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T ex t by Ali Bech tel P h otograph y by Heidi Reuter

What goes into your decision-making process when patronizing a particular business or when employing a certain professional in his or her field? Experience? Expertise? Quality products? Service with a smile? We’re willing to bet that if, when you envision a specific need, a particular face comes to mind, that’s your go-to person for the job here in Berks. It’s that idea that our second annual FACES of Berks section centers on, representing the FACES of professionals in many businesses, practices and services in our local community. They’re known for a reason: they are held in high regard for serving fellow Berks residents and customers, for holding themselves to a high standard, and for respecting their customers and clients in doing so each and every day.

Meet the FACES of Berks here. >>

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The New Face of

Dentistry >> Grove Dental Group Grove Dental Group has provided healthy smiles in Berks for more than four decades, and while it has gone through many periods of growth and improvement, it remains the same family-owned business. Started in 1974 by Dr. Dale Grove as Wyomissing Dental Associates, the practice is now owned by his son. Dr. Jeffrey Grove has expanded and built an entire team of dedicated professionals offering the highest quality comprehensive dental care in the community. The practice offers general and cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and orthodontics — including Invisalign and dental implants — in their state-of-the-art facility. They are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and strive to provide an exceptionally comfortable experience, from heated massage chairs and televisions in each room, to complimentary nitrous oxide or IVsedation for patients undergoing extensive procedures. The office is open six days a week and offers early morning, evening and Saturday appointments to fit into your busy lifestyle. The mission at Grove Dental is to prevent, discover and restore. They aim to educate patients on prevention, discover problems early, and when necessary, restore your smile back to health so you can get back to your busy life. Grow happier, healthier, and more confident in your smile with a practice that offers a patient experience unlike anywhere else.

2228 State Hill Road, Wyomissing 610.372.8406 | WWW.grove.dental

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The Face of

the Pioneer in Aesthetic Enhancement >> Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

and the Spa at Spring Ridge

Dr. Schlechter returned to Berks County to begin his plastic surgery career in 1995. His vision was unlike any other in the area; he wanted to offer patients the most innovative laser technology and surgical techniques. Within months he introduced laser resurfacing to the area at a time when few plastic surgeons in the country offered that technology. Still today, Dr. Schlechter trains with premier experts to bring the latest surgical and aesthetic advancements to Berks County. With his associate Dr. June and the rest of the staff, he continues to provide exemplary care for patients in a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical unit and medical spa.

Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery and the Spa at Spring Ridge provide patients and clients with a full range of non- and minimally-invasive procedures and treatments, as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery to improve skin, face, body, and breasts. Whatever your aesthetic goals, when you place your trust in the skilled hands of our Board Certified plastic surgeons and their team, you will receive an unrivaled level of sophisticated care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Our staff takes pride in working with skilled surgeons who love what they do, and you will too.

Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery | 2603 Keiser Boulevard, Suite 207 | Wyomissing | 610.678.9200 springridgeplasticsurgery.com The Spa at Spring Ridge | 2603 Keiser Boulevard, Suite 202 | Wyomissing | 610.927.3223 spaatspringridge.com

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The Face of

the Funeral Business >> Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc. The Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc. and its branch the Kirkhoff Funeral Home are full servicefuneral homes offering traditional, cremation, and green burials. They provide four experienced funeral directors with a combined 112 years of experience to help your family in their time of need. Joseph Giles purchased the home from Jeffrey Milkins in 2010 after operating the former Giles Funeral Home in Mohnton for thirty years. Although he was raised on a dairy farm in Huntingdon County he saw his future early, he even informed his first grade teacher that he wanted to be an “undertaker.” He attended Tussey Mountain High School, Penn State University, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Jeffrey Milkins remains a Funeral Director at Milkins Giles and is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Albright College, and the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. He operated the business that was created by his late parents, Harry and June Milkins, for many years. Herbert F. Houck, Supervisor/ Funeral Director, is a fourth generation funeral director and supervises the Kirkoff Funeral Home branch location in Bernville. He attended Northampton Community College. Marie L. Sipler, Funeral Director, is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and is a certified Celebrant. She joined the team when, after sixteen years in corporate America, she felt the need to serve her community in a deeper and more meaningful way. Every family has a unique way of expressing themselves during a time of loss. Services can be simple or extraordinary, traditional or contemporary; no matter your needs, the experienced team at Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc. can help you plan just the service to celebrate your family’s uniqueness. 4914 Kutztown Road, Temple | 610.921.3121 milkinsgilesfuneralhome.com

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The Face of

One Stop Dentistry >> American Dental Solutions American Dental Solutions was founded as a family dental practice by Gary Damore in 1979. Nearly 40 years later the business is flourishing under the leadership of Justin and Devyn Damore, and is carrying on the family tradition of providing convenient, quality dental care throughout their 13 locations. The practice provides affordable, attainable, and personalized treatment with unmatched service. They offer a full range of services for every stage including general and cosmetic dentistry, endodontic therapy, periodontics, dental implants, dentures, oral surgery, and orthodontics. Have a dental emergency? Rest assured you will be helped promptly. American Dental Solutions is also expanding their service offerings and extending their hours to better serve their patients and the community. The growing orthodontic team provides both traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners for the best results at the best prices in Berks. This one-stop experience is a result of in-house specialists and laboratories so you will rarely be referred to another practice for specialized care, and your crowns, bridges and dentures are all crafted on-site! No waiting, no repeat appointments. No matter what your needs, American Dental Solutions has it all and prides themselves on making sure every patient leaves with a (healthy) smile on their face.

13 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS | 1.844.9SMILES AMERICANDENTALSOLUTIONS.NET

Left Page: Dr. Molly Hottenstein, Orthodontist Right Page - L to R: Dr. Daniel Runkle, Dentist Dr. Steven Fontana, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

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The Face of

Beauty and Style >> Bell ToWer Salon Spa Every woman’s definition of beauty is different, but no matter your style needs, Bell Tower Salon Spa has you covered. Twenty five years ago, owner Carolyn Helms opened CG’s Hair Salon with the goal to start a business that encompassed the total woman, from head to toes. Today her dream has certainly been realized; Bell Tower is the area’s go-to beauty and relaxation destination. No beauty need will go un-met with their fullservice hair, skin, and nail salon, massage spa, make up and styling lounge, chic boutique, and raw juice bar. You will find yourself surrounded by the sophistication of a posh metropolitan spa with the casual comfort of a neighborhood salon. Ready for your makeover? Whether you need a quick trim or a full day of spa services, you will experience the same commitment to excellence. The entire staff at Bell Tower loves what they do, and you will too.

18 State Hill Road, Wyomissing 610.372.63799 belltoWersalonspa.com

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The Face of

Real Estate >> Lisa Tiger, Century 21 Gold As Berks County’s top producing Realtor® for several consecutive years, Lisa Tiger is one of the best known faces in town. But her extensive marketing and awards (local and national) are just part of her presence here. Talk with anyone who knows her personally or professionally, and you understand that there’s much more to Lisa than just a familiar face. In real estate, Lisa has a reputation for making her clients’ priorities her own, and is tenaciously dedicated to

meeting those goals. Buyers and sellers alike will tell you that she knows values, trends and marketing. She is accessible, connected and straightforward. Lisa is just as engaged with our community. You’ll see her among the board members and supporters of the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, Berks Arts Council, Reading Public Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity House, Humane Society, Safe Berks, and a dozen other organizations at the heart of Berks.

925 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing | 610.207.6186 | LisaTigerHomes.com

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The Face of

Hearing Care >> Berks Hearing

Professionals Dr. Mindy Brudereck, an American Academy of Audiology Foundation board member, opened Berks Hearing Professionals in 2006 with the goal of creating a center of excellence in diagnosing and treating hearing disorders. More than a decade later, she continues to provide quality hearing services alongside fellow Berks County local, Dr. Nicole Kendig. Berks Hearing Professionals offers complete hearing evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and repairs, and tinnitus retraining therapy. Patients are evaluated and treated by local board-certified audiologists throughout every step of their journey who can help map individual hearing requirements to complete product and technology choices for the best possible result. If you’re ready to improve your hearing and your quality of life, go to the professionals who will take the time to listen to your needs. You can rest assured that you will be treated like family while receiving the highest quality audiology care in the county from patient and experienced professionals.

Locations in Birdsboro and Wyomissing | 610.404.8025 berkshearing.com

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The Face of

JeWelry

>> Van Scoy JeWelers Whether you are looking for “the” ring or treating yourself to some new bling, Van Scoy Jewelers carries a spectacular array of diamond and gold jewelry, colored fashion gemstones, and fine watches. Owner Caroline Hill has worked with diamond cutters and gem merchants from all over the world to make the local shop Greater Reading’s premier diamond store. Van Scoy offers full service repair for anything from broken chains to heirloom jewelry, and can custom design or engrave for that one-of-a-kind piece. But many would say that their real gem is the staff. In addition to Caroline’s expertise, you can rely on their skilled in-house jeweler and four other staff members with a combined 150 years of experience. When you are in the market for your next jewelry or watch purchase, you will find the selection and the service at Van Scoy Jewelers to be a cut above the rest!

2733 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing 610.374.9330 | vanscoy.com

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The Face of

Commercial Real Estate

>> NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC Searching for the right property for your business can be frustrating, and with real estate as one of the largest expenses on your profit and loss statement, you need to get it right. But between managing regulations, and competition between older, less efficient buildings and new cutting edge product, how do you know where to start? Start with Steve Willems and NAI Keystone. He and the other experts on Reading’s leading commercial team work with everyone from entrepreneurs and locally-owned companies to Fortune 500 companies to find the perfect fit.

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After 18 years at National American Corporation, operating his own real estate company, and dealing with fallout from the Resolution Trust Corporation, Willems has the experience you need to find that diamond in the rough. Once you have, NAI Keystone offers brokerage services, tenant and landlord representation, lease administration, property management, and receiverships to ensure that all of your commercial real estate needs are covered. 875 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 102, Wyomissing 610.779.1400 | NAIKeystone.com


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The Face of

Building Berks

>> DESCCO Design & Construction, Inc. DESCCO Design and Construction is building strength and stability in Berks. Through their suite of commercial construction services including conceptual planning, design, general contracting and project management, DESCCO helps expand businesses and create jobs and affordable products. The company was founded in 1976 with the dream of imprinting a standard of quality on the building trade that would last for generations. Today DESCCO contracts with organizations in every major market,

and their foundational standard of excellence is alive and thriving. From concept to completion, clients can rely on their expertise to provide the right building solutions to make construction as easy as possible. DESCCO has set itself apart with a team of experts in niche markets and with specialized certifications excelling in unique situations. Their industry-leading foresight allows them to work and build in a way that brings integrity and longevity to their projects, and brings their clients back again and again.

1 Willow Street Industrial Park, FleetWood 610.944.0404 | dessco.com

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The Face of

The Life You Really Want

>> Classic Harley-Davidson Are you ready to live your legend? When you buy a motorcycle from Classic Harley-Davidson you aren’t just getting a bike; you’re joining a movement. You’re also joining a family: a community of riders who Live to Ride and Ride to Live. Kevin and Caryn Kodz felt the freedom of the Harley-Davidson lifestyle at a young age. Their father Tony rode for many years before turning his family’s passion into the family business, and they

have been sharing that joy with fellow riders for nearly 20 years. Classic’s business is built in tradition, but also embraces a whole new generation of riders. Whether you are from the old school or the new, Classic has the bikes, parts and accessories, apparel and services to meet your needs. Not a rider yet? Join the Riding Academy and get the skills you need to ride with confidence, and start living the life you really want.

983 James Drive, Leesport | 610.916.7777 | classicharley.com

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The Face of

banking

Photo by Jim Greipp, Pau Hana Productions

>> Customers Bank Banking should be effortless. The team at Customers Bank believes that an efficient, wellrun community bank prospers not by trying to sell overpriced or unnecessary services, but by providing its customers with the financial products and services they need. Thanks to this model they are able to provide a stress-free and customer-focused approach to banking that other institutions can’t match. Customers Bank provides a range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals and families via a single point of contact - meaning you have just one number to call for all of your banking needs with the added convenience of mobile, online and face-to-face banking options. Their professional staff members are your neighbors and friends and as a result Customers will never be “just a bank,� they are part of the community and are driven to help local families and businesses thrive. 1001 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing | 484.334.4224 | customersbank.com | Member FDIC

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Caring Faces in Your Family’s Time of Need >> Kuhn Funeral Home and Crematory Paramount to Kuhn Funeral Homes' philosophy is the importance of relationships among our team members and the families that we serve.  With the professional support of our entire team behind each family that calls on us, there is a sense of security, comfort and relief when a family is in our care. Our daily staff meetings and constant communication allow our team to serve families as a united front, totally committed to listening, facilitating and executing the wishes of every family.

We know what survivors need when they face the death of a loved one.  Our staff of nine team members, with a combined experience that exceeds 100 years, works tirelessly to ensure every family is put at ease when they call on us at their time of need.  Our goal is to care for those surviving family members, and their deceased family member, as if they were members of our own family. When faced with difficulty, find comfort in the team you know and trust to do their very best to help you.

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The Face of

Comfortable Feet

>> Foot Solutions Isn’t it about time you found comfort in your everyday life? The highly trained staff at Foot Solutions understands the biomechanics of foot pain and can match you with the perfect solution to not only rid you of pain, but also to improve your wellness and overall health. No two feet are the same, not even your left and right one. Foot Solutions specializes in properly fitted shoes and custom orthotics in the form of stylish and high-performance footwear to meet the needs of walkers to workout fanatics to fashionistas. Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis, fallen arches or just plain tired, aching feet, Foot Solutions will get to know your feet through measurements, gait analysis and pressure mapping before helping you find the perfect fit. Don’t let foot pain slow you down, stop in today for a free evaluation.

640 Kenhorst Plaza, Shillington 610.775.4950 | footsolutions.com/ reading

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Educating Young Women With Excellence >> linden hall “Linden Hall is known throughout the world for excellence in educating young women — we are a treasure within the Susquehanna Valley,” says Mark Powers, Assistant Head for Enrollment. Founded in 1746, Linden Hall is America’s oldest all-girls boarding school, educating 200 girls, grades 6-12. The school’s Moravian founders believed in educating young women — even in the 1700s, says Lauren Simonetti, Assistant Director of Admissions. Thus Linden Hall’s tagline, “where girls are valued and known.” Today, Linden Hall’s global ​student c​ ommunity represent​s​ 28 countries and 14 states.

Day students from the Susquehanna Valley comprise 40 percent of the school’s population and hail from “a variety of educational backgrounds — including public​and private schools — and want to be challenged more,” Simonetti says.​ Academically, students are enriched by strong STEM, Arts and AP programs; Linden Hall’s average AP score over the last five years is 4.6. The class of 2017 scored an average of 1316 on the 1600​-​scale SAT. Students achieve a 100% college acceptance rate. Amidst the statistics, Simonetti says Linden Hall’s environment of excellence produces young women of exceptional character.

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The Face of

Medical Equipment

>> InHome Oxygen and

Medical Equipment, Inc.

Not all healthcare heroes wear scrubs. Roberto Campitelli, President and owner of InHome Oxygen, started learning about medical equipment more than 15 years ago and knew then that it was what he wanted to do with his career. His heart for helping others inspired him to open the local equipment and supply business as a way to help people manage and overcome their medical issues. For respiratory customers, InHome Oxygen offers a full range of medical supplies and equipment including oxygen, nebulizers, and CPap and BiPap machines and supplies. Their mobility equipment includes wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, bath assistance items, patient lifts, and more. Everything is available in-store or by delivery. The customers of InHome Oxygen go for their supplies, and return for the service. Roberto and his caring staff go above and beyond to provide the medical equipment they need, and the friendly service that they deserve. 103 Lancaster Avenue, Reading 610.929.2004 | inhomeoxygen.net

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