Hickory Living September 2022

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ComplimentarySeptember2022 On the pageCover12 2022Best of The FOOTHILLS LIVINGHickory READER’SAWARDCHOICE VOTE FOR FAVORITES!YOURWhere Compassion Meets Innovation

4 HICKORY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2022 contents SEPTEMBER 2022 FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Catawba Valley Health System Where Compassion Meets Innovation 18 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Swisher Skin And Laser Enhancing Your Natural Beauty 22 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Scenic View Landscapes, LLC Creating Scenic Views IN THIS ISSUE 6 • Welcome To The September Issue 10 • September Events2218 contributors CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Peter byCOVERKathyEisenhauerWheelerPHOTOGRAPHYShaneGreenePhotography Sharon Simpson Advertising sharon@lncurrents.comDirector(704)677-9159 MacAdam Smith mac@oasisluxuryhomes.comPublisher(484)769-7445 Kathy Wheeler Design & Advertising kathylivingmagazine@gmail.comSales(828)238-3224 HickoryLivingreserves the right to deny any advertisement or listing. Submissions are welcome, but unsolicited materials are not guaranteed to be returned. HickoryLivingassumes no responsibility or liability for the information, services, products, claims, statements, accuracy, or intended or unintended results of any advertiser, editorial contributors, company, professional corporation, business or service provider herein this publication. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. 10225 Hickorywood Hill Ave., Unit A Huntersville, NC 28078 (484) HickoryLiving@gmail.com769-7445 www.HickoryLivingMagazine.com LIVING Hickory 2022Best of The FOOTHILLS LIVINGHickory READER’SAWARDCHOICE VOTING CONTINUES! See our special advertising section starting on page 31.


Thank you for reading the September issue of Hickory Living!

The voting for 2022 Best of The Foot hills—Hickory Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards continues through the end of October! Please visit us online at www. HickoryLivingMagazine.com or our Facebook page to find a link and vote for your favorite businesses!

Kevin Sipe and his team can design and install a beautiful landscape customized just for your property. They also offer horticultural maintenance to keep it looking gorgeous, so all you have to do is enjoy it! If you are looking to rede sign your outdoor space, give Scenic View Landscapes a call. You won’t be Featureddisappointed!onpage 18, Swisher Skin and Laser introduces Virtue RF, a new radio frequency microneedling technology.

We have two business spotlights this month. Scenic View Landscapes is fea tured on page 22 and is known for their incredible designs and customer service.

• Clean and store lawn chairs and any outdoor furniture you won’t use.

Following the first week of school everyone is rewarded with a little break. Plan some thing fun for the extended Labor Day weekend! If you are looking for day trips, we have plenty of options no more than a few hours away. The North Carolina Zoo, Biltmore, and Carowinds are always fun for families. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offer concerts as well as casino fun and is a great op tion for couples. There are also a lot of free, local concerts listed in our Septem ber Events on page 10. Whatever you decide to do for Labor Day, enjoy the Asweekend!thetemperatures drop, fall is the perfect time to winterize your home. Sealing up drafty doors and windows will save you on your utilities. It’s amaz ing what caulk, foam stripping, and door sweeps can do to make your home cozier this winter. Other items on the fall-to-do-list include:

• Hire a chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney.

• Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

• Drain and store your garden hoses and insulate outdoor faucets.

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RSVP to attend their open house on September 29th when customers can explore their services and ask questions about the new treatment. Read their article for details.

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• If you have an alternate heating source for power outages, make sure it is in proper working condition before you need it!

Our September cover story features Catawba Valley Health System. Read their story on page 12 to learn about some of the state-of-the-art technologies Catawba Valley Medical Center offers patients in our area. It’s truly amazing!

• Clean and repair the gutters

• Schedule maintenance on your heat ing and air system and change the filters monthly.




September 10

The Inn at Ragged Gardens 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock Bring a lawn chair, no coolers, no pets • 5:30PM–8:30PM

SeptemberMORGANTON9,10 40th Annual Morganton Festival Opens Friday at 12 Noon until 11PM in downtown Morganton. Saturday starts with performances beginning at 9AM until 10PM. Over 100 arts and craft vendors, festival food, Kid & Teen Zone is full of rides and games.

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September 30: Lonesome Ace Stringband – Folk and country

September 2, 9, 16 23, 30 Music On The Lawn

September 16: Jake Blount – Draws upon old-time bluegrass and blues influences.

