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December 2011

American Jobs Act


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ave you seen the “Dragon of Steel” or the “Futuristic Steam Engine” sitting with the monster trucks parked outside All Out Off Road, home of the Lonestar Speed Shop? If you didn’t see them driving down 90A, you’ll have to catch them Thursday nights on CMT. More than fancy bells and whistles, those amazing machines make it possible for hardworking Americans to get their jobs done right. Owner Chance Kamp says, “We’ve always said that if you can drive it, we can trick it out. Our first season on the new CMT show, ‘Trick My What!’ hosted by John Scheider really put us to the test...and we’re up to the challenge!”

Have you been missing out on the hottest “Watch Party” in town? Visit the “Trick My What” Facebook page to become a friend and get updates on the location of the next local party...from 7 to 10pm on a Thursday night near you! You can meet the guys, get autographs, see their favorite tricked-out vehicles, enter a drawing for an awesome prize, pick up your own LSS merchandise...and watch with friends as the team tricks out anything with an engine that helps a hard-working American put food on the table. John says, “The heart of the show is finding out about the amazing things real folks do to earn a living and fixing up the unusual equipment they need to get those jobs done. Planting cabbages at Froberg’s Family Farm in Alvin or spreading asphalt in Alvin really brought home how important these vehicles are to families.” If you or someone you know is a blue-collar, all-American hero in need of a helping hand, our hometown heroes at the Lonestar Speed Shop can help. Visit for more information. All Out Off Road • 281-341-9494 Available for guest appearances ~ call John Burke at 310-975-5065 708 Hwy 90A Richmond, TX. 77469 13261 Murphy Rd Stafford,TX 77477

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Not Another Free-Standing “Vein Clinic” Sarah Warburton


ou wouldn’t want your auto mechanic to perform your open heart surgery or a math teacher to install your dishwasher, would you? If varicose veins are making your legs tired and sore, if you’re self-conscious about the way they look and uncom-

fortable standing or staying active, why wouldn’t you go to someone who actually specializes in veins? “Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic problem, they’re a vascular health problem,” says Dr. Ulises Baltazar, MD. “Veins are the blood vessels responsible for carrying blood to the heart, from all parts of the body. They have one-way valves inside. When the valves in these vessels are unhealthy, blood can then flow backward and pool inside the vein, so it swells...leading to venous diseases like spider veins, varicose veins

and venous stasis ulcers. This isn’t some free-standing “vein clinic” that also offers laser hair reduction or other cosmetic Sugar Land Vein Specialists, all I treat is veins!” No one goes to the dentist when they need a new pair of glasses or to the orthopedic surgeon with a toothache. Why wouldn’t you go to Fort Bend’s premier vein clinic when you have a problem with your veins? Dr. Baltazar is the only board-certified vascular surgeon practicing full-time in Sugar Land. After earning his full medical degree at La Salle School of Medicine, he did his general surgery residency at the General Hospital of Mexico City and East Tennessee State University. He completed his vascular and endovascular surgery residency training at Baylor College of Medicine. He was one of the pioneers of endovascular surgery at East Tennessee State University. He says, “I have one professional passion...making sure your veins are working properly so you’ll feel your best!” Don’t put your veins in the hands of untrained physicians who may rely on incorrect, unnecessary, or poorly performed treatments. A vascular surgeon is the only doctor specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the veins. Dr. Baltazar says, “Varicose veins increase your chance of blood clots in the superficial venous system called thrombophlebitis and can be associated with potentially lethal clots in the deep venous system called deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Some patients may develop venous stasis ulcers or sores on the ankles. I have a range of the latest proven treatment methods to return you to normal, painless activity...safely!” “We’ve moved to the Methodist Medical Office Building 3 to offer our patients access to a wealth of resources and amenities, but we still have the same phone number, the same website, and the same single focus...we’re the vein specialists!” Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT,FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 16605 SW Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3) Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-201-6052

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Body by Ahmadi A New You for the New Year!


Becca Bragg

ow many years have you dreamed of achieving a new look…one that unites your inner beauty with your outward appearance? This is the year to make your dreams come true...with the help of Dr. A. Ahmadi of Avante Cosmetic Surgery.

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courtesy and professionalism of office staff, accuracy in diagnosing a problem, bedside manner (caring), spending enough time with patients, and following up as needed after each visit. “The New Year is a time of renewal and possibility,” says Dr. Ahmadi.

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One happy patient writes: “Thank you, Dr. Ahmadi, for my new “me.” You have assembled an incredible medical and office team. I knew after doing over a year of research that you were the right doctor for me. From our first consultation I began to visualize the new me with the greatest anticipation. Now, six weeks post-op, I get to live the vision for the rest of my life. As a mother of four that lives a very active lifestyle, I really needed this jumpstart. Thank you again and again to you and your whole staff!” Becoming the “you” you’ve always wanted to be starts with a remarkable professional...and a remarkable procedure. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ahmadi performs everything from facelifts and nose reshapings to breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts...but the single procedure that really showcases Dr. Ahmadi’s master work is the Lipotuck™. This trademarked procedure combines liposuction with tightening of the skin to create a firm, curvy figure. Dr. Ahmadi says, “Whether a patient starts at a size 2 or a size 16, the Lipotuck™ is completely-customized, so that each individual patient gets the very best results possible.” Are you tired of looking at a stranger in the mirror? If you’re ready to love your reflection again, you need to see Dr. Ahmadi and start the New Year with new hope! See for yourself why patients give him the very highest ratings in categories including ease of getting an appointment, waiting time during a visit,

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“Seeing the joy and new pride in my patients’ eyes is the most rewarding part of my profession. My staff and I are passionate about changing lives through the work we do!” Avante Plastic Surgery 281-265-2639 (BODY) The Art of Skin 281-879-8039 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479

