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Keeping Fit & Healthy Margaret Morton Staff Writer

It may be gray and bleak outside, and our recent spell of what forecasters call a “wintry mix” was just that, but we can look forward to spring in a number of ways to keep us fit and healthy through the rest of winter.

Exercise used to be viewed from a “no pain, no gain” approach, but attitudes have relaxed somewhat over the past decade, leaving it up to individuals to decide how much they want to push their body to achieve optimal fitness. And those who tend to be more on the couch potato side of the equation can still find plenty of less arduous ways to get themselves in better shape and find healthy eating patterns that still provide gastronomic pleasure. Whatever the chosen route for those who want to be fit and healthy, the underlying message is “get moving.” Just as a fancy 10-speed bike can rust through neglect and ill use, so we too can accumulate too much “rust” through lethargy or bad habits. Increasingly, the idea of fun and pleasure is creeping into various programs promoting physical and mental well-being. Sitting and sedentary lifestyles are now being cited in health publications as the “new smoking” in terms of negative impacts, but here are some simple ideas to get you going and off your fanny. Walking is a top recommendation. For however long you do it, walk vigorously, even if you don’t exercise that much; work up some Continued On Page 30

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you about certain foods. Be relaxed as you eat, and carefully enjoy your meals—don’t gulp them down. Whether you set up a rigorous exercise regimen at a local fitness center or go about it in a gentler way, as long as you get moving and keep the blood stirring so your body, mind and soul are engaged and active, you should feel just ready for spring when it comes. You may not get to be a 10-speed bike, but you surely can get to a new, fitter and healthier you—and have some fun into the bargain. In this issue we describe the satisfaction of testing oneself by entering a triathlon and the equal satisfaction of watching the pounds melt away when getting serious about weight loss. We also salute the long career of the Leesburg ophthalmologist Flinton Callahan, MD, who retired last year after passing his practice to his daughter. In another branch of medical care, we describe the early work and plans of Debra Townsend, the new executive director of the Loudoun Free Clinic, which provides treatment and medical care to the many uninsured individuals in Loudoun.

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Leesburg Man Sheds Pounds Through Boxing Kara Clark Staff Writer

Leesburg resident Tom Nesslage got a reality check just less than two years ago during a routine doctor’s visit. Nesslage had never been in poor physical condition, but his 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. desk job was not doing him any favors. “You’re behind the computer for eight or nine hours a day and you’re not moving,” he said. “I slowly started gaining weight year after year. I looked at myself in the mirror and said I’m heavier than I wanted to be.” During his physical, Nesslage’s doctor told him he had stage one hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, and was at risk for diabetes. He was only 30 years old. “It was one of those little snapping moments. My waist size had gotten above 40; I couldn’t go up the stairs without losing my breath,” he said. “It was a kick in the pants that I needed to do something.” At the time, Nesslage’s employer Verizon was making the move to a building in Ashburn that had a gym. Nesslage resolved to take an hour each workday to hit the gym and set small goals for himself. The first was to trim

his weight from his then 235 pounds to 200. “Over the course of the next couple months I made small gains, I lost a couple pounds. I eventually got down to where I was closing in on 200,” he said. “I thought this is working, I’m pretty happy with it.” But months later upon visiting Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn, where Nesslage is a member, he noticed that the popular gun range also was offering fitness classes. He combed through the list of classes, which included Brazilian ju jitsu, muay thai, mixed martial arts, wrestling, boxing and judo, and decided to give boxing a whirl. “I got my tail kicked the very first day I went in,” Nesslage recalled. But, despite the “ridiculous amount of physicality required,” he said at the same time boxing was a lot of fun. And the results didn’t hurt either. “I had spent the previous year trying to drop 35 pounds but now I was dropping 30 pounds in a number of months,” Nesslage said. Down to a 32-inch waist and 172 pounds, his blood pressure and blood sugar had also dropped to acceptable levels. NessContinued On Page 35

