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Christopher K. Smith, M.D. Adult & Pediatric Orthopedics

Sarah Warburton


Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D. Diseases & Deformities of the Spine

Kenneth M. Renney, M.D. Carl A. Hicks, M.D. Sports Medicine Joint Reconstructive Surgery


hether you are a professional athlete, junior gymnast, varsity football player or senior bowler, a sportsrelated injury doesn’t have to mean a major change in your lifestyle. An experienced, skilled sports medicine physician can make all the difference between a quick return to your favorite activity … or a long process that involves multiple office visits, referrals and recommendations. In Fort Bend County, the MOST talented sports medicine team with the MOST to offer is Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST), one of the largest groups of board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons in the area. The MOST team offers the highest level of experience, the latest techniques and technology, and the convenience of easily accessible local facilities. It’s the MOST complete orthopedic care available – including arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacements, cartilage transplants, diseases and deformities of the spine and treatment of hand, upper extremity, and foot and ankle problems. 2 ~ UPCLOSE ~ September 2010

Mark W. Maffet, M.D. Sports Medicine

The newest member of the MOST team, Dr. Mark W. Maffet, says MOST has everything needed to return athletes to their sport quickly. “We have access to a comprehensive physical therapy facility with occupational and aquatic therapy, as well as the area’s most advanced diagnostic equipment, including the most powerful MRI machines available, thanks to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital,” he says. “I truly enjoy being part of this amazing team.” “We take pleasure working with the schools in Fort Bend County and Alief areas,” said Dr. Vincent Phan, orthopedic surgeon and team physician. “I grew up here and went to Elsik High School, so it’s an honor to support the players at these schools that I know so well. We look forward to continuing to support local school districts, as we have for the last 16 years.” MOST doctors serve as team physicians and offer annual sports physicals for Fort Bend and Alief independent school districts’ middle school and high school athletes. The doctors at MOST donate their time, their expertise, and more. For example, MOST has generously donated more

Timothy C. Sitter, M.D. Sports Medicine

Ray R. Valdez, M.D. Foot & Ankle

Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D. Diseases & Deformities of the Spine

Eddie T. Matsu, M.D. Adult Orthopedics

MOST than $95,000 in proceeds that are generated from the physical examinations back to local schools for rehab, protective, and other equipment, such as Under Armour game shirts for student trainers, braces for the athletes, and plaques for the team. “Partnering with MOST has allowed me to obtain better rehab equipment for students who get hurt on the field,” said June Tomlin, trainer at Elkins High School. Randy Cunningham, head coach at Travis High School, says the MOST physicians give his coaching staff a sense of confidence. “We know that our athletes are in good hands at MOST and are receiving the care they need and deserve,” he says. MOST physicians also go the extra mile for local athletes, staffing a Saturday morning sports medicine clinic at the MOST offices on 1201 Brooks Street in Sugar Land during the busy fall season. The clinic, which is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Aug. 21 through Nov. 13, enables athletes to see a sports medicine physician for diagnosis – not a nurse or athletic trainer – before the weekend ends.

Vincent C. Phan, M.D. Hand & Upper Extremeties

“When I was a college athlete,” says Dr. Sitter, “I really appreciated the doctors and trainers who supported me. Now, as a doctor of sports medicine myself, I have a special understanding of the needs of athletes. Our goal at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas is always to return athletes of any age to an active life as quickly—and safely—as possible.” From the field to the pitch to the court to the pool…it’s the MOST complete orthopedic care available – from neck to toe! Same day appointments are available by calling 281-494MOST (6678).

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Running Free and Easy Donnielle Carter


hris Jenkins of Bandade Animal Rescue spends a significant portion of her life running. Whether it’s going for an evening run with her husband or running out of a car to rescue an abandoned animal, Chris counts on her ability to move and move quickly. Having dealt with severe medical conditions before, she knew better than to dismiss the enlarged varicose vein on the back of her knee as simply an unsightly bump. “I was afraid that it would start to hurt and then affect my ability to run.” A nurse she had previously worked with suggested she see Dr. Baltazar of Sugar Land Vein Specialists and get a free consultation for varicose vein treatment. Dr. Baltazar is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Vascular Surgery and specializes in varicose veins, so she felt confident in making the appointment. Dr. Baltazar maintains, “Although vascular surgery is a wide field, our focus is to treat only varicose veins, and offer the best treatment in Sugar Land.” From the first warm hello from Sabrina at the reception desk through the entire procedure, Chris felt very safe and welcome. “Dr. Baltazar and his staff are very professional, personable and they make you feel like a friend.”


During Chris’ first visit, Dr. Baltazar used an ultrasound machine to examine the varicose vein on the back of her knee and together they decided how to proceed. “The actual procedure was very painless and Dr. Baltazar was amazing. He was continually telling me what was going to happen before he did it. It took the fear out the situation.” Her recovery was quick and she was back to running within a matter of days. “I no longer fear being on my feet all day, worry about running or that my bump would start to hurt and cause problems. I just feel…better.” Varicose veins are more than just unpleasant or unattractive bumps in the skin. They are an indication of improper blood flow which can lead to some serious health issues. The good news is we have Sugar Land Vein Specialists and Dr. Baltazar right in our town. Chris declares “I’m so impressed with Dr. Baltazar’s knowledge and kindness I would go to him for any procedure.” The treatment of varicose veins is covered by most insurance so call Sugar Land Vein Specialists today; they offer free vein screenings by appointments. Don’t let insecurities about your varicose veins keep you from running free and easy.


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

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I Never Dreamed I’d Look This Way Again Becca Bragg ave you ever felt that your body’s best days are behind you? Hope could be just around the corner! One woman told us, “I’ve been extremely physical all my life, but even with karate and aerobics and dieting I’d lose forty pounds and it would come back again. I have a stressful job, and between that and the years I developed a stomach that nothing budged. I started researching my options and I happened to see Dr. A. Ahmadi’s interview on television.” What caught her attention? She says, “I was absolutely captivated by his clear, calm explanation and the fact that he’d developed the Lipotuck™, something really smooth and natural…and different from the standard tummy-tuck. I carried his information around in my purse for




months. Then I realized nothing would change unless I took action. I picked up the phone and talked to his wonderful staff…actually several times before making an appointment. They gave me all the time and reassurance I needed.” “I saw my own body type in the beforeand-after photo book in Dr. Ahmadi’s office. I knew if the women in them came out looking fantastic, this procedure could work for me. At our consultation Dr. Ahmadi impressed me with his empathy and his sweetness. He explained every detail and when I went through the procedure everything happened just the way he said it would. He’s an unbelievably amazing doctor with an incredible staff.” “A few months have gone by and every morning I’m still in awe when I see myself. I never dreamed I’d have a defined waist and a flat stomach again. My blood pressure is lower, I’ve gone down three dress sizes, and I can wear fitted styles without feeling selfconscious. For years I’d talked about doing this. I’m so glad I didn’t waste any more time sitting around wishing for a change. I feel fantastic…and it’s

all thanks to the decision I made to call Dr. Ahmadi.” Avante Plastic Surgery 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479

Team MOST — Serving Area Athletes Thank you for trusting us to get you back in the game sooner! Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas have a long tradition of caring for student athletes in Fort Bend County and other area school districts. The next time you’re at a game, look for a MOST physician on the sidelines. • Austin High School • Stafford High School • Dulles High School • Hightower High School • Kempner High School • Travis High School • Elkins High School • Willowridge High School • St. Agnes Academy •• St. Laurence Catholic School St. Laurence Catholic School •• Alief ISD Alief ISD •• Houston ISD Houston ISD

Christopher K. Smith, M.D., Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Mark W. Maffet, M.D., Kenneth M. Renney, M.D., Carl A. Hicks, M.D., Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., Ray R. Valdez, M.D., Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., Eddie T. Matsu, M.D., and Vincent C. Phan, M.D.

Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas also have a long tradition of caring for local athletic leagues, college athletes and professional athletes.

• Houston Aeros • Houston Rockets • Houston Baptist University • Eclipse Soccer Club • Fort Bend GridIron Youth Football League • Fort Bend Tripsyclones • Houston Comets

• Houston Thunderbears Arena Football • Doping Control, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics • NFL Disability Examiner for the Bert Bell Foundation and NFL Players Association • Justin Sports Medicine - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Sometimes the Answer is Easy

Sarah Warburton


cleod Shatterfield found out in college that she had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and it might have repercussions for her fertility. She says, “I also have thyroid problems, and a doctor told me I have a heart-shaped uterus. I assumed that getting pregnant would be a long process for me. When I got married, my husband Jason and I both wanted a bunch of kids…but after two years of trying on our own, we’d had no success. We decided to do some research, so we’d be prepared. My husband’s boss’s wife had been to Dr. Chauhan and she strongly recommended him to us.” Mcleod walked into Dr. Subodh Chauhan’s office with the Fertility Specialists of Houston, looking for answers and encouragement…and Dr. Chauhan delivered both! Mcleod says, “He gave me a complete work-up with plenty of tests, put me back on my thyroid medication, and told me to come back once Jason and I decided we were ready to start. I never felt any pressure just a lot of support and encouragement and complete confidence. He was so warm, kind and helpful. After an HSG test confirmed that there weren’t any problems with my uterus, Jason and

‘We’ll start on the lowest dose of Clomid, and we can bring it up, if we need to, later.’ After the first month I came back in for my checkup…and I was pregnant!” After Mcleod recovered from her shock, she was over-the-moon with excitement. She says, “We’d been nervous about seeing a fertility specialist because you read so many stories about how hard (and expensive) the process can be, but we’re proof that sometimes the problem is simple and can be treated simply, especially if you have the assistance of an accomplished fertility expert. Everyone at his office was thrilled to give us the good news. Dr. Chauhan had a great big smile on his face when he said, ‘You’re the third one today.’ Don’t be afraid to call Dr. Chauhan. He’ll start with the easiest options first…and sometimes that’s all it takes!”

I decided we would go back to Dr. Chauhan. I was really worried it would be a long-term, invasive process…but that’s not Dr. Chauhan’s style. He explained,

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When Your Roof Says “Ouch!”

Sarah Warburton hen a hailstorm like the ones that swept parts of Texas in July hits your car, you can see every ding and dent for yourself. When penny to quartersized hunks of ice hit your roof, it’s harder to tell the extent of the damage. The worst way to learn you’ve got roof problems? When a storm sweeps through and the rest of your home suffers water damage! Make sure you’re covered—whatever the weather—with a free inspection from Ameristar, the company your neighbors trust to keep them covered. Hurricane season is no time to take chances. A roof ’s life-span could be up to twenty years; but humidity, hail, and hurricanes can knock that number down. Let the experts at Ameristar take a good hard look at what’s hanging over your head. Owner, Joe Rangel says, “Signs that you could need roof repair or replacement include curling, buckling, damaged flashing, ceiling spots, missing shingles, blistering and increased algae growth. At Ameristar, we


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offer free roof inspections and estimates. If you’re concerned about something, pick up the phone. We’ll take a look and walk you through your options.” When a storm hits, you need a company that’s holding more than an umbrella to help you out! Joe says, “Ameristar Roofing is fully insured and licensed for your peace of mind. Our team has earned elite certification of CertainTeed Quality Master Installers. We’re also certified by the manufacturers of the products we install, so we offer additional warranty coverage straight from the manufacturer for the best protection around! We specialize in insurance claim recovery and we have experience with the local requirements for roofs all over this area. We’ll inspect your roof, walk you through the claims process, and meet with your insurance adjuster. Ameristar will get it approved and get you what you deserve. We warranty our work… and we won’t ask for a cent until the job is completed to your satisfaction!”

Hurricane season doesn’t actually end until November 30—don’t ignore your roof until the weather punches a hole in it. Get a free inspection from Ameristar, the company endorsed by 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… and your friends and neighbors! Ameristar 281-238-4230 3821 F.M. 359 Richmond, TX 77406

Who’s Looking Out for You?

Sarah Warburton


ver the past few years, click2Houston’s investigative reporter, Amy Davis, has done story after story on drivers who suffered a car accident, had their car towed, and then got slammed with a huge bill from an unfamiliar body shop. Even in the aftershock of an accident, it’s important to remember…you always have the right to demand your car be towed to a place you trust. At Classic Chevrolet, every department from sales to service to the body shop operates with honesty, transparency, and dedication to your satisfaction. Body shop manager Mike Gnader says, “We pride ourselves on building long term relationships with our customers, and we’re always looking out for you.” After the shock of a car crash, you need a place that’s going to ease your stress… not add to it! Classic Chevrolet offers free shuttle service, so you’re not stuck calling around to find a ride. Mike says, “We’ll take you home after you drop your car off and we’ll pick you up when your car

is ready. Our repairs come with a limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the car, and we take the time to walk you through every step of the process. If your car’s been in an accident, you’ve had enough unpleasantness. We pledge to do our part to make your day a little bit better by treating you with the care and respect you deserve!” Hopefully, you’ll only have one wreck in your lifetime…but the excellent service you’ll receive at Classic Chevrolet will keep you coming back for years! When you bring your car to Classic Chevrolet, you’re choosing a family-owned, local company that’s in our community for the long haul. They even use a “green” waterborn paint repair system that’s gentler on the environment. Mike says, “We’re always conscious that the cars we’re working on belong to our friends and neighbors. Through every step of the process— estimate, repair, and follow-up—we work for you and you alone…and we’d like to

earn your loyalty for life!” Why wait until you’ve had an accident to decide on the best body shop for your car? Think about the quality of service you deserve and the kind of experience you want…and don’t blindly sign away your rights after a wreck. All you have to say? “Take my car to Classic Chevrolet!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land Sales: 866-498-5485 Service: 866-500-1660 13115 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478

Rakel Karvelsson Campbell To maximize endurance for a athlete’s performance;...proper training is prescribed. Our compounding professionals can prepare “just what the doctor ordered.” Sore muscles and injuries due to sports are increasingly common in today’s society. Campbell’s Compounding treats everyone from professional athletes to the weekend warrior with special creams to help alleviate those aches and pains. For more serious injuries we can also make varying dosages of pain medications to alleviate the excessive quantity of acetaminophen or even combine several pain killers into the same capsule. If oral pain medication is bothersome to your stomach, we can formulate it in a transdermal cream or injection if needed. Dr. Lance Campbell will do whatever it takes to get you back out on the field and enjoying your free time!

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Picking a Winning Line Up Sarah Warburton rom the kick-off to the touchdown, Alan’s Plumbing’s plays a winning game. Professional, prompt, courteous, and conscientious, they’ve been Fort Bend’s first choice for plumbing for the last


fourteen years. When you choose a local team with that kind of history, you’ll know they’ve got the know-how to get the job done right the first time. Master Plumber Alan Burkhalter says, “You’ll always get the

best service at a fair price from us, because we believe in treating people right!” If you want to win the game, you’ve got to put in the training! Alan earned his Master Plumber certification through hours of work as a journeyman and a strenuous two-day master’s license exam. Along with his brothers Brian and Chris and his sons— Beau, Luke, and Jake—he’s made a name for Alan’s Plumbing based on honesty, quality workmanship, and real down-home values. He says, “Now that Beau’s graduated, he’s on the team full time with me and his uncles. Luke’s back at college and Jake’s a junior at Elkins…and lined up to play quarterback on the football team. Go Knights!” Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. If you’ve got a little leak like a dripping faucet or a running toilet, it’s like money from your water bill is going down the drain. Call Alan’s Plumbing and they’ll show up in uniform, on time, and do the job right. Taking care of little problems keeps them from turning into major inconveniences down the line. And choosing a local team means you’ll get the straight story, excellent service, and a fair price.

