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November 2011

A New Vision of Service

A New Vision of Service


legance, compassion, and warmth — families in mourning find comfort through the “Five Star Hospitality” offered at Sugar Land Mortuary (SLM), the newest funeral home in the greater Houston area. L. Donnell Williams, Sugar Land Mortuary’s visionary founder, designed SLM to be the culmination of all the lessons learned over his last 20 years as a licensed funeral director and funeral home owner. “Since our grand opening less than two years ago, we’ve had the honor of serving families primarily from Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Katy, and southwest Houston, but also as far away as The Woodlands,” says Williams. The design of the building, the comfortable interior and the outstanding hospitality are all vital parts of the SLM experience. Katrina Bogany of Exponereal Development Services in Missouri City was SLM’s General Contractor. She says, “I worked very closely with the owner and architect to make the owner’s vision a reality. That’s our specialty at Exponereal. Every thoughtful detail of Sugar Land Mortuary related to how families would best be served.” In addition to building a beautiful facility for the families, one of Williams’s chief concerns when planning SLM was staffing. It was extremely important that every member of the staff have an unwavering commitment to service, and an ability to focus on the details. “After an exhaustive search, our first hire was our facility manager and service coordinator, Mrs. Kathryn Boone,” says Williams. Mrs. Boone came highly recommended by his fellow Sugar Land Rotary Club member, Bill Singletary, who raved about her southern charm, stylish flair, and caring nature. Since joining SLM, Mrs. Boone has become a Licensed Pre-Need Counselor and is the first line of contact for those who call or come by SLM. While the facility and the hospitality of SLM give you a premium experience, Sugar Land Mortuary is still afford-

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able for any family. “When you check the prices of Sugar Land Mortuary against the prices of the other funeral homes in the area,” says Williams, “we’re confident you’ll find we’re less expensive, but offer far more elegant facilities, and unparalleled service. Families also have the option to customize their service and stay within their budget by paying only for those services that matter most to them.” SLM expertly guides families through the process of planning funerals, visitations, and memorials so that the services are a reflection of the deceased. From the food that is served, to the music that plays in the background, to the memorial videos, families are able to design truly unique services. “We’ve had such great variety in our services,” states Williams. “Some families simply want receptions with wine and hors d’oeuvres, others want full-course dining events. Some prefer live harp music, or string quartets, and others want live or recorded classical, jazz, gospel, or country and western music. It’s really about designing a service that truly honors the deceased.” No other funeral home in the greater Houston area was designed and built with a reception center. SLM was truly built with family time in mind, and the gatherings at SLM seem to invite discussion long after the services are over. Months later, families continue to receive glowing comments about the facility and the exceptional service, along with compliments on how they honored their loved one. “It is always our goal to give the family and the deceased all that they deserve,” says Williams. Sugar Land Mortuary 281-277-1818 1818 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77478


TurnedOn! Finding the Right Guys


etting the job done right depends on finding the right guys to do the job! In addition to adding 1000 square feet to the upstairs of their home and a 1000 square foot garage, Joe and Robin Davis decided to install a home automation system. Joe says, “We had a company doing the pre-wiring for our new construction, but we were so fed up with scheduling issues that we’d decided to look elsewhere for the home automation. Too many companies weren’t very professional and struggled to supply bids and keep appointment in a timely manner. Robin kept an UpClose Magazine ad about Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain’s Home Theater Evolutions, so we called them up. Richard was on the spot... easy to work with, quick, and efficient. Working with Home Theater Evolutions was really easy. I had a different brand in mind, but Richard suggested the Savant. It’s pretty sophisticated system from a design standpoint, but they make it easy to use. He also made several accommodations on the bid to take into account our existing speakers and he found subwoofers that could be installed in the ceiling, rather than the floor. That was important to my wife. Now we have our iPad operate the televisions in our master bedroom, family room, game room, and home theater. It controls the lights in our master bedroom, family room, game room, theater room, foyer, and front porch... and they’re programmable so we can set them to come on

and off at certain times. In every case appointments were honored and our time was respected! We already had a sound system in the house and backyard by the pool, but we wanted all those areas brought into the system. Richard incorporated everything and put it into place pretty flawlessly. We did have to rewire the speakers, so all the components ended up in one place––out of sight! I knew we’d have to put air conditioning in that space, because those electronics get pretty hot. In addition, Richard recommending adding a thermostat-controlled exhaust fan. He was absolutely right. That inexpensive solution works like a dream...and we really did need both! One of the most impressive things was that a week or two after the work was finished, Richard sent me an email to see if everything was working well and if there was anything we needed hooked up. How many times does an owner of the company follow-up with you after the job is done? He sent a guy out to hook my son’s X-Box up to the system... and just like everything else we did with Home Theater Evolutions, it happened on-time. I knew I wouldn’t have to take off work or chase them down. Home Theater Evolutions is professional, timely, and a real pleasure to have on your team! Home Theater Evolutions • 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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Take Another Look! I

f you can’t stand the look of your legs and your varicose veins are causing you pain, help’s just around the corner. Now Sugar Land Vein Specialists, Fort Bend’s premier vein clinic, has moved into seriously impressive new digs! Dr. Ulises Baltazar says, “Our move from the location on Sweetwater Boulevard into the Methodist Medical Office Building 3 gives our patients access to a wealth of resources and amenities. We’re not another free-standing vein clinic. This move to the Methodist Medical Office Building reflects the stability, the credibility, and the patient care which characterize our practice. I’ll still be the only doctor you’ll see here, available to answer all your questions as you go through your treatment. You’ll have all the conveniences and advantages of being in a medical office building adjacent to a state-of-the-art a comfortable, welcoming environment. We still have the same phone number and the same website, so you can contact us anytime!” “Although our location has changed, our philosophy remains the same: to treat only varicose veins, offering true expertise, personal care, and the best treatment in Sugar Land!” Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505, Sugar Land TX 77479 281-201-6052 •

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You’re Invited! Open House November 9th, 5pm-8pm

