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Growth Magazine

July 2010


Growth & Sarah Warburton ven the largest families start out with just two people…before growing and growing. When a medical practice meets patients’ needs, the same thing happens! Dr. Shannon Crowe and Dr. Bryan Blonder have practiced together in Sugar Land since 2000. In 2008 they struck out on their own and founded Sweetwater Ob/Gyn Associates where their combination of personal care and advanced techniques made them thrive. In August 2009 they welcomed Dr. Kelli Burroughs to the practice and now the doctors and staff at Sweetwater Ob/Gyn are excited to announce the addition of two more doctors, Dr. Michelle Wong and Dr. Brian Heaps. Plenty of work goes into growing a happy baby, a healthy family, and a medical practice. These two new doctors give us double the good news this month! Dr. Heaps is married and has 3 sons, ages 2, 4, and 8. Interestingly he had a “former life” as the lead singer in a band and he still enjoys playing and recording music. After growing up in Utah, he graduated from the VCU School of Medicine in Virginia where his grandfather also graduated in 1939. He came to Houston for his Ob/Gyn residency right here at UT Houston Memorial Hermann. He says, “My


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wife Kelsey is originally from Sugar Land … I’m excited to be a part of this community through Sweetwater Ob/Gyn.” Dr. Wong attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine with a full scholarship from the U. S. Navy, and she did her residency at the National Naval Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While practicing as an Ob/Gyn at the Dewitt Army Community Hospital, she won awards for teaching and for patient satisfaction. Dr. Wong served eight years in the U.S. Navy and is a Lieutenant Commander. She says, “As I separate from the military, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wonderful family, my husband (also a physician) and two little boys, ages five and two and a half and my patients at Sweetwater Ob/Gyn.” Sweetwater Ob/Gyn specializes in minimally invasive hysterectomies, laparoscopy, minimallyinvasive or non-surgical solutions for female incontinence and heavy menstrual bleeding. Dr. Blonder says, “We also offer Essure®, an FDAapproved, completely non-surgical alternative to tubal ligation that requires no general anesthesia, no abdominal incision, and is 99.9 percent effective.” In addition Drs. Crowe and Blonder are

certified DaVinci Robotic surgeons. From its conception to today’s success, Sweetwater Ob/Gyn has exceeded its milestones at every stage. This growth comes from the philosophy of caring for women for a lifetime; from the onset of fertility through childbearing to menopause. Dr. Burroughs says, “We all get excited about delivering a baby, but we really enjoy building long-term relationships with our patients!” As Sweetwater Ob/Gyn Associates grows, we’ll all enjoy the blessings of their personal attention and top-of-the-line medical care. Dr. Crowe says, “I know our new doctors will continue to honor our practice’s commitment to caring for the women of our community. We love being here for you!” Sweetwater Ob/Gyn Associates Shannon Crowe MD, FACOG Bryan Blonder, DO, FACOG Kelli Burroughs, MD Brian Heaps, MD Michelle Wong, MD 16545 Southwest Freeway, Ste 150 Sugar Land, TX 77479 • (281) 242-1400

The 80’s Called E R O F BE


Paul and Jonee Barnett

And They Want Their Bathroom Back H

ow long have you been putting off doing something about your outdated bathroom? Maybe you thought your budget is still in the 80’s along with the color palette you’re a little tired of. Guess what, there’s a way to remodel your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of a standard makeover with a beautiful and durable alternative that can be completed in as little as two days. It’s called surface refinishing by Miracle Method. Whether its porcelain, ceramic, laminate, acrylic, or cultured marble, Miracle Method can give old spaces a brand new look without the hassle and mess of ripping out counters and floors, tubs or toilets. The original surface will be completely cleaned, the scratches and chips will be repaired, and grout lines will be sealed. Miracle Method has a unique proprietary bonding agent that is safe to use and helps the environment by saving old bathroom fixtures from an unnecessary trip to the local landfill. And, refinishing can extend the useful life of your fixtures for up to 15 years. Wow, you could make it to another decade with your reclaimed vanity and tub! Who knows, maybe shoulder pads and “MC Hammer” pants will make a comeback before you start thinking of remodeling again. Jonee and Paul Barnett are your local Miracle Method representatives. They have been business owners in the Fort Bend County area for over 16 years. Their philosophy has always been about providing exceptional customer service. As Paul says, “You can count on us to show up on time, listen to your needs, and leave you with an impressive

new kitchen or bath, all while saving valuable money and time.” That’s right, Miracle Method works in bathrooms and kitchens. Miracle Method has been used in homes, apartments, hotels and resorts for the past 30 years. Companies like Hilton and Disney are familiar with its benefits. Miracle Method was featured on DIY’s Bathtastic, HGTV’s Carter Can, and most recently, The Today Show. Professionally applied, Miracle Method allows you to match an existing color or create a new custom color of your choosing. It makes outdated colors, knife cuts, and burn marks a thing of the past. If you prefer the look of natural stone, then you’ll love their latest innovation, Natural Accents™—the look of natural stone, without the high prices you’d normally pay for granite or other manmade surfaces. These finishes are designed to stand up to your daily use and do not require special care. Miracle Method has such confidence in their product and their attention to detail; they offer a five-year warranty against peeling or failure of adhesion. Paul and Jonee Barnett invite you to call and schedule a free in-home estimate and before you know it you’ll be singing that famous 80’s song, “Sweet Dreams are Made of This.” Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only) Stafford, TX

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Meet The

Doctor! Dr. Thomas Lomonte is proud to be a native Texan. He grew up in Beaumont and received his undergraduate degree from Lamar University and then his Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston.

Dr. Lomonte has been practicing at the same location in Stafford on Murphy Road since 1982. His practice is designed to meet the needs of the entire family adults and children from the simplest fillings to cosmetic reconstruction. He has been in practice long enough that he now enjoys seeing second and third generation patients, but gladly welcomes all new patients. Dentistry for the entire family Call us today for a beautiful smile!

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The Obvious Choice I

Charlotte Grace t’s your face. You’ve been staring at it in the mirror for more years than you care to admit. For the past few months you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a little help. You’re not sure exactly what, but you’ve seen enough television and print advertising to consider Botox and Juvederm since they’ve become a household word. So where should you go for the best experience? Who cares about your face as much as you do? Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery does! Dr. Ahmadi is board-certified in both general and plastic surger y, which is the only specialty that covers all aspects of cosmetic surgery. When it comes to faces, he approaches his work with the overall look in mind and not just a single injection site. Soft, pliable fillers like Juvederm can give you a natural look and take years off your face, especially in the hands of well-respected plastic sur-

geon. Botox and fillers are minimally invasive and require little down time. People have been getting such good results that they are starting to refer to them as liquid facelifts. If you know you want to do something to enhance your looks, but you don’t know where to begin, see Dr. Ahmadi for a consultation. He’s an attentive listener who will answer all of your questions, and make sure you’re an appropriate candidate for the procedure you’re considering. Dr. Ahmadi understands that most people are nervous the first time they come in…he spends time with each individual patient, exploring choices and addressing their concerns. He says, “At Avante we’re passionate about changing lives through the work we do!” Dr. Ahmadi offers the full range of cosmetic and plastic procedures, including Botox, Juvederm, facelifts, eyelid tucks, rhinoplasty, breast lifts and augmentation, and his sought-after Lipotuck™—a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction that he pioneered himself. A true artist, Dr. Ahmadi brings out the inner

beauty in all of his patients, safely and effectively—and with true compassion. So if you want to put your best face forward, make sure you start with Avante Plastic Surgery. It’s the obvious choice! Avante Plastic Surgery 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479



