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November 2010

Smart Home



Who Says Entertainm Sarah Warburton


e asked local home theater experts, Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain of Home Theater Evolutions why technology has to be complicated to make your life easier? Richard says, “It shouldn’t be! If you’re juggling a bunch of remote controls or trying to figure out a complicated security pad, your system isn’t working for you. We love the new Savant system, the industry’s only Apple-based control and automation system. Everything— from the design of the docking system to the user-friendly interface—is designed to be intelligent and extremely easy to use…the way the best technology should be!” Customize your choices so that the icons that appear are the ones you actually use, swipe through photos of your security system, entertainment choices, and lighting options, and retain complete control…even when you’ve left the house. Scott says, “You can use your iPad or your iPod Touch or your iPhone to control different areas of your home. We love this system because Apple’s technology and interface are innovative, powerful and affordable! Savant’s desktop and in-wall cradles for your iPads allow people to buy five, six, or even seven iPad controllers for the price of 2 ~ UPCLOSE ~ November 2010



ment Can’t Be Smart? one traditional touch panel.” How entertaining is the new Savant system? Imagine the end of a long day. You reach into your pocket for your iPhone as you pull into the driveway. A quick tap of your finger disarms your security system, closes your blinds, adjusts the room temperature, and turns on a few lights. You start your favorite movie in the kitchen while you make some dinner, pause it there and continue watching it in your home theater room. Now you have amazing control over all aspects of your home at a third the price of previous systems. And like every solution from Home Theatre Evolutions, Richard and Scott will handle the installation and set-up, so you’ll get a completely customized experience that’s userfriendly and super-simple from start to finish. Friends since the second grade, Richard and Scott share a lifelong obsession with electronics. A few years back, they started a custom electronics installation business. Richard says, “Our customers called us for recommendations on products, so we decided to offer the ones we trust to deliver quality and value.” Scott adds, “We’ve always placed the highest priority on customer service. That’s why we offer free in-home consultations, up-front pricing, and personalized attention. Both of us have always loved electronics, ever since we were kids. Helping people find just what they need in our own store is a dream come true… and now our kids, my son Sean and Richard’s son Nikolas, are best friends, too!” Listen to 790 the Sports Animal at 1:30 on Tuesdays, and you can hear Texans player Jacoby Jones talk about the TV and surround sound installation Home Theater Evolutions did for him. Better yet, visit their showroom to play with the new products and see their great selection for yourself! Their motto? “Tell us what you want and we’ll put together a package that fits your goals, your space, and your budget!” Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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hen we’re looking for a professional to go to for a new service what do we do? We turn to a knowledgeable and trusted source. We ask a friend, or a valued colleague for a recommendation. This makes us feel positive and secure in our choices. So when a doctor you trust recommends another doctor, would you feel confident going to them for a surgical procedure? That is precisely what happened with Kyle Chaddock. Kyle maintains a very active lifestyle and has 2 acres of land that he works on daily. He had some large varicose veins on his leg that were constantly stinging. A doctor that he was already working with suggested that he see Dr. Baltazar of Sugar Land Vein Specialists for a free consultation to see about taking care of the enlarged veins before they turned into a greater problem. His first visit with Dr. Baltazar was a pleasant one, “He was a very nice guy and made me feel at ease.” During the initial consultation, Dr. Baltazar did a detailed interview, a physical examination and an ultrasound all the while openly communicating with Kyle about what was going on and possible choices of how to proceed. Dr. Baltazar gave Kyle the time to feel comfortable and he answered any questions that he asked. Together they chose a plan of action. The procedure was done at Dr. Baltazar’s office and Kyle’s recovery was quick and easy. “I have no more stinging and the bumps are gone. I’ve had several operations but this one was the easiest of all.” And after the procedure Kyle was not forgotten, Dr. Baltazar checked in with him regularly and Kyle liked that he could call the office day or night and they would answer any question or concern he had. Dr. Baltazar holds himself and his staff to high standards. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Vascular Surgery and both he and Sugar Land Vein Specialists are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of varicose veins. Their goal is to offer every patient a safe, comfortable and easy procedure with true expertise and the best treatment possible. “I could tell Dr. Baltazar really knew what he was doing as well as his staff,” said Kyle. Some patients are even fellow medical professionals. What an amazing vote of confidence. If you have varicose veins why wait any longer to get them taken care of when we have one of the best and highly recommended vein specialists here in the Sugar Land area? The treatment of varicose veins is covered by most insurance and Dr. Baltazar offers a free vein screening during regular office visits. Varicose veins of any sort is an indication of improper blood flow and can lead to some serious complications so don’t wait until the pain or stinging worsens. Now is the time. Call today.

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A Doctor’s Doctor



Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT, FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 281-240-8400 4660 Sweetwater Blvd Ste 130

Working Miracles!

Donnielle Carter hen we wake up in the morning and we look in the mirror how many of us stand there, look at our bodies and say, “I wish it was different. What would it take to change my body? I need a miracle!” For one local resident that is exactly what she got. She went to see Dr. Ahmadi at Avante Plastic Surgery and she said, “Dr. Ahmadi is a true professional and a true miracle worker!” Dr. Ahmadi is a double board certified plastic surgeon and Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. At Avante Plastic Surgery, he performs procedures such as; facelifts, nose reshapings, breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts. However, Dr. Ahmadi’s signature miracle procedure is the Lipotuck™. The Lipotuck™ is a one stage procedure that combines liposuction with tightening of the skin, to provide a flatter stomach and a more streamlined waistline. Dr. Ahmadi says, “This procedure also addresses the upper abdomen, hips and love handles areas that a traditional tummy tuck does not.” It provides a superior result and a quick recovery time. This is a one of a kind procedure that is only performed by Dr. Ahmadi at Avante Plastic Surgery. And we have him right here in Sugar Land! One patient states, “This procedure has definitely improved my appearance and overall happiness. I can wear clothing that I’d never imagined myself in.” For Dr. Ahmadi it’s not just about changing his patients’ bodies, it’s also about helping them to change their lives. After having the procedure one patient said, “Not only has before


this procedure changed my appearance but it has made a dramatic change in my eating habits and my desire to become more physically fit.” Still looking for that miracle to help you reshape your body and reshape your life? Check out Dr. Ahmadi and Avante Plastic Surger y where miracles are happening everyday. Find out why patients are saying, “Dr. Ahmadi is so caring and meticulous. I felt confident that my surgery would be a success based on my consultation.” Call today for your consultation and see what kind of miracle Dr. Ahmadi and Avante Plastic Surgery can help you create in your life.


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

Pain Management Improves Quality of Life- Free Seminars


veryone experiences pain. It’s not pleasant, but fortunately, for most of us it’s temporary. For those who experience chronic pain, though, it can be debilitating. Cheryl White, M.D., and Abraham Thomas, M.D., two of the board certified pain specialists at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, answer some common questions about treating pain.

Dr. White: We treat a variety of conditions associated with pain, including shingles, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, postsurgery pain, chronic regional pain syndrome, and back and neck pain. Because there are so many types of pain – and also because each patient reacts differently to treatments – we take an individualized approach to each case.

Q: Why is pain management so important? Dr. White: Chronic pain can affect every facet of a person’s life. If someone is in pain, it can damage their family relationships, their performance at work, their enjoyment of life and their ability to sleep. Managing pain is very important, and yet, in general, patients experiencing chronic pain don’t always seek medical attention.

Q: What treatments do you use? Dr. Thomas: Epidural steroid injections are a common and effective treatment for many patients. In some cases we use medications including muscle relaxants, nerve pain medicines and anti-inflammatory medications. We also rely on a variety of procedures to relieve pain, such as radio frequency lesioning (RFL), which burns some of the sensory nerves to block pain transmission, or spinal cord stimulation, a cutting-edge procedure in which electrodes are used to block pain transmission. We may refer patients to physical therapy or have the patient consult a surgeon.

Q: What’s the psychological impact of chronic pain? Dr. Thomas: Stress and pain go hand-in-hand. If you have pain, you often become stressed out, and then the stress makes the pain worse. But if we can alleviate the pain through treatment, a patient’s outlook brightens. Managing pain can improve quality of life. Q: What are some of the most common causes of the pain you treat?

Q: When should a patient seek further treatment? Dr. White: While not all pain can be cured, it can be managed – especially if back or neck pain is keeping you from taking part in everyday activities. Our team of pain specialists

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at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center will perform a thorough evaluation and forDr. White mulate a treatment plan specific to your condition. The new Spine Center is located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus with easy access off Town Center Boulevard. Patients with primary care physician referrals, as well as those without referrals, are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center, please call 281-313-BACK (2225). Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is hosting two FREE Pain Management Seminars. Attendees will learn about innovative treatments and the latest technology. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; please call 281-2747500 to register. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Abraham Thomas, M.D., is presenting. Located in conference rooms A-D in the Main Pavilion of the hospital at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, Cheryl White, M.D., is presenting. Located in medical office building 1, suite 410 at 6 p.m.

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She Looked Like an Ordinary Baby… Sarah Warburton


ut to infertile parents around the world, Louise Brown was a true miracle. Born in 1978, she was the first of over four million babies to be conceived through the groundbreaking procedure, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), developed by English biologist Robert G. Edwards and now-deceased physician Patrick Steptoe. Now that Robert Edwards has won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, we asked our local expert, triple board-certified doctor, Dr. Subodh Chauhan, to tell us more about these amazing advances and what they mean for families here in Sugar Land. After the first IVF baby was born, doctors began working to help couples struggling with low-sperm count. Dr. Chauhan says, “In 1992, ICSI (intra cytoplasmic sperm injection) allowed an embryologist to inject sperm into the egg. This was a significant advance for couples where men had low sperm count, which is a factor 40 % of the time with infertile couples. Later the process known

as TESE allowed us to obtain sperm from a biopsy of testicular tissue. Couples who would have probably not been able to conceive were able to have babies of their own with these methods.” “Our goal as fertility specialists has always been to help families conceive happy, healthy babies,” says Dr. Chauhan. “In the late 1980s we were able to detect abnormal chromosomes in embryos by Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). At that time, only 7-8 chromosomes were evaluated due to technological limitations. In the 1990’s couples with a family history of debilitating disease could have the genes of the embryo checked at conception using PGD. Recently Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH) can detect all chromosomes and is presumed to give higher success rate. Every year brings new innovations as we strive to make it safer and easier for previously infertile couples to conceive.” Over five thousand babies have been brought into the world with the fertility treatments and IVF program at the Fertility Specialists of Houston.

Dr. Chauhan says, “The first parents to go through this procedure back in 1978 really touch my heart with their bravery. Thanks to them, we have many more resources to help infertile couples making their dream come true today.” Fertility Specialists of Houston 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483)

Use It Or Lose It! I Sarah Warburton f you choose the couch over the gym and your only exercise regime is regularly skipping your workout, you’ll lose your muscle tone. You’ve got to “use it or you’ll lose it!” The same holds true for your medical flexible savings account funds or your dental benefits. If you don’t use them before the end of the year, you could lose them! Dr. Laurena Moore Powell of Powell Dental Care says, “Your family needs regular dental checkups...and this is the best time to take care of your dental health and enjoy your health benefits, too.” How hectic is your life? When you’re juggling work and family, it can be hard to remember if you’re coming or going. As the mother of four children, Dr. Moore Powell understands. She says, “The easiest way to prevent problems is to make and keep regular checkups. My husband, Dr. Marty Powell and I always prefer to catch problems early and save you money, too! Using your pretax income for medical expenses makes your money go farther, but only if you actually use those dollars. Letting time run out on those benefits isn’t good for your wallet…or for your health.”

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Whatever you forget, don’t let your dental appointment slip your mind. If you have dental insurance or medical saving accounts, you may need to use those benefits before the end of the year. Come visit Powell Dental Care for anything from a simple checkup to serious repair work to cosmetic touches all in one convenient place…but don’t wait. Most programs don’t offer rollover of unused benefits, so if you don’t use them by the end of December, it’s like leaving money on the table. Use those benefits, don’t lose them! Stretching your health care dollars is easy when you bring your family to Powell Dental Care. Dr. Marty Powell says, “We treat whole families from tiny infants to grandparents. There’s nothing more rewarding for my wife and I than treating three generations of a family and keeping their smiles happy and healthy for life.”

Powell Dental Care 281-302-6284 3681 Highway 6 S @ Settler’s Way

Innovative American… With Just an “Inch of French” Sarah Warburton


hat could bring a renowned French chef to Missouri City? Frédéric Perrier, trained in Michelin starred restaurants and won acclaim in New York as an Executive Chef requested by celebrities and heads of state. In New York, he met Michelle, now his wife. She says, “We wanted to raise our family where I grew up…right here in Texas. Now Frédéric and I have two boys and two restaurants just a mile from our house…with a third restaurant on the way.” It’s the perfect life for an innovative and creative chef and a happy dad…and we get to reap the delicious benefits! Have you been to Fort Bend’s only 3-star restaurant? Aura was honored as one of Houston Chronicle’s top ten new restaurants because of Chef Perrier’s original approach to some of our old favorites. At Aura, fries might appear as “Manchego Dusted Pommes Frites,” with a little chef-inspired twist, truffle oil “for more fun!” says Chef Perrier. An inviting lunch menu makes the perfect mid-day escape and prix-fixe “Sunset” three-course menu for under twenty-five dollars means treating yourself doesn’t have to be a splurge. And the dinner menu has choices for the conservative (Pan-seared flounder with crabmeat or Steak Diane) and for the adventurous…check the changing special list for Thai, Italian, or Mexican-influenced creations and whimsically mouth-watering treats like the “surf and turf” where Chef Perrier sandwiched braised short ribs between halves of glossy sea scallops in a burgundy reduction. Michelle says, “Frédéric is only happy if he’s actually cooking—not just creating or expediting a menu— so an intimate restaurant, close to home is the perfect thing for him.” Tired of the standard “sack” or a “boxed lunch” choices? Visit Chef Perrier’s Meat and Greet, just three doors down. At this

European Butcher Shop and Gourmet Deli sandwiches appear on fantastic breads and rolls with quality ingredients, exciting combinations, and prices that will make you do a double-take. Seriously? The sack lunch (a sandwich, a side, and a cookie) OR the box lunch (a sandwich, a side, a soup, and any dessert) are each under ten dollars! With choices like Roast Beef with roasted pepper, shaved red onion, gorgonzola, and horseradish on ciabatta or a Cuban press jazzed up with black bean chipotle mayo and desserts like the “white and dark chocolate hybrid” and my personal favorite, the crème brulee, this is the new spot for a quick lunch or a box to go. Additional choices like burgers, crab cakes, and salads tempt any taste bud! Bring your friends, your kids… even the whole baseball team to Chef Perrier’s newest venture…Hoggs N Chicks, a “Fine Food Shack.” Longing for chicken-fried chicken or Cuban style pulled pork? This menu features (as the name suggests) lots of pork and chicken as well as something to please every taste. Great for an after game meal or grab n go dinner at home, dine-in or home delivery!

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Aura Restaurant 3340 FM 1092 Rd, Ste 160 Missouri City, TX 77459-2215 (281) 403-2872 Meat & Greet Boutique 3 doors down 281-403-4444 3340 FM 1092 Rd, Ste. 180 Hoggs n’ Chicks “A Fine Food Shack” 281.778.4644 (HOGG) 8817 Hwy 6, Ste 200, Missouri City, TX

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Miracles Happen Daily Dr. Leslie Cohan, M.D.


would find it close to impossible to be an atheist and work in labor and delivery…because here miracles occur daily. It sounds a little corny, but it’s true. I’ve been delivering babies for twenty years and it never gets old. Okay, maybe the 3 a.m. part gets a little old, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Even though my nineteen-year-old daughter grew up watching me leave the house at three in the morning and having to miss her plays, teacher conferences and field trips…she’s decided she wants to be an Ob-gyn and will one day take over my practice. Her interest really started three years ago on Thanksgiving, when she came to the hospital with me to watch me deliver twins. The look on her face when she saw the babies born was incredible and her “aweI was some” took on a new meaning. One of my most memorable deliveries occurred years ago, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. The parents had an older child and after years of trying had finally gotten pregnant again, only to lose the baby. Maybe the medical textbooks say the loss was a fetus…but to this family the loss was that of a baby with their son’s smile and her father’s dimples. They were devastated. Then they got pregnant again with twins! At the delivery, the wife looked at her husband and thanked him over and over again, for continuing to try and for believing in her. She was crying, he was crying, the tech and nurse were crying… and I was too. (The fact that I was pregnant made it even more poignant) Dr. Cohan and her daughter Kailey

a first year medical student headed for a career in genetics when my sister-in-law had a baby and let me observe… and from that moment I was hooked. I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding occupation. It’s true that things don’t always go the way we’d hoped in labor and delivery. Sometimes a premature baby doesn’t make it, or the baby is born with birth defects, or we suffer an unexplained fetal demise. But more often this field is touching, inspiring, emotional and wonderful. When it ceases to be, that’s when I’ll know it’s time to retire and hand the practice over to my own daughter. The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway • Sugar Land, TX 77479

Wonders Never Cease! Sarah Warburton or nine months, local compounding pharmacist, Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph. and his wife were preparing their home for the arrival of a new baby. Dr. Campbell says, “When we had the ultrasound done, we were told it was a boy. My two other children, Cole and Chloe were excited about a new brother…but we had a wonderful surprise on the big day. You could have knocked me over with a feather when they told me my wife had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl! After they picked me up off the floor, I was so happy. Instead of baby Caleb we welcomed baby Catilyn…and we couldn’t be happier!” You have to be ready to roll with the changes in life and Dr. Campbell is uniquely qualified to do that. As a compounding pharmacist, he knows


how to work around complications and unexpected twists. He says, “I never know what a doctor will order or what reactions a patient will have. We work together to find the best solution for the individual. I might change hard-to-swallow pills into easy-to-use transdermal creams for seniors, or bitter-tasting medicine into cherryflavored gummi bears for kids, or make medicine for your pets into bacon-flavored treats.” Sometimes the unexpected happens on a large scale…as in the case of last year’s national shortage of the popular thyroid medication, Armour Thyroid. Dr. Campbell can compound a replacement that will work for you. On a smaller scale, if your child surprises you with a sensitivity to dyes, gluten or other additives, Dr. Campbell can make your medication with all the ingredients you need and none of the ones you don’t! He says, “Working together with local doctors, I’m able to find creative, effective ways to help people. My primary goal is always to give to my patients more alternatives to improve their lives!” When life takes you by surprise, you need a pharmacist who can handle every unexpected twist and turn. Dr. Campbell says, “In this job and in life, you can’t plan for everything and you have to be ready for anything! We were expecting a boy for nine months, but baby Caitlyn had the last laugh on everyone…and we wouldn’t have it any other way!” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

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Everybody Sees It Coming!

Sarah Warburton o you have to hold this magazine at arm’s length to read it? Are you wondering what happened to the eyesight you enjoyed in your twenties? You’re not losing your vision or your mind…just your flexibility. Once we hit our forties (and beyond), the lenses of our eyes lose flexibility, making it harder to focus on close objects. Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source says, “Many people develop presbyopia in their forties or later, but we’ve got plenty of options to give you clear vision again.” Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or enjoy 20/20 vision, presbyopia can sneak up on anyone. “Actually,” says Dr. Doan, “even if you suddenly notice that you’re having dif ficulty focusing on close objects, presbyopia slowly develops over time. As the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, it becomes harder to focus


clearly on objects that are close. Many people find that the first signs of presbyopia are holding the newspaper or a menu at arm’s length, blurred vision at normal reading distance and eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work. Take those signs as reminders that it’s time for your vision checkup.” Ready to explore your options? Dr. Doan may recommend contact lenses, bifocals, progressive lenses or simple reading glasses. She says” Bifocal lenses contain two points of focus…a large portion for distance and the smaller, lower portion for close work. Progressive lenses offer a more gradual visual transition between the two prescriptions, so you won’t see that tell-tale line between the top and bottom of your lenses. If you don’t care to wear your glasses all the time or you already wear contacts for distance, you may be able to wear separate reading glasses for close work. Some contact lens wearers opt for monovision by wearing one contact lens for distance and another for close work. Others find this uncomfortable and prefer multifocal contact lenses for the effect of bifocals…without the glasses!”

Each birthday brings new changes to your vision, so give your eyes the gift of a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Doan. She says, “Everyone deserves to see clearly…but some of us just need a little extra help!” Dr. Anh Doan, Therapeutic Optometrist Vision Source! 281-261-2647 4725 Highway 6 South You can become a Friend of Dr. Doan’s on Facebook at: Vision Source – Missouri City

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And necks, and spines, and all things anatomical and skeletal that can cause you pain.

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When your back hurts, your ability to work, play, and spend time with your family can be greatly disrupted. Dr. Mark Brown, M.D. specializes in the treatment of low back pain through interventional procedures which have proven successful for thousands of patients, often helping where other treatments have failed. Relief is available—without the need for prescription narcotics—and Dr. Mark Brown has the knowledge and experience to help you control your symptoms and maintain a productive and fulfilling life. Don’t you owe it to yourself—and your family—to get the treatment you need today?

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Are You Looking for Success? Sarah Warburton


tudents come from as far as Willowbrook and Rosenberg to find success at this unique co-ed private school, the Turning Point Academy (TPA). In their luxurious home, Carol Appelbaum offers an academically-challenging, boutique-learning experience; guaranteed to prepare students for success in college, business, and life! We spoke to two students preparing for graduation about their plans for the future and their experience at TPA. “I think people would be surprised at how social TPA is,” says Adelle. “I fit in fine at other schools, but I just wasn’t getting as much done as I wanted. Now that I’m at the Turning Point Academy, I can really make the most of my time. Yesterday, I took dual-credit classes at Wharton Junior College in the morning, then I studied at TPA. After school I had a private volleyball lesson and personal training at a local sports facility. Then I volunteered— coaching a kids’ development program and we played for a while before dinner with my mom.” Now Adelle is trying to choose between a military school (her first choice is the Naval Academy) and one of the several divisionone colleges like Colgate and Rice that are trying to recruit her. She says, “I want to major in Business Administration and minor in engineering. The Turning Point Academy really gave me the high academic standards and the personal freedom that I needed!” “Before TPA, I was never going to graduate on time!” says Sarah. “I’d been to boarding school and my credits were all messed up. At TPA I’m never bored because I set my own pace…and I finished my English course in two months. Since

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we don’t switch classes and we don’t have any arbitrary bells, there aren’t any distractions. The environment is so comfortable, there’s no gossip or rumors— it’s completely drama-free. I have an after-school job and I love knowing I can hang out with my friends and do other things without a guilt trip, because TPA is set up so I can do all my work at school…and I’m set to graduate on time!” After graduation, Sarah has a different life plan. She says, “I’m active in my local church. After graduation, I’ll go to a Missions college in Idaho. My goal is to minister to people around the world and help them out of desperate circumstances. I know TPA is a college preparatory school, but we also focused on goal-setting and success principles, real life-skills I can use!” On May 14 Sarah and Adelle will graduate at the same time as groups from all over the US from the NEW College Preparatory Academy (TPA’s curriculum). And TPA’s own Adelle Buede will be recognized as a Distinguished Graduate with highest honors. If Progress Reports and Report Cards have

you asking if school is working for your child, call the Turning Point Academy at 281-7808713. Ask about Open Houses and opportunities to “shadow” a student…or give your fifth through tenth grader a leg up in 2011 with TPA’s New Year’s Teen Success Camp. Carol says, “We give our students the tools, the support, and the experience they need to become leaders in life!”

The Turning Point Academy (Now enrolling for 2011) 281-780-8713

Where Do Tooth Fairies Turn for Help? Sarah Warburton


eing a tooth fairy is really hard work. Every night there are so many homes to visit, so many pillows to lift, so many teeth to collect. Whew! That’s why the very best tooth fairies ask for a little help. At Little People’s Dentistry, Dr. Bianca Sanchez says, “Helping out tooth fairies is one of my favorite jobs…but all my little friends are welcome to bring me their tricky, wiggly teeth and their questions, too!” Did you know that tooth fairies are not very good at math? It’s true! Dr. Sanchez says, “Tooth fairies might give a quarter, a dollar, or accidently pay too much! I know one tooth fairy who thought each tooth was worth the same as the age of the child who lost it. That wasn’t too expensive when the first teeth came out, because most kids lose their front teeth when they’re five or six. But the canines and back molars come out when kids are ten or even twelve…even a tooth fairy who doesn’t know multiplication knows those teeth get pricey really fast! I tell all the tooth fairies that if the math’s too tricky, you can always give a little toy or a good book instead.”

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Just because tooth fairies sometimes get lost or come a day late doesn’t mean they’re easy to trick. Dr. Sanchez says, “I had one little friend who thought he could sneak out his little brother’s wiggly tooth and put it under his own pillow… but the tooth fairy wasn’t fooled. Your tooth fairy only wants your teeth, and she (or he) wants them to be shiny and healthy, so be sure to brush after every meal and floss every night!” Each tooth fairy is different…but they all get excited when they find a shiny tooth! Dr. Sanchez says, “I have a treat for Little People’s Dentistry patients who share tooth fairy stories with me… and you’ll enter a contest to appear as an

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What’s the News? Sarah Warburton s it turns out, old news can make the front page of today’s paper when it comes to your ankles. Ankle (and allaround orthopedic) specialist Dr. Mark Vann, MD says, “I can’t tell you how many times I examine a patient suffering from arthritis in the ankles and the x-ray reveals an old fracture. Car accidents, college sports injuries, and all those traumas in the past are top predictors of ankle arthritis in the future. We’ll typically try


anti-inflammatory medications and injections to alleviate symptoms, but when this fails… we have good news about the two primary surgical solutions for end stage ankle arthritis.” Stop the presses! This just in…arthroscopic surgery has revolutionized ankle fusion. Dr. Vann explains, “In ankle fusion, the joint is fused or welded together, limiting some of the up and down movement, in an effort to eliminate pain. This is one procedure we’re now able to perform as arthroscopic surgery with a smaller incision and reduced recovery time (compared to a standard fusion using large incisions). Patients who are younger, more active, and heavier benefit most from ankle fusion.” Looking for some in-depth coverage of total ankle replacement surgery? Dr. Vann says, “We’re seeing the second generation of total ankle replacements being implanted now, and the results seem promising. Using traditional open surgery the diseased ends of the tibia and talus (the major bones of the ankle joint) are replaced with a metal and plastic artificial joint for improved mobility. This procedure is best suited for patients who are older, lighter weight and less active.” You can trust Dr. Vann to stay on top of the latest scientific updates and the newest proven solutions to engineering problems of your ankle, foot and entire lower extremity. He says, “We’ll work together to find the best treatment plan for you!”

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Memories That Shine Donnielle Carter


s it possible for jewelry to convey memories? Can you see the glimmer of times past reflected in the shine and twinkle of a ring or pendant? A time of laughter or a time of love? Everyone at Gold Connection Jewelers believes just that and their goal is to help you make memories that shine and last a lifetime. In 1994 Jane and her two daughters, Kerry and Kimberly, started Gold Connection Jewelers, “One daughter was into buying and one daughter was into repair. We started in a log cabin with 3 cases and a teensy amount of jewelry.” From word of mouth their business grew so much that within 1 year of opening they moved to their current location, which just happens to be next door to that original log cabin.

We started in a log cabin with 3 cases and a teensy amount of jewelry Today they have a wide selection of quality platinum, gold and sterling silver jewelry, wedding rings, watches, class rings and they even buy gold. They have developed a reputation for amazing custom designs by Kerry. Jane said, “Kerry has a great eye and really has a knack for how it’s going to look.” At Gold Connection Jewelers, you can get a piece of jewelry as unique as you or the person you’re giving it to. This family of jewelers knows that buying that perfect piece to express how you feel can be overwhelming and they will assist you

in every way. “We regard our customers as family and pledge to treat them with honesty, integrity, and respect.” Even customers who have moved from the area will ship their jewelry for repair to Gold Connection because they know they can trust the service they’ll get and that they’ll be treated like family. “My family has a lot of fun working together. Even my granddaughters will come in and help. They want to work here someday,” says a proud Jane. Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm stop by today and begin to create those precious memories with Gold Connection Jewelers – A Memory for a Lifetime. Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 206 E. Highway 90A

Put Yourself on the List Sarah Warburton


Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

nce November rolls around, we all start carrying expanded “to-do” lists and it’s hard to grab a moment for yourself. Dr. Thomas Lomonte, D.D.S. says, “Year-round I’ve seen how moms and dads put themselves last…but you owe it to yourself and your family to take good care of your teeth. And this time of year, even though things get a little crazy, you want to be sure to use up your dental benefits or health care spending accounts before they expire. Don’t worry, we’ll get you in and out and on your way before you know it!” One patient, Dana says, “I really appreciate the way Dr. Lomonte and his staff treat their patients. When you come in for an appointment, you don’t sit around and wait...he acknowledges that our time is just as important as his. He’s really made it possible to get in and get out quickly with no delay. Everyone in his office does excellent work and they’re all really efficient. From the front desk through the exam room to the final checkout, they just don’t have any hold-ups...and you don’t feel rushed.” Giving your smile a lift takes less time than

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roasting the Thanksgiving turkey at Dr. Lomonte’s office. Erase the stains of smoking, red wine, or coffee from your teeth with Dr. Lomonte’s Opalescence Xtra BOOST teeth whitening system…either in-office or with take-home trays. If you need a more dramatic change, it’s still a snap! Dr. Lomonte says, “Many of my patients love the natural results, the affordability, and the incredible convenience of Snap-On Smile. No shots, no drilling, you won’t need any adhesive, and it’s completely reversible. It’s thin, flexible, incredibly strong, and will snap right over your natural teeth. That’s practically an instant makeover! Spend a little extra time with your family…and cross getting your check-up off the list, too! Dr. Lomonte treats patients of all ages and he’d love to see your college kids while they’re home for the holidays. Call 281-530-1440 to schedule your free consultation…so you can take advantage of flex healthcare accounts and dental benefits, before time runs out at the end of the year! Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

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Don’t Be Ugly I Karen Daniels

s your kitchen so out of date that your Thanksgiving turkey would jump out of the oven and run away when it sees your dated countertops? Do you cringe when you think of what your friends might say about your 80’s color bathtub? With the holidays nearly upon us there’s no need to subject your guests to an ugly kitchen or bathroom when you can dazzle them with a whole new look. Miracle Method Surface Refinishing is the perfect way to achieve that beautiful new look your home deserves. If you’re worried about the cost, especially with a long list of food and gifts to purchase, don’t be. With surface refinishing you can save up to 75% over the cost of replacement and give your family the treat of a new kitchen or bathroom. If you’re worried about down time, particularly with the in-laws coming to stay, don’t be. Miracle Method’s process takes only two to five days to complete. It’s never been easier to add style and luxury to your home. How long have you been putting this off? Think of all the compliments you’ll receive as friends and family gather at your home this holiday season. Paul and Jonee Barnett have been resurfacing countertops, bathtubs and showers

in the Fort Bend County area for years and will listen to your wishes and concerns to help you plan a makeover that works. Miracle Method has a unique bonding agent that adheres to your existing countertops and bathrooms whether its porcelain, ceramic, laminate, acrylic, or cultured marble. They have more choices than types of stuffing. You can match an existing color or you can create an entirely new look with their Natural Accents line inspired by nature. And the surfaces are designed to stand up to your normal every day wear and tear. At Miracle Method their number one priority is providing exceptional customer service and beautiful results. They can even tame runaway turkeys! Seriously, you’ll be impressed with the level of professionalism their entire team has and proudly refer them to others. Call Paul and Jonee today and turn your ugly bathroom or kitchen into a beautiful one. Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX (by appointment only)

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A Family’s Needs Donnielle Carter


s a family grows and changes their needs change as well. Diapers give way to shopping sprees and crayons give way to car keys. This is also true for your family home. You want your family home to be comfortable so choosing flooring is hard enough but add kids and pets to the mix and the decision gets even more difficult. This is where the remarkable family of Bob & Renee McKelvey at All About Carpet and Floors can assist you. Not only do they have the expertise and training behind them they have also had a growing family with changing needs of their own. All About Carpets and Floors is a family owned and operated business and has been Sugar Land’s premiere destination for flooring, tiling, and remodeling for over 20 years. Whether your children are in diapers or active young adults, choosing flooring with your kids in mind doesn’t have to mean wall to wall cartoon-print carpet. There are several types of floors that are safe, attractive and comfortable that your kids will enjoy and that can handle the wear and tear of growing up. And when considering a pet friendly floor some things you want to consider are: does your pet shed a lot, will they track in mud or will their nails scratch the lacquer? Some flooring can withstand heavy foot traffic better than others; whether it is

baby’s first steps or a pet’s welcoming run. And the good news is that by selecting a family friendly floor now you can actually save money in the long run. And thankfully there is now a wide range of flooring materials so that with the assistance of All About Carpets and Floors experts, you can easily find one that fits your entire family’s needs and also fits within your budget. If it’s time to remodel, Bob has compiled an extensive network of expert and reputable trades people and contractors to assist you with any change you can dream of…and with Renee’s sense of style and eye for elegance she can help you fine-tune your tastes and desires so you have the home that will be comfortable for every member of your family. Bob and Renee of All About Carpets and Floors know the flooring needs of a growing family. They’ve experienced and continue to experience it themselves. They and their expertly trained staff including two sons, Shaun and Steven, can help you find the right flooring for any of your family’s needs. And because of this experience you can be assured of flooring with top quality and durability that can withstand the changing growing needs of your entire family. Stop by All About Carpet and Floors warm and welcoming showroom anytime Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and let the experts assist you in making informed choices on how to make your house comfortable for all members of your family. All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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Janice Golden


f you’ve spent your whole life struggling with glasses or contacts, just imagine seeing the world clearly without them. What could change everything? Just a few minutes with Dr. Colby Stewart, MD, FACS of Houston Eye Associates. Robbie Galhorta and Janice Golden both agree, “Going to Dr. Stewart made the difference…and it’s the best decision we ever made!” “Trusting someone with your eyes is like trust-

ing them with your life,” says Robbie Galhorta. “I was so pleased with Dr. Stewart that I referred two friends and my mother to him for their LASIK procedures, too! During my no-cost consult he really checked my eyes to make sure I was a good candidate and answered all my questions. When I went in for my procedure he gave me a mild sedative and about thirty minutes later I went back to the operating table. I couldn’t have been on that table more than ten minutes…and there wasn’t any pain at all! I slept most of the day and when I woke up at 11pm, I could see clearly. I’ve been in glasses since I was about six years old, so this LASIK is hands-down the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. When you think of all the years you spend messing around with contact lenses, even just for a half an hour a day , it really adds up…and when you’ve got kids you need every extra minute you can get. I own a body shop (Galson Auto and Body) and now Dr. Stewart asks my advice about cars. He’s a solid, stand-up guy, who makes you feel like a peer, not just a patient!” “When we first met Dr. Stewart,” says Janice Golden, “my eighty-eight-year-old mother was legally blind in one eye, due to macular degeneration. At dinner after her surgery, she could read the menu for the first time in years. She convinced me to call Dr. Stewart up the next day. He’s really warm and personable and explains thing so clearly that it puts you right at ease. I decided to go with the ReSTOR lenses implant, the Rolls Royce of lenses. I’ve had terrible eyesight since I was a child. Since I’m farsighted, I wore contacts and had reading glasses, too. I hated running around

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with leaky contact cases in my purse and messing with them late at night. Now I have total freedom…I just wish I’d done it earlier! The day of the procedure I went in and what seemed like five minutes later I was out again. It was so simple and I felt absolutely no pain. You get one eye done at a time…and the first night I could already read the street signs without my contacts. All the people in his office are warm and friendly, especially Yvette who answered so many questions for me. Now I’m trying to talk my forty-year-old daughter into getting the ReSTOR lenses. I told her, ‘Save up for this! As a teacher, you’ll think it’s the greatest!’” Ready to see what you’ve been missing? Call Dr. Stewart for your free consultation today! 832-785-9591

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Classic Challenge? H

ow do you know if you prefer Pepsi or Coke? By taking a sip of each, right? You can’t judge something honestly unless you give it a chance and see for yourself. That’s true about all kinds of things in life from choosing a book to getting to know your neighbors. If you’re looking for a place where good people offer honest advice with absolutely no pressure, we’d like to invite you to come out and visit Classic Chevrolet. Have a cup of coffee, walk around, and see what we’re all about. If thinking about car dealerships and service centers makes you tense up, we challenge you to give us a try… because we think we do things differently! When you leave Classic Chevrolet we want you to look forward to coming back again. I agree with my General Sales Manager who said, “I really believe we’re the kind of dealership and service center that you’d feel confident sending your mom into…even if all she needs is a little air in her tires.” We love hearing ourselves described on comment cards as “honest and sincere,” “excellent, trustworthy,” “cool and calm, not pushy” “extra-friendly,” and “down-to-earth” and my favorite: “All car dealerships should be like Classic Chevy. My experience was outstanding. I’m a customer for life.” That’s the way we want you to feel every time you visit us! Have you ever asked your car dealer or service center how they support our community? In Classic Chevrolet’s first year of business we donated over $100,000 to charities and organizations like local schools, scouting troops, food banks, Child Advocates of Fort Bend,

ARC of Fort Bend, Impact a Hero, and the women’s shelter. We’re more than just an employer here…we’re members of this community and we want you to know you can count on us. Aren’t you tired of being on your guard every time you take your car in for service? Why should buying a car feel stressful? We’re ready to turn this challenge around on ourselves! Our motto is “Relax and Enjoy the Difference” for a reason and we pride ourselves on integrity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. If you can’t imagine a different kind of experience, drop by Classic Chevrolet and challenge us to be everything we say we are. Our business is making people happy and we’ll always do right by you. At Classic Chevrolet, we’re not here to sell you just one car today…we want to be the place you send your friends and family for years to come. Come challenge us and see for yourself! Sincerely, Don Kerstetter

Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 • Service: (866) 500-1660

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Do You Know a Teen in Need of Substance Abuse Treatment?

The Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center treats adolescents from 13 to 17 years of age, including dual-diagnosis patients with a primary diagnosis of chemical dependency. The PaRC offers every level of care for substance abuse treatment, from medical detox to residential stays and intensive outpatient programs. There is no school time lost in our comprehensive program. Teens can move forward with their academic studies including summer school and advance placement capabilities. At the PaRC we treat teens and their families. There is weekly family counseling and a 3-day intensive family program. Our therapies include: equine therapy, drum therapy, fitness activities, art and expressive music therapy, and individual, group and family counseling. PaRC offers essential education about chemical dependency, relapse prevention and life skills. It is known for its extensive Alternative Peer Group involvement and both teens and parents are eligible for one year free aftercare and lifetime alumni membership.

If you know a teen in need, PaRC can help. Simply contact us to begin the process. 713-939-7272 We are Building Recovery One Life at a Time

Protecting Your Family’s Future Financial Security Sarah Warburton pending time with your family is at the very heart of the holidays. The very best gift you can give your family this or any season is to protect their future financial security by planning ahead. Gary S. Wolfe, MBA, CPA, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, CLTC says, “As a parent, sometimes you have to think about the unthinkable so your family will be protected. I went into this field 24 years ago so that I could help people make decisions today that will give themselves and their families a better future tomorrow, no matter what the contingency life may bring.” Making a “to-do” list for your Thanksgiving celebration is one thing, but planning ahead for your family’s future is another. If you’re overwhelmed, talk to Gary. He says, “I offer comprehensive planning for all aspects of your future… funding college educations for your kids, life insurance, retirement planning and saving for long term care needs. Left to their own devices, most people put off all this important financial planning. You wouldn’t go to a doctor for a prescription without a diagnosis…and that’s where we’ll start, too. You and I will diagnose your financial well-being, based on your own personal goals & objectives, and carefully take the time to crystallize them for true peace of mind. When you gather for your annual family


photo, do you think of how quickly time goes by? Things may change for you and your family, but Gary can make sure your financial plans are secure. He’s been with Northwestern Mutual for twenty-four years, and the company itself has been in existence since 1857. It’s one of the few companies still given AAA financial-strength rating by Moody’s, Standard’s and Poors, Fitch and A.M. Best. The Northwestern Mutual has been rated “America’s Most Admired Company” for the last twenty-five years by Fortune Magazine, in which 10000 executives and security analysts did the actual voting. Thinking long-term for your family’s future financial security is the core of Gary’s mission. Don’t let another holiday season go by without giving your family one of the finest love letters you can write …a solid & secure financial future. With Gary’s help, you can get started today. Please Call Today!

Gary S. Wolfe, MBA, CPA, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, CLTC Wealth Management Advisor Northwestern Mutual Financial Network One Riverway, Suite 900 Houston, Texas 77056

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A Hidden Gem

Donnielle Carter re you searching for a place of true renewal, change and pampering? Then The Fitness Retreat is what you’re looking for. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle, the award winning Personal Training studio, state-of-the-art gym and Spa is where you can get expert advice, personalized training and exceptional spa services in an intimate setting. It’s just minutes off of Highway 6, yet you feel like you’ve been transported to some secret exclusive location. With its canopy of trees and surrounding wildlife all in view as you exercise or experience spa treatments. If you have high expectations this hidden gem will pamper you like no other. Jill Byler-Harrison opened The Fitness Retreat 12 years ago and since then a few changes have been made; the most important, Glenn Gagnon her partner in life and in business. Together, they have a passion for health, fitness and the over all transformation of mind and body. They each have 23 years experience in weight training and nutrition. Jill earned her certification in personal training from Rice University and Glenn earned his degree in Health from Texas A&M. They share their commitment of health and fitness with another Fitness Retreat expert, Ashley Hahn, a personal trainer certified by Coopers Training Institute. She is a valuable part of their team and her priorities are LaShell always to put the client first. Jill and Glenn are proud to welcome LaShell Carter of Shanti Spa (meaning, inner peace and tranquility), a licensed massage therapist, esthetician and nail care speciaist. The newest addition for this Hidden


Gem! LaShell’s approach is not just focusing on the surface but to help the client focus on what may be happening internally causing things to be off balance. When working with her clients she likes to create a peaceful relaxing atmosphere outside of the Ashley disturbances of their stressful lives, “I love how the services I provide make people feel better on the outside but also on the inside.” Some services offered are Swedish massage, Raindrop Therapy massage, deep tissue massage and hot stone therapy she also offers such specialties as HydraFacial™ and Xtreme Lashes®. The Fitness Retreat is just what you’ve dreamed of. Call today and speak to a personal trainer, “We take the time to find out what an individual’s needs are and work with them towards those goals.” Combined with top-notch professional spa services and nestled in a country setting, The Fitness Retreat is truly a unique health and beauty retreat

281-499-6067 1206 A Hagerson Rd Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Jill and Glenn

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Take the Advice of Thomas Jefferson

Sarah Warburton


ot only did he write some inspiring thoughts about liberty, justice, and politics…but did you know it was Thomas Jefferson who said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today?” Dr. Purvi Parikh of A to Z Dental says, “Procrastination can make your life hectic…and it’s not good for your teeth either. At A to Z Dental, we think we have solutions for all the reasons people procrastinate about going to the dentist!” What’s the number one reason people procrastinate? It’s got to be fear! Dr. Parikh understands that many patients have had bad experiences in the past, and she takes extra care to put you at ease. Her patients love her gentle touch and soothing “chair side” manner. Even the most nervous find she keeps them calm and informed while she expertly works on their teeth. She says, “Biannual checkups are the best way for us to catch little problems before they have a chance to develop into major issues…and that makes your visits more pleasant, too!” Maybe you put off making appoint-

ments for yourself because you’re so busy with the kids. As a mother of three, Dr. Parikh understands! That’s why she offers “whole family appointments” at A to Z Dental. She says, “We treat all ages and we’re happy to schedule a block of time so that you and your kids can all get your teeth checked together. And if you need the services of a periodontist, I work with Dr. Omar Hakki. He has always stressed the importance of regular checkups for early detection of gum disease…we’re in complete agreement that procrastination isn’t good for the state of your smile!” Are you still stalling? Dr. Purvi Parikh has convenient weekend and late hours to accommodate students and busy professionals. That is one more reason to NOT procrastinate and call A To Z Dental. You can find the time to take care of your smile. Dr. Parikh says, “We accept all forms of insurance including Medicaid and CHIPS…and for those patients with dental benefits, medical spending accounts or flex spending accounts remember: procrastinating

now could cost you money! Some benefits don’t roll over, so don’t put it off till tomorrow…make your appointment today!” A to Z Dental 281-265-2869 1951 Lakeside Plaza, across from Super Target

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also flexible so you can select individual services and add others over time—as your business grows. Includes: •QuickBooks hosting, including simultane ous access 24/7 via internet • Any QuickBooks version • Accounting/bookkeeping • Reconciliations • Quarterly financials

• Sales tax, TWC and payroll tax returns • Franchise tax return • Federal income tax return • Semi-annual planning consultations So because you have other things to do, call today for a free consultation. Trevathan, CPA, PLLC 19901 SW Fwy Sugar Land, Tx 77479 Office: 281-207-1333 Fax: 281-207-1334

Make Your Own History Charlotte Grace


hat would you like to celebrate? An evening with friends, the anticipated birth of a child, two hands joining in marriage…Whether you’re having an intimate dinner party or a guest list of two hundred plus, wouldn’t you like the event to be memorable and create a little magic in your own personal history? Then come to Richmond Oaks, where you’ll have all the charm of a Southern mansion and none of the fuss. Preserving the best of the past, offering elegant accommodations that could rival a modern castle, this beautiful gem is nestled among centuries old oaks and heirloom pecan trees. Only one block off of Highway 90

on Richmond’s historic Morton Street, you can pull into the circle driveway and step back in time. Built at the end of the Gilded Age, this stately home is both practical and elegant. From its prominent water fountain in the circle drive, shaded porte-cochere out the back and remodeled kitchen for easy access to you and your caterers, Richmond Oaks is a perfect backdrop for any occasion. Imagine celebrating a 50th anniversary in a romantic setting built to stand the test of time. Rumor has it, Mrs. Farmer was so frightened by stories of the Great Storm in Galveston, she worried about living in their wooden framed house. Sensitive to his wife’s concerns, Mr. Farmer not only provided a roof over her head, he created a home worthy of the great-granddaughter of Jane Long. He built a home with fourteen inch thick walls and mortared beams, a grand structure that could withstand any storm. If you’re planning a wedding, a girlfriends retreat, a family reunion…these walls will welcome your guests and allow them to reflect on the meaningful moments that tie you together. This house, with its high ceilings and park-like setting represents all that you are celebrating and hoping for. It represents the test of time, storms overcome and a bright future.

Richmond Oaks is a great place for private parties for individuals, groups and corporations. Contact the Richmond Oaks Facility Coordinator to handle your event details. There is plenty of parking available and valet parking can be arranged. The Facility Coordinator can answer all of your questions to insure you have a pleasant experience; and like this grand home, your memories will stand the test of time. Richmond Oaks 832-363-2424 907 Morton Street, Richmond, Texas 77469

What Are You Thankful For?

Sarah Warburton hen you think over your blessings, what makes the list? Your friends, your family, and all the things that fill your life with joy? We know a dentist whose relaxing office and careful, compassionate skill will make it easy to show the world how thankful you really are…with a beautiful smile. Dr. Danny Nguyen, D. D. S. says, “We’re thankful to all our wonderful patients who’ve made our first year such a success. At EcoDental our mission is to give you your smile back again!” Grateful patients all over Fort Bend say that EcoDental makes it easy to get a great smile. What’s Dr. Nguyen’s secret? Even the most nervous patients love the massaging dental chair, the spa-like atmosphere,


and the gentle, empathic doctor and his team. He says, “Having a healthy smile is one of life’s greatest blessings and I’ll do everything I can to make taking care of your teeth pleasant and convenient. We accept all major insurances including Medicaid and CHIP, offer interest-free financing through Care Credit, and have evening and weekend appointments available. If you have dental insurance or a medical spending program, make your appointment now…before your benefits run out!” Can you imagine a dental office that’s as gentle on your schedule and your nerves as it is on the planet? Dr. Nguyen says, “We chose eco-friendly products to fit with our practice’s philosophy of dentistry. We’re thankful for the beautiful world in which we live and thankful for our patients. At EcoDental we’ll conserve our natural resources…and using your dental benefits and medical savings accounts before they roll over helps conserve your fiscal resources. Working together, we can make a difference in the world…and that’s a great reason to smile!” Are you happy to flash a thankful smile? If your grin needs a little work, don’t wait…

your dental benefits, flex spending, and medical savings accounts might run out at the end of the year. Dr. Nguyen says, “I’d hate to see anyone miss the opportunity to use the money they put aside for their health. Give us a call and we’ll find a way to get you a happy, healthy smile again!”

Dr. Danny Nguyen, D. D. S. Ecodental 15870 SW Freeway #500 (59@Hwy 6 next to Whole Foods) Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-491-9494

A Lot to Be Thankful About Donnielle Carter


t’ s fall. The air is softening, the weather is turning cooler and the rituals are beginning. Amongst this month’ s rituals of turkey, family time and gifts there is also the ritual of getting ready for winter. You add warm blankets to your bed, you pull out the cold weather coats and get your house and family ready for the cool winter months ahead. How many of us actually think about checking our furnace though? Checking the furnace? What does that mean and how would we do that? Thankfully we don’ t have to know, all we have to do is call the experts at Jackson Air & Heat, Sugar Lands oldest independent Trane dealer. Jackson Air & Heat is the area’ s most trusted and reliable Air & Heating Company. Family owned and operated since 1982, Jackson Air has customer service and the safety of your family forefront in their minds. Brian Jackson, owner of Jackson Air says, “An unchecked and unsafe furnace can produce

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carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas you cannot see or smell.” So while preparing for your house for winter and before you turn the heat on call and schedule your appointment with the folks at Jackson Air & Heat,

An unchecked and unsafe furnace can produce carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas you can not see or smell They will come out and give your furnace a complete safety inspection. And if now is the time to upgrade to a new system like the Trane XL20i two stage heating and cooling system, thankfully you still may qualified for the $1500 tax credit and $1000 rebate or special financing. How does it get any better than that? While the cooler weather is on its way, a lot of people are still struggling with allergies. And the air inside your house


can have more pollutants than the outside air. Trane’s Clean Effects can remove up to 99.9% of airborne allergens such as pollen, smoke, dust, danger and mold from the air (verified by Harvard & Environmental Health Agency), which helps to minimize conditions such as asthma and allergies. Now that’s something to be thankful about! During this time of counting what you are thankful for, you can count among them the experts at Jackson Air & Heat whose main objective is to make sure that your family and your house is safe and warm during the cool months. So call today to get your furnace checked and ensure the safety of your family. Jackson Air & Heat, the good guys with a cool reputation – so cool they have a license to chill.

Jackson Air 281-240-1037

The Sensible Path to Slim

When I started Dr. Jeffrey Alford’s Wellness program I was at two hundred and fifty pounds and suffering from a range of medical problems,” says James. “I tried all the typical weight loss plans…but when you don’t see results, it’s hard to stay motivated. My family doctor recommended I look into Dr. Alford’s program. When I went in, I told Dr. Alford I’d be happy if I could just lose between ten and thirty pounds…but now I’ve lost fifty pounds in six months and I’m halfway to my goal!” “This program replaces bad habits with good ones that will last. You eat anything you want, just watch your calories and record them. There’s no pre-packaged food or strict rules…and the supplements to help with cravings. At my weekly visits Dr. Alford and everyone on his staff are so friendly that it’s a pleasure to see them. I’ve been able to give up a bunch of my medications that I didn’t think it was possible for a guy like me in his sixties and I feel so much better!” Sharon, another fan of Dr. Alford’s Wellness program, says, “Over the last eleven years I’ve gained weight and suffered its impact on my health. Dr. Alford’s been my family doctor for over fifteen years. After I saw the poster for the Wellness Program in his office, I asked him about it. He explained that it was based on studies performed at University of Minnesota. He learned about it at an education course sponsored by the Texas Academy of Family physicians. My daughter-in-law is a physician who specializes in brain trauma rehabilitation. She checked Sharon

out the supplements for me and confirmed that they were absolutely safe and not appetite suppressants.” “Dr. Alford’s Wellness Program is smarter than the others I’ve tried. It brought home to me that I do need to keep a food diary… and now I’m down forty pounds and three pants sizes! When I dropped my keys in the car and leaned over to pick them up…I could see the car seat between my legs. I feel fantastic!” Dr. Jeffery Alford 281-494-4900 Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss 16651 SW Fwy #100

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Sarah Warburton hen things get hectic, that’s the time smart girls and guys make the time to get a little lift. Kalologie’s expert staff of skin care specialists will revitalize your skin and revive your spirit. Esthetician Jennifer has fantastic news! She says, “With Kalologie’s new offer you can get an introductory facial at an amazing introductory price…and then get an additional discount on a set of six facials to get the long-term results you want.” Enjoy the combination of deep pore cleansing with steam, exfoliation, and gentle extractions, followed by a facial massage and a series of vitamin- and antioxidantrich masks at a special price. All first time clients can get an introductory Custom Kalologie facial (normally $90) for only $39. Start the holiday season with a gorgeous glow at an absolute steal. In fact, why not pick up a gift certificate for your sister, your mom, or your best friend? At this price, Kalologie’s signature facial, the Custom Kalologie Facial, is an affordable gift sure to get raves from every recipient! Once you feel the Ahhh-mazing relaxation of the Kalologie experience with

your introductory facial, you’ll want to seize time for yourself on a regular basis. Jennifer says, “Regular workouts keep your body toned and in shape…and regular facials will improve the tone of your skin and turn back time so you’ll achieve your skincare goals. Our Spa Pass gives you six facials at a price of $59 per facial and comes with an additional ten percent discount on Kalologie laboratory products and Medspa treatments like Juvederm, Botox, and laser services.” Making the time for a trip to Kalologie will leave you relaxed, glowing, and gorgeous. They’ve got products you won’t find outside a doctor’s office and expert advice from people passionate about beauty. Jennifer says, “All of our clients love what our Custom facial does for their skin and some of them even confess that they’d come for the relaxation and facial massage alone. We pride ourselves on pampering you and giving you an experience that’s more than skin deep!”

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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

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Helping Your Child Shine

Sarah Warburton ne local mom had to pull her sons out of a much-loved preschool when it shut down, but she saw it as an opportunity for positive change. Ruby Chauhan-Wilby says, “This school had been a part of the community since 1985…so I decided to keep its spirit alive, while updating and completely renovating the building.” The


location will be the same, but everything else is shiny and new at Bright Scholars Academy. As a mom, Ruby knows firsthand what parents want for their kids. She says, “When I couldn’t find a school that offered everything I wanted, I decided to create one. We’ll offer healthy, hot food for healthy bodies, prepared

on-site in our new kitchen and extracurricular classes like art, computer, music, Spanish, Hindi, and ESL for healthy minds. We know parents are busy, so we’ll be open year round with extended before and after school hours with a Chess Club and other supervised activities. We’ll have transportation for after school care and we’re partnering with Kumon for interested students. I’m right there in the trenches, since my sons are both young…so I really relate to the things we parents need in a school.” As a qualified engineer, Ruby’s used to looking at a challenge and breaking it down into achievable goals…and she’ll use those organizational and goal-setting skills as the Bright Scholar Academy’s administrator. The large, naturally shaded playground received a facelift and features new equipment. The wellequipped and spacious classrooms have new ceilings, new floors, and new paint jobs with trim in cheerful primary colors… many of the teachers are veterans from the previous school and they’re all experienced and fully qualified. Ruby says, “I’ve seen how my oldest son bloomed and my youngest son struggled with the exact same curriculum. At Bright Scholars

Academy, we’ll assess each child so we can tailor our approach to the individual student. Confident kids will reach for the stars.” Give your little scholar a bright future with a strong start at Bright Scholars Academy. Ruby says, “A happy and stimulating preschool experience is the best foundation for a lifetime of enthusiastic learning. At Bright Scholars Academy, we’ll give your child a safe, cozy environment filled with fun and laughter. We want your child to shine!” Bright Scholars Academy 18 months to Kindergarten) 281-980-9744 or 281-710-7111 2229 Settlers Way Blvd. (look for the Sugar Land Water Tower)

No Job Too Small, No Job Too Big Sarah Warburton hat’s the quickest way to get information about a company? Maybe it used to be Google, but today it’s all about Facebook. Click over to http://www.facebook. com/AmeristarRoofing and you’ll see at a glance who endorses Ameristar, what they have to offer, and you’ll get a ton of extra perks like discounts, promotions, and credits and important claim deadlines. Managing Partner, Joe Rangel says, “We’ve always put our customers first and Facebook’s another great way to keep people informed and up-to-date!” You’ll know a good company by the company it keeps. You’ll see Ameristar’s affiliated with or endorsed by Energy Star, the Better Business Bureau, Check Pro Sugar Land and the Sugar Land Network, the 950 Home Improvement Hotline, SportsTalk 790 AM, the Walton and Johnson show on 93.7 the Arrow, and 740 AM KTRH News Radio. Right next to that you’ll see that Ameristar is a fully insured and licensed residential and commercial roofing company and a manufacturer certified installer.


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That means everyone at Ameristar—the management, sales team, and installers—has passed the CertainTeed Quality Master Exam and the Master Shingle Applicator Exam. As a “Shingle Master Company,” (something only one percent of roofers nationwide with that distinction), Ameristar can offer CertainTeed’s 3 Star, 4 Star, and 5 Star Extended Warranties—the gold standard in shingle protection. What’s the best part of Facebook? Digging around through albums and discussions! You can see photos of Ameristar working on the High-Tech Texan, Michael Garfield’s roof or read a testimonial by TV and Radio Sports Reporter, Neal Jones. And for those of us who saw the damage caused by Ike, Ameristar has a link to a discussion on “The Power to Make Your Homeowners’ Insurance pay.” That’s something everyone in Texas can use! “We’ve always wanted people to know who we are and what we stand for,” says Joe. “Facebook is a great tool…but there’s no substitute for calling us up. We offer a free,

on-site evaluation and we’re happy to offer you references in-person or online. We’ll walk you through the insurance claims process, get approval and a quote, warranty our work, and guarantee your satisfaction…every time. Our reputation is based on recommendations!” Ameristar 281-238-4230 3821 F.M. 359 Richmond, TX 77406

Are You in Pain? Sarah Warburton When I reinjured my back, pain medication didn’t help” says one local accountant, Dan Martinez of Dan Martinez and Associates. “ I stayed in bed for a couple of weeks and then I worked lying on the loveseat in my office. At Sugar Land Spine and Disc, Dr. Michele Miller took one look at me and ordered an MRI that showed a herniated disc. She recommended twenty sessions on the Lordex Decompression System and I thought, ‘ Why not? I’ ll try anything!’ ”

After a few sessions, Dan still hurt so bad a surgeon scheduled him for back surgery.

He says, “I kept up with my Lordex sessions and one week before my surgery, I got up with absolutely no pain. I got better and better, so I cancelled surgery and never looked back! My wife started having pain six years after her back surgery, so I recommended the Lordex. Now we both go once a month and we’ re totally pain-free. I’ m even playing golf again!” “I used to go to my husband’ s softball games,” says Faith Guerrero, “ and sit with a softball against my back, trying to find relief…I even tried sleeping on one. For seven years I’d been living with that pain and it kept getting worse. I’ m expecting a grandbaby this December and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pick the baby up…I knew at forty- nine I was too young to have a back this bad! I came to Sugar Land Spine and Disc and Dr. Stacy suggested decompression.” That was the end of June…and by October Faith was completely pain-free! She says, “My pain was at a constant 9 and I would have been happy with a 3 or even a 4…I had no idea it would go down to zero. The Lordex creates a slight vacuum to open up the spaces between

discs so your body can heal…it’s non-invasive. You do a half an hour on the machine and then a half an hour of exercises to build the weak muscles around your spine. You don’t have to wait until you’re desperate. Go to Sugar Land Spine and Disc and try the Lordex…it was a miracle for me!” Sugar Land Spine and Disc 281-491-DISC (3472) 54 Sugar Creek Center Blvd. Ste. 110

Made With Love at Lupita’s

Sarah Warburton ocals know that you’ll get the freshest food at the best prices made with love…at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant! Lupe Garcia uses recipes handed down for generations and grinds her spices “the Mexican way,” in a Molcajete, with a mortar and pestle. Lupe’s husband of thirty-two years, Jaime, says, “She won’t share her secret recipes with anyone, but I can tell you that every dish is made with love…and other high-quality, fresh ingredients! Now we’re using only 100% certified Angus beef in all our beef dishes like our new hamburgers and Lupe’s signature fajitas. Don’t worry…we’re raising the quality, but not our prices!” Getting through the week just got easier, because Happy Hour at Lupita’s starts on Monday and goes all day long through Thursday…at all-new prices. Lupe’s smoky charro beans and warm salsa with roasted tomatoes are made on-site daily. Add a basket of crispy tortilla chips, a tableful of friends and one of Lupita’s Happy Hour drink specials, and you’ll never want to leave! And with new dishes like a grilled chicken burger or a luscious, creamy avocado stuffed with your choice of fajita beef, chicken, or veggies, why would you? Everything about Lupita’s—the colorful atmosphere, friendly service, and fantastic food— invites you to stay a while…and you’ll love it! Are your kids coming home for Thanksgiving? Are you plan-


Now we’re using only 100% certified Angus beef in all our beef dishes like our new

hamburgers and Lupe’s signature fajitas.

ning the big neighborhood bash or the next office party? Give your next fiesta a super-festive kick with Lupita’s catering services. Jaime says, “You send the invitations, we’ll handle the fajitas…for fiestas of any size!” Want a little something extra-special on your holiday table? Now’s the time to order Lupe’s tantalizing tamales…and don’t count on leftovers (unless you hide some away for later)! Lupe says, “Let us know what your favorites are and we’ll take care of you and your family for the holidays!” Food always tastes better when it’s seasoned with love. Remember to pick up your tamales, surprise a friend with a Lupita’s gift card, and make time for a meal at Lupita’s. Jaime, Lupe, Rigo and Leo Garcia say, “We humbly thank you for six wonderful years of loyalty and support…from our family to yours!” Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 281-265-6556 Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace

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Knock Knock! Donnielle Carter


nock knock - sometimes that’s the beginning of a joke. Knock knock - sometimes that’s the friend at the door that you’ve been waiting for. Knock knock – sometimes that’s the mysterious sound coming from your walls. Am I talking about ghosts or goblins? Nope. I’m talking about that knocking that’s coming from your pipes. Pipes? Pipes always seem to be those mysterious things we know are in and around our house somewhere but we never think about them. We know they bring us

water and get rid of waste but what else? And when water begins to drip or you get an unpleasant smell or your yard is mysteri-

ously flooding or when that knocking sound does happen…what do we do? I don’t know. Do you? Thankfully the amazing folk at Alan’s Plumbing do! Family owned and operated Alan’s plumbing has served the Fort Bend County for fourteen years. With two mothers, six brothers and 3 sons all working together they know how to take care of family. Alan Burkhalter, owner of Alan’s Plumbing, says, “We’ve dedicated ourselves to knowing the business inside and out and offering superior service to our neighbors here in Fort Bend. We’re a family business, and we love serving this community.” Attitudes like that give example as to why Alan’s Plumbing has earned the prominent Reader’s Choice Award 7 years in a row. Alan has earned his Master Plumber certification through hours of work as a journeyman and a strenuous two-day master’s license exam and along side his very knowledgeable and highly trained family have earned a reputation as professional, polite, prompt, precise and fair. And Alan’s wife Jennifer is the one answering the phones. A proud Alan states, “Jennifer’s great with

people who are worried or upset. She keeps her cool and will talk you through it.” So when that drip starts or that unwelcome kind of knocking comes, the amazing family at Alan’s Plumbing is just a phone call away, day or night. A reputable and customer awarded family business that’s been built on integrity and the desire to serve their neighbors with the best and most knowledgeable service possible. Alan’s Plumbing – when your pipes knock they’ll answer. Alan’s Plumbing 281-261-1064

Is your Gas Furnace Safe? Safety is a Phone Call Away

Karen Daniels ooler weather is finally coming our way and All-Out A/C and Heating wants you to remember to have your heater checked before you turn it on. It’s a scary topic, but carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when there’s a crack in the heater exchanger. And the number one reason for heat exchanger failure is age, but sometimes rust, mechanical defects, and lack of airflow can also cause the failure. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and virtually undetectable to the human senses, so you need the professionals at All-Out to certify that your heater is ready for the winter season. Bryan explains, “Energy efficient air-conditioners and heaters really do pay for themselves over time.” You see, heat exchangers are subjected to a temperature rise of about 900 degrees in a matter of minutes. This rapid increase in temperature subjects the metal in the box to expand and contract. This makes the heat exchanger brittle and eventually the metal of the heat exchanger cracks.


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Go online to and sign up for the Comfort Membership online and you’ll get an easy option for preventative seasonal maintenance that will catch problems early, save you money, and extend the life of your equipment. Bryan Bellamy and Chance Kamp have been servicing Fort Bend’s heating and cooling needs for over twenty-one years with All Out A/C and Heating. Not only are they very knowledgeable with the ins and outs of the heating and airconditioning industry, they take customer service satisfaction to a whole new level. If you have an emergency in the middle of the night—just call and their answering service will contact them immediately. They pride themselves on leaving a job site cleaner than when they found it and back the work with a two year warranty. Bryan says, “Mention this article and receive fifteen percent off on any complete replacement high efficiency air conditioning and heating system. Call us for an evaluation and we’ll go all-out every time. And remember,

the only thing between you and a safe heater is a phone call. Call All Out A/C and Heating today.” All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Sarah Warburton eady to accessorize your ride? Just remember, it’s not all about style…it’s also about performance. After all, NASCAR vehicles use parts that function to the absolute extreme. We asked our local experts at All Out Off Road for the five most awesome automotive accessories to take your ride to the next level. Want to increase your fuel mileage and boost your horsepower? Travis from All Out’s Richmond location says, “Bully Dog performance tuners will get it done. If you’ve got a vehicle with larger tires this will also allow you to re-calibrate your speedometer for accuracy. Next, we like AFE Performance Intake Systems to increase your air flow for better gas mileage and more power. With this system, you’ll never buy another air filter, because AFE filters are cleanable and last forever. And most people are surprised to learn that


truck bed covers are a great way to save fuel and improve your gas mileage. We recommend Undercover Bed Covers for a strong, durable, custom fit, and easy-to-remove bed cover. They’re one hundred percent water proof and locking…and you can get one in a classic black or choose a smooth paintable option to match your existing paint job.”

You need accessories that really pull their weight! B&W Gooseneck hitches have a 30,000 LB towing capacity and a turnover ball for flush bed use. Finally, why not step up your ride with a running board that does it all? Travis says, “Amp

Research Power Steps give you a full-length running board that remains hidden when not in use. Open the doors and it extends to make getting in and getting out that much easier. Shut the door and it retracts for a clean, streamlined look. The Amp Research Power Steps even come with LED lights for night use.” For these five awesome auto accessories…and hundreds more, check out All Out Off Road. Owner Chance Kamp says, “The guys in our service department do complete installations and modifications to anything you bring in… and they also handle oil changes, front end alignments and service your tires. Our team always goes all-out for you!” All Out Off Road 1 281-341-9494 708 Hwy 90A Richmond, TX. 77406

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

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Offers FREE FLU SHOTS to benefit Santa’s Exchange


ethodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with Fort Bend and Sugar Land Exchange Club and the Sugar Land Rotary, will provide free flu shots on Saturday, November 13 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon in exchange for a flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area. “We are proud to partner with the local exchange clubs once again to provide this community offering. This is a great way for the community to stay healthy while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. In 2009, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 3,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. Organizers of Santa’s Gift

Exchange 2010 are anticipating an equal or greater number of qualifying families due to recent economic downturns. “Everyone’s help is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for our chilFront Row: Amy Saenz; Leena Taneja dren who will not have toys Back Row: Eva Short; Jackie Freeman; Kaelyn Stolhand this year without our help,” If you would like to participate in said Jennipher Cole, Chair of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2010. “We are look- this community event, please bring an ing forward to partnering with Methodist unwrapped, new toy or clothing item to Sugar Land Hospital for a third year. the new main lobby of Methodist Sugar What better way than to get a flu shot Land Hospital between the times of and in return you are able to give back 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, to the children in this community,” says November 13th. The flu vaccine is formulated to proAmy Mitchell, President of Sugar Land vide protection against three different flu Exchange Club. “Our community is well known for it’s viruses – H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. philanthropic values so we encourage you Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will be disto participate by dropping off toys or tributing a limited supply of the influenza clothing even if you have already had your vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of egg and/or latex allergy. flu shot,” Siebenaler said.

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One Bonus After Another

Sarah Warburton


hat’s better than a bonus? Three bonuses, right? Brian Covault, founder of the TCRN Sugar Land Network says, “We offer anyone who wants one, a FREE Preferred Customer Card that delivers all kinds of savings and perks at many of the businesses found on our website www. You can pick up a FREE card at any business found on the website, but that’s not all. We have two other bonuses for you this month!” How many hours a day do you spend on Facebook? Whether you just check in once a week or you practically live online, the TCRN Sugar Land Network has a special offer for you. Brian says, “New fans of our page get the chance to WIN a $25 gift certificate to one of the restaurants in the TCRN network. Just go to and click “Like” during the month of November, and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to restaurants like 1905 Pizza Bar, Amici, Escalante’s, Aura, Perry’s, Kona Grill, Vineyard on the Square, Olives Bar & Grille and Pier 36 Seafood. All our fans get insider information about the

best businesses and community resources in town!” And Brian has one more bonus up his sleeve for you! He says, “Our website offers a list of what we consider the best local businesses in categories from automotive to medical to transportation…as well as an interactive community calendar, a ten day weather forecast, and job listings. We thought that was a lot on one site, but we still wanted to offer you more. Go to our website and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter filled with TCRN updates and savings tips…and we’ll throw in a FREE slice of pizza from 1905 Pizza Bar (no purchase required)! After you sign up online, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your coupon to print. We think you’ll love hearing more about our favorite places in our newsletter, on Facebook, or on our blog at www. where you’ll get information on great ways to save money, our newest member businesses, and all the breaking news at your favorite places in Sugar Land!” “These are the same places I send my friends and family,” says Brian. “They excel at customer service and deliver the kind of quality experience I know you’ll love. All of us in the TCRN Sugar Land Network are dedicated to being the best around!”

Got Grandma’s Feet? L Sarah Warburton

adies, are you on the go from the minute your feet hit the floor until long after the sun goes down? Are your feet starting to look like your grandma’s? If foot pain is slowing you down, stop for a minute and make an appointment that will help you pick up the pace again. Dr. Marco Vargas of Foot and Ankle Associates offers all the latest innovations to keep your feet happy, healthy, and on the move! Could the pain in your toes have something to do with the shape of your favorite super-cute shoes? “Maybe,” says Dr. Vargas. “Tight, closed toed shoes produce the ideal conditions for developing nail fungus. Those same shoes can also cause toe pain and ingrown nails when the fungal nails get thick” While no treatment is 100% guaranteed to eliminate nail fungus, Dr. Vargas now offers the Cool Breeze laser in his office to treat nail fungus which usually eliminates the problem with just one single, painless 30 minute treatment. However, if your condition requires additional treatments, Dr. Vargas will re-treat at no additional cost until the fungus is gone. For your convenience they offer several easy ways to pay including payment plans and no interest financing! Whether you blame it on genetics or ill-fitting shoes, bunions are a real pain in the foot! Once you have inflammation and enlargement around the joint at the base of

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the big toe it’s almost impossible to find a shoe that feels comfortable…or even to walk without pain. Moms can’t afford to miss out on the holiday rush, but luckily Dr. Vargas has a range of solutions! He says, “We’ve recently started offering a different kind of bunion procedure using a ‘tightrope’ device that significantly reduces post op pain and shortens the time before getting back into shoes. It does not require cutting and shifting the bone as is commonly done and it eliminates some of the risks associated with other procedures such as delayed bone healing and painful hardware. While this particular bunion procedure is not for everyone, it is an option available for patients with a mild deformity.” We women can’t let foot pain break our stride. Luckily, Foot and Ankle Associates will help us go the distance! Call (281) 313-0090 to book an appointment or visit to request a free copy of Dr. Vargas’ book on the basics of foot pain “Got Foot Pain?”. As Dr. Vargas says, “We know your feet like the back of our hands!” Sugar Land - (281) 313-0090 • Richmond – (281) 342-8700

Fresh. Local. Legendary.

of each month as she prepares a 3 course gourmet dinner with items off the menu. If you’re so inclined Sandy invites you to BYOB, W, C & S…Bring Your Own Beer, Wine, Champagne, and Spirits. And guess what, as a part of Sandy’s stimulus package, there are no corking fees! Sandy McGee’s can be reserved for private parties. Their private gallery can be set for up to 25 guests and offers an intimate setting for small celebrations. If a bigger party is more of what you had in mind, you can reserve the entire restaurant, bring in a DJ and serve your guests food from Sandy’s fabulous tablescapes. As one client said, “Sandy was so professional and fun. The food was great, the service impeccable, I’m just looking for another excuse to have a party at Sandy McGee’s!” Sandy McGee’s offers full-service event planning with an array of services from floral to valet, from rentals to entertainment, and much, much more. Contact their catering hotline at 281-342-5881 and let their experts help you plan an occasion that’s unforgettable. Karen Daniels


re you looking for a great place for lunch or dinner? You know that special place with genuine atmosphere and friendly, personal service. Well look no more. Ditch the chain restaurants, load up the car and head to our county seat where Sandy McGee’s is serving up fresh, local and legendary food. Located just one block off Highway 90 on Morton Street in Historic Downtown Richmond, this local favorite serves up delicious down-home food with a gourmet twist. Sandy credits her success to God first, loyal employees like Robert (some call him the Ambassador) and great friends like Cindy Newlin and her husband. After long hours of helping create the Library within the restaurant, it was Cindy who said, “You’re a destination, not just a location!” Whether you’re enjoying dinner or lunch, take Sandy’s advice, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” There has been more than one diner who knew what they wanted for dessert long before they ordered their meal. The Coconut Cream Pie is so good that patrons weep from the sheer joy of it. And some people have heard a chorus of angels when biting into the Apple Walnut Cobbler, not to mention the Mexican Fudge Cake. Don’t take our word for it. After 25 years of maintaining a reputation as the freshest restaurant in Fort Bend County, Sandy’s award-winning chicken salad and broccoli cheese soup has made her a legend. Join Sandy the first Thursday

Sandy McGee’s 314 Morton Street, Richmond, TX 77469 Restaurant: 281-344-9393 • Catering: 281-342-5881 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

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You discovered her favorite restaurant. She introduced you to your husband. Now, you could save her life. State-of-the-art BreaSt CanCer DiagnoStiCS: Digital Mammography Breast Ultrasound Breast MRI MRI Guided Biopsy Ultrasound Biopsy Stereotactic Biopsy A special thank you to the Fort Bend Junior Service League members who are the faces of our Women’s Health Campaign.

Reminding a friend to schedule a mammogram could save her life. According to The National Cancer Institute, the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early are getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis. You can rest assured that at the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital you and your friend will receive the high-quality mammogram you need. It is the only full-service center of its kind in Fort Bend County that women can rely on for dedicated breast radiology expertise, state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care.

Call 281-242-PINK (7465) to schedule a mammogram at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

LEADING MEDICINEÂŽ Spine BreastCenter Center

16655 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-242-PINK (7465)

You Have Nothing To Lose…Except Fat! Sarah Warburton ired of fighting a losing battle with your waist & weight? Hope is just around the corner…at the Amaya Clinic in Sugar Land. Dr. Anoop Chaturvedi, the CEO of Erchonia Asia International, Advisor of World Society of Antiaging Medicine, and Founder of World Antiaging Network says, “The obesity epidemic continues unabated. Now I’m excited to announce a new way to combat it. The recently approved Zerona body-contouring laser fits in perfectly with my philosophy of offering solutions for wellness that really work…and depend on maintaining a healthy life style rather than a quick fix.” If you want to fight a world-wide epidemic like obesity, you need a global solution. Erchonia, the global leader in low-level healthcare lasers recently launched the Zerona body-contouring laser in South East Asia’s SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). This announcement coincides with the U.S. FDA-approval


of the Zerona Laser, a non-invasive, painless treatment that guarantees the removal of fat. Erchonia Asia will market and sell Zerona throughout the region. “We are certain

only device on the market tested successfully in a double-blind, multi-site, placebo controlled study, and is the only non-invasive procedure that guarantees an average of three inches lost in as little as two weeks.” Now you can take advantage of this winning solution right here in Sugar Land. The Zerona is the first non-invasive aesthetic device to receive FDA market clearance in the U.S. for reduction of the waist, hips, and thighs …without anesthesia, incisions, or needles! Dr. Anoop explains, “Unlike high-power or high-heat lasers, Zerona lowlevel cold laser creates a pore in the fat cell membrane releasing the fat which is transported by lymphatics and eliminated by natural detoxification process. Zerona is the first painless body contouring procedure to effectively remove excess fat…without harming the fat cell. That makes the Zerona procedure painless, with no downtime and no negative side effects.” Losing waist & weight with the Zerona procedure goes hand in hand with living a healthy lifestyle. Since the procedure has so little downtime, patients can remain active while undergoing their course of 6 to 9 treatments…one forty-minute treatment every other day for 2 to 3 weeks. Dr. Anoop says, “Studies have shown that Zerona increases sensitivity to the satiety-hormone Leptin which is produced by fat cells. This decreases patients’ appetite, helping them modify their diet and portion sizes. Looking at the big picture allows a Zerona certified specialist to consider an individual as a whole …so that you’ll make changes that will keep you feeling better and looking younger for the long term.” “In addition to weight loss and waist loss, Amaya Clinics internationally offer a variety of natural solutions for wellness and antiaging like Natural Bioidentical hormones for men and women, HCG Diet, Lipotropic injections, neurotransmitter testing, nutritional analysis and counseling for complete and inclusive health. Amaya Clinic wants you to feel fantastic with these fabulous offers: Pay $2500 once and get Free Zerona for a whole year or you can pay $111 for each Zerona session and receive a Lipo B injection value $30 absolutely Free.” 281-751-8192 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway Suite # 301 Sugar Land Medical Plaza, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Zerona’s research, development, and proven efficacy will ensure tremendous success,” says Dr. Anoop. “Especially since Zerona is the

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

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

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UpClose November 2010  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas

UpClose November 2010  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas