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BACK TO BUSINESS! The summer is finally cooling down, and we’re all falling back into the groove! Although Corona craziness is on the rise again, I think it is safe to say that nothing can stop Vegas from booming! Speaking of booming, the Real Estate Market is still on fire! Houses are still flying off the market and selling in as little as one day! Not a piece of desert is safe to stay the same here! Construction is booming everywhere! And we wanted to congratulate just a few excelling and hardworking Real Estate Agents with the Best of MyVegas Realtor Edition. Read more about some of real estate’s rockstars in the Real Estate section! Check out the Best of MyVegas and when you need to buy or sell, call one of these amazing pros!! We’re also congratulating and celebrating the Top 100 Lawyers in Las Vegas! All come highly recommended by our readers and MyVegas! Make sure to share these pages with all your friends and families as highly recommended choices in your legal representation! We are proud to call these men and women our MyVegas Top 100 Lawyers, and when you need the right attorney by your side, trust in these incredible attorneys to fight for you and give you the representation you deserve! Aside from introducing and honoring our latest Top 100 candidates, I invite you all to get ready for the start of our first ever Top Woman of the Year Awards!! This Reader’s Choice Award Contest is all up to YOU, our trusty Readers! Voting is open NOW, with winners announced at the MyVegas End of Year Party! Winners will receive a Free Cover Story, compliments of MyVegas Magazine, as well as a local LIVE TV appearance with us as the Top Woman of the Year. Make sure to place your vote today at MyVegasMag. com/Woman and be a part of the decision! We are proud to congratulate our Top Man of the Year Award Winner, Mr. Gordon Prouty of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. For those that missed our Roarin’ 20s Party at Blue Martini, it was a grand night! Full of celebration and fun,

and Gordon’s landslide win was a proud moment for all of us at MyVegas and I am sure the entire crowd that joined us that night. Keep an eye out for his local live TV Appearance and his Front Cover and story in an upcoming issue! Gordon, MyVegas appreciates you and it is clear that so does Las Vegas!! As many of our amazing clients are aware, we are so much more than a magazine. We are a Full Service Advertising Agency, and invite you all to experience what MyVegas can do for your business! You want a Press Release done? We gotcha covered! Want us to manage all your Social Media platforms? MyVegas can get it done! Don’t have a website? We can build you one and manage it! Did we mention we can get your website listed on the first page of search engines? Have you always wanted your business featured on a billboard? Guess what, MyVegas can make it happen! And for all of you incredible realtors out there!! Remember that we can have magazines- with YOU featured on the cover- mailed to your farms! Talk about value!!

zine, we pray for a healthy, happy Vegas, and we wish you the best for the rest of 2021, and a life full of love, happiness and success! STAY POSITIVE, STAY SAFE, AND STAY OPEN!

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s we get near the end of the year, I like to sit and reflect on all the exciting things that happened. Not only did we have our first live event since the pandemic, but we also launched our inaugural Man of the Year contest and announced our very first ever Man of The Year for 2021. Our readers voted on their favorite, and most deserving men amongst the Top 100 Men of Success, and our 2021 Man of the Year is Mr. Gordon Prouty, Vice President of Public & Community Relations for the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Congratulations Gordon for your dedication and involvement within the community! Can’t wait to see how you use your new title to keep inspiring others and keeping this city alive!

will help you get top dollars for your home. With a city that keeps evolving every day, Nashville is definitely a real estate hot spot. Congratulations to our well-deserved Top 10!

Another huge congratulations goes to the Top 10 Realtors and their teams that were honored in our recently launched issue of MyNashville Magazine. I won’t be the first to tell you that the chicken isn’t the only thing hot in Nashville, the housing market is on fire! Houses are selling left and right, and these distinguished professionals have what it takes to get you into the home of your dreams. Have a property that you want to sell? No problem, they

Did you hear? The MYVEGAS headquarters has moved! Our new home is located at 10115 W. Twain Avenue Ste. 110 Las Vegas, NV 89147. We will be having an office grand opening soon, so stay tuned for that announcement.

Moving along with more exciting news, in this new issue of MyVegas, we have featured Las Vegas’ Top 100 Lawyers. These remarkable professionals play a vital role in our city, and I applaud each and every one of them for being the leaders that they are. Within these pages, you will find the best of the best from personal injury representation, family law, business law, litigation, and everything in between. You are sure to find the perfect attorney for your case from this distinguished group of men and women!

So, as fall approaches, we want to thank all of our amazing readers and partners for making this year a memorable one. Although we don’t really see the weather change in Vegas, we do see the community and business-

es change and grow every day! I don’t just speak for myself, but everyone at MyVegas is very proud to feature these incredible and hardworking businesses in this issue. Your success is our success, and we love to let you all shine and share your stories with the whole community! I hope you enjoy our latest issue! Stay happy, stay healthy, and stay blessed!

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A LOOK INTO PRIVATE INVESTIGATING David Groover is a longtime Las Vegas resident and business entrepreneur. His company does private investigations and people find his work intriguing. This industry demands due diligence when investigating cases, especially since the business seems to be growing dramatically. An investigator questioned about a case would need to look into the matter again and again to make sure their client is comfortable with the information they are receiving. “I cannot count how many resumes I have reviewed and that 2–4-year sabbatical that was listed in the resume was not really a sabbatical. Instead of going to Cambridge University or traveling the world, the individual was actually serving time with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Not always the case but in this line of work an investigator needs to check, recheck, and check again. A small investment for a very important return.” “When I meet with a new client they often say, what an interesting career and will also ask, how did I get into being a private investigator? First of all, being a private investigator is not even remotely close to what you see on television. That is Hollywood. I chose my profession because it was an easy fit for me. After graduating from college, I joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in the 1970’s and 1980’s, a time sometimes termed as the good years. I worked a number of assignments including Sergeant in Patrol, Field Training, Sergeant, Team Leader in SWAT and as a Detective in the Organized Crime Intelligence section. These early decisions in life gave me the knowledge, skill set, training and ability to do what I do today.” The business of a private investigator covers a broad spectrum of needs. No single investigator can do it all. The types of requests have vastly changed. “There are inordinate demands for investigations in the civil, criminal, domestic areas, forensic investigations, data forensics, etc. All require a different expertise and skill set. If an investigator cannot perform a specific task, then they need to know where to send the client.”


David is known for having an open-door policy for any newly licensed private investigator. This includes those with vast years of law enforcement experience and those with minimal requirements for the license. “I explain to investigators the information is out there. Just learn where to go to acquire that little golden nugget to help your client. Knowledge and resources are the assets one provides for their client. As a side note, I learn a lot from the new licensees. The caliber of private investigators has greatly increased over the years. There are many from the State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement agencies that have decided to take on a second career after retiring. Keep in mind, these are not the only training grounds.”

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The industry has produced many competent and qualified candidates for the profession of Private Investigator. David has always been willing to make an effort to maintain a good relationship with individuals working in the industry and related organizations, which is one of the reasons he is so successful in his career. “I have been asked countless times to teach classes on public record searches. I have taught these classes to other investigators, law enforcement agencies, governmental agencies and other organizations.” Not surprising as unlike some other business owners, David seems eager to share his knowledge with his fellow colleagues. David’s experience and ties to this community have allowed him to give back in other ways. “I have been involved as a Board Member with several charitable and non-profit organizations and currently serve as a Board Member with the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Foundation and Nevada Taxicab Authority. Both are very fulfilling positions and allow me to stay engaged with common interests.” Las Vegas has been Mr. Groover’s home for 46 years and if you ever meet David, he will boastfully say he is proud to be a Nevadan and grateful to be living in the state he loves so much and as he repeatedly says, “Nevada has also been very good to me.”

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The weather may be cooling down, but Las Vegas always keeps things hot! We continue to change and evolve, and really, just try to keep up with the latest news. Everyone knows, nothing can stop Las Vegas. Check out what’s hot and upcoming in Las Vegas this year! Club – “Breathtaking views, 1 Legacy exclusivity, and a taste of Vegas history” is what you can find here at the new Legacy Club located in Circa. The Legacy Club is inspired by Las Vegas’s founding Fathers and sits atop Circa on the 60th floor. With attractive views that show you the Vegas sunset, a fire pit to enjoy, and the show-stopping 1,000 ounces of gold display to remember, you can also explore a wide drink selection to choose from. What has been noted as a fan favorite drink of choice is the Old Fashion.

Beach Club – Debuted this 2 Élia past June, Élia Beach Club is located inside of what’s hot of the Virgin Hotel, the newest beach club is THE talk of the city! This club is hosted by some of the most sought-after DJ’s and celebrities of the world and incorporates the style of house music. Party it up and have a good


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MYVEGAS Magazine is very proud and excited to introduce our Beauty and Fitness section! In this issue, we are privileged to be able to feature many of the top beauty and fitness professionals in the Las Vegas Valley. With stories from our experts, you’ll learn trendy tips and get expert secrets to looking and feeling your best for any occasion, whether it’s a night on the town, or a day in the park! Get pampered with a visit to the day spa, tanning salon or beauty salon. Improve your overall esthetics and get toned with our awesome amazing workout tips. Get clear at one of our Vision experts, and enjoy your beauty and fitness, because you deserve it! 11

MEET THE WOMAN BEHIND SIKARA Aisha is the dedicated founder and co-owner of Sikara Medspa. She also serves as the president. Her husband, Dr. Sheikh, is co-owner and serves as the on-site medical director. They created Sikara Medspa out of a desire to provide a luxury, high-end medspa where people’s needs are not only met, but also understood.


ogether they have two children, ages 11 and 8. Aisha left the world of finance to become a mother to her two boys. As they have grown up, she elected to venture back into the business world, where she strives to make a difference by bringing out the best in people in many ways.

How do you find the time to balance being a mother and being the president of a company? Truly, it is all about the people you surround yourself with. My husband is incredibly supportive, and we share a lot of the responsibilities of raising our sons. Sikara may be a new business, but our team is phenomenal, and each of them are experienced and highly skilled at their respective crafts. I may be “President,” but it really is a team effort. I am so proud of our team and all that they bring to the table.

What made you choose to open a medspa? As a teenager, I had acne. I would say that I have spent the better part of my adult years trying to improve those scars. In my early twenties, I went to see a dermatologist in the LA area. After evaluating my skin, he said “you could be pretty, if you didn’t have these scars.” As the owner of an aesthetics practice, I will never allow any of our clients to be made to feel that way. Beauty, to me, is about much more than your physical appearance; it is about confidence and feeling good about ourselves. Unfortunately, many of us find that our confidence is hindered by what we see as ‘flaws.’ Sikara is about so much more than superficial beauty to me. It is about helping people address their concerns so that they can feel beautiful and confident. They can go out into the world and do everything they want to do without feeling held back by their insecurities. I believe addressing those things allows people to change their lives. It has been tricky learning to navigate through a pandemic; how have you and your company learned to navigate through those challenges to not only sustain, but to thrive? Opening in the middle of a pandemic meant we had to reevaluate how we do things and be strict about our cleaning procedures. We do our absolute best to ensure the safety of our guests and our team. Furthermore, having an on-site medical director not only helps to affirm our commitment to the safety of our guests, but also allows us to provide all aspects of their experience in a safe and effective manner. We do this while still meeting the rigorous standards that are set forth during this historical time.

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How do we thrive? It is about having the utmost faith in our business and our mission. It is about our team, the services we offer, and the results we help achieve that make Sikara what it is. Any challenges we face do not change who we are. What advice would you give to anyone facing the same challenges you may face? Be adaptable. Surround yourself with people who are willing to work through a challenge and find a feasible solution. Whether it be a pandemic or any other challenge, just be open-minded and think of the big picture. I believe in every area of our lives we must be adaptable and fluid. Things do not always go according to plan, but we must do the best we can in any situation. When I envisioned opening our doors, it was quite different in my head. The pandemic changed things. We made the decision to proceed with our opening and focus on our vision, our philosophy — and allow that to speak for itself. How would you describe your vision for Sikara? Sikara is unique. We are results driven, and our business is transformational, not transactional. You can feel safe and understood; we can help our clients achieve medical-grade results, but in a luxury, high-end, spa-like environment. Medical grade does not have to feel sterile! Sikara is an experience, and I cannot wait for all our guests to enjoy every moment of that experience. What words do you live by? “If you are going to do something, do it properly.” My mother instilled these values in me from a young age and to this day, I firmly believe in that philosophy. I try to incorporate that mantra in every area of my life. It is something I teach my kids as well. I believe that if you take the time to do something, you owe it to yourself to give whatever it is 100% of your effort, otherwise it is just a waste of time. It is something that I hope people see every time they walk through the doors at Sikara. MV

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CHANGING THE FACE OF PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. John Minoli, Leading the Way of PDO Thread Lifts

Smith Plastic Surgery Institute offers an array of procedures to help achieve desired physical aesthetic goals and further enhance one’s beauty.


nown as one of the most in-demand plastic surgeon clinics, Smith Plastic Surgery is a destination clinic for patients all over the globe. While the center is internationally known for top-rated breast augmentations and Brazilian butt lifts, they are also heavily versed in facial, neck, and nasal procedures. Leading the way in nasal and facial expertise is Smith Plastic Surgery surgeon, Dr. John Minoli. Having roots that go back 4 generations, Dr. John Minoli is

a successful surgeon in his own right. Having earned many credentials to his name, he has vast experience in plastics which include 10 years of post-doctoral training in surgery. He has also been a clinical teacher of surgical residents and a lecturer in the plastic surgery industry. Dr. John Minoli believes that plastic surgery is more than a physical transformation, he believes that not only does one’s outward attributes change, but it also transforms patients in an emotional and spiritual way, saying that not only does it transform the patient, but Doctor as

well. Deciding to alter something about your body can weigh heavily, however Dr. John Minoli fundamentally understands the emotional impact a person undergoes when their body is transformed in such a big way and his patients appreciate this aspect. Smith Plastic Surgery also has a more holistic center, World Class Med Spa Chic La Vie. The center’s primary focus is to offer noninvasive procedures to achieve desired beauty and weight loss goals. Located in Summerlin, the Med Spa offers in array of services customized to the unique needs of each patient. In the past, a face lift required one to go under the knife, but at Chic La Vie offers a gentler approach, that doesn’t require any incisions. Chic La Vie offers PDO (Polydioxanone) Thread, saying this is a wonderful alternative to a traditional face lift. According to Chic La Vie, during the procedure no incision is performed. Nova threads are needles that are pre-loaded with a PDO thread. The whole needle is inserted on the interstitial tissue at subdermal level, parallel to the surface of the skin & the needle is then pulled out. The PDO thread remains under the skin. The Nova Threads then work to fill wrinkles and slightly lift the skin leaving a more firm and youthful looking appearance. As a long term benefit the patient will naturally produce collagen because of the PDO being absorbed during the procedure. For more information on PDO Thread Lifts, visit In addition to PDO thread Lifts, Chic La Vie Med Spa & Laser institute also has other procedures for Face, Body, Hair, and Vitamin therapy. MV Chic La Vie at Smith Plastic Surgery Center 7650 W Sahara Ave. Suite 3 Las Vegas, NV 89117 702-233-8535 By: Brenda Damian




Time to talk about something we all hate, cellulite. One of the most frustrating things a woman can deal with. It seems to appear out of nowhere. Right? Like one day, you are rocking the booty shorts feeling cute next thing, you are trying to make an extra large men’s t shirt look cute at the pool to cover our cellulite areas.


rom my personal experience, if I don’t drink enough water then I end up with cellulite on my triceps and under my buttocks which is two very common areas for women, because women tend to store fat in triceps (back of the arm), low belly, hamstrings (back of legs) as well as our hips. No matter how much cardio you do and how much spinach you eat... it still sticks with you. Has that ever happened to you? That’s because you need to switch to these tips. So what is cellulite!? It is when the fat cells congregate under the skin and create a dimple-like appearance above the skin. Some cellulite is just in our genes but most of it can be treated by these following tips.

HYDRATED: If you don’t 1 STAY drink enough water, you will end

up holding more water which can make your cellulite look worse. Staying hydrated will keep things flowing and will be able to help the appearance of cellulite. So try to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. I personally try drinking a full gallon a day, especially if I eat bad.

UP YOUR EATING! 2 CLEAN Having bad eating habits will nev-

er do us any good. Its ok to have your cheat meal or cheat day but on a normal basis try getting at least 3 good meals of good, clean whole foods. I recommend a lot of greens, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins to keep your body good on the inside and out.

WEIGHTS: 3 LIFT When you lift, your

muscles will grow and help tighten the skin, which will help diminish the appearance of cellulite. Don’t be scared to go heavy, the heavier the better but always remember good form over all! I do recommend to mix of isolation and compound movements to really get all areas and push yourself.

ROLL/MASSAGE/ DRY 4 FOAM BRUSH: Working on breaking

down that hard tissue and flushing your system with water right after will help get the toxins out so you will get your smooth appearance back. I recommend to foam roll after your workout and massage cellulite areas in the shower with warm water. Be sure to drink water after this to flush out the toxins.

OILS: This is some5 ESSENTIAL thing I actually just decided to

try out. I got sick of buying all the creams that have a bunch of chemicals in them. So I took the natural route and decided to order grapefruit, rosemary, fennel and lemongrass. I mix them together with a little coconut oil and massage in, where it is needed.

Try these tips for at least 2 weeks and let me see those before and after pictures. MV By Tana Ashlee



WE ALL NEED A LITTLE THERAPIE Therapie Boutique started as just a form of “therapie” for boutique owner, Jessica Boone. Now, standing as the destination for boho-chic and contemporary styles, customers from all over the valley can truly enjoy some retail therapie!


et to know owner and founder of Therapie Boutique, Jessica Boone, as she continues her journey in the fashion game!


How did you get started?

This whole journey started from a blog, when my husband and I started infertility treatments. It was such an emotionally, spiritually, and physically taxing experience. I have always used my creativity as an emotional outlet, so I began writing everything from how I was feeling to the medications I was taking, what I was eating, where we were traveling to, and the shopping trips I was taking to make myself feel better. I had this little online community who were all going through the same triumphs and trials as we were, and it definitely provided some comfort. I was cheered on through every win and comforted through every loss. There was not a single moment in that three-year journey when I felt as if I was the only woman struggling. I knew as our time with IVF was coming to a close that I wanted to pivot this thing I had built. I considered all of the ways I could bring women some Therapie and the boutique space seemed like a no brainer. I wanted to serve women who might otherwise struggle to find unique pieces that fit well. I started online in 2017 while we continued treatments and signed for my first physical space at the end of 2019.


Where did the name Therapie Boutique come from?

My blog was very much my own personal form of Therapie and I continue to write there occasionally to this day. Every time a person asks about our name I am given the opportunity to share little pieces of my story and the issues that brought me here. There is power behind our individual stories and I just happened to turn mine into a brand. I still have a form of the original Blog Therapie, online, Therapie Boutique here in Las Vegas, and even a Group Therapie on Facebook.



What can customers expect when walking into your boutique for the first time?

their body. When I go to market or make a trip over to LA I always think, “How can I better serve these women?”



Therapie Boutique is a place where contemporary and bohemian styles collide to bring you wearable trends for all of life’s adventures. We serve women size XS through 3X and I love to highlight that our larger sizes are not shoved in the back of the store in a way typical of most other retailers. I personally know the disheartening feeling of trying half the store on but walking out without having found anything so paying close attention to the fit of every piece we stock is important to me.


What do you find exciting about your job every day?

I love playing in all the clothes and discovering the fabrics or patterns that make me happy, but I find the most joy in styling women for all of life’s new chapters. I’ve had women come to me after losing a significant amount of weight and needing a new wardrobe, women who need encouragement after a relationship change, and even women who once thought a certain style would never fit

How do you enjoy getting involved in the community?


We all need a little Therapie and it is my prayer every single day that I can spread some of it here in Las Vegas. I am a proud member of Women United. One of my favorite events is our annual suit drive in November where we collect professional wear for local return-to-work programs. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Fashion Council. Not only do we strive to expand the Las Vegas economy through the fashion industry, but we also provide financial assistance to students and emerging artists through LVFC grants. I love our Little Black Dress event that we hold every December as a design competition for local designers and students. Visit Therapie Boutique on the corner of Sahara Ave and Fort Apache Rd. Use code MYVEGAS at checkout for 20% off your purchase. MV 9410 W Sahara Ave, Suite 120 Las Vegas, NV 89117 702-202-4344


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oelstra draws from a wealth of experience and evidence-based data to constantly improve surgical techniques with only one motive in mind: Achieving the best possible patient outcomes. He firmly believes however, that both back- and neck pain first deserve proper conservative treatment. “For that reason,” he explains, “…I am so thrilled to join The Nevada Spine Clinic, the foremost center for excellence in comprehensive spine care in Las Vegas. Their elite group of outstanding physicians specialize in interventional pain, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and orthopedic- and spine surgery. Over more than 20 years in Las Vegas, they have helped so many patients back to their optimal state of health emphasizing, and whenever possible, implementing nonoperative modalities of care. If those treatments fail and alternatives need to be considered, our uniquely advanced technology in minimally invasive robotically assisted spine surgery is in many cases the safest surgical option as it allows for shorter recovery time, minimal blood loss and a shorter hospital stay in comparison to traditional techniques.” “Since starting my career as a Spine Surgeon in 2006, I greatly value an excellent patient-doctor relationship with my patients. Every spine solution must be catered specifically to each-and-every patient’s individual lifestyle and goals. Although I am a firm believer in conservative treatment without surgery, sometimes surgical remedies are needed to optimize recovery from back- or neck pain. My promise is to genuinely understand your history and your goals before getting you back to being pain free. When I do recommend spine surgery, I focus on the most minimally invasive techniques and often motion preservation, while utilizing state-of-the-art technology.” Our comprehensive outcomes data at The Nevada Spine clinic have clearly proven the substantial health benefits of our robotically assisted spine surgery over the


more traditional methods of open surgical treatment. Q: Welcome to town! How does it feel to be part of the Las Vegas community as a spine surgeon providing your services within The Nevada Spine Clinic? “I am so incredibly grateful and excited to be part of such a great practice and community here in Las Vegas. The people have such a great sense of pride and compassion. Everyone at the Nevada Spine clinic family strives to work hard for the betterment of our patients. This really pushes me to truly make a difference when treating patients every day I drive in to work. I love the positive energy in our clinic as we are always forward thinking. I know therefore, that our three practice locations have become so successful for patients seeking spine care not only in Las Vegas, but from all over the US.” Q: What is it about The Nevada Spine Clinic that is different from other spine care practices in town? “The Nevada Spine Clinic has a fully dynamic approach to patient care. We are a multidisciplinary practice, meaning we manage each patient with our team of pain management providers, physical therapists, nurses, physician assistants, highly skilled medical staff and then our surgeons. Everything is managed internally within one practice where we gather a full understanding of every patient’s needs through our comprehensive evaluation process. We have a practice where doctors actually directly speak to each other and share opinions for the benefit of our patient’s care. Almost unheard of nowadays! If a patient eventually needs to have surgery, we consistently push our team of world class clinicians to use the most modern, minimally invasive techniques to provide the most successful outcomes in spinal reconstruction- and disc replacement procedures. We might not be able to make everyone perfect, but we certainly strive to do so.”

Dr. Poelstra also holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and throughout the past 20 years, he has given more than 300 lectures to teach thousands of surgeons around the world about the most advanced spinal techniques. He has written dozens of peer reviewed publications, textbooks and chapters and hundreds of his online patient reviews are among the best in the world. “Having found a great new home here in Las Vegas, I will continue to work really hard to embrace our patient’s individual needs and -when needed-, offer the greatest surgical intervention through our evidence-based progress in Robotics and Automation in the OR. Looking forward to meeting you soon!” MV Dr. Kornelius Poelstra, MD PhD The Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas (888) 61-SPINE 7140 Smoke Ranch Rd. Ste. 150, Las Vegas, NV 89128 Monday - Friday 8 am - 5pm Dr. Poelstra goes above and beyond in every aspect of his practice! From the first visit I knew I had the right surgeon to do my spine surgery. His knowledge and experience made me feel comfortable right away. His “bedside manner” is over the top. He actually listens, encourages and answers questions all the while ensuring you he truly cares and looks forward to making you whole again. My surgery was a tremendous success and I haven’t felt this good in years!!!

Rehabilitation, like dancing, works best when you choose the right partner. After his wife suffered a stroke, Joe knew she needed the right rehabilitation to dance again. That’s why he did the research and chose Encompass Health, where an experienced team used personalized therapy and advanced technology to help Francine return to the life she loved. Find out more at chooselasvegas. Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas 1250 South Valley View Boulevard • Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.259.3590 • Fax 866.509.7241 Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Desert Canyon 9175 West Oquendo Road • Las Vegas, NV 89148 702.795.5820 • Fax 866.571.3914 Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson 10301 Jeffreys Street • Henderson, NV 89052 702.939.9422 • Fax 866.303.0320

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PAIN MANAGEMENT, MADE EASY Pain Management comes easy at Las Vegas Comprehensive Pain Management Center. Treating simple and complex problems, Las Vegas Comprehensive Pain Management Center offers customized pain management treatment at 8930 W Sunset Rd Suite 350.

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ere at LVCPMC our sole focus is to treat patients experiencing pain and pain related conditions with the superior care they de-

Through years of experience we have developed countless comprehensive and personalized treatment plans to serve each of our patients individual needs and goals. Pulling from a wide swath of treatment options we will find and tailor the treatment that leaves you free of pain and back to your normal life.

types of conditions such as low back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, neuropathy, migraines, failed back surgery syndrome and spinal stenosis. Several new treatments are able to provide relief from a lifetime of pain and improved daily function.

Cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulator implants can offer pain relief for years and decrease the amount of pain medication necessary for relief. This can get you back to work, playing with the kids and not worrying about constant pain any longer!

Currently, Las Vegas Comprehensive Pain Management Center offers traditional options, such as medications, epidural steroid injections, and sacroiliac blocks. These therapies offer the potential to repair tissues, rather than simply mask pain. Advanced novel treatments using Fluoroscopic Imaging now allows for Endoscopic Discectomies, Lumbar Decompression, Facet Fusions, Sacroiliac Fusions, Posterior Epidural Stimulation, and Pain pump implants which provide for constant continuous pain blockade, all now done as an outpatient procedure.

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Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, the founder of Khavkin Clinic, was raised in Moscow, Russia. He was Inspired to go into the medical field by his mother, a pediatric surgeon, and started his exposure to medicine at age 14 by assisting his mother in surgeries.


r. Khavkin started medical school in Moscow when he was 16 and, after his family relocated to the US, transferred to medical school at the University of Chicago, where he also completed his neurosurgical training. After finishing spine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Khavkin became the director of the neurosurgical spine program at Northwestern University before moving to Las Vegas in 2010. One of only a few fellowship trained spine neurosurgeons in Las Vegas, Dr. Khavkin pioneered a number of spine surgery techniques and was the first surgeon in Nevada to perform complex spine oncological procedures such as sacrectomies and en bloc spondylectomies. Learn more about Khavkin Clinic below: Q: Tell us about your practice. Dr. Khavkin: Khavkin Clinic is a multispecialty practice that includes Las Vegas Neck and Back, Las Vegas Sinus and Las Vegas Headache. We pride ourselves on the comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the nervous system and the spine.

Even though my expertise is in spine surgery, most of our patients fortunately do not require any surgical treatment and we guide them down the non-surgical path to make sure they get better and return to the pain free life. Q: What differentiates you from other similar practices in Las Vegas? Dr. Khavkin: Our focus is on the quality of care and especially customer service. Our clients’ experience is of utmost importance for our organization. This certainly sets us apart from a lot of other practices in town.


We also have been performing a significant number of spine surgical procedures in a surgery center setting which allows our patients to be discharged home the same day. It improves patient’s experience and outcomes. This also minimizes patient exposure to the hospitals and potential infection including exposure to Covid.

matic ENT related symptoms treatment (tinnitis, vertigo, hearing problems), traumatic facial injury treatments, expert reports, and life care plans.

Q: Do you do any personal injury work?

Q: What are your hobbies?

Dr. Khavkin: Yes. We have a dedicated team that focuses on personal injury work. We make sure that our clients get scheduled within several days and get seen by our providers with very minimal wait time. We are in constant communication with attorneys’ offices to make sure we get our reports out within 24 hours of seeing our patients.

Dr. Khavkin: My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and watch my three kids develop into unique individuals. We are a musical family. My wife and I have performed a number of times at the Smith Center for Nathan Adelson foundation fundraisers. We look forward to going back on stage as the world is returning to normal.

We provide the following services under lien: spine care, neurosurgery, traumatic brain injury evaluations and treatment, initial PI patient evaluations, post trau-

To learn more about Dr. Khavkin and the specialties offered at Khavkin Clinic, please visit or call (702) 888-1188.

We can always accommodate lien patients within a week and pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and creating great experience for our clients.


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Over 20 Years Of Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Care in Las Vegas Kevin Rayls, MD, FACS Stephen B. Horsley, MD, FACS

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Over the years, The Neck and Back Clinics has grown into a well-rounded and incredibly experienced team. Let’s meet the CEO and COO: DR. BENJAMIN S. LURIE, DC Dr. Benjamin S. Lurie’s, chiropractic physician and CEO of The Neck and Back Clinics, story begins right here in 1969 as a native of our city. As Las Vegas has exponentially grown, so has The Neck and Back Clinics. Dr. Lurie and his amazing staff have been caring for patients, including personal injury and workman’s compensation. After rising through valley schools as a scholarship athlete and leaving Las Vegas to continue his education from obtaining his B.S. in Zoology from SUU, then to Iowa, he returned to our great State after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic as a Doctor in Chiropractic. While attending Palmer, Dr. Lurie was awarded the top Clinical Excellence Award and two Certificates of Merit for student teaching Neuromusculoskeletal and Technique. Dr. Lurie served as a member of the school’s ethics Board as a student member from 1996 – 2000. He obtained his Certificate in Spinal Trauma from Life West University and has an advanced Certificate in Whiplash and Biomechanics from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, Dr. Arthur Croft. Dr. Lurie served on the Chiropractic Board of Physicians from 2010-2018 and served in all leadership positions. Dr. Lurie served as the legislative chair of the CPBN. Dr. Lurie served as the district IV director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Twice, Dr. Lurie received an award for Board of the Year from the FCLB. Dr. Lurie is a board member for Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada. Dr. Lurie currently serves on the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Committee for the Nevada State Bar as a lay member. DR. MATTHEW C. OLMSTEAD, DC As a chiropractic physician and COO of The Neck and Back Clinics, Dr. Matthew C. Olmstead has been practicing since 2003. Throughout the last eighteen years at The Neck and Back Clinics, Dr. Olmstead’s role has evolved. He now manages clinic operations for eight locations in


Nevada and two locations in Arizona. Dr. Olmstead is also responsible for leading the clinic support staff, allowing for clinics to run smoothly and efficiently, while providing high quality patient care. He strives to create a positive overall experience for patients. Not only is Dr. Olmstead an incredible chiropractic physician, he also has a tremendous level of knowledge and experience, with extensive training and years of working with patients with a wide range of injuries. He earned a Doctorate Degree (cum laude, 2002) and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, after studying Exercise and Movement Science at the University of Oregon. He continues to expand his chiropractic knowledge by attending continuing education events on a range of topics.

At The Neck and Back Clinics, Dr. Olmstead’s level of expertise and extraordinary ability to connect with patients through easy-to-understand explanations allows him to be a well-regarded chiropractic physician amongst his colleagues and patients. Over the years, his presence has been requested in over 40 trials and depositions, to provide his professional opinions on chiropractic matters. Dr. Benjamin S. Lurie and Dr. Matthew C. Olmstead, alongside their clinics’ other knowledgeable and skilled team members, lead clinical operations to ensure the primary mission of the clinics, to provide high quality care to all patients. THE NECK & BACK CLINICS 8678 W. Spring Mtn. Rd., #130 Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.644.3333

Nevada Pediatric Specialists provides high-quality care to infants, children, and adolescents throughout the diverse Las Vegas Valley. Established in 2008, the practice has two convenient office locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. When families enter Nevada Pediatric Specialists, a team of experienced and compassionate medical professionals welcomes them. The team is composed of both board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners. They provide exceptional health care and aim to inspire children to reach their full potential throughout every developmental stage.

SERVICES: Physical Exams • Walk-In Clinic • Annual Exam • Circumcision • Well Child Exam • Lab Tests • Telemedicine • Newborn Care Prenatal Meet And Greet • Sports Physical • Immunization • Asthma • Sick Visits • Pediatric Care • ADHD •Obesity • Teen Health

3201 S Maryland Parkway Suite 608 • Las Vegas, NV 89109 880 Seven Hills Dr Suite 100 • Henderson, NV 89052 • 702.457.5437

DR. BESS CHANG At MEDICAL NEUROLOGY, we are committed to providing compassionate quality care in hopes of improving, restoring and maintaining your health. Our goal is to help you understand any neurological conditions you may have and if possible, improve your functionality so that you can enjoy the life you dreamed of.

DR. BESS L. CHANG is a board-certified Neurologist certified by the American Board of Neurology who is an expert in cutting edge technology when dealing with patients with brain & spine disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, stroke and neuro-muscular diseases. She completed post graduate Neurology Residency at Northwestern University School of Medicine and Internal Medicine training at University of Massachusetts. She completed an additional Subspecialty Fellowship training in Neuromuscular Disease, Electrophysiology & Epilepsy at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke university Medical Center. She has been adjunct clinical professor at Northwestern University School of Medicine, Rush University School of Medicine and Touro Medical School. She is also active in clinical research studies involving the Central & Peripheral Nervous System. Dr. Bess L. Chang has made the list of Top Doctors in Las Vegas 8 times within the last 10 years and recently achieved this prestigious award 4 years in a row now. MV NEUROLOGIST DR. BESS L. CHANG 702-851-1065 8530 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350 Las Vegas, NV 89113

Dr. Naz Wahab, and her team at Wound Care Experts offer a progressive and integrative approach to medicine at their practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specializing in the treatment of chronic hard to heal wounds. Wound Care Experts see patients with all hard to heal wound types, including non-healing surgical wounds from elective and non-elective surgeries, radiation induced wounds from radiation treatments, diabetic foot wounds and more.


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There seems to be nothing more powerful than one incredibly caring and passionate person. And in this case, it comes in a small, but mighty package. a big part in connecting people to these life changing resources. Wendy shares the story of a homeless, blind female veteran with a sight dog who was rescued by Henderson Police. Wendy connected her with Arnold Stalk with Veteran’s Village, who was able to provide her a small apartment 5 steps away from a dog park for her fur buddy. It really shows how valuable connecting with the right people can truly make the difference in someone’s life, jumping in at exactly the right time.


endy Wood, an Air Force Veteran, CEO of Sana Behavioral Health and Owner of Connections, is a petite, stiletto rocking renaissance woman, and Las Vegas is lucky to have her. It may be her courage, her determination, concern for the welfare of others, or just a pure mixture of all these qualities that make so many people place their trust in Wendy. Known for her zealous way of connecting people in the healthcare industry with the right people, Wendy is constantly one step ahead. She exemplifies how one person can positively change, even save, a life. Wendy’s 19-bed geriatric psychiatric hospital, Sana Behavioral Health Hospital, provides a caring and healing environment for veterans and those ages 50 years and older. A true healthcare industry angel, Wendy has undoubted credibility and standing in the healthcare world. While working in the field, she supports community referrals, which helps to connect people to the right level of care they need. Whether it’s psychiatric, medical care and resources, she is the one stop shop for connecting people. A faith-based woman, Wendy firmly believes that divine intervention often plays


Wendy has an incredible support system there to help her with her impeccable everyday goal. Kathryn Hooper, the Director with the City of Henderson Resource Resiliency Center, is the caring resource that runs out to help people who have nowhere else to turn. Denise Marshall, with The Trauma Recovery Center, plays a big part in helping to connect those in need as well. Denise says, “When working to find resources for veterans, the homeless, those with mental illness or facing a catastrophic loss, Wendy is the beacon of light for those in their darkest hour. Her compassion and level of patient care is exactly what our community needs right now.”

Wendy Wood

An incredibly caring individual, her empathetic habits flow into her personal life as well. Not only did she raise her family as a single mother, she also opened her home to 7 foster children. Wendy saw foster children who needed a safe, loving home to heal from their trauma. In staying with biblical principles, she spends her time taking care of elderly and foster children. “One person can help change a life, even save a life just with one phone call,” avows Wendy, a firm believer in her faith and her purpose. Her humble nature doesn’t seem to allow her to shine a light on herself, but us at MYVEGAS are proud to highlight the power of one impeccably caring individual. Our city is better place because of her mission and unceasing spirit. To learn more about Wendy Wood, MBA, CEO, contact her at (702) 326-2174. Visit MV

Wendy Wood with Arnold Stalk, Veterans Village

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Las Vegas’s Most Popular Body Wellness Center State-of-the-Art Technologies Aesthetic Services & Body Shaping NON-SURGICAL FACE LIFT Want to have a face lift, but with no surgery? Look no further than the Non-surgical Face Lift done by Dr. K! During your first free consultation, Dr. K will analyze your needs and goals to create a customized plan for you. The plan usually consists of PDO Thread Lift, fillers, Botox, and some skin rejuvenation techniques can be added for incredible results.

in some cases. Opus uses new technology, called fractionated electrical plasma, which achieves comparable results with minimal down time. Opus fractionated plasma helps to improve the appearance or completely eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth, improve acne scars, tighten the skin and dramatically improve stretch marks. RUSSIAN LIP TECHNIQUE Finding the perfect pout is made easy with Dr. K’s extensive study and research in the Russian Lip Technique. Typical filler of the lip can vary client to client, however the Russian Lip is focused on both lips being perfectly plump, even, and aesthetically pleasing.

OPUS PLASMA SKIN RESURFACING Skin resurfacing is a new aesthetic treatment that can help improve skin texture and appearance. Traditional skin resurfacing treatments use lasers to remove the outermost layers of skin, which encourages the growth of new, vibrant skin. Although with serious lasers resurfacing, you are looking into serious down time, up to few weeks



EMSCULPT NEO® EMSCULPT NEO supports fat burning and muscle building simultaneously, making it ideal for sculpting and contouring the body. This procedure is also noninvasive, which is an advantage for many patients hoping to tone their bodies without down time and scars. Through High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology, EMSCULPT NEO induces 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions in just 30 minutes! Dr. Yekaterina Khronusova is a graduate of Yale – St. Raphael Internal Medicine residency program. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has been practicing for over 20 years. Her passion for wellness on many levels comes from believing in treating beauty, body, and mind as a whole – through achieving the harmony and balance between all three components. Dr. K can help you with weight loss, IV vitamins infusion therapy, body contouring, incontinence treatments, Botox injections, fillers, skin rejuvenations, hair restorations, non-surgical eye lids treatments, non-surgical neck tightening, plasma treatments- all using cutting edge technology and the latest research. MV

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THE CAREGIVER, DR. PAUL JANDA Dr. Paul Harlan Janda is the true embodiment of a caregiver, being the first and only Board-Certified NeurologistAttorney in the State of Nevada. Dr. Janda graduated at the University of California at Berkeley as a double major in Psychology and Molecular and Cell Biology, following that he attended the William S. Boyd School of Law.


hrough the balance between the two industries, Dr. Janda is fueled by helping people in the community, whether that be through providing, teaching, or giving back. Las Vegas Neurology Center, where Dr. Janda practices along with fellow welltrained and Board-Certified Neurologists, provides inpatient and outpatient neurology services at numerous hospitals throughout the city. The Center continues ongoing research in stroke, vascular neurology, headache disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, dementia, and cognitive disorders. Expanding his own knowledge and understanding of the latest improvements and advancements in neurology, Dr. Janda is able to provide each and every one of his patients with state of the art and up to date technology and guidelines. A prominent enjoyment for Dr. Janda is giving back to his community. He exhib-



its his love and care for the community by participating in charities, especially ones relating to disabilities and providing food. In the field of Neurology, he is a member of the American Headache Society, American Epilepsy Society, and Neocritical Care Society He also greatly enjoys providing patient education and student education whenever he has the opportunity. Being the Neurology Residency Program Director at Valley Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Janda cherishes his time with the neurology resident physicians, while preparing them to be board-certified neurologists. Looking back, Dr. Janda always had fond memories of his best teachers, resulting in his love and passion for teaching. A great teacher can have a tremendous impact on his or her students, while also experiencing the fun of watching others learn and succeed. He is especially fond of his work as it involves lifelong learning and there is always something new to learn, a great deal of his time ex-

panding his education on medicine and life in general. As a Neurologist-Attorney, you may be wondering how this incredible man can balance and continue to stay passionate in both industries. Dr. Janda greatly enjoys both medicine and law, mainly because both fields involve helping people. He loves to see the intersection and synergy between medicine and law. While he does not practice law directly, he uses his knowledge and experience in law in a teaching aspect. A vast majority of this hardworking doctor’s time is spent in the field of neurology, especially relating to teaching. His family, patient care, and teaching are the true passions that fuel the caregiver of Nevada, Dr. Paul Janda. MV Las Vegas Neurology Center 2020 Wellness Way #300 Las Vegas, NV, 89106 (702)432-2233



With determination and hard work, anything you want to achieve is possible. And that does not spare anyone in any industry but remains particularly meaningful in the medical field. Dr. James Mock, owner, and Cardiologist of Westside Cardiology, learned early on how important it is to work hard, study and focus, to achieve your goals, and in turn, help others.


r. James Mock’s childhood was always surrounded by motivation to work hard and study, particularly at the urging of his mother and stepfather. In school, he was in a program that molded young medical minds and included mentorship from medical students. His initial inspiration to be a cardiologist stemmed from his relationship with a family friend, Dr. Morrie Schroeder, who served as a general surgeon in World War II. It was his inspirational stories about sacrifice and commitment as well as the introduction to medical books and journals that aided Mock academically and professionally, which eventually led to him getting a research assistant job after he showed his dedication to medicine. This mentorship allowed him to see his potential in the field.

speare has helped Dr. Mock remember a person “may smile and smile and still be a villain.” The best piece of advice he can give is to not let those around you convince you that you are inherently disadvantaged and need special “programs” to succeed. As he knows, these can only distract you from the reality that you have opportunity in this country but you have to study and work hard to achieve those goals! “Keep your eyes on the prize!” Since beginning his practice of cardiology in 1997, Dr. Mock doesn’t see himself as distinguished from other cardiologists, but rather sees himself in a “kinship” with them as they all understand and appreciate the hard work and dedication needed to be a board certified cardiologist in the united states. Dr. Mock is one of the few African American cardiologists in Las Ve-

gas, but he does not feel as if that “sets him apart” from other cardiologists, but only adds to the diverse medical community in the valley. Dr. Mock and Westside Cardiology emphasizes that all are invited to their office and plans to continue to provide quality healthcare to those that are sent or come to the office for cardiac care regardless of race, religion, sex and age (18 and up), political affiliations, sexual identity, or the types of hats they wear. DR. JAMES E. MOCK Westside Cardiology 2800 N Tenaya Way #202 Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702)255-8877

Pay it forward is the motto Dr. Mock lives by and he sure shows his efforts to do so, by happily mentoring others interested in medicine and much more. Despite his incredible ambition and devotion to his dreams, Dr. Mock did not grow up with a “silver spoon in his mouth.” Instead, he was raised by a divorced mother in a low income area in Milwaukee, but was blessed by having a mother and step-father who ultimately installed the hard working mindset in the future cardiologist. As an African American physician, Shake-


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He attended grade school and high school with highly motivated individuals who were interested in medicine, and at age 13 he was enrolled in a program directed towards that goal which included a reading program and mentorship with medical students. To this day, Dr. Mock is still close with the people he met in the program. One practicing urology in Los Angeles and the other a cardiologist in Milwaukee.


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r. Ronald Hillock, an orthopedic surgery specialist, incorporates Cryo-analgesia using the patented Iovera° system to offer pain-free total knee replacement. “There are multiple ways to manage pain control,” explains Dr. Hillock. “We can use a cryo-block freezing the nerves that go to the knee that can last up to 90 days. If pain is controlled we can improve the surgery rehab afterward and improve the outcome.” At the time of surgery, a continuous infusion pump of anesthetic can be administered, giving a boost that will last for about 72 hours. He can prescribe various medications for pain control, and, according to Dr. Hillock, “if we use the Iovera system prior to surgery the procedure can be pain-free for about 90 days following”

Cryo-analgesia using the patented Iovera° system delivers a localized nerve block since Iovera° harnesses the power of cold to immediately reduce pain. FDA cleared to block pain, the Iovera° treatment is localized and does not inject any drugs into the body. “Iovera° works by creating a ball of ice around the nerve, causing that nerve not

to function for about 90 days,” explains. Dr. Hillock. Anyone undergoing a primary or revision knee arthroplasty is an excellent candidate. There is no difference in healing time whether Iovera° is used or another procedure, but no pain for 90 days offers a substantial difference in the quality of life. He performs over 300 knee replacement surgeries annually, and the biggest complaint from his patients is the pain associated with the procedure. “About 20 percent of the patients that receive the replacement using traditional methods are not satisfied. I started to look different ways to address the pain. Cryo-analgesia using the Iovera° system is the best solution I have discovered.” Dr. Hillock is working on other procedures, including various nerve stimulation units, implantable pain control devices, and various cocktails of prescribed medication for more definitive control of pain. Pain control is key for patient satisfaction following surgery. Dr. Hillock is one of only a few surgeons in the world who performs osseointegra-


tion (OI) in the treatment of amputated limbs. He is the only doctor in Nevada who performs OI as well as trains other physicians in the procedure. As a proud veteran, Dr. Hillock became an expert in the procedure to provide amputees with greater mobility, comfort, and quality of life. He also focuses on hip, joint pain management, joint replacement, musculoskeletal oncology, and stature/limb lengthening surgery. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, completed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and his residency at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Dr. Hillock accomplished his fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Santa Monica, California. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Hillock can be reached at By Debbie Hall

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MML Physical Therapy owner and president, Karen Crawford, PT, MS has always had a passion for health and fitness, and a purpose for Medicine. She found the perfect mixture of these two in Physical Therapy. Although MML Physical Therapy officially opened in 1992, Karen Crawford’s mission began much earlier than that.


fter graduating in 1974, Karen started working per diem in different clinics in Houston. In 1987, Karen was asked to go to Afghanistan with a medical team during the war with Russia to help refugees on the Pakistan border. This incredibly humbling experience had a profound impact on her desire to work with injured people. After returning to the United States, Karen started working with a world renowned pain management physician, Dr. Prithvi Raj, who mentored her in the treatment of chronic pain patients. Dr. Raj had told Karen one day, “You have a gift with these types of patients and should work on this population.” As Dr. Raj and Karen worked together, they became published in the treatment of CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome). She then went on to receive her master’s in mental health counseling, as the psychological component of her work was just as important as the technical. MML Physical Therapy, named after Karen’s three boys, Matthew, Mark and Luke, began in a surgical closet in a pain management clinic in 1992, utilizing only one employee and less than 300 square feet. Karen’s mission stood clear. She worked day in and day out over the past 10 years to promote her practice. As the practice evolved, she moved to a bigger office to accommodate her growing patient population. MML physical therapy now employs two other physical therapists and two physical therapy assistants. They continue to see chronic pain patients, but the practice has expanded to provide services to acute care, post-op rehabilitation and general orthopedic patients as well. Karen and her team offer individualized therapeutic exercise programs to help manage pain, improve strength and muscle endurance, improve posture, and improve function. The office also provides post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation to help patients reach their maximum rehabilitation potential. Karen specializes in


CRPS, coupled with a variety of modern modalities, including Myofascial Cupping and Dry Needling, Mirror therapy and manipulations including Myofascial Release, Manual traction, the Graston technique, Gentle passive joint mobilization and stretching. A large part of her practice includes performing Functional Capacity Evaluations for workman’s compensation patients, social security disability, and patients requiring a functional status following an accident and need life plans or a returnto-work status. At MML Physical Therapy, you will find a different approach to healing. The team truly takes an interest in each of their patients and remain dedicated to ensuring a better life for them. The unique, fun environment they have created invites everyone to be a part of the family as they all work together to meet the patients’ needs. The decor is colorful, the staff is friendly, the music is soothing, and it is truly the place where everybody knows your name. MML believes in making physical therapy an experience rather

than something they dread participating in. The cornerstone and philosophy behind MML can only be described by Karen’s favorite Maya Angelou quote, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” After 30 years of helping to relieve chronic pain, we are sure that people have remembered Karen and her team for how they made them feel. MV

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PUTTING THE LOVE BACK ® INTO YOUR SPINE. Finding the right chiropractor that fits your needs and wants can be a challenge, especially after an auto collision or sports injury.


any chiropractors will - in certain words - stick to the script when it comes to chiropractic care. Stepping out of that comfort zone is Dr. Daniel Yen, owner and Chiropractor of Yen Chiropractic in North Las Vegas. Nominated and chosen in 2020 for MYVEGAS’ Top 10 Chiropractors, and now in the 2021 Top 100 Doctors of the Year, it is clear Dr. Yen is continuously learning and passionate about teaching patients how they can achieve wellness without the use of medication. In general, people in the medical field always find their way into the industry for a reason. And Dr. Yen is no exception. Before entering the chiropractic arena, Dr. Daniel Yen had an audiovisual and technical background in college, which included setting up stages, lighting, and sound. He found himself always having headaches and shoulder pain that would require medication, particularly Excedrin® (used for Migraines). At a health fair, he happened to run into a Chiropractor, who encouraged him to begin getting routine adjustments. He would ask the doctor questions, with it being strange and amazing to him that something as simple as an adjustment could relieve his headaches and help him function better. The doctor encouraged him to pursue chiropractic since he was curious about the anatomy of the body and amazed at how it works, and short months later he was accepted into Chiropractic College.

Finishing his schooling at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, Dr. Yen wanted to take time to pursue his other interests. Although Chiropractic care has been an incredible passion of his, Dr. Yen took a five-year break after his schooling to work at a non-profit, helping adults with developmental disabilities. Having a particular interest in the field, Dr. Yen spent much of his time dedicated to the organization, but after time he wanted to get back into his roots and begin his chiropractic career. Fast forward to 2013, and Dr. Yen was working at a Chiropractic office here in Las Vegas. Yearning to broaden his horizons, he made the decision to open his own wellness-based practice in North Las Vegas. Taking the title of Chiropractor to new heights, Dr. Yen works on much more than your spine health. To better serve his clients, Dr. Yen has taken continuing education courses on the Nasal Release Technique as well as many other techniques, tools, and styles that benefit those with sports injuries, concussions, and joint pain. Especially sought after, Dr. Yen uses an Activator instrument to apply a single pump pressure on the joints. He also has automated instruments used for the joints, including the ArthroStim®, Impulse®, and Erchonia Adjustor which automatically pumps direct pressure into joints. Able to work on joints and muscles from head to toe, he is trained in sever-

al therapies, including CranioSacral and Myofascial Release, which aids in releasing deep muscle adhesions, and certified in Graston Technique and Dry Needling. Working with the community as well as taking referrals for personal injury cases, Dr. Yen has already established himself as a versatile and adaptable Chiropractor, making individualized plans for each of his patient’s health and wellness. Although Yen Chiropractic is not in network with any insurance companies, Dr. Yen offers cost-effective quality Chiropractic care by helping you to avoid the surprise fees and restrictions. Dr. Yen and Yen Chiropractic have created an affordable, compassionate practice for patients and continue their focus on helping patients understand how their body heals itself. Yen Chiropractic continues to be a proud sponsor of Apex Health & Wellness, a Las Vegas community based non-profit focused on empowering our underserved youth. In the near future, Dr. Yen will relocate to Red Feather Plaza on Cheyenne and Decatur and look into offering massage therapy. Their office is open for appointments Mon-Sat, call today to see what Dr. Yen can do for you! MV (Due to COVID-19, walk-ins are postponed until the reopening of all businesses. Appointments are available by calling their office, texting their cell number, or booking on their Facebook page.) YEN CHIROPRACTIC (702) 685-8776 Office (702) 680-5440 Cell 4528 W Craig Rd Ste #190 North Las Vegas, NV 89032


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Dr. Zach Truman graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas, continued his education in different parts of the US and returned to Nevada and calls the Silver State home. Dr. Truman also became fluent in Spanish while mastering his dental practice. Dr. Zachary B. Truman was driven to orthodontics by his love for helping others gain confidence in themselves. Dr. Truman continues to further his education annually to provide his patients with the latest technical advances. The Truman Orthodontics team follows Dr. Truman’s lead in giving back to the community. Taking part in

Walk for Wishes yearly, most recently Dr. Truman partnered with Motiv8 Foundation (Marcus Mariota’s foundation) and the Ronald McDonald House and gifted one family orthodontic care. Dr. Truman is continuously involved with organizations including Boy Scouts of America, the ADA and the AAO. Along with Dr. Truman’s love for the community, he has a very special love for his work. Dr. Truman is very adamant in making sure his practice and team are always on time. “They [patients] don’t spend time wishing that they had made their appointment thirty minutes later because they’re being seen thirty

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Did you know that according to some national polls, The State of Nevada is ranked 50th in the nation when it comes to mental health services?


r. Faisal Suba and Dr. Daniel Park, two of the founding members of Alliance Mental Health Specialists, envisioned changing this statistic when they were in their Psychiatric Residency program through the University of Nevada-School of Medicine. They often talked about opening a small practice together when they graduated, but neither of them ever imagined that their practice would grow to the size that it is today.

having a presence at various different levels of care, we are able to provide continuity of care.”

Both Dr. Suba and Dr. Park are thankful for the ability to serve their patients’ needs but they also believe that helping to educate future psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants is extremely important in order to continue to further improve access to quality mental health care in Nevada. In addition to seeing patients, a substantial amount of “We saw a need and wanted to be part of their time is spent mentoring, lecturing, the solution,” said Dr. Suba. “We would and rounding with students. constantly hear how long it was taking for patients to get in to see a psychiatrist. “Being trusted with the development of We hoped by opening a large practice, we a young mental health professional is an would be able to help some of these pa- honor and a privilege that we don’t take tients find consistent and compassionate lightly,” says Dr. Suba. “Teaching stucare.” Founded in 2016, Alliance Mental dents ensures that we keep our knowlHealth Specialists has grown from 3 psy- edge up to date. It’s also fulfilling knowchiatrists in Las Vegas, to 29 Psychiatric ing that these students will take what providers with an office in Las Vegas and they learn from us and be able to help a Reno. Their highly qualified team con- countless number of people in the years sists of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, to come. In Arabic, it is known as ‘Sadaqa and Physician Assistants. Jaariah,’ which is a good act that is continuous even after you pass.” In addition to outpatient care, Alliance Mental Health Specialists also provide “For me, Alliance is not just a business, services at inpatient psychiatric hospi- it’s a family,” says Dr. Park. “We have tals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, as well as known most of our providers since they psychiatric consult services at medical were students or fellow residents. This hospitals in Nevada. Dr. Park says, “By familiarity and comfort level facilitates a supportive work environment.” Dr. Suba and Dr. Park, along with their Partner, Dr. Ying-Chia Cheng, have worked tirelessly to provide high quality psychiatric care using evidence-based medicine. Through their efforts, they have earned the respect of patients, therapists, Doctors, and the community of Las Vegas. MV ALLIANCE MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS 4270 S Decatur Blvd B6 Las Vegas, NV 89103 (702) 485-2100


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t the rate of technological advancement in healthcare, one of the newest medical trends we want to bring to your attention an establishment that has OUR attention, called Glacé Cryotherapy. For those that have never heard of it, Cryotherapy is a Holistic treatment that uses a Liquid Nitrogen stand up sauna to trigger your body’s natural pain and inflammation fighters, which then activates the body’s restorative process. The result from this gives you pain relief, a decrease of inflammation in the body, heightened energy levels, faster muscle recovery, and more. This treatment is perfect if you suffer from Arthritis, Psoriasis, Hangovers (yes, we said it Vegas), or even Migraines, and is a great way to boost your immune system as it aids in White Blood Cell production, the fighter cells that kills viruses. So, why not protect yourself against COVID-19? You will greatly benefit from cryotherapy if you have any skin conditions, just

had new tattoo work done, if you’re an athlete, or maybe you just had a surgery and want to recover very quickly – this is pretty much a great treatment for any age group if you fall between the ages of 11-85 years old. And a fun fact for all you Fitness Gurus, Cryotherapy can help burn between 5-800 calories per session, and one session only lasts (3) minutes. Glacé Cryotherapy also offers a variety of Cryotherapy modalities, including Full body Cryotherapy, Localized Cryotherapy, Glacial Facials, Celluma L.E.D. Low level Light Therapy Facials, Infrared Sauna treatments, Theragun Massages and Compression therapy for your Legs, Hips, and Arms. And now you can have therapy come to YOU! Glacé just went MOBILE! And is the only one in the state of Nevada with this type of state-of-theart service. Offering these same services to private parties and sports events, and any Venue that you could use this type of service at. So catch some coolness around town in their new mobile trailer, what

they call “Literally” the Coolest thing on four wheels! Catch Glacé Cryotherapy’s Mobile Spa at some of Las Vegas’ upcoming events! If you’ll be attending EDC and want to find some cool relief, visit this year’s Wellness Center in the VIP lounge. And what’s even more “COOL” is that they will be assisting and offering their services at local High School Football games starting August 19th to November 12th, as well as broadcasting through Sinclair Broadcasting Group on Channel 3, CW Las Vegas, and LVTV. Discover how Glacé Cryotherapy can help to boost your health and wellness and protect you from COVID-19. Also ask them about “Literally” The Coolest Thing on Four Wheels Mobile services for your next event! For more information, visit or call 702-685-9777.






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MYVEGAS Magazine polled more than 100,000 of our readers to find the 2021 Top 100 Lawyers in Las Vegas. These lawyers and law firms come highly recommended by our readers and for good reason! As dynamic as Las Vegas is, their service to locals within the community make our city still one of the safest places to live, work and play. They provide guidance, protect our rights and advise us. They know the laws when we don’t and represent us so that we see justice. We would like to honor and show our appreciation to them. Featured in this special issue are a diverse group of lawyers practicing various types of law. Along with well-known leaders, and the new rising stars this year we are proud to publish the MYVEGAS Top 100 Lawyers in Las Vegas. As we love to celebrate our locals that live in the community, you may recognize friends and familiar faces. Many have credentials too many to list, however note that their talents and contributions go far behind what we had space to print. This year’s recipients are amazing attorneys who achieved great success, contributed in more ways than one can name but most importantly, have had a positive influence in the community we live in.


the infectious jingle, and the famous nickname, “Sweet” James Bergener fought on the other side of the battlefield. When he began his prolific legal career, he actually worked for the insurance companies, where the goal with every case was to pay out as little as possible to accident victims. But after witnessing the pain and suffering these innocent people were put through by the insurance they had hired to protect them, he quickly realized his true calling - helping the very people he had been trained to beat down. It was time to lift them up. “I couldn’t stand to see the way the insurance companies treated accident victims, so I switched sides to fight for the injured,” says James on his change of heart. After working for the enemy, Sweet James knew their tactics inside and out, and was able to use this knowledge to his and his clients’ advantage to win them the most money possible. As his firm and reputation quickly grew, James’ deeply caring and charismatic personality earned him the nickname “Sweet James”, and it has stuck ever since.

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Exclusive Interview with Leila Hale, of Hale Injury Law

Leila Hale, Esquire, founder of Hale Injury Law is one of MyVegas Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys for 2021. Leila has practiced personal injury law in the Las Vegas Valley since 2011, and real estate transactional law since 2000. She and her staff believe in staying hungry, humble and being passionate about the work they do for their clients. They believe in making a difference.


YVEGAS Magazine had the pleasure of sitting down with Leila in an exclusive interview to get to know her better and see what drives her to be one of our Top 100 Lawyers of the Year. MyVegas: What made you go into the field of personal injury law? Leila: I came from a family of doctors, nurses and dentists, and like them, I wanted to help people and make a positive difference in their lives. I wasn’t a fan of studying for science and math classes in college, so quickly discovered the best way that I could personally make a difference in our clients’ lives is to make sure they are compensated for injuries that were no fault of their own, and ensure they are not being taken advantage of. MyVegas: Who are your clients? Leila: Our firm focuses on helping injured victims and stopping insurance injustice. Our clients include those injured in ride share accidents, such as Uber or Lyft, and in accidents involving self-driving cars. We also handle premises injuries, pedestrian, motor vehicle, large truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Many of our clients are locals, but we accept cases throughout the country. MyVegas: What sets you apart from many other accident attorneys locally? Leila: To best represent someone, it’s essential to get to know their personal story and find out how the injury affects them. Sitting down with my clients individually and hearing them out is the best way I can later stand up for them. We believe in showing care, compassion, and concern for our clients. We believe they are incredibly strong and didn’t deserve to have this happen to them, and these sessions provide opportunities for our team to seek fair compensation for their injuries, loss of income, and pain and suffering. We prefer quality over quantity. We are not, and will never be, a


“settlement” mill. We are relationship focused, which is why we continue to enjoy a high rate of personal referrals.

injury they may cause to others for any more than 25/50. That’s it. Is that enough for you and your family?

MyVegas: What drives you to do what you do? Leila: We are passionate about the rights of injured people. That means we don’t focus on ourselves—we focus on the issues facing our clients AND on doing great work. We want our clients to come back even stronger than they were before being injured and we are always thinking of how we can do more to help them by stopping the injustice insurance companies try to force them to accept inadequate settlements.

MyVegas: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Leila: I expect our self-driving vehicle division, and our ride-share team will continue to get busier and busier. I would like to have delivered another $300 million in settlements and judgments in favor of my clients by then.

MyVegas: What should someone do if he or she is in an accident? Leila: First and foremost, if you are injured and need emergency care, make your well-being your top priority. Then contact us and we will do the rest. Your health and safety are always our top concerns. MyVegas: What can someone do to protect themselves against accidents? Leila: Call us for a free insurance review. In our experience, ensuring that you have good coverage is the best way to protect yourself against unforeseen damages after an injury. We will go over your policy and make sure you have the coverage that best fits the needs of you and your family, even if the accident is NOT your fault. Be proactive. Purchasing your insurance plan requires thoughtfulness you may not have given to that purchase in the past. There is nothing quite like a life changing injury to make you reconsider your personal insurance needs. What kind of coverage do you need to replace your car, cover your medical expenses, ensure you have a rental to drive while you replace or repair your vehicle? I get it, it wasn’t your fault. But Nevada doesn’t require drivers to protect themselves, and it doesn’t require drivers to protect the

MyVegas: Five quick facts about you... GO! Leila: 1. I started the firm on a dare. Never bet against me. 2. I won a pageant. The scholarship award helped pay for college. 3. I wanted to be a weather girl, Cowboys cheerleader, and a ballerina when I was a little girl. I wanted it all. 4. I love home improvements. I’ve tiled, painted, caulked, sanded, refinished, installed wood floors, planted trees, and reupholstered furniture. In hindsight, I should have invested in Home Depot stock. 5. I think I should be a stand-up comedian. No one else does though. MyVegas: Successful recent case or story Leila: We are part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum because we’ve obtained numerous million dollar + settlements for our clients. We love big settlements, but sometimes it’s about going the extra mile, and finding coverage where no one else sees it. Sometimes it’s about being willing to embrace new challenges and thinking outside the box. Through our team’s great investigative work, we were able to find additional coverage through a divorced parent of a minor adverse driver. That extra effort made an additional $250,000 policy available to our injured client! The client was ready to settle her claim after another firm told her there was not more coverage. Turning a $250,000 settlement into a $525,000

settlement made a difference in our client’s life. I personally delivered a settlement check for over three quarters of a million dollars to a client. It’s surreal to witness that kind of life changing moment. That said, a successful case doesn’t always mean a high dollar outcome, it’s about doing the right thing for our client. We believe in putting our egos aside, and putting our clients’ needs first. The greatest reward is obtaining the best possible outcome and providing unparalleled customer service. MyVegas: Any new projects coming soon? Leila: Our short-term goals are to open more local offices to better serve every inch of this amazing city. After that, we’ll continue to scale the practice and open satellite offices in some of the neighboring states I’m licensed in. We have a lot of talent in this office, and I’m looking forward to seeing individual attorneys shine and take lead in a city they have their heart set on calling home. MyVegas: What is a special goal you have for your career? Leila: I am presently licensed in Nevada, Idaho, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota. One goal I have is to be licensed in all 50 states before I throw in the towel. I’m working on this now. It will take a little time. It takes solid processes and procedures to replicate a strong, customer service oriented, scalable law firm. MyVegas: How does it feel to be awarded many business accolades over the years? Leila: It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work you put in to developing your own business. And I love the idea that I’m helping pave the way for future business owners. I hope I can inspire someone to do something they didn’t believe they could do. I was awarded Best Attorneys of America for Personal Injury, Best of the Best for Personal Injury, and I am part of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, and more. I am most proud of being selected SBA Business Woman of the Year. While it’s nice to receive recognition through business awards, I believe in staying humble. Putting the results of our clients ahead of our own needs is the ultimate reward. MyVegas: How do you enjoy getting involved in the community? Leila: As part of the Las Vegas community, I understand the importance of

supporting local businesses, school, and organizations. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself so I could take part in more community events! I truly enjoy meeting people and finding out what they love about this great city. As a business, we support other local businesses. Our office is proud to hire law clerks from William S. Boyd School of Law and believe in hiring promising clerks when they pass the bar. We sponsor local teams, and individual players. It’s fun to have someone send us a picture of their player in a jersey we donated, or with a big smile as they open the swag we provide them. We regularly support local sports, arts, and cultural events. I am also actively involved with National Charity League where I’ve been blessed to support numerous charitable organizations like the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, American Heart Association, Down Syndrome of Southern Nevada, Families for Effective Autism, ALS of Nevada, HopeLink, the Josh Stevens Foundation, the Military Assistance Foundation, Spread the Word Nevada, Shriners, Opportunity Village, Three Square, Joy Prom, and the End Distracted Driving campaign.

lawyer, a caring firm, and aggressive representation, put your trust in Hale Injury Law. MV For more information about Hale Injury Law, visit or call (702) 736-5800.

Leila’s practice is dedicated to representing victims of serious personal injury. At the core of this practice is heart. Leila says, “We understand our client is in a situation they have likely never experienced before and that along with that new experience comes fear, frustration, and often anxiety about the unknown. Our goal is to minimize those emotions for our clients and help them navigate this often confusing and complex process.” A heartfelt




How does one become the Most Powerful Business Lawyer in Las Vegas? If you are Sagar Raich, it is straightforward – tremendous hard word, dedication to clients, and consistently winning. The success as a lawyer that he has achieved, however, has its roots in Raich’s upbringing.


rom a very young age, Sagar Raich was driven and motivated to succeed. Early on, Raich was inspired to chase his goals and tend to his academics. Raich was raised in Las Vegas, and as a child, faced the adversity of poverty. As he describes, it was quite “character building.” Through such ‘character building,’ he has taught himself to work for the things in life that weren’t in his grasp, and it has completely worked to his benefit. From an exceptional academic performance to working towards giving back to his city, Raich, now, a 2018 40 Under 40 Business Lawyer by the American Association of Trial Lawyers, is an inspiration to many young men and women who dream of achieving more. Sagar Raich, as a younger man, dreamt of growing up to be a lawyer, just like his grandfather. Raich’s grandfather had helped the poor, those whose civil rights were violated, and many who could not help or defend themselves. Inspired by such lawyering, Raich held the Law in a high regard and aspired to help people. After attending high school at Advanced Technology Academy in Las Vegas, Raich received a full Honors Scholarship to the University of Las Vegas, where he sharpened his business skills by double majoring and triple minoring in Finance, Economics, Mathematical Sciences, Accounting, and Business Law while maintaining a near-perfect GPA. Raich later went on to the William S. Boyd Law School, also on a full academic scholarship, and graduated Law School with honors. Today, Raich continues his passion for academia by giving back to our community as a Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While studies will get one far, and fast, the way that most people succeed is through hard work and through the pursuit of an absolute passion. Not only does Sagar have a passion for Law, he also has a true passion for animals and for saving them. Watching his grandmother’s love


and care of animals was inspiring to him, and in his opinion, “showed great moral character.” Although he doesn’t have any pets of his own due to his work schedule, he does have a deep appreciation for the cause and wants to help as much as he can. Sagar’s goal is to save 100 million animals in his lifetime. Another extreme passion of his are cars – really, exotic cars. Sagar’s passion for cars began when he was a young adult and when he saw cars as symbols of success. If a garage with nice cars is one’s benchmark for success, Sagar has certainly achieved tremendous success and then some. While his collection is growing every few months (literally), Sagar’s three favorite cars from his collection are his classy White Ferrari, exiting Orange Lamborghini, and his comfortable daily-driven Rolls Royce. After working hard, his cars are Sagar’s reward to himself, and, coming from a humble background, he is honored and appreciative to be able to own them today. In his spare time, Sagar can be found at a car show or a race track, participating, appreciating, and of course, winning. Closer to home, from caring for siblings to making sure he was always there for his parents, Raich is a genuinely caring, family man. When asked what motivates him to keep going, Raich’s response was that his family and dedication to his clients have gotten him farther than anything. While, his family certainly was a driving force in him to work hard, it was his dedication to his clients that made him one of the fiercest lawyers in and out of the courtroom. While thoughtfully applying the values he learned from his family, Sagar fearlessly decided to open up his own Business Law Firm - Raich Law PLLC. He chose to pursue Business Law because it was the field he knew would truly help people build something for themselves.

Given his conscientiousness, Sagar realized that having a Law Firm where he could constructively reinforce and help others build their businesses and dreams would allow him to help local businesses, thereby allowing Sagar to give back to his home - Las Vegas. Having honed his legal skills at law firms, large and small, Sagar found a complete vision for his own firm. He knew that his firm would be large to handle all kinds of business related issues, but small enough to ensure attention to each and every client. Today, Raich is present in every one of his court cases and focuses on the ‘end result’ for each of his clients. He says that his focus on his clients’ needs is the most important part of what he does. Not surprisingly, inquiring what attributes make him different from other lawyers, an immediate answer was “attention” and “quality for any and everyone.” As indicated to us by some of his clients, Sagar will “hold you and your case to a high standard and work to the best of his ability for the end result.” His dedication to his clients and winning their cases and certainly led to significant growth in his law firm. Sagar has successfully opened two offices in Las Vegas, one in Central Vegas and another in Henderson, so that it is easy for clients who may live in different areas of town to seek his help. The law offices are always expanding and hiring new associates and paralegals. Sagar has plans to open a third location this year. While Sagar is busy running his own Law Firm and taking time to tend to his cars, he also has proven his commitment to our community. As briefly mentioned earlier, Sagar gives back to UNLV, as a Professor teaching legal studies classes. He finds it thoroughly constructive and a great way of helping others learn and take advantage of his academic and professional understandings. Based on our conversa-

Sagar’s Car Collection is one proof of his solid legal victories. Pictured above, his collection includes vehicles from multiple manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, and others.

tions with those in the legal community, when Sagar has a chance to help others, he, without blinking, takes the opportunity to do so. Sagar’s actions have led him to attain respect within the legal community as indicated by his taking on multiple Pro-Bono cases, Pro Bono Honor Roll of the Nevada State Bar, and winning Pro Bono Awards and recognitions. Sagar has also been highlighted multiple times and even published in the Nevada Lawyer

Magazine, the official magazine for the State Bar of Nevada, and has written on business issues and ways to help lawyers in light of a changing legal landscape. It is evident, that Sagar Raich and his law firm, Raich Law PLLC are based on hard work, strong client representation, and consistent victories, in and out of court. From his rise from a humble background to his successful growth and from his

representation of clients, large and small, for all kinds of Business issues and matters, to his dedication to Southern Nevada, Sagar Raich has certainly earned his ranking as the Most Powerful Business Lawyer in Las Vegas, NV. * Raich Law PLLC can be reached at 702758-4240; Sagar Raich can be reached at By: Sarah Moninger




When you create something, you want it to be protected. Is another business using your hard-earned trade secrets? Is a person or business using something of yours without permission?


specially with new business owners, learning about the importance and correct way of protecting your assets is crucial to long-term success. Navigating the back end of the business world does not have to be difficult, it is just about knowing where to start.

I had the pleasure to sit down and interview Mr. Steven Gibson, Managing Partner of Gibson Lexbury LLP, and dive into why it is important to understand the appropriate way to protect business owners’ and businesses’ most valuable assets, their intellectual property. Practicing

in the area of business and intellectual property for over 30 years, Steve has consistently imparted value in a dynamically evolving technological world. This new era of the internet creates an easy highway for people to find your work and copy it. Las Vegas is an incredible place to work and play, and the fast-paced business atmosphere remains fruitful and growing by the day. Steve truly enjoys working and supporting the growing businesses in the community and wants every business owner or potential business owner to understand why having the correct tools and decisions in place will keep you protected against misappropriation. He says, “It is not just trademarking or service marking your goods or services, it is preserving the value of your company.” Many new business owners don’t know where to begin, and that is where education and the knowledge of Steve comes in. Whether you have trade secrets or assets that need to be trademarked or patented, it all starts with knowing what you have. Unfortunately enough, sometimes damage control is how you begin this process, and business litigation is a service that Steve is no stranger to as well. We live in a bustling, growing city, where businesses can truly flourish. You can create a product or service that will make this community thrive, but make sure to understand what you have and assure that you are protecting your rights. By Sarah Moninger

Steven A. Gibson, Esq. GIBSON LEXBURY LLP Attorneys-at-Law 3470 East Russell Road, Second Floor Las Vegas, Nevada 89120 (702) 541-7888


BEST Team. BEST Results. BEST Client Satisfaction. Adam S. Kutner Injury Attorneys has been providing trusted legal representation to injured victims for more than 30 years. We understand how stressful and overwhelming a car accident can be for victims. Our team of expert lawyers will help you navigate the legal system and claim fair compensation for your injuries and suffering. 702.382.0000



Christiansen Trial Lawyers, with over 120 years of combined experience, has been serving Nevada’s critical legal needs since 1995. MYVEGAS had the chance to get to know the three experienced female attorneys that make Christiansen Trial Lawyers shine: Kendelee Leascher Works, Keely A. Perdue, and Whitney J. Barrett.


Kendelee Leascher Works Keely A. Perdue Whitney J. Barrett

What type of law does your firm practice?

KLW: We are boutique trial firm focused primarily on plaintiff’s personal injury, and specifically catastrophic injury cases, including medical malpractice. We also practice business litigation. KAP: Our other main focus is criminal defense at the state and federal level, from DUIs through death penalty cases and white-collar crimes. The firm’s founder, Peter S. Christiansen, obtained extensive trial experience handling criminal defense matters, which he has successfully translated to the firm’s civil practice. WJB: Not many lawyers are able to do that as well as Pete has. He was recently awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2021 from the Nevada Justice Association. He is also among the youngest inductees into the American College of Trial Lawyers.


What are some of the unique challenges encountered by female lawyers?

KLW: Female trial lawyers are still in the minority in our profession, and often underestimated in the courtroom. The upside of that is our opponents are often caught off guard by our level of preparation and skill. WJB: Fortunately, our firm has provided us with unique opportunities to gain trial experience to continue working toward being at the forefront of our profession. KAP: You can see with the most recent round of elections in Clark County, it appears the tides are turning in favor of a strong female presence in the courtroom.



How do you all balance being a mom with a demanding career?

KLW: The key is being with a firm that allows flexibility in the way we are able to work. We have the ability to work remotely from anywhere at any time. This allows us to be present for dinner and bedtime routines or baseball games, while still keeping up with our busy caseloads and trial calendar. WJB: However, the challenge to that is you are also constantly on. I recently read a quote from Nora Roberts, in which she said, “You have to know which balls are glass and which are plastic, and prioritize catching the glass ones.” It really hit home for me. KAP: I am grateful to be welcoming my first child with the support of our team and to have KLW and WJB to lean on for guidance and advice.


Why do you believe there is rarely any turnover at your firm?

WJB: I think it’s the culture that Pete fosters in the firm. Instead of being at odds or in competition, we are each other’s biggest supporters.

KLW: This sounds cliché, but we really are more like family than simply colleagues. This translates into the way we practice law, cohesively as a team. KAP: This team mentality is how we are able to achieve great results for our clients.


Why should someone hire your firm over others?

KLW: Because of our collective trial experience and team approach to every case. You don’t just get one legal mind, but all of us. KAP: We are unique from many firms in that we handle your case from the initial claim or charges, all the way through trial and appeal, if necessary. WJB: Many firms are focused on volume and turning cases over quickly, while we are selective in the cases that we take on so that each of our clients gets an individualized approach and attention to their specific case. CHRISTIANSEN TRIAL LAWYERS 710 South 7th Street, Suite B Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 240-7979

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Nationally recognized as being the masters of their trade, The Draskovich Law Group in Las Vegas, NV, is distinguished in the field of Criminal Defense. Based on over 28 years of dedicated and knowledgeable representation, the firm has defended over 100 cases through trial with cutting-edge advocacy.


he Draskovich Law Group is led by founder and owner, Robert Draskovich, and Criminal Defense Attorney, W. Michael Horvath. Together, they are a team to be reckoned with, and a pair of MYVEGAS’ Top Lawyers of the Year. Robert Draskovich began his practice in 1997. Possessing an industrious spirit, Mr. Draskovich has always been drawn to a trial practice. Similarly, W. Michael Hor-

vath was initially attracted to becoming a trial lawyer while working in a firm as a high school student; later, he found that The Draskovich Law Group was the perfect place to hone his skills. Although many criminal cases are negotiated, the firm believes that it is better to negotiate a case from a position of strength and knowledge, based upon solid trial preparation, than merely to negotiate a case “hat in hand” with a prosecutor suspecting that defense counsel is not prepared to prevail at trial. Since their inception, The Draskovich Law Group has continuously delivered a

remarkable track record of results, while taking on many “out of the ordinary” cases. The Firm offers a wide range of criminal representation, including but not limited to federal crimes, sex crimes, murder, theft, and fraud. The Draskovich Law Group’s tenacity is unmatched, not only offering 28 years of trial experience to any case, but also applying strategies that are unheard of in most criminal law firms. These attorneys go the distance for their clients. Being a boutique law firm, The Draskovich Law Group calls upon a qualified team of experts and provides unparalleled investigation of their cases. “We bring a substantial amount of experience, creativity, and the use of science into each client’s case,” states Draskovich. Being a trial lawyer is what some might call a meticulous endeavor. However, Draskovich and Horvath find no impediment to fighting every detail that they can. Innovation and the art of advocacy are alive and well at The Draskovich Law Group. “We successfully defend cases year in and year out,” states Draskovich. “Our law firm fights hard for our clients, standing up for people when no one else will.” Robert Draskovich has earned many accolades, including being recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2007; he is named in US News’ Best Lawyers of America; He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubble “the highest rating a lawyer can achieve”; and has been included in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 2011. Upon meeting Draskovich and Horvath, they may joke and laugh with their easy-going, sarcastic dialogue, but these attorneys are as capable and serious as they come. For further information regarding legal representation, contact The Draskovich Law Group at 702-474-4222 or visit







During K. Ryan Helmick’s time as a lawyer, he has tried many high-profile cases and successfully resolved many others, including murder and sexual assault charges.


rowing up in both Las Vegas and Florida, Ryan completed his Criminal Justice degree at UNLV followed by his Juris Doctorate at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego with a focus in Criminal Law and Trial Practice. Today, Ryan Helmick is an exclusive Criminal Defense and DUI Law attorney with countless local and national recognitions as a top Criminal Defense lawyer. His thirst for knowledge and wanting to provide the best quality of service to clients, Ryan attends at least one seminar on new changes and practices in Criminal and Trial practice every year.

In 2020, Ryan wrote a book called “The Defense Begins,” which outlines a roadmap of the Nevada criminal justice system for the accused and their families. In an easy-to-read fashion, the book breaks down the process of a criminal case from the beginning to the end, hoping to provide peace of mind and the right expectations. To Ryan, it is all about doing everything he can for his clients. Whether that be in the courtroom, or by educating people in what to expect in a criminal case, Ryan Helmick is here for you. Contact Ryan at the Defenders at 702-333-3333.


At the end of the day, there is no replacement for personal service to your clients. Attorney Jonathan Weber has experienced many approaches to the attorney-client relationship in his 21 years of work at larger Las Vegas firms, small firms, defense and plaintiff’s firms, in litigation, mediation and in pre-litigation. And no matter the law firm, clients need answers to their questions and concerns, details of progress, and an overall view of how their case is going. Personal attention, paired with timely and consistent client communication is a standard he holds himself to as a personal-injury solo practitioner in an increasingly competitive arena dominated by billboard law firms with million-dollar ad campaigns and slick media slogans. But there is an advantage to managing your own solo law firm: you know your clients very well, and they know you.


Most law firms employ an army of legal assistants and paralegals that effectively “wall off” the handling attorney from actually speaking to clients. (Try calling a large law firm and ask to speak with an attorney – at best you’ll talk to a paralegal who can’t give legal advice, or just be transferred to the attorney’s voicemail that’s it.) Jonathan takes calls directly from his clients and reaches out proactively. Direct communication regarding case status gives Jonathan’s clients the level of personal service they need and respect they deserve. It’s the difference between simply being a number, and having your needs taken seriously. It’s Jonathan’s personal service for his client’s personal injuries. W. Jonathan Weber, Esq 702-538-5761

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t’s not something anyone likes to think about, but statistics indicate that most of us will be involved in an accident at some point. When that happens, anxiety can really kick in. We’re constantly bombarded by billboards, commercials, and ads for personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas—what should you look for when choosing representation? It’s important to find an attorney that is not only experienced in personal injury law, but is tenacious, compassionate, and attentive as well. Those are attributes Laura Hunt has in spades. She is the attorney behind TheOneLawyer. com and also heads up the valley’s premier boutique personal injury firm. We


recently asked her to share with us what has motivated her to provide exemplary legal representation with a decidedly personal touch for over twenty years. What sparked your interest in becoming an attorney? When pursuing my undergrad at UNLV, I majored in journalism and worked at the school newspaper and radio station. One of my favorite things about that experience was interviewing people and learning about the issues they were facing. And while journalism helped me shine a light on people’s problems, it didn’t provide a path to help. That’s what I love so much about the law. Now, I still get to hear people’s stories, but I’m also able to help them solve their problems, too.

treat you as a number—and how frustrating and painful that can be. When you retain me, you work directly with me. My clients are often stressed, fearful and confused at our first consultation. They frequently tell me that no one else has explained or listened to them as clearly as I have. They’ll start the conversation with, “I don’t want to bother you.” My reply is always the same: “You aren’t bothering me. I work for you, and if you have a question, never hesitate to call or text me!” I treat every client as though they are my only client.

Why did you choose to focus on personal injury law? I considered becoming a public defender, but after two years working in the criminal system, I decided I wanted to advocate for people who had been wronged by large corporations and insurance companies. What better way to prepare myself to do that than by working within that system?

What legal services do you provide? I represent every client on a personal, compassionate and professional level whether they were involved in a car, truck, boat, bus, motorcycle or slip- andfall accident. I’m licensed to practice law in all courts in the state of Nevada and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am also admitted to practice in Texas and California. I’m a member of the American Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, and the Southern Nevada Women’s Bar Association.

I spent over nine years as a staff attorney for large insurance company. There, I gained the experience and knowledge to not only try cases but to understand how insurance companies review and determine the value of cases. This has given me an insight into the business that few other attorneys possess.

What do you love about Las Vegas? I grew up here. It’s where my family and friends live and where I am raising my three sons. I’m just as passionate about our community as I am my clients. I support several youth sports leagues and volunteer frequently with community outreach charities. When I am not working or attending my sons’ baseball games, you’ll find me practicing yoga, skiing or riding ATVs.

What sets your practice apart? My primary strengths as an attorney are personal service and years of experience. I have purposefully kept my practice small so I can provide one-on-one help to each of my clients. I understand how insurance companies

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Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, LLP is celebrating more than twenty years of providing full service legal representation Las Vegas. We spoke to Bradley Schrager, Managing Partner of Wolf Rifkin’s Nevada offices, about the firm and its burgeoning practice areas.


What do you see as Wolf Rifkin’s strengths in the current legal market?

We have nine attorneys in Las Vegas and another in Reno, and we are backed by a very strong contingent of another forty or so in our Los Angeles home office, so we are able to take on matters of all kinds and achieve excellent client results. In addition to civil litigation ranging from commercial disputes to state and national class actions, we have a very strong homeowner’s association practice, providing counsel to hundreds of community associations. In Los Angeles, we are known for entertainment law and high-end transactional work, while here in Nevada we have established reputations in trial work, appeals, and political law, and we are building a promising practice in business and athlete immigration as well. Wolf Rifkin is well-equipped to handle almost any type of legal matter.


Is the firm’s size a benefit to clients?

Absolutely—we recruit excellent attorneys in all our practice areas, and being a mid-sized firm permits us to provide first-rate legal services at greater value to clients than many larger firms. I would put our advocacy, counseling, and legal writing skills up against national or international firms any day of the week. Being mid-sized also means we can establish and maintain client relationships on a personal level, something larger firms often struggle to do.


Wolf Rifkin just moved to new offices in both Las Vegas and Reno, correct?

Yes, we are very pleased to have relocated to our new Howard Hughes Center offices recently, a beautiful space easily accessible for clients. Additionally, our new Reno offices are in the thick of downtown, in what will


be a dynamic legal and business community for a long time to come, so we are very excited.


You mentioned politics. What can you tell us about being political lawyers?

Political campaigns are really a lot like pop-up start-ups with particular lifespans, so many of the aspects of representing political actors would be familiar to most lawyers. State and national campaigns have vendors, leases, and contracts, and strict regulatory and compliance issues, some of which are specialized to the political system but

others not as much. It is very gratifying for our political law team to represent parties, candidates, and nonprofits in the democratic process. Furthermore, these days political law is no longer seasonal but is a year-round practice for us, as is government affairs and public-law litigation over government processes. BRADLEY SCHRAGER Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin LLP 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 590 Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 702-341-5200

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READY TO SELL YOUR BUSINESS? Outside General Counsel Assists with Exit Strategies


here are many reasons to open and operate a business, including financial profit, the joy of sharing a passion, providing jobs, and giving back to the community. “Most of us live intentionally and want to leave a lasting legacy,” according to attorney Shauna Brennan. Business owners work hard in order to play hard and enjoy life, eventually planning to retire. The importance of having a succession plan created by a trusted advisor such as Outside General Counsel is vital for a smooth and successful transition to a partial or full retirement. “Business owners have had health concerns and expensive regulations thrust on them during the pandemic, and while no one is disputing the need for safety, some businesses cannot operate profitability under the financial burdens and operating restrictions,” according to Shauna. Also, many business owners face an urgent, unplanned, need to retire (for health reasons or to care for a loved one), decide to move the timeline up, or just became plain tired of the current situation. Whatever the reason, the owner will need the right legal documentation to sell their hard earned business, to ensure that the sales proceeds can finance a wonderful retirement and lifestyle. Whether you plan to transition your business to employees or family, or sell outright to third parties, it is essential to put a succession plan in place. If you want a gradual retirement, a meaningful plan will allow you to retain control over major decisions and gradually transition authority to trusted executives who are being groomed to take over. At this point a business owner may want a more active Board of Directors to keep the operations budget and mission in check. If you are retaining an ownership interest after retirement but want to be passive in the business, the succession strategy should implement a trustworthy decision-maker in your place, operations personnel, and a validator. A validator is a third-party


overseer to your succession plan to ensure that your desires are implemented. If you are selling outright, you need documentation in place to limit your liability in the future and ensure payments (and secure them with collateral) if there is a payment plan. Also known as the exit strategy, the succession plan should be implemented well in advance of the sale or transfer of ownership. “The trend I am witnessing now is that owners have had enough, and now that businesses are reopening, many people are looking at their options to sell and retire,” explains Shauna. “While business owners might be able to bring their business back after the pandemic, they are ready for the next chapter in their lives.” The worst case scenario is selling a business without protecting your position, if the buyer has a payment plan and then drives the business into the ground and defaults. Shauna has seen this too many times, where a quick close, or a closing not properly documented places the owner’s entire asset in the hands of another without safeguards, such as a guaranty, security, or a path to regain control if the buyer defaults. “This is the perfect opportunity to sell your business, but you need

to protect yourself,” advises Shauna, “just because you find a buyer does not mean that your interests are protected, and you can just walk away if there is a payment plan. A law firm such as ours can protect anyone selling a business with documentation for the sale and transfer of a business.” Outside General Counsel, a division of Brennan Legal Counsel Group, PLLC, works closely with business owners and high net worth individuals to design and document a customized succession planning, transfer of business interests and assets, asset protection plan, trust and estate planning, and represents businesses and business owners in a broad range of legal services. Its founder and principal, Shauna Brennan, is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, is licensed to practice in four states, and has over 30 years of experience. For more information, visit or call 702-835-1300.


UP CLOSE WITH CONNELL LAW Christopher S. Connell, the Managing Partner for Connell Law, is as passionate about law as they come.






emaining in love with Las Vegas and all that the city has to offer, Christopher loves to give back to the community through his work in the law and with groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada. We had the chance to speak with Christopher about his firm and why his work is important to him. What brought you to Las Vegas? And what do you love about Las Vegas?

