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June 2013

Men in Business

Inspiration, Motivation, and Perspiration someone comfortable trying to communicate. Whether I’m talking sports with a senior who’s had a stroke or talking about BeyBlade with elementary school students, we’re working on recall, articulation, sequencing, or specific sounds.” “One of the first things I do with a patient is show them their goals. It’s important even for little kids to know what therapy is for, so they can take part in it. I’ve had older patients suffering from aphasia or apraxia who get so frustrated and depressed, feeling like they’ve lost the ability to communicate. I tell them, you can communicate...just not as well as you’d like to. Figuring out how to improve your speech is my job. Once they have hope that they’ll improve, I’ll motivate them to do the work and follow a plan. Dana and I both believe that speech therapy needs to deliver results.” You may see Jason and his patients looking a screen or “playing” with electronics. Don’t be fooled! Jason says, “iPads, Kindle Fires, and Smart Phones are all platforms for great speech therapy exercises. One of the best things about these tools is that whether my patient is six years old or eighty-six, it’s age-appropriate. Kids think technology is cool and adults don’t feel like it’s a childish way to build their skills.” “For Dana and I, running our business while raising three kids (ages one, two, and seven), keeps life exciting, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. I bring the same enthusiasm to my home life and my professional life. Speech therapy isn’t something I ‘do’ to people. They do the work, while I guide them and cheer them on!”

Summers are a prime time for speech therapy, so if you want to schedule therapy at a specific time, call now! Speech Therapy Unlimited, PLLC - most major insurance accepted No Headaches, No Unreasonable Terms, Just Great Speech Therapists! 281-746-3053 12808 West Airport Blvd. Ste 332 Sugar Land, TX 77498

by Sarah Warburton


nspired by his grandfather, Jason Johnson originally went to school intending to be a physical therapist. He says, “When I was ready for a change, one of my professors at the University of Iowa suggested I consider the field of speech therapy...and I loved it! In a single field it combines science, counseling, therapy, and neurology. When I entered graduate school and began clinical work, I saw how the work Speech Therapists do really changes lives. That’s why wife Dana and I founded Speech Therapy Unlimited...we love the work we do!” Over and over Jason’s patients ask him, “When are you going to start the therapy?” That’s because the way he does it, therapy looks a lot like having fun and hanging out. He says, “The best way to do an assessment is to make


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Making Your Home Safer... the Smart Way! “Y Sarah Warburton

ou don’t outgrow loving electronics, no matter how much the industry changes,” says Richard Machemehl. He should know! He and Scott Crain, co-owners of Home Theater Evolutions, have shared an obsession with electronics since the second grade. They started doing in-home custom installation of electronic equipment in 2003. Scott says, “We didn’t even work out of a van, just a four-door Saturn. As we expanded our business, more and more of our customers asked our advice on which products to purchase.” Richard adds, “We started offering electronics for sale in 2005 and then opened our first showroom back on Airline Blvd. Scott and I decided we’d always handpick every item for quality and value. Just like we always have, we include everything, even installation and programming, on the hidden fees! We really want to help people decide on the right products for their home, their space, and their budget.” Today electronics are used for more than entertainment... they can be the best way to protect your family and your home.

The Savant control and automation system gives you total control through any Apple device...your iPhone, laptop, or the iPad controller. With one touch, you can control the lights, every television in your home, the temperature of your pool, the garage door, your music system...and your security system. More than just arming and disarming the alarm, you can keep an eye on your home and give it that “someone’s home” look, no matter where you are! From your office downtown, your vacation at the beach, or your trip overseas, you’ll be able to see you house and control who goes in and out. Need to let in a repairman or cleaning service? You can see them remotely through the Savant security cameras, open the garage door and disarm the alarm for them, watch them leave, and then reactivate everything. Remember those little “plug-in timers” that turned a single light on or off at a particular time of day? We hear those don’t fool anyone! Richard says, “The Savant system can ‘read’ your usual activity and play it, so lights come on and off in different rooms just as if you were home. With the security cameras, you can ‘see’ remotely if a package has arrived, if a tree branch has fallen, or if there’s anything at all you need to know.” Keeping things easy and affordable is the mission at Home Theater Evolutions...and that will never change! Scott says, “Everything on the Savant control and automation system— from the design of the docking system to the user-friendly interface—is designed to be intelligent, affordable, and extremely easy to use. We’ve got a demo station of the Savant system set up in the showroom for you to try. Drop by and see for yourself how easy and fun it can be to make your home safe and smart!” Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 • 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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Sugar Land Vein Specialists had visitors from ABC13 recently as they ran a special segment on treatment of varicose veins

Ugly Veins…It’s Not Just Cosmetic Y Amy Sharp ou’ve put the summer clothes shopping on hold. You are just too self conscious about shorts and swimsuits and varicose veins. And now you’re thinking, “You know, my doctor did say laser vein removal is a piece of cake.” But did you know that varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic problem? Vascular Surgeon Dr. Ulises Baltazar, MD says, “Varicose veins are a vascular health problem. When the valves in your veins are unhealthy, blood can then flow backward and pool inside the vein, so it swells...leading to venous diseases like spider veins, varicose veins and venous stasis ulcers. What may seem like a cosmetic problem can become extremely uncomfortable, painful and potentially dangerous if not treated by someone who understands the problem. Plus, if we can prove that the vein isn’t working properly, the treatment is generally covered by insurance!” When Dr. Baltazar did his General Residency at East Tennessee State University, varicose veins became his passion. Dr. Baltazar says, “I couldn’t resist the caliber of technology and precision used in vascular surgery. I went on to do my Vascular Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine here in Houston.” While at Baylor, Dr. Baltazar served as Administrative Chief Resident and was awarded the Outstanding Resident in Vascular Surgery Award. He was one of the pioneers of endovascular surgery at East Tennessee State University, where he practiced before returning to Houston. Here in Texas, he performed the first case of Mechano-Chemical Ablation (MOCA). He’s had years of training, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the arteries and veins and extensive experience in placing needles, guide

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wires, using lasers, ultrasound and the latest technology and techniques. Varicose veins increase your chance of blood clots in the superficial called thrombophlebitis and can be associated with potentially lethal clots in the deep system called deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Clearly not just a cosmetic problem…it’s easy to see how important it is to seek the expertise of a specialist! Dr. Baltazar has been board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery with special certification in Vascular Surgery for over a decade. More than an expert in the treatment of varicose veins, Dr. Baltazar is also truly an expert in patient care. He has been voted by hospital staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital as “Most Supporting Physician” and he’s also won the “Patient’s Choice” award at Methodist. Dr. Baltazar says, “It’s not about the number of veins I treat, but about offering each and every patient the correct treatment and personal care.” Visit Dr. Baltazar’s website…you’ll find patient testimonials and see amazing before and after pictures of his treatment of varicose veins. And if your veins have you down…call the expert!

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

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Changing the Lives of Men and Women


re you tired of looking in the mirror and not loving the “you” that’s looking back? Summer is the one time of year when it gets harder and harder to hide all those little trouble spots. Men and women are turning for help to the man who sets the gold standard for plastic surgery, Dr. Ahmadi. Like many of his clients, Dr. Ahmadi chose to raise his children in Sugar Land, since it’s one of our nation’s top-rated cities. He’s board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Ahmadi has received world-recognition for his trademarked Lipotuck™ procedure, which combines the benefits of a tummy tuck and liposuction for naturally fit look. Dr. Ahmadi says, “Whether a patient starts at a size 2 or a size 16, the Lipotuck™ is completely-customized, so that each individual patient gets the very best results possible.” “I, the husband of one of your patients, want to thank you for the results of my wife’s surgery. Every morning my wife cried because she could not fit into her clothes, this in turn caused me to cry. The surgery not only stopped her crying but cut down on her laundry time because she no longer has to hide her perceived flaws under three layers of clothes. She wears her bathing suit and looks incredible, and she knows it. The surgery has totally changed her personality and has increased her confidence. Your staff is fantastic; they are friendly and very professional: from the surgical staff that delivered her to me after the surgery to the other ladies.Thank you

for giving my wife a new beginning: and thank you for giving me the additional costs of having to buy skinny clothes for my now-skinny wife!” Women aren’t the only ones who’d like a tighter, firmer stomach. Dr. Ahmadi says, “Many times after extreme weight loss and lifestyle change, men will find that even after the fat is gone, excess skin remains. Removing that skin and tightening the abdominal area will give you renewed confidence in the way you look. Once you feel better, you’ll be eager to commit to the healthy choices you’ve made for a lifetime! Moms and Dads both deserve to feel beautiful and vibrant again.” “This profession is my passion...the perfect way of combining science, surgery, and artistry. Getting to know my patients and seeing them blossom makes every day an incredible gift. If you’re not looking forward to summer because of the way you look, I hope you’ll give me a call. You deserve to love your life!”







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

Our Local Dream Team!

Sarah Warburton hat makes a winning team? Great coaches, skillful players, and supportive fans! That’s true for football and baseball teams...and it’s true for car dealerships. Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, says, “Four years ago, when we took over the dealership that stands at the corner of 59 and 90A, we changed the way the game is played. We pride ourselves on transparency, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. We’re not here to sell you just one car today…we want to be your home team for years to come!” Fair play and a good game plan have put the team at Classic Chevy at the top of their game. Don says, “General Motors has recognized Classic Chevy as a GM Dealer of the Year three years in a honor only given to the top two percent of Chevrolet dealers in the region for excellence in customer service. GM Dealer of the Year is the highest honor GM bestows. Only 50 Chevy dealerships nationwide out of over 3000 received the award for 2011. This award means so much for the team because to win, a dealer must not only be a top performer in sales and customer satisfaction...but also show uncompromising dedication to their customers. That customer-centered philosophy is at the heart of everything we do. The strong team of amazing people we’ve assembled at Classic Chevy earned this award...and I’d like to thank each and every one of them!” How did Classic achieve so many goals? They started off strong with major changes to their buildings and surroundings to reflect the down-to-earth, open philosophy at Classic Chevy. Don did away with closed-off back rooms and authorized each member of the sales team to help you from start to fin-


ish. Classic’s commitment to community involvement stays strong year after year, touching the lives of our local police, students, seniors, and families. And Don won’t let this dealership rest on its laurels. Mark Kolon, General Sales Manager says, “For the first thirty minutes of every weekly meeting for the last four years, Don speaks to us about customer service. We have the same high standards in every aspect of our business––new, pre-owned, on-site or internet sales, service, body shop, and financing. We pledge to keep our focus on you!”

