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Complimentary August 2013

Living the Good Life

Where Your Health is in Good Hands HICKORY LIVING • AUGUST 2013







from the publisher

Welcome to the August issue. The loss of 19 brave firefighters during the recent Arizona wild fires underscores the risk that our heroes go through every day to keep us safe. These selfless men and women go into burning buildings, chase bad guys down dark alleys at night and perform other deeds on our behalf all the time. A special thank you to all the public servants in our communities for all you do! Our August Events page inside this issue can give you some great ideas on things to do and places to go before the summer slips away. You may want to get away for a day trip or plan an evening out with the family before school starts. Speaking of school, those orange and yellow buses will be rolling this month as most schools start classes for another year. Let's all do our part to help keep the young ones safe on the highway. Slow down, stay alert and allow extra following distance if you get behind a school bus.


LIVING Living the Good Life

August 2013

Mailing Address - 1670 E. Broad Street, Suite #195 Statesville, NC 28625 828-464-4060 E-mail - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling Meredith Collins Kathy Wheeler COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography COVER STORY Hickory Surgical Clinic

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• August Back-To-School Tips


• Hickory Surgical Clinic Where Your Health Is In Good Hands


• Catawba Valley Staffing: Your Employment Specialists


• What's Cooking?! Rib Eye Steaks With Balsamic Glaze


• August Events




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Back-to-School Tips By Kathy Wheeler

I hope you have enjoyed your summer! We still have a few weeks before school starts this month. Here are some tips for preparing your scholars for their new routine. ©LuminaStock | iStockphoto | Thinkstock

Adjust to the new schedule. A few weeks before school starts, begin adjusting students’ bedtime schedule. Have them in bed and up the next morning at a time that will give them plenty of sleep and enough time to get ready without feeling rushed. Eat breakfast. A quick breakfast is a must on busy mornings. Smoothies, hot or cold cereals with fruit, eggs and toast, even peanut butter sandwiches with milk are all quick and healthy solutions. For those mornings you are running late, keep a few staples on hand to fall back on. Yogurt with fruit, frozen smoothie-popsicles or homemade muffins can be grabbed on the way out the door for nutritious treats and a last minute breakfast. Less sugar and more protein will help your scholars through their morning classes. Get organized. Clean out closets and organize clothes to make finding what to wear easier. Dry erase calendars and boards are great places to leave to-do-lists and keep up with schedules. This may sound like an archaic way of keeping up with things 10


considering all the technology available. However, let each family member put it on their phone or computer calendar if they like, and set their own alerts. A board can be a simple and central location for everyone to check for information, and it also gives them an overall view of what the whole family is doing. Checking items off of a list as completed also gives students a sense of accomplishment. Before school starts, put to-do-lists on the board to get everyone in the habit of checking the board.

Attend school open houses and orientation. Help your student prepare for their first few days back-to-school by attending their school’s open house or orientation. If they are transitioning into middle school or high school, these events can help them get acclimated to their new classrooms and schedules. A laminated map of the school in their book bag can help them find their classes. Knowing where they are going will relieve a lot of stress those first few days.

Assign a specific place for book bags, keys and other items needed as everyone heads out the door each morning. Make sure these items are in their place before bedtime. This is also a good place to keep umbrellas and rain gear.

Buy Supplies. North Carolina's tax free weekend is scheduled for August 2-4 this year. Do your homework before going shopping to insure you are getting the best prices. The following items are included in the North Carolina tax-free purchases: school supplies, clothing and shoes for items under $100, sports and recreation equipment under $50, computers under $3,500 and computer equipment under $250.

Break the techy addiction. Over the summer, students have more time to spend on their computers and watching TV. Start limiting their daily computer and TV activity more closely. Once school starts, homework and chores will have to take precedence over internet socials, game playing, and their favorite TV programs.

At Hickory Living Magazine, we wish you a great school year and hope the transition from summer vacation back to school is smooth and painless.



cover story


Photos On the cover: Standing, left to right–Dr. Monty Cox, Dr. Peter Bradshaw, Dr. Jonathan Hata, and Jodi Lanier, NP-C Sitting–Dr. Jim Cook and Dr. Ken Parish Pictured: The surgeons at Hickory Surgical Clinic Standing, left to right– Dr Monty Cox, Dr. Jim Cook and Dr. Ken Parish Sitting–Dr. Jonathan Hata and Dr. Peter Bradshaw

Where Your Health is in Good Hands By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Surgery, from the Latin, chirurgiae, means, "hand work.” The techniques of surgery have changed throughout ancient and modern times. Early surgical texts date back 3500 years to ancient Egypt. Today, we understand how surgery can enhance our quality of life, preserve our health, improve our appearance, and in many cases, save our lives. We rely on physicians 12


to help us become healthy and stay healthy, and often, we gratefully rely on surgeons. I had the pleasure to meet with the surgeons at Hickory Surgical Clinic. I was impressed with their knowledge and their caring dedication to their patients. Each patient’s needs and concerns are their

primary focus. I learned quite a bit, and I left knowing I would be in the best of hands at Hickory Surgical Clinic. The Clinic has evolved from Dr. Frye’s original practice that he started with Dr. Jacob Shuford in 1922. Doctors Robert Keppel, Hugo Deaton, Ronald Gardner and Michael Dickinson each brought their distinguished expertise to the Clinic over the years. Many in our area remember these physicians.

SURGICAL CARE All surgery requires extensive training and specialization. At Hickory Surgical Clinic, the physicians in the practice each have extensive training and experience in the types of general surgery they provide, such as gallbladder, hernia, intestinal and colon, adrenal gland and anti-reflux procedures. What distinguishes this surgical practice is the high level of expertise each surgeon has in his specialty concentration. “My perspective and approach to abdominal procedures is related to the additional fellowship training I completed in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery,” Dr. Jon Hata explained. “Dr. Cox and I are especially interested in single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) techniques that are just as effective as traditional surgery with less visible scarring.” Dr. Hata completed medical school, residency, and fellowship training at Duke University, and Dr. Monty Cox completed his medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Cox explained about single-incision techniques, “We use this when it’s appropriate–it accomplishes the same result on the inside with a better outcome on the outside. All instruments are inserted through one skin incision, usually hidden in the belly button.” Gastrointestinal and colon surgery, hernia repair, and laparoscopic bariatric weight loss surgeries can be completed using these cutting edge, single-incision techniques. “Even colon cancer surgeries that we perform use minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques,” Dr. Hata explains, “which provide patients with state-of-the-art procedures that may not be available in the surrounding region.”

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY “Bariatric or weight loss surgery has changed dramatically over the last 10 to 15 years,” explained Dr. James Cook. “Technical advances such as laparoscopy and research in nutrition, metabolism, and genetics have revolutionized this surgical sub-specialty. Risk has been reduced, outcomes improved and hospital stays shortened.” Dr. Cook completed medical school and surgical residency at the University of

Photos–top to bottom

Cindy Wilson, Jordan Long and Dr. Jonathan Hata The surgical weight loss team–clockwise–Monty Cox, MD; Jonathan Hata, MD; Jim Cook, MD and Jodi Lanier, NP-C Rita Riley, CMA, and Jane Black, RVT/RDMS



Kentucky where there was an active bariatric program under the leadership of Dr. Ward Griffin, an early pioneer in bariatric surgery. Minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques are used for gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. The bariatric team consists of Drs. Cook, Cox, and Hata, as well as Jodi Lanier, a board certified nurse practitioner. “We perform inpatient and outpatient services at Frye Regional Medical Center and Catawba Valley Medical Center. The hospitals offer free bariatric surgery seminars and diabetes education–one of our doctors attends the seminars to answer questions,” Dr. Cook continued. The surgeons are recognized throughout our region as some of the best. Dr. Cook established the surgical weight loss program at Hickory Surgical Clinic and is medical director of Frye’s surgical weight loss program. Dr. Cox is medical director of the surgical weight management program at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Jodi Lanier has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from UNC-Charlotte. With a special interest in treating obesity, Jodi attends to surgical patients during preoperative evaluations, post-operative recovery and is critical in helping patients achieve their weight loss goals through life-long follow-up and support. “Our patients appreciate having Jodi follow them throughout their weight loss experience,” Dr. Hata shared. “She is always available to help ensure a successful outcome.”


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Hickory Surgical Clinic's breast surgeons and diagnostic team–clockwise, Monty Cox, MD; Kenneth Parish, MD; Peter Bradshaw, MD; Jane Black, RVT/RDMS, and Rita Riley, CMA Kathy Vinson, MA, and Stephanie Hollar, RN Cindy Wilson, clinical supervisor, Amy Barnes, RN, and Pat Burchette, CNA 14


An important part of the specialization at Hickory Surgical Clinic is oncologic (cancer) surgery to treat cancer of the breast, thyroid and colon. “There’s a lot we can do to preserve a woman’s breasts with early diagnosis and new surgical techniques,” Dr. Bradshaw said. “We can remove a considerable amount of tissue and not change the breast contour.” The surgeons at Hickory Surgical Clinic spend time reviewing and discussing cases and consulting with other specialists to come to consensus on best treatment options. “I’ve been with this clinic for over 25 years, and I am proud to be part of a practice that was started by Dr. Glenn Frye,” Dr. Bradshaw continued. “I am always pleased when I have a good answer for the hard questions–when I can make people better.” Dr. Bradshaw attended medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky. He is the Clinic’s president and serves on the board of directors at Frye Regional Medical Center.


Michele Haynes, practice administrator, and Cindy Wilson, clinical supervisor Jane Black, sonographer, performing a non-invasive carotid study Front desk secretaries Velma Eddings, Lauren Albers and Sandy Strickland

Dr. Ken Parish attended medical school at Johns Hopkins and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University. He is the medical director of cancer/oncology services at Frye Regional Medical Center. “Because we all have specific expertise and focus on different specialty areas, we make certain our patients are in the hands of the doctor who can do the best for them,” Dr. Parish said. “Our work is of the same quality and as comprehensive as at a major medical center.”

SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS Jane Black may be the first medical professional you meet at Hickory Surgical Clinic. She is a registered vascular technologist and registered diagnostic medical sonographer. Jane conducts various types of diagnostic studies, such as ultrasound scans to assist the surgeons detecting vascular disease and sonograms of the breasts, gallbladder and thyroid. “We can look and listen in the arteries for blockages to catch problems before they cause damage.

With these tests done here, sometimes we can do a needed biopsy right away,” Jane explained. “I love my job–I get to meet with patients who come back for follow-up visits, and we develop great relationships. I enjoy working with our doctors; they have our patients’ best interest at heart, always.”

A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE Michele Haynes is the Clinic’s administrator. While you may not meet her during your office visit, you will benefit from her management and administrative experience. It is her job to keep everything running smoothly, acting as liaison between all departments and employees. The American Board of Surgery certifies all physicians at Hickory Surgical Clinic. It is an accredited Breast Center and a Commission on Cancer accredited program. The Clinic has received the Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery designation by the Surgical Review Corporation, an international

nonprofit organization dedicated to safety, efficacy and efficiency in surgical care. In addition, the Clinic’s diagnostic lab is ICAVL accredited in non-invasive vascular procedures. With the leadership of highly qualified and experienced surgeons, medical technicians, administrators, receptionists and insurance specialists, partnered with a full complement of state-of-theart techniques and equipment, Hickory Surgical Clinic will serve you with respect, compassion and the best surgical care. Do not hesitate to contact them when you have questions or concerns about your surgery.

415 North Center Street, Suite 102 Hickory, NC 828.327.9178 HICKORY LIVING • AUGUST 2013







Left to right – Lauren Story, recruiting consultant; Anna Schuszler, director of marketing and recruitment; Amy Prestwood, payroll manager Right, top – Anna extends an offer to an accepting new hire. Bottom – Amy and Lauren working together to answer a client question. Article by Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene

It’s a lot like matchmaking. Companies seeking qualified candidates and qualified candidates seeking companies who are hiring. Catawba Valley Staffing strives to create the perfect match for a long and happy job placement. They are a local familyowned company founded by Hope Lowman, owner and president, and her daughter, Wendy Ward, CEO. With four offices in Hickory, Marion and Morganton, Catawba Valley Staffing represents a wide variety of clients in many different industries including medical, technology, finance, manufacturing, furniture and textile. The majority of their clients are within 60 miles of the Hickory area, but many of the local 18


companies also have an international presence. Anna Schuszler, director of marketing and recruitment, says there is a positive outlook for jobs now in North Carolina and the Catawba Valley area.

Schuszler directs the company’s professional placement division, specifically for very skilled professionals including engineers, nurse practitioners, chemists, mid-senior level managers, plant managers, senior executives and sales representatives.

“There are a lot of skilled job openings in the Catawba County area,” Schuszler said. “The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 8.8% in May, compared to 8.9% in April and 10.8% in February. People are going to work!”

Within this division, there are several different options for job placements depending on a company’s unique needs. They include:

Overall, Catawba Valley Staffing provides a full range of services, from helping with the occasional supplemental need to having an on-site person to handle all of a company’s HR activities.

• Contract to hire – this option allows the client to best understand the employee before they make a permanent offer. • Executive search – this placement

• Direct hire – a permanent employment placement

is all about networking. Catawba Valley Staffing identifies qualified candidates for top executive positions through their existing network of contacts. • Contingency search – with this type of search, the client pays no fee if there is no successful placement made. • Retained search – an advanced non-refundable payment by the client up front and then the remainder is paid when the search is complete (this is used mainly for hard-to-fill positions). Through all the various search methods and different types of positions to fill, Schuszler says communication remains key: “My goal is to communicate effectively with our clients and provide qualified candidates in a timely manner.”

If you’re looking for an employee with a specific skill set, or a new job challenge, Catawba Valley staffing can help find a great placement. They are committed to finding the best match!

What defines “qualified?” Catawba Valley Staffing recruiters have their own set of expectations. They will not send a candidate on to a client who doesn’t meet the following criteria: Contact Anna Schuszler at 828-624-9104

1. meet 90% or higher of the skills the client specifies 2. be willing to work within the salary range 3. have more than just monetary motivation

Professional positions we are currently recruiting for in the Hickory Area:

Candidates are identified utilizing their extensive network of clients and candidates, a proprietary software network, social media and their website’s jobs page.

SAP Analyst Process Engineer Shift Supervisor Industrial Engineer ISO and Lean Coordinator Chemist Creative Project Manager Email CV/Resumes to









What's Cooking?! Rib Eye Steaks with Balsamic Glaze

Summer entertaining is easy with simple, crowd-pleasing recipes and a few bottles of good wine. The recipes below pair well with Las Rocas Garnacha.

Rib Eye Steaks with Balsamic Glaze Serves 4-6

4 3/4 pound bone in rib-eye steaks, about 1" thick Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 large shallot, thinly sliced ½ cup aged balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Sprinkle large cast-iron skillet with kosher salt; heat skillet over high heat for about 8 minutes, then add steaks. Sear until steaks are crusted brown, about 4 minutes; turn steaks. Sear to desired doneness or about 6 more minutes for medium rare. Transfer to cutting board and let rest while you make sauce. Wipe out pan and add shallot; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Slowly add vinegar and 1 tablespoon of water and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until it reduces and thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat, swirl in butter, and season with pepper to taste. Drizzle sauce over steaks just before serving.

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Crispy Potatoes

pound small Yukon gold potatoes cut into wedges Kosher salt and black pepper tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


teaspoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Place potatoes in saucepan and cover with cold, salted water. Bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Pat potatoes dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When hot add seasoned potates, cut side down, and add rosemary. Cook until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Goat Cheese Crostini with Grilled Peaches

12 slices of French bread, cut diagonally into 1/2 inch slices Extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and black pepper 12 thinly sliced pieces of Serrano ham 2 ripe peaches, halved, pitted and sliced into 12 thin wedges 2 ounces of goat cheese, crumbled 1 tablespoon roughly chopped Marcona almonds Brush each slice of bread on one side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill, oil-side down until lightly golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from grill and place a piece Serrano ham on each. Drizzle peaches with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Grill peaches until

grill marks appear, turning once, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place warm grilled peaches on top of each crostini and sprinkle each with crumbled goat cheese and Marcona almonds. Drizzle them lightly with additional olive oil. Serve with Las Rocas Rosé.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Las Rocas. For more information visit: HICKORY LIVING • AUGUST 2013



Enjoy! You won't have to travel very far to find fun things to do in our area. Before school starts back, enjoy these free concerts, movies and festivals with your family!

August 2, 16, 23, 30 Family Friday Nights in Valdese begins at 6:00PM with Antique and Classic Cruise-ins at Myra's on Main Street. Bands start at 7:00PM at the Town of Valdese parking lot. Following the concert, Jacumin Plaza will be presenting free movie night. August 2: Steve Hussey Band

(Country and Rock)

August 16: Little Johnny Trailer Trash (Country, Americana) August 23: Nu Blu (Americana, Bluegrass) August 30: The Extraordinaires (Variety)

August 9, 10 38th Annual Waldensian Festival Downtown Valdese • Amusement Rides for children and youth, live entertainment, beer and wine garden. Food, arts and crafts vendors on Saturday. August 9: 7:00PM – Jim Quick and Coastline August 10: 9:00AM – Waldensian Singers 11:00AM – Chickweed 1:30PM – Lizzy Ross Band 4:00PM – Lizzy Ross Band 7:00PM – Fantastic Shakers events/calendar.html 24


August 2 Mooresville's Music On Main Town Hall Lawn, 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville, NC • 6:30PM - 9:30PM The Stranger (Billy Joel Tribute)

August 8, 10 Kannapolis Evening Series Concerts • Veterans Park, Corner of North Main & East First Street, Kannapolis • 6:00PM - 9:00PM August 8: Fantastic Shakers

August 24: "Oz: The Great and Powerful" Inclement weather location - Old Lenoir High School Auditorium at 7:00PM.

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Lenoir's Friday After Five Concerts On the square downtown Lenoir Bring a lawn chair • 7PM - 10PM August 2: Tim Hall and Buffalo Country (Country) August 9: The Harris Brothers (Americana)

August 16: Chickweed (60s, 70s, and 80s classic rock, country and beach)

Kannapolis Concerts in the Park Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis • 7:00PM August 10: A1A (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) with Fireworks

August 23: Hott Gritz

August 10, 25

Statesville's Friday After Five Summer Concert Series W. Broad St, Statesville Food and beverage vendors • Bring a lawn chair • No coolers or pets 5:30PM - 8:30PM August 16: Tastes Like Chicken

Heritage Music Series Concert Union Square downtown Hickory, under the sails • Bring a lawn chair August 10: 4:00PM - 6:00PM Hickory Music Factory Drum Circle August 25: 6:00PM - 8:30PM Virginia Rush (Gospel) Rain location for the 25th will be at the SALT Block Auditorium.

August 10, 24 Lenoir's Fabulous Family Films On the Square - downtown Lenoir All movies rated G or PG • Bring a lawn chair or blanket • Starts at dark August 10: "Rise of the Guardians"

(R&B, Funk, Smooth Jazz)

August 30: Throw Down Jones (Rock) Inclement weather location - Old Lenoir High School Auditorium.

August 16

(Old School Funk, Rock & Top 40)

August 16 Live in the '115 Concerts John Franklin Moore Park, Corner of Main St. & Center Ave., Mooresville 5:30PM - 7:00PM J.A.M.B. 7:30PM - 9:30PM Cold Bait, Live Beer

















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