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Magazine September 2011

Coordinated Care for

Back & Neck Pain

Spine Center Clinical Coordinator

Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pain Management & Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Physical Therapy



Aquatic Therapy

What is The Spine Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital? Neurology

Jeffrey Jackson, M.D. M. Faisal Khan, M.D. Irfan Lalani, M.D. Eddie Patton, Jr., M.D. Amitabh Shukla, M.D.

Pain Management

Benoy Benny, M.D. Marvin Chang, M.D. Robert W. Sickler, M.D. Abraham Thomas, M.D. Cheryl White, M.D.

The Spine Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is an organized system of care for patients who are suffering from back and neck pain. We provide our patients quick and quality spine care. With just one call to our Spine Center Clinical Coordinator, Maureen Lall, patients will be directed to the appropriate specialists determined by evidence-based protocols. Patients no longer need to spend time trying to decipher who to see for their pain. We also guarantee appointments with our specialists within five days of contacting us.


Rajesh Bindal, M.D. John Park, M.D.

Ortho Spine Surgery Anthony Muffoletto, M.D. Jeffrey Wood, M.D.


Jonathan Levine, M.D. Sanjay Singh, M.D.

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

Expedited Back & Neck Care in 5 Days


Free Seminar – Ask the Specialists Join a multi-disciplinary panel of physicians from the Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center to have your questions answered regarding neck and back pain.

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Kramer inny Kramer knew she couldn’t ignore Methodist Sugar Land returned to her back pain any more. Conference Center Methodist Sugar The Fort Bend native and nurse at Call Today for Reservations: Land Spine Methodist Sugar Land Hospital real281-274-7500. Center and Lall ized that her discomfort was getting worked with Dr. worse, not better, and it was affecting her quality of life. Fortunately for Kramer, she knew Jackson, Dr. Lalani just where to turn for help. and Dr. Bindal to coordinate her next level of care. Within days, Kramer had an MRI, a consultation “As a Methodist Sugar Land Hospital employee, with Dr. Bindal where they discussed treatment I walk past the Spine Center signs every day and options, and minimally-invasive surgery to alleviate I’ve heard so many success stories about their care,” she says. “I knew it was the her pain. right place for me.” “Maureen took care of the details and it The Methodist Sugar Land Spine was all very easy for me,” says Kramer. “I Center is unlike any other in southreally felt like I had the full attention and east Texas, offering a uniquely coorsupport of the Spine Center team.” dinated and expedited approach to The Spine Center’s collegial, multidisspine care. Patients suffering from ciplinary team – which includes highly back and neck pain typically have to trained physicians representing five medivisit multiple physicians to identify cal specialties – always starts with a conand treat their condition. Scheduling servative approach to treatment. those appointments can take weeks “We want to exhaust all possible nonor even months to coordinate—but invasive options first,” says Dr. Lalani. “It’s the Spine Center is different. always preferable to try and manage or “What sets us apart is that all eliminate pain before deciding on surgery, patients—walk-ins and referrals alike and we have a number of techniques that – are able to see a specialist within are often successful for patients, includfive days,” says Dr. Rajesh K. Bindal, ing specialized physical therapy. When we neurosurgeon who serves as the catch problems early, these approaches are Ginny Kramer, with her physical more likely to be effective.” Center’s medical director. therapist Michelle Heebner When surgery is necessary, the Spine Maureen Lall, nurse practitioner Center’s neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surand Spine Center Clinical Coordinator, streamlines geons are highly skilled and experienced in the most every aspect of care for a stress-free experience. advanced minimally-invasive techniques, which typi“Everything patients need is right here – from a cally mean less pain and faster recoveries for patients. comprehensive team of medical specialists, to the most Kramer says the approach taken by her Spine Center advanced diagnostic imaging equipment, to tailored team has done wonders for her back – and her outlook. physical therapy by specialists in spinal care,” explains “I had been enduring my pain until I just couldn’t Lall. “Our job is to get our patients the care and supany longer,” says Kramer. “But there’s no reason port they need as quickly as possible – to navigate for to try and ‘fight through’ back pain when there is them, so they only have to focus on feeling better.” a program like the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital When Kramer called the Spine Center seeking help, Spine Center available.” Lall did just that: navigate on her behalf. Contact the Spine Center today. Stop enduring pain, “Maureen was amazing,” says Kramer. “She knew I was in pain, so she got me in to see Dr. Jeffrey Jackson and start feeling better! right away. His treatment plan, which included physical therapy and a referral to Dr. Irfan Lalani for intervenCall 281-313- BACK (2225) tional pain management, really helped, but after a few or email months the pain resurfaced.”

The Blood of Life Donnielle Carter magine…living in Houston during our hot humid summers and you don’t wear shorts? It makes you feel hotter at the thought of it doesn’t it? That’s the world that local resident Delores Gonzales lived in before she went to see Dr. Baltazar at Sugar Land Vein Specialists. Delores had large varicose veins on her legs. While they did give her occasional bouts of pain, mainly she refused to wear shorts and dresses because of how unappealing her legs looked and she was embarrassed at the attention they drew. “It has been 15 years since I wore a dress or a bathing suit because my legs were so ugly.” With many many recommendations about Dr. Baltazar and his staff, she didn’t hesitate in making an appointment. “He was very charming doctor. I felt very safe and he easily answered my questions.” Dr. Baltazar is so much more than “the vein doctor”, he is also one of the most highly regarded and respected physicians in the area. He is a celebrated vascular surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery with a special certification in Vascular Surgery. Almost 10 years ago, Dr. Baltazar chose to specialize in varicose veins so that he can offer true expertise and the best treatment available in Sugar Land. “The doctor and his staff treated me like a queen!” Delores proudly declares. Dr. Baltazar and his staff are dedicated to each patient and their goal is to make them feel comfortable and


Delores Gonzales at her home enjoying the day with her precious grandchildren! secure. Knowing each person is unique, during the initial consultation Dr. Baltazar spends a Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT,FACS significant amount of time with a patient doing Sugar Land Vein Specialists a detailed interview, physical exam and even 281-201-0400 an ultrasound before proceeding. He wants to 4660 Sweetwater Blvd Ste 130 make sure you are relaxed and have every pos- sible question answered. Delores’ vein procedure went great and her recovery was quick. “After only 2 weeks I was back to doing everything I wanted, including jogging, exercise and wearing a dress. If I had to do it again I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Dr. Baltazar.” Varicose veins are caused by the improper function of the one-way valves in your veins which cause your blood to either reflux or stay in the legs and that reveals itself as the large unpleasant swollen bumps on the skin. And even more than the surface conditions varicose veins can actually result in serious medical conditions including blood clots, deep venous thrombosis or ulcers. Varicose vein treatments are covered by most insurance, so call Dr. Baltazar today for your consultation. Take it from an ecstatic Delores, “The procedure was so easy. I would recommend Dr. Baltazar to everyone. He gave me my life!”

