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February 201 2014





Last Minute Inspiration

We do all the work, you get all the credit!


by Sarah Warburton

hen Saira Ali became Owner and President of Urban Retreat, she had a vision to combine her medical background and training with beauty to move the spa into a new era. She says, “I envisioned it as a single oasis that would provide salon, spa, and medical services in a luxury setting. We combined the San Felipe location of twenty-one years with my skin center on Shepherd and a nail salon on Voss...and moved them all into an expansive space of 8000 square feet in River Oaks. Now I’m pleased to invite you to our new Sugar Land location. Treat yourself to the pampering you deserve...we’ll dedicate ourselves to you!”

Guys, do you want to look like a hero on Valentine’s Day? Pick up a gift certificate or gift basket from Urban Retreat and she’ll know how much you love her! You don’t have to fly to Paris to get the best beauty experience. Urban Retreat has brought the best to Sugar Land! Massages include the restorative power of Kneipp massage oil or Elementary Herbology Body Products. Manicures and pedicures use the natural line SpaRitual to protect your nails. And last April Urban Retreat launched their exclusive cosmetic line, L’Vere and new colors are introduced every three months. You can see the effectiveness of L’Vere’s HighDef makeup for photo shoots (and selfies!) on Saira’s cover photo...absolutely no retouching done at all! Saira says, “Our salon includes Shu Uemura and Rene Furterer and we are the only place in Sugar Land you’ll find salon products from Kérastase, an exclusive line from Paris. In fact, I always take stylists with me to New York Fashion Week and Paris, so they stay fully educated on all the latest trends. Our team did the hair and makeup for Jonathan Blake’s runway show during Houston Fashion week.” “Beauty shines from the inside out,” says Saira. “Making positive changes in the lives of others gives meaning to everything we do!” Urban Retreat • 713-523-2300 1531 S. Highway 6, Ste 200, Sugar Land, TX 77478 2 ~ UPCLOSE ~ Fedruary 2014

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emember when television meant jiggling the “bunny ears” to get a good signal? Times have changed and you might get your entertainment fix through cable, satellite, or internet providers like Hulu or Netflix. No matter what you watch, it takes more than just a television to get the best experience. You can get the convenience of an allin-one home theater package...without sacrificing quality at our favorite neighborhood store, Home Theater Evolutions, founded by Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain. Richard says, “We offer well designed solutions at a variety of price points to help you get the best quality electronics for your budget. Getting a home theater can be easy...and it should be fun!” If you’re not watching movies in a home theater set-up, you’re not seeing the big picture. Today’s Blu-Ray movies give definition so clear it’s like you’re right there with the stars...and the right speakers will make you think the action’s happening in your own living room. You can get the “movie theater experience” without the teenagers texting and the people behind you rustling their wrappers. Scott says, “In our showroom we’ve set up demo rooms to showcase our complete home theater packages which start at $4999 and go up. Each package includes a projector, a mount, a theater screen, 5 inwall or in-ceiling speakers, a subwoofer, a receiver, a blue-ray player, cables, surge protectors, and a universal remote...and installation and set-up!” What’s the difference between gaming in a home theater and settling for just an old television and game system? Well, maybe not as bad as the difference between a Playstation 4 and an Atari...but it’s not far off. Richard says, “The perspective, graphics, and sound

quality on games is getting more amazing every year. To get the full experience, you really need a home theater set-up. In our showroom, you’ll get the ease of “point and click” shopping with the satisfaction of touching and trying out the “real thing” and asking all your questions in person. You can swap in or out any elements you want... we’ll make those price adjustments for you. We don’t believe in hidden costs or fine print, that’s why we offer free in-home estimates. If your house has any challenges, you’ll know...before we draw up any paperwork!” If we gave out Academy Awards for best home theater store, we know who’d sweep the categories...Home Theater Evolutions. Scott says, “Richard and I keep changing up our inventory and our showroom so you’ll get electronics that offer the best experience for the best value. Whether you pick a ready-to-go home theater package or want something custom-designed, we’ll find a solution that works for your home, your family, and your budget!” Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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Same Great Doctor, Same Convenient Location...Same Compassionate Care for Your Veins!


f your varicose veins are getting you down, there’s only one name you need to remember...Dr. Ulises Baltazar. He’s won “Patient’s Choice” and “Most Supportive Physician”...and he’s been in the same office with the same phone number taking the same insurance for years. He says, “Now I’m affiliated with the renowned Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates....but absolutely everything else at my office remains the same!” Maybe it seems like “quick-fix doc-in-a-box” locations have been popping up everywhere, promising to zap your veins in a “one-size-fits-all” procedure. Why wouldn’t you want to see a specialist for a free assessment and get the treatment you actually need...including but not limited to laser treatment? Board-certified in Vascular Surgery with a reputation that is second to none, Dr. Baltazar has been treating diseases of the arteries and veins for more than a decade. He says, “I don’t do hair removal, I won’t offer you a photo one and only passion is your veins! It’s not about the number of veins I treat, but about offering each and every patient the correct treatment and personal care.”

The one thing you won’t get from Dr. Baltazar is the “sameold, same-old” approach to varicose veins. He offers a wide range of treatment options including the new laser vein removal that’s done in-office and takes less than 30 minutes. Dr. Baltazar says, “As I demonstrated on ABC Channel 13 news, this new laser technique works directly on the vein with minimal bleeding. After numbing the area, I’ll make a small incision to run the laser up the vein and the vein will melt away as the laser is backed out. There may be some mild bruising, but nothing at all like the old stripping technique. Patients find it more comfortable and the recovery is quite quick.” The patient featured on Channel 13 reported that one week after Dr. Baltazar performed her laser procedure...her varicose veins were gone and she felt great! You don’t have to search for Dr. Baltazar... his office is still right where it has been in the Methodist Professional Building 3. He says, “Varicose Veins are a medical condition, not just a cosmetic one. You may feel aching pain, swelling, burning, and heaviness...and if untreated your veins could lead to inflammation, blood clots, ankle sores or skin ulcers, and bleeding. That’s why varicose vein treatments are often covered by insurance...a fact many of my patients are delighted to learn! I promise you that both my passion for your elegant circulatory system and my office location remain unchanged!” Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS 281-240-8400 16605 Southwest Freeway, Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3)

Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS ~ 281-240-8400 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3) 4 ~ UPCLOSE ~ Fedruary 2014

Body News

Getting a Lifestyle Makeover...Together!


fter the death of my father,” says local mom, Rachel, “my husband Mark and I started caring for my mom...and we both put on a lot of weight. We decided to turn things around. I took my grief and stress to the gym. Mark lost a total of eighty pounds and I lost sixty… but the elasticity in my skin is not what it used to be. I could especially see it in my breasts. I went from a C to a B cup. When we were in Austin watching the World Series, I was so excited…until I saw a photo someone snapped of me and my son. Even in a good bra my breasts looked so low. I talked with Mark about getting breast augmentation, but I didn’t want to look any bigger than I am.”



“Dr. Ahmadi was recommended to me and right away I just fell in love with him, Lisa, and his entire office. I immediately felt comfortable. He eased my mind. In my mind I thought things had gotten so bad I’d need an augmentation and a lift, but he said just augmentation would get the natural results I wanted. The entire experience was fantastic. Dr. Ahmadi was wonderful during my follow-up appointment. He told me exactly what would happen during each step of my recovery...and he was right!” “Now I’m a full C or small D... and it’s the perfect size for me. Mark competed in a fitness show last July and that’s also one of my personal goals. When I think about how much we’ve been through together on our fitness journey, it’s amazing. We have a fourteen-yearold daughter and a twelve-year-old son. Looking at Mark, I know I’m more than lucky… I’m blessed!”

Mark says, “Almost two years ago Rachel and I decided that we couldn’t control a lot of things in life...but we could control our weight. After I dropped eighty pounds I set a goal to compete in a physique competition... but excess skin was holding me back. My nutritionist recommended I see Dr. Ahmadi. At our first meeting I could tell how knowledgeable he was, and I decided to go ahead with him. Rachel felt the same way...and we’ve been happy ever since.” “I was a different case than a lot of his before and after photos, but Dr. Ahmadi knew just what to do. After the procedure I was surprised at how often he checked up on us... he’s genuinely interested, caring, and thoughtful. For a physique competition you wear board shorts, but thanks to Dr. Ahmadi I’m moving to body building competitions...where they wear even less! Looking at Rachel, I know I couldn’t have done it without her. We feel better than ever now thanks to Dr. Ahmadi!” 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.

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

Next Stop...St. Michael’s! The CDC urges emergency medical care for a sick child with any of these symptoms:

• Rapid breathing or trouble breathing • Skin color looking bluish or gray • Not drinking enough fluids • Severe or persistent vomiting • Not waking up or not interacting; general listlessness • Not wanting to be held or comforted • Flu-like symptoms improve, then return with fever and cough

The CDC encourages adults to seek emergency medical care with any of these symptoms:

The Flu and You Sarah Warburton


ne day you wake up with a cough, a sore throat, and feeling sore and tired out. Is it a cold...or is the flu? Dr. Shannon Orsak of St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms says, “Most cases of the flu have more severe symptoms and a more sudden onset than symptoms of a cold. The flu may also cause a fever of 101 or more. Here in Fort Bend, the flu season usually runs from October through April... and we’ve already seen a flu-related death in Dallas this October. I urge everyone to get the flu vaccine...and remember we’re here for you throughout the holiday season!” When does your “sick day” turn into an emergency? Dr. Orsak says, “The state of Texas has adopted “the prudent layperson standard” if you think your symptoms are serious enough to go to an emergency room, then that constitutes an emergency. If you’re coughing up blood, have a fever of 103 or higher, have bluish tinged lips, or are confused and disoriented, come in and let our doctors make the diagnosis.” The most common method for diag-

nosing the flu is an “antigen” test which can be processed by a St. Michael’s lab technician and evaluated by a St. Michael’s Emergency Room doctor. Dr. Orsak says, “Any time at all, you can call on us with any emergency...large or small. We can work together to stop the spread of flu this season.” You’ll want to know as soon as possible if you or your kids have the flu...or just the sniffles. Most antiviral medications must be taken within the first forty-eight hours to be effective. “Preventing the spread of diseases helps everyone,” says Dr. Orsak. “At St. Michael’s we offer separate rooms for children, for infectious diseases, and for general emergencies...and we get you treated without a wait. We’d always rather wait on the patient than have a patient wait on us!”

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen • Sudden dizziness • Confusion • Severe or persistent vomiting • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough • Having a high fever for more than three days

St. Michael’s currently accepts more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United & Humana. St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms does not currently participate in any Medicare or Medicaid programs.

St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms 16062 SW Freeway (at Hwy 6) Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-980-HELP

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A Dentist’s Secret to Saving Your Marriage

Sarah Warburton hen local psychologist Dr. Gary Petty first met Dr. Thomas Lomonte, he had no idea his new neighbor would be a miracle-worker for his marriage! Dr. Petty says, “Dr. Lomonte and I live right next to each other on the weekends out on Tiki Island, Galveston. He’s a really good neighbor and fishing buddy, a truly nice guy, and a great dentist! Although I live and work in Houston, I drove out to Stafford to see Dr. Lomonte for my Snore Guard®.” If you’ve tried to stifle snoring with sleeping pills, earplugs and nose strips, you’ve been tackling the surface problem... the noise. But snoring’s more than a noise’s a health problem, too! Snoring impacts the quality of your sleep, which can lead to headaches, concentration problems, hypertension, depression, and cardiac disease. And it doesn’t take a highly-trained psychologist like Dr. Petty to know that fatigue makes couples irritable, impatient, distracted, and pessimistic. Putting an end to snoring improves your health...and your relationship! If you’ve been sleeping on the couch or in the study because your snoring got you banned from the bedroom...take heart. Dr. Lomonte says, “The FDA-approved prescription Snore Guard® features Air Flow


Technology™ to prevent your jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat...the root cause of snoring. The intra-oral device, Snore Guard®, has been proven up to 99% effective in the treatment of snoring and it’s FDA cleared for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea!” Dr. Petty says, “Sometimes I’d even wake up in the morning with a sore throat from snoring so much. Dr. Lomonte fit me with a custom Snore Guard® and it stopped my snoring immediately! The first night I wore it, the snoring stopped. I’ve also always been someone who grinds his teeth at night. I tried several difSNORE ferent night-guards from other dentists. I’d chomp NO MORE on them all night long, but they didn’t stop my snoring. The Snore Guard® stopped my snoring and I’m not grinding my teeth either! I’m really happy with the results...and my wife says Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. it’s a miracle. I’ve never seen her so happy!” “Come in as a patient, leave as a friend.” “I completely recommend both Dr. 12122 Murphy Rd. Lomonte and the Snore Guard®...and so Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440 does my wife!”

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Have fun, enjoy the benefits


Caron of Grand Windows & Interior’s features a selection of new children’s prints and matching wallpapers; fun and funky for the new “cool kid” room. Call us or visit our showroom for this and many other novelty collections at Grand Windows & Interiors. Caron and Cande invite you to stop in or call for a free consultation.

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F CUS The Best Valentine a Man Can Give We love because He first loved us-

1 John 4:19


uys, when we think Valentine’s, we go right to the gifts we think all women want... chocolate, roses, and something sparkly. Aren’t those the things that really matter on the most romantic day of the year? Not to your wife of many years...she wants the ‘old you’ back! The one who wasn’t endlessly grouchy and tired...the one who thought chasing the kids was fun, not a chore. Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph. says, “Approximately 30 percent of men between the ages of forty and eighty are affected by androgen deficiency, a condition marked by low testosterone levels...with symptoms that include muscle atrophy, weight gain, exhaustion, depression, bad sleep, and decreased libido.” Of course you’ve tried to fix it yourself. You kicked off 2014 with a clean diet, adequate exercise, regular date nights and various other lifestyle changes...but still, the grouchy, tired monster lingers and you’ve chalked it up to age. Dr. Campbell says, “A man should never think what is happening to him is an inevitable part of aging. You should expect a normal hormonal drop during middle age, but study after study have shown that testosterone levels have dropped dramatically in the last twenty years. Smoking and obesity are obvious factors, but even with those

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consider doctor-prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The advances in modern medicine in this arena are phenomenal! Higher testosterone levels will help you be a better husband and father. You’ll also see the improvement in your workouts, clarity of mind and general well-being. Once again be able to tackle your career with a smile--along with chasing the kids, tackling the ‘honey-do’ list, and putting the ‘mojo’ back in your marriage!” Ready bring back your ‘old self ’ for good? Call Campbell’s Compounding and set up an appointment to talk about hormone balancing today...perhaps a double date with your Valentine so you’re both on the same page? Dr. Campbell says, “Make this the Valentine’s Day that you put the romance back in your relationship, the drive in your day, and the joy back in being a Dad. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!”

out of the picture, we see the testosterone decline. Whether it’s our modern, electronic, ‘everything at our fingertips’ lifestyle or environmental toxins….there is no need to ‘grin and bear’ the effects of low testosterone.” Ready to give your wife and family (and yourself!) a Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy Valentine’s gift to remem281-980-2555 ber? Dr. Campbell says, “If our staff can’t make it…then you “If you’ve tried everyprobably don’t need it!” thing, and you’re still 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 not the husband, dad and man that you want to be,

Where Every Month is CHILDREN’S MONTH!

A by Sarah Warburton

fter five years in business, Little People’s Dentistry has quite the reputation for putting the spotlight on kids! Dr. Bianca Sanchez says, “We especially love February because we really look forward to Children’s Dental Health month...but we have a blast all year!” At the patient appreciation party this year, kids agreed the “swag bag” (a backpack with the Little People’s Dentistry logo) stuffed with Disney stickers, modeling clay, coloring books, bubbles, toothbrush, toothpaste, flossers and more was the very best ever! Little People’s Dentistry tee shirts were also a huge success. Dr. Sanchez says, “This year we also had a face painter who did ‘Hello Kitty,’ pirates, batgirl, and happily took special requests. One little boy just wanted his entire face painted his favorite! My staff and I settled for swirls around our eyes or cupcakes or the Rockets logo on our cheeks. And what kind of party would it be if we didn’t have snacks, drinks, and balloons?” “We proudly display our patient appreciation photo in our office all year as a big ‘thank you’ to our patients. I have a

lot of patients who’ll point to it and say, ‘Next year, I’ll be there too!’ We love the family we’ve built here over the past five years, and look forward to seeing these kiddos grow right along with us!” There’s only room for thirty at this VIP get your name on the list early. Dr. Sanchez says, “I wish we had room to squeeze everyone in...but when I start making calls we only have room to take the first thirty who pick up the phone.” Don’t and parents feel appreciated every time they visit Little People’s Dentistry. Dr. Sanchez says, “In addition to the balloons and games, when you check in for your appointment, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a child’s Sonicare toothbrush. We’re giving one away each month! Whether I’m brushing Diego and Gemma’s teeth at home or giving one of my patients a professional cleaning...I love adding more beautiful smiles to the world!” Little People’s Dentistry ~ 281-261-0020 “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)

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Healthsouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital Names Ralph Mancini, M.d., As New Medical Director


ealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital has named Ralph Mancini, M.D., as medical director, responsible for overseeing the hospital’s clinical staff and rehabilitative programs. “We are excited to have Dr. Mancini on board as the leader of our team,” said Nicholas Hardin, CEO of HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital. “He shares the commitment to high-quality outcomes, patient care and patient satisfaction that are not only important to us, but most important to the family members of the patients we treat.” Dr. Mancini brings more than 20 years of experience to HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital. He currently practices at Memorial Hermann Katy Rehabilitation Hospital, Kindred and Select Specialty Long Term Acute Care facilities and skilled nursing facilities in west Houston. Dr. Mancini previously assisted in facilitating the opening of Katy Rehabilitation Hospital where he acted as medical director and he has also served as medical director at Rosewood Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. He holds a medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency

at the University of Minnesota. HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital is a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered a debilitating illness, disease, or injury. We are located at 1325 Highway 6 or on the Web at About HealthSouth HealthSouth is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues and number of hospitals. Operating in 28 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth’s hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital 281-276-7574 1325 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478

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More Than Speech Amy Sharp


hink speech therapy is limited to helping a preschooler with delayed language or pronunciation problems? Dana Johnson, co-founder of Speech Therapy Unlimited in Sugar Land says, “Language disorders are a large part of what we do. And the spectrum is wide...that is why at Speech Therapy Unlimited we have therapists in many different areas of expertise and trained to work with clients of all ages. We aim to provide top-notch, quality therapy no matter the patient’s situation!” Jason Johnson, Dana’s husband and co-founder of Speech Therapy Unlimited says, “One of the most common language disorders is expressive disorder. Here, individuals find it difficult to put words together. It may be caused by damage to the brain--a stroke, traumatic head injury or seizure--but sometimes there is no damage, and the cause is unknown. We see it a lot in kids with autism...and early intervention is the key to help these children communicate!” “Our most diverse patients,” adds Jason, “are those with aphasia. The symptoms range from having difficulty remembering words, to an inability to speak spontaneously, to being completely unable to speak, read or write. Aphasia has many causes––head injury or stroke, brain tumor, infection, dementia, or a learning disability called dysnomia. Because the range and symptoms of aphasia are incredibly varied, it is crucial to have a large, diverse team of therapists on staff. We’ll spend the time looking for the right area––sports teams, family members, favorite hobbies––to make a personal connection. Then we’ll use every tool at our disposal from conversations, drills and flashcards, to apps and technology-driven

solutions to get results!” Can you imagine being unable to tell the world what you want? The inability to communicate is incredibly you don’t want any delay in getting speech therapy. Dana says, “Call us for your assessment and we’ll get you started right away. Jason and I hand-picked every one of our therapists, and I’m confident we will find the perfect client/therapist match for you or your loved one. We believe you shouldn’t have to wait to get the help you need!” 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

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Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” ~ Kofi Annan


iteracy changes lives! Through the Literacy Council change is taking place across Fort Bend. Dedicated volunteer tutors offer ESL to help students read, write, and speak the English language, GED preparation classes, basic Computer Skills classes and labs, and US Citizenship where students learn US history and culture from tutors...some of whom are homeland security trained. Through the Transitions Program, students who’ve earned their GED can take the next step in their education. With the help of Wharton County Jr. College, Texas State Technical College, Houston Community College, and Wharton County Technical College, students enjoy presentations on financial literacy and financial aid, college and technical school applications. Don Kerstetter of Classic Chevrolet, member of the Literacy Council’s Board of Directors, says, “Seeing the joy on students’ faces as they learn to read and gain skills is amazing. Empowering readers of 14 ~ UPCLOSE ~ Fedruary 2014

all ages strengthens our community!” Supporting literacy can be as easy and fun as a night on the town! Last year’s debut of “Reading Between the Wines,” a combination of the Book & Author Dinner and Wine & Music, was a hit. This year’s second annual Reading Between the Wines is a “don’t miss” event! You’ll enjoy personal interaction with best-selling authors and a celebratory atmosphere with wine, great local food vendors, “Pulitzer Prize” big board and a live auction. The two New York Times Best selling authors featured this year are: Paulette Jiles, an award-winning poet, memoirist, and the author of the bestselling novels, “Enemy Women,” “Stormy Weather,” and “The Color of Lightning” and Linda Castillo, the award-winning author of over thirty books, including the recent thriller “Sworn to Silence,” filmed as “An Amish Murder,” starring Neve Campbell.

Did you know? The 14th annual “Bike the Bend for Literacy” event held Nov. 24 raised a record-breaking $40,000 to benefit the Literacy Council of Fort Bend. “The success and growth of this major event would not be possible without the generous sponsors, in-kind donors and volunteers, who give their products, resources and time to make our community a better place,” said Kelli Metzenthin, executive director of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend. The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is a 501(c)3, so their funding comes entirely from gifts, grants, donations, and fundraisers like Bike the Bend, the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee, and Reading Between the Wines.

A ticket to this “can’t-miss event” includes an opportunity to hear from these incredible authors, the chance to purchase an autographed copy of Paulette and Linda’s books, as well as the chance to meet additional featured authors including Nathan Barber, Betty Verdino, Kathy Duval and Julia Heaberlin. Visit our website or Facebook page...and mark your calendar for “Reading Between the Wines” on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Safari Texas Ranch. For tickets, sponsorship information or to learn more about Reading between the Wines, please visit or call Cari at 281-240-8181.

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Goals! When I heard they were looking for families to host the players, my husband and I volunteered. The rink has been so good to me that I was happy to have a chance to help them out. These kids are between the ages of sixteen and twenty, all really good kids with the goal of playing professional hockey. They’re excited to read in my bio that I play ice hockey. Since I’m a 5’3” skin cancer surgeon, they don’t expect me to be a hockey player, too. The truth is, hockey’s a fantastic sport to watch...and you don’t have to be a professional to have all the fun of playing!” With a full slate of classes, leagues, and clinics, as well as a world class team of coaches, Sugar Land Ice provides the most comprehensive hockey program in the region. You’ll find hockey, figure skating, ice bumper cars, broomball, and families skating—even in the middle of summer—on the two rinks and 72,500 square feet of the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center. “Whatever your goals,” says Dr. Chen, “Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center is right in the center of Sugar Land...ready to help you succeed!” Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center 281-265-7465 16225 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479

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hen Dr. Minsue Chen went to her first hockey game, it literally changed her life. She says, “The guy next to me at the Houston Aeros game was pounding on the glass to distract the players. I couldn’t believe the action and the adrenaline. I’d always been a runner and I’d played soccer, but I loved the grace of ice hockey, the teamwork and the rush! The game went into two overtimes and the Aeros won in a shootout...and I was hooked! I told my husband, “I want to play hockey!” “I’d never skated in my life, so I signed up for beginner lessons. Finally I was ready to try the Hockey Academy at the Sugar Land Ice Rink. Shawn Feltus, the assistant coach of the Imperials Ice Hockey team, took me to the equipment closet and found me everything (besides the stick and helmet) I needed. I was so touched by his encouragement. I’m thirty-one and my Hockey Academy class was mostly elementary school kids...but once I graduated I started playing in the Women’s League and in the Novice League. I absolutely love it! Our league has women players who are fifteen and women in their sixties. Hockey’s a great indoor, year-round sport that’s high-energy, social, and really fun!” “Once you try hockey,” says Dr. Chen, “nothing is faster or more exciting. My husband doesn’t play, but now he won’t watch anything else! As hockey fans, we were disappointed when the Aeros left Houston...until the Imperials Hockey Team, Sugar Land’s first NA3HL South Division team arrived.


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Sugar Land Doctor Turning Up the Heat on Unwanted Fat


eauty, empowerment, excellence, service and technology are the hallmarks of Sugar Land medical spa—Renew Laser & Skin. Founder and CEO, Dr. Nina Desai has an extensive medical background that focuses on wellness and prevention. “My driving philosophy has been to blend my years of osteopathic medical training combined with my passion for aesthetics to pamper the body, spirit and soul of today’s busy women and men, using innovative clinical aesthetic services,” she says. My clients have been asking for options regarding a non-invasive way to lose inches, especially that stubborn fat that just won’t go away with diet and exercise. So I took it upon myself to try what was out there including fat burning systems that cool and heat fat. In my research, I came across truSculpt™ which is the latest and most effective technology for non-surgical fat reduction and body sculpting/contouring. I waited over a year to purchase truSculpt as I wanted to follow the research to see if it really worked. More importantly, I wanted to be confident that what I was providing to my clients really worked because they trust me to take care of them the way I would want to be taken care of.

truSculpt is perfect whether you’re a size twelve who wants to treat your hips, thighs, and arms or an athlete who just can’t budge that one stubborn spot on your abs. truSculpt is gentle on the skin, yet very effective on fat. Become a “new you” in time for Spring Break! Remember, truSculpt becomes more effective over time, so don’t wait to get that slimming effect.

RSVP for our live truSculpt demonstration and open house on February 19, or call and make your truSculpt appointment today. Visit our website for more information on the services we offer including laser hair removal, laser vein treatment, laser genesis, skin tightening, Botox and Dysport, dermal fillers, peels, microdermabrasion, skin care products and more.

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is designed to treat multiple areas of the body. Renew Laser & Skin is pleased to introduce truSculpt—a proprietary radio frequency technology that causes shrinking of fat cells, promoting a slimming and smoothing effect. truSculpt treatments are comfortable, quick, and effective with heat being delivered through the skin in just onethree treatments. You can now be on your way to a new self with no down time.

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Introductory Offer: Buy one session get 2 FREE!! truSculpt uses radiofrequency energy for deep tissue heating that promotes the non-invasive removal of fat and the tightening of the overlying skin. In addition to reducing fat, truSculpt treatments can help improve skin tone and cellulite. The fat cells are destroyed during this process and disposed of by the body. “My patients love it. Research suggests, results are seen between four and twelve weeks, but some of my clients are seeing results as early as 2.5 weeks. I had a client just this week tell me she is already down one jean size and another patient lost an inch off her hips within 3.5 weeks,” says Dr. Desai.

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Lasts That

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hen we think about love, we think about “happily ever after”...not just “happily until you show some signs of age.” Once you have a home you love, you don’t have to let aging, dated counters spoil your relationship. Jonee and Paul Barnett of Miracle Method Surface Refinishing say, “Instead of tearing out Before your old stuff or turning your home inside out, give us a call. In just a few days Miracle Method can completely transform your counters, tiles, and you can fall in love with your home all over again!” Some memories you want to keep forever, like the first time you met your spouse or your first Valentine’s Day together. Other memories–the time you dropped a mug and nicked your countertop or the time someone set a hot pan down and left a discolored ring–are better forgotten. Jonee says, “Before we put on our miracle finish, we start with a professional cleaning and surface restoration. We don’t just change the color of your

After counters...we add years to their lives and make them look like new! That’s why we offer a five-year warranty to protect your investment...because we know how much you’ll love your ‘new’ counters.” Every happy couple knows that some things are better together! Paul says, “Running our own business allows Jonee and I to play to our strengths, and I think together we make a great team! Our Natural Accents™ finish gives the look and texture of stone for a fraction of the cost of real granite, imitation granite, or man-made materials like Corian or Silestone. Your

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counters plus our Miracle equals a perfect combination!” Jonee and Paul have been married for twenty-eight years, so they believe in love that stands the test of time. Jonee says, “Call us for your free estimate, give us just a few days...and you can fall in love with your home all over again! The Miracle Method delivers a love that lasts!” Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only), Stafford, TX

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BREAKING NEW GROUND. IN HEALTH CARE. AND IN SUGAR LAND. Announcing our latest commitment to innovation and to the community: a $93 million expansion of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. In three phases, over the next three years, we are making incredible changes. Including a 100,000-square-foot professional office building (coming 2014) and a 120,000-square-foot patient tower (coming 2016). Cutting-edge technology, extended sports medicine services and over 160 new staff members are just a few of the many improvements you can expect. It’s better for Sugar Land and better for your health. Visit Memorial Hermann. Advancing Health.

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Are You Throwing Money Down the Drain? Sarah Warburton


o you ever feel like money is just running through your fingers? Maybe it’s running down your drains! A little leak here or there can make a huge difference on your water bill! We asked the experts at Alan’s Plumbing to crunch the numbers, so you can see what a big difference a little wasted water can make! A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. So if your toilet keeps running and running, it’s more than a’s actually costing you about $70 a month! How bad can a leaky faucet really be? Well, a slow drip can waste about 7-10 gallons of water per day, adding up to more than 3,600 gallons of water per year. This simple small leak can cost you about $20 per year. A more significant faucet leak can produce 30 to hundreds of gallons of wasted water per day. The average costs of these fast dripping faucets will end up costing you $60 to $200 per year. And what about those drips you never notice like the one by your cracked hose bib? If you add up all the little things...the total could cost you a lot of cash! Why should you care about more water-efficient fixtures? Sometimes they can make it difficult to replace your old fixtures. Alan, Zach, Chris, Luke and Beau are always happy to answer questions when you call them for a plumbing job. One of their favorite tips is to take a picture of the fixture you’d

like to replace with your phone, so you can get an exact match and have it ready when they show up. That’s thinking ahead to save money! They can also help you get set up with aerators on your plumbing fixtures, low flow shower heads that give you maximum spray while conserving water, or low flow toilets. Keep an eye on your water usage numbers each month and if you see an unexplained jump in your bill, call Alan’s Plumbing. Be smart and save money with Alan’s Plumbing... for all your plumbing problems. Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064

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Jumpstart Your Success H

ave you given up on even making New Year’s Resolutions? It’s never too late to become a whole “new you.” Get the serious boost you need to achieve your goals with Dr. Jeffrey Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss. He says, “As a doctor, I know too much about the health risks of obesity. For the month of February I want to challenge you to jumpstart your success...with Medihealth, NeuroAssist, and i-Lipo!” Tired of crunching the numbers? Adding up all those carbs, portion sizes, calories, or points can be exhausting! Dr. Alford says, “I offer the Medihealth nutrition plan for busy patients who want weight-loss that’s simple and doesn’t require any of your time or mental energy!” Each meal provides just the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber to help you lose up to 2 to 5 lbs a week. 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. I believe in giving you the tools you’ll need to follow your diet and exercise plan you’ll feel great while losing weight!” Ever notice how even hard-core runners can have a little bulge in their tummy? When crunches aren’t crushing that pooch and leg lifts aren’t eliminating those little lumps on your hips, get a sleeker physique with i-Lipo. As featured on the“Ricki Lake Show,” “The Morning Blend,” “The Doctors,” “Dr. Oz,” in a feature titled “The Five-Day Body Makeover” in “Harper’s Bazaar” and even used by Brandi on “The Housewives of Beverly Hills,” the FDA-approved i-Lipo offers an affordable, safe, and painless way to smooth cellulite, contour your body and fight fat. How does it work? “Essentially,” says Dr. Alford, “i-Lipo triggers the release of fat from cells so that it can be processed by your lymphatic system. After each 30 minute i-Lipo session, engage in 30 minutes to an hour of vigorous exercise to help your body metabolize the fat. You should see some results immediately after your treatment, and after eight sessions many patients report losing one to two dress sizes!” Take the first step on your journey to lasting success with help from Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss. With expert advice, scientifically proven solutions, and personal support, you’ll get everything you need for change that lasts a lifetime. Dr. Alford says, “Never give up your dream of becoming healthier and happier. This February I’m offering an additional ten percent off i-Lipo. Come explore your options and commit to a whole ‘new you!’”

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ou might be gearing up for the Super Bowl or the start of spring training, but for your local A/C guys, February is off season...and that means savings for you! Brian Jackson at Jackson Air and Heat in Sugar Land says, “Now is the perfect time to get ready for summer. Take advantage of our free system evaluation. Our business philosophy is based on honesty, integrity, quality, and reliability...and if we do find something to be concerned about... you’ll also be able to take advantage of our low, off season pricing!” Brian learned that business philosophy from his father. Johnny Jackson started Jackson Air and Heat back in 1982. Johnny learned early on that along with great service he also needed a great product. That’s why he teamed up with Trane out of Tyler, Tx. Brian says, “Keeping families comfortable and saving them money can be one and the same thing with a high-efficiency air conditioner from Trane! If you wait to

replace your old one, you’ll be paying extra money for every day it is running inefficiently and run the risk of it breaking down when you really need it. This is the right time to get ready for summer!” Could this be the summer your AC actually saves you money? Brian says, “We are so excited to offer the new Trane TruComfort variable speed air conditioner. They offer maximum efficiency, precise comfort, ultimate humidity control, and they’re the quietest in the industry. These systems are amazing. They eliminate uncomfortable temperature swings, by staying within a ½ degree of your setting. And if you’re working toward home automation, these systems can be managed by your smart phone, tablet or computer! But go to the experts... TruComfort systems are exclusive to Trane Comfort Specialists like us!” Let’s face it, the more efficient your AC, the lower your energy bill. And the more efficient your AC company, the more time and trouble you’ll save. They don’t come more reliable and efficient than Jackson Air and Heat. EPA and NATE certified, Jackson Air’s a repeat winner of the “Award of Excellence” from the Better Business Bureau, endorsed

by and have received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Brian says, “Our emphasis on comfort doesn’t stop at equipment…we are here to provide honest, no pressure advice, lots of choices, and we always follow up to ensure your complete satisfaction. We’re right here in Fort Bend where we’ve always been...and we’re ready to help you gear up for that hot Texas summer!” Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. “Licensed to Chill Since 1982” Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

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What Happened to the Joy of Learning? by Sarah Warburton


emember when your kids went skipping off to preschool? If test anxiety and general stress have stolen your children’s smiles, KnILE Center can help. Betsy de Vega, Learning Specialist and founder of KnILE Center says, “A child who’s anxious may not reach his potential in school. Through our upcoming workshop, our one-on-one coaching program, and our summer camps, we’re here to put the joy back into learning!”

On February 27 from 6-8pm, Licensed Professional Counselor, Jennifer B. Schlett will offer, “Workshop on Anxiety in Children and Adolescents” addressing test, social, performance, school and separation anxieties as well as phobias with plenty of interactive exercises and tools for parents. Betsy says, “This free workshop is filling up quickly, so please call 281-682-4573 to reserve your seat. Space is limited.”

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If your child is struggling at school, you need a customized alternative to tutoring. “We offer one-on-one after school support in our (“Pirates” week) and July 7-10 EduCoachNow program for kids to strengthen (“Knights and Princesses” their cognitive skills through multi-sensory and week)...and call now, game-oriented ‘brain training.’ After an initial because space is limited! evaluation, we’ll do a consultation to decide the “Through best course for your program. We build a child’s our workshops, self-esteem by identifying and strengthening weak EduCoachNow, and areas. We coach children to correct the root of camps,” says Betsy, “we the problem...instead of treating the symptom. take joy in reintroducing As part of the program, I’m personally willing kids to the love of to attend parent-teacher conferences or ARD learning!” meetings with you, but you’ll want to call now to reserve your spot for spring and summer!” Make this the summer your child Betsy de Vega ~ 281-682-4573 becomes a more confident student! KnILE will offer two sessions of “Dive Into the Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC Treasure of Learning,” a week-long science, EduCoachNow math, art, and reading summer camp for Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy grades K-5 with the option of mornings, 245 Gonyo Lane afternoons, or full day from 9-3. Your kids will love KnILE’s unique combination of Richmond, TX 77479 cognitive and educational challenge...and fun! Mark your calendar for June 9-12

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Have It Your Way–Traditional or Contemporary Amy Sharp


n this day and age, we have more electronics than ever–flat screen TVs, Blu Ray players, gaming consoles, cable boxes, sub woofers–the list is endless. But how do you store all all of these devices and use them, and still seamlessly have them fit in with your house decor? Steve Procter of Procter Custom Woodworking has the answer.“I specialize in customized furniture, and entertainment centers are one of my more popular items.” says Steve, “If you need a different size, different functionality or a custom-fit, I’m your guy.” Different size was exactly what Sreekanth in Missouri City needed. “A store bought entertainment center would have been

dwarfed by the large wall in our family room,” says Sreekanth, “We really wanted to utilize the space, and we wanted it all to blend with the woodwork in our adjacent kitchen. We sat down with Steve, and he designed a contemporary entertainment cabinet complete with DVD storage, connected cabinets to hide sub woofers and built-in lighting. Honestly, the end product exceeded our expectations. It blends perfectly with our decor and it’s not only functional, but beautiful!” David also of Missouri City was looking for something more traditional when he contacted Steve. “My wife and I wanted an elegant piece that had everything concealed by shutters, but still operational--a very traditional, mahogany cabinet. We talked to Steve about what we were looking for, and the result is amazing. Steve’s ability to take vision to reality and his utilization of space is phenomenal. He’s more than a craftsman. He can educate you about the different styles of furniture--colonial, southern, contemporary, traditional, etc-and the quality of his work

is second to none. He understands the different uses of different types of wood, and uses quality hardware (think drawers that slide extremely easily!) My wife and I have had a few pieces built by Steve, and we consider them family heirlooms--absolutely beautiful pieces that will be around for a long time!” Want to see Steve’s work in person? His home is his showroom. His home includes lots of custom cabinetry, molding, trim, built-ins, furniture, children’s pieces, and an endless list of other amazing pieces. Call him and set up an appointment today. Steve Procter Procter Custom Woodworking 713-201-8310

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WhenIIhad had breast breast cancer, cancer, the When the world’sleading leading care care was was right world’s right here. here. My team of experts in Sugar Land focused only on me and my cancer. They guided My team of experts in Sugar Land focused only on me and my cancer. They guided me through advanced MD Anderson treatment options including surgery, me through advanced MD Anderson treatment options including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and clinical trials. They customized a plan just for me. radiation, chemotherapy and clinical trials. They customized a plan just for me. Having MD Anderson in my community kept me close to my two boys and close Having MD Anderson in my community kept me close to my two boys and close to home. I chose MD Anderson in Sugar Land. Find Your MD Anderson today. to home. I chose MD Anderson in Sugar Land. Find Your MD Anderson today.

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Keeping the Faith: Tiffany’s Story “E

ver since I was fourteen, my cycle’s been incredibly painful. Neither my primary care doctor nor my ob/gyn could give me relief. After my husband and I had been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for six years, my ob/gyn decided I needed laparoscopy. He diagnosed me with stage one endometriosis and called it “not a big deal.” Since he had removed some of the endometriosis, my husband and I began fertility treatments. Our ob/gyn said only IVF would be effective, but it wasn’t covered by our insurance and we couldn’t afford it. I also reached the point when my cycle sent me into pain so severe it made me vomit. My ob/gyn said my choices were a medication with severe side effects or a hysterectomy. I knew it was time to seek a second opinion. At my very first exam my new ob/gyn said, “You need to see an endometriosis specialist–– Dr. Mangal at the Fertility Specialists of Houston––ASAP!” The first time I met Dr. Mangal, I broke down in tears telling him my story. He told me, “Just take things one step at a time and keep faith.” He reviewed my results from my surgery in 2009 and knew my endometriosis was far more significant than originally thought. Two weeks after that first meeting, I put my life in Dr. Mangal’s hands and underwent a four-hour laparoscopic surgery.” “Dr. Mangal told my family I’d in fact had severe stage four endometriosis that had damaged my fallopian tubes and ovaries...but he never gave up on my fertility. He always told us, “Heal first, then we’ll talk about conception.” I was on birth control before my surgery and for eight weeks afterwards to allow my body to recover. When we stopped

the birth control...we found out we were pregnant! I’ll never forget going into his office to get the results confirmed. I was so afraid the pregnancy would be ectopic or the ultrasound wouldn’t show anything...but everything was perfect and Dr. Mangal, his nurses and staff were all so happy and tearful for us!” “I’m a nurse myself, so I know how rare it is to find a doctor with the qualities Dr. Mangal brings to the table. He’s extremely skilled and exceptionally empathetic. He never gave us false hope or told us only what we wanted to hear. He was factual, but so compassionate and gentle. He is an amazing doctor and it starts with who he is as a person. Back in 2012 my husband and I were blessed to adopt a beautiful baby boy... and now thanks to God and Dr. Mangal, we’ll give him a sibling this August!” “When you’ve accepted that life is taking you down a path different from the one you wanted, it’s a miracle to wake up and realize you have everything you ever hoped. We are so blessed God placed Dr. Mangal in our lives!” Dr. Mangal is double fellowship-trained in Advanced Endometriosis Surgery through the american Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) as well as Reproductive Endrocrinology and Infertility (REI). He is board-certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and REI. Dr. R. K. Mangal Fertility Specialists of Houston 713-512-7880

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Kiss the Mess

Goodbye by Sarah Warburton


ould you rather snuggle on the sofa with your sweetie or vacuum the rugs and wipe down the counters? Is it more fun to trade bites of the chocolate dessert you created or mop the kitchen and scrub the oven? Max McCammond, our local cleaning expert and owner of Professional Maid Service says, “Spend your time with the ones you love...and leave the cleaning to the Professionals!” Maybe your favorite valentine is drawn with crayon on construction paper. “Kids grow up so quickly,” says Max. “Our team will clean the smudgy fingerprints, so you can enjoy making memories and having fun. We value your home, your time, and your peace of mind...that’s why our employees are bonded and insured, arrive in a company car with uniforms, and deliver a clean that really sparkles!” Show your love for your family with regularly scheduled cleanings by the Professional Maids...and kiss the mess goodbye!