Body by Ahmadi C

ome celebrate the power of positive transformation. You’re invited to a special evening designed especially for you. Relax with a glass of wine or sparkling water, enjoy an hors d’oeuvres, and learn about the latest ways to reclaim your personal beauty. Avante Plastic Surgery and The Art of Skin welcome you to an Open House on November 9th from 5pm-8pm at 1112 Soldiers Field Drive. Complimentary make-up consultations, raffles on special products and services, and the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Cosmetic Surgery and other representatives from Avante and from The Art of Skin make this the perfect night out with friends. If you’ve been dreaming of change, this is a “can’t-miss-event” that will open your eyes to the amazing possibilities. You’ll have the exciting opportunity to speak with Dr. Ahmadi and hear him answer questions about the latest technology and products. Dr. Ahmadi is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He performs every kind of procedure from facelifts and nose contouring to breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts. The procedure that really showcases Dr. Ahmadi’s master work is the Lipotuck™, an all-in-one procedure that removes excess fat, tightens stretched muscles, and minimizes

before - size 14

after - size 5

stretch marks and excess skin. Whether you start at a size 2 or 16, Lipotuck™ is completely customized for smooth and natural results. Revitalizing and rejuvenating your body can renew your spirit. Let LaDonna Marie of The Art of Skin give your beauty a boost with a facial, laser skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, professional grade peel, laser hair removal... and more! She says, “My philosophy is that nothing is more beautiful than a woman who believes she is beautiful. I’ve seen the way

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Dr. Ahmadi’s skills put the light of joy back into his patients’ eyes...and I’m honored to be a part of people’s journey to finding their true inner and outer beauty.” Come celebrate a night that could change your life! Dr. Ahmadi says, “LaDonna and I are both passionate about making a positive impact through the work we do. We’re looking forward to meeting you at our Open House!” Call 281-265-2639 (BODY) for more information about the Open House sponsored by Avante Plastic Surgery and The Art of Skin on November 9th from 5pm-8pm at 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. in Sugar Land. ” Avante Plastic Surgery ~ The Art of Skin 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Does Your


StressYou Out? Sarah Warburton


f you’re tired of battling your way through traffic on the streets and in your gym, we’ll let you in on a convenient little secret. Less than five minutes off Highway Six, there’s an award-winning gym, where you’ll have 24-hour key access to the same state-ofthe-art equipment and world-class trainers that professional athletes a price anyone can afford. Jill Byler-Harrison and Glenn Gagnon, owners of the Fitness Retreat, believe you should feel like a celebrity with your own private gym, so you’ll love working out! They say, “Our staff and trainers focus one hundred percent of their attention on you and have premier credentials in health and fitness. One of our personal trainers, Ashley Hahn, was educated at the prestigious Cooper Institute. She’s always happy to answer your questions in person or on our Facebook page.” How do you knock it out of the park? With Baseball Conditioning at the Fitness Retreat! This exclusive gym scores a home run with their fully lighted baseball field, separate pitching mound, batting cages, pitching areas, and instruction by Kyle Washington. Kyle played professional baseball for teams including the New York Mets, the Cleveland Indians, and the Baltimore Orioles. Now he works

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through every aspect of the game with players from kids aged six to professional athletes. Kick your routine up a notch with the serious skills of trainer Calvin Bradford. Calvin’s been inducted into the Muay Thai Hall of Fame by the United World Muay Thai Association. He says, “I offer training for adults in full-contact Mixed Martial Arts including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, British and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Judo. At the Fitness Retreat my clients have everything they need to concentrate on an intensely exciting and effective workout!” Ready to relax and rejuvenate? Try Hatha Yoga with instructor LaShell Carter at the Fitness Retreat to tighten and tone, increase your flexibility, core strength, and balance...while finding inner peace! You can experience the escape of working out while enjoying an incredible view of rolling hills, leafy trees, and galloping horses...and it’s so convenient! Everything you need—complimentary bottled water, towels, shower essentials, state-of-the-art equipment, and encouraging, professional trainers—waits for you just five minutes away at the Fitness Retreat in Riverstone close to the L J Parkway and Hagerson intersection! The Fitness Retreat 281-499-6067 1206 Hagerson Road, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Putting Your

Fat to Use I

s there such a thing as good fat? Dr. Steven Victor, Chairman/CEO of IntelliCell™ Biosciences, Inc. believes good things could come from your fat. You may have seen Dr. Victor, a practicing celebrity dermatologist with over twenty years experience, on 20/20, Good Morning America, or The Today Show or you may have read his numerous magazine or news articles. Dr. Victor is renowned in the field of Dermatology, pioneering some of the most effective and interesting treatments in skin rejuvenation today. Now his new company, IntelliCell™ Biosciences, has made incredible advances in regenerative medicine using adipose (fat) derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) containing adult stem cells. So how can you get stem cells from your fat? The IntelliCell™ technology process yields abundance of cells that work synergistically. This functionally diverse population of cells is believed to be able to communicate with other cells in their local environment. Dr. Victor says, “The SVF which we have branded as “IntelliCell™” is more than regenerative.The mixture of cells have multiple functions and are highly integrated...and we believe it’s even more potent than the adipose stem cells themselves.” What does that mean? IntelliCell™ has developed an exclusive in-house technology where it can easily process SVF cells containing a high concentration of adipose stem cells. Essentially, if your doctor prescribes adipose (fat) stem cells for a treatment, the doctor extracts your fat tissue through a simple procedure. The IntelliCell lab will process it (without any enzymes), in a matter of minutes! Then the stem cells will be returned to your doctor on the very same day. Since the procedure takes place during your office visit, the donor and the recipient are the same person, and the stem cells are minimally manipulated, IntelliCell™ BioScience is in 100% compliance with FDA 361, under which patients are allowed to use their own stem cells for just about any indication. Dr. Steven Victor This technology really is the wave of the future! IntelliCell™ Centers are already open in Philadelphia, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Orlando, Miami, and New Orleans. Before the end of the year, IntelliCell will open an Adipose Stem Cell Processing Center in our area, making adipose derived stem cells and SVF available for local doctors! “We believe IntelliCell™ is setting the gold standard for adipose stem cell processing,” says Dr. Victor. “Our technology provides stem cell counts and viability checks for each specimen processed, and documents the quality and quantity of the stem cells produced. We believe IntelliCell™’s entry into the Houston market will allow us to offer local physicians, researchers, and healthcare centers access to the highest number and quality SVF cells which contain adult stem cells through our proprietary, FDA-compliant process. We are very pleased to see the Houston area receive this promising service.”

