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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS "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

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July 2014 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 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 Beverly Blake Michelle Bryant Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS Dennis Colucci, Au.D., M.A., FAAA Genene Dunn Stephanie Frisch Gary Pavitt Tom Scott C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas Scott E. West, DDS Cover Photography Chris Staab, ROF Industries 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


Life Transitions 22 J U LY 2 0 1 4

Group Retirement over Individual Plans 26 Spotlight On: ROF Industries 28 Tuttle's Carpet One 34


Concierge Podiatry introduces Podiacurist Service 38

COVER FEATURE Paradise Automotive Service

San Clemente Villas by the Sea 40 Empowering Youth through Exercise 42

Sleep Disorder Alternatives to the CPAP 10

Good Feet Store Dana Point 44

Service and Technology: Banking Individuals and Families 14

Massage for Your Teenager 46 Summer Ear Canal Infections 60

On Perimenopause, Menopause and Andropause 16 Business Showcase: Polo Cleaners 18 Q & A with Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS 20

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slightly down one can also open the airway. How does one find the right dentist to treat this situation? The following are some guidelines that may help.

An important item to note is that treating your Sleep Apnea is paramount to your overall health and should not be taken lightly.

Sleep Disorder Alternatives to the CPAP by Scott E. West, DDS

First, find out if the dentist is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and or the Academy of Dental Sleep Orders and Disciplines. Next, find out how many years of experience the dentist has in the field of Oral Appliance Therapy. Is he known to the medical professionals in the field of Sleep Medicine? Does he get referrals from our local Sleep Test Center? This is important as Sleep Centers know which dentists get the best results. Third, how many types of oral appliances does the dentist work with? Is he trained to select an appliance unique to individual needs (including both principles of mandibular advancement and tongue suppression) or does he go with the one-size-fits-all approach.

Have you recently learned you need to wear a CPAP? Or maybe you've known for a while that you Also, is the dentist well versed in reading should do something to treat your sleep disorder but you just can't wear the CPAP mask. You may sleep studies? Does he know what he is wonder, is it that important? And, if I can't wear a CPAP, what should I do? treating? A Sleep Study gives you the severity of the situation, and being able More and more people are being diagnosed with sleep disorders. Physicians are realizing that pa- to interpret the study is key to success tients coming to them with complaints of daytime tiredness, lack of energy, elevated blood pressure, in treatment. mood issues, and problems regarding snoring, may actually be suffering from what's become a common sleep disorder called Sleep Apnea. Oftentimes you can go to the dentist's website and find testimonials from paFollowing diagnosis, those treated for their Sleep Apnea, typically notice major improvements in tients and gain confidence of his or her their life. One such improvement is they can now sleep with a spouse or partner and not be kicked ability to treat your situation. out of bed because of snoring. And finally, Oral Appliance Therapy is Today the primary treatment for Sleep Apnea and snoring is the CPAP mask. CPAP stands for Con- not a dental procedure, but a medical tinuous Positive Air Pressure. The continuous air pressure from the CPAP is meant to open up the procedure. Consequently it is billed airway to stop the blockages that are occurring during sleep. These blockages cause what is called through medical insurance not dental. an apnea. With the airway open, the patient can now breathe normally, get the optimum amount of Be sure the dentist and staff are experioxygen during the night, and wake up refreshed. He or she can also feel good knowing they are im- enced in medical insurance; and a proving their health and quality of life now and into the future. Medicare provider if need be. For the CPAP to work properly the airflow has to be continuous. If not continuous (for instance the mask leaks, or the individual is up and down during the night, or the mask is removed during sleep) the airways again become blocked and effectiveness is diminished. Unfortunately there is a very high rate of CPAP intolerance. Reports show 50% to 70% give up and end up with a CPAP in their closet. So, what can be done for these individuals?

Treating your Sleep Apnea is paramount to your overall health and should not be taken lightly. OAT is a relatively simple solution (no surgery and no pain) that can help solve a myriad of medical issues, extend your lifespan, and improve The number one alternative to the CPAP is Oral Appliance Therapy. This involves treatment with a your quality of life. device, much like a retainer or a guard, that you wear in your mouth to help open up the airway. The device is customized to fit your mouth and adjusted for effectiveness by a dentist. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) relies on two principles to open the airway. One is called Mandibular Advancement. Mandibular means your lower jaw. Advancement is the act of moving it forward. Since the tongue is attached to the lower jaw, as you advance the lower jaw, your airway opens. This same principal is used in CPR; to open the airway you move the jaw down and forward before breathing in. The second principle to Oral Appliance Therapy is called Tongue Supression. By pushing the tongue

Scott West D.D.S. F.A.G.D. practices in Lake Forest CA. For more info, call (949) 829-6700 or visit JULY 2014



best mechanic to own and operate the service side of Paradise Automotive. He found it in Teera Saivichit, former Master Tech of Family Toyota. “I worked with Teera when I worked for Family Toyota years ago,” said John. “He had quite a name for himself, and was even selected by Toyota for a full sponsorship to Cypress College, a major accomplishment. I had to have him running my service station. I told him he could own it entirely himself and build it anyway he liked. That’s how much I believe in him and his work. For three years now, he’s been operating our service department and we never tire of hearing customers tell us that their experiences with him and service are number one.”

Teera Saivichit (L) and John Paradise

Paradise Automotive Service Superior Service & Great Value ack in the day, trust was earned through knowing the business owners and your overall experience with them. These days, it’s all about what people are saying before trust can be earned, and the folks at Paradise Automotive Group certainly impress with their reputation.


“I never write reviews, ever, but my experience at Paradise Automotive was so good that I felt the need to let people know about them. Easy. Comfortable. Friendly. Honest. Genuine. Those are not words you would generally hear when describing a used car lot, but that was my experience with the staff- even the owner of Paradise Automotive Group. Hands-down the best car transaction I have ever made.” - Kyrsha, Oak Park, CA

It used to be that Paradise Automotive sold the best, gave the best deals, and of course- beat out all of the competition with their stellar customer service. That was amazing enough. Today, they’re becoming known for something else, and that’s their service department.

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Their expansive, 18-bay service area is impressive. Previously located in Mission Viejo, Paradise Automotive Service moved to San Juan Capistrano roughly three years ago, when the opportunity for expansion arose. “We built this service station from scratch,” says Teera. “We were inspired by the concept that we wanted this to be a luxury service- a repair shop with class. Getting your car repaired can be an irritating experience, so we created a space in which people can relax and hang out. We have big screen televisions, leather couches, refreshments and an inviting vibe. People enjoy it so much they come to visit even when they don’t have a car in need of repairs!” he laughs. When I asked him about his switch from Master Tech to becoming a business owner, Teera grew serious. “It was hard to leave Family Toyota,” he said. “I worked there for 14 years. But when John offered me this once-in-alifetime opportunity to own my own service shop and work alongside him, I couldn’t let it pass me by. There are too many mechanics willing to take your money and leave you with a car that still needs work. When I set up my goals and expectations, the first thing I started with is fair labor. I wanted to hire the best of the best and pay them accordingly. But I also wanted to offer clients lower labor rates. Many companies charge a lot more than us. Some charge less, I’m sure. But you are guaranteed our

John Paradise (sales-side owner) was meticulous in his search for the best mechanic to own and operate the service side of Paradise Automotive. He found it in Teera Saivichit, former Master Tech of Family Toyota. He’s extremely talented.” And speaking of online, their positive Yelp reviews tell you they’re doing something right. “That’s the kind of positive business I had in mind,” says John. “Perfect synergy. Me in sales and Teera in service. I couldn’t have found a better guy for the job.” Stop by Paradise Automotive and meet Teera and John in person. Don’t forget to congratulate Teera on his new engagement to Lindsey Gracio, Paradise office manager. “I’m so happy for these two,” says John. “Lindsey’s a great girl, and she keeps us in check,” he laughs.

guys are happy to work here and take pride in what they do. I’m also pleased to tell you that we have an in-house transmission specialist.

“Absolutely stop by,” Teera adds. “We’ll show you what superior service and great prices really mean at Paradise Automotive.”

To connect with Teera, John and the Paradise Automotive team, stop by the service department at 35292 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano, call (949) 347-2522 or visit JULY 2014



Service and Technology: Banking Individuals and Families by C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas In my South County Magazine articles, I talk a lot about businesses and their banking, financial, and developmental needs. Perhaps that is why I am frequently asked if Independence Bank is only a “business” bank. The answer is no, we serve individuals, families, and businesses. We often ask our customers for their input as to their banking needs. Here is what our individuals and family customers tell us and how we have responded. First and foremost, they want us to treat them as people, not numbers. Our staff makes the effort to know each and every customer who visits the office, by name. We get to know their children and even their dogs (we keep treats available for the dogs and cookies for the children of all ages). It may be an overused expression, but our customer service is truly about “relationships.” Second, our customers tell us they want low cost checking accounts with important features such as optional overdraft protection. Like every bank, we do have fees for certain services (i.e., wiring funds, overdrafts, stop payments, etc.), ours are among the most reasonable. Extras, such as Notary services for customers and “courtesy calls” for overdrafts, are complementary. Third, customers say that they need access to cash through a broad network of ATMs. Our debit card can be used in any ATM, nationwide, and if a fee is charged we will reimburse it, automatically. The total is a staggering 350,000+ ATMs in America alone. Fourth, they want 24-hour access to their accounts through on-line banking with advanced services, such as bill pay, POP money, and interbank transfers. Independence Bank offers all these services at no charge. Fifth, many customers want mobility; they want to “bank” on their smart phones. Independence Bank has a new App that can be downloaded to a mobile iOS or Android device. Using the App, the customer can view accounts and transfer funds between them, pay bills and see scheduled payments, and locate the nearest bank office. In addition, the full website is a click away, if additional information is needed. Additional technological advances are in the works, too. Stay tuned. For the latest information follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Taken together, these services offer individuals and families a unique combination of personal customer service and the technology that we have all gotten used to having at our fingertips. We will continue to strive for excellence in both personal service and technology. That’s the Power of Independence.

C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas is First Vice President and South County Regional Manager of Independence Bank. The South County Regional Office is located at 32291 Camino Capistrano, Suite A in San Juan Capistrano. Larry can be reached at (949) 373-1578 or visit JULY 2014



The Good News Replenishment of hormones to optimum physiological levels has been shown to alleviate symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause. How do hormones fit into the aging process? Traditionally, we have been told that aging is inevitable and that progressive deterioration cannot be prevented. Fortunately, there is a revolution in science and medicine that now identifies aging as a disease. Mainstream medicine is now focusing on the prevention of the aging process rather than simply treating the symptoms of aging. One of the most important preventive therapies is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women.

On Perimenopause, Menopause and Andropause by J.A. Makena Marangu, M.D. or some, the years that encompass perimenopause, menopause, and andropause can mark a time of increased confidence, freedom and satisfaction. However, for many these years may be a time that poses challenges, particularly changes in energy levels and overall health. The good news is that there is an increased willingness to discuss these changes and to approach them in a positive and effective way.


Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include the adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroid, pineal, and pituitary gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. Specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction. Collectively, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging and can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimum levels. As the levels of hormones decline, so do our mental and physical capabilities. We lose energy, vitality, strength, and health. This deterioration results in osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle loss, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders, and decreased sociability in both women and men. By restoring these hormones to their appropriate levels, it is now possible to restore youthful zeal and energy, to strengthen our bodies and our minds. We can improve, even reverse many of the signs of aging that we have thought were unavoidable.

Unfortunately many of the hormones What is perimenopause? regularly prescribed are synthetic and Perimenopause is a highly individual experience. When are not identical to those found in the and how it begins and how long it lasts vary widely. human body. While these hormones may Perimenopause, the five to seven years leading up to somewhat resemble our own hormones menopause, is a natural transition in a woman’s life. Most women experi- and may accomplish some of the same tasks, they ence perimenopause between the ages of 45 and 55. are not what the body is used to and needs. The body tries to metabolize these foreign substances What is menopause? and may produce toxic by-products which can 3,500 women enter menopause everyday in the United States. Menopause cause side effects such as bloating, mood swings, is defined as no menstrual cycle for twelve months, but symptoms can water retention, weight gain and depression. begin as long as fifteen years before the cessation of menses. That National Institute of Health reports that in the US, the average woman stops men- The proper replacement of hormones involves restruating between the ages of 50 and 51. plenishing all of the deficient hormones back to optimal, more youthful levels using only bio-idenWhat is andropause? tical hormones. Which hormones to replenish, how Also known as male menopause, andropause is the condition caused by much to replenish and how to adjust the hormones decreasing hormone levels in men. is the art and science of the specialty of bio-idenJULY 2014



tical hormone replacement therapy. Your age-management physician can help you to achieve the quality of life you desire and deserve! How do hormones work to reverse symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause? Hormones interact with each other to regulate the body’s functions. Your age-management physician will prescribe hormones in a perfect balance for your body. This is a case where One Size does not fit all. Your customized hormone program can eliminate the debilitating symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause. Maintaining optimum levels of the following hormones can make a world of difference in your overall well-being and outlook: Estrogen and Progesterone – Estrogen has experienced a bumpy ride over the last four decades. Conclusions of studies such as the Women’s Health Initiative have left women scared and confused. But these studies have focused on the synthetic estrogen whereas bio-identical estrogen mimics exactly the estrogen produced by the body. Estrogen is essential for muscle tone, skin smoothness, hair texture, and sex drive. It may also help deter Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Bioidentical progesterone should be regarded as the partner of estrogen. They balance each other and work synergistically to promote optimum female health. Progesterone boosts mood and well-being and helps stimulate bone growth and healthy heart function. DHEA – Studies have shown that this hormone has a beneficial effect on immune response, sex drive, metabolism, and emotional stability. DHEA’s effect on the immune system and its powerful antioxidant capabilities have demonstrated ageresisting potential. DHEA supports cognitive function, helps the body to cope with stress and protects against heart disease through its effects on the body fats and lipids. Testosterone – Although testosterone is the primary male hormone, women also benefit from its supplementation. Its levels decline with age in both men and women. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density and formation, enhances energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscle strength, lowers blood pressure and modulates cholesterol levels. Pregnenolone – Memory loss and lack of mental clarity can be some of the most frustrating aspects of aging. Studies show that pregnenolone may be beneficial against age-related cognitive decline. Melatonin – Melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm as well as the deep stages of sleep. Studies suggest that the immune system is stimulated during these restful periods. In the 1997 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, melatonin was extolled as the valuable antioxidant and a potential anti-cancer agent. Studies show that the melatonin can help to eliminate free radicals, induce youthful sleep patterns and possibly slow the aging process.

Thyroid – The metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland regulates temperature, metabolism and cerebral function. Insufficient levels of thyroid result in fatigue, increased cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Low thyroid can cause fatigue, constipation, dull hair, dry skin, and weak nails. Also, individuals suffering from low thyroid may feel constantly cold, particularly experiencing cold hands and feet. How to get started? Your age management physician will conduct an initial consultation that will include history and physical as well as laboratory work-up. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, your physician will formulate a hormone replacement program tailored just for you and your special needs. Your customized program will include prescriptions as well as recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise, and nutritional guidelines designed to restore your hormone and quality of aging to optimum levels. Your customized program will also include continued monitoring of hormone levels as well as symptoms.


The program is designed to help you feel, look, and live your best for years to come.

"In my 40s and 50s, I had a very stressful job in law enforcement. I suffered from migraines and my energy had started to wane. This was about a decade ago in an era when many physicians simply 'diagnosed" my symptoms as premenopause and menopause and sent me home with a prescription for synthetic hormones which only made my migraines worse. I met Dr. Marangu in 2002, who was clearly an innovator in the field of natural hormone replacement therapy - she put me on Bio-Identical hormones. It has literally changed my life - I haven't had a migraine in a decade. With Dr. Marangu's help, I lost 43 pounds in 4 months. My overall health has greatly improved, I feel better than I ever have and I'm blessed to be so healthy in my retirement and I have Dr. Marangu to thank for that." Sharon Ruiz, San Clemente "I knew my body was changing and didn’t know how to help myself. I was experiencing depression, catastrophic mood swings, crying for no apparent reason, mega hot flashes, and lack of libido, among many things. After seeing Dr. Marangu's advertisement, I made an appointment. Today, my body and life are back to normal and I have lost 38 lbs. Hallelujah! It is so amazing to experience life at 56 and feel on top of the world every day. Thank you Dr. Marangu so much for your care! - Kathy, Dana Point

For more information on bio-identical hormone therapy, call J.A. Makena Marangu, M.D. at (949) 443-4313. JULY 2014




But that was before I discovered the ease and convenience of having our better attire (and anything we’d prefer to wear without creases that weren’t meant to be there) professionally laundered. And for someone who doesn’t own a sewing machine but often buys pants or skirts that need to be hemmed or dresses that could be taken in (or let out), having easy (and affordable) access to alterations is invaluable. For these reasons and more, it’s great to have a “go to” local professional like Polo Cleaners. Located in the Marbella Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, Polo Cleaners has been around since 1992 so they obviously know what they’re doing when it comes to handling their clients’ everyday drycleaning, laundry, household and alterations needs with an emphasis on couture items and specialty items that require special care.

Owner Riaz Chauthani

Polo Cleaners by Jody Robinson • photography by Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography

have to admit, I had often pointed to the staggering volume of laundry our family of four seems to generate each week as an excuse for why my poor husband’s shirts were rarely without wrinkles. But truth be told, even before the arrival of our children, doing a good job of pressing his shirts (or my own for that matter) was a skill that simply eluded me. Ironing involved little more than a quick pass to make the

I clothes a bit more presentable.

Since Riaz took over ownership, Riaz has made significant changes to expand services and continually improve upon the customer service experience for his clients.

“We take extra care in every garment from inspection, cleaning, finishing and packaging to ensure that our customer’s clothes are restored as close to new every cleaning,” says Riaz Chauthani, a second generation dry cleaner with over 30 years of dry cleaning ownership experience who purchased Polo Cleaners from its original owner last April. “All of our work is done on premises, with our new state-of-the-art green equipment and cleaning solutions.” Since he took over ownership, Riaz has made significant changes to expand services and continually improve upon the customer service experience for his clients. Polo Cleaners physical location has been remodeled (including the aforementioned green equipment and new point-of-sale systems) and the call region, vans and drivers have been upgraded and increased to “double the route service” area. All dry cleaning and laundry services are not the same. A fact not lost on San Juan Capistrano residents, who have bestowed upon Polo Cleaners its annual Golden Horseshoe Award for “Best Dry Cleaner” for the past seven consecutive years. “We inspect each garment, clean them with the best care and solution possible, re-inspect them and mend any minor repairs and buttons for free and finally package them with tissue, by gender and type of article to make it easy on the customer when they get home.”

Connect with Riaz and the Polo Cleaners team by stopping by 31105 Rancho Viejo Road in San Juan Capistrano (in the Marbella Plaza), call (949) 496-7354 or visit • Cleaning and pressing now available on Saturdays. Accepting same day specials up to 10 a.m. Mon – Sat. JULY 2014



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If you own a home or have any substantial assets, a good attorney will suggest you also prepare a trust to ensure your assets are protected from probate. In that case, you may also want to consider advice on what types of people you should choose to serve as the guardians to take care of your children and what types of people you should choose as your trustee to handle your assets in the best way possible.

Life Transitions: The most exciting and often very scary places to be by Genene Dunn Many of life’s milestones are wonderful, exciting events (high school or college graduation, marriages, births, etc.), but often little forethought is given to the stress that can accompany these big moments. One of the most effective ways to balance the celebration of each occasion with the pressures that can come along with them is to have a plan in place to help with the financial side of things. Among the most celebratory and positive experiences in life are the transitions between earning your degree and entering the workforce, getting married and starting a family. This is the point at which I find myself today. I have completed law school and although I have been working in the law profession for over five years, I will be entering an entirely new aspect of the industry. Over the course of the past year, I got married, bought a house, and will be planning to start a family in the near future. While all these things are greatly rewarding, what comes with them is an entirely new sphere of fear and stress that does not get discussed as much as the celebration of everything. It’s expensive to start a family, purchase a home, obtain stability, and keep your debt under control during these transitional points in life - and having a plan for how to handle the financial side of things can greatly help you keep perspective on the personal side of things. The best way to alleviate the financial stress that invariably comes with life’s transitions is to seek advice from a trusted professional who can help shed some light on the reality of your specific financial situation. In my case, my husband and I are planning to start a family, but I am feeling burdened by student loans, a mortgage and increasing bills-and the thought of adding the expense of a child becomes almost more intimidating than exciting. A financial professional can help you understand how to best navigate your financial future - how much income you’re bringing in, how that income should be invested or spent, and how to ensure that all debts and bills are paid in a timely manner that will allow you to prepare for each new phase in life.

Once you have received the proper advice from a professional who has made you feel confident in your life situation and how to reach your goals, the next thing to think about is how to best protect your new family or assets. The main thing to consider in protecting your new family is what guardians you should choose to appoint should something happen to you and your partner. The best way to appoint guardians and ensure your choice is legally binding is to prepare a will. A will allows you to outline who will serve as the guardian(s) of your children and estate, as well as backups to those guardians in the event that something should happen to the individuals you have chosen. The best way to ensure you have a properly constructed will is to seek the advice of an attorney to make sure the guardians are adequately and legally secured, and to see if there is anything else you should be doing to protect your children in addition to preparing a will. If you own a home or have any substantial assets, a good attorney will suggest you also prepare a trust to ensure your assets are protected from probate. In that case, you may also want to consider advice on what types of people you should choose to serve as the guardians to take care of your children and what types of people you should choose as your trustee to handle your assets in the best way possible. It may be that these two types of people are one in the same, or it may be that they are different individuals to ensure a balance you believe is necessary to handle all of your affairs.

Genene Dunn is a law clerk at the Law Offices of Donald A. Hunsberger. Hunsberger Law is a full-service estate and business planning legal firm, with estate planning attorneys and a licensed, professional fiduciary on staff. Connect with Don Hunsberger by calling (714) 663-8000 or visiting JULY 2014



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Untreated Hearing Loss: Adverse Effects Can Be Devastating by Randy W. Rose in for a simple screening test, they continue to “function” in a confused state and are quite often missing out on a lot of important conversations! Because of feelings of inadequacy or fear of being ridiculed, older adults with untreated hearing loss sometimes avoid meetings, social gatherings, and special events. The end result is that they quite often retreat or withdraw and stay at home. Untreated hearing loss affects the entire family and close friends. Relatives and friends with normal hearing get weary of repeating and raising their voices. This is particularly frustrating for spouses, not to mention children and grandchildren. There definitely is a breakdown in normal communication. recent study revealed over 1/3 of older socially active adults who do not wear hearing aids are either unaware or are in denial of their hearing loss.


Unfortunately, few of these people seek treatment. Rather than coming

Because hearing loss comes on so gradually, there is little to no acceptance of a Hearing Loss early on. Most older adults either pretend they understand speech or attempt to “bluff” through most social events. Eventually, they get worn out by background noise and other people’s voices. Then drop out of the social scene. Corrected hearing loss leads to greatly improved "quality of life." If you know someone who has put off getting help for his or her hearing loss, for any reason, let them know there is a Positive Solution! Encourage your spouse or close friends to get hearing help now!

Randy W. Rose is a hearing instrument specialist and owner of Rose Hearing Aid Center in Dana Point. Connect with him by calling (949) 388-5703, visit Rose Hearing Aid Center in the Dana Point Harbor at 24981 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Suite E-130 or visit

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Group Retirement over Individual Plans by Stephanie Frisch

It’s very important to not assume that the group retirement plan you are offered from your employer is the best option to choose when you go on Medicare.

Many people that I meet with are starting to turn the pages of the benefits package offered to them instead of just signing on the dotted line and not asking questions and I applaud that! ployer offers them as an addition to Original Medicare and what they can get themselves shopping independently, many find it hard to comprehend that their employer plan isn’t the best choice. Pricing is more, co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance too. Why? Well, the answer is pretty complex, but to try to boil in down, any easy way to sum it up would be by saying, “adverse risk pool”. There’s that and the fact that in Orange County we have a very competitive Medicare market.

If you’d like me to help you with an analysis of your options there are a few things I require an individual have ready when me meet. A copy of their full benefit package offering, a list of doctors you would like to continue seeing, a list of medications that you take and what your income was two years prior. (Medicare bases your Part B premium on that, and so we need to know how to proceed there. If you’ve retired and your income has changed over the last 2 years, there’s an appeal process you can When I sit down with them to do a face to face comparison of what their em- take with Social Security).

Many people that I meet with are starting to turn the pages of the benefits package offered to them instead of just signing on the dotted line and not asking questions and I applaud that!

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.

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For most of us, photography is merely a “point and shoot” experience. ROF Industries begins with a carefully conceived concept, supported by true technical knowhow. “Utilizing experience in large market newsrooms as well as high-end video production, we are able to work with clients to deliver a product that always seems to exceed their expectations.” They also have equipment that sets them apart from competitors, such as a quadcopter, numerous GoPros, and an ENG video camera (broadcast quality camera.)

In a given week, projects can range from a toddler's birthday party, to anniversaries, weddings, and memorial services. ROF Industries adds that personal touch, ordering thank you cards, canvases, albums, magnets, and mugs, and producby Chris Mays ing slide shows comprised of family photos. nspired by her father's legacy, Nicole Staab and her husband Chris have applied 15 Oftentimes, Chris captures these events on years of entrepreneurial experience to a thriving local business. "My father recently video, resulting in personalized short stories passed away, and honoring him is what inspired ROF Industries," says Nicole. "He families can enjoy for years to come. taught me everything I know and it's the best way to show him his lessons were For business clientele, ROF Industries does heard.” everything from showcasing homes for realtors, From families to large corporations, ROF Industries has a diverse clientele. Photography to photographing and videographing hotels services include weddings, anniversary parties, corporate events, and product shots, while across the globe. Most recently, they filmed a hyvideo offerings include script writing, editing, and marketing. In the area of print, they brid car symposium, an embryo transplant for a surrogacy company, a promotional video for an specialize in larger jobs, mainly catalogs and magazines. insurance agency, and a video for a magician. “Video is the future,” says Chris. “Our clients unFor business clientele, ROF Industries does everything from derstand that they need it to promote their comshowcasing homes for realtors, to photographing and panies and engage their viewers.”

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videographing hotels across the globe. Nicole, whose main background is print, was born and raised in Huntington Beach. Chris has extensive news video experience and moved here from Hawaii in 2009. “Together, there's nothing that we can’t achieve for clients, who often become lifelong friends," says Nicole. "We deliver projects that look more expensive than they really are, and customers are 100 percent satisfied." With a shared love of travel, wildlife photography, and travel with their children Haven and Adrian, Nicole and Chris are free to work on creative projects of their choice. “We do shoots all over the world,” says Nicole. “And the kiddos join us wherever we go.”

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Brainwave Optimization (scientific name “HIRREM”) is a natural, holistic approach to balancing the brain. It’s a clinically proven EEGbased, noninvasive technology (research conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine) that helps people overcome brain-related barriers that prevent them from performing at their highest physical, mental/ emotional and spiritual levels. The technology relies on capturing energy from the individual’s brainwaves and converting it into sounds that are played back to them via earphones. Results can be seen in as little as five days.


With Brainwave Optimization Mary and her team at Awoken Life are helping people with anxiety, addictions, anger, depression, brain injuries, PTSD, sleep disorders and learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD. In fact, helping children break through in their capacity to learn is one of the most fulfilling aspects of Mary’s work.

How Brainwave Optimization can help students “Whether a student is in grade school, middle school or high school, the questions from parents seem to be the same: Why does my child have trouble focusing and concentrating? Why is my child acting out in class and at home? Is there help?” says Mary McPherson, who helps clients of all ages at Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization. Mary has been researching the answers to these questions.

Opening the Path to Greater Learning BRAINWAVE OPTIMIZATION® AT AWOKEN LIFE CAN HELP CLEAR THE PATH TO BETTER BEHAVIOR... AND BETTER GRADES by Jody Robinson ary McPherson is an engineer with a big heart. With a degree in Chemical Engineering, Mary spent many years as a materials science engineer, during which time she published several technical reports and holds patents for original research on the changing of molecular structures of plastics and optical thin film production using gas plasma technology.


That was earlier in her career. Today, Mary is an engineer of learning. Her tool? Brainwave Optimization.

In a long-range study using a type of imaging that looks at brain wiring, Christian Beaulieu, PhD. of the University of Alberta Department of Biomedical Engineering, found that “poor focus or concentration isn’t due to a child’s inability to sit still; it isn’t a result of his or her being too young or having some insurmountable learning problem; and it isn’t because he or she just isn’t smart enough. Rather, a child’s ability to learn can be related to how clear the brain pathways are between sensory (intake) and execution (performance).” Recently published findings in the Journal of Neuroscience state that “over two-thirds of our brain is based on sensing or input; onethird on execution. If we have trouble focusing or concentrating, in some cases it is simply because the pathways between the sensory and execution network areas are not clear.” Brainwave Optimization helps clear those pathways. For many, those brain network pathways are pathways to better learning, and even better behavior. “Many children we work with experience learning problems because their network is somehow stuck or imbalanced,” says Lee Gerdes, Founder of Brain State Technologies, the developer of the Brainwave Optimization technology that Mary uses at Awoken Life. “Imbalances are caused by the brain’s need to adapt to trauma. The more intense the trauma (be it physical, emotional, or psychological), the more likely the child will have focus, learning, concentration or self-control issues. Trauma can occur in utero, at birth or at any time after. Brainwave Optimization shows the brain how to move beyond the stuck patterns into healthy patterns. Once the brain is balanced, the child can more easily overcome challenges. Happiness, self- awareness and success are the result.”

What is Brainwave Optimization? Mary’s business, Awoken Life in San Juan Capistrano, offers a variety of services but specializes in Brainwave Optimization, something you might have heard about on Oprah, read in the pages of People Magazine or in science journals.

For her part, Mary McPherson is finding her happiness in helping children of all ages find success in school and at home. Learn more about Brainwave Optimization by calling Mary for a complimentary consultation at (949) 661-6909 or visit her website at JULY 2014



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Pets of the Month This adorable little girl is Chili, a shorthaired Chihuahua mix. At only 7 months old, Chili is a fun bundle of energy! When she isn’t hopping around the yard or exploring on her walks, she enjoys quiet time in a friendly lap. Chili would make a perfect addition to almost any home!

This handsome face belongs to Gumdrop, a 2 year old kitty with an amazing personality! Always ready to greet you at the door, Gumdrop loves people and cats alike. Be it play time or cuddle time, he is up for just about anything. Whether you’re looking for a playful friend or mellow sidekick, Gumdrop is the perfect choice!

Four year old Daquiri is as sweet as they come. This miniature poodle has lots of love to give and shares it with everyone she meets. Mild-mannered and calm, Daquiri loves the quiet life and her favorite place is by your side. Take her home and she will prove to be a loving and devoted companion.

Meet Darwin, a 3 year old Shorthair bunny. Darwin is playful, easy to handle, loves treats, and doesn’t even mind being held. Once he gets to know you, he likes to show you just how much he cares with snuggles and face rubs. Darwin has excellent litter box habits and is looking for a forever home where he can get the attention that he deserves!

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Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home by Jody Robinson any local businesses boast great customer testimonials of recent transactions, but few can credit true “relationships” with clients dating back 50+ years.


Because expert installation is so important, Kevin and Mary Gail only work with highly trained professionals who can install complex jobs and handle high-quality materials.

Kevin and MaryGail Hentzen, owners of the Laguna Niguel-based Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home, have had clients bring in their old invoices from carpet installations in the 1960s.

The company’s growth in more recent history can be traced to Kevin’s decision to move the operation to a more visible location Laguna Niguel in 1994. In addition to enjoying increased foot traffic, Kevin joined Carpet One two years later, which lent itself to capturing even more market share – for a variety of reasons. Carpet One is a co-operative that has over 1,000 stores worldwide. Although all are independently owned and operated, because they are a co-op, Carpet One can negotiate the best prices and warranties as a large group. For example, Carpet One offers “the Beautiful Guaranty” which allows the customer up to 120 days from installation to have the carpet replaced for ANY reason (even if they decide they don’t like the color). The carpet and the labor are covered. No questions asked.

Back then, the store was located in Laguna Beach and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle. In 1980, the Hentzen family purchased the business and young Kevin took over its dayto-day operations, working alongside his father, Gene. Under the elder Hentzen’s tutelage for the following decade, Kevin honed his skills by learning the intricacies of all aspects of the flooring industry. Today, Kevin brings more than 30 years of expertise to every job. His wife, Mary Gail, specializes in window coverings and with years of experience in their own right, staff design consultants Donna and Cathi round out the Tuttle’s Carpet One team. “Much of our business is from customers that I’ve known for years. It is more of a relationship with the client,” says Kevin. “People enjoy the personal experience that you won’t find in a big box store. It is very rewarding to beautify people’s homes. It’s a great feeling when the client calls to say how much they love their new floor.” Tuttle’s Carpet One specializes in all types of carpet, hardwood flooring, tile, stone, area rugs, vinyl and window coverings. They carry top brands such as Karastan, Masland, Lees, Armstrong, and Hunter Douglas and offer the largest wool carpet selection in Orange County.

Another offer that only Carpet One offers is the “Healthy Living Installation.” This is a process that cleans the sub-floor with a HEPI-VAC and the installers then spray the subfloor with Healthinex anti bacterial spray. Then they use a special carpet cushion that minimizes symptoms from mold, mildew, allergens and pollens. The bottom line is that Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home offers the great advantage of the buying power as a group while still retaining the independence and specialty of a small store.

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all work is checked by a podiatrist at the conclusion of the service. SCM: What if we want this high grade of professionalism, but the pampering of a regular spa? Aren’t podiatry offices usually like doctor’s offices?

Concierge Podiatry introduces Podiacurist™ Service Luxury Foot Spa Pampering Meets Podiatric Care

IR: I’m excited to announce that starting this fall I will be opening a medical grade podiatry spa in a new location in Newport Beach. The office is a penthouse on the top floor and will be beautiful with a relaxing environment perfect for a spa. In addition to the standard podiatry services we will offer pampering services like foot facials, massage, turbo foot and leg whirlpool water massages, hot wax treatments, and of course using the best all-natural nail products and polishes. Remember, a podiacurist uses only medical grade instruments that are sterile and cleaned to not spread or cross contaminate. Ultimately, our clients will have peace of mind and safety while receiving their services. We will still focus on cosmetic procedures like vein care/scherotherapy for spider veins, cancel removal, injections of silicon padding for painful feet and the new high heel orthotics that I am in the process of designing. We’ll even offer house calls! SCM: Sounds incredible! Is there anything like this in existence?

South County Magazine sits down with Dr. Ivar Roth of Concierge Podiatry and learns what it means to be professionally pampered!

IR: No. This is a new concept that I’ve developed after dreaming and planning for over twenty years. This is a self-realization that premium foot services are not offered anywhere, let alone in a South County Magazine: We’ve heard that you are in the process of opening a new med- safe, clean and supervised environment perical-grade podiatry spa. Tell us about this. What’s the difference between what you do and formed by specially trained personnel! what a pedicurist does? SCM: We’re guessing you must have hired and Dr. Ivar Roth: There is a large gap in care between what a pedicurist does and a doctor of trained the best of the best for this new venture? podiatry does. In the state of California a pedicurist cannot use a scalpel or any instrument that can result in the cutting or penetrating of the skin. Also, a pedicurist cannot work on IR: Absolutely. Currently I am in the process of any foot or toes that have an infection. At least 50% of the population has a fungus nail in- training two highly qualified pedicurists to befection or fungus infection of the feet. Warts, (which look like corns) are also a virus infection come podiacurists. Gina has over 25 years of exof the skin. perience and Brian has over five years. They are both quite talented, and Brian has also become SCM: 50% of the population? We’re guessing that’s because most people go to regular, non- a master trained pedicurist. medical grade spas to save money. Do they think a pedicurist can help them? SCM: Will these premium services come at a IR: Well, while a podiatrist can work on these conditions, the average person who seeks premium price? these services doesn’t want to make a doctor visit to have these problems taken care of. This is partly due to the fact that many of these services aren’t covered under insurance Dr. Roth: We are going to offer the best of the and this would be a very expensive way to handle corns, callouses or fungus nails. Add to best at a reasonable price. We just want our this the HMO environment and a doctor just does not have the time to effectively treat these clients to have the peace of mind that everyproblems because they are time consuming and thus a less than effective job is performed. thing is being done correctly and in a clean environment. It’s very important for people to SCM: So, if someone wants a pedicure, but has these common infections or viruses, what’s realize that podiacurist services are half the cost left for them to do? Just go to the regular spa and continue spreading the problem around? of what you’d pay by going to the doctor. A podiatrist does not care about the vanity or pamIR: Enter what I call the podiacurist. This means becoming a Californian licensed pedicurist pering of your feet. Like I stated before, 50% of who has trained under me to develop their professional podiatry skills. I teach them to use people are suffering from some sort of foot ina scalpel and other instruments to deal with infected or hardened nails and thick callouses. fection. A podiatrist will treat it. We’ll treat it Think dental hygienist for the feet. The podiacurist is an employee of my podiatry office and AND pamper it in a way that you can feel safe can provide these services under my license. To ensure the highest quality of work possible, about, all in a beautiful setting.

Questions? Need to make an appointment? Visit Dr. Roth’s current office in Newport Beach, located at 351 Hospital Rd, #407 in Newport Beach, or call (949) 650-1147. JULY 2014



Paul, along with his wife and co-owner, Aileen, operate the fully-staffed community. She, her Executive Director, Karen Milroy, along with long-time Marketing Director, Stephanie Alter, work magic in the Public Relations, Networking and Marketing arena, often hosting events at The Villas that are open to local businesses and the community.

The Villas is a Spanish-style, four-story complex, offering its residents expansive city and ocean views, as well as amenities rivaling those of a private club.

Co-owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas by the Sea Assisted Living for Seniors by Bill Koelzer • photography by Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography


an Clemente Villas by the Sea (“The Villas”) is an Assisted Living Community in South Orange County which looks, inside and out, like a fine hotel. But step inside, and it feels like home where the residents share the warm relationships of family and enjoy the comforts and amenities that abound.

Built by Paul Brazeau and co-owned by his wife, Aileen, the community was completed in October of 2002, and it immediately became a very popular choice for seniors who desire the best in Assisted Living. Paul, a Navy veteran, is an experienced builder and electrician. For the past 40 years he has built shopping centers and senior communities, as well as having built, owned and sold Delta Electric, a Los Angeles-Orange Country electrical contracting firm with more than 100 employees. Paul, along with his wife and co-owner, Aileen, operate the fully-staffed community. She, her Executive Director, Karen Milroy, along with long-time Marketing Director, Stephanie Alter, work magic in the Public Relations, Networking and Marketing arena, often hosting events at The Villas that are open to local businesses and the community. In fact, Aileen and Paul have their offices at The Villas. Their daily, on-site working presence is what sets this community apart from all others, which are most often "corporate" owned, not run by the owners, but by hired representatives. Additionally the couple can be regularly seen participating in the activities at the Villas, much to the delight of all who live and work there. Throughout the years, both Paul and Aileen have generously supported a number of local philanthropic organizations.

The Villas is located immediately adjacent to the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center on Camino de Los Mares in San Clemente, California. Di- Aileen shared, "We love San Clemente and its senior rectly across the street are office buildings containing scores of doctors. residents. The first thing that Paul, I, and our staff foJULY 2014



Villas' residents enjoy a level of care seldom seen in senior communities. For example, the staff works with the resident and their loved ones to tailor care plans that meet a resident's individual and daily needs. cused upon when we opened our doors was that each resident has a story to tell, as well as unique needs. We are interested in their stories, and we care about their needs. If we are successful at providing superior senior care and lodging, it is for that reason - we listen closely to what the residents tell us." It’s obvious that they are successful at what they do the moment you arrive at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. You walk into an open living-room-like "grand hall" with soaring ceilings, and comfortable furniture. The room is usually full of smiling seniors, chatting amongst themselves or with visiting relatives or staff. Stick around, and you're likely to become part of an event taking place that day. Every Tuesday and Thursday the room fills with laughter during "Happy Hour" featuring music, dancing, wine and hors d' oeuvres. On another day you might just as likely walk right into the middle of a "Manly Mixer", a Karaoke Birthday Party, the annual "Villas' Got Talent" Show or even a grand Luau! Passing through this room takes you to the lovely ocean-view, full-service dining room. Peer into the kitchen to see a team of chefs working hard to prepare several choices of entrees, side dishes and desserts for every meal. Aileen says, "Our residents look forward to every meal! Both formal and casual "cafe-style" dining is available. Residents can even reserve a private dining room for family visits." Villas' residents enjoy a level of care seldom seen in senior communities. For example, the staff works with the resident and their loved ones to tailor care plans that meet a resident's individual and daily needs. There is 24-hour assistance every day of the year, as well as the finest, most comprehensive activities both on and off site, and memory care programs. The Villa's Assisted Living Care Manager, Licensed Nurse and Executive Director, along with all of the caring and well-trained staff, are involved on a daily basis with the safety and wellbeing of each resident. The community was designed to provide a healthy & comfortable environment for all of its residents, and to foster as much independence as possible. Included in their monthly rental fee, every resident receives a long list of services and amenities that you can see on our info-packed web site. Because seniors have varying levels of proficiency performing the activities of daily living, a comprehensive list of additional services and care programs is available for additional fees according to the services requested. To learn far more about us and our history, founding, beginnings, and review a completem discussion of our services, be sure to visit our web site at

Connect with Aileen, Paul and the San Clemente Villas by the Sea team by stopping by 660 Camino de Los Mares in San Clemente, calling (949) 489-3400 or visit JULY 2014



s adults we understand exercise is an important part of our health and well being. Unfortunately our understanding does nothing for school budgets that are forced to cut physical education from the curriculum. This coupled with our over reliance on technology is placing kids motionless in front of displays for hours at time. Without movement and exercise there is a decline in physical health and a rise in self confidence issues among youth.

A Empowering Youth Through Exercise by Jamie Hanson

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Regular movement and exercise helps to counter these current trends. Studies show exercise can help improve mood, reduce stress, increase blood flow to the brain, boost the immune system, and even reduce symptoms of depression. Physical exercise combined with mindful practice, such as yoga or pilates, can have an even more profound effect. Yoga and pilates go beyond physical exercise and apply an element of mental awareness to how we stand, walk, and move in daily life. This builds strength, flexibility,

The philosophy of nurturing ones physical, emotional, and spiritual self through mindful exercise is the core value of a new organization called Girls On The Run Orange County (GOTROC). GOTROC is an after school program for girls ages 8-12. and balance in the body while teaching compassion and confidence for the whole self.

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The philosophy of nurturing ones physical, emotional, and spiritual self through mindful exercise is the core value of a new organization called Girls On The Run Orange County (GOTROC). GOTROC is an after school program for girls ages 8-12. The program uses running and mindful principles to empower girls and improve self worth at a young age. GOTROC's vision states "We envision a world were every girl knows and activates her limitless potential, and is free to boldly pursue her dreams." The program is less about running, and more about guiding the girls to realize their individuality, power, and build confidence. The program believes every girl can embrace who she is, define who she wants to be, rise to any challenge, and even change the world. This is a powerful message to give youth, especially in our image driven society. Help your children to be strong, confident, and independent. Encourage them to participate in organizations like GOTROC. Enroll them in mindful exercise classes like pilates or yoga and give them the building blocks they need for a successful future. In Addition to being a certified yoga instructor at Align Pilates Center, Jamie Hanson is also a volunteer and coach for Girls On The Run.

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including shoe inserts that have been scientifically and medically tested to alleviate the pain and promote healing.

Low Back Pain? Sciatica? Plantar Fasciitis?

At the Good Feet store in Dana Point, you'll discover shoe inserts that support your feet in comfort so that you can enjoy walking, dancing or playing sports again. This family-owned and operated store carries a full range of 25 different inserts to fit every pair of shoes in your closet. They provide long lasting relief from foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions and other common conditions.

"Your feet are your foundation," says Carolyn of the Good Feet Dana Point store. "That's why we custom fit every pair of Good Feet arch supports that we sell and our inserts fit into every style of shoe imaginable, including sandals, boots, high heels, and athletic by AnnMarie Librescu footwear." Every client who comes into the store gets If you've ever had low back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis or foot pain, you know how his or her arches and foot flexibility measured. miserable it can make you feel and if you're like most folks, it's worth trying anything Good Feet arch supports come in over 350 sizes, styles short of surgery to relieve the pain. Many physicians recommend Good Feet products, and flexibility to ensure a great fit.

Good Feet products are medically tested to alleviate pain and promote healing

To connect with Carolyn, stop by the Dana Point Good Feet store at 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., or call (949) 487-6797 or visit

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Massage for Your Teenager? Bodywork Can Ease Adolescent Angst by Michelle Bryant time. On the physical side, teens may be at increased risk for aches, pains, and injury. Many teens strain their bodies with competitive sports, get erratic sleep, and hile teens may be less likely than their consume a less-than-optimal diet. Massage can help muscles recover from overuse, parents to go to a massage therapist, and help balance the body and maintain that stability. there are plenty of reasons why this age group should be encouraged to Perhaps even more crucial, teen massage can help improve body image and sleep give it a try. The benefits of massage patterns, and contribute to decreased depression, anxiety, and stress. This keeps are well documented, among them re- a teen connected to her body, even as it morphs in confounding ways. "Many teens lief of muscle tension, lowered stress are self-conscious, and not happy with their bodies," says Eeris Kallil, massage therhormones, increased sense of relax- apist and shiatsu instructor at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, in Colation, improved immune function, and even a heightened orado. "Massage can help teens stay grounded." Bodywork has also been reported ability to concentrate, according to studies conducted by to help mediate eating disorders, a growing concern among teens. the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. But for teenagers, there's an addi- Another potential plus: A beneficial, therapeutic relationship can develop between bodyworkers and teenagers during the years when adolescents need adult confitional payback. dantes, but keep parents at a distance. The practitioner can become a supportive, The teenage body is in the midst of transformation -- ex- trusted adult in a teen's life. And the session itself, according to Kallil, can be a way ponential growth and development in a rapid period of to deal with all the physical and emotional turmoil of this tender age


Michelle Bryant is the owner of the San Juan Capistrano-based Massage Associates. To connect with her, visit 31952 Camino (in the Mercado Village), call (949) 489-7924 or visit

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Consistency The system should be designed in such a way that your daily, routine use of the system keeps it in order.

Uniformity The finished project will look more attractive if the products, hardware, materials, and appointments go together well. Personal preference influences whether the look will be utilitarian or decorative, but standardization and unity are equally important.


Get Uncluttered! Unique, custom closet organization solutions can instantly double or even triple your storage space by Gary Pavitt

Being able to actually see all your socks, ties, and underwear (versus only the top layer) gives you real choices when you get dressed. Take advantage of the many accessories available, such as see-through wire bins, acrylic- or glass-fronted drawers, drawers with dividers, and belt and tie racks, to keep items organized. Shelves (and drawers that are part of shop-fabricated cabinets) should be adjustable and movable from place to place within the closet for maximum versatility.


f you’re like most folks, organization is likely to top your list of resolutions. Once you decide to get organized, the hardest step to take is committing yourself to the first project to tackle. In terms of closet organization, you have two options: You can either do it yourself or call in a professional organizer to help get your closets and garage in order.


