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T H E M O V I E I L O V E D M O S T A S A K I D W A S G R E A S E . I was consumed by the love story of Danny and Sandy, fantasizing that one day I, too, would find a love so strong it would make cars fly.
Not only did I go see Grease at the theater seven times, my cousin and I were completely obsessed with the soundtrack. We spent hours dancing around in her basement trying to learn the hand jive or standing atop her ping pong table gyrating our hips while belting out “Greased Lightning.” We had no clue the lyrics were laden with sexual innuendo and entirely inappropriate for 12-year-old girls; we just wanted to be as cool as the entire Grease gang and, in particular, to be loved by someone as cool as Danny Zuko. Imagine our disappointment when upon entering high school we discovered there would be no singing and dancing in the courtyard during lunch and no flash mobs at the pep rallies.
I've watched Grease again and again throughout the years, and while I still love the movie and continue to sing along to the raunchy songs, I no longer wish to be the object of Danny’s affections. Because seen through my older and wiser adult eyes, the complete transformation of Sandy into a provocative greaser girl—with pants so tight that Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into them—in order to be loved by him isn’t cool at all. I’d much rather be loved the way Bridgett in Bridgett Jones Diary (can you tell I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately?) is loved by Mark Darcy. Though the clumsy, weight-obsessed, cigarette-smoking, mishap-prone Bridget is far from flawless, she’s close enough to perfect for her man, who professes to her that he loves her just the way she is. My son is getting married in a few months to a wonderful girl, and I pray they love one another the way Darcy loves Bridgett. It won’t be easy— after all, when you’re married, it’s inevitable that some things your partner does, or doesn’t do, will drive you nuts. There will be difficult—agonizing even—times when they hurt each other and have to swallow pride and the need to be right in order to overlook each other’s imperfections. On occasion, they might even be downright terrified when they catch glimpses of traits in the other that alarm them. I hope they channel Mark Darcy and love each other through those trying times, because one thing I know for sure, they will come. Many couples can’t do it— they insist on trying to change their partner into who they want them to be. I hope my son and his wife can love each other just as they are, and that in doing so, they have a marriage in which the joy they receive brightens even their darkest days. It is my heart’s desire that I find a love like Darcy’s as well one day, one in which I’m loved as I am, flaws and all. Because if the alternative is to be sewn into a pair of black leather pants and take up smoking, I think I’d rather just get a dog. w
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Our First Cup
My journey to becoming a chiropractor took me from my hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area to the East Coast for my undergraduate work and then back to the West Coast for my doctoral degree, and then to Michigan. From there, my husband Scott and I came to North Carolina after which we were blessed with the arrival of our ﬁrst daughter, Roxie, in 2012 and Bridgette who came along four years later.
A friend suggested I see a chiropractor when I was a teenager … the experience was a life-changing one for me. Not only were the results of my adjustments amazing, but my doctor planted the seed for my future career by telling me he thought I’d be a great chiropractor.
Though I enjoy all the different patient populations, I really love caring for infants. I’m able to help change the trajectory of their young lives by helping them overcome health challenges; and with an advanced certiﬁcation in pediatric and pregnancy care since 2007, I get to see lots of babies!
I see my work as a big, fulfilling part of my life—not as a separate part.
A Sip of My Favorite Things
My Cup Runneth Over
As most people do, I struggle to ﬁnd the work/ life balance. However, the fact that I LOVE my work makes it easier, and I am very grateful for that. I see my work as a big, fulﬁlling part of my life—not as a separate part. I’m still working to make sure all the parts of my life get fairly equal attention, but I don’t feel like life starts when I get off work.
Trying New Flavors
One of my favorite things to do is to read a book while sitting in the sauna— peace and quiet at 130 degrees! I also LOVE Mexican food … I could eat it for every meal. I guess it is because I’m from out west, but give me a burrito or soft taco and I’m a happy camper … I make a mean guacamole, too.
About 18 months ago, I started taking singing lessons. I wanted to as a kid but needed to choose between voice and dance … I chose dance. So I decided that now was the time to learn something new. It’s a blast and my instructors are very patient with me. I’m deﬁnitely keeping my day job, but I’ve come a long way. w
Dr. Nicole Whitehead works with OB/GYNS, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, and pediatricians in the community to keep mothers and children healthy. She is equal opportunity and will see other members of the family too! She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Nicole and her team can be reached at 704.663.5142 or via their website at www.advancedspinalfitness.net.
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Of course, all tax deductions are subject to some rules, and charitable contributions are no exception. As you write those checks, be mindful of these guidelines: Only taxpayers who itemize returns can claim charitable deductions. The new limit (beyond 60 percent of AGI) applies to cash donations only, and you should keep proof of your donations on ﬁle.
can earn you a big tax break (and in every other sense) this year has been a pretty wild ride. 2020 has shaken us up, and yet we’ve all come together to help each other, perhaps like never before. Those of you who are able to make charitable contributions are truly providing an invaluable benefit to society. A S FA R A S TA X Y E A R S G O
Now, I have some good news for you: The IRS has lifted the customary limit on charitable contribution deductions, allowing you to earn a practically unlimited deduction on 2020 taxes. In most tax years, the charitable contributions deduction is limited to 60 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). You’re always free to contribute more than that limit, of course, but the deduction stops at 60 percent of AGI. This year, in response to increased need along with strain on charitable organizations, the IRS has lifted the usual limit. You can now deduct 100 percent of your charitable contributions from your taxable income for the year. Not only could you theoretically deduct an amount equal to your entire AGI, you could even carry forward any extra deductions, above 100 percent of AGI, to next year.