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See the Power of Hope


ome pictures may be worth a thousand words, but a picture that says “Hope” is priceless. Recently at the Child Advocates of Fort Bend abused and neglected children received photography lessons from award-winning photojournalist, Linda Solomon, and cameras from Ms. Solomon and Don Kerstetter of Classic Chevrolet through the nationally acclaimed program, “Pictures of Hope.” Don says, “It’s incredibly important for these neglected and abused children to be given freedom of expression. I think we all have an invaluable opportunity to learn from them just exactly what they see and feel as they document their hopes and dreams.” Now you can see the world through the eyes of a child with holiday greeting cards made from photos by these children. Proceeds from the sale of the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards will benefit the many families and children who receive services at Child Advocates. Don says, “Starting December first, these greeting cards will be available locally at Classic Chevrolet, as well as at the Child Advocates of Fort Bend. I encourage our community to come together to support these children.” Photojournalist and author Linda Solomon is recognized for her celebrity portraiture and has devoted her career to teaching children how to express their feelings through photography. Her program “Pictures of Hope” has been featured on Oprah, CBS Evening News twice, ABC World News, and in People Magazine, USA Today, and numerous local newspapers and magazines across the country. She says, “Through photography children share their heartfelt feelings and gain a sense of self-

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worth. I am very proud to partner with Chevrolet in our ten city “Pictures of Hope” program. Our goal is to help children realize that their hopes and dreams for a better life matter.” “When Chevrolet asked if I was interested in sponsoring Pictures of Hope,” says Don, “I immediately thought of CAFB, a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children. As a parent, the stories of these children’s ordeals move me greatly. I’m honored to work with Linda Solomon as she provides these children with the tools, training and inspiration to see the world through photography.” Ruthanne Mefford, Executive Director of Child Advocates of Ford Bend says, “As Child Advocates of Fort Bend celebrates twenty years of helping child victims in Fort Bend, we are reminded of the power of Hope. We expect that “Pictures of Hope” will be a life-changing experience for many of our children to help them find their voice, heal their hurt and bring the community together to break the cycle of abuse that is afflicting so many in our community. “Pictures of Hope” gives children the gift of realizing that they are important, that they matter...building their confidence in ways that will sustain them as they spread their wings to embrace their bright futures, perhaps even as photojournalists.” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 • Service: (866) 500-1660

Menopause or Man-o-pause? Becca Bragg


ed convertibles, new outfits, and a wandering eye aren’t the only signs of a mid-life crisis. Anxiety, depression, aggression, lack of motivation and a loss of interest in sex can all be linked to a drop in naturally occurring sex both men and women! Lance Campbell, Pharm.D., R.Ph. says, “It’s a common misconception that only women suffer from a drop in hormones as they go through menopause. Actually, aging results in a drop in progesterone and estrogen in women, as well as testosterone in men. Keeping your hormones in balance is the key to enjoying life... whether you’re going through menopause or ‘manopause.’” The secret to saving your sanity could be balancing your hormones. Dr. Campbell says, “Women of all ages need progesterone to strengthen bones, protect breasts, calm nerves, promote restful sleep and decrease fluid retention. Progesterone production declines with age. In addition, perimenopausal and menopausal women may also suffer from estrogen deficiency. Fatigue, night sweats, weight gain, headaches, loss of libido, osteoporosis, insomnia, diminished mental clarity, endometriosis, lack of energy or drive, fibrocystic breast disease, hot flashes and vaginal dryness could all be signs that your body needs hormone balancing with a combination of bio-identical estrogen hormones and progesterone.” A sudden drop in hormones feels like your body’s slamming on the brakes, but for most men testosterone hormones decrease gradually over time. Dr. Campbell says, “My patients tell me this decline in testosterone can sneak up on you, until one day you realize you just don’t have the drive, self-confidence, assertiveness, or energy you used to have. Instead of blaming a mid-life crisis for symptoms like fatigue, depression, anger, anxiety, memory loss, relationship problems, loss of sex drive and erectile dysfunction, start asking questions about your hormones. With the right balance, you can feel like your old self again!” Don’t let menopause or “manopause” put your life on hold. When your hormones are in balance, you’ll live life to the fullest. Dr. Campbell says, “Make an appointment to talk with me any time about hormone balancing. Merry Christmas from all of us at Campbell’s Compounding!” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy ~ 281-980-2555 “If our staff can’t make it…then you probably don’t need it!” 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

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Put your money where your mouth is!

Sarah Warburton hen you smile, you feel happier and more confident...and the world smiles back at you. “Your oral health is a good indicator of the health of your whole body,” says Dr. Thomas Lomonte, D.D.S. “That’s why, no matter what the economy looks like, no one can afford to neglect their dental health. It always makes good sense to take care of your smile sooner rather than later...for your health and your bottom line!” Does it seem like dental insurance is costing more and covering less? Dr. Lomonte says, “Honestly, the average annual limits set by some insurance companies are exactly the same amount as they were when I graduated dental school thirty years ago! Stretching your insurance dollars starts with understanding what kind of coverage you have and what dental work you really need. I don’t believe in making things confusing or convoluted, so we’ll lay out the best choices for you and be straightforward about the pricing. If you don’t have dental insurance to assist you in the cost, don’t put off treatment, we offer financing and payment plans. And if you have a ‘wish-list’ of work you’d like done, we can workup a timeline that will allow you to budget. I don’t want anyone to feel that finances are keeping them from having a strong, healthy smile!” With planning, a better smile can be easy and affordable. Dr. Lomonte says, “Over the last twenty-nine years, I’ve made it my business to help hard-working people get excellent dental care. One thing has proven true


year after’s always easier and cheaper to fix a problem at the front end than the back end. That’s why I’d like to see you the first time you feel a twinge or tingle. We can fix a little problem in a number of easy ways...and

“Over the last twentynine years, I’ve made it my business to help hard-working people get excellent dental care. that’ll save you money and trouble in the long run.” When you go to a dentist who really works with you, it just makes Cents... to smile! Dr. Lomonte says, “Now’s your last chance to use up your dental benefits or flexible medical spending accounts before December 31st, 2011. Have a wonderful holiday season and I hope to see you in 2012. Keep smiling!” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 281-530-1440 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

What Makes the Stars Sparkle?

