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from the publisher Welcome to the September issue. “And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.” – Raquel Franco September is a transition month. In its early days, the afternoon air remains ablaze, but by its end, cooler breaths of wind prevail. Children have all but forgotten their carefree, unregimented vacations, as they report promptly to class. Local farmers’ markets offer the final tomatoes and peaches of the season, as we look forward to crisp apples and root vegetables. When October nears, high in the mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway, spotty color starts to pop, while here in the lower foothills, juicy green leaves persist for a few more weeks. Labor Day comes on September 2nd this year, our last warmweather national holiday of 2019. It honors the American labor movement and the many benefits that workers provide us year-round. Speaking of labor, September offers a perfect opportunity to get our homes ready for bad weather. To that end, this month we suggest fifteen specific tasks to add to your fall to-do list. Another great project you could tackle in September is organizing and decluttering your home. Some of us have let that closet or home office go for such a long time, we don’t know where to start! So, we 4


asked organizing expert Juliana Kathman to give us some advice. Although summer is officially over, the region’s entertainment scene heats up with the Full Bloom Film Festival in downtown Statesville. In this issue, we talk to festival director Cait Gordon about what the fifth season of this exciting event has to offer, from screenings to filmmaker talks to parties. You could also check out Hickory’s Footcandle Film Festival, presented by the Footcandle Film Society on September 27th to 30th at Drendel Auditorium. This smaller festival debuted the same year as Full Bloom, 2015. We celebrate a harvest moon the last week of September. To Native Americans, it expressly represents the turn of summer into fall, a time to collect the final harvest. As September’s balmy breezes transition into the sweet melancholy of autumn, maybe it’s a good time for each of us to examine our personal harvests. These consist of all the things we treasure in life: family, friends, pets, good food, a warm home, favorite activities. We can’t hold onto summer, but we can carry our bounty with us, into the chilly drizzle that is sure to come. Until next month, thank you for reading Iredell Living magazine. MacAdam Smith Publisher

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In its fifth year, the Full Bloom Film Festival will showcase 85 films shot around the world. From September 19th to 22nd, film fans from all over the southeastern U.S. flock to Statesville to watch full-length movies, documentaries, and short features that they probably would not otherwise get to see. The festival’s other big draw, of course, are the ritzy parties. But according to festival director Cait Gordon, Full Bloom’s primary objective has always been to nurture and appreciate talented individual filmmakers. “Everyone is so different in the way they make their films, just in terms of the creative approach they 8


take. Everyone tells stories differently,” Cait says. “Full Bloom is really just a warm, small-town film festival that’s all about the filmmakers.” Cait, a dedicated film buff herself, has been involved since the festival’s 2015 debut. The event was conceived and organized by an enthusiastic board of community and business leaders with support from Iredell County Arts Council, the City of Statesville, Mitchell Community College, and the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. With her background and experience in filmmaking, Cait became festival director in the event’s


From left to right–Cait Gordon facilitates a Q&A with director Joshua Overbay, lead actress Andie Morgenlander, and producer Nate Glass after the red carpet screening of their narrative feature film Luke & Jo.

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third year. She studied film production at Columbia University, concurrently working at ATO Pictures in New York City.

point now where we have so many to choose from that it’s tough to make those decisions. We have to turn down films that we really like.”

Over time, Full Bloom has screened about three hundred films from 34 countries. The first year, the festival’s selection committee considered 137 submissions; this year they received 333. “We really didn’t know what was going to happen that first year,” Cait says. “We didn’t get a ton [of submissions], but it was enough to make a good film festival. Over the years, the number of films submitted has increased, and their quality has improved. We’re thankfully at the

The review committee endeavors to pick films that span a wide gamut of audience tastes. This year, reviewers highly recommend the feature-length film, Above the Clouds and the documentary, Where There’s Darkness.



As usual, a number of filmmakers will attend, making themselves available for post-screening Q&As and panel discussions, always popular festival features. Even filmmakers whose works weren’t selected are invited to

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Filmmakers and VIP’s await the announcement of the award winning films at last year’s VIP Awards Party at the Historic Sharpe House. Director Amy Claire Nelson (left) answers questions from Cait Gordon after screening her short documentary, Breaking Naan. VIPs watch the animated documentary My Grandfather’s Memory Book on opening night at MCC’s Shearer Hall. After the red carpet screening of the documentary feature length film, Fiddlin, featured regional musicians answer postscreening Q&As.

network and discuss their films. The festival’s intimate venues allow up-close, lively exchanges between filmmakers and audiences. Locations include Mitchell Community College’s Shearer Hall, the Rotary Auditorium, the Iredell Arts Council building, the historic Old Jail, Red Buffalo Brewing, and Iredell Museums—all located in downtown Statesville. Parties include the VIP opening night kickoff party on Thursday, a party at Fourth Creek Brewing on Friday (open to the public), and Saturday’s VIP awards party. At festival close, cash prizes will be awarded to the winning films in each category plus a Best of Fest award. Judges base their decisions on each film’s artistic, narrative, and technical qualities. Cait would like to see Full Bloom become a weeklong event, but she’s in no hurry to expand the schedule. She feels its growth must be an organic process, centered solidly around the needs of filmmakers. “Our biggest focus has always been on the filmmakers themselves,” she says. “They love coming here, the small-town vibe, and they love how nice everyone is. They get real personal experience at this festival versus at industry

festivals where they’re just one of a thousand filmmakers participating, where maybe the people running the festival haven’t even watched their films. Here, we can have those conversations with them directly, and that’s the feedback we’ve gotten from them.” Looking forward, Cait would also like to improve the venues themselves to make them more professional while retaining Statesville’s welcoming, small-town appeal. “We want to up our game in terms of the technology we use, in how we’re outfitting venues,” she says. “There’s always room for improvement.” About three thousand film festivals will happen worldwide this year. Some are more glamorous and starstudded, some much larger and more high-tech than Full Bloom. But as this festival proves year after year, you don’t need all that glitz to be great. You just need to care about the films and the people who make them. Check out the full schedule of films and locations, and buy tickets at fullbloomfilmfestival.org. Cait encourages those who want to volunteer to get in touch through the website.

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Fun facts... The festival’s logo is a spin-off of Statesville’s flower logo. Full Bloom was the name of a tobacco company located in downtown Statesville for many years. Full Bloom Film Festival was ranked in the Top 100 Best Reviewed film festivals last year on FilmFreeway.com.

What Filmmakers are saying... “Full Bloom is one of those gems of the festival circuit that I cannot recommend highly enough!” –Matthew Stacey “…the quality of selected films was impressive and the after parties were a blast. Their attention to detail was meticulous and though they were only in their fourth year, it seemed as if they’d been around for ten. I can’t recommend this festival enough.” –Joseph Day “Honestly, this was the best festival experience I’ve ever had. The hospitality was jaw-dropping. The energy of the staff was warm and inviting. And the screening venues were really fascinating/lively.” –Joshua Overbay “The volunteers, board members, and crew take pride in their town, the films they’ve selected to screen, and in the quality of hospitality for the attendees. This is a must for all filmmakers...I couldn’t be happier with my experience and I can not wait to attend again!” –Ryan Weaver



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to know that pain can be eliminated or greatly reduced. “I spend time needed to determine what the most effective, appropriate treatment plan is for each particular person,” Dr. Manvar explained. “My goal is to see patients able to do the things they want to do—activities they may have given up because of their pain. Even something as simple as playing with the grandkids or working out again can be a remarkable pleasure for someone who wasn’t sure they’d ever do that again.” While some who suffer with pain adjust their activities to accommodate their pain level and stop doing things, it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Manvar’s approach is to elevate your level of functioning through pain management, so you can do things you love without pain or surgery. WHO NEEDS PAIN MANAGEMENT? There are many reasons to see Dr. Manvar for pain relief. “We want patients to see us as the next step, not the last resort.” Dr. Manvar continued. “Seeing me first might eliminate the need for surgery you thought was inevitable. Our treatments are non-surgical, a huge benefit for anyone, especially those who can’t have surgery, older patients, or those with illness. We avoid high-dose medications and professionally manage any drugs we do use.” With dual degrees in anesthesiology and interventional pain management, Dr. Manvar is an expert in treating all pain, from head to toe. He brings a unique skill set from his training at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Washington, a top pain program, to the Greater Lake Norman area. “I’m lucky to share my experiences from some of the best academic centers with our community.” Chronic spine and nerve pain are very common conditions among Dr. Manvar’s patients, but the causes of pain range from headaches and migraines to pain in the joints, extremities, or muscles, arthritis and bursitis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and diabetic nerve pain. Dr. Manvar can treat pain following surgery from cancer or other illnesses, from sports or work injuries, accidents, from conditions like shingles, and chronic aches and pains that can be debilitating as we age. “Some patients have tried surgery without seeing the results they want, or they might need to delay surgery. We can prescribe non-invasive options like physical therapy, aquatic therapy, massage, acupuncture, and opioid and non-opioid medications that have been shown to help, typically with a quicker, easier return to normal activities,” Dr. Manvar said. “Medication management has significantly changed in the last couple of years. New CDC opioid guidelines allow us to work carefully with patients to educate them when medicines are recommended.”


On the cover–Dr. Ankur Manvar Opposite page–The team at Southeast Pain and Spine Care, Denver, North Carolina Above–Dr. Manvar and Laura Justen, PA




Left–Dr. Manvar performing a minimally invasive nerve injection using X-ray imaging. Below–Dr. Manvar using ultrasound imaging to place a Sprint PNS device in just minutes. Opposite page–Laura Justen, PA performing a knee injection with the supervision of Dr. Manvar. Dr. Manvar uses MRI and CT to direct interventions to provide medication to specific areas of pain.

WHAT’S NEW IN PAIN MANAGEMENT? The good news about Dr. Manvar’s Denver office is that the practice offers the most up-to-date treatment options and equipment, which means you can find relief right here in our area. Even if you’ve seen pain management in the past, advanced techniques allow Dr. Manvar to provide relief in painful areas where good results were hard to achieve. You shouldn’t feel you need to travel anywhere else. “Patients travel in from all over,” Dr. Manvar explained, “because we offer world-class treatment in their own backyard; patients get to visit with the same doctor and staff on every visit; we accept all insurance and have an insurance coordinator who manages claims; we’re fully supported by Atrium Health Lincoln, a local, modern 101-bed hospital; and we’re just 15 minutes or so from Huntersville, close to Mooresville, Hickory, Mountain Island, Gastonia, Belmont, Lincolnton, and Charlotte. Patients from their 20s to their 90s benefit from an accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plans. Several options are: Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation treats chronic pain without surgery. Cooled RF treatment takes only about 5 to 10 minutes, is minimally invasive, immediately effective. An outpatient procedure, Cooled RF uses radiofrequency energy to prevent transmission of pain signals by targeting sensory nerves causing your pain. “We’re fortunate to be the only clinic in the area with this technology—it’s much safer with better results than traditional RF,” Dr. Manvar said. “It’s a cost-effective alternative to a hospital stay and can minimize pain medication.” SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulator sends mild electrical pulses to the nerves to re-teach them they no longer need to 14


send pain fibers to the brain. This cutting-edge treatment can significantly reduce pain and improve your ability to enjoy daily activities. SPRINT does not require an incision, but rather, a fine, hair-like wire is gently inserted through a needle; the site is tested to make certain the right nerves are targeted. It is easily removed in 60 days, with significant long-term relief. The Denver clinic is one of a handful that performs these using ultrasound to identify the exact nerve causing pain—it’s more specific with better results—a treatment of choice for carpel tunnel, sciatica, pain in the shoulders, hands, knees, back, and groin. BOTOX is an extremely effective method of reducing duration, frequency, and severity of migraine headaches. In just a couple minutes, BOTOX is injected into 30 locations with a thin needle the size of acupuncture needles for months of relief. No recovery time, no driver needed for your trip back to work, and it’s covered by insurance.

Injections are effective in many applications: to block groups of nerves, often in the spine, neck, buttocks, legs, arms; to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points or knots; for fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain disorder. Facet joint injections relieve inflammation and pain in some spine conditions. After a thorough physical exam and discussion about your pain, Dr. Manvar will talk with you about the best next step to pain relief. Your questions will be answered, and your outlook on life will begin to improve. Living pain-free is a motivating goal. AN EXTRAORDINARY TEAM “Our physician assistant, Laura Justen, and I are grateful for support from a top-notch team of health professionals,” Dr. Manvar told me. “We’re lucky to have Laura here. With a background in neurosurgery, she’s well-versed in discussing MRIs and working with patients to determine if a surgical route is necessary or if they can first try a different approach with us.” The beneficiaries of this skilled team are the patients. Angela says, “I’ve seen Dr. Manvar for a year. He’s worked with different therapies to find what works, and I couldn’t be more relieved. I’m extremely grateful to have found him. I recommend them without hesitation. FYI, he was not my first pain doctor.” If you have pain, do not hesitate to get in touch with Southeast Pain & Spine Care in Denver. It could change your life.

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FALL HOME PROJECTS By JC Summerford When the temperature finally drops a few degrees, it’s time to do some maintenance tasks around the house. Even if you’re not a DIY’er, contractors are not usually busy this time of year, so they should be more available. With that in mind, we’ve got fifteen projects you should probably tackle, before that first cold drizzle hits your neighborhood. Lawn and garden maintenance Doing lawn work in the fall ensures that it will come back beautifully in the spring. Raking leaves and aerating provides necessary oxygen to gardens and grassy areas. Fertilize and mulch around trees, shrubs, perennial flowers and plants to protect and nourish them through the winter. Fall is a great time to clean and service your lawnmower and other outdoor tools so they’ll be ready next spring. Trim your trees During winter storms, loose branches from trees and shrubs can fly around and cause serious damage to your home. Cut any low-hanging or dying branches and those that might fall across power lines. It’s best to do this job after everything has stopped growing for the year so you don’t have to do it twice!

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Cutting Through the Clutter By JC Summerford

Admit it: every now and then, you think about cleaning out that messy bedroom closet. Maybe you’ve got office files you haven’t looked at in decades or a junk drawer stuffed with one of just about everything. Before the mess starts to mount, why not take control of the situation and declutter your house? Clutter is defined as anything that doesn’t add value to your life. Once we get rid of all that unnecessary stuff, we have room to enjoy a more ordered, serene existence. Few people qualify for a profile on the TV series Hoarders, but most of us would benefit by dedicating a weekend to organization. To help, we consulted organizing expert Juliana Kathman of Statesville, who works with individuals and provides workshops on 24


the subject. “Clutter increases stress in our lives and can actually lead to health and financial issues,” she says. “People experience anxiety when they can’t find something, and often, they just don’t know where to start.” Juliana says the most cluttered areas tend to be home offices and kitchen drawers. “Most often, it is the area that becomes the catch-all that gets piled up to do later.” The first step is to set your own personal goals. Map all of the areas around your home that need decluttering, and rate them on a scale of one to five, with five being the most cluttered. Juliana suggests, “Start in a small space or one room at a time. Remove all the items from the space. Then, categorize the items, and make

decisions about them using the S.O.R.T. method.”

Juliana’s SORT method is key to the process:

Save is for the items that are important and need to stay in the space you are working.

Offload is for the items to donate, sell, or give to a friend or family member. Relocate is for items to keep, but they belong in a different room. Trash is for things you do not want that are not in good enough condition to give away.

Disposing of your stuff is an important facet of decluttering, because you may find that you have more emotional attachment to these items than you realize. It’s important to keep in mind that memories are great to hold onto, but things are not. In fact, some of your things may be of use to someone else. Make sure to recycle what you can, and donate usable items to charities. You could also have a garage sale.

A few questions to ask yourself, as you SORT: Do I use it? If you don’t use something 80% of the time, get rid of it. For example, we typically only wear about 20% of the clothes we own. Does it work? If it’s been sitting there broken forever, while you’ve been meaning to fix it, it’s time to toss. Do I love it? If you haven’t made a smoothie in two years, you don’t need that blender.

Your next step should be re-organizing your space. Clear your countertops and flat spaces, then arrange your remaining things neatly in baskets, bins, or on shelves. Juliana says almost everyone experiences a feeling of calm satisfaction when the job is done. “I enjoy helping people organize their home or office so they can be more peaceful, productive, and can spend more time doing the things that matter most,” she says. Juliana also tells us that during the decluttering process, most clients find something valuable that they thought they had lost. That alone could be worth the trouble! For more information, check out Juliana’s website: www.organizedbyjuliana.com

ROOM-BY-ROOM DECLUTTERING IDEAS Bedroom Use shoe and cereal boxes or plastic containers to hold small items on shelves or in drawers. Seasonal bedding, clothes, and Christmas decorations can go in plastic bags, under the bed. Closet Try the backwards-hanger experiment: start with all hangers facing the back, then each time you wear something, replace with the hanger facing frontwards. In a few months, you’ll see what you’re actually wearing! Add hooks inside for jackets, ironing board, and cleaning implements, etc. Office Scan documents and throw away the paper ones. Put important, timely papers in sturdy bins that you can easily access; throw the rest away. Only leave items on the desk that you frequently use. Kitchen Clear everything off the counters except three or four essentials. Put the other items away (or get rid of them). Toss or give away all pots, pans, utensils, serving dishes, and appliances you rarely use. Bathroom Throw away duplicate or old items, for example makeup and toiletries. Use small boxes or plastic containers to organize drawers. Donate old towels to an animal shelter. Living Room Use baskets to hold blankets, linens, and toys. Add shelves for DVDs, games, and electronic devices. Dress cords and cables with tie-wraps, and throw unused ones away. For all rooms Have you over-decorated? Today’s interior designers advocate that less is more. Get rid of decorative items that are dated or those you really don’t like or need.

Above–It seems everyone has a kitchen drawer for miscellaneous items. Juliana took this drawer from messy to organized in these before and after photos. (Photos provided by Juliana Kathman)

Once you have decluttered, don’t rush out to buy new things. Enjoy that clean, spacious feel for a while! IREDELL LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2019


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Iredell Living is proud to celebrate women in business this month. On the following pages, you will meet successful women in our area who are following their passion. They possess an entrepreneurial spirit and the ambition and positive outlook that it takes to grow their businesses. We appreciate all that they contribute to our local economy, and we celebrate their success!



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Women in Business

How has your practice grown over time? After purchasing the practice in 2015, I eagerly started working on transforming the look and feel to be an accurate reflection of my personal approach to dentistry. To accomplish this, I first created my visual brand and developed my practice’s philosophy by establishing the culture and values. After this was done, it was important to remodel the office interior with a more modern design. The one element I kept the same was the team. This is because I see each team member as a true extension of the passion and personal connection that I want my business to represent. Their work ethic continues to be an essential part of growing the practice. Tell us about your involvement with the community. I volunteer at the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Clinics, the Team Smile events, and host a free Veteran’s Dental Day event. I’m a proud sponsor of Girls on the Run, Carolina Farm Trust through the Carolina Jubilee, the Statesville High School football program, and the North Iredell High School yearbook. I spend quality time educating my community about dental health and preventative care.

Lindsay Spears, DDS Dr. Lindsay Spears, dentist at Carolina Crossroads Dental Care in Statesville, considers herself a lifelong learner of dentistry. Since receiving her doctorate degree at UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, she expands her industry knowledge by dedicating time to continued education on services such as sleep apnea, advanced technology, pain management, forensics, compounding pharmacy, fluoride therapies, and much more. “I truly enjoy learning more and more each day,” she says enthusiastically. We wanted to know more about what drives her vibrant curiosity and dedicated passion to her profession. Why did you want to be a dentist? I have wanted to be a dentist since visiting the dentist when I was sixyears-old. I was fascinated by my experiences at the dental office. At university, I discovered that I loved science, art, and working with my hands. Dentistry enables me to do all three! Tell us more about Carolina Crossroads Dental Care. We offer a comprehensive range of services from preventive care like hygiene cleanings and sealants to restorative treatments such as fillings, root canals, extractions, and implants. As part of our cosmetic dental service, we introduced Invisalign, clear orthodontics, a few years ago. We are also available for dental emergencies and urgent care. In a nutshell, we offer high quality services to enhance every smile. Our philosophy is: “Passionate dentistry with personalized care.”

Do you educate your patients about the latest dentistry trends? Absolutely! I personally sit down with them to go over the details of their particular situation. I believe the more educated a patient is, the more relaxed and confident they feel. Our team fully explains treatment options and answers questions to ensure our patients feel informed and in control of their dental health. What are your future goals? I will continue providing quality dentistry and personalized care to improve the lives of everyone who walks through our door. I also aspire to continue being a leader in the industry and my community.

(704) 873-2141 1316 Davie Ave Suite B, Statesville, NC 28677

www.carolinacrossroadsdentalcare.com IREDELL LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2019


Women in Business Financial Advisors

Maggie Shoobridge

1837 East Broad Street, Suite B Statesville, NC • (704) 873-1857

Deneen Wells

1837 East Broad Street, Suite B Statesville, NC • (704) 873-1857

Kelsey Sowers

1737-F Wilkesboro Hwy Statesville, NC • (704) 838-1078 Deneen Wells, Maggie Shoobridge, and Kelsey Sowers are financial advisors for Edward Jones in Statesville, helping people plan paths toward financial success at any point in life. How do you know you need a plan? We talked with these experienced professionals about planning and the esteemed Edward Jones company, established in 1922. What are the first questions you ask a potential client? We start by understanding what is important to you, and then we use an established process to build personalized strategies to help you achieve your goals. How often do you usually see people? We will partner together throughout your life to keep you on track, whether you’re dealing with issues of marriage, college costs, inheritance, or you are nearing retirement. An introductory appointment lasts about an hour and is complimentary. Who is your typical client? We work with serious, long-term investors and specialize in retirement and estate planning, insurance, and other areas of financial management. Each of us manages our own office. Tell me a bit about Edward Jones as a company. Our current managing partner, Penny Pennington, is the sixth managing partner in Edward Jones’ 97-year history and the company’s first woman to hold that title. In more than 12,000 offices across the United States and Canada, Edward Jones manages more than one trillion dollars in assets. 28


What did you do before you worked with Edward Jones? Maggie: I have been in my office now nearly 15 years, but I previously worked with the Iredell Citizen newspaper in Statesville while raising my two children. Both of them are also with Edward Jones. Deneen: I have experience in the financial field, direct sales, and most recently as a media specialist in a local elementary school. I also spent several years as a busy stay-at-home mom with three children. Kelsey: I moved to Statesville from Asheville a couple of years ago with my husband and stepson. My early background was in restaurants and hospitality. I have always enjoyed helping others. You three come from different backgrounds, so how did you all wind up working in investments? We have more in common than you might think. Relationships are key. We have all worked with people on an individual basis. We all had to pass the securities exams to become licensed, so I guess you could say we are versatile but with the same goals: To help people financially and get from where they are to where they want or need to be. Between the three of us, we serve on several boards, volunteer with non-profits, and are involved with our churches and community. If you had a motto, what would it be? I would say, “Making sense of investing.”

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