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A special thank you to the Fort Bend Junior Service League members who are the faces of the Methodist Women’s Health Campaign.


“I was fortunate to have my radiation treatment completed close to home at the Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center. Avoiding the drive and parking to the Medical Center, was not only convenient, but allowed me to focus more on healing and winning my battle against breast cancer. Because Methodist has brought the Breast Center to Sugar Land, it has been very easy for me to continue with my breast imaging follow-up appointments.” Lisa Ashton, Breast Cancer Survivor

“Getting diagnosed with breast cancer is shocking, but at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital I felt like I was in the hands of friends that cared. The doctors and staff truly cared how I felt and what I was thinking. They cared enough to spend the time to really talk with me and answer my many questions. I trusted the multi-disciplinary team of specialists at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital with my life, and today I can say, ‘I am a breast cancer survivor!’” Terri Sitter, Breast Cancer Survivor

LISA ASHTON, BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

EARLY DETECTION STATE-OF-THE-ART BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSTICS: ✔ Digital Mammography ❑ ✔ Breast MRI ❑ ❑ ✔ Diagnostic Ultrasound ✔ MRI-Guided Biopsy ❑ ✔ Ultrasound Biopsy ❑ ✔ Stereotactic Biopsy ❑ ✔ Fine Needle Aspiration ❑ ✔ Ductogram ❑

Our Breast Cancer Support Group meets monthly at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Call 281-274-7164 for more information. STEPHEN PHILLIPS, M.D. WITH PATIENT


SAVES LIVES “The Methodist Breast Center played a key role in my successful treatment. The breast radiologists’ expertise really put my mind at ease during my diagnosis and follow-up care. Over the years, the nurses and staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital have provided quality care for my patients – now I was the one receiving the same quality care that I have come to expect for my own patients. The physicians and staff have been by my side, supporting me

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he Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offers women a lifesaving difference – it’s the only full-service diagnostic and treatment center of its kind in Fort Bend County, featuring compassionate, personal care led by board-certified physicians and supported by state-ofthe-art technology. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with more than 200,000 cases discovered in the U.S. each year. The good news is that death rates from breast cancer have been declining in the U.S. in recent years, due in large part to early detection through screening mammograms. That’s why Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League have teamed up to spread the word that early detection – through today’s powerful imaging technologies only available at the Methodist Breast Center – can make all the difference. “We’re so proud to partner with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital as we reach out to educate, motivate and support our community,” says Pam Spencer, President of the Fort Bend Junior Service League. “Having supported friends and family through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, I really understand the importance of early detection and the benefit of having a resource like the Methodist Breast Center in our community.” Staffed by experienced, highly skilled breast radiologists using the latest technology – including a powerful 3-Tesla MRI that features outstanding resolution, bi-lateral breast imaging and motion correction – the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offers women the best diagnostic services available in Fort Bend. “Our patients are cared for by a multi-disciplinary team of breast specialists who work together to provide the most comprehensive treatment Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breast Center • 16655 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77479 • 281-242-PINK (7465) • MethodistSugarLand.com

possible, all in one convenient location,” says Stephen Phillips, M.D., board certified breast radiologist. “We provide the full continuum of care – from screening all the way through surgery and/or radiation – all in one place. Having a dedicated center enables our physicians to communicate with one another more effectively and coordinate care more efficiently, which means that women are able to begin treatment immediately.” Since opening its doors on August 1, 2009, the Methodist Breast Center has grown rapidly, and recently moved to a new location off Town Center Boulevard on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus. The larger space features a warm, comforting ambiance and more comfortable, spa-like furnishings to put patients at ease. “We are thrilled to help spread the word about the importance of mammography and honored to be working with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, a hospital with a prestigious reputation based on a history of quality care and state-of-the-art technology,” says Brigit Engleman, past president of the Fort Bend Junior Service League. The Fort Bend Junior Service League will continue to work with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to promote early detection, with a goal of reaching all Fort Bend women with information and support.

You could make a difference in your own life. Call 281-242-PINK (7465) and schedule your mammogram today. The Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is making a difference, a lifesaving difference!


A Case of Mistaken Identity Sarah Warburton ow can you tell if a business has really changed hands? Gilbert Lee wasn’t convinced by a new coat of a paint and a new name….he just couldn’t believe that Classic Chevrolet was absolutely new to Fort Bend. Every morning he drove his Chevy right past Classic Chevrolet on his way to work and when it was time for service he’d drive for miles out of his way to go someplace else. He says, “I figured that even with a new name, it was just the same old monkeys running the asylum on the inside.” One day, as he was driving along Highway 59, the water pump on his Suburban started to fail…right at the exit for Classic Chevy. At Classic Chevy’s service department, his service advisor, Kevan, handled the write up. Gilbert said, “As Kevan was doing the write up on the water pump, I described some of the other issues I had and he knew exactly what each and every problem was. Throughout my service, Kevan kept me up to date on what was going on, so I didn’t have to call to get updates. If all service advisors were as knowledgeable as Kevan and treated customers the way he did, dealerships would have a lot more happy customers. After this recent experience, I don’t have to go out of my

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way to get my vehicles serviced! Just as long as Kevan is there, I’ll make the trip to your Classic Chevy…and I’ll let my buddies know it is truly a different kind of business.” What’s in a name? When the name is Classic Chevrolet…that says it all. Classic Chevy’s owner, Don Kerstetter says, “I cherish this man’s business, and look for-

ward to earning it all over again with each visit he makes. We are doing everything we can to get the word out about who we are…and who we are not! It will only happen when satisfied customers give us the highest compliment of a referral of friends or family members to our business. Rest assured we will live up to our obligations in that regard, and if anything is ever less than satisfactory; we will do everything we can to make it right. We are a proud member of the Durant Auto Group whose philosophy of putting the customer first has made their location up in Grapevine the top selling dealership in the country for years. Our success is based on our transparency, efficiency and customer satisfaction. We understand how difficult it is to earn customer faith, but we are committed to making it happen…one customer at a time.” “Whether you come to us for a new or used car, service or repair, we’re proud to be a family-owned Fort Bend Business,” says Don. “We want to earn your loyalty for the long-term with our huge selection, low prices, community spirit…and the decent way we treat people!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660

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Body by Ahmadi

What if the Impossible Body was Actually Possible?

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ow does one even begin to thank someone for giving them a body they never even dreamed was possible? This is what you have done for me!” was how one patient expressed her gratitude to Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery. “As a teen or even a 5’6” - 111 pound woman, I never had the figure I have now. I never had a flat stomach or an hour glass shape.” What is she referring to? She is talking about pioneering plastic surgeon Dr. Ahmadi’s signature miracle procedure the Lipotuck™. The Lipotuck™ is a one stage procedure that Dr. Ahmadi himself created that combines liposuction with tightening of the skin, to provide a flatter stomach and a more streamlined waistline. The procedure also addresses the upper abdomen, hips and love handles area that a traditional tummy tuck does not, all with a superior result and a quicker recovery time. “I tell those that are thinking of having a tummy tuck that they must see you about your Lipotuck™ procedure. The before and after pictures were the best I’ve ever seen and my results have been beyond wonderful and exceeded my expectations!” Dr. Ahmadi is a double board certified plastic surgeon and Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition to the miraculous Lipotuck™, he performs many kinds of procedures including; facelifts, nose reshaping, breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts. The patient goes on to say she chose Dr. Ahmadi for one simple but significant reason, “I came to you because of your philosophy. Not only do you focus on the results of a flat stomach, you strive to achieve something more – something better. Something I didn’t even know it was possible to dream of.” How is her life now? “The results have changed my level of confidence beyond belief. I love the way my husband looks at me now with this sweet, playful smile followed by, ‘I love your body.’ Thank you, Dr. Ahmadi.” Do you have that dream body in your mind that you have convinced yourself isn’t possible? Visit www.lipotuck.com and see the television interview where Dr. Ahmadi explains the Lipotuck™ in his own words...and see for yourself how the impossible just might be possible after all! Avante Plastic Surgery 281-265-2639 (BODY) • 1112-A Soldiers Field Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479 • www.lipotuck.com

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pain. I feel like I have a new set of legs. I would give Dr. Baltazar and his staff my highest recommendation.” Varicose veins are more than ugly lumps on the surface of your skin, they are an indication of improper blood flow and can cause pain, redness, itching, burning, and can lead to some critical medical conditions. “The fact that Dr. Baltazar is a specialist in his field put me at great ease,” Gary said. “If you have a varicose vein problem you want to get taken care of, Dr. Baltazar is the guy you want to do it. He has a caring attitude and made me feel comfortable at an uncomfortable time.” If varicose veins are impeding the proper flow of your life, whether from pain, swelling and itching or being embarrassed to show your legs while wearing shorts or dresses please call Dr. Baltazar. He is covered by most insurance plans and offers free vein screenings during regular office visits. Make your appointment today and get the proper flow of your life back.

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ould you like to end each and every day with intense pain, fatigue and aching in your legs? That is exactly what Gary Blanchette was doing before visiting Dr. Ulises Baltazar. Gary knew the varicose veins in his legs were hereditary, both his mother and sister suffered from them and he had been dealing with it for over 20 years. “I felt like I was caring 20 extra pounds in my legs.” Many years ago he had some work done on his left leg but had less than desirable results. Recommended by a medical professional friend and his general practitioner, Gary sought out the expertise of Dr. Baltazar. Dr. Baltazar is certified by The American Board of Surgery in both General and Vascular Surgery and is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of varicose veins. During Gary’s first consultation, Dr. Baltazar took an ultrasound and was able to recognize and diagnose something that had previously gone undiagnosed. Gary’s varicose veins

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were actually 5 times the size of normal veins and the blood flow was going back down the vein creating problems and severe pain. Dr. Baltazar said that he doesn’t see cases like that very often. In fact, it was such a serious case that Dr. Baltazar outlined a treatment plan that had Gary coming in for 4 different treatments. “Dr. Baltazar was so methodical and took such time and care during and after each procedure that he was able to take care of my veins in only 3 of the 4 planned sessions.”

I feel like I have a new set of legs. “Just two weeks after my final procedure I spent the weekend being active, working at a trade show and doing yard work. I ended each day without being worn out and in

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Are You Off Balance? O Sarah Warburton ur local Orthopaedist and Lower Extremity specialist Dr. Mark Vann, MD says, “Muscle imbalance is a major contributor to the formation of hammer or claw toes, but often the problem is made worse by poorly fitting shoes. Muscles that allow the toes to bend

(flex) and grip the ground must be precisely balanced by opposing muscles that allow the toes to extend. An imbalance between either of these sets of muscles can lead to the development of toe deformities. Hammer and Claw toes are common deformities of the second through fourth digits. They are classified as flexible or stiff,

and often have corns or calluses associated with them. Hammer toes are identified by a bend in the middle joint, with relative straightening of the furthest toe joint. Claw toes are unique in that the middle and furthest joints are bent, allowing your toes to “curl under”, while the joint attaching the toe to the foot is often extended, creating a “C” shaped deformity. Dr. Vann says, “By the time most people come to the office, they’ve already tried changes in shoe wear, stretching, exercises and remedies such as cushions and corrective devices, without success.” As a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Vann has extensive experience in the latest and most effective surgical solutions for simple, complex and previously failed lower extremity surgery. He says, “Most patients are relieved to learn that hammer and claw toe corrective surgery can be done on an outpatient basis. The exact procedure and the length of recovery depend on the extent of the problem. I’m always happy to review the options with you, so you’ll be completely comfortable with the course of action we choose.”

Mark Vann, MD Board Certified, Fellowship Trained, Orthopedic Surgeon Lower Extremity Specialist Sugar Land Medical Plaza 1327 Lake Point Parkway, Suite 520 Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-876-6518 www.MarkVannMD.com

Making Life Easy

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aking good care of your health can literally add years to your life…but dealing with the stress of haggling with insurance or trying to figure out the “hidden costs” can make you put off making your appointment. Local family physician, Dr. Jeffrey Alford says, “I wanted to make it easy and uncomplicated for people to participate in preventative health care. Through my Wellness Program I’m pleased to offer simple, fairly priced health exam packages for patients…and we’re taking insurance companies right out of the picture.” Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss Program caters to 4 types of individuals: those who do not have health insurance, those with insurance that does not cover preventative care, those with insurance with a high deductible and those individuals with insurance who are tired of health care denials. What is preventative health care? Dr. Alford says, “A thorough examination, medical history, your EKG and medical testing can assess the state of your health before you have a catastrophic event. Often, simple lifestyle changes like diet and exercise will halt or reverse problems. Many health issues—high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke— can be helped by early detection and intervention. Assessing where you are now helps us prevent more serious health incidents down the line.” The tests needed for preventative maintenance on your body depend on your gender, age, and family history. Dr. Alford says, “We’ll have a simple menu of tests available for different ages and genders. You can opt for the basic recommended tests or the comprehensive package…and you’ll know upfront exactly what it will cost. No hidden fees. Everything will be included and easy to understand…your cost and your results!” Want to live a long, healthy life? Dr. Alford says, “Getting your preventative examination will save you time, money, and pain later in life. Take charge of your wellness with our new preventative health options!”

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Tiny Teeth Matter Too

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id you know that baby teeth aren’t expendable? Dr. Bianca Sanchez of Little People’s Dentistry says, “Kids need strong, healthy teeth for chewing, speaking, and smiling confidently...and baby teeth also keep a space in the jaw for the adult teeth. When a baby tooth is lost too early, adult teeth may end up crooked or crowded. Preventing cavities start with good dental hygiene and regular check-ups…and we make both of those fun!” When that first little tooth peeks out from your baby’s gum…it’s at risk for decay. Dr. Sanchez says, “Parents are surprised that infants and toddlers run the risk of ‘Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.’ A primary cause of tooth decay is exposure of baby’s teeth to sugary liquids like sweetened water and fruit juice, milk, breast milk and formula. Never put your baby to bed with a bottle or use a bottle as a pacifier. The sugary liquids pool around the teeth while the child sleeps, feeding bacteria that produce acids that attack the teeth.” Protect your baby’s teeth with a toothbrush! After each feeding, wipe baby’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth and gently brush those baby teeth with water as they appear. Once your child can spit and not swallow toothpaste (usually sometime after age two), begin brushing with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Dr. Sanchez says, “Brush your child’s teeth until he or she has enough manual dexterity to write clearly in cursive...and help your child with flossing as well!” “When your baby gets his or her first tooth,” says Dr. Sanchez, “come see me...and remember, tooth decay is preventable with good dental health habits!”

Dr. Bianca Sanchez , a mother herself, understands the importance of creating a safe and comfortable environment for children. Her gentle and soothing manner makes children, and parents alike, feel at ease. Have you heard about the newest addition to Little People’s Dentistry, Dr. G. Radford? With over thirty years experience in pediatric dentistry and over twenty years experience in orthodontics, he’ll be offering orthodontic exams and braces at Little People’s Dentistry starting this June. Dr. Sanchez says, “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Radford and to offer more services to all our amazing patients! Call today to schedule your appointment.” Little People’s Dentistry • 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s) Missouri City, TX 77459 www.littlepeoplesdentistry.com

Putting Their Best Paw Forward

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reparing for that fun trip and not sure what to do with your beloved pet? Don’t like the idea of a kennel? No problem! That’s where Pawz-n-Clawz Pet Sitting comes in. They offer services such as; in-home pet sitting where your pet is cared for in your home which keeps your pets comfortable in their routine and expenses down, a pet taxi for when you can’t be there to take your pet to vet or grooming appointments and mid-day dog walking for pet owners that

have long work days and enjoy coming home to a happy, exercised dog, and much more. Owner Raquel Baker’s passion for pets has

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led her to proudly become a distributor for Aroma Paws, a line of all natural chemical free grooming products for dogs. With eco-friendly grooming essentials using earth derived ingredients, essential oils and botanical extracts these products protect not only your pet’s health but also the environment. Pamper your pet with products that include luxury dog shampoos and conditioners, coat sprays, organic ear wash, odor neutralizing solutions and coat treatments. All of the Aroma Paws products have NO synthetic fragrances, NO dyes and NO harsh chemicals. Your pet will love you for it! Raquel and her staff have been serving the residents of Sugar Land since 2003 with topnotch customer service steeped in reliability and trust. Striving to meet her customers’ needs has led Raquel to include the Aroma Paws product line and she will soon be launching a new website that will include an online store where you will be able to easily obtain the remarkable all natural Aroma Paws products.

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Pawz-n-Clawz Pet Sitting offers services and products to meet any pet need you might have, with people who are as dedicated to your family’s best friend as you are. Doesn’t your pet deserve the best? Call today for your consultation and make sure and stop by the Houston Pet Expo this month and see your friends from Pawz-n-Clawz. Raquel Baker Pawz-n-Clawz Pet Sitting Your Hometown Pet Sitters 281-301-9886 Serving Sugar Land since 2003 www.pawzpets.net


Spring into Comfort!

Donnielle Carter pring has sprung! It’s time for spring cleaning and getting ready for the hot summer months ahead. Is your home ready for another hot humid Texas summer? Have you had your air conditioner checked? Brian Jackson, owner of Jackson Air suggests, “Make sure you stay comfortable this summer. Give your old air conditioner a tune up. An improper functioning unit will cause very high electric bills and may unexpectedly break down.” And that’ll raise more than the temperature of your house!

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Jackson Air has been serving Sugar Land and the surrounding areas for almost 30 years and is not only the areas most trusted and reliable Air & Heating Company, they are also Sugar Land’s oldest independent Trane Dealer & Comfort Specialist.

Trane units are made in Tyler, Texas so the systems are built to handle our extreme summers and keep your family comfortable. If your system struggles to keep up in the summer and is costing you an arm and a leg in utility and repair bills then it’s time to throw out your old energy monster, upgrade to a new system like the Trane XL20i two stage unit, it can be 60% more efficient than your old air conditioner, giving your home more comfortable temperatures with less humidity while lowering your utility bills. Add to that, Trane has rebates up to $1000 or 0% financing and there are Federal Tax credits to qualify for. Jackson will come out and give you a free estimate with no high pressure sales, just honest advice and lots of choices. Spring also marks the arrival of blooming flowers and floating pollen, which can also mark the arrival of allergies. Ah-cho! Gazuntite! And did you know the air inside your house could have more pollutants than the outside air? Trane’s CleanEffects can remove up to 99.9% of airborne allergens such as pollen, smoke, dust, and mold from the air (verified by Harvard & Environmental Health Agency), which helps to minimize conditions such as asthma and allergies. Ah, Spring is here! Call the experts at Jackson Air and let them help you get and stay comfortable during these hot humid months. Jackson Air, the company with a cool reputation – so cool they have a license to chill! Jackson Air 281-240-1037 www.LicenseToChill.us

What Causes April Showers? Sarah Warburton

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hat’s the number one reason people call a plumber? Local plumbing expert and Master Plumber Alan Burkhalter of Alan’s Plumbing says, “Nine times out of ten when we get a call, it’s a customer seeing water where it outta be dry. Leaky faucets, running toilets, water coming down the wall…we can handle all that. The second reason most people call us is when something doesn’t work like it should. We always get a lot of calls about hot water heaters and garbage disposals.” Where’s that water coming from? Build up in your air conditioner lines can cause sinks to back up or water to trickle down from the ceiling. Moisture from a damaged hose bed could evaporate before you notice it, but it can damage your wall and add to your water bill. A damaged toilet, a leaky tap in the kitchen or a dripping faucet outside can give you puddles and cost you money. Taking care of a little leak up front keeps it from becoming a bigger structural problem down the road. Alan says, “We’ll get to the root of the problem and we’re also happy to track down

and knock out several smaller jobs on a single visit.” Is your hot water heater putting out cold water or is your garbage disposal all choked up? For safety

reasons, give Alan’s Plumbing a call to install a new one. Alan will get you set up with a new hot water heater, new pan and new connections...for another decade filled with hot showers and peace of mind. And unclogging or installing a garbage disposal is fast work for these experts. Alan says, “We pride ourselves on making your life easier by doing each job promptly and professionally at a fair price.” What’s the number one reason people call Alan’s Plumbing? For quality work done by an honest family-owned business that’s been working and living right here for over twelve years. Trust your home to Fort Bend’s favorite plumbing company. If you’ve got April showers where you don’t want them, call 281-261-1064.

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Take Off the Miles with a Brand New Smile!

Sarah Warburton re you looking for that fountain of youth? Nothing rolls back the years like a gorgeous smile…and nothing adds unwanted miles like worn or missing teeth. The best anti-aging secret around is waiting for you at the office of Dr. Thomas Lomonte. He says, “We have a ‘Smile Room’ where I love seeing the look on people’s faces when they realized the difference a spruced-up smile can make. My goal is always to make my patients feel happy and confident in letting their inner light shine.” Over time our teeth can change and this changes our appearance. Teeth shorten, become uneven and stained, our gums recede and gaps appear between teeth. Dr. Lomonte says, “I’ve had patients come in who feel self-conscious about their smiles… and the effect it has on their lower face. Without the support of teeth, the area around the mouth starts to wrinkle and the tissue of your lips straightens and may curve downward over shortened teeth. Porcelain veneers can add thickness to your lips and lower face…reducing wrinkles, smoothing upper and lower lip wrinkles, and adding fullness. As a bonus, your worn-down, discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth and

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“I want every patient to have a smile that suits their spirit and makes them feel happy and confident…” any gaps will be completely hidden!” Rolling back the years and reclaiming your youth starts with a strong, shining smile. Dr. Lomonte says, “A durable alternative to solu-

tions like bridges and dentures is dental implants. Not only are they a permanent solution for missing teeth, we can also combine them with other procedures like using implants to support a single crown or a bridge for stability and comfort…and they also fill out your lower face and reduce the signs of aging around the mouth.” Ready to turn back the hands of time? Call Dr. Lomonte at 281-530-1440 to schedule your free consultation and a visit to the “Smile Room.” He says, “I want every patient to have a smile that suits their spirit and makes them feel happy and confident…and we’ve got all kinds of ways to make that possible.” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 281- 530-1440 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 www.drthomaslomonte.com

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Do Your Pets Hate Pills?

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ave you ever tried giving your pet medication? In most cases, we can combine medication only to have them get their meds so you only have to give one dose. all freaked out and try to bite and Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! I scratch you and then when you finally get like to compare prescription compounding the medication down them, they hide for to baking. Instead of using flour, sugar, eggs, days? Or been given a prescription for your and oil, I use drug powders, gels, and solupet only to find out that to get the correct tions to create my tasty treats. dose, you need to cut a tablet the size of a Just like making a cake, I start with a recipe that has been specially forpea into 15 different pieces? mulated for your pet’s These are a few reasons where preprescription and also scription compounding can be helpful. oundi p m ng Co that caters to your pet’s With compounding, you are able to specific tastes. If they get more accurate dosing and a form of prefer a chewy treat, we the medication that makes “med time” have gummies. If they a walk in the park for you and your like a crunchier biscuitpet. As we all know, if they don’t take Neighbors Choice Award like treat, we can make their medication, it doesn’t do them that. If they really have any good. We can even add your pet’s no preference, we can favorite flavor to most dosage forms. make capsules. Do they Does your pet take more than one

like to have their ears rubbed like the new addition to our family? Try a transdermal gel where the medication soaks in through the skin. Do you want a dosage form that is easy to administer or small enough to hide in some other food? We can try an oral liquid. We even have drops for treating dry eye. No matter what form you and your pet choose, you can trust that you are getting the best product available. We use the same standards, rules, and regulations as we do for our human compounding pharmacy. Long story short, no cutting corners for our animal friends. You can find out if your pet’s prescription can be compounded by giving Campbell’s Compounding a call to check and discuss your options. Once you have the information on the possible dosage forms and alternatives available, discuss the options with your veterinarian, who can authorize the specific compounded prescription for you. I’m passionate about finding creative, effective ways to help even my furry,scaly and feathered patients. Come on by and see us, neighbor! Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 www.CampbellsCompounding.com

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ouldn’t it be great to come home to a peaceful, serene place to soak all of your cares away? Spalike modern bathrooms have become our oasis in a hectic schedule. If your tub’s chips, stains and scratches are keeping your bathroom from being the sanctuary you desire, call the experts at Miracle Method Surface Refinishing. With the right finish, your bathtub can become the focal point of your own private paradise. Don’t let the thought of a long, expensive remodel keep you from transforming your bathroom into a retreat. Owners Jonee and Paul Barnett say, “Clients can

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change the color, condition, and feel of their tub and surfaces in just days.” There’s no need to buy new fixtures or furnishings. You can avoid the mess and inconvenience of torn up walls, counters, floors, tubs or toilets – at a cost you can definitely afford, often 75% less than what a traditional remodel would be. Not only do you get this great service at a reasonable price, it also comes highly recommended; many “Big Boys” like Hilton and Disney rave on Miracle Method and their results. Miracle Method Surface Refinishing has been featured on the Today Show and HGTV favorite, “This Old House”. With recommendations like that, you know you can’t go wrong! Says Paul, “We’re dedicated to showing up on time, making sure all your needs are met, and leaving you with the kitchen or bathroom After of your dreams!”

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Whether it’s porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, or cultured marble – Miracle Method can update your bathtub and give you the serene look and feel you’re hoping for. Miracle Method also doesn’t use harmful acids and the work can be completed within 24-48 hours. Jonee says, “Call us for your free estimate today. We’ll give you the bathroom paradise you desire!” Are you ready to create the oasis you’ve been wishing for? Then give Miracle Method a call today! Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only) Stafford, TX www.miraclemethod.com/houstonsw

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When you end up flat on your back, Sugar Land Spine and Disc will get you back on your feet.

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re you afraid to hide an Easter egg because you might not be able to stand up straight again? If golfing is a distant memory and you can’t get out of bed without pain, your life needs an adjustment! Dr. Stacy Croft of Sugar Land Spine and Disc says, “If you’ve been living with the kind of back pain that keeps you from enjoying life, we’ve got a non-invasive solution that fits nicely with anyone’s schedule. Come see us at Sugar Land Spine and Disc and we’ll give your life an adjustment… for the better!” From struggling to get dressed in the morning to suffering in front of your computer to the agony of sitting on the bleachers at a Little League game, back pain sucks the joy out of your day. If you’re afraid that the only solutions are narcotic medication or surgery, we’ve found another answer that offers safe, effective relief. Dr. Stacy says, “I know our busy patients don’t want to put their life on hold any longer…and the Lordex Decompression System may be the perfect solution. I’ve seen it work over and over again…even on people who were actually scheduled for back surgery before the Lordex took their pain away.” Getting rid of the pain starts with getting to the root of the problem…not just treating the symptoms. Dr. Michele says, “We’ll begin with an MRI to see what’s really going on. Our Lordex Decompression System treats a variety of back pain caused by degenerated, bulging, or herniated discs, facet syndromes, sciatica, failed spinal surgery, and spinal stenosis. It works by creating a slight vacuum to open up the space between the discs and relieve the pressure. Once blood and nerve flow to the injured area is restored, your body begins to heal. After you do a half an hour on the machine, you’ll perform a half an hour of exercises to build the weak muscles around your spine. Dr. Michele says, “We’ll fix your pain for the shortterm…but we’ll also correct the problem so it doesn’t reoccur again!” Pain doesn’t have to be a fact of life and fixing it won’t take a trip to the hospital or a lengthy recovery. Each Lordex session lasts about an hour and most patients start to feel relief after only a few sessions. Dr. Stacy says, “Both Dr. Michele and I entered this field so we could help people who were suffering. We’ve had patients who’d lost hope they’d ever find relief…and the Lordex took their pain away completely. I really believe at Sugar Land Spine and Disc we can relieve your back pain partially or completely…without narcotics or surgery!” If your life needs an adjustment, what are you waiting for? All you have to lose is the pain! Dr. Stacy says, “Give us a call to schedule your free consultation and evaluation at Sugar Land Spine and Disc.”

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Fresh. Local. Legendary

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hese three words say it all for our favorite unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurant. On April fifteenth, Sandy McGee’s celebrates its twenty-fifth year in business. Sandy says, “We’ve come a long way since we opened the doors of our original location in Rosenberg back in 1986. Our current location in Richmond has been renovated and we’ve expanded our hours and our menu to include dinner options. We look forward to another twenty-five years of being your favorite escape for fresh food, imaginative presentation, and decadent desserts!” Spread the word…Sandy McGee isn’t just for lunch anymore! Treat your tastebuds to new mouthwatering dinner entrees like Pecan Praline Pork Tenderloin

with Garlic “Smashed” Potatoes and Sautéed Spinach in Sandy’s newly remodeled library in front of the inviting fireplace. From the basket of buttery garlic bread rounds through the delectable desserts, this is food you’ll crave. Sandy says, “We are BYOB, but we don’t charge a corking fee and we don’t charge for most substitutions…so your imagination feeds your meal!” Make any occasion absolutely unforgettable with the help of Sandy McGee’s. Larger groups are lining up to book Sandy’s private “Gallery”…and you can take the celebration on the road with full-service catering and a wide range of services for all your special events. Sandy says, “Whether you’re enjoying our hospitality in the restaurant or at an

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outside occasion, we always provide the special touches that make memories.” Friends and families all over Fort Bend are discovering that every night’s a celebration at Sandy McGee’s. Visit Sandy McGee’s Facebook page or website for photos of the fantastic food and sensational surrounds that are waiting for you just up the road. 281-344-9393 (Restaurant) 281-342-5881 (Catering Hotline) 314 Morton Street, Richmond 77469 www.sandymcgees.com Mon-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 10am-3pm The 3rd Annual

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hen local resident Becky Joiner bought her new home she knew she had the opportunity to make the house her own before she moved in. Relying on a friend’s recommendation,

Becky went in to see Bob and Renee McKelvey at All About Carpet and Floors, Sugar Land’s premiere destination for flooring, tiling, and remodeling. “The first time I walked into the showroom I got such a good feeling from the people there. They really created a comfort zone for me.” Becky knew remodeling every room in the house including the bedrooms, bathroom, living room and kitchen would be a huge undertaking and was feeling a bit weighed down. “I just wanted someone to do all of this for me so I didn’t have to manage it all. I knew remodeling could be an exasperating task but with All About Carpet I didn’t worry that it wouldn’t be done right.” With customer satisfaction number one in mind Bob has compiled an extensive network of expert and reputable trades people and contractors to see to any remodeling need you might have. “Bob was great, he was constantly calling me and giving me

updates of the progress.” All About Carpet has been a family owned and operated Sugar Land business for over 20 years and when you work with them, you become a part of their family. “Every time I called they knew me and about me. When I didn’t show up with my sister they asked about her. That kind of awareness of customers is rare now a days and was a real nice change for me. It’s the kind of family business that you don’t see anymore and I knew I could rely on them to know what they were doing and do it well.” Offering many styles of wood, granite and flooring the in-store and field technicians are trained to tackle any project, answer any question and help you in every way possible. “There were so many different options to choose from and I had no clue. But they kindly and graciously offered their expertise and guided me through the process. We laughed and made a big mess but had a great time.” Now living happily in her remodeled home that is exactly to her tastes and liking, Becky describes All About Carpet and Floor’s level of work as outstanding, atten-

tive, and first-class. Becky tells people, “If you have remodeling work to do run don’t walk to All About Carpet and Floors. They want to make sure you get what you want and that you’re completely happy with it.” If it’s time to update one room or your entire home, run on by the All About Carpet and Floors showroom anytime Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and let the McKelvey family team welcome you and see how they can assist you in making your house a home to be proud of.

All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s) www.allaboutcarpet.com

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Where Do You Shine?

Donnielle Carter ky always wanted to be a movie star. She looks really good in pictures but sadly…she can’t act. As a matter of fact when someone shows up with a ball, she’s up and ready to fetch, not strike a pose. Sky’s a happy yellow Labrador with big ambition and thoughts of stardom. Though she might not get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sky IS a star when she hunts! She is a highly trained hunting dog and is one of the best around. She can find a bird in 20 seconds that a hunter couldn’t find in a week! When hunting, Sky’s star shines brightly! Where do you shine? Where does your expertise lie? If it’s not accounting and small business matters such as tax returns, communicating with the IRS or compiling financial statements that the bank needs, let the experts at Trevathan, CPA, PLLC do it for you. They are experts at accounting, tax preparation and small business matters – accounting is where they truly shine! If thoughts of preparing financial statements give you the chills and tax season breaks you out in a cold sweat, why scratch your head and get frustrated? The professionals at Trevathan CPA, PLLC concentrate on small and medium business

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consulting, accounting, bookkeeping and tax services; their holistic approach to business needs allows them to come up with unique solutions for their clients that frees up their clients’ time and allows them the liberty to focus on their own business – the place where they truly shine. Trevathan, CPA, PLLC takes away the accounting worry from business owners. They can even assist with cleaning up your QuickBooks, review your current accounting processes and procedures and develop a budget so that you can fully utilize your accounting resources, your money, your time and personnel. The heavens are full of stars. Each star is unique and each shines brightly. Where do you shine? If it’s not bookkeeping, call the accounting experts at Trevathan, CPA, PLLC so you can focus on being the star of your business. Tell them Sky sent you. Trevathan, CPA, PLLC 281-207-1333 19901 Southwest Freeway john@cpajet.com www.cpajet.com

Babe Ruth, Sammy Davis, Jr., Eddie Van Halen and Lana Turner Sarah Warburton hese are just a few of the more famous people whose lives have been affected by oral cancer. Today one American dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Dr. Marty Powell of Powell Dentistry says, “April is National Oral Cancer Awareness month and the number one spot for oral cancer is underneath the back of your tongue. You’ll need a hygienist or dentist like me or my wife Dr. Laurena Moore Powell to identify it. A typical oral cancer screening in our office takes less than five minutes of your total exam time…but it could save your life!” Oral cancer strikes men twice as often as it does women, but oral cancer in women is on the rise. Dr. Moore Powell says, “If oral cancer is detected early, it’s ninety percent curable. Unfortunately, seventy percent are detected late. Our hope is that through raising awareness, we can increase the survival rate. After all, when people became aware about the importance of pap smears for detecting cervical cancer, the PSA for detecting prostate cancer, and the mammogram

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for detecting breast cancer, the survival rate for those diseases increased. We want to make sure your smile is as healthy and happy for years to come!” Keeping your smile strong and healthy for life starts with choosing a dentist you trust. Dr. Moore Powell says, “Our philosophy is embedded in our name: P-O-W-E-L-L Dental Care. P for Prevention, O for Options, and WELL for keeping your smile well and healthy. We’re committed to listening to our patients so that we can offer the right preventative solutions in a clear, stress-free way.” Dr. Marty adds, “No matter how bad a situation may seem, there is usually more than one way to change things for the better. We believe the same is true for oral health care, so we always offer you a variety of options.” Celebrate Oral Cancer Awareness month

with a visit to Powell Dentistry, offering professional dental care—from simple exams to extensive work—for the whole family. Powell Dental Care 3681 Highway 6 S @ Settler’s Way 281-302-6284 powelldentalcare@comcast.net

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Sarah Warburton s April rolls around, high school students everywhere start taking stock of their achievements. One Sugar Land student, Adelle Buede, stands out above the rest. Adelle will be graduating from The Turning Point Academy (TPA), a satellite of NEW College Preparatory Academy and a member of the College Prep International, in May. Adelle Buede lettered in swimming, basketball and now volleyball in high school. After years of competitive swimming, she began playing club volleyball for Fort Bend Fire and for the Texas Tornados. Adelle continues to swim for cross training and to prepare for her first triathalon. She volunteers as a swim instructor Bragging with certifications in Red Cross CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and PDT Rights (Blood Borne Pathogens Training). Most athletic students have a difficult time juggling competitive sports with academics…but Adelle is ranked in the top 5% of her class with a 3.85 GPA in honors/Dual Credit courses. She will graduate with honors (summa cum laude). Adelle has been nominated for three military awards this year: The U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/ Athlete Award, the Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, and the Marine Corps Adelle with Dr. Colonel Thomas Parr

Distinguished Athlete Award. She’s also been awarded an NROTC full scholarship and an Embry Riddle Scholarship where she can pursue Aeronautical Engineering. She says, “My first choice for the future would be to attend West Point. I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than serving my country… and receiving an exceptional education!” Since she comes from a military family, Adelle knows about service. Through her church, St. Laurence, she has participated in numerous community outreach programs including helping build a house through Habitat for Humanity. She participated in the clean-up after Hurricane Ike, earning a Volunteer’s Excellence award. Every year she volunteers for the Impact a Hero event. Her efforts have been so extraordinary that Pete Olson nominated her for West Point. Adelle says, “My parents have been instrumental in their amazing support for me … thanks to the high standards at The Turning Point Academy and my own inner drive, I was able to make my dreams come true!” The Turning Point Academy 281-780-8713 www.theturningpointacademy.org

Enhanced, Amazing, Guaranteed Sarah Warburton our roof starts with a single shingle… and your shingles can deliver more than meets the eye. Joe Rangel of Ameristar Roofing says, “We’ve always been confident in the quality of CertainTeed shingles…and now their Landmark 30 year shingles come with an Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty to deliver style and durability we think you’ll love. That’s why a leading consumer magazine rated Landmark as a “Best Buy” for the second consecutive time. Our goal at Ameristar is to provide you with a superior roof…and that starts with a superior shingle.” Our Texas weather can be rough on your roof. CertainTeed’s Landmark products are heavier by design than other companies’ products…for greater durability. Joe says, “As a roofing professional, I really appreciate CertainTeed’s third-party product verification. Underwriters Laboratory independently verifies that all of CertainTeed’s fiberglass products meet the quality standard of ASTM D3462 (tear strength, nail pull resistance, and wind

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uplift) and that all products meet 150 mph ASTM D7158 Class H wind test. That’s why they offer the Limited Lifetime Warranty on Landmark products, including a wind Warranty up to 130 miles per hour, and 10 year algae resistant warranty. When we use better roofing products on your roof, you get better results…and that’s what we want for all our customers!” While you own your home, CertainTeed’s Landmark shingles are guaranteed to be free from manufacturing defects…or CertainTeed will pay to repair, replace or clean, defective ones. Joe says, “Here in Fort Bend I’ve seen just about every roof under the sun. CertainTeed has 25 yrs of field experience, so they’ve got the knowledge…and they understand the importance of appearance! That’s why their warranty protects against manufacturing defects…both aesthetic and performance-based.” An amazing product with an enhanced warranty…that’s the kind of roof you’ll want to get under. Joe says, “My whole team has

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passed the CertainTeed Quality Master Exam and the Master Shingle Applicator Exam to earn Ameristar the elite certification of “Shingle Master Company,” so we can offer our customers get the best products with the highest available warranty. We want you to love—and trust—your roof! Call us today for your free inspection.” Ameristar 281-238-4230 3821 F.M. 359 Richmond, TX 77406 www.ameristarroofing.com

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Now’s the Time ‘Tis

Sarah Warburton the season for spring cleaning, pruning and planting…and getting seasonal maintenance for your air conditioning and heating equipment. Our neighborhood experts at All Out A/C and Heating make it easy. Owners Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy and their ace team offer a Comfort Membership to extend the life and the efficiency of your air conditioner. Bryan says, “We’ve developed a customized preventive maintenance program for the problems we see most often. Our professional service technicians are trained to service and repair your systems to eliminate problems and save you money. This is the perfect time for your seasonal maintenance.” Your car would choke if you never changed the oil or coolant...and your air conditioner and heater also need routine seasonal maintenance to do their job year round! Chance says, “Our technicians are specially trained to inspect your condenser and evaporator coil, blower wheel, refrigerant charge, all your air filters, to inspect and adjust belts and pulleys, lubricate motor and bearings, check the thermostat calibration, controls and safeties, capacitors and condensation drain, relays and contactors, unit disconnect, wiring, all temperatures and pressures, and

inspect ducts for air leaks. Doing maintenance now will keep you cool all summer long!” Keeping pollen and debris out of your air conditioner and heater is good for your equipment…and your family! Bryan says, “Indoor air pollution levels may be 100 times higher than the air outdoors…and that can make you sick. RGF’s Guardian Air filters particles, kill microbials and aggressively kill odors and gases. If you suffer from respiratory allergies, we recommend AccuClean, which is 8 times more effective than the best HEPA room appliance. We also offer Ultraviolet (UV) Air Treatment Systems to zap mold spores and up to 87% of certain airborne bacteria to prevent them from being re-circulated into your home’s air. We can make your air cleaner and cooler at the same time!” Are you in the middle of spring cleaning? Put down the paper towels and pick up the phone! Call All Out A/C and Heating or visit www. alloutacandheating.com for seasonal specials and information about your Comfort Membership. All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A, Richmond, TX 77406 www.alloutacandheating.com License: TACLB8446E

METHODIST CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES

LEADING CARDIAC CARE

Dr. Kesavan Shan is pleased to announce the opening of his new practice, Methodist Cardiology Associates. Dr. Shan is a long-time Sugar Land cardiologist who is highly respected for his skilled approach to medicine. Dr. Shan uses state-of-the-art technology to identify heart disease at its earliest stages, such as coronary and peripheral angiography, echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, coronary CT angiography, nuclear cardiography, cardiovascular MRI and cardiac catheterization. • Board-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine • Certified in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography • Located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus in Medical Office Building One, Suite 450

Call 281-275-0330 today for an appointment. Specializing in treating and managing a wide range of heart problems: • Chest Pain • Coronary Artery Disease • Heart Failure • Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmias) • Heart Valve Disease

• Mitral Valve Prolapse • Hypertension • Cholesterol Management • Preventative Cardiology • Diabetes and Heart Disease

• Peripheral Vascular Disease • Carotid Artery Disease • Aortic Aneurysm • Structural Heart Disease

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Medical Office Building One 16651 Southwest Freeway, Suite 450 Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-275-0330

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Do You Know How to Protect Your Sight? Sarah Warburton

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hanges in your vision are caused by more than sitting too close to the computer or forgetting your sunglasses. Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source says, “Wearing UV protective sunglasses year round and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables are important daily habits for the health of your eyes…but hormonal changes, smoking, and aging can also endanger your sight. Come and see me annually so I can detect, track, and treat problems early.” As your hormonal levels change, so does your vision. Dr. Doan says, “In the case of pregnancy and birth control pills, these vision changes are usually temporary. Estrogen controls your tear glands, so many menopausal women will develop dry eyes. Grave’s Disease or hyperthyroidism can cause inflammation of the tissues around the eyes and bulging of the eyes called thyroid eye disease. Once we identify hormonal changes as the root of your vision problems, I can offer treatment or a referral.” Smoking is hazardous to your body…and your eyes! In addition to chronic redness and irritation of the eyes, people who smoke have four times the risk of developing macular degeneration, increased risk of cataracts, and vascular disease. Dr. Doan says, “Smoking decreases blood flow throughout the body which can cause damage to your optic •

nen co r g o r t Es tea your any s l o tr m s, so al d n a l g paus meno n will e wom ry eyes. lop d deve nerve. In addition, if you are diagnosed with Grave’s disease, you are at a much higher risk of developing thyroid eye disease if you smoke.” Aging can bring aches and pain to your joints and challenges for your eyes. Dr. Doan says,

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“Presbyopia (age-related far-sightedness) isn’t classified as a disease, since it can be fixed with a good pair of reading glasses or multi-focal lenses. Cataracts are normal aging changes where the lens inside the eyes turns cloudy. Just about everyone will experience this after the age of 60. Fortunately, cataracts can be surgically removed and many times vision will be restored. Diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration (currently the leading cause of blindness among American seniors), and diabetic retinopathy are more serious since any vision loss is permanent and not reversible. Preventative vision exams at least once a year are the best way to catch a disease in the early stages and protect your sight!” Dr. Anh Doan, Therapeutic Optometrist Vision Source! 281-261-2647 4725 Highway 6 South www.visionsourcemissouricity.com

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This Secret’s Too Good to Keep!

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here’s the fun in keeping a great local hangout all to yourself? We’ve found the kind of place you’ll want to bring your friends and family to unwind after work, catch up over lunch, or relax on a lazy weekend. At Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, Lupe Garcia uses recipes handed down for generations and grinds her own spices for amazing authenticity and flavor. Now we’ll let you in on a few of the “off-menu” secret specials at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, home of the freshest food at the best prices!

At Lupita’s food is as colorful, delicious and spicy as life itself. The secret’s out about Lupita’s luscious, creamy avocado stuffed with your choice of fajita beef, chicken, or veggies. Those “in the know” also love the new lunch spe-

cial “chicken fideo,” an authentic Mexican spaghetti dish. Ready for more? Lupe used one of her secret recipes for the amazing Camarones Ranchero, a shrimp dish with tomatoes, onions, and tantalizing spices. She says, “For the month of April we’ll be offering our shrimp Ranchero and several other seafood specials, but you’ll need to check the board or ask your server…just like our stuffed avocado, they aren’t on the official menu yet.” Looking for your new favorite place for Happy Hour? Enjoy all-day Happy Hour pricing on beer and margaritas Monday through Thursday at Lupita’s and weekend Happy Hours from 4-7. Relax with Lupe’s smoky charro beans and warm piquante salsa with roasted tomatoes made on-site daily…and absolutely addicting with an icy margarita and a basket of crispy tortilla chips! Are you entertaining over the Easter holidays? Lupe’s husband Jaime, says, “Every dish Lupe makes brings people together. We’ll help you out with to-go orders or catering for a family event, a corporate meeting, or a big party. You send the invitations, we’ll handle the fajitas…for fiestas of any size! And we’d like all our customers to know that by popular demand we’re back to the original beef you love in Lupe’s signature fajitas. Don’t worry… we won’t change the recipe or the prices!”

Amazing Camarones Ranchero Jaime, Lupe, Rigo and Leo Garcia say, “We humbly thank you for seven wonderful years of loyalty and support…from our family to yours!” Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 281-265-6556 Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace www.lupitassugarland.com

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Get That Fresh Faced Look For Spring Trakena Prevost et’s face it, we all want to look our best. And what better way is there to look great than to have beautiful, fresh, glowing skin! If a youthful look is what you’re after, there’s no better place to go than Kalologie Skincare and Medspa. At Kalologie there are programs to treat all skin types, and one premiere option, the Blue Peel Radiance treatment provided by Obagi Medical Products, is their best yet! Jennifer Blichmann, Laser Esthetician Manager, says, “This new chemical peel is less aggressive than the popular, original Blue Peel. It’s different because it requires no downtime and is done as an in-office procedure.” Kalologie has qualified estheticians on staff to administer the treatment, which has medical grade ingredients to make it even more effective. “Trust me, you can’t get treatment like this anywhere else outside a doctor’s office,” says Jennifer, “This product is so effective all of our clients have visible results after one procedure!” Though results are fast, a series of treatments is recommended for best results. The Condition & Enhance Program, an anti aging process that helps reverse everything from photo-damage to acne scarring, is the most effective skin care product line

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Kalologie has. “In only 16 weeks our clients can have the transformed skin they’re looking for!” Jennifer says, “And each treatment program can be specially created for each client.” And now Kalologie is making these amazing treatments more accessible than ever. Jennifer just announced, “We’re having a special Obagi Luncheon on Thursday, April 14th from 11 – 1, where our Obagi representative will demonstrate and educate potential clients on the products. Refreshments will be provided, along with a 15% discount on all Obagi products.” And if that’s not enough to get you excited, there’s more. “We also have a promotion where clients who purchase a travel size condition and enhance kit will receive a Blue Peel Radiance treatment for free!” At Kalologie Skincare and Medspa you can be sure to receive the best skincare services around. This $130 value is too good to pass up. Head to Kalologie today!

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Giving Back to the Community Sarah Warburton veryone knows someone whose life has been touched by pain…and relieving pain is the mission at Back Pain Interventions. Dr. Mark Brown dedicates himself to freeing people from their back pain and getting them back to their lives. Now he, his wife Cathy, and their whole office invite you to join them in the 2011 Relay for Life event. Cathy says, “The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be

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eliminated. We hope you’ll come out for the event, visit our team website, and lend your support to this inspiring cause.” By day this amazing office provides solutions for people who’ve been living with debilitating back pain. But by night (on one night-April 29th) they brave the elements and walk the walk to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Cathy says, “From 7pm to 7am at Oyster Creek Park our team will camp out and take turns walking around the track. My co-captain, Kelly Matherly, designed team shirts for our Back Pain Intervention team with the motto ‘Energize Us.’ We’ll keep going and going and going…and we hope you’ll join us!” As a double-board certified physician, Dr. Brown has a heart for helping others. He says, “As an office, we’re excited about the opportunity to join together with our community. I’d love to see the day when this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and

one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone!” To support the Back Pain Interventions team visit www.relayforlife.org, click on Local Events and then View All of the Teams. Click on Back Pain Interventions page and follow their progress. Back Pain Interventions P.A. 281-494-6900 6350 Hwy 90A, Ste. 700 Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.whenyourbackhurts.com

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Sarah Warburton id you ever wish your kids came with early warning systems? A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reveals one heads-up that your daughter might eventually suffer from depression. Dr. Leslie Cohan of The Woman’s Place says, “We’re always looking for new ways to predict, explain, and treat depression. This new study seems to show a link between early menstruation and symptoms of depression.” Over two thousand girls took part in this study to examine the connection between the time of the first period and depressive symptoms. Dr. Cohan explains, “On average, girls in this study got their first period when they were twelve and half. The study suggests that girls who started their periods a year earlier than this average had the most intense symptoms of depression at ages thirteen and fourteen. Girls who started a year later than the average showed the least symptoms of depression.” What does this study really mean? Dr. Cohan says, “As girls transition into puberty, they struggle with physical, emotional, and social changes. This study suggests that early maturation makes these changes even more difficult…and that’s where having alert, supportive parents and a strong network of friends and positive activities can make a real difference. It’s especially important to have an existing relationship with a health provider that you and your daughter trust. When we do our first exam, generally it’s a ‘get-to-know-you’ visit without a pelvic exam. If there are problems with menstruation or you have questions about using protection, I want all my patients to feel comfortable talking with me honestly.”

Dr. Cohan says, “Celebrate and Educate” your daughters, nieces, and granddaughters early for what is biologically expected to occur. If you’re worried about a possible link between early menstruation and depression, come see Dr. Cohan. She says, “Changes in behavior, eating and sleeping patterns, and performance at school can be indications of a bigger problem…depression, anemia, thyroid disorders, or something else. Talk with me and I’ll review your symptoms, give you a physical exam, and recommend treatment or refer you to a specialist if needed…that’s exactly what I’m here to do!” The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 http://drcohan.womanshealthgroup.com/

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Sarah Warburton hen Texans need a little “tech talk,” they turn to Michael Garfield, the “High-Tech Texan.” Tap into his insights on his blog, on the radio at the 9-5-0 at 950 AM or www.the950.com, read him in the paper, or catch him around town. Where does the High Tech Texan turn for home theater equipment, advice, and installation in Fort Bend? He recommends Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain and their team of experts at our own neighborhood home theater store, Home Theater Evolutions…to turn your home “high tech,” too. Some of the simplest pleasures in life—seeing the lights of home, hearing your favorite song, knowing your family is safe—can be high tech and super simple. Richard says, “Fans of Michael Garfield have heard him talking about home automation. The new systems streamline your life so you don’t have to juggle your remote controls, find the garage door opener, or fiddle with your thermostat. The right home automation system can turn on a light for you before you get home from work, flip on the evening news automatically while you’re making dinner, or adjust your air conditioning for maximum convenience and efficiency.” “We love the industry’s only Apple-based conSitting on your living room couch, you can experience the wonders of sports on 3D TV: a football trol and automation system,” says Richard. “This flies through the goal posts and smack dab into your face, an image so real you flinch and move Savant system is designed to be intelligent and out of the way. extremely easy to use… at a third the price of price. Scott says, “We’ve always placed the highest priority on customer previous systems.” Customize your icon choices, swipe through photos service. That’s why we offer free in-home consultations, up-front pricof your security system, entertainment choices, and lighting options, and ing, and personalized attention!”Richard adds, “Any home automation control everything from wherever you happen to be. Scott says, “We system only works well if it’s chosen, installed, and programmed with love this system because Apple’s your home, lifestyle, and budget in mind. Whether we’re pre-wiring a technology and interface are inno- home, designing a home theater, or getting you set up with home autovative and powerful…and afford- mation, we’ll always start by looking at your space, talking about your able! Your iPad, iPod Touch or ideas, and working with you to create exactly what you need…no more iPhone can control different areas and no less.” of your home. Savant’s desktop and Come visit the Home Theater Evolutions showroom to get in-wall cradles for your iPads allow some hands-on experience with a sample “high-tech” home autopeople to buy five, six, or even seven mation system and see the great selection of hand-picked products iPad controllers for the price of one from speakers to flat screens and more! Their motto? “Tell us what traditional touch panel.” you want and we’ll put together a package that fits your goals, Are you interested in a high-tech your space, and your budget!” home, but low on time and looking for some expert assistance? Scott Home Theater Evolutions and Richard built their business on 281-980-2300 one simple premise…helping people 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace find the right electronics at the right www.htevo.com

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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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