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Simple Solutions

Sarah Warburton hen something’s easier than you expected, doesn’t that make you smile? If you’ve been putting off a trip to the dentist, Dr. Thomas Lomonte, D.D.S. wants to put your mind at ease. He says, “A little toothache is your body’s cry for help, but often the solution is as simple as a little filling or a crown. New technology means most dental work is quicker and more comfortable. You’ve still got time to use your dental benefits before December 31st, 2011. If you come in now, I think you’ll be surprised at how quick and easy it can be to get a healthy, beautiful smile in time for the holidays.” You don’t need to take a week off work to fix most dental problems. Dr. Lomonte’s straightforward style and the easygoing atmosphere in his office are designed to put you at ease, while saving you time and money. He says, “I’m always happy to tell my patients the different options we have for fixing common problems. Even though our solutions may be innovative or high-tech, that just makes things more convenient for our patients!” If you only go to the dentist when it hurts, it always hurts at the dentist’s office. Dr. Lomonte says, “When you take advantage of your dental benefits for cleanings twice a year, catching and fixing any little problems is simple. Ignoring a little twinge now can set you up for bigger problems in the future. I hope you’ll find that the more often we see each other, the more you’ll enjoy coming in! Time’s running out on your insurance benefits and flexible health account dollars, but getting those benefits is as easy as picking up the phone. Dr. Lomonte says,


“Using your benefits improves your health and keeps your out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum. We offer in-office whitening that’s quick and effective, as well as the Snap-On Smile, a simple solution that dramatically improves the look of crooked, gapped, or discolored smiles. Getting the smile of your dreams is easier than ever!” In honor of National Diabetes Month the American Diabetes Association is sponsoring “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” on November 19 at Minute Maid Park (Houston) or Northshore Park (The Woodlands). Visit for information on participating in this event to promote healthy activity, raise funds to prevent and cure diabetes, and improve the lives of those affected. Dr. Lomonte says, “I pledge to donate $10 to the American Diabetes Association for every new patient who makes an appointment with me this November. Please take this opportunity to help yourself...while helping others!” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477

(281) 530-1440

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

Get Your Holiday Glow

Sarah Warburton


re you ready to glow? The holidays can stress more than your nerves and your schedule, they can put stress on your skin. Late night festivities, too much travel, and winter’s signature dryness can dull your skin. Even moisturizers can’t break through the dead and damaged cells that cover the surface of overly-dry skin. Get your glow back in time for the Holidays with Kalologie. You’ll have a sparkle in your eye and a radiant complexion after a “Kalologie Peel” or “Custom Introductory Facial.” Jennifer Blichmann, Kalologie’s Manager, says, “Our Kalologie Peel is a customized blend that exfoliates dull skin cells, while bringing dramatic improvements to fine lines, tone and texture for an unmatched glow. This month we’re offering it for $100. That’s $75 less than the regular you can feel good about doing something good for you!” Beat holiday stress this season with Kalologie’s Custom Introductory Facial. You’ll enjoy the combination of deep pore cleansing with steam, exfoliation, and gentle extractions, followed by a facial massage and a series of vitamin and antioxidant-rich masks at a special seasonal price of $39 (normally $90). Jennifer says, “We also have a Special Holiday Package to help get you find your inner glow. Let us pamper you with the combined power of a Kalologie Peel and a Custom Facial together for only $120 ($265 value).” Share the joy of blissful beauty with your mother, your sister, your best friend, your spouse, or any special someone. Give the gift of glowing beauty with a Kalologie gift’s always in season and guaranteed to be a perfect fit! 8 ~ UPCLOSE ~ November 2011

Take a break from hectic holiday preparations and indulge yourself at Kalologie. Their seasonal specials on signature treatments will get you good to glow! Kalologie Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway • Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478 •

Kalologie Peel only $100 (normally $175) Custom Intro Facial $39 (normally $90) Special Holiday Package Receive a Kalologie Peel AND a Custom Facial for only $120 ($265 value) Gift Cards Available

Did You Forget? W

Sarah Warburton e’ve all got a lot going on this time of year. Just when you pack away the Halloween costumes, it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving. Even though your trees can’t talk, doesn’t mean they aren’t asking for help. Cammy Simpson of Simpson’s Tree Service says, “This drought has made our services indispensable. Getting your trees trimmed in November is the smart choice for the health of your trees...and your safety!” If you want your trees to look lush and beautiful in the Spring, you need expert help to get rid of the dead wood now! The friendly team at Simpson’s Tree Service will thin, trim, or remove overgrown branches, unwanted shoots, deadwood and old branches. Jimmie Simpson says, “During a drought it’s more important than ever to properly prune trees and shrubs. Trimming in the fall always encourages spring growth. If your trees aren’t trimmed, sunlight won’t hit the branches evenly and you’ll end up with shapeless, bushy trees...and without a lot of new growth.”

Getting your trees trimmed in November is the smart choice for the health of your trees...and your safety! Is a hidden danger hanging over your head? Sometimes a healthy branch and a damaged one look the same from the ground. One good storm or even just a lively breeze can send that dangerous branch crashing down, causing damage to the rest of the tree, your roof, your car, your neighbor’s property....or worse, a person! According to the National Climatic Data Center, fifty-three percent of all deaths during a thunderstorm are actually caused by fallen trees

or limbs. Not only that, but broken, dead, insect-infested or diseased branches can further weaken a tree during drought, leading to deadly secondary insect and disease problems. Call the trusted team at Simpson’s Tree Service to remove those troubled branches before they harm the tree...or something else. “In our twenty years in the business, we’ve never seen a drought like we have this year,” says Cammy. “It’s really stressed our local trees, so it’s more important than ever to have brittle, fragile branches removed before they do any damage. Trimming diseases or dead limbs lightens the load on the root system. Follow that with a good mulching to keep in the moisture and your trees will be ready to recover while they wait for Spring!” For trimming, cutting, and removal services, call 281-980-0095

A Hand-Crafted Experience at an Affordable Price Sarah Warburton ou’re not still paying fifty dollars for a steak, are you? Under the direction of the talented Chef Jovi Youset Beiz at the Char House Bar & Grille, you can enjoy the same highend experience offered at the world’s most exclusive a price that makes high-end affordable. Chef Jovi says, “Together with the new owners of the Char House, I believe that everyone is entitled to the best ingredients, handcrafted sauces, and choice wines...and that you shouldn’t have to pay more than $25 for a good steak!” See how you can afford to go upscale any day of the week with lunch or dinner at the Char House. Don’t miss Chef Jovi’s extensive wine list featuring hand-picked wines from around the world at a price under $45 a bottle...when you’d pay two or three times that for the same wine elsewhere! Pair that wine with one of his signature dishes... like Grilled Atlantic Salmon Over a Black Wisconsin Cherry Reduction with a Touch of Diced Sweet Chili,


a 10-oz Rib-Eye Marinated with Fresh Herbs, a 10-oz Black Angus Strip Steak with Beurre Butter Basil Sauce with a touch of Anchovy, or a Filet Minon with Hollandaise Sauce. Or try a lunchtime favorite... the unforgettably tasty Kobe Beef burger, served just the way you like it! See why Fox News recommends a “slice of steak with a side of Sugar Land history” at the Char House Bar and Grille, named after the Char House at the iconic Imperial Sugar Mill. An extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails (including thirty-three martinis) make this one of the hottest bars in town! Try a Bellini-tini

made with Stoli Vodka, peach nectar, and peach schnapps with a cherry garnish or the St. Michael’s with raspberryinfused Skyy vodka, Triple Sec, pomegranate, sweet and sour, champagne and Red Bull. Meet your friends at the Char House Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm with drink specials and half-priced appetizers...or at lunch for soup and salad at a special price. A background in fine dining with training in Europe and time working with Wolfgang Puck and on the staff at the MGM Casino prepared Jovi for the Char House Bar and Grille. He says, “Chef Wolfgang Puck has been a huge influence on my professional life, as has Chef Michael Mina. Like them, I believe in using the best, freshest, whole ingredients, offering our guests extraordinary service, and taking the deepest pride in striving for perfection. Working at the Char House Bar and Grille is an honor. I’m delighted to offer the same steakhouse experience you’d find in the heart of half the price!”

Char House Bar & Grille 281-980-2823 2268 Texas Drive Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Who Do You Trust?

Sarah Warburton ix year ago, the nurse at Brazos Bend Elementary emailed Joan Klekar about her first-grader. Joan says, “She told me Kasen had a lazy eye that would affect her vision and her development. I was so worried, but she recommended two optometrists that could help. Dr. Anh Doan was top of the list. At our first appointment, I loved her’s just her personality! Her staff is so polite and welcoming. She has good people backing her up. Today we don’t live anywhere close to her office, but I make the drive from Richmond because there’s no one I trust more.”


“Today we don’t live anywhere close to her office, but I make the drive from Richmond because there’s no one I trust more.”

“Right away, Dr. Doan really connected with my daughter...and she hasn’t forgotten one single thing over the years! The way she talks with Kasen about volleyball and horseback riding shows that she’s really listening. Kasen was so excited about her glasses until fourth grade...then she wanted contacts. Dr. Doan spelled out the rules for her, especially not touching or rubbing her eyes. Since Kasen really likes Dr. Doan and looks up to her, she listened to the instructions and has been doing great! She started in biweekly lenses but after a year we switched her to daily lenses and it was one of the best decisions we made. The contacts are wonderful for volleyball and especially for riding. Since it’s hot, she’s wearing a hat, and you can’t adjust your glasses while holding the reins. Dr. Doan knew that contacts lenses would fit well with Kasen’s activities and her sensitive skin and eyes.” “Dr. Doan’s the type of person you like to have in your circle. When she’s taking care of you, it’s like nobody else matters. She cares––not just about her patients––but also about their families. When she found out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she sent Kasen out to get fitted with her contacts and talked with me privately to really find out how I was doing. When I see her around town, she always greets me with a hug and asks about Kasen and my health. Dr. Doan’s a wonderful doctor and a fantastic person!” Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 4725 Highway 6 South 281-261-2647

What Makes a Keeper? Sarah Warburton


y friends will tell you that locally owned and operated Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar is one of my favorite spots for lunch! I love the cosmopolitan decor and comfortable environment...and I can’t get enough of the food. Why’s everything so fresh? Because if you don’t see Keeper behind the Sushi bar or visiting with customers, he’s on his daily run to the fish company choosing you the very best! My perfect meals starts with a little teapot of Dobin Mushi soup. Drink the fragrant broth out of the little cup, then eat the sweet morsels of Sashimi-grade red snapper, fresh clam, shrimp, fishcake, chicken, shitaki mushroom and a gingko nut...good for the memory. I’ll follow that with one of Keeper’s signature rolls...or maybe something new like the Ocean Trout from Scotland. A deeper coral color than Salmon, it’s firm, fresh, and oh-so-sweet. Even my friends who don’t love sushi can find plenty of choices

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on the menu...from a fresh fruit salad or chicken teriyaki to a broiled lamb chop. And Keeper’s friendly servers are always happy to make a recommendation to suit your taste and budget. I’ve eaten lunch at Keeper’s three times in a single week...and I haven’t even tried the amazingly popular Happy Hour yet! At Keeper’s Happy Hour from 3-6 every day with a bonus “Reverse Happy Hour” from 9-11, you’ll get high quality sushi for $1.25, special rolls for $4 and special prices on drinks like green tea or pineapple mint mojitos! Visit Keeper’s Facebook page for more special offers. Whether you’re relaxing with a friend, enjoying a working lunch, or grabbing a quick bite at the sushi bar, there’s always time for a treat at Keeper’s! Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar 281-242-0389 4654 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land, TX 77578 •

Why think

outside the box, when Keeper could supply you with innovative

Bento boxes

for and delicious conferences, meetings, or parties? These five-space Bento boxes or four-space boxes with a separate salad are fresh and fun...and great for large groups! Do you prefer to take your meeting on the road? With a well-timed email to Keeper and his staff,

lunch for everyone could be waiting for you.

My Miracle Baby A

fter Valerie lost her husband of twenty-one years to cancer, she could never have imagined what the future would hold. She says, “When I met my second husband Ron, I even took my sister and niece on our first date! After we got married, Ron brought up children. I said, “Are you crazy? Do you know how old I am? Forty-seven!!” My Ob/Gyn said I didn’t have any time to waste (I was actually premenopausal), and she sent me to Dr. Subodh Chauhan. When Dr. Chauhan did my exam in 2009, he found that my hormone levels weren’t high enough for fertility...and I had fibroids the size of grapefruits and my uterus was completely impacted. All the other doctors said, she’ll have to have a complete hysterectomy, but Dr. Chauhan said, “No, I have to give her hope.” I lost over 66 percent of my uterus in a delicate surgery that took over three hours. He had the skills and the compassion to make it happen. After I healed, I started fertility medication (Ron gave me the shots) and Dr. Chauhan implanted the embryos in June of 2010. I could see him taking his time and picking the best spot. I kept taking home pregnancy tests, but they kept coming up negative. Finally Dr. Chauhan called me at work and asked, “Are you sitting down? You’re going to have a baby!” He was so kind, so nice, and completely at the top of his game. He makes you feel

everything is possible. Whenever I needed Dr. Chauhan––on the phone, through email, or in the office––he was there. Throughout my pregnancy they monitored me because of my age––forty-eight. Once I had a little bleeding and called Dr. Chauhan at the end of the day. He said, “Come over and I’ll wait for you.” He met me at the door, took me to the ultrasound, and reassured me that my baby and I were still okay. I turned forty-nine on February twenty-second and two days later my daughter Lexi was born at thirty-nine weeks...without any complications. Dr. Chauhan came to see me in the hospital and held her with a big smile. If you had told me three years ago I’d have a beautiful healthy baby girl and be thinking about another, I would have said you were crazy! If anyone can make it happen, Dr. Chauhan can! Fertility Specialists of Houston 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483)

Are you in a Financial Rodeo? Cara Smith


very November, it seems like clocks start ticking double-time: the days march briskly away, and suddenly, the year’s end is upon us. Maybe it’s the approach of the holidays, or the cooler weather, but whatever it is, the arrival of winter’s a sure sign for business owners that it’s time

to think about end-of-year planning. “Ideally, your year-end planning— and your budgeting for next year— should all be squared away by the holidays,” explains local CPA John Trevathan, who specializes in providing financial services to small and midsized businesses. “Nobody wants to have that hanging over their heads at Christmas...and you want to be able to hit the ground running in January.”