Alan says, “We’re always happy to run interference between you and your plumbing. We know money’s tight, but it doesn’t pay to wait while a leak runs up your water bill or becomes bigger and causes some serious water damage.” You’ll always get the straight story and a fair shake from Alan’s Plumbing…season after season. Alan says, “If your hot water heater’s over ten years old and making lots of noise, give us a call. We can hook you up with a top-quality self-cleaning Rheem hot water heater, with a new pan and new connections that’ll take care of you for another decade. We always bring our A-game and give one hundred and ten percent on every job. We’re a family business, and we love serving our neighbors in Fort Bend County.” Alan’s Plumbing 281-261-1064

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Eyes on the Prize Sarah Warburton etting the winning edge in any sport—from soccer to football to tennis to gymnastics—takes dedication and preparation. After you’ve gotten a pre-season physical from your physician, make sure your eyes bring their A-game this year with a trip to Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source. She’ll check how clearly you see, how well your eyes work together, and recommend the ideal eyewear to enhance your vision and protect your eyes. Are your eyes good team players? Athletes of every age need these MVPs. Dr. Doan’s an avid runner who often trains for marathons and her kids play soccer and volleyball. She says, “Every sport presents its own vision challenges. After a thorough exam and a discussion of your lifestyle, I’ll be able to advise you on the best solutions to sharpen your sight, reduce glare, and enhance your range of vision…so you can perform with the best sight possible!” You’ve invested in kneepads and mouth


guards to protect your kids on the field, but what about those precious peepers? Dr. Doan says, “600,000 sports-related eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year and more than 90% of these injuries could be prevented with appropriate protective eyewear. Not only do ordinary glasses or sunglasses fail to protect the eye from injury, they can actually cause more damage if they are shattered.” An elbow, a stick, a bat, a cleat or a ball can penetrate the eye, causing sight-threatening damage. Suit your kids up all the way to their eyes. Dr. Doan can help you choose from protective sportswear with prescription lenses…or without if you wear contact lenses or don’t need vision correction. And don’t forget the best defense–UVA/UVB protection! Sports goggles can be treated to offer sun protection and polarization to reduce glare on cloudy days…for protection from the dangerous rays of the sun and an advantage on the field! Whether you’re a cyclist, a cheerleader, a hunter or a football player, get your eyes ready for another winning season by making it your goal to visit Dr. Doan. She’ll give your eyes the winning edge so you can score…on the sports field and in life!

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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How Much is Too Much? Sarah Warburton t that time of the month, everything can feel like “too much.” But when it comes to your flow, there’s a difference between heavy and abnormal. We asked Dr. Leslie Cohan of The Woman’s Place how to tell if your period is too heavy…and what you can do about it. Do you have to double-up protection? Do you change them more than every two hours…or have a change of clothes on hand “just in case?” Does your period last longer than seven days or include blood clots larger than a nickel? Does excessive bleeding make you miss work, avoid traveling, or affect your social, athletic or sexual activities? Dr. Cohan says, “We’ll consider these questions as well as your family history to determine if you have excessively heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). If your period keeps you from enjoying your life, we have options to give you relief.” Sometimes a heavy cycle is actually your body’s sign that something else is wrong. Dr. Cohan says, “The most common causes of heavy menstrual bleeding are uterine fibroid (non-cancerous) tumors, a hormonal imbalance, cervical polyps,


endometrial polyps, pelvic inflammatory disease, and use of an IUD for birth control. More serious causes include lupus, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, or bleeding disorders like von Willebrand Disease. Once we get to the root of the problem, we can make the best decision for your overall health.” Getting the right treatment can give you your life back. Dr. Cohan says, “Sometimes the answer is as simple as birth control pills or an IUD device like the Mirena IUD, a progesterone-based birth control. Women who don’t plan to have children in the future may choose a global endometrial ablation. This technique uses heat to lighten heavy bleeding and takes less than ten minutes. Both endometrial ablation and the Mirena IUD may reduce bleeding by forty to seventy percent or more. In some instances, a hysterectomy may be the answer. New laparoscopic techniques allow us to perform the procedure through an incision just the size of a dime and reduce recover time to two weeks.” Don’t suffer in silence through the embarrassment and inconvenience of excessively heavy periods. Dr. Cohan says,

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Dr. Cohan and her daughter Kailey “Come talk with me about your concerns. We’ll work together to find the best solution to safeguard your health and support your lifestyle. It’s not your mother’s gynecology-it’s much better!” The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Young Doctor with Old Philosophy Karen Daniels hat’s the great thing about being a doctor—you’re considered young well into your forties. And though experience counts, it’s nice to find a doctor with a bedside manner that existed when doctors still made house calls; the kind of doctor that still takes the time to sit with you and listen. This is how Martha Red describes Dr. Manoj Bhardwaj of Internist Associates of Houston. “Growing up, both my father and my grandfather were physicians. With Dr. Bhardwaj I was reminded of their solid principles and calm wisdom during my first visit.” In order to be closer to family, Martha moved from Austin back to her hometown of Houston, and needed a general physician. After locating a gynecologist in town, she asked for a referral, and Dr. Bhardwaj came highly recommended. “I found him to be competent, thorough, and just plain wonderful. He spent time with me and really listened to


what was going on.” Martha has since recommended Dr. Bhardwaj to her friend who in turn recommended the doctor to her husband. And because she has come to trust Dr. Bhardwaj so much, whenever she needs a recommendation for a different doctor, such as a dermatologist or podiatrist, he is the only one she’ll ask. Great news for Fort Bend residents…Dr. Bhardwaj is now practicing at The Woman’s Place of Sugar Land located near First Colony Mall. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Bhardwaj went on to complete his residency in family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and a residency in internal medicine at WeilCornell Methodist Hospital. He has also completed internships in pediatrics, dermatology, general medicine, general surgery, OB/ GYN, and anesthesiology. Dr. Bhardwaj is certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board

of Internal Medicine. If you have a question, he will have an answer. Martha has settled in since her move, she plans on staying and retiring in Houston where she can continue with her passion of painting and drawing. She says, “I like that Dr. Bhardwaj is young, this way I know he’ll be around for a long time because I plan on keeping him.” Internist Associates of Houston 713-797-9933 16552 Southwest Freeway At The Woman’s Place Sugar Land, TX 77378

Secrets of Successful Students Sarah Warburton hat sets a successful student apart from the pack? The ability to prioritize, set goals, take responsibility, and the drive to find better ways to learn. Successful students in our area have discovered a secret that makes all these things easier, a secret that gives them an edge in school and in life—the Turning Point Academy (TPA). Co-founder, Carol Appelbaum says, “At the Turning Point Academy students benefit from a philosophy of education that sets them up for success!” You don’t have to settle for the status quo. Carol says, “Everyone’s frustrated by our current educational crisis. Take a look at these statistics: 1/3 of seventeen-yearolds couldn’t place France on a world map, only 20% of eighth-graders are on the right track for college (Chicago Tribune), 28% of high school seniors can’t read, 38% can’t do simple math, 90% can’t write a coherent paragraph, almost 90% are not ready for college, and 60% of entering freshman will not