I am originally from Canada and when I first decided to become a lawyer, I sent law school applications for the schools with the best average weather temperatures. I got into law schools on both coasts but UNLV offered me a scholarship and so I came to visit the school and fell in love with this city and the people here immediately. I love the small town feel with big city amenities that Las Vegas has to offer – there is no other place like it on earth. What initially interested you about the law industry and what keeps you coming back?

I’m not sure how many practicing lawyers really choose to become lawyers – I’m starting to think that they were just born that way. You hear people all the time talking about how good they would be as attorneys because they love to argue and I’m always glad that those people never end up actually doing law. Being a lawyer is about representing people. The best lawyers I know are skilled negotiators who focus on getting the best results for their clients, they are not people that enjoy argument for its own sake. At the end of the day, this is a people business, and helping people is my main priority each and every day.


What areas does your practice primarily focus on?

Connell Law focusses in the areas of Personal Injury, Real Estate, and Business Litigation. What can a client expect when they choose you to represent them?

The main thing that my clients appreciate is that we answer our phones and strive to provide the very best in customer service to each and every client. I am always surprised when I hear that simply answering our phones or responding timely is what the customer is most impressed by. How do you enjoy getting involved in the Las Vegas community?

I am absolutely enamored with this city and my firm takes a great deal of price in our local citizenship. We have sponsored amateur athletics, including the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada, we have participated with multiple fundraising efforts, and we have taken on several cases, pro bono, for the benefit of this town and the people who live here. Christopher S. Connell, Esq. Attorney Licensed in Nevada CONNELL LAW 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 210 Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 Phone: (702) CONNELL (266-6355) Fax: (702) 829-5930



The personal injury field is one of the most dynamic parts of the legal world. Christian Morris, of Nettles Morris Law Firm in Las Vegas, loves to take on challenges.


o matter how long the case lasts, how difficult the case is to win, or the amount of work it will take, Christian works hard to bring Justice to her clients. When asked what being a trial lawyer means to her, Christian says, “Being a trial lawyer means you are someone who can survive the loses and cherish the wins. The courtroom is where lives are changed, and people listen.” Following her recent win at trial for the family of Chantel Giacalone, where she recovered $31 million for her client, Christian recalled, “It was an honor and privilege be to represent such a beautiful person, and the interests of a loving and caring family that needed closure.” Christian explains that it is human tragedies that land her in the courtroom and it is her job to tell the stories of those tragedies and protect our community. She is determined to make life safer for all of us, one verdict at a time. Christian is strong, powerful, and a force to be reckoned with in the


courtroom. She is proud to be a female trial lawyer in a predominantly male profession. Christian was awarded Top Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Justice Association, the second woman in the past two decades to be awarded the honor. This honor is not something Christian takes lightly. She takes her job seriously as the last line of defense against insurance companies. “Becoming a trial lawyer is something I was born for, but I am grateful I have my family, my friends and a support system that allows me to be a trial lawyer. They hold up my world while I work to make other peoples’ worlds better.” She is a mom, a wife, a managing partner, and an amazing trial lawyer. Christian Morris is one of the most professional, hard-working, and passionate lawyers we have had the chance to congratulate, we are very proud to call her one of our Top 100 Lawyers of the Year. CHRISTIAN MORRIS, ESQ. Nettles|Morris Nevada Trial Lawyers 1389 Galleria Drive Ste 200 Henderson NV 89014 Office: (702) 434-8282


THROUGH YOUR TRUST Michaelson & Associates Covers Common Estate Planning Questions


ichaelson & Associates is a Nevada estate and business law firm built on the foundation of customer service, communication, and trust. We take the time to educate and empower each and every client. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about estate planning.

Will – A will is a document that says these are the people and things I care about, but nothing can be done by the executor of your will until they go into a court process called probate. At this time, a judge will look at the will and determine if the executor has the authority to manage your estate. The work is essentially done after you pass away.

What is Estate Planning and Asset Protection? Can you imagine seeing your favorite movie in a theater and the projector breaks causing you to miss the last two scenes? Or, what about reading an amazing book only to find the last two chapters have been ripped out of your copy? This is what it’s like for your family when you fail to plan the last chapters of your life.

Living Trust – Unlike a will, a living trust passes property outside of probate court. With a trust, you do more work upfront to title or register your property in the name of your family entity, to avoid expensive probate in the end.

The purpose of asset protection is to protect you from frivolous litigation, or in the event of a more serious claim, put you in a position to negotiate a fair settlement without being bullied. You worked for what you have. You sacrificed. Put plans in place now to protect what you’ve built. What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Trust? Why is it so important to prepare and update both your will and living trust regularly? Because updating just your will won’t keep your family out of probate court when you pass away. They are confusingly similar, but they mean different things.

How Can I Prevent Probate? Similar to death and taxes, many people hear the word “probate” and cringe. But what is probate? Simply put, probate is the legal process that takes place after a person dies to distribute the assets of the estate and pay any debts owed. Probate can be time-consuming, expensive, and nerve-wracking. However, it can be avoided with some basic estate planning. If you find yourself in a situation where you must probate the estate of a loved one, we can help you through the process. The Michaelson & Associates family is here to help guide you through the estate planning process. From basic estate and asset protection to more complex cases of guardianship, probate, and estate litigation, we strive to be the help you need to protect your family and estate in Nevada.

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NOTHING LESS THAN SUCCESS Achieving success as a trial lawyer is no accident. For over 20 years, Brian Harris has been a Plaintiff’s trial lawyer with one goal in mind—consistently winning for his clients. Of course, over two decades, it hasn’t been easy.


owever, with every challenge faced, Brian has been able to keep his focus steady. When asked how he has managed to build a successful law practice even through the recession, the pandemic, and other challenging times, Brian has a simple answer: anticipate, plan ahead, and always stay focused on what matters, the client. Over the course of his career, Brian has been part of large law firms with many partners. In 2008, he and his wife and current law partner, Heather Harris, decided they wanted to do things their own way and founded Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers. When asked why he prefers to run a 3-lawyer practice, his answer is simple: accountability. “My priority is focusing on client care. When you have 3 lawyers in the firm, we all focus on getting the best result in each and every case. I work on every case for every client. Ultimately, the buck stops with me. That is a respon-


sibility I take incredibly seriously. I’m not satisfied until I know I’ve achieved the best result for every client.” When asked how Harris & Harris has continued to thrive during the current pandemic, Brian says, “No matter the challenge faced, or how we shift strategies to face them, our focus is always the same. We know the value of each case and the impact and challenges each client is facing as a result of their injuries. We fight to get the best possible result for every client. By making client satisfaction a central part of our mission, communicating closely with our clients (especially during difficult times), we are able to make sure their needs are being met. Nothing is more important to me as the managing partner.” Communication is the key. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, and consider the future, Harris & Harris has found new ways to stay in touch with clients more easily and efficiently. By staying in closer contact with clients, it makes

it easier for them to understand exactly what is happening in their case. Says Brian, “By taking some of the lessons we’ve learned in the pandemic, and incorporating them into our long-term plans for the firm, we are able to ensure success for our clients. Only when we achieve the best outcome for our clients, can we achieve success for ourselves as lawyers. I am satisfied with nothing less than success.” Brian K. Harris is the managing partner of Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, a three-lawyer firm with a focus on excellent personal client representation and achieving the best possible result for each client in every case. If you’ve been injured and need legal advice, call Brian at 702-384-1414. HARRIS & HARRIS INJURY LAWYERS 1645 Village Center Cir, Suite 60 Las Vegas, NV 89134

When making the decision on who you would like to represent you in your legal matter, it is incredibly important to choose a firm that is passionate about advocating for your rights. Jennifer Borja of the Borja Law, LLC is primarily focused on immigration and bankruptcy laws; however, she can assist you with personal injury, corporate and family law matters. While working as a computer programmer writing codes for case management and billing software for a law firm, some attorneys dissuaded her from attending law school; nonetheless, Jennifer pursued her goal of being a lawyer. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. During law school, Jennifer served as a judicial extern for a

Justice of the New York Supreme Court; she also worked as a legal intern for a Wall Street based insurance defense firm defending personal injury claims. After law school, Jennifer worked for a firm focused on employment law and criminal defense of New Jersey teachers and police officers. She subsequently worked for an immigration and corporate law firm in New York City. In 2009, Jennifer founded Borja Law, LLC in New Jersey. Ten years thereafter, she expanded her law practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jennifer recognized the opportunity to grow her business in the booming economy of Las Vegas, and she loved the cultural diversity the city has to offer and the camaraderie in support of local teams and businesses.

Borja Law firm prides itself on providing high quality, responsive legal service, and personalized attention to clients. Jennifer will handle your case from start to finish while providing a cost-effective solution to client’s legal needs. Driven to give back to her community, Jennifer has volunteered with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) for their immigration proceedings; she also volunteers for the Legal Aid of Southern Nevada. For your legal needs, contact Borja Law for a consultation at (702) 848-2838. JENNIFER BORJA Borja Law Firm 10845 Griffith Peak Dr., #2 Las Vegas, NV 89135

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We put our trust in hospitals, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals responsible for our well-being. Unfortunately, that trust isn’t always rewarded.


ospitals may put financial interests above patients’ best interests and, in some instances, the actions (or lack thereof) of a healthcare professional may rise to the level of malpractice.

year, making it the third-leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer. This is an unacceptable statistic and will only be changed when those in charge of our healthcare make patient safety the priority.

Medical malpractice is unfortunately too common in the United States. A Johns Hopkins study found that medical errors kill more than 250,000 Americans every

If you believe you or someone you love were the victim of medical malpractice, contact us. We will review your situation in a free, no-obligation case evaluation.


If you have a claim that we can help you with, we will work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and to recover the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Ivy Gage & David O. Creasy The Gage Law Firm, PLLC 702-869-0800 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Ste. 270 Las Vegas, NV 89135

WE RIDE TOGETHER Jared Richards wasn’t always interested in law as he is today. Originally focused on his music career, Jared sang in musicals and operas, planning to get his masters and PhD. in music. Until Jared’s family suffered a tragic loss in his final year of college. His uncle, a lawyer, stepped in and acted as a crisis manager for the family.


his event inspired Jared to do the same for others, ultimately graduating with a music degree and entering law school. After three years of training in litigation at a major law firm, Jared started representing personal injury victims and came to the realization that this was his calling. After representing one motorcycle rider, over the years Jared represented more and more riders and became friends with many of his clients, eventually buying a Harley Davidson of his own. “I don’t think there is a more diverse, yet close knit group in all the world. All drawn together for the love of the sport, the love of the road, and a love of the freedom of being on a bike,” Jared states, regarding his love for the motorcycle community.

Jared says the freedom of the road is like nothing else, but the dangers are very real. No matter how tough and skilled you are, being on a bike causes you to be vulnerable to external forces beyond your control. To promote rider safety, Jared actively supports riding seminars and regularly offers scholarships to accident scene management courses. One important case the firm has coming up involves motorcycle riders and their civil rights. Jared and his team have taken this case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, only one step below the United States Supreme Court. The ruling of this court will affect all Nevadans and help protect their rights. Jared has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.


Jared is not just about protecting the cycling community. The team is hoping to resume providing free wills as a service to local seniors, which has been put on pause due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The team at Full Throttle is also co-sponsoring with a local rider and driver’s education foundation MATTRS, hoping to encourage drivers to be more aware of motorcycle riders and help riders find greater safety on the road. MV To learn more about Full Throttle Law, visit For all of your legal needs, visit Full Throttle Law 1671 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Suite 200 Henderson, NV 89012 (833) 702-7433


STORMING THE TELEVISION! “Legalmente” with Attorney Victor Cardoza and Journalist Rosario Grajales: Explaining the Law to the Latino Community on Univision!


ccident? Injured? Arrested? Most people have no plan when bad things happen. Even worse, most people do not know what to do to protect their legal rights. Attorney Victor Cardoza and Journalist Rosario Grajales work daily to be a source of information and education for the people of Las Vegas using social media posts, video podcasts, and their television show, “Legalmente”, airing weekly, between 8 am and 9 pm, Thursday mornings on Univision. Victor and Rosario are devoted to helping people understand their legal rights and options. Born in Los Angeles, California, to Mexican immigrant parents, Victor was raised to appreciate the value of obtaining an education. He studied and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. After working as a clerk for several law firms in Los Angeles’ Westwood and Century City communities, he then moved to Moscow, Idaho, to begin his studies at the University of Idaho College of Law. His law school class was honored to have the great trial lawyer, Mr. Gerry Spence, as the graduation speaker. Mr. Spence stressed that lawyers should work to help people, to help the community, and to share their skill with those in need.


A lawyer’s goal should not be to just get a job with a “big corporation”. Victor has never forgotten this. A licensed Nevada attorney since 1995, Victor has become an experienced civil litigation attorney, practicing primarily in the area of personal injury law. To date, he has taken thousands of cases to court. Rosario is a bilingual journalist, entrepreneur and author. She was born in the Republic of Panama and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She started her career at a national TV station in Panama and is a former news anchor/reporter with Univision in Las Vegas. During the span of her career, Rosario has had the opportunity to interview and meet many high profile personalities, including Senator Bernie Sanders, President Bill Clinton, champion boxers Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson, actress Eva Longoria, and many others celebrities and newsmakers. Rosario currently owns and operates a media and communications consulting company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Victor and Rosario look to do more. They are the regular producers of informative legal videos on social media. For two years they presented their radio show, Legalmente con Victor Cardoza, on ESPN’s

Radio Las Voz De Nevada on 1460 AM, providing news and legal information for our great Las Vegas community. Last year, Victor and Rosario moved on to Spanish television, taking their awesome show to screen where it is now Legalmente on Univision De Nevada. Recent shows have addressed diverse legal issues, including the law related to the COVID-19 pandemic, automobile collisions, insurance law, legal rights concerning the 2nd and 4th Amendments, and accidents in the workplace. Victor and Rosario are proud to announce that they have now completed over 50 television episodes of Legalmente! Helping our community understand diverse legal issues, Victor and Rosario are a team providing an incredible resource for those needing legal questions answered or representation in tough situations. They are proud to provide great information on television and social media. The truth is: We will never see an accident coming. But the best thing you can do is be prepared and have a great time behind you! Attorney Victor Cardoza (702)998-7111 531 S. 7th St. Las Vegas, NV 89101



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Law Offices of Adam S. Kutner 702.382.0000


Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers 702.384.1414


The Gage Law Firm, PLLC 702.517.5369

JACOB LEAVITT Bighorn Law 702.710.4722








Nettles Morris Nevada Trial Lawyers 702.434.8282

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP 702.341.5200





Cap & Kudler 866.412.7166

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP 702.341.5200

The Injury Firm 702.800.0988

Vasek Law, PLLC 702.755.1441

Connell Law 702.266.6355

Cap & Kudler 866.412.7166

The Gage Law Firm, PLLC 702.517.5369

Bighorn Law 702.710.4722

Full Throttle Law 833.702.7433


Sweet James Accident Attorneys 702.727.1977




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Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP 702.341.5200



Christiansen Trial Lawyers 702.240.7979

D.R. Patti & Associates 702.331.3391


KIMBALL JONES Bighorn Law 702.710.4722


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JENNIFER BORJA Borja Law Firm 702.848.2838

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Christiansen Trial Lawyers 702.240.7979

Hale Injury Law 702.736.5800

Southwest Injury Law 702.600.3200

Hicks & Brasier 702.628.9888

May Brock Law Group 702.388.0404

Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey 702.471.0321



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STEVEN A. GIBSON, ESQ. Gibson Lexbury LLP 702.541.7888

The Draskovich Law Group 702.381.6590





The Janda Law Firm 702.758.8888

Michaelson & Associates, Ltd. 702.731.2333

Roger P. Croteau & Associates 702.254.7775

Raich Law PLLC 702.758.4240

Warren G. Freeman Attorney At Law 702.656.3000

May Brock Law Group 702.388.0404

PETER S. CHRISTIANSEN Christiansen Trial Lawyers 702.357.9977

ROBERT M. DRASKOVICH The Draskovich Law Group 702.381.6590


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STEVE DIMOPOULOS Dimopoulos Injury Law 702.766.7243



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W. JONATHAN WEBER, Weber Law Firm 702.538.5761

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MYVEGAS THE STATE OF REAL ESTATE Residential Homes ­- 2021









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The local Las Vegas Real Estate market is on fire and is set to be cooking for the next few years! With the onset of our national sports teams, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Las Vegas Lights, this town is set to explode with real estate values. In this market, many properties are receiving multiple offers and same day deals which means homes are flying off the market. Many lenders are offering a grant program to assist you with the entire down payment, so if you thought you could never buy a house, a home is possible now!

WHERE HARD WORK and DRIVE MEET George Kypreos of GK Properties has been fueled to remain the top agent for over a decade. His biggest motivators are his family and coaching his team, so they too can provide for their families.


ne of the biggest influences in George’s life is his three-yearold daughter, who he calls his pride and joy. He continuously works harder each day to provide for his family at home. George credits a lot of his success to his parents, Peter and Geri, and the work ethic they instilled in him. They both live in Henderson, so George is able to maintain a strong and close relationship with them. Along with his passion and commitment to his family, his greatest focus is helping the Kypreos Team thrive in the industry. George loves teaching, coaching, and

assisting his agents’ success in this ever-changing market. He doesn’t take vacation or personal days; George is a constantly working machine. Kypreos’ love for work is based around his high paced work environment. He consistently helps his team and celebrates the wins that come along with working hard. He gives his all to his business with the approach of get it while you can. George and his team are very thorough and conscientious in how they deal with each individual client. The goal is to help the consumer, whether it’s a one-million-dollar sale or helping a family with

a rental. No home is too big, nor too small. The Kypreos Team values helping one another succeed; when one succeeds, the team succeeds. This gives new agents the chance to grow into Top Agents and flourish within the industry. George has said that in Real Estate, you get out of it what you put in. For over a decade, he has held the title of “Top Agent”. In the scope of hard work, 2021 won’t be any different for George. George knows he’ll eventually have to give away his title as “Top Agent” but will still continue to fight for it. This is something that George has worked tirelessly to achieve and will not pass it off without putting forth his best effort. When asked what the secret to being “Top Agent” is, George states, “There is no secret ingredient for hard work. It’s as simple as getting to work and answering the phone, which for some reason, many real estate agents cannot seem to do. Surrounding yourself with winners, along with sharing equity, has proven to be a key component in my success.” Mainly, George wants people to know he is a real person, just like them and cares about everyone in the industry. He wakes up every day and gives it his all, just like everyone else. The biggest venture on the horizon for the Kypreos Team in 2021 is continuing to build the team. They are always looking to add ambitious agents to the Kypreos Team. The team is looking for agents who are hungry and willing to learn their long proven successful sales methods. There is an explosion of consumers who are looking for homes in the area. George, along with his agents, are here to help families achieve their dreams of home ownership and prosperity. This is the ultimate goal of the Kypreos Team. MV GK PROPERTIES George Kypreos Lic #B.1001699 702-604-9605



ALWAYS IN MOTION “Help your community and give to others and your life will be full.”


here is nothing stronger than the power of motivation. MYVEGAS has seen this power come to life within Jared Weiss, a local real estate investor and owner of Motion Properties, who has remained dedicated and motivated since a young age. There was nothing he couldn’t do once he set his mind to it, and along the way, realized that the real reward in success is being able to give back and serve. Originally from New York, Jared made his way to Vegas when he was 19 years old to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts. Bringing with him nothing but a dream and the motivation to be a true entrepreneur, Las Vegas met him with incredible opportunities. A city full of growth and potential, Jared got to work.

Realizing how new the city was and how much development still needed to be done, Jared began laying his claim in the Real Estate industry. After the purchase of his first home, he started to fix up houses to later sell and flip for profit. There was so much potential in some older homes that just needed some TLC to get it to a good selling point. Jared enjoys the process of the remodel. While it started with just one house, it began building into a business model for Jared, expanding from one house at a time to thousands. Jared opened his own real estate company called Motion Properties, noting his constant motivation to stay in motion. In Jared’s eyes, no means yes and stop means go. And he has always been this way, it’s how he was made. But it’s gotten him where he is, so we’d firmly say it’s working for him. “It’s how I’m able to stay

motivated flipping houses and doing Real Estate in Las Vegas, just with the satisfaction of watching my city grow and boom. They now get to see what I’ve always seen in Las Vegas,” says Jared. Although Jared would admit that profit was always something he’s gone after, there was so much more to what he was able to accomplish. Along with the opportunities he was able to seize, he wanted to create his own opportunities for people to benefit. He saw a chance to use his real estate skills to help people see the true value of preserving the history of Muhammad Ali’s childhood home. Jared shares his experience of seeing Muhammad Ali speak during Black history month with Mike Tyson, while he was a student at UNLV. He remembers being moved by his inspiration and attitude, and felt that they had much in common, believing that anything is possible and can be done if you put the work behind it. When he saw Ali’s childhood home in shambles, in that moment, purchasing the home in Louisville, Kentucky and remodeling it to its original 1940’s glory would be the right thing to do. It would be the chance to let not only the neighborhood kids, but the whole world see where the greatest of all time came from. Proving to Muhammad’s fans that, “Your surroundings or upbringing does not define you. You are defined by your fight and grit,” as Jared says. After remodeling, Jared thought it would be important to let the whole world see the newly remodeled pink home. When Muhammed sadly passed away, the funeral procession drove by the home and the people were so grateful to see the same color it was when he was a child. Jared recalls, “Thousands of people came and dropped flowers and saw it, and I felt so proud that it wasn’t left how it was

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before.” The home was in media around the world and featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal, and it inspired him to do more for this small Kentucky community. “That made me feel like it needed to be open for the world to see and not only that, but it started my nonprofit- allowing the rest of the neighborhood to be remodeled and redone so all of the people that are from the west end of Louisville could have new life breathed into their community.” And with the addition of the Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum, the Nonprofit was born. The walls inside filled with memorabilia of Ali’s greatest fights and memories, you can truly feel the essence of Muhammad Ali when you walk through the home. Jared shines when he is serving his community, wherever that may be. His motivation to help and serve led him to another opportunity to give back. As many people may be unaware, there are a couple thousand children in foster care in Clark County alone. Jared says, “We started fostering a few years back and have had five babies in our home. The joy of giving them a safe place to heal and a safe

place while their parents heal is a very rewarding process.” Jared’s wife, Laura, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and co-owns the Rooted Life Counseling Center. She has always had a heart for families and children, and together, they feel strongly about being a voice for foster care in our community. Not only to help children and work with the parents, but also to be a voice for the change that needs to happen in the system. “My wife and I are adopting twins out of the foster care system that we’ve had since birth they’ll be an addition to our family making us the parents of six children,” Jared adds. Motivation and the drive to do anything he wants to accomplish has landed Jared Weiss in incomparable success. Success to Jared is his ability to give back to the community that has given him so much. “I think what I’ve loved most about my journey is God showing our family that giving back and serving is where all the reward has come from,” Jared attests to his dedication. Whether it’s through his appreciation for boxing, his persistence and knowledge in real estate investing, or helping families, there is always some-

thing Jared can do, as long as he stays in motion. In his words, “Help your community and give to others and your life will be full.” MV Jared Weiss Motion Properties 702-262-9000 S.0068526

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The key to a great real estate company is support. Scofield Realty, owned and brokered by Kirby Scofield, exemplifies that very value. Tailored to giving people options, the mission is to help clients get the results they desire without unnecessary stress.


he brokerage’s team of experienced agents can answer every question and provide guidance that makes the home buying and selling process as smooth as possible.

Scofield Realty is a “FOR YOU” driven Real Estate Agency. The team of highly skilled agents makes sure the consumer is the top focus. “Our team values our clients and maintains the relationships that are built over time. To maintain those relationships, we continually do what’s right. That’s our top priority,” says Scofield. “By choosing Scofield Realty, you not only gain a professional that will always look out for your best interest, but you’ll also get a friend that is always there to help you along the way.” Trusted by Zillow, Scofield Realty was selected for the Flex Program Partners to serve the Las Vegas Valley. The brokerage is taking business to the next level by providing agents with the best tools to serve their clients. “Our brokerage model and the agent’s benefits and training allow us to grow. It is amazing to see people commit to themselves and hit the commitment over and over,” says Kirby. “Our agents are constantly looking for ways to raise the bar. We want to evolve, innovate, and continuously improve ourselves. It’s not in our nature to be idle.”

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overhead and can solely focus on the client. The brokerage provides agents with a marketing department, social brander, photographer, videographer, and drone pilot to utilize for self-branding and promotion. Items like signs, lockboxes and coaching are provided as well, should they need it to market their listings. Scofield Realty also offers agents revenue share to refer agents in, plus a mentorship program that allows team members to receive revenue while educating new additions to the brokerage. Scofield Realty gives agents the opportunity to thrive while in a great environment with “good vibes,” as Kirby states it. “I make it a priority to invest in every single one of my team members, regardless of whether that person is brand new or has been with us for years. My team is always growing, and I want to keep it that way.” Scofield provides a scholarship program for people interested in becoming licensed agents. The program pays for all the schooling required to succeed as an agent. Scofield Realty also gets new hires prepared for their career by having everyone enter a six-week boot camp, partner with an accountability requirement mentor and join weekly accountability meetings as well as providing biweekly paid for coaching and training. Are you interested in getting involved and beginning your real estate career with the Scofield team? Visit and apply directly! Kirby’s superstar wife assists the team with interviews and will get you into a school as soon as possible if it is the fit for you.

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There are certain things in life that just work better together. In real estate, that just happens to be the team up of Sabrina Bistel and Aaron Bottley at Century 21 Gavish Real Estate.


hile they have their own unique specialties that they bring to the table, Sabrina and Aaron entered the real estate industry with the same business ideas and standards. Their motto is, “Eliminating the stigmas in real estate,” while educating and serving their clients. Sabrina, a Las Vegas native, found that she thrived in an environment where she can help clients achieve their home goals. She loves having the ability to speak on building generational wealth, and walking her clients through the home buying process. “It’s fulfilling to know that I am helping many families create generational wealth by teaching and helping them through the home buying and selling process.”


Aaron, a California native and Army Veteran, became intrigued in Real Estate when purchasing his first home while serving, and has enjoyed being able to create a business model based around serving Vets & Law enforcement. His attention to detail and creative thinking are qualities that are exercised through any and every deal. “The Army taught me to always go over and beyond in everything that I do. Do what needs to be done when no one is looking.” This power couple has invaluable knowledge of the city and will provide unquestionable guidance to those new and familiar with Southern Nevada. Clients can expect an incredible experience while learning in the process, whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a hard time investor. In this current competitive mar-

ket, Sabrina says, “Persistence gets us to the finish line.” While Aaron works the negotiation and contractual side of things, Sabrina is the eyes and ears of Las Vegas. She listens and takes every detail into consideration when on the hunt with clients. Sabrina and Aaron are able to divide and conquer without missing a step and it shows. These professionals have formed the perfect alliance for the best client experience. Sabrina and Aaron are your trusted Las Vegas Real Estate resource. MV SABRINA BISTEL S.0186458 AND AARON BOTTLEY S.0185936 Century 21 Gavish Real Estate (702) 255-1145 101 E Horizon Drive Henderson, NV 89015

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Anthony Knight is a name you remember, and it’s most likely because of the good nature and help that he and his team have put forth into the community. The Official Real Estate Partner of the Vegas Golden Knights, Anthony and the team at the Platinum Real Estate Professionals are, in more ways than one, a partner of the community.


heir efforts are constantly to the needs of others, whether that be towards people or our furry friends. At Platinum Real Estate Professionals, the motto is, “We not only find homes for people – we find homes for pets too!”

Anthony has an incomparable love for animals. He took his love a step further when he founded the Foster Friday Foundation (, a program that helps abused and abandoned animals find loving and safe homes every Friday of each week through his strong Social Media presence. Their mission is to raise money and awareness for abused and abandoned animals. 100% of the donations are distributed to our local nokill animal shelters to assist them with medical expenses, operating expenses, and supplies. Anthony says, “Most of our

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pets are either rescued or removed from a living situation that was not a healthy or safe environment. Now, they are living the Platinum life and loving it!” “It’s all about helping the community,” Anthony says. “As a person with the means and the ability to help, my primary goal is to bring awareness to the community. Foster Friday Foundation makes for a good and positive office environment here,” Anthony Knight said. “We all share that passion and have fun with it, and the staff is proud to be a part of this company, because of that contribution to the community.” As much as the entire team are certified animal lovers, they are also certified real estate experts. The team of 12 agents and 3 admins closes 350+ transactions per year and are frequently recognized and awarded. Platinum Real Estate Professionals has been a Best of Las Vegas winner for 5 years in a row for Best Real Estate Company and awarded

as America’s Best Real Estate Agents by Their unbeatable experience, negotiation skills, innovate technology, and up-to-date education has propelled them to stay ahead of the curve, keeping their 5-star service as a standard. Anthony’s knowledge of real estate and related technology has led him to travel throughout the Nation, teaching other Real Estate agents his innovative methods, office/team culture, and community involvement. Whether you’re buying, selling, investing, renting, or just have questions, one of the talented team members at Platinum Real Estate Professionals can assist you with finding your “furever” home! To get involved with Foster Friday Foundation, go to their website, www., to donate money or simply like and share their social media posts on Facebook and Instagram @fosterfridayfoundation. BS.0144328

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In the fast-paced world of real estate, having a nimble, quick, discerning Realtor is a recipe for success; it also helps if they are a Native Las Vegan, born and raised in the Entertainment Capital of the World.


et’s face it, local knowledge is important to be successful in any region of the country, but in places like Las Vegas, it’s absolutely crucial. Patty Linson has been licensed since 1988. Knowledge and experience are definitely the basis for great representation and is the motor that drives objectives and outcomes.

Patty grew up and attended Hyde Park Middle School and Clark High Schools where she was a Cheerleader/Songleader and the Class President. A trained dancer, and passionate to attend Juilliard, she was sidelined by a hamstring tear and never pursued her dancing. As a result, in 1988, she was encouraged to attend real estate school to change her life. And, it was off to the races. Still trying to fulfill her creative intuitions, Patty also became a talent agent. She was one of several colleagues who brought Thunder from Down Under, to Las Vegas. To enhance her real estate presence and abilities, Patty spent years as a student of leadership, wielding a life coaching certification, BSBA in Public Relations and Marketing/Advertising. Patty honed her skills to become an expert in the local market conditions of Las Vegas, including property values and various trends and issues. When buyers are relocating to Las Vegas, Patty can provide a tour of Las Vegas, with stories of historical facts and data, to help familiarize you with the region, find the perfect neighborhood, and home, while engaging in a fun history lesson on Las Vegas. Patty specializes in Luxury Homes, but has great inroads to New Homes, Commercial Leasing, Investments, and High Rises. As a preferred agent for New Home Sales, she has her finger on the pulse of inventory, or who to go to, with each builder providing exactly what the client wants. With systems in

place from start to finish, her goal is to teach buyers and sellers of real estate the mechanics of transactions, while empowering every client. Patty takes time to understand her customers style of communication and how best to communicate with them, her background is very advantageous to her keen ability to communicate. Her marketing and public relations training also comes in handy. Patty knows the value in listing and selling homes with a masterful crew from a variety of industries. She invests in the best photos, words to capture, invite, and inspire people, works to motivate agents and the general public to want to see your home, and to buy her listings. Patty is currently selling to NFL football players, retired and currently playing, insurance company executives, C-Suite executives, trust fund babies, and clients in the entertainment industry. Her latest client needed the ability to “party” yet have a home that did everything, and she found it! Patty’s Vegas roots have organically provided a love, an understanding, a passion for this city, along with relationships with others whose families transformed this place into a city that speaks volumes to the world. Patty says, “Life has given me the experiences and specialized education, to grow and expand in so many different areas, making me masterful in the craft of real estate in Las Vegas.” Patty Linson Native REALTOR® Lic#: S.0021590 702.353.3844 2225 Village Walk Dr, Suite 200 Henderson, NV 89052 @PattyLifeRealtyDistrict

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The Heed Group, Now with Simply Vegas, Helps Sales Go Smoothly There was a time when sellers were worried that their house would never sell. But in today’s red-hot real estate market in the Las Vegas region and throughout the nation, that’s not a concern anymore.


ow, homeowners ready to sell their house are nervous about what happens after their home sells. It’s only taking a few days to get under contract, says Leza Heed, a Las Vegas native and real estate agent whose group specializes in luxury residential real estate in Summerlin and the surrounding communities. “If you list your home correctly, it generally sells in three days,” she said. “People need to figure out what to do next.” The quickened process leaves many families and couples concerned that they’ll encounter a difficult situation. The housing market is moving so fast that they could be left out in the cold. Working with an experienced and professional real estate agent can help to

alleviate these fears, as The Heed Group focuses on making sure everything goes smoothly before the home is listed and after it gets under contract. Leza works with her son, Alex, with clients who are interested in both selling and buying. Buyers will need to understand the importance of moving quickly and bringing their highest, best offer to the table, she said. For those who are looking to sell, it’s possible to write the contract so that the homeowner can stay in the house after the closing to provide more time if necessary. Contracts could also include a contingency clause that demands the seller be able to find another place to move, she added. “We have tricks and strategies that work,”

she said. “We can get you top-dollar for your house, without the stress.” Home prices have risen 13% year over year, with some communities becoming even more sought-after. Las Vegas usually enjoys two months of inventory, meaning it would take that time for every home on the market to sell based on demand. These days, the region is down to just one month. That means houses are moving fast — and both sellers and buyers need to be ready. It’s best to work with a seasoned real estate agent who knows the area. The Heed Group, now with Simply Vegas, specializes in the Summerlin area, which is gaining popularity thanks to its abundant recreational opportunities, lower crime, and forward-thinking development plan. Leza said she loves to support downtown Summerlin. This month, she is giving a shout out to all the locally owned shops in Summerlin, including: ✪ Alligator Soup ✪ Audio Visual ✪ Barbell Apparel ✪ Benyeh ✪ Beer Zombies ✪ Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria ✪ Corks & Crafts ✪ Dance Dynamics ✪ Grape Street Café & Wine Bar ✪ Love Bug Baby ✪ Makers & Fingers ✪ Mic Pic ✪ MTO Café ✪ SkinnyFats ✪ Summer House ✪ Trattoria Reggiano ✪ Wonderland Bakery ✪ 5 Star Sitters



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The #1 Google real estate search is “Will real estate crash in 2021?” I’m asked every week, “Is this a bubble like the last time? When will inventory increase? Should I wait until prices come down to buy?”


’ve been selling and investing in real estate for 17 years, and what we’re seeing is both unprecedented & bizarre. So, I’ll lay out a number of reasons to clearly answer these important questions.

concrete, and steel cause builders to either raise prices or hold off development, and commodities are a hedge against inflation, so more money flowing into real estate to salvage value equals too much cash, not enough assets.

about 8% less in NV than CA, the cost of living is 27% less in NV. A family can buy a $600K, 3,000 square foot home in a gated community in Las Vegas with a mortgage that is HALF what they were paying in rent in CA.

There has been a significant amount of cash buyers (26% nationally), and lending standards are far stricter in the past 13 years. No longer can a busboy making $20K/yr. buy 3 houses with no money down.

Inventory of SFR (Single Family Residential) properties is the lowest it has been in 20 years- locally and nationally. There have been less new homes built in the last 10 years than any decade in the last 50 years.

With all of that, the most compelling and little known reason behind the inventory and rising prices are Institutional investors. These include pension, endowment, insurance, and sovereign wealth funds. It was 2008 when hedge funds & institutional investors started buying tens of thousands of SFR for rentals, and they’re still buying. In fact, have raised BILLIONS of dollars since the beginning of the pandemic. So, there are tens of thousands of homes that are off the market forever, as the returns are substantially better now than when buying began. Average rents have increased 14% in Las Vegas over the last year. And, they need to spend the cash or risk losing value to Inflation/ weaker dollar.

Inflation has affected home prices in several areas…Rising costs of building materials like lumber,

I’m an agent who can help identify the options for your needs and appreciates the goals that you are navigating.

Locally, with untethered jobs, many Californians don’t have to stay there. Although work income is

Some argue that the foreclosure moratorium expiring will affect prices or inventory. Many who took advantage of those programs are now current, or have modified loans. Neither the government nor banks want to go through 2008 again. So, you can see that the current market conditions will be here for a while. How high can prices go? That’s a tougher question. Should I sell my house or other property? It depends…where are you going to live? If it’s an investment, what are you going to do with the funds? For some, answers may include paying off debt… kids’ college…travel...Estate Planning… liquidity. Ultimately, it would be a good idea to have a skilled, experienced, knowledgeable real estate professional in your corner. I’m an agent who can help identify the options for your needs and appreciates the goals that you are navigating. Call, text, email, send a smoke signal and I’ll get to work for you. Randy Milmeister Keller Williams Marketplace Las Vegas & Henderson 702-239-8400 NV Lic# BS.0064289



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Almost a decade after entering the real estate industry to follow his passion, Juan Carlos Acosta still feels blessed to serve his clients and to have the opportunity to do what he loves.


uan Carlos, a Real Estate Agent at Desert Vision Realty, specializes in the residential market in Las Vegas and enjoys every second of it. He has devoted his professional life to helping his clients, understanding their needs and fulfilling their goals.

Known for his honesty, patience and empathy, Juan Carlos promises complete transparency throughout the process, regardless of whether it results in a sale. “I don’t hold back my opinion, even if it’s against what my clients believe to be true,” he explains. “I think they really appreciate that. You want an agent who’ll give you honest advice based on their research and experience, even when you may not like what I have to say.” Although real estate is his passion today, it was not always how he served his community. He received his Law degree with honors and practiced as a lawyer for six years. After excelling and honing his organizational and communication skills, he decided to harness it for a new career, and this multifaceted background helped to propell him into a successful career in real estate. Juan Carlos treats every client with the same level of respect, compassion, urgency and efficiency. “It is so special to be a part of someone’s first home buying experience or to really showcase a listing to make a seller happy. I am all about my clients’ needs and will do anything in my power to make sure they are satisfied with their sale or purchase. Selling or buying a house is a huge life event, it’s one of the biggest transactions

many people will ever undertake, I think of myself as a consultant throughout the whole process, rather than a salesperson, and focus on relationship building rather than strictly selling real estate. My personal business is over 80% referral based and repeat clients due to these principles”. Furthering his expertise, Juan Carlos has earned multiple designations and certifications from the national association of realtors, such as Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Seller Representative Specialist and Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource. The Las Vegas Association of Realtors has consistently named Juan Carlos a top producer every year since 2016. “I’m very thankful to Desert Vision Realty for providing such an amazingly supportive and collaborative environment that allows my business to thrive.” Driven to succeed in this industry by his own passion for helping clients fulfill their dreams, his future is looking very bright. He knows that there is no secret or key to long-term success. “Take care of each client, and they will refer you to their friends and family,” he says. “Seeing the joy I can bring to my clients continually makes me more passionate about this industry.” JUAN CARLOS ACOSTA Desert Vision Realty 702.201.7802 Office: 702.453.8000 8275 S Eastern Ave Suite 200 Las Vegas, NV 89123 NV S.0177674


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I approach my work with transparency, understanding, and compassion. There is truly nothing more rewarding than exceeding expectations and ensuring client satisfaction. It is the trust and confidence that my clients place in me, which distinguished my service to consistently rank in the top 1% in production at KWLV. To remain at the height of my game, I am continuously going through numerous training courses offered by Keller Williams. – Traci Human Real estate was not just something I decided to learn; I would say it runs in my blood. I was born into a long line of highly successful real estate agents and had the privilege of receiving guidance from them. I now am lucky enough to call my profession a passion of mine. As a people person, I enjoy serving others by guiding them through one of the most important decisions of their lives. Whether they are looking to buy or sell a

home, I always go the extra mile to get my clients what they want. I strive to go above and beyond for my clients and treat them as if they were family. With over thirty years of experience in the industry, I know all the pain points in real estate. This knowledge has profoundly enabled me to make the real estate process easy and hassle-free for my clients. Cour-

tesy of my excellent services to both buyers and sellers, I have been recognized by the Women’s Council of Realtors as the Top 25 Realtors. I have also been honored as 2018’s Cultural Ambassador for Keller Williams SW Region, America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents® for Nevada - Las Vegas Metro in 2021, and recognized by PropertySpark in their Top 50 Nevada Real Estate Agents on Social Media.

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FROM HOTEL OPERATIONS TO WHEELER DEALER AROUND THE GLOBE Meet Steve Escalante, the International Dealmaker behind over half a billion dollars of innovative projects in the Glitzy Las Vegas


hen you first think about “rush”, you might imagine yourself cruising in a speedboat or hitting the ski slopes after the first snow, or maybe standing on the edge of that bungee jump. But for the young man who currently sits as the VP of Business Development and Board Member at Growth Holdings, this adrenaline spike comes from a different place, that is connecting with the right people who make the deal happen. “The deal in itself is a form of art” claims Steve. With an illustrious career spanning over 20 years and half a billion dollars in deals in innovative projects coming in 2021, Steve has established himself as an “artist” in the industry, a passionate real estate aficionado famed for his jaw-dropping deals and his involvement in innovative luxurious projects, the latest being LIVV and Otonomus. LEARNING THE ROPES Steve’s career seems like a business Masterclass we would pay to watch. A first generation American who grew up in Southern California, he found his first inspiration in his parents, who came to the US in search of greener pastures. Leaving Southern California to attend the University of Nevada, he found his calling in real estate. An extrovert who believes in investing in relationships, he spent his first decade in the industry with Resort Hotel Casino properties, a company that taught him to set the quality benchmarks very high in everything he does, be it a real estate project or a business endeavor. Climbing up the ladder, he later assumed executive roles with prominent companies in Las Vegas real estate and development. THE PICASSO OF DEALS Picasso once said “Everything you can imagine is real.” Escalante has successfully adapted these words to what he does best, deal making of course. He believes that creating deals is a lot like painting on a white canvas. Whether his clients


are looking to buy a land, build a house or rent a hotel, he takes a keen interest in understanding their vision, motives, and fears before hatching creative ideas and striking the deal. This unparalleled client trust has paid off handsomely for Escalante. Over the years, he has left his mark in every real estate sector he has ventured into...residential? commercial? hospitality??...You name it, Escalante has inked deals in it. And all these didn’t happen in just one city. Steve was going places! While racking the miles you can only dream of on your frequent flyer card, Escalante journeyed across the US, Europe and all the way to the land of the rising sun, Japan, sealing eye watering deals and growing his name in the industry. AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION Steve is quite bullish about the future of real estate. In a world that is witnessing the proliferation of cars that can park themselves and artificial intelligence that sends you sponsored ads about Salsa lessons to impress your partner, he believes that real estate is catching up and becoming “smart”. How so? In addition to his role in overseeing sales in Growth Holdings across the board (worth $2.5bn in commercial, mixed use, and other), he also leads the development of projects where real estate intersects with technology, sustainability and innovation overall. These pioneering projects include LIVV, a residential development dubbed as the new “affordable luxury” and that features luxurious properties marked with automated technologies in the heart of nature. Steve is also part of

a global development team behind the much-awaited Otonomus hotels, the first of its kind in the world. Otonomus combines the luxury aspects of a hotel, the comfort of a home and the intuitive technology that just makes life easier. “I believe in all things you do; find your passion and you will find your purpose!” quips Escalante. We’re rooting for you Steve and we can’t wait to read the headlines about your multi-million-dollar deals as you continue to drive this industry forward. MV Steve Escalante Vice President – Business Development Growth Holdings 702.834.3918 GrowthHoldings.US

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2021 LIFESTYLE CHANGES IN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION It’s a new year. For many, it’s time for a new home! With inventory of a resale market so low, many are looking at new construction homes. And it’s a right thing to do, with interest rates still record low, many builders are offering thousands in saving on closing costs.


ith amazing offers like that, buyers can choose from semi-custom homes with amazing RV garage space to a beautiful open floor plans with upgrades and all the NEW must haves. What exactly is that, you might be asking? With a long wave of the pandemic throughout the United States, many discovered that their residences are missing important components for a comfortable “quarantine” living and builders didn’t wait long to adjust and meet client’s needs. 2021 is rolling in with lifestyle changes. The pandemic has brought in adjustments and people have created more room for in-home office, gym space and virtual schooling space. Now, new construction builders are taking all these changes into consideration and offer flexible floor plans. Here in Las Vegas, we see a new focus on flexibility and versatility to meet our new reality’s demands. Flexible floor plans of new construction homes allow buyers to create office spaces for both spouses, home gyms, and loft areas are including built-in virtual learning stations for in home schooling, a media room, craft room and a bonus room with extra shelves and structural options that could be converted to anything you might need. I love seeing many tech centers that have built in desks, shelves and can be used as additional home office space or a kid’s learning center. Floor plans that meet your needs could be crucial in the home buying process, as many of you will agree. After all it’s your home and it should reflect your style. Despite the new love for open floor plans that are great for entertaining your guests, some might still prefer to have more privacy and closed spaces so your guests wouldn’t be wondering all over your house. Make sure your new home


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Design by Sasha is a boutique design, staging and real estate firm, specializing in huge projects, remodels and new builds. Sasha Good, the owner of this award-winning interior design firm, is known to take on big, challenging projects, and this last one proves it yet again-- there is nothing Sasha can’t do!


one-stop-shop for the most intricate projects from beginning to end, Sasha loves to take on any challenge, in fact these are the projects that she prides herself on. One of her most recent remodels is a dazzling 10,000 sq. ft. house, remodeled and furnished from the basement to the very top floor. This house features the biggest dining table, biggest shower, biggest kitchen island and biggest basement she has ever done and frankly, seen. The extravagant dining table sits at 24 ft. long and is made with 2 enormous pieces of porcelain slabs put together. Doing whatever needs to be done to get the job complete, Sasha’s team had to remove the client’s glass railing so the slabs could be brought in with equipment and built on site. The finished product was definitely worth the effort and is perfectly fit for a large family and friends gathering, with a King and Queen chair on each end and 40 additional chairs. Topped off with 3 huge crystal chandeliers that shine and reflect the black and white slabs, this space is award worthy. Not too many of us have a 30 ft. x 10ft shower with 4 huge rain shower heads


and 24 body sprayers, but Sasha and her team raise the ante on just your typical bathroom. Modern shapes and colors round out this bathroom as a space you wouldn’t mind spending hours in. In the design process, it can sometimes be difficult to come to a decision on one individual style. The clients of this remodel could not come together for the style of the house- the husband’s style being ultra-modern, and the wife’s being Hollywood glam. What started out as a southwestern home with heavy traditional finishes in brown and warm tones, turned into an incredible combination of styles. The completed, overall look of the house became a clean modern vision with glam touches throughout. “This house has an incredible and impressive amount of the finest materials ever put in one project, and was challenging on so many levels,” says Sasha. This project could only be described as, “Go Big or Go Home!” and we are all awaiting Sasha’s next big project! MV If you need a house remodeled, staged or sold, give Design by Sasha a call today: (702) 337-8553


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PINCHES TACOS 9205 W. Russell Road, #190, Las Vegas, NV 89148 (702) 818-4208 SIENA ITALIAN TRATTORIA AND DELI 9500 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117 (702) 360-3358 SINFUL SUBS 5135 S. Ft Apache #145 Las Vegas, NV 89148 (702) 998-2555 SKINNY FATS 2010 Festival Plaza Dr Las Vegas, 89135 (702) 979-9797 STACKS & YOLKS 7150 S. Durango Dr. #140 Las Vegas, NV 89113 (702) 992-3304 STEINER’S 8410 W. Cheyenne Ave Las Vegas, NV 89129 STE #107 (702) 395-8777


Las Vegas is home to thousands of quality bars and restaurants, with one of the largest nightlife scenes in the US. From coffee shops and breakfast joints, to dinner restaurants and classy bars, this city has it all! In a city teeming with locals of all ages, there’s always something for everyone, and we at MYVEGAS know all the hottest spots. Whether it’s a family outing or ladies’ night out, we’ll help you find the perfect place to wine, dine and unwind!


RODIZIO GRILL BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE For at your table service, there is no place like Rodizio Grill in Henderson to enjoy quality, unlimited Brazilian grilled meats- and even some grilled fruit! Located at the Galleria Mall, this quaint dining experience has something for everyone to enjoy. Offering a full salad bar, enticing drink options, and a 95% gluten free menu, Rodizio Grill caught our attention, and we were excited to have the opportunity to give it a try. Com Bacon (Bacon Wrapped Chicken), Frango Agri-Doce (Sweet & Spicy Chicken), Linguiça (Sausage), and the Abacaxí (Grilled Pineapple).


ur first stop was the salad bar, of course! Loaded with traditional Brazilian salads, including green, pasta, and fruit salad options, our plates were full within minutes. Being able to try everything was the best part, some were good, and others were amazing. Having the buffet style is definitely a plus! And of course, who could forget about the sides? From mashed potatoes, their Pure De Batata, to the glazed bananas, the amazing Bananas Fritas, it was the perfect start to the meal. We learned quickly that green means more meat, so as soon as the card was flipped, the Gauchos (servers) started arriving. We got the chance to try everything. Not to overdo the compliments, but just a precursor, we enjoyed all of it. There was a non-stop rotation of choices, so keeping track of everything we tried proved to be a little difficult. We just know our favorites were the Maminha (Tri-Tip), Frango


To top off our never-ending plates, we got to try some of the specialty drinks they have to offer at Rodizio. Our server recommended the Rodizio Limeade, made with fresh limes and cream, and we both couldn’t resist! You can create your own concoction of limeade with options like Guava, Strawberry, and Mango additions. I went with a Strawberry Guava limeade, and it didn’t disappoint. When dessert came, I think we knew we were too full, but how could we pass it up when they show the options right in front of you! From crème brûlée to a three-layer chocolate cake, they really hit all the dessert points. The incredible General Manager, Marcio, even showed us the kitchen and how the amazing meats are cooked. It is how much work that goes on behind the scenes that really make this Churrascaria stand out. We left the restaurant very full and excited to be able to share just how great this restaurant is with our readers. Where Rodizio Grill really shined throughout our whole experience was the service. The knowledgeable and honestly hilarious server led us through, and all the Gauchos coming around with their different options were very kind and obviously helpful as they carved the meat tableside. The fun atmosphere and bottomless

plates of food were really a pleasure to be able to experience. For your next family dinner or weekend lunch, Rodizio Grill is definitely MYVEGAS approved! Try Rodizio Grill today and let them know MYVEGAS sent you! By Sarah Moninger

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BRINGING THE AMALFI COAST TO LAS VEGAS The inspiration behind the delectable menu and ambiance at Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen is bringing the Amalfi Coast right to the local community of Las Vegas.


he founder of Limoncello, Giuseppe Bavarese, along with his wife Jenny, are passionate and creative culinary enthusiasts, proud to offer patrons the ability to experience the traditions of Italy. Featuring authentic Italian dishes, Limoncello boasts a modern flare on classic Italian cuisine. Limoncello’s menu is made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, bringing the most flavorful influence from both southern and northern Italy. From seafood to prime meat, and wine options from their wine cellar to the quaint Amalfi coast atmosphere, quality is their priority. Aside from their incredible array of pizzas, homemade pastas, and more, they offer specialty menu items that change every day. The Fresh Fish of the Day, which can be chosen from their seafood display case, is imported from all parts of the world one day prior to reaching the restaurant. Giuseppe says, “[Yesterday], they were still swimming in the Mediterranean and other oceans of the world.” As seafood changes by the season, they are


constantly innovating new dishes to add to their specialty menu. Also offered is the Meat of the Day, from their Dry Aged and Prime Cut Meat selection. Giuseppe also gave MYVEGAS a sneak peek into new dishes that are coming soon, including the return of giant South African prawn, which can be up to one pound each. There is also excitement behind their soon-to-come Mediterranean dover sole, deboned table-side in a lemon butter sauce. The interior atmosphere and high vaulted ceilings at Limoncello bring you right onto the Amalfi coast. Offering much more than just a dine-in experience, Limoncello can be your venue for your next event. Their enclosed private room, able to accommodate up to 80 people, is set for your Audio-Visual needs. Or utilize the entire expansive 8000 sq/ft restaurant, able to seat 325 guests, ideal for special events, corporate meetings and weddings with parking and set menus. Limoncello’s raving reviews signify the love and care that is put into every meal, every glass of wine, and every piece of art

on the wall. Giuseppe and Jenny have created an authentic Italian experience right in the heart of Las Vegas, and they cannot wait to bring you the culture and fresh gourmet cuisine you’ve been waiting for. Visit Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen today for a memorable dining experience. Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen 8245 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas NV. 89117 Reservations Recommended: 702-888-1144 Sun-Thur 4:30pm- 9pm Fri & Sat 4:30pm-10pm



BORN IN BROOKLYN, MADE IN VEGAS From the outside, it looks like a small stand-up NY pizza joint, when you walk in, what a SURPRISE! It is Brooklyn’s Best Pizza and Pasta!!


he air is filled with music, someone singing along tossing pizzas and a chorus of “Welcome in!” not only are you warmly greeted as you enter the door, but you are also surrounded by the vivid murals and walls filled with New York memorabilia, you can feel the New York vibe, take one bite and you are suddenly transported to Brooklyn in Vegas! As your eyes and ears take in the surroundings, your mouth starts to water from the delicious aroma. What many don’t know is that the tantalizing smell is from the layers of all natural, high quality fresh ingredients being cooked. Every morning starts with first and foremost the making of the sauce from scratch and cooking it for the full 5 hours before it is used. Added to the scent of fresh slow cooked sauce, is the fresh dough being made, fresh garlic knot rolls being baked, meatballs rolled and cooked, blocks of high-grade cheese being shredded, Pizza toppings being cut and cooked, chicken wings being marinated and baked. It is this slow cooking method that local owner, operator and chef, Joey Gonzalez swears by. Born in Brooklyn, Joey, has been making pizza with his brothers since a very young age, and as he grew up it turned into the


passion that he is proud to wake up to every day. He visited Vegas for the Annual International Pizza Expo where his Eggplant Delight Pizza was a winner in the International Pizza Challenge. He fell in love with the valley and relocated here, now that is how “Born in Brooklyn Made in Vegas” came to be.

been voted Best of Las Vegas two years in a row. Just last year they were awarded Best of Las Vegas for: Casual Restaurant, Catering, Family Friendly, Pizza, Italian Restaurant, Chicken Wings. With a second location coming soon, locals can look forward to enjoying even more of what Brooklyn’s Best has to offer.

Having honed his craft thru the years, Joey is a firm believer in using high-quality ingredients for high-quality results and has instilled these values across the entire menu at Brooklyn’s Best. You can often hear him in the kitchen, “if you won’t eat it how can you serve it?” or “would you serve that to your family?” as he is training and mentoring. He believes in bringing out the best whether in food, people, or community. Built on this tradition, his enthusiastic passion for quality cooking is contagious. Two young talented and dedicated chefs, Stephen Martin and Rolla Manning, discovered their passion for cooking at Brooklyn’s Best and along with Joey, have made the passion of Brooklyn’s Best come alive.

Brooklyn’s Best Pizza and Pasta is definitely the place to go to for Pizza by the Slice, Specialty Pizzas, supremely scrumptious salads, pastas, appetizers, cold refreshing gelato, and desserts, there is something for the whole family to enjoy for their next lunch or dinner. If you can’t come to them, let Brooklyn’s Best come to you. Catering, Delivery (in-house as well as third party), Pick up, Curbside Service, customers can also request contactless delivery or curbside service.

As their name calls for, they serve the best authentic Brooklyn style pizza. This restaurant has been loved by locals since its opening in January of 2019 and still going strong. Its’s safe to say that the community believes this too, as they have

(Last seating and delivery orders taken 30 minutes prior to close) Mon-Wed 10AM to 9:30PM Thursday 10AM to 1:00AM Fri-Sat 10AM to 2AM Sun 10AM to 8:30PM

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Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar was born when Las Vegas restauranteur and pizza aficionado Albert Scalleat partnered with Brooklyn’s most iconic pizza joint, Di Fara Pizza. For over 55 years, Domenico DeMarco and Di Fara pizza have received lavish praise from celebrities, international food critics and famous chefs. And, in NYC where competition for “Best Pizza” is fierce, this landmark is often named “#1 Pizzeria in New York” and “Best Italian Restaurant” by prestigious publications: Zagat, New York Magazine and NY Daily News. Now on the West Coast, Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar carries on that tradition. Upon opening in December 2011, SEVEN Magazine picked Dom DeMarco’s as “Best New Pizzeria.” Shortly thereafter, the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2011 named Dom DeMarco’s as “Best New Restaurant.” Readers of the Review Journal in 2020 picked Dom DeMarco’s as the winner of Gold for “Best Pizza,” Gold for “Best Italian Restaurant,” Gold for “Best Patio,” Silver for “Best Chicken Wings and Tenders,” and Silver for “Best Happy Hour.” Today, Dom’s menu represents a truly authentic Italian experience with New York style pizza, but the best kept secret is the pasta. From Dom’s famous lasagna to Gram’s meatballs, the entire menu is made from scratch using family recipes. You can enjoy Dom’s delicious food in the dining room, bar, patio, curbside pickup, or delivery. Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar • 702-570-7000 9785 West Charleston Blvd • Las Vegas, NV 89117 Now Open Everyday from 11:30 am - 9:00 pm



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Since their opening in 2013, fans have enjoyed the sizzling menu items at Juan’s Flaming Fajitas, and locals are about to enjoy even more fire dishes with the addition of their third valley location near Centennial Pkwy and Aliante Dr. Planning to open its doors to patrons in early 2022, it is safe to say that owner, Juan Vazquez, is keen on keeping things flaming hot!


ince Juan was young and started working in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher, he has always dreamed of owning his own restaurant. Surely, aspiring to live your dreams can become true like Juan’s did! Following the recession, the perfect opportunity presented itself to begin a restaurant with little downturn. He teamed up with friend and longtime restaurant veteran, Juan Cerros, the kitchen manager still to this day, and they began putting together the -now- famous menu at Juan’s Flaming Fajitas. Serving the classics and their crowd favorites, like Gringo Enchiladas, Chile Relleno, Carnitas, and of course their Fajitas, the two Juan’s used their life long experience working in restaurants and knowledge of authentic Mexican cuisine to create their all encompassing menu. Today, it is no wonder that Juan’s has continued to be a staple lunch, brunch and dinner spot among locals who love great food, quality ambiance, and - who could forget the happy hour every day 3-6pm! Juan attributes much of the success of the home to famous flaming fajitas to his hardworking management team and staff. While the staff would say that Juan is one of the most involved and motivated owners they’ve ever met, as he continues to work in the kitchen and make sure everything is running smoothly. Together, they keep the fajita train rolling for all of us to enjoy. One successful restaurant turned into


two incredibly loved restaurants, and now onto the third. There is so much heart and care behind both restaurants, and they continue to experiment with new menu options and specialty drinks to their already expansive list of choices. There is definitely something for every member of the family to enjoy. If you’re looking for a place for the whole family to eat dinner? Juan’s. Looking for a place to grab drinks with the girls? Juan’s. Need a caterer for your next event? Juan’s! Juan’s Flaming Fajitas always keeps things flaming ! MV

Stay tuned for the announcement and unveiling of their new location in Aliante next year! 2660 W. Centennial Pkwy, North Las Vegas 89084 Juan’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina West Las Vegas 9640 W Tropicana Las Vegas, NV 89147 (702) 823-1400 Henderson 16 S Water St Henderson, NV 89015 (702) 476-4647


From Italy to the United States, Executive Chef Giancarlo Bomparola has made his mark in different countries and cities in America. His most recent venture has landed him in the heart of Las Vegas to revamp one of the oldest Delis in town, Siena Deli.


stablished in 1978, Siena Italian Deli has served the Las Vegas community for over 40 years and features a large selection of homemade specialties. Today standing as a deli, bakery, and full restaurant and patio, Siena continues to provide quality ingredients and authentic Italian fare to the community. Raised in Milan Italy, Giancarlo started in restaurants at a young age, starting with the family business. Developing his passion for cooking and the restaurant business in general, he was driven to further develop himself and his craft. Motivated and fascinated with learning different types of cuisine, he was met with opportunities that would guide him to some of the most revered and respected restaurants in Italy, France, and the United States, leading to him beginning his own restaurants. At the age of 27, Giancarlo opened his own restaurant in Sacramento, California, Café Vinoteca, an Italian Bistro and Wine Bar. After some years, Giancarlo was offered a partnership with Antonio Accornero in one of the oldest deli’s, Siena Deli in

Las Vegas, which he jumped at. They revamped and relocated the business to the west side Summerlin Las Vegas, and in time they expanded the deli to include a large restaurant. The restaurant was designed with full service/tablecloth atmosphere. Along with a full-scale bakery and the ability to offer full-service catering, they added a revamp to the name, making it into Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria & Deli. Giancarlo continues to reinvent himself and has been awarded and recognized time and time again. A successful self-starter, Chef Giancarlo Bomparola has gained an abundance of experience in every aspect of the restaurant business and continues to rise in the restaurant ranks as a sought-after chef and restaurant expert. Come and enjoy the generational recipes that embody the spirit of northern Italian cooking inspired by Giancarlo’s heritage.

hard-to-find imported & domestic meats & cheeses. The in-house bakery offers homemade Italian cookies, pastries, desserts, and fresh baked bread made daily. In their unique family-oriented restaurant, enjoy a truly authentic homemade Italian meal for your next family dinner or date night, featuring a newly remodeled patio & bar. Also enjoy live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday in the bar lounge starting at 7:30 till closing. Don’t forget about the daily happy hour specials served from 3pm-7pm every day. Ask about Siena’s banquet room for your next special event. Siena Italian Trattoria & Deli Restaurant: 702-360-3358 Deli: 702-736-8424

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Since a young age, John Holland, Executive Chef and Owner of Rollin Smoke Barbeque, knew that cooking was in his bones. Growing up, John would ask his mother to prepare the Thanksgiving desserts, and even grilled for his friends and co-workers after long days in the Arkansas oil fields.


t only 24 years old, John decided to pursue his culinary dream and move to Las Vegas to attend La Cordon Bleu.

John soon realized that not a single BBQ restaurant around the valley resembled the true Southern roots of home. He decided it was time to take his mobile smoker/grill to the side of Russell Road, in a hardware store parking lot with his dad and brother to put the true taste of the South in everyone’s mouth. The first day, the team sold 3 sandwiches. The second day, they sold 7 and continued to grow their business, deciding to open their first brick and mortar location in 2012. Shortly after, Rick Harrison and his father became regulars at the restaurant, eventually offering them a partnership in the plaza next to Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. John had no idea that his once small mobile smoker/grill would grow to this extent, and continuously expand. Winning numerous BBQ competitions, receiving national recognition in the top 16 Hottest New Barbeque restaurants, recognition as Top 20 best Barbeque restaurants in the country, being featured on channels like Food Network, Discovery Channel, and many more are just a few of Rollin Smoke’s accomplishments over the years. The moment you walk through the door of any of their three Las Vegas locations, you are met with genuine Southern hospitality. The meats are smoked with Hickory wood and prepared with the “low and slow” process, and you can taste the love and effort put into the mouthwatering meats at Rollin Smoke. Some of the most famous dishes at the restaurant include the Fried Catfish, Beef Ribs, and Smoked Meatloaf. The diverse menu and homemade sauces cover a range of palates, especially the BBQ craving ones. Serving delectable barbeque is not the only astounding act that John and his team bring to the Vegas community. At the Highland location, they have a special menu where a portion of the proceeds go to “Critical Care Comics,” an incredible


The moment you walk through the door, you are met with genuine Southern hospitality. group that dresses up as comic book characters and reads to sick children. They also enjoy participating in Pigs for Kids charity cook-off and the Best Dam BBQ in Boulder City. They donate to a plethora of organizations throughout the city and continue to look for more opportunities to give back. In the next ten years, there are exciting plans of expansion to bring their BBQ and southern love all over the United States. They also offer sauces and rubs on the website, as well as catering services for 10 to 10,000 people. Stay tuned as they continue to keep Rollin’! MV

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Ah, Las Vegas, the capital for entertainment in the United States. What started in the 50’s as lounge acts like the Rat Pack and performers such as Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton, we have now evolved into a mecca for artists and entertainers to nest and grow with our community. From places to perform lining the Strip up and down, and arenas- the T-Mobile Arena and the new Raiders Stadium growing daily, we are sustaining ourselves as the one stop shop for all things entertainment. Keep up with us at MYVEGAS as we unleash a quarterly Event Calendar so you can stay up to date with all of Las Vegas’ new events, concerts, and games!


Her Royal Skyeness

It is 11:30 pm on a wildly active Saturday night and Las Vegas is super charged with a renewed, rested, and unbridled outpouring of optimism as people flock back to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” ready to celebrate our newfound freedom!!!

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series, “Worn Stories.” Skye was one the featured individuals in “Episode 6” as an amazing real-life example of how to create a glamorously over the top, unique celebrity persona by expressing herself through wonderfully outrageous costumes, theatrical styling, an abundance of talent and her addictive, inexhaustible stage presence.


ne of those leading the charge of this wave of “Vegas Love Power” is ripping up the stage and captivating her delighted audience at the ultra-hip lounge “Shag” brilliantly located near the Valet entrance of one of Las Vegas’s exciting new offerings, Virgin Hotel. For over 15 years, Skye Dee Miles, (who refers to herself as “Black Sunshine”) has been shining her warm light of love and soul sugar in various venues up and down the strip and all about Las Vegas. My good friend Skye simply dazzles her audience night after night with her irrepressible vocals, wide ranging musical versatility, keen humor, impeccable acting chops, and an instinctual brilliance in the art of audience connection. All of which is served up as a perfectly mixed


Upon experiencing Skye perform for the first time many years ago, I instantly became a fan and friend of this smile provoking and refreshingly engaging young lady. It was an honor to have her agree to sing the song I dedicated to my bride, Jennifer as she walked down the aisle at our wedding. I was also extremely proud to feature this force of energy as a special guest recently in my “Live From Las Vegas” NYE special on CBS that was broadcasted throughout the western United States, in which her performance was undoubtably one of the major highlights of the evening. I remember feeling compelled to introduce her with a new title I coined that seemed appropriate as she graced her way to center stage in her most majestic and regal of entrances. “Ladies & Gentleman, please welcome…. Your Royal Skyeness!” cocktail of experienced stage sophistication with a splash of flamboyant, flirtatious sass. After receiving her Criminal Justice degree from Grambling State University and then realizing that world had more drama than a Broadway Musical, Skye decided to make her way to Sin City with a dream of having her name in lights. She quickly made her mark in Las Vegas when she was hired to star in the hit show “Menopause the Musical” at the legendary Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. Far from being your typical Vegas style entertainer, the actress, vocalist, writer, and producer has become somewhat of a trail blazer in the areas of image, her musical repertoire and overall approach to show business. So much so, she caught the attention of the producers for the current, hot new Netflix

This was a year of difficultly for many of us. However, in a short period of time in the earlier part of this year, you lost your dear mother whom you were extremely close with, your longtime performing residency at Rose Rabbit Lie at the Cosmopolitan came to an end after 7 years and lost your place of residence. How were you able to overcome this tough time both personally, professionally, and financially and come out several weeks looking amazing and headlining some of the hippest top venues in town? HMMMMM! I would say I have not overcome! I am managing and getting through with God’s grace and the prayers and love of friends and family (Like you). Many days, I want to remain in bed and cry. Many days, I ask God “why?” Some days, I am not

even sure if I know who I am or what I am to do with my life! Life changed instantly. The NYE Eve show I did with you was one of the last big performances she got to see of me. My mama (Carmen Jones) was my biggest cheerleader, best friend, and critic (lol)! She was so excited and proud that I got to speak to the world on New Year’s. She stayed up late to watch it in Missouri. I am my mother’s daughter, so giving up and checking out is not an option, but I know she wants me to take care of myself (working on it). She also told me to go after everything that is BIG and that I have earned and deserve. With her spirit and prayers from so many, I get up.... I cry in the car...on the other people’s the grocery store line...but I get up! My life hit a paradigm shift! I had no choice in this part of the story! I lost my seven-year career job and my place to live all in the matter of a few weeks!!

my opportunities, but I still have some goals to reach! Like most entertainers and those with a dream that have various options as to where to create their existence, the last question is simply…. why Vegas? Honey, I need to be able to lift my cleavage and wear bling lashes and glitter 24 hours a day and not be judged!!! Only in Vegas!!!!!! Learn more about Skye and her performance schedule on her website:

There is no playbook or magic trick to help with that kind of pain. But I can get another job and find another place but there is no Mama coming back, so I breathe the memories so I can get up!!! I am blessed for the new opportunities at The Virgin Hotel and The Nomad Bar at Park MGM. I’m also bringing the Boom Boom Room back in July! Get ready for the Big Boom! You are one of the hardest working entertainers consistently performing in various venues on and around the strip. Who is your inspiration that led you to be a performer, and that inspires your incredible energy and drive night after night? I would say my first influencers were my Grandma Rosetta, who loved country and western, and every woman who sang and played the piano in church. I wanted to be like them, but I never learned to play the piano! However, I did play the saxophone. I would love to know if there is something still you wish to achieve or accomplish? My goal for Las Vegas is to have my own production show where people pay to come see SKYE DEE MILES. I want an Elvis size light that spells out SKYE! I want to be the next Lola Falana. (She was the First Lady of Las Vegas making 100,000 a week) Yes…. I realize It is a big dream, but I BELIEVE! I am here to represent for the ladies... the SISTAS! I want to touch people’s lives through entertainment. I’m blessed with all



Just before the pandemic hit, producer and vocalist Michelle Johnson was coming off the high of another successful show at The Smith Center, where the singer has created some of her best work.


er Black History Month production “Sankofa – A Celebration Concert of African American Music and History” was the singer’s 10th sold out show at the intimate Myron’s Cabaret Jazz. As always, there was an outstanding band, a cast of some of the city’s top vocalists, and a powerful theme and vibe that had people on their feet.

and businesses shut down like dominoes. Like many performers, Michelle used the down time to focus on family, writing, and pivoting when she could. Some smaller venues managed to stay open, and others turned to live streaming and limited capacity events, but The Smith Center remained shuttered.

After the show, Michelle got the usual question from fans: “What’s next?” With no inkling of what March of 2020 was to bring, the singer rattled off her list of upcoming projects and invited fans and friends to attend.

Michelle Johnson is back at the Smith Center on September 26, with a brandnew show that celebrates the reopening of Broadway, the return of live entertainment all over the world and the resilience of the human spirit. The show, aptly titled “Home! – A Return to Broadway” is a heart pounding musical revue featuring some of Broadway’s greatest hits from composers such as George Gershwin,

A few weeks later, the city, the country, the world …came to a standstill as the Covid19 pandemic took hold, and venues

Until now.

Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Sarah McLaughlin, Jason Robert Brown, and many more. As a veteran of Broadway herself, the show marks the singer’s return to her musical theater roots and her long-time love affair with her hometown of New York City. Known as “Las Vegas’ First Lady of Jazz,” Michelle Johnson is a critically acclaimed vocalist and a local favorite in Las Vegas. She is known for her soaring vocals, versatile repertoire, and sold-out productions at The Smith Center and elsewhere. She has also performed, toured, or recorded with legendary artists including Gladys Knight, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, and others. Michelle’s liquid voice and unique storytelling style will engage you from the first note to the last. The show is backed by an incredible band, with musical direction by three-time MAC Award winning Broadway veteran Mark Hartman, whose credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, Avenue Q, The Fantasticks, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Café Carlyle, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and more. Featuring several surprise guests, Michelle’s feel-good show will have you smiling and singing along to Broadway hits of yesterday and today. Expect to laugh, cry, and leave smiling. Presented in the intimate setting of Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at a special twilight time of 6 PM, this promises to be a wonderful evening of the iconic hits of Broadway. See you there! More about Michelle Johnson at Sunday September 26th at 6 pm Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center in Las Vegas Tickets:














































In conjunction with the continued unveiling of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, JC Hospitality, owners of the resort, are pleased to announce the partnership with nightlife leaders Mio Danilovic, Jason “JROC” Craig and Michael Fuller who will operate the highly anticipated Élia Beach Club. by international beach destinations will create a rhythmic, transformational experience for guests, different from any other Vegas pool and nightlife offering. From the wood framed and draped fabric cabana design, to the jute woven poufs, and stonework accents, the global design influences differentiate Élia Beach Club from the typical pool atmospheres, offering a photographic backdrop at every turn.


he new day life venue has officially opened its doors and will serve as the ultimate haven for guests as Vegas’ premiere beach club, offering an unparalleled experience unlike anything else in the Las Vegas resort corridor. “As part of the integrated resort model, the outdoor pool experience was one of our top priorities. We are thrilled with this partnership and anxious to introduce the venue to our guests. The desert oasis incorporates an internationally inspired ambiance sure to impress hotel guests, performers and locals alike.” Élia Beach Club is a passion project for Mio Danilovic, Creator and Managing Partner of Elia Beach Club, who is known for his stellar beach club track record, having recently opened Joia Beach in Miami -- which remains the preeminent venue of its kind -- maintaining itself as a coveted celebrity hotspot. Designed by the discerning eye of Francois Frossard, Élia Beach Club takes its inspiration from Mykonos, Greece, remaining in-step with its namesake, Elia, Mykonos’ largest beach. Known for its clear, blue surf and scenic sandy landscape, Élia Beach Club will emanate those sensations through its ambiance. “I am so honored and excited to have partnered with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. My partners and I are looking forward to building Élia Beach Club into one of the best beach club venues, not only in Las Vegas, but the United States. We aim to


deliver a top-tier atmosphere, first-class service and an unbelievable experience, remaining true to everything that the Virgin Hotels brand stands for,” said Mio Danilovic, Creator/Managing Partner, Élia Beach Club. The Mykonos-inspired decor and ambiance will not only impress guests but transport them to an international paradise. With a musical focus on all genres of house music, a relaxed yet energetic dance vibe inspired

“At Élia Beach Club we are trying to create an energy, an energy that not only lives uniquely in the space musically, but also in the way the venue feels. An energy and vibe in a different lane then your typical Vegas pool experience,” said Jason “JRoc” Craig, Managing Partner, Élia Beach Club. MV Élia Beach Club will initially be Open Thursday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Information Provided by Kirvin Doak Communications Photos Provided By Virgin Hotels Las Vegas




This attraction has been captivating the globe with pop-up exhibits and Vegas was lucky enough to be next on the list. What has been called, “An awe-inspiring 360-degree experience making visitors feel as though they have stepped into the famous artist’s masterpieces,” this immersive exhibit has definitely caught our attention as being a go-to spot for locals to get their weekly dose of artistic inspiration. Perfect for your next date night or family fun night, step into a new reality! The exhibit is not only a visual and digital projection but also audibly punctuated and narrated, as if you are literally transcend-

ing through time across over 300 of Van Gogh’s masterpieces. Perfect for all ages, walk into a memorable and educational experience for the whole family.

While Area15 is free for entry, the Van Gogh Immersive Experience starts at $35 a person for adults and $19 children, with family packages available for purchase.

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THE VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS Las Vegas’ Best Independent Indie Film Festival

Viva Las Vegas is one of the cities known to share the spotlight of, “The Entertainment Capitol of the World!” We hear about Vegas nightlife, the shows, exhibits, pool parties, and more, but have you heard about the Vegas Movie Awards (VMA)?


f you’re late on the news it’s okay, that’s why we’re here to keep you up to speed. If you are what they consider a movie buff or, a lover of great films, then get this – The Vegas Movie Awards is something you’ll absolutely want to pay attention to. The Vegas Movie Awards is the prestigious and caring International Film Festival for Filmmakers and Screenwriters that takes place bi-monthly. If you are someone looking to get global recognition, this is THE PLACE to put your energy to because it is one of the fastest growing and influential Festivals worldwide. This exciting competition is for all of you Independent Filmmakers, Screenwriters, and talents. Each competition will be judged by a panel of advisors like the founders themselves- And when we talk about a PRESTIGIOUS opportunity, we mean just that. Winners will receive a Filmmaker Interview at High Quality along with an official VMA Original Statuette, plus more! Sergio Barbasso, who is the founder of Vegas Movie Awards is also an award-winning director, producer, writer, and animator (talk about a Renaissance Man!) and working alongside of him is Ronnie F. Lee who is the President. Ronnie also has an impressive portfolio in the industry as well and comes with quite an extensive background in the entertainment industry. With these two brilliant minds working in a collaborative effort along with the other panel of judges who understand the ins and outs of the industry, being a part of the Vegas Movie Awards will surely accelerate your exposure and challenge your growth as your project will


be backed and worked on with the help of their personal team to promote you on social media. “This was an awesome festival filled with great people! They are dedicated to supporting excellent films and giving filmmakers and actors a chance to be recognized for their art. Simply the Best!” – says Actor Jesse Ray Sheps. The goal of the company – get you in front of the right people and audience or potential investors. People from all over the world can log on to to participate in their virtual movie screenings, coming August of 2021! And to submit your project and enter, it can be done easily through the direct website: https:// or through FilmFreeway. Note that by submitting your projects via Vegas Movie Awards website, there are bonus advantages to doing so. One bonus is that your project will be evaluated as a priority and you will be one step ahead of the curve, as you will be notified before the notification date shown above. Another advantage for online submission is the rates and credibility. Here you will be taken to an online form and choose between 26 categories with multiple entries permitted. If you were looking for a sign about a great opportunity- THE TIME IS NOW and this is your chance! Get the recognition you deserve and submit to Vegas Movie Awards today. Follow their Instagram: @VegasMovieAwards Facebook: VegasMovieAwards Twitter: @VegasMovie


Business breeds proud in Las Vegas. From running a business to finding the right business for your needs, MYVEGAS is here to serve you the best information and the brightest business leaders in the valley. Find tips for your small business, online business, or just information you should know! Find what you’re looking for in many industries, including insurance, supplies, and a variety of products and services you need. Within these pages are companies we know and trust, and we’d like to share them with you, our loyal readers! This issue, it’s not just the MyBusiness section, it’s MyVegas’ Best Businesses! Featured in this section, you will find the Top 10 Vegas Born Businesses. Nominated and chosen by our readers as the best locally born businesses, we are so proud to congratulate and honor these hard-working local business leaders.




COVID-19 has impacted the way we communicate and interact with other people. Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have been isolated to our own computer devices and connecting with people through various means of digital social channels.


ow that we are reopening up in Las Vegas, the time is now for us to get out there as many businesses require networking to keep functioning. Below are a few networking tips that will help you build your new connections.

STATE YOUR PURPOSE Tell people why you are attending and ask them why they have chosen to attend. Hopefully you will be able to find some similarities in both of your answers which will lead toward a pleasant, or even productive, discussion later on.

START OFF LIGHT Start off with short and friendly conversations with people around you. No need to talk about the weather, but instead a simple “How are you” and personal introduction usually suffices. It is a great way to break the awkward initial silence and will set a positive tone for the rest of your conversations.

FOCUS ON YOUR SURROUNDINGS Another technique to start talking to people is to have the topic be all about the actual event. Does the event come with an agenda or a speaker? Is food and beverage provided? Any entertainment during the event that you can comment on? Those are a few neutral conversation starters that all the networking attendees can at least share their opinions on.

ASK FOR A BUSINESS CARD Having a business card comes in handy when ending the conversation. If a physical card is not what you would like to keep minus the germs from touching the card, provide your contact information verbally. Either way this will let the other person know that you are still interested in hearing them, however, gives you the opportunity to leave. FOLLOW UP You should always follow up with the people you meet at an event. Networking extends beyond the quick conversations. The goal is to form business relationships, not transactions. Most importantly, you should be honest and straightforward with your personal connections while networking. The conversations should be authentic and not forced, otherwise, you lose the value of the contacts you made. Now go out there and network!


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MYVEGAS had the chance to sit down with Nikola Prvanovic, the owner, photographer, and videographer of LV Photography, and learned all about his love for photography. We asked him some burning questions that our readers were dying to know, see his answers below! Q: What are some big-name companies you worked with?

Q: Let’s start with the most important question. How did you develop an interest in photography?

A: When Amazon opened their facility here, we recorded and photographed the grand opening. We have also completed commercial photography work for Microsoft and many other companies. I’m looking forward to seeing the Las Vegas Convention Center reopen and start working with new companies and our regular companies on big productions.

A: Well... to skip the long story and not fill the article alone just by answering that one question: I would say that my love for photography was born through people that have influenced me throughout my life and sustained by all that inspires me! Q: As a photographer, how do you make sure that the person you want to shoot looks beautiful? A: Everyone is beautiful! Beautiful is the courage to be yourself. That’s the true beauty in my opinion. As the photographer, it is my responsibility to recognize that in my clients and convey it into an actual image. Q: Do you shoot B&W photography? A: Yes. Absolutely. I believe that the B&W photography gets under the skin, you get to really see the person. But I do enjoy shooting both.

Q: The photo shoot you still want to do. Something that would push your limits as the artist and the photographer?

Q: What makes LV Photography different from other photographers? A: Besides wedding photography services locally and outside of Vegas when I can, my studio also provides wedding videography and photo booth services. Additionally, I’m available for commercial photo shoots, portraits, headshots, senior photos, family shoots, or even fitness or modeling photo shoots. We strive to provide a genuine and positive experience paired with top quality work. I encourage all who read this great magazine to Google us.

A: Huh, thank God there are still many to cross off! I believe you should always have some challenges lined up in your life! Not circumstantial, set by you! Do not stop challenging yourself in personal and professional development throughout life. As my good friend Scott used to say to me when I was just starting, “Sky is the limit.” In the near future I would love to do a wedding photo and video session in Alaska or on Mount Kilimanjaro, and more locally, Sequoia National Park.

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INVEST IN YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE In modern society, it is almost a requirement to have a full-time job, and sometimes two. We are all looking for financial security to make time for the ones we love, and ourselves.


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PLENTY OF SURPRISES AWAIT… AT THE ICONIC WESTGATE Gordon Prouty, Vice President of Public Relations & Community Affairs at Westgate Las Vegas Shares the Stories of Legendary Vegas Fun…Past, Present and Future.


2 years ago this summer, the International Hotel opened its doors and introduced the world to Las Vegas’s first mega-resort. It stood taller than any other building in the state and opened to great fanfare with a command performance by Barbra Streisand in the famed International Theater, which later that month welcomed the King, Elvis Presley, and his string of 837 consecutive sold out performances. That was the beginning of a legend in Las Vegas that lives on today. The iconic property is now home to Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, where the tradition of Legendary Vegas Fun is alive and well.

As Vice President of Public Relations and Community Affairs at Westgate Las Vegas, Gordon Prouty is charged with leading the efforts of keeping that tradition alive by sharing the stories of the past, present and future that make it a truly special place. Prouty, who is originally from Syracuse, NY and has been a media executive in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas, joined the Westgate Las Vegas team in 2018. “I’ve had the opportunity to experience some great cities and meet some extraordinary people over the years,” Prouty told us, “but nothing compares with the team members, entertainers and guests I’ve

had the privilege to meet and the experiences I’ve had here in Las Vegas at the Westgate.” Team members reminisce about time spent with some of the incredible performers who played here and stayed here and share amazing stories about things that happened on this property. Angel Lopez-Rosas has been an usher since the doors first opened in 1969 and will tell you about the glitz and glamour of the shows. Edge Steakhouse’s Felix Morales was just talking about Tina Turner the other night and how she was even nicer than she was beautiful. One of the casino dealers, Anne Marie Jones, tells a story about how a gentleman got out of his car on a very rainy day to share his umbrella with her and hold the door for her. He told her that a lady should never open her own door and then wished her a wonderful day. That man was Liberace. “Their stories are the kind of stuff that books are written about,” Prouty said. Guests who come back year after year share their memories of past visits and special bonds they have formed. They all have their own stories, and they all describe their version of Legendary Vegas Fun. Whether it’s the unmatched luxury of the incredible Sky Villas, the fine dining at TripAdvisor’s top 2 rated Las Vegas restaurants, entertainment in the International Theater and Westgate Cabaret, cheering on your favorite team in the world famous SuperBook or winning at your favorite slots and table games, Prouty says, “There are plenty of surprises here at Westgate for everyone. And I’m the lucky guy that gets to share the stories.” MV DISCOVER LEGENDARY VEGAS FUN WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT& CASINO 3000 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89109




James Sutton is a Las Vegas local who specializes in all things marketing. He started in digital marketing in 2013 after wasting thousands of dollars on hiring other companies that made outrageous claims which they, ultimately, were unable to deliver on.


fter realizing just how hard it is to find an honorable digital agency that is qualified to execute on the needs of the companies they work with, he decided to start his own agency and solve that problem within the market once and for all. Eight years later, he has amassed a large client base in a large assortment of different industries, from home improvement to nightlife and lawyers to dispensaries, that all rely on him and his team for everything related to their brand identity and digital presence.

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Every ounce of the brand identity that he has created is centered around the idea that a synergistic relationship in business translates to: 1 + 1 = 3! If it’s not a mutually beneficial agreement, and if he can’t exceed the expectations he sets up front before working with someone, he will not take them on as a client. This is how he is able to guarantee his results in writing; he selects only those who will truly benefit from the service he offers. This level of integrity and the idea that the company must honor the customer, no matter the challenges that are presented, has resulted in over 90% retention through the COVID-19 crisis and unanimous growth for all clients who stuck it out through their term. Even those who cancelled prematurely only did so because of the financial strain caused by the pandemic. Moreover, his clients who stuck with him and trusted him to meet his guarantees are now doing over $100 million in sales annually. In 2020, his worst case study was an increase in sales of over 30% - his best case study that year was an increase in sales of over 600%!




In a world of uncertainty, security has become an almost indisputable need for events, celebrities, government officials and much more. Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, homes one very special security organization that shines above the rest.


rotective Force International, founded by Chief Jonathan Alvarez and Deputy Chief Andre Scott, began with the hope to fill Nevada’s need for better security standards for others to follow. What started out as a few hundred dollars, a laptop, and the dream of having a premiere security service that is equipped, trained, and able to respond to a multitude of incidents, Jonathan and Andre have already made a difference in the Las Vegas community. Protective Force International, PFI for short, has transformed into Southern Nevada’s support for community service and security operations in just under three years. PFI provides Unarmed Security Officers, Armed Security Officers, Investigators, Patrol Operations, K9 Officers, and Security Consulting. Jonathan and Andre built PFI based on serving the community through many aspects. To their clients, they provide a


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Las Vegas brims with magic. Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy and a parade of others have made objects disappear, assistants float and audiences gasp with awe.


ut Las Vegas businesspeople have come to know another magic — the many-heads-are-betterthan-one magic of mastermind groups. I’ve had a front-row seat to see these groups’ power. When I’m not leading my internet technology staffing and projects solutions company, Taurean Consulting Group, I’m


a facilitator for the Catalyst mastermind group. I love this role because I help businesspeople make not just their ventures better, but their lives better. Napoleon Hill described the idea of mastermind mentoring groups in his books “The Law of Success” (1925) and “Think and Grow Rich” (1937). Entrepreneur magazine reported that business titans Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford leveraged mastermind groups. Business guru Tony Robbins added that authors have leveraged mastermind groups, too, including C.S. Lewis (famous for the “Chronicles of Narnia” series) and J.R.R. Tolkien (“Lord of the Rings”). Mastermind groups are so popular that Forbes magazine has written three features on them already this year. I’ve learned that mastermind groups work because business owners are all looking for a place to call home — a safe zone to discuss the challenges that keep them up at night. During the pandemic, these challenges multiplied — working remotely, navigating Paycheck Protection Program loans, retaining clients, sharing home space ceaselessly and sometimes managing children’s schooling. When Catalyst meets, our members aren’t looking to be “fixed,” they’re looking to be heard. We listen to one another and hold one another accountable as we navigate hurdles.

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Moving across the country hit a momentary reset button but didn’t give me a lasting fix. Once the novelty of it all faded, I fell lower than I’d ever been. The idea of taking such radical action only to end up carrying the same burden made it even heavier. The little girl inside of me remained in Gary. She continued clinging to a hardened heart, resisting forgiveness and sidestepping compassion. She held on to the worst of all that happened there, determined to make it known. I was regurgitating my old story and calling it “healing.” It wasn’t until I focused not on where I’d been but where I’d like to go and who I needed to be to get there that I saw positive results. After 10 years in Vegas, I’ve appeared on the FOX TV talk show MORE (twice), pub-

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Michael and his associates help their clients choose their structure, plan for taxes, life events, growth, and ideally to one day, live a great retired life. Of course, they help people with taxes, but the real benefit is the planning before taxes are due. “Small businesses are the best fit, they tend to need the most help, and benefit the most from our services.” But everyone can benefit from having an ally on your side to help you grow and flourish your financial health!

Gardening was always something his family did all together, although like most parents, they did most of the work. From digging in the ground to playing with lady bugs, planting seeds and harvesting the vegetables, Michael remembers it as a positive experience in his life. Today, he loves devoting time to the things that take time to flourish. In his own home, he has grown 3 generations of gardens in his space, over nearly 20 years. He has even made the incredibly fertile dirt that fills the gardens via composting yard waste.

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Welcome to the new age of Cannabis in Las Vegas. Since it became recreationally legalized in 2017, the industry has found unmeasurable success. We live in a state that recognizes all the incredible health benefits that the Cannabis plant has to offer, and welcomes the community to share the wealth. The hard-working men and women that contribute to this industry have gone above and beyond to pursue and create the best product imaginable. From the packaging of the plant, to harvesting, to the best CBD oil you can find, this section will not only teach you about the growth Cannabis has made, but how to find the best product for you!


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Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.