“A realistic budget is the single most important financial planning tool a business can have,” John says So get busy! Scare up any extra minutes you can, so you can end the year on a high note. Here are some tips from John on what to do: Clean up your ledger. Make sure all transactions are entered and that your accounts are reconciled. Think about taxes. See if there’s anything you can do to decrease your tax liabil-

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ity—whether it’s accelerating expenses this year or deferring revenue until next year. Plan ahead. First things first: summarize what happened this year, so you can have a clear picture of where to start. Then begin to build your budget for next year—and get it in place before the holidays. “A realistic budget is the single most important financial planning tool a business can have,” John says. “It’s basically a well-thought-out business plan, translated into plain and simple financial terms. Our job is to help you design a template. We’ll do this by taking into account your current financial picture...and any new products or offerings you’re planning on putting in place next year.” This is the perfect time to get started, so give John Trevathan a call. End the year right—celebrating with your family...with the hard work of planning already behind you! John Trevathan, CPA, PLLC 281-207-1333 19901 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77479

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What’s Your Comfort Level? Becca Bragg


or over twenty-nine years one company’s helped the families of Fort Bend find their comfort level. Whether you can’t stand the heat and

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humidity or it’s cold as ice, Jackson Air and Heat has the experience to make recommendations for service, repair or replace you air conditioner or furnace.

“A high-efficiency, energysaving system from Trane will make a big difference in the comfort level of your home and utility bills. But the rebates and financing offers are running out soon and the tax credits end on December there’s no time to waste!”

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Now they’ve been named a Winner of Distinction of 2011 of the BBB Award for Excellence...and their loyal customers aren’t surprised at all! How can you maintain your comfort level this November? If you’ve waiting for the a/c or heating to break before you think about replacing your old system, off-season pricing, rebates and a special tax-credit make this the ideal time. Here in Texas the heat is guaranteed to come back. Brian Jackson says, “ A high-efficiency, energy-saving system from Trane will make a big difference in the comfort level of your home and utility bills. But the rebates and financing offers are running out soon and the tax credits end on December there’s no time to waste!” Brian will come out to give you a free evaluation of your system with honest advice and lots of choices.

Do you feel a chill? Don’t touch that thermostat until you call Jackson Air. Brian says, “We’re already finding major carbon monoxide leaks in old furnaces. We hear about families sent to the hospital who find that their home had twenty times the ‘safe’ level of carbon monoxide. This stuff can kill you…and many people don’t have any warning at all.” Call Jackson Air and Heat to inspect your furnace to make sure it is safe to operate. You can be completely comfortable with Jackson Air. These expert Trane Comfort Specialists do their own work, don’t use subcontractors, and always stay up to-to-date on all the latest technology. Brian says, “We are proud of the fact that 80% of new customers were recommended by their family or friends. People around here see that we treat our customers like we’d treat our family. Happy Thanksgiving, Fort Bend!” Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037



becomes Eve and Eve becomes Steve Sarah Warburton


oes this sound familiar? Once a married couple hits forty... they’re not the same people who got married years earlier. Dad loses his energy and passion and sits around in the recliner watching “Animal Planet.” And Mom runs on pure adrenaline and aggression, going five hundred directions at once. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D., R.Ph. says, “When your hormones are out of balance, so are your relationships. Hormonal imbalance affects both men and women, but it isn’t an inevitability of aging. Once your hormones are in balance, you’ll enjoy life and all your relationships with energy and vigor again.” Some signs of hormonal imbalance are as plain as the nose—or the hair—on your face. When estrogen and testosterone become imbalanced, you may suffer anxiety, insomnia, poor concentration, irritability, weight gain, acne, hair loss, night sweats, or reduced sex drive. Women may lose their waists, have trouble sleeping, or suffer dull skin and facial hair. Men may grow flabby breasts, have poor skin tone, and lose their libido. Do you look in the mirror (or at your

and body weight. Testosterone plays a similar role for men. Dr. Campbell says, “It’s a common misconception that only women suffer from hormonal imbalances. Signs of low testosterone include weight gain, depression, and lethargy. Under the right circumstances, hormone replacement therapy can save your sanity...and your relationship!” If you have questions about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement or testosterone supplements, call Dr. Campbell. He says, “I offer consultations by appointment for individuals, couples, and groups to help you take control of your health and regain the balance in your life. Working in conjunction with your doctor, my staff and I are able to compound the lowest dosage that still delivers results. We’ll tailor your dosage directly to your body’s needs to help you find your way back to being your best!”

spouse) and wonder what just happened? You both may be in need of hormonal balancing. After all, estrogen impacts more than fertility…it also affects bones, brain, beauty,

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METHODIST SUGAR LAND NEUROLOGY ASSOCIATES Personal attention, high-tech care for your peace of mind Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates offer diagnosis and treatment of the most common – and most complex – neurological disorders. From sleep apnea, migraines, epilepsy and dementia, to complex spine, peripheral neurological disorders and neuromuscular disorders, the physicians at Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates can provide answers and options using the latest in technology and therapeutic techniques, backed by the resources and staff of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Regain your quality of life. Call Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates today.  Board-certified neurologists with a  special emphasis on neurophysiology, neuromuscular disorders and sleep medicine. 

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The Luxury of Home Improvement without “Luxury” Prices


Gwyneth Hope enee was humbled by the complement and smiled at Bob as Margaret, a new customer, began leaving the store. “We are pretty good, ha?” she said with a wink to Bob. Renee and Bob McKelvey have owned and operated All About Carpet & Floors for over eighteen years. With a return and referral business of around 90%, they do the job on time and they do it right. “It’s so disappointing to see beautiful homes that are neglected,” says Bob. “Improving the carpet or upgrading the kitchen cabinets can easily change what seems like an old house into one that is vibrant and fresh. To be perfectly honest, most of our customers are amazed at how easy and affordable it really is.” Updating your home is as effortless as picking up the phone. Both Renee and Bob pride themselves in their extensive knowledge and experience acquired through the years. Whether you choose ceramic, laminate, carpet, or hardwood floors, or want to upgrade your counters, your tiled backsplashes or bathrooms, the experts at All About Carpet & Floors are happy to sit with you and explain everything...from which brand to use to what color will give your home a lasting and inviting effect. I learned a lot speaking with Bob and Renee. They helped me to understand how much my choices affect the mood and personality of the room. “As you know, color can dramatically impact the look and feel of any room.” says Bob. “Warm colors, such as yellows, oranges, and reds, help to create a friendly and comforting atmosphere. They tend to be richer and very inviting.” Cool colors like some violets, greens, and blues make a small space appear spacious and airy. “Cool colors,” adds Renee, “have a soft, calming effect...great for high traffic areas like walkways and kitchens. In a bathroom, we can tile the floors with blue, then tie the look together by running those tiles up

the wall, using different colors to create a decorative border, line the shower, or use complementary tones of stone for the counters. We’ll help you choose the perfect look for every room in your home.” Customers benefit from the recommendations of Bob and Renee, knowing that every item at All About Carpet & Floors has been selected for its superior quality. Renee and Bob ensure that their clients are receiving the very best by personally visiting the factories where they witness first-hand how their products are being made. “We don’t want to take any chances,” they tell me, “so we visit the factories and see what goes into the items we sell. Our reputation stands on what we offer our clients; we take that very seriously.” The selection at All About Carpet & Floors is unbeatable. They offer the highest quality items upheld by manufacturer guarantees and Bob and Renee’s exceptional customer service offerings. “What we recommend to our clients really depends on their individual needs and preferences,” says Renee. At All About Carpet & Floors, the service is personalized to each and every customer. It’s easy to see why people appreciate the service and attention they receive and come back for all their home improvement needs. Not only will Bob and Renee personally address questions, they will even visit your home to ensure that the job is done right and to your liking. “We’ve done it all,” says Bob. “One customer asked us to tear down her linen closet and extend her shower. Her bathroom looks amazing and she’s been referring customers to us ever since.” Whether you need remodeling, new countertops, tile or flooring... call All About Carpet & Floors and be proud of your home!

All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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Let the Fiesta Begin!

Sarah Warburton ift your spirits and wake up your taste buds with an outstandingly authentic meal in a relaxed family atmosphere at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant! Lupe Garcia and her husband of thirty-three years, Jaime, believe that fabuloso food and affordable prices make today the best day to celebrate with amigos y familia. Jaime says, “Lupe won’t share her secret recipes with anyone, but I can tell you that every dish from Mama’s


Specialties to Papa’s Enchiladas is made by us with high-quality, fresh ingredients!” Sit down to a basket of chips, roasted tomato salsa, and smoky charro beans with a hint of bacon. The giant flour tortillas are hand-made and good enough to enjoy all by themselves...but you won’t want to miss out on the fajitas! Lupe uses a secret family recipe handed down through the generations and seasons the meat with fresh spices ground by hand. That makes these beef fajitas juicy, tender, flavorful...and unforgettably delicious! Lupe says, “Jaime, our kids, and I are here every day, taking care of our customers. We put love into everything we do!” Celebrate the season with something extra-special from Lupita’s. Throw a fiesta for your office, invite friends over for a backyard get-together, or host a fabuloso neighborhood party. Now’s the time to order Lupe’s tantalizing tamales… and don’t count on leftovers (unless you hide some away for later)! Jaime says, “We have

families who call every year for tamales or Tres Leches cake to-go for the holidays. If you’ve got office parties or corporate get-togethers, we offer box lunches and catering. And we want you to enjoy you send the invitations, we’ll handle the fajitas…for fiestas of any size! Jaime, Lupe, Rigo, Leo, Mercedes and two-month-old Dominick (the future owner of Lupitas’s) say, “Muchas Gracias to our loyal customers and new ones like John Schneider for giving us the opportunity to share our food and service with you. We humbly thank you for eight wonderful years of loyalty and support…from our familia to yours!” Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 281-265-6556 Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace

You’re Never Too Old!

Sarah Warburton wanted to fix my smile,” says Brandon Cox, “but I was a twenty-two-year-old college student making the decision on my own...and it felt like a big responsibility. After some research, I decided to see Dr. Lemke. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Florida with the Dean’s Award, the Honors Award and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award. She’d done lots of research, had some publications, and won the Clinical Excellence Award in Orthodontics. That all sounded good to me. Going into her office, I felt really self-conscious like only kids get braces, but she told me you’re never too old for braces...they’re good for all ages!


I still had my doubts about whether I could get the results I wanted. Dr. Lemke walked me through everything––what to expect, how long it would take––and that really put me at ease. After talking about the options, I decided on traditional braces with brackets you couldn’t see, because they’d be effective without being too obvious. My friends who’d had braces as kids told me it would hurt, but I hardly noticed Dr. Lemke was putting them on until I got my wires tightened. You can tell she really knows what she’s doing. The whole thing took two years from start to finish. When my braces came off, I could really see what an amazing job she’d done. It’s an incredible difference. I see a hundred and ten percent improvement in my teeth...I’m smiling everywhere now!” Did you think braces were just for kids? Think again! You’re never too old to get the smile of your dreams. Dr. Lemke offers flexible hours and a range of flexible solutions like traditional braces, Invisalign, or Incognito (lingual) Braces. She says, “You can love your any age!” Lemke Orthodontics 281-277-3555 Katia Lemke, DMD, PA 4907 Sandhill Dr., Ste B Sugar Land, TX 77479



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Keys to Success

Sarah Warburton magine the wreck of a once-proud ship. Rot and rust have eaten away at the hull and the remains of the tattered sail hang limply from the mast. If it were not wedged against solid rock, it would have sunk. Instead of sailing into port, it floats, partially submerged and completely abandoned. What made this ship run aground? The navigator may not have seen the hidden rocks. Maybe no one used the compass and sextant and the ship went off course. Perhaps the captain and crew were unprepared for storms that tossed the seas. A crew focused on larceny and piracy won’t remain loyal when times get hard. Mutiny and murder brought many ships to ruin. The United Nations estimates that three million shipwrecks lie on the ocean floor and thousands more are beached or float in ship graveyards like the US Navy “ghost fleet” at Suisan Bay. Some abandoned ships are broken down for scrap metal, others are left to decay in the elements. “Shipwrecks are usually found wrecked in remote areas,” says Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, says, “but today many regions are facing the question of what to do with failed dealerships right in the middle of their communities.” The same issues that wreck a ship––mismanagement, poor planning, or unethical behavior––can wreck a business. Don says, “Two and a half years ago, when we took over the dealership that stands at the corner of 59 and 90A, I claimed this abandoned, empty shipwreck, gathered an experienced, trustworthy crew, restocked her and made her seaworthy, then put her back on course. We completely


opened up all our buildings to create a welcoming space and reflect our down-to-earth, open philosophy. New lights and redesigned driveways make it easier and safer for our customers to enter or exit. And our team wears professional, casual attire that really invites you to ‘Relax and Enjoy the Difference.’” A ship with a dedicated crew, excellent guidance, and responsive leadership will steer a successful course. General Motors recognized Classic Chevy as a 2010 GM Dealer of the honor only given to the top two percent of Chevrolet dealers in the region. Not only that, but Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land has placed first out of fiftythree dealers in order to win the Chevrolet Service Hero Award for the third straight quarter. These aren’t awards given for short-term success in sales and customer satisfaction. Classic Chevrolet also demonstrated excellence in customer retention and in a continuous commitment to training. At first glance, Classic Chevrolet exceeds expectations, but when you think of the progress made over the last two and a half years, this dealership is an incredible example of the rewards of thoughtful planning, good business practices, and a commitment to excellence. Don says, “We never forget that the keys to our success are hard work and customer satisfaction. I know everyone here takes personal pride in doing our best to earn your trust. We will hold the course!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660

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Everybody Needs a Miracle

Sarah Warburton


rom big corporations to Fort Bend homeowners, everybody loves the miraculous transformations of the Miracle Method. Whether you’ve stayed at a Hilton, visited Disney, or just admired your neighbor’s gorgeous kitchen or bathroom... you may have seen a Miracle Method barthroom and not even known it! Owners Jonee and Paul Barnett say, “We take real pride in knowing that the Miracle Method achieves five-star results at an affordable price. We’re confident that once you see our miracle, you’ll be a believer, too!” What makes the Miracle Method so effec-

tive? As heard on “The World According to Garf” at the 950 AM, the Miracle Method actually delivers incredible results. Miracle Method transforms porcelain, ceramic, laminate, acrylic, or cultured marble surfaces… without ripping them out! Jonee says, “Our technicians prepare each surface, and then use our proprietary MM-4 bonding agent, advanced coatings and final detailing. Our process is completely unique...and that’s why our results are so beautiful. When Al Roker saw a Miracle Method bathtub on the Today Show, he ran his hands over the before and after. See it, feel it, and you’ll believe––no one can tell the difference between a Miracle Method kitchen or bathroom and one that’s completely new!” Big changes don’t have to cost big bucks. The Miracle Method saves up to seventy-five percent of the cost of removal and replacement and delivers results that are straight-up incredible! That’s why people who’ve tried the Miracle Method often come back for more! Happy customers rave about their Miracle Method countertops, iron sinks, old bathtubs. Over and over they tell us, “My

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kitchen and bathroom look completely new. This is one company you can trust.” If you’re ready for a miracle, there’s no need to wait. The Miracle Method makes getting a big beautiful change really easy! Jonee says, “When we do a big job like a kitchen for someone and then they call us a year later to do the master bath, there’s nothing more satisfying!” Miracle Method Surface Restoration 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only), Stafford, TX

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Is It Hot in Here?

Sarah Warburton hen everyone else is reaching for a jacket and you’re peeling off the layers, when even the thought of a hot cup of coffee makes you sweat, when losing your cool can happen at any know all about the hot flashes of menopause. Dr. Leslie Cohan of The Woman’s Place says, “Many women experience menopausal symptoms like night sweats, mood swings, depression, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, vaginal dryness, incontinence, loss of sex drive, and changes in skin tone. Hot flashes are just the tip of the iceberg! If you feel the ‘change’ has come, it’s time to assess your overall health. I want to start by saying that menopause is not a disease; it’s a natural biological process that occurs (on average) around age fifty. Usually we diagnose menopause after you’ve missed your period for twelve consecutive months...but it’s good to come in for a check-up if you’ve missed several periods. Other conditions can affect your menses, so I may check things like your thyroid function or prolactin level. When you go through menopause, your level of reproductive hormones––especially estrogen––goes down. Severe symptoms may stem from extremely low estrogen, which also increases the risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and cardiovascular disease (such as myocardial infarction and stroke). I recommend a daily dose of 1000 IU of vitamin D along with 1200 IU of calcium to strengthen bones and improve cardiovascular health. Another solution may be hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Most misinformation about hormone therapy stems from a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative that seemed to link HRT to breast cancer and heart problems…but that study focused on women whose age averaged 62 years old. Healthy women in their fifties who start HRT immediately after menopause enjoy better sleep, better sex, better complexions and fewer hot flashes. I also offer HRT using


transdermal estrogen and vaginal estrogen…eliminating the need for the estrogen to make a ‘first pass’ through the liver. Taking care of women through every stage of life is at the heart of my profession. When menopause turns up the heat, come see me and we’ll figure out how to keep you cool...and healthy!” The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Clean!

Cara Smith re you ready for the holidays? Thanksgiving is officially just around the corner, which means, quite likely, that you’re preparing for company—and a huge meal. And while it’s supposed to be a time of thanks, I usually find myself melting down at some point or another, completely overwhelmed by the task ahead of me. So why not eliminate at least one source of the holiday stress? “For so many people, frantically cleaning is the straw that breaks the camel’s back—and it shouldn’t have to be that way,” says Max McCammond, our local cleaning expert and owner of Professional Maid Service. Max’s professional maids are only a phone call away, and they’re ready to whip your home into shape. Max has been at this awhile, so his stan-


dards are high—really high. All his employees are bonded and insured, and they come to your home uniformed, in a company car, so you’ll know exactly who’s there. And professional is the watchword. They’re courteous, on time, and they’ll do the job exactly how you want it done. So take a deep breath, and let someone else do the heavy housework; you’ve got enough on your plate (quite literally!) with a Thanksgiving meal to prepare. It’s time to call in the professionals, and time to start grocery shopping! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

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Cleaning to the “Max”

We all know what a roasting pan looks like after a 6-hour date with a turkey—and how daunting the prospect of cleaning it is. A simple way to loosen up that grease? It’s in your laundry room, believe it or not. “When a friend of mind recommended it, I didn’t think it would work,” says Max, “but it turned out to be a sure thing—a dryer sheet!” Fill up that pan with water to let it soak, and toss in a dryer sheet. The grease will be softened up in no time.

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amily visits and holiday festivities fill your home with laughter and your heart with memories... but what are they doing to your plumbing? Master Plumber Alan Burkhalther says, “Huge holiday meals, extra helpers in the kitchen, and heavier use in your bathrooms and showers mean that the holidays can be hard on your plumbing. Over the last fourteen years in Fort Bend, we at Alan’s Plumbing have seen every kind of holiday plumbing problem... and we’ve got a few tips to make this season a little easier for you!” What’s the most common holiday plumbing problem? Alan says, “You wouldn’t believe what people try to stuff down the garbage disposal. Please remember — it’s not a ‘magic hole’ that makes trash disappear. Chicken and turkey bones don’t sharpen the blades in your disposal…they’re like throwing a monkey wrench into the works. And the peels from your mashed potatoes with gravy can turn into starchy glue in your drain. Many disposals really can’t grind stringy and fibrous things like potato peels, turkey or chicken skin, celery, onion skins, or pumpkin pulp. Save the disposal for the harmless

mess you rinse off the plates and save yourself from a holiday plumbing disaster!” Are the kids home from college or are the cousins visiting for a week? Spacing showers throughout the day (or at least waiting ten minutes between showers) will give your hot water heater a chance to catch up. And if you really don’t want to scald Grandma or freeze Uncle Jim, consider running the dishwasher and washing machine at night…that’ll keep your water temperature and pressure nice and even during peak shower times. What’s one of the best things you can do to holiday-proof your plumbing? Call Alan’s Plumbing in to fix any little problems before the season even gets started...and keep their number by the phone, just in case. Alan, Jennifer, their three sons—Beau, Luke, and Jake—and brothers Chris and Brian, too wish all of Fort Bend a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and good times with family! Whether you’ve got a leak, a clogged pipe, or need to replace a hot water heater, or a toilet reset...just call 281-261-1064.

“ You wouldn’t believe what people try to stuff down the garbage disposal. Please remember — it’s not a ‘magic hole’ that makes trash disappear.”

Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064

are you living with rheumatoid arthritis? R Sarah Warburton

heumatoid arthritis (RA) afflicts an estimated 1.3 million people in the US...and almost three times as many women as men. Orthopedic specialist, Dr. Mark Vann, MD, says, “Even younger people like those in their early twenties can get RA. It usually starts in the small joints like the hands and feet before moving to the larger ones. RA is different from the more common osteo-arthritis, because RA is actually an auto-immune disease. Essentially, the body attacks itself, causing inflammation.” If you have RA, you may already be under the treatment of a rheumatologist, but you’ll want other specialists like Dr. Vann on your team. Dr. Vann says, “Initially, the problems caused by RA can be managed conser vatively. Rheumatologists have a range of ways like DMARDs (diseasemodifying antirheumatic drugs) to reduce inflam-

mation, modify the disease, or put it into remission...before RA causes deformities. When RA begins to affect the structure of the foot and cause deformities, I can offer further conservative well as a range of possible surgical solutions if that deformity or the pain increase.” Surgery can provide pain relief and make it easier to be active again. Dr. Vann says, “The type of surgery we use depends on whether RA has deformed the hind foot, the middle of the foot, the toes, or the joints. New surgical reconstructive techniques have just been developed that can salvage the joints. Having a range of different solutions for problems of the foot and ankle allows us to choose the best option for you and your lifestyle.” Do you need help stepping back into life? Dr. Vann says, “The field of orthopedics is always changing…that’s the excitement and the challenge. Know that I’ll always put your comfort and health first as we work together to find a solution.”

Mark Vann, MD 713-876-6518 Board Certified, Fellowship Trained, Orthopedic Surgeon Lower Extremity Specialist 7789 Southwest Freeway Suite #410 Houston, TX 77074

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital receives national and state recognition for its stroke prevention and care programs


ethodist Sugar Land Hospital is playing a major role in stroke prevention and care. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. today. The hospital was recently named a Primary Stroke Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services, a designation given only to health care institutions that have demonstrated commitment to stroke prevention and services, including a dedicated stroke unit; 24-hour stroke team; trained emergency department personnel; 24-hour neuro-imaging and lab services; neurosurgical, neurological and medical support services; and a public education program. In addition, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award. The honor recognizes Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost,

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and these recent awards demonstrate that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Amitabh Shukla, M.D., Medical Director of the Methodist Sugar Land Stroke Program.

ing scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate. “The mortality rate for stroke in Harris and surrounding counties is twice as high as the national average, making it even more important for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to bring this higher standard of stroke care to Fort Bend County residents,” said Maria Socci, Manager, Stroke Program. According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Stroke Care Team minutes; and 795,000 people Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has devel- suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. For a physician referral, please call oped a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physito the emergency department. This includes cian referral line 281-274-7500, or visit always being equipped to provide brain imag-

Before the Heat is On


on’t turn on the heat if you haven’t had your furnace checked out first. That’s a basic safety rule that we all need to remember this time of year. We asked Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy, owners of All Out A/C and Heating, about the hidden dangers of turning on your furnace. Heater maintenance isn’t just about efficient and trouble-free’s a matter of safety. Bryan says, “Improperly maintained

Heater maintenance isn’t just about efficient and trouble-free’s a matter of safety. heaters can jeopardize the health and even the life of your family. When we send our guys out, they check things like filters and connections to make sure your furnace is running well. More importantly, they also check for holes or wear in your system’s heat exchanger or fire box, malfunctioning safety controls, the carbon monoxide content of the combustion chamber, and any condition that might create a fire risk or a carbon monoxide leak. Since carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas, our trained technicians use a carbon monoxide detector to see if your furnace has danger spots. I strongly recommend both a seasonal inspection of

your furnace by a professional as well as a carbon monoxide detector for your home. Even in small doses, this gas can be lethal!” Want a little extra peace of mind? Sign up for an “All Out Comfort Membership” and you’ll get preventative maintenance from All Out’s professionals twice a year. As an added bonus, if your furnace or air conditioner needs repairs while you’re an “All Out Comfort Member,” the service call and diagnostics fee will be waived...that’s a “Fee-Free Guarantee!” Bryan says, “People are surprised to learn that regular maintenance can double the life of your system. That’s like getting two air conditioners and furnaces for the price of one! Not only that, but regular maintenance makes your systems more efficient, which keeps you more comfortable and lowers your utility bills! We feel so strongly about the importance of seasonal maintenance that we offer front-of-the-line appointments and an additional ten percent off all our services during your ‘All Out Comfort Membership.’” All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406


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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)

UpClose Magazine  

A fun ilfestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas.

UpClose Magazine  

A fun ilfestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas.