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Here's To Health!


ith the New Year now upon us, it seems like we have instantly gone from the carefree indulgences of the December holidays to the urgency of having to set resolutions, most of which center on leading a healthier lifestyle. But what really defines health? When prompted with the phrase “Health Is…” one could indeed come up with a vast array of answers to fit the bill. Health is eating your veggies with dinner, drinking more water, cutting down on alcohol, exercising regularly, seeing the doctor for a check-up, and the list goes on. With everything out there about how to live a healthier lifestyle, it almost seems impossible to get to an ideal state of health. Tired of trying to fit the mold of what was considered the standard definition of health, I decided to explore what being healthy really means to me, which took me back on a journey to my high school days running cross country and track. I know it sounds cliché, but I really was in the best shape of my life during that time, both mentally and physically. There was just something so calming and serene about getting out there in nature (if you can consider the desert nature) with just the sound of dirt crunching under my feet and my heartbeat pounding in my ears—time seemed to stand still and the whole world became a blur as I got lost in my thoughts. The feeling after was even better, when I would be so exhausted that my legs felt like lead and sweat streaming down from my forehead dripped into my eyes. Yet, I also felt a great sense of accomplishment; that I had pushed my body and that I knew I could do it again tomorrow. For me, that feeling is the ultimate definition of health. However, as we are not all the same, I invite you to find your own definition of health and wellness this month, with a little guidance from some of the stories featured in this issue, such as fitness tips and step-by-step workout moves provided by Pulse Fitness, the HYPOXI-Method and nutrition picks, and healthy recipes for those on-the-go. Until Next Time,



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Arizona Helping Hands Holiday Event

Santa, Mayor Lane and others were on hand to fill Santa’s Sleigh at Arizona Helping Hands on November 30 in partnership with the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Holiday toys will be provided to thousands by AHH this month.

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6th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

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Scottsdale Art’s Annual ARTrageous Benefit Gala

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TOMMY BAHAMA COMPLETES RENOVATIONS AT KIERLAND COMMONS Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store Kierland Commons has recently completed its extensive renovation designed to enhance

Brent Barrett, one of Broadway’s leading men, will highlight an

guest experiences and complement its relaxed living philosophy,

evening celebrating and supporting Arizona Musicfest’s excellence

“Make Life One Long Weekend™.” The renovation, which began this

in artistry and philanthropy at Applause!, a special benefit perfor-

summer, includes both interior and exterior upgrades, and reveals the

mance and dinner to be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Fairway

brand’s Modern Beach House design—a fresh, contemporary style

House at Grayhawk, in Scottsdale. Applause!, Arizona Musicfest’s

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major fundraising event of the 2016-17 Festival season, is sponsored

windows. For more information, please call 480.607.3388.

by RTS Private Wealth Management. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a three-course gourmet dinner with wine, a live auction and Barrett’s performance. To purchase tickets, please visit





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North Scottsdale is proud to announce the opening

Ela Wootton, a junior at Notre Dame Preparatory recently earned

of this stylish and innova-

the title of Miss Maricopa County Outstanding Teen. As her platform,

tive restaurant and lounge.

Wootton plans to raise awareness for Best Buddies Arizona, an organi-

Serving an irresistible menu

zation that pairs individuals with and without intellectual and develop-

best described as Asian

mental disabilities to form one-on-one friendships. Wootton serves as

meets modern American,

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Zen Culinary is the brain-

people with IDD build leadership skills. She will go on to compete in

child of Rachel McAuley,

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fare includes everything from handcrafted sushi and sashimi, to thick-

opened in Scottsdale. The Blo team congratulates Franchise

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Partner, Phil Beasley, on the opening of his first Blo Blow Dry Bar

West ingredients and cooking techniques. For more information,

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WILD MARE DESIGNS GIVES SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY A MAKEOVER The Scottsdale community of Desert Village received a muchneeded facelift. Wild Mare Designs developed a branding plan with DV’s Board of Directors that set out to re-design their neighborhood

Flywheel Sports, the renowned indoor cycling brand, is opening

in a way that would capitalize on its great location, update its look,

its first Arizona location in the Scottsdale Quarter. Flywheel is much

and ultimately improve their property values. The neighborhood

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Pinnacle Peak and Pima Road—yet largely remained a secret. For more information, please contact Terrina Rishel at 480.823.5023.