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graduate college in four years and up to 56% of students who enroll in college will not graduate within 6 years of their enrollment (USA Today). At TPA, we pride ourselves in bucking these trends and working with students and their families with proven techniques that deliver real results!” When you know what you want, why wait to go after it? You shouldn’t hold off until eleventh grade to start working on your plan for college. Carol says, “We believe successful students start early… and it’s never too early to think about life after high school. Our students don’t complete a subject until they’ve mastered the material and earned an ‘A,’ they learn time management, goal-setting, and study techniques. They begin taking the PSAT, ACT, and SAT as early as 6th grade. We give our students the tools, the support, the environment, and the experience they need to succeed.” Along with their regular enrollment, TPA offers 3 ways to give your teenager a leg up

on college and life. They have free monthly webinars to help students grades 6 – 9 start to prepare for the SAT/ACT process (parents are welcome). Periodically they offer a hands-on SAT/ ACT prep course and once a month after school, there is the Teen Success Course that teaches strategies that will assist them to reach their full potential. Call today and find out how Turning Point Academy is helping students become leaders. The Turning Point Academy 281-780-8713 Now enrolling for 2010-2011

Where Art Gets Smart

Sarah Warburton hen you invest in a beautiful painting, it stays on a wall in your home. Invest in your smile, and you’ll have a work of art to share with the world. Dr. Thomas Lomonte combines mastery of the science of dentistry with the artistry of a craftsman…so you’ll have a strong, healthy smile that’s also a masterpiece! Are you dreaming of a straighter, whiter, brighter smile? Dr. Lomonte has the experience and the artistry to make your dreams come true. The atmosphere in his friendly, down-to-earth dental office will have you smiling when you walk through the door. Visit his “Smile Room,” and see for yourself what a difference a well-crafted smile can make. Dr. Lomonte says, “Whether we’re making adjustments to your smile with Invisalign or crafting a crown or bridge, we consider the strength, the health, and the look of the end result. I’ve seen people come with cracked, discolored, crooked teeth...and after we straighten, whiten, or replace them, our patients feel so much more confident. Changing the state of your teeth really can change your state of mind... it’s incredible the difference it makes!” Like an artist, Dr. Lomonte’s spent time perfecting his craft. For twenty-eight years, he’s offered our community a light-hearted


atmosphere, exacting craftsmanship, and beautiful smiles! He says, “No two patients are alike and no two smiles should be alike. When crafting a crown or bridge, it’s especially important to pay attention to the way the final product blends with a patient’s existing teeth. Even with a relatively simple procedure like whitening, some patients prefer a dazzling smile, others like a softer white. I had one patient request a ‘tooth tattoo’ on his new crown. I was able to make him a custom crown that’s completely unique. Once I know what you want, we’ll work together to create it. I want you to love showing the world your smile!” Every artist has a unique vision and no two dentists have the same “eye” for the art and craft of dentistry. Dr. Lomonte says, “Whether I’m making adjustments to your smile with Invisalign or crafting a crown or bridge, I enjoy the artistry of this profession. Art and science have really come together in the field of now I can give people strong, healthy smiles that really let their personality shine through.”

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd., Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

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A Working Mom’s Tips for Working Moms-to-be Sarah Warburton oms-to-be have thousands of questions…like whether to keep working through their pregnancy. Local working mom Dr. Reena Tharappel-Jacob, M.D. of Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates knows how you feel. She says, “We understand you have all kinds of anxieties and we’re here for you. Even though we’re a group practice, when my patients call they speak to me or my nurse, Sonia. She’s developed quite a fan base…but I’m also available any time you need me.” If you’d like to work through your pregnancy, Dr. Jacob will consider your general health, how well the pregnancy is going, and any problems you’ve had with previous pregnancies. Other factors will certainly include what your job involves, how physically demanding it is, and how many hours you work. Planning ahead can make things easier on you and your unborn child. Dr. Jacob says, “Sometimes morning sickness is made worse by low blood sugar. If you eat three meals and pack two healthy snacks—like popcorn, peanut butter and crackers, cheese, hardboiled eggs, and fruit—you’ll have more energy. Lots of my patients invest in a lunch box or small cooler, so they’ll have energy-packed snacks and cool water all day at work.” Preparing for a new baby’s like training for a marathon…you have to get in shape! Dr. Jacob says, “Stockpile your sleep…ten or eleven hours per night is ideal. Moderate exercise reduces the possibility of blood clots, varicose veins, and swelling of the


feet and legs. Avoid smoking or second-hand smoke and give us a call before taking any medications –even over the counter or herbal ones.” You’ll love the warm, intimate feel of this boutique-style clinic. Dr. Jacob says, “My nurse Sonia and I love talking with our patients. You’ll have our total support on your journey to a happy, healthy baby. Ask us anything…we’re always here for you.” Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, P.A. Southwest 713-578-3820 or 713-578-3827 (Viet Line) 17510 West Grand Parkway South, Ste 430 in the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Medical Plaza

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The Inner Strength of Women

Sarah Warburton ou may already be aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but why wait? Gail Burleson, R.T. of Mammography and Ultrasound Specialists has made getting your mammogram convenient and comfortable…any time of year! She says, “Lots of our patients come in with a buddy or even a group of girlfriends. A typical mammogram with us takes twenty minutes, so after they’re done they go out to lunch or to get a manicure as a treat. We’re big believers here of making taking care of your health a treat!” We asked Gail to walk us through the ABC’s of mammograms… from when to get your first, to what she most commonly finds. She says, “Even though the guidelines are always being revised, most doctors currently recommend getting a baseline mammogram at age 35. This is the image against which your future mammograms will be measured for changes. At age 40, it’s time to begin annual mammograms. If your mother, sister, aunt or other family member was diagnosed at an early age with breast cancer, we recommend starting your mammograms ten years earlier. We might use an ultrasound for a patient with extremely dense breasts, but an annual mammogram is still the best way to detect breast cancer.” Not every lump is the worst case scenario. Gail says, “The most common non-cancerous lumps we find are benign cysts and solid Fibroadenoma. We may also find benign calcifica-


tions, and malignant calcifications. Our technicians are highly trained and are happy to talk with you about every step of the process. Your doctor will get your results and decide whether you need a biopsy. Some of the newest breast cancers like inflammatory carcinoma are very aggressive, so I can’t stress enough the importance of getting an annual mammogram to catch any problems early.” Now that the kids are back in school, grab a few girlfriends and get a jump on Breast Cancer Awareness month with mammograms at Mammography and Ultrasound Specialists. Gail says, “Self-refer to us for a routine mammogram screening or bring your doctor’s orders (especially if you suspect a problem). We work with most major insurance companies…and have great self-pay prices, too!” Easy in, easy out, easy to take care of your health! Mammography & Ultrasound Specialists 281-240-0448 1403 Hwy 6, Suite 700

Get BACK in the game! Keeping up with a student athlete can throw your back out of wack. Mark Brown, M.D. of Back Pain Interventions, P.A. knows that you might not be as athletic as you used to be... but you’re not ready to retire from the game, either! As a Board Certified physician, Dr. Brown will give you personal attention and develop a treatment plan to address your back or neck pain based on whats best for you . Make an appointment today and let him “coach” you back to life! Back Pain Interventions P.A. 6350 Hwy 90A, Ste 700, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281.494.6900 To advertise, 281-235-0600

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The Best Keep Getting Better! and get information about your FREE Preferred Customer Card, too!” At you’ll find a list of members (over a hundred) from businesses like home services, restaurants, and medical services to community resources like churches. Get the inside-scoop on our favorite places at the “Best Businesses in Sugar Land” blog… www. and follow the

Best Businesses in Sugar Land at www.facebook. com/BestBusinessesinSugarLand. As Brian says, “These are the same places I’d send my friends and family, because they excel at customer service and deliver the kind of quality experience I know you’ll love. All of us in the Sugar Land Network are dedicated to being the best around!

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ou already know where to find the best businesses in Sugar Land…but did you know that is now a full-fledged community resource? That’s right, the interactive events calendar and the job opportunity page have gone live and you won’t want to miss out! Brian Covault, founder of the TCRN Sugar Land Network says, “We’re always looking for better ways to bring our community together….and there’s always something new on the horizon.” Schools, churches, non-profits and community organizations will love sharing their events on Sugar Land Network’s interactive event calendar… and you’ll love the opportunity to see what’s happening all around town. Brian says, “We’ve made it easy to log on and request that your event be posted, even months in advance. People can break down events by day of the month or see the whole month at a glance. It’s a fantastic resource for people hosting events and people who like to be in the know.” We’re blessed here in Sugar Land to live in a growing and thriving business community. In addition to the list of businesses that have passed TCRN Sugar Land Network’s stringent screening process, www. has expanded its offerings. Brian says, “We’ve also created a job opportunity page. Employers can submit their openings to us to be posted and applicants will get a look at what’s available. We’re always expanding the offerings on our website. When you visit, don’t forget to sign up for a newsletter

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Dreams Can Come True Donnielle Carter


hen Brian and Jean Buchanan dreamt about making some changes to their home they wanted to make it turnkey and as easy as possible. After talking with several carpet and floor companies, they confidently turned to Bob and Renee at All About Carpet and Floors, Sugar Land’s premier resource for flooring and remodeling. Brian walked into All About Carpet and Floors warm and welcoming showroom full of questions. He wanted to update the majority of the floors in his home and remodel a few areas. After speaking with All About Carpet’s owners Bob and Renee and two other in-store technicians, Brian had a plan of action and the remodeling adventure began. Brian said that he didn’t feel rushed to make a decision or that Bob was trying to sell them. “I felt really comfortable with everyone. I felt like Bob was trying to provide a solution that would help give us what we really wanted.” As a matter of fact, All About Carpet let Brian and Jean take home a box of the tile they had chosen so that they could lay it out and make sure it was what they wanted before making a final decision. With a team in place, the work on Brian’s house began. The tile crew from All About Carpet did an excellent job. Brian mentioned that he felt good about having them in his home, “They were fastidious and took quite some time. It was obvious they knew what they were doing. They planned ahead of time before they started. The tile came out even and symmetrical, not thin slivers on one side like they had run out of space.” Once the work began Bobs involvement did not end at the showroom. He stopped by the job site many times to check on progress and make sure things were on schedule and meeting All About Carpet’s high standards. Bob was the one that noticed that there was a small flaw with the new backsplash in the kitchen and insisted that it be changed out immediately.

Overall Brian said that he really enjoyed working with the folks at All About Carpet and Floors, “They were very pleasant to deal with on a personal and professional basis and we would highly recommend them. We’re quite happy with how all of the remodeling turned out.” Continually exceeding customer’s expectations and assisting Sugar Land residents in creating their dream homes for over 20 years, All About Carpet and Floors is a company to be trusted. In the words of very satisfied customer Brian, “I felt that they have been here so they will be here and there must be a reason for that.” Stop by the showroom anytime MondaySaturday 10:00am-6:00pm and see how your dream home can become a reality. All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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Labor of Love

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to provide the latest and greatest products and services for their customers, Jackson Air specialists are EPA and NATE certified, insured and factory trained. Brian says, “Our priority is to make you and your home more comfortable.” Speaking of comfortable, did you know that 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, dander and mold from the air (verified by Harvard & Environmental Health Agency) which helps to minimize conditions such as asthma and allergies. Cleaner more breathable air, how does it get any better than that for those laboring to breathe? And if your old air conditioner labors hard to put out the cool air while boosting your utility bills, there is still time to upgrade to a new model such as Trane’s XL20i and take advantage of a $1500 tax credit, PLUS a $1000 rebate or 36 months 0% interest. But hurry because time is running out. Your air conditioner is 65% of

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eptember is here and the children are back in school and it’s time to celebrate Labor Day! Labor Day marks the end of summer, the start of football and a celebration of workers everywhere. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.” Stevenson could have been speaking about the amazing folks at Jackson Air and Heat. Brian Jackson started laboring alongside his father Johnny, the Founder of Jackson Air, in his early teens. And the fruits of their labor are that they have made Jackson Air this area’s most trusted and reliable A/C Company with a highly lauded customer service reputation. Family owned and operated for 28 years, Jackson Air is the area’s oldest independent Trane Dealer. Always striving to be able


your electric bill. A more energy-efficient unit will greatly reduce your utility bills and make your home more comfortable. Call Jackson Air today for a free estimate. Jackson Air and Heat is a company steeped in a rich history of customer service with servicemen who are consistently up to date on the latest energy, heating and cooling technologies. Take advantage of the Jackson family’s cool labor of love and call the only company with a License To Chill.

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Looking to Pimp Your Ride?

Sarah Warburton ey, you accessorize an outfit, you accessorize your home, why wouldn’t you want to stamp your own personality on your car? Whether you’re off-roading, heading out for a weekend hunting, or spending Saturdays driving your kids from one soccer game to another… All Out Off Road’s got everything you need to make your ride right for you! Owner Chance Kamp says, “Our guys love talking shop…and we’re happy to walk you through all the ways you can accessorize your car, truck, or SUV. If you can drive it, we can trick TRAVIS it out.” You don’t have to buy a new car to get what you want…the right aftermarket accessories can make your car or truck look completely different. Chance says, “Sometimes you don’t know what you need until you drive around for a while. If you’re commuting, maybe you need window tint and a better sound system. If you want more p o w e r , we’ve got performance enhancers that can also improve your gas mileage. And lots of guys find their suspension needs a little fine tuning after a few months on the beltway.” Let the team at All Out Off Road give your ride a personality makeover. Need a lift kit to get through our Texas mud? Chance and his guys will get your Jeeps, ATV and UTVs ready for another sporting season. He says, “We’ll add tint to the windows, fix you up with racks, gear boxes and cool-


ers…anything you want. Get a sportier look for your ride with new wheels and tires, lighting upgrades, or interior accessories. We can also handle all of your work truck needs from spray-in liners to tool boxes, ladder racks and running boards. No matter how big or small All Out can handle it all. We’ve got as many different options as there FARLEY are drivers on the road!” All Out Off Road started with Chance Kamp’s love for all things automotive…and it’s developed into Fort Bend’s premier source for any automotive accessory. Chance says, “We started out doing residential and commercial window tinting, but our auto window tinting was so popular that in 1991 we opened our first store with one service bay and one tinting area in a small building where my dad had a business. Now we’ve got two shops fully equipped to restore and rebuild older vintage models or highly accessorize newer cars, trucks, Jeeps or SUV’S. The manager of our Richmond location, Gino, actually came in as a customer, took a job with us installing stereo equipment, and is now a partner in the Richmond store. We love what we do…and it shows!”

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What a Winning Smile!

Sarah Warburton ow many dentists are there between Sienna Plantation and Sugar Land? Christie Lawler doesn’t know, because she drives straight to EcoDental every time. She says, “I actually walked into EcoDental because I was selling advertising…but I ended up getting sold on Dr. Nguyen! When I came in, everyone was so friendly. They gave me a tour and told me all about their eco-friendly concept. I loved the idea of a ‘green’ dentist, and when I saw the massaging dental chair I told them I was coming back for my checkup!” For almost ten years, Christie had needed a crown, but she couldn’t find the right dentist. She says, “Everything seemed so expensive…even with my dental insurance. Dr. Nguyen quoted me a price that was considerably less than anyone else. He also laid out the options and let me choose


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what I wanted for myself. Since it’s a back molar, I decided on gold, since it’s more durable than porcelain and won’t be visible. Dr. Nguyen would never push the most expensive option, because he really puts his patients first. I really appreciate the way Dr. Nguyen explained everything to me. He really cared about what I wanted and took the time to listen to my concerns. I have two porcelain crowns already, and I can’t even chew with one of them. The one Dr. Nguyen had made for me is much better crafted and extremely comfortable. He does expert work…and he treats his patients right.” “Over the years, I’ve had some experiences that make it hard for me to trust a dentist, but Dr. Nguyen earned my loyalty through his honesty, skill, and caring attitude. Do you know he doesn’t feel comfortable charging to make his patients comfortable, so there’s no extra fee for nitrous at his office? I have lots of sensitivity with my crowns and every few months he treats my teeth with a solution to reduce that sensitivity… because I asked for it. Everyone in that office— Dr. Nguyen, Kristy,Cindy, Gina, and Natalie the assistant—just want to make me (and all their patients) happy. I love that feeling!”

