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This month, we focus on heart health for women, as well as some more romantic topics. And while February is typically a month in which “Matters of the Heart” are celebrated, my own heart has been rather heavy of late. The fog I’ve been consumed in is finally lifting, but I know there are others who suffer with a tormented heart. After all, life is full of so many heartbreaking situations. If you have ever been betrayed by a friend, you know what I mean. If you have ever been forsaken by a spouse or abandoned by a parent, you understand. If you have ever placed a hand on the casket of a loved one, you are all-too familiar with this thick, dark cloud. I often turn to my Aunt Jeanneane for guidance on surviving life’s more difficult challenges. Her advice—though always valuable and appreciated—can often be whittled down to just three words: “Buck up, Cupcake!” So, she surprised me not too long ago when she told me that I had one full year to work through a painful ordeal. She also made it clear, though, that after that year, she expected me to put it completely behind me and not waste any more energy or tears on the issue. “Awesome!” I thought, as I drove home from our dinner that evening. “I have permission to ruminate and sulk and wallow for 365 days!” But the more I mulled that over, the less appealing it became. I didn’t want to spend an entire year wallowing; I wanted to heal (By the way, I’m not fooled, Aunt Jeanneane; you knew exactly what direction you were pushing me in!). So I decided to make my bed instead. Let me explain. Patsy Clairmont, who today is a best-selling author and inspirational speaker, suffered from agoraphobia in her 20s. Riddled with debilitating panic attacks, she

spent much of her life hiding under her blankets, too terrified to even get out of bed. In desperation she finally called out to God for help, and in response she actually heard three life-changing words: “Make your bed.” Not exactly the answer Patsy was looking for; after all, the earth didn’t shake, mountains didn’t move, the shackles that bound her to her self-made prison didn’t suddenly melt away. But then again, making her bed was a step that Patsy could take immediately. It might not get her out of her front door, but it would get her out of the darn bed so that she couldn’t crawl back into it in despair. I didn’t literally make my bed when I decided I wasn’t going to take Jeanneane up on her offer. But I did take one small step away from the fog. And before too long, I took another step. I don’t know that I’m completely clear of the haze that has surrounded me, but I definitely see the sunshine peeking out from behind the clouds. Perhaps you’re facing a mountain of problems in your life or dealing with a tormented heart that seems almost too broken to fix. My Aunt Jeanneane would suggest that you “Buck up, Cupcake!” and Coco Chanel would say, “Add more lipstick and attack.” But maybe all of that seems like too much right now. And that’s ok. Remember, every storm runs out of rain. Dense fog may surround you now, but there is always a breaking and a lifting. Go ahead, and poke your head out from under the covers. You might not be able to take a giant leap forward today, but just ask Patsy—or my Aunt Jeanneane—you can at least make your bed.

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MIND BODY SPIRIT: Put Your Heart Into It

THIS MONTH WE ASKED OUR CONTRIBUTORS:

What childhood memory warms your heart?

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to be heart healthy The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, conducts and catalogues studies with one goal in mind: to protect our health and our environment. With its breakthrough research, EWG greatly influences consumer choice and activism. For good heart (and overall) health, the organization recommends avoiding these 10 foods:

American Cheese Sadly, this household favorite is not really cheese at all. It is a blend of milk fats, solids, emulsifiers, and food coloring. This “factory creation of a cheese-like food” is extremely high in fat and sodium.

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Bread and Crackers with Potassium Bromate Check labels for this chemical, which is used to help dough rise during the baking process. It has been linked in animal studies to certain cancers, and is banned in many countries. Margarine Once considered a healthy alternative to butter, margarine is now known to contain trans fats, which increase cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Nutritionists agree that olive oil (or another source of monosaturated fat) is a better choice; and a close second—butter!

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Sugar-free Sweets Foods advertised as “sugar-free” contain artificial sweeteners, which our digestive systems struggle to break down, leading to serious stomach problems. Sugar substitutes, also found in diet sodas, are linked to depression, strokes, heart attacks, and cancer.

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Conventionally Grown Apples If there’s one fruit to buy in the organic aisle, says EWG, it’s apples: “99 percent of tested apples contained the residue of at least one pesticide.” Such chemicals can damage the brain and nervous system, disrupt your hormones, and lead to skin, eye, and lung irritation, as well as cancer.

