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ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League are teaming up once again to host the second annual charitable event to benefit Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s cancer patients. Pretty in Pink – Town Square – presented by Breast Surgeons – Dr. Sandra Templeton & Dr. Kelly Dempsey – is scheduled for Friday, October 11 at Sugar Land Town

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “While the fund cannot pay Houston Methodist directly for medical bills, it can help pay for other non-hospital costs such as medical equipment, medications and wigs, child care, transportation, including car or house payments. Our goal is to make the fight against cancer a bit less financially stressful for our patients.” Pretty in Pink - Town Square raised more than $110,000 last year, thanks to a number of local sponsors and the generosity of You Too Can Help many who attended. “Last year’s event was a lot of Support Cancer fun, but it was also a great way Patients. to give back to the community To donate, and help bring awareness to visit our website at the difficulties that so many patients face as they battle and click on the blue button. cancer,” said Dr. Templeton, breast surgeon. “I especially like the fact that all money donated stayed in our community and was used to ease some of my patients’ financial burdens.” Square. This family-fun event will “The support provided by the have live music, kid’s activities, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land at sun-down, Town Squre will be Hospital Cancer Fund can make a lit up in pink to honor all cancer big difference in helping patients survivors. feel they are not alone in their All proceeds from Pretty in Pink fight,” said Dr. Dempsey, breast Town Square will benefit the Houston surgeon. “I often see the financial Methodist Sugar Land Hospital toll that a cancer diagnosis can Cancer Fund, which provides financial take on my patients,” she said. assistance to patients who are bat“Raising money for the Houston tling any type of cancer at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Cancer Fund gives me the oppor“Cancer patients often incur tunity to help my patients on a extra costs related to their condidifferent level. I encourage everytion, and in many cases, they can’t one to mark their calendars for work for extended periods of time,” October 11 at 6 p.m. and come said Leena Taneja, Pretty in Pinkout to Sugar Land Town Square Town Square sponsorship chair and for Pretty in Pink.” director of physician relations at

Frances Goerlich, BS RT (R)(T), Cancer Care Navigator 281-274-7930

Maria Socci, RN, Breast Care Navigator 281-276-8989

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and make you feel lost. Our Cancer and Breast Care Navigators will guide you through the challenges of cancer so you can focus on healing. They will be there to explain your options, coordinate expedited appointments, second opinions and provide emotional support and guidance throughout your journey to survivorship. The path to survival can be difficultbut it doesn’t have to be. We will be there for you every step of the way.

The statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. An early diagnosis allows for more treatment options and improves the success of treatment and survival. The Breast Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is able to provide the full continuum of care – from screening all the way through treatment and survivorship – all in one place.

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huge number of Americans––more than 80 million––suffer from varicose or spider veins. Dr. Ulises Baltazar says, “My patients include teachers and nurses, florists and

One patient writes: “I have had a daily battle with leg fatigue for the past three years and you have given my legs new life! Houston weather is dreadful in the summer and I have not worn shorts since my third pregnancy due to unsightly varicose veins. You have given me the self confidence to wear shorts again and my summers will not be quite as exhausting! I also appreciate your willingness to work with my insurance and give me the best care ever! You did an amazing job and you should feel proud that you give your patients a renewed sense of self when they look at their legs.” engineers, moms and dads...literally people from all walks of life. The one thing they share is venous insufficiency that causes them pain in their legs and makes them uncomfortable physically and 4 ~ UPCLOSE ~ September 2013

emotionally. When they write me and tell me how my treatment changed their lives, it means the world to me.” At Dr. Baltazar’s office, you can get a free consultation to see if your varicose veins are a medical problem that needs treatment. Then Dr. Baltazar will talk you through a

Another patient says: “I finally built up the nerve to have my varicose vein fixed. Dr. Baltazar and his staff made the entire procedure so professional, relaxed, and painless, I don’t know why I waited. Dr. Baltazar explains everything so there is no guessing or wondering about what is about to happen. I no longer have the the heaviness and aches in my leg and I’m so glad I had the procedure done by Dr. Baltazar.”

If varicose veins are causing you physical and emotional pain, come see Fort Bend’s favorite varicose vein surgeon. Dr. Baltazar has been board-certified in Vascular Surgery

“I would like to thank Dr. Baltazar once again,” writes another patient. “My legs have been in pain for years but only fourteen weeks post surgery I’m in no more pain and I’m running in my very first 5k to help poverty in Richmond this Saturday! Thank you!!!” for over a decade. After a free consultation, if you need treatment he’ll give you his best advice on all your options. Dr. Baltazar says, “My one and only passion is you and your veins! It’s not about the number of veins I treat, but about offering each and every patient the correct treatment and empathetic, personal care.”

range of treatment options including laser vein removal that’s done in-office and takes less than 30 minutes! You can see Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS more about Dr. Baltazar Sugar Land Vein Specialists 281-240-8400 and this amazing proce16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 dure on the ABC Channel (in the Methodist Professional Building 3) 13 news website.

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Patients get more than a change in their appearance...they get a change in their attitude and approach to life! When patients love their bodies, they take joy in eating less and moving more. That’s why I’m in this profession. Your health and well-being are my highest priorities... because you deserve to look and feel beautiful for years to come!


ow many years have you avoided looking in the mirror or ducked for cover when someone pulled out a camera? You can recover your life through the skill and artistry of Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery. He says, “We’ll do an evaluation, discuss your options, and get you all the information you need. If you decide on my signature procedure, the Lipotuck™, you’ll get the benefits of both a tummy tuck and liposuction...and your recovery time will be the same as if you’d had just one!” Think about the time you’ve lost worrying about the way you look. If the only thing keeping you from committing to a new body is fear of the unknown, Dr. Ahmadi is the perfect choice for you. Only doctors like Dr. Ahmadi who are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. He says, “I’ve been doing this so many years that I find we have everything in place down to all the fine details. When patients are educated and equipped with lists of what to do and what not to do, it gives both us of peace of mind. I’ve done the Lipotuck™ literally thousands of times, but for each of them it’s their first experience. Seeing it through their eyes keeps it fresh for me and means I take my time to answer their questions...even before they ask them!”

After your Lipotuck™, you can usually return to your desk job in two weeks, but your body will take at least six weeks to it would from any surgery. Dr. Ahmadi says, “The biggest mistake people make is being too eager to return to exercise, but you absolutely must heal first. You don’t need to be sedentary (in fact, it’s better if you’re not) but you mustn’t jump into things. There’s really no way to expedite the healing...but there’s plenty you can do to delay it and prolong your recovery. My best advice is to trust your doctor and take care of yourself... because you’ll find the results are worth the wait!” You know that “pooch” around your tummy or those “handles” at your sides? The Lipotuck™ is designed to tighten, smooth, and shape all of that into beautiful, natural curves just where you want them. Once you’ve got the figure of your dreams, you’ll have the jumpstart you need for a healthy future. “After the Lipotuck™,” says Dr. Ahmadi, “patients get more than a change in their appearance...they get a change in their attitude and approach to life! When patients love their bodies, they take joy in eating less and moving more. That’s why I’m in this profession. Your health and well-being are my highest priorities...because you deserve to look and feel beautiful for years to come!”

