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5

Georgia Gale

Consumer Tips 1. Think about what kind of sewing you want to do. With so much to choose from, narrowing down your sewing needs will help you pick the right machine. 2. Decide on a budget and consider features you want on your machine. Machines range from less than $200 up to $12,000, so setting a budget and deciding on the features you want ahead of time will make selecting the perfect machine a breeze. 3. Look at, and try before you buy to compare the quality and construction of machines. Bernina Machines are rated No. 1, because of the quality of its construction and the type of materials used. 4. Know what your local support will be for whatever brand you buy. The Bernina Company still provides parts for 40-year old machines. We offer service, parts and education for all your sewing dreams! 5. Follow through with the continuing education offered by the sewing machine dealer. This keeps your sewing skills current and your creative interests active - keep the synergy alive!

The Needle & I owner Georgia Gale shows off the Bernina 830 sewing machine at her store on Evergreen Way in Everett.

How to select a new sewing machine

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ike a car, boat, computer or home stereo system, investing in a quality sewing machine is something you’ll want to do some research about before making a purchase. At The Needle & I on Evergreen Way in Everett, owner Georgia Gale runs a 5,000-square-foot shop that features Bernina machines ranging in price from starter machines that can be bought and out the door for less than $200, to the top-of-the-line machines with all the bells and whistles that top out at $12,000. Like with any big purchase, finding the right match to meet your sewing needs isn’t something that should be done alone, so Gale and her staff came up with five tips everyone should consider before purchasing their dream machine. Tip one is simple – think about what kind of sewing you want to do. Do you want a machine that does embroidery? Do you want one for sewing garments? Do you want one that can do a perfect button hole? Do you want one that does decorative stitching and quilting? These are all questions that will have to be answered before making a decision. Gale suggests people visit her store with a list of features they want from a machine, features they have questions about and features they don’t really need, so that she can find them the perfect match. Once you figure what you want, the next tip is deciding how much you want to spend. Gale suggests setting a budget with the understanding that there are specific features you may have to give up or pay more for in order to meet your creative needs. “Most machines have a price range that

will go up or down depending on the features you want to get,” Gale said. “We don’t want you locked into something you don’t want or need. We try our best to fit you to the machine that meets your needs.” Once a budget is set, then the third tip is coming into The Needle & I to look at the various models and to compare the construction of the machines. There is an opportunity for you to sit down and sew on the machines to get a good feel for what you like, and to test the quality of design and engineering that has made the Bernina brand the premier sewing machine in the world.

“Most people who buy a new machine already know how to sew, but there is so much more you can do on these new machines. These great features are what you pay for, so we do our best to make sure you take advantage of them.” - Georgia Gale, The Needle & I owner

Bernina is a company that has never been bought or sold and still has its original plant operating in Switzerland, Gale said. “You want to remember that you always get what you pay for.” What you’re paying for at The Needle & I store is more than just a quality machine. Tip four is to know who you’re buying from. After your purchase, you will know you are dealing with a company that is not going to

disappear. Georgia Gale has been in the sewing machine industry for 35 years and has owned her own store for the last 5 years. Her staff includes two published authors of quilting books and everyone on the sales floor sews and can help you with questions. Twice a year, The Needle & I invites nationally recognized teachers to visit and teach new techniques. “People always like to hear what the big shots are doing,” Gale said. “It helps to broaden customer knowledge.” Of course once a machine purchase is made, you’ll want to take advantage of Gale’s fifth and final tip by continuing to expand your knowledge by attending in-store classes and trainings. “Most people who buy a new machine already know how to sew, but there is so much more you can do on these new machines,” Gale said. “These great features are what you pay for, so we do our best to make sure you take advantage of them.” In addition to new machines, The Needle & I also deals with “previously loved” machines. In fact, the shop is an all-in-one place for all your sewing needs. They offer repair services on all machines, sell fabrics, machine accessories, sewing machine cabinets, threads and much more. There are 3,000 bolts of fabric, including the most popular batik fabrics. For more information, visit the store’s website at www.theneedleandI.com, where you can see the latest Bernina models, sign up for the Needle News quarterly newsletter, check out the latest classes and get mapped directions to visit Gale and her staff at The Needle & I.


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5

Eric Emery

Consumer Tips 1. First and foremost, “the best wine is the wine you like the best”! Reds or whites, import, domestic or local Washington Wines - it doesn’t matter as long as it tastes good to you. 2. Taste before you buy! Attend instore wine tastings, as offered by WineStyles. 3. Join a Wine Club. WineStyles has the wine club with a clubhouse! Our wine club is $34.99 per month. 4. Ask questions! At WineStyles we want you to ask us about our wines. 5. All wines are not created equal. Just because a wine comes from a certain grape does not mean it will taste like a wine made from the same grape.

WineStyles owners Eric & Vicki Emery display a style of wine offered at their Marysville store.

How to make your wine selection a breeze

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veryone knows the Pacific Northwest has become known for making quality wines, but what people might not know is that 2.8 miles off I-5, at exit 199, is WineStyles, a 2,100-square-foot local business specifically designed to aid customers in selecting the perfect wine for any occasion. Known around Snohomish County as the Cheers of Marysville, owners Eric & Vicki Emery are the experts when it comes to finding the perfect bottle. In fact, they have five tips that make wine selection effortless. Eric admits when it comes to knowing everyone’s name like Cheers, it’s Vicki who has a superior memory, but he always remembers faces. And he’s seen quite a few since opening WineStyles in January 2008. “We weren’t wine people who came to Marysville, we were Marysville people who opened a wine shop,” Eric said. A retiree from the Navy, Eric continues to educate himself and store staff about wine and they love to share that information with customers. Tip one is a simple one - listen to your palette. “The best wine is the wine you like the best,” Emery said. Put points, awards and other accolades aside when deciding what to like. Whatever tastes good to the buyer is the best, insists Emery. And finding the best at WineStyles is easy because of the store’s unique layout. Instead of being separated by brand, wines are stocked from floor to ceiling by styles. The styles are simple to find. For red wines, there’s fruity, mellow and bold styles on one wall. And for white wines, there’s rich, silky

and crisp on another. In the back of the store, there’s nectar, bubbly and signature sections. And if you insist, there’s a section titled “If You Insist” that features top shelf wine and bubbly like Dom Perignon and Cristal. But you won’t find much that breaks the bank because that’s not the WineStyles way. In fact, the store‘s top selling 20 wines are all under $14. “We like to show people that they can afford to have wine everyday with dinner and not go broke,” Emery said. To make it easy to find that perfect wine for dinner, Eric insists you try tip number

“We like to show people that they can afford to have wine everyday with dinner and not go broke.” -Eric Emery, WineStyles Owner

two - taste before you buy. He suggests attending an in-store wine tasting where for a small monetary commitment, you have the opportunity to identify wines most suited to your palate without having to buy the entire bottle. Tastings are held every Friday and Saturday night and on most Friday nights there will be a local wine maker answering questions. If local wines are your interest, then tip three will be more than appealing because WineStyles has its own wine club with a clubhouse. Emery suggests all customers take advantage of the store’s club by joining. For $34.99 a month, members receive two bottles of wine a month ($40 value).

Wines from Washington (March & Sept.) and around the world are part of the club benefits. In addition, members receive a 10 percent discount off every bottle of wine they purchase. Offering a worldwide variety isn’t surprising because WineStyles is actually a worldwide franchise with chains reaching as far as Puerto Rico and Mexico City. Marysville’s shop is one of five currently operating in Washington state. There are a number of things that separate the WineStyles experience from a weekly stroll down the wine aisle at a grocery or liquor store, but paramount is tip four - the opportunity to ask questions. “In this shop, there are no dumb questions, Emery said. “We learn more each day and we enjoy learning with our customers.” Connecting with customers has become a way of life for the Emerys. Eric is a member of the Marysville/Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Marysville Planning Commission. WineStyles also connects with local restaurants and may waive their corking fees so that a wine can be purchased at the store and enjoyed at eateries throughout Marysville along with dinner at no additional cost. Finding the perfect wine for dinner can be tricky, but with the Emery’s fifth and final tip, you might find yourself coming back for more because Eric insists that all wines are not created equal. “If you like one wine … style, chances are you will like others from that same style.”


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Christina Kitchen

Consumer Tips 1. Start early and plan to move before it’s a necessity. Don’t wait for an accident or fall to happen before you consider moving to a retirement community. 2. Visit the community and stay overnight. Call the Olympic Place front desk (360-435-8440) to “Experience The Lifestyle” by scheduling a free overnight trial. 3. Talk to the residents and staff. Visit Olympic Place and take some time to meet nurses, cooks and staff members to discuss retirement options. 4. Try the food and participate in various activities. Take advantage of the community’s restaurant style menu and meet with activities director Lateasha Rybacki to see if Olympic Place meets your activity needs. 5. Find out more about the services offered and the levels of care provided. Get a complete list of services and pricing from Olympic Place Director of Marketing Christina Kitchen so that you can make an informed decision about your retirement community.

Stilly Singers perform for Olympic Place Retirement and Assisted Living community residents.

How to choose a retirement community

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emember how great childhood was? When someone was there to make your bed, cook your meals, do your laundry and drive you where you wanted to go. Well, that’s kind of what it’s like at Olympic Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Arlington, only better. Olympic Place has 108 apartments ranging from 300- to 900-square-feet and the community is staffed with more than 40 employees to make sure there is always someone available 24 hours a day. Olympic Place Director of Marketing Christina Kitchen admits that choosing a retirement and assisted living community can seem overwhelming at first, so she came up with five tips to consider before making that decision. Tip one is to start early and plan to move before it’s a necessity. “Most people don’t think about (moving) until it’s need based and they have more problems,” Kitchen said. “We want them to start those discussions before they absolutely need to, so they can enjoy life.” Once those discussions are going, the next tip is simply to visit the community and stay overnight or what Olympic Place calls “Experience The Lifestyle.” At the community, that “experience” everyone talks about is as easy as a quick phone call to the front desk (360-435-8440) to schedule a free trial stay. “Most people have a natural fear of change,” Olympic Place Executive Di-

rector Marian Sanchez said. “Once they schedule a visit, get a good look at our community and see for themselves the various levels of care we offer, they tend to flourish. If you think about it, once they move in, they instantly have 115 new friends here.” And getting to know the 115 current residents is encouraged at Olympic Place. That’s why tip three is to talk to the residents and staff.

“Most people don’t think about (moving) until it’s need based and they have more problems. We want them to start those discussions before they absolutely need to so they can enjoy life.” -Christina Kitchen, Marketing Director

At Olympic Place, staff includes a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse, as well as cooks and staff members that offer restaurant style dining with an abundance of meal choices. Kitchen advises visitors not to miss out on the community’s dining experience by taking advantage of tip four: to try the food and participate in various activities. That’s right, after a restaurant-style meal, there’s plenty to do around Olympic Place. And just because dining in is so easy and convenient, that doesn’t mean residents don’t go out to dinner.

Olympic Place Activities Director Lateasha Rybacki schedules as many as 12 different activities in a single day, so there’s always something to do. The community has its own bus with wheelchair accessibility, so a night out on the town is just a quick bus ride away. Scenic drives, trips to the casinos and senior center, music events and visits to Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant are well attended, but there is a more serious activity nearly everyone at Olympic Place enjoy. According to Rybacki, bingo night is still the residents’ favorite activity. Starting at a bet of just a quarter per game, the bingo purse winnings can grow to $4 a game, she said. For those wanting to take advantage of the abundance of activities Olympic Place has to offer, Kitchen suggests tip five — find out more about services offered and the levels of care provided. Olympic Place can be there for seniors who need regular trips to the doctor, to provide someone who gives regular diabetes and blood pressure checks and to educate residents about vision loss, financial planning and insurance through the community’s lecture series. And if someone does have an incident or fall in their room, all they have to do is pull the cord located in their room and the front desk and nurse is instantly notified. “Most people come to stay and never want to move out,” Kitchen said. “They realize how much they love it and just stay.”


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Shawn Gay, D.C.

Consumer Tips 1. Your chiropractor should conduct a thorough exam including X-rays. 2. Conduct research before choosing your chiropractor just like you would to choose your doctor or dentist. 3. Along with years of experience, you might want to make sure your chiropractor is someone who is a longstanding and active citizen in the community. 4. Make sure your chiropractor takes insurance. It’s always wise to call ahead of the appointment to see if you’re financially covered by your current health care plan. 5. Same-day care is important. But, when choosing a chiropractic doctor, you should be cognizant if they provide long term care. Work with an “all-in-one” facility that offers massage and physical therapy.

Arlington Family Chiropractic doctors Marcus Woodall and Shawn Gay stand in front of diplomas and community accolades.

