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to our readers From Flower Mound to Denton to Argyle and across our County, small businesses are the backbone of our community and breathe new vitality into our local Denton County neighborhoods. Murray Media Group is honored to bring focus and celebrate those praiseworthy businesses within our community who perform their callings with enthusiasm & professionalism, and to introduce them to you so you can shop locally with confidence. Unlike many other award publications, the “Best Of Denton County” is NOT a readers choice award. To participate in the program businesses must first be nominated by residents of their community. Only the three businesses with the MOST nominations are then placed on the ballot for voting. For the last eleven years, consumers have looked for the Best Of Denton County logo as a beacon for quality and trustworthiness. When you see this logo you can rest assured you are not only doing business with a local company, but also a reputable one that is backed by our community. We are confident that our annual exclusive publication is going to give you new insights into everything offered in our area and we encourage you to keep the magazine where

you can reference it often throughout the year. You can also view this information online at www.bestofdentoncounty.com. We want to extend a special thank you to our advertisers who make this magazine possible. Through their efforts, they are supporting our local community and the people in it. Let them know that you saw them in the Best Of Denton County magazine and make them your first choice when you shop for products and services.

Editorial PUBLISHER Murray Media Group EDITOR-IN-CHIEFS Kelly & Scott Murray SENIOR EDITOR Jana Melton SUB EDITOR Bobbi Byrne CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steve Gamel Mark Miller

Art ART DIRECTOR Lizeth V. Wallace SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Stephanie Hansen GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Caroline Brock Whitney Hill Josh Burkham PHOTOGRAPHERS Gail & Scott Young with Scott Young Photography Chris Ziober with Lifedigs Photography WEB DEVELOPER Murray Media Group

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SALES MANAGER Kelly Murray V.P. OF OPERATIONS Jana Melton ADVERTISING CONSULTANT Lizzy Hoffman Kathryn Flores Meredith McNair

Special Thanks Bistecca Fresco’s Mexicana Scott Young Photography LifeDigs Photography Murray Media Group Publication Readers Picture This! - PictureThisDFW.com Sigma Signs PJ’s Party Supplies

Sincerely, Kelly & Scott Murray

Publisher: Murray Media Group Presidents: Kelly & Scott Murray 1011 Surrey Lane, Bldg 100, Ste #101 • Flower Mound, Texas 75022 972.899.3637 • www.BestOfDentonCounty.com Best of Denton County Magazine is published once a year for Denton County residents, students and businesses. All nominations were voted on BestofDentonCounty.com. Winners were chosen by the residents of Denton County. The editor, publisher, owner and staff were not responsible for choosing winners nor did they participate in voting. Over 350 business categories were available and readers nominated or voted on no more than one business per category and required a valid email address and name. The businesses and institutions with the most votes were named Best of Denton County 2015 by Murray Media Group Publication and an additional award for Student's Choice was crowned from the students of Denton County. All Rights Reserved ©2015. This magazine may not be reproduced in whole, in part, or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, without permission from the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for care and return of unsolicited materials. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for advertisements printed or the views and opinions of the advertisements. Certain graphic images attained via www.shutterstock.com or www.123rf.com.

From left to right front to back Kathryn Flores, Caroline Brock, Stephanie Hansen, Lizzy Hoffman, Scott Murray, Kelly Murray, Meredith McNair, Whitney Hill, Josh Burkham, Jana Melton, Lizeth Wallace www.BestofDentonCounty.com

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Magazine Beauty Services Blessed to do What They Love . . . . . . 14 Coming to work every day with your best friend and getting to do what you love is a blessing.

Flower Mound’s Envy Nails Stands The Test Of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

No matter how many nail salons sprout up around them, Envy Nails in Flower Mound continues to make standing out from the rest of the pack look easy.

Let Us Build Your Dreams . . . . . . . . . 29

Elsey & Elsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

PointBank – It’s All About Our Customers

Family Has Extra Special Meaning for Bowen Law Firm . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

For every house is built by someone but the builder of all things is God – Hebrews 3:4 Learn more about how Noble Classic Homes practices what they preach.

Pointbank showcases their clients who won Best of Denton County. Showing once again why so many businesses turn to them when needing a bank that is committed to their individual success.

The most decorated law firm in Denton County is something partners Chuck and Chad Elsey do not take lightly.

Brent Bowen is a fourth-generation lawyer so it’s not surprising that anytime law is mentioned family immediately comes to mind.

Tough as Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

New Look for 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Sheriff William B. Travis has carried on his family’s tradition of service in the military, in local and federal law enforcement agencies, and since 2013 as our new Denton County Sheriff.

Award winning Sutera Spa is excited about 2016 and all the remodeling they have been working on.

RSR Medical Looks Out for Its Clients & Community

Two Wrights Make it Right for Winning Law Firm

For Rebecca Romanucci, when attempting to age gracefully, the conservative approach to skin rejuvenation is best.

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After several years working for other people, the Wright brothers decided to reunite professionally and it made for a winning combination.

Real Estate Vitality Prevails . . . . . . . . 27 A life threatening illness proved the catalyst for one of Denton County’s top Real Estate agents to pursue his passion for real estate.

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Business & Professional Services PL West Promotions; Promoting Your Business Like No One Else Can After 10 years in business Allison Fifer and her team at PL West Promotions still get excited about making local businesses get noticed.

Home Services Denton County Roots are Strong . . . . . 58

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Brian Gasperson still has the first client contract he ever signed hanging in his office from when he was 12 and mowing lawns.

Past Builds Successful Future Hollie and Lee Woodham, a couple who met on a Southwest Airlines flight not once, but twice, took their marriage to the next level by opening their own franchise together.

Medical Services A Breath of Fresh Air for Family Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Since opening the doors in 2012, Dr. Matt has grown both his family and his dental practice, all while maintaining a great sense of humor and a commitment to give his patients quality dentistry they can trust.

A Wellness Experience Unlike Any Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

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Financial & Real Estate Are You Covered? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Tisha Brandes learned a long time ago that the best way to build trusting relationships with her clients was by putting their needs above her own.

Making Your House a Home . . . . . . . . 28

Anyone that welcomes Longacre Construction into their home or commercial project when choosing a contractor can feel an immediate connection to their team.

Independence Helps Century Insurance Thrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 It’s all about the choices and Century Insurance has the ability to work with their clients to find exactly what company can better service their needs.

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After 30 years of helping local families turn their houses into homes, Paula Kratohvil is still excited about growing and evolving her business.

Legal Services Brett Nelson Focused On Serving Clients and Providing Guidance . . . . . . 68

Brett’s Father’s distaste for lawyers fueled Attorney Brett Nelson’s passion for serving his clients and offering guidance rather than watching his pocketbook.

Dr. Christina O’Brien, DC, RDN, DACNB is committed to ongoing continuing education so she can continually, help more people in the community.

Giving You and Your Family the Best Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Dr. Laura Le and husband, Dr. Steve Le may have started their practice in Palm Springs, California but their love for the Dallas area quickly drew the them back to make Denton County their home and the place they are building their successful practices.

Growing Along with the Community . . . 88 Lantana Pediatrics welcomes Melanie Bitzer, RN, MSN, CPNP to its family in 2016. This will result in a larger office and expanded hours to better accommodate their patients.

Local Doctor Exposed . . . . . . . . . . . 82

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Making A Difference Locally and Globally When you peel back enough layers, it’s clear that Titensor Dental is the one-stop practice everyone in Denton County craves -- offering everything from vast dental knowledge to community outreach services and a rare family atmosphere.

Going the Distance for Quality Food . . .108

Fresco’s provides the area with the most authentic Mexican cuisine possible, by making annual trip

The Science of Texas Music . . . . . . . .104 Award winning singer-songwriter Jon Christopher Davis may be the creative one but his partner John “Sparky” Pearson is the one with the passion for business and commitment to putting Denton on the map. Together this team of “scientists” has created a formula that is taking Texas by storm.

Custom Cakes & Sweet Treats . . . . . . 106

The more challenging the idea the more excited Jenny Layne, owner of The Jenny Layne Bakery is! If you can dream it she and her team will figure out how to make it.

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When doctors Joseph S. Valenti, Caren Reaves, Monica Popov, and Laura Finger combined their common philosophies of patient care and business administration to launch Caring for Women in 2001, little did they know how successful they’d be 14 years later.

Putting Your Patients First . . . . . . . . . 94 Dr. Janet Ogletree never wanted to be an astronaut or a ballet dancer when she grew up, she always knew she wanted to be an optometrist.

S2S Just Keeps Growing . . . . . . . . . . 95

Never in Meredith Tittle’s wildest dreams could she have imagined growing her business enough to already be outgrowing her fourth location

We’ve Got Your Back . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

New Name, New Book, Same Old Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 A lot has changed at Bistecca, and not just the name (formerly known as the Grotto.)

Shopping & Retail Combining Family, Passion and a Flair for Design Owner Lisa McCarty wants people who enter Bella Designs to remember how wonderfully they were treated and to love their space and the items they have purchased.

Inspired by his mother’s miraculous recovery from epilepsy at the hands of a chiropractor, Dr. Vince Baugher pursued a career in chiropractic.

Where Smiles are a Specialty . . . . . . . 90 Dr. Pomerance’s specialty in and out of the office is smiles. See what makes him Students Choice for best family dentist in Denton County.

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Pet Services Changing Lives is Just Part of Something We Do! Every year 6-8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters throughout the United States. Animal shelters are forced to cope with euthanasia. That’s where Texas Coalition for Animal Protection steps in to make a difference.

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition It’s Never too Late to Transform Your Body . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Owner, Rita Guhn, retired from her corporate career in 2011 after 35 years and fell in love with Pure Barre.

No Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Growing up, Coach Mike Winburn never thought he would end up teaching children for a living.

Strength Passion Discipline 78

These are not just words you see when you enter one of three Jesse James Fit Clubs in the area, but are the words owner, Jesse James Leyva lives by.

Restaurant & Food Services For the Love of BBQ Fat Cow BBQ is passionate about serving amazing BBQ with old school customer service.

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Looks Out for Its

RSR Medical

Clients & Community By Steve Gamel with Rebecca Romanucci,RN, Owner/Manager of RSR Medical

For Rebecca Romanucci, when attempting to age gracefully, the conservative approach to skin rejuvenation is best. Rebecca started RSR Medical Skin Rejuvenation, LLC, seven years ago with the belief that the key to healthy skin is to not only protect it from the day you are born, but also to adapt your skin care regimen to meet the needs as we age. She believes that a conservative approach to skin care rejuvenation not only is the safest way to treat people, but also what people want. When asked why RSR Medical continues to win Best of Denton County honors, Rebecca responded, “We believe in aging.......gracefully; slowing down the negative effects of the aging process. I believe the reason we continue to receive such high praise is because we are conservative, and at RSR Medical, we are all medically trained. “Not all ‘medi-spas’ have registered nurses or a physician who are actually assessing and treating the patient. Consultations are complementary and we thoroughly assess each patient as we carefully listen to each of their concerns. It is not a one-size-fits-all mentality. Our clients trust us, and as a result, our business continues to grow.”

Now a three-time Best of Denton County winner, RSR Medical specializes in advanced techniques and procedures of medical aesthetics, including Botox/Dysport, dermal fillers like Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, the SkinPen (medical-grade micro-needling), IPL/laser and Obagi Prescriptive Skin Care. RSR Medical also has been recognized by Obagi as one of the National Top 50 skincare providers at the National 2012 Obagi Medical Leadership Summit. RSR Medical is a recipient of the triple diamond level Obagi award. Rebecca admits that RSR isn’t for everyone. “We focus on enhancing, and not altering, a person into someone they never were created to be,” she said. “When someone brings in a photo of a movie star or model and asks for lips or cheeks like them, we remind them that they are beautiful – as God created. If you weren’t born with voluminous lips, or well-defined cheek bones, you may want to ask yourself what the outcome would be if you added too much volume, more than they were designed to hold.” Rebecca is OK with missing out on potential business if it means she is protecting someone from making a potentially life-altering mistake. It is important to Romanucci that her staff focus only on the things that enhance the areas that concern the client the most.

“Replacing the volume that they have lost over time, or slowing down the movement of the muscles which cause scowl or frown lines, rather than altering their appearance,” she said, is their goal. “We have all seen the results of those who have gone to places who WILL over-inject their lips (duck lips), or cheeks, resulting in a distorted appearance, or who have been treated with Botox/Dysport to ‘freeze’ their face, resulting in the inability to make any expressions. At RSR, we feel that weakening specific facial muscles, and avoiding others, provides both a reduction of unwanted lines and wrinkles, as well as the ability to continue to make beautiful expressions, resulting in a much more natural look.” Who is injecting you? Advanced Trained Registered Nurses: Key Difference to Consider Perhaps the most important consideration for any aesthetic injectable treatment is the expertise of the person doing the injection. All procedures and services at RSR are performed by registered nurses licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing. They all have completed advanced training and certifications under the supervision and guidance of their medical director, a surgeon who is actively practicing and certified by the American Board of Surgery. From a safety perspective, this adds so much to what Romanucci and her staff are able to offer. Because they are specifically trained for these types of procedures, each nurse knows exactly what to look for, how to establish the right plan for and with each patient, and how to properly educate clients about the most current and effective ways to enhance their skin. The nurses at RSR Medical are trained to take into consideration all safety precautions and use the most advanced, FDA-approved products and equipment while upholding the highest care standards.

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Commitment to Community “I’m humbled by it all,” Rebecca said. “We are all so grateful for the nominations and votes. Seven years ago, we began with caring for a few people here and there. Their friends would complement them on their healthy, glowing skin and how much more rested they looked, and they came to facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


see us too. It just kept growing. I believe people are looking for the right fit, the place they can trust to have an RN listen, treat conservatively, and receive complements, instead of comments about

how

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their appearance.” A Champion for the Community Rebecca and her staff are extremely genuine people who are easy to like. They live for God, caring for other people and doing what’s right for the community. As successful as RSR Medical has been for her family, the true success for Rebecca is being fortunate to use her business to be more involved in the community. This year alone, RSR Medical was invited to participate as the host for the Lantana Ladies League, where Rebecca helped raise more than $1,000 for Meals on Wheels. She also generously contributes to the Denton Christian Women’s Club, foundations which support our country’s veterans and is proud to be on the advisory board of Public Affairs and Community Services at the University of North Texas. www.BestofDentonCounty.com

Rebecca is passionate about the welfare of children and also will be donating the paid December cover of Lantana Living Magazine to Children’s Advocacy Center to help raise awareness and protection for the community’s children and family members. When not at work, she spends a good amount of her time at her children’s school by volunteering. She has been her daughter’s volleyball coach for the past two years, which she refers to as ‘being a volunteer, Google coach,’ trying to increase the girls’ understanding and love for the game, and to build their self-esteem. “We all have a responsibility to act, where we are able, to make a positive impact,” she said. “The growth of RSR Medical has provided me with the opportunity and pleasure to give back and try to make a difference.

Rebecca Romanucci RN Owner/Manager Aesthetic Registered Nurse Injector

Ruthanna Wilde RN, BSN Aesthetic Registered Nurse Injector

To contact Rebecca at:

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email: Rebecca@RSRmedical.com

972-978-9475 Denton | Highland Village RSR Medical • (972) 978 - 9475 200 Marketplace Ln., Bldg. 200, Ste. 2 Highland VIllage, TX 75028 www.RSRMedical.com

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Linda McMillan RN Aesthetic Registered Nurse Injector

Michelle Shepard RN, BSN Aesthetic Registered Nurse Injector

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Blessed to do What They

Love By Kelly Murray

“Going to work doesn’t feel like work when you truly love what you do and you get to do it with your best friends every day” Ten years ago, Shauna McCabe and Kendra Schmidt came up with the dream of Salon Sage. As friends for over ten years, they decided to finally make their dream a reality so they could accomplish their goal of making women feel more beautiful and special. Now, their salon is award winning and is accomplishing this goal on a daily basis. Women from all over the area come to the salon on a frequent basis for a variety of services. They walk away looking and feeling gorgeous both inside and out. Salon Sage has won the Best Of Denton County award for three years in a row now. Shauna and Kendra remain committed to helping others by way of their salon services. They continue to remain educated on the latest beauty techniques and trends; providing clients with new options all the time. Shauna is flattered by the success of Salon Sage as well as winning the Best Of Denton County award for the third time. “Last year was amazing and to be able to do it again is so exciting” says Shauna. Part of what makes Salon Sage so successful is the passion and enjoyment that the two owners get from their work.

“Going to work doesn’t feel like work when you truly love what you do and you get to do it with your best friends every day while making new ones with all our clients” is how Kendra and Shauna sum things up. The relaxed and laid back attitude of Salon Sage is what sets this business apart from others in the area. Every client who walks through the door enjoys their experience and walks out feeling beautiful and refreshed. This is one of the main reasons this salon has experienced so much success and recognition over the past few years. When not at the salon, Shauna and Kendra spend much of their time with their husbands and their children. They are also active members of their church. A lifetime resident of Tennessee, Shauna quickly fell in love with the area thanks to Kendra, who was raised here and has lived here her whole life. At Salon Sage, the goal is to make women feel confident, beautiful and important. Shauna and Kendra are passionate about their business and love what they do. This is evident with the services they provide and the recognition they have received.

Photo Left to Right: Mallory Elms, Jamie Bourg, Whitney Wheeler, Elisha Sargent, Kendra Schmidt, April Bailey, Shauna McCabe, and Jordan Guillory

Thank You for Voting Us Best Women’s Salon in Denton County 3 Years in a Row!

Salon Sage • (972) 436 - 7243 3301 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75022 www.SalonSage.co

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Kim Cloud, owner and stylist of Cloud 9 Salon and Spa, has been in the business since 1980. Robbie Meeks, the Salon Manager, has been ensuring everything works smoothly since 1997. She and the other Salon Coordinators will always greet you with a smile and ensure you are satisfied with the services at the salon.

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Rejuvenation, Relaxation & Beautification

at Cloud 9 Salon

Cloud 9 is located in a beautiful 8,000 square-foot salon that blends the high energy of a Salon downstairs with the serenity of a Spa upstairs. Cloud 9 Salon and Spa offers spa treatments that are typically only found in destination spas. With a team of over 40 full time professionals, from hair stylists and colorists to massage therapists, nail technicians, and estheticians, Cloud 9 provides you with the highest quality of services available in North Texas. The people of Denton County consistently vote Cloud 9 Salon and Spa the # 1 Salon, Spa, and Nail Salon. Salon Today magazine has recognized Cloud 9 Salon and Spa as one of the Top 200 fastest growing salons in the nation.

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C9 Boutique is the best kept secret in town! Located inside Cloud 9 Salon and Spa, C9 Boutique is 1,000 sq. ft. of Fashion, Home Decor, Gift Items, Jewelry, Art, Boots, Scarves, Junior Clothing, Sandals, Purses and more! If you are looking for a trendy, cost conscious Boutique with in-the-now fashions, C9 Boutique is for you!

Body Treatments Massage Skin Treatments Hair Removal Waxing

Be pampered and primped "To The Nines" by our professional staff. For any reason or occasion come in and get just the right hair style with new nails and fresh makeup, giving you that terrific feeling of confidence and exceptional look.

Kim Cloud is founder of Cloud 9 Charities and along with an active Board they hold numerous fundraisers for nonprofit organizations each year. Fundraising events for charities include the annual Fashion Show, Art Gala, Bike Rides, and the Best Little Brewfest in Texas.

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Other Treatments Include Hand & Foot Therapy Eyelash Extensions

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(972) 691-0022 • www.DavidRyanSalons.com 4151 Cross Timbers Road, #150 • Flower Mound, TX 75028 (We are Located on Cross Timbers Road, North of Long Prairie Road in The Shopping Center Next to The New Tom Thumb.) Sun & Mon Closed | Tues-Fri 10am-7pm Saturday 9am-7pm

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Envy of Its Industry By Steve Gamel

No matter how many nail salons sprout up around them, Envy Nails in Flower Mound continues to make standing out from the rest of the pack look easy. And it has made the salon the envy of the town.

staff handles everything from manicures to

Thang Vu, who with wife Vanessa Nguyen has

Nails, meaning at each pedicure, the customer is

co-owned award-winning Envy Nails at the same

given a disposable Footsie Bath plastic liner. All

location since 1999, said the salon’s success starts

equipment is sterilized using the same machines

with taking care of its amazing employees, most

found in many hospitals. Furthermore, all work is

of whom have been there for the better part of the last decade – and in some cases longer. Simply put – happy and attentive employees equals satisfied and loyal customers! As a result, Envy Nails was once again voted Best Nail Salon by Best of Denton County voters. “At other salons, employees aren’t always paid as well and then customers wonder why the service isn’t as good. We pay our employees very well, and we take care of them. This is their career,”

pedicures and massages while incorporating the latest industry trends and techniques to make the customer experience as complete as possible. There are no short cuts with sanitation at Envy

detailed and bent on quality first. The average time spent with each customer is one hour. In comparison, Vu and Nguyen said most other salons work with four customers in that same time frame. You may pay more than the salon down the street. But you get what you pay for at Envy Nails – and more. For Nguyen, it’s about doing the right thing for

said Vu, who added that his employees make

customers and employees.

roughly $25 an hour, have full benefits and work

“We feel like we have accomplished something,

five days a week at 40 hours. “Most salons change

and that we are making a difference,” Nguyen

owners and employees every few years, but we

said. “We go above the norm to make it right

don’t. Our customers are sold on our employees.

for our customers. There are other salons

It’s the relationships.”

close by, but it’s not the same thing. We know

From there, it’s all about delivering on that

all our customers’ names, and they trust us.

professional care. At this full-service salon, the

That’s important.”

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Best Spa in D

enton County 2015

Sutera Spa has enjoyed 11 years of service excellence in Flower Mound. Sutera originated from the idea of two successful business owners in the Flower Mound community, Stacey Maness and Luane McWhorter. They recognized a need for a high quality neighborhood spa in the area.

has become a symbol of excellence in the Denton

Stacey and Luane used their knowledge of

such success is due to the dedication and hard

business, and their experience in excellent

work of their professional staff. When a client

customer service, to create Sutera Spa in 2004.

walks into Sutera Spa, they are immediately

The business provides an outstanding spa

put into comfort by the relaxing setting, and

experience for residents within the metroplex.

welcoming employees. Customers are assured

The city of Flower Mound was not as developed and active as it is today, but Sutera Spa opened

County community, and has also won “Best of Denton County” 11 years in a row. “We want to provide our Flower Mound neighborhood with world class services at affordable prices,” says Maness. Stacey and Luane believe the true reason for

to receive top-quality care and service with every appointment.

with great expectations to succeed. Being, “the

Today, Sutera Spa continues to educate and

best kept secret” in Flower Mound, Sutera Spa

develop their employees, to insure quality and

is located on Long Prairie Road south of Cross

knowledge. The partners feel that their staff

Timbers, nestled behind Chaparral Plaza. By

members are delivering an unprecedented

keeping their high level of consistency, the spa

experience in Sutera Spa’s relaxing atmosphere.

Spa Packages | Body Treatments | Facials | Nail Care | Products | Massage | Waxing Sutera Spa • (972) 899- 5300 2620 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75022 www.SuteraSpa.com

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A Champion For the Community By Steve Gamel

Over the last 23 years, Kathy King, her husband Alex and their staff at King Financial Group, Inc. have prided themselves on meeting customers’ needs from all angles. That attention to detail has kept this Highland Village-based residential mortgage company exceeding expectations. But it’s Kathy’s vision of having her company be a steward of the community that truly sets it apart. King introduced her Loans for Leaders program almost a year ago with the intention of providing community leaders an opportunity to save money on closing costs for the purchase or refinance of a home. Just like the name suggests, it is open to people who help build, protect and educate. That includes military veterans, police officers, firefighters/first responders, teachers, healthcare workers and small business owners with companies that have 25 employees or less. “We want everyone in the community to participate to see the value in giving back, especially to those who have sacrificed for us,” said Kathy, whose company was a Best of Denton County finalist in 2015 for Best Mortgage 26 | Financial & Real Estate | Best of Denton County 2015

Company. “These are people who never stop serving. It’s our way of saying thank you.” King Financial Group has pooled together with a network of real estate service providers willing to assist at closing for appraisal fees, document preparation, homeowners insurance and related services. You’re not required to use these vendors, but the more you choose, the more savings opportunities there are at closing.

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interim construction and much more. Kathy and Alex have 55 years of combined experience in the industry and Kathy opened King Financial in 1992 and built their personal home in Highland Village in 1999. Though the company didn’t take top honors this year, Tom Tevis, a staple in the industry for 15 years, was named Best Loan Originator in Denton County. He is one of 10 highly-trained employees willing to serve your every need. “We have great relationships in this community, and believe in helping businesses and people grow,” King said.

King created the program after attending a Jacob R. Lugo Marine Corps League meeting in Denton County. The league is named after a fallen Flower Mound Marine. Her father, a former Marine himself, invited Kathy to join the league. “I was touched by how many Marines kept coming back. They were never done serving,” King said. “King Financial became a corporate sponsor for that league, and that’s really what helped me start this program. I wanted to serve others. You try to be as inclusive as possible, because there are so many leaders in this world.” King Financial Group offers a large variety of loans, from conventional to FHA, VA and

Best Mortgage Company

Residential Mortgage Loan Originator

Tom Tevis • (972) 539-2500 RMLO - NMLS # 286616 2600 Village Parkway Highland Village, TX 75077 www.KingFG.com

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Brand’s

By Mark Miller

Real Estate Vitality

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Facing a life-threatening illness proved the catalyst for Jeff Brand’s real estate success. After spending his early career managing and owning restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the San Antonio-born, Dallas-bred Brand grew tired of the manual labor and long days with little financial gain. That all changed dramatically in February 1995. While trying to decide on his next career move, Brand was diagnosed with advanced-stage Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. During his radiation and chemotherapy treatment, the long-time Flower Mound resident realized his interest in real estate and began correspondence classes, becoming a licensed agent by the following September. With a positive attitude and by the grace of God, Brand remains in remission. With his new license, Jeff applied his strong work ethic, organizational skills, and business mindset from his restaurateur days. Quickly, he built a wealth of knowledge about the local real estate market and developed an evergrowing rapport with people who remain confident in his abilities to buy and/or sell their homes. It’s that trust that netted Brand and his highly-esteemed team of professionals “Best Real Estate Agency” by Best of Denton County voters. Jeff Brand & Associates is a four-time winner of the annual contest. A key to their success is the ability to price homes correctly, and a keen focus on proper home staging. Other areas of expertise include understanding home values and property features, what’s happening in the local real estate market and the prices buyers are willing to pay. To date, Jeff Brand & Associates has helped more than 3,760 families buy and/or sell homes. “I’m most proud we are helping families get the most money for their current home while finding their next dream home all while making the experience enjoyable and as hassle-free as possible,” he said. “My team and I take a personal interest in our clients’ lives. This is why we have so many repeat clients, clients for life, and referrals.”

Jeff Brand • (972) 539 - 6555 2900 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. C Flower Mound, TX 75022 www.JeffBrand.com

Best Real Estate Agency

In the 24/7/365 world of real estate, Brand makes spending time with his wife, Melissa, a top priority, and after church likes to dedicate his Sundays to watching football. Brand is a published author, a frequent speaker at real estate conventions and RE/MAX training events, and a coaching mentor for new real estate associates. Jeff Brand remains a positive influence, trying to “not sweat the small stuff” and is happy to help others in whatever way he can.

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. . . It’s Just Part of The Longacre Creed By Kelly Murray

Anyone that welcomes Longacre Construction into their home or commercial project when choosing a contractor can feel an immediate connection to their team. That is a great thing for clients, because Longacre prides itself on their team approach that provides their clients attentive guidance through every step of the project. This guidance offers a managed remodel process designed to give the customer peace of mind, from concept and original design, to budget and cost analysis, to day-to-day worksite management, to completion and cleanup.

The Longacre team has a knack for producing a high quality product and building long lasting relationships within the community. The company and its employees not only enjoy working together in a supportive team environment, but they also love to give back to their community through extensive volunteerism and contributions. When asked about their community and philanthropic involvement, Dan responded, “We are blessed to have so many non-profits in this community that naming just one would be a disservice.” This unpretentious attitude carries through everything

“. . .If we can give our that Dan and Carol do. Long-time Dan Longacre, COO and founder clients peace of mind employee Liesel Herrera remarks, of the company, began building this during the remodeling “Dan and Carol have a hard time community focused construction process, and build our praising themselves.” business on his own in 1986. A true satisfied clientele, American entrepreneur, Dan was that’s why we come to Longacre Construction has a long list soon joined by Carol Longacre of satisfied clients and an extensive work every day.” as the business began to grow. portfolio of completed projects, Carol’s contributions to the business helped to from residential kitchen remodels to commercial connect Longacre with other enterprises and trade additions and everything in between. Despite all associations in the area. That’s when Longacre of this professional success, Longacre Construction Construction began building relationships with the insists that it’s their greatest passion to produce a community in earnest. satisfied client. “While we have received accolades With a reputation for quality, responsibility, from top remodeling magazines, as well as the excellence, and personal commitment, their associations and community organizations, we really continued growth comes as no surprise to those take pride in the work that we do. The awards we who know them well. The modest duo approach have received don’t compare to the satisfaction we their customers like family. Once they’ve committed to doing a job, the customer can sit back and let Longacre Construction push the project through.

get from our clients after a project is completed beyond their expectations.”

When they aren’t busy serving the community, Dan and Carol are happiest watching their daughter play volleyball or relaxing with family and friends at the lake, and above all else want to be remembered as having been a good friend to others. Joking about each other, Dan can poke at Carol for being opinionated, and Carol follows right back by pointing out that Dan is overly detail-oriented. But as the sun sets on another weekend at the lake, Dan and Carol are ready to head back to work to serve the community that they call home. “As a company, we are all very family oriented and dedicated to the Longacre name - what it stands for in the community as well as what it provides our families. If we can give our clients peace of mind during the remodeling process, and build our satisfied clientele, that’s why we come to work every day.”

Longacre Construction (972) 436 - 6200 411 Harn Dr. • Lewisville, TX 75057 www.LongacreConstruction.com

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For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. —Hebrews 3:4 Noble Classic Homes has been building quality custom homes in Argyle, TX and surrounding areas since 1998. As Certified Master Builders and Certified Green Professionals, Noble Classic Homes has a reputation for building homes of superb craftsmanship and unique design.

“Each home we build is distinctively different based on the needs and desires of each family. Our mission is to build homes of value, to construct them with quality, and to market them fairly. We are committed to personal responsibility, integrity and honesty.” - John Michaels, President

customers a consistent level of excellence. Additionally, each subcontractor and supplier for Noble Classic Homes is carefully screened and selected based on their reputation for consistent production of quality, precision skills, and proven value. Our team is fortunate to be in a business where we can share in the excitement of our customers as they watch their dream home become a reality. Construction should be a pleasurable experience before, during, and after the homebuilding process. Because of our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations, most of our business comes from their referrals. Noble Classic Homes would love to build the dream that your family will call Home. “Let Us Build Your Dream”

With a professional Project Manager and Decorator to supervise all stages of the construction process, we can assure our Noble Classic Homes (940) 240 - 5332 140 Old Town Blvd. • Argyle, TX 76226 www.NobleClassicHomes.com

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It’s All About

Family for Best Insurance Agent

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I grew up spending my evenings with my dad, Aunt Melissa, Uncle Monty and grandparents sitting around the kitchen table discussing the family business and what transpired that day. My grandfather founded Jim Bridges Sporting Goods in 1965. In its prime, our sporting goods operation was one of the largest of its kind in the state of Texas. Until its eventual sale in 1995 these daily gatherings as a family provided me with insight and inspiration for my dreams and life goals. Owning my own family business where I can be involved and help shape and influence my community has been a dream since I was a young boy. I spent several years working for a family friend Art Brucks (ranked one of the top 50 State Farm agents in the country) learning about insurance and financial services. Under his guidance and support from my family my dream came true Sept. 1, 2011. My agency is more than a place to save a few dollars on your car insurance. It is built around the ideals of providing clients with the best possible customer service, educating our clients on how to protect what’s important to them, recovering from the unexpected and realizing dreams. I believe in putting others first and always doing the right thing. Being named “Best Insurance Agent” in Denton County is a true honor. It’s something that my staff and I take huge pride in. We will continue to do the very best job we can to provide the best experience for everyone we come in contact with.

Jim Bridges Agency • (940) 241 - 2060 2648 FM 407, Ste. 105 Bartonville, TX 76226 www.JimBridgesInsurance.com

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By Mark Miller

With so many insurance options available to Denton County residents and business owners, what criteria separates them?

Among the biggest factors is having an independent agency that partners with multiple companies rather than one that deals directly with an individual carrier. It gives clients choices which provide value when fulfilling their needs. One such place is Century Insurance Agency, Inc., which has been serving individuals and companies in Denton County and beyond since President Jason Helal founded the agency in 1996. It currently has offices in Flower Mound and Denton, and based on its customers voting it as the Best Auto Insurance Agency and a finalist for Best Insurance Agency in the 2015 Best of Denton County contest, whatever staff members are doing seems to be working. “Whether we are working with a small business or with a family on their personal insurance, we ask lots of questions to get to know their individual needs and wants,” said Helal. “We customize coverages and offer solutions that fit our clients perfectly.”

Agency works are Travelers, Safeco, The Republic Group, Progressive, State Auto, MetLife, CNA, Zurich, Texas Mutual, First Comp, Foremost, Symetra, Humana, West Coast Life, America’s First Insurance, Liberty Mutual, South & Western, Burns & Wilcox, AR, BlueCross Blue Shield, Prudential, Transamerica, ING, United Health Care, Genworth, and Kemper.

years in D Magazine’s Best of DFW, rated among the top 220 agencies in the country in Reagan Consulting’s Best Practices Agency in 2010, 2011, 2012, Travelers Southwest Region Agency of the Year in 2009, a Safeco Premier Partner for 20082015, (Kathy Duke) Citizen of the Year by the Flower Mound Chamber, and Rotarian of the Year and LHS Hall of Fame.

“We pride ourselves on being the only insurance agency that you will ever need,” Helal said.

“We want to be remembered as a high touch service organization that took great care of our clients and friends,” Helal said. “We want for our clients to tell their friends how much they appreciate us as their insurance service provider.”

Such an agency not only provides service up front but throughout the entire process. “We are passionate about accuracy and reliability,” he said. “We care very much that we give our clients the best value, which means not only the lowest prices, but also the best coverage and service. “When a client has a claim, we want them to have a smooth and positive experience. This is very rare these days.”

Another key indicator of Century Insurance Agency’s success is in its 13-person staff. Not only have a utilizing its network of more than 50 insurance number of them been in the business for more than 20 years, most grew up and still live in Denton carriers to tailor policies to best meet those needs. County. So they know the needs of “We do a great job at identifying “We believe in the communities they serve while also customers’ unique needs and providing for our helping give back to the worthy causes matching the right carrier with the clients’ needs. We based in the area. right coverage for the client,” Helal encourage our clients to call us first before Among the groups staff has supported said. “No two businesses are alike. and volunteered to help include the ever calling any Same with families. Needs vary YMCA, Flower Mound Rotary club, insurance company – depending on situation, so we listen PEDI Place, Denton County Children even our own,” to our clients to make sure we give Advocacy, Lewisville Independent them what they need, and nothing that they don’t.” School District school board and local chambers Century Insurance Agency works with more than 200 of commerce. business owners and over 4,500 families throughout “We believe in giving back and helping others,” Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. Besides its Best Helal said. “Also when you help a child you’re of Denton County-winning automobile line, it helping our future!” provides other personal and commercial protection Being honored for its good work is nothing new solutions in home, life, health, and business areas. for Century Insurance Agency. Besides winning for These include property, business liability, workers compensation, benefits and life insurance. the second-consecutive year in the Best of Denton County voting, it also has been honored five-straight Among the carriers with which Century Insurance The big thing is listening to customer needs and

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Helal points out another reason how his agency is different than some others. “If they don’t value service, if someone wants to talk to an 800 number with overseas operators, we aren’t for you,” he said. “But if you want and expect to be treated courteously and professionally, we are for you.” When not working, Helal and his staff usually can be found spending time with their families. That often includes attending area sporting events, watching and even coaching their children and grandchildren and helping with various community activities. It’s that type of personal service that Helal prides himself and his agency to provide his customers and help Century Insurance Agency, Inc. stand apart from the rest of the competition. “We believe in providing for our clients’ needs. We encourage our clients to call us first before ever calling any insurance company – even our own,” he said. “Our advice and assistance are what makes the insurance service experience smooth.”

Century Insurance Agency (972) 539 - 4300 3200 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022

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Are You By Steve Gamel

change,” said Tisha, who lives locally with her husband of 14 years and two children. “This is my favorite part of what I do, building friendships, relationships and helping protect what matters most to them. We demystify insurance by taking time to explain why each coverage is important and the benefit it can provide.” Customers count on The Brandes Insurance Agency because Tisha is sincere, and she’s been doing this for a long time. Insurance is in her blood! Tisha grew up watching her father run his own Allstate agency and naturally followed in his

The Brandes Insurance Agency is the culmination of all that hard work, and she can safely say she has all bases covered for her clients. The Brandes Insurance Agency handles all types of insurance, including auto, boat, home, life, renters and commercial. The knowledgeable staff specializes in finding the best coverage at competitive rates, eliminating the need to call multiple agents for multiple quotes. Because The Brandes Insurance Agency is an insurance broker, her agency isn’t associated with just one insurance company. Instead, she represents many of the major A-rated carriers in Texas so her team can then customize coverage for each client they meet with.

Tisha Brandes learned a long time ago that the best way to build trusting relationships with her clients was by putting their needs above her own. That seems simple enough, and in a day and age where insurance agents are everywhere, it’s a tried and true way to differentiate yourself. Brandes, who owns The Brandes Insurance Agency in Highland Village, knows her clients have options with their personal and life insurance needs. That’s why she works as hard as she does, and she’s elated each time they choose her as their trusted advisor. Tisha’s agency has a long record of reliability and a reputation for exceptional service.

footsteps. She got her start working in the claims office at Allstate, then worked at three different agencies before starting her own in 2002.

The Brandes Insurance Agency (972) 481-1027 2100 Justin Rd., Ste. 202 Highland Village, TX 75077 www.InsureHomeAuto.com

Best Insurance Agency

“We want to make sure they have the right coverage so when they do have a claim, they are taken care of fast,” Brandes said. “We strive to find gaps in their current coverage. We are a premier advisor, not just insurance agents. It’s all about educating our clients.” Because at the end of the day, we could all use someone to watch our back!

This year was no different, as it was named Best Insurance Agency by Best of Denton County voters. “We love to sit down with our clients and review their coverage every year or when their needs

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Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) is a mortgage company whose mission is to strive for first class, unique service for each client, as well as giving relevant mortgage advice to their customers as they guide them through one of the most important financial decisions of their life. PRMI’s offices are located to the south of Justin Road off FM 2499 in Flower Mound. The firm has managed to excel and stand out in the mortgage industry because it puts its clients’ interests first. Mitzel added that his team works together to give clients the best experience in dealing with mortgage loans. They believe in guiding the client through the loan process and helping them make an educated decision on the loan choice that aligns with their long term goals. Mitzel said that their secret for success is employing a knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated team that works hard to make the

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client’s experience flow smoothly from the beginning to the end. In addition, they have inhouse processors and underwriters which helps to keep closing dates on schedule. Mitzel said that it is easy for anyone to give a mortgage but what makes his team stand out is the seamless, friendly and educated experience that it gives customers. He stressed the importance of treating their referral partners like family. Their team continues to earn top accolades in the industry both locally and nationally, including: • Best Mortgage County Awards years now.

Company for two

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• Living Magazine Best Mortgage Company in Flower Mound 2013 • Five Star Mortgage Professional Award – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Mortgage Loan Type:

Conventional • FHA • FHA 203K • VA • USDA PRMI Choice • HUD $100 Down • Investment Jumbo • ARM • TSAHC • HomePath • HARP Refinance (cash out & no cash out) over 20 years in the industry. This experience and focus on education allows Mitzel and his team to often provide services for clients who were denied services elsewhere. In addition to being a respected business in the community, it is important to the team at PRMI to be involved and give back to the community where they work. They participate in fundraising and donation efforts ranging from animal rescue, children’s charities and local women’s groups.

• Top 10 out of 1000 loan officers in PRMI across the country according to client satisfaction surveys. Jim Mitzel has immersed himself in the real estate industry. His tenure and commitment to daily continuing education helps him keep up to date on the constantly changing landscape of the mortgage industry. This knowledge is critical to making sure he can educate clients and guide them to the best available loan options, providing for an exceptional customer service experience. In addition to Mr. Mitzel, the team of Beth Elston, Lisa-Marie Thompson, Scott Satine, Jim Dorsey, and Shawn Curran help clients through each step of their transaction. Several team members have

Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (214) 736 - 9466 2800 Corporate Dr., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.PRMITX.com

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Individual Training • Small Group Training • Family Training • Weight Loss Training • Teen & Youth Training Senior Training • Athletic Performance Training • Massage Therapy • Full Service Hair Salon

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972-355-2639 1001 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.jessejamesfit.com

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We do not just change the physical appearance or strength of our clients – we transform lives

When people think of personal training, nutritional counseling and supplements consultations, they tend to think of non personal big gym environments. This isn’t the case with Jesse Leyva or his trainers. They transform lives with every client’s well-being a top priority. Transformational stories abound at Jesse James Fit and at the heart of each one are the trainers. When Jesse and his trainers hear these stories, they get emotional as their professional calling to help others achieve health and fitness goals is affirmed and the mission of Jesse James Fit is validated again and again. “It’s hearing these stories that make me a better person. At Jesse James Fit, it’s about giving knowledge and empowering others,” says Jesse. A clear example of transformation are Leroy Thompson and his wife, Kari Shields. They achieved an impressive combined weight loss of 107 pounds in less than a year, illustrating that consistency and discipline, complemented by the personal training and nutrition program provided at Jesse James Fit, yield astounding transformative results. “After meeting one of the trainers at a volunteer event, we visited the studio and were instantly comfortable. The staff was unbelievably welcoming and we signed up immediately. As we are both in our 40’s with growing children, and we wanted to make lifestyle changes that would ensure our long health for many years to come. Jesse James Fit has changed our individual perspectives on health and fitness and our relationship with food. We feel 25 again!” Recognizing strong supportive relationships are key to any client’s success. Jesse encourages spouses and children to work out together: “We can help anyone lose weight and get fit, but true transformation occurs when a client is supported by their spouse and friends. These www.BestofDentonCounty.com

key relationships are critical to the emotional and psychological aspect of living a strong healthy life. Because this is critical, we focus on including spouses and family members to join them on their journey.” Barbara Snowden has been training at Jesse James Fit for over two years. Early this year, her teenagers decided to join her at Jesse James Fit before the eldest moved away to attend Duke University. Barbara shares: “We took a family vacation that involved miles of hiking everyday rather than hours of lying on the beach because we now consider our health and well-being to

be paramount. And I used to love food that was convenient and fast. Nutritional value wasn’t a consideration, but now my whole mindset has shifted to making healthy choices. Furthermore, rather than the traditional silence around the dinner table, our family talked about a common challenge and we hold each other accountable. Our respect grew for each other in ways we couldn’t have imagined, and we all feel 10 times better. Working out with my son and daughter has been nothing short of inspirational!” Transformation extends to the Jesse James Fit business, too. Last fall, Jesse launched Outlaw Bootcamp in Little Elm to offer safe, year-round indoor bootcamp-style workouts for busy professionals in Denton county. Each Bootcamp class lasts only 28 minutes, capitalizing on the latest research and Jesse James Fit methodology

that demonstrates an effective workout does not need to last an hour or more to deliver health, strength and fitness results to participants. Outlaw Bootcamp has experienced tremendous growth in its first year, expanding the number of classes offered to accommodate participants’ schedules without compromising safety or the quality of the experience for each client. The positive response to and success of Outlaw Bootcamp in Little Elm led Jesse to explore expanding the concept in other areas of Denton County. Less than a year later, Jesse has opened Outlaw Fit Camp in Hickory Creek and has taken his business model to the next level. “Outlaw Fit Camp will incorporate the best of Jesse James Fit personal training and Outlaw Bootcamp classes with the convenience of a 24-hour access gym.” He has been working selectively with private investors who expressed an interest in franchise opportunities with Outlaw Bootcamp and Outlaw Fit Camp. “The Jesse James Fit corporate philosophy has to be clearly understood and embraced by all investors, managers, and trainers. We believe success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. We do not just change the physical appearance or strength of our clients – we transform lives” Jesse James Fitness (972) 355 - 2639

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It’s about preparing them for the next level of competition both on and off the diamond.

State-Of-The-Art Facility with Professional Training Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-9pm Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm Family Owned & Operated Backyard DugOut • (940) 380 - 9062 2126 Hamilton Rd. • Argyle, TX 76226 www.Facebook.com/BYD-Baseball www.DallasNationals.com

Finalist for Best Batting Cages

The organization’s mission is to prepare young men for the next level of competition both on and off the diamond. Our coaches and staff are selected specifically to improve baseball skills and knowledge; however, since there is more to life than baseball, we will also work to build character at every opportunity. Our staff is made up of the best coaches and instructors from all of the other organizations that got tired of seeing a tainted product on the diamond and decided to get together and build a program that was respected and produced. The coaching staff is committed to assisting each young athlete fulfill their baseball dreams and aspirations at each and every level of play from recreational to select, JV to varsity, or varsity to college. We are extremely proud to have many success stories

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at each level; even sending athletes to college on scholarships to play baseball at the highest levels. Since most tournaments we enter will be played on weekends and we do not like for our families to choose between church and baseball, we have optional devotionals on Sunday led by parents and staff. The devotionals are by no means a replacement to your current church home, but rather a viable option for praise and worship in order to create community within the organization and study the bible together. Bible study will be non-denominational, but Christ-centered. Thank you for your support of Backyard Dugout Baseball in Argyle and the Dallas Nationals organization. We look forward to working with you toward your child’s athletic goals and providing them the opportunity to succeed in our national pastime! facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


NO LIMITS Growing up, Coach Mike Winburn never thought he would end up teaching children for a living. As a child, he excelled in competitive gymnastics along with his four sisters. Even though he grew up with his parents operating a gymnastics and dance center, he was determined to make his way to a fancy business career in Finance and consulting. He coached children’s gymnastics throughout High School and College, but he eventually earned that Finance degree and was off to pursue his business goals. It did not take very long for Mike to realize that wearing business suits and working all day in kid-less environments was not his true calling. By 1998 he resigned from a wellpaid consulting career to pursue his dream to create the ultimate children’s sports and activity center; one that would be amazing for children of all ages and abilities.

remodeled the giant 27,000 square foot custom facility we are in today.” Coach Mike is realizing his dream of running the ultimate children’s center, with Parent & Child developmental classes from ages 6 months and up to award-winning Martial Arts classes, Gymnastics Team and Private Birthday Parties and many other activities. “We are really the luckiest group in town!” “We get to love what we do for real!” “These kids are so fun to teach; they are learning and enjoying these activities so much it keeps us feeling young and happy to come to work!”

“These kids are so fun to teach; they are learning and enjoying these activities so much it keeps us feeling young and happy to come to work!”

“It took many years of investigating children’s centers all over the US before I came up with Win Kids.” There was really no similar model to copy or benchmark to use.” He felt that most gymnastics and sports schools were too focused on one goal - finding and focusing on the best natural athletes, without being truly kid-friendly enough to help all children realize what it means to be an athlete. He also recognized that to develop healthy, happy, successful children, the core philosophy of a coaching staff must be about caring, positive encouragement. “In a tough world, our children need praise to build a strong foundation of self-worth and healthy attitudes.” He founded Win Kids in March 1998 and has been helping develop the children of this community ever since. “I started out with a small cargo trailer of mats, setting up my gym inside a racquetball court on one day and an aerobics room on the other, teaching classes and then putting it all back in the trailer each night. “ Win Kids then secured a small facility and started quickly expanding and outgrowing each facility they upgraded into. “Every year I added a new sport or activity for children to our menu and eventually secured and www.BestofDentonCounty.com

Win Kids is home to over 2500 children each week participating in a variety of activities. Winning the Best of Denton County Award again is the icing on the top for the entire staff. Win Kids believes in constantly improving its teaching methods, facilities and adding value for its students and families. We love connecting to our community by hosting our annual Winfest Halloween Party, Baby Bonanza and other large community events each year and participating in other community activities. We are excited to be a place that families can feel at home and trust us to have their child’s best interests at heart. “I am so proud to see many of the children we have taught over the years coming back as adults to thank us and even work here! Win Kids is achieving its Mission to help parents develop happy, healthy, responsible children by helping children love to learn and teaching them there are no limits to what they can do.

Win Kids • (972) 355-9988 3000 Waketon Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.WinKids.net

Best Gymnastics & Best Summer Camp

Win Kids Programs: Gymnastics • Parent & Child Classes Karate • Dance • WK Ninja Warriors Swimming • Tennis • Sports Kids Tumbling & Trampoline • Academic Preschool Birthday Parties • Summer Camps Holiday Camps • Parent’s Night Out For more information contact Win Kids at 972-355-9988 3000 Waketon Road • Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Transform Your Pure Barre has always been more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. We strive to make our studio an inviting and welcoming community where clients feel supported both in their fitness and overall lifestyle goals.