Sarah Warburton


ave you discovered the spa named “One of America’s Top 10 Spas” by Elle Magazine? Loved by celebrity followers including Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Usher, Eric Dane, and Sophia Bush, Kalologie combines medical treatments that deliver real results, aesthetic service like facials, peels, and laser treatments, and home care. Founder Tracy Brennan says, “We’re flattered to have celebrity clients who could pick any product from around the world. From our products to our services to our highlytrained and friendly staff, our goal is making the highest-quality skin care easy and effective for everyone!”

Loved by celebrity followers including Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Usher, Eric Dane, and Sophia Bush, Kalologie combines medical treatments that deliver real results! You don’t have to go to Kalologie’s exclusive Los Angeles locations for your very own celebrity treatment. At the Sugar Land location, you’ll enjoy the glowing skin and youthful radiance of the Hollywood A-list at special VIP prices. Kalologie Medspa now offers Spa Pass memberships that make it easy and cost-effective to keep up with your beauty routine. Jennifer Blichmann, Kalologie’s Manager, says, “Spa Pass Members get a package discount on facials, as well as 10% off all medical services, 10% off Kalologie Labs products, Botox at $10/unit (normally $12/unit), and Juvederm for $450/syringe (normally $500/syringe)...anytime during your membership.” What are the number-one best-selling products at the Aria Spa in Las Vegas? The products from Kalologie...and you can get them right here! Dr. Patrick Wong, owner of our Sugar Land Kalologie, says, “Kalologie’s products are developed based on customer feed8 ~ upclose ~ December 2011 they deliver real results while eliminating many of the additives and preservatives for a more natural product. What’s left out of our products is as important as what’s included!” Treat yourself or someone you love to a little star treatment this holiday season. Give the gift of beauty with gift cards or spa memberships from Kalologie. Dr. Wong says, “As far as we’re concerned, you are all VIPs! Happy Holidays from all of us at Kalologie Medspa! Kalologie Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway • Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478 •

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hether dad’s stationed overseas, mom’s on a business trip, or grandparents want to check in, family members can now pull up a real-time video of their child’s classroom from their iPod Touch, iPad, or iPhone with the new Watch Me Grow Connect App. Only one school in the nation has the new Watch Me Grow Connect App- Kids R Kids on Hwy 6 and West Airport. Lonnie and Sue Hutson, owners of the Sugar Land Kids R Kids, say, “We know how much our parents love our Watch Me Grow internet camera service...and now we have an app that will help connect kids, parents, grandparents and teachers even more.” John Lewison, owner of the Watch Me Grow Company, says, “We’re really excited to unveil our new app at the Sugar Land Kids R Kids location. We’ve worked with Lonnie and Sue for years. They’re forward-thinking, great managers who really understand technology and are always looking for new ways to make their Kids R Kids a better place. Our relationship with them helps us think creatively. Our existing internet viewing option will still be available for families at Kids R Kids on the computer, but our new app makes it more accessible to capture a child’s milestones, a class project, or any special event and share it with family members in completely encrypted, safe, and immediate way. Currently, the Watch Me Grow app is available for FREE...but only at the Kids R Kids location on Hwy 6 and West Airport!” “We really want to reinforce the positive things happening at Kids R Kids and bring family members closer,” John adds. “About a year ago, we learned that Lonnie and Sue would like to share a photo of each child once a month. We started thinking about how we could

make that easier...and the new features of the Watch Me Grow Connect App were born. We’ll be adding in the option for school administration to upload photos, audio, and videos to parents, who can then email them to other family members. In addition, if parents are ever running late for pick-up or have a quick question, they can click the “Call My Center” button on the app and they’ll be connected to the school right away.” “I am so excited about this new app,” says one mom, Nina Patel. “The internet viewing option is one of the main reasons why I chose to enroll my six-month-old daughter at Kids R Kids. Now that I can view her daily activities and milestones directly from my iphone, I feel like she is always with me.” From pioneering the Teach Smart Board to receiving AdvancED accreditation, Kids R Kids Sugar Land stays on the leading edge of education and technology. Lonnie says, “Everything that we do––from designing our after-school and holiday care play space KIDOPOLY to offering the Watch Me Grow Connect App––is designed to create the perfect space for educating, enriching, and nurturing kids!” Kids R Kids Houston is excited be a corporate sponsor and sole sponsor of the mascots for the Sugar Land Skeeters. We can’t wait to see the Skeeters play at the StarTex Power Field! Kids R Kids, Sugar Land (Hwy 6 & West Airport) 281-575-0011 11118 Highway 6 S

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Finding Your Balance Sarah Warburton


eeling dizzy, lightheaded, or off-balance can be disorienting and even dangerous. If you or a loved one suffers from vertigo or disequilibrium cause by aging, injur y, or a neurological disorder, you need to know there’s a specialist who can help! At Balance and Neuro PT in the Oakbend Medical Center, Debbie Lee-Murray PT, MPT and her team work with people who suffer from neurological, balance, and vestibular issues. She says, “Finding your balance starts with finding the problem. We offer the gold-standard balance test, the Video Nystagmography, as well as one-on-one treatment for each patient for the best improvement in mobility and independence. We witness remarkable improvements ever y day!” After Vincent M. Morales Jr., Mayor of the city of Rosenberg and co-owner of GreenScape Associates, was rear-ended in a car accident in May 2011, he began to experience ver tigo. He says, “Dr. John Pozzi, my regular doctor, recommended that I visit Balance and Neuro PT to possibly increase the recover y time because my public interaction. They got me in quickly and began my treatment right away. The entire staf f was friendly, concerned and personable… most of my experience was with Kelly who was outstanding!

