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September 2012

Extinguishing Cancer

Early Detection Saves Lives


he Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offers women a lifesaving difference. With renowned breast radiologists, the latest in technology and a patient-centric focus on personal care and communication, the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is a valuable community resource that is unmatched in Fort Bend County.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM OF BREAST CARE SPECIALISTS: Breast Care Navigator Breast Radiologists Breast Reconstructive Surgeons Breast Surgeons Oncologists Pathologists Radiation Oncologists

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with more than 200,000 cases discovered in the U.S. each year. The good news is that death rates from breast cancer have been declining in the U.S. in recent years, due in large part to early detection through screening mammograms.

That’s why the Breast Center has recently expanded yet again, adding another mammography unit. Installation of a fourth mammography unit adds to the extensive services including: Digital Mammography Diagnostic Ultrasound Ultrasound Biopsy Fine Needle Aspiration

Dr. Stephen Phillips Breast Radiologist

Breast MRI MRI-Guided Biopsy Stereotactic Biopsy Ductogram

Dr. Kelly Dempsey Breast Surgeon

Maria Socci, RN Breast Care Navigator

In addition, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has hired a Breast Care Navigator, a resource expert who helps guide breast cancer patients through the emotional and complex journey from diagnosis through survivorship. A diagnosis of breast cancer and treatment can be overwhelming to the patient. At Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, breast cancer patients and their families can focus on healing, while the Breast Care Navigator, Maria Socci, coordinates care. Maria is a registered nurse with specialty training in oncology. As a Breast Care Navigator, Maria manages the details of the treatment process by: expediting appointments with the appropriate physicians. coordinating second opinions. answering questions. advocating or simply listening to any concerns. Maria also educates the patient and family about treatment options, and helps them make informed decisions about their individualized course of care, as well as playing a vital role in the breast care team by attending case reviews and discussions.

Dr. Sandra Templeton Breast Surgeon

Dr. Clive Shkedy Radiation Oncologist

Join us for

Pretty Town in Pink Square FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012

“Our patients are cared for by a multi-disciplinary team of breast care specialists who work together to provide the most comprehensive treatment possible, all in one convenient location,” says Dr. Stephen Phillips, Medical Director of the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “We provide the full continuum of care – from screening all the way through surgery and/or radiation – all in one place. Having a dedicated center enables our physicians to communicate with one another more effectively and coordinate care more efficiently, which means that women are able to begin treatment immediately.” For more information on breast care navigation or for a second opinion, please call Maria at 281-2768989 or email

CALL NOW! Scheduling: 281-242-PINK (7465) Breast Navigator: 281-276-8989


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This exciting, free family-fun community event will be held at the Sugar Land Town Square. The event will feature something for everyone – Pink Fire Truck, Radio London Band, activities for kids—Moonwalk, Face Painting, Magician, Balloon Artists and after sundown, Town Square will be lit up in pink to honor all cancer survivors. Another part of the equation of cancer care is cost. Advances in diagnostics and therapy have dramatically increased survival, but the high cost of treating and diagnosing cancer can place a significant financial strain on patients and families. That is the drive behind Pretty in Pink— Town Square, a charity event that will benefit patients in the fight against cancer. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League have partnered together with breast surgeons Sandra Templeton, M.D. and Kelly Dempsey, M.D., to hold this event, in which 100 percent of the donated proceeds will stay within the community to assist

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patients with personal costs associated with all types of cancer. Attendees will also be able to sign their names on the famous pink fire truck that travels across the country as a part of the “Pink Heals Tour” to help raise money to fight cancer. Former Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance president Gail Parker, who is also a breast cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss how being optimistic helped her stay positive during her breast cancer treatment. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors who have already helped us raise more than $70,000.

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16655 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-242-PINK (7465) The stylish new shirts modeled here by local breast surgeons Sandra Templeton, M.D. To advertise, 281-235-0600 UPCLOSE ~ September 2012 ~ 3 and Kelly Dempsey, M.D. will be available for purchase at the event.

Do You Know this Hidden Danger? Sarah Warburton

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ou might have tenderness, pain, swelling, redness, varicose veins, skin infections, or muscle strains...or you might not have any warning signs at all. We asked local Vascular Surgeon, Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT,FACS about the hidden dangers in your veins that could put your very life at risk. He says, “If you are concerned that you may suffer from Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT), we’ll review your general health, medical history, and symptoms. After a physical exam, I may order a duplex ultrasound test or a venogram test to confirm diagnosis. Since one of the warning signs of DVT is varicose veins, I’m always careful to examine all my patients to make sure their circulatory system is working as it should.” Are you afraid of “economy class syndrome?” Most of us know DVT as the reason we should move our legs when we’re on an airplane, but that’s not the only risk factor. Dr. Baltazar explains, “Often, poor blood flow, or stagnation of blood flow, in your leg veins increases the risk for DVT. This poor flow might occur when you are not able to move for long periods of time. As a result, when your blood pools in your veins, clots are more likely

to form. Some specific causes of DVT include: surgery on your hip, knee, leg, calf, abdomen, or chest; a broken hip or leg; prolonged travel by car, bus, or airplane; inherited blood clotting abnormalities; and cancer.You have a greater chance of developing DVT if you are obese; have a history of heart attack, stroke or congestive heart failure; are pregnant, nursing or taking birth control pills; or have inflammatory bowel disease.” What’s so tricky about blood flow? Your arteries transport oxygen-rich blood from your heart out to your body, while your veins return the oxygen-depleted blood back to your heart. DVT refers to a clot in the deep veins that lead to the vena cava, your body’s largest vein, which runs directly to the heart. Usually, it may occur in your pelvis, thigh, or calf...but occasionally it may occur in the arm, chest, or other locations. Dr. Baltazar says, “DVT perfectly illustrates how crucial it is to have veins that are working as they should. If a blood clot breaks free from your deep veins, it can travel through the bloodstream. If it lodges in your lungs, this “pulmonary embolism” can block blood flow, strain your heart and lungs, and can quickly become fatal.” “If you notice varicose veins or have pain or discomfort in your legs, come in for an exam. I’ll determine whether your veins are working properly for optimum blood flow...and if we detect any problems, I have a range of treatment options. I am passionate about your elegant circulatory system and my sole professional obsession is keeping your veins strong and healthy!”

Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT,FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 281-240-8400 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3)

Body by Ahmadi

There are two things where you never skimp on price: parachutes and plastic surgery.


hen you’re considering your choices at the grocery store, it’s easy to see why organic apples cost more than conventional ones. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to compare your choices when it comes to plastic surgery. When one surgeon advertises a much lower price for the “same” procedure are you saving money...or setting yourself up for hidden fees, health risks, and incomplete results? Choosing the right doctor’s a hot topic right now. Everyone from Rachael Ray to NBC News Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, to John Connolly, publisher of “America’s Top Doctors,” recommends choosing a physician with Board Certification from a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)...and the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only ABMS board which certifies plastic surgery of the entire body. This “gold standard of physician-certifying boards” means that

When you look at the price of your procedure, are you seeing the hidden costs? Too often, patients may be lured in by extremely low prices, only to find additional charges for every little thing. Don’t forget to read the fine print.

When you look at the price of your procedure, are you seeing the hidden costs? Too often, patients may be lured in by extremely low prices, only to find additional charges for every little thing. Don’t forget to read the fine print. Fortunately, Dr. Ahmadi offers straightforward, all-inclusive pricing on his revolutionary, one-stage Lipotuck™ procedure. The Lipotuck™ will remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen, as well as smoothing residual bulges above and below for superior results and a quicker recovery. He only schedules one patient a day, so you’ll have his undivided time and attention. If you’re committed to plastic surgery, make sure you can get the results you really want! Frequently, patients undergoing just a tummy tuck still have leftover upper abdomen, pubic and bra bulges. To get the curvy waist you want after a tummy tuck, you may have to seek additional liposuction. How is that costeffective? By perfectly combining tummy tuck and liposuction, Lipotuck™ offers a one-stage solution in body contouring. Don’t sell yourself short! You can have the beautiful figure and flat stomach you’ve always wanted. Expect the best and you can achieve it...with the artistic expertise of Dr. Ahmadi. He says, “My inspiration is seeing the difference my skills make in the lives of my patients!”

your doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school, has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon, with a minimum of five years of residency training in all areas of surgery, including at least two years devoted entirely to plastic surgery. To become certified, the doctor then must pass comprehensive written and oral exams. Local surgeon, Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the prestigious American Board of Surgery. He says, “My respect for this profession and for my patients drives me in every choice I make. I believe you deserve and should expect only the best!”

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







All About



ince 1998 I have had a wonderful relationship with a locally owned flooring store. Bob and his family have done a feature advice column “This’ll Floor You” for us. Bob was always willing to share his knowledge and experience with our readers on every kind of flooring issues and also kitchen and bathroom remodeling. In UpClose we have a family of service providers that we’re proud to put our name on and happy to recommend to our family, friends and neighbors. We are fortunate to have the best of the best in their fields of expertise. We are one big family that stand behind our work, just like the McKelvey family. We live in the community we do business in and our kids go to school with your kids. When I received a call early monday morning and heard the bad news, it floored me. I could not believe that I would never again drop into the store and hear Bob saying, “Hey girl, what do you need? Money?” with a laugh. More than just business, we talked about kids, news around town, and life...and he truly was interested in hearing how things were going. Over the years, I saw the McKelvey family spend more time at their business than they did at at their own home. Having a terrible thing like this happen just stops you in your tracks and makes you realize how fast everything can change. We were honored to be part of an “All About Community” benefit held on August 23rd at Home Theater Evolutions with help from All Out Offroad, Lupita’s, and all the UpClose businesses turned up to help. Future benefits are being planned by the Skeeters and Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse and on page 14 you’ll see how many other people and business are supporting the McKelveys. In addition, a fund has been established at Wells Fargo to assist the McKelveys with the cost of Bob’s memorial service and Renee’s long recovery. Donations may be made by contacting any Wells Fargo Bank in-person, online, or over the phone and indicating that the donation is for the “McKelvey Family Donation Fund” account #2860841424. Direct questions to Wells Fargo contact Leslie Jones (281) 980-8881. Bob had the kind of spirit that just lit up a room. Losing him is enough of a tragedy. Now we’re all lifting up Renee and the boys, so they can have the strength and support to carry on Bob’s legacy. We will miss you, Bob!

On The Cover ~ Methodist Sugar Land Hospital - Breast Center Publisher ~ Gina Pizzini Editor ~ Gina Pizzini Layout and Design ~ Night Sky Creative Account Executives Sandra Mazoch, Kerri Kavourgias Business Editor ~ Sarah Warburton Writers Sara Adams, Maggie Beil Stacy Keith, Courtney Mcllcoy Amy Sharp Photography ~ J. Thomas “Jay” Ford is published monthly and direct mailed to 75,000 homes. For information on having your business featured in UpClose call Gina Pizzini at 281.235.0600. Magazine

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Is the Fountain of Youth a Myth?


on’t answer too quickly. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D., R.Ph. says, “There may not be a spring of water that can turn you back into a teenager, but there are plenty of ways we can erase wrinkles and give you renewed energy. The best news? You don’t have to launch an expedition to find them...because we’re right here in the heart of Sugar Land!” The first visible signs of aging usually show up on our faces! Protect your skin from the terrors of free radicals, pollution, sun exposure, and the decreased collagen synthesis that comes with age. Dr. Campbell says, “ We can make unique anti-aging formulations

with the highest quality, most appropriate ingredients for your skin. We also offer Chrysaderm, an advanced cosmeceutical product that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, protects against harsh external factors, improves skin tone, and increases skin hydration.” Even if you look young, you may feel twice your age! Dr. Campbell says, “As we age, the levels of our hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone decrease. These hormones strengthen bones, calm the nerves, promote restful sleep, decrease fluid retention, and improve energy, confidence, and libido. Thyroid and adrenal function also decline as a part of the natural aging process. Fatigue, weight gain, depression, decreased mental sharpness, insomnia, joint and muscle aches and pains, loss of libido, hair loss, cold sensitivity, recurrent infections and elevated cholesterol are some of the classical symptoms of hypothyroidism or low thyroid. If

you’ve lost your youthful vitality, it may be time to have your thyroid, adrenal function, and hormones checked.” Put the bounce back in your step, the twinkle in your eye, and the zest in your life with the anti-aging secrets at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy. Dr. Campbell says, “From topical solutions like day and night creams to the full-body effects of hormone replacement therapy, I work with patients and their doctors for total health. Once we find the best solution for you, you won’t need a fountain of youth to look and feel fantastic!” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 “If our staff can’t make it… then you probably don’t need it!” 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

One Change Makes a Big Impact Sarah Warburton eady to redo your old decor? Why spend tons of time making lot of little changes, when you could make a bigger impact in less time by changing one big thing...thanks to the Miracle Method Surface Restoration. Owners (and local residents) Jonee and Paul Barnett say, “Homeowners love the way our process can completely transform your old countertops. Changing your countertops completely changes the entire look of your kitchen or bathroom!” Does stepping into your kitchen feel like going back in time? Make some new memories with the Miracle Method. After all, you don’t need to remember every time your knife slipped or you dropped a mug, and we’d all like to forget the color schemes of a few decades ago! Jonee says, “Our Natural AccentsTM finish gives the look and texture of stone for a fraction of the cost of real granite, imitation granite, or man-made materials like Corian or Silestone. Our unique seven-step spray application delivers counters that are seamless, non-porous, heat resistant, scratch resistant...and really beautiful!” If avocado green, dusky rose, or art deco doesn’t suit your style any more, you can get a whole new look without a lot of drama. The Miracle Method works equally well on kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, laminate breakfast bars and even cultured marble sink vanities! Miracle Method doesn’t just change the look of your extends the life of your counters by ten to fifteen years.


Local homeowners and corporate clients like Hilton and Disney all agree that the Miracle Method make it easy to get a bathroom or kitchen that looks new! Sometimes seeing is believing, and that’s why Jonee brings a “before and after” sample to each free in-home estimate. She says, “We’re accredited members of the BBB, have an A rating on Angie’s List and are a 5-year Super Service Award Winner on Angie’s List. Paul and I love seeing the way the Miracle Method completely changes the look of your kitchen and bathroom...and makes homeowners happy!” Miracle Method Surface Restoration • 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only) Stafford, TX

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UPCLOSE ~ September 2012 ~ 7

They’re not just your plumbers, they’re your neighbors...

Matt Harris


hen you want your plumbing to go the distance, you need a pit crew like the team at Alan’s Plumbing. For years Master Plumber Alan Burkhalter has solved Fort Bend’s plumbing problems with his two brothers Chris and Brian, his three sons, and fellow team member Zach. Alan’s sons Beau, Luke and Jake have been riding the truck with their dad and uncles since they were only eight or nine and Alan’s wife Jennifer or his mom answers the phone when you call. Working together keeps their overhead low...and they pass those savings on to you! Life’s a journey, but you can’t enjoy the ride unless you know who to trust. You won’t get a lot of fast talk and fine print from the folks at Alan’s Plumbing. These guys never forget they’re not just your plumbers, they’re your neighbors. Alan and Jennifer’s three boys all graduated from Elkins High School, his brothers, and his mom all live right here in Fort Bend. This year Jake will be playing football at Howard

Life’s a journey, but you can’t enjoy the ride unless you know who to trust. You won’t get a lot of fast talk and fine print from the folks at Alan’s Plumbing. These guys never forget they’re not just your plumbers, they’re your neighbors. Payne University in the fall...but you’ll still see Beau and Luke on the Alan’s Plumbing team. These guys bring down-home Texas manners and good old-fashioned respect with them on every plumbing job. They are friendly, thorough, and quick with their repairs. Not only that, but they’re happy to answer your questions. When a plumber

takes the time to explain what he’s doing, you know he cares about his work and his customers! Don’t get bogged down in promises made by some fly-by-night operation or a big ol’ heartless corporation. Alan’s Plumbing treats you and your home with respect. They believe in getting the job done right the first time for a fair price. After all, what’s the point in getting your plumbing “repaired” if you don’t get the job done right? When you call Alan’s Plumbing, you won’t get a part-timer who doesn’t know the business. These guys put in the time to learn their craft and really take pride in the quality of their work. When they put the pedal to the metal, your plumbing problems will hit the road! For service you can count on over the long haul, keep the number for Alan’s Plumbing in your wallet or on your fridge! Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064

Next Stop...St. Michael’s! Is There a Doctor in the House? Courtney McIlvoy


hen Tim Kaminski, M.S. CCC/SLP Director of Operations, Gingerbread House Learning Center and his wife, Patti Parish Kaminski, President Parish-

“I reached my hand down to break my fall and we thought I fractured my wrist. There was swelling and a lot of pain,” Tim says. His wife yelled out for a doctor, and thankfully, Dr. Shannon Orsak of St. Michael’s 24-hour Emergency Room was there. Kaminski & Associates, arrived at Skeeters Constellation Field for a pre-opening gala, they didn’t know they would be arriving at an emergency room just hours later. Tim sat down in his chair to eat dinner when all of a sudden it collapsed underneath him. “I reached my hand down to break my fall and we thought I fractured my wrist. There was swelling and a lot of pain,” Tim says. His wife yelled out for a doctor, and thankfully, Dr. Shannon

and nothing’s harder for a parent than having to wait with a child who’s in pain. When Shannon said I should get an x-ray, Patti and I went straight to St. Michael’s.” Back at Constellation Field, Dr. Orsak called ahead to brief St. Michael’s about the situation. When the Kaminskis walked through the door, the staff greeted Tim by name and quickly ushered him into a room already prepared for him. “Based on how my wrist looked, Dr. Orsak suggested we get it x-rayed. It turned out to be sprained.” Tim says. His sprained wrist is only one of the multiple times Tim or his family has used St. Michael’s. The Kaminski’s first encounter with the emergency room was a couple of years ago, when their son, now thirteen, had appendicitis. “We didn’t know what was wrong. We called Shannon because we didn’t know what to do. He said we should bring him up to St. Michael’s,” Tim says. After bringing their son to St. Michael’s and getting him checked out, Dr. Orsak decided it was probably appendicitis. Not wanting to waste any time, the staff at St. Michael’s took care of the next step. “They called ahead to Texas Children’s Hospital and got all the registration and ever ything set up. They put him in an ambulance to get there. When we arrived at Texas Children’s we completely bypassed the emergency room and didn’t wait at all for a private room. Ever ything was already set up for us and within an hour and a half he was in surger y.” Tim says. When your family has an emergency, make your next stop St. Michael’s!

Orsak of St. Michael’s 24-hour Emergency Room was there. “We’ve always liked St. Michael’s because St. Michael’s Emergency you never have to wait for more than five or ten minutes,” Tim says. “Patti and I both rec16062 SW Freeway (at Hwy 6) 9000 Westheimer ommend it to parents at our schools, because Sugar Land, TX 77479 Houston, TX 77063 281-980-HELP 713.343.0911 we know firsthand that St. Michael’s takes great care of people...without a wait. When you’re in pain, you don’t want to wait around,

Rooms 26226 I 45 N. Spring, TX 77386 281.419.2911

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UPCLOSE ~ September 2012 ~ 9

Seeing the Secrets of 3D

Sarah Warburton


id your family enjoy the 3D thrills of the Avengers, the Amazing Spider Man, or the re-release of Finding Nemo? “Watching 3D media hasn’t been reported to cause any visual problems,” Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source says. “By the age of three most children’s binocular vision should be developed enough for them to enjoy 3D television, movies, or games...just set the same content and time limits you do for other electronic media. As an optometrist, I love learning what 3D can reveal about your vision!” The magic of 3D is nothing compared to the magical work- “3D viewing requires that both eyes function in a coordinated manner, as they converge, ings of your eye when watching 3D. Dr. Doan says, “The focus and track the 3D image. One in four ability to perceive depth in a 3D presentation turns out to be a highly sensitive test of a range of vision health indicators... children may have underlying issues with much more sensitive than the standard eye chart! 3D viewvision, and 3D viewing can alert us to those ing requires that both eyes function in a coordinated undetected problems!” manner, as they converge, focus and track the 3D image. One in four children may have underlying issues with vision, and 3D viewing can alert us to those undetected problems!” Relying on just an eye chart to catch vision problems is like watching a 2D black and white movie! Dr. Doan says, “The eye chart remains an important part of evaluating near and far-sightedness, but that’s just the beginning of what a comprehensive eye exam reveals about the health of your eyes and the way they work together. Traditional vision screenings like those offered at school or your pediatrician’s office alert us to the possibility of a visual problem. If those screenings or problems viewing 3D raise concerns, a comprehensive eye exam will allow me to diagnose and treat any issues!” If you take your kids to see Hotel Transylvania and they (or you!) complain of eyestrain or headaches, feel nauseated or dizzy, can’t “see normally” afterwards, or just don’t see or enjoy the 3D effects that way that others do, those are red flags. Dr. Doan says, “All these symptoms indicate an underlying visual problem. Headaches, nausea, and exhaustion also indicate eyestrain when reading. Bring your family to me for an eye exam and we’ll get you and your eyesight back on track!”


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skiing accident left eighteen-year-old Jason Schell with a spiral fracture of his femur that resulted in eight reconstructive surgeries. He says, “After my orthopedic surgeon put my leg back together, my legs and back were still causing me a lot of pain and dysfunction even after physical therapy. So my orthopedic surgeon recommended a chiropractor. When I sought chiropractic treatment for the first time in my life, I was amazed at how quickly it showed significant results without the use of medicine or further surgery. Not only was my pain relieved, but I was able to function at a much higher level in all my daily activities. The experience really opened my eyes to chiropractic doctors and showed me where physical medicine fits into the world of healthcare. I felt like I was given my life and freedom back and I decided to dedicate myself to giving that same freedom to others.” “After eight years of education and training,” says Dr. Schell, D.C., “and seven years of treating patients in the community of Sugar Land and Missouri City, I created the Spine and Rehabilitation Center (SPRC) of Texas. The SPRC of Texas brings together all the specialists in the field of physical medicine and allopathic medicine for the care of patients with neck, low back, and joint pain. We offer chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and aquatic therapy. In addition, the SPRC of Texas has teamed up with Dr. Mark Brown M.D. of Back Pain Intervention Associates. Dr. Brown is a double Board-Certified medical doctor of anesthesia and pain management, who specializes in relieving acute pain and other neurological symptoms such as muscle weakness & dysfunction, numbness & tingling, or burning & stabbing sensations down the arms and legs. After Dr. Brown assesses and calms the inflammation and pain, I offer ways to strengthen your muscles and stabilize your spine and joints, as well as restore normal motion and balance to the injured areas, so that the pain doesn’t reoccur or require more drastic measures such as invasive surgery.” Life moves pretty fast these days, and it Dr. Mark Brown can take a toll on your body. Dr. Schell says, “ I believe in using every tool at our disposal to help you remain free from pain. My approach is non-invasive, yet effective. I’ll always tailor my recommendations and treatment specifically for you. If you have had surgery, we can help you strengthen the tissues that have been traumatized due to the procedure to help speed your recovery and return you to normal activities. And just like Dr. Brown, I accept all major insurances and believe in collaborating with your other doctors for your best health. Whether you have a sports injury, a joint disorder, or you’ve been living with back pain, we can help!” You don’t have to choose between a quick fix that won’t last or major surgery for your pain. Dr. Schell and Dr. Brown offer a comprehensive approach that covers all the bases for a non-invasive, longlasting solution. Dr. Brown says, “We both want you to enjoy living your life to the from pain!”

Dr. Jason Schell, D.C. @ Dr. Deidre McMullen, M.D. Family, Cosmetic and Bariatric Medicine 281-690-4800 3281 Rocky Creek Drive Missouri City TX (Behind Brook Street BBQ) Back Pain Interventions Associated, PA 281-494-6900 6350 Hwy 90A Suite 700

Dr. Jason Schell

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UPCLOSE ~ September 2012 ~ 11

Boost Your Skintone and Your Spirits

Sarah Warburton efore you’re really recovered from the summer sunshine, it’s time to get ready for the dry, harsh days of winter. September is the best time to reverse the signs of aging and sun damage with a skin routine that’ll deliver another season of beauty! Bailey Huber, Manager at Sugar Land’s Kalologie says, “Our two favorite techniques to deliver skin improvement and a gorgeous glow are the IPL photo facials and DermaSweep microdermabrasion. Our goal at Kalologie is to pamper you...while we perfect your skin!” Are sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles, pig-


mentation, capillaries, or open pores getting you down? Boost your confidence and

your skin tone with Kalologie’s IPL (intense pulsed light) facial, as it rejuvenates your skin and reverses sun and age damage. Schedule regular facials and you’ll see the power of cumulative effects! Bailey says, “Doing a series of our Photo Facials delivers even more dramatic results in the quality of your skin...and our IPL Photo Facial has virtually no downtime, so it won’t interrupt your regular routine. Getting started now means you’ll be on track to get the results you want well before the holidays!” You can also get your “glow” on and improve skin tone with the DermaSweep™. The particle-free DermaSweep™ MD MultiLevel Skin Resurfacing System uses bristles to “sweep away” dead layers of skin. The airflow through the bristles allows for a more effective, less irritating exfoliation. It purges your pores of pent-up gunk and whisks away dead skin cells. With regular use, your skin will look visibly smoother, and your lines, scars, and sun spots will be less noticeable! Your skin gets tired and overworked...and regular facials will restore your healthy complexion, youthful tone, and gorgeous glow! Kalologie’s affordable Spa Membership and

client-centered philosophy makes it easy to incorporate facials into your regular routine. A skincare specialist will answer your questions and help you achieve your goals.

Get your glow going with Kalologie’s rebate special this September. Choose an introductory IPL or Dermasweep treatment for $89 and receive 50% back towards products or services. Kalologie Skincare/Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478

And the Heat Just Keeps on Coming! Becca Bragg


hen the heat is on, it’s not time for amateur hour. You need professionals who understand this Texas heat and humidity...and know how to beat it! We asked Brian Jackson, from Sugar Land’s oldest Trane Comfort Specialist, Jackson Air and Heat, what you need to know. He says, “We’re celebrating our thirtieth year in business here in Fort Bend, but we know our customers come from all over. If you’re a newcomer to Texas, don’t expect the kind of cool fall weather they see in other parts of the country. Everything’s truly bigger in Texas...even the heat!”

Is this September or “Hotember?” Kids in Texas don’t need sweaters, corduroy trousers, or new jackets and hats for the back-to-school season. Brian says, “The only time your child will need a sweater in September is if the school’s air conditioner is cranked down too low ! you find you’re still sweating inside your house and that your air conditioner runs and runs without cooling or getting rid of the humidity, give us a call. Our Factory trained technicians will get your old air conditioner running like new again”. If you think your old system has seen better days, don’t try to make it through the “dog days” of September. Jackson Air and Heat’s got the experience and the reputation you need. Call Jackson Air for a free evaluation of you old system, they specialize in giving you plenty of choices with honest advice with “a system for every home and every budget!” They’ve earned the BBB Award of Excellence in 2011 and 2012 and are Angie’s List Super-Service Award winners, too. Brian says, “The average air conditioner only lasts about eight years in our tough climate. That’s why we like Trane, they will outlast them all. This month

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we can offer 36 months at 0% APR OR up to $1250 instant rebates on all new Trane high-efficiency systems. You can start enjoying a more comfortable home and save money on your electric bill right away!” We won’t see temperatures in the 70’s until November, so why wait? If you can’t stand the heat, call the cool experts...Jackson Air and Heat! Licensed to chill since 1982. brati

Jackson Air and Heating, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

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Moving Your Memories

I should have called Katy Movers

Maggie Beil


oving to a new home can be a hassle...and also an emotional ordeal. Whether you are leaving behind the home where you grew up or the place your raised your family, the task comes with a whirlwind of emotion. Is moving filled with adventure, the excitement of going somewhere new and different, or the possibilities of moving somewhere bigger to grow your family? Or are you sorry to leave behind a home filled with memories? Whether you’re thrilled or resigned to moving on, one’s things for’s a lot of work! You’re guaranteed to be busy deciding what to keep and what to leave behind, getting rid of old junk, and packing up everything to take to your new home. You don’t need the additional stress of having your well-meaning (but unprofessional) friends and family trying to move your beautiful furniture and precious belongings. Katy Movers is family-owned and operated by Aurora Beil. This amazing woman raised three lovely daughters in Katy, while running her business. She has been in the moving business since 1983 and is on the cusp of entering her fourth decade in caring for your

personal possessions. Her movers are professionally move is too big and no piece of furniture is too heavy for Katy Movers! They will move your home, apartment, or office anywhere in the state of Texas. They offer exceptional packing services as well, before the day of the move. Being a family-oriented company, Katy Movers understands the emotional attachment you have to your home. They will move your memories with ease and care. Moving is more than packing up your things, it’s packing up your memories and getting ready to make some new ones! Katy Movers cares for your belongings, just as they do for their customers too. They’ll make sure your memories of moving with Katy Movers are wonderful ones! Katy Movers Inc. Aurora Beil 281-391-3536 5003 Mockingbird Lane Katy, TX 77493

Katy , Inc.

“Moving Your Memories”

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When a Community Comes Together


or over thirty years Bob and Renee McKelvey lived a true love story. When they were living in an apartment in La Porte, Bob saw a neighbor, Al, make a simple living leaving home at 11:00am and coming back home at 3:00 cleaning carpets. When Bob suggested going in as partners, together they built their business up. Eventually Renee and Al’s wife suggested selling carpets. When Bob and Renee were ready to strike out on their own, they split the business with their former partners, moved here to Sugar Land and started All About Carpet on a few hundred bucks and a van. Together Bob and Renee raised their two sons, Shaun and Steven, who grew up running around the store and riding with the cleaning crews. Over the past year Shaun began taking on more and more responsibilities in the showroom and Bob and Renee began taking long weekends and enjoying well-deser ved free time together. Even years later, Bob was still friends with the first guy he’d even hired out in La Porte. Keith and Kelly Beitler got to know the McKelveys through the many Skeeters games they enjoyed as season ticket holders in adjoining seats. When they heard that Renee would be celebrating her birthday, they gladly gave Bob and Renee passes to the pleasure pier in Galveston. But when Bobby and Renee went to Galveston on July 21st, the night ended in tragedy.The last thing Renee remembered was the

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sound of laughter after Bob told a joke to the driver of the horse-drawn carriage in which they were riding back to their hotel. Then her head hurt and someone was asking if she could wiggle her toes. A drunk driver had struck the carriage, killing Bob and leaving Renee and two others severely injured. A few days before the trip to Galveston Renee had just received a letter,with a returned payment and a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield terminating coverage due to a “pre-existing condition.” The family was told that there was nothing the hospital or the insurance company could do. Once Renee was stable, she would have to manage her recovery on her own at home. Friends of the family refused to take this as the last word. There was no place at home for Renee to recover, no way for their boys or Bob’s mom and dad to continue running the business and paying the bills while giving her the care she needed, no way for her to get to rehab. They started making calls, and people here in Sugar Land literally made the impossible happen. Scott West from the West Law Firm drove right down to Galveston to give Renee his support and advice in an appeal to the insurance company. Dr. Shannon Orsak of St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms passed

along contact info for Representative Pete Olson’s wife Nancy. Kaelyn Bujnoch and Leena Taneja from Methodist Hospital and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Timothy Sitter through his assistant rallied around. With the help of Lisa Collins of HealthSouth Sugar Land, HealthSouth’s amazing rehab team, and St. Michael’s who stepped up to facilitated a CT scan, Renee has begun the long road to recovery. Dr. Lomonte has offered reconstructive dental attention, Fitness Retreat will be helping with PT services, and Milagro Salons is helping to cover hair loss from the crash for the Memorial Service. On one of Renee’s first nights at HealthSouth, Representative Olson looked into her eyes and said, “I have been just where you are right now and I have faith you can make it through this.” When you see how all of Sugar Land came together in support of one of our community members, it makes you feel lucky to live here. Renee has said that in the midst of tragedy, the one blessing is the generosity and love poured out on her family. She’s amazed at how many of you love and miss Bob, too.

Tina Banks, Steve Midgett, Dr. Gregory Burton, Lisa Collins, Congressman Pete Olson, Nathan Flora and Scott West


This’ll you! Good Neighbors Give Good Referrals “S Sarah Warburton everal years ago,” says Rebecca Stepp. “my husband Richard and I went to All About Carpet and Floors for new carpet. Since they’d been in that same location for over twenty years, I knew about their solid reputation. They have amazing knowledge and lots of experience. At first, they showed me softer, more commonly chosen carpets. I explained I wanted

something that would really last, even if it meant a higher-end product. I liked the way they listened, showed me different fibers, and helped me choose the best for our home. The carpet they installed looked great and held up well...but it was their customer service that really brought me back!” When it was time for more flooring, the Stepps figured why mess with success? Rebecca says, “There was no question in my mind that we would come back to All About Carpet. This year I came back for hardwood in the family room. I looked at everything from bamboo to hardwood. Bob and Shaun steered me towards a variablewidth dark wood that was lightly scraped.It was

beautiful and more practical for our home. They picked out a color I might never have considered, Shaun actually recommended it and it was fabulous. He’s got a great eye for color and design. Truthfully, I also saw a sample my neighbor Shelly had from them and it was the very same one we ended up with!” Getting your flooring redone is a big job, but it doesn’t have to be a big hassle. Rebecca says, “We were only home for the first day of the work, then we left the installers to do their thing. By four or five every afternoon they were gone, so we could have dinner and family time. As a family company, they really respected our home. All About Carpet and Flooring was a pleasure to work with!” About the same time that the Stepps decided to put hardwood in their did their neighbors, Shelly and Geoff Kaplan. Shelly says, “Rebecca first referred me to All About Carpet...and Geoff and I chose to work with them because of their years of knowledge. They’ve done such a good job, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they’d installed most of the flooring in our neighborhood. We certainly recommend them!” If you see a beautiful hardwood floor or carpet that lasts, ask if it’s an All About Carpet Floor. Shaun says, “Our family is so grateful for your professional and personal support over the years. We want you to know our showroom is still open and we’re still here to fill your family’s tile, counter, and flooring needs.” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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What Keeps Him Coming Back?

Sarah Warburton

has been taking her Suburban to Jerry for years. My son was home for a weekend from college and had trouble with his old BMW. I called Jerry and told him the issue...and he said, “Bring it over and I’ll get it taken care of.” He had it fixed and ready for my son to go back to College Station on time.” “Knowing the people you’re dealing with makes a huge difference when you’re buying a car. I know the folks at Classic Chevy won’t give me the run-around or any pressure, so it’s a pleasure to deal with them. This year I bought an Equinox for my daughter. She decided it was too big for her, but my niece really wanted

it and bought it from me. My daughter decided on a Chevy Cruze and she loves it. I have my eye on a Chevy truck and if I buy it this year...that’ll make three vehicles I’ve bought from Classic Chevy in eighteen months.” “Since they opened, my whole family comes to Classic over and over for service and for sales. Don knows his customers and he’ll do whatever it takes to earn your loyalty. We’ve had great experiences...and we’re customers for life!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 281-491-9000 13115 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478

Service advisor Jerry with Michelle Hickl sk Bill Hickl about the dealership located at the intersection of Hwy 59 and 90A and he’ll tell you, “My family and I live in Sugar Creek, so we used to bring our cars to the previous owner because of the convenience...not the service. After Classic Chevrolet opened in the same location in 2009, I met Don Kerstetter at a charity function. Once I heard what he had to say, I wanted to give them a chance to make a good impression. Since then, my experience is simply this: I think Don has built an excellent business the old-fashioned way...on a foundation of relationships!” “When I used to go with my dad in the ‘70’s buying a car was a friendly experience where you really knew the people you were dealing with. I’m in accounting and tax at UHY Business and Tax Advisors... “Sure we can do big like a Suburban or a Silverado,” says Don, “but the Cruze shows we can do small and and that’s a business based solidly on efficient, too! The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, effipersonal relationships. That’s what I ciency, and comfort in a compact sedan that’s fun to drive! Need something slightly bigger? US News and like about Classic Chevy. We’ve got a great relationship with our service World Reports choice the Equinox as one of the best choices for shoppers looks for a practical SUV with advisor, Jerry. My wife, Michelle, high fuel economy and plenty of passenger (or sports equipment) space!”


Fighting Cavities Sarah Warburton


ould you rather prevent a cavity or get a filling? There’s a reason they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. says, “Your teeth may have pits, fissures, or rough grooves. Sticky food like raisins or potato chips could get stuck... and not even brushing can remove them from deep inside those cracks. Protective dental sealants can fill in and seal off those gaps to prevent cavities... and they’re not just for kids!” Maybe you remember getting sealants as a child...or maybe the procedure was so quick and painless that you don’t remember getting it! Dr. Lomonte says, “In children, sealants can be applied to baby molars to protect them from cavities. Eventually, these molars fall out and the new, permanent molars come in and can be sealed, too. These sealants usually last about ten years...which means many adults can benefit from sealants, too!” Brushing and flossing help remove plaque from off the top of your teeth... but you won’t always be able to get deep down inside the almost-invisible grooves in your enamel. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas of your teeth from tooth decay by “sealing” off grooves so

plaque and bacteria won’t get stuck and make cavities. Dr. Lomonte says, “I can’t put sealant on a tooth with a filling, but I can put sealant on a tooth that’s starting to show signs of decay. The sealant stops decay by sealing off nutrients and preventing deterioration beneath the plastic.” Sealants are effective at preventing cavities...and that makes them costeffective, too! Let’s crunch the numbers. Sealants can be put on teeth that show early signs of decay. But once the decay has broken through the enamel, the tooth will need a filling. A sealant that can prevent cavities is usually around $35-$50 per tooth. A non-mercury cavity filling can cost $150-200. With sealants you could save the pain of a cavity...and some money, too! Moms, dads, and kids can all get their ounce of prevention from Dr. Lomonte. He says, “I’ve always believed in making choices that protect your health and your pocketbook. Doesn’t that make you smile?” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

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Strike Up the Band! Sarah Warburton

with over fifty years experience.” Want one-on-one instruction in band instrument to move up a seat or polish skills? Fort Bend music offers private band lessons scheduled at your convenience...they can supply you with the instrument and teach you how to play it! Visit for online instrument rentals or come in and use a rental kiosk. Casey Dare, Band Rep says, “We make an effort to stock the accessories and music our local band directors prefer, but we can also usually fill special orders within a week.”

Bill Barth, has a reputation for instrument repair and restoration in Fort Bend and Houston with over fifty years experience. chool’s about more than books and class’s about making music! Whether you’ve got an eager band student in your home or a kid who’d love some after-school lessons, march on over to the Fort Bend Music Center. Not only is it Fort Bend’s premier music school, it’s also your one-stopshop for band instruments, lessons, repairs, and more! “You’ll be surprised at how much we have here,” says Betty Tinney, Director of Institutional Sales. “We’re a complete fullline music store. In addition to offering lessons, we also rent and sell pianos, guitars, drums, and every kind of band instrument... we even offer financing! We supply pianos and music equipment for schools and do repairs and restoration. Whether your student is just starting out or heading off to Juilliard, we have the instruments and support you need!” Louie Corral, Sales Rep and Repair Technician says, “We’re a little unusual in that we offer in-house, on-site repairs. You can find us here from Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday from 10-5. We have four technicians and that really cuts our turnaround time. Our shop foreman, Bill Barth, has a reputation for instrument repair and restoration in Fort Bend and Houston


Rick Cochran, President of Fort Bend Music Center says, “We offer group lessons for beginners in piano, guitar, drums, and voice, private lessons in every instrument, and all the support you need from instrument rentals, sales, and repairs and recital space. You won’t believe how many pianos we have in-stock for every home and budget––new, used, rebuilt, digital, even rental. Music is our specialty!” Fort Bend Music Center 281-494-5885 12919 SW Freeway, Ste 160

Your Weight Loss Triple Threat T

ired of struggling to lose weight? Choose from a one-two-three punch of options to really succeed! Dr. Jeffery Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss offers three simple solutions to help you shed that excess weight. He says, “Obesity is a serious health problem. I wanted to help my patients achieve optimum wellness. I have solutions for people willing to lose hard-core weight, busy people who want to drop some pounds without thinking too much about it, and for those looking to target specific areas. You can choose just one, two, or all three solutions...with the support and encouragement you need!” Are you ready to get hard-core about weightloss? Dr. Alford says, “I offer NeuroAssist for the serious person who is willing to place the time and effort in order to lose serious weight. It essentially takes more effort, but the effectiveness is very high. NeuroAssist was developed by physicians at the University of Minnesota, and works with your brain chemis- Before try to suppress appetite. By raising the levels of you neurotransmitters, we adjust your appetite without any unpleasant side effects. Essentially, you’ll be able to follow your diet and exercise plan...without feeling hungry, cranky, or stressed out!” Who’s got the time to keep up with all those carbs, portion sizes, calories, or points? Dr. Alford says, “I offer Medifast for busy patients on-the-go who want dietary support and weight-loss...that’s simple and doesn’t require any of your time or mental energy!” Every Medifast Meal provides just the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber to help you lose up to 2 to 5 lbs a week. Not only that, but you’ll lose those pounds without skipping meals or feeling hungry or deprived. Even better, you don’t have to do the math or make the choices...Medifast makes it simple! Ready to turbo-charge your exercise routine? You could spot-reduce fat in specific areas like your abdomen, thighs, arms, or target cellulite for an added boost to your results and your self esteem. As featured on “The Doctors” and examined by Dr. Oz, the FDA-approved i-Lipo offers an affordable, non-invasive solution to cellulite and unwanted fat. Dr. Alford says, “Both men and women can benefit

NeuroAssist was developed by physicians at the University of Minnesota, and works with your brain chemistry to suppress appetite.


from the safe and painless i-Lipo laser. It uses a “cold, low level” laser to liquify fat so your body can dispose of it.” Kick those excess pounds to the curb. Call Dr. Alford for your choice of his weightloss triple-threat––NeuroAssist, Medifast, and i-Lipo. Whichever you choose, you’ll have the guidance and support you need to succeed! Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 16651 SW Fwy #100

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Dr. Jeffery Alford

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Do You Want a

Better Workout?


f you want a different kind of workout, you need a different kind of gym. Imagine staff and trainers with premier credentials in health and fitness focusing one hundred percent of their attention on you! At The Fitness Retreat you’ll have access to exclusive fitness equipment, a luxury environment, professional trainers and private spa a price that makes luxury completely affordable! As a member of The Fitness Retreat, you’ll let yourself into this award-winning private gym anytime you need a little “fitness escape” complete with an incredible view of rolling hills, leafy trees, and galloping horses. The Fitness Retreat also has batting cages, pitching areas, and professional baseball instruction. Mix up your routine with Mixed Martial Arts, or work out one-on-one with your trainer inside the gym or outside in the open-air pavilion. There’s truly something for everyone! Then relax, rejuvenate and restore yourself. Kristin Bozant-Freitekh is a skilled and

For over 13 years, Jill Byler-Harrison and Glenn Gagnon have been training and inspiring people of all ages and skills; professionals, amateurs, and homemakers. experienced Aesthetician, who after a few years hiatus while raising her family is thrilled to be returning to The Fitness Retreat. She’ll introduce The Skin & Style Boutique to work her skin care magic on all those in need of some R&R and help women to style

Chemical Peels, Organic Peels, Relaxing Facials, Teen Acne Treatments, Organic Spray Tans, Xtreme Eyelash Extensions and so much more! She says, “While my girls were at home I enjoyed being able to work as an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot and I am so happy to be bringing all of the amazing styles of S&D to The Fitness Retreat!” If you would like to schedule your first appointment with Kristin, please visit where you can view the full menu of services as well as schedule your appointment online! Kick your fitness routine into high gear with The Fitness Retreat’s Boot Camp on Saturdays from 9-10AM beginning September 8th. Offered in a covered and lighted open-air pavilion this heart-pumping mix of plyometrics, sprints, body-weight resistance exercises and core training delivers results. The Fitness Retreat 281-499-6067 1206 Hagerson Road Sugar Land, TX 77479

Kristin Bozant-Freitekh The Fitness Retreat’s staff and trainers focus 100% of their attention on you and have premier credentials in health and fitness. One of our personal trainers, Ashley Hahn, was educated at the prestigious Cooper Institute.

their own lives! She understands the needs of the modern moms today, being one herself and knows how important it is to always make that time for yourself so you can be the best you can be for your family! Kristin will be offering a variety of skincare services to suit all needs from Microdermabrasion,

Personal Training Studio and Fitness Center

“Stranded on a strange continent, with a strange language and a strange husband, I became a stranger to myself. Since my husband brought me to this country he had prevented me from learning the language, learning how to drive, work or making friends. I lived in total isolation and he was the only person I knew for years. My neighbors were always a source of threat to my husband, so they became off limits for me. I learned how to scream on the inside when he beat me and to do the housework with one hand when the other one was twisted out of shape. I was strong, resilient, creative… but I was also a victim of domestic violence. AADA helped me move to a safer location, found me a part-time job, started me at a literacy school to learn English, helped me with my criminal case against my abuser, helped me obtain a divorce lawyer and guided me with my immigration procedures.”

Finding the Courage to Start a New Life


nfortunately, this story is not unique. The non-profit organization Asians Against Domestic Abuse (AADA) receives between 200-250 calls for help each year. “This year we’ve already helped sixty-five women,” says Rashmi Sharma. “Many women from Asian countries are very private people. Over half the women we help also speak no English, so asking for help is a big leap of faith. We try to match them with advocates from the same country and help them find transitional housing, educational training, business assistance, they can achieve independence. We also raise public awareness through outreach to teens and parents, community empowerment, and working with other like-minded organizations. For example, we provide translation and cultural assistance to the Fort Bend Women’s Center and they provide us shelter if a woman calls us after hours.”

Support Asians Against Domestic Abuse at their 2012 Gala “Harmony: The Sounds of Asia.” on Friday, October 5th at 7pm at Safari Texas. Enjoy a silent auction, a live auction led by none other than the honorable Jeff Council, dramatic drums, and Bollywood music. For tickets or sponsorships please call 713-9743743. Sponsorships are available at every level. For more information about the services offered and volunteers needed at Asians Against Domestic Abuse, please visit www.aadainc. org, email, or follow us on Facebook. Asians Against Domestic Abuse 713-974-3743 P.O. Box 420776 Houston, TX 77242-0776

Support Asians Against Domestic Abuse at their 2012 Gala “Harmony: The Sounds of Asia.” Friday, October 5th at 7pm at Safari Texas. Enjoy a silent auction led by guest auctioneer Jeff Council, dramatic drums, and Bollywood music. For tickets or sponsorships please call 713-974-3743. Sponsorships are available at every level.

Invite Opportunity


omedian Milton Berle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” But really, maybe you just need to spruce up the door you already have (and that costs a lot less too!). Rick’s Front Door Refinishing can do just that…turn your tired, cracked, weather-beaten front door into an alluring entryway into your home! Using a refinishing process that has been perfected over 30 years, the friendly crews at Rick’s Front Doors will turn your old door into an enticing masterpiece in less than four hours, and for less than the cost of a new door! Rick says, “Our craftsmen will come right to your home and will refinish your door on-site, in one day, and at a great price. We use the very best stains and urethanes to give a lustrous finish that stands up to the elements. We’re fully insured and bonded, and all work is warrantied for your satisfaction.” What’s even better than a proven process? Friendly, professional crews, no mess, and great customer service! One extremely satisfied customer says, “First let me say that I was greatly surprised with your cus-

Just like magic, we make dirt disappear! by Sarah Warburton


e believe in magic...not the kind that comes from a magic lamp or a little pixie dust, but the kind that makes mess and dirt disappear! This kind of magic is better than a party trick, even better than a big show put on by David Copperfield, Criss Angel, or David Blaine. With one simple call, a team of Professional Maids will work their magic on your home and leave it dazzlingly clean! Think about it... would you rather have a magician pull a rabbit out of hat or pull a sparkling, readyfor-company house out from under your family’s clutter? Max McCammond, owner of Professional Maid Service says, “Our

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teams of professional maids don’t need top hats, capes, or wands to work their magic. They’ll arrive in a company car, dressed in professional uniforms and ready to work their mojo. Their expert training, name-brand cleaning products, and can-do attitudes will delight and astonish you!” Poof! Just like that, you could have a clean house! No-hassle key drop off and pick up means you can run errands and come home to find every speck and spot has miraculously disappeared. Every team is bonded and insured and Max is always just a phone call away. He says, “This is no illusion! We don’t have to say Abracadabra or Presto Chango...but just like magic, we make dirt disappear!” Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

tomer service. In today’s business practices of fast service, mass production, and all about making a buck…it is extremely refreshing to find a company exhibit the type of care and service that you give your customers. Not only that, it is indeed a rare privilege to have a company employee, who is so well mannered, polite and extremely professional, exhibit such pride and attention to detail, as well as be knowledgeable in their product and the procedures required of the job. I have never been so pleased with a finished product or service. Again it was indeed a pleasure to see such a young man represent your company with such high standards.” Winner of the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Excellence, Rick’s Doors has a webpage and Facebook page filled with similar comments and amazing “before and after” pics from satisfied customers. Call Mrs. Terry today for an appointment. Let Rick’s artisans gussy up that old front door and you never know...opportunity may just come a-knockin’! Rick’s Front Door Refinishing 713-427-2487

Cleaning to the “Max” Max’s Cleaning Tip: Max says, “If you need to make mess disappear quickly, I have a magic trick every family can use. Set a timer for fifteen minutes, pick one room, and start working. Give little kids a damp washcloth to wipe the floors, older kids can work a vacuum or dust, and mom and dad can handle clutter on the counters. If you’re doing the entire house, switch rooms when the timer goes off and do another fifteen minutes in the next room. Otherwise, fifteen minutes in one room each day can really help keep things under control. Who knew a timer could be such a great cleaning tool?”

“To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We’re all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there is a problem the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box.” – Jerry Seinfeld


exas Super Lawyer” Scott West started washing windows at age 9, the first step on an unusual road to his current profession--a trial lawyer. He says, “I generally have done things differently. Even my undergraduate training is different from most lawyers. I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they I went to UT and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college, I worked in the aerospace, oil and gas, and transportation industries as a design engineer. For three years I worked during the day and went to law school at night. I am a strong believer in hard work. I’ve been a lawyer for over twenty-two years, and I have yet to meet anyone who will out-work me.” “Just like an ER doctor,” says Scott, “my job is to help people manage crisis. I hope people never need me for what I do, but I am here if they do. Whether I’m helping a client who’s been injured or lost a family member due to negligence or a defective product, or whether I’m handling a commercial case involving theft of trade secrets or breach of contract, I tell my clients nothing can change what has happened in the past, but hopefully I can change their future. Giving clients sound advice, managing their expectations, and

“A client needs a lawyer with the best experience and background for their case, and they also need a personal connection with that lawyer. The rapport between lawyer and client is crucial, and I’m fortunate to maintain relationships with clients from years ago. The cases I handle compel me to explain the unique, personal nature of relationships––spouses, parent and child, business associates––in a way that the jury can understand and embrace.” “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing as a profession; this is my calling, this is my passion.” Since 1992 Scott West has lived in Sugar Land with his wife, KK. They have a twentyeight-year-old daughter (Tiffany) living with her husband (Matt) and their baby boy (Grayson) in Chicago, a daughter (Maddi) who’s a sophomore at SMU (pre-law!), and twin boys (Gunner and Garret) who are sophomores at Fort Bend Christian Academy.

speaking on their behalf are all awesome responsibilities.” Choosing a lawyer is a matter of trust… both professional and personal. Scott says,

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The West Law Firm 281-277-1500 1600 Highway Six, Suite 450 Sugar Land, Texas 77478

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Taking Care of the Tiniest Smiles

Amy Sharp ne momentous milestone in every parent’s journey is their baby’s first smile…an unforgettable sign that your baby is communicating with you. Dr. Bianca Sanchez at Little People’s Dentistry remembers her little boy’s first smile well…and is looking forward to that moment again with another baby on the way! With the big kids back in the school routine, let’s talk about taking care of these precious “tiny” smiles. “Caring for your child’s teeth begins at birth,” says Dr. Sanchez. “Clean baby’s gums and tongue with a washcloth, gauze, or special dental wipes. When teeth appear, start brushing with a baby toothbrush or finger…and continue helping your child with brushing until he/she has the manual dexterity to write in cursive. We’ll let you know when to start using toothpaste with fluoride. Start flossing as soon as there are teeth next to each other. I learned as a parent it’s easiest to lay children on their backs for brushing and flossing, so you can see what you’re doing. And no drinking at night (even milk or breastfeeding), without brushing afterward to prevent tooth decay!” appointments directly to your phone calendar. Dr. Sanchez also offers an When should you schedule “Baby’s First Trip to the Dentist?” Dr. e-newsletter to patients to announce the winner of the monthly coloring Sanchez says, “At one year or when you see the first tooth, and we’ll contest, show patient appreciation photos, and share articles for kids and answer all your questions! Don’t worry, we strive to make visits as fun as parents on topics like thumb sucking, healthy food for healthy teeth, nail possible and have all sorts of fun prizes, too. We want your child to get biting, dental health in pregnancy and more! Because it’s never too early to start protecting that first, precious, tiny smile! excited about visiting us! We also offer same-office orthodontic care with Dr. Gary Radford and we’ll continue dental care until age 17…sorry, we Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” can’t care for “big people’s” teeth, our chairs are too small!” Parents still get some special perks at Little People’s Dentistry. You 281-261-0020 can setup an appointment for your little one online, and also choose to 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone) get appointment reminders via text, email, phone, or upload Prmrs_ 69385 _- Rdns Gen Ad or #2498 --THIS AD dental CAN NOT BE EDITED- 7.25 x 4.75


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Grab a Cup and Enjoy the Sweet Ride


f you don’t live in Los Angeles then you might not know, but frozen yogurt has become like the new Starbucks or the new cupcake. Tour the United Flavors of Yumm (UFY) from Red Velvet Cupcake frozen yogurt (or FroGo) to Island Mango to Chocolate Peanut Butter. Menchie started mixing yogurt flavors when he was only a baby. It quickly became his passion and led him to do what he loves and love what he does: making mixes of yogurt and toppings to bring you joy. He says, “My Sweet Friends and I have one mission: to spread the yum with smiles! Come, grab a cup, create your mix, and enjoy the sweet ride!” Did you see the merry mob celebrating the Grand Opening of Menchie’s here in Sugar Land on Highway 6? There’s a reason Menchie’s is the largest, most popular self-serve frozen yogurt franchise in the world! Moms love Menchie’s product line that features milk never treated with rBST, gluten-free, vegan, and no-high-fructose-cornsyrup options...with an emphasis on natural flavors including real cake, cookies, spices, fruits and nuts. Kids love the scrumptious choice of 100 rotating custom FroGo flavors with awesome toppings like fresh fruit, candy, cereal, and sauces. No two dishes are ever the same.... and they’re all nummy! Nothing is sweeter than sharing the yum and Menchie’s makes it easy. Jimmy, owner of our local Sugar Land Menchie’s, says, “Menchie’s loves to partner with local schools and organizations in fund-

raising activities, just visit our website, fill out a form, and we’ll work with your organize a great event that also raises funds for your school, team, or other organization. Menchie’s actively donates thousands of dollars to local school programs and charitable organizations each year. We also have party packages to fit any budget and occasion. Your birthday, anniversary, or just-because party will be a blast with our riot flavors and toppings!” Are your taste buds ready to travel? You don’t need a passport to tour the United

Flavors of Yum....just head on over to Menchie’s and grab a spoon! Visit MenchiesSugarLand on Facebook for your daily dose of delicious deals! Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at First Colony 281-265-1158 3363 Highway 6 S Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sun – Thurs: 11am – 11pm Fri – Sat: 11am – Midnight

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Drama-free environment... Sarah Warburton


ow that summer’s over, are the problems you remember from school bigger and badder than ever? Gossip in the hallways, bullying, and overcrowded classrooms can overwhelm even the best students. If your child is struggling, disengaged, or unhappy, don’t wait until things get worse. Betsy de Vega is a Learning Specialist with over twenty years of experience ranging from Montessori schools to Cognitive Skills Training. She says, “I founded the Kn.I.L.E. Center, home of Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy (KPA) and EduCoachNow for all kinds of students. Our select private school and our afterschool coaching give kids the encouragement, state-of-the-art tools, and drama-free environment they need to love learning!” When did middle school turn into a survival-based realityshow with the theme song, “Welcome to the Jungle?” Whether your child needs an accelerated curriculum or educational support, the boutique style learning experience offered at Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy delivers. Here kids thrive while progressing through subjects at their own pace, making better grades, and scoring higher on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Betsy says, “We believe in building kids up through a customized, technology-enhanced curriculum and a cozy, supportive atmosphere.We’re currently accepting enrollment for students fourth through eighth grade for the 2012 school year, but space is limited! As a Back-to-School Special, we’re waiving the application fee for students who enroll before September 30th ($150 value).” If your child just needs a boost to get back on track, EduCoachNow can help any school-aged child start the school year right! Betsy says, “At EduCoachNow we offer one-on-one, pay-as-you-go educational training sessions to help kids strengthen and reinforce the skills they’ll need for a lifetime of learning. As a Back-to-School special, enroll before September 30th and receive ½ off your enrollment fee ($50 value).” Are you thinking about the nurturing, focused approach of homeschooling, but are attracted to the social environment, accountability, and college prep experience of “traditional” school? Enjoy the best of both worlds at Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy. Betsy says, “The Kn.I.L.E Center is also a test site for the PSAT given on Wednesday October 17th. Registration is limited and closes September 15th. You may contact me at bdevega.knile@ for for more information or visit our Betsy de Vega 281-682-4573 website” Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC 245 Gonyo Lane Richmond, TX 77479

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District Attorney John Healey along with Fred Felcman, the First Assistant District Attorney for the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.

for Representing the Victims “A courtroom is insulated,” says Fred Felcman, the First Assistant District Attorney for the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. “Everyone’s dressed in a suit and on their best behavior, so it’s difficult to truly grasp the extent of what these people have done.” When Mr. Felcman was still a law student, he interned at the DA’s office. That’s when he knew he wanted to represent the people of the State of Texas, seeking justice against those judged continuing threats to society. He says, “Every case is bad, but the one that affected me the most was the capital murder case I tried in 2011, the Turner case. In that instance, we had a 911 from the twelveyear-old daughter in which she described the horror of watching her father kill her mother and grandmother and begged her grandmother not to die. Her grandmother died before the officers arrived on the scene

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and her mother died shortly after. Listening to that call is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. When I give lectures to law students considering criminal law, this is the case I bring up as an example of the worst you may have to face.” For portions of five decades, Felcman has served as a capital murder litigator, beginning with the trial of James “Sugarman” Russell in 1978. He has been a leading capital murder litigator for the last thirty-five years, and with only five exceptions, the lead or active second chair prosecutor against every capital murder defendant tried during that time. By March of 2012, Felcman had been an active prosecutor in fifteen capital murder case, all of which he won and none of which were ever reversed on appeal. Since the infamous Turner case, he has tried two more cases. He says, “Getting justice for the victims is the best we can do. I’ve found in

this type of case, the jury is deeply moved... and Turner received the death penalty he richly deserved.” The prestigious Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation is pleased to award Fred Felcman the Board of Directors’ Trial Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Capital Cases for 2011-2012. He is one of only four litigators to receive this national award, which was presented on July 25, 2012 at the Association’s annual conference. In nominating Felcman for the award, District Attorney John Healey wrote that “Felcman’s toughness is offset by the tenderness he feels towards victims and their families.” Fort Bend County Administration of Justice 281-342-3411 301 Jackson Street Richmond, TX 77469

When a Child Tells a Big Secret I

magine finding the courage to tell a teacher or a friend that you need help...and realizing that was only the first step on a long, hard journey. Child Advocates of Fort Bend has worked to make the journey for a child in Fort Bend as safe and seamless as possible. Their Davis George Center is a one-stop shop for child abuse services that brings together the DA’s office, the County Attorney’s office, CPS, law enforcement agencies, CAFB staff members, child therapists, bilingual services, a Court Advocate, and coordinates CASA volunteers. They house two nationally affiliated programs - a Children’s Advocacy Center and a CASA program - under the same roof. When a child tells a trusted friend or family member about sexual abuse, they are brought to the safety of the Child Advocacy Center. Here they go through a forensic interview in a private room and their words are taped, so they don’t have to relive their story over and over again. Law enforcement or CPS may view the interview from a separate room. From the inviting waiting room filled with toys and occasional visits from friendly therapy dogs to the large “play therapy room” to the smaller group therapy rooms, children know that this is one place where they will always be safe. For children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care, CAFB trains specialized CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers who advocate for the child’s needs (therapy, tuturing, etc.) within the civil court system to make sure that the child’s best interests are always being served. CAFB Executive Director, Ruthanne Mefford says, “We have special programs targeted to infants, school-age children, and our ‘Wings’ program preparing teenagers for independence. I’m happy to say, thanks to our dedicated CASA volunteers, a higher percentage of kids we

serve go to college or technical schools than the national average. One adult really can make a difference in the life of a child!” More than thirty percent of CAFB’s funding comes from Special Events including the CASA Christmas Home Tour, Gala for the Children and community events like the Telfair Life “Charity of Your Choice” Walk scheduled for October 13th (register by October 9th at www. charityofyourchoicewalk. com.) Ruthanne says, “Volunteers help us run each of our events...and we always need more help! Our Christmas Home Tour scheduled for December 7-8, 2012 boasts a cost to expense ratio of less than 6%. Our Gala for the Children is one of the premier business entertainment and social events in the area and is attended by nearly 600 people.” For information about monthly tours, upcoming events, donation needs, and volunteer opportunities with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, visit

Advocates are ordinary people doing extraordinary work “At the end of each fiscal year,” say Tina Roy, New Territory Women’s Association Treasurer, “we donate our excess funds to a local organization. This year we were pleased to be able to donate $1500 to Child Advocates of Fort Bend.” “As a mother, the things these children face breaks my heart,” says Mercedes Madaras, NTWA secretary. “Honestly, I joined the NTWA for the book club, but I’m so pleased that our dues support incredible organizations like CAFB...and that we combine social activities with community service.” The New Territory Women’s Association welcomes women from all over Fort Bend for friendship and community service. For more information visit




W Sarah Warburton

hen Rachel looked the ravages of age, and restored smiles to into the mirror, those who’ve suffered trauma. Whether she could see every you need a little boost or a total makestep of the hard over, we like to say that your smile is our road she’d travspecialty!” elled. She’d freed herself from addicOnce Rachel was confident in her tion, but her struggle still showed smile, she took pride in the rest of her in her missing and discolored teeth. appearance, too. The light in her eyes How could she really start a new life says it all––the positive changes she’s without a smile? made on the inside are showing up on As a young boy, Dr. Simon Samo the outside and she feels like smiling... had a gift for playing the piano and thanks to Dr. Samo! a dream of being a dentist. Today before after after before iSmile Specialists he combines his artistry and educa281-447-6453 (281-4iSmile) tion by composing beautiful smiles, 14121 SW Freeway Suite B even in the most difficult cases. Sugar Land Texas 77478 He says, “After I completed dental the tooth I’ve replaced...but the results school, I wanted to learn even more. I are so natural, no one will underwent three more years of special- know! That’s my goal, a ized training at the prestigious Loma naturally beautiful smile!” Linda University School of Dentistry in Need a “smile makeDr. Simon Samo California to become a prosthodontist, over?” iSmile Specialists the only kind of dentist recognized by is your one-stop comprethe ADA as a specialist in Cosmetic hensive dental destinadentistry. At the time, I was one of the tion. Orthodontist Dr. youngest prosthodontists in the United Wael Kanaan, DDS MS States, only twenty-seven years old and says, “The ‘i’ in iSmile Rachel was one of my first cases.” represents the marriage of If your eyes are the window to your innovation and individusoul, is your smile your welcome to the alism between highly-talworld? In her “before” picture, Rachel ented dental specialists...a looks embarrassed and self-conscious. periodontist, an endoDr. Samo says, “Missing teeth cause dontist, an orthodontist, the face to collapse so the person looks and a prosthodontist.” older. When we do a full mouth recon- Like a general contractor, struction, we’re also restoring the bite, Dr. Samo will coordinate giving support to your lips, and turning your care with other speback time. I’ve whitened teeth damaged cialists and your general by tetracycline, restored teeth damaged dentists, so you’ll get a by bruxism or night-grinding with beau- healthy smile you’ll be tiful veneers, remade broken teeth with proud to share. Dr. Samo crowns and replaced missing teeth with says, “I’ve helped peoimplants. I’ve had patients who chal- ple get a ‘runway-ready lenge their friends to identify which is celebrity smile,’ repaired


Can Your Family Keep Its Cool? Sarah Warburton


hen Christie Roberts, her husband Chris, and their thirteen-year-old Barrett moved into their new home a year and half ago, they knew the air conditioning was on its last leg. Sure enough, the downstairs unit went out their very first summer in the house! “I called a few companies and got quotes,” says Christie, “and All Out A/C had the best price. We were very happy with their service and the downstairs air conditioner...and we were thankful to get another year out of our upstairs

unit. This July, right on cue, it broke down...and I called All Out A/C right away.” To Christie’s dismay, the price of a new air conditioner had gone up. Just to be sure, she went ahead and got quotes from other local companies. She says, “All Out A/C still had the best price... and Bryan told me that most manufacturers change the pricing in June. If our air conditioner had broken down just a month earlier, it would have been a little cheaper...but All Out A/C gave us the best price in town! Just like before, the work was done quickly and on time. The team from All Out was very professional and super-easy to work with and they let us know what they were doing every step of the way. Bryan also gave us a two-year service agreement on our new unit, just like he did on the one the year before. With that we should get the air conditioners checked out twice a year to extend their life.” “Of course we weren’t excited to replace both of our air conditioners, but knowing that we have good, reliable equipment installed by a great local company gives me peace of mind. In fact, our neighbor is a contractor and he was really impressed with All Out’s work when he came over to look at the one they installed last summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he contacted them, too!” If your bills keep climbing along with the temperature in your home, you need help from Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy’s team at All Out A/C and Heating, your local “Full System Replacement Specialists” and winner of the 2012 BBB Award of Excellence - Winner of Distinction. “Call us for a free estimate on a new system replacement or a second opinion,” says Bryan. “... and we offer new air conditioners like the ones we installed for Christie with better SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)s to make it easier and more affordable to cool your home and save your paycheck...even in the hottest days of summer!”


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