Congratulations to the Classic Chevy team!

Don Kerstetter, Owner Mark Kolon, General Sales Manager Stuart McMillan, Ray Aguilar, Sales and Community Pre-Owned Sales Manager Relations Manager Cindy Deis, Operations Manager Emmett Waldron, Ulises Duran, Office Manager Pre-owned Sales Manager Kevin Tvrdy, Service Manager Jerry Dixon, Internet Sales Director David Alexander, Service Director Kenny Williams, Parts Director Mike Gnader, Body Shop Director Royce Humphrey, Commercial Fleet Director Trent Gayhart, Finance Director

Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (281) 491-9000 Service: (866) 500-1660

A TRUE DESTINATION for DINING... We weren’t surprised

when Forbes Magazine named Fort Bend one of the best places in the United States to “get ahead.” Some of the “Best of Houston” can be found right here in Fort Bend! We’ve got award-winning, world-renowned chefs, who create delicious dishes influenced by cultures from around the world. As our community keeps growing, our local restaurants need to band together and spread the word...Fort Bend’s more than one of the best places to live in the United State, it’s also one of the best places to eat!

town volunteering in support of many local organizations in the area including events with the Fort Bend’s Women’s Shelter, Ft. Bend Cares, Classic Chevy Chili Cook Off, and has also headed the events coordination for several local restaurants. James says, “Melissa and I see the sincere commitment to the whole community from the entire UpClose team, and the timing was perfect for us to join their family and create the first official Ft. Bend Restaurant Guide.” So, Keep an eye out for UpClose Dining for an UpClose look at some of your favorite restaurants... and some new ones! It will feature some of the best dining in Fort Bend and make your decision of where to dine that much easier. I guess the Ives have it... UpClose Dining 832-449-6911 www.UpCloseDining.Com






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On The Cover ~ Successful Men in Business

UpClose Magazine has teamed up with local community experts, James and Melissa Ives to launch UpClose Dining, a place for local chefs to speak directly to you and your family. On our pages, you’ll get a little taste of all the amazing places to eat locally. James has 25 years of hospitality experience, working at places like the Hyatt Regency Downtown and managing with groups like Cordua Brothers, Bill Floyd, Schiller/ Del Grande Group, and Vincent Mandola has qualified him to scout out the best dining in Fort Bend. “I have 10 years of living in Fort Bend County and working in the hospitality industry here that has given me an appreciation of the ongoing growth and change here. There is so much to be seen, tasted and enjoyed in Fort Bend County that the time is right to gather these into one location.” says James. Melissa is always seen around

Publisher ~ Gina Pizzini Editor ~ Gina Pizzini Layout and Design ~ Night Sky Creative Account Executives Sara Adams Jennifer Pappas-Blancas James Ives Melissa Ives Stephanie Sherill Business Editor ~ Sarah Warburton Writers Maggie Beil Stacey Keith, Courtney Mcllvoy Amy Sharp Photography ~ J. Thomas “Jay” Ford

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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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Next Stop...St. Michael’s! What Are You Waiting For?

Sarah Warburton


Just like our community, St. Michael’s has been growing! Now Fort Bend’s favorite Emergency Room has expanded to offer more of everything...except the wait! On May 9 our community gathered to celebrate the Grand Expansion of the first free-standing emergency room in Fort Bend. Dr. Shannon Orsak says, “We’re excited to be growing from 5,500 square feet to approximately 10,000 square feet to meet your needs. We’ve added a HarleyDavidson room sponsored by Republic Harley-Davidson and updated all our equipment. In addition to our nine exam

At St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms, you’ll get the advanced ER experience. Co-founded by brothers Brian and Shannon Orsak, this ER offers all the amenities of a traditional ER...without the wait! Brian says, “We have a luxurious waiting room (where you won’t spend much time), designated pediatric waiting rooms, an on-site radiology department complete and an onsite lab…so you don’t have to wait for your diagnosis and confirmation. Throughout your visit you’ll enjoy quality treatment and services from our board-certified physicians and specialtytrained nurses.”

rooms, we’ll also have a treatment suite for observation with all the amenities of home. We had a wonderful time at the Grand Opening and pledge to offer the best emergency experience for you and your family!” How long have you been waiting for an advanced ER experience? The better question is: WHY are you still waiting, when St. Michael’s is always waiting for you!

o you remember dial-up internet? You’d have to wait and wait to get a connection...and if your home phone rang, you’d have to start all over again. Now your kids can stream a movie from Netflix while you check your email. If you wanted to get to Europe, you used to to have to take a passenger ship. Now you can catch a flight at dinnertime and arrive in London in time for breakfast. Computers are faster, the internet is faster, travel is why aren’t your ER visits faster?

St. Michael’s Emergency Room is the first and only free-standing emergency room in Fort Bend and the surrounding Houston area in-network with Aetna. We are working on similar contracts with other insurance companies to make your life even easier. We accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United & Humana. You will pay the same ER copay or deductible for concierge service at St. Michael’s as you would pay at any other hospital ER without the wait!

Currently not a Medicare or Medicaid participating provider.

St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms 16062 SW Freeway (at Hwy 6) Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-980-HELP

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re you having trouble feeling like the “Man of the House?” If you’re suffering from flabby breasts, poor skin tone, decreased sex drive, and an overwhelming sense of apathy, a time machine isn’t the

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Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

answer you need. Dr. Campbell says, “It’s a can bring all your relationships into balance. myth that some things are inevitable parts Once you’re fully healthy, it’s easier to be of aging. Symptoms of low testosterone are happy. I’ll work with you and your doctor to treatable! Once your hormone levels are in help you feel your best.” Whether he’s chasing his own children–– balance, you’ll have more energy to chase the kids, help around the house, and make your Cole, Chloe, and Catilyn––at home or helping the families of Sugar Land as a pharmamarriage stronger.” Being tired, grouchy, and low on energy cist, Dr. Campbell believes in building relashould be a red flag to you and your spouse. tionships and enjoying life. He says, “Now Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph. says, that Campbell’s Compounding accepts “Many men today are affected by androgen major prescription and insurance plans and deficiency, a condition marked by low testos- offers both commercially available medicaterone levels...with symptoms that include tions as well as compounds, we’ll be able to muscle atrophy, weight gain, exhaustion, take care of you and your family across the depression, bad sleep, and decreased libido. board! You can get personal attention from At Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy people who’ll get to know you and your we’ll prepare a customized formulation of family...and the convenience of a one-stop Bioidentical Hormones just for you...and pharmacy that meets all your needs. Dads, follow up with you and your doctor to make we’ve got your back!” sure you are getting the relief you need with the lowest possible dosage!” Wondering what happened to Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy the man you used to be? Boosting 281-980-2555 your own energy and regaining “If our staff can’t make it…then you your vigor is the best thing the probably don’t need it!” “man of the house” can do for 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 his wife and kids. Dr. Campbell says, “Balancing your hormones


s parents, we are blessed with a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on the future,” says local dentist, Dr. Thomas Lomonte, DDS. “I’ve always believed that the best thing we can do for the future of our planet is to spend time with our kids and teach them what we know. My father taught me to fish and I taught my son Matt…you can’t beat the quality of time when you’re out on the peaceful lake and it’s just you, your kid and a fishing pole.” Raising kids is certainly a labor of love. Most parents would do anything to see their kids into adulthood and experience the fruits of that labor. Taking care of missing teeth could actually extend your life and give you more time with your family. Did you think that when a tooth is gone the problem is gone? No more worries about that tooth giving you grief! But Dr. Lomonte says, “Actually, when you lose a tooth, it’s more than an aesthetic problem or a minor inconvenience for speaking and eating. Once bone and soft tissue aren’t necessary, they start to recede. Gum recession leads to gum disease, and gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, digestive problems, osteoporosis, and immune problems.” If you have a missing tooth, what’s the best solution? Dr. Lomonte says, “Consider dental implants! Dental implants provide a root to secure your jawbone and gum tissue, preventing gum recession from happening. With all

the associated risks, preventing gum disease can literally add years to your life…making implants a superior solution to the removable dentures and dental bridges of the past. They allow you to eat your favorite foods and chew normally, and they also address the aesthetic issues associated with missing teeth. Plus, implants provided a great deal of stability and security…no more embarrassing denture social situations!” Call Dr. Lomonte and set up a consultation today. Dr. Lomonte says, “I’m always happy to listen to your questions and fully explain all aspects of implants. As parents, we owe it to our kids to take care of our health… and it would be such a shame to miss out on their futures because of a silly missing tooth!” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

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True Happiness is Priceless! by Amy Sharp


hen I was six years old, I remember standing by my parents’ gate and feeling like a gray cloud was descending on me,” says local neuropsychiatrist Dr. William H. Reading. “I realized I was going to grow up and I was not happy about it.” Diagnosed with major depression decades later, Dr. Reading just assumed his feelings were normal. “I didn’t think it was possible to really be happy,” says Dr. Reading, “but I kept myself going, thinking that I’d be happy when I finished high school. Then it was college, medical school, residency, wife, home, kids, my own practice…finally I had exhausted my list.” Dr. Reading settled into the life he then assumed he would lead, pretending to be happy. Eight years into his marriage he was still struggling. Finally, his wife suggested the psychiatrist see a psychiatrist. First diagnosed with ADD, Dr. Reading was semi-successfully treated with a stimulant. His doctor suggested he add an antidepressant. Dr. Reading recalls, “Depression isn’t always ‘sadness.’ I felt an underlying unhappiness, irritability and pessimism. As a professional, I knew the signs of depression, but when I was experiencing them, I was doubtful anything would help me.” Dr. Reading heard about the success of a particular medication for kids who have ADD, so he decided to go ahead with that treatment. “Five days after taking the new medication, I woke up with a strange feeling. Happy. I didn’t want to go to sleep that night,” says Dr. Reading. “I didn’t know why I was given this one wonderful day and I didn’t want it to end. Then it hit me, that this medication for ADD also had anti-depressant effects. I really had been living with severe depression since I was six years old.” That moment was life-changing. Psychiatry was no longer Dr. Reading’s career, it was his mission. Today with more than 20 years experience, serving on the Advisory Board of Mental Health America of Fort Bend County, and driven by his own struggles, Dr. Reading says, “I wanted to relate to others this new incredible feeling…the feeling that there really is a difference between living life and just trudging through. What I experienced was priceless!”

