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CONTENTS | July 2016

9 Features

Senior Living


48 Town Crier: The July Passage Joe Bullick

Business Spotlight: Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge Serving the Best in Pan-Asian Cuisine

50 Happenings for Seniors

10 Cover Story: The Shades of Greene

Image & Style


18 Ideal Image: Look and Feel Your Best at Any Age 20 5 Fast Layering Tips to Look Hot while Keeping Cool Kelly Smith

2016 Physicians & Specialists Guide 22 Physician & Specialists Directory 28 Genesis Medical Associates 44 Fighting Opioid Addiction with Physician-Patient Pain Contracts


Kids & Education 52 School Movers & Shakers

Advertorials 25 Are You Missing This Important Piece of Prevention? Dr. Shannon Thieroff 38 The Time is Now! Dr. Michael Vactor, D.C. 45 Peripheral Neuropathy Sufferers Have Hope Dr. Shawn Richey

46 Fit Families: Organic vs. Conventional Foods. What Should You Be Buying? Joella Baker

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From the Publisher Marion Piotrowski

51 Trivia Connection: Aunts and Uncles Trivia Paula Green


Movers & Shakers


Mover & Shaker of the Month David W. Scott

56 Starting the Conversation: Where Does the Buck Stop? Marianne Reid Anderson

12 July 2016 Happenings


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56 Support Our Troops: A Patriotic Salute to Military Discounts Paula Green | NC July 2016


Welcome PUBLISHER NOTES | July 2016

Welcome to the July issue of Northern Connection magazine!

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ummer has arrived, and once again Northern Connection magazine’s July issue will highlight many summer adventures in and around our city to enjoy with family and friends. If you are planning a staycation or a day trip; there is plenty of time to take advantage of some of the nearby fun activities. Be sure to check out our cover story on Greene County, hopefully you will get a chance to visit this beautiful area just south of Pittsburgh! This July issue also features Northern Connection magazine’s annual Physicians & Specialists Directory. We have highlighted some of our local Physicians & Specialists that are always striving to bring state-of-the-art medical advancements and innovations to their patients. We hope this section will help inform Northern Connection readers of the wide variety of experts that we are blessed to have within our own area. I would like to thank all of the physicians, specialists, practices and facilities that took the time to help us create awareness about our many healthcare options. Aunts and uncles are an important part of many of our lives. Be sure to check out this month’s Trivia on some of the famous aunts and uncles that have entertained us through TV and movies. Some of these characters have put many smiles on our faces and will be remembered fondly throughout the years! There will be many displays of fireworks throughout the city this month as we celebrate the 4th of July and our Independence. This is a special time to remember and appreciate all the service men and women that have protected our freedoms and made it possible for us to live in this great country. Enjoy reading all Northern Connection magazine’s special features and regular columns. Thank you for your continued support. Together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work. God Bless America! l l l

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MOVERS & SHAKERS | July 2016

Movers & Shakers Vincentian Collaborative System announced that Nick Vizzoca has been appointed president & CEO, effective July 1. Vizzoca will also join the VCS board of directors. Bob & Christine Pietrandrea of Wexford donated $4 million dollars to help further the mission of the McGuire Memorial. A researcher known for breakthrough discoveries in genetics that have allowed scientists to efficiently and precisely modify DNA sequences and correct genetic defects in any cell will receive the University of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Dickson Prize in Medicine. Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D., will accept the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s honor during Science 2016—Game Changers, to be held Oct. 19 to 21 on Pitt’s campus. On Sunday, July 31, the Sisters of Divine Providence will pres-


ent Linda Yankoski, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, with the 2016 Ketteler Award for Social Justice. Sister Linda serves as the president and CEO of Holy Family Institute in Pittsburgh. Endocrinologists Sanjay Dixit, MD and Emily Martin, MD have joined Butler Health System’s medical staff.

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America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, Dr. Emily Martin announced that Carol Reichbaum, M.S.L., M.S.P.A., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.

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Five University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health alumni were recognized for their outstanding service to the field of public health during a special ceremony at the University Club. The honorees were: Mehran Massoudi, Ph.D., M.P.H., Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, Ph.D., M.S., Janice Dorman, Ph.D., M.S.Hyg., Michael Blackwood, M.P.H., and Rashida R. Dorsey, Ph.D. Four alumni — Andrew Althouse, Ph.D., Gwendolyn Haile Cattledge, Ph.D., Mary H. Huynh, Ph.D., and Christina Louise Wilds, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., were inducted into Delta Omega. UPMC has been awarded top quality ratings by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The health system recently received the maximum “three star” rating for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. Magee Women’s Hospital hosted the Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Patient and Family Reunion. This special event was June 12 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for children who have beaten the odds. It was a celebration of survival and quality of life for more than 350 former Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

A big congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for their Stanley Cup victory on June 12 over the San Jose Sharks. Four wins, four rounds, four Stanley Cups. The city of Pittsburgh is very proud of your accomplishments! We welcome back Lord Stanley! (NICU) patients, their families and the nursing and clinical staff who cared for them. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC patients participated in a patient champion medal ceremony to celebrate the Walk for Children’s. Medals were given to the patients by retired Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel. Children’s hosted their first-ever Walk for Children’s, a 5K walk and patient champion parade at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park on Saturday, June 4. The walk celebrated the culmination of the 125th anniversary year of Children’s Hospital. St. Barnabas Health System announced that Rudy Giuliani, the 107th Mayor of New York City will be the recipient of the prestigious Hance Award for St. Barnabas Founder’s Day 2017. (Continued on page 8)

Mover & Shaker of the Month

David W. Scott Grassroots Champion Recipient BY PAULA GREEN


hio Valley Hospital’s President and CEO, David W. Scott, FACHE, was recently named Pennsylvania’s 2015 Grassroots Champion. This prestigious honor is awarded by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).  Only one hospital leader per state is bestowed with this accolade which recognizes outstanding advocacy work within the previous year.  Scott was given the award on June 7 at HAP’s annual Leadership Summit. He is grateful to receive this prestigious honor.  “I feel this award is one of the most significant achievements of my career. It is something that is really important to me, to be an advocate for patients and small community hospitals. I put a lot of effort and energy into advocacy and it really becomes the core aspect of my job and what I do.  It’s a challenging and at times difficult role to assume, and it’s rewarding to know that the efforts I’m making are acknowledged and recognized, especially from national and

state organizations like the American Hospital Association and The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania,” Scott remarked. Scott has worked for Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH) for thirty years. “I started as Associate Executive Director. Then I became the Vice President of Operations, followed by Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer. On July 2, 2010 I became President and CEO. I worked at four other organizations prior to OVH; this has been the best organization of my career, and that’s why I’ve stayed as long as I have,” Scott added. Scott holds a Master of Public Health in Hospital Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in McCandless Township with his wife Marilyn. They have three children – Jessica (33), Jason (31) and Katelyn (27). Ohio Valley Hospital is located in Kennedy Township and has been providing personal care to Pittsburgh residents for more than 100 years. l l l | NC July 2016


The St. Barnabas Charitable Golf Open, held June 6 raised $120,878 for the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. The winning foursome, with a low net score of 140, was Kim Bolam, Jason Cannon, Rick Contrella and Josh Smith. The Woodlands Foundation is the recipient of the proceeds from Jersey Mike’s Restaurants Annual “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. During all of March, customers were able to donate to the Woodlands at the Cranberry Township and McKnight Road Jersey Mike’s locations; and on March 30th, all proceeds for all sales collected by the two restaurants were earmarked for The Foundation, bringing in $7,584.55. Joe Lapham, a 16-yearold Upper Saint Clair boy with big aspirations... his favorite hobby, bikeriding, will take him on a 5-day, 333-mile bike trek across the C&O Trail and The Allegheny Passage.  The trek began on Sunday, June 12 at Point State Park, to the cheers of Joe’s family and friends. Joe has autism and he is making great strides with cycling adventure.

Six teams of local golfers had the opportunity to take their talents to Peeble Beach after winning the National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic at Valley Brook Country Club on May 16. Tom Ali, Mark Turley, Kort Isenberg and Mike Sobota won the Handicap Division. Winning the Gross Division was Team UPMC members: Dr. Jim Lim, Mark O’Hern, Dr. Kotayya Kondaveeti and Lou Smith. Pittsburgh based youth robotics team, Not the Droids You Are Looking For, participated in the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in April in St. Louis, Mo. The team made of two brothers Sanjay and Arvind Seshan, ages 13 and 11 won First Place Programming at World Festival and their robot scored 6th place at the event, earning them a spot in a special play-off round. Additionally, the team’s research project on battery recycling earned a semi-finalist place in the Global Innovation Award by X-Prize. The boys traveled to the US Patent Office in Alexandria, Va. to compete against the top 20 teams in the world.

