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12 –– Publisher Letter

17 –– Welcome

22 –– Home of Distinction

40 –– Tantalizing Kitchens

58 –– Trade Secrets

62 –– Inside Out

68 –– Elements

73 –– Healthy Kansas City

96 –– Inspirations

100 –– Mercantile ABOUT THE COVER... This completely remodeled kitchen, design by Kitchens by Kleweno, is a true pièce de résistance in Brookside. PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK




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These Wood-Mode modern Brookhaven cherry cabinets, with a color finish of Bistro, sport opaque glass inserts adding style to the kitchen while keeping your dishes hidden inside. Kitchen design by Classic Kitchens Design Studio.

A new year always marks the time of taking a look at things and

Home of Distinction. Over $57,000 was raised for KidsTLC –– a

typically making some adjustments for a better outcome. This is

hearty thank you! If you didn’t have a chance to go through this

true for your home and for yourself.

fabulous home, we’ll take you there (pages 22-33). And work has

Inside, we take you into 8 kitchens that are sure to inspire you to get out those pots and pans and whip up some delicious food (pages 40-55). Whites, greys, subway tiles, and fabulous lighting lend to designing a kitchen that you’ll fall in love with.

begun on the next home that will be unveiled this summer. Keep an eye out for more information in the issues to come. 2016 also marks a milestone for us as we venture into our 2nd year. It has been our honor to showcase your beautiful and

Resolutions have been made, or have they? If not, now is a

unique homes and gardens and we can’t wait to share with you

good time to assess your health and find ways to improve upon it,

what we’ve found for this year. If you’re reading this while you’re

especially as February is American Heart Health month. With our

out and about and would like a complimentary copy delivered to

picks in Mercantile (page 100) you’ll be sure to look good and feel

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good as you work out. Into techie gadgets? Check out the latest

Interested in sharing your space with us? We’re always on the

that you can’t be without (page 102). So get active, as you have to

lookout for great homes and projects, big or small. Email me at

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f business could be done with simply a firm handshake and a

unturned when it comes to ensuring that whoever comes into

strong commitment to doing the best job possible, the experts

the client’s home is there to do the job right without compromising

at Heartland Kitchen & Bath would stand among the elite to

quality or integrity.

fulfilling that promise. This dynamic group of experienced and

“It’s important for contractors to be as transparent as possible

talented remodeling experts bring a strong layer of integrity and

with clients and to make sure that whoever we hire is fully insured,”

honor to the business, making them the metro area’s go-to home

explained Hansel.

remodeling company. Consider your research done when looking

In excellent standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and

for the top-notch company in the industry, as Heartland Kitchen &

highly ranked by the National Association of the Remodeling

Bath promises to deliver the best in design, craftsmanship,

Industry (NARI), clients can put their full trust in Heartland Kitchen &

communication, education and overall satisfaction.

Bath, knowing that their expectations will not only be met, but

“We stand strong on our beliefs and firmly believe in giving the

continually exceeded.

most value for the money,” emphasized Barringer Hansel, co-owner

“We are not simply salespeople. We are upfront, honest, and

with Nick Chrissan. “For us, it is always about doing the right thing,

friendly educators,” said Hansel. “We are going to be in your home

no matter what.”

anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months, depending on

In other words, Hansel and Chrissan treat every project as if it was being completed in their own homes, from start to finish. Everyone that works on each project is fully vetted and no stone remains

the project, and we want you to have complete trust and faith in us.” To that end, Heartland Kitchen & Bath maintains an open line of communication with each client at all turns.

“You are dealing with either Nick or myself, not sub-contractors or vendors,” expressed Hansel. “We personally manage the project for you. When you have questions, the answers come directly from us, the owners.” Heartland Kitchen & Bath practices fair pricing too, and will honorably work within the client’s budget. Their job is to provide the

transparent, and ensuring complete satisfaction not just in the end, but throughout the entire process is what keeps this company ahead of the pack. “We stand behind our work and believe in always doing the right thing,” said Hansel. “And we are always there for our customers if something needs to be fixed or replaced, no matter the day or hour.”

best work for the best price and are able to keep the client’s costs down by minimalizing their own. With over 50 years of combined experience in home remodeling, Hansel and Chrissan have acquired invaluable skillsets in all facets of the industry and have combined those talents to create an organization that supports a team of dedicated and skilled in-house employees. “We don’t operate from a significant overhead, so we can keep our costs down,” explained Hansel. “Additionally, we don’t have 60-70 employees to pay, and those who do work for us have been with us for several years. Not only do we know who is in your house,

Pictured left to right: Barringer Hansel and Nick Chrissan

but you do too.” For Hansel and Chrissan, the real reward for them is not in just getting another job done, but in realizing the satisfaction of their clients. “We enjoy making someone’s dream a reality,” Hansel smiled. “This is not just sales. We help somebody achieve their dream, whether that is what they’ve envisioned or what we have envisioned for them. We get to work with the client to create their dream home, which becomes the place where they hang out together, bringing a family closer. That is what it is all about.” Anyone can come out and sell you a kitchen or a bathroom remodel, but Heartland Kitchen & Bath gives you a dream come true. With a clear focus on educating, remaining authentic and

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estled on a private street, the palacial 2015

substantial proceeds for KidsTLC, an organization which offers

Home of Distinction speaks volumes of the efforts

children a continuum of care through innovative and successful

of a tremendously talented team of individuals –– from

psychiatric treatment, community outreach, outpatient behavioral

architect Scott Bickford of Bickford + Company Architects,

health, autism and wellness programs.

homebuilder Starr Homes and celebrated interior designer Janet

Nearly 5,000 people purchased tickets and toured the home,

Alholm to myriad craftsmen and suppliers instrumental in this

resulting in $57,402 being raised for KidsTLC. Additionally, the

home’s creation.

tour represented a prime opportunity for vendor participants to

An 18,876-square-foot one-of-a-kind jewel, this stone and

showcase some of the latest materials and design trends in

stucco French country estate has curb appeal that never ends,

homebuilding. Leawood-based TLConcepts orchestrated the

as illustrated in our exclusive feature on the following pages.

extensive details of the tour.

With four floors, seven bedrooms, 10 baths and amenities

Of course, this entire project would not have been possible

including an elevator, indoor sport court, home cinema, arcade,

without the homeowners’ generosity and willingness to share

fitness gym and a luxurious pool and spa, this home is destined

their home with so many prior to moving into their new home.

to intrigue anyone’s imagination.

“We really built this house to give back,” said the homeowners,

While it can be difficult to fully comprehend the dimensions of this home, 10 furnaces, 10 air conditioning units, four tankless water heaters and four mechanical rooms hint at its tremendous

who added that they plan to host future charity functions at their suburban sanctuary. Referring to the butterfly-shaped architecture of the home and

scale and scope. But while the home is massive in size, it was

the way it envelopes the front and backyard, the homeowners

intended to provide a sense of warm casual comfort to its resident

added, “We like to think of this house as two hugs.”

homeowners and their four children.

A truly fitting sentiment given the blessings this home has

Beyond the family, thanks to a successful six-day tour which took place in late November 2015, the home also provided

already helped generate and the ways the homeowners hope to use it to benefit the community in the future.

E N J OY T H E T O U R !

While the Home of Distinction’s exterior showcases

The home’s stone and stucco exterior, paired with the dramatic roof line and

a decidedly French country flair, the interior imparts

lush landscaping, set the stage for immediate appeal and magnetic charm.

a soft casual style paired with rustic elements

A combination of flagstone and concrete pavers lead up to the home’s

and elegant appointments. Ornate pendant lighting,

main entrance where the motor court showcases a porte cochère and five

beveled square mirrors inset in the wall and hand-

garages. Roughly six months in planning and 14 months in the making, this

scraped hickory hardwoods under a silver-leafed

awe-inspiring mansion is testament to the powers of creative design and

dome hint of this home’s expansive size and

impeccable attention to detail.


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There is no doubt that this well-appointed kitchen is sure to be the site of many gatherings where family, friends and food will make up the heart of the action. Top-of-the-line appliances complement the glazed custom cabinetry and mirrored cabinet that cleverly conceals the refrigerator. The spacious alder wood island is topped with a quartz countertop and fringed by a walnut dining shelf.

The kitchen’s faux-finished silver range hood provides a sleek focal point while 12-by-12-inch tiles with an inset stainless steel circular motif add visual interest above the cooktop. A variety of drawers and cabinets offer ample storage space and the island’s prep sink ensures functionality. The circular elements of the unique light fixture over the island continue the backsplash’s design theme.



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An expansive wall of windows fills the hearth room and kitchen area with an abundance of daylight and picturesque views. Most of the home’s furnishings and appointments, such as those in the hearth room, were locally sourced in the Kansas City area. Local businesses supplied furnishings from rustic leather chairs and custom sofas to opulent light fixtures and pops of pillow color, including all the drapes and bedding throughout the home.



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An eye-catching gabled roof tops the main floor’s four-season lanai where stone flooring and plenty of natural light blend outdoor serenity with climate-controlled environs. Sweeping exterior views coupled with cozy seating options, soft uplighting and a fireplace make this airy room the ideal spot for a little reading or TV.


Throughout the home is a display of a variety of specialty faux finishes and glazes. With textured gray ceiling beams that meet at a circle coffer, the formal dining room showcases unique architectural elements, quiet hues and an elegant chandelier. The dining set fuses the natural appeal of a solid wood table and modern metal chairs with the room’s silver-leaf detailing.

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Adjoining the master suite, the master bath is truly breathtaking. While the bath is dressed in shimmering shades of beige and silver, it is the center of the room that demands attention. A custom creation by interior designer Janet Alholm, the dramatic column stands floor to ceiling and is adorned in pencil accent tiles and beveled mirrors. Porcelain and marble tile flooring, a freestanding tub, an oversized shower and a luxury walk-in closet round out this lavish



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Earthy elements prevail in the spacious master suite thanks to a stone fireplace, hand-scraped hickory flooring and rustic beams. A vast ribbon of LED tape light frames the ceiling’s perimeter in a seamless glow while also providing efficient lighting. At the far end of the suite, the sunlit sitting area is home to two chaise lounges under a square cupola. Panoramic outdoor vistas top off this blissful retreat. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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The lounge bar is easily the high point of this room. The Patagonia granite atop the curved bar largely consists of natural quartz and effortlessly reflects light from the fixture above, which is a piece of art –– literally. Created specifically for this home, this stunning element resembles a long rustic branch with icicle-like lighting. Mirrors behind the bar and LED lighting lend brilliance to this cosmopolitan setting.



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The lower-level 450-square-foot home cinema is a treat for any fan of film. With a barrel-vaulted sky full of fiber optic stars, stadium seating and a granite-topped bar, this room is destined to be a family favorite. Padded fabric walls promise a sensational sound experience and a mini-fridge and wine cooler ensure no thirsty guests. Pass the popcorn please!

The walk-out lower level is also home to a handsome lounge area complete with three flat screen TVs, billiards and a dazzling bar. While entertainment was the main goal of this space, style has not been sacrificed for fun. Porcelain tile flooring trimmed in a river rock border, stone columns and headers, and a mix of leather and fabric furnishings combine in a fusion of rugged appeal, polished sophistication and uncomplicated leisure. Winding further around the lower level, entertainment options continue with an Xbox room, arcade and home gym.


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When it comes to outdoor living, this private backyard oasis delivers. A pool with three infinity-edge waterfalls, spa and pergola take the traditional poolside experience to a whole new level. Even movies under the stars are possible with the drop-down 15-foot outdoor screen on the pergola. Whether inside or outside on one of the balconies or patios, this home guarantees an unparalleled approach to relishing family, friends and cherished moments.

This home is full of so much more than meets the eye. Consider, for example, the secret spiral slide tucked into a lower-level bookcase which slips into the basketball court in the sub-basement. Take the stairs or take the slide to shoot some hoops or just expend some extra energy. Spectators can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the action from overstuffed leather chairs around a driftwood coffee table.

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RESOURCES Builder/Contractor: Starr Homes LLC G Architect/Home Designer: Bickford & Co. Interior Designer: Janet Alholm G Development: Enclave at Mills Farm Appliances (Thermador): Factory Direct G Cabinets: Built to Fit G Carpet/Rugs: Carpet Source G Countertops: Rocktops Granite & Stone Doors: Kansas City Building Supply G Draperies & Bedding: Ivana Haus Interiors G Drywall: Wallboard Specialties G Electrician: Arrow Circle Elevator: Country Home Elevator G Excavation: Schlagle Trucking and Grading G Fireplace: Midwest Fireplace G Fitness Equipment: All About Fitness Flooring: Eddie Cummings Tile G Foundation: Johnson County Basements G Framing: Custom Framing G Furniture: Groover Interior Design Furniture: Seville Home G Game Room, Outdoor Furniture, Theater Seating, Rugs: Amini s G Garage & Utility Room Floors: Granite Garage Floors Garage Doors: Overhead Door Co. of Kansas City G Glass & Mirrors: Fountain Glass G Hardware: Wilson Lighting G Hardwood Flooring: Acme Floor Co. Heating & Cooling: United Heating & Cooling G Home Exterior Stone: House of Rocks G Home Automation & Audio Visual: Simplicity Insulation: A+ Insulation G Landscaping: Next to Nature G Light Fixtures: Wilson Lighting G Lower Bar Light Fixture: GreenLight Lumber: Christensen Lumber G Masonry: Fisher Masonry G Outdoor Lighting: NiteLites of KC G Paint: Sherwin Williams G Painter: JL Painting Plumbing: Prairie Center G Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Plumbing G Pool/Spa: Complete Pools G RooďŹ ng: Century RooďŹ ng Specialty Painting: Groover Interior Design G Specialty Painting: Urso Painting & Design G Sprinkler System: Next to Nature G Ticket Outlet: Hen House Tile: Central States Tile G Tile (Master Bath): Eddie Cummings Tile G Trim Work: Bullseye Trim G Windows (Marvin): Kansas City Building Supply

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Awash in Blue There’s no doubt that this stunning Leawood kitchen is a head-turner. When the homeowner decided to color outside the lines somewhat when it came to giving her kitchen a complete makeover, designer Alissa Welschmeyer was ready to assist.

As this particular home underwent a complete

renovation with the goal of eventually putting it on the market, the kitchen truly became a focal point. “I love it when people decide to bring color into a space,” noted Welschmeyer, who harmoniously partnered with the homeowner, combining both of their ideas with an obvious accent on fun. “I have worked with this client before and she is so much fun as she really loves to dig in and pull it all together.” While all of the complementary colors certainly catch the eye, it is the elongated straight-edged island painted in Restoration Hardware blue sage that takes center stage. With ample seating for family and guests, this island also boasts extra cabinet space for increased storage, as well as a built-in microwave. Industrial pendant lighting with mercury finish parading down the middle of the island adds a touch of elegant sophistication. The mix of quartz countertops in Frosty Carina on the island and hutch along with the dark grey granite on the perimeter work well with the waterglass subway tile accented with white grout. The hutch also enjoys Satin Seedy glass cabinets on top with painted shelving inside to match the blue in the rest of the kitchen. All of this partners well with the Maison Blanche painted birch cabinets. All new stainless steel appliances make a striking statement of their own, working seamlessly with the bright colors, wood paneled ceiling and dark stained hardwood flooring. Subtle details such as the cup pulls and stain nickel finish on the drawer and door hardware quietly but powerfully pull the look together. Not to be outdone by the eye-catching dynamics of the rest of the kitchen is the wood paneled ceiling, accentuated with sky lights and recessed cans. “This ceiling is actually the original ceiling,” noted Welschmeyer. “We were going to paint it white but decided it was best left as it was.” Sometimes it is just that one original touch that makes a space seem vibrantly new and alive.


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Sophisticated Space At first blush, this kitchen may present as somewhat simple in

“The client wanted a very long and uninterrupted place for the

style and design, but what rests in such a clean and minimalist

kids to do homework or for use as a food preparation area,” noted

presentation is beyond extraordinary. Taking the client’s intention for

Higgins. “It’s also a great landing place for serving food at parties.”

a clean, simple and precise look and elevating that resulted in

New appliances were installed, including the Verona range,

a transformation that brought warmth and harmony that is

Jenn-Air refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher, adding not only

contiguous to the home’s overall ambiance while still inspiring a

sophisticated presentation but also the requisite function.

fresh and transitional appeal.

Other highlights include the porcelain artisan tile backsplash, the

As part of a complete home remodel in northern Leawood, this established home has successfully blended a period-like appeal

period-like milk glass pendant lights, and the darkened hardwood floors, the color for which was custom mixed on-site.

with an updated vibe. After undergoing a kitchen remodel by the

This kitchen definitely proves its form and function prowess by

experts at Portfolio Kitchen & Home, it still maintains its original

offering its own personality, meeting exacting standards effortlessly.

persona, but with a decided twist. Clean and specifically edited,

“The power of the kitchen is the edited approach to get a clean,

this kitchen refuses to subscribe to only a modern or contemporary

fresh look that marries the period influence of the rest of the home,”

look and instead has embraced the freedom to simply be itself.

stated Higgins.

“The simplicity of this design was intentional on the clients’ part,” expressed designer Geri Higgins, owner of Portfolio Kitchen & Home. :

Designed by an experienced team that included Higgins, Lauren

And the clients, Tammy and Robert Broaddus, could not be happier with the results. “We’ve lived in our home for 15 years and have been working on

Scassellati, Brian Burchfiel and Sarah Gunsche, this space boasts

it since day one," noted Tammy. “As a couple, Rob and I believe in

a plethora of eye-catching highlights that perfectly complete

do-it-yourself, but not for a kitchen. Our biggest tip for a kitchen is

the look without overwhelming the senses. Clean, simple and

to use professionals so you don’t waste time, energy and money

uncluttered, this space provides the right amount of functionality

on a poor design or build out. Consult professionals with the latest

and style while still making a powerful statement all of its own.

ideas that help you translate your needs into an efficient plan that

The perimeter maple cabinetry boasting Stowe white paint

fits your tastes and budget, and the skills to install it to perfection,

complements the hickory wood and slate stain of the center

as did Woodward Construction. Terry and Mark Woodward’s

island. Caesarstone countertops (London Grey on the perimeter

expertise brought the design to life brilliantly. To see their

and Emperadoro on the island) throughout provide a clean look

craftsmanship each day was an amazing experience. Our kitchen

while simultaneously offering ample space for multitasking.

now is a daily expression of who we are as a family. We love it.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE



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Magic of Metal and Wood While most works of art in homes tend to hang from

the oven will eventually expose its own personality.