She addressed my neck issues and helped clear up the unbalance symptoms that I was experiencing.” Mayor Morales didn’t have to worry about balancing one more time-commitment with an already busy schedule. He says, “Everyone at Balance and Neuro PT was considerate of my time constraints and worked around my schedule. They are concerned about addressing your issues and do not keep encouraging repeat visits if both staff and patient feel the problem has been addressed. Once I was released, they still did follow-ups to ensure the best care. I would highly recommend Balance and Neuro for patients that need the kind of services they offer!” Have you lost your balance? You don’t have to live with dizziness or a fear of falling. At Balance and Neuro Physical Therapy, you’ll get personal attention and expert care to help you stand strong! Balance & Neuro Physical Therapy 713-223-1800 1601 Main Street Ste #602 Richmond, TX 77479 4141 SW Frwy #100 Houston, Tx 77079 (713)223-1800

Celebrate Good Taste Sarah Warburton ho’s making a list and checking it twice? If you’re at Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar, the man with the list is Keeper himself. He may be visiting with customers, working behind the sushi bar, or on one of his daily personal trips to the fish market...but he’s making sure every detail is just right for you! He says, “I’ve been a ‘Sushi Man’ for over twenty years and I put my whole heart and even my name into this. We believe in holding ourselves to the highest standards...and our menu holds delicious choices for every taste and budget.” They say that you can judge a Japanese restaurant


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by its Chirashi. This dish of assorted sashimi quality fish arranged over rice arrives at the table with pink and red fish shining like jewels against the black lacquered box. One bite and you’ll see that Keeper’s Hamachi has never been frozen, he uses real Red Snapper and not the lower quality Izume, and the rice is Tamaki Gold, the highest-grade sushi rice from Japan. Keeper says, “My sushi chefs enjoy making creative rolls like the Nemo or the Skydiver for their audience at the sushi bar, but we also have choices from a sweet chicken egg omelet, noodle soups, lamb chops, and sushi. Whatever we serve will have the same highest quality ingredients as our Chirashi!” Is your event dressed to impress? Innovative and delicious Bento boxes from Keepers are the perfect fit for conferences, meetings, or parties. These five-space Bento boxes or four-space boxes with a separate salad are fresh and fun... and great for large groups! Email Keeper and lunch could be waiting for you. Keeper says, “We’re able to offer delivery service for orders of fifteen or more Bento Boxes!” Need a little holiday cheer? Visit Keeper’s mix-

ologist Tia for creative holiday concoctions like Caramel Apple, Candy Cane, and White Christmas. There’s a merry martini to make the season sparkle! And we’ve heard that an outside patio (coming soon) will make Keeper’s already popular Happy Hour from 3-6 and Reverse Happy Hour from 9-11 even more popular? Come meet your friends at Keeper’s! Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar 281-242-0389 4654 Highway 6 South Sugar Land, TX 77578

Does Your Family Have Vision? Sarah Warburton


ision is more than a quick fix with a pair of drugstore lenses... it’s looking deeper and seeing more clearly. Fort Bend parents trust Dr. Anh Doan to keep their eyes healthy...and care for their kids’ vision, too! Keith Cremer says, “My wife and I started seeing Dr. Doan in 1999. We had LASIK eye surgery through her in 2001. She’s a super lady, friendly and personal. On the day of the surgery, we met her at her Vision Source office, she drove us into town, was there for us throughout the whole surgery, and then she drove us back. We moved away for a few years, but came back to Fort Bend in 2006.” “Then our son failed an eye exam at the pediatrician’s office when he was just a little over four. The pediatrician recommended a pediatric optometrist, but we knew what a good doctor Dr. Doan was so we called her. She said, “Come straight over,” so we did. He was at a difficult age, but she’s really great

Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 4725 Highway 6 South 281-261-2647

Making Dreams Come True

Sarah Warburton ave you lost faith that you’ll ever have a baby of your own? Dr. Subodh Chauhan, one of the top fertility doctors in the country, says, “I’ve had patients where the problem was solved when we diagnosed a thyroid disorder, and other patients for whom we explored every avenue. Fertility is an ever-evolving, cutting-edge field…but not every solution needs to be high tech. When you come in, we’ll spend time considering your situation, and we’ll take things one step at a time.” “I’d read that Dr. Chauhan was one of the top specialists in Texas,” says one patient, “but he and his staff showed us the kind of warmth and care I’ve never experienced in a doctor’s office. They feel like family…and


with kids...friendly and patient. You can tell she enjoys spending time with children. My son’s far-sighted and his prescription is very challenging. After two years of fine-tuning, we finally got a prescription that fully corrected his vision. He can’t see at all without his glasses, so it’s important for him to be able to wear them at recess. He has flexible frames and photochromic lenses that get darker when you go outside. Recently my nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed as near-sighted, so she has glasses now, too.” “When you have kids, sometimes you end up at the doctor’s office unexpectedly. Over the years Dr. Doan’s team has been great about fitting my son with new frames, replacing nose bridges, fixing little issues and keeping his glasses working. They’ve all been there a long time, they know the patients and their families..and their experience shows!” “My wife and I know Dr. Doan will look out for our kids the same way she looks out for us. We trust her with our family’s vision!”

they made our dream come true!” Trained in United Kingdom, as well as the United States, Dr. Chauhan’s triple board-certified and passed his Reproductive Endocrine Boards on the first try…in the top percentile! But that’s only part of the equation. When you begin your personal journey, you need a doctor who’ll walk with you every step of the way. Dr. Chauhan’s credentials are impressive, but it’s his warmth and accessibility that make a real difference for each and every one of his patients. If having a family of your own seems like an impossible dream, it’s time for special help from a specialist. At the Fertility Specialists of Houston, you’ll work with Dr. Chauhan directly from your initial evaluation through all the stages of the process…and if you need IVF and Transfer, Dr. Chauhan also does those personally for all his patients. Patients told us he takes his time in every appointment, answers concerns on the phone, responds quickly by email...and one even told us he met her in the parking lot when she needed help administering an injection! Dr. Chauhan says, “Having the opportunity to care for people makes every single appointment of every day special… and making family’s dreams come true is the most exciting thing in the world!” Fertility Specialists of Houston 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483)

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’Tis the Season

Becca Bragg he holiday season is a time of joy and family...and it’s the perfect time to think about your family’s comfort and safety. For over twenty-nine years Fort Bend families have turned to the Jackson family to keep their gatherings super-cool and their celebrations hot. Ever since Johnny Jackson founded Jackson Air and Heat back in 1982, his company’s built a reputation for honesty, dependability, and stellar service. We asked his son Brian to give us his professional advice on how to have a safe and comfortable New Year. Brian’s first recommendation? Give yourself and your family peace of mind for 2012. An Energy Saving Service Agreement with Jackson Air will cover all necessary maintenance for both your heating and cooling systems. You’ll get a precision tune-up twice a year to extend the life and improve the


