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June 2010



Men in Business

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What’s Right Around the Corner? S

Sarah Warburton

ummer, Father’s Day…and hurricane season! No one wants to celebrate it, but we shouldn’t forget it, either. Like the rest of Fort Bend, we turned to our resident roofing expert, Joe Rangel of Ameristar for answers. He’s seen one hurricane season after another come and go. “We’ve been in this community for a long time,” says Joe, “and we’re always happy to provide references to show you the kind of reputation we have. We’re active in the

Better Business Bureau and a proud member of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance. We take pride in being a company that our all our friends and neighbors in Fort Bend can count on, whatever the weather brings.” Even though the blue tarps from Ike are long gone, we need to remember the lessons learned. Joe says, “After a hurricane or significant weather, you’ve got a limited amount of time to file a claim with your insurance company for any damage. If you know you’ve got roof damage, don’t put off contacting your local roofing company to get an estimate. And if you can’t tell the condition of your roof, give us a call. We always offer a free, on-site evaluation…all year round.”

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After your inspection, you’ll need someone with the experience to navigate the insurance procedures. Don’t settle for a repair if the age and condition of your roof really requires replacement. Ninety percent of the roofs that suffer wind damage also suffer from enough wear and tear to warrant replacement. Ameristar will walk you through the claims process after wind damage on your roof. They’ll inspect your roof, walk through the

claims process, and meet with your insurance adjuster. Ameristar will get it approved and get you what you deserve. Once you have a new roof, you want to be sure it’s backed up by an excellent war-

ranty and is inspected by a quality control inspector. Yes, Ameristar employs a full time Quality Control Inspector that inspects each roof after completion. Joe says, “At Ameristar, we’re fully insured and bonded, we’ve got the documentation to back up our reputation. We

really stand behind the roofing products we use and our guys have passed rigorous training, education, and performance standards. That’s why we’re in the one percent of roofers nationwide that can offer you CertainTeed’s 5 Star Extended Warranties—the gold standard in shingle protection.” You need a roofing company you can count on, not a fair-weather friend. Joe says, “I’ve worked for other roofing companies, but when a couple of friends and I decided to strike out on our own, we knew the kind of business we wanted to run. At Ameristar, our motto ‘we want your recommendation because of our reputation’ really is the bottom line of our business. Our reward is your satisfaction and we always have your best interests in mind. I’ve always believed in getting our customers the roofs they rightfully deserve. When you take pride in doing the right thing for people… every job’s really satisfying.” Ameristar 281-238-4230 3821 F.M. 359 Richmond, TX 77406


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TurnedOn! Sarah Warburton

Celebrating Summer

Sarah Warburton


he official Grand Opening celebration at Home Theater Evolutions’ new store got rave reviews from customers. Great location, open and accessible demo displays, and the same commitment to four-star service you’ve come to expect from Sugar Land’s premier home theater store. Owners Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain have everything you need to keep the party going all summer long! Ready to chill out and take it easy? Jazz up your outdoor patio with surround sound speakers, outdoor televisions and waterproof remote controls. Create the look—and sound—of a tropical oasis with surround sound that flows from naturallooking “stone” speakers. They’re durable and waterproof with a gorgeous texture and the high quality you expect from Home Theater Evolutions. The sound

of your favorite music and the style of your yard will flow together in perfect harmony. And whether you’re floating on your chaise lounge or the kids are playing a game of water polo, you won’t have to worry if your remote control takes a dive…as long as it’s a waterproof remote control. Turn the music up and relax! Does dad have everything he needs for a Father’s Day to remember? Hook him up with the perfect backyard accessory… an outdoor plasma screen from Home Theater Evolutions. With natural color tones, incredible contrast, crisp picture, and wide viewing angles, you’ll enjoy the Astros in high-definition. Have the neighborhood over for a backyard barbeque or enjoy date night with a movie under the stars. The electronics may be high-tech, but the personal service and attention to detail

you’ll find at Home Theater Evolutions is seriously old-school. Richard and Scott have been friends since second grade and they always dreamed of going into the electronics business. Scott works as a firefighter and paramedic with the city of Houston, and Richard worked with electronics in the Air Force…but as soon as they could make it happen, they struck out on their own. Scott says, “We started off in 2003 doing only in-home custom installation of electronic equipment…but more and more of our customers asked our advice on which products to purchase and we decided to expand our business.” This summer will be Home Theater’s first in its new location; it’s conveniently located so that even more customers can experience their straightforward, customer-oriented approach. Richard adds, “When we decided to offer electronics back in 2006, we wanted to handpick every item for quality and value to make life easy for our customers. Scott and I do the free in-home estimates ourselves, and if you have any problems you can deal directly with us. We put everything down on the estimate so you won’t have any surprises or hidden fees. We really want to help people decide on the right products for their home.” “Our location has changed,” Scott adds, “but our focus is the same: helping our customers choose exactly what they need, while working within a budget. When it comes to customer service, we strive for perfection every time.” Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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Step Up For Your Family Sarah Warburton here’s a simple way to cut down on your risk of cardiovascular disease and up your odds of living a long and healthy life…and some men just aren’t doing it. Taking care of your health could be as easy as taking good care of your teeth and gums. Dr. Thomas Lomonte says, “There’s a proven link between a healthy mouth and your total wellness. We’re here to help you get on top of things so you’ll have a strong, healthy smile.” You work hard to support your family, so don’t put your own health on the back burner. Inflammation and bacteria from gum disease contribute to other problems like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia. The good news? Brushing three times a day and flossing daily makes a serious


difference. Dr. Lomonte says, “Brushing and flossing not only keeps your teeth clean, but it protects you from harmful bacteria that can make their way into the bloodstream, clogging up the arteries. That’s the link between cardiovascular health and a healthy smile.” You may think it takes a macho man to go to the dentist, but Dr. Lomonte’s practice isn’t about pain…in fact, it’s guaranteed to make you smile! He says, “Checking in with us twice a year can keep little problems from getting out of hand. That’s why some insurance companies insist you keep your regular checkups in order to get coverage for additional procedures. Your total body health starts with good dental habits.” Lots of guys first meet Dr. Lomonte on the fishing circuit, but once they visit his down-to-earth office, they’re hooked! A native Texan who grew up in Beaumont, Dr. Lomonte has been having fun crafting great smiles in our community for the last twenty-eight years. He says, “Like my Dad, I’ve always been good at fixing things... and a dentist has to be able to fix just about anything. I’ve seen people come in

with cracked, discolored, crooked teeth... and after we straighten, whiten, or replace them, our patients feel so much more confident. Changing the state of your teeth really changes your state of mind. We have a great time here…and we aim to keep you smiling!” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 281-530-1440 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477

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Story of a Classic Sarah Warburton


ne car is the longest running car in automotive histor y and has had the ver y same name since it rolled out in 1935. Lawenforcement agencies, spor tsmen, and soccer moms all love it and some even call it the unof ficial state car of Texas! Don Kerstetter says, “My favorite car, the one that most strongly identifies the style and versatility of Chevrolet, is our Suburban, and this year we’re celebrating its 75th anniversar y.” For the last thirteen years there’s been a Suburban somewhere in Don’s family. He says, “My sister had two boys four years apart in baseball. When she needed a car that could haul her kids, their friends, and all their sports equipment, I recommended the Suburban. She told me on some Saturdays both boys had games in different towns. They’d get into that car at six in the morning to go from town to town for practices and games…and they’d get home around midnight. I know lots of

families practically live in their cars over the weekend, and the Suburban’s got the space and the flexibility they need.” Where will the summer take your family? Put eight or nine people in the car, tow a boat, and pile your luggage on top of the Suburban and you’ll be ready to hit the road. As the father of two kids, Don knows how to make the most of family time in the car. He says, “I’ve heard a mom say that her car’s the place where she has the best chats with her kids. Our cars play a huge part in our memories, and the Suburban can take you anywhere you want to go—and bring the people you love along with you!” In honor of the huge role the Suburban has played in automotive h i s t o r y, G M ’ s u n v e i l i n g a s p e c i a l limited-edition 75th Anniversar y Diamond Edition Suburban this s u m m e r, a n d o n l y 2 5 7 0 w i l l b e made. Don says, “That’s the kind of

long term-commitment that really inspires us at Classic Chevrolet. We ’ r e n o t h e r e t o s e l l y o u j u s t o n e car today…we want to be the place you send your friends and family for years to come!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660

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for all of the effort that I put into it. Then, I had a Lap-Band procedure done in March 2006. I lost 10 lbs and that was it. I had two adjustments done by the Lap Band surgeon and I still didn’t lose any inches or weight. So last year, I contacted Dr. Ahmadi’s of fice and obtained a copy of the Lipotuck™ DVD…I was so impressed with his skills, education, and talent that I couldn’t believe that he located right here in Sugar Land! It was a miracle to me, the answer to my prayers! After having the Lipotuck™ surger y… I can fit into clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in 10 years! My sagging stomach is now gone. WOW! I have much more confidence… I am showing people my new body and they cannot believe the results! Dr. Ahmadi, this is the happiest time of my life! Thank you again Dr. Ahmadi to you and your staff!