the walls, this particular Brookside residence boasts

“While the hood is shiny right now, it will naturally

a true pièce de résistance within its walls in the form

darken and patina over time, taking on a color all

of this one-of-a-kind kitchen.

its own,” explained Hamel, also referencing the

Having recently undergone a complete remodeling

corresponding copper pendants that foreshadow

experience, this space confidently speaks its mind

how the color of the hood will ultimately transform.

and enjoys the results with a plethora of unique

“The client did not want typical pendants, and

touches and finishes.

she did a lot of research to find exactly the ones

“This kitchen had been remodeled in the past, but

she wanted.”

the client didn’t feel it truly fit with the style of the

The dark hardwood floors were refinished with the

rest of the house, which is actually older than the

project and the wood trim in the ceiling was matched

style the kitchen previously had,” noted designer

to the existing rim in the rest of the home. The

Genevieve Hamel, AKBD, ASID of Kitchens by

center island provides additional seating while

Kleweno. “The client wanted to open it up a bit and

showing off its Calacatta Gold Italian white marble

brighten the area but was adamant about keeping it

top with hints of grey and gold within.

to the style of the home. She had old hardware that,

Two pantries stand at the ready to store

while not a perfect match piece by piece, did fit with

necessities, one located on the right side of the

the character of the home. We actually used a

refrigerator and the other next to the side entry door.

combination of different metals as inspiration for the

However, one might have to look twice to find the

design of the kitchen.” Now that the kitchen is open to the adjoining

refrigerator, as it presents as less of an appliance and more as a piece of impeccably-designed furniture.

dining room, its breath-taking beauty holds strong.

“This is a fully integrated refrigerator with an

Porcelain tile backsplash with a light grey grout sets

antique mirrored top and a freezer underneath that

a delightful tone for the white cabinetry. Corner

consists of two freezer drawers with facades that

shelves with antique silver brackets give a nod to the

give the appearance of four drawers,” noted Hamel.

mixed metals inspiration and the copper hood above


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Stylish Functionality A bit of TLC paired with some roll-up-your sleeves and wipe the

Additionally, hanging lights were installed over the counter and

sweat off your brow ingenuity brought this 1990s kitchen into

recessed cans were placed in the ceiling. The kitchen walls were

the 21st century. With a focus on the center island, the kitchen

painted in a soft greenish/grey color that successfully coordinates

was completely redesigned, making it roomier, brighter and a true

with the pale green ceramic backsplash behind the cooking area.

gathering spot.

The textured island countertop sports an attractive yet easy to

Katie Ott, CKD, Designer and co-owner of Kitchen Studio:

clean brushed sea pearl quartzite, and the Gravel colored painted

Kansas City, oversaw this entire project that consisted of extracting

cabinetry around the island speaks welcoming volumes to the

two awkwardly shaped and located islands and transposing many

room with its grey finish nicely complemented with blue undertones.

areas of the space. The new single fully functional island stands as

These pair perfectly with the black granite perimeter countertops

the center point in the room. However, it required an appreciable

throughout the rest of the kitchen.

amount of manipulation of space and form to bring this kitchen to reality. “We basically gutted this kitchen down to the studs,” noted Ott. “The cooking wall used to be where the refrigerator is now, and we also added an L-shaped booth with a rectangular table.” In order to make the kitchen easier to access and much more user-friendly, Ott employed some creative ingenuity.

And proving the full functionality of this kitchen, Ott pointed to the unique aspects of the center island. Ample storage all around makes this a homeowner’s dream. “The back of the island contains a drawer stack and two refrigerator drawers, along with an ice machine,” she said. “There is even more storage on the other side.” The 24-inch deep pantry maximizes every square inch of its

“Previously, the entry to the kitchen where the refrigerator

space with several roll-out shelves, and nestled above that are

currently sits was a tight fit, so we notched that cabinet back, giving

vertical storage dividers. Contiguous to the refrigerator is the

it a curved design and opening the space a bit more,” said Ott,

microwave with accompanying coffee machine space and

also referencing an entire drawer in that curved space dedicated to

additional storage underneath. For even more storage, the 15-inch

technology. “We installed a docking station in this area so that

deep wall cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling.

laptops tablets and phones could be charged and easily stored.”

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Modern Lines When a young couple relocated from San Francisco to

pots and pans was not a problem with the installation of

Kansas City, they had to adjust from a small condo to a

extra deep drawers under the cooktop.

large Leawood home while simultaneously incorporating their metropolitan tastes into the traditional style design

“We changed the placement of the island to a more workable rectangular one,” said Ladegaard.

their new home offered. Arlene Ladegaard, Owner and

Among the many other highlights of this kitchen include

Principal Designer of Design Connection, Inc., understood

the Caesarstone quartz countertops, which are heat and

precisely how to meet her clients’ needs and certainly

scratch resistant, and the pure white cabinets sporting

lived up to the challenge, as evidenced by this spectacular

a durable resin finish which were painted off-site prior

kitchen that exceeded the homeowners’ expectations.

to installation.

“The clients wanted a modern kitchen, but the home

“Painted white cabinets are known for chipping over

was more traditional in style, so we made it fit not only the

time. The pure white pigment stain we used on them

house, but also their lifestyle,” expressed Ladegaard.

instead will readily withstand the test of time and hold up

Central to the couple’s desire was a modern kitchen. One item they truly desired was a 48-inch Sub-Zero built in refrigerator. While the layout of the kitchen could certainly accommodate that request in terms of size, a few rearrangements were in order.

to years of use,” noted Ladegaard. Two glass cabinets flanking the sink create a striking focal point and balance in the kitchen. The original ceiling beam that once divided the kitchen was removed to allow for better flow and to add a more

“We based the design of the kitchen on the refrigerator

contemporary flair to the area. Additional touches of

they wanted,” explained Ladegaard, noting that brand

luxury include the pull out spice racks, soft close drawers

new cabinets were made which had to be rearranged

and doors, and recessed canned lights with silver alzak

to blend and work well with the existing oven and

trim. Under cabinet LED lights beautifully accentuate the

Advantium, along with the new appliances, which included

glass mosaic backsplash. Completing the picture is the

a gas Wolfe cooktop and a Bosch dishwasher.

stunning refinished hardwood flooring boasting an opaque

Another “must have” in this kitchen was the expansive island that can seat four people, and storage for all the

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Country French Modernized When the homeowners of this stunning residence in Old Leawood were in the building process of their new home, they knew the

“The beauty of the glaze is that is still allows you to see the detail of the wood grain in them,” noted Otterness.

kitchen had to be special, and when it came to finding just the style

The brushed satin nickel architectural pendants hanging above

they wanted, they found their answer by partnering with the

the counter create a strong visual appeal without being too

experts at Classic Kitchens Design Studio in Leawood, Kansas.

overwhelming in the space, and the over-scaled subway tile behind

“They had seen the classic country French style kitchen in our

the stove harmonizes beautifully with the Harbor Mist cabinetry. Of

showroom and really liked it, but wanted to create more of a

course, the paneled refrigerator almost seems like a work of art as

classic modern space similar to that style,” explained Lisa

it blends seamlessly with the flow of the space.

Otterness, CKD, Lead Designer. This new build project relied on a rather minimalist approach that

“We made customized panels to make them look built-in,” said Otterness.

provided extraordinary results. By simplifying lines and aiming for

The traditional hardwood flooring complements the overall

less ornamentation, the results were not only eye-catching but also

ambiance of the space and allows the eye to follow through the

quite functional.

design really well, taking you to the wet bar in the rear that boasts

Among the standouts in this design is the custom stain, which

a subtle black color for the wine cubby above the sink.

was used on the island and on the wooden hood over the stove,

The subtle green/grey paint on the walls was inspired by the

which also bears accompanying spice cabinets on either side for

countertop and add a layer of warmth and inviting ambiance to

ease of use and maximization of space.

the space.

The quartz countertop by Cambria shows off its Berwyn color

“This was definitely a fun project for us and for the client,

and ultimately became the color palate from which the rest of the

and even though remodeling does come with a bit of stress, our

home was tailored.

job is to make sure it truly is a great experience for our clients,”

Also leading the design pack are the maple cabinets that were covered in Harbor Mist with a translucent black glaze. 50


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Natural Warmth Despite its small footprint, this Craftsman-style home just south of

Brand new appliances purchased by the homeowner complement

the Plaza is not timid about showcasing its strengths, especially

the dark paint on the cabinets, and the expansive whole sink is

when it comes to the kitchen. Roughly 75 years old, the walls in

perfect for cleaning large pots and pans. Light colored walls,

this space undoubtedly have countless stories to tell, but the page-

original hardwood flooring, natural wood around the windows and

turning adventure of today rests in its recently refurbished appeal.

dark trim to sharpen the look have teamed up to allow for the

Overseen by Principal Designer Julia Haseltine of Julia Haseltine

exposure of multiple textures and materials, preserving the history

Design, this kitchen was the beneficiary of her ability to take the

of the house while simultaneously giving it is own unique style.

client’s vision and allow it to transpire, keeping budget, lifestyle and

“This house has a voice now,” emphasized Haseltine.

current needs at top of mind. With her prowess for employing

Open floating shelves on the walls keep the space looking

excellent design sense for any space, Haseltine breathed new life into this kitchen in many unique ways. The original exposed brick walls provide not only a focal point,

uncluttered while also opening up the area. “We were able to create these shelves with no visible brackets to allow for a seamless look,” stated Haseltine.

but also a sense of warmth and treasured ambiance. When paired

And while older cabinets may present with the remnants of time,

with the flowing design of the copper-colored Formica countertop

Haseltine incorporated a darker paint, hiding the imperfections yet

with a terra cotta base and rounded extension, the kitchen enjoys

still maintaining their character. The original light fixtures create a

an effortless flow of form and function.

timeless appeal without overcrowding the area.

“The shape of the counter creates a traffic circle of sorts and

“I enjoyed giving this smaller kitchen an elegant and welcoming

allows it to flow easily into the space,” noted Haseltine, who also

appeal while still preserving its integrity with the rest of the house,”

referred to the custom-made leg for the counter extension table.

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Space to Entertain Kitchen designer Shelby Puetz of Regarding Kitchens has an obvious knack for making people’s dreams come true when it comes to the style, tone and flavor of the kitchen remodel they desire. When she tackled a complete renovation for this Olathe kitchen that had been stuck in the 1990s for quite some time, she had her work cut out for her. While the husband of the home was drawn to a contemporary ambiance with minimalist undertones, the wife favored a more traditional appeal. Puetz seamlessly blended those persuasions employing a stunning transitional style that catered to the couple’s tastes. “This is a family of eight and they enjoy hosting a lot of social events in their home,” noted Puetz. “In order to bring the dated look of the kitchen into a newer design, we took out the original honey oak cabinetry and laminate counter tops and added perimeter white maple frameless cabinetry and a maple stained island, which houses a dishwasher and a Blanco Performa sink.” The luxurious countertops catch the eye with their elegant blend of grays, taupes and a suggestion of chartreuse in this Pacific style Silestone quartz, and in order to give this space a broader landscape from which to enjoy the view, a bit of muscle was required. “We took out the wall that originally extended between two rooms where the refrigerator currently is and the space now flows into the family room,” noted Puetz. Other highlights include the maple hood above the stove that is perfectly accented by the natural ivory tumble travertine 2” x 4” brick pattern tiles in the backsplash. All new appliances made of stainless steel with a Thermador gas cooktop make cooking fun, along with the GE oven combination and the Sharp microwave to the right of the range that sets lower, keeping it out of one’s eye line and not absorbing extra counter space. A unique gem in this kitchen is the bar/hutch area that stands just before the entry to the dining room. The serving counter top is made of walnut and the glass cabinet above provides elegant framework for the encased stemware. Wine storage is contiguous to the hutch, which has inside drawers with dividers for organized storage of liquor. “This is the client’s dedicated socializing spot,” noted Puetz. Among the final touches include the recessed cans and gorgeous pendant lights that complement the entire space. “I enjoyed working with this couple,” smiled Puetz. “They embraced my creative ideas, designed to meet their individual desires.”



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survival rates after disease or injury, and an increase in the incidence of obesity all contribute to the increased incidence of injury. Unfortunately, many of these incidents result in a decreased mobility that seriously impacts the life of the sufferer. One doctor, C. Lan Fotopoulos, a physiatrist with the highly respected DicksonDiveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic, believes that injuries that compromise mobility deserve a common-sense approach that addresses the many intricacies of injury with multi-faceted solutions. Nothing sidelines a person more than a nagging physical injury, yet many still are slow to take their injuries seriously, and assume that a “simple pain” is the same as a simple injury. Still many others believe that physiatry, the branch of medicine that diagnoses, treats, and manages disorders and injuries of the muscles, bones, and nerves is reserved for hard core athletes or those who have some form of a seriously debilitating injury.

















Military Trained Precision and Big Picture Thinking A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Fotopoulos is no stranger to big picture thinking. Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation; pain medicine; sports medicine; and undersea hyperbaric medicine, his career has been marked by diversity and excitement. In addition to serving as an emergency room physician for several years, he also enjoyed a thrilling career in the military, serving as a lieutenant commander and diving and undersea medical officer in the U.S Navy. It was while serving in theaters from the Persian Gulf to North Africa that Dr. Fotopoulos studied hyperbaric and diving medicine and worked alongside Navy SEALS and other special Physiatry –– sometimes called physical medicine and rehabilitation, however, is for everyone from the professional athlete to the person experiencing long-term back pain. “Injury and the resulting pain are indiscriminate. Anyone at any age

operations teams. His career in the military provided many valuable lessons and further solidified his belief in the value of ongoing precision training and teamwork. All of this requires unfailing teamwork.

can experience disease or injury that causes severely disabling pain.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the military, and find that many

Today, with improved collaboration, the medical specialty of physiatry

elements of that experience carry over to the rest of my career,” he

is playing an important and ever-growing role in helping patients obtain

explained. “Medicine is a fraternity; you work together toward a

optimum health and mobility,” Dr. Fotopoulos shared of the more

common goal with others depending on your skill and knowledge, and

integrated medical landscape.


Dr. Fotopoulos, who was the first, and for an extended period only physiatrist in the Kansas City area, has been fortunate to see the changes firsthand. “Pain is not a simple thing. Doctors and nurses are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, but not in the finding the cause or treating pain. And because pain is complex, it requires a team approach.” Today, a visit to the physiatrist is the first referral for most injuries whether to find the root cause of pain, prevent further damage, or effectively manage ongoing pain. This translates into a huge advantage for patient care. “Physiatrists have the advantage of looking at the whole picture. We look at the medical issue, but also how the medical issues at hand fully impact the patient’s mobility and self-care. The increasingly collaborative atmosphere of medicine makes this even more beneficial,” he furthered. KCH&S HEALTHY KANSAS CITY 2016



you depending on theirs. Providing ongoing communication, respect,

challenges faced by medical professionals, and saw that mutual

and commitment to my colleagues is very important to me.”

respect is a critical component in patient care. My father’s example is

Dickson-Diveley, which sees a high volume of sports patients ranging from school-age to professional athletes, is well-known for its highly collaborative atmosphere. “It is an exceptional organization and a true team that constantly

the source of my dedication to the patient, as well as the respect I feel toward other physicians.”

Physiatry, the Perfect Fit

lays the foundation for optimum results. I have the opportunity to

Ultimately having developed a love for biomechanics, Dr. Fotopoulos

follow the patient working in non-operative care, but also consulting

decided to dedicate his career to physiatry. It was his father who

in surgeries, and then see the patient afterward to help direct their

suggested he pursue Dickson-Diveley, the oldest and most respected

therapy. This dynamic pushes everyone forward and challenges us

orthopaedic clinic in Kansas City.

professionally to provide care that exceeds expectations.”

Relationships Matter

Dr. Fotopoulos has a deep respect for the medical community and values the relationships formed within the medical community. This

“I have never once regretted either of those decisions,” Dr. Fotopoulos affirmed. “I enjoy doing what I love in an atmosphere where teamwork and collaboration work for the most appropriate solutions.” While medicine is complex, finding solutions does not have to be, he asserts.

respect was formed very early; having grown up with a surgeon father

“The best answers lie in approaching the problem with the

and mother who was a nurse and head of the OB/GYN and cardiac

understanding that every member of the team has something valuable

nursing at the old Kansas City General Hospital, you can say medicine

to offer. Together it is possible to get to the root cause and find a

is in his DNA.

comprehensive answer. However, there are times when the answers

His father C. K. Fotopoulos, the only surviving child of Greek immigrants who had four older siblings die from a Mediterranean anemia by age 2, worked tirelessly to achieve a highly successful and

lie outside of the most aggressive treatments.”

Options and Answers

respected career in medicine. It is the influence of his father that drives

The mission of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to enhance

the younger Fotopoulos.

function and provide the fullest quality of life possible to the patient,

“Growing up in a physician’s home, I grew to understand the 6



while using the most conservative modalities available.

















Educating the patient is an important part of the process.

offer rapid relief, increased mobility, and low complication rates in cases

“We work to provide patients with the information they need to

of osteoporotic fractures."

make informed decisions and encourage them to be full participants in

Radio frequency ablation is yet another treatment for chronic back

their own care, whether that involves lifestyle changes, non-surgical

pain and currently is also being used for the treatment of continued

treatments, surgery, or a combination of these things,” explains

knee pain after total knee athroplasty.

Dr. Fotopoulos. With continual advances in the field, the options today are vast.

The Complexities of Pain

“Where some conditions and injuries were once completely

It is estimated that in the United States more than 76 million people

debilitating, today they can be treated and managed. The development

suffer from pain. Pain can be chronic or acute, such as post-surgical

and availability of advanced procedure helps us address pain more

pain, and how each person experiences pain is quite different. Dealing

successfully than ever before.”

with pain is not an exact science, a fact that helps keep things in

Examples of those procedures performed by Dr. Fotopoulos are

perspective for Dr. Fotopoulos.

Spinal Cord Stimulation, SCS

“While physicians are more likely to refer to a physiatrist immediately

and minimally invasive lumbar

upon injury or when a patient is experiencing pain of undetermined

decompression, or MILD.

origin, the general public remains mostly unaware of the of the simple

Spinal Cord Stimulation is

things they can do to avoid having the need to see someone like me,”


he mused.




intractable pain of the trunk

No matter the age, when a person is faced with limited mobility, their

and limbs caused by failed

life becomes vastly different. This not only hinders the enjoyment of

back surgery and peripheral

life, it can also hinder productivity and the ability to live life fully.

neuropathy. MILD treatment

“Certainly, dealing with pain is complex but one of the best things

is used for patients who have

about this profession is the ability to help patients achieve relief and

developed nerve compression

restore the ability to live their lives more fully, whether that means

secondary to central spinal

enjoying sports, and active family life, or a productive work life. At the

stenosis in addition to lumbar

end of the day, nothing really compares to knowing that you helped to

claudication syndromes.

give your patients part of their lives back. That is about as rewarding

“The classic symptoms are

as a job can get.”

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ancer and blood disorders cut against all boundaries of age, sex, race, and economic status. Men, women, and children of all background experience the complications

associated with these conditions, some of which are painful or life-threatening. At Kansas Institute of Medicine Cancer and Blood Center in Lenexa, the battle against cancer and other blood related disorders does not have to be a lonely one. As

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the only community based oncology and hematology practice in the area, the KIM Cancer and Blood Center team is dedicated to making sure patients never have to choose between high-quality care and staying within the close proximity of their family and community support system. Getting through challenging times –– such as cancer treatment or other types of blood disorders –– requires much more than having an accurate diagnosis. It requires all of the elements of treatments, technologies and outside support coming together to form the most advantageous conditions possible to deal with a serious health condition. The Cancer and Blood Center began a year ago with that mission in mind explains its founder, Dr. Kelley Young, who having experience in a large hospital setting saw the value in bringing oncology and hematology to the community level. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE




“When a patient is dealing with a significant health issue, the process of receiving treatment can cause them to become disconnected from the many things that matter in life. This makes all of the things surrounding treatment take center stage, which can become even more stressful. The ability to maintain a normal routine is very beneficial to patients. Work and other activities provide a welcomed distraction as well as help maintain ties to friends, family, and support groups,” Dr. Young shared of the practicality of attaining care. From left to right... MaryBeth Davis, RN, April Berry, RN,

Kelley Young, MD, Rolando Breier, MD and Lee Pendleton, Oncology Pharmacist





maintaining a normal schedule and regular routine much more feasible.

A Year of Progress

The response to the practice has been overwhelmingly positive, and “We are unique because we are the only privately owned community

has brought many exciting changes to the Cancer and Blood Center.

based hematology/oncology practice in the area. Community based

One of the most notable milestones was the arrival of Dr. Rolando

care is very valuable because health care delivery is greatly enhanced

Breier in December of 2015. Dr. Breier, whose Board Certifications

by the personal doctor/patient relationship we offer, which includes

include Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative

involving the family or primary support team.”

Medicine also comes from a background at a larger facility.

Dr. Young, who is a Board Certified Oncologist/Hematologist,

“I came to the Kansas Institute of Medicine Cancer and Blood

specializes in Hematology and Oncology and treats a wide variety of

Center because I wanted to dedicate myself to more personalized

cancer diagnoses and blood disorders, recognizes the many obstacles

care. We really focus on quality of care versus quantity of care. When

patients face when managing health care.

patients come here, they get the time and support that they need and

“Community based care allows patients to receive leading-edge therapies while maintaining the critical ties of support with their local and personal communities. It also eliminates the problems of logistics, and having to travel long distances while not feeling at one’s best. Those things can become serious barriers for patients.”

There’s No Place Like Home

deserve,” shared Dr. Breier as he spoke of the importance of quality time with patients. For the Cancer and Blood Center, progress always equals enhanced patient care. “Our goal is to continue to find better ways to serve our patients, and never being satisfied with something that is good enough. We want to ensure that every patient has all the time they need to ask

One of the most distressing aspects about dealing with cancer and

questions and understand their diagnosis. This is a very important part

other disorders is disconnecting from the normalcy of life in order to

of providing real support, as well as the development of the most

obtain treatment. For some that means an extended amount of time

beneficial treatment plans. Progress is about giving patients the

away from home. For others it could mean having their schedules so

most support and the easiest access to the most advanced and

significantly disrupted that it is difficult to maintain their normal routines.

comprehensive treatments available,” Dr. Breier continued.




















Community Care Means Increased Options There are several common misconceptions about community based care which The Cancer and Blood Center wished to dispel. Many people believe that community care limits the patient’s options, or that the options are different or less advanced than are available in other medical settings. Nothing, however, can be further from the truth. “Community-based care doesn’t mean limited options. In fact it means more efficiency in accessing all of your options,” contends Dr. Breier. Patients of the KIM Cancer and Blood Center are not limited to one hospital, but have access to several of the top hospitals in the area. The center is staffed with attentive and experienced medical Oncologists, Oncology Certified Nurses and pharmacist, and a highly trained nutritionist. “These are not people new to the field, but have been in oncology for years, bringing vast experience,” he continued. The center treats advanced cancers, such as head and neck

“Patients have access to all of the diagnostic, treatments, and technologies available today, but in a very personalized and intimate atmosphere,” added Dr. Young.

cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, Leukemia, and Hodgkin’s

Patients who are favorable candidates additionally have the

Lymphoma with the most leading-edge technologies. The team works

advantage of access to nationally reviewed clinical trials. This is a

collaboratively with physicians from a wide range of specialties to fully

tremendous benefit to the patient as they receive academic, leading

understand the patient’s cancer and to coordinate care.

technologies without having to leave their support system behind or having to temporarily relocate. “Clinical trials are not for every patient, but for those who are good candidates, they receive the most promising treatments as early as possible. Many patients respond very positively to them, which is important. Participating is not always an easy decision however. In a community-based atmosphere, the patient receives the added support that is so helpful in navigating the process,” Dr. Young explained of the availability of clinical trials.

World-Class Medical Oncology Treatments Patients with cancer need more than an accurate diagnosis. Realizing this, Cancer and Blood Center works tirelessly to make best of class treatments available locally.

Kelley Young, MD and Rolando Breier, MD





















Dr. Young understands the patient advantage of having these services available locally, and more personally. “Patients dealing with cancer need easy access to the treatments that will relieve the symptoms; slow the growth and spread and often cure the disease. Patients may require treatments such as

Rolando Breier, MD and April Berry, RN

chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone based therapies among other treatments. It is especially important that patients have a team that works collaboratively to ensure that every aspect of care is

Walking into the center, patients are immediately greeted warmly.

Specialized Care in a Warm Environment

The space is situated for maximum efficiency, while still providing

While patients want and deserve the most advanced care possible,

Infusion services, for example, are available on site and the spacious

the environment in which the care is received is equally important.

rooms accommodate the patient, as well as any family or friends that

monitored, while also receiving continual support.”

“We realize that every aspect of a facility has the potential to either

maximum comfort. Large enough to house every aspect of cancer and blood care, the facility does not feel overly clinical or cavernous.

are along for support.

enhance or detract from the patient experience. We have made a

“Patients never feel lost in a maze of hallways, or alone in any aspect

special effort to consider the patient needs and perspective in the

of their care,” Dr. Breier affirms. “The space is warm and intimate, and

design of the facility,” Dr. Young explained.

it is easy to become familiar and feel at home.”

United for Care

Great care is more than administering treatments for the team at Cancer and Blood Center. It is about leveraging every element of healthcare, as well as other facets such as family, in the most powerful and beneficial ways to benefit the patient and help them battle against cancer and blood diseases. “Care must go well beyond simply delivering treatments. We understand this and embrace our broader responsibility of fostering relationships that will help our patients. We encourage family participation and provide support to caregivers. We also encourage patients to become involved in community support groups. Most importantly, we dedicate ourselves to staying aware of the latest advances, and knowing every aspect of our patients’ diagnosis. It is our firm belief that patients deserve the full efforts of every team member,” Dr. Young firmly asserted.

The Changing Face of Medicine The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 and 2015, there are over 14 million Americans living with a cancer diagnosis at some stage of new diagnosis, active treatment or in remission with need for ongoing followup. With the many advances in targeted therapies and

MaryBeth Davis, RN and Kelley Young, MD

other rapidly advancing technologies available locally, patients now have a choice about how they receive treatment. At KIM Cancer and Blood Center, serious diseases can be battled from the home front.




Help! I feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed and underappreciated and I don’t know where to turn!


t some point in our lives, most people feel this way, but feel reluctant to seek professional help.

Most individuals wouldn’t hesitate to seek help for a serious physical

illness, but are reluctant to seek out a Therapist or Counselor. Either they feel intimidated or ashamed and prefer instead to seek help from a friend or family member; or they feel that the time commitment and cost of therapy would be prohibitive. Unfortunately, sometimes the advice we receive from friends or family, though well intended, may not provide the relief or help we really need. A skilled Therapist can provide professional care that is based on evidence-based practice and several proven methods of therapy that can be employed to provide effective treatment for individuals, couples, and families. Most therapists are required to have at least a Masters Degree and have met state licensing requirements of ethics, experience and education, including required annual continuing education to keep them current on the latest treatment methods. Gone are the days when individuals were afraid to tell friends they were seeking help from a Psychotherapist or Counselor. Today, it has become much more accepted to schedule personal time with someone to talk through your most difficult and private issues, knowing that a trained professional will listen to those concerns in a safe, friendly and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Also, some therapists will work with their clients on a sliding rate scale to make therapy affordable. Many individuals and couples have found that getting long overdue professional help has not only given them new tools in coping with difficult personal relationships, but also helped them to be more productive at work

“If you feel you need someone who can listen to your concerns in a warm, friendly, supportive environment, call me today for your complimentary first visit.”

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and avoid or eliminate certain medical conditions brought on by depression, stress or worry. Plus, studies have shown that therapy in combination with medication can be more effective than medication alone. Your counselor can coordinate with your physician. Some of the most common reasons to seek help from a mental health professional are: Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, divorce or relationship concerns, dysfunctional family relationships, addictions, Anger Management, Bi-Polar or Personality Disorders, Adult Bullying and dealing with workplace conflict. Many adults also seek help for dealing with Procrastination or for Assertiveness Training as well as a myriad of other personal or mental health concerns. Look for a therapist or counselor that you feel not only demonstrates professional competence, but provides a comfortable, confidential, and relaxed environment. Don’t wait; there are many qualified therapists available to give you the help you need. You and your family are worth it!

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One-Stop Shop for Total Wellness


he American culture is increasingly busy and multifaceted, placing new and

increasing stresses upon the body. Evidence of the effects of these stresses is

abundant and stark. Statistics show that 69% of Americans are overweight and/or obese. Many are suffering from the common and diverse effects caused by hormonal imbalance, while countless others seek to reverse the signs of aging. Health and wellness is a huge concern in the United States, and though we place an enormous amount of importance on it, many are neglecting their own needs simply because of a lack of convenience or because services fail to keep the same pace their lives demand. Beginning his career as an OBGYN, James Mirabile, M.D., FACOG saw that patients

desired supportive beauty, health, and wellness services that fit their lifestyle. After delivering over 7,500 babies, Dr. Mirabile retired from Obstetrics to concentrate his area of expertise in Gynecology, including minimally invasive gynecological treatment and bio-identical hormone therapy to treat perimenopausal and menopausal women. The services continued to expand to meet the needs and in 1999 he founded a medical spa, MedCosmetic. In 2010, he opened Medi-Weightloss, a medically

James Mirabile, M.D.

supervised weight loss clinic. In 2012, Dr. Mirabile combined his three separate practices into one location, forming Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness, located in Overland Park, KS. “As I listened to my patients, I had a growing awareness of their needs and how to meet them in a way that accommodated them, fusing the most advanced services and technologies in beauty, health, and wellness into one state-of-the-art facility. We achieved this three years ago in Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health & Wellness, having medical aesthetics, gynecology, hormone replacement therapy and medically

Accessibility in Gynecology

supervised weight loss under one roof,” shared Dr. Mirabile enthusiastically.

Astonishingly, many women will delay gynecological services, though such services are an integral part of a woman’s comprehensive health care. One of the biggest barriers to care is true accessibility. Beyond having a convenient location, patients today want those services in an atmosphere comfortable to them at every stage of their life. Without that, patients are far less likely to access the care. “We understand that women want and require different gynecological services at

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various stages in their lives, and we’ve worked hard to create an environment where no one ever feels out of place. The world of women’s healthcare is constantly evolving, and we make sure that our treatments are evolving, while at the same time specific to each patient’s gynecological needs,” Dr. Mirabile shares. At the practice, Dr. Mirabile and three nurse practitioners offer well woman care, as well as treat problematic gynecological conditions including urinary incontinence, uterine fibroids, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Dr. Mirabile recently began using a new




















uterine ablation device, Minerva, to treat women with heavy periods. Minerva offers many advantages over previous uterine ablation technology. Dr. Mirabile is proud to have been chosen as the first physician in the world to use Minerva post clinical trials. Dr. Mirabile has a genuine interest in making certain that his patient’s compassionate care leverages the newest advances in gynecological treatment and the most effective and comprehensive treatment

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy plan available.

Rather than being an event that can be marked with a single point in time, menopause happens slowly over the span of a woman’s reproductive life. In the process, hormonal changes and imbalances can create a myriad of problems including such things as hot flashes, mood swings, chronic fatigue, and diminished interest in normal activities.

The practice added SottoPelle to their BHRT offering a few years

Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are

ago for women and men. Most recently, SottoPelle has appointed

attributed to aging or depression, and patients are treated for the

James Mirabile, M.D. as its new Medical Director. SottoPelle founder,

symptoms, rather than dealing with the cause.

the late Gino Tutera, M.D., had been personally working with Dr.

“Women have more demands put on them today than ever before. In many cases, women are juggling demanding careers along with motherhood and being the best mom, sister, daughter, friend they can be. Women who are suffering from hormonal imbalance often

Enhancing Natural Beauty

Mirabile so that he could eventually assume his position.

Our skin is one of the most telling aspects of our age, and sun

complain of being tired, have trouble sleeping, and experience mental

damage is one of the leading contributors to the skin’s premature

fogginess, irritability and low libido. You don't have to live with it! We

aging. Overexposure to ultraviolet light triggers the photo damage that

can naturally and safely restore hormonal imbalance with bio-identical

accounts for about 90% of the unwelcome aesthetic changes that we

hormone replacement therapy. Often times, patients are given an

associate with aged skin. Genetics, lifestyle factors, environmental

antidepressant or some other synthetic drug to help alleviate these

toxins, and the natural aging process are other key variables that can

symptoms. This is a Band-Aid approach. We can solve the root cause

damage the healthy, glowing appearance of our facial skin.

of the problem with BHRT.”

Looking and feeling one’s best is an important part a person’s

Dr. Mirabile explained the therapy.

overall well-being, and fortunately has never been easier. MedCosmetic’s

“BHRT offers an effective, safe option for patients needing to restore

founder and on-site Medical Director, Dr. James Mirabile, is a pioneer

hormonal balance. Unlike synthetic hormones, BHRT closely matches

in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Mirabile has been responsible for training

what your body once made on its own. So, we are naturally restoring

doctors and medical professionals nationally on laser treatments.

what you once had. We also treat men. Men of all ages suffer from low


testosterone and we are able to help them as well.” KCH&S HEALTHY KANSAS CITY 2016



















“We treat virtually any skin condition, non-surgically. Our Registered Nurse injector is highly skilled and has become known as one of the best injectors in the area. Our Licensed Estheticians (LE’s) are all very knowledgeable about skin care. One of our LE’s is NCEA Certified –– only a few in the country have this honor and represents the highest skin care credential in the U.S.,” he shares of the practice, one of the

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In a market flooded with gimmicky, and often dangerous diet plans and

Most importantly, the patient has a committed and compassionate

supplements, patients are looking for a safe, effective alternative for

support network that helps ensure success,” he shared.

weight loss. Different than other weight loss options, medical weight

The program has helped KC area patients lose over 30,000 pounds

loss is not surgery or a quick fix approach. It is weight management

since their opening in 2010. Patients can lose up to 20 pounds the

based on medical scientific principles that target the root causes of

first month.

obesity and weight gain to achieve and sustain a healthy weight in the long-term under the care of a medical provider.

Multifaceted Care is More Than Convenient

The multicare practice offers much more than convenience. Many aspects of care are interrelated. “Often times a patient may come to us for a specific concern and then, because many conditions are interrelated, we find that another condition is the underlying cause. For example, a weight loss patient may learn that she has hormonal imbalance. Once we solve the hormonal imbalance issue, she is more successful in her weight loss efforts.” That fusion of efforts and technology leveraged for ultimate success is really the heart of Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness. Every member of the team works tirelessly to help people reclaim their lives, whether they are treating a person for hormone deficiency, weight loss or acne, they are making a difference in their lives. “I find this work is some of the most rewarding I have ever done. “The tools that medically we use to help you manage your weight

The practice I have today is what I dreamed of over 20 years ago when

are very different from what you find with many commercial programs,”

I went into private practice. I have a wonderful staff of people who are

asserts Dr. Mirabile.

passionate about what they do and who truly care for our patients. I

Rather than aiming purely for weight loss, the goal is a lifestyle

couldn’t ask for better group of people to associate myself with or

change with the medical team, which includes a nurse practitioner,

to spend my days with. I want every patient to feel welcome here. I

registered nurse, registered dietitians and nutritionists, all working

believe in treating my patients the way I would want to be treated or

closely with patients to help them lose weight and keep it off.

how I would want my family to be cared for,” concluded Dr. Mirabile.

“Every patient begins the program with a full exam including EKG and bloodwork.” “We develop a personalized plan based on lifestyle and history. You eat real food purchased at the grocery store. The combination of our




Today, many Americans are seeking supportive health and wellness services that lift the practical barriers of care that actually exist in their lives. Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness succeeds in doing just that.

















The Evolution of the Financial Plan BY MICHAEL J. SEARCY ChFC, CFP , AIFA ®



y company’s slogan in the 90’s promised, “Mike Searcy will

digital, living, breathing plans that can be updated, adjusted or adapted

put your life in a 3 ring binder.” The financial planning industry

to the situations that occur in life.

was just starting to become popular, and for many households

One great benefit to having an interactive financial plan is the

who were used to stuffing receipts into shoeboxes, the idea of having

freedom it gives you to test different scenarios without having to pick

someone organize their finances into a binder sounded promising.

up the phone and wait for an advisor to plug something into a

However, I found many were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of

spreadsheet for you, and then schedule a meeting to show you the

paperwork they had built up through the years, paralyzing them from

results. By giving clients access to view and test scenarios in their

taking action. Others who took action would receive their financial

plan through interactive software, they can quickly see how changing

plan and then never look at it again. My company is now celebrating

variables modifies their outcomes. Want to see how buying a new

its 40th anniversary this year and I find that many people today are still

home, retiring earlier, or saving more or less money affects your goals?

overwhelmed with getting their finances in order and adjusting their

An interactive plan lets you do so at your convenience. If clients test

plan along the way –– are you one of them? If you are, and you haven’t

different scenarios and decide they want to change their goals or

taken a look at how the industry has evolved to help you with this

inputs, we can make the changes an ongoing part of their plan.

process, keep reading.

Developing a financial plan is not a set-it-and-forget-it process. With an

Years ago, most financial planners were focused on the outcome of

interactive plan, you can make adjustments with your advisor or from

financial planning rather than the process of financial planning. They

the privacy of your own home. The plan can grow and adjust to your

let you wade through piles of statements to get them the information

life so that it helps keep you on track to meet your goals.

they needed, they plugged it into a template, and called it a day.

Are you looking for a financial plan that makes sense for your life, but

Over the past 40 years that I’ve been working with clients, I have

you’re overwhelmed with taking the first step? Chances are you’ve

worked on turning that painful process into an easier experience, with

seamlessly embraced technology in many other areas of your life.

strategies to ease the burden of gathering, organizing, and updating

Don’t let fear hold you back from doing so with your financial plan. You

the information. And really, who wants their plan in a 3 ring binder

may be surprised at just how easy it is!

anymore? By utilizing technology and software, we have moved from paper statements and stagnant budgets to financial plans that are

Michael J. Searcy, ChFC, CFP®, AIFA®, is president of Searcy Financial Services Inc., a fee-only registered investment advisory and financial planning firm located in Overland Park.

For additional information, visit


From left to right... Marc K. Taormina, M.D.,

R. Wade McCullough, D.O. and Richard Lozoff, M.D.


ansas City is blessed with a cornucopia of physicians specializing in all areas of medicine. Insurance aside, you can pick and choose the ones that you believe are

best suited and most qualified to meet your personal health needs. It may take a bit of research on your part, and perhaps a bit of trial and error, but when it comes to selecting the best gastroenterology specialists in the metro area, perhaps this article will save you appreciable time and effort in that regard. First of all, what is gastroenterology? Essentially, it is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the stomach and intestines. A gastroenterologist, then, is someone who studies and treats the function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts and liver. If that makes you a bit squeamish, consider the idea that a gastroenterologist is one who can perform a short-term procedure that can provide long term benefits, depending upon the health issue at hand. Dr. Marc Taormina of Midwest Gastroenterology Center

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in Lee’s Summit, Missouri is one such specialist. Success stories come in all shapes and sizes, and when considering the hallmarks of the contributing factors that shape that success and the inspirational elements behind it, sometimes it’s good to begin with the end in mind…literally. When you become a patient of Dr. Taormina of the Midwest Gastroenterology Center, your health, comfort, satisfaction and peace of mind are what he and his team of dedicated

















Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and has been in practice since 1982. He opened Midwest Gastroenterology Center in 1998, with a primary presence in Lee’s Summit, Missouri since 2003. Dr. Taormina is affiliated with Centerpoint Medical Center and is also the Medical Director of the Midwest Physicians Surgery Center in Lee’s Summit, the center’s own endoscopy center dedicated just to GI procedures. However, this accomplished physician’s passion for medicine began before he was even old enough to drive. “I knew I was going to be a doctor when I was 13 years old,” he recalled, referencing his upbringing in the inner city. “I was there when my dad died in the middle of the night at home from cardiac arrest. I thought to myself ‘if only I’d known what to do, I could have saved him.’” That’s a tough burden to place upon your heart, but it truly intoxicated Dr. Taormina’s desire to pursue a calling in medicine, and while he stood helpless as his father took his last breath, his inherent drive professionals work tirelessly to provide. No matter what service,

and determination to help others has put a positive light on the face of

procedure, or consultation you require, in the end you know that this

medicine for more than three decades.

experienced team will always keep your best interests in mind.

But Dr. Taormina had a few obstacles of his own to overcome

Obviously it can be quite the literary challenge to write a story that

before he obtained the designation of Medical Doctor. After the death

discusses such topics as endoscopies, gastrointestinal diseases and

of his father, his family slid down the economic scale, staring poverty

colonoscopies without breaking the ice with some sort of joke, and

in the eye, making the dream of attending medical school just that ––

Dr. Taormina would probably be the first to admit to that sentiment.

a dream. He pushed himself academically as a stellar student at East

Without question, initial conclusion of his personality reveals a medical

High School and fortunately, with the assistance of scholarships, Dr.

professional of great character and integrity tempered with a laid back

Taormina became a member of the inaugural class of the University

and easy going style. He has a welcoming presence coupled with a

of Missouri –– Kansas City School of Medicine’s six year B.A./M.D.

relaxed sense of humor, and somehow you feel there is really no

program, a journey not for the faint of heart.


reason to put off that gastrointestinal (GI) procedure you’ve been dreading, such as that routine colonoscopy your primary care doctor keeps reminding you to get. Clearly passionate about what he does, Dr. Taormina confidently pontificates with enthusiasm and excitement for his chosen profession, and for good reason. After all, he is in the business of saving lives. Having completed thousands upon thousands of GI procedures over the course of his career, it’s easy to understand why so many people put their health in his hands. A Kansas City native, Dr. Taormina graduated from medical school in 1977, completing the accelerated six-year program at the University of Missouri –– Kansas City School of Medicine. From there he transitioned to an internship at Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas and also acquired five years of postgraduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a facility in Honolulu, completing a Fellowship in Gastroenterology. He is triple board certified in the specialties of




From left to right... Marc K. Taormina, M.D.,

R. Wade McCullough, D.O. and Richard Lozoff, M.D.

“It was a very rigorous program,” he recalled. “But I ended up graduating a semester early when I was just 23 years old.”

technology, the success rate for colon screening is over 99% and the doctors are able to provide key diagnostic information to patients

Because of the scholarships Dr. Taormina received during the

and doctors quickly and accurately. Using high-quality images and an

course of his education, he was able to fulfill his dream and as a result

advanced recording system, the records can be immediately faxed to

has recently donated funds to the UMKC School of Medicine to assist

the referring physician.

medical students who are facing similar economic challenges he faced

Dr. Taormina urges people to get a routine colonoscopy at age 50

and to mentor those students while giving back to a school that

(at age 45 for African Americans) and at age 40 if you have a family

gave him so much. Dr. Taormina is one for whom kindness and

history of the disease. Despite being the the second most common

compassion are genuine instincts, and those traits are something he

form of cancer in both men and women in the United States, colon

extends to everyone, especially his patients.

cancer –– it is preventable, which is why routine screenings are

“It’s our goal to ensure our patients have a relaxed and comfortable

important for early detection. Unfortunately, many people die every

experience at our facility,” he noted. “We understand that going to a

year because they fail to obtain proper screening. Dr. Taormina would

hospital to have these types of procedures done is not always desired,

ideally like to narrow that number down to zero.

so we provide a non-clinical, welcoming and comforting environment.”

“Some of the symptoms of colon cancer can include rectal bleeding,

Operating under the umbrella company of Westglen GI Consultants

change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss and

in Shawnee, Kansas, the Midwest Gastroenterology Center provides

changes in appetite,” noted Dr. Taormina. “If detected early, it can be

top-notch medical treatment covering issues affecting the entire GI

prevented by the removal of the polyps. The disease is curable.”

tract, including heartburn, acid reflux, coughing, throat clearing,

Other symptoms of GI trouble can include difficulty with swallowing

esophageal cancer, and even liver disease, along with colon screening,

or intestinal discomfort. While some of these symptoms may be

disease education, dietary counseling and a variety of support

benign, the specialized equipment and training offered at Midwest

services. Using special instruments, the professionals at Midwest

Gastroenterology Center can mean the difference between life or

Gastroenterology Center are specifically trained to perform diagnostic

death. Dr. Taormina and his staff continually communicate with and

tests of the digestive system, including celiac disease, colon

educate patients on the importance of screening, the impact of diet,

(colorectal) cancer, and esophageal conditions. Using the latest in

and other educational directives to ensure their patients remain on the




















leading edge of understanding their health and taking control of any

exercising his culinary prowess in the kitchen. He and his wife Gail own

issues that should arise.

SPIN! Pizza.

Roughly 80% of the procedures preformed at the center are colonoscopies, and while you may have heard stories from others who have had these done elsewhere, which is why you may have put it off unnecessarily, Midwest Gastroenterology will definitely assuage any anxiety you might have, as patient comfort is their top priority.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Lozoff to our practice,” the staff at Midwest Gastroenterology exclaims. The center is open Monday through Friday but also provides appointments one Saturday a month in the morning. “We understand that you have the choice to go anywhere in the city

“We offer low volume FDA-approved preps for colonoscopies which

to get your screenings done, but it is our goal to continually offer the

involve two liter options as opposed to the standard gallon,” noted Dr.

best in the area,” reinforced by the Midwest Gastroenterology staff. “I

Taormina, noting that these procedures are performed with Propofol,

like seeing the immediate results we can provide and the satisfaction

a short-acting medication delivered intravenously for a decreased level

that comes with giving our patients the best care possible.”

of consciousness that is administered by an anesthesia professional. “The patient is asleep through the exam, but awakens right up afterwards without complications,” said Dr. Taormina.

Midwest Gastroenterology is the only center in Western Missouri accredited by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which recognizes physicians with a focus on advancing patient care

The center also offers new surgical hemorrhoid therapy done via

and digestive health through excellence and innovation in endoscopy.

electro cautery of the hemorrhoid which eliminates the need for

Midwest Gastroenterology Center is also accredited by the Joint

sedation and can be done on an out-patient basis.

Commission of the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH).

“And when appropriate, we can treat hemorrhoids at the time of the colonoscopy,” notes the Midwest Gastroenterology staff. For Dr. Taormina, being a physician is not just a calling, but a privilege. Empathetic and understanding, he listens with sincerity to

And with respect to the previously mentioned jokes about colonoscopies that tend to add a bit a levity to the situation, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Taormina wants every patient’s health story to have a happy ending.

each patient, offering specifically tailored treatment programs designed to save lives while simultaneously providing ultimate comfort. He is an expert in the detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, hemorrhoid treatment and managing inflammatory bowel disease, such as Chron’s disease and colitis. Working alongside Dr. Taormina is Dr. Wade McCullough, a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, formerly known as the University of Health Sciences. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. McCullough has been recognized as one of America’s Top Gastroenterologists by the Consumer Health Research Council and the Midwest Health Foundation. Dr. McCullough serves on the staff of the Midwest Physicians Surgery Center, Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgical Center, St. Luke’s Northland Hospital and Liberty Hospital. Joining the team in February 2016 is Dr. Richard Lozoff, also a board certified gastroenterologist who graduated from the University of Wisconsin –– Madison and Rush University Medical College in Chicago. Additionally, he completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Hines VA/Loyola Medical Center. He has been practicing in this specialty within the Lee’s Summit area since 1985. In addition to his medical skills, Dr. Lozoff holds a degree in Culinary Arts and enjoys

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Man of Nobility Mike Rivera



In my opinion, one of the most beautiful gifts in life is the gift of parents passing down the skill sets that enable their children to thrive in a community, get along with others and to never ever give up. Judy Rivera has done a stellar job with her son Mike. His life story is truly one of amazement.


~ Zoe Herrington ike Rivera’s roots run deep here in Kansas City, something he finds quite meaningful. The area and the community has always been where he has turned for support, inspiration, and motivation. Born in Shawnee, Rivera went to school locally and played high school football. After graduation, he attended and played football for KU. “One of the highlights was seeing the Jayhawks get to the 2008 Orange Bowl,” Rivera spoke of one of his fondest memories. “The game was part of the 2007-2008 Bowl Championship Series and was played against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Jayhawks defeated Virginia Tech 24-21.” Coming out of KU, Rivera, a linebacker, had the opportunity to be an undrafted free agent in the NFL. “The odds were against me. It was a constant challenge but I persevered through being released and picked up several times.” His football career included playing for the Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers and twice for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. The highlight of his NFL career was going to the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2011. It was the seventh Super Bowl trip in the franchise history, and fifth for head coach Bill Belichick. The team had dedicated the season to the memory of Myra Kraft, the wife of owner Robert Kraft, who died July 20, 2011 after a long battle against cancer. “We lost the game, but it was a once in a lifetime experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.” As important as football is to him, Rivera shares that it really isn’t the most important thing in his life. “Football is a great game, and I enjoyed every moment of my football career, but more important to me are the things I learned in the process, such as hard work, perseverance, and proper planning. Those are the things that serve you in the rest of life.” Those qualities are serving him now, in his new career as a commercial real estate professional with Beaumont Commercial Services, Inc. specializing in tenant representation, investment acquisition, and development consulting. “Everything I learned on the field, I bring with me to help clients make the best possible real estate decisions that will lead to the optimal growth of their business and put them in the best position possible in the future. I really enjoy have a part in helping people make decisions that ultimately strengthen the community,” Shared Rivera thoughtfully. Rivera firmly believes that hard work is the key to success and that success is out there for anyone that is willing to put in the effort and be wise in their decision making process. “One of the things I like to suggest to people is reading the book Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. It is a book that was recommended to me by Zoe Harrington and a real gem of information for anyone wanting to make the most of their efforts professionally and personally.” Rivera attributes his own success to the many people that have played a role in his life, including his parents, who have always demonstrated the value of hard work. Today, Rivera continues to enjoy working within the community and spending time with his wife Kristi and their two rescued King Charles Spaniels, Kismet and Hank.


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~ Zoe Herrington aking a non-traditional path isn’t easy according to Jane Haney, but it is well worth the effort. After enjoying a 30 year career as a nurse, Haney decided it was time for a change. “I was happy in my work as a nurse in OB and delivery. It was very rewarding, but at the same time it was very stressful. While each doctor might deliver one or two babies a day, the nurses had to be there for each delivery. It was a tremendous amount of responsibility,” shared Haney. Eventually, she considered going back to school to get a degree in nursing which would allow her to work in the public school system. “I found that schools were phasing out school nurses and decided to consider other options. At the time, my daughter had just become a pharmacist and the work and the quality of life it offered intrigued me. I loved that it allowed you to work with people but in a lower stress environment. So I decided to apply for the pharmacy program at KU.” The competition to get into the program was stiff with nearly 500 applicants for only 90 available spaces. Undaunted, she applied anyway. Much to her surprise, she was accepted and the journey began. “I was a little nervous going back to school. Many people thought I was silly going back to school so late in life but I figured that I did not have any reason not to try.” The students were quick to accept her and she formed a study group with three other students and together they forged ahead. “ I might have worried that I couldn’t do it had I known what was ahead, but I took it one day, one test at a time until I reached my goal.” The most rewarding moment was “walking down the hill” for graduation. “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to walk down that hill and know that I reached my goal in attaining my degree. It was also special because it was the same walk my kids made,” she thoughtfully reflected. “Even better, my youngest son recently made the same walk, also graduating from pharmacy school.” After graduation, Haney found her niche as a pharmacist at Price Chopper. The smaller pharmacy allows her the time she wants to really engage with the customers and provide the personal attention she feels each one deserves. “It has been 19 years since graduating, and I have loved every minute of my work. Now, I am semi-retired and work enough to keep me pleasantly busy and allow me to enjoy buying gifts for my six children, their spouses, and my nine grandchildren.” When asked what she would tell someone also contemplating going back to school but afraid age or some other barrier might hold them back, she offered some honest advice. “Going back to school was not at all easy, but it was doable. If you think about it in the totality, some things seem impossible. When you take it as one task at a time, you find that it is manageable and eventually you succeed. I always tell people that if you want it bad enough, you can do it.” In the midst of working and raising a family, it was a monumental achievement, but she is quick to give credit where it is due. “I had wonderful support from family and could not have done it without them. Also, most importantly, I know I had help from my Creator. With the right support, you really can achieve your goals.”


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Thomas Taylor While not all of his work throughout his life has been directly related to woodworking, all of his work, he feels, parallels different aspects of it in some way. “It seems as though I have always had two or three parallel careers going at any one time. I have a Master’s degree in Architecture. I have worked in endless different capacities as a project manager, project architect, general contractor and carpenter.


I am a Gospel musician and recording artist. I play in church and have a prison ministry to take the Gospel into the prisons and to the inmates through music. I minister to the children of incarcerated ust 100 yards from his home sits an old turkey barn, now carefully

parents through the Angel Tree program, a branch of Prison

converted into a workshop.The addition of a wood floor and

Fellowship. I maintain an organic market garden on our 50 acre

heat make the workspace comfortable year round. Throughout the

farm to raise organic produce for sale at local farmer’s markets,

space is a collection of objects gathered throughout his life, offering

restaurants and organic outlets as well as provide for neighbors

inspiration. Light streams in through the windows which provide a

and ourselves,” he explained.

view of the hay meadows, and the valley where Tavern Creek flows

Now he is devoting his time to the the business of crafting

north framed by a forest of oak, hickory and walnut trees; a fitting

beautiful furniture in a business called Thomas Lowry, LLC. The

image that provides deep inspirations says the artisan, Thomas

line of furniture already includes a coffee table, conference table,

Taylor, who purchased the property in 1999. The space could not

dining table and sofa table in a style he calls “something that fits

be a more fitting home for Thomas Lowry, LLC, because it is a

well with minimalists but equally well in a rustic setting.” The

space where Taylor can clear his mind and devote himself to

designs are already drawing attention within the industry.

celebrating every nuance of the wood furnishings he creates.

“I love all aspects of the process, but I am always designing. I

Woodworking and design runs deep in the veins of Thomas

don’t try to make a piece more beautiful by adding detail and

Taylor. Growing up, he watched his father, a surgeon, develop a love

intricacy. I try to make a piece more beautiful by focusing on

for woodworking when in 1968, he borrowed a partner’s workshop

proportion, balance and simplicity. That is the challenge. I also love

to handcraft a cradle for his first grandchild. The process was so

the process of selecting the material and envisioning it as a finished

fulfilling to his father that he quickly assembled his own workshop.

piece; the individual pieces of wood, how the grain patterns

“In 1971 I was in high school when my orchestra director

interact and form a composition in harmony with the natural

asked if I knew anyone who could assemble a harpsichord. I told

material I have on hand. And then the actual fabrication, joining the

him I could. That was my first furniture project; a Zuckermann

pieces into something new, and seeing the finished product.”

Harpsichord kit, which I recently found out is still in use today,” laughed Taylor warmly. Since that time, woodworking and design have always been part of his life in some capacity. Throughout that time, he has had

As his father approaches his 95th birthday, Taylor reflects on how his father still works in the shop two or three days a week, turning beautiful wooden bowls that bring such lasting pleasure to the maker and those who will use them.

wonderful design influences in his life including his wife’s father

“I’m very blessed with a wonderful wife and two spectacular

who died in her youth but left a wonderful legacy of woodwork for

children. I see this work as an outpouring of the amazing, fulfilling

his family, and with the father that raised her, a wonderful architect

life I enjoy. I’m working on my own legacy, just like those who have

and furniture maker as well.

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