DC RANCH VILLAGE HEALTH CLUB & SPA WELCOMES NEW TENNIS AND SPA DIRECTORS Dave Critchley, founder and developer of the premier Junior Tennis Academy in greater Phoenix, is the new tennis director at the DC Ranch Tennis Center. As a former West Virginia University and ASU tennis player, ATP tour singles and doubles participant, and a USPTA and USA Tennis High Performance certified professional, Critchley is excited to start a new "set" with The Village members. Plus, welcome Tracey McGilvray, a ten-year veteran in the spa and med-spa industry, as the new spa director at The Village Health Club & Spa at DC Ranch. McGilvray has worn many hats in the spa world, including management, marketing, practice development, and directing. For more information, please visit

BODIFY REDEFINES COOLSCULPTING Bodify, Arizona’s premier CoolSculpting boutique, was launched in January 2015 by two sisters determined to improve people's confidence through body transformation. In less than two years, Bodify has become the number one CoolSculpting provider in Arizona and a top CoolSculpting provider in the nation. Sister-duo, Melissa Mickelson and Jessica Johnson have successfully completed over 9,000 CoolSculpting treatments to date and commonly treat the stomach area, love handles, under the chin and inner thighs for both men and women. For more information, please visit

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he inefficiencies of the current state of our health care system are well known, and as general practices and physicians have had to take on an increasing number of patients in an effort just to meet their budgetary needs, it is the quality of interaction with their patients that has been sacrificed. In an effort to return that focus back toward patient-centered care, the idea of Concierge Medicine has emerged. “It is a way of looking beyond the insurance model, which is come and be seen, pay your copay, I’ll bill the rest, wait for payment, and we’ll do it all over again once something else is wrong,” explains Dr. Jeffery Baird of Utopia Primary Care. “Instead, let’s change the equation and agree that there is a direct relationship between the patient and the physician. That agreement will allow the doctor to have a smaller patient panel, which allows them to spend more time with each patient, the flexibility to have sameday appointments if needed, or even just speak to people over the phone or via email. The focus can then shift to more preventative care,

which inherently is more satisfying for both the patient and the physician.” Having quietly grown in popularity over the last decade, the way Concierge Medicine works is pretty simple: A patient pays an upfront membership fee. In return, the physician provides not only a predetermined amount of both office and hospital visits, but also availability over the phone or email for those instances where an office visit may not be necessary. For times where a patient may need or prefer to go in, because the membership is capped, in Dr. Baird’s case, 99-percent of the time he says he can fit someone in for a same-day appointment. “The traditional insurance model doesn’t provide for reimbursement for ‘Hey, I’ve got a quick question so I’ll shoot you an email,’” says Dr. Baird. “In my system, if that’s all we have to do, well then great, that’s easier for everybody.” The convenience factor is one of the major selling points of Concierge Medicine when it comes to presenting it to perspective patients. For Dr. Baird, the majority of his patients are

busy professionals for whom time is money, in a very literal sense, and they do not have enough to spare sitting in a waiting room for an hour or more just for a few minutes of face time with their doctor. Though Concierge Medicine removes the insurance company from the patient/physician relationship, it is still recommended that individuals maintain sufficient coverage to help cover things such as x-rays, lab work, hospital stays and other services. After 23 years under a more “traditional” insurance-based practice, Dr. Baird had to serve notice to his more than 3,200 patients in 2014 when he decided to start Utopia Primary Care. There he has capped his membership to the first 400 who sign up. “I think as people continue to get more and more frustrated with how they get coverage and how expensive it is, especially for how little you can get in return, and with as busy as everyone has become, that they are ready for a different way of doing things,” says Dr. Baird.

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hen Steve Cortez began Cortez Visual in 1997, it was a simple graphic design firm that he operated from his home, which specialized in designing company logos, business cards and brochures. “I had done a few vehicle wraps, but back then it was completely different,” Steve explains. “I used to have to go and physically draw a vehicle and then manually draw the wrap design right over it.” But times have changed, and like most things, computers and technology have helped make designing Cortez Visual’s custom car wraps a bit easier. Experience has helped a bit as well, and nearly 20 years later, Steve and his staff have no shortage of that, 18

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having designed and applied over 8,000 wraps for a wide-variety of clients. “If you have teams that are in service or sales vehicles, and they are going out every day and putting on 30, 40, or in some cases, even 50,000 miles on that vehicle in a year; that’s a lot of exposure that those vehicles are getting,” says Steve. “If you don’t have anything on there for all of those people who come across those vehicles on the road to look at, that’s just missing a huge opportunity.” Not only does a well-designed and executed wrap look great, studies have also shown that vehicle wraps are among the most cost-effective methods to market a

business, offering over 1,000 times the exposure of a traditional billboard ad for a fraction of the cost. And the results can be immediate. Steve has had numerous clients bring in a vehicle or two from their fleet for an initial wrap, only to see them pay for themselves in as fast as two weeks. The rest of the company’s cars tend to show up to get wrapped shortly thereafter. While most companies come to Cortez Visual wanting a vehicle wrap, many times they are so pleased with the result that they move in from the parking lot and ask the team to wrap other surfaces such as break rooms, conference rooms, walls, or even custom barricades. While the sky is the limit for what Steve and his team

can wrap, it has always been cars, trucks and vans that have been at the core of his business. “There are vehicle wrap companies that have come and gone, but we plan on being in business each and every time you are ready to update your wrap,” explains Steve, which is why his company insists on using the highest-quality materials available for their clients, and are able to offer the longest warranty of any wrap in the state. “The materials we use are all 3M, and the ink that we use is deemed by them to be the best on the market. It costs us a little bit more on the front end, but again, we plan on being around for a long time so I am adamant that we will always offer nothing but the best product.” One of the main questions that Steve is asked by someone considering a wrap for their vehicle is whether or not it may damage the vehicle’s exterior paint. Quite the opposite, says Steve, as the wrap actually acts as a protectant of the finish. He has pulled off a wrap after four years and on the outside the paint looks just like it did when it rolled off the lot, though after all those miles the interior might be a different story. Cortez Visual is located at 219 S Williams Dillard Drive in Gilbert. For more information, please visit January 2017 | North Scottsdale Lifestyle


TRUSTS & ESTATES 101: Why one financial advisor is making it his mission to challenge what people think they know about estate planning Interview aired on AZ Midday with Destry Jetton

J - You bet, and it’s about a different mindset for each one of them. So I created a seminar series called Trusts & Beyond. And we do this seminar four times a month in some of the Scottsdale restaurants, we also do it at our beautiful facility over on 90th and Bahia. And we talk about estate planning and trust planning in a way that is uncommon in the industry. We really talk about it from the bottom up. The administrative side… why they build the documents the way that they do, how to administer them, how to really understand what the document is all about - and that’s really what we’re about--- education. D - Why did you decide to do this seminar?

JOHN M. CARTOLANO Founder of NetVEST Financial, LLC

D - Now this affects so many people, well, pretty much everyone, right…. Is going to face retirement at some point. Tell us about NetVEST Financial and what you do.... J - Well NetVEST Financial LLC has been in business since 1996 when I founded the company. We’re first and foremost a financial advisory firm, so our financial advisors manage assets -- stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, annuities, etc. We’re an independent branch of LPL Financial*, which is the nation’s largest independent firm out there. And one of our differentiating features is that we also have a special focus on estate planning. Not just in retirement planning but in estate planning, so it’s not only about getting there. It’s about what to do while you’re there and what to do after you’re no longer there. D - Every step counts. *As reported in Financial Planning Magazine, June 1996-2016, based on total revenue.

J - Well because we have found in the past that people do not realize what’s really in their trust documents. And how to make sure they’re funded properly and that they should really be in control of it and no one else should be in control of it. And then we begin to see what their asset arrangements are and then we begin to see the problems out there. And that’s what’s really important-- to help people find out what the problems are in asset growth, asset management, and estate planning as a whole-- to help them resolve those issues.

People do not realize what’s really in their trust documents. D - Well a lot of people think “Okay, I’ve got a Will, I’ve got a Trust, I’m set.” And that’s why you say, come to the seminar because that’s not all there is to it… J – Exactly. A will means “you will go to probate.” It’s really simple to remember. And a trust means that you’ve got a complex structure that you need to understand inside and out so you’re not caught in a trap at those inevitable moments in time that are going to occur.

D - What would you say are the biggest misconceptions or problems that you encounter when you give people a complementary analysis, because I know that’s something you do at NetVEST. J - Sure, you bet. I want people to come after the seminar presentation, sit down with us one-on-one. But the two big things that we find that are problematic is just what you said, “I’m set - I have a trust …” oh no you’re not. You have to understand what the structure is. You wouldn’t form a corporation without understanding how to run it, you shouldn’t form a trust without understanding how to run it. And the second most obvious problem that we see out there is how people have been sold particular products out there from an investment standpoint that are very, very problematic. Immediate annuities and particularly index annuities are causing grave problems in people’s investment plan by creating a control mechanism over the client’s money.

You wouldn’t form a corporation without understanding how to run it, you shouldn’t form a trust without understanding how to run it.

D – So people go to the seminar and learn about trusts, about wills, and get an analysis of what they have and find out “Okay, this is what NetVEST can do for me.” Why do you tell people out there that it’s important to get that complimentary analysis after going to the seminar? J - Well because in the world of estate planning, it really needs to be thought about from the financial side first. In other words, how do you know your trust is even going to do what you think it’s going to do if someone hasn’t really analyzed the financial aspect at all? It’s got to be from the outside looking in and not from the inside looking out. You’ve got to look at all the pieces: how do all the pieces fit into the estate, where are they going to go today, where are they going to go at the first death, where are they going to go at the second death, how are they going to be distributed to the final beneficiaries? Is it important to make sure all of your beneficiaries receive all of the assets? Not necessarily, there are some advantages that you can have by keeping your assets in trust. So after you get an educational overview at the seminar, it’s really important to have a meeting to get indepth about your personal situation.

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Finding INNER Strength Build Up to Your Full Potential with These Expert Health and Fitness Tips ARTICLE TERESA K. TRAVERSE | PHOTOGRAPHY KEATH ALLEN


f one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get into shape, Scottsdale’s Pulse Fitness is here to help. From getting enough sleep to not buying processed food, here are some key tips for leading a healthier lifestyle from Fitness Director at personal training studio Pulse Fitness, Brent Moore, that will last you into 2017 and beyond. GENERAL TIPS FOR LEADING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MOVE This may seem obvious, but it is an important tip. “The worst thing you can do is sitting. If your leisure activity is watching TV, you probably need to find a new one,” says Moore. He suggests finding an activity you like. Experiment with going to the gym, hiking, yoga, or mountain biking. Anything you like and can stick with will work. "All of these things are going to lead to decreased stress, increased energy and decreased body fat,” he says. GET ENOUGH SLEEP Eight hours of sleep is the recommended amount, but that might not be right for you. Maybe you need as few as seven or as many as nine. Moore suggests starting with sleeping for eight hours and seeing how you feel after that then adjusting accordingly. “If you're waking up and you're still tired, then you're probably not sleeping the right amount,” says Moore. Try sleeping more and see if that helps. He also recommends not watching TV in bed. You’ll want to focus on resting when you’re in bed.

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2 OVERHEAD PRESS While holding a dumbbell in each hand, sit on a utility bench with back support. Place the dumbbells on the thighs and lift each dumbbell to shoulder height, utilizing the legs to help propel them upward. You may also use a spotter to get the dumbbells in a starting position. Maintain a neutral spine as you press the dumbbells over your head. Ideally, you want the dumbbells in line with your body. Arms should be at least parallel to the ears (if not slightly behind) with knuckles facing up to the ceiling at the end range. Maintain a neutral spine throughout the entire range of motion. Pause slightly at the top of the press and slowly lower the dumbbells to the starting position. Repeat for the prescribed number of reps.


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3 FRONT SQUAT Stand and hold the kettlebells in a racked position with your fingers interlaced. Imagine you are trying to spread the ground apart with your feet. Initiate the movement by driving your hips back and squatting down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. The depth of the squat will vary with the individual, depending on hip anatomy and flexibility. It is important to avoid having your knees collapse inward while going down. Then, return to the beginning standing position by pushing force into the ground from the mid-foot to heel and driving the hips up. Repeat for the prescribed number of reps.Â

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aren’t the noodles, but the sauces. I can attest to that, as they are fantastic. You will find three of his signature pastas on the menu: Cacio e Pepe, a Roman classic with Pecorino Romano cheese and toasted black pepper; Amatriciana, a favorite served with tomato sauce, guanciale, spices and Romano cheese; and another Roman classic, Carbonara, that’s prepared with cheese, topped with thin zucchini strips and served in a beautiful Parmesan Basket. Other signature classics include my favorite, Saltimbocca alla Romano, tender veal served with prosciutto fontina and lightly drizzled with sherry. Saltimbocca means “to leap into the mouth” and it is magnifico! You’ll also find the popular Osso Buco, which means “hole in bone”, a braised veal shank with porcini mushrooms and black truffle ragu. And, of course, Tomaso’s famous lasagna, which he explains is “Absolutely amazing……the best in town!” It’s prepared with sauce that’s made with three different meats - veal, beef and pork. The same three meats are used to form mini-meatballs, which are tucked under the layered noodles and served with parmesan cheese and beschamel sauce. A very flavorful dish! The Maggiore family owns a vineyard in Sicily as well, and one of the wines produced is Luxus 5. It’s a delicious, smooth tasting red wine blend of five grapes – Carbernet Sauvignon, Nero Davola, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Syrah— and a perfect choice to pair with your entree. They also own olive groves and produce their oil under the brand Tomaso’s.


Tomaso invites the community to dine in a chic, relaxed atmosphere with dishes that are sure to please each family member. In addition, small plates, an all-day happy hour and a special happy hour menu makes it a destination for all. “There are no strangers here, only friends we have yet to meet,” shares Tomaso. We are fortunate to have a plethora of amazing restaurants in the Valley, but this iconic chef ’s commitment and dedication to his craft these past 40 years was commemorated last year by Phoenix Major Greg Stanton who proclaimed September 29th as Tomaso’s Day. Tomaso’s love for food and passion for cooking are contagious and we are blessed he shares his amazing talent! Tomaso’s II …When in Rome is located at 22623 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 120, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. For more information, please visit

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New this year to Butterfly Wonderland, spend some time with ento-

The Southwest’s largest home show returns to the Arizona State Fair

mologist and horticulturist Dayna Cooper as she informs guests on

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Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization

Head to Westworld of Scottsdale for this beloved Valley event to

connecting professionals to high-quality resources and hiring com-

experience “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction,” featuring

panies. Each event includes professional career speakers with pre-

some of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automo-

sentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hir-

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JANUARY 15, 22, 29 SUNDAY A'FAIR SCOTTSDALE This beloved seasonal fair once again returns to Scottsdale Civic Center Park with free outdoor concerts by top Arizona musiRenowned artists from across the globe will make their debut in

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North Scottsdale’s beautiful Sonoran Dessert as they create original

docent-led tours of the park’s sculptures and delicious food and

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I’ve always been passionate about medicine and the human body. After acceptance into the competitive nursing program at SDSU, I knew I had made the right choice. I especially loved the adrenaline of the ICU and ER. WILL YOU TELL ABOUT YOUR TIME WORKING IN THE ICU AND HOW THAT IMPACTED YOUR VIEW OF PATIENT CARE?

I had the privilege of working at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota for five years. This is where I was essentially “raised” in the field and it set the groundwork for the rest of my nursing career. When we moved to Arizona in 2014 I was taken aback by some of the standards of care in this larger market. I often felt helpless when the medical-surgical ICU was understaffed and unstable patients continued to flood in. I could also see that patients and family members were frustrated. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START SOLOS-CONCIERGE HOME CARE?

I’ve seen outstanding patient care and I have witnessed not-sogreat patient care; and I know what scenario I want to support. I started Solos to be a team captain for patients and families. 42

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There are many things that can slip through the cracks in medicine, especially when you add multiple medications and doctors for one patient. This isn’t because doctors or hospitals are bad. Patient loads have gone up with healthcare costs and staff are simply overworked. Nurses are being asked to care for all-time-high patient care loads. Patients need someone who can focus only on them. IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU DO THIS THROUGH SOLOS?

I attend appointments and ask questions that clients might not think to ask. I think of possible complications and address them with the MD. By checking up on patients at home after surgery, I can identify concerns before they become problems. Solos is also intended to be a luxury service. I take a limited number of clients at any given time to assure the highest quality care is delivered. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

There is no better feeling than seeing the look of relief on a client’s face when they say “I’m so glad you’re here.” WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF SOLOS?

I’m a huge animal advocate and love doting on our two dogs with my husband. I enjoy hot yoga and the great outdoors. My favorite place is our farm back in South Dakota. For more information, please visit or call 602.919.7329


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