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Keep Your ER Visits Short...and Get Back Home for the Holidays! Sarah Warburton

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hat makes emergency rooms so packed around the holidays? Is it the constant Fa-La-La-La...Ooops! as people slip off ladders while hanging twinkling lights or could it be Martha Stewart mishaps while preparing the big feast? Dr. Shannon Orsak of St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms says, “We see an increase in accidents of all kinds as people travel, rush around, and gather together...but other emergencies like heart-related deaths also peak over the holidays.” You may be busy making the rounds from Christmas parties to Cookie Exchanges to Holiday Pageants, but the pain or pressure you think is acid reflux or heartburn could actually be an impending heart attack. Dr. Orsak says, “Studies show that heart-related deaths increase by five percent during the holiday season, and peak on Christmas, the day after Christmas, and New Year’s Day. At St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms, you’ll find board-certified doctors qualified to diagnose and treat your emergencies...twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year.” Unless you’re a board-certified physician, how do you know if you have a “real” emergency? Brian Orsak, co-owner of St. Michael’s

Emergency Rooms, says, “The state of Texas has adopted “the prudent layperson standard”...so if you think your symptoms are serious enough to go to an emergency room, then that constitutes an emergency and must be covered as such by your insurance. If you’re in pain, come in and let our doctors make the diagnosis...so you can get the prompt, accurate care you need!” Do you want to spend your holidays with your family...or sitting in a waiting room? Dr. Orsak says, “Here at St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms you’ll find everything you’d find in a traditional ER––board-certified physicians, an X-ray, Ultrasound and CT, and an on-site diagnostic lab––without a wait! Our patients usually don’t spend more than fifteen minutes in our waiting room. We treat everything from allergic reactions and broken bones to high fevers and chest pain. Whenever you and your family need us this holiday season, we’ll be ready...twentyfour hours a day, seven days a week. Get your flu shot, take care preparing your holiday meal, and be safe and happy, because your health matters to us!” Not a Medicare or Medicaid participating provider.

Save time and save money this holiday season!

St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms is the first and only free-standing ER in Fort Bend and the surrounding Houston area in-network with AETNA...and we are working on similar plans with more providers. Currently we do accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United, Humana. What “accepting” these plans means to you: You’ll pay the same ER price for concierge service at St. Michael’s as you would pay at a standard ER..and often even less! St. Michael’s offers everything you need from an ER...except the wait! Think of our courtesy and convenience as our year-round present to you!

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Going Home... When Linda Riddle

was only three years old, she came with her mother and her new stepfather, a private in the US army, from Thailand to the US. She says, “I grew up as a small-town Texas girl in Copperas Cove, and went through some tough times. When I graduated high school, I headed straight for Houston. Since then I’ve worked all aspects of sales and I’ve had my real estate license for twenty years. It was when I met TODD RIDDLE thirteen years ago, just as my business was starting off, that we knew we’d be the perfect TEAM for life!” Todd was living in Clear Lake where he’d grown up and Linda was in Sugar Land. “So,” Linda says, “we decided to have a little friendly competition to see where we’d live together. So, picking something I knew I could win, I chose bowling.” Todd says, “For the record, Linda beat me at the warm-up game and called that the win...but I went on to dominate in the games that ‘didn’t count.’ I thank God everyday that she won...Fort Bend has been a wonderful place to live!” When Linda and Todd joined forces, Sienna Plantation was just starting out. Linda says, “We fell in love with the lot where Todd proposed to me and built our first home. Eleven and half years later, we chose another lot in Sienna and built our dream house. Having a home and a loving family means everything to me! I have a twenty-seven-year-old

son, a twenty-three-year-old stepdaughter, a seventeen-year-old daughter and a four-yearold grandbaby. One thing I’ve always tried to instill in my kids is the importance of setting goals, working hard to achieve them, and giving back to the community.” Want proof that hard work pays off? They have consistently been the top Sienna Realtor for over ten years with ReMax Fine Properties, and a Top 20 Multi-million Dollar Producer in the state of Texas. Linda says, “Our motto is: Keep it real. We’ve assembled a fantastic team of agents and managers. Our clients love that we’re not too small to stay on top of everything, but not too big to deliver personal attention and service. I love still being ‘in it’!” Todd says, “Whether we’re working on a 2 million dollar deal or a hundred thousand dollar deal, we give our clients the same care and attention. We answer our phones 24-7 and have an unparalleled level of commitment to our clients.” Though the Riddles may be experts in helping finding families find a place to build

their roots, Linda says “This December we’re taking a journey back to my roots. I haven’t been back to Thailand in 48 years...and I haven’t seen my biological father in all that time. I’m going without any expectations except the hope for a greater understanding of who I am and a sense of closure, all while making new memories with my family. Having Todd and the rest of my family with me gives me the strength to revisit the past and set new goals for our future. Check in with UpClose to see how the journey unfolds….” RE/MAX FINE PROPERTIES TODD & LINDA RIDDLE 4500 HIGHWAY 6 SUITE A SUGAR LANDTX77478 CELL:(713) 540-0608 BUSINESS:713-540-0608 FAX:(281) 778-8867 LICENSE NUMBER:520449 WWW.TEAMRIDDLE.COM.COM

Real Estate Riddles: Buy or Rent?

Linda says, “Renters don’t worry about maintenance and other financial obligations, but homeowners who secure a fixed-rate loan can lock in their monthly housing costs and make prudent long-term investment plans. Todd and I rented an apartment while we looked for our dream lot. When we found it in Sienna Plantation, we could see the potential for growth in the community. Look at homeownership as an investment...and think about what it will be worth in the future.”

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expert advice

HEALTHY VEINS

Ulises Baltazar Joins the Prestigious Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates Vein Clinic

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Body News

Winning at Weight Loss

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ormally I would never share this,” says Allyson Guidry, “but I really hope my story can help someone else. When I was in college, I was heavyset...a size 12-14 with size 42 DDD breasts. My mom suggested I get breast reduction surgery to look and feel better. I was young, and when we went to talk to Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery, I was very excited. I talked about getting all kinds of work done. He was so nice and thoughtful. He said I was a great candidate for breast reduction surgery...but I didn’t need any other procedures done right then. I had the breast reduction done over a break, and I returned to school at a size 36D...but that isn’t where my story ends!”

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“I’ve always struggled with my weight and over a period of emotional ups and downs it crept back upward again until I was a size 42D. Finally a friend suggested I pray for discipline. I partnered with God and went on the Daniel Fast. My life took a turn. I changed literally everything: how I spent my time, who I hung out with, what I ate. Through exercise and diet I lost nearly 100 pounds!” “I was so proud of the hard work I’d done...but I still had awkward pockets of fat and excess loose skin. I went back to Dr. Ahamdi for a consultation. Right away he noticed the huge change in my appearance. He was so pleased to hear that I’d lost the weight through lifestyle changes and he called that “doing it the right way.” I had wanted to do everything naturally, but there was no other way to remove that excess skin and fat deposits. Getting the Lipotuck™ was like receiving a trophy for an award I’d already earned.”

“My family is in the medical field, so I’m very picky about doctors. Dr. Ahmadi is amazingly knowledgeable and talented...and also so gentle. He’s a perfectionist, but he makes you feel completely comfortable. His office is great about following up and they were also really kind about all my questions. Dr. Ahmadi and all his staff are really wonderful people who truly care about their patients.” Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. “I think of the Lipotuck™ as a facelift for your body, revealing your frame. I’m thirty-one, and I’m getting hit on by twenty-four-year-old guys. People I know well have seen me and walked right by me. One of the most amazing things was lying in bed and putting my hand on my hip...I could feel my hipbone! The first time I looked down at my feet and saw how flat my belly was, I couldn’t believe it! I’ll never forget hearing Dr. Ahmadi say how proud he was of all the work I’d done! Now––thanks to the Lipotuck™––my hard work shows, and I can show off my curves!”