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Now there’s an even newer treatment for major depression. In addition to traditional psychiatric care, Dr. Reading together with his wife Teresa provide cutting-edge NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment right here in Fort Bend County. Teresa says, “NeuroStar TMS is the only FDA-approved nondrug, non-invasive treatment for major depression. The electromagnet used in TMS creates electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression to improve your outlook from the inside out. If Dr. Reading determines you are a candidate, we work as a team. As a registered nurse, I’ll deliver all of the TMS treatments personally on-site.” If you or someone you know could use Dr. Reading’s help, call today. New patients are generally seen within 24 hours. Dr. Reading says, “I used to think ‘stop and smell the roses’ was silly…but now I can relate. True happiness is priceless!” William H. Reading, MD ~ 281-494-4471 12603 Southwest Freeway, Suite 510, Stafford, Texas 77477

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men’s HealtH A Dad’s Job is Never Done


s the only man in a houseful of women, Dr. Jeffrey Alford knows the importance of being a good listener. He says, “My daughters––Danielle, Nikki, and Chrissy––are the lights of my life and I never forget the importance of family. I pledge to care for my patients and their families as I do for my own!” Dads, it takes a lot of energy to keep up with the kids. If your “get up and go” has got up and went, come see Dr. Alford at Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss. He says, “When patients come in telling me they’ve got no energy, they can’t seem to lose weight, and they just don’t feel like themselves, I pay attention. We’ll run some tests and I’ll talk you through the results. Dragging around and feeling low is your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong.”

Ignoring symptoms because you believe they’re just due to “stress” or “aging” is a mistake! Dr. Alford says, “I’d like to ask all the women out there to help the men you love––husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, or uncles––look after themselves. Getting the right diagnosis is the first step to feeling better. If the problem is something like low testosterone, it’s easily treatable. As a matter of fact, Low T affects millions of men in the U.S. Symptoms include sexual dysfunction, decreased sexual desire, fatigue, poor con-

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centration, poor sleep quality, decreased muscle mass, (loss of body hair, low sperm count, may be removed if needed) and decreased bone mineral density. When he comes to see me, we can run tests to get to the root of the problem. Once your hormones are balanced and your wellness is improved, your energy will skyrocket. Feeling well affects your health and your mood!” For an added boost to your mood and your physique, try the i-Lipo. Dr. Alford says, “Both men and women can benefit from the safe and painless i-Lipo laser. It shrinks stubborn fat cells immediately and targets specific areas like the upper arms, abdomen, or chin...without damaging skin or surrounding tissue! I-Lipo uses a “cold, low level” laser to liquify fat so your body can dispose of it...and there’s no pain, no needles, and no downtime! After i-Lipo breaks down your fat cells, vigorous exercising disposes of it. You’ll be ready for summer!” Many things from lifestyle to hormones to health issues to self-confidence affect your energy levels. Dr. Alford believes in treating the whole patient for optimum wellness.He says, “I believe in tailoring my approach to my patients, so you can choose healthy solutions that work with your goals and lifestyle...and the support and encouragement you need!”

Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 16651 SW Fwy #100

Is Your A/C Company a Longtime Friend? W Amy Sharp

hat keeps a cusning of every season….and they tomer coming back always show up at the time they for years and years? said they would be here. When Friendly, honest customer they come to the door…really it’s service, professionalism and just like seeing old friends.” accountability! Longtime Maintenance is the key to havJackson Air and Heat cusing a solid, working system. But tomer Betty says, “I could say when something does go wrong, a million good things about Brian and the team at Jackson Air the guys at Jackson Air…and are there for you every step of the they would all be true!” way. Betty says, “A little over a year Johnny Jackson started ago, around Christmas time, my Jackson Air and Heat in 1982 heat went out. Because my systems and built his business on a were so old, I decided to replace philosophy of quality and relithe furnace and the air conditioner ability. Today, his son Brian at the same time. Jackson Air was continues the family business Loyal local customer Betty Bynes wonderful. I didn’t feel any prestradition. Betty says, “When I sure at all on what I needed to buy first hired Jackson Air to do my A/C and furnace and they gave me several options about what would maintenance work, Johnny was the owner. That work best in my home. They made it so easy!” was more than 20 years ago. Even after all these Jackson Air is the oldest Trane Comfort Specialist years, they are just the nicest family and so profesdealer in Sugar Land. More than eighty percent of sional. You just know that they care about you. their new customers are referrals from friends and They come out and check my system at the beginfamily of existing customers. Betty says, “I’ve rec-

ommended them to more people than I can count over the years!” They are EPA and NATE certified…and are accredited members of the Better Business Bureau. Not only that, they are recipients of the Angie’s List “Super Service” award and the BBB Award of Excellence for the last three years. Brian says, “Give us a call. We’d love to be your A/C company and your friend!” Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037


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Stories of Success from LoweryBank: SiEnvironmental

Amy Sharp hen starting a business, a bank that understands your needs and is willing to work with you can make a huge difference. Aaron Clark, CFO of Fort Bend County’s premier water and wastewater services provider, SiEnvironmental, remembers making the crucial choice. “We shopped multiple banks,” says Aaron, “I had crossed Alina Gonzalez, Senior Vice President Lowery Bank & Aaron Clark, CFO SiEnvironmental paths with Mike Dinges (President of LoweryBank) and members of his staff in other areas and all were very positive Built on a tradition of community banking, LoweryBank is a diviexperiences…so LoweryBank was definitely on our list of banks to sion of Huntington State Bank. Our local Sugar Land office has been consider. Not only was the customer service at LoweryBank incred- operating in our community since 2005. Mike says, “We really get to ible, but the rates were extremely competitive. It was a win-win situ- know our customers, and we take your privacy and finances seriously. ation for SiEnvironmental!” Our priority is YOU!” And Aaron concurs. “Early in our relationship, Community banking helps local families and our local businesses. I ran into Mike in the airport security line. We were making small talk President Mike Dinges says, “I grew up here in Fort Bend, and I when I realized I had forgotten to get cash for my trip. Mike opened really believe in the power of building relationships. That may seem his wallet and offered to spot me some right there. I didn’t take the old-fashioned in today’s fast-paced financial world, but our goal is to offer, but I was so impressed with how much he wanted to take care combine convenient banking with real customer service.” Aaron and of a customer he hardly knew at the time. He really does look out for the SiEnvironmental team see Mike’s philosophy in action. Aaron says, “We were trying to get our business off the ground and this you...and your business!” bank actually came to us! The LoweryBank staff came to our office on multiple occasions to help us set up loans, buy vehicles, purchase LoweryBank equipment, etc. They really ‘held our hand’ through the process. It 281-263-1100 • 16555 Southwest Freeway, Ste 100 was such a nice gesture and saved us valuable time and many, many (between Methodist Building 3 and Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse) trips to the bank!”


Happy All the Time

by Sarah Warburton id you know there’s a “comfort food” that’s good for its shrimp tempura, your brain, easy on your waistline, and can also boost your or a long-time favormood? Whether you go raw or cooked, classic or a contem- ite like the California porary, the incredible sushi at Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar roll. You could choose will make you a believer. And sushi’s only one of the many things beer, wine, or sake... we love about Keeper’s.The extensive menu, trendy atmosphere, or sample the delicreative drinks and generous happy hour were dreamed up by owner, cious genius of mixologist Tia’s creative Keeper Lin. Sushi lovers have been celebrating ever since Keeper (of Kaneyama martinis and cocktails. and Sushi King) brought his crave-able sushi, stellar service, and even Even thinking about his highly-trained chefs (like Juan, formerly of Sushi King) to Sugar Keeper’s happy hour Land. One customer says, “Keeper is so sweet and courteous. He can make you feel better! Can’t wait for Happy Hour? Spread the joy by inviting your stopped by our table to chat and walked us to the door to say ‘Thank You’ and ‘Goodbye’ in Japanese and friends to Keeper’s for lunch. Need some happiness to go? Call Mandarin Chinese. Seriously, I love Keeper for innovative and delicious five-space Bento boxes (or four-space boxes with a separate salad) perfect for groups of all this guy!” Why should you settle for being sizes from ten to two hundred...and direct your friends to Keeper’s happy only one hour a day? At Facebook page for specials on rolls and drinks. In Chinese, a keeper is someone who moves quickly, like a goalKeeper’s Happy Hour runs from 4-7pm and 9pm-closing every keeper...and Keeper Lin’s always on the go! If you don’t see him at the day...and all day on Saturday and restaurant, he might be at the fish market or running around with his Sunday! Choose salads, appetizers, kids. How does he find the energy? He says, “Loving what you do gives and Nigiri sushi at special prices or you the passion to keep working hard!” pounce on your favorite rolls like the beef-wrapped “Texas Rodeo,” Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar • 281-242-0389 my favorite the “Nemo” with salm- 4654 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land, TX 77578 on or tuna, the “Julie Crunch” with


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It’s All About Family... Sarah Warburton f you have floors, counters, or tile in your home, there’s one store you need on speed-dial. For over twenty years, All About Carpet and Flooring on Highway 6 has been a one-stop-shop for tile, hardwood, laminate, countertops. And if your tile, carpet, upholstery, wood or laminate flooring needs a little TLC, they’ve got that covered, too. Renee McKelvey says, “My son Shaun has been working in the showroom handling the retail side of the business and Steven has been riding the truck for cleaning, repairs, and restoration. You may not see them both in the same place at the same time...but that’s because they’re always on the go!” Steven says, “Shaun and I grew up in the business, going out with installers or cleaning crews whenever they needed some extra hands on deck. All About Carpet’s done work in homes from Katy to Sienna Plantation. One customer liked the work so well, that he asked us to handle the flooring in his Galveston home as well! We’ve just replaced everything on the inside of the cleaning and restoration truck. We can clean your carpet, tile, and upholstery, do spot repairs or restoration, handle water damage... and we offer free estimates. If you have a vision for your kitchen, bath,


or floors, All About Carpet’s got solutions. Don’t know what you want? They’ve got the advice, encouragement, and expertise you need. Shaun says, “I really enjoy the design process and love working with customers. I know there are always new flooring stores popping up, but we believe that good work speaks for itself!” Did you know that proper installation is at least sixty percent of the equation whether you’re getting carpet, tile, or flooring? If it isn’t installed well, it won’t perform and won’t be eligible for warranty protection. Shaun says, “We’ve had the same tile guy for eight years, our wood installer for fifteen, and our carpet installer for fifteen. Our long-time family friend Damian shares his expertise in our showroom and out on jobs. Because we know we can trust the people we work with, you know you can trust us.” Steven and Shaun say, “Call us for cleanings, restoration or repair, and come see us anytime for the best in tiles, natural stone and granite as well as hardwood flooring, laminates and carpet. You’ll get personal attention, design advice, an easy-to-understand quote, and installation you can trust! Whether you’re a repeat customer or a firsttimer, we’re always happy to see you and

promise to give you our best service on every job we do! As our customer you can consider yourself family.” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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Living the

Golden Rule

at Chelsea Gardens by Sarah Warburton


hen business partners Bobby Stigler and David Hill thought about skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, they knew the time had come for a change. “When I thought about people’s loved ones being wheeled down the hall to a shared shower or sharing an institutional room with a stranger, it broke my heart,” says David. “As a

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former surveyor, I used to inspect nurs nursing homes, and I formed some strong opinions about the way things ought to be. Bobby and I created Chelsea Gardens to be a beautiful, enjoyable way for patients to get the rehabilitation therapy they need with the dignity and respect they deserve!” When your loved one needs to recov recover from surgery or an injury, why shouldn’t they enjoy their therapy program in a boutique, luxury environment? Director of Operations, Denise Martin, says, “We put the therapy room right by the entrance, to emphasize how important it is to our mission. Even if your therapy itself is challenging, we’ll give you caring support in a pleasant setting. Through Trinity Rehabilitation, our empathetic, experienced Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapists will help you build the strength and skill to transition back home. Until that happens, we want Chelsea Gardens to feel like a home away from home!” At Chelsea Gardens you’ll enjoy a choice of meals prepared and served on china by Chef Bill, private rooms (each with its own private bathroom and shower), a welcoming activities program, and soothing, spa-like surroundings. In addition to round-the-clock nursing care, on-site therapy services, and sixty beds (including six Medicaid beds), you may also enjoy special events like the appearance of “Elvis” at the Grand Opening celebration. David also invited residents from a nearby senior center to enjoy the serenade and party food! He says, “Good friends and good times can go hand-in-hand with effective therapy and skilled nursing. We want the very thought of Chelsea Gardens to put a smile on your face!” “The positive energy and the warm kindness at Chelsea Gardens comes from the top down,” says Local Occupational Therapist Sarah Lee. “I’ve been in this pro-

fession for fifteen years, and I’ve never seen another nursing or rehab center like this one! When you have owners that really care about people, it affects every decision from therapy offered to the menu options to our daily interactions. We treat every patient the way we’d treat our own loved ones... because that’s the right way to do things!” Chelsea Gardens 281-499-5040 4422 Riverstone Blvd Missouri City, TX 77459

Back on Your Feet and Back in the Game Courtney McIlvoy


our feet have a tough job. Imagine carrying around a person that is the same size as you...that’s exactly what you ask your feet to do every day! They also help you perform more rigorous activities such as running, dancing, or playing a sport. When pain slows you down, make your first stop Dr. Vargas at Foot & Ankle Associates. He says, “Just as advances have made knee surgeries less invasive with less recovery time, new technology has made correcting common foot problems much quicker and easier. If you’ve got foot or ankle pain, come see me!” Helping moms and dads, students, weekend warriors and Olympic level athletes means staying ahead of the curve. Dr. Vargas is one of only two doctors in the Houston area certified to perform HyPro Cure. “The HyPro Cure is a stent that is placed in the foot, like an ‘implantable orthotic’, to help improve foot biomechanics and eliminate the need for orthotics,” Dr. Vargas says. Effective for patients of all activity levels, this procedure eliminates the hassle of bulky orthotic inserts and gives you the stride you always wanted for life.

If you’re on the run, you can’t afford to let bunion surgery knock you off your feet. At Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Vargas offers the tightrope bunionectomy, a less-invasive, just-as-effective alternative to traditional bunion surgery. “Instead of cutting down the bone to remove a bunion, we use X-ray guidance and thin, extremely strong sutures to create a ‘tightrope’ between your first and second toe to correct the alignment,” Dr. Vargas says. “You’ll be back on your feet right away and back to your normal activities quickly.” Whether you picked up a nail fungus from a locker room, shower stall, or for other reasons, new laser technology can zap it quickly. This procedure is painless and only takes fifteen minutes! Dr. Vargas is an efficient doctor who does whatever he can to keep his treatments stress free and quick. He can keep your feet in tip-top shape so that no matter how

much you demand of them, your feet are always ready to go. Foot and Ankle Associates 888-784-5335 Sugar Land 281-313-0090 17510 W. Grand Parkway South Missouri City 281-313-0090 3281 Rocky Creek Drive Houston 281-313-0080 7105 Lawndale Street

Meet Max by Maggie Beil


hen things get crazy and life gets hectic, it can get difficult to keep up with your house cleaning. Dishes, laundry, and dirt start to pile up before you even get a chance to notice it. Professional Maid Service understands that life is they’re here to help keep your home in order during this time. Max McCammond wanted to create a company that treated people as individuals instead of numbers, really met their needs and just made folks feel better. So in 1999 Max founded Professional Maid Service, and it’s become Fort Bend County’s most popular and most trusted cleaning service. Max says, “All of our maids are bonded and insured to guarantee the comfort level people require and deserve.You can get the personal, friendly service you’d have from a single housekeeper...with the efficiency of a team of maids and the peace of mind that comes from using a company that stands behind its work.” Don’t you have enough on your plate without thoroughly cleaning your house? A clean home can reduce your stress, making you more productive at your profession. Max recom-

mends, “Come home and relax. Leave the cleaning to our professionals.” Making sure clients get the service they deserve at a great price is one of the many reasons that Max and his maids have such a regular and loyal client base. Always quick to laughter, Max inspires a happy working environment. That’s the feeling you’ll have when the maids enter your home always wearing a smile. “Our maids enjoy cleaning and it shows in their work. They receive the highest training and only use top-quality products. Our professional maids are really very good,”

says Max. Call Max, owner of Professional Maid Service today for your free in-home estimate...and leave the cleaning to the Professionals! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

Cleaning to the


Max’s Cleaning Tip:We all need our coffee in the morning. But sometimes in the middle of your rush to get out the door, you might leave behind a few drops and spills. To remove a coffee stain from a rug, dip a white cloth into a beaten egg yolk and rub the yolk into the stain. Then rinse with clear water and the stain will be gone...just like magic!

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Looking Below the Surface

Sarah Warburton


isorders like rheumatoid arthritis that cause pain and inflammation in the tissues and joints can be difficult to diagnose,” says Dr. J. Edward Hernandez, M.D. at Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates. “In our office, Dr. Ryan Valicek and I use ultrasound as a diagnostic tool the way stethoscopes are used by cardiologists. It’s more sensitive than x-rays, more flexible and quicker than an MRI, and allows us to see signs of inflammation or damage in the joints. In addition to its use for RA, it’s also becoming the gold standard in assessing cases of carpal tunnel syndrome as well.” We all have different thresholds for pain, but

with an ultrasound, Dr. Hernandez can assess the actual destruction of the joint. He says, “We always take patients’ pain seriously and work to relieve it, but with the ultrasound, we can see what the disease is doing to the joint. If we see evidence of erosion caused by rheumatoid arthritis rather than wear and tear, we may pursue a more aggressive treatment earlier or decide against a reduction in medication. We can also monitor the progression of the disease in order to direct the course of treatment, predict flare-ups and see active inflammation. I especially appreciate the ability to assess patients at their chairside or bedside, as many of my patients have mobility issues. Your comfort and health are my top priorities.” With an MRI, erosion from arthritis is visible two years before it can be picked up by an x-ray. Dr. Hernandez says, “Dr. Valicek and I always try to put our patients completely at ease. We offer an extremity MRI in our office for those who need only their hands, wrists, feet, ankles, or elbows to be scanned. This MRI allows you to sit comfortably next to the machine with the part of body to be scanned safely placed inside the full-body machine to climb into or to make you feel claustrophobic.” “There are no hard and fast rules or simple

checklists for treating autoimmune disorders,” says Dr. Hernandez, M.D., “but I promise to spend the time it takes to get to the root of the problem.”

Fort Bend Rheumatology Associates 281-980-1742 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 515

When You Run Your Business from Home... Amy Sharp


n the not so distant past, “home office” meant a place to put the boxy computer, the over-sized monitor, giant printer and maybe personal paper files and bills…but the space wasn’t used as a center of work. Today technology has enabled more people to work from home, kids have online homework and much of the filing and billing is electronic. Steve Procter, owner of Procter Custom Woodworking, says, “While the need for 18 ~ upclose ~ June 2013

a home office space is increas- practicality. To see for yourself, set up ing, the ideal design has changed an appointment with Steve and see his and the configuration of many home…it’s an incredible showcase of existing studies no longer works. built-ins, molding, trim, custom cabiWith laptops, wireless access and netry, mill-work, furniture and less need for filing cabinets, you much more! If you’re ready no longer need the bulky furni- to bring that home office up ture. A slimmer design is more to date (or just need one!), appealing and doesn’t intrude Steve says, “I would love to in the room.” And you may not visit your home and help even need a room! Steve says, you brainstorm ideas for “There is a trend to have the kids work your home office or workin a more public space due to the dan- space. Even if you think gers of working online. I’ve built two you don’t have the workspaces for some families…a small space…there is a built-in work area for the kids, and a good chance that beautiful home office for the adults. you do!” In the woodworking business since 1983, Steve’s work Steve Procter is aesthetically pleasing to the Procter Custom Woodworking eye, and includes an amazing 713-201-8310 amount of functionality and

Seeking New Heights Take your surfaces to new heights with the Miracle Method. It transforms tile, cultured marble, Corian®, Formica®, Wilsonart® and other laminate countertops.… without ripping them out. Natural Accents™ is a finish with the multicolor appearance and texture of stone at a fraction of the cost. Paul says, “We can apply it to countertops and tiles for a seamless, non-porous, heat-resistant and scratchresistant surface. Now our new Quartz Highlights finish can be applied after the Natural Accents™ for the additional sparkle and depth of real stone. You can see the difference it makes in our before and after photos!” How do Paul and Jonee keep up with all the latest developments? They take to the skies! Paul explains,



ver since local husband and wife team, Paul and Jonee Barnett opened Miracle Method Surface Refinishing, they’ve been helping local families bring their kitchens and bathrooms to new heights. Paul says, “Running our own business allows Jonee and I to play to our strengths, and I think together we make a great team!” Paul’s background in Biology and Chemistry might seem like the perfect training for surface restoration, but he says the biggest part of his job is travel. He says, “I spend all day out of the office now and I love getting out and meeting with people. You’ll either see me driving around town talking on my blue tooth... or I’m in a home giving an estimate or checking on a customer’s job. I like to make sure everything’s being done as well and efficiently as possible.”


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“About thirteen or fourteen years ago I took a discovery flight...and it turned into my first flying lesson. Now we fly to Miracle Method conventions or to do out of town estimates for commercial work...or on vacation. We even do some animal rescue flights! You never know when you might look up and see a Miracle Method banner fly by”. “Call us for your free estimate” say Jonee and Paul. “Give us a few days and we’ll give you a kitchen or bathroom that looks like new!” Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX (by appointment only)

A Great Catch F

Amy Sharp

resh gulf coast seafood and a warm casual family atmosphere… that’s what you’ll find at Pier 36 Restaurant and Oyster Bar on Hwy 90A in Richmond. Pier 36. What’s the secret? The people behind the Pier! Some might remember the small but popular Pier 36 on Hwy 36 in Needville. Jimmy Cantu and his parents opened that location back in 1997. A graduate of the University of Houston College of Restaurant Management, Jimmy says, “We oper operated a restaurant when I was a kid and I really had the bug. I worked at several restaurants during and after college…working through the ranks as a waiter, bartender, and manager. When we opened the res restaurant in Needville, we chose seafood and used many, many family recipes to put together the menu.” And the restaurant boomed. People came to Needville for the fresh seafood…shrimp, red snapper and flounder straight from the Gulf, local farm raised domestic catfish and oysters from the Texas and Louisiana coast. Now in their bigger location in Richmond, the Cantu family continues to feed that same fresh

seafood to their family and friends. Jimmy says, “My parents officially retired from the restaurant, but that doesn’t stop my mom…she can’t stay away. My sister’s background is graphic design and she does all of the menus and promotional work for us. I’m very fortunate to get to work with and take care of my immediate and extended community family. My wife and I both grew up in Richmond/Rosenberg and we love having the restaurant so close to home…it really allows for a lot of community involvement!” Jimmy is an active member of St. Laurence Catholic Church, the Richmond Rotary Club and the Lamar Education Award Foundation. And his daughter keeps him on the run! “Come join the family,” says Jimmy, “and enjoy some fresh gulf coast seafood...except on Sundays when the restaurant is closed. I give my employees that day to spend with their own families. Any other day of the week, we’ll be here waiting for you!” Pier 36 Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar 281-238-4800 1410 E Highway 90A # 200 Richmond, TX 77406

To advertise, 281-235-0600

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Summer Storms are Coming W

hen hurricane season rips through Texas and storms start to blow, your house can take a beating. From your roof to your siding & painting, Joe Rangel of Allegiance Roofing (a division of Joe Rangel Contracting LLC) has you covered! He says, “We love making life easier for our customers. You can work with one person to coordinate everything...and we’ll also work with your insurance. We want you to sleep easy this summer!” “My family and I’ve been in this community for a long time,” says Joe. “I went into the roofing business over a decade ago. I grew up here, my kids go to school here...and I’m always happy to provide references”. Allegiance Roofing is insured, bonded, has an A+ rating with the BBB and is known for community service. Joe’s been recognized by the Latino American Who’s Who for his achievements and by the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Hispanic Business Division for his role and sponsorship in the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser for Fort Bend Seniors at La Cocina. Allegiance has also been a presenting sponsor at the Cinco de Mayo festival at Legacy Ford. Why does Michael Garfield from the KPRC AM 950 & KTRH 740 endorse Allegiance? In addition to their community involvement and reputation, they’ve got the credentials to match! It’s because the entire Allegiance team––management, sales representatives and installers––have passed the Certainteed Quality Master Exam and the Master Shingle Applicator Exam, and have gained the elite certification of “Select Shingle Master Company.” Only 1% of roofing contractors within the United States are authorized by Certainteed to offer 3 STAR, 4 STAR, and 5 STAR extended warranties. These are the best warranties on the market...and you’ll get them only because Allegiance earned the right to offer them! Knowing what to expect from your roof can start when you choose the right roofing company. Joe says, “We’re big believers in educating the customer, so dear homeowner do yourself a favor and do your homework when choosing a contractor. Check their BBB rating, Verify their insurance coverage, Google them for complaints, bad and good reviews, be sure to get a notarized lien release once you’re paid in full... the last thing you want to have to deal with is having a mechanics lien placed against your property because your contractor didn’t pay their material bill to their supplier! Call us for your free inspection today. We’ll help you be prepared for hurricane season...and if a storm hits, we’ve got you covered! ” Allegiance Roofing 281-232-9100 P.O. Box 2010, Richmond, Texas 77406

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Are You In Over Your Head?

Matt Harris


hen you see a drip or a leak, don’t hand Dad the toolbox and ask him to get to work. Just because the man’s a math whiz or a football star, doesn’t mean he’s got the know-how to fix your plumbing problems. If he’s smart, it won’t take long to realize he’s in over his head. Instead of throwing dad into the deep end, reach for the wrench to turn off the water…then reach for the phone and call Alan’s Plumbing. Keeping your head above water in this tricky financial times starts with making smart decisions. As a family-owned and operated company, Alan’s Plumbing keeps their overhead low and passes those savings onto you. They won’t feed you some line to get through your front door or make big promises with no followthrough.They’ll give you their undivided attention and excellent work so every penny counts. Alan’s taught his sons to earn your business the old-fashioned giving the best price on the good work they do.

Trusting the wrong company can get you into hot water...that’s why Fort Bend families turn to Alan’s Plumbing. This isn’t one of those “who-knows-who-owns-it” com-

panies that’ll send some stranger to your house. Alan’s sons Beau, Luke and Jake have been riding the truck and doing the dirty jobs with their Dad and uncles since they were only eight or nine. Alan’s brothers and their fellow plumber Zach work together as a team, and Alan’s mother or his wife Jennifer will answer the phone when you call. Can you afford to spend money like water? If you’ve got dripping faucets or running toilets, that’s exactly what you’re doing. A worn out toilet flapper can cost you $50-$200 a month in wasted water and a leaky faucet can cost from $10 to $100 each month in wasted water. If you’re a fish out of water when it comes to fixing leaks, it’s time to call in the calvary...the team from Alan’s Plumbing. Ready to save some money, time, and trouble? Dads, keep the number for Alan’s Plumbing in your wallet, and earn a reputation as “Mr. Fix-It”…with a single call. Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064

at the Artists’ Alliance of Sugar Land

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How Many Pairs Do YOU Own?


Sarah Warburton

ress shoes, beach shoes, run running shoes, casual shoes, heels, flats, slingbacks, sandals...even if you’re not a total shoe-a-holic, you’ve got to have more than one pair. Even the most minimalistic man has at least three pairs of shoes. Now ask many pairs of glasses do you own? Don’t your eyes do as many different activities as your feet? “Choosing more than one pair of glasses is about more than changing your look,” says Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source. “Different lenses protect your vision and make it easier to do the things you love!” No matter who you are, you need good sunglasses for driving, for running or playing sports, and a pair for the beach or pool. What makes sunglasses “good?” Dr. Doan says, “Look for sunglasses that block at least 99% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Frequent drivers may choose lenses that are also polarized to eliminate light that distorts vision. And if you

need a prescription or protective impact-resistant sports-eyewear, we can get those with UV protection and darkened lenses too.” Do you spend long hours on the laptop or pour over fine print,? Dr. Doan says, “Heavy computer use or close work stresses your eyes and can give you tension headaches. We have glasses specifically designed to reduce eye strain from Computer Vision Syndrome.” Why do celebrities like George Clooney, Steve Martin, and Jamie Foxx use reading glasses while reading scripts or contracts? “Many people develop presbyopia in their forties or later,” says Dr. Doan. “Then it becomes harder to focus clearly on objects that are close. If you don’t want bifocals, progressive lenses, or reading glasses, multifocal contacts lenses might work too.” You don’t wear the same shoes for “serious business,” “outdoor fun,” “time with the kids,” and “a night on the town,” so why are you trying to make one pair of glasses fit every look? Dr. Doan says, “Choose the right lens for each activity and the right frame for each occasion. Come in for your annual eye exam, and see how glasses can express your personality...while helping protect your eyes. That’s stylish and smart!” Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 281-261-2647 4725 Highway 6 South



second pair of glasses, with frame and lenses.

valid rx required, excludes everyday value line, cannot be combined with insurance benefits.

Beautiful Inside and Out!


Sarah Warburton

eauty Indulgence perpetuates beauty, inside and out. Long-time client, KK West, says, “I first went to Shaida seventeen years ago when she was a stylist at another salon. When Shaida moved salons, so did I. When Shaida, her sister Sholeh, and Margot opened Beauty Indulgence Day Spa and Salon in Sugar Land in 2004, I followed.” True beauty comes from within, and KK sees it at Beauty Indulgence. She says, “Not only do they make their clients feel and look beautiful, they also radiate kindness. Everyone at the salon from the owners to the staff really cares about their clients and about our community. Beauty Indulgence has always been ready to lend a helping hand to Fort Bend County causes. They have done amazing work with the Fort Bend Junior Service League’s Sugar Plum Market Fashion Show to benefit local charities.” Beauty Indulgence has supported local 22 ~ upclose ~ June 2013

schools including Rainard School, Ridge Point High School, Campbell Elementary School, Austin High School, Southminster High School, Travis High well as local churches and community organizations, including Earth Month, The Houston Chapter of HADASSAH, Girlfriends Giggle, and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. As an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, the owners and staff at Beauty Indulgence believe in caring for the world in which we live... from the products they offer, to the ways they give back to the community, to the care they give each and every client. You can find everything you want––hair care, color, nail services, massages, skin care services, threading, waxing, and even group services for special occasions like bridal parties––at Beauty Indulgence Day Spa and Salon. In this place of transformation and rejuvenation, you’ll find an escape from the hectic stress of daily life. Come try a true spa experience that’s good for

the body and for the soul. Experience beauty, inside and out; experience Beauty Indulgence. Beauty Indulgence Day Spa and Salon an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa 281-277-7007 4715 Sweetwater Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479


Beverly’s Secret... Becca Bragg ’m always looking for a different kind of facial, one that’s relaxing and rejuvenating. This search for beauty and bliss brought me to Beverly Wilson, a skin care professional for over thirty years. She says, “Formerly I worked with another company’s pineapple-based enzyme, but I had some concerns with the product. I worked with a chemist here in Houston to develop the enzyme I’d always wanted, one based on aloe vera. Now I’m happy to offer my services at Be’ Be’ Visage’!” Ready for your facial? Watch the trees toss their branches outside the window and relax as Beverly goes through her special ten-step process. She’s carefully designed the facial to stimulate collagen production, heal blemishes, soothe your skin, brighten your complexion and target lines, dryness, rosacea, loss of elasticity and dullness. She’ll start by using her enzyme to remove the dead skin on your face, so the following steps will be even more effective. Think about how much money you spend on face creams that are only moisturizing those layers of dead skin! She says, “This enzyme’s so gentle, that I actually sent the residue after a facial to a pathologist for testing. Now I have scientific proof that it removes the top layers of dead we can uncover your best self!” After one of Beverly’s treatments, your skin won’t have that “I just had a facial” redness or irritation...just a clear, luminous glow. The magic combination is her original enzyme plus LED lights. She says, “An LED facial is a gentle, effective way to help the product penetrate deeper into


the layers of the skin to rejuvenate, repair, replenish, regenerate, and heal your cells. Different colors provide different benefits, so we might use red lights for anti-aging, orange for pigmentation, blue for acne, purple for scarring”. You can visit her website for complete details. I remember a toning micro-current, a soothing mask, and something that smelled of lemongrass, but the entire process was so soothing and Beverly was so gentle that it almost seemed like a dream. Luckily, I’ve got proof it really happened...the way I look in the mirror, the way my makeup went on smoothly the next day, and the number of times people said, “You look great! What’s your secret?” Be’ Be’ Visage’ Facial Clinic 281-969-8266 2711 Cartwright Rd. Missouri City, TX 77459

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A Family Tree with Deep Roots

Becca Bragg


randon and Nicholas Simpson of Simpson’s Tree Service have never had another job, even in high school. It’s always been about trees for them. Their mom Cammy says, “Trees have always been just something we live. In fact, my youngest shocked me a while back by getting a tree tattooed on his arm...but I guess I should have seen that coming!” Thinning, shaping, or trimming a tree can be as sensitive as performing surgery. Hack off too much and your tree could be permanently damaged, take off too little and you’ll leave dead or dying branches and the tree won’t get the best air and sunlight. Simpsons Tree Service can give your trees the look you want...without sacrificing their health or your safety! Trimming a tree or removing one is dangerous...that’s why local families have been calling Simpson’s Tree Services for over fifteen years. Brandon says, “People can be killed by a falling limb or injured by a chainsaw. We use safety equipment to get up into the trees and to lower branches to the ground. Our team is insured...and highly experienced. None of our guys have been with the company for less than eight years and several have been with us for fifteen years. Our customers love knowing that they’ll see the same faces year after year whether we’re doing an annual trim or major removal. We make sure things are done right the first time and leave each site as clean as when we pulled up!”

Why trim your trees? Protecting your roof from storm damage is only the first reason! Nicholas explains, “Hurricane season is here, so it’s the right time to get hanging branches trimmed and dead ones removed...but it doesn’t take a hurricane for an overhanging branch to damage your property. They also make it easier for animals like rats, possums, and squirrels to get on your roof and into your attic. Branches that are hanging out over your lawn block sunlight from getting to your grass and flowerbeds. The plants just thin out and eventually disappear. And bats, rats, or snakes could be living in the dead parts of your palm trees. We’ll handle all those things!” When quality, safety, and experience Simpson’s for trimming, cutting, and removal services. Simpson’s Tree Services 281-980-0095

Houston’s Ultimate Pizza Comes from Fort Bend! Becca Bragg


ay founded the first Pepperoni’s in 1990 as an old-style relaxed pizza parlor with a friendly and family-oriented atmosphere. He says, “As a parent who has raised three pizzaloving boys, I was concerned about the ingredients in the food my kids ate...that’s why I made the decision to go all-natural and to use only 100% unbleached, untreated wheat flour. Food should taste good...and be good for you, too!” Take pizza night to the next level with Pepperoni’s natural mozzarella cheese, highquality wheat flour, premium tomatoes, and toppings from everyday pepperoni and mushrooms to exciting eggplant and ricotta. Have any diet restrictions? Pepperoni’s accommodates gluten intolerant patrons by offering a gluten-free crust, as well as low-fat cheese and vegan cheese upon request. Although specializing in pizza, Pepperoni’s offers a wide variety of unique

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place for families to order pizza or a fine dining experience, my first priority is always the fresh, high-quality ingredients for delicious food you’ll feel good about eating!” Did you know that Houston’s Ultimate Pizza comes from Fort Bend? Pepperoni’s was named a 2007 World’s Best Pizza Finalist in the International Pizza Expo, won an “Entertainment Book Gold Award,” and was chosen as Houston’s “Ultimate Pizza” by the Houston Chronicle. Order online at www., download their app, drop by or call your neighborhood location for an oldfashioned pizza parlor experience, and treat your family to a tasty Fort Bend original!

subs, salads, pastas, calzones, wings and desserts. And from that first location, Pepperoni’s has expanded to ten restaurants in the great Houston area. You can dine-in or order out for pizza made the right way every time. Over the last five years, Ray opened two critically-acclaimed, farm-to-table restaurants: Ray’s Gourmet Country in Fulshear and Sorrel Urban Bistro in Houston (named one of the Top Ten New Restaurants in America of Brazos Town Center 832.595.0550 First Colony 281.265.5555 2012 by Gayot Fulshear 281.533.0000 Sienna Plantation 281.778.7888 Magazine) with its ever-changing Cinco Ranch 281.394.5565 (NEW!) Riverstone 281.261.6665 daily menu. He Pecan Grove 281.239.6565 Greatwood 281.545.3333 says, “Whether Woodbridge 281.498.6677 New Territory 281.277.5555 I’m creating a

GoodHealth Amy Sharp

life easier. With the pharmacy our doctors can electronically send your prescription and you will be able to pick it up before ever leaving our building. And these are just the immediate additions…there are many, many more services to come.” What isn’t changing? The warm atmosphere and friendly energetic staff that patients have grown to love about Sugar Lakes over the past 13 years. Dr. Vanderzyl says, “The relationships we build with our patients are of the utmost importance. Our seven doctors and two physician assistants treat

All the Care You Need… One Stop


hat’s the kind of practice Dr. John Vanderzyl is building. As one of the first NCQA certified “PatientCentered Medical Homes” in Sugar Land, Sugar Lakes Family Practice realizes the importance of strong connections between your primary doctor and all of the other experts involved in your care. “We’ve always had an emphasis on preventative medicine,” says Dr.



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Vanderzyl, “and we still do. But when you do need other care, a Patient-Centered Medical Home means we are all under the same roof. Our staff can easily access appointments with specialists, labs, etc., and the referral process is expedited!” And not just the services will be in the same place. As this “medical home” evolves, scheduling will be consolidated…leading to less time spent on the phone coordinating appointments, tests and labs; it can also be expedited for you. Plus, Sugar Lakes is fully electronic. Patients can access appointment information, see portions of their chart and view lab results securely online through the patient portal. Dr. Vanderzyl says, “I know people are busy, so our staff is also available via email to answer questions and schedule appointments. Our goal is to make getting medical care, whatever it may be, as easy as possible!”


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In addition to general health and preventive medicine, Sugar Lakes Family Practice offers cardiovascular screening through CardioVIP, rapid recovery of muscular injuries through Airrosti and nutrition counseling by our registered dietitian, Jolene Vanderzyl. But that is just the beginning. Dr. Vanderzyl says, “In July, our office is moving to better facilitate our new and improved patient-centered practice. We’ll be on the Southwest Freeway…right next to the new Sugar Land Surgical Center. And we are going to bring as many services as possible into the practice.” Those services include osteoporosis screening, an in-house pharmacy Physicians Pavilion Pharmacy, and (coming soon) our Longevity Clinic, focusing on weight loss, nutrition and wellness. There is an urgent care center across the hall, and the Sugar Lakes staff will be working closely with them to provide after-hours care. Dr. Vanderzyl says, “It’s all about convenience and making your

your whole family…kids, adults, grandparents...all in one place. And now with our additional services we hope you’ll be able to get all of the care you need in one place stop!” Sugar Lakes Family Practice John R. Vanderzyl, MD John R. Pozzi, MD Henry A. Mata, MD J. Mark Trippett, MD Anne Marie Ponce de Leon, MD Nora L. Cantu, MD Ann M. Heikkinen, MD Jennifer P. Falkner, PA-C Benita R. Brown, PA-C Sugar Lakes Family Practice 281-565-2800 16902 Southwest Frwy., Suite 100 Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Safe, Green and Secure

Sara Adams


here’s an expression, “Man plans and God laughs.” That sounds like what happened when Emily Bruce moved to the Fort Bend County area in 1999 with her husband Brock and their 2 year old and 6 month old daughters. A job transfer brought Brock back to his hometown and Emily agreed to the move...for a few years. A few years turned into a lifetime, as the Bruce family has grown and flourished here. They now have four daughters: Bailee, Blaire, Bradie, and Blaine; fondly called the “B Girls.” All four of these young ladies are making their mark in either competitive softball, FFA, or both. With strong roots in a community they love, Brock and Emily looked for a business opportunity that would provide a needed service and make a difference. By opening the first PROSHRED Security office in the state of Texas, they are able to do both. PROSHRED of Houston provides the most up to date, secure, on-site document shredding technology and recycling ser vices available in America. They specialize in On-Site Document Destruction, Paper Shredding Ser vices, Har d Drive Destruction Services, Obsolete

Product Destruction and Recycling. Whether at home or your business, PROSHRED of Houston helps Fort Bend and the Houston Metro area fight identity theft and stay safe, green and secure. Not only are all your documents completely destroyed on-site, 100% of the material is recycled and eventually made into other products. If you contract with PROSHRED for your ongoing office service you will know exactly what you are doing to reduce your carbon footprint because at the end of each year you are presented with an annual TreeSaver Environmental Certificate indicating the total number of mature trees you saved during the year through their secure recycling process. For 25 years PROSHRED Security has pioneered the most secure and effective system for the shredding of confidential documents and the destruction of sensitive material, earning certification from both ISO 9001 and NAID AAA. Brock and Emily Bruce invite you to call for more information and find out how they can help you fight identity theft, achieve legislative compliance, and make sure your business stays your business...and your clients & employees personal information stays private!

PROSHRED® Security 832-947-5700 12703 Capricorn, Suite 100 Stafford, TX 77477

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Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) physicians are recognized as some of the finest board-certified physicians in the specialty of orthopedics. They provide comprehensive, world-class orthopedic care under one roof right here in Fort Bend County — from sports medicine to joint replacement, hand and wrist to ankle and spine care. They perform on a higher level, so you can, too.

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Knee & Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine

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¡Hurras Por Papá!


ot only is Jaime Garcia the husband of chef Lupe Garcia and co-owner of Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, he’s also a proud papá and abuelo. He says, “I consider myself blessed to work with my family to serve the families of Fort Bend. Together with my wife Lupe and our kids Leo, and Rigo we’ve created a restaurant that brings friends and families together, and you’ll see us here everyday. Bring Dad in on Father’s Day and we’ll offer him a margarita on the house...because I know he’s earned it!” Over the years since Lupita’s opened, Jaime has made many trips to the town where he

grew up for an annu annual festival…bringing food, toys, and cloth clothing to as many as four hundred local children. Just like their trips to Mexico, Lupita’s res restaurant is a labor of love for the Garcias. Lupe’s been cooking professionally for over thirty years, but she learned her recipes from her family. Her fajitas are made with a secret blend of spices, hand-made tortillas, and spices freshly-ground with a Molcajete Mexican mortar and pestle. Jaime says, “Our seafood is fresh, we use the best meats and vegetables, and Lupe often offers up special choices in the restaurant or on our website. You should be able to eat delicious food made with fresh ingredients at a price you can afford. That’s our promise to you!” Want to make a splash this summer? Call Lupita’s to arrange a “Spirit Night” for your sports team or let them handle your kick-off party or end-of-the-season celebration. Jaime says, “We’ll help you out with to-go orders or catering for a family event, a corporate

Bring Dad in on Father’s Day and we’ll offer him a margarita on the house... because I know he’s earned it!” meeting, or a big party. You send the invitations, we’ll handle the fajitas for fiestas of any size!” Don’t stop the celebration on Father’s Day. Bring the whole family to Lupita’s all summer for a personal fiesta with warm salsa and crispy chips, a full menu of delicious choices, and Tres Leches cake or the addictively crispy little Mexican donuts, churros. Let the mouthwatering meal melt your troubles away…while the generous spirit of the Garcia family warms your heart. Jaime, Lupe, Rigo and Leo Garcia say, “Muchas gracias for your support over the years...from our familia to yours!” Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 281-265-6556 Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace

Just Like Grandma Used to Make! Sarah Warburton y Sicilian grandmother Mama Lomonte’s recipes from her home in Licata, Sicily inspired my family to open the first Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant in Houston in 1986,” says Braden Lomonte. “Over six years ago, Jason Tatlonghari and I opened our location here to be Fort Bend’s neighborhood Italian place. My family came to Houston by way of St. Louis, and Jason grew up right here in Fort Bend...he attended Stephen F. Austin High School. We welcome you, your friends and family, to hangout and enjoy traditional Southern Italian meals served with a smile.” The magic combination of delicious homecooked food in a cozy atmosphere proved so successful that Lomonte’s expanded its dining room and bar area three years ago. Families, book groups, work buddies, friends and neighbors all gather for dinner at Lomonte’s. What should you order? Start with Lomonte’s famous house salad (Braden says this one is “St. Louisstyle) tossed Romaine and Iceberg lettuce with artichoke hearts and hearts of palm. Then choose from menu favorites like Fettuccine


Alfredo or Chicken Marsala...or look for specials like the popular Capellini-crusted red snapper or Pistachio-Encrusted Chicken. And if you’d been looking for a REAL deep-dish pizza, MaMa Lomonte’s Sicilian Deep Dish features caramelized onions, mushrooms, Italian sausage in a mouthwatering combination. Braden says, “If you want our real Southern Italian food in the comfort of your own home, we offer our full-scale menu for takeout and delivery orders (call for delivery area). It’s a great way to get pizza to please the kids and an entree for mom and dad.” “We’re a neighborhood restaurant,” says Braden “so supporting the community is a huge part of our lives. We have a book club that comes in once a month for their meeting (and wine!), families who celebrate every occasion here, and a great

location right at the entrance to Pecan Grove. We also do catering and host special events at the restaurant by request. Church groups, school functions, private parties, and sports teams are all welcome here!” Italian families know how to share their love for each other through the language of food... bring your family to Lomonte’s and enjoy! Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 281-232-8290 815 Plantation Dr Richmond, TX 77469

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How’s Your Body Working for You? Sarah Warburton


ould your body be stronger, more balanced, flexible, and in control? True inner physical strength would help on the golf course, at the gym, even getting out of your car. Mother of five and former competitive swimmer Michelle Haver and Cody Robbins, DJ from 7pm- midnight and weekends at at KHMX MIX 96.5, and equestrian share a passion for teaching people the transformative power of Pilates. Ten years ago, Cody and Michelle met on their first day of Pilates Certification Training. Trained in the Classical Method as established by Joseph Pilates, both Cody and Michelle have undergone years of coursework, observation, practice and teaching...including continuous work to maintain their certification through Peak Pilates®, a Pilates Method Alliance-approved education and equipment provider. Whether you are deconditioned, dealing with back pain or other issues including pregnancy, want to feel and look better, or improve at competitive sports, Pilates will make your body stronger from the inside out. Cody and Michelle are confident in their ability to meet the needs of their clients.

