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



May 2015 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 Art Director David Perez Project Coordinator Sara Watt 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 Cara Fraser Stephanie Frisch Shelley Hancock Nicole Howard Ann Laurence Jeannie McCormack Mary McPherson Tom Scott C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas Cover Photography Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography

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Enrolling in Medicare after 65 18 M AY 2 0 1 4

Spotlight On: South Coast Shutter and Shades 20 Spotlight On: Spot Free Windows 22 Business Showcase: Gary Lamp, Salon 221 24 Business Showcase: Carsmetics 26


Using Chiropractic to Treat TJMD 28

COVER FEATURE: Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency

Banking for the Smaller Business 30 Six Reasons why yoga and pilates are so amazing! 34 Travel: Carmel-by-the-Sea 38

Understanding the Cycle of Addiction 10 Mastering Your Life 14

Network Print Solutions 42

Skincare Trends: The 3-in-1 Super Facial 16

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Spotlight On: Water in the Garden 40

The Importance of Breath 46


Understanding the Cycle of Addiction

"We treat a maximum of eight men at a time," says Psychiatrist Richard Granese, M.D., "This allows for full participation and lets our staff work with our patients and their families on a deeper level. The amount of flexibility in our treatment planning allows for us to mold our program to the individual - not the individual to our program." At A Mission for Michael, all of its process groups (there are four per day) are run by Masters or Ph.D.-level clinicians and licensed counselors who have many years experience in both chemical dependency and mental illness. The AMFM treatment team understands that navigating the information surrounding these co-occuring disorders and the available treatment options can be overwhelming for addictive individuals and their loves ones. For this reason, Dr. Granese and Ms. Fisher have accepted South County Magazine's invitation to serve as category experts in a series of ongoing features addressing frequently asked questions regarding detox, rehabilitation and recovery at A Mission for Michael.

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


South County Magazine: With what other psychological issues are A Mission for Michael’s typical patients dealing? Many addicted individuals deal with grief and loss, anger, lack of motivation, isolation and trauma. How does A Mission for Michael address these issues?

"With a dual diagnosis, both the mental health issue and the addiction have their own unique symptoms," says Chief Operating Officer Lindsey Fisher. "They also both affect and interact with each other. If a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance use problem usually gets worse and vice versa. Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, substance use causes side effects and in the long run worsens the very symptoms they initially numbed or relieved. Substance use can trigger mental health symptoms. Alcohol and drugs also interact with medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills and mood stabilizers. These are questions we have to identify first and we can create an integrative treatment plan from there."

Dr. Granese: The psychological issues facing patients coming into drug and alcohol treatment are myriad. There are perinatal and natal imprinting effects that have an emotional, psychological and chemical influence on the individual’s brain, thus impacting their addiction. There are the family, social, environmental and peer influences as well. Patients at A Mission for Michael typically present with all of these but a major concern is dual-diagnosis (or co-occurring mental health disorders) and the potential self-medicating coping skills that individuals use to keep themselves balanced. The above psychological issues must be factored in to each patient’s treatment plan to stabilize the patient and build a strong foundation for their recovery.

While many programs offer treatment in these areas, a core strength at A Mission for Michael is its size - programs here are focused on quality, not quantity - and one M.D. treats patients from beginning to end for a true continuum of care.

By working through underlying psychological factors and trauma driving physical and emotional addiction, we

The psychological issues facing patients coming into drug and alcohol treatment are myriad. There are perinatal and natal imprinting effects that have an emotional, psychological and chemical influence on the individual’s brain, thus impacting their addiction.

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A unique component to A Mission for Michael’s aftercare program is the “step-down” feature. The patient starts more intensively and steadily drops down to less intensive treatment as they progress. The patient continues with their therapist and psychiatrist every week and has a weekly family group. Additionally we recommend random drug testing. Aftercare keeps patients accountable and because of their accountability they have another relapse prevention tool in place. reduce the incidence of relapse and triggers used to start up the addiction spiral. This is accomplished at A Mission for Michael through individual sessions and small group therapy with mental health professionals ranging from Clinical Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, etc. – all who are Master’s level or PhD level psychotherapists and who are cross-trained in both mental health disorders and Substance Use Disorder.

couragement and support to gain a job and an environment of love and support where patients are living with others going through the early stages of recovery.

Our goal is to begin to work through the patient’s psychological issues and create the cognitive changes necessary to alter mental perceptions and distortions. The psychological restructuring starts the client on a path of growth moving beyond the confines and entanglements of addiction.

SCM: How much, if at all, do family members participate in the treatment process and why should they?

A Mission for Michael offers a structured and integrated solution in their 45-90 day treatment program with a transition to Sober Living and Outpatient. This continuum of care can provide the structure necessary to build a strong base for recovery. SCM: What aftercare options does your treatment center offer? Why is aftercare so important? Lindsey Fisher: Aftercare is an important component to A Mission for Michael's treatment program and is essential for anyone who is serious about recovery. We strongly recommend that patients who complete treatment enter Sober Living for a minimum of 6 months and do 6 months of Intensive Out Patient treatment (IOP) or Outpatient Therapy (OP). Many patients stay in aftercare for one year or more increasing their chance of long-term sobriety. A unique component to A Mission for Michael’s aftercare program is the “step-down” feature. The patient starts more intensively and steadily drops down to less intensive treatment as they progress. The patient continues with their therapist and psychiatrist every week and has a weekly family group. Additionally we recommend random drug testing. Aftercare keeps patients accountable and because of their accountability they have another relapse prevention tool in place. A Mission for Michael is not a 12- step based program but we believe that the 12 steps are another relapse prevention tool. We have found that working the 12 steps in conjunction with therapy, psychiatric care, family participation and small group therapy sets the patient up for success. Patients are encouraged once they leave treatment to continue working with their sponsor. If they leave the area, prior to their departure date they must find and set in place Sober Living and an Intensive Outpatient Program that they will transition to once returning home. They are then encouraged to get a new sponsor and start step work.

Our experience has shown that Sober Living, Outpatient, continued therapy and psychiatric care, meetings and step work with a sponsor provide a solid structure of accountability and relapse prevention.

Dr. Granese: Addiction is a Family Disease. What does that mean? Isn’t the addict the one with the problem? Isn’t he the one who needs help? Yes and no. The addict surely needs help but so does the family. The addiction is not only destroying the addict, it’s likely destroying the family too. The whole family is involved in the addiction. Parents and loved ones can’t function: they worry, their job suffers, they fight and argue amongst themselves, marriages suffer, they can’t take care of the rest of the family and their physical, emotional and spiritual health suffers. The family becomes addicted to their loved one’s addiction by chaos, codependency, lack of boundaries and also just because they love them. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” That means no one can make you feel or act crazy or worry or put their needs before your own, especially when they are tearing their life apart and yours with it IF you allow them to. It is your choice. Yes, you really do have a choice. You do not have to live your life in fear anymore. What can you do? Become involved in the process of recovery with your loved one in treatment: for him, yes, but mainly for you. Come for yourself. This is a great opportunity to have a healthier life despite what your loved one does with his life. Learn to say NO. Learn to set boundaries; not for him but for your own self-care. If you could have fixed the problem you would have done so by now. Sometimes what we think of as helping the addict is not “helping” him at all, but is actually doing more harm. Learn how to get out of the toxic cycle of abuse and manipulation, codependency and enabling. Get out of the isolation and the stigma of addiction in the family. Get out of fear and anxiety. Learn how to practice healthy self-care as the best possible thing you can do to support yourself and your loved one through the recovery process. It is a process and you deserve recovery too. Come…and be involved!

Sober Living provides containment with weekly meeting requirements, house community meetings, curfew, random drug testing, en-

Have a question you'd like to see addressed in an upcoming issue? Email or contact Dr. Granese directly at (949) 489-0950 or visit MAY 2015


resulted from the culmination of years of perseverance, determination and a sincere desire to “help people.” A Southern California native, Cindie studied insurance at Orange Coast College while raising three young sons as a single mother. Cindie landed a job as a “rater” for Chubb Insurance, then proceeded to climb the corporate ladder by learning all aspects of the industry. She sold life insurance, worked as an underwriter and as a marketing representative before eventually branching out as an independent insurance broker. “I had spent the better part of my career in a large corporate environment and knew I wanted to try something different,” she says. “I wanted to focus on customer relationships and feel very fortunate to have been able to bring a strong client base with me in starting this venture nearly a decade ago.” What sets Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency apart from other agencies in the industry is the level of personal service and relationship Cindie and her team always strive to provide – and judging from the number of longtime clients who followed Cindie in her move to South County, her customers agree. "I love the personal service and attention to detail that I have received from Cindie and April over the past 25 years, as we have grown from newlyweds in a small house to a family with two teenage drivers and houses in different states," says Maria C. "When we moved from California to Nevada we kept them as our insurance agents they're great to work with!"

Cindie Carey, President

Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency by Ann Laurence • photography by Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography arly in my writing career, I had the opportunity to interview many successful entrepreneurs for an OC-based regional business/lifestyle publication. While the scope of the featured businesses was diverse, the owner/operators all shared an unerring passion for their profession and a common belief that “if you love what you do, the money will follow.”


In interviewing Cindie Carey, president of the San Juan Capistrano-based Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency, it’s evident that she is cut from the same entrepreneurial cloth. It’s been onwards and upwards and forging ahead ever since Cindie moved into town and opened her independent agency here in April of 2007 – a career decision that MAY 2015

Client Frank Alvarez agrees with Maria's assessment and adds that " ... I trust Ortega Ranch to find me the best coverage at the best prices. As one of the top real estate agents in the Palm Springs area, I have referred many of my clients to Ortega Ranch and they too have remained happy and loyal clients. I never hesitate to recommend Ortega Ranch because I know my clients will get the same exceptional service that I am used to." “We believe that when people purchase insurance, they want to talk to someone they know and trust,” says Cindie. “Ours is a boutique firm and as a result when you contact our office, you will reach me or a member of my team directly, not an automated operator or call center.” Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency offers insurance protection for your home, auto, business and commercial enterprises, as well as life and health insurance policies. With over 90 years of collective insurance experience, the team of professionals at Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency have the ability ask the right questions, and provide the right coverage – customized for each client’s specific needs – and are able to do this because, as an independent agency, Cindie and her staff represent “a great group of insurance carriers” rather than a single company. “We do not work for an insurance company, we work for you, our customer,” says Cindie. “We work with a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies to find the insurance carrier that best meets each client's needs."


Whether you are looking to save money or want the highest insurance protection for your assets, when it all comes down to the bottom line Cindie and her team take care of their customers with great efficiency. Clients can be assured that they are placed with the right insurance carrier, with the right coverage, at the best price.

make insurance purchases more accessible to clients for whom English is a second language,” says Cindie. “We believe it is important to ensure that all clients are armed with the knowledge and information to help them make the best insurance decisions for themselves and their families.”

“The insurance industry involves personal service - and that is what we always strive to deliver,” says Cindie. “It is so rewarding to be able to say that we have so many long-term customers who believe in us and trust us with one of the most important parts of protecting their assets.”

Community involvement

While it may be a “continual learning curve” to stay abreast of the changes in the industry and its offerings, Cindie thoroughly enjoys the process and the challenge.

Cindie with son, Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency Vice President Steve Carey

“We work hard to remain at the forefront of the industry so that we can provide the best service to our clients,” she says. “Obtaining new knowledge, reviewing existing practices, and maintaining continual learning will always be a major part of our work, but that’s what keeps things interesting.”

A Southern California native, Cindie is a big believer in giving back. The company supports local school athletic programs (both her sons actively coach in the Capistrano Football Club and personally mentor the youth who play there) and contribute to a number of community-oriented not-for-profit organizations, including SeniorServ and Women Helping Women/Men2Work.

“SeniorServ creates programs to improve wellness for older adults and people with disabilities, including ‘Meals on Wheels for those who cannot leave the house easily,” says Cindie. “Women Helping Women/Men2Work is an employment agency focused on offering employment support services to empower disadvantaged men, women and teens.”

One day she hopes to turn the agency over to her son, Vice President Toward that end, Cindie and her staff are actively expanding the busi- Steve Carey, but doesn't see herself retiring as she “loves to work”. ness’ social media presence on Facebook and LinkedIn, and look for Cindie isn't all work and no play, however, as she spends her free time walking her Boxer dog, and watching soccer games (both professional opportunities to tap into new markets online. soccer, and childrens' leagues). She also thoroughly enjoys the out“We recently hired our first Spanish-speaking agent, Hugo Ramos, to doors, and is “looking forward to finding time to golf again.”

Connect with Cindie and the Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency by calling (949) 218-1020, stop by the office at 27221 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano or visit MAY 2015


Stress and anxiety rob us of our time and connection to the people and things that really matter. Making money and paying the bills replace relaxation and meaningful time with our loved ones. Our children worry about their grades and pleasing not only their parents, but their teachers and friends. The truth is, I knew it in my head but wasn’t practicing it in my heart. It took a personal fall to activate all the good that was to come and put all that I had learned to work on every level.