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reported a recent instance when his mother came over for dinner and asked him if he was eating OK. “Comparatively to what I was I look like a stick figure,” he says with a laugh. Nesslage encourages anyone looking for a good workout, or to lose weight, to give boxing a try. “It is a much harder cardio workout than I think most people expect. A lot of people will jump on a bike or a treadmill but you hit a pace where your body gets used to it, you get in a little groove and just go. Boxing is a lot more burst of power, burst of speed, interval training at an accelerated level. Your entire body is a part of it,” he explains. “A three-minute round in boxing is harder than any mile I’ve ever run.” And the fun factor can’t be denied either. “It’s something more fun I think than hopping on a treadmill or bicycle. It’s more engaging because you’re doing it with people. It’s a classroom atmosphere where there’s a lot of joking, having fun,” he said. Matt McCullagh, of Silver Eagle Group, said there are plans to expand Silver Eagle’s fitness offerings in the future and even add in programming for children. The fitness classes began last May. “We added this basically because what we offer is different than a lot of other places

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There are few moments more satisfying than those that follow the completion of a tough goal. Those feelings are perhaps intensified related to the difficulty of the goal, and, as many might agree, there are few objectives more daunting than completing your first triathlon. Fortunately, Transition Triathlon’s Tri Club has been established in Leesburg to help members approach and surpass that aspiration with confidence, support and camaraderie. “There are so many different goals you can have in triathlon, from doing your first sprint or just getting through the swim, to ‘I want to get faster’ or ‘I want to win my age group,’” Alex Korab, Transition Triathlon co-owner, said. “Our club is not defined by one goal— it’s there so anyone can find the support and training advice they need and the expertise that will get them that much further along the path.” Led by Korab and her partner Steve Makranczy, the Tri Club is a place where everyone from experienced triathletes to those just starting out can gather, train, dis-

cuss methodologies and gain better insight into the sport. Each month a different aspect of triathlon will receive the attention of skilled coaches and product experts who will pass along tips and other important information to help athletes achieve their fitness goals. Since its inception last October, the Tri Club has delved into swimming technique, strength conditioning, running form and flexibility. Going forward, topics like how to navigate in an open water swim and transitioning efficiently between race events—as in from running to cycling, for example— will be covered. “We want to expose people to different types and styles of coaching,” Korab said. “It’s such a personal thing—you don’t always mesh with certain method. Some people focus on data, numbers, a technical approach—others are into finding that balance between working out and life, and how to fit it all in…we want to create a collegial atmosphere where people feel they can find training partners, support each other, get advice or give advice if they’re more seasoned. It’s really about creating more of a community to bring people into the sport.” Continued On Page 38


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Membership is available on an annual or monthly basis, so athletes have the ability to “try it out and determine their level of commitment,” Korab said. Anyone can join month-to-month for $60, or take advantage of discounts for a one-year membership. Tri Club perks include free access to house classes like regular swim, run and cycle workouts and special incentives to join in classes hosted by third-party coaches, like January’s swim form clinics featuring instruction from Team USA member John Kilmartin. Those incentives would include product discounts at the Transition Triathlon store, rebates, gift cards or other items that are “relevant to what they’re doing in clinic that month,”

Korab said. The club also provides a platform for group workouts aimed at all experience levels. Looking ahead, Korab and Makranczy hope to form race teams and cheering sections for their athletes. Part of that effort would involve classes on how to train for a specific race with particular attention paid to those new to the sport. “We’d help recommend the workshops they’d need to do to get ready [for their race]. It wouldn’t be tailored to the person, but generally for people who are just getting their feet wet in the sport. It’s a great way to demystify, ‘what do I need to do to get ready for this thing,’” Korab said. For those geared up and ready to run their races, Tri Club members would have the opportunity to show up and cheer on their comrades. “At certain events, if we have

Commonly Asked Questions What Is Triathlon? Triathlon is a sport involving three events, played out in sequence. Although there are many forms of triathlon, the most popular combination includes swimming, cycling and running. Triathletes compete for the fastest overall completion time, including the transitions between events.

