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Do U Sarah Warburton


f you’ve lost your smile, don’t give up hope. We’ve found an amazing high-tech solution you have to see to believe! When you walk into the reception area of this office, you”ll stop in your tracks. Could this be a relaxing spa with a coffee bar, massaging chairs, and a soothing waterwall? Take another look...those massaging chairs are dental chairs! You’ve entered iSmile Specialists, your one-stop comprehensive dental destination. Life, age, illness, or accidents can destroy smiles, but the team of experts at iSmile Specialists restores them. Orthodontist Dr. Wael Kanaan, DDS MS says, “The ‘i’ in iSmile represents the marriage of innovation and individualism between highly-talented dental specialists. We’ve assembled a periodontist to care for the health of your gums and bone around your teeth and dental implants, an endodontist for root canals, an orthodontist to protect and correct placement of existing teeth, and a prosthodontist for the restoration and replacement of missing or broken teeth. Each of us has received years of training in our specialty in addition to earning our dental degrees, but that’s not the only reason we’re specialists. What really sets us apart is the way we can handle even the most difficult cases. We want to offer you the very best for all your dental needs...under one roof!” Luxury and comfort meet technology in this state-of-the-art dental office. At the front desk check-in, you’ll never be asked for personal financial information. Relax in a VIP room and get your digital x-rays done in blissful peace. At iSmile Specialists, a 3-D scan is available on-site, so your specialist will not only tell you what’s going on...he’ll show you in 3-D! Moms and dads really appreciate this kind of personal attention and in-depth education. Kids just think the 3-D picture’s super-cool! Every procedure will be evaluated and treated by specialists. If you come in for braces with your orthodontist, during the same visit you’ll get your teeth cleaned by the periodontist. This is the place where referrals end and expert treatment meets amazing convenience. Is your teenager into Xtreme sports? You may need Xtreme dentistry! After a weekend skateboarding accident, call iSmile Specialists’ 24-hour call line. Maybe trauma like a car accident or the gradual effects of aging and decay have left you with broken, chipped, fractured, discolored, decayed or missing teeth. Prosthodontist Dr. Samo says, “New materials and new techniques make it possible to return a patient’s original smile, no matter how difficult that can be to believe! It’s also important to remember that some trauma demands immediate attention for the best outcome.” Do U smile? If not, come see the experts at iSmile Specialists. Each specialist will be featured in an upcoming issue of UpClose. Dr. Kanaan says, “Check on our upcoming website which will feature before and after pictures of some of the most difficult cases we’ve treated. My colleagues and I iSmile patient are passionate about giving our patients beautiful, before functional smiles, even in challenging cases. Your before smile is our specialty!” iSmile Specialists 281-447-6453 (281-4iSmile) 14121 SW Freeway Suite B Sugar Land Texas 77478








one unit and you don’t need to bother with all the wires and extra remotes

Sarah Warburton


hen you make your entrance into the redesigned showroom at Home Theater Evolutions, you’ll get star treatment every time. No more wandering around big box stores trying to find someone to help you, no more puzzling over the difference between one speaker and the next, no more hidden fees or add-ons that you weren’t expecting. Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain founded Home Theater Evolutions because they love electronics, plain and simple. Richard says, “Our team has the knowledge to advise you on what products will best fit your specific needs. Come talk with us, and we’ll offer well designed solutions at a variety of price points to help you get the best quality electronics for your budget!” Set the scene in the conference room. Scott says, “The Savant Home automation system makes coordinating televisions, music, security systems, lighting and security easy and completely stress-free. The entire thing’s controlled from the system’s iPad. We’ve set up two televisions to demo how easy video-switching can be. We’ll also have choice of window shades by Lutron which can be controlled through your iPad as well.” Want complete directorial control? Visit the Universal Remote demo area and see the way one universal remote can eliminate the need for seven or more individual ones. Richard

says, “In this area we’ve got a URC (Universal Remote Control) set up. It’s a great entrylevel system that automates lighting, security, and surround sound at an affordable price and also uses your ipad. Before you leave this area, try out the Apple TV, too!” Lights, camera, home! Demo rooms showcase packages that bring the “movie experience” to you. The pricing for each package includes installation and set-up, so they’re great turn-key options. Customize your package with additional accessories like a universal remote dimmer than will bring down your lights, turn on your receiver and start your movie…even the stylish credenzas are available. If there’s a VIP room, it’s the lush home theater room with a hundred-inch projection screen, sound paneling, inwall electronics tower, and motorized leather theater seating. If you can bear to leave, take the time to experiment with the variety of speakers in the revamped and freshly soundpaneled speaker demo room. And don’t miss the display table of internet radios. Richard says, “With options like the Sonos music system and the Pioneer Elite AirPlay Music Player, you can play any music wirelessly in any room of your house...and the sound quality’s great!” You don’t have to be a Hollywood A-lister or pull in the megabucks to get star treatment. Scott says, “Richard and I love keeping up with the latest products. We’re always changing up our inventory and our showroom to choose electronics that offer the best experience for the best value. Stop by and let us show you what we’ve found!” Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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Over Before I Knew We’d Started! Sarah Warburton


hen Sherrie Ryberg was at Advanced Dermatology getting Cool Sculpting, the receptionist gave her a great tip. She says, “The receptionist told me she’d had bad veins and Dr. Baltazar took care of them for her. She told me what a great job he’d done and how nice he was. I had a bulging vein over my knee that wasn’t looking great. That wasn’t enough to make me seek help, but then it started to hurt. Finally it was so uncomfortable, I just didn’t want to deal with it any more, so I called Dr. Baltazar and made an appointment. I’d call it a cosmetic and a medical issue.” Winner of the 2011 Patients’ Choice Award, Vascular Surgeon Dr. Ulises Baltazar, MD. has been board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery with special certification in Vascular Surgery for over a decade. There’s no question he’s the vein expert...and Sherrie agrees! She says, “The whole thing was very quick. I saw Dr. Baltazar one week for my consultation and exam, the next week I was in for the procedure. I asked if he was finished numbing my leg and he said, “We’re all finished with everything, Sherrie.” I asked him, “With the whole procedure?” and he said yes! I was totally shocked at how quick it was and how painless. All I felt was some mild tingling! Now that the procedure is over, I don’t have any pain. There’s one little vein left that Dr. Baltazar said should go away on its own, or he’ll take care of it for me for free.” “One of the best things about Dr. Baltazar was how sweet he is. I was getting ready to change jobs, so I wasn’t sure about how my insurance would transition. He told me not to worry about it, that they’d work through all the details and get everything taken care of. He said, “I don’t want this to be the reason you don’t come back in.” Sometimes a doctor’s office makes the insurance your problem, but his office takes care of everything!” “Not only that, but Dr. Baltazar’s so pleasant, gentle, and patientoriented. He really takes his time with each patient, and he also runs right on schedule. I was running a little late, but he worked with my schedule to make sure I never cooled my heels in the waiting room and I always got out of his office right on time. I highly recommend fact, I’ve even recommended him to my new boss!”

