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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS "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 "We would like to thank South County Magazine for keeping us busy during this holiday season. It has been our experience in the past that right after Thanksgiving our type of business really dies down. This was our first time advertising with South County Magazine and we ran a November and December ad and that kept our phones ringing right up to the New Year. Thank you South County Magazine - our investment paid off!!!!!" - Donna Schuster, South Coast Shutter and Shades, Dana Point "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. Participating in South County Magazine has brought response from quality clientele who are interested in real life improvement. Also, the calls are often from past issues, so the ads last more than just the month. 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 "South County Magazine is a class act publication. We are very pleased with the way they do what they do. The writing, the business, the concept, the staff...pure excellence. We are impressed and pleased with the immediate response we've received from the readers. Our advertising investment has clearly paid off. Thank you for being so nice and so good." - Dr. Boris del Cid, D.C. & Dr. Jeremy Sontag, D.C., Apex Chiropractic & SCI Wellness Center, San Juan Capistrano “Advertising in South County Magazine has truly been a blessing! As a “one-woman” show, it's a very secure feeling to know that I don’t need to find the time to “knock on doors” (to add more clients) because my ad placement generates enough for me to continually grow my business." - Stephanie Frisch, Insurance 101 "Working with South County Magazine has truly been a success. With running a family owned business, they really help us bring out that aspect of our company. Jody is always there to help us with the layout and we are so happy to be working with them!" - Ambiance Home Collection, Mission Viejo JUNE 2014



June 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 Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS Jonathon Crowell Cara Fraser Stephanie Frisch Nicole Howard • Chris Mays C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas Elaine Watrous Contributing Photography Lisa Baker, Lisa Renee Photography Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography

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


Thomas House Shelter 26 JUNE 2014

Manlates 28 Standout Student 30 Pets of the Month 32



Business Showcase: Colucci 20/20 Hearing Center 34

Awoken Life Awakening Your Brain’s Limitless Potential

Spotlight On: Eileen Gordon, Personal Trainer 36 Understanding Sleep Apnea 40

On Perimenopause, Menopause and Andropause 16

Social Media 42

For Entrepreneurs: Financing Your Business's Growth 18

Funding Your Trust is a Must 44

Q & A with Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S. 20

Summer Concerts 63

Paying for Medicare when not enrolled in Social Security 22 Spotlight On: The Plant Depot 24

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Dining Out: Harlow's Fine Cuisine 64

As a recent graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology, Kyle Hatch is ready to service your needs and have a long-term relationship with you. At first blush, it seems odd that Kyle would choose the upside down world of health insurance to start his business career. However, Kyle immediately realized that since all of the rules of the game have changed, someone with a fresh mind and attitude would have an advantage to master this new world. While many existing agents have decided to get out of the business due to the new learning curve and their advancing age, Kyle embraced these changes with energy and passion.

Kyle’s new role is as Insurance Specialist at Prescott Tax & Wealth Management, a San Juan Capistrano based firm with over twenty years in the industry. Kyle and his clients benefit from the added access of the other Prescott & Tax Wealth Management team which can provide a big picture view of more than just your health insurance needs. Kyle follows a comprehensive approach outlined by the firm which combines effective tax savings, advance financial planning strategies and professional investment methodologies.


o say that the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) is a game-changer is a serious understatement. For most individuals and business owners, navigating the myriad of new rules, benefits, providers and the on-line insurance exchange is a daunting and overwhelming undertaking. What most people don’t understand is that the cost of insurance is the same if you purchase directly from the exchange, insurance company or from a local agent who can service your needs.


On a personal note, Kyle is a proud South County native. Kyle is a graduate of Capistrano Valley High School where he was a captain of the water polo team. Kyle has been serving and saving others over the last seven years as an O.C. Lifeguard.

How Kyle can help you immediately and provide ongoing service: • For people looking for new health coverage: Analyze all of your individual and Covered California quotes and provide a recommendation for new coverage to make sure you have the best plan and providers for your needs. • Become agent of record for your current health plan. This is critical to obtain ongoing service for you if you don’t have an agent currently servicing your plan. It is important to have an agent who will be around for several years to service your needs. • Hold an educational meeting on your options as a Senior for Medicare Supplemental and Medicare Advantage plans. • Perform an Insurance Review on all of your insurance coverage (life, health, disability, long-term care) to help you determine if you have the best plans of coverage for your needs. • For all Cobra Enrollees: Kyle can assist you with a Special Covered California enrollment (expires July 15th) if you would like to save money moving to a lower cost individual plan. Call to get details.

Covered California Creates Limited Enrollment Period for those Covered by COBRA

Covered California launched a limited-time special-enrollment period for people who have COBRA health insurance, either Federal COBRA or Cal-COBRA, and would like to switch to a lower-cost exchange plan. Prescott Tax & Wealth Management 30950 Rancho Viejo Rd, Ste 100 • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (949) 248-9815 • • • CA Ins. Lic. #0115740

Brainwave Optimizationtm is a holistic non-invasive procedure using EEG-based technology with clinical proven results in as little as 5 days.

cally proven EEG-based technology (research conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine) consisting of 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, obsessive thinking and insomnia or sleep disorders.”

Awoken Life Founder Mary McPherson (R) and Michelle Newell, Brainwave Optimization Technician

Awoken Life

Awakening Your Brain's Limitless Potential by Jody Robinson • photography by Lisa Baker, Lisa Renee Photography

For my part, I am convinced the best testament to what Awoken Life is and the program's ability to truly "awaken your brain's limitless potential" is Mary herself. While interviewing Mary for this editorial feature, I discovered her to be an inspirational example of self-empowerment and what we as individuals are capable of achieving when we refuse to be defined by labels that others - and more often that we put on ourselves. I found Mary to truly be the modern face of a renaissance woman. Mary, who holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, spent her early career as a very successful Materials Science Engineer working for world-leading companies like DuPont and Himont Advanced Materials. She has published several technical reports and holds patents for original research such as; changing of molecular structures of plastics and optical thin film production using gas plasma technology. It's easy to see why someone might think of Mary as an "engineer."