Conventionally Raised Chicken & Eggs Tests on chicken feed indicate traces of caffeine, Tylenol, Benadryl, banned antibiotics, and arsenic. While some companies are phasing out raising chickens with antibiotics, this is not yet common practice. Presently, certified organic is the better option.

Soda The average 12-ounce can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. When you consume that much, your body responds by creating excess insulin. Over time, excess insulin production can increase the risk of diabetes and some cancers. Also, the caramel coloring found in some sodas is linked to a 58 percent greater risk of cancer.

Microwave Popcorn Microwave popcorn bags are often lined with a chemical called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), shown in some studies to affect fertility, cancer risk, and kidney functioning. Because there are no warning labels on microwave popcorn, it is best to choose air-popped.

Deli Meats In addition to being stocked with unhealthy fats, processed meats, such as ham and salami, contain up to 400 percent more sodium and 50 percent more preservatives than unprocessed red meats. Also, some contain nitrates, chemical additives used as preservatives and flavor enhancers, which have been linked to various cancers.

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Preservative Propylparaben Most commonly, this chemical is used to preserve corn tortillas and muffins, and is listed on an ingredients label. The chemical acts like estrogen and can throw off your system, potentially disturbing fertility, and accelerating breastcancer-cell growth. . For more information on other health studies by the Environmental Working Group, visit www.ewg.org.

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According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about one in three 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. Systolic pressure

(THE TOP NUMBER)

refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during contraction of your heart muscle.

Diastolic pressure (THE BOTTOM NUMBER) 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.

OTHER RISK FACTORS INCLUDE

A NORMAL READING for women over 20 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 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).

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LKNW RECOGNIZES A WOMAN DOING EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN THE LAKE

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WHAT’S CLOSE TO THE HEART: When I was a child, my mother died very

suddenly. Grandparents, my stepmother, and a host of many others took me under their wings and fed me encouragement and hope. I am a third-generation chiropractor. Growing up in Cheshire, Connecticut, my maternal grandfather made sure everyone got adjusted, even at family parties. If you were sick, you moved to the front of the line. In college, after my father passed away, my uncle asked me to work for him. He encouraged me to pursue a chiropractic career. It just clicked.

on COMFORT FOOD: My childhood kitchen was flooded with great smells and tastes, and a regular “Stand Back!” from high flames and broiler fires. My father, particular about food quality, raised his own meat and vegetables. As an eccentric art professor, a kiln was his big oven. The best breakfasts started with frying garlic, onions, and peppers to make a fresh tomato sauce for leftover pasta or poached eggs. Comfort food, for me, is usually spaghetti with a spicy, garlicky sauce and homemade garlic bread. The smell of garlic always makes me feel like I’m home again. on EATING RIGHT: Making healthy, tasty food is not complicated. I love helping patients further their health goals through cooking demonstrations and classes. This year, I plan to expand our cooking program to embrace medicinal cooking, imperative for people with health disorders, and caregivers, often desperate to help their loved ones thrive again.

Dr. Jodie Silver SOUTHEAST CHIROPRACTIC DENVER, NC

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“Our entire family celebrated birthdays each month. Once, my grandparents, who never swam, surprised us by jumping in the pool with all their clothes on, even shoes!”

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on “LOVE IS IN THE AIR”: Mike and I have two active kids, Sam (13) and Kiara (10). Our lab, Dexter (3) is like the third child. I met Mike in New York Chiropractic College 20 years ago. I was halfway through my program when he came in as a new student. He asked me out the first day he met me. Before long, I saw he was the one for me; he has the same ideals and mindset. He has been an amazing partner in business and life—and in the kitchen! Jodie Silver, DC, owns Southeast Chiropractic, located at 275 N. Hwy. 16, Suite 102, in Denver. For more information or to make an appointment, call 704.489.1999, or visit www.southeastchiro.com/denver.

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obstructed airway. He told me that he had been to have a sleep study, and they’d wanted him to wear a “Darth Vader” mask to help him sleep and his snoring. He was referring to CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. Then he said, “Steve, I am too sexy to snore, and I am far too sexy for a CPAP!” The truth of the matter is that unless a person is congested or has a cold, he really shouldn’t be snoring. Some studies indicate that approximately 80 million adults snore. Snoring usually indicates an obstruction that may decrease air flow to the lungs, causing a lack of oxygen to the brain. Snoring can be indicative of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA increases your risk of hypertension, heart failure, stroke, and diabetes.

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“My mom and dad took me to see Elvis Presley at the old, old Charlotte Coliseum on February 20, 1977. As an 8-year-old, it was greater than anything I’d ever seen before, and it influenced my love of music.”

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S E V E R A L Y E A R S A G O after I had begun treating patients with sleep-related disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea, a good friend approached me at a local fishing tournament. He told me he heard that I had gotten into the “sleep business.” As part of our specialty practice in orthodontics, we had begun to help children and adults with sleep issues. It inspired us to purchase the latest technology, the iCAT Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System. It was then that we were able to see a patient’s mouth, teeth, and airway in lifelike three dimension, with considerably less radiation exposure to our patients. I invited my friend to come in for an exam and also to have an iCAT 3D scan. He was amazed that in a matter of seconds I could view his airway in three dimension. Immediately, we saw that he had a moderate degree of

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My friend then got very serious and said that he is in a loving relationship with his wife of many years and that his snoring was affecting their relationship. Instead of being able to hold her through the night, he had to go to another room to sleep away from her. My heart went out for him and his wife, and I was determined to help him. Up to 59 percent of people report that their partner snores in bed. In addition, 23 percent of couples sleep in separate beds which we call “sleep divorce.” Snoring is not sexy and you don’t have to live with it. Fortunately, for snoring and for mild to moderate OSA, there are dental devices available to eliminate snoring and dramatically improve air flow to the lungs. If you or someone you love snores, consult a health care provider educated in sleep-breathing disorders to determine if it’s snoring or a symptom of a more serious condition such as OSA. And as for my friend, well, let’s just say that he is sexier than ever now with his dental sleep appliance, and he and his wife are sleeping soundly together again. Steven M. Austin, DDS, MS, PA, is a member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Austin Orthodontics has offices located in Lincolnton and in Denver. For more information or to make an appointment, call 704.735.1606, or visit www.draustinsmiles.com.


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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. DR. KATHLEEN RUSSO, Carolina HealthSpan Institute - Lake Norman

Kathleen Russo is a physician at Carolina HealthSpan Institute-Lake Norman, which focuses on treating men and women with hormone imbalances or deficiencies. She also treats patients in wellness, disease prevention, and sports optimization, incorporating a holistic approach that also spills into her personal life.

LEADERSHIP IS?

“Leadership is ever-evolving; it is an action, not just a position. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to be their best. It is about learning and guiding others to success. A good leader always looks to grow, learn, and become better informed and educated.”

This competitive athlete is accustomed to setting goals and training to reach them. For Dr. Russo, running has become a staple and a love; she averages 50 miles a week. In addition to numerous marathons, she has completed the Boston Marathon for eight consecutive years. A desire to be better is key to leadership, Dr. Russo says. She continually trains her mind, body, and spirit to bring her best at all times, saying, “I need to know myself, believe in myself, and be the best self I can be.” Achieving goals also requires a leap of faith. “Leaving my previous practice was very risky, given the comfort and familiarity I’d enjoyed there for many years,” Dr. Russo says. “I had a passion for hormone treatment, truly believing that it can be life changing for men and women.” This passion drove her to join Dr. Ronald Brown and open Carolina HealthSpan Institute. She says that continually working toward a goal and being mindful of the progress helped her become the leader she is today. “It may take years to get there but keep looking and researching; when the right opportunity opens up you’ll know it,” she says. Recently, Dr. Russo received recognition as a Lake Norman Woman Magazine Woman of Will finalist for her work to prevent HIV transmission from mother to baby in Zambia. She says, “I learned that one person, one idea can make a difference and an impact.”

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Be persistent, determined, and patient.

CAREER ADVICE:

WHEN I LEAVE WORK: I go home and take care of my dogs, BellaRuth a Llasa Apso, and SophieLane, a Coton de Tulear.

LAST THING RESEARCHED FOR MYSELF: races to sign

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LAST THING RESEARCHED FOR WORK: the effects of

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“My fellowship, friendship, and passion for performing with the Huntington Thunders Marching Band”

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we first learned about HIV and AIDS, the treatment of HIV today—antiretroviral therapy (ART)— has revolutionized patients’ health management and survival rates. Medication is easier to take, and it works for a long period of time with fewer side effects. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that having HIV today can be like having diabetes or high blood pressure. If managed properly, you can live a long, healthy life. Still, HIV and AIDS are serious health issues, and not something to take lightly.

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According to the CDC, HIV increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Risk factors for those with HIV include higher triglyceride levels, poor cholesterol levels, and chronic inflammation of the arteries and veins. Since people are living longer with HIV, it is important to be aware of the risks to your heart health. For more information on HIV/AIDS, visit World Health Organization at www.who.int/en or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

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Doctors measure HIV by the viral load, the amount of the virus in your bloodstream. Because ART stops the virus from replicating, the viral load becomes undetectable. However, the virus is still there, but does not cause symptoms. The virus can be transmitted even though the infected person’s viral load is undetectable. In 1995, more than half a million people had HIV in the United States, and 62 percent of them died from AIDS. Today, there are more than one million Americans with HIV, and the death rate has dropped to about 18,000 a year. According to the World Health Organization, close to 37 million people live with HIV worldwide; 70 percent of those are in Africa. Even though the virus can remain dormant for decades, a person’s HIV status can be determined by testing for antibodies (antibodies show up to fight the virus) within weeks of exposure. Early diagnosis is critical to stop its progression. Because people are living longer with HIV, an “aging epidemic” is a valid concern. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested.


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What childhood memory warms your heart? “The first time I slept in a motel was on an overnight trip to the St. Louis Zoo. Seeing all the animals, especially the panda bear, was amazing.”

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JUDITH DALY, FOUNDING ATTORNEY AT Daly Family Law Firm in Statesville, is just the person you want in your corner. And though she claims to be projectoriented, a short conversation with her shows Judith really understands people, too. “When my mom retired from Prudential, she said to me that it’s important to be able to have a say in what you do, not only to love what you do,” Judith says. “It got me thinking.” At the time, she was happily managing a large Chicago law firm, but the idea of being able to make her own rules was appealing. At 50 years old, Judith went to law school at DePaul University. Always driven, she was not deterred when an attorney she worked for made the insensitive comment, “Then what—medical school?”

With many years in developing and growing businesses in Chicago, Judith says that even with all that success, it wasn’t until she opened her own family law firm that she finally felt settled. Judith’s entrepreneurial spirit allowed her to build a reputable firm and a good work environment for her team. “Traditionally, a law firm structure is very top-down; the attorneys scramble for seniority, which is usually determined by the number of billable hours. I’ve found that this often results in the attorneys thinking that attorneys are all that matter, and many are not respectful to supporting staff members,” she says. “To me, a receptionist who is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient is way more important than a sloppy attorney who misses deadlines or goes to court unprepared. Also, we often eat lunch together, and we celebrate birthdays and holidays. “The quality of representation is more important than the quantity; working nights and nearly all weekends doesn’t make a job great. I offer my attorneys flexibility and pay for their cell phones, home Internet, and GoToMyPC accounts so when possible they may work from home instead of at the office. They work moderate hours—and their work speaks for itself.” Daly Family Law focuses on family law, and Judith is a North Carolina Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. To obtain certification she had to have practiced family law almost exclusively for five years, completed 12 hours of Continuing Legal Education each year of those five years, passed a sixhour written exam, and now continue to complete twelve hours Continuing Legal Education each year to remain certified. Her firm has four attorneys and two paralegals, Hannah (nine years with the firm) and Terri (six years with the firm). “I knew I didn’t want to be a firm of one,” Judith says. “If it were just me with a staff, it wouldn’t feel complete.” With clients in many neighboring counties, recently Judith

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“IN THE BACK OF MY MIND IS ALWAYS I WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO FOR THEM WHAT SOMEONE COULDN’T DO FOR ME.” hired an attorney who focuses on estate planning, trusts, and wills, a natural extension of the firm’s work. Her analytical mind lends itself very well to her family law practice. When clients—often distraught—come to her for representation, Judith can strategize the next steps. “I’m thinking, How can I get her what she needs?” she says. “In the back of my mind is always I want to be able to do for them what someone couldn’t do for me.” Judith was divorced long ago, when her now-grown children were small; her son was 5, her daughter, just a year old. Today, son Jon lives in Indiana, and daughter Jaime lives in Maryland. Between them, they’ve given Judith five grandchildren, ranging from 3 to 12 years old. “Up front, I try to remind clients that there’s no sense lingering in this part of your life. The sooner the divorce is settled, the sooner you can be happier,” she says.

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Judith knows about which she speak. Years after her own divorce, she met her partner, Jim Garreau. “I knew I’d become hyperfocused on work; the kids were older, and I needed a distraction. A local radio station, Magic 104.3, which played old ‘50s music, was testing out a date-match computer software created by a Northwestern University psychology professor (in 1997—long before online dating was a thing!). I called in and answered five basic questions and was set up with a voice mailbox and password to communicate with anyone I ‘matched up’ with until I was ready to exchange actual phone numbers,” Judith laughs. “But Jim had this voice.” The couple bought and moved to a farmhouse with 14 acres in the Lake Norman area. “Jim has this calm demeanor; nothing rattles him (which is good as | FEBRUARY 2016

LEFT TO RIGHT: Terri McKesson, Ashley Kevitt, Meg Stacy, Stephanie Killian, Judith Daly, & Hannah Speaks

he teaches drivers education in his retirement),” she admires. “He has a real insight to people.” Outside work, Judith enjoys painting landscapes. Last summer, she attended a week-long workshop at Cheap Joe’s Art in Boone. She also enjoys cooking, saying they eat as much organic as possible and stock up their homemade soups. In the last few years, they started growing organic blueberries. This year, Jim plans to start a small aquaponic tilapia farm. Judith says they chose the Lake Norman area because of the weather and nice people. “Southerners are gracious and take their time,” she says. “That’s not me. I’m more of a diveright-in-oh-and-‘By-the-way, hello-and-good-morning,’ type. I’m always on a mission. But I’ve really worked to slow myself down more, to reflect and enjoy the process—and the people—just as well as the result.”


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The Board of Directors and officers for the Executive Women of Lake Norman for fiscal 2016 are (L to R): president DANIELLE RATLIFF, from Serenity Now Massage Therapy; past president STARR MILLER, from StarrMiller Interior Design; vice president ANNIE LEWIS, from Annie Lewis Event Planning; secretary TRICIA SISSON, from The Range at Lake Norman and Ballantyne; treasurer ERIN GEE, from Aquesta Bank; membership & communications VICKY TURNER, from Perma Safety Tub, and TAMMI MURPHY, from Blarney Stone Marketing & Design and LKN Savings.com; programs & education DR. JODIE SILVER, from SouthEast Chiropractic, and GWYNN LINDER, from LKN Fit Life. FAY HODGES of Fay Hodges

Designs won two categories in the Best of the Lake design competition in November. In addition, Fay won in two categories in the National Association of Remodeling Institute: Residential Kitchen and Bath, $75K-100K and Commercial, Queen City Showroom.

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BE SCENE 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

Orange Theory’s ribbon cutting

The LKNW staff (plus Baby Q!) at its Christmas party

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Young Elites Ambassadors Kailyn Sutton, Alexas Bradford; Kaytlin Kilian, Gabby Hall; Kate Roberts, Escada Lewis, with Melissa Donahue, from Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at the Young Elites’ fundraising dinner

LKNW’s Stephanie & Chelsea (and Baby Q!)

LKNW’s Stephanie with Ruff Love Friends Rescue

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

LKNW’s Stephanie & Amy at Jeffrey’s in Mooresville on Thanksgiving Sandra Lee and Karen Wolter at the Young Elites’ fundraising dinner

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{ H E R E she I S }

AN LKN WOMAN WHO PERSONIFIES WHAT MAKES LAKE NORMAN WOMEN SO GREAT

What the Heart Wants: When I was young, I developed a large mole on the side of my mouth. I was very self conscious and constantly teased (Being extremely overweight didn’t help.). My mom took me to a cosmetic dermatologist when I was 12, who tried—unsuccessfully—to remove it with a series of painful laser treatments. After more bullying in high school, I went to a plastic surgeon who removed most of the mole. I also lost 40 pounds, and my confidence soared. I developed acne also, so I started going to a medical aesthetician. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a medical aesthetician, own a medical spa, and most importantly, help others improve physical flaws that bothered them.

