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The first compounding-only pharmacy in Fort Bend back in 2004 and the only PCAB-Accredited compounding pharmacy in Fort Bend, Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® has established itself as the gold standard for compounded prescriptions.

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Hello Fort Bend Friends, EXECUTIVE PUBLISHERS Michael & Lisa Fredrickson

It is with great sorrow that I say goodbye to my mother-in-law Beverly Carter. Not only was she a great mom-in-law, she was an awesome grandmother to my children. Our readers may have known her as the lady who had a very strong opinion and tried to persuade public opinion through her weekly column Bev’s Burner, but we, her family, knew her as the generous, funloving person that she truly was. She was our BB. She never wanted to miss a family party or one of the children’s events at school, and so, it is with great joy that I choose to remember her. Michael and I would like to express our sincere thanks to the community for their outpouring of support, prayers and condolences during this difficult time. We’ve heard so many wonderful stories from friends and readers, and they have been a source of great comfort and joy to us. We appreciate you, and we will see you all around the Bend. Stay focused, Lisa Fredrickson

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Compounding for Life: The Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® Difference


ompounding pharmacy? So, just what exactly is a compounding pharmacy? A compounding pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy that actually makes a medication by weighing, mixing and finalizing a prescription into a capsule, liquid, suspension, ointment, injection, lollipop, eye drop or any other of many available dosage forms. Defining Compounding

Shannon Maguadog, Pharm. D. Compounding Specialist/Owner

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medication for a patient pursuant to a practitioner’s prescription order. “In the old days, all medications were compounded,” explained Dr. Maguadog. “As the pharmaceutical engine revved up in the mid twentieth century, most

“Our goal is to build rapport with patients and practitioners to provide the highest quality compounded prescriptions available to assist in optimal outcomes,” said Dr. Maguadog. medications became available through manufacturing via large scale production. However, to this day, many patients require individualized medication for specific needs that cannot be addressed through traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing.” From bio-identical hormone replacement to GFCF medications for Autism to topical pain medications to veterinary compounding, all walks of life occasionally see the need for an individualized medication that can only be provided through a compounding pharmacy. The issue then focuses on one of quality, safety and efficacy, which is paramount to the compounding pharmaceutical industry. “Remember the horrible events that transpired with the New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC) and all of the people who died? Like restaurants, each compounding pharmacy makes medications differently. They each have their own formulas, methods, training, certifications, sourcing of ingredients, equipment, quality control and quality assurance. Basically, it boils down to what the proverb says: ‘You get what you pay for,’” said Dr. Maguadog.

The Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® Difference Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® is accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The pharmacy purposefully distinguished itself from all of the other compounding pharmacies in the area as it is the only PCAB-Accredited compounding pharmacy in Fort Bend. To fully understand the accreditation process and distinction, visit www.pcab. org and for more information. These sites fully explain about the stringent and comprehensive standards which serve as an assurance that Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® has been tested against the pharmacy profession’s most rigorous standards in the nation. The PCAB-Accreditation helps ensure that compounding pharmacies are using the highest quality ingredients, has proven potency testing, has a proven safety record and has met or exceeded the highest pharmacy standards in the nation as set by the United States Pharmacopeia, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and others. “It’s not an easy process,” explained Dr. Maguadog. “But it’s a necessary standard to providing the highest quality compounded medications, and it’s our standard at Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.®.” Not only was Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® one of first PCAB-Accredited compounding pharmacies in the nation in 2008, but they have already gone through the re-accreditation in 2011. www.fortbend

Compounding Checks and Balance So, what quality assurance and quality control goes into a compounded medication? Let’s map out a typical prescription process that occurs at Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.®: A USP or NF-grade active ingredient arrives at the pharmacy. Active ingredient is quarantined until certificate of analysis is verified and MSDS sheet is on file. Active ingredient is assigned a bar code. As the prescription is made, each active ingredient is verified by bar code scan. A digital scale that is linked to the lab computer tripleverifies and records the weight and percent error of each active ingredient. The medication is finalized through the appropriate equipment such as an ointment mill, a capsule machine, a homogenizer, a v-blender, an autoclave, a tube sealer, an IsoTech Microsphere, etc. The finished medication is verified by the pharmacist, and the prescription is labeled with the lot number for quality assurance, quality control and the ability to recall if ever necessary.

Marielena Garza and Jason Witzel perform trituration by mixing powder with a morter and pestle in Dr. Maguadog’s pharmacy. .com • August 2013


Top Five Reasons to Use a PCAB-Accredited Pharmacy 5. Endorsement -- PCAB is endorsed by trusted entities in the medical field, including the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. 4. Ethics -- PCAB adopted the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and encourages the pharmacies it accredits to do the same. This code includes principles such as integrity, compassion, competence and confidentiality. 3. Training -- Pharmacies accredited by PCAB are required to be trained in compounding regularly. Each staff member at Compounding Corner Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in the primary basic training program in compounding techniques. The pharmacists are ACPEaccredited in Risk Level I, II and III aseptic compounding.

Additional quality assurance and quality control: ACPE Accredited technicians in primary basic training program in compounding techniques. ACPE Accredited pharmacists in Risk Level I,II and III aseptic compounding. Regularly sent samples to an outside third-party laboratory (Eagle Analytical) for end-potency product, microbial and endotoxin contamination testing. A system of continuous quality improvement including incident reports and regularly scheduled employee meetings. A Standardized Operating Procedures Manual. Extensive scheduled and unannounced on-site inspections by PCAB surveyors. Monitoring of temperature and humidity by Fisher Scientific traceable hygrometers. Use of Professional Compounding Centers of America’s proprietary PK Software dedicated to compounding. Membership in and utilization of PCCA’s pharmacist consultants and PhD’s.

“Our goal is to build rapport with patients and practitioners to provide the highest quality compounded prescriptions available to assist in optimal outcomes,” said Dr. Maguadog. “Wellness is our primary focus because it’s not just how long you live, it’s also how well you live. Quality of life is vital.” Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® offers individual wellness consultations online at by filling out the necessary information and answering the in-depth questionnaire. They also offer a variety of supplements including outstanding lines such as Thorne Research, Metagenics, Pharmanex and Carlson’s. “It’s hard to filter through all of the supplements on the market and identify what is right for your individual situation. We are happy to discuss and answer any questions consumers may have about supplements.” Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® was the first compounding-only pharmacy in Fort Bend back in 2004, and they will be celebrating ten years in business in February 2014. The pharmacy has established itself as the gold standard for compounded prescriptions. “Fort Bend has embraced us and allowed our business to prosper,” said Dr. Maguadog. “Our customers appreciate the quality and care we put into creating their medications, and we appreciate their support.”

2. Efficacy -- This term refers to a drug‘s effectiveness. Through standardized methods of compounding required by PCAB, pharmacies can ensure the medications they compound are effective and meet a patient’s needs on a personalized level. 1. Safety -- Dabbling in compounding pharmacy is dangerous, Dr. Shannon Maguadog said, thus pharmacies that are serious about taking on the responsibility must uphold strict safety standards. PCAB-accredited pharmacies go through a rigorous process in which they prove they do everything the right way and have standards for continuous quality improvement.

The Compounding Corner Pharmacy, Inc.® team: Jason Witzel, Robald Bee, Marielena Garza, Wayne Bilyeu, Dr. Shannon Maguadog and above, Connie Graves.

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The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met

By Patti Parish-Kaminski


n Saturday, July 6th, the flame flickered on Bev’s Burner and ultimately, extinguished. For those of us who had the privilege to know Bev Carter, it was a sad and thought-provoking day. My mind immediately went to the first time I met Bev several years ago. We were attending the Chairman’s Gala for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Tim and I arrived at our table, and there sat Bev. We introduced ourselves, though I knew who she was, and Bev immediately insisted that I sit next to her. That was the first of many functions where Bev would say, “Patti, sit next to me so we can talk about people.” Honestly, it was more like sit next to her so she could ask me who people were when she couldn’t recall their names. So, I accepted that very first invitation to sit next to her. I summoned up the courage – because you know I was scared – and sat down. Sure enough, she took a photo of the table and put it in the paper. She even spelled my name correctly. And so began my relationship with Bev Carter. As the years progressed, we attended many functions, and yes, I sat next to her quite a bit. It was downright entertaining. One year at the Cultural Arts Gala, unbeknownst to her, the skit involved Bev. David Wallace began a soliloquy that I quickly deduced involved calling out Bev. I told her, “Get ready. He’s talking about you.” She promptly scooted her chair back, lifted up the tablecloth, and said, “Patti, help me get under the table!” Fortunately, I was able to talk her out of crawling under the table because frankly, if she got under there, I knew we couldn’t get her out. When Dave called her up on stage, Bev was delighted with the exchange, and the guests loved it. She was the star of the show.

A surprised Bev Carter with David Wallace at a Sugar Land Cultural Arts Gala.

I was fortunate to be able to spend some very special times with Bev. On Christmas Eve two years ago, I invited the Fredrickson family to share the holiday with my family and close friends at our home. We had spent Thanksgiving with them at the river, and my son, Kolton, fell in love with Bev’s dressing. So, I called Bev and asked her to e-mail me her recipe because frankly, my culinary skills are somewhat limited. She sent me her recipe – though I think she may have made it up because she insisted she really didn’t have one – and I commenced to shopping. The day before Christmas Eve, Lisa told me that Bev wasn’t coming to my house. I called Bev, and she said she just wasn’t up to it. I promptly informed her that her entire family would be at my house Christmas Eve, and I was not going give her a reason to write about me hijacking them on Christmas Eve while she was at home alone. I told her I would send someone to pick her up. Kathryn picked her up, and we shared a blessed Christmas Eve. For the past year and a half, Bev would call me from time to time. For fort bend

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some reason, the 7:30 to 8:30 am was the magic hour she would call. I was usually putting on my makeup, so I would set the phone down and put it on speaker. Our phone conversations consisted of her immediately firing off two to three questions, allowing me to respond briefly and then, she would tell me what to think. They were usually one-sided conversations; Bev talked, I listened. And they were always entertaining. She would fuss about carpool, local politicians, the Republicans, her kids – whatever was on her mind. A few months ago after one of these conversations, Bev wrote something in her column that I had said. Of course, I didn’t say it. I called her and said, “Bev, I didn’t say that. I was with you when someone said it to you, but it wasn’t me.” Her response? “Well, somebody said it. It might as well have been you.” The last time Bev came to our home was at the beginning of June. Lisa came by, and Jack and Bev were in the car. She was sporting a pink turban and pink hat; she looked quite stylish. She had to tell me about being pulled over by the Sugar Land Police Department on her way home from the grocery store. In typical Bev fashion, she told me that shortly after the officer ran her license and plates, another patrol car pulled up. She was incensed the officer had called for back up! I told her that the bloods were red, the crypts were blue but those pinks, those cancer survivors, they were one tough gang, and since she was sporting so much pink, he must have thought she was a pink. Well, she thought that was funny and recanted the story in her column that week. And for the record, I can totally commiserate with the SLPD calling for back up. I had to call for Bev back up many times over the years. Of course,

I always called Lisa. I will miss Bev’s phone calls. I will miss her poignant, witty sense of humor. I will miss her unique perspective on community and world events. I will miss anxiously opening up the paper to make sure I wasn’t mentioned in her column. I will miss holidays with Bev because after all, she taught my children how to gamble. It’s a life skill, not something they typically learn at a Baptist school. The last July 4th we were together, Kassidi and Kolton rounded up their money. They put coins in Ziploc baggies so they would be ready to play with Ms. Bev, Kathryn, Carter and Jack. The game didn’t last very long. I asked Bev why they weren’t playing cards any more. She told me that Kassidi had cleaned everybody out. I said, “Well Bev, isn’t that what you taught her to do?” I can still hear her husky laugh, tickled that yes, that’s exactly what she had taught Kassidi to do.

I’m sure she’s in awe of the beauty, enjoying the blue, red and purple butterflies. I can also see her questioning, “Where are the black butterflies? What about the brown ones or the yellow ones? Aren’t they represented? Who do I need to talk to about that?” Yes, move over Mike Wallace, Tony Snow, Andy Rooney. There’s a new journalist in town. B. K. Carter is in the house.

Bev Carter and Tony Snow

Reader’s Digest Magazine had a regular feature for years: “The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met.” For me, that character is Bev Carter. I laughed with her, I cried with her when she lost Sherry, I debated with her, I learned from her. She remains a role model for me, and I am a better person for knowing her. I can only imagine the joyous wonders Bev is enjoying in heaven.

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Texas Direct Auto and Houston Humane Society Announces Goal of Finding Homes for 1,000 Animals Through ASPCA $100K Challenge The organization hopes to beat its own record of adopting out the animals it shelters with help from local partner


his summer, the Houston Humane Society, with support from Texas Direct Auto, has the goal of adopting out 1,000 of its animals as part of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, a national campaign designed to save as many animals’ lives as possible. As one of 50 shelters selected from across the country to participate in the $100K Challenge, the Houston Humane Society is competing to break its own record of saving animals’ lives in June, July and August. The Challenge offers a $100,000 grand prize, which could assist the Houston Humane Society in sheltering even more of the City’s animals and in finding them forever homes. The Houston Humane Society is ecstatic to have found a partner in Texas Direct Auto, the “World’s Largest Independent Dealership,” for the Challenge. In addition to selling cars and offering exceptional financing, the dealership acts as an advocate for animals and recently opened the Texas Direct Auto Dog Park. Texas Direct Auto’s Director of Business Development Jessica DeMarr is thrilled to support the Houston Humane Society in the Challenge by donating water, promotional products and various items needed during the competition. “This is a great opportunity for both Texas Direct Auto and the Houston Humane Society to find homes for the wonderful pets located at the shelter,” DeMarr said. “I’m eager to work with the Houston Humane Society this

summer and get the community just as excited as we are to help reach the goal of adopting 1,000 animals into loving homes.” To help achieve its goal of adopting out 1,000 animals this summer, the Houston Humane Society is planning multiple summer events, including movie nights, dog washes, animal adoption speed “dating” and much more. Furthermore, the organization hopes that Houstonians and other surrounding communities will participate in the Challenge not only by adopting but also by spreading the word and encouraging others to visit the facility to meet the adoptables. Sherry Ferguson, Executive Director of the Houston Humane Society, believes these initiatives are imperative for the organization to reach its goal. “I’m thrilled the Houston Humane Society is involved in the ASPCA $100K Challenge,” Ferguson said. “Our goal is and always has been to provide the highest quality of care and find homes for the animals we shelter. The Challenge will help bring awareness to this and through our summer events, the community will be able to get involved, have fun and find forever friends!” For questions regarding the $100K Challenge and the events surrounding the summer campaign, the organization’s partnership with Texas Direct Auto or more information about the Houston Humane Society, please visit the organization’s website at

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FILM REVIEW By Nick Nicholson


t doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that when Pixar puts out a movie, it is generally quite good. Frankly, even the sequels to films – or in the case of Monsters Univeristy, prequels – are outstanding. And, Monsters University is no exception. The focus of this film is on Mike (Billy Crystal) as he realizes, like many youths, everyone is an individual and different from the rest. Unfortunately like all kids, he simply wants to fit in and be accepted. He is tired of not be-

ing picked here or there, and in this case while on a field trip, he is paired up with his teacher – since no one else picked him as a buddy. While on the field trip, Mike has an epiphany. While watching the adult monsters working as scarers (their job is to scare human children), his path is set. He wants to attend Monsters University and get a degree in scaring! At the university, Mike meets Sully (John Goodman), and they immediately become rivals. One has popularity, and the other is very book smart. If you have seen Monsters Inc., you know how the story ends. Monsters University is a very good film. It doesn’t quite have the level of magic the first installment contained, but it comes close. The story makes sense and is developed in such a way that neither adults nor children will lose interest. The pairing up of John Goodman and Billy Crystal is simply gold, and I doubt there are any actors out there who could have the chemistry these two create with their characters.

Billy Crystal as Mike.

It’s interesting to note that each Pixar film has reference to room A113, and this film is no exception. Room A113 is the room at the California Institute of the Arts where all of the animation classes take place. A homage to the animator’s roots, this room number is the lecture hall at Monsters University. Be sure to get to the theater on time as the short film, The Blue Umbrella, is incredibly moving and visually brilliant. Oh, and be sure to stay all the way through the credits so you don’t miss the surprise!

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The Exchange Club of Sugar Land’s Past President Gladys Brumfield inducted retired Judge Robert Kern as the club’s new President on June 26th. For over 100 years, the volunteer efforts of more than 700 Exchange Clubs across the Nation sponsor activities to promote the Prevention of Child Abuse, Development of Youth, Americanism and Community Service. Exchange Club of Sugar Land projects like Santa’s Exchange, which distributes over 10,000 toys annually to underprivileged children, and Walk with Pride, which provides over 900 children with new school shoes, are just two examples of its service to the community. Each year, the club’s Spaghetti Dinner provides over $100,000 to local charities.



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The Cradle of Texas Chorus from Sugar Land sang their beautiful four-part harmony rendition of the National Anthem at a Sugar Land Skeeters game at Constellation Field. Pictured are members Karen Askin, Bonnie Fisher, Linda Seto, Skeeters Mascot Moe, Christina Reyes, Shirley Winstead, Jane Vaucher and Connie Singleton.

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Twenty-Two Fifter Interiors & Gifts hosted “A Boutique for the Home” in honor of their third anniversary where guests enjoyed drinks, small bites and 20 percent off purchases.

On June 27th, Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room hosted the 12th Annual Flo Berkman Award Luncheon at Sweetwater Country Club. The ceremony recognized businesses, families and individuals who provide donations to assist in the fight against abuse and neglect of children and adults in Fort Bend County.

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OF THE BEND The Texas Magic 16U Fast-pitch Softball team traveled to the 2013 ASA/USA “Select” National Championships in San Jose, California from July 28th to August 4th. These young ladies earned their bid to the national championship tournament by being undefeated at the American Softball Association 16U state tournament in Killeen, Texas. Teams from all over Texas were there to compete for the honor of representing Texas at the National Championships. Pictured are team members Sara Gonzales, Keali Weatherford, Brittney Bryson, Ravin Wilson, AJ Salazar, Celie Olguin, Natasha Cabucio, Emily Rimes, Marissa Trevino, Kendall Pryor and Taleah Nehls. The Texas Magic are coached by Gilbert Gonzales, Randy Pryor, Stuart Rimes and Eli Olguin.

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By Steve Kursar

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he 2013 Ford Explorer Sport delivers about as much fun as a full-size SUV/crossover is legally allowed to deliver. Yes, it looks to the untrained eye like a regular Explorer, but this baby has a lot going on under the sheet metal that makes a Clark Kent-looking vehicle perform like Superman. Simply put, it’s a blast! Back in 2009, Ford decided to add the Sport designation to their Fusion model by giving it a slightly bigger engine, a retuned suspension and much better tires. Except for the tires, the Fusion Sport was okay but nothing to really write home about. But Ford was committed to adding the Sport designation to some other models, and last year, they added some serious muscle

to their already popular Explorer. Remember, this is the Explorer they redesigned and revealed back in 2010. The base Explorer comes standard with the 290hp, 3.5 liter V6 normallyaspirated engine. Although that engine is pretty nice, it does feel a bit underpowered at times, until you get the revs up in the power band. You can opt for the 240hp, 2.0 liter fourcylinder EcoBoost engine that is better suited to the Explorer. Although it does put out fewer horses than the base engine, the low end torque makes the SUV feel peppier. The Sport version takes the Explorer to a whole new dimension. Take a look at the tires, and you’ll start to get a feel for what I’m talking about. The 20” tires, along with sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension, hug the road and give this crossover sports car handling. Bigger brakes provide better stopping power. But the real surprise is under the hood. The Explorer Sport comes with the 290 hp, 3.5 EcoBoost V6 engine which totally transforms this Explorer. What fort bend

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the EcoBoost engines deliver is diesel engine-like low end torque which means that full power is available as soon as you step on the accelerator. That’s the reason Ford sells so many cars equipped with EcoBoost engines. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport has a starting MSRP of $40,780, which may seem a little steep – that’s over ten grand more than the base Explorer – but sometimes fun has no price tag. This may be the perfect mid-life crisis car if you still have kids in the house. Think of it, you drop the kids off at school, then roar off in search of adventure. Oh, the places you’ll go… Follow Steve Kursur at KursarOnCars.


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n June 18th, Anson Aviation commenced operations at its 24,000 square foot, state-of-the art office and hangar facility at Sugar Land Regional Airport. Anson Aviation already operates the only FAA approved pilot school at the airport. The $3 million facility will allow Anson to expand its offering of innovative aviation services and create 15 new aviation jobs at Sugar Land Regional Airport. Dana Atkinson, founder and president of Anson Aviation, said, “It is our vision to provide all of the services and expertise needed to enable our customers to enjoy private airplanes for business and personal travel. Airplane owners, pilots who rent airplanes and the general public will find a friendly, inviting, professional atmosphere with everything they need for personal air transportation.”

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n a few weeks, we will be back in the carpool line, so there is no better time to take our New School Year’s Carpool Resolution. I will enter and exit at the appropriate locations. Although it was funny to watch Michael Keaton get it all wrong in Mr. Mom, I will not be that person. I will brush my teeth before I get in the car; really I will, every time. I will not wear my pajamas, or at the very least, I will pull a sweatshirt on over them. I will pull through to the first available drop off spot so that the line runs smoothly, even though my child is screaming that spot five is closer to her classroom. I will not put things my child will need to unload in my trunk. Seriously! I will not whiz past cars whose kids are taking too long to unload. I will take a deep breath, have patience and remember that one day my child’s water bottle may roll under the seat and take several minutes to find. I will be watchful and careful even in the middle school line because those kids are probably updating their Instagram and have no idea they are in a parking lot. I will not attempt to chat with my child’s teacher while she is loading or unloading my child, even though I am sure she has nothing better to do.

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I will NOT text or talk on my phone!! Even if it is vibrating, beeping, ringing and generally begging to be picked up, I will leave it on the console and wait. I will remember that the passengers are watching and will learn by example. As I approach the middle school, I will do everything in my power to make sure my child has finished eating breakfast, brushing her hair and putting on her mascara so that she can get out of the car in a timely manner. I will focus on driving and will not eat my breakfast, brush my hair or put on my mascara. By abiding by this resolution, we can all have a more pleasant carpool experience. For those not interested in participating, I have a recommendation, and it’s called the bus. For some good laughs, Google the Mr. Mom carpool clip, and check out these blogs:


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Made in the United States out of recycled aircraft aluminum, this iPhone Case Wallet is available in the most popular colors. The positive stop latch is plated in 18 karat gold. Inside, you can store your I.D. in the precision machined slot. The adjacent door holds several credit cards behind an optical grade mirror. The aluminum protects your credit cards from identity theft RFID scanners. Also, the aluminum prevents deactivation of your hotel keycard! Finally, the aluminum features heat sink technology, which draws heat away from the iPhone, which may help your battery last longer. $119 at

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Would dinosaurs walk to school or carpool? Would they stomp and make a fuss on the bus? Of course not. Before they leap out the door at the end of the school day, readers will realize that these dinosaurs are helpful, tidy and protective, “growling at the bullies til the bullying ends.” Gift set includes hardcover book and a sweet 14” plush doll. $34.95 at

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BACK TO SCHOOL 281-499-3921 3643 Glenn Lakes Ln., Highway 6 • Missouri City

Sugar Land Gymnastics Expands to Sienna

DANCE STUDIO Celebrating 41 Years of Dance in Missouri City!


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Kids ‘R’ Kids: Providing the Best Educational Environment


t Kids ‘R’ Kids, children benefit from the latest in research-based, field-proven, early education training while incorporating play. Their exclusive Brain WavesTM curriculum provides learning experiences that enhance brain development and support neural pathways for language, social-emotional, cognitive and physical development during these critical years. Technology is everywhere, so children need healthy exposure to be prepared for life in the 21st century. Research shows, however, that hours of exposure to digital technology can lead to over stimulation of the brain, fatigue and irritability. Kids ‘R’ Kids takes a balanced approach to technology. Their curriculum has been integrated with ABCmouse, one of the latest early childhood technology tools, to enhance learning. With the guidance of a teacher, children engage in digital activities that build language, math, science and fine motor skills. Kids ‘R’ Kids is proud to share a love for teaching and is available to give school-wide tours. Their experienced, dedicated staff shares a united focus on early childhood education. In addition, their partnership with Watch Me Grow allows parents and grandparents to share photos and videos of their child’s daily activities and milestones directly from an iPhone, iPad or mobile device. Kids ‘R’ Kids Private Preschools strive to provide the best educational environment for children and a safe and nurturing place that parents can feel great about. Stop in and tour any of the facilities, and find out why Kids ‘R’ Kids is right for your family! For more information, visit fort bend

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wo years ago, Robert Gifford purchased the Bill Austin Gymnastics and Dance facility, which is located next to the Sugar Land Ice Center in First Colony. Gifford named the new center Sugar Land Gymnastics, Dance and Karate (SLG). Since then, enrollment has skyrocketed and continues to climb. Gifford explained, “We have reached the 1,000 student mark and available spots in our program will now be limited.” The reason for his success? “Quality. When you have quality instruction and a quality curriculum housed in a quality, state-of-the-art facility, word spreads quickly.” In August, Gifford plans to open a second multi-purpose facility in Sienna. The new 7,000 square foot facility will offer gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling, summer camp, birthday parties and Safety America Karate. SLG’s head coach, Coach Mei Liu, competed as a member of the Chinese National Team and is a USAG certified national judge. She also has 25 years of experience and has coached level four through seven State Champions. Gifford said, “We don’t believe in screaming at the kids. Positive reinforcement will get us there, and we will have a bunch of fun along the way.” Mom-and-Me classes at SLG starts kids off at eighteen-monthsold and builds skills at each and every level. SLG also offers competitive girl’s team programs, as well as recreational classes and tumbling. Call SLG at 281-240-0999 or visit for more information.




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BACK TO SCHOOL Fort Bend Academy of Dance


The Walden School: You Have High Expectations...And So Do We


he Walden School is a dynamic NAEYC accredited school that provides high quality programs and care for infants through private kindergarten. Walden also provides a low teacher-to-student ratio in its private first and second grades and stimulating before-and-after school care for children through age 12. Summer campers remain busy with themed weekly activities highlighted with enlightening and adventurous field trips, sports (swimming, gymnastics and taekwondo), visiting guest entertainers, multicultural activities, art and crafts, reading and math enrichment, computers, games, nature explorations and many more fun activities. Register now for Fall 2013! Fall enrollment is underway. Walden families look forward to participation in programs like soccer and t-ball leagues, gymnastics, tap and ballet classes and community service projects. Low teacher-to-student ratios, long-serving tenured staff and well-defined programs help keep Walden a nurturing and child friendly environment. Visit The Walden School Monday through Friday and meet the director along with his experienced staff. Several programs are available to fit your family’s individual needs. The Walden School’s website is There you can connect with NAEYC’s website and find out more about accreditation, read monthly newsletters and get news about what is happening on campus. For more information, visit or contact 281-9800022.

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ort Bend Academy of Dance (FBAD) has focused on the needs and dreams of aspiring young dancers since 1999. Directed by Michael Banigan and Dianne Jarrell, the emphasis of FBAD is on dance as a performing art rather than a competitive event. The school strongly believes in an avenue for personal expression and an opportunity to fulfill professional aspirations. Many students at FBAD are currently pursuing professional careers or degrees in dance. The Academy utilizes an age and level based curriculum that emphasizes the proper technique of classical ballet as the basis for all other dance forms. They offer classes in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and tap. There are also four divisions in the Academy from pre-school through preprofessional. FBAD is also the home of BalletForte, the premier pre-professional ballet company in the area. BalletForte is a member of Regional Dance America/Southwest and has been entertaining audiences with its annual production of The Nutcracker for the past 16 years. FBAD provides an encouraging environment where every student is expected to strive for excellence to the best of their ability while experiencing the pure joy of movement. In turn, they are committed to making a positive contribution to the lives of their students and community. This is achieved by giving students the individualized guidance and attention that they are entitled to while instilling the value of commitment, respect, hard work, discipline and artistry. Want to dance? Fort Bend Academy of Dance has room for you at the barre. For more information, visit or call 281-277-5735.


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xperts agree that a high-quality Early Learning Program not only prepares children for Kindergarten but also gives them a unique enthusiasm for learning. There is also a significant difference between the learning of a child in a day care setting compared to one in an enriched and developmentally appropriate program. In the International Preparatory School (IPS) Early Learning Program, experienced, well-trained teachers use activities that address all areas of development. Children will learn pre-reading skills, strong basic math skills and enriched vocabulary and develop strong social and communication skills. Success will be ensured as a community of excited learners is created. Exploration and play are key to a three-year-old’s development. Within the IPS program’s centerbased environment, children will experience hands-on, high-interest activities while learning how to socialize with their peers and gain a sense of self. Your child’s imagination and creativity will soar. Come for a visit, and feel the excitement! Located at 1717 Dulles Ave in Missouri City, IPA is registering now for the new three-year-old Early Learning Program. For more information, call 281-208-1403.

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Fort Bend Focus and absolutely! Brazos Magazines Kick Off the GEMS of Fort Bend

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ort Bend Focus and absolutely! Brazos magazines recently kicked off a new initiative honoring three role models whose contributions to our community make them real GEMS – three Generous, Enthusiastic Men Serving. The three GEMS were introduced at a brunch at the home of KK and S. Scott West that included the JEWELS of Fort Bend along with community and event partners. The GEMS – Carl Favre, Joe M. Gurecky and S. Scott West – will be honored at a premier event featuring dinner, live entertainment and a “chips for charity” casino on Thursday, October 24th at the Imperial Center for the Arts located in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Proceeds from the GEMS of Fort Bend will be invested back into the community by supporting an important organization: AccessHealth. AccessHealth, formerly Fort Bend Family Health Center, is dedicated to excellence in providing integrated health care services to improve individual’s quality of life. Affordable and accessible health care is top of mind in our community, and AccessHealth is dedicated to providing excellence in health care services in the communities it serves. With centers throughout Fort Bend, AccessHealth is helping fill that void in vital health care. “We are delighted to debut this new event honoring these three amazing men while continuing our mission of giving back to our community,” said Lisa Fredrickson, publisher of absolutely! focus media, the publishing company for Fort Bend Focus and absolutely! Brazos magazines. “Each of these men has contributed to our community in extraordinary ways, from public service to leadership in philanthropy to simply giving from both their heart and as stewards, these remarkable men have helped mold our community into an exemplary place to live, work and raise our children. We are humbled by their stellar examples of the true meaning of the word service.” The GEMS of Fort Bend is open to the public and will be held on October 24th. The event kicks off with the casino and cocktails at 6:30 pm followed by dinner and live entertainment by Imperial Arts. Tables and individual tickets are available by contacting absolutely! focus media at 281-690-4242.

The 2013 GEMS of Fort Bend: Carl Favre, S. Scott West and Joe M. Gurecky.

Carol Edwards, Lisa Fredrickson, Donna Kay Tucker and Cindy Reaves.

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Disney for Rookies By Jennifer L. Evans Well, we still have a few precious weeks of summer break left. If you and your family are thinking of taking a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, I hope you already have done your homework, booked your hotel and saved your money. For those procrastinators who may not have done one or more of these things, take heart. We have some tips for you!


arlier this summer, my husband and I took our ten-year-old son to Disney World for the first time. Both Mark and I had visited Disney World as children, but that was ... well, that was many years back. It took a few years to wear down my husband to make this trip, but we finally made it happen. My goal was to make it fun and as low-stress as possible for all three of us. I consulted friends, many of whom are veterans of the big mouse adventure, and searched sites such as the Unofficial Guide to Disney and random blog posts. Below are the tip highlights from our experience.

Location, Location, Location Know your family! Based on the personalities and ages of the people in my family, I opted not to stay inside the magical kingdom itself. Our affordable 900 square foot villa at Sheraton Vistana Village did not receive on or off-site Disney perks such as “magic hours,” but it offered complimentary shuttle services to Disney and was only a few miles away. It was fantastic for our family because we had separate bedrooms, a full kitchen and balcony, gorgeous grounds and pools and shops. By Day Three, it became a respite and comfortable place to swim and recharge our batteries.

Three If By Truck Again, know your family. We have traveled all over the place for years with our son in the back seat. In fact, my best childhood memories are of road trips with mom and dad. So, after careful consideration, we decided to drive to Orlando. We took two days, stopping in Pensacola Beach, Florida on the way down and Biloxi, Mississippi on the way back. By the way, Beau Rivage is the bomb! If you plan to fly, book way ahead or buy a package deal.

Have Backpack, Will Travel My friend Jennifer who writes the blog Still Living the Dream had just returned from the Disney Social Media Moms conference in Orlando after not having been in many years, so I hit her up with all of my random questions. Jennifer’s best advice had to do with what we should take with us. Since we didn’t have stroller-age children, we decided to take one backpack with sunscreen, healthy snacks, a camera, phones, Ziploc bags, re-usable water bottles and rain ponchos. And, yes, we used all of it. We were able to pass the backpack around, and there wasn’t a single ride or experience that did not allow us to bring it along. Read Jennifer’s full Q & A on her site at fort bend

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We bought our Disney tickets in advance and opted for the Disney Park Hopper+ passes because we wanted to try the water parks (not relevant if you’re going in winter), and we wanted to be able to take mid-afternoon breaks and perhaps visit a second park in the evening. This worked beautifully for us. Our general plan each day involved a morning to midday at a park and a break for a few hours in the heat of the afternoon. Then, we went on another park adventure in the evening. I could spend too much time telling you what we loved and what we wish we had skipped. Your experience will be different. In the end, if you have the time – as we did – to experience each park once and then go back again to your favorites, do it. If you have limited time, do your homework. For us, Animal Kingdom was a delightful departure from the other parks. It just felt different, a little less concrete. The experience of walking around, and of course, the fireworks at Magic Kingdom are indeed magical. Except for the lovely Garden Grill character dinner and a few great rides we enjoyed, we could have skipped EPCOT as there’s much more there for adults. Hollywood Studios was a blast. And, Downtown Disney was a wonderful, relaxing experience for us. Hint: Go in the early afternoon. We had a wonderful time on our Disney adventure! Walt and Mickey at the Magic Kingdom.

Top Tip Disney recently launched the “My Disney Experience” application. We used it. Load all of your reservations on there, view real time waits for rides and enjoy great maps among other helpful uses. Check it out!


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Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Wins Top Honors at Annual Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference

Fort Bend County Public Transportation is bringing the latest technology to your every ride!

• No more tickets to worry about with the new SMART CARD. • Easy to load, reload, easy to track, just like a debit card. • You can load your fare on any computer or at any current sales location. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce team: Traci Buczo, Matthew Ferraro, Krystal Peay, Fayth Burgin, Jan-Michael Jenkins, Farrah Gandhi, Keri Schmidt and David Crowl. Photo by Larry Pullen.

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The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce took home the first place award for its marketing program on the tenth annual celebration of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair presented at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executive Conference Annual Media Awards on June 25th. Reflecting the significance of this first place honor, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce competed against all of the larger chamber in Texas, most of which have substantially greater budgets. Marketing campaigns were judged on a wide range of criteria: type of media used, the call to action and the cohesiveness of the overall project. Judges identified whether the campaign captured the “voice” of the chamber, community or specific project it represented. “We are so pleased to be recognized for our marketing efforts in bringing awareness to this wonderful non-profit event,” said Keri Schmidt, president of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair. “We recently celebrated our tenth annual festival, breaking several records from previous years. We will strive to further our fundraising for the affair’s beneficiary, the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.” Fort Bend Focus Magazine was proud to serve as a sponsor of this year’s award-winning event, and on the coattails of the tremendous success of this year’s festival, the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair has announced that next year’s event will be held from April 23 to 27, 2014. For event details, visit


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Spelling Bee committee members Pamela Bergeron, Jenetha Jones, Christina Guerra, Literacy Council Events and Communications Coordinator; Angela Cowan, University of Houston-Sugar Land Executive Administrative Assistant; Kelli Metzenthin, Literacy Council Executive Director and Crissy Nolen.

Are you an unparalleled orthographer with a penchant for bacchanalia? Then it’s time to put your currency where your orifice is and enter a team! On Thursday, September 12th, CenterPoint Energy presents the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, which will take place at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. Enunciation is rarely a drunkard’s strength, so keep that in mind when you venture over to the tables with local craft beers, donated by Karbach Brewery, and fine wines donated by Beviamo International. Those not interested in participating but who want to support the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County can sponsor a word for $200, sponsor a letter for $100 or serve as an event sponsor starting at $5,000. Spectator bees will be allowed to view the event and general admission tickets are available for $40. Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 a ticket for the chance at scoring an iPad Mini. Every dollar counts towards educating our community, so dust off your dictionary and start practicing. Participants will receive great prizes, but more importantly, they will raise money for an excellent cause. Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, Jr., Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore and Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Board Treasurer Shayne Newell will serve as judges for the evening. Spectators are welcome to heckle between rounds and spellings. Come on out and support the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County! For more information, visit or contact the Literacy Council at 281.240.8181.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Earns National Quality Award as ‘Top Performer’ in Midas+ 2012 Platinum Quality Program


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been recognized as a topperforming hospital in Xerox’s 2012 Midas+ Platinum Quality Award program, based on clinical results across a wide range of measures. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was one of just a handful of national award-winners in its size category. More than 600 hospitals nationwide participated in the program, and top performers were announced in early June at a presentation in Tucson, Arizona. The Midas+ Platinum Quality Award recognizes hospitals that score in the top 5 percent among their eligible peers in areas including acute care readmission rates and length of stay and mortality rates for a number of different illnesses and procedures, including heart care, stroke care, pneumonia care, major small and large bowel procedures, septicemia and infections. “Our staff continues to do an outstanding job of ensuring quality outcomes by consistently following evidence-based practice,” says Chris Siebenaler, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO.

“This award is a testament to the daily efforts of our physicians, nurses and other medical personnel and their continued focus on providing the best possible care for our patients.” The Platinum Quality Award is presented by Midas+ Solutions that provides a suite of clinical and operational

care management software and data analytic tools for 1,500 hospitals across the U.S. Visit to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and its approach to quality patient care. For physician referral, call 281-274-7500.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Welcomes Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists

Methodist Hospitals Setting Themselves Apart with New Name Change

M Bhadresh Shah, M.D., Priya Oolut, M.D. and Suneesh Nair, M.D.


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists, who include Bhadresh Shah, M.D., Suneesh Nair, M.D. and Priya Oolut, M.D. Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists provides a wide range of advanced pulmonary, asthma, allergy and sleep medicine services, including comprehensive testing, individualized treatment plans and critical care. Dr. Shah is board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College, Gujarat University in Ahmadabad, India. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens in Jamaica, New York, before completing a fellowship in critical care medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He has been in private practice in Sugar Land since 1999 and is now serving as the Medical Director of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s ICU. Dr. Nair is board certified in pulmonary diseases. He earned his medical degree at Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram, India and recently completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Baylor College

of Medicine in Houston. Prior to that, he served as a hospitalist, chief resident and resident at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. Dr. Oolut is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s accelerated BA/MD program, and she completed internal medicine, pulmonary/critical care and sleep medicine residencies at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston. She comes to the practice from Pacific Medical Centers in Seattle, where she served as medical director of their sleep lab. “These three outstanding physicians will enable us to continue to grow our patient care capabilities in the areas of pulmonary care and sleep medicine,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Drs. Shah, Nair and Oolut provide compassionate, personalized care that makes them a perfect fit for the Methodist family.” To schedule an appointment at Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists, call 281-242-2444 for Dr. Shah and Dr. Oolut and 281-325-0005 for Dr. Nair. For more information about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit www.fortbend

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ethodist Sugar Land Hospital has a new name. Effectively immediately, Fort Bend’s leading health care institution is now known as Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. The Methodist system, now Houston Methodist, changed its name to differentiate its hospitals from approximately 80 other Methodist hospitals across the country. “The quality of Methodist’s medical care and our compassionate culture give us a unique identity, one that has significant strength both in Houston and in Fort Bend,” says Houston Methodist Sugar Land CEO Chris Siebenaler. “This new approach helps solidify our connection to Houston and to the legacy of excellence at The Methodist Hospital, now known as Houston Methodist Hospital. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is proud to be a part of this history and we’re excited about carrying the new brand forward.” The new names of the four community hospitals will now be: • Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital • Houston Methodist West Hospital • Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital • Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital “While there are many other Methodist hospitals across the country, this new name will establish, quickly and permanently, the fact that Houston Methodist is indeed the only one…the one that is leading medicine, and the one that is becoming a national presence,” said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist.

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Hillcroft Medical Clinic Expands Medical Services in Sugar Land Hillcroft Medical Clinic (HMC) recently expanded its presence in Sugar Land. Located at Highway 6 in front of Lifetime Fitness, HMC added new facilities to accommodate additional doctors and services. In addition to family medicine and internal medicine, many medical specialties are now offered in Sugar Land, including cardiology, endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, neurology, OB/GYN, pulmonology, rheumatology, urology and general surgery. Expanded services in Sugar Land also include onsite X-ray, CT and ultrasound, along with an in-house laboratory. When you visit the HMC office, something you won’t see is a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. Physician owned and managed, HMC doctors pride themselves on establishing direct relationships with patients. In a nod to patients’ busy schedules, HMC doctors offer convenient appointments, including sameday, lunch-time and Saturday appointments for both sick and routine visits, including physicals. The doctors and services have In-Network status with most insurance plans, too. HMC has provided medical care for the Houston area since 1948 and is the area’s oldest multi-specialty group. HMC opened its first Sugar Land office in 1980 on South Main. In 2007, HMC moved to its current home on Highway 6. HMC doctors also care for patients at their office in southwest Houston. With the recent growth of their Sugar Land office, HMC doctors look forward to continuing the tradition of quality medical care for another 65 years. For more information about HMC and its doctors, visit To make an appointment, call 832-500-5361. See ad on inside back cover.



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St. Luke’s Sugar Land Doctor Group St. Luke's Sugar Land Doctor Group is committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the whole person body, mind and spirit. St. Luke’s Sugar Land Doctor Group has multi-specialty clinics—Cardiology, Primary Care and Orthopedics. When choosing a physician for you and your family’s healthcare needs, choose St. Luke's Sugar Land Doctor Group. Affiliated with St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare, St. Luke's Sugar Land Doctor Group is known for its dedication to excellence and delivering renowned compassionate care. If you are looking for leading edge care in cardiovascular medicine, Quocdai “Ooga” Park, M.D., is board-certified and specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease and Vascular Medicine and is dedicated to the prevention of heart disease. Lesley Park, M.D., is a great choice for primary care. Dr. Park is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She provides high-quality, individualized care, manages a wide range of health issues and is interested in women’s health and preventative medicine. Eric Berkman, M.D., specializes in total knee replacement and shoulder surgery using the latest technology. He has been in practice for 19 years and is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. St. Luke’s Sugar Land Doctor Group is conveniently located in Sugar Land’s Lake Point Town Center at U.S. Highway 59 and Highway 6. Visit to learn more about the physicians of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Doctor Group or to make an appointment.


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Two New Ways to Find Trouble with Your Teeth Before You Can See or Feel It The Sopro Life Intraoral Camera is much more than just a camera. Yes, it can take close-up pictures of your teeth. Yes, you can see them on the computer monitor magnified 50 times. This new intraoral camera can literally light up decay red. It uses light-induced fluorescence. Right there during the dental examination, a photo of the tooth can be taken and viewed on the computer monitor showing the area of decay. Decay can be detected in the earliest stages, making repairs easy. The greatest advance in dental diagnostics since the X-ray, the Laser Scanner enables C & C Dental to find cavities years before any other means of cavity detection, including the X-ray. A painless laser scanner can detect decay earlier than ever before. It simply shines a harmless laser beam into the tooth and sends back a reading of hardness. C & C Dental can find problems years before they show up on any X-ray or before you feel anything. Think about this: If decay can be detected early when it is a small hole and repaired using the Water-Laser or Air Abrasion – pain-free and drill-free cavity removal – the tooth has probably been saved from a crown and root canal later. Complications from large silver fillings have led to repairing teeth with crowns and root canals. The ability of the laser scanner has changed dentistry forever. Teeth can now be repaired with tiny, white fillings. Where was this when we were kids? For more information, call 281-206- 4482 or visit or See ad on page 9.

Experience DEFINE Body & Mind Experience Houston’s most transforming workout studio: DEFINE Body & Mind. Develop strength, length and balance from any of their signature classes: DEFINE body, DEFINE mind or DEFINE revolution. DEFINE’s signature 60-minute body class incorporates yoga, Pilates, ballet conditioning and core work to tone and sculpt the entire body. DEFINE mind is a soothing, 60-minute class focused on gaining flexibility, refreshing the body and calming the mind. DEFINE revolution is their take on indoor cycling, a 45-minute rhythm-based full-body workout on the bike. The mission at DEFINE Body & Mind is to educate people on how to become their absolute best. We believe that physical strength, length and balance impact both states of mind and being. We create an atmosphere that inspires results, fosters community and gives back to others in order to achieve sustainable health and happiness. DEFINE now has six beautiful Houston area locations: Sugar Land, The Woodlands, River Oaks, West U, Tanglewood and the Energy Corridor. Come try one of our core class concepts: body, mind or revolution! DEFINE Sugar Land is located at 16525 Lexington Boulevard next to the CVS. Email to learn more.

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Concierge Care Timeless Plastic Surgery has an internal mission they call the Timeless “Concierge Care” experience. Concierge means “as the patient wants it.” They strive to provide what the patient wants, when they want it, reasonably and safely, with knowledge and skill. Similar to the attention offered at a fivestar resort, Timeless Plastic Surgery ensures that everyone with whom patients interact – the receptionist, the consultants, the nurses and the physicians – is highly trained not only in doing their job but also in anticipating and meeting patient needs and concerns. Care is taken to ensure that patients feel informed and comfortable before, during and after their procedure, and follow-up is tailored to the individual to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. As part of the “Concierge Care” experience, Dr. Chang gives his personal cell phone number to all of his surgical patients so that they have access to him 24/7. In an increasingly competitive market, it is crucial to stand apart by providing superior service and results. When patients choose Timeless Plastic Surgery, they can feel confident that they are choosing the best. Timeless Plastic Surgery Center of Excellence for Cosmetic Surgery is located at 1327 Lake Pointe Pkwy, Suite 300 in Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-242-TIME (8463).

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Would you like to have more energy, improved focus, better sleep and increased sex drive? Have you been told that symptoms such as brain fog, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, low energy, low libido and weight gain are simply part of the aging process? Would you like to turn back the hands of time so you can start living a life full of vitality? If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then you are not alone. The integrative wellness movement is getting more attention as wellknown people such as Oprah, Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil are helping to educate the general public about complete well-being. Dr. Shel’s passion is to help people by utilizing the best of all the innovative treatments available, in addition to her vast experience treating thousands of patients during the past 20 years. As a board certified Ob/Gyn, she gives patients the time, understanding, education and care they need to get to the root of their problems and help them achieve a life full of health, happiness and vitality. Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa will provide you with the answers you are searching for and the complete care you deserve. Treatments such as: Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Weight Loss, Nutritional Testing, Gluten and Allergy Testing and Treatment and Detoxification have proven to be truly life-changing for thousands of their patients. Call Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa to schedule your complimentary consultation, and stand up for your wellness! Call 281-313-7435 or visit See ad on page 3.

Dr. David H. Korfin Provides Personalized Treatment Plans for Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery David H. Korfin, DPM, FACFAS is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He received his doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 1982, graduating from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Korfin has been in private practice in the Fort Bend/ Houston community since 1984. He specializes in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle, including endoscopic heel surgery, bunions and hammertoes along with treatment and management of sports injuries, trauma, wound and diabetic foot care. Dr. Korfin’s practice provides care to patients of all ages with a special interest in helping athletes maintain foot and ankle health to effectively pursue their athletic goals. Striving to provide a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Korfin utilizes stateof-the-art medical and surgical techniques all within a warm, caring and compassionate environment. He offers his patients cutting-edge surgical techniques such as endoscopic heel surgery, laser surgery and the use of dissolvable pins and fixation techniques. Dr. Korfin’s office is located in the Sugar Land Medical Plaza (attached to St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital) at 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 510, in Sugar Land. For more information, visit or call 281.313.FEET (3338).

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Dr. Greg Linney, D.D.S. Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Dr. Greg Linney and his staff set themselves apart by focusing on customer service and long-term dental health. The doctor and his friendly staff take the time to listen to all of your oral health concerns. Equipped with a spacious high-tech facility, they utilize the latest tools and technology available to provide patients with the best in oral health care and cosmetic dentistry. By merging patient care with technology, they are able to provide the best care available while focusing on each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Linney has been making people smile for over 25 years, and through Lumineers by Cerinate, he can restore a person’s smile without reducing tooth structure – and in only two visits with no shots and no drilling! Just imagine having a lasting smile without having to ever bleach again! Get the smile you have always wanted – just call Dr. Linney to get your free digital LUMISmile makeover, and find out about monthly specials that will help you get the smile you deserve. Dr. Greg A. Linney, D.D.S., Inc. is located at 4660 Sweetwater Boulevard in Sugar Land. For more information, visit or call 281-9801733.

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Sugar Land Face and Body Plastic Surgery Welcomes Clients to Their New Home

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Sugar Land Face and Body Plastic Surgery is now officially settled in their beautiful new facility. With over 6,400 square feet including a beautiful 30 foot tower atrium, the new medical spa features a private library where patients’ families are able to relax while their loved one is having surgery. It is a spa-type atmosphere designed to look like an elegant house that offers full-service medical spa services including procedures such as botox, fillers, CoolSculpting and Ultherapy, along with a full service operating room. Sugar Land Face and Body recently launched a new procedure, Ultherapy, which is an ultrasound tightening of muscles under the skin without surgery, also known as the lunchtime facelift. Sugar Land Face and Body is the first med spa in the local area to offer Ultherapy, a revolutionary new nonsurgical procedure that lifts and tones loose skin without any down time. Another procedure provided is CoolSculpting, a breakthrough, non-invasive procedure that uses cooling technology to noticeably eliminate fat without surgery. The treatment lasts one hour per area, and there is no down time for the patient, which is an amazing benefit. There is no anesthesia, no needles, no diet, no pills. Dr. Eric Humble is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a member of the renowned American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Along with his caring staff, Dr. Humble provides a safe and welcoming environment in which patients can reach their goal of finding happiness in the way they look and feel. For more information, call 281-313-0555 or visit See ad on page 11.

Do you feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you cover your mouth when you talk? A healthy smile is among the top aspects of a person’s appearance that impacts self-esteem. If you are unhappy about the “look” of your smile, you should consult a Prosthodontist. But what is a Prosthodontist? They are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth; they make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. Having this advanced training, Dr. Rimes can improve your appearance by fixing broken, discolored or missing teeth, many times in just one appointment. Dr. Rimes’ training also gives patients the opportunity to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in just one day. Did you know that some dentists perform reconstructive dental work after just a weekend course on a procedure? You should know Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of intense, formal training at an accredited institution beyond dental school. People seeking cosmetic, reconstructive or implant retained dental work should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, Prosthodontists are qualified to offer service in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, such as: cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, teeth-in-aday restorations, complete and removable partial dentures, snoring and sleep disorders. By using his extensive training in cosmetic dentistry, along with the latest techniques in dental implants, Dr. Rimes can help you create a smile that looks and feels natural and attractive. If you are considering a change to a healthy smile, please give Dr. Stuart Rimes a call at 281-313-1565 or visit

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People seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, Prosthodontists are qualified to offer services in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, such as: cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, complete and partial dentures, replacing lost or loose teeth, jaw joint problems (TMJ), traumatic injuries, snoring and sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction.

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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Wound Care Center Successfully Treats Non-Healing Wounds The Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Wound Care Center offers comprehensive outpatient care of non-healing wounds by a compassionate team of affiliated physicians, nurses and technicians. Delivering cutting-edge healing close to home, the Center is one of the few in Houston with a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) program. HBOT is a noninvasive procedure that administers 100 percent oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, decreases swelling and inflammation, helps white blood cells kill bacteria and improves the body’s natural healing process. It helps treat conditions such as diabetic ulcers, bone infections, crush injuries, failing skin grafts and flaps, plaque buildup in the limbs and tissue damage caused by radiation therapy. In addition to HBOT, the Center offers negative pressure wound therapy and bioengineered skin substitutes. These treatment options supplement antibiotic therapy, nutritional counseling and the surgical removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue. Diabetics, in particular, have difficulty with non-healing wounds and require specialized wound management. Treatment can help prevent simple wounds from becoming so infected that amputation is necessary. “Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations,” said Rachel M. Chandy, M.D., who serves as medical director of the Center. “That’s why it’s very critical that diabetics with problem wounds see their doctor and get referred to a wound care specialist to prevent infections and amputations.” For more information, call 281-7255433. To attend the August 19th Diabetic Support Group, please call 713222-CARE (2273).

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Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine Provides New Cutting Edge Technology for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dr. Samuel E. Cress, D.D.S., Director of Sugar Land’s The Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine, offers new DNA therapy to aid patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is present in approximately one in every 15 Americans. More astonishing, over five percent of all Americans have undiagnosed cases of sleep apnea. The Daytime Nighttime Appliance (DNA) addresses the root cause by non-surgically remodeling the upper airway. The DNA system is unique because it was developed not only to correct sleep apnea symptoms but to straighten teeth and improve the upper airway. By improving the upper airway through an increase in facial volume, a cosmetic benefit of facial feature balancing occurs. The patented DNA system uses DNA wireTM and patented 3D axial springsTM to store kinetic energy, which is then released at night during the growth hormone circadian rhythm. This stored energy is necessary to initiate cellular growth in the mid-face and mandible. It increases upper mid-facial volume for better airway exchange, leading to a noninvasive facial cosmetic correction. Results have been present in as little as 90 days. “I personally have been using the DNA sleep apnea appliance in my practice for more than three years and have over 150 of these in place. The astonishing results have not only improved the patient’s airways and straightened their teeth, but have also improved their facial features,” Dr. Cress reported. “We are seeing broader smiles, fuller lips, better and straighter noses – leading to happier, healthier patients.” For more information, visit or call 281-565-4100. fort bend

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Revolution Studio is a boutique, indoor cycling studio that combines the wildly popular “spin” movement with a total body workout component. “With advanced features like state-of-the-art facilities and a cutting edge online reservation system, Revolution Studio is truly revolutionizing the idea of group cycling,” says co-owner Kim Syma. “Our workout is perfect for anyone looking to have fun while burning 500 to 800 calories per 50 minute session. Each class feels less like a workout and more like a party on a bike!” The studio has developed an innovative total body workout that combines the benefits of cardio and strength training while connecting the mind, body and spirit. “Every class offers cardio, strength-training, a positive way to relieve stress and most importantly, the workout delivers results!” says Mitch Syma, former personal trainer for the United States Air Force and co-owner of Revolution Studio. At Revolution Studio, the instructors inspire and motivate riders with a high-energy workout choreographed to adrenaline-pumping music that burns fat, tones muscle and builds endurance. Revolution Studio is quickly becoming the go-to place in Sugar Land known for its great workout and hip atmosphere. The studio is the perfect place to meet friends, relieve stress, take a break from the day or just enjoy the spa-like facilities and incredible music. Revolution Studio features 35 bikes, immaculate locker room facilities and classes seven days a week. To join the revolution, stop by the studio, located at 2125 Lone Star Drive or visit For more information, visit www.facebook. com/revolutionstudiocycling or call 281313-0662.

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Orthopedic Surgery Hand, Wrist and Elbow Specialist Dr. David Hildreth is one of Houston’s top hand, wrist and elbow specialists training many of Houston’s best hand surgeons and sought for his knowledge of common as well as complex injuries and conditions of the hand and upper extremity. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Surgery of the Hand. Integrating the latest research findings and technological advances in orthopedic medicine, Dr. Hildreth’s treatment options include minimally invasive surgical, non surgical, therapeutic and rehabilitation programs. He was among the first physicians in Houston to offer less invasive needle aponeurotomy and injection therapy for Dupuytren’s contracture. He performs complex joint reconstruction procedures to preserve long term joint function, and his approach to Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition (LRTI) in the treatment of arthritis of the thumb is drawing patients from across Texas. Dr. Hildreth is a published author and continues to contribute to the medical community’s understanding of joint function and the conditions affecting the hand and upper extremity. Richmond Bone and Joint/Memorial Hermann is located at 15035 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land. For more information, call 877-702-MYMD (6963) or visit

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William H. Reading, MD: Recovery Psychiatric and Psychological Services At the offices of William H. Reading, MD, the core of the practice is a focus on improving quality of life both for the individual and their loved ones. Individuals that come seeking tools to help overcome their trials are usually evaluated within 24 hours of calling. Following their careful evaluation, patients are given a variety of personalized treatment options that are best suited for their own unique qualities and struggles. In fact, there are many treatment options for all types of disorders including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and substance abuse. The practice offers Diagnosis and Treatment, Psychotherapy, Medication management, Suboxone therapy and TMS Therapy for Depression. In addition, they also have a treatment team comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers and licensed professional counselors working together to provide help to adults, adolescents, and children with mental, emotional, behavioral, relational, addictive and chemical illnesses and issues. Each member of the team considers the whole person in the context of his or her struggles, strengths, desires and dilemmas in order to formulate an individualized plan of treatment based on the person’s unique symptom set, issues and goals. The office is conveniently located at 12603 Southwest Freeway, Suite 510 in Stafford. For more information, call 281494-4471 or visit Staff is on hand Monday through Thursday from 12 –10 pm. Dr. Reading is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists Offers PinPointe Technology and Quality Care For more than a decade, the team at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists has been treating patients with every type of foot problem. Adults, children and seniors choose Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists for personal, quality care. With multiple board certifications in foot surgery, Dr. Bryan Lee uses the most current techniques to reduce downtime and heal with minimal scarring. Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists has one of Sugar Land and Houston’s only PinPointe lasers, effective for treating stubborn, unsightly nail fungus. The laser does not harm healthy tissue or affect activity in any way. A clinical study demonstrated that 81 percent of the treated patients grew a normal looking nail after just one treatment. This result is better than the success rate for prescription pills or creams, which require prolonged use and expose patients to risks of dangerous side effects. With two convenient locations, Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists will get you back on your feet! For more information, call 281-242-FEET (3338) or visit

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Sugar Land Plastic Surgery’s Dr. John Nguyen weighs in on one of the most popular procedures with patients: breast augmentation. What is your favorite part of a breast augmentation? JN: My favorite part of a breast augmentation surgery is the very first post-op because unlike many surgeries where there’s a longer recovery time with swelling and perhaps bruising, a breast augmentation looks good almost immediately. Seeing my patient’s reactions is extremely fulfilling and never gets old. Do you have any “pre-surgery rituals” you like to do before going to the OR? JN: I like to stay with my patients until they actually go under anesthesia. I have a few jokes – actually I only have two jokes – that I tell to every patient. I want my patients to feel comfortable and have a smile on their face right before going under. How do you determine what type and size of implant a patient should choose? JN: The type of implant is fairly a personal choice. As far as size, I try to give patients an option but within a range that will fit their body, because we want to make the breasts fuller and pretty, not just gigantic. What sets Sugar Land Plastic Surgery apart from other plastic surgery centers? JN: We pride ourselves on never pushing people into surgery. In fact, I think most people will tell you that I spend a good 20% of the time talking people out of surgery. We have our patient’s best interest at heart, and that is something we will always do. Visit to learn more about Sugar Land Plastic Surgery. See ad on page 7.

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Dr. Ryan Malone Joins Today’s Vision Sugar Land Dr. Thomas Arnold is pleased to announce that Dr. Ryan Malone is joining Today’s Vision Sugar Land this month. Dr. Malone and his family have been patients of the practice for a number of years. In fact, Dr. Malone worked at Today’s Vision for one year before entering optometry school. Dr. Malone was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in College Station. He then graduated with honors from the University of Houston College of Optometry after completing a nine month externship at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital. While in Santa Fe, Dr. Malone concentrated on the treatment of ocular disease with an emphasis on diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Dr. Malone currently practices as a therapeutic optometrist and is a certified glaucoma specialist. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In his spare time, Dr. Malone enjoys spending time with family and friends, golf, mountain biking and snowboarding. The doctors and staff at Today’s Vision Sugar Land are very excited to have Dr. Malone on the team. For more information about Today’s Vision Sugar Land, call 281-242-2020 or visit

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Is Your Plastic Surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? The Fort Bend and Sugar Land area is abundant with physicians who perform cosmetic procedures such as botox and fillers, as well as surgical procedures like breast augmentation and liposuction. However, many of these physicians are not plastic surgeons, and some of the ones who are plastic surgeons are not board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Sugar Land area. Among other characteristics of a plastic surgeon, board certification in plastic surgery calls into question a plastic surgeon’s safety, ethics and training. Therefore, Dr. Somayazula urges his patients to ask if their plastic surgeon is board certified specifically by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Choosing a plastic surgeon in Fort Bend who can be trusted can be a very difficult task. The media is filled with all sorts of information, much of which can be incorrect or even unsafe. He knows for a fact that a well-informed patient who feels comfortable with their plastic surgeon after having an educational initial consultation translates into a happy patient. It is the extra time spent with a knowledgeable and caring staff that makes a world of difference in cosmetic surgery. If you have ever contemplated having a cosmetic procedure, you will find out immediately why the warm, friendly staff at Body by Ravi is the right choice for all your cosmetic needs. Call 281242-1061 for a free consultation.

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Sweetwater Pulmonary Associates Opens New Location Board Certified Pulmonologists Sandip Desai, MD and Manpreet Mangat, MD welcome patients to Sweetwater Pulmonary Associates’ new facility located conveniently in Sugar Land at the intersection of Highway 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard. Dr. Desai completed Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine from Louisiana State University. He has been in private practice for the last eight years. Both Dr. Desai and Dr. Mangat have admitting privileges at Memorial Hermann, Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Kindred Hospital. Dr. Desai also has satellite offices in Wharton, as well as Eagle Lake and serves as team physician for the Sugar Land Skeeters. Dr. Desai and Dr. Mangat treat patients with dyspnea, copd/emphysema, asthma, lung mass, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, sleep apnea, chronic cough and pleural effusion. They also offer support for smoking cessation and perform tests in office including pulmonary function and spirometry. Sweetwater Pulmonary Associates accepts most insurance, and same day appointments are available. Their courteous bilingual staff is ready to help patients to feel welcome and comfortable. Call 832-255-6632 to schedule an appointment or visit online at Sweetwater Pulmonary Associates is located at 16959 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100 in Sugar Land.

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St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital brings residents of Fort Bend County the unique combination of modern technology and a special brand of caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – that St. Luke’s Health System has been known for worldwide for over half a century. St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital has joined forces with exemplary physicians in the community to provide high-quality, low-cost health care. The well-appointed facility provides an array of medical and surgical clinical services, including comprehensive diagnostic and imaging services such as 3D tomo- synthesis, women’s health, emergency care, surgical services, orthopedic, intensive care and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs. From the beautifully decorated patient rooms with Internet access and flat screen televisions to the high caliber of friendly nurses and hospital staff, the hospital evokes a healing environment. St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital is located at U.S. Highway 59 just north of Highway 6. For more information, visit or call 281637-7000. See ad on page 4.

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High-Quality Inpatient Rehabilitation It is well documented that people who have the opportunity to participate in rehabilitation after an injury, illness or surgery show improved functional outcomes over those who do not. Rehabilitation, in the appropriate setting, provides the greatest potential for a person to return home, becoming active once again in the community. In an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, like HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital, a full continuum of rehabilitative programs and services is offered for individuals who have suffered a major accident or illness, including trauma, stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, arthritis, chronic pain, neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases. Patients are admitted from acute care hospitals and from home, serving a diverse range of needs. Patient care is led by a medical director who supervises the hospital’s multi-disciplinary team to provide a coordinated program of care including goal setting, treatment plans, family education and discharge planning. “Our success depends on the quality of care provided to every patient,” said Nicholas Hardin, CEO at HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our group is experienced and ready to help patients reach their goals and exceed their expectations to get back home sooner. Our expert teams of independent private practice physicians, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses, therapists, case managers and hospital staff members area already working together to provide an exceptional patient experience and become the rehabilitative provider of choice for Sugar Land.” For more information on how an inpatient rehabilitation hospital benefits those recovering from a major life event, contact HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital at

Introducing the iLASIK Procedure: Your Wait for Improved Vision Is Over Sugarland Eye & Laser Center is excited to introduce Fort Bend to the ultimate in laser vision correction: the iLASIK Procedure. It is the culmination of everything learned about LASIK over the past decade. Now that the iLASIK Procedure is available, there is no reason to put off laser vision correction surgery. The introduction of the iLASIK Procedure means the wait for improved vision is over. Most people are candidates, and iLASIK technology is advanced and innovative, so it is safe and effective. The iLASIK Procedure is not complicated—it is fast and virtually painless. The technology used in the iLASIK Procedure is very mature and safe. Doctors have been doing LASIK for over a decade. Nearly 32 million LASIK procedures have been performed to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the U.S. In fact, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA recently allowed LASIK for their servicemen and women thanks to studies using iLASIK technology. The reality is that the majority of people who meet the age and general health requirements are in fact good candidates for the iLASIK Procedure. There are some conditions that exclude certain patients, but whether patients have nearsightedness, farsightedness or an astigmatism, most patients can still have the iLASIK procedure. If you are at least 21 years old, are in good general health and have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year, call Sugarland Eye & Laser Center at 281-240-0478 for a personal consultation. For more information, visit See ad on page 5. www.fortbend

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Hope Is Here HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital

At HealthSouth, never before has knowledge, technology and teamwork merged so completely to inspire those facing personal journeys of rehabilitation after an illness, injury or surgery. HealthSouth is committed to making a difference for patients and families by developing personalized programs that target patient goals, overcome challenges and embrace progress with refreshing optimism. With HealthSouth by your side, there is hope to reach your goals and get back home, expanding a horizon full of possibilities. For some, it’s the first glimmer of light. For others, it’s a powerful reminder that with HealthSouth, hope for renewed independence is never far away. To learn more about HealthSouth rehabilitation programs, call 281 276-7574.

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ENTER TO WIN Fort Bend Focus Magazine is looking for great amateur photos. Think you have a great shot? Any subject matter will be considered, black and white or color, special effects and/or edited are not necessary. A WINNER EVERY MONTH Each month’s winner receives a $50 gift certificate to a restaurant and the winning photo will be published in our magazine. To claim your prize, call Sarah at 281-690-4242. Runner-up photos may be published in our “Readers’ Photo Album.”

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High School HOT SHOT

By Lauren Benoit

Emily Pfeiffer: Service, Scores and Success


mily Pfeiffer leads by example. As a Drum Major, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and a member of PALs and YES, Emily gives her talent, time and effort to excel in everything that she does. A recent graduate of Clements High School, Emily’s innate ability to connect with people will take her far not only at Texas A&M, but throughout her life’s journey. An excellent student, Emily challenged herself throughout high school by taking Advanced Placement courses. Her favorite class in High School was Anatomy. “It was really cool to understand how the body actually functions in Anatomy,” said Emily. “Also, our teacher, Ms. Lebita, really added to the fun of learning it all.” In high school, Emily’s favorite teachers were her band instructors, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Galloway. As a drum major during her junior and senior year, Emily had the opportunity to really get to know them by working and learning from them. Emily was chosen as an Assistant Drum Major during her junior year. The only junior drum major, Emily worked closely with the senior drum majors who helped build her confidence to become the Head Drum Major her senior year. “At the end of eighth grade, interested band students attended a marching practice, and the drum majors were so cool,” said Emily. “The second that I could try out for drum major, I did, and it was an incredible experience that helped me become a stronger leader and build relation-


ships with my peers.” For Emily, it was a nerve-wrecking experience to conduct the show at the State Competition, but throughout her tenure as a drum major, she learned how to deal with fear and build it into something that she could conquer. Emily has conquered many goals as a Girl Scout by earning her Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. To earn her Bronze award, Emily made fleece blankets for a retirement community. For her Silver award, Emily decided to make Pal-Packs after discovering that her five-year-old cousin was diagnosed with Leukemia. The Pal-Packs were filled with games, coloring books and various activities for the young patients at the hospital. Emily’s love and empathy for young children prompted her idea for her Gold Award project. She built a collapsible puppet theatre for Child Advocates of Fort Bend County. The theater will be used as a form of therapy for the children. In addition, Emily led a stepping

stone activity with the children to symbolize the importance of taking one step at a time. Emily spent over 130 hours working on this project. In addition to serving her community through Girl Scouts, Emily also participated in YES and earned community service hours through helping organizations such as, Habitat for Humanity, Fort Bend Shared Dreams, Dream League and Buddy Ball and the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. As a member of PAL’s, Peer Assistance and Leadership, Emily travels to local elementary schools and mentors students. She brings games and activities and helps them with their homework. “I really enjoyed being able to talk with the kids and work with them every week,” said Emily. “I feel like I was making a positive impact on someone’s life.” This fall, Emily will begin college at Texas A&M University. She is majoring in Human Resources and minoring in Management. As a young adult, Emily has already learned how to excel in life: by always trying her hardest and giving back to her community. “When a person gives to their community, it makes them a better person,” said Emily. “Volunteering has made me more confident and happy with myself.” Fort Bend County is lucky to have Emily as one of their own because she has impacted the community in countless ways. We are proud of you Emily, and thank you for making Fort Bend a better place to call home.

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EVENTS All Month Open Auditions for the Fort Bend Boys Choir Boys ages 8 and up who love music and singing and have an unchanged voice are encouraged to audition for the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas. Rehearsals begin in late August each Thursday. Scholarships and payment plans are available as well as carpool assistance. To make an audition appointment, call 281-240-3800. For more information, visit

All Month Random Acts of Recreation Missouri City Parks and Recreation is looking for individuals or groups in area parks and at the Recreation and Tennis Center. If they find you performing a random act of recreation, you will be rewarded a bag full of Parks and Recreation swag and snacks donated by H-E-B! Visit

August 3rd, 2 – 4 pm Introduction to Swedish Weaving Stafford resident Eileen Appel will teach Swedish weaving techniques at First Colony Branch Library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway. Interested needle crafters of all experience levels are welcome. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Visit

August 5th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Job Search Survival Tips Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library, located at 550 Eldridge, will present a free workshop designed to help all job hunters. Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and nonverbal skills, networking and much more. Call 281-238-2140 or visit

August 9th, 6 – 8 pm World Trekkers: France at Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)

Representatives from the Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions will conduct a free practice ACT® test at the University Branch Library, located at 14010 University Boulevard in Sugar Land on the UH campus. The multiplechoice test covers five skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, science and writing. Register at or call 281-633-5100.

August 10th, 8 pm America in Concert The popular folk rock band America returns to the Stafford Centre, located at 10505 Cash Road. For tickets, visit or call 281-208-6900.

August 13th, 10 – 11 am Back to School Resources

August 3rd, 9 – 11 am Saturday with the Master Gardeners Visit the four acres of Demonstration Gardens designed and maintained by the Fort Bend Master Gardeners. Park in front of the agricultural center, located at 1402 Band Road in Rosenberg. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building to find the Master Gardeners. Call 281-341-7068 or visit

August 10th, 10:15 am – 1:30 pm ACT® Practice Test

HMNS’ new World Trekkers program is a series of cultural festivals for the whole family, featuring crafts, native cuisine and entertainment inspired by each featured country. This time, visit France! Tickets are $7 for members or $9 for nonmembers. Visit or call 713-639-4625.

Get a head start on the new school year! Library staff will provide an overview of the Fort Bend County Libraries’ materials and services for students at the Sienna Branch Library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Boulevard in Missouri City. Reservations are required. Visit or call 281-238-2952.

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Parents can enjoy a night out while the kids have fun with friends at the Fort Bend YMCA, located at 4433 Cartwright Road in Missouri City, with games, arts and crafts and food. The event is free for facility members. Call 281-499-9622 or visit

EVENTS August 16th, 2 – 7 pm August 17th, 10 am – 5 pm August 18th, 11 am – 4 pm 39th Annual Houston Glass Club Vintage Glass and Antique Show Join the Houston Glass Club for their annual event at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg, featuring American Depression Era Glass, kitchenware, American dinnerware, pottery, antiques, food, drinks, free parking and more. Admission is $10 on Friday for all three days and $6 on Saturday and Sunday. Call 281-240-0382 or visit

August 20th, 6 – 8:30 pm Summer Nights: Bingo Series

August 24th, 8 pm Loretta Lynn in Concert


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Call 281.313.SLTS Loretta Lynn is celebrating 50 years in country music! The Queen of Country Music will perform at the Stafford Centre, located at 10505 Cash Road. For tickets, visit or call 281-208-6900.

Giving Spirits Concert Series Friday, August 2nd 7:30 - 9:30 pm

August 26th, 1 pm Back to School Scramble

Enjoy a summer night by playing bingo for great prizes at the Recreation and Tennis Center, located at 2701 Cypress Point Drive in Missouri City. The $5 registration fee includes refreshments and all game play. Pre-register at the Recreation and Tennis Center. Call 281-403-8637.

August 24th, 6:30 pm Red, White and Blue Jean Bash Join the West Fort Bend Women’s Charity for an evening of dancing and live music at the Swinging Door Restaurant Dance Hall, located 3818 FM 359 in Richmond. Proceeds will benefit Helping a Hero, an organization that aids severely injured military personnel. Visit or email

Play in Fort Bend Education Foundation’s 14th annual Back to School Scramble golf tournament at 4400 Palm Royale Boulevard. Entry fees include lunch, golf and court, beverages, a reception after the tournament and special gifts. Email or call 281-634-1111.

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Dog trainer Kate Guynn will provide tips on basic canine care and on training methods using the positive-rewards method at Mamie George Branch Library, located at 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. The program is free and open to the public. Call 281-238-2880.

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“Happy ThanksGolfing Classic� to Aid Homeless Families in Fort Bend

Fort Bend Family Promise (FBFP) hosts the 9th Annual “ThanksGolfing Classic� to be held Monday, November 25th at Sweetwater Country Club. Tournament planners include FBFP Executive Director Vera Johnson and Board Members Caron Marble, Elizabeth Butler, Ed Brasher, Karen Jennings, Michael Brown and Robbin Mallett.

Fort Bend Family Promise invites area businesses and golfers and to take part in its ninth annual charity golf tournament and help homeless Fort Bend families get back into homes during the upcoming holiday season. The “Happy ThanksGolfing Classic� has a new home this year – Sweetwater Country Club – and will be held on November 25th, the Monday before Thanksgiving. “We are excited to offer golfers the chance to play at Sweetwater while helping homeless Fort Bend families get back to self-sufficiency. Thanksgiving is a great time to count your blessings and give back to your community,� said Tournament Coordinator Elizabeth Butler. Local businesses and individuals are invited to support the event by becoming tournament sponsors. Sponsorships, ranging from Platinum at $10,000 to Hole Sponsor at $400, are available. In-kind sponsorships are also welcome. Golf registration is $150 per person, and the scramble format-shotgun start for the four-player teams begins at 12:15 p.m. Dinner and awards follow the conclusion of play. This year, since many local students are on holiday for the entire week of Thanksgiving, a discounted $100 student registration is also being offered with at least one paid adult registration. Fort Bend Family Promise is the county’s only non-profit agency committed to helping homeless families with children get back to self sufficiency. Their mission is to meet the immediate needs of homeless families while empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. The organization pursues this mission by uniting faith communities in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive support. Email or call 832314-5112 for the “Happy ThanksGolfing Classic� registration or sponsorship details.

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Nappinnai Natarajan: Helping Teachers – and Students – Through Education


t was only natural for Nappinnai Natarajan to begin volunteering with the Fort Bend Education Foundation (FBEF). Natarajan, a mother of two, was the Vice President of Membership on the PTA board of Corner Stone Elementary in 2009 when she met Brenna Smelley, the Executive Director of FBEF, during a luncheon meeting. According to Natarajan, she “liked the entire team during the meeting” and “immediately” decided to become a volunteer. “Both my daughters are attending Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) schools, and anything I can do to improve the quality of the schools will bring a large sense of satisfaction Nappinnai Natarajan to me,” said Natarajan. “In addition, it helps me be very informed about the school district and ongoing issues.” Now the Vice President of School Advocates for FBEF, which offers grants to teachers and schools in an effort to enhance the quality of education within the school district, Natarajan works to connect groups of program advocates with different schools in FBISD in order to increase the awareness among the schools regarding the FBEF programs that they can benefit from. Additionally, Natarajan serves on the organizing committee for the annual FBEF gala, which raises funds for the organization and creates a booth for India at the organization’s annual International Festival. Every event Natarajan has participated in since joining the organization four years ago has been “memorable in its own way.” However, she said being surprised with the “Outstanding Volunteer of FBEF” award this year is a moment she will “cherish…for a long time.” “I cherish the award and keep it in my living room,” she said, noting that it serves as a way to tell her neighbors and friends about her role as a volunteer when they visit her home. “It reminds me of the satisfaction of giving my time back to the community.” While Natarajan noted that volunteering is “simply a lot of fun,” she said that the most rewarding part of working with FBEF is witnessing “so many kind hearted individuals in the community who generously donate to support such a good cause,” adding that the organization’s 2013 gala, which was held in February, raised nearly $255,000. “Nothing can substitute the satisfaction itself that I get from making a difference in the community I live in,” she said. Ultimately, Natarajan’s role as a volunteer is directly linked to another role in her life which influenced her decision to join FBEF: that of a mother. “I want to be part of my kid’s educational life,” she said. “I want to be involved more than attending parent teacher’s meetings as a mother. I want a way by which I can thank the teachers who educated my kids. I want my daughters to be proud of me for taking an active part in improving the quality of their educational system.”


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dults can avoid cancer-causing agents when they barbecue by using the healthy grilling tips in from the experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Summer is a popular season for outdoor grilling,” said Mary Ellen Herndon, an MD Anderson wellness dietitian. “But before you fire up the grill, take the right precautions to make sure you serve healthy barbecue dishes that won’t expose your family to increased cancer risks.” Research shows that common meats served at barbecues, like hot dogs and hamburgers, can increase colorectal cancer risks. Even some “safer” meats can expose people to cancercausing agents if they’re cooked improperly. Herndon suggests using the tips below to give grilling a healthy makeover.

In addition to these healthful tips, select items on this list that fit your target calorie range when grilling. Men should eat 500 calories per meal, and women should eat 400 calories per meal. • BBQ Pork Spareribs, 3 Ribs or ½ ounce – 134 calories • Grilled Steak, 6 ounces – 483 calories • Hamburger, ¼ lb. or 4 ounces – 294 calories • Chicken Breast, 3 ounces – 251 calories • Fresh Green Salad (1 cup) with 1 tbsp. Light Ranch Dressing – 48 calories • Ambrosia Fruit Salad, 1 cup – 135 calories • German Style Potato Salad, ½ cup – 77 calories • Coleslaw with Raisins and Low-Calorie Dressing, ½ cup – 71 calories • Baked Beans, ½ cup – 195 calories Visit for additional tips on health and exercise.

Great Eats for a Great Cause: Houston Restaurant Week


ouston Restaurant Week, the single largest annual fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank, begins August 1st and runs through September 2nd. It is by far the best thing that has happened to Houston area restaurants and its patrons in a long time! Created by Houstonian Cleverley Stone 10 years ago as a volunteer for the Houston Food Bank, this event has grown each year from approximately 15 restaurants in 2003 to 169 restaurants in 2012. A few of this year’s participating restaurants in the area are BLU Restaurant & Lounge, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille, Coco Pazzo Ristorante Italiano by AURA and Veritas Steak and Seafood. A portion of the proceeds for each meal purchased from a participating restaurant is donated to the Houston Food Bank. For a $20 lunch or brunch with 2 to 3 courses, the

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restaurant donates $3. For a $35 brunch or dinner with 3 to 4 courses, the restaurant donates $5. For a $45 dinner with 3 to 4 courses, the restaurant donates $7. Last year, Houston Restaurant Week raised $1.2 million for the Houston Food Bank, creating 3.6 million Cleverley Stone meals for children, seniors and adults who are food insecure in Houston. This year, the organization hopes to once again meet that goal. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.

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Living the Sweet Life: God’s Winking, Bev Just Showed Up for the Party

Bev Carter with grandson Jack Fredrickson.


here is a void in our world that will be very difficult for anyone to fill. Bev Carter has gone to that place where pleasantries are abundant and woes few and far between. I am quite sure she’s got a cocktail in her hand, a smile on her face and is having eloquent and very entertaining conversations amongst old friends. When I discovered that she had left this place, I was so thrown off by the news that it took me a few minutes to gather myself. For many, Bev was a powerful woman. She spent 30 years dishing it out and taking it, too for her crafty journalism. I remember the first time and the last time that I saw her, and for me, that’s a rarity. The first time I met Bev I was at Fort Bend Focus Magazine’s JEWELS of Fort Bend event at Safari Texas, and she came up behind me wearing a red dress. Her husky voice almost scared me to death! She said to me, “Just look at you! An award-winning columnist on your first try!” I was not sure what to think of her or the comment at the time, and then, as I got a few years under me in writing and reading her column, I realized she was paying me the highest compliment ever. Bev for me has been a powerful force that no one in their right mind would

want to be on her opposing team. She created an amazing column, had loyal followers that truthfully were, if not in agreement with her strong views, at least they were entertained by her ability to voice her opinions. She used her talent and quick wit to enable and disable many doing good and others doing poorly here in this big game of life. Thank God someone had the chutzpah! Secretly, I have always admired Bev, even aspired to be more like her. I can say that now. She created an empire in journalism that will be very much missed. Her gutsiness reminded me of my own dear Nana and how she really could have cared less what people thought. Nana, like Bev, spoke unequivocally her mind and censorship was never part of her. You knew with both of them exactly where you stood, where they stood and if you did not like it, well tough #!**. Oh to be just like them! Over the years, I called her once for her opinion on something that could have gotten me into hot water, and she, true to her style, stated flatly that. “You do not do politics. You are a featured SWEET column.” She was amazing. She was a fighter, behind the scenes facing cancer and the loss of her daugh-

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ter. Again, reminding me of Nana and her way of looking at life with the attitude of “I’ve got this and life must go on” style. I am quite sure Nana has found her and is showing her around. That’s perfect, too, because they are going to love hanging out together. When I get there, I’ll be wearing red and looking for a writing partner, too! The last time I saw Bev was at the last JEWELS event. She asked me about the radio show that was not flying off the ground the way I had hoped it would, and she said to me then, “You’ll figure something out.” Indeed I did because that opportunity failing led to an even greater one. Life does that. I will, for one, miss her. I will miss her spunk and her drive and for me in the ever constant creating of “Alisa,” I’ll miss her example. She was a real fine Texas entrepreneur, afraid of nothing, held back by nothing and heaven’s got a handful of sparkle and shine headed its way! Here’s to YOU Bev!

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