How to choose the right chiropractor

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oes your back or neck hurt? Do you experience unexplained pain in other parts of your body? If so, you will want to visit Dr. Shawn Gay at Arlington Family Chiropractic. It’s no secret chiropractors are the number one choice when it comes to taking care of people with back and neck pain, but they can help patients with other aches and pains as well. Dr. Gay has been in business for 12 years, with 11 years at his 3,000-squarefoot office in Arlington. When it comes to dealing with the central nervous system, Gay relies on his time with many patients and years of experience to maximize results. Gay and his associate Marcus Woodall work with their clients to reach their personal goals for optimized health. It makes sense for Gay to share tips all people should consider before choosing a chiropractor. First on his tip list is to make sure the chiropractor conducts a thorough exam, which includes X-rays. Having an X-ray as part of the diagnosis allows chiropractors to get a clearer picture about what is causing a patient’s discomfort. Gay said chiropractors who don’t X-ray patients could be playing a guessing game that can become potentially dangerous if a problem is misdiagnosed or simply missed. Gay addresses his patient’s issues right

from the start by conducting a thorough exam including digital X-rays. At Arlington Family Chiropractic, the proper diagnosis is the first building block to a solution. Research before you choose your chiropractor. Gay said the idea that chiropractic work isn’t safe is a misnomer he hopes to help end. But, just like choosing your doctor or dentist, you don’t want to go to just anyone. Along with years of experience, you might want to make sure your chiropractor is someone who is a

“I love to do what I do, which is to help people. Those who get into it for the money don’t end up getting the money. But if you make your intent to help people, then you’ll always have a busy office.” -Shawn Gay D.C., Arlington Family Chiropractic

longstanding citizen in the Arlington and surrounding communities. You can also ask your regular doctor who her she recommends as many medical doctors are with chiropractors to help their patients get better more quickly without getting surgery. Gay is an active member by volunteering with schools, educating the community about optimizing their health and

donating his services and money to worthy causes that will improve Arlington and its surrounding communities. “I recently gave a presentation to the chamber (of commerce),” Gay said. “Basically, I let them know what back and neck pain really is and that the central nervous system controls everything and really tells them what to do.” When paying for your first consultation and subsequent visits, Gay suggests to make sure your chiropractor accepts insurance. Not all situations allow for insurance coverage, that’s why it’s important to call (Arlington Family Chiropractic at 360-435-3900) ahead of time to make sure your current health care insurance coverage includes your chiropractic work. Same-day care is important at Arlington Chiropractic, which they are capable of providing. But, Dr. Gay shares when choosing a chiropractic doctor, you should be cognizant if they provide longterm care as well. Gay said clients should work with an “all-in-one” facility that offers massage and physical therapy. No one has time to run all over town to get better. “I love to do what I do, which is to help people,” Gay said. “Those who get into it for the money don’t end up getting the money. But if you make your intent to help people, then you’ll always have a busy office.”


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5

Frank Graham

Consumer Tips 1. Consider a Factory Certified Used Vehicle. Get the benefits of a new vehicle at a pre-owned price. At Roy Robinson only used, previously titled GM vehicles that are less than five calendar years old and less than 80,000 miles qualify. 2. Insist on a fully documented, 117-point inspection process with GM and a 152-point inspection with Subaru. The 1.5-hour process requires any item that fails the inspection to be corrected before the vehicle is certified. 3. Insist on a CARFAX report. Roy Robinson Subaru must run a CARFAX vehicle history report on all vehicles prior to making them certified pre-owned. 4. Insist on extended powertrain warranty coverage. Subaru vehicles include a 6-year or 100,000 mile powertrain plan with zero deductible and roadside assistance and GM vehicles receive a 5-year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty and 12 months or 12,000 miles bumper-tobumper coverage. 5. Insist on a detailed disclosure of your transaction... “in plain English” so you know all the aspects of your deal.

Roy Robinson General Manager Mark King, Internet and Training Manager Frank Graham and GM Dealer Principal Gordy Bjorg Jr. show off the 2010 Chevy Camaro.

How to purchase a used vehicle

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t’s often said that change is good and now more than ever, the time for change is upon us. Yes, change is happening everywhere you look, so it’s not surprising that after over 40 years in business at the same location, and under the same management, Snohomish County’s premier Subaru, Chevrolet and motorhome dealership, Roy Robinson, is making a few changes too. But don’t panic just yet. Buyers can still get a firm handshake from someone who looks them in the eye, knows what they’re talking about and gives them the honest truth about their vehicles. Only now, the information provided to customers is much more readily available and Roy Robinson is eager to share. “The Internet has really caused a seismic shift that has placed the customer in charge,” Roy Robinson Internet and Training Manager Frank Graham said. “We feel the more informed customer is our kind of customer. The razzle dazzle and tap dancing days are over.” Just because customers can go online to access Kelly Blue Book statistics, get CARFAX reports at the click of a computer mouse and access photos of some of the dealership’s more than 400 vehicles on the lot, doesn’t mean they can’t visit Roy Robinson to check out the latest models and kick a few tires. Roy Robinson General Manager Mark King is a veteran of the automobile business with 21 years with the company. He said he has noticed a change for the better when it comes to how he and his staff communicate

with customers. “The basic core principles remain the same, but how we communicate with the customer and how they communicate with us has changed,” King said. “It used to be that after you sell a vehicle you’d send out a thankyou card – now it’s an e-mail or text message.” Before any sales are made and thank-you texts are sent, Roy Robinson’s staff has five tips they insist buyers should follow when making their decisions about a vehicle.

“The Internet has really caused a seismic shift that has placed the customer in charge. We feel the more informed customer is our kind of customer. The razzle dazzle and tap dancing days are over.” - Internet Training Manager Frank Graham

At Roy Robinson they recommend you: • Shop for a Factory Certified used vehicle. • Insist on a fully documented inspection. • Request a CARFAX report. • Insist on extended powertrain warranty coverage. • Get a plain English, detailed disclosure of your transaction. Currently, over 80 percent of sales come from repeat customers and their referrals, but that doesn’t mean Roy Robinson isn’t interested in meeting some new people. With a lower tax rate than metro dealers, a Preferred

Owner Club, 60 complimentary loaner cars available and a full service auto and recreational vehicle body shop and repair center staffed by certified and master techs who use factory parts, Roy Robinson is a onestop shopping dealership that meets all your needs. And their sales consultants also know their stuff. They’ve all been Subaru and Chevrolet factory certified including Corvette and Chevy trucks. In addition, they all have completed GM Certified Internet Manager Training. At Roy Robinson, all salespeople are qualified to work with customers in person or over the Internet, (including Internet pricing) - whichever their customer prefers. At Roy Robinson, financing rates are handled by the sales managers, not a separate finance manager. Graham said: “Our Sales Managers are here to work with 35 banks and credit unions to secure the best possible rates for our customers. We’re in the car business, not the finance business.” Customers can be pre-qualified for financing before they even visit the dealership by going to www.RoyRobinson.com, clicking on the “finance” tab and completing an online secure and confidential credit application. Finally, Roy Robinson offers special “fleet” pricing to select groups like Costco members, active and retired military, Boeing and other GM Supplier companies and local organizations. To see if your organization is eligible simply call Frank Graham at 360-659-6236 or e-mail him at frank@royrobinson.com.


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Dr. Justin Smith

Consumer Tips 1. The first dental visit should be scheduled by age 1 or within six months of your child’s first tooth erupting. 2. Thumb and pacifier sucking are very normal behaviors for infants and young children. Most children stop these habits on their own by age 3. 3. Parents should replace their child’s toothbrush every three or four months. 4. Sipping on milk, juice, soda or sports or energy drinks throughout the day or night causes cavities due to the sugars in those beverages. 5. The earlier a cavity is diagnosed and treated, the less invasive the overall treatment will be. Over time, cavities can spread and possibly lead to an infection.

Dr. Justin Smith and the staff at Arlington Pediatric Dentistry specialize in dental care for children.

How to prepare for your child’s first dentist visit

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arents want what’s best for their children. Whether it’s selecting the proper knit hat that will keep their infant warm or reading to a young one each night before they go to bed, these decisions made by parents have a huge impact on their children’s lives. While most parents know about the importance of pediatric medical care, not all parents are familiar with pediatric dentistry. But there’s a lot parents can do to prepare their child for his or her first dental cleaning, said Dr. Justin Smith of Arlington Pediatric Dentistry, so long as they’ve made the decision to move forward with preventative care. Often the first hurdle for parents is just knowing when to first bring their child in. Smith said it’s extremely important for the dentist to see a child by the time they reach 1 year or within six months after their first tooth pokes through their gums. “The average age for tooth eruption is six months, but it can be a year,” Smith said. “Sometimes children are born with a tooth. We see a lot of cavities by the time (untreated) children reach 3 years of age, though.” Once parents know when to begin treatment, they need to do some homework. Selecting the right dentist or pediatric

dentist is the biggest, and often times most intimidating, decision a parent can make. Pediatric dentists, such as Smith, specialize only in children’s dentistry, while general practice dentists treat patients of all ages. While practical factors, such as whether the dentist, regular or pediatric, is close to your home or whether he or she takes your insurance, can play a factor, parents should get to know their potential dentist before that first cleaning, Smith said.

“The average age for tooth eruption is six months, but it can be a year” -Dr. Justin Smith, Arlington Pediatric Dentistry

“Each parent knows their child’s own personality,” Smith said. “We speak to kids and make it so they aren’t scared when they come in for the first time.” Know that it’s fine to visit a potential dental office before scheduling a cleaning. “If they don’t find one at first, that’s okay,” Smith said. “A lot of people have a hard time finding a dentist they are comfortable with. It’s the same when finding a dentist for your child.” Once a parent has found their dentist, they shouldn’t wait too long for their child’s first cleaning. Some parents only bring their children into the dentist when there’s a problem.

Dentists strive to prevent cavities or oral problems before they start, so parents shouldn’t put off that first dental appointment. Parents are typically concerned about their child’s well-being at the dentist and that’s fine, Smith said. But more often than not, Smith said parents are often surprised at how comfortable a 12-month-old child can be during their first trip to the dentist so long as they’re having fun. The final tip to help prepare your children — and yourselves — for the first trip to the dentist is to be positive and open minded to the experience because a child can often model your feelings or demeanor. Many parents have questions about how to brush their young child’s teeth or what are healthy snacks to give. Items such as fruit snacks (gummies), raisins, fruit leathers, may appear healthy but actually contain large amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients that can cause harm to teeth. The families we see are very interested in playing an active role in their child’s oral healthcare. “We strive to be the best resource for parents regarding their child’s oral health and well being.” For more information about pediatric dentistry or to set up an appointment with Smith, visit www.apdkidsteeth.com or call 360-657-1650.


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Todd Aalbu

Consumer Tips

ProAction Physical Therapy’s Kendra Frey, and therapists Todd Aalbu and David Scarth offer an education-approach to therapy.

1. Washington is an open access state where patients can choose their physical therapist.

How to select the right physical therapist

2. Following through on home exercise programs is important to success. 3. Treatment should rarely cause pain. Part of avoiding pain is making sure your therapist provides a well-rounded treatment plan composed of both manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. 4. Choose a therapist who will educate you on your injury/ dysfunction and instruct you on how to become independent. 5. Choose a therapist who will stay in close contact with your referring physician.

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roAction physical therapy in Marysville has been around for a year and a half. The open floor plan and education-oriented approach to therapy makes them a smart choice for anyone’s Physical Therapy needs. The 2,700-square-foot therapy space houses three full-time therapists and one massage therapist. Owner, Todd Aalbu, MPT, CSCS, PES and his wife, Tamsie, an Occupational Therapist, have set up a business that seeks to educate the public on what they should look for when choosing a physical therapist. Aalbu has put together five tips to consider when choosing a therapist. First on his list is realizing that Washington is an “open access state” where patients can choose their own physical therapist. Your physician may recommend physical therapy as an intervention, and you as the patient can take a doctor’s referral to a therapist that fits your needs and you feel is going to help you achieve your goals. Once a therapist is chosen, that therapist will evaluate your condition and create a personalized therapy program, also in accordance with a physician’s recommendations or orders. Following through with that program is Aalbu’s second tip. It is crucial that the therapy program and home exercise program is

followed with consistency for gains in function. Tip three is that treatment should rarely be painful. A well-rounded Physical Therapy program should consist of both manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, and working through intense pain is rarely effective in treatment programs. Pain often initiates a response to

“There needs to be continued communication to let the patient understand what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Retraining movement patterns to become more functional comes through educating the patient.” - Todd Aalbu, Pro Action Physical Therapy physical therapist

compensate movement into directions that are not desired. Aalbu said his staff at ProAction, seek to educate patients on what they should feel when doing exercise and provide ways to correct movement. He added that continual communication with a therapist during treatment is the best way to help patients achieve their goals.

“Physical therapy is designed to be a transition to independence,” Aalbu states. That is why tip four is finding someone who can educate patients on their injury or dysfunction and instruct them on how to become independent. Aalbu has been helping patients achieve their goals of improved function and become independent for over a decade now. Aalbu feels privileged to have the experience of his staff, physical therapists David Scarth, MPT; Kendra Frey, DPT; and massage therapist Gaby Guenther; as well as the relationships he’s developed with local physicians in the area. In fact, finding someone who stays in close contact with a referring physician is ProAction’s final tip. “The main reason most people go through therapy is to find a solution and make change occur, whether it is in response to pain, improving strength and conditioning, or in injury prevention,” Aalbu said. “As therapists, it is important that we all function as a team, between the client, the physician and the physical therapist.” At ProAction, they offer free injury screenings so anyone hoping to rehab an injury can call 360-653-5800 to make an appointment for a free screening that will get them started on their way to improved physical health.


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Consumer Tips 1. Develop a relationship with a local credit union 2. Set a budget 3. Save 4. Improve your credit score 5. Check your credit report

MountainCrest Credit Union Marketing Director Elaine Maglaras (left), Director of Operations Trina DeMoss and Branch Manager Jill Williams (right) welcome members at the Smokey Point branch in Arlington.

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n economic downturn often sets people into a state of panic, but at MountainCrest Credit Union, they have five tips to help make achieving your financial dreams a reality. MountainCrest Marketing Director Elaine Maglaras said no matter what the economy does, there’s always some simple, time-tested tips anyone can do to improve their financial freedom. At the top of her list is to develop a relationship with a local credit union. Of course, Marglaras suggests that can be done by visiting one of their three branches located in Marysville, Arlington and Everett. With 76 years in business, more than a dozen years in Arlington and three years at their current corporate office located in Smokey Point, MountainCrest has grown their presence in the community. Finding MountainCrest is easy. A quick trip to their website at www.mountaincrestcu.com can provide directions and details about all they have to offer. What might not be as easy, is Maglaras’ second tip—setting a budget. For those out there who have had trouble sticking to budgets in the past, MountainCrest provides an excellent program online called Balance that makes the budgeting process much easier. From saving for a child’s education, a dream wedding or vacation to setting up an IRA and getting free financial counseling, Balance is a program that can do it all. “We want to educate our members a little more so they can be a member for life and have a relationship with us that lasts,” MountainCrest Director of Operations Trina DeMoss said. And part of that relationship with MountainCrest includes getting an equal vote

because MCCU is member-owned and the voices of each of their more than 15,000 members count. At MountainCrest, they are a credit union that provides more personal service because they know their members. In fact, their mantra is people helping people. That’s a philosophy everyone at every branch works hard to uphold. If a member is having financial problems and considering bankruptcy, MountainCrest employees are happy to help work with creditors so that clients can make the most informed decision possible regarding their financial future.

“We really stress how important credit is and how important your credit score is. The choices you make regarding credit can really affect you in the long term.” -Elaine Maglaras, Marketing Director, MountainCrest Credit Union

For those who can afford it, MountainCrest suggests they try tip three—to save. One great way to save without worry is to take advantage of payroll deduction. “It’s always best when savings come from an automatic payroll deduction,” Maglaras said. “That way you don’t miss it when it’s gone.” And saving early is nothing new at MountainCrest. They’ve set up a program for kids titled P.A.W.S., or Pennies Are Worth Saving. For adults, Maglaras recommends having at least six months of living expenses saved up. But saving isn’t the only topic MountainCrest educates their members about. Improving credit scores is also a hot topic —that’s why it’s their fourth tip. Two of the

best ways to improve credit is to always make your payments on time and keep the balances on revolving credit low relative to credit limits. “We really stress how important credit is and how important your credit score is,” Maglaras said. “The choices you make regarding credit can really affect you in the long term. We want members to know how to use credit wisely. Because if you don’t, it’s hard to recover. (Credit) is something everyone has to deal with in life.” Establishing credit can be as easy as applying for a Visa card. At MountainCrest, they have programs that abide by new federal regulations and require applicants to either show the ability to pay or be 21 years old. For youngsters still establishing credit, limits start at $500. Yet maxing out your credit cards is never a good idea. But maintaining an active role in monitoring credit is a good idea. That’s why it’s the fifth and final tip MountainCrest gives. “It’s important to check your credit on a regular basis,” Maglaras said. “Especially in the day of identity theft. Errors do happen. You need to make sure (creditors) do not make those mistakes.” Mistakes regarding a person’s credit can cause them to be denied credit, a mortgage or even a job. One resource to help avoid mistakes is www.annualcreditreport.com, which allows for a free credit report every 12 months. “Credit really does affect every aspect of a person’s life,” Maglaras said. “The higher your score, the better interest rates you’ll get. We want to help you improve your financial picture, and improving your credit score and checking your credit report are both great ways to do that.”


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Paul Riding

Consumer Tips 1. Get tested. If you’re tired of not hearing correctly and want to preserve your quality of life, then call All American Hearing (360-653-8500) to schedule a free hearing assessment. Or visit the web site (www.allamericanhearing.com) to sign up and receive a free hearing technology package or package of hearing aid batteries. 2. Educate yourself on what types of aids are available. All American Hearing offers Starkey aids, the second largest manufacturer in the world behind Seamans. All Starkey aids are American made. 3. Make sure it’s not wax. Sometimes wax build up can cause temporary hearing loss. A free screening at All American Hearing can let you know if your hearing loss is wax related or if a doctor’s visit and amplification fitting is necessary. 4. Using its top of the line technology, All American Hearing can evaluate and assess whether a customer should see a physician or simply needs a hearing aid. 5. Don’t be afraid and be sure to involve a loved one in the corrective process. Involving a loved one can allow you to hear a familiar voice that will aid in the evaluation process.

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pon entering the All American Hearing office in Smokey Point, it becomes apparent right away that the patient is their most important concern. A Bill of Rights detailing their customer service principles assures customers that their satisfaction is the top concern in the hearing improvement process. According to the All American Hearing website, 35 million people in the United States suffer some degree of hearing impairment, so if you’re experiencing difficulties hearing, you’re obviously not alone. All American Hearing put together five tips to consider if you’re one of the 35 million Americans who have trouble hearing. Tip one is to get tested. Regional Manager Paul Riding suggests making hearing assessments a regular part of your annual physical check-up. He said the Surgeon General recommends people over 50 get checked at least once a year. “People need to get in and have their hearing tested,” Riding said. “It’s equally important as taking care of your eyes and teeth.” Tip two is to educate yourself on the types of aids that are available. People looking to upgrade their current aids can also set up a visit to All American Hearing for an evaluation. Aids need to be replaced every 5-7 years, so visiting All American Hearing to check out the latest programmable models can open your ears up to a whole new world. “Sometimes you don’t realize the impact of your hearing loss until you bring a loved one in and go through an assessment to try

a new model,” Manufacturer Representative and Open House Specialist Allan Krebs said. “I’ve had customers who come in and get fitted for a new aid and then get emotional and well up with tears in their eyes when they hear the voices of their loved ones again.” There are many different styles of American made Starkey aids to consider and photos and details can all be viewed on the website(www.allamericanhearing.com). All American Hearing offers a full variety of

“Sometimes you don’t realize the impact of your hearing loss until you bring a loved one in and go through an assessment to try a new model. I’ve had customers who come in and get fitted for a new aid and then get emotional and well up with tears in their eyes when they hear the voices of their loved ones again.” - Allan Krebs, All American Hearing Manufacturer Representative and Open House Specialist

models from in the ear and behind the ear models, to in the canal and the new invisible in the canal, which is packed with industry leading technology that gives a feedback canceller and noise reduction and speech preservation system. Hearing impairment can be different depending on whether you’re in calm, social, active or vibrant settings and the type of aid required will differ

for each setting. Hearing Instrument Specialist Linda Knisley said one issue she runs into, or tip three, is to make sure it’s not wax build up that is causing hearing loss. She added that acting on your loss as soon as possible can actually improve your chances of a full correction. “Sometimes people wait too long and it’s harder for them to make a correction because their brain forgets what it’s like to have (full) hearing,” Knisley said. Pursuing correction after the All American evaluation is tip four. A visit to the doctor to determine if amplification is necessary for you can get you started on your way to improved hearing. “There are a lot of different variables to consider and a lot of that depends on the severity of a person’s loss,” Riding said. “It’s not an exact science, but we work with the customer to find them a solution that is fitted to their lifestyle.” Finally, involving a loved one in the hearing correction process and avoiding fear of the unknown, is the final tip All American Hearing gives. A 30-day, money-back guarantee on all sales make the purchase process that much easier. Financing through CareCredit makes an aid purchase affordable and insurance coverage is also available in some cases. “Things have changed a lot when it comes to what you can get from your insurance coverage,” All American Hearing Patient Services Coordinator Molly Ryan said. “(Labor and Industries) coverage allows customers to be fitted with what they want now instead of just what L & I says.”


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