A receipt will sufﬁce as proof, or you can use your credit or debit card statements. Only donations to IRS-approved nonproﬁt organizations, or religious institutions, qualify for the tax deduction. Donations of your time are not tax-deductible, but necessary supplies, transportation, and parking usually qualify.
If you do plan to donate more than 20 percent of your AGI to charity, the rules can become more complicated. Speaking to a tax professional before making any big decisions can save you time and stress later. Thank you for thinking of others during these difficult times. This tax break can be significant, and you certainly deserve it! w LKN EXPERT
If you receive anything in return for your donation, you can only claim the amount of your donation that exceeds the value of the item. Donations to individuals unfortunately do not count toward the charitable contributions deduction, but passing donations through a local charity is always a possibility. Contributions to charity must be made by December 31 in order to be counted on this year’s tax return.
Robin Whitlock is a financial advisor, controller, and partner with Infinite Wealth Advisors, LLC, located at 107 Kilson Drive, Suite 206, in Mooresville. You can reach Robin at 877.281.8282 or via Robin@ infinitewealthadvisors.com.
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Exercise your way to a healthier heart. When you exercise, the heart grows new blood vessels and makes the existing ones grow stronger, helping your body to grow its own natural bypasses.
Know your numbers. A normal reading for women over 20 is any blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg; 140/90 or higher is considered too high.
Know your risk factors. Risk factors you should diligently manage include blood pressure, blood cholesterol, weight, and diabetes.
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See your doctor. It is important to build a good relationship with a primary physician; get regular checkups and follow doctor’s orders.
You can’t beat the beat of music. Music has dramatic effects on the recovery process for those who have undergone various surgeries, including heart, and for those who are in treatment for an illness or disorder such as Alzheimer’s, anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD.
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A C C O R D I N G TO T H E A M E R I C A N H E A R T A S S O C I AT I O N ( A H A ) , about one in three
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American adults have high blood pressure, and more than 20 percent of those folks are unaware of it. While most often associated with heart attacks and strokes, hypertension also damages everything from kidneys to brain function— even your eyesight, sleep, and bone mass! The best remedy is a healthy lifestyle including exercising, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol, managing stress, and reducing your sodium. Keep your blood pressure in check by knowing what the numbers mean.
(THE TOP NUMBER)
A NORMAL READING FOR WOMEN OVER 20
refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during contraction of your heart muscle.
is any blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury); 140/90 or higher is considered too high. Women may EXPERIENCE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE more often than men due to pregnancy, hormonal changes, or thyroid issues (women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems).
Typically, more attention is given to the SYSTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease for women over 50.
A LOW READING is considered to be
below 90/60, but this varies as some doctors don’t consider it low until symptoms (such as dizziness, fainting, nausea, or fatigue) are present.
(THE BOTTOM NUMBER)
OTHER RISK FACTORS INCLUDE high cholesterol, diabetes, and physical inactivity.
For more information on blood pressure and other heart issues, contact the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.
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refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats.
Women have an increased risk of developing HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE if they are 20+ pounds overweight, have a family history of high blood pressure, or have reached menopause.
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Are You High Risk? is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? In fact, numbers boil down to about one in every four female deaths. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” approximately the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the U.S. Some conditions and lifestyle choices increase a person’s chance for heart disease— diabetes, obesity, poor diet, lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol use, and smoking. But even if you live a healthy lifestyle and have no family history, it is important to keep the following in mind and discuss everything with your physician— D I D YO U K N O W T H AT H E A R T D I S E A S E
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Be sure to see your doctor regarding your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and Body Mass Index (BMI). These are important numbers to monitor.
Know your risk factors.
Risk factors you should diligently manage include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, exercise, weight management, and diabetes. Risk factors out of your control are age, gender, heredity, race, and previous stroke or heart attack.
Warning signs can be tricky for women.
The more common symptoms include chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back; discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach; shortness of breath with or without chest pain; and other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
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For more information on heart disease in women, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.
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Are You Just Tired Or Is It Something More? chronic fatigue is different than being sleepy or exceedingly tired because it lasts longer and is more debilitating: “It’s a nearly constant state of weariness that develops over time and diminishes your energy and mental capacity. Fatigue at this level impacts your emotional and psychological well-being.” A C C O R D I N G T O T H E M AYO C L I N I C ,
Chronic fatigue can be a sign of congestive heart failure, which happens when your heart doesn’t pump as well as it should. It can also indicate anemia (the leading cause of fatigue in women), urinary tract infections, diabetes, ﬁbromyalgia, or thyroid issues. Here are some Fatigue Facts to help you decide if it’s time to see your doctor—
First, rule out other causes such as alcohol use, medications, excessive physical activity, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits, or caffeine (caffeine affects the adrenals which triggers counterproductive stressors in the body). Note that anxiety, depression, grief, and stress are all natural causes of fatigue but are still issues you may want to address if they persist. If your fatigue lasts for more than two weeks (despite efforts to live a healthy lifestyle), it may be time to talk to your physician. Shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, dizziness, or extreme pain such as severe headaches can be indicators. If you find simple, daily chores too much to handle, and your lifestyle in general is affected, please talk to your doctor. w
For more information on fatigue and all its symptoms, causes, and treatments, contact the Mayo Clinic at www.mayoclinic.org.
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on THE HEARTBEAT OF FAMILY: My sisters (Diana, Christa, and Sharon) and I grew up on Long Island, and I moved to the Charlotte area in 2000. Shortly after that, my sisters and mother joined me, so now the whole family not only lives within 30 minutes of each other, but we work together as well—except for Sharon who is a devoted school teacher. We all look to our mom as our rock. She comes in the ofﬁce two days a week, and she’s our go-to whenever we need someone to talk to. We are a very resilient group of women, and our mom taught us that we could always depend on each other. We know how to work and communicate well together … we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we always, always have each other’s backs. on THE NEXT GENERATION: I have three grown children; Diana has one daughter and three grandsons; and Christa has two children (a son and a daughter) and two grandchildren. “The Cousins”—as they have so affectionately dubbed themselves—have their own little group chat … no sisters allowed! To see the closeness that we share continue down to the next generation of our family is really special. We are very blessed that in a world where people are so spread out, we get to spend time together. on THE BUSINESS WE BUILT: We want to bring organization and peace of mind to people’s lives and we want the entire experience – from start to ﬁnish – to be an enjoyable one for our customers. I feel like my sisters take these values to heart and live and execute them each day at work. The incredible growth that we’ve seen since COVID has been a rollercoaster. In March we had to close down brieﬂy and we weren’t sure what would happen. When we re-opened, we were ﬂooded with calls—everyone now needed their homes organized, spaces repurposed, and home ofﬁces incorporated. We worked exceedingly hard to keep up with demand and stay true to who we are – a company that cares deeply about each customer and gives them special one-onone attention.
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on “RELENTLESS FORWARD PROGRESS”: It’s all about taking one step at a time. Sometimes you leap. Sometimes you crawl. But each day we try to focus on moving forward to achieve our goals. One of our favorite Bible quotes is, “I can do all things through God who strengthens me.” There are a lot of days we tell each other that at work when things get a little hairy. We are all capable of so much more than we realize. Have big goals. Don’t be afraid of them, but create smaller goals to get you there … surround yourself with great people. For me, it’s my sisters and my extended CBD family. It’s so much easier to achieve goals when you’re working with people who hold the same values as you do and genuinely care for one another. w
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Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine
H YA L U R O N I C A C I D ( H A ) I S F O U N D
throughout the body, with the largest concentration in the joints, eyes, and skin. As a structural component of our skin, it’s no wonder that HA products are intrinsic for dermatologists, cosmetic nurse injectors, and aestheticians. As we age, facial muscle volume decreases and skin thins, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and nurse injectors have cosmetic injectable treatment options that contain HA to increase volume. Products like Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, and Voluma address facial folds or thinning lips. Not everyone pursues injectables to address signs of aging, nor are injectables suitable for everyone. However, a topical HA, such as Aqua Drops, is a beneficial, universal booster in any skincare regimen, penetrating deep within the dermis to draw moisture and help maintain the skin barrier, encouraging continuous hydration. Combined with Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28, a skin conditioner, the serum also supports healthy collagen production. Additionally, Aqua Drops HA Serum moisturizes without being oily, making the product suitable for oily and acneic skin. For an even bigger benefit, HA can be incorporated with other skincare therapies, such as the Sapphire 3® OxyLight®, an ULTRA hydrating skincare treatment. Coupling HA
with the ultrasound treatment involves using red LED therapy to deliver Aqua Drops HA Serum deeper into the skin after blood flow has been polished and stimulated. The treatment results in a multitude of benefits for the skin. For one, because HA is able to hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, it’s like a big drink of water for your skin, infusing all layers with valuable, rejuvenating moisture. HA then acts as a humectant and continues to draw moisture in from the surrounding environment, creating a “plumping” effect that helps it reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. As it fills the skin with moisture, hyaluronic acid tightens the overall complexion, which helps firm facial contours for a more youthful appearance. What’s more, when the skin is protected and hydrated, it allows increased skin cell production to take place—because the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration, which also leads to smoother, plumper skin cells. With all this moisturizing, anti-aging and healthboosting power, HA is the ultimate multitasker of skincare! w LKN EXPERT
Eterna Aesthetics, a division of Mooresville Dermatology/Piedmont HealthCare, is led by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Naomi Simon and is committed to helping patients obtain healthy, beautiful skin. It has recently introduced “Aqua Drops,” a hyaluronic acid hydrating serum, as a part of its new skincare line. Please visit mooresvilledermcenter.com and/or make an appointment by calling 704.235.1827. WRITER DR. NAOMI SIMON
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that's what he said
WRITING ON THE SLATE OF WHO YOU ARE
My dad is a huge contributor to all I have accomplished. I grew up in a small town in West Virginia, and he always encouraged me to be a high achiever and pursue a life and a career outside of my hometown. He was a big part in my obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout and excelling in sports. I’m eternally grateful to my dad, and I pass along those same parenting techniques to my boys. A HAPPY HEART
My wife, Lorrie, and I try to raise our boys (Garrett, 18; Colton, 13; Maddox, 12) to be respectful, caring, and determined individuals. What dad gave to me, Lorrie and I wish to give to our own kids. I met Lorrie at West Virginia University where we both attended pharmacy school; Lorrie is also a pharmacist. We are a great team, and she keeps me going in the right direction … we are truly grateful for the life we have built here in Mooresville. COMPETITIVE YET COMPASSIONATE
I have spent many weekends cheering on and encouraging one kid or another—sports is big in our family ... it builds character and teaches you to be a team player. I always encourage them to be competitive yet compassionate—in sports and in life. You never know what others are going through, and a small act of kindness can make a huge impact. SURVIVE AND THRIVE
DOUG BALOG, HEALTHSMART PHARMACY
SPOILER ALERT: Men and women are different. Ok,
so maybe that fact didn’t really surprise you. After all, it’s been 27 years since John Gray popularized the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. And as much as we love sharing women’s stories, we decided it was time to lend the Martians of LKN our ear, too. This month we share the perspective of Doug Balog, owner & compounding pharmacist of HealthSmart Pharmacy.
