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June 2012


Men in Business

Not Your Typical Steakhouse Amy Sharp

Want to have your steak and eat your shrimp too?

And lamb chop and chicken and ribs and… Local family-owned and operated Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse invites food lovers to indulge in all that a Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse in Portuguese) has to offer. Tradição’s inclusive menu includes 14 premium grilled cuts of meat and seafood, a rich salad bar and hot side dishes. Private event coordinator and family member, Melissa Abrantes says, “With our Brazilian roots, we are passionate about fresh food. We grill all of our fine meats on the spot and our salad bar is made daily with the best ingredients. We are excited for our guests to experience Brazilian culture in this area!” Your Brazilian adventure begins with the large salad bar, which features over thirty items, including imported cheeses and made-inhouse fresh salmon ceviche. When you’re ready for the main course, flip your coaster to green and the “gauchos” descend upon your table offering 14 succulent meats. At Tradição, the gauchos or meat servers are responsible for the meat from start to finish. Masterfully carving, marinating and grilling premium meats, the gauchos then serve them to your tableside directly from the grill. Your meal is enhanced by a large selection of homemade sides. For less than the cost of a single steak at other establishments, Tradição offers an all inclusive menu with the salad bar, large selection of meat, and side dishes...whether you enjoy just a filet mignon, or filet with shrimp and pork and…well, you get the picture. Planning a private event? Why not offer this same customizable tableside feast to all of your guests enhanced with Brazilian flair? With five beautiful private dining rooms, Tradição has a private room that will fit your needs. dining, plus complimentary use of AV There is no room charge for private dining equipment...and the high ceilings, 3000 bottle wine cellar, and paintings by local artists featured in the full service bar are sure to impress! Tradição invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy your own Brazilian churrascaria experience. Because this is not your typical steakhouse!

Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse Vanderlei Bernardi, General Manager dressed in traditional Southern Brazilian outfit

12000 Southwest Freeway, Meadows Place, TX 77477


Bernardo Bernardi


On! Turned What Does Home Mean to You? Sarah Warburton


s it the place you grew up? Is it the place where you’re raising your kids? No matter where you hang your hat, home is where the heart is. For Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain, owners of Home Theater Evolutions, there’s no question that Sugar Land’s home. Friends since the third grade, they share a lifelong obsession with electronics. Richard says, “You don’t outgrow loving electronics...Scott and I are living proof of that!” Scott says, “Helping people find just what they need in our own store is a dream come true…and now my son Sean and Richard’s son Nicholas are friends, too!” After school, Scott worked as a firefighter and paramedic with the city of Houston, and Richard worked with electronics in the Air Force and studied engineering at Texas A&M…but as soon as they could make it happen, they struck out on their own. Scott says, “We started off in 2003 doing only in-home custom installation of electronic equipment…but more and more of our customers asked our advice on which products to purchase.” Richard adds, “Ever since we started offering electronics back in 2005, we’ve handpicked every item for quality and value to make life easy for our customers. We put everything down on the estimate so you won’t have any surprises or hidden fees. We really want to help people decide on the right products for their home, their space, and their budget.” Secretly, every guy knows that home is where your big screen TV lives. Does your Dad have everything he needs for a Father’s Day to remember? Hook him up with the perfect backyard accessory…an outdoor plasma screen from Home

Theater Evolutions with natural color tones, incredible contrast, crisp picture, and wide viewing angles to see the Astros in high-definition. Maybe Dad wants high-end speakers from Dali or a slim-line LED TV. Richard says, “We have options for internet radio, like the new Sonos music system with a wireless mesh network and ZonePlayers. Dad could play music from his iPod or CD player, his MP3s or iTunes library, or online music providers like Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, or Sirius…as well as over 100,000 radio stations, shows and podcasts!” Scott says, “Our team loves electronics just as much

as we do. Come walk around our showroom, tell us what you need, and we’ll help you find the perfect match!” What’s the mark of a true friend? Someone you’d want to see on your days off! Richard and Scott and their families are enjoying a little well-earned R&R on a Disney Cruise this month. Don’t worry...our local theater experts will be home again before you know it! Richard and Scott say, “If you don’t see us in the store, we’re either out on a job, or out with our families. Between the two of us, our wives, and our kids, you might see us anywhere in Fort Bend!” Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 • 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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This Is to Certify That

Dr. Ulises Baltazar Has Been Selected As One of Texas’ Favorite Physicians

The Passion of a Lifetime Would you ask your dentist to treat your bunions or go to a psychiatrist when you need a neurosurgeon? Not if you want the job done right! When you’ve got varicose veins, you need a doctor who specializes in veins...and that’s Vascular Surgeon Dr. Ulises Baltazar, MD, winner of the 2011 Patients’ Choice Award. He’s been board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery with special certification in Vascular Surgery for over a decade. He says, “At Sugar Land Vein Specialists, I have one professional passion... making sure your veins are working properly so you’ll feel and look your best! If varicose veins are making your legs tired and sore, if you’re self-conscious about the way they look and uncomfortable standing or staying active, why wouldn’t you go to someone who actually specializes in veins? “Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic problem, they’re a vascular health problem,” says Dr. Baltazar. “When the valves in your veins are unhealthy, blood can then flow backward and pool inside the vein, so it swells...leading to venous diseases like spider veins, varicose veins and venous stasis ulcers.” After earning his medical degree at La Salle School of Medicine in Mexico City, Dr. Baltazar did his General Residency at East Tennessee State University, where he was both the Administrative Chief Resident and won the Outstanding Resident in General Surgery award. This was the moment when he could have chosen any surgical speciality at all...but he knew his passion. Dr. Baltazar says, “I couldn’t resist the caliber of technology and precision used in vascular surgery... and when I did my Vascular Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine, I fell in love with Houston, too.”

While completing his Vascular Surgery Residency at Baylor, Dr. Baltazar served as Administrative Chief Resident and was awarded the Outstanding Resident in Vascular Surgery Award. He was one of the pioneers of endovascular surgery at East Tennessee State University, where he practiced before returning to Houston. Here in Texas, he performed the first case of Mechano-Chemical Ablation (MOCA). He’s had years of training, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the arteries and veins and extensive experience in placing needles, guide wires, using lasers, ultrasound and the latest technology and techniques.Varicose veins increase your chance of blood clots in the superficial system called thrombophlebitis and can be associated with potentially lethal clots in the deep system called deep venous thrombosis (DVT) it’s crucial to seek help from a specialist! When you or your family come to Dr. Baltazar, you’ll be getting personal care from a true expert voted by the hospital staff as the most supportive physician at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in 2009 and chosen as the Patient’s Choice in 2011. You can visit his website to read testimonials from his many satisfied patients. Dr. Baltazar says, “I have a range of solutions with a single provide you healthy relief from varicose veins!”

Ulises Baltazar, MD, RVT, FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists • 281-201-6052 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3)

Body by Ahmadi

Are You Looking Forward to Swimsuit Season?


If you’re tired of covering up at the pool and feeling self-conscious all summer, it’s time to change your life. You could feel confident, beautiful, and happy with your appearance... because we’ve got a world-class expert in a unique, life-changing procedure right here in Sugar Land. Like many of his clients, Dr. Ahmadi chose to

about breast augmentation and tummy tuck. I now realize I should have done it sooner. I actually can’t wait for swim suit season. I truly have a new-found confidence. Dr. Ahmadi has helped change my life for the better. Thank you so much, Dr. Ahmadi!” Another patient writes, “I am the happiest at this time in my life due to this procedure by Dr.



He’s double-board certified, with certifications from the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. He says, “Combining artistry


and surgery can make your dreams come true. raise his children in Sugar Land, since it’s one of our nation’s top-rated cities. He’s double-board certified, with certifications from the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. He says, “Combining artistry and surgery can make your dreams come true. My team and I are passionate about changing lives through the work we do!” Dr. Ahmadi has received world-recognition for his trademarked Lipotuck™ procedure, which combines a tummy tuck and liposuction to create beautiful, natural curves. He enjoys education and has trained U.S. and international surgeons in advanced body contouring techniques including the Lipotuck™. The procedure that really showcases Dr. Ahmadi’s master work is the Lipotuck™. This unique trademarked procedure combines liposuction with tightening of the skin, to provide a firm, curvy figure. Dr. Ahmadi says, “Whether a patient starts at a size 2 or a size 16, the Lipotuck™ is completely-customized, so that each individual patient gets the very best results possible.” Think you could never look forward to swimsuit season? One of Dr. Ahmadi’s patients writes, “I am so happy about my results. I debated several years

Ahmadi. I love the way I look, feel confident, feel like doing things, going places, because I know I look good in my clothes. I would most definitely recommend this procedure to anyone and everyone who needs or feels insecure about their tummy having excess fat or skin. I would tell you to get it done right away, because the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can enjoy a happy, productive life...and feel wonderful! Thanks, Dr. Ahmadi. I’m loving life and feeling great!”

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




Ready for a Road Sarah Warburton



f life is a highway, one dealership’s made the journey right. Don Kerstetter says, “When the dealership that stands at the corner of 59 and 90A took a wrong turn, we bought it and vowed to get it back on the road to success. Instead of a GPS, we used a solid moral compass to turn things around! Over the next three years, we’ve made big changes in the building...and even bigger ones in the way customers enjoy the dealership experience. We’d like to invite you to come along for the ride!” Although the road ahead was all uphill when Don opened Classic Chevrolet, he and his team put things into overdrive. Now Classic Chevy’s been named “GM Dealer of the Year” for the second year in a row, ranking in the top 2% of Chevrolet Dealers across the country in sales performance and customer satisfaction. Don says, “Turning things around has taken every single member of our team from service to sales. We’ve only got one chance to impress our customers. Being ranked among the top two percent of Chevrolet dealers nationwide means we’re on the right track.”

When you hit the road, it’s important to have the right passengers. Whether they’re helping you navigate or taking care of the tunes, good company makes a trip into a road trip. Don says, “Our team wears professional, casual attire that really invites you to ‘Relax and Enjoy the Difference.’ We look for good people who enjoy being involved in the community and take a friendly, laidback approach that’ll put you at ease!” What’s a road trip without a few stops to see the sights? Classic’s General Sales Manager Mark Kolon says, “Community involvement is a huge part of our mission here at Classic Chevrolet. We support a variety of worthy local causes ranging from the Arc Of Fort Bend and Child Advocates of Fort Bend to the Fort Bend Women’s Center and Toys For Tots. From local schools to youth sports leagues, we believe in getting out and getting to know our neighbors. We also want to thank all of you who supported our Second Annual Chili Cook-off. We raised more than $7500.00 for the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association... and we look forward to seeing what

you’re cooking up for next year!” Will you and your family take a road trip this summer? Make Classic Chevrolet your first stop for service on your current vehicle or a new or “newto-you” car or truck. As the father of two kids, Don says, “All parents know that the car’s the best place to really talk with your kids. Our cars play a huge part in our memories. Whether you’re looking for your first car to take with you to college, a car to hold your growing family, or a car to drive in your golden years...we’re here to help you find the perfect ride.” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660

Live, Love, Do Everything through Cooking T Amy Sharp

hink the only 5-star chefs are inside the loop? Think again! Renowned French chef Frédéric Perrier and his wife Michelle have two fantastic restaurants and a thriving catering business right here in Missouri City. Before settling in Texas to raise a family, Frédéric was an Executive Chef in New York City, cooking his mouthwatering masterpieces for heads of state and celebrities. Now he cooks those same masterpieces close to home at local institutions Aura and Hoggs-N-Chicks! Looking for charming, quaint and serene? Visit Aura to experience Chef Frédéric’s amazing French-American creations…or as he says, “innovative American with an inch of French!” Enjoy classics like Escargot and Filet Mignon, or order one of the exotic ever-changing specials. Feeling adventurous? Opt for the Five Course Tasting Menu…allowing Chef Frédéric to “do his thing” or you can guide him along “your”

the chicken fingers are “as good as the fried chicken Mama used to make!” With two fabulous restaurants and a catering business, what does a highly successful chef do in his “free” time? Cook! Chef Frédéric says, “I love to cook at home, especially on the weekends. Barbecuing or smoking…Texas cooking. It’s a break from cooking high-end meals. In my garden at home I have about 60 tomato plants, lettuce, and lots of other vegetables. I love to get

Aura Restaurant 3340 FM 1092 Rd, Ste. 160 Missouri City, TX 77459-2215 281-403-2872

lines. Either way, you and your guests are sure to feel like celebrities! Looking for something more “bring the kids and casual?” Bring them to, casual but not a box you eat in the car. And there is something for everyone…burgers, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, and the ever classic “Southern Fried” menu choices, or as Chef Frédéric says, “Southern Fried with a French Twist”. And he does not disappoint…one patron says

Hoggs-N-Chicks 8817 Hwy 6, Suite 900 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-778-4644

some heirloom tomatoes now that they’re in season, make a tomato salad, pair it with smoked ribs, smoked chicken or’s my way of relaxing.” “My wife doesn’t understand how I can take a break from cooking by cooking, but for me it’s a pleasure. I live, love, do everything through my cooking.”

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Simply Slim for Summer


hen endless workouts and deprivation diets don’t work for your lifestyle or your waistline, there’s another way to tighten your tummy and slim your thighs...before you hit the beach. As featured on “The Doctors” and examined by Dr. Oz, the FDA-approved i-Lipo offers an affordable, non-invasive solution to cellulite and unwanted fat. Dr. Jeffery Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss has partnered with Dr. Dina White of Natural Solutions Health and Wellness to make i-Lipo available to you. He says, “Both men and women can benefit Before from the safe and painless i-Lipo laser. It shrinks stubborn fat cells immediately...without damaging skin or surrounding tissue!” Is this the summer you could lose inches with ease? I-Lipo uses a “cold, low level” laser to liquify fat so your body can dispose of it. In a randomized, controlled study, patients lost, on average, 3.64 inches from their waist, hip and thighs! I-Lipo can target specific areas like the upper arms, abdomen, or chin... and there’s no pain, no needles, and no downtime! Clinical studies show that i-lipo delivers a 30% reduction in the fat layer depth just after one treatment, and more can be achieved through more sessions. Jumpstart your healthy lifestyle with a power-packed boost. After i-Lipo breaks down your fat cells, exercising helps dispose of the fat more efficiently. Dr. White says, “I-Lipo is a great way to increase your confidence, so you’ll feel like working out and makDr. Dina White

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After ing healthy choices. Think of it as way to turbo-charge the impact of your exercise routine!” Ready to create your own “Before” and “After” photos? Call Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss or Natural Solutions Health and Wellness for the one-two-three punch of a supportive weight-loss program, the power of i-Lipo, and aesthetic services. This could be the summer you get your sexy back! Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 16651 SW Fwy #100 Natural Solutions Health and Wellness 832-364-9444 16551 SW Freeway, Ste 100 Sugar Land, TX 77479

Dr. Jeffery Alford

Where Kids Come First!


hether he’s chasing his own children––Cole, Chloe, and Catilyn–– at home or helping your kids feel better with custom-compounded medication, Dr. Lance Campbell Pharm.D., R.Ph. has the skills to be an awesome dad and an fantastic pharmacist. In fact, on multiple occasions he’s even come into the pharmacy on weekends to mix up medication that people brought in for their kids...and then delivered it to their house. Why? He says, “Because children come first in my home and at our

memor y, thanks to the warm, patient-centered atmosphere at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy. Dr. Campbell says, “Since I opened our first location in 2003, I had a single vision: our family would work hard to help your family feel their best! When we opened our Sweetwater location in 2007, our neighbors welcomed us into Sugar Land with open arms. Working so closely with our patients means we really remember them as individuals…and really, it’s all about helping people. That’s the reason I first became a compounding pharmacist and it’s the reason I still love my job ever y day!” “One of my first pediatric patients was a little girl in hospice with a tumor in her mouth. I compounded a formula to stop the bleeding, so she could eat and be more comfortable until the end. She was one of the first patients that I ever treated by coming up with a different solution…even though it broke my heart. Finding creative, effective ways to help patients is why I’m a compounding pharmacist.” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy “I’d like to wish all my fellow dads a 281-980-2555 “If our staff can’t make it… Happy Father’s Day. Remember, we’re here then you probably don’t need it!” to help you and your family...anytime!”

pharmacy. We’re happy to cater to kids!” Helping families is at the core of Campbell’s Compounding. Dr. Campbell says, “Whether our patient is a child who can’t or won’t swallow pills, a mom or dad in need of hormone therapy, a older adult with diabetic ulcers, or an athlete with an infection, my team has a range of creative and effective solutions. We’ll listen to you and work with you and your doctor to find an answer that works.” True customer service doesn’t have to be a nostalgic

4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

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Next Stop...St. Michael’s! Becca Bragg ennifer drove quickly down Highway 6, her feverish baby in the back seat. “Why do kids always get sick on a weekend... at night?” she wondered anxiously. Her mind raced through her options: go to a hospital emergency room and spend the night sitting in a waiting room filled with sick people, go to an urgent care and run the risk that


they couldn’t treat the problem...or go to St. Michael’s Emergency Room. Filled with relief she turned into the parking lot for St. Michael’s, knowing they were equipped to handle any emergency for any patient...and St. Michael’s had her covered! What does that mean for you and me? Dr. Shannon Orsak, Founder of St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms, says, “It’s the law: you must be reimbursed by your insurance carrier for your emergency room visit, whether the emergency room is “in network” or “out of network.” We at St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United, Humana, and Medicare. What “accepting” these plans means to you: St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms will file the forms and deal with the insurance companies for you. We’re here to care for you from start to finish!” How do you know it’s an emergency? The state of Texas has adopted “the prudent lay person standard” if you think your symptoms are serious enough to go to an emergency room, then that constitutes an emergency. Are you going to get better sitting around an emergency waiting room? At St. Michael’s, you normally won’t wait longer than 15 minutes, and most patients don’t even finish their paperwork before they’re seen by a physician. Dr. Orsak says, “We’re a licensed freestanding emergency room, with board-certified physicians. We have X-ray, Ultrasound and CT, and an on-site diagnostic

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“If you think your symptoms are serious enough to go to an emergency room, then that constitutes an emergency.”

lab that can deliver test results in 15 minutes or less. If you need surgery or a hospital admission, we have agreements with area hospitals, so we can choose the very best and appropriate specialist and facility for you.” By law you’re entitled to concierge emergency room treatment at the same price you’d pay to sit around an impersonal ER for hours. You may have seen St. Michael’s supporting our local baseball teams, swim teams, and school events, charities and philanthropic agencies in the community. When it’s an emergency...make your next stop St. Michael’s! Jennifer brought her baby to the right place. The St. Michael’s team has diagnosed and cared for toddlers with bacterial meningitis, teenagers with staph infections, and adults with heart attacks. We heard about one patient whose doctor sent her to St. Michael’s because he suspected she had appendicitis. When he called to follow-up, the doctor at St. Michael’s told him, “She’s had her appendix out...and she’s recovering at home.” Four hours from the moment she walked into St. Michael’s...she was back in her own bed! Dr. Orsak says, “No one gets better sitting in a waiting room. We’ve got everything you’d find in a hospital-based ER...except the wait! See Dr. Orsak on Channel 2 KRBC’s “Health Matters” Thursdays at 6 and 11am or at www. St. Michael’s Emergency Center 16062 SW Freeway (at Hwy 6) Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-980-HELP •

How Much Would You Do for Your Kids?

Sarah Warburton ome heroic dads fight fire, perform daring rescues, or go to the ends of the earth for their kids. Other unsung heroes work a second job to put money in a college fund, get up early to pack school lunches, or


ease can contribute to problems like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia...but regular dental check-ups every six months can literally extend your life! Dr. Thomas Lomonte, DDS says, “Brushing and flossing keeps your teeth clean and protects you from harmful bacteria that can make their way into the bloodstream, clogging up

A native Texan who grew up in Beaumont, Dr. Lomonte has been giving Fort Bend families great smiles for over twenty-eight years.

spend weekends playing catch in the backyard. But what do your kids really need from you? They want you to attend their high school graduation, dance at their wedding, and kiss their grandbabies. Are you doing the one thing that could lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and more? The most important thing you can do for your kids take very little time or effort. Inflammation and bacteria from gum dis-

the arteries. Checking in with us twice a year can also keep little problems from getting out of hand. Spending a lifetime with your family starts with good dental habits.” Something else could be taking years off your life. Dr. Lomonte says, “Fatigue can lead to headaches, concentration problems, hypertension, depression, and cardiac disease...and snoring costs you sleep! The Snore Guard® features Air Flow Technology™ prevents the jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat and restricting the air passage. 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. I want my patients to live long, healthy lives...and Snore Guard® can help!” A native Texan who grew up in Beaumont, Dr. Lomonte been giving Fort Bend families great smiles for over twenty-eight years. He says, “Watching my daughter Natalie, a dancer, perform and fishing with my son Matt are some of the best moments in my life. Dads, we owe it to our kids to take care of our teeth and our health, so we can stick around for all the great times still to come!” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

Television Always Called to Me


elevision always called to me,” says Ned Hibberd, award-winning reporter for Fox 26’s evening news, “but I never thought I’d end up in news. Once I graduated from Rice University, I got an internship at Fox 26 and after two years they hired me on. I started off in production, running the teleprompter and the studio camera...but I couldn’t wait to get in on the action in the newsroom. I worked my way from assignment editor to a reporter in 1992…but I’ll always be grateful for my experience behind the scenes. Knowing how the whole thing comes together makes it easier to work as part of a team...and that’s essential!” “The most gratifying part of my job is the ability to share amazing stories. Two nights before this interview, I had the opportunity to go to Carthage, the setting of a reallife homicide that’s become the subject of the Hollywood film, ‘Bernie.’ I spoke with the DA who is represented in the film by Matthew McConaughey and the townspeople. There’s a lot of concern that their town be treated with respect and that the film

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might make light of a real homicide. Others feel the movie’s just entertainment. In my piece, ‘New Movie Gives Cold Comfort to Small Texas Town,’ the real people from Carthage got the opportunity to share their perspectives.” “When you see me on screen, remember there’s a dedicated team working with me on the station...and supporting me at home, too! My wife Danielle and I love the family atmosphere here in Sugar Land. Our sixyear-old son is having lots of fun with soccer and our three-year-old twin boys are rising to the challenge of potty-training! I spend mornings at home with the kids and go into work in the afternoon to pitch story ideas. If you’ve got a good one, tell me about it on twitter @NedHibberd or at ned.hibberd@ We’re always trying to deepen the experience for our viewers and give a more in-depth understanding of events.” Ned Hibberd, Reporter KRIV-TV Fox 26 News Houston, Texas

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Solving the Mystery of Your Pain Dominique Brooks


athleen Turner. Venus Williams. Phil Mickelson. Nick Cannon. These famous people have all recently gone public with their personal struggles with different autoimmune diseases. “As these celebrities raise awareness,” says Dr. J. Edward Hernandez, M.D. at Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates, “more people are being screened for diseases of the joints and soft tissues.” If you have undiagnosed pain or an autoimmune disorder, your primar y care physician may refer you to a rheumatologist for further evaluation. Dr. Hernandez and Dr. R yan Valicek will navigate the sometimes complex path to get to the bottom of your complaints. “After you and I talk,” says Dr. Valicek, “I’ll do the detective work and look back over your medical histor y to see if there are criteria that point to a diagnosis. Together we’ll discuss the risks and benefits of different treatment options. Most of these diseases are easily manageable, once they’re diagnosed.”

You won’t have to run all over town to get the tests you’ll need to diagnose and manage your disease. Fort Bend Rheumatology offers in-office blood draws, electronic medical records, and an on-site infusion center for IV medical therapy. A new peripheral MRI in their office and diagnostic ultrasounds make it possible for Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Valicek to diagnose problems like rheumatoid arthritis more quickly and comfortably for you. “Ultrasound is more sensitive than x-rays, more flexible and quicker than an MRI, and allows us to see signs of inflammation or damage in the joints. In the future, ultrasound will be used as a diagnostic tool by rheumatologists the way stethoscopes are used by cardiologists.” says Dr. Hernandez. Because this technique can be so beneficial to both patients and doctors, he has also been teaching other physicians in the Houston area about it.

Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates are dedicated to solving the mystery of your aches and pains. They are participating in multiple clinical trials on diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and gout – all in conjunction with the Houston Institute for Clinical Research and other rheumatology specialists in the area. “Staying informed of the latest discoveries is crucial in understanding and managing autoimmune diseases,” says Dr. Hernandez. Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates 281-980-1742 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 515

A Passion for Compassion


Astacia Stuart he secret to being happy is to be of service to others,” says Mike Alexander of Seniors Helping Seniors. “When I was younger, I thought it was all about acquiring stuff and getting promoted. The notion of providing care would have bewildered me back then.” Providing care is the heart of Seniors Helping Seniors, a service that matches senior providers who want to help with senior recipients who need help. “Both providers and receivers end

Mike came to realize how great a need for senior care existed when he and his wife were living a long distance away from his elderly father. up benefiting,” Mike explains. “Senior providers feel needed and are needed. Senior receivers can maintain independence and dignity in their own homes, plus they get the companionship of someone who understands them.” Mike came to understand and appreciate the need for assistance when his father became ill and he and his wife were living and working in another city, “And even though we were there every

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weekend, that wasn’t enough. My dad and mom needed someone to help out during the week, taking them to doctor appointments, helping around the house or just spending time with my dad so my mom could go to the store and run errands.Seniors want someone they can relate to and enjoy being with because of similar life experience. That’s why my wife, Barbara and I developed the business model for Seniors Helping Seniors.” In addition to his core values of integrity and hard work, Mike attributes his success to 30+ years of management experience and to remembering one important truth: if his employees aren’t successful, then he isn’t either. “My success is their success,” he says, “which is one reason why I take my time screening care providers and doing background checks.” Mike has some charming stories to share. “We have the sweetest lady, a care receiver, who loves to dine out at restaurants but who can no longer drive. Obviously, we paired her with a provider who also likes dining. One day, I dropped off some paperwork at the lady’s

Owners Mike & Barbara Alexander

house, and there she was sitting in a chair in her driveway, dressed to the nines, with her purse in her lap and a big smile. Now that’s happiness.” Seniors Helping Seniors 281-797-3511 • 281-902-2762 3258 Persimmon Grove Richmond, Texas 77469

Eleven Kids and No AC!

Becca Bragg


rowing up as a child in rural Oklahoma as one of eleven children, Johnny Jackson didn’t have the luxury of air conditioning, so he tried other ways to cool off. Lying in the shade, swimming in the swimming hole, or trying to work up a breeze galloping on his favorite horse. Little did he know where he’d end up! After 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 started Jackson Air Conditioning in 1982. Johnny says, “We learned early on that there was a big difference in quality and reliability in air conditioners. We soon teamed up with another Texas company, Trane out of Tyler, TX. Trane has the quality, reliability and technology needed in the hot humid Texas summers, and that keeps our customers comfortable, safe and happy...and today we’re

the oldest Trane dealer in Sugar Land.” Like father, like son! As a teenager, Brian Jackson worked alongside his dad learning about the business from the ground up. Thirty years after his dad founded Jackson Air, Brian is proud to say “Our commitment to customer service remains the same, We believe in treating the customer right and doing what ever it takes to make them happy. This is why most of our new customers are referred by existing customers. This philosophy has made Jackson Air winners for the second year in a row of the BBB Award of Excellence and the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Today it’s not just about cooling and’s also about energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Getting a new, high efficient Trane air conditioner can deliver significant savings on your energy bills with lower humidity to keep your family comfortable all summer long.”

Johnny Jackson & Champ, 1951 Enjoy summer fun with your family...without worrying about your air conditioner! Brian says, “Your kids don’t have to suffer through the summer heat like my dad did! We’re offering up to $2250 in instant rebates or zero percent financing on a new Trane system. As a special thank you to all our loyal fans in Sugar Land, we’re also offering Free Skeeters Baseball tickets with every new system (while supplies last). Be sure to stop by the customer service booth for your free hand fan to keep you cool during the game!” Jackson Air and Heating, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

Punctual. Personal. Professional. “T

Amy Sharp

he Few. The Proud.” This Marine Corps slogan reflects the high caliber of those who serve as Marines. Former Marine Corps Sergeant and Operation Iraqi Freedom II veteran Andrew Silva brings this same level of excellence to his elite town car service here in Sugar Land. We’ve all had the frustration of pulling into the airport, and passing two, three, or even four “lot full” signs before finally parking the car in an exposed lot and arriving at the terminal a steamy bus ride later. Imagine door to door service in a black town car or SUV

Time is money and Millennium Town Car Service will save you both. with world class service. Millennium Town Car Service offers reliable and stylish transportation for your clients, your family or yourself. Andrew says, “Millennium Town Car Service gets you to the airport in class and comfort… at a price you’ll love!” Are you a “road warrior,” checking in to the airport week after week? Wouldn’t it be

fabulous to have a driver pick you up Monday morning and return you to your home Friday afternoon? Time is money and Millennium Town Car Service will save you both. No more allotting time to park, since you’ll arrive at curbside check-in. No more waiting for the bus to take you to the parking lot, since your Millennium Town Car Service chauffeur will wait outside baggage claim. You’ll feel like a VIP, and your company will love the prices…less than the cost of a taxi! Not only that, but corporate accounts are eligible for discounts. Andrew and his crew will do what it takes to earn your loyalty. The quality of service at Millennium Town Car Service speaks for itself. The company is the number one recommended car service at many local area hotels. Repeat clients rave about the service. “Excellent Service! Andrew is extremely engaging, on time and reasonably priced.” For Andrew, it’s all about the people. He says, “Every client has a different situation, so there’s always something new to make the job fun.” One loyal customer describes Millennium Town Car Service as “Punctual. Personal. Professional.” What else would you expect from one of “The Few. The Proud.?”

To advertise, 281-235-0600

Millennium Town Car Service 832-434-8312

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Who Says


Don’t Drink


Wine? Sarah Warburton

Joe Braman is an honest-to-goodness true Texas cowboy, ranching, roping, and surviving tussles with rattlesnakes...and he knows that Texans don’t just drink beer. When he met Ashly

Kubicek and Page Brockman through a real estate deal, they shared their vision of a true Texas winery, telling the story of Joe’s heritage through wine. In 2010 Braman Winery opened a tasting room in Refugio and two months ago they opened another right here in Richmond. Page says, “Joe and his wife Dee have two daughters, I have four sons, Ashly has a young son, and Joe agreed that this would be an amazing legacy to leave his family and ours. We’re developing a high end Legacy line, our b10 Series commemorates our founding year, our best-seller is our effervescent Braman Sparkles™ (especially our ready-to-drink Mimosa) and Joe’s dubbed our Fringe Benefits line: ‘No Snobs Allowed!’” You’re only twenty minutes away from relaxing with your friends on a deck under spreading pecan trees or marveling at the wall of wine bottles and browsing the shop at the Braman Tasting Room in Richmond; all beautifully decorated by Dee and Ashly. Sample these spectacular wines and buy them by the glass, the bottle, or the case. One of the best-kept secrets of native son Joe Braman is the legacy of culinary arts and wine pairings passed on to him by his beloved grandmother, Mary O’Connor Braman in Port O’Connor, Texas.The time they spent together was one part learning and one part love of all things culinary, especially the importance of wines and pairings. Her inspiration guided Joe through culinary school and some of the finest kitchens in the world. You can get a preview of Joe’s recipes on the website. If there’s one thing we know here in Texas, it’s how to get together and have a good time...and that’s the philosophy at Braman Winery. Now it’s simple to pair the perfect wine with your occasion––whether it’s chillin’ on the beach, celebrating an engagement, or raising a glass with friends. Better still, book the tasting room for your next event and give it that true Texas flavor. Page says, “We’re proud of our Texas heritage...and the legacy we’re creating at Braman Winery.” Braman Winery 281-762-1375 3333 FM 359 • Richmond, TX 77406




Like Father, Like Son


hen his son, Shaun, was born, Bob McKelvey, was doing carpet cleaning and removal. Fast forward a couple decades and today Shaun works at the desk directly next to his dad’s. Bob says, “He really followed in my footsteps, starting out in the cleaning and restoration side of things, then moving into the showroom with his mom. His younger brother Steven’s got other interests, so it’s wonderful to know Shaun’s here to continue the family business. I’m more likely to go out to homes and do estimates, and Shaun’s strength is his eye for color, his sense of design, and the way he interacts with customers...they just love him!” This time of year when homes are going up for sale and families are

heading out of town, it’s nice to know there’s one company that offers reliable turnkey service. Bob says, “As flooring inspectors, my wife Renee and I learned that about ninety percent of problems are caused by faulty installation. We only use installers we know and trust. I don’t double-book them, I won’t rush them, because I know your remodeling project literally depends on the excellent work they do. Vacation is a great time to let us remodel your kitchen, bathroom and flooring.” For over twenty years All About Carpet and Floors has been Fort Bend’s first choice for quality flooring, tile, and customer service. One repeat customer Donna Self says, “Back in 2002, my neighbor had some work done by All About Carpet. I liked what they’d done in her house, so I had them do tile work for us, too. Over the years, we’ve been nothing but happy with the work they’ve done. I hate to say this, but we did have some work done by a different place...and they didn’t do a good job. In fact, we’re still paying for that mistake!” “When we needed tile work done again this year, I thought about what a good job All About Carpet had done and went right back to them...a decade after my first visit to them. I’m very familiar with that shopping center, I knew they were still there. Since it’s a family-owned and operated business, I dealt with Bob and Shaun and talked with Renee again. We’ve been really impressed with the quality of their work from start to finish. Angel, who did the installation, is a real craftsman. It’s a major undertaking any time you do a home improvement project, so it’s important to get it done well!” Bob and Renee built All About Carpet from the bottom up... and they’re committed to making you happy for the long term. “After all,” says Bob, “we want you to give our name out to your relatives, friends, and neighbors. Come on in, meet Shaun, and chat about your plans. We’ve been here for over twenty years...isn’t it time you dropped by?” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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Great Food Takes a Family

Marie Paige


reat family recipes are perfected over generations and Ruthie’s TexMex in New Territory knows it! Owner William Solis keeps true to his family heritage of deliciously fresh Tex-Mex food. “I grew up in Alief and attended the Naval Academy. I spent four years as a Naval officer and two as an engineer. When I had a chance to come into the family business, I took it! My parents, Jorge and Ruth, taught me everything…and now they’ve retired from the restaurant and I’m at the helm.” This fabulous local institution is a great place to go for authentic Tex-Mex food. You’ll find generous portions of all of your favorites….fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, flautas, and more. William says, “ We use one hundred percent Angus Beef...and we don’t marinate our fajita meat. I believe that lime juice breaks down the fibers in the meat to mask the flavor and disguise the cut. We use the best quality beef...and we like to show it off!” Feeling adventurous?

Venture off-menu for “William’s Platter,” an outside skirt steak with shrimp and avocado

on a bed of rice. William says, “It’s surf and turf done my favorite way!” Or try the La Tortuga (“turtle” in Spanish). It’s a skirt steak and chicken breast with large succulent shrimp, monterey jack cheese, ranchera sauce, and mushrooms, positioned to look like the head and feet of the turtle! All of the recipes were passed down from generation to generation in William’s family. It’s all made from the freshest produce and quality ingredient. Want to take the credit for discovering this local favorite? Ask Ruthie’s Tex Mex to cater your party, event, or family dinner. William

says, “We recently catered a fajita dinner for 750 people for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Marketing Committee….and I think our friends in New Territory would agree we’re a great choice if you want to pick up a to-go meal to share with friends!” “Come eat with our family today. Familiar friendly faces Oscar, Ruben, Jorge, and Nico are here to serve you, and occasionally my mom and dad drop in to say “Hello!” ¡Bienvenidos a Casa! Welcome to Our Home!” Ruthie’s Tex-Mex: Authentic Tex-Mex food by an authentic Tex-Mex family! 281-491-7884 5022 Highway 90A, Suite P Sugar Land TX 77498

Get Stronger, Leaner...Faster! Sarah Warburton hen did fitness become all about fancy gear and complicated workouts? Angie Jameson, Certified Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist, says, “At Art of Strength we focus on functional fitness that works your core, helps you lose inches, and delivers a body that is stronger than it looks, more durable, less prone to injury, and more resilient. With only vintage dumbbells and barbells, kettlebells, loops and ropes, anyone at any age and any fitness level can get fit...quickly! This isn’t a come-and-go gym where you’ll sip a smoothie and call it a workout. Art of Strength Sugar Land offers scheduled large group classes, small group classes of 2-3, and personal training. No matter what you choose, you will always have a trainer with you. Angie says, “We’ll always start our clients with a free 40 minute evaluation by a trainer. Our workouts are one-hour timed circuits. After you’ve gone through the first circuit of five exercises three times, we’ll quickly set up a new one for you. Usually we do three sets of three different circuits in each hour. Your trainer will explain the benefit of each exercise, so you won’t have to think...just enjoy the music and sweat!” The seriously fit––boxers, athletes, celebrities––have taken their workouts back to basics. Angie says, “The founder, Anthony DiLuglio, developed authentic, strength-building exercises that are both fun and effective! Lifting weights builds bone mass, as well as muscles. We want you to be stronger on the inside!” For cardio, you will use heavy ropes in the “Undulating Training System (UTS),” swinging them and moving them to work your core. The “Bandit’s Loops (ETS)” are loops suspended about a foot off the floor and used for rowing and planking. The UTS and ETS systems have been staples among NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA teams. The ropes (UTS) were named the “2009 New Cardio Tool of the Year” by Men’s Fitness magazine and are used on NBC’s “Biggest Loser.” After twenty years as a personal trainer in Sugar Land, Angie knew “Art of Strength” made sense. She says, “Working with post-physical therapy


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Owner Angie Jameson, with her team Eric Grimsley & Amber Callahan patients and clients at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine/Ortho clinic I trained people with every health concern. I’m happy to open the first Art of Strength in Southeast Texas for people of all fitness levels. Anyone can get seriously fit! For our rates, current specials, kid classes, and biographies of our trainers, visit” See videos of workouts at Art of Strength 832-532-7835 • 13134 Dairy Ashford, Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77478

Fathers and Sons Above the Rest!

Matt Harris


rom grandfathers to fathers to sons, some things stand the test of time. The future of America depends on dads teaching their kids core values like hard work, honesty, and the skills of a trade. At Alan’s Plumbing, you’ll find two generations of brothers working together for the families of Fort Bend. Master Plumber Alan Burkhalter, his two brothers, his three sons, and fellow team member Zach are proud of doing honest work for a fair price. When iron workers walk on the framework of a building under construction, it takes nerves of steel. They have to depend on each other every step of the way and the work they do has to stand the test of time. Whether you need a solid structure for a skyscraper or a solid plumbing system that won’t leave you soaked, you need a company you can trust. That’s the blood that runs through the guys at Alan’s Plumbing. Alan, Chris, and Brian’s grandfather was an ironworker who worked on the San Jacinto monument. He worked on construction and his grandsons and great-grandsons work with pipes and plumbing, but it’s still all in the family! You don’t have to look up to see that Alan’s Plumbing’s above the rest! This isn’t one of those “who-knows-whoowns-it” companies that’ll send some stranger to your house. Alan’s sons Beau, Luke and Jake have been riding the truck and doing the dirty jobs with their Dad and uncles since they were only eight or nine. Alan’s brothers and their fellow plumber Zach work together as a team, and Alan’s mother or his wife Jennifer will answer the phone when you call. As a family-owned and operated company, they keep their overhead low and pass those savings on to you. They won’t feed you some line to get through your front door. If Alan’s taught his sons anything,

it’s how to earn your business the old-fashioned way... by giving the best price on the good work they do. Want a solid family company you can trust? Dads, keep the number for Alan’s Plumbing in your wallet, and earn a reputation as “Mr. Fix-It”…with a single call.

A solid family you can trust.

Alan’s Plumbing 281-261-1064

Alan’s Plumbing “The Young Guns” Alan & Jennifer’s three sons, and fellow team member Zach are proud of doing honest work for a fair price.

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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The Spirit of Napa in the Heart of Sugar Land Becca Bragg


hen Jim Ginger first met his partner, Bonny, they loved to go to elegant wine bars and tastings... but they had trouble finding the kind of place they loved here in Sugar Land. Fortunately, Jim Ginger is also a chef with thirty-seven years of experience. He says, “I started out at Hiltons and Hyatts and opened restaurants in Chicago. When my mom and dad passed away, my oldest daughter was living in Texas. I wanted to move to be closer to her...and she recommended Sugar Land.” Three and a half years ago Jim and his partner Bonny

opened the Napa Grille Urban Wine Bar as a small wine bar..but the snacks they served were so popular that they added a full menu to please their loyal clientele. Jim says, “Our lounge is a separate area from our restaurant, we feature live music Wednesday through Saturday, and we have daily happy hours with a free appetizer bar. Since we have menu specials every night, we have some customers who eat here two or three times a week. I like to think we’re a hidden secret...but the word’s getting out!” Enjoy the casual elegance of Napa nestled in the heart of Sugar Land. Only twenty minutes from the city and twenty minutes from farm land, Napa Grille offers fresh, light fare in an inviting atmosphere. Jim says, “Ninety percent of the wines we serve are California wines.We have a large patio that can seat up to sixty people...and it’s almost always patio weather here! 18 ~ UPCLOSE ~ June 2012

Whether you prefer a petite filet with grilled shrimp, crab cakes, the e v e r- c h a n g i n g pasta specials, a fresh salad or an innovative flatbread pizza, Napa Grille has plenty of choices for every taste. Pairing your meal with an interesting wine makes this the perfect place to relax

According to our sources, this July Chef Jim Ginger will be transforming Windy City Pizza into the Lodge. Plan to spend your summer here hanging out with friends, enjoying the rustic decor...and Chef Ginger’s delicious Texas comfort barbecue! and unwind. Jim says, “Bonny and I created Napa Grille to bring people together...we hope to see you soon!” According to our sources, this July Chef Jim Ginger will be transforming Windy City Pizza into the Lodge. Plan to spend your summer here hanging out with friends, enjoying the rustic decor...and Chef Ginger’s delicious Texas comfort barbecue! Napa Grille 281-277-2599 14019 Southwest Freeway, Ste 101 Sugar Land, TX 77478

Is Government Giving You A Pain In The Neck?


he changing news about the politicos of the week messing with your finances and your health insurance is enough to give anybody a pain in the neck! Wasted money and wasted time in Washington won’t make you feel any better today. For a fix that actually makes sense, visit Back Pain Inter ventions Associated, PA (BPIA). Maybe they can’t fix the government... but they can help your pain! You may have heard about BPIA on the News Radio 740 Michael Berry show. Word is getting around Fort Bend that when you’re ready for a solution for your pain, BPIA has you covered. You’ll get expert care and common-sense solutions. Dr. Mark Brown is double board-certified (in both anesthesiology and pain management) and has been practicing in Houston for over two decades. He says, “I believe in taking a patient-centered approach to get you back to your life quickly and responsibly.”

The sooner you come in, the easier it is to treat your pain. Through different therapies and a variety of solutions, Dr. Brown customizes treatment to each patient. Dr. Brown says, “We’ve even seen patients who’ve tried everything and have suffered pain for ten years with little to no relief. The approaches we use also work for them…and once the pain is relieved, they’re so grateful.” A one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare tramples on your rights as a patient. Dr. Brown’s wife, Cathy, is a registered nurse with many years of experience. She says, “We want to work with each patient to try to integrate your health care, personal preferences, and philosophy with our practices. Since this is an intimate practice, you’ll spend the time you need with Dr. Brown. He doesn’t believe in rushing you through or leaving your consultation until all your questions are answered and your plan for care is established. Together, you’ll decide what treatments are appropriate for you. We’re not interested in the most expensive, most invasive

‘quick-fixes.’ We offer personalized pain solutions that really work!” Mark Brown, MD Back Pain Interventions Associated, PA 281-494-6900 6350 Hwy 90A Suite 700

Fatherhood is His Business Sarah Warburton f you’ve been struggling to make your dreams of having a family come true, turn to our local “Dad in Business,” Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Subodh Chauhan, MD. Dr. Chauhan and his wife—Sonia Chauhan,MD, NICU director at Sugar Land Methodist Hospital—raised their two sons right here in Sugar Land. He says, “Now one son is still at home and one is at Texas A&M. Every year brings new advances in the field of fertility. I know personally how rewarding parenthood can be...and I’ve devoted my life to bringing that joy to others.” Triple board-certified in India, the UK, and the US, Dr. Chauhan is also a member of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Membership in the SREI is strictly limited to physicians certified in the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology...that’s fewer than 1,000! He says, “Fertility is an ever-evolving, cutting-edge field…but not every solution needs to be high tech. You’ll work directly with me from your initial evaluation through all the stages of the process…even if you need IVF and Transfer. We’ll take this journey together as doctor and patient!” If you’re losing hope, call for


a consultation with Dr. Chauhan. “I’ve met hundreds of doctors” says one patient, “and Dr. Chauhan’s one of the most caring I’ve ever known. He makes me feel like I’m his only patient. He’s got amazing knowledge and skill…but it’s his heart that makes him such a special doctor!” Another patients adds, “Dr Chauhan was very understanding, patient and compassionate.He took time to answer all my questions and was really accessible.The staff at both the Fannin and Sugarland office were wonderful,especially Kathy,Debbie and Kris. I can never thank him enough and would recommend him highly!” When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work! Maybe that’s why Dr. Chauhan spends so much of his “free time” reading about new advances in the field. He says, “I approach each patient as an individual and take things one step at a time, because having a baby is a personal and precious choice that’s different every time.” Dr. Subodh Chauhan, MD Fertility Specialists of Houston 713-512-7900 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105, Sugar Land, TX 77479

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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What Makes a Keeper?


hen Keeper Lin (of Kaneyama and Sushi King) decided to open a new restaurant on the west side of Houston, he considered a number of locations. He says, “My mother was worried I’d open in Katy and she’d only see me once a week. Thankfully, I found the perfect spot in Sugar Land...and now I see her every day! Even if I open another location, this will always be my home base. I hope you’ll bring your friends, family, and colleagues to Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar...and let us treat you like family, too!” Enjoy petite lamb chops with a Teriyaki glaze or a luscious salad with chicken, fresh fruit and crisp vegetables. Delicate sashimi showcases Keeper’s high-quality fish, and deliciously imaginative rolls will please every palate. Even Keeper’s

rice (Tamaki Gold or brown) is top-grade! Keeper’s gone Texan with his personal favorite roll, the Cowboy: tuna or salmon and avocado inside topped with blackened beef, four colors of tobiko (flying fish roe in ruby, black, wasabi, and golden yuzu) and cowboy sauce with a kick! Overwhelmed by the choices? Keeper’s designed a deliciously simple lunch menu. Then come back for Happy Hour with special prices on selected appetizers, drinks, sushi and rolls from 3-6 every day...and a bonus “Reverse Happy Hour” from 9-11 Friday and Saturday night. Thinking inside the box could put your event over the top. Innovative and delicious five-space Bento boxes or four-space boxes with a separate salad are fresh and fun...and great for groups of all sizes! Make an appointment with Keeper to discuss your options. Keeper says, “We’ve sup-

plied Bento for small groups...and for groups of over two hundred people.” How did Keeper get his nickname? He says, “In Chinese, a keeper catches things quickly, like a goal keeper. I’ve always been on the go, swimming and playing badminton for my school team, playing table tennis with friends, and working hard. My nature hasn’t changed over my twenty years as a ‘Sushi Man.’ I work closely with my suppliers, go to the fish market personally, hand-cut sashimi, train my team members, and spend time with well as my kids! Loving what you do gives you the passion to keep working hard!” Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar 281-242-0389 4654 Highway 6 South Sugar Land, TX 77578

Back Together: A Winning Combination

Sarah Warburton


ver half the women in Fort Bend share a secret...they trust just a few guys to pick the paint colors in their houses! Bruce Hendricks, owner of Heritage Paint, says, “I’ve been in this business for over thirty years and my long-time employees bring an additional fifty years of experience to our store. Those of you who have met Eddie Stone will be glad to hear he’s back on board...and we’re all committed to finding you the perfect paints and finishes!” Whether he was painting his Hot Wheels with nail polish or painting his mom’s station wagon (and her Scottish Terrier, too!) Eddie was born to paint! He says, “Bruce and I parted on good terms three years ago, but the day I told him I was leaving was the worst day of my life. He told me he’s sleeping better at night knowing I’m back. And I can tell you honestly, I’ve painted with everything...and nothing that compares to Benjamin Moore. It’s a paint of exceptional quality...and we offer quality customer service to go with it!” For over 125 years Benjamin Moore’s been a leader in innovation. Bruce says, “Benjamin Moore offers the only zero VOC “paint and tints” on the market. Our popular line, Aura, doesn’t need primer and covers existing colors 20 ~ UPCLOSE ~ June 2012

in only two coats. Come look at our 3300 colors or bring us a color to match. Bring in this article and we’ll give you a free pint sample...and I bet if my staff recommends a color to match your fabric or a photo of your room, it’ll be the right choice!” You could spend a lot of time, money, and effort trying to find the right paint or finish...or you could do what your neighbors do and go to Heritage Paint. Even metallics and speciality finishes are easy with the advice of the expert staff and the help of the full “how-to” video library. When your friends admire the beautiful new colors in your house, you’ll be glad you learned the secret...the winning combination of product and service at Heritage Paint. Heritage Paint and Decorating 281-499-2000 4709 Hwy 6 S (at Dulles)

Making a Clean Start

by Sarah Warburton hen your house is cluttered and your surfaces need scrubbing, it impacts your organization and your mood. Don’t let streaks on your mirrors, smudges on your counters, and crayon marks on your walls get you down. The best way to get your week off on the right foot is to make a clean start! Max McCammond, our local cleaning expert and owner of Professional Maid Service says, “I founded Professional Maids, so that maintaining a cheerful clean could be easy for Fort Bend families!” Nothing gives you the same lift as a clean house...and knowing that you can leave it to the professionals! When a uniformed team of Professional Maids sweeps through your house, your kitchen and bathroom will shine, your floors and counters will gleam, and every bed will be


made neatly. Just like you, they use name brand-products to deliver a serious sparkle and they don’t believe in cutting corners. No-hassle key drop off and pick up means you can run errands and come home to a magically clean house! Every team is bonded and insured and Max is always just a phone call away for total peace of mind. Your favorite day of the week could be house-cleaning day...with the help of the Professional Maids. Max says, “Whether you need us once a week, twice a month, or for special occasions, we’re here to give you a clean start! All Our maids are bonded and insured and have undergone thorough background checks. Not only are they highly trained...but they actually enjoy cleaning!” Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

Cleaning to the “Max” Max’s Cleaning Tip: You might say I got started in this business by helping out around the house as a child. Even little kids can put their dirty clothes in a hamper and make their beds each morning. Preschoolers love cleaning the kitchen with a spray bottle of water and a rag. Older kids can be trusted with the vacuum...and it’s a great way to make sure they pick up all their Legos, too! If all else fails, set the timer, put on some rockin’ tunes, and have an “all hands on deck” clean-a-thon. Even fifteen minutes of family speed-cleaning can make a big difference!

Doors Done Right

Becca Bragg


hen Ricky Davis was only eleven years old, his dad and grandfather taught him to refinish pianos. Over the last forty-five years he’s refinished everything from jukeboxes to a HorseDrawn Hearse from the 1800’s. You might say there isn’t much about refinishing that he doesn’t know...and over the last five years he’s trained the team of technicians at Rick’s Front Door to treat your front doors like fine antiques. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a beat-up wooden door or a fiberglass door in need of TLC. Getting the job done Rick’s way means getting the job done right! “Once I rescued a piano from a flooded basement, brought it out in pieces, and made it like new,” says Rick. “Today we’ll send our mobile refinishing vans right to your front door to make it like new...or even better! You can get the kind of craftsmanship you want with the convenience of our on-the-go approach. My teams complete the job in one day, on-site, rain or shine. We

have a systematic, tried-and-true approach to refinishing that really works.” If you check out Rick’s website or Facebook page, you’ll see his customers are on a first-name basis with their craftsmen... and some even take pictures of their “new” front door. You’ll have to see these “before” and “after” shots to believe how amazing the process can be! Rick says, “Our team really loves getting to know people and doing the job right. We’ll take your front door off its hinges, sand it, stain it, seal it and re-hang (with a new weatherstrip, if needed and new hardware if you have it), in just a few hours. We’re celebrating five years in business...and we’re so pleased to be named winners of the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Excellence. We’re also members of the BBB, and we offer one hundred percent total satisfaction!” Don’t put your front door on the “Dad’ll Do It List.” Call Mrs. Terry at Rick’s Front Door and she’ll schedule you for a morning or afternoon slot.

To advertise, 281-235-0600

Rick says, “We’ll make your door look so good, your neighbors will want theirs done, too! Ask us about our ‘block party’ discounts!” Rick’s Front Door Refinishing 713-427-2487

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Who Says Boys Won’t Sing? Sarah Warburton


hirty years ago, when Bill Adams wanted to start a boys choir in Fort Bend, the prevailing attitude was that boys didn’t want to sing…but he knew from personal experience that boys and music are a great combination. He says, “As a boy, I played football and was a jock...but music transformed my life. I sang with the Phoenix Boys’ Choir and I never forgot the feeling of empowerment that comes from crafting beautiful music.” As an adult, Bill worked for over twenty years as a child psychologist, but he made time to volunteer through HISD and the Houston Boys Choir. He says, “In 1982, when my wife Becky got a job at FBISD, Fort Bend didn’t have any kind of boys choir. I approached the school board to help underwrite our rehearsal space. Now we have one of the largest Boys Choirs in the US (maybe in the world) with over 200 boys...and Fort Bend has been responsible for making it a success!” You might hear the Fort Bend Boys Choir at a Rockets or Skeeters game, a Rotary club meeting, or performing Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in Jones Hall...but that’s not all! The Choir has sung for three Presidents and Pope John Paul II in the Sistine Chapel and has performed in many concert halls and cathedrals all over the world. And this month, they’ll be celebrating their thirtieth anniversary with a two-week performance tour to France...Bill says, “We love representing America and Fort Bend County abroad and at home! We did a wedding in November and the father of

the bride was the CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He invited us to open the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with the National Anthem every night this season. It gives our kids great pride to represent our country and our county at these worldclass events.” When the choir started to grow exponentially, Bill decided to devote himself to it full-time. He says, “The boys, their parents, and this community has been really enriching. Our kids are involved in scouts, their churches, sports, and community activities…but they love to work hard at the craft of music. Everyone who hears them is moved by the purity and power of their voices.” Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas 281-240-3800 P.O. Box 2042 • Stafford, TX 77497-2042

Moving Small Businesses to the Cloud Amy Sharp ow does a man with twenty-five years of Certified Public Accounting experience provide an invaluable service to our community? By providing small businesses and individuals the means to achieve their goals...and financial success! That’s the philosophy on which John Trevathan founded his business. A graduate of the University of Texas, John joined a large local CPA firm where he worked


in fields including manufacturing, oil and gas, banking and real estate. Later as controller/ CFO, he focused on accounting, budgeting, forecasting, banking relationships, purchasing and cash management. In 2003, John left the corporate world behind and founded Trevathan CPA, LLC. He says, “I don’t

In this new age of accounting, gone are the days of waiting a day or two for a CPA to look at your problem after you’ve sent over a backup of your files. believe in the ‘rat race’ mentality. We offer flexible hours and a positive, familyfriendly work environment that’s great for our team and our clients. We’ll help you think about your big picture goals...and help you achieve them!” Is your business taking advantage of the latest and greatest that technology has to offer? Let John and his qualified team move your business to the “cloud.” He says, “New age accounting is more than pencil-pushing. We offer

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full-service, round-the-clock accounting and business services hosted on a website that allows you access any time, day or night. Business moves at the speed of light these days, and we’ll stay current with your business all year long. Not only will that make you more effective and efficient, it’ll make tax season a breeze!” In this new age of accounting, gone are the days of waiting a day or two for a CPA to look at your problem after you’ve sent over a backup of your files. The professionals at Trevathan can sign onto your system and fix the problem it Friday afternoon or late Sunday night. John says, “We’ll do what you need us to do and train your people, as well.” What does a busy CPA like John Trevathan do when he’s not helping your business achieve success? Takes part in the finer things in life, of course! John enjoys golf, billiards, hunting and shooting clays with his sons. He says, “Let us handle your accounting...and you’ll have more time with your family, too!” John Trevathan, CPA, PLLC 281-207-1333 19901 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Looking Out for Dad D

Sarah Warburton ad spends a lot of time looking out for others...running after kids on their first bike ride without training wheels, cheering on the sidelines of a soccer game, and chasing away any monsters under the bed. Sometimes Dad needs someone to look after him, too! If you notice him holding the newspaper out at arm’s length to read it, rubbing his temples and squinting at the computer, or hitting the highway without his sunglasses, his eyes might need a little help. If Dad really can’t see what’s right in front of him, Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source has the answer. She says, “As the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, it becomes harder to focus clearly on objects that are close. Many people develop presbyopia in their forties or later. Even celebrities like George Clooney, Steve Martin, and Jamie Foxx use reading glasses whether they’re reading scripts or contracts. If you don’t want bifocals, progressive lenses, or reading glasses, multifocal contacts lenses might work for you.” Does Dad work long hours on the laptop or pour over fine print? Maybe mental stress isn’t the only thing giving him a headache. Dr. Doan says, “Heavy computer use or close work stresses your eyes and can give you tension headaches. There are glasses specifically designed to reduce the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome. As a knitter myself, I know that close work like sewing, tying flies for flyfishing, and working on the computer can be really hard on your eyes, but the right glasses can reduce

eye strain and make life easier!” Forget the soap-on-a-rope or novelty tie, Dad deserves better this Father’s Day. Does he spend hours

commuting on the road to work, enjoy taking the kids to the pool, or squeeze in an early morning jog? Dr. Doan can point you to the best sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection and polarization and she can recommend the best frames for any activity. Take care of Dad’s eyes, so he can keep looking out for you! Dr. Anh Doan, O.D., Vision Source! 4725 Highway 6 South • 281-261-2647

Ready for a Reinvention?

Sarah Warburton weep away the old and bring on the new with an amazing treatment from Kalologie. Bailey Huber, our Sugar Land location’s Esthetician Manager says, “Every June we get a lot of interest in skin rejuvenation we’d like to suggest our DermaSweep™. If you like the results of an IPL Photofacial, but you’re worried about increased sensitivity to the sun. DermaSweep™ delivers similar skin improvement and “glow” without the sun sensitivity.” Transform your skin from dull to ultrasmooth and radiant in the spa-like atmosphere of Kalologie. Because the particlefree DermaSweep™ MD Multi-Level Skin Resurfacing System uses bristles instead of


crystals, it isn’t messy as it “sweeps away” dead layers of skin. The airflow through the bristles allows for a more effective, less irritating exfoliation. How effective is it? Bailey says, “A lot of us here at Kalologie have tried DermaSweep™ already on ourselves and we love it! That’s why we’re offering a special $89 (usually $120) Introductory rate- for first time DermaSweep™ users. We think once you try’ll love it, too!” Put skincare on your “can’t-miss” list this summer with a Spa Membership from Kalologie. All Spa Pass Members receive 10% off medical services (including DermaSweep™!) and other discounts. Bailey says, “Our clients see improved skin results after a single DermaSweep™ treatment...and regular treatments give continuous improvement! If you have the $89/ month Membership, you may choose to have a DermaSweep™ Treatment instead of one of our four signature facials (the Signature Facial, the Clear-Skin Facial, the Age-Defying Facial or our Vitamin C Facial––normally $120 each). If you have the $59/month Membership, you may purchase an upgrade if you want to swap your Classic Facial for a

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DermaSweep™ treatment. Spa Pass Members also receive 10% off Kalologie Lab products, Botox at $10/unit (normally $12/unit), and Juvederm for $450/syringe (normally $500/ syringe)...anytime during your membership.” Everyone from celebrities to moms-abouttown loves the way Kalologie makes luxurious skincare easy, affordable, and effective. Sweep away the signs of aging and get your glow on with DermaSweep™ this summer!

Join us this June for a special offer just in time for summer. 50% off all Laser Hair Removal! (Expires July 1st)

Kalologie Skincare/Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Liliana Diaz, Pulmonary Medicine & Sleep Disorders Specialist


iliana Diaz, M.D., has joined the The Methodist Hospital Physician Organization and is affiliating her pulmonary and sleep medicine practice, now named Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists, with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Diaz has a long and distinguished history of treating pulmonary and sleep medicine issues in Houston and Sugar Land and is the medical director of numerous sleep labs in the area. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. Her practice provides a wide range of advanced pulmonary, asthma and allergy and sleep disorder services, including: • Comprehensive pulmonary testing • Testing and individualized treatment for allergies • Critical care and hospice-related services • Sleep medicine services “I chose pulmonary medicine as a specialty because it presents me the opportunity to make a critical difference for people in significant

need,” says Dr. Diaz. “It is vitally important to be able to breathe well, and when you have a breathing difficulty, it is severely limiting. My goal is to reduce those limitations and improve my patients’ quality of life.” Dr. Diaz takes great pride in providing compassionate, individualized care, built on careful evaluation of each patient’s unique diagnoses and challenges. “I work hard to develop trusting relationships with my patients so that together, we can design and implement customized care plans that directly address their needs,” she said. Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists will play an important role in the hospital’s service to the Fort Bend community. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Diaz join the Methodist family,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Her practice provides a full range of services in the rapidly growing fields of pulmonary care and sleep medicine with a focus on personal care and attention that fits perfectly with our approach.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Diaz, call Methodist Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Liliana Diaz, M.D Specialists at 281-325-0005. For more information about Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit

The MOST Complete ORTHOPEDIC CARE for FORT BEND COUNTY Kenneth M. Renney, M.D. Sports Medicine

Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D.

Diseases & Deformities of the Spine

Eddie T. Matsu, M.D.

General Orthopedics, Joint Replacement

Mark W. Maffet, M.D.

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Timothy C. Sitter, M.D.

Knee & Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) physicians are recognized as some of the finest board-certified physicians in the specialty of orthopedics. They provide comprehensive, world-class orthopedic care under one roof right here in Fort Bend County — from sports medicine to joint replacement, hand and wrist to ankle and spine care. They perform on a higher level, so you can, too.

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Never Too Early for a Smile

Amy Sharp


hat’s one gift you can give your child now that will stay with them for the rest of their life? A beautiful smile! Dr. Gary Radford, the orthodontist at Little People’s Dentistry, works on smiles. He’s been doing it for years! Braces aren’t just for teenagers. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children have their first orthodontic appointment around the age of seven, because once the six-year molars are in, they are used to anchor the orthodontics. The longer you wait, the more likely straightening will require more drastic measures like extraction. Are your child’s front teeth protruding? Besides being an aesthetics and self esteem issue, protruding teeth are a safety issue. If you break a protruding tooth and it’s fixable, it’s still protruding until you get braces, and odds are good that if it breaks again, it will be worse! Dr. Bianca Sanchez, owner of Little People’s Dentistry, tells the story of a child who shattered a front protruding tooth. “I was able to put the pieces back together, but he’ll need a root canal and a crown attached before we can even think about Dr. Radford doing braces!” Don’t think you can afford braces? During the month of June, Little People’s Dentistry is offering special discounts: $200 off the total treatment cost for patients with insurance and $500-$1000 off the total treatment cost for self-pay patients.

Dr. Sanchez says, “If you have insurance, your cost is set by the insurance company, so it’s the same no matter where you go….except Little People’s Dentistry is giving an additional discount!” In addition, they are offering zero percent interest financing for 30 months! Out of network for pediatric dental care? Little People’s Dentistry gives you the in-network price on most major insurance plans. Don’t have time for braces in your child’s busy summer schedule? Dr. Radford offers convenient Saturday appointments and now you can schedule appointments online. With the Little People’s Dentistry App (downloadable from iTunes or the Android store), you can request an appointment, get GPS directions, take a virtual tour, and get updates on events and special offers. Scan the QR-code for more information...and give your child the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve! Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)

Simply Italian...with a Twist

Sarah Warburton


hen Julio Garcia prepared to board a plane to America sixteen years ago, his grandfather told him, “From now on, I expect you to act like a man, not a boy.” Taking that message of responsibility to heart, Julio says, “I worked to be the best busboy...and my biggest dream was to become a server. Meanwhile, I graduated high school, and became a server, a bartender, a manager, and finally director of operations. I went to U of H and got my degree in Economics and Finance. I took over the Mia Bella at Vintage Park and then opened one here in Sugar Land. I’m at one of these two restaurants every day. I’m still the best busboy, I’m happy to challenge my staff and I love greeting our guests by name. This is my passion.” Anytime you see a jalapeño on an Italian menu, you know you’re dealing with something unique. Julio says, “At Mia Bella we’re inspired to share innovative, delicious Italian food with our guests. We offer a fixed-price lunch and our express menu makes it easy to enjoy a mid-day meal...and we hope you’ll come back with your friends at dinner or our award-winning brunch to enjoy our patio, our private wine room, and our atmosphere. Our Chef Youssef Nafaa is from Morocco and trained in Italy, he has a culinary degree from New York and opened restaurants in Chicago and Houston. I’ve seen him create a dish like our Pollo alla

Mia Bella with sautéed chicken breasts layered with a medley of sautéed vegetables, spinach, roasted red peppers and Portobello mushrooms, in a jalapeño cilantro pesto broth topped with goat cheese and roasted leeks. He’ll hand me the plate to taste and it’s good...but then he’ll add one last ingredient and it becomes great.” Trattorias are “Mom and Pop” places with a homey feel and family recipes... and that’s the welcoming spirit of Mia Bella Trattoria. Enjoy a bottle of wine with friends, then your server will take a black and white photo of you with the empty bottle to hang on the walls... and they’ll display your signed bottle on a shelf. Julio says, “We invite Sugar Land to come make Mia Bella your own!” Mia Bella Trattoria 281-240-5000 • 16535 Southwest Freeway, Ste 2510, Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Becoming The Expert

Maggie Beil


f you asked Tim Weyand, owner of Tim’s Fences, if he knew fifteen years ago what he knows now he would most likely say no way! Becoming an expert takes time, practice, and dedication. Tim says, ”When you do something long enough, you become the expert.”After fifteen years in the business, Tim and his hard working team are the go-to people for any fence that you need built for your home, business, or neighborhood. The job is never too big for Tim’s Fences. Be it your home or your place of business,Tim and his team can assure you top notch service and grade-A ironwork to meet your personal standards. This team uses top quality products on all their materials, which include high-grade galvanized, powder coated material for all his ornamental iron projects. Tim’s team has done work for local Homeowners Associations as well as installing chain link fences around office buildings.

“I’ve learned a lot in the past fifteen years,” says Tim, “And the work never gets monotonous, because each and every client adds a little twist to my job.” Everybody has a certain vision of how they want their home or office to look to reflect their personality. No matter what your vision may look like, Tim’s fences can bring it to life. Their ornamental iron work includes personal or commercial driveway access gates with automatic operations, which are not only beneficial to the look of your home or office, but also to your peace of mind. The right kind of gate keeps uninvited people out and children and roaming pets safely in. We all learn new things every day, but when it comes to fencing, we don’t have to learn it all ourselves! Thankfully, Tim’s put in the time doing the work to become our local

fencing expert. For quality work on fencing from cedar fences to chain link to ornamental iron and driveway gates, give Tim’s Fences a call. Their team will assist you over the phone and insure expert work on the day of install... and for your fencing needs for years to come! Tim’s Fences. L.L.C. 281-980-2290

Where Dreams Come True Maggie Beil


o you remember the little boy who would stop in the middle of recess and stare up at the airplane flying overhead? Dana Atkinson, owner of Anson Aviation, was that boy. He was born into an airline family. His father was an executive for American Airlines and Dana’s earliest memories included many trips on airliners. Through everything that he did, aviation was always his passion. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and from the University of Texas with a MBA. Soon after graduating, Dana earned his pilot’s license and finally let his passion take flight, at least for personal flying. He had several successful non-aviation careers, but never could shake the “genetic” urge to be around aviation full time. After returning from a foreign assignment, Dana began training and renting airplanes at Sugar Land Aviation, located at the Sugar Land Regional Airport.When the owners of Sugar Land Aviation decided that they wanted to retire, Dana recognized the opportunity of a lifetime. He purchased their assets and opened Anson Aviation in 2004, making a lifetime career of his passion for aviation. Anson Aviation has come a long way since

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then...and it’s still expanding! The FAA-approved pilot school and Cessna Pilot Center is building a new 24,000 square foot building. With this building will come more classroom space, computerized pilot exams, and a flight simulator room. The full motion flight simulator will allow students to train on the ground and earn flight credits towards their licenses! In addition to improving the flight school, the new expansion will also provide repair and maintenance service, a conference facility available for up to 200 people, and an affordable charter service to improve mobility and lifestyle for everyone. Whether you want to become a pilot or you need the services of a pilot, Anson Air can help you take flight. If the passion to be airborne pumps through your veins like it does Dana Atkinson’s, Anson Aviation has all the resources...and more that you need to make your dream come true. Anson Aviation 12888 Hwy 6 South Suite 300, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-242-2555 •

Does It Take a

Miracle to Sell a House? Sarah Warburton

“I’m not going to tell you it’s the kind of miracle that will change your life, but it sure will change your kitchen or bathroom… without the time, mess, or expense of remodeling. That’s a miracle I can recommend!”


hen a house sits on the market for months and months, the answer could be as simple as a kitchen that’s “too pink” or a bathroom that looks “too eighties.” It’s not unusual for a good house to make the wrong first impression. Getting a fresh look doesn’t have to cost you tons of time and tons of money. Local homeowners and real estates agents know the secret to a house with appeal. It’s not a’s the Miracle Method! Invest a little cash today and in next to no time you’ll get a big incredible improvement in the way your home looks and feels. Paul Barnett, co-owner of Miracle Method with his wife Jonee, says, “We can transform your porcelain, ceramic, laminate, acrylic, or cultured marble counters, showers, and sinks. The Miracle Method saves up to seventy-five percent over the cost of removing and replacing your old counters and comes with a five-year warranty to protect your investment... and that warranty’s transferrable to your homebuyers!” Maybe you think you’ll put the house on the market “as is,” before you even think about making any changes. Paul says, “We see it time and again. In fact, one of our clients put a house up for sale just as it was and sat there for six months. Then they got a new realtor who insisted the house needed some updates. We came in, redid the kitchen and the bathroom...and the house sold in two and a half weeks. Not only that, but they’d raised the list price, so even with the cost of redoing the kitchen and bathroom...they came out ahead! True story.” “I love this job,” says Paul, “especially helping the guys plan the work and seeing it all get done. Our guys are on time and keep to a schedule. In fact, right now we’re doing two bathrooms and a kitchen in one just two days. Call us for your free estimate, give us just a few days, and we’ll give you a kitchen or bathroom that looks like new!”

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX (by appointment only)


Blame It on His

Mark and his father

Sarah Warburton


hen Mark Anthony’s Dad, Tony Martinez got home from WWII, he went to work at a barbershop in Rosenberg, TX. Mark Anthony says, “My mom sent me into Dad’s barbershop every Saturday and he taught me everything he knew. In 1986 I switched careers from the oil business to the beauty business and I’ve never looked back. My dad always inspires me, whether I’m working to train the next generation of emerging artists or creating a cutting edge look for one of my wonderful clients. Milagro Salons (pronounced Me-la’-gro) was founded to offer color and prices everyone can afford!” As the only AVEDA Purefessional hair cutting Educator in Texas, Mark Anthony travels around the country,

“My mom sent me into Dad’s barbershop every Saturday and he taught me everything he knew.” teaching classes to other professionals. Twice a year he visits the AVEDA headquarters for a “heads-up” on breaking trends and cuttingedge techniques...and in October Mark and his team might be heading out to an international Aveda show in Germany if all goes as planned. His team also undergoes rigorous training, updating their skills at monthly classes...and you’re welcome to bring in photos or pictures for inspiration. These artists want you to be happy! Young apprentices are amazed to hear Mark Anthony has loyal clients who’ve trusted their hair to him for twenty-five years! He says, “We’re looking for talent to nurture through our ‘Emerging Artists’ training program. Passing on the skills I’ve learned and mentoring young talent ensures that Milagro will continue to be one of the leading salons in Fort Bend and contributes to our reputation nationally. I tell our apprentices that learning your craft well and treating your customers with attention and respect is the key to a wonderful career.”

Trends and styles may change, but there’s not a lot of turnover in the team at Milagro. Mark says, “Tiffany’s been with us since she was an apprentice eight years ago...and now she’s one of our top designers. Jessica’s been with us for three years, and Nina’s an instructor who was Mark enjoying a moment with a inspired by our wonderful mentor – Vidal Sasson eye for talent and wanted to join our team. Across the board we aim to be professional, educated, and trendy. We’re here to give you cut and color you’ll love!” “Vidal Sasson was a wonderful mentor to me and his passing left a mark on us all. Developing younger talent and expanding the minds of others gives me renewed purpose...and moving to our new location at the entrance to Sienna Plantation gave us more space to perform our miracles of color and cut. We’ll always make sure Milagro offers the highest quality experience.” Vidal said it best: “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

Milagro Salon 281-778-2500 8790 Highway 6, Ste 150 Missouri City, TX 77459

Remembering a Legacy...and Building a New One Dominique Brooks

“…never give in,

never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” – Sir Winston Churchill, October 1941. Many people might be overwhelmed by having a world-famous relative or feel daunted by the responsibility. Jonathan Sandys rose to the challenge of being Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson...and continued his legacy of making a positive impact on the world. As a young man, the great-grandson of the former British Prime Minister was diagnosed with dyslexia and “my instructors told me that I would never achieve anything.” But Jonathan gathered courage from the knowledge he had of his great-grandfather and realized that he could use his own determination to achieve great things. Jonathan founded the Churchill’s Britain Foundation – renamed the International Churchill Foundation (ICF) this year – to pass on the history, life lessons, and leadership skills of the statesman, and to inspire the next generations. Next year, ICF plans to introduce a leadership course for teens and young adults. Since moving to the United States three years ago, ICF has collaborated with several prominent Houstonians including Joanne King Herring, Charles Foster, and Christina Girard.

As a public speaker; speaking mainly on the life and times of his great-grandfather, Jonathan has inspired individuals, businesses and organizations, and (closest to his own heart) middle and high schools kids. These speeches are a way to celebrate and share Churchill’s legacy...and to build a legacy for the next generation. “I am currently writing children’s books to introduce elementary students and above to the life and times of my greatgrandfather,” says Jonathan. He is also planning a speaking tour throughout the US and Jonathan Sandys, Chief Executive Europe, and the first Churchill Officer, International Churchill International Tour of Britain, Foundation covering Churchill’s life from birth to death...and a Champagne and Cigar Club in Houston! Jonathan has a little advice for others with big dreams and big fear: “Recognize that the road may be long, and that there are many bumps -- some you will hit. Trust in God and stay the course, taking advice only from those who have gone before you...all will be well.” For more information about Jonathan Sandys, visit

Compassion, Insight, and Love W e have a war on drugs in this country, one that now reaches halfway around the globe. Considerable time, money, and manpower have been directed toward eradicating poppy fields in Afghanistan and pot farms in Mexico, but there is little dialogue on how drug addiction and its counterpart, alcoholism, begin in the first place. Is there a way to prevent substance abuse early on? What is the best way to treat it? For 22 years John Robson, Chief Operations Officer at the Fort Bend Council on Substance Abuse, has sought to answer these questions. In fact, he has dedicated his life to finding solutions to this not-so-silent epidemic that breaks down families, communities, and of course addicts themselves. Compassion, insight, and love for the work are the qualities that make John successful at helping others. He is as comfortable counseling prison inmates as he is collaborating with elected officials. With over 31,000 nonviolent drug offenders in Texas prisons, he has plenty to do—and information to share. He says, “Hard statistics have proven that treatment works, at five thousand dollars, is more effective and costefficient than jail at fifteen thousand dollars annually. We can’t afford to keep incarcerating addicts.”

John Robson sees firsthand the powerlessness and despair of those who find themselves in the thrall of addiction. He is, in fact, a recovering addict himself with almost 30 years’ sobriety. “What starts out as a quick fix eventually turns on you. Pretty soon, using becomes the only way you feel normal. But when your loved ones are scared, that’s a warning sign—and it’s also a clear message to get help.” The personal costs of addiction in our community are staggering: 80% of CPS cases involve at least one substance-abusing parent. Prescription painkiller overdoses have tripled in the last ten years. “If you know someone who needs help or if you need help, call us,” John says. “At the Fort Bend Regional Council, we are dedicated to serving you.” Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. 281-207-2400 10435 Greenbough, Suite 250 Stafford, TX 77477

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Life’s a Wild Ride! “All our guys love talking about the ways you can accessorize your car, truck, or SUV. If Dad drives it, we can trick it out…and service it, too! Sarah Warburton


s a kid, Chance Kamp loved his Tonka trucks. Big, four-wheeling, indestructible Tonka trucks. When he grew up, he thought he’d have to settle for pushing those toys around the carpet with his own kids, but he found a way to make his childhood passion into his profession. He left those little Tonka trucks behind to spend all day with big ol’ MONSTER trucks. “I started All Out Offroad back in 1991 as one small store in a tiny building with a single service bay and one tinting area.” says Chance. “Soon after that, Gino Mindicta and Luke Richard, joined the team and it’s been a wild ride ever since! My biggest support has always been my wife, Laura...she allowed the big kid in me to remain a kid and supported my decision to make a life out of playing with trucks.” For over twenty years, the team at All Out Offroad’s locations in Richmond and Stafford has rebuilt vintage models and tricked out newer cars, trucks, jeeps, and SUV’s with the latest and greatest

All Out Offroad 1

(home of the Lonestar Speed Shop) 281-341-9494 708 Hwy 90A Richmond, TX. 77406

accessories. Their skills with lift and lowering kits, tires, performance boosters, hitches, bed covers, window tint, audio, alarms, maintenance and more were put to the test on the hit CMT show “Trick My What?!” starring John Schneider and the team from the Richmond location’s “Lonestar Speed Shop.” If these guys can trick out asphalt rollers, logging skidders, and shrimp boats... imagine how they can make your everyday vehicle more efficient, practical, and straight-up awesome! Chance says, “All our guys love talking about the ways you can accessorize your car, truck, or SUV. If Dad drives it, we can trick it out…and service it, too!” Could playing with trucks be the most awesome job ever? The All Out Team sure thinks so... and their loyal customers agree! Chance says, “We’re very proud to announce the March opening of our newest location in Pearland at 2720 Westminister Street. We look forward to bringing our same high level of customer service and support to Pearland...and we hope to continue taking your ride to the next level for decades to come!”

All Out Offroad 2 281-499-3806 13261 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX. 77477

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281-485-7003 2720 Westminister St. Pearland, TX 77581

30 ~ UPCLOSE ~ June 2012

Saving Money This Summer Sarah Warburton


he secret to saving money this summer is simple... make sure your air conditioner isn’t draining your bank account! If your bills keep climbing along with the temperature in your home, you need help from All Out A/C and Heating, your local “Full System Replacement Specialists” and winner of the 2012 BBB Award of Excellence - Winner of Distinction. Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy have assembled a team of experts to make it easier and more affordable to cool your home and save your paycheck...even in the hottest days of summer! Just because your air conditioner is technically working doesn’t mean it’s doing its job right. An old, inefficient unit or poorly planned duct work will raise your bills...without lowering the temperature in your home. Bryan says, “When you’ve got hot spots in your home, humidity that just won’t quit, and energy bills that keep climbing, your system isn’t pulling its weight anymore. A new air conditioner with a better SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) makes it easier and less expensive to cool down your home and can save up to 50% on your energy bill! We also offer zoning systems that keep you from paying to cool areas of your home you don’t use and programmable thermostats that can reduce your cooling costs by up to 25%.” Doing the math makes it simple; a new air conditioner that saves up to 50% on your energy bill will pay for itself over time...especially since you’ll also get up to $1200 in instant rebates or zero percent interest for thirty-six months. Bryan says, “If you’ve got an older, inefficient unit, you’ll be paying for it on your energy bills. Why not put that money toward a new system with a ten-year warranty and keep your family comfortable even during the hottest days of summer? As a Ruud Top Contractor, we’ve got great deals that make this the perfect time for a new system.” You don’t have to wait for a total system failure to call the “Full System Replacement Specialists.” Call All Out AC for your free in-home estimate on a system replacement and enjoy saving money this summer!

All Out A/C and Heating

281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A, Richmond, TX 77406

Bryan got into the A/C & Heating business back in the 80’s. Pictured here are Bryan and his boys just 3 and 5 years old, and just like Fort Bend County have changed over the years. Cody 20, a junior at A&M and getting married this year & James is 22 working with Chance at All Out Off Road.


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