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efficiency of your air conditioning and heating systems. Brian says, “We also offer our service agreement members priority service and a fifteen percent discount on parts. Staying on top of your seasonal check-ups maintains the warranty on your equipment and ensures that even older systems are safe to use. Carbon monoxide leaks in old furnaces are a real danger for your family...and that’s one of the most important reasons to get your furnace inspected today.” Ready for a holiday gift that will keep on giving? As Sugar Land’s oldest Trane dealer and a BBB Awards for Excellence Winner of Distinction, Jackson Air offers the best advice and some great off-season deals. Brian says, “There’s no better time to replace your old system. We’ve got special pricing on energyefficient units that will make a real difference cooling and dehumidifying your home next summer. Our customers love the way a highefficiency, energy-saving system from Trane gives them relief from the heat...and from high energy costs! You can even take advantage of a great tax-break, but only until December 31st!” Come see for yourself why eighty percent of Jackson Air’s new customers are referrals from friends and family. Brian says, “We’re honored to serve the families of Fort Bend. Thanks for another great year and Happy Holidays to all!” Jackson Air and Heating, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

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he might be a Texans or Rockets Cheerleader, she might be a busy executive, she might be the woman next door. Does she have a secret? Only Shalita knows for sure! She says, “Invisible Hair Extensions look exactly like your real your secret stays between us!” They say you have to see it to believe it, but it’s what you don’t see that really makes the difference. No one will know that you got your shiny, lustrous hair with Shalita’s help. She has over twenty years of experience in the hair care industry...and she knows this is the best hair around. In fact, she’s worked at the Paul Mitchell school and Tuscany Village. She also traveled and taught classes about the hair replacement system around the country. She says, “I also work with patients who suffer hair loss from alopecia, burns, chemotherapy, or other reasons. I’m certified to use this one-hundred-percent virgin hair suitable for all ethnicities. Your own hair can grow undamaged underneath. Anything you do to your natural hair you can do with this. Once we’ve chosen the right texture and shade, I can color it for you, style it, you can shampoo it, or even go swimming. I went with my husband to Cozumel and my hair looked great the whole time!” Why do some of the cheerleaders for the Texans and the Rockets come to Shalita? For the same reason one client even flies from Philadelphia to see her...beautiful hair and five-star service! Shalita says, “You’ll get my complete attention, real privacy, and the best product for the best results. We’ll be in a private suite at the Image Salon Studios. I believe in giving you the time and attention you need to select the right hair and ask any questions. When I apply your hair, I’ll walk you through the best way to care for it, so you’ll look great between appointments. The secret of your beautiful hair will be just between you and me!” Invisible Hair Extensions by Shalita 832-594-4903 Image Salon Studios at First Colony Commons, Ste 139 15315 Southwest Freeway@Williams Trace

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Each of our physicians has a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of the Fort Bend community. Methodist Family Medicine Group is also supported by the leading technology and expertise of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and its medical professionals and physicians.  Call 281-275-0800 or email to schedule your appointment.  Same-day and Saturday appointments are available with most physicians.  Located on the Methodist Sugar Land campus in Medical Office Building Three.

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A Fort Bend Family Tradition

Sarah Warburton


hat makes some traditions stand the test of time? Maybe your family draws names for a gift exchange, maybe you bake cookies from Grandma’s secret recipe, maybe you celebrate at a favorite restaurant...but every family has its own special things you come back to, year after year.

That’s the kind of place we have in All About Carpet and Floors, a family-owned business with a tradition of stellar customer service and real craftsmanship. Fort Bend families know they can come back, year after year, and get the same quality service from Bob and Renee McKelvey and their son, Shaun. One family, Mark and Roya Fillip, told us how All About Carpet made them happy repeat customers. For over fifteen years, All About Carpet’s been a part of our neighborhood. Roya says, “The store is close to us. We go to Shipley’s for donuts and our son used to do martial arts next door. A few years ago, they did tile and wood for us in our downstairs kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. We were really pleased with the work that they did, especially the careful installation, so we came back to them this year to finish up the house. This time they did wood in our formal dining room and living room and carpet upstairs and tile in the upstairs bathrooms.” Good service starts with good advice. Roya says, “Bob and Renee gave us some good advice. They have lots of knowledge and really knew what they were doing. They showed us samples and let us take them home to check them out in our house. When you have an open floor plan and you’re changing out the whole house over time, everything really has to match.” Even the best flooring is only as good as its installation...and that’s an area where All About

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Floors really stands the test of time! Bob says, “An improperly installed floor can void your warranty, so you need someone with skill and experience. We’ve worked with our installers for a long time, so we know they’re experts.We want to help you choose floors you’ll love and make sure they’re so well-installed that you’ll come back to us for flooring, counters, or tile year after year!” Mark was absolutely blown away by the craftsmanship of their wood installation. Roya says, “Their crew is very good. We were very, very happy with the wood, carpet, and tile teams!” Come see why our beautiful selection and amazing customer service are McKelvey family traditions! Bob says, “We can help you break a job into smaller parts or knock the whole things out at once. We’re your one-stop-shop for flooring, kitchen, and bath needs. We’ve got samples, photos of beautiful work we’ve done, and offer the best products with the best installation at the best price. Have a happy and safe Holiday season!”

All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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Jack Hudson’s Course in Life Skills Becca Bragg


his isn’t the kind of course that comes with textbooks and pop quizzes and students use drivers and nine irons instead of pencils and notebooks. As the coach for the Kempner Golf Team for the last six years, Jack Hudson’s designed his team’s training program, arranges locations for practice, coordinates with other Fort Bend coaches to schedule tournaments...and gives his kids a course in becoming skilled in a sport that will grow with them throughout life. A challenge faced by most High School golf programs is finding courses on which to play. Coach Hudson says, “Thanks to the generosity of Riverbend Country Club and Sugar Creek Country Club we can practice in absolutely fabulous settings and even host tournaments. We’re fortunate in Fort Bend to have access to these beautiful courses and skilled golf pros. Kids who really want to advance their skills need to spend some of their free and weekend time playing, too and we’re really grateful to these two amazing facilities.” Our area offers plenty of opportunities for healthy competition. Coach Hudson says, “I also organize and host tournaments and enter kids in tournaments that are appropriate for their skill level...then move them up as quickly as they progress. A player can start as a beginner in nine-hole tournaments,

then advance to eighteen-hole JV tournaments, then one-day Varsity tournaments, and finally the pinnacle is the two-day Varsity tournament. We usually play in Fort Bend, Katy, or Pearland, and our best players represent us at District Championships at Riverpoint Golf Club. The Regional Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club, or even the State Championship in Austin, are available to any who qualify.” What makes golf so popular? Everyone ––from busy professionals to retirees to high school students––can play! Coach Hudson says, “We have two players in the marching band, one who’s in orchestra, one who’s an Eagle Scout, and another in FFA. We can accommodate their busy schedules because our season is so long. We start practice in August with the start of school, have our first tournament about October 1st and the District Championships aren’t until mid-April. This is also a sport you can’t outgrow. Maybe a player won’t play for a college team, but golf is a sport you can take with you throughout life.”

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital earns national Chest Pain Center Accreditation


ethodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the national Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), a designation reserved for hospitals that demonstrate the highest level of expertise in treating heart attack patients. The accreditation was the final step in a two-year process designed to demonstrate the hospital’s investments in staffing, training and equipment, as well as its collaborative relationships with physicians and emergency medical services (EMS) and public education efforts on the signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndromes. The rigorous evaluation by SCPC included a thorough review of hospital policies, standards and patient data and an on-site visit. The evaluation focused on the hospital’s adherence to strict criteria that: • Reduces the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment • Treats patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved • Monitors patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation Committee admitted to the hospital “Treating patients who present with chest pain quickly and effectively requires a true team effort, with coordination among EMS, our physicians, and staff from the Emergency Department, Cath Lab, Chest Pain Center, Laboratory and Radiology,” said Scott Stover, Director of Emergency Services and Chest Pain Center Coordinator at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “This accreditation is validation that our commitment to providing outstanding cardiac care is making a difference in the lives of our patients.” A key component of the hospital’s accreditation is the speed with which heart attack patients are treated with percutaneous coronary

intervention (PCI) in the Cath Lab. From arrival to the Emergency Department to the procedure, MSLH is averaging about 55 minutes – well below the national standard of 90 minutes. “That’s a testament to the stringent protocols we’ve put in place and the coordination between departments to ensure that our patients are being treated promptly and appropriately,” says Scott Rivenes, M.D., Chief of Emergency Medicine. “PCI is critical to opening up the blocked artery and re-establishing blood flow,” says Keith Ellis, M.D., Medical Director of the MSLH Chest Pain Center. “The quicker that we can identify patients who are having heart attacks, transport them to the Cath Lab, and begin the PCI, the better chance we have of saving lives – and improving the quality of life post-procedure by saving valuable heart tissue. I encourage people to call 911 immediately. By doing so, you will receive treatment sooner and thus limit the chances of damage to the heart—time is muscle.” For a physician referral, please call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500, or visit

Do You Know the Real “Tooth?”

Sarah Warburton


hen you need to know the truth about each and every tooth, you need a little expert help...from a little expert. We asked the world’s most famous dental expert, the tooth fairy, about her special partners at Little People’s Dentistry. She says, “I’m only in charge of taking away little teeth that fall out. I trust Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Radford to keep the teeth that fall out and the new ones that grow in healthy!” The tooth fairy’s sparkles aren’t enough to straighten up those big-kid teeth. Dr. Sanchez says, “When you see that a child’s teeth are going to be crowded or cause developmental problems in the jaw, it’s important to make a plan. I’m a big believer in catching kids while they’re younger when it’s easier to create space, move teeth and get them growing in the right direction. The earlier we do the work, the less work we’ll have to do in the long run! Our orthodontic consultations are free with no pressure or obligation...we just want to give you an idea of what the future holds.” Each tooth fairy has to budget enough shiny quarters for twenty teeth from every child. Dr. Sanchez says, “Some tooth fairies are surprised to learn how many teeth children lose...and some parents are surprised to learn what their dental insurance does or doesn’t cover! Check with your insurance to see what kind of orthodontic coverage you have. It’s better to get it in writing, because the rules are always changing. We offer free orthodontic consultations and Saturday appointments, so we can give you an idea of what to expect and help you plan a budget.” When tooth fairies need help, they flit over to Little People’s Dentistry, where kids have a blast getting healthy teeth...and parents get great advice! Dr. Sanchez says, “This January we’ll offer special

discounts on braces: a $200 discount off the total treatment cost for patients with insurance and $500-$1000 off the total treatment cost for self-pay patients. Happy Holidays from all of us at Little People’s Dentistry!” Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)

Treat Your Like a Steinway



nce I rescued a piano from a flooded basement, brought it out in pieces, and made it like new,” says Rick Davis. “Over the last forty-four years since I started refinishing pianos at the age of eleven, I’ve refinished everything from antique tables to jukeboxes to a Horse Drawn Hearse from the 1800’s. Now that I’ve started Rick’s Front Door Refinishing, I’ll treat your front door like a fine Steinway piano. I believe in getting the job done well the first time, because I’m not happy unless my customers are happy, too!” Rick will beautify the first thing your friends and neighbors see... your front door! He’ll remove your door from its hinges, replace it with a piece of plastic, and bring it out to the driveway or the street, to keep any noise, dust, or fumes away from your home. He says, “I refinish each and every door on-site in one day...chemically stripping down the old finish, washing it, repairing minor damage, sanding, applying a premium stain, finishing with four coats of a UV protective spar urethane and adding a new weather strip (if needed). Under normal circumstances,

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your door will be reinstalled within four hours. We’re fully insured, all work is warrantied for your satisfaction, and we show up on-time. Call my daughter, Jessica, and she’ll schedule you in a morning or afternoon slot.” If you’re worried your door is scaring away carolers and attracting the attention of your HOA, you need to call Rick. He can make your wooden door into a work of art. He’s fully-insured and is the exclusive door Maintenance Company for Heritage Grand, a 55+ subdivision in Cinco Ranch with 660 homes. You can find his testimonials online, friend him on Facebook, and see before and after shots on his website. He says, “You won’t believe how pretty your door can look. Getting there doesn’t have to be a big hassle. Let Jessica set you up with an appointment and I’ll get your door ready for the holidays!” Rick’s Front Door Refinishing 713-427-2487

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Thinking Ahead

Sarah Warburton rotecing your child starts with the healthy choices you make during pregnancy, the infant car seat you choose for your baby, and the bicycle helmet you buy for your preschooler. We asked Dr. Leslie Cohan of The Woman’s Place to talk with us about the human papillomavirus (HPV) ...and how and why to protect our kids. She says, “Things are always changing in our bodies and in the medical world. Sorting through and demystifying health information is a big part of my job as doctor.” “There’s been a lot of confusion in the press about the HPV virus. Essentially, HPV is a widespread virus that, in the United States, will infect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. Most people will never know they are infected, and their HPV clears on its own. In other cases, HPV could cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females, penile, anal, and throat cancers in men, and genital warts in both genders. There are about six million new cases of genital HPV in the United States each year. You may be infected for many years without showing any signs or symptoms. You may contract HPV even if you use a condom during sex (although this will lower your risk)...and it only takes one instance of skin-to-skin contact to contract the disease.” “Because this disease is so wide-spread, it’s essential to protect children well before they become sexually active. The HPV vaccine is given in a series of three shots to boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 26. Getting both boys and girls vaccinated early will help protect our society against the spread of HPV...and will help protect your children when they become adults from cancers associated with HPV. Talking about the vaccine also gives you the opportunity to talk with your child about STDs, teen pregnancy, and making smart choices.” “Protecting our children starts with making informed health decisions. I’m always here to answer your questions and address your concerns. Have a happy and safe holiday season!”


The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Shimmer and Shine

Cara Smith


andles gleaming, Christmas lights twinkling, and ornaments everywhere shining: it’s officially the holidays, the prettiest time of the year. With all that shimmering, you need a home to match—one that’s so clean, it positively gleams. After all, nothing kills a festive atmosphere like grubbiness. But when you’ve got presents to shop for, trees to decorate, and parties to plan, who’s got time? Professional Maid Service does! They’re exactly what their name says: our area’s most professional cleaners, and they won’t leave until your home shines like your finest holiday silver. “Holiday parties are tough, because you have to clean before and after,” says Max McCammond, who owns Professional Maid Service. Thankfully, his pros are just a phone call away, to help you before, after—or both! And with all your holiday valuables and heirlooms around, you need to be sure you have cleaners you can trust, which is why Max hires the best. “We only have the most conscientious maids, because we know how important your home is,” he says. And, of course, they’re all bonded, insured, and uniformed, for your complete peace of mind. Give the pros a call—they’re always available to suit your schedule. Let your holidays shine—and let your home shine along with them! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

Cleaning to the “Max” No holiday gathering would be complete without the ambience of soft candlelight, but there’s always the problem of that pesky wax. If you need to get wax out of old candlesticks to put fresh candles in, put them in the freezer for a few hours; the wax will peel right off, after which you can carefully wash or polish them. What about wax drips all over your grandmother’s Irish linen tablecloth? First, harden it with an ice cube and scrape off what you can. After that, place it on the ironing board between two paper towels, and press—changing the towels as needed—until all the wax is gone.

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There’s Still Time for a Miracle! Sarah Warburton


ave the holidays snuck up on you? We’ve found the secret to transforming your well-worn kitchen or outdated bathrooms in plenty of time for your New Year’s Eve party...without blowing your budget. It’s all in three simple words––the Miracle Method. Owners Jonee and Paul Barnett say, “We take real pride in knowing that the Miracle Method achieves dramatic results at an affordable just a few days. We love seeing the look on our customers’ faces when they realize how quick and easy a miracle can be!” Take the stress out of prepping for the holi-

days with a little professional help. Miracle Method transforms porcelain, ceramic, laminate, acrylic, or cultured marble surfaces… without ripping them out! You won’t have to bend over backwards to accommodate weeks of remodeling. The Miracle Method makes dramatic changes seem like a piece of cake... and saves up to seventy-five percent over the cost of removal and replacement. Jonee says, “Our team shows up on-time and ready to work. Small jobs take only a day and even a kitchen takes only two days. If we have a big job with a couple of bathrooms and a kitchen, we’ll still be done in less than five days... and the results are always fantastic! What’s got all of Fort Bend buzzing? How the Miracle Method’s straight-up gorgeous results are the perfect holiday gift for every home. Maybe you’ve heard Michael Garfield talking about the Miracle Method during his radio show “The World According to Garf,” on the 950 AM. Maybe you’ve seen it on “The Today Show,” HGTV, the diy network, and This Old House. Now treat your home to the miracle and experience it for yourself!

Happy Holidays

Start the New Year with a whole “new” kitchen or bathroom. You’ve got plenty of time, thanks to the Miracle Method. Jonee says, “Visit our website to see more photos of the way the Miracle Method makes everything old look new again. We love making your life easier...and your home more beautiful!” Miracle Method Surface Restoration 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only) Stafford, TX

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Get Fit in 2012!

Sarah Warburton 012 is around the corner and it’s time to get back to a stronger, healthier you. Ripquest Boot Camp makes fitness fun and effective! Founder and Trainer, Carrie Moore, says, “Whether you work out with me or with NASM-certified personal trainer, Carianne Moore, we’ll design an effective and exciting workout that’s always changing! Anyone can reach a new level of fitness in 2012!” You don’t have to wait for the New Year to see results. Sign up now and join the current four-week session already in progress. With classes as low as $12.50, it’s only a fraction of the cost of a personal training session, and you’ll get a super-effective


workout modified to your fitness level. No initiation fee, no cancellation fee, just four weeks to a stronger, healthier you! It’s the perfect way to beat holiday weight gain and seasonal stress, so you can start the New Year leaner, stronger, and healthier. Finally, there’s a holiday treat that won’t make you feel guilty! Give yourself the gift of a Ripquest Boot Camp session. These energizing outdoor sessions in Sugar Land or Bellaire mix it up with high intensity intervals of cardio, strength training, and core training. Carrie says, “Changing up the routine frequently uses muscle confusion to bust through boredom and fitness plateaus. Because of my background as a physical therapist, I can modify activities to your fitness level and special needs and progress you when you’re ready. That’s the best way to see results!” Check out RipQuest and make this the year you keep your resolution. Sign up online at for the current session or the 2012 session starting January 2nd. You deserve to look and feel great in 2012! Ripquest Boot Camp 713-857-3232

smart moms know!

Becca Bragg


ou can dress your kids in boutique completely affordable prices! Make space in your kids’ crowded closets...and make a little extra spending money, too. Smart moms have already discovered Rhea Lana’ s bi-annual consignment events. Local mother-daughter team, Karen Chierighino and Amanda Vadon say “When you do your end of the year clear-out, set aside your best for us. We offer our consignors and shoppers the highest-quality experience...from the percentages we pay to the care we take with each and every one of your items. We’re here to serve the families of Fort Bend!” Since mom Rhea Lana Riner began her consignment sale in 1997, the first webbased computerized children’s consignment event in the country has also become the most prestigious. Karen says, “We use top-grade clothing racks, offer real customer service, and have a computer system that’s easy for our volunteers to use. That same user-friendly system makes it easy to consign with us. You’ll enter your items into our easy-to-use system, prepare and

price them, and make a minimum of seventy percent...which we’ll pay right away on the day after the event. Not only that, but consignors, volunteers, and moms-tobe get to shop even before we open to the public at our Private Pre-Sale Event!” If your kids have outgrown those special little outfits, they can find a new loving home through Rhea Lana. Karen says, “We’re looking for the nicest children’s spring/summer clothes, name brand and boutique items, changing tables, gliders/ rockers, bunk beds, baby equipment, toys DVD’s and electronic games. Our consignors make between seventy and eighty percent of consigned sales. We also guarantee every item you consign with us. If it doesn’t sell, it’s returned to you in the condition in which you left it with us. If it’s lost or damaged, we pay you as if it sold!” Are you excited for Rhea Lana? Karen says, “We hope you’ll ‘Friend’ us on Facebook and visit us online to sign up for our secure mailing list, so you’ll be the first to know about our next event. I know you’ll love Rhea Lana!”

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! A

Sarah Warburton re you ready to have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas? Master Plumber Alan Burkhalther says, “Don’t be fooled by flashy promises designed to get a company’s foot in your front door. We earn your business the old-fashioned way––by giving the best prices on the good work we do! Being a familyowned and operated business for the last fifteen years keeps our operating costs low...and we pass those savings on to you. When it comes to honest pricing on the actual job, we know we’re the best in town!” Remember last year when every third house on the street had a flood from their frozen sprinkler systems? People all over town called Alan’s Plumbing and Alan’s mother or his wife, Jennifer answered the phone. Jennifer says, “Just wrapping that exposed pipe from your sprinkler system to your house isn’t enough. You have to go to the vacuum breaker for your sprinkler system, turn one knob to shut the water to it off, and then turn the other to bleed down the water that’s still in there. If you don’t, that’s the place where water freezes and expands, causing a crack and a flood.

If you can’t turn the knob or the pipe’s corroded, give us a call. We were running all over town taking care of people last winter, but we’d love to help you before it’s an emergency!” Are you going out of town for the holidays? Along with the house key and the alarm code, make sure your neighbor or best friend has the number for Alan’s Plumbing––281-261-1064. You never know when crazy weather can cause an emergency plumbing problem, and you’ll need a team you can trust to get the job done at a reasonable price. Keep the holidays happy. Whether you’ve got a burst pipe, a clogged drain, need to replace a hot water heater, or a toilet reset, call Alan, Jennifer, their three sons––Beau, Luke, and Jake––brothers Chris and Brian and fellow plumber Zack. Jennifer says, “Our family is doing well and we hope yours is, too! Merry Christmas from all us at Alan’s Plumbing!” Alan’s Plumbing 281-261-1064

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id last summer’s high temperature’s take a serious toll on your household budget? If your home still has its original air conditioner, you can expect higher bills, according to Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy, owners of All Out A/C and Heating. Bryan says, “A new energy-efficient Ruud air conditioner will use less than half the energy of a model that’s twelve years old. We hate to see people paying more in energy costs and getting less and less comfort in their homes.

“We have special zero percent interest, no money down, financing that spreads your payments out over thirty-six months. You could be paying that money to the utility company, or making those payments on a new system with a great warranty that will save you money month after month!” That’s why we’ve put together some winter deals that will get you a new system that literally pays for itself!” What makes a new, energy-efficient system so cool? Bryan says, “The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rates the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. A ten-year-old unit might start with at an 8 SEER...but over time this unit will wear down and operate somewhere around the 5-6 SEER level. “Transitioning to a new unit with 14-18 SEER means you’ll have an air conditioner than cools and dehumidifies...and the savings on your lower monthly electric bill could balance out the finances!” What if there was a way to stick with your current budget and still enjoy the benefits of a brand-new air conditioning unit? Bryan says, “We

have special zero percent interest, no money down, financing that spreads your payments out over thirty-six months. You could be paying that money to the utility company, or making those payments on a new system with a great warranty that will save you money month after month!” Why are you paying extra money in energy costs? Winter’s the right time to score low off-season discounts on a new, energy-efficient system that will literally pay for itself over time.Bryan says, “We put in a new system for a local woman, a single mom, who’d been paying well over eight hundred dollars to cool a two thousand square foot home. She saw immediate relief on her electric bill and the temperatures in her home, too!” All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406


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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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