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36 Florida’s new power of attorney act 43 Top Doctors 49 New Approach to Plastic Surgery 55 The SUV Super Athlete 97 A dream come true for restless sleepers 110 How to communicate with your Doctor 20 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

24 Style 26 Take Charge Now 38 The Arctic 40 My Body 44 Ultherapy 46 Love 48 HalfTee 50 How to avoid moving scams 52 Enjoy the ride! 57 Overwhelming Power 64 Your Chariot Awaits 70 The look for less 75 Best Friends 96 Paws on the Catwalk 98 Toe Trappn’& Tapas 101 Martine Angelique 104 All the hardwork 106 Jason Brownie 109 Her own way

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Choosing The Right Accessories For Your Home

By Stan Writesel Photography by Nanette Kellerman

Art work is a great accessory which creates a strong focal point that defines a space and can reflect your personality. Keep in mind that art and mirrors do not need to hang on a wall. They can be set on a mantel or leaned against a wall to create a more casual feel. The final step when designing a room is selecting accessories to complete the look. When choosing the right accessories it is important to use the principles of interior design. In addition to incorporating scale, color, texture, repetition and rhythm, accessories should reflect your personality and create an inviting atmosphere.

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hen purchasing accessories it is imperative to select the correct scale for your room. For instance a small paper weight on a large table or a large floral arrangement on a coffee table would not be the best option. An area rug is one of the most important pieces in any room; it provides a foundation and defines the space in a large area. You can use the rug to incorporate pillows with colors and textures that bring the eye from the floor to the sofa to make a connection. When introducing accent colors using a variety of decorative objects can have an impact. As an example, the three daisy chain vases in the photo to the left are simple but gives an extra punch of color without being overwhelming and provides visual stability for a room. While symmetry tends to convey a formal tone, asymmetry communicates a more casual feel. This, however, is not set in stone. For instance, if you hang a cluster of mismatched framed mirrors on a wall and then border the grouping with two larger rectangular mirrors, it creates a visual interest and prevents a cluttered look. 24 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

If you have collections of small items, group them together and use risers to achieve different heights. A grouping of nicely framed family photos of different sizes will create a wonderful conversation area on an end table (a candle will accent this perfectly). When placing family photos a rule of thumb to keep in mind is that formal pictures look better in a formal room, casual pictures in casual room. If you want a dramatic look – go large. Consider the vases on the console table to the left. Because of the tall ceiling this space can handle the oversized glass containers with tall dried grass. Using coffee beans adds a great texture not to mention the terrific aroma. Table top books work well on a large coffee table in addition to generating great conversations. Plants and floral arrangements bring an organic element and go with just about any style room. Decorative coasters are a must when entertaining in your home. In addition to the small accents, your guests will feel comfortable knowing where to place their drinks. These are just a few design tips and remember accessioning your home is like accessorizing your clothing – it will reflect your style and personality. In short, it will project who you really are as a person. Have fun when selecting your accessories and don’t be afraid to step out of the box. And remember sometimes less is more! Beginning to End Interiors 941-924-4481 www.b2end.com


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90 Sporting Elegance Years of

By Mai Yomioto

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

What is remarkable about Bugattis is that they have not only always been serious contenders on the world’s racing tracks, but have managed to leave a dashing impression on its major boulevards too.

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ugatti’s little sports car of the early 1920s whose performance proved so hard to beat was the ‘Brescia’. It came in three different chassis lengths. The small supercar had a four-cylinder 1500 cc engine with overhead camshaft, which produced around 50 horsepower. The name Brescia came after its legendary quadruple victory in the famous Italian town in 1921. The longer chassis versions, which were perfect undercarriages for elegant sports bodies, were known as the ‘Brescia Modifiée’. The Type 23 exhibited in Essen is the longest-chassis version, with a 2.55-metre wheelbase clothed in a two-seater roadster body.

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The Type 57 Bugatti was first unveiled at the 1933 Paris Automobile Exhibition. Its development was very much influenced by Jean Bugatti, the founder’s son, who was just 25 at the time. Its straight eight-cylinder engine displaced 3,300 cc and produced around 135 horsepower through two overhead camshafts. Variations of the Bugatti Type 57 won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1937 and 1939. The two-seater coupé shown here, with its twin-tone paintwork, is called the ‘Atalante’ and was the sportiest of the five different body styles supplied from the Bugatti works. This coupé also features what is known as the ‘Toit ouvant’ – rolling roof in English – which can simply be slid backwards to open. Only 34 vehicles were given the Atalante body. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 can now also be considered a classic. Entering into production in 2005, this car’s design is timeless but its technology remains unique to this day. In fact it could be said that the Veyron became a true classic the day it first left the studio at Molsheim, Alsace, where it is built meticulously by hand. The coupé version of the Veyron is limited to 300 examples, all of which have been sold. The W16-cylinder engine produces 1,001 horsepower and 1,200 horsepower in the Super Sport. The Super Sport still holds the world speed record for a production vehicle. continued on page 32... FOCUS of SWFL 2012 31


Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse

Following the success of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Bugatti did not wait long before the company received inquiries about an open-top version of the Grand Sport that could also deliver an uncompromised sporting experience. “We were instantly electrified by the idea of transferring the power of the Super Sport to the Grand Sport, that delivers a maximum of 1,001 hp, thus taking the roadster to a new level,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. He continues: “Our team has managed to transfer the world’s most powerful car engine to the open-top sports car, while taking the vehicle’s dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration. We are proud to present the fastest roadster ever... the 1,200 hp Grand Sport Vitesse.”

The Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by a 7.9 liter W16 engine, with four turbochargers and improved intercoolers. Furthermore, Bugatti has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components in order to safely transfer the immense force the Vitesse is capable of. As a consequence of the larger turbochargers and the overall reduced back pressure, it was even possible to reduce the fuel consumption slightly, even with the increased power output. The classic Grand Sport, a sports car with an elegant, artistic orientation, will, of course, remain in the range. Along with only 350 uniquely built Veyrons. As with age you get wiser, better, and in Bugatti’s case, well much faster. Over the year's Bugatti strives to develop more than something with four wheels. But a motoring experience of elegance and nobility, happy ninetieth Bugatti.

How does it get you from point A to B? The décor is executively covered with carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium (mostly carbon fiber), of course all comfort areas carry the highest quality soft to touch leather. The bi-color black trim parts (for example, in the roof console) are also new in the Grand Sport version, as is a special seat design for the Grand Sport Vitesse. With that said, the answer is, “In Comfort”. If it is acceleration you need then, 2.4 seconds from a standstill to get to 60 mph. During my test drive I discovered, this is a car you can drive on a daily basis, but with over a thousand horsepower temping you. It would be better to leave the Grand Sport only for the weekends.

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Instructions: 1. Preheat the grill using Kingsford® charcoal, until briquets are consistently ashed over. 2. Grill peppers over a medium fire until lightly charred on all sides, place peppers in a bowl and wrap with plastic wrap, allow to cool to room temperature. 3. Char corn on the grill over high heat until moderately charred, remove and cool, remove corn kernels from the cob. 4. Mix the goat cheese, charred corn, apricots, and basil. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Cut a slit in the side of each pepper and gently scrap out the seeds. Fill each pepper with the goat cheese mixture until full. 6. Return stuffed peppers to the grill and cook over medium heat until the goat cheese is warm and soft. 34 FOCUS of SWFL 2012


Pomegranate Glazed Filet Mignon with Harissa Steak Sauce Makes: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes INGREDIENTS: Pomegranate Glaze 1 cup pomegranate juice 2 tablespoons sherry or cider vinegar 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced 1 teaspoon ground cardamom ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Harissa Steak Sauce 1 tablespoon ground caraway seeds ½ tablespoon ground coriander seeds ½ tablespoon ground cumin seeds 1 tablespoon garlic powder ¼ cup ketchup ¼ cup sherry vinegar ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons chives, minced 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon chile paste 4

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Instructions: 1. In a medium sauce pan, combine Pomegranate Glaze ingredients and cook over medium heat, reduce mixture by 30 percent. Then strain and cool the mixture, set aside. 2. Toast the caraway seeds, coriander seeds, cumin and garlic powder in a dry pan until fragrant. Add remaining Harissa Steak Sauce ingredients, except the chives and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool. Stir chives into finished sauce. 3. Preheat the grill using Kingsford® charcoal, until briquets are consistently ashed over. 4. Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper. 5. Grill the steaks over a medium high fire until lightly charred on one side, approximately 4 minutes. Flip the steak and baste with the Pomegranate Glaze, after an additional 2 minutes of cooking baste the steak again. 7. Remove the steak from the grill and allow to rest for 6 minutes. 6. Baste the steak again after resting and serve with a side of the Harissa Steak Sauce. FOCUS of SWFL 2012 35


Florida’s New Power of Attorney Act

On October 1, 2011, Florida’s new Power of Attorney Act went into effect. A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that you use to appoint another person as your agent while you are living to handle your business and financial affairs. Because the new POA law differs significantly from the prior law, it may be a good idea to sign a new one. Here are six things you need to know about the new law: 1. Signing formalities are crucial. The new law requires a person making a Florida power of attorney (called the "principal") to sign the document in front of two witnesses and a Notary Public. 2. New rules governing multiple agents. Under the new Florida law, if two or more agents are named in a power of attorney to act at the same time, then they can act independently of each other unless the power of attorney specifies otherwise. 3. Filing for divorce triggers revocation of a spouse's authority. The mere filing of a petition for divorce will terminate the authority of the principal's spouse to act under the principal's power of attorney. 4. Powers of attorney will no longer be allowed to "spring" into action. Springing powers of attorney will no longer be allowed to be created in Florida, instead all new powers of attorney will be effective immediately. However, springing powers of attorney signed before October 1, 2011 will remain valid. 5. Specific authority must be granted. The following catch-all phrase that commonly appears in powers of attorney can no longer be relied on:

"In general, to do all other acts, deeds, matters, and things whatsoever in or about my estate, property, and affairs, whether or not particularly or generally described and any and all other acts, deeds, matters, and things not particularly or generally set forth herein, as fully and effectively to all intents and purposes as the undersigned could do if personally present; and to employ, retain in employment and discharge such persons (both professional and otherwise) as my Agent may deem necessary to assist in the performance of any of the foregoing." Instead, a power of attorney must list with specificity the authority being granted. Although the new Act provides that POAs signed before October 1, 2011 are valid, there is a practical reason for updating your power of attorney. Once the Act has been in existence for a while, third persons relying on a POA will be accustomed to the requirements of the new Act. If a pre-October 1, 2011 POA is presented sometime down the road, it may come under heightened scrutiny, making it more difficult to have it honored by third persons. This would undermine the reason to have a POA in the first place. I hope this information on Florida’s new power of attorney Act is helpful. For more information contact: Attorney Kevin Pillion Tel. (941) 201-1111 www.co-executor.com 36 FOCUS of SWFL 2012


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The arctic

By Jane Ayer

Images © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The astonishing new film, TO THE ARCTIC 3D is an IMAX®, MacGillivray Freeman Films, and Warner Bros. Pictures co-production, and a presentation of One World One Ocean, a multi-year, multi-platform nonprofit campaign harnessing the power of film, television and new media to generate greater global awareness of the ocean’s importance to society and spark a global movement to restore a healthy ocean. In order to promote changes that will help restore our oceans to their healthful balance. With an understanding that the Arctic landscape is changing faster than any other place on Earth and is in danger of vanishing completely, the film was produced particularly to build awareness and inspire greater protection for the Arctic Wilderness. “We need to recognize that environmental destruction and climate change, not terrorism or a neighboring country, are the biggest enemies of 38 FOCUS of SWFL 2011

our time. We need to fight on multiple levels – through public education, through change of policy and, on the industrial level, through technology and the way we consume and invest,” explains award-winning nature photographer Florian Schultz, who documented TO THE ARCTIC 3D in stills for its companion book, To the Arctic.

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irected by two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Greg MacGillivray, the film is narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, who previously provided narration for MacGillivray Freeman Film’s Living Sea and, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, narrated Hurricane on the Bayou for the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation. TO THE ARCTIC 3D features outstanding songs by Paul McCartney that aptly reinforce the deeply moving, grand adventure. Like Streep, McCartney shares MacGillivray’s profound regard for wildlife and the environment.


Three Goals: • Support international efforts to protect 10% of the ocean by 2020 • Inspire people to eat seafood more sustainably • Reduce plastic marine debris An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, TO THE ARCTIC 3D is the ultimate tale of survival. The film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. The filmmakers followed the mother and her two cubs for five days which has never been done before. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snowbound peaks. This is the first time a polar bear family has been tracked-and-filmed in the wild for five days straight. Produced by Greg MacGillivray’s son and partner, Shaun MacGillivray, TO THE ARCTIC 3D will be released exclusively to select IMAX® theatres starting April 20, 2012. MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s best-selling producer of films for IMAX® theaters. TO THE ARCTIC 3D was filmed entirely in 15/70mm, designed to take full advantage of the IMAX 3D format, capturing spectacular shots of one of the most remote, beautiful, and vulnerable regions of our planet. “It’s our hope that by engaging people through seeing the film, they will want to make the social changes necessary to save and restore our oceans,” says Shaun MacGillivray who also serves as managing director of One World One Ocean. www.oneworldoneocean.org

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My Body and I Have A Story To Tell…

By Agi Smith

My body and I have a long history together and it wasn’t until recently that I recognized the true friendship and loyalty she has unrelentingly given me. I have no recollection of when she was tiny, pudgy and cute, although I wish I did, because it may have been the only time I would have looked at her with non-judgmental eyes. In grade school she embarrassed me regularly because she was so darn skinny. Everyday I would look for creative ways to hide her by dressing her in baggy pants and oversized tops just to conceal those bird legs. No matter how much chocolate I shoved in her mouth or Doritos I forced her to munch on she just wouldn’t gain a pound. 40 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

All my classmates taunted us regularly and relentlessly because of our boyish figure. It wasn’t until later in life I wished I could have that boyish figure back and the freedom to eat chocolate and Doritos guilt free. My shame of her waif like body left her sweaty and miserable almost every summer, yet, she never complained and always had the fortitude to carry me on any new adventure I desired. As the years passed she began to change her appearance by growing two little lumps on her scrawny frame, unmanageable hair and a set of crooked teeth making her look like a really ugly boy, again, I was unsympathetic. Even with all my loathing she stayed true to me by being strong, healthy and agile allowing me to play, swim, learn and explore the world around us. The entry into puberty brought continuous change and I stayed committed to hating her for not mutating in a way I believed would have brought both of us joy. We were clearly not on the same page. I pushed her daily to exercise and eat only what I thought would serve me not her. We spent our entire twenties fighting like two old ladies. Just like a couple heading for divorce we grew to hate each other, only in this case, there wasn’t a judge in the land who would be able to separate us. I was stuck with her and she was stuck with me. She was always asking for food or sleep and the more she asked the less I gave her. Instead, I would punish her with hours of aerobics to Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical. She had no idea the pressure I was under to make her look good. By the time we arrived to our thirties we were at an all out war with each other until one day in our late thirties, my body and I decided to change the world… we got pregnant. During this time it was my turn to show compassion towards my body as she stretched, bloated, got sick and winced in pain. I even allowed her to eat all the foods she craved; chips and lots of French fries - I still allow her a generous amount of flexibility when it comes to French fries. During the pregnancy she betrayed me again, allowing our boobs to grow into the size of two peaches on Barry Bonds type steroids.

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Towards the end of our pregnancy she was stretched as far as she could be without popping and I was exhausted listening to her kvetch for the past nine months, but we were a united front. Together we gave birth to the most beautiful little spirit, she was pink and perfect, until… the doctor told us she was very ill and would probably “not make it!” Not make it… Like a fly stuck in a jar I was bouncing around in my brain feeling helpless and scared. My body, well, she was calm and knew exactly what to do. She marched into the ICU and told the nurse to hand that baby over to her then she created another miracle… she began to feed our precious baby with the two most valuable assets we had… our breasts. Eleven years later, our baby girl continues to be our little miracle. Today, I stand before myself in the mirror and see the hips that were once boyish padded with love, love that carried our little girl for years every time she looked up at us and said, “uppy.” Our face is lined with wrinkles, wrinkles that were once an enemy, now they represent pages in our book of life and they tell the story of a beautiful friendship between my body and my mind. Together we have traveled, chased dreams and have now begun to grow old…er. We are kindred spirits brought together in this life span and she has generously loaned me her vessel to help me sail through my journey of this existence. A day – hopefully a long time from now - will come when we must part ways and I will need to lay her down to rest permanently.

Now days, I try to tell her how much I love her, how beautiful she is and how sorry I am for the years I abused, disrespected or let her down. She rewards me daily with a renewed sense of energy and continuous health. Every morning she places our two feet on the ground and takes us anywhere I wish to go. At times I still look at her and feel disappointed in her shape and how she is beginning to show the signs of an old weathered ship, but then I remind myself how far we have come and how we still have so much to do. I love my body, and she has shown me time and again how much she loves me. She is beautiful, superlative and uniquely one of a kind. We are perfect together and I am eternally grateful for her choosing to take me on this glorious ride. My body and I have a long ways to go with many more stories to tell, but for now, I am happy to say that we are a true love story…

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Selections are made through a national survey of physicians and hospital administrators conducted by Castle Connolly Medical, an independent research and information company that is the nation’s leading provider of information on physicians. After the votes are tallied, Castle Connolly ensures that the physicians meet the company’s criteria, which include board certification, years of experience in their specialties, and a clean disciplinary record. “This is an incredible honor for all of us, especially since the nominations are made by our peers,” said Dr. Auld, who practices at the Fort Myers OB/GYN office at 9021 Park Royal Drive. “Castle-Connolly is widely recognized for its extensive research of the medical profession. This demonstrates to our patients that we have been evaluated and meet their highest standards,” said Dr. Kovacevic, who practices at the Cape Coral OB/GYN office at 1265 Viscaya Parkway. “As nice as it is to be recognized, our best reviews come from our patients,” said Dr. Yankaskas, who practices at both the Fort Myers and Cape Coral OB/GYN offices. Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many long practicing local physicians and has grown to become the largest independent multi-specialty practice in Southwest Florida with more than 45 medical professionals. Medical specialties include internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Ten offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres

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Ultherapy

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A Novel Minimally Invasive Procedure

By Stephen Prendiville, M.D.

Stephen Prendiville, M.D., is the only Fellowship Trained and double Board-certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Lee County. The introduction of Ultherapy® into the facial cosmetic realm has stirred a great deal of interest, with features on “The Doctors” and “Dr. Oz” offering a breakthrough form of facial rejuvenation. This technology utilizes focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen production and facial soft tissue tightening. The question is: How good is Ultherapy®? Although the search for the fountain of youth is first credited to explorer Ponce De Leon, this quest has never really abated. American culture has been fascinated with looking younger for generations, and this fascination has only grown stronger with time. The popularity of cosmetic procedures is the United States is born out by a number of recent surveys. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that more than nine million surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported in 2011 that member surgeons performed an average of 1,000 surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2011; of these, three quarters were nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. If one was to look back 30 years to the 1980’s, the topic of nonsurgical aesthetic procedures was a very short chapter in any Facial Plastic Surgical textbook. However, with society’s desire to have improved appearances without downtime, and hence without surgery, there has been a proliferation of nonsurgical options. This trend started with Botox®, and quickly moved on to fillers (Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®). However, since these minimally invasive procedures are capable of achieving specific targeted goals without reproducing the comprehensive results seen with more invasive procedures like Facelift, Brow Lifts, or Laser Resurfacing, the search continues. 44 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

In the last decade, a technique known as Thermage®, a form of facial soft tissue tightening achieved with radiofrequency, was introduced. Unfortunately, results were mixed and unpredictable, making it clear that this procedure was not the “nonsurgical Facelift” many had sought. Other devices, such as Titan® (infrared), and Pelleve® (Radiofrequency) have since been marketed in the United States, but have not attained the status of “goal standard” of minimally invasive facial tightening procedures.


The initial response to Ultherapy® has been favorable for facial tightening and brow elevation. A review of patient reactions to Ultherapy® on a plastic surgery website (www.realself.com) reveals an approval rating of 83 percent among 143 patient reviews as of press time (Thermage® has an approval rating of 39 percent among 250 patient reviews).

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The main criticisms of Ultherapy® have been twofold. The treatment is moderately painful, albeit tolerable utilizing mild oral pain control. The second, via anecdotal reports, has been that Ultherapy® works better in patients in their late 40s to late 50s much better than it does for patients in their mid 60s and older. This leads to the conclusion that Ultherapy® appears to be the most effective minimally invasive soft tissue technique in its class, although not really a “nonsurgical Facelift”. In fact, most Facial Plastic Surgeons are skeptical of the words “nonsurgical” and “Facelift” within the same sentence, viewing such phraseology more as marketing than reality.

In the last several years, a device known as Ulthera® was introduced, which utilizes focused ultrasound energy to cause deep tissue heating and subsequent collagen stimulation. Unlike its predecessors in the field of minimally invasive devices, Ultherapy® has received an FDA indication for soft tissue tightening (specifically in the ability to achieve a nonsurgical brow lift).

Ultherapy® can be viewed as an advance in minimally invasive soft tissue tightening, as an effective tool when applied to a patient with appropriate indications and expectations by an experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon. As far as the fountain of youth….. the search continues.

Ulthera tightens the skin and stimulates collagen Ultherapy® is typically performed in the outpatient setting, with oral sedation and takes about 60 to 90 minutes to perform. The target areas for soft tissue tightening include the lower cheek, jowl area, neck, and brow area. Since Ultrasound has been used for decades as a soft tissue imaging modality, the depth of tissue penetration is more standardized than with radiofrequency devices like Thermage®. In fact, the device has two target depths, 4.5 mm which targets the fibro fatty tissue beneath the skin known as the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system), and 3.0 mm to target the deep dermis; the device has imaging capability, allowing for visualization of the treated tissue during treatment. Results are gradual, taking a minimum of two months and as long as six months to unfold, lasting an average of 24 months.

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OVE L in the air for woman over 40

By Gina Battle

Traditionally a blushing bride is on the underside of 26 years old. Couples have been planning their nuptials for months, perhaps up to a year or more. She has chosen a romantic floral bouquet; they’ve sampled the perfect tiered cake; invited fabulous guests; lamented over heavenly gowns, this all prior to the day they walk down the aisle to recite their vows. The day has finally arrived! For any bride, no matter what her age, the wedding day is a day like no other. It is a magical day enveloped with love, happiness; hope for the future, and dreams fulfilled. The ideal of the typical age of a bride is no longer the old standard -- young. For various reasons, many women are seeking wedded bliss at a nontraditional time in their life. It is likely getting married or remarried may occur beyond age 40. For the sake of this article, let’s assume they are experienced, independent and self-assured individuals. Whether she’s a first-time bride or has taken multiple vows, the case is no longer that the mature bride is hiding in unflattering, unassuming fashion on her wedding day. This bride is beautiful, stylish, gushing and she wants to make as vivacious a statement as her younger counterpart. She may even acquiesce and wear white, ivory or a surprisingly bold color. “The bride wears what she wants too,” said Judie McGlinchey, a professional bridal consultant/stylist. Trending now in bridal fashion is bold hues, like hot pink or royal blue shoes just for an eye-popping punch of color underneath the gown. Some brides are putting a coordinating color sash on the gown or a little feathery flower to incorporate more color for fun. 46 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

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Styles have changed as women have evolved through decades of bridal fashion design. Designers in the industry are appreciative of a mature woman, particularly those poised with the goal to make her fashion choices coincide with a picture-perfect wedding. Judie says, “True, they’re more assertive and know what they want whether they’re having a beach or destination wedding, or marrying on a cruise – they just know.” The excitement doesn’t stop at a certain age group. According to Charlotte Bridal Boutique owners, Lynn and Ken Adkins, the eldest bride they have consulted was a beautiful, glowing, spry woman in her 80’s. Although there may be a significant age difference, a bride is a bride… and a beautiful bride shouldn’t have boundaries because of her age. She looks forward to her wedding day like she did as a little girl.


Judie gives the same advice to younger and mature brides alike. It goes without saying, any bride can be influenced by family and friends, because their opinion means so much to her, and she might give way to the pressure in spite of her true feelings. However, as a result of the assertiveness she possesses, the bride may revisit the shop and choose the original dress, ending up with what she actually wants.

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nother great piece of advice given to help deter this from happening is simple. “Don’t bring too many people with you to try on dresses. The more people you have, the more opinions you’ll have to deal with and the more decisions you will have to make. You can be guided by your family and friends, but it’s between you and the groom, it’s your day whether it’s the first wedding or another.” Who can argue with that; wasn’t figuring out the seating chart enough drama? Being an older bride does have an essential worthwhile advantage. The 40+ bride most likely leaves behind any illusions about the day after the wedding. Her focus is not only on the day, but she and the groom are more apt to put effort into ‘From this day forward… till death do us part.’ Congratulations to all brides taking their vows to honor and cherish this summer of 2012.


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New Approach To Plastic Surgery and print medical records, or watch Netflix during a procedure. From having a totally paperless office to an ultra relaxing jellyfish aquarium, every measure has been taken to allow the staff's focus to be on having happy, well-informed patients. "We have found that serving Starbucks, having enough staff to offer unmatched personal service, and constantly investing in technology has increased our bottom line in more ways than one," said Dr. Goldberg. Dr. Dana feels that being connected with patients and engaging them in their patient experience is critical for the medical practice of tomorrow, and every person on her staff is enabled to do whatever it takes to make a satisfied patient at all costs. Dr. Dana Goldberg is proud to be considered one of the top plastic surgeons in Palm Beach for breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, and facelift surgery. Her office is located just north of Palm Beach Gardens in Greenwich at Abacoa.

www.drdanamd.com Board Certified Female Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon Dana M. Goldberg M.D. is taking a new approach to patient experience in her new plastic surgery office. In a time when insurance companies and a sluggish economy are forcing many South Florida plastic surgeons to slash overhead or find new sources of income, Dr. Goldberg and her team have achieved extraordinary growth by measuring patient satisfaction as a leading factor in their bottom line. "I remember hearing about Nordstrom allowing a customer to return tires for a refund even though the chain has never sold tires," said Dr. Goldberg. The idea that "the patient is always right even if they are not," has become the cornerstone of what Dr. Goldberg calls the "ultimate plastic surgery patient experience." Dr. Goldberg believes that technology has been a key driving force in making her business model work. She has worked hard to create a very content rich experience for patients by employing YouTube, Facebook, and numerous other social media platforms. "We have well over 5,000 monthly visitors to our website, and patients see that we are different right away when they see the amount of 'sales free' information available," said Dr. Goldberg. Technology perhaps plays an even bigger role inside Dr. Dana M. Goldberg's new office. Google TV has been installed in every exam room, allowing patients to have full access to the Internet, the ability to view

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How to Avoid Moving Scams By John Bisney

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the traditional moving season, which runs through Labor Day. But unfortunately, not all of the estimated 37 million Americans who change residences during 2012 will have a smooth move. A few, in fact, will almost certainly have their worldly possessions “held hostage” by unsavory types known in the professional moving industry as rogue operators -- imposters who are often really criminals. The harm they cause can range from annoying to tragic. Such self-styled “movers,” hiding behind professional-looking websites that mask their phony operations, usually don’t live up to their promises. And as consumers continue to transition away from the Yellow Pages to shopping for services online, they frequently fail to realize that hiring a legitimate mover requires some checking. Immediately snapping up a low price online is fine when looking for a DVD – but don’t forget that when you move, in simple terms, you’re inviting people you don’t really know to pack up everything you own in a locked truck and drive away. One of the most common scenarios has these con artists holding trailers of household goods hostage unless the customer pays an exorbitant fee. Or claiming that the items suddenly weigh more than they did when loaded -- and so will now cost substantially more to deliver. It’s the last thing a customer needs -- relocating can often be a hectic and stressful life transition said to rank with losing a loved one or a job. During such times, it’s no wonder consumers may not be as careful as they should be when choosing a mover. Yet taking just a few minutes to check out your mover will almost always prevent such headaches. Here are five tips to help you avoid the bad guys: 50 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

1. Be wary of “guaranteed” estimates over the phone or Internet; instead, get at least three written in-home estimates. Show the mover everything you intend to take, including items in the attic, basement, garage, storage areas, shed, yard, etc. to ensure an accurate estimate. 2. Browse through a prospective mover’s website thoroughly. Make sure you have a physical address and a phone number. Ask to visit the facility if you have concerns. 3. Be suspicious of carriers seeking large down payments, and never sign any blank forms. 4. Take valuables, such as coins, jewelry, photographs, rare collectibles and important papers with you. 5. If you’re moving between states, your mover under federal law must give you copies of three documents at the time of the estimate: the “Your Rights and Responsibilities” and “Ready to Move?” brochures, and information on the arbitration program the mover must participate in. Read them carefully.


Finally, if you’re moving locally or within the same state, check to see whether the company you’re considering is a member of a state moving association (more than half the states have such organizations) or of the American Moving & Storage Association, the industry’s national non-profit trade association. If you’re moving between states (or within California), make sure your mover displays the ProMover logo. AMSA created the ProMover certification in 2008 as the moving industry’s “seal of approval” to give consumers a way to easily separate reputable, professional movers from con artists out to make a quick buck at their expense. To earn this designation, participating AMSA members undergo an annual screening that includes a review of any felony convictions of the company’s owners, officers or majority stockholders regarding matters over which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB) or any state consumer protection agency has jurisdiction; verification of company ownership with the appropriate state corporation commission; and a review of each applicant’s website for improper advertising. Each new applicant must also complete a signatory agreement attesting it will comply with FMCSA and STB regulations and uphold the AMSA Code of Ethics. The ProMoverSM logo stands for a set of basic, honest business principles -- a distinctive, stylized “M” that at a glance gives customers the confidence and comfort of knowing they and their cherished possessions aren’t being taken for a ride. By following these simple steps, consumers can easily avoid the problems that often accompany doing business with someone who is mover in name only.

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Enjoy the ride!

Breaking down the NY Auto Show By Dan Myricks

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ew York City is no stranger to starting trends and shaping opinions, so it is no surprise that the world's automakers have pulled out all the stops to show off some of the most amazing concept cars ever seen. This year’s 2012 New York International Automobile Show was packed to the rafters with nearly 1,000 brand new vehicles, covering all segments of the auto industry. Car-lovers for all around with a taste for the absolute latest in technology and innovation enjoyed the improvements made by many manufacturers at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Today's new cars and trucks are lighter, faster, more technologically advanced and fuel efficient than ever before. Seeing this year's new arrivals in one place at the same time; from the all-new Dodge Dart and Cadillac ATS to the Buick Encore and the Nissan Pathfinder these are some of the finest new cars and trucks ever built. Let’s break it down a little: Dodge Dart: The 2013 Dodge Dart is an all-new compact car offering impressive personalization, roominess, style, functionality, fun-to-drive dynamics and fuel economy. Available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T, drivers can select from a new 160 hp 16-valve 2.0-liter, a 160 hp 16-valve 1.4-liter Intercooled Turbo or a new 184 horsepower 16-valve 2.4-liter engine. Porsche Boxster: The open-top two-seat Boxster receives an entirely new longer and wider lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis for the 2012 model year. The Boxster is equipped with a 265 hp 2.7-liter while the Boxster S has a 315 hp 3.4-liter flat-six engine unit. Infiniti JX: With impressive passenger and rear cargo volume, the 2013 Infiniti JX is a 7-passenger luxury crossover featuring interior flexibility and roominess. Coupled with impressive safety and advanced convenience features such as Connection with Google Calendar™, Drive Zone/ Speed Alert, Infiniti Personal Assistant, and Around View™ Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection, the all-new JX is an impressive edition to the luxury SUV market.

Chevrolet Spark: The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a nimble, affordable, sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch equipped with the 1.2L four-cylinder engine and fivespeed manual transmission. Inside, it offers a seven-inch color touch screen radio capable of displaying smart phone-based navigation, media and contacts for handsfree calling.

Cadillac XTS: The Cadillac 2013 XTS features a 3.6L direct injection engine and advanced all-wheel drive system, marking a shift to more-efficient performance in a spacious luxury sedan. Highlights include an advanced all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Control and rear air suspension.

Acura ILX: The all-new ILX is a small luxury sedan that features aggressive styling and a choice of three powertrains. A 2.0-liter, in-line 4 cylinder with Sequential Sportshift automatic transmission, a 2.4-liter, in-line 4 cylinder with 6-speed manual transmission and a 1.5-liter, in-line 4 cylinder and electric hybrid motor mated to an automatic transmission.

Cadillac ATS: The all-new Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan is the most agile and lightweight Cadillac to date. It comes with a broad lineup of engines – including two four-cylinders and a V-6. The optional engines include an all-new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 270 horsepower and Cadillac's award-winning 3.6L V-6, estimated at 320 hp.

Mercedes-Benz SL: The new SL has been produced for the first time almost entirely from aluminum that provides the basis for even more agile and sporty handling. Combined with a range of new BlueDIRECT engines that are more powerful than before, the new SL is up to 29 percent more economical.

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Toyota Prius c: This subcompact member of the Prius family will bring Toyota's Hybrid Synergy DriveÂŽ technology to a new segment of buyers. Positioned as an entry into the Prius Family appealing to youthful shoppers seeking fuel efficiency, technology, and spirited driving dynamics in the subcompact segment, the Prius c will offer expected fuel economy better than 50 mpg in the city.

Buick Encore: Buick's all-new 2013 Encore is a small five-seat small luxury crossover that offers substantial cargo capacity along with the confident, higher driving position, all-wheel-drive capability and contemporary styling of a crossover. Additional features include 10 standard air bags and an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/sixspeed automatic powertrain.

BMW 3 Series: The all-new sixth-generation BMW 3 Series delivers class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling with substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity. For 2012 the 3-Series gets an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine in 328i models yet returns 36 mpg. The 335i models gets BMW's turbocharged 300hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine.

Chevrolet Malibu: The all-new 2013 Malibu Eco is Chevrolet's most fuel-efficient Malibu ever. It is also the first Chevrolet to feature General Motors' eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. That helps deliver an-estimated 26 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe: The new Genesis Coupe now sports more aggressive styling, complemented by improved interior materials and design. It is powered by both a 4-cylinder and V6 engines that benefit from significant technology enhancements, with the 3.8-liter V6 engine receiving direct-injection technology and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine upgrading to a more precise twin-scroll turbocharger and larger intercooler. Subaru BRZ: The all-new, rear-wheel drive Subaru BRZ sports car is a 2+2 sports car that delivers handling precision and an impressive driving experience for sports car enthusiasts. Utilizing Subaru's naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, 200 horsepower horizontally opposed (BOXER) engine design is a sports car that does not sacrifice everyday comfort and practicality. Ford Fusion: Ford's all-new Fusion brings the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. It offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost™ four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions.

MINI Roadster: The MINI Roadster is the first open-top two-seater in the MINI model range. The model line-up will range from the MINI Cooper Roadster (121 hp) via the MINI Cooper S Roadster (181 hp) to the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster, whose powerplant develops 208 hp. State-of-the-art technology ensures that all the model variants produce a combination of zesty power development and exceptional fuel economy.

Nissan Pathfinder: The stylish all-new fourth-generation Pathfinder features innovative 3-row interior flexibility and room for seven passengers while its aerodynamic body combined with a refined V6 engine and next-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) makes it one of the most fuel-efficient 7-passenger vehicles on the market. BMW 6 Series Coupe: The four-door BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe will initially be available in 640i form, powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder. The 640i's engine generates 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, enabling 0-62 mph times of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Lexus GS: The new 2013 GS combines bold, dynamic styling, precise handling, innovative technology, and a spacious interior. The new GS is powered by an advanced 3.5-liter, 306hp, V6 that propels the GS from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and at the same time, fuel economy has been improved.

Scion FR-S: The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion's definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style and surprising fuel economy. The FR-S's 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. Acura RDX: The next-generation RDX with its sleek styling combines class-leading fuel efficiency with powerful performance from its 273-hp, 3.5-liter, V-6 with variable cylinder management with an estimated fuel mileage of 20 city/ 28 hwy, available all-wheel-drive, power tailgate, multi-view rear camera. continued on page 54... FOCUS of SWFL 2012 53


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Cadillac Ciel The Cadillac Ciel concept -- pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky – is an elegant, open-air four-seat grand-touring convertible car. This spacious and elegant car is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. The doors are French-style, with the rear doors hinged at the rear. Volkswagen E-Bugster The Volkswagen E-Bugster is a two-seater convertible concept that blends iconic Beetle styling with zero-emissions driving. At the heart of the E-Bugster is an electric motor that makes 114 horsepower and enables the car to go more than 100 miles between charges. The battery can be recharged via a plug interface located underneath the hood's VW logo and can accommodate all three types of available chargers: Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and, where available, Level 3 (quick charge, 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. Kia GT Concept Sleek and muscular, Kia's GT four-door sports sedan concept is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 395 horsepower coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The front and rear-hinged back doors of the GT open slightly upward to ensure that getting in and out is easy, and the spacious cabin provides comfortable seating for four, assisted by the concept's unusually long wheelbase of 112.6 inches and overall length of 184.6 inches. Acura NSX The dynamically-styled NSX Concept uses lightweight materials and a powerful mid-mounted next-generation VTEC® V-6 engine with direct-injection works in concert with a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration while offering outstanding efficiency. It also employs several new technologies for Acura, including application of Acura's innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system. Lincoln MKZ The new Lincoln MKZ Concept's profile is dominated by a long, sleek and sweeping roofline that allows the design to break away from the traditional sedan three-box shape, the MKZ Concept remains clearly identifiable as a Lincoln. A panoramic glass roof spans uninterrupted from the windshield to the top of the backlight is a fixed-glass 54 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

expanse extends to the side roof rails of the cabin, creating an airy, open interior. Inside it has many innovative features that include push-button transmission gear selection, an open, tiered center console and liquid crystal instrumentation. Chevrolet Code 130R The Chevrolet Code 130R is a four-seat coupe with a simple upright profile that features heritage performanceinspired styling and rear-wheel drive. Code 130R's 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged DOHC I-4 is tuned to work in tandem with eAssist technology that aids fuel economy by shutting off the engine at stops, recapturing braking energy and smoothing torque during acceleration, this concept takes automotive electrification to the next level and balances turbocharged performance with fuel economy. Chevrolet Tru 140S Powered by a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged DOHC I-4 with start-stop technology, the Chevrolet Tru 140S, is a frontwheel-drive, "affordable exotic" three-door four-seat sporty coupe. Shown in an all-new matte white, Tru 140S is designed to look confident, exotic, expensive and fast.

Land Rover Land Rover's DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts are design studies for the iconic Defender. Land Rover's ambition is to create an all new Defender for a global market that remains absolutely faithful to its original DNA: tough, versatile, durable and capable. Both models include the next generation of Land Rover's Terrain Response system which will optimize the car for any conditions without driver pre-selection. In addition, a new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualization.


The SUV super athlete

A super athlete in the SUV segment from Lamborghini, with 600 hp lightweight design technology. The Urus concept car, from Lamborghini is completely redefining dynamics and design in this category. The Urus combines unique design, a fascinating interior and outstanding performance with versatility and everyday usability.

As an SUV concept with four generous seats, a versatile luggage compartment, variable ground clearance and, of course, permanent all-wheel drive, the Urus delivers unique driving fun with virtually no limitations. This expands the brand’s customer base enormously - appealing to families and to the drivers of Lamborghini super sports cars who have thus far driven SUV models from other brands. “The Urus is a very concrete idea for the future of Lamborghini – as a third model line and as the perfect complement to our super sports cars,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “SUVs stand for freedom and emotion. SUVs make up one of the most successful market segments worldwide. The Urus is the most extreme interpretation of the SUV idea; it is the Lamborghini of the SUVs.”

The luxury SUV segment is successful worldwide and promises continued strong growth – a luxurious and powerful SUV is the most emotional way to drive a four-door vehicle equipped to meet all the demands of everyday mobility and yet enjoy refined driving fun. The interior, too, matches the standards of this super athlete with innovative materials featuring carbon fiber technology like the patented Forged Composite®. The Urus means that a Lamborghini can now be used by a household as its primary car. nent size and weight with improved overall fuel economy, better acceleration and longer all-electric range, while maintaining a short charge time. The NS4 also features Human-Machine Interface (HMI) which provides a user interface built around a multi-touch screen with the look and feel of a Smartphone. The system is even capable of "learning" driver preferences and habits to anticipate driver responses in specific environments and situations.

Lexus LF-LC concept With its sumptuous curves and dynamic angles, the Lexus LF-LC concept is a sleek Hybrid 2+2 Sport Coupe with a glass roof that enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of the car. Inside, the driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console that incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight. Toyota NS4 concept The Toyota NS4 advanced plug-in hybrid is a new midsized concept for potential global market introduction by 2015. NS4 uses an advanced next-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive plug-in system featuring reductions in compo-

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ontinuing with a tradition of creating jaw dropping exotics; Lamborghini sets a new presence of the most uncompromising open super sports car of its entire history. The Lamborghini Aventador J is a force of nature on wheels; a one-of-a-kind piece of art, supremely powerful and supremely open. The Aventador J offers its pilot and co-pilot an utterly indescribable experience of power and dynamics. At the same time, the 700 hp two-seater is a first class technology showcase, combining innovative solutions and brand new materials, indicating Lamborghini’s enormous expertise in carbon fiber technology. The Lamborghini Aventador J is a radically open automobile – exterior and interior meld into each other. The designers and engineers in Sant’Agata Bolognese have not only dispensed entirely with the roof, but also with the front windshield. This requires that drivers of the Aventador J must have the right equipment for driving at top speeds higher than 200 mph is a highly exclusive experience. As any occupants of the Aventador J are confronted by the element of the wind in much the same way as a superbike rider – therefore the right clothing is prerequisite for every trip. “With the Lamborghini Aventador J, we have molded our brand DNA into its most definitive form to date. This automobile is as extreme and as uncompromising as only a Lamborghini can be,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The new Lamborghini Aventador J is the most radical open supersports car of Lamborghini’s

history. Its name comes from our tradition and combines an unconventional design with technology innovation. Nowadays we are confronted with several regulations that we face in the spirit of challenge. The Aventador J is the proof that, despite the rules, Lamborghini will always make people dream, even in the future.” Technically based on the Aventador, Lamborghini is carrying on its glorious brand tradition. Take the 1970 Jota, for instance, was the car of legends – a Lamborghini Miura with improved performance and virtually redesigned in every detail. It remained a one-off; although some owners subsequently had their Miuras modified to look like the Jota. The letter J is derived from the sporting rules of the FIA world motorsport organization. Its “Appendix J” defines the technical specification of race cars in the various classes. The Lamborghini Aventador J is a super sports car of positively dramatic single-mindedness and openness. It combines the overwhelming performance of the Lamborghini Aventador with the most intense experience of power and dynamics imaginable in an automobile. The technical basis for the Aventador J is the Aventador LP 700-4, Lamborghini’s new twelve-cylinder model. Presented in 2011, the Aventador has been acclaimed by customers and journalists alike. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4’s technology package is unique – its structure is based on an innovative monocoque made from carbon fiber FOCUS of SWFL 2012 57


reinforced polymers that combines systematic lightweight design with optimum stiffness and safety. The new twelve-cylinder with a displacement of 6.5 liters and 700 hp combines the best in high-revving thrills with mighty pulling power. Its super-fast ISR transmission, permanent all-wheel drive and pushrod suspension combine this potent power with the utmost handling precision. In this open version, the monocoque has a largely new design, including the two safety bars behind the seats. The absence of a roof, of the large windshield, of the air conditioning system and of the navigation system obviously takes it to an even lower weight thanks to its carbon fiber construction. The unique expertise of Automobili Lamborghini in the field of carbon fiber reinforced polymers is evident not only in the hi-tech monocoque, but also in the research into further innovative solutions.. The specialists at Lamborghini have developed an even more amazing version of carbon fiber material for the Aventador J. In its first automotive application, this carbon fiber fabric called “Carbonskin” is made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a very special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft. Like a hi-tech fabric, the carbon fiber mats fit perfectly to every shape. In the Aventador J, the complete cockpit and parts of the seats are clad in this material and shimmer in matt carbon fiber black. It’s conceivable that in future there will be many potential applications for this freshly patented and extremely fine-looking material, even very high-end clothing. Clear, precise surfaces, as well as sharp, often broken lines are among the unmistakable styling tools. They consistently emphasize the power and enormous presence of these Italian super sports cars. Not one line is ever accidental – the defining principle is always ‘form follows function’. This function is very clearly defined for the Aventador J – explosive dynamics, extreme driving fun, a 58 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

unique experience. Every mile with the Aventador J is extreme fun: something plainly evident from the very first glance. The wheels, of course, were also developed specifically for this car, with 20-inch rims at the front and 21-inch at the rear. The five-spoke aluminum wheels have a central lock system and an additional carbon fiber insert that functions like a small fan for optimum brake ventilation. Naturally, the doors on the Aventador J also open upward. They are considerably thinner than on the


Aventador and are fitted with a tiny, fixed side window. The muscular flanks around the rear wheels are hallmark Lamborghini and make it immediately apparent where this particular bull keeps his power.

enormous fixed spoiler mounted on the body shell by two arms. ‘Form follows function’ to the 9th degree. The spoiler is supported by two pillars connected by the diffuser: clearly inspired by racing.

ecause of its ample dimensions, the eye is drawn inexorably to the rear end. It consists in principle of just three elements – the carbon-fiber rear diffuser, the four huge tail pipes and the rear lights with their typical Lamborghini light signature in the form of a Y. The remaining surface area is for heat dissipation and is enclosed only by a black metal mesh. The rear end is crowned by an

In comparison with the Aventador LP 700-4, the exclusive Aventador J has special front and rear bumpers. Both bumpers have been supplemented with carbon fiber fins that act as flow deviators. Their purpose is to achieve a significant increase in the vehicle’s down force at both the front and the rear. Two large openings lay bare both cylinder banks of the mighty V12 power unit with its 6.5 liters of displacement – a truly stunning sight for every automobile aficionado.

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Once inside, you’ll notice how the interior forms flow seamlessly into each other. This supersports car turns its inside outward and is as open as it can possibly be. Conversely, the exterior ‘flows’ through the interior – a red stripe runs from the front hood, between the two wind deflectors, over the dashboard, down the console to the center tunnel and back up between the seat backs, before leaving the interior and heading for the engine cover panel. This band of color connects the front and the rear of the car, creates a visual separation between the driver and passenger space and is interrupted only by a small control panel housing the starter button and the switches for lights and transmission. What remains, of course, are two programmable TFT displays behind the steering wheel. No navigation or car audio system, nor does it have the associated screen or air conditioning controls – these would simply detract from its one and only mission… an extreme driving experience. He will possess the most extreme expression of Lamborghini’s DNA in existence and a real masterpiece of high technology. Other fans of the super sports cars from Sant’ Agata Bolognese can rest assured - the Aventador success story has only just begun. FOCUS of SWFL 2012 59


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Helio Castroneves: IndyCar Driver Determined to Top the Leaderboard On March 21, 2012, Helio Castroneves, 37, IndyCar driver and 3 times Indy 500 winner visited the Shell station located on US Highway 19 N, in Pinellas Park; he greeted fans and endorsed a new premium Shell product. “Shell is our primary sponsor in St. Pete, and we’re promoting the new Shell-V Power. It has 20% more nitrogen enriched fuel,” he said. Team Penske seems confident the Shell product will provide the optimum in quality and allow for another successful year during the six-month series.

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In conjunction with celebrating the new season, a new car and a fresh outlook, the meet and greet was an opportunity for this avid sportsman to share time with his loyal fans “It’s the first race of the season, everyone is fresh.

Helio has found the ability to realize his dreams. “I came to America in 1996, and as they say, it’s the land of opportunity, and I agree. I really love this country.” He said graciously. Currently, he resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his family.

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native of Brazil, this charismatic, energetic, heartthrob, on and off the racing circuit, has begun his 13th season of the IZOD 2012 racing series with a new car, a new attitude and is out to conquer a feat that only 3 other race car champions has accomplished. He is determined to win a Championship this year with help from sponsors like Shell, his Pit crew and of course, the ultimate driving machine, his No. 3 Shell V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra Dallara/ Chevrolet. Helio is eager to tie the record for a fourth IndyCar win – claiming his victory. Generous surprises of free fill-ups, gas cards and tickets to the 1st race of the 2012 Season were given away in a sweepstakes, and just as important, premium grade gas was pumped by the IndyCar driver and 2007 ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Mirror Ball Trophy winner – all the while free-flow chatting with Shell customers.

His enthusiasm was well received as was his giant infectious smile. Helio’s optimism is unsurpassed, evidenced by the apparent admiration from his diehard fan base. “This is me, I love to be in touch with the fans because I am a big fan of a lot of sports and I go to cheer for the team (if it’s not the person), so I try to give back in the same way. I love being close to everyone.” Racing isn’t purely a man’s sport anymore; it has an appeal to women as well, perhaps it’s the allure of fast, ultra powered cars, the need for speed, or simply the racing action that takes place on the track.

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Away from the track, as he explains, life is incorporated as a whole. “Helio said, “Racing is a part of my life and my family is part of my life as well, so for us it’s kind of like, we just need to learn and adapt to living our life. I think my little girl (age 2) loves it because every time we’re at the races she loves that environment; and not only that, when we’re away from racing if she see’s anything related to it she says, ‘Ah, Daddy’.”

someone who loves a challenge; and for someone who has cultivated his refreshing down-toearth persona. When asked about his future goals. “Our goal is to win!” Whether he’s wearing a helmet in his Dallara/Chevrolet or doing the Cha-Cha, He’s the guy you want to root for in any competition. If winning the Season Opener is any indication of what’s to come, then Helio is on a roll. Go Helio, Go!

Helio’s desire to race came from his Dad. “My dad never raced, but he loved racing: with that, his passion for racing rubbed off. We were never competitive against each other, he was right beside me and he never told me what to do, but steered me in the right direction. For me, it was great to learn – I’m still learning, but that’s the way I got the speed, I would say.” This gentleman has the charm, personality, determination and courage of a superstar-action hero; although he doesn’t believe it. Nor did he think he could dance. It’s no wonder he is a fan favorite as an athlete; as a family man, as FOCUS of SWFL 2012 63


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chariot awaits Mercedes-AMG has been launching itself into the 2012 season with roadster vengeance; with the SL550 roadster and the SL63 AMG roadster. Now… Due to arrive in U.S. dealerships in November, the new MercedesBenz SL65 AMG V12 Roadster made its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine generates a peak output of 621 hp and a maximum torque of 738 lb-ft. The use of an all-aluminum body-in-white delivers a drastic weight reduction of 254 pounds. The distinctive front end is dominated by the new "twin-blade" grille with two blade-shaped fins and the lower horizontal bar in the front skirt in high-gloss chrome.

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"The combination of exclusive V12 dynamics and cultivated roadster pleasure was already unique in the previous model. We are certain that, with the new SL65 AMG, we have developed a stunning high-performance automobile beyond compare for a small, but loyal fan base," says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The intelligent lightweight design of the body shell also contributes to the reduction of fuel consumption. A key element in the improved fuel efficiency is the result of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-Speed transmission, the ECO stop/start function, and improvements to the internal efficiency of the engine and alternator management. Despite a considerable improvement in fuel economy, the peak output of the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine is up from 604 hp to 621 hp. The maximum torque stands at a mighty 738 lb-ft.

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his unparalleled output provides amazing propulsion for the new SL65 AMG – acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds. Top speed in the U.S. market stands at 186 mph. The key attributes of the AMG biturbo twelve-cylinder include its heart stopping acceleration, and seamless power delivery combined with a distinctive AMG V12 soundtrack. In short, the SL65 AMG captures the imagination with its refined, stylish performance. The SL65 AMG is clearly recognizable as a stylish and exclusive high-performance roadster not just techni-


ish. The characteristic AMG styling of the SL65 AMG also includes the front skirt with large openings for cooling the engine oil, water, charge air and transmission oil, the specially designed sill panels, the AMG spoiler lip and the rear skirt with a diffuser visual and body-color inlay. Typical V12 features are not only the two chromed, standalone dual end pipes of the AMG sports exhaust, but also the V12 BITURBO lettering on the fenders and the titanium grey painted and polished 5-spoke AMG alloy wheels with 255/35 R 19 tires on the front and 285/30 R 19 on the rear. cally, but also visually. The SL65 AMG is presented for the first time with the new AMG "face". The two dominant visual elements - the grille and the lower air inlet – remain, but have been reinterpreted to give them a more distinctively dynamic and premium look. The central styling feature is the new twin-blade grille finished in high-gloss chrome. The Mercedes star is mounted on two bladelike fins with aerofoil profiles. The stronger arrow-form of the grille optimizes the vehicle's longitudinal proportions, adding even more visual emphasis to the aerodynamic, minimalist design.

Not just the inner attributes of this new AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo are stunning; along with its inspiring sexiness of the SL. With great power comes great responsibility… Mercedes-AMG has come to mate an exceptional pair of characteristics that delivers on all levels.

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The sixth generation of the SL offers a space-saving electro-hydraulic retractable hard-top that converts the SL65 AMG from a roadster to a coupe in less than 20 seconds. In contrast to the previous model, the new SL comes with the unique MAGIC SKY CONTROL. Its transparency can be switched from light to dark at the touch of a button. The stylized "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles is retained beneath the twin-blade grille. Along the lower edge of the air intake is a slit beneath a fine black fin for optimum airflow to the cooling modules – a perfect combination of design and high technology. The lower horizontal bar on the front skirt is finished in high-gloss chrome and is lent significant visual depth by the slit above it, creating a premium visual accent. The twinblade grille and lower horizontal element are two corresponding design features that emphasize the new AMG brand "face" – this look will be further developed in forthcoming AMG models, increasing even more the visual recognition of the AMG performance brand. The top-of-the-range model is distinguished from the SL63 AMG by carefully placed applications in high-gloss chrome – as well as the twin-blade grille and the lower horizontal bar on the AMG front skirt, the bezels in the AMG-specific LED daytime running lights, the side fins on the fenders and fins on the hood all have the same surface fin-

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Joshua McKinley Fashion Designer Emphasizes ‘Fun in Fashion’

By Gina Battle

is an article of "Confidence clothing, and without that nothing is going to look right" When you think of Macy’s, you think fashionable, high-quality retail giant. When you think of Joshua McKinley… 26, fashion designer, reality star and runner-up of Project Runway Season 9, you think uniquely fun fashion. And when the two collaborated at Macy’s in Naples Coastland Center Mall, on March 24, for the 5th Annual ‘Find Your Magic’ Macy’s event, it ignited a fresh, provocative and innovative pairing certain to have a longstanding relationship. “I think they’re a great brand with a strong presence in the industry. I think they’re wonderful.” Joshua said.

The audience participation was as much a crucial contribution to the success of the event and was a fun highlight of the challenge. The crowd was enthusiastically amped about who would be the winner of a $100, $50 and $25 Macy’s gift card, by voting on various styles during three rounds of competition. The audience was also treated like personal guests of Macy’s as delicious appetizers were served, not to mention the chance to mingle with McKinley.

Macy’s produced a spectacular fashion show incorporating the unique perspective from the Fashion Week NYC designer. This had the audience of loyal customers exhilarated with anticipation of meeting McKinley and to see what’s trending for this season.

There’s no doubt Joshua has an affinity for being in the public eye, happily meeting and greeting his adoring fans. He is a natural star born for this industry and everything affiliated with it. His commitment propelled him to the final four contestants in Project Runway, allowing Joshua to pursue his dream of participating in Fashion Week NYC.

Consumers were offered an amazing chance to interact on the stage as part of the reality-style take on the show that made Joshua a star. Contestants were asked to pick the best outfit from a rack of clothing to best suit a person perhaps going to a beach wedding of her friend or to a garden tea party.

After leaving Ohio for college in NYC, Joshua said, “Ultimately, I got to NY and was not satisfied. I didn’t feel the buzz and energy of NY that I wanted because I wasn’t in the City. I’d heard of Fashion Institute of Technology. The name is prestigious around the country, so that’s where I landed.” continued on page 68... FOCUS of SWFL 2012 67


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Sidebar Note of interest: The rose Joshua McKinley wears in his lapel has become his signature accessory. “It’s actually historical based. President (William) McKinley, on my father’s side of the family, was the 25th President of the United States. Ohio’s state flower is the carnation. He always wore a red carnation on his campaign trail, so this is kind of my nod to my family lineage. “I love leather and I love roses, so I think it’s just something that’s become like this staple of a broach… on my lapel.” Apparently, it was the right decision and only a few short years later, the entire paradigm of his life shifted. Joshua seems to have become an overnight sensation, as an unconventional fashion designer he has a fresh approach to design and he’s not afraid to use it. Initially, during the Project Runway competition, the major critique of his fashion forward runway designs needed editing, because in the judges’ eyes ‘less is more.’ They are the professionals judging the designs after all. McKinley thinks, sometimes, more is better. True to form, he took the critiques making adjustments and edited his work still keeping true to the integrity of his creative fashion perspective. The unpretentious designer is more than capable of bedazzling and coloring outside of the proverbial patterned lines indicative of his unique style without seeming inauthentic. One of Joshua’s recommendations is that we all should “have a little fun with fashion! I love a little bedazzle moment.” McKinley points out, “With clothing people can interpret their own individualism, putting things together and merchandise themselves. They can style in such a way that they say, ‘look at me, this is who I am’. It’s ion yet the

a wonderful expression of fashto view uniquely stylish, fun, wearable clothing either on runway, in boutiques, or in City

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Future Dreams: Joshua wants to be a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. He said he wants to get his feet moving. Word Association: Q & A Q: Michael Kors A: Hilarious Q: Tim Gunn A: Genuine Q: Fashion Institute Technology A: Difficult Q: Project Runway 9 A: Eye Opening Advice to fans: Patience is a virtue; work hard; keep your eyes on the prize.

loft-style showrooms. He often tells people, “Confidence is an article of clothing, and without that nothing is going to look right.” It’s no wonder Joshua is easily recognizable this early on in his fashion career, he is nearly mobbed wherever he goes because of his pleasing personality, his talent, his integrity and authenticity. “The demographic that the show reaches is insane; I mean, I have grandmother’s and young ladies come up to me who have seen the show.” He said, beaming with pride. Joshua explained that for him the fashion industry means: “Designing, creating and experiencing new textiles and fabrics; pairing different textures most other people might not put together. I love a silk next to leather or a neoprene, which I always enjoy using – paint, and you know… bedazzling if you will.” Whatsoever his motivation, McKinley is becoming an industry superstar. Being ever gracious, he is humbled by the thought and quickly professes, “I’m on the rise, trying to make it happen.” Joshua is destined to have a design legacy for the ages. The interpretations of this visionary fashion virtuoso gives new meaning to Project Runway’s resident mentor, Tim Gunn’s famous encouraging phrase, “Make it work!”


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LACE Lace has moved from the runway into reality and is a musthave trend for summer! Get a feminine style that is both sexy and chic as seen on the spring runway at Valentino and on celebrities such as Emma Watson and Taylor Swift. Nothing says summer like a white romper, especially with lace details. Add a chic floppy hat for a look that’s perfect for any occasion.

Step up basics with lace fabrics. Layer lace camis with colorful tanks for contrast and pair with a classic white short for a trendy everyday look.

Lace Romper | $19.80 Pink Floppy Hat | $10.80

Lace Tank | $9.80 White Jean Shorts | $12.80

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The timeless beauty and colors found in nature are celebrated in PANDORA’s new Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The new collection, entitled “Floral Nostalgia,” features more than 100 new jewelry pieces that combine classic feminine details with contemporary designs and includes hand-finished rings, charms, pendants, earrings and watches. New additions to the Moments collection include sterling silver and 14K gold openwork charms in floral and ornamental designs; Murano glass beads in colors ranging from soft pastels and trendy neon brights to neutral earth tones, as well as whimsical designs, such as the two-tone dragonfly clip, flower basket charm and red enamel poppy charm. Based on consumer request, several of the more popular charms, such as the Open Your Heart charm as well as the Key to My Heart charm and the Seashell charm, which previously were only available in 14K gold or two-tone styles, have been released in sterling silver to keep with PANDORA’s promise of offering affordable luxury at a wide range of price points. Several new dangle charms featuring flower motifs or faceted onyx and cultured pearls have been added, as well as floralinspired clips. Other standouts of the new collection include a delicate 14K gold ring and pendant with cabochon-cut white opal gemstones; a carved mother of pearl flower encircled in 14K gold and set in a sterling silver ring with coordinating pendant; and a delicate openwork sterling silver dragonfly pendant. A sterling silver bouquet blossom ring with 14K gold details makes a statement on its own or when worn with coordinating pendant, wreath necklace or long floral earrings. Delicate flower-embellished hooks, pendants and hoops have been added to PANDORA’s Compose collection of interchangeable earrings. New earrings designs also include cabochon-cut onyx and white quartzite studs; white quartzite dangles; and white cultured pearl earrings set in sterling silver. The collection is available now at authorized PANDORA retailers nationwide.

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Best Friends

By Nina Pak

Friendship is that bond which works when all the rest of relations just sour out. Friends are the ones whose trust and love makes one stand tall through hard times and who expresses his or her love and opinions in the most sincere and unbiased manner.

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Jewelry by Dreamloka Gems Make up styling: Little Bug Make Up Photography by Nina Pak Models: Glass Oliva (short dark hair) Angela Avocado (redish hair)

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LANDS END - Wide Brim Sun Hat, $35 - Chiffon Cover-up Poncho-Etched Paisley, $60 - Straw Market Tote, $150 - Regatta Halter Bikini Top & bottom-Floral, $55 each - Greenly T-strap Sandals, $50

Summer Fashion By Samantha Ramos

Southwest Florida has an incredibly chic and green environmentally friendly sense of fashion. The comfortable and beautiful styles of clothing and accessories are both flattering and functional. Many unique designers in the area have created fun and sassy looks that work well in the tropical summer weather, with fabrics that breathe and flow well on humid days. Upbeat socially conscious designers in Southwest Florida like to make use of organic materials such as hemp and cotton, and make creative use of recycled materials like candy-wrappers and bottle corks. Talented individual creative artisans also create handmade purses, bags, and jewelry from organic and recycled materials to compliment the look. Whether visiting the beaches in Florida or going out for an extravagant classy event, the fashions of Southwest Florida have something charming to offer this summer season. 78 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

Starting from the top (face), I suggest staying neutral. As makeup can make or break a slamming outfit. Of course this depends on your occasion, but wonderfully put together neutrals are sure to make jaws drop; right down to those soft colored manicured nails. Make it look like you’ve taken no effort at all. Organic clothing and bedding stores along our coast offer thoughtful trends that provide 100% organic, attractive and comfortable styles, while still being environmentally friendly. The fashion industry has made remarkable improvement in the recent years. In fact, today, summer styles have developed to become very elegant, smart, stylish, sexy and stunning.


Designers produce clothing made from organic materials to the exotic with the goal of making you feel more of the person that you are. As you bring out or change your style, from work, home or play. What is the perfect summer outfit? Pair up an outfit that will provide you with comfort and are made out of some of the best materials. The materials should be such that it allows easy circulation of air, without being overly loose or too tight which makes it uncomfortable to sit or move around. Whatever outfit you choose it should look great on you and you should be comfortable with it and this is one of the prime considerations you need to have in mind when selecting this seasons treads. Any outfit, without a perfect fit, for your personal style will make you look incomplete. So, make sure this summer you are going to buy what is made for your size. Realize its importance if you do not want others to think that you do not have any sense about fashion. Right fitted clothing is very appealing and brings out your personality in a wonderful way. It states without saying, wherever you may be what you are here to do. Be it relaxing along the gulf beaches or having lunch at a café. Select styles that can give you a stunning look, but provide the same required comfort level as well. Like the weather, many may be fearful of change so utilizing last year’s wardrobe is a great option economically and fashion wise this year; so whip them out! But, remember to mix something old with something new, just to give it a bit of spice. Don’t lock yourself in a room with the anger of not having a single stylish outfit. Unless, you are willing to try something out of your usual wardrobe, how can you taste the real fun of wearing something stunning? The summer is here so take a look at some long flowing asymmetrical skirts to sway in the breeze to reveal those stylist leather thong sandals. There is plenty of room for color… This summer embrace color, it will be different. The last few fashions shows on the runways from Paris to New York have made it clear that consumers are being invited to face up to a riot of layered, clashing, bright digital prints like nothing seen before. Opening your palette to striking patterns and bold floral photographic images on fabrics are just as likely to mark out the look of this summer, both in home furnishings and on the rails of your favorite dress shops. A little pop of color is on trend and it can add some fashion interest to any ensemble. As some of this summer’s colors fall on some of the hues we know so much along the coast, like orange, tangerine, tangelo and maybe a sun washed orangey has become strong choices. Of course the standard color is and still remains white and tan. If you check your local boutique you will find these made even better with different levels of white and tan. continued on page 89... I•N•C International Concepts® Dress 99.50 Available at select Macy's and at macys.com FOCUS of SWFL 2012 79


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The design may vary from dress to swimsuit because each one has its own selected use and comfort level. Always have a trial wear as to know the comfort level and also do not buy an outfit in which you feel uncomfortable. The combination of comfort along with style exists in such a way it has a fit for everyone at any level. It’s a playful tribute to femininity and an alluring homage to celebrate every woman’s beauty and power, from stylist sandals to the high heeled shoe’s curvaceous silhouette inspired by that stylist tread your spouse loves to see you in so much. For the rest of the look ladies can embrace vintage since the style exudes elegance. This season it’s combined with a modern flare. Plenty of egg shelled colored lace and sheer tops that pair nicely with bright colored pants to create an unexpected pop. It’s perfect for a lunch date with the gals, a romantic evening of interest. All of these events bring about great memories and much fun, and fashion does the same. When a design comes around that you like,

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you’ll want to buy many items, particularly if it’s something that is likely to be worn again and again.

As today’s forward-thinking designers, create fun trendy cloths and accessories that are made entirely with natural resaources and safe natural dyes. Their cloths may hold up better to general wear and washing because the materials they use are not only more environmentally friendly than synthetic products, but generally last longer. As with our summer you are not only concerned about the sun, but sand, rain along with sand wear and tear. This will offer you great summer clothing that will stay as trendy chic fashions for the whole year. With that said, you can also take these thoughtful trends into your designs for home fashions to dress up your living space, like bedding and sheet sets that are made to last. Well respected fashion designers are known for timeless classic fashions. Their clothing is comfortable and looks great even on a hot and humid sum-

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mer day. They believe in the philosophy that style affects the world around them, and should have a positive effect on a local and global level whenever possible. Not only do they create fashion that is organic, economically reasonable, and socially responsible, but they also extend their ideals to the way they treat their customers. Their fashions are made in such a way that the customer can feel good about the purchase because the materials are safe and organic, and the company feels strongly about those involved in creating the finished product. Creative use of recycled materials is also a theme in Southwest Florida summer fashion. Many recycled

materials can be used to create new useful things, which reduce the need for new supplies that deplete natural resources. Even footwear designers in Southwest Florida have gotten into the green movement with some of their chick and sassy creations. Other companies make unique and creative accessories such as shoes, belts and purses using recycled materials such as old candy wrappers folded and woven in fun colorful patterns. People who are in the area may also be lucky enough to find local artists that use the same kind of recycled and found materials to make unique and beautiful accessories. Just taking a pleasant walk along FOCUS of SWFL 2012 89


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any one of the fashion districts from 5th Ave to Main St will lead to finding local vendors that create handmade jewelry, handbags and totes, and unique items that become conversation pieces as well as functional fashion. The movement of fashion design in Southwest Florida supports enterprising companies, as well as talented artistic individuals who have found a special niche. Many individual makers of jewelry, clothing and other Southwest Florida fashion accessories also have websites that make these fashions available world-wide, while some of them are very locally based. Larger galleries and boutiques also often support local artists by making their work available on consignment, which helps to provide good opportunities to skilled people in their individual communities. If fashion can be based on a philosophy, the philosophy of style in Southwest Florida is to create fun and useful products for men, women and children that are both organically friendly and socially conscious. The benefit of the local community is

part of the creation process, honoring the needs of workers, and the creative skills of local artists. At a corporate level many companies support this same practice with an evolving consciousness of the impact of their business and practices on the environment we all share. Within the local community this green friendly approach has also encouraged local artists and smaller businesses to adopt such principals. Those aspects of fashion design have made the fashions of this region interesting to people all over the world. Locals and tourists enjoy the fun and comfortable summer fashions that Southwest Florida offers, which are colorful and unique, look good and breathe well in the heat, and are made with good principals. You are only a few steps away to grab the opportunity waiting for you and a stylish summer outfit will act as your helping hand.

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Liliana Villalobos

By Lina Lasalle

Born in Lima, Peru, on January 17, 1964. The youngest of six siblings – four brothers and two sisters. During school years she lived in Lima, Peru, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Cuzco, Peru, until 1980. A very active, sports-loving person. Stood out as a gymnast as a child and represented Peru at international rowing competitions.

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fter finishing high-school, she studied Art Courses at the University of Lima. Then, restless as she was, she moved to Miami, USA, to have a taste of the outside world. She lived and worked in Miami for three years. First, as a waitress at a couple of restaurants, and then as a car insurance salesperson. Living in a foreign country opened her mind to new risks and gave her the experience that only one can acquire through life. In 1988, she returned to Lima with some sewing machine heads and lots of ideas - Peruvian government had banned machinery imports at that time. She went into partnership with her brother Jorge Villalobos – current Director of Applauzi Peru and Applauzi International Corp. USA - to incorporate Applauzi S.A. (bathing suits manufacturing.) In 1993, she marries Fernando Almaraz-Grandchant and is now mother to three children: Josefina, 16 years old, Fernanda, 14 years old, and Mauricio, 11 years old.

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Currently, she is Director of the Tailoring Committee of the National Industrial Association, and gives lectures on tendencies to different organizations in the same line of business. From the beginning, Liliana has been in charge of designing the beachwear, underwear and sportswear. In 1994, her designs were basically oriented to the South American market. They were rather versatile to fit and be compatible with the different countries and markets/clients. Later on, in 1998, AGUACLARA brand name was created; especially made to access the European and North American markets with a touch of Latin flavor. Liliana is always on the move, traveling, in pursue of new things, and looking into future tendencies.

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Her designs are influenced by the riches of the Amazon and its ethnics, the Andes and the ocean, and are reflected on the different animal fur styles, the accessories, made of natural tree stems, the so very sensual and provocative spider web-like knitting. This year her proposal includes colors, which are all but the joy and vigor of the Andean world , impacting highly sophisticated prints, impressive and exquisite hand made embroidery. The choice of accessories is unbeatable, with ethnic lines contrasting the the sparkling and matt reflexes of the golden array. The delicate and sensual 100% silk complements and the decorated cotton textured patterns do stand out.

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The sexy and symmetric silhouettes complete this impacting Aguaclara’s 2012 Collection Launched to the world from the majestic Andes and the exhuberant Peruvian jungle…….A splendid expression of female daring.

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Along with this season's hottest trends, what better way to finish it off with a few wonderful gems? I was able to get a few minutes to sit down with Susan Bell, to discuss some of the latest jewelry styles that are not only a perfect, but compliment any fashionable occasion. Susan Bell serves as Blue Nile’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising. Known for delivering the ultimate consumer experience, Blue Nile’s pieces has been recently featured on Oscar-winner/celeb Mommy Penelope Ann Miller and the young and stylish Isabelle Fuhrman at “The Hunger Games” premiere/NYC screening. Swiss B Quar lue Topaz tz Pe ar Ea and Whit rrings , $60 e 0

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If you must choose one must-have jewelry accessory to rock, what would it be? Hands down…a cocktail ring! What’s the hype about minis? Tell us about Blue Nile’s Mini Collection and why it’s trending? Minis are prevalent on the celebrity scene in a variety of metals and icons. It’s all about making it your look! So Personalize!! Are charms still making a comeback? Charms are a perennial favorite and a natural jewelry wardrobe staple. Collected over the years, they tell your personal story and remind you of all your life experiences and memories. It adds a distinct layer of personalization by enabling you to choose a desired charm bracelet to fit your favorite moment. We know wedding season is just around the corner….can you tell us about upcoming trends in engagement jewelry? The vintage look continues to be hot in the engagement ring world. Halo settings continue to be a popular choice – single halo, double halo, micropave split shank, fancy shape diamonds… The halo setting is the perfect style to optimize the look of your center stone. This season, we’re introducing additional vintage looks; some inspired by Spring with hints of flowers and butterflies. And what can we except for summer & fall in fashion fine jewelry? Color will still be hot in fashion jewelry. As we go into fall we will be featuring some richer tones of brown, orange, gold and green. Gold and rose gold, with their warm tones, will be popular moving through late summer and into fall. Summer and transition introduce organic shapes, artisan handcrafted looks and colored enamels. Heirloom motifs and Art Deco will continue to be inspirational statement with fine jewelry.

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6th annual

Paws on the Catwalk By Karla Rodriguez

The Humane Society of Sarasota’s 6th annual event Paws on the Catwalk was a huge success on Friday April 27th. Held at the Ritz Carlton this year, they have thus far raised $200,000 over the past five years collectively for the shelter animals with this particular event. It was a sold out event for the luncheon presented by Dr. Elizabeth Callahan of SkinSmart Dermatology. Before the luncheon there was a silent auction along with various stands ranging from clothes, collars and boarding for pets; to clothes and jewelry for humans, and even Botox. After a few speeches, jokes, and a musical performance by Chris Eisenberg, the runway show commenced with outfits from Shore, Gap Kids, and Banana Republic. The best models, by far, were the cuddly ones with four legs looking for a good home and a warm family to care for them. What a spectacular event for a great organization. Please visit www.hssc.org to find out how you can adopt, donate, or volunteer to help these wonderful animals.

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Whether it is trying to keep warm on a chilly night or trying to beat the summer heat, temperature control in the bed can make all the difference between restful sleep and insomnia each night. Now a new product line from a company called ChiliTechnology is solving those problems with their wireless thermostat control mattresses and mattress cover pads. The ChiliPadT and ChiliBedT use an innovative water circulation system to regulate the temperature of the sleeping surface in either single or dual zones. The control unit heats or cools regular water to a set temperature and circulates it through the pad or mattress, generally achieving temperatures between 55째 and 110째F on the bed surface.

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I'm always excited to write about a great new place I find and I'm pleased to tell you about PATRIC'S. The format is a wonderful Tapas menu served in an intimate homey setting that comfortably accommodates all patrons when at full capacity. I know, I've been performing at the popular dining room every Wednesday all season for some very receptive crowds. The comments about the food from customers are overwhelmingly positive. Which may explain why there are so many "regulars" making reservations to dine. The service is second to none in the area, I know, I perform in many of our area's better venues as a soloist or with my band as many as 450 times each year. I had a chance to chat with the owner-operator who prefers to simply go by the name Patric and this is what I learned. "Everything on the menu is made from scratch with ingredients that were bought from local growers and purveyors. I believe in supporting local businesses, I think it's all about the locals." says Patric, and then jokes "And the only thing processed here are credit cards." I have to admit it, I prefer fresh ingredients in my food.

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I asked Patric where his culinary inspiration comes from and he told me his mother was a baker and that he paid attention while working under some really good chefs. There is no doubt of this in my mind as I have eaten many meals at the cozy spot. He admits that some of his more proud moments have happened since opening the business over three years ago which include being voted "Best Family Restaurant" by The Naples Daily News in 2011 and proudly displays his "Choice Star" award. Becoming Community Blood Center's Corporate Contributor of the Year is also at the top of his list.


I asked Patric about the Live music during dinner and he said "It's like having dessert for your ears... the meal really isn't complete without it..." I could not agree more. It is one of my favorite rooms to perform in and you can check out the entertainment calendar as well as the menu and much more information at www.patrics.com or you can scan this QR code with your smart phone or simply find PATRIC'S in the App Store and download it for FREE Food!

Among many other accolades, one stands out to me as I have found what I think is the best apple pie I've ever eaten. It was only after eating what would be the equivalent of several pies that I discovered the recipe is a close secret of Gary Teater, who wears many hats at the restaurant and won "Best Apple Pie" in Naples recently by the Naples Daily News. I would agree and highly recommend the Apple Pie. For Breakfast I recommend the Hash, for lunch I recommend the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and for dinner, the Mussels. Trust me... I pressed Patric to tell me where he thought his business would be in ten years and he said he hopes to "one day add a bed and breakfast in the mountains near the Carolinas or Kentucky. " I wish him much success with this dream.


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By Ripton Powell

onsciousness behind the new brand "SAAT Grand" is Jersey born Miami residing designer Martine Angelique. Being well versed in the urban "East Coast" culture and being engulfed in world of fashion from the age of eight years old ,when she says she got her first pair Italian leather heels, was possibly the most potent formula to lead to a career in fashion. The idea behind the Swedish named brand, SAAT Grand, was to develop a ready to wear couture line that would consolidate the urban influences of the most major scenes in the last 30 years. The mixture of modern and vintage feels allude to an enhanced yet simplistic fashion line that was inspired by years of advising some of the men in her family shopping in Lord & Taylors and the women in boutiques and houses like Versace. The European style, mainly London, also helped propel the identity of her brand. With the ideals of designers like Grace Jones in mind, Martine has compiled city-styled "SOHO", South Beach-driven "MIA", & Euro-motivated "London Town" to create a line that pays attention to detail, fit, color, quality and fabrics that will be launching this fall . SAAT Grand appears to be promising with such a designer; a mind that has been enveloped in Vogue and Elle while obsessed with altering ensembles for the last fifteen plus years points to someone who knows how to approach the industry. Martine has gone from destroying her clothes with scissors and sewing needles to using the same tools in partnership with her intuition to create art that wearers will be able to understand and express their inner fashion savant. It's safe to say that anyone who can appreciate the aesthetics displayed in high fashion today and yesterday will be able to relate to the thought process of this young artist who displays her passion through the avenue, SAAT Grand.

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Artist Gallery

4 and 10 Blackbirds - By Polly Matsumoto

Encaustic Wax painting - By Carol Trammel

Samaritan Soldiers - By Dawn Hudson 102 FOCUS of SWFL 2012


flying south - By Ikki Matsumoto

Life Continues - By Jean-Francois Dupuis

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FGCU senior Hillary Kern's work for her Dulcis Vanitas project at Finals: Spring 2012 Senior Project.

All the

Hardwork

By Trey Bell

It is hot when I step out into the parking lot outside the Art Complex at the university; the cool air conditioned environment of the Art Complex is welcomed oasis in the desert island that is the Florida afternoon. I am greeted by the sounds of preparation, in room 130 three young artists have been working to get the exhibit space ready for Thursday night. That is the evening of the opening reception for the Florida Gulf Coast University senior’s exhibition, Finals: Spring 2012 Senior Project. The spaces are in various stages of completion, with all variety of visual art occupying the gallery. I wanted to see the seniors setting up their spaces, that way I could talk to a few of them before the business of the reception is underway, which makes it impossible to get a moment with them while they are trying to shake everyone’s hand and say hello to all the family and friends that inevitably that come to show their support. 104 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

First, I spoke with 23 year old ceramics artist, Alysa Baer a native of Naples Florida receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, after a final spring semester of 10 hour days in the studio, Thursday night is the pay off and she is anxious for it. I find her inside a plexiglass pedestal, cleaning it up for the opening. Her pottery is highly original and is supposed to pull the viewer in with quartz and geodesic stone in the bottoms; she is looking for it to promote self-reflection through the use of these materials.

FGCU senior Hillary Kern

The next artist that I spoke with was Hillary Kern a 22 year old senior who works in a mixed media of acrylic, sandpaper and sponges. As I gaze at Ms. Kern’s subject matter I am struck by the color and textures in all of the pieces. She will have 15 in all with three of them made up of six smaller canvases, and every one of them is a cupcake. Dulcis Vanitas is what she titled her


exhibit, and she tells me that the real comforts she draws from the sweets are the act of baking, those memories last so much longer than the actual cupcake itself, and that sense memory can take us back to our childhood.

Senior artist Alysa Baer two ceramic pieces on display at the Finals. Ms. Baer created 21 glazes of her peices for the exhibit.

After taking in all the sweetness it was on to something a little earthier, 25 year old senior Erica Klopf’s Food Forest. Ms. Klopf’s work in the University’s oncampus edible food forest was the basis for this double major’s (environmental studies and the other in art) exhibit. She used watercolor, a multi-media presentation on a computer along with photography for her project.

Senior Erica Koplf's mock up of the FGCU Food Forest which she designed, makes up a part of her project at the Finals: Spring 2012 Senior Project.

She plans on hitting the ground running after graduation having already started her own landscape design company appropriately named: South Florida Edible Landscaping Co. The evening of the opening reception, after everything has been hung and lit to the artist’s desire, it’s time to let the public in to view the blood, sweat, and tears that this handful of graduating artists poured into their creations. This is the time for validation and acclaim, to let out a breath and relax, before the real world comes knocking on their door.


Jason Brownie

Charlotte County’s own Local Legend

By Karla Rodriguez

An Aquarius, born in Fort Myers and raised in Punta Gorda, Jason Brownie has been singing ever since he could talk. He grew up on his Grandparent’s ranch listening to country music and is inspired by artists like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Hank Williams Jr.

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t age fourteen he learned the guitar, and in 2001 started the band Shades of Gray with his buddies Mike Laden, Drew Helstrom, and Russ Richey. They made a name for themselves as a rock band in Charlotte County, and traveled from Fort Myers to Tampa to perform for their fans. The band is currently on hiatus, which has allowed Jason to venture out and challenge himself to show that he isn’t limited to one type of music. He hasn’t played solo in four years and says he likes doing his own show the way he wants, but it’s more pressure and lacks the camaraderie he had with his band mates. Jason’s Grandfather was a huge influence in his life and his original song “Angel” can touch any heart that hears it. He appeals to any demographic with his variety of songs on subjects from heartbreak, to his popular original Patriotic anthem called “America.” Jason’s hope for the completion of his country EP album is to get a record deal.

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His latest gigs have been held at Punta Gorda’s In Your Face Cupcakes. Completely acoustic and stripped down, Jason gives a four-hour set playing cover songs, and his own material. His biggest fans are his closest friends that attend his performances, which makes his show very relaxed and playful, yet intimate. He’s very blessed to have such a support system. I have faith that this die-hard Tampa Bay Bucs fan will go far. Visit www.facebook.com/Jasonbrowniemusic and become a fan. On his page you will find out where he’s playing in the future, and the latest news so you can keep track of this soon-to-be star. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch him doing his world famous Arnold Schwarzenegger impression. Support local artists who are working hard to make it big, this local legend will not let you down.


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Her Own

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By Trey Bell

The ending of a semester for students in Southwest Florida’s Universities means final exams, papers, projects, and performances. These are all stress inducing events and we wanted to find some students that were bringing their semesters to a close and see what they had accomplished over the spring term, and what lay ahead for the summer or fall. I found one Ringling College of Art and Design student to speak with not too long after her completion of the end of the year project, Ashley Poiwlski.

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hen I met this 21 year old photography major under the shade of downtown Sarasota in the early afternoon, she was a reflection of the assignment; in her six inch Jeffery Campbell heels, with a print skirt and black corset, fingers and wrists adorned with large rings and bangles, reading the latest issue of UK fashion magazine, Industrie , she was the epitome of the young and the fabulous fashion photographer that makes the business of fashion her life. Ashley, like most of her generation, embraces social media and uses it as an extension of herself, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, she has a presence on them all, as if it has always been this way. Her Instagram feed (@ashleyyheather) really illustrates the way she lives the fashion world, and it is never more prevalent than when she talks about her latest project, and the equipment that she employed. Having the resources of the College at their disposal Ringling students really do produce amazing work, and Ms. Piowlski is no exception, for her latest project she says that she used two Fuji instamax cameras, a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon Rebel film camera, borrowed from a friend, and last but not

least her phone, an Iphone 4, along with the lighting and batteries for remote power. All of that equipment, a borrowed wardrobe(most from Sabo Skirt) and three models later, she has what she wanted, a magazine quality fashion spread of which she can be very proud. The work itself is shot on location and is a testament to Ms. Piowlski’s planning and vision; it could very well be Sabo skirt’s next campaign. The project is entitled “Walk this Way” it’s a fashion editorial meant to be viewed as a magazine feature. After going through her process for the project it is time to ask about a career in the fashion industry, what does she see in the world of fashion photography that inspires her to join a community that is admittedly cut-throat, cruel and demanding. “I have so much competition, like you know, people that are already very big, so many people that I look up to, but at the same time I am going to have to do better than, so that I stand out, it’s really all a matter of networking myself… I feel that if I can do that and show them that I can be good enough and work hard enough… I am very ambitious and I work really hard when it comes to my success… I don’t know, I am a little scared, but I feel like I will be okay.” Asked about her influences in photography and fashion Ms. Poiwlski replied: “Annie Lebowitz, Bill Cunningham, the street photographer, and a photographer I recently talk to Melissa Rodwell, she’s a fashion photographer in New York, and she’s amazing.” If her current work is any indication, the fashion world will soon have a new rising star photographer that could easily join the ranks of those idols listed above.

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How to communicate with your Doctor By Maria McCutchen

Photography by Nyul

Going to the doctor can be intimidating. For some, it's the fancy plaque hanging on the wall that intimidates them. For others it may be a conflict in personality. Whatever the reason, some patients may leave the office feeling frustrated. They may leave feeling as if they have many questions unanswered. Knowing how to visit your doctor will help relieve your anxiety, as well as will help to get you the answers you want and need.

• Relax - Don't let the degree on their wall make you nervous. Before you see your doctor, take a deep breath. Try relaxation techniques before you see her if you tend to get nervous. Remember, she's just a person, too. • Be on time - Showing up on time for your appointment communicates that you are serious about your health, as well as you respect your doctor’s time. It's frustrating for the office staff and your doctor when you are late. This may cause them to have to shuffle patients to get you seen. You may also jeopardize your time with your doctor. • Be Prepared - If your doctor asked you to bring in copies of records or films from another doctor, be sure to come prepared. This way you won't waste hers or her staff's time with having to track them down and get them faxed at the time of your visit. Being prepared communicates that you care and are serious about your health. • Make a list - Take a few minutes to make a list of questions you have for your doctor. Make a copy to give to your doctor and one for yourself. Two copies will allow her to follow along as you go over them. She can also put a copy in your chart to refer to. Keep your questions brief and to-the-point. Remember, you aren't the only patient she has to see, and is probably on a tight schedule. • Tape record the visit, or take notes - Take notes. If you don't write fast, ask her if she'd mind if you recorded the visit. Notes will help you to be able to remember your conversation later when you want, or need to. It will also prevent you from having to bother her or her staff later, by calling to ask questions later. • Be respectful - Being respectful to your doctor, even if you don't agree with her findings or answers, shows that you respect her as a person, and as a physician. Doctors don't always know everything. If you hear something you don't agree with, tell her in a respectful way. • Let her know you're getting a second opinion - If you decide to get a second opinion, out of respect, let your physician know. You can also share the name of the other physician you'll be seeing. The two physicians may decide to confer about your case. Telling your doctor will not only make you look smart, but will show your doctor that you care about your health. Your physician will respect you for having the second opinion as well as for telling her.

Knowing how to communicate and interact with your physician will not only show that you care about her, but your health, too. Good communication will also encourage her to listen to you well, and to treat you respectfully. This, in turn, will help you feel less anxious about seeing her, as well as can help you build a good relationship with your doctor. 110 FOCUS of SWFL 2012


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