Methodist Sugar Land is first in county to perform rotational atherectomy


ardiologist Sherman Tang, M.D., recently performed Fort Bend County’s first-ever rotational atherectomy at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. The procedure uses a tiny rotating burr that is coated with microscopic diamond crystals to safely remove plaque from narrowed or blocked arteries. The burr is attached to a thin guidewire and is inserted into the artery via a catheter. Dr. Tang guides the burr to the blockage using an X-ray camera and an angiogram. “Rotational atherectomy is a proven technology that ablates, or sands away, the diseased plaque in an artery with minimal side effects and without impacting healthy tissue,” says Dr. Tang. “It is like drilling a tunnel through the blockage.” The diamond-coated burr is powered by air, and can be set at speeds of up to 180,000 revolutions per minute. As the rotating tip moves through the narrowed artery, it scrapes away diseased plaque from the artery walls. Those plaque particles are smaller than red blood cells and are harmlessly carried away and eliminated by the body’s circulatory system. Patients undergoing a rotational atherectomy often receive a stent, or narrow metal tube, at the location of the blockage to keep it from closing.

The procedure takes about two hours, and patients can be up and walking within six hours. “We keep the patient overnight for observation but most can go home the next day, and return to work within a couple of days,” says Dr. Tang. The first patient to undergo the procedure in Fort Bend, Bobbie J. Davidson, was pleased with the relative ease of the rotational atherectomy. “It is a real relief to know that Dr. Tang was able to clear the blockage in my artery,” says Davidson. “Plus, I didn’t feel any pain during the actual procedure and there was very little recovery time.” To make an appointment with Dr. Tang or other cardiologists in your area, call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281274-7500 or visit About Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, part of The Methodist Hospital System and ranked as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by FORTUNE Magazine, is committed to serving the healthcare needs of our community. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has some of

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Sherman Tang, M.D. the most advanced technology and medical capabilities in the area and has maintained the highest quality of care The Methodist Hospital is known for internationally. Services include aquatic therapy, birthing center, breast center, cancer center, cath lab, diagnostics & imaging, emergency department, endoscopy services, inpatient services, intensive care, joint program, lab services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory services, speech therapy, spine center and surgical services.

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Are You Seeing Red?

Sarah Warburton


ven if you love everything about summer—swimming in the pool, family vacations, more time with the kids— allergies could have you “seeing red.” But are you really sure that it’s poor air quality and pollen behind those red, itchy eyes? We asked our resident expert, Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source for a clear-eyed look on the secrets behind your red eyes. Air pollution, the chlorine from swimming pools, smoke from the barbeque, and all the pollen from budding trees and blooming plants can irritate your sensitive eyes. Dr. Doan says, “Allergy sufferers may have conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer that lines the inner eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Our first step will be diagnosis. Once we know allergies are behind your condition, we’ll have a range of treatment options… even for contact lens wearers!” Could the reason

behind your redness and irritation be more than meets the eye? Dr. Doan says, “Some other conditions are commonly mistaken for allergies. If you suffer from dry eye, you may experience burning, grittiness, or the feeling that something’s in your eye…but oral antihistamines can actually make it worse. While allergies can cause conjunctivitis, so can bacteria or viruses. In bacterial infections, your eyes might be “bright red” and the eyelids could stick together, especially in the morning. Viral conjunctivitis causes redness and glassy appearance and is very contagious. Viral conjunctivitis can be spread through direct contact or even through contaminated swimming pools. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, we’ll get your eyes healthy and clear again!” Enjoy the sights of summer from your flourishing garden to a tropical vacation… without any redness. And why not give your eyes a little extra boost? Dr. Doan says, “I always recommend choosing sunglasses with polarization and UVA/UVB protection to defend your eyes from long term sun damage like cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as short term damage like corneal burns. They’re like sunscreen for your eyes!”

Dr. Anh Doan, Therapeutic Optometrist Vision Source! 281-261-2647 4725 Highway 6 South You can become a Friend of Dr. Doan’s on Facebook at: Vision Source – Missouri City

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Set Yourself Free

Donnielle Carter


kay, tell the truth, how many of you LOVE cleaning your house? Do you really love to put on the rubber gloves and get down on our hands and knees and scrub the toilet? If you weren’t spending hours each week cleaning your house, what could you be doing? How much more time for you and your family would you have if you let the professionals at Professional Maid Service clean your house for you? “Freeing yourself from heavy housework can make such a difference in your life,” says owner Max McCammond. “You’ll have more time to do what you love doing and a clean house to do it in.” Sure you could clean your house. Everyone can. But what can your time be better spent doing? Those at Professional Maid Service

are bonded and insured and they want to clean your house for you! How does it get any better than this? They offer a ‘Signature Green Service’ where they use ‘Green Seal Certified’ products that are safe for those with sensitive allergies. In an effort to “Max”imize time, owner Max has these helpful cleaning tips for you. Cola – not just for drinking anymore. Got a clogged sink, toilet or shower drain? Pour two or three cans of cola down the drain and wait one or two hours and your drain will once again be clog free. Rust no more. To remove stubborn rust stains from sinks, toilets or tubs, fill them with water and drop one or two denture cleaner tablets in. Let them soak and the fizz will get to work. Rinse and rust stains should be gone. One more tip for your bathroom: An easy way to get rid of scum on your plastic shower curtains or liners is to pop them in the wash machine with a bath towel for scrubbing action along with your regular laundry detergent. You can let it drip dry inside the tub from its original hangers.

How valuable is time for you or time with for you and your family? What else can you add to your life if you’re not cleaning your house? Call Max or Connie at Professional Maid Services and let them assist you in getting the extra time you so rightly deserve and let freedom ring! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

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How to Grow a National Classic W Sarah Warburton

hat’s the secret to Sugar Land’s success? Our fantastic year-round weather, our entrepreneurial spirit and our family-friendly community have made this one of the best places in the United States to live. And now we’ve more news to make you proud. Our very own Classic Chevrolet is one of the fastest growing Chevy dealerships in the country and it’s the third largest Camaro dealer in the US! Don Kerstetter says, “The great relationship we’ve built with this community is the foundation of our success…and we’re committed to continuing to offer the same friendly, dependable service that makes us a Classic!” What could be better than taking pride in the quality of our local businesses? Knowing that by supporting businesses like Classic Chevrolet, you’re contributing to the continuing success of our entire county! Don says, “We went from zero employees in January of 2009 to one hun-

dred and fifty today and most live and do their shopping right here in Fort Bend. When you spend your money with us, it goes right back into the community to support local growth. We’ve also been an active supporter of local charities from elementary and high schools to sports teams to food banks. Being a good neighbor means reaching out a helping hand whenever we can.” Moms and dads, restaurant owners and teachers, even our local police and city officials depend on Classic Chevrolet, the largest Chevy dealership in Fort Bend County and the fourteenth largest in the US. Don says, “We’re proud to have won the bid to supply the city of Sugar Land with twenty-four vehicles including Tahoes and Impalas. Knowing we’re providing a valuable service to our city’s law enforcement

Hindsight’s 20/20 N Sarah Warburton obody should look back on a home roofing project and think “Why didn’t we ask for references?” or “I wish we’d checked their credentials!” Since the State of Texas doesn’t regulate the roofing industry, the burden’s on the homeowner to decide between a trustworthy roofing company and a “fair-

weather roofer” with nothing but a truck and a ladder. Forget regret and get the job done right the first time with a few timely tips from Joe Rangel at Ameristar, the local roofing company that’s always looking out for you!