Lead Teacher, Heather Ledesma is a Texas native

We make each client feel important and help them to feel healthier, stronger and more confident in themselves. We also extend this network of support outside of our studio walls. The owners and teachers are ingrained in the fabric of their local communities and believe in giving back and supporting local.

in high school and college. Currently, she takes

Owner, Rita Guhn, retired from her corporate career in 2011 after 35 years. In January of 2014, Rita was introduced to Pure Barre by a friend and was instantly hooked! She fell in love with the technique and began taking classes 5-6 days a week. For someone who was about to reach the age of 61 and had not worked out in 30 years, this was a huge accomplishment. In just 55 minutes a day, her life was forever changed. After celebrating her 100th workout, she knew that she wanted to return to the business community and become a Pure Barre studio owner. Rita loves the Pure Barre concept and how it builds self-esteem and relationships within the community. With her enthusiasm and positive attitude she is so excited for the opportunity to share her love for Pure Barre with the women of Denton, regardless of age, and to motivate and empower them to feel more confident about themselves and their bodies while reaching their health and fitness goals.

and a genuine workout fanatic. She and her husband, Larry of 20 years, have 2 teenage sons and has been a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines for 21 years. Heather was a cheerleader

spin classes, kickboxing, and pilates. She started taking Pure Barre classes in January 2014 and

was immediately in love. Within a few classes,

she began to see improvements in her muscle tone and core strength. Heather is excited to

be part of the team and to share her love of the technique to others.

Together, Rita and Heather and their team enjoy

the community of intelligent, dynamic and funspirited women. Each individual has their own

reason for walking in the door, signing up for a class, taking that first tuck. And every experience is different. Maybe you’re a new mom getting back into shape, a brideto-be slimming down for the big day, an overworked professional

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solace at the end of the workday…. whatever your story, we have something

for you. Thank you

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Combining Family, Passion

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When Lisa McCarty closed the doors to her almost decade old arts and crafts store in the early 1990’s, it was to start a nobler calling of raising a family. Flash forward to today you will see Lisa has never regretted that decision as all her kids are grown and successful and that peace of mind allowed her to get back to her second passion – interior decorating and design.

When Lisa was asked about her business approach she responded,” I am not going to sell someone a product simply because I need to make a sale. If I do not believe that it is something that the customer will love and design principle of enjoy, then I don’t want to encourage it.” She mixing the old and new. Not goes on to describe her design philosophy with, every piece in the landscape of a room should “the design process can take some time, and if be an antique, but not everything should be someone is looking for a cookie cutter design brand new either. “ Lisa says she then that is something that designs in this manner because,” they would not find at Bella “Living in Denton County When you mix pieces you love Designs. Each customer and as long as I have I know that have a history whether client is unique and each how serious people they be a family heirloom or room should be treated as a cool antique with great new take the Best Of Denton such.” Her business model is County award. To win it pieces, it immediately starts a a success because in only its conversation.” This desire has for the second year in fourth year it was awarded for the second time the Best of a row is such an honor been honed in over two decades of being a wife and mother, as Denton County Award in their and one we take very well as, as a design professional particular category. seriously.” States Lisa. and is best summed by Lisa and “Living in Denton County as her family’s philosophy of,” We long as I have I know how serious people take want people to remember how wonderfully the Best Of Denton County award. To win it for they were treated when in Bella Designs, and be the second year in a row is such an honor and remembered by how much they love their space one we take very seriously.” States Lisa.
In her or the items they have purchased from us.” two decades of raising her children, Lisa noticed a need for her expertise in the design world in “Living in Denton County as long as I have the areas around her home. This combined with I know how serious people take the Best her natural desire to design led her to bring Of Denton County award. To win it for the Bella Designs to fruition. She defines her top second year in a row is such an honor and one design principle as “I believe strongly in the we take very seriously.” States Lisa. 48 | Shopping & Retail | Best of Denton County 2015

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How Hollie and Lee Woodham Became

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The husband-wife duo look to their pasts to build a successful franchise future. Hollie and Lee Woodham, a couple who met on a Southwest Airlines flight not once, but twice, took their marriage to the next level by opening their own franchise together. With over 30 years of combined experience in the business world, the Woodham’s are looking to their pasts in order to build a successful future as Mosquito Joe owners and operators in the Northwest Dallas-Fort Worth area. Born and raised in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX., area, Lee has always been a business-minded individual, even running several small businesses during his college years. Owning and managing a sports memorabilia shop in a couple of local malls, Lee financed his entire college tuition to Texas A&M University, where he earned his BBA in Finance in 1994. Lee worked at the City of Hurst early in his career before moving into management consulting. He currently works at a national healthcare Fortune20 company in an executive level position.

and what type of support that they offered to franchisees,” Lee said. “After meeting with him we were extremely impressed with their commitment to franchisees, booking clients and the routing software that is extremely important to us, especially with my consulting background.”

“The families are so grateful to be able to use their backyards and be outside again,”

Hollie, also a Texas native, lived in San Antonio and later relocated to North Texas shortly after meeting Lee. With a spark for helping others and beaming with a relentlessly nurturing personality, Hollie flourished in the healthcare industry. While their two children, Jackson and Ella, took up plenty of their time, Hollie and Lee felt that they needed a new challenge. After combing through several franchise possibilities, the couple finally found a business that combined their ambition with their love for the outdoors— their journey with Mosquito Joe had begun. “We loved what they were doing, so we flew out to the headquarters and talked with Kevin Wilson about the background of the company

Being in Texas, where mosquitoes run amok and West Nile Virus is a very real fear, the Woodham’s saw their own Mosquito Joe business as a means to give back to their community in more ways than one.

“The families are so grateful to be able to use their backyards and be outside again,” Hollie said. “I also love that entrepreneurs in the area want to help each other grow and be successful.” Even with growing pains typically encountered during an inaugural franchise unit, the Woodham’s could not be more thrilled with their business venture. “I think that the concept overall has proven to be effective,” Hollie said.“We’ve certainly seen some tremendous growth this season. We contribute that to the marketing and branding, as well as family and friends in the area promoting by word-of-mouth.” With four territories under their guiding hands, Lee and Hollie are ready to make 2015 a landmark year for Mosquito Joe. They’re shooting to open a second—and perhaps third—unit next season. After surpassing their annual goals, nothing can stop this power couple.

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Grassperson Maintains

Strong Local Ties By Steve Gamel

Brian Gasperson still has the first client contract he ever signed hanging in his office. The agreement was for Gasperson -- who was 12 at the time -- to mow the lawns of 10 foreclosed homes owned by the old Southern Savings & Loan Bank in Lewisville. His mom drew up the document, and it turned out to be a good deal for a local kid who originally wanted to make enough money to buy a new bicycle. “The bank signed it, I signed it and I got that bicycle,” he said. “It was such good money that me and a buddy would walk the street, hand out hand-drawn fliers, pull a wagon and do yards. That was our thing.” It’s safe to say Grassperson Lawn Care & Landscape was born on the principle of homegrown service done the right way, one lawn at a time. Gasperson’s business -- which he formally started with his brother, Wade, 14 years ago -- has become the lawn maintenance company of choice in Denton County. He has 45 employees and 15 trucks to help service his client base, which has grown every year.

It goes beyond that, though. Having worked in corporate America for many years as a partner for Outback Steakhouse, Gasperson learned that customers want someone who will listen to them and put their needs above everything else. “When I first started doing this, people were asking me to do everything,” Gasperson said. “So I figured out what was the most important thing for my customers and we got licensed to do it. I have guys who only trim shrubs or only handle chemical application. And they’ve all been here for a long time, so we know our customers. My concern, at the end of the day, is that we are results driven in the field. We take care of our customers.” Brian feels growing up in the area not only gives him a unique view of the community, but also adds a level of trust he feels no other company can match. “I was born and raised here and my family has been here since the 1940s,” he said. “I started this from nothing and I remember it taking me two hours to mow a house by myself. Here we are, though.”

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still growing After 30 Years Paula Kratohvil is a distinctly pedigreed business professional, and it is this multi-generational experience from which she draws the considerable business acumen necessary to found her own successful business with 30 years of history right here in Denton County. The moment you enter the design studio and retail store of Complete Interior Solutions you are hit immediately with a collage of incredible design pieces, quality furniture, home décor and beautiful accessories. But what will strike you the most is that although their studio is sophisticated it maintains an atmosphere of laid back charm. When you meet Paula, you will understand how this is all possible. While most people who have been in business for 30 years might be slowing their work pace down, Paula is still filled with energy, creativity and a true passion and flair for what she does. It is her personal philosophy of valuing hard work and customer satisfaction that converts her customers into lifetime patrons. She accomplished this by personally constructing the most comprehensive team in the business and providing this team with the tools and guidance to excel. Their singular, common goal and complete focus is on attending to the client’s every need and concern. As most know Hunter Douglas, who is the #1 window fashion company in the world is very selective as to whom they do business with. So it is very impressive to learn that Complete Interiors is not only a dealer but they are an exclusive “Centurion Dealer.” This esteemed designation allows Complete Interior to

offer their clients such benefits as exclusive pricing not available at many other locations, special rebates, priority shipping and many other benefits. 

Beyond business, Paula has received many accolades from her community for her personal, hands-on involvement. She has held the titles of Rotarian, Citizen and Ambassador of the year awards, and she is especially esteemed by them because it is to her, a symbol of appreciation from the community at large for her contributions of time and effort. She contributes her personal responsibility for her community to her upbringing in the mountains of Alabama, and refers to the area of her childhood as the most beautiful place in the world.

When not on top of a ladder measuring, you will find her cheering on the Dallas Cowboys known as America’s football team, and mud dogging in her tricked out Razor. She has enjoyed the design business for well over 30 years, and feels so blessed to be able to help families create beautiful spaces that produce happy memories.

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Two Wrights Make It

Right for Winning Law Firm

By Mark Miller

Divorce | Custody | Mediation Visitation | Child Support | Modification Grandparent Rights | Divorce Planning Estate & Probate Planning | Criminal Bankruptcy | Personal Injury

Patrick & Paul Wright

Lewisville

1422 W. Main St., Ste. 201, Lewisville, TX 75067

Ph (972) 353-4600 • Fx (972) 353-4602 Frisco

7000 Parkwood Blvd., Ste. E300, Frisco, TX 75034

Ph (972) 353-4600 • Fx (972) 712-7556 Denton

1308 Teasley Ln., Ste. 119, Denton, TX 76205

Ph (940) 387-5300 Dallas

8150 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 775, Dallas, TX 75206

Ph (214) 780-9696 • Fx (214) 780-9797 Offices in Dallas (Principal Office), Lewisville, Fort Worth, Frisco & Denton (Denton & Fort Worth By Appointment Only)

Patrick A. Wright and Cynthia Palmer are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law. All Other Lawyers Are Not Board Certified Unless Noted.

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Like so many other twins, Patrick and Paul Wright shared many fond memories growing up. The brothers both attended Dallas Jesuit Preparatory School, earned their undergraduate degrees at the University of North Texas (political science for Patrick, accounting for Paul) and their Juris Doctorates at the South Texas School of Law where Paul served as assistant editor of the South Texas Law Review. In between, Paul picked up a Master’s in Tax Law, a field in which he’s a published author. The Wrights went separate ways when starting their careers with Patrick serving as city attorney for Krum and Hackberry, and as city prosecutor in Corinth. Paul worked as a certified public accountant. They also started families, separately, of course. Patrick and wife Sherri have two daughters Hayley and Hannah while Paul and wife Rachel have three children – Jack, Sam, and Emma. But after several years working for other people, the Wright brothers decided to reunite professionally. That was in 2002-2003 and ever since, The Wright Firm, LLP has been helping people in Denton County and beyond with their legal needs. Their clients obviously like what the brothers and their firm have done since they were voted the Best Law Firm and Best Civil Law Firm in the 2015 Best of Denton County contest. “Working with my brother is a highly-rewarding experience,” said Patrick, who joined the firm as partner in 2003. “My own experiences working in other areas of law, as well as different styles of practice, are what ultimately led me here. Yes, I am a lawyer; but I am also an entrepreneur, as is my brother. We both love to lead and encourage people to grow professionally, which is really what keeps us going. We are invested in our people (employees), and they are invested and engaged in the work we do at the firm.” The Wright Firm works with families, companies/ corporations, and individuals in solving their legal issues. While most recognized in family law, it also adeptly handles estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, and criminal defense cases. "We have a knack for preparation, thoroughness, communication, and hard work. We pride ourselves on being transparent with our clients, helping them understand and heal over a

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period of time, rather than just focus on the immediate problems or apply Band-Aid fixes,” Patrick said. “The work we do affects peoples' lives: and, not just on a short-term basis. Our work sets the tone for the next 15, 20, 30 years. We keep that in the forefront of our minds with each step our clients take with us.” There are 11 attorneys on staff led by Patrick, who is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Paul, who specializes in probate, estate planning and tax law. Paul manages the principal office in Dallas with Patrick doing the same in Lewisville. The firm also has an office in Frisco with all three focused squarely on client needs. "Our work excites us because we better people's daily lives,” Patrick said. “Our work is common, but the manner in which we work is not. “We are also passionate about constantly improving our business, our employees and ourselves. We encourage growth at every stage, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to be better than we were the day before.” One of the keys to The Wright Firm’s success is listening, then taking appropriate action. The brothers and their firm find a real sense of pride in communicating with their clients effectively. The firm is results driven, but also remembers that clients need attorneys and staff who understand that these cases are still about people. “Our firm is great at solving an array of problems for our clients,” Patrick said. “However, given that our industry, and specifically our specialty, is emotionally difficult, we like to say that we are best at making it better. Our firm slogan is "We Work Together to Improve Lives." Our ideal clients would say that we are exceptional communicators who follow through with both compassion and fierce advocacy.” While classically trained in the law, the Wrights try to incorporate the latest technology into their practice. “I really enjoy technology and finding ways to integrate technology to ease our clients' experiences,” Patrick said. “Paul and I love to look at innovative ways to incorporate our daily firm tasks and client interactions into seamless

processes that often utilize new technology, new applications, and most importantly, new ways to connect with our clients.” Though they continue enjoying success professionally, it is the personal side that makes the brothers most proud. Patrick enjoys watching his two daughters play volleyball for their school and club teams. “While I am proud of my firm and everything that has been accomplished on that front, when I look at my daughters, I feel an overwhelming sense of pride,” he said. “My wife is an amazing partner, and she is understanding of the fact that I work late many nights. She sees that I work tirelessly for my clients, and she sets out to be a part of that as well.” “My children are in multiple sports and I too have a very supportive wife,” Paul added. Both brothers put their roles as husbands and fathers at the top of their priorities. They seek to be leaders, not only at work, but also at home. They try to spend as much time as possible with their families even while being incredibly dedicated to their clients. The firm also is big on helping others including supporting the St. Thomas Carnival where Paul can be found calling bingo games. The Best of Denton County accolades are far from The Wright Firm’s only honors. It has been recognized as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers of America, Trial Masters, Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates, America's Most Honored Professionals, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. That means people inside and outside Denton County believe that together, the Wright brothers have achieved more than they would have separately. The Wright Firm • (972) 353 - 4600 1422 W. Main St., Ste. 201 Lewisville, TX 75067 www.TheWrightLawyers.com

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One of the earliest memories Brett Nelson has of lawyers was listening to his father describe the distaste he had for them, and how his particular attorney relied on a stopwatch to handle the billing in his case. Nelson recalls his dad telling him that his lawyer recorded every second spent on their conversation, clicking and un-clicking multiple stopwatches ad nauseam. If his assistant came in, he’d click on a stopwatch to start that timer. It was the same with a different stopwatch when the phone rang. Every ... second ... accounted for. “Whether this is a true story or a figment of my imagination, I don’t know. But I recall my father talking very negatively about the experience he had with his lawyer,” Nelson said. “The specifics aren’t important, I just remember the significance of it as I was determined to utilize our family values in whatever career choice I made.” Years later, when Brett graduated from Drake University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he told his proud and wise father that he wanted to be a lawyer. The elder Nelson was not too excited about the prospect of his youngest son becoming a lawyer, and his next words to his son were poignant, “Lawyers divide wealth, they create none.” “My dad’s comments stuck with me for a long time,” Brett said. “I decided to do things 68 | Legal Services | Best of Denton County 2015

differently, I would create value for my clients, and create positives out of what are otherwise difficult situations.” It is with that backdrop that Nelson started his own practice, Nelson Law Group PC, and eventually moved from Iowa to Flower Mound. Nelson Law Group provides legal services in the areas of family law, civil litigation, estate planning, and business legal needs. Nelson practiced law and operated his own firm in Iowa and Illinois for 16 years. While there, he gained a reputation as a tireless defender of families – especially kids. Nelson also led Highland Village-based Christman, Kelley, & Clarke’s family law practice before starting his own local practice.

“My approach is that this is a servant relationship,” Nelson said. “My obligation to clients I work with is to provide value to them in whatever circumstance they are facing. I have found that lawyers often look past the economics of a case and look at just the legalities. Can you win? I focus on the solutions the client needs and what the opportunity costs (time and money) are in pursuing a particular legal strategy.”

My obligation to clients I work with is to provide value to them in whatever circumstance they are facing.

But for Nelson, working hard for his clients – and gaining a popular following along the way – goes much deeper than that, and certainly doesn’t involve a stopwatch. Nelson’s philosophy, he explained, is about treating his clients as people. And in many instances, he would rather talk a potential client out of working with him – and save a marriage – than make an extra buck.

Nelson added, “I do this because I’m passionate about helping people. I want to provide value.”

After he graduated from Drake Law School, Nelson was hired by the 7th Judicial District Court in Davenport, Iowa. It was there he gleaned first-hand experience in the courtroom – seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. He also was able to discuss what he had witnessed in the courtroom with the presiding judge, which allowed him to peer behind the curtain in terms of how judges do things, what they view as effective advocacy, and what they see as credible or not. “It was invaluable insight,” Nelson said. “Looking back, all of it enabled me to understand the perceptions we all hold. Sometimes we come into events in our lives with preconceived facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


notions of who people are. Through that, I became interested in providing value through the practice of law.” Success came fast, but Nelson admits he still had some valuable lessons to learn as the years went on. There were times in the past, Brett said, where he would get up at 3:30 a.m. and stay at work all day – oftentimes not coming home until after 8 p.m. That, he said, put a ton of pressure and strain on his family. So he set out to learn how to juggle a successful practice with a more important family life. Sure, Nelson Law Group is a big part of his life. But work life isn’t what makes this man tick, and he’s quite intentional about it. It’s obvious when he starts talking adoringly about his family. Nelson and wife, Karma, have been married for 15 years and have three beautiful children (Lucy 13, Pierce 11, and Peyton 8). Karma owns her own health and fitness coaching business, and as Brett puts it, she is the most attentive mother and caring wife he could ever hope to have. Add in their dog JoJo, and the Nelsons are your All-American family. None of that happened without plenty of soul searching, old-fashioned hard work, and commitment. Family always has been No. 1 on the list for the Nelsons. Not only did Brett see what it was like to live a life without stability, but so did Karma, whose father passed away when she was 5 years old. Both had to carry with them the stinging pain of being caught in the middle while trying to move forward. Karma and Brett juggle careers with obligations at Rockpointe Church, various sports commitments for their two boys, cheerleading for Lucy, and the typical trials and tribulations that go along with any marriage. That’s quite a load, and it’s not hard to see why their calendar fills up so quickly. But they are committed to one another, and insist on beginning and ending each day with family time.

Brett Nelson • (972) 808-7227 700 Parker Square, Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.NelsonLawGroupPC.com

Best Family Lawyer

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It’s the sort of balance most families may be lacking. For those reasons – and plenty more – it’s no wonder why Nelson Law Group was voted Best Family Lawyer for this year’s Best of Denton County awards. Because the man behind the business is so much more than a run-of-the-mill lawyer. “When people think of me, I want them to think of me as a man who cares about his clients, is passionate about his wife and kids, and is a loyal friend.” www.BestofDentonCounty.com

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Chuck L. Elsey

Winner Best Business Lawyer Winner Best Oil & Gas Lawyer

Chad D. Elsey

Jennifer Else

Named a Texas Superlawyer Rising Star for 2011-2013, 2014

This designation represents the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under the age of 40

AREAS OF SPECIALTY Family Law Divorce Business & Corporate Law Real Estate Law Business Transactions Civil & Commercial Litigation Employment Law Wills, Trusts & Estates Personal Injury Energy Law Elder Law

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2015

Best Business Attorney

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Best Civil Attorney

2014

Best Family Law Attorney

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Best Business Lawyer

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At the law offices of Elsey & Elsey located in Flower Mound, Texas we bring our

unique approach to the practice of law to clients in the communities of Denton, Dallas, Collin and Tarrant Counties. The how and why of the continued successful

representation that we provide to our clients is based on the combination of our knowledgeable expertise in each of our practice areas and the exceptional level of

client care and support that we offer in a very personal and relaxed environment.

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Since the inception of the Best of Denton County in 2006 recognizing the best performers in variety of business categories, the honors bestowed on the law firm of Elsey & Elsey, along with its partners and associates, make it the most decorated law firm in Denton County.

That said, and as much as we appreciate the recognition that the citizens of Denton County have bestowed upon our firm, Elsey & Elsey is not about rewards or recognition. Elsey & Elsey is about its relationship with the community, its clients, local businesses, government, and officials, and the many local non-profits it has and continues to serve.

In recognition of our efforts within the community, Elsey & Elsey was been honored as the 2011 Business of the Year and Chuck Elsey was recognized as the 2013 Flower Mound Citizen of the Year.

The attorneys and those associated with Elsey & Elsey have served and/or continue to serve on the boards of a multitude of non-profit organizations including The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Lewisville Education Foundation, Friends of the Family, Flower Mound Rotary, Child Advocacy Center of Denton County, YMCA, and Cross Timber Rotary (where Chuck Elsey is a founding member). Elsey & Elsey performs significant pro bono work throughout the community and for the non-profits. The firm and its members donate their time and money to support both the non-profits and the community. In addition, Chuck Elsey serves as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the THR Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound

needs that exist in Denton County including Family Law and Divorce, Business and Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Business Transactions, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Personal Injury, Energy Law and Elder Law.

Elsey & Elsey is a Flower Mound based law firm that strives to meet the variety of individual legal

Elsey & Elsey has been selected the Best Law Firm in Denton County a record seven times. It’s lawyers have also been honored with ten individual Best of Denton County awards. These awards include Best Divorce Attorney (multiple), Best Oil and Gas Attorney (multiple), Best Business Attorney (multiple) and Best Civil Attorney. In addition, Chad Elsey, has been selected by his attorney peers as a Super Lawyer, Rising Star five times including the last four consecutive years. Chad Elsey has also been selected Top Forty, Under Forty by the National Trial Lawyers Association the last four years running. Chad is well respected within the legal community for bringing his unique insight, skill, and knowledge to complex and large asset divorces.

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Elsey & Elsey Law Firm (972) 906 - 9695 3212 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022 www.ElseyLaw.com

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Cameron Cox Best Civil Lawyer

Kimberly Shanklin

SHANKLIN & COX

Attorneys Who Are

Cameron Cox • Shanklin & Cox LLP 121 N. Woodrow Ln., Ste. 104 Denton, TX 76205 www.ATTYDenton.com • (940) 566 - 4640

By Steve Gamel

Best Civil Lawyer

For Cameron Cox, being a quality attorney who puts clients’ needs above everything is a lot to live up to. He could take the easy road and only look out for himself, but that’s not an option for this Denton native. “I am most passionate about helping my clients through the most difficult times in their lives, whether it’s personally or professionally,” Cox said. “What excites me the most is when a client receives justice and gives me a hug or satisfaction for helping accomplish their goals.” That’s not just lip service. If you’ve ever met Cox, he talks like a man who is loving life. And 72 | Legal Services | Best of Denton County 2015

what makes him tick – besides wife Heather and their newborn son – are his clients. In so doing, he manages to stand out among a growing list of quality lawyers, some of whom helped teach him some very important ropes along the way. Cox spent three years driving between Denton and Flower Mound to work with Chad Elsey, one of the top family law attorneys in Denton County. He was rewarded when he was named Best Civil Lawyer twice by Best of Denton County voters. Cox, who started practicing law in 2005, strives to be a calming influence in the law office

of Shanklin & Cox LLP. Located in Denton off North Woodrow Lane, Cox partners with fellow esteemed criminal and family attorney Kimberly Shanklin – his sister-in-law – to provide a comprehensive stop for all your legal needs. With family law, Cox is dedicated to providing each client with specialized attention, superior representation and efficient decision making. Whether it’s a single demand letter, cease and desist letter or pursuing or defending a lawsuit, Cox is there to handle any stage of the legal process. The son of a former chief district attorney investigator, Cox is a brilliant mind who could have gone any direction with his law degree. As a civil litigator for the past nine years, Cox has gained valuable experience in consumer, construction, contract and property law. But he settled on what spoke to his heart. “I went to law school and became a lawyer to help people. I love what I do,” said Cox, who said he has wanted to practice law since he was 16 years old. “It has always been my plan to practice law in my hometown of Denton and Denton County.” facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


By Mark Miller Anytime the law is mentioned to Brent Bowen, family immediately comes to mind. Maybe it’s because he’s a fourth-generation lawyer who received his Juris Doctorate from the same school – Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. – as his stepfather, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather. Perhaps it is his Denton-based, family-led Bowen Law Group with his partner Chrysandra Bowen whose undergraduate degree also was from Washburn While criminal law is one of the firm’s focuses, family law is the other and Brent Bowen believes expanding that area is why his firm won for Best Juvenile Law Firm in the 2015 Best of Denton County voting. He credits his partner for playing a big role. “Chrysandra has been recognized as a Rising Star Texas Super Lawyers in the area of family law,” said Brent, himself honored as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in criminal defense and a Top 100 Trial Attorney by American Trial Lawyers. “She has worked closely with Friends of the Family to help represent those affected by domestic abuse.” Brent Bowen played two years of college football at Samford University before transferring to graduate at Baylor University. Brent started his criminal law career as an intern prosecutor in Topeka. He returned to Texas as an assistant county attorney as the juvenile prosecutor for the Johnson County Attorney’s Office. Next, he expanded his experience over the next two years with the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s office, where he rose to the level of misdemeanor chief. He then went into private practice doing criminal defense work. In 2006, he opened his own practice later working with another attorney before joining Chrysandra to open Bowen Law Group in 2008. Like most good businesses, Bowen Law Group earns most of its clientele from referrals from friends’ word of mouth, referrals from community members, past clients and other attorneys. Bowen Law Group’s work goes beyond the law and into the community. “We enjoy sponsoring events with Children’s Advocacy for Denton County,” Brent Bowen said. “We have sponsored their annual golf tournament for several years. Chrysandra also does work with Denton Benefit League, Friends of the Family, National Adoption Day, Legal Aid, and CASA of Denton County.” www.BestofDentonCounty.com

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Brent Bowen

It all boils down to family-provided personal service. “We enjoy helping our clients,” he said. “Whether it is keeping them out of jail, or getting them custody of their kids. We want to help understand what our client is going through, assessing their goals and working hard to reach them by connecting our clients with community resources.”

Areas of Practice Include Criminal Law • Juvenile Defense • DUI/DWI White Collar Crimes • Family Law • Adoption Child Support • Custody & Visitation • Divorce Call for a Free Criminal Consultation & Reduced Rate Family Consultation Bowen Law Group • (940) 566 - 0606 101 S. Woodrow Ln., Ste. 102 Denton, TX 76205 www.BrentBowen.com

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Sheriff William B. Travis www.WilliamBTravis.com www.Facebook.com/SheriffWilliamBTravis info@WilliamBTravis.com

Best Sheriff in Denton County More than 179 years after his forefather made the ultimate sacrifice at the Alamo in the fight for Texas independence, Sheriff William B. Travis has carried on his family’s tradition of service in the military, in local and federal law enforcement agencies, and since 2013 as our new Denton County Sheriff. When Sheriff Travis took office, crime was on the rise and every year criminals were becoming more aggressive and more violent. Three years later, because of proactive law enforcement policies, and technological advances that have moved the Sheriff’s office into the 21st century, Denton County is a safer community in which to live, work and raise a family. The numbers don’t lie. Arrests are up, while aggravated assaults, property crimes, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson are all down. Human trafficking has also been significantly reduced through collaboration with other law enforcements agencies, and by rescuing victims, particularly minors, who have been forced into prostitution and other crimes against their will. Cracking down on drug dealers and getting drugs off our streets has been at the top of Sheriff Travis’ agenda since Day 1. More than 74 | Best of Denton County 2015

$100,000,000 worth of K2, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana and other illegal drugs have been confiscated on his watch. In addition, the Sheriff authored the resolution and white paper opposing the legalization of marijuana in Texas which became part of the Texas Sheriff’s Association’s legislative agenda in 2015. Much of Sheriff Travis’ success in combating crime in an efficient and effective manner can be directly attributed to his prior experience in business and law enforcement. An accomplished entrepreneur, Sheriff Travis was the founder of X-Ray Business Solutions, a venture capital firm. Prior to that, he was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, a Dallas Police Officer, a Boatswains Mate in the U.S. Coast Guard and a Security Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force. The Sheriff is also currently a volunteer firefighter with the Argyle Fire District which serves Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corral City and North Lake. Sheriff Travis is the proud father of a collegebound daughter and sits on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Flower Mound, the Heroes of Denton County and the Texas Jail Association. You can learn more about the Sheriff and the tough-on-crime policies he has implemented in Denton County at www.WilliamBTravis.com. facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


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MIXER Finalists were invited to a mixer hosted by the Best of Denton County staff. Finalists enjoyed appetizers and drinks courtesy of Fresco’s Mexicana & Pointbank.

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Is Just Part of What We Do Each year, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters throughout the United States. Due to low adoption rates, most of these animals never find a forever home. Animal shelters are forced to cope with animal overpopulation through euthanasia. That’s where Texas Coalition for Animal Protection steps in to make a difference.

A Message from TCAP: Thank you for Voting Us Best Animal Non Profit 3 Years in a Row!

“The answer to stopping euthanasia and

Hurst, Burleson, and Allen, but chances are

TCAP Executive Director, Stacey Schumacher.

one of their travel “MASH”-style clinics.

overpopulation starts with prevention” says

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

(TCAP) has been a leader in animal welfare since

its

formation

in

2002.

TCAP

provides compassionate solutions to pet

overpopulation and euthanasia. As a Denton-based non-profit, TCAP provides

“We understand that people have jobs and cannot always make the drive to one of our main clinics, so we make ourselves available throughout DFW at local animal shelters and community centers,” says Schumacher.

the lowest prices for preventative animal

In addition to providing an invaluable service

the Humane Society of the United States

Protection strives to provide its support to

care throughout North Texas. In 2007,

to pet owners, the Texas Coalition for Animal

named TCAP as the “Most innovative

animal shelters and rescue organizations.

approach to animal welfare in the nation.” TCAP’s

skilled

and

caring

veterinary

team has spayed/neutered more than

250,000 North Texas animals and has

“We truly value these institutions for their

contribution to their communities. We want to be there to help make their rescued animals

more adoptable and improve the number

vaccinated more than 414,000 animals

of animals they can help as a result” says

ultimate goal is to substantially reduce

on to state that the combination of reducing

throughout North Texas, while promoting

rates can actually lower the cost of city-

pets is the most effective way to

North Texas taxpayers.

against the deadly rabies virus. TCAP’s

Schumacher. TCAP’s Executive Director goes

animal overpopulation and euthanasia

animal overpopulation and increasing adoption

animal welfare. Spaying and neutering

funded programs and in-turn lower the cost to

reduce animal overpopulation and many

problems that result from overpopulation

such as malnutrition, abandonment, high

euthanasia rates, and neglect. “The

staff

was

very

friendly

and

professional. The whole process was quick

and simple. I will continue to use Texas

Coalition for Animal Protection for my vet pet needs.” – Jessica O.

TCAP currently operates standalone

clinics

in

Denton, Fort Worth,

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that TCAP is never far from your home with

If you have a pet that you would like to get sterilized, scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call TCAP at 940-566-5551 or visit

their website at www.texasforthem.org and click

“Request

Appointment”.

Prices

for

sterilization begin as low as $35.00. Annual vaccinations for a dog or cat can be purchased

for $25 on a walk-in basis from 9 am – noon at all five main TCAP locations and 10 am

– noon at all travel locations. North Texans can learn more by visiting TCAP’s website at www.texasforthem.org.

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Titensor Dental:

A Family Practice

That Gives Back By Steve Gamel

Starting from left: Dr. Steven and Dr. Brett Titensor. Photography by Scott Young Photography

Being a family and having the training and experience to do all phases of dentistry — locally and all over the world — is what separates them, and it has loyal customers coming back. Everywhere you look in Denton County, there are dental offices galore. In most cases, they are separated by only a few miles, and some are seemingly on every street corner. But if you were to peel back enough layers, it’s clear that Titensor Dental is the one-stop practice everyone in Denton County craves -- offering everything from vast dental knowledge to community outreach services and a rare family atmosphere. Being a family and having the training and experience to do all phases of dentistry -- locally and all over the world — ­ is what separates them, and it has loyal customers coming back. “We are busier than ever,” said Dr. Brett Titensor, who joined his father, Dr. Steven Titensor’s, practice in 2014. “Dentists are everywhere, but some offices are becoming corporate. The dentist no longer owns the dental practice in some cases. We have a traditional, family-run practice. “It feels good when you have your [last] name on the front of the building.”

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When patients first visit the office, located at 1901 Long Prairie Rd. in Flower Mound, they are taken aback by a tireless father-son combo who are committed to providing exceptional and unrivaled dental care to all patients. It may be for that reason that Titensor Dental was recently voted Best Cosmetic Dentist and Best Implant Dentist in the 2015 Best of Denton County awards. Residents of Argyle, Lantana, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak and all over the metroplex make it a point to seek out Titensor Dental for their needs, and the various awards and accolades that adorn the perfectly-manicured front lobby symbolize exactly what Denton County thinks of the Titensor’s hard work.

“He [Dr. Brett] takes a lot of pressure off me, and it’s fun teaching him,” said Dr. Steven Titensor, who started his practice about 30 years ago in the area. “I’m amazed at how much he knows and how much he can do. We’ve built trust, and we’ve been able to maintain that with both of us here. I’ve never pressured him to do this. He absolutely loves it.” When he was younger, Dr. Brett was one of those little kids who loved working with his hands and being creative. He said it was easy to fall in love with topics like science, and for as long as he can remember, he wanted to be just like his dad — who he still believes is the perfect mentor.

For the Titensor’s, it’s all in a day’s work. On any given day, Dr. Steven Titensor can be found out in the lobby giving a longtime client a hug or personally welcoming a new patient before they step in the exam room. He doesn’t think anything of it, because it’s simply part of his routine.

“I remember growing up and seeing him come home tired from a long day,” Dr. Brett said. “Dentistry can be difficult, and for him to accomplish so much in his career has always impressed me. Especially now that I have done a lot of those same things, it makes me appreciate even more what he has done. There isn’t a dentist I’ve ever spoken to that knows more than him. He’s probably the best dentist around.”

Dr. Brett, though still new to the office, has become beloved in such a short period of time and many longtime clients have no problem seeing him as an extension of his father.

Dr. Steven Titensor graduated in 1986 from the Baylor College of Dentistry as a general dentist, and has built a solid reputation as a master of family, implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry. facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


The thing that made him so different was his insistence on never settling for status quo. His vision was to give patients more than the accepted standard of a “drill and fill” practice.

With Dr. Brett now in the fold, the immediate benefit

There’s a conference room in his office that has a wall full of plaques/certificates representing years of continued education taught by some of the top clinicians in the world. Dr. Steven Titensor has obtained the International Dental Implant Association’s highest accreditation of Diplomate status and has emphasized his training in dental implants, TMJ, Invisalign, oral/IV sedation and advanced cosmetic dentistry including the much sought after DURAthin prepless veneers.

a patient can’t come in on short notice if they

That resume was more than enough to convince Dr. Brett where he needed to go in life. “He brainwashed me a long time ago,” Dr. Brett joked. Dr. Brett Titensor graduated in 2014 from the Baylor College of Dentistry. All the while, Dr. Steven Titensor worked with his son, helping to fill in the gaps of his classroom education with hands-on training. Dr. Brett proved to be as sharp as a tack. He currently holds memberships in the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and is the youngest member in the 20-year history of the Crown Council. He also travels to Scottsdale, Arizona once per quarter to mentor other dentists in the Cerec same day crown technology. “The technology has been so easy for him to pick up,” Dr. Steven Titensor said. “Because he excelled so quickly at it, he was hired by the Cerec team to train other dentists. He is probably one of the youngest dentists ever to do that, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

of working side by side is being able to offer clients more appointment times. The Titensor’s make it a goal to never have a time during work hours where need help. “We’re basically able to do double the work,” Dr. Brett said.

The goal is to make a difference in their clients’ lives with hometown, personalized customer service. Dr. Steven and Dr. Brett treat their customers like family, and they are proud to offer a level of care that can reach patients right here in Denton County and beyond — even in several foreign countries.

They have also incorporated some of today’s newest and latest digital dental technology in their office. Key advancements like digital impressions allow the Titensor’s the ability to make a crown for a patient in one day. “We hardly take impressions for crowns anymore, everything is done with a digital camera,” Dr. Steven Titensor said. “No more temporary crowns, no more coming back for that second or third appointment. “We also have a CT Digital X-ray machine in the office. Everything can be quicker and more precise with this technology. Most general dentists don’t do implants, they refer it out,” Dr. Steven Titensor said.

Starting from left: Livia, Dr. Brett, Rex, and Brittany Titensor

“But because of this technology and our training, we are able to do all phases of implants here in our office — no more going from one office to the next to have implants completed.” Dr. Brett is also excited to bring to the area the Perfect Start program at Titensor Dental, which is a non-invasive, natural way of straightening teeth rather than relying on traditional orthodontics. It has proved to be a miracle system for many children and adults to help correct everything from crooked teeth to sleep disorder breathing. The goal is to make a difference in their clients’ lives with hometown, personalized customer service. Dr. Steven and Dr. Brett treat their customers like family, and they are proud to offer a level of care that can reach patients right here in Denton County and beyond — even in several foreign countries. Looking back, perhaps the most endearing memory of Dr. Brett’s childhood was when he was 13 and his dad took him on a trip to Guadalajara to perform dentistry work in impoverished areas and orphanages. Since then, making those trips have become a key part of what the Titensor’s do. For a limited time each year, Titensor Dental offers professional teeth whitening services where all proceeds go directly to the Smiles for Life Foundation (SmilesforLife.org) to help provide care for underprivileged children all over the world. The program — which runs for four months from March-July — also helps fund dental humanitarian trips to places like the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Guatemala, Mexico and China. Both dentists have spent time providing school supplies, dental work, equipment and time to various villages, schools and orphanages in these struggling parts of the world. They have also been able to use their language skills in these areas — Dr. Steven Titensor being fluent in Spanish while Dr. Brett Titensor is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. It’s a lot of work, but that’s what a family does. And the Titensor’s wouldn’t have it any other way. “Growing up with my dad, I’ve seen a lot and it’s all been a blessing. I’m getting the best benefit by learning from him,” Dr. Brett said. “I have young children and I can only imagine how cool it would be to watch them accomplish the same things I have. I’m sure that would be so rewarding for a dad to see.”

Titensor Dental • (972) 355 - 9545 1901 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 320 Flower Mound, TX 75022 www.TitensorDental.com

Voted Best Cosmetic & Dental Implant Dentist

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LOCAL DOCTOR EXPOSED Local doctor is REVEALING his 2 Programs that are Helping People Lose up to 1 Pound a Day and Reversing Nerve Damage caused from Chemotherapy.

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The secret to finally losing the weight you have been struggling with. In a society where obesity is an ever growing epidemic, there is one Doctor that is breaking the rules on how we lose weight. Dr. Bao Thai DC is a weight loss guru, author, neuropathy expert, and wellness speaker. Dr. Thai has also been on Good Morning Texas talking about his neuropathy program. Dr. Thai has developed 2 ground breaking programs that are changing people’s lives dramatically. Drawing from his Vietnamese heritage and American education, Dr. Thai strives to create programs that changes people’s lives. “I have more of an open mind,” Dr. Thai says, explaining what makes his approach to health care unique. “There’s always a better way.” It was this yearning for a better, and more holistic, approach to treating patients that ultimately led to Dr. Thai’s weight-loss program, established five years ago. Searching for an answer to help his overweight patients suffering from back pain, Dr. Thai found a doctor from Europe who had developed a unique weight-loss system. After testing the system and making refinements of his own, Dr. Thai began offering his patients a plan that would help them lose up to 1 pound a day. “We’re seeing an average weight loss of 25 - 45 pounds in 40 days,” he explains. An average female will lose 25 pounds, and an average male will lose 35 pounds in six weeks or less. The program, which Dr. Thai says has helped hundreds of patients get healthy and finally overcome their struggles with weight, has since grown into a specialty at Swisher Chiropractic. “I’m very excited to be able to help people lose the weight and change their life,” he says. “I know deep down that what we’ve provided them with is going to provide them with a better quality of life.” 82 | Medical Services | Best of Denton County 2015

Dr. Thai’s weight-loss program focuses on balancing hormones in the body naturally, and removing toxins in the body on a cellular level. A healthy alkaline-based food management plan helps users shed the pounds, while natural lipotropic drops are used to raise metabolic levels without affecting the person’s nervous system. This program is also customized based upon the individual’s needs. “One of the reasons that this plan works so well is that it speeds up the process of time,” says Dr. Thai. “Most programs are very slow, and people quit because they don’t see results and are consistently hungry. There are no drugs or surgery used, and people don’t even have to exercise. If they commit to the following process, they will succeed.” Dr. Thai recalls a patient named Mark who came to him particularly downtrodden. In his mid-60s and overweight, Mark knew he had to make a change when, while walking down a mountain ravine with his wife, he found himself out of breath, his joints aching. As he stopped to rest, he looked up to see an 85-year-old man hiking up the ravine, showing not a single sign of strain. “He felt ashamed,” Dr. Thai says. “He felt ashamed that someone so much older than him was able to do something that he wasn’t anymore.” Mark turned to Dr. Thai, who put together a custom doctor-supervised weight-loss program. At his two-month follow-up appointment, Mark could hardly wait to tell the doctor that he lost over 50 pounds and about his recent experience at a Dallas Cowboys game, where he had walked across I-30 to the stadium, and up stairs to upperlevel seating, without once losing his breath. “I love the fact that I know that I’ve made a difference,” Dr. Thai says, reflecting on the rewards he reaps from helping others reach their weightloss goals. “If someone is able to lose 50 pounds, and their chance of having a stroke or heart attack has severely diminished, I know that means they’re still able to play with their grandchildren. They’re still able to travel with their spouse. For me that’s the biggest joy I get out of doing what I do.”

If you are 40 and over and have been struggling with losing weight, if you have tried to diet and exercise and failed, or if you are just depressed at the way you look, Dr. Thai has your solution. If you are finally looking to change your life, call 940-212-6815 or visit www.makemeskinny.info.

Nerve regeneration program that is allowing people to walk again. Neuropathy is a problem that currently affects over 24 million Americans. Neuropathy patients typically suffer from numbness, tingling, burning, stabbing pain, and worst of all balance problems in the feet. Dr. Thai has pioneered a program that is giving these patients their life back. For most people Neuropathy is caused by chemotherapy, diabetes, trauma, or circulation problems. For someone who is diagnosed with neuropathy, the typical treatments that are available are medications designed to make patients feel more comfortable. Unfortunately, until now there was no reversing the damage done by neuropathy. Dr. Thai has been asked, how does his program work and how can he regenerate nerves when modern medicine as well as neurologist’s and other doctors say it can’t be done. He has spent a great deal of time as well as money researching the most advanced technologies as well as theories on nerve regeneration. Most doctors who say nerves will not regenerate are partially correct. You see, nerves are made to grow. When we are babies, our nerves will continue to grow and elongate as we get taller and older. Unfortunately our bodies are very intelligent. facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


Once we stop growing there is no need for the nerves to regenerate at that capacity. So our bodies turn off that function. So when an adult develops neuropathy in their later years due to let’s say chemo or diabetes, the body cannot turn on the nerve regeneration function because it’s been off for so long. So the million dollar question is how do you turn it on. Through medical research articles and publications, Dr. Thai has found that there is a certain cytoplasmic protein that once produce can start the nerve regeneration function. He use lasers and other neuro light therapies to help the body produce these proteins among other things. Now there is a lot more to it than that, but that is one of the key principles of his program. He is extraordinarily successful in treating his neuropathy patients, especially from chemotherapy. He is now able to give them their quality of life BACK! Dr. Thai says, “It feels so good to help people in a way that has never been done before. The tears that are seen in my office are tears of joy.“ Dr. Thai recalls his patient Dennis who had developed neuropathy 7 years ago from chemotherapy. Dennis was unable to walk due to his balance problems. He was scared of falling and fracturing a bone. It wasn’t only his life that was affected, but also his wife of many years Joyce as well. Joyce recounted their life. She said that every day it was the same routine. She would www.BestofDentonCounty.com

help Dennis out of the bed, to the kitchen, and then to the couch. That was there day every day. They both thought that their struggles were over after beating cancer. Little did they know that the neuropathy was diminishing there life day by day. The thought of their lives as it was saddened them tremendously. This lasted for 7 years! Fast forward to today. After being told by his doctors that there was absolutely nothing that could help him, he was referred to Dr. Thai by a church friend of theirs. Today after going to through Dr. Thai’s program, Dennis is now walking and driving again. Joyce and Dennis have there life back! Dennis is now able to move and function as a normal person again. “These are the days and results I live for,” commented Dr. Thai.

If you are suffering from neuropathy and tired of taking medications, Dr. Thai has a proven solution that will help restore the feeling back in to your feet. From now until Dec 31, if you suffer from neuropathy Dr.Thai will be doing a No obligation consultation, a neurovascular examination, and you will also receive a copy of Dr.Thai’s Modern Guide to Neuropathy Book at no charge. This is a limited time offer so call 940.212.6815 or visit www.howtobeatneuropathy.com

Message from Dr. Thai It is such a great honor to be recognized for the work we do. As a doctor, the biggest joy I get is seeing my patients achieve miracles every day when they have been told it’s impossible to get well. All of the amazing work that we are able to achieve would not be possible if not for my amazing staff. They are extraordinarily hard working and caring like no other. Also if it wasn’t for our wonderful patients trusting their health in our hands, we couldn’t be able achieve their miracles. Thank you for voting us as the Best Chiropractor in Denton County.

Swisher Chiropractic (940) 212 - 6815 3941 Farm to Market 2181 Corinth, TX 76210 www.SwisherHealthcare.com

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Experience A W ellness

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Unlike Any Other By Steve Gamel

Dr. Christina O’Brien, DC, RDN, DACNB would never toot her own horn. It’s just not her style. She’s great at taking complex medical conditions and breaking them down into bitesize, digestible concepts to help her clients understand what’s going on inside their bodies and what can be done to help them improve their overall health.

She lets the life-changing results she gets with her clients, day after day, speak for themselves.

That’s quite a lot! But Dr. O’Brien backs all of it with numerous degrees and years of ongoing continuing education.

Her training in a multitude of areas allows her to look at things from many different perspectives.

Dr. O’Brien has been practicing in the healthcare industry for more than 15 years. She isn’t just a registered dietitian nutritionist, chiropractor, or certified acupuncturist. She’s all of the above and more, and founder and owner of Complete Health & Wellness which for the first time was voted 2015 Best of Denton County. The latest accolade hardly tells the whole story, but it’s a good start.

If she can add one more tool to her toolbox by learning a skill that will allow her to help another person in her community, she takes that opportunity to do so. This additional training ensures she is doing everything she can to help those clients who so readily put their trust in her.

“I believe that if all you have is a hammer, then everything is a nail. Just like when building a house, you need more than one or two tools,” Dr. O’Brien shared. “I have built my career around collecting tools for my toolbox to be able to address a wide variety of problems and symptoms. My extensive training allows me to put together a truly individualized, comprehensive solution for my clients to help them reach their health and fitness goals.”

Located off Hebron Parkway in Lewisville, this gorgeous, 3,600-square-foot facility is tailored to suit just about any health need and includes two adjusting bays, an examination room, yoga studio, and fullservice physical therapy and personal training gym. It is a comprehensive wellness center in every way, providing functional neurology, chiropractic care, functional nutrition, personal training, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, laser therapy, rehabilitation, and more.

She also is board certified in functional neurology, has extensive training in massage therapy, including Active Release Technique (ART) as well as personal training, including Functional Movement Systems. Whether simple or complex, her goal is to find the root cause of her clients’ ailment. Some of her typical clients suffer from a wide-variety of issues ranging from chronic headaches and back pain to allergies and nutritional deficiencies. Her comprehensive, whole-person approach has helped clients with thyroid imbalances, autoimmunity, autism spectrum disorders, scoliosis, disc swelling/herniation, and sports injuries.

Her clients sing her praises, and it’s no wonder with the refreshing and novel approach she takes to healthcare. She is best known for getting to the root of her clients’ problems and refuses to just put on a bandage to cover up a symptom or treat those symptoms without looking for the underlying cause. In addition, she shared that she refuses to use a cookie-cutter approach with her clients and instead believes in creating a plan for each individual client, tailored specifically for them based on past medical history, current lifestyle and diet, genetics, blood work, and a comprehensive and thorough examination.

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“Many of my clients’ health conditions require me to work methodically, step-bystep through their health issues – much like peeling an onion one layer at a time,” Dr. O’Brien said. She attributes her client’s great results to this approach along with their own genuine desire to improve their health. As soon as anyone meets Dr. O’Brien, it’s easy to see why so many people like her. She’s passionate about her craft and she’s a tireless worker whose true mission in life is to serve, care for, and empower others. She has traveled down a perfectly well-planned path to achieve her goal. “When I had back issues from running, I discovered the power of chiropractic care and realized how important it was that it become part of my toolbox,” Dr. O’Brien said. “I formulated a plan to create the wellness center of my dreams, and then I set out acquiring as many tools for my toolbox as I could, tweaking different components as I found more tools to help, until I created Complete Health & Wellness. The most exciting part about having a toolbox that continues to grow and evolve is that we are able to help more clients with new and different conditions every day.” She’s also no stranger to chronic illness herself. Through her own diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a geneticallyinherited autoimmune thyroid condition, she was able to truly understand the disease and its symptoms which gives her additional insight into helping those clients who have similar issues. Dr. O’Brien’s success stories at Complete Health & Wellness continue to roll in. She has helped hundreds of clients get relief from chronic pain, and many more with www.BestofDentonCounty.com

autoimmune issues, hormonal changes, fatigue, depression, and insomnia find solutions to sometimes decades-long problems. And, according to her and those she has treated, it can be simpler than you think. She has used her talent and skill in working with clients to help many who had all but lost hope of finding answers to their ailments, and the love and compassion she has for her clients shows in what she does. “I want to help as many people in the community as I can, and I will spend as much time with my clients as they need,” Dr. O’Brien said. “I absolutely love the work I do every day and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” When she is not working, Dr. O’Brien is passionate about leading her own healthy lifestyle. She is an avid runner and loves yoga and cooking. She shared that it’s important for her to lead by example and practice what she preaches. She’s her client’s resource for all things healthy – from purchasing the right foods to selecting the right type of cosmetic or household cleaner to use to keep them and their whole family healthy. “I am blessed that I get to help, educate and empower my clients every day. I am so incredibly grateful to have been able to manifest the wellness center of my dreams in Complete Health & Wellness,” she added. “I’m continually humbled by my clients who entrust me with their health and wellness care and refer their family members, friends, and neighbors on a regular basis. I consider my clients to be my family, and I take care of them the same way. Complete Health & Wellness is the most incredible gift of my life, and I can’t wait to share my joy and serve my community for many, many years to come.”

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LOCAL DENTIST CHALLENGES

MISCONCEPTIONS OF DENTISTRY

Modern Dentistry • Highest Quality Dental Care Relaxing comfortable Environment In an age where dentistry is sometimes impersonal, sometimes painful, and sometimes perceived as overpriced, there is one dentist who is changing the rules on how patients should be treated. Dr. Suzanne Thai DDS of Swisher Dental has won the award for “Best Family Dentist in 2015.” Dentistry is one of those professions that is misunderstood and is regarded as complicated. Dr. Suzanne Thai is not only progressive, but also compassionate when it comes to patient care and her practice. We interviewed Dr. Thai on what made her patients vote her the 2015 Best Family Dentist in Denton County. The very first thing she mentions is her staff. She states that she truly feels so fortunate to have the absolute best, caring, and most dedicated staff. She says that without them, this award would not be possible. She mentions that she is always thrilled to hear her patients say they come not only to have dental work done, but to see the same friendly smiling face they’re accustomed to. As the interview went on, what most stood out about Dr. Thai is her ability to not only care for her patients but also her ability to educate and help her patients understand the health of their mouth. Dentists are either loved or hated by their patients. They're scared of the needles, they're scared of the procedures, and sometimes they're scared of the price. Dr. Suzanne Thai has made her practice successful by challenging the misconceptions of Dentistry. When it comes to her craft, Dr. Thai spends her time regularly talking with and learning from the best oral surgeons, the best Endodontists, and other specialists to find better ways that she can help her patients. She strives to give painless injections as well as painless procedures. She has always made it a goal to make each visit as seamless and as personable as possible using calculated techniques with a lot of TLC. Her patients have told her that they like her office because it does not feel like a “factory”. They do not feel rushed and they feel that she provides individualized attention, which makes them feel less anxious. 86 | Medical Services | Best of Denton County 2015

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Her main focus and objective during her comprehensive exam is to show patients what is going on in their mouth. She says that she doesn't want her patients to just be told what they need, but she wants them to see it for themselves. We've all been to the dentist and have been confused with their jargon when they're talking to us. Sometimes we feel like they're talking in a completely different language. Dr. Thai aims to educate her patients, so that together, they can make the best and most informed decisions on which options to choose, regarding their treatment. She calls it “co-diagnosing.” She uses the latest in technology to physically show and provide visual proof of her patient’s cavities,

Dr. Thai’s niche is dental implant and cosmetic dentistry, which requires a more comprehensive approach. For those who are not familiar with it, implant dentistry has become a breakthrough savior for many people. From a time when the only option to replace missing teeth was to have something removable which could be loose and make chewing food difficult, or having a bridge placed which forces the dentist to cut down adjacent teeth, implant dentistry has proven to be the gold standard and number one option for missing teeth. Implant dentistry can dramatically impact a patient’s life by making their mouth feel normal again according to Dr. Thai. Having studied extensively and practiced with one of the most accomplished restorative dentist in

A message from Dr. Suzanne Thai:

I would like to thank all of our wonderful patients for voting for us for this special award. I feel so unbelievably grateful and am still in shock. My staff and I will always be there for you and your families. We appreciate you letting us have the opportunity to take care of you. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, Dr. Suzanne Thai

their patients. Dr. Thai also regards herself as a perfectionist. She also stated that she constantly finds herself thinking about her patients and how she can not only make their experience better but how she can make their teeth and oral health better. In a profession where it is more art than replication, Dr. Suzanne Thai’s dedication and compassion has made her the best family dentist in Denton County for 2015. You have only one set of teeth, make it count and last a lifetime. Trust your dental health with someone who has your best interest in mind. As Dr. Thai states, “Let our family, treat your family.” fractures, and/or infections. Dr. Suzanne Thai strives for a partnership with her patients so that together they can achieve the healthiest mouth possible.

the DFW area, she is constantly learning and perfecting her ability to restore implants to create the most natural looking and feeling dental restorations.

One of the bigger issues with dentistry is that it is perceived as being expensive. I ask Dr. Thai about the cost typically involved with dentistry and what she thought of it. Dr. Thai stated that her goal for her patients is to provide the most complete and conservative dental treatment plan that will provide them with the best results in the shortest amount of time at the lowest cost possible.

When asked what made her feel so great about her profession, Dr. Thai simply answered that it was having the ability to build lasting relationships with her patients. She said that one of her biggest joys is seeing the reviews that her patients give online. She states that the reviews that her and her staff continually receive, is her indicator of the work and experience they have given to

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If you’re interested in a dentist that cares for you, addresses your fears, and is truly personable, call Dr. Suzanne Thai.

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Staff Expansion

After realizing she did not want to work in a large medical center or a hospital, Dr. Rebecca Butler wanted to find the perfect place to build a pediatric practice within a growing, close-knit community. Lantana fell into her lap in the summer of 2011 and she has never looked back.

Lantana

Dr. Butler is very passionate about providing individualized care and setting herself apart from the ‘big-box” clinics that have taken over primary care. She and her staff strive to know and understand each family’s individual circumstances and specific needs. Lantana Pediatrics was established almost four years ago and thanks to the incredible support from the community, it is time to add to their team.

Will Continue

Pediatrics’

Vision

Lantana Pediatrics is very excited to welcome Melanie Bitzer, RN, MSN, CPNP to its family in 2016. This will result in a larger office and expanded hours to better accommodate their patients. Dr. Butler is very confident that Melanie is the perfect fit for Lantana Pediatrics. Melanie is a mother of three wonderful children and has lived in the Flower Mound area for more than 15 years. She has 24 years of nursing experience in the pediatric intensive care unit, newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care unit, general pediatrics and ambulatory care. Melanie obtained her nursing degree at Southern University in Tennessee in 1992. After completing her Master of Science from Texas Women’s University, she continued her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care in Dallas and there she has been exposed to a large volume of patients with a variety of pediatric conditions. All of these experiences have prepared her for a new commitment at Lantana Pediatrics. She is excited to join Dr. Butler in providing quality care for our community’s children and in fostering health for the entire family.

Dr. Butler remains very excited to continue the Lantana Pediatrics tradition of comfortable family-oriented care in a welcoming and healing environment. You still will see her in and around the neighborhood with her two furry friends and loving husband Gus, who also pours his heart and soul into the practice. Dr. Butler loves yoga and is learning to enjoy and appreciate the moments with which she has been blessed. She especially finds joy in watching her patients grow up and discover the world. Dr. Butler loves the honesty and simplicity of childhood and learns so much from children everyday. Working with children has been the perfect place to rediscover the wonders of life.

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As explained by his dental hygienist of three years, Charlotte Brannon, “We have fun here. The office is very welcoming and accepting. We always allow parents and their children into the operatory rooms, and we stay engaged in their lives. We love to form good relationships with everyone.”

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Dr. Matthew Artho and his staff at Country Lakes Family Dental must be doing something right. Since opening the doors to his dental practice in 2012, Dr. Matt (as he is affectionately known by his patients) has grown a family dental practice that is beloved by his patients, staff, and community. In an area where dentistry is overwhelmed with corporate practices, Country Lakes Family Dental has offered a breath of fresh air as a true family dental practice. Voted as a three time winner of Best of Denton County, Dr. Matt’s latest achievement as Student’s Choice Best Dentist ascertains his focus on providing quality dental care to all ages. “I am always humbled by the response I get from my patients, and I am extremely grateful to www.BestofDentonCounty.com

them,” says Dr. Matt. “My goal has always been the same: to give all family members a place where they know their dentist and know they can trust they are receiving great dental care.” Dr. Matt continues to brilliantly blend advanced dental care with a personal touch. Having completed an additional residency following dental school, Dr. Matt received an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate that allows him to provide multiple dental services from basic pediatric dental care to Invisalign® and dental implants. However, Dr. Matt accredits his accomplishments to his sincere value for individuals and families founded from his own experiences. As a father of eight, family logistics is his forte and his consideration for both young and old radiates within his office.

Not only is the team at Country Lakes Family Dental enjoying their time caring for patients, but they are thrilled that their patients are also singing their praises about their dental experiences. With overwhelming reviews like “Our whole family loves this office!” or “Another great experience!” the staff’s favorite responses come from those patients who have overcome their fear of the dentist because of their care. There is no doubt that Dr. Matt and his team at Country Lakes Family Dental have found their niche in the Denton County community, and local dental patients can rest assure they will be in good hands for years to come. Country Lakes Family Dental (940) 455 - 7645 74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 200 Bartonville, TX 76226 www.CountryLakesDental.com

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Norman Pomerance , D.D.S.

Best Cosmetic Dentist & Dental Practice Dr. Pomerance’s record of academic excellence

Where Smiles are

a Specialty

at the University of Michigan (ranking fifth in a class of 150) earned him a prestigious general practice residency at a New York hospital. Out of 800 applicants, only five dentists, including him, were selected. Dr. Pomerance worked in New York City after his residency, and then relocated to Los Angeles in 1980. He was in practice there for 15 years. About 20 years ago, friends in Texas invited him to visit, and that’s when he discovered Denton. “I loved it,” he recalls. “I actually packed up

Dr. Pomerance’s specialty, in and out of the office, is smiles.

and professionals who care so much about Denton

and moved within weeks to begin my new life

and its children,” he said. In addition to personally

here in 1995.”

treating children in his office referred to him by the

As a successful Denton dentist, Dr. Pomerance is

Dr. Pomerance said he came to Denton because

Clinic, he volunteers for the many fundraisers that

he wanted to live and work in a smaller town

support the clinic.

environment with colleges close by that mirrored his

committed to improving his patients’ lives by saving their teeth and creating attractive smiles. “I am most passionate about helping patients who have

His passion for animal welfare comes naturally, as

given up on their dental health and think nothing

evidenced by his love for his rescue dogs and cats.

can be done except to remove their teeth,” he said.

Championing the needs of creatures who can't

“It is gratifying to witness the dramatic difference

speak for themselves, Dr. Pomerance works tirelessly

a healthy dentition and a beautiful smile make on

to promote dog and cat adoption, and, whenever

someone's outlook.”

possible, he enjoys melding his interests in dentistry

Dr. Pomerance has also touched the lives of many

and animal rescue.

own educational experiences. Dr. Pomerance, who described Denton as “just what a city should be,” is impressed by the community’s appreciation for the arts and admirable support of organizations that take care of its citizens. Dr. Pomerance, who has been a dentist since 1977, attributes his success to his commitment to lifelong learning. He and his staff of caring employees strive

people through his efforts on behalf of animal

In recognition of these important contributions to

to make patients feel at ease.

welfare and involvement in the Kiwanis Club’s

the community, Kiwanis International bestowed on

“Over the years, I have worked on patients with the

Children’s Clinic in Denton. The Clinic provides

Dr. Pomerance the Hickson Award, its highest honor.

full gamut of dental issues,” Dr. Pomerance said.

Dr. Pomerance grew up in Detroit, Mich., and is a

“Each patient receives my complete attention and

free medical and dental care and prescriptions for children who don’t otherwise qualify for assistance.

proud graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann

Dr. Pomerance, a member of the Denton Kiwanis

Arbor, where he completed his undergraduate and

Noon Club since he moved to the city, has been

dental studies.

Clinic Chairman for 19 years. “I am proud to be part of an organization of citizens, business people

“While I was in school, I often worked with my dad, a pharmacist, but I realized I wanted to do something different,” Dr. Pomerance explained. “I liked working

expertise.” Dr. Pomerance performs all types of dental procedures, including braces, whitening, root canals, fillings, crowns, extractions and implants. Dr. Pomerance brings his personal touch to ensure that each patient experiences the best possible outcome. “I have a passion for every aspect of dentistry,” he said. “I am always looking for new

with my hands, enjoyed working with people on

techniques, equipment and procedures to make

a one-to-one basis and excelled in science, so my

my patients’ smiles more attractive and their

interest turned to dentistry.”

mouths healthier.”

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The Spinal Decompression Center (940) 484 - 6336 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy. • Denton, TX 76210 www.SpinalDecompression.net

Finalist for Best Chiropractor

Inspired by his mother’s miraculous recovery from epilepsy at the hands of a chiropractor, Dr. Vince Baugher pursued a career in chiropractic. After moving to Denton with his wife, Dr. Baugher opened his own practice, The Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic Center, in 1998. The clinic is named as such due to Dr. Baugher’s expertise in Spinal Decompression. “I was really blessed to stumble into the field of Spinal Decompression,” says Dr. Baugher. “It has given me the ability to treat herniated disks of the neck and low back, which are the most severe spinal conditions which can often be treated without surgery.” Dr. Baugher and his team have been extremely successful at saving thousands of patients from spinal surgery. However, don’t get the impression that this is just a stodgy, sterile clinic. Dr. Baugher and his team take pride in cultivating a genuine connection with the patients. “Patients say that they really enjoy coming here,” says Baugher. “They love being recognized and called by name.” Each patient is welcomed warmly with a smile every time they come in and is always treated like family as opposed to just a www.BestofDentonCounty.com

number. Dr. Baugher emphasizes the importance of focusing on the details, saying “every little step plays an important role in patients having the experience of being taken care of efficiently with quality undivided attention when they are here.” The welcoming atmosphere of the clinic can be attributed to the spiritual nature of the staff. “God is very much behind who we are and what we’re up to,” explains Baugher. “We pray together for our patients every morning. I really think that’s part of why we get better results than we should.” The clinic’s staff is comprised of individuals from many different backgrounds and faiths and Dr. Baugher is proud to celebrate that diversity. Personally, Dr. Baugher is involved in the Baha’i Faith, which teaches the unity of mankind and the fundamental oneness of all religions. Dr. Baugher’s commitment to his faith is evident in his consistent contribution and involvement in charitable community organizations. The

clinic has raised funds for local charities such as: Biker’s Against Child Abuse, Hearts for Homes, and Friends of the Family, among many others. By giving back to the community, Dr. Baugher is not so much concerned with leaving behind a philanthropic legacy as much as truly serving those in need. “When I really think about it,” says Baugher, “what comes to me is not so much how I want to be remembered, as the impact that I want to leave behind. It’s about people having felt valued and loved and that someone really stood for them being everything that they could be.” The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center continues to grow and is currently welcoming new patients. For each new patient who brings in this article, Dr. Baugher will reduce their out of pocket expense to just $27 (typically $270), and he will donate this entire amount to their current charity. A new patient appointment includes a consultation with the doctor, neurological examination, X-rays and report of findings. Best of Denton County 2015 | Medical Services | 93


Ogletree Eye Care

Puts Patients First

It may sound cliché, but Janet Ogletree means it when she says she’s always wanted to be an optometrist. While her high school classmates were likely busy figuring out

their own path in life, Ogletree -- now the proud owner of Ogletree Eye Care in Flower Mound -- had it covered.

But she didn’t want to be any optometrist. She proves that daily in how she cares for patients. “I treat every patient with compassion and understanding,” Ogletree said. “My favorite part is

meeting new people, talking with them, and getting to know them while helping with their eye care needs and providing solutions for their vision problems.”

County. Including this year, they’ve been named Best of Denton County for five straight years, and in seven of the last nine. Ogletree Eye Care is an award-winning practice because it specializes in all areas of vision care in a comfortable and friendly environment while using current technology to meet the needs of its clientele.

For Dr. Ogletree, it’s all in a day’s work -- and it’s something she’s dreamt about her whole life.

In addition to comprehensive vision and eye health examinations for the entire family, they also provide contact lenses and fittings, laser vision care and consultation, and diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases.

Dr. Ogletree added, “My goal is to provide every patient with the highest level of professional care in a personable manner.”

Dr. Ogletree is board certified by the American Board of Optometry and is an active member of both the American Optometric Association and the Texas Optometric Association. She is also past president of the Northeast Texas Optometric Society.

It’s that mentality that has made Dr. Ogletree and her caring staff at Ogletree Eye Care one of the more decorated optometric practices in Denton

When Dr. Ogletree is not at the office, she is spending much-deserved time with her husband, Lance, and their two children. She is also extremely

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passionate about her long-term involvement with the Flower Mound Rotary Club, which helps raise money and awareness for various nonprofits in our community. She is co-chairing this year’s annual Vine and Dine fundraiser.

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the community in style as well as schedule. They are great assets and we are excited to have them become a part of our family.

Functional Performance

Just keeps on Growing Never in Meredith Tittle's wildest dreams could she imagine growing her business enough to already be outgrowing her fourth location in the Bartonville Town Center within 10 years. But that's exactly where the 1995 Marcus High School graduate and husband Matt find themselves with their successful physical therapy and training operation. Such growth hasn't gone unnoticed by her clients and others who voted her the Best Physical Therapist and their S2S Functional Performance as Best Physical Therapy Practice in the 2014 Best of Denton County contest. “I'm just super thankful for the opportunity,” she said. “I started it because I loved it and wanted to give to people and share the knowledge we had. I never thought it would support our whole family and my husband could come on board. I'm just grateful to be given the opportunities we've been given.” Meredith Tittle and S2S have won 3 years in a row by maintaining a strong internal culture and hiring additional physical therapists to meet a growing demand. It is their consistent devotion to clients that has led them to be voted best, year after year. Recently we have hired two additional Stott pilates instructors to accommodate the needs of

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Our ground breaking ceremony was held on Thursday October 1st at our new location 4040 Bryce Lane in Jernagin Heights. A northwest plat of Flower Mound , North of 407. The new 5700+ square foot facility will in May of 2016. It will offer the same family environment in a more updated environment. We are excited to provide and new S2S’ers with an exceptional experience in both restorative and preventative training methods. A private specialized pilates room for group classes, a separate area for Barre, TRX and private Pilates training, private PT rooms, an area of turn to assist in training our athletes, music to accommodate the needs of different training areas, showers, personal lockers and much more.

be open personal, spacious our loyal

“We're just growing that side of the practice,” she said. “We focused on growing the wellness side and it's rolling in steady! Now the physical therapy side is taking off, too.” Such growth allowed Matt, a quarterback at Marcus, Texas Tech University and the Arena Football League, to leave high school teaching and football coaching to join her in 2010. It's also allowed him to grow QB1 Premier, where he serves as a private coach, mentor, and tutor to aspiring quarterbacks. Additionally, he has more time with daughters Rylie, 10, and Sadie, 6.

A former high school offensive coordinator, collegiate quarterback and personal trainer, Matt and several other qualified S2S instructors teaches the TRX training system of functional training exercises developed by Navy Seals as a way to stay in shape and exercise while in confined spaces without equipment. Guaranteed to show results of increased cardiovascular benefits, muscular endurance as well as building lean muscle, flexibility and strength in a safe and functional way. Functional defined by S2S means- performing movements in a way similar to the way one uses their body in everyday life! “What differentiates us is the ability to take a person from the front line and truly get them back to what they are unable to do again whether it's an athlete who wants to get back into a sport where he was pre-injury or offer them TRX hard core classes,” Meredith said. Another way S2S bridges the gap between wellness and rehabilitation is having the entire staff trained in the STOTT Pilates system. In addition, four of the five staff therapists have been professional or semi-professional ballerinas. Whether you're there for physical therapy or trying to keep your body as fluid as it can be, S2S will be there to provide you with the best in the business. Meredith Tittle (940) 241 - 1215 2652 FM 407 E, Ste. 115 Bartonville, TX 76226 www.S2SPerform.com

Best Physical Therapist

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Succeeding at Caring Joint Vision Continues When doctors Joseph S. Valenti, Caren Reaves, Monica Popov, and Laura Finger combined their common philosophies of patient care and business administration to launch Caring for Women in 2001, little did they know how successful they’d be 14 years later. One example how is through expansion. After having one office in Denton for many years, Caring for Women added an office in Frisco. Then more recently, the partners opened a third location in Flower Mound.

for Women

invasive gynecologic surgery and our strong midwifery program which has the lowest Cesarean section rate in North Texas.” Much of the patient care Caring for Women provides is sensitive in nature. So the staff provides a comfortable, non-judgmental setting to address any obstetrical or gynecological concern. “We believe patients feel like they are being treated with kindness, respect and attention to detail,” Popov said. Fulfilling the philosophy of providing patient-centric, compassionate care can be difficult in an era of mergers and consolidation, but Caring for Women continues to maintain its independence and clinical autonomy.

Another came when the practice was named a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. But perhaps the best indication has come directly from the patients themselves who have helped bestow a variety of major accolades on them, the most recent being for Best Midwifery Care in the 2015 Best of Denton County contest.

“Private practice is very challenging today but being able to provide patient care as you see fit is very rewarding,” Popov said.

Caring for Women also specializes in minimallyinvasive gynecological surgery so patients return to their lives quickly. It provides hereditary cancer screening so patients have preventative care options. And its midwifery care allows for a wonderful birth experience.

Besides providing the key services, Caring for Women also engages in patient education. On its website, cfwdenton.com, information on Fetal Kick Counts, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Syndrome, OB Medications, Sonogram information, and more can be found.

“We place patients above all else to provide excellent, cost-effective patient care,” Popov said. “Patients come to our office for minimally-

It’s all part of Caring for Women’s goal to be the premier go-to practice in North Texas for OB, midwifery and gynecological care.

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Best Midwifery Care

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Best Life

Giving You and Your Family the

By Steve Gamel

That caring attitude and attention to detail resonated with this year’s Best of Denton County voters, who chose Best Life Chiropractic and Wellness Center as the Best Chiropractic Practice.

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Dr. Laura Le and husband, Dr. Steve Le built their chiropractic practice on the foundation of ensuring their patients have the best life possible. They even incorporated that belief into the name of the business. And why not? Dr. Laura said our health is the most important asset we have. “Anytime I can help make a difference in someone’s health, or the health of their family, it is invaluable,” said Dr. Laura, who co-owns Best Life Chiropractic and Wellness Center with her husband. “Helping our patients to regain and maintain their health is so far reaching. It can affect generations to come.”

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training in sports chiropractic, prenatal and pediatric care and they are completing their certification to adjust horses. In fact, their Argyle office which is located at the Diamond 4 Ranch focuses on helping equestrian riders be at their peak performance.

Dr. Laura and Dr. Steve have been transforming patients’ lives for more than 13 years and got their start in Palm Springs, Calif. But the lure of Rather than use cookie-cutter solutions, the Le’s the Dallas area quickly drew them back. Since and their knowledgeable staff go after the root cause of your problem, remove the then, Best Life Chiropractic has “Helping our patients interference and allow the body grown into three locations in Plano, Flower Mound and Argyle to regain and maintain to heal itself. You can expect the highest standards of professional to expand the Le’s reach to as their health is so far care and personal service many people as possible. during each visit. Dr. Laura has an on-going reaching. It can affect association with All About Babies generations to come.” They really make it that simple! Birth Center in Argyle, where she “We relate to our patients and what provides patients with their prenatal and newborn they are going through,” Dr. Steve said. “Whether chiropractic care. it is a pain, a colicky baby or an injury that has taken Both doctors have a deep love for what they do. them out of their sport, we try to be compassionate Dr. Laura grew up in a chiropractic family and and encouraging – which is a big part of the healing process.” saw first-hand the benefits it had on health and wellness. For years, Dr. Steve watched his father battle through spinal problems before he sought chiropractic care. Best Life Chiropractic Their goal always has been to build on those experiences and help their patients naturally through chiropractic care, nutrition, rehabilitation and lifestyle changes while avoiding unnecessary drugs and surgery. They both hold advanced

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Promoting Your Business

Like No One Else Can By Steve Gamel

For 10 years, Allison Fifer and her team at PL West Promotions have spent untold hours finding unique and creative ways to promote other businesses and their brands. And it truly is an all-encompassing approach.

Fifer has an engaging personality that all her

PL West offers more than simply filling orders for personalized pens, mugs and t-shirts, though Fifer said they do plenty of that too. It’s about helping local businesses – large or small – define their target market, develop a theme and build a lasting impression.

was an industrial designer and mom owned her

“Our goal is to help them select promotional items that fit their image, their company and their goal of what they are trying to accomplish,” Fifer said. “We take pride in listening to our clients, and turning their vision into a successful marketing campaign or promotion.” Since starting PL West, Fifer has worked with a growing list of award-winning businesses in Denton County, some of which are represented right here in the pages of this magazine. PL West – which was voted Best Promotional Products Company by Best of Denton County voters – offers everything from custom apparel and t-shirts to trade show giveaways, embroidery, logo development, event planning, corporate and work uniforms, screen printing, decorating, and more.

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knows her stuff. She has 16 years of experience,

PL West Promotions - Allison Fifer (940) 765 - 2684 Allison@plwest.net www.PLWest.net

grown up in a family of entrepreneurs (her dad

Best Promotional Products

customers have come to love, and she also

but her expertise goes back further having

own pottery business before getting into the ad agency arena).

Spring boarding her career with a Bachelor of

Arts in advertising from Texas Tech, Fifer honed her skills working for several corporations,

including a small bank, an advertising agency and a nationwide mortgage company. She truly loved all of those jobs, but they didn’t offer her

the fulfillment of running her own show, which

in turn has allowed her to spend more time with her husband and two daughters.

PL West is unique because Fifer built a

worldwide supplier network to create a turnkey product. There are endless options from which

clients can choose. PL West works to make sure everything is delivered on-time and on budget with no surprises.

“It is exciting to be a part of a campaign from

concept to completion knowing I have made a significant difference in the outcome,” Fifer said.

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Fat Cow BBQ was founded in 2009 by Henry Wall and Allen Lockett. Henry and Allen were best friends and business partners at that time. Allen had a “knack” for amazing BBQ and Henry is a visionary that saw an incredible opportunity. Even though neither of them had ever worked in the restaurant business, they decided to take action on Henry’s idea even though most family members and friends thought they had lost their minds. They started offering catering services (business to business) and in a short amount of time they were getting more caterings than they could keep up with out of their homes. Their wives Kathy Wall and Pamela Lockett were really getting fed up with their homes constantly smelling like BBQ smoke and gave them an ultimatum and deadline to stop running their growing business out of their residences. On October 30th, 2010 the first brick and mortar Fat Cow BBQ restaurant (only 950 sf) was opened in Lewisville, Texas that was mainly for caterings and take out business with

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only enough seating for 10 people. Due to the overwhelming love for their food, they took over another suite and remodeled in 2011 to accommodate over 100 dine-in customers and then the real growth began. In December 2014 Fat Cow BBQ opened their 2nd location at 3040/MacArthur Blvd and has plans to open new locations in Ft. Worth, Watugua, Grand Prairie and Mesquite, Texas in the near future. Fat Cow BBQ is also diving into the exciting Food Truck industry and has plans to launch their first truck in November 2015. Fat Cow BBQ is one of the highest rated restaurants overall on Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google Places, and Urbanspoon in North Texas. They’ve won Best of Denton County in 2013, 2014 and now in both categories in 2015. Their love for their food and customers is evident as soon as you walk into one of their restaurants. You will always get a big welcome from one of the staff members and they go above and beyond to make sure you leave full and happy. Henry and Allen’s personalities are bigger than life and anyone who knows them understands that statement. Although they’re very different in many ways their mindset is very similar. They believe strongly in entrepreneurship, goal setting, vision, action, and faith. They both are fearless and said “if you are willing to accept other peoples opinions you better be willing to accept their lifestyle”. Henry and Allen both love to mentor and coach others how grasp one’s dream and get out of the “rat race” and off of the “hamster wheel of life” by not conforming. If you haven’t met these two guys or tried their delicious BBQ, it’s time to take a drive to your nearest Fat Cow BBQ!

Second Location in Lewisville Now Open! Located on 3040 and Macarthur Blvd.

Fat Cow BBQ • (972) 420-9398 850 Valley Ridge Blvd., Ste. 128 Lewisville, TX 75077 www.FatCowBBQ.com

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LSA Burger • (940) 383 - 1022 113 W Hickory Street Denton, TX 76201 www.LSABurger.com

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The SCIENCE of

TEXAS MUSIC

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Want to know how two highly skilled Texas scientist buddies developed a winning formula? (Ok, we admit “scientists” is a loose term to describe these two!)

One of the scientists is an award winning Texas singer-songwriter, Jon Christopher Davis, who is not only an incredible musician, but also an avid lover of the history of Texas music. He penned and recorded the song “Lone Star Attitude”. The other one, John “Sparky” Pearson, a Congress Junior High survivor, Denton High School Bronco, Baylor University undergraduate and the University of North Texas MBA graduate, knew they needed a place of community and love to conduct their experiment and test their hypothesis: “People will increase their love for Texas music history if they can learn about it while eating great food, drinking cold beer, laughing with family and friends, sitting in a super cool space, viewing the square from the rooftop, and listening to Texas artists perform live”. The search was on for the perfect laboratory and testing area to conduct their experiment and prove their hypothesis. That’s when they landed directly across from one of the greatest assets in Denton County, the iconic and historic courthouse in downtown Denton. Next step was to break out a big ol’ bowl of Texas Entrepreneurship that read “What the hell, we’re going to die anyway!” and began adding the highly explosive ingredients to begin the testing. They took the first items from the “Great Texas Music Elements Chart” which included “Wn”Willie Nelson, “Tb”- T-Bone Walker, S-Selena, “Gj”- George Jones, “JJ”- Janis Joplin, “Ro”Roy Orbison, “WJ”-Waylon Jennings, “BW”-Bob Wills, “RAG”-Scott Joplin, “FF”-Freddy Fender and last, but certainly not least “BH”- Buddy Holly and began to build the formula. www.BestofDentonCounty.com

Then they added a little faith in the mix, and out of the smoke rose a 6X24 oil painting worthy of any museum called the “The Great Texas Supper”! Next, they collected old and neglected musical instruments and formed them into the shape of Texas. This jewel is hanging right behind the downstairs bar for all to see. They adorned posters and pictures throughout the downstairs showing the diverse musical catalogue of artists from this great state. To make sure that there is no downtime from the opportunity to learn, they added in the restrooms something they call the “bathroom classroom” which tells unique stories about the beginnings of many of Texas’ famous musical artists. After that, they built a back stairway that has a giant star window and if you pause at the second landing you look up and you realize you are standing in the Texas flag! Finally, they built the most amazing rooftop experience in North Texas complete with a beer bottle chandelier, album covered bar top, open-air roll up doors, and a magical view that extends for miles. They elevated the stage over the piano key painted staircase so the backdrop to any artist playing is the beautiful courthouse directly behind them.

on creating a fantastic experience with things like the the Norah (grilled lamb, feta cheese, and tomato). Janis (a crab cake, arugula, and pickled red onion combo), and for vegetarians, the Bohemian is a delicious mix of a brown-riceand-black-bean patty topped with pepper jack cheese, spinach, and tomato. They needed something more that would entice the guests to smile at every bite, so they whipped up the best and most addictive parmesan cheese fries known to mankind. They didn’t stop there, they created home-made cobblers and even had their own Honey-Whiskey Ice Cream developed to top them. It had finally come time to start and complete the experiment, so they opened. People flocked in, and they were amazed. Everything that they had hoped for and more occurred, and the results were extremely clear as they finalized their conclusion: People DO increase their love for Texas music history when they can learn about it while eating great food, drinking cold beer, laughing with family and friends, sitting in a super cool space, viewing the square from the rooftop, and listening to Texas artists perform live”. The hypothesis has proven true!

When that was done, they sat down with their chef to create the best from scratch food you’ll find at any burger joint in the world. They created burgers honoring great Texas musicians like the Chili Willie (chili, cheddar, onion, and serrano peppers) and The Stevie (blue cheese, bacon, and hot sauce). They then created “Not Burgers” to continue their experiment

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The Jenny Layne Bakery:

Custom Cakes & Sweet Treats By Steve Gamel

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It’s hard to say which stands out more about all the delicious goodies at The Jenny Layne Bakery in Flower Mound, the amazing taste of each custom cake and treat – or how perfect they all look.

Either way, customers of this one-of-a-kind shop say they love sinking their teeth into blissful works of art. “We love to draw and create images of cakes for customers, that we then are able to build into an edible, delicious custom piece of art,” said owner Jenny Layne. “I want people to feel like they are ordering a cake from their best friend and that it’s going to look exactly like they imagined.” Not only has The Jenny Layne Bakery gained a loyal following, but it is also known as the goto bakery for specialty cakes of any occasion – including birthdays, engagements and wedding celebrations. It also offers cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, pies, and decorated sugar cookies. The Jenny Layne Bakery has been voted Best Cake Bakery three years in a row by Best of Denton County voters.

One look at the bakery’s website, and it’s clear Jenny and her staff have a knack for seeing something – anything – and being able to design it to fruition. Whether it’s a Minion, garden gnome, or a 50th wedding anniversary cake, the attention to detail and delectable ingredients make each treat out of this world.

That is the key ingredient for The Jenny Layne Bakery.

People clearly identify with this local girl. Jenny started her bakery in 2006 while still in school at Texas Tech. Growing up, she loved baking with her grandmothers, but it wasn’t until she went off to college that she realized how much she loved the art.

“I started this business with every intention of opening a bakery in my hometown,” she said. “What I didn’t expect were the friendships I would develop with my amazing team of co-workers and the loyal following of customers who continue to support us.”

Now, Jenny is living her dream. Not only does she have a bakery she can be proud of, but she has a great group of dedicated and fun-loving coworkers – including a lead decorator, Antonio – who she calls her lifelong friend.

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A Fresh Take on The

True Tastes of Mexico

Since its doors opened October 2013, Fresco’s Mexicana has pressed toward their goal of becoming a favorite in the Highland Village area. In 2014, they scored Best of Denton County for Family Dining & finished as a Top Three Finalist for Best Mexican Food & Best Place to Meet People. At the time, partner & Chef de Cuisine David Mitchell commented, “That’s pretty good company to be in. We’re ‘getting there’ after only a year in business, & we still haven’t had a chance to get our food in front of a lot of people. Once we do, I think we’ll be converting some folks to Fresco’s.” His speculation proved prophetic. This year, Fresco’s Mexicana was a Top Three Finalist in eight categories. It won seven: Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Mexican Food, Best Family Dining, Best Patio Dining, Best Guacamole, Best Queso, & Best Margaritas. As in 2014, Fresco’s finished as a Top Three Finalist in Best Place to Meet People. “We want to say a HUGE ‘Thank you!’ to all whose votes awarded us ‘Best of’ in these categories. We know you have a sea of dining options & realize we must win your vote each time you dine with us. Our pledge to you is, we will never stop working to be worthy of that vote,” Mitchell stated after this year’s competition. 2015 BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT In August, Fresco’s completed renovation on the property. Newly-created paved parking areas ease congestion, & a newly-built private dining room increased the restaurant’s capacity, during the “outdoor” seasons, to 500-550 people. Its multiple dining rooms, spacious cantina, & four different patio-use options accommodate large & small private parties. Groups of 50 or more can enjoy the beautiful facilities & full-service dining on Mondays, lunch or dinner, as the restaurant is closed to the general public. With a full bar inside, patio bar outside, & live entertainment Thursday, Friday & Saturday night on the patio, weather permitting, if you’re looking for “lively,” Fresco’s is the place to be. 2015 BEST PATIO DINING Fresco’s expanded patio area accommodates live music on one side & sounds of a trickling fountain & softer music on the other. Private cabanas lend an intimate Mexican-resort feel, allowing guests a fantasy escape to enjoy adventure with cocktails & Taste Tour menu. 2015 BEST MEXICAN FOOD “In 2013 we presented to Highland Village the concept of excellent Mexican fare ‘a cut above’ but affordable.” David Mitchell is a student of Mexican cookery who loves the challenge of “keepin’ it real.”

To that end, he has spent 8-10 days every year for 20-plus years in the interior of Mexico, working hands-on with Mexico’s best chefs. From Baja to the Yucatan, he makes his annual trek to absorb ever more history, culture & culinary techniques from the vastly diverse regions of Mexico. Then he “translates” what he has learned into recipes that make Fresco’s food a destination in itself. One offspring of Mitchell’s Mexico excursions is Fresco’s Taste Tour menu — a bounty of seasonally-based specialty dishes. It’s a unique offering of dishes that changes periodically to feature exceptional recipes using ingredients difficult to source except at specific times of year. “We do have some Mexican ‘comfort foods’ on our menu, but even these are a step up from subdued versions found at other restaurants,” Mitchell says. “I start with the best recipes & highest-quality ingredients available, using locally-sourced items when appropriate. Our proteins are the highest quality beef, poultry & seafood from U.S. suppliers. Many other ingredients are imported from reliably safe sources in Mexico to provide authentic flavors, since the climates & soils there provide nuances of taste unique to the region where they are produced.” In addition, the kitchen prepares classic “fiesta food” to delight the palate of the gourmet or any guest having an appetite for something different. “Although many of our menu items appear familiar to those who frequent Mexican restaurants, I have, over the decades, learned from & cooked with people who have made these dishes all of their lives. Our methods of preparation closely mirror the finest ‘fiesta’ versions of those dishes. Fresco’s tries to keep adventurous offerings available for that time when guests feel like getting out of their comfort zones, but,” Mitchell emphasizes, “we work just as hard for those seeking a no-surprises meal of the highest quality in a casual, comfortable setting.” 2015 BEST QUESO Fresco’s proudly serves several quesos throughout the year as seasonality makes the ingredients available. A palette of cheeses, chiles, spices & sweet mesquite-grilled fresh tomatoes build their different quesos. “I know you can taste the difference between our silky, full-flavored dip & watered-down versions made with imitation cheese product. We recognize that a great freshly-cooked chip requires a creamy, flavorsome mouthful of ‘the real deal’ for a maximum ‘chip experience’,” Mitchell says. 2015 BEST GUACAMOLE Experience has taught Chef Mitchell the historical, handed-down-through-generations preparation

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methods most U.S. Mexican restaurants omit because they don’t understand their purpose or want to make the effort. “Our guacamole greatness is limited only by the quality of the avocadoes that season,” Mitchell assures. “We purchase avocadoes from Mexico, & our classic tableside preparation method is proof that we take time to make it right.” 2015 BEST MARGARITAS Reagan Redus, master mixologist, has worked to create a menu of signature cocktails. He says, “we make them the way we like to drink them.” He believes that is the secret behind Fresco’s winning Best Margaritas for 2015. “Besides exotic drinks and variations of margaritas that shout ‘Try Me!’”, he notes, “our most popular House Margarita pitchers are always Happy Hour-priced.” 2015 BEST FAMILY DINING “We were excited to win Best Family Dining in 2014. Winning again in 2015 shows we are doing something right! Having been here two years, we now know many of you. Fresco’s is still growing into this, and we still make mistakes from time to time, yet our guests voted for us once more. THANK YOU for your confidence in us! We can now offer a wide variety of dining areas to accommodate the needs of families large to small,” Mitchell attests. “We provide menus to suit tastes young to old. Almost anyone can find something to like & reason to come back.” Fresco’s isn’t typical. Owners Larry Folk, Reagan Redus and David Mitchell have been operating restaurants together for over thirty years. “We understand what our place in the community can be. We get to know and support the folks who keep  the community running and thriving. We do everything we can to help,” David Mitchell says. “We love what we do and who we are. We’re excited about being a part.” Fresco’s Mexicana is certainly developing a popular presence. At Fresco’s they agree: “it’s about providing a super experience for our customers.” What’s next for Fresco’s? “Keep improving,” Redus says. “New venues that can expand our catering services are always on our radar, and menu development never stops. Honing our service is very important, and we are nowhere near perfection, but that remains our goal. Bottom line: we want you coming back.”

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Co-Owner / Chef de Cuisine David Mitchell Fresco’s Mexicana • (972) 317-3628

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For over twenty years, Texans and Southwesterners alike headed to

“The Grotto” in Highland Village, Texas, for some of the best ItalianAmerican steakhouse cuisine around. The beloved “Grotto” may have

been recently remodeled with a beautiful new decor and christened

with a new name, “BISTECCA,” but the food remains as it always has been and always will be: top-notch Italian steakhouse cuisine. 



Executive Chef Morris Salerno opened the “The Grotto” way back in 1994 as a New American adjunct to his highly successful “Salerno’s” in Flower Mound, Texas, which was known for its delicious authentic Italian cuisine. “BISTECCA” is the next venture in this exciting culinary ride.

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Chef Salerno is an excellent mentor, producing amazing cooks from his restaurants. In 2005, two of his veteran cooks from “The Grotto” each won the “Iron Chef of The Southwest” competition, hosted by The Texas Chefs Association. He has also won many awards himself, including Team USA in the World Master Chefs Society and numerous competitions in France, England, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Thailand. In 2014 he was again awarded with the Gold Medal at the World Cup Culinary competition in Luxembourg. 

In 2014, “BISTECCA” was featured on the hit Spike TV reality show called “Hungry Investors.” The restaurant staff showcased their talents and ended up winning an investment from the show. This year they are also excited about their newly remodeled “Grotto” bar that maintains its name and its legendary local appeal. On any given night, you will find the “Who’s Who of Denton County” in attendance. 

 In early December, after 10 long years of anticipation, Chef Salerno’s followup cookbook, “More Morris’ Way,” will hit the shelves just in time for the holiday season, making it the perfect gift for the impassioned foodie in your life.

 Perhaps the most integral part of the “BISTECCA” staff is their General Manager, Stacy Miller Mahieu. She is the heartbeat of the truly fantastic staff that makes this powerhouse restaurant operate so smoothly. Both Morris and Stacey are active community leaders, who believe in making a differene. They are not only superstars in the culinary arena but on the various charity boards and volunteer organizations they serve as well, never forgetting that charity really does begin at home. Get Moriss’ Cookbook in time for the holidays at www.BisteccaSteakhouse.com

Bistecca • (972) 318 - 0515 2300 Highland Village Road Highland Village, TX 75077 www.BisteccaSteakhouse.com

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On September 18, 2015 winners were invited to an exclusive cocktail hosted by the staff of Best of Denton County at BISTECCA

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Winners Directory Automotive Services Auto Body Shop Spencer’s Auto Repair - Krum www.spencersautorepair.com

Auto Mechanic Shop

Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Care Lantana Voted BEST Auto Mechanic Shop in Denton County! www.KwikKarLantana.com 7100 FM 407 Lantana, Texas 76226 (940) 584 - 0852

Oil Change Kwik Kar Oil Change & Auto Service Center of Denton www.kwikkardfw.com

We are proud to announce the winners of Best of Denton County 2015! Nominations were made by the residents of Denton County. Nominations took place June 15– July 17, and afterwards, the top 3 nominees went on to the final voting which took place July 24 – August 21. All nominations and voting were held at www.BestofDentonCounty.com. Every winner is listed in the print and online directory for free so that the whole county knows who’s the best of the best! Final voting was hosted by an independent third party to ensure fair and accurate results.

Eyelash Extensions

Med-Spa

Pre-Owned Car Dealership Charlton Motors - Lewisville www.garycharltonmotors.com Tire Store Briscoe Alignment & Tire www.briscoetire.com Truck Dealership Bill Utter Ford www.billutterford.com

Beauty Services

Children’s Salon

iLash Love Longer, Thicker Fuller Lashes Best of Denton County 2013, 2014 & 2015 facebook.com/ilashlove1

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Auto Repair Shop Facials Essentials Day Spa - Denton www.essentials-dayspa.com

Oil Changes, Auto Repair and Maintenance, Brakes, State Inspections, Car Detail Services and Much More! 4 Convenient Locations in Denton County Visit Us Online

Pigtails & Crewcuts Grab a cool vehicle chair, pick out a video and settle in for a trim as our kid-friendly staff work their magic. Facebook: Pigtails & Crewcuts - Highland Village www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/ highlandvillage 1601 Village Parkway #135 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 221 - 4247

KwikKarDenton.com Color Salon

Hair Extensions Whitney Wheeler - Salon Sage www.salonsage.co Hair Stylist David Ryan www.davidryansalons.com Laser Hair Removal MD Laser Skin Care www.mdlaserskincare.com Makeup Merle Norman - Highland Village www.merlenormanstudio.com/tx/highlandvill/mn-8068/ Massage (Drop-in) Institute of Bodywork Studies www.bodyworkstudies.com

Massage Spa

Boat & RV Storage Argyle Storage Co. www.argylestorageco.com

Drive Thru Car Wash Speedy Bee Express Wash www.speedybeewash.com Full Service Car Wash Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center - Flower Mound www.gokwikkar.com Import Car Dealership Honda of Denton www.hondaofdenton.com Motorcycle Dealer American Eagle Harley-Davidson - Corinth www.americaneaglehd.com New Car Dealership James Wood Autopark - Denton www.jameswooddenton.com

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M E L BARBER S SHOP Mel’s Barber Shop Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County! www.MelsBarberShop.com 5801 Long Prairie Rd #840 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 355 - 4767

Custom Paint Dusold Designs www.shopdusolddesigns.com Domestic Car Dealership James Wood Autopark - Denton www.jameswooddenton.com

Medical Massage Flower Mound Medical Massage www.fmmedicalmassage.com

Cloud 9 Salon and Spa Visit Us Today and Enjoy a Clothing Boutique, Luxurious Spa, and Outstanding Salon. Support Cloud 9 Charities That Support Women & Kids. www.cloud9salon.com 1651 Justin Road Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 317 - 4384

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Sutera Spa Spa Packages Body Treatments Facials • Nail Care Products Massages Waxing www.SuteraSpa.com 2620 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 899 - 5300 Massage Therapist Birgit Christ LMT - Flower Mound www.birgitchrist.massagetherapy.com

Nail Salon Envy Nails - Flower Mound (972) 691-3327 Spa Lash Cafe & Spa - Flower Mound www.lashcafe.com Tanning Salon Sol Sunless Tanning - Flower Mound (214) 513-8200

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Women’s Salon

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Business Collections Firm Biggs Law Firm www.biggslaw.com

Commercial Construction Tri-Star Construction Inc. www.tristarcorp.org

Business IT Solutions

Commercial Landscaping Schmitz Garden Center www.sgcdfw.com Commercial Printing & Postage Postnet - Store #Tx198 - Flower Mound www.postnet.com/flower-mound-tx198 Commercial Real Estate Scott Brown Commercial www.sbpcommercial.com

Technology Experts Business IT Specialists Onsite, In-Store & Web Support BBB A+ Rated, Established 2001 Same Day Service 24/7 Emergency Support www.geekonwheels.com 625 Dallas Dr. Suite 450 Denton, TX 76205 (940) 382 -8644

Business & Professional Services Business Bank

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Commercial Bank

PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Commercial Bank, Personal Finance Bank and Student Bank in Denton County! www.pointbank.com 4920 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 434 - 3200 Business Coaching Services Art Locke Focal Point Business Coaching - Denton www.artlockecoaching.com www.BestofDentonCounty.com

Best Web Developer & SEO Optimized Local Search LLC www.optimizedlocalsearch.com

Education College Planning

Commercial Real Estate Agent Todd Weaver www.weavercommercial.com Graphic Design Murray Media Group www.murray-media.com Marketing Specialist Paula Wagner - Total Package Marketing www.totalpackagemarketing.com Notary Services Qwik Pack & Ship www.qpsdenton.com Office Cleaning Service Buckets & Bows Maid Service www.bucketsandbows.com Promotional Products Allison Fifer - PL West Promotions www.plwest.net Staffing & Recruiting Texas Lonestar Staffing www.texaslonestarstaffing.com

Web Designer

The Tutoring Center Flower Mound Our classrooms feature an intense learning environment that combines “The Rotational Approach to Learning” and One to One Instruction. FlowerMound.TutoringCenter.com

1121 Flower Mound Road #550 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 874 - 1999 Daycare Legacy Learning Center www.legacylearningcenter.com Drop In Daycare Adventure Kids Playcare - The Shops at Highland Village www.web.adventurekidsplaycare.com/ locations/highland-village/ Hourly Childcare Service Adventure Kids Playcare - The Shops at Highland Village www.web.adventurekidsplaycare.com/ locations/highland-village/

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Hotel Hilton Garden Inn - Lewisville www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/ hotels/texas/hilton-garden-inn-dallaslewisville-DALLEGI/index.html Magician Christopher Lyle (Cristina’s Restaurant) www.christopherlyle.com

NAEYC Accredited Degreed Teachers Over 35 Years of Early Childhood Education Excellence. 1st Certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom in the State of Texas. www.dkhacademy.org 2425 Briarhill Dr Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317 - 3494

Movie Theater AMC – Highland Village www.amctheatres.com/movie theatres/amc-highland-village-12 Place for Live Music Dan’s Silver Leaf - Denton www.danssilverleaf.com Place to Bowl Main Event – Lewisville www.mainevent.com Place to Dance Rockin Rodeo www.rockinrodeodenton.com Place to Meet People Roots Coffeehouse - Highland Village www.rootscoffeehouse.com

Private School Pre-K – 12th Lakeland Christian Academy www.libertychristian.com

Skate Park The Scion of Lewisville Skatepark 972-219-5077

Public Elementary School Wellington Elementary School www.wellington.lisd.net

Theater (Performance) The Actors Conservatory Theatre - Lewisville www.getintotheact.org

Public High School Flower Mound High School www.fmhs.lisd.net Public Middle School McKamy Middle School www.mckamy.lisd.net Tutoring: General Kumon Math & Reading Center - Highland Village www.kumon.com/highland-village Tutoring: Math Kumon Math & Reading Center - Highland Village www.kumon.com/highland-village Tutoring: Reading The Tutoring Center - Flower Mound www.flowermound.tutoringcenter.com

Entertainment & Travel Acting Studio

Studio B Performing Arts

Studio B Performing Arts Acting • Musical Theater Classes • Intensives Community Theater Event Rentals • Workshops 10+ Live Theater Performances Per Year VOTED BEST OF DENTON COUNTY 7 YEARS IN A ROW www.StudioBTheater.com 1 Nelson Parkway Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 966 - 2787 Bounce House Rental C&Js Party Rentals and Entertainment www.cjspartyfun.com

Home Improvement Company Longacre Construction Company www.longacreconstruction.com Insurance Agency The Brandes Insurance Agency - Highland Village www.insurehomeauto.com Insurance Agent Jim Bridges www.jimbridgesinsurance.com

Travel Agent Sheree Harris - Ocean Blue Travel - Cruise Planners www.oceanbluetravels.com Waterpark Denton Water Works Park www.dentonwaterworks.com

Financial and Real Estate Services Apartment Community Brownstone Crossing www.loftsatthedistrict.com

Architect

Cross Timbers Architects, Inc. Commercial & Residential Design www.CrossTimbers Architects.com 3605 Yucca Drive Suite 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 355 - 7754 Architecture Firm Cross Timbers Architects - Flower Mound www.crosstimbersarchitects.com Auto Insurance Agency Century Insurance Agency www. ciaauto.com Bookkeeping Mary Smith Certified Public Accountant Kristina Knowles www.formycpa.com Certified Public Accounting Firm Kristina Knowles www.formycpa.com Credit Union DATCU Credit Union www.datcu.org

Friendliest Staff Best Gymnastics www.bestgymnastics.net

Custom Home Builder Noble Classic Homes - Denton & Argyle www.nobleclassichomes.com

Gaming Store Freaks and Geeks www. freaksandgeeksdenton.weebly.com

Financial Advisor Ray Croff www.raycroff.turtlecreekfinancial.com

Home Services Alarm Company Smith Thompson www.smiththompson.com Appliance Repair Select Air Conditioning and Heating www.selectac.com

Carpet Cleaning

Mixed-Use Development The Shops at Highland Village www.theshopsathighlandvillage.com Mortgage Company Primary Residential Mortgage (214) 736 - 9466 Mortgage Loan Banker Tom Tevis - King Financial Group www.kingfg.com New Home Builder Highland Homes www.highlandhomes.com/dfw

Personal Finance Bank

Clean Star Carpet and Fabric Care Thank You for Voting Us Best Carpet Cleaning in Denton County Upholstery Cleaning Carpet Repairs Oriental & Specialty Rug Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Protection Tile & Grout Cleaning www.CleanStarCarpet andFabricCare.com (940) 320 - 4979

Travel Agency Ocean Blue Travel - Cruise Planners www.oceanbluetravels.com

Event Facility Briarwood Retreat Center - Argyle www.briarwoodretreat.org

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General Contractor Longacre Construction Company www.longacreconstruction.com

PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Commercial Bank, Personal Finance Bank and Student Bank in Denton County! www.pointbank.com 4920 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 434 - 3200 Real Estate Agency

Certified Interior Designer Christine Blythe www.decortoyourdoor.com Closet Builder Closets By Design www.closetsbydesign.com Computer Repair Geek on Wheels www.geekonwheels.com Custom Decorative Painting Ana Simpson - Home Renaissance www.homerenaissancebyanasimpson. blogspot.com Custom Window Treatment Complete Interior Solutions www.completeinteriorsolutions.net Dry Cleaner GK’s Cleaners and Laundry www.gkscleaners.com/newsite Electric & Natural Gas Provider CoServe - Highland Village www.coserv.com Electric Company Denton Electric Inc. www.dentonelectricinc.com

Jeff Brand & Associates

Professional Real Estate Representation. Consistently ranked #1 RE/MAX Team. Served more than 3,760 families to date. Averages more than 250 transactions per year. Multi-Million dollar top producing team, locally and nationally.

Exterminator Adams Exterminating Company www.adamspest.com Fence Builders Texas Best Fence www.texasbestfence.com

Fence Staining & Refinishing

www.JeffBrand.com 2900 Long Prairie Rd, Suite C Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 539 - 6555 Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Russell Rhodes www.rhodesteamtexas.com Real Estate Seller’s Agent Russell Rhodes www.rhodesteamtexas.com Title Company Freedom Title www.freedomtitleoftexas.com

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Texas Traditions New Pool Construction Pool Remodels Stamped Concrete Custom Stone Work Fireplaces & Fire Pits Iron Fence Replacements www.texas-traditions.com 762 E Hwy 121 Business Lewisville, TX 75067 (469) 293-3656

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Flooring Company Flooring Solutions - Highland Village www.407flooringsolutions.com

Garage Door Company

IT Specialist Geek on Wheels www.geekonwheels.com

We Service All Makes & Models Of Garage Door And Openers Service Calls Repairs Installation Free Estimates www.geniesalesandservice.com 610 S. Mill St. Lewisville, TX 75057

GreenMeadowsLandscaping.com

724 Holford’s Prairie Rd Lewisville, TX 75056 (972) 492-5495

Lawn Maintenance

Heating/Air Repair

Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating Specialists

Residential & Commercial Sales, Free Estimates on New Equipment, Free Service Call with Repair, State Certified Technicians, 100% Financing through Wells Fargo, Family Owned & Operated, 24/7 Emergency Service.

www.scmdfwair.com 174 Lake Park Road Lewisville, TX 75057 (972) 420-1700 Home Cleaning Service Buckets & Bows Maid Service www.bucketsandbows.com Home Theatre/ Home Entertainment Charlie Brown Sound Electric www.charliebrownsound.com

Interior Decorator

Complete Interior Solutions We are a full service interior design company specializing in residential and commercial projects of any size. Our experienced team will assist with new builds, remodels, color and fixture selections and so much more! www.CompleteInteriorSolutions.net

4401 Long Prairie Rd, Suite 400 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 539 - 8258

Internet Service Provider Verizon www.verizon.com/home/highspeedinternet www.BestofDentonCounty.com

Complete Exterior Solutions Patios & Arbors • Fences Outdoor Kitchens/Spaces Custom Stone Work Fireplaces & Fire Pits Tree Services • Drainage Landscaping & So Much More www.C-Exteriors.com pj@c-exteriors.com (214) 735-1363

(972) 434 -1717 Garden Center Schmitz Garden Center www.sgcdfw.com

Swimming Pool Builders & Remodelers

Landscaping

Green Meadows Landscaping Thank You for Voting Us Best Landscaping in Denton County Genie Sales & Service

Patio & Outdoor Living Contractor

Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape A Full Service Lawncare, Maintenance & Landscape Installation Company Serving The Commercial & Residential Needs of The North Texas Metroplex. www.Grassperson.com 1565 W Main St #208 Lewisville, TX 75067

Plumber Strittmatter Plumbing www.strittmatters.com

Outdoor Living Pool & Patio Call for your FREE design consultation & estimate to create your own vacation with the best. Custom pools & spas, outdoor lighting, patio covers, outdoor kitchens www.OutdoorLivingPoolAndPatio.com 2340 FM 407 Suite 101 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317 - 3500 Weed Control

Pool Maintenance Gohlke - Denton www.gohlkepools.com Roofer Anderson Roofing www.andersonroofstexas.com Sign Company Sigma Signs & Printing www.sigmaprintco.com

Solar Screens

(972) 221-LAWN Mosquito Control

Weedex Lawn Care We’re Your Partner in Improving and Maintaining the Overall Health and Appearance of Your Lawn and Landscape www.weedexlawn.com (972) 727 -9207

Longhorn Solar Screens Mosquito Joe of Northwest DFW Mosquito, Flea & Tick Control, Barrier Spray Treatments, All Natural & Synthetic Products, Kid & Pet Friendly, www.NorthwestDFW MosquitoJoe.com 3311 Mayfair Court Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 584-1641 Outdoor Lighting Company Denton Lawn & Sprinkler Inc. www.dentonlawnsprinkler.com Painter Carnival Custom Painting www.carnivalcustompainting.com Patio & Outdoor Lighting Contractors BMR Pool & Patio - Lewisville www.bmrpoolandpatio.com

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Longhorn Solar Screens Thank you for voting us Best Solar Screen in Denton County. LongHornSolarScreens.com 512 N. Locust Street Denton, TX 76201 (940) 565 - 8200 Stonework Complete Exterior Solutions www.c-exteriors.com Storage Units McGee Lane Self Storage www.mcgeelaneselfstorage.com Swimming Pool Builder BMR Pool & Patio www.bmrpoolandpatio.com

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Window Cleaning

Windows by Will Licensed and Insured Great Quality at Fair Price Reliable and Trustworthy Veteran Owned and Operated Facebook.com/williamdavis www.WindowsByWill.com willdavis@windowsbywill.com

(214) 926-7474 Wireless Mobile Provider Verizon Wireless www.bigbie.myignite.com

Legal Services Bankruptcy Law Minor & Jester, P.C. www.minorandjester.com Business Collections Firm Biggs Law Firm www.biggslaw.com Business Lawyer Chuck Elsey www.elseylaw.com Civil Law Firm The Wright Firm, L.L.P. www.thewrightlawyers.com

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Civil Lawyer Cameron Cox www.thewrightlawyers.com

Personal Injury Lawyer

Cosmetic Dentist

Criminal Lawyer Karen Alexander www.karenalexanderlaw.com

Divorce Lawyer

Elsey & Elsey Divorce & Family Law, Business Litigation/Corporate Law, Employment Law, Energy Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Real Estate & Commercial Law, Civil & Bankruptcy Law, Personal Injury www.ElseyLaw.com 3212 Long Prairie Rd. Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 906 - 9695

General Practice

HAIRE LAW Personal Injury Lawyers Our practice focuses on personal injury law. We secure compensation for individuals and families who have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence or carelessness. www.hrj-law.com 516 S. I-35E Denton, TX 76205

Titensor Dental Thank You for Voting Us Best Cosmetic Dentist and Best Dental Implant Dentist in Denton County www.TitensorDental.com 1901 Long Prairie Road Ste 320 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(940) 484 - 5555

(972) 355-9545

Sherrif William Travis www.dentoncounty.com/ Departments/Sheriff.aspx

Traffic Tickets Lawyer Family Lawyer Brett Nelson www.nelsonlawgrouppc.com Judge Brody Shanklin www.brodyshanklin02.dhpweb.com

Juvenile Law

Christopher M. Jones, Attorney Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury, & Traffic Citations www.CMJonesLaw.com 721 West Mulberry Street Denton, Texas 76201 (940) 591-8715

Brent Bowen Bowen Law Group Juvenile Defense • DUI/DWI Criminal Defense Adoption • Divorce Family Law • Child Support Custody & Visitation www.BrentBowen.com 101 S. Woodrow Lane Suite 102 Denton, TX 76205 (940) 566-0606 Law Firm

Wills & Estate Planning Lawyer Leigh Hilton, P.L.L.C. www. dentonestateplanninglawyer.com

Medical Services Allergist Family Allergy & Asthma Care www.faaccares.com Alzheimer’s Care Rosewood Assisted Living & Memory Care (469) 906-2612 Chiropractic Practice Best Life Chiropractic & Wellness Center www.bestlifechiro.com

Chiropractor

Cosmetic Surgeon

FM

Flower Mound

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Spa

Flower Mound Plastic Surgery Dr. J. Drew Sanderson

(972) 353 - 4600 Oil & Gas Lawyer Richard Hayes www.hbwvlaw.com

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Swisher Chiropractic We are dedicated to determining the source of our patient’s problem, relieving their pain, and teaching them how to increase longevity and their quality of life. www.swisherhealthcare.com 3941 Farm to Market 2181 Corinth, TX 76210 (940) 312 - 6936

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The Strittmatter Center for Wellness Dr. Marla Strittmatter, MD Board Certified, Family Medicine “Changing healthcare one patient at a time” www.strittmattercenter.com 1409 N Elm St Denton, TX 76201 (940) 387-6387 General Surgeon Dr. Bryan J. Borgfeld - Flower Mound www.lewisvillemedical.com

Hospital

Call for a complimentary consultation.

FlowerMoundPlasticSurgery.com

2560 Central Park Ave. Suite 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 691 -7900 Dental Implant Dentist Titensor Dental - Flower Mound www.titensordental.com Dental Practice Dental Depot - Highland Village www.mydentaldepot.com Dermatologist Dr. Michael McGuiness www.mcguinessdermatology.com Dermatology Practice McGuiness Dermatology www.mcguinessdermatology.com Emergency Care Flower Mound Emergency Center www.lewisvillemedical.com

Family Dentist

The Wright Firm, LLP Divorce | Custody | Mediation Visitation | Child Support Modification | Grandparent Rights Divorce Planning | Criminal Estate & Probate Planning Bankruptcy | Personal Injury www.thewrightlawyers.com 1422 W. Main Street, #201 Lewisville, TX 75067

General Physician Dr. Lowell Phipps - Medical Clinic of North Texas - Flower Mound www.mcnt.com

Swisher Dental Adult & Pediatric Dentistry Implants • Dentures Cosmetic Dentistry • Invisalign KOR Deep Bleaching System Oral Sedation & Nitrous Minutes from Highland Village www.swisherdental.com 3941 FM 2181 Corinth, TX 76210 (940) 312 - 6939

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound Making stays restful and comfortable and visits smooth and enjoyable is the goal for employees and physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. TexasHealthFlowerMound.com 4400 Long Prairie Rd Flower Mound, TX 75028 (469) 322-7000 In Home Care Home Instead Senior Care - Highland Village www.homeinstead.com/685

Mental Health Professional

NextGen Counseling, PLLC Counseling for teens and young adults. Depression, anxiety, self-injury and more. www.nextgencounseling.org 4325 Windsor Center Trail #200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (940) 228-2171 Midwifery Care Caring for Women www.cfwdenton.com OB/GYN Physician Flower Mound Women’s Health www.fmwhobgyn.com OB/GYN Practice Flower Mound Women’s Health www.fmwhobgyn.com Ophthalmologist Dallas North Eye Associates - Lewisville www.northdallaseye.com facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


Optometrist

Ogletree Eye Care Comprehensive vision and eye health examinations for the entire family. Facebook.com/OgletreeEyeCare

www.ogletreeeyecare.com 3551 Justin Road, Suite 150 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinic Stepping Stones Therapy for Kids www.steppingstonestherapy.net

Pediatrician COMPLETE HEALTH & WELLNESS

Orthopedic Physician Orthopedic Associates of Flower Mound www.orthopedicassociates.org Orthopedic Practice Orthopedic Associates of Flower Mound www.orthopedicassociates.org

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Rebecca Butler Lantana Pediatrics Thank You for Voting Dr. Rebecca Butler as Best Pediatrician in Denton County 2 Years in A Row www.LantanaPediatrics.com 74 McMakin Road #100 Bartonville, TX 76226 (940) 455 - 7200 Periodontist

Jason Clapp Pediatric Dental World We Specialize in Pediatric Dentistry so Your Child Leaves Our Office with A Healthy Smile and A Positive Attitude Towards Dental Health www.PediatricDentalWorld.com 2300 Village Parkway Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317-6997

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic

Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Speech Therapy www.SteppingStonesTherapy.net 3208 Long Prairie Road Ste D Flower Mound, TX 75022 Fax: (972) 874-9455

(972) 874-9400

(972) 434-8050

Physical Therapist Meredith Tittle, PT, MPT - S2S Functional Performance - Bartonville www.s2sperform.com Physical Therapy Practice Orthopedic Associates Physical Therapy www.orthopedicassociates.org Plastic Surgeon Dr. Bruce Hermann www.breastandplasticsurgery.com Podiatrist Dr. Thomas Matheson www.dentonfootandankle.com Podiatry Clinic Southwest Foot and Ankle www.swfacenter.com

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Urgent Care

Rapid Med Primary Care Family Medicine Urgent Care Occupational Medicine www.rapidmed.com 8501 FM 407 Double Oak, TX

Amit M. Patel, DDS, MSD Specialist in Periodontics

Pharmacy Flower Mound Herbal Pharmacy www.flowermoundpharmacy.com

Stepping Stones Therapy for Kids

Combining skill & expertise, latest technology and revolutionary concepts; we are committed to providing you affordable, advanced wellness care that gets results. www.DFWWellnessCenter.com 860 Hebron Pkwy, Suite 1001 Lewisville, TX 75057

(972) 966-1980

Dental Implants Extractions / Bone Grafting Periodontal Disease Treatment All-On-4® Fixed Dentures Sedation Dentistry Implant-Supported Dentures www.ROOTdfw.com 651 Cross Timbers Suite 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Senior / Assisted Living Facility The Sanger House Assisted Living Facility (940) 458-4425

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Pet Photography Jenny Froh Photography www.jennyfroh.com Pet Spa & Boarding Canine Courtyard www.caninecourtyard.com

Pediatric Practice Kids First Pediatric - Highland Village kidsfirstpediatrics.com

(972) 355-5152 Orthodontist Dr. Kimberly Gronberg - Gronberg Orthodontics www.gronbergorthodontics.com

Sports Massage

Pet Services Animal Non-Profit

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection Low Cost Spay & Neuter Vaccinations Dental Cleaning Heartworm Prevention Flea & Tick Prevention www.TexasForThem.org 713 Sunset Street Denton, TX 76201 (940) 566 - 5551

Aquarium Store Supplies Rift 2 Reef www.rift2reef.com Equestrian Services Ranch Hand Rescue www.ranchhandrescue.org Mobile Pet Grooming & Washing Shampooch Mobile Grooming - Flower Mound www.shampoochgroom.com Mobile Pet Watching Angel Pet Watch www.angelpetwatch.com Pet Food & Supplies Hollywood Feed - Flower Mound www.hollywoodfeed.com/location/ flowermound/

Veterinarian Carol Eddy - Corinth Veterinary Clinic www.corinthvetclinic.com Veterinary Clinic Lantana Animal Hospital www.lantanaanimalhospital.com

Religious & Non-Profit Church Trietsch Memorial UMC www.tmumc.org Church Youth Group Trietsch Memorial UMC www.tmumc.org

Non-Profit Organization

Glenn Garcelon Foundation Empowering and Supporting Brain Tumor Patients and their Families glenngarcelonfoundation.org Gail Garcelon (503) 969-7651 Trent Tice (469) 583-0462 Pastor Daniel Humbert - Trietsch Memorial UMC www.tmumc.org

Vacation Bible School

Argyle United Methodist Church Our mission is to grow together as disciples, working with God, to transform the world one life at a time www.argyleumc.org 9033 Fort Worth Drive Argyle, TX 76226 (940) 464-1333

Restaurant and Food Services Bagel Einstein’s Bagels www.einsteinbros.com Barbeque Fat Cow BBQ - Lewisville www.fatcowbbq.com Bistro Swirl Bakery Cafe www.swirlbakery.com Breakfast Seven Mile Café www.sevenmilecafe.com Buffalo Wings Buffalo Wild Wings www.buffalowildwings.com Buffet Sushi Yaa www.sushiyaa.com

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Cake Bakery Jenny Layne Bakery www.thejennylaynebakery.com

Italian Food

Steakhouse

Furniture Store

Catering Swirl Bakery www.swirlbakery.com Chinese Restaurant Empress of China www.eocrestaurant.com Cup of Coffee Roots Coffee House www.rootscoffeehouse.com Cupcake The Flour Shop Bakery www.ilovetheflourshopbakery.com Deli Jersey Mike’s - Flower Mound www.jerseymikes.com Dessert Menu The Flour Shop Bakery www.ilovetheflourshopbakery.com

Dinner

Salerno’s Italian Restaurant A Local Tradition for 30 Years Award Winning Dining Newly Remodeled bar Catering Available www.SalernosItalian.com 3407 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

Bistecca Formerly The Grotto with Award Winning Dining, Catering & Bar www.BisteccaSteakhouse.com 2300 Highland Village Road Highland Village, TX 75077

Adams Furniture Thank You for Voting Us BEST Furniture Store in Denton County Making Happy Customers Since 1938! www.shopadamsfurniture.com 417 N FM 156 Justin, TX 76247

(972) 539-9534

(972) 318-0515

(940) 648-3145

Japanese Hibachi Jinbeh www.jinbeh.com Lunch Tierney’s Cafe & Tavern www.tierneyscafeandtavern.com

Twelve Stones Restaurant Thank You for Voting Us BEST DINNER & BEST DRINK MENU. Evolving Seasonal Menu Catering Private Room Available TwelveStonesRestaurant.com 1221 Flower Mound Rd, Ste100 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 539-0200 Drink Menu Twelve Stones - Flower Mound www.twelvestonesrestaurant.com Family Dining Fresco’s Mexicana www.frescosmexicanfood.com Fine Dining Bistecca - Italian Steakhouse - Highland Village www.bisteccasteakhouse.com Frozen Yogurt Yogurtland www.yogurt-land.com Guacamole Fresco’s Mexicana www.frescosmexicanfood.com Hamburger LSA Burger Company www.lsaburger.com Happy Hour Rusty Beagle Sports Grill www.rustybeagle.com Healthy Menu Savory Bistro www.thesavoryteam.com Ice Cream Shop Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream www.bethmaries.com Indian Food Ista - Flower Mound www.istaus.com

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Margaritas Fresco’s Mexicana www.frescosmexicanfood.com

Mexican Food

Sushi

Piranha Killer Sushi Premier Dining Destination for Exquisite Sushi and Cuisine and Killer Drinks Served in a Killer Atmosphere www.PiranhaKillerSushi.com 5801 Long Prairie Rd. #870 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 539-6052 Thai Restaurant Noodle Swing Thai Cafe www.noodleswing.com

Fresco’s Mexicana Celebrating Fiesta Foods Private Dining Rooms Available Patio & Cabanas for Semi-Privacy Brunch Saturday & Sunday Happy Hour Tue-Fri 4-6pm Black Angus Steaks & Fajitas www.FrescosMexicanFood.com 2420 Justin Road Highland Village, Texas 75077 (972) 317-3628

Mexican Restaurant Fresco’s Mexicana www.frescosmexicanfood.com New Restaurant (open under 12 months) Prime Farm to Table www.primefarmtotable.com Patio Dining Fresco’s Mexicana www.frescosmexicanfood.com Pizza Mellow Mushroom www.mellowmushroom.com/store/ flower-mound Queso Fresco’s Mexicana www.frescosmexicanfood.com Salad Salata - Flower Mound www.salata.com Seafood Fish City Grill - Flower Mound www.fishcitygrill.com/locations/flowermound Sports Bar Rusty Beagle Sports Grill www.rustybeagle.com

Vegan Restaurant Modmarket www.modmarket.com/location/flowermound Wine and Spirits Wine Styles - Flower Mound www.winestylesflowermound.com

Shopping & Retail

Home Decor & Gifts Bella Designs - Denton www.bella-designs.net Interior Decorating Shop Decor To Your Door www.decortoyourdoor.com Jewelry Store Nasr Bros. Jewelers - Highland Village www.nasrbrosjewelers.com Jewelry Store - Consignment Amyx Fine Jewelers - Denton www.amyxfinejewelry.com Kid’s Clothing Store Once Upon A Child www.onceuponachild.com Kid’s Shoe Store Stride Rite - The Shops at Highland Village www.striderite.com Men’s Clothing Store Jack’s House www.jacksoutfitters.com Specialty Shoe Store Luke’s Locker - Highland Village www.lukeslocker.com/company/locations/ HighlandVillage/

Resale Shop

Cards & Gifts Celebrations & Invitations www.celebrationsandinvitations. printswell.com Consignment Store Encore! Encore! Consignment Boutique www.encoreladiesboutique.com Drapery Store Complete Interior Solutions www.completeinteriorsolutions.net Eyewear Ogletree Eye Care www.ogletreeeyecare.com Fashion Accessories Megan’s Life Styles Boutique - The Shops at Highland Village www.meganslifestyleboutique.com Fashion Shoe Store Brightside Boutique www.brightsideboutique.net Furniture Consignment Store Second Home Furniture www.secondhomefurniture.com Health Food Store Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

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Plato’s Closets We buy and sell gently used trendy name brand clothing and accessories for teens and young adults www.PlatosClosetDenton.com 1719 S. Loop 288, Ste. 150 Denton, Texas 76205 (940) 566 -6096

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Shopping Center

IT Specialist

The Local Circuit The Shops at Highland Village

Style In Store theshopsathighlandvillage.com NW Corner Of FM 2499 & FM 407 (972) 317 - 7500 Specialty Shop - Wine Grapes To Wine - Bartonville www.grapestowine.net Supermarket Whole Foods - Highland Village www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ highlandvillage Women’s Clothing Store Kiki LaRue Boutique - Roanoke www.kikilarue.com

Specialty Services Art Studio Art House - Flower Mound www.studioarthouse.com Artist Dark Age Tattoo Studio (940) 898-8200 Birthday Parties - Kids Win Kids www.winkids.net

I.T. Services Computer Maintenance & Repair Network Security & Data Backups Business & Residential Services www.TheLocalCircuit.com 308 Dallas Dr. Denton, TX 76205 (940) 484 - 8999

Magazine Best of Denton County www.bestofdentoncounty.com Music Instructor Brady Mosher - Lone Star Music Academy - Flower Mound www.lonestarmusicacademy.com Music Lessons Lone Star Music Academy - Flower Mound www.lonestarmusicacademy.com New Homeowners Service Flower Mound Chamber www.flowermoundchamber.com Online-Publication Family E Guide - Flower Mound www.familyeguide.com Party DJ David Hodges - DH Productions www.dh-productions.com Party & Event Supplies PJ’s Party Supply & Rentals www.pjspartysupply.com

Party Rentals

Birthing Doula Dana Cluff - Bump to Baby Birth Services www.bumptobabydfw.com Coaching Service - Personal Close Coaching and Consulting www.closecoachingandconsulting.com Delivery Service Edible Arrangements www.ediblearrangements.com Embroidery Kris Tees www.kristees.biz Floral Shop Dalton Flower Shop www.daltonflowers.net

Home Parties

Dove Chocolate Discoveries Unique Gourmet Chocolates Fundraisers Corporate Gifting Earn Free Products Kay Thibodeaux www.GiftsByKay.com (952) 221-2440

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Photographer

Scott Young Photography We offer professional level photography services of headshots, portraits, event photographers and product photographers. Serving Flower Mound, Grapevine, Lewisville, Frisco, and the surrounding cities. www.ScottYoungPhoto.com 350 Parker Square Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 899 - 3536 Picture Framing Aaron Brothers www.aaronbrothers.com Professional Organizer Blissfully Organized - Lantana www.blissfullyorganizedllc.com Publication Lantana Living www.lantanaliving.com Screen Printing Groggy Dog www.groggydogonline.com Special Occasion Deliveries Edible Arrangements - Flower Mound www.ediblearrangements.com Summer Camp Win Kids www.winkids.net

Wedding and Event Florist

Mickey’s Florist No matter what the occasion, Mickey’s Florist, is your one-stop shop for all your floral needs. www.mickeysflorist.com 1134 W Main St. Lewisville, TX 75067 (972) 436 - 4041 Wedding Planner Le Beaux Chateau www.lebeauxchateau.com Writing & Editing Service “Edit This” - Denton www.edit-this-npsteve.com

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

(817) 300 -7469 Baseball Association Flower Mound Youth Sports Association (FMYSA) www.fmysa.com

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Basketball Association

YMCA Cross Timbers Family The Y: We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Youth Sports, Wellness Classes & More www.ymcadallas.com 2021 Cross Timbers Rd Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 539-9622

Batting Cages D-BAT - Lewisville www.dbatlewisville.com Bicycle Shop Bluebonnet Bicycles www.bluebonnetbikes.com Cheer Studio Excite Gym & Cheer - Highland Village www.excitegym.com Coaching Service - Sports D-BAT - Lewisville www.dbatlewisville.com CrossFit CrossFit - Flower Mound www.crossfitflowermound.com Cryotherapy Clinic Elite Total Body Cryotherapy - Highland Village www.elitecryotherapy.com Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre www.tophatdance.com Equestrian Stables Miss M’s - Flower Mound Equestrian Center (817) 430-3182 Fitness Center Pure Barre - Flower Mound www.purebarre.com/tx-flowermound/ Football Association Lewisville Flower Mound Football Association (LFMFA) www.lewisvillepeeweefootball.com Football Training Camp Flower Mound Christian Football Association www.fmcfa.org Golf Course - Private Lantana Golf Club www.lantanagolf.com Golf Course - Public Old American Golf Club www.theoldamericangolfclub.com Golf Instructor Mike McCabe mmccabe@oldamericangolfclub.com

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Personal Training Facility

Yoga Instructor Rachel Merriman - Inspire Yoga - Denton www.inspireyoga.com Yoga Studio Inspire Yoga - Highland Village www.inspireyoga.com

Win Kids Gymnastics • Karate • Dance Parent & Child Classes WK Ninja Warriors • Tennis Swimming • Sports Kids Tumbling & Trampoline Academic Preschool Birthday Parties • Summer Camps Holiday Camps • Parent’s Night Out www.WinKids.net 3000 Waketon Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

Jesse James Fit Teen & Youth Training Athletic Performance Training Group & Family Training Strength Training Individual Training Couples Performance Training www.JesseJamesFit.com 1001 Cross Timbers Rd, Ste 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Health Food & Supplements Store Ultimate Sport Nutrition- Highland Village www.ultimatesn.com

Pilates Instructor Michelle Lawyer - On Point Pilates www.onpointpilatesstudio.com

Lacrosse Association Flower Mound Lacrosse Association www.flowermoundlacrosse.org

Pilates Studio The Pilates Barre - Highland Village www.thepilatesbarre.com/locations/ highland-village/

Martial Arts Studio Turners Martial Arts Studios LLC www.tmas.info

Sports Facilities

Nutrition & Supplements Store Precision Sports Nutrition www.psnsupps.com

Personal Trainer

Jesse James Fit Teen & Youth Training Athletic Performance Training Group & Family Training Strength Training Individual Training Couples Performance Training www.JesseJamesFit.com 1001 Cross Timbers Rd, Ste 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 355 - 2639

D-BAT Lewisville Indoor Baseball & Softball Academy Professional Instruction, Stellar Pro Shop, Token Machines & Cage Rentals, Camps & Specialty Clinics No Membership Required www.DBATLewisville.com 1500 Fairway Drive Lewisville, TX 75057 (972) 353-3322

Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports + Outdoors www.academy.com Swimming Instruction Aquakids www.aquakids.com

Weight Loss Center

Auto Mechanic Shop Lorentz Automotive www.lorentzautoinc.com Oil Change Lorentz Automotive www.lorentzautoinc.com

Beauty Services Color Salon Headrush The Salon www.headrushsalon.net Eyelash Extensions Essentials Day Spa - Denton www.essentials-dayspa.com Facials Crystal’s Essentials Lash & Skincare Studio - Corinth www.crystalsessentials.com

Laser Hair Removal Premiere Laser Center www.premierelaser.com Massage (Drop-In) Essentials Day Spa - Denton www.essentials-dayspa.com

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PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Commercial Bank, Personal Finance Bank and Student Bank in Denton County! www.pointbank.com 4920 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 434 - 3200

Legal Services Bail Bonds Shawn Cagle - City Hall Bail Bonds www.cityhallbailbonds.com

Criminal Attorney/Firm

Massage Spa Institute of Bodyworks Studies - Flower Mound www.bodyworkstudies.com Massage Therapist Staci Waggoner - Essentials Day SpaDenton www.bodyworkstudies.com Nail Salon Bella Nails - Denton (940) 383-3552 Spa Crystal’s Essentials Lash & Skincare Studio - Corinth www.crystalsessentials.com Tanning Salon Tantrum Airbrush Tanning www.airbrushtanningdallas.net Women’s Salon Soho Salon (940) 565-0880

Acting Studio Studio B Performing Arts www.studiobtheater.com

Jesse James Fit Teen & Youth Training Athletic Performance Training Group & Family Training Strength Training Individual Training Couples Performance Training www.JesseJamesFit.com 1001 Cross Timbers Rd, Ste 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Insurance Agency Geico www.geico.com

Automotive Services

Entertainment & Travel

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Apartment Community The Venue www.thevenueliving.com

Student Bank

Hair Stylist Whitney Wheeler - Salon Sage www.salonsage.co

Nutritionist / Dietitian - Certified Mary K. Payne MS, RD, LD - Lewisville www.marypaynerd.com Outdoor Bootcamp Camp Gladiator www.campgladiator.com/dfw/

Zumba Lifetime Fitness - Flower Mound www.lifetimefitness.com/en/clubs/flowermound-tx/your-lt.html

Financial & Real Estate

Bar/Nightclub Rockin Rodeo www.rockinrodeodenton.com Place for Live Music Hailey’s Club (940) 366-5509

The Peugh Law Firm Committed Criminal Defense Law Practice Former Denton County Chief Prosecutor Custom Defense Strategy for Each Client Insiders Knowledge Of Local Courts See Clients Reviews on Avvo.com Serving All of Denton County

www.peughlawfirm.com 721 West Mulberry St. Denton, Texas 76201 (940) 566 -0271 Personal Injury Lawyer Sarah Hoffman www.minorandjester.com Traffic Tickets Lawyer Christopher Jones www.cmjoneslaw.com

Medical Services

Place to Dance Rockin Rodeo www.rockinrodeodenton.com

Chiropractic Practice ProForm Clinics www.proformclinics.com

Place to Meet People Oak St. Drafthouse oakstreetdrafthouse.com

Chiropractor Dr. Gordon Payne www.proformclinics.com

Waterpark Denton Water Works Park www.dentonwaterworks.com

Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Norman J. Pomerance www.njpomerancedds.com facebook.com/BestofDentonCounty


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Dentist

Dr. Matt Artho Country Lakes Dental At Country Lakes Dental, we’re here to proudly serve Lantana & Denton County with world class care! www.CountryLakesDental.com 74 McMakin Road #200 Bartonville, TX 70226 (940) 455-7645 Family Dentist Dr. Lauri Barge www.flowermoundsmiles.com

Buffalo Wings Wing Stop www.wingstop.com

Consignment Store Twice as Nice Resale www.twiceasniceresale.com

Buffet Chinatown Cafe - Denton www.chinatowncafedenton.com

Fashion Accessories Barefoot Campus Outfitter www.barefootcampusoutfitter.com

Cake Bakery Nothing Bundt Cakes www.nothingbundtcakes.com

Fashion Shoe Store Brightside Boutique www.brightsideboutique.net

Catering Cachette Bistro Bakery www.cachettebistro.com

Health Food Store Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

Cup of Coffee Roots Coffeehouse - Highland Village www.rootscoffeehouse.com/highlandvillage/home

Home Decor and Gifts Serendipity (940) 382-7685

Cupcake Heavenly Taylored Sweets (940) 597-6693 Deli Lenny’s Sub Shop - Denton www.lennys.com

Resale Shop Plato’s Closet www.platosclosetdenton.com Women’s Clothing Store Kiki LaRue Boutique - Roanoke www.kikilarue.com

Dessert Menu Heavenly Taylored Sweets (940) 597-6693 Dinner LSA Burger Company www.lsaburger.com

Specialty Services

Drink Menu Oak St. Drafthouse www.oakstreetdrafthouse.com

Artist Greater Denton Arts Council www.dentonarts.com

Family Dining Pita Houzz www.pitahouzz.com

Embroidery On the Cuff onthecuff.com

Hamburger LSA Burger Company www.lsaburger.com

Optometrist Dr. Trusty www.drkelbytrusty.com

Floral Shop Mickey’s Florist - Lewisville www.mickeysflorist.com

Happy Hour Oak St. Drafthouse www.oakstreetdrafthouse.com

Orthodontist Dr. McFarland www.macsmiles.com

Party Supplies & Rentals PJ’s Party Supply & Rental www.pjspartysupply.com

Ice Cream Shop Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream www.bethmaries.com

Photographer Life Digs Photography www.lifedigs.com

Italian Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant www.giuseppesitaliana.com

Screen Printing Pan Ector Industries www.panector.com

Lunch Fuzzy’s Taco www.fuzzystacoshop.com

Tattoo Shop Dark Age Tattoo Studio www.darkagetattoo.com

Margaritas Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant www.villagrande-texmex.com

Web Design Koda Digital Design www.kodadigitaldesign.com

General Physician Dr. Strittmatter - Denton www.strittmattercenter.com Hospital Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound www.texashealthflowermound.com

Pet Services Animal Non-Profit TCAP - Texas Coalition for Animal Protection www.texasforthem.org Pet Spa & Boarding Windsong Kennel (940) 455-2320 Veterinary Clinic Lantana Animal Hospital www.lantanaanimalhospital.com

Religious & Non Profit

Mexican Food Fuzzy’s Taco www.fuzzystacoshop.com New Restaurant (open under 12 months) Tredway’s BBQ www.tredwaysbbq.com Pizza New York Pizza www.newyorkpps.com

Church The Village Church www.thevillagechurch.net

Salad Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

Non-Profit Organization Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen www.ourdailybreaddenton.org

Sports Bar Drunken Donkey - Lewisville www.thedrunkendonkey.com

Pastor Daniel Humbert - Trietsch Memorial UMC www.tmumc.org

Steakhouse Yellow Rose Steak and Chop House Flower Mound www.yellowrosesteakhouse.com

Restaurants Bagel Royal Bagels & Deli www.royalsbagels.com

Sushi J Sushi (940) 387-8833 Vegan Restaurant Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

BBQ Fat Cow BBQ - Lewisville www.fatcowbbq.com Bistro Seven Mile Cafe www.sevenmilecafe.com Breakfast Old West www.oldwestcafe.us www.BestofDentonCounty.com

Sports & Fitness Baseball Association Highland Village Area Baseball & Softball Association (HVABSA) www.hvabsa.com Basketball Association Cross Timbers Family YMCA www.ymcadallas.org/locations/cross_ timbers/ Batting Cages D-BAT - Lewisville www.dbatlewisville.com Bicycle Shop Bluebonnet Bicycles www.bluebonnetbikes.com Cheer Studio Excite Gym & Cheer - Highland Village www.excitegym.com Coaching Service - Sports Scott Wissel www.scottwissel.com CrossFit CrossFit - Flower Mound www.crossfitflowermound.com

Shopping & Retail Cards and Gifts Sleeping Lizard www.sleepingl.com

Cryotherapy Clinic Cryo Clinic - Denton www.thecryoclinic.com Dance Studio Dance Integrity www.danceintegrity.com

Equestrian Stables Miss M’s - Flower Mound Equestrian Center (817) 430-3182 Fitness Center Pure Barre - Denton www.purebarre.com/tx-denton/ Football Association Flower Mound Youth Football Association www.fmyfa.com Football Training Camp Competitive Edge Sports ww.gettheedgetx.com Golf Course - Public Bridlewood Golf Club www.bridlewoodgolf.com Golf Course - Private Lantana Golf Club www.lantanagolf.com Golf Instructor Mike McCabe mmccabe@oldamericangolfclub.com Gymnastics Win Kids www.winkids.net Health Food Store Discount Sports Nutrition www.sportsupplements.com Martial Arts Studio Turners Martial Arts Studios LLC www.tmas.info Nutrition and Supplement Store Ultimate Sport Nutrition- Highland Village www.ultimatesn.com Nutritionist / Dietitian - Certified Mary K. Payne MS, RD, LD - Lewisville www.marypaynerd.com Outdoor Bootcamp Camp Gladiator - Flower Mound www.campgladiator.com/dfw/ Outdoor Bootcamp Camp Gladiator - Flower Mound www.campgladiator.com/dfw/ Personal Trainer Jesse James www.jessejamesfit.com Personal Training Facility Jesse James Fit www.jessejamesfit.com Pilates Instructor Michelle Lawyer - On Point Pilates www.onpointpilatesstudio.com Pilates Studio The Pilates Barre - Highland Village www.thepilatesbarre.com/locations/ highland-village/ Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports + Outdoors www.academy.com Sports Facilities D-BAT Lewisville www.DBATLewisville.com Sports Massage Complete Health & Wellness www.dfwwellnesscenter.com Swimming Instruction Aquakids www.aquakids.com Weight Loss Center Jesse James Fit www.JesseJamesFit.com Yoga Instructor Rachel Merriman - Inspire Yoga - Denton www.inspireyoga.com Yoga Studio Inspire Yoga - Highland Village www.inspireyoga.com Zumba Lifetime Fitness - Flower Mound www.lifetimefitness.com/en/clubs/flowermound-tx/your-lt.html Best of Denton County 2015 | 127


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SERVICES INCLUDE Periodontal Disease Treatment Our therapeutic periodontal treatments can be customized to provide you with the precise, high quality results that you deserve. Dental Implants When the specially-designed implant post becomes integrated with the jaw bone, it can behave as predictably as a natural tooth root. This means that the post will not need to be removed, it can stimulate the bone and stop bone loss, and it can sustain the forces that are necessary for proper chewing. Extractions Tooth extractions do not have to be traumatic. Whether you’re losing a tooth due to decay, injury or disease Dr. Patel makes the experience as pleasant as possible. Bone Grafting The contour, density, and quantity of the underlying bone can influence more than the attractiveness of your smile. Healthy, plentiful bone can enhance the success of your dental work as well as your teeth’s ability to function properly.

Dr. Amit M. Patel earned his Bachelor in Science (BS) degree in Psychology and Biology as well as his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Patel furthered his graduate training by earning his Certificate in Periodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry, while concurrently earning his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree along with a minor in Oral Pathology. Throughout his educational career, Dr. Patel held numerous leadership positions and presided over several committees. He has also been involved in various research projects which have led to several publications, and has presented his findings at both the national and international level. The training that Dr. Patel has received has given him a wide range of experience in treating advanced periodontal disease, placement of dental implants, bone regenerative procedures, as well as in periodontal plastic surgery/cosmetic procedures. Dr. Patel offers IV sedation for the comfort of the patient and to relieve any anxiety that one may have. His goal is to provide the best treatment possible to satisfy the patient’s needs and desires, as he believes that an ‘ideal’ smile is not what is seen in magazines and in textbooks, it is what the patient believes is perfect in his or her own eyes. Dr. Patel is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, and the Texas Dental Association. He is also a Director of the local Seattle Study Club, a prestigious organization that currently has over 30 doctors from the DFW Metroplex as members. Dr. Patel was raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He lived in Austin, TX for some time and is excited to be back in the state of Texas. His future goals include continuing to treat patients in private practice, earning his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree, as well as becoming a part-time faculty member at the Baylor College of Dentistry.

Crown Lengthening Dr. Patel knows that a gummy smile is more than just a cosmetic concern. It can also create serious functional and mechanical complications when it comes to common dental restorations such as dental crowns, veneers, and bridges.

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COMPLIMENTARY Initial Consultation

Gum Grafting With gum grafting, it is our goal to re-establish proper periodontal support, eliminate sensitivity, and improve the esthetic impact of your smile. All-on-4® All-on-4 dentures are a modern alternative to traditional dentures, as they are fixed and do not need to be removed. They are designed to serve as a complete set of upper or lower teeth for patients who are challenged by complete tooth loss. Sedation Dentistry There are several options available to you such as local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation. Best of Denton County 2015of Denton County 2015 | Best Services 130 ||Medical 130

and Discussion About Your Dental Treatment Options

Amit M. Patel, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Amit M. Patel • (972) 434-8050 651 Cross Timbers Rd Suite 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.ROOTdfw.com

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Make Your

SMILE THE BEST with The Best Periodontist in Denton County

SERVICES INCLUDE Periodontal Disease Treatment Our therapeutic periodontal treatments can be customized to provide you with the precise, high quality results that you deserve. Dental Implants When the specially-designed implant post becomes integrated with the jaw bone, it can behave as predictably as a natural tooth root. This means that the post will not need to be removed, it can stimulate the bone and stop bone loss, and it can sustain the forces that are necessary for proper chewing. Extractions Tooth extractions do not have to be traumatic. Whether you’re losing a tooth due to decay, injury or disease Dr. Patel makes the experience as pleasant as possible. Bone Grafting The contour, density, and quantity of the underlying bone can influence more than the attractiveness of your smile. Healthy, plentiful bone can enhance the success of your dental work as well as your teeth’s ability to function properly.

Dr. Amit M. Patel earned his Bachelor in Science (BS) degree in Psychology and Biology as well as his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Patel furthered his graduate training by earning his Certificate in Periodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry, while concurrently earning his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree along with a minor in Oral Pathology. Throughout his educational career, Dr. Patel held numerous leadership positions and presided over several committees. He has also been involved in various research projects which have led to several publications, and has presented his findings at both the national and international level. The training that Dr. Patel has received has given him a wide range of experience in treating advanced periodontal disease, placement of dental implants, bone regenerative procedures, as well as in periodontal plastic surgery/cosmetic procedures. Dr. Patel offers IV sedation for the comfort of the patient and to relieve any anxiety that one may have. His goal is to provide the best treatment possible to satisfy the patient’s needs and desires, as he believes that an ‘ideal’ smile is not what is seen in magazines and in textbooks, it is what the patient believes is perfect in his or her own eyes. Dr. Patel is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, and the Texas Dental Association. He is also a Director of the local Seattle Study Club, a prestigious organization that currently has over 30 doctors from the DFW Metroplex as members. Dr. Patel was raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He lived in Austin, TX for some time and is excited to be back in the state of Texas. His future goals include continuing to treat patients in private practice, earning his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree, as well as becoming a part-time faculty member at the Baylor College of Dentistry.

Crown Lengthening Dr. Patel knows that a gummy smile is more than just a cosmetic concern. It can also create serious functional and mechanical complications when it comes to common dental restorations such as dental crowns, veneers, and bridges.

Schedule an Appointment Today with Dr. Patel For a

COMPLIMENTARY Initial Consultation

Gum Grafting With gum grafting, it is our goal to re-establish proper periodontal support, eliminate sensitivity, and improve the esthetic impact of your smile. All-on-4® All-on-4 dentures are a modern alternative to traditional dentures, as they are fixed and do not need to be removed. They are designed to serve as a complete set of upper or lower teeth for patients who are challenged by complete tooth loss. Sedation Dentistry There are several options available to you such as local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation. Best of Denton County 2015of Denton County 2015 | Best Services 130 ||Medical 130

and Discussion About Your Dental Treatment Options

Amit M. Patel, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Amit M. Patel • (972) 434-8050 651 Cross Timbers Rd Suite 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.ROOTdfw.com

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