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




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The Official Dining Guide of Fort Bend

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When Back to School Isn’t Easy…


t’s September and the kids are back into the swing of things at school! Or are they? Betsy de Vega, Learning Specialist and founder of the Kn.I.L.E. Center says, “The first couple weeks of school are an adjustment period. Kids are getting to know their new teachers, classmates and schedules…but most of the work is review. If your child already feels overwhelmed or is falling behind, it may be time for extra, individualized support.” Recently voted “BEST Tutoring Program in Fort Bend County 2013” by Living Magazine, EduCoachNow is the cornerstone tutoring program offered by the Kn.I.L.E Center. “What sets EduCoachNow apart from traditional tutoring programs,” says Betsy, “is that we really focus on strengthening cognitive skills--the critical skills for learning--while incorporating what your child is working on at school. Because the program is customized and one-on-one, it works for students of varied learning abilities.”

And the proof is in the success of the kids in the program! Sally enrolled both of her children more than two years ago to supplement their educational needs. Sally’s son is on the autism spectrum and her daughter has been diagnosed with both ADHD and anxiety. “My children struggle with learning issues related to their difficulties,” says Sally, “but Betsy and her team help them become successful and confident. Most importantly, the learning is always fun… and as a professional educator that’s key to me! I can definitely see the improvement that the tutoring sessions have provided during the school year!” Kn.I.L.E. Center is also home to Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy—a boutiquestyle school for students of all learning abilities--servicing students grades 3 through 12.

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During September, mention this article and receive a free EduCoachNow consultation and half off enrollment fees ($50 value; new students only; not to be combined with any other offer). Visit and see why discerning families give their kids the advantage of Kn.I.L.E. Center and EduCoachNow. Betsy says, “We’ve done some remodeling over the summer and we are kicking off the school year with a bang! Come check out our new look and let us help your child be successful!” Betsy de Vega ~ 281-682-4573 Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC EduCoachNow Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy 245 Gonyo Lane Richmond, TX 77479

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by Maggie Beil ow that summer has come and gone, what state is your home in? If it’s not as tidy as usual that is completely understandable. Having the kids home over the break takes a toll on your house’s cleanliness. Professional Maid Service is here to get your house back to its pre-summer state. Max McCammond, owner of Professional Maid service, says, “Summers can be hectic and housecleaning can get overlooked. We believe mom and dad deserve to enjoy a clean house, without any hassle at all! That’s why our team of trained professionals makes it possible for you to enjoy a little welldeserved peace after the long summer.” It’s easy to keep the kids on track with chores during the school year... but let’s face it, it’s hard to stick to a schedule during the summer break. Between keeping them occupied and busy, and getting yourself to work everyday you don’t really have time to tidy up. While mom is away, the kids will play. After you leave for work in the morning who knows what kind of mess is accumulating back home? By the time you get off, you may not have the energy to divvy up the chores between kids. Thanks to the Professional Maids, you can head off to work, the kids can go off to school, and the professionals can handle the cleaning. No-hassle key drop off, a



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t Grand Windows and Interiors Candelario Lopez and his wife, designer Caron Lopez offer home improvements you can afford. When Jude and Andrea Oogle wanted to create a dramatic window treatment, they turned to Caron. Jude says, “I manage a small business banking group and one of the small business bankers knew Caron very well. They were both members of a BNI group and she spoke very highly of Caron’s work. We looked at their website and it was beautiful! We emailed an inquiry and Caron came out that same day. She really listened to what we wanted. She’s very conscious of cost and always gave us choices from luxury to economy.

“My wife’s vision for our modern twenty-six foot tall window was treatment that would go from the ceiling to the floor.” of red silk, sheers, and metallic really transformed everything...and we get so many compliments from all thirty-six of my family members (and other friends and neighbors, too) on the bold, contemporary look!” “Across the board, everyone at Grand Windows went above and beyond our expectations. Caron’s husband, Cande, and their college-age son came to hang the drapery. Cande made sure everything was up to his standards...perfection! After he hung the drapery we asked if he’d mind hanging a mirror we bought, since we had all the hangers and wire. He not only hung the mirror, but he used his materials and brackets, because he only uses the very best for every job!” Give your home a ‘Grand’ makeover with custom window treatments, metalwork, cabinetry, upholstery, granite, tile, faux painting and more! Their huge showroom in Rosenberg is a short trip away with an array of selections for you to see! Grand Windows and Interiors 281-342-9160 1405 Avenue I Rosenberg, TX 77471

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ince he started with the Houston Police Department in 1977, A.J. Dorr has been making our world a safer place. In 1997 (after ten years as the Chief of Police in Needville) he was elected by the people of Precinct 1 to represent them as their Constable. Constable Dorr says, “When I started having back pain in November, I tried to power through, but one day in January the pain was I went to St. Michael’s Emergency Room. Let me tell you, I’ve been to my share of hospitals and emergency rooms since, and you can’t beat St. Michael’s!” “They brought me back quickly for my exam. The doctor on duty ordered an x-ray...and then he followed it with a CT scan. I could tell from the look on his face that he didn’t like what he saw. He told me he didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but there were some suspicious shadows around my spine and he strongly recommended I go the very next day to a doctor to do an MRI. He pointed out some potential problems around my heart and really stressed that I shouldn’t wait around. Then he gave me some pain medication to

help me make it through the night. Well, I felt better the next day and like a typical man I put it off for a couple of weeks. Then I woke up doubled over with pain.”

“Of all the doctors I’ve had, I’ll never forget that first one at St. Michael’s. He spent his time talking me through the results of the tests and gave me the wakeup call I needed. If you’ve been thinking that ‘bigger is better,’ don’t let the size of St. Michael’s fool you. They’re bigger on the inside and they’re damn good.” “Turns out, I had renal cell cancer. I saw a lot of doctors after that! They took my right kidney, put a stent in my heart, fused my back and pinned my hip and put me through chemo and physical therapy. Throughout the whole process, Dr. Orsak of St. Michael’s kept checking in with me

St. Michael’s is the first and only free-standing emergency room in Fort Bend and the surrounding Houston area in-network with Aetna. We currently accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United & Humana. St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms does not currently participate in any Medicare or Medicaid programs.

to see how I was doing. He’s the best guy to have on your team.” “Of all the doctors I’ve had, I’ll never forget that first one at St. Michael’s. He spent his time talking me through the results of the tests and gave me the wakeup call I needed. If you’ve been thinking that ‘bigger is better,’ don’t let the size of St. Michael’s fool you. They’re bigger on the inside and they’re damn good.” Dr. Orsak says, “At St. Michael’s we’re proud to serve the community by supporting people like Constable Dorr that serve and protect us all. When Constable Dorr’s insurance tried to claim that since the diagnosis was cancer, it wasn’t an emergency, we went to bat for him. The state of Texas has adopted “the prudent layperson standard” if you think your symptoms are serious enough to go to an emergency room, then that constitutes an emergency. If you’re in pain, come in and let our doctors make the diagnosis...because it’s not the insurance’s job to make life and death medical decisions. We currently accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United & Humana. St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms does not currently participate in any Medicare or Medicaid programs.”

