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’ve always been a pretty healthy person—but in recent years, I’ve tried to up my game. Exercise is daily but moderate; if it hurts, I don’t do it. I take my cue from my grandmother who lived to be 96. She never

suffered injury, walked a brisk mile well into her 90s and throughout her life looked a good 20 years younger than her age. The “upping my game” alludes more to what I eat. Like Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, suggests (profiled on page 26), I believe in eating “good” fat, and I stick to mostly fresh vegetables, grains and grilled or broiled fish or meat. Still—there are some things I really

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great cheese. It is about culling the latest philosophies and methodologies and choosing the ones that work for me. And that is what this first issue of Ventura Blvd Health is about: offering tips, strategies and insight for how you can live the healthiest life possible. In this magazine, you’ll meet some of the most toned, energetic people in the Valley. Take CSUN’s power couple, Jason and Tairia Flowers, for example (“Flower Power,” page 30). Both former competitive athletes, they still live and breathe fitness. In “Competi-

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tive Edge” (page 12), discover an LA Galaxy player, a couple of Olympic medalists and a muscular but super-feminine bikini competitor—all of whom are at the top of their game. They spill the beans on everything from workouts to diets. Maybe one of them or a professional from the Profiles section (page 38) will inspire you to step it up this year. Maybe it is a fresh approach to a physical challenge or a progressive workout that is life-changing. Tons of possibilities—all in this issue. —Linda Grasso, Editor

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Dermatologist Jeffrey Ashley on Protecting Skin

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Botanical Oils

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Competitive Edge: Accomplished Athletes

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Yoga Poses for the Office

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The Pool Workout

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Fashion and the Fitbit

30 CSUN Coaches Jason and Tairia Flowers

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Blue Lagoon Spa

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Salad Bar in a Jar

Fighting MS on a Bike

20 8 Must-Eat Foods

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22 State-of-the-Art Cancer Fighters

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In addition to treating patients as a staff dermatologist at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Dr. Jeff Ashley is focused on boosting awareness about the health hazards of sun exposure. The dermatologist is president of Sun Safety for Kids, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote sun protection for children. Here he offers advice on the best ways to block the sun, apply sunscreen and evaluate products.

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RAFA GARCIA 27, RESEDA EDGE Two-time MLS Cup winner for the LA Galaxy, making 21 appearances for the club. CURRENT GIG Professional soccer player for the LA Galaxy. FITNESS PHILOSOPHY There is no shortcut to success. You get what you put in. Simple as that. EXERCISE ROUTINE Soccer practice for an hour followed by strength and conditioning for an hour. Foam rolling and an ice bath at the end of the day. DIET I try to have three balanced meals daily with about 3,000 total calories daily. I try to stay away from red meat and focus more on fish. SECRET WEAPON The secret to success? Always be the hardest worker in the room. And a little 2Pac [Tupac Shakur] doesn’t hurt.

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RON SKARIN 64, VAN NUYS EDGE Competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and 1975 Pan American Games (gold medal winner as team cyclist). Broke more than 20 national cycling records and won 10 national championships. CURRENT GIG Ron, a retired building inspector, is a speaker for the Ready, Set, Gold! program that encourages students to excel on physical fitness tests, eat healthy and stay active. He is also an ambassador for LA 24, which aims to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles. FITNESS PHILOSOPHY I used to push myself to exhaustion, but now I go just to 85%. I still like to feel the burn—but no pain. EXERCISE ROUTINE I try to do cardio at least every other day. I’ll do a 10-minute, warm-up spin, and then I pump iron. Like most cyclists, I have less definition in the upper body and need to focus there. DIET I eat as balanced a diet as I can. I limit desserts and try to focus on veggies rather than protein. For protein, I love fish. SECRET WEAPON I never give up. I pace myself to finish what I start.

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JOANNA HAYES 39, VALLEY VILLAGE EDGE Gold medalist, 100 meter hurdles, 2004 Olympic Games. CURRENT GIG Assistant coach, women’s sprints and hurdles, UCLA. FITNESS PHILOSOPHY I am all or nothing. Go hard or go home. I have to be smarter now because I am older, and I don’t want to get hurt. But I like pushing myself. EXERCISE ROUTINE With two little girls and working, I’m pretty busy. So right now mostly my exercise is “on the job.” I do a lot of walking at the UCLA track. But that is going to change soon. I plan to carve out some training time for myself because I’d like to compete in the Masters [competition for track]. DIET I try to focus on leafy green vegetables. If I’m craving a starch or carbs, I’ll do a yam instead of potatoes. I have a sweet tooth, but I’ve really backed off sugar. My one rule breaker is coffee with cream and vanilla powder. I love it. SECRET WEAPON Stairs and hills. They are great for a full-body workout.

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TONI GRAFTON 34, VAN NUYS EDGE Bikini fitness competitor. Among the top five finalists in the National Physique Committee/IFBB Competition, in which women must have between 13% and 15% body fat and are judged on lean muscle proportion and stage presence. CURRENT GIG Trainer at Novo Body in Encino and at Total Woman in Studio City. FITNESS PHILOSOPHY No matter how I am feeling on any given day, I always give 100%. EXERCISE ROUTINE I work out six to seven days a week. I set goals and try to lift as heavy as I can. It’s legs on some days and upper body on others. I’m always sore afterwards. DIET So much dairy is toxic, so I try to limit that. I drink almond milk. I eat a lot—1,600 calories a day. Typically I’ll have oatmeal in the morning, almonds for a snack and salad for lunch. Dinner is always protein and veggies and sometimes white rice. SECRET WEAPON Super King in Van Nuys. Their produce section is huge and open (instead of cramped with tiny aisles), and you can get everything quickly and easily. I get tons of produce there for building my salads.

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Desk Warriors Is working at a computer all day causing you pain? Let Claire Hartley, owner of Rising Lotus Yoga, show you how to go from a stiff neck to full flexibility. Namaste. PHOTOGRAPHED BY LU TAPP

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nyone whose job involves a computer knows the feeling. You are typing away and

1. SPINAL TWIST

suddenly a paralyzing pain or a sharp pinch hits you in the neck or back. Whether

Rejuvenates the spine and is good for the diges-

at the office or at home, this is the time to step back from your desk and nurture

tive system.

your body with restorative yoga. Here are four poses that will bring you relief. Hold

each of them for five slow, deep breaths before switching sides and repeating.

HOW-TO: With one leg crossed over the other, tuck knee into side of armpit. Lift spine up out of hips and rotate.

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3 2. PUPPY DOG A full-body stretch that engages the shoulders, spine and hamstrings. HOW-TO: This is essentially a half-downward dog. Place hands firmly on chair and bend over with legs straight and back flat. Pull navel up. 3. SUPPORTED WARRIOR POSE Stretches the entire body, realigns the hips and gives you energy. HOW-TO: With one leg up on chair, lunge forward to stretch the back hip flexor. Spread fingers for an energy rush.

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4. TRIANGLE POSE Great for lower back relief, hamstring stretch and releasing tension on the spine. HOW-TO: Spread legs with feet flat on ground and pointed straight ahead. With arms stacked straight, rotate until fingertips of one hand touch the ground. Pull up thigh muscles and rotate front thigh outward. n For more with Claire, go to risinglotusyoga.com or check out her podcasts at clairehartleyyoga.com.

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Let’s Roll! Steph Schuman channels her love of cycling into a fundraising tool for the fight against multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease she has battled for two decades. WRITTEN BY ANNE M. RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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teph Schuman uses her bicycle to fight multiple sclerosis

ing and going, causing periodic symptoms ranging from numbness and

(MS) in two different but effective ways. Diagnosed with MS

tingling to problems with vision, coordination and cognition. In its other

21 years ago, Steph relies on fitness from her road cycling to

forms the disease progresses steadily, but Steph says her type of MS is

help control the disease’s troubling symptoms. And she’s a

“the ‘easiest’ one, for what that’s worth.”

top fundraiser with the cycling team that raised more money than any other at last year’s Bike MS: Coastal Challenge event. Her 56-rider, Team NOW, brought in an astonishing $108,000 in

Initially it took two months to get her diagnosis. “I had some weird symptoms with my vision and weakness in my legs. They thought I had vertigo,” she explains. When a neurologist finally told her she had an

donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Team NOW, which

autoimmune disease of the central nervous system with a cause that is

stands for “No Opportunity Wasted,” is led by Amazing Race host Phil

unknown and for which there is no cure, she was “devastated.”

Keoghan and his wife, Louise. The two-day event covered 150 miles from

Since then, however, Steph has learned a lot about the disease and fig-

Santa Monica to Santa Barbara last fall. Even more impressive is Steph’s

ured out how to manage it. “I’m pretty good about taking care of myself,”

own personal lifetime fundraising total—a whopping $30,000.

she says. “I find exercise and keeping active helps. But if I’m tired, I know I

The 46-year-old started participating in the Bike MS charity rides in 2008. She began with a team sponsored by her employer, Chatsworth-

need to rest. I know now when to stop; it’s taken me a long time to learn.” Because of the knowledge she’s gained with time, Steph is now an

based Pharmavite. Three years ago, she moved to Phil’s Team NOW.

informal mentor to others who are just starting their battle with MS.

Today Steph is the MS NOW team’s captain.

“People ask me questions for newly diagnosed friends and family mem-

The Valley native was just 24 when she was diagnosed with the most common form of MS, known as “relapsing-remitting” for its habit of com-

bers,” she says. “Since I have been living with MS for 21 years now and stay relatively healthy, they look to me for guidance.” n

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THE GREAT Essential and optimal intake for the healthiest body possible

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ou’ve heard it before: “You are what you eat.” I confess. I like a reminder or two. Who wouldn’t want life to

be simplified into small, pithy statements or declarations dotting your computer screen or refrigerator door?

However, the power of simplified messages is not the part reminding

you to do something but the action that brings results. When it comes to your health and body, countless books, articles and TV shows are devoted to getting you pointed in the right direction. Why not actually put a simple plan in place to keep on track? One key: avoiding processed, high-caloric, nutrient-depleted food. Instead make a vow to consume high-quality fresh fruits, legumes and vegetables. The human body needs fuel just like an automobile. The quality of what goes in will make a difference on what comes out, with the goal being high performance and proper mental, as well as physical, functioning. So with that premise in mind, here are eight smart food choices to kickstart your best self.

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HYDRATING FOODS Experts say to drink eight glasses of water a day. Water, as well as foods with high water content, hydrates the body and flushes out toxins. Natural whole foods, such as peaches, grapefruit, strawberries

and melon, have the highest water content and are terrific as midday snacks. Radishes, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, celery and cucumber provide a nice crunch while also delivering water and nutrients to your cells. HIGH-QUALITY PROTEINS Your body uses the amino acids in protein to build muscle. Organic chicken and turkey, non-fatty white fish such as cod or occasionally trout, or wild salmon are all good choices. Eggs are considered the perfect protein because they have all nine essential amino acids. The grain quinoa is also a complete protein. Plantbased protein found in legumes is easy for the body to process and digest and provides the needed amino acids when combined with a balanced diet.

6 GOOD FATS

These foods offer

healthy, essential fatty acids along with other nutrients to help sustain energy and help metabolize fat. Nuts, seeds and avocados, whole or blended, make great spreads and are terrific in salads. The creamy texture of avocados can also be used as a

HEALTHY CARBOHYDRATES

base for chilled summer soups or salad dressings.

Add complex carbohydrates to your diet that come from whole,

Use light coconut- or seed-based “milks” (without additives)

unprocessed or minimally processed foods. Skip white bread, pas-

for your coffee or in sauces or soups.

tries and sodas in exchange for whole grains, vegetables, fruits and

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beans that deliver minerals, fiber, vitamins and important phytonutrients. Add pureed vegetables and beans to sauces as a thickening and flavoring agent.

Consider baking or grilling fruits for a sweet treat. Private chef and

certified nutritionist Ariane Resnick states, “Thick slices of roasted sweet potato can be used to house everything from burgers to a light sandwich, and they hold up as you eat them.” NUTRIENT-DENSE SUPERFOODS The term “superfoods” generally refers to foods that are nutrientdense, with lots of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. Think low calorie. Superfoods can be everyday foods or exotic

items newer to the market. Kale is top on the list, but try wrapping your sandwich ingredients in Swiss chard next time. Include potent herbs and greens such as mustard, watercress and basil in salads and sauces.

FIBER-RICH FOODS Soluble and insoluble fiber help with weight loss by creating a full sensation and pushing waste and toxins through the digestive system. Artichokes, split peas and beans are good sources of fiber that

STRATEGIC FOOD SWAPS While cutting out processed sugar and oil is the healthiest way to go, most people struggle to find delicious, satisfying alternatives. Wildcrafted goldenberries are like nature’s SweeTARTS without processed sugar. They offer a concentrated boost of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids. Try adding sea salt to seeded, dried dates or drizzle date or agave

syrup over roasted fruit for dessert. Use pureed fruit like bananas and peaches to add moisture to baked goods instead of vegetable or canola oil. Get creative and experiment; you may be surprised what you find.

ENZYME-RICH RAW Foods that are organic, unprocessed, living plant foods—vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and seaweeds that have not been heated or cooked above 104º—are considered raw. They retain their natural enzymes and have high nutrient values. Raw food enzymes aid digestion. Proponents claim that nails get stronger, skin gets smoother, the mind works better and sleep improves. Start slowly introducing more raw foods into your diet. Give green

vegetable drinks a try. We love spinach, bananas, dates and peanut butter with a little almond milk. Soak some raw oat groats overnight

can be blended for a sauce base, dip or sandwich spread. Liquid-

for a version of oatmeal. Make your own nut or seed “milks” without

absorbing chia seeds (toss some in your next smoothie) provide a

added oils, artificial flavorings and sugars. Practice sprouting your

healthy dose of fiber and create a thick, pudding-like texture.

own seeds and focus on quality ingredients versus quantity. n

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INSTEAD OF LIVING IN FEAR OR DENIAL ABOUT CANCER, TRY ADOPTING THE LATEST PROACTIVE CANCER– FIGHTING STRATEGIES THAT CAN REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING THE DISEASE. WRITTEN BY NICOLE GREGORY ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

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alley Glen resident Bruce Walker, 62,

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, as well

regrets not getting tested for prostate

as the City of Hope Division of Clinical Cancer

cancer more regularly, since his father had

also had skin cancers. “I’m a fanatic—I use sunblock religiously, I

Genetics. This can be a lifesaver. If you know

wear a hat and cover myself up whether I’m

the disease, as well as his grandfather. When

that you carry the gene for a certain kind of

in the sun or sitting in the shade,” says Sally. “I

his own prostate cancer was detected in 2015,

cancer, you and your doctor can look at your

also wear sunglasses because my mother had

Bruce had been skipping regular screenings (a

overall risk and take steps to prevent it, includ-

melanoma in the retina of one eye.” She visits

blood test called prostate specific antigen, or

ing surgery.

her dermatologist three to four times a year for

PSA). He underwent five weeks of radiation,

Angelina Jolie brought worldwide attention to

and today Bruce is in remission. But he says, “I

this when she underwent a double mastectomy

wish I’d been tested more frequently.”

after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene,

a full-body check. “I have to be my own advocate,” she says. Risk factors for skin cancer include having

Roger Dolan, 59, of Encino, also opted not to

which means she has a genetic predisposition to

light skin and blue eyes and having repeated

have a screening. For him it was a colonoscopy.

getting breast cancer or ovarian cancer—or both.

sunburns in younger years, according to the

“I didn’t want to think about cancer,” he says.

But surgery is just one option. Dr. Gordon says

Centers for Disease Control—which is exactly

When he began having symptoms in 2014, he

taking birth control pills has some protective

finally saw a doctor and learned that he had

defense against ovarian cancer. And a recent

Lung cancer can also develop from past

colon cancer, which had spread to his liver.

study reported in JAMA Oncology found that

behavior, namely smoking. The risk of getting

Looking back on the stress and bad eating

long-term aspirin use is associated with a

lung cancer for former smokers remains long

habits in his life, as well as his lack of aware-

modest but significantly reduced risk for overall

after they’ve given up cigarettes.

ness about the importance of screening, Roger

cancer, especially gastrointestinal tract tumors.

thinks he might have had a better prognosis if

Talk to your physician before taking either of

cancer killer among men and women, for all

he’d done things differently.

these steps.

major ethnicities,” says Dan Raz, MD, co-director

Regular screenings are just one of the many

why Burns gets herself checked regularly.

“Lung cancer is by far the most common

of the City of Hope Lung Cancer and Thoracic

preventative actions we can take to detect

BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE

Oncology Center. “Of people who get lung can-

cancer early enough to be treated effectively.

Becoming your own health advocate, especially

cer, most are former smokers.”

Here are some current guidelines and resources

if you have increased risk of getting cancer, can

that cancer experts recommend.

go a long way in terms of prevention.

KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

for 15 years but grew up spending summers

saving.” When smokers or former smokers get

“Talk to elders and get death certificates in

at the beach in Nantucket before sunscreen

yearly low-dose CT scans, lung cancer can be

order to construct a medical family tree,”

was used. Of Irish descent—with blond hair

caught in its early stages and treated.

says Ora Karp Gordon, MD, of Providence St.

and blue eyes—she got plenty of sunburns as a

Joseph Hospital in Burbank, who specializes

girl. As an adult, she has had two skin cancers

LEARN ABOUT SCREENING SCHEDULES

in genetics and breast cancer. “This is impor-

removed—one was basal cell carcinoma, the

Know how often you should be screened for

tant in managing your own optimal wellness

other squamous. And two of her sisters have

various cancers, based on your age, health

Sally Burns, 66, has lived in North Hollywood

Again, a regular screening is critical. “There’s not a lot of awareness about lung cancer screening,” says Dr. Raz. “But it is potentially life-

and prevention.” Which cancers have been linked to genes? “Breast, ovarian, colon, uterine and pancreatic cancers are the big players,” says Dr. Gordon. Her advice is to look for the following factors: “Age of onset breast cancer being under 50, having family members who have bilateral cancers—in both breasts or both kidneys—and family members who’ve had more than one kind of cancer.” If you think cancer might run in your family, talk to your doctor about genetic testing, a technology that is able to identify an ever-growing number of cancer-related genes. Genetic testing and counseling are offered

Becoming your own health advocate, especially if you have increased risk of getting cancer, can go a long way in terms of prevention.

locally at the Disney Cancer Family Center at

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history and family patterns. The American Cancer

lung screening to other cancer screening tests

Society provides a list of recommended sched-

such as mammogram, colonoscopy or digital

ules for screening many forms of cancer on its

rectal exam for prostate cancer, all of which

website, cancer.org.

involve some discomfort, lung cancer screening is

Most women know the screening guidelines for mammograms and pap smears, and adults 50

easy, and the magnitude with which it saves lives is high,” says Dr. Raz.

and older know they need a colonoscopy every 5 or 10 years. But schedules can change based on

LIVE WELL

new research. They also increase in frequency for

After chemo, radiation and surgery, Roger

people who have a high risk of getting cancer.