SeptemberNEWTON8 Music On Main North Main Street in Newton Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sun glasses, and bug spray. No coolers. Food vendors and beer tent opens at 5PM or visit Newton Social District businesses. Band performs from 6PM until September8PM. 8: The Breakfast Club www.downtownnewton.org

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September 9: Miss Tess – Jazz, blues, country, and rock and roll

September 16 The Sails Original Music Series

9th Annual Auto Lawn Party L.P. Frans Stadium from 10AM – 3PM. 2500 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory In partnership with Volvo Club of America National Meet 2022, Hickory Museum of Art is excited to feature over 200 classic European cars. hickoryart.org/calendarofevents Check out these websites to see Hickory and Catawba County libraries, and parks and recreation events: services/library/www.catawbacountync.gov/county-events/www.hickorync.gov/calendar/or/parks/


The Sails Original Music Series Downtown Hickory under the Sails


SEASON SeptemberFINALE2:The Tonez – Beach and Variety townofvaldese.com

This performance will be held at Taft Broome Park, 115 7th Ave SW, Hickory at Samuel Davis Multipurpse Field. Band start at 7PM. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

September 23: Randall Bramblett Band – Rock

Valdese Family Friday Night Concerts • Held at Temple Field behind The Old Rock School • Bring a lounge chair • Music starts at 7PM.


September 2: Continental Divide September 9: Gracious Day September 16: Harris Brothers September 23: Shelby Rae September 30: Soul Benefactor www.ragged-gardens.com

8-9PM:Friday: 20 Ride – Zac Brown Tribute 9:30-11PM:Band Crawford & Power –7-8PM:Saturday:CountryKasey Tyndall – rock-infused, country sound 8:30-10PM: Ryan Perry – Modern country with honky-tonk hillbilly morgantonfest.org


Bands start at 7PM. Bring a blanket or lawn Septemberchair.2: Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – Power rock trio

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“Utilizing a state-of-the-art ambulance specifically designed for infants, we have transported as far away as Charleston, SC, to Johnson City, TN, to Durham, NC, and mostly go where we need to, based upon the parents’ requests,” said Jackie Miller, CVMC administrator of the Women & Chil dren’s service line. “We travel to Watauga County in the win ter months, sometimes through snow and ice when Catawba County clears the roads.”

Catawba Valley Health System and Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) have been nationally recognized for decades for compassionate care within the hospital and across all of the health system entities. In fact, just recently CVMC was named a Top 100 Hospital in the U.S. for Patient Experience. However, what you may not know is how advanced and in novative the health system is when it comes to delivering that award-winning patient care.

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Among CVMC’s many world-class and state-of the-art tech nologies are the Neonatal Transport Service, the new da Vinci robot, and the Varian Edge Accelerator System. What makes these innovations special and unique to the people of Cataw ba County? Let’s look at each:


CVMC’s Neonatal Transport service was formed in 2006 and continues to transport critically ill infants to and from our Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). When it began, CVMC was transporting around 34 infants per year. In 2008 the number doubled for total transports, and that number has steadily increased to around 130 per year.

She added, “We are known not only for great outcomes but also for our timeliness in getting to the transport facility and our professionalism to that facility’s staff. It’s extremely difficult having a critical infant and hav ing to wait sometimes hours for a team to arrive. The transport service allows expert neonatal care closer to home for Catawba Valley families in need of a Level III NICU.”

Opposite page–CVMC’s Neonatal Transport service was formed in 2006 and continues to transport critically ill infants to and from its Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

The CVMC Neonatal Transport Team:

• Delivers care by highly trained respirato ry therapists and NICU registered nurses;

The Neonatal Transport service is under the guidance and direction of David Berry, MD, and Samuel Wellman Jr., MD, and is staffed by specially trained NICU nurses and respiratory therapists.

On the cover, left to right–Michele McGlamery, Len Hurst, and Jackie Miller represent three areas of Catawba Valley Medical Center that feature cutting-edge technology to improve the care of their patients.


Photo: Above–The CVMC Neonatal Transport team delivers care by highly trained respiratory therapists and NICU registered nurses.

• Provides services to and from facilities throughout the region and as far north and west as Virginia and Tennessee;

• Offers specialty transport that provides high-frequency jet ventilation and nitric oxide administration on board;

• Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and/or infections present at birth) from neighboring facilities to CVMC’s Level III NICU, which offers a higher level of specialized care;

• Allows infant admission to CVMC’s Level III NICU staffed by registered nurses, registered respiratory therapists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and board-certified neonatologists.

• Transports infants in need of critical care for a variety of reasons (including low birth weight, respiratory distress,

Left–Utilizing a state-of-the-art ambulance specifically designed for infants, CVMC has transported from as far away as Charleston, SC, to Johnson City, TN, to Durham, NC.


• Benefits infants and their parents by keeping them as close to home as pos sible;

The hospital also owns the da Vinci Si Surgical System, an earlier version of the robotic assistant, which is also utilized by surgeons for minimally invasive procedures. CVMC encourages anyone who would like to learn more about the da Vinci XI Surgical System to visit Intuitive.com/productsand-services/da-vinci.

In 2022, CVMC announced the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System, furthering the hospital’s promise to provide world-class care to Catawba County and the surrounding areas. By providing surgeons with this advanced technology, the hospital continues to improve its minimally invasive surgical capabilities in the areas of gen eral surgery, gynecology, urology, and surgical weight-loss, among others.

• CVMC continues to improve its minimally invasive surgical capabilities in the areas of general surgery, gynecology, urol ogy, and surgical weight-loss, among others.

The da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System is the newest gen eration of robotic surgical equipment. This robotic gicalSincegynecologyprostatectomiesprimarilyusebecametechnologyIntuitive,manufacturedassistant,byfeaturesthatfirstavailableforin2000andwasusedforandpatients.then,thesurtoolhasgreatly

• The da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System uses advanced robotic, computer, and optical technologies guided by the surgeon, so the surgeon maintains control of the robot at all times. The system extends the capabilities of the surgeon’s eyes and hands.

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evolved and become commonly used for a growing number of Accordingprocedures.toIntuitive, the robot provides surgeons with even greater operational precision, as well as a highly magnified view. The surgical system uses advanced robotic, computer, and optical technologies guided by the surgeon, so the surgeon maintains control of the robot at all times. The manufacturer added, “Doctors use many technologies that enhance their capabilities beyond what the human body allows. MRI and CT scanners, for example, enable doctors to ‘see’ inside the body. Similarly, many surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery using a da Vinci system be cause it extends the capabilities of their eyes and hands. We believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.”


Featuring advancements such as the Neonatal Transport, the da Vinci Xi robotic assistant, and the latest linear accelerator technology for cancer treat ment, CVMC is poised to remain a lead er in innovative care for our community for many years to come. Learn more about these and other advancements in patient care at CatawbaValleyHealth.org.

The Edge Linear

Another unique addition for CVMC is featured in its radiation oncology department, that now showcases the new Varian Edge Linear Accelerator System that provides patients with advanced treatment techniques, such as surface guidance and respiratory gating. Why is that significant? These technologies allow for more accurate, faster, and safer radiation treatments for cancer patients.

Catawba Valley Medical Center 810 Fairgrove Church Rd SE • Hickory (828) 326-3000 www.catawbavalleyhealth.org

Delivering treatments with more accura cy by targeting and monitoring a tumor’s exact location is made possible by what is referred to as surface guidance and respiratory gating technologies. Surface guidance detects when a patient moves during their radiation treat ments. Detecting patient motion allows CVMC radiation therapists to ensure that only a tumor is receiving radiation rather than healthy tissue close to the tumor. Radiation to the wrong part of the body can be harmful and may cause side effects later in life. The system also rotates 360-degrees to ensure that radia tion beams are being focused as close to the tumor as possible. Respiratory gating is another feature of CVMC’s Varian Edge Linear Accelerator System that accounts for motion during radiation treatments. The respiratory gating technology monitors a patient’s breathing and allows for the system to only send radiation beams during a pa tient’s exhale. During inhale, a patient’s entire torso moves, and if the tumor is located somewhere in that area, the tumor moves as well. When radiation occurs only during exhale, this allows for more accurate and faster treatments since the patient is still and their torso is relaxed. This technology is especially crucial when treating patients with left-breast cancer since the heart lies be neath the left breast. Respiratory gating minimizes radiation exposure to healthy tissues and organs.

The linear accelerator system technol ogy that is available at CVMC is more advanced than many of the hospitals in the region. It greatly enhances the overall patient experience for those be ing treated for cancer. CVMC is proud to offer patients improved accuracy thanks to motion detection, faster treat ment times by sending radiation beams during a patient’s exhale, and greater pa tient safety by better targeting cancerous cells and not healthy tissue.



The Varian Edge Linear Accelerator Sys tem is used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. The device focuses high-energy X-rays that can target and destroy cancer cells in the specific spot where a tumor is located.



business spotlight

Swisher Skin and Laser Center opened its doors in November of 2020, right in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Despite this challenging environment, it has catapulted to be one the premier aesthetic centers in the area, even winning the title of Best of Catawba Aesthetics in its first year. Swisher Skin and Laser has grown quickly, with many happy clients. Why is it so successful and what sets it apart from the rest you may Likeask….many aesthetic centers, Swisher Skin and Laser offers Botox, dermal fillers, laser hair removal, skin rejuvena tion, and facials among its services. Dr. Jenette Swisher, the owner and medical director, and her team offer a winning combination of medical expertise, cutting-edge technology, and personal client care. The facility is modern and welcom ing, and the staff is always going the extra mile to give their clients an added personal touch. In addition to the customer service, Dr. Swisher states that what sets Swisher Skin and Laser Center apart is their brand of natural beauty. “We seek to enhance, not totally change, our client’s appearance. Our best work is when no one knows that you have had anything done, but you look and (more importantly) feel fabulous,” says Dr. Swisher. “We work to give clients superior results at reasonable prices. We’ve had great success with offerings from simple facials, to hair restoration, and nonsurgical full facial restoration.” The services at Swisher Skin and Laser are backed with providers with decades of experience, profes sional medical grade products, and top of the line aesthetic Swisherdevices.

Photos: Left–The staff of Swisher Skin and Laser. Center Below–Three injectors: Elena Willing, RN. LE, Jenette Swisher, MD, Jessica Stevenson, PA Opposite page–Dr. Swisher and Adair introduceBowmantheir newest device, Virtue RF, for radio

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Skin and Laser Center recently added VIRTUE RF microneedling to its service line. It is the only aesthetic

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HICKORY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2022 19 facility in the area that has this tech nology, the world’s first RF micronee dling platform. Virtue RF helps tighten skin, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, improve pore size, and increase col lagen and elastin. Its exclusive robotic precision delivery (RPD) system allows for less discomfort than other devices and minimal downtime. Learn more about Virtue RF at their fall open house on September 28th. Here, you can speak to representatives from the laser compa nies, Obagi, and Upneeq. Enjoy refresh ments and chances to win FREE Botox, laser hair packages, skin care products, and much more! Please RSVP by calling or visiting SWISHER SKIN AND LASER 828-838-1184CENTER 20 13th Avenue NW, Hickory, NC swisherskin.com



By Peter Eisenhauer | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

The company goes all out to ensure that customers get and keep that great “scenic view.”

He may have happily continued with the business, but seeing his success in some horticulture classes, one of his teachers encouraged him to enroll at North Carolina State. “I studied under some really amazing professors at the time and it lit the fire of passion for me to get started into something a little more than mowing.” Kevin gained a strong base of landscape design and horticulture knowledge. In 2000, he started Scenic View Landscapes, with a focus on landscape design and horticultural bed maintenance.


“Quality is truly very important to us, enough so, that we have hired a specific person into a very specific position to monitor our quality within our horticultural maintenance properties,” Kevin said. That dedicated position helps the company elevate its performance and fulfill its core values of quality business practices. With the help of his group manager and team leaders, Kevin strives to strategically game plan each day to provide a level of quality that will meet and exceed client expectations. Kevin feels that nurturing his team is key to providing the innovation, integrity, and quality that customers deserve. Part of that is fostering a culture of a “family-like” setting, where all Someone in Kevin Sipe’s family recently came across an old photo of the green 1966 model Jeep that Kevin used in high school to trans port his lawn mowers to his customers’ lawns. It brought back some memories. “I had about 25 yards while I was in high school and it kept me plenty busy,” Kevin says. “It was also a fun way to make an income at that time.”



“We have been blessed to work on some of the finest landscapes in our area,” Kevin said. “We serve a high-end landscape market, primarily residential and small business, allowing us to get creative and to maintain many beautiful gardens.”


Left–Kevin’s early high school days are when he started mowing lawns. He is shown her with his brother Brian and sister Marie. Below–As a landscape designer, Kevin embraces the beautiful details in a design that make up an exciting garden. (Photos provided)

business spotlight Creating Scenic Views

Above–Creating and maintaining “scenic views” are what this company does best. (Photo provided)

Scenic View Landscapes is always looking for great new team members, Kevin said. “We love hiring folks who are energetic, competitive, take pride in their work, love being outside, and enjoy caring for other people.”

HICKORY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2022 23 members of staff take care of clients and each other.

“Our office staff strives to make our client’s first call experience positive and keeps us all in order at Scenic View,” Kevin said. “These sweet folks truly work to help make a positive experience for our clients.” He also praised his field team members, the ones clients see daily in the dis tinctive green shirts. “They are the people working in the sometimes challenging outdoors conditions, serving our clients to help make things as easy as possible.”

“It is my honor and joy to be able to serve and work within God’s nature each day and to possibly create and nurture a “scenic view” in our cli ents’ own yards,” Kevin said.

Scenic View Landscapes, LLC (828) www.scenicviewlandscapes.net256-2517

Left–Sean Davis, maintenance team leader; Kevin Sipe, owner and designer; Bryson Henry, group manager Erin Byrd, quality control. Debbie Sipe, office manager. Kara Sipe, office assistant (Photos by Shane Greene)



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