Mastering Your Life: My Personal Experience by Mary McPherson There comes a time when we all ask ourselves what is going on in my life? Why has this happened, why can’t I focus, who am I? I believe the greater question should be...who am I becoming? Stress and anxiety rob us of our time and connection to the people and things that really matter. Making money and paying the bills replace relaxation and meaningful time with our loved ones. Our children worry about their grades and pleasing not only their parents, but their teachers and friends. Relationships start to suffer under the stress of making a living or getting good grades, and we lose touch with living a life of purpose, peace and connection. Several years ago I was one of the many people who lost it all in the crash of our economy. I felt lost to myself, even though I was well educated, successful and very capable, my life ceased to look like my own. I have been studying alternative practices such as meditation, herbal remedies, and motivational theory since the mid 80’s. Surely I knew how to heal myself from the monumental stressors of my new economic and personal position. In 1987, I was certified as a Motivational Coach with Robbins research, I also received certifications in Meditation at the Chopra Center and studied many forms of holistic health with master teachers all over the world. I knew it all right? The answer is no-I did not know how to find it in myself to recover. In a few short months, I went from a public name to wondering who I was. Questions I had never thought to ask myself suddenly crept to the surface. What is the point of it all? What am I doing here? But I found I was not alone in those uncertain times.

Today I am back, stronger and more centered and helping others to find themselves as I had to face the road of self-discovery. With technologies Like Brainwave Optimization™ that is designed to rebalance and harmonize brainwaves for greater cognitive performance and to reduce stress, I was able to see my way out of the position of hopelessness and into a life of Joy I never knew was possible. Today I am founder and director of Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization and Utopia Within Wellness Spa. We are also a teaching center with the goal of helping our clients learn the Art of Self Awareness. Using Advanced technology and ancient techniques we have helped hundreds of clients using many different modalities teaching them to Master their Life and reduce stress. Just a few of these modalities are Brainwave Optimization, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Life Coaching, Guided Meditation and Visualizations, The Bio Mat™ and the amazing Tibetan Singing Bowls. These processes are designed to relax the brain so it can heal itself. A life of Focus, Peace and Purpose - now that’s what I’m talking about. Call today and learn more how you too can Live the Life you always knew you were meant to live. We understand and are waiting to serve you.

Today is a new day and my journey has made me stronger and a greater asset to the work I do.

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


3 Super Facial The -in-1 by Shelley Hancock Owner Shelley Hancock, Real Transformation Center

’m so excited to tell you about a new anti-aging technology that is taking the skin care world by storm. It’s big in the UK and Canada and it’s just now hitting the United States. I’ve been ready for something new and different and this is it! It’s called OxyGeneo.


2. Infuse: Through this exclusive Capsugen, the OxyGeneo™ cleanses the skin while infusing nutrient-rich active ingredients. You choose between the NeoRevive™ for rejuvenation and anti-aging or NeoBright™ for skin brightening and texture improvement. 3. Oxygenate: The OxyGeneo™ produces CO2 bubbles which gently burst on the skin surface creating a physiological response, sending oxygen-rich

What makes OxyGeneo™ the new super-facial? You get the exfoliation benefits of microdermabrasion (without the suction to potentially break capillaries) plus deep facial rejuvenation with the infusion of essential revitalizing nutrients and healing skin oxygenation from within. OxyGeneo™ treatments are suitable for all skin types – any ethnicity and even sensitive skin.

My prediction is that this is going to be the next big trend in facial treatments for those wanting instant gratification as well as long term changes. I believe that we will be hearing about it from the media because it’s going to hit the Hollywood scene very soon!

The three aspects of an OxyGeneo treatment are:

blood to the area, increasing capillary flow and skin metabolism. This results in optimal absorption of active ingredients for hydration, brightening and firming.

1. Exfoliate: Similar to microdermabrasion (but with not suction), the OxyGeneo™ exfoliates the upper skin layer to remove dead cells, smooth and renew the skin, preparing it to receive active nutrients. The OxyGeneo hand piece is fitted with a Capsugen capsule which is a soft exfoliating head made of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and magnesium. This is safe on all skin types and can even treat sensitive skin without any irritation.

After my first treatment I immediately noticed a brightening to my skin and I was pleasantly surprised at how firm my face felt for the next 5 days. Especially my jawline!! That was something I was not expecting. We played around and combined the OxyGeneo treatment with MicroPhototherapy (which I wrote about in the March issue) for some over the top results! My prediction is that this is going to be the next big trend in facial treatments for those wanting instant gratification as well as long term changes. I believe that we will be hearing about it from the media because it’s going to hit the Hollywood scene very soon! Tune in next month for more Skincare Trends!

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


that you just need to simply send in, or some insurers just have you sign an attestation, that you had coverage. This is standard procedure for everyone that enrolls in a Medicare drug plan after their first eligible.

I got a letter that says I owe $314.70 for my Medicare Part B premium. You said it was $104.90!!! Once again, read the letter. If you aren’t taking Social Security yet, they’ll bill you quarterly for the monthly premium until you set up an monthly EFT. So, what’s $104.90 x 3??? Yep, $314.70.

Enrolling in Medicare after 65 by Stephanie Frisch

If you are leaving group coverage you need to show Medicare that you had credible coverage. Part A itself doesn’t make Medicare “true insurance” because its coverage is limited to only hospital/skilled nursing/hospice. any people are enrolling later into full Medicare (Part A is automatic at 65) because they’re working longer or taking advantage of employer sponsored health insurance through a younger spouse. The process of enrolling in Medicare Part B and what to expect before and after the enrollment differs for these people than for those enrolling when they’re first eligible.


Here are some questions that come up frequently when I meet with clients who have delayed Medicare enrollments.

How do I enroll in Medicare Part B? If you are leaving group coverage you need to show Medicare that you had credible coverage. Part A itself doesn’t make Medicare “true insurance” because its coverage is limited to only hospital/skilled nursing/hospice. Proof of credible coverage is a letter from your employer/HR dept. that you show at the Social Security office when you go into activate your Part B. (Call for an appointment or walk in). The government makes you do this because if you don't sign up for Part B when you're first eligible or if you drop Part B and then get it later, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Medicare. Your monthly premium for Part B may go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B, but didn’t sign up for it. You have to prove your coverage to avoid that penalty.

They’re charging me more for my Part B premium because of my past income. I just got a letter from my RX plan telling me I owe them more money each month too, what’s up? If your modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago (the most recent tax return information provided to Social Security by the IRS) is above a certain amount (85K/170K-married), then you’ll pay more. You’ll receive a letter telling you how much more you’ll pay and there’s a pretty easy to read chart that breaks down the dollar amount for you. If you turn to the second page, the letter from Social Security with then tell you about how much more you’ll pay for your drug coverage. Because Medicare doesn’t provide drug coverage, private insurance plans do, then the “bad news” letter comes from you drug plan provider. Good news is, if you’ve retired and your income is now lower, you can submit proof to Social Security and they’ll adjust your Part B and Part D premium.

I got a letter from my Medicare Advantage plan/Prescription drug plan that says I need to show proof of drug coverage prior to my enrollment in my Medicare RX plan, what do I do? First off, don’t get so unsettled that you don’t read the letter entirely. Once you read the letter you’ll see

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. MAY 2015



South Coast Shutter and Shades “I feel that we are successful due to the quality of customer service we give our customers, which in turn creates our repeat and referral business,” says Donna. “Although there may be providers of similar products, there is no one that can match our superior customer service – from showing up on time, making precise measurements and flawless installations - and with a professional ‘can do’ attitude.” perating honestly and with integrity has served as the foundation for the continued success of the Dana Point-based South Coast Shutter and Shades. With 25 years in the window covering industry, Owners Tom and Donna Shuster launched their own company after realizing that “on our own we would be able to offer quality products in an honest environment to our customers, as well as servicing the products we sell.”


Specializing in custom shutters, blinds, shades, security shutters and everything in between, Tom and Donna offer free in-home consultations for design as well as measuring, they always include free professional installation and prefer to bring all of the samples to each client’s home to go over the assorted styles and many color options to match the existing interior.

Tom adds that “our pricing with unbeatable discounts, sales support and the fact that we offer our customers an in-house design team at no additional charge is the first step in setting us apart from our competition. I am proud to say that we have built a reputation in the business for having the highest quality, best beauty, fit and finish and value available. All of our products come with a lifetime warranty.”

To connect with Tom and Donna, call (949) 388-8344 or visit

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the ol’ Windex treatment. They wash the windows (inside and outside), wash the screens, clean the tracks, and then rehang the screens. Personally, I once tried to clean my window tracks and even though I consider myself a neat freak, this task just about did me in. So I consider this aspect priceless. So what’s the secret behind husband and wife team Scott and Suzie Sells’ super successful business? “We know most of our customers by name and have built relationships with almost 3,000 South Orange County residents and businesses over the years,” says Scott. “From the beginning, we established a standard of consistency and quality. We personally guarantee all of our work. If something does need to be done better, we do it again until it is right. We want our customers to be happy and call us for many years to come.”

Spot Free Windows

“And it’s about reliability,” Suzie adds. “Our customers know that we will be there when we are scheduled and we will do the professional job that they have come to expect. Plus, we offer a 7-day rain guarantee year round.”

So what inspired them to start Spot Free windows? What makes them different from other window cleaning companies? “Well, we realized this niche was missing,” comments Scott. “After years of buying, renovating, and selling homes in South Orange County, we by Heather Evans saw the need for higher-end professionals in the window cleaning Hey, you. Yes, you reading this. How’s about I place a bet with you right industry. We decided to fill that need with a quality company that now? I’m willing to bet that not only are your windows crazy-dirty, but could consistently provide reliable service to residents and busithat you aren’t planning on cleaning them in the near future. How do I nesses in Orange County. know that? Magic. They are excited to open their schedules to accommodate the new Well, not really magic. I know it because the folks at Spot Free Windows Rancho Viejo community that’s starting to be built, and they are have been successfully cleaning thousands of customers’ windows ready to take on your dirtiest windows. Their service is just a phone throughout Orange County for the past ten years. And no- I don’t mean call away!

Connect with Scott, Suzie and their team by calling (949) 248-4912 or visit

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Gary calls his signature 7-layer directional haircut for men "foolproof."

With hairstyles featured in Passion Magazine, Gary specializes in color and styles for both men and women. Gary states, "For me, the key is to maintain the education, energy and excitement it takes to please each individual client with the perfect style, color and cut. have with my clients. After that, it's all about THE CUT!" With regard to the latter, Gary calls his signature 7-layer directional haircut for men "foolproof."

Gary Lamp, Salon 221 by Jody Robinson once read somewhere that "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." In sitting down to interview Gary Lamp for this editorial feature, it became immediately apparent that this popular San Clemente-based hairstylist has spent the entirety of his career loving each minute and every aspect of his craft - from building long-standing relationships with his clients to staying abreast of the latest style trends and innovations in tools, techniques and products.


With 40 years in the beauty business, the depth and breadth of Gary's knowledge and experience is only rivaled by his sense of style, pleasant demeanor and raw talent - all clear contributors to the longevity of his career. His artistry - which includes developing a cutting-edge 7-layer directional haircut for men - has earned this seasoned professional a loyal clientele ... many of whom refuse to go anywhere else. "I have been seeing Gary since I was 18 years old," says John Atik of Ladera Ranch. "I'm now 55 so if that isn't a great testimonial to his knowledge and results, I don't know what is. Gary simply does a great job. He takes the time to really listen and he isn't afraid to share his suggestions and advice if he believes his client should consider a different look or approach to his or her style. He is results-oriented and in all these years, I have always been happy with my cut." Another longtime client, Valeen Farrar, echoes John's sentiment and adds "I live in Culver City and make the drive to Gary every three weeks because quite frankly, there's no one better at what he does. People are always complimenting me on my short, fun cut and I can't imagine having anyone else style my hair." With hairstyles featured in Passion Magazine, Gary specializes in color and styles for both men and women. Gary states, "For me, the key is to maintain the education, energy and excitement it takes to please each individual client with the perfect style, color and cut. My first priority is the relationship I

To connect with Gary, call (949) 231-9755 or stop by Salon 221 at 221 N. El Camino Real in San Clemente (next to Pizza Port). MAY 2015


"Everything in the cut is connected and balanced so the result is a great look that is professional and polished, is easy to care for and performs great," says Gary, who's clientele are equally divided between men and women who range in age from 15 - 80. "I love to help create a style that makes people look and feel great. I love being able to make people happy."

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Helen Lao Baxter, Carsmetics Orange County by Ann Laurence most people anticipate” when they step into an automotive repair center or body shop. The brand was actually launched in Orange County with women in mind and specifically created to appeal to women in an industry that is very male dominated/focused. “We are really trying to bring that appeal to the forefront.” s a highly successful female executive and entrepreneur, in the largely male-dominated automotive industry, Helen Lao Baxter is certainly no stranger to overcoming stereotypes and creating career opportunities for herself and for others.


Recently appointed Marketing Executive and Partner for Carsmetics Orange County, a brand specializing in expert auto body repair, Helen adopts the same approach that has served her well over the years to provide “an experience that exceeds what

With four locations in Orange County – Lake Forest, Costa Mesa, Anaheim and Irvine – Carsmetics has been called “America’s most exciting new concept in auto, scratch and dent repair. The company’s scope of services, which covers “accidents to dents and every ding in between,” encompasses auto body repair, bumper repair, dent repair, paint color matching, paintless dent removal and wheel repair. Let’s face it, when you get into a fender bender, the headaches can go way beyond the physical damage to your vehicle. You need to get your car fixed and if you’re anything like me, just the idea of trying to determine the best place to take it can be an overwhelming undertaking. Just as with any service provider, it comes down to trust. I obviously want to find a reputable company that will do an outstanding job, but I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg – particularly for “repairs” I might not need. I also don’t want to sacrifice quality by going to a low cost provider whose repair technicians may not be certified to work on my type of vehicle. It seems like many auto body shops offer competitive pricing, but the rates they quote are not guaranteed. Estimates are just that – a guess – and the price of your repair can go up significantly once the work begins. (continued on page 27)

Connect with Helen and the Carsmetics team by calling 949.294.4169 or visiting MAY 2015


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“No one plans to or even wants to come in to have their car bumper or fender repaired. But if you need a repair– we want to be the shop of choice.” Carsmetics’ reputation was built by ensuring that its customers never have to worry about any of these things. Their technicians are “excellence-certified” to work on any car and all repairs are guaranteed for as long as you own or lease your vehicle. They can often have your vehicle back to you within a day. You know up front how much your repairs will cost because they provide you with a free exact quote in 10 minutes and if you aren’t happy with their work, you don’t pay a penny until you are 100% satisfied. Their promise? Fast, Flawless, For Less.


“I am so proud to have served patients in San Clemente for the last 15 years and am excited to offer excellent dental care now in Laguna Niguel.’’


Williams Dental at Town Center

“No one plans to or even wants to come in to have their car bumper or fender repaired. But if you need a repair– we want to be the shop of choice.” It is for these reasons - the fact that the company shared her philosophy of providing customers with complete transparency - that Lao Baxter was excited to pursue an opportunity to partner with this brand.

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“Carsmetics has stepped out to take a welcomed approach in the auto body repair industry, focusing on making our business approachable, with warm, clean, attractive stores that are professionally staffed along with our intent to create appeal for our female customer, it is a stark contrast to the perception is that shops are dirty, unkempt places in hard to find industrial parks. “We stand behind our work – every repair job we complete is guaranteed for as long as our customers own or lease their vehicle. We are proud of our guarantee.” Prior to joining Carsmetics, Lao Baxter graduated with a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing and spent 15 years with various companies in human resources. She is the founder of ClearPath Solutions, a national executive search firm with growth brands in the restaurant, retail and franchise industries. “It’s so ironic that I started my career in automotive from selling tires in Boston to working in HR with CarMax and now I’ve come full circle – back in the automotive industry through my involvement with Carsmetics,” she says. In all of her professional endeavors, Lao Baxter credits her successes to a “foundation of relationships and authenticity.” At ClearPath, Helen and her team have built a strong reputation of long lasting relationships that are based on trust. They engage with hundreds of people (continued on page 52 MAY 2015


By correcting the misalignment between the spine and the nervous system, patients can find tremendous relief from this painful disorder. Chiropractic can reduce pain by relaxing and relieving tension around the muscles and can even help keep TMJ pain from returning.

and can even help keep TMJ pain from returning. Dr. Petersen is a specialist in treating this painful disorder by relieving tension in the muscles and the surrounding joints themselves. He works both inside and outside of the mouth and manipulates the trigger points which are causing the pain.

Using Chiropractic to Treat TMJD by Kimmie Petersen Approximately 35 million people in America suffer from TMJD (temporomandibular joint syndrome disorder) at any given time. Symptoms may include: n Pain or tenderness of your jaw

n Aching pain in and around your ear n Chronic Headaches

n Difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing/swallowing

Trigger points (a very sensitive area made of muscle fibers) are often the culprits of this painful disorder. The most common one being the trapezius muscle which is located at the base of the neck. By simply manipulating this one trigger point, Dr Petersen can influence the areas at the temple, behind the ear and at the jaw line. Other common trigger points can include sternocleidomastoid muscle (located along the neck), pterygoid muscle and the masseter muscle. Gentle and safe adjustments to these trigger points can quite quickly decrease and even eliminate TMJD. Chiropractic can be used alone to treat TMJD but is often combined with other means of treatment, such as exercises to strengthen and stabilize the jaw and neck, therapies to retrain muscles for proper movement of the jaw, relaxation and stress relieving techniques and hot/cold compresses. There are many ways to treat this disorder prior to receiving injections of corticosteroids, using pain killers or eventually heading into an extensive surgery. With proper care and treatment of spinal and neck disorders, TMJD patients truly can achieve pain relief and correction using chiropractic care. With over 18 years of experience as a Chiropractor, Dr. Petersen prides himself on treating all of his patients with his undivided attention and helping them live healthier lives free of unnecessary pain. In fact, you may be surprised just how easy it is for YOU to live pain free!

n Aching facial pain

n Vision/hearing problems What many of those suffering from this painful disorder are unaware of is that chiropractic care can help. Cervical spine disorders are perpetuating factors for TMJD. In fact, The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends the examination of the cervical spine in TMJD patients, even without cervical complaints. These findings are well supported by Cranio and Facial Oral Investigation as well. Doesn't it make sense then that chiropractic can help TMJD? By correcting the misalignment between the spine and the nervous system patients can find tremendous relief from this painful disorder. Chiropractic can reduce pain by relaxing and relieving tension around the muscles

Dr. Petersen can be reached by calling (949) 388-1432 or by visiting Sycamore Chiropractic at 31461 Rancho Viejo Rd., Suite 103 in San Juan Capistrano. MAY 2015


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Banking for the Smaller Business by C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas mall businesses are receiving a lot of attention these days, and for good reason. America’s small businesses have created the majority of new jobs over the last decade and, in past downturns, it’s been small business growth that has pulled us out of recession.


South Orange County is no exception. Sensing better times ahead, our local entrepreneurs are investing millions of dollars in their enterprises, and outsiders are focusing on the region's opportunities in growing numbers. Providing meaningful banking services to small businesses requires an understanding of the challenges they face, knowledge of the local business environment, and a close working relationship. Those three attributes are the primary reasons small business owners prefer smaller, local banks that are also invested in the local economy. “When I talk to a new customer, “says Mike Chambers. Senior Vice President, Director of Business Development for Partners Bank, “I tell them that we are a ‘backyard bank’ whose shareholders and directors are primarily from South Orange County. Similarly, our loan approvals are decided by predominately local people.” In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal ( pointed out that, in selecting a bank, ideally a business would find a banker who will take the time to walk them through how to solve a banking problem, so they can return to running their business. Still, some businesses spend more time shopping for a $300 laser printer than they do shopping for a bank.

To find the right bank a small business should first identify their specific needs. The bank they choose should offer the services necessary for the business to operate efficiently and profitably. Molding the business’ operations to satisfy the bank’s needs is exactly backwards. That isn’t to say that the bank might offer some suggestions as to how to take better advantage of bank services. In fact, they should. The smaller, local bank is generally better able to customize the relationship to accommodate their customer. If the need involves a credit facility (such as a line-of-credit, term loan, or commercial real estate loan) it is important to understand the bank’s decision-making process. Smaller local banks have some advantages there too. For example, at Partners Bank our loan decisions are made by people with local knowledge, right here in South Orange County. So, the loan approval process is more efficient and timely because it is completely local. Partners Bank is designated as a Preferred Lender in the Small Business Administration’s Preferred Lenders Program and thereby able to offer small businesses with this important solution to their financing needs. These lending solutions, coupled with a range of deposit and convenience services designed for businesses, make Partners Bank an attractive alternative for local businesses who want to work with a smaller, local bank.

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


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Reasons why Pilates and Yoga are Amazing!

by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser

There are millions of reasons why one should do pilates and yoga, but these six keep many coming back class after class, creating a life long practice for the body and soul.

1. Exercise This is a no brainer. Pilates and yoga are exercise. And obviously the benefits of exercise are endless, from cardiovascular health, mental health, reducing stress to physical strength and flexibility. 2. Everyone can participate The beauty in pilates and yoga lies with the varying levels of classes, from super gentle to crying “uncle” on the mat. With such a wide range anybody can partake. No matter age, gender or ability, a quality studio will have some type of class for you. Making it a great choice for rehabilitation, cross training and even kid friendly. 3. Balance A good class will never be the exactly the same in the repertoire or poses. This diversity is what helps to balance both sides of the body and between strength and flexibility, ultimately unifying the body. 4. The Core This goes beyond the concept of six-pack abs. The core is comprised of all the muscles around the spine, not just the abdominals. After long hours of working on a computer or driving kids to and from activities, the core is sadly ignored, resulting in bad posture. The main concept behind pilates is to move from the core first giving spinal strength and correct posture. 5. Breath Breathing is a natural reflex in the human body, but surprisingly out of the animal kingdom we are the only species that can control its breath. Making it possible us to be sprinters and long distant runners, swimmers, etc. The muscles in the ribs, diaphragm and lungs can be manipulated with conscious thought. One of the main focuses in pilates and yoga is learning different breath techniques that have a myriad of health benefits like stress reductions and muscle efficiency. 6. Mind, Body, Spirit Pilates and yoga have a little extra special something, they are not like your typical gym session. From the mindfulness, breathe, to the movement, a magical connection is created between the “mind, body and spirit”. Leaving the soul feeling amazingly rejuvenated and alive..

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


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The Cypress Inn has 44 elegant guestrooms, and offers a number of different style rooms as well as suites. The two King Suites are perfect for a weekend away with your partner: one King Suite offers a private entrance, romantic fireplace, and a gorgeous marble bathroom; the other includes a veranda to look out upon the picturesque Carmel streets

Cypress Inn is a pet-friendly boutique hotel housed in a landmark 1929 property that masterfully blends Old World Charm with modern comforts.

gance, Europeanstyle architecture, numerous cultural attractions and long stretches of sandy beaches for waterside walks. Visitors travel to Carmel from all over the globe to experience remarkable Central Coast weather and wine, paired with worldclass shopping, entertainment, art and adventuring. For my husband and I – on our first away trip alone since our son was born eight years ago – it was a little getaway with a lot to offer: Far away enough to be really away and close enough to keep your separation-from-responsibilities anxiety in check.

Weekend Destination: Carmel-by-the-Sea by Ann Laurence


ull disclosure: I am a mom. It’s a fact that may belie my bias when I tell you that sometimes a girl simply needs a break. Children, clients, studies, the unending demands of every single day… it catches up with you. Even the oft-offered advice, “You must make time for yourself!” can feel like just another pressure.

Flying into San Jose, the 90-minute drive down the scenic 101 was a perfect cure for the typical vacation travel drudgery. When you pull into town, you won’t be too beat to hit the pavement for an afternoon and evening of merrymaking.

Staying in Lodging options are plentiful. A handful of family-owned bed and breakfast inns dot the coast, offering an abundance of charm and personal service. We chose the Cypress Inn – a petfriendly boutique hotel housed in a landmark 1929 property that masterfully blends Old World Charm with modern comforts in the heart of this quaint seaside village. The “historic” aspect of the hotel is not just the fact that it is a landmark structure, but also because it is coowned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day and Dennis LeVett.

The anecdote to the mayhem? A romantic weekend away in Carmel-by-the- Doris Day has owned the hotel for more than Sea – a charming town in Monterey County characterized by a quaint ele- twenty years, and her deep devotion to animals MAY 2015


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Lodging options are plentiful. A handful of familyowned bed and breakfast inns dot the coast, offering an abundance of charm and personal service. We chose the Cypress Inn – a pet-friendly boutique hotel housed in a landmark 1929 property that masterfully blends Old World Charm with modern comforts in the heart of this quaint seaside village. The “historic” aspect of the hotel is not just the fact that it is a landmark structure, but also because it is co-owned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day and Dennis LeVett. shines through in the pet-friendly nature of the hotel. This means that you don't have to leave your furry friends behind, and Carmel Beach allows dogs to run free on the sand. The Cypress Inn has 44 elegant guestrooms, and offers a number of different style rooms as well as suites. The two King Suites are perfect for a weekend away with your partner: one King Suite offers a private entrance, romantic fireplace, and a gorgeous marble bathroom; the other includes a veranda to look out upon the picturesque Carmel streets. We spent time lounging in the sunny garden courtyard, and enjoyed the close proximity of the nearby Carmel Beach. We found that our lodgings here were as much a part of our getaway as our wanderings.


We loved Terry’s Restaurant and Lounge for lunch, dinner and “Yappy Hour.” The menu draws from the bounty of fresh local produce with flavorful hints of the Mediterranean and Morocco and the restaurant attracts a colorful combination of local, guests and canines. Terry’s provides a perfect gathering place to enjoy small plates and family-style dishes in an intimate surrounding, with attentive service, classic cocktails and a great selection of wines.

Out and about A trip to Carmel wouldn’t be much of a visit without taking serious stock of the region’s vintage, but driving to the many wineries is a sizeable commitment of time and doesn’t play too well into the whole “car free” thing. On the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea, you can take in the cityscape as you amble and ramble with your beau from tasting room to tasting room representing premier regional wineries. You can purchase a Wine Tasting Passport ($65) at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce – the passport provides tasters with a Wine Walk flight at a choice of any 9 of the 14 participating tasting rooms. It’s a self-paced, self-guided tour that encompasses four city blocks – and all an easy walking distance from the Cypress Inn. After toasting your time together, choose a bottle (or two) to ship home. MAY 2015

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Bridging the Gap between Company and Customer by Jackie Grade

printing, graphic design and photography and mailing services. NPS works with businesses in all industries and of all sizes. “From large, national health care companies to small local clothing boutiques, dentists, lawyers, realtors, local colleges and universities, we give the same time, attention, competitive pricing and level of customer service to each and every customer, “ says Martin. “ Our business has grown over the years by staying focused on servicing and making sure our customers are happy.” Color, paper texture, font, wording etc. all come into play when creating a company’s signature look. Martin and his team strive to meet their customer’s needs and exceed their expectations and vision of their finished product. s we all know, you never get a second chance to make a first impression: to leave a lasting impact on those whom you come in contact with. The simple feel of a quality business card, a visually appealing postcard design or


a clean, clearly worded print advertisement are all ways to make yourself and your business stand out among your competitors. This is where Martin Stolzenberg and his team at Network Print Solutions come in. After earning a degree in fashion design and immigrating to New York from Johannesburg South Africa, Martin started a small clothing company. One of the problems he encountered was finding quality, cost effective marketing collateral for his fledgling business. According to Martin, “Quality printing in small quantities at reasonable prices was virtually impossible to find.” Five years later he sold his business in New York and headed for sunny Los Angeles. Understanding the need of small business owners to have access to quality printing at competitive pricing, Martin started his next business venture: Network Print Solutions. Today, over two decades later, Network Print Solutions has grown into a full service creative studio offering custom

“ We listen to their needs, work within their budgets and advise them accordingly in order for them to receive the best finished product,” he says.

In today’s ever changing corporate environment, a great first impression is really important to the growth and future health of a business. It is never too late update your logo or branding or rethink your marketing strategy in order to draw an inquisitive eye with an additional pop of color, choice of paper stock or change of layout. “Network Print Solutions has been responsible for the printing of all our collateral for several years – from business cards and letterhead to our media kits and presentation posters – and we couldn’t be happier with the quality of the product Martin and his team consistently produce and the level of personal attention and customer service we receive,” says Jody Robinson, editor Community Publications, LLC.

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Pets of the Month Best friend wanted! Two year old Fred is seeking a fun-loving companion to take long walks and play fetch with. Must have a comfy lap and enjoy giving belly rubs! Open to someone with other friendly dogs. If you’re looking for someone to fill your day with fun and kisses, Fred may just be your match!

McDoogle is a cute little pup with a personality to match! At only 2 years old, McDoogle is a fun-loving ball of energy who enjoys walks outdoors and playing in the yard with his dog buddies. With his adorable quirks and happy smile, McDoogle will surely steal your heart!

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This little sweetheart is named Duckie. Rescued from dire circumstances, Duckie has been especially resilient and is now ready for life in a new home! Whether she is running around with her sisters or jumping into your lap, her happy attitude always shines through!

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

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Sleep apnea and snoring cut off oxygen from the brain and can impair mental functioning and lead to many maladies including Alzheimers and dementia. A breathing apparatus called a C-PAP is worn while sleeping which infuses a continuous flow of oxygen to the brain is now considered a remedy to provide oxygen to the brain and is thought to delay or stave off degenerative brain diseases. "The simplest and most powerful technique for protecting your health is absolutely free - and right under your nose!" says Harvard-trained physician and Professor of Medicine Andrew Weil, MD. His CD "Breathing. The Master to Self Healing highlights eight breathing techniques to revitalize your health.

Breathing by Jeannie McCormack Breath. It's such an important component to life. Everyone breathes right? Or do they really?

Modern medicine is now proving what the ancients have know in their hearts for centuries. Mind body practices are perhaps my personal favorite when it comes to breathing techniques. Yoga, Pilates , Tai Chi, Qi Gong and a host of meditation techniques all use what is called an audible breath. Which means? Breathe loudly. This might seem rather strange to the newcomer, but those with an established practice know very well that to get that sought-after glow, you must breathe. If you breathe with your movements, or simply sit quietly and bring awareness to your breath as in mediation, you not only infuse your body with oxygen, but you also provide the canvas for optimal health and restored vigor. There are many different audible breath techniques: From the the Ujjayi breath in Yoga to the Fletcher breath in Pilates. According to Joseph Pilates, " correct breathing exercises under the dominance of mental control would undoubtedly accomplish more toward attaining maximum health standards than all other remedies combined." As an extra bonus , breathing techniques will make you relaxed and clear minded. You will be more peaceful, happier, and enjoy more success in your life. Bring awareness to your breath. Breath deeply. Inhale. Exhale. It's easy, right? So just do it.

Jeannie McCormack is the owner of DP Barre & Pilates located at 34700 PCH, Ste. 208 in Capo Beach. She can be reached at (949) 443-1700 or visit

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take you from start to finish for the home theater or sound system of your dreams. “Usually there is a part of the job that you find you just can’t do by yourself,” says Skip, who has overseen the design and installation of thousands of home theater and sound systems over the course of forty years in the business. “You get your brand new television home, you’re so excited, then you realize you need to move an outlet or none of the cabinets you can find will fit your space. We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.”

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.

“You can buy everything you want to, but if you can’t operate it, what’s the point?” he says. “There’s the television, DVD and Blue-ray; there’s the receiver, there’s Apple TV… it’s all great, but how do you get them to work together? We’re big advocates of the universal remote. Not everyone knows how to get the most out of their systems Yeah, neither did I. with one powerful remote – they’re not expensive, but the best ones are computer-based. We’ll set that up for you Big box retailers, the professed champions of value, are happy to sell you any so you’re getting the most out of your custom system.” home theater and sound equipment you think you might like, and send you off to figure it out at home. That’s what they do. And that’s all they do. It’s easy to assume that personal service is expensive, but a conversation with Skip and the experts at ReeTime Sight If you want the home theater sys- & Sound is free. Ultimately, in planning your purchases for tem that you envision, you need the right outcome, you’re likely to save money while avoidSkip Myers of ReelTime Sight & ing chilling setbacks. The only chilling you want to be Sound, the guy you can lean on to doing is in front of your fantasy home theater system.

Connect with Skip Myers and ReelTime Sight & Sound by calling (949) 240-0555 or stop by their showroom at 26381 Via De Anza in San Juan Capistrano. MAY 2015


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“My personal experience as a user, coupled with my experience in the industry leads me to know that (Carsmetics) is one of Orange County’s best untold stories. This brand definitely stands out, it’s a great story with a great brand and an executive team with a unique blend of experiences.” a week across the country listening closely to what is important to both their candidates and clients. They understand that in the search industry, their reputation is their currency. They always seek to ensure the best possible fit on both sides. It is important to Helen and her team that they share in their client’s vision and values as they take on a search. “We recognize that we can’t be all things to all people.” “What sets ClearPath apart from the competition is our model and even more so my “amazing team” that has been with me on our journey,” she says. “Their work has allowed ClearPath to become the ‘quality alternative’ and ‘firm of choice’ to firms that have been in the industry for sometimes decades longer.” Lao Baxter applies the same approach to Carsmetics – to rejuvenate the idea of what a body shop really is and to make it more accessible and create appeal to female consumers. “No one plans to or even wants to come in to have their car bumper or fender repaired,” she says. “But if they need a shop – we want to be the shop of choice.” “My personal experience as a user, coupled with my experience in the industry leads me to know that this is one of Orange County’s best untold stories. This brand definitely stands out, it’s a great story with a great brand and an executive team with a unique blend of experiences.” We are proud of our 4.5/5 star YELP rating. “I personally respond to every YELP review to ensure that our customers know that we appreciate their feedback - good or bad.” “We understand that in this day in age ‘word of mouth’ looks different than in the past. Traditional means of advertising is no longer embraced by the consumer but rather friends, family and customers who have personally experienced any product or service means more. YELP has allowed every customer to share their personal experience and allow others to make an educated decision on where they shop, dine and fix their car. MAY 2015


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San Juan Capistrano’s Three Sister Cities by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott ost of those who live in San Juan Capistrano are aware that Capestrano, Italy is our official sister city. Located in the beautiful Abruzzo “The Green Region of Europe” with a population of only 950 it has an historic and artistic heritage. Saint Giovanni da Capistrano (John of Capistrano) an Italian friar, theologian and inquisitor was born there in 1386. Several locals have traveled to see this City of Art and wax poetic about its beauty.


What many do not know is that we actually have two other Sister Cities! The second is Goya, Argentina which is the home to our swallows for the 6 months that they are not here. The city of Goya originated in 1771 and the city’s name comes from the original landowner’s wife’s nickname, Doña Goya. Tradition holds that this lady made exquisite cheeses, with the

milk of cows fed with reedbeds and coconuts. Every November 24 thousands of migratory swallows arrive in Goya, coming from San Juan Capistrano, California, from where they leave on October 23 and cross around 11,000 kilometres following the Pacific coast. When arriving in Goya, the swallows (golondrinas) are received with a series of festivals at the Monument to the swallows. The return to Capistrano of the first swallows begins around February 18, to arrive in California on March 19 every year. This particular event encouraged the mayors of Goya and San Juan Capistrano to sign a declaration of sisterhood between the two cities in 1985. Our Third Sister is Majorca, Spain which is the birthplace of Junipero Serra, the founder of the first nine of our 21 California Missions. Majorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea and the island has over 4 million almond and olive trees. Over 2,400 restaurants on the island of Majorca feature seafood often presented as Tapas. Among other food items that are Majorcan are sobrassada, arros brut (saffron rice cooked with chicken, pork and vegetables), and the sweet pastry ensaïmada.

For the 5th year Camino Real Playhouse celebrates these Three Sister Cities with food and wine from each region, along with music, dancing exhibitions and a silent auction. This year’s event is on May 16th at 6PM. Tickets are $30.00 on line at Go to the special events page to purchase your tickets.

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Coming soon to a TV near you, Chowhound Heroes, a cooking show featuring firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire Department.

The host of Chowhound Heroes, Nicol Maurer, said, "Not only do these guys look delicious and healthy, they cook that way, too."

Fire stations are well known for employing fire fighters who know their way around the kitchen and the NBFD has more than their fair share of talented chefs. Days have changed when it was sufficient to be able to create a tasty Four Alarm Chili. Today, the emphasis is on healthy eating that tastes great.


chefs at Chowhound Heroes have actually written health focused cook books and love to compete for each show's top dish. If you want to check out some Hot Dishes...and some great Chowhound Heroes which will be airing on the Cox broadcast channels and KDOC. Times and air dates will be released very, very soon. Stay tuned.

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Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel & The Pursuit of Happiness For a more exclusive experience, the Pageant of the Masters Behind the Velvet Rope package showcases how the production comes together behind the curtain and offers a peek into the mystery of how art comes to life. The experience provides the unique opportunity for guests to rub elbows with fine artists on a guided docent tour and then feel the thrill of being back stage just before the show. The Behind the Velvet Rope experience starts at $1,699 per couple, per night and includes: n The Ritz-Carlton Club Level Ocean View Accommodations n Backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters n Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters performance Luxury resort is offering two extraordinary overnight n Admission for two to Festival of Arts packages for the 2015 Pageant of the Masters season – n Guided Docent Tour of Festival of Arts The Pursuit of Happiness. n Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide The Pageant of the Masters Pursuit of Happiness Is there anything more personal, more elusive than what it is to be happy? The 2015 experience starts at $775 per night and includes: Pageant of the Masters will explore the many sources of happiness, both ancient and modern through its theatrical production of “living pictures.” Guests will go on n Overnight Accommodations a sentimental journey through depictions of pastimes and activities that gave people n Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant joy long before the instant gratification of the computer age, and will discover artists of the Masters performance who found their own answers to the age-old question, “what makes life worth livn Admission for two to Festival of Arts ing?” The 2015 Pageant promises to be a breathtaking, playful and joyous journey, n Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide in search of that most mysterious of treasures.

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