Dolan’s cancer is now in remission, and he has

“If a woman is at high risk for breast cancer, or

taken steps to reduce the stress in his life. He

clinical models that predict your lifetime risk as

changed his living situation, let go of demanding

being more than 20%, then an MRI is medically

work projects and cleared up personal debt. He

indicated,” says Dr. Gordon. And if this is the case,

hikes regularly and eats a healthy diet.

insurance will pay for the MRI screening, which

“I can see how the stress was a big factor in

can detect smaller lesions than mammogra-

my life, and I think it contributed to my eating

phy can, she says, adding that women who are

patterns,” he says. “I was eating a lot of fast food

identified as high-risk should get an MRI and a

and wouldn’t take time to prepare meals. I would

mammogram every year.

eat in the car. I ate a lot of red meat, greasy fried

Why wouldn’t all women want to get an MRI?

foods, and every night I was pounding down

“MRI is expensive and has a higher risk of false

cakes, pies or sweet foods.” Today he’s elimi-

positives,” explains Dr. Gordon. “This triggers

nated meat, dairy and fast food from his diet

unnecessary biopsies. It also takes about 45 min-

and eats more fruit and vegetables. And Roger

utes and involves inserting an IV, and going into

goes for regular CT and PET scans.

the closed MRI device, which makes some people claustrophobic.” For some cancers there is no screening

According to the National Cancer Institute, exercising regularly lowers the risk of getting many cancers, particularly colon and breast

schedule. Bladder cancer, for instance, does not

cancers. This means moderate-intensity physical

have a genetic component but is more related

activity for at least 30 minutes, five or more days

to environmental factors, such as exposure to

a week, or vigorous-intensity physical activity for

carcinogens, or lifestyle habits like smoking, says

20 minutes on three or more days of the week.

Dr. Gordon. Unless a person is at very high risk for

Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce

this disease, there is no medical recommenda-

the risk of many cancers, as well as eating a diet

tion for bladder cancer screening.

that includes vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy, fish

Lung cancer is another matter. Screening for lung cancer is not a common or well-known

and whole grains, according to the American Cancer Society.

practice, yet it’s critical to surviving that disease. “If you are over 55 and have smoked at least

EDUCATE YOURSELF

30 pack years, you should be screened every

Staying informed about the latest cancer

year,” Dr. Raz says. He explains that a “pack year”

research will help you take the appropriate steps

means having smoked a pack of cigarettes a day

in cancer prevention. But make sure you get

for one year. “If you meet those criteria, insurance

information from reputable sources—your own

will pay for lung cancer screening,” he says.

physician, and websites such as the National

Stage I lung cancers can be cured, says Dr.

Cancer Institute (cancer.gov) or the American

Raz, which is why screening is so important. To

Cancer Society (cancer.org) and websites of

find the nearest lung cancer screening facility,

medical centers that specialize in cancer like

check out the Lung Cancer Alliance website,

Memorial Sloan Kettering (mskcc.org).

lungcanceralliance.org. Furthermore, the low-dose CT scans in lung screenings are fast and painless. “If you compare

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According to the National Cancer Institute, exercising regularly lowers the risk of getting many cancers, particularly colon and breast cancers.

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Game Changers Compelling books that offer advice for living a healthier, longer, more productive life

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EAT FAT, GET THIN

THE NEW HEALTH RULES

BY MARK HYMAN, MD

BY FRANK LIPMAN, MD & DANIELLE CLARO

Eat more fat? Yep—so says the director of the

New York City-based integrative physician

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medi-

Frank Lipman is known for giving patients

cine. Dr. Mark Hyman upped his fat intake, and

prescriptions that don’t necessarily come

the regimen enabled him to lose weight and

from a bottle. Instead he encourages analyzing

have more energy. The physician recommended

food and sleep habits. In this book he offers a

more fat for his patients, and they too expe-

handbag-sized manifesto for living a healthy life.

rienced positive results. Hyman argues that

Filled with rules (and pretty photos), it offers

Americans have been misled about the benefits

suggestions on everything from why you should

of fat because of a disconnect between nutri-

“break up with bread” to the most important

tional science and food policy.

yoga pose.

THE ADRENAL RESET DIET

IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU FAT?

BY ALAN CHRISTIANSON

BY KEN LLOYD, PHD, & STACEY LAURA LLOYD

Stressed out? Try a new diet aimed at bal-

Encino-based Ken Lloyd, a management con-

ancing your adrenal glands, which regulate

sultant and his daughter, Stacey, a health writer,

adrenaline and cortisol levels—aka “the stress

team up on what they describe as a weight loss

hormones.” When the glands are taxed, we

book with a new approach. Instead of just look-

experience depleted energy and dark under-eye

ing at what you eat, the duo suggests analyzing

circles. Diet, sleep and menstrual cycles can

your job. The pair indentify key workplace fac-

also be thrown off. To feel more Zen, Alan Chris-

tors that contribute to weight gain and provide

tianson espouses eating a “clean” whole food

weight loss tools, tips and strategies (walking

diet, balancing the intake of carbs and proteins

meetings, stand-up desk and exercising during

and reducing sugar and insulin.

the commute).

MIND OVER MEDICINE

THE HAPPY VEGAN

BY LISSA RANKIN, MD

BY RUSSELL SIMMONS

When Lissa Rankin got sick, like most of us, she

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons claims going

turned to Western medicine. But it didn’t help.

vegan changed his life, and he details how and

Through research, the physician discovered

why in The Happy Vegan. Simmons recom-

that health care was missing something crucial:

mends avoiding barbecued beef due to the

a recognition of the body’s innate ability to

carcinogens, growth hormones and antibiotics

repair itself and an appreciation for how we can

given to farm animals. The musician and avid

control these self-healing mechanisms with

yogi denies that he is an “angry” vegan. He says

the power of the mind. In her best-selling book,

he simply wants to change people and “save

Rankin shows that feelings like pessimism and

the planet.” Simmons believes by going vegan

anxiety damage the body, while intimate rela-

you can save money, look healthier and have

tionships and gratitude can trigger self-healing.

more energy.


Stroke of Genius Get fit in record time with a vigorous pool workout. WRITTEN BY NICOLE GREGORY

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or Southern California residents,

If you’d prefer to create a workout on your

there really is no good reason not to

own, consider the 10-20-30 training. Originally

make swimming part of your regular

designed for runners by a Danish physiology

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exercise routine.

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These year-round, heated, Olympic-size

ming, as recently reported in The New York

pools (50 meters x 25 yards) offer private

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Sure, jumping into a backyard pool is refresh-

Times. After warming up, you swim at a slow

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sider a swim workout with intervals of speed or

speed for 30 seconds, a moderate speed for

ming hours. Call for schedule and fees

varying strokes. Another option— join a swim

20 seconds and then an all-out, high-intensity

in advance.

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speed for 10 seconds.

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day,” Evans says.

medalist and head coach at SCAQ. “It can move you to get in the water and work a little

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power _______ JASON FLOWERS HAS TURNED THE CSUN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM INTO BIG WEST CHAMPIONS (TWICE!), WHILE HIS WIFE, TAIRIA, A TWO-TIME OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNER, HAS SPEARHEADED A BIG WEST WIN FOR MATADOR WOMEN’S SOFTBALL. MEET THE SUPER-FIT PAIR (AND THEIR TWO TYKES) WHO SEEM TO HAVE IT ALL. WRITTEN BY SUSAN SPILLMAN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LU TAPP

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rom the get–go Jason and Tairia Flowers had a lot in

Conference Coach of the Year, and both have coached their teams

common. Both were born with a competitive streak,

into NCAA competitions—a big deal for CSUN.

and both were standout athletes at UCLA. He played basketball; she played softball.

Now as head coach of California State University, Northridge’s

Now in their 30s, they still like to push themselves physically. Take, for example, Jason’s daily CSUN staff workout. “There’s about eight of us in our group,” he says, breezing into Tairia’s office, fresh off the

women’s basketball and softball teams, respectively, their offices are

day’s regime of high-intensity repetitions with kettlebells and on the

a stone’s throw from one another in Matador Hall. And the similari-

rowing machine. “We’ve had others join us at times,” he adds, “but

ties continue. Both have been awarded the coveted title of Big West

they haven’t continued.”

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ship, which works well for me,” shares Tairia. “She is sweet and has a really good heart,” he says. “I’m a little more fiery and stubborn. We balance each other out.” Tairia and Jason both grew up as only children—he in the Bellflower neighborhood of LA, she in Tucson. The couple met at UCLA in 1999. “We had a history class together,” chuckles Jason. “I got a higher grade.” They married in 2003 and spent their early years together moving around Southern California. Each did stints as an assistant coach at Long Beach State and the University of California at Riverside, though not at the same time. Then within a month of one another in 2010, both landed top spots at CSUN. That was the same year Jayce was born. “Jason was hired first, and I was sort of leaning into the idea of being a stay-at-home mom when the softball position opened,” says Tairia. Both share positive, work-hard attitudes that have paid off big. Under Jason the women’s basketball team won the Big West Tournament Championship in 2014 and 2015. They also won the Big West Regular Season Title in 2014 for the first time in program history. Under Tairia the 2015 women’s softball team scored its first outright Big West Championship. As for coaching styles, “He’s more direct with his players than I am,” says Tairia. “I try not to hurt their feelings. He wants them to be better right away, so he doesn’t take three sentences to get his point across like me. He can do it in two words.” CSUN games are a three-generation family affair, with the Flowers kids getting almost as much exercise as the players. Win or lose, after games Jayce and Trystin can be found on the basketball floor shooting or on the softball field practicing their swings and getting chased around the bases by Tairia’s players. Support comes from the grandparents when Jason’s mom drives in from Orange County to cheer the Matador basketball team at home games and help with Jayce and Trystin. Tairia’s parents fly in from Tucson to watch the kids wherever her team is on the road. Tairia bursts into laughter. Seated at her desk, which is covered with

These days, Porter Ranch is “totally home,” says Jason. Fortunately

framed photos of the couple’s two kids, she’s quick to explain. “He’s tak-

none of the family suffered symptoms or had to relocate as a result of the

ing shots at me.”

recent Aliso Canyon gas leak. 

“‘We do talk a lot of trash about people who start but don’t continue,” Jason admits. “That’s just part of the entertainment.” “I didn’t always like the workouts that they did, so I basically made

During the week Tairia is up at 5 a.m. “I get a little workout in. I have a spin bike or do burpees in the living room. Nothing too crazy,” she says. Next she makes breakfast and packs lunches. Jason is up by 6 a.m.

excuses to get out of it,” she concedes. “He likes to remind me that I was

and out the door a half-hour later, grabbing yogurt and fruit or skipping

once in it.”

breakfast altogether. “I’m bad with breakfast,” he admits. “Some days I go

This playful rapport, along with a mutual can-do attitude, are the

to the convenience store on campus for an apple fritter.”

keys to the Flowers’ success in balancing marriage, competitive careers,

“She’s way more disciplined when it comes to diet stuff,” says Jason,

constant travel and raising children. Tairia is also quick to point out that

who’s also partial to The Habit Burger Grill and Chick-fil-A or Rocky Road

helpful grandparents make life easier. The family includes son Jayce, 5,

ice cream before bed. “I’ll work out hard, but I’m not going to work out

and daughter Trystin, 2. Jason also has an 18-year-old daughter, Jasmine,

and diet.”

from a previous relationship, who attends college in northern California. “I think it helps that we both understand what the other is going through,” says Tairia, a member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Softball Team that won gold in Athens in 2004 and silver in 2008 in Beijing. She also credits Jason’s sense of humor and directness. “He’s blunt and tells the truth all the time—whether it’s about coaching or our relation-

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“I try and do better,” says Tairia. “Lately I’ve been on this beets kick, so I have beets with just about every meal.” “You won’t catch me eating beets,” declares Jason. “If I make smoothies I’ll put some kale and beets in his,” Tairia confesses. Not one to be fooled—Jason insists, “I do taste the beets.” n


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On The Rocks

CHRISTENED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS ONE OF THE “WONDERS OF THE WORLD: EARTH’S MOST AWESOME PLACES,” ICELAND’S BLUE LAGOON GEOTHERMAL SPA IS AN EXPERIENCE TO DIVE INTO AND SAVOR. WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARY HERNE

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oted for its striking arctic scenery and healing geothermal

expectation that it would seep back into the earth. Surprisingly the usu-

seawater, the Blue Lagoon is among Iceland’s most popular

ally porous lava rocks filled up with silica and instead, formed a lagoon.

attractions.

I decided to make a two–night stop there before embarking on a pho-

tographic workshop on the frozen Icelandic landscape. I was seduced by the stunning photographs of icy-blue glaciers and black volcanic rock and the promise of rejuvenating spa treatments. The milky aqua-blue bathing water that characterizes this unique hot spring mecca is the result of the mineral content in the geothermal sea-

Adventurous workers from the plant “took to the waters.” One of the workers with psoriasis noticed a dramatic healing effect from the water … and the rest is history. In the ensuing years, people began to bathe in the lagoon and apply the silica mud to their skin. Not only was it a psoriasis remedy, it also proved to be helpful for maintaining the appearance of healthy young skin. Algae from the Blue Lagoon has been shown to stimulate collagen,

water surging from 6,500 feet beneath the earth’s surface. As it travels up

which gives our skin strength, structure and elasticity. Silica, though, is the

through porous lava, this seawater blends with fresh groundwater, picking

most characteristic element of the Lagoon’s geothermal seawater. The

up bioactive components along the way. The unique resulting cocktail,

fine, clay-like mud enhances functioning of the “skin barrier,” and that

rich in silica, algae and other minerals, has helped earn the Blue Lagoon its

barrier is what keeps the bad stuff out and protects us against the loss of

special place among spas and primary place as a popular medical treat-

body water. Silica is also great for exfoliation.

ment center for psoriasis and other skin diseases. THE TREATMENTS A HAPPY ACCIDENT

For an entry fee of about $45 one can spend all day lounging in the

The genesis of the Blue Lagoon and the booming industry rooted in its

lagoon’s 2.4 million gallons of water, take a break in the sauna or steam

well-documented health benefits is a story of pure circumstance.

room, or swim up to the Lagoon Bar for wine, beer or a smoothie. Servers

In 1976 a geothermal power station, Svartsengi, was built to harness

at another bar, the Silica Mud Swim-up Bar, scoop the fine white substance

the naturally occurring geothermal activity produced by this volcanically

into the hands of patrons who smooth it onto their faces and skin. The

active island and transform it into a renewable energy source that lights

eerie vision of ghostly bathers materializing from the misty steam, sporting

and heats thousands of Icelandic homes. When the plant was built, the

these white-silica mud masks, is amusing—to say the least!

salty warm wastewater was directed into an adjacent lava field with the

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However, to truly optimize your Blue Lagoon experience, an in-water


At the moment, the only accommodation for The Blue Lagoon is the contemporary, 35-room Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel. Originally developed as a treatment center for psoriasis patients, it is now also available for nontreatment guests. Sound antiseptic? Far from it. I loved the tranquility. The hotel’s own private bathing lagoon of geothermal seawater provides a serenity and antidote to the crowds at the Blue Lagoon. The surrounding lava fields make the 10-minute walk to the spa for treatments a real joy. The full array of treatments, however, is only available at the main Blue Lagoon. SERENE SOAK Writer Mary Herne embraces the healing powers of silica mud.

A five-star, 60-room hotel is due to be completed at the site of the Blue Lagoon in 2017. PRICE OF SUCCESS Two to three thousand guests come to the Blue Lagoon every day. And in 2015, 918,000 people visited—a 20% increase from the previous year.

massage is the way to go. All of the water treatments here are done outdoors in a private, designated treatment area.

The Blue Lagoon appears to be a beneficiary of Iceland’s dynamic growth in tourism. That means you might well confront annoying entry

The Blue Lagoon’s signature treatment—and its most popular—is a

lines and share the lagoon with selfie stick-toting 30-somethings. That is

two-hour submersion marathon starting with a silica-salt body scrub.

a fact of life at the Blue Lagoon these days. So given the crowds, booking

Next the massage therapist covers your body (yes, you are in a bathing

early (months ahead) is a must—especially for summer, the height of

suit) with either algae or silica, and you float for 20 minutes in the com-

tourist season.

fortable 100º water wrapped up to your neck in plastic. The final touch is a one-hour massage. For my first day at the lagoon, I booked a 60-minute “Relaxing Mas-

With such a turnover of bathers, I wanted to know how the Blue Lagoon ensures the cleanliness of its water. The lagoon, with 2.4 million gallons of water, is self-cleaning and renews itself every 40 hours. The

sage.” OK … how does “relaxing” work given it was 32º outside plus wind?

ecosystem is self-maintained and is an environment where foreign bacte-

This would have to be “pretty, pretty good” to justify the insane act of

ria can’t live.

exposing any skin in the frigid arctic air, even for a massage. Oskar, my new best friend, had me lie on my back on a floating yoga-like rubber mat and covered me with a hot, wet blanket. Only my face was exposed to the cold air. As he massaged each limb, he occasionally dunked me and my mat to circulate the hot water. For this I was very grateful. The cold air on my face contrasted with the warm, relaxing soak, and Oskar’s strong hands made this massage like no other I have ever had. Did

There are countless spas worldwide that offer great mud wraps, seasalt body scrubs and healing massages. And there are other less crowded, less expensive and more rustic hot springs in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon differentiates itself by delivering the whole package. It’s a well-run machine, offering great treatments with its own unique brand of geothermal extracts that deliver results. It’s a novel experience in an otherworldly setting. Perfect? No. Incomparable. n

I mention it started to snow? The next day I tried the “Authentic Silica Salt Glow.” This time my therapist, a former world-class soccer champion, exfoliated my skin with a combination of the Blue Lagoon’s minerals, silica and oil. The weather

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was a balmy 34º—no wind! The hot, wet blankets did their job perfectly; so did the silica, which left my skin fabulously soft and smooth.

GO: The Blue Lagoon is located in the lava fields of Grindavik, approximately 20 minutes from the Keflavik International Airport and 50 min-

BEYOND THE BLUE LAGOON

utes from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik.

I dined at the LAVA Restaurant, which sits against a stunning lava cliff and overlooks the lagoon. The cuisine here features fresh fish from the local

DO: Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, bluelagoon.com

village. The head chef won the 2013 Icelandic Chef of the Year and is a member of the Icelandic National Culinary Team. I liked the langoustine soup with garlic-marinated langoustine, white

STAY: The Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel Book email reservations@bluelagoon.com

chocolate and seaweed so much that I had it twice! And I accompanied it with a glass of chardonnay from their extensive wine list. Divine. Another highlight: the “Into the Blue” specialty cocktail, which includes Bacardi Razz, Blue Curacao, blueberries, lime and 7UP.

TRY: Blue Lagoon’s skin care products are hypoallergenic and dermatological-tested. They are paraben- and GMO-free. The signature item is silica mud. For more, go to bluelagoon.com/shop.

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THE VALLEY’S TOP HEALTH PROFESSIONALS A RESOURCE GUIDE Edited by Laura Watts | Photographed by Matthew Cooke, Iker Gutierrez, Shane O’Donnell & Lauren Pressey

For most of us, there is no higher priority than our health. And staying

are dedicating their lives to improving the well-being of others through

in top physical shape simply isn’t possible without the counsel, care

a variety of specialized practices. From family medicine to cosmetic

and expertise of first-rate health professionals. Here in the Valley we

surgery, these professionals are helping us live the best lives we can.

are lucky. Some of the most highly regarded and skilled health care

On the following pages we introduce you to some of them. Your next

professionals in LA are located right in our community—people who

step toward a healthier life is right in front of you ...

Greg S. Khounganian, MD

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Complete Health Dentistry Of Woodland Hills 42 Bruce F. Beard, DDS & Manny Fernandez, DDS

Heritage Oral Surgery & Implant Centers 44 Dr. R. Dean Lang, Dr. Payam Samouhi & Dr. Don Kim

Evo Advanced Foot Surgery 48 Ali Sadrieh, DPM & Jason Khadavi, DPM

C/V Ent Surgical Group 48 Michael S. Reder, MD Alen N. Cohen, MD, FACS, FARS Bob B. Armin, MD Matt D. Hershcovitch, MD

West Coast Women’s Reproductive Center 50 Tina Koopersmith, BA, MD, FACOG

Socal Hearing West Valley

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Jonathan Leiterman, SCD

LA Orthopedics 54 Shahab Mahboubian, DO, MPH

Glaser Pain Relief Center 56 Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD

Vēna Vascular Lab and Vein Clinic 58 Vahe Melkonyan, MD, RVT, RPVI

Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness 60 Glenna Tolbert, MD, QME

California Center of Longevity and Functional Medicine

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Allan Kurtz, DO, Medical Director

Cosmetic Injectables Center 64 Sherly Soleiman, MD & Jessica Marti, RN, FNP-C

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GREG S. KHOUNGANIAN, MD SERVICES OFFERED

5525 Etiwanda Ave, #311 Tarzana 818-343-4430 GSKspine.com

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Same-Day Surgery & Band-Aid-Sized Incisions Cervical Fusion and Disc Replacement

Cervical Decompression/Discectomy Lumbar Microdiscectomy Lumbar Fusion & Disc Replacement

Q&A HOW DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?

“Treating patients with spine injuries and pain is a concerted effort among many health care professionals. I work closely with the patient’s primary physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, neurologists and chiropractors, among other medical professionals. Before a patient is told they need a surgical procedure for their problem, we work to help them improve. Our goal is to help our patients gain as much benefit in relieving pain and increasing activity levels with and without surgery.”

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY?

“I have focused my practice to treat patients with non-operative treatments until their condition’s improvement has been maximized. If surgery is needed,

I do my best to apply the minimally invasive surgical approaches to produce the same result as conventional spine surgery. However, a less invasive approach translates to faster healing and faster return to work and life.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE?

“I have been involved in CrossFit and personal fitness for many years. This has allowed me to have a closer understanding of the patient who is athletic or desires to become more active. Often I see patients who were injured during sporting activities. I try to help them return to those activities. I find it extremely gratifying to help a patient gradually return to those activities that are important to their physical and mental well-being. Just modifying their technique and being more cautious, they can better understand their injury, what caused it and how to prevent it from happening again.”

Our goal is to help our patients gain as much benefit in relieving pain and increasing activity levels with and without surgery.” PRACTICE SPECIALTY

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I utilize Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for patients as often as possible. This helps with a quicker recovery and return to work and life. By making smaller incisions, we can achieve the same result but provide a less painful and faster recovery. Often patients are able to go home the same day and have incisions small enough to be covered by a single Band-aid.

Weight loss can help tremendously with low back pain. Losing as little as 10 pounds can take a large amount of stress off the lower back. A fitness regimen to strengthen the core muscles, including the low back and abdominals, aids to maintain good stability for the lumbar spine. Great exercise regimens like yoga and Pilates focus a lot on core strengthening and stretching. Not only can this help alleviate back pain, but it can also prevent future injuries.

BEFORE & AFTER Cervical Disc Replacement is an excellent technology available today for patients. It can treat disc herniations in the neck while still allowing mobility, without fusing the vertebrae together. This helps conserve motion and prevent the vertebral levels above and below the surgery from degenerating quickly, which could eventually lead to more surgery in the future. These images show a patient who had arm pain, weakness and numbness due to a large disc herniation in his neck. We removed the disc and replaced it with this mobile device. He had immediate pain relief in his arm, and his arm strength has returned to normal. Pre-op X-ray

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COMPLETE HEALTH DENTISTRY OF WOODLAND HILLS BRUCE F. BEARD, DDS & MANNY FERNANDEZ, DDS 22600 Ventura Blvd., Suite 204 Woodland Hills 818-436-0565 CHDWH.com

SERVICES OFFERED Implants Veneers Sleep/Snore Appliances Invisalign

Crowns and Fillings Healthy Gum Therapy TMJ/Headache Treatment Complete Health Dentistry

Q&A WHAT IS A COMPLETE HEALTH DENTIST?

“Your mouth is the gateway to your entire body. Viruses, bacteria and even disease can initially start in the mouth. A complete health dentist is trained at finding and helping prevent the spread of disease before it becomes a problem. At our office not only will you get a thorough mouth examination, but we will also check your heart rate, blood pressure, identify inflammation and scan for any early warning signs that may need to be communicated to your MD. Our patients’ overall health is our primary goal, which is why our motto is to “save lives, one smile at a time!”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TAGLINE “HEALTHY MOUTH, HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY LIFE.”

“There are many oral health conditions that have significant impact on your general health. For instance, gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, Alzheimer’s and certain cancers. A thorough examination is mandatory to alert us to dangerous conditions such as: oral cancer, oral airway obstruction, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, headaches, migraines, proper bite and dental decay. These

connections between the mouth and the body emphasize the importance of good oral health and dental stability in assuring better overall general health.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE?

“We collaborate with the physicians of our patients via personal meetings, mini-seminars and reports to work closely on our mutual patients’ needs. We must all be invested in the understanding of the inflammatory pathway and how the science of the oral systemic associations impacts our patients’ lives.”

HOW DO YOU ENSURE YOUR PATIENTS’ COMFORT WHILE THEY ARE AT YOUR OFFICE? “We offer music—headphones, sedation, warm towels, blankets and five-star service from a highly-educated and qualified office team.”

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? “We offer community-public lectures on implants and complete dental health. We host showings of the Say Ahh documentary, support local charities, donate dentistry to the needy and help feed the homeless.”

CAREER MILESTONE

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The goal of the doctors at Complete Health Dentistry of Woodland Hills is to change professional and public behaviors and address the importance of oral health as it relates to whole body health. Our mission is: “Making People Healthy One Smile at a Time.” Our vision is to make 9,000 people healthier by 2020.

Our belief is that by making good oral health a priority, you can be better assured of a healthy mouth and of lowered risk factors for developing other general health problems.

PRACTICE SPECIALTY At Complete Health Dentistry of Woodland Hills, our doctors are health care leaders working to change professional and public behaviors and address the importance of oral health as it relates to whole body health. They have equipped their office with advanced dental technology to save patients time and make their experience convenient and comfortable. Dr. Bruce Beard, Dr. Manny Fernandez and their long-term team members offer a complete range of dental services, as well as a free consultation for new patients.

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HERITAGE ORAL SURGERY & IMPLANT CENTERS DR. R. DEAN LANG, DR. PAYAM SAMOUHI & DR. DON KIM 22142 Sherman Way #201 Canoga Park 818-703-8200 heritageoralsurgery.com

SERVICES OFFERED Wisdom Teeth Dental Implants Bone Grafting

Extractions Teeth in a Day General Anesthesia

Q&A WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

“We are not your average oral surgery practice. From the moment you walk in, you will experience the difference. Our office looks and feels more like a spa than a traditional health care office. The surroundings are warm and comforting. You will be greeted by kind and knowledgeable staff who will guide you through the whole process. The doctors will treat you with respect and care for you like family.”

HOW DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?

“Our office is constantly in contact with other dental and medical health care professionals to make sure each patient’s care is carefully coordinated. Whether it’s the general dentist, orthodontist, endodontist or

primary care physician involved in the treatment, they will be kept informed of all treatment plans and procedures. Our doctors will personally reach out to their colleagues to discuss treatment in detail and come up with the best scenario for the patient.”

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PRACTICE’S GROWTH?

“Our referring dentists recognize that their patients will get not only the best surgical results in our office but also superior service. Furthermore many of our patients are so pleased with their experience that they refer their family members and friends to us. In addition we sponsor multiple continuing education seminars throughout the year for our referring doctors, thus allowing them to keep up with the latest in dentistry and practice management. All of our positive online reviews have also had an impact on patients.”

SHARED TIP Some patients have lost several teeth in the upper or lower arch over the years, and the remaining teeth are also in poor condition. Nowadays we refer to this situation as “terminal dentition.” Instead of trying to save the remaining teeth and “build” around them, it may be better to remove the existing teeth and start from scratch. With proper planning, it is now possible for you to come into our office, spend about three hours with us and leave with your old teeth removed and a new set of teeth placed that are held in by dental implants!

BEFORE & AFTER Replacing lost teeth with dental implants is a significant step in restoring health and function to your dentition and your jaws. The final product is the closest thing to a natural tooth. It feels and functions like a natural tooth, which means that an implant-crown unit needs to be maintained just like a tooth. Brushing and flossing daily as well as regular professional cleanings are paramount when it comes to preventing “gum disease” and bone loss around implants. If maintained properly, dental implants can last for decades.

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PRACTICE SPECIALTY We offer the latest and most advanced techniques in oral surgery and dental implant services utilizing state-of-theart technology. Our scope encompasses all aspects of dental surgery, wisdom tooth removal, dental implant placement, bone grafting, biopsy and treatment of cysts and tumors of the oral cavity and jawbones, full arch reconstruction, as well as corrective jaw surgery. We provide in-house three-dimensional imaging and general anesthesia. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are able to take on challenging cases and restore full form and function—transforming our patients’ lives.


With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are able to take on challenging cases and restore full form and function—transforming our patients’ lives.”

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

SERVICES OFFERED Aesthetic Foot Surgery Bunion Correction Hammertoe Correction

Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine

Q&A PLEASE GIVE A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PRACTICE.

“Evo is the result of the relentless pursuit of excellence. We focus on the implementation of cutting-edge technologies and bring the latest innovations to our patients, regardless of the cost. We’ve always held a deep belief that ‘great medicine’ is what we’re supposed to do when we’re done with training. Providing a patient with an exceptional experience while doing that … that’s what drives us every day.”

TELL US ABOUT THE STAFF AT YOUR PRACTICE.

WHAT TREND IS DEFINING YOUR SPECIALTY TODAY?

“In 2007 we created a new term for the principle that we designed our practice around: PX. We borrowed it from software development, where the term ‘user experience’ is often referenced to as UX. Since we’re designers who are also doctors, we decided to create the world’s first practice that’s built around PX: the Patient Experience. Getting great care is important, but imagine great health care with an outstanding experience!”

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

“They’re the chosen few! Outstanding people who know how to treat other people. Their motto is: ‘Love what you do. Do what you love.’”

“We’ve always respected the Q=1/v equation: Quality is inversely proportional to volume! Every patient needs personal attention to succeed in their surgical endeavor, and the only way to succeed at this is to spend time with our patients. We designed our entire practice around this very principle.”

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CAREER MILESTONE

It’s all about the feet … of course. We believe in the idea that you have to live it to give it, which is why we’re both constantly moving our bodies and staying athletic. Whether it’s hiking the Fryman Canyon or Griffith trails or running the coastline, using our wheels is what we focus on. Because if we’re going to give you better feet, we have to know what it means to have them and use them!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday … and Thursday! No, seriously! We feel like every day is a milestone. We wake up to the privilege of serving our patients, providing them with better mobility and freeing them from the limitations of shoe choices and activities. That happens every day at evofoot, so every day is a milestone for us!

PRACTICE SPECIALTY We love feet. That’s all we do. Back in 2003 we created a new speciality: aesthetic foot surgery. Our focus was simple—create procedures that provide our patients with functional and aesthetic correction. Both the evofoot bunion correction and hammertoe correction are solutions that correct functional deformities but have hidden incisions and internal fixation. Aesthetic foot surgery is an HAMMERTOE CORRECTION BUNION CORRECTION idea that has changed foot surgery … providing women (and men) solutions to foot problems while respecting the finished appearance and recovery experience. Think of it as surgery for the modern patient.

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It’s all about the feet … of course.”

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C/V ENT SURGICAL GROUP SERVICES OFFERED

16500 Ventura Blvd. Suite 420 Encino 818-986-1200 7345 Medical Center Drive Suite 510 West Hills 818-888-7878

Pediatric & Adult ENT Nose & Sinus Surgery In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty Snoring & Sleep Apnea Surgery

Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Botox, Fillers & Laser Treatment of Face & Neck

cvsurgicalgroup.com

Q&A TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

“C/V ENT Surgical Group is the premier ear, nose and throat practice serving the San Fernando Valley, Greater Los Angeles area and Thousand Oaks region for the last 10 years. Dr. Alen Cohen founded the group because he recognized a need within the San Fernando Valley for world-class ENT and head and neck surgical care west of the 405. The group has grown to two offices and four physicians with various expertise within the field. Our physicians and staff members are excellent at what they do, and they truly go above and beyond to help patients feel comfortable and answer all of their questions and concerns. We have state-of-the-art offices that have been newly renovated and are clean and comfortable.”

WHAT TREND IS CHANGING YOUR SPECIALTY TODAY?

“In-office balloon sinuplasty has revolutionized the field of ENT and has allowed us to treat many more patients for recurrent nasal obstruction, congestion, sinus infections, sinus headaches and sinus pressure with a simple in-office procedure that takes 20 minutes under local anesthesia. Patients are amazed at how easily the procedure is performed and how they are back to normal activity the next day. They love the fact that there is no packing, no downtime and no need for pain medications. Furthermore it is most often covered by their PPO insurance or Medicare. C/V ENT Surgical Group has been designated as the only Entellus Sinus Center of Excellence in Southern California.”

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR PRACTICE? “Growth, growth and more growth!”

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One of the most common and minimally invasive procedures that the surgeons at C/V specialize in is management of nasal obstruction, deviated septum and chronic sinus infections. Dr. Cohen is a pioneer and has developed a sinus center of excellence called the Southern California Sinus Institute, where patients’ years of chronic nasal congestion and chronic sinusitis can be treated with a simple 20-minute, in-office procedure done under local anesthesia without any nasal packing. Patients are back to work the next day.

Our physicians at C/V ENT Surgical Group are renowned for their unique expertise in minimally invasive treatment options for nasal obstruction, chronic sinusitis, nasal fractures, snoring, tumors of the head and neck, and facial rejuvenation. Our ENT physicians and facial plastic surgeons have been awarded as some of the best physicians in their specialties year after year for providing excellent and compassionate care to patients who visit them from all over Southern California.

BEFORE & AFTER Another focus of the surgeons at C/V is functional and aesthetic management of patients with various nasal concerns. For example, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Hershcovitch often operate together—providing patients with the best results when they have nose/sinus concerns. Dr. Cohen will often perform all of the breathing/sinus portions of the surgery so as to provide patients with the best results functionally, and Dr. Hershcovitch—with his facial plastic expertise—will correct all of the patients’ cosmetic concerns. As such patients not only have a very cosmetically refined nose but also one that will allow them to breathe easily without any recurrent sinus problems.

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L to R: Michael S. Reder, MD Alen N. Cohen, MD, FACS, FARS Bob B. Armin, MD Matt D. Hershcovitch, MD

Our physicians and staff members are excellent at what they do, and they truly go above and beyond to help patients feel comfortable and answer all of their questions and concerns.�

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WEST COAST WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE CENTER TINA KOOPERSMITH, BA, MD, FACOG 13320 Riverside Dr. #220 Sherman Oaks 818-986-1648 womensreproduction.com

SERVICES OFFERED Fertility Evaluation and Treatment (ovarian stimulation, inseminations and in-vitro fertilization, egg freezing, egg donation and surrogacy)

Reproductive Endocrinology Gynecology Gynecological Surgery

Q&A WHAT TREND IS CHANGING YOUR SPECIALTY?

“Elective egg freezing. Recently, with the development of flash freezing, egg survival after thawing is now over 90%. It is clear that women are most fertile in their 20s, and fertility declines with age—taking an abrupt decline in the late 30s. Today many women are busy with education and/or career during their 20s and 30s. Other women have not found a partner and they are concerned that by the time ‘Mr. Dad’ shows up, their fertility will be compromised. Egg freezing offers a fantastic fertility insurance policy for women.”

tient,’ a ‘menopause patient,’ a ‘PCO patient’ a ‘fibroid patient,’ etc. I regard them as unique people with unique needs who deserve to be heard and cared for thoroughly. I view my role not just as a doctor but as a partner in my patient’s overall wellbeing. No matter what my patients are dealing with I always tell them, ‘Together we’ll find a way.’”

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR PRACTICE?

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE/TECHNIQUE?

“While I specialize in women’s reproductive medicine, I believe  In taking care of the whole patient, the individual. When patients walk into my office, I do not regard them as a ‘fertility pa-

“Anxiety is often at an all-time high for women who enter my office. My goal is to transform that experience. We offer 10-minute mini-massages and meditation sessions. We are planning to add nutritionists, psychotherapists, acupuncturists and sports trainers, as well as weekly classes and support systems such as reminder texts, motivational texts and a buddy system to help them stick to their health goals.”

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I encourage all women to really know themselves: body, mind and soul. I advise women to pay attention to their cycles, as they can often give you and your doctor insight into your health. I also recommend women watch their digestion (pay attention to which foods agree with you more) and stick to a plant-based foods diet. Find an activity you like to do and try to get out there to do it three to five times per week. I often remind women to ensure they practice self-care, as you will have more patience with your family, be more focused at work and have a more positive outlook daily.

My favorite daily breakfast is a smoothie. The base is usually soy or almond milk with a juice. I usually throw in banana, berries and fresh wheatgrass and cucumber or kale. For healthy protein and fats, I add nut butter and flaxseed oil. A side of coffee or tea is always a part of my morning regime. I aim for nine servings or more of fruits and vegetables per day. Eating well has so many benefits. In the case of many of my patients who suffer from infertility, there is no question that diet can impact conception. However, eating well should not be done for a short period of time for the sake of conceiving or losing fat. Feeding ourselves and our families healthy food should be regarded as an act of love. We need to care for the vessel we live in.

OFF THE CLOCK WITH DR. KOOPERSMITH For many years I spent weekends attending my sons’ sporting events: soccer, basketball, baseball and pole vaulting. I was always the mom running around the park during pregame warm-ups to get in her exercise. Now that my boys have grown, I train for half-marathons and triathlons. At any given time, I’m always involved in a philanthropic effect of some kind. I often contribute to the fundraising efforts of Team-In-Training, which raises money through marathon participation for leukemia and lymphoma research. Most Sundays I can be found shopping at the Studio City Farmers Market and then cooking with the fresh, organic groceries I picked up there.

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SOCAL HEARING WEST VALLEY JONATHAN LEITERMAN, SCD 5525 Etiwanda Blvd., Suite 312B Tarzana 818-578-5093 Socalhear.com

SERVICES OFFERED Audiological Services Hearing Aids Vestibular Rehabilitation

Q&A WAS THERE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER THAT GUIDED YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

“Yes, I lived with someone in college who had hearing loss. Little did I know that would be the gateway to my career. He was a young guy and was embarrassed about his hearing loss. It opened a whole new world to me.”

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PRACTICE’S GROWTH? “Praise from patients. My Yelp reviews have allowed patients to get a perspective about what other patients think. The patients are already sold on me prior to their appointments.”

eration is getting larger, and more and more people are having issues hearing. I am well-versed in the best hearing technologies available.”

WHAT TREND IS DEFINING YOUR SPECIALTY TODAY?

“Technology! As the technology of hearing solutions advances and can be utilized with smartphones, patients have the ability to use these tools for more than just improving their hearing. They can listen to music and take phone calls.”

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

“As an audiologist I specialize in hearing and balance disorders. A large emphasis is on hearing solutions (hearing aids). The baby boom gen-

“More and more research is being done, and the research findings is that hearing loss does affect how the brain functions as we get older. I try to encourage patients to be proactive about health care instead of waiting for things to get worse.”

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WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY?

Hearing loss is correlated with a lot of different medical disorders. It’s important to ask your doctor to get an annual hearing test to make sure you’re not losing hearing.

I spend time with my wife of nine years, Shoshana, and two sons. I enjoy hot yoga, golf, playing basketball, coaching my son’s sports teams, and I am an avid rider of motorcycles.

I am well-versed in the best hearing technologies available.”

PRACTICE SPECIALTY Hearing solutions and vestibular diagnostics. We specialize in finding the top hearing technologies to help improve people’s quality of life and helping physicians help diagnose vestibular disorders.

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LA ORTHOPEDICS SHAHAB MAHBOUBIAN, DO, MPH 10640 Riverside Dr. North Hollywood 818-322-0126 LAOrthopedics.com HeightLengthening.com

SERVICES OFFERED Cosmetic Height Lengthening Injuries in Adults and Children Sports-Related Injuries

Joint Replacement Surgery Hand Injuries Neck and Back Pain Issues Foot and Ankle Problems Lower Extremity Deformities

Q&A TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

“I completed my training in limb lengthening and deformity correction surgery at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York in 2010. Along with general orthopedics, some of the specialized surgical techniques I perform include correction of bow-legs and knock-knees and leg-length discrepancies. Cosmetic limb lengthening, however, seems to be the most talked about surgery that I perform among my patients.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE?

“I have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the best surgeons in the country, and I keep myself updated on all the latest techniques in orthopedic surgery. Using minimally invasive procedures, along with my drive for perfection and being very meticulous during surgeries, sets me apart from other surgeons.”

WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

“There is a great satisfaction when I see my patients moving at the speed of life with minimal to no pain because of the treatment or surgery that I provided for them. It’s very rewarding to do what I enjoy and have my patients benefit from it at the same time.”

WHAT’S THE FASCINATION ABOUT BEING TALLER?

“Sixty percent of CEOs in the top companies in America are 6 feet and taller. People in general love tall men and express that affection by promoting them to positions of responsibility. People who are taller have higher salaries than most, more confidence and enjoy better relationships. It’s no wonder that we get many inquiries about the height lengthening procedure.”

SHARED TIP If you sustain a minor injury, make sure to rest and ice it for a couple of days to allow the swelling to go down. Once the swelling has gone down if you are still in pain, come in for an evaluation. If you decide to “work it out” or ignore it, your injury can become worse and lead to further and longer treatments, including possible surgery. I try to always treat minor problems with conservative care, such as physical therapy and proper exercises. If your symptoms do not improve, then we will discuss the possibility of undergoing surgery.

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Here’s an example of a height lengthening patient who gained a full 8 cm in height. He is a 23-year-old man who went from 5’3” to 5’6” in a matter of three months. He is now walking tall and with a lot more confidence. These pictures show his height compared to his mom before and after his surgery.

Working on the human body and helping those with musculoskeletal injuries was always a passion of mine at a very young age. Learning about making people taller and correcting their deformities came toward the end of my orthopedic residency, and I found it fascinating. I was determined that this specialty would truly fulfill my desire to help those in need. In the past few years I have been able to not only make people taller or walk normally, but I have raised my patients’ confidence and helped them achieve their lifelong goals.

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

SERVICES OFFERED Non-surgical solutions for conditions causing back pain and sciatica, including herniated/bulging discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis and failed back surgery syndrome

Q&A PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PRACTICE.

“My practice is committed to the diagnosis and ultimately non-surgical treatment of disorders causing pain. There are so many minimally invasive treatments available for these diagnoses today that patients rarely need surgery to alleviate their pain.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE?

“I think interventional pain management is one of the most exciting and revolutionary fields in all of medicine. What’s most exciting to me is educating patients about their condition and providing non-medication, non-surgical, minimally invasive solutions to get them out of pain. It’s important for me to learn about a patient before I even see them. I personally review all patient records prior to a patient’s visit, which is why we insist on patients sending records in advance and completing their history on our portal. This review allows me to concentrate on a comprehensive history and physical examination when I see the patient and to ultimately establish a diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

“I am a dual board-certified pain management physician, and I’ve been in private practice for 16 years. I am a native of the San Fernando Valley and am thrilled to be practicing where I grew up. I received my MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and my specialty training at UCLA. I’m active in a number of interventional pain societies and enjoy teaching as well as learning. I’m constantly participating in continuing medical education so I can offer the latest and most advanced treatments to my patients—my patients deserve the best.”

HOW DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER DOCTORS TO CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?

“One of the most important elements of providing outstanding care to a patient is to not work as a ‘lone ranger’ but rather engage other physicians and health care professionals involved in a patient’s treatment. I often will call a patient’s referring or primary physician to collaborate care. This coordination of care leads to the most outstanding and comprehensive treatment of the patient and best outcomes.”

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Back pain/sciatica is one of the top reasons people end up in the ER or their doctor’s office. Back pain can be debilitating, life-changing, mood-altering and affect everything from work and family life to sex life. Most people don’t realize that the most immediate and effective relief can often be obtained by visiting an interventional pain specialist. Surgery is rarely “needed,” and often patients are helped with minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques. Patients don’t have to suffer.

Interventional pain management is the state-ofthe-art medical specialty dedicated to treating patients with minimally invasive and non-surgical solutions to conditions such as herniated/bulging discs, spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, arthritis of the back and other conditions of the spine that cause symptoms such as back pain and sciatica. Dr. Glaser has helped thousands of patients with back pain and sciatica without surgery.

RECOMMENDED One of the most exciting advances in interventional pain management has been the evolution of a device called a spinal cord stimulator (SCS). SCS is a technology akin to a pacemaker for pain in patients who suffer from back pain and sciatica when other treatment options—including surgery—have failed. Dr. Glaser has implanted hundreds of SCS devices, allowing patients to live lives either free of pain or with greatly reduced levels of pain.

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Dr. Glaser has helped thousands of patients with back pain and sciatica without surgery.�

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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 Comprehensive Diagnostics & Treatment of Venous Disease Varicose Veins Venous Insufficiency Thrombosis Spider Veins Hand Veins Facial Veins Chest Veins

Q&A WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

“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 state-of-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?

nostics and treatments for all types of vein disorders without lengthy hospital stays or extensive surgeries. We consider it our specialty to improve the health of your legs and make them feel good and look great. We use a variety of advanced, outpatient, nonsurgical and surgical treatments to achieve this. Our vascular lab is staffed with certified physicians and registered vascular technologists. We are trained and experienced phlebologists (vein doctors) and vein sonographers exclusively dedicated to venous disease.”

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

“At VēNA we’ll set you on the path toward long-term recovery. We designed our safe, effective facility with one goal in mind: to provide comprehensive diag-

“We would 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.”

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

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.

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.

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

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

SERVICES OFFERED Primary Care and 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 and Weight Loss Programs Medical Gym and Physical Therapy

Q&A WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE?

“Blending traditional medical approaches with natural healing options, we offer personalized medicine and customized programs. We use all our tools at our disposal to get patients better. These tools span from traditional treatments such as epidurals and joint injections to regenerative prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injection therapies. After a thorough medical evaluation, DNA testing is performed to see if your cells possess vital nutrients for healing. If medications are required, DNA testing is available to determine the best medication for your body. I heal injured tissues and treat arthritis using patient’s cells in the office. I am also onsite and available to patients as they rehabilitate in our medical gym with our trainer. Se habla español.”

WHAT IS MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

“Colleagues often refer patients who have been suffering with pain for many years. People come to me desiring alternatives to medications, surgeries or other treatments. They believe they have tried everything until they visit my office. It is most rewarding to not only provide pain relief but solve the problem and 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 pre-authorization before we can treat them.”

I am thrilled when I enhance patients’ lives using healthy treatments. We are in the medical renovation business!”

SHARED TIP Traditional pain treatments for acute pain include epidurals, medications, trigger point injections and steroid joint injections. We perform these treatments inside our office when patients need immediate pain relief. These procedures, although effective for acute pain relief, do not heal or 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 DNA Micronutrient Testing. Healing, vitality and pain relief start with the correct foundation and balance of nutrients, minerals and hormones. Pain, accident, injury, aging, medications, stress and chronic illness can rob our bodies of necessary nutrients. Correcting micronutrient deficiencies not only slows aging and degenerative disease progression but can help prevent injury and repair the body. Since no two people are the same, we offer this genetic-based nutritional test.

SHARED TIP Great news! The “Generation of Regeneration” has arrived. Regenerate means to restore. I now have the ability to heal and restore patients’ damaged cartilage, torn meniscus, tendons and ligaments non-surgically in my office. Prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injection therapies 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.

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CALIFORNIA CENTER OF LONGEVITY AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE ALLAN KURTZ, DO, MEDICAL DIRECTOR 6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 501 Woodland Hills 818-346-1440 californiacenteroflongevitymedicine.com

SERVICES OFFERED Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center Intravenous Vitamin Therapy Exercise Stress Testing

Carotid Ultrasound Evaluation Bone Density Testing In-House Laboratory and X-Ray

Q&A PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PRACTICE.

“Our goal at the Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine is to restore your optimal health. Heart attacks and strokes are the leading cause of death in the US. Approximately 2,200 people in the U.S. die from heart disease every day. Every 43 seconds someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. California Center of Longevity Medicine is an integrative medical clinic that uses the most advanced diagnostic tests to detect and prevent heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. With imaging of arteries as well as extensive laboratory testing, we aim to uncover root causes of heart disease and administer the necessary treatments to halt heart attacks and strokes.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

“I specialize in creating optimal health and longevity for my patients. I have been in private practice since 1984. I am a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine.”

WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF SPECIALTY?

“I am board-certified in internal medicine, with a fellowship in functional medicine. Together they complement each other to maximize the health of my patients. I am excited to open the heart attack and stroke prevention center.”

Our goal at the Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine is to restore your optimal health.”

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OFF THE CLOCK WITH DR. KURTZ

Prevention of heart attacks and strokes using the most up-to-date diagnostics and laboratory testing.

Coming from the Midwest, I enjoy the California lifestyle: the sun, the sand and the surf. Enjoying local restaurants and going to the movies are some of my favorite things to do in LA.

SHARED TIP I recommend to my patients in order to maintain optimal health you need to: (a) exercise daily—30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training; (b) eat a healthy, organic diet; (c) take supplements: (d) reduce stress in your life; (e) maintain a youthful hormone balance.

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COSMETIC INJECTABLES CENTER SHERLY SOLEIMAN, MD & JESSICA MARTI, RN, FNP-C SERVICES OFFERED

16133 Ventura Blvd., Suite 370 Encino 818-322-0122 cosmeticinjectables.com

Botox/Dysport Fillers (e.g., Sculptra, Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane Silk)

Kybella NovaThreads Microneedling

Q&A TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PRACTICE’S GROWTH?

“We continuously strive to uphold and at every opportunity improve four factors at our practice: (1) expertise in the field of cosmetic injectables; (2) honesty with our patients and their care; (3) superior customer service; (4) affordable prices without the marketing games. We really listen to patient feedback, and we use it to improve their experience with us. Continuing education is also a top priority. We stay abreast of all new techniques, products and safety protocols on the market so we can deliver the absolute best care and results with the least amount of discomfort or bruising.”

WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

“Making people feel good. Patients sometimes come in while going through a stressful life event or medical issue. It’s rewarding to be able to put a smile on their faces and make them feel better.”

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

“Instead of playing the marketing tactics where third parties make most of the profits, we have started our own VIP program where patients can receive lower pricing all year by donating to one of three charity organizations: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation or advancement of Research for Myopathies (other reputable charities are acceptable as well).”

RECOMMENDED The newest additions to our portfolio of state-of-the-art products include: Voluma for a subtle lifted appearance; Restylane silk for fine lines; NovaThreads for collagen stimulation, especially around lips, lower cheeks and upper neck; Kybella for melting away the “double chin” fat; and microneedling for acne, fine lines and tightening.

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We specialize in cosmetic injectables … only injectables, which enables us to focus and achieve expertise in our field. In particular, we aim to help patients achieve a natural look. We want them to look the best they can possibly can at any given age, rather than looking like someone else!

Chasing one specific flaw can prevent patients from achieving the best outcome. Step back and look at the whole picture. View your face as a proportional 3-D entity that has bright hills and shadowed valleys. These light and dark areas can emphasize a droopy, tired look or be contoured to appear lifted, rejuvenated and youthful.

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We specialize in cosmetic injectables … only injectables, which enables us to focus and achieve expertise in our field.”

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or those days when you are in a hurry, here’s a tip from holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman.

Jar It

Create a salad in a mason jar. “Lots of nutritionists are doing this for clients these days. It

makes it easy when you have a busy week. Do your chopping when you have downtime. And then just empty in a bowl, sprinkle on some dressing and toss,” advises Elissa.

A shortcut to eating healthy on the run

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butter-lettuce blend on top.

cucumbers, Kalamata olives and feta cheese with a For dressing, Elissa suggests her Detox Vinaigrette recipe. She sends it to clients who sign up for her custom SOUP Cleanse (which also includes salads). The dressing is comprised of fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, dill) with 1/3 cup of olive oil, a pinch of salt, a clove of garlic and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Add all to a blender for a fresh and detoxifying green dressing. n

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A WORLD OF ANSWERS.

THE SHERI AND ROY P. DISNEY CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AT THE DISNEY FAMILY CANCER CENTER

Ora Karp Gordon, MD, MS Medical Director, Integrative Medicine & Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program

One in three Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime and at least 10 percent of these cancers are hereditary. For Dr. Ora Karp Gordon, knowledge is power. As the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine and Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, Dr. Gordon and her team know that blending the best of traditional and complementary medicine can provide a world of answers.

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