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pregnant with my daughter, I wasn’t in a very healthy relationship. I had always had notso-great relationships with men, mainly because I’d put up with less than I deserved. When I saw my daughter’s beautiful face for the first time, it filled me with strength. I vowed to never let her see me be treated as anything other than a queen again.

H O M E TO W N : C H I C O, C A L I F O R N I A

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HOUSEHOLD: 3-YEAR-OLD DA U G H T E R , RO S I E

To Those Who Got Me Here: I am

particularly grateful for my mom and grandfather. My mother always taught me not to settle for anything about myself I didn’t like. And my grandfather taught me that you’re never too old to pursue your passion. He spent most of his life as a salesman and then, at the age of 78, went to paralegal school; he went on to work in the district attorney’s office.

What childhood memory warms your heart?

Loving the Journey: I am very proud

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of my family and my professional life, as well as the roads that led me here. I have this burning desire to be respected for the changes I brought to the aesthetic and skin care industry, especially when it comes to diverse skin tones.

“Every New Year’s Eve I spent on my grandparents’ apartment balcony in San Francisco, banging on pots and pans at the stroke of midnight with my granny.”

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Rachel Roff is the founder and owner of Urban Skin Solutions Medspa and Weight Loss Center and Urban Skin Rx clinical skin care products. For more information, contact Rachel at 704.971.9191 or visit www.urbanskinsolutions.com.

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like Lake Norman, I represent growth and prosperity while staying down-to-earth.

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Simple Fatigue or Something More? hustle-and-bustle world, being tired is just part of the game. But how do you know when it might be something more serious? According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic fatigue is different than being sleepy or exceedingly tired in that 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.” IN OUR

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 urinary tract infections, diabetes, fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, and anemia, which is the leading cause of fatigue in women.These tips may help you to 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 trigger counterproductive stressors in the body). IF YOUR FATIGUE PERSISTS FOR TWO WEEKS or more despite

efforts to rest, eat right, reduce stress, exercise appropriately, and drink plenty of fluids; or

daily chores too much to handle; or

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heartbeat, dizziness, or extreme pain such as severe headaches.

For more information on fatigue and all its symptoms, causes, and treatments, contact the Mayo Clinic at www.mayoclinic.org.

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What childhood memory warms your heart?

Self

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“At my grandma’s house, my sisters and I played dress-up with all her fancy gowns, jewelry, and makeup, and we baked the most delicious cookies!”

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Advancements BY: HEATHER BRYANT, PA-C, MPAS

procedures easier and safer than in the past, plastic surgery is more popular than ever. Many patients associate plastic surgery with major surgical procedures, and aren’t aware that there are many options for minimally invasive and nonsurgical procedures for cosmetic enhancement to help turn back the clock. Minimally invasive procedures are ideal for patients who want to improve the appearance of their face or body, but do not wish to undergo the risk of complications, side effects, surgical recovery time, and higher costs associated with more invasive plastic surgery procedures. As a result, minimally invasive procedures are becoming more and more enticing to the average person looking to improve his or her appearance. Technological advances now allow the patient to consider treatment options, instead of the traditional facelift, to improve skin laxity, wrinkles, and general signs of aging of the face.

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When it comes to skin-tightening devices, there are two new FDA-approved treatment options now available: Ultherapy and Profound. ULTHERAPY is a non-invasive ultrasound-based treatment, and PROFOUND is a minimally invasive, radiofrequency needling option. Both improve skin laxity, firmness, and texture. Both are one-time nonsurgical procedures that yield impressive results. After treatment, patients will see results improve for several months as new collagen continues to grow. While these results are not as dramatic as a facelift, these are great ways to maintain and improve the skin’s appearance with reduced recovery time.

Another option for reducing the signs of facial aging without going under the knife is a treatment known as a “liquid facelift.” A liquid facelift involves using injectable products, such as BOTOX or DYSPORT, to soften wrinkles, and dermal fillers, such as RESTYLANE or JUVEDERM, to add volume and smooth the contour of the face.

In addition, micro-needling systems, such as REJUVAPEN, use a handheld device on the skin to create thousands of small perforations. The goal of this treatment is to stimulate collage production, which tightens skin, improves fine lines and winkles, diminishes pores, and improves the overall health of the skin.

If you’re not sure if a surgical procedure or a minimally invasive procedure is right for you, talk to your provider about your face and body concerns. Get as much information as possible about surgical versus nonsurgical cosmetic procedures before making a decision. These days, many patients are choosing to take smaller steps toward a minimally invasive procedure, instead of jumping into surgery, as a means to maintain their appearance.

Heather Bryant, PA-C, MPAS, is a physician’s assistant and certified advanced injector, who specializes in cosmetic injectables and minimally invasive procedures at Hunstad/Kortesis Plastic Surgery. For more information about Hunstad/ Kortesis Plastic Surgery, visit www.hkcenters.com or call 704.659.9000.

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What childhood memory warms your heart?

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“We have many memories of the High Rock Lake house— where my mom took us when we were small—of board games, cookouts, camping, skiing, fishing, and swimming.”

- Susan Martin

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LIVING LIFE IN

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AT LAKE NORMAN POWER SPORTS

in Cornelius, you will not only find one of the largest dealers of Sea Doo Watercraft, Can-Am and Scarab Jet Boats, and ATVs in the region, you will find a family business whose people are dedicated to their clients, their love for their family, and their passion for fun—on and off the water!

Owner Dana Martin has been working in the boat business ever since she was a young girl growing up in Winston-Salem, and she always had hopes of owning her own company. “I started out working for Doss & Sons Boats in my teens,” she remembers fondly. “My dream was to own a marina and dealership and to live on-site. I came close; I live only two miles from Lake Norman Power Sports,” she laughs. After 30 years in the business, Dana opened her shop in October 2002, bringing in both her daughters: Susan as general

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manager, and Joie as service manager. In their first year together, they received one of the highest awards from Bombardier Recreational Sports: the US Regional Southeast Dealer of the Year. “I was actually studying to become a teacher,” Susan recalls, “when my mom called me one day and said they were shorthanded in the service department at WherRena Marina, where she worked at the time. She asked me to come answer the phones. I ended up becoming their service manager after being there a year. Then I came to Lake Norman Power Sports and started learning the business under my mom; it’s been a fantastic ride so far!” The family is very passionate about the products they sell and the customers they serve. Susan is especially enthusiastic about watercraft trips she used to coordinate. “We would ride different parts of the Intracoastal

Waterway over a long weekend,” she says. “The largest trip I ever planned was from North Myrtle Beach to Charleston with 87 watercrafts and more than 100 people. I’ve put on several other trips and events in the last 13 years, and I really enjoy meeting people and checking out new products.” In addition to treating customers and community like family, they know that the most important thing in life is their love and respect for one another. “My mom is my true inspiration,” Susan says. “She’s always been there for us and has never stood in the way of our dreams. She has given us incredible opportunities, and we are so honored and grateful.” It’s easy to see where the daughters get their gratitude. Dana credits her own parents as a great influence on her success. “My dad owned his own business, Competition Karting, which my brother now runs,” Dana says. “He and my mom embody what marriage means; they worked together every day as a team and, at 82, Dad still goes to work.” Susan, Dana, and Joie admit that working with family isn’t easy; they spend a lot of time together but have created a productive balance. “We all have very different personalities,” Joie adds, “but we are all supportive. It’s important to maintain a sense of humor and to have faith—faith in yourself, faith in family, and faith in God.”


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Community Access for

Everyone ‘‘‘‘

What childhood memory warms your heart?

BY: LYNN MARTIN

T H E S E DAY S , we know that social networks are collectively valuable to all members because from such networks, individuals and groups arise to help one another. According to Princeton professor of sociology, Alejandro Portes, social capital is “the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively.” Because social capital and networks enhance one’s quality of life, it makes sense that managing each is important— especially to vulnerable populations, such as those with differing abilities or needs. These special populations within our community are more likely to rely on the support of others to accomplish everyday tasks— support that most of us tend to take for granted.

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Bryce Warden proudly poses with his first paycheck from his new job at Big League Hot Dog.

share our interpretation of a full and quality life.

Because of environment-driven networking, sometimes, we must intentionally look outside of these situations to ensure diversity in our populations. Also, we can’t assume that passion and places are enough to foster one’s involvement. Some of our special populations need people to connect them and to fully become involved in their community. If Because the places we socialize not supported, these community reflect our interests, preferences, members tend to avoid new and our passions, social networks people and places because they develop in the places we fear and are uncertain how they frequent and hang out, such will be received. Often, they as the coffee shop, the gym, feel the community embrace or community events, civic clubs, acceptance is not genuine. Let’s ballgames, or simply in the be honest, how would you feel in neighbor’s front yard to play their shoes? games. We will go out of our way to be with others who are People with differing abilities just genuinely interested in us and want the same things everyone share our enthusiasms. Also, our else wants: to belong; to have passions fuel our community a rewarding (and paying) job; involvement, whether it be to volunteer; to participate in in sports, neighborhood organized, inclusive sports and gatherings, spiritual observances, recreational activities; to be volunteerism, or the work we do. involved in civic organizations; We tend to seek out people that and to have people in their lives,

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“Cooking with my great-grandmother for my great-grandfather and the field hands, sewing with a pedal sewing machine, quilting, and snapping beans on the front porch, listening to the peaceful rain.”

who look beyond their differences he can do the job, if we’d only just and celebrate their contributions. give him that chance. Embrace differences, promote inclusion, We can foster opportunities and welcome everyone to be as for community involvement involved as much as they desire to by inviting others to our social be within our communities. groups, by encouraging others Lynn Martin is the to get involved in communityowner of Inspiration wide activities, and by offering for Aspirations, an transportation or support so they advocacy and support can attend. As employers, we can organization, and the take a leap of faith and give that chair of Mooresville Mayor’s Council person an opportunity to prove for People with Disabilities. For more information, call 704.664.5363.


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better me

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Mind Body Spirit 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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Put Your HEART Into It

BY: JOHN J. BALLAS, DC

S I N C E A N C I E N T T I M E S , the heart

has been a symbol of our emotions. I remember in grade school getting ready for Valentine’s Day. I recall the little heart candies with different sayings on them, such as “Be Mine.” Also, I remember that we would get the box of valentine cards and address one to each person in the class. Because the box had a variety of cards we could carefully pick out just the right one for just the right person. Then we’d go around the room, putting them in everyone’s heart-shaped valentine mailbox that was made of construction paper stapled around the edges. I recall feelings of excitement and anxiety as I both delivered and received those valentines. There was a feeling sometimes like my heart had skipped a beat. Everyone has experienced that flutter in your stomach and the increase in your heart rate when you are in a state of excitement that’s definitely connected to both love and sexual attraction. We also know that painful pause when we hear sad news. People recognize the connection

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within their bodies between emotions and the physical sensations. So, it isn’t difficult to figure out how the Ancient Greeks got their belief that the heart was tied to the emotion of love. The heart is the most electrically active organ in the body. It generates electromagnetic pulses that can be measured. By studying the way the heart’s electrical patterns change in time and in relationship to brainwaves, scientists and researchers have demonstrated the powerful role the heart and its rhythms play in creating consciousness, including emotional states and mood. Mental health and heart health go together. The fact is the rise of cardiovascular disease parallels the increase in mental health disorders. In order to create a holistic approach to heart health we have to look at both the physical and mental components. The answer to our future health cannot rest on the latest pharmaceuticals. The first line of therapy to maintain our heart health must be a healthy lifestyle. As a Doctor of

What childhood memory warms your heart?

“Always going into my grandparents’ house, or ours, or even relatives’ and smelling food. Greek culture is about home-cooked meals.”

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Chiropractic, we are focused on the cause of disease. We have to get to the root of the problem. If we feed our body the right nutrition, avoid chemicals, maintain a peaceful emotional state, and eliminate the interferences in the body by maintaining a healthy nervous system through proper spinal care, the human body is designed to repair itself. Let’s be reminded of the importance of a healthy heart by deciding to be a blessing to those around us by taking care of ourselves so that, in turn, we can better serve the ones we love. Dr. John J. Ballas, a Charlotte native, has been practicing chiropractic medicine for 17 years. He is a certified chiropractic sports physician, specializing in Cox flexion distraction technique, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, and Kennedy spinal decompression. For more information about Ballas Chiropractic, call 704.896.8080 or visit www.ballaschiropractic.com.

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