Don’t let the pain or embarrassment of varicose veins stop you from having the life that you desire and a life that you enjoy. 4 ~ UPCLOSE ~ September 2011

Body by Ahmadi Dr. Ahmadi Changed My Life


change in your body is more than a change in the way you look, it’s a change in your confidence, the way you feel, and the way you live your life. Over and over patients say that Dr. Ahmadi and his amazing Lipotuck™ procedure has changed their lives for the better. Not only does this revolutionary one-stage procedure address excess fat, it also removes excess

procedures but was not happy with the results–– especially since my problem area extended to my hips and back. When I read an article on the Lipotuck™ I knew Dr. Ahmadi was the doctor to help me.” Double-board certified surgeon, Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery is one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in Houston. He is certified by both the American Board of Surgery

I feel beautiful again! Never in a million years would I have thought I could look like this. Dr. Ahmadi changed my life. He is a true artist.” skin for a smooth, contoured look you’ll love. If you’re worried about lax, excess skin due to severe weight loss or pregnancies, the affordable Lipotuck™ procedure will remove excess skin from your lower abdomen...and also smooth residual upper abdomen, public, and bra bulges for superior results and a quicker recovery. “Imagine my surprise,” writes one patient, “when I finally lost over sixty pounds with diet and exercise...only to be left with ugly and unattractive excess skin hanging down my abdomen. I had to resort to wearing big t-shirts and long blouses to cover my stomach! Dr. Ahmadi answered all my questions during the consultation and erased all my fears before surgery. I am extremely happy with my result. I can finally wear my blouses tucked in and fitted clothes with pride...I feel beautiful again! Never in a million years would I have thought I could look like this. Dr. Ahmadi changed my life. He is a true artist.” “The Lipotuck™ procedure changed my life forever,” writes one young mother of four. “The thought of living the rest of my life with excess skin from my pregnancies was completely depressing. I looked into regular tummy tuck

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as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery––the only specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. “The results have been phenomenal! Ever yone who sees me can’t believe my waist is so small. It has completely boosted my self image - I feel like a new woman! Dr. Ahmadi’s talent is an absolute blessing for all who are looking for a positive change in their life!” Avante Plastic Surgery The Art of Skin 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.

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Local Favorite Wins National Award

Sarah Warburton f you spend any time at all on the road, you’ll see plenty of signs for car dealerships...and from a distance they might all look the same. How can you tell the difference? You’ve got to look a little closer! Ask your neighbors, investigate their online reviews and BBB rating, and then walk through the front door and see what they have to offer. Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land says, “We’ve always invited the community to come out and challenge us to be everything we say we are. We have a different way of doing business...and we’re honored to announce that this year we’ve been awarded ‘GM Dealer of the Year,’ the highest award presented by GM. We vow to continue exceeding expectations with our transparency, efficiency, and commitment to customer satisfaction.” How many dealerships can honestly say they put the happiness of their customers above everything else? Only half of one percent of all the GM dealers in the entire US receive the GM Dealer of the Year Award. (Only ten out of this region of eight hundred won!) The rigorous criteria for earning this award include sales, customer satisfaction, and customer retention over time. Fort Bend really is “relaxing and enjoying the difference” at Classic Chevrolet...sales at Classic Chevrolet exceeded those of the entire region! At the presentation ceremony, Chevrolet Regional Director Dave Nottoli of Dallas said, “I just want to thank you for what you do for Chevrolet, every day. This award’s all about how well you take care of your customers.” Classic Chevrolet also won the Chevrolet Service Hero Award...for the second straight quarter, placing first among the fifty-three Chevy dealers in the Southwest Region in customer retention, on-time response for service, service training, and customer satisfaction. Don says, “Our team worked very hard over the past year and it’s wonderful to see their dedication to quality performance and customer satisfaction rewarded. Everyone here wants to demystify the car business to make the whole process from service to sales easy and enjoyable for our customers. Don’t be surprised to see us in jeans in the cooler months and shorts in the summer...we’re friendly and relaxed, as well as knowledgeable and professional!” As General Motors’ “Dealer of the Year,” Classic Chevrolet is dedicated to its customers...and our community. General Sales Manager Mark Kolon says, “Don and I are proud to support community causes like the Clements High School Pro Grad fundraising raffle, which raises money for an annual all-inclusive, drug and alcohol-free graduation event for the senior class.” This year’s drawing for a new 2012 Chevy Camaro will take place on Oct 28th. For tickets or more information contact Cindy McCauley at or your favorite Clements Senior.


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Have you seen the difference yet? Do a little online sleuthing, ask around, and then take the Classic Challenge. Don says, “Drop by anytime to see for yourself what makes Classic Chevrolet such a refreshing change of pace!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660


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Too Much Fun? Sarah Warburton

e’ve found a gym that’s so much fun, kids beg to go back and never want to leave. What makes kids flip for Iron Cross Gymnastics?’s all about the fun! Bouncing off the walls and burning off energy is a blast at Iron Cross. Owners Jeremy Alspaugh and Grant Qualls have a philosophy of gymnastics that celebrates the joy of being a kid. Jeremy says, “We believe that all children learn best in a positive and encouraging environment that gets them excited about exercising. Even if you aren’t signed up for classes with us, we’d like to invite you to come join the fun! The celebrations start with registration for Fall classes. From ‘Mommie-and-Me” classes for little ones eighteen-months-old to full-on gymnastics for school-aged children, there’s something for everyone at Iron Cross. But the fun doesn’t stop after class lets out. Jeremy says, “One of the things that really sets us apart is our busy calendar. We have tons of activities––Parents Nights Out,

Sleepovers, a Haunted House Halloween Party on October 29th, Open Gyms, Birthday Parties, and special Shop-n-Drop Holiday Camps (from December 16-23rd) that are open to anyone... whether you’re in a class with us or not!” Not every family can afford the time and expense of competitive gymnastics...but at Iron Cross’s Mini-Olympics in December all of their students can enjoy the thrill of competition...without a major commitment! Jeremy says, “Throughout the Fall, our class kids incorporate their skills into full gymnastics routines. We invite friends and family out for the big day...and last year we had Channel 2, concessions, and over a hundred attendees. Seeing the pride and joy on our kids’ faces is worth more than gold!” Ready for a night on the town? Thanks to Parents Night Out or “PNO” at Iron Cross, you could have date night with your hubby or couples game night with your friends... while your kids and their friends enjoy action-

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packed fun at Iron Cross! Twice a month on every other Friday from 6:30-11pm, Iron Cross provides pizza, gymnastics, games and a movie (PG)...for only $20 for the first child and $15 for siblings. Grant says, “We’ve got PNOs scheduled for September 9th and 23rd, October 7th and 21st, November 4th and 18th, and December 2nd and 16th. Visit our website for themes and more information...we’ve always got something new in the works!” Jeremy says, “We offer lots of ways for families to give their kids a great time... without any membership fee or commitment. Visit our website for a taste of our extreme fun!” Iron Cross Gymnastics 281-342-4766 (IRON) 225 Gonyo Lane Suite 202 Richmond, Texas 77469 UPCLOSE ~ September 2011 ~ 7

Are You Hip to the News? W Sarah Warburton hat is one of the most common reasons people call on orthopedic specialist, Dr. Mark Vann, MD? When a fall or a spill has resulted in a hip fracture. He says, “Over 300,000 Americans, ages sixty-five and older suffer hip fractures each year, and many suffered a seemingly insignificant fall.

Hip fractures are not only painful, but they can be life-changing. Many of my patients come in with fears of permanently losing their ability to walk, leading to a loss of independence. Fortunately, modern advances in hip surgery have given us plenty of options for getting people back on their feet again.” After an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis, hip fractures are usually treated with orthopedic surgery. Dr. Vann says, “I know patients are nervous about surgery, often concerned that they are ‘too old for surgery,’ but for a hip fracture, it’s usually the best way to go. The key benefits of surgery after a hip fracture are the reduction in pain, early ability to walk and a decreased risk of known problems that may develop if the patient is confined to bed for weeks as the hip heals on it’s own terms. Currently there are numerous surgical treatments ranging from the placement of screws to full hip replacement. The type of surgery we decide on depends on the type of fracture, the patient’s health, age and activity level”. Many patients are out of bed and into a chair the day after surgery as they begin physical therapy. Most begin walking shortly thereafter. Dr. Vann says, “The most important reason to get up and out of bed after hip surgery is to prevent

further complications. The next question is how to prevent future fractures. If you’re not already taking supplements, I may recommend calcium and Vitamin D. In consultation with your primary care physician, we may also consider a medication known as a bisphosphonate, to help preserve bone density.” “Hip fracture care is continually changing as we see new advances in surgical options. I’m always happy to answer your questions and discuss your treatment, so that you’re making informed decisions for yourself and your loved ones.” Mark Vann, MD Board Certified, Fellowship Trained, Orthopedic Surgeon Lower Extremity Specialist Sugar Land Medical Plaza 1327 Lake Point Parkway, Suite 520 Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-876-6518 •

Recovering From Summer

Sarah Warburton


ring, fine lines and wrinkles, brown ummer vacations are so and red spots and broken capillaries relaxing for your mind... build up on layer after layer of your and so harsh on your skin. skin as the years go by. Now that the When you compare photos of kids are in school, seize the opportufun in the sun from your childnity to reverse the damage your skin hood and from today, isn’t there has suffered since childhood. You a difference in your complexion? can’t undo it all in one swoop, but a Let Kalologie Medspa shed a routine facial maintenance program little light on the secret to turnwill bring back the complexion you ing back the hands of time. used to have. Jennifer says, “The “Time and the elements take cumulative effects of a series of our their toll on the skin,” says Jennifer Photo Facials delivers even more Blichmann, Kalologie’s Manager. dramatic results in the quality of “As we age, stubborn brown and 1 hour introductory FACIAL $39! your skin...and our IPL photo facial red spots from the sun, broken capillaries, and pigmented lesions often combine to create a blotchy, has virtually no downtime, so it won’t interrupt your regular uneven skin tone. At Kalologie we recommend the IPL (intense routine. We offer convenient packages to save you money and pulsed light) photofacial to rejuvenate the skin and reverse sun and remind you to schedule time to take care of yourself!” age damage.This convenient, revoluKalologie Medspa tionary approach to healthy-looking Call Kalologie today 281-265-0880 skin is achieved with minimal downand receive 50% off all 15890 Southwest Freeway IPL treatments for the time both during and after treatment Whole Foods Shopping Center month of September. for results you’ll love.” Sugar Land, TX 77478 Wish you had the same dewy complexion as your kids? Acne scar8 ~ UPCLOSE ~ September 2011


hen local guy and A&M graduate, Anthony “Tony” Rivera, took his family with four kids to live in Bolivia for four years, oldest son David says, “We really absorbed oldschool values like hard work and the importance of family while we were there. Afterwards, Dad worked with the United Nations until he took a job with a concrete company in Houston. One day he contacted Bomanite about buying a pattern he needed...and ended up buying the company! I’ve been working with him since 1993 and we’ve always got something new in the works.” Concrete isn’t just for sidewalks anymore. Do you know if you’ve seen concrete by Bomanite? David says, “ Look at the photos of this astounding house created by Bomanite. More than 5,000 square feet of Bomanite architectural concrete product was laid on floors, troweled on walls, used on stairs and poured on counter-tops in this residence to transform an ordinary home into


a stunning award-winning work of art!” Tony says, “Rest assured, when you choose Bomanite of Houston you can be confident in our expertise with any paving and flooring system. Since 1976 we have been a Franchise Partner of the worldwide Bomanite network, the company that invented the imprinted concrete process more than 50 years ago. As part of their network of specially trained and licensed contractors, we have access to proprietary products and systems, research, technology, training, and tooling that allows us to do new and amazing things with concrete. Until you see and touch the samples we’ve set in and around our showroom, you can’t imagine the beautiful possibilities waiting you.” Bomanite of Houston Inc 713-722-0488 6617 Flintlock Road Houston, TX 77040-4318



The Balancing Act H Sarah Warburton ave you been rushing around all summer from swim meets to family vacations, trying to juggle work and family...without sparing a single thought for yourself? Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to reassess your body. If you’re suffering from symptoms like fatigue, low sex drive, insomnia, and weight gain, your hormones may be out of balance. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D., R.Ph. says, “I know many women have questions about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)...that’s why I offer individual and group consultations by appointment to help you take control of your health and regain the balance in your life.” Striking the right balance in life and in your hormones can’t be done with a cookie-cutter approach. Dr. Campbell says, “Working in conjunction with your doctor, my staff and I are able to compound the lowest dosage that still delivers results. That means if you need 1.2 mg of a medication, you won’t have to settle for 1 mg that’s less than you need or 2 mg that’s more than you need. We tailor your dosage directly to your body’s needs to help you feel your best.” Are you ready to put your health back on your to-do list? Dr. Campbell says, “Moms are

so busy taking care of others, sometimes they forget to take a look at themselves and their own health. Memory problems, fatigue, weight gain, trouble sleeping, and other physical problems make it even harder to keep up with all the demands of your busy life. I’ve seen the difference balancing your hormones has made in the lives of my patients. You should never swallow a pill blindly...knowledge is the key to a healthy life. I invite you to stop by Campbell’s Compounding and find out more.”