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Karen Daniels wning your own business can be the most rewarding and the most challenging of endeavors. You start out with a great idea and a lot of steam and find out that all the behind the scene stuff like taxes, payroll and accounting are robbing you of the joy and the reason you started your own business. What begins as a labor of love, is just labor. What if you could run your company like a big corporation? What if you could have a controller or financial confidant to give you an honest assessment of your financial situation on an ongoing basis? You are still in control; you’re the creative genius and yet your small to mid-market business can perform like a “real business” with the guidance and expertise of John Trevathan and his team of seasoned advisors. It is rare for business owners to become really successful managing their financials on their own. A lot of businesses don’t have the resources to hire a full-time controller or CFO. Thankfully, Trevathan, CPA, is now offering local businesses a fresh solution to their financial dilemmas with his Controller/CFO services. Mr. Trevathan and his colleagues can offer everything a full-time CFO would—for a lot less. “Basically, a controller does everything that nobody else has time to do,” explains Mr. Trevathan. As a CPA, he performs all traditional accounting and tax functions, and he can do bookkeeping, as well. But in addition to that, he will consult with you on an ongoing basis about strategic business decisions, and oversee every single aspect of your business from a financial standpoint to help

you make sure you are as profitable as you can be. And there is no one more qualified to do that than John Trevathan. He has been a CPA for over 27 years; working 16 of those years as a Controller/CFO in multi-million dollar corporations and 10 years as a CPA in public accounting. Now he enjoys combining his experiences in the corporate world in the service of local businesses in Fort Bend County. “Our job is to measure your success. In the end, accounting is really all about measurement. We have a lot of tools we can use to look at the big picture and help you maximize your long-term profitability.” For example, Mr. Trevathan can help you develop a budget and forecast and measure against it every single month, so you’re always armed with the information you need to make solid business decisions. In addition to Controller/CFO services, the Trevathan CPA firm offers all the services you’d expect, including tax preparation for individuals and businesses, and they’re imminently responsive to their clients’ needs. This year, it’s time to get in on the secret—and let Trevathan CPA help you find out how successful you can really be! Trevathan CPA, PLLC 19901 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land 77479 O. 281.207.1333 • F. 281.207.1334

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The Sweet Sound of Success Karen Daniels hen Rick Cochran started his piano moving business, Blue Streak Transport in 1983, moving an average of thirty-five pianos per day, he was happy with the growth of his company. But since Rick has always had a great ear, he listened when opportunities presented themselves. In 1990, he had the chance to expand the business with service and piano restoration. “We took the pianos that people inherited from their grandmothers and brought them back to life.” One thing led to another and in 2004, they began offering music lessons, and the company grew overnight. It’s hard to believe that what we know as Fort Bend Music Center, has grown from twelvehundred square-feet of space and now occupies twenty-thousand square-feet of classrooms, showrooms and a recital area. Rick explained, “The company has been lesson and service driven. It’s been whatever the customers need and want. When they began asking to buy guitars, that’s when I started to sell guitars. When they needed reeds, or drums or strings, instead of sending people away to make


their purchases, I began to sell these items.” Fort Bend Music Center (FBMC) has been recently selected as one of the vendors to serve Fort Bend ISD with their Band & Orchestra instruments. FBMC offers rentals and sales of instruments and accessories for students in Band & Orchestra. FBMC is conveniently located on the SW Freeway, just north of Alternate 90 in Fort Bend County. Speaking of the kids, don’t forget that Fort Bend Music Center is offering four different Music Camps this summer. One camp is perfect for the child that doesn’t know which instrument to play. They can enjoy three 45-minute sessions to learn piano, guitar, and drums. Do you have a child that loves to sing? Perhaps the Annie or High School Musical Camps would offer that summer singing fun to brighten your child’s afternoons. Individual and group lessons are offered year round and provide families the ability to see these skills with recitals,

both at their store and at the Stafford Center for an evening of wonderful music. There are still a few spaces left in the summer camps; so call today and maybe you’ll be listening to the sweet sound of success in your future. Fort Bend Music Center 281-494-5885 12919 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 160 Stafford, TX 77477

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Glowing with Joy

Sarah Warburton e found some ladies whose spirits light up a room and whose skin has a gorgeous glow...and we just couldn’t resist asking them for some inside tips. “I’ve been working in the beauty industry for fourteen years,” says Field Specialist for Tigi Hair Care, Alyssa Caveness, “and I know how important walking the walk is for those of us who talk the talk. I followed my esthetician Mariette to Kalologie and now I drive down from the Heights to see Mariette for chemical peels and Dr. Wong for Botox. For me, Kalologie’s commitment to client care and education makes the trip one hundred percent worthwhile!”


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Travis Cousins says, “I must have gone into Kalologie first week they were opened and I absolutely loved them!” You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Travis undergoes chemotherapy, so her skin is extremely sensitive. She says, “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a skinaholic, but I have health issues, so I can’t use a product with a lot of scent. I absolutely love the UltraLux agecontrol complex with synthetic snake venom and the IPL Photofacials for brightening skin tone and reducing those little wrinkles. I kid you not, since I’ve started coming to Kalologie I’ve been stopped in a store by an absolute stranger and complemented on my skin.” “Just like Kalologie’s founder, Tracy Brennen,” says Alyssa, “I tried lots of treatments for my cystic acne before I found Kalologie. Now at age thirty-four my skin is the best it’s ever been! The products at Kalologie are medical grade and Dr. Wong provides medical support for real results. They’ve really bridged the gap between a dermatologist’s office and a spa… so you get the best of both worlds!” Travis agrees. “Every woman—and man, too—owe it to themselves to get a little perk-up, especially before an event. Give yourself enough

time to come in and work up a plan and you’ll see a difference. At Kalologie, the staff really knows their products…and they’re so much fun that sometimes I stop by just to chat. I’m happy to tell anyone how much I love Kalologie!” Kalologie Skincare/Medical Spa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway Hwy 6 and 59 in the Whole Foods Shopping Center, Sugar Land, TX 77478

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Oh, baby that’s what I like! Sarah Warburton


s the founder and medical director of Fertility Specialists of Houston, the most longstanding (IVF) program in Houston, Dr. Grunert has always considered the whole person and the big picture when it comes to your fertility. He says, “We’re committed to our customized, holistic approach to patient care. Over and over we’ve seen the importance of treating each patient as an individual, and we really empathize with the physical and psychological toll the process can take. I’m delighted to join my colleagues Dr. Chauhan and Dr. Dunn at our Sugar Land office and I will walk your journey with you…whatever the outcome.” “No two patients are ever the same,” says Dr. Chauhan. “That’s the most challenging and inspiring thing about this field. I’ve had patients where the problem was solved when we diagnosed a thyroid disorder and other patients where we explored every avenue. Not every solution is a high-tech solution, so I’ll spend time considering your situation, and we’ll take things one step at a time. Having this amazing opportunity to care for people makes every single appointment of every day special… and bringing the miracle of life to families is the most exciting thing in the world!”