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Get a New Game Plan Sarah Warburton


or ten years, Mark Knodel’s father was head basketball coach at Rice University and from the age of five Mark grew up in Houston watching his father’s every move. He says, “Even though I went into investments instead of sports, my father’s lessons are invaluable. The financial events of 2000 were what he called a ‘game changer’ and it was time for investors everywhere to replace the old strategy of ‘diversify, buy and hold.’ At The Noble Group, we’ve got a game plan to help you grow your money in a strong market and help protect your assets in a weak market.” In sports and life you have to think on your feet. Mark says, “Since 2000, not enough financial advisors have changed from their strategy of ‘diversify, buy and hold.’ When account values started to fall, investors got worried and picked up the phone. The advice they got was ‘just hold on, the market always recovers over time.’ Before long account values lost forty percent or more and nothing was done to protect their principal. That’s no way to win the game. The days of ‘buy and hold’ are over. At The Noble Group, we take pride in helping to protect your assets…while we help grow your money.” How much time do you have before the buzzer sounds on your retirement? Over the course of your lifetime, markets may go up and down…but most of us only have a twenty to thirty year window of opportunity to save for retirement. It just doesn’t make sense to keep your money in investments that are suffering ten, twenty, or thirty percent losses. The Pride Rotation Portfolios at the Noble Group help grow your money when markets permit and helps protect your money when needed. Moving between different asset classes depending on the market keeps your investments ahead of the game. View Mark’s six minute video outlining The Pride Rotation Portfolios at . During Mark’s twenty-five years as a financial advisor, he worked with institutions including Lehman Brothers, UBS and Merrill Lynch before coming to The Noble Group. He says, “I love the personal and professional freedom of an independent company. I never knew back when I was watching my dad coach his team that one day I’d have to work a whole new game plan to help people grow their wealth.” Mark G. Knodel, CRPC Division Head - Wealth Management Securities offered exclusively through NRP Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services provided by NRP Advisors, Inc. 4665 Sweetwater Blvd., Suite 106 Sugar Land, TX. 77479 281-313-1907 • 800-372-5834

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Ouch. Can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t work, can’t

think? Searing back pain can rob you of your life and leave you flat on your back in agony. Pain pills can make things hazy and surgery can knock you off your feet. For a kinder, gentler solution, come see Dr. Stacy, Dr. Michele, and Dr. Nicole at Sugar Land Spine and Disc. Their goal has always been to get to the root of the problem, fix it, and keep it fixed. When you’re in pain, your body’s natural reaction is to spasm and lock up. Sugar Land Spine and Disc uses Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy called the Lordex decompression system to help get you unlocked. Its non-invasive, gentle force helps restore normal blood flow and nerve activity to the area so your body can begin to heal.

When you end up flat on your back, Sugar Land Spine and Disc will get you back on your feet. Call Sugar Land Spine & Disc today for your Complimentary Patient Information Packet!

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“Choose One Thing and Be Great At It” Karen Daniels


his is the motto Dixie WebberSanders’ lives by. She began her career in the mortgage industry in 1983, making it her primary focus to become an expert in her field. Along with learning the laws and guidelines, she understands that every loan is different and each family’s needs are unique. In 1993, Dixie moved to Fort Bend County, and since then, has helped more than 6,000 families achieve their dream of owning a home. What’s the one thing that sets the Dixie Sanders Mortgage Team apart from others? “We do what we say we’re going to do. That’s important,” Dixie explained. “I look at the best way to structure the loan, taking into account your short term and long term financial goals. And right now is a great time to buy and a great time to refinance. In fact, anyone who has an interest rate of 6% and higher should give me a call. Recently, the Dixie Sanders Mortgage Team, moved their location to the commercial side of Brooks Street. This charm-

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ing bungalow is located in historic Sugar Land, down the street from the Imperial Char House and the soon to be AA ball field. Their office feels like a home and is the very reminder of making a house, a home. And coming soon: monthly financial literacy classes. “We will show families how to set up a budget and teach the importance of paying down debt while putting money in reserve.” When working with Dixie you will appreciate the straight shooter she is. If there’s a way, she’ll get it done. If the loan is not to your advantage, she’ll tell you that, too. In addition to running her company, she is also a coach with Core Training, a national company that mentors other realtors and lenders. When asked about her favorite part of her day? “Doing business with repeat clients, especially multigenerational clients. It’s great to see how the families have changed and grown.” Call Dixie and her team of Victoria, Holly, Angela, and Karina, who collectively have

58 years experience, and deal with a company where customer service is a rule, not an exception.

The Dixie Sanders Mortgage Team 281-494-5626 410 Brooks Street Sugar Land, TX 77498

“I congratulate you as an Eagle Scout. The eagle soars high and seeks to rest only upon the lofty peaks. As an Eagle Scout, you too must soar high. You must not swerve from the path of duty. Your ideals must be lofty. You must strive to obtain that which is the highest and noblest in life.” — from the traditional Eagle Court of Honor

Alexander Avila of Troop 38 was recently awarded his Eagle Scout rank. Alex coordinated and led the construction of picnic tables for An Khong Buddhist Temple. The project was completed by 10 volunteers and over 80 hours. Currently a Junior at Travis High School, Alex also served as Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader for his troop.

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Got Pizza?

Karen Daniels consider myself a pizza connoisseur; but don’t we all? When we were kids, it was our favorite meal. In college, it was our


main food group and an affordable choice. So now when we choose to eat pizza, we enjoy something reminiscent of our childhood, but with a gourmet touch to match our more sophisticated tastes. That’s why when I eat pizza, it’s got to be really good; and La Magia Café and Pizza achieves this in spades. When I recently visited LaMagia Café with my kids, people were chatting between tables and everyone seemed to know the owner, Ray. We enjoyed the easy, comfortable atmosphere and the rich aroma of

pizzas baking in their stone oven. There’s something about stone-oven pizza that’s so wonderful, you’ll never want any other kind. As we settled into a booth and viewed the menu, I was willing to consider some of the specialty pastas like Magia’s Pasta - pan seared fresh tilapia over herb potato gnocchi with a garlic lemon sauce. I was even tempted by the Ravioli Pomodoro topped with sautéed portabella mushrooms and fresh garlic, but I could not resist the Manhattan Pizza which its garlic sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, tomatoes, black olives, green olives, and mushrooms. My kids had an easier time choosing, they ordered the traditional pepperoni. As for what my children thought of their medium pepperoni pizza—we had no leftovers to bring home. Both pizzas’ crusts had a perfect blend of crispness, yet still doughy enough to sink your teeth into, and the pizza was dripping with cheese. The ingredients were fresh and generously applied. The small pizza is the perfect size for one person, and you could add a side salad, your choice of Caesar, Greek, or the house, and you’ll be pleasantly filled…and still have room for dessert.

Come Join Ray’s family who say the Pizza is molto buona!

The restaurant is great for families, for date-nights, or business lunches. In addition to authentic Italian food, LaMagia offers a few popular and favorite American dishes. All meals are prepared with extra virgin olive oil and the freshest ingredients and herbs. Come check out La Magia Café & Pizza for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. La Magia Café 281-565-0366 3699 Hwy 6 South (in the Kroger shopping center)

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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

High Tech Solutions for All Out Comfort! Sarah Warburton


hen your air conditioner starts to choke, you need a company you can trust to give you the right diagnosis, a fair price, and excellent follow-up. Local guys Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy have combined the conveniences of living in a high tech world with the down-home personal service you deserve at All Out A/C and Heating. Bryan says, “I enjoy working with people to make sure you have the kind of experience that will earn your loyalty.”