Avante Plastic Surgery ~ 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77479

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here are a lot of choices when replacing your flooring,” says Cindy Duffy of Jericho Foundation Repair Inc. “It can be overwhelming. One of the things I love about All About Carpet and Floors is that everyone is so knowledgeable about what’s out there and they are really able to guide you.” “Our family started our business at about the same time the McKelvey family started All About Carpet,” says Cindy. “We met them back then and have known them a long time. Years ago we did some foundation repair work on their family home, and they were just the most gracious, nicest family. We’ve always supported and recommended them. They are great!” So naturally, when Cindy wanted to put hardwood flooring in her upstairs last summer, she gave All About Carpet a call. “There were so many options at every price range—they really have a large selection,” says Cindy, “so I appreciated the help in narrowing down my choices and working within my budget. The process was very smooth even through a tiny hiccup. After picking out a floor and ordering it…we waited. It was taking awhile, but Damien at All About kept me informed of what was going on. It turned out the product had been discontinued. Damien brought similar samples to my house so that we could pick out a new floor quickly. He really followed through…that is great customer service. You just don’t find that kind of attention to detail and caring at those big chain stores!”

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After the new floor was selected, ordered, and arrived, it was installed by All About Carpet’s hardwood installation expert. Cindy couldn’t be more pleased! She says, “The installer was meticulous about his work, neat and he kept the work area clean. And the end result is just beautiful! This family and everyone that works for them are so friendly and easy to deal with. And the work is fabulous! I will personally be using them again and I never hesitate to recommend them to friends and customers!” See for yourself that customer satisfaction and quality craftsmanship never go out of style at All About Carpet and Floors. “We are so grateful for the community’s professional and personal support over the years,” says Renee McKelvey and her two boys Shaun & Steven. “Come see us in our showroom anytime and we’ll show you the best in granite, natural stone and tile. We can talk about your design options for remodeling your home, or check out the latest and greatest in engineered hardwood floors and laminates. We can help you create a plan to meet all your remodeling needs! Whether you’re a repeat customer or a first-timer, we’re always happy to see you and promise to give you our best service on every job we do!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s) www.allaboutcarpet.com

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re you ready for the holiday hustle and bustle? When you’re not pushing a cart loaded with goodies through the grocery store, you’re hitting the stores, hunting for the best bargain on that special something for everyone on your list. Evenings are spent at cookie exchanges, choral concerts, holiday parties and more. When you are at home, you’re expecting company...or flat-out exhausted from all the fun! Max McCammond, owner of Professional Maid Service, says, “We make it easy to enjoy the holidays, knowing that your home is sparkling clean. Go ahead and deck the halls...but leave the cleaning to the professionals!” Create a little Christmas cheer for yourself by scheduling a cleaning with the Professional Maids. Even better than Santa’s little helpers, the Professional Maids are bonded and insured, have undergone thorough background checks, and arrive neatly uniformed in a clearly-labelled company car. Max says, “How can you enjoy the holidays when you’re running yourself ragged? You don’t have to be home to get a clean house. We offer no-hassle key drop off and pick up. Get your errands done, or

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combat that holiday stress with a massage, a manicure, and some me-time...and we’ll make your home fresh, spotless, and ready when you return. It’s like a holiday gift to yourself. After all, a Professional Maids gift certificate is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list!”

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new year D Sarah Warburton

new look!

o you find your home inspiring or uninviting? Getting a look you love doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can start with a single signature piece or an accent wall, or a favorite room, maybe just the front windows of your home. If you’re ready to dream big, Grand Windows is your one-stop-shop. Let their design team handle your whole redo at once...and kick off the New Year in style! Years ago Caron Lopez was a little girl expressing herself through every color in her crayon box. Today she’s a designer with decades of experience. She says, “Our clients often get overwhelmed by all the many aspects of designing a room...the window treatments, furniture, paint, art, accents, and more. I recommend starting with a color consultation. We’ll help you integrating the color of your latest find or favorite piece, explore new trends, or harmonize a classic color palette. If you want to mix your existing furnishings with

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a splash of something new... we’ll find the right textures and colors to create a harmonious masterpiece!” When Cande was a little boy, he loved to build and make things with his hands. Today he puts his artistry to work crafting cabinetry, doing intricate metalwork, welding, screening, creating patios, and making sure every shutter and window treatment is measured, hung, and aligned to perfection. Caron says, “I can design with confidence, knowing Cande’s a problemsolver who’ll make it all work! He’s talented enough to do almost anything... but we’ve also got specialists in painting, upholstery, tile, and furniture. Think of our 5,000 square foot showroom as your design hub with over 20,000 gorgeous fabrics, trims, window treatments, and hardware from more than fifty different

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quality suppliers.” Today Caron’s eye for color and Cande’s skilled craftsmanship make them the perfect team. Caron says, “We’re absolutely living our dream, doing what we love with love for each other. Grand Windows and Interiors has been our grand adventure. One house at a time, we help people bring their dream homes to life!” Grand Windows & Interiors 281-342-9160 1405 Avenue I, Rosenberg, TX 77471 grandwindows101@yahoo.com www.GrandWindows.com

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Tex says:

Don’t let your

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Reputation by recommendation

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n the doghouse because you still haven’t done anything with the roof…and that hail storm was months ago? Want to know what everyone else is doing? Helen and her husband Garmond of Greatwood were wondering the same. Helen says, “I knew we had hail damage, and it caught my attention that several of our back neighbors were getting really nice new roofs put on in a timely manner. I went to take a closer look, and was impressed by how neat the work area looked… everything was set out and the area wasn’t trashed. I talked to the crews and discovered the work was being done by Ameristar Roofing.” “It didn’t even take a phone call,” says Helen, “I talked to Dustin and he came over and looked at our roof. I was extremely impressed by the outstanding customer service and friendliness.” Given what she had seen and heard from her neighbors and a great first meeting, Helen contracted Ameristar to do their roof.

“What I just can’t get over,” says Helen, “is how smooth this deal went from beginning to end. From the first time I talked to the guys, to the insurance, to the work itself and the finished product… there were absolutely no issues. And everything was done on time. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when contractors don’t do what they say they will—it’s one of the reasons I really hesitate when calling contractors—but this absolutely did not happen. I am a pleased and happy customer.” Owned by Fort Bend County resident, Reuben Stafford, Ameristar Roofing is fully insured and licensed, and is also fully certified by the manufacturers of the products they install. This means you not only get warranty coverage from Ameristar, but you also get additional warranty coverage from the manufacturer. The team has also acquired the elite certification of CertainTeed Quality Master Installers.

When he’s not roofing the houses of the other Fort Bend County residents, Reuben enjoys surfing, racing boats and in his previous career has been a world class fishing guide. He’s a lifelong Texan with a Pomeranian named Tex. But he wants you to know that there’s no need to get in the doghouse for not doing anything about that roof! It can be hard to choose a contractor—but as Helen says, “Word gets around. We found Ameristar and hired them without even a phone call. And now I’ve recommended Reuben and his crew to several more friends and neighbors. I can’t say enough about how impressed I was by my experience!”

Ameristar Roofing 1006 F.M. 359 • Richmond Texas 281-410-5995 www.ameristarroofing.com/texas/

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Stories of Success from LoweryBank: Doctors Sonia and Subodh Chauhan

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hat brought Dr. Sonia Chauhan, local Pediatrician and Neonatologist and her husband, Dr Subodh Chauhan, local Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist to LoweryBank? Poor customer service at Bank of America. Dr. Sonia Chauhan says, “Customer service is very important to us...and we were unhappy with our experience at our previous bank. LoweryBank is right next door to Methodist Hospital Sugar Land, so I just walked in one day. Altogether over the years, we’ve had a wonderful experience at LoweryBank.” “I met and talked with Alina Gonzalez, the Senior Vice President of Deposit Services. After she set up my accounts, I came in again with Subodh and he was impressed, too. Since we started banking with LoweryBank we’ve been very, very happy and wouldn’t change a thing

about them. From the moment you walk through the door, there’s someone to greet you and the tellers are all friendly and personable. Many of them, like Diana, know me by name.” “Little touches at LoweryBank make all the difference. For example, if you have money invested in a CD, they’ll give you a call to remind you of the expiration date and see if you want to take any action on it. That level of personal attention from a bank wasn’t something I could have imagined before.” “Last year was difficult for me. My father was ill and I had to travel several times to India. Alina and everyone at LoweryBank were awesome. They were very prompt in completing transactions whenever or wherever I needed them. They take really good care of their customers. I like knowing that they’re always just a phone call away.”

“The atmosphere at LoweryBank is calm, friendly, and every experience I’ve had there has been pleasant. I have to say I feel completely at home there!” “Both Doctors Chauhan work hard and make a real difference in the lives of families,” says Mike Dinges, President of LoweryBank.“Our job is to make banking easy and pleasant, so they can focus on what matters most to them. As a community bank, we always take the time to know our customers so we can understand their personal and business banking needs. We want you to think of us as your banking home!”

LoweryBank, Member FDIC 281-263-1100 16555 Southwest Freeway, Ste 100 (between Methodist Building 3 and Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse) www.lowerybank.com

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hen you visit your parents over the holidays,” says Shehnaz Vagdama of Visiting Angels, “be alert to signals that they might need help. Piles of laundry and unopened mail, a house that isn’t as clean as it used to be, and signs of confusion and memory loss. Our “Angels” make it possible for your parents to remain comfortably in their own home... while giving you peace of mind!” One happy client, Jennifer, says, “My dad has moderate to severe Alzheimer’s and he’s needing more and more help. When mom fell off a ladder and had to go to the hospital, I called Visiting Angels right away.” “I was so impressed that even on a Thursday night Visiting Angels had an actual employee answer the phone. I explained what we needed and the next day Shehnaz came out and did an assessment with my dad and my sister, Susan. From 7pm to 7am that very night and ever since we’ve had the help we needed. Shehnaz is great about calling and telling us what’s going on with dad. They’ve never let us down and fill

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an Alternative all the gaps in care.” “Honestly, we were a little worried about how dad would react, but all the caregivers from Visiting Angels have been so sweet and kind that he loves having them come over. We also appreciate that they respect boundaries and are sensitive to coming into your home. One evening my daughter and I dropped by and found mom and dad sitting on the sofa with their “angel” reading a magazine in the kitchen... close enough to be of help but not hovering right over them.” “Visiting Angels is caring, reasonably-priced, and proactive. Shehnaz does nationwide background checks, always calls to review the schedule and lets us know who’ll be at the house. While mom was still in the hospital, we had one wonderful “Angel” who noticed Dad’s sheets needed changing...so she stripped the bed, did

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the laundry and made it up again for him. That’s the attention to detail and depth of caring they bring into every home. Knowing that they are looking out for dad is absolutely priceless!” Visiting Angels 281-207-1259 19901 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.visitingangels.com


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re your children nestled, all snug in the bed, but dancing visions of sugar plums are making them nauseous? Have you settled your brain for a long winter’s nap...with no intention of ever getting up because of the pain? “The holidays are not a fun time to be sick or in pain,” says Dr. Lance Campbell Pharm.D., R.Ph. at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy in Sugar Land. “You should be enjoying this special time with your family!” With flu season in full swing, a lot of kids just don’t have rosy cheeks or a twinkle in their eye. Dr. Campbell says, “Relief from nausea is available. We can mix an anti-nausea cream that you rub on the inside of the wrist. It won’t make your children well, but it will make them more comfortable and help them keep down the liquids and medicine that will help them get better. This cream was really popular when the last 24-hour bug made the rounds! Plus it has a six-month shelf life…so it’s easy to keep on hand!” When you suffer from nerve pain,

inflammation, throbbing, or chronic is to look out for you as if you were a pain…the thought of hanging lights or member of our own family. Working rolling out cut-out cookies can make closely with our patients and their docyou wince. “Don’t forego your holiday tors means we can deliver the personal traditions because of pain,” says Dr. service that’s crucial for your health!” Campbell. “We can help you! We can Dr. Campbell, his wife Rakel, and compound creams that deliver pain their kids Cole, Chloe, and Caitlyn relief to the specific area where you can’t wait for the holiday season. Dr. need it most without nausea or mental Campbell says, “We look forward all impairment! These pain-relief creams year to celebrating the birth of Christ are almost one hundred percent covwith our family, friends and communiered by insurance, and come without ty…I can’t think of a better gift for you all the Grinchy side effects associated or your loved ones than health and vitalwith narcotic pain medication.” ity. If you or someone in your family is With Campbell’s Compounding not feeling up to the holidays, please let Pharmacy, you have nothing to dread. me help you! Happy Christmas to all... They accept major prescription and and lots of good nights!” insurance plans for commercially available medications and specially compounded medicaCampbell’s Compounding Pharmacy tions. Auto-refills and free 281-980-2555 shipping are also available, “If our staff can’t make it…then you but they’re always happy probably don’t need it!” to have you stop by and 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 get to know them! Dr. www.campbellscompounding.com Campbell says, “Our goal UPCLOSE ~ December 2013 ~ 11


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No matter your age you can return to an active lifestyle with the right help!..

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n August of 2012, ninety-four-yearold Dorothy Graham weighed 255 pounds. She says, “I had diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, thyroid trouble, and congestive heart failure...and I couldn’t walk. When my cardiologist Dr. Redding started me on a diet, I literally changed my entire way of life and I lost nearly one hundred pounds. When I needed rehab after a stay at the University Hospital, there was only one place I wanted to go... but I didn’t know it was called the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Sugar Land!” “I’d had a wonderful experience there five years ago, but the name had changed. My daughter tracked it down! After I was transferred, I knew I was in the right place! They were so nice and took really good care of me. I was worried about staying on my diet, but the dietician at HealthSouth was so accommodating and everyone went out of their way to find options that would work.” “I could only walk a little bit, but I was rarin’ to go. When my lovely PT asked about my goals, I told her I’d never been able to walk up the stairs to see my thirteen-yearold great-granddaugher’s bedroom. They took me to an exit and we went 12 ~ UPCLOSE ~ December 2013

“For Thirteen Years, I’d Never Been Able to Climb a Flight of Stairs”

up and down the stairs together! Before HealthSouth, whenever my daughter took me to the doctor, she had to push my wheelchair up a ramp...and she’s 73 with a bad shoulder. The first time I told her I’d go up the steps myself, she was shocked...and I was so proud!” “Now I take Spanish and play Bingo every day at the TC Harman Center, the senior activity center...and I’m the oldest person there! I’m also writing a book to show you’re never too old to change your life with the help of good doctors and places like HealthSouth. If they sold memberships like a gym, I’d be at HealthSouth everyday!” Nick Hardin, CEO of HealthSouth Sugar Land, says “Success stories like Mrs. Graham’s are why I’m in this field. On my desk I have a photo of my threeyear-old son listening with a stethoscope to the head of my six-month-old son... and I hope I’m teaching them that nothing in life is more rewarding than caring for others!” HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital 281-276-7574 1325 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.healthsouthsugarland.com

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The Best Presents for Speech Development Sarah Warburton

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hen you’re making your list and checking it twice, choose great gifts that also give your child’s language a boost! Husband and wife team Dana and Jason Johnson of Speech Therapy Unlimited say, “We believe speech therapy should be fun, effective, and be a part of your everyday life. Our therapists are always on the lookout for new ways to reinforce speech therapy...while having a blast!” Let’s start with the obvious...toys, toys, toys! Games like “Apples to Apples” or Candyland help your child take turns, talk about the action as it’s happening, and work on sequencing. Cars, trains, and planes can be used to teach turn-taking, colors, numbers, verbs, and more. Baby dolls strengthen “pretend play” skills and can be used to teach body parts, clothing, action words (sleep, drink, eat, brush, sit, wash), and feelings (hungry, thirsty, sleepy, sad, happy, wet, dry, hot, cold). Dana says, “The important thing about all these toys is that they not only engage your child, but help your child engage with you. Speech in isolation isn’t our goal. We want to teach communication...and these toys can really help!” One speech therapy tool that’s perfect for all ages just looks like a straight-up awe-

some present...the iPad. Jason says, “Even patients who can hardly speak can tap the iPad and it opens up a world of communication. There are new apps coming out everyday that reinforce speech therapy concepts like articulation, phonemes, memory, sequencing, grammar, vocabulary, and more. Ten years ago we were using paper flashcards and today we have tablet computers. Don’t be afraid that it’s all fun and games. The more fun speech therapy is... the more effective it can be!” Give your child the gift of speech this year. Speech Therapy Unlimited offers free screenings and there’s no waiting for therapy services! With over twenty-five therapists with specialties in pediatrics, adults, and accent modification, you’ll be matched with a therapist based on skill set, gender, and personality. Dana and Jason say, “Whether you’re baking sugar cookies, working on a gingerbread house, or wrapping presents, every moment of the holidays is a time to celebrate speech!” Speech Therapy Unlimited, PLLC most major insurance accepted No Headaches, No Unreasonable Terms, Just Great Speech Therapists! 281-746-3053 12808 West Airport Blvd. Ste 332 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.speechtherapyunlimited.com

Welcoming Dr. Deepshikha sharDa houston methoDist primary care group Houston Methodist Primary Care Group is pleased to welcome board certified family medicine physician, Dr. Deepshikha Sharda, to Fort Bend County. Dr. Sharda has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating patients with a caring, hands-on, family-oriented approach. Dr. Sharda is fluent in English and Hindi and has a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of the Fort Bend community. She is proudly supported by the leading technology and expertise of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and its medical professionals and physicians. call 281.208.3322 to schedule an appointment.

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any people spend more time at home during the holidays than any other time of the year,” says Teri Gilberg, the Re-Modelista, “so it’s a great time to evaluate what needs to be changed or updated in your home!” From borrowing an old Westinghouse roaster because the turkey has just never fit in your oven to purchasing a few extra air mattresses so extended family has a place to sleep… we all make stop-gap accommodations during the holidays. “But it doesn’t have to be that way!” says Teri. “Now is a great time to reassess your living space…and I would love to show you how much untapped potential is in your home! Chances are…you can have adequate kitchen counter space, a big enough oven (or ovens!) and bed and bath space for your guests!” So just what does “the Re-Modelista” do for you? Everything! No need to poll friends for contractor names or put out Facebook pleas…after years of working in the contracting business with companies big and small, Teri went out on her own to offer homeowners a better value. Teri says, “I’ll come to your house and we’ll discuss what you would like done…what is possible. Then I’ll introduce you to the contractor I think would be the best fit for the job and your personality. All our teams have had thorough background checks and years of experience. My guys don’t believe in padding your invoice or throwing money at a problem. I’ll translate your vision to them at no cost and they bring it to life at a price that can’t be beat! I handle everything from start to finish…no need for you to ‘watch the contractors’. We can give you a ‘turnkey’ job in just about any area of your home!” So keep an eye out during the holiday hustle and bustle…a mental checklist of what would make your home better…then once everyone clears out and the decorations are Re-Modelista: gone, give Teri a call! Teri says, “I would Your Home Renovation Specialist “She Gets the Job Done!” love to help you kick off the New Year with 832-731-3191 a ‘new’ and improved home!”

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Amy Sharp magine the holidays in the French Quarter--stunning decor, cozy patio seating and a warm yet vibrant ambience—and that fabulous New Orleans cuisine! Now imagine all of that without the travel…the same experience can be found right here in Sugar Land Town Square! Three years ago, Mack McDonald, Lincoln

we’re open for dinner, brunch, and offer a fantastic (and convenient) lunch!” For added flair this holiday season, The Rouxpour has really kicked it up a notch. Holiday menu specialty items include homemade bourbon pecan and pumpkin cheesecake pies, and holiday martinis in irresistible flavors like Chocolate Pretzel, and Peppermint

the only authentic jazz brunch in Sugar Land, you can enjoy grits and grillades, pain perdue (New Orleans French Toast), omelettes madeto-order, eggs benedict, chicken and sausage jambalaya or gumbo, fresh seafood, or bread pudding with live New Orleans Jazz and Blues. Reservations accepted but not required. Add a little jazz to your holiday hustle and

Ward, and Chef J.L. Quevedo, teamed up to create a restaurant that would reflect the flavor and culture of New Orleans’ renowned French Quarter with Texas-sized style! Guests of The Rouxpour are transported to “Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.” In the intimate and inviting dining room, guests enjoy the authentically delicious flavors created by Chef J.L. Quevedo. Lincoln says, “Chef J.L. Quevedo takes great pride in using fresh ingredients. We offer an ambitious New Orleans style menu that includes Cajun favorites such as char-grilled oysters, Certified Angus Beef steaks, and a variety of fresh fish selections such as Alaskan Halibut and Louisiana Redfish. Best of all,

Mocha!’ All your family, friends and guests are guaranteed to enjoy…but plan early! Lincoln says, “I really encourage you to book Christmas parties, private parties, office luncheons, corporate functions, and dinner parties now as dates go fast! We offer private dining with our recently-completed 1000 square foot expansion. And if you already have a site in mind for your holiday festivities, we’ll provide off-site catering!” Have a Sunday afternoon “shop till you drop” coming up? The Rouxpour is conveniently located near some of the best shopping in Sugar Land! Start your day off right with The Rouxpour’s amazing Sunday Brunch! As

bustle at The Rouxpour. Drop in for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3-7. Or come in with your colleagues or friends for lunch. Lincoln says, “We have put together a fabulous lunch menu with a variety of options…all at a great value! Lunch items are available Mon-Fri 11am-2pm.” The Rouxpour…New Orleans flavor, Texassize style!

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he best holiday memories are those built on family traditions,” says Dr. Thomas Lomonte, DDS, “and staying healthy is the best way to stay involved in those traditions for years and years to come!” Did you know when the first training school for oral hygienists opened in the U.S. in 1913, almost every American suffered from some medical condition related to tooth decay? Dr. Lomonte says, “We’ve come a long way. Today, Americans have on average three more teeth than they had in 1970, and the number of children with cavities has dropped from 74% to less than 30%. Preventive dental care is working!” But the only way to reap the benefits is to go to the dentist. Dr. Lomonte says, “The number of medical conditions related to tooth decay is astounding! Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems like heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes. You can’t choose when you experience a medical emergency, but you can choose to get the regular and affordable dental checkups that will protect your overall health...and your bottom line!” If you value your health, you’ll appreciate the good value you get from taking care of your teeth. Dr. Lomonte says, “Even if you don’t have insurance, dental check-ups are worth it for you and your fam-

ily’s overall health…they are one of the biggest ‘bang for your bucks’ in medicine! If there are issues, your teeth probably didn’t get that way overnight, and they don’t necessarily have to Come in be fixed overnight either. We will work with your as a patient budget, your schedule, and set up a timeline to get you the strong, healthy smile you deserve!” and leave “One of my favorite family holiday tradias a friend! tions is our annual Lomonte family Italian Sausage Party,” say Dr. Lomonte. “We get together every year to enjoy the beautiful Texas weather, share Italian food and music, good wine, and take turns mixing and stuffing the sausage with our secret family recipe. My dad’s brother, my Uncle Frank, started the tradition, then his son, my cousin, continued it, and now it’s my turn...and my son Matt and my daughter Natalie are Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. “Come in as a patient, leave as a friend.” learning the secret, too. Whatever 12122 Murphy Rd. your family traditions are, remem- Stafford, TX 77477 ber...everyone smiles in the same (281) 530-1440 www.drthomaslomonte.com language!”

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ots of family visiting during the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Don’t want to take them to the exact same chain restaurants in the exact same strip malls as wherever it is they hail from? Try Another Time Soda Fountain and Café in Rosenberg! Located at the corner of Third Street and Avenue F, Another Time Soda Fountain and Café has been in operation since the 1920’s—only closed in 92-93. And the food and sodas have stood the test of time. Owner Renee Butler says, “Wednesday through Sunday from 11 till 5 we still offer the good old-fashioned Blue Plate special—made-from-scratch entrees like meatloaf, pot roast, and chicken spaghetti served with fresh vegetables—but come early because once the special is gone…it’s gone! You’ll also find handmade burgers and fresh squeezed lemonade. And we are now also open Friday and Saturday nights!” Of course, what’s a soda fountain without soda! Another Time Soda Fountain and Café is the only true soda fountain within a hundred miles of Fort Bend County. And by true we mean authentic! Renee says, “All of our formulas are from a 1950’s Soda Jerk…from the perfect hot fudge sauce to expertly blended malts and shakes to phosphates from the depression era. You haven’t tasted a soda until you try one of these!” Need dessert for the many family and friends that have descended on you for the holidays…try Another Time Soda Fountain and Café’s newest offering—made-from-scratch baked goods! Renee says, “We have a bakery in the works—Old Main Street Bakery––opening right next door to the fountain. The building is coming along nicely, the bakers and the recipes are ready right now! We are ready to fill all of your holiday baking needs--holiday pies, cookies, cakes, apple strudel, cream cheese rolls and poppyseed rolls—all made-from-scratch with top quality ingredients and guaranteed to be delicious!” Take a break from the same old chains this holiday season and give Another Time Soda Fountain and Café a try…your visiting family and friends are sure to be impressed! Renee says, “Like both of us on Facebook and stay up-to-date with our newest (and most delicious) news!” Another Time Soda Fountain and Cafe 281-232-2999 800 Third Street, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 www.anothertimesodafountain.com

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“All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” by Sarah Warburton rom sweet babies with no teeth at all to teenagers with a mouthful of adult teeth, Dr. Bianca Sanchez of Little People’s Dentistry wants all her patients to smile with confidence. She says, “I love to see how thrilled my little friends are when they lose a tooth and get a visit from the tooth fairy...but as a pediatric dentist, I find every stage of development exciting!” When your baby is born, twenty primary teeth are waiting to erupt through the gums. Dr. Sanchez says, “Usually girls are a little ahead of boys in cutting teeth and losing them, but the first tooth will probably erupt between six and nine months of age. As soon as that first tooth appears, it can start developing plaque. I recommend starting by cleaning baby’s gums with a little finger brush or washcloth...for good hygiene and good habits!” Those last baby teeth don’t fall out until middle school...so take good care of them! Dr Sanchez says, “Until your child can write in cursive, you’ll need to help with brushing. It just takes more dexterity than young children have. And as soon as teeth are lined up and touching, begin flossing. I often lay my kids down on the bed while I brush and floss them, so I can really see all angles of their mouth. If you don’t, you’ll miss what’s going on with those back teeth! Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day...so those baby teeth will fall out naturally and your child will learn good dental habits for a lifetime!” Just like Santa’s little elves, the Tooth Fairy and her friend, Dr. Sanchez, have surprises up their sleeves for good little boys and girls...and their parents, too! Dr. Sanchez says, “Our patients can enter our coloring contest for a chance to win our monthly prize, a $25 Toys R Us gift card or the big annual prize, a Kindle Fire. And remember to visit our

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website for Tooth 101 (you can learn when and in what order your teeth will come in) and games. Happy Holidays from 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) www.LittlePeoplesDentistry.com

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Celebrate Italian Style!

Sarah Warburton ed like tomato sauce and green like basil, nothing says warmth and celebration like Italian food...just like Nonna used to make. “Your family and friends can enjoy meals made from my Sicilian grandmother Mama Lomonte’s recipes, brought from her home in Licata, Sicily,” says Braden Lomonte of Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. “Whether you bring the party to us or we bring the food to you, we believe in sharing good times and good meals!”

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Your guests won’t have to be urged to Mangia, Mangia (eat, eat), when Lomonte’s handles the catering. Mouthwatering homemade lasagna, St. Louis-style house salad featuring artichoke hearts and hearts of palm, or chicken marsala are always crowd-pleasers. Have an intimate gathering in Lomonte’s bar or on the heated patio...or invite Lomonte’s to cater a party at any location you choose. Braden says, “We do it all...in-house or off-site for corporate events, school celebrations, weddings and more for guest lists ranging from 10 to 1000. I’ve always thought that hearty Southern Italian food is the perfect choice for cold weather and happy holidays.” Chef Jason aka “J.T.” says, “At Lomonte’s, we’ll cater your special event... but we like to think we cater to each and every one of our customers every time. Listening to what you want is part of being your neighborhood restaurant. That’s why we’ve added to our menu a grilled vegetable lasagna that’s gluten-free. We know there are increasing numbers of people who are gluten-sensitive or who have celiac disease and we want you to feel comfortable enjoying our food. We also offer delicious antipasta, meat, cheese and fruit platters. Call and we’ll have them ready for you to grab and go!” Share a deep dish Sicilian pizza in

Lomonte’s cozy dining room, Fettuccine Alfredo at home with your family, or a full-on Italian feast with friends, neighbors, and relatives...and don’t forget to call for some Cannoli to-go before heading out to your next holiday event. “Drop by anytime,” says Braden. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you!” Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 281-232-8290 815 Plantation Drive Richmond, Texas 77469 www.lomontesrestaurant.com Mon-Thurs: 5:00–9:30 pm Fri. 5:00–10:30 pm Sun 4:00–9:00 pm


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ifelong dancer and ballet major Rachel Hosea founded Reformed Body Studio-- the premier Barre and Pilates studio right here in Sugar Land--with visions of helping everyone in your family reach their fitness goals…no matter their fitness level. And the high-energy, low-impact classes--the same workout loved by celebrities, dancers, and professional athletes--have enjoyed astounding success! But what Rachel didn’t see coming was that the studio would become a family business. Rachel says, “As the studio grew, I was realizing I would need help. My sister, Sarah, just graduated from Texas A&M. Like me, she grew up in dance and musical theatre, as a born performer. Her dream was to teach high school history. But since I really needed the help, after

her graduation she came to the studio…and she is the perfect fit!” Today, you can find Sarah on the schedule teaching classes just like her older sister. Rachel says, “I created my own training manual and personally train all of the teachers at Reformed Body Studio. Every class combines elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates in one invigorating, sustainable workout. I was so excited to see Sarah go through the training program--I’ve known for years that she is a beautiful, strong, graceful dancer--and now she is a fabulous teacher!” Rachel and Sarah grew up in Sugar Land and love having the opportunity to share their passion for dance and fitness with their hometown. They invite you to share the Reformed Body experience with family and friends this holiday season. Rachel says, “There are no contracts and our class pricing options are very flexible. When you give a loved one a gift card, they have lots of options. You can even pair a gift card with a headband or top from our super-cute boutique! We would love to help you put together the perfect holiday package for someone on your list. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than with a fun, high energy, low-impact and truly sustainable workout! I encourage you to make it a family affair and experience the Reformed Body difference today!”

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o you think that December is too late to make any big changes to your home? It won’t take a Christmas miracle to transform your worn out counters and outdated bathtub or tile. “In just a day or two,” say Jonee and Paul Barnett of Miracle Method Surface Refinishing, “Miracle Method can make your cultured marble, Corian®, Formica®, Wilsonart®, laminate or tile look completely different. You still have time to get a big change for a ‘new’ home you’ll want to show off!” So if it takes three hours to decorate your tree and mantle, an hour or two to wrap the presents, and an hour (if you’re lucky) to assemble a bicycle for the perfect gift...how long should it take to transform your kitchen counter? Less than 3 days! The miracle is how quickly this method can transform your counters, tiles and bathroom...

without ripping them out. Forget the mess and expense of a major remodeling project. Jonee says, “Call us for your free estimate, give us just a few days, and we’ll give you a holiday-ready home that looks like new!” Experts tell us that a frozen turkey should be thawed in the refrigerator, allowing one day for every four pounds. That’s three days for a twelve pound turkey! Paul says, “Some of our jobs can be completed in a day and even the biggest ones take three or four. Put the turkey in the fridge, we’ll do our work, and we’ll be gone long before you’re ready to start making Christmas dinner!” One of the best gifts you can give a loved one is the Miracle Method’s Safety Package. Jonee says, “This package includes the one-day installation of the Easy Step® conversion for porcelain, steel, fiberglass or acrylic tubs, two ADA approved safety grab bars, and a slip-resistant surface applied to the bottom of the tub. Addition options include a curved shower rod, a hand-held shower nozzle, a tub chair...and we can change the color of the tub, too! Have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at the Miracle Method.”

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by Sarah Warburton o you or a loved one cough, wheeze, and gasp for breath? COPD which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Dr. J. Georges Youssef is board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He says, “The good news is that COPD is often preventable and new treatments allow for improved lung function and a much better quality of life than ever before!” “We’ll start your assessment with a medical history and physical exam. I need to see if there’s any impairment in your lung function. Counseling and medical therapy to help you quit smoking is also offered...that’s a nonnegotiable for the health of your lungs. If your COPD is advanced and your lung function is limited, I can also offer medical treatments like Bronchodilators and Oxygen therapy. COPD medicines do not cure COPD but they can help improve your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Lung Volume Reduction Surgery to remove the damaged parts of your lungs may be an option if you meet certain criteria. If you have severe Lung disease or end stage Lung disease, I’m also a lung transplant physician, so that’s a backup plan for which I’m prepared.” “One of the most effective, non-inva-

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sive treatments for COPD is pulmonary rehabilitation. Just as physical therapy can strengthen your muscles and restore your movement, pulmonary rehab can strengthen your chest muscles and improve lung mechanics and pulmonary function and help you breathe. Pulmonary Rehab can reduce COPD symptoms, hospital readmission and improve your quality of life...and it may be available through your health insurance. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program offers substantial benefits in improving lung function, reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for persons with chronic lung disease. We’re talking about an intense nineweek outpatient program that will really jumpstart your health and teach you how to exercise, increase your blood and oxygen flow, and rebuild the strength of your lungs. After the program is over, we’d recommend you join a gym (preferably a medical gym) to continue.” Explore all your options for coping with COPD...and conquer the symptoms that are holding you back. Dr. Youssef says, “Getting into better shape, growing stronger, and getting the right treatment can allow you to lead an active life doing the things you like with the people you love!”

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Fort Bend’s Favorite Neighborhood Plumbers Sarah Warburton or fifty-eight years my wife and I had an agreement,” says Ellis Rushefsky, Senior Vice President-Finance and Real Estate for Al’s Formal Wear. “She took care of making sure the house was running well...and I made sure to pay the bills. She always found the best people to take care of things and I never had a moment’s worry. After so many happy years, she passed away six months ago. When I had a leak in the gas line in my home, I had no idea who to call. A couple of different people tried to fix it, but it was an appliance service that sent me to Alan’s Plumbing. They told me, “Alan will take good care of you. Alan’s Plumbing isn’t the most expensive and they aren’t the cheapest...they’re just the best.” “Thank goodness my brother noticed the problem with the gas leak....and thank goodness for Alan! He didn’t tear up my floor or make a big deal about the problem. He just found the best, most straightforward way to fix it. I really appreciated the way he respected my home and came up with the right answer for my gas leak. I’m just floored by how good and how courteous the guys at Alan’s Plumbing are.” “Now I know if I have a problem, I can call Alan’s Plumbing and his wife, Jennifer will talk me through it. She’s great at explaining

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ack in 1998, my father saw a prosperous business opportunity in Rosenberg and took advantage of it to build our company to what it is today,” says Ana Prado, daughter of Oscar at Oscar’s Tire Center. “With constant perseverance, he had a goal set to make a successful, friendly business that focused on getting drivers safely on the road.” Today, with a second location across from the Stafford Centre, the Prado family still serves the families of Fort Bend County, as well as travelers all across Texas, with top-of-the-line wheels, tires, accessories and wheel repair. Oscar and his family have you covered if you’re in the market for new, custom wheels. “From high-end, luxury wheels to off-road, we have a huge selection in inventory,” says Ana, “and if we don’t have it in stock, we can generally find what you are looking for on the same day.” When your wheels need a little improvement, just bring them by the store. Straightening, re-finishing, re-polishing, restoring, and repairing damaged wheels are part of the services available at Oscar’s. Oscar’s Tire Center can help every driver in your family. “We have over 2,400 square feet of inventory,” Ana says. “We sell passenger, off-road, and low profile tires in all of the brands you trust—including Toyo, Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone, Vogue, Nitto, and many more. Our shops are equipped to mount and balance tires and rims from 12 to 32 inches.” If you need a more affordable option, Ana says, “One of our more popular options is our used tires. It’s a great choice for drivers on a budget.” The Prado family has kept their business successful mostly due to their friendly, personal service. Ana, who’s currently enrolled at UHD

and studying to become a geoscientiet, and her brother Oscar, a recent graduate of Texas A&M with BS in Management Information Systems, operate the store in Stafford. You’ll see their dad Oscar at the Stafford location and at the original store in Rosenberg. “Our youngest brother is still at George Ranch High School and plans to become a lawyer,” says Ana. “My dad taught us all to set goals and work hard...and we’re successful because we treat our customers like family!”

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Why Diets Fail... and How You Can Succeed!

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tally exhausting. Spending so much time thinking about food, even obsessing over it, isn’t healthy. And if you just ‘try to make healthy choices,’ studies show you may be consuming fifty percent more calories than you think you are. Medihealth Nutrition takes all the stress out of weight loss. These pre-portioned, easy-to-prepare options are ready for you to grab-and-go...so all you need to think about is enjoying your life.” Unlike cigarettes or alcohol, you can’t just “quit” food forever. Dr. Alford says, “While you’re on the Medihealth Nutrition plan, you’ll have the opportunity to take a break from the dizzying number of food choices available and the stress of preparing daily meals. You’ll lose weight...and you can use that time to learn more about good nutrition and healthy eating habits. You’ll get used to spending your free time in activities that aren’t food-related and you’ll break the habit of mindless snacking. Best of all, you’ll see dramatic weight-loss while getting the right nutrition and good medical support. When you’ve finished the program...you’ll have internalized the skills for a lifetime of healthy eating.” If you’ve tried and failed (and failed and failed) to lose weight, partner up with Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss. Dr. Alford says, “We’ll take the time to find the root causes of your health issues, will help you lose weight safely, and offer a range of options to support you. In addition to the Medihealth Nutrition plan, we offer NeuroAssist, a supplement that works with your brain chemistry to suppress appetite without any unpleasant side effects. Essentially, you’ll be able to follow a strict diet and exercise plan... without feeling hungry, shaky, or stressed out! And you can boost the results of your weight-loss and exercise Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss regime with i-Lipo, an FDA-approved, noninvasive laser that shrinks fat cells without 832-494-7469 • 16651 SW Fwy #100 damaging skin or surrounding tissue...for a www.sugarlandwellness.net sleeker, more toned look.” Ready for a new you in the New Year? Make changes that will last this year... Dr. Jeffery Alford with the help of Sugar Land Wellness and of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss Weight-loss.

nother New Year’s Eve, another round of resolutions. Are you tired of trying every diet under the sun, just to end up making the same weight-loss promises year after year? Dr. Jeffery Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss says, “I see so many patents who have burned out on the diet circuit, but they still desperately want to lose weight. As a doctor, I really wanted to help my patients overcome obesity for better health and happiness. That’s why I developed Medihealth Nutrition, a meal plan that gives you a break from dealing with food...while delivering all the nutrition you need and the weightloss you want.” Whether you’ve been tracking carbs or calories, points or protein, you can spend hours every single day planning and measuring what you will eat and tracking (or regretting!) what you’ve already eaten. Dr. Alford says, “The logistics of following a diet can be men-

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Inspiring Olympic Dreams

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hat do children get from watching an Elite gymnastics competition? Amazement, excitement... and inspiration. You can see it in their shining eyes as they wonder, “How does he spin like that? Will she fall off the beam? Could I ever do that too?” You can get your kids fired up about the dedication, the focus, and the fun of gymnastics by bringing them to the 20th Annual Houston National Invitational (HNI) on January 31-February 2nd at Reliant Arena. Elite local, national, and international World-class gymnasts will compete at the 20th Annual Houston National Invitational (HNI) for more than $50,000 in cash prizes and other prestigious awards including the valued Open Team Cup Competition. Crowds will cheer for gymnasts in Men’s, Women’s, Tumbling and Trampoline from all across

the United States and countries like China, Japan, Israel, Ukraine, Mexico, and Brazil... all competing at HNI. This year’s competition will feature USA World Team Member, 2008 Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalist and 2012 Olympian Jonathan Horton and National Champion and 2012 Olympic Team Alternate Chris Brooks. Also confirmed are Brandon Wynn – 2013 world medalist and John Orozco, 2012 Olympian and 2013 World medalist, competing in the HNI with the US Olympic Training Center Team! And get ready to flip for the Academy Championships featuring Army, Navy and Air Force Varsity Gymnastics Teams! Hosted by the Houston Gymnastics Center of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, the HNI is a premier national gymnastics competition featuring over 3000 of the world’s top athletes. The

Houston Gymnastics Center of the ERJCC raises funds to support scholarship programs, activities and equipment for athletes and community outreach programs. Tim Erwin, HNI Founder and Gymnastics Director at the The ERJCC, says, “We’re happy to announce our 2nd Annual HNI Fundraising Dinner was a success. Guests included writer and politician Kinky Friedman, 2014 Crowned World Champion Simone Biles, 2008 USA Olympic Bronze medalist Kevin Tan, and other prominent gymnasts, coaches and a wide array of business sponsors and community leaders. Biles competed in past HNI events and shared her love of the sport by signing autographs for gymnasts and supporters attending the dinner.” Exciting international events like HNI bring us all closer. Community sponsors include underwriter SigmaBleyzer, the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine, BFL Associates, LTD, Basel’s Gymnastics and Cheer, The ERJCC Houston Gymnastics Center, GK Elite Sportswear, and Houston Highway Credit Union. Their generosity allows HNI to offer cash prizes and award trophies to attract the top talent in the field. $50,000 in cash awards go directly back to athletes and their programs. Not only that, but the event also raises funds to support the All Academy Collegiate Championships, as well Elite gymnasts, The Wounded Warrior Project, and many scholarships and booster clubs. Many junior competitors at the HNI go on to become Olympians and college scholarship recipients...and young audience members may be inspired to pursue their own gymnastics dreams. Don’t miss out on this exciting event...January 31st through February 2nd right here in Houston!

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re you looking for a Winter Wonderland in the heart of Sugar Land? You’ll find hockey, figure skating, ice bumper cars, broomball, and families skating–even in the middle of summer–at the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center. Jamie Feltus, General Manager, says, “Since we have two rinks and 8,000-square-feet, we’ve got room for all kinds of fun!” Let’s lace up our skates and start with the basics. “Learn to skate” lessons and beginning hockey lessons for all ages are a great intro to the ice. Jamie says, “We get tons of families and groups of friends who drop in for one of our ‘Open Skating’ sessions...and want to learn more! We also have party rooms...so you can skate for your birthday, with your team, as a corporate team building exercise, or whenever you want to celebrate! We have some awesome add-ons including Broomball and Ice Bumper Cars...guaranteed to entertain all ages!” Are you looking forward to following the Figure Skating (or Speed Skating or Hockey) in the 2014 Olympics? The Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center offers Figure Skating programs for beginners through advanced with competitions, shows, exhibitions, recitals, and the US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Jamie says, “Our Professional Coaching Staff includes National coaches and former World and Olympic competitors. Every Olympic Figure Skater was once a beginner at a rink just like ours!” Go for the Gold with hockey at Sugar Land Ice... home to youth leagues, adult leagues and the Imperial Hockey Team, Houston’s first NA3HL South Division team. With a full slate of classes, leagues,

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and clinics, as well as a world class team of coaches, Sugar Land Ice provides the most comprehensive hockey program in the region. Having two ice surfaces means you’ll find a dizzying array of activities at Sugar Land Ice. On one rink the medal-winning Houston Ice Theatre Skaters (HITS) might be rehearsing, while on another Skate Therapy might be spreading smiles. Jamie says, “Every Saturday morning at 9:30am instructors provide the liberating experience of ice skating to our skaters with special needs. From school fundraisers to parties to lessons to free skate...we promise to be one place that’s always filled with fun!”

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hat else is happening behind the scenes at the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center? Olympic Silver Medalists Kitty CarruthersConrad and her brother Peter are preparing for the America Legends on Ice event to be televised on NBC on February first. “It’s been great to get back and skate with Kitty while we put in the work to prepare for the Legends event,” says Peter. “Pairs skating takes balance, strength, unison, and timing. Since I’m working for Universal Sports as a commentator, we’ve only been able to train together on the weekends.” Kitty says, “Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center really has something to offer everyone...from theater on ice to hockey to beginning skate classes to open skate sessions to skate therapy to parties. I’ve been coaching and offering group and private lessons here for twenty years...and I love it!” “Not only is this Ice Center conveniently located,” says Peter, “but they’ve also got good access to the ice with practice times available before and after school. They accommodate busy schedules and make it easy for kids to skate without interfering with school. I think it’s the inner strength and determination I developed through skating that gave me the fire to hike to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the US. Any child or adult who learns to skate will be training to accomplish so much more!”

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“All of us at Jackson Air salute those who served our country,” says Brian. “Warriors Weekend is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 Corporation dedicated to the support of veterans of The United States of America with an emphasis on those wounded in The Global War on Terrorism. In addition to raising donations for veterans and veterans-based causes, they hold two great events for veterans. The Korean War Veterans Parade on February 1st at 10am in downtown Victoria will honor all Veterans of the Korean War. The annual Warrior’s Weekend fishing competition will be held on Saturday 17 May, 2014 in Port O’Connor Texas. We consider it an honor to support the veterans who gave so much to our country by donating $100 for every system we install to the Warrior Weekend Project.” For more info:

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fter four years in the Air Force as an air craft mechanic and twenty years with National Cash Register (which brought him to Sugar Land), Johnny Jackson started Jackson Air Conditioning 1982. His son Brian says, “I really learned the business from the ground up, and my son Blake is helping out, too. Throughout the years, we never forget the lessons of patriotism and service my dad exemplifies for us.” Today, Jackson Air is the oldest Trane Comfort Specialist in Sugar Land, winners of the BBB Award of Excellence for the last three years, NATE certified and repeat winners of the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Brian says, “Trane high-efficiency systems are made right here in Tyler, TX. The Trane two-stage air conditioning and heating system gives you just the right amount of cool or heat and great humidity control….and the Trane CleanEffects whole-house air filtration system removes 99% of allergens from

the air. It’s the best system on the market…we’ve been installing them for more than 30 years, and the product has been around for more than 100 years!” Of course, equipment is just part of the equation when choosing an AC company…and Brian understands that. Brian says, “We want each and every customer to feel like part of our family. We always provide honest, no pressure advice… never a bait-and-switch. And we always follow up to ensure complete satisfaction. Plus, we keep you in our family’s hands…installation is the most important part of a new system, and we never use subcontractors for our residential or commercial work. We strive to make you a customer for life!”

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e happened upon her purely by chance,” says Robert Aitken about Dr. Anh Doan of Vision Source, “but she was so sweet and thoughtful we were hooked! We first found her because her office took my insurance and was close to our home. Ten years later, my entire family still goes to her for our annual exams and all our eyecare needs!” “My daughter Victoria was seven when a school checkup indicated she’d need glasses. We took her right to Dr. Doan. Once she was twelve, Dr. Doan started her on contact lenses. I was impressed...I have dry eyes, so I’ve never found contacts to be comfortable. Dr. Doan has to sign off on all my glasses before my wife, Lana, will let me order them. Lana really trusts her opinion and her taste in fashion...and comes to Dr. Doan for her prescription sunglasses.” “Dr. Doan always steers us in the right direction. My son plays baseball at Lamar and he really wanted contacts. Dr. Doan thought that they wouldn’t be a good fit with his personality and lifestyle. We went ahead with them anyway... and he only wore them for a week. Instead she set him up with prescription goggles, so he can see comfortably and safely during his games.” •

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“Dr. Doan really knows us and the changes we go through from year to year. Her office is so familiar and we’re so comfortable with her staff. She has very low turnover, so you really get to know everyone...and her son even helps out from time to time. My kids always hug her and greet her with real affection. She’s seen them grow up! Anytime we walk in she treats us like we’re family...after all this time it’s almost like we are!” Dr. Doan says, “This is a great time of year to set your priorities and think about what really matters in your life. I hope that everyone remembers: making and keeping annual eye exams for yourself and your family is one of the most important things you can do for your health…and that’s true all year long!” Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 281-261-2647 4725 Highway 6 South www.visionsource-missouricity.com

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he topic of sexual health seems geared toward men (we’ve all seen the Viagra commercials). Men, however, aren’t the only ones who suffer from sexual dysfunction. It is a problem also experienced by women… who often suffer in silence. There are reasons why physical sensations fade, or are absent in the first place. Childbirth and aging can decrease sensation, as can physical maladies. Women rarely talk to their healthcare professionals about sexual concerns. But statistics prove that women with sexual dysfunction are not alone. About 1 out of 20 women report difficulties with orgasm, and as many as 10% of women in the United States have never climaxed. Only 29% of women always have orgasms with their partner, which may lead to major relationship issues. Help is now available. The O-Shot can “bring back” the excitement, or help women claim the pleasure they’ve never had before. It is a non-surgical, all natural and painless procedure, and increases sensitivity while enhancing sex drive. Now, at last, there is a certified provider of the O-Shot in the Houston and surrounding areas, Dr. Elvis Torres, Medical Director at Ageless Med Spa. As a board-certified gynecologic surgeon and member of the International Society of Cosmetogynecology, he understands how difficult it is for patients to discuss this highly personal, intimate subject. Yet sexual health is just as important for women as it is for men. “O-Shots can help rejuvenate the tissue responsible in part for a woman’s sexual response and activate the female

orgasm system,” he explains. “In addition, O-Shots can improve, or even cure, stress urinary incontinence — the unintentional (and embarrassing) urination women experience when sneezing, laughing, coughing, or exercising.” As co-owner and clinical director of Ageless Med Spa I am proud to offer this solution to our patients. Women are slowly, but surely, becoming aware that there is a solution to lack of orgasm. The O-Shot is both liberating and empowering, and our patients report increased lubrication, libido and sexual pleasure. Don’t worry — the O-Shot is painless and is accomplished by injecting platelet rich plasma found in your own blood near the clitoris and vaginal wall. The PRP (platelet rich plasma) then release several growth factors that stimulate growth and repair, activating localized stem cells. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes and is conducted at the Ageless Med Spa clinic. Patients experience immediate results with zero downtime. Contact Ageless Med Spa and schedule your O-shot today!

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Your Beauty Shines! Sarah Warburton

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re you ready for all those holiday parties and special events? Let your beauty shine with the treasures available at Shine Beauty. Owner Brandon Kim has between two and three hundred wigs in stock in every shade imaginable! You’ll find a range of choices from human hair to synthetic, from full wigs to extensions to clip-on... and everything you need to care for them at home. Then browse this spacious 8000 square foot store to give a little extra va-va-voom to your nails, makeup, and much more! There’s no such thing as a “bad hair day” when you have the right wig. These friendly assistants are happy to help you make your selection and are sensitive to your needs. Whether you’re undergoing Chemo and want a natural match or want a dramatic wig for a different look, you’ll get the professional help you need for the perfect fit and styling tips. Dreaming of having long

hair? With clip-on extensions, you can play with all the latest hairstyles! These clip-ons are invisible and a great way to get a quick-change before a big night out. Shine Beauty offers perfect matches for every complexion, every personality, in every price range. Redheads, blondes, brunettes...everyone loves gorgeous wigs and extensions made from real hair! If you can’t find the perfect match from the hundreds of choices on-site, the staff at Shine Beauty will place a special order just for you. Does Dad need a little extra polish? Shine Beauty has clippers, trimmers, razors, and men’s manicure kits. Maybe your daughter needs some extra sparkly ribbons and clips for her hair? Shine Beauty has the cutest, the most sparkly, and the most plentiful selection around. Cosmetics like Nyx and Ruby Kisses, Milani Nail Polish, and every little thing you could possibly need to get that extra glow. Walk these spacious aisles, browse

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the well-arranged shelves, and you’re guaranteed to find plenty of goodies for everyone on your list. Where do you go to find all those things you just can’t find anywhere else? Imagine about ten friendly neighborhood beauty shops all put together and you’ll have an idea of the enormous size and welcoming atmosphere of Shine Beauty. “We have some wonderful sales planned for the holidays,” promises Mr. Kim. “If we don’t have what you want, we’ll order it for you. We’re also happy to offer a five percent discount with our membership card and you can order in the store or online through our upcoming website. We want your beauty to shine!” Shine Beauty Supply 281-261-7160 5011 Highway 6 South, Suite 107 Missouri City, TX 77459 www.remybuy.com

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ven the most laid-back people can get a little harried during the holidays. “If you’ve been living with unresolved stress,” says Local Psychiatrist Dr. Diana Collins, “the holiday season may be your tipping point. Please don’t think you should try to ‘power through.’ Systemic stress and anxiety have been linked to organ damage, cardiac disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Children, adolescents, and adults can all suffer from persistent stress...but I’m here to help!” How can you tell if you or a family member is suffering debilitating stress? Dr. Collins says, “Stress in women may feel like

fatigue or exhaustion, while men may feel angry and externalize their stress. You may be over or under eating, sleeping too much or suffering from insomnia, or suffer from muscle aches, headaches, or gastrointestinal problems. Your stress may be related to external life issues...or it could be an indicator of an undiagnosed physical issue.” “I’ll start by ruling out underlying health issues. Then we’ll identify and analyze your stressors, so we can develop plans for dealing with them. Usually medication isn’t prescribed for stress, but an antidepressant may be needed for patients suffering from an underlying illness like depression or anxiety. Taking medication to balance your

brain chemistry can be as essential as taking insulin to regulate your blood sugar if you are diabetic.” “In children and teens, it’s especially crucial to examine the causes of stress. Kids struggling with undiagnosed ADHD, depression, or anxiety may be more likely to act out in school and at home and to selfmedicate with drugs or alcohol. Excessive stress during the teen years can have a negative impact upon both physical and mental health later in life…and can lead to an increased risk of suicide (as I’ll discuss in next month’s article, “The Danger Zone” about the signs and symptoms of suicide in teens and young adults).” This holiday season don’t be afraid to delegate, remember to make time for the things you love, commit to daily physical activity...and call Dr. Collins if you or your family needs help! Diana Collins, MD Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 281-240-7477 One Sugar Creek Center Blvd. Ste. 955 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.dianacollinsmd.com Fax: 281-240-7508 Answering Service: 713-513-7584

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a naturally sparkling smile!” The distance between the smile you have and the one you want may be shorter than you realize. Dr. Nguyen says, “We’re open from 9-5 The distance between the smile you have and the one you want may be shorter than you realize. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, but we’re also open until 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 9-3 on Saturdays. Plenty of my patients are working parents, pull double-shifts, or just need the convenience of those evening or weekend appointlook at the before and after pics from Dr. ments. We also accept all major insurances including Nguyen’s patient, Leonard Andrews. He Medicaid and CHIP says, “When I was ready to move up in the and offer interest-free company, I needed a real confidence builder. financing through You live your whole life thinking this is Care Credit. Come in just the way you’re going to look...but the and tell me what you change a strong smile can make is amazing!” want from your smile. Lenonard Andrews before (L) and after (R) We’ll make a plan and Dr. Danny Nguyen, D. D. S. ~ Ecodental work through it...one step at 281-491-9494 and prosthetics to Lumineers–– beautiful and 15870 SW Freeway #500 durable veneers as thin as a contact lens––to a time on your schedule!” (59@Hwy 6 next to Whole Foods) Want to succeed in business, fill up your the new Picasso Lite laser...and more. Our Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching System is a social calendar, and get more romance into Sugar Land, TX 77478 wonderful way to kick off the New Year with your life? It all starts with your smile! Just www.ecodentalgroup.com re you ready for 2014? This is the year you seize life by the horns and really go after the things you’ve always wanted. Dr. Danny Nguyen of EcoDental says, “If your smile reveals chipped or missing teeth, fillings, or discolored teeth, you could be holding yourself back in more ways than you realize...but there’s hope! I got into this profession because I love seeing how happy and confident my patients become when they love their smile.” Your total smile transformation awaits at EcoDental. Dr. Nguyen says, “We offer regular dental cleanings and exams for patients of all ages, filling, crowns, and dentures, and the best in high-tech solutions from implants

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