Juan Capistrano APRIL 2015

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April 2015 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 jody@southcountymag.com Art Director David Perez Editorial Intern Jackie Grade Editorial Assistant Alex DeFelice Sales & Marketing Marlo Andersen • Anthony Arcurio Eric Bergstrom, Bergstrom Media Kim Roberson Distribution Managers Rolando Ruiz • David Starr Advertising Inquiries (714) 469-3495 Contributing Writers Juris Bunkis, M.D., FACS Cara Fraser Stephanie Frisch Richard Granese, M.D. Shelley Hancock Nicole Howard Ann Laurence Makena Marangu, M.D. Orshi McNaughton C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas Cover Photography AnaMaria Brandt, AnaMaria Brandt Photography Contributing Photographer Diana Schmitt, Accents by Diana

South County Magazine serves the communities of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo. We will strive to continually improve with each edition and welcome feedback from our readers. For questions or comments, please e-mail the editor at jody@southcountymag.com


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Understanding and Surviving Network Confusion 18 Skincare Trends 20 Business Showcase: Gorilla Grass 24 Standout Student: Isabella Abusaid 28

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Seven Reasons Why You Can't Lose Weight 30

COVER FEATURE: Acting Academy for Kids

Business Lending Solutions in South Orange County 32 Consistency is Key 38

Detox: The First Step to Recovery 10 Business Showcase: Awoken Life 14 Q & A with Al Hensling, President of United American Mortgage Company 16

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Custom Fit Appliances Provide Alternatives to the C-PAP for Snoring and Sleep Apnea 42 Soka University's 14th Annual International Festival 58

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Detox - The First Step to Recovery A Q & A with Richard Granese, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist ubstance abuse disorders and mood and anxiety disorders that develop independently of intoxication, dependence and withdrawal are among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the United States. The South Orange County-based A Mission for Michael, Inc. (AMFM) specializes in drug and alcohol rehab and dual diagnosis treatment and offers 45 or 90-day programs specifically designed for people with co-occuring disorders.

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"With a dual diagnosis, both the mental health issue and the addiction have their own unique symptoms," says Chief Operating Officer Lindsey Fisher. "They also both affect and interact with each other. If a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance use problem usually gets worse and vice versa. Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, substance use causes side effects and in the long run worsens the very symptoms they initially numbed or relieved. Substance use can trigger mental health symptoms. Alcohol and drugs also interact with medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills and mood stabilizers. These are questions we have to identify first and we can create an integrative treatment plan from there." While many programs offer treatment in these areas, a core strength at A Mission for Michael is its size - programs here are focused on quality, not quantity - and one M.D. treats patients from beginning to end for a true continuum of care. "We treat a maximum of eight men at a time," says Psychiatrist Richard Granese, M.D., "This allows for full participation and lets our staff work with our patients and their families on a deeper level. The amount of flexibility in our treatment planning allows for us to mold our program to the individual - not the individual to our program." At A Mission for Michael, all of its process groups (there are four per day) are run by Masters or Ph.D.-level clinicians and licensed counselors who have many years experience in both chemical dependency and mental illness.

While many programs offer treatment in these areas, a core strength at A Mission for Michael is its size - programs here are focused on quality, not quantity - and one M.D. treats patients from beginning to end for a true continuum of care. The AMFM treatment team understands that navigating the information surrounding these co-occuring disorders and the available treatment options can be overwhelming for addicted individuals and their loves ones. For this reason, Dr. Granese and Mrs. Fisher have accepted South County Magazine's invitation to serve as category experts in a series of ongoing features addressing frequently asked questions regarding detox, rehabilitation and recovery at A Mission for Michael. South County Magazine: Detox is an essential first step to the recovery process. How do you determine if someone needs detox? Dr. Granese: Prior to an individual being accepted into A Mission for Michael, he will be screened to determine if a medical detox will be necessary. Some substances of abuse - including alcohol - are not to be stopped abruptly due to potential complications without a supervised medical detox. While going through withdrawal of other substances may be extremely uncomfortable, it is not as potentially life-threatening. Therefore, the initial screening for admission will be very important to find the right setting that is safest for our patients. Every person who calls A Mission for Michael will be treated as an individual and referred to the safest setting most appropriate and most suitable for their success. Our patients are fully detoxed before they are admitted to our program. We

Have a question you'd like to see addressed in an upcoming issue? Email jody@southcountymag.com or contact Dr. Granese directly at (949) 489-0950 or visit www.amissionformichael.com APRIL 2015

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Based upon the findings of the exam Dr. Granese will determine if the patient is appropriate for A Mission for Michael and the patient will be admitted to the program. If he requires inpatient detox or inpatient psychiatric treatment, A Mission for Michael will facilitate these referrals. designed our program this way. If we have 6 – 12 weeks with someone, we want that time spent working hard on his or her treatment plan, not spent detoxing. Many chemicals take time to fully exit the system, so we expect many of our patients will not feel their best. Much of the way we set up their program is designed to help them feel as comfortable and safe as possible, to eat balanced, nutritious meals prepared by our chef and participate in physical activity five times per week, including yoga and lots of fresh air … we are located at the beach, we should take advantage of this!

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SCM: Psychiatric evaluations – what is it and how does an individual get one? Lindsey Fisher: Every person who seems to be a good fit for A Mission for Michael will meet with Dr. Granese prior to being admitted to the program. Dr. Granese is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience in patients struggling with chemical dependency issues and co-occurring mental or emotional illness. When Dr. Granese meets with the individual he will perform a psychiatric evaluation that includes a comprehensive history and examination. Based upon the findings of the exam Dr. Granese will determine if the patient is appropriate for A Mission for Michael and the patient will be admitted to the program. If he requires inpatient detox or inpatient psychiatric treatment, A Mission for Michael will facilitate these referrals.

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SCM: What happens if someone needs to go to the hospital while in treatment? LF: If the patient requires admission to a psychiatric unit at any point in the treatment with A Mission for Michael, Dr. Granese will be able to care for the patient. We call this “360-degree care” – the ability for one doctor to treat the patient from beginning to end without having to pass off the patient. The ability to have one psychiatrist throughout treatment is almost unheard of in the chemical dependency field. Many programs will have a psychiatrist that can evaluate the person while in their program but then has to pass the person to another psychiatrist when they get referred to the hospital setting. The doctor to patient ratio is also superior – one psychiatrist treats a maximum of eight men. In addition to having Dr. Granese at A Mission for Michael, we also have nursing staff and a clinical team consisting of Master’s and PhD level doctors with years of extensive experience with psychiatric patients. Overall, chemically dependent patients with co-occurring psychiatric conditions greatly benefit from a certain integrative pattern of treatment services. This co-occurring population has more employment, family and medical issues than patients without a co-occurring disorder. Receiving psychiatric services concurrently with chemical dependency treatment optimizes treatment outcomes. A Mission for Michael is a integrative treatment provider meaning there are both mental health and substance abuse clinicians working with the individual simultaneously which can fully address the patient’s healthcare needs. APRIL 2015

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Acting Academy for Kids Greets the Future

From (L): Shelby Lewis, Lani Lewis, Ava Freeman, Tiffany Freeman, Isabella Uygan, Stephen Zygo, Kim Heinecke and Kaitlyn Heinecke.

2015 Summer Camps, Lasting Friendships and More by Jody Robinson • cover photography by Anamaria Brandt Photography additional images by Accent Portraits by Diana

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mong the perks of my job as editor of South County Magazine is that I am afforded the opportunity to meet other local professionals in the community.

When writing a showcase on their respective businesses, it’s always nice to be able to get to know these individuals through the perspective of their clientele – but it’s especially fun when the interviewees are under the age of 11.

Shelby’s mother Lani says that “being a part of the Acting Academy for Kids is the one activity Shelby absolutely loves and the one she always wants to participate in. She has been a part of the Acting Academy “family" since she was 4 years old and the Founders Stephen and Maggie Zygo with the benefits of belonging have newest member of the AA4K's family, son Julian been immeasurable - not only has she made wonderful, lasting friendships, but being involved in the performances has given her great skills that she carries into all areas of her life.”

I recently sat down with several longtime students of Acting Academy for Kids (AA4K), to learn of their personal experiences of participating in one of Orange County’s premier performing arts academies for children ages 4 through 17. Founders Stephen and Maggie Zygo and their team of trained performing artists and credentialed educators offer multiple programs that provide an authentic theater experience to expose young people to all aspects of the performing arts. Ten-year-old Shelby Lewis has been “Mr. Zygo’s” student at Acting Academy for Kids for the last six years, where she has participated in about 14 full-scale productions and receives private piano and vocal lessons. “I love that I get to be someone different every single week and try out new things,” says Shelby. “But one of the best things about being a part of (Acting Academy for Kids) is the amazing friends I have made here.” APRIL 2015

Kaitlin Heinecke, age 10, Ava Freeman, age 9, and Isabella Uygan, age 7, echo Shelby’s sentiment. It was obvious from their easy banter that the girls truly treasure – in the words of Ava - their “everlasting friendship.”

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Kim Heinecke agrees with Lani’s assessment and adds that her 10year-old daughter Kaitlin’s participation since the age of four has been “wonderful for her self-esteem and given her the confidence to stand up in front of her class to present book reports. She even sought out the opportunity to solo at her school talent show – something that many of her peers found intimidating and unnerving.” Being at ease in front of a group is no mean feat: Chapman University undertook a study in 2014 about personal fears, and found that public speaking ranked as the most common phobia - beating out heights, bugs and zombies. For my part, I think if AA4K is able to help its students alleviate a fear of public speaking, this alone would make participation worthwhile.

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But after interviewing these young students and their moms and hearing firsthand the lessons they’ve learned, the lasting friendships forged and the feeling of “belonging” to an extended “family” of fellow young performers and the seasoned professionals who oversee the year-round and summer camp productions, I came away intent on sending my own children to AA4K’s Summer Performing Arts Camps. "AA4Kids provides an encouraging, collaborative

Summer camps The Academy offers Performing Arts Camps all summer long. Weeklong sessions provide children and teens with the Acting Academy for Kids’ signature fulltheater immersion experience, capped off with a performance for family and friends on their Main Stage. Kids have the option to sign up for a single week, the entire summer, or anywhere in between.

atmosphere where the kids really feel like they are part of something important.”

How it all began

“My twin passions have always been teaching kids and acting,” says Stephen, who has degrees in both Musical Theatre Performance and Elementary Education. As an undergraduate, Stephen became an elementary school teacher and theatre arts director in New York and later in Hawaii, where he met his wife Maggie in graduate school as they were both completing Masters Degrees in teaching. After graduation the couple relocated to Southern California where they continued their careers in education. Stephen was also running his school’s K-8 theater department. They were settling into their new roles in California– just in time for the recession to hit. Budget cuts and widespread teaching layoffs cost the pair (the newest hires on staff at their respective schools) their jobs. Those job losses were a difficult thing, but sometimes unforeseen changes create unforeseen opportunities. Stephen saw a need in the community and simply wanted to continue helping kids benefit from the tremendous experiences found in the performing arts. Stephen and Maggie took a leap of faith and followed their passion to create an environment where students are free to explore musical theatre, acting, voice, dance and instrumental music – and the Acting Academy for Kids was born. In the ensuing years, Acting Academy for Kids has been voted “Best Theater School” and “Best Children’s Live Theater” in by local media outlets and attracts students from all corners of Orange County.

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“Summer camp is the perfect ‘test-drive’ for a child who’s interested,” says Maggie. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to interact outside their peer groups as well.” In addition to its academic year and summer programs, the Acting Academy for Kids provides after-school acting classes (group and private), vocal training, and guitar and piano lessons. Fundamental concepts like improvisation, line memorization, character development, professional singing techniques and voiceover training give students a performing arts foundation that helps develop self esteem through a grade-A learning experience. Acting Academy for Kids is also set apart from the other independent performing arts programs in Orange County by the quality and caliber of its faculty members. “Our teachers are trained performing artists and credentialed educators,” says Maggie. “They understand how kids learn.” The Academy’s dedicated team of industry educators and professionals create a fun and safe environment wholly focused on the experience of each child involved. Live scan screened, 1st Aid & CPR certifications, and years of experience working with children are necessary qualifications to join the Acting Academy for Kids team. The couple credits much of their successes to date to the community of parents and volunteers who help bring each production to life. It also helps that they choose productions that children and teens love to perform. At the award-winning Performing Arts Summer Camps this summer they’ll be putting on stage productions of hit themes including Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan & more!

The Academy’s home base at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano (and satellite location at the Cabrillo Playhouse in San Clemente) allow aspiring singers, actors, musicians, and set designers to try their hands at the real thing – in an actual working theater as opposed to an ad-hoc stage in a warehouse or community center.

If your child is at the top or bottom end of the age range for the Summer Camps, don't worry – the age range is split into smaller groups of 4-7, 710, and 10-13 year olds (contingent upon enrollment). This means that each group can be tailored specifically to the age of the children, and they can work on making friends with children at a similar stage in life.

“We want kids to experience the real deal — an active dressing room, staging, lighting design, and set creation in a genuine working theater,” says Stephen. “Hands-on cooperative learning helps kids understand that each role is vital to the success of a show.”

In saying that, the bond between Ava, Isabella, Shelby and Kaitlin, who range in age from 7 to 10 years, is a testament to the fact that at Acting Academy for Kids, instructors foster an environment where everyone gets along, no matter their background or age.

In the Acting Academy’s Musical Theater Series, young cast members produce and perform popular Broadway musicals every 12 weeks. These seasonal programs each culminate in a full-scale production with professional lighting, sets, and sound.

“Moms are always telling me how much their kids look forward to rehearsals and how the program gives them happiness all week long,” says Ava’s mom Tiffany Freeman. “My daughter is pretty much floating on air from Monday night until late Tuesday because she gets so excited about rehearsals and it has made a real difference to some of her friends who have joined the program who were dealing with some tough stuff … giving them time for imaginative play and something else to think about.

For Stephen and Maggie, the Acting Academy for Kids is also about an experience that transcends the theatre. It’s about providing students opportunities to become more polished and poised, not only as performers, but as individuals. Interpersonal skills, speaking skills, memorization and the ability to present oneself in front of an audience are just some of the rewards of the Acting Academy for Kids programs.

Acting Academy for Kids provides an encouraging, collaborative atmosphere where the kids really feel like they are part of something and that they are important.”

Connect with Acting Academy for Kids by visiting www.ActingAcademyForKids.com. APRIL 2015

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Awoken Life by Heather Evans

here’s something to be said about seeking a better life for yourself. Some find solace from stress in simple things, like taking a walk or bubble bath. Others seek wisdom through therapy and medicine. But can you honestly say these avenues ever really help? Or do you just hang on until the next appointment with your therapist, until the next time you can take a refreshing walk?

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I had never considered the art of getting back to life and dare I say living it until I met Mary McPherson from the San Juan Capistranobased Awoken Life. Awoken Life specializes in Brainwave Optimization (something you might have heard about on Oprah, read from the pages of People magazine or in science journals). “Brainwave Optimization is about getting you, back to you,” says Mary, a Certified Optimization Specialist. “Some people spend tens of thousands of dollars and endless years on therapy and medications, that might work for them. Others want to get back to living happily and balanced right away with a natural, holistic approach. Brainwave Optimization is a week-long intensive program which leaves you centered, balanced, and recharged. Some of the things we help people with are anxiety, ADD/ADHD, addictions, anger, depression, brain injuries, panic attacks, PTSD, and Insomnia or sleep disorders.” Brainwave Optimization is a unique highly scientific, yet holistic approach. Over 80,000 people have successfully participated, and the number grows every day. What are they experiencing? ”We start with an intensive scientific evaluation of your brainwaves, using a very advanced computer program in the initial assessment,” Mary comments. “We determine where the imbalances and frequency levels are in the initial assessment. The program is so advanced we are able to tell if you’ve experienced trauma, sadness, or have anxiety... whatever is causing your brainwaves to function at an improper

level. We can then create a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. Over the next 5 days, you can relax in our zero gravity chair while listening to audio feedback being created by your own brainwave frequencies and mirrored back through this advanced technology. This clinically proven process can be viewed on our website, www.awokenlife.com, under “What is Brainwave Optimization?” Awoken Life is dedicated to helping people achieve their potential, through Brainwave Optimization, guided visualization and even hypnotherapy. “Wellness is first a state of mind. From there the body will follow.” - Lee Gerdes, Brainwave Optimization Founder. Awoken Life has changed the lives of so many people who can’t wait to share their stories. Read about local Dana Point resident Vince’s experience: “I cannot put into words how much Awoken Life has changed my life. Struggles of alcohol dependency, depression, spelling and even my fear of heights suddenly became manageable. I went in to this a total skeptic and was made in to a believer. Thank you for giving me a life I never thought possible.” Another happy client, Dawn from Temecula, echoes Vince's sentiment and adds “Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization has changed my life. I have been able to stop taking my depression medicine that I took for over 10 years. I am no longer tired, sad, or depressed. I have stopped my anxiety compulsive picking. I no longer drink 3 cans of Coke a day. I am learning more about myself than ever before. I am a new and improved person, able to cope with life, and stressors that happen daily. Thank you for renewing my life!” Awoken Life is an all-natural, responsive, holistic approach to total wellness. Call to find out if this technology is right for you or those you love. .

Mary McPherson is the founder of Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization™, where she helps adults and children achieve brain balance and harmony in order to live healthier, happier, and more abundant lives. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit www.awokenlife.com. Call today for a complimentary consultation. Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization is located at 30320 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 104 in San Juan Capistrano. APRIL 2015

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ASK THE EXPERTS

down of 2008, more and more programs and financing options will open up. But always be wary of the deal that sounds too good to be true. Even though recent changes have cleaned up the lending industry, there are still people out there that are not looking out for the client’s best interest. Families should always determine the experience level of their mortgage professional, along with checking references from previous clients. HBM: How do you and United American Mortgage operate as compared to other mortgage providers?

Q &A with Al Hensling, President of United American Mortgage With conventional financing at all-time lows of as little as 3% down, OC families look to purchase or refinance in the new year. By many industry seers’ accounts, families will be back in the market for homes in 2015. Is your family one of them? Before you pull the trigger, Al Hensling, President of United American Mortgage, offers you the following perspectives – and advice. HB Magazine: What recent developments in the mortgage market are relevant to families now? Al Hensling: After a period of time in which it was extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage, things have started to normalize and lending guidelines are starting to loosen. Recently Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced conventional financing with as little as 3% as a down payment. This combined with the lowest interest rates that we have seen since mid-2013 make it a perfect time to purchase a home. FHA has also lowered mortgage insurance costs to make it more affordable to own a home. HBM: How does 2015 look? AH: As the Economy continues to grow and we experience job growth, more families will have an opportunity to experience the benefits of home ownership. Clients always ask what is going to happen to interest rates. I really wish I had that crystal ball to answer them accurately. It is difficult to say what rates will do, as markets have not reacted to this economy as they had previously. I counsel clients to borrow based on need and what they can afford. HBM: What are opportunities or risks that should families be aware of right now? AH: Loan programs are changing almost daily. As we move farther away from the mortgage melt-

Al Hensling is President of United American Mortgage of Irvine. Connect with Al and his team by calling (800) 708-5626 x110 or by emailing him at alhensling@uamco.com. APRIL 2015

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AH: United American Mortgage takes a personalized approach to lending and determining what is truly best for the individual borrower’s needs. Our objective is to attain a client for life by providing the very highest customer service experience and the best possible mortgage products. Our team of mortgage professionals has been recognized for providing solutions where others have failed. Most recently we had the opportunity to assist a family that had been turned down at several institutions looking to obtain a loan for a new home purchase. We were able to structure the transaction under very attractive terms and allow the buyers to put down a smaller down payment than other groups had originally quoted them.


Understanding and Surviving Network Confusion by Stephanie Frisch

Do you have Blue Shield PPO? Did you buy it directly through Blue Shield or did you apply for it through Covered California. Have you ever been told that the doctor you want to see takes Blue Shield PPO but NOT Covered California Blue Shield PPO? The biggest challenge that I see is educating front office staff. Many times those taking phone calls and scheduling appointments are people that have been given misinformation as to how the insurance networks work with Covered California. Here is the absolute fact. It doesn’t matter what the front office staff may tell you. Not one of them are licensed, certified and engaged in the insurance world like I am representing several hundred insured. There is only one Blue Shield PPO network. All providers accepting Blue Shield individual/family plan PPO’s DO ACCEPT Covered California Blue Shield PPO. That network is one in the same. The federal laws created to protect people in the formation of the ACA made this stipulation. That is why some insurance providers chose not to participate on Covered California (Such as Cigna and Assurant). Blue Shield is the only PPO offered on CoveredCA.com. Here’s an example to help clarify:

Do you have Blue Shield PPO? Did you buy it directly through Blue Shield or did you apply for it through Covered California. Have you ever been told that the doctor

If someone applied through Covered California when they were on unemployment and not making much money, and they wanted a PPO, they would apply for Blue Shield PPO getting the federal subsidy money they receive based on their income (Let’s say the total premium was $525, but they get a subsidy of $225. Now their monthly payment to Blue Shield is $300). They go to the Blue Shield provider directory to see what doctor is nearby in-network, they select; “2015 Individual and Family Plans (Including Covered California)” as their network, and call to set an appointment with one of the doctor’s listed. Six months later they get a job, and now they’re making $45, 000 a year. They update Covered California, they lose their subsidy, but their plan is still in place, they just have to pay full price for it. They still look at the same selection to pick the doctor: “2015 Individual and Family Plans (Including Covered California)” The structure of federal subsidy help wouldn’t work if there were different networks for those receiving subsidy and those not receiving subsidy. People’s incomes change, and as they fluctuate, their doctors and hospitals need to remain consistent and not change. That is why, if an insurance company participates on Covered California, the network of doctors available to people with the insurance company they choose; Blue Shield etc., must be the same. Back to making that appointment and the person telling you they take Blue Shield PPO individual & family plans, but not through Covered California. Here is the best option I have found; Tell them to call the company that processes their billing (This is part of the disconnect, most doctors now use a third party for billing that has no communication with office staff). And let the doctor know about their staff, this is a grassroots educational effort, one doctor’s office at a time unfortunately.

you want to see takes Blue Shield PPO but NOT Covered California Blue Shield PPO?

Stephanie Frisch is the owner of Insurance 101 and is an independent insurance broker dedicated to helping others make “educated decisions” about their insurance choices when it comes to Medicare, Long-Term Care Planning, The Health Insurance Marketplace-Covered California and Life Insurance. For answers to your questions, or an in-home, no-fee consultation, call (949) 351-2443. APRIL 2015

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Skincare Trends by Shelley Hancock

Let’s talk microdermabrasion. It’s actually a very old technology but there still seems to be much interest from the public.

Owner Shelley Hancock, Real Transformation Center

n the last issue I shared with you my three favorite skin care modalities (microphototherapy, LED light therapy and oxygen infusion). If you didn’t see that issue, the information is posted on my website. I’d like to continue sharing more information about the exciting cutting edge technologies available in the skin care world.

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Let’s talk microdermabrasion. It’s actually a very old technology but there still seems to be much interest from the public. I purchased my first microdermabrasion machine in 1989. It looked like an ice cream cart and sprayed crystals everywhere. The technology has definitely come a long way since then! Back in the 90’s it was really the only technology we had available, so literally everyone was getting this treatment. The truth of the matter is that it’s not really favorable for every skin type. The older we get, we really don’t want to have suction done on our faces. There’s a good chance that it could break the capillaries, leaving you with redness and heading to the dermatologist for laser treatments to reverse it. Our skin gets thinner as we get older, so intense exfoliation is only going to make it thinner much faster…..not a good thing! The new generation of microdermabrasion is gentler but just as effective. We use Ultrasound, which offers retexturing with the gen-

tle use of vibration at 28,000 cycles per second. There is no redness or downtime. We pair it with something called the Dermafile. This uses the same diamonds that are on the traditional microdermabrasion machine but with no suction. So, with this two-step process we’ve given you a very effective exfoliation with no chance of irritation to your skin. It’s been called “The Lunch Time Face Lift." Microcurrent is another modality that has been around for a very long time. It aids in reducing the signs of aging by utilizing a low level of electricity. These tiny microcurrent impulses trigger chemical reactions at a cellular level to enhance the production of natural collagen and elastin, provide circulatory benefits and work directly on the nerves and muscle fibers. The result is visible firming and smoothing of the skin.

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To quote D. Tsoklis, an expert on the subject, “Microcurrent is the reproduction of your own biological current. As we age, this current, which sends messages from the brain to the muscles via the spinal cord, does not send those messages properly.” The Microcurrent treatment restores those messages from the brain to tell the skin to rejuvenate. It helps tone facial muscles by replicating our own biological currents. Having said all of that, I am not a huge fan of microcurrent. So why would I even want to share it with you? Because it is still one of the most asked for treatments by the public. I have used it for many years and my experience is that the results don’t last very long. The technology is sound but I feel like it needs to be paired up with other modalities to create better and longer lasting results. We like to combine it with electroporation (that’s a mouthful!), low level radio frequency and microphototherapy (which I talked about in the last issue). We make a cocktail treatment for optimum results! Tune back in next month for more skincare trends!

Connect with Shelley at the Real Transformation Center by calling (949) 481-4037. Her oceanfront location is conveniently situated along scenic PCH in Capistrano Beach at 34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 204. APRIL 2015

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Synthetic Lawngrass and Professional Putting Greens by Jody Robinson

Owning your own home is a huge part of the American dream – but it's not just owning a home … it’s the pride of ownership that extends to the care you put into the way the property looks – inside and out.

Living with a water shortage in California is just par for the course (pun intended), but synthetic grass can help you cut down significantly on your water usage and judging by the results we achieved, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for cost-savings.

The front lawn is one of the first things about your home that people see, and a tidy, lush-looking lawn not only adds to your home’s curb appeal, but also adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of your neighborhood.

“Synthetic or artificial lawn grass is so sophisticated today, that is very closely imitates real live grass while saving water, which saves a serious amount of money for the home or business,” says Denis. “In general, by switching to artificial lawn, the savings in water consumption amount to about 48 gallons per square foot, per year – an outstanding figure!”

But “lush” might be quite a stretch to achieve with the water shortage and no end in sight to our state’s drought conditions. That is, unless you call Gorilla Grass – providers of the highest quality synthetic lawn grass for both residential and commercial customers. For our part, my husband and I were tired of looking at a barren patch of dirt in our backyard and I hesitate to call what was struggling to grow there “grass.” We decided to install a synthetic lawn and called on Gorilla Grass owner Denis Weber and his professional team to try to make the area look better and have it be a more useable space for the kids could play. Serving Orange County since 1998, Denis has continually grown the company year after year – a testament to the quality of his product and service. Gorilla Grass provides two types of grass: Synthetic Lawngrass and Professional Putting Greens.

When we spoke with Denis, it was immediately evident that he is extremely proud of his product, but we were equally impressed by personal testimonials of his many happy customers. “Denis has done an incredible job with an incredible product,” says Mike and Shannon Wells concerning the installation of Gorilla Grass at their home. “The kids play constantly on the grass, and we will be adding a new family member (a puppy) without any worries. We cannot say enough about how happy we are with the product as well as with Denis and his team.” According to Denis, the ways in which Gorilla Grass simulates real grass are numerous: “its weight (double the average at 143oz per

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Accent Portraits by Diana square yard), its high density, its extra softness and plushness, its resiliency, its height (2”, whereas most lawns are 1 1/2" to 1 3/4")”, and its special diamond-shaped fibers - which help make Gorilla Grass more resilient and more realistic. Gorilla Grass is just like real grass, only better. Denis’ golfing green material - Mirage Putting Green - is also available for avid golf enthusiasts who want to set up a practice green at home. “The Mirage Putting Green is 100% lead-free, heavy, dense, and is a nylon green that gives a ‘PGA-like feel’ every time,” says Denis. Denis is incredibly grateful to his staff, in particular one very “gifted visionary” who works tirelessly to develop new and existing products. He calls this inventor the “Steve Jobs of our industry” and credits him with the high quality of their Mirage Putting Green and Gorilla Grass, which Denis proudly says are the "two finest products available anywhere in their respective categories." Denis and his team pride themselves on superior customer service. Client Ken Lee asked Gorilla Grass to install a back lawn for him, and met with 4 different artificial lawn vendors before choosing Denis. “Denis was by far the most professional, friendly, and informative,” says Ken Lee, who met with four different artificial lawn vendors before choosing Gorilla Grass. “The installation went without a hitch, despite the fact that I made some design changes prior to install. Denis and his lead installer, Roman, were outstanding and a pleasure to work with.” Denis credits the success of Gorilla Grass to having “the motivation, the ability, the know-how, the creativity and the financial capability to manufacture and market the absolute finest products in the industry.” Customer Dr. Dante Toriello agrees with Denis’ assessment and adds that the work was so good, his lawn had become “uniform, maintenance free and beautiful.” His American dream had been fulfilled, and in Dante's words, thanks to Gorilla Grass, his home had now become “the showplace in the neighborhood.” APRIL 2015

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STANDOUT STUDENT

Isabella Abusaid St. Anne School

Isabella is just as involved outside of school as she is on campus. She has a black belt in traditional Taekwondo and has been playing soccer for the past 7 years. athletics coach. “… Her desire and willingness to thoroughly understand her identity as a distance runner is inspiring. The sport of Cross Country is where her natural ability finds refuge, but what is most intrinsic is her ability to remain poised with technique, form, and stamina, as she journeys through this life, her life, as a remarkable young woman. Isabella is truly conscious of this; that running competitively is not merely about winning the race. Instead, it requires a great deal of perseverance and determination to accomplish the victory.”

ince she began at St. Anne School 10 ½ years ago, Isabella Abusaid has been an incredible example of what it means to be a St. Anne student. Now in eighth grade, Isabella has grown to be a leader in the St. Anne School community in addition to her active life outside of school.

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Isabella is just as involved outside of school as she is on campus. She has a black belt in traditional Taekwondo and has been playing soccer for the past 7 years. She is an experienced underwater diver, having done several dives in Hawaii, Mexico, and the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, Isabella belongs to the National Charity League, Capistrano Coast Chapter.

Not only is she an honor roll student with a great attitude, Isabella is also a talented athlete and a valued member of the St. Anne cross country and track and field teams. She is actively involved in the St. Anne School WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program. As a WEB leader, Isabella mentors new middle school students to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school.

“St. Anne's Core Values are Faith, Character, Community, Excellence and Balance. Isabella embodies all of these values,” says St. Anne School Assistant Principal Jamie Harding. “She demonstrates a strong moral compass and is kind to all those around her … I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Isabella!”

“Isabella Abusaid beautifully embodies and exemplifies character, commitment, discipline, tenaciousness, integrity, and selflessness,” says Jeanine Andrade, St. Anne School

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Believe that something MUST change. You can't be wishy-washy about it. You can't be considering it. You can't even be pretty sure about it. You've got to be rock solid. Believe that YOU must change it. You can't pass the buck of responsibility and expect to lose weight. It's on your shoulders. Other people will prove to be great assets in your journey, but in the end you are the one who is going to make it happen. You have to want this weight loss enough to make it your personal mission. Believe you CAN change it. You may have failed in the past, but that doesn't matter. When you put your mind to it, you're able to do amazing things. Do you believe that you are capable of losing weight? Once you own the belief that you can, you'll be unstoppable.

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Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight by Orshi McNaughton

There are few things more frustrating than not being able to lose weight. You want to be slimmer and to tone your body, but your weight won't budge. Read the following “7 Weight Loss Blockers” to discover what is standing in your way and how to quickly and easily begin your weight loss journey.

Blocker #1: Your Mind Your mind is your number one ally when it comes to achieving your goals. However, until your mind has been programmed for success, it will do more to derail your efforts than to help you. Take a few moments each day to visualize yourself at your ideal weight. Imagine how it feels to look the way you've always wanted. Protect your mind from any negative self-talk. If a negative thought comes to mind, immediately reject it. You want to be thin and fit, and yet you think of yourself as out-ofshape and fat. Re-program your mind to think of yourself as fit and attractive, and you will be well on your way toward achieving your goal. Give up the belief that you can't achieve the body you've always dreamed of. See it first in your mind, and then in the mirror.

Blocker #2: Your Fear Change makes most of us nervous – even if it is a change in the right direction. You may not be consciously aware of the fear you have of getting into shape. Until you conquer this fear, your weight loss efforts will be blocked by self-sabotage. Professional speaker and author, Anthony Robbins, has outlined three specific beliefs that you must have in order to conquer your fear and instantly create a lasting change. APRIL 2015

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Believe that something MUST change. You can't be wishy-washy about it. You can't be considering it. You can't even be pretty sure about it. You've got to be rock solid.

Blocker #3: Your Excuses Your excuses for being out-of-shape are getting old. An excuse takes less immediate effort than an action, but in the long run the action taker always has the advantage. Don't allow excuses to ruin your life any longer. Don't skip out on your responsibilities with excuses, instead expect more from yourself. Focus on the big reason why you are losing the weight. Make a list of the benefits you'll enjoy once you achieve your goal, and read them first thing each morning. Remember that you can only have two things in life: excuses or results. Which one do you want?

Blocker #4: Your Commitment How many times have you tried to lose weight, only to give up a week or two later? We live in a commitment-phobic world, so it's no wonder that you routinely abandon your goals. If you truly want to lose weight then your commitment to the process is a must. The margin between success and failure is bridged by your commitment. Don't give up until your goal has been achieved. Treat exercise with the same importance as a work meeting, and you'll never skip it at the last minute. Find three available 60-minute time slots in your schedule and mark them (in pen) on your calendar. Now stick to your schedule.

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Blocker #5: Your Diet If you consistently eat the wrong food, then you're weight loss efforts will all be in vain. To put it bluntly, you need to stop eating junk. Processed foods, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup do not belong in your diet if you want to be in great shape. Cut these items out of your diet and replace them with real whole foods like lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruits. Don't eat processed foods. Even though processed foods are accepted by our society, they contain tons of chemicals and empty calories that will make you sick and fat. Fat contains twice the caloric density of protein and carbohydrates, so make sure to limit the amount that you consume. Eat lots of lean proteins and wholesome carbohydrates from plants and whole grains. Vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds are filled with fiber and antioxidants which are vital for healthy weight loss. Snack on these instead of packaged treats.

Blocker #6: Your Patience It takes time to transform your body from fat to fit, even though you want it to happen overnight. Remind yourself that it took time to put the weight on, so it will take time to take the weight off. When you find your patience wavering, or when you encounter a frustrating plateau, do the following: Review your goal. Is it specific and measurable? Is it small and attainable, rather than monumental? Focus on your goal when the going gets tough. Make each workout a new experience. Challenge your body with different resistance, new exercises and a varied pace. Remember that anyone can have one great workout, but that won't get you the body you want. The only way to achieve your goal is by consistently exercising and eating right, plain and simple.

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Blocker #7: Your Support People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and are more likely to fail. It makes sense. Who would rush to the gym if no one was waiting for them? Who would push themselves if no one was paying attention? Exercising alone is a recipe for disaster. Find a workout partner who is in better shape than you or work with a local fitness expert to guarantee your results. Get serious about your results and begin the last weight loss program that you'll ever do.

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The Diary of Anne Frank Camino Real Playhouse 31776 El Camino Real SJC 5 p.m. April 3rd – April 12th

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Martini Mondays Harlow’s Kitchen and Craft Beer 31111 Rancho Viejo Rd. SJC, All Day - Every Monday

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n Commercial Asset Based Lines of Credit – these are short-to-mid-term lines to support rapid growth or seasonal issues. These lines are usually larger and require collateralization by an asset base built to support such a facility. n Commercial Term Loans -- a longer term credit that is used to support expansion (including real estate), improvements to business facilities, equipment, and the acquisition of going concerns or specific assets (products or inventories).

Business Lending Solutions in South Orange County by C. Lawrence “Larry’’ Thomas

As our South Orange County economy continues to improve, our local businesses turn their attention to preparing to grow. This preparation may be in the form of remodeling or purchasing their facility, adding to inventory, buying new equipment, or restructuring their financing to accommodate growth. Similarly, investors have renewed interest in purchasing commercial real estate. Clearly these businesses need a solid banking relationship to finance this preparation. The good news is that many banks have money to lend for these purposes. It is true, however, that, as a result of the recession, banks and banking regulators, have become more cautious; resulting in tightened underwriting criteria. This caution should not be a deterrent to potential borrowers. A customer-oriented bank will help businesses find solutions to their financing needs. At Partners Bank we offer a range of financing solutions for businesses and investors. These solutions include: owner occupied commercial real estate, and investor owned commercial real estate. Our experienced bankers work with businesses and investors to find a financing solution that is right for them. A few examples of business credit facilities commonly employed:

n Commercial Savings Secured Loans – a low cost method of procuring a credit facility that may otherwise not be possible to grant due to the affects of the recession. An important use of this facility is to rebuild credit. It does, however, require the deposit of cash into an offsetting time deposit account. n Owner-occupied Commercial Real Estate – used for the financing of business facilities that will be occupied 51% by the borrower; including new facilities or re-financing existing ones. n SBA Loans – Partners Bank is a Preferred SBA Lender and is an attractive alternative for small to medium sized businesses. Lending Products for investors include: n Commercial Real Estate – used to purchase or refinance commercial buildings and other commercial properties. Commercial lending solutions are offered by experienced bankers with a long record of service to Orange County businesses. Our South Orange County economic prosperity has returned. It is time for all of the businesses in this area to find ways to take advantage of the growth opportunities now before us. Financing, properly administered, is one of the keys to success. Here at Partners Bank you will find bankers who help businesses in innovative ways while holding to the highest banking standards.

n Commercial Revolving Lines of Credit – used to help aid businesses with working capital needs and to bridge the gap between when they collect receivables and when they must pay their bills. Financing inventory for future sale and payment is also a common usage for this financing.

C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas is Senior Vice President, Regional Banking Manager for South Orange County of Partners Bank of California. The region includes the cities of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. Larry can be reached at (949) 732-4020. APRIL 2015

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Consistency is Key by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser t takes anywhere from 21 to 40 times to turn a new behavior into a persistent habit. In other words, you’re not going to change what you’re doing overnight. When trying to create a change in your overall health, consistency is the key, but that may take some time.

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Most of us have the best intentions to exercise, choose the right foods, and make better health decisions. But life happens and it’s hardly easy to maintain the regularity you so desire. Mornings can be slammed getting kids ready for school and yourself ready for work, and by the end of the day you barely have the energy to drag yourself to the dinner table, let alone workout. you barely have the energy to drag yourself to the dinner table, let alone workout. Before you know it, your good intentioned health plan is in trouble and your prospects for “sticking to it” are quickly fading. Fear not. With few simple concepts and a little inspiration from Joseph Pilates you can succeed. First, hold yourself accountable to your new habit. Don’t fall in the trap of instant gratification. Trying something three times and saying it didn’t work is not the answer. For example the founder and visionary of the pilates method, Pilates states in his book Return To Life Through Contrology, “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll have a whole new you!” This concept can be applied to anything. If you choose to try a new activity like yoga or a new way of eating, challenge yourself to make it happen 30 times. Don’t pressure yourself that you need to do all 30 session instantly or daily, that will only lead to burn out. Slowly build the habit one week at a time adding more as it gets easier. Overtime you will see the change and will be pleasantly surprised with the results. “Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor,” said Pilates. At Align Pilates Center we strongly believe your health and quality of life is a worthwhile endeavor. Take one small step at a time, be consistent and we are sure you will be successful in finding a new, healthy, happier you.

Connect with the Align Pilates team by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visitwww.alignpilatescenter.com APRIL 2015

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2 modalities to work with and therefore you statistically have a better chance of success. I have had case after case, where I found that with the second feature on the appliance I was able to avoid failure on a case. How do you determine which appliance is right for you? A thorough exam and testing. The testing is very simple patients often times tell me after the tests, which appliance would be right for them, because the tests make it so obvious. Most often the patient has had a Sleep Study. Patients are very appreciative when I can help them understand what this test reveals and this also helps me determine the which appliance design would best suit the patient.

Custom Fit Appliances Provide Alternatives to the C-PAP for Snoring and Sleep Apnea by Scott E. West, D.D.S., F.A.G.D., D.A.C.S.D.D. Today, the best treatment for treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea when the CPAP mask is not indicated is Oral Appliance Therapy or OAT. OAT is the process of finding the appropriate dental appliance for the patient to wear at night to resolve his or her Snoring and or Sleep Apnea, and following up with the patient and making appropriate adjustments to the appliance so as to achieve your goal of stopping the snoring and or reducing the sleep apnea. What type of appliances are available. One type is what is called "Boil and Bites". These are the appliances one sees on T.V. Infomercials that you pretty much make on your own. I have seen hundreds of patients who have tried these appliances. What I hear over and over is, "It kind of worked for while but then it got loose and kept falling out of my mouth and was too uncomfortable to wear". Since they are not custom fit, they typically end up in the trash can. Another type is the custom appliance made by a dentist. Custom fit appliances are divided into three categories. Category one is the tongue suppression only appliances. They work on the principle of inhibiting the tongue from falling back and blocking the airway and consequently stopping the snoring or lessening the Sleep Apnea. I choose this appliance when the patient has significant problems with their jaw joint (or TMJ). The second category is called Mandibular Advancement Devices or MAD's. The mandible is your lower jaw. For most people if you move your lower jaw down and forward it will open up your airway. If you have ever taken a CPR class you would have learned this principle. This is the most commonly prescribed type of appliance.

After the appropriate appliance is selected, then it’s a matter of follow-up. We typically see patients 5 or 6 times before we feel the situation is handled. For patients who snore we have them down load an app that allows us to monitor their snoring. Having knowledge and experience with several appliances and appliance designs has dramatically increased our success rate. It is also important that the dentist staff has experience working with Medical Insurance. This field although completed by a dentist, does not utilize your Dental Insurance, but your Medical Insurance. Consequently, the staff must be well versed in Medical Insurance and the dentist should be a Medicare Provider for those who are on Medicare. However, some cases are not successful with only jaw advancement. Finally, one thing that has helped me immensely was attaining my Diplomat status for the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. Along with the rigorous training, it allowed my to document my cases to show that I able to consistently gain success in treatment.

The third category of appliances are called a Hybrid Appliances. A hybrid appliance combines the features of both Tongue Supression and Mandibular Advancement. If a patient tests well for both tongue suppression and mandibular advancement, I find we have the best odds of success, because you have

To connect with Dr. West, call (949) 829-6700 or visit www.cannotusecpap.com. Questions about your insurance plan? Not a problem. His staff is ready to find the best options for you. APRIL 2015

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Pets of the Month Meet Cherish, an adorable little pup who’s hoping to win your heart! At only a year old, Cherish is full of funloving energy and enjoys playing outdoors with her dog friends. Though when it’s time for a break, there’s no place she’d rather be than in your arms. Outgoing and very affectionate, Cherish would make a great addition to almost any home!

Fuzzy little Ahab is a super sweet hamster hoping for a new home. Curious with an outgoing nature, Ahab scampers over to greet you with a friendly twitch of his whiskers. He is an avid fan of meal times and rarely turns down a tasty snack. If you’re looking for a small furry friend, this happy little hamster may just be your perfect pet!

This handsome fellow is aptly named Adonis. He is around 2 years old and has a happy, friendly personality. Full of energy and fun, Adonis often enjoys outdoor activities such as vigorous walks or long romps in the yard while playing fetch. If there’s room in your heart for this oversized lapdog, Adonis has tons of love to give!

This blue-eyed beauty is Bridget, a 2 year old Siberian Husky looking for someone to sweep her off her paws. Bridget enjoys long hikes and outdoor adventures as well as quiet naps on the couch. Her ideal match would be someone with a spacious yard who is active and can keep her engaged. Could Bridget be the one for you?

If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

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Soka Performing Arts Center Presents: Trio Dinicu Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 PM Highly regarded for their unique creativity, Trio Dinicu blends the depth of classical training with the spontaneity of jazz and the excitement of the European folk tradition. Their repertoire consists of traditional pieces - folk, gypsy, classical or jazz - to which each member brings their individual personality to the ensemble, conversing in an inventive and improvisatory language. For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278. www.performingarts.soka.edu

Daniil Trifonov Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3 PM The critics are saying “Daniil Trifonov is classical music’s next big thing." So don't miss this exciting young artist. n Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in G minor n Beethoven - Sonata No.32, Op.111

n Liszt - Études d'exécution transcendante For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278. www.performingarts.soka.edu

Fred Hersch Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3 PM Six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Fred solo. For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278. www.performingarts.soka.edu

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Join us as we catch up with Blues Hall of Famer Darrell Mansfield at the cozy little nook of Laguna Sound Studios in downtown Laguna Beach, California. Often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of harmonica, Darrell does not disappoint in this episode. So Cal Safari digs a little deeper in this episode as we learn about Darrell's battle with depression and suicide attempts and his purpose of providing awareness to others who suffer from the same issues. And Darrell's good work of putting bibles in the hands of young Marines who put their lives on the line to defend our Freedom. And the best part, Darrell and his band perform 3 songs for you!

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The Other “F” Word by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott

farces were short comic sketches to pad the short breaks in long, often very somber morality plays – a welcome respite from five hours of serious drama. Even then people realized the importance of laughter in a healthy life. Laughter is known to reduce stress, relax muscles, improve your mood and lower blood pressure. Search out every opportunity you can to laugh every day! Go see a standup comedy show, take a comedy class or go see a fast paced farce and laugh your way to health and happiness!

rom radio and TV talk shows to local council chambers one particular word resonates. Current government decisions, policies and U-turns are regularly described as “farcical." This f-word is partly a surrogate for the word one can’t say in public but sums up a common attitude to current events: that our politicians have lost control as catastrophically as a theatrical character caught semi-naked with his mistress when the vicar rings the doorbell.

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This atmosphere of absurdity in public life may be one reason why theatre audiences are currently so fascinated by farce. A good farce obliges the audience to believe both in the characters and the events to the point where laughter is the only recourse. The wonderful paradox of farce is that there's a double image going on on stage. At the same time as we are laughing at the incompetence of the characters, we are aware of the deep expertise of the performers. That creates a very theatrical vibe.

Second Stage Stand Up Comedy is every second Saturday of the month at Camino Real Playhouse. Stand Up Comedy classes are available throughout the year.

Stemming from the French word meaning ‘stuffing,’ or ‘padding’, farce has been a source of theatrical comedy entertaining audiences for generations. The first

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Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival on May 2, 2015 Celebrates Many Heritages

ndonesian satay? Thai meat balls? Boba tea? Tacos? Polish sausages? Organic coffee? Grilled rice balls? Italian ice? Korean BBQ? Dosas? Yakitori? Turkish food? Musubi? These are just a few of the tempting international treats that will be served by student clubs and non-profit organizations at Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival on May 2, from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking on campus is $10 (cash) and carpooling is encouraged. The 103-acre Soka University campus is located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, CA off of Wood Canyon Drive.

This year the International Festival will again feature over 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages. Dancers from many different nations will share their cultures, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances in Soka Performing Arts Center, at Peace Lake stage and at the Recreation Center stage. Music will range from Taiko drums and traditional instruments to orchestra. 250 exhibitors will also offer a wide variety of ethnic clothing, jewelry, arts, crafts, home goods, information and demonstrations. The “Class Works 2015” art exhibition featuring the work of Soka Univer-

sity students and an art exhibition by Gerry Tuten will be open in Founders Hall Art Gallery and the much anticipated SUA student ceramic art sale will offer one-ofa-kind creations for bargain prices. Registration is still open for non-profit organizations, artists, crafters and businesses that would like to exhibit at the festival. For more information see www.soka.edu/festval. Over 9,500 people attended the festival last year.

Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers a 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. The campus was rated in the Top 5 Best Value National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 7 West Coast Liberal Arts Colleges – US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015.” All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Free tuition is available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUA’s students come from the US and 40% have come from 40 other countries.

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