Call Campbell’s Compounding, our Neighbor’s Choice award winning pharmacy, at 281-980-2555 to make an individual appointment with Dr. Campbell, or get a group of your friends and do it together. Take control of your health today, and start feeling better! Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

As Easy as One, Two, Three

Sarah Warburton


here’s one great place you should take your kids two times a year for three simple reasons...a better smile helps your child’s health, development, and self-confidence. At the Little People’s Dentistry, Dr. Bianca Sanchez says, “Twice a year dental checkups and cleanings keeps kids’ smiles bright and healthy...and gives me a heads-up if something isn’t right. Many of my patients have benefited from the services of Dr. Gary Radford, who has been doing orthodontics for years. Together, we’re giving your children the beautiful, healthy smiles they deserve!” Does your child have the best “backto-school” smile? Dr. Sanchez says, “Orthodontics for kids aren’t just about the way the smile looks, but the way the jaw and teeth function. Using orthodontics to correct the position and shape of the jaw can relieve pain and clicking in the jaw joints, headaches, snoring and poor sleep habits that lead to daytime fatigue and inattention in class, prevent speech problems, and improve a child’s self-esteem. Catching and correcting problems with orthodontics early can prevent the need for extraction or other serious corrective measures later. We want to give kids the very best start possible!” 10 ~ UPCLOSE ~ September 2011

Getting a great grin is as easy as ABC at Little People’s Dentistry with your friends Dr. Radford and Dr. Sanchez (and her special tools “Mr. Whistle,” “Mr. Bumpy,” and “Mr. Thirsty”). Digital x-rays, the option of sedation, movies, boardwalk prizes, balloons, and fun make this a favorite destination for those twice yearly checkups. Now you can schedule an appointment online and check-in for your orthodontics appointment on the computer. Saturday appointments for braces make it easy to get a straighter, healthier smile...even during the school year! If you need a little “Teeth 101” or information on improving your child’s smile, visit www.LittlePeoplesDentistry. com. Just one word of warning...when your kids see the fun games on the website, they’ll want to visit the office right away! Dr. Sanchez says, “I’m always happy to see my little friends...and get them the beautiful smiles they deserve!” Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone) Missouri City, TX 77459 •

Experiencing Infertility: Jeremy and Sara’s Story

Jeremy and Sara Hodges hen we moved to the Houston area in September 2008, Sara and I started trying to have a family. After a year Sara went to her Ob/ Gyn for testing and found out she was having trouble with ovulation...but that was easily treatable. Her doctor referred me to a urologist for additional tests and that’s when the floodgates opened. Analysis revealed I had low testosterone and a low sperm count. I went through four months of trying antibiotic treatment and having more tests. When nothing changed, the urologist referred me to his mentor,a urologist who specialized in fertility issues. I felt so frusDr. Chauhan


trated, worried, and helpless. For the next year and half, he did more testing and found an additional problem. He put me on a full regimen of four to five different vitamins and scheduled surgery for July 2010. Three months after that surgery my sperm count had doubled...but the levels still were too low even for artificial insemination. That’s when he referred us to Dr. Subodh Chauhan at the Fertility Specialists of Houston. We started with a consultation in December 2010 to go over our options. We were thinking seriously about in vitro and Dr. Chauhan took his time answering all our questions. We asked if he could implant more than two embryos. He explained that it’s really not advisable unless there are extenuating circumstances...and then he gave us data and information about why it wouldn’t have been the best choice for us. All his awards in his office and the careful way he talked with us reassured us. We felt confident in his history of success. On Father’s Day Sunday Dr. Chauhan

came in personally to harvest our eggs. Two weeks later Sara’s blood test showed she was pregnant. It was a long journey, but every hurdle we cleared took us closer to the finish line. Thanks to Dr. Chauhan and the doctors that helped us find him, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sara and I are both teachers...and we’re thrilled to be expecting twins over Spring Break 2012. Fertility Specialists of Houston 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483)

The Secret to Clearer Communication


Sarah Warburton oes your accent make it difficult and frustrating to communicate clearly and easily with your patients, colleagues, and new friends? The secret to successful communication starts with a call to Speech Language Pathologist Cynthia Ginyard at Corporate Speech Pathology & Communication (CSPAC). She says, “Your native language is a beautiful and an important part of who you are...but it can present challenges to speaking English clearly. Based on my expertise in phonology, I can design a program specifically for your needs. My sessions will empower you to modify your accent, so people will hear with pleasure what you have to say.” Each language comes with its own typical accent pattern in English. Cynthia says, “Normative data is available that shows the probable accent patterns a person who speaks a specific language will display when speaking English. Having that normative data means we can identify and target patterns that are typical in your native tongue for an effective, personalized program that really delivers results!”Normative data available for Amharic, Arabic, Bangante,

Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Catalan, Creole French, Czech, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hakkanese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Ibo, Ilokano, Indonesian, Isoko, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Malaysian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba. Busy professionals love the flexibility and results-driven approach of CSPAC’s programs. Cynthia says, “I work with individuals or small groups who share a native language. I’ve had co-workers and even a husband and wife team. If you travel frequently or can’t get away from your desk at lunch, we can meet online through Skype, and I have evening and weekend appointments, too. A big concern for many clients is how long the program takes. You will need to practice on your own and apply what we’ve worked on together, but I offer a high-intensity three-day program of six hours a day with follow-up, an intensive three-week program, or weekly twelve-week program all either inoffice or at a location convenient for you.”

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“Working together, we’ll help you learn to modify your accent so people will focus on what you’re saying...without your accent getting in the way.” Corporate Speech Pathology & Communication (CSPAC) 281-530-9623

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How Many Good Hands?

Sarah Warburton he name Cinquemani translates “five hands,” and people who trust Paul Cinquemani for their insurance needs know they’re in good hands... all the time! Paul says, “For over a decade I processed insurance claims before I transitioned to providing insurance. That experience has made me a ‘problem-solver’ so I can keep things easy and smooth for my clients. My office staff is equally energetic and empathetic...and we’re ready to advocate for you!” Taking care of people is the way Paul lives his life. He and his wife, Rita are active at St. Theresa’s Church, where he serves as Chairman of the Quarterly Blood Drive. He’s also a member of the Knights of Columbus and supports the Fort Bend Women’s Shelter, Fort Bend Seniors, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging. Paul says, “Really getting to know people, protecting them from harm, and helping them through tough times is at the core of everything I do.” When’s the last time you asked for CPR? Paul says, “We offer a complimentary


Coverage Protection Review to anyone who wants analysis of their current insurance coverage. My background gives me real insight into risk exposure. At no-cost, I’ll review your risks and your current coverage and give you my opinion. If you’d like me and my office to handle your insurance needs, we’ll take care of all the details, so your transition will be seamless.