Right off the bat, a good roofer should offer proof of insurance and provide references. Joe says, “We’re proud of the reputation we’ve built in the community and the credentials we’ve earned. Some customers received bids from four companies including Ameristar. I invited the customer to call our insurance company to confirm that our coverage was up-to-date. Turns out one of the other companies had turned in a false certificate of insurance. Anyone can hand you a piece of paper, but a guy with nothing to hide will encourage you to call that insurance company to verify that everything’s up-to-date.” Just as important as having a policy that’s in effect is the amount of coverage a company carries. Anybody can buy the minimum $100,000 coverage, but if there’s an accident on the job or if a freak storm rolls through you want assurance that you and your home will be covered. Joe says, “At Ameristar, we carry two million dollars worth of general liability insurance, so you won’t have to worry. And we won’t ask for

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gives us a real thrill…and it’s always been our mission that the city of Sugar Land can take pride in doing business with us!” “We’d like to change the way you think about car dealerships.” Don says. “Whether we’re handling a big contract or talking with someone who’s just started to look for the right car, we’re here to help for the long term. We plan to keep growing with the city of Sugar Land for years to come!”

Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660

a cent until the job is completed to your satisfaction. If a company asks you to pay up-front that’s a red flag for any home owner.” “We’ve been in this community for a long time,” says Joe, “and we’re proud to show you the kind of reputation we have. 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 3 Star, 4 Star, and 5 Star Extended Warranties—the gold standard in shingle protection. We stand behind the work we do and we’ll always put you and your home first!” Ameristar 281-238-4230 3821 F.M. 359 • Richmond, TX 77406

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Teach ‘Em What You Know Sarah Warburton


ant to give your kids the greatest gift around? Take the time to pass along your knowledge and experience. After all, our great country was founded by people who passed their skills down to their children. This July, think about the things that make America great... and what makes a great American business like our very own Alan’s Plumbing. In early America, if you wanted a solid wooden table or new horseshoes on your horse, you went to the families who’d made a name for themselves in the business. Handing knowledge down the line from generation to generation strengthens our communities...and our country. For over fourteen years Alan Burkhalter’s offered quality plumbing service to the families of Fort Bend. Along with his brother Brian, he’s made a name for Alan’s Plumbing as professional, polite, prompt, and precise. That’s why they’ve won 7 consecutive Reader’s Choice awards!

How does a family build a reputation? The same way a country does... by sons following in their father’s footsteps and a history of doing things right. That’s what you’ll find at Alan’s Plumbing. The three “young guns” are back this summer and they’re continuing their dad’s tradition of excellent service. Every year Alan and Jennifer’s three skilled sons add to their experience, their knowledge, and their history with their Dad’s business. Alan’s oldest son, Beau, just graduated from Texas State University where his brother Luke will start his sophomore year in September. Jake, the youngest, will be a junior at Elkin’s, where he’s gearing up for another football season. Jennifer says, “Our boys have been going out with their dad and uncle since they were about eight or nine years old. A few summers ago they

put in the hours to earn their apprentice plumbing licenses. They’ve got the credentials, the experience...and they want to make their Dad proud. Now Beau’s getting ready to go to A/C school too and we couldn’t be happier!” Hard work, family values, and a history of delivering top-notch service...Alan’s Plumbing is everything an independent American business should be! Jennifer, Alan, and Brian make a great team, and with three “young guns” lined up to continue this family tradition, the business is in good hands. Happy Fourth of July...from Alan’s Plumbing! 281-261-1064.

The Best Ride Ever

Donnielle Carter ’ve been driven to the airport many times by various methods; badgered friends, emotional family, crowded vans and dirty cabs. Nothing compares to the ease and comfort of my most recent trip to the airport via Sugar Land Shuttle. The sedan arrived at my house on time and when I opened the door, a courteous man with a warm smile greeted me hello. After politely introducing himself, the driver carefully loaded my bags into the trunk and off we went. The sedan’s interior was well kept, clean and comfortable and smelled nice. My driver gave me my choice of riding in silence or a pleasant conversation. The trip itself was smooth and easy. My driver respected traffic laws and got me to Hobby Airport in record time. He dropped me at the airport doors, unloaded my bags, shook my hand and wished me a pleasant trip. Thankfully because of him and Sugar Land Shuttle my trip had already began delightfully. Compare that to the dirty smelly cab I ended up in, in NYC with a driver banging his hand on the dashboard and screaming. Marine veteran owned and operated Sugar Land Shuttle offers 24 hour transportation for airport transport, weddings, proms, corporate travel, bachlorette/bachelor evenings and so much more. The drivers are courteous and friendly and you will feel safe and welcome. The fleet of cars consists of black sedans and SUVs to fulfill whatever travel need you have. They will pick you up anywhere and deliver you to where


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you need to be, all with respect and a smile. They will even assist you in organizing your travel, taking traffic and time of day into account to ensure you get to where you need to be at the time you need to be there. Owner Andrew Silva says, “We insist on giving you the best ride you ever had. It can’t be an okay ride or a good ride; it has to be the best ride.” Silva says that repeat business is at 99.9%. I can see why. I can honestly say my trip with Sugar Land Shuttle was the best ride I’ve ever had. Check out Sugar Land Shuttle for your next transportation need and you’ll be telling everyone about the best ride you ever had. Sugar Land Shuttle • 832-434-8312 •

Beautiful Results Karen Daniels


alologie means the “study of beauty,” and at Kalologie Skincare/ Medspa, they specialize in the study of beautiful skin. Whether customers have stumbled upon the store after shopping at Whole Foods or by word of mouth from a trusted friend, there is something for everybody, in every budget. Kelsey explains, “Some people think that due to the look and feel of our spa, everything is high end. The truth is we’ve actually saved money for some of our customers. One client was spending five-hundred dollars a month, and now, with us, she spends eighty-seven dollars for her entire monthly skincare regimen.” Lana Bristow discovered Kalologie a little over a year ago. She has many favorite products, and especially loves getting facials with Kelsey. The one item she can’t live without is their La Bella Donna cosmetics line; a mineral based formula that allows the skin to breathe as it provides SPF 20 protection. “I was amazed by this,” Lana recalls. “After my facial and makeup application, I went to work and later worked in the yard for over an hour on a very humid day. When I looked in the mirror my makeup was still in place. Their powders stay above the skin; they don’t sink in or fade like a lot of other department store brands.” Like Lana, Rowena, found the store after shopping at Whole Foods, too. She loves the Kalologie Skincare Line and currently uses the Clarify Corrective Wash, Balance Moisturizing Lotion, and Emerge Exfoliating Serum, as her daily routine. The reason she keeps coming back: “You see results, plain and simple. And with their products, a little bit goes a long way.” On this particular afternoon, Rowena stopped by to try free samples of the UV45 oil free sunscreen. And since she’ll be in the sun everyday for her children’s swim

team, it’s important for her to have something that not only protects her from the sun’s harmful rays, but is also good for her skin. Come in for a complimentary consultation to learn more about their effective medical-grade products and create a strategy that will work for you. With their convenient hours and location, the vast line of treatments available, and knowledgeable staff, Kalologie Skincare/Medspa invites you to stop by or call to learn more about finding the beauty in your skin. Kalologie Skincare/Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478 •

Relax and Smile!

Sarah Warburton mergency veterinarian, Laurel Douglass knows how hard it can be to calm a nervous patient. She says, “The blessing and the challenge of working at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists (www. on Lakepoint Parkway is being able to support people when their pets are in crisis…twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. I have good friends who are just as nervous and shaky about a trip to the dentist. One of my co-workers recommended Dr. Danny Nguyen for my cracked crown and I was really impressed with his staff, his office, his attention to detail, and his soothing personality!” You can tell from the front desk what kind of office you’ve entered. Laurel says, “The Patient Care Coordinator is so organized, personable, pleasant, and professional. She makes a fantastic first impression. Dr. Nguyen’s also very charming and was generous enough to answer all my questions…not just about my


procedure, but about his logo, his business plan, and his concept. I love the idea of an eco-friendly dental office, and I really appreciated all the time he spent chatting with me during my first appointment.” Creating Laurel’s crown presented special challenges, since the color of her teeth is off the charts…literally! She says, “My teeth are a very hard color to match, but Dr. Nguyen arranged ahead of time for his lab man to come to my appointment so he could see my teeth and create a better match. I was really surprised by his forethought. As he prepped my tooth and fit me with a temporary crown, he talked me through every step of the way. The time he takes and the attention he gives to each patient is really incredible!” What’s the one thing about Dr. Nguyen’s office that Laurel wishes she could have over at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists? She says, “The leather massaging dental chair is so soft and relaxing. After you’ve got your headphones on and

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Laurel Douglass at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists ( your movie and that back massage going, it really takes your mind off your dental work. Dr. Nguyen’s really designed his whole office to put his patients at ease…and I wouldn’t go anywhere else!” 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

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Family medicine…for every family Now at a new location on the Methodist Campus


he doctors of the Methodist Family Medicine Group are dedicated, dynamic, diverse…and in a new office location. This one-of-a-kind practice features eight caring, compassionate family medicine physicians who speak a wide range of languages, allowing them to communicate more effectively with their patients. And all eight are parents of young children themselves, so they can relate to the challenges faced by many families today. Drs. Ana Corteguera, Lisa Holloway, Tayma Shaya, Jennifer Diamond, Yana Finkelshteyn, Mona Sheth, Julie Hung and Seva Papageorge make up Methodist Family Medicine Group, which is conveniently located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus in Medical Office Building Three. Julie Hung is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. All other physicians are board certified in family medicine.

Dr. Hung “We come from different backgrounds, but we’re all passionate about providing excellent family care,” says Dr. Hung. “Together, we enjoy treating the whole family, from babies to grandparents, and all of us at Methodist Family Medicine Group consider our patients to be an extension of our own families.”

The wide range of languages spoken in the office makes the Methodist Family Medicine Group unique. “We all speak English fluently, but I also speak Spanish, Dr. Sheth speaks Gujarati (a dialect of Hindi), Dr. Shaya speaks some

“We want to empower people with the knowledge of how to maintain good health,” says Dr. Holloway. “Our Dr. Holloway office offers state-of-the-art tools for early diagnosis and effective treatment of many serious diseases, including diabetes and hypertension.” In addition to their unique backgrounds and language skills, the doctors at Methodist Family Medicine Group all bring extensive, hands-on knowledge and expertise in treating patients of all ages. They welcome you and your family to come join them at this vibrant new practice.

Dr. Corteguera Arabic, Dr. Papageorge speaks Greek and Dr. Finkelshteyn speaks Russian and Spanish,” says Dr. Corteguera. Because the practice is large, same-day appointments are not a problem, and Saturday appointments are available for patients who are suffering from an acute illness. That convenience comes in handy for parents of small children. “We really do offer the best of both worlds,” says Dr. Finkelshteyn. “We take pride in being family-oriented, personal and accessible … and we’re affiliated with one of the top medical institutions known internationally. Our patients can use us as a portal to the incredible resources and specialists of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.” But Methodist Family Medicine Group isn’t just for patients who are ill. The eight physicians focus on keeping you healthy, too – offering your family preventive vaccines, testing for lipids and genetic markers, nutritional analysis and support for those wanting to avoid chronic diseases.

Dr. Finkelshteyn To make an appointment, call 281-275-0800. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and health tips, follow Methodist Family Medicine Group on Facebook or on our website at

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Do You End the Day With Sore, Swollen Legs? Sarah Warburton


fter twenty years in early childhood education, Jennifer Ogilivie thought sore, aching legs was just part of the job. She says, “I’d come home at the end of the day and just want to lie down, put my legs up and rub my left calf. It really affected my time with my family after work. I thought it was something I’d just have to live with until, based on my symptoms, my dermatologist suggested that I see a vascular surgeon—and a staff member at school recommended Dr. Baltazar.” “As soon as school let out last year I came to his office. Not only is Dr. Baltazar a fantastic doctor, he runs his office with so much integrity. Out of all the doctor’s practices I and my family have known over the years, his is one of the very best run and you get warm, personal treatment from the doctor and his entire staff. He performed an ultrasound on both my legs to check the flow of

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blood and he found I had a faulty vein in each leg.” “I couldn’t believe how easy the solution was! Dr. Baltazar performed an outpatient procedure covered by my insurance called endovenous ablation on the varicose veins in both my legs. The best part was his recommendation that I take it easy for a few days…no cooking or cleaning! Although he gave me a prescription for pain medication, I didn’t even need it. After a few days I was back to my regular activity level… and now I’ve finished a whole school year without any pain!” “I’m so thankful I won’t have to endure that achiness and swelling in my legs for the rest of my life. After a full day on my feet all day as the director of the preschool at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, I come home to a daughter who’ll be a Junior at Elkins and a son who’s just finished his first year at UT. I want to be full of energy for my family.

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Making a Difference One Smile at a Time

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t Powell Dental Care, it’s not just about taking great care of their patients’ teeth. “We want our patients to understand how their mouths are connected to the rest of their bodies, and how important oral health is to their overall well-being,” explains Dr. Laurena Moore, who, together with her husband and partner, Dr. Marty Powell, offers her patients balanced, comprehensive dental care. Drs. Moore and Powell have been committed to that principle throughout their professional lives, which is why they make such an effort to spread awareness about oral health throughout the community. In June, for example, they put together a number of informative presentations and materials for a health fair in honor of Juneteenth. “It gave us an opportunity to dialogue with people who might not come into our office—or any dental office, for that matter—and to answer important questions

about oral health,” says Dr. Moore. “If we can better just one person’s smile and overall health—well, that’s good enough for us,” she says. At the fair, Drs. Moore and Powell offered free dental screenings and passed out lots of free goodies, like toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, and dental literature. They also held Q&A sessions and gave presentations about the important connection between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease. “A lot of people don’t understand how intimately these things can be connected,” she says. “If something’s bad for our mouths, it’s probably bad for the rest of us—and vice versa. We’re seeing more and more kids with serious tooth decay because of all the sugary sodas and power drinks they’re consuming. Many parents, however, aren’t aware of how those things also put them at risk for weight problems and diabetes, both now and down the line.”

That’s why community outreach is so important to Dr. Moore and her husband, and why they jump at the chance to participate in health fairs and oral health education. “We’re proud to care for our patients, and we love doing it, too,” Dr. Moore says. “We also hope we can make a difference in the larger community—even among folks we might never see again.” Powell Dental Care 281-302-6284 3681 Highway 6 S @ Settler’s Way

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Sarah Warburton atsy Kusek and her husband do their research up front…so when Patsy’s family doctor recommended that she see a chiropractor for the pain she’d suffered since the birth of her second child, Patsy did a little homework. She says, “I wasn’t impressed with the first chiropractor I visited, but my pain just wouldn’t go away. I was completely numb on my left side from under my breastbone to my left hip when I happened to walk by Dr. Martino’s office. His wife, Susan, was so nice and answered all my questions and Dr. Martino really believes in patient education, too. I decided to give it another try…and now my whole family comes to Dr. Martino!” Sometimes the results speak for themselves! Patsy says, “After the first week I felt such relief that I decided to bring my fouryear-old daughter, Shauna to Dr. Martino. She’d struggled with frequent ear pain and was scheduled to get ear tubes. My hus-


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band and I worried about the surgery. Research showed me that chiropractic treatment can help prevent ear infections…and that’s certainly been our experience with Dr. Martino. Shauna loves going to see ‘Dr. Tino’ and she knows he keeps her ears from hurting. At Shauna’s last checkup, her pediatrician asked how Shauna had gotten over her ear pain. We told her it was all thanks to Dr. Martino!” When Patsy’s husband saw how much better his wife and daughter felt, he made an appointment with Dr. Martino, too. He ground his teeth so badly that he took medication for bruxism, but he hasn’t needed it now that he sees Dr. Martino. Patsy says, “I think my husband’s usually the hardest one to convince, but he absolutely loves Dr. Martino’s down-to-earth, results-oriented approach! He really helps your body heal itself!”

How much does Patsy believe in Dr. Martino? She says, “My two-year-old sees him and I brought my third child to see Dr. Martino at just one-week old. That’s how much I trust the man…I put my newborn child in his hands. I went from feeling awful all the time and really desperate about my daughter to being able to enjoy my life again. Our whole family feels so much better!” David Martino, D.C. Corrective Chiropractic 281-261-7200 5201 Hwy. 6 South, Suite 800

Do You Know a Teen in Need of Substance Abuse Treatment?

The Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center treats adolescents from 13 to 17 years of age, including dual-diagnosis patients with a primary diagnosis of chemical dependency. The PaRC offers every level of care for substance abuse treatment, from medical detox to residential stays and intensive outpatient programs. There is no school time lost in our comprehensive program. Teens can move forward with their academic studies including summer school and advance placement capabilities. At the PaRC we treat teens and their families. There is weekly family counseling and a 3-day intensive family program. Our therapies include: equine therapy, drum therapy, fitness activities, art and expressive music therapy, and individual, group and family counseling. PaRC offers essential education about chemical dependency, relapse prevention and life skills. It is known for its extensive Alternative Peer Group involvement and both teens and parents are eligible for one year free aftercare and lifetime alumni membership.

If you know a teen in need, PaRC can help. Simply contact us to begin the process. 713-939-7272 We are Building Recovery One Life at a Time

It’s Never Too Late L ast month thousands of teenagers made their high school graduation walks across assorted auditoriums and halls throughout the area. Everyone had their own story and sense of accomplishment. One memorable story involves an 18 year old young man in foster care that beat the odds, finished high school and has been accepted to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock this fall. His name is Orriele Gage. Gage participated in a unique ceremony put on by Child Protective Services for him and 166 other young people in foster care who graduated from high school this spring. During this special event he heard his name announced by Channel 2 News Anchor Jerome Gray, was inspired by NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Fame member Clyde Drexler, shook hands with Judge Ed Emmett and picked up a diploma signed by Governor Rick Perry. Not bad for someone who’s been “in the system” for 6 years. There are over 1700 children in foster care in the Harris/Fort Bend County area. They are getting older every single day and what that means to some of them, is their hope to be adopted and become a part of a “forever family” is fading. It’s no secret that most adoptive parents are looking for an infant or toddler. Imagine thinking you might be washed up by the age of 6 or 7, and if you’re 12 or older… well, you get the picture. If you are considering adoption, is it

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to enrich your life or the child’s life? What if it could be both? Don’t overlook the possibility that adopting an older child could turn out to be far greater than you ever imagined. Something you didn’t even know you were looking for. To become an adoptive parent you have to be at least 21 years of age, financially stable and a responsible, mature adult. You do not have to be married. It is your willingness to provide a home with daily nurturing and care that makes you a candidate. At the end of the day, without adoption, children “age out” and go on to raise themselves as best as they and the support systems put in place will allow. They could use the support and encouragement of a kind and caring family, a forever family. The people at CPS would like to remind you that it’s never too late to become a part of a child’s life In case you missed it, the June 21st issue of People magazine tells the story about Jimmy Wayne, the country singer who is walking 1,700 miles to raise awareness of teens that age out of foster care and end up homeless. This is a great reminder that everyone needs a forever family. 1-800-233-3045 Written in collaboration with Kathy Williams, an award-winning news executive with KPRC Local 2.



Getting the Job Done Right I


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t’s amazing what new floors can do for your home. From cool, easy-maintenance tile, to elegant wood or plush carpet, the right flooring can brighten up your spirits as much as your house. Watch out, though—if those floors aren’t installed properly, you’ll be down in the dumps in no time. Fortunately, with over 20 years in the business, Bob McKelvey, owner of All About Carpet and Floors, knows how to do the job right. Take tile, for example. It’s a beautiful, easy-living flooring solution that will help keep you plenty cool during the burning-hot summer months. But did you know that, just like with wood, installers need to leave a small gap around the perimeter to allow for natural shifts in your home’s foundation? If they don’t, those gorgeous tiles can buckle and pop loose—and then they don’t seem so gorgeous anymore. “Whenever I call a manufacturer with a question from a customer,” says Bob, “the first thing they ask is, ‘Did you leave room for the floors to expand?’ Manufacturers offer decades of warranties these days, but they’ll be voided in an instant with poor installation. That’s why we use only the most skilled, certified installers, to ensure that the job is done correctly.” With dozens of styles and colors to choose to from in nearly every surface—including porcelain, marble, granite, travertine and more—Bob is no stranger to tile and natural stone. In fact, this month he’s renovating an entire home in tile, complete with floors, kitchen, master bath and fireplace. First, though, he had to make sure that he’d be able to do the job right. “As an older structure, the home had some foundation problems. I told my customer we had to get those issues addressed before we could get started, since we’ll never start a job if we know it’s not going to work out in the long run,” says Bob. Thanks to his expertise, Bob is also accustomed to working with

interior designers, who trust him to get the job done right, on time. This month, for example, he’s working with a local designer on a much-needed, total remodel of a local seminary for Catholic priests. “We’re doing a little bit of everything—tile and granite accents in the kitchen and baths, wood floors in the living areas and carpet in the bedrooms,” he says. “We love to work with designers and watch it all come together, and of course it’s a pleasure to be working with the seminary, too.” From the widest selection to the finest installation, All About Carpet and Floors is our local resource for flooring and remodeling. Stop by their showroom to see what they can offer; they can work with your designer or directly with you to find that perfect look for your home. So stop by the showroom any time Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00pm and give your spirits a lift this summer, and get the job done right! All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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It’s Getting Hot out Here! T Cara Smith

here’s no denying it: summer’s in full swing and it has most of us running for cover to our cool, airconditioned homes. But when the mercury is maxed out, that generally means our electric bills are, too—and that isn’t such a cool thing. If you really want to stay cool this summer, and put some ice on your electricity usage too, it may be time to upgrade to a high-efficiency model from Trane. “During the summer months, air conditioning makes up more than 60% of the average utilities bill,” says Brian Jackson, owner of Jackson Air, Sugar Land’s oldest independent Trane dealer. “A highefficiency unit can make a huge dent in your bills and let you save more of your hard-earned money.” And despite what you might be thinking, installing it won’t break the bank, either—after all, saving money is the whole point. With Trane special financing

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and a federal income tax credit of up to $1,500 on qualifying models, you could have a new air conditioner made in the shade. Whether you put your savings in the bank or toward a much-needed summer break, you’ll feel pretty cool about it. Equally important, Jackson Air is a company you can really count on to service your A/C system, whether you get a new one or stick with the one you’ve already got. A family-run business from the start, they’ve built up their expertise over more than two decades of outstanding service in Fort Bend County. They pride themselves on both their mechanical know-how and their commitment to staying abreast of new energy regulations and technology. This summer, give Jackson Air a call to get set up on a regular maintenance plan to keep your A/C running smoothly and coolly. Or, should an emergency arise,

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Do well by doing good A Charlotte Grace s the son of a popular physician in Toronto, Manoj Bhardwaj always dreamed of becoming a doctor like his father. Over the years he watched the care and concern delivered by his father and in return the respect he garnered from an entire community. Big shoes for a young boy, but not too big for the caring, conscientious man he has become. Manoj Bhardwaj has realized the first par t of his dream; he completed his residency in family medicine from Baylor College of Medicine and his residency in internal medicine from Weil-Cornell Methodist Hospital. Cer tified by both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Bhardwaj has a lot to of fer any one looking for a primar y care physician. He is willing to consider all angles of treatment and acknowledges that things can improve with something as simple as a little personal attention and stress relief. For example, “One of my patients heeded my advice when I told her to take time for herself and look for ways to de-stress; within 6 months she was able to get off her blood pressure medicine.” Treating adults and children 11 and older, Dr. Bhardwaj has discovered the art of medicine can sometimes include being willing to be silly to help patients relax.

His warm personality and gentle nature makes it easy for people to feel comfortable and open up. He really likes to connect with his patients and build their trust. Though he’s too modest to mention it himself, Dr. Bhardwaj’s generosity and caring spirit go beyond his office hours. He regularly volunteers at a local charity clinic and he is a part of a team of doctors that donate their time during natural disasters like the recent earthquake in Haiti. And that’s why we are lucky to have a fine doctor who has chosen to honor his father and his fellow man. Beginning in July, you can see Dr. Bhardwaj at his new Sugar Land office at The Woman’s Place on the north side of Highway 59 between Highway 6 and First Colony Boulevard. Internist Associates of Houston 713-797-9933 16552 Southwest Freeway At The Woman’s Place Sugar Land, TX 77378 •

Answers and Solutions Here Sarah Warburton


here do you go if your child is sensitive to dyes, gluten or other additives typically found in medications? What do you do when the precise dosage of the drug you need is not commercially available? How do you find your Armour Thyroid when there’s a national shortage? You call our local expert, Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph.—he has the answers! As a compounding pharmacist, Dr. Campbell has the training and expertise to create medications with only the ingredients you need…and none of the ones that you don’t. He says, “When I was attending the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, I realized that compounding was on the cutting edge of pharmacy. Working together with local doctors, I’m able to find creative, effective ways to help people. My primary goal is to always give my patients more alternatives to improve their lives.” He adds, “Even before I graduated from U of H, I got involved with the Professional Compounding Centers of America, which focuses on quality, education, and consulting for compounding pharmacists. After graduation, I worked for several compounding pharmacies before opening Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy in the Rice Village and Sugar Land. Now I’m proud to serve as a preceptor, allowing students in their final year of pharmacy school to come and be trained at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy. It’s my way of giving back to the University of Houston and to Texas Southern.” Dr. Campbell knows your medicine inside and out; and he also knows the ins-and-outs of helping people enjoy the service at Campbell’s Compounding. He says, “I’ve always believed

the secret to success in business and in life is just the same: treat others the way you would want to be treated. In addition to serving on the Dean’s Advisory Committee, I’ve also served on the Ethics Committee at the University of Houston. I’m committed to running an ethical business that really benefits the community.” “My wife, my four and a half-year-old Cole, my three year-old Chloe, and I are welcoming baby Caleb to our family on June 28th. When you’re a dad, you really think about making your family proud. That’s why everything I do—from compounding your medications, and precepting pharmacy students to competing in Jiu Jitsu—I do with all my heart.”

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First Impressions Cara Smith


lthough it’s what’s inside that really counts, we all know how important the first impression is. Whether we’re applying for a new job, meeting a potential client, or going out on a blind date, that first impression sets the tone. And no one knows this better than local businessman, Trent Garrett. When Trent developed a problem with his molars, he turned to the dentist he knew he could trust, Dr. Purvi Parikh of A to Z Dental. Having some experience with dentists in the past, Mr. Garrett really appreciated the time and care offered by the entire A to Z team. He said, “If it wasn’t for her staff and their kindness and professionalism, I wouldn’t even have had the work done. These people are great,” Trent added, “This reconstructive work was not covered by my insurance. Dr. Parikh worked with me on a payment plan that was manageable.” Even though this wasn’t something he was looking forward to, Trent said the

entire experience was pleasant. “They made me feel really comfortable. Dr. Parikh talked me through the entire process.” Dr. Parikh and Dr. Hakki collaborated on the extensive reconstruction surgery performed on Trent, providing him with a skillful and straightforward service. “I recommend her to everybody, I really do.” As a mother of three, Dr. Parikh can relax the most anxious patient—child or adult. After earning her degree from the New York College of Dentistry in 2001, she began living her dream of becoming a dentist. Not long ago, she and her family moved to the Sugar Land area to be closer to other family members. Her business partner, Dr. Hakki sets the very same high standards with his periodontal work so everyone can feel at ease while in his chair. One piece of advice both doctors agree on: the importance of biannual checkups. Just like changing batteries in a smoke detector, scheduling your appointments is the best way to detect problems

before they have the chance to develop into something bigger. Whether you need a routine cleaning, a specific tooth treated, restorative work, or a cosmetic procedure, A to Z Dental can help you achieve whatever goal you have in mind and help you create a really great first impression. A to Z Dental 281-265-2869 1951 Lakeside Plaza Near Hwy 6 and SW Freeway Opposite Super Target Next to Family Christian Store and Game Stop

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Ditch the Warm-Up! Y Sarah Warburton

ou shouldn’t have to limber up just to get out the pots and pans you need for dinner. Save the bending and stretching for aerobics class! Kitchen expert, Ric Trahan says, “At ShelfGenie we custom-design shelving for any cabinet in your home that makes your space easy to access and easy to use. Our goal has always been finding new ways to put the things you used to reach for right at your fingertips.” Don’t let your aching back and knees dictate what you can or can’t do in your kitchen. With ShelfGenie’s full extension Glide-Out shelving, you’ll have full access to everything you need to create a simple, healthy meal or a no-holds barred Italian feast. Ric says, “Our design consultant will

talk with you about what you use most often and how you move around your kitchen. After all, you don’t need more of the same shelving, you need shelving that’s a real solution. ShelfGenie’s created easy-to-use kitchens for people with back problems, arthritis, even wheelchairs…but everyone benefits from more accessible, more enjoyable space! ” If you have to crawl on the floor to dig out your baking sheets or you struggle to heave your Mixmaster out of the cabinet, you need a solution that makes using your kitchen easy and fun. Instead of trying to fit your pots, pans, and appliances into your existing space, the experts at ShelfGenie design your space around your possessions with custom risers and innovative solutions like glide-out shelves that slide perpendicularly to make “blind corners” usable. Once you

can see and easily reach everything, you’ll love using your kitchen again! Afraid that overhauling your cabinets means moving out of your home? Ric says, “Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t have to be major surgery…ShelfGenie’s really made it an outpatient procedure! After you meet with our design consultant to show off what you have and talk about the way you use your space, we’ll come back to take our working measurements. That process takes about a half an hour. When we come back for the installation, we’re in and out in half a day. No sawdust, no mess, no hassle. At ShelfGenie our goal is to make your life easier…from start to finish!” ShelfGenie 512-771-7894

Isn’t It Time to Take Time Off? Becca Bragg


ack up your suitcases and hit the road…summer is prime vacation time. But while you’re away, will the dust bunnies play? Not with The Maids on your side! Whether your “vacation” is a picnic with the kids at the local sprinkler park or a trip to Europe with your hubby, Julaine Blanchard, owner of The Maids Home Services here in Fort Bend says, “We want you to relax and enjoy your life…and leave the cleaning to us!” Haven’t you been waiting to kick back and relax at the pool? Whether you’re sunning yourself at the neighborhood pool or on the deck of a luxurious cruise ship, don’t let the thought of cleaning cast a shadow across your “personal escape.” Regular as clockwork, The Maids will clean your home weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly…whatever suits your schedule best. On each visit a highly-trained team of four Maids follows a checklist of twenty-

two items. Julaine says, “We also divide the home into four areas of cleaning for an even deeper clean.” Did you ever think that chilling by the pool could actually give you a cleaner house than before? It’s only possible with The Maids! After a holiday, it can be exciting to come home again…but not to a house full of stale, dusty air. The Maids will keep the clean coming…all summer long! Julaine says, “We offer a turnkey service with a variety of security safeguards for your protection. And of course we’re completely bonded with liability, crime and employee accident coverage. Your satisfaction and peace of mind are

our top priorities!” And since The Maids use a professional-grade backpack vacuum with HEPA filtration to absorb up to 99 percent of all dust, allergens, bacteria, pet dander, pollen, and other pollutants…they won’t just move dirt around your home, they’ll take it with them when they leave! You’ll enjoy your vacation twice as much knowing that you’ll come home to a sparkling clean, allergen-free home. Go ahead, take a little “me time” this summer or pack up the kids for a family vacation. Julaine says, “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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Follow Your Art! Sarah Warburton


f your daughter can’t keep her hands off the markers or your son’s eye for color shines through his finger painting, isn’t it time to take that talent a little further? We’re lucky to have a convenient and professional art studio with an award-winning Chinese artist right here in Sugar Land. At Heather’s Art Studio, Ying He (known as Heather) helps students of every age master the foundational skills for drawing and painting…and unleash the artist within! At Heather’s classes at the Talent Academy on Highway 6, beginners as young as five years old start with color pencils, charcoal, or markers as they work to master drawing subjects like fun animals. Older students explore more techniques like oil painting and acrylics and experiment with a variety of subjects. Adults interested in getting in touch with their inner artist can contact Heather to schedule private or semi-private lessons in drawing, painting, or sculpture. Each student gets personal attention while learning the traditional skills that are the foundation of artistic expression. Heather says, “We take the time to master the basics, but there’s always room for creativity as well. I try to adapt to each student’s level of ability and aptitude. The real reason I enjoy teaching is because I love sharing my passion for art with other people. When children are inspired by art, they’re so enthusiastic…it’s wonderful to see!” Before making a name for herself by winning awards and exhibiting her paintings in China, Los Angeles, New Mexico, and here in Texas, Heather was a little girl who loved to draw. She says,

“When I was twelve, I used my mother’s leftover paint, pencils and paper to copy the work she and her artist friends created. At seventeen I went to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art and studied oil painting. As a teacher at Henan University, I was named Best Instructor and I knew I’d found my calling. Teaching really opens my eyes and helps me grow as an artist. Whether it’s a educational experience, a creative outlet, therapy, or just something you love, I’ll help you develop greater skills…so you’ll get the same lifetime of joy that art has given me!” Visit Heather’s website or call for information about signing up for classes today! Heather’s Art Studio 832-766-2412 281-249-5121

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TCRN Sugar Land Network President Brian Covault Sarah Warburton f you’re looking for the best businesses in Sugar Land, have you checked Facebook yet? That’s right, the same place you connect with your Sunday School class, your best friend from Kindergarten, and your brother in Louisiana now offers updates on all our favorite businesses right here in the TCRN Sugar Land Network.


After all, part of what makes Sugar Land great is these amazing services and dedicated businesses that stand out for their excellence and community spirit. If you go to BestBusinessesinSugarLand and click “like,” you’ll be the first to hear about what’s going on with the best businesses in town. Brian Covault, founder of the TCRN Sugar Land Network says, “I’ll be updating our Facebook page daily with interesting businesses…and I think you’ll be amazed at how many of them are already among your favorites!” Are you “in the know?” Following the best businesses in Sugar Land on Facebook means you’ll be the first to hear about the amazing places and special ways you can use your “Preferred Customer Card.” If you haven’t picked up your FREE card yet, you’re missing out on great savings and discounts! Brian says, “We encourage you to visit for a list of businesses that have

passed our stringent screening process and been invited to be members of the TCRN Sugar Land Network. You can pick up your FREE Preferred Customer Card at any of these locations... and feel free to pick up one for a friend or neighbor, too! The Preferred Customer Card is just our way of giving a little something extra back to our loyal customers in the community.” Staying connected is simple in today’s tech. Just visit for a list of members (over 100) from businesses like home services, restaurants, and medical services to community resources like churches. As Brian says, “These are the same places I send my friends and family, because they excel at customer service and deliver the kind of quality experience I know you’ll love. All of us in the TCRN Sugar Land Network are dedicated to being the BEST around. Keep an eye on www.facebook. com/BestBusinessesinSugarLand for great ways to SAVE money with your Preferred Customer Card, and next month in UpClose Magazine, learn about the “Best Businesses in Sugar Land” blog...coming in August!”

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Turn Things Around Next School Year Sarah Warburton f you have a motivated child who loves to learn, this summer is the perfect time to ask yourself: Did you get what you wanted out of school last year? Carol Appelbaum, the co-founder of a world-renown educational training company, created the Turning Point Academy to give students a co-ed private school that will really prepare them for success in college…and in life! “As a parent,” Carol says, “I couldn’t find the kind of school I wanted for my own daughter. My husband and I have trained teachers for over 20 years, so we decided to blend the best educational models for a boutique learning experience that really benefits today’s middle and high school students. Along with the pleasure of learning in a home with spectacular views, our students have the prestige of working towards college at an early age. As we grow and expand, we look forward to moving to a facility, but we’ll always provide a low student to teacher ratio.” Begin with the end in mind… and you’ll achieve your goals! Each student takes the PSAT yearly and works with an active educational team online as well as their education mentor. The Turning Point Academy’s curriculum is recog-


nized by the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. Included in your tuition are all the specialists that visit, the field trips, and TPA’s most unique advantage, one-on-one help with college SAFE (Selection, Application, Financial opportunities, and Enrollment). Each student and their parents are personally consulted to map out a plan for high school completion with honors and a detailed plan for college enrollment that the student’s educational team holds the student accountable to daily. What else does the Turning Point Academy do differently? Kids are taught to be pro-active thinkers, how to learn, and how to find the answers…to any question. They take ownership of their learning by mastering organization, goalsetting, and weekly planning—habits necessary for college and future employment! Working in a block schedule of three two-hour classes each day closely parallels the structure of college courses and allows students to accelerate their learning. No course is complete until a student completely masters the material. Carol says, “You won’t find test shortcuts like matching, true-false or multiple choice, so students really learn each subject before moving on. Many of our students complete high school courses early and continue on to challenging college courses… which looks fantastic on their college applications!” Can you imagine a middle school or

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high school without the drama in the hallways? With absolutely no bullying, no peer pressure, and no homework? When Channel 2 News Anchor Rachel McNeill interviewed

Carol and Turning Point Academy students, they had plenty to say! “We are very social in appropriate ways and no one drags us down. We haven’t been removed or weren’t outcasts at our former schools…we were just bored!” Carol says, “We’re helping students become leaders in life at the Turning Point Academy.” The Turning Point Academy 281-780-8713 Now enrolling for 2010-2011

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Preserving Fertility Sarah Warburton


hen you undergo chemotherapy, it can result in a loss of ovarian function…essentially sending you into early menopause. But one patient who received a diagnosis of breast

cancer had her dreams of a having a child come true…thanks to amazing advances in the fields of fertility and genetics and the dedication of Dr. George Grunert, the medical team at MD Anderson and Baylor, and his associates at the Fertility Specialists of Houston. Forethought is the secret behind this success story. As founder and medical director of FSH, Dr. Grunert wants you to consider “banking” your fertility. He says, “If you’re able to make the time before the treatment, we can offer you options. Before you start your treatment, you may be a candidate for freezing your eggs or even embryos. This patient and her husband chose to freeze their embryos. Two years after she completed her chemotherapy, her doctor gave her the go-ahead for a pregnancy.” When Dr. Grunert was informed of the cause of this young patient’s breast cancer, he decided on further testing. She was a carrier of BRCA-1, a genetic mutation that drastically increases the risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer… and she could pass it on to her children. He says, “We were able to screen her embryos for BRCA-1 and only implant

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the unaffected ones. She’s conceived and is currently enjoying the blessing of a healthy pregnancy.” New advances in genetics testing eliminate the agony of passing on this gene to a child…that’s an added peace of mind. Dr. Grunert says, “Currently we’ve identified almost 20,000 genetic diseases (not all fatal) and we can screen and only transfer embryos that will result in a healthy child. In fact, with a simple saliva test we’ll determine if you are a carrier for any of the one hundred most common genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, sickle cell and Tay-Sachs that can be passed on in pregnancy. Helping patients who otherwise could not have had a child conceive is one of the most gratifying experiences in my life!” Fertility Specialists of Houston is working with Livestrong Foundation to assist patients in need to keep their options open regarding fertility preservation. As Dr. Grunert says, “We’d like everyone to know that with a little advance planning…your dreams of a family could come true!” Fertility Specialists of Houston 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483)

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Stepping Out Like a VIP! Sarah Warburton ave you ever struggled through traffic to the medical center, driven around and around to find a parking space that you had to pay for, and then sat around in an impersonal waiting room for your turn to get an uncomfortable diagnostic test? Now you can get five-star diagnostic imaging done quickly and easily right here in Sugar Land…in a warm and comfortable setting. One-Step Diagnostic has made getting your CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound a real VIP experience. When you call to schedule your appointment at One-Step Diagnostic, you’ll already see the difference. Once you have your doctor’s orders, you won’t have to take off work or wait weeks to get an appointment. After hours and weekend slots make taking care of your health superconvenient. Parking is free and easy to find…and you’ll love the inviting waiting room and the per-


“Being a free-standing diagnostic imaging center allows us to pass along savings that come from having a lower overhead. Since we may charge as much as fifty percent less than going through a hospital for a test, it makes it more affordable for people to be proactive about their health!”

sonal attention you receive from the staff. But wait until you see the medical side of this impressive operation! One-Step Diagnostic has some of the best diagnostic imaging machines on the market…each operated by skilled and experience technicians. Fuad Cochinwala, owner of the Sugar Land location says, “Our accredited equipment meets the American College of Radiology’s standards as required by most insurance companies. Our experienced staff not only knows the ins-and-outs of our diagnostic equipment, they also enjoy putting patients at ease and really making the experience as pleasant as possible.” Forget a one-size-fits-all experience…everything at OneStep Diagnostic caters to your individual needs! Fuad says, “We stay on top of the latest developments in the field and have one of the newest MRIs available. We have an open MRI machine that’s perfect for patients who struggle with claustrophobia. It can also accommodate up to five hundred pounds, so patients of all shapes and sizes can get the

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important diagnostic imaging they need. Your comfort and medical safety are always our top priority.” Maybe you’re sold on the five-star experience, but you’re worried about a five-star price? One-Step accepts most major insurances…but the financial benefits don’t stop there. Fuad says, “Being a free-standing diagnostic imaging center allows us to pass along savings that come from having a lower overhead. Since we may charge as much as fifty percent less than going through a hospital for a test, it makes it more affordable for people to be proactive about their health!” Ever since the first One-Step Diagnostic rolled out the red carpet in Houston, these family owned and operated centers have received rave reviews. Fuad says, “When I saw how much people in Houston, Pearland, the Medical Center and Katy appreciated the personal and compassionate approach of One-Step Diagnostic, I knew I wanted to bring that same experience to Sugar Land. Our community has grown so much over the last few years that we don’t have to settle for anything less than convenience, quality, and five-star service that’s always one step ahead!” One Step Diagnostic 281-313-1414 2121 Williams Trace Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77478

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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.

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UpClose Magazine July 2010  

Fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas.

UpClose Magazine July 2010  

Fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas.