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May 20 2013

Women in Business

Speech is the Key to


by Sarah Warburton


hen I was seven years old,” says Dana Johnson, co-founder of Speech Therapy Unlimited,” my great grandmother had a laryngectomy. When she came back from the hospital, I was floored by how different she sounded. That’s the moment I started paying attention to how people speak. My mom was a teacher, and her emphasis on grammar meant I never lost that interest in speech. Once I entered an undergraduate program, I investigated speech therapy programs and the rest is history! For my husband Jason and I, speech therapy is the only thing we can imagine doing... we love it!” “When we designed and founded Speech Therapy Unlimited, we considered every single detail from the talented and enthusiastic team we assembled to the very scent of the office. That’s right, we had experts design a very subtle scent designed to help clients relax and disassociate ourselves from the feel of a doctor’s office. We tried to think like a child, so that everything’s encouraging and non-intimidating. Especially with autistic children, every little detail can affect their success. We want to empower clients of all ages––from infants to seniors––so if you don’t see results after a few months, we’ll make some changes.” Put your hand firmly over your mouth. Now try to tell someone what you want. Frustrating? That’s exactly why small children with limited speech may scream or throw tantrums. Dana says, “The ability to communicate changes everything! When a one-year-old realizes that using signs gets him the response he wants or a presidential candidate is making a campaign speech, what we say and how we say it is at the root of our connection with the world. Running our business while raising three kids (ages one, two, and seven) makes this a twentyfour hour a day, seven-day-a-week occupation for me and Jason...but seeing a child or adult change is the reward that keeps us going.” Speech Therapy Unlimited, PLLC - most major insurance accepted No Headaches, No Unreasonable Terms, Just Great Speech Therapists! 281-746-3053 12808 West Airport Blvd. Ste 332 Sugar Land, TX 77498

Where Every Day is

Mother’s Day!

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hen my husband and I had trouble conceiving a baby,” says Dalia Marroquin, “we visited a fertility specialist, Dr. Subodh Chauhan. He was supportive and super-caring...and it was only five months before he handed me my ultrasound ‘graduation photo’ and recommended a wonderful obstetrician for me. I was then looking for a Pediatrician and heard great things about Dr Sonia Chauhan. I didn’t think twice before calling her to be my baby’s doctor...and I’m so grateful I found her!” “Dr. Sonia Chauhan goes above and beyond to help parents feel confident. She came to see my newborn daughter Sofia and me at the hospital. She’s sweet, kind, and answers every’s as comfortable as talking to your own sister. Sometimes I hear Sofia breathing heavily or coughing and get worried. I know I’m a nervous new mother, but as a mother herself, Dr. Chauhan understands how I feel and she’s always there to put my mind at ease.” “When Sofia was just a month old, she was sick and I got scared. I called Dr. Chauhan but my husband said, “She’s not going to answer at one o’clock in the morning.” She did! Dr. Chauhan advised me to take Sofia to the ER. Early the next morning Dr. Chauhan called. She’d been thinking about us and was worried that she hadn’t heard anything. She was relieved to hear Sofia was doing fine. Dr. Chauhan has explained what are the warning signs based on her years of experience as a neonatologist. We’ve been lucky that Sofia’s so healthy...and that Dr. Chauhan is looking after us!” What better pediatrician could you have than a newborn specialist who previously served as Director of Neonatology at Methodist and Memorial Sugar Land hospital? In addition to being awarded“Best Female Physician”, “Most Responsive Physician” at Memorial and “Most Supportive Physician leader ” at Methodist Sugar Land hospital, Dr. Chauhan has just been voted “Best Pediatrician” by the Sugar Land Sun, 2013. She says, “Knowing that this award was based

Dr. Sonia Chauhan holds Sofia Marroquin purely on the votes of my patients means everything to me. The relationships I build with moms, dads, and kids is at the heart of everything I do. In my office, every day is Mother’s Day.” Dr. Sonia Chauhan Pediatrician and Neonatologist Sugarland NeoPeds Care 281-980-1020 16651 Southwest Fwy Suite 150 Sugar Land TX 77479 Dr Subodh Chauhan Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist 832-553-5483 4724 Sweetwater Blvd Suite 105 Sugar Land ,TX 77479

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What to Expect After

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ondering what to expect when you’re expecting? One of the little side effects of pregnancy can be big...large, purple swollen veins. Vascular Surgeon Dr. Ulises Baltazar, MD says, “During pregnancy, an increased volume of blood and a growing uterus put additional pressure on your veins... and extra progesterone relaxes the vessels. These varicose veins may shrink or disappear within a few months after you give birth. If they don’t, that’s the time to see me for a free vascular evaluation.” Once your baby is walking and talking, your veins should be back to normal. If they’re still swollen and sore, that’s a sign of problems. “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 Despite big brother, mom & dads’ best to venous diseases like spider veins, efforts clowning around they could not varicose veins and venous stasis ulcers.” get little sister Catherine to look at the Nursing student and mother of camera but had lots of fun trying! two, Theresa Banks says, “After two pregnancies, I had a severe vein on my right leg, really painful and swollen. My doctor referred me to Dr. Baltazar at the Vein Specialists of Sugar Land. I appreciated the way he explained all the options and chose a conservative route first. We started with laser therapy, since it’s the easiest and has the shortest recovery time. After that procedure, the vein closed partially, but it had been so distended that it still showed and a year later I still had some pain. That’s when Dr. Baltazar recommended surgery. Both procedures were in-office and really easy. Now I don’t feel any pain at all and you could hardly tell I’d had anything done.” “Dr. Baltazar was really flexible about working around my schedule... which I appreciated since I’m in nursing school and have two kids (ages 4 and 6). He’s a good listener and very considerate. His staff always let me know what they were doing and I never had any issues or trouble at all. I would say he’s really a great doctor, one of the best ones I’ve ever had!” “When you’ve got varicose veins, you need a doctor who specializes , MD, RVT, FACS exclusively in veins...and that’s Vascular Surgeon Dr. Ulises Baltazar, MD, Sugar Land Vein Specialists winner of the 2011 Patients’ Choice Award. He’s been board-certified by the 281-240-8400 American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery for over a decade. He says, “I won’t recommend unnecessary measures and I’ll always put you and your 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 health first! I have one professional passion...making sure your veins are (in Methodist Professional Building working properly so you’ll feel and look your best!”

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Body by Ahmadi

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nce I entered my fifties,” says one local mom, Jennifer, “nothing budged the weight around my waist. I could see that pooch whenever I walked past a mirror and it made me really self-conscious. I was ready for a change. All three of my sons were grown up and it was my time. I’d never done anything just for myself...and I deserved it!” “I got estimates from two other plastic surgery places, but they made me feel frumpy and superficial. I was completely comfortable at Dr. Ahmadi’s office, Avante Plastic Surgery. Everyone who works there is so down-to-earth, warm, and really professional. They were sensitive to my feelings and gave me all the support I needed. You can tell they really care about you.” “In my bathroom at home I have a picture of a Greek sculptor creating a beautiful sculpture of a woman who comes to life. That’s what Dr. Ahmadi is like. He sees what you could look like and literally transforms you into a work of art. He removed three pounds of skin and eight pounds of fat from my waist. Now I actually have a stomach that looks better bare than it does with clothes on. I’ve shown it off to all my friends. My husband can’t believe how often I walk around completely naked!” “When I added up all the money I’d spent on every stinking diet and fad and jackets to hide my fat....I could have had this procedure done three times over! My cousin in Dallas heard what I was planning and went to a different doctor up there...although I

told her to come down here to Dr. Ahmadi! She paid about the same, got less than half the results, and also suffered all kinds of complications. You have to go to an expert...someone you can really trust. Dr. Ahmadi is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, only operates in an accredited facility, and really cares about your feelings, your health, and your safety! He invented the LipoTuck and he’s perfected it.” after “If you think you can have a procedure like this done and then just continue eating, drinking, and not exercising...think again! What Dr. Ahmadi did for me was absolutely life-changing! Every morning when I get up and get dressed, I feel like before it’s a whole new day! I am committed to exercise and eating less. Nothing tastes as good as looking good makes me feel! Just for fun, I tried on my wedding corset...and it fits! I’m just so happy with after the results!”

