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Here’s a short list of some of the organizations that serve our community. They all accept donations and volunteers: Second Harvest: St. Francis House: (homeless shelter): St. Augustine Humane Society: Wounded Warriors: Catholic Charities: Habitat for Humanity of St. Johns County: St. Gerard Campus: Like to read – Early Learning coalition:

Suzanne Egeln, Publisher

f it is important to you to make a difference in your own community, please try to find somewhere in your neighborhood that would welcome your time and energy. Check your care • nursing home • homeless shelter ­library • elementary school • ­hospital • rec center • animal shelter • museum • state park • soup kitchen Item Donations Countless organizations and charities are looking for donations of almost anything you could imagine. Before you throw

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In This Issue

st. augustine woman’s journal | december 2013/january 2014

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40 Health & Medicine


4 |

Physical Activity and Your Health

22 | Tauck River Cruising

36 | Miracles Really Do Happen 37 | St. Augustine Beach Blast Off

6 |

Becoming Thankful

Business &Finance

Fashion & Beauty

7 |

Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, Venous Reflux: What’s the Difference?-A Solution to Leg Pain 23 | Does having full coverage auto insurance always mean I am protected? 8 | All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself 24 | Your Website: The Friendly Receptionist 9 | A Few words about Peripheral Neuropathy

10 | After Breast Cancer Surgery 11 | Foot Myths: Don’t Believe the Hype 12 | Family Planning Since 1850 BC 13 | Don’t Disrupt your Holidays The Holidays Can be Cruel to Our Stomachs 14 | Don’t Get Tripped Up! Understanding Risk Factors for Falls Among Older Adults. 16 | This Winter, Prepare for Exercise Like an Athlete 17 | The Power of Positive Thinking: Or the Benefits of Reducing Negative Thoughts

Life Services

18 | Pets are Welcome at Haven Hospice 19 | Simply Susie. Let us clean, cook and run

errands for you! It’s just a part of what we do!

21 | CoreAlign Training


25 | Night Before Short Sale

Women in Profile

25 | Lacey Conner, Victoria Golden,

Billie J. Colson, Michelle Collins


29 | St. Francis House Meets the Needs 30 | The Gift of Giving

39 | Eyebrow is the king of beauty 40 | Problem Nails vs Healthy Beautiful Nails 41 | Blue Water Jewelers is a Proud Partner with Debeers & Forevermark 42 | Pics for your Biz

Food & Entertainment

43 | Florida’s First Educational Radio Talk Show Launches In St. Johns County 44 | Treat Your Taste Buds at PJ’s Asia One Market

Home & Garden

45 | Top 5 countdown: Auto repairs you’ll want

to think twice about

46 | New Year’s Resolutions I Gleaned From Others

31 | River House

32 | Dancing Stars of St. Johns County 2014

47 | 312 Self Storage, Inc.

33 | Flagler Health Care Foundation Launches

Back Cover

Peter Pan Birthday Club Program

34 | The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County 35 | Habitat for Humanity: Why We Build

(Or: Why I Love My Job)

48 | Go Fish

Health & Medicine

Physical Activity and Your Health


Vincent Caracciolo, MD, FACC First Coast Heart & Vascular Center, PA

ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of Americans are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity. Fully 16% of Americans are not active at all. Overall, women tend to be less active than men, and older people are less likely to get regular physical activity than younger individuals. In a recent article published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers from Harvard Medical School released data from the 10year Women’s Health Study that showed moderate exercise reduced the risk of heart disease by 27 % to 41%. The study was performed on 27,055 participants. The mechanism of benefit was shown to be largely due to the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol), raising HDL (good cholesterol), and reducing inflammation. It is well-known that inflammation leads to the release of molecules called cytokines that can cause damage to blood vessels in the heart and throughout the body. Cholesterol tends to deposit at these damaged sites, leading to plaque.

The damaged vessels containing increased cholesterol deposits are the sites where platelets attach to blood vessels. These clumps of platelets can break off and completely block the blood vessel as it narrows downstream. In the coronary arteries, this leads to an acute heart attack; in the brain, it causes either a major or a minor stroke. As little as two hours of brisk walking every week was sufficient to lower the risk of major cardiac events dramatically. Can you imagine that if all you do is walk briskly for 17 minutes daily, your risk of heart disease will go down by 40 %? Regular physical activity defined as about 30 minutes of moderate activity (preferably all days of the week) can risk of heart disease. One can lower your chances of having a stroke, colon cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other medical problems.

Cover Photo: Kelly Leedom, physician liaison, Dr. Madji Ashchi, physician/owner, Tracy Brockman, office manager; all of First Coast Heart and Vascular Center

December 2013/January 2014

If you’re also trying to manage your weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy weight gain, try to get 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity on most days of the week. At the same time, watch your calories. Take in only enough calories to maintain your weight. I often counsel my patients to eat no more than 350 calories a meal four to six times a day. Most of our bodies can not metabolize more than this amount so large meals that many of us are used to will cause us to store weight and develop fatty tissue. I often share the following scenario with my patients. Patient A: Eats two large meals daily of 750 calories each- totaling 1500 calories. Patient B: Eats five small meals of 300 calories each about 2-3 hours apart– totaling 1500 calories.


Q: Who will lose weight? A: Patient B. By eating only the calories the body can burn, patient B will likely lose weight coupled with regular physical activity. Unfortunately Patient A is unable to burn the extra 450 calories they eat at each meal and that totals 900 extra calories daily. 1 pound is about 3500 calories. In about 4 days a person can gain an unwanted pound of weight eating this way and it can be exacerbated if they are physically inactive. Another example, a 200-pound person who keeps on eating the same amount of calories, but walks briskly 
each day for 1.5 miles, will lose about 14 pounds in 1 year. Staying active will also help to keep the weight off. Second, you can eat fewer calories and be more active. This is the best way to lose

Health & Medicine weight, since you’re more likely to be successful
by combining a healthful, lowercalorie diet with physical activity. For example, a 200-pound person who consumes 250 fewer calories per day, and begins to walk briskly each day for 1.5 miles, will lose about 40 pounds in 1 year. As you can see about 2/3 of weight loss is attributed to diet, but we need physical activity to help stave off medical problems including heart disease. Heart disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed, due to a buildup of plaque on the arteries’ inner walls. Plaque is the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. As plaque continues to build up in the arteries, blood flow to the heart is reduced. Heart disease can lead to a heart attack. A heart attack happens when a cholesterol-rich plaque bursts and releases its contents into the bloodstream. This causes a blood clot to form over the plaque, totally blocking blood flow through the artery and preventing vital oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. A heart attack can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. Some people aren’t too concerned about heart disease because they think it can be cured with surgery. This is a myth. Heart disease is a lifelong condition. It’s true that certain procedures can help blood and oxygen flow more easily to the heart. But the arteries remain dam- aged, which means you are still more likely to have a heart attack. What’s more, the condition of your blood vessels will steadily worsen unless you make changes in your daily habits and control other factors that increase risk. You Have Control Physical inactivity is one of several major risk factors for heart disease that you can do something about. The others are: Smoking. People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked each day. High Blood Pressure. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure increases

your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure. High Blood Cholesterol. High blood cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, which raises the risk of a heart attack. Starting at age 20, everyone should have their cholesterol levels checked by means of a blood test called a “lipoprotein profile.” You can lower high blood cholesterol by getting regular physical activity, eating less saturated fat and trans fat, and managing your weight. In some cases, medication is also needed. Overweight. If you are overweight or obese, you are more likely to develop heart disease even if you have no other risk factors. Ask your doctor to help you determine whether you need to lose weight for your health. The good news: Losing just 5–10 percent of your current weight will help to lower your risk of heart disease and many other medical disorders. Diabetes greatly increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other serious diseases. Ask your doctor whether you should be tested for it. Many people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the disease by reducing calories as part of a healthy eating plan, and by becoming more physically active. Taking Precautions Some people should get medical advice before starting, or significantly increasing, physical activity. Check with your doctor first if you: • Are over 40 years old and not used to moderately energetic activity. • Currently have a heart condition, have developed chest pain within the last month, or have had a heart attack. (Also see the section, “After a Heart Attack.”) • Have a parent or sibling who developed heart disease at an early age. • Have any other chronic health problem or risk factors for a chronic disease. • Tend to easily lose your balance or become dizzy. • Feel extremely breathless after mild exertion. • Are on any type of medication.

“In a recent article published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers from Harvard Medical School released data from the 10-year Women’s Health Study that showed moderate exercise reduced the risk of heart disease by 27 % to 41%” While physical activity can strengthen your heart, some types of activity may worsen existing heart problems. Warning signals include sudden dizziness, cold sweat, paleness, fainting, extreme breathlessness, or pain or pressure in your upper body. These symptoms may occur during, or just after, an activity. Ignoring these signals and continuing your activity may lead to serious heart problems. Instead, call your doctor right away. Overall it is best to get regular comprehensive evaluations to help understand how best to incorporate the right type of exercise in your life to help reduce your risk of heart disease and other illnesses. Vincent Caracciolo, MD, FACC Dr. Caracciolo obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Clarkson University, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Caracciolo went on to earn his M.D. from St. George’s University School of

Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Yale University − Norwalk Hospital Program where he was the recipient of multiple awards including Resident of the Year for 1999 - 2000, Peer Award, Team Care Achievement Award and the Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award. Dr. Caracciolo completed a three year fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Stony Brook, New York. Dr. Caracciolo lives locally in St. Augustine with his wife, Jenna, a local preschool teacher and his two sons Sean and Ryan 3 children, 2 boys, Sean and Ryan and a girl, Giuliana. He is active in several hospital committees to help advance Flagler Hospital’s mission to care for the people of St. Augustine, and bring the skills and passion for the most advanced cardiovascular therapeutics locally to St. Augustine, obviating the need for our patients to travel elsewhere for care.

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center, PLLC



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Health & Medicine

Becoming Thankful


aintaining an attitude of gratitude can be challenging and often requires a continual refocusing of our perspective. However challenging this may be, studies show that it is indeed rewarding and benefits our physical, emotional, spiritual and social selves. Often a dramatic situation will cause us to wake up and acknowledge being thankful---a near miss accident, a neighbor losing their home, friends divorcing, hearing about a serious illness. The traumas that others experience often stir up our own emotional reactions enough so that we break out of our autopilot mode, which consists of moving rapidly through this life without any real consciousness or connection, to others or ourselves. When we are awakened by pain, we then become conscious…but why do we need pain to make us feel thankful and blessed? The pain of a crisis forces us to pay attention. When we move towards the open awareness and become flooded by gratitude we can begin to see the simple blessings and joys of life. It is as if our hard, outer shell has been removed and our sensations are heightened. We become more open, more affectionate, showing appreciation. Some people feel uncomfortable and vulnerable in this state and quickly want to revert to the closed controlled existence. However,

the challenge lies in maintaining this open state, which is really essential for fostering connection with self and others. Being thankful keeps us connected to God and to an optimistic expectation for the future. If we can take time to acknowledge the small things, the rest of life seems to come into perspective. Acknowledging the statement “we find evidence to support our beliefs” we can feel more grateful by asking the following:

Kathleen Abbott, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

John R. Jones, Jr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor,

“Kate” has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has over 25 years of experience as a therapist and as a business leader. She coaches managers on best practices, is a regular speaker on creative and practical life strategies and believes “transformation begins with a renewing of the mind.” Her clinical expertise is broad with specialties in eating disorders, PTSD, women, couples, teens and faith-based counseling. She is also highly experienced in providing counseling and crisis intervention training to various organizations in our community. A former licensed foster care parent and mother of two daughters, she is able to equip others in managing life’s many changes and challenges.

“Jack” has an MBA from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida and is a doctoral student in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. A former CPA with over 20 years of international business experience, he now specializes in working with teenage and adult substance abuse, family and couple discord, parental alienation syndrome, trauma, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Practicing what he calls Cognitive Soul Therapy, dramatic results are sought using both science and spirituality. He is also familiar with the courtroom through his experiences as a Family Law Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, Guardian Ad Litem volunteer, licensed foster care parent, and adoptive father.

• What did I see today that was beautiful? • What acts of nobility did I notice? • Where did I see kindness? • Who are my blessings? • When did I feel joyful today?

Lasting Results Through Science & Spirituality

It is important to replay the positive moments in our day and to even share them with others. Letting people know what you appreciate in them and resisting the tendency to take them for granted really blesses both the giver and the receiver. Don’t wait for pain or a crisis to awaken you-we can receive this lesson in a much easier manner. Be open, be aware, see your blessings, express gratitude…and joy will abound. The therapists at The LifeSource Group thank you for your trust and confidence. It is truly a privilege to serve each and every client.

ST. AUGUSTINE’S BEST COUNSELORS December 2013/January 2014


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Health & Medicine Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, Venous Reflux: What’s the Difference? -A Solution to Leg Pain patients excellent relief from varicose vein disease in less than 45 minutes. Spider veins present as small webs of red, purple or blue clusters or lines that disfigure the skin surface. Varicose veins appear as dark blue veins or bulging ropes beneath the skin. While these veins are not usually life threatening, they can disrupt and interfere with a person’s quality of life. Venous


By: Ryan Pereira, DPM FACFAS

f you are one of the many who suffer from discomfort, pain, or poor self-image due to varicose veins, spider veins, or venous reflux, a wide array of minimally invasive treatment options are available at The Centre for Advanced Vein Care (CAV Care) which has been treating venous disease since 2005. Varicose veins, and spider veins although considered a cosmetic problem is actually a sign of an underlying disorder called Venous Insufficiency. Nearly 20-25 million Americans are afflicted by this condition. By age sixty, approximately 70 percent of women and 40 percent of men will be afflicted with venous insufficiency. Left untreated, it can lead to a chronic, debilitating, and sometimes limb-threatening condition. A minimally invasive, alternative to vein stripping, office based treatment called the Closure® Procedure offers For more information about vein treatments, please visit: or contact the office at 904-461-0821. The Center for Advance Vein Care (CAV care) treats all of the aspects of venous disease, the most common of which are varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulcers, and refluxing veins. We utilize the VNUS® Closure® procedure and treatments usually last approximately 45 minutes. In order to provide for total comprehensive vein care, vein stripping, ambulatory phlebectomy and sclerotherapy are also performed at the Center for Advance Vein Care. Dr. Ryan J. Pereira (pictured above) has been

stasis dermatitis and ulcerations are finally what occur if moderate to severe venous reflux is left untreated and may lead to threatening limb loss. The primary contributing factor to vein disease is heredity. Venous insufficiency is 2 times more prevalent in women than in men. Hormonal factors play a significant role in aggravation of the disease process. Puberty, menopause, birth control pills, estrogen/ progesterone pills, can aggravate vein disease. Pregnancy can worsen existing vein disease as the increased blood volume overwhelms the insufficient veins. Leg pain, fatigue, tiredness, heaviness, in practice since 2002 and has been treating venous disease since 2005. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is Board Certified in both Foot Surgery and ReDr. David S. Ross constructive Rearfoot/Ankle surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine with his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine. Dr. David S. Ross has been in practice since 1977 and has been treating venous disease since

aching, burning, itching, and restless legs are common symptoms of venous insufficiency. These symptoms often worsen with long periods of standing and can lead to leg swelling, throbbing and leg cramps. Conservative treatments include heavy support stockings, anti-inflammatory medications, and leg elevation. Venous disease is not as yet curable; however with appropriate treatment, the progressive nature of vein disease can be slowed and controlled. At CAV Care, we evaluate many patients for treatment of their spider veins, who have had these previously treated where only the cosmetic appearance was addressed, only to see reappearance after 6-12 months. Those


2008. He is Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and Family Practice and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Florida.

who opt only for superficial treatments of leg spider veins exchange the veins for dark blotches in the skin. The underlying problem is never considered or treated. A careful ultrasound vein mapping may show a deeper source of reflux in a larger source vein. We offer minimally invasive treatment options like VNUS Closure procedure to address the larger source veins. Once any underlying large vein insufficiency has been excluded or treated. Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice to address the most superficial skin veins.

Health & Medicine

All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself


moval of harmful decay and the restoration of your beautiful smile. But wait, there’s more.... Just in advance of flying cars and colonies on Mars, your dentist now harnesses the power of lasers. Once reserved exclusively for cutting secret agents in half and destroying small planets, lasers have become invaluable to your dental care. This advanced laser technology combines laser energy and gentle water to put your fears to rest. Most laser procedures are completed with NO anesthesia. That means less anxiety, faster appointments and no waiting for hours for numbness to wear off after treatment. The comfort and the convenience means that procedures can be combined thus requiring less time and fewer visits.

Bert A. Tavary, D.D.S

Mickey Leth, D.M.D

he biggest obstacle to patients pursuing regular dental care, even when they are in pain, is fear. Often, what we fear the most is what we understand the least. Society and popular culture have ingrained us with this fear of dentistry based largely on technology and methods not seen for several generations. Contrary to urban legend, there really is no smoke coming from your

mouth. The dentist is not setting your tooth on fire. The “drill” is not powered by an arthritic goat on a conveyor belt chasing a hanging carrot. Your dentist does not use a “drill”. Why would he? He’s there to fix your teeth, not to mount a cabinet. No dental supply catalogue has a section for “drills”. Your dentist utilizes a high speed handpiece to aid him in the efficient re-

Laser dentistry has many versatile applications: • Gently and precisely removes decay and actually increases the bonding strength of fillings making them longer lasting. • Treats and improves periodontal health. • Optimizes the success of endodontic procedures.

About the Doctors

• Facilitates countless soft tissue and bone surgeries which traditionally would have necessitated referral to a specialist. • Even cantankerous canker sores can be relieved as if by magic. Nearly every day, dramatic new advances in dentistry are unveiled. The emphasis on your comfort, as well as the pursuit of the highest quality materials and methods conceivable, has never been higher. Today’s state of the art dental experience bears no resemblance to television and movies or scary campfire stories or distant memories of traumatic childhood dental visits. Patients and dentists alike have hoped and dreamed and imagined a future in which your dentist would never turn out to be Steve Martin in “Little Shop of Horrors”. At long last, that future has arrived. Fear is now a thing of the past.

Publisher’s testimonial: Dr. Tavary recently did a laser cavity repair for me. There was no absolutely no pain, and that was even without anesthesia. Wonderful!

Dr. Tavary graduated from the University of Florida and Emory University School of Dentistry and began practicing dentistry as an associate in 1980. Dr. Tavary has lived in St. Augustine most of his adult life and this has become his adopted hometown. Dr. Tavary is a member of The American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He volunteers at The Wildflower Clinic and is a member of The Rotary. Dr. Tavary is also a huge supporter of the Headstart program. Dr. Leth graduated from the University of Florida and began practicing dentistry as an associate in 2009. Dr. Leth is a lifelong resident of St. Augustine. Dr. Leth is a member of The American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He is also a member of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as The International Association of Orthodontics. Dr Tavary along with Dr. Leth practice Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in their modern office that utilizes the latest technology in Dentistry. Both doctors feel their fantastic staff, with their professional and personal relationship to their patients is “The Key” to the success they have enjoyed throughout their careers here in St. Augustine. 

December 2013/January 2014


Health & Medicine

A Few words about Peripheral Neuropathy


By: Dr. Elena Stanescu Physicians Pain Center

eripheral neuropathy has a high incidence in today’s world; it was once associated only with diabetes, but it can be also part of many other diseases. The condition is the result of pathologic degeneration in the peripheral nerve fibers structure and functionality. It affects more and more people at different ages, many times without an underlying disease. It is difficult to treat and recently its awareness has increased. The causes of neuropathy can be systemic illness (e.g., diabetes, renal and/ or liver insufficiency), cancer, infectious disease (e.g., Lyme disease, AIDS, Herpes Zoster), nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, compression and trauma, and toxins (industrial, drugs, et cetera); many times, it is idiopathic. Typical symptoms are numbness and tingling in the feet, legs and hands, weakness, muscle cramps, hypersensitivity and pain. Most of the time the onset is gradual with a slow progression, but it may become severe, affecting one’s daily life, activity and sleep. When treating peripheral neuropathy, we should look first at the core clinical imbalances which can lead to this condition: environmental influences, genetic predisposition, and organ malfunction. Each patient presents a unique and complex set of influences on body functionality. We have to first look at the cause, and then treat the symptoms. It is important to look at the whole picture and treat the underlying cause, when possible. If there is no known underlying disease we should still try to find

the source of the problem; in this process, the patient has the major role. Today we have sophisticated laboratory studies which are able to detect certain toxins in the blood, allergies, intolerances to specific environmental factors, measure hormonal levels and quantify the vitamins and nutrients in the body. The goal is to improve the nutrients and oxygen delivery to the peripheral nerves. In this process, we first consider the life style changes one can make: stress control, diet (e.g., avoiding xenoestrogens, implementing healthful eating habits, including proper supplements ), toxin elimination (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, pesticides), maintenance of a proper body weight, adequate sleep pattern and exercise. Next we consider the inclusion of adequate supplements and vitamins. Supplements known to help rebuild the myelin sheath around the nerve and improve nerve function are: choline (found in oats, lentils and cauliflower), inositol (found in cantaloupe, oranges and whole grains), gamma linoleic acid (an essential

“Typical symptoms are numbness and tingling in the feet, legs and hands, weakness, muscle cramps, hypersensitivity and pain” fatty acid found in grapeseed oil, black currant oil, and borage oil), vitamin B6, B12, thiamine, biotin, folic acid and magnesium. The use of vitamins, minerals and supplements continues to play an important role in treating peripheral neuropathy, but in order to maximize their potential effect; their chemical formulas need to be considered. The type and composition of the vitamins play a major role; not all vitamins are created equal. For example, thiamine (B1 vitamin) has a better rate of absorption and bioavailability if used as

benfothiamine. In addition, any hormonal imbalance should be corrected. As an example, estrogen dominance may have a role in decreasing the levels of magnesium and vitamin B available. In addition to that which is discussed above, treatment for peripheral neuropathy may include antiepilectic medication, antidepressants, topical anesthetics, Capsaicin and the use of a TENS unit. Narcotic medications are not very effective and should be used with extreme caution as a last resort. An invasive option, such as a spinal cord stimulator, can be helpful for severe cases, when the other treatments available have failed. In conclusion, the most successful treatment for peripheral neuropathy is a comprehensive treatment plan in which the patient makes a significant contribution. This approach will not only have a greater chance of decreasing the symptoms, but it will also help the patient better understand the condition and address the situation with a more positive and optimistic outlook.

Board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Dr. Stanescu provides comprehensive treatment including nerve blocks, spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation and medication management at offices in St. Augustine and Palatka. Advanced techniques, such as spinal cord stimulator and intrathecal pump placement, are performed at Flagler Hospital and the St. Augustine Surgery Center. Physicians Pain Center offers interventional pain management services to persons suffering from acute and/or chronic pain. Diagnoses treated include musculoskeletal pain, headaches, abdominal and pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and cancer-related pain. Dr. Stanescu and her partner are committed to providing quality and compassionate care to those whose pain has become debilitating and is affecting daily activities of living.


Health & Medicine

After Breast Cancer Surgery The Women’s Health and Cancer Everyone who wears a bra should reRights Act of 1998 place her garments at least annually


By: Susan Detar, CFm Owner, The Pink Door

fter mastectomy or lumpectomy, replacement of breast weight is very important for the health of the skeletal and muscular systems and the overall comfort of a woman’s body. With unequal chest wall balance, the body will adjust and realign itself to the unequal weight. This can lead to problems like shoulder drop and pain in the back and neck. A common misconception is that women who have had both breasts removed don’t need to replace the missing chest wall weight. Not so. A woman’s body normally has weight on the chest wall and correct posture is easier to maintain when the body is returned to its normal state, whether there was very little breast tissue or a lot prior to surgery. Equal weight distribution ensures the body structure and gait are more accurate, allowing a quicker return to overall health and wellness. There are many styles of prostheses in many shapes and weights. Replacing the lost tissue to match remaining tissue as closely as possible is very important and will ensure a bra stays in place. Mastectomy bras are available in lots of fashionable styles and colors. When properly fitted and body balance is restored a woman’s self-assurance is restored as well. She will stand straight and tall and be ready for life.

(WHCRA) is a federal law that provides protection to women who have had a mastectomy covered by insurance benefits. This law applies generally both to persons covered under group health plans and persons with individual health insurance coverage. But WHCRA does NOT require health plans or issuers to pay for mastectomies. If a group health plan or health insurance issuer chooses to cover mastectomies, then the plan or issuer is generally subject to WHCRA requirements. If WHCRA applies to you and if you are receiving benefits in connection with a mastectomy, coverage must be provided for: ◆ All stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy has been performed; ◆ Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance; ◆ Prostheses and bras and; ◆ Treatment for physical complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema.

because the textiles will break down with wear and perfumes and oils will also cause deterioration. You should have three new ones at a time—one to wash, one to wear and one for a spare. Depending on your clothing, different styles are useful so building a wardrobe of bras is smart. An annual fitting is also important as weight changes, body composition and other factors will affect your bra size. “I’ve been a customer since 2005. I feel very comfortable in this store. Susan is very bright, warm and knowledgeable. Since the first time I walked in through the Pink Door (and it is pink!) I felt as though someone had invited me into their home. One time, my mom was in town and Susan fitted her for a bra. My mom was very pleased, she had been wearing the wrong size for years. Susan is very easy to talk to especially when you have a lot of questions about intimate supplies. Cancer is hard enough with all of the decisions you need to make, this should be an easy one.” - Kate

For further information about this regulation call the Department of Health and Human Services at 1-877-267-2323 ext. 61565.

Normal Anatomy

Spinal Curvature & Shoulder Drop

Image used by permission of Amoena USA Corporation

Susan Detar is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter. The Pink Door is an accredited post-mastectomy care center. Our mission statement: “The Pink Door will be recognized as the preferred provider of foundations to women affected by breast cancer. We will offer a wide selection of products in a knowledgeable and caring environment. Our goal is to fulfill 80% of our customers’ needs on the first visit.” This mission extends to all women who walk through the door. You will be served in a warm, inviting boutique occupying a home in the south historic district of Palatka. Our job is to provide products that will make you look and feel better.

December 2013/January 2014


Health & Medicine

Foot Myths: Don’t Believe the Hype acetic acid and may contribute indirectly to reducing foot odor. The most efficient way to kill odor-causing bacteria is by using antiperspirants on the skin of the foot. Just as antiperspirants work on underarm odor, it helps to reduce the sweating that leads to the bacteria in the first place. So, while a vinegar soak for foot odor may be helpful in an indirect way, there is a better, more efficient solution to this problem.


By Richard Johnson, DPM

Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center

eople have used home remedies for foot ailments for many years. Many of these “cures” are not medically sound. Below are some foot myths, debunked. • Listerine and Vicks VapoRub will cure toenail fungus. The claim is that these chemicals will cure toenail fungus and provide a safe alternative to prescription antifungal pills and a cheaper alternative to topical fungal medications. These chemicals cannot effectively penetrate the skin underneath the nail where the nail fungus is located. Nail fungus should be diagnosed with a nail biopsy/culture from a nail clipping and treated properly with either prescription topical or oral medication. • Vinegar can cure foot odor. People often mix a water and vinegar soak to treat foot odor. Vinegar contains

• Aspirin and ibuprofen are good treatments for plantar fasciitis (heel pain). Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen is believed to help with heel pain. However, these medications provide only temporary pain relief and, alone, do not treat the underlying condition. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a ligament on the bottom of the heel. A combination of appropriate stretching, icing, proper shoe gear, orthotics and anti-inflammatories is more complete method of curing heel pain. • Fungus cannot survive inside an unworn shoe or boot over time. In fact, fungus can live in a dormant state just waiting to infect or re-infect a foot or toenail. If you had foot fungus last season, take precautions by using an anti-fungal spray on boots and shoes that were worn last season before wearing them this season. • Pennies and duct tape can kill warts. While there are people who will swear that they got rid of their warts with either or a combination of duct tape and pennies, there is no scientific proof that this works. Warts are caused by a virus which infects the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and needs to be treated/killed appropriately.


We have been treating your feet in St Augustine and Palatka for over 12 years. Make an appointment today with Richard Johnson, DPM or Jose Concha, DPM at (904)826-1900 in St Augustine or (386)328-1122 in Palatka. At Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, we are setting the highest standards for your foot and ankle care.

Health & Medicine

Family Planning Since 1850 BC

By: Michele Rogero, CNM, ARNP Ancient City Midwives


amily planning methods have been documented throughout history starting with the Egyptian Pessary in 1850 B.C. For hundreds of years, women utilized various concoctions and devices in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies. The United States passed the Comstock laws in 1873, which made all forms of birth control illegal. Those laws were utilized until the1960’s when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first birth control pill. The next fifty years yielded many advances and options in family planning methods. Couples have numerous choices today including natural family planning (NFP), oral contraceptives, skin patches, implantable devices, vaginal rings, injections, intrauterine devices, and barrier methods. When utilized correctly, pregnancy prevention can have an efficacy rate as high as 99.9%. Individual results may vary depending on the method of family planning and its accurate utilization.

Methods • NFP methods are based on identifying a woman’s fertile days. Couples should avoid unprotected intercourse during specified times throughout a woman’s cycle. This method is an alternative for women who desire NFP methods for religious, medical, personal and/or ethical reasons. Healthcare providers can explain in detail how to effectively monitor your cycles. • Oral contraceptives are one of the most widely prescribed family planning methods. This is a hormonal method that requires daily action. Some women are discouraged from taking oral contraceptives while others benefit from their advantages. • Skin patches for family planning are applied once a week for three weeks, and then removed for one week in which menstruation usually occurs. There are four different anatomical sites that patches can be placed on the skin. Patches have similar advantages and restrictions as oral contraceptives. •Implantable devices are highly effective long-term family planning options. They can be inserted in a healthcare providers office under local anesthesia. They are placed in the inner aspects of a woman’s upper arm and are effective for three years. These devices can be removed at any time a woman desires a rapid return to fertility. •Vaginal rings require the use of one ring per month. One ring

is placed in the vagina where it remains for three weeks. The ring is then removed and left out for one week before a new ring is

Implantable devices can be placed in the inner aspects of a woman’s upper arm. placed. If the ring is expelled and replaced within three hours, it will remain effective. •Hormone injections are progesterone only forms of family planning. They are administered in a health care provider’s office every 12 weeks. Some women experience lighter menstruation while other experience complete cessation of menstrual periods. •Intrauterine devices are long-

term family planning options with a 5-year or 10- year variation. The 5-year device contains hormones, while the 10-year device does not. These are easily inserted and removed in a healthcare providers office. •Barrier methods of family planning prohibit the sperm’s access to a woman’s uterus. These methods include the sponge, diaphragm and condoms. They are used shortly prior to intercourse. Advantages and disadvantages exist with each and every type of family planning method. Studies have revealed that some contraceptives may even have health benefits. A couple should consult with their healthcare provider to discuss family planning methods that are individually appropriate. Depending on the method of choice, periodic office visits may be necessary to adjust or renew prescriptions and to assess or treview correct utilization.

Ancient City Midwives was founded in 2008 by two local midwives with the vision of creating a medical practice that treats every patient with dignity and first-rate care. The nurses and office staff at Ancient City Midwives are highly-trained and exceptionally friendly. We understand that for many, visiting a healthcare provider can be a stressful experience. Our comfortable surroundings and compassionate medical professionals will ease your fears.

December 2013/January 2014


Health & Medicine

Don’t Disrupt your Holidays The Holidays Can be Cruel to Our Stomachs


By Ben Pineau, MD, Borland-Groover Clinic

he winter months bring many joyful holidays, but our stomachs might not be too happy between October and January. From a few candy corns, an extra ladle of gravy, a couple peanut butter cookies and one-toomany flutes of champagne, our digestive system might have us paying for what we eat. The holidays entice digestive issues not just thanks to overeating, but also because of a lack of fiber, the multitude of

rich holiday foods and additional stress that comes along with getting that last present wrapped. It’s quite simple. The more food you indulge in, the more pressure is caused on your esophageal sphincter, the muscle that keeps digested food down where it belongs. When this happens, food and acid will backup causing heartburn. Too much food also slows down your whole digestive system causing stomach pain and constipation. To avoid this discomfort, eat slowly and save your second plate for leftovers instead of expanding your portions. Many holiday meals are missing one important thing: fiber. Low-fiber foods tend to lead to constipation, something that can easily be avoided with simple alternatives. Try using 100 percent whole wheat baking flour and add fruits and multi-grain crackers in your next holiday meal. Foods that are generally high in sugar and fat also usually fill the dining room table during the holidays. These hallmark holiday foods cause weight gain, which, long-term, might trigger an upset stomach. This extra fat slows down the digestion

“The winter months bring many joyful holidays, but our stomachs might not be too happy between October and January. “ system and triggers reflux. Popular holidays foods that are high in sugar and fat include: chocolate, alcohol, coffee and mints. The last-minute shopping, cooking and travel of the holidays is known to cause extra stress. When you are stressed, your stomach is, too. This stress has to ability to cause extra digestive issues that are already

associated with the holiday season. This year, break your tradition. Enjoy the holidays and the food without the heartburn and upset stomach by trying to celebrate with healthy alternatives. If you have a question, contact a doctor at the Borland-Groover Clinic at

Ben Pineau, M.D., F.R.C.P. Dr Pineau graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario. He completed his gastroenterology residency in Canada as well, before attending the University of Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina where he completed his fellowship in advanced endoscopy at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Pineau served as the Associate Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University while he also completed an additional year of specialized training in Interventional Endoscopy. In 2004, Dr. Pineau opened his solo gastroenterology practice in the St. Augustine community, and joined Borland-Groover Clinic in 2008. Dr. Pineau is board certified in gastroenterology, and remains a fellow in the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.


Health & Medicine

Don’t Get Tripped Up! Understanding Risk Factors for Falls Among Older Adults.

Dr. Larry Lake is a licensed

psychotherapist and the CEO of BayView, as well as its parent organization, the St. Johns Welfare Federation. Lake says,

M y mother and grandmother’s stories…

My mother and grandmother never gave a moments’ thought to the possibility of a fall at home. Tragically they both fell at home and suffered hip fractures. Within two months they had both passed away from complications.

Did you know that 75% of all falls occur in the home?

With a few simple changes you can reduce your risk or your loved one’s risk. Gram was a furniture walker. She was too proud to use a walker and relied on pieces of furniture as she

“as a local non-profit healthcare provider, we are excited about how this FORUM can help share the knowledge and expertise of the more than 280 healthcare professionals at BayView and across our continuum of care. In each issue we will address an area of interest to help consumers be even more informed about their health and wellness”. This FORUM focuses on fall risk factors among older adults. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that 20% to 30% of older adults who fall, suffer moderate to severe injuries such as hip fractures and head trauma.

As health care professionals we know there are steps that can be taken to reduce the fall potential of older adults, prevent injury and possible life-threatening health issues. Jennifer Van Skiver is the Vice President of Rehabilitation Services at BayView Rehab at the Samantha Wilson Care Center, a certified Senior Strength Trainer and an Occupational Therapy professional. She answers many important questions in this FORUM, helping us better understand the role of occupational therapy, fall risk factors among older adults and fall prevention.

has made the issue of falls at home very personal. As a daughter and an occupational therapy professional, it is important to me to educate as many people as possible to ensure that they don’t experience the unnecessary loss of someone they love as I did.

Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls

The CDC cites “more that 90% of hip fractures among adults ages 65 and older are caused by falls. These injuries can cause severe health problems and lead to reduced quality of life and premature death.” Taking the time to understand the risk factors for falls, understanding what a home safety assessment com-

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Things you can do now! • Lighting – ensure that lighting is bright, place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways. • Rugs – immediately dispose of throw rugs! They may be pretty but they are truly a hazard. Make sure rugs are firmly fastened to the floor; tack down loose ends. • Electrical cords - ensure cords and other items such as oxygen tubing are not on the floor in walking areas. • Bathroom – place non-slip mats in the tub; install a raised toilet seat and safety tub equipment. • Stairs – install handrails on both sides of your stairs, inside and outside and top to bottom. Make sure the rails are tight and secure. • Kitchen – avoid the use of step stools or ladders. Store items within easy reach. • Footwear – avoid loose fitting shoes, house slippers, especially the “flip-flop” variety. Wear shoes with a firm non skid sole. • Furniture – remove clutter from walking areas. • Flooring – assess for uneven or wet areas and pay particular attention to the height of doorway thresholds.

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Health & Medicine “I fell at work and fractured my hip. The home evaluation was very specific to me and my home layout. I learned how important it was for me to use my walker, how to use it properly and the importance of proper shoes. It was an eye-opener for me.”

- Winnie Cross, Owner – Sally’s Roses

Natural Risk Factors

There are many factors that play a role in the risk for falls, just as there are many interventions which can be offered to reduce the risk for falls. Inherent or natural factors can include general aging changes and medical conditions such as: ◆ Osteoarthritis ◆ Diabetes ◆ Cardiovascular disease (stroke, high or low blood pressure) ◆ Neurological conditions (Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathy) ◆ Decreased reaction time ◆ Loss of sensation in the feet ◆ Proprioception (the body’s ability to sense where it is in space or positional sense) ◆ Vision and hearing changes or loss ◆ Posture changes ◆ Loss of muscle strength and/or flexibility and mobility problems due to weakness or balance.

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External Risk Factors

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Medications: sedatives, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, narcotics, corticosteroids, antihypertensives, diabetic and some over the counter medications. Be aware of side-effects and if a drug makes you sleepy or dizzy−report that to your doctor. Environmental hazards can include obstacles, clutter, lighting and community

Occupational Therapy Helps Individuals Live Life To Its Fullest! When working with an occupational therapy practitioner or “OT”, strategies, adaptation and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. OT’s focus on “doing” whatever activities or occupations are meaningful to the individual. It is OT’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest.

Jennifer Van Skiver, Vice President of Rehabilitation Services at the BayView Rehab at the Samantha Wilson Care Center

unpredictability such as a pet under foot and uneven terrain. Improper footwear. Studies have shown that slipper-wearers are more likely to experience a fracture versus those wearing soft soled shoes (Kerse et al, Aust NZI public health). Assistive Devices. Lack of or improper use of assistive devices such as canes and walkers.

The most significant behavioral factors affecting fall risk include inactivity, alcohol use, medication side effects, overestimating one’s ability level, taking risks (for example, someone who has poor balance, using a step stool to reach the top shelf in their kitchen cabinet) and underestimating one’s ability level, by cutting back on activities and subsequently losing leg strength, balance and coordination.

To learn more about the benefits of Occupational Therapy talk with your physician, visit www.aota. org or call Jennifer Van Skiver at BayView (904-829-3475). Call today to discuss the benefits of a home safety assessment by an Occupational Therapist!

What can you do?

The CDC and American Geriatric Society site from evidence based studies, that approaches to reducing falls at home are “multifactorial”. Essentially, fall reduction risks are not significantly reduced when only one aspect is addressed or corrected. When approaching the idea of fall reduction many factors should be considered including: analysis of balance, transfer skills, strength and gait; footwear and management of foot problems; vision assessment and correction by an optometrist or ophthalmologist yearly; medication review for interactions and side-effects; routine physician visits for medical management; home assessment and modifications to address fall hazards; tailored program of muscle strengthening, balance retraining and gait training prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional; assessment for appropriate assistive devices and proper use. You can also contact an Occupational Therapist!

Health & Wellness Forum 161 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL (904) 829-3475 • BayView Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit comprehensive continuum of healthcare provider founded in 1920. Our superior level of services includes short-term inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing at BayView Rehab at the Samantha R. Wilson Care Center, BayView Home Health and BayView Assisted Living at The Pavilion and Buckingham Smith, an Emergency Charitable Assistance Program and BayView Wellness. Caring Hands-Caring Community is a separate 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 2004 by our parent organization. It was formed to support the exceptional services and continuum of care provided to people in need of healthcare services and financial assistance. For further information about any of the programs offered through the BayView Healthcare continuum please call (904) 829-3475.


Health & Medicine

This Winter, Prepare for Exercise Like an Athlete enjoyment of exercise. Proper fitting shoes combined with the right socks are a must for any activity. Tip: Seek out an experienced salesperson to help you find the right footwear.


By Scott Hayford, MS

hances are that you are not a professional athlete or Olympian, but why not prepare for each and every workout like they do? When you turn on the television to watch a sporting event, you see the intense competition between highly conditioned, trained and skilled athletes. What you don’t see are the preparation and planning those athletes put into that particular event, details like eating and drinking right, dressing properly to ensure safe and optimal performance, stretching, warming-up and ensuring mental readiness. At the Flagler Hospital Wellness Center, we encourage our Cardiac and Pulmonary patients to think like athletes by preparing for their “game” each day they come in to optimize their “performance”. I encourage you to do the same, think like an Olympian before you step out the door this winter for that walk, run, hike, bike ride, or whatever your activity of choice. Here are some of the details you can focus on in preparation for your exercise each day: • Wear appropriate footwear. I always say, “If you don’t spend money on anything else, make sure you have proper footwear”. This is the most important piece of apparel in terms of reducing the risk of injury and for increasing your comfort and

• Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Start pre-hydrating in the hours before you exert yourself, and keep drinking every 15-20 minutes during exercise. Continue drinking well into recovery. You are well hydrated if your urine is clear or pale in color. Tip: Set the timer on your watch to beep every 15-20 minutes during exercise to remind you that it’s “time to drink”, or find some other method to remind yourself to drink regularly. Tip: Water will suffice for exercise lasting less than 60 minutes. Longer than an hour and you should consume a sports drink to replace electrolytes and to provide some calories for energy. Tip: In cold weather, you still need to drink plenty of fluids. • Wear proper clothing for the activity and for the conditions. Be sure to check the weather and plan accordingly. It is best to dress in layers which you can “peel” off as you warm-up in colder weather. Use a wicking “base layer” against your skin, a second, “ insulating layer” such as a light fleece or sweat shirt and an “outer shell” to keep the wind out. Tip: Suncreen, lip balm, sunglasses and hats may be needed- be sure to have them handy so you can use them as needed. Tip: My favorite and most useful piece of clothing for cool weather is a lightweight wind vest with a mesh back panel; it protects your torso from the wind but does not overheat you as you exercise. • Warm-up properly. A minimum 5 minute warm-up is important to start any activity. In colder weather it may take even longer to literally warm-up the muscles and gradually stimulate your cardiovascular system. Start at a low intensity level that feels

“very light or fairly light” for your warm up before ramping up the exertion level to your peak. Tip: Those who are more fit usually need a longer warm-up time.

• If you take prescription medications, take them as prescribed by your physician. If you have any questions about your medications and exercise, talk to your physician.

• Stretch before and after your workout. There are many benefits to stretching, including a decreased chance for injury. You should target all muscle groups, especially ones that will be very active in your chosen activity. Tip: Hold each stretch position for at least 10 seconds with no bouncing. Build to the point that you can hold a stretch for 30 seconds while breathing easily. You should feel a stretching or pulling sensation but not pain.

• Prepare for your next workout as you recover. The minute your peak exercise stops, recovery and preparation for your next workout begins. This includes a proper cool-down of at least 5 minutes, stretching, adequate hydration and the consumption of calories from a healthy, well balanced diet. Tip: Researchers have found that muscles replenish glycogen stores (which are broken down into useable energy) at the highest rate within the first 60 minutes after exercise. Food or drinks with carbohydrate and protein in a 4:1 ratio are best. Believe it or not, some studies show that low fat chocolate milk works as well as expensive sports drinks and tastes much better- what a reward for your hard work!

• Eat properly. In general, finish a light meal at least one hour prior to exercising. There are wide variations on what different people prefer, but find foods that agree with you, are light and healthy and will provide energy. Tip: Make sure you eat. If you don’t, it will be like taking a car trip but forgetting to get gas beforehand. If it has been hours since you had any sustenance, it will limit your energy. Your body needs the fuel to burn!

About Flagler Hospital

Scott Hayford, MS, is the Manager of the Flagler Hospital Wellness Center in St. Augustine. The Wellness Center offers Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness Programs.

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has been ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for both clinical excellence and patient safety for the past eight consecutive years. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. The hospital has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, is a nationally accredited chest pain center, a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Care Center, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs, and Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center. For more information, log on to

December 2013/January 2014


Health & Medicine

The Power of Positive Thinking: Or the Benefits of Reducing Negative Thoughts critical ones. If your view of life is pessimistic, then those thoughts are probably negative thoughts, but if your inner voice is more positive, then you most likely have an optimistic and hope filled outlook.

The Health Benefits of Positive Thinking


By Joseph S. Mark, LMHC

as anyone ever asked you the question “Is the glass half-empty or halffull?” Your answer could not only reveal a great deal about your viewpoint on life, but also say a lot about your self-image. How you respond could identify you as an optimist or a pessimist, possibly reflecting your basic personality. But did you know that your answer could also reveal many aspects about your overall health and level of stress? Personality traits such as optimism and pessimism have been shown to have a significant effect on our overall well-being, as well as having an impact on our health. And even though positive thinking might be a hardwired personality trait, remember that many functions connected with optimism are behaviors that can easily be learned. It is encouraging to me that a positive attitude is one of the first steps toward good stress management. But don’t assume that positive thinking means ignoring the difficult or unpleasant aspects of life. It can actually be the acceptance that things can go wrong, but then is characterized by dealing with those problems in productive and positive ways, while continuing to take good care of yourself. And this starts with something called “selftalk”. This is the inner private thoughts that everyone has throughout the day. They are the automatic ideas and words that come to us either as positive thoughts or negative ones. Often they can be kind and comforting thoughts, or harsh and

Research has shown that there are many advantages that come from the practice of positive thinking. Some of these health benefits include: • Longer life span • Improved mood • Lowered anxiety • Better resistance to colds • Improved mental health and general physical well-being • A lower risk of cardiovascular disease • Better life coping skills The reason for all of these positive benefits is unclear, but some theories suggest that the brain chemistry of positive thinking helps you cope better with stressful situations, and the lowered stress then contributes to a healthier life style and better life choices. Individuals will have better dietary habits and exercise more. They engage in fewer unhealthy coping habits such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Learning New Habits

Remember the fact that was mentioned earlier, positive thinking can be “learned”, but like any other skill it must then be “practiced”. It is just like breaking old bad habits and replacing them with new more beneficial habits. Start with getting to know yourself better, with an honest, but compassionate eye. Be kind to yourself as you get to know yourself and learn more about your needs. Find areas in your life that need change, as well as areas that could use a more positive outlook. These may include your job, your relationships, or they may be important life goals. Start with small areas first and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Set yourself up for success rather that failure. As you start to make progress, you will become more and more encouraged and optimistic that real change can be made in your life. Then you may start to see the glass in your life as “half full” rather than “half empty”.

Start with the basics: • • • •

Healthy Diet Regular Exercise Good Restorative Sleep Stress Management Strategies

And finally, add to all of this, humor and fun. It is also helpful to surround yourself with positive people. Not only do you learn from them, but you also experience the benefit of a support network for times when you need help. And we all need help occasionally... sometimes we receive it and sometimes we give it. The important thing is to stay on track with the goals that are meaningful to you.

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has been ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for both clinical excellence and patient safety for the past eight consecutive years. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. The hospital has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, is a nationally accredited chest pain center, a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Care Center, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs, and Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center. For more information, log on to


Life Services

Pets are Welcome at Haven Hospice with patients, caregivers and families through our pet visitor program. Please enjoy the following stories from some of our volunteers whose pets brighten the lives of our patients. If you would like more information about how you and your pet can become certified and volunteer for the pet visitation program at Haven Hospice or how you can volunteer or participate in the Pet Peace of Mind program, please call Haven Hospice at 904.810.2377 in the St. Augustine area.

Two Dogs are Better Than One


Cathy Johnston Haven Hospice Administrator

or many of us, our furry and feathered friends are seen as part of our family and Haven Hospice knows how important these animal companions are to hospice patients. Medical research has shown that interaction with animals promotes many therapeutic benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, easing physical and emotional pain, improving memory, and reducing stress. Nothing brings as much joy to a patient than a devoted and loving pet who wants just a pat on the head and a few kind words. At Haven Hospice, our goal is to honor the role of pets and animal companions in the lives of our patients to support and nurture their emotional and spiritual well-being. We do this by encouraging family pet visits at our care centers, offering volunteer pet visits wherever you may call home, and offering the Pet Peace of Mind ® program to help patients complete their end-of-life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. Through The Pet Peace of Mind® program, Haven can provide much-needed care for the animal companions that accompany patients when they begin hospice care. Sponsored by a grant from Banfield Charitable Trust, Pet Peace of Mind® provides food, veterinary services, socialization and exercise for all pets of Haven Hospice patients. At Haven Hospice, our volunteers also generously share their pet companions

Steve and Judy Finger of Palm Coast have been involved in the Haven Hospice pet visitation program with their two dogs Sassie and Buddy for almost a year. Sassie, a 14-yearold German Shepard and Sheltie mix enjoys volunteering with Buddy, a four-year old Papillon and Jack Russell mix. “When we first started out volunteering,

we only took Buddy out. But when it came time to visit, he was a little reluctant,” said Judy. “But then, we got Sassie certified. Now when Steve and I put on our purple Haven Hospice t- shirts, the dogs get excited because they know we are going to go visiting. The change in Buddy has been remarkable and now he really connects with a lot of the patients we see. We love to volunteer and they do too!” This family of humans and canines visits a variety of facilities in Palm Coast and Ormond Beach. “We were out at Sarah House a few weeks ago and my wife walked up to a lady with Sassie,” said Steve. “This patient said that she was afraid of dogs, but when Sassie sat down next to Judy, this woman got closer and closer until she was petting Sassie on the head. It is so amazing to see someone’s eyes light up when they see the dogs.” “We seek to bring comfort to the patients and ask them about their pets” said Judy. “Many of them had pets in the past but can’t have them now, so they love to visit with Buddy and Sassie.”

New on the Job

Sassie and Buddy

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Libby and her human companions Jeff and Sandy Tallierico are new to the Haven Hospice pet volunteer program. “My husband and I moved from Tennessee down here to retire and I believe everything happens for reason,” said Sandy. “We went to an art show at Haven Hospice and saw the flyer about pet visitation volunteers. Our experience has been wonderful.” “Some of the patients know Libby by


Libby and her human companions Jeff and Sandy Tallierico name and look forward to seeing her,” said Jeff about the eight-year-old Terrier mix who is partial to belly rubs. “She is such a sweet dog. Even some of the caregivers are excited to see her.” Like Buddy and Sassie, Libby knows when it is time to go visiting. “Libby gets excited when we put on our Haven Hospice volunteer t-shirts, and we get out her Haven Hospice purple beaded collar and bandanna, said Jeff.” “For me, I get goosebumps when the faces of the patients light up when they see Libby,” said Sandy. “After the visit, we leave these patients happier and that makes my day.” “It was in my heart to volunteer,” said Steve, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker. “The patients and residents are so happy to have visitors and Sandy, Libby and I truly enjoy volunteering.”

Life Services

Photo by Christine Cousart

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By Susie Sullivan

ear Friends: While many more mature adults are enjoying staying in their homes longer, some find they still need some extra “care”. That’s where I come in. I am offering a wide variety of “in home non medical” services. They include but are not limited to: • Grocery Shopping (send me with a list or come with) • Companionship • Meal Planning (special diets invited) • Homemade meal delivery (up to 4 meals a week) • Budget and/or bill paying (snail mail or online thru your bank) • Decluttering • House Cleaning

(special rates apply)

My rates are $20 hour with a 1 hour minimum

In other words… Make me your personal valet. Use me occasionally or put me on your regular schedule! I hope you will find some value in this opportunity and give me a call and let’s see how Simply Susie can help.

Simply Susie brings me delicious home cooked meals each week. I have the monthly menu, call her on Friday to order for the following week, and get great tasting and healthy meals. Beats the hassle of having to eat out every night. - J. Sandifer St Augustine Susie has been helping me declutter my home. We are taking our time and she understands sometimes it’s difficult to let go of things. Already it looks so much better. She also takes me to my Dr. appointments and is very prompt and knows the area so well. - Pete O. St Augustine Hi friends, My husband Michael and I have been in St Augustine since 1980. We enjoy being active in our community and were lucky to raise 2 great daughters here. We are now proud grandparents of 9 awesome grandchildren! I am finally at the right place to where I can combine 2 of my long time passions: Cooking and providing services to others. The idea of “in home non medical” services is extremely appealing to me in that there is nothing in those words we can’t do for you. This allows you to get personal, reliable and quality care and attention without having to rely on several “agencies” to provide them for you. I have spent many years private catering and also residential cleaning as a 2nd income. Now it’s time to make Simply Susie and you, my client, my main focus. So, give me a call at 904-392-0423 and let’s get together and come up with a plan for you. Best regards, Susie Sullivan Simply Susie


December Weekly Menu December 1 Beef Stew w/ Potatoes n Carrots over Rice/Roll Stuffed Pork Chop/Corn Healthy Choice Teriyaki Chicken/Sweet Potatoes/St Asparagus Baked Tilapia/Mashed Cauliflower/Spinach Salad

December 8 Sweet and Sour Pork over Noodles/Garden Salad Chicken Curry over Rice/Garden Salad Healthy Choice Baked Chicken Breast/Boiled Potatoes/Brussell Sprouts Parmesan Tilapia/Green Rice/St Squash December 15 Honeyed Pork Ribs/Potato Salad/Baked Beans Chicken Casserole/Spring Mix Salad/Cornbread Healthy Choice Southwest Chicken/Sauteed Peppers n Mushrooms/Pinto Beans Baked Tilapia/Brown Zuccinni Rice/Garden Salad December 22 Grilled Pork Chop/Mashed Potatoes/St Broccolli Chicken Fricassee/Garden Salad/Roll Healthy Choice Salmon w/ Dill Sauce/ Sweet Potatoes/Cucumber Salad Chicken n Veggie Skewers over Brown Rice/Spinach Salad December 29 To Be Announced

Life Services

CoreAlign Training


Tammy Lagasse Genesis Bodywork

xercise is essential for attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of exercise are evident and the importance of regular exercise to physical and mental well-being, documented. The CoreAlign takes the path to fitness to a whole new level. Developed by Jonathan Hoffman, PT, the CoreAlign is an innovative training device that involves sliding carts which move independently with resistance (or assistance) possible in both directions. The precise movements on the small, square platforms that slide in a horizontal frame are designed to force the mind to force the body to align itself properly. Through a functional blend of posture, strength, flexibility and control, the CoreAlign teaches the body to protect,

fix and upgrade itself through correct movement. Most of the exercises on the CoreAlign are performed in an upright position, leading to rapid improvements in posture, balance, functional movement and sport specific skills. Weaknesses and imbalances – e.g., tight hip flexors and hamstrings, glutes and abs that do not engage – will be corrected. For runners and bikers, the improved balance and alignment will make them more efficient. Improved body balance will allow for the quick directional changes necessary on the tennis and basketball courts. Improved posture and gait will relieve aches and pains in the hips and back. Core strengthening and resistance training, especially in the quadriceps or thighs, will improve stability and reduce the risk of falls, thus reducing the risk of fractures, regardless of age or bone density. In addition, the low impact of the exercises makes CoreAlign training ideal for people suffering from pain conditions, be they in the back, neck, or joints. While it may not appear to be a hard-core cardio workout – at least not initially – CoreAlign training does exhaust muscles in new ways. At advanced levels, moving discs replace the sliding plates, adding more challenge to engage the core and tone the body. Exercises become more complicated and the routines more exhausting, thus increasing endurance, along with strength and flexibility. The body becomes stronger and better aligned, thus, more functional.

The CoreAlign is ideal for musculoskeletal rehabilitation, sport performance enhancement and regular workouts. Who will benefit from CoreAlign training? • Persons rehabilitating from back and neck pain, joint problems and sports injuries; • High level athletes and weekend warriors, including runners, racquet enthusiasts, and golfers; • Aging adults and persons with osteoporosis and other pain conditions; • Anyone wishing to improve his/her level of fitness.

So, whether you want to: recover from, and prevent recurrence of, injuries; run faster, serve harder, or drive a golf ball farther; build strength, flexibility and improve mobility; or, simply look and feel better, the CoreAlign is for you. A healthy body is attained and maintained in many ways and a consistent program of exercise is an integral part of a fitness routine. If you wish to experience a unique and challenging workout, contact Genesis Bodywork for your complimentary CoreAlign introductory session.

The benefits of exercise are evident and the importance of regular exercise to physical and mental well-being, documented. The CoreAlign takes the path to fitness to a whole new level. Tammy Lagasse, PTA, LMT, is the owner of Genesis Bodywork. She has over seventeen years of experience in the field of rehabilitation and earned her Pilates Rehabilitation Certification from Polestar Education in 1999. Tammy opened her studio, specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation, fitness and massage, in 2004, and currently offers, in addition to physical and massage therapy, personal training and small group classes in equipment-based Pilates and CoreAlign fitness training. Tammy and fellow trainer, Kim Palmer, have completed the CoreAlign training and are looking forward to introducing this new and exciting approach to fitness. Genesis Bodywork is located at 4075 A1A South, Suite 105, St. Augustine, Florida. Please contact us by telephone at 904-471-2999 to schedule a complimentary introduction session to CoreAlign.



Tauck River Cruising


Kelly Maguire Monroe, AAA Travel Professional

auck River Cruising currently offers 15 all-inclusive river voyages throughout Europe on four Jewel Class ships – the ms Swiss Emerald, ms Swiss Sapphire, ms Swiss Jewel, and ms Swiss Treasures – each carrying just 118 passengers. (Other similarly sized ships typically accommodate up to 160 passengers.) Itineraries range from 8 to 24 days, with over 100 departures annually on the Danube, Rhône, Rhine, Seine, Moselle, Saône, Main and Maas rivers. For the second time in 3 years, we were named “World’s Best Rivercruise Line” by the Readers of Travel and Leisure. In January Tauck announced that it will be adding two new Inspiration Class vessels to its fleet in 2014, the ms Inspire

and ms Savor. Both ships will be 443 feet in length and accommodate 130 passengers, compared to up to 190 passengers on other lines’ ships of the same size. Tauck will also introduce four new river cruises in 2014, including its firstever itineraries on the Seine. Each Tauck river cruise is fully inclusive with zero options sold, and with all shore excursions, gratuities, beer and wine with onboard meals, airport transfers and more built into the price. Tauck river cruises are also notable for their high number of service personnel aboard each vessel, with a Tauck Cruise Director and three Tauck Directors attending to guests’ needs (vs. a single cruise director charged with the care of up to 190 guests on other cruise lines’ ships). The trio of Tauck Directors, often working in tandem with local experts, also lead the company’s signature shore excursions. These shore excursions leverage Tauck’s 88 years of guided tour expertise to provide insider access to exclusive experiences, from an elegant “Imperial Evening” with dinner and classical music inside a private Viennese palace, to a market tour and tasting at Les Halles de Lyon in Provence.


“I have had the pleasure of experiencing River Cruising personally. I sailed along the Rhine for The Christmas markets November 2012. I must admit it is the most unique and relaxing way to experience this part of the world .” - Kelly Maguire Monroe

SERVICE WITH A SMILE! Remember those days? AAA Travel St. Augustine does! Call or come by today and let our Travel Professional, Kelly Maguire Monroe, who has been sharing her passion for travel and creating memorable vacations for 30 years do all the work! Research, compare, and negotiate for the most competitive prices in town! Tours, cruises, hotels and cars. AAA Travel is equipped with the most up to date technology to ensure the best pricing for you! No fee to do on-line registrations, boarding passes or print electronic documents for all clients. Serving members and non members Monday thru Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM. Contact Kelly today and allow her to create a memorable vacation for you! (904) 825-0298 ext. 2225.

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Business & Finance

bsolutely not! There is no such thing, or common definition of what constitutes full coverage. Depending on the company you are dealing with, the definition changes. Some consider full coverage as Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Property Damage (PD), Comprehensive/Collision (CC), but do not include Bodily Injury (BI) or any of the other lines of coverage. Did you just sign for the insurance without considering different levels of coverage? Do you fully understand what your coverage options are? In Florida, vehicle owners or operators are required to carry two types of insurance. The first type of auto insurance is detailed in the Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law (sections of Ch. 627 of the Florida Statutes). It requires every person who registers a vehicle in Florida to carry personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability insurance (PD) on the vehicle. The FL No Fault law states that any person who has a car in Florida for more than 90 days during the preceding 365 days, resides in Florida, is employed in Florida or has children in school in Florida must purchase Personal Injury Protection ($10,000) and Property Damage Liability coverage ($10,000). This insurance coverage provides compensation for insured drivers’ physical injury regardless of who is at fault in an accident and for property damage to others when an insured driver is at fault. However, the law does not mandate coverage for the Bodily Injury (BI) you cause to another person. It does state though you must fulfill the Florida Financial Responsibility law. To do so you must purchase BI coverage on your policy, have an escrow account, or post a bond equal to the minimum limits required by the state. Many of the companies selling policies without BI do not disclose this or explain what will happen if you are involved in an accident. There are a wide variety of limits and deductibles you may choose from. Some of the coverages are Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist, Gap Insurance, New Vehicle Replacement, Medical Payments,

Extended PIP, Comprehensive, Collision, Rental, Towing, and more. So do you have full coverage? Probably not, because there are many types of coverage and they all have maximum limits they will pay. As an example you may have as little as $10,000 in Property Damage (State minimum) or upwards of $500,000. If you do not have enough coverage to cover the new Mercedes you just collided with, then you will be paying the remainder personally. Wages can be garnished; licenses suspended, and additional fines may be applied. If anyone tells you “just tell us what you want to pay and we will give you insurance”, there is only one way to do it and that is to lower, or eliminate coverage. Agents in Florida must have a valid license and meet continuing education requirements in order to offer insurance. Do not go blindly by what anyone says you need, but sit and discuss coverage with a competent agent, at a reputable company. AAA has insurance available through licensed agents who are willing to take the time necessary to help you understand your insurance and if needed, place the coverage through one of many financially stable companies. If you are unsure of anything, your coverage, company, limits, or agent, call your local AAA office. This service is available for members and non-members alike at no cost. Come in today and receive two movie tickets after your policy review is complete. AAA – The Auto Club Group Our offices in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra are part of the Auto Club Group which has offices in 11 states and Puerto Rico. The ACG is the second largest AAA affiliate in the world. Since it’s founding in 1902, AAA has been an advocate for motorists, safer roads and vehicles, better educated drivers and the rights of travelers. AAA is the only company in Florida to offer a true home and auto package with both covered under one policy, often times giving better coverage, as well as substantial savings.

Photos by Christine Cousart


Does having full coverage auto insurance always mean I am protected?

Dawn Quackenbush, Licensed Life, Health, Property and Casualty Insurance Agent St. Augustine Dawn has over 8 years experience as an insurance agent, and specializes in Personal lines, including Home, Auto, Boat, Motorcycle, RV, Home Warranties, Mortgage Protection, Flood, Umbrella, and more. She has been honored by the company every year as one of the best agents with AAA and was also honored as the Employee of the Month for the company. She has lived here since 1990 coming to us from New York. Before changing careers she owned a local Coffee House called Backstreets in downtown St Augustine.


Karalee Sievert, Licensed Life, Health, Property and Casualty Insurance Agent Ponte Vedra Beach Karalee and her family live in Ponte Vedra, moving here in 2004 from Connecticut. First licensed in 1997 she shares a vast amount of experience, and knowledge, with her clients, and friends. She is passionate about educating everyone she meets about the laws, and coverages needed in Florida to adequately protect you, and your most valuable possessions. Her favorite saying is, “Your insurance is only as good as your agent.”

Business & Finance

Your Website: The Friendly Receptionist selling hair cuts, then the information for your hair products does not need to be as featured as the information about hair cuts. A better approach is to think like a customer and assume your website is your Friendly Receptionist. What information should she have readily available?


By Jay Owen Owner, Design Extensions

s the first point of contact for your customers, your business’ website should be like a friendly receptionist. Potential clients and customers visiting your site; see your site, as indicative of the type, quality, and style of work you do. Presenting a sloppy unfriendly website, with poorly thought out navigation, and missing or confusing information, is like having a receptionist that client’s are afraid to approach, and who wouldn’t know the answer anyway. You wouldn’t hire an employee like that so stop letting your website turn customers away from your business instead of inviting them in. Knowledge The Friendly Receptionist would not be very good at her job if all she did was act super friendly, but not actually know anything. Similarly the best designed website is no good if the information isn’t easily accessible, concise, and above all pertinent. Many businesses, new to the internet, tend to want to include every tiny detail of their business online so as to reach every possible customer. It’s great if your Salon sells hair products, but if 90% of your business is made through

Warmth We all have experience with the other type of receptionist as well. The one who knows everything about everything, but is so cold, and unfriendly that you really try not to bother her and find out what you need on your own. That’s how some websites are. The information they have is great unfortunately it is just too “ugly” to access. The wonderful information that you need is hidden in such a cold unfriendly way, that you’d almost rather just find it elsewhere. This problem is just as serious as the lack of information on an otherwise “friendly” site. How can she help anyone if they don’t want to spend anytime with her, or are afraid to approach her? You Care The best websites have the information you need, in a “wrapper” that is friendly and easy to use. Why are these two things so important? It tells your customer’s, that you care about them. We want to feel like the people and businesses we interact with care about us and our satisfaction. We want those businesses to make us feel like they are working with us towards a common goal. Design Extensions is here to make sure that you feel cared about, by making sure that we adhere to the principles of the Friendly Receptionist when designing, and building your website. Simple, beautiful websites, with easy to navigate menus, easy to access information, presented in a friendly inviting way will keep clients coming back, and recommending you to their friends.

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“Presenting a sloppy unfriendly website…. is like having a receptionist that client’s are afraid to approach.”

Design Extensions was founded by Jay Owen in St. Johns County over 13 years ago. He and his team at Design Extensions design and develop websites for clients all over the country. His passion is for developing high quality web sites and graphic design work that help his clients businesses grow. When not working on websites, he is usually spending time with his wife, Claire, and four children.



Night Before Short Sale


By J. Russell Collins, Attorney

was the night before Short Sale And all through lender talks Not a lawsuit seemed stirring, Not even a baulk. The funds were to be held In escrow with care Secured from the buyer Who would soon live there. When out on the lawn There arose such a clatter: A Process Server had arrived With a foreclosure matter! The moon on the breast Of the crestfallen homeowner Gave light to the legal side And not to the loaner. While the lender had talked To the owner at length The legal department had gathered Its papers and strength. Legal had crossed The finish line first— The Short Sale was ruined By the foreclosure burst! Now Ally, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America! On Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, and mounting hysteria—

To the top of the porch, To the top of the wall, To the top of the equity— The bank foreclosed all!

A Short Sale does not stop Foreclosure. Scented candles, the smell of baked cookies, and a clean, well-maintained house are all good, but none of that is going to matter if a Foreclosure happens before a Short Sale can go through.

A Short Sale is when the lender agrees to accept less than a full payoff of the mortgage balance. The lender gets a smaller amount than what is owed, but generally more than if the lender finished the foreclosure and sold the property themselves. The homeowner typically sacrifices his credit on the altar of getting the short sale done, but usually a Short Sale is not as bad on a credit score as a completed foreclosure lawsuit (or Bankruptcy).

A Short Sale is often best for the universe when a borrower cannot pay his mortgage—the bank receives more than they would otherwise in foreclosure, the homeowner gets out of a house he cannot afford and can start to rebuild his credit, and the neighborhood gets a new owner faster—instead of leaving the house vacant for months—which helps maintain property value in the area. Also the transaction stays local, benefitting the local economy—the vendors involved in the completion of the sale.

If a Short Sale is often the best resort, how does a foreclosure case go forward? The loan servicing/collection department does not talk to the legal department—they are two separate and parallel entities with their own guidelines and objectives. They do not always communicate. Or coordinate. Yet both move forward on your case at the same time—the servicing/collection department on the Short Sale, and

the legal department on the foreclosure action. Either you accomplish the Short Sale, or the home will be lost in a Foreclosure Sale.

A Foreclosure Defense offers the homeowner a fighting chance. A Foreclosure Defense addresses the legal issues, requesting that the plaintiff prove its case. The result of which is typically time and opportunity for a Short Sale to go through before a Foreclosure Action finishes. If you receive a Foreclosure Summons, consult a foreclosure defense attorney (if you have not already done so). You only have 20 days from the time the summons is served to respond (and most Short Sales take longer than that!). Whether you are pursuing a Short Sale, Mortgage Modification, or other foreclosure resolution to a mortgage lien you cannot pay, seek competent legal counsel to help keep options open to you.

Rusty Collins was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 27th, 2008 and his legal practice has grown rapidly since. His vast experience in real estate motivated him to attend law school, and consequently expand to serve both the real estate and legal needs of his clients. He is proud to provide service in areas where legal and real estate issues often overlap.


While a large portion of his practice is in foreclosure defense and consumer law, Mr. Collins’ reputation in fairness and honesty has brought him referrals in a variety of legal branches. He builds his professional profile as an attorney willing to do the work and accomplish difficult tasks.

Women in Profile

Lacey Conner Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Financial Advisor


acey has been in the financial industry with Merrill Lynch since 2005. She is a proud Business Administration graduate of the University of Florida. She also earned her Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), a designation offered through the College of Financial Planning. Lacey and her husband, Matthew Conner, are alumni’s from St. Joseph Academy. Lacey and her husband are both natives from St. Augustine and are proud parents of their new baby boy Corbin Lance Conner. Lacey enjoys jogging, water skiing, fishing, and spending time with her son and watching him grow. Lacey feels strongly about service above self, the motto for her local Coastal Rotary Club

Victoria Golden, Renaissance Woman


ictoria Golden, has always had two goals. Make a difference in the world and live life fully! She is a fine art appraiser, gallerist, archaeologist, psychologist, Health center owner, and Explorer. Her latest endeavor was to move her gallery to St. Augustine from Gainesville. Lost Art Gallery is unique in that her job is to find new homes for people’s treasures. There is something for everyone, antiquities to contemporary fine art and unique objects. It’s amazing to see important museum quality artwork at affordable prices. In 2011, Victoria was one of just 12 individuals internationally initiated into the prestigious Explorers Club for her Humanitarian, Archeological, Environmental, and Cultural Education efforts. For her, it was both an honor and a

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where she is a member. She is involved in many service projects in the community with her fellow Rotarians. Lacey is very passionate about the community she was raised in and enjoys giving back to her community. She is active with EPIC Community Services and helps coordinate many of their events such as Tips for Kids for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and organizing Merrill Lynch’s local sponsorship with Merrill Lynch’s Taste of St. Augustine. She has also been involved with Caring Hands and Caring Community which Merrill Lynch has also become a yearly sponsor for their Caribbean Calypso Night. Lacey works with individuals, families, and business owners throughout the North East Florida area. She focuses on wealth management and provides financial solutions designed to meet each client’s investment, education, and retirement planning needs, including wealth protection and estate planning services. Drawing on her experience and Merrill Lynch’s global resources, Lacey develops personalized solutions to address the complex needs of individuals, families and business owners. Lacey understands that one of the biggest challenges for investors is creating financial and tax strategies to reach their financial goals. Lacey utilizes Merrill Lynch’s Wealth Management Process to accomplish this. She is committed to understanding the specific situations of the people she works with; thereby being able to establish objectives, develop an appropriate strategy, recommend solutions, and review the progress made toward reaching those goals and objectives. Lacey works hard to simplify the lives of her clients and give them confidence that they can achieve their dreams and aspirations.

humbling experience. Fellow Explorers include such exemplary people as Senator John Glenn (astronaut), Jane Goodall, and Sir Edmund Hillary. Victoria has also conducted cultural and anthropological tours around the world. “I just love helping people discover the gifts of different cultures in their art, architect, ancient ruins and traditions”, says Golden. She is keen on helping people in other ways too. After finding the amazing technology of Far Infrared therapy, developed by NASA which helped her family with health issues, she decided to open The Floating Lotus Health Center to help the community with pain relief and other health concerns. She is on the board of Kids Kicking Cancer and Florida’s Eden, an organization in North Florida that supports the protection of our waterways, acquirers and wildlife.

Women in Profile

Photo by Christine Cousart

Photo by Christine Cousart

Billie J. Colson Patient Care Manager Haven Hospice


hen asked what inspired her to work at Haven Hospice, Patient Care Manager Billie Colson answers by sharing her experiences working in emergency rooms for over 30 years. “In all my years in emergency nursing, I had seen many families facing tragedy where there were few options and support,” said Billie. “I saw the need for hospice care every day.” Billie’s first personal experience with hospice was impactful and involved a family member in Virginia. “I was inspired after having personally experienced

Michelle Collins Activities Director BayView Healthcare at the Pavilion


ichelle Collins is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where she attended a private Catholic School through the 9th grade. Michelle and her family moved to Arizona in the summer of 1985 where she completed her high school education. After high school she worked odd jobs and attended Lamson Junior College where she earned a degree in General Business. During this time she attended church regularly and volunteered in her local community. Michelle learned very early on the joys and need of giving back to her community. This consisted of helping to feed the homeless, unpacking donated shoes, clothes and household items for the needy and contributing to her local United Way. Michelle moved to Florida in 2003 where she immediately started working at Goodwill. Michelle worked her way up to Manager and then Regional Manager. During her time with Goodwill she had the opportunity to work with wonderful

the comfort hospice services can give to patients and their families, including caregivers.” For the past two years, Billie has been the patient care manager at Haven Hospice in St. Augustine. “We are a personal and caring team,” she said. “We are a very tight knit group and work closely together which is important in this line of work.” Billie’s team includes clinical staff, chaplains, social workers and volunteers. “We can bring that personal touch to patients and their families and assist them on many levels of need.” Haven Hospice services and programs are all-encompassing and provide assistance with physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. Understanding when curative treatments are no longer an option can provide the patient and family with an opportunity to ask questions regarding available options such as hospice services. There are also many unreimbursed programs and services that make Haven Hospice unique which are funded by the generosity of donors and supporters. “We have assisted patients with food and paying electric bills as well as recently helping a patient with a wheelchair ramp installation.” Medicine and science always held a fascination for Billie who has lived in St. Johns County for 31 years. “My husband and I love to fish, especially redfish, and we spend many hours in the Intracoastal Waterway.” people and build great relationships with her customers. Michelle says she was very competitive in sales and one year her Orange Park location was number one in sales out of the 15 stores in the District. Michelle has spent many years working in retail and customer service where she always took pride in her work. She has always enjoyed working with people and while taking care of her father who was ill with cancer, she knew that some aspect of care giving is where her heart and passion is. In January of 2013 Michelle started working at BayView Healthcare where she accepted the position of R.S.A (Resident Service Associate). Michelle loved her work as an R.S.A and being able to assist the elderly at BayView Assisted Living at the Pavilion. She feels she has finally found her place and loves coming to work. She enjoys making residents smile and laugh and finds such purpose in helping them with their every day needs. Michelle later approached her administrator about activities and noticed that, at the time, participation with activities was very minimal. She explained that she would love to see a more involvement in the activities program. In May of 2013 she began taking on activities duties. Michelle loves the work and it gives her such joy to be able to motivate the residents and she enjoys the daily interaction with them. Michelle met her husband Charles and got married in June 2012. Charles has now served for 30 years in the National Army Guard Reserve. Michelle has one son who is 15 years old and is attending his first year at St Augustine High School. As for her future, Michelle looks forward to working hard and making memories with the residents that mean the world to her. To be able to keep the residents active in their day-to-day life at the Pavilion is not just a job for her, but her passion and commitment. She finds great joy in the residents telling her what a blessing she is to them and she looks forward to continuing the activities program with much growth and success. But in return, they are truly a joy to her as well.


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St. Francis House Meets the Needs of the daily operation. Judy had been acting as the Interim Director for over a month, and showed amazing progress in comprehending the complexities of the St. Francis House shelter, adapting to the challenges, and appropriately adjusting the course as necessary. During her short time with St. Francis House, Judy has begun much needed upgrades to the IT (computer) systems, financial procedures, and grant writing

and employee handbooks, among other improvements. While the board has been impressed with her excellent progress, they also realize the magnitude of necessary changes regarding support and backup. At this time, they are looking into hiring a qualified person to act as Assistant Director who will meet that need and support the Executive Director on a day-to-day basis. St. Francis House is very optimistic that the new management team will

be well prepared to meet the challenges of our society’s reinvigorated economy, and that it will be able to provide many doors of opportunity to its clients. They look forward to working with the community, agencies, and new volunteers, to answer the changing possibilities and vision. If you would like to be a part of this renewed endeavor in any way, please contact the “House” at 904-829-8937. We look forward to hearing from you.

April Papadopoulos Administrative Assistant at St. Francis House


n operation since 1984, St. Francis House has provided first meals, then lodging, and then many other support services for those in need in St. Johns County. After receiving the recent resignation, for health reasons, of Renee Morris, as Executive Director of St. Francis House, the board of its nonprofit corporation, The St Augustine Society, Inc. is In the process of a transition of management, and the modernization of operations. Under six years of Ms. Morris’s leadership, the only homeless shelter in the area grew from one building to three, adding transitional housing, family housing, and a full range of support services. During that time, its population has benefited immensely from a stricter code of conduct and cleanliness. The facility has greatly increased the safety, and appearance of its property and the neighborhood. All this was done during the most difficult financial times since the depression. Now, St. Francis House is looking forward to moving into the future with a renewed vision of its role in service to the community. During the past week, the board of directors has appointed a new Executive Director of St. Francis House, Judy Dembowski, who comes from Maine with a twenty-three year background in all phases of shelter operation. Ms. Dembowski has been employed by St. Francis since June in different positions. The “House” feels blessed to have all of Judy’s skills, localized, familiar and available in order to take over the reins

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The Gift of Giving Think Outside That Gift Box

But the truth is we all have folks on our list who simply have no need or desire for more possessions. We scramble frantically to think of what new necktie, trendy gadget, or acorn-shaped ceramic twine dispenser this hardto- buy- for person might possibly enjoy. But before we make ourselves crazy with over the top consumerism, maybe we should reflect for a minute on what gifts we can give that will convey real meaning to our loved ones. Gifts that say we honor and appreciate them, and that they make a difference in our lives.

by Becky Yanni, COA Executive Director


s we head into the holiday season, and with a New Year upon us, this seems like a good time to ask ourselves, “what is the meaning of gift- giving?” Giving gifts to loved ones at the holidays is an old, even ancient, tradition. Whether it has it’s roots in religion or ritual, we all love to give - and to receive! Many of us have folks on our gift-giving list who truly need or want something, and there is nothing quite as gratifying as supplying that. Experiencing the excitement and joy of a child unwrapping a long awaited toy, or seeing the delight on a friend’s face when opening a special present chosen just for them are some of the true joys of the season.

Not All Gifts Come in Beautiful Boxes with Big Fancy Bows!

According to a recent poll taken by The American Red Cross, 79% of people said they would rather have a donation made in their honor than receive a meaningless gift. 4 out of 5 people said that helping someone less fortunate is an important part of their holiday tradition. So when you are considering your choices, remember that the $70 you pay for that gourmet goody basket could also be donated in his or her name to provide freshly prepared home delivered meals to a home-bound elder for two weeks. And, instead of purchasing that fancy $600 programmable espresso grinder and coffee maker, you could give the gift of 60 hours of respite care for an Alzheimer’s patient and their caregiver. That’s six weeks of twice -weekly care that

Becky Yanni is a north Florida native with an extensive background in business management. She began working with the Council on Aging about 8 years ago, first as a volunteer and then as COA’s Manager of Development and Volunteers. She was named COA Executive Director in May of 2013.

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“…79% of people said they would rather have a donation made in their honor than receive a useless gift.” can make an immediate, dramatic and lasting difference in the lives of the recipients! Even the $12 you might spend on those potato- washing gloves (yes, such a thing does in fact exist) could be put to good use to help area elders. Another great choice for a holiday tribute donation would be the COA “Christmas Throughout the Year” program, a crisis abatement fund for those unexpected and unfunded emergencies that arise all year round. Remember too, that the Council on Aging offers beautiful gift and acknowledgement cards for each of these services and more.

Your Gift Can Change a Life – Really!


A donation to Council on Aging in honor of your loved one will provide

assistance to older residents who might have just one wish this holiday season and just one resolution for the coming year: to continue living independently and in their own homes, with dignity and meaning. And all they might need to make those dreams come true is a little help from their friends – and yours! We think that’s a gift that everyone will appreciate. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about any of our services or donation programs. I can be reached through this blog, via email to or by phone at (904) 209-3685. I am also happy to meet with you in person. Thank you and all best wishes for a bright holiday season and a very happy – and meaningful – New Year. To all of you from all of us at COA!




Dancing Stars of St. Johns County 2014

Benefitting Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center & St. Augustine Community be making a tax-deductible contribution that will greatly benefit two St. Johns County 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations. Additionally, you will benefit from exposure of your company’s name, logo, and auction merchandise on display at the event, as well as in our playbill and website.


n Saturday, January 18, 2014, Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center & St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts will join forces to host their inaugural gala Dancing Stars in St Johns County, a fundraising event benefitting these two amazing local organizations that seek to enrich the lives of families and children in our community. The gala will include a silent auction, dinner, and a competition between the 2014 Dancing Stars of St. Johns County! Local celebrities will be paired with professional dance instructors, each couple performing in front of a panel of judges. Please join us, and make a positive impact in our community! Your attendance at the inaugural Dancing Stars of St. Johns County fundraising gala will help us enrich the lives of many children and families in need. The event mirrors the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars” but incorporates more of a local flavor. Six local ‘Stars’ have been paired with professional instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Center of St. Augustine, and will dance to compete for the Judge’s Choice Award. Prior to the event, Stars will also be competing for donations, which will count as votes for the People’s Choice Award. Winners


will be announced the night of the gala! “Dancing Stars of St. Johns County will be a fun and glamorous event that people will remember for some time” explains Annette Danielson, Event Chairperson. “Our Stars have donated a great deal of time and are working on their dance routines as we speak.” The 2014 Dancing Stars of St. Johns County include Dawn Chapman, Colleen Messner, Kris Philips, Joe Williams, David Hinkley, and Commissioner Bill McClure. Get updates and learn more about this fundraising event by liking our Facebook page and visiting our website! www.dancingstarsofsjc. com. Admission is priced at $125 and will include dinner served by A1A Ale Works, and a complimentary beverage during cocktail hour. Reserve your seat online via PayPal! If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, please contact us at

Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center provides supervised visits and parent exchange services for families in crises such as divorce, domestic violence, and abuse allegations. Kids Bridge also offers a variety of parenting and divorce classes as well as Healing Arts, a new enrichment program. Healing Arts art classes will provide an opportunity for non-custodial parents to strengthen the relationship with their child in a safe and positive atmosphere. St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts (SACSPA) has a mission to find


We are in the process of collecting items for the silent auction portion of the event, and are seeking assistance in making Dancing Stars of St. Johns County a fundraising success. By donating an item for our silent auction, you will

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and nurture the spirit of creativity and talent that lies within every person. SACSPA offers outreach programs and quality instruction throughout the community serving both youth and the elderly. SACSPA is currently serving the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, The St. Augustine Public Montessori School, Coquina Crossing Community Chorale, and gifted youth without means.




Flagler Health Care Foundation Launches Peter Pan Birthday Club Program


Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and a band of rowdy pirates launch the Peter Pan Birthday Club to benefit the Peter Pan Children’s Fund at Flagler Hospital.

group of local children recently celebrated a birthday party at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. But this wasn’t an “ordinary” party…in lieu of presents, the birthday boy requested donations to the Peter Pan Children’s Fund at Flagler Hospital. Flagler Health Care Foundation has launched a new program called the Peter Pan Birthday Club. Supporting the idea that “you don’t have to be grown up to give,” the club is designed to show children that the joy of giving can be the greatest gift of all. Flagler Health Care Foundation has partnered with the national Peter Pan Children’s Fund to start the program, and all donations made through the club will go directly to Flagler Hospital, providing funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Program. “These areas care for some of our community’s youngest and most vulnerable residents,”

said Nangela Davidson, director of Maternal/ Child Services at Flagler Hospital. “We are dedicated to serving our community by offering family-centered care. Ensuring our medical team has the resources needed assists us with our mission and keeps families together. This is an amazing gift.” Cathy Burkhardt, chairman of the Peter Pan Children’s Fund at Flagler Hospital and secretary/treasurer of Flagler Health Care Foundation, Inc., believes the program has an important benefit in addition to helping children in the hospital. “I feel that this is an important way to teach and build character in the youth of our community,” she explained. “When our young people participate in this program, it takes the focus off of them and places it on others in need. It will help them to feel good about themselves when they know they can make a difference in another child’s life. It’s about children helping children, and that’s a ‘win-win’ combination.” The mission of the Peter Pan Children’s Fund is to educate young people about philanthropy and celebrate their success. In 1992, a young girl named Julia Hart decided to give up birthday presents and raise money for a children’s hospital. Her generous gesture would

later inspire other young people to become philanthropists. This was the beginning of the Peter Pan Children’s Fund. Today, hospitals all across the world benefit from children who have chosen to give, rather than receive, on their birthdays. “We hope people of all ages, from children to adults, will have fun with this program,” said Burkhardt. “St. Augustine is a city known for its pirates, pirate ships, alligators and Indians, so we are the perfect town to implement this fund…all of these are characters in the story of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie!” Suggestions from the national Peter Pan Children’s Fund website ( provide a wide range of ideas for all ages, in addition to a standard birthday party. High school students can turn their organization’s fundraiser into a really fun event and make generosity a part of their life. Educators can incorporate the story of Peter Pan into their classrooms using a comprehensive study that integrates curriculum areas and enhances character education. Even adults can participate on their own level, hosting a “Neverland” party to celebrate being young at heart. In addition to recognition by Flagler Health Care Foundation, donations to the Peter Pan Children’s Fund at Flagler Hospital will also be recognized by the national organization. By submitting a Peter Pan Gift Application, the national office will send Flagler Hospital a $100 gift in the name of the person being honored. That person will also receive an official Peter Pan Birthday Club certificate and an Order of Pan crest pin. Children and teenagers who submit an application will also be eligible for consideration for induction into the Second Star to the Right Hall of Fame, which celebrates

extraordinary acts of generosity by young people who support hospitals/organizations that care for children. For more information about Flagler Health Care Foundation and the Peter Pan Birthday Club, call (904) 819-4625 or e-mail Through philanthropic efforts and community outreach, the mission of Flagler Health Care Foundation is to financially support Flagler Hospital’s goal of providing the best patient experience with the best staff and the best equipment.

Upcoming FHCF Events Monday, December 2, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Poinsettias in the Garden at Flagler Hospital Sunday, January 26, 2014 4th Annual Oyster Roast at the St. Augustine Boating Club Monday, February 10, 2014 Inaugural Flagler Health Care Foundation Golf Classic Friday, May 16, 2014 through Sunday, May 18, 2014 Gala XII: The Golden Age of Hollywood For further information about these events and more, call (904) 819-4625, e-mail or visit

A young Captain Hook chooses to have a birthday party without presents in order to help children in need.


Through philanthropic efforts and community outreach, the Flagler Health Care Foundation’s mission is to financially support Flagler Hospital’s goal of providing the best patient experience with the best staff and the best equipment. For more information on how you can make a difference, call (904) 819-4625 or e-mail


The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County

Made Thanksgiving A Little More Special For Over 90 Local Families…

Amanda Perrin President of The Rotary Club


he Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County enjoyed gathering bountiful Thanksgiving food baskets for over ninety local families, feeding close to 350 individuals in need. The baskets were filled with potatoes, stuffing, gravy, yams, assorted vegetables, cranberry sauce, dessert, and other assorted items donated and most importantly each family was given a gift certificate based on

family size to purchase a turkey to complete their Thanksgiving meal. Anne Guenther, Charter Member, stated “I am honored to be a part of a club that can come together to do such good for our community. I believe this is why we all joined Rotary and why we come together each week.” The Coastal Club is very thankful to BayView Charities, who gathered the names of these deserving families as well as coordinated the pickup times. A special thanks to a BayView Charities volunteer Pat Willis, who personally delivered over thirty baskets to those families who do not have transportation. We are also grateful to Harbor Community Bank and Merrill Lynch for donating reusable grocery bags to be used as the “Baskets”. Every donation that we receive allows us to use our funds to increase the number of families we can serve. “This year was record breaking for us. We were able to just about double the number of families we helped last year due to the overwhelming support of our members and the community who continue to support this amazing project year after year, commented Todd Grant, Past President.

“The baskets were filled with potatoes, stuffing, gravy, yams, assorted vegetables, cranberry sauce, dessert, and other assorted items donated and most importantly each family was given a gift certificate based on family size to purchase a turkey to complete their Thanksgiving meal.”

If you are interested in learning more about our club, join us as a guest at a weekly meeting. Starting January 1st we will be meeting every Wednesday at the St. Augustine Yacht Club located just across from the St Augustine Lighthouse. Networking begins at 11:45 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. Please join us for fellowship and to discuss local and global topics. For more information about how to become member of the Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County please contact Chris Smith, the Vice President of Membership by email at For more information please contact Anne Guenther at (904) 806-8673 or at email

Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotary members are business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary Clubs participate in a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities designed to improve the human condition. Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe.

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Habitat for Humanity: Why We Build


Alia Reimer, Habitat for Humanity


What is it in our society that has made people feel unworthy of safe, decent, and affordable housing? At Habitat’s most recent home dedication, Dawn Grubbs shared that she previously felt unworthy of owning her own home. All Dawn has ever wanted was “a little piece of the American Dream, my own little part of the world.” Dawn works hard as a CNA caring for people in a nursing home, and there is no reason why she should not be able to experience the pride of home ownership. Dawn reminds us what owning a home does for self-esteem; she already feels more accomplished and worthy now that she owns her own home.


More than a roof over their heads, Dawn

and her daughter Miranda now have the opportunity to take advantage of the Scheidel Scholarship to attend college. Though Miranda currently holds a GPA of 3.7, Dawn would have never been able to afford college tuition given her current level of income. As a new Habitat homeowner, her daughter is now guaranteed the opportunity to receive a full college scholarship. Jacksonville’s Scheidel Foundation funds scholarships for Habitat homeowners and their children to attend the University of North Florida, St. Johns River State College or Florida State College of Jacksonville. Is there any better way to escape the cycle of poverty than providing the opportunity of an education? The value of this opportunity is measureable. A college graduate’s earning potential is greater than a high school graduate, as indicated by the chart by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most Habitat home recipients have a high school diploma or less. To be eligible for a Habitat home, family income must be 60% or less of the area median income. After successfully completing the Habitat program, the doors are opened to raise the income above the median through the pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree. The hope is to meet them at their current level of income, and then offer them a “hand up” to the next level of earning potential.


While looking at the statistics on earnings potential it seems that all one needs to do to change a life is to provide an education. But what is an education to

someone without a roof over their head? Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs shows that if physiological and safety needs are not met then people are unable to move up toward self-fulfillment. Peoples’ minds cannot focus on higher levels of achievement until people have adequate food and roofs over their heads. Habitat focuses on shelter because safe, decent, affordable housing fulfills needs like warmth, rest, security and safety (basic needs). Inadvertently, while going through the process to obtain their home, relationships are created through working with other future homeowners and volunteer members of the community. Future homeowners are in similar life situations and are able to relate to each other and create meaningful relationships (belongingness and love needs). A Habitat family is more than each

individual family: The Habitat family is the sum of all of our 115 families. Dawn Grubbs told us firsthand that owning her own home raised her selfesteem and now she feels like a worthy member of society (esteem needs). The Habitat process fulfills both basic and physiological needs. Homeowners are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential (self-actualization). One of Habitat’s primary goals is to help people escape the cycle of poverty. It is important to remember that helping a family does not stop once we build the home and hand over the keys at their dedication ceremony. The home is just the beginning, and we are confident that the Habitat model works and creates generational change. Learn more about Dawn’s story and get involved with our mission: or call 904-826-3252.

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Miracles Really Do Happen


By Mary Rigsbee Haven Horse Ranch

ou may ask, “Just what is a miracle?” Some say it is an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as “an act of God”. Some say it is just an “event or action that is amazing, extraordinary or unexpected”. And some say it is something admired as a “marvelous creation or example of a particular type of science or skill”. Whatever you might think a miracle is, I believe we have had another one happen here at Haven Horse Ranch! A little over 2 1/2 years ago, a little girl was born to adoring parents that wanted only the best for their newborn child. But from the beginning they knew there would be hurdles to overcome because their beautiful little girl was born with a partial chromosome deletion, low muscle tone, and also a seizure disorder. Even one of these issues might have a parent shy away from their child, but this couple decided that their little girl was going to become a wonderful, contributing member of her community and with that they started on this long and rewarding journey. Little Allison was started in physical therapy at six months of age to help her combat the issues that her life would bring to her. Motor control was the main issue at this point as she could not sit up or even roll around. The therapist manipulated her limbs to add muscle tone which would give her stability so her limbs could support her body and by age two she was finally able to sit with support and roll slightly from side to side. As with most individuals with disabilities, this is a very slow process with many setbacks along the

way. Allison was also in speech therapy to help her learn to talk or at least make her needs understood. In June 2013, Allison’s therapist, Vicky Carregal of Next Step Therapy graduated from the Equine Therapy class offered through Haven Horse Ranch and The University of St Augustine. Vicky felt that this would be another type therapy to help her patients reach their full potential. She had a few patients that she felt might benefit from Equine Therapy and wanted to see if it would improve Allison’s motor skills. In August 2013, Allison was brought to the ranch to see if Equine Therapy would

be beneficial for her. She started weekly sessions on Fancy. This first picture shows she could not sit up nor could she even hold her head up. She literally had no trunk or upper body control and was held in place for the entire ride. Now you must remember, this was after she had been in physical therapy twice a week for two years. As they walked around the area, you could feel her body become in tune with the horse and she would try to match its movement. This is the start of her little body wanting to stabilize and work on its own. Each session, Allison would gain a little more and then a little more and now,

after only six weeks at Equine Therapy, this adorable little girl is able to sit up in the saddle with her arms placed at her side. She also has started supporting herself on a toy scooter keeping both hands on the steering wheel and pushing herself backwards. She is even beginning to play physically with and manipulate her toys. Allison is becoming more vocal with sounds, which is the start of talking. Next thing you know, she will be yakking your ear off! It’s only been 6 weeks and already such amazing progress. Look out world, miracles do happen and they happen daily here at Haven Horse Ranch.

Allison First ride

August 29th 2013

October 10th 2013

“It’s only been 6 weeks and already such amazing progress. Look out world, miracles do happen and they happen daily here at Haven Horse Ranch.”

Haven Horse Ranch, a non-profit, 501c3 organization is a licensed SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center and member of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). The ranch provides riding lessons, horse camps, clinics , retreats and trail rides to all individuals including those with special needs. “Horses just have a way of breaking down barriers,” explains Lehman. Whether child or adult, whether “normal” or “special needs” doesn’t matter to the horse. If you’re good to them, they’ll do right by you.” To sponsor a child, make a tax deductible contribution or for more information contact Haven Horse Ranch at 904-813-5710 or or visit our website at

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should your business or practice become a contributor to the Woman’s Journal? “Over my five years of business, the SAWJ has been the most effective tool to bring customers to the shop. Everyone who opens this publication is impressed with its content and anxiously awaits the next issue. Partnering with Anthony and Suzanne has been an exceptional way to reach new customers and remind existing customers.” Susan Detar, CFm Owner, The Pink Door “I cannot tell you the number of patients that have found their way to our office in response to their having seen our articles in the Woman’s Journal. From former patients who lost touch years ago who were delighted to see a familiar face again, to brand new patients who have never seen a podiatrist before, but who felt so encouraged by what they read that they placed that important phone call. The Woman’s Journal is a publication that is informative, inviting and compassionate to it’s readers. We are proud to be associated with the Woman’s Journal and so pleased with the increased business we’ve experienced as a result!” Amy Smith– Practice Manager, Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center “Being a contributor in The Woman’s Journal has benefited me and my company a great deal. It continually proves to be an excellent marketing tool for our services and goes “beyond local” to attract customers to our door. It’s an appealing, informative and popular publication that gets results.” Betty Carvajal, PhD – Ponce Home Medical Equipment, Inc. “The Woman’s Journal has really helped me build business for the AAA Travel department in St. Augustine. I ‘ve been contributing articles for just about a year now and hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t mention the fact that they have seen us in the SAWJ. I have made some VERY profitable sales because of this exposure and feel so lucky to be partnering with Suzanne and Anthony . Thanks for all your support.” Kelly M. Monroe, The Auto Club Group “Working with Anthony and The Woman’s Journal has been a tremendously rewarding experience for our clinical counseling practice. We are reaching individuals and families who may or may not have heard of us, but most importantly, by reading our articles, they grow far more comfortable with the counseling process and who we are as therapist. It’s as if we are already having our first session together, addressing expectations and uncertainties that are part of the deeply rewarding experience of psychotherapy. When the phone rings (and it does far more frequently now), our readers already feel a sense of knowing us and, we too, feel a special connection with them when they say they saw us in The Woman’s Journal. Finally, the publishing deadlines become a gift by forcing us to focus on the most important issues impacting individuals and families within our very special community. Thank you Woman’s Journal!” John R. Jones and Kathleen Abbott – The LifeSource Group “Thank you, Woman’s Journal for your many contributions to our community! Your paper is full of important information on issues that affect the quality of life for all of us who live in St. Johns County. I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me for details about something they read in the COA column in your magazine...probably because the Woman’s Journal is one of only a very few publications that everyone I know reads from cover to cover...and because your distribution is awesome... this magazine is everywhere! People really do come up to me and say, “I read about you in the Woman’s Journal while I was at the library...or waiting at the doctor...or in my dentist’s office...!” Or better yet, “I know you... you’re in the Woman’s Journal!” You rock!” Susan Johnson – Council on Aging

Susan Detar,– The Pink Door

“The Woman’s Journal has been a great asset to our community. I love sitting in doctor’s offices and watching people pick up the Journal and enjoy the articles. It has certainly spread the word about our mission at St. Gerard Campus. We have had the opportunity to touch people’s minds and hearts with the plight of pregnant teens and teen mothers who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to finish high school and make a better life for themselves and their children. Through the Woman’s Journals we have been able to share the success stories of our graduates. We thank the Woman’s Journal for bringing attention and awareness of issues facing women today.” Maria Gleason - St. Gerard Campus, Inc. “I would like to thank you both, Suzanne and Anthony, for the exceptional service and product that you have provided BayView Healthcare with since 2009. Your customer service over the years has been outstanding, your product excellent and your guidance unmeasurable. The Woman’s Journal has offered us an excellent vehicle to provide educational and informative health care information to members of our community. BayView Healthcare holds a strong belief in the importance of empowering healthcare consumers with education and knowledge. We know that being informed consumers reduces the stress of the unknown, can facilitate health-care decision-making and allows patients and families to be in the driver’s seat of their health, rehabilitation and their ultimately their future. BayView Healthcare is the leading multi-level continuum of heath care provider in St. Johns County and surrounding areas and the Woman’s Journal has been instrumental in helping us connect with members of our community at a new level. Not only have we been able to showcase our specialty programs, our clinicians, and explain every aspect of our continuum of care, but we have also been able to educate and give hope that help is out there. Each and every week, we speak with members of our community who have read about us in the Woman’s Journal. You have proven yourself to be very community-minded, very supportive of our organization and we are loyal contributors to your journal. Thank you. We appreciate you.” Anita Portman – BayView Healthcare “From professional offices to public libraries, and even the regional airport, my clients and future clients can find me in the St. Augustine Woman’s Journal. Great distribution and content.” J. Russell Collins – Rusty Law “I am always so pleased to have customers tell me how they came to our restaurant while browsing through the Woman’s Journal. The articles are informative and the distribution is widespread. We are very grateful to the staff of Woman’s Journal for encouraging us to update our ads. This has definitely increased our business.” Yvette Schindler – The Present Moment Café The woman’s journal is a superb educational tool and is a great resource for the community at large to gain factual knowledge written by leaders in their field. - Dr. Ryan Pereira, DPM, FACFAS

Fashion & Beauty

Eyebrow is the king of beauty Photo by Christine Cousart

rocketed. The hair removal technique is not just for the eyebrows: threading can be used to remove other facial and body hair as well.


Benefits of eyebrow threading The benefits of threading for smooth hair removal includes exfoliating, but

How is it practiced? Practitioners use a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread, which is rolled over untidy hairlines, moustaches and so on, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing where a single hair is pulled out each time, threading can remove an entire

threading otherwise it could result to uneven eyebrow. My threading methods include a specialization in eyebrow design. How long does threading last? Usually it lasts 3-4 weeks. You may

By Fatemeh

yebrow shape is one of the most important parts to beauty. Your eyebrow shape depends on your facial features. It can help you look younger and “lift� the eye so it appears firmer. It especially important to shape your eyebrows if you wear glasses. Eyeglasses will make eyebrows look worse if they are not well shaped and groomed. Eyebrows frame the face and will also frame the glasses. I believe the eyes are the windows to the life force or soul of a person. And, the eyebrows are the window treatment for the eyes. What is eyebrow threading? Eyebrow threading is a depilation technique that originated in Persia, although it is also widely practiced in the Middle East. Salons in western nations offered the service to Middle Eastern clients for decades before European and American women became interested and the popularity of eyebrow threading sky-

not peeling skin, little or no redness, swelling, irritation or bumps, hair does not grow back as fast, and hair re-growth is finer, plus threading removes even the finest of hairs and skin feels smooth.

row of hair, resulting in a straighter line. Who should practice eyebrow threading? It is important to find an aesthetician who is experienced at eyebrow design

have to wait 4-6 weeks for your hair to grow back.

Come visit me and get the eyebrows of your dreams!

Fatemeh has practiced the art of threading internationally for 33 years, and in St. Augustine for almost 5 years. Threading is gaining in popularity and is increasing in demand among top salons throughout the world. It began as an ancient Indian all natural, safe, simple and fast effective method of facial hair removal. Facial threading is the best alternative to waxing and tweezing, especially for sensitive skin or people who are on prescriptions for the complexion.


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Problem Nails vs Healthy Beautiful Nails


by Richard Houts Revere Cosmetics

t’s been reported that 72% of the women’s population has problem nails! How could this number be so high when there are so many products available that claim to fix nail problems? The answer lies within educating women about their nails so they can make informed buying decisions. Nail problems occur due to internal and external factors. Medications and vitamin deficiencies can affect the nail’s health and growth. Hormonal fluctuations affect nail growth and can create problems for the overall health of our nails. External factors affect nail health and growth with negative influences such as water, detergents, cleaning supplies and shampoos all contributing to stripping vital moisture from our nails. Even the environments in which we live such as sunshine, air conditioning and heat all contribute to the stripping of precious nail moisture whereby, creating dry brittle nails. Simple hand washing or

“The results are outstanding! I didn’t take before pictures because I didn’t think there was hope for my nails!”

- Sandy G., Florida

handling of paper strip away the natural moisture our nails need to stay healthy. Nails are comprised of protein/keratin chains. The chains are found within the many fine layers of the nail itself. In between the layers is moisture. This moisture allows nails to be flexible and healthy. When the chains develop weak points and break or the vital moisture is stripped away due to negative influences reaching the nail, problems in growth and formation develop. The key to restructuring the nail once it has been negatively impacted is to replenish lost moisture & repair the broken protein/ keratin chains. Loss of moisture inside the nail creates ridges, dry, brittle, breaking, peeling, cracking, splitting & weak nails. When weak points in the protein/keratin chains develop, nails will break easily. Healthy nails contain approximately 12-18% moisture, so replenishing this lost moisture is vital. Restructuring the broken protein/keratin chains with the proper strengthener is important for nails to grow strong. Many products glue the nail layers together creating a hard “band aid”. This hardening does not address the problem, but only provides a temporary fix.

“The Revere nail products are truly amazing!”

- Progressions Salon, Maryland

The last area to consider when growing healthy beautiful nails is the cuticle. Since the cuticle is living tissue, never cut or push it back too far, as the seal to the nail bed could break allowing permanent damage and/or germ infestation. If the cuticle skin grows on top of the nail, it actually slows nail growth. Removal is necessary in order to allow healthy nail growth, but it must be done gently with an orangewood stick and a cuticle removing product that is gentle. Revere Cosmetics knows how to SOLVE nail problems. The formulas

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contain effective ingredients for optimum results. Vitamins C & E, advanced plant stem cells, tea tree extract and the most advanced strengthening ingredients all comprise Revere’s nail care

products. Medically tested PROVEN formulas, including a worldwide patent, work synergistically to improve the health of the nail. Let Revere reflect the beauty of your nails!

Ali After

“After using Revere’s 3 Step System for 2 weeks, the results are astounding!”

- Ali M., Florida

Ali Before

Revere Cosmetics founder and St. Augustine resident, Richard Houts, has been active in the beauty and nail industry for over 30 years. Once a mass distributor for the U.S. of the leading nail care line from Europe, he realized improvements could be made with products due to advances in technology and ingredient awareness. Mr. Houts decided he would take his experience, customer’s concerns and expertise in solving nail problems and formulate his own nail care treatment line. These natural nail care products are called Revere and incorporate the latest proven ingredients working synergistically to SOLVE nail problems. Manufactured in the USA, Revere Cosmetics, located in Saint Augustine, FL is proud to provide the next generation in nail care! local 904-819-0023 toll free 1-866-874-6326


Fashion & Beauty

Blue Water Jewelers is a Proud Partner with Debeers & Forevermark erations. As part of the De Beers group of companies, Forevermark benefits from 120 years of diamond expertise. Experts at the Forevermark Diamond Institute carefully inspect every diamond, going beyond the technical qualities of the 4Cs to hand-pick only those diamonds that are truly beautiful.


Nicole Nettles

Owner, Blue Water Jewelers

e are so excited to have been hand selected out of tens of thousands of jewelry stores across the united states to be asked to represent the Forevermark Diamond. Only 250 jewelry stores have been a loud to showcase this amazing diamond. We believe in keeping promises and so does Forevermark! WHAT IS THE FOREVERMARK PROMISE? Your Signature is Your Promise, Our Inscription Is Ours. A promise that each Forevermark diamond is beautiful, rare and has been responsibly sourced. BEAUTIFUL Forevermark diamonds are genuine, untreated and natural, their beauty unleashed by master craftsmen using skill and artistry passed down through gen-

RARE Selected for their exceptional qualities, only diamonds that meet our stringent standards can carry the Forevermark inscription. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to become a Forevermark diamond. RESPONSIBLY SOURCED Forevermark diamonds are sourced from a small number of carefully selected mines that are committed to the highest business, social and environmental standards. Forevermark diamonds benefit the people, communities and countries from which they originate, which means that you can be proud to give and wear them forever. HOW DO WE SELECT OUR MINING SOURCES? Forevermark diamonds only come from a few carefully selected mines that are committed to high business, social and environmental standards. For example, they must adhere to strict employment practices encompassing fairness, health, safety and wellbeing, and must ensure that they do not cause an adverse effect on the environment. These mines are located in various countries including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Australia and Canada. BEYOND THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS The Kimberley Process is an international certification program that was established in 2003 to prevent the sale of “conflict diamonds” – diamonds which are illegally traded to fund conflicts. Forevermark’s sourcing standards have been developed to add assurance over and above the Kimberley Process, giving you

extra confidence. While the Kimberley Process only covers the country of origin, Forevermark looks at the individual mine and mining company, as well as the host country. So while all diamonds from a specific country might have a Kimberley Process certificate, only diamonds from our approved diamond mining sources within that country will be eligible to be inscribed as Forevermark. TRACKING AND TRACING Each Forevermark diamond is continually tracked, so that we can be sure it has come from an approved diamond mining source. This means that diamonds which are eligible to be inscribed as Forevermark are kept separate from all other diamonds throughout the supply chain, from the rough source to the polished diamond. At every single point in the manufacturing process, every diamond that can become Forevermark must be identified clearly, both physically (for example, in different colored containers) and in records THE INSCRIPTION Each diamond is inscribed with the Forevermark icon, together with a unique number that identifies it as yours. Invisible to the naked eye, our inscription is not only proof that each diamond is as treasured and unique as the bond it signifies, but also allows you to register your diamond for extra assurance. CREATING OPPORTUNITIES HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED Forevermark Diamantaire’s employs a high proportion of disabled diamond artisans at its polishing house in Namibia,

a country where 99 percent of disabled people are unemployed. Select Diamantaire’s employ teams of hearing-impaired people, as well as a team of wheelchair users. Not only did the company modify all the equipment and machinery to accommodate the employees’ wheelchairs, it also bought and modified a vehicle to help them get to work. COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE Forevermark diamonds come from mines that play a part in their communities. The hospital at the Orapa mine in Botswana, working in partnership with Botswana’s Ministry of Health, also functions as a district hospital, providing medical services to the local community as well as its employees and their families

Blue Water Jewelers is very proud to present this rare and beautiful diamond to you. Prices start below $1,000 and you can select from fashion jewelry to one of a kind engagement rings. Blue Water Jewelers travels to Antwerp, Belgium “Diamond Capital of the World” to hand select each diamond in our store. Now we are also able to visit the Forevermark Institute in Antwerp! You can also learn more at .

500 Anastasia Blvd St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 829-5855

store hours Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: Closed Private Appointments: Call for Private After Hour Appointments

Blue Water Jewelers opened in 2006 with owner Robert , 2nd generation jewelry, and wife Nicole. Robert started with a passion for watches and received his degree in Horology. After working for several other jewelry stores in the surrounding area and developing his skill he was also was being trained in Rolex repair. With a lot of hard work, great customer service, wonderful client relationships and many enjoyable hours working with non-profits in the area Blue Water Jewelers quickly became St. Augustine’s #1 jewelry store. Blue Water Jewelers moved to an old bank building on April 14, 2010 exactly 40 years to the day the original bank was opened. Robert and Nicole believe in the restoration of existing buildings and will be in their new location for many years to come. You will find a beautiful showroom along with the original bank vault to hold all your valuable while they are being taken care of. For more information and pictures visit


Fashion & Beauty

Pics for your Biz local photographer should be offering a ‘Social Network Session’. With my clients, I go in and photograph some scenes for the month and they can use the photos on all of their Social Media sites.

The charm of St. Augustine cannot be beaten!

Here are some of the photos that I have used recently on my Facebook page:


Christine Cousart

Owner, Cousart Studios & Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry

ocial networking is something that cannot be ignored when it comes to your business. One of the things I have learned is people do not want to sold to when it comes to Facebook. They want to have fun, learn and love to see interesting photos. As a photographer, I have been helping several businesses with their social networking. I have noticed the ratings go up because we are adding photos and engaging the clients. If you are not using photos for your business, I encourage you to start. Your

Cousart Studios of Fine Art & Photography 320 Hightide Drive #101 Saint Augustine, FL 32080 904.687.7700

Everyone loves babies!

As you can imagine, this photo received a lot of comments!

Christine Cousart has lived in St. Augustine since 2004 and says that it is the closest to the life she had when growing up in New Zealand. She owns Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry downtown Saint Augustine and Cousart Studios of Fine Art & Photography. She enjoys painting in all mediums as well as photographing a variety of subjects. She and her husband Kevin have two children that have graduated from Flagler College and one child that is schooled at home. The family loves to travel frequently and loves their relationship with many friends in the community. Cousart Studios of Fine Art & Photography | | 904.687.7700 | 320 Hightide Drive #101 | Saint Augustine, FL 32080

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A local intererior Design firm (Inviting Interiors) wanted one of my images for a mural in one of their clients office. When I saw how pretty it was, I wanted to share the pic and my Facebook followers really loved seeing the work.

Food & Entertainment

Florida’s First Educational Radio Talk Show Launches In St. Johns County


By Kris Phillips, President Newstalk 102.3 FM / AM 1240 WFOY and ESPN 1420 WAOC

aking the Grade” is Florida’s first radio talk show solely addressing education issues. The show’s host, Kim Kendall, will make her debut along with the show starting August 7. Weekly shows will continue on Wednesdays from 3 – 4 pm on WFOY’s new FM signal 102.3, following Rush Limbaugh. The show has already caught some buzz around the state and the guest lineup is not too shabby! Some of the first show guests include Governor Rick Scott, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, Florida Home Education Foundation President Brenda Dickinson, and U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis. With the launch of WFOY on the FM dial on 102.3, we’ve renewed our commitment to cover St Johns County like no one else does. Our public schools are a vitally important issue to our listeners; not only the parents but also business leaders who know our schools are what attract people to this county. As a mom and political activist, Kim brings a unique perspective to the show. We want listeners to feel like this show is a community-wide conversation about issues that really matter. Kendall has an impressive array of experience in tackling education

including as State Chair of the American Eagle & Literacy Challenge (150 FL schools); Fundraising Chair $50,000 for Timberlin Creek Elementary library books; Northeast Florida Early Learning Coalition Board Member; Timberlin Creek Elementary Business Liaison Chair; Author and Lobbied Educational State Legislation; and Board member of the St. Johns County Education Foundation. Kendall explained the format: “‘Making the Grade’ will address education’s hard-hitting issues; such as; Common Core Standards, Prayer at Graduation, Home Schooling, School Choice, Parent Empowerment, Early Learning, College Requirements… and solutions will be provided on each show so as to promote positive conservative change in the state.” Kendall continued, “As important as education is to our state, so is our listeners’ time. Each hour will be packed with important information and will give specifics on how the listeners can impact education reform needed in our county and in our state!” Listeners who call in will have the opportunity to not only voice their opinions, but will also have a chance to receive fantastic giveaways, which include;

Kim Kendall

“As important as education is to our state, so is our listeners’ time. Each hour will be packed with important information and will give specifics on how the listeners can impact education reform needed in our county and in our state!”

accommodations to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Jacksonville Symphony Tickets, golf course foursomes, and restaurant gift cards. More information about the show

and to activate desktop live streaming visit also, listeners can listen from their smart phones by browsing for “WFOY” on the free phone app “TuneIn Radio.”

Kris Phillips is President of Phillips Broadcasting, LLC which owns Newstalk 102.3 FM and AM 1240 WFOY; and ESPN 1420 WAOC in St Johns County. She worked for 7 years as senior reporter for the ABC affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas specializing in covering statewide political campaigns and high-profile court trials. Kris served as Communications Director for a United States Senate Committee in Washington, DC before becoming managing partner of an ad agency. She has won awards both for news reporting and for television and radio ad production. Kris is currently the host of the St. Johns County Morning News weekdays from 8-9am on Newstalk 102.3. She can be reached at


Food & Entertainment

Welcome to Pj’s Asia One Market cook or experienced chef PJ is available and can recommend and discuss the types and styles of most Asian style food preparation and presentation. So bring your recipe and appetite and experience “Kun heow rupaow” which translated from the Thai language means “Are you hungry”?


J’S Asia One Market is proud to be St. Augustine’s first and only Asian grocery. Upon the coming second anniversary of the opening of the Asia One Market PJ would wish to thank all of her loyal patrons as well as recent customers. PJ’S Asia One Market stocks an inventory of over 2000 Asian and Asian inspired food products and related items. The market offers dry, refrigerated and frozen items from several Asian nations including Thailand, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Japan, China and Taiwan. For the curry enthusiast PJ’S stocks eleven styles of curry paste and other necessary ingredients for an enjoyable recipe. And for the sushi aficionado Asia One can provide the required products including sushi rice, vinegar, nori, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy as well as flash frozen sushi grade tuna, eel, octopus, shrimp, and squid. PJ’S also maintains a well stocked Asian produce section of the types not usually found in a conventional grocery store. Originally from northeast Thailand PJ came to St. Augustine in 1997 and shortly thereafter enrolled in the FCTC culinary arts program. Following her graduation with honors she worked as a chef in local establishments and at Flagler Hospital. After some consideration she decided to start her own business and opened the Asia One Market in late 2009. Be it that one is interested in Asian cooking for healthy ingredients, economics, or an enjoyable dining experience PJ’S can provide the necessary products and whether you may be a novice

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mix well, until the sugar is dissolved. Blanch the shrimps in boiling water for 1 minute until just pink. Remove and set aside. Blanch the fish in the same manner or Steam the fish fillets until they are opaque, but still moist. Set aside. In the same boiling water, cook the squid about a minute or more. Drain and set-aside until ready to use.


Toss the vegetables with the Dressing in a bowl then add all the seafood and gently toss to coat thoroughly with the Dressing. Serve with lettuce leaf or any fresh vegetable of your choice.

PJ’S is open 9am to 7pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Tel # [904] 429-7587, FAX [904] 429-7542 website:

I’ve become a regular shopper at PJ’s. I love how all the items on the shelves have English nametags, so I don’t have to guess what things are. It makes shopping so much easier. The store is clean and the aisles are wide. PJ is always so helpful. Last time I was in, she introduced me to these festive colored sushi wrappers that aren’t as scary as seaweed for newbie’s to the sushi world. - Rea Powers I love the green tea ice cream, and our children like the mango popsicles. My wife never leaves without an ice cold roasted coconut juice in her hand. We have found lots of new vegetables and snacks to try. PJ has taught us about noodles that you don’t have to cook. That’s great in the summer heat! - Bill Gaines


Thai Spicy Seafood Salad Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 8 oz fresh squid clean and cut to bite size pieces 8 oz fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 oz white fish fillets such as snapper or halibut, sliced 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 tomato, sliced 2 spring onions cut into 1-inch pieces 3 stalks Chinese celery, cut into 1-inch Pieces Cup mint leaves for garnish Dressing 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 3 tablespoons fish sauce 1/2 teaspoon sugar (palm sugar) 3-7 bird’s-eye chilies, crushed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon Thai roasted chili paste in oil (optional) Method: • To make the Dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and

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Home & Garden

Top 5 countdown: Auto repairs you’ll want to think twice about


“Fuel Injection Service every 15,000 miles.” Fuel injectors can last the life of a vehicle if a good quality fuel is used each time the gas tank is filled up. Name brand gasolines include detergents that keep fuel injectors clean. There are times when a vehicle will not run well due to clogged injectors but that is the only real time someone should incur the expense of a fuel injector service. Many vehicles have well over 100,000 miles on them and have never needed a fuel injector service. The most common cause of clogged injectors is an overly dirty fuel filter or regular use of inexpensive fuel from smaller non-franchised gas stations. The extra penny or two spent on quality gas more than makes up for a regular $99 fuel injection service.


“$15.95 Oil Change Special.” The one primary reason why an auto service business will offer a lowball oil change special – get people into the shop to up-sell very profitable and very often unnecessary work. The only way to profitably offer a super cheap oil change is to make for an initial loss in profit by selling other work. Often times these oil changes include the lowest quality oil and oil filters being installed by inexperienced and low paid workers. This

is not the way an oil change should be performed because all these factors combine to result in a lot more money being spent down the road for issues related to poor lubrication and dirty oil. A quality oil change cannot be offered at a low ball price!


“New Parts Sold but Used Parts Installed.” There are countless reasons why this tactic is used in many unscrupulous repair


“ f you think that something is wrong with your car, then there very likely is something wrong with it. Trust your instincts, go directly to your shop, or have it towed. The odds are good that this course of action will save you money and pain in the long run.” shops. The basic reason is increasing profit for a job. It is quite easy to ward this scam off - simply ask to see the part that was installed on the vehicle. If the parts looks worn, dirty, and/ or has grease pen writing anywhere on the part then chances are very good that a used part was installed on your vehicle. If a shop is hesitant about showing you the

part then warning flags should pop up in your mind and I recommend having the vehicle inspected by a reputable shop as soon as you can.


“Parts Sold but Never Installed.” This is a similar tactic to scam number 3. Always ask to see your old part after completion of a job if you have any suspicions about the shop you are dealing with. This request should be made from the very beginning before any work is performed on your vehicle.


“Axle Boots Cut Prior to Selling Axle Work.” This is a very common tactic. The way the scam works is a technician will take a knife and cut a rubber axle boot and bring the customer back to show the customer the damage. It is quite easy to tell if an axle boot has been cut or has worn out on its own - if the cut in the boot is very clean and straight and looks fresh with no signs of grease outside the axle then you may be getting played. If however the boot has a jagged and worn cut with some signs of axle grease around the boot, then it is probably a legitimate concern. Always ask to see the damage before agreeing to any


work being performed.

Note: A reputable shop will always do a complimentary inspection as they complete the current work assigned. This is to alert you to potential problems that could cost you money and trouble in the future. Tim and John Amun have been serving the motoring public in St. Augustine since 1994. They service and repair most makes of foreign cars, and have a shop fully equipped with the factory diagnostic tools for the cars they service .

Publishers Note:

We own a very special vehicle: a 1989 VW Vanagon Syncro, a 4x4 van produced by VW for just a few years. Until we found AA Foreign Car, no one anywhere in northeast Florida could work on this car with any measure of confidence. Tim and John have done both minor and very major work on this car and we couldn’t be happier. They are fair and honest, always discussing any needed work in detail so that we understand what had to be done and why. We have never felt that we’ve been overcharged for work, or asked to pay for unnecessary work. For peace of mind when it comes to car repairs, become a customer of AA Foreign.

Home & Garden

New Year’s Resolutions I Gleaned From Others (Or: Why I Love My Job)

By: Warren Caterson, Author


Table for Two - Back for Seconds

just came off a weeklong bookand-cooking tour on the west coast of Florida. For those of you who’ve never been to the west coast of Florida, its similar to the west coast of California in that the sunsets, beaches, and women are gorgeous. It’s unlike the west coast of California in that most of the people who should be in institutions are already there. One of the pleasures of touring is getting to meet so many different and wonderful people. Whether it’s sautéing some shrimp under a tent in 95-degree heat for a crowd or cooking up some chicken Marsala in a comfortable waterfront home for a dozen new friends, I always enjoy this aspect of making my way in the world as an author/chef. Of course another added benefit is hearing about new places to eat and new ways to cook.

For instance, Bill told me about a killer mobile eatery called, appropriately, The Taco Bus. I also found out about a restaurant called The Refinery. It features locally grown ingredients served up with a bit of panache minus the attitude. Both of these are on my list for a visit the next time I’m in town. There’s a new teashop down near Davis Island that I’m dying to visit, and of course there’s always Kelly’s in downtown Dunedin. My visits here would be incomplete if I didn’t stop in for breakfast at least once. I also met Chef John at one of my favorite after-work attitude-adjustment emporiums. He also has a cookbook out, and we spent a good bit of time discussing the possibility of hosting a food event in the area. Details to follow. And then there’s always the simple suggestions and advice that flow between folks who have something in common (food) and are having a good time (festivals). Here are a few that I filed away in that part of my brain called “Great New Year’s Resolutions”: For perfect pasta, make sure you boil the water before adding the pasta. (Thanks, Brendan.) Don’t try to sharpen a knife after three or four margaritas. (Thanks, Rod.) Don’t try to drive yourself to the hospital after you sharpened a knife after knocking back three or four margarita. (Thanks, again, Rod.) Cooking up some food at a festival will help sell more cookbooks. Cooking up the birds you ran over in the festival parking lot will not. (Thanks, Tommy Joe)

Don’t try to sell your books if you’re wearing a wife-beater t-shirt. This is probably true for cookbooks but it’s especially true for children’s books. You want to see parents grab the hands of their kids and drag them to the opposite side of the venue from your booth? Just wear a wife-beater t-shirt. Heck, even I was tempted to move to a different booth. (Thanks, scary guy in the wife-beater t-shirt selling children’s books.) Buying the absolute cheapest of anything will never save you time or money in the long run. This goes for chef ’s knives, cookware, and unidentifiable yet creatively-named items in the meat department. (Thanks, Randy.) Make sure the beater blades on your mixer have completely stopped before you attempt to lick the icing off them. (Thanks, Sheila.) Growing your own herbs is both healthy and frugal. Growing them where your dog relieves himself is not. (Thanks, Megan.)

Chef Warren is the award-winning author of Table for Two - The Cookbook for Couples and the newly released Table for Two - Back for Seconds. You can purchase these items at your local bookstore, Amazon or get signed copies from Contact Chef Warren for in-home cooking classes or a personal chef experience (A 3 to 5 course meal prepared in your home for you and your friends). 904-704-1710

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Preheating your oven to 500º and then sticking your microwave oven in there will not cook your food even faster. (Thanks, Jaime.) Don’t fry bacon naked. Ever. (Thanks, Laura.) And finally, tossing around ideas and suggestions with friends is a great way to spend the evening. Tossing back some frosty glasses of Blue Moon at the same time makes it even better. (Thanks Eddie and Judith.) So…you got any resolutions to share? Speak up while I grab another pitcher of Blue Moon and a few more oranges.

Home & Garden

Publisher’s Note: We have a unit at 312 Storage and we couldn’t be more happy. The location is conveniently central to the eastern part of the county, and it is on very high ground. I wouldn’t worry a bit about losing goods to flooding if there should there be a bad tropical storm. On top of that, Ed and Jeremy provide excellent customer service!!


St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Dec/Jan 2013-14  

Objective, Informational, Educational, for Women