As a medical resident, Dr. Dunn saw some of the first IVF procedures done in Texas. He says, “Over the years I’ve seen amazing advances in this procedure. We take care to avoid the multiple births that some people associate with IVF and it’s getting more coverage by insurance companies. The thing that gets me out of bed every morning is seeing the look on couple’s faces when they learn a pregnancy they thought might never happen has come true. I saw one patient in the early days of IVF who’d had two ectopic pregnancies before she came to my practice. She got pregnant and has sent me a Christmas card every year since… and this year the photo showed her son graduating high school. For all of us the most incredible part of our profession is becoming part of your family and making your dreams of a child come true!” Fertility Specialists of Houston An affiliate of Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, P.A. 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483)

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Above the Rest! Sarah Warburton an you picture iron workers walking on the framework of a building under construction? It takes nerves of steel to do their job at those heights and in difficult conditions. They have to depend on each other every step of the way and the work they do has to stand the test of time. That’s the blood that runs through the guys at Alan’s Plumbing. Master plumber, Alan Burkhalter says, “My grandfather was an ironworker and he worked on the San Jacinto monument. He worked on construction and we work with pipes and plumbing, but it’s still all in the family.” American values like hard work and a commitment to excellence run through the generations at Alan’s Plumbing. For over thirteen years, they’ve offered superior plumbing service to the families of Fort Bend County. Along with his brothers, Chris and Brian,Alan’s made a name for Alan’s Plumbing as professional, prompt, and precise. Alan says, me and my brothers and my three sons all working together. I never thought we’d grow up and be in business together, but it’s the best way to run a business!” Must be why Alan and the guys have won the Reader’s Choice Awards for seven years straight! Just like ironworkers, plumbers do lots of outdoor work and they work year-round. Rain or shine, Alan’s Plumbing’s just a phone call away for all your plumbing problems. If you call during the summer months, you might even meet the “young guns.” Alan’s three sons Beau, Luke, and Jake have grown up around the business, earned their apprentice plumbing licenses, and they look


forward to living up to the example set by their dad. Whether you need a solid structure for a skyscraper or a solid plumbing system that won’t leave you soaked, you need a company you can trust. The family at Alan’s Plumbing has you covered with the knowledge and experience to tackle any plumbing problem like repairs, remodels, and installations. They show up on time, polite and in uniform. You’ll know exactly who you’re dealing with as they get right to work. You don’t have to look up to see that Alan’s Plumbing’s above the rest! Alan’s Plumbing 281-261-1064

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Thank You for Changing My Life! Sarah Warburton


ike so many kids, I struggled with acne,” says Dr. David Powell, “and when a dermatologist finally cleared my skin, it inspired me. From that moment, I’ve always had a deep understanding that a problem some people consider cosmetic really causes psychological distress. I also love the way that dermatology combines interesting parts from a number of specialties—geriatrics, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, and cosmetic medicine—into one exciting discipline. I might treat a child with eczema in one room, a mom wanting to reduce wrinkles in the next room, and a grandfather with skin cancer in the next… there’s always something new!” When doctors told one young woman they couldn’t help her, she turned to Dr. Powell. He says, “I had a young African American patient who’d been a model before she decided to get a tattoo on her upper chest. The tattoo reacted badly with her skin and formed a keloid scar. She came to me because she hadn’t been able to model and she was getting married in six months. Through a series of treatments, I was able to reduce the scar and make it much less noticeable…but the scar wasn’t the only thing that changed. When she came in she wouldn’t make eye contact and she kept her head down, but after her treatments she was bubbly and vivacious again. She sent me a letter from her 8 ~ UPCLOSE ~ June 2010

honeymoon saying, “Thank you for changing my life!” This summer, Dr. Powell wants you to remember one particular story. He says, “A mother in her fifties brought her eighteen-year-old daughter to me. After going to tanning beds with her mom since she was twelve years old, that young girl had developed melanoma. Putting aside the wrinkles, broken capillaries, and early signs of aging caused by UV light, the risk of skin cancer should be a big incentive to put on your hat and sunscreen and protect yourself from the sun!” Do you know the experience and training of the people caring for your skin? As Dr. Powell says, “If your skin isn’t becoming to you, then you should be coming to us!”

David W. Powell, M.D. Dermatology 281-494-0050 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 400 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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It’s All About the Story


’m the perfect example of how not to go about getting into this business,” laughs Ned Hibberd, local reporter for Fox 26’s evening news. “I’ve always been involved in television, but after high school my parents insisted I get a liberal arts education. I came to Rice University…that’s what brought me to Houston. Once I graduated, I got an internship at the Fox network and after two years they hired me on. I started off running the teleprompter and the studio camera, but as soon as I could, I transferred to the newsroom. I worked my way from assignment editor to a reporter in 1992… and none of that is the way you usually become a reporter.” “After my wife Danielle and I got married, we started looking for the perfect home for the family we hoped we’d have. Her parents live in Fort Bend, and once we came to Sugar Land we knew it was ideal…very family-oriented. Now we’ve got a four-year-old son and one-year-old twin boys and we couldn’t be happier! I spend mornings at home with the kids and

go into work in the afternoon to pitch my story ideas. We’re always trying to deepen the experience for our viewers…that’s why we’ve started including short talks from experts on our nine o’clock news to give a more in-depth understanding of events.” “While it always depends on the breaking news, I love the opportunity to develop an amazing story and share it with you. For instance, recently we learned that there’s a ‘Tree of Hope’ in the chapel at Texas Children’s Hospital where people can write their prayers on pieces of paper and tie them to the branches. The senior chaplain told me they receive an enormous amount of written prayers from patients, parents, and volunteers. Every year chaplains and volunteers from the hospital go on retreat and read the prayers aloud before feeding them into a fire so the smoke goes up to heaven. When worshippers come to the chapel on Ash Wednesday, the ashes they receive on their foreheads are the prayers that were written throughout the year come full circle. Sharing that kind of meaningful story is the reason I’m a reporter.”

Ned Hibberd, Reporter 713-479-2961 KRIV-TV Fox 26 News Houston, Texas health/100217-tch-ash-wednesday

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Sandra Templeton, MD, FACS

Comprehensive and

Caring Karen Daniels


Sandra Templeton wants us to know something: “There’s good news in the advancements in breast cancer treatment. The chances of survival are far higher and procedures are less invasive than they were twenty years ago.” She should know, Dr. Templeton focuses on diseases and surgery of the breast, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Her mission is to provide patients with the most current technologies and procedures in an environment of unequaled compassion and understanding. The one-size-fits-all approach that our mothers and grandmothers received is a thing of the past. For example, if your tests reveal you have cancer, a team of doctors will be assembled to provide treatment that caters to the patient’s specific needs. The team consists of the surgeon, the breast imager, the oncologists, and if needed, a reconstructive surgeon. When you are under the care of Dr. Templeton, you benefit from her philosophy that the treatment should be as individual as the person being treated.

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She explains, “The majority of breast cancer can be treated with a lumpectomy and radiation. In the past, doctors have performed mastectomies, but years of data have shown that the survival rate is the same.” Dr. Templeton is a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor college of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Although Dr. Templeton is a native Texan who grew up in the Houston area; she has been involved in the Fort Bend community for the past eight years with her husband and three sons. With offices in Professional Building 2 of Methodist Hospital Sugar Land, Dr. Templeton provides the latest in breast cancer care right here in our own neighborhood. As residents of the Sugar Land area, we are fortunate that our healthcare services have grown with our community. We not only have all the amenities offered in Houston such as terrific shopping and fine dining, but we are quickly becoming

recognized for our state of the art medical services as well. Gone are the days when the only option for cancer treatment was a long drive to the Texas Medical Center in downtown Houston. Today, you can rely on the expertise and personal approach of Dr. Templeton. You can get excellent care close to home, in an office that knows you by name and not a number. It’s Dr. Templeton’s goal to create awareness for women and men about the current technologies and procedures in an environment of compassion and understanding. When breast cancer is found early, most patients do very well. Why would you go anywhere else when you could benefit from the latest technology right here in Sugar Land, delivered by a physician that is comprehensive and caring. If you have any questions, give Dr. Templeton a call. Sandra Templeton, MD, FACS 281-494-3000 Methodist Professional Bldg. 2 Southwest Frwy @ Sweetwater

More Than The Dance

Karen Daniels


f you are in search of a nurturing atmosphere mixed with award-winning choreography, you need look no further than Masters Upper Level. Founded by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Melissa Hooks Robinson fifteen years ago, Masters Upper Level has built quite a reputation for the serious dancer. Melissa’s lifelong passion with dance began at the age of 4. She competed from the age of 6 until the age of 21. Her experience and love of dance is an inspiration to her students. Masters Upper Level offered recreational and competitive dance up until 5 years ago. At that time, Melissa made the tough decision to provide only competitive dance classes, realizing this was what set them apart from other dance schools. She is in the studio every day helping young dancers achieve their dreams. Melissa explains, “Life lessons are learned here. Confidence, discipline, time management, and teamwork are cultivated while the kids are doing something they love.” Do you have a child interested in performing? Do they dance around the room whenever they hear music? Well, you’re in luck! On Saturday, June 5th Masters Upper Level is hosting an open audition for new

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dancers interested in joining a company with a stellar reputation for excellence. New this year will be auditions for kids between the ages of 4 to 6. All they need to bring is determination and an engaging smile, and MUL will take it from there. The 7 to 18 year-olds need to be of intermediate or advanced levels to join the group, and prior formal training is recommended, but not completely necessary since some kids are just born with natural talent. During the audition, the kids will be taught three different combos in jazz, tap and ballet. Criteria of judging will be their level of technique, speed at which the routine is learned, and enthusiasm for dance. The studio has many success stories. Several students who began dancing at MUL at an early age have been accepted to The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. An average of 225 students try out for HSPVA per year, but only 25 to 30 make it. Chelsea Bohny won a Gold Medal representing the United States in the Dance Olympics in Germany. Justin Prescott, another MUL alumnus who also attended HSPVA, received a dance scholarship to SUNY Purchase in New York and was recently chosen to be in the new Broadway musical, “Fella.” Jana Thompkins has performed with LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, Snoop Dog, Mary J Blige, and has performed live on television award shows. Come see the company perform “Kill the Lights” June 10th at 7:00pm at Stafford Centre’s Performing Arts Theatre located on 10505 Cash Road for only $15.00 and see them in action. Masters Upper Level 281-240-TAPN (8276) 4111 Greenbriar, Suite B

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Masters Upper Level was just named to Top 25 Studios in the South Central Region by the Federation of Dance Competitions for 2010. Our region includes Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.You are chosen based on the amount of points you earn from high score awards at FDC regional competitions....Congratulations! UPCLOSE ~ June 2010 ~ 11

From the Cover

A Surgeon With Heart

Sarah Warburton hen local Trendsetter Homes realtor Jeanne Shimala noticed her left leg was ice-cold and her foot was turning black and blue, her primary doctor referred her to local vascular specialist, Dr. Ulises Baltazar. She said, “As a realtor for seventeen years, I’ve become an excellent judge of character. Dr. Baltazar and his staff put me at ease right away. Everything that happened during and after my surgery just confirmed that this man is both an outstanding vascular surgeon and an outstanding human being.” “I felt completely safe with Dr. Baltazar. After a series of tests, he confirmed a venous insufficiency on my right leg and we decided to proceed with venous ablation. He’s fantastic with diagnostics. I could see him really focusing in on my test results, and then he explained them carefully to me to make sure


I understood and was comfortable with our course of action.” An additional health challenge made Jeanne’s surgery even more complicated. She says, “My nervous system and muscles are affected by a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Dr. Baltazar did extensive research to find an anesthetic that would work for me. When I received the local anesthetic, Dr. Baltazar held my hand and talked me through it. I was awake through the surgery, so I saw first-hand how much care Dr. Baltazar took with me. I asked if Dr. Baltazar would tell my husband, Bruce…and he said he’d already told him everything. Bruce and I will have been married forty years in August, and he was very impressed with Dr. Baltazar’s warmth and professionalism. The most amazing thing happened after

surgery, when I was back in my hospital room. I was still very groggy, but when I opened my eyes, Dr. Baltazar was there. He said, ‘I was just concerned about you and I wanted to check in.’ It was eleven o’clock at night and early the next morning, he was scheduled to train for the MS150! He really puts his patients first. I’ve been telling everyone what a wonderful vascular surgeon we have right here in Sugar Land!” Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT,FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 281-240-8400 4660 Sweetwater Blvd Ste 130

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The Magic of the Food F Karen Daniels or those of us who have a little Italian in our blood, we know the definition of La Magia means the magic and Ray Razmdideh has created just that. Blending the comfortable Italian bistro ambiance with today’s busy family schedule, Ray’s La Magia provides an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy—painted murals, video arcade games, a flat screen on the wall, and great wine, beer, and frozen margaritas—once inside you’ll feel instantly relaxed. Ray moved from New Jersey and transferred to the University of Houston to be closer to family. He put himself through college working in restaurants, finishing a degree in civil engineering. The problem was, when he graduated, civil engineering was not where his passion was. Ray loved being around food and after years of experience, he wanted to create his own recipes using only the freshest ingredients. A 9 to 5 office job would not fulfill this dream. Lucky for us Ray pursued his passion and we have a great neighborhood restaurant to show for it. A La Magia favorite is their pizza. Did you know that the best way to bake a pizza is from the bottom up? Most pizza joints today don’t use a brick oven. Instead, the pizza is placed on a conveyer belt and sent through an incredibly hot oven at a fast pace, baking the pizza from top Ray’s family are his biggest fans!

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to bottom, losing the flavor. Good pizza shouldn’t be rushed, and that’s no problem when you’re dining at a restaurant with immediate seating and a great selection of pasta dishes, appetizers and a few vegetarian dishes. During the weekend, Ray creates off the menu specials that are sure to tempt your palette. When asked how he comes up with these new recipes, he said, “A lot of our specials come to us from our customers. They tell us what they like, what they enjoy eating, and that inspires us to come up with a new recipe that everyone will love.” Stop by for the daily lunch specials offering soup or salad and an entrée of your choice for only $6.99. La Magia also offers limited delivery, food to go, catering, and the entire restaurant can be rented out for parties. Come and see for yourself, the magic of Italy right in the neighborhood. La Magia 281-565-0366 3699 Hwy 6 South (in the Kroger shopping center)

Your Addiction is Showing A

lot of people have this image of an addict or an alcoholic as a panhandler who lives under a bridge, someone who’s lost everything. The truth is most addicts are pretty high functioning. High functioning means they manage to get through their daily routines and are really good at hiding their addiction from themselves and other people. Their addiction tricks them into believing they’re in control, when actually they’re not. On some level they know, and the people around them know what’s going on, but nobody knows how to take that first step. So whether you’re personally battling a drug or alcohol problem, or you are being affected by someone who is, you don’t have to wait to get the help you need. You can call one of the professionals at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC). They can answer a question as simple as, “What do I do?” or “Where do I start?” As CEO Matt Feehery says, “We meet people where they are. At whatever point people decide to seek help, the PaRC is ready, it is open for admissions and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” The PaRC is a nationally recognized alcohol and substance dependence treatment center that has been successfully treating individuals and their families for the past 10 years. Addiction is not prejudiced; it can affect people of all ages, races, religions and income levels. There are people you see everyday who are either battling addiction or they have a family member or friend that is currently fighting a losing battle. Please know that there is a facility that not only cares, it can help. The PaRC has a staff that includes board-certified addiction professionals, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and licensed chemical addiction counselors. They are able to offer individualized treatment and support throughout the recovery process. The PaRC is there

for you during diagnosis/screening, detoxification, treatment and aftercare. The PaRC has a strong professionals program; tailoring the treatment approaches and interventions to the needs of working professionals. The Professional and Executives program is a specific course of treatment designed to meet the needs of men and women who may have delayed seeking treatment due to the high visibility of their professional position. Professionals treated in this program include, but are not limited to: doctors, nurses, dentists, attorneys, pilots and executives working at companies with Employee Assistance Programs. As with all of their programs, the PaRC’s Professional and Executive Program accommodates the individual needs of each client. There is residential treatment, a partial hospital program, an intensive outpatient program (day and evening), family services and career coaching to name a few. You don’t have to wait to get help for you or someone you know and you don’t have to hit rock bottom before you do something. You may not even be sure you’re ready to take that first step; that’s okay. Just remember, the experienced professionals at the PaRC can help, all you have to do is call.

CEO Matt Feehery

Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center 713-939-7272 3043 Gessner Houston, Texas 77080

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From the Cover

“When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life” – slovakism


magine being so excited about going to work each morning that you eat breakfast standing up! Imagine pulling into your parking lot early each morning and getting energized from looking up at the building logo – the infamous Bar & Shield! For Craig D. Slovak, Managing Partner of Republic Harley-Davidson, this is his reality and he proudly states, “There isn’t another brand or product that stirs the emotions or directs your life in the same manner as Harley-Davidson. We are not called riders but rather enthusiasts.” For Craig D., his passion for motorcycles started at the early age of seven when he rode on the back of a Moped and the obsession became fate. Throughout the next 45 years he owned over 30 motorcycles of which the latest 17 have been, of course, HarleyDavidsons, and so passionate about each they had names. Successful businesses are built on trust and integrity both internally and externally. “I have never tried so hard in my life to get a job as I did for Republic with the owner, Mike Rafizadeh. From the very first handshake with Mike, I knew we were partners for life. His zeal for the product, extremely high

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level of integrity, and commitment to the community had me sold. I am at Republic until I retire,” declares Craig D. Mike and Craig D. both agree, “The HarleyDavidson brand name allows us to get involved in the community and to help others. Karma works in both directions and we have both been very blessed.” Every event or promotion at Republic has a direct link to community support. This year alone, Republic has embraced the Snowdrop Foundation of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center, PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), Impact A Hero, Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, a Peace Officer’s Recognition & Ride for Fallen Officers weekend, and numerous benefits and fundraisers. More to come…..A HarleyDavidson wedding on the showroom floor June 27th and a Christmas in July Midnight Ride for Toys for Tots. Republic offers the most unique selection of H-D models, parts, MotorClothes, superior cycle service, and is even an authorized Kinky Friedman Cigar Store. Craig D. proudly states, “The Republic energy and

exclusive dealership experience is directly attributed to our talented and dedicated associates, reinforced by our alliances with the Republic HOG Chapter, The 3rd Coast Strokers, Vindicta, and the entire motorcycle community.” “My philosophy for success is simple,” says Craig D., “Have a passion for what you do, treat your customers and employees as friends, and give back to the community.” Republic Harley-Davidson 281-295-1000 12707 Southwest Fwy.



A Man Who Loves a Challenge

Cara Smith ob McKelvey has always loved a challenge. Over 20 years ago, he and his wife Renee started their own flooring business—from the ground up, quite literally—and since then, he’s constantly sought out ways to offer more of everything to his customers: more products, more style, more services. Somewhere along the way, All About Carpet and Floors became all about a lot more than just carpet and floors. As the years progressed, Bob found himself embarking on bigger and more complicated projects, until today, total kitchen and bath remodels account for a huge percentage of his largely referralsbased business. “It just snowballed,” laughs Bob, “but it’s always fun to find ways to accommodate our customers’ ideas. Years ago, we started out doing tile—first on the floors, and then maybe a tub surround here and a whole shower there. Then clients wondered if we could enlarge a shower, or move it a little, and we’d call out the best plumber we knew.” Today, Bob and his team are equipped to do just about anything, and they’ve got contacts with the most expert, reputable trades people and contractors in Fort Bend County. “Every job is unique, so every job is a challenge,” says Bob, “especially when



you’re as concerned as we are about getting it done right.” And get it done right they do; their customers keep coming back for more, and sending their friends and family along, too. From a simple cosmetic makeover in a house you’re flipping, to a major renovation that will last you for years to come, Bob can find a solution that will fit both your style and your budget. “You can completely update a bathroom just by swapping out the tile and countertops,” says Bob. But you may be looking for more— and Bob can take care of that, too. “A lot of folks are ready to swap out their dated Jacuzzi tubs for soakers that are easier to clean and require less water, so they’ll actually use them more,” says Bob. “Walk-in showers are also really popular, and we can move yours or enlarge it to create a whole new experience. You’d be amazed at the difference just adding a few inches can make.” One of the things Bob loves most is the give-and-take with his customers during every job. “After finishing a shower recently, we were all set to have our glass contractors come out and install the door. But our client was so happy with it as it was, she decided to do without the glass—and surprised even herself. But it looked fantastic!” The challenge of keeping his customers happy—and his ability to rise to the occasion every time—has set Bob apart and allowed his business to grow and prosper. “Where would we be if we didn’t challenge ourselves?” asks Bob. So stop by the showroom any time Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00pm to see for yourself what he can do; your only challenge will be deciding what you want! All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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From the Cover

Just Remove The Interference Cara Smith sk David Martino, D.C., what really makes him tick, and you’ll get an immediate answer—his patients. “Helping unhealthy people get well is what I love most about my job. It’s why I chose to practice corrective chiropractic, and it’s what inspires me every single day,” says Dr. Martino. But he might not feel so passionately about it if he didn’t have a first-hand experience with it himself. “Corrective chiropractic absolutely saved my life,” he says. At the young age of 18, Dr. Martino severely injured his back and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. “I thought I was facing two major surgeries and a lifetime of medications,” he says, “but then a friend convinced me to see his chiropractor. After having my spine corrected and changing my lifestyle, here I am, more than a decade later, pain-free, medication-free, and I’ve never had surgery.” As a practitioner of corrective chiropractic, Dr. Martino’s number one goal is to help his patients achieve the highest quality of life they possibly can. “Through bad habits and misinformation, I see people


who are more unhealthy than ever,” he says. “In fact, our bodies are completely equipped to heal us, all we have to do is remove the underlying cause. By correcting spinal misalignments and helping people make healthy lifestyle choices, I help my patients’ bodies do what they want to do: get well and stay well. Whether it’s headaches, high blood pressure or pain, the body is trying to tell you something is wrong. Don’t just cover up the symptom, get rid of the cause. Dr. Martino finds that some of his most rewarding patients are also his youngest. “I love to be able to help kids while they’re young,” he says. “When I can sit down with them and their parents and inspire good health habits at an early age, I know they’ll have a far better quality of life both now and years down the road. That just feels really good.” Remember, corrective chiropractic isn’t just about back pain; “it’s about helping the body heal itself,” says Dr. Martino. To learn more, be sure to schedule an appointment—he’ll give you a comprehen-

sive exam, complete with x-rays, as well as a thorough patient-education seminar. You’ll be back on track in no time! Corrective Chiropractic David Martino, D.C. 281-261-7200 5201 Hwy. 6 South, Suite 800

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From the Cover

Finding the Road to Recovery

Sarah Warburton


ften when you’re sick, there isn’t much mystery. A stubbed toe, the chickenpox, even a bout of seasonal allergies take a fairly predictable course. But sometimes you need a specialist to do a little detective work. At Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates, Dr. J. Edward Hernandez, M.D. specializes in diseases of the joints and soft tissues. He says, “There are no hard and fast rules or simple checklists for the kind of autoimmune disorders I treat. I enjoy spending time with my patients and getting to the root of the problem.” When you’re in pain, you start with your primary doctor. If anti-inflammatory medications don’t work, the doctor will order x-rays and blood work and may refer you to a rheumatologist. Dr. Hernandez says, “We’ll talk together and I’ll look back over your medical history to see if there are criteria that point to a diagnosis. Once the disease is under control the pain usually improves. Most of these conditions also

require a multi-disciplinary approach, so I coordinate with other specialists like gastroenterologists, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists for a ‘big picture’ approach.” Dr. Hernandez serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He says, “Now we recognize these diseases as autoimmune disorders, and many of them are linked. For example, I’ve treated patients for psoriatic arthritis and had their skin clear up as well. Gout is linked to high levels of uric acid in the blood and can cause complications like high blood pressure and kidney dysfunction. Most of these diseases are easily treatable, once they’re diagnosed.” As the father of three children and a triathlete-in-training with “On Ur Left,” Dr. Hernandez understands how your health impacts your life. He says, “I really do enjoy getting to know my patients and learning about their lives and families. We make things easy and convenient for them with

in-office blood draws, ultrasound guided injections, and electronic medical records. We also have an on-site infusion center for IV medical therapy. Patients diagnosed with a chronic disease can be in treatment for extended periods of time and we want to make that time as pleasant as possible.” Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates 281-980-1742 2225 Williams Trace Blvd., Ste 110

Giving Back

Karen Daniels magine living with such excruciating back pain that you begin to lose hope for a normal life. This is exactly what Pam Koch felt last year after life-threatening complications from a surgery triggered, among other problems, her sciatic nerve. Due to this pain, Pam needed the assistance of a walker to get around and was told by doctors that a wheelchair might eventually be required. She tried everything to alleviate the pain: massages, chiropractors, laser treatments, muscle relaxers, but these remedies only provided limited relief. It wasn’t until Pam read an article on Dr. Brown M.D. and his clinic, Back Pain Interventions, that she found true relief. Pam’s advice, “Don’t waste another day of your life suffering from back pain.” She provided Dr. Brown with a medical history of her symptoms and he performed a thorough diagnostic workup. After receiving three ESI injections under light sedation within a four-week period, Pam received her new lease on life just in time for


Christmas. “Dr. Brown and his staff were so professional and so compassionate. I’d like to go to work for them just so I can be in that family environment every day.”

Pam’s advice, “Don’t waste another day of your life suffering from back pain.” One month later an opportunity to give back presented itself. The show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was coming to Kemah, and Pam wanted to help. Thanks to Dr. Brown’s successful treatment she was able to work at the site, standing on her feet for hours at a time, providing water and lunches to the other workers—something that would have been impossible just two months prior. In fact it was a family affair. Her daughters held a food drive in their neighborhood and at Kempner High School with enough food to pile high the bed of their truck.

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If you’ve been living with pain or have suffered a recent injury, Dr. Brown can make a difference in your quality of life. He understands the complex intricacies of your spine and nerve endings. He’s also double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. If you need physical therapy, but can’t workout due to pain, he can help get you on the road to recovery. Call for an appointment today and get back to living your life. Back Pain Interventions P.A. 281-494-6900 6350 Hwy 90A, Ste. 700 Sugar Land, TX 77498

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From the Cover

What Makes Him Smile? Sarah Warburton


ave you ever met someone and wondered, “What makes them so happy?” For Dr. Danny Nguyen, the answer is simple. What makes him smile? “Seeing a smile on someone’s face who wasn’t smiling when they walked through our door. That’s the whole reason I became a dentist…to change people’s lives!” If you’re feeling self-conscious, smiling may be the last thing on your mind. Dr. Nguyen says, “I had one patient with a missing front tooth who was so self-conscious about his smile. He had a permanent tooth that just never came in, and he was nervous about getting it fixed. Even though he was a naturally outgoing and friendly guy, anxiety about that gap really brought him down. Even before he got his bridge, when I fitted him with a temporary, he was so happy. I hate to see people whose confidence and self-esteem have been knocked around by the way they feel about their teeth—even something as minor as a crown or teeth whitening can make a huge difference.”

Nervous about going to the dentist or hyper-sensitive about the state of your smile? Go ahead and tell Susan, the Patient Care Coordinator or Dr. Nguyen how you feel. He says, “Sometimes we don’t know that a quiet person is really feeling nervous, until the appointment is over and we see how relaxed and chatty they are afterwards. If you’re nervous about coming to the dentist, we’ll talk you through it. Natalie, our dental assistant has a very gentle touch and we’ll set you up in the massaging exam chair with a pair of sunglasses, so you can unwind.” Dr. Nguyen started out as a dental assistant…and he just kept going! He says, “After working as a dental assistant, I went to hygiene school. While working as a dental hygienist, I saw all the ways dentists make a positive impact on people’s lives, and I wanted to help people more and more. That’s what motivated me to go through school to become a dentist. Caring for patients really is my passion and my calling. All of us at EcoDental love to see you smile!”

Dr. Danny Nguyen, D. D. S. 281-491-9494 Ecodental 15870 SW Freeway #500 (59@Hwy 6 next to Whole Foods) Sugar Land, TX 77478

We clean so you don’t have to! Becca Bragg


hy not pack a picnic and a fishing pole and take the family to one of our gorgeous state parks? You could fly off for an exotic overseas adventure or head out to Galveston for the day. Whether you’re cheering for your kids in a swim meet or chilling poolside with a magazine, you don’t want to waste any time scrubbing and sweeping. Julaine Blanchard, owner of The Maids Home Services here in Fort Bend says, “We want you to enjoy yourself this summer…and leave the cleaning to us!” Have you ever seen a special event in the paper and thought, “I really should clean my house instead?” Or maybe you treated yourself to lunch with friends…but you felt guilty. Life’s too short not to enjoy every moment. Make one simple call to The Maids and cross cleaning the house right off your list of worries. Julaine says, “We’ll work around your schedule for weekly, bi-monthly, monthly,

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or special occasion cleans. Since we send teams of four on each job, we’re in and out before you know it. Every single time we follow a checklist of twenty-two items and divide your home into four areas for even deeper cleanings. Our patented Healthy Touch® Deep Cleaning System is great for people who suffer from dust and seasonal allergies. We want you to enjoy your life, and a clean, healthy home!” Summer’s a great time to hit the highway for a little adventure. You can make arrangements for your pets and your plants, but who will clean your house while you’re gone? No one wants to

come home to a musty, dusty home. The Maids offer a turnkey service with a level of security that will give you peace o mind and a sparkling fresh home on your return. Julaine says, “We keep your keys in a lockbox and they’re unlabeled. We use a computerized number system for an extra level of security. And of course we’re completely bonded with liability, crime and employee accident coverage. Your satisfaction and peace of mind are our top priorities!” Make time for the things and the people you love…and leave the cleaning to The Maids! The Maids Home Services 832-593-7500 5263 Barker Cypress Rd Suite 400 Houston 77084

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Outside of the Box Sarah Warburton re you looking for a personalized experience with a pharmacist who smiles, looks you in the eye, and really spends time talking with you? That’s an essential part of the job for a compounding pharmacist like the ones at our local Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy. After all, nobody can tailor a person to fit a medication dosage, but Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D., R.Ph. and his staff enjoy tailoring medication to fit you and your needs. Everyone at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy really likes to talk with people and spend time getting to know you and your family. Dr. Campbell says, “We don’t stand at a distance, we give you our undivided attention and personal service. I’ve always


believed that if we treat people with a good, ethical, Christian attitude, you’ll always have enough business. Working so closely with our patients means you really remember them as individuals…and really, it’s all about helping people. That’s the reason I became a compounding pharmacist.” Thinking outside the box may mean using a medication for its side effects instead of its original use. Dr. Campbell says, “I had a patient whose mother-in-law struggled with diabetes. She had ulcers almost down to the bone, and open wounds that just wouldn’t heal. The seizure medication phenytoin, if applied topically in a gel form, can lead to tissue re-growth. This woman had tried everything, when I told her son-in-law about phenytoin. He brought in a blank prescription from the doctor for me to fill out, and after three months her wounds were completely healed.” “One of my first pediatric patients was a little girl in hospice with a tumor in her mouth. Bleeding unsettled her stomach and made it hard for her to keep down any

food. I was able to compound a formula to stop the bleeding. Once she could eat and her pain subsided, she was more comfortable until the end. I’ll never forget her. She was one of the first patients that I ever treated by coming up with a different solution. Finding creative, effective ways to help patients is why I’m a compounding pharmacist.” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 “If our staff can’t make it… then you probably don’t need it!” 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

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Friedman and his long time friend Willie Nelson, donated by Republic Harley Davidson to Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch which will be raffled off in a special October event with 100% proceeds benefiting these animals. For more info or to purchase a raffle ticket visit or to find your new long time friend.

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From the Cover

A Really Cool History Cara Smith ohnny Jackson, founder of Jackson Air, grew up in rural Oklahoma with ten siblings…and no air conditioning, of course! So it’s pretty amazing the way that life took him to Sugar Land, where he founded the area’s most trusted and reliable A/C company completely from scratch. “He worked in the Air Force as an air craft mechanic, and after that he spent years with National Cash Register,” says his son Brian Jackson, who runs the business now that his dad’s retired. “When he got transferred to Sugar Land in the late 1970s, he started looking around for something different—and decided that, with his mechanical background, helping people keep cool was a good way to go.” For those of you who remember, the economy was in worse shape in the 1970s than it is now—but he made his startup business work. For one thing,


he had the foresight to team up with a great company from Tyler, Texas: Trane. “As Sugar Land’s oldest independent Trane dealer, my dad realized right off the bat that their products were vastly superior to others on the market, Trane can handle our extreme summers and that he could offer folks peace of mind by carrying them.” For another thing, he took an oldfashioned approach to customer service that won his customers over faster than an ice cube can melt on a hot day in July. That same dedication to unsurpassed customer service and state-of-the-art cooling systems still sets Jackson Air apart today. “Throughout our history, we’ve known that our clients deserve the finest products and service. That’s why we work so hard to stay abreast of new developments in the industry, from indoor air quality to the most modern A/C technology. To keep our customers cool and com-

From Ordinary to Exquisite Cara Smith

fortable,” says Brian. Don’t have a meltdown this summer! Jackson Air has tons of ways to for you to keep your cool—and your hard-earned money, too, so you can really chill during your precious down-time. You could be eligible for a tax credit as high as $1,500, and that’s in addition to Trane rebates of up to $1,000. Talk about serious savings! So give Jackson Air a call—the company with the coolest history, the best customer service, and a real license to chill.

Jackson Air 281-240-1037

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earn to transform your home and your walls into exquisite finishes with plasters, metallics and crystal beads. Michelle Delgado and David Lusk at the WonderFaux Studio School of Decorative Arts will open your minds to a whole new world of possibilities. Michelle says, “Think of us as surface designers…we’re not limited to just walls and ceilings, but furnishings, doors and home accents too…and we’ll teach you the tricks of our trade.” You can take advantage of the expertise and talent of the Artists-inResidence at WonderFaux Studio. Find out what the pros know in these intimate 2 and 3 day classes. The maximum class size is 8 students. You will enjoy plenty of face time with these true professionals. The WonderFaux Studio Instructors have over 35 years of combined experience. Education meets inspiration at WonderFaux Studio. You’ll get more than classes at this highly-respected, working art studio…you’ll also have the advice and support of a full staff of professional faux /decorative painters who are active in their field and the innovators of the latest surface designs. Having these resources at your fingertips makes the difference between faux and WonderFaux.

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Come by and see our gallery of finishes! Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 12919 Southwest Freeway, Suite 120 Stafford, TX 77477


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From the Cover

Great Fences Make Great Neighbors Sarah Warburton


hen Tim Allen needed good advice on “Home Improvement,” he went out to the back fence and asked his all-knowing neighbor, Wilson. If you need advice on fencing, do you know where to go? For a solid company with a proven track record of reliability, experience, and aesthetic flair, get your fencing advice from Tim Weyand of Tim’s Fences. He says, “Whether you’re looking to boost your curb appeal or protect your family, we can make the right fence for you.” Over ten years ago Tim started building quality fence and word of mouth helped his business boom. He says, “If you’re putting up a wrought iron driveway fence or any fence visible from the street, consider the way it looks as well as the way made. Curb appeal If you need advice on fencing, do it’s can add 20% to your you know where to go? home’s value. The next most common reason we put in fences is safety. Families who want a protective fence around their pool need to know we’ll make it to code…and we have experience working with all the local home owners associations. Whether you’re looking for privacy or just a fence to keep your dog in your yard, we’ll make you a well-crafted fence you’ll be proud to show off!” Right in his own workshop, Tim builds ornamental iron fences galvanized and powder-coated for a smooth, durable finish that beats simple primed and painted iron fences by a country mile. Driveway

gates with arches and custom scroll work are a company specialty. Looking for a wooden fence? Tim’s knows the ins-and-outs of working with our Texas “gumbo” to prevent your fence from sinking and he offers a range of quality materials and decorative options to complement your home. For the right advice…just ask Tim! A life-long Fort Bend resident, Tim says, “I’m just a local guy with a kid ready to graduate from A & M and another graduating high school. Working and living in this community really makes reputation the bedrock of my business. We take pride in making our customers happy with our work. Our personnel are well-trained, courteous, and prompt for scheduled appointments…and we’re always happy to show you around the workshop!” Call or email Tim today for a no pressure quote. 281-980-2290 Tim’s Fences L.L.C. 281-980-2290

Is Your Child Excited About the Dentist? W

Sarah Warburton hen your child whoops for joy and runs to the car when it’s time for a dental checkup, you must be going to see the Little People’s Dentist, Dr. Bianca Sanchez. This is one dental office where everything’s arranged from a kid’s point of view and it’s getting rave reviews across the board! “Cool” and “Awesome” are just the tip of the iceberg! “Toys and balloons!” said an excited threeyear-old Joshua about Dr. Sanchez’s office. That’s what he remembers about his emergency visit to her office after he chipped a tooth at day-

care. His dad, Richard, says, “I’m a UPS driver and I’d seen her billboard, but we called because of Joshua’s accident and she said to bring him in right away. My wife brought him over and since my route goes right up and down Highway 6 I stopped by. !” He’s at that age where his first answer to any question is “No!” but they were really able to win him over and get him to cooperate. Dr. Sanchez got him to relax right away. He played with a PlayStation game and had a lot of fun, especially when he got a balloon on the way out. On his second visit they had to do sedation, but as he was going under he said, ‘I didn’t get my balloon yet!’ He only remembers how much fun he had.” “Dr. Sanchez rocks!” agree siblings Jonathan (4), Andrew (5), Jeremy (6) and Aaliyah (10). Aaliyah says, “My brothers are wild all the time, but Dr. Sanchez’s office is cool and awesome. I like the fish and playing the video games.” Jeremy says, “She told me how to take care of my teeth and I got a new toothbrush!” Andrew says, “It was fun, not boring and she had lots of toys.” Jonathan’s favorite part—his blue bal-

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3 year old Joshua loon! Their mom says, “They have a blast at the arcade and I don’t have to worry they’ll get into something they shouldn’t. Little People’s Dentistry is great for parents too; the office has a WiFi Hotspot. Parents can surf the web via any WiFi enabled device in or around their building. Get a high-tech sample of the fun and games at Approved by kids everywhere! Little People’s Dentistry Bianca Sanchez, DDS, MS 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (located behind Kohl’s in the Offices at Riverstone) Missouri City, TX 77459

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Methodist Family Medicine Group


Ana Corteguera, D.O. Family Medicine

Lisa Holloway, D.O. Family Medicine

Tayma Shaya, M.D. Family Medicine

Jennifer Diamond, M.D. Family Medicine

Yana Finkelshteyn, M.D. Family Medicine

Mona Sheth, M.D. Julie Hung, M.D. Seva Papageorge, M.D. Family Medicine Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Family Medicine

The new Methodist Family Medicine Group is growing to better serve Fort Bend County – and you! Our physicians speak…






With seven family practice specialists and one internist/pediatrician, each with her own unique background and interests, there is a physician on our staff who is right for you and your loved ones. Our physicians are all board certified and highly skilled, with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating illness and disease with a caring, hands-on, family-oriented approach. Each of our physicians has a proven commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the Fort Bend community. And now, Methodist Family Medicine Group is supported by the leading technology and expertise of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and its medical professionals and physicians. Current patients – reconnect with your family doctor at Methodist Family Medicine Group. New patients, give us a call.

 Call 281-275-0800 to schedule your appointment with Methodist Family Medicine Group.  Same-day appointments are available.  Now located on the Methodist Sugar Land campus in Medical Office Building Three.

Family Medicine Group 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 400 Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-275-0800

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From the Cover

What Matters Most

Charlotte Grace fter spending several years in the “Big 8” as a CPA, and six years in the Oil & Gas Industry in Internal Auditing, Gary S. Wolfe, MBA, CPA, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, CLTC wanted to do more with his life. He says, “I wanted to use my financial background to make a significant and positive difference in people’s lives.” This may sound like lofty words for a CPA with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, but Gary knows first hand the importance of building financial security and protecting ones wealth and legacy. Gary’s father died when he was only 7 years old, and leaving behind four children and only $10,000 worth of life insurance, his mother was forced to seek work outside of the family home in an era when moms didn’t work outside the home, no longer leaving her available to the children. It was like a double loss for him and his siblings. “After having the first of three heart attacks, my father’s future insurability was a moot point.” Gary says, “That taught me that there is no finer love letter you can write your family than putting your signature on a quality life insurance and disability income insurance policy, to protect your loved ones in any situation.” Everyone has a busy schedule these days and Gary is the first one to say, “I am the easiest person to put off…but I do not let young husbands tell me fathers don’t die.” Gary values the rewards of his clients’ efforts and sacrifice and focuses on helping them keep, enjoy, and transfer their legacy. He says, “I know I’ve done my job properly when loved ones keep their dignity and the right to go on living in the lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to.” For 23 years Gary has been making a difference in people’s lives by helping them develop sound, long-term financial strategies. During that time he has earned multiple professional designations and industry recognition. Married with two children, Gary is happy and fulfilled with his business


achievements, and what makes him most proud is the impact he has had on the lives of the people he serves and the relationships that have been formed. Gary S. Wolfe, MBA, CPA, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, CLTC Wealth Management Advisor Northwestern Mutual Financial Network One Riverway, Suite 900 Houston, Texas 77056 713-972-8029 – Phone 713-783-7197- Fax The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment services, LLC, brokerdealer, registered investment advisor, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments. Further information can be found at http://www.

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Our Very Own Mister Clean Cara Smith hen it comes to clean in Fort Bend County, there’s just one go-to guy: Max McCammond, owner of Professional Maid Service. He’s a real expert, both at successfully running a business and


making a clean sweep of things. Max started his business over ten years ago, and in that time he’s watched it grow into one of the area’s most popular and most trusted cleaning services. “Starting a business is tough, and it takes plenty of elbow grease,” Max says wryly. But his sense of humor has stood him in good stead, and given him the patience to stick with it all these years.

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What’s the secret to his success? His excellent staff, for the most part. “We’re dedicated to hiring only the best, most trustworthy individuals for our company,” he says. “Our turnover rate is nearly zero, and of course all our maids are bonded and insured for your peace of mind.” And they’re hard working, too, as his customers would attest. “Almost all of our customers are regulars, and we’re proud to have built up such a loyal client base.” Whether you’re looking for once weekly or once monthly cleanings, or you just need a hand before (or after) that big party, Professional Maid Service has got you covered. “We’re here to help you,” says Max, “so we can do as much or as little as you like. And we’re always available on short notice, since you never know when you’ll have a cleaning emergency!” And while Max sticks to running the business for the most part these days, he’s never been afraid to get his hands dirty, so to speak. He knows more cleaning tips than you could shake a stick at—a broomstick, that is, and he’s always happy to share them. Want to share some of your own favorites?

Email him at help@professionalmaidservice. com, and he’ll make sure we print the best ones in next month’s issue of UpClose! So if you need a little help scrubbing up your home or office, don’t forget to call our local Mister Clean and his team. Trust them: they’re professionals! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

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Bringing the Best Together TCRN Sugar Land Network President Brian Covault


e all have our personal “favorite places,” the businesses we know that we can recommend with confidence. At the TCRN Sugar Land Network, you’ll find a network of businesses that really exemplify the best in our community. Founder Brian Covault says, “These are the same places I’d send my friends and family, because they excel in customer service and deliver the kind of quality experience I know you’ll love.” How did this amazing network come together? Brian says, “Actually, I was talking with Pat Goldwait from Fort Bend Toyota about networking opportunities available here in Fort Bend. Essentially I did some research and found there was a need for the kind of network I wanted to create…one that offered benefits for small businesses and for their customers. The TCRN Sugar Land Network gives entrepreneurs and small business owners more leverage and more ways to increase their exposure. We have a stringent screening process and develop personal relationships that really strengthen our local businesses. In addition, we offer the community a point of reference for businesses I know they can depend on to deliver an unmatched caliber of services and products. Back in 2008 Fort Bend Toyota was the very first member of the TCRN Sugar Land Network…and today we have over a hundred members!” This year’s annual Sugar Land BASH was a great success, as the TCRN Sugar Land Network hosted our community at a charity event to benefit Snowdrop Foundation. In addition to having a fantastic night of familyfriendly fun, everyone at the BASH raised funds to provide scholarships for college-

bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors...from Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Richmond, and Rosenberg. Members of the TCRN Sugar Land Network pitched in across the board from the “Dunk a Doc” booth sponsored by Richmond Bone and Joint to the Tug-of-War Event between local heroes, the SLPD and the SLFD, sponsored by the Scott Wong Agency of State Farm… and each event was expertly emceed by our own Daniella Guzman and Randy McIlvoy from KPRC Local 2 News. “We’re thrilled to have created such a popular event for such a worthy cause,” says Brian. “Although we have to wait another year for the next annual Sugar Land BASH, our members still give back to the community year round. For example, as a network

organization we make a healthy donation every month to the Helping Hands food bank. I think we can all be proud of the excellent service and a community spirit that define members of the TCRN Sugar Land Network.” Visit to see the full range of members from businesses like home services, restaurants, and medical services to community resources like churches. Now, as announced at the Sugar Land BASH, RE/MAX Fine Properties located at 4500 Highway 6 in Sugar Land, is the exclusive real estate office for the TCRN Sugar Land Network. Brian says, “We are proud to be affiliated with RE/MAX Fine Properties, General Manager Minesh Patel, and their eighty-two agents. All the businesses at the TCRN Sugar Land Network are working together to provide the kind of excellence that Fort Bend deserves!” To advertise, 281-235-0600

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From the Cover

Flower Power!

Cara Smith ou don’t have to have been a flower child to know how the beauty of freshlycut, artfully-arranged flowers can lift the spirits and turn any event into a vibrant success. In fact, that’s what Lucas Chavez of LC Floral Designs loves best about his job. “Seeing a room really come together, and the look of delight on a bride or hostess’s face—that’s why I put so much into what I do,” he says. And you couldn’t find anyone who takes it more seriously, or does it more artistically, than Lucas does. He personally works with his clients every step of the way, from planning and design, to finding the freshest blooms possible, to arranging and setting up on the big day. “I run a pretty tight ship,” laughs Lucas, “but I want things to come out perfect, exactly as my clients imagined. That’s what it’s all about.” From a single, impeccable rose for your sweetheart to elaborate, exotic arrangements for the biggest weddings and parties, you’ll find what you’re looking for at LC Floral Designs. Just stop by their retail shop to get a taste—or, rather, a scent—of what they can offer! “Depending on the time of year, we


can get just about anything you want and help you create any look,” says Lucas. Not sure exactly what look you do want? You’ll be amazed how Lucas can help you visualize a floral décor that expresses your taste and personality to a tee—or a tea rose. But that’s just what you’d expect from a man with Lucas’s experience. As a former board member of the International Specials Events Society’s Houston chapter, and the current 1st Vice President of Allied Florists of Houston, Lucas really knows his stuff— and his fellow florists think so, too. At Allied Florists, he’s in charge of scheduling pro-

grams and presentations about current topics in floral decorating and special events, and he works closely with wholesalers to stay on top of what’s out there. Be sure to visit to see Lucas’s expertise and artistry for yourself. “We live and breathe flowers, and we’re here for the long run,” says Lucas. Thank goodness for flower power! LC Floral Designs 281-342-8839 204 Highway 90 A East Richmond, TX 77469

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Welcomes Dr. Mickey Bush


ethodist Sugar Land Hospital is proud to announce a new affiliation with Mickey Bush, M.D. Dr. Bush has been in Family Medicine in the Missouri City area for 30 years and in the last three years she has added cosmetic medicine to her practice. She has now joined the Methodist Physician Organization and her practice, now named Methodist Primary Care Associates, will remain in her current location in Missouri City. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Bush join The Methodist Hospital System,” said Ayse McCracken, Senior Vice President of The Methodist Hospital System and COO of The Methodist Hospital Physician Organization. “She shares the values-based, personal approach to quality patient care that makes Methodist unique and this relationship such a great fit. Her patients will benefit from Methodist’s state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technology, all right here in Fort Bend County.” Dr. Bush graduated medical school from

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the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She is board-certified in Family Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Bush has been awarded numerous honors such as America’s Top Family Physician and Best Doctors in America and Inside Houston Magazine named her Outstanding Family Physician for three years. Dr. Bush enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, ranching and is an active member in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. “My affiliation with Methodist is significant because it provides real value to my patients,” she said. “From enhanced access to Methodist expertise and technology to enhanced coordination of care, my new partnership will be a cornerstone of the practice. It’s a natural fit for me and it strengthens my ability to serve my patients.” “The family doctor is often the first per-

Mickey Bush, M.D. son to recognize symptoms of disease or illness that need further diagnosis,” Dr. Bush said. “My affiliation with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will strengthen my ability to quickly, conveniently and accurately identify a course of treatment and stay involved in the care of my patients.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bush, call 281-208-3322.

From the Cover

Space Magic H

ave you ever run the numbers on your kitchen cabinets and pantry? The math tells you there’s plenty of space, but you can’t see or reach anything. Kitchen expert, Ric Trahan says, “When I worked in the Houston area designing and installing countertops, I could see that lots of people needed a different option to make their kitchens easier and more fun to use. I started looking for solutions and that’s when I found ShelfGenie.” If your base cabinets and pantry have become the Bermuda Triangle, and you keep buying and storing can goods that seem to disappear; the problem isn’t the amount of space you have, but could be the way you use it. Ric has the answer for those deep cabinets with hard to reach spaces. He says, “We’ve done pantry installations where the homeowner has been shocked to discover hundreds of dollars of expired cans hiding in the back corners. We always begin with an in-home consultation to talk about the way you actually use your kitchen. Our custom-approach means that we’ll start you off with the products that are right for your kitchen, your appliances, and your lifestyle. In fact, we’ve even done ‘space makeovers’ for clients with mobility issues who use wheelchairs or walkers.” There may be no need to replace perfectly good cabinets—instead, make the space you already have into “smarter space.” Ric says, “At ShelfGenie we have custom risers and innovative solutions like glide-out shelves that slide perpendicularly, one above the other to make your entire “blind corner” usable…customers love to show this one to their neighbors! At a recent home show, people even stood three deep to see ShelfGenie’s innovative solutions.” Imagine having room for your cookie sheets and a shelf that holds your Mix Master that slides out fully with just the touch of a finger. Spare your knees and lower back with the help of fully-extendable glide-out shelving. If your teenagers empty the dishwasher, they’ll actually know how to put things away in your wellorganized cabinets. Things will be easy to find, easily accessible, and easy to put away. Ric says, “I know my family spends most of our time together in the kitchen, and ShelfGenie makes it easy and uncomplicated to relax and enjoy ourselves…and I love sharing that feeling with other families, too!” ShelfGenie 877-434-3643

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back pain? neck pain? The Spine Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the comprehensive, coordinated option for you in Fort Bend County. For back and neck pain, there’s only one premier choice – Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine center. Whether you’ve had pain for just a few days or several long years, you’ll find everything you need to diagnose and treat your condition in a convenient location, with access to premier spine specialists and a complete range of treatment options. Getting started is easy. We will guide you through a customized treatment plan, with expedited access to world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons and interventional pain specialists. plus, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and the most advanced imaging and surgical technologies in the world are available on-site.

Stop enduring pain. Call today and begin your personal treatment plan. 281-313-BACK (2225).

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Fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas

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Fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas