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14 Slices of Summer

16 Fashion


Three Fashionistas, Three Looks

46 Spiritual Grounding The Energy of Summer

FEATURES 22 Smarter Travel Pics

48 Parenting Renegade Parenting for your family’s benefit

25 Best Doctors 58 Last Page with John Gray 28 Living with Lupus

Everything I Know About Dogs

39 Heart Help for Fido

SPECIAL SECTIONS 32 Medical Profiles 41 Senior Living




Publisher’s letter


Upfront with CRL


Arts & Entertainment




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ugust is one of my absolute favorite months. My garden is overflowing with sun‐ripened tomatoes and zucchini, and my herbs are spilling over the walls of their boxes. The flowers I selected with my boys in the spring have taken over the front of my house, and reggae and dance music playlists are on nearly constant rotation. I am someone who truly basks in the glory of August. I procrastinate doing the back‐to‐school shopping, rebelling at the idea of rushing any part of this wonderful time. And I invite you to do the same. Amazing perform‐ ances are happening all over our region through the end of the month. (Flip the page – we have compiled some abbreviated sched‐ ules of venues such as Music Haven, Park Playhouse, and SPAC!) Speaking of SPAC, we had an amazing photoshoot there for our Three Fashionistas, Three Looks piece. If you are looking for some inspiration for an upcom‐ ing event, the three tastemakers who curated these looks will certainly give you some amaz‐ ing ideas! We are also so proud to once again bring you the Best Doctors list for the Capital Region. This list is a comprehensive look at the top providers, by specialty, as recognized by their peers. We have included a special con‐ versation with a local lupus patient and her physician to find out what it means to be diag‐ nosed and live with this mysterious disease. We also meet David Gray, a Capital Region man who received a life‐saving heart trans‐ plant that truly changed his life. One of the themes you will see on these pages is to live every day in the present, enjoy every moment, and take frequent pauses for reflection to ensure that you are following the best path for you, your family, and your high‐ er self. I hope that your August becomes a touchpoint on your journey…perhaps one filled with sunflowers and gladiolus.



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Our summer sojourns couldn’t be more welcoming to relaxing, picnicking, and enjoying the splendors of the season. Glass, however? Not so welcomed. For those of us who enjoy a beachside cocktail or a spritz on the lawn at SPAC, here are some ready-to-go libations that will delight you well beyond Labor Day!

Southern Tier Distilling Co. Bourbon Smash, 10% AbV

Two Chicks Sparkling Tequila & Grapefruit, 5% AbV Bollicini Sparkling Dry Cuvee and Sparkling Rosé, 11% Abv

Interboro Hibiscus Gin & Tonic, 7% AbV

Purchase locally at Exit 9 Wine & Liquor and Empire Wine & Liquor or your favorite wine shop or liquor store.



UPFRONT | WITH CRL Three essentials for those of us who prefer to make our own cocktails, or bring along a special bottle. FlasKap® This genius flask holds 2 ounces of your favorite liquor and fits on most portable tumblers, such as Yeti®, Igloo, and Ozark Trail. Fill base with your mixer of choice and ice, then simply press the button to dispense ½ ounce of the hard stuff. Voilá! You’re an on-the-go mixologist. flaskap.com

VinoGo by Corkpops Holds an entire 750 ml bottle in a safe, glass-free, pourable pouch. corkpops.com

The next time your adventures take you airborne, make sure to pack a Carry on Cocktail Kit! These brilliant kits include everything you need to craft two mid-flight cocktails, including recipe card, metal spoon/muddler, and a linen coaster. Just ask your steward for the appropriate liquor, and you are ready to go. Available in a variety of recipes. wandpdesign.com

CRL ASKS: WHAT ARE YOUR PICNIC BASKET MUST-HAVES? Andrea Rogers says, “A crisp Riesling and fresh fruit” Danielle Pitinello says, “Cold, dry wine…preferably Rosé” Muntasim Shoaib says, “Chips” STAFF PICKS: Tina: Chips and dip Teresa: A bottle of wine, of course Tara: Assorted cheeses and meats for a cheeseboard...and you can't forget the wine. Tracy: Crackers, cheese, and wine Dani: Pasta salad, watermelon...and wine Carole: Real wine glasses…not plastic Lisa: Cheese and prosciutto Steve: Ice cold beer 12 | AUGUST 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


t’s true: back-to-school supplies and flyers are already popping up in stores, and harvest décor is everywhere you look. But as far as we’re concerned, there is still lots of summer left in our Capital Region – starting with the cultural riches that abound at some of our favorite seasonal venues. So grab a picnic basket, lawn chair or blanket, and get out there!

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga

8/9 • 10 PM Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar presents Alta Havana

For more information on any of these performances, including dates and times, visit spac.org. Please note that this is a very abbreviated schedule and there are many more performances, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and popular music performances brought to you by Live Nation, that can be found on the SPAC website.

8/15 • 10 PM Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar presents Chuck Lamb

8/16 • 1 PM Meet the Music! Leave it to Ludwig

8/2 • 10 PM

Free family concert featuring musicians of the Chamber Music Society

Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar presents Bryan Brundige and His Piggly Wigglies

of Lincoln Center with host Bruce Adolphe

8/6 • 10 AM AND 11:15 AM

Meet the Music! Leave it to Ludwig

Sound All Around: Brass Free program for children, ages 3 and up! Registration is required.

Free family concert featuring musicians of the Chamber Music Society

Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 NY 203, Chatham For more information on any of these performances including dates and times, visit machaydntheatre.org

THROUGH 8/4 A Tony Award-winner, Ragtime follows three families in early 20th Century New York City.

8/2 – 8/17 Making its world premiere at MacHaydn is the heartfelt comedy, Martin and Mee-lo. Join these unlikely friends as they face their fears during their zany adventure

8/17 • 11 AM

of Lincoln Center with host Bruce Adolphe

Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown For more information on any of these performances including dates and times, visit glimmerglass.org or call 607.547.2255. Please note this is an abbreviated schedule, there are many more performances on the festival website.

THROUGH 8/22 Blue


Music Haven at Central Park, Schenectady For more information on any of these performances, visit musichaven.org

8/4 • 7 PM Thornetta Davis with special guest Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls

8/9 • 7 PM Students at the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors present A Broadway Cabaret

8/10 • 7 PM

8/8 – 8/18

Show Boat

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra; selections include pieces from Hamilton, A Star is Born, Disney’s Frozen, Star Wars and more

Little Shop of Horrors – who could forget the score and the dark comedy of Seymour Krelborn and his out-of-thisworld plant?


8/11 • 7 PM

La Traviata

8/2 – 8/9

Cimarrón with special guests Sten & Maria Z

Noah’s Flood

8/18 • 7 PM

8/6 – 8/19

Jupiter & Okwess with special guests Nkumu Katalay & the Lifelong Project

8/22 – 9/1 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is part of the American theater canon for good reason. This lively musical will have your toes tapping and your heart feeling all the feels.

The Ghosts of Versailles


The Queen of Spades

Park Playhouse at Washington Park, Albany; Disney’s Newsies TUESDAYS – SATURDAYS, 8/6 – 8/24 •7:30 PM Newsies is based on the classic Disney film of the same name. Join friends and neighbors under the stars as you enjoy this brilliant performance by local talent. Perfect for the whole family! For reserved premium tickets or more information, visit parkplayhouse.com


Three Fashionistas, Three Looks And they’re off! This season’s hottest track-inspired looks, straight from our favorite style pros

Effie’s Boutique


he Meet at Saratoga is in full swing, and the town is jam‐packed with fashion moments you won’t find anywhere else. Hoping to join in the fun? For some fashion inspiration for a day at the races, we went straight to the pros. After all, no one knows race‐track style like Capital Region die‐hards. Featuring Pantone’s color of the year, a stunning coral that seamlessly transitions into fall, here are must‐have looks, from three local fashionistas with horseracing on the brain. Effie Vasilakos is the owner of Effie’s Boutique and the stylist of her track‐ready look. The A‐line cut and above‐the‐knee length are perfect for a petite frame. This look is comfortable and boasts versatile elegance for a day‐to‐evening transition. Vasilakos chose this dress for a bit of easy sophistication. The mini‐ malist but sparkly jewelry matches the stiletto sandals that were, according to Mackenzie (our stunning model), quite comfortable. For a 16 | AUGUST 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


long day at the track, that is what we always want! Vasilakos explains, “a fashionista is a woman who knows what she likes but is also not afraid to try new things.“ I couldn’t agree more! Effie’s Boutique is a must stop for the one‐on‐one service and the selection, truly something for everyone. From formal wear to everyday pieces, including amazing accessories, many of which hail from Europe, interesting items abound. Circles owner Sharon Fenno presents her look. Circles, located in Stuyvesant Plaza, is a wonderful store offering contemporary sports‐ wear, denim, dresses, accessories, footwear, and cosmetics. Their serv‐ ices include wardrobe consulting, on‐site alterations, and beauty makeovers. Fenno’s goal for her customers is to make them look and feel their absolute best…and who doesn’t want that? The polka dot dress with flowing material on the bodice is a knock‐

Mkas Lika

out for any summer outing in upstate New York. Add a pair of drop ear‐ rings, clutch, and sexy sunglasses with a neutral heeled sandal, and your style will be on point for a day at the track, an afternoon wedding, or a charity event at Saratoga National. Fenno defines fashionista as “someone who isn’t afraid to step out and be different.” Fashion is a personal choice, so why not dare to be different? MKas Lika, a boutique filled with colors and one‐of‐a‐kind styles from around the world, brings unparalleled quality and service. The owner of MKas Lika, Monica Kasongo Muamba, selected a coral rosette dress and turquoise accessories to create visual interest and a splendid silhouette, and to bring positive energy full of light and life to her look. She says that

Effie’s Boutique 1 Birchwood Drive, Halfmoon 518.280.0040; effiesboutique.shop

quality is one of her priorities when selecting items for her shop, which offers classic styles for formal and business wear. Being a fashionista, according to Muamba, is an art, speaking indi‐ vidually and communicating to others through your style. Fashion is timeless, and style is personal and original. All three of these women summed up “fashionista” perfectly; it is confident, different, personal, and artistic. Here’s to all the fashionistas out there! Enjoy the races! Luann is a lifelong curator of fashion and enjoys researching the latest trends and tips for our Capital Region Living readers. You can reach her at luann@crlmag.com.

Circles Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany 518.482.2554; circles‐shop.com

MKas Lika 2080 Western Avenue; Guilderland 518.456.6818; mkaslika.com




Spice up your Deck Four seasons of living the deck life

Envision Distinction composite decking in Spiced Teak.


one‐of‐a‐kind, all‐seasons deck is pos‐ sible in any climate ‐ if the right fea‐ tures are included in the design. The key is to combine features that protect from the elements, and use the right materials to make it happen. Whether you're revamping an existing area or creating a brand‐new outdoor living space to enjoy all year long, the following deck additions can turn any project into an all‐sea‐ sons oasis to enjoy with family and friends. 1) Overhead covering on a deck can


shield guests from the elements directly, as well as provide a scaffold for features such as a ceiling fan, which can cool the area in the warmer months and improve heated air flow during cooler months. Homeowners can choose from deck shades or awnings in a vari‐ ety of materials to defend against rain and wind, or to reduce sun exposure and cool the area. A pergola is also a beautiful addition to a custom deck that doesn't provide full cover‐ age like a roof or awning but can serve as a solid framework for other features such as

climbing vines or hanging plants that provide cover and ambiance. 2) Retractable walls are a high‐tech option that allows for free air movement dur‐ ing the mild spring and fall, and protection from sun, wind, rain, snow and even bugs dur‐ ing the extreme summer and winter. Some luxury decks and patios utilize retractable glass walls for a defense against wind or rain that doesn't obstruct the view. A more com‐ mon tactic is to install retractable screen walls, which can be motorized, and are meant



Envision Distinction composite decking in Rustic Walnut.

primarily to keep insects out of the patio area. Retractable privacy walls, usually in the form of canvas or polyester fabric horizontal shades, can provide a respite from weather and enhance the feeling of a private sanctuary. 3) Low‐maintenance materials are a must for any outdoor living space when homeowners would like to spend time enjoying, rather than performing backbreaking annual maintenance. Taking care of tra‐ ditional wood decking can be a difficult and frustrating process since it is subject to staining and splintering and may require annual sanding and painting. Composite decking is growing in popularity across the U.S. for its lower maintenance requirements and unparalleled beauty that can emulate anything from the rustic beauty of reclaimed wood to the high‐impact look of exotic hardwoods. “What kind of decking you choose makes a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your outdoor living space,” said Shara Gamble, director of sales and marketing for TAMKO's Envision Decking. “One of the best things about composite decking is it's easy to preserve its beautiful appearance throughout the seasons, which means you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your outdoor spaces with fam‐ ily and friends.” 4) Incorporate the elements into the deck in a controlled way to boost enjoyment of an outdoor living space regardless of the season. For colder months, adding a fire element can provide a cozy and mes‐ merizing focal point. Arranging comfortable seating around a fireplace or fire pit provides a great place to gather with friends and family and provide warmth on a cool summer night or fall weekend. During the hotter months, installing a water element can provide a cooling touch and a visual centerpiece. Fountains, misters or even a lap pool can pro‐ vide a welcome respite from the heat during the summer, and a sooth‐ ing, meditative backdrop for the rest of the year. Although decks are generally a mild‐weather attraction, there are many ways to make an outdoor living space functional and enjoyable during the rest of the year, regardless of the geographic location. Transform a deck into an all‐seasons sanctuary with special features and low‐maintenance composite decking to make the most of the beauty of the outdoors without sacrificing the comfort and style of your outdoor retreat. —BPT


Thrills, Dips, and Trips The glitz and glamour of New York’s long-gone Luna Park or families all across the country, summer means the thrills, dips, trips, and fried food glory of an amusement park or county fair. Nostalgic for last century’s “fun fairs,” we dug into some bygone scenes of Luna Park, a longdismantled amusement park that once sat atop the cliffs of the Mohawk in Rexford. The park was opened in 1906 and attracted Schenectadians who arrived via the newly built trolley-line. In its heyday, Luna Park (which was also known over its short lifetime as Rexford Park, The Colonnade and Dolles Park) entertained more than 10,000 daily visitors. Thrill-seekers braved the park’s famous roller-coaster and The Whip (think early version of the scrambler), as mellower visitors stood in line for the carousel. Performers dazzled with daredevil, illusion, and acrobatic shows, and a lively midway and Japanese Bazaar attracted those who wanted to test their skill. Local bands performed music throughout the park. Perhaps it was the onset of the Great Depression and the tightening of belts, or perhaps the prevalence of the automobile that brought families further afield, that caused the crowds to dwindle. The park that entertained families for three decades closed its ticket booths after the 1933 season and was dismantled in 1935. If you find yourself boating or kayaking on the Mohawk, take great care about a half mile west of the Rexford Bridge. Barely below the surface of the water, you can still see the remains of the piers that once held the worlds longest trolley bridge, the connector of one shore to another that ferried passengers to and from this oncebeloved amusement park.

F Silhouette artist A young woman gazes at the framed silhouette samples resting on an easel while a small crowd looks on. The silhouette artist leans towards her, perhaps describing his wares or cutting her silhouette.

The Dunadins with their cycles Two of the costumed “Dunadin Girls” pose with a bicycle. The Dunadins, an acrobatic cycling act, entertained crowds at the Luna Park circa 1907. The Figure 8 roller coaster building looms behind them.

Passengers on the roller-coaster Passengers riding the original roller-coaster (it was later replaced by a newer model in a different location in the park). Also visible: the row of columns that marked the park entrance and, in the bottom right corner, trolley tracks.

Ferris wheel Most of the Ferris wheel seats are occupied by riders while park visitors walk around the attraction or rest on nearby benches.

Hand-powered merry-go-round Riders enjoy the hand-powered merry-go-round at Luna Park circa 1906 – 1910, while the ride operator at right guides or pushes the machinery with a rope or pole. An organ at the center of the ride provides music.

Photographs and information courtesy of Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park; cphlibrary.org

Smarter Travel Pics Perfecting smartphone photography wherever your travels take you By Vikki Moran, The Grateful Traveler


nd you thought you had a lot of photos saved to your smartphone. Jack Hollingsworth has snapped more than 700,000 over the past eight years, after mov‐ ing nearly exclusively to his iPhone to cap an illustrious 40‐year career in commercial pho‐ tography. He’s taken pics in more than 30 countries using eight iPhone models and cer‐ tainly knows what works and what does not. I, among many, feel he is the leading authority on the new art of iPhone photography. I had the absolute privilege and honor to sail with Hollingsworth on the Emerald Destiny, the voyage that I chronicled for CRL’s July issue. For one exciting week, we visited wonderful sites in Germany, and Jack taught 22 | AUGUST 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

fellow guests and me his very targeted class on cell phone photography. As travel writers, my colleagues onboard, as well as myself, were especially enthralled. Why were we so interested? The poten‐ tial of not carrying bulky, expensive, and frag‐ ile camera equipment while traveling of course! This is a huge advantage to anyone setting out to see the sights. Hollingsworth feels strongly that the jour‐ ney into great smartphone photography evolves like anything else in life…practice, practice, practice. Begin by shooting every‐ thing that moves your soul and twinkles your senses. Don’t make the mistake of shooting “the one and done,” per Hollingsworth. If you

Jack Hollingsworth giving a quick iPhone photo lesson.

like the subject, take many photos and review to find the winning one. One‐shot behavior can lead to missed opportunities for capturing what you wanted. When the opportunity pass‐

es you by, it is often gone forever. Smartphones now have so many tools, but it’s not about the tools. It’s how to use them well. Before heading out to shoot or off on a trip, always check to see if you have enough storage. Never ignore the smartphone pop‐up window that says, “Storage Almost Full,” a fatal error that even veteran photographer Hollingsworth made (exactly once). Within an hour, his iPhone crashed, and he permanently lost everything on it. Heed the warning that pops up about storage! Know the difference between the terms megapixels and megabytes. Megapixels have to do with pixel resolution; megabytes have to do with pixel storage. Depending on the iPhone model you are shooting with, the aver‐ age MB per photo is around 2 – 4MB. Darker images will naturally contain more image data and consequently be a higher MB count, around 4MB, whereas lighter images will have a lower count, around 2MB or so. The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is an amazing storage device for iPhone shooters who need extra storage space and don’t travel with laptops. Rely less on apps and accessories and more on attitude and aptitude. With a crystal‐ clear focus on the fundamentals of traditional photography (including exposure, focus, color‐ balance, subject, composition, light, and color), your images won’t disappoint. When taking a selfie, look directly into the FaceTime Camera (the front‐facing one). Always resist the urge to look at yourself on the retina screen below the lens. Hold your iPhone with both hands to sta‐ bilize your shot. It may be lightweight, but you want to take a great photo without the shake of your one‐handed movement. Use those grid lines. The grid lines (turned on in your “Settings”) create pleasing compositions and keep the horizon straight. Turn the flash off most of the time. Use as a “fill flash” outdoors, or use in the evenings when there is little‐to‐no natural light available. Be more intentional, less casual about your photography. And begin to think of your device less like a phone, more like a camera. Know that there is no way to simply delete photos and videos from your iPhone without deleting them every way (if iCloud Library is turned on). Because your iCloud account (iCloud.com; use Apple credentials to sign in) is connected to your iPhone photos, simply selecting and deleting photo/videos from your iPhone also means permanently deleting those same photos/videos in your iCloud account. So be careful. Hollingsworth recommends keeping HDR on “auto” all the time. When shooting photos and video, you have two image‐format options that can free up storage space, but as a profes‐ sional, Hollingsworth likes the option of seeing

both versions (activate in Settings). Your smartphone camera provides options for time‐lapse, slo‐mo, video, square, and panoramas. Try them all – you will love the variety. In most cases, activate your location services, which uses GPS, crowdsourced Wi‐ Fi, cell towers, and Bluetooth, to determine your location. For obvious privacy reasons, you may not want to share your picture loca‐ tion with others. If this is the case, simply turn off this feature. If you use the ViewExif app (like Hollingsworth does), you can go in and edit out this metadata if you want to. Turn off auto brightness. Adjust auto brightness instead. It helps save battery life, and Hollingsworth finds using the slider for brightness helps create ultimate control on sunny days. He goes on to mention that over the first few years of his iPhone photography, he defaulted to auto brightness. Every time his iPhone would slightly heat up (it will on yours, too, if you shoot a lot), the screen would “auto‐dim” to conserve energy. “This made outdoor shooting in bright sunlight difficult,” he says, “if not at times, impossible.” So, he began ignoring “auto brightness” and (manu‐ ally) cranking up the brightness to full. Life is complicated, but smartphone pho‐ tography does not have to be. Edit your pho‐ tos in seconds. Use the “enhance” feature, crop and straighten, apply filters, and adjust color and light. It is so easy and so consistent. Never blow up the screen to bring sub‐ jects closer beyond 3X. It will greatly distort beyond 3X. Shoot closer with your feet! Personally, in listening and learning from Hollingsworth, this was the greatest takeaway, and the improvement has been astounding. Simply walking closer to the subject and using the pre‐loaded editing tools is an amazing start to better photography with a smartphone. Turn on iCloud Library. All your new pho‐ tos and videos are automatically uploaded and available, in the Photos app, on all your devices, with iOS 8.1 or later. • All images are uploaded in full resolution. • Any edits you make of that image are automatically updated everywhere. • You can download your photos and videos from Photos on iCloud.com, using your Apple ID. • The point here is to fill your library (in iCloud) and not the storage on your device. I hope these few hints from a pro will help you take better pictures on your next vacation. Whether it is a magical river cruise in Europe or simply a selfie with your family, it can all be done like a master and made a whole lot easier. You can learn even more with Hollingsworth’s book, The Joy of iPhotography: Smart pictures from your smartphone. I am thrilled to call this won‐ derful professional “friend.” CRL

All photos by Jack Hollingsworth taken with iPhone.



These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2019-2020 database, which includes close to 40,000 U.S. doctors in more than 450 medical specialty/subspecialty combinations. The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at research@bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors Web site. Best Doctors, Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person or other party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2019, Best Doctors, Inc. Used under license, all rights reserved. This list, or any parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors, Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. Best Doctors, Inc. is the only authorized source of the official Best Doctors in America® plaque and other recognition items. Best Doctors does not authorize, contract with or license any organization to sell recognition items for Best Doctors, Inc. Please contact Best Doctors at plaques@bestdoctors.com with any questions. For more information or to order visit usplaques.bestdoctors..com or call 617-963-1167. BEST DOCTORS, THE BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA, and the Star-in-Cross Logo are trademarks of Best Doctors, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license. Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors connects individuals facing difficult medical treatment decisions with the best doctors, selected by impartial peer review in over 450 medical specialty/subspecialty combinations, to review their diag-

nosis and treatment plans. Best Doctors’ team of researchers conducts a biennial poll using the methodology that mimics the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to identify the right specialists for their patients. Using a polling method and proprietary balloting software, they gather the insight and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all over the country, while confirming their credentials and specific areas of expertise The result is the Best Doctors in America® List, which includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians in the nation. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. They cannot pay a fee and are not paid to be listed and cannot nominate or vote for themselves. It is a list which is truly unbiased and respected by the medical profession and patients alike as the source of top quality medical information. Best Doctors is part of Teladoc Health, the global leader in virtual care delivering a powerful connected care platform – a single solution for addressing a complete spectrum of medical conditions. Through Teladoc Health’s global footprint of 50,000 medical experts, employers, health plans, and health systems have a comprehensive solution for patients to seek resolution across a wide spectrum of needs with convenient access in the U.S. and around the globe. As part of Teladoc Health, Best Doctors focuses on improving health outcomes for the most complex, critical and costly medical issues. More than a traditional second opinion, Best Doctors delivers a comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s medical condition – providing value to both patients and treating physicians. By utilizing Best Doctors, members have access to the brightest minds in medicine to ensure the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Through its global network of Best Doctors and other critical services, Teladoc Heatlh is expanding access to high quality healthcare, lowering costs and improving outcomes around the world. The company’s award winning, integrated clinical solutions are inclusive of telehealth, expert medical opinions, AI and analytics, and licensed platform services.

Internal Medicine JOHN D. ROSENBERGER Albany Medical Center The Internal Medicine Group 178 Washington Ave Ext Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-262-5735

STEFAN A. SWICKER St. Peter's Internal Medicine & Pediatrics 400 Patroon Creek Blvd, Ste 100 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-618-1100

Medical Oncology and Hematology MARTIN W. OSTER NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center 1978 Crompond Rd, Ste G1 Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 Phone: 914-293-8400



Colon and Rectal Surgery

Hand Surgery




Albany Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-4305

Albany Medical Center Section of Colorectal Surgery Surgeons Pavilion, 5th Fl 50 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-0940

Capital Region Orthopaedics The Bone and Joint Center 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 300 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666

SCOTT BRADLEY GROUDINE Albany Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-4300

Cardiovascular Disease LINDA J. CUOMO Crystal Run Cardiology 1200 Rte 300 Newburgh, NY 12550 Phone: 845-725-0100

MOHAMMAD C. EL-HAJJAR Albany Medical Center Division of Cardiology Physicians Pavilion, 2nd Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5076

STEVEN ARTHUR FEIN Albany Medical Center Division of Cardiology Physicians Pavilion, 2nd Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5076

JEFFREY A. LEPPO Berkshire Medical Center Division of Cardiology 725 North St Pittsfield, MA 01201 Phone: 413-447-2000

JOSEPH D. SACCO Albany Medical Center Division of Cardiology Physicians Pavilion, 2nd Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5076


Critical Care Medicine SCOTT BRADLEY GROUDINE Albany Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-4300

MARC ANDREW JUDSON Albany Medical Center Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine 16 New Scotland Ave, 2nd Fl Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5196

Endocrinology and Metabolism ROBERT S. BUSCH Albany Med Faculty Physicians The Endocrine Group 1365 Washington Ave, Ste 300 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-4704

MELISSA A. PRICE CareMount Medical 60 Merritt Blvd Fishkill, NY 12524 Phone: 845-765-4990

Family Medicine

Capital Region Orthopaedics 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 200 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666

Albany Medical Center Neurosciences Institute Physicians Pavilion, 1st Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5226

RICHARD B. BROOKS Ellis Hospital The Neurosciences Center 1101 Nott St, Ste B6 Schenectady, NY 12308 Phone: 518-243-3387


Internal Medicine JILL BRAVERMAN-PANZA St. Peter's Health Partners Medical Associates Braverman-Panza Internal Medicine 1375 Washington Ave, Ste 202 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-482-0007

WILLIAM J. CARAMORE Albany Medical Center The Internal Medicine Group 178 Washington Ave Ext Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-262-5735

MARY ELLEN DRISLANE St. Peter's Health Partners Medical Associates 4 Palisades Dr, Ste 100 Albany, NY 12205 Phone: 518-446-9545

Albany Medical Center Neurosciences Institute Physicians Pavilion, 1st Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5226

ERIC S. MOLHO Albany Medical Center Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-6611

EARL A. ZIMMERMAN Albany Medical Center Alzheimer's Center 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-0800

Nuclear Medicine



582 New Loudon Rd Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518-782-7133

Berkshire Medical Center Division of Cardiology 725 North St Pittsfield, MA 01201 Phone: 413-447-2000



Community Care Physicians Albany Family Medicine Park South Medical Office Bldg, Ste 4A 391 Myrtle Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-207-2273

1 Pinnacle Pl, Ste 100 Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-489-1109

Obstetrics and Gynecology CHERYL BURACK 62 Hackett Blvd Albany, NY 12209 Phone: 518-465-3318





585 New Loudon Rd Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518-783-1472

Capital Region Orthopaedics The Bone and Joint Center 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 300 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666

ROBERT DROPKIN 6 Executive Park Dr Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-489-7439

ASHA RIJHSINGHANI Albany Medical Center Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Park South Medical Office Bldg, 2nd Fl 391 Myrtle Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5013


JOHN HERBERT KAVANAUGH OrthoNY 121 Everett Rd Albany, NY 12205 Phone: 518-489-2663

JEFFREY LOZMAN Capital Region Orthopaedics The Bone and Joint Center 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 300 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666



Brass Eye Center 713 Troy Schenectady Rd, Ste 135 Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518-782-7827

Capital Region Orthopaedics 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 200 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666



Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Lions Eye Institute 1220 New Scotland Rd, Ste 302 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-533-6540

Bassett Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 1 Atwell Rd Cooperstown, NY 13326 Phone: 607-547-3468

MICHAEL J. POKABLA Glaucoma Consultants of the Capital Region 1240 New Scotland Rd, Ste 201 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-475-7300

ROBERT A. SCHUMER Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care 150 Aaron Ct Kingston, NY 12401 Phone: 845-331-6670

STEVEN SIMMONS Glaucoma Consultants of the Capital Region 1240 New Scotland Rd, Ste 201 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-475-7300

GEORGE O. STASIOR Albany Eye Physicians & Surgeons 930 Albany Shaker Rd, Ste 102 Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518-220-1400

EDWARD WLADIS Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Lions Eye Institute 1220 New Scotland Rd, Ste 302 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-533-6540

Orthopaedic Surgery MATTHEW R. DICAPRIO Capital Region Orthopaedics The Bone and Joint Center 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 300 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666

JOHN A. DIPRETA Capital Region Orthopaedics 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 200 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666


Otolaryngology DAVID FOYT Albany Med South Clinical Campus Division of Otolaryngology 35 Hackett Blvd Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5575

MARK J. LEVENSON Saratoga Ear and Sinus Surgery 3050 Rte 50 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: 518-587-2300

STEVEN M. PARNES Albany Med South Clinical Campus Division of Otolaryngology 35 Hackett Blvd Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5575

WILLIAM J. RICHTSMEIER Bassett Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology 1 Atwell Rd Cooperstown, NY 13326 Phone: 607-547-3060

STANLEY M. SHAPSHAY Albany Medical Center Division of Otolaryngology Surgeons Pavilion, 4th Fl 50 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5575

Pathology TIMOTHY JENNINGS Albany Medical Center Department of Pathology 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5454

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Pediatric Ophthalmology



Albany Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-4305

Children's Medical Eye Consultants Lions Eye Institute 1220 New Scotland Rd, Ste 202 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-533-6502

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery MELISSA ANNE EHLERS Albany Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-4305

Pediatric Cardiology STEVEN A. KAMENIR Capital District Pediatric Cardiology Associates 319 S Manning Blvd, Ste 203 Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-489-3292

JITKA LUDMILA ZOBAL-RATNER Children's Medical Eye Consultants Lions Eye Institute 1220 New Scotland Rd, Ste 202 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-533-6502

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery RICHARD UHL Capital Region Orthopaedics 1367 Washington Ave, Ste 200 Albany, NY 12206 Phone: 518-489-2666

Pediatric Rheumatology BARBARA E. OSTROV

Pediatric Critical Care JAVIER L. SANCHEZ Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Bldg E, 7th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5127

Pediatric Gastroenterology CARY QUALIA Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 New Scotland Ave, 4th Fl Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-8831

Pediatric Hematology – Oncology JENNIFER M. PEARCE Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5513

JOANNE PORTER Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Cetner Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5513

Pediatric Infectious Disease DEBRA A. TRISTRAM Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases 22 New Scotland Ave, 3rd Fl Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5332

Albany Medical Center Rheumatology Clinic 22 New Scotland Ave, 3rd Fl Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-7337

Pediatric Specialist/ Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine DAVID ALBERT CLARK Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5216

JAMES J. CUMMINGS Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421

MARILYN FISHER Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421

MICHAEL JOSEPH HORGAN Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421

RUBIA KHALAK Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421



Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421

Four Seasons Pediatrics 532 Moe Rd Clifton Park, NY 12065 Phone: 518-383-2425

JOAQUIM M. B. PINHEIRO Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421

ANGEL RIOS Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center Division of Neonatology Bldg B, 4th Fl 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5421

Pediatric Urology BARRY ALLAN KOGAN Albany Med South Clinical Campus Urological Institute of Northeastern New York 23 Hackett Blvd Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-3341

MICHAEL P. MORIN Community Care Physicians CapitalCare Pediatrics Albany 6 Executive Park Dr Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-641-6319

WILLIAM J. FEENEY 582 New Loudon Rd Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518-782-7133

BRADLEY A. FORD Community Care Physicians CapitalCare Pediatrics Guilderland 3732 Carman Rd Guilderland, NY 12303 Phone: 518-356-4132

MELISSA FOYE-PETRILLO Ellis Health Center Ellis Pediatric Care 624 McClellan St, Ste 202 Schenectady, NY 12304 Phone: 518-347-5113

PAUL E. GAFFURI Slingerlands Pediatrics 1240 New Scotland Rd, Ste 203 Slingerlands, NY 12159 Phone: 518-478-9423

JOEL M. KREMER The Center for Rheumatology 4 Tower Pl, 8th Fl Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-489-4471

ANNE LIEBLING CareMount Medical 6734 Rte 9 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Phone: 845-231-5600

NILOO M. EDWARDS Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons 319 S Manning Blvd, Ste 110 Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-525-2525

THOMAS FABIAN Albany Medical Center Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgeons Pavilion, 3rd Fl 50 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5864



Shaker Pediatrics 10 Century Hill Dr, Ste 5 Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518-783-5563

Bassett Medical Center Division of Rheumatology 1 Atwell Rd Cooperstown, NY 13326 Phone: 607-547-3284




Community Care Physicians Community Care Rheumatology 1 West Ave, Ste 330 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: 518-782-3899

Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons 319 S Manning Blvd, Ste 110 Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-525-2525

MICHAEL P. SONNEKALB Community Care Physicians CapitalCare Pediatrics Guilderland 3732 Carman Rd Guilderland, NY 12303 Phone: 518-356-4132

KAREN SPINELLI Community Care Physicians CapitalCare Pediatrics Schenectady 700 McClellan St Schenectady, NY 12304 Phone: 518-372-5637

Pediatrics/Hospital Medicine CAROL LYNN CABRAL



Albany Medical Center Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine 43 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-3125

Pulmonary Medicine MARC ANDREW JUDSON Albany Medical Center Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine 16 New Scotland Ave, 2nd Fl Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5196

Radiation Oncology SUDERSHAN BHATIA Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology 113 Holland Ave Albany, NY 12211 Phone: 518-626-6650


Sleep Medicine MARY B. O'MALLEY Berkshire Medical Center Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health 725 North St Pittsfield, MA 01201 Phone: 413-447-2167

Surgery DENNIS BLOM Central New York Surgical 2202 Genesse St Utica, NY 13502 Phone: 315-732-0349

DAVID J. CONTI Albany Medical Center Section of Transplant Surgery Surgeons Pavilion, 5th Fl 50 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5614

CARL ROSATI Albany Medical Center Division of Trauma Surgery Surgeons Pavilion, 7th Fl 50 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-0941

Thoracic Surgery




Community Care Physicians CapitalCare Pediatrics Clifton Park 942A Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 Phone: 518-371-8000

Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital Mohawk Valley Vascular Center 1656 Champlin Ave Utica, NY 13413 Phone: 315-624-6293

Albany Medical Center Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgeons Pavilion, 3rd Fl 50 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-9777

Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons 319 S Manning Blvd, Ste 110 Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-525-2525

Urology HUGH A. G. FISHER Albany Med South Clinical Campus Urological Institute of Northeastern New York 23 Hackett Blvd Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-3341

RONALD P. KAUFMAN, JR. Albany Med South Clinical Campus Urological Institute of Northeastern New York 23 Hackett Blvd Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-3341

STUART A. ROSENBERG Capital Region Urology 319 S Manning Blvd, Ste 106 Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-438-1019

Vascular Surgery BENJAMIN CHANG Albany Medical Center The Vascular Group Park South Medical Office Bldg, Ste 5 391 Myrtle Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5640

RALPH CLEMENT DARLING III Albany Medical Center The Vascular Group Park South Medical Office Bldg, Ste 5 391 Myrtle Ave Albany, NY 12208 Phone: 518-262-5640

DOUGLAS P. LARSEN Albany Med Faculty Physicians Community Pediatrics 103 Great Oaks Blvd, Ste 103 Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-464-1392

LORRAINE LEMONS Community Care Physicians CapitalCare Pediatrics Albany 6 Executive Park Dr Albany, NY 12203 Phone: 518-641-6319



Living with Lupus One patient’s journey from diagnosis to symptom managment By Beth Krueger


une 4, 2014, was a milestone day for Capital District resident D’Amber Pounds. She hadn’t felt well – enduring pain and joint swelling, among other ailments. While a cold had subsided at the beginning of the year, these other problems hadn’t. Test results were negative, but blood work showed troubling signs. That’s when she was referred to Aixa Toledo‐Garcia, MD, Managing Partner, Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director for The Center for Rheumatology in Albany. By that time, she also was experiencing numb‐ ness, resulting in difficulty grasping things. After more exams, labs, and lots of questions from Dr. Toledo‐Garcia, Pounds was diagnosed with lupus. As Pounds was learning, lupus is a chron‐ ic and non‐communicable autoimmune dis‐ ease. In essence, the patient’s immune system fails to distinguish self from foreign, releasing antinuclear antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues or organs. About 1.5 million peo‐ ple have lupus in the United States, with an estimated 16,000 added each year. Worldwide, that number reaches 5 million. This life‐changing disease most often develops in people between the ages of 15‐44. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is nine times more prevalent in women; of women, lupus is likely to present in women of color two to three times more often. For Pounds, finding out the reason for her ill health was positive, but the news came with a flurry of thoughts and questions. “That ‘this is forever’ was sinking in,” she said. She also had questions: How did she acquire lupus? How would it affect her life, and how should she inform her family of its impact on activities and her health? Research is ongoing as to why lupus occurs in some people and not others. Scientists have found certain genes associated with it, genes that are not seen as a direct cause but rather contributors to susceptibility when other triggering environmental factors occur – infections, certain medications, virus‐ es, or sun exposure, for example. About 70 percent of cases are systemic, and for about 50 percent of those patients, a major organ or tis‐ sue will be affected. Approximately 10 percent are cutaneous, focusing on the skin; other cases may come from high doses of certain medications for those susceptible. There are

rare cases of neonatal lupus affecting babies. A challenging disease to diagnose, lupus presents itself with “many faces and many vari‐ ants,” Dr. Toledo‐Garcia says. “It’s solving a puzzle.” Different symptoms occur in different people, ranging from mild to severe, appearing in flare‐ups, and going into remission at times. It also can affect different parts of the body – skin, muscles, joints, heart, lungs, or kidneys, among others – for different patients. Adding

to the puzzle effect, lupus may be mistaken for other diseases, such as Sjogren's, another autoimmune disorder, or these other disorders may accompany lupus. The earlier the diagno‐ sis, the earlier steps can be put into place to manage the disease, ultimately employing nec‐ essary medical care, monitoring, and attention to life choices to help ease painful symptoms. The first appointment may involve detailed blood tests, urinalysis, biopsies, a physical exam,

Photos courtesy of the Upstate Lupus Alliance


and many, many questions, Dr. Toledo‐Garcia says. The doctor’s detective work also involves checking for rashes, asking about sun sensitivity, and looking for hair loss and ulcers in the mouth. She asks the patient to list and bring in any pre‐ scriptions, over‐the‐counter medications, and supplements to take into account their possible effect. The age of the patient also should be con‐ sidered, Toledo‐Garcia notes – a post‐ menopausal woman and a teenage patient experiencing hormonal changes can be affected differently, for example. Dr. Toledo‐Garcia encourages a patient to bring a close relative or friend to the appoint‐ ment to aid in absorbing the information. She plans a second visit closely after that detailed first meeting to see how the patient is doing. Periodic visits are scheduled to monitor med‐ ications and conditions. Life choices are important for lupus patients – taking protective measures in sun‐ light and limiting exposure; avoiding certain symptom‐triggering foods; curbing stress; and ensuring adequate sleep all can help to side‐ step flare‐ups. Fatigue is a common element of lupus, so mindfulness of thoughts, body, and environment can also be helpful. Since her diagnosis, Pounds has adopted a healthy diet and modifies her food choices to best work for her condition. She also exercises regularly and strives to avoid stress: “I try to keep a positive, upbeat attitude.” The lupus patient not only seeks to avoid triggers but also becomes attentive to warning signs of an impending flare‐up, to take steps to ease the situation when mild or, as necessary, get treatment quickly for more severe flare‐ups. In a survey of the Lupus Foundation of America (lupus.org), titled UNVEIL: Understanding the Impact of Lupus, pain (65%), lifestyle changes (61%), and emotional problems associated with lupus (50%) were identified as the most difficult parts of coping with the autoimmune disease. Both Pounds and Dr. Toledo‐Garcia emphasize the value of building family aware‐ ness so the patient has the support and an understanding that there may be a need to modify activities. Likewise, it is important for employers to become educated on lupus. Continuing education by primary and healthcare professionals is valuable not only to help identify potential lupus cases but also to distinguish and address medical conditions that are not lupus‐related but presented in their lupus patients. Pounds is active with the Upstate Lupus Alliance (lupusupstateny.org), volunteering to educate patients, families, and the public on the nature of lupus and the need for continued research. Last month, she and colleagues in the Alliance and other organizations were at the Capitol in Albany lobbying policymakers for funding. In addition to meeting and working with others to advocate for lupus patients, she

recently had a chance conversation in a restau‐ rant with someone who happened to have lupus. She says it was a wonderful opportunity to share information on resources and network‐ ing, connecting with other people with lupus and their families being so important to her. “The public needs to better understand the challenges people with lupus and caregivers face on a daily basis,” The Lupus Foundation said in an announcement of one of their patient surveys. “The more we know, the better we can support those living with lupus.” Pounds adds that this acknowledgment and acceptance

involves seeing everyone as an individual with and beyond lupus: “This is me.”

Aixa Toledo-Garcia, MD



The Life and Heart of David Gray Illness, transplant, and advocacy from a local hero Laura Fissette, Center for Donation and Transplant


avid Gray, a lifetime resident of East Greenbush, NY, had always lived a healthy life. He worked for Owens Corning for 37 years, and with his wife of more than 40 years, raised their two children and enjoyed their two grandchildren. He was (and continues to be) an avid camper, fisherman and hunter, as well as a tireless hobbyist – his impressive activities list includes everything from raising bees and harvesting honey and maple syrup, to canning homemade jams, and sauces and even making beer, wine, balsamic vinegar, horseradish, and lip balm. In 2010, Gray’s life changed forever. He was struck by viral cardiomyopathy, a heart affliction that causes the muscle to become enlarged, thick, and rigid. After delivering the diagnosis, Drs. Jeffrey Uzzilia and Lance Sullenberger expertly cared for Gray through various treatments, surgeries, and implants. Years of complications left Gray’s heart weak. He was evaluated for a heart transplant and placed on the organ recipient registry on December 4, 2015.


The Gift of Life

Dedicating his New Life

On August 20, 2016, after a six‐year‐long battle that included many hospital stays, Gray received his life‐saving gift: a new heart from a 30‐year‐old organ donor. "I knew nothing, absolutely zero about the heart or cardiology,” he says. “Now I know more than I ever wanted to know."

Since receiving this gift of life, Gray has devoted his time and energy to organ and transplant advocacy. He started by working through support groups and advocacy groups, lending an ear and sharing his story. To this day, he travels weekly to Westchester Medical Center to support anxious patients who are

awaiting a transplant or who are going through the donation/recipient process. These days, he also regularly reaches out to politicians and other people who have the podium, encouraging them to raise their voice in support and awareness of organ and tissue donation. A patient advocate on the Patient Family Council, he also is an avid educator and works with The Center for Donation and Transplant, Donate Life New York State, and LiveOnNY to educate high school students and others on the necessity of donating.

Gracious and Grateful Every morning, Gray wakes with his donor on his mind. Truly a man with heart, he is committed to giving back for his gifts and ensuring others can receive the gift of life as well. While he often doles out his biggest piece of advice (“don’t sweat the small stuff”), he adds, "We need more heroes, that’s all I can say." CRL

Things to Consider About Organ Donation • Approximately 3,000 people are on a heart transplant waiting list at any given time, according to the University of Michigan. An estimated 2,000 donor hearts become available in the United States each year. • There is a tremendous need for donors across the country. Locally, anyone 16 years old or older can enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. You can register to be an organ donor at donatelife.ny.gov. • New York is in critical need of more donors. New York has the third‐highest need for life‐saving organs in the country, yet the second‐to‐lowest number of regis‐ tered donors. Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are on the national transplant waiting list. A New Yorker dies every 18 hours waiting for a lifesaving transplant. • You can help by joining the NYS registry at.donatelife.ny.gov and attening an event supporting the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT). The upcoming event to support CDT is:

9/21 SARATOGA STATE PARK First annual walk and run to benefit donor family services, community education, and local programs that increase organ and tis‐ sue donation awareness. Learn more about the event by visiting donatelifelega‐ cywalk.com or call Laura Fissette at 518.928.8385.




Medical Profiles


Francisco J. Gomez, MD Gomez Neurology SPECIALTY: Neurology Dr. Francisco Gomez and his staff believe that every patient in pain should have access to the latest and most effective treatments, especially if it provides alternatives to opioid or invasive therapies. Women, especially, experience more recurrent pain, more severe pain, and longer‐lasting pain than men. Yet they are far less likely to seek appropriate treatment. Gomez Neurology treats pain with several different therapies. Besides traditional neurological treatments, it certifies eligible patients for Medical Marijuana and also offers safe, non‐invasive Scrambler Therapy for patients with qualifying oncologic and neuropathic pain. Contact Gomez Neurology at (518) 650‐2090 or visit us online at GomezNeurology.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 110 Wolf Road Albany 518.650.2090 gomezneurology.com

Mark Friedman, DPM Albany Podiatry SPECIALTY: Podiatric Medicine For 20 years, Dr. Mark Friedman has provided comprehensive podiatric care for patients of all ages. His primary objective is helping patients enjoy an active and pain‐free lifestyle. Dr. Friedman specializes in wound care, heel and arch pain, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, and diabetic foot care.. Albany Podiatry prides itself on offering the latest in technological advance‐ ments and state‐of‐the‐art treatment options, including cutting‐edge laser thera‐ py for pain and inflammation. They also offer shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis and tendinitis and 3‐Dimensional scanning for custom orthotics. Albany Podiatry is the Capital District's most experienced provider of Clearanail® anti‐ fungal treatment and KERYflex® nail restoration system for immediate relief of unsightly nails. Over the past five years, Albany Podiatry has built an exemplary team of associates. Dr. Hebert provides comprehensive in‐office podiatric care, as well as surgical care. Dr. Mason is an elder care specialist, offering crucial care to home‐ bound patients. Dr. Park is a skilled podiatric surgeon, experienced in trauma and complex rearfoot and ankle surgery.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 6 Executive Drive Albany 482.4321 albanypodiatry.com


Sergey Berenshteyn, DDS, MS Adirondack Orthodontics SPECIALTY: Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He then completed an additional year of General Practice Residency, followed by two addi‐ tional years of Post‐Graduate Orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan. Dr. Berenshteyn, a board‐certified specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and member of both the American Dental Association and the American Board of Orthodontics, resides in Guilderland with his wife Biana, a Family Practice PA, and their two children, Emma and Joseph.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 939 Route 146 Clifton Park  518.631.9771 1465 Western Avenue Albany 518.512.3001 713 Troy Schenectady Road Latham 518.724.0770 cliftonparkbraces.com adirondackorthodontics.com

Mary Joyce McGinnis, MD, FACOG McGinnis Women’s Medical Care SPECIALTY: Obstetrics and Gynecology Providing healthcare services to the Capital District for more than 35 years, Dr. Mary Joyce McGinnis and her all‐female staff offer comprehensive gynecological and obstetrical care to women of all ages. Dr. McGinnis and her board‐certified nurse practitioners are experienced in family planning, pregnancy care, menopause, post‐menopause, breast care, and general female health and wellness. The practice also provides medical marijua‐ na certification for men and women and has providers on staff who are experienced in LGBTQ health. Welcoming all patients regardless of race, sexual orienta‐ tion, socioeconomic status, gender expression or age, the office is open Monday through Friday, often with same‐day availability. In‐house ultrasound allows for fast diagnostics, and relationships with local outpatient service providers make for a more person‐ alized and comprehensive care model. Every patient should have a practice where they are respected, their time is valued, and their care is personalized. McGinnis Women’s Medical Care does this and more.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 24 Computer Drive West Albany 518.689.7548 mcginniswomensmedicalcare.com


Thomas H. Abele, DMD, FAGD Delmar Dental Medicine SPECIALTY: Dental implants, oral surgery and restorative & cosmetic dentistry “My goal was to build an oral health home for families where compre‐ hensive, top‐of‐the‐line dental services were easily accessible,” says Dr. Thomas Abele, who, since 1969, has been a pioneer and leader in the dental sciences in the Capital District. “With the support of a talented and dedicated staff, I hope I have achieved that.” By offering a total spectrum of care for all ages, Dr. Abele eliminates the need for patients to move from doctor to doctor to achieve it all: optimal oral health, comfort, and beauty. Early on, he spent extensive additional hours of training to become qualified in both dental implant technology and root canal therapy. His consistent reinvestment in his practice has long ensured that patients have access to the latest in mini‐ mally invasive approaches, digital imaging, laser power, and sedation dentistry. Skill Plus Eye “Dental medicine, most pointedly when encompassing cosmetic den‐ tistry, is definitely an art,” Dr. Abele says. “Every aesthetic aspect of a patient’s face must be taken into consideration when addressing recon‐

structive procedures, whether in the application of veneers and crowns or restorations with implants.” Because Dr. Abele works closely with the technicians of his on‐site dental lab, issues such as tooth color and shape are seamlessly addressed. His extensive experience in placing dental implants, including the latest in genetically coated bone grafting, and beautifully designed tooth restorations is renowned. Options Fully Explained Citing the importance of patient education, Dr. Abele says, “Although I feel personally responsible for my patients’ oral health, they have to ‘buy in.’ That requires helping them understand why compliance with good oral health habits, including attention to their gums, can make them healthier and happier.” Dr Abele says that he really values taking the time needed to answer questions and provide ongoing support, adding, “As much as I have always enjoyed the research and ongoing education that dental medicine requires to stay at the top of the game, I most enjoy the results I see in my much‐valued patients. They are the ones who make me look good.”

CONTACT INFORMATION: 344 Delaware Avenue Delmar 518.439.4228 delmardental.com


Virginia Giugliano, MD Amazingly Ageless Medi‐Spa SPECIALTY: Medical Aesthetics Dr. Virginia Giugliano practiced as a board‐certified ObGyn in the Capital District for 19 years. In 1997, she co‐founded Albany IVF with her late husband, Dr. Peter Horvath. Dr. Giugliano is excited to focus on Medical Aesthetics and offer treatments at Amazingly Ageless Medi‐Spa for men and women of all ages. Amazingly Ageless Medi‐Spa is a full‐service medical spa specializing in non‐invasive treatments with little to no down‐ time. She and her experienced medical staff will help you look and feel your best. Treatments include relaxing, customized SkinCeuticals facials, medical‐grade chemical peels, injectables for facial aes‐ thetics, Hydrafacial MD, body contouring and skin tightening, PRP for hair restoration and facial rejuvenation, female urinary incontinence & vaginal rejuvenation, bio‐identical hormone replacement therapy, and wellness and weight loss.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 1202 Troy Schenectady Road Latham 518.608.1252 amazinglyageless.com

Tejas R. Pandya, DPM, FACFAS Capital District Podiatry, PLLC SPECIALTY: Podiatry Dr. Tejas R. Pandya daily sees patients who are suffering from foot pain. His podiatry practice offers simple solutions to help address your foot problems, because no one should have to live with pain. A board‐certified podiatrist specializing in the treatment of simple and complex foot conditions, he sees patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, for conditions such as ingrown toenails, fungal toenails, heel pain, bone spurs, diabetic foot care, bunions, hammertoes, foot tumors, fractures, and neuromas. Dr. Pandya graduated from Siena College in Loudonville and went on to study Podiatry Medicine and Surgery at New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Manhattan. He then completed a surgical resi‐ dency in foot surgery at Little Falls Hospital in Little Falls, NY. He has served as vice president and currently serves as president of New York State Podiatry Association ‐ Northeast Chapter and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatry Surgery and American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Hyperbaric Medicine Certified. He serves as vice chairman for the department of Podiatry at Samaritan Hospital.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 763 Hoosick Road, Troy 855 Route 146 Bldg. B, Clifton Park 518.273.0053 capitaldistrictpodiatry.com


Randy Cale, PhD Capital District Neurofeedback Terrific Parenting SPECIALTY: Licensed Psychologist; Neurofeedback & Behavior Change This has been a remarkably exciting year for Dr. Randy Cale, having just added Neurofeedback to his par‐ enting and coaching practice. Over the last six years, his study of Neurofeedback has consumed much of his spare time and energy. This technology brings a method of help‐ ing many patients of all ages who have suffered their entire lives with psychological or emotional issues. What is Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is essentially brainwave biofeedback or EEG biofeedback, enabling us to measure brainwaves in real‐time. With this sophisticated technology, we can give the brain completely painless, effortless feedback to rein‐ force rapid movement toward healthier brainwave patterns. Research reflects that permanent, positive change is not only possible, but probable with current technologies using Neurofeedback. Afflictions such as ADD/ADHD, anxi‐ ety, depression, head trauma, migraines, and even autism have shown marked, positive change. In most situations, we can retrain the brain toward healthier and better ways of functioning. Neurofeedback has been around for almost 70 years, and there are hundreds of studies pointing to the value of Neurofeedback; however, improvements in technology, the use of brain mapping, and significant strides in under‐ standing the brain have led to drastically improved treat‐ ment results in recent years. Currently, we see that Neurofeedback creates better outcomes than therapy or medication with most disorders. “High Performance” and Neurofeedback Neurofeedback can do more than help a struggling brain; it can also optimize healthy brains to work even bet‐ ter. Many professional athletes and performers publicly acknowledge the use of neurofeedback to help them enhance their performance. Therapy is available for all athletes, as well as musicians, surgeons, executives…any‐ one seeking excellence in their chosen path. Neurofeedback in Parenting and Coaching Practice “My passion is unchanged,” says Dr. Cale. “I remain fascinated by the human mind and its infinite potential for growth and learning. Neurofeedback is one more option that our practice can offer to parents and adults seeking relief. “Our brains can create crippling misery, or they can produce enormous happiness. It’s up to us to train the brain to be our friend and not our enemy. If you seek a better life for yourself or your children, our practice now offers the tools and technology to bring about those changes.”

CONTACT INFORMATION: Clifton Park 518.383.0600 drrandycale.com terrificparenting.com


J. Craig Alexander, DMD General Dentistry Enjoy eating again! Smile with confidence! Dr. Craig Alexander is one of only a few dentists in the Capital District who both places and restores dental implants, so your entire treatment can be done in our office. • More than 30 years providing comprehensive quality dental care • Dartmouth College graduate: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 1982 graduate first in his class • Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston: two years of medical and surgical training • Master of the Academy of General Dentistry • Fellow of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants • Diplomat of the International Dental Implant Association We treat all of our patients as friends and neighbors. Watch the doctor on YouTube! Dr. J. Craig Alexander, DMD on The Wellness Hour television show.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 739 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush 518.477.1008 jcraigalexanderdmd.com

Cheryl Burack, MD SPECIALTY: Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Cheryl Burack is very honored to be named to the Best Doctors of the Capital Region for the seventh year. With offices in both Albany and Troy, Dr. Burack proudly provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to her patients throughout their lives, specialties that include adolescent medicine, family planning, prenatal care, infertility, and menopausal medicine. She is board‐certified and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Originally from the Boston area, Dr. Burack received her bache‐ lor’s degree from Tufts University and graduated from the Albany Medical College. She completed her OB/GYN residency at Albany Medical Center and has been caring for patients in her private prac‐ tice offices for more than 20 years. “Caring for women, to me, is very rewarding,” Dr. Burack says. “Being able to take care of a patient as a teen, and later deliver her children as an adult, is an exceptional honor. I am so pleased to be able to share long‐standing relationships with my patients and their families.” Offices are located in Albany at 62 Hackett Boulevard (518.465.3318) and in Troy at 258 Hoosick Street, Ste. 204 (518.272.4231). Dedicated and caring medical and office staff com‐ plete the patient experience. New patients and most insurances are accepted.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 62 Hackett Boulevard, Albany | 518.465.3318 258 Hoosick Street, Troy | 518.272.4231 leeandburackmd.com

Heart Help for Fido New info sheds light on the dangers (think cardiac disease) of feeding pets a grain-free diet By Lexi Becker, DVM


n July 2018, the FDA started investigating a possible link between grain‐free diet consumption and the incidence of cardiac disease in dogs and cats. The study is still ongoing; however, valuable information was just released in June. Of the diets reported to the FDA most frequently associated with pets developing cardiac disease, more than 90% were grain‐free, 93% contained peas or lentils as the main ingredient, 42% contained pota‐ toes as a main ingredient, and 88% of the investigated foods were of the dry variety. As the study illuminated, grain‐free diets have a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds and/or potatoes, and many of them had these items listed within the top ten ingredients. The metabolism of the legumes and potatoes is thought to interfere with the synthesis of an amino acid named taurine. Investigation is still underway as to how taurine may play a role in these cases of heart disease. The specific heart disease that is being investigated is Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart condition where there is a pri‐ mary issue with the heart muscle that dimin‐ ishes its pumping ability. The ventricles, which are the lower chambers of the heart, become thin and dilated. Certain breeds (Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane, and Irish Wolfhound) are geneti‐

cally predisposed to developing DCM. This investigation, however, began because of reports of DCM in breeds not typically predis‐ posed. Cardiologists began testing these patients for taurine and found that there was a correlation between DCM and the individu‐ als that came back low for this crucial amino acid. Of these patients, some responded to proper taurine supplementation under the guidance of a cardiologist. It is important to note, however, that not all individuals with diet‐associated DCM were taurine deficient. Additional studies are underway to investigate this complex process further. A study released in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association stated that it is not just grain‐free diets associated with diet‐related DCM. The broader group of diets have been termed “BEG diets.” BEG stands for “boutique companies,” “exotic ingredients,” and “grain‐free.” “The apparent link between BEG diets and DCM may be due to ingredients used to replace grains in grain‐free diets, such as lentils or chickpeas, but also may be due to other common ingredients commonly found in BEG diets, such as exotic meats, vegetables, and fruits,” reported Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN in the journal article. At this time, veterinary nutrition experts are recommending that you do not feed your





pet a grain‐free diet unless otherwise directed by a veterinarian. If your pet remains on one, your veterinarian can help you navigate the best course of action It is important to note that any diet should be changed gradually, over the course of a few weeks, to avoid gastrointestinal upset. For more information and a list of the diets named in the investigation, please refer to www.fda.gov/animal‐veterinary and speak to your veterinarian. CRL

Is pet insurance right for you? For many of us, our pets are impor‐ tant members of our family. We want to keep them healthy and happy for as long as we can. Unfortunately, injuries and illness can occur, forcing us to face decisions regarding our furry friends’ care. A seri‐ ous injury or illness ‐ such as cancer or an acute, chronic condition ‐ can take a financial toll. In some cases, you may find yourself in the horrible position of con‐ sidering your economic situation and the price tag of treatment when determining how or if you’ll proceed with medical care. In extreme cases, pet owners may be forced to consider “economic” euthanasia. Most people do not have a “pet fund” that they contribute to regularly in preparation for veterinary care. That’s why many are now considering pet insur‐ ance. Purchasing the policies brings peace of mind and allows you to better prepare for little (or big) illnesses in your pet’s life. Pet insurance is also one of the fastest‐ growing optional employee benefits. There are several major pet insur‐ ance companies from which to choose. Like all insurance, each comes with a vari‐ ety of options for deductibles, co‐pay‐ ments, and premiums, so it’s important to do research, compare, and discuss your options with your vet. Most plans require payment to your provider upfront with reimbursement after the fact. Depending on your carrier, you can receive these pay‐ ments as quickly as 24 hours after your submittal. Factors that may influence your insurance rates are the breed of your pet along with their age. If you are apprehensive about con‐ tributing to a pet insurance policy, con‐ sider starting an emergency savings fund for pet care instead. Of course, emergen‐ cies sometimes happen. If you find you need help with a big pet medical bill, the Humane Society has a list of organiza‐ tions that may be able to assist you. 40 | AUGUST 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


NINA SHER, SENIOR REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST Hunt Real Estate ERA 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands 518.368.5578 You’ve lived in your home for more than 20 years. The kids are gone, but their stuff is still in your basement. The song Should I Stay or Should I Go? is on repeat in your head. If you’re tired of paralyzing indecision, it may be time to speak with a professional real estate agent. I created the Smart Downsizing Guide to help my clients bring clarity around aging-in-place or possibly moving to a happier, healthier, or more affordable environment. Schedule a one-hour appointment with me to gain clarity and receive a copy of the Smart Downsizing Guide.

MEIER LAW FIRM 10 Utica Avenue, Latham 518.313.7809; themeierlawfirm.com Putting together an estate plan is something that so many people postpone, even though failing to plan often leads to disastrous results. The best time to do estate planning is while you’re competent and long before you need it! The attorneys at Meier Law Firm ably assist clients with planning for incapacity and death. We prepare Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Living Wills. We also incorporate Trusts that are appropriate for the client’s situation, and assist clients with Medicaid planning (including applications), and administration of estates and trusts. Contact the Meier Law Firm today to discuss your estate planning needs.

THE HOME OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Various locations homeofthegoodshepherd.com The Home of the Good Shepherd assisted living facility offers residents superior, professional care in a warm, home-like environment. Our size allows us to treat each resident as an individual, meeting his or her own needs and activity level. With our licensure, we can provide a continuum of care while residents age in place with either our Enhanced or Memory Care services. Every resident has a personal care plan and individualized service plan. Delicious meals are served three times a




day in our dining room. Therapeutic diets, as ordered by the physician, are also available. We offer a full calendar of in-house and outside activities.

PATTY MCGEE HEALTH & WELLNESS, LLC Comerford Chiropractic, 3403 Carman Road, Schenectady 518.221.9923; pattymcgee.coach As we age into our 60’s and beyond, our bodies change and new health concerns arise. Preventing cancer, reversing the effects of an auto-immune disease, weight loss, and reducing prescription drugs are the focus of my health coaching business. As a nurse for more than 30 years in cancer care along with my MSN degree, I have studied and applied the principles of functional medicine and integrative nutrition to heal my Hypothyroidism, lose 30 pounds and get off synthetic hormones. I coach women, men, and couples to lose weight, create a new healthy lifestyle and a new relationship with food. Call 518.221.9923 for a free consultation.

CARLTON HOLLOW APARTMENTS 2000 Carlton Way, Ballston Spa 518.631.2674; carltonhollowapartments.com Carlton Hollow Apartments combines upscale apartment living with community amenities that offer fun and fitness year-


round. Take advantage of the indoor pickleball court, work out in the exercise room, play billiards, watch a movie, or go for a swim in the indoor pool. In your apartment, you will appreciate the open living area with nine-foot ceilings and a private balcony. Your new gourmet kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar to enjoy guests. Our location allows you to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. You will find so much to do at Carlton Hollow!

ÁVILA INDEPENDENT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 100 White Pines Drive, Albany 518.640.9411; avilaretirementcommunity.com Ávila is the Capital Region’s premier independent retirement community for seniors seeking an active, engaging, and rewarding lifestyle. Surrounded by the beauty of the Pine Bush, Ávila provides a safe and extraordinary place to call home. At Ávila, we understand the importance of choice at any age and offer residents three styles of “living” for a more personalized lifestyle experience. Amenities are abundant at Ávila too. The aquatic center, spa, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities all cater to the active, health-conscious senior. Beautiful community gardens, hobby studios, and entertainment rooms offer residents unlimited opportunities to socialize and pursue their passions. Avila’s


world-class dining program along with several dining options, from elegant to private, dine in or take out, caters to every taste and dietary need. Our all-inclusive monthly fee program, amenity-rich lifestyle options, and our commitment to delivering the highest quality in all we do, gives our residents time to enjoy what matters most!

is key. We provide the best possible medical transportation and ambulette service that we can. We use modern vehicles, maintained by in-house mechanics and our drivers are trained professionals. That means we take every possible step to make your ride comfortable, safe, and on time – with a smile! Safe Care Mobility Services is located in Albany and serves the greater Capital Region. Call us today and find out how we can help.

ATTENTIVE CARE OF ALBANY 5 Computer Drive West, Albany 518.438.6271; attentivecareservices.com Attentive Care is a highly trusted, locally owned and operated, licensed home care agency, with more than 30 years of experience. Services are provided at home or in hospitals, health facilities, and senior housing facilities, on an hourly, daily, or live-in basis. All of our caregivers (we employ nurses and certified home health and personal care aides) meet our high-quality standards, so that our service gives much-needed relief to those family members responsible for important caregiving duties. Call us now to find out how we can help.

SAFE CARE MOBILITY SERVICES 456 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.462.5923; safecaremobility.com Safe Care Mobility was founded on the idea that compassion

LABERGE MASSAGE THERAPY 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 518.577.5488; labergemassagetherapy.com Lauren Laberge is an NYS licensed massage therapist who, from personal experience, understands the benefits of pre and post-operative bodywork and how it assists with surgical preparation and healing. With physicians approval, light work can be started as early as 24 hours after surgery to help reduce inflammation. Pre and post-operative bodywork also helps to improve joint flexibility, combats stress and anxiety, prevents scar tissue build-up, gives more oxygen to the blood, and bolsters your immune system. A massage post-surgery is often a vital form of treatment. Techniques, including lymphatic drainage, therapeutic massage, and deep tissue massage are often employed to promote healing.




SARAH JANE SANFORD HOME 69 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam 518.842.4350; sarahjanesanfordhome.com The Sarah Jane Sanford Home was opened in 1904 with the vision of caring for our elderly ladies of the community. We have continued this vision and continue to create a positive transition into senior living in our comfortable Victorian setting. Our caring staff is on duty 24 hours a day to ensure the need of every resident. The Home provides numerous activities and community outings along with a variety of other functions.

THE FURNITURE HOUSE 1254 Highway 9P, Saratoga Springs; 518.587.9865 1060 Route 9, Queensbury; 518.798.0133 thefurniturehouseny.com The Furniture House has two great locations to serve you: our flagship store at 1254 Highway 9P on Saratoga Lake, 1060 Route 9, Queensbury. As we get older, our family structure changes. We downsize our homes. We want comfort and convenience in a tiny package. We look for other ways to be space-efficient. The Furniture House specializes in American-made, hard to find pieces to fill these needs. We have Murphy beds, coffee tables that turn to dining tables, lift recliners, Krypton fabrics, and multi-purpose home furnishings offering additional storage. Our design staff can assist you in this process, and our delivery team is here for you! If you haven’t been to the Furniture House, where have you been? The Furniture House—the unusual as usual.

HELPING HANDS@HOME, LLC 125 Adams Street, Delmar 518.380.9788; helpinghandscapitaldistrict.com Helping Hands@Home is a highly trusted, locally owned and operated, non-medical home care provider. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including most holidays. Since 2010, our experienced caregivers have been helping people, especially seniors, live more independent lives through our home care services. They assist with activities of daily living like dressing, medication reminders, and meal preparation. They also help with light housekeeping, shopping, and errands, while simultane-



ously offering companionship. Our caregivers are trained to understand the nuances of senior care and are insured and bonded.

THE SPINNEY AT VAN DYKE 6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar 518.689.0162; thespinneyatvandyke.com When you move to The Spinney, you are gaining more than a new home. You are moving to a “Home to a New Generation” surrounded by a community of your peers. The Spinney community’s amenities were created with YOU in mind. During the summer months, Spinney residents enjoy walking their dogs along community trails, swimming in one of the pools, gardening in the raised beds of the Community Garden, reading on their back decks, or enjoying a glass of wine with a neighbor in the gazebo. Without the responsibility of maintenance and landscaping of your home, you’ll have more than enough time to enjoy all the outdoor activities at The Spinney!




The Energy of Summer The importance of reconnecting with our authentic self


arties and play dates, picnics, camping, county fairs, vacations – summer in the northeast is brimming with every kind of energy. Not wanting to miss out on anything, it’s impossible to not find our August calendars full of fun and excitement. Why do we do that? We pack our calendars so full that we barely have time to think. Have you ever come back from a weekend away or vacation, thinking you need another vacation to recuperate from the one you just had? We want to have fun, of course, and make memories with our friends and family. And for most of us, we want to be outside as much as possible to soak in that vitamin D we rarely get during the winter months. But something else is also going on. Sometimes we’re afraid we’re missing out, of not being included, or connected. And sometimes, when doing, we buffer ourselves from feeling, from being. With the advent of social media, the fear of missing out (FOMO) is on overdrive. We feel isolated instead of connected. Our newsfeeds are full of everyone sharing their “best” life, and that can trigger different emotions including an energy of fear. What’s your first reaction? Happiness and joy that someone you know is having a great time?

Or is it something else. This year, and especially now, great energy shifts are taking place. For many of us, things we thought we dealt with are now front and cen‐ ter, staring us in the face, often triggered by social media. And things we’ve explained away as “it’s just the way it is,” or “that behavior just runs in the family” are now bubbling to the surface. With these energy shifts, we have an amazing opportunity to end the fear‐induced cycle of “something else” for good…if we want to do the work. It’s not easy (hard‐won goals rarely are!), but the result will be greater than anything you can imagine. There are three things you must do to end it. First, you must want to end it, want to release the energy that is weighing you down. Then you must act upon that want, because intention without action equals nothing. Finally, you must learn not to be attached to the outcome. Many times we’re so fixated on a specific result that we’re blind to the fact that we’ve already achieved our goal. So how do we do it? The first step is realizing you’re ready to release whatever it is you’ve been struggling with. It sounds easy, but you need to remember that this is something you’ve been carrying for a long time. You may even identify with it so much that you believe it’s part of who you are. When you’re ready, you’ll know because you’ll feel that you’re ready. Second is action. How do we divest ourselves of energy that no longer serves us for our highest and greatest good? We do this by taking the responsibility of ownership. Most of us want to know the “how,” “why,” and “when” of it. How did I get this? Why is it mine? When did it come to me? None of that is necessary; we simply don’t need to know. The important thing is to take ownership of it, whatever “it” is. By taking ownership, you are no longer allowing that energy to move through you; rather, you are moving through the energy until you are through it. You are no longer walking behind it or even beside it; you are now in front of it. And when you are in front of it, you see options and opportunities you didn’t see before. This allows you to take action. Lastly, we must learn not to be attached to the outcome. The art of letting go can be challenging to learn and usually comes in small steps. Take these small steps…one at a time. You may be surprised by the out‐ come you achieve. Once we start letting go of all the heavy energy we’ve been carry‐ ing, we start seeing what we perceive as changes within ourselves. But what we’re really experiencing is the emerging of our authentic self. When this happens, our view of the world is different. We realize that solitude is just as important as activity, that being our authentic selves allows for the activity of doing. And we realize that what we feed our mind is just as important as what we feed our body. The goal is to be in harmony and balance. Too much of a good thing is the same as not enough. So while you’re enjoying all of the activities of summer, remember to take some time to simply allow yourself to be. Just breathe. Diane M Foster is an Energy Practitioner and offers intuitive energy heal‐ ing sessions, workshops, and meditation groups. Find and follow Diane on Facebook.


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Renegade Parenting How you can break from the herd to the benefit of your family


was recently enjoying dinner in a Saratoga restaurant and noticed a table with four adolescent girls, their parents, and their grandmother. The girls were laughing, smiling, engaging with each other as well as with the adults. The dinner was notable because there was ease, respect, enjoyment, as well as a sense of genuine caring for each other. Repeatedly, turns were taken, and space was made for everyone’s comments. How did these parents create such an atmosphere of impeccable social graces, laughter, and contentment? Well, as they were departing, I complimented the mom and asked her. She related that it was simple: No one (not even Mom!) brings a cell phone to any meal…ever! This one decision has profoundly shaped how the family spends its time together, and the quality of their relationships. Why is this so “renegade?” These days, when dining out, it is much more typical to see children with their heads down, engaged with their devices – and the parents, sadly, are often doing the same. Even though these children are “getting what they want,” it is rare to see happiness and comfort during these dinners. Instead, there’s usually drama, angst, and anger.

The herd is seriously off track. Regardless of where you turn, it is difficult to find evidence of the “wisdom of the herd,” particularly related to parenting. In fact, the data points to the opposite…almost everyone feels the painful, disappointing consequences of how we have been raising children for the past several decades, and perhaps most pointedly, in recent years. Estimates suggest that anxiety is five to eight times more prevalent now than it was 50 years ago. At a minimum, this is a 500% increase in anxiety. This epic rise in anxiety and depression is difficult to compre‐ hend, given that most children have lives of relative comfort, ease, and safety. They also have access to more pleasurable activity, more variety, and more resources than any children in history.

So what’s to blame here? How far afield have we gotten when we are surprised and delight‐ ed by a “you’re welcome” rather than the now‐more‐common “no prob‐ lem?” Most teens cannot look adults in the eye and can’t shake hands without staring at the floor. This social discomfort and degradation of social norms is directly correlated to what we have taught our children. The disservice goes well beyond basic social interaction and affects employment as well. College graduates are ill‐prepared to work hard and readily quit or never even engage in their chosen careers. Businesses struggle to keep young employees happy, focused, and committed to working, while they continue striving to find and keep quality workers. Over the past 50 years, adolescents and young adults have become increasingly focused on external sources for gratification and reward, rather than seeking those internally. This dramatic shift is due in part to the herd's tendency to be superficially focused, craving things like fancy cars, mansions, expensive clothing brands, and social media “likes.” Toss in a growing obsession with their phones and all that goes with it. The consequence is severe.

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things and activities. Children and teens are giving less these days yet getting more. More physical stuff, parties, activities, and vacations. This is creating a generation of soon‐to‐be adults who are entitled, expecting the awesome rewards of life without giving appropriate effort. These attitudes leave youth with a sense of disappointment and blame toward the world for cheating them, and further degradation of family and com‐ munity. Children and teens become resentful when asked to help out, stating boldly, “That is your job, Mom!” A dozen more paragraphs could easily be added to document how the herd is off track. Most will not read this article, and if they do, they will rationalize their choices to protect themselves from careful self‐ scrutiny. They tell themselves a story while ignoring the problem behav‐ ior and attitude right in front of them. How about you. What do you want for your children? Do you want your kids to grow up weak and dependent, living in your home at 30 after dropping out of three different colleges? Do you want an anxious, depressed child? Do you want to give yet another lecture on responsi‐ bility and have it do nothing? Of course, you don’t!

It’s time to become a renegade parent! There is no room to straddle the fence on this. The herd is shaping your choices and your child’s destiny UNLESS you choose to be a rene‐ gade parent. It takes courage and fortitude, but you can do this. Like the mom from the restaurant, you will discover the profound rewards that making renegade decisions can bring to your children. This is first in a series of articles on renegade parenting. In future articles, you will learn how to think and act like renegade parents; you will acquire the skillset to parent with renegade strength and clarity. Growing strong, resilient children capable of handling life’s demands is not easy, but the renegade parent will have the tools to do this. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit terrificparenting.com.

Street Fest Sounds ON THE MAINSTAGE 12 – 2 PM, Grand Central Station 3 – 5 PM, Happy Daze 5 – 6 PM, Crowning of King and Queen ceremony 6 – 9 PM, 2096 ON THE SOUTH STAGE 12 – 2 PM, Classical Italian with Linda Ezzo-Jones

September 7th Noon-9 PM

2:30 – 4:30 PM, Ed Clifford - The Human Jukebox 5:30 – 9 PM, TS Ensemble AT THE GATES ENTRANCE DJ Eddie spinning tunes all day

From the music, food, and culture. You'll feel like you're in Italy in Schenectady's own Little Italy.



Classically Chic Sharon Springs Shop, stay, and play in the historic hamlet


ugust is here, but don’t fret, there is still plenty to do in and around in our Capital Region before the temps start to fall. The quaint village of Sharon Springs is a wonderful day trip and offers so much to do and enjoy. To get there, wind your way to the northwest corner of Schoharie County via I-88 and I90, or take the more direct Route 20. Park along Main Street and stroll down the historic road, popping into the many local artisan shops, bistros and cafes. Since the 19th Century, Sharon Springs has been a haven for health and restoration, the natural springs making the village a destination for the well-heeled of the day. Bathhouses, spas, and resorts flourished in the village that catered to more than 10,000 guests each summer. Today, this region is rich with craftsmen and artisans, many of whom bring their wares to the village to sell in local gift shops and eateries, many of which boast local specialties on their eclectic, innovative menus. Unique boutiques offer shopping experiences that you can find only in Sharon Springs. The tight-knit community comes together for many events throughout the year, including June’s Garden Party, a Fourth of July parade and celebration, the Harvest Festival to usher in fall, and the beloved Victorian Holiday Celebration. These events draw visitors and vendors from all across New York state. For August, listening to music under the stars is a must. Chalybeate Spring Park hosts a weekly free concert series (through August 15). Bring a picnic – or better yet, visit some of the local purveyors for yummy treats to take to the show.


HAPPENINGS IN SHARON SPRINGS sharonspringschamber.com

8/7 & 8/14 7 PM Sharon Springs Citizens’ Council for the Arts Concert in the Park - Chalybeate Spring Park, Main Street

8/10 Second Saturday Market – Sharon Springs Public Library Parking Lot

8/10 7 PM Angela Easterling in Concert – Chalybeate Spring Park, Main Street Tickets are $10.00 for Pavilion seating (only 100 pavilion seats available) OR $5.00 for open lawn seating. (Bring your own chair or blanket — maybe an umbrella, just in case. Bring the kids, the neighbors, friends, and family!) Food and beverages are available for purchase on-site. Tickets can be purchased online at klinkhart.org

8/21 – 9/1 Various Times The Vainglory Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Chalybeate Spring Park, Main Street; For more information including show times, visit vainglorytheatre.org

8/24 10 AM – 4 PM Family Farm Day – Various Farms; This event provides a unique opportunity to discover so much of what our local agriculture has to offer. Fifty-five farms across Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware Counties invite you to discover their brand of farming. cceschoharie-otsego.org for more information.

9/14 Second Saturday Market – Sharon Springs Public Library Parking Lot

9/14 – 9/15 Sharon Springs Harvest Festival

9/28 – 9/29 9 AM – 5 PM Sunnycrest Annual Garlic Festival; Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 State Route 10, Sharon Springs; Celebrate the harvest...garlic for culinary and growing purposes, samplings of food and drink, arts and crafts, and don't miss their apple cider donuts! sunnycrestorchards.com for more information.




ALBANY COUNTY 8/8 5:30 – 6:30 PM 100 Women Who Care – Delmar Reformed Church; See how 100 women can make a powerful difference in the community in just one hour. Visit 100wwcalbany.com or find us on Facebook.

8/10 10 AM – 2:30 PM Indian Corn Swag Workshop – Shaker Heritage Society; Participants will make 3 “ears” of corn with a choice of fall accents and a bow ($50/ $45 members) Visit shakerheritage.org for more information.

8/10 1 – 4 PM Calligraphy Workshop – Shaker Heritage Society; Artist Libby Lee will guide participants through the steps of creating eye-catching script using felt tip pens ($30/ $25 members). Visit shakerheritage.org for more information.

8/14 5:30 – 7:30 PM Moby Dick Book Club – Albany Pump Station; Albany Historic Foundation hosts this fun discussion to celebrate Herman Melville’s 200th birthday. Call 518.465.0876 or email info@historic-albany.org to reserve a spot.

8/13 – 8/18 VARIOUS TIMES Altamont Fair – Altamont Fairgrounds; Visit altamontfair.com for tickets and schedule of events.

8/18 6:15 – 10 PM NYS Capital District Chapter of USA Dance – Polish Community Center, Albany; Enjoy a fun evening of ballroom dancing! The event begins with a free lesson followed by three hours of dancing. Light refreshments and cash bar provided. Contact Jim DeForge at capitalusadance@gmail.com or visit capitalusadance.com for more information.

8/21 5:30 – 7:30 PM Walkabout Wednesdays – Historic Albany Foundation; Navigate through the history of Prohibition in Albany. Call 518.465.0876 or email info@historic-albany.org to reserve a spot.

BENNINGTON COUNTY 8/1 – 8/17 VARIOUS TIMES Mrs. Christie – Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, VT; A comedy written by Heidi Armbuster and directed by Giovanna Sardelli about Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance. Visit dorsettheatrefestival.org for more information.


A&E 8/6 7:30 PM A Stage of Twilight – Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, VT; Written by Sarah Schwab, directed by Dina Janis. Visit dorsettheatrefestival.org for more information.

8/22 – 8/31 VARIOUS TIMES Slow Food – Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, VT; Written by Wendy McLeod, directed by Jackson Gay. This is a comedy for anyone who has ever been “hangry”. Visit dorsettheatrefestival.org for more information.

COLUMBIA COUNTY 8/11 & 8/25 1 – 4 PM Under the Tent Music Series – Love Apple Farm, Ghent; Bring friends and family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the best live musicians in the Hudson Valley! Admission is free and takes place on the lovely grounds under the tent. Visit loveapplefarm.com for more information.

8/22 5:30 – 9:30 PM Food Truck Village – Kinderhook Village Square; An evening of great food, local craft beer, & excellent music. Visit villageofkinderhook.org for more information.

APRIL – NOVEMBER (LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH) 7 PM Coffee House Open Mic Night – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information.

FULTON COUNTY ALL MONTH LONG VARIOUS TIMES Caroga Lake Music Festival – Caroga Lake; Caroga Lake Music Festival is a five-week summer music festival in the Adirondacks offering a series of free performances and community outreach programs in the upstate New York region and beyond. Visit carogaarts.org for more information.

8/2, 8/9, 8/16 7 PM Caroga Chapel Series – Caroga Chapel; Where Caroga Lake Music Festival began back in 2012! Caroga Chapel has been a significant place for CLMF Resident Artists since the festival’s beginning as their “home” venue and rehearsal space. Visit carogaarts.org for more information.

RENSSELAER COUNTY SATURDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 9 AM – 2 PM Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market – Monument Square, River Street; Where the farm meets the city!! Nearly 100 local farmers and fresh food vendors! Visit troymarket.org for more information. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | AUGUST 2019 |


A&E THURSDAYS – SATURDAYS 12 – 5 PM Rensselaer County Historical Society presents From Country Drives to the Grand Tour: Travels To and From Rensselaer County – Rensselaer Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy; Visit rchsonline.org for more information. This ad made possible by Green River Gallery and

8/1 6:30 – 8:30 PM Schaghticoke Evening Concerts in Summer – Schaghticoke Town Hall; Featuring Soul Provider. Visit renso.com for more information.

8/3 VARIOUS TIMES Melville Bicentennial Celebration – The Herman Melville House, Troy; The Lansingburgh Historical Society presents the open house from 9 AM – 1 PM followed by the one-man play Sailing Toward My Father at 2 PM. Visit lansingburghhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

8/3 4 – 8 PM West Side Drive Band – Wood Park, Hoosick Falls; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/3 6 – 8:30 PM Powers Park Concerts featuring Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/5 6 – 8 PM The Tichy Boys – North Greenbush Town Hall; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/6 6:30 – 8:30 PM Brunswick Summer Series featuring the Tichy Boys – Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/7 5 – 8:30 PM Rockin on the River – Riverfront Park; Featuring Kiss the Sky – Hendrix Tribute. Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/8 6:30 – 8:30 PM Schaghticoke Evening Concerts in Summer – Schaghticoke Town Hall; Featuring Back40 Band. Visit renso.com for more information. 54 | AUGUST 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

A&E 8/10 6 – 8:30 PM Powers Park Concerts featuring True Grit Outlaws – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/11 9 AM Annual Run for the Roses – Grafton Lakes State Park; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/11 8 AM – 2 PM 24th Annual Poestenkill Fire Co.Car Show – Poestenkill Fire Company; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/13 6 – 8:30 PM Brunswick Summer Series – featuring Get up Jack; Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/17 6 – 8:30 PM Powers Park Concerts featuring Playback – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/16 – 8/18 ALL WEEKEND Celebrate Stephentown – Stephentown; Third annual grassroots community festival featuring over 25 diverse events over three days. Visit celebratestephentown.com for schedule of events.

8/19 6 – 8 PM Grit & Whiskey – North Greenbush Town Hall; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/20 6:30 – 8:30 PM Brunswick Summer Series – featuring Whiskey Highway; Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/22 6:30 – 8:30 PM Schaghticoke Summers Eve Concerts – Schaghticoke Town Hall; Featuring The Refrigerators. Visit renso.com for more information.

8/24 6 – 8:30 PM Powers Park Concerts – Combat Veterans Night, featuring Diva & the Dirty Boys – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

8/28 – 9/2 10 AM – 10 PM 200th Anniversary Schaghticoke Fair – Schaghticoke Fairgrounds; Visit schaghticokefair.com for more information.



A&E 8/30 7 – 9 PM End of Summer Jam with Fireworks Show – Onderonk Park, East Greenbush; Visit renso.com for more information.

8/30 5 – 9 PM Troy Night Out – Visit renso.com for more information.

SARATOGA COUNTY 8/10 – 8/11 9 AM – 5 PM Markets at Round Lake – Village Green, 49 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake; More than 80 local artisans, craftspeople and makers will have their wares on display for tasting and purchase. Please visit marketsatroundlake.com for more information.

8/17 8:15 AM Jail House Rock 5k – Ballston Spa; All proceeds from the race support the efforts of Saratoga County Historical Society to keep history alive in Saratoga County through collecting, preserving and displaying our history. There will be live music and awards for top finishers and age group winners. Visit brooksidemuseum.org for more information.




friendly program. Kids will take a journey of ingredients from farm to table by planting and harvesting grain and baking bread. For more information and to register, visit schenectadyhistorical.org

Schenectady Greenmarket – Downtown Schenectady; Each Sunday shoppers, musicians and friends gather and enjoy the festive marketplace with 70+vendors who produce everything they sell. Enjoy live music, prepared food, and the region’s freshest local produce. Visit schenectadygreenmarket.org for information.

8/15 6 PM – 8 PM

8/8 10 AM


A Day on the Farm – Mabee Farm; Get hands-on with history and agriculture with this family-

Glimmerglass & Hyde Hall Bus Trip – Round trip from SUNY Schenectady to Cooperstown;

Paws on the Patio – Downtown Schenectady; A variety of restaurants will welcome four-legged friends friends to their patios for an evening of snacking and socializing al fresco. Visit discoverschenectady.com for more information.

Musicians of Ma’alwyck is excited to offer an exquisite afternoon & evening at Glimmerglass Festival & Hyde Hall as part of their 20th Anniversary Celebratory Events. Visit musiciansofmaalwyck.org or call 814.441.0852 for more information on the tour package.

8/24 10 AM – 3PM Arts and Crafts Festival – Mabee Farm; Shop more than 60 artisans and craftspeople as they display their handcrafted items. Featuring jewelry, home décor, fine art, ceramics, soaps, candles, and so much more. Visit schenectadyhistorical.org for more information.

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Kristin's Termé On Jay ................................49

Seat Center ....................................................6

Albany ENT & Allergy Services ..................31

Cornells In Little Italy ..................................49

Laberge Massage Therapy..........................44

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Albany Medical Center ................................24

Ellis Medicine ..............................................31

Lap of Love ..................................................39

Sharon Sprigs Fine Dried Florals ................51

Albany Podiatry ..........................................30

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor....................................10

Luizzi Asphalt Services ................................9

Spring House Spa ........................................51

Animal Protective Foundation ....................40

Fagan Associates, Inc. ................................56

Maria's Café & Catering ..............................49

Sri Siam........................................................52

Attentive Care of Albany ............................44

Feast of the Fields - Saratoga Plan ............56

Mark Friedman, DPM ..................................33

St. George Greek Festival ............................53

Austintacious ..............................................51

Francisco J. Gomez, MD ............................33

Mary Joyce McGinnis, MD, FACOG..............34

St. Peter's Health Partners ............................5

Ávila Independent Retirement Community ..43

Ghent Wood Products..................................52

Meier Law Firm, PLLC ................................41

Stockade Walkabout ..................................54

Beekman 1802 ............................................50

Gnome Serum ..............................................13

Michael Marsello - Blown Away Hair Salon....49

Stone House Farm ......................................51

Bella Napoli Bakery ....................................55

Good Choice Dog Training ..........................40

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Berkshire Museum ......................................55

Grahams Goods & Gallery ..........................51

Nature's Defense ........................................20

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Guilderland Animal Hospital ......................40

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Black Cat Café & Bakery ............................51

Helping Hands @ Home ..............................45

Patty McGee Health Coach..........................42

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Brimstone Bakery........................................51

Home Of The Good Shephard ......................41

Randy Cale, PhD ..........................................37

The Furniture House ....................................45

Buttermilk Falls ..........................................46

Hunt Hill Farm ..............................................54

Rensselaer County Historical Society ........47

The Glove Museum ......................................51

Carlton Hollow Apartments ........................42

J. Craig Alexander, DMD..............................38

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The Spinney Group ......................................45

Cheryl Burack, MD ......................................38

J. Hunziker Paving ......................................19

Rivers Casino & Resort..................................7

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Civitello's Italian Pastry Shoppe ................49

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Everything I Know About Dogs


eing on TV for 30 years, people tend to know who you are. And if you follow me on Facebook you probably also know I love dogs. I certainly have enough of them; four by my last count. I've written two books about them, "God Needed a Puppy" and "Keller's Heart" and donated more than $25,000 to animal shelters from the proceeds. But that's not what I want to talk about today. Instead, I'd rather address the number one question I get from people when they bump into me at the supermarket. People assume I must be a good dog trainer, and they seek advice on how to train, correct, praise, feed, or raise their dogs. First up, let me say I'm not a great trainer and would never pretend to be. However, I have learned a few things along the way, and I credit about 99.9% of it to a man you probably never heard of named Bob Degener. For fifty years Bob ran a kennel and trained dogs in the beauti‐ ful hills of Melrose, N.Y. If you've ever been to the Schaghticoke Fair or skied at Willard Mountain, you have driven by Bob's tiny road and didn't even know it. I met Bob back in 1992 when I was young, had dark hair, and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of my first child. We didn't know what we were having, but I knew I wanted two things for the new baby. I wanted him or her to grow up with a puppy, and I wanted a dog that could pro‐ tect them. Call me silly, but I've always thought an 80‐pound dog bang‐

ing on a screen door was more of a deterrent than an alarm system or even a gun in the house. People can beat alarms or steal guns, but you can't negotiate with a dog who is trying to protect his family. I knew I wanted a German Shepherd but had a slight concern about having such a powerful dog around a helpless child. I asked around to see who might be a good trainer. Back in the '80s and for so many years after, anyone in the German Shepherd community would tell you the guy you wanted to meet was Bob Degener. I was told he held dog training class‐ es every Saturday morning, rain, shine, or snow storm in the fields behind his country home. The cost? A whole 2 dollars. The money was‐ n't for the training but for the coffee, hard rolls and pastry his wife would buy, heat up and layout on the table for all their weekly guests. The class typically lasted four hours so if you did that math that meant you were paying fifty cents an hour for top dog training tips and you got breakfast to boot. I ended up buying my first shepherd from Bob, as he was a breeder too, and for the next three years, you'd find me, along with another cou‐ ple dozen people, teaching our dogs to heel, stay, track and protect. Bob taught something called Schutzhund, and to the untrained eye, it proba‐ bly looked like we were teaching our dogs to bite. Not so. Just as Ralph Macchio in the movie "The Karate Kid" famously said, he was learning karate, so he “won’t have to fight," we were teaching our dogs how to lis‐ ten and protect so they'd never have to bite. After a year or so, my dog started getting really good at following commands, so Bob asked me to become one of his junior trainers. That's a nice way of saying he let me put a big thick sleeve on and I'd run away from dogs and let them chase me. The dogs could bite the sleeve (just like a police dog), but for them it was play. I remember saying to Bob, "What if they miss and bite me?" He said, "They never miss. Just don't slip and fall at the wrong time." That was followed by a hearty laugh. So when people ask me for advice on raising their dogs I don't sug‐ gest they turn their Miniature Schnauzer into a police dog, I simply tell them what Bob taught me. If the dog is doing something wrong, it's your fault, not the dogs. Their entire existence is to please you, so teach them well. As puppies, you'll have to correct them but never hurt them. Praise them by playing with a toy with them after they do something right. Toys actually work better than treats, although treats are great too. If you don't want them on the couch, don't let them on the couch; ever. If you don't want them begging at the table, don't feed them from the table; ever. Love them, spend time with them, walk away if they do something wrong and you are tempted to raise a hand to them. Be consistent and remember they heard you the first time. Don't tell them to sit fifty times, once is enough, then gently make them sit and praise them after. But above everything else, love, love, love. Bob Degener died January 26th, 2015 at the age of 84. He wasn't sick and didn't die in a hospital bed. He was in the field behind his house, playing with his dogs. Can you imagine him leaving this earth any other way? John Gray is weekly columnist for the Troy Record and the Saratogian newspapers and news anchor at ABC 10 and FOX 23. He can be reached at johngray@fox23news.com.


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