“Really getting to know people, protecting them from harm, and helping them through tough times is at the core of everything I do.”

Paul V. Cinquemani, Exclusive Allstate Agency Owner “YOUR Insurance Professional since 1990” Cinquemani Insurance AgencyTower Executive Suites 281-243-9155 • Hablamos español 19901 Southwest Freeway, Suite 214 Sugar Land (Greatwood), TX 77479 PCINQUEMANI/Welcome

Are you covered for the next hurricane? “When the storm’s already got a name,” says Paul, “it’s a little late to be worrying about your coverage. We’re in the peak of hurricane season right now, and I’m happy to review your coverage at no-cost to make sure you’ve got exactly the protection you need.”

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She’s Seen the Miracle Sarah Warburton e loved so much about our new home in Sugar Land,” says Alison Dunn, “but the bathrooms and kitchen really showed their age. The house was build in 1988 and my husband and I knew we wanted to make some updates. An article in UpClose Magazine for the Miracle Method caught my eye and I went online to read more


Everything looked fantastic...and the price was much less than the cost of totally remodeling.” about it. The online customer reviews and all the online information convinced me to give them a call. One of the owners, Jonee Barnett, came out for my free estimate and was so friendly and helpful. She brought all her samples and went over in detail the entire process. While she took measurements, I

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looked through photos of other projects they’d done. Everything looked fantastic... and the price was much less than the cost of totally remodeling.” Miracle Method’s far less expensive than remodeling, but the results are just as dramatic! Alison says, “I had Miracle Method update the older white formica countertops in our kitchen by giving them rounded edges and the Natural Accents finish. Now they have a nice stone look in a lighter beige with dark tones. The tile surrounding the bathtub in our guest bath was beyond the point of a good cleaning. Miracle Method redid it all in white. Basically they brought it back to how it looked when it was new. They showed up on time and got right to work. Even though they were doing two projects at once, the whole thing took less than two days and was very convenient.” Nine out of ten people can’t tell the difference between a Miracle Method refinished bathtub and a new one...and Alison’s a believer, too. She says, “Now we’re going to have Miracle Method do pretty much everything that can be done to our Master Bath. They’ll do the Natural Accents on the

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Some Things You Don’t Outgrow Y

ou don’t outgrow eating your vegetables, getting a good night’s sleep or needing your vaccinations. Dr. Leslie Cohan of The Woman’s Place says, “Many parents are vigilent about keeping their kids up-to-date on all their shots, but let their own vaccinations slide unless they’re planning to travel. It’s important for all women to keep their vaccinations and booster shots current–– just like when they were kids.” Starting an immunization history will help you track what shots you’ve had and when you had them. Most of us were too young to get the chickenpox vaccine as a child, but it’s available in a twodose series for adults now...and it’s not too late for your Measles, Mumps and Rubella shot either. You need a Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis shot (Td/Tdap) every ten years...not just when you step on a rusty nail. Adults over the age of fifty should get the shingles vaccine and those sixty-five and older might also need the Pneumococcal vaccine. Dr. Cohan says, “I do recommend the Human papillomavirus (HPV) virus for those ages 9-26 to protect against the virus that contributes to cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer as well as genital warts. Adults who travel or have lifestyle, occupational, or medical risks may also need the Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal,

or other vaccines. And I strongly urge all my patients to get the flu vaccine during flu season (October to May) as some current strains are just as dangerous for adults as they are for children.” “Before you are pregnant, we’ll update your vaccinations to protect you and your baby. Some vaccines like measles, mumps, tuberculosis, and chickenpox are made from live viruses, so you should get them before––not during––pregnancy. The CDC does not recommend the pertussis part of the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, but the Td shot just for tetanus is safe. If you’ll be pregnant during flu season, come in for a flu shot to avoid dangerous (and even fatal) complications from the flu during pregnancy. The shot (not the nasal spray) is made from killed viruses and is safe for mother and baby.” “Take the time to get your’s a healthy choice you’ll never outgrow!” The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479

Take Back Your House! Cara Smith shh—listen very carefully. What do you hear? It’s—nothing, nothing at all! It’s the peace and quiet of having your house to yourself again after a long, hot summer with the kids home from school! You love them, of course, and summer’s a special time to bond with them. But with little ones around all day, every day, it’s only a matter of minutes before your house looks like tornado swept through. Now that they’re back in school, you can take a minute to catch your breath— and then start thinking about picking up the pieces. If your house is anything like mine, you’ve got streaky wood floors, sand between your sofa cushions, and the occasional crayon drawing on the kitchen walls—not to mention the generally dusty furniture, blinds, and fan blades. If it seems like it’s just too big a job to tackle all by yourself, it might be time to call in a professional—like Professional Maid Service. They’ll leave no cushion unturned, no floor unscrubbed, and no


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window unclear. Top to bottom, your house will be cleaner than ever before. Whether it’s here-and-there help you need, or regular service to keep the kid tornado to a dull roar (weekly, every other week, or monthly), Professional Maid Service can come on a schedule that best suits your needs and your budget. And, of course, all their maids are bonded and insured, and have undergone thorough background checks, so you’ll have total peace of mind. “Gone are the June Cleaver days when women were magically able to raise their kids and keep a showplace home with no help—if they ever existed at all,” laughs Professional Maid Service’s owner, Max McCammond. So give yourself a break after the summer—you’ve earned it. Enjoy that peace and quiet—and enjoy it in a professionally cleaned home! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500




Fort Bend Families Agree! Sarah Warburton


hen something’s fantastic, it stands the test of time. We found two couples who’ve used one place for their flooring for a combined total of fifteen years...and they keep coming back for more of the great selection, quality products, and unbeatable customer service. This is a tale of two bathrooms... and one amazing local company. For the last twenty-seven years Paula and Taylor Auburg have lived in First Colony and they consider All About Carpet one of the best local secrets. Paula says, “Twenty years ago we first came to All About Carpet. Plenty of things have changed in Fort Bend, but not our choice for carpet and tile. In fact, they’ve just finished work on our third house! After we remodeled

our master bathroom, replaced tile in the entire kitchen, removed carpet and put tile in another room and redid the entry...we asked the owner, Bob McKelvey, to finish out with our master bath.” “I told Bob I didn’t want the master bath to look like an afterthought. Bob had helped us find a gorgeous travertine in 18x18 tile that we used throughout the house. We continued it in the master bath, taking it 3/4 of the way up the wall. The way his guys brought the tile through real-

ly ties the whole house together and makes it look like the whole thing was designed at the same time. We also took out the jacuzzi tub and replaced it with an open shower, then we took out the old shower and put in a soaker tub.” “One of the many nice things about working with All About Carpet is how well Bob knows the other local businesses. We got all the fixtures, the lights, and the painting done by wonderful local companies that Bob recommended. It looks like a different room, but all we did was change out the shower and tub and add a little bit of paint. It turned out so pretty!” Daniel and Lin Thouin of New Territory have been trusting their home to All About Carpet for years. Daniel says, “When we moved out here, there weren’t many places for flooring except down highway six. The guys from All About Carpet did such a good job, we never went anywhere else. This time, we had them redo everything in the bathroom from the vanity to the shower. We had an idea of what we wanted. Once we went through the showroom, Lin and I had no trouble picking out the best choice. We did glass tile on one wall and one section of the shower, and grey 12x24 tiles in the rest of the shower.” “Over the years,” says Daniel, “I guess Bob and his crew had done just about everything in our house. They keep on schedule and don’t take two months to do the work. Plus, you know their warranty really means something...because they’ve been around for years and they’re not going anywhere!”

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Living Large in Texas

By Sarah Warburton


et’s celebrate living in Texas, where we can relax outside year round! Outdoor living and entertaining in your backyard’s moved way beyond a charcoal grill and a couple of lawn chairs. Imagine a bar area, countertops, stainless steel refrigerator and grill,

a fire pit or fireplace, even a kitchen island, decorative concrete... and more! Fort Bend’s leading outdoor kitchen builder and outdoor living specialist, Bill Stokes of Increte says, “The hottest trend in outdoor entertaining today is outdoor kitchens. A well-designed one will

expand the livable space of your home and increase your property value and long as it’s designed and installed by professionals. Increte of Houston’s been in business for over thirty years. With the largest decorative concrete and outdoor kitchen showroom in the area, we can make your dreams of an outdoor kitchen come true.” You don’t want to get into hot water by trusting your outdoor kitchen to the wrong company. Increte of Houston is the BBB Winner of Distinction Award for Excellence for 2010 and 2011 and an A+ rated BBB company. They also won the Decorative Concrete Association Project of the Year for a project under $2500. You can also find them every year as an exhibitor at the Houston Rodeo. Bill and his wife have enjoyed thirty years of marriage. Their two sons, one a Texas A & M graduate, the other a graduate of the US Naval Academy, are both also graduates of Clements High School. And Bill’s been working with concrete since he himself was just a student at Sam Houston University. He says, “We’re fixtures in this community and we love what we do!” Call or visit our showroom at Increte of Houston and see how we can transform your backyard today.” Increte of Houston 12201 Carlsbad Houston, TX 77085 Phone: 281-499-3990

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Easy, Breezy, and Efficient Sarah Warburton hen Cindy Hanan’s air conditioner cut out in the middle of the hottest, driest summer for years, she phoned a trusted friend and got the number for Jackson Air. She says, “We had to replace two of our three air conditioners. Brian Jackson came out to do the free estimate and he gave me paperwork that made it really simple to choose the best air conditioner for us. All the choices were laid out side by side so I could compare prices, features, and warranties. We chose a high-efficiency unit that was eligible for a rebate and a tax credit. Not only did Brian answer all my questions, but he advised me to change the size of one of our air conditioners to make it more appropriate for the area it would be cooling. He didn’t upsell, oversell, or hardsell us on really made the whole process easy.” “The guys from Jackson Air arrived ontime, were really efficient, thorough, and organized, and we had air conditioning that night,” says Cindy. “Brian came to supervise the work...and later when we had a little problem with our thermostat connecting to the internet, he came right out the next


They Make day. He was in and out Summers Comfortable! in thirty minutes and we P haven’t had a problem 281since.” 4 2 0-1037 When Susan Hesketh was ready to replace her sixteen-year-old air conditioner with something more energy efficient, one of her husband’s coworkers recommended Jackson Air. She says, “We got more than one bid, but Jackson Air’s was the best...and they came with that personal recommendation, too. They were prompt and did a great job with the whole project. It’s really one of unit came with a rebate and a tax credit. It’s those processes I usually hate...but Jackson working great...and I highly recommend Air made it painless. Brian laid it out for us... Jackson Air!” and that’s the way everything happened. They came out when they said they would, Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer got the job done, and the whole thing was Jackson Air finished by the time I came home from 281-240-1037 work. Not only that, but our high-efficiency Donnielle Carter eople have been overheard talking about Houston summers as the most uncomfor table time of the year. Not only physically but also to the pocketbook when you get your utility bill. But what summers could be fun and comfortab if AND you could pay less in utilities? le? experts at Jackson The Air prove that’s sible everyday. posLet them guide you thru the steamy heat into a comfortab le summer. With your family’s comfort foremost their minds and in due to their honest no pressure sales advice, and a variety of choices, family owned and operated for almost years, Jackson Air 30 has become the area’s most trusted and reliable A/C Company. In fact, the Better Business Bureau awarded Jackson Air the Award of Excellence for 2011. Brian Jackson, owner of Jackson Air cautions, “August is still a very hot humid month and you must pay attention to your air conditioning system. If it isn’t functioning properly or at peak performance, it uses a lot of energy and can unexpectedly break The average life down. of climate is only about an a/c in our harsh 8 to 10 years.” Jackson Air is Sugar Land’s oldest independe nt Trane Comfort Specialist and as such has exciting offers if many it’s time for that upgrade. If you upgrade to a qualifying Trane like the XL20i system , not only can it save you money, give your house more comfortab temperatures with le less humidity and cleaner air, they are also offering 0% financing months OR up to for 36 $1250 instant rebates Plus

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This One’s a Keeper!

Sarah Warburton ort Bend’s buzzin’ about Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar where Keeper Lin (of Kaneyama and Sushi King) offers exquisite, innovative sushi in an elegant, inviting atmosphere. Those in the know tell us that mechanical problems with the air conditioning have been resolved...and the hottest spot in town is finally one-hundred percent cool again! Keeper says, “I’d like to invite you back to our Happy Hours with special prices on selected appetizers, drinks, sushi and rolls from 3-6 every day...and a bonus “Reverse Happy Hour” from 9-11 Friday and Saturday night.” With over twenty years as a “Sushi Man,” Keeper knows the importance of fresh fish.


That’s why he visits the local fish markets once or twice a day...even as late as midnight when something special comes in! Sashimi is a great choice to showcase the fish, but you’ll also find deliciously imaginative rolls to please every palate. You can’t be Texan without trying the Cowboy: tuna or salmon and avocado inside topped with blackened beef, four colors of tobiko (flying fish roe in ruby, black, wasabi, and golden yuzu) and cowboy sauce with a serious kick! For something a little sweeter, pick the Skydiver: soft-shell crab and cucumber inside, topped with unagi, avocado, sesame, and eel sauce. And our newest favorite is the Nemo: spicy tuna or salmon with avocado inside, fresh salmon, Nemo sauce, and green onion on the outside...almost too pretty to eat! Come see why Fort Bend knows that this amazing place is definitely a keeper! Meet your girlfriends for Green Tea Mojitos, treat your husband to sushi so fresh it’ll melt in your mouth, or just escape for a relaxing meal to remember.

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Keeper says, “My international staff and I love living and working in Sugar Land...and our Japanese spirit comes through in the food we make and serve. We’re happy to offer some additional specials to those who ‘like’ us on Facebook, and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon!” Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar 281-242-0389 4654 Highway 6 South Sugar Land, TX 77578

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Go With a Winning Team


Sarah Warburton f you want to keep your plumbing problem-free this season, you need guys you can count on from the kick-off to the touchdown. Fort Bend loves our hometown team, the professionals of Alan’s Plumbing. 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!” This team’s got the training, the experience, and the heart to go the distance. Alan, his brothers Chris and Brian and the newest member of the team Zach Wagner, have the know-how to solve all those pesky plumbing problems...from fix-

ing a dripping faucet, running toilet, or clogged drain to replacing your water heater or bathroom fixtures. 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.” Choosing a local team means you’ll get the straight story, excellent service, and a fair price, from a business with a history of service to Fort Bend. Alan says, “Over the last fifteen years, we at Alan’s Plumbing have taken pride in offering excellent plumbing at reasonable prices. Now I’m proud to welcome my two oldest sons, Luke and Beau to the team as they continue in the family business. And we’re rooting for my youngest son Jake as he starts his senior year at Elkins...Go Knights!” Do you need a good defense against plumbing problems? Alan’s Plumbing’s got a record of success…season after season! Alan says, “If your hot water heater’s over ten years old and

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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 Fort Bend.” 281-261-1064

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When Caring is a Calling F

or some people, the desire to be of service to others is a true calling. And that’s exactly what it is for Sebastian Villarreal, M.D., an interventional pain management physician who’s made it his life’s work to help his patients back into a happy, productive lifestyle. His practice offers personalized care in an inviting and accessible location that makes it easy and enjoyable to get the treatment that will get you back to your life. “I think I always wanted to be a doctor,” he says, “but it wasn’t until my residency that I realized pain management was my true calling. I loved getting to know people, and helping them get out of pain—people who had started to believe they might never feel better again.” Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Dr. Villarreal moved to the Houston area with his family when he was nine years old, and he’s lived here ever since...and he speaks English and Spanish both fluently. As accomplished an athlete as he was a scholar, he put himself through University of Houston on a football scholarship before attending medical school in Galveston. After that, he completed a general surgery internship, an anesthesiology residency at Tulane, and a pain medicine fellowship at Louisiana State University. In other words, Dr. Villarreal really knows his stuff! It’s not just his credentials, though, that make him a great physician. It’s also his caring, integrated approach to treatment. “Pain affects not only patients, but their loved ones, as well,” Dr. Villarreal explains. “That’s why I try to involve them, too. I also work closely with referring physicians and providers to make sure we’re all taking a coordinated approach to patient care. That’s one of the ways my practice offers a concierge-type experi-

ence that’s tailored to you and your needs.” Dr. Villarreal provides outpatient injections for the complete range of neck, back, and joint disorders, which produce dramatic results. And since his office doesn’t have elevators or stairwells, paid parking or overbooked appointments, he makes it easy on your schedule and your back to get treatment. You really can walk right in and get prompt, friendly, and professional treatment. “It’s amazing to be able to make such a difference, and nothing beats seeing someone walk out of my office who, just a few months ago, couldn’t walk at all,” says Dr. Villarreal. And making a difference is what he’s all about. After the earthquake in Haiti, for example, Dr. Villarreal got on a plane as quickly as he could. “I provided anesthesia to patients, many of whom were children, and helped with post-op pain and recovery,” he recounts. “It was easily the best job I’ve ever had. Being able to do so much good work for so many people—it’s the greatest reward.” Now Dr. Villarreal is making his home in Sugar Land with his wife, a physical therapist born and raised in Sugar Land (she graduated from Clements High School), and their one-year-old daughter, he’s looking forward to being as actively involved in our own community. So if you’re in pain, call someone who cares—whose caring is a calling! Sebastian Villarreal, M.D. Houston Interventional Pain Center 281-494-PAIN (7246) 6350 Hwy 90A, Suite 700 Sugar Land, Texas 77498

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Sarah Warburton ometimes change is right around the corner and you don’t have to wait for good things to come to you. Getting a great smile is easy and even fun with a little help from your favorite dentist. Dr. Thomas Lomonte says, “I know patients who’ve put off taking care of crooked, stained or missing teeth, but the new Snap-On Smile delivers wonderful results in only two weeks. I’m in this business to make people smile...and Snap-On Smile makes smiling easy!” The Snap-On Smile will completely transform your smile and it couldn’t be simpler! You can eat with your Snap-On Smile, you won’t need any adhesive, and it’s completely reversible. Dr. Lomonte says, “This appliance is extremely thin, resists staining, and is incredibly durable. It’s flexible, strong, and snaps right over a patient’s natural teeth. I’ve found the Snap-On Smile to be an excellent option for patients looking for a non-invasive, affordable approach to more extensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry.” How easy is Snap-On Smile? For starters, there aren’t any shots or drilling. You’ll make a quick visit to Dr. Lomonte and choose from different smile shapes and shades. He’ll take some photos and make impressions of your teeth. About two weeks later...Dr. Lomonte will receive your custom-made Snap-On Smile appliance. He’ll help you snap it in and you’ll be smiling all the way home. Quick, easy, and effective! Doesn’t that make you smile? You could be enjoying the smile of your dreams today. “Patients really love the results we get from the Snap-On Smile,” says Dr. Lomonte. “I’ve used it with great success for patients of all ages, as

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Becca Bragg uccess leaves clues and Bert Martinez has spent his entire life obsessed with finding those clues and applying them, not only to his own life, but to the lives of thousands of others. Surviving and thriving in business takes more than a great takes a recipe or system. Bert Martinez, Business Consultant has been described as having “a deep understanding of what drives business” (CBS). He applies his extensive knowledge of business and people to create systems to help you pull in the profits you’ve always wanted. Bert says, “As a business owner, your business can run you because your caught up in the day to day details...or you can run your business and have a life too. We’ll set up systems to run your company allowing owners to have more control, work less hours, and make more sales. The biggest myth in the business world, attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, is that “if you make a better mouse trap


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A Tradition of Excellence

Cara Smith f you’ve ever had your wisdom teeth pulled, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Dr. Joseph Chen. That’s because, as one of the most respected and longest-practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeons in our area, his name is pretty much synonymous with excellence—and your referring dentist is sure to know it! In practice since the early 1980s, Dr. Chen opened his current practice in 1999. Since the beginning, he’s made it his mission to provide the finest care to all his patients. He’s also set the standard for excellence in his field: he taught oral surgery residents for many years at the UT Dental Branch in Houston and at Ben Taub Hospital, and is a prominent member of the most prestigious oral surgery associations. Now he’s proud to be continuing that tradition of excellence with his partner, Dr. Eddy Yang, and his newest associate, Dr. Thai Vuu. The traditions run deep: all three doctors completed their oral surgery residencies at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston following dental school (and in the case of Drs. Yang and Vuu, medical school as well—a paradigm that didn’t exist when Dr. Chen started out). All three are board-certified or boardeligible, and, most importantly, all three share the same strong commitment to patient care.


Born in Taiwan, Dr. Chen was raised in Forth Worth—and he’s got the accent to prove it! What’s more, his love of dentistry runs through his entire family. His wife is a pediatric dentist and professor at the UT Dental Branch, his son is soon to be an orthodontist, and his daughter is currently in dental school.

“It’s a great field, because we get to make such a profound difference so quickly,” says Dr. Chen. Dr. Yang continues, “Much of the time, our patients come to us in pain, and when they leave, they’re already doing better. That’s a great feeling.” Just as important, they take a conservative approach to what they do. Explains Dr. Vuu, “I really admire Drs. Chen and Yang, because they take such a measured, evidence-based approach to their work. I’m so glad to be a part of their practice.” And while the surgical extraction of wisdom teeth is the most commonly known function of the oral surgeon, you might be surprised to know how much more they do. “If it’s in your mouth, you bet we can do it,” laughs Dr. Chen. “We do the full scope of oral surgery, from simple outpatient procedures to complex inpatient cases, including emergency facial trauma. We also diagnose any type of oral disease, most of which we’re equipped to treat right here.” Drs. Chen, Yang, and Vuu routinely provide orthognathic surgery in conjunction with orthodontics, perform minor cosmetic facial procedures, and place posts for use with dental implants. If you’re looking for an oral surgeon, give them a call—you’ve found the right ones. They’re truly a tradition.

Dr. Yang grew up in the Midwest and came to Houston for his residency. He has an eight year-old son as well as five year-old twin girls, and his wife was a family practice physician before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Does he miss the Midwest? “No way—I met my wife here!”

Drs. Chen & Yang, Inc. (281) 494-9433 15200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 230 Sugar Land, TX 77478

Dr. Vuu and his family came to Sugar Land from Vietnam when he was very young, and he’s been here ever since—he even graduated from Dulles High School. His wife is an optometrist, and they have two young children. What does he like best about his profession? “Caring for patients from both a dental and a medical perspective.”

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Sarah Warburton he health of his family had been weighing on Todd Tapley’s mind for a while. He says, “We’d built a house five years ago and I’d put in three lower-cost air conditioners. Not only were they not cooling anymore, but we’d noticed mold growing around the air duct in an upstairs bedroom where the kids sleep. I know Chance from All Out A/C is reliable and trustworthy, so I gave him a call and he hooked me up with Bryan. He examined my whole system, made his recommendations, and helped me break the project into smaller pieces to work with my time and budget.” The owners of All Out A/C Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy know that staying cool and being healthy start with the air circulating through your home. Bryan says, “If you or your kids struggle with allergies, it’s crucial to get clean air in your home. Blowing


out the ducts just stirs things up, exposing stuff to the humidity so it can grow and settle in other places in your home. We replaced the contaminated ductwork in Todd’s home and used our EPA-approved, eight-hour air treatment process which eliminates mold and mildew in both the air and A/C system. It also eliminates pet odors, bacteria, dust mites, smoke, and cooking odors in your home or office.” “When they brought in those shiny silver torpedos,” says Todd, “I was skeptical, but we really did get cleaner air right away. The new air conditioner they installed also works efficiently without turning off and on so much to keep a constant temperature. We’ve had hit or miss experiences with

contractors in the past...but working with All Out A/C was problem-free. They’re by far the best company I’ve ever used and I’ll trust them to replace the rest of our old air conditioners this winter. Already the air quality and the peace of mind are fantastic!” All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406


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We’re Breaking Records in Texas D Sarah Warburton id you notice Fort Bend broke one record after another this summer? We’re still beating all kinds of record highs, day after day, week after week...and the Texas summer isn’t over at the end of August. Maybe they’re calling September “Fall” up north, but we’ll be seeing temperatures in the nineties just about all month long. Not only does it make life hot, but it makes your electric bill higher, too. So how do you bring those numbers back down? We can’t do a thing about Mother Nature, but finding the power sucks in your home will help get your energy costs under control. Start with a free energy evaluation per formed by the licensed, bonded, and trained green-energy experts at Eco-Attics of Texas. Mike Busby, owner of Eco-Attics of Texas says, “On average, homeowners who call for our free evaluation and make some smart changes save around forty percent on their monthly power bills. If you act now, you’re eligible for manufacturers’ rebates and government tax it’s like getting paid to

save money and energy!” When it’s ninety degrees outside, your attic’s like an oven...and that burdens your air conditioner, compromises your comfort, and costs you big bucks! Mike says, “Fitting your attic with a true foil Radiant Barrier will keep the temperature within 5 degrees of the outside air. Blown-in insulation, a solar attic fan that runs off the heat of the sun, and an attic tent can all make a difference in the energy-efficiency of your home...and your bottom line!”

“On average, homeowners who call for our free evaluation and make some smart changes save around forty percent on their monthly power bills. Want to set a new record by actually lowering the numbers on your energy bills? Mike says, “Call us for a free energy evaluation. Using solutions like solar screens, energy-efficient windows, solar pool panels, and our attic retrofit can save you an average of forty percent on

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your energy bill. Switching your home over from incandescent bulbs to CFLs means using ninety percent less electricity in your lights. These products pay for themselves over time.” Pick up the phone for your free energy evaluation by Eco-Attics of Texas and see how a record number of homeowners are saving money with smarter choices...and Eco-Attics of Texas. Eco-Attics of Texas 281-937-7341

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

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

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UpClose Magazine September 2011  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas.

UpClose Magazine September 2011  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas.