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Mind & Body

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hen it comes to health, I’m pretty blessed. Good genes seem to run in my family—knock on wood. That said, I don’t take my health for granted.

I walk my dogs through the hills most mornings, and I try

to get two Pilates and/or yoga classes in each week. And

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I eat a diet filled with healthy grains, veggies and proteins that includes red meat (although I do limit it to once a week). I tend to eschew fads and special diets—anything that is temporary. For me, life is a marathon, not a sprint. That said, to each his own. If something works for you, go for it. As the people on the following pages demonstrate, there are so many ways to achieve health and fitness goals. Good health also pertains to the mind and soul. I’m always interested in exploring ways to enhance those two

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things—whether the focus is sleep, hypnosis or meditation. My husband recently started meditating (didn’t see that one coming). And when I watch this busy executive doing it in the morning, I am always taken aback. I admire the way he is being mindful about his mental health. I’d like to get on the bandwagon. But quite frankly it hasn’t taken. I simply can’t stop my mind from wandering. But I plan to keep trying. Hope you find things in this issue you plan to try, too. —Linda Grasso, Editor in Chief

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MIND OVER BODY HE MAY HAVE LEARNED FROM THE SAME BOXING COACH WHO TRAINS FIGHTER MANNY PACQUIAO, BUT FOR SHAWN WILLIAMS, MARTIAL ARTS IS AS MENTAL AS IT IS PHYSICAL. WRITTEN BY MICHAEL VENTRE PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANNIE DEPTULA

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I

n the ‘70s TV series Kung Fu, Master Po would

wants to take you down, it’s the opponent

impart wisdom and his young pupil, affec-

inside who determines success.

tionately referred to as “Grasshopper,” would

“What sets martial arts apart,” he says, “is

soak in the lessons both of life and of kicking

having someone else in front of you, but the

butt through martial arts. It was a nice arrange-

challenge is in your mind. When you swim, it’s

ment, good enough for 63 episodes.

against others. When you play football, it’s

Today they do things differently. The masters

in martial arts with someone else. It brings you

Shawn Williams, who operates 5 Star Martial

to another level of heightened awareness.”

Arts in Koreatown and has another branch

Po—fight in Brazilian jiu-jitsu style and was

can be closer to the master’s age. Plus both

immediately obsessed. Shortly thereafter he

master and student can learn from each other.

saw an ad in a martial arts magazine that Renzo

All that may make for less drama but it sets the

was opening a studio in New York City, and he

stage for scintillating physical feats.

promptly packed up and moved East. Shawn studied with Renzo and climbed the

Indiana, population 1,000. At age 12, although

ranks; now he’s a fourth-degree black belt.

he loved swimming, he happened upon a local

But eventually the competitor faded, and the

dojo and fell in love with martial arts.

teacher took over. Shawn shifted his focus to

“What drew me in was the movies, like a

instructor, and through patience and devotion

lot of kids,” says Shawn, who has worked with

to his discipline, he has gained followers and

many celebrities, including boxing champ

influenced minds.

Manny Pacquiao. “I loved ninja movies. I would

Jamie Crowder is a practitioner of Brazil-

watch Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee going nuts.

ian jiu-jitsu and has worked with Shawn for 15

It was the fighting that got me into martial arts.

years. “He did judo and wrestling,” Jamie points

But a short time later it was the emotional and

out. “He appreciated a wider scale of skills

mental benefits of martial arts that began to

that were able to enhance his own skills, and

help me with other things I did. I started to excel

he was able to integrate them very seamlessly

more at swimming as a result.”

into what he was already teaching. If you’re not

In particular, Shawn liked the internal challenge. While the opponent across from you

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In 1995 Shawn saw Renzo Gracie—his Master

coming soon in Pasadena. And the students

Shawn grew up in the small town of Markle,

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against others. But not when you’re in combat

can be a whole lot younger, like 41-year-old

aware or don’t understand the differences, it’s easy to miss how brilliant that is.”


Warren Stout, who operates two martial arts studios in Pittsburgh, is another longtime friend and competitor who has trained extensively with Williams. “I make two distinctions: great coach, great teacher,” he says. “They’re almost two different things in my mind. Shawn is both. He’s a great teacher and is recognized for his broad technical knowledge. He is also extremely articulate at conveying that knowledge.” Although the taut and trim athlete and teacher still travels a great deal, spending time in New York City, he makes Southern California his home now. He and wife Annie, a fashion photographer, live near Studio City. His Renzo Gracie affiliate studio in Koreatown near Hancock Park, which opened in 2010, has about 6,000 square feet, 450 members and eight instructors. The new location in Pasadena, scheduled to open in April, came about because a lot of families who come to the Koreatown location are based there. It just happens to be a hotbed of martial arts activity. Who knew? “We already have members who commute from there, so it only made sense,” he explains. “We wanted to spread the brand.” Shawn is all-American but mystical, even-

“DISCIPLINE. IT BLED INTO EVERYTHING ELSE I DID IN LIFE.”

tempered but capable of combat. He is the kind of individual who inspires loyalty because he exudes old-fashioned sincerity and devo-

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tion to the correct way of doing things. That’s one of the reasons why he loves working with youngsters—because they’re reminders of the same qualities of martial arts that drew him to become a devotee. “Martial arts are so good for kids,” Williams says. “I tell parents that as long as they understand that it’s important to keep kids motivated and to stick with it, eventually they’ll see the benefits.” Master Po may not have articulated it this way, but if you have a great teacher and a passion for a pursuit, you can get pretty far in this world. “Discipline,” Shawn states. “It bled into everything else I did in life.” n

Shawn’s Fitness & Health Regimen Workout routine As a coach, my goal is to maintain a good level of fitness, flexibility and skill. This consists of Brazilian jiu-jitsu training once a day—generally five to six days per week—a wrestling session once a week, a boxing/kickboxing session once a week and weight training twice a week (focused on primary lifts such as deadlifts, squats and occasional Olympic lifts, followed by a circuit of accessory exercises that target my core, back, shoulders and chest).

Diet I try to eat sensibly—usually a high-quality protein (fish or chicken), a plethora of vegetables and some fruit. I’ve found that if I begin to feel “flat,” a sweet potato gives me a nice boost of energy. I aim to follow a very loose Paleo-style diet.

Guilty pleasure My mom’s “puppy chow” is insanely good. It is similar to muddy buddies, but it’s almost an insult to compare the two … another level!

Ultimate fitness goal My goal is to push myself to see what my body is capable of now that I have passed the 40 mark. Getting back into competition is definitely on the agenda after I heal from a few injuries.


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Trailblazer At the age of 77, City of Hope cancer researcher Leslie Bernstein is still leading the pack with dramatic findings that are changing the way we think about and treat the disease. ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

Dr. Leslie Bernstein is one of the most accomplished and highly regarded cancer epidemiologists in the world today. The PhD has won nearly every award she could receive in her field and been honored numerous times for teaching and mentoring junior scientists. And she continues to work full time, while also being active in the lives of her 11 grandchildren. Here Dr. Bernstein shares some of her findings—particularly in regards to breast cancer—with VB editor-in-chief Linda Grasso.

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You headed up a noteworthy research project that identified a link between exercise and breast cancer. How was the study conducted? In 1983 I began to study risk factors for breast cancer in women who were 40 years or younger when diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I received the grant from the National Cancer Institute and conducted the study from 1984 to 1989. Then I began to analyze the data.

“Now more than 80 studies have evaluated the association between exercise and breast cancer worldwide—and results consistently show a decrease in risk for women who exercise, confirming the result we had so long ago.”

What did you find? We found a dramatic reduction in breast can-

Besides exercise, what else can reduce

I understand you have battled cancer.

cer risk among women who exercised about

risk of cancer?

When I was 75, I was diagnosed with lung can-

four hours per week. Exercise during the

Do not smoke. We can say unequivocally,

cer, a type that is not associated with cigarette

reproductive years reduced young women’s

“Smoking causes lung cancer.” And do not

smoking. I was getting a CT scan because of

risk of breast cancer by more than 50%.

gain weight as an adult. Being overweight and

another problem I was having and the lung

obesity are risk factors for nearly every cancer.

cancer showed up on the scan. The entire lobe

Have other studies backed up

was removed so now I have four lung lobes, not

your findings?

What about alcohol intake?

five. The cancer is apparently hereditary. My

Yes. Now more than 80 studies have evalu-

The rule here should be “all things in mod-

mother was diagnosed with the same subtype

ated the association between exercise and

eration.” Drink no more than one alcoholic

of lung adenocarcinoma at 75.

breast cancer worldwide—and results con-

beverage a day. Alcohol intake in larger

sistently show a decrease in risk for women

amounts is associated with higher risk of

Tell us about your 11 grandkids …

who exercise, confirming the result we had

breast cancer, esophageal cancer and some

I attended only one of the births; for the

so long ago (in 1994). Because I was the

other cancers.

others I was at home taking care of the older

first, I am considered the grandmother of

siblings of the newest grandchild or waiting. Let’s address diet ...

Three grandchildren have graduated college

I would advise people to reduce the amount

and are working toward advanced degrees.

In general, could you offer some

of animal fat in their diets, which means

Five are in college now, with the remaining

preventative guidelines for

eating much less red meat. It is also impor-

three starting college soon.

breast cancer?

tant to maximize whole grains versus more

In general, the ways to lower risk are exercise

processed carbohydrates. And finally, I

I’ll bet you are a pretty involved grandma.

(relatively strenuous activity for three to four

recommend eating fresh vegetables and not

I helped out with each new grandchild and

hours a week), breastfeeding, limiting alcohol

cooking them too much, and fresh fruit.

found ways to visit every few months when

this field in breast cancer research.

intake and not taking hormone replacement

they all lived on the east coast. Plus I had Is it true that if you live long enough you

the opportunity to help one on a daily basis.

will probably get cancer, regardless of

This daughter-in-law was a nurse working

Do you know of any other links between

what you do. Agree? Disagree?

late shifts, and I would stop on my way home

certain types of cancer and exercise?

Agree—although I would never say this is

from my own job, so the babysitter could go

Exercise reduces risk of several other types

100% true. But the risk of almost all can-

home. I stayed until my daughter-in-law or

of cancer—most notably colon cancer but

cers (thyroid cancer, testicular cancer, and

my son (who was doing his pediatric resi-

also endometrial cancer in women and

Hodgkin disease are exceptions) increases

dency at LA Children’s Hospital) could get

advanced prostate cancer in men.

with age.

home and take over. n

during or after menopause.

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Head for the

Hills

FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS, THE VALLEY OFFERS A SURPRISINGLY EXTENSIVE MYRIAD OF TRAILS, SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE FROM TIMID BEGINNERS TO ACCOMPLISHED THRILL SEEKERS. WRITTEN BY ANNE M. RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRYCE LOWE-WHITE


I

get asked a lot if I jump off cliffs on my bike. I don’t. People who’ve seen the death-defying stunts of Red Bull Rampage’s elite riders or maybe watched Olympic competition get the impression that mountain biking is a high-risk,

adrenaline-fueled sport practiced only by skinny, young dudes. But on Valley trails, you’ll see every kind of mountain biker—young and old, male and female, fat and thin. Sure there are some adrenaline junkies in full body armor bombing high-skill trails like Hummingbird off Rocky Peak, but you’re more likely to encounter recreational riders who are in it for camaraderie, fun and love of nature. Although it’s impossible to get an accurate count of the number of riders in the Valley, “The growth in the sport is obvious when you look at the high school groups,” says Steve Messer, president of the nonprofit Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA). Messer notes that in 2009 the SoCal High School Cycling League, which oversees secondary school mountain bike clubs, had 70 participants; today it has 1,000. “It bodes well for the future of mountain biking,” he says. THE ATTRACTION “As an intense person, mountain biking gives me a sense of calm,” says Wendy Engelberg, who has been riding for 11 years and is one of the founders of Girlz Gone Riding (GGR), a 1,500-member women’s mountain bike club. Her favorite local spot is the part of the Backbone Trail that runs through Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park in Tarzana. Liz Kurtz, a GGR member and mountain bike veteran with 27 years of riding, echoes Engelberg’s sentiment, saying, “I love the challenge and how it helps me focus. I’m AD/HD and I love the adventure; you can go so many places on a mountain bike.” Kimberly Cofield, co-founder with Engelberg of GGR, says her favorite trail is the recently completed Backbone Trail off Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu. “Beyond the camaraderie, I love being out in nature and getting away from the stress,” she shares. Kurtz says her preferred trail system is in Cheseboro Canyon Park in Agoura Hills. Christian Soleta, a rider with 17 years experience, including enduro (downhill-oriented endurance) racing, says, “I’ve made more friends riding than anywhere else. My best friends are my riding buddies.” Soleta says his top-rated trail is the technical downhill El Prieto single track above La Canada Flintridge. NAVIGATING THE TRAILS Almost all of the Valley’s trails fall within the boundaries of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), which is administered by the National Park Service (NPS). NPS senior communication fellow Zach Behrens says area trails that are open to mountain bikers comprise 53% of the 538 miles of SMMNRA’s public trails across its 155,000 acres.

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“As an intense person, mountain biking gives me a sense of calm”.

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Although the Park Service hasn’t done a user survey since

Another suggestion: visit the free monthly skills clinic that

2014, Behrens estimates that hikers represent about 60% of

CORBA conducts the first Saturday of each month in Malibu

park traffic; mountain bikers, 10% ; and horseback riders, 1%.

Creek State Park. The class covers bike-handling basics and trail

There are no dedicated trails for bikers; any trail open for bikers

etiquette, which is important in the Valley’s multiuser environ-

is considered multiuse.

ment. Messer says the group has been teaching the class for

One helpful resource for finding local trailheads and routes is the guide Where to Bike Los Angeles Mountain Biking by Jim Hasenauer, Mark Langton and Steve Messer. Another is the highly detailed and accurate maps by Tom Harrison.

over 20 years; he estimates it has as many as 4,000 graduates at this point. Joining a local bike club for a group ride is another good way to get back into it. Choices include: CORBA; GGR (some rides are coed); and North Ranch Mountain Bikers. Many of the Val-

AVOIDING INJURY

ley shops host weekly rides too, including JRA, Santa Monica

So now you’re inspired to ride, but you haven’t taken your bike

Mountains Cyclery, Serious Cycling and Topanga Creek Outpost.

out of the garage in a couple of years. How do you reboot? “If

Shop rides tend to be at a higher skill level, so call ahead and ask

the bike has been in the garage a long time, you need to check

questions if you’re unsure if you’ll mesh with the regulars.

the tires and make sure there’s air in the shocks,” says Engelberg, who is U.S. team manager at Canyon USA bicycles.

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Although you may think safety depends on the helmet and pads (if any) you choose, it’s really about a rider’s confidence

Or, perhaps you need a new bike. Mountain bikes get better

and judgment. Engelberg suggests newbies take an introduc-

and more sophisticated every year. For all-purpose, dry weather

tory or refresher ride on a paved bike path first, then move on

riding in Southern California, your best bet is probably a trail

to flatter dirt, specifically the wide paths at Malibu Creek State

bike, but before laying down a lot of cash, figure out how and

Park. “Get your confidence and skills up and you’ll have fun,” she

where you like to ride and find a bike shop you trust.

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FULLY ENGAGED Writer Anne M. Russell, a member of Girlz Gone Riding, checks out the view. Opposite: A group of riding buddies at the trailhead near the top of Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana


No Sweat

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Do you really need to break a sweat to be fit? And just what is fitness, anyway? WRITTEN BY ANNE M. RUSSELL ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

ou’re standing in line, sweaty and

That means that you and Miss Yogini are

red-faced, waiting for your post-

pretty much tied on the baseline health ben-

than ‘normal’ amounts of exercise is probably

run latte when you notice Ms.

efits, provided that she’s practicing some kind

small,” he observes.

Perfect Yogini. Her high ponytail is

of yoga that elevates the heart rate. Sweating

smooth and neat, her Lululemon garb free of sweat stains, her body lithe and trim. “Yeah, sure she looks good,” you think, “but I’m way fitter. I just ran 5 miles.” Well, maybe not. Trying to define what fitness

is optional. But what about just fitness by itself, which

matters. The added benefit to doing more

Dr. Mandrola, who is also the author of a new book about the dangers of over exercise for endurance athletes, called The Haywire

sports physiologists define as having skills like

Heart, does recommend staying fit so that

balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance,

you can enjoy a more active old age. “I would

speed and strength? Neither you nor the yogini

definitely counsel people to do multiple

is and how to best achieve it is maddeningly

are going to win that face-off if you’re single-

activities,” he says. “Mix cycling and yoga or

elusive, not least of all because people casually

sport athletes. Chances are, she will beat you

swimming and running. You want to have

lump “health and fitness” into a single concept.

on balance and flexibility, but you will win at

both functional fitness—being able to put

The federal government’s Office of Disease

endurance and speed. Strength is a toss-up.

your socks on while standing up—and aerobic

Prevention and Health Promotion tries to keep

Cardiac electrophysiologist John Mandrola

[cardiovascular] fitness.”

it simple: The most recent guidelines (from

is an avid cyclist and chief cardiology cor-

2008) indicate that 2 hours and 30 minutes

respondent for medscape.com. “If a person’s

vates the highest degree of functional fitness.

a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity,

goal is to live as long as possible and they

Nancy Radding, fitness director at the Oaks at

such as brisk walking, consistently reduces the

don’t smoke, maintain a normal body weight,

Ojai, sums it up as, “People who are the most

risk of many chronic diseases and other adverse

have good social support and are sleeping

fit are those who have the energy, coordination

health outcomes.

well, I’m not sure how much peak fitness

and strength to do what they want to do.” n

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ith his 40th birthday rapidly approaching, 39-year-old Ryan Levitus is hyperaware of the importance of staying active, eating healthy and, most importantly, listening to

that “inner” voice we sometimes like to ignore. The Minnesota native says outdoor activities have always been a part of his life. “The city, Edina, where I grew up was like every 1980s John Hughes movie—all-American. Sports were a huge part of the daily culture. My family and I were always on the lakes sailing, windsurfing, ice-skating, and playing tennis and biking in the summertime.” In 1996 Ryan headed to LA to attend the University of Southern California to study fine art and communications. There was also another major draw. “A big part of moving out here was the chance to get into surfing. You have to want to learn because it’s a big commitment, but it’s worth every moment. It provides a reset for me. I feel like a new person after I’ve been in the water.” Although Ryan has a family, wife Alexis, a jewelry designer, 8-year-old Riley and 4-year-old River, he still manages to make time to surf in Malibu or Venice every two weeks. During the week, Ryan’s busy at work as a motion graphic designer for TV and film. “I love the creative part of my career, but it’s very sedentary sitting at my computer all day. It’s second nature to stay active, and when I don’t get a chance I start to feel it.” On the weekends he dives into the outdoors with his family—hiking, skateboarding or playing tennis. “I think people make the mistake thinking they have to kill themselves in order to get a good workout. I think it’s

On Ryan’s List

a combination of making better food choices and getting

RYAN AND HIS FAMILY HEAD TO THE FARMERS MARKET IN STUDIO

some activity every day, if possible.”

CITY NEARLY EVERY SUNDAY. HERE ARE HIS FAVORITE VENDORS.

Ryan had a typical Midwestern diet growing up, reaching for “soda rather than water.” That all changed in his 20s

Probiotic Boost

when he started “eating cleaner.”

The sauerkraut is amazing. It’s vegan, raw and delicious. I throw it on an

These days Ryan’s diet is vegetable heavy and incorpo-

avocado with some sardines for an easy snack.

rates organic proteins like wild-caught fish and grass-fed beef as well as healthy fats like avocado and coconut oil. “Don’t get me wrong. I cheat here and there but when I want something sweet, I’ll reach for dark chocolate that’s

Dave’s Gourmet I always get a container of the “spicy chop veggie”—a blend of daikon, carrot, garlic and soy sauce, which is fermented, aka good for your gut.

filled with antioxidants or a fruit smoothie that has fiber.” With Ryan’s mindful eating and active lifestyle, he’s making sure his 40s are the best years yet. n

Diamond Mountain Ranch We love their grass-fed and humanely raised meats and poultry.

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The Big Business of

Making Babies WOULD-BE PARENTS ARE FLOCKING TO ENCINO, THE LATEST HUB OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES. WRITTEN BY ANNE M. RUSSELL ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

* indicates pseudonym to protect the patient’s privacy

when seeking assisted reproductive technologies (ART). But

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merce, sees it this way: “Encino is an affluent community that’s centrally

nowadays there is a plethora of fertility centers—some of which

located in the Valley. Encino’s name has cachet to it.” Citing statistics

are nationally acclaimed—right in our own backyard. Encino has become

from last year, Duenas puts Encino’s average household income at

something of a hub for fertility treatments for LA and beyond, with at

$154,444 and, equally important, says 27% of its population is in the age

least five major ART facilities, as well as a surrogacy specialist, located

35-54 range, which is ART’s sweet spot.

alley residents struggling with fertility used to head over the hill

within the town’s boundaries.

Why the boom? Diana Duenas, CEO of the Encino Chamber of Com-

Fertility specialists with Encino offices include the California Center for

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Reproductive Health, Fertility & Surgical Associates of California, the Fertility Institutes, HRC Fertility and the Los Angeles Reproductive Center. The U.S.’s relative lack of regulations on reproductive services make it a magnet for wealthy medical tourists from more restrictive countries, such as Australia and Japan, or countries where socialized medicine sets treatment limits, such as Canada. And since China eliminated its one-child policy, there has been a boom in older Chinese couples traveling to Southern California for help adding to their families. Seeking medical intervention for conceiving a child means getting sucked into a tornado of medical acronyms, starting with ART itself. Quickly following that are specific ART service options with names like IUI, IVF and PGS. Tamara*, a 37-year-old photographer who has been trying for five years to conceive with her husband of seven years, remembers her first encounter with a fertility doctor as being disturbing and confusing. “He was using all these big words we didn’t understand and he talked a mile a minute. It felt like a science project. That’s not how I want to make a baby.” She did one unsuccessful treatment cycle at that clinic—which cost her $18,000. Unhappy with that outcome, Tamara then went, she says,

“He was using all these big words we didn’t understand and he talked a mile a minute. It felt like a science project. That’s not how I want to make a baby.”

can have multiple causes and multiple solutions. “The problem is the unknown,” Dr. Shamonki says. “It’s important to have an ongoing conversation about considering other options.” BABYMAKING 3.0 Especially for women over 40, the options Dr. Shamonki mentions include implanting an embryo produced from a donor egg (fresh or frozen) fertilized with the male partner’s sperm or even using an embryo left over from someone else’s IVF. In that case, of course, the baby born from the procedure doesn’t share any DNA with either parent. Lisa,* a 40-year-old data analyst, suffered through two unsuccessful IUIs and a false pregnancy before deciding to push ahead with the much more costly IVF. Speaking for herself and her husband, she says, “We just figured it was the last chance, so if it was going to be $18,000, we were just going to go for it.” Plus unlike 90% of ART clients, Lisa was fortunate to have health insurance that covered the cost of some of the procedures and all of the drugs. She ended up with four embryos from her own eggs on the first IVF cycle: two girls and two boys. She and her husband decided to implant one of the female embryos and now

“doctor shopping.” She is now working with a

have a healthy, full-term baby girl. They haven’t

different facility, trying intrauterine insemination

decided what to do with the remaining three

(IUI), a form of artificial insemination in which

embryos. “I’m not there yet,” Lisa says. “We’re

the doctor transfers “washed” sperm into

just going to leave them frozen for now.”

the uterus via a catheter. (“Washing” means

Options include donating to someone else

that the healthy sperm is separated from

(“too weird,” says Lisa), throwing them out,

seminal fluid and weaker sperm prior to use.) In

designating them for medical experimentation

Tamara’s case, the IUI is done after a round of

or trying more pregnancies.

drugs to stimulate ovulation.

Dr. Michael A. Feinman, a board-certified

Of the various forms of artificial insemination,

fertility specialist at HRC Fertility, which ranks in

which also include ICI (placing the collected

endocrinology and infertility at Fertility & Surgi-

the top five clinics nationwide for success rates,

sperm at the cervix, the neck the uterus )and IVI

cal Associates of California (FSAC), notes that

says that determining the vigor and gender of

(inserting the collected sperm into the vagina),

sometimes less is more and that jumping to

embryos accurately is one of the major refine-

IUI has the best success rate. It is a great deal

the most aggressive treatment isn’t the right

ments since the early days of “test-tube babies.”

cheaper than in vitro fertilization (IVF), which

approach for every patient. “Sometimes it’s

Known as preimplantation genetic screening or

requires retrieving eggs from the woman’s

more appropriate to do less,” he says. “Some-

preimplantation genetic diagnosis, PGS and PGD

ovaries, combining them in laboratory glass-

times the right thing to do is nothing if the

allow doctors to grade the fertilized eggs for their

ware (in vitro is Latin for “in glass”) with sperm,

couple hasn’t been trying long enough.”

viability—and that has boosted success rates

incubating the fertilized eggs, and implanting the selected embryo in the woman’s uterus.

Dr. Shamonki, who is also an associate clinical professor at UCLA, emphasizes however,

and reduced complications. “The embryo selection processes have

Dr. Mousa Shamonki, a board-certified

that it’s important to find a specialist you feel

improved,” Dr. Feinman says. “We used to have

specialist in both OB-GYN and reproductive

comfortable with, since conception problems

to ‘stuff the ballot box,’ hoping one [embryo]

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would be normal, but now we can cut back on the number of embryos we implant.” That, in turn, has cut the frequency of multi-baby pregnancies, a condition that can threaten the health of both the mother and the fetuses and can result in lifelong developmental problems

Fertility by the Numbers

for the children. “I can’t remember the last triplets we had,” Dr. Feinman says happily. Now when a multiple birth results from IVF, it’s usually because the fertilized egg split in half naturally, resulting in identical twins. Another ART method that has seen significant improvement is egg storage. “Freezing

858,579 California women with fertility problems

techniques are excellent now,” says Dr. Shamonki. “You don’t lose eggs the way you used to. You can keep eggs and embryos frozen indefinitely.” Dr. Feinman concurs, noting that the oldest embryo he has successfully implanted was 13 years old. Of course, no one knows how long “indefinitely” really is, but Dr. Feinman jokes that the freezers “would probably survive a nuclear war.” He adds, “The tanks are quite solid. There’s no known time limit for cryopreserved embryos.” Egg freezing (cryopreservation) is a growing business for fertility clinics, as women increasingly get the message that fertility is relatively

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1978

Year the first “test-tube baby” was born in the U.K.

1 to 2 million

Number of eggs (oocytes) contained in a woman’s ovaries at her birth

short term and that it peaks early (age 24) and begins shutting down around age 30. By going through a cycle of treatment with fertility drugs and having multiple eggs retrieved (typically two to three per cycle using drugs that stimulate ovulation), a young woman can ensure that she will have healthy, viable eggs for fertilization

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Age of peak fertility for women

and implantation when she decides later in life

25%

Percentage of couples in which the man has the fertility problem

she is ready to have a baby. The general consensus among reputable U.S. practitioners is that the cut-off point for carrying a baby is age 55. Says Dr. Shamonki, “I don’t want to put the woman at risk. But even if you take pregnancy out of the equation because they’re using a surrogate, there is a ceiling in terms of human longevity.” Dr. Shamonki cites the famous case of the 66-year-old Spanish woman, Maria del Carmen Bousada, who gave birth in 2006 after IVF treatment at a clinic on Los Angeles’ Westside. She died less than three years later, leaving her twin boys motherless. “You have to have concern for the unborn child,” he says. n

$12,400 Average cost of one cycle of in vitro fertilization

78%

Women’s annual chance of conception with regular, unprotected sex, age 35-39

3%

Women’s annual chance of conception with regular, unprotected sex, age 45+

Sources: American Society for Reproductive Medicine; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;VENTURA Forbes; Parents; BLVDRESOLVE HEALTH 2017

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Trucking S

ometimes D’s Super Blends food truck is parked at Universal, serving the cast and crew on The Mindy Project (actress Mindy Kaling apparently is a fan). Other

Trends

times it is there for The Voice or parked on truck

By now most of us are keen to the fact that gourmet fare can come out of a food truck—and D’s Super Blends is one of them. Fans include actors who request D’s on set to health-conscious diners who track down its location on a weekly basis.

ridiculously sweet and chewy dried Maui Gold

row on Valleyheart Drive in Studio City, feeding the lunch crowds. Wherever it parks, people are lining up to buy inventive fare like bee pollen-infused smoothies, perfectly crisp kale chips and Hawaiian pineapple. The truck is the brainchild of 33-year-old Diana Lazarte, who insists she is not a chef. “I have never been interested in being a chef. I have a great love of food,” the Sherman Oaks resident explains. Her menu is comprised of mostly healthy snacks, juices and smoothies. But it also includes incredibly

WRITTEN BY LINDA GRASSO

flavorful versions of dried fruits, nut mixes, organic

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

beef jerky, kale chip acai bowls, beet salad, and asparagus and fennel salad. Local, organic ingredients are used and there are

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no refined cane sugars or additives. Running a food truck was not Diana’s original plan. After doing the New York City rat race thing and working in business for six years, the Queens native got “burned out.” She enjoyed making healthy smoothies and snacks and saw an opportunity. “People kept telling me, ‘Your kale chips are so great! They taste homemade, but better.’ That made me laugh so hard.” Looking for a way to become her own boss, Diana started researching. She visited local smoothie shops, followed blogs and podcasts, and read business books. “I just fully invested myself into every aspect of health. Then I tailored the ingredients into a smoothie that tastes amazing.” All smoothies contain a superfood, which adheres to Diana’s general philosophy that “When you feed your body nutrient-packed foods, you don’t crash and overeat or feel tired. Your body is nourished and energized—ready to tackle anything.” One of her most popular smoothies is the BeeBerry Energizer, which has local, live bee pollen, aimed at reducing allergies and strengthening the immune system. The big juice seller is the Emerald Cleanser, which has low sugar content and is made with fennel and kale. She refers to fennel as her star ingredient, saying, “I love the flavor. It kind of tastes like licorice but brings a nice balance to the drink without having to add so much fruit.” Fennel has other attributes; it is packed with potassium, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Diana’s mom is Peruvian and she still has family in Peru. Diana visited there as a child. “I was always so surprised by the different fruits and ingredients used there. Peruvian cuisine is so complex. My favorite ice cream is lucuma and I’ve only had it in Peru. I now use lucuma powder in my acai bowls. I use other ingredients as well, including maca and Peruvian cacao.” Diana, who plowed her life savings into buying the truck, says she loves what she does but admits managing a food truck has its challenges. “We have run out of generator fuel, all our blenders have failed at once for 15 minutes, with 100 people waiting. Keeping a calm smile and cracking some jokes goes a long way,” she chuckles. To find out where D’s Super Blends is parked on any given day, follow them on Twitter @dsuperblends. For more go to dsuperblends.com n

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NUTRITIOUS NOSHING Gail at her Studio City kitchen with sons Eli and Josh

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Power Pizza FORMER PR MAVEN GAIL BECKER TURNS ENTREPRENEUR WITH HER NEW GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA LINE, CAULIPOWER. WRITTEN BY LINDA GRASSO PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


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or years, as the president of strategic partnerships at the PR powerhouse agency Edelman, Gail Becker used her savvy marketing skills to help people and companies promote their brands. Now she is putting that know-how into getting the word out about her own brand—the nutritious, gluten-free frozen pizza line, Caulipower.

Although the pizzas are made without gluten, they are not being

marketed as a gluten-free product. “Those so often just don’t taste great. Caulipower pizzas have a delicious taste. There are no fillers or cheese in the crust. We use brown rice flour. Plus, there are only 2 grams of sugar per piece—the lowest amount of any on the market.” Gail left the corporate world about a year ago after her father passed away. “He had come to this country with nothing and left with everything: a business, a home and a daughter who loved him. Not long after his death, I recognized this incredible change in me. I increasingly had less patience for things that seemed meaningless and an increasing desire for something more meaningful. I realized that I wanted to be an entrepreneur just like he was … and to try and do some good along the way,” she shares. The inspiration for Caulipower came from her two sons, Josh, 19, and Eli, 14. Both were diagnosed with Celiac disease at a young age, and for years Gail had been buying pre-packaged, gluten-free food. “I began to notice how unhealthy it typically is for you—filled with more fat, sugar and calories. Frustrated with what I could find, I caught on to the cauliflower craze that was sweeping the internet.” Packed with vitamins C and D, cauliflower is considered by some to be a “superfood.” One night she made a cauliflower-based pizza crust and the boys raved about it. “They asked for it again the following week and, to be honest, I said no. Making it took too much time and effort after coming home from a long day at work, but I promised them that I would buy it somewhere. I looked everywhere but couldn’t find it.” A light bulb went off. Gail commissioned some research and began the painstaking process of creating her food line. “We tested countless recipes to come up with the perfect cauliflower crust. I was really taken by the idea of something that was born on the internet and created because people wanted it and couldn’t find it in the marketplace.” The line, with four different varieties of frozen pizzas, is now available at Whole Foods and Bristol Farms as well as on Amazon. Gail is also fulfilling her mission to give back. Caulipower supports One Sun Donor, a nonprofit aimed at connecting kids to whole food. A portion of Caulipower’s proceeds goes toward helping create vegetable gardens in underserved schools across the country. It’s been a ton of work, and Gail admits, “I’ve kind of let myself go for the past year or so. I’ve just really been holed up.” But she has no regrets. “I always used to tell people, the day you stop learning is the day you need to leave. I love what I’m doing now because I learn something new every day. It’s exhilarating.” n

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Gail’s Fitness & Health Regimen Workout routine I go to the gym every day—except for when I travel. I love classes with hand weights, though if I have a good idea that pops in my head mid-class, I have been known to sneak off to my phone and jot it down. If I can’t make class times work, a good session on the elliptical with empowering music does the trick. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen is a particular favorite.

Diet I try to eat a lot of vegetables and love turning favorite foods into “better for you” options—like zucchini noodles, which are a regular dinner staple. I try to avoid anything fried.

Guilty pleasure Popcorn. There are two places that I can’t do without it. One is the movies; the other is Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean.

Health Goal Living a long life is a great goal, but I want to be able to make the most out of it. I lost one parent to old age and one to illness. I have seen the difference. I want to be independent and travel the world in life 3.0. Right now, though, I’m very happy with the 2.0 version.

Fitness Goal I would love to be able to take part in a marathon in some way—even if it’s just walking.

Sleep Routine Sleeping has never been my superpower. I am a very early riser, usually about 4:30 to 5 a.m. In all honesty, I probably average about six hours a night, which is OK, but I would love to be able to sleep more. It’s something I am working on. There is no TV in the bedroom and when the lights go off, so does the phone.

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Ode to Joy and Beauty As we move into spring, here are a few books to guide you in pursuit of that radiant, beautiful inner light. EDITED BY MICHELE GARBER

THE BOOK OF JOY: LASTING HAPPINESS IN A CHANGING WORLD BY DALAI LAMA, DESMOND TUTU AND DOUGLAS ABRAMS Oh to be a fly on the wall in 2015 when Archbishop

half dozen times. This meeting, a year in the making, was

Desmond Tutu visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his

to give the world a gift of insight: an invitation to joy and

residence in Dharamsala, India. The two longtime friends

happiness. The Book of Joy outlines their eight pillars of

gathered on the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and spent a

joy—four of the mind, four of the heart. The duo shares their

week laughing, discussing the joys and sorrows of their lives,

experience and wisdom in discovering joy and how each of

and contemplating the source of joy. According to coauthor

us can transform joy from a temporary, “ephemeral state

Douglas Abrams, the two men consider each other their

into an enduring trait”—regardless of the challenging and

“mischievous spiritual brother,” though they’ve only met a

changing world around us.

STRONG IS THE NEW BEAUTIFUL: EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY, EAT CLEAN, AND HARNESS YOUR POWER BY LINDSEY VONN World-champion skier Lindsey Vonn is the most successful

and dieting. In her new book, Vonn speaks candidly about her

American ski racer in history, having won a remarkable 76

struggles to bounce back from injuries and to find nutrition

World Cup races, including four World Cup overall champion-

and fitness routines that enable her to reach her peak. Focus-

ships, eight season titles and a record 20 World Cup Crystal

ing on being healthy and strong, both mentally and physically,

Globe titles. And, with her career still going strong, Vonn is on

has enabled her to become the champion she is today. The

pace to break more records. With her model good looks and

athlete shares with readers personal insight into loving the

immeasurable talent, Vonn seems to have it all. But like many

body you have and finding what works best for you, along with

of us, she has struggled with weight gain, body image issues

training routines and advice on eating clean.

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approach to discovering each unique and authentic beauty,

join forces in their new book that upends the conventional

which they consider a birthright. From internal and external

wisdom and traditional definitions of beauty. Chopra

nourishment to proper body movement and spiritual

and Snyder present a thoughtful and compelling discus-

balance, Radical Beauty provides a roadmap that fosters

sion of what beauty truly is. The pair lays out their six

transformational beauty from the inside out—leading to

“Radical Beauty Pillars” of healthy living that offer a holistic

increased energy, vitality, confidence and overall well-being.

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MEDIC AND HOMEGROWN VALLEY BOY BRIAN BENTLEY LIVES AND BREATHES A LIFESTYLE OF FITNESS. WRITTEN BY LINDA GRASSO PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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Brian’s Fitness & Health Regimen Workout routine

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rowing up in Reseda, Brian Bentley says he was a “skinny kid.” But all that changed when he was 16 and his father, a fitness buff, “dragged” him to a local YMCA weight room. “After learning the basics, I moved my

way through various facilities, trying different things, learning new

On most days, workouts generally occur in the early morning. Since

methods and techniques. So my dad got me into it—then I took the

time is usually an issue, I focus on resistance training for 40-60 min-

ball and ran with it.”

utes followed by 20 minutes of high-intensity cardio. With a shower, I can knock out a challenging routine in under an hour and a half.

For the past 15 years, Brian says he’s been obsessed with going to the gym. “If I don’t go every day, I don’t feel good psychologically. It’s not a matter of if I’m going to do it. I have to do it.”

Diet

At one point the 31-year-old even worked as an instructor at Pulse

Most days start with a pre-workout spoonful of almond butter, fol-

Fitness Studio in Sherman Oaks. “When it comes to being in good

lowed by five to six small meals interspersed throughout the day. This

physical shape, he is the real deal,” says Pulse owner Mark Harari.

includes a healthy intake of protein—mostly chicken and fish—whole

Brian currently works as a certified medic in the entertainment

carbs, fruits and veggies, and sweet potato as well as brown rice (only

industry. That means spending long hours on the set of TV shows

eaten in the early hours of the day).

like Westworld and Silicon Valley. “You’d be surprised how often people get hurt,” he explains.

Guilty pleasures

With three fitness-related degrees, including a master’s degree

They say everything in moderation, and I usually live by this—not try-

in sport and recreational science from Cal State Northridge, Brian

ing to make a habit out of anything. But when I break away from my

aspires to be a LA firefighter. He has passed the necessary tests to

routine, I make it count. You have oatmeal raisin cookies? Great. I’ll

qualify and is currently waiting for a job to become available.

eat the whole batch.

Brian’s workout routine is CrossFit. “I’m all about functional, dynamic movement. While I’m not a paying member of a CrossFit

Ultimate fitness goal

box, I style my training in a way that implements fast-paced, full-

It’s all about the journey, right? I believe I’m living my goal each

body movements. It feels good, and I see the results.”

and every day.

Though he likes “to go hard,” Brian isn’t rigid in his ways. “Sometimes it’s okay to take a bike ride and call it a job well done.” His diet mirrors his workout; it is disciplined and deliberate. “I follow a clean regimen. Lots of protein and vegetables. I drink a lot of water—about a gallon a day. And I avoid dairy.“ Another thing Brian avoids: letting his passion for being in top physical shape prevent him from being social. “I don’t restrict myself when I’m around mixed company. I don’t want to be the guy at the party who is afraid to have a drink or a piece of cake.” Brian comes from an athletic family. In addition to his fit dad, (who is a hair stylist in Woodland Hills), his mother is a former professional dancer who currently owns the Anna Cheselka Dance Center in Studio City. Brian says he too will be fitness-minded later in life. “I anticipate evolving my process to address aging. This will require me to make adjustments, but I’ll continue to push myself as hard as I am capable of pushing. It’s a simple mindset, and I haven’t diverted from it since day one: train every day. That will not change.” n

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TIME OUT Brian with his fiance, Stacey Chiang, at Pulse Fitness Studio in Sherman Oaks.


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Keep The Coast On Your Left When Andrew Szabo, a 46-year-old entrepreneur, told his wife that his midlife crisis involved the purchase of an ocean kayak and the desire to paddle from Manhattan Beach to Tijuana, her reaction was simple: “Have a good trip, and make sure your life insurance premiums are paid.� What followed were three months of intense preparations, a life-changing journey and becoming part of the global battle to raise awareness for tuna overfishing. WRITTEN BY ANDREW SZABO

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A

s memories of long winter nights slowly fade, my wanderlust

been discontinued years ago. Luckily I could reuse and recycle a pre-loved

usually switches into high gear. This year was somewhat

model that the OC dealer had lying around in Costa Mesa.

different. I didn’t really want to go anywhere, but I wanted to go far. I wanted to do something physically challenging but

without employing the “midlife crisis adventure travel” industry. Turning 46, I became increasingly worried about the future of my

“Are you paddling around the marina or want to go on longer day trips?” the owner of the store asked. “Actually, I want to paddle from LA to Tijuana,” I replied. “You’re kidding now,” she said in disbelief, not knowing whether to sell

muscles, joints and bones. I already felt every muscle in my body after an

me more gear or treat me with mercy. She promptly unloaded $800

hour of surfing. I entered an age where any mildly strenuous activity came

worth of additional gear. I spent the rest of the summer kayaking and

with ice and two Advils.

amassing an arsenal of outdoor gear.

I was no stranger to the world of kayaking. In my mid-20s I nearly

During my preparation, I learned about Greenpeace’s ocean campaigns

drowned in a kayak accident on the Danube. This year I was ready to get

through a friend. Ever since the Greenpeace activist ship, the Rainbow

back in the water. My wife was fully aware of my not-so-stellar aquatic

Warrior, was blown up by the French secret service in New Zealand, the

track record, yet she remained supportive. “All I ask is for a way to track

organization held a special place in my heart. Inspired by the Rainbow

you, so I can tell the Coast Guard where to start their search,” she said.

Warrior, I named my kayak Arcoiris Explorer and joined Greenpeace’s

As spring went by, boxes of kayaking books began showing up on our doorstep. After a long weekend bingeing on YouTube kayaking tutorials, I

“Change Your Tuna” campaign. The campaign’s message is simple: Our oceans’ health is at serious

thought it would be wise to take some ocean kayaking classes. My imme-

risk due to irresponsible tuna overfishing and the way we buy tuna. Entire

diate loved ones who became more and more aware of my madness

tuna species are on the verge of extinction. Unethical fishing destroys

were all in favor. Untrue to my self-made character, I completed an ocean

turtle, stingray, shark and sea bird populations and damages the entire

kayak survival class through UCLA. Last on the list was to find a suitable

ocean ecosystem.

ocean kayak and start training. I found out early on in my quest for a vessel that sea kayaking is a

The only way to stop the trend is to change the way we buy tuna. By purchasing only sustainably fished, ethical brands, tuna will survive man-

dying sport. The closest kayak dealer was in Orange County. After trying

kind. Everyone can make a difference, and we can all make a change—just

on several kayaks, I discovered that the best fit for me and my gear had

by buying the right can of tuna.

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I had a cause, a goal, a kayak and three months to get ready. September 4 was the kind of Sunday morning when the wind and the marine layer cause Manhattan Beach residents to stay indoors way past brunch time. I schlepped more than 160 pounds of kayak and gear to water’s edge while the rest of MB was still asleep. My main concern was takeoffs and landings in surf zones. I never practiced a beach launch with a fully loaded kayak before. That was a separate course at UCLA, for which I was too cheap to sign up. I had my sprayskirt around the cockpit, my personal floatation device on, my marine radio tuned to the Coast Guard emergency channel and all of my equipment in place. The waves were already licking the stern of the yak. My eyes focused on the water, counting the waves and the time lapse between them. The possibility of a shameful spill one minute into the journey made me extra tense and alert. The adrenaline rush kept me focused on the approaching surf and my hands firmly on the paddle as I was doing my best to keep the yak perpendicular to the oncoming break, while enduring endless gallons of salt water in my face.

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The next 10 days were a delicious cocktail of perfectly balanced Zen and adrenaline with a twist of doing good. One minute I was enjoying the serenity of glassy waters under a friendly layer of ocean mist, while at other times I was paddling for my life—navigating between sharp rock gardens and menacing waves. I spent my nights on various beaches, at times listening to soothing waves or to rowdy yells of overjoyed Pokemon hunters. I learned to move with the ocean. I learned to respect tide cycles. I woke with the sun and went to sleep with the moon. I learned the names of towns between here and Tijuana. I appreciated my space and learned to appreciate the proximity of others. It gave me joy to know that true DIY adventures still exist, and sometimes they may just start three blocks from your house. To learn more about Andrew Szabo’s trip and how you can help heal our oceans by changing your tuna, visit arcoirisexplorer.org. n

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Away We Go

T

Tips on staying healthy while traveling WRITTEN BY NANCY SOKOLER STEINER

raveling opens us up to new experi-

every few hours, flex your feet periodically and

teurized dairy products, unpeeled fruit, and

ences, new ways of seeing. And as

try not to cross your legs. Dr. Lashin recom-

raw or rare meat, fish or shellfish. Yogurt, kefir

one anonymous traveler said, it is

mends that you not take sleeping pills during

and other probiotics (including those in pill

the only thing you buy that makes

air travel so that you don’t stay sedentary. Air-

form) can help prevent diarrhea.

you richer. Whether you plan to venture close

plane cabin air contains less oxygen, so people

to home or far away, take some precautions to

with certain conditions such heart or lung

Italy, Thailand and Turkey, advises packing nuts

promote good health throughout your journey.

problems may need to have medical oxygen

and protein bars to stave off hunger until you

with them in the plane.

can find safe food.

BEFORE YOU GO

Dr. Lashin, who has vacationed in Greece,

Drink lots of water before, during and after

See your doctor a month or more ahead of

your flight to counteract dehydration, which

INSECTS AND BUGS

time to discuss any health concerns and to

can exacerbate jet lag. Use a saline nasal spray

Bring and use insect repellant containing DEET.

get vaccines recommended for your destina-

to keep your nasal passages moist. Avoid alco-

Wear protective clothing, including long-

tion. Make sure you have enough prescription

hol and caffeine, which can be dehydrating and

sleeved pants and shirts, and treat them with

medication and carry it with you, rather than in

affect sleep. Once you reach your destination,

DEET if possible. Check for ticks and remove

your checked luggage. Keep prescription and

adapt to your new time zone by staying awake

them properly. If you are traveling to a malaria-

over-the-counter medications in their original

until nighttime.

prone area, your doctor may prescribe medica-

packaging. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen. If you are traveling abroad, visit the Centers

If you will be driving in a foreign country, you will probably need an international driving

tion that you will need to take before, during and after your trip.

for Disease Control And Prevention website

permit. You can learn about local laws and

(cdc.gov) to learn about health risks related to

driving culture from the country’s embassy or

EVERYDAY SAFETY

your destination, and the U.S. Department of

consulates in the U.S.

Don’t forget to follow the safety precautions

State website (travel.state.gov) to check cur-

you take at home. Wear seat belts, helmets, EATING AND DRINKING

life vests and other protective gear. Practice

In developing countries, avoid tap water in all

safe sex. Wash your hands often. Wear a medi-

EN ROUTE

forms, including beverages, ice or when brush-

cal bracelet or carry some type of notifica-

“You don’t want to stay in the same position for

ing teeth. Treat tap water by boiling it for three

tion if you have an allergy or a condition that

long periods of time, which can lead to prob-

minutes and allowing it to cool or by using

might require emergency care. Keep a list of

lems like deep vein thrombosis,” says Dr. Sahar

commercial iodine or chlorine tablets. Or stick

emergency numbers with you. Whether you’ll

Lashin, an internist with UCLA Health Primary

with bottled and canned beverages. Locally

be saying skål, santé or za zdorov’e, here’s to

& Specialty Care in Palos Verdes. “Be sure to

made carbonated beverages, beer and wine

your health! n

get up and move around.”

may not be safe.

rent travel warnings.

In addition to walking around the plane

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“Treating a patient’s injury and helping them get back to the activities they enjoy in life brings joy and meaning to what I do as a physician. Through this process, I feel that I am making a positive impact on their quality of life.”

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– DR. MICHAEL ABDULIAN, THE SPINE AND ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE

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THE VALLEY’S TOP HEALTH PROFESSIONALS A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR BEING AT YOUR PHYSICAL BEST SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Edited by Laura Watts | Photographed by Matthew Cooke & Tameka Jacobs

56 THE SPINE AND ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE MICHAEL ABDULIAN, MD 58 GSK SPINE GREG S. KHOUNGANIAN, MD 60 TOLBERT CENTER FOR REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS GLENNA TOLBERT, MD 62 VĒNA VASCULAR LAB AND VEIN CLINIC VAHE MELKONYAN, MD 64 ALI R. NAMAZIE, MD 66 EVO ADVANCED FOOT SURGERY ALI SADRIEH, DPM & JASON KHADAVI, DPM 68 GLASER PAIN RELIEF CENTER JEFFREY B. GLASER, MD

70 CLEAR HEALTH ADVISORS, LLC DR. VALERIE ULENE & BYRDIE LIFSON POMPAN 72 LASKY PEDIATRIC DENTAL GROUP MICHAEL LASKY, DDS, JILL LASKY, DDS, ADI GENISH, DDS 74 MARK D. EXLER, DDS 76 COMPLETE HEALTH DENTISTRY OF WOODLAND HILLS DR. BRUCE F. BEARD & DR. MANNY FERNANDEZ 78 MARGIE SLATER, PSYD, JENNIFER GALVAN, PHD, MARINA BOCHKUR-DRATVER, PSYD, KATHRYN LEE, MPH, RD 80 COSMETIC INJECTABLES CENTER SHERLY M. SOLEIMAN, MD


THE SPINE AND ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE MICHAEL ABDULIAN, MD Glendale Adventist Medical Center | 1500 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Suite 401B | Glendale | 818-863-4446 | michaelabdulianmd.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

• Sports medicine: shoulder, hip & knee arthroscopy, sports injuries • Joint replacement: anterior hip replacement, total knee & total shoulder replacements, robotic partial knee replacements • Orthopaedic trauma & fracture surgery • Arthritis treatment: surgical and nonsurgical options for arthritis including PRP injections

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

“I started practice in 2013. It is a large, multispecialty practice that provides comprehensive musculoskeletal care from head to toe. There are 12 doctors covering the entire spectrum of orthopaedics. The office staff is superb, kind and patient. We refer patients to each other within the group and constantly communicate and collaborate to provide the best comprehensive care for our patients.”

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THE GROWTH OF YOUR PRACTICE?

“My practice has flourished and is thriving due to recommendations from prior patients and word-of-mouth.”

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“My practice has flourished and is thriving due to recommendations from prior patients and word-of-mouth. I try to provide an overall positive experience for each patient. I take ample time to listen to their needs and work with them to figure out the solution to their problem. If it is a problem outside of my scope of practice, I always try to connect them with the appropriate doctor to best address their individual needs. It is the experience and relationship that we develop with our patients that keeps them coming back and referring me to their family and friends.”

WHAT QUALITY IS IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO CARING FOR PATIENTS? “An important quality of a good physician is taking the time to listen to your patients. Oftentimes the physician-patient interaction is rushed, and small details can be missed. These details can have a significant influence on the treatment path for that specific patient. I strive to listen to my patients and work with them to devise a treatment strategy fit for their needs.”

HOW DO YOU EDUCATE YOUR CLIENTS TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEMSELVES? “Listen to your body. I try to educate patients on being aware and mindful of what their body is telling them. Proper warmup before activity and appropriate rest after to allow the body to recover and heal are essential. Injury prevention and rehabilitation are important parts of my treatment algorithm.”

GOOD TIMES Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family. In the summer we love to take walks along Ventura Boulevard and stop at one of the local ice cream spots. We frequent the farmers market on Sunday mornings.

AREA OF EXPERTISE I specialize in sports medicine and injuries of the shoulder, hip and knee. I focus on minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for joint preservation. I take a conservative approach and tailor each patient’s treatment plan based on the type of injury and their lifestyle. When surgery is necessary, I utilize new, precise and innovative techniques such as robotic joint replacement and surgical approaches that get people up and moving the same day of surgery.

MEMORABLE MOMENT Marrying the love of my life!


GSK SPINE GREG S. KHOUNGANIAN, MD 5525 Etiwanda Ave., #311 | Tarzana | 818-343-4430 | GSKspine.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

• • • • • • • • •

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PRACTICE’S GROWTH?

Minimally invasive spine surgery Lumbar microdiscectomy Lumbar laminectomy Lumbar fusion Lumbar disc replacement Cervical disc replacement Cervical discectomy and fusion Cervical decompression Revision cervical and lumbar procedures

“We offer some of the most minimally invasive procedures possible that help minimize scarring, incision size and postoperative pain.”

“Our approach to helping patients navigate through the treatment process—starting with the initial consult and gradually progressing through different modes of treatment. We try to maximize our patients’ improvement without surgery. And when surgery is inevitable, we provide our patients with the time necessary to discuss the plan and any questions they may have regarding the preparation, day of surgery and post-operative recovery process. We are there throughout the entire process and see patients periodically after surgery to evaluate their progression through the recovery.”

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER THAT ARE UNIQUE?

“Often patients ask about their recovery and ability to return to work. We offer some of the most minimally invasive procedures possible that help minimize scarring, incision size and postoperative pain. This allows our patients to return to their active lifestyle and work as quickly as possible. Patients often go home the same day and have the ability to recover in the comfort of their own home. We also help coordinate postoperative physical therapy, both at home and at a facility. My regimen consists of a gradual and supervised progression in activities. This helps build goals and advance physical activity tailored to each individual patient and their own personal physical activity goals.”

through low back and abdominal muscles. I have often recommended yoga and Pilates as a great way to maximize core strength through body resistance exercises, stretching and all done with minimal to low impact maneuvers. Weight loss can also provide a tremendous amount of relief for low back pain. As little as 10 pounds of weight reduction can reduce a significant amount of low back stress.

AREA OF EXPERTISE Minimally invasive spine surgery and same-day surgery is the area we focus on for our patients. Often the procedures we perform can be outpatient and allow patients to recover in the comfort of their own home. As a boardcertified spine surgeon, I have performed many cervical and lumbar surgeries in this manner and find that it is the best way to optimize patient outcome.

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WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

“By far, the most rewarding aspect of what I do is helping people return to their life after surgery. Often patients are so debilitated by their pain due to their condition that they can’t work or enjoy activities with their family. Seeing a patient through the process of their first consultation and progressing them through the treatment process—whether it be surgical or not—is highly rewarding.”

WISE WORDS Some of the best ways a patient can avoid back problems is exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Some simple activities are core-strengthening activities to provide stability to the lumbar spine

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BEFORE & AFTER The pictures are pre-operative MRI with a cervical disc herniation. The X-rays are pictures of the mobile cervical disc replacement that continues to move, as seen by the Neutral/Flexion/ Extension images. Continued motion with disc replacement without fusing helps spare premature degeneration of the segments adjacent to the procedure.


TOLBERT CENTER FOR REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS GLENNA TOLBERT, MD, QME 17609 Ventura Blvd., Suite 114 | Encino | 818-784-7197 | tolbertrehab.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

• • • • • • • •

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE?

• • • •

Primary care & general medicine Spinal cord medicine Epidurals Joint injections Trigger point injections Nerve blocks Botox Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma injections Homeopathic injections Genetic medication testing Nutritional & weight loss programs Medical gym & physical therapy

“We help you heal without surgery! We provide 21st-century medicine techniques with regenerative injections. Blending traditional medical approaches with natural healing options, we offer personalized medicine and customized programs. We use all our tools at our disposal— from traditional treatments such as epidurals and joint injections to regenerative medicine treatments. We are great at diagnosing your problem. After a thorough medical evaluation, DNA (genetic) testing is performed to see if you are a good candidate and determine what your body needs to heal. We are available to patients as they rehabilitate in our medical gym with our trainer. Se habla español.”

WHAT IS MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

“Great news! Stem cell rehabilitation has arrived.”

solve the underlying problem. In fact, if repeated too often, they may be harmful to the body. We also offer homeopathic pain procedures— a natural steroid alternative.

RECOMMENDED Re*gen*er*ate – verb – regrow (new tissue) – to replace lost or injured tissue. Regenerative Injection Options: Stem Cell – This is the most powerful treatment and best for severe injuries, advanced arthritis or failed surgeries. Stem cells can become new cells. They can become new cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) – This treatment is great for stimulating healing without surgery. Prolotherapy – A natural treatment for those nagging injuries that do not need surgery. All injections are performed using ultrasound so the physician can see exactly where to inject.

“Colleagues often refer themselves, family members and patients who have been suffering with pain and function for many years. It is most rewarding to not only provide pain relief and restore function but solve the patient’s problem and help them heal.”

HOW DO YOU ASSIST YOUR PATIENTS IN NAVIGATING THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY?

“We remind patients that our medical recommendations are based on what will get them better, not limited to what their insurance will cover. For this reason, we offer transparent, affordable cash prices. Our programs are perfectly suited for Medicare patients. Private insurance is less predictable, so we encourage patients to avoid contracts that require preauthorization before we can treat them.”

SHARED TIP When patients need immediate pain relief, we perform traditional pain treatments for acute pain inside our office, including epidurals, medications, trigger point injections and steroid joint injections. These procedures, although effective for acute pain relief, do not heal or

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SHARED TIP Great news! Stem cell rehabilitation has arrived. We now have the ability to heal and restore patients’ damaged cartilage, torn meniscus, tendons and ligaments nonsurgically in our office. Stem cell, PRP and prolotherapy are designed to stimulate the patient’s immune system to heal damaged structures without the significant risks associated with surgeries, medications or traditional invasive procedures. These regenerative injections are designed to heal in addition to provide pain relief.


VĒNA VASCULAR LAB AND VEIN CLINIC VAHE MELKONYAN, MD, RVT, RPVI 4910 Van Nuys Blvd. #206 | Sherman Oaks | 1332 S. Glendale Ave. | Glendale | 818-855-2230 | venavascular.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

• Comprehensive diagnostics & treatment of venous disease • Varicose veins • Venous insufficiency • Thrombosis • Spider veins • Hand veins • Facial veins • Chest veins

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

“At VēNA we’ll set you on the path toward long-term recovery.”

“Dr. Vahe Melkonyan, the founding medical director of VēNA Vascular Lab and Vein Clinic, has extensive international surgical background. He is among a few first diplomats of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, committing himself to the advancement of the highest standard in vein care. VēNA is a stateof-the-art facility accredited by the American Board of Radiology; our practice underwent a vigorous process of evaluation to ensure the highest quality of patient care.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE? “At VēNA we’ll set you on the path toward long-term recovery. We provide comprehensive diagnostics and treatments for all types of vein disorders without lengthy hospital stays or extensive surgeries. We improve the health of your legs and make them feel good and look great, using a variety of advanced, outpatient, nonsurgical and surgical treatments to achieve this. We are trained and experienced phlebologists (vein doctors) and vein sonographers exclusively dedicated to venous disease.”

complications like non-healing ulcers, blood clots, chronic pain, etc. For years, many patients with venous disease were neglected by the medical community or presented with limited or undesirable surgical treatment options only.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE & AFTER You don’t have to have bulging veins to think about venous disease. Call VēNA if you are suffering from one or more of the following symptoms: swollen ankles, leg pain and aches, fatigue and heaviness, itching and burning, night cramps and restless legs, dry skin and irritation, non-healing wounds and eczema.

HOW DO YOU EDUCATE YOUR CLIENTS TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEMSELVES?

“We advise patients to choose a doctor carefully, among diplomats of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and accredited by the American Board of Radiology and/or the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission facilities only.”

BEFORE

AFTER

SHARED TIP An astonishing 80 million Americans suffer from venous disease. Varicose veins are not a cosmetic issue and could lead to debilitating

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PRACTICE SPECIALTY VēNA offers comprehensive venous treatments such as EVLA (endovenous laser ablation), radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, cosmetic spider vein removal and many more. All treatments, whether medical or cosmetic, are tailored to individual patient’s needs. The procedures performed at VēNA Vascular Lab and Vein Clinic are exclusively outpatient, minimally invasive, painless with immediate results. There is no down time, which means that the patient can return to daily activities right after the treatment. “Vein care beneath the surface” is VēNA’s slogan, which means we look beyond the surface, identify and eliminate the real, deeper cause of the superficial vein disease.


ALI R. NAMAZIE, MD 4955 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite #505 | Sherman Oaks | 818-986-5500 | namaziemd.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

MEMORABLE MOMENT

• • • • • • • • • • • •

TELL US ABOUT A COMPLEX CHALLENGE YOU HELPED A PATIENT SOLVE.

The most memorable moments of my career have been the times that I have spent on medical missions in South America and local neighborhoods. I have had the opportunity to care for children with facial disfigurements. I was able to save lives by removing and reconstructing facial cancers. These have been the most gratifying experiences of my life. I look forward to my next visit to underprivileged parts of the world.

Thyroid surgery Head and neck cancer Voice and throat disorders Endoscopic sinus surgery Nasal breathing surgery Non-surgical sinus clearing (balloon) Rhinoplasty, nasal cosmetic surgery Eyelid and brow surgery Minimally invasive facial rejuvenation Facial plastic surgery (facelift) Botox and fillers Ears surgery

“A woman who had undergone several previous nasal cosmetic surgeries came to me with a severe nasal deformity and nasal obstruction. I had to devise an innovative surgery using bone grafting and ear cartilage to fully reconstruct her nose. The surgery was very extensive and took about six hours. After surgery, not only was she elated with the cosmetic outcome, but she was able to breath without any restrictions. In another challenging case, I cared for a man with a six-month history of ear blockage. He had been examined by several otolaryngologists who had not identified any problems. I was able to find a cancer in the back of his nasal passage. He received radiation therapy and has remained alive and healthy over the last seven years.”

WHAT SKILL IS MOST IMPORTANT WHEN CARING FOR PATIENTS?

“I feel confident that my experience in minimally invasive facial surgery will serve my patients well.”

“After 15 years in practice, I have developed a great rapport with my patients. I have been meticulous in developing empathy and an ability to understand my patients’ concerns. I pride myself in my ability to communicate will all my patients and to put them at ease during a very stressful situation. In addition, I have put great emphasis and effort on refining my surgical skills and yet treating each patient as a vulnerable human being. I continue to study and take courses in my field to be able to offer cutting-edge treatment for all my patients.”

AREA OF EXPERTISE I trained for 11 years at UCLA School of Medicine, including residency and facial plastics fellowship. I also served as assistant clinical professor at UCLA. I am double-boarded in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology. I am very comfortable with all aspects of facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I excel in rhinoplasty and truly enjoy facial rejuvenation. I feel confident that my experience in minimally invasive facial surgery will serve my patients well.

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BEFORE & AFTER A well-done rhinoplasty can be a life-changing event for a person. Often, the young patient seeking a rhinoplasty is lacking in self-confidence and ashamed of their facial appearance. They are hesitant to apply for that job or go on that date. Frequently, after their rhinoplasty, they show more confidence, more comfort in daily interactions and general increased satisfaction in their life.


EVO ADVANCED FOOT SURGERY ALI SADRIEH, DPM & JASON KHADAVI, DPM 12265 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 107 | Studio City | 310-691-5411 | evofoot.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

• • • • •

WHAT IS EVO FOOT?

Bunion correction Hammertoe correction Aesthetic toe shortening Aesthetic toe lengthening Foot narrowing

“Our procedures are designed with aesthetics in mind, respecting beauty as well as function.”

“Evo started as a concept practice in 2011 where the fusion of technology, medicine and humanities served as the core principles of everything we created. Our procedures are designed with aesthetics in mind, respecting beauty as well as function. The practice is designed around the principles of UX (User Experience), offering our patients concierge medicine without the premium cost. Evo is about finding excellence in every aspect of how we serve our patients.”

HOW DOES EVO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE?

“As evo doctors, we come to work with the credo that being a good doctor is our minimum deliverable. We go to medical school, complete residency and begin practice with the expectation that we should be excellent practitioners of our craft. Settling for good results isn’t good enough for us. So we lead by example, implementing the most advanced, modern technologies for our patients regardless of the cost. This is what we committed to when we took our oath.”

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE & AFTER The evofoot bunion correction is an advanced method that allows the patient to remain ambulatory during the recovery process. The average recovery involves a two-week period of wearing a surgical shoe, then a two-week period of tennis shoes. The incisions are hidden on the side and closed plastic-surgically.

WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT EVO PROCEDURES?

“In 2001 Dr. Sadrieh merged plastic surgical techniques with foot surgery and created Aesthetic Foot Surgery. Evo bunion correction and hammertoe correction set a new standard for short recovery, cosmetic results and functional surgery of the foot.”

WISE WORDS In our speciality, if it doesn’t look good, it’s probably going to be a problem in the future! What that means is that in the foot, most structural problems present as visually problematic areas as well. Hammertoes, bunions, tailor’s bunions and other problems may be there without pain, but the fact is that over time they can develop real issues like arthritis, tissue degeneration and pain.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT We’ve been privileged with so many special experiences with our patients, but one of most memorable is when we deliver a toe reconstruction to a patient. These procedures are unique to our practice, as evo is the only place in the world that this can be performed. They’re life-changing, and the expression on our patients’ faces when they see the reveal is worth all the effort!


GLASER PAIN RELIEF CENTER JEFFREY B. GLASER, MD 16311 Ventura Blvd., Suite 518 | Encino | 818-501- PAIN (7246) | glaserpainrelief.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

WISE WORDS

• • • • • • • • • •

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

Many conditions of the spine that cause pain can be avoided by learning to properly strengthen the core and lift objects. Additionally, many people don’t realize that cigarette smoking can prolong healing of conditions of the spine and actually make back pain worse. Who knew!

Epidural steroid injections Rhizotomies/nerve ablations Back pain relief Spinal cord stimulation Botox for migraines Selective nerve root blocks Spinal stenosis treatment Herniated disc treatment Sciatica treatment Neck pain relie

My practice was started in 2001 in Encino to provide patients with alternative treatments to surgery to treat conditions of the spine causing neck pain, back pain and sciatica. It is important to me to provide patients with a soothing and professional environment that calms their nerves and relaxes them.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAFF.

I’m so proud of my staff. They have all been handpicked for their compassion and abilities. Each team member cares about every patient, and it shows. My office environment feels more like a family than a workplace due to the enthusiasm, friendliness and warmth of my team.

“It is important to me to provide patients with a soothing and professional environment that calms their nerves and relaxes them.”

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THE VALLEY?

I grew up in the Valley. I went to Chatsworth High School before going to college and medical school. My whole family is here. After completing my residency and specialty training at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), I moved to Las Vegas for a year to practice. I very quickly realized how much I missed my friends and family—and decided to move back to the community where I grew up. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a patient whom I somehow am connected to. It’s a real thrill to take care of people in the community where I was born and raised.

MUST-TRY 80% of people will suffer a major episode of back pain and/or sciatica during their lifetime. Surgery is usually not required, and these symptoms will resolve with rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories. Sometimes the symptoms don’t resolve with these modalities. In these cases many patients will benefit from epidural steroid injections or nerve ablations.

AREA OF EXPERTISE My expertise is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions causing pain. An emphasis is on conditions of the spine such as spinal stenosis and herniated discs, which can cause back pain and/or sciatica.


CLEAR HEALTH ADVISORS, LLC DR. VALERIE ULENE & BYRDIE LIFSON POMPAN 14320 Ventura Blvd. #102 | Sherman Oaks | 800-673-7014 | clearhealthadvisors.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

• Identification and access to the most experienced and qualified specialists • Provide diagnosis specific research reports • Collection of medical records • Medical records review and interpretation • Second opinion counseling • Coordination and communication between physicians • Patient specific treatment options • Decision making support

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

“Clear Health Advisors was borne organically. Two women with vastly different backgrounds came together with one mission: to help people to get the best care possible. Trained in preventive medicine, Val had been working for more than a decade as a medical journalist, conducting in-depth research on a wide variety of conditions. Her work often led her to the foremost leading specialists in these areas. Byrdie had been working as a literary agent for more than 20 years at Creative Artists Agency, during which time she was forced to face our health care system up close and personal. While advocating came naturally to her, the process of trying to procure the best care for herself and her family was eye-opening.”

DESCRIBE YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF CARE.

“Our philosophy of care touches people emotionally and resonates with them intellectually.”

“At Clear Health Advisors, our philosophy of care touches people emotionally and resonates with them intellectually. We are the ultimate clientcentric service provider. We are committed to getting clients to the most appropriate physicians to ensure the very best possible care.”

WHAT ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING?

“Our practice is unique in that we do not ‘treat’ patients. Instead, we take control of and oversee their complex health care needs. Nearly everything in the health care system is simply harder than it has to be. We work to make it easier. A lack of communication and coordination within the health care system is one of biggest problems that we see. But it is a problem that can be remedied—and one we can help with.”

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PRACTICE’S GROWTH?

“The daunting complexity of our health care system is making the need for a third party that acts solely on the patient’s behalf imperative. Currently, there is virtually no way for patients to accurately evaluate physician quality; the data to do so is extremely limited

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and difficult to access. It’s also complicated for patients to determine if they’re been diagnosed correctly and even more difficult for them to know if they’re receiving state-of-the-art treatment. Clear Health eliminates some of this guesswork, providing patients with clear, comprehensive and objective medical guidance and case management.”

WISE WORDS If you don’t know what your options are, you don’t have any.

AREA OF EXPERTISE We work with clients suffering from medically complex conditions or potentially life-threatening diagnoses. We collect and organize all of their medical records and identify the most appropriate specialist (or team of specialists) for them to consult with. We then work to educate our clients about treatment options, allowing them to make the most informed decisions possible.

MEMORABLE MOMENT Honestly, there are so many stories we’d love to share. Because of issues surrounding patient privacy, we will simply say that every client is unique and every experience is gratifying, regardless of the ultimate outcome.


LASKY PEDIATRIC DENTAL GROUP MICHAEL LASKY, DDS | JILL LASKY, DDS | ADI GENISH, DDS 12930 Ventura Blvd., Suite 226C | Studio City | 818-465-7545 | laskypediatricdental.com

SERVICES OFFERED

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COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

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WHAT MAKES YOUR PRACTICE UNIQUE?

At LPDG we believe that in-office parent education is the foundation of your child’s oral health and helps them learn and maintain good oral care habits. We also believe that it’s important to take this message out into the community. In making regular visits to nursery and elementary schools, parenting groups and community organizations, we promote the importance of health and teach proper oral care techniques to parents and children.

Pediatric dental practice 20+ years of experience Whole child approach to dental care High anxiety and ADHD specialists Skilled in behavior modification Nitrous oxide & sedation available Convenient evening & Saturday hours Free valet & self-parking Available 24/7 for emergencies

“Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s goal is to make both parents and children feel comfortable and safe. Our families enjoy that our waiting area is homelike and serene. Parents are always included in the decision-making process, and we make sure they understand all treatment options and recommendations. Children are examined where they are most receptive: on their parent’s lap, on the floor or by our toy box. Lastly, parents appreciate being able to call or email us between visits.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAFF.

“Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s goal is to make both parents and children feel comfortable and safe.”

“Our practice wouldn’t be as successful if we didn’t have a strong team of experienced registered dental hygienists and assistants supporting us. From the front desk to the back office, our team is highly trained in dealing with children of all ages. They are also experienced in treating children with special needs—ranging from fearful or high-anxiety cases to those with more complex mental and physical issues. We are blessed that our team has become part of our extended family and they, like us, love what they do.”

TELL US YOUR EXCITING NEWS!

“Join us in welcoming our new pediatric dentist Dr. Adi Genish. An accomplished graduate of UCLA Dental School and mother of two, she’s a wonderful addition to our LPDG team.”

AREA OF EXPERTISE All of us at LPDG want to make going to the dentist a positive experience for the entire family. Our zen-like office is a fear-free zone for kids and a guilt-free zone for parents. No cookie-cutter or textbook methods here, every child gets an individualized treatment plan and recommendations for their home care. As parents ourselves, we know and respect you have to weigh our suggestions with your own family’s lifestyle.

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WISE WORDS Parents should look for their child’s “dental home” before or soon after their baby is born or if they move to a new neighborhood. We have found that it is comforting for parents to identify a pediatric dentist before there may be a medical need or emergency. Hopefully, we won’t need to see your child until their first visit on or around their first birthday. But if a need arises, we are available 24/7.


MARK D. EXLER, DDS, FACP 16311 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 530 | Encino | 818-647-1696 | markexlerdds.com

SERVICES OFFERED

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

Dr. Exler is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. In 1986 he received his certificate in prosthodontics from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Dr. Exler is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He holds memberships in the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics and Academy of Osseointegration. He is president of the Western Prosthodontic Study Club and a past associate clinical professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Exler is a prosthodontic specialist, focusing on the restoration of oral function through the creation of prostheses or tooth-like solutions and restorations that help patients chew with greater ease, speak comfortably, utilize their mouths effectively and look better.

Dental implant restoration Porcelain veneers Crowns and bridges Dentures and partial dentures Bonding Teeth whitening Full mouth reconstruction Anesthesia/sedation services

“ The guiding philosophy of our practice is our commitment to providing the highest quality restorative, cosmetic and prosthetic treatments available.”

“The guiding philosophy of our practice is our commitment to providing the highest quality restorative, cosmetic and prosthetic treatments available. We are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using state-of-the-art procedures, which will result in long-lasting smiles. We are a comprehensive dental care practice. Our treatment plans are tailored to address the main concerns of each individual, with a focus on overall dental health. As a practice, we believe that preventative dental care and education is the key to optimal dental health. We focus on working together to run an efficient practice considerate of our patient’s individual needs and concerns.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAFF.

“I am very fortunate to work with an amazing staff who have been with me for as long as 25 years. This long-term stability enables me to ensure consistency and a family environment throughout the practice.”

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

“Dr. Exler is proud to work with the Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program as an Alpha Omega dental volunteer. There are approximately 500,000 Holocaust survivors living around the world. A disproportionate number of these survivors live in poverty and are in great need of dental services. The program focuses on providing care for the most economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors who are served by the network of Jewish Family and Children’s Service agencies, as well as individuals of any faith who were victims of Nazi persecution and meet the other eligibility requirements of the program.”

MEMORABLE MOMENT

BEFORE & AFTER Severe anterior wear restored with conservative veneers.

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Celebrating 30 years in dentistry was a career highlight of mine. My staff and I had a great celebration of my 30 years in practice in May 2014. We hosted a continuing education course for my esteemed colleagues at North Ranch Country Club. My special guest speaker was Dr. Steven Sadowsky, a mentor and long-time friend. I am grateful to have worked with and learned from so many talented individuals who have instilled the quality dentistry we provide as taught to us at the U.S.C. School of Dentistry.


COMPLETE HEALTH DENTISTRY OF WOODLAND HILLS DR. BRUCE F. BEARD & DR. MANNY FERNANDEZ 22600 Ventura Blvd., Suite 204 | Woodland Hills | 818-225-0046 | CHDWH.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

WISE WORDS

• Cleaning & wellness exams • Emergency dental care • Restorative dentistry • Cosmetic dentistry • Dental implants • Invisalign • TMJ treatment & Botox • Sleep apnea oral appliances • Healthy Start (preschoolers to teenagers) • Sedation dentistry

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER THAT ARE DIFFERENT OR UNIQUE?

“Our dedicated team is working hard to educate and change public behaviors and address the importance of oral health as it relates to a patient’s overall health. By making good oral health a priority, one can reduce many risk factors for developing other general health problems. We believe a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body so you can enjoy a healthy life for years to come.” – Dr. Manny Fernandez

DO YOU HAVE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO TREATING PATIENTS?

MUST-TRY

“Current research shows that your dental health is important to your overall health.”

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“In addition to traditional services (crowns, implants, Invisalign, etc.), we see children with sleep disorders whose symptoms include bed-wetting, ADD, restless sleep, snoring and lack of focus in school. We are very excited that the Healthy Start program gives us a way to help these children before the conditions develop into adult conditions.”

“Current research shows that your dental health is important to your overall health. Infections, plaque build-up, tooth loss and gum disease are just the start of your problems. The bacteria in your mouth can find its way into your bloodstream and create all kinds of inflammatory issues throughout your body. At Complete Health Dentistry we are all about creating an open dialogue with our patient’s primary physician and other specialists to make sure that they have the best treatment and solutions for any situation that arises.”

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

“Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Beard have been honored to support the local community for several decades with their attention to the health of each patient, Free Dentistry Days, Give Back A Smile, serving meals to the homeless and many community sponsorships.”

“We are so excited to be the first dentists in Woodland Hills and the surrounding greater Los Angeles area to offer the Healthy Start program for children and young teens. Proper oral development leads to straighter teeth and easier breathing! We have seen this treatment help with many childhood conditions such as bed-wetting, restless sleep, poor focus and attentiveness and more. While treating youngsters with sleep-related issues, these removable appliances guide the incoming teeth to improve proper jaw alignment, which can simplify any future orthodontic treatment.” – Dr. Bruce F. Beard

AREAS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION We strive to be relevant and up-to-date on all areas of dentistry. This year we focused on cosmetic smile enhancements (implants, veneers, porcelains, bleaching techniques), sleep disordered breathing (especially in children, where early treatment has so many long term benefits) and, of course, TMJ headache therapy. Our team is dedicated to providing the latest materials and techniques for our patients.


PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING IN ENCINO 16550 Ventura Blvd. #318 | Encino Margie Slater, PsyD 818-427-4096 drmargieslater.com

Marina Bochkur-Dratver, PsyD 818-730-7415 drmarinabochkurdratver.com

Jennifer Galvan, PhD 818-538-5236 drjennifergalvan.com

Kathryn Lee, MPH, RD 323-786-3080 kathrynleerd.com

SERVICES OFFERED

MARGIE SLATER, PSYD

JENNIFER GALVAN, PHD

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Dr. Margie Slater is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works with adolescents and adults, and in addition to her general psychotherapy practice she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and maternal mental health. She has worked in residential, day and outpatient treatment, most notably at the Monte Nido Treatment Center for eating disorders. Additionally, Dr. Slater has advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Wright Institute Los Angeles and the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Jennifer Galvan is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults around a variety of topics including self-growth, career conflicts, stress management, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual identity, parenting, academic difficulties, relationship concerns and more. Dr. Galvan has training in crisis intervention, individual therapy, couples counseling and family therapy. She provides an environment that is safe and allows individuals to feel secure and comfortable in the process of therapy.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

DO YOU HAVE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO TREATING PATIENTS?

MARINA BOCHKUR-DRATVER, PSYD

KATHRYN LEE, MPH, RD

Individual psychotherapy Couples counseling Family therapy Nutritional counseling Children, adolescents and adults

“It’s an honor to be invited into people’s lives in such an intimate and meaningful way.”

“I love being a psychologist. It’s an honor to be invited into people’s lives in such an intimate and meaningful way. Helping individuals, new parents, couples and families heal wounds and make profound changes in their lives is an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Dr. Marina Bochkur-Dratver has been a licensed clinical psychologist for more than 17 years and has extensive experience providing treatment to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She specializes in parenting education and women’s issues. She works successfully with clients of all ages struggling with anxiety, dealing with communication difficulties with family members or significant others, experiencing relationship issues in general, as well as helps with transitional-age issues such as college application process and adjustment to young adulthood.

WHICH OF YOUR ATTRIBUTES IS MOST IMPORTANT IN CARING FOR CLIENTS?

“I’m invested in meeting the needs of each client and providing an environment wherein they trust that I’m there with them to accomplish their goals. Through my valued relationship with clients, I help them make their relationships be most fulfilling.”

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“Yes, I strive to work holistically when treating my patients. I believe that the emotional, physical and spiritual elements are interconnected and must be addressed for optimal health to be achieved. I utilize mind-body practices to help address concerns in specific areas.”

Kathryn Lee is a nutrition therapist who offers individual and group consultations for individuals who struggle with eating and exercise disorders, disordered eating and emotional eating. She utilizes a non-diet approach to her treatment to help clients heal their relationship with food and their bodies. Kathryn has been working in the eating disorder field since 2008 and has had significant experience working in residential, day and outpatient programs around Los Angeles.

HOW DO YOU COORDINATE CARE WITH OTHER PROVIDERS?

“Collaboration with other health care professionals, which include psychotherapists, medical providers and psychiatrists, is essential to patient care in my private practice. Communicating with other providers allows each of us to share our expertise and knowledge to best support our clients.”


L to R: Jennifer Galvan, PhD Marina Bochkur-Dratver, PsyD Margie Slater, PsyD Kathryn Lee, MPH, RD


COSMETIC INJECTABLES CENTER SHERLY M. SOLEIMAN, MD 16133 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 370 | Encino | 818-322-0122 | cosmeticinjectables.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

PRACTICE SPECIALTY

• Comprehensive consultation • Cosmetic injectables (such as fillers and Botox) • Microneedling • Threads

IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHICH FILLER TO USE ON A PARTICULAR PATIENT?

We specialize in cosmetic injectables—including those aimed at reducing wrinkles (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) and fillers such as Juvederm Plus, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Volbella, Restylane Lyft, Silk, Refyne, Defyne, Sculptra, Belotero and Radiesse. We also offer microneedling, which generates new elastin and collagen. And we use Novathreads, which are dissolvable threads—essentially sutures—that are placed under the skin to lift a particular area. 

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF A FIRST-TIME PATIENT LIKE?

YOUR PHILOSOPHY

“It’s all about providing people with the best possible appearance so they are as confident as they can possibly be.”

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“Yes. Fillers differ in thickness, cohesiveness, longevity, water retention, reversibility, viscosity and their ability to stimulate collagen. So at Cosmetic Injectables, we give product choice a lot of thought. We take time to discuss the options and the desired result with patients so we can ultimately choose the right filler that’s also within their budget.”  

“First-timers are usually a bit anxious, which is understandable! They want to make sure results will look natural. We choose the proper pain management, depending on a patient’s level of sensitivity, which filler and location, and the longevity that is desired.”  

DO YOU TREAT MANY MEN?

“We have seen a huge spike in the number of men coming to our office this past year. I think injectables are becoming more acceptable in our society, so men feel less intimidated. Tired, angry and sad expressions can impact perceptions at the workplace (and ultimately income), as well as social relationships. While outdated techniques might result in a somewhat feminine look, in recent years we have learned how to enhance the male facial features to result in a more masculine, rejuvenated look.”

Everything in moderation. Just as we do our nails and hair and choose the proper attire, we want to avoid overdoing it. Injectables in modest amounts can maintain a “well-kept” and natural appearance. Most of my clients want to look less tired, sad or angry. The most reassuring factor is that if a patient chooses a reversible procedure (most fillers fall in this category) and they don’t like the results, we can essentially “undo” them with a simple injection.

PATIENT CONCERNS Patients typically don’t know how much down time there will be. They wonder if there will be adverse affects with injectables, and they’re worried about possible risks. They also worry whether they are being overly vain. We can relate to these fears—it is natural to be concerned. And it is important to talk it through. We spend as much time as necessary to understand what the patient is trying to achieve. We discuss the various methods available to reach each goal. 


Dive In

An active calendar of SoCal events aimed at physical and mental health

APRIL

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Park. Ends at the Autry Museum.

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Providence Saint Joseph Golf Classic

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race from Catalina Island’s Isthmus

Shakti Fest 2017

Joseph Foundation Entertainment Industry

cove to the pier of Manhattan Beach.

Joshua Retreat Center, Joshua Tree

Golf Classic. Proceeds support the expansion

catalinaclassicpaddleboardrace.org

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