ST.JOHNS January 2018
Bernard Diggs Our Hometown Hero Still Going Strong in Real Estate
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My last girl's night of 2017 was spent reviewing the year with introspective questions about our biggest challenges, most wonderful moments, who we need to forgive, and will we? It was fun but the questions were not easy to answer. I have to say, I am quite happy to bid farewell to 2017 - goodbye autism stress, overscheduling, and lack of motivation. I hope 2018 will be an amazing year filled with forgiveness, inner focus, peaceful days, healing and abundance. We have a great issue to start this powerful year. Our feature this month about Bernard Diggs of the New Diggs Team. It is the story how an underdog has found success in life and his real estate career through sheer determination (and a lot of charisma). Our In-style makeover model is Erica Bean, a local businesswoman and owner of Driftwood Printing. I first met Erica when we were starting our businesses back in 2012. She even worked part time briefly with St. Johns Magazine as an account executive. So much has changed since then as her own business has taken off and she lost over 50 pounds. I am so happy for her success and now with this makeover her inner beauty and grace is shining. We also have a great new contributor, Diana Baker Brummer, a local mental health professional who has some great ideas on how to start the new year. And a warm welcome to the neighborhood to Fionn MacCool's - opening January 5th! Please enjoy and be sure to let our advertisers know you saw them in St. Johns Magazine. Happy New Year ‘18 and many blessings.
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The Story of An Underdog
Bernard Diggs How a Local Hometown Hero Became a National Success in Real Estate Photo by Mindy Kerr of Nature's Child Photography
Bernard Diggs and The New
team and is now expanding it on a
gain. Bernard took his father’s advice,
Diggs Team is one of the top real es-
national scale is a truly inspirational
restored a broken lawn mower, and
tate teams in Northeast Florida and
story of an underdog who changed
began advertising his lawn service
expanding across the nation! In par-
the paradigm and found his life’s pur-
business to the neighborhood. Single
ticular, The New Diggs Team is now
pose in helping families buy and sell
handedly he grew this business and
serving clients in Southern California
even hired two of his close friends
and Norfolk Virginia. Bernard Diggs is
Bernard was raised with two
to work for him. This learning lesson
a U.S. Navy Veteran who is continu-
loving parents who fought against all
later translated to further business
ing his service as an active reserv-
odds to provide opportunity for him
opportunities. His hopes of build-
ist currently. He is a proud husband,
and his siblings. “Opportunity” is the
ing a team who provides real estate
father of two, and one of the most
key word Bernard focuses on when
dreams come true is his passion. This
dedicated young entrepreneurs in
describing his gratitude towards his
passion is proven in his growth and
the St. Johns/ Jacksonville area. With
parents and his dedication for each
his warm personality and big heart,
of his clients. A tremendous mile-
he couldn’t contain his success in
stone for Bernard gave birth at the
clients and team members are in-
real estate to only one area. His real
age of 13. Bernard’s dad encouraged
valuable. His desire to provide the
estate team expansion model is only
him to learn the value of money and
best experience possible for his buy-
part of his success story.
hard work by creating his own busi-
ers and sellers goes above and be-
ness idea that brought him financial
How he started his real estate
Bernard’s dedication to his
The foundation of New Diggs Team began af-
ter Bernard’s real estate career tripled in the first few
the New Diggs Team and their customers. She will not stop until her client’s real estate needs are met.
years. After analyzing the “why” to his success, he realized this could be translated and produced to further enhance his client’s experience through a team and not just one. His drive to promote a team model
Thank You Ana for your love of real estate and servitude! Started From the Bottom, Now We Are Here!
that served not only their customers but each other. In encouragement, motivation, and family atmosphere
New Diggs for the New Year is the New Diggs
he has provided a home for his team members. This
Team new year motto. They are offering a guaranteed
relational direction of working real estate is what felt
sale program where their team makes one promise:
most natural for Bernard. With the support of his men-
they sell your home or they buy it themselves! In addi-
tor, friend, and broker James Angelo, owner of Flori-
tion, they are offering a 1 year “love it, or leave it” pro-
da Homes Realty & Mortgage, this dream became a
gram for home buyers. Since this program allows buy-
reality. James has grown his brokerage to be one of
ers to purchase a home with the assurance that they’ll
the top 10 brokerages in Northeast Florida with con-
sell it for free (if they are not completely happy with it),
tinuous office additions to accommodate his quickly
it has created a larger home buyer base for them. In
rising real estate agents. With this experience, James
return, more buyers means more chances that some-
has been able to guide Bernard and the New Diggs
one will buy your home. Furthermore, their marketing
Team into becoming one of the top producing realtor
plan for 2018 is phenomenal! The end result: more ex-
groups in Northeast Florida.
posure for your home. In combination with their expansion from St. Johns FL to Southern California and
Agent Spotlight: Ana McCann
Norfolk Virginia, they are now in multiple cities/states to continue to serve you.
Bernard has chosen to spotlight one particular
agent from New Diggs Team. Ana “Rockstar” McCann is her name and real estate energy is her game! Ana counts each day as a blessing because she feels she has truly found what she loves to do. She enjoys all the buying and selling, the negotiating, and especially capturing the best deal for her customers. Ultimately culminating to that “AHA!” moment where her clients find a place to call their home. She is grateful to be part of one of the best teams in helping clients achieve their goals and dreams in home ownership. Ana has been a St. Johns county resident for the past 9 years, and a Jacksonville resident prior to that since the ‘90s. Her relational, friendly, compassionate personality is easy to gravitate towards. Her education background includes graduating from University of Florida and working in the education field. She enjoys gardening, bike riding, and spending time with her two teenagers. Ana’s energy and relentless work ethic pours into
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Well as promised here are my thoughts on the fare at Fionn Maccool’s Irish pub. We first had to decide on what beer to try because they have so many, 40 in all. I decided to try a flight because this way I get a sampling of 4 of them. You can make up the flights with any choices you want at the pub so if you are one that doesn’t like the super dark beers you can create something lighter. Most people taste a beer flight from the lightest beverage to the darkest brew to warm up their palate for the intense flavors of the darker beers. A flight should also feature a variety of brews and keep in mind when creating one that an ideal beer flight will highlight the difference between your beers. I went ahead and did the traditional flight which included crisp pale ale called Orange blossom along with Dukes, Smithwicks and Guinness. Each one has its own distinct flavor and went great with my meal. An interesting fact is that I always find Guinness pretty smooth; to me it is not as heavy as some people think especially when you mix it with a Larger for what is known as a black and tan. Give it a try sometime.
Next were the appetizers
I wanted to try the Irish Nachos because they were made with potatoes instead of tortillas which sounded interesting but they looked big and plentiful and I was afraid that I would get too full for everything else that I was going to have.
So needless to say those are on my list for next time, along with the giant pretzel and sausage rolls YUM! Instead I went for the traditional Scotch egg which is really cool. They take a hardboiled egg, cover it with a sage filled sausage, then roll it in an outer bread crumb coating then deep fry it. This is served with a creamy stone ground mustard sauce. It is super crispy and when dipped into the mustard it adds just the right amount of zing, it was so good! The next thing we tried was Reuben Spring Rolls who would have thought of such a thing…the Irish of course! They take slow roasted tender corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and stuff it all into light phyllo dough and deep fry it. You get Thousand Island dressing for dipping (You know pickley, mayonannsay, tart goodness) so you feel like you are having a deep fried mini Reuben. They were delicious.
On to the main dishes Of course we had to try the fish and chips a good pub wouldn’t be the same without them and these didn’t disappoint. The fish was plentiful, rich in flavor and beer battered along with some fries and peas. Throw some salt and malt vinegar on them and you has yourself a tasty traditional Irish meal! To be on the adventurous side we decided to try one of their boxty dishes. They have this funny little saying that goes along with them. “Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan, If
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January is such a wonderful month. It’s full of the
Until we can identify as someone who is capable of be-
freshness of a New Year; the excitement of new goals to
ing physically fit, or a good communicator, or deserving
accomplish and the anticipation of experiences yet to be
of wealth, or a more attentive parent, we will continuous-
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to reflect on what has already passed.
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Sparkle in Style with Nikki-Lyn Holm
STEPPING OUT with Erica Bean by Vanessa Kromer & Nikki-Lyn Holm
Our makeover model for January, Erica Bean, has set her goals high for the new year! She is ready to step out BIG in 2018 and having this makeover was her first step! As Erica stated herself, “she works in a male dominated industry.” Erica owns Driftwood Printing and runs the warehouse with her husband. Not only is the job hard work, but it also restricts how she can dress while on the job. Now 7 years later, Erica’s work attire and dress code have crossed over to her everyday attire by design, not by choice. Prior to opening the business, Erica always dressed nice but her warehouse dress code was now holding her back. About 2 years ago, Erica was ready to make some changes. She began with a personal trainer who worked with her to begin her weight loss journey through clean eating and weightlifting. She also introduced the Isagenix shake system into her plan. This rapidly increased her mental clarity, stamina, and energy. After 18 months, Erica had lost 50 pounds! She felt great, and her self-esteem and confidence increased. She now had the confidence to take group classes at the gym, something that she would have never considered prior! Her husband and children were her motivation for her health journey and they were very proud and supportive. Erica began to feel a fire within her this summer, so she started stepping out of her comfort zone more and more. And now with the timing
of this makeover, the puzzle pieces had fallen into place. We asked Erica what she was most excited about with this makeover. She shared how thrilled she was to have a new hair cut and color and she was over the moon excited about her clothing and accessories. She plans to purge her old “warehouse” looks. In fact, she ended up purchasing several outfits from The Pink Nickel as we left her fitting. By the time her makeover was complete, Erica felt renewed and confident. From her new pink velvet boots to her smokey eyes and bold lip, she now had the finishing touches to complete her look. Erica was the perfect make. over candidate for January, as she set the bar high and was ready to go big, and she did just that. She stepped right into those pink boots and is crossing into 2018 with a renewed confidence, a fire within her, and a pretty joyfully excited pep in her step.
Erica before her makeover in her work “outfit”
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Photography Perfection: Kim Pennington www.kpennington.com 904-460-7567 Teeth Whitening Blue Sky Dental www.blueskydentalgroup.com Gratitude to our community favorite, Maple Street Biscuit Company for providing delicious meals for our makeover event! 1627 Race Track Rd. St. Johns, FL 32259 Facial & Gift Basket from Dr. Jennifer Allen's Spa Makeover Coordinator: Nikki-Lyn Holm www.premierdesigns.com/Instyle ****we are searching for the first quarter of 2018. WEBSITE ADDRESS: www.premierdesigns.com/Instyle
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Metronomic Chemotherapy Offers Another Option in Treating Cancer in Pets By Dr. Zachary Neumann, Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine
If you’ve ever been a musician, then you have probably heard of the metronome, a musical instrument that produces regular, metrical ticks representing a fixed, regular aural pulse. Metronomic chemotherapy is the term given to a chemotherapy protocol that uses old chemotherapy drugs to target cancer cells in a whole new fashion. It uses low doses of oral chemotherapy on a frequent, or pulse, basis. Fortunately, in our pet patients, we do not see side effects in the vast majority of patients treated with metronomic chemotherapy because of the low doses that are used. How is it different from traditional chemotherapy? Traditional chemotherapy is given at high dosages known as the maximum tolerated dose, alternating with a drugfree period of usually a week to four weeks. The goal of traditional chemotherapy is to kill the rapidly dividing cancer cells. However, some normal cells in the body are rapidly dividing, as well. These cells include ones found in the gastrointestinal tract and in the bone marrow. As a result of the damage to the normal cells, there is a break period to allow for these cells to recover from the side effects. Unlike traditional chemotherapy, Metronomic Chemotherapy leads to sustained concentrations of the drugs in the blood stream which targets and inhibits growth of the cells of the blood vessels that feed the tumor, a process
called angiogenesis. Some metronomic chemotherapy drugs also target cells that are attacking the immune system! One of the greatest benefits for both our clients and our patients is the ability to administer all medications at home instead of having to make regular trips to the clinic for treatment. When can Metronomic Chemotherapy be used? We have often used metronomic chemotherapy in situations where patients have failed standard of care, meaning their cancer is progressive on the recommended treatment options. Metronomic chemotherapy can be used in a number of situations, including: • Following surgery for an incompletely excised soft tissue sarcoma • When spread of the cancer (metastatic disease) is diagnosed • When more aggressive treatment options (such as surgery or radiation therapy) cannot be pursued It’s often music to a client’s ears when we can provide hope when it seems like all hope may be lost. Metronomic Chemotherapy offers us yet another option when it comes to targeting and treating cancer in your pet.
Nearly half of our pets over 10 years old will develop cancer. Know the 10 common signs: • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow • Sores that don’t heal • Unexplained weight loss • Loss of appetite • Bleeding or discharge from any opening in the body
• Offensive odor • Difficulty eating and or swallowing • Hesitation to exercise and loss of stamina • Persistent lameness or stiffness • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
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A Message From The Vet With Dr. Kathleen Deckard, DVM Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy in Pets Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT) or therapeutic laser, is a wonderful, non-invasive way to speed healing and manage pain in pets. It has been used for many years with great results and it is very safe. The laser therapy that your veterinarian uses is a class IV laser which can only be used by a licensed professional. How does cold laser therapy work? Laser therapy uses a specific wavelength of light (red and near-infrared) to increase circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. It is painless and completely non-invasive. The effects of it are cumulative, so with each treatment typically lasting just a few minutes, the benefits begin to be seen after the first few treatments. Cold laser therapy is great to accelerate the healing of wounds or other injuries and to help reduce chronic pain from conditions like arthritis and intervertebral disc disease. Because it can do this, it can help to reduce the amount of pain medication your pet might need or help in cases where the current pain medication is not enough. What to Expect Your veterinarian will want to examine your pet to decide if the therapeutic laser could be helpful and also to decide the treatment plan including the areas to be treated and frequency of your visits. This may include some testing such as
radiographs. Once you have a treatment plan, your appointment for cold laser therapy will be quick and easy. People in the exam room should wear protective eyeware, which is provided. Then your vet or technician will turn on the laser and run it back and forth along the part of the body that is being treated for a particular amount of time that your vet determines is optimal. Your pet will feel a warm or light tingling sensation over the treated area. Most pets enjoy the therapy session and the entire appointment usually takes just a few minutes. Initially, you may have two or three appointments within a week, but as the cumulative effects of the laser being to work, the frequency is reduced. Usually, within a couple of weeks, you can expect to see improvement in your cat or dog! After that, itâ€™s just maintenance. You may need to come in weekly or even less often depending on your petâ€™s clinical response. Do all veterinarians offer laser therapy? Cold lasers are an expensive piece of equipment so therefore, not all practices are able to have one on site. They are becoming more popular since the demand for non-conventional and safe therapies for pain management is high with outstanding results. Call your veterinarian today to ask if they have laser therapy and if they think your pet could benefit from it. Your pet will thank you for it! Dr. Kathleen Deckard, Owner/veterinarian at Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital
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