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The HCG Story... The story of HCG began in the Fifties when, after having done research on weight loss for 40 years and research on HCG specifically for twenty years, Dr. Simeons reported that patients taking small amounts of HCG, in conjunction Kathryn Azhar, Owner with a very low calorie and her staff diet, could lose weight safely and quickly without exercise, muscle loss or hunger. But all HCG is not created equal. The SuperVision Weight Loss program starts with pharmaceutical HCG. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of confusion created by products being sold without guidance that call themselves “HCG” but do not contain any in their ingredient list. HCG is one of 67 hormones naturally produced in the human body, so if a product states that it is hormone free, it's not HCG.

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Cindy's Story

For years, I've had trouble losing the excess weight that I put on. I've tried several plans and fad diets, only to put the weight back on. I came to Super Vision Weight Loss when my doctor told me that I was pre-diabetic. I found the program easy to follow. i was glad to have the support of the staff through the entire transition. I am so happy with my results and my new lease on life.

Gary's Story

My doctor was on my case about my blood pressure, and I know that the extra weight I was carrying wasn’t helping that situation. My knees hurt and I just wanted to feel better. I gave Super Vision Weight Loss a chance to help me get the weight off. They were really great!! I lost 38 lbs. in 31 days! My girlfriend is thrilled. I travel for a living and I was able to stay true to the diet protocol even on the road. I’m so glad I did this diet with Super Vision Weight Loss. I feel YEARS younger and I know I’ll never have that belly again.

HCG does not produce weight loss by itself. However, in concert with a very specific balanced diet, and our help in avoiding unexpected environmental or behavioral deviations, HCG will allow the body to naturally pull the nutrients and calories needed from stored fat reserves into the blood stream at the rate of 1500 to 4000 calories per day. We are sure that those who follow our protocol WILL lose 20-30 pounds in 40 days. These fantastic results ARE typical with our full service packages. SuperVision Weight Loss program is not your run of the mill “eat less and exercise more” diet for a slow loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week that seems to take the rest of your life. Our protocol tricks Mother Nature a little, maybe, however only natural processes are at work. Per Dr. Simeons, it is safe and so very effective.

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To get slim and stay that way, call our office at (317) 849-THIN today. We will help you reach your weight loss goals and improve your health, appearance and self-image. Nothing tastes as good as THIN feels…

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Wellness

Spotlight Learn How to Heal from the Inside Out!

By Nancy Spahr, CNHP, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Are you experiencing fatigue, brain fog, gas, stomach pain, bloating, or straining with bowel elimination? You are not Kelsey Decker alone. Seven Certified Hydro Therapist million people per year in the United States visit the Emergency Room (ER) due to these symptoms; 50% of these people leave the ER without a diagnosis. Cleansing Waters, Inc. has been in business for 13 years as the premier Colon Hydrotherapy Wellness Center in Indianapolis. Owner, Nancy Spahr, experienced her own digestive issues over 16 years ago and thus began her mission to help others via colon hydrotherapy and using Bio-Energetic Assessment to determine the root cause of digestive distress and other conditions. Initially, Nancy began offering only colon hydrotherapy services. Colon Hydrotherapy is an internal bath used to wash away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. Colon Hydrotherapy is a gentle and safe infusion of warm water into the colon to stimulate peristalsis, remove waste, and hydrate the body. Soon, Nancy realized that colon hydrotherapy was only one step toward restoring gut health and could be added to any health regimen. She then expanded her services to include: Body Ecology Diet coaching; Bio-Energetic Assessment; and homeopathic, nutritional, and herbal supplements. More recently, her daughter, Kelsey Decker has joined Cleansing Waters, Inc. as the Colon Hydrotherapist while Nancy, focuses on the BioEnergetic Assessment aspect of the business. Bio-Energetic Assessment is used to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s energetic health and balance. This non-invasive method provides valuable information about the body’s vital functions. The assessment helps determine what brought the body out of balance and how to bring the body back into balance. Bio-Energetic Assessment also aids in the creation of an individualized program with customized remedies. Nancy’s use of Bio-Energetic Assessment creates a

whole-body approach to restore gut health which includes: • Identifying food sensitivities • building up the body’s energy stores through restoring adrenal function and balancing the body’s hormones • improving digestion and absorption of nutrients • restoring proper gut flora balance and • opening the channels of elimination (by optimizing function of the liver, gallbladder, lymph, and kidneys). At Cleansing Waters, Inc., we understand that the foundation for all healing begins in the gut. The function of the digestive tract is to build, regenerate, and nourish all organs and systems of the body. In fact, 80% of the immune system resides in the intestinal tract. Because of this, many auto-immune and skin conditions can be traced back to unresolved digestive issues. Also, recent research shows that both the brain and the gut share much of the same tissue. This indicates that there is a close relationship between the nervous system and the digestive system. 90% of the serotonin produced in the body is found in the gut, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating appetite, mood, sleep, and relaxation. Colon cleansing through a colon hydrotherapy session is one of the best ways to keep your intestines as well as the rest of your body in tip-top shape. Complement your session by adding a BioEnergetic Assessment to determine your individual needs for gut and over-all health.

Contact Cleansing Waters, Inc. at 317-259-0796 for more information about our services or go on-line to: www.cleansingwaters.net.

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The Status of Pre-Birth Parentage Orders Very little has changed for assisted reproduction law in Indiana since the opinion In re Paternity and Maternity of Infant R was published by the Indiana Court of Appeals in 2010; however, this decision did significantly help intended parents establish their parentage for their unborn child. Intended parents who are biologically related to their child carried by a surrogate can petition the court for a pre-birth parentage order. Among numerous things, a pre-birth parentage order allows the intended parents to place their names on the birth certificate at the hospital and allows the hospital to discharge the newborn directly to the intended parents. Indiana Code allows for the establishment of a Father’s parentage of a child. But because it is presumed that a woman who gives birth to a child is the child’s biological mother, there are no provisions on the establishment of maternity. There are also no specific provisions on the establishment of parentage rights when a child is born through the use of assisted reproduction. With increasing reproductive technologies, the need for the establishment of legal parentage for both parents exists and because it is well settled law that it is in the best interests of a child to have their biological parentage established the paternity statutes can be used for intended biological mothers attempting to establish their maternity. Intended parents seeking to establish their parentage 12

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by pre-birth order can file a petition establishing their paternity and maternity. The carrier can agree to the establishment of the intended parents’ parentage, but she cannot petition the court to disestablish her maternity because Indiana paternity statutes do not provide a procedural template to disestablish paternity. If the carrier is married, it is necessary that her husband be made a party to the proceedings as well because he would be recognized as the child’s legal father until the intended biological father’s paternity is established. Indiana paternity statutes also allow paternity to be established without the need for a hearing if the mother and alleged father stipulate that he is the father or they file a joint petition alleging he is the child’s biological father. It is possible to petition the court for a pre-birth order without the need for a hearing. However, there is no statute on point and that is likely to be determined on a case by case basis. I believe it is important that the intended parents and the carrier be represented by independent legal counsel. The American Bar Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s guidelines state that the carrier and intended parents should have separate legal representation. You should always consult with your ART team, including your clinic/agency, medical providers and attorneys.

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Intimacy Restored

Using the MonaLisa Touch laser, Gynecologist Dr. Michelle Jones Singer is helping women find relief from vaginal dryness, itching, burning and painful intercourse. Here’s how she can help you, too.

Since introducing the MonaLisa Touch laser to the Indianapolis area three months ago, Dr. Michelle Jones Singer has treated about 30 patients seeking relief from vaginal dryness, itching, burning and painful intercourse. “This restorative, minimally invasive CO2 laser therapy, which was FDA- cleared last September, has produced far better than hoped for results in 95 percent of my patients treated,” she reports. MonaLisa Touch means real relief for patients dealing with painful intercourse, vaginal dryness and menopausal issues who don’t want to take hormones. Fifty something C.C. of Fishers says “Even after the first treatment my husband and I were able to have enjoyable sexual relations which has not happened in years. There was no pain

and lots of moisture. I no longer look for ways to avoid being with my husband. It was well worth it!” Fifty something K.M. of Noblesville with a history of stress and urge urinary incontinence says “I have much less loss of urine with coughing or sneezing. I am not getting up all night long to go to the bathroom.”

MonaLisa Touch Laser is an office procedure that works painlessly, takes about three to five minutes to activate vaginal tissues to produce collagen. There is no anesthesia and no downtime. Three treatments are necessary to restore vaginal health. Although insurance does not cover this procedure, Dr. Jones Singer notes that the cost of $900 per treatment for 3 treatments is similar over time to the other treatments such as creams and hormone therapy. Call 317-578-0421

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Are You Prepared for your Future? When asked what they want more of, most people say time and money. There is a great song from the show Mama Mia called Money, Money, Money and the lyrics go like this: “I work all night; I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay. Ain't it sad? And still there never seems to be, a single penny left for me. That's too bad. In my dreams I have a plan; if I got me a wealthy man, I wouldn't have to work at all; I'd fool around and have a ball!” Haha! Well, for most women….that’s not necessarily a great plan or a realistic one. And so many women I meet work very hard, long hours and still don’t have what they need financially. They have been affected by the economy by it downsizing their income, savings or retirement. Many are looking at not being in a position to retire until way past 70 years old! So how do they even think about more income... where do they begin? You know, somewhere along the way the American Dream has shifted from working hard and creating financial security to overspending and creating massive amounts of debt. That’s the number one reason why people claim they need more money…to pay off debt. Dave Ramsey writes in his book, The Total Money Makeover, “there are only two ways to become financially stable: earn more or spend less.” Imagine what can happen when you do both. Without debt you can save more for retirement, pay cash for the family extras, and use your money to make a difference for others. Without debt, you can sleep better, worry less and have greater hope for your future. Unfortunately, very few Americans are adequately prepared for the future. The

Federal Reserve reports that almost a third of working Americans have no money in savings and no pension to cover retirement. Now that’s scary! The 2014 Survey of Household Economics and Decision-Making found that only half of Americans could pay for an emergency expense of $400 without going into debt or selling something. When asked how their spending compares to their income, 37 percent reported that their spending was equal to their income. However, one-in five respondents report that their spending exceeded their income. And further, nearly a third of respondents went without some medical treatment in the past year because they could not afford it. No that’s really scary! Financial experts such as Ramsey, Suze Orman, David Bach, and Jean Chatzy can provide tools and teach you how to manage your money resulting in having more by spending less. We Are Changing Lives can help you add to your income even alongside what you are currently doing. That’s why we love what we do! We have the vehicle to earn additional income. We get to help people pay the bills at the end of the paycheck, create their Plan B for retirement, college funds, vacations; become stay at home parents; and yes, get out of debt. We have a proven business model that works and no it is not an MLM or Party Plan model. We can say this with conviction because the company we market for is debt free and GREW by another 10% in 2014, bringing them to $1.4 billion in annual sales. So if you are one of the many that need more money and as a result will also have more time, call me today to discuss the details. I look forward to hearing from you. www.WeAreChangingLives.net

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Find Meaning And Purpose In Your Life Are you one of those people that have wondered why bad things seem to happen in your life? Have you experienced a divorce, or had a sick child, and wondered why this has happened to you? It is not unusual to have those kinds of thoughts and want to “lick your wounds.” When obstacles seem great it can be easy to go into a self-pity mode but that takes away your power. As difficult times arise … it is important to feel your pain and then move forward to ask yourself how you can grow from it. All the great philosophers say that true transformation requires suffering. The more you experience suffering the more likely you are to grow. There is a term called post–traumatic growth which means that suffering elicits great growth in your life. This means that you should look for great meaning in your life and to make a difference in the lives of others! Most women would admit that when bad things happen to them they feel fear anxiety, stress, and anger which typically turns into depression. When these feelings become overwhelming, it can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder. The good news about PTG is that it offers an opportunity to think about the world differently and reassess one’s life. It allows one to move beyond the sadness and betrayal and look for opportunities for meaning and purpose. I have worked with clients including a mother who lost her adult son to heroine and as a result she created a foundation to fight chemical addiction. I have a friend who lost her best friend to cancer and has made it her mission to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation. I have worked with a woman who was horribly betrayed by her husband’s sexual addiction and after she experienced the pain and betrayal, she decided to create a specialized group

for women who had experienced the same betrayal bond. As you can see these women turned their trauma into something positive and are contributing to the world.

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Where do you find your support? Is it from healthy friends, a mental health therapist, a support group or institutions like your church or synagogue. It can often take 2 to 5 years to get through the trauma but that’s when the good stuff happens. Support and quiet time are crucial to taking your life to the next level. Spend time reflecting on why this happened to you and use your quiet time to spiritually to reflect on how you might use this to give your life meaning? Have you had those moments when you had actually thought of ways to make a difference in your own life and in the life of others because of your past pain? It is never too late to spend time reflecting and contemplating how you can make meaning out of the chaos that has occurred in your life. You will need to stop the busyness of your day and find time to listen to your intuition so that you can decide how you can contribute to the world in ways that manifest your greatness.

Homework assignment:

Spend some time thinking about the worst thing that has ever happened in your life. Ask yourself what you might do to transform meaning out of the trauma and then find yourself a support network to make that change happen. You really were born for greatness and you can use post traumatic growth to actualize your potential!

Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW PCC is a psychotherapist and personal life coach. She does motivational speaking and empowerment trainings locally and nationally. To find out more about her services--contact her at www.carolthecoach.com or call her at 317 218-3479. You can watch Carol the Coach segments on WTHR’s Channel 13 Wednesdays @ 12:50PM. Please say “I found it in Indy Metro Woman Magazine!” Thanks!

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March 2016 Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 – 9:00am Indianapolis Business Networking Event at SpinWeb at 8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 420. Join for a business networking event that will make you new connections, grow your business, and learn of new ideas and technologies on how to effectively network in Indianapolis, Indiana. These events generate hundreds of business opportunities and there is no cost to attend. www.tipclub.com Wednesday, March 2, 11:30 am – 1:00pm Network of Women in Business (NOWIB) Southside Lunch Special Interest Group at Fireside Brewhouse in Greenwood. Join in for a casual conversation and networking with NOWIB members and guests. www.nowib.com Thursday, March 3, 9:00 am – 11:00am Successful Women Made Here Monthly Event Join the monthly events with a notable businesswoman, training, and mastermind session to help solve your challenges and share your triumphs at 250 W. 96th St. www.SuccessfulWomenMadeHere.com Friday, March 4 – Friday, March 11 Spring Bulb Show at Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens. It’s springtime at the Garfield Conservatory! Come see our stunning display of tulips and other spring blooms against the backdrop of our permanent tropical collection. Bulbs from the show will be for sale beginning March 14 at 10 am. Friday, March 4, 6:00pm 17th Annual Ice Miller Wine Fest at Crowne Plaza Union Station. A memorable evening of fine wine tasting, stimulating conversation and entertaining festivities at one of Indy's premier historic destinations. www.wfyi.org/winefest Saturday, March 5, 8:30am 500 Festival Miler Series – 6 Miler at One NCAA Plaza. The 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, consists of three running and walking events offered at three unique distances, a 3-Miler, 6-Miler, and 10-Miler. The series coincides with typical training programs geared toward a spring race. The 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy is the perfect, low-pressure opportunity for participants to gauge their progression in preparation for the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or a 22

spring distance race of their choice. Not training for a race? These events also provide an opportunity to get moving and accomplish your 2016 fitness goals. - See more at: http://www.500festival.com/6Miler#sthash. uTGHSiIS.dpuf Tuesday, March 8, 5:15pm-7:45pm SPARKS – Mingle, Be Inspired & Share at Morty’s Comedy Club. Like a spark, an idea smolders in the mind until it is shared with someone…Once shared, that spark has the power to ignite a fire that can blaze a viral path! Each month business owners, business development people and professionals just like you will converge with thought leaders at Sparks. This TED inspired event features 3 timed talks where new ways of thinking in the areas of personal & business development, marketing, technology, motivation and inspiration will be shared. Those in attendance will be inspired to think in new ways and grow personally. www.sparkstalk.com Wednesday, March 9, 11:30am – 1:00pm One Zone (Carmel & Fishers Chamber) Luncheon at 502 East Event Centre. Lunch and networking. www.onezonecommerce.com Thursday, March 10, 11:30 am – 1:00pm Network of Women in Business (NOWIB) Northside Lunch Special Interest Group at Buca di Beppo at 6045 East 86th St. Join in for a casual conversation and networking with NOWIB members and guests. www.nowib.com Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 20 Indiana Flower & Patio Show at Indiana State Fairgrounds. The 57th edition of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show will be having a field of flowers, gardening products & patios. There is truly something for everyone! Indoors and out, construction to design, economical to lavish… you’ll find something that fits you! Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 am – 1:00pm Network of Women in Business (NOWIB) -Downtown Lunch Special Interest Group at Tavern On South, 423 W. South St, Indy. Join in for a casual conversation and networking with NOWIB members and guests. www.nowib.com

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Calendar of Events Wednesday, March 16, 5:00 – 7:00pm One Zone (Carmel & Fishers Chamber) Young Professionals Lunch & Learn at Matt the Miller’s Tavern in Carmel. Networking FREE for young professionals under 40. Reservations are requested. Reserve online or call 436.3653. www.onezonecommerce.com Wednesday, March 16, 5:00 Greening of the Canal Downtown Indianapolis. Put on your greenest green outfit and join us for live music, dancing, special celebrity appearances and a whole lot of St. Paddy’s Day fun. The highlight of the event is the dying of the canal, but you'll also enjoy prize drawings, authentic Irish entertainment by Eunan McIntyre, free shamrock necklaces and hats, and more! Thursday, March 17, 11:30am St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Street Festival Downtown Indianapolis. The 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Hoosier Lottery starts at 11:30 am. The parade is made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries. The parade also hosts a festival from 10 am-3 pm on Vermont Street with live entertainment, food, interactive displays and beer garden located in the middle of the parade route. Come out rain or shine and enjoy one of Indy’s most popular events. Thursday, March 17, 11:30 am – 1:00pm Network of Women in Business (NOWIB) – Quarterly Power Lunch at Cooper’s Hawk. Join in for a casual conversation and networking with NOWIB members and guests. The 2016 Quarterly Power Lunch Series will provide a group of interesting, dynamic, and diverse speakers. By attending a Power Lunch you will have the opportunity to learn from our community leaders and network with other attendees in an intimate setting. Space is limited at each event to ensure attendees have adequate time to ask questions to our speaker after the presentation. There will also be time to introduce yourself to the group and network with NOWIB members and guests at the Power Lunch. www.nowib.com Saturday, March 19, 9:15pm Laughing Matters with Seth Meyers at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Cancer Support Community Central Indiana (CSC) will welcome Emmy Award winning

writer, comedian and “Late Night” host Seth Meyers as headliner for the 16th annual comedy fundraiser Laughing Matters. Meyers was named one of the 2014 TIME 100, Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Meyers also hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Saturday, March 19 Elegant Vintages Annual International Wine Auction at Conrad Indianapolis. If you're a cognoscente of fine wines, you won't want to miss the eighteenth annual Elegant Vintages International Wine Auction presented by Fifth Third Private Bank. All of the proceeds from this amazing evening help fund the care and feeding of more than 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants in the collection at the Indianapolis Zoo. Featuring selections of fine and rare wine from around the world, this elegant, black-tie optional event includes both live and silent auctions. Auction lots often include many non-wine items such as unique gift packages, magnificent dinners, luxury get-aways, fine jewelry, original art, sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind sculptures, behind-thescenes tours at the Zoo and more! Each year, guests enjoy a multi-course gourmet dinner paired with exquisite wines and live entertainment following the auction. Wednesday, March 23, 4:30pm One Zone (Carmel & Fishers Chamber) Business After Hours at Prairie View Golf Club. www.onezonecommerce.com Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 am – 1:00pm Network of Women in Business (NOWIB) – Wellness & Community Awarenss at 10-01 Food & Drink in Broad Ripple. Join in for a casual conversation and networking with NOWIB members and guests. www.nowib.com

Are you a woman’s organization or having an event just for women? Are you a non-profit organization with a special event? Email info@indymetrowoman.com and send us the details for our monthly calendar by the 5th of each month for the following month’s issue. You can also go to www.indymetrowoman.com and post your event on our community calendar.

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The Science of Beautiful Skin

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reakthroughs in science are paving the way for numerous aesthetic skin improving treatments. Many of these new treatments are effective, safe, and have little or no downtime. The treatments combine injectables and growth factors with laser technology, radio frequency, and ultrasound to regenerate collagen, improve skin tone, fade sunspots, and improve the overall quality of skin.

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Greg Chernoff, M.D. F.R.C.S.(C)

Triple Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Adding Volume

New volumizing dermal fillers add longlasting volume and actually restore bulk to the mid-face. Some patients experience a non-surgical facelift while smoothing and softening facial lines and wrinkles. Other new injectable treatments such as FDAapproved Kybella, removes stubborn fat under the chin creating beautiful sculpted necklines without surgery.

Softening Lines, Scars, Wrinkles

Treatments like Botox soften vertical and horizontal forehead lines as well as crow’s feet around the eyes. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Radiesse, and Sculptra, are excellent options to plump lips, smooth folds, and fine lines, and add volume in areas of fatty loss. “A long-lasting injectable called Bellafill has been recently FDA approved for improving scars. Many of my patients who have suffered from acne or have traumatic facial injuries are benefiting from this new treatment.” “To achieve the best possible results, I will often use combination treatments to smooth lines around the mouth, eyes, and restore lost volume to cheeks and lips. Combining these advanced new injectables provides patients with results that have not been possible in the past.”

Improving Overall Skin Quality

Additionally, Dr. Chernoff offers longlasting and natural options like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), cellular therapy and autologous fat injections to help patents improve scars, lines, wrinkles, overall tone and quality, and hair loss. These treatments use your own growth factors to provide long-lasting and natural results. “I combine

growth factor treatments with laser treatments or surgical procedures to achieve optimal skin improvement.” Fractionated laser treatments like Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) ensures minimal downtime and is one of the most effective in-office laser treatments available. The laser penetrates the skin, stimulates fibroblasts to make new collagen, and improves the quality of existing collagen and elastic fibers. The treatment is excellent for improving skin tone, reducing acne scars, active acne, fine lines, age spots, sun damage, and pore size.

Advanced Combination Therapy

At some point, gravitational changes define when surgery is the only way to accomplish rejuvenation goals. When the skin and muscles on your face or body are sagging beyond what can be corrected non-surgically, Dr. Chernoff will use the most state of the art surgical options to restore youth to skin and muscles. Surgical treatments are often followed up with advanced laser and injectable treatments to further refine skin and enhance the quality and skin tone. The combinations, timing, and treatments are unique and customized for each individual to provide optimal and natural results. “Your Natural Best” is what Dr. Chernoff strives to provide. This is different and unique for every patient, customized within your extensive consultation.

Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons is among the largest laser centers in the United States with multiple options for treating sagging, aging, or spotted skin, wrinkles, skin tightening, toning cellulite, and overall quality improvement. Our center continuously conducts research that provides our center with experience and advanced treatments. To learn more about treatment options or to schedule a consultation, call 317.573.8899 or visit drchernoff.com Please say “I found it in Indy Metro Woman Magazine!” Thanks!

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Shelly Aristizabal Business Women Connect

Innovation... by Shelly Aristizabal What does it mean to be innovative? The term innovation, along with its shopworn adjective, innovative, and its breathless verb, innovate has become every product manager’s rallying cry, every design consultant’s pursuit, and every press release writer’s staple. The word’s been wrapped around everything from the latest i-something to even a new scooter. So how can one term be used to describe such vastly different things? In essence, what does innovation really mean? Technically, innovation is defined merely as “introducing something new.” There are no qualifiers of how groundbreaking or world-shattering that something needs to be -- only that it needs to be better than what was there before. Innovation can mean different things to different people. What does innovation mean to you? Every innovative idea begins with a thought, an inspiration. An idea that you can do something that has never been done, improve on something, make a change to something or do it cheaper or better than it has been done before. Creating a paradigm shift that will add value to the lives of others is considered innovative. This is a unique ability to see the unfolding patterns of the future and recognize the emergence of fresh ways to interpret our surroundings. When the paradigm shift occurs, the new system eliminates old ways of doing things and gives rise to innovative opportunities. Most ideas come from a desire to fill a need or a gap or expand upon an existing way of doing things. We all have ideas; even if it is simply that your closet isn’t big enough to adequately manage all of your clothing so you have an idea to design a bigger closet. But when does the innovation actually take place? The innovator takes ACTION on her ideas -- that is what makes the difference. An

innovative visionary mind will look at a situation and see future improvements, while most people look at the same situation and only see the present and complain about it! Successful innovators develop the ability to clearly define and articulate their vision, clearly define their plan for strategic action, and rapidly gain support for their initiatives. They will educate and help others understand their vision and come up with a game plan to make it a reality -- especially to the people who can affect the success of the idea. The innovator’s view is of the unfamiliar -- which represents change. How do you present a view of the future that only you can envision? Your ability to create a clear presentation of your idea is the tool you use to influence others and enlist critical support. You can have a good idea -- there are lots of good ideas -- but equally as important is marketing those good ideas. Do you believe strongly enough in your dream to enthusiastically engage others to support your efforts? Taking a good idea and making it into a reality will require massive action! Peter Drucker said that Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. Innovation is capable of being presented as a discipline, of being learned and practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for their sources of innovation and apply the principles of successful innovation to achieve success. Make 2016 YOUR YEAR! Be an innovator who designs & live the life of your dreams!

Shelly Aristizabal is the author of This Is Your Year to Design & Live the Life of Your Dreams, a leader in the Community Commerce Industry, Motivational Speaker and the New President of Business Women Connect. Visit www.BusinessWomenConnect.com for details on our upcoming events in the Indianapolis area! 26

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