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CONTENTS

2015

11 –– Publisher Letter

15 –– Welcome 16 –– Trade Secrets

19 –– Aspects

23 –– Inside Out 28 –– A New Beginning

36 –– Spacious Haven

43 –– Mudrooms 47 –– Kansas City Communities

56 –– Elements

58 –– Ground Floor 64 –– Indulgences ABOUT THE COVER...

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66 –– Mercantile

After a devastating fire, a collaboration with Koehler Building and Madden-McFarland Interiors

76 –– Self

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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE BY RENEE DEMOTT

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Growing up there was many a day spent at Klamm Park, watching baseball and more baseball. Dad was a baseball fanatic –– playing in the minor leagues, coaching Ban Johnson and then 3&2. Going to the Royals was always a treat with Dad teaching me how to read the game and

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plenty of popcorn and frosty malts. Life was great. Add in soccer –– the sport my boys grew

Woodland Reserve in Lenexa is conveniently

up with and played year round. Watching them go from the “group” ball days into high school

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and club games, it pulled me in as a tried and true fan. And now there is nothing like the

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experience of being at Sporting Park where we cheer “We Believe That We Will Win!” With the excitement of the 2015 seasons for both our boys in blue, you’ll want to be sure to have the newest items –– take a peek at what we found (pages 66-69). Enjoying sports from the comfort of our homes is a favorite pastime and there are many who are getting ready to look for a new home. With the KC HBA’s Spring Parade of Homes just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to find the home of your dreams. David Cooper with Better Homes & Gardens Kansas City Homes gives tips on making sure your dream matches your needs (page 16) and KC offers many communities that meet both for you (page 47). With spring upon us, living healthy adds an ease of effort with the longer days and warmer weather. We’re excited to add a new aspect to our magazine –– MDKC (page 71). Different topics each issue that will give insight to what’s new in the health field. And for those of us who LOVE coffee, you now can love what that cup of joe does for you (page 76). KCH&S April 2015

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TRADE SECRETS STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

FINDING THE

DREAM HOME THAT MEETS YOUR NEEDS This month, KC Homes & Style spoke with David Cooper, president and CEO of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes to find out what one should consider when choosing a new home.

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KCHS: COOPER: That really depends on what stage of life they are in and what they need from the home. A single person or young couple might want to be in a more urban environment near work and entertainment. If they anticipate growing a family, they may want to live in a home with room to grow near highly rated schools. A senior may want amenities such as shopping nearby.

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based on meeting lifestyle needs. If you have a family but want to retain some privacy, you may want a master bedroom on a different floor from other bedrooms. If you are a senior you may want to downsize, or have a home on one, highly accessible level. If you are active and social, living in the country might drive you crazy even if that is what you’ve thought would fit you. Maybe you dreamed of a huge property, but the busyness of your life would not leave room to maintain or enjoy it. Once you know what you need to fit your lifestyle, it is easier to narrow down your options.

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COOPER: Start asking around. Talk to friends and family and ask about the things that matter to you, such as stores, restaurants, healthcare, recreation, education, and entertainment. Search online and look for online community groups and ask people that already live in the area what they like, or dislike, about the area. Even a perfect house may not be a good match if the area does not meet your lifestyle needs.

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ASPECTS STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

LIGHT

Abundant light is the ideal backdrop for today’s urban industrial design trends, a driving force in 2015 window style trends. Today, glass is an integral and highly desirable design feature.

“Glass, glass, and more glass is the current window trends we are seeing right now,” asserted Troy Beeler, of Kansas City Millwork. Window design closely follows home and interior design trends and today, consumers are looking for ways to increase light and make windows the focal point of their design that highlights all other elements. Smart, new, architectural designs which make the most of natural lighting fuse with hot trends in industrial chic that highlight the creative use of modern, yet vintage, stripped down details such as exposed brick and industrial and mechanical detailing.

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“The shift in architecture and style has driven a huge popularity in casement and awning windows. People want walls of glass. In fact, they want as much glass as possible. Modern casement and awning windows are the most popular choice in getting that industrial look.” Industrial casement and awning windows, like those found in warehouses and factories, have come to be appreciated as modern design gems. Casements, which are hinged and open to the side, and awning windows, which are hinged from the top, are being used to achieve everything from an edgy and sophisticated style, to a warm, inviting, and even weathered feel. The striking nature of the windows lends themselves too many design styles because they eliminate the need for overt ornamentation. Instead, the use of natural light dramatically highlights the style, lines, and other elements of design, such as robust pops of color, and layers of texture. “Another reason people are gravitating toward casements and awnings is the desire to bring the outside in, and highlight their view,” furthered Beeler. Current trends in outdoor living spaces find the use of casement windows and bi-fold glass doors a perfect application for creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space. The industrial revolution gave birth to incredible and incredibly underappreciated design elements that have now come of age. Leaving behind the historically solely utilitarian aspect, modern casement windows have gained a respected place in residential design. 20

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INSIDE OUT STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

KCH&S reached out to Cherie Roellchen, owner of One Stop Decorating to find out what is trending in window treatments. rom embellished florals and romantic details to modern minimalism, window covering trends continue to reflect a style-meets-value market,” says Cherie Roellchen, owner of One Stop Decorating. “The 2015 window treatment market is reflecting the attitude of the buyer who wants options that add value, but style that demonstrates a more positive economy,” Roellchen explains. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Fortunately, there are many exciting options available to the enthusiastic and increasingly design savvy public. “In draperies, bold prints have been very popular for the last several years. Patterns continue to trend, though more organic inspired prints and florals are dominating the market.” Also influencing current trends are today’s less conventionally shaped windows. “Covering specialty windows is another huge aspect driving current trends. Solar shades offer an excellent option because of their extreme versatility. In addition to being able to address such needs as covering a skylight or arched windows, they also offer features such as top down/bottom up, and different screen materials to filter different amounts of light while still providing privacy. The sleek, transitional look solar shades provide is very on trend for the modern minimalist look. They are also popular as an aesthetically pleasing design choice which supports other interior design,” she explained. Also driving the market in shades is the continued popularity of outdoor living spaces. “Outdoor living spaces continue to grow in popularity and in complexity as residents streamline their living spaces. These spaces extend the living area of the home, and also offer another dimension to the functionality of the home, whether it is a space for relaxing or entertaining. Shades have become the first choice for obtaining a seamless indoor/outdoor living space that embraces outdoor living while still providing a level of privacy.” Design features are as important as design styles this year, and play an additional role in consumer choice. “Automation and motorization are more popular than ever before. Many homes have windows that are well out of reach and the light that comes through those windows can cause a glare on today’s large flat screen televisions as well as on computer screens. Motorized screens, shades, and draperies give the resident a convenient way to control the light. There are even options in automation which allow the user to close or open the window covering from their phone or other mobile device.” The options are endless, according to Roellchen, and that is exactly what makes the 2015 window covering trends so exciting. More than ever, they reflect PHOTOS COURTESY OF ONE STOP DECORATING

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A devastating fire that all but completely destroyed their home compelled a family to enthusiastically embrace a new design that welcomes them home daily.

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ll it took was a simple piece of toast to destroy a large portion of the interior of Amanda and Corey Marsh’s home, but after months of rebuilding and remodeling, it would appear the efforts involved were a piece of cake! However, there is more to this gorgeous home

than meets the eye and the story behind this one is certainly worth telling. Located in the Wyngate subdivision in Overland Park, Kansas, this stunning five bedroom 4.5

bath home was the perfect place for Corey and Amanda to raise their daughters Mailyn and Irelyn and their three lovable bull dogs. Built in 2008 by builder Thomson Sailors, the Marsh family assumed possession in late 2010, enamored by the elegance, stylish sophistication and functionality of the home. It was a dream come true for Amanda.

However, on January 31, 2014, that dream took a turn and presented a nightmarish situation for the Marsh family. A fire broke out that morning when no one was home, the cause of which was later determined to have come from faulty wiring in the toaster. The resulting destruction forced the Marsh family to temporarily reside in anther home for eight months, during which time the home was restored and remodeled to seeming perfection, and while Amanda is thrilled with the results, the entire process was truly a labor of love.

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In collaboration with custom builder Brian Koehler, who has a vast history of overseeing numerous fire restoration projects, Amanda and Corey were able to rebuild the interior of their home, maintaining some of the original personality while simultaneously incorporating additional elements that have made this home not only a showcase, but also a place where family and friends can comfortably gather.

“There was no doubt in my mind that Brian would make our house even better than it was before,” said Amanda, who, instead of deferring to anger and frustration over the situation embraced the project and indulged her inner design goddess. Throughout the process, Amanda consulted with Carla Rieke, interior designer with Madden-McFarland Interiors, who assisted with all aspects of the redesign, including trim work, tile, paint, lighting and flooring. “I brought samples to her and she made the choices,” said Carla. “She has a terrific eye for everything and there’s no doubt she favors the bling and sparkle elements. Every step of the way she knew what she liked and didn’t like. We shared our ideas, worked out the details, and I think the final results are amazing. They have a lovely home.” The kitchen and living room sustained heavy smoke damage and much of the interior of the home had to be ripped to the original studs. The walkout basement was primarily affected by water damage. Amanda and Corey opted to stick with the original design of the home, but tweaked the layout to a degree. Archways replaced former square door openings; the kitchen was restructured to accommodate an oversized Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, which were appliances Amanda has always desired.

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Amanda immersed herself in the entire redesign process, learning all about paint color, carpet textures, flooring, light fixtures and accessories. The half bath near the kitchen is home to a funky mirror comprised of all circles and the animal print wallpaper has a personality all its own, much like Amanda. “I like sparkle and glitter, so we chose a color schematic throughout the house that is heavy with silver and gold, along with some elements of crystal for effect,” she noted. “I like pretty things but don’t go over the top with them. I am more of a sparkly-glam kind of gal!” Central to the main level is the open multi-level two story curved staircase with iron spindles, which makes a grand statement of style and elegance and the effect of looking down from the top through all three levels is mesmerizing. On the lower basement level, the one area that survived the fire, the original bar remained, but Amanda chose to update its appeal with new lighting. The granite countertop was unaffected and the tile and cabinetry were simply resanded and restained. The bar is situated in a full-function kitchen area, complete with a full size refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. A former storage room was turned into a playroom/theater room for the two girls, and its turquoise wall color, paired with the orange background behind the book shelves, adds a bit of pop and flair and is the perfect place for the girls to play while their parents entertain friends and family in the nearby bar and kitchen area. The entire lower level, previously carpeted, now enjoys a more user-friendly hardwood floor. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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“I love the Palm Springs feel and design to the playroom,” expressed Amanda, referring also to the hot pink couch, the orange and hot pink throw rug and the funky light fixture, all

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of which seamlessly make this room a statement of style in and of itself. Transitioning into the master bedroom makes for an experience in glamour and dramatic appeal. The deep grey paint color on the walls marries harmoniously with the gilded gold accents the ceiling trim work. Custom made curtains and bedding add to the charm. The adjoining bathroom continues with the scheme, boasting deep gray wallpaper with a raised, sparkly design, and the Carrera marble countertops provide a modern touch. A quick peek into the expansive master closet reveals a wall of cubbies specifically designed for Amanda’s collection of purses. Amanda revealed she spent countless hours at Wilson Lighting picking out fixtures, but fell in love with the process. “Lighting can really change and enhance a home,” she explained. When the Marsh family moved back in on November 26, 2014, the final touch, however, was a new toaster for the kitchen. “I definitely needed to get one of those!” laughed Amanda, demonstrating strength of character through a very challenging time. “We finally feel back at home.”

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Spacious HAVEN

Once you cross the threshold into this stunning home in WatersEdge, it’s easy to see that this place has “Welcome Home!” written all over it. Story by ANN E. BUTENAS

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estled in an upscale Overland Park community known for its soothing

waterscapes, waterfalls, lakes and streams, this nearly 3,200 square foot residence is just as much a work of art as it is a place to just kick off your shoes, put up your feet and relax at the end of a long day.

Award-winning builder Austin Roeser, Owner and President of Roeser Homes, can

barely contain his enthusiasm for this floor plan, known as The Carter, which boasts large open spaces and a design that pays strict attention to detail while also providing a welcoming ambiance. “I really appreciate the large, open spaces throughout that offer a comfortable feeling to the home,” noted Roeser. From the street side curb appeal to the backyard landscape, this home is the envy of the neighborhood and will definitely prove to be a treasured gathering spot for friends and family. As you approach the front door, the custom distressed wooden beams in the entryway overhead instantly make you feel as if you have already stepped inside. These beams continue their presence throughout the office, master bedroom and kitchen. A focal point of the foyer is the oversized stainless steel and chrome chandelier that gives a nod to a modern vibe. Eye catching wall sconces leading up the nearby staircase casually complement that style. Also in the foyer is a large built-in bookshelf adorned with an antique mirror behind it, adding a daring punch of sophistication. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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A true masterpiece in and of itself is the large stone veneer gas fireplace in the great room, which is offset by a brownish grey wash. This is a warm gathering spot in the colder months and a strong design statement in the warmer months.

equally fun, as this space has successfully partnered custom design with multipurpose capabilities. Not to go unnoticed is the faux painted cabinetry, presented with subtle white and quiet grey tones accented with black faux

The kitchen is definitely the talk of the town, from its large granite

glazed piping that has been applied in the crevices for a more

island to its user-friendly appliances. The kitchen and dining room

detailed and refined look. This theme is also found in the cabinetry

is the hub of the first floor and the primary location where family and

around the island, which, with its cozy sitting area on one side gives

friends can gather.

it the ability to command attention as not just a part of the kitchen

“The granite used on the island is actually one large, seamless

but also as a piece of well-crafted furniture.

piece,” explained Roeser. “It took about nine guys to bring it in and

On the opposite side of the kitchen is the open dining room,

we specifically engineered the floor under the island to withstand

complete with a built-in hutch accented with custom glass doors,

the weight of the granite, which is over 1,000 pounds.”

glass shelves and a mirrored backsplash. The faux paint carefully

Included in the premier stainless steel appliances by General

matches that of the cabinetry in the kitchen and the sturdy legs

Electric, are the double ovens, gas cooktop, microwave and

built into the hutch create yet another furniture-like appeal. This

dishwasher. Preparing an intimate dinner for two to assembling a

hutch is the perfect place to store glasses and wine bottles.

holiday feast for the extended family is not only a breeze, but is

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Contiguous to one side of the kitchen is the large walk-in pantry with ample shelving and a window that allows for more light while also creating a space that feels more like another room instead of a pantry. The nearby mudroom is designed to accommodate the needs of an active family with efficiency and function in mind. The nearby half bathroom boasts a black and grey granite countertop, unique light fixtures to either side of the mirror. A window situated above the mirror beckons the ambiance of natural light to flow through the room. Double glass French doors swing open into the office and the transom window

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The master bedroom, also situated on the main level, enjoys a design and flow that makes it feel more like a resort than simply a bedroom. The vaulted ceiling with

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spa-like setting with its soft decorative light fixtures, large whirlpool bath tub, and

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huge walk-in closet. Glass metallic tile with greyish undertones runs vertically on the wall behind the tub. The accent stone veneer wall leading into the master bedroom adds a touch of

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style and sophistication and the hardwood flooring with its slight grey wash, also

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found through the other areas of the home, adds a subtle layer of warmth and style.

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Three additional bedrooms, all outfitted with their own private bathrooms and walk-in closets, are located on the upper level, along with a loft area.

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southern Leawood has been designed to keep

pace with the active family that resides here.

Catering to four kids and two adults, this room sees an appreciable amount of foot traffic, and designer Laura Suhr, owner of Suhr Interior Design, definitely had her work cut out for her when creating a room that is independent and confident in its own space yet can seamlessly transition to the rest of the home. Upon entering the room, what first catches one’s eye is the dark porcelain tile on the floor, which provides a sleek, modern feel to the room while also working overtime to disguise dirt and debris with its unique variation in colors. This low maintenance flooring is also a breeze to clean! Perfect for this busy family are the customized cubbies, one for each child, with adjoining benches upon which to sit while lacing up the sneakers. The warm grey color of the built-in cabinets accented with the lighter wall color marries beautifully with the flooring. “We went with a medium toned gray on the mud bench which ties in nicely with the flooring, and more important, is very forgiving in high traffic areas” noted Suhr, who also referenced the extra storage space for

shoes directly under the benches. Adding to the overall modern vibe of the room are the two doorways that allow access to the mudroom. One door leads into the additional garage and living space and the other faces the street. The door facing the street boasts five square windows running vertically down the side to complement the looks of the main front door. “For this particular door, the family wanted something that was unique and would enhance the modern exterior while still providing privacy and security,” explained Suhr. Finally, the long runner adds a bit of comfort to the space while the brightly colored art gives a nod to the eye-popping colors and appeal found in the rest of the home’s interior design.

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laundry, coats, shoes, and storage for various items used on a daily basis without overwhelming the garage entry way into the home. “It really doesn’t feel like a laundry room, however,” noted John Moffitt, President of Moffitt Realty and local homebuilder whose company MOJO redesigned this space with user-friendly appeal at top of mind. Thanks to three windows, this room enjoys a wealth of natural light as well as a front-row view of the backyard. It truly does feel like another room in the house instead of “just a mudroom.” With its wealth of counter top space, storage areas and cabinets, it truly is a multipurpose room. The footlockers, cubbies and hooks all take their place with respect to efficiency and usability, and the eye-catching corkboard hanging on the wall makes for the perfect family message center or the place to put those coupons and shopping lists for last-minute retrieval.

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balance of form and function. Prior to embracing its new look, the space leading into the home from the garage was essentially a “battleground” of book bags, cleats, coats and mud from the yard. With three active kids at the helm, a change was definitely in order. Thanks to Lance McCarthy, owner of ReTouch, a Kansas City Design Build General Contractor, and his phenomenal team, this mudroom has gained decided momentum in terms of design and ease of use. “In order to make this work, we essentially stole about 18 inches from the garage, creating a 200 square foot laundry room/mudroom, along with a connecting half bath,” noted McCarthy. The design incorporated a row of lockers and benches, enough for all five members of the family. Individual buckets in the lockers help to encourage organization and structure. In keeping pace with technology, each locker/cubby space is equipped with its own USB port, making it easy to recharge all of those cell phones, tablets and laptops. The spacious Montclair Danby honed marble countertop makes folding clothes a snap and the drying rack over the countertop allows for laundry day multitasking. Additionally, the cabinets located on both sides of the washer and dryer were custom made with additional height. The overall brightness and engaging appeal of the room makes it an inviting and welcoming space as well. The Banana Yellow paint by Benjamin Moore found in the bathroom pairs well with the Rock Port Gray wall paint, also by Benjamin Moore, in the main area. Finally, the standard oak hardwood flooring, stained to match the rest of the home, adds a certain level of warmth to the space while also holding its own against the daily foot traffic. “You definitely don’t mind spending time in this room,” noted McCarthy. Contractor & Interior Designer: ReTouch Design. Build. Renovate Architect: InDwell Architecture and Design Cabinets: MVB Cabinets & Countertops

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Cottonwood Canyon

The community of Cottonwood Canyon features many amenities in addition to beautiful views of the award winning Canyon Farms Golf Club in every direction. A pool and cabana area are planned for the second phase as well as walking trails and gathering areas that will add to the intimate sense of community for the 125 homeowners who will call Cottonwood Canyon home. The beauty and variety of the area for walking are unsurpassed. Within 5 minutes, one finds urban retail and entertainment, lakes & streams, golf, permanent wooded open space, the Mill Creek Streamway Park and Shawnee Mission Park. The homeowners association provides lawn service for the entire community. This will ensure the highest level of appearance and uniformity within the community throughout the seasons. Restrictive Covenants are in place to ensure that all homes in Cottonwood Canyon will be built with quality materials with low maintenance features in mind, including stucco exteriors, high quality roofing and Smart Board masonry trim. The Village neighborhood's homesites offer dramatic walkouts overlooking hole

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Five Furnished Models Featuring Roeser Homes Award Winning 1½ Story Carter Plan Come to WatersEdge located in Overland Park, KS at 158th and Mission Rd. for a refreshing take on the luxury lifestyle. Noted developers Saul Ellis & Mark Simpson who have created such landmark communities as Hallbrook, LionsGate, White Horse and Iron Horse bring their experienced talents to their newest neighborhood. The community offers tranquility and beauty, while also being right in the heart of Johnson County and the Blue Valley School District. At WatersEdge you’ll find stunning homes amidst a lush landscape of lakes, streams, fountains and waterfalls. WatersEdge offers a wide array of floor plans from 20+ custom builders with no two homes being alike. Stucco, stone or brick is required on all exterior surfaces and rigorous architectural review process assures that each home will represent the unique lifestyle of the individual homeowner. A new Howard Nearing designed clubhouse featuring a spacious home theatre with wet bar and oak floors on the upper level and a fully equipped exercise facility and kids party room on the lower level is currently under construction The clubhouse, tot lot and adjacent free-form swimming pool with waterfall, giant water slide and beach edge will be completed later this year. MOD ELS

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The National Golf Club of Kansas City and its resort style golf community have been nationally recognized by numerous publications. Its latest came from Links Magazine, read by golfers with distinguished taste, named The National as one of the best golf community’s for city living due to its close proximity to downtown Kansas City. The National is a master planned community located in historic Parkville, Missouri. It’s rolling terrain, breathtaking views, natural habitat, award-winning Park Hill School District and, of course, its Tom Watson Signature Golf course, is just a few reasons why The National stands apart from all other developments. Each homesite at The National is carefully planned –– from stunning luxury estates overlooking the Tom Watson Signature Design golf course, to family homes for that first-time home buyer to the award winning maintenance provided Lime Stone Road Townhomes –– there is a home at The National accommodate every lifestyle. The National Golf Club of Kansas City and The Deuce at The National are private clubs that offer residents a wide array of resort amenities including 36 holes of

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championship golf, tennis, swimming, and an award winning clubhouse offering formal and informal dining venues providing the perfect back drop for residents to come together to socialize. The National offers a wide range of housing options from luxury estates to the first-time home buyer and the best maintenance provided option in Kansas City. Home prices range from $325,000 up to multi-million dollar estates. V I S I T T H E N AT I O N A L G O L F C L U B

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The Village of Loch Lloyd is a private gated community that offers resort living at its best. From the comfort of low maintenance golf villas to extraordinary lakefront estates –– there is a home at Loch Lloyd to accommodate every taste and desire. Loch Lloyd is a master planned community with acres of greenspace nestled around 27 holes of championship golf including the Tom Watson Signature Design –– regarded as one of the finest tests of golf in the entire Midwest. The Country Club at Loch Lloyd is a private club that offers residents a wide array of resort amenities including golf, tennis, swimming and a fully-equipped fitness center –– all encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The clubhouse provides formal and informal dining options thanks to the award winning culinary staff and offers a variety of spaces for special events. Club Membership is not required yet residents can still enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, nature trails and parks throughout the community. A Home and

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Second generation jeweler Douglas Brooks has grown up in and has been mentored by some of the leading players in the jewelry industry, thus learning the business from the ground up. Now he is bringing his fresh insight and new ideas to Noble House Jewelry, placing his family business into the forefront of our rapidly changing industry. Douglas’s father, Dr. Randy Brooks and I have taught him the value of hard work, embracing our community and being humble. These are the traits that will carry him through any economic changes. Times change, but people don’t! For over 30 years, Noble House Jewelry has stood on the foundation that everyone should be able to afford fine jewelry. And a strong foundation Douglas has!

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role in Doug Brooks’ life. In fact, as the son of Zoe Herrington, owner and founder of

Noble House, he quite literally grew up in the industry. “There has never been a time when the store and the industry has not been a part of my life. My mom even turned her office into a nursery!” beamed Brooks. Throughout his childhood, Brooks spent many hours in the store. There he watched

his mother live all she believed about putting people first and understanding that buying jewelry is always a significant moment in the lives of the customer, whether they are buying an expensive wedding ring or a beautiful costume piece. “The love for jewelry and the industry was never forced on me. I grew into it. Spending time in the store, I came to understand all that it takes to create a stunning piece and the impact such beauty has on the lives of the customer. It is transformative, and I love it. Jewelry has become my passion, and I have my mom to thank for that.” “This business has been my mom’s life. She has worked endless hours and made Noble House one of the most respected jewelry stores in the area. Customers have always been her top priority - everything about us reflects her vision and hard work.” “My mom is not going anywhere,” Doug assures. “Jewelry is her passion too, and I don’t think there will ever come a time where she is not serving or ensuring a positive customer experience. I am just taking on more duties so she can enjoy what she has worked so hard to achieve. “ Doug’s vision for the future of Noble House is one he shares with his mom. “We will continue to expand so we can always sell great pieces at fair, affordable prices. Because we believe in fairness, we have very narrow margins of profit. To keep prices that reflect our mission, we have to sell enough to make that possible. This store is a melting pot where you can find everything from pieces over $200,000 to popular costume pieces for under $20. We want everyone to have the same pleasurable experience.”

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Whatever the future holds, Doug feels fortunate to enjoy being part of the industry, and for his family. “I am blessed to have this life and this family, and to be able to do what I truly love. I am blessed to carry on the legacy and I hope to grow it to pass on to my own family someday.”


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Having your job evaluated every 30 days and either given a pink slip or allowed another 30 days of work –– risky business? You bet it is, but for veteran food broker Stephanie Lampton this has been her way of life for over 30 years! Fast forward to 2015 and this is metaphorically how Stephanie lives her life.

OUTSTANDING KANSAS CITY WOMAN OF THE MONTH

In this male dominated business, Stephanie has maintained her feminine softness and humility; no one guesses what her profession is. How does she keep her edge? By being an avid reader who keeps up on the industry’s latest and attends food shows, demonstrating her products with a savvy team. This powerhouse is a broker for Tippins pies (our Sunday favorite!), Kikkoman’s, Alphas Baking and Nathan hot dogs! Stephanie has made a huge success out of her life by bringing our taste buds alive! ~ Zoe Herrington

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After working in the food service food brokerage industry for several years as a

representative, sixteen years ago Lampton felt it was time to try making a go of it on her own. Starting a business is always a risky choice, but starting a woman owned and local brokerage was especially risky. “It is a highly competitive industry. Most brokerages are national, so they have an out of state office with local representatives. There are also very few woman owned brokerages,” she explained. Undaunted, she pursued her dream without looking back, and formed Menu Marketing. “I started the business from my home, and when I outgrew that, leased a small office. That office was quickly outgrown and we are now located in Independence. This location offers a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen and meeting rooms,” Now, with seven employees, the company has seen growth every year and represents more than 30 food and food service related manufacturers and provides a diverse product mix for her customers. “I am not looking to become a huge, national company. The company is the perfect size to provide local customers with the personal service their businesses deserve.” Looking back, she acknowledges she had some apprehension. “Of course I was scared. I was fortunate though, that I have a very supportive husband, Terry, whose job provides health insurance. He also provided support and encouragement. I figured, it may work out, and if not, I can always go back to work for another brokerage,” she said explaining why she was encouraged to take the risk. Likening it to jumping off a cliff, she added, “I had an idea and I had to pursue it. If I did not try, I would never know if it were possible.” For others with an idea or dream, she recommends the same. “Don’t wait too long. Don’t let your idea stay just an idea. Make it happen. You may not have all the skills or resources, but there are others that can play a roll. You can gain skills and resources are available. It takes a person with spark of an idea to put those things together and make something happen, and it may as well be you!”

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Why Mortgage Bonds?

the money from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or other “securitizers.” These

“securitizers” get their money by issuing bonds to bond market investors. These bonds are called “mortgage bonds” or “mortgage backed

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The Fed has been the biggest buyer of mortgage bonds in recent years. Currently, the Fed owns a whopping $1.75 TRILLION in mortgage bonds!

This had the impact of holding interest rates down to artificially low

levels. In fact, mortgage rates were in the 6.5% - 7% range back in 2006 - 2007 before the Fed started buying mortgage bonds. That’s over 2% higher than where mortgage rates are today. Interest rates could be

impacted if the Fed issues statements about slowing down or stopping

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3 Things That May Impact Recent Mortgage Rates

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The Role of the Federal Reserve

prior to 2008. Once the financial crisis happened, the Fed decided to

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stimulate the economy. This is called “quantitative easing” or “QE,”

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several months as bond investors and the Fed decipher the economic reports that we’ve outlined above. Please contact me for more info on which economic reports may impact mortgage rates this week.

Curtis Schartz is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS)

with First State Bank Mortgage. He has well over a decade of experience.

Realtors engage Curtis because he is creative, experienced, and passionate.

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HOME EXTERIOR CHOICES

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Want your home to stand out among the tried and true brick, stone and stucco exteriors? Several products are available today which not only allow a homeowner to express their creativity and personality when remodeling or building a home, but are high functioning as well. Brian Faust, President of Faust Construction, has worked with several innovative architectural materials to create modern and unique home designs. “On several projects I’ve incorporated phonelic panels for façade cladding –– the skeleton of the house is framed as normal, and the flat, free-standing panels are hung on the façades. Trespa is a reinforced laminate panel, about three-quarters of an inch thick. It is extremely durable, moisture resistant, doesn’t contract in extreme and changing weather conditions, and offers nearly limitless design possibilities,” he said. “Prodema has a similar product which offers a natural wood veneer.” On a recent remodel, the exterior walls of the house utilized a complete rain screen wall siding system using hidden fasteners, which created a sleek, clean finished product. Masarandubra Brazilian redwood was juxtaposed with a corrugated metal siding, using horizontal seams, or reveals, as an architectural element to break up the long spans. It also allowed the use of shorter panels, which saved the owner on shipping costs. Another remodel incorporated slate blended with large glass panels. Thin veneer panels of the grey colored natural stone were hung to give the effect of shingles on the home, blending into its natural setting among the trees. The streamlined and sleek finishes have a modern, contemporary flair that is unique in many traditional Kansas City neighborhoods. He also suggests using traditional materials in unusual ways such as an exotic wood landscape wall, using decking material on the exterior of the home, or stainless steel to shroud a column. “Often clients will come to me with pictures from the internet or a magazine of a look they like,” Brian noted. “It’s a great starting point to talk about all the options available. I enjoy being creative and designing a unique home that has a current and fresh style.” KCH&S April 2015

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GROUND FLOOR STORY BY MEGAN FELLING

Irrigation Systems Now Monitor Themselves

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Signs of spring are popping up, warmer days are bringing the first bright yellow daffodils, and tender new grass blades are becoming a lush, healthy green lawn –– April is in full swing! It’s always exciting to watch our yards rejuvenate, cloaking our homes with warmth and personality. Beautiful landscaping is the pride and joy of every homeowner on the block. The easiest way to maintain that curb appeal is with a

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personalized irrigation system. It takes the guess work out of watering and beautifies your home, while saving you time and money. Wes Ory, President of Heritage Lawn & Irrigation suggests homeowners install sprinkler systems to keep their homes looking their best. He notes, “One of the benefits is the convenience of being able to water automatically. Everyone has good intentions in the spring when they have just planted flowers and are enjoying being outside, but by July and August it can be frustrating and time consuming to pull out the hoses daily. And during vacations, plants and lawns can be lost if not taken care of.” Watering by hand is only partially efficient at getting the water where desired. An automatic sprinkler system can increase that efficiency and with today’s technology, a homeowner can even conserve water with a few options. “A rain sensor can be installed on gutters relatively inexpensively to shut off sprinklers when it is raining. Or a soil moisture sensor

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can detect how much water the lawn has received recently and determine if it’s necessary for the sprinkler system to activate,” Ory said. Not just for keeping lawns looking great, systems can also include

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the entire outdoor living area.

“It’s important to set up separate zones to water flower beds, a certain portion of the lawn, or even customize to water a vegetable garden,” added Ory. “A plan can be designed for pots, hanging baskets and window boxes using a micro-irrigation system to fish a small pipe behind or up through the bottom of a pot to be inconspicuous. It can even be set up for a fountain or bird bath to

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auto fill when the water level gets too low.” With the help of an automatic irrigation system providing consistent watering, your lawn and garden can thrive in vibrant colored beauty all season. KCH&S April 2015

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INDULGENCES STORY BY GLORIA GALE

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Steeped in history, garam masala was a spice mixture created for the effect of heating the body for medical purposes. As a common ingredient in today’s Indian cuisine, the combination of these fresh, natural ingredients and the aromatic atmosphere make for a warm and inviting experience when you indulge in this culinary heritage. If there is one dish in which to enjoy, Biryani is it. Originating from Northern India, it can be looked as a gift from the gods as this dish takes simple chicken, adds in a special mix of aromatic spices and simmers for a couple of hours –– creating a heavenly magic which is then served over rice. In keeping with the trend of the local dishes, the drink to complement these dishes is a lassi, suggests Roushan Kumar, owner of Kulture Kurry, Overland Park’s latest upscale ethnic restaurant. This yogurt drink is made by blending yogurt, water, and spices together –– usually served sweet, salty, or with mango –– our favorite. Laced with fragrant spices, sauces and marinades, Kansas Citians are fortunate to have a selection of choices when it comes to dining Indian style. Entrees are authentic recipes, many of them derived from Ranchi, which happens to be Kumar’s Northern Indian hometown. “Just as in many countries, the cuisine is influenced greatly by the region, and that’s why I wanted to open an Indian restaurant that focuses solely on Northern Indian fare to pay tribute to what the food was like where I grew up,” Kumar said. “I think what our guests will come to understand is that Indian food is a fusion of so many cultural nuances, that it will take a few visits to figure out the heritage of the flavors.” “Those who are familiar with Indian food will be surprised with the subtle twists on our menu. And, for anyone who hasn’t tried Indian food before, it will be our pleasure to help you explore the culture, flavors and spices unique to Indian food,” says Kumar. Offering some amazing foods and sweets, Northern Indian food definitely needs to be included on your bucket list. It will satisfy your taste buds while immersing you in their culture as you cross this experience off your list. Check out other dishes at

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THE ROYAL CHAMPIONS April sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame! And with it comes bobbleheads, t-shirt Tuesdays, fireworks and ALC Replica Trophies (April 18th)! Be prepared to get caught up in the wave as our boys in blue begin the 2015 season as the defending American League Champions. Let’s awash Kansas City in a sea of blue pride. As manager Ned Yost and the Royals swing into the season, we predict KC will “party like it’s 1985” again this fall! Before you head out to the K or tune in on the big screen, stock up on your team gear and make sure to tailgate Kansas City style! A great alternative to tailgating –– a deluxe picnic for two! The includes porcelain plates, wine glasses, corkscrew, napkins and stainless flatware. $167.

Show your Royal style with the

from Rally

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House. In 100% ring-spun cotton with hand-finished applique and crown logo, $40. Show your blue pride at work with this handy pencils, scissors and business cards. $25.

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Keep it cool with this 24 oz.

. BPA-free, double wall construction and made in the USA. $30. The stylish spun cotton, $40. Royals

features satin sleeve stripes and 100% ringScore a homerun at your next gathering with this

. Made of bamboo, can be used as cutting board or serving tray.

$35.

Known as “the Planet’s first eco-friendly vodka,” 360 Vodka has

launched a limited edition, commemorative

. The swing-top

cap allows for reuse –– dish soap, olive oil, candy, or more vodka! Cheers! $15-27. Can’t make it out to the K? Show your devotion by decking out your game room with these

from FANMATS®! The modular

flooring comes with 10 logo tiles and solid tiles that cover up to 45 sq. ft. $250. Don’t show up to away games without your team spirit! This

features embroidered logo and is U.S. domestic carry-on

approved! $200.

Start your day with a bit of Royal cheer! The

features adjustable settings and can hold two pieces of bread, waffles or english muffins. $50.

This

from Little Earth can carry all your

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MERCANTILE STORY BY TAMARA TYREE

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CELEBRATES 20 YEARS From The Wiz to the Wizards to Sporting Kansas City, KC’s Major League Soccer club celebrates 20 years in 2015. This is the season to chant with “The Cauldron” groupies and cheer from the Member’s Club as you take in the game at the award-winning Sporting Park. Here’s our picks for showing off your Sporting Style - be sure to grab your Sporting scarf and wave it high for our other set of boys in blue! from Adidas® featuring

Check out the official

the fashion-forward window pane pattern incorporating the Club’s state line

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allegiance and the climacool® technology keeps you feeling as cool as you’ll look! $75.

Keep time in Sporting style with this

from Modify. Crafted of stainless steel and scratch resistant polycarbonate, the bands and faces are interchangeable with over 3000+ combinations available. $60.

Perfect for the deck or at your kid’s soccer games, you

can cheer on the team from this comfy

. These canvas chairs

feature adjustable armrests and a cup holder. $25. Spring matches can get a bit chilly at Sporting Park –– wrap up in this . Super cozy and large enough for two! $40. It’s never too early to show your support! Fashionable tots will be sporting the Adidas®

. Tagless collar and three snap bottom.

$25/set.

by Adidas® is the perfect

This

addition to your gameday attire! Heather grey and adjustable. $20. Show your SKC pride with the

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featuring ¾ sleeves in light blue –– perfect to wear at the stadium or on those relaxing weekends. $45. celebratory bubbly cool! This

Don’t forget to keep your is foldable, stretchable and has two

carry handles on the top, great for taking to watch parties. $14. For those away games, toast the team in style with these $10 each.

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Show your Sporting pride with this , designed and produced exclusively by Sporting Club. $70.

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Patients often wonder why their aches and sprains; for example tennis elbow, rotator cuff injury, knee ligament tear or ruptured back disc take so long to heal and, sometimes, become a chronic condition. When we are injured, we typically stress or strain our joints. These joints use tendons and ligaments to hold them together. When we over exert or stretch these joints, we develop an inflammation and/or tear in our tendons and ligaments. Since ligaments only heal up to 60% of their original strength, the joint becomes loose and unstable. The injury then becomes a chronic condition and is prone to re-injury. Chronic pain can then result from premature wear and breakdown of the cartilage in the joints and muscle tendons. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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“Until now, doctors have been limited in available treatments for injuries that are bad enough to possibly need surgery. Other treatments just reduce pain while the body is healing itself, but PRP may help heal chronic injuries, slow the progression of more serious injuries, decrease the overall time of healing and be an alternative to surgical intervention.” says Daniel Bruning, M.D who, along with his partner, Kimber Eubanks, M.D., perform PRP therapy in the Kansas City area. These doctors also have first hand experience in being treated themselves with PRP and are each very satisfied with their results. Dr. Bruning had his tennis elbow and knee treated and Dr. Eubanks had his sacroiliac joint treated with excellent pain relief. This convinced the doctors to make this available to their patients. The procedure doesn’t take long and is simply a process of drawing blood from your arm, spinning the blood to get the platelet-rich plasma portion and then injecting it into your injury site. The doctors feel the blood should be spun twice to obtain the purest amount of platelet-only plasma. Dr. Eubanks stated, “injecting too many white blood cells causes an unnecessary increase in pain after the injection and the second spin greatly increases the concentration of platelets containing growth factors.” There are very few risks to the process and all injections are done using fluoroscopy or Our bodies can heal themselves, such as when we get a scratch. Unlike skin, however, our ligaments, cartilage and tendons heal slowly due to a natural poor blood supply. Poor blood supply means fewer platelets containing growth factors can get to the cartilage and ligaments to heal the injury. This is why sprains and cartilage injuries heal incompletely and can become chronically painful. In recent years, scientific research and technology has provided a new perspective on platelets which are usually known for the clotting process. Studies suggest that platelets contain an abundance of growth factors that can affect inflammation, bone formation along with wound, muscle tear and soft tissue healing. Research shows that platelets also release many bioactive proteins responsible for attracting white blood cells, stem cells and bone-building cells that not only promote removal of degenerated and dead tissue, but also enhance tissue regeneration and healing. It is thought that if an increased concentration of growth factors and proteins can be delivered to the injured tissues, then the body’s efforts to heal itself will intensify and speed up. The process of placing your own concentrated platelet-rich-plasma directly to your injury site is called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP. 72

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ultrasound guidance.


Premature wear and breakdown of the cartilage in the joints and

in 1987 in an open heart surgery. One of the worse parts of healing

muscle tendons can result in chronic pain. Most pain management

after open heart surgery is from the breast bone being split in two.

doctors rely on steroid injections to decrease the patient’s pain

To stimulate quicker and more stable healing of the sternum, PRP

while it is healing. Steroids may keep the patient more mobile or

was injected directly around the area to aid healing. Doctors have

permit them to do physical therapy but do not actually heal the

used PRP since the mid-1990s to aid bone healing after spinal

injury nor leave the injured area any stronger. Dr. Bruning stated, “In

injury and soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery. In 2004,

studies on tennis elbow chronic pain conditions, when PRP was

studies at Stanford University found that PRP therapy got 90%

compared with steroid injections the steroid treated patient felt pain

healing at 6 months in injuries as long out as 20 months. PRP and

relief quicker but the effect was short lived, needed to be repeated,

stem cell treatments have been used extensively outside the United

and did nothing to make the tendons stronger. The PRP treated

States for over 20 years with reported good health results. For

patients, on the other hand, saw slower pain relief but their pain

years, elite athletes have had to travel to Europe to get these

relief was longer lasting and the tendons showed continual signs

treatments before they were available in the U.S. PRP has gained

of strengthening for the long term.” When asked why someone

publicity when used by high profile athletes such as golf’s Tiger

would be willing to wait longer for pain relief with PRP over a steroid

Woods, football’s Troy Polamalu, baseball’s Takashi Saito and

injection, Dr. Eubanks responded, “the steroid injection will definitely

basketball’s Brandon Roy.

need to be repeated for chronic pain conditions usually within

PRP is being performed by Pain Management doctors,

weeks to months. PRP therapy may give up to a year or possibly

Orthopedic doctors, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctors,

much longer lasting results. The PRP treatment may also make the

Plastic Surgeons, Oral Surgeons, Radiologists and Veterinarians.

area stronger and less prone to re-injury.”

A search on “youtube.com” will show many different medical

The concept of using our own inflammatory response to heal

specialties using PRP and stem cells with good reported outcomes.

has been written since the ancient Greek Olympics. Platelet Rich

The doctors at PainCARE consider PRP for their patients who have

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chiropractic care, acupuncture and steroid injections. PRP should

The doctors at PainCARE use stem cells obtained from left over

be considered before surgery. Dr. Eubanks stated, “It is not often

amniotic tissue, after a baby has been delivered. “Since a lot of

we have a natural tool to help patients that can be performed in

chronic pain patients are over 40, their stem cells may not be as

an office setting, have the capability of treating multiple areas of

biologically active or as plentiful as those of a newborn. There have

the body with minimal risks, have no down time, and very few

been no cases of anyone having any problems from amniotic cells,”

contraindications! Any time we can treat a condition without

said Dr. Bruning.

surgery we lessen the risks to our patients. We would like everyone

There are no clinical trials showing better results with stem cell

to know this treatment is possible. Although it may not work for

therapy vs. PRP therapy but stem cells may offer an advantage

everyone it is a strong treatment to consider.”

when tissue regeneration is desired. The doctors at PainCARE believe that PRP is a reasonable first therapy for treatment. If there is no response to PRP, you can discuss with the doctor whether stem cell therapy is the next appropriate step. Insurance companies will not cover PRP or stem cell therapy because they often require years of studies before they will pay for a therapy. Since no expensive drugs are involved, no drug company is willing to spend the millions of dollars needed to fund these studies. Most of the research studies are from Veterinary medicine and have been very positive for PRP in terms of tendon-healing effects in animals. More clinical trials on humans are currently being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatment. At this time, the results of these studies are inconclusive because the effectiveness of PRP therapy can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness include: the area of the body being treated, the over-all health of the patient and if the injury is recent or chronic, the timing of initiation of the therapy, and the quality and quantity of PRP used. Dr. Bruning and Dr. Eubanks have listed scientific articles available that can be accessed using their web site for those interested in learning more about the effectiveness of the therapies. Many doctors feel that PRP therapy is the wave of the future. PainCARE has provided a long list of frequently asked questions and answers on their website for those wanting more information about stem cell and PRP therapy. If you think you are a candidate for PRP or stem cell therapy contact PainCARE.

PRP is not the same as stem cell therapy although they share a similar action to heal the ligaments, bone and cartilage. PRP releases proteins and growth factors to attract local stem cells and spur them to action. Stem cell therapy is the injection of stem cells directly to your injury site. Stem cells are immature cells that are influenced by their surroundings. When brought to an injury site, a stem cell may develop into the kind of cell needed to help in healing muscle, ligament and cartilage. They may also provide an anti-inflammatory effect, recruit other adult stem cells for healing, and support tissue remodeling instead of scar formation. 74

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SELF STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

THE RICH BENEFITS OF

Coffee

Consumption T

he rich aroma fills a room and you can hardly wait to sip that first cup of the drink

of the gods. Something this good must be bad, you think, but it is your one guilty pleasure, and you are going to enjoy every last drop.

If the latest research proves true, you may not have to feel guilty about your

indulgence –– at all. Research shows that moderate coffee consumption may reduce liver and kidney cancer risk, a reduction in the rate of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and can reduce the likelihood of full-blow dementia. It is high in antioxidants and can prevent oxidative damage to DNA. Coffee has also been found beneficial in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and Pancreatitis as well as in reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Danny O’Neill, Founder and Bean Baron of The Roasterie,

aspects of coffee, I love the aroma, I love “coffee people”; they are

Kansas City’s favorite provider of air roasted coffees, wishes more

inevitably more adventuresome, more traveled, more well-read

people knew of its benefits.

than non-coffee drinkers; certainly more interesting! There simply

“Simply, I want people to know how good it is for you. And

isn’t anything about it that I don’t love...and actually love more

as has been well documented, 4-5 cups is way better than

every day. I feel totally blessed that this is the case; to be obsessed

none...or 1-2 cups. All the BS we heard growing up was just

with something so magical and delicious and community building

that; BS! Someone would say something and it was mindlessly

is just simply a blessing,” O’Neill shared of his lifelong-passion.

repeated for decades. My own suspicion is that it was by those who were so jealous of us who derived so much pleasure in

For O’Neill, and many coffee lovers, coffee is more than a beverage. It is an adventure with a history behind every cup. “If there was anyone out there who didn’t drink coffee (yet), or felt

consuming it!” For those feeling guilty about the caffeine, rest easy says O’Neill.

like they maybe didn’t get ‘what all the fuss is about’, I’d just

“Most all coffees are going to be in the same ballpark. However,

ask them to try coffee a few times. Read up on it...the health

many of the benefits are attributed to caffeinated coffee and hence,

benefits as well as its fascinating history. But even if one doesn’t

one won’t derive the same benefits if they drink only decaf.”

drink coffee and doesn’t want to, I think the coffee culture is

The latest research, while no surprise, is great news to O’Neill

cool and awesome. The shops are usually full of super nice

who has made coffee his life since 1978 when he picked his first

people, community oriented folks, well-read folks, involved folks...

batch of coffee beans in the mountainous coffee-growing region

enlightened in a really healthy way. But even with the way I feel,

of the Poas volcano in Costa Rica.

if someone didn’t want to drink coffee, I’m cool with that. We

“I positively, absolutely, unabashedly, unashamedly LOVE it! I just

are not on a mission to covert the world; we really aren’t. But if

LOVE it! I dream about it every night and have since 1992. I worked

someone is curious, wants to learn, wants to try new things, then

on farms since around 1st grade and grew up with a love of

we love sharing what we know and the more folks who join us on

farmers. So I love coffee farmers, I love the social and community

our adventure, the better!”

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