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Let the Good Times oll! Sarah Warburton


hat’s more fun that a road trip with family and friends? Getting all the fun and excitement right down the road from your own front door! At Sugar Land’s own Classic Chevrolet the fun never ends with a “relax and enjoy the difference” vibe the minute you walk through the door, visits from local sports stars and mascots, and community events like the Chili Cookoff. Fort Bend community leader and owner of Classic Chevrolet, Don Kerstetter, says, “People thought we were crazy when we first opened our doors, because no other dealership took our low-key, customer-centered approach. Over the last four years of treating people well and becoming part of the Fort Bend Community, we’ve learned that crazy works!”

Little Car, Big Impact Don says, “Our smallest car, the mini-hatchback Spark, has been really popular with the younger crowd...especially in Salsa red! In fact, the chance to win a 2013 Chevy Spark in our April Free Car Giveaway created quite a stir at the Classic Chili Cookoff. The table to enter for a chance to win a car was as crowded as the booth with the winning chili!”

Classic Chevrolet’s Community Liaison, Ray Aguilar says, “It was such a thrill to notify our March winner that she’d won a 2013 Chevy Sonic. We made the call on April Fool’s Day, and she took a little convincing to believe it was true! Now she and her family are thrilled. You do have to enter the contest every month on our website for your chance to win!” Classic Chevy’s Third Annual Chili Cook-off was a success! Famous R&B Musician and Local Chili Judge Archie Bell got the crowd moving, while the guys from All Out Off Road sold chances to win in a“Chicken Drop” and JROTC students from Stafford High School ran games and a bounce house for the kids. Of course, the main attraction was the chili! Winners Included: Crowd Favorite––the Sugar Land Exchange, Best Booth––the Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum, Texas Style Chili––the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Spicy Chili––Dr. Stacey Croft, Bean Chili––the Fort Bend Women’s Center, and Specialty Chili––the GM Financial Division. Classic’s General Sales Manager Mark Kolon says, “We want to thank all of you who supported our Third Annual Chili Cook-off by cooking or tasting and voting. We raised $16800 for the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association... and we look forward to seeing what you’re cooking up for next year!” Have you taken the Classic challenge yet? Drop by Classic Chevrolet for a cup of coffee, enter to win May’s car of the month, and see the difference for yourself!

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A community this size needs a voice, something that reflects the broad opinions, lifestyles and the way we live. But more importantly, a community is made up of people. And people, naturally, have stories. What do your kids think about their schools? Where’s a good place to find a dentist? How about that new place off Hwy 6? Our aim is for you to pick up this magazine and have answers to all of those questions. So if our angle seems a little feel-good or touchy-feely, it’s only because we’re being honest. The people in these pages are our friends, neighbors, co-workers. They could have picked anywhere to live and do business. They chose to do it here. That speaks volumes for them already! UpComing Features: Do you know a candidate for our Successful Men in Business issue? Contact UpClose Magazine because there is a story behind every business & smile, and we would like to help tell yours....

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Your Mom Deserves the Best!

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ho would you trust to take care of your mom in an emergency? Judge Mullinix knows the answer! After serving as Associate Judge in the 387th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County, Brenda Mullinx was elected Judge of the 387th Judicial District Court in November 2012. She says, “My mom was visiting from out of town and had an episode late at night. I took her right to St. Michael’s Emergency Room, because I knew Dr. Orsak from around the community.” “The nurses and doctors at St. Michael’s were wonderful! They took her back to an exam room immediately, gave her personal attention and a prompt diagnosis. At no point in the process from walking through the front door to receiving the appropriate treatment did we ever feel overlooked or ignored...someone was always there with us. The waiting room and exam rooms are extremely comfortable. I

was especially impressed with the careful way they asked questions, because even things we might have forgotten to mention could be important. You wouldn’t think that going to an emergency room could be a good experience...but St. Michael’s is the best emergency experience in town!” “If I am asked, based on my positive, personal experience at SM’s, I would certainly never hesitate to recommend their services. In fact, I know a couple from out of town who had an emergency and went to St. Michael’s. They told me later what a great experience they had there, too!” Want to see if St. Michael’s offers an experience as amazing as your mom deserves? Stop by the Grand Expansion Open House and judge for yourself! On May 9 from 4:30-8:30 you and your family are invited to St. Michael’s Open House to celebrate our Grand Expansion of the first free-standing emergency room in Fort Bend. CoFounder Dr. Shannon Orsak says, “We’re excited to be growing from 5500 square feet to approximately 10000 square feet to better meet the needs of the community. Please join us in a celebration on May 9th to see our renovated and expanded facility. We

St. Michael’s Emergency Room is the first and only free-standing emergency room in Fort Bend and the surrounding Houston area in-network with Aetna, and we are working on similar contracts with other insurance companies to make your life even easier. We accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United & Humana. You will pay the same ER copay, co-insurance and deductible for concierge service at St. Michael’s as you would pay at any other hospital ER without the wait!

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re you dragging yourself through the day, propped up only by coffee and diet Coke? Chronic exhaustion affects your quality of life and keeps you from being your best self. Board-Certified Physician, Dr. Dina White of Natural Solutions Health and Wellness says, “Crushing fatigue can be as debilitating as an illness, but many women just write it off as a fact of their busy lives. My passion as a physician is helping you achieve real wellness for health and happiness every day.” You may think you’re tired because of all the things on your to-do list, but the first place to look should be your hormones. Dr. White says, “Hormone imbalances can lead to symptoms in almost anyone...teens, new mothers, and those going through the midlife transition. I’m here to help my patients understand their choices in Bioidentical Hormones derived from natural plant sources. Bioidentical hormones are able to perform the actions of hormones that are produced by the body with fewer side effects than synthetic options.” When your hormones are out of balance, your life is out of balance, too. You may feel jittery, sluggish, be unable to lose weight, have difficulty thinking clearly, be without a sex drive, and you can even see the effects in your skin and hair. Dr. White says, “Your individual hormones needs are different from anyone else’s. I’ll work with you to find just the custommade formula compounded for you. Sometimes we’ll have to make adjustments to find the perfect hormonal level. I’m not satisfied until you feel your best!” If long periods of intense stress, chronic illness, major surgery or a life-altering event has left you drained, ask Dr. White about adrenal fatigue. She says, “Your adrenal glands 10 ~ upclose ~ May 2013

mobilize your body’s response to every kind of stress––physical, emotional or psychological––through hormones. If your adrenal glands don’t respond to stress or don’t produce enough hormones, you’ll experience some degree of adrenal fatigue. People with adrenal fatigue may look and act relatively normal, but suffer from a general sense of un-wellness and tiredness. There’s not enough caffeine in the world to make up for this kind of fatigue...but we can balance your hormones and give you energy to enjoy life again.” What You Can Do: At Natural Solutions Health and Wellness Dr. White is committed to enabling you to enjoy a better quality of life by helping you maintain health and wellness naturally. She says, “We can handle everything from Botox Injections to cellulite reduction to BioIdentical Hormone Therapy to offer you complete medical and cosmetic care. You can enjoy better health through natural solutions...and take advantage of a range of aesthetic services to rejuvenate and re-energize your life!” NATURAL SOLUTIONS HEALTH AND WELLNESS 832-364-9444 16551 SW Freeway, Ste 100 Sugar Land, TX 77479


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AMY SHARP That’s Kim Syma’s philosophy. Kim, with husband Mitch, owns Revolution Studio, the premier indoor cycling studio in Sugar Land’s distinctive Town Square. Kim says, “The way you view and handle a challenge during your workout…you take those same principles and apply it to the tough choices in your everyday life.” After a college career as a cheerleader at UT, Kim moved to New York. She missed being a part of a team and workouts became more work than fun. Kim says, “I’m somewhat embarrassed to say I wasn’t exercising much at all. Then I discovered a small cycling studio in NYC and had my ah-ha! moment. That was 2007 and my dream was hatched. I knew what I wanted to do with my life…and I knew I had to go for it. But I didn’t know much about running a business.” So Kim moved back to Austin and

enrolled in the MBA program at UT…her sole goal to graduate and open up her own cycling studio. The MBA program brought Kim both business knowledge and Mitch. Mitch graduated a year ahead of Kim and took a corporate job in Sugar Land. After her own graduation Kim came to Sugar Land and opened Revolution Studio in Town Square. Now married, the couple own and run the studio together. A class at Revolution Studio is a full body workout on the bike. Every ride incorporates cardio, core, abs, and upper body strength training with light hand weights. It’s also about having an outlet… a release from your day. Kim says, “When class starts, we turn down the lights and ride by candlelight. We create an atmosphere where you’re able to forget everything and everyone around you, so you can workout just for you and ride to the rhythm of the music. Our instructors are the opposite of drill sergeants…they are motivational, inspirational and empowering.” Revolution Studio has no contracts or initiation fees. It’s a pay-per-class model… or one-price for unlimited monthly classes. You can sign up for classes online and even pick your exact bike (much like picking an airline seat). No need to arrive early to score a spot in the front (or the back)! For the month of May Revolution Studio is offering new clients one week of unlimited classes for just $25….so give it a spin today and join the revolution!


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Creating Sweet Memories

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hat makes sweet memories? According to life-long friends Thuy Pham and Tuyet Duong, co-owners of Sugar Land’s Nothing Bundt Cakes, it’s the time we spend together. They say, “We know that friendship’s the frosting on the cake of life...and we love seeing all the ways our hand-made cakes are bringing friends and neighbors together in our community!” Attendance at one local PTO meeting doubled once the word got out that Nothing Bundt Cakes delectables would be there. These cakes have been spotted (and enjoyed) at events for the Fort Bend Education Foundation, the Fort Bend Women’s Center, and the Fort Bend Literacy Council. Teachers, doctors, and coaches love receiving a “Bundtlet” (priced under $5) or a beautifully-wrapped Bundtlet tower. Instead of a box of donuts, a box of their bite sized “Bundtinis” gives a little extra flair to a sweet gesture. And the larger Bundt cakes are available frosted with their signature butter cream cheese frosting, seasonal decorations, custom corporate design, and for any occasion you can imagine! Once you discover Nothing Bundt Cakes, you’ll want to share the joy! Each one is handcrafted from eggs, flour, and butter to always be moist and delicious...just the way mom used to make them! Drop by the shop for samples... and a selection of nostalgic gifts. Thuy says, “Everyone has a different favorite flavor––

Lemon, Red Velvet, Chocolate Chocolate Chip. Try our featured flavor Pineapple Upside Down Bundt in May...before it’s gone!” Whether it’s a business meeting, a celebration, or just Friday night with your family, bringing or sending a cake is a sweet gesture that everyone appreciates! Tuyet says, “We always have cakes in all sizes ready for pickup and others you can order over the phone, in the store or online. Teacher appreciation week is the second week in May and Mother’s Day is May 12th. Celebrate the people you love...and turn any occasion into a special one. Our cakes are so yummy, you’ll wish they didn’t have a hole in it!” Nothing Bundt Cakes Sugar Land 281-491-2253 1531 Highway 6, Ste 125 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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hether you’re juggling financial spreadsheets or little league schedules, you’ve got plenty on your plate without undertaking a huge redecorating project. Husband and wife team, Paul and Jonee Barnett own Miracle Method Surface Refinishing and understand the challenges of juggling work and family. Jonee says, “We haven’t discovered a miracle to add more hours to your day, but we can add beauty to your home. The Miracle Method transforms kitchen or bathroom in just a few days…without the time, stress, or expense of remodeling. That’s a miracle we can recommend!” Sometimes the best skill you can have is the ability to delegate. Jonee says, “When you don’t want to deal with a complicated renovation but you want bathroom or kitchen that looks completely new, you don’t have to be a do-it-your-

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selfer. Switching up a big surface like a countertop or changing the look of your tub and shower, tile flooring, or backsplash makes a big impact. Miracle Method transforms tile, cultured marble, Corian®, Formica®, Wilsonart® and other laminate countertops.…without ripping them out. I’ll come out, show you samples, give you a free estimate, and show you how easy it can be to have it all!” When you’re on a tight schedule, you need a team you can trust. Jonee says, “We show up ontime and ready to work. Small jobs take only a day and even a big job with a couple of bathrooms and a kitchen takes less than five. We’ve found the Miracle Method is so easy and the results are so beautiful that people do call it a genuine miracle!” “Paul and I live with Miracle Method in our home, so we really know the product inside and out. We love getting to know our customers and showing them all the possibilities. Paul and I are proud to say we have customers that keep coming back and send us their friends and family! 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!”


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at the capitol and certificates signed by State Representative Rick Miller, and explored the Alamo. We’re able to offer students and their families the opportunity to engage with the world.” Explore amazing science, go on math adventures, write stories, and dream up surprising art projects at Knile Center’s four-day Summer Camps. There is limited space, so don’t wait to reserve your spot. Sibling discounts are available (while space permits). Ready for a fiesta of lively language fun that will prepare kids to rock their Spanish class next year? Check the Knile Center website for information on an upcoming four-day conversational Spanish camp covering the foundations of the language in Knile Center’s signature style. Betsy de Vega 281-682-4573 Knile Center, LLC 245 Gonyo Lane Richmond, TX 77479

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Sarah Warburton ounder of Knile Center and learning specialist Betsy de Vega says, “At Knile Center we allow kids to really connect with the things they learn. Through our camps, workshops and our two cornerstone programs, EduCoachNow and Knile Preparatory Academy, we help kids activate their smarts!” Considering tutoring? Think SMART. EduCoachNow offers one-on-one, pay-asyou-go, educational coaching customized to your child for an added edge. Betsy says, “Reviewing math or Spanish is only the beginning of what we offer. We believe in building cognitive skills and strengthening areas of weakness so kids return to school stronger and better prepared.” Does your child feel like a square peg in a round hole in school? Some students work quickly and get bored in a traditional classroom, and others need extra help. Knile Preparatory Academy is accepting applications for the 20132014 school year for grades 3 through 12. In a relaxed atmosphere, each child works at his own pace through an accommodated or accelerated, college-preparatory curriculum. This is a school tailor-made for your child’s learning style! Betsy said, “On our recent field-trips, students enjoyed a special tour of the capitol, received flags flown

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oes someone you love need help with simple everyday things…like hygiene, meal preparation or light housekeeping? Could they use a hand with errands or grocery shopping? Sounds like they need an angel! Shehnaz and Munah Vadgama with their staff of hand-picked angels have been providing nonmedical assistance for people in the privacy of their own home for over nine years. Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services is located right here in Fort Bend County. At Visiting Angels, Shehnaz prides herself in being able to match potential clients with the perfect angel. She and her staff go to great lengths to assure they have a good fit between caregiver and care recipient. Shehnaz says, “We want our clients to be happy and comfortable with the person they’re assigned.” Shehnaz uses a custom-made screening system to help in this process. Once you’re happy with your match…you’ll keep your angel! Shehnaz says, “Our clients are seen by the same angel every time. We want you to be comfortable and at ease knowing that a familiar face will be there to help.” Most of Visiting Angels’ clients are seniors…but seniors aren’t the only people in need of a little angel help. The sky is the limit when you have angel wings. Angels can provide rides to church or special events. Maybe you’re recuperating from surgery and need someone to drive you to the doctor, wait with you and bring you home…call Visiting Angels. Or a new mom in a new neighborhood could certainly benefit from a little help with meal preparation and grocery shopping! Visiting Angels’ dependable and flexible services can be arranged from small one to two hour visits up to round-the-clock, twenty-four hour care. Though most fees are paid privately, some circumstances are even covered by insurance and Veterans Assistance programs!

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Celebrating La Familia!

Sarah Warburton t Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant Lupe Garcia uses recipes handed down for generations and grinds her own spices for amazing authenticity and flavor. Lupe’s husband of 34 years, Jaime says, “Lupe’s been cooking professionally for over thirty years, but she learned her recipes from her family. Now she’s teaching our granddaughter to make tortillas, too! She used to have to stand on a stool...but now she’s eleven and making tortillas like her abuela!” Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Lupita’s special offer: Fajita Poblanos for two and your choice of dessert...but why stop celebrating on May 5th? These mouthwatering Mexican meals are guaranteed to make your family smile any time of the month! Start


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with piquante warm salsa made with real tomatoes, roasted in the kitchen and served with a side of smoky charro beans. Then sample fajitas made with Lupe’s secret blend of spices, handmade tortillas, or seafood specials. Everything’s made on-site with the freshest “Every dish Lupe makes brings people ingredients. Finish with a sweet treat like together,” says Jaime, “Order food for your churros and the good feeling that comes graduation party from Lupita’s and you’ll from enjoying a delicious meal with your get 10 percent off your order. We know family at a price you can afford! how proud you are of your graduate...and Is your family looking forward to a sumwe want to celebrate with you. Lupe, Rigo, mer full of fun? Baseball and swim teams Leo and I humbly thank you for ten woncan discover what local schools and service derful years of loyalty and support…from organizations already know. Calling Lupita’s our family to yours!” to arrange a “Spirit Night” is a deliciously easy way to raise money. And don’t forget Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant to call Lupita’s for your kick-off party or 281-265-6556 end-of-the-season celebration. Jaime says, Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace “We’ll help you out with to-go orders or catering for a family event, a corporate meeting, or a big party Mother’s Day-Keep Mom Sweet Special anywhere...pool-side, in your All mothers who dine-in with us will get free dessert! backyard, or in a banquet hall. You send the invitations, we’ll Cinco de Mayo Margarita Special handle the fajitas for fiestas of Receive one Free Margarita all day May 5th any size!”

Don’t Sweat It! Sara Adams


hat’s good advice in any situation, but what if you can’t control your sweating? Donna and Kami of You Only Younger want you to know that even if you are self-conscious about body odor and have been wearing multiple layers of clothes or only dark colored clothing to hide your excessive sweating, they have options to help your personal situation. Some people suffer from offensive odor, even though they don’t sweat excessively at all! miraDry® treats body odor in a way nothing else can...freeing you from embarrassment and giving you back your confidence. This easy, in-office procedure can literally change your life. One out of five men and women suffer from excessive sweating. Most people don’t talk about it because it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Don’t let this easily treatable condition keep you from living your best life. Schedule a private consultation with Donna Braunreiter, MS, or Kami Owen, FNP-BC. They will answer any questions you may have about miraDry®, excessive sweating, or body odor with sensitivity and expertise. Donna Braunreiter, MS, was an audiologist for many years when she rediscovered her love for aesthetics and completed her training at the world renowned Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics. Kami Owen, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a post-Masters’ in Emergency Medicine. Together these two ladies have created a local MedSpa where kindness, caring, skill and professionalism go hand in hand. Don’t sweat it! Embarrassing, excessive sweating can be a thing of the past. One or two visits to You Only Younger could change your whole life.

You Only Younger 281-937-7537 7002 Riverbrook Suite 700 Sugar Land, TX 77479

This Military Mom Has Your Back


ou may have seen Michelle Navarro...but did you know about her passion? She says, “I grew up here and graduated from Dulles High School. In fact, I’ve lived in Fort Bend since 1977 when Highway 90 was the main road. My husband and I are proud to call Sugar Land home. I’m a military mom with a twentythree-year-old son in the U.S. Marines stationed in Twentynine Palms, California. My eleven-yearold son just finished his first triathlon. I know I sound like just another proud Fort Bend mom...but I’m a woman of strong faith and passionate about taking care of people and protecting your assets––your autos, your home, and your biggest asset, your life. I thank God for giving me this opportunity to share my passion and help people.” “I’ve worked for a successful Farmer’s Insurance agent until he retired...and then did the same thing for another agent. Working for these two completely different, yet equally successful agents made me determined to become an agent myself...and apply my strong work habits and enthusiasm until I retire! Farmers Insurance was the perfect fit for my Agency with my ethics and philosophy. We have parallel views about the importance of honesty and integrity when dealing with people and paying out claims. In 2011 I was

Our Business is Fun!


ven making an appointment or coloring a picture is a celebration at Little People’s Dentistry! Request a Little People’s Dentistry appointment for your little one online and you’ll be entered into a gas gift card drawing by confirming appointments via text, email, or automated call and arriving on time! Dr. Bianca Sanchez says, “Kids can enter our coloring contest as many times as they wish, and once a month a random winner receives a $25 Toy’s R Us gift card. At the end of the year, we’ll draw for the big prize…a Kindle Fire!” After a busy year of special appearance at local schools, Dr. Sanchez’s talented staff members (whom you may have seen as “Molar,” “Toothbrush,” or “Floss”) are preparing for next year by creating and rehearsing a puppet show. Dr. Sanchez says, “I’m lucky to be surrounded by enthusiastic people who really love kids...and healthy teeth!” “We use the answers you give on our patient surveys to make changes you’ll love. This summer we’re expanding the back area of the office to be our Teen room with adjustable chairs, movies, and PS3s for games or texting. But we also give serious thought to the needs of local families. We know time and money are in short supply. That’s why we switched to e-forms to save you time and eliminate redun-

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thrilled to open my own agency and start building a base of really amazing clients.” “When we talk, I really want to get to know you and understand how you spend your time...because knowing what’s important to you is crucial to getting you the right coverage. For example, living here so close to the coast, many of our families enjoy tons of outdoor activities. Make sure all your outdoor “toys” like RVs, boats, and motorcycles are protected by us, too. If there’s a catastrophe, I want to be able to put a check into your hand and get you back where you belong.” “Taking care of you and your family is why I’m in this profession. My ‘Passion’ is caring for my clients and educating them about their options. My clients trust me to advise them....because the most powerful protection against damage or loss is knowing you have the right coverage and understanding the coverage you have! Semper Fidelis!” Michelle Navarro 832-232-4368 12603 Southwest Fwy Ste 565 Stafford, TX 77477

dancy. We also offer specials through our App (downloadable from iTunes or the Android store), our Facebook page, and our newsletter. We take most dental insurance plans and we also offer CareCredit for our dental and ortho procedures. Families with more than one child may need a little extra help to keep those smile shining!” You won’t find all of Dr. Sanchez’s favorite kiddos in the office. Baby Gemma Belle and big brother Diego keep her on the run at home. She says, “I’m thankful to be expanding the practice and adding associates who share my love for pediatric dentistry. We really find joy in this job! We love all kids––girls and boys, busy kids, shy ones, those with developmental delays, language barriers, or any challenges––all little people are welcome here!” Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” ~ 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)



Your Home, Your Flooring, Your Family Sarah Warburton hat brings a place into your heart? The people you find when you walk through the door! Since All About Carpet and Floors first opened its doors in Sugar Land over twenty years ago, the McKelvey family has helped this community grow. Renee McKelvey says, “We have customers whose carpets we’ve been cleaning for twenty years, whose kids we’ve seen grow up, and customers came to us for one house...and then had us do the flooring in their next four homes as well. We value the relationships we’ve built more than anything else...and we want you to know how much we appreciate all your support!” How did All About Carpet become an enduring Sugar Land favorite? Renee and Bob McKelvey worked as flooring inspectors, then did carpet cleaning, repairing, and restoration after water damage. Their customers started asking for advice on new flooring choices...and their retail business, All About Carpet and Flooring, was born! The showroom on Highway 6 has been a one-stop-shop for tile, hardwood, laminate, countertops, and all the things that come together to make your house into a home. You’ll get personal attention, design advice, an easy-to-understand quote, and installa-


tion you can trust! Shaun and Steven McKelvey grew up in the business, riding the trucks with the cleaning crews, playing or doing their homework in the showroom, and getting to know all the installers and other local businesses that All About Carpet has trusted for years. Were they born with an eye for design and a commitment to customer service...or is that just a result of their upbringing? Either way, you can enjoy the benefits when you need flooring, tile, and the best service in town. Shaun says, “People are always amazed when they walk through the door and my mom remembers them. That’s just the way we do things. It’s more than flooring or countertops to’s working for families and in their homes. We never forget that!” “We are so grateful for the community’s overwhelming support over this difficult year without Bob,” says Renee. “You mean more to us than you could ever know and we are so very thankful for you. Sugar Land is our home and we pledge to treat each and every one of you the way we would treat our own family. I also want to thank our long-time family friend Damian, who’s been an invaluable member of our team. We first worked with Damian when we opened back


in 1992 and he really stepped up and kept us going this year. I know our customers can rely on his expertise in our showroom and out on jobs. Come see us anytime for the best in tiles, natural stone and granite as well as hardwood flooring, laminates and carpet. Whether you’re a repeat customer or a first-timer, we’re always happy to see you and promise to give you our best service on every job we do!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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Reading the Signs in Time Sarah Warburton


hether your injury is in a joint, in your spine, or in your brain, you need a rehabilitation hospital that treats the whole patient, not just the injury. Lisa Collins, Director of Marketing Operations, says, “We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Madhura Patel to our devoted team at HealthSouth

Try the FACE test. F=FACE-Does the face droop when the person smiles? A = ARMS When both arms are raised, does one arm drift downward? S = SPEECH When the person repeats a sentence, does the speech sound slurred or strange? T = TIME If you observe any of these signs call 911 immediately!

Face Arms Speech Time Does the face droop when the person smiles?

When both arms are raised, does one arm drift downward?

Sugar Land. She shares the commitment to excellence and the spirit of caring that shines through everything we do!” Dr. Patel began studying medicine at the age of seventeen. She says, “Every aspect of my life––even meeting my husband and moving to Houston––has unfolded with the practice of medicine as the backdrop. I pursued a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a fellowship in brain injury...and have since focused on patients with both neurological struggles and spinal injuries. It’s an area where I can take a holistic approach to help patients in their lifestyle, medical management and through neurological therapy.” Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Dr. Patel says, “In the last decade, we’ve made huge advancements in the treatment of stroke. If a clotting agent is administered quickly enough, it reduces the amount of disability. Try to keep risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes under control.”

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When the person repeats a sentence, does the speech sound slurred or strange?

If you observe any of these signs call 911 immediately!

“When a patient suffers from neurological trauma like a stroke,” says Dr. Patel, “it’s essential for their family to be their champion. The earlier you start therapy,

the better the results. Stroke survivors can benefit from aggressive rehabilitation in order to return to home, work, school or active retirement. Stroke can affect any function of the body. At HealthSouth patients can get all the different therapies they may need––Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapies with the use of advanced neurological equipment––from a group of enthusiastic and caring group of people. The way they work together creates a culture of caring that’s ideal for the patients...and those who care for them!” HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital 281-276-7574 1325 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478

The Countdown to Mother’s Day


Matt Harris efore you start rushing around, looking for flowers or chocolates or cards for Mother’s Day, stop and think about what mom really needs. The best gift for your mother this year can be taking good care of your parents…the way they took care of you for so many years. Even if your Mom and Dad don’t complain about their plumbing, chances are it’s started to give them trouble. A dripping faucet, leaky hose bib, or running toilet may not seem like a big problem, but it’s money down the drain every your parents could be saving. Take a look at mom’s monthly water bills. If her bill for March 2013 is much greater than her bill for March 2012, that’s another sign of trouble. Alan’s Plumbing can check out their old pipes, inspect an ancient hot water heater or install some grab bars in those deep tubs for extra safety. It can be hard for your parents to admit they need help, but when it’s presented as a gift, they really appreciate it. Don’t let your mom be taken advantage of by some “big name, small heart” plumbing company. At Alan’s Plumbing, two mothers and six brothers—Alan, his two brothers and his three sons—work together to deliver generations of plumbing excellence.

The other team member, Zach, has the same attitude towards hard work and good values. The whole team at Alan’s Plumbing believes in earning your business the old-fashioned way––through courtesy, experience, and giving the best prices on the good work they do. Their trucks are all “no cell-phone zones” and they’ll give your mom the attention and respect she deserves. When you call Alan’s Plumbing, you’ll be talking to Alan’s mom or his wife, Jennifer, the

“heartbeats of the company.” For a burst pipe, a clogged drain, a new hot water heater, or troubled toilet, make sure your mom has the number of a plumber she can trust! Just attach an Alan’s Plumbing card to those Mother’s Day flowers with a note: “You’ll be hearing from Jennifer, Mom, and Alan’s team will fix all your plumbing problems. Happy Mother’s Day!” Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064

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Trust Your Indoor Weatherman! Courtney McIlvoy


n Texas, the blistering temperatures break records and outdoor summer fun can be ruined by the sweltering heat. Thankfully, Sugar Land’s own Jackson Air and Heat is available to keep your indoor temperatures perfectly comfortable. In 1982, Johnny Jackson created Jackson Air and Heat and it became one of the most efficient and reliable businesses in town. Thirty years after his dad founded Jackson Air, Brian Jackson is proud to say “Our commitment to customer service remains the same, We believe in treating the customer right and doing whatever it takes to make them happy. This is why most of our new customers are referred by existing customers.” 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.Trane produces high quality air conditioning units and accessories that can be depended upon to cool you off on those hot summer days. As the oldest Trane Comfort Specialist dealer in Sugar Land,

Jackson Air and Heat found what works and stuck with it. Brian says, “We believe in the best equipment installed and serviced by the best employees at the best prices. We’ll go above and beyond to work personally with you. That’s why we’re recipients of the Angie’s List “Super Service” award and the BBB Award of Excellence for the last three years.” Are your kids sniffling and sneezing or does your husband snore all night? Brian says, “If someone in your home has allergies, we recommend TRANE CleanEffects, the most effective whole-house air filtration system available. TRANE CleanEffects removes up to 99.8 percent of allergens from filtered air, traps particles down to .3 microns in size, is up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1 inch filter, and delivers cool, clean air... and more of it!” With a purchase of a new Trane air conditioner from Jackson Air and Heat, you not only get zero percent interest and tax credits, but also great rebates! Get more for your money with Jackson Air and Heat. We see cool, clean, comfortable air in your indoor forecast! Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

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A Doctor’s Doctor W Becca Bragg

hen local dentist Dr. Thomas Lomonte started looking for a doctor, he knew the kind of experience he wanted. He says, “I’ve always believed that good medical care combines experience, skill, and a real down-to-earth, caring attitude. That’s exactly what I found in Dr. Jeffery Alford.” A vacation should leave you feeling rested and relaxed, but after a recent vacation Dr. Lomonte just wasn’t feeling like himself. He says, “A pharmacist friend of mine, Lance Campbell, recommended Dr. Alford...and then I read a testimonial in UpClose by a guy who’d really liked him, too. He ordered tests and referred me to an excellent specialists, but it was the way he treated me as a person that really stands out.” Do you suffer from ‘white-coat syndrome?” There’s nothing intimidating about Dr. Alford’s office! Dr. Lomonte says, “Jay at the front desk and everyone in the office was really friendly. Dr. Alford takes the time to sit and really talk with you. He called the next day to talk with me and follow-up. He makes it easy and less stressful

to go to the doctor and get the best care. There are a lot of changes going on in health care right now and lots of uncertainly, but Dr. Alford treats his patients like doctors used to...with personal attention and true caring.” “As small businessmen, as well as medical professionals,” says Dr. Alford, “Dr. Lomonte and I understand the current challenges we face with our health care. We got into this profession to help people feel well and take care of themselves...and in today’s world that means giving you convenient options and uncomplicated, personal care. We want you to look forward to seeing us!” Are you tired of dealing with hidden fees, high deductibles, getting one co-pay at the doctor’s office and another bill from the lab? If you have a high deductible, you’re self-employed, or have no current health insurance, visit Dr. Alford at Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss. He says, “We have a simple menu of tests to identify issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke for different ages, family histories, and genders…and you’ll know upfront exactly what it will cost!” Are you ready for summer? Dr. Alford says, “My most popular preventative health programs are our weight loss options. I have three separate plans for three separate individuals–– the amino acid appetite suppressant NeuroAssist, Optifast, or Medifast. Come talk with me and we’ll choose the best plan for your lifestyle and goals. When you want an added boost, consider the noninvasive, FDA-approved i-Lipo laser to shrink fat cells and help you see the results of your healthy choices...faster!”

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Like Nothing Else You’ve Seen! Sarah Warburton


e want to change the way people think about skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers,” says David Hill, Administrator of Chelsea Gardens. “When people are in pleasant surroundings that preserve their independence and dignity, they can devote themselves to intense therapy and see real results!” What makes Chelsea Gardens so special? Maybe it’s the choice of creative and mouthwatering meals prepared and served on china by Chef Bill. We hear they receive rave reviews from patients and staff alike! Maybe it’s the hallways filled with natural light, the beautician or barber services, or the welcoming social room and vibrant activities program. Or could it be the generous private rooms, each with its own private bathroom and shower, that give patients the same privacy they would enjoy in a hotel or spa retreat? Round-the-clock nursing care, on-site therapy services, and sixty beds (including six Medicaid beds) means that you’ll find everything you’d expect from a nursing and rehabilitation center....and so very much more! In this boutique, luxury environment, you can get the short-term intense therapy you need. In fact, the spacious therapy room is located front and center as you enter the building. Director of Operations, Denise Martin, says, “Through Trinity Rehabilitation, we have caring, experienced Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapists whose goal is to help our patients build their strength and skills until they have the ability to transition back to their homes. We believe in therapy that delivers results!”

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Local Occupational Therapist Sarah Lee says, “I’ve seen firsthand the difficulties faced by family members whose loved ones are struggling to recover at home from hip or knee injuries sustained from a fall. There’s just no way to get the kind of intense, sustained therapy you need outside of a rehabilitation and nursing center...but in fifteen years in this profession I’ve never seen one like Chelsea Gardens! As a mom and a resident of Riverstone, I really appreciate the caring, supportive atmosphere here. You can see all the touches that make Chelsea Gardens beautiful...but it’s the positive energy and the warm kindness of the management and staff that make this such an amazing place to get the intense therapy you need to transition to your home again.” Chelsea Gardens 281-499-5040 4422 Riverstone Blvd Missouri City, TX 77459



A Clean That Meets Mom’s Standards. Maggie Beil


hat are some of the things that you remember your mother reminding you to do? Always tell the truth, be polite, put your toys away, make up your bed, clean your room... hasn’t keeping the house clean always been her favorite demand? A clean home is a happy home, and although we’d all love to keep mom happy, cleaning the house ourselves is nobody’s favorite chore and even when done it never seems to be up to her standards. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Professional Maid Service is here to help you give your mom the sparkling house she’s always tried so hard to maintain. Mom works hard enough as it is, and we all know she deserves a little break from the housework. Local cleaning expert and owner of Professional Maid service Max McCammond says, “When you give someone the gift of regular cleanings, what you’re really giving them is a break...and time to enjoy life!”

Maybe mom will finally be able to get that longneeded massage or pedicure, or even just spend quality time with the family. Only the best is good enough for your mother... and the best is what the professionals deliver. They arrive in a company car, wearing uniforms, and are licensed and bonded for your peace of mind. Take mom out to a nice lunch, and Professional Maids can have the house sparkling by the time you come back. As much as our mothers do for us, the least we can do for them is take a load off their shoulders. Since a house that meets “Mom’s Standards” are a challenge for the rest of us,, this is a clean best left to professionals.

Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

You never grow to old to clown around with your mom. She is constantly cracking up and cracking up everybody else around her. Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful Moms out there!

Cleaning to the “Max” Max’s Cleaning Tip: Having a hard time getting the kids to clean up? Try to make a game out of it that the whole family will enjoy. Use a timer and establish a time frame, once the timer starts play some upbeat music and have everybody try to finishing cleaning before the time runs out! It’s a fun way to bring the family together and keep the house clean at the same

Have Your Shoes Damaged Your Feet? Maggie Beil f you’ve been wearing super-cute, super-uncomfortable shoes with tight toes or high heels, you may have noticed some changes in your big toe. Don’t wait to take action! A bony enlargement on the big toe joint called a bunion can cause disfigurement and pain while walking (even in comfortable shoes). Board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Marco A Vargas of Foot & Ankle Associates says, “Up to fifty percent of all women have bunions, but they can also affect men. Decades ago, bunions were just a fact of life...but now we can treat your bunions and get you back to an active, pain-free life! Bunions are more than just a cosmetic issue...they can really knock you off your feet! Dr. Vargas says, “A severe bunion not only forces the big toe out of alignment, it causes a chain reaction so that your second and third toe become painfully misaligned as well. In the worst cases, patients suffer from constant pain and may be at risk of arthritis. If we catch the problem early enough, we can try to correct your bunions with protective cushions, orthotics, and properly-fitting shoes. If you need more extensive correction, we now have a


Sugar Land 888-784-5335 • 281-313-0090 17510 W. Grand Parkway South

wonderful alternative to traditional bunion surgery.” Until recently, if you needed bunion surgery (osteotomy bunionectomy), you were looking at six to eight weeks of recovery on crutches following surgery. Now a new procedure called the “tightrope bunionectomy” corrects the joint misalignment, prevents recurrence of the deformity, and allows you to be on your feet in a boot right away. Dr. Vargas says, “Instead of cutting down the bone to remove a bunion, we use x-ray guidance and thin, extremely strong sutures to create a ‘tightrope’ between your first and second toe to correct the alignment. Because the tightrope bunionectomy is a less-invasive surgical option, you’ll be back on your feet right away and back to your normal activities quickly.” If bunions are slowing you down, it’s time to see the Foot Pros. Dr. Vargas and his team at Foot and Ankle Associates are your one-stopshop for pain-free feet!

Foot and Ankle Associates Missouri City 281-313-0090 3281 Rocky Creek Drive

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A Powerful Weapon against Heart Disease


omen worried about heart disease easily spend thousands of dollars a year to prevent it… pricey prescription medicines, shelves of healthy-eating cookbooks, expensive inhome fitness machines and gym memberships. What they don’t realize is that they probably already own two powerful weapons against cardiovascular disease.

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

They cost less than $3 and are sitting on the bathroom counter…your toothbrush and dental floss! We’ve always known that a little prevention goes a long way, but we used to think of it in terms of avoiding cavities. But now it seems that by using your toothbrush and floss you are also preventing much more serious health problems down the road. Dr. Thomas Lomonte, D.D.S. of Stafford says, “Women who take care of their teeth and receive regular dental care reduce their risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third! There is a link between periodontal infections and heart disease. We’ve found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, are as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.” What is the best way to avoid problems in your mouth? Dr. Lomonte says, “Prevention. Prevention. Prevention! The age old advice still stands. Brush and floss regularly and see your dentist at least twice a year. If there are

signs of periodontal disease, I can help you clear them up. It’s fairly easy to do, and while you’re at it…you’ll be getting rid of a potential risk factor for heart disease!” Still at his original location on Murphy Road, Dr. Lomonte has been giving Fort Bend families great smiles for over twentyeight years. He and his staff take pride in greeting you as a patient...and waving goodbye to you as a friend. He has been in practice long enough that he now sees second and third generation patients. But there is always room for new patients and friends-to-be too! Dr. Lomonte says, “We’re here to keep you healthy. If you’re worried about heart disease, give us a call. We’re always happy to hear from you and we want to catch any problems before they get out of hand. And you can’t beat the other benefits… fewer fillings, healthier gums, and a brighter smile!”

Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. “Come in as a patient, leave as a friend.” 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

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From April Showers to HurricaneReady I

t’s May! We’ve made it through the April showers…and boy, did Fort Bend County see some April showers this year. Several severe thunderstorms laden with heavy rain and strong winds, and a few areas hit by hail. Have you checked your roof? “Your roof is only as strong as its weakest point,” says Joe Rangel of Allegiance Roofing (a division of Joe Rangel Contracting LLC). “When storms blow through like the ones we had in April, you can’t see the damage from the ground… and you need to make sure your roof is ready now! Texas hurricane season starts June 1st!” But how do you know if your roof sustained damage if you can’t see it? Joe says, “We want to offer everyone peace of mind after a storm. That’s why we offer free, no-obligation inspections. When you see your neighbors getting their roofs repaired, give us a call for an inspection. Should your roof need repairs, we’ll give you a free on-site estimate...and we stand behind any work we do one hundred percent!” If you need repair or replacement, Allegiance will handle all the ins and outs...even claiming any repair or replacement work with your insurance company. Joe says, “We know what a hassle it can be to deal with the insurance company. If you have been in a storm and our free inspection reveals damage…you do not need to make another call. Our staff will work with your insurance company, so your claim is handled quickly and effectively.” Rest assured…with Allegiance, your roof is in good hands. Joe’s entire team has passed the Certainteed Quality Master Exam and the Master Shingle Applicator Exam. Allegiance Roofing has achieved the elite certification of “Select Shingle Master Company.” Only 1% of roofing contractors within the United States are authorized by Certainteed to offer 3 STAR, 4 STAR, and 5 STAR extended warranties. With over fifty years of combined experience, Allegiance Roofing has built a reputation in the greater Houston area for solid work. Did you see the team from Allegiance working on a neighbor’s roof or at the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser for Fort Bend Seniors at La Cocina or the Cinco de Mayo festival at Legacy Ford where they were presenting sponsors at both events? Joe says, “We’ve been in this community for a long time, and we’re always happy to provide references. Our pledge to you is our WORKMANSHIP and it shows!!

But so does not having a


Allegiance Roofing 281-232-9100 P.O. Box 2010 Richmond, Texas 77406

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Simply and Functionally Amazing

Amy Sharp ne Fort Bend mom knew what she wanted for her daughter’s room. She had a single wall to fill…and she wanted all built-ins. Sophia says, “I wanted to fill the wall with cabinets, bookshelves, a window seat and a desk. Having seen Steve’s house, I knew I wanted him to build it for me. His house is amazing…and he did nearly all of the work himself!” After looking at the space, Steve Procter, owner of Procter Custom Woodworking, gave this mom his opinion and options. Sophia says, “He thought of things I hadn’t. He explained how drawers were much more functional for kids than cabinets with doors. I ended up going with the drawers, and I’m so happy I did. It’s very simple for my daughter to put things away. I mentioned that I ultimately wanted wood flooring, and Steve suggested I put it in first. Steve put in beautiful hardwood floors and base boarding. We also added crown molding to the room and recessed lighting in




the built-in. It looks really neat at night, and it was totally Steve’s idea. It’s wonderful! My daughter’s room is just the beginning...I have lots of ideas for my house, and I am excited for Steve to help me bring them to life!” Whether you are looking for big architectural mill-work (moldings, wall panels, windows/door casings), a major room remodel (kitchens, studies), a one-off piece (built-ins, bookcases, entertainment centers) or a fun practical children’s piece, Steve can build it. Steve says, “I spend a lot of time with my clients understanding what they really need. And I’m always looking for ways to fully utilize space and add

functionality. I like to give people that extra edge of functionality, while keeping the work aesthetically pleasing and beautiful.” Sophia says, “Steve’s attention to detail is amazing and it really shows in his house...which is also his showroom!” With two in-ceiling domes, an intricate home theater setup, lots of custom cabinetry, molding, trim, built-ins, furniture and children’s pieces, you’ll be blown away by the possibilities! Call Steve and set up an appointment to see his work today. Steve Procter Procter Custom Woodworking 713-201-8310


Trust Your Heart to Our Board Certified Cardiologists Cardiologists you know and trust have teamed up to form Methodist Sugar Land Cardiology Associates—physicians who are devoted to your heart health.

Sherman Tang, M.D. • Toussaint Smith, M.D.

From cholesterol management to the most complex diagnostic cardiac procedures, our cardiovascular care begins with building a relationship with our patients. We are committed to providing the highest quality care with the best possible outcomes for our patients. Plus, through our affiliation with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, we have access to state-of-the-art technology which enables us to provide outstanding care that is close to home.

To schedule an appointment, call 281-491-6808. Specializing in treating and managing a wide range of heart problems: • • • •

Aortic Aneurysm Carotid Artery Disease Chest Pain Cholesterol Management

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Coronary Artery Disease Coumadin Clinic Diabetes and Heart Disease Heart Failure

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Heart Valve Disease Hypertension Interventional Cardiology Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmias)

3527 Town Center Blvd. South • Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-491-6808 •

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Pacemaker Peripheral Vascular Disease Preventative Cardiology Research/Clinical Trials

Beauty Indulgence

day spa & salon

Come indulge and pamper yourself with the greatest spa experience of a lifetime. Your stay will be tranquil and relaxing. Escape and find peace within your body, mind, and spirit.