How Long Is A Triathlon? Distances vary, but according to USA Triathlon, the most widely recognized international race distance are Sprint, Intermediate/Olympic, Long and Ultra. They consist of a 750m swim, 20K bike stage and 5K run; 1.5K swim, 40K bike stage and 10K run; 1.9K swim, 90K bike stage and 21.1K run; and 3.8K swim, 180K bike stage and 42.2K run, respectively. Many are familiar with the Ironman triathlon, held annually in Hawaii. That Ultra-distance triathlon consists of a 3.86K swim, a 180.25K bike stage and a 42.195K run, raced in that order and without a rest.

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a lot of people who are picking a particular race, we’ll be at the race, set up at a location where people can hang out, watch and cheer,” Korab said. “It’s nice to have support at the race. If you’re doing it on your own it can be kind of a drag…part of the fun of being in a group is to have everyone cheering for each other and supporting each other at the events.” Right now the focus is on small, local races, but over time, Korab and Makranczy plan to become involved in bigger events across the country. “If people want to do longer, travel races, we’re certainly thinking

in that direction,” Korab said. For now, Korab and Makranczy are enjoying the process of building community through triathlon and looking forward to developing the Tri Club’s core group of supportive, committed athletes. Both said they get a great deal of satisfaction hearing from customers who have taken the leap into triathlon, often daunted at first, but gradually becoming confident in their abilities. “I love hearing from our customers,” Korab said. “There’s nothing better than someone stopping by to tell us how much weight they’ve lost or throwing up their hands and saying, ‘I did it,’ after competing in their first race. We’re really excited for what’s coming this year.” For more information on Transition Triathlon’s products, clinics, coaching events or to join the Tri Club, stop by the store, located at 222 S. King St. in Leesburg, call 571-291-3051 or Photo Courtesy of Transition Triathlon visit www.transiTransition Triathlon’s Tri Club offers support through training, camerade- tiontri.com. rie and professional instruction.

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New Free Clinic Director Works To Expand Reach Margaret Morton Staff Writer

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the patient, the family and the caregiver. That broad background is something she hopes will be of use in helping the free clinic achieve stability, grow and, ultimately, have a new and better home of its own. Currently, the clinic operates in space donated by Inova Loudoun Hospital in what was the original hospital at the Cornwall Street campus. But, as part of the redevelopment of that campus, the building and its two wings are slated to come down, so the free clinic will be housed elsewhere during the renovations. The growth in patient calls at the clinic has been explosive, Townsend said. According to statistics provided by Director of Operations Katherine Gatewood, last year the clinic cared for more than 1,500 uninsured patients, a 57 percent increase over the previous year and the largest year-over-year increase in the clinic’s 10-year history. The total number of medical visits to the clinic amounted to 2,904, or 55 visits per week. The clinic has eight full-time employees and five part-time workers. It is able to provide $7 in services for every dollar spent, largely through its army of approximately 160 volunteers, between 50 and 60 of whom are physicians. The volunteer force includes nurses, therapists, counselors and interpreters and individuals wanting to help. Last year, those volunteers donated more than 5,000 hours of service. The clinic serves uninsured residents

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between ages 18 and 64 who live in Loudoun County. Among its services are diagnostic and lab tests provided free through in-kind donations; individual office calls; several clinics including for diabetes; referrals, again free of charge through a participating network of physicians; and educational programs. Thousands of people have come through the doors over the decade, seeking medical care and, even more than that, seeking and finding equal measures of caring support. Part of that care has become helping those who in their normal circumstances would never have had to seek assistance in a free clinic. But the economic recession turned normal expectations on their heads, and those previously in comfortable circumstances suddenly found themselves without home or health insurance. Townsend’s first month at the clinic was taken up with what she calls a passion for her, caring for those who give care to others. “That’s been a mantra of mine for decades. If we care for those who care for the people, naturally there will evolve a more stable, compassionate and healthful environment,” she said. That exploration led to an entire infrastructure shift, which was finalized in December. “I analyzed the skill sets of the team, and repositioned everyone in the right roles,” Townsend said, calling it a “building Continued On Page 42