The toughest thing in today’s crazy world is learning to stay the course through all of the ups and downs. To help sharpen your focus, you must be alert and ready for change. We’ve seen this in the pandemic … those businesses that are able to adapt and adjust their sails accordingly are the ones that survive. FAMILY MOTTO
In the Balog family, we believe that you try your best, learn from your failures, rebuild, and try harder. If things aren’t working out at the moment, you must persevere and realize that the next phase is just around the corner. Have faith and know things will work out for the best. Nothing is perfect … but nothing should keep you from trying to get there. w
Doug Balog is the owner and compounding pharmacist at HealthSmart Pharmacy. Serving the Lake Norman community for more than 20 years, the pharmacy is located at 108 Leaning Oak Drive in Mooresville. For more information, visit www.healthsmartnc.com or call 704.658.1184. FEBRUARY 2021
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Beef Wellington Want to surprise your sweetheart with the perfect romantic meal? These delicious Individual Beef Wellingtons are sure to please!
In a food processor, place mushrooms, garlic, salt, pepper, and thyme (to taste preference) and blend into a fine paste. Transfer to a medium-sized frying pan, being sure to spread it evenly across the bottom of the pan. Cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat while stirring frequently. After about 7-10 minutes the mushroom mixture should shrink to half the original volume and begin to form a paste. The goal here is to cook off the bulk of the water inside the mushrooms. This will keep the puff pastry from being too mushy. Remove the mushroom mixture from the heat and set aside. Preheat oven to 400ËšF. Liberally season the outside of the tenderloin pieces with salt and pepper. In another medium-sized frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat. Once the oil has begun to smoke, quickly sear the tenderloin pieces on both sides (45-60 seconds per side). Once seared, transfer the meat to a plate or cutting board to rest. Using a basting brush, generously paint the mustard over the resting pieces of beef, making sure to coat both sides. To assemble the Wellingtons, lay out a piece of
puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Place a piece of ham in the center of the pastry. Next, layer about 1 tablespoon of the mushroom mixture on the center of the ham using the back of a spoon to flatten the paste to about the size of the tenderloin pieces. Place one of the mustardcoated beef filets on top of the mushroom mixture, then top the piece of beef with another spoonful of the mushroom mixture, making sure to pat it down flat across the top of the meat. Layer with another piece of ham and close the Wellington by folding the puff pastry over the center of the meat. Using your hands, carefully seal the edges of the pastry then transfer SEAM-SIDE DOWN to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush the outside of each Wellington with egg wash. Using the back of a paring knife, lightly score the tops of the pastry in a checkered pattern, being careful not to pierce the pastry. Bake the Wellingtons in a 400ËšF oven until the pastry is fully cooked and golden brown (about 20 minutes). Allow each Wellington to rest at least 10 minutes before cutting into it. w
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of business and a lifetime of smiles! WRITER LESLIE OGLE
PHOTOGRAPHER CHELSEA BREN
John J. Scherer, DDS
“In thee my soul shall own combined the sister and the friend.” (Lady Catherine Killigrew)
Add coworker and business partner to that quote and you have the unstoppable duo of Dr. Kara Lembo and Dr. Lindsay Montgomery—who this month celebrate 10-years of their practice Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Mooresville. Counting the many blessings that have emerged over the past decade, these inspiring women show us how hard work, faith, and family ties are the heartbeat of their success.
“Our dad always told us to believe in
ourselves, our abilities, and in each other—‘no one can take that away from you,’ he would always say,” Dr. Montgomery shares. John J. Scherer, DDS—who practiced dentistry himself for 40 years—taught the girls the importance of character, leadership, and family values. “We truly love being together as business partners, friends, and sisters,” Dr. Lembo adds, “and it is in large part due to our dad.” Sadly their dad passed away in May of 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. “He truly was our role model and the rock in our lives,” they share. “He always taught us to be true to ourselves which enabled us to help others so much better. It has been tough since his passing, but he knows we are strong women who love to strive—and his inner strength gives that to us. We miss him every day.”
The two sisters grew up in Cedarville, Michigan, and attended Les Cheneaux Community Schools K-12. Lindsay went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in science from Central Michigan University. After graduation, she worked alongside her father in Cedarville in his dental practice where she discovered there was so much more to dentistry. “I got to experience how diverse dentistry is and the variety of ways it is able to help people … and it keeps you involved with the public,” she adds. This inspired her to enroll in Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating in May 2003. For five years, Lindsay served in the United States Navy as a general dentist at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. During her service, she was deployed overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom providing dental care to
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military personnel. Lindsay was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her efforts. Dr. Lembo also discovered her passion for dentistry while working with their father. She then went on to Central Michigan University for her undergraduate studies in biology and pre-dental. Kara attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and graduated in May 2003. She started her own dental practice in Shelby Township, Michigan, in August 2004 and was very successful for five years before moving her family south in order to fulfill her lifelong dream of working alongside her sister. The two formed Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in February 2011. Their father’s example made it clear to Kara and Lindsay what kind of leaders they wanted to be. “For us,” the sisters explain, “being a good leader means being a good example to others. It means setting a high standard of accountability for ourselves that others can observe and emulate. It means being the kind of person who others will want to follow … back to our dad—he taught us so much and he did that by being an example himself,” the ladies recall with obvious love and admiration. And because their father provided a model for what a good team looked and felt like, the sisters have excelled in building a team of their own. They now have 11 employees who are not only committed to the practice, but to a high level of achievement and to their common goal: “Happy team, happy patients! That’s our motto,” the sisters agree. “We work with an amazing group of ladies. We truly are one big family here at work … we are grateful for each of them.” The sisters have won numerous awards over the span of 10 years, and they have an undying and profound commitment to their community, with a host of philanthropic efforts throughout the year. While Drs. Lembo and Montgomery are both quite accomplished, their goals in life are fairly simple: “Spend time with family,” they say almost in unison, “and stay strong in faith. Believing in oneself is paramount so that every single day you can be the best you can be. You have to love what you do, have a solid plan, be organized, and be a team player … surround yourself with positive people and energy.” As one might guess with such strong family ties, the two doctors’ families are extremely close and genuinely enjoy spending time together. Dr. Lembo and husband Joe have two children: 12-year-old Joey and Isabel who is 11. Dr. Montgomery and husband Darren have a 6-year-old daughter, Coralyn. Whether it’s a jaunt to the beach or just a bbq by the lake, you’re likely to find these happy families celebrating life, counting their blessings, and sharing smiles … lots of smiles! w
10 years ...WOW!
We are so excited and truly blessed to reach 10 years and we are looking forward to many more. We have been with Lake Norman Woman Magazine for 10 years as well! What we look forward to and want to keep doing is help our patients beautify their smiles and keep them healthy and stable. We strive for excellence in our line of work, and our goal is to keep getting better and better in serving our clients and our community. We want to be a good example, especially for young girls and women, by showing what good leaders we have become and to always reach for the top.”
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With everything looking different these days, weddings are no exception. But the main goal is to share the joyful event with family and friends, so with that in mind, here are some ideas that will personalize and add a little creative flair to your special day:
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Carry your mother’s bouquet … or rather one designed to look the same. Give your ﬂorist a photo and you’ve got something old AND something new … priceless!
A bit of fabric from your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown is a touching way to add elegance and charm. If you can’t actually wear it, use parts of it for your garter or On a Differen incorporate t Note If you are going to some of the use place cards, write a perso lace into nal note on them, so when your Aunt Joan picks up her place bouquet card, she will get to read or veil. a loving tribute from you.
Think Outside the Cake Mix Box
Instead of a wedding cake that often provides more leftovers than anything else, have an ice cream sundae bar. If you’re familiar with modern-day yogurt shops, you know that the choices of toppings and edible accoutrements are endless … perfect for wedding-themed creativity—from heart-shaped brownie bites to bits of cheesecake or even small candies that have the couple’s name printed on them.
On a Musical Note
Have your guests write down a few of their favorite songs on their rsvp cards to help compile the music list for the reception; it is a great way to personalize the party.
SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A MICROWEDDING? As life slowly begins to return to normal, big weddings will return. And if a big bash is right for the bride and groom, they should go for it. But if ﬂexibility, lower cost, less stress, and more intimacy are appealing, a microwedding is worth consideration. In the end, what is important is that the couple goes with the wedding format that brings them joy and peace of mind.
BELOW ARE SOME TOP REASONS FOR CHOOSING A MICROWEDDING:
LESS STRESS. Most venues that offer microweddings have put together packages that include everything the couple needs for the ceremony. They select features they want from a list, and then everything is taken care of by a team of venders, providing the lovebirds with a lot less stress and a lot more time to enjoy their engagement. SAVINGS. The average cost of a wedding is over $30,000, and that doesn’t even include the honeymoon! The average spent on each guest is $268.00, which adds up very quickly when the couple has a tight budget. Limiting the guest list not only allows tremendous savings, it provides the opportunity for the bride and groom to have a highquality event without going into debt.
AUTHENTICITY. For some couples, an elaborate party just isn’t their style. A microwedding will not only give them tremendous relief that they won’t have 100 pairs of eyes staring them down as they exchange vows and share their ﬁrst dance, it will feel a lot less intimidating and a lot more authentic to them. MORE OPTIONS. Finding the right venue can be as difﬁcult as ﬁnding the right spouse! Whether it’s a small gazebo at a botanical garden or a cool rooftop bar, the couple’s choices for the location of their event are endless with a microwedding. Plus, with fewer guests, the bride and groom can splurge on a live band a plated dinner, or other features that are just too expensive with a long guest list. w
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Your wedding day
is uniquely yours while
the professionals simply help make it run smoothly. Here's how these LKN couples
added their own touch to their day & love story.
MARCH 7, 2014
Amanda Glowacki wed her hubby in Uptown Charlotte at the Foundation for the Carolinas, followed by pics outside with the city in the background.
ENGAGED AND HONEYMOONED IN HAWAII
How fitting that this beautiful bride, Elizabeth Heim, had her wedding dress custom made & inspired by the colors and patterns of the ocean.
SANDI MYERS & MOM, JOYCE FEIR
Bridal Portraits in 1992 with your mother & studio photography, what a beautiful moment in time!
BRIDE WORE RED!
25 years ago on December 23rd, a very merry Mr. & Mrs. Nash.
KATIE STANKIEWICZ'S ODE TO FAMILY
"My blue necklace was my great grandmother's and it is an aquamarine. That was my something blue! And my bouquet included a picture of my grandfather and my Uncle Peter, both of which had passed away but were so important in my life. I wanted to include that in my wedding day!"
AIMEE & JOHN HOWARD
After 14 years of dating, we made it ofďŹ cial!
THE RICE SETTLES … 1
5 THINGS TO DO POSTWEDDING
Send out your Thank You notes: It is best to get this
chore done promptly in order to maintain proper etiquette. Friends and family spent a lot of time and expense making your special day special, so please thank them with a traditional thank you card via the US Mail—no electronic Thank You’s. Emily Post would be appalled!
Take down your wedding website and registry. The
website www.bridalguide.com reminds you that “both your registry and your wedding website may show up in Google results when people search for your name; remove both from the Web if you don’t want others to see them. You should probably leave the registry up for a few extra months in case some of your guests still want to give you something.”
Decide what to do with your gown. If you are
keeping it, you should have it professionally cleaned right away to deal with any spills, perspiration, etc. You can also have it altered into a lovely cocktail dress, or use the fabric for other clothing items—perhaps a future christening gown.
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LOVE, LAUGHTER, & HAPPILY EVER AFTER
brideguide Now that the question has been popped and the ring is on the f inger, what’s next? The amazing and wonderful world of wedding planning can be a bit daunting, especially in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. So with that in mind, we have once again compiled our popular Bride Guide that includes some of the best wedding professionals around the lake so that the bride and groom will have nothing but smooth sailing on route to their special day.
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When it comes to choosing a venue, the lake abounds with options. The Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville has all the bases covered for both the wedding ceremony and reception. Offering two outdoor settings and six distinctive ballrooms, engaged couples will find the exact space they need for the dream wedding. If an equestrian feel is what a bride is looking for, she’ll love one of Lake Norman’s most unique facilities, Johnson Carriage House & Meadows. A European-style stable with a hardwood paneled gathering room and gourmet catering kitchen, this venue is certain to make the wedding day memorable. Chickadee Hill Farms, which sits on 25 gorgeous acres complete with lavender, sunflower, and wildflower fields, offers three sites from which couples can choose their ceremony setting, plus a climate controlled post-and-beam barn that accommodates 150 guests and features an elegant bridal suite with porch overlook. Steeped in history and southern elegance, the waterfront Laboratory Mill is a 19th-century building that seamlessly blends the old with the new. Surrounded by lush woodlands and bordering the Catawba River, the historic site offers gorgeous hardwood flooring, exposed ductwork, and walls of windows that allow a flood of natural light and a picturesque backdrop for photos. Laboratory Mill
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FUN, & LIBATIONS
Chas Ann's Gourmet Creations knows that every event is better when the food is great. This local wedding caterer believes that the menu should reflect the couple getting married. As such, Chef Chastity Brannen is committed to creating an impressive wedding food experience that is unique to the style of the happy couple. Chef Paul of Salt Chef Events can provide the bride and groom with an individualized upscale menu, perfectly catered for their reception. With individual hors d'oeuvres, family style, buffet, and plated offerings available, there are options for every budget. The result will be a creative and memorable meal that will make the couple’s wedding dreams come true. Chas Ann's Gourmet Creations
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SPECIAL MOMENTS Wedding videography captures the full beauty of a couple’s special day like no other, and with the talents of videographer Shamus Coneys of Indigo Photography & Video, you will truly have the day to remember. Shamus employs a modern, fresh, and edgy style to capture every moment of the big day. But who better to describe the power of Shamus’ work than a bride herself ? “Our wedding film by Shamus Coneys was a gorgeous, perfect representation of our day—full of laughter, joy, and love!” Blo Blow Dry Bar has the bridal beauty experts who can provide the bride with flawless hair and makeup so that she looks picture perfect in the video. They also offer styling for the entire “I-Do Crew,” so that they shine almost as bright as the bride.
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Brides may want to start a wedding beauty regimen several weeks or months before the big day. It’s a great way to practice some selfcare during that stressful time and perfect their wedding-day look. Pureﬁco offers a full range of services for the face and body to help the bride and bridal party look and feel glamorous. Whether it’s minor treatments or a complete bridal makeover, the entire group can look picture perfect for the big day. Physician’s Plan in Huntersville can help the bride with everything from weight loss to Botox to HydraFacial treatments and body sculpting, having her looking and feeling her best by the time the day to say “I do” arrives. The center has an exceptional medical staff and their results and patient testimonials speak volumes. Meredith and Alexa of The Diet Doc Movement will not only help brides achieve their weight loss goals, but they can help them enjoy the process. With a custom nutrition plan, lifestyle coaching, accountability check-ins, and daily motivational podcasts, brides are sure to look their best as they walk down the aisle. The expert staff at YogaSix in Cornelius can help brides find the right class to achieve their wedding-ready goals. The instructors are trained in the YogaSix methodology, and with six different class types from hot and powerful to slow and mindful to beginner and sculpting classes, they provide a consistent but creative experience every time.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
After the perfect wedding, and the perfect reception, it’s time for the perfect honeymoon. For a trip as momentous as their big day, brides and grooms can leave the planning to Cathy Winter of Picture Perfect Travel. In addition to booking flights and hotel rooms, she can provide insight into the most romantic destinations, the best activities and excursions, and those memory-making moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. w
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LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES.
Underneath each chocolate put a small photo, love note, or personal coupon for a massage, a chore, dinner out, etc.
FUN WITH FLOWERS.
For a unique touch to flowers, put in a mason jar with tiny fairy lights. You can tape the battery pack to the underside of the lid … add a few Hershey’s Kisses and a favorite photo for the most unique gift ever!
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together for 55 years, fantastic husband Donald Eades and his wife, Doris, have gotten a thing or two figured out. Read
their story below, as well as those of other fantastic husbands in our community, all of which prove that chivalry and romance are alive and well â€Ś right here in Lake Norman!
TOM & STARR
DONALD & DORIS
“Tom and I have been together 41 years, married 31. He is such an incredible gift. He makes every single day special by working hard to make sure I always feel loved and cherished. He thinks of things before I do and starts the weekend with a list. He notices when I change my hair, lipstick, or blouse. He listens and offers great advice, but only when asked. He makes me laugh. I could go on and on and on…Tom is truly a fantastic husband.”
Strong marriages aren’t a given and they don’t just happen by chance. That is why celebrating an anniversary is more than just celebrating another year passed—it’s a celebration of a couple’s commitment to one another. And that is also why Donald Eades, a fantastic husband who married the love of his life, Doris, in 1965, was so looking forward to celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary last year. Of course he never imagined a pandemic would stand in the way. But thankfully, the staff at Iredell Health System’s HospitalBased Skilled Nursing Facility where Donald is a resident went above and beyond to help the couple celebrate their special day with a table decorated in their honor in the facility’s day room and a meal that they’ll remember for years to come. The couple met in the fall of 1960 while both were working at Troutman Shirt Factory when they were set up on a double date. They were married in a double wedding with Doris’s sister and husband on October 9, 1965, at Beulah Baptist Church on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. “I know the exact moment we said ‘I do’ – 4:16 pm,” Donald said. As the years progressed, Donald and Doris’s family grew and they welcomed two sons, David and Darin. While Donald spent more than 29 years working for Duke Power, Doris opted to be a stay-at-home mom until the kids were older. They have many fond memories of their time together, including spending Doris’s 70th birthday doing a one-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail and fulfilling a life-long dream to travel out west—memories that they were determined to commemorate with an anniversary celebration, pandemic or not. As they reflected on their marriage and what’s made it successful, both agreed it all boils down to commitment, trust, and respect for each other. “I wouldn’t have gotten married if I didn’t plan to stay married,” Donald said. “I made a very good choice.” Doris agrees wholeheartedly: “If I had to do it over, I would do it over the same way.”
KIRK & ELAINE
“Kirk is an amazing husband. He communicates well, gives me unconditional support, and sees me as his equal. It really helps that we are on the same page in terms of how we divide the responsibilities in our home life, raise our kids, while also having fulfilling careers. He’s willing to teach me what he knows and loves spending time with me. In the 20 years we’ve been together, he’s taught me how to snowboard, wakesurf/wakeboard, and mountain bike. He also has a great sense of humor, always making us laugh.”
ERIC & JENNY
“Having Eric as an amazing husband and father is truly our family’s greatest gift. Eric recently made the courageous decision to change careers, and now he is not only helping people, which is his greatest strength, but he’s found himself again— the guy who keeps our house humming by making us laugh so hard we can’t breathe, slow dancing in the kitchen, and scaring us every chance he gets. He cooks, drives our girls to and fro, hangs Christmas lights, puts band-aids on boo-boos, and braids hair. He makes all these things happen in the same way he lives his life: quietly, with great purpose, and with a desire to do it right. This is how he treats us at home, how he treats his clients, and who he is at his core. He’s the hero of our story and we’re so grateful he’s ours.”
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KALEB & ASHTON
“Kaleb is the husband I always prayed to have and so much more. He works so hard every day to move us closer to achieving our goals and to make my personal goals easier for me to achieve. He does whatever it takes to help me, support me, and make me feel loved unconditionally. He’s the best listener, the greatest comforter, and my most sincere motivator. He continuously shows me every single day through his words and actions just what it means to be a fantastic husband.” CHONSEY & LAUREN
“Chonsey and I have been married for 10 years, with each year better than the one before. I am an RN and work three nights a week while he stays home with our three children. Right now, work is really hectic, but he makes sure I get enough rest by keeping the little ones occupied. He sends me funny memes and inspirational messages throughout my day to keep me motivated. He recognizes when I need a break and will schedule me a massage or lady’s day out to reset. He even has my hairdresser come to the house to do both my and my daughter’s hair. He is my biggest cheerleader and my best friend. I tell him every day how blessed I am to have found him. I can only pray I make him as happy as he makes me.”
KEVIN & JULIE
BRET & JODIE
“Kevin and I went through trials trying to have our ﬁrst daughter. Afterwards, we were told we could never conceive again. We tried IVF and were blessed with another daughter. Surprisingly, I became naturally pregnant shortly thereafter, though, sadly, we lost the baby; four months later, though, we were pregnant again, this time with a boy. Throughout this rollercoaster ride, Kevin was supportive and optimistic every step of the way. In addition, Kevin is funny, outgoing, and always ready to help. One of the most recent selﬂess things he's done is help fulﬁll my dream of opening my own school. He works full time, is the handy man at the school, coaches, and builds and repairs things at our home. He is the rock of our family.”
“My husband, Bret, is super conﬁdent—he knows his worth and doesn't settle for anything less than he deserves. But even more importantly, he has the ability to bring that conﬁdence out in me and everyone he meets. To say he is supportive of me and our son is an understatement. He pushes our family to know our worth, to not settle, and to be who we are meant to be. I think he knows me better than I know myself at times! He truly does ‘complete me’ as cliché as that may be. He makes me laugh, smile, and loves me and our son unconditionally.”
MARK & JOHANE
“In addition to being a great husband and father, my husband, Marc, works for Deloitte Consulting as senior manager/ specialist leader. This is not impressive by itself (although he is highly regarded at work), but this is what is: during the Covid-19 pandemic, he has become an exceptional baker, baking amazing breads and pastries and sharing it with family and friends. He has baked unique artisan loaves using many different grains, including ancient grains. He is self-taught, reading countless baking books and articles, and reviewing YouTube and TicToc videos. His loaves rival those of professional bakers. You would think a person that deals with numbers couldn't possibly enjoy the creativity of baking with different ingredients and flavors, but he is amazing at it. And he also creates unique ice creams and super-hot sauces!” w
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S D R O W matter
take up the most room IN YOUR HEART.”
–WINNIE THE POOH
Words are magic.
With a healthy heart …
the beat goes on.
They actually change our brain chemistry! As wordsmiths here at LKNW, we are that will resonate with our readers, in hopes they will help guide &
especially fond of words
A HAPPY HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE
inspire you. WISDOM FROM A FRIEND:
is the best container for a healthy mind. A healthy
A JOYFUL MIND CAUSES HEALING. –PROVERBS 17:22
is the temple of God.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” —ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY
B E T T E R M E … B E T T E R YO U … B E T T E R W O R L D
MIND body spirit By mixing the ingredients of attitude and action, we can change the flavor of our own lives. Learn to nur ture your body and soul to lead a more balanced life.
heart and talk about how they find their joy. As a life coach, I guide women through a process to identify what is joyful to them. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It can be found in daily activities such as observing the kindness of others, listening to a favorite song, or petting your dog.
If conditions of late having you feeling less than joyful, here are some mindfulness techniques to help retrain your brain to discover a joyful, more peaceful, and healthy heart:
Research shows that when you are joyful your whole body benefits, especially your heart and mind. Did you know that dolphins and whales squeal and jump with pure joy? And pediatricians note that infants at 6 months of age begin to belly laugh; and at 12 months, babies are likely to laugh hysterically.
Take time each day to just be still— sit outside and listen to nature; try to clear your mind and just breathe.
I L I K E T O S T U DY W O M E N
When was the last time that you felt like jumping for joy like a bottlenose dolphin or laughing hysterically like a young child? Do you ever feel as if you have lost your joy and your laughter? Are you trying to find your way back to frolicking like the dolphins or laughing hysterically like young children? Being fully present and coming back to “The Now” through mindfulness can be a very helpful and healthy tool as you cultivate more joy into your world.
Be aware of your actions.
Speak to people with forethought and intent; be cognizant of not only what you say but how you say it. Allow yourself to do nothing.
Let go of judgments and negative emotions. Once you become present in the moment, you may begin to notice things you hadn’t before, such as others’ circumstances, needs, and nuances. Take this opportunity to really hear the person talking to you and appreciate it for what it is with no judgments, no rebuttal … lead with empathy.
Keep your focus purposeful.
If something needs your attention, make a conscious effort to dwell on that and that alone, but only for a speciﬁc period of time in solutionbased thought. Once you have a plan of resolution, move on. Avoid getting caught up in the future.
It’s perfectly ﬁne to plan for your future but when those thoughts become all-consuming and turn to worry, you are not being in the present moment. Practice letting go of the past.
This can be difﬁcult but it only breeds negative energy. The past is over and you cannot change it … let it go! w Nancy Beard is a certified life coach who works with women to help them “Find Their Joy.” Connect with Nancy to learn about individual coaching or motivational speaking at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://nancybeardcoachingllc.com.
WRITER NANCY BEARD
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