When I sat down to chat with Mary McPherson, founder of the San Juan Capistrano-based Awoken Life, it was immediately evident that Mary’s true desire is to Clients who met Mary in another career incarnation as the owner of Elegant Wall Painting where Mary’s help people. original art hung in galleries across the county and As I entered Awoken Life to the sound of a waterfall and a sweet fragrance in the she provided fine wall finishes and murals (she apair, it felt as if I had walked in to a sanctuary. Michelle Newell (office manager and prenticed at the age of 15 with Master Mural Painter brainwave optimization technologist) greeted me and asked if I would like some Ricardo Estrada), understandably think of Mary as water or tea. “We want our clients to feel at home, relaxed and safe, this is a place an "artist." welcoming those who are ready to get past the conditions of an imbalanced For the many clients she has helped overcome a varibrain,” says Mary McPherson, a Certified Brainwave Optimization Specialist. ety of conditions ranging from anxiety, anger and adAwoken Life offers a variety of services but specializes in Brainwave Optimization dictions to insomnia, migraines and depression, Mary (something you might have heard about on Oprah, read in the pages of People is simply "amazing." Through Awoken Life and Brainmagazine or in science journals). “Brainwave Optimization (scientific name wave Optimization, Mary is able to combine her edu“HIRREM”) is for people who would like to get back to living a happy and more cation, skills, talent and training with a deep desire balanced life with a natural, holistic approach. Brainwave Optimization is a clini- and passion for helping people live their best lives. JUNE 2014



Awoken Life is dedicated to helping people achieve their potential, through Brainwave Optimization, in addition they offer packages including guided visualization as part of the process. “Guided visualization helps the client to consciously work through their challenges, while Brainwave Optimization works on the subconscious and below subconscious levels.”

Some of the conditions Brainwave Optimization helps include anxiety, ADD/ADHD, additions, depression, panic attacks

Awoken Life also offers a variety of services such as Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy and The BioMat - an infrared mat with NASA created technology used to improve circulation, relieve pain and more.

and insomnia. If you ask Mary, she'll tell you that all of these descriptors - and more - are accurate. Which is exactly the point - "when you are able to awaken your brain's true potential, there is virtually no limit to what you can believe and achieve." "Your brain is the control system for your body," says Mary. "Brain balance and harmony are essential to overall well-being and optimal cognitive, emotional and physical performance," says Mary. "Once the brain is balanced, the body follows. This condition of balance and harmony for the brain is known as homeostasis. Once you’ve achieved homeostasis, you’ll enjoy new states of self-regulation and relaxation, leading you to think more clearly, perform more successfully and experience a higher degree of hope and happiness." Brainwave Optimization is a unique highly scientific, yet holistic approach to brain balance. Over 70,000 people have successfully participated, and the number grows every day.”We start with an intensive scientific evaluation of your brainwaves, called an Assessment using a very advanced computer program," she says. "We determine where the imbalances and frequency levels are and from that we are able to tell if you’ve experienced trauma. We can 'draw a picture' of what you may be feeling or living through just by looking at the assessment results. For anyone interested in finding out more about why they feel the way they do, an assessment on its own can be very revealing and helpful.

Scrolling through the many client testimonials on her website, it’s clear that Mary has found her true calling. “I cannot put into words how much Awoken Life has changed my life," says Vince, Dana Point. “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 client, Penny from Mission Viejo echoes Vince's sentiment and adds "Two longtime friends from separate parts of my life said 'The old Penny is back!' and our three adult children claim there is a 'night and day difference' and that I am "so much calmer, so centered.' I'm thinking so much more clearly. What a blessing! The depression, anxiety, OCD and ADD are virtually gone." (Note: Penny underwent two intensives to achieve these results). “My goal is for my clients to walk away with a greater sense of self-empowerment and a clearer vision of themselves and the world around them," says Mary. Mary is also available for speaking engagements, workshops and private coaching sessions. Brainwave Optimization with RTBTM is not intended to treat, cure, heal, or diagnose any disease, mental illness. Brainwave Optimization is intended to balance and harmonize brainwaves. Individual results may vary.

"We can then create a plan customized to your specific needs. The five day process of Optimization is always centered on your goals and helping you achieve overall balance and harmony. 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 at, under “What is Brainwave Optimization?”)." Brainwave Optimization is one of the many tools that Awoken Life utilizes in order to bring about a more fulfilled and enriched life for all of their clients. Its unique technology is like exercise for the brain. “We focus on the parts of the brain that may not be functioning at their peak because of traumas or injuries sustained throughout the course of ones’ life,” Mary explains. "When our brain is balanced, our bodies and our lives can achieve well-being and a higher degree of performance and happiness."

For a new approach to total brain wellness, call Awoken Life at (949) 661-6909 or visit JUNE 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-idenJUNE 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. JUNE 2014



For Entrepreneurs: Financing Your Business’s Growth by C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas he first step is to plan, in writing, how, when and why you will grow and how you will finance the growth. As you get started with the planning, some questions are in order. First, how much do you actually have to grow to provide the business income necessary for the lifestyle you want for yourself and the others who depend on you? Further, is your business ready for growth with the appropriate infrastructure, management, employees and systems?


As the plan is written, the timeline for that plan and its forecasted rate of growth should be realistic and achievable. This is no time for wishful thinking. Forecasting growth is arguably the hardest part of the project, unless you can find similar companies and evaluate their growth strategies and results. Even with this input, there are lots of variables to consider. Erring on the conservative side is best. Identifying the method of financing growth is the next step. Basically, there are two types: debt financing and equity financing. Debt financing must be paid back with interest. Further, loans come with conditions (called covenants) that require management’s attention and compliance. Regular financial reporting to the bank is an example of a covenant. Additionally, a bank loan will most likely require the personal guarantee of the owner(s). Approval of the guarantee(s) involves evaluation by the bank of each owner’s personal finances. If a bank loan is impossible, other non-bank lenders may be interested. Generally these lenders focus on “accounts receivable” lending. Some will consider other assets. Your banker should be able to give you a referral to alternative lenders if the bank can’t make the loan.

Equity financing is not repaid. Rather, investors pay in capital in exchange for an ownership interest in the company. While giving up equity may be less desirable to the current owner(s), it may be necessary and advantageous, especially if the new investor also brings new expertise to the enterprise. Planning for growth should be done well before the financing is needed. The written growth plan is an essential tool to use to explain what you want to do and why. Your bank should appreciate planning at this in-depth level. We do at Independence Bank. Our experienced bankers will use the plan, as well as other financial documentation, to develop a proposed financing structure necessary to fund your business’s growth. That’s part of 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

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Paying for Medicare When Not Enrolled in Social Security

Security? Well, they bill you. And, they bill you quarterly. This was a point of confusion for one of my most recent clients. Even though the letter stated it was billing her for three months, she didn’t read the letter thoroughly and just reacted to seeing the amount due and then stopped there leading the a few frantic phone calls.

If you are paying the standard premium for Part B and not taking Social Security yet, you will be billed $314.70 per quarter. (I’m It’s become more common for told that the only way to pay monthly is to set up an EFT from Medicare beneficiaries to post- your bank account after the first quarterly payment has been pone receiving their Social Secu- made) rity benefits until they’re older. However, when they’re 65 they Where is the cut off for the standard premium you ask? Well, if may still want to start receiving you’re an individual and you make $85,000-$107,000 you’ll pay their Medicare benefits. Most peo- $146.90 a month for Part B and $209.80 a month if you make ple don’t pay for Medicare Part A between $107,000 and $160,000. There are two higher levels because they (or their spouse) as well, but the cap is above $214,000 at $335.70 a month. paid for it while they were working. If you’re married filing jointly $170,000-$214,000 will cost you Medicare Part B comes with a standard premium of $104.90 a month in 2014. $146.90 PER person and $214,000 - $320,000 will cost you However, if your modified adjusted gross income reported to the IRS in 2012 $209.80 PER person. The same two higher levels exist and the (The amount you pay for Part B is based on income 2 years ago) is above a cap for married couples is above $428,000 at $335.70 a month. certain amount, you will pay more. This is call Modified Adjusted Gross Income, or MAGI . (Don’t you love acronyms!) If you’d like a printout of the document from the government detailing So how do you pay your Medicare Part B premium if you’re not taking Social this, please contact me.

by Stephanie Frisch

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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Not only does the plant depot offer the largest diversity of plants, the family and long-term staff prides themselves in the highest quality selection as well.

The Plant Depot A nursery rooted in tender loving care by Jackie Grade


Kristina and her family work alongside a very knowledgeable team — many of whom are like extended family members having worked at the nursery for at least 10 years. “We have a friendly, highly educated staff of Certified Nurserymen and Certified Arborists and we are always willing to special order anything we don't have in stock,” says Kristina.

iving under the desert sun can seemingly limit the opportunity for South County residents to diversify their front and backyard landscape. But in spite of the western weather, The Plant Depot’s offerings have transformed otherwise arid ground into lush garden oases with their extensive selection of bedding plants, fruit trees, succulents, houseplants and pottery.

Not only does the plant depot offer the largest diversity of plants, the family and long-term staff prides themselves in the highest quality selection as well. Also offering in-house seminars to enlighten the public, The Plant Depot pairs knowledgeable service In 1995, when the Kittle family began to scour the county for some of the more unusual plants with its exceptional collection of plants, potthey sought for their own yards and gardens, they discovered a lack of specialty plants and fo- tery and home accessories. liage to color their personal landscape. This quest eventually led to the opening of The Plant Depot, a family owned and operated nursery where “we hoped to create a destination for res- “We are currently stocked in over 100 variidents in South Orange County eties of tomatoes, 75 different varieties of to find those specialty plants stone fruits, citrus, and avocados, as well as and products,” says Kristina a vast array of succulents and cactus,” says Kittle. Kristina. Raised in Orange County, Kristina grew up around plant nurseries. Her father, Brent Kittle worked within the nursery business his entire life and taught Kristina and her sister, Jennifer, how to run the thriving business they have been involved with for the last 15 years.

With a constantly growing assortment of plants and garden succulents, The Kittles hold to The Plant Depot’s promise to help water each customer’s garden dream and grow Orange County into the colorful county it is today.

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childcare and food, the family paid bills and saved enough money for a deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment. Before they moved, their case manager helped the couple prepare a budget to assure that they would be able to pay their rent and maintain their new apartment. Recently, Cheryl called Thomas House to share the exciting news that their children were doing well in school, their jobs are stable and they achieved their dream of buying a home. Thomas House exclusively serves homeless families with children in Orange County and the parents must be willing and qualified to work. “Participants must also adhere to the organization’s criteria for assistance – including learning life skills like budgeting, parental guidance, remaining drug and alcohol-free and actively seeking and obtaining employment. Thomas House covers the cost of their housing, food, phone, etc. for a period of (generally) six to nine months, during which time these individuals are able to save their earnings toward finding a place to live. Simply put, the goal of Thomas House to help homeless families get on their feet.”

by Jody Robinson or homeless families struggling to provide their children with life’s basic necessities and create an opportunity to become independent and self-sufficient, Thomas House Family Shelter is more than a place to stay – it’s a place to permanently change their lives.