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and the foundation this year to new space gifted to the clinic by Inova Loudoun Hospital. To achieve that goal, the foundation will need sizeable donations, “more than half a million dollars,” she said, noting there will be a number of naming opportunities for donors. To effect that transition, pay for renovations and offset the operations cost will be a big task, Townsend said, marveling at “how they operated on a wing and prayer for a decade, I don’t know.” The clinic “I believe, offers some of the most holistic care—mind, body and spirit— available,” Townsend said, crediting that care to Drs. John Cook and John Andrew, the latter of whom is the current medical director of the clinic. She praised the “legacy leaders” who were responsible for “letting me come in and lead.” “My new mission,” she said, “is to lead them to greater heights and beyond the boundaries of the clinic walls to reach further and to think more creatively than has been possible in the past.” And that’s a role Townsend feels she is well able to fill. “That’s what I want to give. That’s my skill set—to be given a role where I was told to take the helm and lead us forward. That’s why I said yes.” And that will do for now, although she dreams of other plans over the next few years. They would include a mobile health

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This year’s drawings for voters’ choice of the best fine dining and best casual family restaurants go to: Steve Craven, who won a gift certificate to Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, winner of best fine dining, and Michelle Foster, who won a gift certificate to the casual dining winner, Blue Ridge Grill. PUBLIC SERVANT 1. Congressman Frank Wolf 2. Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd 3.Tie: Sheriff Steve Simpson; Loudoun Urban Horticulturist Debbie Dillon PUBLIC SERVICE 1. Loudoun Parks, Recreation & Community Services 2. Loudoun Co. Fire & Rescue 3. Loudoun County Public Library COMMUNITY EVENT/ FESTIVAL 1. Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival 2. Leesburg Halloween Parade 3. Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit Fair GOSSIP CENTER 1. Starbucks 2.Tuscarora Mill Restaurant 3. Leesburg Restaurant PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC 1. Spanky’s Shenanigans 2. Leesburg Town Green 3. Franklin Park PLACE TO BE SEEN 1.Tuscarora Mill Restaurant 2. Lightfoot Restaurant 3. Clydes Restaurant PLACE TO SEE ART 1.The Cooley Gallery 2. Downtown Leesburg 3. ArtSquare PLACE TO WALK DOG 1. Leesburg Dog Park 2. W&OD Trail 3. Ida Lee Park ROAD 1. Snickersville Turnpike 2. Dulles Greenway

3. King Street, Leesburg WORST TRAFFIC HAZARD 1. Rt. 7/Sycolin Road 2. Rt. 7 3. Rt. 7/Belmont Ridge Road ANTIQUE STORE 1. Old Lucketts Store 2. Black Shutter Antiques 3. Leesburg Antique Emporium APPLIANCE STORE 1. Best Buy 2. Sterling Appliance 3. Home Depot AUTO DEALERSHIP 1. Leesburg (Dulles) Honda 2. Dulles Motorcars 3. Leesburg Toyota AUTO REPAIR SHOP 1.The Tire Shop 2. Bridges Towing 3. Catoctin Automotive BANK 1. Middleburg Bank 2. BB&T 3. Summit Community Bank BOOKSTORE 1. Books A Million 2. Borders 3. Barnes & Noble BUILDER 1.Toll Brothers 2. Pulte Homes 3. Brush Arbor Home Construction B&B/COUNTRY INN 1. Norris House Inn 2. Red Fox Inn 3. Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast CARWASH 1. Station Auto Wash 2. Embassy Autowash 3. Suds Car Wash

CHILDRENS CENTER 1. Ida Lee Preschool 2. Open Arms 3. Kindercare CIVIC SUPPORT/ ORGANIZATION 1. Loudoun Interfaith Relief 2. Leesburg Rotary 3. Salvation Army of Loudoun County CLOTHES STORE/ ADULTS 1. Kohls 2. Nordstrom 3. Macy’s CLOTHES STORE/ CHILDRENS 1. Kohls 2. Old Navy 3.Target DRYCLEANERS 1. Leesburg Cleaners 2. 7 Cleaners 3.Toll House Cleaners FARM 1. Great Country Farms 2.Temple Hall 3. John Whitmore’s FARM MARKET 1.Virginia Village/Leesburg 2. Purcellville Community Market 3. Farmer John’s FITNESS CENTER 1. Ida Lee Recreation Center 2. LA Fitness 3. Golds Gym FLORIST 1. Jerry’s Flowers & Gifts 2. Purcellville Florist 3. Lavender Fields FURNITURE STORE 1. Belfort Furniture 2. Havertys Furniture 3.The Room Store

GOLF COURSE 1. Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club 2. 1757 3. Loudoun Golf & Country Club HAIR SALON/BARBER 1. Cloud 9 2. Hair Cuttery 3. Images Hair Studio & Beauty Supplies HARDWARE STORE 1. Nichols Hardware 2. Home Depot 3.TW Perry HOME IMPROVEMENT/ LUMBER YARD 1. Home Depot 2.TW Perry 3. Lowe’s HOTEL/MOTEL 1. Lansdowne Resort 2. Hampton Inn 3. Holiday Inn-Carradoc Hall INSPECTION STATION 1. Plaza Shell 2. Jocks Exxon 3.The Tire Shop INSURANCE COMPANY 1. Kelly Insurance 2. State Farm Insurance 3. Allstate LAWN & GARDEN/ EQUIPMENT STORE 1. Home Depot 2.Tractor Suppy 3. Browning Equipment JEWELER 1. Ketterman’s Jewelers 2. Caulkins Jewelers & Gifts 3. Hunt Country Jewelers MORTGAGE 1. Middleburg Bank 2. BB&T Bank 3. George Mason Bank PET KENNEL 1. Old Mill Kennels 2. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates 3.VIP Boarding Kennel PET SERVICES 1. PetSmart 2. Old Mill Veterinary Hospital 3. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates

School 2. Dominion Academy 3. County Christian School PUBLIC SCHOOL 1. Loudoun Valley High School 2. Loudoun County High School 3. Legacy Elementary School RECREATION FACILITY 1. Ida Lee Recreation Center 2. Claude Moore Park 3. Franklin Park RUG/FLOORING STORE 1. Loudoun Valley Floors 2. Sterling Carpet 3. M. Page Oriental Rugs SPECIALTY STORE 1. Ben Franklin Arts Crafts & Frame Center 2.Twigs 3. Pink Shop/Very Virginia TATTOO SHOP 1. Body Gallery 2. Inksanity 3.Tie: Leesburg Tattoo; Body Art;Traditions Tattoos TENNIS COURTS 1. Ida Lee Recreation Center 2. Loudoun Golf & Country Club 3.Tie: Ashburn Village; Potomac Green TRAVEL AGENCY 1. AAA 2. All Around Travel 3. World Travel VETERINARY PRACTICE 1. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates 2. Catoctin Veterinary Clinic 2. Leesburg Veterinary Hospital WINERY 1.Tarara Winery 2. Bluemont Vineyard 3. Sunset Hills Vineyard ACCOUNTANT 1. Bullock & Associates 2. Jeff Mitchell, Mitchell & Co. 3. Updegrove Combs McDaniel & Wilson ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE 1. Martha Calihan, MD 2. Kevin Pett 3. Cynthia Parsons

PET STORE 1. PetSmart 2. Petco 3. Dog Gone Natural

AUTHOR 1. Russell Baker 2. Mark Levin 3. Jan Neuharth

PHARMACY 1. Leesburg Pharmacy 2. CVS Pharmacy 3. Giant Pharmacy

ARTIST/GRAPHIC ARTIST 1. Stilson Greene 2. David Norton 3. Chris Cooley

PICTURE FRAMER 1. Ben Franklin Arts Crafts & Frame Center 2. Michaels Arts and Crafts 3. Medlin Art Gallery PLANT CENTER 1. Meadows Farm Nurseries 2. Home Depot 3. Abernethy & Spencer Greenhouse PRIVATE SCHOOL 1. Loudoun Country Day

BAND/MUSICIAN 1. Gary Smallwood 2. Al Webber & The Arcadians 3. Wayne Estes BARTENDER 1. Gerry Waldren/Tuscarora Mill 2. Matt Berry/Vintage 50 3. Mike Ozdowski/Magnolias at the Mill

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CARPENTER 1. Jason Boyle, Square One Home Improvements 2.Tie: Kenneth Wine; Alex Mayo 3. Ron Beeler CHIROPRACTOR 1. Charles Clegg, DC, Clegg Chiropractic 2. Josh Sampson, DC, Leesburg Chiropractic & Massage 3. Will Sonak, DC, Sonak Family Chiropractic COACH 1. Rus Phillips, PE, Dominion Academy 2. Micky Thompson,Varsity football, Stone Bridge HS 3. Chip Ross, PE and swimming, Loudoun Country Day School DENTIST 1. Greg Mayo, DDS, Mayo Family Dentistry 2. Diedra Kokel, DDS, Kokel Family Dentistry 3. Dan Adams, DDS ELECTRICIAN 1.Trump Electric 2. Whitney Jackson Electrical 3. Southern Electrical Services Co. EYE DOCTOR 1. Greg McGrew, OD, 2. Flinton Callahan. MD, Leesburg Eye Center 3. Ayman Boutros, MD,The Eye Center FINANCIAL ADVISOR 1. Jeff Eveland, Merrill Lynch 2. Blake Fellows, Potomac Financial Group 3. Wayne Pampaloni, Kelly Insurance FIREFIGHTER 1. Nick Martin, Capt., Leesburg Vol. Fire Co. 1 2. Chris Mabe, Asst. Fire Chief, Hamilton Vol. Fire Co. 5 3. Mark Fontaine, President, Purcellville Vol. Fire Co. 2 HAIR STYLIST/ BARBER 1. Laura Trittipoe/Images Hair Studio & Beauty Supplies 2. Stephanie Harvey/Hair Savvy Salon 3. Denise Osterhoudt, Images Hair Studio & Beauty Supplies HOUSE PAINTER 1. Joe Fleming, Joe Fleming Painting 2. Jon Miller, Jon H. Miller Painting Co. 3.Tom Corbett INTERIOR DECORATOR 1. J & L Interiors 2. Debra Mayo 3. Savannahs of Leesburg LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER 1. Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson 2. Police Officer Joseph Marsten, Leesburg PD 3. Police Officer Heather Maupin, LPD LAWYER 1. Joe Ritenour, Ritenour,

Paice and Mougin-Boal 2. Dan Smith, Smith & Pugh 3.Tie: Bob Sevilla, Sevila, Huddleston & White; Peter Burnett, Burnett & Williams MASON 1. Allen Cochran, Cochran’s Stone Masonry 2.Virginia Masonry 3. Brian Smith MECHANIC 1. Jim Abbott,The Tire Shop 2. Jeremy Curry, Auto Solutions 3. Mike Bridge, Bridges Towing MEDICAL DOCTOR 1.Thomas Mancini, MD, Mancini & Korkowsky 2. Keith Belote, MD, Catoctin Family Practice 3. Deanna DeRusso, MD, Heritage Internal Medicine MEDICAL SPECIALIST 1. Michael Kavanagh, MD, Leesburg Orthopaedics 2. Ann Ma, Gastroenterology Associates 3.Van Ha, Dermatology Associates MOST COLORFUL CHARACTER 1. Stilson Greene 2. Eugene Delgaudio 3. Sandy Ryan NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONER 1. Susie Furr, Leesburg Sterling Family Practice 2. Lori Roberts 3. Delores Kemp, Inova Loudoun Hospital ICU PERFORMING ARTS GROUP 1. Loudoun Ballet Company 2. Loudoun Symphony 3. Dance Academy of Loudoun

VETERINARIAN 1. Michael Strickland, DVM, Leesburg Veterinary Hospital 2. Keith Robbins, DVM, Catoctin Veterinary 3. Katie Kuchinsky, DVM, Market Street Animal Clinic CHEF 1. Patrick Dinh,Tuscarora Mill 2. Ingrid Gustavson, Lightfoot 3. Mark Marrocco, Magnolias at the Mill CUP OF COFFEE 1. Starbucks 2. Market Street Coffee (Purcellville) 3. Dunkin’ Donuts DELI 1. Deli South 2. South Street Under 3. Puccios New York Deli FAMILY RESTAURANT 1. Blue Ridge Grill 2. Fireworks 3.Tie: Haute Dogs; Mama Lucci’s FINE DINING 1.Tuscarora Mill 2. Lightfoot 3. Magnolias at the Mill FRENCH FRIES 1. McDonalds 2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries 3. Blue Ridge Grill GROCERY STORE 1. Wegmans 2. Giant 3. Harris Teeter HAMBURGER 1. Five Guys Burgers and Fries 2. Blue Ridge Grill 3.Tuscarora Mill OUTDOOR RESTAURANT 1. Fireworks 2. Clydes 3. Lightfoot

PHOTOGRAPHER 1. Sarah Huntington Photography 2. Koru Photography 3. Bob Updegove

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PLUMBER 1. M.E. Flow 2. F & L Plumbing 3. Scott Cooper Plumbing

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REALTOR 1. Charlie Rossi, RE/MAX Premier 2.Tim Melia, Century 21 New Millenium 3. Sherry Wilson, RE/MAX Leaders RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER 1. Chip Justice, Lt., Hamilton Vol. Rescue Squad 2. Linda Curtis, Chief, Chief, Purcellville Vol. Rescue Squad 3.Yvonne Fitzgerald, Sterling Vol. Rescue Squad TEACHER 1. Pam Lesher, 1st grade, Dominion Academy 2. Jodi Hillebrand, 4th grade, Lovettsville ES 3.Tie: Donna Blake, Kindergarten, Catoctin ES; Jen Berry, Kindergarten, Sycolin Creek ES

SANDWICH 1. Puccio’s New York Deli 2. Deli South 3. South Street Under STEAK & CHEESE 1. Giovanni’s New York Pizzeria 2. Andy’s Pizza and Subs 3. Puccio’s New York Deli SUSHI 1. Jasmine Chinese Restaurant 2. Wegmans 3. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse WAITER/WAITRESS 1. Wendy Cain,Tuscarora Mill 2. Allison, Giovanni’s New York Pizzeria 3. June,Vintage 50 WINGS 1. Buffalo Wing Factory 2. Main Street Wings 3. Buffalo Wild Wings


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The Readers Have Spoken The votes are in and tallied for the 2011 “Best of Loudoun” Readers Poll. Below we list the top vote getters in our annual non-scientific poll of your views on the many facets of life in Loudoun, ranging from its natural features, people, businesses and professions, public servants, emergency services to the performing and visual arts and cultural events. Over the years, the poll has developed some significant rivalries, and this year was no exception. There were some new faces in the winner’s circle, but mostly one saw the jockeying for the top spot, with maybe a different one emerging on top this year. Some were no surprises: Frank Wolf once again topped the list as voters’ choice for best public servant and the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival once again handily trumped its rivals for best community event. Best gossip center is always a favorite category, usually with the same characters vying for the win, and voters didn’t disappoint—handing the palm this year to Starbucks, with Tuskies and Leesburg Restaurant in hot pursuit. Similarly, Tuskies and Lightfoot continued their rivalry for best fine dining in which they change positions at the top frequently. This year, it was Tuskie’s turn to be on top, over longtime competitor Lightfoot. Readers continued their love affair with

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Callahan Retires, Turns Practice Over To Daughter Kara Clark Staff Writer

It’s all in the family for Dr. Flinton Callahan and daughter Dr. Claiborne Callahan. After operating his ophthalmology practice in Leesburg since 1979, the elder Callahan is retiring and turning the reins over to his daughter. Callahan said he opened his practice on Davis Avenue in Leesburg 32 years ago because he wanted to be closer to family. For the Loudoun resident who has lived all over the county, from Leesburg to Hamilton to Purcellville, locating closer to his mother in Warrenton was a plus. And the reason why he’s stayed around so long, he says, has been the people, namely the 36,000 patients who have passed through his door at one time or another over the years. That, he notes, is the number of medical records he has filed in his office and many of those have been repeat visitors. “I just love them,” he says of his many patients. He said helping to improve his patients’ quality of life, keeping up to date in his field and its many innovations and having good results with his treatment have all helped to make his many years’ practicing ophthalmol-

ogy “very gratifying and enjoyable.” There were several factors that led Callahan retire. In addition to his long career — “he’s old,” Claiborne joked — Callahan said he had found a place he wanted to retire to and had become more “acutely aware of the fragility of life” after his son underwent successful treatment for leukemia. But Callahan said the “overwhelming and oppressive” government intervention in medicine was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” that pushed him to retire now. “It takes away from patient care,” Callahan said. “It’s wasted time [dealing with administrative issues] without adding anything to reduce cost and increase services. There’s no improvement in services, no reduction in payments. It forces you to work harder to give the patient personal time which is what I enjoy the most.” But Callahan said he walks away proud of what he and his practice have been able to accomplish over the years, and he is effusive with pride and gratification that he is able to leave his practice in good hands, not to mention that all of its employees, save his office manager wife, will be staying on board. Those good hands belong to his own daughter, Dr. Claiborne Callahan, the oldest of

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Callahan’s four children and the only to follow in dad’s footsteps. Flinton Callahan said he never encouraged his practice of medicine on any of his children, and Claiborne said it wasn’t until she was nearing the end of medical school when she decided to go into the practice of ophthalmology. Claiborne said she had spent a lot of time growing up at her dad’s office, helping out and even working there during the summers on break from college. When in medical school, Claiborne said she realized that while growing up “what I thought of a doctor doing was what an ophthalmologist does.� She broke the news to her father by telling him she had chosen her mentor at medical school to be an ophthalmologist. Flinton Callahan said he was “surprised� by Claiborne’s decision but said he was proud that she had chosen to follow in his footsteps “of [her] own volition.� Claiborne had been practicing medicine in Florida and Alabama, but the birth of her son in March made her, like her dad so many years ago, long to move closer to family. “It was serendipity,� Flinton Callahan said. The long-time ophthalmologist said he had been struggling at the time to think of how to transition his practice to someone else. “I had the dilemma of what’s the best way to leave the patients in good hands,� he said. “You want to make sure everyone gets good care. It solved a lot of problems.� He has been slowly transitioning the practice to his daughter, with Claiborne beginning to see some pre-op patients after she moved to Purcellville in October. In January, she will see everyone who walks through the practice’s doors. “I have big shoes to fill,� she says. “But it’s nice because I know how he takes care of patients. We have very similar ideas about taking care of patients and the same philosophy.� It also helps that she is familiar with the area, having grown up in Leesburg and graduating from Loudoun County High School. Flinton said the response from patients has been very positive that he is leaving the practice to his daughter. “Universally speaking they’re glad to have

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