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and as a tribute to both family and Dana’s stepfather, Robert “Bob” Carrier, Sr., who passed away in July after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease, we’d like to reprint this publisher’s letter from November 2015. At that time, Dana’s family was in the midst of their long goodbye to their beloved “Bossman.” But even as they struggled with their heartache, they were ever so grateful for the lessons that Bob taught them; namely, that you need not be born into a family to be loved by one. My stepfather is in the mid stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and though we find ourselves in the season of Thanksgiving, my family is struggling a bit with thankfulness. The thing about this memory-robbing disease is that you grieve for the person right in front of you. Each day, as he slips away a bit more, our hearts break anew. The helplessness can be overwhelming. But because I am so very blessed in so many ways, I really do try to appreciate the positives in this situation. For one, if it hadn’t been for his illness, Bob and I would’ve never become golf buddies. I’m not a very good golfer. In fact, I may be the world’s worst golfer. Yet, I’m so grateful for what I believe to be a divine push to take up the game so Bob and I could share time on the course. He was an avid, accomplished golfer when he was healthier; and it’s on the course that now, with his brain ravaged by this horrible disease, he’s most like the Bob of old. He teases me, he goads me, he even tries to bet me $10 a hole; though when we approach the green, he’s already forgotten the bet and my terrible shots he found delightfully humorous just moments before. Not long ago, Bob had a particularly difficult day. By noon, my mother desperately needed a break. Since he didn’t want to play golf, I sat with him while Mom was out. But sitting isn’t easy for a man who was once a doer, even when he isn’t sure what to do. As he wandered through the house, he decided to lower the air conditioning, only it was the home security

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system he “adjusted.” Mom came home to a blaring alarm and a visit from the police. As she frantically ran into the house, Bob decided he wanted no part of the certain scolding to come and completely threw me under the bus, looking sternly at me and asking, “What did you go and set the alarm off for?” Mom and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so we did both. Because of Bob’s illness, I knew that he really meant me no harm. But inevitably, the people we choose to bring into our lives will hurt our feelings or disappoint us at some point. They’re just human after all. And sometimes, as in Bob’s case, the people we choose to bring into our lives break our hearts without intention, like when they leave us by death— or Alzheimer’s disease. In the book The Fault in Our Stars, a teenage boy who falls in love with a terminally ill girl explains why he is so willing to accept this unavoidable heartbreak he knows he will eventually face: “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world... but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” I know more heartache comes for my family. When we look backward, we grieve for the man Bob was; and when we look forward, we grieve for what’s ahead: losing more of him, and ultimately having to say goodbye. We get no choice in any of it, and if I’m being honest, I have to say it’s hard to feel any thankfulness at all in that regard. Yet, I am thankful for today. I’m thankful for my golf rounds with Bob. I’m thankful for those moments of clarity when he looks at me and says, “What’s up, Dana-Roo?” But mostly, I’m thankful that I chose him—that I chose to make him an important part of my life, imperfections and all. He isn’t able to tell me now—most of the time he’s not even certain who I am— but I know that if he could, Bob would say he likes his choices, too.

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CONTENTS FEATURES

DOCTORS & SISTERS

Lindsay Montgomery & Kara Lembo of Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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LEADING THE WAY: Doctors Kara Lembo & Lindsay Montgomery

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: Families Who Work Together

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A DAY IN THE LIFE: Shasta Webber

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SUCCESS STORY: Nursing The Road To Passion

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COVER STORY: Leaving Paw Prints On Our Hearts

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LKNW SPOTLIGHT: An ALS Diagnosis And A Warrior

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PETS ARE FAMILY

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HONOR YOUR PET AS FAMILY

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ADOPTION IS THE WAY TO GO!

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DOG FOOD NO-NO'S

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BRACES: A METAPHOR FOR LIFE … SO OPEN UP!

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Leading The Way As we rise into leadership roles, it’s not always easy to navigate the leadership path. After all, there are as many leadership traits as there are leaders. LKN Woman talks to area leaders in the hope that we can learn from each other’s successes and failures in confronting leadership challenges. DOCTORS LINDSAY MONTGOMERY (left) & KARA LEMBO, Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Sisters Kara Lembo and Lindsay Montgomery didn’t have to look far for a role model when it came to leadership. Growing up in northern Michigan, theirs resided under their roof: it was their father, Dr. John J Scherer, who practiced dentistry himself for 35 years. “He not only modeled for us how hard work will result in a successful practice, he also taught us to believe in ourselves and our abilities,” they recall with obvious love and admiration.

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LEADERSHIP:

“Leadership is being a good role model. It’s shepherding others toward their goals in a positive way so that they obtain successful results. It is being a strong-willed and dedicated person who others will look up to for strength, guidance, and a vision to success.” Photography By: Chelsea Bren

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Their father’s example made it clear to Kara and Lindsay what kind of leader 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.” 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. Though they took different paths to get there (Kara operated a practice in Detroit and Lindsay served in the U.S. Navy as a general dentist), as the owners of Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, they now have a team of 12 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. They strive to make everyone successful, not just themselves.” Doctors Lembo and Montgomery, though, are only human, and their path to leadership has not always been a straight one—there have been challenges as well as successes. But like all great leaders, they understand that missteps can be turned into opportunities. “We wouldn’t even call them mistakes,” they assert. “We would call them learning experiences. Each of those experiences has given us more strength to become better at the next level!”

dental clinic on Marine Corps base CAREER HIGHLIGHT:

Kara/Lindsay: Operating

Lembo Montgmery with my sister!

WHEN I PUNCH OUT:

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Kara/Lindsay: Take more

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All For One AND

One For All! The Importance of Family Teamwork

PREPARE MEALS TOGETHER Decide on a special menu (such as Italian)— from concept to completion, everyone has an assigned task but they are working as a team to prepare an authentic, multi-course meal.

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ENGAGE IN A SPORT Your local community center, neighborhood association, and church are good places for involvement. Select activities that focus on individual skills and personal bests—not necessarily winning or losing.

can be as simple as a game of Monopoly, but oftentimes we are magnified in focusing specifically on what we can accomplish as a team. With each family member’s own unique set of skills, strengths, and personality traits, a winning team is there to be honed. When each is functioning in their zone, with the betterment of the team as motivation, the family unit is strengthened and individual relationships are solidified. Here are a few ideas to help your family work as a team: R E I N F O R C I N G T H E FA M I LY U N I T

GET GOING OUTSIDE Participating in walkathons/ marathons (especially for a charity) is a great way to come together for a common cause. Camping is also tons of fun and lends itself particularly well to team-building exercises (pitching tent, collecting firewood, cooking, etc.).

VOLUNTEER It doesn’t get much better than uniting for a good cause. Options abound for ways your family can get involved. Visit www.volunteermatch.org for opportunities in your area.


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A L L I N T H E FA M I LY:

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rom giants like Wal-Mart to your local burger joint, about 90 percent of all U.S. businesses are familyowned, but less than 30 percent survive to the next generation—meet the exceptions! These Lake Norman families have figured out not only how to work together, but to succeed together. Admittedly, personalities, family dynamics, and other, let’s call them quirks, can be challenging, but when everything falls into place properly, success is inevitable.