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Sarah Warburton Sarah Warburton ou could win a car...just ask Monette Insani, Chad Meadows, and Melinda Rains, a few winners of Classic Chevy’s Free Car Monthly Giveaway. Chad says, “I heard Don on the radio talking about the giveaway, so I signed up online. When Classic Chevy called a few weeks later, I thought it was a sales thing...then I recognized Don’s voice! He said, ‘You won a car. What do you think your wife will say?’ I told him, ‘She’ll think I’m lying or crazy!’ I sweettalked her into coming with me to the dealership. Later I found out another winner hadn’t even been able to convince his wife to come pick the car up! My wife needed a new car, so I offered the Spark to her with one condition...I couldn’t have my name on the title to a pink car! Luckily, she settled for lime green. The car was completely free, and we traded in her old, hail-damaged car to upgrade the stereo and navigation. Everyone was so friendly and down-toearth...they seemed really excited for us. We’re saving to buy a house, so the timing couldn’t have been better! We live in


a skeptical age, but I received no marketing emails, no pressure, nothing. Enter this contest and if you get a call from Classic Chevy...pick up the phone!” Monette says, “When I went online to check the used car inventory at Classic Chevy and saw the online ad for the contest, I thought, ‘Well, I’ve got nothing to lose!’ I didn’t tell anyone, not even my husband, that I’d entered...because seriously, nobody wins a car! Then on April Fool’s Day Don and Mark called to tell me I’d won a Chevy Sonic. I was shaking and in absolute shock and it took me quite a while to explain it all to my husband. We’ve got three kids, so we loaned the new car to my daughter. She is almost seventeen and I feel so much better knowing she’s got a good car to drive. Now I tell everyone at work and all my Facebook friends to enter the contest!” Melinda says, “When I heard Jerry Reynolds, the Car Pro, talk about the car giveaway on 740 Talk Radio, I thought, ‘Nobody ever wins these things’...but I kept re-entering every month. Then the first week in August, Mark gave me a

call. I was on vacation to see Graceland, so I didn’t pick up my phone or call him back...honestly, I thought it was a sales call! Once I was home, he told me I’d won a Chevy Spark. I could just fill out the paperwork and drive away or apply the cost of the Spark towards another vehicle. My husband and I are saving to buy a business and the bank told us not to do anything that might change our credit winning a car was a blessing! I chose the Silver Spark and I just love it. I use it to commute to work from Pinehurst into Houston and the Spark gets great gas mileage...and it’s so cute! All my family is ecstatic. My dad keeps saying how proud he is of me and I say, ‘Dad, all I did was spend two minutes online. That’s all it takes to win a car!’” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 281-491-9000 13115 Southweswt Freewaym Sugar Land, TX 77478


Sarah Warburton ife moves pretty fast, so you can’t afford to be slowed down by pain or held back by the effects of pain medication. Local pharmacist Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D, R.Ph understands how fast life moves today. In fact, we caught up with him after a day of work at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy, picking his kids up from soccer camp. He says, “As a parent and a business-owner, I know how much time we spend on the road. As a pharmacist, I know my patients need safe and effective treatments for pain. At Campbell’s, we can compound creams to treat your pain...without the risk of drowsiness or addiction.” Whether mom’s driving to work or dad’s shuttling kids to football practice, driving and pain medications are a dangerous combination. Dr. Campbell says, “Pain makes it hard to focus, destroys your mood, and impacts your entire life...but many people are afraid of taking medication. Compounding a cream for your pain means we can deliver relief to the specific area where you need it most...without


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hether you’re an elite athlete like retired NBA star Robert Horry, addicted to your daily run, or just trying to keep up with the kids on the weekends, sooner or later everyone needs a little TLC. At the 5000-square foot Robert Horry Center for Sports and Physical Rehabilitation, you’ll get the advice, support, and training you need to recover. CEO Kegis Smith says, “We’re here to serve the community and our ultimate goal is simply your health. That’s why our motto is ‘every patient, every time.’ Now we’re pleased to announce we’ll be working with Dr. Marco Vargas of Foot and Ankle Associates to keep you on the go!” Temperatures are cooling off and school sports teams are hitting the field, and we predict an increase in injuries. Anastasia Patoka, C.O.O. of the Robert Horry Center for Sports and Physical Rehabilitation says, “We’re offering a free weekly injury screening clinic in September on Mondays, starting Monday the 12 ~ UPCLOSE ~ September 2013

9th from 5-7pm for ages 10 and up. Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins will also be accepted. Dr. Vargas will provide his professional expertise in our Foot and Ankle Clinic and we’ll also offer screening for shoulder and knee injuries. Our PTs will be on hand to answer questions and provide at-home exercises. If you need to see an orthopedic specialist, we’ll fast-track you so you can be seen the next day!” “As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon and an expert in foot biomechanics,” says Dr. Vargas, “the former podiatrist of the Miami Fusion, and the father of pretty athletic kids, I’m in complete agreement with Robert Horry’s mission to help patients restore and maintain their physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function. Just like everyone at Foot and Ankle Associates, the Robert Horry Center for Sports and Physical Rehabilitation team is dedicated to helping the community, accepts all major insurances, and believes in putting the patient first.”

Robert Horry Center for Sports and Physical Rehabilitation 281-277-0751 15591 Creekbend Drive Sugar Land, TX 77478 Foot and Ankle Associates 888-784-5335 Sugar Land 281-313-0090 17510 W. Grand Parkway South Houston 281-313-0080 7105 Lawndale Street

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aybe you think the biggest problem your child will have is not speaking in class...but children should been seen and heard, according to Jason and Dana Johnson, owners of Speech Therapy Unlimited. Dana says, “Speech and language disorders affect more than the noise level in a classroom. Children with communication disorders often don’t perform at grade level... and the sooner you take action, the better it is for your child!” All those little quirks that seem so cute at home can make your child hard to understand at school. Difficulty pronouncing sounds may make it harder for your child to read out loud in the classroom and more difficult for a teacher to assess his or her ability. Dana says, “When you realize that writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language, it’s clear that communication is at the very core of the learning experience. Kids have to be able to communicate with peers and adults to succeed in school...and the stronger those communication skills are, the better the learning experience can be.” Children with communication disorders may struggle with

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reading, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, misunderstand social cues, avoid attending school, have difficulty with tests, and suffer decreased self-esteem. Jason says, “Just like an adult, a child who can’t communicate easily can feel frustrated, depressed, or embarrassed. We want to unlock that communication and let kids really express themselves!” What’s the difference between speech therapy in school and speech therapy at Speech Therapy Unlimited? Jason says, “Dana and I have worked in schools, hospitals, and assisted living communities... but we believed we could see better results more quickly if we designed our own program and bucked the status quo. Now we place speech therapists in daycares, schools, rehab centers, and senior centers, and one-on-one targeted speech therapy allows us to tailor a program specifically for your child. We’ll work with the whole family, so you can incorporate the strategies we develop into your daily life. And we’ll celebrate every milestone...because we believe kids take ownership of the speech therapy work they do.” Make sure that when your child has something to say, the world will listen. Speech Therapy Unlimited will help you kick off the school year right!

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DIY Plumbing: What to Know to Avoid Disaster

Maggie Beil


here are some things you can “learn by doing” and then there are the jobs that need a true professional. You can paint your own walls, you can replace a doorknob, maybe you can even switch out the flapper in your toilet...but once you start talking about “DIY-ing” your plumbing and messing with your pipes, you’re heading for trouble! That’s why do-ityourselfers all over Fort Bend know to call the team from Alan’s Plumbing! The internet’s a great help when you’re looking for a new recipe for dinner or trying to get directions for a road trip. But if you’ve got a wrench in one hand and an iPad in the other, you could be closer than you know to an in-home flooding situation. Seventeen years of experience makes Alan’s Plumbing Fort Bend County’s area experts. They are a family owned and operated company dedicated to providing quality service to their community at affordable prices. Plumbing issues can be an easy fix, but not always! Pipes and drains can get confusing and if the problem isn’t as minor as you think then the price for repair can get really high. Start by calling Alan’s Plumbing and you could save serious money in the long run!

Even professionals who deal with tiles or bathroom fixtures call a licensed plumber for that part of a bathroom renovation. Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is admit you need someone else for the job. Put down the tools, pick up the phone, and call 281-261-1064. Jennifer or Alan’s mom can talk you through cutting off the water at the source or the main, then they’ll send someone out with the know-how and experience to fix the problem. If your problem turns out to be major they have professionally trained master plumbers, like Alan, who can handle any plumbing disaster. Not only are their rates fair but they are friendly, thorough, and get the job done. Even a minor plumbing fix can turn into a plumbing disaster if your pipes are old are damaged. When in doubt, it’s always better to have a professional assess the situation.

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Sarah Warburton aybe nobody’s staying up ‘til midnight or throwing a wild party, but the start of a new school year is reason for celebration. Now that the kids aren’t underfoot anymore, take a look at the carpet in your home. How much damage did it suffer last summer? Renee McKelvey of All About Carpet and Floors says, “Now that my two boys are grown, they help provide new flooring to families and clean and restore carpets...but I remember how hard it was when they were younger to find carpet that could stand up to all they put it through. Whether you want to do some rescue work on your existing carpet or replace it with


stand behind the products they offer. In fact, they boast the lowest manufacturer claim rate in the industry!” Did you think you had to choose between a carpet that was lusciously soft and one that was tough and durable? Shaun says, “Now Stainmaster has developed a carpet called TruSoft™; it’s the softest, silkiest carpet imaginable! Tuftex has introduced a collection of carpets made of this TruSoft™ nylon, so you can get carpet that’s beautiful and practical.” If you have an open floor plan house, your carpet needs to coordinate with the tile in your kitchen, the hardwood in your dining room, or the granite of your counters. Renee says, “We’re especially sensitive to choosing materials that work with each other, because we sell and install wood, laminate, tile, stone, and carpet. A nice added bonus to the Tuftex line is that they offer color palettes that complement and coordinate with stone, ceramic, and hardwood. You can create a transitional look between indoors and outdoors, get a tailored, cosmopolitan, or traditional style, knowing your carpet will add to the overall look of your home. Design and advice are just part of the service we offer in our showroom!” Ready to celebrate the kickoff of a new school year with a new look for your home? Renee, Shaun, and Steven McKelvey and Damian say, “All About Carpet and Floors is your one-stop-shop for your flooring, All About Carpet and Floors countertops and complete kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basically all the things that 281-265-3700 come together to make your house into a 3145 Highway 6 South home. We promise personal attention, design (next to Shipley’s) advice, an easy-to-understand quote, and installation you can trust!”

something soft, durable, and gorgeous, we can help you celebrate the start of a new year this September!” How your carpet looks is only part of the equation. “We shop first with our eyes,” says Shaun McKelvey, “but it’s important to feel a sample of the carpet you’re considering and then think about its quality and warranty. In our showroom, you can get a hands-on education about carpet. A current favorite of ours is Tuftex, the premier brand from Shaw Floors. Made in the USA, they offer some really extraordinary colors, styles and designs. The company puts a lot of time and thought into environmental choices and they

“We shop first with our eyes,” says Shaun McKelvey, “but it’s important to feel a sample of the carpet you’re considering and then think about its quality and warranty. In our showroom, you can get a hands-on education about carpet.

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The Most Dangerous Room in Your House

Sarah Warburton


ccording to the National Council on Aging, one in three serious “slip and fall” accidents for adults 65+ happen in the bathroom...and falls are behind 90 percent of hip fractures. Jonee and Paul Barnett of Miracle Method Surface Restoration say, “In addition to changing the look of your surfaces, we can also make them safer through the ‘miracle’ of our slip-resistant surface restoration, Easy Step®, and Safety Package.” National hotel chains and resorts turn to the Miracle Method for more beautiful bathrooms, and they also trust the Miracle Method to limit slip and fall accidents. When our local Marriott Westchase was concerned about slippery tubs, they immediately called on Paul and Jonee. Miracle Method applied a slip resistant surface to every tub––600 of them!–– and both guests and hotel management enjoyed peace of mind. Like all Miracle Method finishes, it’s easy to clean, won’t discolor or peel, and can be applied in any color in less than a day. Safe, beautiful, and easy...the perfect combination! At the Miracle Method showroom, you can see for yourself what makes the Easy Step® so easy. Paul says, “The Easy Step® conversion creates a 24-inch wide by 9-inch tall notch to change your existing tub into a walkin tub with or without a door. Our team gets the job done in less than a day...and if you save your cut-out, the process is completely reversible.” One of the best things you can do for yourself or a loved one is the Miracle Method’s Safety Package. Jonee says, “This package includes the one-day installation of the Easy Step® conversion for porcelain, steel, fiberglass or acrylic tubs, two ADA approved safety grab bars, and a slip-resistant surface applied to the bottom of the tub. Addition options include a curved shower rod, a hand-held shower nozzle, a tub chair... and of course we can always change the color of your tub and tile with our proven Miracle Method process!” Don’t wait until a fall happens. Safe and beautiful surfaces are only one easy step away. Jonee and Paul say, “Call for your free estimate and in a few days we’ll give you a room that looks like new...and is safer, too!”

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Healthsouth Sugar Land

It’s Hip to Be Caring!


Sarah Warburton

t HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, they know that it’s not hip to be’s hip to care about your patients! That’s why they underwent the strenuous process to earn certification with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) for Disease Specific Accreditation for Hip Fractures. Bindu Varghese, Director of Therapy Operations at HealthSouth Sugar Land, says, “The title’s a mouthful, but what it really means is that we now have special training in treating our hip fracture patients. This is our second certification with the Joint Commission, our first being our disease specific certification in stroke. Throughout the eight month process all the disciplines at our facility pulled together, receiving special training, getting special order sets and equipment. Now everyone is even more skilled in treating hip fracture patients...and we love to


Falls Prevention Class program last Thursday of every month at 1pm

offer you our best!” “Most of our hip fracture patients come to us just a couple of days after surgery. The first thing we have to do is get their pain under control so they can begin the process of recovery. Our training program really raised awareness, so that now over ninety percent of our patients have their hip fracture pain well-controlled.” “More than 90 percent of hip fractures result from a fall in the home. We wanted to get to the root of the problem, so we really put our Fall Prevention Program on overdrive. When a patient arrives at HealthSouth, we assess them to find out how they fell and tailor their treatment to that challenge. For example, if the fall occurred in the bathroom, the therapist may gear the program to include bathroom safety. This entire Hip Fracture Certification process has been a blessing. We’ve seen a dramatic decrease in the falls rate for our patients since we began aggressively combating the problem!” “We also have a Falls Prevention Class that’s open to the community. If you or a loved one have fallen at home, two of our therapists––PT Kimberly Johnson and OT Christy Burrows––will walk you through safety tips and precautions including safe transfers in and out of the

tub and car, adequate lighting, and removal of hazards like throw rugs. We offer the program on the last Thursday of every month at 1pm...and we hope you’ll join us!” “Our entire hospital presented a united front...the team was really amazing. We’ve got the kind of people who really love a challenge and they were all on board, eager and involved, ready to do the work. That’s part of the culture here at HealthSouth. Our nurses, therapists, and everyone love what we do and we strive to be the best... because we know our patients deserve it!” HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital 281-276-7574 1325 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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When Weeds Attack F

or some of us September is more than the back-to-school and start-of-football season... it can be the start of sneezing and wheezing, snuffling and coughing, headaches and exhaustion. “Most cases of hay fever are caused by an allergy to ragweed pollen,” says Dr. Jeffery Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss, “and September is the height of ragweed season...with all of October and part of November still to come. That’s why we offer Adrops, a shot-free solution to free yourself from allergy symptoms.” If you suffer from allergies, little granules of ragweed pollen send your immune system into overdrive. Dr. Alford explains, “Your body reacts to allergens like an attack with swelling, mucus, and tears...but ragweed, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens won’t go away. Adrops build up a blocking antibody to keep your immune system from ‘overreacting’ to the allergen...and that reduces your symptoms! Just one or two drops under your tongue each day for two years will build up the good blocking antibody (IgG)...and it remains in your immune system to fight your allergies for years to come.” Your body’s first reaction to allergens like ragweed is massive histamine production...and that means inflammation, sneezing, watery eyes, and misery! When over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays give you side effects instead of relief, you need a better solution. “First,” says Dr. Alford, “I’ll test you for up to sixty of the most common allergens...because we’ll used those very allergens to desensitize your body. You can take your Adrops at home on your own needles needed!” In the fall you should enjoy walking your dog in the park, accepting a bouquets of wildflowers (or pretty weeds) from your daughter, or sitting on the patio in the evening. “I don’t want any of my patients to see the world through a veil of tears,” says Dr. Alford. “Too often I find patients have been living with exhaustion and headaches or trying to self-medicate with over-the-counter antihistamines with side effects like dry mouth, drowsiness, or excitability. I hate to tell you this, but ragweed season will keep coming let’s find you a solution that will last!” “How you feel is a reflection of your health. When patients tell me they’ve got no energy, can’t lose weight, and 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. Whatever the problem, I pledge to treat my patients like family and offer solutions for a happy, healthy life!” Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 • 16651 SW Fwy #100 •

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hink that’s impossible? It’s not! “You should always choose a pediatric dentist for your child,” says Dr Bianca Sanchez at Little People’s Dentistry, “much like you choose a pediatrician for your child’s medical health. There are lots of reasons… but most importantly we are FUN!” Pediatric dentists have an additional two to three years of specialized training after dental school and are dedicated to the oral health of children--from infancy through the teenage years. Dr. Sanchez says, “As pediatric dentists, we know the drill when it comes to kids…we learn how to deal with the peculiar behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and how to make the experience pleasant. Plus we are trained and qualified to treat special needs patients.” Why is the motto at Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too?” Because Dr. Sanchez knows kids don’t want to sit in a over-sized dental chair and feel threatened by adult-sized dental tools. “Kids aren’t tiny adults and they have their own special dental needs. We consider their feelings and how best to examine them,” says Dr. Sanchez. “At check-ups, your child will start by deciding whether they want a

pink flamingo or zebra Zooby dental brush. Then they get to choose from a variety of toothpaste flavors…like vanilla ice cream and chocolate!” With special tools like Mr. Whistle, Mr. Bumpy, and Mr. Thirsty…plus digital x-rays, the option of sedation, movies, boardwalk prizes, squirt toys, kooky glasses and balloons …your child will be begging you to go to the dentist! Kids can tell right away that Little People’s Dentistry is all about them. There’s a hopscotch painted on the floor, an arcade by the exam room, and a “clown” that inflates balloons. And there are parent perks too! At Little People’s Dentistry, you can request an appointment for your little one online…and choose to get appointment reminders via text, email, or phone. Dr. Sanchez says, “When I chose to go the extra mile to become a pediatric dentist, I did it because I love kids! I don’t want your children to be scared of me…I want them to beg to come back again and again!” Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)

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Educating Students with

Tourette Syndrome


Bryan’s Story

Once these kids feel safe andn. accepted, they are able to lear

ryan was ‘Student of the Year’ at a previous students with dignity and respect. Once these school, and won awards in Science, Math, and kids feel safe and accepted, they are able to classroom leadership...but he was bullied, anxlearn. If a child needs an accommodation like ious, and unhappy. Kids with Asperger’s, Tourette’s, a bottle of water, an exercise ball to sit on, or ADD and other issues deserve a safe place to bloom... another unobtrusive way to burn off energy, and Bryan found his at Launch Academy. it’s as acceptable as needing a pair of glasses Stephanie Meuth says, “My son Bryan has a neuto read the board. They don’t sweat the small rological disorder called Tourette’s syndrome that stuff and that allows the kids to focus on what manifests as a number of uncontrollable tics made really matters...their education!” worse by stress and pressure. He was diagnosed “Richard’s goal is to get these kids the best when he was eight years old and we began the difpreparation for life. I run a peer group where ficult journey of finding a school that would accept the kids discuss different topics together to get Bryan for who he is. Bryan does have Tourette’s the hang of talking comfortably in a group. and also Celiac Disease, but he’s bright, generally Richard & his wife Felicity having There’s an amazing sense of camaraderie among happy, and likes other people. I saw how other kids some fun with their son, Alex. these young men. They know Launch is a safe and even some teachers humiliated him...and I could haven.” see his light dimming. Richard was one of Bryan’s teachers in Richard Kelly and Lisha Vanar say, “We started our lawn busithe sixth grade at another private school and they really hit it ness, Amazing Grass, so kids and young adults with educational off. I’d say it was the first time Bryan felt comfortable with a differences could learn by be part of a team, to build teacher he could trust. When Richard started Launch Academy, stamina, and to achieve their goals. That was the first step on we couldn’t wait to sign up...and I’ve seen such a difference. the road to Launch Academy, our school for kids ages 12-19 Bryan is happy again!” with developmental challenges. ” Launch offers a vocational “Richard Kelly, Lisha Vanar, Dr. Hiergesell, and everyone at program, as well as music and art, an accredited curriculum Launch sees past the label to the person. They treat all their through Holt-McDougal and a unique college fast-track program. Richard says, “Teacher to student ratios of 1:5 in middle and high school help each individual student achieve unlimited growth and launch their true potential! Visit our website for information about our Open House this month!”

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How to Find the Perfect Home Amy Sharp


o you dream of your perfect house, but just can’t find it in the neighborhood where you want to live? Ever wanted to see the potential of a house before you buy it? “Five years ago our family was expanding and we were searching for a bigger home,” says REDU founder and licensed architect Melissa Skovdal. “I became disenchanted with homes that were presented as ‘updated’… because as an architect I knew it would take much more to make those houses into the home my family needed.” Following the birth of her fourth child, Melissa left the large, international architecture firm she’d been with for over a decade to stay closer to home. “I decided to take my passion for creative home design to the place I saw the greatest unanswered need. REDU takes my design experience and puts it right in the middle of people’s house hunts!” How does it work? REDU (Real Estate + Design Union) becomes part of your real estate team! Melissa says, “At our free consultation, we learn your requirements and

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style. Then we search properties with you. Our trained ‘design eye’ can tell if a house has the ‘good bones’ to potentially meet every item on your wish list.” Give REDU the go-ahead and the design plans with 3D images (both interior and exterior) of what it would take to turn a house into your ideal home are delivered within 48 hours! Melissa says, “Time is crucial. We want you to know exactly what the renovations will be before you make an offer so that you can buy with full confidence!” From that point forward, you do what fits your family. Melissa says, “Some clients renovate right after closing…and we help with contractors, permits, etc. Other do-it-yourselfers take the plans and will work through them in their free time.” Sound great but you’re not in the market to buy? Melissa says, “It works the same with the renovation of your current home! We help you re-imagine your house the way you’ve always needed and wished it could be!”

A life-long resident of Sugar Land and Texas A&M graduate, Melissa spent fourteen years practicing architecture before founding REDU. Melissa says, “The average house in our area is forty years old… and lifestyles have changed a lot since the seventies! Let me help you update that house into your perfect home!”

REDU Real Estate + Design Union 281-797-8712 “where real estate + design meet to create your ideal home”

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Refreshing the

Breath of

Life by Sarah Warburton


both to resolve their sleep disorders and to hen all is well with your lungs, Not all cases of snoring screen for underlying conditions. I especially you may take the air you breathe for granted. People who struggle indicate sleep apnea and not urge parents to pay attention to the quality of with asthma, COPD, emphysema, or other every case of sleep apnea is sleep their children get, because together with pediatricians and orthodontists we can prevent critical lung conditions may struggle with every accompanied by snoring. sleep apnea with early intervention!” breath...and difficulty breathing can even affect Dr. Youssef is board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep your sleep! As a pulmonologist, Dr. J. Georges Youssef treats any diseases or conditions that might keep your body from accessing the Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine and is a specialist in these disciplines. After earning his medical degree and air you need for a healthy life. “The first step is always getting to know each patient and doing finishing his residency, he completed a Pulmonary and Critical a thorough assessment,” says Dr. Youssef. “Then I have a range Care Medicine Fellowship at State University of New York at Stony of the latest evaluative tools and treatment options.” Whether you Brook and a Pulmonary Transplantation Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. That need an inhaler, allergy treatment or Bronchial means he can evaluate your shortness of breath, Thermoplasty for your asthma, minimally-invasive diagnose the problem––whether it’s asthma, dysprocedures like Ultrasound Guided Bronchoscopy pnea, pulmonary fibrosis, or something else––and or Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy to provide treatment ranging from medicine to puldiagnose Lung Cancer, or the convenience of inmonary rehab to surgical options...even including house labs, radiology, and sleep lab testing, you’ll lung transplant. You’ll breathe easier knowing you get the answers and treatment you need from Dr. have an empathetic expert on your team! Youssef. “During my ten years of private practice in As the Medical Director of the Memorial Arizona,” says Dr. Youssef, “I started a pulmonary Hermann Southwest sleep lab, Dr. Youssef knows rehab program at the local hospital and introduced there’s more to sleep than sweet dreams. He says, sleep medicine to that county. When my son “Poor sleep can undermine all areas of your health entered high school, we decided to move to Sugar and literally take years off your life. In the case of Land for the excellent schools...and to be closer to sleep apnea, patients stop breathing in their sleep! family, since we’d been traveling here several times They are at increased risk of worsening of daytime a year to visit them. We love it here and I’m so fatigue, heart disease development/worsening of pleased to offer my services to this community.” hypertension, stroke, sudden death and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. Not all cases of snoring indicate sleep apnea and not every case of J. Georges Youssef, M.D. sleep apnea is accompanied by snoring. Patients 713-781-4600 who suffer from insomnia, who suffer REM disor1429 Hwy. 6 South, Ste 303 ders like acting out their dreams, those who walk Sugar Land, TX 77478 or talk in their sleep all need thorough screening

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Stories of Success from LoweryBank:

Jerrell Clay Sarah Warburton


was first introduced to LoweryBank seven years ago when we were moving our offices from Westheimer out to Sugar Land. As we were moving in, the Vice President of LoweryBank dropped by with a dozen donuts. “Just let us know if we can ever help you out,” he told us. At the time they were downstairs in my very building, so we opened Sarah Warburton an account. Later when they moved to their current building on the Southwest Freeway, we stayed with them. Everyone there is friendly, they always do what they say they’ll do for you, and they’re a real asset to our community.”

“LoweryBank may be a local bank, but it can keep up with all banking needs as I travel, my wire transfers, and with the speed and security needed in today’s business world.” “As the Founder of 3 Mark Financial, I’m always traveling. 3 Mark is an independent marketing organization dedicated to enhancing the success of the insurance and financial services professional throughout the fifty states and Puerto Rico. LoweryBank may be a local bank, but it can keep up with all banking needs as I travel, my wire transfers, and with the speed and security needed in today’s business world.” “My wife and I have been married for 42 years and we believe in giving back. One of the charities we support is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to promote early childhood literacy. We also founded a 501c3 organization,Proud American Kids,that focuses on various activities for children of disabled veterans. Choosing a local bank like LoweryBank means our money stays in the community and we’re working with people who believe in making Fort Bend a better place.” LoweryBank’s a local bank that’s a perfect fit for a world-traveler like Jerrell. He says, “Walking through the door really is like coming home!” You’ll get a friendly “hello neighbor” and a warm, welcome feeling...together with a full array of personal and commerical services and products such as online bill pay, safe deposit boxes, a twenty-four hour ATM. Mike Dinges (President of LoweryBank) says, “I grew up here in Fort Bend, and I really believe in the power of building relationships. That may seem old-fashioned in today’s fast-paced financial world, but our goal is to combine convenient banking with real customer service.” “If you don’t bank at LoweryBank,” Jerrell says, “you should!”

LoweryBank, MEMBER FDIC 281-263-1100 16555 Southwest Freeway, Ste 100 (between Methodist Building 3 and Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse)

The Secret of Relaxation Sarah Warburton


veryone knows the benefits of yoga–– improved circulation, reduced tension, and relief from pain––but did you know you can get those benefits without doing a single yoga pose yourself? Developed over a thousand years ago, Thai Massage uses acupressure, aromatherapy, and stretching to promote healing and relax you from the

Are you one big bundle of stress? In Thai Massage, therapists will use acupressure along your meridian lines to unlock your body, improve your circulation, and renew your energy. inside out. Theo and Mona, owners of our local Therapeutic Thai Massage, say, “Our therapists offer Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage, but we’re most popular for our traditional Thai Massage, also known as Thai Yoga Massage.” Are you one big bundle of stress? In Thai Massage, therapists will use acupressure along your meridian lines to unlock your body, improve your circulation, and renew your energy. Formally trained in both Thailand and Texas, licensed massage thera-

pist Mona says, “Clients are surprised that our masseuses use more than their hands... they may use their elbows, knees, forearms, thumbs, or even step onto your back. In traditional Thai massage there are more than 400 positions, but each therapist chooses the right positions for each client’s you’ll always be comfortable.” Little touches make Therapeutic Thai Massage the perfect escape from the hectic world outside. The scent of lemongrass and ginger fill the air, you’ll be offered a welcoming (and healing!) cup of chrysanthemum tea, and you’ll love the difference Thai Massage makes in your body. Mona says, “If you’ve been suffering chronic pain, you may need to come every week until your health is back in balance...then you can just come in once or twice a month.” “Clients tell me Thai Massage makes them feel taller, more energized, and more in balance in their own bodies. I often recommend acupuncture as an additional way to help my clients. Imagine my surprise when a local acupuncture doctor came here for a massage. She’s been back with her mother, her brother, and her entire family. Theo and I have been honored to have our business embraced by the local community. Our

clients include doctors, athletes, seniors, busy commuters and tired parents. Come try our Thai Combo Massage for the perfect introduction to all we offer...and see how the wear and tear of everyday life simply falls away.” Therapeutic Thai Massage Katy 281-395-5652 1548 S Mason Road Katy, Tx 77450 Therapeutic Thai Massage Katy Sugar Land 281-310-1787 4787 Sweetwater Blvd Sugar Land, Tx 77479 13346 Briar Forest Dr., Suite 150 Houston, TX 77077 (281) 752-9256

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The Clear Best Choice

It’s Hard To Stop A Trane

W Amy Sharp

hen David decided to replace the two air conditioning systems in his First Colony home, he did extended research on the type of systems he wanted to put in. “All of my research pointed to TRANE as the best and most reliable in the business,” says David. And as he delved further into TRANE, he knew he needed a TRANE Comfort Specialist to install the systems... and that led him to Jackson Air and Heat, right here in Sugar Land. Johnny Jackson started Jackson Air and Heat in 1982 and built his business on a philosophy of quality and reliability. Today, his son Brian continues the tradition…the family has been installing TRANE systems for more than thirty years! David says, “Of course, I checked them out with the BBB and Angie’s List, and Jackson Air was the clear best choice.

Only compliments and recommendations on Angie’s List, and not one complaint with the BBB in more than thirty years! That’s impressive!” But David continued his homework. “After selecting the exact TRANE systems I wanted, I got a few different quotes from other companies, so that I could compare apples to apples,” says David, “and again, Jackson Air was the clear best choice. I received quotes as much as $20,000 more than the one Brian gave me…and those other installers were not even TRANE Comfort Specialists!” Jackson Air was hired for the job and Brian and his crew did not disappoint. “I do not have one complaint about the entire process,” says David, “from the financing and the office staff to the crews that were at my house…everyone did exactly what they said they would do. Brian was on-site the entire time and took care of everything 100%. The work is excellent. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a TRANE system!”

Jackson Air is the oldest TRANE Comfort Specialist in Fort Bend County. They are EPA and NATE certified, and as David found out, recipients of the Angie’s List “Super Service” award and the BBB Award of Excellence. “I wasn’t going to settle for anything but the best,” says David. “I’m so pleased with everything Jackson Air has done. And I love that they are a Sugar Land business. An A/C system is a big investment, and it’s great that we can get the BEST while supporting a local business!” Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

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ummer’s just barely over... so why are there Christmas decorations already for sale? After all, it doesn’t take more than a minute to hang a wreath. Now, if you’re thinking about a new kitchen or bathroom for the holidays, that’s a different story! “There’s September, October, then BOOM, the holiday season comes on with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s one right after the other,” says Teri Gilberg, the Re-Modelista. “We can make it easy, quick, and seamless to get a home that looks new...before the holidays start!” You don’t have to start calling friends, getting bids, and running from store to store to find the right contractor for the job. Make one call to Teri, and she’ll find you the perfect match. She says, “My guys know that you can get quality and value if you go with an independent company like ours. They don’t believe in padding your invoice or throwing money at a problem. These are guys with literally decades of experience...and I speak fluent ‘contractor.’ I’ll translate your

vision at no extra cost and they’ll bring it to life at a price that can’t be beat!” When you look around your home and realize that even seventeen years seems too short for the changes you want, don’t panic! Give Teri a call and she’ll talk you through the possibilities. She says, “There’s nothing we haven’t seen and there’s no kitchen, bath, office, or project we can’t transform for you! I think our customers feel better talking with me at the beginning, seeing me check in and work with the crews throughout the project, and knowing that I’ll be there until the job’s done right.” Entertaining is even better when you’ve got something to show off...and Teri’s crew will give you rooms to make you glow with pride. She says, “Think of me as your go-to Girl Friday, here to make remodeling easy on you. In fact, we can give you a ‘turnkey’ job in just about any area of your home! We’ve done work all over the greater Houston area and you can see some of the transformations we’ve made on our website www. Call today, and we’ll get the job done...before the holidays!”

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the Re-Modelistas design build approach is to collaborate with our clients to remodel existing homes based on the new-old home concept. My team are experts at applying the new–old home concept, whether the project will add additional living space, remodel existing living space, add soul or restore the character of a home.The Re-Modelisat’s team understands the challenges of remodeling your home. We take great pride in our ability to deliver on time and budget. We pay attention to every detail of your project to understand your desire to increase the beauty of your home while utilizing all available space. At the same time working to minimize disruptions to your family’s busy schedule.

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YOUR Skin’s


Sarah Warburton etting your true beauty show in your skin is more than a’s an art. Taylor Campbell, an aesthetician at the Art of Skin, says, “I grew up watching my mother LaDonna Marie working as an aesthetician...and she built an extended family for us from the strong friendships she formed with her clients. You could say I was born into this profession and over the years I fell in love with that dream as well. It’s my passion and I truly put my heart and soul into every aspect of it, from continually furthering my education and keeping up with new developments to getting to know each and every client. We’re privileged to see such amazing transformations!” During your initial consultation, Taylor or LaDonna will evaluate your skin and discuss your goals, your timeline and your budget. Taylor says, “I want you to be com-


pletely comfortable. After analyzing your skin, we’ll discuss the best way to achieve your goals. Our treatments are so much more than simple facials, because they’re designed to address specific concerns using medical grade and state-of-the-art treatments. We don’t offer a one-size-fitsall approach to skincare...because your skin is as unique as you are!” At the Art of Skin you can enjoy the benefits of IPL Laser hair removal, skin tightening and collagen remodeling, medical grade products and premium skin care products. Taylor says, “The latest treatment offered at the Art of Skin is SkinPen Micro-Therapy, which increases the efficacy of topical skin care, remodels collagen, and smoothes fine lines. Another fabulous treatment is the HydraFacial known as Hollywood’s best-kept secret (especially before red-carpet events) and designed

for deep exfoliation and penetrating hydration. We have handpicked a plethora of physician-strength skin care products designed to work at the cellular level.” “In esthetics, it’s all about the quality of the products and treatments we offer and the work we do. I’m very confident that what I do works and I can help almost anyone with skin concerns. Having customers who return faithfully and refer their friends to us is confirmation that our work shines. We’re committed to unlocking your skin’s potential and uncovering your true beauty!” The Art of Skin (inside Avante Plastic Surgery) 281-265-2639 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479

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A Model of Beauty and Bravery

Meichelle’s journey... A











hen Meichelle Benard started losing her sense of smell, she other for a while. Last year Cari asked me to be a model for Couture visited her doctor, then an allergist, then an ENT. She says, for the Cause. It was such an amazing night! This year I’m so happy to “Finally I couldn’t smell anything at all, so my ENT set me help out with the committee work as well as modeling couture for the up with a CT scan, ordered me an MRI, and made me an appointment fashion show. Being here to talk about everything I’ve been through at MD Anderson. At MD Anderson I got the diagnosis...a rare case of really is a blessing...I’m working out, doing crossfit, and loving every cancer. In fact, I’m the 41st person ever to get this type and they’ve minute of my life!” put my case in a textbook. There was a huge growth the size of a salt The fourth annual American Cancer Society “Couture for the Cause” shaker in my sinus cavity. They couldn’t believe I wasn’t suffering from will be held on October 12th at a Tuscan-inspired private home in Sugar headaches, that I could still see out of my right eye, and that I was still Land. Cari says, “Cancer touches the lives of moms and dads, sons and running and exercising without falling over. They told me I had a twenty daughter, friends and family all across our community. We chose the percent chance of survival...but I thought I’ve got a husband and a theme ‘La Dolce Vita,’ the ‘Sweet Life’ because by raising awareness and daughter who need me and I love very much. No way I’m going now!” resources we hope to create a world with more birthdays, one sweet life “Since the tumor was in my sinus and had grown to my brain, it was at a time.” a brain cancer, olfactoryneuroblastoma. When I went to MD Anderson they said I would need surgery within three weeks. There were several Visit Couture for the Cause on Facebook and buy your tickets specialists there––brain doctors and cancer doctors and infectious disease (before they sell out!) at doctors. I had a total of three brain surgeries and three weeks after the first surgery I had radiation. After I finished my six weeks of radiation, I rang a bell like I’d gone through a prize fight, but I was proud I’d been strong enough to make it. I suffered additional infections, the radiation damaged the delicate skin on my face and opened a hole, I had a picc line in my arm for an entire year, and a blood clot that necessitated giving myself a daily shot in the stomach. So even after all the tentacles of the tumor were gone, I still had a long way to go. I had additional surgery to separate my sinus from my brain and to remove the titanium from my forehead and replace it with plastic. I had reconstructive surgery on my face. I felt so self-conscious, but I still had to do the grocery shopping for my family and run errands. I’d use a scarf around my arm and a floppy hat. My husband took off an entire year to take care of me and he was at every appointment. He was a wonderful nurse and my daughter who was in 5th grade was so brave through the whole thing. My love for them is the reason I worked so hard!” “After all that, I feel so blessed! These doctors were amazing to know what to do to keep me here for my family. Enjoying life today is Cari Middaugh, pictured here along with her husband Scott truly a miracle. Cari Middaugh, the 2013 Event Chair for Couture for at a recent committee meeting planning lots of fun for this year! the Cause had a daughter the same age as mine and we’ve known each Ask about the Wine Pull & Champagne & Diamonds.

A Smile You Can Trust Lajuan Ellis


magine this, you get an estimate to get some dental work done. You’re told it will cost you $3000! Time for a second opinion, wouldn’t you say? When you visit Dr. Thomas Lomonte, he says he can take care of everything for $700. This really happened to one local woman...and she saved so much money she could have bought Dr. Lomonte a new fishing pole! “I’ll admit, I love fishing,” says Dr. Lomonte, who has won prizes in competitions for years, “but giving people healthy smiles at a price they can afford makes me even happier. Over the last thirty years, I’ve made it my business to help hard-working people get excellent dental care. One thing has proven true year after’s always easier I’ve made it my business to and cheaper to fix a help hard-working people problem at the front end than the back get excellent dental care. end. That’s why I’d like to see you the first time you feel a twinge or tingle. We can fix a little problem in a number of easy ways...and that will save you money and trouble in the long run.” No matter how much dental work you need done, Dr. Lomonte makes it easy to take it one step at a time. Another patient who needed major dental reconstruction told us, “Dr. Lomonte told me my mouth didn’t get this way overnight and we didn’t have to fix it overnight either. We worked out a treatment plan, so I could get the work done on a schedule that I could afford! He really understands what it’s like to try to balance a budget and he works with you to get you a smile you’ll love at a price you can afford.” Since Dr. Lomonte has been in business for 30 years in the same office on Murphy Road, his overhead costs are he can offer high-tech solutions at reasonable rates. His patients are so loyal, he’s treating the third generation in some families. Whether you need simple fillings, whitening, or more serious treatment such as periodontal therapy and dental implants, Dr. Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. Lomonte and his friendly staff have “Come in as a patient, leave as a friend.” 12122 Murphy Rd. the knowledge and the experience to Stafford, TX 77477 put you at ease. (281) 530-1440

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

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Making Everyday a Special Occasion Katie Rice


he Rios family has been offering fine dining experiences since 2005, and their latest Veritas (meaning “truth”) is no exception. Kevin Rios, Proprietor of Veritas, says, “We’re delighted to open a completely original location that really expresses our vision for fine dining in Fort Bend. We want you to be comfortable while enjoying the best prime beef, seafood, and innovative appetizers and pasta...because dining should always be a special occasion!” Nothing’s more romantic than a meal at Veritas, overlooking the lake and watching the lights on the fountains. Executive Chef Alex Mendoza creates art in every dish, and clients are amazed by the presentation and the fabulous taste! Start with an appetizer like Fried Lobster with Sweet Thai Chili or Ahi-Tuna Tacos, then allow yourself to be tempted by creative salads and pastas or a selection of innovative and fresh seafood dishes. Kevin says, “We wanted to create a ‘steakhouse’ option for our guests, so we’re proud to serve Creekstone Farms USDA Prime in a variety of options including ribeye, filet, and even porterhouse (for two). We offer a variety of potential toppings including our signature Veritas Sauce, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Bearnaise, and more. Our sides––including the wildly popular Lobster Mac and Cheese and our Fried Asparagus––are served family style. Try to save room...there’s always something special on our dessert cart!” The Romans may say, “In Vino Veritas” but we’d like to tell you about the amazing selection of vino in our local Veritas. The wine cellar, kept at a constant 58 degrees, holds over 300 selections featuring many California Reds as well as a complete international wine list. Kevin says, “Our private wine cellar offers a special place for a intimate, elegant does our veranda with views of the lake.” Ready for an amazing culinary adventure? Come to Veritas for lunch or dinner. “We offer live piano music Wednesday through Saturday from 7-10pm and Happy Hour Monday through Saturday from 4-7pm,” says Kevin. “We invite you to make everyday an experience and think of every meal as fine dining...because life is only as special as you make it!” Veritas Steak and Seafood 281.491.2901 1550 Lake Pointe Pkwy #500 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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Mister A/C Meets the Challenge


closet by itself, the ‘brain room.’ The temperature in that room was hen Monica and Steve Guistwite’s air conditioner kept never cold enough to meet my husband’s standards. Bryan gave breaking down, they knew which company to call first. us several options and the one we went with was an independent “One of the owners, Chance Kamp, is our next-doorneighbor,” says Monica. “We knew they were a good company...and unit in the wall. All Out A/C brought in a drywall contractor and they got the independent unit installed with hardly any mess at we figured he had no place to hide if we needed anything! Finally it all. You would never know that whole room had been temporarily was going to cost more to repair our A/C than to replace it. Bryan destroyed...and now it’s just as cold as my husband wants without Bellamy (aka Mister A/C), the other owner of All Out A/C, gave affecting the temperature in the rest of the house.” us good, better, and best options for a new unit. We really appreci“We’ve both been incredibly impressed with ated the way he let us choose without any pressure. They gave us an All Out A/C. They’ve got great customer hour when we could expect them...and they were on time! I have service and kept checking in with a toddler with a busy social calendar. They were great about workus...and knowing Chance, we ing with us and made me feel like my schedule was more important expected nothing less!” than theirs!” “My husband’s an IT executive and he can control the whole house through his computer. We decided on three energy-efficient A/C systems with two-speeds––high and low––but we had to make sure they would work with the temperature sensors and the home automation system we already had. Bryan met with my husband to talk through the logistics. He even brought a team of guys out for a ‘show and tell’ so they could see how everything worked together. In addition to installing the new units, they also redesigned our zoning and redid all of our ductwork to make our 626 Highway 90A, Richmond, TX 77406 home even more comfortable.” “The computer that ‘controls’ our house lives in a


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A fun lifestyle magazine for Fort Bend, Texas and the surrounding areas.

2013 09 upclose september 2013 sugar land issuu  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Fort Bend, Texas and the surrounding areas.