Founded in 1986 by a group of Orange County residents who were members of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, the Garden Grove-based not-for-profit provides a supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together and empowering them to become self-reliant. “Thomas House does much more than shelter homeless families,” says Executive Director Cyndee Albertson. “Thomas House is a goal oriented, life changing program that offers comprehensive services designed to help families attain housing and self-sufficiency. Last year, over 95 percent of our residents graduated from the program – 89 percent moved into their own home and 81 percent got full-time jobs.” For families like Bob and Cheryl and their three children, their stay Thomas House Family Shelter allowed them to achieve their dream of one day owning their own home. When Bob was injured on the job, he went on disability, but was unable to make ends meet. The family lost their apartment and lived in motels and with relatives for several months before finding Thomas House. During their stay, Bob entered a retraining program and Cheryl found employment. When Bob finished the program, he applied for a job and started a new career. Without the usual expenses of rent,

Orbe became involved with the organization, which serves approximately 135 150 families per year, 12 years ago – initially volunteering to help in the after school program for kids and help their parents find employment. Over the years, he (and his wife) have donated significant time and resources toward helping Thomas House achieve its mission. “I’ve always felt that there should be no such thing as a homeless family,” says Orbe, who in his working life serves as the Vice President of the Orange County-based Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. “People always tell me that my involvement is a very unselfish thing to do, but the truth is that it’s just the opposite – I get more out of it than I could possibly ever give. It’s all about the children. To see these children and their families go from a circumstance where they don’t know where their next meal is coming from to a living in a much better environment and being able to envision and achieve a future of independence and self-sufficiency is a very rewarding thing to see.” Orbe and Albertson encourage the community to tour the shelter, give of your time – Thomas House Shelter always needs volunteers for food disbursement, in the after-school program, helping people find employment or at the organization’s annual fundraising events like the upcoming 5K run. Of course, monetary donations are also welcome – even the smallest donation can help transform a homeless family’s life.

To connect with Thomas House Family Shelter, visit JUNE 2014




Why males can benefit from the Pilates Method by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser en, whatever stereotype you have associated with pilates, forget about it. Especially the stigma that pilates is for women. If any population in today’s society could benefit from pilates it’s you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average professional male works 50 or more hours in a week. Sorry to say, but this prolonged static activity does not do a body good. The constant sitting, typing, and talking on the phone creates some serious lack of strength, range of motion, and postural deviations in the body. This is where pilates comes to the rescue, offering no shortage of benefits for you guys.


machines in a gym, but with more oomph. Using springs, pulleys, body weight, gravity, breath, and concentration provides and amazingly thorough workout. Highly focused on balancing the whole body from the core, it helps waken muscles that have gone dormant and allows overworked muscles to chill out. Pilates can help overcome the dreaded “computer desk syndrome” of rounded shoulders, fatigue, lack of concentration, low back pain, belly fat, and a myriad of other problems that are created when sitting all day. A career driven male is hardly the only one to who can benefit from such an exercise regiment. It is also helps athletes perform better, hence many male athletes are turning to pilates for their training. For example, former NBA star point guard turned Nets coach Jason Kidd is a longtime pilates devotee. For Kidd it’s all about finding and edge. He estimates 30 percent of his strength and flexibility training comes from pilates.

“After one session I was energized. From that point on I was convinced it was a great workout, it has made me quicker, more explosive,” told Kidd The Pilates Method was conceived to increase core in a USA Today story. strength, overall flexibility, and improve posture. This is achieved in two ways: exercises on the pilates Who doesn’t want more strength, range of motion, and enequipment and mat work. Both modes are intended ergy? So, men, whether hurdling cubicles, playing basketball, to get a full-body workout in a single session. The or just the links on the weekend, the benefits of pilates does equipment can be compared to weight or resistance a body good.

Connect with the highly qualified Align Pilates team by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visit

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AJ Takata St. Anne School, Laguna Niguel Class of 2014 J Takata, a Dana Point resident and eighth grader, has attended St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel since preschool. AJ has represented St. Anne at the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair the past two years and was awarded First Place in Physical Science last year, and First Place in Zoology the prior year. His projects competed at the California State Science Fair both years. Last year’s project, “Renewable Energy from Ocean Waves Using Piezoelectric Crystals,” caused AJ to be named a Broadcom Masters national semi-finalist.


AJ is a four-year member of the St. Anne Future Problem Solvers team where, after analysis, teams design solutions for futuristic problems using research, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork. AJ has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll every semester and he is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. He is a St. Anne WEB leader (a group of eighth graders who lead activities with students in lower grades to foster community), and he is a Student Consultant to the Student Life Committee of the St. Anne School Board. Being an active member of the St. Anne community has also caused AJ to be a caring member of the community at large. Along with three other classmates, AJ led the Operation Christmas Child project at St. Anne School for three years. Shoeboxes are collected, filled with gifts for children in desperate conditions, and distributed worldwide by Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry led by Franklin Graham. Over 1,500 shoeboxes were filled by St. Anne students in three years. AJ has avid interests in video games, piano, running and writing. He hopes to attend Orange County School of the Arts for high school and college at Washington University in St. Louis, after which he plans to become a novelist.

In Memory of Ruth Treeson – By A.J. Takata She stood on the curb Stared off into the distance And emitted the aura of New York itself The luscious scents of the night roared Extravagant colors teased my tongue Though they sped past Father’s puttering car I savored every sight of the woman on the avenue And the white wings on her back My lazy arm hung out of the window My coconut slept on the headrest Frank Sinatra lullabied me to sleep Jab Jab Something stirred in the back of my mind Like a boy poking a dead bug with a stick I know it is for naught The painting before me melted away in a blur of melancholy Pink lights turned to pasty lemonade Air raids to fire crackers She mesmerized my senses I didn’t want to see her go Father’s car drove away in the darkness

In November 2013 AJ was the student host for Holocaust survivor Ruth Treeson, who came to St. Anne to speak. AJ was deeply moved by his experience spending time with her. As fate would have it, just three days after her visit to St. Anne, Ms. Treeson passed away. AJ’s mother shared that during their time together Ruth convinced AJ that poetry was worthy of his consideration.

I looked behind me to see the woman and the lights “Close the window!” Father shouted, “It’s cold!”

Upon learning of Ruth’s passing, AJ wrote his first “official” poem, addressing it to Ruth’s husband, Emil. Emil was so touched that he asked AJ to read it at Ruth’s memorial service to a full house in Laguna Woods in January. We share it with you both in honor of Ruth, and in commendation of the quality of AJ’s efforts and character. JUNE 2014


“No Father,” I replied “Angels don’t come around often.”



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Pets of the Month Say hello to Violet, a fun little pup looking for a fresh start in a new home. Not even 2 years old, Violet is full of energy and loves to play in the yard with her dog friends. In her down time, she also likes to participate in the trainer’s scent training classes and is becoming quite proficient at locating different scents. This furry bundle of excitement would make a great addition to an experienced adult home.

This lovable little fuzzball is named Astro. A handsome boy if ever there was one, he loves to strut his stuff around the other dogs in his playgroup. Apart from his dashing good looks, 4 year old Astro is full of fun and quirky liveliness. Your home will never be short on amusement with a dog like Astro around!

Galacio is an adorable English Spot mix. At about 3 years old, he is a curious bunny who enjoys being handled and even will hop right up to snuggle in beside you. He is an avid eater and a big fan of treats of any kind. With a rabbit like Galacio, you’re sure to have tons of bouncy entertainment in store!

Hugo is a big kitty with an even bigger personality! At 4 years old, he is living the good life; he loves to lounge around in the sun until someone comes in then up he goes to rub against your leg. But don’t be fooled by his laid-back attitude, he is the big boss and wants everyone to know about it. So if you’re in the market for a lovable cat who loves to snuggle and call all the shots, Hugo is your man!

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Auditory processing refers to how the brain uses sound from the ears. "The ears are actually pretty dumb and amazing at the same time, collecting sound for the brain to figure out,” says Dr. Colucci. “The brain's processing system is not just about hearing alone, but how all the senses work together to help us train, learn and create memory libraries.” These memory libraries are critical in preventing memory loss, dementia, and staying active. Any sound isolation is a "ding" on the brain. What are the most identifiable hallmarks of hearing loss? Asking people to repeat what they say, turning the television up too loud, and the inability to hear in background noise are major red flags. If someone is avoiding social situations, staying away from family and friends, they need precisionprogrammed hearing aids immediately. Today's hearing aid technology can make sound louder, but most fail to address the bigger picture because many of them do not provide prescriptions that maximize the brain's ability to hear clearly, not just hear. Manufacturer’s prescriptions used by most provides can be 50% off target and with only 20% of providers college educated in these techniques, patients who have difficulty hearing with hearing aids need special care. “It is paramount that normal sound connections are revitalized daily,” says Dr. Colucci. “The ears work solely as the microphone pick-ups for the brain, so the brain must get what it wants - clear, crisp, and normalized sound.”

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Despite this need, California’s requirements for hearing aid sellers are lax. "Our state provides licenses to anyone with six months of on the job training, passing a simple test, and a possessing a high school diploma,” says Dr. Colucci. The issue is that any quality hearing aid is a good choice, but the programming makes it work or just makes sound and noise louder and uncomfortable.

Dr. Colucci loves helping people succeed with hearing and hearing aids to resolve their personal hearing issues, regardless of the cause. Drawing from the combined fields of clinical and forensic audiology, he treats each patient linical and Forensic Audiologist, Dr. Dennis as a unique and special case. He's also the only Audiologist in California who Colucci, says his greatest work is in helping pa- is a regular columnist for a major national journal (The Hearing Journal). tients acquire hearing instruments and precisionprogramming that keeps them connected with Dr. Colucci’s bi-monthly column, “Hearing Matters” is widely read in the intheir world, family, and friends. "Modern research dustry's most respected journal. "It is also shared with the Director of Hearconfirms that hearing loss is a primary culprit in ing Research at Northwestern University, because we both love helping dementia,” says Dr. Colucci. "Even minor de- people improve quality of life by restoring hearing, reversing hearing concreases in hearing can accelerate brain aging six ditions with music therapy, making the brain work better and delaying the to seven years, in addition to reducing brain size." effects of aging.”

The Surprising Connection between Hearing Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's


The correlation between mild hearing loss, changes in brain processing and cognitive disorders is nothing short of a revelation. The latest research confirms that sound, speech and language libraries are driven by hearing. Without daily maintenance of these libraries, the brain unwinds and drops connections. "Once memory connections start this downward spiral, the results can lead to dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Colucci. “That’s why early detection and treatment of hearing loss is so crucial."

According to the National Institutes of Health, one in three patients die with either dementia or Alzheimer’s. Dr. Colucci is committed to treatment and curing of this widespread problem. In fact, a column he wrote entitled “Central Presbycusis” is one of the topranked search results on Google today. "It's best to start with hearing aids in the early, mild stages,” says Dr. Colucci. “Most hearing loss starts early in the baby boomer population, with about 30 percent being affected. This increases to 80 percent experiencing some degree of compensable loss by age 85." According to Dr. Colucci, “The public is unaware of the need to treat hearing loss at the earliest stage or risk accelerating changes in auditory processing and brain aging.”

One area that Dr. Colucci specializes in is the relationship between brain processing and music, one of life's most enriching pleasures. “Music is a fine tuning tool for the brain that should be part of listening for all of us.” Because it sets up sounds for complex processing, it actually makes us smarter, more aware of even the smallest sounds, our surroundings, and improves listening. “In my practice, I suggest music therapy to all tinnitus (ringing in the ears) patients, and for those with hearing loss that start with hearing aids,” says Dr. Colucci. “No quite time or isolation and use music to promote good brain function.” In a side-by-side comparison of musicians to non-musicians, there is a clear difference in how the brain lights up on functional MRI studies. In short, music simply creates a broader brain process that can benefit everyone. It is especially helpful for hearing aid patients when starting to learn how to hear. Using familiar music with singing can attach those older memories with new experiences and wake up the brain, especially when we sing along. From publishing papers that further the science, to plugging patients into their favorite tunes, and writing custom 20/20 precision programming for hearing aids, Dr. Colucci has dedicated his life to treating tinnitus and preventing hearing loss and its connection to memory loss, dementia, and hearing related Alzheimer’s disease.

Connect with Dr. Colucci by calling (949) 830-5770 or visit Dr. Colucci's offices are located at 23521 Paseo de Valencia in Laguna Hills (in the Taj Mahal Medical Center). JUNE 2014




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Pacific Water Solutions By Heather Evans For Owner Mike Dougherty and his staff, no job is too small. Anywhere you use water, they can sell and service water filtration equipment for you - and their passion is to educate customers about the importance of drinking and using safe water.

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rowing up in rural Idaho, I was lucky enough to live in a house that got its water from a well. My family never worried about chemicals like chlorine, calcium, magnesium or sediment like those found in the municipal water supply. I’ve heard so many people say they drink bottled water as a solution, but that doesn’t solve the fact that it’s wasteful and expensive or that you still absorb these chemicals through your skin. Bottled water doesn’t solve the problem of washing your dishes and watering your vegetables with these contaminates.


The solution is more cost-effective and easier to implement than you might think. A full-service water filtration company, Pacific Water Solutions sells, services and installs water filtration and purification systems to all of OC and unlike many of its competitors, has retail locations where customers can check out the product options – and get an education on the benefits of both types of systems - before they buy.

“A water softener uses salt and electricity to remove calcium and magnesium from the water, while a whole house filtration system doesn’t use salt or electricity,” says Mike. “It connects to the main water line coming to your home and essentially serves as a point-of-entry-filter to stop dirt, sediment, rust, scale and other harmful contaminants at the door. So the water that comes out of every dispenser in your house - faucets, baths, showers, toilets, kitchen, laundry - is clean and safe.” When you contact Pacific Water Solutions, you get a water professional on the phone right away, not an answering service with a promise to return the call. Because Mike and his team take the time to answer questions and work with your budget, they have hundreds of happy customers (Google “Pacific Water Solutions” to read online, unbiased reviews).

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Eileen Gordon – Personal Trainer by Antje Mills ’ve always enjoyed exercise, but used to break into a cold sweat at the thought of working with a professional trainer. I pictured a muscled figure towering over me, barking out military-like orders:


“Ok you pale-faced weakling with the delicate wrists, grab those dumbbells and start pumping. Come on, my 80-year-old grandmother can move faster than that!”

If that’s your idea of what it’s like to work with a personal trainer than you haven’t met Eileen Gordon. She is all about the personal, smiling, talking, laughing and gently encouraging, all the while applying more than 30 years of training expertise. She has worked with every body shape, age and ability, from famous folks to gifted athletes. She also helps people post-surgery or who are recovering from an injury. While her mantra is “You get what you give,” Eileen uses positive encouragement to help each person she trains to reach their own goals, whether it is toning and weight loss or maintaining an already fit body. She spends the first complimentary session asking questions, demonstrating the equipment and evaluating your current condition, to build a routine that fits your abilities. “The biggest myth, especially for women, is that strength training [using machines and free weights] will make them have bulky muscles. That is far from reality, unless they plan on taking steroids and working out several hours every day,” Eileen explained. Besides shaping healthier bodies, Eileen’s other major goal is to help the average person understand how to exercise correctly and to avoid injury. She regularly witnesses people in the gym who use the wrong technique and sometimes get hurt. Often they will skip several workouts, get re-injured, get discouraged and give up. However, the majority of people just don’t get the maximum benefit without understanding exactly what they are doing. “I’m not training people to be world champion body builders, I’m simply trying to help them safely strengthen muscle, and often in the process give them better posture and reshape areas that were problematic before.” If the thought of boot camp training sounds more like a kick in the pants, consider a gentler, safer, yet effective approach. Eileen trains at certain gyms in the South County but will work with a time and location that best fits your schedule. So now, when people notice my new shape, (probably because I feel more comfortable wearing less baggy clothes) I can’t shut up about how great it is to have a personal trainer like Eileen. She will walk you through all kinds of exercise and challenge you with something every time you come back. I learned so much training with Eileen for 3 months, I now have my own routine but will continue to consult with her, and schedule some refresher sessions. Eileen has been trained and certified by The Nautilus Corporation, Universal Gym Equipment, ACE, and the NHCA. She has worked closely with general practitioners, specialists (Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, and Cardiologists), Physical therapists, Chiropractic physicians, and private clients in Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and surrounding areas to address a multitude of challenging health scenarios requiring specialized and condition-specific fitness program implementation.

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Massage for Old Injuries by Michelle Bryant Massage works best for soft tissue injuries to muscles and tendons and is most effective in releasing adhesions and lengthening muscles that have shortened due to compensatory reactions to the injury. Tight and fibrous muscles not only hurt at the muscle or its tendon, but can also interfere with proper joint movement and cause pain far away from the original injury.

Ancient Injuries Don't Have to Make You Feel Old njuries such as chronic back pain, trick knees, and sticky shoulders are not necessarily something you just have to live with. Massage techniques might hold the key to unlocking this old pain.


Will Massage Help? The benefits of massage will depend on the extent of the injury, how long ago it occurred, and on the skill of the therapist. Chronic and old injuries often require deeper and more precise treatments with less emphasis on general relaxation and working on the whole body.

It Works! A recent Consumer Reports article ran the results of a survey of thousands of its readers and reported that massage was equal to chiropractic care in many areas, including back and neck pain. Massage also ranked significantly higher than some other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or drugs. If that nagging injury persists, consider booking a massage. Be sure to discuss the injury with your practitioner: How did you receive the injury? Have you reinjured it? And what exactly are your symptoms? Often, the body compensates in one area to protect another that has been traumatized, and this can create new problems. Discuss the issues with your massage therapist. (Sometimes just talking about old injuries can play a significant role in the healing process.) Together, the two of you can work to determine a treatment plan.

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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trustee(s) of a trust. If the Trustor (creator of the trust) is the primary beneficiary of the trust, the account holder (also likely named as trustee while alive) still retains complete control and enjoys the benefit of using their hard-earned assets yet receives the added protection of probate avoidance upon their death. Probate is a very costly and time-consuming court process that can be avoided simply by properly placing your assets into trust. A typical southern California probate can cost your heirs anywhere from $20,000-$50,000 compared to the cost of forming a trust at a mere fraction of that cost. Probate can also take one to several years to settle before the beneficiaries get a dime while in trust administration; the beneficiaries have access to trust funds almost immediately.

Funding Your Trust Is A Must The Alternative Can Be Quite Costly by Elaine M. Watrous, CLPF oly Smokes – it’s that time of year again! While you are making plans for your next family vacation and the checklist of things you must do, be sure to add checking on the funding of your trust before you go. With the rapid changes in the banking industry, and in our busy lives, it is imperative that you review the assets that are placed into your trust on an annual basis these days.


What is “Funding”? Technically, a California trust doesn’t exist until it is funded with at least one asset. Funding a trust isn’t rocket science; it just takes someone to take the time to get it done and to get it done right. It is a common misperception that once your trust is executed with your estate planning attorney that it can just sit on a shelf and collect dust until it is needed sometime in the distant

Funding is the process of moving assets that have been held in an individual’s name, in joint tenancy, as husband and wife, or even in an old trust and retitling them into the name(s) of the trustee(s) of a trust. future. It can be catastrophic when trusts have insufficient and outdated funding or, worse yet, no funding at all.

What is the Problem? Every trust I have helped administer has had some deficiency primarily due to neglect in its funding. In many trusts I see short-cut versions of funding whereby the trust was originally funded with “seed money” of just $10.00 to make it a technically legal California trust. Other trusts may have a Schedule of Assets that lists “any and all bank accounts,” “any and all brokerage accounts,” and “any and all savings bonds” for example. Both of these funding schemes are woefully inadequate yet used by many estate planning attorneys or in do-it-yourself kits. Just as problematic are the trusts that are most common – those with a list of outdated, non-existent or improper Schedule of Assets leaving the trustee without a good roadmap to follow when the time comes to collect and distribute their loved ones assets.

Case Example #1: A deed on the Trustor’s home to their trust was signed but not recorded. Because the asset was not formally moved into their trust by recording the deed, it forced the

Funding is the process of moving assets that have been held in an individual’s name, in joint tenancy, as husband and wife, or even in an old trust and retitling them into the name(s) of the

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trustee to open a court procedure which tripled the cost of a regular trust administration.

Case Example #2: Bank or Company names from a bygone era who had merged into new names were not updated on the Schedule of Assets requiring much more research than necessary, increasing the time and expense of the administration of the trust.

Case Example #3: Brokerage accounts named in the old trust but not moved forward into the new trust with different beneficiary allocations. This forced the trustee to handle assets in two trusts doubling the amount of paperwork necessary for proper distributions.

Case Example #4: The house that used to be in trust was taken out of trust by the mortgage company upon a loan modification or refinance but it was not put back into trust. This lead to a $30,000 probate that could have been easily avoided by an annual trust asset review.

What is the Solution? It’s simple. Take time each year to review your Schedule of Assets and make sure all of your current assets are included (those without beneficiary designations). Verify that your bank and brokerage statements reflect the name of your current trust and check the deed on your house to make sure that someone didn’t take it out of your trust and forget to put it back in. Don’t forget items seldom thought of such as stock certificates or savings bonds and see to it that they have the name of your trust directly on them as well. If not, a simple phone call or letter can make a very important difference. Before I became a professional trust administrator myself, all of the above scenarios could have happened to me. After all, my trust was done and I was busy with life planning those annual vacations without a care in the world. Now that I know better, my goal each year is to ensure that my children have an accurate roadmap to access my assets after I am gone. If you would like assistance, our office offers complimentary annual reviews of your trust and/or its funding documentation. Whether you do it yourself, or have someone else do it for you, it’s really that simple to get it done and get it done right. JUNE 2014



Positive Space, Energetic Fitness, and an Ocean View: DP Pilates and Barre by Crystal Nay “The techniques used at DP Pilates and Barre are undeniably effective,” says Jeannie, who has dedicated her life to improving the fitness of others. “We use ballet principles to sculpt legs and thighs, pilates methods to strengthen the body’s core, and light weights to tighten and tone arms.”

esa Prana has taken a new form. In the ancient Sanskit, Desa means “place or space,” and Prana means “breath, life force, vital energy.” Armed with this powerful ideal, Director Jeannie McCormack created what is now the new and expanded DP Pilates and Barre in Capistrano Beach.


What started as a dream, a foundation in movement, and a culmination of educations from various masters, Jeannie has taken her 30-year teaching experience and grown DP Pilates and Barre into one of the most authentic, true-to-its-roots boutique studios by offering classes in pilates, barre, and yoga. In addition to providing core-strengthening, body-tightening, healthimproving fitness, DP Pilates and Barre has a beautiful panoramic view of the blue Pacific most other studios only dream about.

The studio is as welcoming to beginners as it is to veterans, with fun classes, well-qualified instructors, and an array of offerings suited for various fitness levels. The Beautiful Barre class is a great starter that can prepare anyone for the more intense Cardio Barre class. DP Pilates & Barre boasts a fully equipped Pilates studio offering both group and private Reformer and Tower classes. All the classes offer a myriad of benefits including mental clarity, flexibility, strength, balance, and just the overall feeling of improved well being. Summer is just around the corner, and there is still time to step up your health and fitness goals. At DP Pilates and Barre, you can achieve them while listening to music, looking out onto a sparkly sea, and feeling the ocean breeze.

Connect with Jeannie by calling (949) 443-1700, stop by the studio at 34700 PCH, Suite 208 in Capistrano Beach or visit

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Just like the technological advances in electronics, where the iPhone changed the way we think about and use phones, there has been a significant technological leap forward in custom orthotics.

Another improvement from the old technology is the orthotic device is made of materials that is calibrated to YOUR weight. Utilizing this new material and process results in an orthotic which will act as a spring for your arch, as it will flex just the right amount when walking, standing or exerIt is estimated that 95% of the population suffers from me- cising based on your weight. Should you gain or lose 15% chanical foot imbalances. These are primarily seen as over of your weight, the orthotic should be recalibrated. pronation of the feet. Pronation is where the feet/arches collapse or the ankles tend to fall inward. Abnormal pronation is certainly seen with all flat feet, but people with high arches can also have pronation problems. While the average person might not be able to identify abnormal pronation and determine if these new orthotics could be of benefit to them. If you have any of these problems, you are a candidate for the new Perfect Posture orthotics. • BUNIONS • HAMMERTOES • NEUROMAS • HEEL SPUR OR PLANTAR FASCIITIS • ACHILLES PROBLEMS • KNEE, HIP or BACK PAIN • TIRED FEET OR LEGS AFTER ACTIVITIES

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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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Unmasking The Artist At The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel A Photo Exhibition by Artist Charley Akers

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What started as a simple creative endeavor for Asheville, NCartist Charley Akers has turned into a tribute to Festival of Arts artists with a photography exhibition at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. For the third consecutive year, the exhibit features a selection of Aker’s photographs, complemented by a piece of art by the artist depicted in the portrait. Aker’s unique black and white portraits capture the essence of each artist, while also highlighting their craft. The exhibit includes portraits of southern California artists Ron Azevedo, Marlo Bartels, Paul Bond, Antje Campbell, Russell Jacques, Susan Jarecky, Christopher Jefferies, Murray Kruger, Tom Swimm, Hannah Harris and Rachel Young, each of whom have also been selected to showcase their art at the 2014 Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. The exhibit will be on display from May 8 to August 30, 2014. Each portrait is captured with a style that often has Akers compared to his greatest influence, Yousuf Karsh. The iconic images of many of the greats, such as Hemingway, Churchill and Einstein, were captured by Karsh and are still held up as the purest representation of these individuals. Akers follows suit in his remarkable ability to disarm the subject and catch a singular moment of who the artist is at their core. Step two for Akers is the integration of artist and art through technology, illuminating the passion and craft of the creator. After a 35-year corporate photography career, Akers’ enthusiasm and drive have allowed him to launch into this new artistic style with the eye of an expert and the heart of an artist. For more than 15 years, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has been the official hotel partner of Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts. In addition to showcasing the incredible works of several of the festival artists, the resort makes the Pageant a first-class experience through packages that feature incredible seats and exclusive offerings. For information, visit

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Seafood aficionado? The grilled sturgeon is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes with good reason – the wonderfully aromatic, flaky fish arrived with a sweet pea puree, tempura cauliflower and a radish-arugula salad. Another not-to-be missed dish was the Shrimp and Clam Linguine which was chock full of gulf white shrimp, Manila clams and wild spring onions in a fragrant smoked tomato and miso shrimp broth over handmade pasta cooked al dente.

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Senior Moments by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott

Playwright Don Fried has artfully crafted a series of five vignettes for an evening of entertainment entitled Senior Moments. foibles helps us tolerate the inconvenience caused by our mental lapses, it helps to have a gentle reminder that one is not alone. Live theatre is the perfect place to get that reminder. While laughing at the antics of the actor on stage we find ourselves laughing at ourselves. That laughter sooths the discomfort of our own goofs.

ou don’t have to be a senior to experience a senior moment! How many times have you walked into a room with determination and sense of purpose only to suddenly realize you don’t know why you’re there? How about those eternally missing keys, the fear of the iron left on or “Did I take my evening meds”? While keeping a sense of humor about our


Playwright Don Fried has artfully crafted a series of five vignettes for an evening of entertainment entitled Senior Moments. Each vignette features a man and a woman in funny, sometimes poignant and occasionally slightly naughty senior situations. Topics include struggling with technology, consummating an old love affair and a compulsive hobbyist. You will likely find yourself at least once in these stories no matter what your age. Yes, getting old isn’t for sissies but it’s better than the alternative. Then again, senior moments are not just for seniors and laughter is the best medicine. It’s the one medicine you don’t have to remember to take.

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Mysteries Abound in 2014 Pageant of the Masters ‘’The Art Detective’’ As this summer’s 2014 Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach’s world-famous celebration of art in “living pictures,” gears up for its opening on July 9, Pageant director Diane Challis Davy faced a “third degree” about her theme, “The Art Detective.” To the question: Who is “the Art Detective”? Challis Davy replied, “Anyone who suffers from a case of curiosity, who’s driven to ask who, what, where, when and why.” She added, “Who doesn’t love to solve a mystery or enjoy a good scandal or a ‘ripping yarn’?” The original inspiration for the theme, she said, came from television shows like The History Detectives and the Connections series, as well as from her love of Sherlock Holmes stories. But, as with all her Pageants, this one begins with great masterpieces of art. “We’ll feature Manet’s Olympia, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, Botticelli’s Primavera and Madame X by John Singer Sargent,” Challis Davy noted, revealing just a few of the highlights from her list. “The Art Detective” will be beautiful, fun, enlightening and mysterious. And through the art of storytelling, we’ll shed light on true and sensational art history.” For information and tickets call (800) 487-3378 or visit

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Hidden 200 Year Old Painting Restored and Unveiled

1973 by a replica painting because the original was in poor condition from years of exposure to harsh environment, movement and neglect. But in May of last year, Continuing its efforts to serve as a leader in conservation Mission San Juan Capistrano Museum staff and conservators carried out an investigative process and preservation of history, Mission San uncovering the original artwork. Juan Capistrano embarked on a signifiAfter cant and exciting project last year. The replica piece, painted by William Maldonado, has hung in Serra Chapel while The Station of the Cross XII Conservation the original was undergoing conservation. Project included restoring a painting that is more than 200 years old but had been "We're privileged to have the opportunity hidden in Serra Chapel for the past 40 to resurrect The Resurrection in the Serra years. The project is now completed and Chapel," said Mechelle the historic painting was revealed in Lawrence Adams, Executive Director of Serra Chapel. Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Mission chose Scott Haskins of Fine The original Station of the Cross XII paintArt Conservation Laboratories to lead ing is part of the Station of the Cross colthe conservation project. Before lection of historic paintings that came from Mexico to Mission Jan and Warren Siegel provided a generSan Juan Capistrano in the early 1800s. ous gift to pay for a portion of the $50,000 project. The Mission Preservation Foundation is continuing in its efforts to raise the balance of the pro"What makes it so significant is the fact that this paintject's cost. ing stands unique because it's part of the architecture The Station of the Cross XII painting, titled "The Crucifixion," had been covered since of Serra Chapel," Lawrence Adams said.

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