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HOW WE ROLL: “We are such a great

Smallcakes Huntersville WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Siblings

Eve, Amber, and Francis Craig

SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE: “Make sure

you have a good working relationship before you make the decision to go into business together; Amber, Craig, and I prioritize business and make sure we are shooting for the same goals. Try to keep business and personal separate as much as you can. And most importantly, don’t let anything come between you and your family. Money is usually the reason why a lot of friends or families end up having to

trio because we all bring something different to the table. My sister is very knowledgeable about the business world, and my brother is a great ‘people person.’ He’s really good with handling our marketing and advertising. They love me because I handle all of the operations and financial aspects; that’s my strong suit.”

NO BUSINESS TONIGHT: “Sometimes

it’s hard to separate business and personal … seems we can’t go anywhere as siblings without always discussing work. I will admit it’s always a topic of discussion when we’re out and about, but we often make a pact that we will NOT discuss business during our family outings.”

SOME MUCH NEEDED R&R: “My

sister and I love spending any off time we can get at the spa. It seems to be the only place where we can truly relax and get away from the phone. As a family, we really enjoy trying new brunch spots and just spending downtime together. We also love to travel so we squeeze that in when we can.”


Maultsby Realty Gr�up WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Husband & wife John and Laura Maultsby HIGH FIVE: “We are lucky in that we

truly enjoy spending time together and sharing our accomplishments. Having been in business since 2004, we have learned to stay positive and celebrate each other’s successes … we high five several times a day!”

DIVVYING IT UP: “Well, since John

hasn’t learned to read my mind yet, and we’ve only been together for 20 years (insert wink here!), we delegate responsibilities to play to that person’s strengths. For example, John handles scheduling and contractors for home repairs and inspections, photographers, and videographers while I focus on meeting with clients to go over needs and wants in home buying and helping sellers prepare for the market. This gives us time apart and keeps us balanced.”

KEEPING IT REAL: “It can be very

difficult to not let the business overlap into our personal life. In fact, we’ve had to hire an assistant just so we could have family time. With four kids (Makenzie, 11; Katelyn, 8; Ashton, 5; John, 3), it was a must. We make time to focus on our children and extracurricular activities instead of work. Sometimes we just have to disconnect and go on a boat ride or to the neighborhood swimming pool where everyone will be entertained.”

YOU’RE BETTER AT THAT: “John’s

best trait is he can fix anything and loves to network and meet new people. My expertise is educating first-time home buyers, assisting growing families, and working with empty nesters to provide a seamless transition. This is why we are so successful and why we are each other’s biggest fan.”

Lake N�rman P�wer Sp�rts WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Mother & daughters Dana, Susan, and Joie Martin

WHY IT WORKS: “My mom, Dana, is one of the kindest, most trustworthy people you will ever meet. We try to remember that family is family and business is business. We consider ourselves blessed that we get to see each other every day, and we all have the same goal—to run a successful business and bring our customers the very best service.”

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO: “We are part of the community as Lake Norman Power Sports, and we are very proud of what we’ve accomplished. We have poured our blood, sweat, and tears into our dealership and our reputation means the world to us.”

DANCES WITH WAVES: “I personally love the water! Whether it’s boating, kayaking, swimming,

wakeboarding, or paddleboarding, as long as I’m by the water, I’m at home. As a family, we like to go camping; it gets us out of town, and we can create great family memories together.”

WHEN PERSONALITIES COLLIDE: “We’re human after all, so we definitely have differences of opinions. And we are a family so we are very real with each other. Mom is the peacekeeper. It’s me and Joie who can really go at it sometimes; but, we have our little blowups and quickly move on and, at the end of the day, all is well.”

Massage HeightsJett�n Village WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Husband & wife Neil and Kristy Serdinsky

HIS & HERS: “It’s a delicate balance to be coowners as well as a successful husband/wife team, but I believe we’ve figured out some key strategies that work for us. It’s not always the easiest, that’s for sure, but with the technology of instant communication, we are always in touch with our staff; that helps a lot. And we have found the best way possible to escape—we like to plan last-minute getaways to the mountains or a vineyard. It’s an opportunity for us to focus on our marriage and not the business.” DONNING DIFFERENT HATS: “There is a daily

transition when we must step out of the businessowner role and put our Mom/Dad hats on. That transition can be tough, but we constantly remind ourselves that our number one priority is our family. There are times we may disagree on certain business topics, but we always agree on US!”

HE SAID/SHE SAID: “We have very different

strengths and weaknesses, so we complement each other well. I would say Neil is a great leader. He has managed very large teams for several years, and can multi-task, making important decisions and getting things done with precision. He runs the financial part of our business and he kept his ‘day job’ at Wells Fargo. He would say my strengths are influencing and relationship building—our staff has become my second family. I enjoy meeting our guests and other business owners in the community.”

AT THE END OF THE DAY: “Working on our

business together allows us to collaborate, celebrate, and pursue our dreams together. Through the good and the bad, we are a team. Working with someone you trust and love is a rare opportunity. We enjoy spending time with the kids, going to community events, boating, and giving back to the community.”

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Two Str�ng Dudes M�ving & Car�lina Cleaning S�luti�ns WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Husband & wife Dave and Tiffany Riddle

DID SOMEONE SAY TAHITI: “We have

WE ARE BLESSED: “Not only am I

working with my spouse, but I am also working with my best friend. Being in business for yourself creates many challenges, and it is a blessing that my business partner is someone who I trust and will always be honest with me no matter what the situation.”

FOCUSING ON THE POSITIVES: “The

only real negative is that we are together constantly, and sometimes that means bringing the job home to discuss important matters. Subsequently, that can take away from our family time together. Our daughter, Ayden-Elizabeth, is 8 years old now, so we do make a conscience effort to do things as a family and build happy memories.”

several things we do to ‘get away from it all.’ We love to travel (Tahiti is our favorite!), and we try to take vacations quarterly to keep our minds fresh and renewed. We have our sights set on Madrid for our next adventure. Also, our daughter’s school is in close proximity to our main office, so we have lunch with her a few days each week. And date nights are essential!”

KEEPING EACH OTHER IN CHECK:

“With two successful businesses to run, we do have challenging moments. However, Dave trusts me to handle the financial aspects of both businesses since I have an MBA in finance, and Dave is great with sales, marketing, and people in general so he runs the field operations. We both know our areas of strengths and weaknesses which allows us to balance the business without stepping on each other’s toes.”

WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Husband & wife Dr. John and Erin Woodward A WORK IN PROGRESS: “It is really hard not to let work

interfere in our personal life … it is a work in progress to be certain. We have to really be conscious of the time we spend talking about business during our off time. There is always one more question or one more discussion. But I love that we support each other towards pursuing our dream.”

DATING IS KEY: “With two kids (son Trey, 5, and

daughter Avery, 13), we enjoy being at home relaxing and spending time on the lake; however, dating is key for us— we have been married 17 years this month, and we love getting dressed up and going on a date to keep the spark.”