Going the extra mile is a big part of our philosophy, so we don’t take shortcuts,” says Bryan. “I come out initially on most of our jobs, and it usually doesn’t take long to diagnose the problem. We’ll email you a quote, so you can see what we’re talking about and we’re always happy to answer any questions. We pride ourselves on leaving a job site cleaner than when we found it and then we back our work with a two year warranty. Check out testimonials from satis-

fied customers on our website at www. We’re not happy unless you’re completely happy… that’s the level of service we demand from ourselves.” Even if you call after hours, someone will still be looking out for you at All Out A/C. Bryan says, “When a call comes into our answering service, I get an email on my phone. As an additional backup, we get a faxed list at seven in the morning of every call that came in overnight. I want our customers to know we’re looking out for you…from your first call through the repair and beyond.” All Out A/C delivers excellent service in person…and online! Visit for a knowledge center, seasonal specials, and help for every problem from preventing ceiling leaks to improving your air quality. Sign up and pay for an All Out 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. For the best service around, it pays to stay local. Bryan’s been in Fort Bend since 1976 and his kids graduated from Elkins High School. He’s been in the air conditioning business since 1980 and Chance’s dad, Kay Kamp, has been servicing air conditioners and heaters in the Fort Bend area since 1989. And now, Bryan’s son is a part of their team. Bryan says. “With Chance and his dad, and me and my son, James, we’ve got three generations of local guys working to give you the experience and honest service you need.” For twentyone years, people of Fort Bend have enjoyed the “all out” service from the guys at All Out A/C and Heating and you can too. Call today! All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406

Engineering Your Body

Sarah Warburton t a very early age Dr. Mark Vann, MD was intensely curious about the way things work. After considering a career in engineering, he says, “I realized the most amazing and complex machine I could study was the human body…and that’s why I went into orthopedics. I love finding the newest scientific solutions to engineering problems of your foot and ankle.” The promise of warm weather and a vibrant, diverse population brought Dr. Vann and his wife to Sugar Land. He says, “We’d spent lots of time in the frozen north and knew we were looking for a temperate climate and an energetic community.” After graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completing his Orthopedic Surgery residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, Dr. Vann returned to Michigan for a prestigious fellowship in complex surgery and reconstruction of the foot and ankle at the Michigan International Foot and Ankle Center. There he received extensive training in the full spectrum of lower extremity surgery. He says, “I had the privilege of working with an amazing mentor who really pioneered new techniques in flat foot reconstructive surgery. Every year brings new breakthroughs in our understanding and treatment options for this painful disease.”


Anyone—men, women, young or old—can suffer from debilitating foot pain that makes living an active life impossible. Dr. Vann says, “I have a strong interest in helping patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. This auto-immune disorder affects a younger population than other types of arthritis. New surgical reconstructive techniques have been developed that salvage the joints. Having a range of different solutions for problems of the foot and ankle means we can choose the best option for you and your lifestyle. This field is always changing…that’s the excitement and the challenge of orthopedics.” Your foot and ankle are connected to the rest of the bones in your body. Luckily, Dr. Vann’s been trained in the way your body works together. He says, “The body is a machine that should work in harmony. As an orthopedic surgeon, I have extensive experience in hip, knee, and shoulder reconstruction and that knowledge enhances the way I reconstruct foot and ankle joints.” St. Lukes Hospital Sugar Land Medical Office Building 713-590-5490 1327 Lake Point ParkwaySuite #520

Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land Annual Fun / Run


he Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land conducts an annual fund raising event to support their community youth activities. The event is a Fun Run / Walk and will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2010. Last year’s event raised over $17,000 and their goal this year is to do even better! Gold level sponsors ($1,000 or more) will have their name and / or logo on the front of the T-shirt. Silver level sponsors ($500 or more) will have their name or logo in large print on the back of the T-shirt. Bronze level sponsors ($250 or more) will have their names in smaller letters on the back of the T-shirt. All sponsors will be recognized on a Sponsor Board and on a “Hand Out” at the race. The proceeds enable the club to fund eleven different youth projects in Fort Bend County. This year $1,000 college scholarships were awarded to one senior from each of the high schools in the area. They also conduct Oratorical and Essay Contests, and a Youth Appreciation Banquet for 2 seniors from each of the high schools nominated by their counselors for their community service activities. The club sponsors a Boy Scout Troop, supports Ft. Bend Women’s Health Center, Child Advocates,

Boys and Girls Harbor and Optimist Junior World of Golf. The Club also contributes to Carolyn Tarver’s School Supplies Program, SMILE and “adopts” needy families during the Holiday Season each year. The 8:30 a.m. 4 miles certified race will be followed by a 2-mile walk at 8:40 a.m. Both events will begin at Clements High School, 4200 Elkins Drive in Sugar Land, and wind through the streets of Sweetwater. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each 10-year age group. After the race, door prizes, gift certificates, golf packages, etc., will be given away at a drawing. The race / walk drew 196 contestants last year. The goal this year is to exceed 200 participants. Pre-registration is $15 before October 28th and $20 after that date and on race day. Registration Forms may be found at various health clubs, Sweetwater Country Club, local businesses and at the Texas Running Company, 15890 S.W. Freeway or on-line at: www. For more information to sponsor the Fun Run call Mel Haycraft (281) 208-2838 or Bill Johnson at (281) 276-6508.

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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Easy as One, Two Three!

Sarah Warburton ife has enough little hiccups...isn’t it wonderful when you find something that really makes things easier? A customdesigned kitchen makes it simpler for your teens to unload the dishwasher, for your husband to put away the groceries, and for you to enjoy your space. Kitchen expert, Ric Trahan says, “My family spends most of our time together in the kitchen, and ShelfGenie makes it easy and uncomplicated. ShelfGenie’s entire process—from deciding on the right products to installation to use—is as simple and easy as one, two three!” After you’ve spent some time in your kitchen, it’s clear which cabinet has a “Bermuda triangle” or blind corner in the back and which cabinet would be perfect for your cookie sheets— if only they fit. It’s easy to fix all the little areas where your kitchen falls short. Ric says, “Our process begins with planning. A design consultant will talk with you about what you use most often and look at the way you move around your kitchen. We can’t sell our products online


for people to purchase with a point and click because we custom-create solutions for the way you actually live. This first step only takes about a half an hour and it’s an essential part of making your space easier to use.” You could move into dozens of houses without finding your dream kitchen. Isn’t it time to create it? Ric says, “Our easy process is perfect for anyone who doesn’t love their current kitchen. You won’t have to deal with the dust and hassle of major renovations and we won’t tear out any cabinets. All the magic actually happens inside your cabinets, drawers, and pantry. Step two, installation, only takes half a day, so you won’t be tempted to move out until the work is done. This is one of the easier, quickest changes you can make to your home… that delivers the biggest long-term return!” Why were people standing three-deep around ShelfGenie’s products at a recent home show? Easy! The straightforward genius of their innovative solutions stole the show!

Ric says, “At ShelfGenie, we offer a lifetime guarantee on materials and installation. We make it simple to rediscover the space you already have!” Step three? Love your kitchen! ShelfGenie 512-771-7894 •

Pre-K to 8th Grade

Extended Hours available until 6:30PM for registered students Homework Assistance Program

Extracurricular activities include: *Piano *Voice *Guitar *Art *Chess *Math *Student Council Private School Interscholastic Assoc. Member 1717 Dulles Ave., Missouri City, TX 77459

281-208-1403 Fax: 281-208-1426

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Compulsively Becca Bragg


oes your house need a deep clean to recover from the trauma of summer vacation? Dad spends the weekend clearing out the garage, Mom takes advantage of back-to-school to clean out the kids’ closets and dig through the old toys…and that’s before you even pick up your first pail of soapy water or break out the mops and sponges. This is a job for the professionals! No other company provides the kind of clean you’ll get from The Maids Home Services…and now is the time to call for their special Back-to-School “Buy Three, Get One Free” offer. You know that old saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself?” Forget it! When it comes to cleaning your house, nobody does it better than The Maids. They’ve got the tools, the training, and the team that delivers the kind of clean you’ll have to see to believe. Julaine Blanchard, owner of The Maids Home Services here in Fort Bend, says, “We provide highly-trained teams of four maids who use our in-depth twenty-two step cleaning process to get the kind of clean you just won’t find anywhere else.” Call on The Maids Home Services for cleanings weekly, every two weeks, or monthly…and it’ll no trouble for you to maintain that sparkle and shine. Have you heard? Dust can run, but it just can’t hide from The Maids! Julaine says, “We clean things other cleaning services just don’t. In addition to our twenty-two step system, we also divide the home into four areas of cleaning for a deeper, more specialized treatment. Whether a maid focuses on bathrooms, kitchen, dusting, or vacuuming, our unique “Cross-check” system gives you our 100% guarantee that it’ll be done right! On each visit, we vacuum ceiling fans, disinfect doorknobs and light switches, even use toothbrushes to clean vents in the microwave ovens and along the edges of stoves.” Sound a little OCD? That’s how seriously The Maids take cleaning! When your allergies start acting up, your home needs more than a quick swipe with a dust cloth. Whether it’s autumn leaves or dust bunnies that make you go “Achooo!” you’ll find relief with the special cleaning methods used by The Maids Home Services. Julaine says, “For allergy sufferers, we use a professional-grade backpack vacuum with HEPA filtration that absorbs up to 99 percent of all dust, allergens, bacteria, pet dander, pollen, and other pollutants. This proven process removes more contaminants and allergens from homes than conventional cleaning techniques. We don’t just move dirt around your home…we take it out with us when we leave!” What makes The Maids Fort Bend’s premier cleaning service? Their professionalism, their reliability, and their unsurpassed service! Now’s the time to call and schedule a clean like your home’s never seen before. Buy three, and you’ll get one free!

, e e r h e T n y O ! u B et ree G F The Maids Home Services 832-593-7500 5263 Barker Cypress Rd Suite 400 Houston 77084

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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Sarah Warburton


hose “in the know” go to Lupita’s, a Fort Bend favorite for 7 years...and still going strong. The recipe for their fantastic success isn’t a secret...but the recipe for the spices in Lupe’s fajitas is! The Garcia family takes pride in crafting fresh, delicious food and treating every customer like family. Jamie and his wife, Lupe invites you to bring your family to feast with theirs at Lupita’s. Lupe says, “We owe our success to our customers, and we just want to thank them for all their support.” For over thirty years, Lupe Garcia’s been cooking professionally, using recipes handed down for generations. At Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, you can load up on the rich flavors of her favorites made fresh every day. Need a little zest in your life? Piquante warm salsa and smoky charro beans will wake your taste buds up and make them sing. Kids love the colorful pinatas strung from the ceiling, while grownups go loco for the sizzling fajitas, sensible prices, and sensational service. You’re in good hands with any of the twenty-two goodies on their menu from hand-made tortillas or burritos and enchiladas to the chiles relleno, a customer favorite. Relax and say “Adios” to all your stress. So incredibly delicioso! Let Lupita’s handle your next celebration...whether it’s a personal birthday or a business celebration. Jaime says, “We can design a menu with all your favorites for a group from 30-1 million. We’ll bring the handle the fiesta.”


Jaime also recommends the fried avocado, and smoked sausage taco or seafood dishes featuring shrimp or catfish. You’ll probably be greeted by Jaime—unless Lupe has put him to work washing dishes—and their sons Rigo and Leo are usually on-site as well. At Lupita’s, you’ll always feel welcome, and you’ll never leave hungry. Our only warning? Food this good is so addictive that you can’t visit Lupita’s just’ll definitely come back to load up! Jaime, Lupe, Rigo and Leo Garcia say, “We promise to continue offering delicious food from quality ingredients...from our familia to yours. Muchas gracias for your loyalty and support!” 281-265-6556 Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace

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Join Sugar Land Rotarians for

Shrimpfest Saturday, September 11 2010 Food served from

Raffle Tickets $100

5:00 to 7:30 PM

at the

Fluor Building One Fluor Daniel Drive Sugar Land

(includes two meal tickets)

Reverse drawing--every 25th number drawn $100 gift certificate, second to last ticket drawn $500 and last ticket Grand Prize Winner! Raffle and Meal Tickets can be purchased at door or from any Sugar Land Rotarian.

Grand Prize

Live Auction

2010 Cherolet Camaro LS,

starts around 7:00 PM

Victory Red, with 304 horsepower, 3.6 L.V6, variable valve timing

Silent Auction starts 5:00 PM

For more information, go to

(Purchase made possible through Classic Chevrolet)

All proceeds directly benefit Sugar Land Rotary Charities. “The Sugar Land Rotary legacy of excellence has continued for over two decades through giving back to our community, state, nation and world through the proceeds from ShrimpFest.� ShrimpFest Chair Scott Finley.

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Meal Tickets

Adults $15 Children 12 & under $10 Children under six FREE (served one hotdog)

A Miracle In Less Than A Week W

Karen Daniels hen Patty and her husband purchased a home in Pecan Grove, they had only one week to remodel before they were scheduled to move in. Their twenty-five year old home was in desperate need of TLC, and when their Realtor recommended Miracle Method for the master bathroom, Patty gave them a call. “I’ve moved several times and have dealt with a lot of contractors, so when I find a good one, I stick with them. Paul and Jonee and their crew were very professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. I’ll be sticking with them and recommending them to everyone.” At first the job was supposed to be just the sinks, tub, and shower in the master bath, but Patty was so impressed with their work, she hired Miracle Method to handle her kitchen countertops as well. The home had the original Formica except for the island which had a quartz surface. Miracle Method was not only able to match the look and color of the quartz, but also the existing bull nose edge. “Unless I point it out that they’re different, you wouldn’t be able to tell. We also went with a higher gloss finish that protects the countertops from the everyday use and abuse. The end result is great.” Patty could not say enough about the level of professional-

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ism and Miracle Method’s dedication to quality work. “The prep work was very extensive. An entire day was spent on just that. They hung plastic in the doorways to minimize the dust; they are very skilled at what they do.” And the bonus: how much money they saved. The bathroom took two to three days and so did the kitchen. They were able to meet their week deadline and move into a practically new house. “We moved here from Tucson and our old kitchen countertops were cultured granite. I love how our new kitchen reminds me of our house in Arizona.” Call Jonee and Paul Barnett with Miracle Method today for have a new kitchen or bath in less than a week at a fraction of the cost. Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only) Stafford, TX

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September ye 25th, the year of 2010 After ye sun sets at 8 in the evenin’

Avast me hardies...... Callin’ All landlubbers and scalawags To An evening of mischief, mingling and merry making. Aye, a treasure chest of plank walking models from Tootsies, too!

Fashion yer self thar in Pirate Couture or Cocktail Honorary Chairs: Debbie & Marvin Marcell . Molly & Michael Cooper Chairs: Susie & Doug Goff . Christen & Dave Johnson

Tickets are $100 at ye home port . www.

Sienna Plantation Resort Lagoon 7102 Sienna Ranch Road . Missouri City, TX 77459


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 September 2010  

Fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas

UpClose Magazine September 2010  

Fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas