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COVER STORY 14 Cover Companions; Indy & Luna


COLUMNS 62 Spiritual Grounding October Purging

FEATURES 36 The ABC’s of Dental Specialties 43 The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

63 Parenting The Renegade Series Reimagining your Role

74 Last Page with John Gray Is Anyone There?

45 Chef Profiles 60 Navigating the Downsize

SPECIAL SECTIONS 18 Dental Profiles

IN EVERY ISSUE 10 Editor’s letter

38 Fall Getaways

11 Upfront with CRL

51 Home Improvement

64 Arts & Entertainment





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think Alexx Bradley says it best in his col‐ umn this month; October truly is the most beautiful month in our Capital Region. The cool evenings usher in dew‐soaked morn‐ ings. I love when the sun hits the droplets – it is like the whole world is sparkling and that anything is possible. We truly get to enjoy October…as parents and grandparents we, hopefully, are settled back into the school routine, and as com‐ muters, we know the best routes to take to avoid the dreaded school bus traffic jams. Now is the time to pack the family car and head out on a road trip. We have compiled some amaz‐ ing destinations, fit for the whole family, to experience the beauty of the foliage and the autumnal bounty of the region. If you are look‐ ing for a more grown‐up adventure, check out The Grateful Traveler’s piece on her recent visit to the newly renovated Equinox Golf Resort and Spa in Manchester, VT. Sitting by the firepit with a glass of wine sounds amazing after a day of shopping and leaf peeping! This month we also bring you our annual Dental section. It is bigger than ever with a dynamic group of practitioners who serve our communities with the mission of providing exemplary, world‐class care to their patients. We welcome you to explore these profiles (and read the ABC’s of Dental Specialities) before you head to the chair for your next cleaning. Our Cover Companion is back for the sec‐ ond time of 2019. Our fur babies are an inte‐ gral part of our families. They brighten our day, make us laugh, and provide uncondition‐ al love. In growing our Cover Companion Initiative, we are committed to raising money and awareness for our partner nonprofits, The Animal Protective Foundation, 11th Hour Canine Rescue, and Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue. These organizations provide essential services to the four‐legged of our community. To achieve this goal (and to show off some more of the amazing stories and pics we receive throughout the contest) we created a Cover Companions Calendar! It will be sold throughout our region at various retail loca‐ tions (check our Facebook page for a list!) 100% of the proceeds will be donated to these organizations so they can continue their work. Let’s take this month to breathe, bask in Mother Nature’s splendor, cultivate gratitude for this amazing life and create a bit of our own magic.



Dare to Read? Seven scary books to get your littles into the Halloween spirit. Whatever your age, a little fright this time of year is in order. From a mischievous wee witch with sibling issues to a dystopian survival tale, there is something for every age in this collection of spooky reads. So gather your fam, grab a blanket, and cuddle on the floor for some creepy chronicles. Ages 4 and up: CLEVER LITTLE WITCH By Muon Thi Van, illustrated by Hyewon Yum Little Linh is the cleverest little witch on Mãi Mãi island. She’s armed with everything a budding enchantress could need: a trusty broomstick, a powerful spellbook, and a magical pet mouse. But she also has a new brother named Baby Phu who’s majorly cramping her style. He crashes her broomstick, eats pages out of her spellbook, and keeps her up all night. Little Linh tried giving Baby Phu away, but nobody will take him. So, she’ll just have to try something else… THE MOST TERRIBLE OF ALL By Muon Thi Van, illustrated by Matt Myers Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the most terrible one of all? Every morning, Smugg’s magic mirror tells him that he’s the most terrible monster there is. Until one day when the mirror tells him there’s an even worse monster – right next door! SPENCER’S NEW PET By Jessie Sima When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—take walks in the park, go to the vet, and attend parties together. There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon. And that means No. Sharp. Objects. Ages 5 and up: CAMPFIRE STORIES By Andres Miedoso, illustrated by Victor Rivas Camping with Desmond Cole is a lot of fun…until he starts telling ghost stories around the campfire. Most kids tell creepy stories that are totally fake, but Desmond knows totally true tales that will give even the bravest souls goosebumps. Ages 8 and up: BUNNICULA: 40th Anniversary Edition By James Howe Before it's too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household: a suspiciouslooking bunny with unusual habits, and fangs! Ages 14 and up HOW WE BECAME WICKED By Alexander Yates When an insect-borne plague begins to envelop the world, three 16year-olds struggle to survive amongst the healthy “trues” and the infected “wickeds” in this gripping dystopian tale from the author of The Winter Place. CURSED By Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins and Nimue must bravely face her new fate. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2019 |



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Cover Companions

Indy and Luna The special bond between two unlikely pals By Beth Krueger


t was the 11th hour for Indy when Capital Region resident Sharon O’Connor got the call on the fateful day that started a new chapter for both pup and dog mom. Indy, a four‐year‐old tan and white Pitbull mix, had gotten herself into a jam. A fourth dog had been introduced into her established household and, as they say, the fur flew. Indy jumped into the fray, and when the dogs were untangled, Indy, now deemed an “agressive dog” was put up for adoption through Second Chance Rescue. As time slipped away, no one came forward to give her the home and care she needed. Continued on next page

LEFT: Indy enjoying a fall day in her front yard. TOP: Luna comforting Indy (inside her cone).

Photo by Blue Iris Photography Luna with a memorial photo of Indy.

Sharon’s friend Jack was concerned, she says. “He had petsat for Indy and knew her”. “He knew she deserved a second chance, that it had been the circumstance, not Indy’s dis‐ position that caused her predicament.” His conversation with Sharon about Indy’s plight changed everything. Indy would be an addi‐ tion to the furry and feathered friends in her household—a cockatoo, a sheltie and several cats and kittens. Sharon, a nurse, made the journey to meet Indy. Jack accompanied her, to give a familiar and trusting presence. That first greet‐ ing resulted in a return trip with Indy and some counsel on getting her used to her new sur‐ roundings and also acclimating the pets in the household to her. Their relationship began with Indy as a fostered dog in Sharon’s home. “We took it slowly,” Sharon recalls. She bought a crate for Indy to use when she was away from the house, and she set up a kennel outside. These weren’t Indy’s favorite things, because she wanted to be close to family, Sharon discovered. The pets were introduced carefully to each other. “But they were nonreactive—no problem,” Sharon says. She recalls her sheltie, 16 | OCTOBER 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

Scrubs, excitedly barking at a cat in a tree. Indy joined him side‐by‐side to quietly watch the acrobatic feline. And when Indy was stretched out resting, the cats liked to snuggle up against her. Out and about in the yard, Indy acted like a pup, running to fetch a toy and make it squeak, or becoming obsessed with a bone. “When anyone came, she always brought something to the door,” Sharon says, like a welcome home gift no matter how short a time you’d been away. Luna, a feral kitten, joined the household last spring. She was very ill with an upper respi‐ ratory infection, and her mother had stopped taking care of her. In adopting her, Sharon worked to get the infection under control and bottle‐fed her. Luna gained strength to become a rambunctious kitten and the best snuggle buddy for Indy. Sharon captured a video of the kitten cleaning Indy’s ear. Sharon had noticed a bump on Indy’s tail when she arrived. At the beginning of this past summer, the bump rapidly blew up into a painful ball. After veterinary visits the verdict was in—the tail needed to come off. Indy went home from her procedure with just a lit‐

tle nub of a tail left. She had to wear a recov‐ ery cone to keep her from interfering with the healing process. That “cone of shame” became something else for Indy. The five‐ week‐old kitten Luna “was not going to let her be alone” and she climbed into the cone to be as close as she could get to nestle alongside Indy. Sharon says, “They were best pals with a special bond.” Indy’s diagnosis was aggressive bone can‐ cer, osteosarcoma, and the prognosis left her with only a few months to live. At this point, she adopted Indy, “so I could give her the best days for whatever time we had left.” There were many “couldn’t anymore’s” for Indy, including getting on the bed and bringing wel‐ come‐home gifts to the door. She shortly lost her appetite. But Luna continued to sleep fur‐ to‐fur with Indy. The dog who once had such a questionable future shared her sense of joy and love each day with her new forever family and created indeli‐ ble memories for Sharon. Indy passed away just a couple of weeks before this publication. This article is a tribute to a very special dog and her loving family: Sharon, Indy’s furry siblings, and CRL especially her little Luna.

Congratulations to our 12 calendar companions

Calendars now available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds go to: Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue, APF (Animal Protective Foundation) and 11th Hour Canine Rescue. Check out our Facebook page for retail locations you!

Lindsay Drug Company 416 5th Avenue, Troy 518.235.2522; lindsaydrug.com Lindsay Drug Company is a third-generation family-run Pharmacy and Healthcare center that has been serving the Capital Region since 1922. Lindsay Drug has always been a few steps ahead of the rest of their industry, and following that path, they are proud to offer the Ananda Pets Full Spectrum Hemp Extract. Ananda Pets is 100% legal, safe and contains all natural ingredients like coconut oil, hemp-derived extract, and vegetarian-certified bacon flavoring. Coconut oil has been proven to be good for our furry friends by aiding digestion, improving their coats, preventing infection, and much more.





Drs. Sbuttoni, Boghosian, DiCerbo, Lawless and Hyun Albany Braces SPECIALTY: Orthodontics Dr. Michael J. Sbuttoni, Dr. Vorton B. Boghosian, Dr. Marianne A. DiCerbo, Dr. Gregory J. Lawless and Dr. Paul Hyun are the premier orthodontic practice in the Capital Region providing orthodontic treatment to children and adults since 1961. Doctors and Staff Our doctors are board certified/eligible and together have over a century of combined experience making our practice like no other in our community. They are members of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, New York State Dental Association, the American Board of Orthodontics and are on the teaching staff at St. Peters and Albany Medical hospitals. Equally, our clinical staff are certified by the Dental Assisting National Board and licensed by the New York State Education Department. Progressive and Innovative Our practice is completely computerized, allowing us to maintain


1004 Western Avenue Albany 518.489.8377

accurate records and communicate efficiently with your primary care dentist. Our innovative practice utilizes the latest treatment options; digital radiography, iTero 3D high‐impact visualization, digital impressions, and TAD’s (Temporary Anchorage Devices) to enhance results. Mini metal braces, tooth colored ceramic braces and lingual braces reduce or totally eliminate the visibility of braces. We are also Gold+ Invisalign providers and offer AcceleDent to shorten treatment time. Fun and Caring Atmosphere In our community we are known as a "fun place” for orthodontic treatment! There are game rooms and contests for our younger patients. To encourage patient cooperation we have monthly raffles and Orthobucks that can be redeemed for logo merchandise. We stay connected with our community on social media to answer questions, share fun facts and get feedback from our patients. Excellence in Orthodontics We’re here for our patients whenever they need us! We are available 24/7, and a doctor will always be on call to assist you if an emergency arises. Our expertise and commitment to providing “Excellence in Orthodontics” is why Drs. Sbuttoni, Boghosian, DiCerbo, Lawless and Hyun were named “Top Docs in 2016”! New patients can be seen at any of our five locations. Call for an exam at no cost or visit our website at www.albanybraces.com.

279 Delaware Avenue Delmar 518.439.8891

15 Century Hill Drive Latham 518.786.1318

73 Troy Road East Greenbush 518.477.5360

1799 Route 9 Clifton Park 518.383.5457


Gregory Dodd, DDS, FAGD Kelly Herbs, DMD Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Experience world class esthetic dentistry Almost 50 years ago a small dental office opened to serve the growing community of Saratoga Springs. Today, that small family dental practice has expanded to seven offices serving the entire North Country and Capital Region. Partners, Dr. Gregory Dodd and Dr. Kelly Herbs are proud to continue the history of exceptional dentistry and commitment to optimizing each patient’s dental experience. The growth of this practice is directly the result of the trust and enduring loyalty of genera‐ tions of families. Their offices are truly challenging the traditional dental office model by delivering the highest quality of care using the best possible materials and modern technologies and they are doing it while accepting most major insurances. The dentists in all of our offices take pride in patient centered care. We recognize that there is no perfect smile only the perfect smile for you. We strive to exceed the expectations of every patient but we remain always aware that every patient has different expecta‐ tions. In all of our offices you will immediately recognize the blending of both the science and art of dentistry being done by a highly skilled and compassionate staff in a family environment free of judgment and high pres‐ sure sales tactics. All of our offices offer a full range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry; extractions to periodontal (gum) therapy, invisible (white) fillings to crowns, inlays and onlays, from Invisalign to cosmetic bonding to the most beautiful porcelain veneers for the smile of your dreams. You can trust your family’s dental care to our family. Call your nearest location and experience how differ‐ ent dentistry can be.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our doctors have restored smiles from all over the world. Concierge service is available from the airport to all of our locations: Clifton Park: 518.371.3333 Greenwich: 518.692.9333 Gloversville: 518.725.1031 Saratoga Springs: 518.584.8150 South Glens Falls: 518.792.2187 Queensbury: 518.792.1108 Lake George: 518.668.5457 *NEW LOCATION* www.SaratogaSpringsDentists.com



Keith Aibel, DMD Aibel Endodontics SPECIALTY: Endodontics Dr. Keith Aibel graduated with honors from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. After pursuing graduate study in molecular biology, he went on to excel at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, receiving his doctoral degree. Dr. Aibel then practiced general dentistry and served as a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his postdoctoral specialty Certificate in Endodontics from Temple University. During his residency, he was trained in all phases of non‐surgical microscopic techniques as well as advanced microsurgical techniques. In addition, he conducted original research, which was subsequently published in the Journal of Endodontics. His outstanding educational background, together with an unrivaled attention to detail, enables Dr. Aibel to predictably treat even the most difficult cases and achieve unparalleled results. His commitment to continuing education and research ensures that Dr. Aibel’s patients receive the most advanced endodontic care available. He works together with his dedicated team that shares his passion and uncompromising standards. Their commitment to endodontic excellence extends from the simplest to the most complex cases, saving teeth that would have otherwise needed to be extracted. Dr. Aibel’s endodontic office is equipped with state‐of‐ the‐art technology such as Zeiss treatment microscopes, a 3‐D digital imaging system, and lasers, in order to enhance efficiency and achieve optimal treatment success. He and his team are dedicated to providing unsur‐ passed endodontic care in a friendly and caring environ‐ ment. “We hold patient comfort and exceptional service in the highest regard,” says Dr. Aibel. “Exceeding expec‐ tations is something we strive for each and every day.” Dr. Aibel has an interest in sports‐related dentistry and served as the N.Y. Giants endodontist during their training camps from 2008‐2012. He is currently a part‐ time Professor of Endodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Aibel Endodontics Four Executive Park Drive Albany 518.482.1900 www.AibelEndo.com


Andrew T. Frank DMD, PC Andrew T. Frank DMD & Associates SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Dr. Andrew Frank has been a life‐long resident of the Capital Region, leaving only to pursue his education. He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology while fulfilling his premed requirements at Emory University, in 1987. Dr. Frank earned his doctorate of dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and then committed to a one year residency at the Albany VA Hospital. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Frank had the opportunity to work with two established practices giving him the knowledge and the insight into what he wanted to bring into his own practice. In 1996, Dr. Frank bought his office at 1816 Western Avenue with the mission to provide the finest quality dentistry in a comfortable, caring environment while lessening the fears imposed by dentistry…MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Through hard work, determination, and continuous invest‐ ment into the superstructure and technology of the office, Dr. Frank maintains a very friendly, caring, boutique dental practice which provides the highest quality of dentistry. Although he con‐ tinues to practice General Dentistry, his passions have led him to the more complex and rewarding Cosmetic and Reconstructive cases. Changing people’s lives, through dentistry, with a com‐ plete smile makeover “never gets old”, according to Dr. Frank. “Today, we have the ability to accomplish so much more than we had in the past. We actually have the ability to provide a com‐ pletely toothless individual with a ‘third set of teeth’ through the use of implant dentistry. It is so exciting!” Dr. Frank credits his caring and knowledgeable staff for helping him achieve the practice of his dreams. A quarterback alone does not make a football team. It is through his team effort that the practice is able to run as efficiently and effectively as possible to provide exceptional care. Confidence, Compassion, Commitment, Comfort, Cosmetic…Come “C” for yourself.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 1816 Western Avenue Albany 518.456.3551 yourdentist00@hotmail.com albanysmiles.com


Gerald C. Benjamin, DDS The Benjamin Smile SPECIALTY: Cosmetic and General Dentistry Dr. Gerald C. Benjamin has been a dentist for 40 years and has concentrated on cosmetic dentistry for more than half of his career. He is one of only 30 dentists in the world that has attained a Certificate of Proficiency in Esthetic Dentistry, a general dentist with an emphasis on Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Benjamin is nationally recognized in the field of cosmetic dentistry and his crown, bridge and veneer cases frequently appear on the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics forum to much acclaim. He has also won the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s prestigious Smile Contest. He was instru‐ mental in founding the first Esthetic Center within a Dental School at SUNY/Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he has been on the Faculty teaching Esthetic Dentistry. The cases on Dr. Benjamin’s website have attracted patients from Syracuse, Oneonta, Lake Placid, Westchester, Long Island, as well as the Capital Region. He has studied with many of the world’s finest dentists to master his craft and has taken more hours of education in cosmetic dentistry than any dentist from the region. “He is a great dentist with concern for his patients and a drive for excellence” Dr. Fred McIntyre, Professor Restorative Dentistry, SUNY/Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (Ret.) says.

CONTACT INFORMATION: The Lofts at 18 Division Street, Suite 205 Saratoga Springs 518.583.1116 benjaminsmile.com


The Smile Zone SPECIALTY: Comprehensive dentistry Our doctors and staff strive to foster a friendly, positive, professional, family‐oriented dental office environment. We are committed to maintaining the highest ethical, moral and professional dental standards possible. We will always treat every patient with respect and in a caring, concerned, and empathetic manner regardless of the situation.

Joseph T. Schumer, DDS, LLC Dr. Schumer completed his undergraduate studies at University of Michigan with con‐ centration in biochemistry. He was then granted early admission to the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, where he graduated at the top of his class. Dr. Schumer says “I am extremely passionate about dentistry, and I come to work every day looking forward to serving my patients in the most caring, ethical and professional way possi‐ ble. I feel very fortunate to have acquired the knowledge that allows me to impact peo‐ ple’s lives, and I strive to make a lasting positive impression with all of my patients.” Dr. Schumer is originally from Michigan and relocated to the Capital Region in 2011 with his wife, Karlee, and two daughters, Alexis and Brooke.

Katelyn R. Seaback, DDS Dr. Seaback grew up locally with the desire to become a dentist beginning at a young age. She graduated with high honors from The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2011, then returned to the capital region and completed a general practice residency at Ellis Hospital. She says, “I try to wake up every day with the intention of making a positive impact on the people I encounter. I love doing dentistry, and feel grateful to have a profession that I feel so passionate about and that also gives me the opportunity to help others.” Dr. Seaback enjoys cases that not only improve her patients’ health, but also improve aesthetics and boost self‐esteem. She has developed a talent for working on patients with dental anxiety, and finds it rewarding to help patients overcome their fears and achieve excellent oral health. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Seaback loves being outdoors spending time with her family.

Shannon P. Llera, DDS Dr. Llera is a second generation dentist, following in the footsteps of her father and brother. She graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2012 and completed her residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Dr. Llera remains active in various dental organizations to further her lifelong journey of learning and uses her advanced training and modern techniques to provide patients with quality dentistry in a comfortable and friendly environment. Dr. Llera practiced in Maryland prior to relocating to the Capital Region with her husband in 2015.

Kathryn L. (Cuilla) Buckley, DDS Dr. Buckley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Buckley completed her General Practice Residency at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. In dental school, residency, and private prac‐ tice, she quickly realized that a large barrier to dental care is patient apprehension towards dental procedures. For that very reason, she became certified in IV (intra‐ venous) Conscious Sedation, receiving her training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She has also received advanced training in Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Restorative Dentistry, and Invisalign.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 576 Sand Creek Road Albany 518.869.5348 smilezonealbany.com


Rachel Hargraves, DDS Rachel Hargravess, DDS, PLLC SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Our practice is a general dentistry office focused on improving the oral health of Capital Region families located in Ballston Lake, NY. Our team is dedicated to giving you the best dental care in the most com‐ fortable and professional environment, ensuring that you have the best experience possible. Dr. Rachel Hargraves practices conservative dentistry using state‐ of‐the‐art technology, while our treatment recommendations consider your long‐term dental health and well‐being. Dr. Hargraves graduated summa cum laude in the top 10 percent of her class from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Following graduation, she relocated to Miami, FL to pursue a rigorous post‐graduate training at the Miami Veterans Hospital. As a fan of

warm sun and bright smiles, she spent several years practicing dentistry in private practice in Pompano Beach, FL. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Fourth District Dental Society, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Hargraves returned to her roots to practice dentistry in the Capital Region. She enjoys being an active member of the community and improving the oral health of her neighbors. In her spare time, Dr. Hargraves enjoys running, spending time with her family, and reading. Aside from dentistry, her other passion is dogs. As a patient, you will hear a lot about her little Chihuahua named Suzy!

CONTACT INFORMATION: 30 Round Lake Road Ballston Lake 518.899.2252 drhargraves.com


Adirondack Orthodontics The team at Adirondack Orthodontics are equipped with the knowledge, tech‐ nology, and passion to address all individual patient concerns. To ensure you are getting the best treatment, they will review your motivations for seeking treat‐ ment, conduct a review of your medical and dental history, and perform a thor‐ ough exam to ensure that the patient can make an informed and educated deci‐ sion regarding their treatment. Their goal is to have every patient leave with all the confidence that a beautiful new smile offers! The team at Adirondack Orthodontics is committed to their patients as well as the community and is one of 750 practices across the country partnering with Smiles Change Lives, a non‐profit giving young people life‐changing orthodontic treatment.


Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn SPECIALTY: Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Dr. Berenshteyn obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He completed an additional year of General Practice Residency, which was followed by two additional 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, member of both the American Dental Association and the American Board of Orthodontics, resides in Guilderland, NY with his wife Biana – a Family Practice PA, and their two children, Emma and Joseph.

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

Dr. Larisa Takhalova

Dr. Tamara Kroboth

Charles Buchanan, DDS

SPECIALTY: Orthodontics

SPECIALTY: Orthodontics

SPECIALTY: Orthodontics and

Dr. Larisa Takhalova grew up in Queens, NY. She has recently relocated to Albany with her husband, Eugene, and son, Michael. Dr. Takhalova graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2006. She earned her DDS degree with high honors from New York University College of Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Takhalova has years of experience as a cosmetic dentist prior to specializing in orthodontics.

Dr. Tamara Kroboth grew up on Long Island and graduated summa cum laude from Stony Brook University Honors College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She also earned both her dental degree and completed her post‐graduate orthodontic education at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Kroboth believes that patients of all ages deserve youthful, healthy and beautiful smiles that will improve confidence and last a lifetime.

Dentofacial Orthopedics Charles Buchanan, DDS received his bachelor’s degree in biology with high honors from the University at Albany and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors from the University at Buffalo, which is ranked among the nation’s top 10 dental schools. Following 18 months of a surgical residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he attended the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, where he received his Orthodontic Certificate.


Lewis Morrison, DDS, FASO, FASCD David Morrison, DDS, FAGD Morrison Dental Care SPECIALTY: General and Comprehensive Dentistry Comprehensive. Patient centric. Pro‐active and preventive. Family focused. Community commitment. Cosmetic oriented. Health. Implants. Under one roof. High tech. Welcoming. These words and phrases are woven into the fabric of Morrison Dental Care. Three generations, and a combined 100+ years of service, have given us deep roots in the Capital Region. We offer full mouth care, from childhood to adult, with an emphasis on the “whole person.” Both Dr. Lewis Morrison and Dr. David Morrison began their schooling at The Albany Academy, and after college, received dental degrees from NYU and SUNY Buffalo, respectively. Both doctors strive to promote excellent patient care and enhance their dental knowledge and techniques through regular continuing education. Offering general dental care, from preventive cleanings through comprehensive rehabilitations, with specialized expertise in implants, cosmetic dentistry, and adult orthodontics (Invisalign), both doctors

believe that healthy smiles inspire and motivate patients to achieve maximum potential in life. We appreciate that each patient is unique with different values and reasons for wanting or needing dental care. At Morrison Dental Care we always listen, educate, and discuss options, leading to a collab‐ orative treatment plan. There is no such thing as the “best” treatment, but, rather what works “best” for the each patient. Providing quality care in professional, modern, and friendly sur‐ roundings is key to attracting and retaining patients. Having a knowledge‐ able and efficient staff is also important, with many staff members having 20 years of service, and most having more than 10 years. Continuity from who greets you to who treats you is a cornerstone of our practice. Achieving good health through dentistry is a significant component of what we do to help our patients. From childhood breathing issues as part of the Healthy Start program, to our Combat Veterans Assistance Program, we are here to stay, going beyond the standard of care, to excellence and beyond.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 1524 Route 9 Clifton Park 518.371.3400 morrisondentalcare.com


Thomas H. Abele, DMD, FAGD Delmar Dental Medicine SPECIALTY: Dental implants, oral surgery and restorative and 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 Region. “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


Richard Salvatore, Sr, DDS, Richard Salvatore, Jr., DDS, Vera Popova Salvatore, DDS Salvatore Dental SPECIALTY: General, Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry Dentistry has been a family tradition since 1934. Dr. Arthur Salvatore Sr.’s passion for helping the community inspired four of his children to pursue careers in the dental field. Currently practicing in a newly built, state‐of‐the‐art office, Dr. Richard Salvatore, Sr. (Doc), his son Dr. Richard Salvatore, Jr. (Dr. Rich), and his wife, Dr. Vera Popova Salvatore (Dr. Vera), provide premier digital dentistry using 3D printers, cone beam technology, digital impressions and dual patient televisions. Salvatore Dental has been the proud recipient of numerous awards, including recognition as the top‐rated practice in 2018 and 2019. Doc has been practicing for 49 years in the Capital Region, taking over the practice from his father. Many of his career‐long patients, having been with the practice for more than 60 years, have seen all three generations of doctors. Doc continues to enjoy all aspects of dentistry and blends time‐ tested techniques along with cutting‐edge digital dentistry.

Dr. Rich is a leading member in the Academy of 3D dentists, pio‐ neering the implementation of 3D technology with dentistry. Less than 1% of dentists provide the in‐house 3D technology that Salvatore Dental uses on a daily basis. Further, he has obtained more than 500 hours of additional training with focus on providing dental implants for a perma‐ nent solution for his patients. Ironically, Dr. Vera also comes from a family of dentists with both parents practicing in Ukraine. Dr. Vera’s cosmetic dentistry is award win‐ ning! She has won the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award as well as International College of Dentists Award. Spanning 122 countries, a nominated dentist must pass a rigorous peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achieve‐ ment, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.” Giving back to the community is a priority for the Salvatores. Their latest project is the Smiles for Veterans program, where they have com‐ mitted to providing $50,000 dollars of free dental care to military veter‐ ans in need.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 127 Dunning Street Ballston Spa 518.899.6068 salvatoredental.com


Frederick Marra, DMD Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants SPECIALTY: Complete Dental Care and Implants Dr. Frederick Marra was born in Cohoes, NY and attended college at the University of Rochester, graduating in 1976. Following graduation, he attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his DMD degree in 1980 and stayed on to complete a residency training program in General Dentistry, com‐ pleting this in 1981. In 1981 he returned to Cohoes and entered prac‐ tice with his father, Dr. Harry Marra making his practice, Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants, a comprehensive general dental practice now in its 75th year. Dr. Marra has completed extensive advanced education in orthodon‐ tics, oral surgery, periodontal therapy and surgery, endodontics, restorative dentistry, and implantology. He has earned his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He prides himself and his practice on a high level of diagnostic under‐ standing and careful implementation of dental care

CONTACT INFORMATION: 100 Main Street Cohoes 518.237.0019 marradmd.com

Robert Herzog, DDS Dental Wellness of Albany SPECIALTY: Traditional, Biologic and Holistic Dentistry One Mouth ‐ One Body ‐ One Connection is the philosophy of the office. Board Certified Naturopathic Physician and Biologic Dentist, Dr. Herzog is a conventional dentist and former engineer who uses a biologic approach in his practice. He has enjoyed continuing his education in holistic and alternative care so he can better accomplish modern den‐ tistry in the least toxic manner. In addition to being a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and accredited in the IAOMT, he is a skilled safe mercury amalgam removal technique (SMART) dentist, and certified in dental ozone therapy by the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Understanding the systemic interrelationship our teeth have with our health, he believes that “A Healthy Body Starts with A Healthy Mouth.”

CONTACT INFORMATION: 651 Delaware Ave Albany 518.427.2447 651Dental.com


Kendra J. Zappia, DDS & Morgan M. Fryer, DDS Zappia & Fryer General Dentistry

our chair massagers while you have your teeth cleaned or treatment completed. Our team would like to thank our patients for all of their continued support throughout the years and we look forward to seeing your smiles in our office. New patients are always welcome!


We are proud to announce that we have moved in to our new office space and are excited to provide even more comfort, technology, and style to our patient's treatment while maintaining our comprehensive and gentle care. Our relaxation room is available to our patients before and after treatment to enjoy and unwind. Enjoy a gentle massage from

1 Pine West Plaza Albany 518.869.1138 zappiakarol.com Instagram: ZappiaFryer • Facebook: ZappiaFryer

David M. Perrino, DDS and Michael A. Perrino, DDS

sleep apnea devices, the team led by the doctors will work to obtain your oral health goals in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Patient education followed by comprehensive and compassionate care is valued with every encounter. Dr. Michael and Dr. David Perrino have served generations of families in the Capital Region for all of their general dentistry needs. This commitment to the community has fueled the success of their dental practice.

Perrino Dental Care SPECIALTY: Family Dentistry Each with a degree from Union College and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Michael A. Perrino and Dr. David M. Perrino have served the Capital Region for nearly 50 years of combined experience in family dentistry. The doctors take a great deal of pride in fulfilling the needs of every dental patient in the office. Whether it is routine cleanings and fillings, cosmetic dentistry, denture needs, implant restorations or

CONTACT INFORMATION: 916 Kings Road Schenectady 518.346.4632 perrinodentalcare.com


Subrata Mukherjee DDS, FFDRCS Albany Dental Practice SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Dr. Subrata Mukherjee, DDS, FFDRCS, welcomes you to his dental practice in Albany. A graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Mukherjee went on to pursue an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at University of Rochester’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He received a postgraduate diploma and Fellowship in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine (FFDRCS) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. After more than 30 years as a practicing dentist he likes the challenge of treating complex dental problems. His special interest area is dental implantology and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Mukherjee completed an advanced training program and Fellowship in dental implantol‐ ogy. A lifelong learner Dr. Mukherjee updates his clinical knowledge by regu‐ larly attending Continuing Education (CE) courses. His fully digitized office is conveniently located behind Stuyvesant Plaza with ample parking places. Dr. Subrata Mukherjee is member of: • American Dental Association • New York State Dental Association • Third District Dental Society • Academy of General Dentistry • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Fellow) • International Dental Implant Association (Fellow) • Spear study Club.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 4 Executive Park Drive, 2nd Floor Albany 518.482.7688 albanydentalpractice.com

Laurie Singh, DDS Adirondack Dental Group SPECIALTY: Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry We are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state‐of‐the‐art proce‐ dures that will result in beautiful, long‐lasting smiles! A stan‐ dard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. As a practice, we are true believers that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care.” That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x‐rays when necessary. We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental needs and look forward to serving you. Make an appointment today…we’ll give you a reason to smile!

CONTACT INFORMATION: 1753 U.S. 9, Clifton Park 518.371.4131 53 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs 518.584.2690 adirondackdentalgrp.com Photo by Fred Neudoerffer. NeuStudios, LLC


J. Craig Alexander, DMD J. Craig Alexander, DMD General Dentistry SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Enjoy eating again! Smile with confidence! Dr. Craig Alexander is one of only a few dentists in the Capital Region 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



This list is excerpted from the 2018 topDentists™ list, a database which includes listings for almost 100 dentists and specialists in the Capital Region area. The Capital Area list is based on hundreds of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at www.usatopdentists.com. For more information call 706-364-0853; write PO Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email info@usatopdentists.com or visit www.usatopdentists.com.




18 Division Street, Suite 411 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-226-0504 www.rootcanalexperts.com

BART M. RIZZUTO CAPITAL DISTRICT ENDODONTICS 2317 Balltown Road Schenectady, NY 12309 518-377-1234 www.capitaldistrictendodontics.com

HILTON SEGAL 2200 Burdett Avenue, Suite 207 Troy, NY 12180 518-274-1808


General Dentistry

Four Executive Park Drive Albany, NY 12203 518-482-1900 www.aibelendo.com



123 Whitehall Road Albany, NY 12209 518-436-9771 www.alvarezdentalpllc.com

ROOT CANAL EXPERTS 18 Division Street, Suite 411 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-226-0504 www.rootcanalexperts.com

ROBERT W. BERLS CAPITAL DISTRICT ENDODONTICS 947 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-348-1160 www.capitaldistrictendodontics.com



518-477-8428 www.lapinskidental.com

DEBRA BAUSBACK 840 Kenwood Avenue P.O. Box 189 Slingerlands, NY 12159 518-439-9939 www.bausbackmcgarry.com

GERALD C. BENJAMIN 18 Division Street, Suite 205 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-1116 www.benjaminsmile.com


COCOZZO FAMILY DENTISTRY 4 Hemphill Place, Suite 151 Malta, NY 12020 518-899-5800 www.maltafamilydentist.com

MICHAEL J. COMIS 1512 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12309 518-374-5698 www.comisdental.com


981 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-0224 www.chauvindental.com

34 Vley Road, Suite 1 Scotia, NY 12302 518-370-5038 www.drcoppola.com



1415 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-377-7000

108 Everett Road Albany, NY 12205 518-458-1723




272 New Scotland Avenue, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12208 518-438-3773

2911 State Route 9, Suite 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-580-8800 www.billingtonfamilydentistry.com



114 Troy Road East Greenbush, NY 12061



319 South Manning Boulevard, Suite 102 Albany, NY 12208 518-438-4401 www.baratsdental.com


518-370-5234 www.mondovidental.com/locations/newyork-dental-centers/schenectady-ny/

MONDOVI DENTAL 1542 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12309

DAVID M. DELANEY 21 Everett Road Extentsion Albany, NY 12205 518-438-2722 www.drdaviddelaney.com






1484 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-456-6171 www.drdelehanty.com



170 South Broadway, Suite 2 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-886-8610 www.my518dentist.com

916 Kings Road Schenectady, NY 12303 518-346-4632 www.perrinodentalcare.com




1070 Nott Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-374-4118 www.dentalofficesllp.com

1006 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-374-6845 www.schenectadydentistry.com





129 Remsen Street, Suite 1 Cohoes, NY 12047 518-237-3642 www.michaelkowaldentist.com


554 Sand Creek Road Albany, NY 12205 518-869-5397 www.desantifamilydentistry.com

GREGORY P. DODD SARATOGA SPRINGS FAMILY DENTISTRY 286 Church Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-8150 www.saratogaspringsdentists.com

DAVID LEVINE 888 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-435-1104 www.davidlevinedentist.com


916 Kings Road Schenectady, NY 12303 518-346-4632 www.perrinodentalcare.com

JOHN C. SCHUMMER GLENVILLE SMILES 170 Saratoga Road Scotia, NY 12302 518-399-8196 www.glenvillesmiles.com

PINE RIDGE DENTAL 6296 Duanesburg Road Duanesburg, NY 12056 518-895-5288 www.pineridgesmiles.com

2911 Route 9, Suite 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-580-9570 www.liberatorefamilydental.com


ALBANY SMILES 1816 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-375-1600 www.albanysmiles.com

JAMES E. GALATI 1758 Route 9 Parkwood Plaza Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-3014 www.dentalsmilesofcliftonpark.com

1070 Nott Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-374-4118 www.dentalofficesllp.com


225 Great Oaks Boulevard Albany, NY 12203 518-218-0713 www.maestrodentistry.com



523 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-482-8111 www.gialanelladds.com



100 Main Street Cohoes, NY 12047 518-237-0019 www.marradmd.com


1753 Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-4131 www.adirondackdentalgrp.com

SCOTT S. SOULÉ 2521 Hamburg Street Schenectady, NY 12303 518-355-3100 www.drsoule.com

ROBERT N. TARANTO 1484 Western Avenue, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12203 518-869-8374


CHRISTOPHER WALSH 1829 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-456-5131 www.christopherwalshdds.com


1023 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-383-9257 www.doctorjohndentist.com

643 Grooms Road, Suite 2 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-0461 www.montagdental.com

1542 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12309 518-370-5234

ROBERT HERZOG, JR. 651 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12209 518-427-2447 www.651dental.com


RICHARD J. PASTRANA 85 Schoolhouse Road Albany, NY 12203 518-456-3000 www.capitaldistrictsmiles.com

7 Southwoods Boulevard, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12211 518-445-2505 www.capitaldistrictoral.com

JOSEPH V. OLSZOWKA SARATOGA COUNTY ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY ASSOCIATES 4 Care Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-4497 www.scomsa.com



1021 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-482-1021 www.1021dental.com






29 Colvin Avenue Albany, NY 12206 518-459-7993 www.drvignali.com

1562 State Street Schenectady, NY 12304 518-377-2836


100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 112 Albany, NY 12203 518-682-6400 www.greatoakoralsurgery.com



100 Sitterly Road, Suite 102 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-383-0160



523 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-482-8111 www.gialanelladds.com


Two Executive Park Drive Albany, NY 12203 518-446-1001 www.albanyomsgroup.com


57 Scotland Road Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 845-356-5060

50 Remsen Street, Suite 2 Cohoes, NY 12047 518-235-0781






7 Southwoods Boulevard, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12211 518-445-2505 www.capitaldistrictoral.com

554 Sand Creek Road Albany, NY 12205 518-869-5397 www.desantifamilydentistry.com


4 Care Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-4497 www.scomsa.com

615 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12305 518-374-9770 www.drscotto.com











Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


KENDRA J. ZAPPIA ZAPPIA & KAROL One Pine West Plaza, Suite 106 Albany, NY 12205 518-869-1138 www.zappiakarol.com

SCOTT E. ZITOFSKY CAPITAL DISTRICT ADVANCED DENTAL ARTS 601 Bruno Road, Suite A Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-2530 www.capitaldistrictadvanceddentalarts.com

BATTISTE ORTHODONTICS 1019 Keyes Avenue Schenectady, NY 12309 518-545-4040 www.schenectadypediatric.dentist

SERGEY BERENSHTEYN ADIRONDACK ORTHODONTICS 939 Route 146 Building 400 Suite 4 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-631-9771 www.adirondackorthodontics.com

VORTON B. BOGHOSIAN ALBANY BRACES 1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com

CHARLES H. BUCHANAN GUILDERLAND ORTHODONTICS 1465 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12205 518-456-0001 www.GuilderlandOrthodontics.com





220 Church Avenue, Suite 2 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-885-9473 www.burlingamebraces.com

207 Mohawk Avenue, Suite 1-A Scotia, NY 12302 518-372-3424 www.hoskinsonortho.com





454 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-2044 www.byrneorthodontics.com

1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com





500 Federal Street, Suite 600 Troy, NY 12180 518-274-4322 www.cooneyorthodontics.com

1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com





625 Hoosick Road Troy, NY 12180 518-273-4766 www.malschorthodontics.com

9 Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com



255 Schuurman Road Castleton On Hudson, NY 12033 518-477-2727 www.garypucciodds.com


1327 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-377-2700 www.delukeorthodontics.com

MARIANNE A. DICERBO ALBANY BRACES 1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com


TIMOTHY R. ESMAY 877 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-435-1660

1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com


Pediatric Dentistry


KATE CARROLL WHERE SMILES GROW PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 9 Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com

100 Sitterly Road, Suite 102 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-383-0160 www.amythedentist.com



NANCY A. CAVOTTA WHERE SMILES GROW PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 9 Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com

634 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-5458 www.albanyperio.com



450 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-587-7512 www.saratoga-perio.com

STEVEN G. MESSING 2 Executive Park Drive, Suite 10 Albany, NY 12203 518-482-2728

Nine Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com


HARRY E. ROSENSTEIN CAPITAL REGION PROSTHODONTICS 2079 Western Avenue Guilderland, NY 12084 518-862-0720 www.capitalregionprosthodontics.com

KRISTINA GALLO SOUTHWOODS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 7 Southwoods Boulevard Albany, NY 12211 518-242-7800 www.southwoodspd.com

SELECTION PROCESS “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” This is the question we've asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer's work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received as well as status in various dental academies can play a factor in our decision.

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Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere. DISCLAIMER This list is excerpted from the 2018 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for nearly 100 dentists and specialists in the Albany/Capital Region area. For more information call: 706-364-0853 or email: info@usatopdentists.com or visit: www.usatopdentists.com. topDentists 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 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 2016-2018 by topDentists, LLC, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.



The ABCs of Dental Specialities Translating oral healthcare specialists for a less scary visit to the dentist chair By Beth Krueger


s we recline in that familiar chair, our dentist may tell us that we have a situa‐ tion that requires the expertise of an oral healthcare specialist. These specialists may be an endodontist, a periodontist, an ortho‐ dontist, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Reasons for this referral may include the complexity of the process, your combination of health conditions, or other factors that would result in consultation and coordinated treatment plan between your regular dentist and the specialist. That’s understood, but Max who? Endo what? Ortho how? Just what are these dental fields? Arm yourself with knowledge, so the next time your dentist suggests a referral, you under‐ stand what questions to ask to be your own best advocate. Let’s take an alphabetical look at the ten specialties designated by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards. These special‐ ties generally require several years of advanced training beyond dental school education. Endodontists focus on the interior of the 36 | OCTOBER 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

tooth where we find the canals with tissue (pulp) around the root of the tooth (periradic‐ ular). Yes, this includes addressing tooth pain and root canal treatment, as well as other pro‐ cedures relating to the interior of the tooth. You may hear your specialist say that their goal is to “save the tooth.” (aae.org). Oral maxillofacial surgeons provide sur‐ gery and treatment relating to hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaw, perform‐ ing complex procedures or those that require significant levels of sedation. This may include such actions as extractions, jaw surgery, and cleft lip or cleft palate procedures (aaoms.org). Two other specialties in this area of the mouth are oral maxillofacial radiologists of the teeth and jaws (aaomr.org) and oral maxillofacial pathologists—the latter being the science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of disease in this region (aaomp.org). Orthodontists align the jaw and straight‐ en teeth and may employ braces, retainers, aligners, and headgear to give you the best smile possible. They address abnormalities in

the position of the teeth (malocclusion) and neuromuscular and skeletal problems. This field also is known as dentofacial orthopedics (mylifemysmile.org). Periodontists work to prevent and to treat periodontal (gum) disease and oral inflammation. They also are trained in placing and maintaining dental implants. Scaling and root planning are among this specialist’s tech‐ niques (perio.org). Prostodontists restore missing or dam‐ aged teeth and jaw structures, which could involve using crowns, dental implants, den‐ tures, porcelain veneers, bridges, and recon‐ structive dentistry (gotoapro.org). Other specialists are pediatric dentists who are, in essence, pediatricians of dentistry (aapd.org); dental anesthesiologists, with spe‐ cialized training, logically, in dental anesthesi‐ ology (asdahq.org); and specialists in public health dentistry, who concentrate on the pre‐ vention and control of dental disease on a CRL community basis (aaphd.org).




fall getaways



39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 413.443.7171; berkshiremuseum.org Just a short drive from Albany in Pittsfield, Mass., Berkshire Museum combines art, science, and history to create thought-provoking experiences for the whole family. This regional favorite offers weekly activities, hands-on exhibitions, independent film screenings, and more. For a complete schedule of events, please visit berkshiremuseum.org. This fall, help to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage with She Shapes History, a new exhibition that spotlights exceptional women, their work, and how their accomplishments changed United States history. Enjoy fine art, examine historical objects, and discover untold stories to learn how societal expectations and opportunities changed for American women from the early 1800s through present day as they marched into leadership positions, became activists, and entered business, science, and politics. What do the bicycle, the typewriter, and bloomers have in common? How did suf-

fragists and women’s rights activists sway public opinion? How can you shape history today? Find the answers to these questions and more in She Shapes History, which will be on view at Berkshire Museum October 5, 2019 through May 25, 2020. This exhibition is made possible by Berkshire Magazine. Berkshire Museum is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, from noon to 5pm.


49 Florida Avenue, Amsterdam 518.212.2067; amsterdamcastle.com A night at this New York castle is nothing short of a real-life fairytale. Amsterdam Castle is the perfect locale for creating precious memories. Whether you are celebrating a milestone or spending a staycation in style, this hotel and restaurant is indispensable. Afterall, there is nothing worth more than spending wonderful moments with your loved ones in a beautiful place. Amsterdam Castle, also known as the Amsterdam Armory, was built in 1895 by



Isaac G. Perry, most famous for having been the lead architect for New York state’s capitol building. A former National Guard Armory, Amsterdam Castle is the only one of the 100 armories built in New York at the turn of the century that was converted into a private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, this local gem has certainly transformed into something special since the armory was decommissioned. After five years and more than five million dollars in renovations, Amsterdam Castle is finally ready to host guests and show off all that it has to offer. Staying in one of the Amsterdam Castle’s more than 20 charming rooms will truly make you feel like royalty. About 40 minutes from Albany, Saratoga, the great open spaces of the Adirondacks, national parks and lakes including the well-known Lake George, and Cooperstown, Amsterdam Castle is an absolute must-visit…Make sure to get here before word about this lesser-known gem gets out!

SHAWANGUNK WINE TRAIL 845.256.2456; gunkswine.com

Don't miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley! Break out those tacky holiday sweaters, sip some cheer and get ready to ring in the season at Wreath Fineries at the Wineries; the Shawangunk Wine Trail's exciting annual holiday event! This is a great opportunity to taste a variety of wines produced in the Hudson Valley while getting a jump on holiday shopping and stocking up for your seasonal celebrations! All 15 member wineries will be decked out for the holidays, awaiting your arrival. Choose from three weekends to attend, select your starting winery, and purchase your tickets at GunksWine.com! The event is from 10 am to 5 pm on all dates. Weekend #1 November 23–24 Weekend #2 December 7–8 Weekend #3 December 14–15 The fun begins when you check in at your starting winery. There you'll receive a souvenir wine glass, a grapevine wreath, a Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament and wine tastings. Then proceed on a self-guided tour to the remaining 14 member wineries, receiving wine tastings and a snazzy new ornament to decorate your wreath along the way! PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are only available online at GunksWine.com. Ticket sales close at 6 pm on the Thursday before the event weekend. Tickets will not be available at the door.


Please drink responsibly. We encourage attendees to use a designated driver or one of Shawangunk Wine Trail transportation partners. For additional information on the Shawangunk Wine Trail, including maps, transportation, lodging, and special attractions, visit GunksWine.com.


Various destinations 800.872.7245; amtrak.com Riding Amtrak brings you an entire region of fall getaways! Travel through New York in comfort, not traffic. Enjoy

miles of legroom and extra-wide seats while you explore New York and the region on Amtrak. Enjoy nature’s kaleidoscope of colors. Rated a “Top 10 Most Scenic Train Ride in the World,” the Adirondack will help you discover why hikers, leaf peepers, and snow lovers make annual pilgrimages to Lake Champlain’s shores. Along the way, history comes alive in places like Saratoga Springs and Ticonderoga. Ride the Empire Service train to New York City. The city that never sleeps invites you to catch a show, walk the High Line’s elevated urban oasis or stroll the

Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Central Park on bike or marvel at the metropolis from the top of the Empire State Building. Catch a ferry to Lady Liberty and then explore your roots at Ellis Island. The Ethan Allen travels the Hudson Valley to Saratoga and east to Vermont. There are no worries about road construction, traffic or weather delays when you're leisurely enjoying the views of the Hudson River Valley, the summer bustle of Saratoga Springs, and the serenity of Vermont's farms, villages, and the Green Mountains. The Ethan Allen Express connects you to year-round outdoor adventures. Go ahead, skip the cab ride, and go for the train. Book your unforgettable excursion on Amtrak today.

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Putnam County has a wealth of offerings for visitors seeking the best of the Hudson Valley. Conveniently located and easily accessible to and from New York City, Putnam offers unexpected year-round attractions just an hour’s drive north of midtown Manhattan. Looking for outdoor recreational activities? Putnam has a range of possibilities – from swimming, hiking, and golf on elite courses in the warmer months, to snowboarding and skiing during the winter. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be thrilled at how their innovative chefs transform fresh, local ingredients into superb artisanal dining offerings. Arts lovers will be drawn to Putnam’s numerous festivals, theaters, galleries, museums, and music venues. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll find significant historical sites and wellpreserved, elegant, 19th century estates. Children will always find something fun to do, with countless educational programs. Tilly Foster Farm provides a true country farm experience in close proximity to New York City. Spend an afternoon on miles of walking and bike trails. Watch the boats on the majestic Hudson River. Catch an outdoor movie on the Great Lawn at Boscobel House & Gardens. Explore outdoor sculpture in Garrison, navigate the Great Swamp in Patterson, and so much more. Come join your neighbors! Explore some of the hidden gems of the Hudson Valley by spending a day, a weekend, or even your next vacation in Putnam County, where there’s something for everyone, no matter what you may be looking for. #perfectlyputnam


Photo courtesy of Equinox Golf Resort & Spa Relax on the back patio with a warming drink by the fire.

Fit for a President A merging of history and luxury at the newly remodeled Equinox Golf Resort & Spa By Vikki Moran | The Grateful Traveler

hen driving to Vermont from the Capital Region this time of year, we’re most often on the hunt for yummy maple products, stellar leaf peeping, or some major fall finds at those famous outlets. But when was the last time it was history you craved? There is never a trip, whether long or short, into Vermont when I fail to learn something interesting about our Northeast neighbor.


If only walls could talk The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester is more than 200 years old and has many unique structures with six distinct architectural styles and histories. In 1769, The Marsh Tavern (now The Equinox) host‐ ed Ira Allen, the younger brother of Ethan Allen. He was raising money for the American Revolution Regiment that was to become the famous Green Mountain Boys.

The stately columns that define the property date back to the late 1800s. L.C. Orvis owned what is now the North Wing of the resort, which serves now as the Chop House Restaurant. At the beginning of the auto‐ mobile age, the brilliant and forward‐thinking Orvis, as the inn's owner, saw a need to create parking accommodations as he knew folks would now be traveling on wheels and not horses. The name Orvis lives on in high style just across the street, as a world‐famous store specializing in fishing and outdoor sports equipment. The fly fishing ponds and training center are steps away from The Equinox Resort today and draw many fly fishing and hunting aficionados to the town. The Guinness Family purchased the resort many years later and remodeled in the look of their Scotland homeland with tartan plaids on the floors and green velvet on the windows. The Scottish style remained until the newest multi‐million dollar renovation.



Photo courtesy of Equinox Golf Resort & Spa One of the stately sitting rooms to enjoy a book or some quiet time.

The lonely suite One of the most fascinating tidbits of history involves the Lincoln family. Mary Todd Lincoln and her two young sons traveled to Vermont and became enamored with Manchester. That trip was during the summer months of 1864. She lobbied her husband, President Abraham Lincoln, to join the following year's vacation. With the trip reserved and planned, an exclusive suite was built to accommodate the President, his often‐per‐ snickety wife, and their children. A few months before the proposed trip, President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865. So The Lincoln Suite was never enjoyed by the great man. The President’s children later set up residency at the vacation home Hildene, very near The Equinox. You can visit and enjoy more of the Lincoln family’s history and take a guided tour with beautiful stories about the family’s lives after the assassination.

Photo by Vikki Moran

Worthy present day

Explore the grounds at your leisure


Rather than rest on its past glory, The Equinox’s recent multi‐million dollar renova‐ tion (completed in 2018) fuses modernity with its historic roots. The lobbies, guest rooms, and restaurants are stunning. The Falcon Bar serves as a fun gathering spot for hotel guests in every season. The large French doors open to a massive deck with a large contemporary firepit. As the locals are eager to tell you, "Vermont can have all four seasons in one day," and that was the case when I was visiting, so the firepit was a hit with us all. The well‐appointed and lovely spa offers a total escape. In addition to body treat‐ ments, there is a sizeable exercise facility, indoor lap pool, and an outdoor hot tub — all these within steps of the spa. Hikes, falconry, a Land Rover off‐road experience, archery, tennis and certainly golf can fill your days at The Equinox in exhilarating fashion. Two restaurants, The Chop House and Marsh Tavern, serve the best cuts of beef or local hearty New England choices. Breakfast is served in a large and lovely open room with sweeping views – but don’t let that distract you from the best homemade cider donuts that have to be tried! I am hard‐pressed to think of another property with mountain views as grand as these — a trip to The Equinox for whatever reason in whatever season is delightful. CRL



most difficult and challenging things to do in a restaurant. But with many years of experience it becomes a routine. You work with your staff, treat them with respect, and you get only good results back.


What dish are you most proud of and why?

Mole poblano and chile reyenos (stuffed poblano peppers) are defi­ nitely our favorite dishes. First, because they are our mom’s recipes and second because they represent the most traditional dishes from our home state of Puebla, Mexico

Robert and Caesar Bermejo | El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

What is your favorite food and beverage pairing and why? Why the food industry?

We have a passion for it! We grew up in a large family where we always got together, and cooking was a big part of those gather­ ings. We cooked, we baked, and we ate every time we got together with the family. We have respect for the food industry. You've got to love it to be in it! How and where were you trained?

We received most of our training at home and through working in the restaurant industry. How do you manage your staff?

Managing staff and keeping calm on a busy day are probably the two


Our favorite cuisine is Italian paired with a good bottle of wine.


What dish are you most proud of and why?

Country­style pâté, because not many casual restaurants make that kind of thing from scratch anymore. We've had it on the menu since we opened. I'm always excited to teach the recipe to new cooks who start in my kitchen, because I know this type of tech­

nique will stay with them throughout their career. That's why "old school" stuff is important.

ber one night in particular, washing and drying arugula by hand a couple of leaves at a time until 2 am. He said any other way would bruise the lettuce.

Why the food industry?

I've always liked to eat…still do. While other kids were watching cartoons after school, I was watching Julia Child, or Great Chefs. The more I worked at restaurants, the more I liked it. When you’re in it, it feels like you’re doing the most important thing in the world. I love it. How and where were you trained?

Mike Cohen | Chez Mike

For me, training started at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. It was a great educa­ tion; they take it very seriously. After that, all the chefs I've worked for have had an influence on me for sure. But one, in par­ ticular, Gunther Seeger, had the most impact on me. He taught me how to appreciate the ingre­ dients. I can remem­

How do you manage your staff?

We have nightly meetings right before service. Besides going over that night’s specials, and guests’ requests, we address any issues we need to improve upon. I'm pretty good about keeping calm during hectic times on the outside; I’m not a screamer. On the inside, some­ times it’s a different story. What is your favorite food and beverage pairing, and why?

Pastrami on rye with mustard with Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda. It reminds me of my childhood, and where I'm from.



What dish are you most proud of and why?

Fried chicken, hands down! After months of experimenting with fried chicken brines and cooking techniques, we came up with what we believe to be the perfect creation. It is a dish that is great all year round, something I crave myself. The feedback we get from cus­ tomers traveling through Albany from the south and telling us this is



the best fried chicken they have ever had…honestly, nothing makes a chef prouder.

stay calm, they follow suit. Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up. What is your favorite food and beverage pairing and why?

Why the food industry?

My father was always my inspiration, cooking amazing meals at home, and teaching me how to cook. I wanted to learn more, and after culinary school, I knew I had found my passion.

A classic bacon cheeseburger with a cold beer. There is nothing more satisfying than that all–American classic.


How and where were you trained?


I have learned so much working hands­ on in restaurants from different chefs. I continued my educa­ tion at SCCC (Schenectady County Community College). How do you manage your staff?

Devin Ziemann | The Cuckoos Nest and Crave Burgers & Frozen Yogurt


I know that I have to set the tone in the kitchen day in and day out. The more I show my staff that it's more productive to



What dish are you most proud of and why?

I don’t have a favorite one, but based on success alone, I would have to go with the tempura Surf and Turf Roll. This appetizer came about when we were opening 677 Prime, and I thought to myself, “what best represents a steakhouse?” and came up with the steak and lobster combination in sushi form.

Why the food industry?

What dish are you most proud of and why?

I was going to school for business, paying my way through school as a short­order cook. I realized along the way that I thrive in a chaot­ ic environment, and what has more chaos than the restaurant industry? I love the fast pace and (aggressive at times) passion, which contrasts with the delicate hand needed to attain perfection on each plate. I eventually fell in love with the infinite possibilities that come with cooking and creating and seeing ideas not only come to life, but also be enjoyed by our guests. How do you manage your staff?

It is odd; the crazier things get, the more focused and in control I become. I try to pass this on to my team by conveying a sense of urgency while keeping composure and driving focus. There is noth­ ing we can’t do so long as we remain cohesive in our goal and keep guests our focus: in service, in the glass, and on the plate.

Probably our Turkey Pot Pie and our Pot Roast dinner. Everything is made in­house everyday. We are also well­ known for our home­ made baked goods. John Sqadrito | Duncan’s Dairy Bar

Why the food industry?

I was born into it. My grandmother taught me to bake, and I still use those same recipes today. How and where were you trained?

What is your favorite food and beverage pairing, and why?

I can’t tell you one thing, my love for food and beverage is too vast. If you gave me a category, say beer, I’d pair it with a burger topped with bacon. Wine? A bold cabernet with a ribeye steak. Spirits? A premium margarita with authentic tacos.



I started working in the kitchen when I was 13 years old. I learned by watching my grandparents, particularly my grandmother. How do you manage your staff?

I like to ensure everyone is well­trained and equipped to handle a busy shift. What is your favorite food and beverage pairing and why?

Our two eggs and homemade hash with coffee! Because…yum!


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PATTERSONVILLE FURNITURE 1664 Main Street, Pattersonville 518.887.2741; pattersonvillefurniture.net Pattersonville Furniture Store has been delivering the finest furniture and quality customer service to the Capital Region for over 80 years. This familyowned and operated business, located just west of Schenectady, has been helping customers with their furniture needs since 1936. Pattersonville carries over 30 lines of American-made solid wood furniture. Stop by their showroom to see their quality products. They offer free delivery, set-up, and removal, as well as free financing. Open daily from 10am – 5pm; Thursday and Friday until 9pm; closed Sunday.

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Photo courtesy of Nina Sher Nina and Aaron with a couple memories.

Navigating the Downsize Gearing up for paring down – what to expect as you prepare to age in place By Nina Sher


hould we stay, or should we go? That was the nagging question that had been swirling around my head since we received the news of my husband’s Parkinson’s diagnosis. Honestly, the question surfaced long before that. Aaron and I have been empty‐nesters for more than a decade. Our adult children are married and have children of their own. So, why do we still need a four‐ bedroom house? As a parent, all kinds of “what‐if” scenarios plagued me in the middle of the night. After all, isn’t that what nighttime is for ‐ worrying? Where would our company stay? What if we regret mov‐ ing? How will we sort through all of our stuff? Living in a state of limbo and stressing over an endless list of per‐ ceived roadblocks conveniently aided our avoiding the subject alto‐ gether. As a licensed real estate professional, I’ve seen too many peo‐ ple wait to downsize and end up breaking a hip…or worse. Moving while in crisis is an unsettling ordeal, and family members may have to make difficult decisions on your behalf. We knew we had to decide on our own. After contemplating the pros and cons, my husband and I decid‐ ed that it would be best for us to move. And just like that, our house‐ hunting search began. On the surface, it looked like we’d be spending more for less space. What people don’t consider is the cost of aging in place, especially if you don’t have a first‐floor bedroom, full bath, and laundry. Whatever your decision is, it’s a highly personal one that only you can make. After many months, we ended up finding a nice single floor, three‐bedroom townhouse with an HOA, unfinished basement, and a two‐car garage. No more hiring someone to mow the lawn, shovel the driveway, trim the bushes, paint the house. Our new place is maintenance‐free, and we look forward to enjoying those perks after we move in.


Facing the stuff that we had collected over the years was the next step. We knew we couldn’t do it alone, so we hired friends who are professional organizers to help with this huge task. Their help was immeasurable because they kept us motivated and on sched‐ ule. If you cannot afford to hire professionals, ask supportive friends and family for help. We started in our weary basement and then moved throughout the house; room to room. As we began the sorting process, our lives flashed before us. The memories all came flooding back. We allowed ourselves time to cry, to mourn, to laugh, and to cherish all that we’ve shared as a couple and as a family. I think that no matter what age we are, we ask ourselves how we got here so fast. We gener‐ ally don’t feel our age, so how is it that we’re in our 60s and 70s? It is interesting what we keep. Aaron tends to be more of a packrat than me, except when it comes to paperwork! I had kept 25 years’ worth of tax returns and financial records, among other special mementos from my teaching days, living in Paris, and some contents from my mother’s house. And of course, our kids’ stuff was all over. Aaron had kept the first microscope he used as a young doctor, his Japanese‐issued license plates from his service in the Army, along with a lot of Japan‐related trinkets, fur‐ niture, and accessories that were eventually relegated to the basement. Taking the time to sort through your stuff is a luxury that you don’t get to enjoy when you have to move in a crisis. Get started today. Set a completion date and stick to it. The decluttering process had a deeply cathar‐ tic effect on both Aaron and me. What’s next? We’re working on our punch list so that we can put our home on the market while waiting to close on our new home. This process, as we move through it, has given me a newfound appreciation for the amount of emotion and love that can be tied to things, and to a home. This is where we have raised our children, where we have kissed scraped knees, where we have helped with homework, and where we laundered loads of clothes during college breaks. This is where we truly lived and loved, laughed and cried. It’s what makes a house a home. Now it is time to say goodbye, to curate our new lives and cull down our possessions. This is how we start our new adventure. It is all bittersweet, but oh, so exciting! CRL A specialist in downsizing, Nina Sher is the cre‐ ator of a downsizing guide and workshops, tools to help homeowners gain some clarity around the many financial, practical, and emo‐ tional factors that go into it. Follow her down‐ sizing journey on her Facebook business page.




October Purging Like as with a witch’s broom, sweep away the clutter.


eptember ended with a Full Moon in Libra, which is about finding balance in our lives as well as socializing and all things we find beautiful. This is quite fitting as, to my mind, October is the most beautiful month of the year in upstate New York. The leaves are nearing peak, the days are getting shorter, there is a chill to the morning air, and pumpkins dot the landscape at farm stands and on front porches. Our weekends are filling up with harvest and Halloween happenings, includ‐ ing hay rides, apple picking, and haunted houses. Even for those who don't always believe, there is no denying that the month of October is magical. The first two weeks leading up to the Full Moon are about looking at areas of your life that long for change. For some this may be about let‐ ting go of things that are holding you back or just aren't fulfilling you any‐ more. It is the perfect time to go through closets and attics and do some purging. As we grow, we change. You may realize that you have just accumulated too much stuff that no longer resonates with you. In Feng Shui, a cluttered home means a cluttered mind. More and more we are realizing that "our stuff" doesn't define who we are and in some cases no longer serves our purpose, both literally or figuratively. But remember, this is about finding balance and creating balance. Sometimes, this “clut‐ ter” can be part of our professional or personal lives, or even relation‐ ships that are no longer healthy or serve our higher purpose. Being autumn, we are pulling out the warmer clothes and adding warmer colors to our home, so it is the perfect time to do some purging of your physical space. As for the more personal relationship issues, this is more of a time to take stock and be honest about what is important to you and your well‐being, but perhaps not the best time to make drastic decisions regarding friendships or relationships. With the Full Moon on October 13 in Aries, the writing is on the wall. No matter what the issue


is ‐ from love, and friendships, to work and the stuff you never thought you would part with, you will see clearly if it benefits you. If it is time to part ways, you will let it go. If our clutter pertains to relationships, this Full Moon’s importance is twofold. All Full Moons are about letting go, but this moon in Aries, a sign not associated with being overly emotional or sentimental, will allow us to be objective with our decisions. This will allow us to let go, and heal or move on from that clutter. During the two weeks between the Full and New Moons, continue to make a conscious effort to let go and to purge. If all you let go of are old grudges and old resentment, then you have taken the first steps…after all, they are no healthier for you than Halloween candy! The last two weeks of October are spectacular, the overall energy high. We are in the mood to get out and socialize and do all things Halloween. We are also building up to the New Moon in Scorpio on the 28th. Intuition becomes more powerful during this time, so trust what you feel. The Scorpio New Moon, being associated with deep thoughts, psychic abili‐ ty, those that have crossed over, and re‐incarnation, arrives perfectly timed to three days before Halloween. This is a perfect time to go to holistic or psychic fairs, or make an appointment with your favorite psy‐ chic or medium. All Hollow’s Eve is the day that the veil between this side and the other is at its thinnest, allowing those that have crossed over to walk among us. In folklore we bury potatoes or other vegetables and leave food out for souls that are crossing over or under on this night. October ends with a few tricks, rather than treats, up its sleeve with Mercury going retrograde on the 31st. Expect a few tricks, or at least mechanical issues, over the coming weeks. Find and follow Alexx Bradley on Facebook.


Reimagining Your Role Respect over advice, behavior over words.


as this ever happened to you? You mention something about your life, perhaps an event that was a bit upsetting, and your friend or family member begins a long diatribe offering criticism and advice on what should have happened. This person loves giving advice, offering commentary on the mistakes of others and seldom is a reliable ear to listen, smile, and affirm your well‐being. Regardless of the intention of the other person, if you have been on the receiving side of this input, the conversation feels yucky (yes…a very clinical term for lousy). Over time, if this continues, you begin to get the feeling that not only are they never really listening to you, but they seemingly have no respect for you. Why? Because they repeatedly assume you can’t think for yourself, or figure things out on your own. We find it insulting (although many of us never develop the backbone to speak this truth). Now, let’s tweak the scenario. That same friend or family member is allowed into your home every day. They incessantly remind you to eat your vegetables, pick up your shoes, fix your hair, and notice when you sneak an extra potato chip. You hear a constant, “Do this…Don’t do that… Put that down…Leave her alone…Sit up straight…Why can’t you just listen…What’s wrong with you…Here, let me show you again.” The list could go on and on. How are you feeling now? If you can step into this imagined sce‐ nario, you are probably feeling pretty yucky! You are probably deeply uncomfortable. I hope this scenario and ensuing discomfort help you understand why the Renegade Parent doesn’t have to worry about self‐ esteem, confidence and self‐respect with their children!

The renegade parent abandons advice in favor of respect. When we are constantly advising, directing and critiquing our chil‐ dren, we are offering a message BEHIND the words we speak. That hid‐ den message is: “Sweetheart, you don’t get it. You never seem to get it. You are NOT ENOUGH…yet.” Many of you have children who have heard words of guidance, direction and criticism dozens of times a day. Over the years, this accu‐ mulates to tens of thousands of moments where, in their minds, they are not enough. This is how we destroy esteem and confidence. The renegade parent understands this and chooses respect over advice and direction. Instead of talking (about what their children can do better or correcting them), the renegade chooses to let their children learn from their choices. The underlying belief of the renegade parent is this: “Sweetheart, above all, we have faith in you. You will figure it out…and you can ask if you need help.” Of course, this is expressed and explained to the child, but not repeatedly and incessantly, but on occasion. More impor‐ tantly, the action of Mom and Dad prove that this is true. Not only do they have faith in their children to learn, they realize that this process of learning from choice and consequence is a critical skill to master in life. By protecting children from the consequences of their poor choices, we are teaching a lie about life. The renegade parent refuses to teach their children lies.

The renegade parent abandons excessive words for a better behavior plan. The renegade model of parenting abandons all words focusing on the negative. They give up reminders, suggestions, complaints and coaching in favor of a better behavior plan. This is an essential part of teaching their children that they respect them, and how reality works. A better behavior plan is needed to provide the feedback, as cer‐ tainly children will need correction from time to time. When correction is done with few words and consistency, and when choices are connect‐ ed to consequences in a clear manner, children learn quickly and auto‐ matically how to stay on track. This behavioral portion is critical to the renegade parent, as we cannot just assume kids will ‘figure it out.’

Self-esteem and confidence grow automatically in the renegade home. Imagine a mind that grows up learning from every choice, without any parental emotional load attached. No frustration. No anger. No crit‐ icism. No repetitions to suggest you don’t get it, kid. That mind grows to know and understand, through experiential learning that, “I can figure things out. I do learn. I have what it takes. I CAN do it.” This sense of internal certainty and confidence happens naturally. Renegade children’s confidence and self‐worth is not dependent on their parents, rather it arises organically from within. The renegade parent understands this process and nourishes its growth. I encourage you to join the Renegade Revolution and watch your children blossom. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit terrificparenting.com.




ALBANY COUNTY 10/15 5:30 – 7 PM Say Yes to You! – Pioneer Bank, Glenmont; Join Dr. Diane Albano, Certified Life & Leadership Coach, for one of her inspirational workshops to achieve a more fulfilling life. Visit aleaderinyou.com for more information.

10/19 6 – 8 PM Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk – Siena College; Support the LLS in this annual fundraising walk where friends, families and co-workers carry illuminated lanterns in this memorable and inspirational evening walk. Visit lightthenight.org/events/albany to register.

10/19 7:30 PM Albany Symphony’s Pictures at an Exhibition – Palace Theatre; David Alan Miller, conductor. Visit albanysymphony.com for more information.

10/20 6:15 – 10 PM Ballroom Dancing – Polish Community Center; Sponsored by NYS Capital District Chapter of USA Dance. Free Waltz dance lesson with Johnny Martinez, dancing, cash bar, refreshments, raffle and fun! $13/ non-members, $10/ members, $5/ students, 18 & under free. Visit capitalusadance.com for more information.

10/27 6:30 – 10 PM Community Ballroom Dance – Polish Community Center; Sponsored by Single Outreach Services. Free Latin Dance lesson by Eileen Spadaro, dancing to DJ Brian Zapel. Cash bar, snack table, 50/50 raffle, $12 pp/ half price with student ID. Visit singlesoutreach.org for more information.


A&E Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information.

10/12 9 AM – 2 PM Kinderhook Village Fall Festival – Kinderhook Square; Festive activities include pumpkin painting, ghost making, food & games. Visit villageofkinderhook for more information.

10/26 TBD Reading of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Vanderpool house steps, Kinderhook; Weather permitting! Visit villageofkinderhook for more information.

FULTON COUNTY TUESDAYS THRU MID OCTOBER 3 – 6 PM Johnstown Farmer’s Market – Sir William Johnson Park; Vendors will be offering their 100% locally sourced & produced produce, meats, household items, plants and more. Visit 44lakes.com for more information.

SATURDAYS 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Gloversville Farmer’s Market – Elm Street Pavilion; Fresh and local produce, plants, prepared foods, baked goods and more! Visit 44lakes.com for more information.

10/11 Bike Thru History – Start and finish line is Johnson Hall State Historic Site; Experience the rich history of Fulton County in a unique way. This fully supported two-day tour showcases Fulton County, the Mohawk Valleyand southern Adirondacks. Visit 44lakes.com for more information.

10/12 12 – 6 PM Gloversville Fallfest – Trail Station Park; Pumpkin painting, free bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, races, games, music, food and product vendors and more! Find us on Facebook for more information. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2019 |




10/5 12 – 4 PM

tough, rough and crucial work of a lumberjack! Visit arkellmuseum.org for more information.

10/9 9 AM – 12 PM AND 6 PM – 8 PM

28th Hagaman Art Show – Pawling Hall, Hagaman; This free event will feature many area artists displaying their work. Go to visitmontgomerycountyny.com for more information.

10/26 4 – 6 PM

Greene County YMCA College Fair – Green County YMCA; Free and open to all! Speak with financial advisors, enjoy refreshments, and win prizes! Grab valuable information and tips for both parents and students at this fun event. Visit cdymca.org for more information.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 10/5 3 – 10 PM Brown’s Collision Oktoberfest – Bridge Sreet, Amsterdam; Huge German themed block party. Games, contests, German food, entertainment, vendors, live music & Biergarten beer specials! Go to visitmontgomerycountyny.com for more information.


10/19 1 PM Amsterdam’s Annual Halloween Parade – Guy Park Avenue; Sponsored by the Amsterdam Elks Lodge. Sign up to participate in the parade or simply enjoy from the sidelines. This is a fun-foreveryone family tradition! Rain date is 10/26. Go to visitmontgomerycountyny.com for more information.

10/20 2 – 3 PM The Arkell Museum presents “Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs” – Arkell Museum, Canajoharie; Enjoy the music and learn about the

Trunk or Treat – Village of Fonda Recreation Park; The goblins and superheroes will be coming out for their treats! Decorate your vehicle and hand out treats to the costumed Halloween participants and enjoy some fun at the park. Costume contests, music and other events for the kids to enjoy as well! Find Village of Fonda on Facebook for more information.

10/26 6 – 10 PM Annual Tasting Event – The Bridgewalk at Perthshire; Habitat for Humanity’s annual tasting party will include music, wine and beer tastings and a costume contest! Find Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County on Facebook for more information.




A&E 10/31 5 – 6:30 PM Trick or Treating on the MVGO – MVGO and Bridge Street, Amsterdam; Local businesses, organizations, clubs & schools come together to pass out treats all along the beautiful Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge! Go to visitmontgomerycountyny.com for more information.

OTSEGO COUNTY 10/5, 10/6, 10/13, 10/14 11 AM & 2 PM DEPARTURE Fall Foliage Trains – Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, Milford Depot; Picturesque ride through the Susquehanna River Valley. Travel along the river through farm fields with beautiful views and forests with colorful foliage. Visit cooperstowntrain.com for more information.

10/6 4:30 – 9 PM A Macabre Evening – Concert, Ghosts, & Harvest


Dinner – Hyde Hall, Cooperstown; Reserve your place for a hauntingly delightful evening with a Macabre Music Concert with the Musicians of Ma'alwyck, a Hyde and Shriek Ghost Tour and a Harvest Dinner. Find Hyde Hall on Facebook for more information.

annual Tractor Fest. Classic tractors, small engines, and other machinery – display the growth of farming technology. See tractors in action, watch a tractor parade, and take wagon ride pulled by a tractor! Visit farmersmuseum.org for more information.


10/13 3 PM

Pit Run – Neawah Park, Oneonta; The Pit Run is a challenging 6.2 miles through the scenic autumn hills of Oneonta. The 10K USATF Certified course begins on the Main Street bridge between Market and River Streets, passing through the SUNY Oneonta campus and ending at Neahwah Park.  The Pit Run also offers a 5K race, a 2-mile stroll, and kids' fun run. Visit pitrun.org for more information.

GoatOberfest at NY Goat Yoga! – South New Berlin; Start with a fun class of goat yoga, then enjoy craft beer, meet the team behind NY Goat Yoga, take a hayride around the property enjoying views of the peak fall foliage! Pick a pumpkin, mingle, tour the property and enjoy the best that upstate NY has to offer! Visit nygoatyoga.com for more information.

10/12 – 10/13 10 AM – 5 PM

10/18 5:30 – 9 PM

Tractor Fest 2019 – Farmers’ Museum; Learn about the world of tractors and everything they powered on New York State farms at the ninth

Things That Go Bump in the Night – Farmers’ Museum; Experience The Farmers’ Museum during the most haunting time of the year. Join


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A&E museum guides as they lead you about the shadowy grounds and recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the Museum’s historic village. Visit farmersmuseum.org for more information.

explore the vendors and travel to the participating Downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. It’s a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun! Visit rensco.com for more information.

10/19 & 10/20 1 PM DEPARTURE


Pumpkin Patch Train – Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, Milford Depot; Fun and games for the whole family! One pumpkin per child is included in the price of the ticket. Visit cooperstowntrain.com for more information.

10/26 11 AM – 4 PM

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Saratoga DBA Fall Festival – Downtown Saratoga Springs; This unique Halloween celebration encourages families to have fun together, enjoying the hospitality of Saratoga Springs' businesses and the great spirit of the community. Visit saratoga.com for more information.

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.

10/5 – 10/6 9 AM – 6 PM Windy Hill Orchard Apple Festival – Castleton; Please join us for our 1st Annual Apple Festival. We have lots to do, many varieties of u-pick, pumpkins, bounce houses, clowns/face painting from 12–5 PM, wagon rides through the orchard, corn maze and of course many new and past craft vendors. Find us on Facebook for more information.

10/12 10 AM - 2 PM Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House – Melville House; In celebration of Melville’s 200th birthday, come tour the Melville house and listen to poetry and prose readings from the four contestants that won the contest that ran in August. Call John and Mary Ellen Ward at 518.885.4295 for more information.

10/13 12 – 4 PM

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Troy Chowder Fest – Downtown Troy; The 13th Annual Troy ChowderFest welcomes over 15,000 chowder-lovers who turn out and judge some of the best chowder in the area. Centered in Monument Square, guests purchase their tickets,

SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUNDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER 10 AM – 2 PM 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.

10/5 12 – 5 PM Wing Walk – Downtown Schenectady; Stroll around Downtown Schenectady and sample unique chicken wing recipes at a variety of restaurants, then vote for your favorite! Happy walking and tasting! Tickets are on sale at the Proctor’s Box Office. Visit discoverschenectady.com for more information.

10/12 11:30AM – 7PM Dözynski Annual Polish Festival – St. Gabriel’s Parish Center, Schenectady; Homemade Polish food, raffles, games, Saint Adalbert’s Dancers, Polka DJ with music all day!

10/17 6 – 8 PM Paws on the Patio – Downtown Schenectady; A




A&E variety of restaurants will welcome four-legged friends to their patios for an evening of snacking and socializing al fresco. Visit discoverschenectady.com for more information.

10/17 7 – 9:30 PM Howlin’ at the Moon Concert Series, featuring Hot Tuesday – Schenectady County Historical Society: Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction; The perfect place for toe-tapping bluegrass, folk and great beer! Visit schenectadyhistorical.org for more information.


10/12 12 – 6 PM

10/5 – 10/6

“Car”nival with the Queensbury Seniors – Queensbury Senior Center; The Queensbury Seniors  welcome all to attend their first  "Car"nival”- an afternoon of fun featuring classic cars, music, games, and food. All proceeds of the day benefit funding more amazing programs and services for their members and their community. Visit lakegeorge.com for more information.

World’s Largest Garage Sale! – Main Street, Warrensburg; The World's Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg is a lively combination of a flea market, craft fair, food fest, and bargain hunter’s dream. Visitors from across the United States head to the Adirondack town of Warrensburg every fall to find that "must-have item." This is one of the North Country’s favorite weekends!  Visit lakegeorge.com for more information.

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10/19 2 – 7 PM Fall Spooktacular – Gateway Plaza; The great lawn at Gateway Plaza will be filled with art, music, merchandise, food & drink vendors, and much more. A Jack o’ Lantern bounce house and hay rides will add to the enjoyment. Visit discoverschenectady.com for more information.

Lake George Village Oktoberfest – Shepard Park; Celebrate the season at the annual Lake George Village Oktoberfest! Every October, Lake George Village holds a three day celebration of autumn and everything that comes with it. During the Lake George Village Oktoberfest, Canada Street is transformed into a Europeanstyle street fair. Entry to the event is free! Visit lakegeorge.com for more information.

Boo 2 You! Downtown Trick or Treat – Downtown Glens Falls; There will be lots of Halloween festivities ~ costumed characters will meet and greet you as you stroll along, stop and watch the spooky dance performances by local dance schools and lots more family fun. The Costume Parade will be stepping off at 3:45 PM. Visit lakegeorge.com for more information.

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Is Anyone There? A ghost story for a dark October night

aylan moved into his one‐bedroom apartment assuming it would be empty. Instead, he found boxes in the closet taped shut and marked, “please donate.” He pried one open and found clothes that someone had left behind. Raylan had noticed a church around the corner when he parked his car, so he took the boxes over first thing in the morning to donate. When he got to the church, he gave a tug on the big wooden doors, but they were locked tight. A voice in the shadows said, “They don’t open until 10, but you can leave the boxes at the side door, and the priest will take ‘em.” Raylan saw that a man in a brown leather bomber jacket was the one offering advice, so he nodded, followed his instructions and dropped them by the door. As he went to leave the man half‐hidden by shadows said, “Yep, the church opens at 10 and closes at 5 every day. Which is good because you don’t want to be in there at night. Not after dark.” Raylan tried to ignore the man’s odd warning, but curiosity got the better of him, so he asked, “Why don’t I want to be in there after dark?” The man leaned into the light now and with his stained yellow teeth smiled a creepy grin and said, “Because it’s haunted.” Raylan had enough of this silliness, so he left. The next day as he walked by the church he saw the same man still lingering in the shadows, so he approached and asked, “Haunted how?” The man told Raylan that he once had a drinking problem and spent many nights in the homeless shelter. The only rule at the shelter was that you couldn’t bring alcohol in, but there were times when he didn’t want to abide so he’d sneak into the church and hide until they locked up, then spend the night sleeping in a back pew. It was uncomfortable but warm and quiet. Well, usually quiet. He said, “One night I’m sound asleep, and at the stroke of midnight after the bells chime, an old priest appears on the altar. He shouted out what sounded like ‘Quiz M Est.’ I just stared at him, scared out of my mind, and didn’t say a word. He yells it out two more times into the dark empty church, ‘Quiz M Est, Quiz M Est,’ and then he disappeared.” Raylan wondered if the man was drunk right now but before he could speak the stranger continued, “A few days later I slept there again, and it happened again, right at midnight. Same priest, same weird lan‐ guage, shouting it out three times.” Raylan asked him if it was the priest who ran the parish and the stranger said, “No, no, that’s Father James. He’s like 50 years younger than this guy. Plus this man didn’t dress like priests today; he looked ancient.” Raylan asked, “So, what happened next?” The man smiled that awful grin again and said, “I ran for my life, that’s what happened next. And I didn’t go back until I shared my story with a couple of guys at the shelter.” Raylan leaned in closer now, “Go on.” “So I’m telling them what happened in the church and Mr. Matthew, the guy who runs the shelter, overhears me and says, what did you say the priest shouted? So I tell him it sounded like ‘Quiz M Est.’ It turns out Mr. Matthew studied Latin in college, and he says to me, ‘It sounds like he’s saying ‘Quis Enim Est,’ which means, ‘is anyone there?’” The strange man continued, “I says to Mr. Matthew, ‘SO’? And he says right back to me, ‘So, answer him ‘Ego Edsum,’ which means I am here.’”



Raylan was on edge, asking, “And did you? Did you go back?” The man said, “I did right before Halloween. And at midnight there he appears out of nowhere. He shouts his words in Latin ‘Quis Enim Est,’ and I scream back ‘Ego Edsum.’” Raylan was shouting now: “AND?” “And he opens a Bible and delivers the entire mass in Latin. When he was done, he closes the book and vanishes.” Raylan was stunned silent as the man in the leather jacket said, “I gotta go. Remember, never after dark.” With that, he backed into the shadows and left. The next day Raylan returned to the church and found the pastor, Father James, in the rectory. He told him the ghost story the man shared, and the priest said, “We haven’t said the mass in Latin in a hundred years. Now who is this man who told you about this?” It was then Raylan glanced over to the wall, which was covered in photographs, and saw a black and white one of the strange man with the yellow teeth with his arm draped around an old priest. “Him. That’s him!” Raylan said. Father James swallowed hard and said, “Son, that’s Father Francis and the church groundskeeper. That photo was taken in 1919. They’re long dead.” Raylan felt a chill go up his spine and heard a creepy voice in his head saying, “Not at night, never after dark.” It was followed by an evil laughter that chased Raylan all the way home. 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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