Impulse Magazine Spring 2010

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Jami Maine was photographed at Spa Winghaven in a gown from Bella Bride. Photography by Alexander M. Brown.

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food & drink

Restaurant Reviews How to Compare & Choose Tequila


bridal Timeless Elegance


Enchantment at the Vineyard


Fresh and Fabulous


Traffic-stopping bridal fashions from The Wedding Shoppe photographed in downtown Troy.

Breathtaking views and dresses in this pictorial spread featuring gowns from Margo’s at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel. Gorgeous Gowns from Bella Bride photographed at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Charles and Boyd Manor in Clarksville.

Weddings of 2010

The Wedding Shoppe shares the latest trends in gowns, including the little white dress.

Choosing Wine to Serve Food pairing tips for your wedding reception or other dinner party


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Water: The Wonder Drug How to Compare & Choose Tequila Vein Specialties Adds Center in Washington Will Your Knees Carry the Load? Improving Your Eyeglass Image Dr. Stan Gross: Find the Physician Within Learn Reiki Massage Patients First Launches New Cancer Center

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New Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas


American Greed


Main Street to Wall Street






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Publisher/Editor: Tamara See Contributing Editor: Dorris Keeven-Franke Graphic Design: Sara Henderson Alexander M. Brown Mikki Brown Advertising Executives: Maqsud Mir, 314-713-2400 Shana Allen, 636-358-7103 Jill Knapp, 314-657-5762 Dorris Keeven-Franke, 636-221-1524 Kathy Kuester, 636-328-1244


Tips From the Groomer Senior Living Community Opens in Wentzville Missouri Wines: Blumenhof Spotlight on Augusta Mother-Daughter Team Business Success

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Something to Think About Compassion & Caring

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Photography: Alexander M. Brown Sarah Crowder Lisa Nikole Phography JMS Photography Steve Drews IMPULSE MAGAZINE Published by FOCUS NEWS, LLC P.O. BOX 32066 ST. LOUIS, MO 63132 (314) 713-2400

publisher’s note We have a fabulous issue in store for you. This has been the largest endeavor we have taken so far with 80 pages of gorgeous gowns, well-dressed men and luxurious spas and salons. Put your stresses behind you and take time out to relax and unwind. It’s good for your health as well as your mind and spirit. We had the pleasure of reviewing several spas and salons for this feature (page 54) that you’ll definitely want to visit. Each offer unique experiences from therapeutic massages and spa escape packages to great hair designs. Make your escape longer by taking a cruise on the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas (page 61). In Best Dressed Men (page 44), we feature 17 good-looking men. Of course, we couldn’t resist the men in uniform along with power players, doctors and educators. To showcase the latest bridal designs, we photographed lovely ladies in gowns from The Wedding Shoppe, Margo’s A Wedding Place and Bella Bride at venues including The Vineyard at Riverbend, Old Hickory Golf Course, Boyd Manor, and downtown Troy. Get the dish on the latest bridal trends (page 26). Take a glimpse of Wentzville’s newest senior living community (page 12), and the new Cancer Center (page 78) and Vein Center in Washington (page 72). After reading this issue, you’ll want to drink more water (page 71), take care of your knees (page 74), and schedule a “me-day” as soon as you can. Enjoy!

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THE GROOMER By Ezra Schneider, owner of Noah’s Bark Pet Grooming, Truesdale, MO A pet can be your best friend. With a little help from you and the groomer, it can live an active, comfortable life. At home, a comb is key. Brushes merely skim the surface. To avoid painful matting, comb your pet daily. Never bathe a pet with knots. Water will set the knots and quickly turn them into mats. Mats under the legs and behind the ears can cause severe discomfort and limit mobility. They can also cause skin irritation, especially as dirt and twigs become lodged under the mat. Keeping up with your pet’s coat is a year round necessity. Putting off a grooming visit in the winter can lead to unnecessary suffering. Your groomer will trim, brush, bath, trim nails, and clean ears for your pet. Putting off the visit can lead to matting, ear infections, ingrown or broken nails, and skin conditions. Often your groomer can suggest a slightly longer cut in the winter, but remember that your pet’s body weight does more for insulation than the hair. A wet, matted dog is going to be twice as cold as a well-trimmed one. When bringing your pet to the groomer for the first time, talk with the groomer to establish your grooming plan. Remember that long-haired dogs and cats that are going to be kept long must be combed daily. Otherwise painful matting will occur. If you prefer, the groomer can suggest a haircut that suits the dog and the area you live in. Short haired breeds should also see the groomer several times per year. The groomer can alleviate some shedding, especially in spring and fall when some breeds “blow coat.” Although this doesn’t completely eliminate shedding, it can certainly help. No matter the breed, your groomer probably has a wealth of experience with what will work best for you and your pet. Always remember that your pet can suffer without proper care. Your groomer will be happy to help you establish the care routine appropriate for your dog or cat.

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and accessories to create spaces that are one of a kind and in her words, “elegant and timeless”. Assisted by her sister Felicia Boyd, the two have been painting for months to putting on the finishing touches. The family is very proud and excited to have joined with Gordon Gundaker, Jerry Scheidegger and Roy Yust to bring their combined vision of what they think senior living should be like to the Wentzville community.

Under construction - This photo was taken at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe while construction was underway. On May 8th, Wentzville will be welcoming a new Senior Living Community into their city. Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe is celebrating their Open House from 10 am – 4 p.m. While they are new to the Wentzville area, Twin Oaks is not new to caring for seniors. For almost 30 years the Twin Oak’s family has opened their hearts and their home to the elderly with their Residential Care Facility located on Emge road in O’Fallon. The Huber and Blattel families are proud of their new location and everyone has pitched in to help with their own talents. The original concept of assisted care living was a vision that Mary Ann Huber had in 1981. She knew that many seniors could live longer and happier with daily assistance in a more homelike atmosphere. She relied on her nursing background to give her direction and the small business grew rapidly. Today she is still very active in the company; you can find her sketching for the design of the facility, driving residents to church or sewing curtains for new resident rooms. CEO Tim Blattel began working with Mary Ann just 6 months into her new venture and they have worked together now for 29 years. With a management background and a love for seniors, Tim has brought a wealth of expertise to this new project. His vision was a state of the art and streamlined design that would create lots of community areas and be an inviting space for socializing. Rosemann and Associates architecture firm then took his ideas and made it into a reality. His dream of a memory care unit has also come alive with this community. A favorite part of his job is to assist families and residents with the transition of moving from their home to a senior community and finding the right funding to make it work. Another part of the family ownership team are sisters Kim Bauer and Kathy Blattel who were in high school when the original company was started.

They now manage the daily operations of both companies, usually in a whirlwind of phone calls, meetings and parties. They have 4 and 5 children respectively and often talk about which ones will choose to step into the company. All but two of this

Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe Offers Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Apartment Living and Garden Homes. third generation has already helped out in some way or another whether it is shoveling snow, cutting grass, serving dinner or answering phones. You can find owner Leon Blattel on the construction site almost daily, coordinating the ideas of the owners with the expertise of the general contractor, Gundaker Commercial Group. His attention to the details of the security systems, fire alarms, back-up emergency lighting, generators and such will ensure the safety and smooth operation of the new building. His wife Louise Blattel assists prospective residents in the information office, enjoying her time meeting new friends and helping choose the perfect living space that suits their needs. Artisan Melodie Shocklee, daughter of Lou and Leon, has brought her vision of an elegant atmosphere to life with faux finishes, beautiful portraits, and an amazing interior design. She has been working for over a year choosing fabrics, colors,


The first phase which is opening May 10th will include 40 assisted living suites and 10 memory care studios. Amenities that everyone will enjoy are a Garden Café, sunroom, family movie theatre, activity center, chapel and elegant community dining room. On a beautiful day, the outdoor patios offer a great place to gather and relax or take a walk on the walking trail. The Memory Care will offer a safe and secure living space with a licensed nurse on site 24/7. Along with family style dining, daily housekeeping and personal laundry service, the outstanding activity program will keep the memory care residents busy and happy throughout the day. The large assisted living suites include a bedroom, living room, kitchenette, easy access walk-in shower, and an optional covered balcony or porch. Some of the services included in the monthly rate are daily housekeeping and laundry service, 3 home cooked meals, medication distribution, bathing assistance and a fun filled activity program. This winter the Independent Apartments will be opening. This community will offer one and two bedroom units, fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers and 24 hour security. Daily continental breakfast and dinner, an activity program specially designed for on the go seniors, bi-weekly housekeeping, utilities and scheduled transportation are all included. Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe will also offer Garden Homes that can be purchased or leased. These spacious 1200 sq ft two bedroom homes are specially designed for the senior population. They offer easy access, large bathrooms with walk in tubs and showers, washer and dryer hook ups, attached garages and a call button in case of emergency. Numerous amenities are included in the Welcome Home package – daily continental breakfast and dinner, bi-weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation and community activities. The Twin Oak’s philosophy is to provide an inviting place for residents to enjoy their friends, their families, and their independence. With over 29 years in the business, they must be doing something right. Come celebrate their open house on May 8th and see Wentzville’s newest Senior Living Community.

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Photos by Lisa Nikole Photgraphy and JMS Photography in downtown Troy, Miissouri. These trafficstopping gowns from The Wedding Shoppe in Troy are romantic and modern, yet timeless in elegance. Above: Heather wears a Maggie Sottero gown with a hand-dyed slip by The Wedding Shoppe.

Above, left and right: Heather models a silk gown by Mon Cheri with a black bow accent. Right: Heather is wearing a Sophie Tolli satin gown with sleeveless bolero jacket. SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Above: Candi models a dress from the Alfred Angelo little white dress collection. Far left: Heather wears a Maggie Sottero gown and french net veil (back of gown shown below, left). Below, far left: The back of the Sophia Tolli satin gown with sleeveless bolero jacket is shown. Left: Sottero and Midgley gown with bubble hem and dropped waist (back of gown shown at far right).

Jessica wears a Maggie Sottero satin Aline gown with crumb-catcher.

Right: Melissa wears a Mon Cheri gown with an empire waist and ivory chiffon. Below: Jessica models an Alfred Angelo design from the little white dress collection. Below, right: Melissa in a gown from the Alfred Angelo private collection. Far right: Jessica models a dress from Maggie Sottero’s Couture collection.


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Weddings of 2010 by: The staff of The Wedding Shoppe in Troy, MO Photos by Lisa Nikole and JKS Photography What’s hot for the 2010 bride? What is trendy and what is new again? The hottest thing happening in the bridal industry is the little white dress: a short bridal gown that gives the bride an opportunity to be a bride for more than one day. Fun, cute, flirty and maybe a little sexy, the little white bridal gown has a lot to offer. This little white dress can be worn at the rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner, at the reception, or flying away on the honeymoon. Some brides have worn it on the beach and had their pictures made by a local photographer. This shorter dress style is perfect for weddings outside, at the courthouse, or

anywhere a long traditional dress will not fit your occasion. More traditional bridal gowns with higher waist lines and full skirts have hit the runways with a 1950’s influence. These romantic styles have simple details and some include pockets and deep sweetheart necklines. Alfred Angelo’s style 2119 is the perfect example of this style. The 1940’s styles still have a huge influence on bridal gowns. Gowns of soft satins that are strapless and fitted to the body to show off the brides curves look beautiful in all sizes. Old Hollywood styles, some with ruffles or lace, look stunning in white as well as soft diamond whites and creams. Sottero and Midgley’s style Adorae reflects this style and is stunning.

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Plus-sized brides will find designers catering to their styles and needs. Gowns are available that fit your curves and flatter your assets in the same styles every one is wearing but in fuller sizes and made to fit to flatter your body. Alfred Angelo has the best plus size collection in the industry with out additional cost for the plus size. The newest growing trend has been two or more bridal gowns for a bride: one for the wedding and one for the reception and sometimes a third one (the little white dress). A few grooms have chosen to change tuxes when the bride changes. Speaking of grooms, the silver tux is finding popularity with brides to compliment their wedding colors. This light silver looks very fresh in the spring and summer. Darker grays look elegant with fall and winter weddings. Hair is soft and romantic pulled to the side and embellished with flowers, feathers, and crystals. Brides are showing their individuality with shoes and slips dyed to match wedding colors. Short gloves and lace high neck bolero jackets add elegant details. Weddings are hot, fashionable and fun. Brides are enjoying the planning and savoring every moment of the event. Styles are reminiscent of the past or fashion forward. Each wedding is a reflection of the bride and groom’s personalities.

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8th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Event

Artists from Missouri and surrounding states will be gathering in the Augusta/Defiance area from April 21 through May 1, 2010 to participate in the 8th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Event. Artists will be completing their pieces in the tradition of Plein Air (outdoors), capturing the nuances of natural light in their work. The beauty and hospitality of the area has attracted an increasing number of award-winning participants from throughout a multi-state region. Many of the participating artists are shown in galleries across the Midwest. Several area wineries and businesses will be hosting the artists for a day of painting during the 10 day period. The public is invited to observe the development of a piece of art from conception to completion at the various painting locations. A social hour/ reception is scheduled following the day of painting at each hosted event. The public will have a unique opportunity to meet the artists and consider the purchase of a piece of artwork produced that day. Special events include: Katy Trail Paint sponsored by Katy Trail

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Bike Shop and Robin’s Nest on the Katy Trail; Paint the Sunset at Balducci’s Vineyards; Paint Augusta sponsored by Halcyon Therapeutic Massage and Body Work; Paint the Day at Montelle Winery; Picnic and Paint Out sponsored by Stone Ledge Antiques; Day at Defiance sponsored by Wine Country Gardens; Painting at Augusta Shores sponsored by the Augusta Shores Association; and a Day of Painting at Chandler Hill Vineyards. The Augusta Plein Air Event culminates with judging, awards, sale and auction on the final day, Saturday, May 1st at the Mt. Pleasant Winery in Augusta, MO. Approximately $7000 will be awarded in prizes. Winning artwork will be sold at auction and artists will be displaying/selling all day. Classic, Contemporary, Always Beautiful For a detailed schedule and registration information, please visit the website. You may call Corinne Post at 636-228-1111 or Vic Brown at 1-800-748-7638 or email Corinne 3028 WingHaven Blvd, O’Fallon at or Vic at for 636.625.1330 | more information.

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Enchantment at The Vineyard

Sara is wearing an Alfred Angelo Sapphire gown of satin. The bodice has beautiful metallic embroidery, rhinestones, pearls, crystal beading and sequins, topped off with a rhinestone broach. The waist has asymmetrical ruching that slims the waist then falls into a slim pick-up skirt.

Photography by Alexander M. Brown, Makeup by Jillian Knapp These gorgeous gowns from Margo’s “A Wedding Place” in Union, Missouri, were photographed at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel in Washington, Missouri. The picturesque locale in Missouri wine country overlooking the Missouri River bluffs was the perfect backdrop for the exquisite gowns.

Courtney is in a Maggie Sottero gown of rich Bordeau taffeta, featuring cascading bustles draped asymmetrically over an embellished lace skirt. Beaded lace accents the gentle sweetheart neckline and surrounds the signature lace-up back. Handmade flowers are nestled within the bustles of the skirt.

Left: Jaden is wearing an Alfred Angelo gown of satin and tulle with a hot pink waistband. Jennifer is wearing a Maggie Sottero ball gown with scoop neckline and corset closure. This opulent illusion ball gown emits true, blissful romance. The Bordeaux taffeta bodice features innovative pleating. Tulle erupts from the waist, glistening with embellished lace motifs They are wearing shoes with colors, a growing trend for brides. Right: Kaylin models the a short Alfred Angelo gown (#7487) of white tissue taffeta. The empire bodice features embroidered lace with crystal beading, sequins, and pearls.

Courtney models an exquisite Maggie Sottero design. Below, left: Cassie Jo models a Maggie Sottero gown of soft shimmer satin with embellished lace featuring Swarovksi crystals and handmade flowers. Below, right: Sara is wearing a Sottero & Migley gown with corset closure. This style is gorgeous in fabrication and design as soft shimmer satin combine with light-catching embellishments. The skirt features luxurious asymmetrical draping and lengthening vertical train. An olorero jacket with beaded motif is available to perfectly complete this ensemble.

Above: Jennifer models a slim fitting San Patrick designer gown of Italian point d’sprit tulle, delicately embellished with hand-beaded and embroidered lace. Right: Cassie Jo wears a San Patrick Couture gown of rich Italian tulle. The graceful side wrap is enhanced with hand-beaded Italian lace. Below: Kaylin is wearing a slim a-line Sottero & Midgley gown with sweetheart neckline, designed of demir stretch satin. Ruching envelopes the bodice and asymmetrically plummets below the waist while the train flows into a gorgeous balloon hem.

Courtney is wearing a one-piece, aline gown. This soft shimmer gown is lavishly caught-up at various points in the skirt and features rich beaded embellishments with Swarovski crystals. Alternating diagonal pleats accenting the bodice and fitted hip area create a sensational figure. The intrigue of this style is enhanced with optional beaded shoulder strap creating a fashionable oneshoulder treatment.


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Choosing A Wine to Serve With Dinner

Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in the company of friends and .. food. The right combination between food and wine is a source of ultimate bliss for every connoisseur. Both wine and food can benefit from the right pairing. The right wine can accentuate unexpected gastronomical aspects of food and vice versa, wine can shine in a new light when accompanied by the right dish. In order to savor the splendor of such combinations, one does not need to frequent expensive restaurants and buy overpriced wines. Rather, when combining food and wine it is one’s intuition and curiosity that are of paramount importance. Most rules for agreeable food - wine combinations date back to the 19th century and are made by French cooks who travel around Europe showing other nations the French savoir-vivre. It is since then that we know that champagne goes well with oysters, white wine – with seafood, and red wine – with game and red meats. Those rules, however, have been broken many times throughout the years because the nature of certain dishes and the rich wine variety available allow for a much freer interpretation. For example, some red meats could be made more enjoyable by stronger white wines. A more practical approach for combining wine with food is to avoid any possible dissonance between them. For example, an exceptional wine stands out much better when accompanied by a not so sophisticated dish that will bring out the wine’s superb qualities instead of fighting with it. Certain wines and foods have “found” each other over the years and represent especially suitable

combinations. Generally those are the regional wines and foods. Almost all local dishes go best with the wines from their regions. Tips for making good food – wine choices: Try to balance the weight of both, i.e. heavy dishes and those with a strong taste, such as game and red meat should be enjoyed with an equally heavy wine. In most cases those are red wines but some full-bodied whites could be an equally suitable alternative. Dry wines could develop a very unpleasant sour or even bitter taste if served with desserts. Generally deserts are served with wines that are at least comparably sweet, if not sweeter. Wines with high acidity go best with heavy, rich in fat dishes. This is because the high fat content negates the impact of the acid. High-tannin wines should be combined with foods rich in proteins. The proteins combine with the tannins, thus diminishing the tannin taste. Wines made from grape varieties that contain a lot of tannins, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are an excellent match for red meats and other proteinrich foods. On the other hand, high-tannin wines acquire an unpleasant metallic taste if combined with fish and other seafood. Or they could have an extremely bitter taste when combined with salty dishes. So finally… which wine? You could have in mind the rules above when making your selection but don’t be blinded by them and never take things for granted. Have an open mind and be ready to experiment. Article provided by Missouri Wine and Gift from article source:

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Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery is nestled along Highway 94 in the historic village of Dutzow, Missouri’s oldest German settlement. It is also the most awarded All-Missouri winery, from vineyards just first established in 1979. Dedicated to producing an unsurpassed selection of Missouri-grown wines over the years, the winery has won scores of awards at prominent national and international wine competitions. Blumenhof is operated today by second and third generation family. Blumenhof takes its name from the Blumenberg family’s ancestral farm in northwestern Germany. Blumenberg, which means “Court of Flowers,” is a perfect name for this winery. The Village of Dutzow, named after the founder’s estate in Germany, is the oldest German settlement in the State, and one of the first towns in Missouri to have a winery. The vineyard’s wine list includes Chambourcin, Chardonel, Cynthiana, Rayon d’Or, Seyval, Vidal and Vignoles. Blumenhof grows seven acres of Vidal, three acres of Chambourcin, and two acres of Cynthiana. Their dry white wines include a 2008 Syval and a 2008 Chardonel. Especially favored is their dry rose, the 2008 Winegarden Rose which was awarded the Silver Medal at the 2009 Mid-American Wine Competition. Two favored dry red wines are the 2008 Original Cyn and the 2008 Chambourcin. The ever popular semidry white wines include the 2009 Ray-

on d’Or, the new vintage 2009 Femme Osage, and the 2008 Missouri Weinland which received Gold Medals this year at both the Taster’s Guild International Judging and the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Their semi-sweet include Katy’s Blush, a 2009 Vignoles, La Charrette, a Silver Medal winner Devil’s Den Red, and their 2008 Valvin Muscat which received a Gold Medal at the 2009 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. Blumenhof’s German heritage is apparent in more than their wines, but also in the property’s architecture and warm friendly ambiance. Their wine garden has live music in the spring, summer, and fall. In the summer the grill serves bratwurst and potato salad amongst the winery’s beautiful vineyards. There are several tasting rooms, all with the same selection, which makes the flow easy and the experience very enjoyable. Blumen means flowers in German, and Blumenhof would like to invite everyone to stop in, smell the flowers, and enjoy their world-class wines. Located in the Augusta Wine Region of Missouri Wine Country, they are minutes north of Washington, Missouri, on the north side of the Missouri River at 13699 South Highway 94. They are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day. Visit their website www.blumenhof. com or call 800-419-2245 for more information.



Free Admission • No Cover Charge Open Daily Year Round

Sat, May 15

HIGHWAY 94 | DUTZOW, MO 1-800-419-2245 Mon-Sat 10:30 am – 5:30 Sunday Noon-5:30

Steve Leslie Band (rock n’ roll), 2-5pm Sun, May 16 Pennsylvania Slim (blues), 2-5pm Sat, May 22 Baglunch Blues Band (blues), 2-5pm Sun, May 23 TBA, 2-5pm Sat, May 29 Butch Wax & the Hollywoods (motown/R&B), 2-5pm Sun, May 30 Erin Bode (jazz/folk), 2-5pm Mon, May 31 Gary & Steve Sluhan (motown/R&B), 2-5pm

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The Finishing Touch

205 Jefferson St. WASHINGTON, MO

636-239-2092 Toll Free 877-239-2092

Fresh & Fabulous Photos by Alexander M. Brown. Makeup by Jillian Knapp Gowns and veils from

Bella Bride

Photos at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Charles and Boyd Manor in Clarksville.

Sassy and Sweet! Tiffany Fessler is wearing a strapless heavily beaded satin ballgown.

The Goddess Bride.

Koren Moomey is a vision of the earthy bride in a white simple satin charmeuse gown with tiffany train and beautiful detailing at the shoulders. Perfect gown for an outdoor event, beach wedding, vow renewal or second marriage.

Romance and Lace.

Model Lindsey Jordan is wearing an ivory beaded and lace gown from Jasmine Bridal. Traditional cathedral veiling from Sara Gabriel Couture Veiling, only offered in Missouri at Bella Bride.

Princess B ride. Tiffany Fessler is stunning in a strapless satin sweetheart gown with cathedral train. Intricate beading and embroidery, this dress photographs beautifully from all angles.

Sitting Pretty.

Katie Henderson is pictured in a form fitting silk shantung trumpet gown with ivory lace overlay. Her veil, also from Sara Gabriel Couture Veiling is a tradtional Spanish mantilla with soutache edging custom made to match her gown.

Spring Blush.

Katie Henderson captures the look of innocence in a simple couture gown by Sophia Tolli of ivory taffeta with lace straps and ivory Sara Gabriel bustle veil.


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{shopping} Spotlight on


As a spotlight on the historic town of Augusta, we would like to introduce three businesses owned by entrepreneur Ruth Touhill. The landmark Uptown Store Shops building houses all three businesses, Stone Ledge Guest Suite, The Finishing Touch and Stone Ledge Antiques. Stone Ledge Guest Suite located at corner of Locust and Lower streets is a private, sun filled three room suite built above the historic Uptown Store. This large suite has one bedroom with a queen size bed, comfortable sitting room with a sleeper sofa and a full size kitchen. Guests are provided a selection of healthy local foods for snacking in the evening and breakfast in the morning. Bella Cafe is just steps away and offers lunch and dinner. Relax on its large decks and porches with a good book or a bottle of wine and some friends. There is a very nice view over the tree tops from the chairs just outside your door. Enjoy your Augusta experience by calling 314-971-1823 or visit to reserve your stay. The Finishing Touch is a unique collection of decorative furniture and accessories from very rustic and organic to very classic and elegant. Finishing touches for your home include antique mirrors, new furniture, beautiful chandeliers, custom pillows, candle lanterns, rugs and holiday decor. Your visit will find you the perfect pieces to accessorize a table top or add color and interest to a whole room. Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. The Finishing Touch can be contacted at 314-971-1823. Stone Ledge Antiques is located on the corner of Locust and Lower streets. Ruth, who had a long career in design and decorating and is very involved in designing and rehabbing older homes, started the antique shop twenty five years ago at her Stone Ledge farm in Dutzow. Three years ago they sold the farm and moved Stone Ledge Antiques to the Uptown Store building. It is an interesting and fun shop full of unusual things from the past. Enjoy browsing through antique furniture, lighting and linens from the 1850’s to the 1950’s. A great selection of decorative and collectible items including old books, children’s games, sets of fine tableware and vintage clothing which is displayed in the new third floor ‘boutique’. Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Stone Ledge Antiques can be contacted at 636-482-4020 or 314-971-1823 All three businesses and the town of Augusta are open year round for tourists and visitors. Augusta is not a seasonal town but a town for all seasons.


2327 Technology Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri


Sandy Creemens, Leslie Lucas and Angela Quinn Photos by Alexander M. Brown and Sarah Crowder Great things are happening at Spa WingHaven! With a fantastic management team comprising of veteran salon owners Sandy Cremeens and Angela Quinn, this uber luxurious spa is experiencing a re-emergence to establish itself as the crown jewel of the Westplex spa scene. A medical day spa for men and women, Spa WingHaven takes special pride in employing the best talent in the Midwest. All of the staff is carefully chosen and expertly trained in order to offer the finest in top quality services. With customer service and satisfaction as their ultimate mission, their goal is to please each client to the fullest extent. 14,000 square feet of pampering indulgence makes Spa WingHaven an elegant oasis of relaxation and comfort where everyday cares and stresses melt away. They strive to craft the ideal ambiance and atmosphere to encourage total rejuvenation of the mind and body. Committed to providing each and every guest a relaxing and enjoyable experience using exceptional techniques, Spa WingHaven is an ultimate day spa. Medical Director Dr. Richard Bligh M.D., MBA, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in AntiAging Medicine. Dr. Bligh understands that aging is inevitable, and the prescription for looking and feeling your best is to control the quality of the aging process by focusing on both aesthetic treatments and prevention. He enjoys spending his days helping baby boomers like himself regain the youthful glow they desire, from the inside out. The Spa’s nurse is also on staff for consultations in anti-aging and is available for Botox, Juvaderm and Radiesse treatments. Skin care, facial treatments and facials are part of the wide array of targeted therapeutic treatments Spa WingHaven combines with exquisite pampering by their expert estheticians. There are several types of facials, from a deep pore cleansing to the classic facial, along with treatments for Rosacea and those needing to rejuvenate a dry, tired complexion with a collagen facial. Continue the luxury at home with the leading prescription-strength skin care from the Obagi System, Nia, SkinMedica and Glo. Manicures and pedicures are another special delight that you don’t want to miss. The services include paraffin for feet and hands, nail polish change and essential oil treatment, and can be part of the entire package, or just a la carte! Then allow your body to surrender to the world of therapeutic benefits of massage by Spa WingHaven’s Certified Massage Therapists, trained in a variety of techniques. Aromatherapy massage, Stone Therapy massage, Pregnancy massage, Swedish and Reiki massage are designed to rejuvenate, invigorate, revitalize, and bring a renewed sense of health. Spa WingHaven provides hair and color treatments; perms, conditioner and straightener treatments. Special occasion make-up, permanent make-up, and bridal day treatments also are provided by The Salon at Spa WingHaven. The ultimate gift of beauty, relaxation and rejuvenation is perfect for every occasion. Body treatments and spa packages will provide wonderful nourishment, and pampering that will de-toxify and de-stress everyone. The Spa Paradise package provides an entire day spent in the luxurious and calm atmosphere. And with a Couples Retreat the two of you will melt your cares away with a full body polish, followed by a Rain Forest shower and a relaxing hour-long Swedish massage. Treat the man in your life to a Men’s Spa Escape that begins with a Quick Fix Facial, followed by an hour-long full body Sports Massage and a manicure. For the Ultimate WingHaven package, relax in the steam room with eucalyptus, enjoy a stone massage, paraffin facial, anti-stress body wrap, spa manicure and pedicure, served with lunch and wine. To accommodate your busy schedule, Spa WingHaven is open seven days a week. Don’t forget to visit them on Friday, May 7, when Angela, Sandy and the team at Spa WingHaven are celebrating their Grand Re-Opening from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will host ribbon cutting by the Chamber and O’Fallon officials, happy hour drinks, food, ice cream, entertainment, spa tours and best of all, spa giveaways. Spa WingHaven is located at 2327 Technology Drive and can be contacted at 636-625-8772. Visit them on the web at


Mind Body and Spirit is Washington, Missouri’s newest, most upscale and sensational spa, a true spa in every sense. Located in the virtual hub of the city, all the forces of beauty and nature come together to create a true oasis of relaxation and beauty. Filled with talented clinical experts and staff ready to offer world-class techniques, the spa provides an experience you won’t forget. It has been described as an experience much like “discovering buried treasure” right in the city limits of Washington. Inside the 4400 square feet of Mind Body and Spirit, your experience begins in the tranquility room, designed to help you unwind, shed your layers of stress and prepare for a luxurious journey. Mind Body and Spirit features massage, esthetics, cosmetology, skin care, two fitness studios and more. Whatever your needs are, they will be met by the experts trained in the area of expertise you are seeking. Master therapists offer a wide range of massage modalities including Deep Tissue, Myofascial release, Reflexology, Sports massage, Hot stone massage, Swedish, trigger point therapy, Visceral manipulation, Reiki and more. Mind Body and Spirit has seven massage rooms including a couple’s room. Mind Body and Spirit also offers Meditation and Yoga. Yoga is the traditional physical and mental discipline of the mind. With meditation, you can achieve a greater sense of purpose and strength of will. It also helps achieve a clearer mind, improve concentration, and discover the wisdom and tranquility within. The Zumba Studio is the only one in a tri-county area. Zumba is the number one cardio-vascular fitness phenomenon sweeping the nation, and Mind Body and Spirit offers free introductory classes. Zumba is a spicy, upbeat mixture of Salsa, Meringue, Cambia, Reggae and other Latin based dance beats. Many people who are not dancers love Zumba because it is easy and uncomplicated. Most of all it’s an excellent workout that’s fun and effective. Zumba adds that special quality that unlocks your body, frees your mind and enriches your spirit. Mind Body and Spirit’s esthetician and cosmetology services include customized facials, body wraps, skin color matching and care, non surgical face lifts, permanent make-up, semi permanent eyelash extensions, waxing, tinting, spray tanning, organic manicures, pedicures, foot reflexology and many other body contour treatments. Let their experts determine your skin type and the proper treatment to recapture the youthful look of the skin you were born with. Tami Musket Luehr opened Mind Body and Spirit in July 2009 and to date has over 300 members. Although the spa is membership based to allow for preferential treatment of its members, everyone is welcome to enjoy the many amenities the spa has to offer, including retail products made exclusively for Mind Body and Spirit. The spa is located at 1082 Washington Square, in Washington Missouri. Visit them on the web at, stop by for a tour, or schedule an appointment by calling 636239-3337. ◄Tami

Luehr, owner.

1082 Washington Square - Washington, MO



702 N. Highway 47, Warrenton, Missouri


Photos by Sarah Crowder

A Salon/Spa with a Purpose

When you enter Luminesce Salon you will soon feel their point of difference. The environment is relaxing, the aromas are soothing, and it is clear that their philosophy is to cater to your individual needs. Luminesce Salon is one of the few Aveda Concept Salons in the St. Louis area, which means they use only Aveda products. This is a huge benefit because each staff member is educated about the products they use. Aveda products have a strong environmental impact; the products are as natural as one can get. From the organic aromas to the way they are bottled, Aveda has addressed harvesting naturally all the way to being the first totally wind- powered manufacturing plant. In this stressful and demanding world, most of us need a place that gives us permission to unwind. Let’s start with the spa. Massages range from a stress release massage to a relaxing hot stone massage, an amazing experience where the certified massage therapist uses warm stones on pressure points to release stress and muscle tensions. They also have a steam shower in the spa for that added push over the edge; my only wish is that they would provide a ride home. Luminesce resident esthetician Amanda specializes in skincare. She offers customized facials to address your individual needs. Her personal passion is working with teens and acne relief treatments where you can see results, and it not only treats the acne symptoms, but also the causes, so skin stays clear. Another popular service is the Green Science Perfecting Plant Peel. Beyond glycolic peels, the Perfecting Plant Peel gives you instant exfoliation and radiance benefits of a 30% glycolic peel but without the associated irritation. Amanda is well versed in Aveda’s entire line of skincare and is available for complimentary skincare consultations. It’s easy to see that the entire staff is enrolled in the high-touch approach to even the hair care side of the salon/spa. With every haircut, you receive a stress release scalp massage, and when you have hair color done you receive a complimentary hot stone foot soak at the service bar while you process. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they offered me a hand and arm massage. By this time I was thinking, stress, what stress? Is this what they call a hair spa? I think so.


211 Jackson Street - Augusta, Missouri

Photos by Steve Drews and Alexander M. Brown Halcyon Spa is nestled in the heart of downtown, historic Augusta. The spa focuses on services to promote health and wellness, with a boutique filled with conscious living products. Halcyon Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, LLC was established by Kathy Kessler, P.T., L.M.T. in 2001, with the emphasis on the health benefits of therapeutic massage and various forms of bodywork. Kessler began the business in her home, building a clientele of locals and tourists. The team has grown over the years to meet the client need, and Halcyon Spa recently moved to the new location with expanded spa services. Halcyon means a time of peace and tranquility, often referring to a period of time when life is easy and unruffled – Halcyon Days. The spa focuses on assisting client’s wellness and relaxation needs with therapeutic massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Organic Facials, hydrotherapy and a sauna. The client has an opportunity to step away from the hassles of daily life and spend an hour, ½ day or full day relaxing. A variety of services leave them with a sense of well-being. Kessler states, “Our clients can rejuvenate and recharge at the spa receiving just one or multiple services; the staff has the skills and expertise to give the clients an excellent spa experience.” The staff has expanded over the years, with licensed massage therapists (LMT) Amanda Brinker and Amy Brakemeyer joining Kessler in 2004, and Kara Marvel in 2005. Brinker and Marvel both specialize in deep tissue massage. Brakemeyer has special training in Craniosacral Therapy. Zoe Florence, LMT with two years experience, joined in 2009. Along with Florence’s excellent massage skills, she has a passion for natural and organic products assisting with finding new products for the boutique. Kathleen Goulet, LMT with 1.5 years experience, offers massage services as well as BioEnergetic Harmony therapy, focusing on the mind, body and spirit connection. Meaghan Shaffer, a licensed esthetician joined the team this spring, offering organic Eminence facials, waxing and body wraps. Therapeutic massage and bodywork modalities created the foundation for this spa. The new location was recently renovated by Kessler, and designed specifically for the spa experience. The building was originally the old Mill in Augusta, and most recently an antiques shop. Kessler, along with Renaissance Building Enterprises, created this destination spa. The rooms are set up to accommodate a variety of massage services including couples massage, yoga classes and work shops. In addition, one has the ability to unwind in the claw foot tub, recharge outside on the gazebo or front porch with a book, relax in the sauna or rinse off in the rain shower. The boutique focuses on conscious living products, such as Blue Canoe, Motherearth Pillows, Eminence skin care and more. Blue Canoe is organic cotton active and bamboo studio apparels. The clients can enjoy the warmth and relaxation of the spa at home with their Motherearth aromatherapy pillows. Eminence skin care is organic, made from food and plants to nourish the skin with phytophenols and antioxidants. Halcyon searches for products that are natural without harmful additives and preservatives. In addition, they have a library focused on books and CD’S promoting health, personal growth and spirituality. Halcyon, the power of peace and calm, has a unique spa experience to offer you.