Celebrate Mom with our Mother’s Day Package that includes: 1 Hour Elemental Nature Facial • Spa Pedicure 1 Hour Elemental Nature Massage • Spa Manicure

All for $250.00 Or Receive a Free $10.00 Gift Card for every $100 Gift Card purchased


4715 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, TX


Richard and his wife Felicity having some fun with their son, Alex. Richard has committed his life to professionally assisting teenagers and college students who are struggling socially and academically due to developmental disorders such as Aspergers and Tourettes.

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hat unites a lawn business, a school, and a summer camp? A mission to help others! Richard Kelly and Lisha Vanar say, “We started our lawn business, Amazing Grass, as an educational project for kids and young adults with educational differences such as ADD, Autism, Dyslexia and Tourettes syndrome. These guys learn by be part of a team, to build stamina, and to achieve their goals. That was the first step on the road to Launch Academy.” Richard started an after school tutoring service in his free time. He says, “Then parents approached me about starting a general vocational program. Amazing Grass had been maintaining the grounds and garden at Parkway United Methodist. When I asked the pastor about classroom space. He said “I can do better than about a whole floor?” We started with a vocation program running the lawn service, training as baristas in the church coffee shop, and learning computer repair. We added music and art, then supplemental classes for homeschooled students. Now we have an accredited curriculum through Holt-McDougal and a unique college fast-track program.” Kids (ages 12-19) with developmental challenges can sample the camaraderie and encouragement of Launch Academy through the Teen Summer Camps. Lisha says, “We’ll keep the mornings for academic tutoring, research projects, and group presentations. In the afternoons we’ll do fun summer stuff like fishing, gardening, paintball, pool parties, and surf lessons. I’ll never forget taking a student fishing for the first time...and being there when he caught his first fish! We want these kids to build confidence and friendships in a supportive environment with low ratios (1:5). They can blow off steam through physical activity, learn socialization, build academic skills and get the perfect blend of routine and flexibility.” As seen on the Fox news segment on Amazing Grass, these students really do “Learn to Work, Work to Learn!” “On the first day at Amazing Grass,” says Richard, “someone with autism may only work twenty minutes...but the incentive of getting paid and the positive social pressure from the rest of the team makes a difference. Our basic lawn package is a mow, cut, edge, and blow, but we’ve done all the landscaping around a pool and do really well on commercial properties like churches. The only things we don’t do are bulldozers and sprinklers!” Launch Academy in Parkway United Methodist Church 832-457-2560 5801 New Territory Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas

The Launch Program helps students launch or relaunch their careers through several full-time internships and intense academic tutoring. Do you learn by sitting and listening or by doing? Guess what, your teenager or college student is the same. They learn by doing and getting paid for their quality work. The goal of the Launch Program is to combine extensive on-site mentorship with full-time tutoring, study skills training and paid internship positions across multiple industries. Richard Kelly-Director of Operations Richard earned his BA in Organizational Communication and his MBA at North Greenville University

Director of Adult Services-Lisha Vanar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Economics.

ACE Tutoring and TransitionMr. Craig Crawford has a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tutoring and Transition Dr. Sharon Hiergesell received her Bachelors in Chemistry from Transylvania University and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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Not Just a “Tired Mom” S

he’s the keeper of the family patterns and schedules. The taxi driver, the chef, the homework helper, the peek-a-boo expert and the “owie” kisser. She hasn’t had a full night’s sleep in at least 10 years. We’re talking about mom…and mom thinks she’s just “tired.” Maybe. But maybe there is more. Dr. Lance Campbell Pharm.D., R.Ph. at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy in Sugar Land says. “So often moms in today’s society feel overwhelmed and sluggish. They blame their sugar and carb cravings, inability to lose weight, insomnia, lack of energy, mood swings, depression and lack of sex drive on the busy schedules of their children. But hormonal imbalance can have a huge physiological affect on a woman…perhaps

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Maybe it’s time to help the woman who she is not just a “tired mom.” It’s one thing to occasionally be is the driving force behind the family. Dr. tired, but to feel sluggish and Campbell encourages mom to call and ask unmotivated most of the time is questions…see if she’s a candidate for this therapy. Dr. Campbell says, “May is wondernot normal!” Hormones affect everything… ful month to honor all of the moms in your the body, the mind, emotions, life. I’m blessed to be surrounded by three libido. But if your hormones are wonderful mothers… my wife Rakel (mothout whack, how do you bal- er of Cole, Chloe, and Catilyn), Rakel’s ance them? Dr. Campbell says, mom and my own mother. At Campbell’s “Bioidentical hormone replace- Compounding Pharmacy, we accept major ment therapy (BHRT) can prescription and insurance plans, stock all help mom get her life back! commercially available medications, and Bioidentical hormones are by compound medications to meet your needs... definition, the exact same chemi- and make mom’s life easier!” cal structure as hormones produced in the body. We prepare Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy customized formulations right 281-980-2555 here at Campbell’s Compounding “If our staff can’t make it…then you Pharmacy and under the guidance probably don’t need it!” of a doctor follow up to make sure 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 mom is getting the relief she needs with the lowest possible dosage.”


Have You Checked “Cindy’s List?” Many people rely on “Cindy’s list” when they need a referral...and when they ask about an air conditioning company, All Out A/C is her top pick. After all, Cindy’s sister and brother, her son, mother, niece and neighbors have all used all Out A/C at their homes in Katy, Greatwood, and Memorial. She says, “When I recommend a company to my clients, it’s my reputation on the line. That’s why I always use each company myself, first...and I’m very particular. If they can please me, they can please anyone! All Out A/C replaced my entire air conditioning and heating system three years ago. It was getting old and I wanted to take advantage of the tax credits to get it replaced. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Other than seasonal check-ups, I haven’t needed them to come out since!” “I refer my clients to All Out A/C with total confidence. In fact, I recommend that my clients call All Out A/C for a full inspection of the air conditioning and heating systems before buying a house. A standard home inspection checks only if those systems turn on and off, but All Out A/C will give you an honest evaluation of their condition so you can make an informed offer. Bryan only hires technicians he trusts and they don’t recommend work that you don’t need. Their service is quick, their quotes are low, and their work is excellent! ” “I know what it is to build a business based on referrals. All Out A/C is growing by leaps and bounds just because of the way they do business. I’ve even referred them to other realtors...and I always get rave reviews!” Get more information about Cindy at


’ve known Bryan Bellamy aka Mr. AC for over thirty years,” says local real estate broker Cindy Beach, “so when he and Chance Kamp opened All Out A/C I didn’t hesitate to call. Both Bryan and I share the same business philosophy: to treat others the way we’d want to be treated ourselves. When you’re dealing with honest people, you know you’ll get good work and a good price!”


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BACK PAIN? NECK PAIN? The Spine Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the comprehensive, coordinated option for you in Fort Bend County. For back and neck pain, there’s only one premier choice — Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center. Whether you’ve had pain for just a few days or several long years, you’ll find everything you need to diagnose and treat your condition in a convenient location, with access to premier spine specialists and a complete range of treatment options. Getting started is easy. We will guide you through a customized treatment plan, with expedited access to world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons and interventional pain specialists. Plus, physical therapy, occupational/hand therapy, and the most advanced imaging and surgical technologies in the world are available on-site.

Stop enduring pain. Call or email today and begin your personal treatment plan. 281-313-BACK (2225) or

16655 Southwest Freeway • Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-313-BACK (2225) • @MethodistSLHosp

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