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Complimentary February 2017

Living the Good Life

Caring For Our Community In Three Locations IREDELL LIVING • FEBRUARY 2017







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Welcome to the February issue.

We are excited to launch our online sister website, Iredell Living Today, this month! The website will feature fresh local content, a community calendar, a bi-monthly Focus on a different business or event, and advertising opportunities for businesses and individuals. Our slogan is, “Celebrating where you live, work and play!” For more information, please contact Ashley Stevenson at 704 902-5418. February is also Heart Month. Heart disease is America’s number one killer, and it runs in many families across our area, including my own. All of us have a friend or loved one who has been touched by this awful diagnosis. That’s why it is more important than ever to eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, watch your weight, and if you smoke, please quit. Please visit The American Heart Association’s website,, to learn more about cardiovascular conditions and stroke.

Iredell Living the Good Life

February 2017

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February 2017

8 • Matters Of The Heart 12 • Caring For Our Community

In Three Locations

18 • Carolina Crossroads

Dental Care Passionate Dentistry With Personalized Care

27 • What's Cooking?!


Entertaining With Fresh Food

28 • A Word From The

Statesville Chamber Developing Economic Growth In Statesville

30 • A Word From The

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Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber Sponsorships Available For Chamber's Signature Events

holiday | food | local business



Matters of the


By Cheryl Grant

By Cheryl Grant

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February is the month that focuses on matters of the heart. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s movement works to educate women on heart disease, and, to raise awareness–February 6 is National Wear Red Day, February 14-20 is Cardiovascular Professionals Week and National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, and of course, Tuesday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day. February is not the only connection these dates have in common. A stressful relationship or marriage can cause you more than just emotional heartache. Conflict, negativity, poor or adverse relationships in marriage or with friends can increase your risk of heart disease, according to a new study. “Those in a negative relationship were 34% more likely to have a coronary event in the 12 years of follow-up,” says Roberto De Vogli, PhD, MPH, a researcher for the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.* Studies have also shown that people in a committed, loving relationship have less stress and live longer. So, it makes sense to nurture your relationship, handle conflict quickly, 88


agree to disagree when necessary, and respect each other’s feelings. Making your relationship and your significant other a priority could save you both a lot of heartache. There is no time like Valentine’s Day to show your significant other that you adore them, and work through some of the issues that cause tension in a relationship. Flowers, candy, and cards are wonderful, but maybe a weekend with your partner is in order to reconnect, really listen to each other, and possibly resolve some of those issues. Plus, spending time away from life’s responsibilities is just plain relaxing and gives you a chance to talk without additional life stresses. If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway for Valentine’s Day, try or www. Many times, you can rent a condo or home for the price of a hotel room and enjoy much more space, privacy, and seclusion. The websites are filled with vacation homes that owners rent out when they aren’t using them. You can browse for rentals in your designated area and read reviews of others who have stayed there. A secluded loca-

tion with no one to disturb you, a glass of wine on a beautiful deck, and long talks may be just what your relationship needs. If a weekend is out of the question, at least take a whole day where you only focus on each other. Make it a day when you both do something you mutually enjoy that also allows you space to talk about your plans, future, and relationship. Be honest with each other without being critical. Focus on the good qualities of your partner. Keep a sense of humor about both of your shortcomings. We all have them. Admit to your own insecurities and failures. Try to avoid being defensive, and really listen to how your partner feels and responds to your actions. Vow to work toward a better relationship. Both men and women want to feel respected and emotionally safe and secure in their relationship. In many ways, when it comes to matters of the heart, you hold the key to unlock your significant other’s heart.

This Valentine’s Day could change everything! * news/20071008/bad-marriage-bad-heart#1 © | DavidMSchrader







cover story


Caring For Our Community In Three Locations By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

“In my heart, I know we really are helping people here who don’t have many options,” Ashley Rogers, FNP-C, told me. “When my own children don’t want me to leave them, I remind them that I’m helping other people, helping them get better. I tell them that’s why I go to work.” Ashley’s advanced medical education makes her a perfect example of the high quality of health care providers who are dedicated to helping people be healthier at Statesville Family Medicine, Statesville Children’s Clinic, and Statesville Family Dentistry. Statesville Family Medicine (SFM) and sister site, Statesville Children’s Clinic (SCC), have a shared mission to be “community sponsored, family-centered providers of health care, health education, and preventive services without regard for the ability to pay.” Both are affiliates of Gaston Family Health Services, which was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1991. Both provide high quality continuity of services in a cost-effective manner, on a sliding pay scale, in critical areas of our physical and emotional lives. 12



On the cover, left to right

Front row–Brittney Cobb, LCSWA; Ralph Bentley, MD Second row–Suzie Sheffield, DMD; Teshia Jones, PA-C; Kathleen Harknett, MD; Ashley Rogers, FNP-C Back row–Denise Howard, DNP, FNP-BC; Anita Kpodo, MD; Deyon McCalla, DMD Pictured, above–Dr. Bentley and Ashley

Rogers, FNP-C, of Statesville Family Medicine are shown discussing a patient’s care plan.

Programs and comprehensive services are offered for the whole person: primary care, annual exams, and urgent care for all ages; pediatric care and children’s services from newborns on up, including well and sick visits; chronic and acute disease care, testing, management, and education for conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS; specialty care for conditions like cervical dysplasia (precancer testing and treatment) and women’s health; preventive medicine and health education; behavioral health; family and pediatric dental care; and pharmacy services. DEDICATED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS SFM Team Working together at both Statesville health centers are a team of physicians, licensed clinical social workers, medical assistants, administrators, and staff who are dedicated to keeping patients healthy. “We have a good team,” said Denise Howard, DNP, FNP-BC, a provider at SFM. “We all understand that we care for people who might otherwise not get medical care—we know how important our work is—that’s what keeps us going.” Denise is a North Iredell High School grad who obtained her doctorate degree in Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama. Teshia Jones, PA-C, who also cares for patients at SFM, grew up in Greensboro. She received her Physician Assistant graduate degree from Duke University. Ashley Rogers, a certified family nurse practitioner, (FNP-C), is part of the SFM team. She holds a master’s degree in Nursing Practice from UNC-Charlotte. Dr. Ralph Bentley retired from a 40-year pediatric practice in Statesville and remains a passionate advocate for children even as he serves SFM as its part-time “children’s doctor.” Dr. Bentley has a medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and did his residency at Duke University. “I get a real joy working here,” Dr. Bentley said. “Our patients, like all of us, need medical services, and here, no one is turned away. Even though I’ve retired, in my volunteer role here, I still get to help children recover from illness and watch them grow up into who they will become. In the last five years, I have loved being here each day.” SCC Team Kathleen Harknett, MD, and Anita Kpodo, MD, are the pediatrician team at SCC. Dr. Harknett said, “I knew I wanted to grow old with my patients, to see them develop over time and lead healthy lives.” She completed medical school at Wake Forest University and completed her pediatric residency at

Photos, top to bottom:

• A concerned patient is being given helpful information by Denise Howard, DNP, FNP-BC.

• Brittany Cobb, LCSW, is reporting to Teshia Jones, PA-C, regarding a patient’s progress. • Anita Kpodo, MD, reviews a patient’s electronic medical record while in the patient exam room. IREDELL LIVING • FEBRUARY 2017


Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. A native of Ghana, Dr. Kpodo grew up seeing firsthand the effects inadequate health care can have on children. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University and completed her residency in Texas. Dr. Aregai Girmay, a GFHS provider based in Gastonia, specializes in treating women with dysplasia. He has a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES Important core services are the behavioral health and counseling programs available for children, teens, and adults who struggle with issues such as academic performance or behavior problems; substance abuse; mood, sleep, and stress disorders or depression; pain; diet and weight management; relationship concerns; and other issues that can negatively impact our lives and our physical health. Brittany Cobb, a licensed clinical social worker, attended North Carolina State University. She told me, “I want people to get the help they need in all areas of their lives. In this kind of job, which I love, working with people has to be part of who you are.” PHARMACY SERVICES Frankie Lundsford is the pharmacist at SFM. She manages a professional team that provides medications for SFM, SCC, and SFD. The pharmacy team’s goals for patients are to provide affordable medications through a federal drug pricing program that allows patients to purchase medicine at an affordable discount and to assist patients in understanding their medications. DENTAL CARE FOR ALL People of all ages can receive dental services. Statesville Family Dentistry provides general dental services along with stainless steel crowns, partial dentures, emergency dental pain visits, and more complicated surgical cases under general anesthesia at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Poor dental health can affect a child’s emotional and physical health, and any child can be cared for at the clinic. Deyon McCalla, DMD, and Susan Sheffield, DMD, provide dental services at SFD. “I enjoy seeing all our patients and find tremendous gratification in helping children who may come in with low self-esteem or pain due to dental problems but leave with a smile,” Dr. McCalla said.

Photos, top to bottom:

• Drs. Kpodo and Harknett of Statesville Children’s Clinic collaborate as a team to ensure the best possible care is provided. • Dr. Katie Harknett is shown assessing one of her patients. 14


NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY Matt Jenkins, practice manager, explained, “We fill a critical gap for those with insurance challenges. We see insured and underinsured patients and individuals who are not insured, all at a high level of care. We receive referrals from physicians, health departments, hospitals, and from other patients. In fact, one goal is to make sure people understand when to come in to see us, when to go to the emergency room


Statesville Family Dentistry Left–Deyon McCalla, DMD, discusses a procedure with a dental patient. Below–Suzie Sheffield, DMD, performs a procedure on her patient.

or urgent care facility, or when to call an ambulance. We refer some patients to specialists who can continue to care for them when needed. We are a holistic approach to health care and education for anyone.” Volunteers fill a critical role in providing this exceptional level of service to all who need it. Patients benefit from volunteer providers and specialty clinics. NOW YOU KNOW MORE “We are a Federally Qualified Health Center and have earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical PCMH certification,” Matt explained. “We are nationally recognized for high quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered processes. Our team works diligently to coordinate care and create long-term, participative relationships. Gaston Family Health Services has ten PCMH medical facilities. We’re very proud of that.” You, your family, or someone you know might benefit from knowing about all three locations: Statesville

Statesville Family Medicine 1022 Shelton Avenue, Statesville 704-838-1234

Children’s Clinic, Statesville Family Dentistry, and Statesville Family Medicine. Spread the word and help others learn more about these valuable, affordable programs of quality health care. To schedule an appointment at Statesville Family Medicine, call 704-838-1234 and press option #2. For appointments at Statesville Children’s Clinic, call 704-872-9595. To contact Statesville Family Dentistry, call 704-838-1108.

Statesville Children’s Clinic 518 Brookdale Drive, Statesville 704-872-9595

Statesville Family Dentistry 518 Brookdale Drive, Statesville 704-838-1108








Left–Dr. Lindsay Spears and her dental assistants, Lori Walton and Michelle Hix. Below–Dental hygienist Kim Elliott cleaning a patient’s teeth. Opposite page–Dental hygienist Alison Carter reviewing x-rays and preparing to care for her next patient. Tammy Waiwaiole, front desk receptionist, welcomes each patient as they come in and works hard to answer all scheduling and billing questions.

Passionate Dentistry with Personalized Care The team includes office manager Tammy Waiwaiole, hygienists Alison Dr. Lindsay Spears, DDS, and her team practice with good quality work and good Carter and Kim Elliot, and dental asat Carolina Crossroads Dental Care offer moral ethics. I wanted someone who had sistants Michelle Hix and Lori Walton. affordable dental care for all ages. a similar philosophy on dentistry. The staff Everyone has stayed since Dr. Spears’ purchase of the practice. really embodied what I wanted to build Dr. Spears purchased the practice in as my company. They are very personThe Carolina Crossroads Dental team March 2015 from Dr. Rudy Ketchie, who able, and all the patients enjoy coming offers a variety of dental procedures retired after 40 years. “Everyone does it to see them. They are super easy going, including removable partial dentures, a different way,” Dr. Spears said. “I didn’t very sociable, and they make coming to really have the desire to start a practice the dentist more like going to see a friend. bondings, bridges, crowns, dental cleanings, dentures, extractions, fillfrom scratch. I wanted something existing. Seeing how they functioned as a unit reings, gum treatments, implant restoI also wanted to find someone who had a ally sold me on this practice.” By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography



tive dental care is vital. “We all know preventative care is the most cost saving, beneficial thing to do.”

rations, Invisalign, mouth guards, root canals, sealants, veneers, nightguards, snoring prevention devices, teeth whitening, and more. “One thing we’ve added recently that’s really nice for our patients is the 3M True Definition scanner, allowing us to do crown restorations without impressions,” Dr. Spears said. “A lot of people really dislike having the impressions, so this gets rid of that and the scanner replaces taking the impression.” In addition to adding new technologies to make it easier on patients, Dr. Spears and her

To make that easier and more affordable for people, Dr. Spears has developed the Miles for Smiles program. “For our uninsured patients, we offer them the option of a yearly up-front payment that makes them a member in the Miles for Smiles program,” Dr. Spears said. “The payment team realize many people experience covers two cleanings, two exams, x-rays, anxiety related to dental visits, and they an emergency exam, and 20 percent do all they can to make it easier. “We’re off anything they may need beyond very personalized and realize everyone is that, like a crown or filling. It makes it different,” Dr. Spears said. “People have more affordable. We don’t want to limit different levels of anxiety, so we investi- ourselves to a specific population but gate that and cater to their need.” want to be available as a dental home for anyone in Statesville.” Dr. Spears appreciates the variety in treatCarolina Crossroads Dental Care ing all ages. “Personally, when I went 704-873-2141 into dentistry, I wanted to do general 1316 Davie Avenue, Suite B, dentistry, because I like a lot of variety,” Statesville Dr. Spears said. “Including kids and seniors gives me that wide variety.” Dr. Spears says whatever the age, preventaFind us on Facebook!

















What's Cooking?! Entertaining with Fresh Food

Festive Papas Tapas Serves 6

2-4 medium Wisconsin russet or gold potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon sea salt


Heat grill or oven to 400° F. Thinly slice potatoes lengthwise to ¼-inch thick, discarding ends. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Place on grill or prepared baking sheet in single layer. Cook 10 minutes on each side. Add toppings.

Topping Ideas

Bruschetta: In a bowl, mix together 2 medium tomatoes diced, ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves, 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil; spoon on top of potatoes. Baked Potato: In a bowl, mix together ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped; spoon on top of potatoes. Garnish with 1 tablespoon chives. Mediterranean: In a bowl, mix together 1 container (6 ounces) feta cheese, 1 can (2 ¼ ounces) sliced olives, drained, 1 medium tomato diced, salt and pepper, to taste; spoon on top of potatoes. Creamy Greek Yogurt with Lemon and Herbs: In a bowl, mix together ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, juice from ½ lemon, salt and pepper, to taste; spoon on top of potatoes. Garnish with dill sprigs.

Courtesy of Nestlé

Mixed Berry Shortcakes Recipe courtesy of Nestlé

2 pounds fresh strawberries, sliced 12 ounces of fresh blueberries 7 tablespoons sugar, divided Nonstick cooking spray 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces ²/³ cup lowfat milk ¼ cup lowfat Greek yogurt or sour cream Sparkling sugar (optional) 3 cups light Vanilla Dreyer’s or Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream


In a large bowl, combine strawberries, blueberries and 3 tablespoons

granulated sugar; stir gently. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 425° F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk flour, remaining granulated sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and yogurt; stir just until moist dough forms. Turn dough onto floured work surface. With floured hands, knead 6-8 times until dough is smooth. With rolling pin, roll dough into 9-by-6-inch rectangle, or about ½-inch thick. Cut into six 2 ½-inch circles. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Bake 10–12 minutes, or just until golden. Transfer biscuits to individual plates; split open. Top each with about 1 cup berry mixture and ½ cup vanilla ice cream. Source: Family Features IREDELL LIVING • FEBRUARY 2017



hen you’re in the neighborhood, drop by and meet one of our newest team members, Tim Carr. He comes by way of Austin, Texas, and his family will be joining him in May.


Developing Economic Growth in Statesville

The fact we are growing says something about our city, our membership, and even more about who we hope to be. Tim’s job is to proactively recruit new commercial and retail development here. Thankfully, the City of Statesville has contracted with the Chamber to help build a more vibrant retail community. The time is now. The staff of Statesville Regional Development, led by Russ Rogerson, is focused to recruit new industry and help existing industry expand. There is no question that the bedrock of economic sustainability has been, and will continue to be, the manufacturing sector. We’ve seen a renaissance of manufacturing in Iredell County in the last five years. The skill sets and pay for many of those jobs have changed dramatically. I expect that we’ll continue to see industrial employment growth in the coming years. The flip side of economic development is in retail and commercial growth. Traditionally, that expansion has simply happened without direct, concerted assistance. That works when demand for new growth is low and supply of available locations is high. When demand heats up, so does opportunity to provide hands-on help and recruitment assistance.

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



Make no mistake: most retailers have base criteria for opting to move into a community. A big box store looks for the number of rooftops to fall within a certain range and measures other fac-

tors, like median family income. If our community’s demographics fall below that criteria, we’re not likely to be considered as a location for that big box. A local realtor noted that one of the hottest markets in the Charlotte region is Statesville. We’re beginning to see rooftop numbers increase. A tangible sign of our growth is that Publix and Ingles decided to build new grocery stores within a mile of each other. Growth doesn’t happen by chance. It follows a pattern. Consider Charlotte as a dynamic pendant on a pearl necklace. Growth is adding another pearl on the necklace. In the last twenty years, the pearls of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville have been added, in that undeniable order. Who is next? Undeniably, Troutman and Statesville! So, should we expect astounding things now that we have someone helping develop economic growth? Probably not overnight. Tim Carr will take a critical look at the retail/commercial mix we have and work to fill voids. We do believe Tim will directly assist those interested in locating in Statesville and expedite their ability to open their doors. He will link to developers and the companies they work with. As the pearl of growth continues to embrace Iredell County, Tim will be on the frontlines of that growth touting the expanded buying power we offer. To the City of Statesville, thanks for your insight in funding this position. To Tim Carr, thank you for envisioning and working toward a more vibrant Statesville, and to the citizens of this fine place, thank you for your patience. In just five years, our world will undeniably be a lot different than today.



Photo by Captain Gus


Sponsorships Available For Chamber’s Signature Events

he Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities for your business to make an impact in our community. Our audience differs with each event, so it’s not a matter of if we have the right sponsorship for you, but rather, which sponsorship can best serve your business.

Signature Events January––Annual Celebrate Business Luncheon & Community Excellence Awards: This event is held each year in January and it is the place to be and be seen! For 2017, it was held last month at the Cove Church, and the speaker was John J. Mack, a Mooresville native and former CEO of Morgan Stanley. You are encouraged to attend this ticketed banquet each year, hosted by the outgoing and incoming chairman of the board. A summary of the accomplishments from the past year and an overview of the current year is presented. We celebrate by recognizing the business person and citizen of the year during our Community Excellence Awards presentation. March––Live the Good Life Health Care Showcase: March 30th––10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizens Center

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 30


The need for proper healthcare is something on the minds of many these days. In March, the Chamber organizes a healthcare showcase that offers free screenings, valuable medical information and demonstrations. This annual event gives the public an opportunity to discuss everything from health insurance to gym memberships; from caring for the elderly to medical equipment. You name it, you’ll find it at this showcase.

April––Swinging for Small Business Golf Tournament: April 27th––11 a.m. lunch. Shotgun start at noon–5:00 p.m. at the Mooresville Golf Course For the golf lover! Do you need a day out of the office? Prefer to do business on the green? So do many others! Make sure you take this opportunity to get your business in front of the countless golfers who will be on the course for this fun-filled, prize-filled event. May––Race City Festival May 20th––9 a.m.– 5 p.m. on Main and Broad Streets, Downtown Mooresville Get involved in this popular event that appeals to the masses! There are many opportunities to showcase your business in this outdoor street festival and community celebration that brings arts, crafts, food, amusements, and entertainment, along with 15,000-20,000 people to the streets of Downtown Mooresville. October––Community & Business Expo: October 26th––11 a.m.–5 p.m. with Business After Hours from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Be one of the lucky ones to enter into this tradeshow! We only have space for 90 vendors, so don’t wait until the last minute. Join us to exhibit your business to the hundreds of guests who will attend this annual event at the Charles Mack Citizen Center. The MSI Chamber offers presenting, associate and supporting sponsorship levels, along with event specific sponsorships for Chamber events. For more information, please contact our office at 704-664-3898 or






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