Ulises Baltazar MD,RVT,FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 281-201-6052 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3)

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Ride Into

Summer Sarah Warburton


hen summer plumbing problems dampen your mood, call the local company with the reputation and experience to get you your summer back on track. Classic American values of hard work and an honest living are still alive at Alan’s Plumbing, where they know that the only job worth doing is a job done well. Ride into summer with confidence thanks to Alan’s Plumbing. For over fifteen years Master Plumber Alan Burkhalter has provided quality plumbing service to the families of Fort Bend County. Along with his brothers, Chris and Brian, and the newest member of the team Zach Wagner, he’s made a name for Alan’s Plumbing as professional, prompt, and precise. The families of Fort Bend love getting quality work at a fair price from Alan and the guys. How does a family business build a reputation? The same way a country does... through a history of doing things the right way and by sons following in their father’s footsteps. Every year Alan and Jennifer’s three skilled sons–Beau, Luke, and Jake–add to their

experience, their knowledge, and their history with their Dad’s business. Mom Jennifer says, “Our boys have been going out with their dad and uncle since they were about eight or nine years old. A few summers ago they put in the hours to earn their apprentice plumbing licenses. Beau is working with us full time now and Luke and Jake are working during the summer with us. They’ve got the credentials, the experience...and they want to make their Dad proud and our customers happy!” Keep the water where it’s supposed to be this the pool or in your pipes. If you’ve got a running toilet, a leaky tap, a dripping faucet, or a damaged pipe, don’t wait to call 281-2611064. Alan says, “Taking care of a little problem keeps it from becoming a big one and save you money and trouble down the line. Call us when you’ve got a plumbing problem or need a remodel this summer...and enjoy a safe and happy Fourth of July from all of us at Alan’s Plumbing!” Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064

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Do You Have Olympic Fever? D

on’t cure it, encourage it! After all, every Olympic competitor started as an enthusiastic child...and with training and development grew into the athletes we admire today. Here in Sugar Land, Robert Gifford, founder of Safety America and sole owner of Sugar Land Gymnastics says, “We’re proud to be a USA Gymnastics Member Club, committed to excellence. Encouraging kids to enjoy athleticism and the thrill of competition is one of our core values!” Can you imagine your little guy tearing up the rings or working on the pommel horse? This year, the Men’s 2012 USA Gymnastics team features two gymnasts from Houston...maybe in the future it will include gymnasts from Fort Bend! Bryan Kiser, the Executive Director and General Manager of the Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance Studio says, “We like to say you can begin here...and go anywhere!” Bryan’s an Elite Level Developmental Men’s Gymnastics Coach with 25 years of experience in the Men’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program. He also served as the the Strength, Conditioning, and Nutritional consultant for the Houston Rockets Power Dance Squad. Like all the instructors at Sugar Land Gymnastics he knows how to inspire kids to excel! See those sweet little preschoolers in their leotards and ponytails? They could be serious gymnastics-in-training. After all, on the Women’s 2012 USA Gymnastics team, each member is a firsttime Olympian and none is over the age of eighteen. At Sugar Land Gymnastics, Women’s Coach Mei competed as a member of the Chinese National Gymnastics team, is a USAG certified

national judge and meet director, a professional member of the USA-Gymnastics for almost 25 years, and has coached Level Four through Seven State Champions and Level Eight and Nine Regional All-Round Gymnastics Champions. She loves igniting the joy of gymnastics in others! Strong bodies, strong minds, strong spirits––that’s the kind of kid Sugar Land Gymnastics develops. Recreational classes start with “Mommy-and-Me” options for little ones as young as eighteen months old and build skills at each and every level. Sugar Land Gymnastics also has a competitive team for USAG Girls Team Level 2-10 and a USAG Boys Team Level 3-10 and also competes in the AGA (American Gymastics Association). For those not on the competitive team, the annual “Mini-Olympics” at Sugar Land Gymnastics is an opportunity to show off their skills and get a taste of the excitement! If your child’s flipping for the Olympic Gymnastics team, start them out at Sugar Land Gymnastics and they’ll flip for joy! Save your space by registering through the website, over the phone, or in person. Everyone from Olympic hopefuls to energetic kids loves mastering the sport and having a blast at Sugar Land Gymnastics! Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance 281-240-0999 16215 Lexington Blvd Sugar Land, Texas 77479

It’s Baaaack... Are YOU Ready? W

ouldn’t it be nice if the kids went back to school and all you had to do was put your feet up and relax? Anyone who thinks that’s the case clearly hasn’t experienced September with a houseful of children. Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph. says, “I’ve seen moms and dads racing around trying to get to informational meetings, sports tryouts, figure out homework assignments, and get adjusted to a new schedule for every kid. You may expect to be worn out...but sometimes there’s an underlying cause that we can fix to help increase your energy and keep you going strong!” Why can’t you keep up with your kids this year? Dr. Campbell says, “Drops in hormone levels affect men as well as women. We can diagnose and treat hormonal imbalances with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to give parents the stamina to make it through another back-to-school season.” •

Do you have over-committed mom stress or is it something else? Dr. Campbell says, “Fatigue, night sweats, weight gain, headaches, loss of libido, osteoporosis, insomnia, diminished mental clarity, endometriosis, lack of energy or drive, fibrocystic breast disease, hot flashes and vaginal dryness could all be signs that your body needs hormone balancing with a combination of bio-identical estrogen hormones and progesterone. Once you’re balanced from the inside out, you’ll be able to enjoy the energy, the focus, and enthusiasm again!” Dad, can you even remember how great you used to feel? Dr. Campbell says, “By the time we guys reach our mid to late thirties, testosterone levels may drop, causing decreased muscle mass and bone density, insulin resistance, decreased sex drive, less energy, irritability and feelings of depression. At the direction of your doctor, I can compound your testosterone replacement in a cream, an injection, or a troche.With the right balance, you can feel like your old self again!” As the kids get back to school and life swings into high gear, it’s time to get educated about the benefits of balancing your hormones. Dr. Campbell says, “I offer consultations by appointment for individuals, couples, and groups to help you take control of your health and regain the balance in your life!” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

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Next Stop...St. Michael’s! Why Would You Wait? Courtney McIlvoy


ootball may take center stage in Texas come fall, but in the summertime, the baseball field is the place to be. When Michael Garfield, the ‘HighTech Texan’, went to his son’s baseball game five years ago, he wasn’t expecting a trip to the emergency room. Not knowing they would have to wait an hour and a half to see a doctor, Michael took his son to a traditional emergency room. When it comes to family and loved ones, no one wants to wait so long to get help. Thankfully, traditional emergency rooms are not the only option. St. Michael’s Emergency Room is a state-of-the-art emergency room founded by Dr. Shannon Orsak and his brother, Brian Orsak. “I met Dr. Orsak several years ago when he was getting ready to open St. Michael’s and I really liked the concept. I have three boys and if you have young boys you are always going to need emergency care,” Michael says. Not only does St. Michael’s take good care of their patients, but they value their patients’ time as well. As the “High-Tech Texan,”

Michael made their next stop St. Michael’s. Michael wears many hats. “I’ve primarily been a radio host on the 9-5-0 AM six days a week, for the past twelve years. I talk about various topics, but my sweet spot is technology,” Michael says. Being so busy, St. Michael’s limited wait time policy was very helpful to him. He says, “I’m a very impatient person! Waiting doesn’t work for me. That’s why St. Michael’s is the best place around.” St. Michael’s wastes no time. Michael says, “You’re immediately in the back in a room getting treated. It’s in and out very fast.” When one of his sons needed medical treatment after being in a car accident and another son needed care for a knee injury suffered while playing football in the front yard, Michael knew where to go...St. Michael’s Emergency Room. In addition to taking all three of his sons there, Michael himself has gone in for treatment more than once. “I run marathons, I’m a part-time athlete, and when I hurt my ankle, I went to St. Michael’s.” “Sometimes I want to make up an illness just to go over there and visit!” jokes Michael. He has no hesitation in going to St. Michael’s, and neither should you! Stop by anytime for Prompt attention, quality care.

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Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

Sarah Warburton

f you or someone you know has ill-fitting or painful dentures, it’s more than a cosmetic problem. Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. says, “Tooth loss can be the first sign of bigger health issues. Dentures that don’t fit properly may contribute to gum disease and larger problems from oral cancer to heart disease. And anyone who’s tried to enjoy an apple or corn on the cob with poorly fitted dentures knows it can be hard to make the healthy choices that add years to your life and life to your years. I wanted to find a solution for this group of patients...and the miniMARK Implant System is the perfect answer. These are reliable, affordable miniature implants that combine minimum size with maximum comfort!” When dentures don’t properly fit, bacteria can lie in areas behind them and lead to chronic infections in the gum supporting the denture. Not only can this make your gums sore and make it painful to eat well, gum disease may also contribute to diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dr. Lomonte says, “Studies suggest that patients with poorly-fitting dentures or multiple missing back teeth may have a shorter life up to ten years!” Why should life be grim or complicated? “I believe in keeping things simple and looking for the best way to make your life (and your smile!) easier,” says Dr. Lomonte. The MiniMARK Implant system is a one-day, minimally-invasive, in-office procedure, so you’ll be in good hands in the same comfortable, friendly environment you already know. Once your dentures are anchored in place with a mini-implant, you’ll be able to smile freely, treat yourself to a nice steak, or crunch on delicious veggies and really enjoy yourself! Make the most of your life by making the most of your smile! Dr. Lomonte says, “My whole team and I are here to make it pleasant and even fun to keep your dental appointments. We’ve got all kinds of solutions to solve any problems you might have. Come tell us what’s keeping you from smiling and we’ll get you and your smile back on track!”

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

Recovering From Summer

Sarah Warburton


hen you’re a little kid, freckles and sunburns are just a part of summer, but for adults summer memories live on in the damage to our skin and complexion. Now that summer’s giving way to fall, let’s turn back the hands of time with the help of the experts at Kalologie Medspa. Wish you had the same dewy complexion you did so many summers ago? As we age, stubborn brown and red spots from the sun, broken capillaries, and pigmented lesions often combine to create a blotchy, uneven skin tone. Kalologie’s IPL (intense pulsed light) facial rejuvenates the skin and reverse sun and age damage. A routine facial maintenance program can bring back the complexion you used to have. Bailey Huber, Manager at our Sugar Land Kalologie says,

“The cumulative effects of 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. We offer convenient facial packages through our Spa Membership program to save you money and make it easy to care for your skin!” Want another amazing anti-aging secret? Thermage, a non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure featured on Dr. Oz’s “Ultimate AntiAging Show” can reverse damage caused by sun exposure, time, and gravity on your face...and other places, too! Thermage works by stimulating your body’s natural renewal of collagen using unique radiofrequency (RF) technology. It’s a one-time treatment that starts to deliver results from day one and you’ll see your most dramatic results six months later...those results continue to develop naturally and last for two years. Essentially it breaks down your old collagen and cellulite and delivers tighter smoother skin, softened lines and wrinkles, and increased lift and firmness on your skin. “If you have our Kalologie Spa Membership for your monthly facial,” says Bailey, “don’t forget you’ll also get a ten percent discount on Thermage, and our other treatments and beauty

$49 intro facial $89 intro IPL 40% off Thermage products! As a August special, we’re offering 40% off the price of Thermage for all our clients!” Kalologie Skincare/Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478

Better Than the Best I Becca Bragg f someone told you they had the “Cadillac” of air conditioners, you’d know they had the absolute, top-of-the-line, best-youcan-get, right? Brian Jackson of Jackson Air and Heat 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. Trane has always been known as the Cadillac of air conditioners, because of their quality and reliability. As Sugar Land’s oldest Trane Comfort Specialist, we’ve got a Trane model for every home and every budget. Whether you choose our most advanced two stage Trane XL20i or our mostaffordable model, the XB13, every Trane air conditioner is built in Tyler, TX and made to handle our long, hot, humid summers.” Sugar Land Family owned and operated, Jackson Air has been keeping families comfortable in Sugar Land and surrounding areas for 30 years. Winners

for the second year in a row of the BBB Award of Excellence and the Angie’s List Super Service Award, Jackson Air offer the best service and selection. Brian says, “We do all of our own work, no subcontractors. This insures it’s done right. Whether you need maintenance, repair or replacement, we’ve got you covered.” If that old air conditioner just isn’t cutting it anymore, now is a great time to replace it with a new Trane high efficiency air conditioner. A new system will save on your utility bills, lower the humidity and make your home more comfortable for years to come. Not only that, but Jackson Air offers a one hundred percent moneyback guarantee on their new systems...because they want you to be comfortable in your home and with the service you receive from them! Want a Texas-built air conditioner specially made to handle Texas heat and humidity? You need a home-grown Texas com-

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pany! Call Jackson for a free system evaluation. A Trane comfort Specialist will come out, check your system, give you honest advice with plenty of choices and no high pressure sales tactics. Brian says “We have lots of specials going on right now, Rebates up to $1200 or 0% financing, FREE Trane Clean Effects air cleaner or FREE Trane color touch screen programmable thermostat and FREE Skeeters tickets with a new system. We’ll get you the Cadillac of air conditioners with five-star service!” Jackson Air and Heating, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

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Fort Bend’s own Dr. Anh Doan


Sarah Warburton hen it’s time for those back-to-school checkups, you take your kids to your family pediatrician...but their shot record and growth charts aren’t the only things that need to be updated. “Every year, your child’s vision changes,” says optometrist Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source. “Kids won’t say the world is blurry, because they think that’s the way the world looks to everyone. A comprehensive professional eye exam checks that eyes are tracking properly, rules out lazy eye, addresses over or under focusing, and gets your child ready for a great year!” Some things are just a no-brainer! Everyone knows their primary care doctor gives better patient care than a “drive-through doctor.” Why would you expect less for your eyes? You and your family deserve the knowledge and individual attention of a family optometrist with deep roots in our community. Patients know that they’ll see the same friendly faces and get the same expert care visit after visit in Dr. Doan’s office. Have you done your homework? When you want personal, unhurried attention and genuine concern for your health, you need an independent optometrist. “Big box docs” are under

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pressure to get-’em-in and get-’em-out...and to sell, sell, sell. You may spend five times as long in the waiting room as you spend in the exam room! Not only that, but staff turnover makes it hard to get continuity of care. Maybe you’re tempted by heavily-discounted lenses and frames? You may not get a long-lasting, quality pair of glasses that’s really appropriate for your needs. Once you see Dr. Doan’s personal attention and the professional care, you won’t trust your eyes to anyone else! She says, “I love seeing the patients I examined before their first day of Kindergarten heading off to college. From the initial exam through diagnostic testing and the fitting of eyeglasses or contact lenses, being trusted with your family’s vision health means the world to me. My advice to parents this year is to watch for kids suffering headaches, squinting, complaining about reading, or tilting their head or closing one eye when reading or working on the computer. Those are warning signs of a vision problem...and I’m here to help!”

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How to Renovate Your Bathroom Yourself Sarah Warburton


irst of all, you’ll strip out your bathroom, navigate the plumbing and electrics, and waterproof...before you even start to think about fitting out the shower, vanity, bathtub and toilet, finishing the wiring and plumbing, installing the vanity tops, and then painting. Budget between $12,000 and $30,000 and set aside a month when you won’t use your there a good one at your gym? Luckily, you DON’T have to renovate your bathroom to get a complete and total bathroom makeover. Jonee and Paul Barnett, owners of Miracle Method Surface Restoration, say, “For a fraction of the time, expense, and hassle of a major renovation we can make your old bathroom look like new!” Let’s start with the bathtub and vanity. If your tub’s tired, worn out, damaged, or an outdated color, Miracle Method will repair chips or cracks and restore the surface...better than new! The total cost to remove and replace a bathtub could be $3,000 or more... but the Miracle Method’s only a tiny fraction of that. Moving on to the counters and sinks, change up your tile, marble or Formica with the Miracle Method’s beautiful finishes like the popular Natural Accents. Refinishing will extend the useful life of most any bathroom fixture or surface for 15 years or more, while saving you a substantial portion of the cost of removal and remodeling! Removing tile is a difficult, messy, timeconsuming job! Why not save time and money by having your bathroom tile refinished by Miracle Method? Jonee says, “Bathroom tile around the bathtub, on the walls or on the vanity are all excellent candidates for tile refinishing. Miracle Method’s process of cleaning the tile, use of our MM-4 bonding agent, and application of superior top coats will assure you a durable long-lasting finish for your bathroom tile. We take pride in our work and back it up with a warranty for your peace of mind!” Get a beautiful new bathroom in less time and Miracle Method for less money with the Miracle Method! Jonee Surface Refinishing says, “Ready to renovate your bathroom? Just 281-240-2284 give us a call and see how easy it can be and how 603 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX (by appointment only) amazing it can look!” To advertise, 281-235-0600

Paul and Jonee Barnett

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Check It Out! Amy Sharp


eed one last fun adventure for the kids before the back to school frenzy begins? Check out Mr. Whistle, Mr. Bumpy, and Mr. Thirsty! You won’t find them on Nickelodeon, they are the “special” tools used by Dr. Bianca Sanchez for check-ups at Little People’s Dentistry! Did you know that more than half of all children between the ages of 5 and 9 have a least one cavity or filling? Dr. Sanchez says, “Regular checkups and preventive dental are like “smile insurance,” helping us catch and correct problems early.” And this “smile insurance” is fun…along with the help of tools Mr. Whistle, Mr. Bumpy, and Mr. Thirsty, your child gets to choose between a pink flamingo or zebra Zooby dental brush, and then choose from a variety of toothpaste flavors including vanilla ice cream and chocolate! And of course there are rewards for an excellent exam…squirt toys like fish and butterflies for the babies and cool, kooky glasses or helium balloons for the big kids!

Along with preventive dental care, the American Dental Association also recommends every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to prevent or reduce the severity of malocclusions (bad bite) in the permanent teeth. No worries, Little People’s Dentistry has your kids covered…Dr. Gary Radford specializes in orthodontics. Dr. Radford says, “Orthodontics for kids aren’t just about the way the smile looks, but the way the jaw and teeth function…problems could affect their performance in school, their general health, and the state of their mouth.” And should your child require braces, Dr. Radford offers Saturday appointments, making the frequent orthodontic appointments easier on your schedule during the busy school year. Check out the fun for yourself! Visit the Little People’s Dentistry website for games and contests, and you can even schedule appointments! Have a smart phone? Download the Little People’s Dentistry app from the iTunes or Android store, and you can request an appointment, get GPS directions, take a virtual tour and get updates on events and special offers. Scan the QR-code for more information, and end the summer with new fun friends and radiant smiles! Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)

A Boutique Learning Experience Makes the Difference

Sarah Warburton f your child’s preparing to enter middle school, reports of overcrowded classrooms, bullying, and kids slipping through the cracks can be overwhelming. Now imagine the cozy, encouraging atmosphere of the Little Red Schoolhouse, with state-of-the-art technological tools and a comfortable, professional learning environment. 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, those who need accelerated learning and those who need educational support. Our after-school educational coaching and our select private school give kids the right atmosphere, tools, and support to love how to learn!” Parents and students love the drama-free, kid-centered approach of Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy’s boutique learning experience. Smaller ratios and a challenging, technology-enhanced curriculum create an education customized to each child. At Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy, kids progress through subjects at their own pace, make better grades, and score higher on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Betsy says, “Getting a solid educational foundation in middle school establishes a child’s continued success. We’re currently accepting enrollment for students fourth


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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 during the month of August ($150 value).” Get kids ready for the coming school year by building up any shaky skills and refreshing what they learned last year. Combat the “summer slide” and make sure they haven’t forgotten what they used to know with EduCoachNow. Betsy says, “At EduCoachNow we offer one-on-one, payas-you-go educational training sessions to strength and reinforce what your child learned last year, and get a head start on the next year. As a Back-to-School special, enroll during the month of August and receive ½ off your enrollment fee ($50 value).” Want to see how your child could enjoy the supportive, intimate benefits of homeschooling with the added bonus of a social environment, accountability, and a true college preparatory experience? Visit the new website www. and see why discerning families prefer to give their kids the advantage of Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy. Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC 281-682-4573 245 Gonyo Lane Richmond, TX 77479




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This’ll you! Chance Made Them Neighbors. Good Taste Made Them Friends. G Sarah Warburton ood neighbors offer more than a friendly wave when you get the paper. Really excellent neighbors provide encouragement, support, and recommendations you can trust. So when Shelly and Geoff Kaplan got a recommendation from their neighbors, Rebecca and Richard Stepp, for All About Carpet the Kaplans took that advice! “Several years ago,” says Rebecca. “We used All About Carpet and Floors and the carpet they installed held up well...but it was their customer service that really brought me back for hardwood floors. About the same time I decided to get our hardwood flooring put in, Shelly asked me for a recommendation for her flooring. There was no question in my mind...I recommended All About Carpet.” When a company’s good, word gets around. Shelly says, “Rebecca referred me to All About Carpet. I knew she and her husband had used them before and that Rebecca’s mom is a realtor who knew families who also liked All About Carpet. I went into the showroom to see Bob, Reneé and Shaun...and they gave me quite an education about hardwood floors. To tell you the truth, we did get three different quotes for the work at the beginning. After meeting with the different companies, we went with All About Carpet because of their years of knowledge. They were ver y professional and experienced and had a good relationship with Johnson, the manufacturer of the flooring we chose. That gave me confidence that the job would be done well and they would take care of any problems.That kind of professionalism really gives you peace of mind when you’re getting a big project done in your home.” Even a big job like getting your flooring redone can be easy with a company you can trust. Shelly says, “This was a major job! They tore up our

downstairs flooring and installed all new hardwood, then extended it into the other rooms. I chose the Johnson variable width planks that’s lightly scraped for an artisan look...and I really love it! The installer knew what he was doing and was very polite, too. I had such confidence in All About Carpet that we stayed at my mother’s house while the work was being done. I’m so pleased with the way it looks that I’m ready to recommend them to anyone!” Find out why your neighbors are buzzing about All About Carpets. Bob, Reneé, and Shaun McKelvey invite you to come to their showroom and see the possibilities for yourself. Bob says, “We’d like to be your store for flooring, counters, and tile for years to come!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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Best Present Ever! Sarah Warburton


est experience you can imagine! Mark had lined up all the vehicles that met my specifications. He met me and walked me through them. I was worried about how to complete the paperwork without spoiling the surprise...but Mark said not to worry about it until later. I drove the Tahoe off the lot and into our driveway with a big bow on top!” What’s the Classic difference? The way they care about customers and our community. Keri says,“I know that any time I have a question, I can call Mark and Classic Chevrolet will help me out. When you’re making a big purchase like buying a car, you want to deal with people you trust. I’ve seen the way the team at Classic Chevrolet really cares about Fort Bend. They pitch in and help with our charity golf tournament and all the volunteers from Classic are really willing to do the work we need to help out our community. I like to see good local Want a car big enough to people like those at Classic Chevrolet enjoying well-earned success.” carry the whole family from So how was this surprise received? Keri tells us, “Paul the carpool to a camping trip? says the Tahoe is his best Christmas present ever. He loves According to US News Best Cars Review, Chevrolet has the it so much that I hope he’ll put a new car for me on our #1 and the #3 ranked best most-affordable large SUVs... Christmas list next year!” the 2012 Chevy Suburban and the 2012 Chevy Tahoe. What could make one local family buy three vehicles in Reviewers love the tough and stylish Tahoe’s truck-like 18 months from Classic Chevrolet? We’ll tell you in the capabilities, seating for up to eight and ample cargo September issue of UpClose! space. It has a hefty towing capacity, good fuel economy for its class and test drivers say it’s a comfortable cruising Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land the highway and maneuvering around town. For a smaller, 281-491-9000 sleeker car, try a Chevy ride that’s sporty, 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 stylish, fuel-efficient, safe and practical. Support America and Fort Bend by keeping your car dollars local!

eri Schmidt, President of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, wanted to give her husband, Paul, a very special Christmas surprise. She says, “I really, really wanted to give him a Chevy Tahoe, but I absolutely hate shopping for cars. I had met Don Kerstetter and Mark Kolon from Classic Chevrolet through the Chamber and through the charity work they and their employees do. The first thing I did was pick up the phone and call Mark to tell him my plans. I wasn’t sure how they would handle everything, since I wanted it to be a surprise, but Mark told me to come right over.” Shopping for a car should be easy and fun...that’s the philosophy at Classic Chevrolet. Keri says, “This was the easi-

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Beat the Pain!


ired of the summer heat and humidity? Too bad, because August in Fort Bend will be even hotter and steamier than July! If pain keeps you from cooling off in the pool, going camping with your kids, or enjoying hot fun in the summertime, get relief at Back Pain Interventions. Dr. Mark Brown says, “We can’t beat the heat, but we can help you beat the pain!”

“For years doctors acknowledged pain as the ‘fifth vital sign,’ right up there with blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiratory rate. I still believe that managing pain is a vital standard of care. Unmanaged pain destroys your quality of life and can actually compound other health concerns. I believe you should enjoy your from pain!”

ner! Whether you herniated a disc picking up an overloaded laundry basket or you’ve been struggling with unresolved pain for decades, Dr. Brown can help. He offers a wide range of pain solutions for acute and chronic pain and coordinates with other specialists as needed. If nothing has mitigated your chronic pain, he can responsibly manage your pain according to strict guidelines. Don’t let pain take the fun out of your summer. Dr. Brown’s wife, Cathy, is a registered nurse with many years of experience. She says, “We believe in offering responsible, patient-centered pain relief. You don’t have to miss out on fun or miss out on life. We’re here to help!” How does Michael Berry help his listeners feel their best? By spreading the word about Dr. Brown and Back Pain Intervention Associated on AM 740 KTRH news radio. KTRH listeners know they don’t have to put up with pain and neither do you. Call Dr. Mark Brown today. 281-494-6900

Whooo, it’s been a scorcher! Did pain in your back, neck, or anywhere else rob you of your vacation? Get help from Dr. Mark Brown, a double boardcertified (in both anesthesiology and pain management) physician with over two decade experience specializing in the treatment of pain. He says, “For years doctors acknowledged pain as the ‘fifth vital sign,’ right up there with blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiratory rate. I still believe that managing pain is a vital standard of care. Unmanaged pain destroys your quality of life and can actually compound other health concerns. I believe you should enjoy your from pain!” Maybe there’s no relief from the heat, but pain relief’s just around the cor-

Mark Brown, MD Back Pain Interventions Associated, PA 281-494-6900 6350 Hwy 90A Suite 700, Sugar Land, TX 77498

Experiencing Infertility: Afreen & Sudhir’s Story


y husband Sudhir and I tried to have a baby for six months before I went to my Ob/Gyn for help. After six more months of tests and treatment, she referred me to a Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Subodh Chauhan, at the Fertility Specialists of Houston. He talked with me, ordered more tests, then started me out with four cycles of Clomid. Afterwards, we tried four cycles of IUI. I put my trust in him and his expertise. The hardest thing was feeling so frustrated and emotional. Your life just stops...and people tell you to relax and not think about getting pregnant, but it’s the only thing you can think about. I prayed often and had encouragement from my husband, my mom and my in-laws. Even so, sometimes you feel like the only person in the world who has to struggle so hard for children. Finally we needed a break. Dr. Chauhan said, “I respect your decision and just hope you’ll come back when you’re ready.” Six months later, we decided to try IVF. I am deathly afraid of needles, but Sudhir gave me every shot and he was so gentle that they were painless. He told me, “You have a winner’s spirit and the heart of a a champion; I know you can do this!” He was my rock. In May we did the egg retrieval and the embryo transfer, and my heart started telling me I was pregnant...but I was afraid to believe. On June 6th,

one day before my birthday, we learned we were pregnant and on June 21 we had the ultrasound. All the pain and struggle just melted away from my memory and when I heard my baby’s heartbeat for the first time, I knew I’d go through everything again just to have a child of my own. Sudhir and I are so excited about this baby, and we’d love to have two more. I learned I have a genetic disorder, so IVF will be necessary whenever I want to have a child...but I have no hesitation at all about returning to Dr. Chauhan and recommending him to others. Dr. Chauhan was so supportive and skilled and everyone in his office––Debbie, Chris, and Veronica––feel like friends. They took such joy in helping our dreams of a family come true! Dr. Subodh Chauhan, MD Fertility Specialists of Houston 713-512-7900 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Making I

f your kids aren’t thrilled about “back to school” season, why not enroll them in lessons that will make them change their tune? This August, Fort Bend Music Center, Fort Bend’s premier music school, will be offering 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. When it comes to spreading the joy of music, they pull out all the stops!

Developing an ear for music and tapping into the fun of rhythm is easy with group lessons. Renee Massey, Fort Bend Music Center’s Lessons Desk Manager says, “We’re the only school in the Houston area to offer group lessons for beginners in piano, guitar, and drums all using the proven Yamaha curriculum. Kids love it and we love how effective it is! We also offer group vocal instruction. Come in anytime for an evaluation and we’ll determine which level is best for you.” But if you’re more of a solo artist, Ashley Cochran, Accounts Manager says, “We also offer private lessons in every instrument for every age! We’ve recently added one-on-one instruction in band instruments to help kids move up a seat or polish their skills before the start of school.”

and also rent our recital hall out to the community. Call us, stop by anytime, or visit our website for a schedule of classes, teacher biographies, and our fees and policies. We want everyone to experience the joy of making music!”

Fort Bend’s premier music school, will be offering 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. When it comes to spreading the joy of music, they pull out all the stops! Want to bring music into your home... and give your child a place to practice? Evie Offord, Fort Bend Music Center’s Piano Sales Manager says, “We have pianos for every home and budget––new, used, rebuilt, digital, even rental pianos. I’m pleased to say we are the only certified Kawai and Shigeru dealer in the Houston area. Shigeru pianos are handmade by Kawai Master Piano Artisans.” If you already have a piano that needs a little TLC, Fort Bend Music Center offers complete piano repair and restoration. And if your piano is missing a pianist, Fort Bend Music Center can do a player install. Is this music to your ears? Rick Cochran, President of Fort Bend Music Center says, “We offer musical performances monthly

Fort Bend Music Center 281-494-5885 12919 SW Freeway, Ste 160

Pianos for every home and budget––new, used, rebuilt, digital, even rental pianos.

Your Weight Loss Triple Threat T

ired of struggling to lose weight? Choose from a onetwo-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 weight-loss? 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 chemistry 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 Before 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 weightloss...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 spotreduce 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 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

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


your choice of his weight-loss triplethreat––Neuro-Assist, Medifast, and i-Lipo. Whichever you choose, you’ll have the guidance and support you need to succeed! During the month of August you’ll receive ten percent off the retail price of one of these services as an “End of Summer Special!” Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 16651 SW Fwy #100

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Dr. Jeffery Alford

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital unveils more effective treatment for dangerous blood clots


ascular surgeon, Imran Mohiuddin, M.D. and cardiothoracic surgeon, Uttam Tripathy, M.D. recently performed Fort Bend County’s first ultrasound accelerated thrombolysis procedure, a faster and more effective method of treating blood clots related to deep venous thrombosis, or DVT. “Patients with a dangerous blood clot often present at the emergency room in severe pain and in need of immediate treatment,” says Dr. Mohiuddin. “Medications used in the past could take hours or even days to dissolve a clot. The EKOS system delivers clot-busting drugs directly into the clot itself, reducing the amount of time the patient is in pain and eliminating potentially harmful impacts.” DVT is the major cause of massive pulmonary embolism, which results in about 60,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Most cases of DVT occur in patients who have recently had surgery, broken limbs, cancer or history of a heart attack, stroke or congestive heart therapy. Symptoms include redness or skin discoloration, calf or leg pain

or tenderness, especially when walking or through the vein and the ultrasound energy standing; swelling of the affected body part; ensures the drug is diffused evenly, dissolving the fibrin strands that create clots and allowing a sensation of warmth; or leg fatigue. For Ms. Omar Williams, a school teacher blood to flow. This delivery system represents from Dallas, EKOS was a life-saver. Williams, a major step forward and can be life-saving!” For more information or to schedule 62, was in Sugar Land visiting family members when severe chest pain began affecting her an appointment with Dr. Tripathy, Dr. ability to walk and speak. At Methodist Sugar Mohiuddin or another cardiothoracic or Land Hospital, the Emergency Department vascular surgeon in your area, please call the Physicians confirmed that she had suffered Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physician a pulmonary embolism, and Dr. Tripathy referral line at 281-274-7500. was called in to perform the EKOS procedure. “My story is a miracle,” Williams said. “The doctors in the Emergency Department told me that if I had waited another hour or so, I might not be alive today. But I like to think I was blessed to have an angel working through Dr. Tripathy’s hands to save my life.” “The EKOS system effectively treats patients in extreme distress and at risk for a dangerous embolism,” says Dr. Tripathy. “The catheter allows us to reach the clot directly Uttam Tripathy, M.D. and patient, Ms. Omar Williams

METHODIST SUGAR LAND NEUROLOGY ASSOCIATES Personal attention, high-tech care for your peace of mind Dr. Eddie Patton, Jr., and Dr. M. Faisal Khan are pleased to welcome Larry Tran, M.D., to Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates. Together they offer diagnosis and treatment of the most common — and most complex — neurological disorders. From sleep apnea, migraines, epilepsy and dementia, to complex spine, peripheral neurological disorders and neuromuscular disorders, the physicians at Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates can provide answers and options using the latest in technology and therapeutic techniques, backed by the resources and staff of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Regain your quality of life. Call Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates today.  Larry Tran, M.D., Eddie L. Patton Jr., M.D. and M. Faisal Khan, M.D.

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Board-certified neurologists with a special emphasis on neurophysiology, neuromuscular disorders and sleep medicine. Located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus in Medical Office Building Two, Suite 131. Call 281-494-6387 to schedule an appointment.

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Active Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Happy Hearts



ears ago, while looking for quality childcare for their daughter and son, Sotirios and Estela Papadopulos, found the Primrose School of First Colony. The school’s philosophy of nurturing well-balanced children made a profound impression on them...and soon after, Sotirios and Estela decided to share the Primrose Vision with the Pearland community. Today they have three thriving Primrose Schools in Pearland and have recently taken ownership of the Primrose School in First Colony. “Over the last year,” says Estela, “we have completed the brand refresh, which is a complete renovation of the school. Primrose standards are measured by the Advanced ED Accreditation, as well as maintaining the in house Standards of Excellence Accreditation. In fact, this year Primrose is celebrating thirty years of excellence in early childhood education and we’re proud to see that tradition continued at the Primrose School in First Colony. As parents and educators, Sotirios and I believe Primrose offers the Right Foundation for Active Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Happy Hearts® !” The Primrose School of First Colony offers hot meals from a menu that accommodates food preferences or allergies. Their spacious playground pavilion has room for kids to run and play. Children as young as six weeks through kindergarteners enjoy learning with their

peers in private classrooms, by Becca Bragg and younger “Explorers” enjoy Primrose’s popular after-school program. Estela says, “We call our unique accredited curriculum Balanced Learning, because it is directed by the particular interests of each child, as guided and supported by their teachers. A very special part of our program is supporting a different charity every month, like collecting dog treats or dog food for the Precious Pet program or canned goods for the food pantry. We believe that curious, confident, compassionate kids grow into successful, intelligent adults.” Estela says, “Our children we first brought to Primrose are almost grown up now. Our daughter is a Senior in high school and our son is an 8th grader...but Sotirios and I will never forget the strong foundation Primrose gave them. At the Primrose School of First Colony our commitment is to continue to provide children with the best beginning to be successful in school and in life!” The Primrose School of First Colony 281-565-2707 4605 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Luxurious Color, Endless Shine, Simply Beautiful

Amy Sharp e’re not talking lip gloss, this is your front door! Rick Davis, owner of local establishment Rick’s Front Door Refinishing, says, “The front door is thought to be the “mouth” of the home, the entry point where energy, abundance and opportunities may find us. Wow…that’s a pretty big responsibility to hang on a front door!” When it comes to refinishing wood, Rick has been perfecting the art for more than fortyfive years. He started refinishing pianos at age eleven, and he’s refinished everything from antique tables to jukeboxes to a Horse Drawn Hearse from the 1800’s. Now he and his team of experts want to refinish your wooden door! What’s Fort Bend’s favorite door? Rick says, “Wooden exterior doors...handsdown! Wooden doors are beautiful and relatively affordable, depending upon the type and quality of wood used. Despite their good looks, wooden exterior doors


do have a few disadvantages. Wood must be treated regularly with preservative, paint or varnish to protect it from the ravages of wind and rain. Neglecting this will cause rotting, and you will need to replace the door after just a few short years.” If your door needs a face-lift, it won’t take long at all! Your team of experts will remove the door from its hinges, replace it with a piece of plastic, and bring it out to the driveway or street…to keep any noise, dust or fumes away from your home. The door is chemically stripped of the old finish, washed, and any minor damage is repaired. Then a premium stain in the luxurious color of your choice is applied and finished with four coats of a UV protective spar urethane for protection and endless shine. A new weather strip is also installed if needed. In most cases, your beautiful “new” front door will be reinstalled within four hours! Give the “mouth” of your home a makeover of beauty and perfection. Call Mrs. Terry today and she’ll schedule you with a morning or afternoon slot. Rick says, “If you want some ‘word-of-mouth’ recommendations, check out our the testimonials on our

website and the notes and photos on our Facebook page. We love our customers...and we’re happy to say they love us, too!” Rick’s Front Door Refinishing 713-427-2487

No Mystery Here I

by Sarah Warburton f you find yourself asking what made that strange spot on the counter and when did your floor start looking so dingy, stop looking for answers and start calling the professionals. Professionals Maids can take the mystery out of housecleaning, so all you have to do is kick back and enjoy the shine! Who forgot the toothpaste smudges in the sink? Which child left soap scum and hairspray residue on the mirror?

Before you haul out the yellow caution tape and block off the toilet, call on the professionals! Max McCammond, owner of Professional Maid Service says, “Our Professional Maids are bonded and

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insured, have undergone thorough background checks. We offer no-hassle key dropoff and pick-up and always give a reminder call the day before we come to clean.” Where does the time go? At the end of the day when you realize that you just didn’t get around to cleaning, leave it to the professionals. They’ll dust with Pledge, clean your mirrors with Windex and have your house smelling freshly-cleaned when you come home. From their clearly-labelled company car to their professional uniforms, these teams of serious cleaners know how to make life sparkle. If you’ve been wondering how to keep your house clean, it’s no mystery...leave it to the Professionals! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

Cleaning to the “Max” Max’s Cleaning Tip: Nobody likes to play, “What’s that stain?” Max says, “Everything from red wine to gravy to straight-up mud can end up in your rugs. Fill one spray bottle with cold water and in another mix 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of warm water. Spray the detergent solution onto a washcloth and dab (don’t rub!) the spot and blot with a clean section of the cloth. Keep applying and blotting until the stain is gone. Then spray another cloth with cold water and rinse the detergent from the carpet. Blot it dry, then place a stack of paper towels and a heavy pot on top and leave overnight. In the morning, fluff the fibers and allow it to finish airdrying. Your stain should be gone!”


Good Taste Can Keep You Cool


ince 1989, Post Oak Grill has been distinguished in the greater Houston area for providing the highest quality food and service. When it came time to expand that same top notch food and service to Sugar Land, owners Mario and Kevin Rios knew the atmosphere of the new restaurant had to be elegant...and cool! That’s why they had the good taste

Bryan Bellamy of All Out A/C & Heating and Kevin Rios, owner of the Post Oak Grill in Sugar Land.

to choose All Out A/C and Heating, also in operation since 1989, to install the A/C, heating, duct work, start-to-finish, in the new restaurant. After all, All Out A/C and Heating, is our local “Full System Replacement Specialists” for residential and commercial work...and is a 2012 BBB Award of Excellence, Winner of Distinction. How does Post Oak Grill make sure your special night out or lunch with friends is completely comfortable? With innovative cuisine, exceptional service, and a monthly maintenance contract with All Out A/C. Kevin says, “The team from All Out A/C is very easy to work with. They come out monthly

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to check everything without us having to call them. They are on top of it...and their prices can’t be beat!” Where can you chill with friends and enjoy a vibrant bar scene, fine wine and cocktails, and Happy Hour specials on food and drinks? Kevin says, “When we expanded our private dining area and again when we added in our lounge and piano bar, we trusted All Out A/C to take care of cooling and heating our new space. We’re really proud of our new lounge and hope our neighbors here in Fort Bend try us out for Happy Hour 4-7pm M-F. Visit us online at or on Facebook for more information.” Want this same top-notch, round-the-clock, cost-effective service for your business? If your system is struggling and you find yourself in the “repair or replace” dilemma, owners Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy at All Out A/C have you covered. Bryan says, “Just like we did for Post Oak Grill when they expanded their private dining room and built an elegant lounge, we’ll analyze your commercial building to select the right air conditioner for optimum cooling, comfort, and cost-effectiveness. Whether we are repairing, replacing or maintaining, we’d like our local businesses to know we combine a personal touch with the technical skill to handle any number of systems.” Call All Out A/C and Heating today for all of your business and personal A/C and heating needs. Not only did they install and still maintain the systems at Post Oak Grill, restaurant co-owner Mario has also called Bryan and his team to work on his home system as well! Because keeping you cool is more than a matter of’s about keeping your family and your customers comfortable!


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