In their well-equipped studio, Performance Pilates offers private and group classes from beginner to advanced levels. Cody says, “We’re located in the Greatwood Training Center, which has affordable memberships with no contract or initiation fee. Many of our clients lift weights, do cardio, or participate in sports, in addition to Pilates. We’ve had clients who can’t believe the improvement they see in their, golf game, basketball, or swimming––once they begin Pilates!” We could all benefit from increased body-awareness, strength, flexibility & control...and Pilates delivers! You can choose an introductory private session or an intro package of 3 private sessions through our website. Michelle adds, “We do offer a discount on our ‘starter’ Pilates options and we recommend you start there, even if you’ve done Pilates before. Classical Pilates can be very different, and your safety is our top priority!” “My chiropractor recommended Pilates for my back pain,” says

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No Tears, No Fears...Just Smiles! A

Sarah Warburton re you a little nervous about going to the dentist? Maybe it’s your kids that freak out at the thought...and that’s stressful for parents, too. Maybe it’s time to consider a kinder, gentler dental office. Dr. Danny Nguyen of EcoDental says, “At our office caring for the planet goes hand-in-hand with caring for you and your family. That’s why we use eco-friendly products and created an office with little bonuses like free wi-fi, a Playstation, and massaging dental chairs. If you’re worried about your visit, please let us know. We promise to be as gentle with our patients as we are on the planet!” One patient, a self-described “wimp,” appreciated the soothing atmosphere and flexible hours at EcoDental. Another patient says, “Before I went to EcoDental, I would rather have gone through natural childbirth again than have any dental work done! Dr. Nguyen is the best doctor I’ve ever seen— capable, empathetic, and gentle. Now I’m eager to get the rest of my dental work done!” A third patient called EcoDental, “the best dental experience of my life.” How much does Dr. Nguyen care about your experience? He says, “Before I offered the Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching System to my patients, I tried it on myself. I can’t stand behind a procedure that isn’t comfortable and effective. That’s why I

know that the Kör whitening gel usually produces little to no sensitivity and delivers a smile that’s up to sixteen shades whiter. I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I heard about a whitening gel that’s permanently effective (with easy at-home maintenance) and isn’t harsh like some other whitening methods. Once I tried it myself, I was a believer!” “No Tears, No Fears” is the bottom line at EcoDental. Dr Nguyen says, “We’ve incorporated advances like digital x-rays that reduce films and processing chemicals, while making our patients more comfort comfortable than ever. We also accept all major insurances including Medicaid and CHIP, offer interest-free financing through Care Credit, and provide treatment in English, Vietnamese and Spanish. No matter what your concerns, we commit to providing dental care that’s empathetic and excellent. You and your family deserve a happy, healthy smile!”

Dr. Danny Nguyen, D. D. S. 281-491-9494 Ecodental 15870 SW Freeway #500 (59@Hwy 6 next to Whole Foods) Sugar Land, TX 77478

The Right Technology Amy Sharp


e help you work smarter, not harder,” says Jake Messinger, President and Founder of Adjecta Technologies. “I’ve been supporting data-communications for big corporations worldwide for more than thirty years. Now it’s time to share my talents with the local community where I grew up.” “The real value of information is bringing the sender and receiver closer together,” says Jake. “Technology lets an engineer in Houston video-chat in real-time with a factory manager in China, just as if they were in the same room. Or imagine if your customer calls could be quickly routed to the right employee based on caller id, with the call recorded and tracked.” Jake says, “Adjecta Technologies can effectively give this ability to any size business.” Jake explains that unfortunately getting ‘saddled’ with the wrong technology is one of the biggest frustrations for small businesses and they often give up on the technology altogether. “I help companies choose the right technology that works for

them. My 30+ years of programming, consulting and teaching experience helps me to do things like customize a ‘VoIP’ (Voice over IP) application for your business, making the small office appear just as ‘professional’ as the big guys. We can put your entire enterprise ‘in the ‘cloud’…and we have the expertise to do it safely and securely with 100% uptime.” “We also put out a lot of fires,” Jake says. “Many of our new clients come to us because something has broken and they need ‘experts’ to get them back up NOW! I know that when your network is down, you’re out of business! We can get you back up quickly the same day. My philosophy is to treat all my clients as if they are my only concern.” An alum and former Adjunct Professor of Information Systems and Networking at the University of Houston, Jake and his fiancé, Sugar Land City Councilwoman Amy Mitchell enjoy volunteering at local charity events. Jake is the Immediate Past President of the Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond

and also enjoys acting and singing. Look for him performing the National Anthem for our Sugar Land Skeeters! Adjecta Technologies 281-616-7678 4149 Bluebonnet St. Stafford, TX 77477

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“Innovative American with an inch of French...”

Sarah Warburton ffering the best of both worlds~ Coupling Classic French Techniques with Familiar Ingredients, Perrier creations come to life in the lively and sleek


setting known as the “new Aura,” AURA Brasserie. Renowned French Chef Frédéric Perrier remade the original Aura in Missouri City into Coco Pazzo, an Italian restaurant with elements of Aura (for those who pleaded with him not to relocate!) Shortly after Coco Pazzo was unveiled, Aura Brasserie opened in Sugar Land Town Square. Both locations offer cuisine that continue to WOW! Chef Perrier’s loyal clientele. Chef’s wife Michelle says, “Our customers are like family! One customer (who 99% of the time opts for the 5-Course Tasting Menu) has dined at Aura more than 500 times!” The Perriers create dining rooms that are warm, fun and welcoming, with the freshest food, World-Class service and techniques, super-reasonable pricing and NO jacket, tie or special occasion required. Have you tried Chef Frédéric’s amazing French-American creations…

or as he says, “innovative American with an inch of French?” My (extremely particular) mother and I enjoyed the weekday three-course, Prix Fixe lunch menu for only $14.99 each. She started with the refreshing salad of mixed greens and goat cheese, while I savored sauteed frog legs, redolent with garlic and herbs. For our main courses, she chose the fried chicken breast, saying, “Just as good as my Mama used to make!” I had the short rib in a decadent red wine sauce. For dessert we lingered over profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with warm chocolate sauce, the perfect end to a delightful lunch. This menu changes daily, based on the best the market has to offer. If you’re free for dinner early (between

The French understand that eating is about more than’s about enjoying life. 5-6:00/6:30), you can try the Sunset Prix Fixe 3-Course Menu for only $24.99 ($19.99 at Coco Pazzo)...but

you can always order off the lunch menu, dinner menu, the Specials Board or Go for the Gold...The 5~ Course Tasting Menu at Aura Brasserie. Set your own limitations or direct Chef to surprise and dazzle you! And, if you want a creative menu for your Sunday Brunch~ try the Creme Brulee Dipped, Coconut Brioche French Toast...need I say more?!! The French understand that eating is about more than’s about enjoying life. Chef says, “Even in my free time, I cook, usually barbecuing or smoking…Texas cooking. I live, love, and do everything through my cooking.” The perfect vice for a chef!

Aura Brasserie 281-403-2872 15977 City Walk Sugar Land Town Square Coco Pazzo by Aura 281-403-2870 3340 FM 1092 Missouri City Township 30 ~ upclose ~ June 2013

Boys Never Outgrow Their Toys A Becca Bragg

s a kid, Chance Kamp was crazy for Tonka trucks. He just couldn’t get enough of those four-wheeling, indestructible Tonka trucks. When he grew up, would he have to settle for pushing those toys around the carpet with his own kids? Not Chance! He left those little Tonka trucks behind to spend all day with big ol’ MONSTER trucks and made his childhood passion into his profession. All Out Offroad first opened as one small store in a tiny building with a single service bay and one tinting area. Chance says, “Soon after we opened in 1991, Gino Mindicta and Luke Richard joined the team and it’s been a wild ride ever since! Today we’ve got three locations, a skilled, creative team, and a loyal following. My biggest support has always been my wife, Laura...she stood by me as we build a life out of playing with trucks.” For over twenty years, the team at All Out Offroad’s locations in Richmond, Stafford, and now Pearland has rebuilt vintage models and tricked out newer cars, trucks, jeeps, and SUV’s with the latest and greatest accessories. Their skills with lift and lowering kits, tires, performance boosters, hitches, bed covers, window tint, audio, alarms, maintenance and more were put to the test on the hit CMT show “Trick My What?!”

If these guys can turn asphalt rollers, logging skidders, and shrimp boats into a “Dragon of Steel” or “Futuristic Steam Engine” so hardworking Americans can get their jobs done spreading asphalt, logging, or planting crops. ...imagine how they can make your everyday vehicle more efficient, practical, and straight-up awesome! Who says you have to grow up and leave your toys behind? The All Out Team never did! Chance says, “We all started out as kids who love trucks...we just never grew up! All our guys love talking about the ways you can accessorize your car, truck, or SUV. If Dad drives it, we can trick it out…and service it, too!” All Out Offroad 1 (home of the Lonestar Speed Shop) 281-341-9494 708 Hwy 90A Richmond, TX. 77406 All Out Offroad 2 281-499-3806 13261 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX. 77477 All Out Offroad 3 281-485-7003 2720 Westminster St. Pearland, TX 77581

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Businesses You Can Trust Sarah Warburton harlton’s Body Repair first opened its doors in 1957...and they’ve had the same local number since 1962! The business has gone on from generation to generation, always in Stafford. Chuck Charlton says, “I know what it means to run a successful business and the kind of customer service you have to offer. We like knowing folks can count on us being here...and when we need them, we count on All Out A/C and Heating, owned by Chance Kamp and Bryan Bellamy!” “I’ve known Bryan and worked with him for over twenty years. In every case, he’s always done exactly what he told me he would do and has always been on the spot. Whether it’s


been air conditioning, heating, or anything, he’s always taken good care of us. When my A/C went down, he came right over and got it up and running to tide us over until we could get the bigger work done. He’ve never left us in the heat for long. He’s a good guy, that’s the main thing.” “With a different home repair company, I had to take off work three times to meet them and they stood me up twice. The last time they were two hours late. That’s not the kind of company that’ll get my business or recommendation. But with All Out A/C I wouldn’t Are you ready for summer? Bryan says “A hesitate to tell you they’re a good company new, energy-efficient air conditioner can cut you can trust. Bryan’s always got clear comyour energy bill in half...and we offer 100% munication and his team’s always on time. financing with approved credit!” They know your time’s valuable and they treat you and your family right.” “All Out A/C’s changed out two air conditioning units at my home and they’ve worked on the A/C and heat at the shop of number of times over the years. When you’ve known someone for such a long time and they always do such a good job, you can go on autopilot. 281-238-9292 If there’s a problem, I don’t even think about 626 Highway 90A, Richmond, TX 77406 it...I just call Bryan and All Out A/C!”

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

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