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1. It just looks better. 2. I get more done when my house is clean. 3. I’m not embarrassed to have people over. 4. I can find things. 5. My kids play better. 6. It makes my husband happy. 7. It saves money. 8. I am more creative. 9. It helps me get a good night sleep.

10.When all is said and done, if my house is clean and my bed is made, I just breathe a little easier. Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

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Cleaning to the


Max’s Cleaning Tip: Bedroom Secrets Ever wondered the secret to a “Professionally” made bed? Max says, “Go around the bed once, tucking in the sheet and blanket together. To make a “hospital corner,” pick up the edge of the sheet (and blanket, if you’re going to make them together) about 15 inches from the foot of the bed. Lift it up so that it makes a diagonal fold. Lay the fold on the mattress, then take the part of the sheet and blanket that is hanging and tuck it underneath the mattress. Drop the fold, pull it smooth, and tuck it under the mattress.” Set the mood in your bedroom with a homemade linen spray. Use an empty spray bottle or rinse out an old bottle with hot water. In a small bowl, mix lavender oil and vodka together. The alcohol works as an emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix evenly. Pour the lavender-vodka mix into the spray bottle, add 3½ cups filtered water, and shake. Make sure to shake well before each use. “A tidy, attractive bedroom is good for your rest, your state of mind, and your relationship,” says Max. “Spending just a few minutes will keep things in order...and we’ll clean your sanctuary ‘til it’s sparkling!”


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by Sarah Warburton

ho better to care for you and your family than another family with extensive medical expertise? Board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Chary Tamirisa M.D aka “Dr. T” and Dr. Tamirisa Renu, M.D., board-certified in Internal Medicine have been married for thirty-eight years...and have shared their medical practice since 1990. Dr. T’s brother, Dr. Ravi V. Tamerisa, a board-certified Anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management, has joined the practice. And now their daughter, Aparna Tamirisa, M.D., board-certified in Internal Medicine with eight years experience, has joined the practice, too. This family believes that health and happiness go hand in hand! Are you tired, struggling to lose weight, and feeling older every year? Dr. T says, “You can feel your best throughout life, through medically proven, safe and effective treatments like bio-identical hormone replacement for men and women using pellet implants like BioTE and estrogen. In my practice as an Ob/Gyn I’ve seen proper hormone replacement revitalize my female patients so much that they drag their husbands in for a consult! Men are often surprised to learn than they can (and do!) suffer from hormonal imbalance. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of testosterone therapy that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day. Men and women both deserve to enjoy increased energy levels, sexual drive, relief from anxiety, decreased body fat, and increased mental clarity.” After graduating from Internal Medicine Residency at the Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Aparna Tamirisa went on to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center - Houston. She says, “Dr. Renu (my mom) and I are passionate about preventative medicine. I believe in educating and empowering patients to understand their medical problems and how we can turn things around. I have seen patients follow a clear prescribed plan and regain their really does work!” The Center for Medical Weight Loss run by Dr. Chary Tamirisa focuses on helping patients overcome obesity. Clients are treated in an office setting, and their progress is monitored by physicians. The

goal of this unique Center is to see clients at their personal ideal body weight, and a multitude of products are offered to ensure success. Want to look as good as you feel? At Sugar Land Medical and Aesthetics, you’ll have access to a variety of cosmetic services. Dr. Tamirisa offers Botox, Dysport, Dermal fillers and more. Deb Akers is an advanced certified professional Cosmetics Artist with INFINITY Permanent Make-up. Mary Jane Wimberly, Medical Aesthetician offers photofacials, laser hair removal, chemical peels, acne treatment and more. You’ll glow with good health...and with beauty! Having your Internist and an experienced Ob/Gyn in the same practice means more convenience, more communication between doctors, and a consistently high level of care. Dr. Renu says, “We’ll partner with our patients to help them cultivate happy, healthy lives! Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other conditions are often preventable or quite manageable...with advance planning and good medical help!” Her daughter, Dr. Tamirisa, adds, “Like my parents, I came to the medical field because I have a passion for serving people. You do have the power to pursue health...and we are here to help!”

Sugar Land Medical & Aesthetics 281-277-3300 3519 Town Center Blvd, Suite B Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Coming Home... LINDA’S JOURNEY

“He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.” Malachi 4:6

“Everyone should chase their dreams and take the risk to find themselves,” says Linda Riddle. Throughout her life, Linda wondered about the years before she came with her mother and her new stepfather from Thailand to the US at the age of three. She says, “I hadn’t been back to Thailand or seen my biological father in all that time...until this year. Together with my husband and partner Todd and our kids, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Because of that journey into the past, I’m a whole person today.”

changed my perspective about life on the other side of the world. Seeing such a joyful attitude and strong work ethic opened my eyes. I’ve been incredibly moved by how many people reached out with open hearts to show us kindness.” The trip culminated with the long-awaited meeting between Linda and her biological father. She says, “I had so many things I wanted to say, but we were only able to look at each other across the language barrier and laugh and cry. What happened over the

Each family tree has deep roots...and Linda’s stretched back into Thailand. She says, “Going back to Thailand was meaningful for me...and for my brother, too. His wife, my Thai sister-in-law, spent a month in Thailand before our arrival doing the research to find our father...and to make our trip run smoothly. We’ve come so far from our own beginnings. I also wanted my kids to see their heritage and to find their own roots. Having that strong sense of self is a gift they’ll carry throughout life.” Every step of the journey brought new memories. “On the top of a fifty-floor building named Heavenly,” says Linda,“my son proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes...making another perfect memory and a new beginning for all of us!” Todd says, “This trip

years we were apart? He had been a contractor, but the end of his job left him with no benefits and no family...except us. Now he lives in a four by four shack with a concrete floor. He sleeps on a pallet, has a television with a single channel, and one photo of me as the little girl he remembered and longed to see again...but he’s happy. We take so much for granted here in America...and I’ve been so blessed to have the opportunities my mom and stepfather gave me. Seeing my father’s meagre material possessions, I truly understand my personal drive to give my kids a better life. I’ll keep this trip forever in my heart. It’s closure...and the beginning of a renewed relationship with my father and a deeper understanding of who I am.”

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00 upclose february 2014 issu  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas and the surrounding area.

00 upclose february 2014 issu  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas and the surrounding area.