608 S. Hwy. 47, Warrenton, Missouri


For fourteen years customers have chosen Dom’s Hair Salon in Warrenton to get the latest in hair cuts and styles, helping the salon earn the reputation as a premier styling destination for the trendy. Choice of a hair salon is a very personal decision based on total satisfaction and quality service. “Our clients come from as far as St. Louis, St. Charles and St. Peters, Troy, Marthasville and Washington. Hair is all we do, for men, women and children. They range from all ages, two years old to a lady from O’Fallon who is 106,” said owner Dom Pilla. Dom’s is not a spa and doesn’t want to be one. They don’t do nails or massage. Hair is what they do and they do it very well: everything from perms, colors, highlights, and lowlights to styles and cuts. They also do eyebrow arches, waxes and facial waxing. They carry a variety of hair care products from Matrix, CHI, Hempz and more. The décor reflects the modern art taste of his wife, Anna Pilla, and his own eclectic collections. Dom is an avid fly fisherman and hunter, and has some magnificent hand tied flies he made on display. A shadow box displays Dom’s valuable collection of straight razors from the German Nazi SS era, contrasting with Anna’s beloved Munch, The Scream. But the real draw is the custom leather chair Dom designed that is almost identical to the one used on Sweeny Todd. On summer mornings you will find clients enjoying coffee on his front deck while awaiting their turn in the famous chair. At Dom’s the service is impeccable, the atmosphere is inviting and the rates are affordable. All haircuts include a shampoo and blow-dry. While others charge for this additional service, they offer it free. Dom’s does an exceptional job with every type of haircut, from the latest in swing bobs to military cuts, clipper fades and flat tops. While walkins are always welcome, make an appointment so you don’t have to wait. Judy Stephens has been with Dom since the opening and has thirty-three years of styling experience. Judy is a favorite among clients for her exceptional touch and cutting edge styles. You’ll also find Brittany Click working as an apprentice to gain the experience she needs. Stop in see Brittany for a clipper cut from her. During the review Dom displayed his magical touch on two ladies. Maranna had long hair and normally wore her hair down, but sometimes wanted to wear it up. Her hair was somewhat dry from daily washing. “Often women wash their hair everyday, not realizing it’s is not needed. When you over wash, it can cause dry scalp.” She wanted a cut that would continue to give her a layered look when down but wouldn’t sacrifice the ability to wear it up. Layered hair can be a problem to wear up. Dom cut her hair so she could keep her long and short layers but look stylish with her hair up. The messy tousled up-do is the look of the year for any occasion, including weddings, proms, etc. Next up was Shana whose hair had started to lose its shape and was looking frizzy and limp. She also did not like the heaviness around her face. Solution: shaped up layers by taking off several inches to remove split ends caused by blow drying and straightening. This brought her hair together for a complete healthy and thick shape. Often when hair is cut short around the face it causes it to look very thin. Dom’s technique of razoring the hair around the face gave Shana’s hair a lift and reduced heaviness without loosing the look of thick hair. Gels and mousse used for that lifted look often causes the opposite effect and hair is left dull and heavy. Once Shana’s hair was cut and blow dried, a product called Big Sexy Hair Powder Play was lightly sprinkled over the top of her hair to create volume without weighing her hair down. Dom’s is one of the few salons where you can find this amazing styling aid. Dom’s Hair Salon is located at 608 South Highway 47 in Warrenton. They are open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Drop by or give them a call today at 636-456-7663.

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Relax on a Cruise

Experience Oasis of the Seas By: Diane Picht, owner of Four Season Travel and Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruise line’s newest ship, Oasis of the Seas is the largest at sea. Its neighborhood concept of seven distinct areas provides guests with the opportunity to seek out relevant experiences based on their personal style, preference or mood. A cruise on this magnificent vessel provides the ultimate escape. There are activities for everyone in your party. All you have to do is relish the experi-

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ence! If you are seeking relaxation, step into the Vitality at Seas Spa and Fitness neighborhood to soothe the mind and body in a tranquil, therapeutic setting. The Thermal Suite features heated tile loungers, saunas and steam rooms; 29 treatment rooms including couples massage suites and individual treatment rooms. Guests are encouraged to unwind in the calming relaxation rooms. Kids and teens have a dedicated spa of their own. The center of the ship opens to the sky and lush, tropical grounds spanning more than the length of a football field, the first ever park at sea. Named Central Park, the unique outdoor space offers entertainment and dining venues. Its central piazza evolves at night into a gathering space for alfresco dining and entertainment including concerts, street performances and strolling musicians. The Entertainment Place includes a full Broadway show, casino, contemporary nightclub district, theatre, and comedy club. The Pool and Sports Zone offers multiple pools (including some adult-only), miniature golf, two flow riders and a basketball court. A thrilling zip line races diagonally nine-decks above an openair atrium. You won’t want to miss the AquaTheater, a pool by day and an ocean front theater under the stars at night. The pool is the deepest at sea, at 17.9 feet. It features acrobatic, synchronized and high-dive performances on the high seas with a talent cast of Olympic and National Collegiate Atheletic Association divers. Enjoy the Royal Promenade, the most grand and expansive promenade deck ever. Just think what a honeymoon cruise on the Oasis would be make! For a family considering a cruise with young ones, the Youth Zone is home to an award-winning youth program where parents are worry-free. There are three ages groups for children: six to 36 months, 4 to 11 years, and teens. The program offers adventures and stimulating activities for each of the age groups. You won’t feel guilty when you steal some time for you and someone special, knowing the kids are having fun too. If you are ready for the Oasis, give Four Season Travel a call at 636-456-8115 or toll-free 800-893-8990 or stop by and visit at 616 N. Hwy. 47, Suite A in Warrenton.

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{dealing with grief}

Something to Think About

By: James R. Blossom and Lisa T. Bautista Surviving the death of a loved one, especially a child or spouse ranks very high on the list of stress-producing life events. While a moderate amount of stress may motivate and stimulate us, a high level of stress is potentially harmful to our health. Evidence indicates that those who are bereaved have a decreased resistance to infections and other diseases, some which may even be life threatening. One study for instance, showed a striking correlation between severe stress and the onset of cancer. This stress is also likely to lead to problems in other relationships. The incidence of separation and divorce in parents who experience the death of a young child is exceptionally high. The death rate is higher for bereaved persons than others in the same age and social categories. This is especially true

Don’t feel obligated to ‘get over it’ just because others don’t understand or share your loss.

for the first year following the death. It is a critical period during which the health and welfare of the bereaved should be of prime concern. In order to work your way through stressful times following the loss of a loved one, there are several ways to help yourself. The most important thought is to know that you have the right to your time. Don’t feel obligated to ‘get over it’ just because others don’t understand or share your loss, or because they mistakenly believe that you should be able to get on with your life in a time frame that is convenient for them. Second, you have the right to express your emotions. There is no right way to grieve. And the process of grieving involves a wide variety of experiences and emotions that may include depression, anger, anxiety, disappointment, and more. Third, you have the right to take care of yourself. Do your very best to take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, eating well and exercising. Fourth, you have the time to take time out. You have a right to and very likely a need for time to yourself and by yourself. Fifth, you have the right to expect support. Although your experience of grieving is uniquely yours, you do not have to go through it alone. Grief shared with others can actually bring people closer together. Last, you have the right to heal and trust. You can do it - really. Take inspiration from people you know who have made their way through grief and loss. You too, have the right to everything you need to grieve well so that you can live fully. Your loved one would want nothing less for you. James R. and Mari Blossom are owners, operators and licensed funeral directors of McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, located at 1304 Boone St. in Troy, MO. Mr. Blossom is an embalmer and Lisa T. Bautista is licensed funeral director at the facility. They can be contacted at 636-528-8244 or

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{Ask the Expert}

Compassion and Caring Compassionate and caring leadership begins with Fran Martin and Kelly Martin-Chmiel at Martin Funeral Homes, Inc. Their goal is to achieve personal relationships with each family who needs someone to guide them through the process of planning or pre-planning a Celebration of Life service. A funeral service is about celebrating the life of someone who has passed and it is for the benefit of the ones who are still living. Each service they perform is as unique as each family they serve. Kelly and Fran encourage families to make the service as personal as possible, through video, pictures, music and hobbies. They provide access to video and music and help arrange pictures in a collage form or in frames. By using pictures, hobbies and music each family can honor the life of their loved one by celebrating the life they lived. Grief Counseling Martin Funeral Homes offers Grief Education for the bereaved.

The Grief Education meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is an on-going, open meeting with planned topics for discussion, although many discussions are started on their own by the participants. This is a community support group of trained people from local churches. Fran Sprous, a licensed grief counselor who has been with Martin Funeral Homes since 2009 and Fran Martin, owner of Martin Funeral Homes and a member of the Stephens Ministries provide the leadership of this group. They provide support to anyone who has suffered a loss of any kind. Their 24-hour answering service allows Martin Funeral Homes to immediately meet the needs of families and emergency requests. A web site is planned for the fall of 2010. Compassionate, caring funeral service begins with Martin Funeral Homes. Please give them a call at 636-456-3316.

Funeral Processions

By: Kimberly Ingersoll


ave you ever wondered why the funeral director asks the vehicles in a procession to turn on their flashers? It is not only for your safety, it’s the law. The Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors rules and regulations state in Chapter 194, section 500-512, the laws that regulate a funeral procession. The procession must be lead by a vehicle with a circulating lamp exhibiting an amber or purple light or lens or flashing headlights. A hearse or another funeral home vehicle may be used. In Troy and many cities the police and or sheriff’s departments work hand in hand with the funeral home by providing officers to escort the procession to the place of burial. Vehicles and pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle

in a procession at an intersection regardless of a traffic signal or sign. However, a procession must yield to any emergency vehicle or as directed by an officer. A person cannot drive between cars in a procession, join the procession to gain the right-of-way or pass the procession if there is not a passing lane. Most drivers have the utmost respect for a funeral procession. Many pull to the side of the road and I have even seen some people get out and stand beside their car as a sign of respect for the deceased and their family. If you have a question you would like me to address, please contact me at or 636-462-CARE. Kimberly Ingersoll, owner of Ingersoll Chapel for Funeral & Cremation Services in Troy, is a Missouri licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

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Blame it on a lack of familiarity or the fear of something new, when it comes to choosing the right tequila for the occasion, we fall into the category of the uninitiated. In order to understand the differences and similarities among tequilas, we should look at what tequila really is. Tequila is a sophisticated spirit manufactured with painstaking work. Tequileros distill and manufacture their namesake product under the all-seeing eye of Consejo Regulador del Tequila, a Mexican government-sanctioned regulatory council that maintains the highest standards for its national treasure and strictly enforces the tequila certification; which demands that its sugar be made completely from the hearts of blue agave, an indigenous succulent tequileros believe that aging longer than four years ruins the earthy flavor tones of tequilas. Añejo is best enjoyed in a snifter to appreciate its aroma. cultivated in Mexico for thousands of years. Contrary to the common myth, high-end Mexican tequila is not made from Though Mexicans prefer reposado over anejo, with blanco a distant third; cactus juice, does not come with an engorged worm loitering at the bottom of high-end thrill seekers in the U.S. are likely to appreciate the more familiar the bottle, and isn’t swilled with a grimace from a shot glass followed by a characteristics of anejo. Reserva, though not technically a true variety of tequila, is very old tequila squeeze of lemon and a tablespoon of salt to mask its taste. Most Americans do not generally think of tequila as anything other than the key ingredient of that spends up to eight years in the barrel. Originally utilized as a term for the a margarita, but Mexicans customarily drink tequila with their meals much the superior wines of Spain and Portugal, reserva has been applied to tequilas of exceptional age and quality. At this stage of developsame way one might have a glass of Bordeaux or a ment, the tequila enters the realm of fine cognac or an cocktail here. Whether it’s enjoyed straight or mixed scotch in both taste and price. with grapefruit soda, cola, seltzer or fresh lime, it is a Premium tequila should superb How will you dispatch your tequila? The key, other drink that is savored and relished. than finding the right tequila, is knowing how to drink be sipped, not slugged So what do you look for when you choose a tequila? Want to impress that vixen drinking a scotch on the Picking your tequila depends greatly on whether you back, either neat, on the Order an añejo in a snifter. If your purse and palare shooting it, sipping it or mixing it. If you want a ette allow, by all means get a reserva. If you are looking rocks as a standalone, good tequila, look for 100% blue agave, 100% de for something to put in the blender with some ice and a agave or 100% puro de agave. This means that the or with a mixer. mix, go with a blanco. Got a salt shaker, a lime and a spirit was produced using only the sugars from the keg party? Go for the mixto. blue agave plant and no other fermented sugar spirits Now that you’re armed with some basic facts about were used to cut it. If it is not 100% blue agave grown in specifically approved areas of Mexico, it is known as mixto, which, obviously tequila, its grades and a few of their medicinal applications, go visit Buzzy’s Liquor and Sporting Goods, located at 208 North Lincoln Drive in Troy or give is less desirable. There are five types of tequilas. Blanco or silver, is crystal clear and un- them a call at 636-528-6040. They carry 125 varieties of wine, over 100 aged. It is stored in a stainless steel tank prior to bottling, a process that types of liquor and have the largest selection of tequila in the region. 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Conveniently located next to the Post Office in Troy, the office supply store has become very popular among business owners and soccer moms alike and is frequented by anyone seeking great product and services at competitive prices. Speedy Office lives up to its name by providing free next business day delivery for office supplies. “Have an emergency need, give us a call, we do same day supply and printing orders,” said Jennifer. This office solutions store services a large number of clients in six surrounding counties with clients range from school districts, large manufacturing plants and multi office large businesses to small and home business owners. They have free pick-up and delivery for orders and are also the only shipping outlet for UPS and FedEx in Troy offering prepaid drop off packages. As a full line printing and office product provider they offer a variety of custom printing services from eye catching business cards to letterheads, envelopes, invoices, statements, forms, flyers, postcards, announcements and brochures. “You overspend when buying toners and cartridges to to print large quantities with home or office printers; you can save a lot if you bring your large printing jobs to us,” said Jennifer.

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hether you need a box of paper clips, some business cards or a wide format print, a full service office solutions provider like Speedy Office Solutions will make your life easier. This comprehensive office supply and solution center will surprise you with their ability to meet and deliver the increasing needs of your growing business. With twenty years of experience running office supply stores, owner Jennifer McNeil brings a wealth of knowledge and problem solving expertise in addition to terrific personalized and professional customer service to her business. Complementing Jennifer’s real world business experience is her graphic artist daughter Jessica whose can-do attitude will satisfy the creative design needs of the most particular of clients. “We are a one hundred percent woman owned business,” proudly stated Jennifer. “We are very happy to provide a one-stop office supply store. We are proud to be part of this vibrant and growing community and appreciate the tremendous loyalty we enjoy from our customers.”

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Water The Wonder Drug

By: Jack Val Spencer, LMT How important is water? Well considering that wars are fought over access to it, it would seem that it is pretty important. Consider also that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. The controversy over how much and what kind of water continues to rage on but there are some basics that seem to hold up to common sense, as well as research. A person should be drinking approximately one half his/her weight - in ounces - of water every single day. Certainly no less than eight cups. About a glass an hour while you are awake should keep you well hydrated. This does not include any beverage containing caffeine, carbonation or alcohol which are all diuretics and will actually REMOVE anywhere from four to eight glasses of water from your system per the same amount of that beverage. Sugar can also dehydrate you because of the need for water to dilute the amount of sugar in your system. This is especially important information for diabetics.

Water and Weight Loss

On a person note, I learned the importance of water while attending massage school. At the time, I had already given up smoking (which also requires more hydration because of the toxins it creates that need to be removed from the body). I had quit drinking caffeine and alcohol 30 years prior and was only drinking a maximum of two carbon-

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ated beverages a day, neither of which contained caffeine. Consequently, when the instructor gave us the information I have just shared, I was doubtful. So, in an attempt to prove to myself (or possibly disprove what the instructor had said), I decided to conduct a little experiment on myself. Since I was supposed to be sharing this information with my clients, I acknowledged that I am not a good salesman unless I am myself sold on the idea. For the next month (surely I could do most anything for a month) I would sacrifice my soda and drink primarily water, as well as a little juice. Remember that juice is full of concentrated sugars even at best, another fact that diabetics need to realize. As someone in my sixties, I recall from my youth something that has become all but obsolete: the juice glass. In this day and age of supersizing, such a small quantity is almost unheard of. I might add that our major soft drinks, specifically CocaCola, Pepsi-Cola, and even Dr. Pepper orginated as medicinal concoctions which were dispersed by the local soda jerk/pharmacist in very small glasses. They were never intended to be consumed as Big Gulps! Anyway, a month later I discovered (much to my surprise) that: 1. I had lost about 30 pounds. 2. I had lost about five inches in my waist. 3. I had more energy than I had since I was about 20 years old. 4. The arthritis in my knee (the result of a bicycle accident

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in college) had DISAPPEARED and has remained so until the present day! This was ten years ago now. So as you can see, I have become a fan, and perhaps fanatic, about water. The next logical question is, of course, “what is the best kind of water to drink?” That topic will be covered in a future article or you can come by my office and I will be happy to discuss it with you. I am available around the clock seven days a week. The office is located at 241 Front Street in Troy or you can reach me at 636-528-4507 or on my personal cell at 636295-6736.

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ein Specialties recently added a center in Washington, Missouri, to reach more people who suffer from painful varicose veins. Dr. Norman Bein, a surgeon, dedicates his medical practice in St. Louis and Washington, Missouri, to the in-office treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous disease, focusing all efforts on the patient’s individual needs. They have the latest equipment available and provide some of the most advanced procedures available in the area. Dr. Bein is a registered vascular technologist and performs his own diagnostic ultrasounds, in his office, during the initial visit for the patient’s convenience. The difference in Vein Specialties from many others is that each patient receives personalized state-of-the-art treatment and care, in the office instead of a hospital, by a board certified surgeon with 35 years of experience. Any recovery time is measured in days, not weeks. Varicose veins are enlarged veins close to the skin. Many factors such as genetics and hormones have a role in their cause. Vein disease symptoms you can see and feel. Common symptoms are pain, burning, stinging, itching, heaviness, aching, swelling, redness, skin changes, spontaneous bleeding, leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. Symptoms will only increase if left untreated.

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Vein Specialties hosts free Deep Vein Thrombosis screenings in conjunction with the American Venous Forum every spring. The statistics for DVT are staggering, as blood clots in deeper veins can break loose and travel to the lungs, becoming fatal. Annually, 2.5 million people develop dangerous cases of DVT, and 600,000 people are hospitalized for Deep Vein Thrombosis. DVT is a silent killer; 200,000 people die each year from complications. The clinic also offers free Varicose and Spider Vein Screenings on certain days throughout the year. Many people suffer from enlarged veins and diffuse redness on the face. Ivy Filson, a licensed esthetician and medical assistant, is able to evaluate and treat these area as well as anti-aging treatments. While she can evaluate your skin in the Washington office, these treatments are performed in the St. Louis office where she can tailor according to your skin type. She offers Microdermabrasion (DiamondTome), Intense Pulsed Light (Limelight), Cutera Laser Genesis (Skin Tightening), and Obagi Prescription skin care regimes. Dr. Bein also offers Latisse which is FDA approved for eyelash growth and fullness. Vein Specialties is also proud to offer, from Australia, INVISIBLE ZINC sun protection. This new product to the USA produces a barrier, not a chemical filter, to block harmful UVB and UVA rays. Call 866-626-VEIN(8346) today to schedule your Vein Consultation and get ready for summer. While many treatments for vein disease have available insurance coverage under most plans, cosmetic treatments are not eligible for insurance coverage. In St. Louis, Vein Specialties is located at 11456 Olive Blvd. Suite 200 and can be reached 314-993-8233. In Washington, Missouri, his office is located at 1987 Highway A, Suite 200 (just a short distance south of Highway 100) or call 866-626-VEIN (8346) or 636-266-0138 for directions. Visit Dr. Bein on the web at for more information. Don’t put it off another day! SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Will Your Knees Carry the Load?


By: Susan Smith, PT

magine yourself carrying 15 pound weights on each shoulder every day, all day. Imagine how you would feel when getting in and out of the car, going up and down stairs, carrying groceries. If you’re a mere 10 pounds overweight, that’s the kind of stress you’re placing on your joints. Knees and hips are built to last a lifetime, but every pound that you add to your frame multiplies by three to six times the force on these joints with each step you take. The message is clear: if your joints are feeling young and healthy now, a good way to keep them pain free is to maintain a healthy weight. A study by a team of specialists at Johns Hopkins Medical Center found a direct correlation between body mass index (BMI) and significant pain in the knee, hip and back. Other studies indicate that overweight women are four times more likely than normal weight women to develop osteoarthritis of the knee. For overweight men, the risk is five times greater. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis, often known as a wear and tear disease, is by far the most common, affecting about 27 million Americans. Scientists are not sure what causes this degenerative joint disease, but after genetics and age, obesity is the most important risk factor. The added stress placed on joints is the most obvious reason, but excess weight apparently affects joints in more indirect ways as well. Even in non-weight-bearing joints such as those in the hand, overweight persons have a higher rate of arthritis. If you’re overweight and haven’t felt joint pain yet, it may be just a matter of time. By age 40, about 90 percent of persons show signs (on x-rays) indicating early arthritis, but the disease develops gradually and usually begins causing pain and stiffness after age 50. At first, you may feel these symptoms after a hard day’s work in the garden or for a few minutes after you get out of bed in the morning. Symptoms vary from person to person, but some individuals eventually develop pain and stiffness so severe that they find it difficult to manage every day activities. It’s not always clear why arthritis progresses in some individuals rather than others. There is no known cure, but weight loss and exercise are nearly always recommended to help control symptoms. Whether you have arthritic joints or not, it should be clear that it’s more comfortable walking, exercising or performing routine daily activities if you’re not subjecting your joints to an excessively heavy load.

Weight Loss as Treatment

If your joints are already beginning to ache, it makes sense to take a load off of them. In fact, weight loss is usually a major component of arthritis treatment. One study found that a weight loss of 15 pounds gave patients better relief from their symptoms than pain relieving medication. Focusing on overweight arthritis patients age 60 and over, the Arthritis Diet and Activity Promotion Trial (ADAPT), found that subjects in a program combining modest weight loss and moderate exercise showed significant improvement in knee pain and mobility. Exercise is ordinarily an important part of any weight loss program, but persons with joint pain generally don’t feel like exercising or doing anything much that provokes pain. There is also a widespread myth that too much exercise will “wear out” joints. In fact, lack of physical activity makes muscles weaker, leading to more rapid progression of arthritis. And without physical activity, weight gain is virtually inevitable. The solution is to replace this negative cycle with a positive one. Regular exercise helps you lose weight, which in turn eases pain and makes it easier to continue exercising. A prior injury, such as a fracture or torn ligament, is often a factor in the breakdown of cartilage that characterizes osteoarthritis. And persons (such as carpet layers) who subject their joints to repetitive activities such as kneeling or squatting have a high risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knees. Exercise–even long-distance running– is not one of those high-risk activities. Data from the Framingham Offspring Cohort study, tracking subjects from 1993 to 2005, found no difference between those who ran and those who engaged in lower-impact activities such as walking. They were equally likely to get osteoarthritis of the knees. An Australian study, however, found that distance runners and others performing vigorous weight-bearing exercise actually had thicker, healthier cartilage in their knees than those who exercised more moderately. Vigorous activity improves blood circulation to the cartilage, providing the nutrients the knee needs while strengthening muscles around the joint, providing support. For persons with significant joint pain and arthritis, of course, some alteration of activities is often necessary. Your doctor or physical therapist can help you choose lower impact activities, such as swimming or biking and show you appropriate stretching and range of motion routines. Some kind of regular exercise is needed to help control weight, preserve muscle tone and provide proper circulation to joints. Weight loss, whether through exercise, dieting or a combination of the two, has been found to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but not necessarily stop the progression of arthritis.

Susan Smith, PT, is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Lincoln County Medical Center in Troy. Working as a Physical Therapist, she has been helping patients to manage their osteoarthritis symptoms for 24 years. Susan received her degrees in Physical Therapy from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). For the last 14 years, Susan has been providing Physical Therapy care at Lincoln County Medical Center. SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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By: Barbara Cashion, optician/owner of Here’s 2 Eyes in Troy, MO

n today’s corporate world it’s not enough just to know your business, your image is often what will get you in the front door. I would first like to address those men out there who look several years younger than they are. While in our later years many of us strive to look younger, being young and looking even younger can hurt that first impression. I have even experiences with men who have recently graduated from college eager to enter the business world but instead look like they should be entering high school! What can they do to look more professional? One option is to purchase glasses with non prescription glasses to make your appearance look a little older and more serious. Remember, these don’t have to be the glasses your father wore. There are many styles, colors, shapes and sizes to fit your style. The same goes for all of the older gentleman out there. There was a time when a lot of the frames available to men all looked pretty much the same. You know how they looked-they either had the extra bar across the bridge or they were the old horned rim, thick plastic frames (which have returned in popularity as the “retro” look). While these looks are okay for some, you have a lot more choices now. Choices include a variety of materials known for their strength and durability, as well as being capable of holding most lens materials. Remember those glass lenses that “weighed a ton”? You also have choices here. You can select from lighter weight lenses that change with the sun or another option is to select a frame with a magnetic clip. Worried about the clip scratching your glasses? Don’t be. Remember, these are made to go with the frame allowing a space between the clip and the lens to prevent scratches. Remember, you only get one chance at that first impression. Don’t let them remember you as “Mr. Magoo” or “that nerd with the tape on his glasses.” Now that we’ve talked those of you in the corporate world about those of you who prefer to get your hands dirty at both work and play. As mentioned before, there is a wide variety of lenses and frames available. Baseball fan? Like those sunglasses players they wear while they are playing? Do you really like them but don’t think you can have them with a prescription in them? Think again. There are sunglass frames out there that are safety approved and can be fit with your prescription. Going in and out of a building or car/truck a lot on the job? You may want to have sun sensitive lenses made with your prescription. Remember certain tint colors work better for different weather conditions and times of the day. Consult with your eye care professional for what will work best for you.

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Dr. Stan Gross, the author of The Physician Within has been practicing family chiropractic medicine since 1988, says, “Health is a truly simple concept, if a person is given all of the information needed to make an informed choice.” His book explores the necessary steps to attain health in body, mind, soul and spirit, and provides a practical guide to the natural healing power within all of us. His book gives simple answers and definitions to the neverending quest for health. Inspired by his patients, the link between the body, mind, soul and spirit is described through living examples and case reports. Written for people looking for something beyond the scope and practice of traditional medicine, the book explains how simple changes can add up to major changes and arms the reader with the information needed to make positive changes in life. As a Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Stan offers a comprehensive holistic approach to health. He offers care for the entire family, nutritional support when one for detoxification, weight loss, immunity fortification or improving Betamune, Dr. Stan’s formula that is stamina, and acupuncture and on the market in the United States acupressure. He has completed his studies as a 4th Degree Masand England. SPRING/SUMMER 2010

ter in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Shanghai Institute in China. He also provides physical therapy for both acute and chronic injuries, rehabilitation for low back injuries using the Lordex System, and alternative healing methods including homeopathic, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. More than a physician, he is also a writer, one who truly believes in his work and gets straight to the point. Dr. Stan has also developed Betamune, an extract formula to treat Sarcoids and other immune-compromising conditions for horses. It began with a grand experiment and included Irish stout, avocados and specific seeds. Within three weeks, the tumors had shrunk to half and at nine weeks, the tumors came off completely. With 24 months, the horse was cleared of Sarcoid tumors and had wooled over. Dr. Stan’s formula has been on the market here in the United States and in England. Other therapies and services offered at Dr. Stan’s office are patient education classes, including cooking classes with healthy alternative recipes, and other seminars and presentations. Additional services, offered by fellow professionals are Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, and Energetic Healing. Hours are by appointment and they welcome new patients. Dr. Stan’s office is located at 3445 Pheasant Meadow Drive in O’Fallon and the phone number is 636-978-1000. Dr. Stan’s website is full of helpful information and can be found at The site provides an opportunity to read questions put to Dr. Stan and his answers. You can also email him at if you have problems or questions for him. He would be delighted to consult with you and help you decide if chiropractic is right for you.

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Have you ever wondered what you can do to help heal yourself naturally? Besides all the prescribed necessary tasks of eating right and exercising, sometimes even those things are not enough alone. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an alternative tool in your mind and body to use whenever you needed to do so for yourself and your loved ones? Denise Krause-Albritton, Usui Reiki Master, has just that tool and is able to teach others to have it also for both personal use and for a career of choice. Denise has studied the Usui Reiki since 2007 and has reached master level in an attunement that was performed in Sedona, AZ by her Usui Reiki Master, Lucinda Sohn, of St. Louis, MO. What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and natural healing. It was rediscovered in the 1900’s by Dr. Usui and has been handed down generations and expanded into the western world through teachings and attunements of sacred symbols used for healing. Reiki Denise Krause is not linked with any orgaAlbritton, Usi nized religion, instead Reiki Reiki Master

honors all religions of the world as one under God. All are seen as equal as God intended and therefore there are no judgments and all are welcome to learn Reiki. To experience Reiki is like having a warm, loving sensation in one’s body and a feeling of drifting off into some place that is very peaceful and joyful. It is the God-Consciousness called “Rei” that guides the life energy called “Ki” in the practice we call Reiki. Reiki can be defined as “Spiritually Guided Life Energy”. Reiki is performed similar to the old-fashioned “Laying on of the Hands” technique. Anyone who performs healings already, have reported an amplified experience after receiving a Reiki attunement. Absolutely anyone can learn and be attuned with Reiki for their own personal daily use, for their family and friends or as a professional healing tool alone or added to their bodywork techniques. Reiki is a wonderful addition to massage therapy as it gives an uplifting experience to the clients; they tend to leave more relaxed and energized simultaneously. It is truly an amazing tool of natural healing. “I’ve been a part and witnessed an incredible healing of an 84-year-old who had fallen and broken their hip in three places,” Denise explained. “The diagnosis was 8-12 weeks of healing and therapy. The daughter of the patient is a Reiki Mas-

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ter and immediately put out a request of healing for our Reiki circle. After only 5 weeks, a followup visit revealed Reiki is a Japanese absolutely no evidence of any technique for stress fractures on the reduction, relaxation x-rays! This is an example of the and natural healing. healing power of Reiki, a “Spiritually Guided Life Energy” in motion. The patient actually healed herself with the initiation of all the Reiki practitioners and Masters facilitating the healing within their body. Simply put, Amazing!” To be a part of the way of the future of healing, simply attend an introduction class of Reiki to determine if Reiki resonates with you before committing to a Level I class. Denise teaches “Intro to Reiki and the Angels” classes. She enjoys teaching that the guided Angels help assist her during the Reiki healings. People find the knowledge fascinating as she teaches the information Doreen Virtue, an Angel Therapist, teaches in her publications. Classes are available in Washington and Warrenton. A level I “Intro” class is scheduled for May and Junes. Call Denise to reserve your space in the class that is most convenient to attend at 636-359-0225.

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New Cancer Center ment, which is very calming. Dr. Cohen has enjoyed joining the Patients First Washington Campus, and says Washington is “the America I grew up in” and has found it very welcoming. He and his wife Stephanie have two daughters. He feels that Patients First is a first-class organization, and while “a lot are building [new facilities], not many are as good as this one.” Dr. Michael C. Van Tuyl, Radiation Oncologist, joins Dr. Cohen, at the Cancer Center. Prior to attending medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, he completed five years active duty in the US Navy, and then in the Reserves assigned to the Marine Corp Special Forces becoming a Navy diver, while completing his undergraduate studies in Reno.

The Cancer Center team at the new addition to the Washington campus. Patients First Health Care, founded in 1998, is a multi-specialty, patient-focused health services company based in Washington, Missouri. Their mission is to meet our community’s health care needs from diagnosis to prevention, treatment and recovery. In the PFHC Cancer Center, a new addition at the Washington Campus, the mission is to deliver innovative, patient-focused cancer treatment and care. Cancer can be difficult and draining. The Cancer Center is designed to bring all treatment together in a state of the art facility where the patient’s care is first priority. This makes the process of diagnosis, treatment and prevention as simple, efficient and caring as possible. Physicians Isaac Cohen and Michael C. Van Tuyl lead the treatment programs of Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Infusion therapy. Dr. Isaac Cohen will oversee all medical oncology and infusion therapy protocols for patients at the Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen, a specialist in medical oncology and hematology, received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago. His internship and residency in Internal medicine was completed

at Evanston Hospital – an affiliate of Northwestern Medical Center in Evanston, IL, followed by a twoyear medical Oncology Fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cohen is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He has been a practicing hematologist/oncologist for 23 years and sees a wide array of patients with various malignant tumors and blood disorders. His special interests include breast, lung and colorectal cancers as well as lymphomas. He is dedicated to the comprehensive and compassionate care of individuals battling cancer, but also takes a keen interest in the followup of cancer survivors. Dr. Cohen’s philosophy for the PFHC Cancer Center is that it should be stressless for the patients undergoing therapy and their families, by bringing together streamlined, comprehensive, and more efficient treatment in a state of the art facility. The Cancer Center is patient friendly, open, bright and provides a warm friendly environment for the patients. Patients like this, as it makes cancer, and its treatment, less obtrusive in their lives. Dr. Cohen says, “There are very few Centers like this, and what sets it apart is the design and the arrange-


He retired from the Navy in October 2004, at which time he was the chief of Radiation Oncology at Portsmouth, Virginia and the senior Radiation Oncologist in the Navy. He has served as both the primary and secondary investigator for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and participated in many clinical trials through the cooperative group process, which included the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Van Tuyl welcomes “the opportunity, and rare chance – to create the wheel from the ground up” with the Patients First Health Care Cancer Center. He wants to see the Cancer Center do open clinical trials and feels the support for this “is phenomenal.” To handle that challenge, the center will need to meet several criteria, such as to establish a track record, a review process and an affiliation with another Institution. These are high expectations, and he does have benchmarks established, but feels by starting fresh with the new Cancer Center, the process should be faster. He has the experience to build such a program. Dr. Van Tuyl feels the best test for the standard of care is “this is the place I would want to go myself” and that the Cancer Center will be able to provide every type of treatment needed. The Center provides a serene setting for patients receiving comprehensive cancer treatment. Patients First Health Care’s goal is to provide top quality, patient-focused care. “We pride ourselves on having the most compassionate physicians and nurses overseeing your treatment.” The PFHC team is highly skilled in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and cancer-related diseases.

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