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February 2019

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Contents February vol. 13 No. 2

About the Cover: Cover illustration by Kerrie Boys.

Channel Markers

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

24 It’s About

17 Kathleen McIntyre helps people find balance outdoors


Davidson’s Hunter Busse knows what’s important and stays focused

26 Thoughts from the Man Cave

Mike Savicki learns that music, health and happiness mix well

70 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake Norman this month



72 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

sticks it to stress at Best Acupuncture

18 For the Long Run —Davidson Chocolate Co.

20 Shop + Tell — A new name, a crafty hangout and more

22 Robin Wilgus’ colorful take on spring for the Davidson Horticultural Symposium

27 S pecial Section Medical Profiles

23 Bet You Didn’t know — Who is Norman?

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

54 Dwellings

Pat and Larry Helmandollar’s mid-century modern dream

40 T rends + Style Wrist candy


Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

64 Wine Time

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66 On Tap

Dare to delve into sour beer


67 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Flourless Chocolate Squidges

68 Nibbles + Bites

42 H ealth + Happiness Karen Dortschy and Jack Grossman defy the odds

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t’s a tradition at my children’s school that they make valentines for their teachers and fellow students instead of sending store-bought cards. Each grade is assigned a type of poem to write for their valentines. In first grade, they wrote acrostic poems, second grade was haikus and this year they wrote cinquains (Google it). It’s a wonderful exercise in writing and art, but what I like best about it is that it makes my kids sit down and think about the qualities they like the most in their teachers and classmates. Words like kind, funny, athletic, caring and artistic come up frequently as they describe their friends. What’s even better is when they bring their valentines home, and we get to read what their classmates think about them. Their faces beam when a friend writes about how creative or hilarious they are. It’s too bad that adults aren’t assigned to do this once a year. What would you write in a poem about a co-worker, your Pilates teacher or your accountant? It’s fun to think about, but too often we focus on what we don’t like about someone instead of what we do. I’m just as guilty of doing this as the next person. It’s easy to say that it’s human nature to point out the negative, but if it is, we need to

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change it. When I was a young editor working for a magazine in Charlotte, I drafted an e-mail to a writer with revisions to a piece he had written for me. His story was weak and poorly structured, so I had a lot of edits. I sent it to my boss for review before I sent it to him, and my boss said that the edits were fine but that I needed to start the e-mail off on a positive note. “Tell him something that he did right,” he advised. Wouldn’t it be nice if we used that train of thought in our daily living? Sure, the cashier accidentally rang up your avocado twice, but look at all of the other items he rang up correctly? Yes, your friend said something that hurt your feelings during your morning walk, but look at all of the nice things she’s said over the years. It requires a shift in thinking, but it’s not impossible. At least, I hope it’s not.

As we worked on this issue about health and happiness, I thought a lot about how our health is affected by our temperament. Sure, genetics, exercise and nutrition play large roles in our well-being, but mindset and friendships go an awfully long way as well. Ask anyone who’s ever been deathly sick what a friend’s call can do, and you’ll see. Last month, a friend of mine, Cindy Campbell, passed away. Diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she lived three years longer than the doctors at Duke thought she would. Yes, she had excellent medical care, but her family will tell you that her optimism and love of life kept her going more than anything. She even held a party in her hospice room for her family and friends just days before she died. She declared it was “Hospice Happy Hour in the Cindy Campbell Stardust Lounge.” This issue is dedicated to Cindy and her zest for living. I wish all of us a dose of her bright attitude as we try a little harder to look for the best in others. It’s not as hard as you think, and the dividends are endless. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Kathleen McIntyre’s true passion is connecting people back to nature. Part of her coaching involves literally taking people outdoors where it’s easier to settle the nervous system down.



Naturally Well Kathleen McIntyre helps people find balance outdoors athleen McIntyre has spent the past 20 years as an educator, retreat facilitator and coach. Through her business, Kathleen McIntyre Coaching and Wellness, LLC, she assists clients in defining and meeting their goals through practices that will serve them for the long term. Her true passion is connecting people back to nature, and part of her coaching involves literally taking people outdoors where it’s easier to settle the nervous

system down. “Many people come to me because they are out of balance,” she says. “Nature is a healing environment enabling people to escape from external pressures and tune into the parts of themselves in need of attention.” Her own wellness practice consists of a regular morning routine of yoga, mindfulness meditation and qigong (a way of moving energy throughout the body). She also nourishes her body well by “eating clean

and drinking herbal teas.” Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s in forest resources. She co-founded the Davidson Green School, where she developed the sustainability and nature curriculums and continues to work at the school part time as its sustainability coordinator. McIntyre’s devotion to expanding her knowledge of integrative wellness practices is ongoing. In the

past 13 years, she has earned certifications and graduated from a variety of in-depth trainings in areas such as herbalism, spiritual direction and energy medicine — to name a few. “I’m a coach,” she says, “but what I do is really so much broader.” — Elizabeth Watson Chaney, photography by Lisa Crates

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For the Long Run

Chocolate Co. specializes The Sweet Spot Davidson in the treat business Ana Vasquez, the owner of Davidson Chocolate Co., loves seeing customers enjoy her chocolates.



Vasquez’s Valentine’s Day collection features an eight-piece box of differently flavored truffles.

ant to know a secret? Ana Vazquez, the owner of Davidson Chocolate Co., doesn’t love chocolate. She likes it, sure; but she doesn’t love it. Why, then, would she own and operate a chocolate manufacturing business? The answer is nestled in the part of Davidson Chocolate Co. hidden from customers, where Vazquez spends the majority of her day in a sweet-smelling cloud, and where a window peaks onto the sidewalk bordering this family business. “Even though I’ve worked with chocolate and baked goods all my life, I’m not a sweets person,” says Vazquez, who grew up in Venezuela, cooking alongside her mother. “My mom is a great cook, but she doesn’t love it, so I tried to help her and that’s when I realized, as overromantic and silly as it may sound, the joy you can bring people and that’s really fulfilling for me.” Through the window in the Davidson Chocolate Co. kitchen, Vazquez observes customers leaving her shop. She watches as they unwrap one of her justpurchased creations, take a bite and stop in their tracks. “It makes my day,” says Vazquez, splattered in cocoa butter, a smile pulling at the corner of her mouth. Vazquez pursued a degree in psychology before realizing that her passions lay less among the scientific study of human emotion and more in the personal provocation of joy. She transferred to the Culinary Institute of Caracas, Venezuela’s premiere culinary institute, and founded a pastry catering business. On a tip from her sister, who was living in Charlotte, Vazquez purchased Davidson Chocolate Co. in 2014

from founding owners John and Sue Elliot and immigrated to the States with her parents. Since then, Vazquez has continued to offer the same highquality, hand-crafted morsels as her predecessors. Every filling is handmade with homemade, all-natural ingredients and each decorated piece is hand-painted individually, often by Vazquez herself, who delights in the artistic elements of pastry and chocolate creation. Vazquez thrives on constant innovation and creative challenges but has exercised restraint within the walls of her new business. “The store and its followers were here before I was,” explains Vazquez. “I didn’t want to come in and change everything, because I didn’t want to disappoint the people who already loved the place.” Periodically, Vazquez finds an opportunity to flex her creative muscles while assembling seasonal collections. This month, she has been tackling the store’s Valentine’s collection, designing an eight-piece box of differently flavored, themed truffles. Each batch of truffles can take three days to transform from raw ingredients to delectable product, so customers are strongly encouraged to place advance orders, particularly during busier seasons like December and February. No matter whether a customer is a first-timer or a longtime supporter, placing a bulk order months in advance or stopping by for a chocolate fix, Vazquez and her team are eager to oblige. Davidson Chocolate Co. is one of the increasingly rare businesses that subsists on personal, face-toface interactions. In fact, you might say it’s their sweet spot. — Eleanor Merrell, photography by Jamie Cowles


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Artist Kristen Feighery, who formerly owned Sanctuary of Davidson, has opened The Casual Creative Art Studio + Makery in Davidson at South Main Square. “We offer art classes and craft workshops, such as jewelry making and painting,” says Feighery, who uses the space as her personal studio. “In the next few weeks we will also be launching workshops to teach knitting, macramé, handlettering, paint pouring and more. We also schedule pop-up shops, which feature up to 10 local artists on a quarterly basis.” In addition, The Casual Creative hosts birthday parties and ladies’ night out get-togethers. — The Casual Creative, 416 C South Main Street, www. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Sandy Bowers has changed the name of her Davidson boutique to MINE by sandy. Her large location at The Shops at the Linden in Davidson turns 11 years old this month, and her smaller store on Main Street in Downtown Davidson is 9 years old.


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Sandy Bowers toasting her Davidson boutique’s new name, MINE by sandy.

“I always have wanted to make what is mine, yours. For our Lake Norman community, we did not have many fashion options to choose from 11 years

ago,” says Bowers. “I found I was shopping in boutiques across the Southeast during my work travels. People would often comment about my clothes and shoes and ask where I got them, and shamefully, it was no where near Lake Norman.” When Bowers was on a whirlwind trip to New York City, she visited the Adidas store to check out some Stan Smith sneakers. Turns out the store offered monogramming for the shoes, but monograms aren’t really Bowers thing. Suddenly she decided to have “Mine” monogrammed on one shoe and “Not Yours” on the other. This eventually translated into her boutique’s new name. “Our tag specialty is not just to provide an experience, but to provide it with style and personality,” says Bowers. “Our customers truly experience our personalities when they visit.” — MINE by sandy, 605A Jetton Street, Davidson and 106 S. Main Street, Davidson, #minebysandy, #notyours. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bethany Hanby opened The Faded Farmhouse in Downtown Mooresville on September 24. The day holds extra significance for her, as it would have been her third wedding anniversary. Her husband, Caleb, passed away from cancer on October 2015. “I chose that day so he could be part of it,” says Hanby, who is originally from Salisbury. Her shop offers vintageinspired décor for the home. Here you can find unique gifts, clothing, accessories and seasonal décor. “You can come in and get a gift for everyone on your list,” says Hanby, adding that she has items for kids,

teens and men. She also carries the Destination Series, which features a candle from every state. “My goal is to create a memorable life filled with what you love,” she says. “I believe that begins at home.” — The Faded Farmhouse, 162 B, N. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.thefadedfarmhouse. com. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Alicia and Joshua Myers have opened Floppy Paws Pet Supplies at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. “My husband and I always wanted to own our own business,” says Alicia, who formerly managed the Bath & Body Works store at Birkdale. “We love dogs and wanted to have a business that involved what we loved.” The shop offers holistic dog food, organic treats, interactive toys, and everything else you might need for a dog or cat, including bowls, harnesses, collars and curbside service for larger items. The name Floppy Ears is a nickname they used to call their Great Dane Jeter when he was a puppy. — Floppy Paws Pet Supplies, Birkdale Village, 16815 Cranlyn Road, Suite C, Huntersville, www. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cici Moss of Cici Moss Interiors has opened a home accents shop called The Lake House in her Cornelius studio. This whimsical shop offers candles, custom pillows, lighting, floral arrangements, art, vases and more. An interior designer for 29 years, Moss has a design studio in the back of the 1,500-square-foot space offering upholstery, furniture,

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The Casual Creative Art Studio + Makery in Davidson offers birthday parties and ladies’ nights.

window treatments, wallpaper and lighting. — Cici Moss Interiors (The Lake House), 9216-C Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.cicimoss. com. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Moxie Mercantile has opened a location in Davidson. This boutique that began in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood offers home and personal accessories, including jewelry by Davidson’s Bonnie Boardman, handmade leather goods from Utah, hand-poured soy candles from Indiana, handcrafted linen bags from Brooklyn and lots more. — Moxie Mercantile, 202 S. Main Street, Suite A, Davidson, www. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• New Things has opened in Downtown Mooresville. The non-profit, mission-minded shop supports artisans in developing countries all over the world. By selling their goods here in the United States, the store can also share about the ministries these artisans are part of in addition to supporting them through the store’s profits. Artisan partners of New Things receive more than fair wages for their work, as well as health care, business and skills training, and the teachings of the gospel. — New Things, 105 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.

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ext month, the Davidson Garden Club celebrates its 35th year of producing the Davidson Horticultural Symposium. For many of those years (25 at best guess), Davidson Garden Club member Robin Wilgus has been painting the garden picture used for the event’s marketing materials. “They [Garden Club members] give me an idea of what there is going to be at the symposium, and I come up with something,” says Wilgus, who paints the picture with watercolors. “It’s takes about a month or so for me to come up with the idea.” Wilgus, a former fashion illustrator, says she is not a plein air artist, so she uses a combination of photographs


“It’s takes about a month or so for me to come up with the idea.” — Robin Wilgus

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to formulate her paintings. Once the idea is in place, it takes her about a week to paint it. She usually turns the finished piece in by early September for the annual March symposium. Wilgus’ work can be found on the event’s poster and program, and notecards of the painting are available for purchase at the symposium. — Lori K. Tate, art by Robin Wilgus

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Who is Norman? How our lake got its name

32,500 acres. In addition, it sits 760 feet above sea level. For years, Lake Norman was a weekend getaway destination, as people in the Piedmont would flock to cabins along its shores to get away from everyday life. In 1964, Duke Power offered more than 2,600 cottage sites with leases starting at $120 a year. My how times have changed. — Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Duke Energy

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t would be super cool if Lake Norman was named after the character “Norm” on Cheers, but that is not the case. Instead, Lake Norman is named after Norman Atwater Cocke, a retired president of Duke Power (now Duke Energy). Often referred to as the “Inland Sea,” Lake Norman offers 520 miles of shoreline (more than North and South Carolina’s coasts combined) and has a surface area of

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Davidsons Hunter Busse knows what’s important and sticks to it



Hunter Busse dedicates her free time to family.


unter Beard Busse came home to Davidson to give her kids what she had with her grandparents — time. “I went to college at Wingate University and, upon graduation, was offered a chance to teach in Richmond, Virginia. My parents grew up there, and I felt so lucky to get to be with my grandparents. I would spend meals with them, run errands with them, take them to doctor’s appointments. We thought how wonderful it would be to give that gift to our children and have them be close to their grandparents,” recalls Busse, 47, of her family and mother-in-law’s move to the area 10 years ago. With three children ranging in age from 9 to 16, that desire for connection is still what drives how Busse plans, manages and uses her time.

“We get pulled in three different directions, and then there are our lives and work, but in a handful of years, things are going to change dramatically,” says Busse. “When I think about free time, and there’s not much of it, I want it to be with family.” As the Assistant Director of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Weekday Preschool, Busse manages her multiple responsibilities by sitting down on Sunday and sketching out a plan for the week on her legal pad. “Looking at a week and penciling in the must-dos works for my brain — I am very visual, so seeing it on a sheet of paper helps me,” she explains. “Having those must-dos identified also helps me realize where we have some freer time.” Busse also convenes the family so they can assess the

coming week together. “My kids are always asking what’s next, so I do a big family calendar. We look at the family calendar on Sunday after youth group. It gets them all talking about what is going on,” she says. During the week, Busse wakes up 30 minutes before everyone else so she has some quiet time to center herself. Her work at the preschool is fastpaced, so she takes a little time after work and before her own children’s afterschool activities start for another quick checkin and centering. Calibrating her pace has been a priority after an epiphany she had a few years ago. “I am a doer and a people pleaser. I was so overwhelmed with things to do that I was very agitated, and I wasn’t coming to things with a joyful heart. It wasn’t good for me. I

would go into a commitment agitated, I would come out of it agitated and so I cleared everything off of my plate,” she says. “I worked really hard thinking about where do I want to be. Will it be something that I can do with a joyful heart? Now, instead of instantly saying ‘Yes,’ I say, ‘Can I think about that and get back to you?’ It gives me a chance to reflect and think about if that is where I want to spend my time.” As she makes her choices, Busse remembers the time she spent with her grandparents and the time she wants with her own parents and children. “Time is really fleeting, so I have been very cognizant being present, whether I am with my parents, with the children or with my friends because everything can change tomorrow.”

Time Tellers What is more important to you today than 10 years ago? How we spend our family time. Paper or technology for time and task management? Paper! What tools are essential to managing your life? I love a legal pad, a Sharpie fine point pen and a mechanical pencil. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Me. You are given three free hours. How do you use them? I would start with a massage and then quiet time. Reflecting over good solid quiet time is good for my soul and healing.

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Music? It’s good for the soul If you do it right, music, health and happiness mix well



’ve got a great collection of records. That is to say at one point in my life, before the advent of shared music and personal playlists, music was important enough for me to spend lots of money on it. When I heard an artist or song I liked, I’d buy the record and play it until either the needle on the turntable wore out or the grooves in the record disappeared. I had a small group of friends who shared the same tastes, so we’d get together, share records and, together, we’d be happy. I recently learned firsthand that not everyone likes the same types of music and, additionally, forcing your music on others, even if you have the best intentions, can effectively backfire and ruin even the most special of days. Recognizing that records were coming back in style, my wife and daughter bought me a new turntable for Christmas. I immediately unboxed it, hooked it up to our stereo, turned off the Christmas music, and started spinning old favorites from the ’70s and ’80s. If you’re wondering how to ruin a young child’s Christmas morning, may I suggest anything by The Cult, The Cure or Morrissey. Not even a Pandora or Spotify kids’ holiday favorites station could change the mood after that. To learn more about music and get a better perspective on how to use it as a way of lifting spirits and bringing people together, I reached out to Matt Glass, a songwriting and beatmaking teacher at Community School of Davidson’s

high school. After nearly a decade of teaching math, Glass, a lifelong musician who began on the piano as a 4 year old, then added the French horn and guitar in high school while also writing and recording songs on the side, made the switch to teaching music. He teaches students how to find their voices while creating through song. From an original handful of five, his classes now attract no less than 50 per year. “Music is a language like math or any spoken foreign language. It has its own flow, and it is understood differently by different people,” Glass explains as we begin chatting. “That’s why music hits people differently, that’s why not everyone experiences it the same way and that’s why different students are drawn to such a wide variety of styles.” Without having told Matt about my Christmas turntable troubles, I felt like Matt understood my situation. “Where words fail, music begins,” Matt continues. “You can do with music what you can’t always do with words, and that’s why music can be so powerful. You don’t have to have a strong vocabulary to feel it, and feeling it, engaging different senses all together at once, can boost your mood. In the same way that the sense of touch

allows you to experience life at a different level, or the sense of sight does, or the sense of taste does, music engages your senses and makes for a rich experience. It allows someone to be fully immersed in a space created by an artist.” I then asked Matt to explain the connection between health and happiness. He tells me that music brings out in people what they might not otherwise bring out. It allows a person to experiment and to be different. It gives fuel and energy. Music is like a good friend. “When you connect with a song or with a type and style of music,” Matt tells me, “music can enhance health and raise your level of happiness. Oftentimes you will be listening to a song and say to yourself ‘I know

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what you are saying there. I’ve been there’ and you feel closer. There have been many times in my life a song has expressed what I have been feeling or have been unable to say or needed to say or needed to hear. Sometimes it’s surprising what you learn through music.” So, reflecting on our conversation, I learned from Matt that music has a highly personal way of affecting our mood, health and happiness. If we have trouble finding our spoken voice, then perhaps we can find it through music. It can help us process our feelings and move to a different level of happiness. Armed with this knowledge, I think I’ll be a bit more careful now in choosing what music to spin in the future.

Mike Savicki learned the hard way that not everyone loves the same music.

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Are you in need of a medical expert? The Lake Norman area is filled with world-class doctors, dentists and medical specialists of all types. The following pages will introduce you to some of the area’s top-notch professionals. This special advertising section is your guide to some of Lake Norman’s best medical professionals.

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Davidson Family Medicine Craig J. White, MD | Patricia S. White, MD Stephanie C. Sittler, MD | Debra Witkin, FNP Jamie Floyd, PA | Nicole Deschenes, FNP hen you think of Davidson, great restaurants, delicious coffee and unique shopping come to mind, but Davidson’s quaint downtown is also a

destination for comprehensive primary care for the entire family. Nestled between the post office and town hall along tree-lined Knox Court, Davidson Family Medicine has quietly become the Lake

104 Knox Court, Suite100 PO Box 4329 Davidson, NC 28036

Norman/Charlotte region’s largest and fastest-growing independently owned family medicine practice. Founded in 2001 to provide patients of all ages a more favorable health care experience, Davidson Family Medicine makes certain the patient always comes first. Here, phone calls are personally answered, and a warm reception is guaranteed. During patient visits, clinicians listen carefully and perform examinations in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. Because the practice is independent and not owned by a large hospital system or corporate giant, clinicians are motivated to provide a more personalized experience. Online reviews of the practice on Google and Healthgrades are impressive, as patients consistently praise the staff and clinicians for their relationship building, professionalism and wisdom. In addition, the management of Davidson Family Medicine feels it is important to partner with you and your insurance carrier by being “in-network” with BCBSNC, Cigna, United Healthcare and others. Your healthcare dollar stretches further here when compared to costly hospital-owned practices that charge higher visit, lab and facility fees. The clinicians at Davidson Family Medicine are all boardcertified, rigorously trained, and chosen for their professional acumen and interpersonal skills. Because the practice is a Patient-Centered Medical Home, clinicians can provide

primary health care for infants and all children with up-to-date vaccines as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Gynecology services are available as well, including annual Pap smears and innovative contraceptive management such as Nexplanon and the latest in IUDs such as Skyla, Kyleena, and Mirena. Davidson Family Medicine strives to be available when patients have urgent illnesses and injuries by being open evenings and Saturdays. This allows patients to avoid costly, unfamiliar urgent care centers or drug store exam rooms. On-site X-Rays and immediate blood test results with the recent expansion of its on-site laboratory are also provided. Our community and its citizens are important to the practice’s clinicians, as you’ll regularly find them volunteering at area schools, charities and churches. These clinicians have also been the health care providers for the Davidson College Student Health Center since 2001. For those in the community who are not insured, the practice strives to make health care costs affordable. Dr. Patricia White founded the North Carolina chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which works to reduce healthcare disparities in our communities, Dr. Stephanie Sittler is Medical Director of Mooresville’s HealthReach Free Clinic and Dr. Craig White co-founded Ada Jenkins’ Free Clinic of Our Towns in Davidson. 704.892.5454


dental implants, biopsies and management of pathology and surgical intervention of oral and facial infections,” explains Dr. Foran, an Army veteran.“We have extensive training and experience in in-office sedation to provide comfort to our patients.” Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery is one of the first practices in the area to implement CTguided implant procedures. Dr. Foran says CT-guided surgery allows bone grafting and dental implant placement to be more precise. “It has become much more common in my practice, and it helps me serve our patients better,” he explains, adding that the practice also has privileges at the local Novant hospitals for more


complicated procedures that require a hospital setting, such as trauma and facial fractures, as well as orthognathic surgery. Regardless of the complexity of the procedure, the goal of Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery is to always provide the most up-to-date oral and maxillofacial surgical care in a warm, professional and caring environment, personalized to meet an individual patient’s dental needs. “We are not a large corporate practice. We tailor our care to the individual, in a low-volume and caring environment,” adds Dr. Coleman, who is highly trained in all aspects of oral surgery and implant dentistry. “Our support staff is second

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to none, and we are always available to our patients, even after the office closes.” These board certified physicians treat each patient as they would want their wives and children to be treated, with respect, courtesy and compassion. “Our ultimate goal is to provide patients with a thorough diagnosis, the most state-of-the art oral surgery and dental implant treatment, modern facilities and equipment in a professional yet personal, caring, and, perhaps most important, safe environment,” explains Dr. Foran. “We all pay close attention to the concerns of our patients for the best possible treatment and outcome.”


ounded in 1985, Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery focuses on dental alveolar surgery, such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement, as well as bone grafting, pathology and dental infection services, and in-office anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Michael Coleman and Dr. Michael Foran stay abreast of the latest in technique and technology, which has proven to be paramount to the practice’s success. “Our practice is mainly an office-based oral surgery practice. We specialize in surgical procedures consisting of extraction of wisdom teeth and other non-restorable teeth, bone grafting, placement of

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Scott Paviol, MD FEBRUARY 2019


iedmont Healthcare — Mooresville Dermatology Center specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. The practice sees patients of every age, including infants, centenarians and teenagers struggling with acne. They offer the full spectrum of dermatologic care; providers focus on building relationships with patients and other medical professionals to ensure the best care is given. Mooresville Dermatology Center (MDC) opened in 2010 when Dr. Naomi Simon joined Piedmont Healthcare. A Davidson resident, she resides with her husband, Miguel, and their two boys, all of whom have a passion for travel and studying the geography and history of the places they visit. In 2018, Dr. Simon was elected to the board of Piedmont

Naomi Simon, MD | Piedmont Healthcare - Mooresville Dermatology Center

Healthcare, whose mission is to make decisions to support individual practices, while ensuring that patients are the first priority. Dr. Scott Paviol and his wife, Heather, live in Charlotte with their 2 year-old Aussie pup, Sullie, who shares their love of the outdoors. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Paviol joined MDC in 2014, when the practice moved to its larger, current location. Both he and Dr. Simon completed their medical residencies at the University of Michigan; each is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD) and both are members of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). In addition to Drs. Simon and Paviol, three Physician Assistants (PAs) and two aesthetic nurses also see patients at the new location.

MDC patients are seen for a host of skin concerns and conditions; while there is no ‘typical’ patient, many visit for skin cancer screenings. Using dermatoscopes to provide a magnified view of skin and mole-mapping photography, when needed, MDC providers have diagnosed more than 3,200 skin cancers since 2017. The field of dermatology is vast and changes rapidly. MDC’s providers work together and share information to stay abreast of advancements in both medical and cosmetic treatments. As a result, patients with some chronic conditions can be treated with medication that have fewer side effects and require less frequent blood draws; a newly purchased fractional CO2 laser provides improved results for patients with acne scarring and wrinkles. At Mooresville Dermatology

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Center, patients are the priority. “We focus on the dermatological challenges our patients face, but we treat them as we would the people who are most important to us. We know they have lives outside of our office, and we like to know about them,” says Dr. Simon. “For many patients, going to the doctor and anxiety go handin-hand. We try hard to alleviate that anxiety by providing an exceptional patient experience that includes outstanding medical care as its foundation.” Community is also important to the MDC family. In addition to activities organized through Piedmont Healthcare, the practice has participated in free skin cancer screenings at Lake Norman Regional Hospital since 2010, and team members have also participated in the Miles Against Melanoma 5K in Charlotte.



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Deleon Best, LAc | Best Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine


migraines and digestion, emotional issues (anxiety, depression, grief), along with more advanced issues such as longevity and cosmetic facial rejuvenation, can all be treated with what we do.” The vision of Best Acupuncture is to create an easily accessed transformational style of healing that gives everyone the ability to achieve his or her fullest potential. Best helps patients feel, look and be their best so they can bring balance and vitality to their world. “We are a results oriented clinic and work to get to the root cause of their condition,” he says. “We see patients at all stages of wellness and illness and seek to drive up function in the body.” Raven Seltzer (LAc) and Tom Cohen (LAc) recently joined the practice to expand its offerings.

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Seltzer worked as an intern at the Boston Medical Center, where she focused on women’s health and pediatrics. She also has experience working with neurological conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Cohen has more than 15 years of experience working with a wide variety of patients, especially those with pain, arthritis and emotional issues. Best says Chinese medicine continues to spread throughout the world and is being integrated into many mainstream medical models. “Most people are surprised by how relaxing it is both during and after their treatment,” he says. “Because acupuncture releases endorphins, the same chemical reaction that occurs when you exercise, they appreciate how good they feel following a treatment.”


practice that would set him apart from what was available at the time. “There were a few MDs, chiropractors and parttime acupuncturists whom had taken a course in acupuncture,” he says, “but I knew it was not the same Chinese medicine that we could offer, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutrition.” Seventeen years of a successful practice later, his intuition has proven true. “Patients who wanted options and like-minded professionals who wanted the best for their patients but didn’t have a place to refer them to, confirmed we were in the right place,” Best says, adding that his practice has delivered more than 75,000 treatments. “Conditions such as the common cold, acute and chronic pain, menstrual and fertility issues, menopause,


North Carolina native, Deleon Best saw that there was a need for Chinese medicine in the Lake Norman area. He first became interested in alternative health options while living in Los Angeles, and soon made the decision to attend Chinese medical school at Southwest Acupuncture College in Sante Fe, New Mexico. By undergoing 3,000 hours of training, he earned a four-year Masters degree and completed additional studies in China, along with numerous externships. “All of this prepared me for establishing Best Acupuncture,” he says. “Throughout this process my specialty has become general practice.” When Best returned home, he wanted to establish a dedicated Chinese medicine

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Andrew Healy, MD, Peter Bailey, MD, Christopher Holland, MD, PhD, Sam Chewning, Jr., MD, Frederick Finger, III, MD, Byron Branch, MD, John Lesher, MD | Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates FEBRUARY 2019


arolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is home to a nationally recognized group of pioneering neurosurgeons who have made a profound impact on the lives of patients for more than 75 years. The brain and spine expertise of these specialists is unrivaled, as is their commitment to innovate, educate, and heal adults and children, often treating patients who thought their only option was to live with chronic back pain. Advanced specialty care provided by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates includes stateof-the-art intra-operative imaging, spinal navigation, and robotics for highly accurate and reproducible spinal surgery related to the treatment of disc herniation, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, spinal tumors,

spondylolisthesis and scoliosis. Many of these complex procedures and techniques were not previously available in this area. The practice doctors are renowned for their neurosurgical expertise and development of new surgical techniques, as well as their training of other surgeons from around the world. With multiple offices in the Lake Norman and Charlotte region, our team of brain and spine specialists includes fellowship-trained neurosurgeons Byron Branch, MD, Andrew Healy, MD and Christopher Holland, MD, PhD, as well as spine surgeon Sam Chewning, Jr., MD and Frederick Finger, III, MD. The practice surgical team has specialized training in complex spinal procedures and spinal reconstruction, including the treatment of

spinal tumors using advanced technologies and minimally invasive techniques. These doctors also offer minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement to treat degenerative disc disease and care for children and adolescents with scoliosis. While these neurosurgeons are leaders in their field, Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates is committed to conservative medical care. Board-certified physiatrists Peter Bailey, MD and John Lesher, MD provide patients with comprehensive musculoskeletal care and nonsurgical treatment options, including diagnostic testing, spinal injections, radiofrequency ablations, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections and other regenerative medicine techniques.

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The practice also offers in-office physical therapy and imaging at multiple locations. Their experienced physical therapy team is specifically trained to treat spine disorders and injuries, while on-site MRI and X-ray help to quickly detect the source of a patient’s problem, without travel to a separate imaging facility. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has changed the lives of patients who could not previously find lasting relief from back pain and were told they were not candidates for spine surgery. From minimally invasive procedures with mere one-inch incisions to complex spinal surgery, the team of doctors at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates continues to pioneer spine care and make a difference for patients every day.



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Dr. Michael J. Redmond | Sona Dermatology & MedSpa 704.834.1279

strive to be available to my patients when they have serious and urgent problems. I usually hold at least one appointment a day for this purpose.” Sona Dermatology & MedSpa also offers several new treatments and technologies for common dermatological issues. Sona provides the latest in targeted therapies that help slow down or stop the progression of melanomas. In addition, Dr. Redmond says there is a biologic now available that is effective in treating severe eczema, a condition that can be difficult to manage. “There are also new treatments for severe primary hyperhidrosis, (sweaty underarms,) which previously had no good or long-lasting response,” he says. “At Sona we are getting ready to offer the MiraDry treatment to permanently end the sweat problem — ­ with 90 percent of patients being satisfied after one treatment.” One thing that sets Sona apart from other providers is

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the fact that while it could take weeks or even months to see a dermatologist in the past, Sona offers same week, and in some cases, same day appointments for both its dermatological and its cosmetic services. Sona also offers convenient online booking for all its services. Sona Dermatology & MedSpa is the largest fullservice aesthetics company in the nation with 20 locations in six states, including three locations in the Charlotte area. For more than 20 years, Sona’s focus has been its clients, as it provides them with exceptional service, efficacy and safety in a comfortable, spa-like atmosphere. Sona offers cosmetic services including CoolSculpting, laser hair removal, Botox, body contouring and skin rejuvenation treatments, and its outstanding reputation attracts top-level physicians such as Dr. Redmond, which results in patients receiving the highest quality of care for both the health and the beauty of their skin.


dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital. He pursued medicine because he wanted to be of service to others and found medicine to be the best career path to achieve his goals. “I was fascinated by the complexities of the skin, the largest organ in the body, and found that many people had skin conditions that impacted their wellness, from troublesome symptoms to potential life-threatening conditions,” he explains. When treating patients, Dr. Redmond takes time getting to know them and their dermatologic issues. He says this is critical in determining solutions to their problems. “I want my patients to know that I care about each of them and endeavor to do what I can to help find a resolution to their problem,” he says. “Patients consult me for virtually any condition affecting their skin, hair and nails — from warts and acne to psoriasis and skin cancer. The number of conditions a dermatologist treats is many and varied. I


r. Michael J. Redmond, a board-certified dermatologist, began practicing in 1981 and has more than 35 years of experience in the private practice of dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Skilled in dermoscopy with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, he joined Sona Dermatology & MedSpa’s Lake Norman office in Huntersville in June 2018. “I was delighted to find such an excellent opportunity to continue my career,” says Dr. Redmond, who is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, North Carolina Dermatology Association and North Carolina Medical Society. “I take great pride in providing the best care for my patients. I am fully engaged in their treatment from start to finish to ensure the best possible outcome.” Dr. Redmond graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School prior to his residency training in

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Dr. Erik J. Miles | North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery or the past 11 years, Dr. Erik Miles has been practicing plastic surgery at North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Huntersville. As the son of a physician, Dr. Miles became interested in medicine at a young age. Growing older

he worked in the emergency departments of major hospitals and was an EMT while he was an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. It wasn’t until he began surgery rotations while attending medical school that he decided that plastic surgery would be his focus.

9735 Kincey Ave. Ste. 104 Huntersville, NC 28078

“Plastic surgery is an extremely rewarding specialty that allows me to work in a wide variety of clinical settings,” explains Dr. Miles, who has been a physician for 19 years. “I enjoy the challenges of restoring form and function to patients with reconstructive needs, as well as providing cosmetic surgery patients with procedures that can improve confidence and self-esteem.” Dr. Miles’ postgraduate education began with flight training in the United States Navy, where he served for eight years and was selected to fly high performance military jet aircraft. His deployments aboard aircraft carriers around the world earned him numerous military awards and gave him invaluable life experiences. After being honorably discharged to pursue his medical ambitions, Dr. Miles attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed a general surgery residency program in Dallas at Methodist Medical Center. He was then accepted into the highly competitive plastic surgery residency program at Methodist Hospital in Houston and later received extensive aesthetic surgery training at St. Joseph Hospital, which is the home of the original breast implant pioneers. In addition, he studied with internationally known aesthetic plastic surgeons at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Miles is board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery, and he is also a fellow


in the American College of Surgeons and a respected member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons At North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Miles and his staff, which includes his wife, Marcy, of 25 years, offer patients a variety of cosmetic procedures on the face, breast and body, as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures. He also routinely treats patients who have had traumatic injuries or surgical deformities secondary to cancer resection. Although the majority of his patients have cosmetic concerns, Dr. Miles says he will always devote part of his practice to caring for patients with reconstructive needs. “At a time when many plastic surgeons have abandoned reconstructive surgery to focus on more lucrative cosmetic procedures, it remains a rewarding and enjoyable part of my practice,” he explains, adding that for many years he commuted weekly to the VA Hospital in Asheville to perform reconstructive surgery on military veterans. “Reconstructive surgery is the foundation of our specialty.” Patient safety and satisfaction are always a primary concern at North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. “Plastic surgery can be life-changing. However, not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery,” says Dr. Miles. “The success of our practice is not measured by how many patients we can “convert” to surgery after their consultation. We use patient satisfaction as our benchmark.”


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Years later in 2000, the current CEO, Sheree Watson, joined the group and helped transform the practice into a highly functioning organization. In 2008, the physicians of Graystone determined it was in the best interest of their patients to merge their two Hickory offices and ambulatory surgery center into one combined location. The current Hickory campus was established as the central headquarters, a full-service eye care practice, and a fully accredited surgery center. From 2009 to 2012 the Lenoir office was fully renovated, the new Lincolnton building was completed, and at the invitation of Dr. William Atkins, Graystone entered the High Country with the acquisition of Watauga Eye Hickory (Graystone Eye & Surgery Center, Graystone iLASIK, & Graystone Aesthetic Center) 2424 Century Pl SE, Hickory, NC 28602

in Boone. 2016 brought the construction of the new Boone building, as the physicians of Graystone merged their Boone and Linville offices. 2019 will bring another big year for Graystone’s history and their investment into the community, with the expansion of the Hickory location. The 40,000 square foot addition will house a brand-new Vision Correction suite, full service Cosmetic and Aesthetic Center, and add additional operating rooms to the existing Surgery Center Space. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. By keeping up with the latest in science and technology, the practice now focuses on comprehensive eye care, cataracts, glaucoma, refractive

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procedures (iLASIK), corneal disorders, retina disorders, pediatric vision disorders, oculo-facial plastics (functional and aesthetic services) and optical services. The team at Graystone Eye (eleven board certified ophthalmologist and 2 board eligible ophthalmologist) offers the latest in laser surgery and advanced technology lenses. Graystone is a fully accredited retinal research facility and proud to offer new treatment options for patients. The practice takes pride in its rich history throughout the region and continues to evolve to offer the best in advanced eye care. The mission is and has always been to preserve the gift of sight and enhance lives-one patient at a time.

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raystone was originally established as Harris, Foster and Lefler, PA in 1969 by Dr. William Harris, Dr. Thomas Foster and Dr. Hampton Lefler. In 1973, a new office was constructed near Catawba Hospital, which they shared with ENT physicians, subsequently becoming known as Graystone Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat. In 1977, the practice became Graystone Ophthalmology Associates with the joining of Dr. Randal Williams, and in 1993 Graystone inherited their Lenoir office with the acquisition of Lenoir Eye Care Clinic. During that 16-year span, the founding physicians of Graystone also opened the original Lincolnton office.


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Dr. Richard R. Rolle, Jr.

| Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery


r. Richard R. Rolle, Jr. opened Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery in Cornelius three years ago. This summer, the oral surgeon will open a second state-of-the-art surgical facility in Charlotte. “We are elated to offer a full line of oral and maxillofacial surgery services,” says Dr. Rolle, who lives in Cornelius with this wife and two daughters.“I’m confident that my staff and I will continue to provide an environment of excellent patient care, and I look forward to continuing to enhance our capabilities.” Before earning his Doctor of

Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Rolle played football as an undergraduate at Notre Dame under Coach Lou Holtz. Later he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery internship training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, followed by a residency at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Rolle also completed clinical surgery research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and has published several scientific articles that have been featured in leading


journals, such as the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. In addition, he has presented at numerous Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery National meetings and symposiums. “We take great pride in utilizing cutting edge technology by offering fullscope oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in our facility, which include digital imaging, 3D access and general anesthesia capabilities,” explains Dr. Rolle. An avid sports fan, Dr. Rolle is the official oral surgeon of the Charlotte Hornets, the Charlotte Checkers, UNC Charlotte 49ers

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Athletics, the Charlotte Hounds, Charlotte Independence and the Kannapolis Intimidators. He contributes to his community by serving on the Belk Bowl Committee and the Lake Norman YMCA Board of Managers. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Livingstone College. “Our practice’s mission is to offer reliable, innovative, comprehensive and experienced care for our patients,” says Dr. Rolle. “This is exemplified from the moment you enter our office and engage in our philosophy and treatment modalities.”

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Health + Happiness I A person with hearing loss, Mooresville’s Karen Dortschy founded Haute Dauge Portraits, where she lovingly paints pets such as dogs, cats and horses.

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aren Dortschy has a positive energy about her. Her smile is electric, and her spiky haircut radiates how fun she is. After talking with her for a few minutes, it’s obvious that she’s a go-getter and refuses to let anything get in her way — including hearing loss. Sixty-year-old Karen began losing her hearing in her 20s due to nerve damage. For years she wore hearing aids and struggled to hear as she made a career in corporate marketing. After getting a divorce, the single mom started dating a man named Peter, who eventually became her husband. “While we were dating, Peter said, ‘You don’t realize how much you’re missing,’ ” recalls Karen, who lives in Mooresville. Together they searched for the latest technology to help people with hearing loss, which is an important distinction in Karen’s book. “You never say a

hearing impaired person. You say a person with hearing loss,” she explains. “I always say that my hearing loss is an addition to everything else. I think that’s a more positive way to see it. It’s an addition to who I am.” Peter and Karen discovered cochlear implants, an electronic medical device that does the work of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide signals to the brain. She had the implant surgery in 2005, and it opened up a new world for her. “What I was able to hear for the first time after getting a cochlear implant were things I hadn’t heard in years, like crickets and the rustling of a sleeve,” she says. “I wrote a poem about toast. It was about my toaster making sounds. I had no idea that it made those popping and cracking sounds. Over the 20 years I was losing my hearing, it wasn’t part of my norm.” Art also wasn’t part of her norm until three years ago when she went to a wine and painting session with a group

of friends, where everyone painted a picture of their pets. “When somebody took a photo of me that evening, I was the only one that wasn’t dipping the paint in the wine and just having fun. I was focused,” she recalls. “At the end when everybody gathered around to see each other’s work, they were like, ‘Oh my gosh Karen, look at your painting.’ ” Right then and there, Karen realized how much she enjoyed painting a picture of her pet. She then painted one for her sister and then her sister’s neighbor. Soon she founded Haute Dauge Portraits and has since painted more than 55 commissioned portraits of dogs, cats and horses. “I really try to delve into the personality of the pet. I talk extensively with the people [owners]. It’s really a gift of love,” explains Karen. “I only paint one at a time, so I totally fall in love with the pet that I’m painting.” Karen says painting is a good fit for her. “Most of my

communications because of my hearing loss have been in person or through texting and e-mail. I’m really not good on the phone. Unless I’m one on one in a controlled situation, I struggle,” says Karen, who has the implant in her right ear and wears a hearing aid in the other. “When I’m painting, I stay focused on the painting because I don’t get distracted by noise around me the way that someone who hears well would.” Over time Karen has learned to simply tell people she is a person with hearing loss. “I feel like if we don’t advocate for ourselves and our needs, nobody will do it for us. Otherwise people will think I’m not listening. I’m not interested. I’m not involved,” she says. “Attitude has been so important to me. It is what it is. It’s not what I can’t do, it’s what I can do.” For more information regarding Haute Dauge Portraits, visit www.

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Jack Grossman of Mooresville recently wrote and self-published Child of the Forest, a true story about a Holocaust survivor.

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ack Grossman’s wife, Kristie, thought it would be a good idea if he accompanied their three daughters on a rite of passage field trip with their temple to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Being a good husband and father, he obliged and hopped on a bus for each daughter’s trip. When he went with his youngest daughter, Karah, in 2005, he heard Charlene Perlmutter Schiff speak. This chance encounter changed the trajectory of his life and supplied him with strength he had no idea

that he would need. A Holocaust survivor, Charlene hid in the forests of Poland for two years during World War II, dodging death at every turn. That alone is incredible, but factor in that she was 12 years old and alone when she did it, and you’ll understand why Jack couldn’t get her story out of his head after he left the museum. “I questioned myself. Did I hear this right? Did I start to doze off and make stuff up in my head? How could this really be true? How could this happen?” he remembers thinking. When he got home, he went straight to his computer and started searching for more information

“Charlene is my role model. She is my hero. …Her legacy, as she stated to me personally, was to eradicate the four evil I’s [ignorance, indifference, intolerance and injustice], to never let this happen again and to prevent genocide.” — Jack Grossman

with Bert Hesse of Studio South and Global Studios in South Carolina. However, when the recession hit in 2008, it became impossible to raise money for a film, so they had to press pause on the project. Two years later a bigger roadblock appeared out of nowhere when Jack suffered a brain stem stroke. He spent four days in the ICU, followed by 21 days in inpatient rehab. “I had to learn how to walk all over again, but I was fortunate. I’m not complaining. There are many things that could have gone wrong,” says Jack, who was 54 at the time of his stroke. “I told Charlene that it wasn’t going to deter me from following through on it. I made her a promise that we would tell her story to the world. She

believed in me.” Regardless of how passionate he was about the project, it had to go on the back burner for a while so Jack and his family could recover from his stroke physically and financially. “The economy was a little bit better, but I wasn’t able to do much with the project,” says Jack, a self-proclaimed eternal optimist. Then in 2013, Charlene passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 83. She was interred at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband, who died in 2008. After her death, it became apparent that it would be easier to put a book out instead of a movie, so Jack, along with writer James Buchanan, set out to tell Charlene’s story through

print. After working with a local publishing company, Jack selfpublished Child of the Forest. It came out last fall, 12 years after he first heard Charlene tell her story. “I wasn’t concerned about profits. My focus has always been on how many people can I get this story to,” says Jack, who continues to work with Hesse on producing a film based on the book. “Charlene is my role model. She is my hero. … Her legacy, as she stated to me personally, was to eradicate the four evil I’s [ignorance, indifference, intolerance and injustice], to never let this happen again and to prevent genocide.” While the book is being well received, the reach of a movie could be even greater. Jack and


about Charlene, only to find a few newspaper and magazine articles in addition to information from the museum. “I thought, ‘This is all great, but where is the book? Where is the movie?’ ” he recalls. “I looked up to my wife and said, ‘We’re going to tell Charlene’s story to the world — whatever it takes.’ ” Jack, who has a background in advertising, sales and nonprofit consulting, contacted Charlene and her husband, Edwin, and soon began working on the project with them. “We made a handshake deal to do this,” says Jack. “We became very close and very dear friends.” Initially Jack wanted to make a film about Charlene’s plight and made some inroads into doing so, as he began working


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Publishing Child of the Forest is a dream come true for Jack Grossman.

Hesse have already scouted land in South Carolina for the film, and the plan is to have funding secured by April 1. “The land has the Catawba River running through it,” says Jack. “It happens to be sacred Catawba Indian Nation land, so there’s a great backstory to filming on that land.” As for Jack’s health these days, he says he’s about 90 percent recovered in his mobility. His left side is still weak, and he has some other health challenges, but he refuses to say that he’s anything but awesome when asked. In addition to that, he was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce for his volunteer work last month. “I’m better than okay. If people are asking me how I’m doing, that means I’m on the right side of the earth, and I’m able to

answer,” he says, adding that the three things he misses most are playing guitar, being able to type well (he types with one finger now) and playing golf (he plans to try that again this summer). But though his stroke took those things away, Charlene’s story and strength have given him perspective, and he hopes his book does the same for others. “I’ve always been sensitive to people who are either disabled or handicapped, and I don’t refer to myself as either one of those. I just think I’m a little different. I walk a little weird, but I’m thankful and grateful to be alive,” he says. “I can still hug my wife and kids. I can create an income for our family. I don’t complain about that stuff.” For more information about Jack Grossman and Child of the Forest, visit www.




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The Fittipaldi brothers use impressive racing lineage to fuel budding careers of their own


From left, Pietro and Enzo Fittipaldi of Davidson have racing in their blood.


lthough they’re just 22 and 17, respectively, Pietro and Enzo Fittipaldi have been asked the question often enough to know it’s coming: Does having the last name Fittipaldi bring any extra pressure? For the brothers, it just goes along with being part of one of the world’s famed racing families, sort of like a cramped cockpit or, as both brothers learned in 2018, the reality that dreams and goals can abruptly slam into a wall at 200 mph. “A lot of people ask me if it brings pressure, my name,” says Pietro. “It doesn’t. It’s a bigger help than anything else.”


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The brothers’ greatgrandfather, Wilson, was a Brazilian racing journalist and founder of the endurance race, Mil Milhas Brasil. His sons, Emerson and Wilson Jr,. each had successful careers, with the former being a two-time Formula 1 world champ, including the


Pietro says his last name is a big help in his career.



youngest-ever at age 25. Wilson Jr.’s son, Christian, has made appearances in Formula 1 and NASCAR. So it was natural, says Pietro and Enzo’s father, Gugu De Cruz, that his oldest son wanted to give go-kart racing a shot “when he was four or five” and quickly showed promise. “It was something fun over the weekends,” says De Cruz. “All of a sudden he started racing around the world.” The family moved to Davidson in 2011 after Pietro,

just 16, earned a spot in the NASCAR Whelen Series LTD Late Models, one of the subseries that serves as a stepping stone for eventual NASCAR drivers. After successful campaigns in 2011 and 2012, he moved to open-wheel racing in 2013 with the goal of earning a spot in Formula 1, the same series that made his grandfather famous. Enzo had a similar successful start in go-karts. In 2016, at the age of 14, he graduated up to car racing and was one of five drivers invited to join the Ferrari Driving Academy. In 2018, Enzo broke through as a name to watch; in 41 Formula 4 races split between the Italian and German series, he won eight times, stood on 21 podiums (top-three finishes), finished third in the German series and won his first title, the Italian Formula 4 championship. Back then, explains Enzo, being Pietro’s brother was as motivating as being Emerson’s grandson. “I’d always go watch my brother race in the grandstands,” says Enzo. “I really felt a need to go and drive fast, and I really wanted to get that adrenaline and do the same thing my brother was doing.”

Building their own names The year 2018 was supposed to be as pivotal for Pietro as it was for Enzo — he had committed to racing in three major series: Super Formula, the World Endurance Championships and IndyCar, including the Indianapolis 500. In May, however, during a World Endurance Race in Belgium, his car lost power steering and he slammed into the wall. Pietro broke both legs in the crash, and for two months his career stalled as he worked to get back on his feet. Although Pietro was able to climb back into a car and race by July, many of his opportunities had dried up, as all three series continued without him. He placed in the top-10 in four of his final six races, which earned him a spot as a tester for the Haas F1 team in 2019, where he’ll also be the third driver. “It was a roller coaster year, but it ended on a high,” says Pietro. “Now I’m just focused on my new challenges.”

Restarting their engines For Enzo, having the Fittipaldi last name now carries greater meaning after watching his


brother work his way back from such a gruesome accident. “That really motivated me,” says Enzo, who also broke his hand while racing in 2018. “That was like a boost for me. I think ENZO

Enzo says 2018 was a pivotal racing year for him.

a lot of people would think that was a down time for me, but I was impressed by the amount of work he was putting in to come back as fast as possible.” As the two work to take the next step in their careers — Enzo looking to build on a promising start and Pietro aiming to reclaim the momentum that he began 2018 with — they’ll be able to do so together; the two currently are sharing an apartment in Maranello, Italy, where both of their employers are located. And, as it always has, sharing the name Fittipaldi is only going to help, says Pietro. “He pushes me, and I push him. It’s a family effort,” explains Pietro. “I’ll do as much as I can to help him, and I’m sure he’ll do the same for me.”

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s longtime residents of Davidson, Pat and Larry Helmandollar enjoy walking around town for exercise. Two years ago, their walk rendered more than a workout when they saw a “for sale” sign on a vacant lot. “We knew it had just gone on the market because we walked by there often,” remembers Pat, who called the number on the sign immediately.



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my old house, and I told him [Holdridge] that I wanted this exact same house on one level. That’s why the kitchen is so big because my kitchen was very big in our old house,” explains Pat, who is the president of Savvy Salon and Day Spa in Cornelius. “It’s always been my dream to have a one-story house, and as we have gotten older and our poor little dog, Lucy, has gotten older, we have to carry her up and down the steps. Somebody was going to fall.” Though the couple had lived in new homes before, this was the first time they custom-built a house. “It is a lot of work, but I’ve done a lot of remodels with the business. I’m used to it. I now what is going to happen,” she says. “I know somebody is going to put a nail in the wrong place and paint something the wrong color.” Craig Roseman of CMR Builder, Inc. built the 2,450-square-foot home, and Kelly Cruz of Kelly Cruz



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dwellings while they eat. Pat found the clear acrylic chairs for the kitchen island online from Webstaurant Store. “I’ve had the dining room table since the last time it was in style,” she says, adding that she purchased the dining chairs from INNBO Furniture in Cornelius to give it a new look. “I fluffed it up and made it look different.”

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Pat, a non-smoker, adores this mid-century ashtray that was given to her. “I just think it’s pretty,” she says.

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smoke. Nobody better smoke in here either.” The color palette of the home features white, gray and teal with splashes of orange. “I think these are good colors for the time period, particularly the orange and teal,” she says pointing to a print featuring those colors. She purchased it from Amazon and based the home’s design on it. “I love

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Get groovy with wine at Ramen Soul, p. 64 Take a walk on the wild side with sour beer, p. 66 Flourless Chocolate Squidges, p. 67 Your Mom’s Donuts sweetens Davidson, p. 68



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at Mooresville’s Using Your Noodle Can Get Dishes Ramen Soul go way beyond a Japanese staple you Some Tasty Dining



t doesn’t take a lot of deep thought to get me behind a great dish and a glass of good wine at Ramen Soul. Just bear in mind a few facts. The owners of Ramen Soul are Tim and Melanie Groody (also the owners of Fork! in Cornelius). Having dined frequently at Fork! and taking into account Tim’s culinary skills, it’s a safe bet that you’re in for something good to nosh on at Ramen Soul. And, most importantly, it’s imperative that there be a wine list of some merit. That’s where Melanie comes in. She is a self-confessed wine nut, and her wine list at Fork! shows it. Luckily, that’s flowed through to their second restaurant. For me, the other draw to this establishment is the sign above Ramen Soul’s door—“Ramen, Dim-Sum and then Some.” I’m firmly in the “then Some” corner. I love dining from a tapas menu, small dishes that you can sample. As per usual, my wife, Mary Ellen, and I were in the mood to do a little exploring. I generally head straight for the Pastrami Rueben Egg Rolls, a combination of Asian cuisine and a good deli sandwich. It’s such an interesting, off-thewall dish that it shouts out to be tried. We shared that and another similar dish — Mushroom and Tofu Egg Rolls. (We were on a roll as we started.) Then came our wine decision. Given the pretty heavy nature of the egg rolls, we opted for a red wine with a little body to it. We each got a glass of Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. Pretty nifty. Then I went in a completely different direction. One of the

daily specials caught my eye, a Salmon Sashimi Sandwich with a side of pickled slaw. I’m a big fan of sushi and sashimi, but the fish has to be extremely fresh or the dish falls flat, very flat. I had absolute confidence in Tim that was well rewarded. This dish required a different wine, as a Côtes-du-Rhône Villages just wouldn’t work with the raw fish. I don’t believe the food and the wine are even on speaking terms. With that in mind, I chose a groovy route. I selected a glass of Grüner Veltliner, a crisp white wine from Austria. “Groovy” is a much easier way of naming the wine — GrüVee. My wife chose to doodle with noodles and kept with the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. This brings me to an important point. Melanie’s wine list at Ramen Soul is not that extensive, but it consists of good, interesting wines, and it’s not just a few that are by-theglass, they all are. That’s key when you’re on a tasty tapas tour because you’re going to need different types of wine with different types of food. It would be a pity to be restricted to just a few choices. Ramen Soul is a restaurant that combines fun with excellently prepared food. There’s a lot of fun in exploring different dishes and a wide choice of wines to go with them. When it comes to food and wine, we know we’re in good hands with the Groodys. Ramen Soul 694 Brawley School Road Mooresville

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On Tap Sour Beer


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Pediococcus and Lactobacillus colonize the wood of foeders, large wooden vats used for fermentation.

Andrew Durstewitz is the CEO and co-founder of D9 Brewing, which has established itself as a national leader in the sour ale production.


enturies ago, long before Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World, at a time when there was little understanding of the microbiology at play in brewing beer, people bid good fortune to each other by exclaiming, “may your bread not go stale and your beer not go sour.” Brewing standards did not exist, and a drinkable product was far from guaranteed. It wasn’t until Belgian brewers learned to harness wild yeast in the early 1800s that sour beer became a desired outcome. Fast forward 200 years and one of the fastest growing segments in craft beer is sour beers. But, not everyone is on board — not yet, at least. The style has polarized craft beer enthusiasts as sours stand in stark contrast to the hop forward IPAs and Pale Ales on which U.S. craft brewers have built their reputations. The diversity inside the sour category of beers is

vast, but they all share a few things in common. Sour beers are fermented by inoculating them with wild yeast and/ or acid-producing bacteria. To cultivate the beer’s sour nature — its tartness — brewers turn to microbial bacteria called Pediococcus or Lactobacillus. These litter critters colonize the wood of foeders, large wooden vats used for fermentation, living happily from batch to batch. Many sour beers also use a wild yeast called Brettanomyces, or Brett for short. Brett is what gives a beer its funkiness — the musty, earthy or fruity characteristics associated with sour beer — and can be paired with lactobacillus or pediococcus to produce “funky sours.” To get a better understanding of this celebrated, yet often misunderstood style, we turned to Andrew Durstewitz, CEO and co-founder of D9 Brewing, where sours are a vital part of the brewery’s portfolio. D9

has established itself as a national leader in the sour ale production. Their wild sour ale, Systema Naturae, won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016, and just last year, Brewers Day Off, a gose [GO-zuh] style sour, earned bronze. Defying Gravity, a series of sours produced using a proprietary brewing method, features beers clocking in at an eye-popping 14 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). Why are sour beers increasing in popularity? You’re seeing them take off because people are realizing it’s a very good style of beer. Sours are basically the wine of craft beer. If you like wine, you will like a sour beer. The problem is if you approach a sour beer like a [traditional] beer, your brain is not going to accept that tartness up front. Many people think beer is all about hops and bitterness, and we’re saying no, it can be about wine and champagne, it can be porters and stouts. It can be

anything you want it to be, and I think that’s what’s so amazing about craft beer. What is the proper mindset when trying a sour? I have a rule that I give everybody. If you’re going to try a sour, you’ve got to commit to three sips. You have to get past your pallet recalibrating itself. So, the first sip is going to be tart because of the lactic acid. It’s going to clear your pallet off. The second [sip] is going to start to be sweet because now that your pallet is clean all of the sugars are going to set up. Then, on the third sip, the flower and fruit characteristics of the sour will start to appear. Are sours a fad or here to stay? Ultimately, I think sour beer in one form or another will become one of the top three classes of beer in the U.S. It’ll probably happen through a traditional style like a gose. Will Keible, is the director of marketing and sales at WDAV, and he loves a good beer.

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f you haven’t already given up on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, then you must prepare to put those plans on pause when you step into Your Mom’s Donuts. Davidson Farmers’ Market visitors are already familiar with the delicious goodness of Your Mom’s Donuts. Now Lake Norman residents do not have to wait until Saturday to enjoy the sweet taste of these delectable treats. These scrumptious gourmet donuts are available Monday through Saturday at Your Mom’s Donuts in Davidson. Located at The Linden, the donut shop

shares a space with Carolina Craft Butchery. Owner Courtney Buckley says Davidson was a natural pick for expansion because her donuts already have quite a loyal following here.

A labor of love Your Mom’s Donuts began as a delivery service five years ago. “We saw donut shops popping up around the country and wanted a food business that would allow us to raise children and still be at home,” says Buckley, a mom of three who lives on a farm in Midland, North Carolina. She rises well before the sun to retrieve

fresh-baked donuts from her store in Matthews. Then she delivers donuts to her Park Road Shopping Center location in Charlotte and finally Davidson. Your Mom’s Donuts are known for their square shape rather than the traditional round donut. Buckley says the square shape was not intentional. “We found square cutters when we opened. It certainly wasn’t planned like that, but it’s been great for branding,” she explains. “When people see square donuts, they know it’s ours.” Keep in mind that these are not your assembly line donuts. Buckley calls the

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donut-making process at Your Mom’s Donuts “a labor of love.” It takes 48 hours from the making of the dough until the donuts are fried in palm oil. Your Mom’s Donuts does not use traditional proofers. Instead, the dough slow proofs overnight for 12 to 13 hours. Buckley says the unhurried process adds flavor and helps the sourdough develop. The donuts do not contain preservatives, artificial ingredients or fillers. “We try to source what we can locally, and everything is made from scratch,” says Buckley.

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Donuts are available for purchase by the donut, halfdozen or dozen. Twelve to 15 flavors are offered daily. Standard flavors — classic glazed, cinnamon sugar with cream cheese buttercream icing, vanilla bean, chocolate

ganache, salted caramel, powdered sugar, lemon honey and sprinkles — are always on the menu. Just to keep things interesting for customers craving variety, Buckley rotates in new flavors monthly, often using seasonal ingredients from local farms. Mini-donuts are available for special orders, such as parties or weddings, and Buckley partners with Summit Coffee to offer a cup of Joe to customers. The business continues to grow because in January, Buckley bought Carolina Artisan Breads and expanded the Your Mom’s Donuts menu to include an assortment of pastries and breads. Your New Year’s resolution will just have to wait.


at the Lake

a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night

The Jungle Book (Through February 3) In this action-packed adaptation of the classic adventure story, precocious Mowgli grows up believing he’s as fierce as a wolf as any of the members of his pack. When he learns he is actually a human, he must discover how to reconcile these very different identities and decide whether to remain with the pack, or return to the human world from which he was born. Performed by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Times and tickets TBA. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, FEBRUARY 2019


HeART pARTy (February 9) Enjoy Valentine’s Day card-making, crafts and refreshments. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,



Concert Series Presented by 89.9 WDAV: Music Under the Influence of Computers (February 10) Percussionist, composer and media artist Scott Deal is joined by Davidson College Artist Associate in Piano William Fried for a program of music for piano, percussion, and electronics that include both fixed and interactive media. 3 p.m. $4.66-$18.65. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, The Hot Sardines (February 12) The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again to prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. The Hot Sardines effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz to transform both original songs and covers from past eras into music for the current century. Part of the C. Shaw and Nancy Smith Artist Series. 8 p.m. $11.19-$20.51. Duke Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: Truth Shall

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Lift Them Higher (February 16) In celebration of Black History Month, the DCSO performs William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, the first symphony composed by an African American to be performed by a major orchestra. Delve with us into the under-explored realm of orchestral music by Still and other black composers in what will be an evening of thoughtful, expressive, and beautiful music. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Hank, Pattie & The Current (February 17) A fun-filled afternoon of bluegrass and Americana tunes by this Durham-based ensemble. 3 p.m. $20/general admission; $15/seniors; $10/ students; children under 12/ free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, Lake Norman Big Band (February 18) The Lake Norman Big Band plays every third Monday night at The Finish Line Restaurant in Mooresville. The show features favorite hits from the big band era and more. 7-9 p.m. $20 cover (includes buffet dinner). Call 704.664.2695 for reservations. The Finish Line Restaurant at George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www. Traditional Series: Cedric Mangum & Company (February 19) Experience the massed trombones of the African-American shout band tradition, led by master trombonist and teacher Cedric Mangum, with an interlude of songs from a gospel vocal quartet. Dr. Tom Hanchett, recently retired as Staff Historian with Levine Museum of the New South, will be our emcee for the evening. 7:30 p.m. $4.66-$18.65. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College,


Volunteer Fair at Latta Plantation (February 2) Discover all the fun and unique ways

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Davidson College men’s basketball has three home games this month. to volunteer at Historic Latta Plantation. During this drop-in volunteer fair, you’ll take a tour of our beautiful, historic grounds and experience living history presentations. Current volunteers will be on hand to share their experience and refreshments will be served. 10 a.m.-noon. Please RSVP to save your spot at 704.875.2312. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 2018 Argentinian Wine Dinner (February 9) Come out to the farm on Saturday, February 9th for a culinary experience to be remembered. An Argentinian style feast cooked over hot coals by nationally recognized chef and award winning author Dan Huntley. Huntley specializes in bringing Southern and global food traditions such as pig pickings, oyster roast and Lowcountry shrimp boils to crowds around the region. 3-6:30 p.m. $65. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Outdoor Adventures: Winter Wander (February 10) Join Cornelius PARC and Davidson Parks and Recreation for a leisurely two-mile hike through the Robbins Park trail system, with paved and nonpaved surfaces. Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and representatives from the Davidson Lands Conservancy will be on hand to provide

insight on the many different natural amenities that will be featured. The hike time will last about one-and-a-half hours, with multiple stops along the way to learn about some of the wildlife, trees and plants we may encounter. Please meet by the turtle pond boardwalk at the corner of Robbins Crescent and Robbins Park Drive. 2-4 p.m. Free, online pre-registration is encouraged. If weather is in doubt, please check our Weather Hotline at 704.896.2460 x290. Robbins Park & Nature Preserve, Cornelius, Harriet Tubman: The Love in the Cabin (February 15) Experience spirited performing storyteller Carol Evans as she portrays moments from Harriet Tubman’s life in this moving Histo-Drama about her life and work with the Underground Railroad. Light refreshments will be served. Free. please RSVP to secure your seat at 704.875.2312. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,


Cornelius Arts Center Home Grown (February 1-March 30) This popular, annual exhibit features an eclectic mix of work from local artists in all variety of media. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-

noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery Give the gift of original art. Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Hiwa K. Eyes See Far, Hands Too Short To Reach (Through March 1) features videos, performances, and installations from the last decade by Hiwa K (b. 1975, Kurdistan, Iraq), a

German-Kurdish artist, whose work explores the body, identity, music, and play. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; SatSun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,


Davidson College Men’s Basketball Here we go! Another action-packed season of Wildcat Basketball. Rhode Island (February 6, 7 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s (February 15, 7 p.m.), Dayton (February 19, 6 p.m.), Fordham (March 2, 1 p.m.). Davidson College,

Davidson College Women’s Basketball These ladies are ready to win. La Salle (February 3, 2 p.m.), St. Bonaventure (February 9, noon), Fordham (February 13, 7 p.m.), Saint Louis (February 23, 1 p.m.), Rhode Island (February 27, 7 p.m.). Davidson College,


Detective, Partner, Hero, Villain (February 20-24) The black-and-white morality of superheroes is challenged in this ode to the modern action/comic book genre. Introducing the world to crime-fighter The Fantastic Phenomenon and his arch

nemesis Supernova, a detective searches for the killer of superhero super-fans. The detective’s world quickly begins to unravel as he begins to question his own belief in law and justice and starts to peel back the good-versus-evil veneer. 7:30 p.m. $5.59-$11.19. Barber Theatre, Davidson College, Benedictions (February 21-March 10) Jesse Bradshaw Warren is a Presbyterian minister who appears to have everything: she’s the senior minister in a large church and she’s happily married with two sons. When David Mack Kelly, a young gay man, comes to see her

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for counseling, his presence in the church seems to worry others, and Jesse starts to feel the conflict between her fondness for him, the animosity toward him from others, and his challenges to her doctrine and beliefs. Then, she faces an unspeakable family tragedy, and everything in Jesse’s life comes into question: her work as a minister, her marriage and her belief in God. February 21-23, 8 p.m.; February 24, 2 p.m.; February 28-March 2, 8 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m.; March 7-9, 8 p.m.; March 10, 2 p.m. $20, $18 seniors, $15 students. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour

Street, Davidson, Urban Bush Women (February 22) Urban Bush Women has sought to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. Urban Bush Women’s uniquely bold and boundary-pushing storytelling weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Part of The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. 8 p.m. $11.19-$20.51. Duke Performance Hall, Davidson College,

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STRESS Editor Lori K. Tate seeks balance at Best Acupuncture



he older I get, the more I care about my health and well-being. As a working mom of two with aging parents and in-laws, I have a lot on my plate, and I often forget to carve out a space for me. The result is a lovely cocktail of anxiety and stress with a splash of fatigue. Add to that the limited sun exposure of winter, and you have one unhappy camper. Therefore when 2019 kicked off, I knew I needed to find some semblance of peace, so I sought

Best used 20 needles during Tate’s treatment.

out acupuncture because I had read that it can help people get their lives balanced. When I discovered Best Acupuncture, just a few minutes from my

home in Cornelius, I decided to give it a try. Deleon Best founded Best Acupuncture 17 years ago after undergoing 3,000 hours of training in a four-year Masters program and completing various studies and externships in China. On top of that, he’s a North Carolina native, so we bonded immediately. His southern accent is comforting, and as soon as he began talking about Chinese medicine, I knew he knew his stuff. My appointment was a bit different than the usual protocol because of time constraints (aka deadlines). Usually a patient comes in for a consultation and then returns on another day for treatment. I did both on the same day. Prior to my consultation, I filled out an extensive Health History Form — by far the most thorough audit of my health in which I’ve ever participated. Best reviewed it before our consultation, and we had a 45-minute discussion on all sorts of things that were affecting my mind and body. “Sometimes I needle with

Below: Editor Lori K. Tate with Deleon Best of Best Acupuncture in Cornelius.

needles,” he said. “Sometimes I needle with words.” In addition to stress and anxiety, I also told him about my sore left shoulder and how pain flares up in my in my right knee way too frequently. He pointed to the chart on the wall that’s basically

Tate’s left shin popped with energy during her treatment.

a blueprint of the rhythms in the human body and began explaining how all of my issues might be connected. “Chinese medicine has been around for 5,000 years, 3,500 in written form,” said Best. “It hasn’t changed.” After our talk, we began my treatment. I rolled up my sleeves and rested on a heated spa bed, while a small fountain gurgled and soft music played. Best began gently inserting

needles from my feet to my head, about 20 total. He said he was targeting emotional and physical points. Once he was finished, I was left to rest with the needles for about 40 minutes. About 10 minutes in, I could feel a buzzing my body. Energy is the best way I can describe it. Midway through, my left shin popped and sent the buzzing up my left side. By the end of the treatment, I felt relaxed and most of all hopeful that a positive change was heading my way. I have three more appointments scheduled and can’t wait to feel the results. Peace out. Best Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine 8213 Village Harbor Drive Cornelius

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