As a relatively new business, closet organization has gone from a few basic parts that add space and functionality to a closet that is a now a major part of a remodel that often transforms a closet into a high-end living space that rivals any other cabinetry in the house. Just like all household appliances, closets these days come loaded with bells and whistles. Whether it's simply a place to store clothes or, as is increasingly the case, your closet needs to do double duty as a dressing room or sitting room, it must be adaptable, durable, and convenient to use. For an existing closet, supplier-installed standard systems are professionally designed and measured to fit your closet. The benefits include the fact that they have true drawers, offer the maximum storage capacity and have a more finished look than a basic “pole and shelf” setup (a single pole with a fixed shelf above it). A professional, custom alternative is characterized by shop-built, prefinished wood — essentially furniture that is designed and dimensioned to fit your closet interior precisely. Custom-made dresser drawers, shoe cubbies, shelving and partitions give you the maximum amount of storage and create the most aesthetic option. If you plan to bring in a professional, create a list of specific requirements you consider important to the good use of the space, the protection of your possessions, and your own peace of mind. Key to success is having a clear, well-conceived plan for a smooth and swift process: The more time spent planning, the less time or money spent later in physical labor or correcting mistakes.

Simplicity Conserving space is important, but not if it makes the system more difficult to operate than a system using a little more space. Keep it simple; a system that isn't being used isn't a system at all, no matter how much space is conserved.

For a closet to work, you have to be able to see what's inside it. Natural light from skylights or windows is a plus, but beware the fading that sunlight can produce (windows also eat storage space). When sunlight isn't available, you need good artificial light. The important thing to keep in mind about artificial light is that it has to be between you and the contents of the closet; if it's behind you, you'll cast a shadow on what you're trying to see. One consideration here that you might not think of is heat. Incandescent bulbs can be a fire hazard in the tight, enclosed confines of a small closet. Fluorescent lighting is often the only code-compliant solution. Know your wardrobe — and habits. Closets, more than any other space in the house, work best if you know in advance precisely how you're going to use them. For example, if you bunch socks, they'll need more space than if you roll them. Ditto for shirts: Do you stack them neatly or hang them up? Think about what you wear and how you like to get dressed, and design the space to serve you: Most-used items up around eye level, less-used below, and least-used high above.

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To the untrained eye, poodles are actually a tougher breed to groom than you’d think, but the results are worth the extra time and effort Liana and Alma give. owner if you’ve let your pet become a shaggy ironic hipster pooch. I bet your dog has even begun to chew up your favorite pair of TOM’S. Shameful. It’s going to be ok. Here’s what you need to do: Take them to Wig Wag dog grooming! They are the best. You’ve met the owner, Liana, and recently learned about her newest hire: Alma. And, if you’re truly a gold-star South County reader, you’ve read that Liana’s grandmother is a big part of the reason that San Juan Capistrano is a destination train stop!

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ou know the hipster grunge look? The shaggy hair, the pathetic mustache, the disheveled NOT sexy look? Got it pictured in your mind? Good. Now, take a look at your dog. The poor thing needs grooming, doesn’t it! You are a bad dog

What we haven’t done is show you what they can do. We’ve decided to put them to the test and they met us to the challenge. Meet miniature poodle Lislot! See the grungy, hipster ‘before’ shot vs. the “after’ happy shot? To the untrained eye, poodles are actually a tougher breed to groom than you’d think, but the results are worth the extra time and effort Liana and Alma give. Just look at how adorable Lislot looks! “I washed her with our signature oatmeal shampoo, followed by our conditioner,” says Alma. “I fluffed-dried her, trimmed her nails, cleaned her ears, pulled her ear hair out, and give her a poodle puppy cut with her owner’s instructions, which included a five blade on her face instead of the traditional clean face and feet. She likes the ears really long and a pom pom tail. I see her every four to six weeks. We just love her!” If you think your dog isn’t aware of it’s looks, think again! Every pooch deserves to look as stylish and happy as Lislot.

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Breaking free from the big box for your perfect home theater system When you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, did you plot your perfect flat screen location and find that the outlets were placed at exactly the right distance, with the perfect electrical scenario for everything you wanted to do? Could you find the right media cabinetry for your particular space – cabinetry that wouldn’t catch on fire from the heat of the equipment, or that would simply look good in the room? Did you understand half of what the televisions, receivers and other devices could do, and did you have anyone to hold your hand to make sure you weren’t overspending for what you wanted?

Skip opened the doors at ReelTime Sight & Sound in 1983. Today, the technicians and designers that Skip assigns to clients are all ReelTime Sight & Sound employees, knowledgeable in all home theater and sound technologies. First, they work closely with you to determine what you’re looking for. Then they custom design every aspect of the project, from wiring to custom-built cabinets, frames, or built-in wall designs. Finally, licensed, in-house contractors install your entertainment system with care and precision. There are a couple of things that people may not think about when they embark upon the road to their own home entertainment system. “You need to think about your home theater goals,” says Skip. “You don’t have to do everything at once – you can do it bit by bit – but if you know where you’re going, you’ll save money and when it’s all said and done, you’ll have exactly what you want and what you will actually use. We’re here to help you determine your goals.” Skip is also an advocate for getting what you’ll use, which is part of the design and planning process.

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that breaks the skin. The third type occurs when a child puts a bead, corneal of corn, a cotton ball, a dry bean, or small toy part in their ear while playing and it gets stuck. I have even seen dead water bugs in the canal.

How To Identify the Problem While the infection is festering, the child is unaware of the impeding pain and it could be days to a week or so before the problem crops up. In all of these cases, children tug at their ears, complain of itching and a plugged ear, may have hearing loss (not a "listening" problem), and universally, tugging the ear up and down cause discomfort or clogs the ears even more. In the more advanced cases, the child will have a temperature and severe pain.

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nlike the ear infection that is caused by a cold or flu, the summer ear infection from swimming and things found in kids ears are quite different and require different care. With a little awareness of the potential problems, parents can stay in front of the crisis and reduce their child's discomfort, while keeping summer going at full speed ahead.

Frequent Causes of Infection The primary cause of ear canal infections in children during summer is water and wax in the ear canal that is trapped, stays wet, and invites bacteria or fungal growth. There are a number of factors that increase the risk of infection. The first is the fact that children have small ear canals and for some, wax will not come out naturally. In the normal situation, skin from the center of the eardrum grows outward to push all the debris out of the ear and in a month the skin that started at the eardrum is at the opening of the ear canal. We call this migration. In some cases, the ear canal twists sharply, is small, or has a small bottleneck in the middle that prevents this from happening. If your child had the pediatrician or ENT physician pull wax out of the ear in the past for a clog, maybe a trip to the pediatrician at the beginning of summer, before the activities start, is a good idea as wax problems just do not go away, cause hearing loss, and reoccur. The second is the unsuspecting infection that occurs because of exposure to bacteria or fungus. The infection starts and gets into the skin of the ear canal, sometimes by a scratch from a fingernail or other object

In children that have tubes in the eardrums from prior infection, known as Otitis Media (middle ear infection) swimming, but not diving more than two feet is okay. Research has shown that infection will happen with our without swim molds or eardrops. Keeping soapy water out of the ear is also an important precaution. In children with sensitivity in the canal, Westone Laboratories makes the best swim molds on the planet called AquaNot™ Swimplugs and any Audiologist can precision make them for your child. They float, come with a string between them, and are made in bright colors. The solution once the problem has occurred is an expeditious trip to the pediatrician or ENT. The typical treatment will be to remove any clogging and provide eardrops for a week or so. But no swimming for at least a week or until the physician clears the condition. Once the problem is resolved, game on.

The typical treatment will be to remove any clogging and provide eardrops; then, it’s no swimming for at least a week, or until the physician clears the condition... but once the problem is resolved? Game on. Dennis A. Colucci, Au.D., M.A., FAA is a clinical expert and educator specializing in evaluating and treating newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients with hearing and balance disorders. Connect with Dr. Colucci by calling ((949) 830-5770 or visiting JULY 2014



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Shakespeare, does it have to be love or hate? by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott hakespeare seems to divide people into two camps: Those who love his work and those who can’t be bothered. The masses that hang on his every word and flock to his plays and festivals never tire of his classic storylines. His comedies in particular have been milked by contemporary writers to entertain us in television, film, stage and books. His formulaic writing, repetitive plots and earthy characters became the very basis of our early television episodes. The conversational style of his writing, the farcical moments and plot twists make it familiar and fun entertainment.


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that the formulaic style does not appeal to them and the other is that they assume its highbrow because they haven’t seen it performed. It takes a knowledgeable director to first interpret their vision of the story to the cast and then communicate that to the audience. A great director will understand and teach their

cast how to properly verbalize the words and then add the physicality for the intended meaning. For Shakespeare lovers and haters alike, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, will take you through a madcap romp of all 37 of the Bard’s works in 97 minutes performed by three men in tights who portray all roles including men, women and animals. In the park will be a swashbuckling interpretation of The Twelfth Night, which includes cross-dressing, mistaken identities and great fun!

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San Clemente Villas Kicks Off South County Magazine’s June 2014 Issue in Caribbean Style We at South County Magazine would like to thank Aileen and Paul Brazeau, owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea for coordinating such a lively, festive affair in celebration of the release of our latest issue at an invitation-only event where attendees mixed and mingled with other local business owners and professionals.

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Aileen and her team transformed the grounds into a colorful tropical oasis complete with authentic Caribbean cuisine, specialty drinks (including the signature Tiki Tiki), plenty of fun photo opportunities for guests to ride a wave and pose with a pair of live parrots and most importantly, the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond to ensure guests a memorable experience.

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Join us for a fun-filled celebration including live entertainment, food and beverages for purchase, arts and crafts, complimentary face painting, complimentary bounce houses, and low level fireworks show at dusk. All ages. Free admission. 6pm-9:30pm. Grand Park. 6101 City Lights Dr. (949) 243-7411. n Dana


Every year the City of Dana Point hosts the best fireworks show in Southern California. Gather the family and friends, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5 FM, look towards the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. The Fireworks are synchronized to a captivating musical score. Avoid the traffic jam! Buses will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10am to 11:30pm. Please note that the last shuttle leaves the harbor at 11pm. If you must drive, plan ahead. Parking lots at Doheny State Beach and Dana Point Harbor fill up very early. Personal vehicle access to the harbor closes at 7:30pm, only buses will be allowed in during the closure. Harbor access will reopen after the fireworks show traffic has cleared out (approx 10:30pm). All ages. Free. 9pm-10pm. Doheny State Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive. (949) 496-6172. n Lake


Mark your calendar and plan to spend the entire morning with us as we once again celebrate America’s independence! Come on out early for a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed by the annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk benefitting El Toro High School and “Life Liberty Lake Forest” Parade! All ages. $6 per person for Pancake Breakfast, all donations accepted for Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. 7am-10am (Pancake Breakfast), 7:30am (Firecracker 5K Run/Walk starts), 10am (“Life Liberty Lake Forest” Parade). El Toro High School. 25255 Toledo Way. (949) 461-3450. n Laguna


Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be part of the celebration along with a fabulous fireworks show to conclude the evening. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Seating not provided, don’t forget your lawn chairs and umbrellas! All ages. 4pm-9:30pm (schedule: 4pm-carnival rides/activities/music/food booths, 4pm-8pm-patriotic crafts and face painting, 9pm-mayor’s welcome, 9:10pm-fireworks). Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports. 25555 Alicia Pkwy. (949) 707-2680. n Laguna


Kick off the morning with the 31st Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with

the YMCA. Take advantage of free swim times throughout the day. Kick off the evening festivities with a live concert by Craig Colley and the Undercover Live! After the concert, walk to the Regional Park to watch the Fireworks Spectacular. Bring a flashlight and something to sit on. All ages. Free. Street parking, free shuttle service from 4:30pm-10:30pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. Crown Valley Community Park. 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 425-5100. n Mission


Held yearly on Olympiad Road and in the area adjoining Lake Mission Viejo, this Faire provides a classic celebration. Rides and games enhance an exciting carnival atmosphere. Local clubs and organizations are invited to set up booths for food, drink, crafts, gifts and games. These booths act as fund raisers for the participating organizations and help make the Faire more enticing to visitors. Entertainment includes music, dance and comedy with performers drawn from local talent as well as professionals from outside the area. All ages. Free admission. 12pm-10pm. Lake Mission Viejo. Olympiad Road & Melinda Road. (949) 770-1313. n San


City of San Clemente hosts a Fireworks show over the City Pier. The fireworks display can also be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente. The Pier will be closed at 6pm to support the SC Ocean Festival Fundraising Dinner. All ages. Free. 9pm-10pm. San Clemente Pier. 611 Ave Victoria. (949) 361-8200. n San

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Gates open at 3pm. Come early to reserve a good viewing area, and don't forget to bring blankets and chairs. Garrison West of KSBR radio will emcee the event. The event features nonprofit organizations and private businesses offering delectable food fare to purchase and a beer/wine garden for those ages 21 years and older. Organizations and businesses have an opportunity to participate as vendors or exhibitors. Children and teens can enjoy mechanical rides, inflatable structures, bubble rollers, a mechanical train ride, and a petting zoo, as well as participate in old fashioned family games. Ample parking is available within the Sports Park, as well as permitted red curb parking on Camino Del Avion. Children and adults shouldn’t miss the Orange County Birds of Prey exhibit featuring birds native to California. "Family Style" takes the stage at 6pm, with music sure to get everyone on the dance floor. Fireworks begin at 9pm. All ages. Individual tickets may be purchased for $2, with some rides requiring more than 1 ticket. Wrist bands are available for $25 per person, which offers unlimited use on most rides. 3pm-9:30pm. San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. 25925 Camino Del Avion. (949) 493-5911.


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The July episode will feature: A great show for Independence Day month. Meet the amazing men and women who put on the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Game in Mission Viejo. See these heroes in action as they take to the field and hear Justin Speier, former California Angel and have some laughs with Jay Johnstone, former Dodger great.

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Free Summer Concerts n Dana Point

Every Sunday from 2:30 to 6pm throughout the summer, a different band will rock the Dana Point stage. Bring a blanket, lie out on the soft grass and enjoy the sounds of summer. Refreshments will be available at the concert, with proceeds benefitting local non-profit groups. Come by Lantern Bay Park on July 6 & 13, but move to Sea Terrace Park for the July 20 & 27 concerts. For info, call (949) 248-3530.

n San Juan Capistrano Beginning at 6:30pm, Music Under the Stars Concert Series will feature a primarily tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the San Juan Capistrano Mission. For info, call (949) 2341317. July 19: The Long Run/Tribute to the Eagles The San Juan Summer Nites Concert Series offers live music, dancing, a youth activity and hang out area, an expo for local businesses to network, great food from local restaurants on site and a beer and wine wagon. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and jacket to Historic Town Center Park from 6 to 8pm! For info, call (949) 4935911.

July 6: The Long Run/Tribute to The Eagles Opening Entertainment: The Tricia Freeman Band July 13: Hot August Night/Tribute to Neil Diamond Opening Entertainment: Raymond Michael/Tribute to Elvis Presley

July 16: Creedence Relived/Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival

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July 20: Lights/Tribute to Journey and more Opening Entertainment: NeOn NaTiOn July 27: L.A. Vation/Tribute to U2 Opening Entertainment: DC Babylon & The Hanging Gardens Band San Clemente

The Laguna Niguel Concerts in the Park include a variety of music from tribute bands of well-known, classic artists. Park at the City Hall and hop on the free shuttle with a lawn chair and blanket, ready to enjoy some summer music at the Crown Valley Community Park. All concerts last from 6:30 to 8:30pm — except for the July 4 concert, beginning at 5:15pm. For info, call (949) 362-4351.

It’s the Annual Beach Concert Series, “Bringing the Bands to the Sand!” Enjoy live music on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean. Stop by the San Clemente Pier at 6pm. For info, call (949) 361-8264.

July 4: Craig Colley/USA Patriotic Show; Undercover Live

July 31: Kenny Cetera/Tribute to Chicago

July 25: Hollywood U2/Tribute to U2

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