SETTING BOUNDARIES: “We literally schedule times of

the day when work talk isn’t allowed—no work or phones at dinner, schedule dates on our work calendar, etc. And we love to travel as a family. There are so many local places to explore nearby; we particularly like Charleston and Hilton Head and hope to make it to Savannah and the Outer Banks soon too.”

OPPOSITES ATTRACT: “We are complete opposites,

so we try to focus on each other’s positives. We never dreamed we could work together, but I would say even our office team agrees that we do it well. I have the ability to find the good in anyone and make friends in any setting, and John’s drive for knowledge and his desire to teach everyone about wellness is his passion.”

Savvy Sal�n and Day Spa WHO WORKS TOGETHER: Husband

& wife Larry and Pat Helmandollar; daughter Lauren Springer; granddaughter Mariel Hamer SPEAK YOUR MIND, PLEASE:

“We are very open and honest which, quite frankly, can lead to arguments, but we are able to quickly switch gears and focus on problemsolving rather than who’s right and who’s wrong. The best way we have found to handle such situations is to allow time for the emotions to

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evaporate and approach the situation logically. Larry is the most levelheaded one of us, so when we have a real challenge, we defer to him.”

IT’S 24/7: “In a small business like

ours, it is difficult to keep the business from intruding into every area of our lives. However, in order to get any

‘off’ time together, we really have to just get away from it totally. Being able to completely disconnect, and leave it in someone else’s trusted hands, is the only way to have any quality time at all.”

TIME TO CHILL: “It’s crucial to

carve out some leisure time; it keeps your sanity intact. We love to boat, take walks, travel, and eat out; we especially love eating out—so many great restaurants around the lake. And we are grateful to have such valued employees who we can entrust the business to.”

DIVISION OF LABOR: “Larry is

extremely good with numbers and takes care of all of the bills and payroll. Lauren is a combination of both of us. She has learned to do what her father does, as well as what I have done over the years, with her own twist. She is great with education and product knowledge and has incredible memory and can pretty much recite the ingredients in anything and everything—as well as the costs. Mariel works in guest services. This is her second summer in that role; she started as a towel folder.”


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Element Funding WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Husband & wife Brad and Angela Roche

STANDING STRONG: “For more than 23 years now, we

have valued the fact that trust and client services are standard with us as a team; we always want to exceed the clients’ expectations. We really work to strive at a higher level than our competition and we, as a couple, share that trait to be the best.”

JUST FOR FUN: “Sometimes our personal time goes to

work time and it can be hard to separate—that is the challenging part. You just need to be able to shut it off and remember to enjoy life and those around you. It is crucial to make time for that. Date night helps a lot. We also enjoy hanging out with our boys (Bradley, 18, and Jacob, 17), so we make that a priority too.”

MY DAD, MY HERO: “My dad was a real estate agent 10 years before

opening his own mortgage company, so he taught me everything I know; he was my coach, my mentor, my best friend. After he had quadruple bypass surgery, I stepped in during his leave of absence. I miss him every day but his philosophies and business practices are evidenced in the work we do.”

A UNITED FRONT: “As a husband/wife team we have to stand together.

We both feel strongly that the lending experience should be a favorable one. The loan process is not fun for many people, but we try to make it enjoyable in our own unique way. We want it to be a memorable time in their life, and we do that as a team.”

Edible Arrangements �f Lake N�rman WHO WORKS TOGETHER:

Mother & daughter Sherri and Helena Vertorano

UPS & DOWNS: “We have been in

business for more than 10 years now, and the best part about working with each other is the ability to have complete honesty and trust in one another … the negative is when there is conflict—it just follows you home or to work the next day. Subsequently, we make proactive efforts to keep our emotions in check and conduct business professionally, as it should be.”

PASS THE SPAGHETTI: “Because our business is open seven days a week, it is virtually impossible to separate work from pleasure— but we love what we do so it works for us. One way we decompress, however, is by

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making time for family vacations. We make a habit of vacationing together, and the distance from the store helps us to relax and turn off for a few weeks a year. And most Sundays are reserved for my parents’ traditional Italian meatball and spaghetti dinners!”

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: “I am

my mother. It’s hard for her to admit, but what drives her crazy about me, like my strong demeanor and personality, comes from her. I remind her a lot that I am hers. But we truly complement each other in and out of the work environment. She admires my thoroughness, and I admire her patience.”

MOM KNOWS BEST: “My drive comes from

my mom. She is such an amazing woman and inspires me daily. We make a great team! She taught me that if you are going to do something, give it everything you’ve got. Be passionate, be decisive, and rely on your gut instincts to lead you once you have chosen a path.”


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WALK AROUND YOUR HOME. If you spy something

that has significance to you, your family, or just makes you happy, keep it. If it is just filling a space, take it to Habitat for Humanity and get a receipt. LOOK THROUGH YOUR OLD PHOTOGRAPHS.

Do you have one that could be blown up and made into a beautifully framed piece? Go frame it and replace that Home Goods “massproduced” picture you placed on the wall because you thought it needed something. (I love Home Goods for small frames and mirrors!)

Bringing

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Home By: Starr Miller

these articles while sitting at my desk, surrounded by architectural drawings, piles of fabric, and more paint swatches than I can count. Today I am writing from a ship out in the middle of the glistening Norwegian Sea—different inspiration for sure! As we contemplate family for this edition, I am compelled by my current surroundings to emphasize the importance of family, memories, and heart over the “stuff” that is often associated with interior design. T Y P I C A L LY I W R I T E

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travels, and memories. And, pardon me if I say so, but often the worst houses are those loaded down by “designer” staging items that add zero heart and have absolutely nothing to do with the homeowners. I have to tell you, you are more interesting than a stage and you have more heart than a hotel room. I am the first to say that I love to travel and stay in nice hotels. I study how the designers of the hotels have chosen the finishes, how they connected those finishes, and how their choices make me feel. Today, as I sit on this lovely ship with 600 of my closest friends (ha), I notice how the design choices fit many needs and are not specific to any individual. The art is amazing, and the crew is extremely accommodating, but the point of the trip is the adventure my husband and I are on and the memories we will bring home with us. So, my design advice is as follows:

WHEN YOU TRAVEL, do not go to the souvenir store. DO NOT GO! Instead, only purchase truly significant items from local artisans or off-the-beaten-path stores. You will forever remember the artists, the purchases, and the stories. IF IT IS A CHOICE OF RENOVATING a room

or going on a trip, go on the trip!

IF IT IS A CHOICE OF JUST FILLING SPACE or

waiting for the perfect piece, wait for the perfect piece. IF YOU ARE RENOVATING YOUR HOME TO IMPRESS

others, stop, stop now. Do it for yourself. You deserve to live well. But invest in great design that will turn out the way you want it. IF YOU JUST CAME HOME from a great spa and

decide to renovate your master bath, do it! But remember, if you have builder-grade finishes in your current bath and you want it to feel like a luxury spa, be prepared to invest more than a typical builder or what HGTV might suggest … I assure you the spa did!

Starr Miller is the president and principal designer at StarrMiller Interior Design, Inc. Contact her at 704.896.3321 or visit www.starrmiller.com.


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I grew up around Lake Norman in Sherrills Ford. And it’s still a day at home here in Lake Norman where I feel most happy, whether it’s hanging out with my husband, my family, or my pets, or a day at home by the pool. That’s what makes me smile, and I smile a lot! BLENDED FA M I LY

WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES… I had a business model in mind for a resale store, but the expense to create the technology for the model I had in mind would have been astronomical. Not to be deterred, I began looking at franchises, and Children’s Orchard (NTY Franchise) had a very similar concept— and the technology!

My wonderful husband, Craig, and I have been married for four years. The children we have together are our dog, Lexi; and our cats, Ralph and Joe. All rescues! M Y G U I LT Y P L E A S U R E : F O L L OW I N G @ M A RY L E E S H A R K O N T W I T T E R , A N D I F I N D I T FA S C I N AT I N G TO T R AC K TAG G E D S H A R K S T H RO U G H @ O C E A R C H .

S U P P O RT I N G S U P E R PA R E N T S Children outgrow everything so quickly, and parents need a way to keep their children happy and healthy with quality clothes and items. It’s a win-win for everyone—the parents who resale, the environment, and families on a budget. The hardworking, eco-conscious supermoms and superdads who come into the store are my heroes!

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DIVERSIONS I love to watch reruns of the Gilmore Girls (I annoy my husband by saying the lines before they do) and I love to read fiction. Often, I’ll wake up at 5am so I can have 30 minutes or an hour to read something that has absolutely nothing to do with anything serious.

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Susan Stevens laughs when she describes her decision to go into the nursing field. “I’m not exactly sure if it’s what I wanted, or if I was ‘strongly encouraged’ to enter this profession,” she grins. Regardless, Susan Stevens she knew early on that she wanted PIEDMONT HEALTHCARE’S MOORESVILLE DERMATOLOGY to be a nurse. At 18, Susan, who CENTER currently works as an aesthetic nurse MOORESVILLE, NC specialist at Piedmont HealthCare’s Mooresville Dermatology Center, moved from Michigan to Waco, Texas, to attend Baylor University Since their first child was born, Susan and and begin her medical training. After Byard have incorporated weekly date night graduation and some experience working in into their routine. “My happy place is in the an orthopedic surgical department, Susan mountains or a quiet beach, allowing me moved back to Michigan to work with a time to unwind and reflect,” acknowledges plastic surgeon as his private scrub nurse. Susan. The two also enjoy watching the Upon the return to her home state, she began a step-aerobics class at a local health club. Here, Susan met, fell in love with, and eventually married her instructor, Byard Stevens; they have been married for more than 21 years and have two daughters and a son: Ellesse, 19, attends college at Denison University in Ohio; Claire, 17, is following in her mother’s footsteps, planning to pursue a nursing degree; and Cole, 16, is active in sports and attends Lake Norman High School. They have called North Carolina home since moving here in 2004.

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Charlotte Hornets and discovering new restaurants. An admitted Food Network junkie, Susan laughs, “Any Charlottearea restaurant that is featured on a TV show is at the top of our list to visit.” Busy schedules often interfere with family time, but everyone is “all in” if a Disney trip is mentioned! “There is just something about Mickey Mouse that turns my three teens into toddlers again,” she jests.

Susan admits that she is quiet and reserved, except for the time she is wearing her nurse’s hat. Over the years, she has relied on valuable advice from her father

who said, “If you enter a situation that is uneasy, act like you own the place!” This advice has nursed Susan along the road to her purpose and passion. In a society that seems to thrive on beating each other down, Susan delights in helping others feel good about themselves. A quality that stands out above all else, Susan’s honesty with her patients allows her to address realistic expectations, develop relationships, and create plans for healthy skin. Susan keeps her favorite Anne Frank quote in mind: “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Susan has learned that life is way too short to wait one minute in making a difference for others.

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health

Coffee Talk By: Barbara Norman

Arabs were the first to cultivate and trade coffee. The drink became known as the “Wine of Araby” and was eventually introduced to Europe in the 17th century. It did not take long for coffee to gain its immense popularity; thus coffeehouses also made an early debut in history. Much like the coffeehouses of today, people gathered in what they dubbed “Schools of the Wise” to listen to music, watch performers, play chess, and discuss current events. From the beginning, coffee was studied for its medicinal value, and that research continues today. Here are some facts to consider over your next cup of Joe! A C C O R D I N G TO H I S TO R Y B O O K S ,

For women, coffee may lower the risk of stroke.

According to an article in WebMD, a study from Finland and Sweden showed that, out of 1,400 people followed for about 20 years, “those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Coffee helps reduce postworkout muscle pain by up to 48 percent.

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Some research has shown a According to WebMD, in drinking coffee reduces reduced risk of depression and overall breast cancer a study of about 130,000 suicide in coffee drinkers. risk by about 20 percent Kaiser Permanente health when age is factored in. plan members, “people who reported drinking A Swedish study revealed 1-3 cups of coffee per day that drinking coffee can were 20% less likely to be reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease—even when genetic hospitalized for abnormal factors come into play. heart rhythms (arrhythmias) than nondrinkers, regardless All of the studies have of other risk factors.” Recent studies have shown that at least four cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of Multiple Sclerosis.

shown that high coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Barbara Norman is the owner of LKN Mail Stop & Coffee Shoppe, 4688 Mountain Creek Ave., in Denver. Contact them at www.facebook.com/lkncoffee or 980-222-7123.


Seasonal allergies can take some of the fun out of just being a kid. If your child suffers from allergies year after year, it’s tempting to try over-the-counter remedies that may help ease symptoms, but can leave your child groggy or drowsy. Our board-certified allergists can test to discover exactly what your child is allergic to, create a customized treatment plan that in time can lessen the severity of her symptoms, and, in many cases, cure her allergies altogether! Call 704.372.7900 to schedule an appointment at our Lake Norman, Huntersville and Mooresville locations.

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PETS CAN TEACH US A LOT ABOUT FAMILY.

FOR INSTANCE, THEY REALLY KNOW HOW TO APPRECIATE THE SMALL STUFF, LIKE A WALK AFTER DINNER OR AN UNEXPECTED PLEASURE, SUCH AS ROLLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR WITH THEIR OWNERS AND GIVING PLENTIFUL LICKS. AND IF WE GIVE THEM A CHANCE, THEY’LL EVEN TEACH US HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER: JUST AS THEY LOVE US, SIMPLY AND PURELY WITH NO ULTERIOR MOTIVES, MIND GAMES, SECOND GUESSING, GUILT TRIPS OR GRUDGES.

t is this connection between humans and animals, the way they leave their paw prints on our hearts, that attracted Dr. Amelia Knight, Dr. Jennifer Meth, and Dr. Ann Prior—all practicing at Lakewood Veterinary Hospital in Mooresville, to the field of veterinarian medicine. All of the veterinarians at Lakewood focus on nurturing that family spirit. They do that by not only providing their patients with the most progressive, highquality, integrative care, but by recognizing that the humananimal bond is a mutually

beneficial one that positively influences the health and wellbeing of both people and animals. Explains Dr. Meth: “I am so fortunate in my job. Each day, I get to strengthen the bond between pets and their owners. It starts with the very first puppy or kitten visit, and continues all the way through routine care, difficult medical conditions, and even emergencies. But in every case, I have the privilege of seeing firsthand how each of the pets I care for adds to the lives of their families.” Dr. Prior agrees: “Making a positive change in an animal’s life and then also in their people's lives is a major perk!”

All three of the doctors were also attracted to the field of veterinary medicine for the opportunities it provides for constant growth. The world of veterinary medicine has seen drastic technological advances in the last 20 years that have not only led to better treatments, but also to faster and more accurate diagnoses. For instance, the practice offers cutting-edge K-Laser Class IV laser therapy treatments that use modulated infrared rays to help reduce pain and speed the healing of inflamed or damaged tissues. In addition, both Dr. Meth and Dr. Knight are certified specialists in acupuncture, which although one of the oldest methods available to SEPTEMBER 2017 |

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treat disease in humans, has only emerged as a treatment for animals in the last few decades. “I love the fact that no day is exactly the same and that there is always something new to learn, a different direction to grow,” says Dr. Prior. Adds Dr. Knight: “This job is never boring! I love that this profession is constantly advancing and changing. Every day is different, and I love that there will always be new things to learn and new challenges.” Of course, one of the challenges in veterinary care is dealing with the inevitable loss that accompanies pet ownership. The doctors at Lakewood understand the intense pain and emptiness that their patients’ families feel after this loss and realize that there is no correct way

DR. JENNIFER METH

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to grieve and work through the process—that everyone’s journey with their pet is different. In these tough situations, the doctors focus on providing the family with the emotional support and the facts that they need to make the best decisions for them and their pet. “Every family’s needs are individual,” says Dr. Knight. “Some clients want all the facts while others just want to feel supported in the decisions they make. Remembering the times I have had to deal with losing a pet or facing a difficult decision helps with relating to my clients.” The veterinarians also rely on their entire team at Lakewood to make sure the needs of their patients and their families are being met. “Teamwork is critical,” asserts Dr. Knight. “Everyone here has an important role that helps the hospital to run as smoothly as possible. And the team concentrates on extending that focus on family into their work relationships, too. Says Dr. Prior: “We work hard together, and our team is good about shifting positions to help where it is needed. We also manage to enjoy a lot of laughter together, which makes it enjoyable to come to work every day.” Without a doubt, there’s a lot that goes into each day of the team’s work at Lakewood. Whatever the task at hand, though, the team understands that their patients have a human family that loves them and they treat each with the love and respect they deserve. After all, they know they’re not just treating their patients’ medical needs—even more importantly, they’re helping them have many happy years with their families and the opportunity to impress their paw prints on their hearts.


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For most of us, pets are not just animals, they are our best friends, our confidantes, and yes, a treasured part of the family. They steal our hearts with their unconditional loyalty and love, so it’s actually fairly easy to treat them like the family members they truly are. After all the joy they bring to us, it only seems fair to show our pets how much they mean to the entire family by giving them our very best in return. Here are some tips on making sure our furry family members thrive.

KEEP YOUR PET HEALTHY. Just like with human health, prevention is the key to treating a multitude of conditions that can affect our dogs and cats. By scheduling an annual well check for your cat or dog, you can work with your veterinarian to keep your pet in tip-top shape. Proudly serving the Lake Norman area with its caring expertise since 1992, The Animal Hospital of Cornelius offers both a team of highly skilled veterinarians and a wide range of services. From flea control to complex orthopedic surgeries, Dr. Jones (who has been in practice for 46 years) and Dr. Jones (a 22-year veteran) and their team treat your pets with great skill and a gentle demeanor. Other services include ultrasound and digital radiology, laser therapy, comprehensive medical examinations utilizing advanced diagnostic techniques, boarding, dental care, microchipping, and more. Lakewood Veterinary Hospital in Mooresville focuses on nurturing the family spirit by providing its patients progressive, highquality care with compassion. With an emphasis on the core values of integrity, excellence, and accountability, Lakewood strives to offer optimal veterinary care, allowing families the enjoyment of their companion for a maximum number of The Animal Hospital of Cornelius

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years. The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson specializes in holistic medicine and natural therapies for your pet. These therapies include pet acupuncture, herbal and glandular medicine, holistic nutritional therapy, homeopathy, laser therapy, chiropractic, massage, and more. The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson staff often integrates these natural therapies with traditional medicine and surgery to minimize side effects and achieve the best and longest lasting results. Mooresville Animal Hospital, which has been a pillar of the community since the 1970s, moved into a new, expanded facility in January 2016 in order to offer modern, state-of-the art treatments and diagnostics while remembering its communityoriented background. The practice, under the direction of Dr. Madison Cloninger, continues to focus on long-term relationships and friendships with its families so that they can make the best decisions about their pets’ medical care. Despite our best efforts, though, sometimes our pets get sick or hurt. Denver Animal Emergency is aware that many pets get sick or injured while all other surrounding animal hospitals are closed, and that early detection and medical attention can be key to saving a pet’s life. Offering state-ofthe-art, compassionate care for challenging conditions, the highly skilled team of veterinarians at Denver Animal Emergency are there for you and your pet when you need help the most. Yappy Hour Bakery

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Mooresville, NC www.ikes-dog-pub.com

PROVIDE REWARDS AND TREATS. Just like humans, dogs are a social species, and both benefit from the social aspect that displaying love and affection through the sharing of yummy treats provides. At Yappy Hour Bakery, you will find treats and products that are as unique and fun as our tail-waggin’ friends. The gourmet dog biscuits, available in a variety of shapes and sizes for all occasions, are handmade and free of preservatives. And since Yappy Hour operates out of a food truck, you’ll find it around the Lake Sophisticuts Norman area, visiting Dog Salon Cornelius, NC pet-friendly facilities or www.sophisticutsdogsalon.com making deliveries. Pets aren’t the only ones in the family who deserve a treat though, right? Ike’s Dog Pub Play & Stay not only provides doggie daycare, overnight boarding, a dog boutique, and dog spa services, it offers pet owners a dog-friendly, family-friendly, full-service bar. Complete with 17 taps of local and seasonal craft and domestic beers plus wine and specialty drinks, huge TVs, and a great patio, this is the perfect place to chill with your furry friend. KEEP YOUR PET GROOMED. While for many people the concept of grooming your pet conjures up notions of brushes and bows, it is in fact a vital element to their overall health and wellbeing. Just ask Nicole Cecil of

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Sophisticuts Dog Salon in Cornelius, who is an award-winning groomer with over 15 years of experience. With certification in animal CPR, Nicole is prepared for anything and offers all types of pet grooming services including baths, nail trims, ear cleaning, de-shedding treatments, and sanitary clips at her upscale pet salon. GIVE THEM BOUNDARIES. Dog aggression can be a major problem for dog owners. When it has been determined that a dog has aggressive behavior, it’s important to put a comprehensive training plan into place, and Bark Busters Lake Norman can help. After all, dog aggression, whether directed toward human beings or other animals, is not a personality type. It is more often a behavior strategy that a dog adopts as a result of fear, adrenaline, and inappropriate education, with fear being the most common foundation for the issue. PROVIDE EXCELLENT CARE WHEN YOU’RE AWAY. If you’ve been feeling a bit guilty that your four-legged friend might be getting a little bored at home while you’re at work, drop your pups off at The Woof Den Dog Resort and Daycare in Denver and let them play all day in the large indoor playroom and three outdoor yards for tons of off leash and cageless fun. They can play Frisbee or even take a dip in the pool! The facility also offers boarding suites and grooming services such as haircuts, baths, nails, and ear cleaning.

CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR PETS. A pet owner’s worst fear is losing a beloved companion. Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials understands that the death of a pet can be a truly traumatic experience and creates a large void in our hearts and lives. They share our love for pets and offer a comforting way to find closure with compassionate personal service and a dignified pet cremation. They also host a Pet Life Celebration each September to give families the opportunity to honor their pets, past and present, benefitting Piedmont Animal Rescue.You can also celebrate your love for felines—particularly ones that don’t have a human family to take care of them—through the Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program. This program offers an alternative to the traditional “trap and kill” method of controlling feral cat populations. Instead, LNLCP offers the only humane, long-term solution to reducing feral cat populations through its “trap-neuter-returnmanage” tactics.

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Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials is hosting an evening of reflection and celebration of the extraordinary love we have for our pets in honor of NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY ON SEPTEMBER 10. It is a wonderful opportunity to not only celebrate the pets that have touched our lives but to touch the lives of pets still in search of their forever home through Piedmont Animal Rescue.

The bond that is formed with our pets is strong, loving, and very personal, so when they pass away, the need to recognize their lives is very important to us. Even though dogs and cats are the most popular of pets, it’s also common to form strong bonds with birds, rabbits, fish, ferrets, and many other animals. Compassionate pet owners understand these relationships, so all pets, furry, feathered, and scaly will be honored in a very special way. Pet owners are encouraged to bring well-behaved leashed pets to share in the celebration. Pets brought to the event have the unique opportunity of receiving individual blessings given by a local pastor and receive a commemorative Saint Francis charm. Luminaries will be personalized (art supplies will be available) and lit in honor of pets that have passed away, pets that are still bringing joy to our lives, and in honor of pets still in search of a home through the Piedmont Animal Rescue. Luminaries are available for a $5 donation benefitting Piedmont Animal Rescue and can be purchased prior to or at the event. Decorating a luminary is especially rewarding for children who may be experiencing the loss of a beloved pet. A dove release with doveshaped biodegradable balloons will follow the service. The program begins at 6:30pm. For more information, visit www.petpilgrimage.com.

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O U R S H E LT E R S A R E O V E R C R O W D E D and too many pets are euthanized, about 2.7 million each year, according to The Humane Society of the United States. But while the public is encouraged to adopt a pet, a rescue isn’t a rescue if the pet is not a good match for the family or you truly aren’t ready for the responsibility.

While many fantasize about a cute puppy or a cuddly kitten, the reality is that shelters are swamped with “returns.” Many people underestimate the time and effort involved in taking care of a pet or perhaps the pet did not fit into the family dynamics as they had hoped. The Humane Society of Iredell County advises the following:

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Area Shelters & Rescue Organizations: Piedmont Animal Rescue 228 East Waterlynn Rd. Mooresville, NC 28117 704.360.4262 www.piedmontanimalrescue.com Cornelius Animal Shelter 19110 Meridian St. Cornelius, NC 28031 704.237.3602 www.cornelius.org/animalshelter Charlotte Cocker Rescue P. O. Box 1050 Kannapolis, NC 28081 704.938.7202 www.charlottecockerrescue.com Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center 600 East 4th Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704.336.7600 www.charmeck.org


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n -no no n ’s no BONES While it may seem natural to give your dog a bone, they can splinter and cause tears in your dog’s esophagus, stomach, and intestines, creating a host of problems.

ONIONS This includes powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated. Onions contain thiosulphate which can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia.

AVOCADOS Containing a substance called persin, avocados can be toxic to your dog, including guacamole. If you grow avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seeds, and bark as well.

CAFFEINE If a dog consumes too much it is fatal, and there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. Caffeine is one of the reasons dogs can’t have chocolate.

GRAPES AND RAISINS Although research has yet to discover why, grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs. It only takes a small amount to make a dog ill, causing repeated vomiting, lethargy, and depression. The fruit can also lead to kidney failure.

MACADAMIA NUTS As few as six raw or roasted macadamias can make your dog sick. According to petMD, “Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate.”

CANDY All kinds of candy, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol which can cause more insulin to circulate through your dog’s body; subsequently his blood sugar drops substantially.

PERSIMMONS, PEACHES, AND PLUMS The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits which can cause inflammation and obstruction of the small intestine. Also, peach and plum pits contain cyanide!

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Oak Street Mill in Old Town Cornelius 6 to 10 p.m.

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The 2nd Friday Street Festival features many of the area’s most talented and innovative artists and craftsmen while showcasing a fabulous lineup of entertainment including local bands, performance groups, live art demonstrations, and much more. Attendees will enjoy a variety of food & drinks from local breweries and food trucks. Visit oldtowncornelius.com for more information.

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‘TAWBA WALK ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL Catawba Ave. & Main Street, Cornelius 2 to 8 p.m.

A ‘Tawba Walk is a multidimensional, eclectic art crawl, which winds through the heart of Cornelius, featuring dozens of local vendors, live street performances, shopping, amazing food, and more. Visit www.oldtowncornelius.com for more information.

2017 GREAT CHILI COOK-OFF Iredell County Fairgrounds 630 North Main Street, Troutman 4 to 9 p.m. SATURDAY,

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RURAL HILL’S AMAZING MAIZE MAZE 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville Times vary

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September 17:

CONCERT ON THE GREEN-THE DAVIDSON COLLEGE SYMPHONY AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE Davidson Town Green 6 to 8 p.m.

Concerts on the Green is a family favorite! Shows are on the first and third Sunday evenings of the month on the town green in front of the Davidson Public Library, at the intersection of Main Street and Concord Road. Visit www.concertsonthegreen.com for more information.


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women on the move KRISTY SERDINSKY, owner

of Massage Heights-Jetton Village, celebrated her company’s one-year anniversary with their staff, the Lake Norman Chamber, friends, family, and community leaders on Thursday, July 13th. Congratulations to Kristy and the entire Massage Heights staff!

Having been in the mortgage business for more than 20 years, ANGELA ROCHE is celebrating six years in the Lake Norman area. In her first year, she closed 177 loans and has been a huge part of the growth that led her team to be ranked in the top 1% nationwide of mortgage originators. ANNIE LEWIS of Annie

Lewis Event Planning recently received her certification in Special Event Planning (CSEP) from the International Live Events Association (ILEA). This designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential in performing all components of a special event. In February, KATHY LAWRENCE purchased LKNSavings.com with the hopes of growing and expanding on this website. In July, she started CLTSavings.com for the Charlotte area and in August she purchased LocalScroll.com. Her goal is to expand these websites with improved Lake Norman coverage in addition to increasing coverage to the Charlotte and surrounding areas.

WENDY JORDAN of

Huntersville was crowned Mrs. North Carolina 2017 in front of a sellout crowd at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville last fall. She represented the title of Mrs. Charlotte and now represents the state of North Carolina; she competed in the Mrs. America Pageant in August.

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LAKE NORMAN WOMAN is getting out and about each month, looking for great events and the fabulous and exciting Lake Norman people who are making them happen! So next time you’re at a chamber event, a new business in the area, or just out having fun, look for Lake Norman Woman and our camera. Who knows, you just might

find yourself in next month’s “SCENE

WITH LAKE NORMAN WOMAN!” LKNW’s Dana Nieters & “Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash survivor, Beth McHugh

LKNW’s Jessica, left, and Michele, right, enjoying The Lake Norman Salt Spa

LKNW’s Stephanie and Jessica at Pomodoro’s Cafe in Denver for a sales lunch

View more Scene photos & more at our Facebook page: Facebook.com/ LakeNormanWoman

LKNW’s Michele, left, and Jessica, right, pictured with Dr. Aaron Ernst at The Lake Norman Salt Spa Ribbon Cutting LKNW’s Stephanie with Jenelle Kahle and Leslie Matthews of GloBody, Inc. in Denver

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ALS Diagnosis AND A

WARRIOR By: Ryan Alexander

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord; currently there is no cure. Since her diagnosis in 2014, Roz Vega Skidmore has grown stronger in her faith, closer to her family, and managed to keep a positive outlook on life in spite of the struggles she endures on a daily basis.

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in New York City within a tight-knit family, Roz was motivated by her parents to find a better life than the one they had. Subsequently, she applied and was accepted to Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She forged a career in the finance industry where she found success up until her diagnosis, which forced her to quit working due to the progression of her symptoms. Hearing the words, “You have ALS,” left Roz with a decision to make: she could wallow in self-pity in the face of incredible hardship, or she could live her life with

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renewed vigor, cherishing every day she has with her family—she chose the latter. “I want to see my son grow up,” she smiles. “I want to live for my husband, my daughter and her fiancé, my granddaughter, and everyone else I love. ALS does not define who I am as a person; it is just something I am living with today. I also keep my sense of humor, my ability to laugh, and my zest to enjoy life!” Her diagnosis forced her family to move out of their dream home and into a home more suitable for Roz. Her husband, Thomas, acts as her primary caregiver which entails not only helping cope with symptoms, but also handling the injuries that come from losing muscle control, such as concussions and broken bones due to unexpected falls. Even though she faces difficulties that most people cannot imagine, Roz is a warrior and stands strong with purpose and passion. One of her many passions is advocacy and fundraising for ALS awareness and research. Roz’s first activity as an ALS advocate was participating in the Charlotte Walk for a Cure, where she and her team, Roz’s Warriors, raised over $12,000. She was also asked to be an honoree at the MDA Association’s A Night of Hope Mission Possible. “ALS could be seen as a curse, but I have taken it as a blessing,” Roz humbly

Roz Vega Skidmore acknowledges. “I have reprioritized my life, and I choose to stay positive and share my faith with others. I pray those with ALS hang on to hope and happiness while they battle this disease. Enjoy every moment, and while we may mourn our losses, we need to savor our victories. Every day we have is a miracle. I am at peace and know that God is in control. I am a warrior who will fight with everything that I have—while at the same time accepting God’s will for me.”

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

5,600

people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year (That’s 15 new cases a day). There is an urgent need for effective treatments for this devastating and fatal disease.

ATTEND THE 5TH ANNUAL MISSION POSSIBLE EVENT: A CURE FOR ALS WHEN: Thursday, September 14,

6:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Palmer Building (2601 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC) COST: $50 (includes food &

entertainment)

HOW: Purchase tickets online

or make donation at http://mdaevent.org/MPNightofHope


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Biig ig DREAMINGB Many moons ago, what once was simply a pipe dream, has grown into one of the premier medical aesthetic practices in the Lake Norman and Charlotte regions. At Carolina Age Management Institute, the staff takes pride in the fact that there is a physician on campus at all times to guide the treatments for each and every single patient—that physician is Dr. Stephen Giordano.

The dream has paid off. On July 8th, 2017, Dr. Giordano and his team received a coveted national award in Las Vegas at a renowned medical Dr. Giordano with Dr. Andrew conference Ordon from TV show The Doctors known as The Aesthetic Show. This conference attracts the greatest minds in our country to share the latest and greatest techniques in the aesthetic industry. The award was given for “Best Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation” of 2017 in the entire country as deemed by a panel of judges consisting of a dozen or more plastic surgeons, cosmetic dermatologists, and aesthetic physicians. Renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon

and Emmy Award winning host of the nationally syndicated show The Doctors, Dr. Andrew Ordon, presented the award to Dr. Giordano at a red carpet awards ceremony held at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Dr. Giordano stated he feels honored and flattered to have received such a distinguished award. “It’s nice to see all of the hard work pay off not just for me, but for our team and for all of our wonderful patients. Without our loyal and amazing patients who put their faith in us, none of this would be possible. We remain forever grateful, and will continue to bring the highest standards to them for years to come,” Giordano stated. In September, Dr. Giordano and his team intend to honor all of their patients by hosting an exclusive VIP event in Charlotte at the upscale Fahrenheit Rooftop Bar & Patio Lounge. The party will be a Las Vegas casino-themed party with blackjack tables, roulette tables, raffles and many other fun-filled events in honor of their Vegas award. In addition, guests will have access to VIP specials on all services offered at Carolina Age Management including a pre-booking special of the CAMI Laser Face and Eye Lift that won the prestigious award for Dr. G and his team. “We look forward to seeing everyone there. It’s going to be an amazing party, and one that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to call and RSVP,” laughed Dr. G.

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A Metaphor for Life … So Open Up! By: Dr. Todd Hamilton

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You start your journey with braces

after recognizing a problem and a desire—your teeth aren’t straight and you want them to be! But to get there, you will have to commit to a long, slow process. You have to put up with small discomforts and inconveniences. You must be patient; this is all delayed gratification, and the change is so gradual you can’t see it happening. But you want it, so you swallow hard and choose to start. Enter the friendly orthodontist. You’ll have to open up! All that crookedness that you’ve been trying to hide is the very thing the orthodontist wants to see. They stare into your mouth; they actually take measurements of your shame. Then pictures! You’ll have to open up again ... they then discuss your crookedness with their assistants, who nod seriously and take notes. They bring out a tray of stainless steel grommets, and you quickly realize that they actually want to glue these sharp-looking objects onto your teeth. Then they thread a wire through your crowded arch to exert continual pressure. “This won’t take too long,” they tell you, “but while we do it, you’ll have to open up.” Soon you walk out with a list of foods to avoid and an odd torque in your mouth. The best and the worst thing about braces is that once you put them on, you can’t just take them off. This is “bad” because they pull on you and can be painful; they cause your bite pattern to shift so that you leave lunch with about half of it still lodged somewhere in your mouth. You want to take the darn things off when they hurt or inhibit an otherwise pleasurable meal. But, if you were able to remove braces, most of us would end up “taking them off for just a bit” much too often, postponing the desired result perhaps indefinitely. This is what happens when we want to change other things in our lives too. Like when you want to lose weight and you do really well for a few days, then something comes up where you bend the rules a bit … then more and more until you’re back where you started.

Todd L. Hamilton, DDS, owner of Hamilton Orthodontics in Denver, is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and has been providing orthodontic care since 1986. For more information, visit www.hamiltonsmiles.com, or call 704.822.0320.

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So, the worst thing about braces is also the best thing – you can’t take them off! They work for you, even when you don’t want them to. They slowly help you. Even at night, there is this slow, steady pull of progress in your mouth. But in order for this to happen, you have to open up to discipline. Think of the braces as a set of rules. Think of the wire as a guideline. They are often inconvenient, often cumbersome, but they help you go someplace you want to go. And because you are committed to them, they will take you there … even when you wouldn’t choose to go there yourself. Yes, sometimes we need braces. We need daily practices that help us pace ourselves for slow change. Sometimes we need braces to help us grow where we want to grow. But you have to open up and you can’t take them off if you want to ultimately reach your goal!


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Stephanie NieuwendijkBramble DUTCHMANS CASUAL LIVING STORES CORNELIUS, NC

Flowers, Furniture, & Fast Cars N E W Z E A L A N D N AT I V E

Stephanie NieuwendijkBramble, owner and creative designer at Dutchmans Casual Living Stores in Cornelius, came to the United States with $500 in her pocket. The self-described lover of flowers believes in the American Dream, and has worked hard to achieve it for herself. Stephanie grew up in Australia, and attended design school in Sydney. Initially working as a wedding florist, she says, “I started my business with no money, knowing very little, and flying by the seat of my pants.”

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Stephanie admits that making mistakes is part of the learning process, and she has learned to never doubt her instincts. When she was just starting out, Stephanie’s friend told her about a wholesale furniture warehouse in Atlanta that she should visit. So Stephanie hitched a trailer to her truck and drove down to Atlanta from Highlands, North Carolina, where she had opened her first store. With little funds, Stephanie negotiated with the furniture warehouse managers to purchase some of their damaged items. She made her way back

to western North Carolina, fixed the pieces, and subsequently sold them in her store. During one of her many trips to Atlanta, the warehouse managers introduced her to their nephew, Ron Bramble, who happened to own the furniture warehouse. Stephanie and Ron have been married for 11 years and have a 7-year-old grandson, Xavier, who lives with them. Now with four stores across North Carolina and Georgia, the couple stays exceedingly busy, but they know how to get away and enjoy life. During a recent trip to Italy, Stephanie gratefully acknowledged: “We had nowhere to be, nothing we had to do, so we just sat there enjoying wine and great food … and a most spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast!”

With a propensity for all things nautical, Stephanie would love for all of her stores to be located near water; she again speaks of Italy: “It is so beautiful … I could definitely see us opening a Dutchmans there.” Surprisingly, the creativeminded, water-loving Stephanie disclosed that she loves to race fast cars. Not particularly a NASCAR fan, however, she says, “Put me in a Porsche and on a racetrack, and I’m pretty happy.” Still flying by the seat of her pants, she decides that it is the rush of adrenaline that is a stress outlet for her. If there is no Porsche or racetrack available, Stephanie is just as happy in a quiet place doing something creative. “I’ll create a flower arrangement or a table display, and it reminds me of what makes me content,” she smiles. Stephanie lives her life by a quote from famed American interior designer, Elsie de Wolfe: “I am going to make everything around me beautiful – That will be my life.”

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MIND body spirit BETTER ME

BETTER YOU

BETTER WORLD

Handle It … Accept It …

Deal with It

By: Katie Stankiewicz

“ FA M I LY ” I S A M U LT I FA C E T E D

all with confidence and kindness—a partnership of trust between all members. Not an infallible knowledge centered on being right but a cooperative effort in making things work. Sometimes pressing a point. Sometimes simply giving in. Always learning to accept. There is strength in silence and honor in a quiet smile.

There is no secret formula or magic, yet some families seem to interact effortlessly. The appearance of such is a combination of respect, flexibility, pride, laughter, and working together. There is a calm in knowing how to perceive situations and the ability to weigh appropriate reactions. It is choosing your battles and knowing when to walk away for a while. It is a deep and resounding faith, acknowledging gratitude as the core component and believing that struggles strengthen, not destroy.

Balance and acceptance are cornerstones for any successful relationship—plus a deep-rooted philosophy that problems are challenges. Problems carry a heavy burden, whereas challenges pave the way to growth and solution. It is a mindset that the glass is not half empty, but it is always full! There is a positive attack plan in dealing with minor difficulties and complex struggles, understanding that everyone has their point of view and that compromise is the key to working together. It should not be viewed as selling out or giving in, rather forging a newer, deeper relationship. A family holds a grounded creed:

kaleidoscope of images and experiences, ever changing. Yet firmly holding to the essence of family comes from within. It is a tapestry of belonging woven from heritage, social changes, core values, and external forces—stitched together by being present and enjoying every nuance of life.

Life is a succession of joyful firsts, tearful lasts, everything in the middle, and meeting

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“We are all important members; we can do anything together.” From the youngest to the oldest, everyone has their place, their undeniable role, and are part of the total unit called family. Sometimes the simplest of pleasures have the most endearing ripple effect and become traditions. I think about my childhood bedtime ritual with the fondest of memories – the sharing of our day’s adventures, saying prayers for tomorrow, and feeling the cocoon of love and acceptance. We now do that with our daughter, passing along that important family fabric. Our lives are busy, chaotic at times; so make the effort to foster the unit that is The Family … whether it’s bedtime rituals, family date nights, or teambuilding retreats for families who work together, make it your priority because as we all know, “Family is where life begins and love never ends.” Katie Stankiewicz is the owner of Mind, Body & Sole Equine and Willow Equine. As a certified leadership coach and equine specialist, Katie specializes in the Eagala model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development. For more information, visit www.WillowEquinetherapy.com OR call 704.237.0644.

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THE MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT ARE INTIMATELY CONNECTED. Because unhealthy thoughts and emotions can create a vicious cycle that leads to unhealthy physical patterns, we can choose a victorious path that includes a positive, healing, uplifting spiral. By mixing the ingredients of attitude and action, we can change the flavor of our own lives. Learn to nurture your body and soul to lead a more balanced life.


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