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Business Spotlight

Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge Serving the Best in Pan-Asian Cuisine Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Dim Sum, Sushi, Sashimi and more, Jimmy Wan Sr. has been bringing the best of Pan-Asian cuisine to the Pittsburgh-area for over 30 years.


immy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge is a family-owned and operated dining experience run by Jimmy Wan Sr., his wife and their son, Jimmy Wan Jr. “Over the years,” Jimmy Wan Jr. comments, “our family has really extended to the entire staff. Our head chef has been with my Dad, Jimmy Wan Sr., for over 17 years.” In addition to their extensive and diverse standard menu, Jimmy Wan’s also provides an extensive gluten-free menu that includes gluten-friendly appetizers, sushi, sushi rolls, entrees, rice and noodle dishes and much, much more. “Some of our patrons were concerned about the fact that wheat is often in soy sauce, breading, or other ingredients. So we did our research,” explains Jimmy Wan Jr. “met with the chefs and developed an entire gluten-free menu. Each dish is prepared with alternative spices, flavorings and ingredients to ensure a delicious, gluten-friendly dining experience.” Jimmy Wan’s also supports several charities in the community, such as their Mother’s Day event for HEARTH and their 10th anniversary event for their Cranberry location that raised funds for Inspiring Minds. “As a multi-generational, working family, we understand the importance of community and programs such as HEARTH and the after school programs of Inspiring Minds and the impact they have in helping others,” says Mr. Wan Jr. To learn more about these charities, visit Hearth at http://www.hearth-bp. org and Inspiring Minds at Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge has two convenient locations: In Cranberry at 1686 Route 228 and in Fox Chapel at 1337 Old Freeport Road. Both locations are open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (bar and lounge only). The daily happy hour includes weekdays Monday thru Friday and both Saturday and Sunday. This special time of day offers discounted wines by the glass, beers and specialty martinis and a variety of small plates and appetizer-size portions, so you can try and experience new flavors and relish your standard favorites. In addition, Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge provides catering services. Served family-style to offer your guests a complete range of tastes and choices. Jimmy Wan’s will cater your event at your venue, banquet facility, corporate offices, or even in

your own home. If you prefer, you can have your event at either locations of Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge in their private dining and party rooms. You can even “Rent-a-Chef” to feature at your event, wedding or home to provide your guests with a signature chef experience. To learn more about the dining experiences and delectable cuisine offered at Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge, visit l l l | NC July 2016



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Events HAPPENINGS | July 2016

July 2016 North Happenings Mondays Chisel and Chips Carvers of North Pittsburgh meetings,

meets 6:30-10 p.m., the 2nd Monday of every month, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park. Call (724) 940-0034.

Food donations are needed at North Hills Community Outreach. For info, contact Erica at or (412) 487-6316 opt.1 x3144.

Greater Cranberry Barbershop Chorus, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., Mars Alliance Church, Rt. 228. Visit

Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 3rd

Happenings Tuesdays


Movies in the Park, dusk, Aug. 16, Hotel Transylvania 2

Friday Lunchtime Concerts, noon, Jul. 29, RML Jazz; Aug.

North Hills Community Outreach Workable Services in Bellevue, 1-5 p.m. every Tues., at NHCO AGH-Suburban. For

Hot Dog Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., July 1, 15, 22 & 29; Aug. 5

(2015) PG, Cranberry Park Amphitheatre. Free.

an appt., call (412) 904-5993.

North Pittsburgh Mother of Multiples meeting, 7:30 p.m.,

3rd Tues., of the month, North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Rd. Visit

Sundae on Tuesday, 9-11 p.m., July 5, Special Needs Action

Group at Pool at Cranberry Community Park. An ice cream sundae bar in the Waterpark’s party room. Advanced registration is encouraged; space is limited $5 covers swimming & social. Swimming only $2. Register at (724) 779-4FUN (4386).

Monday of every month 7 p.m., (July 18) Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Free & open to the public. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329.


Legacy Theatre Movies, 2 p.m. Mondays, July 11,

month, Cranberry Library Meeting Room. Contact Sandy, (724) 779-1854.

Concussion; July 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; July 25, Joy, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless. Visit http://

North Hills Community Outreach’s Back-To-School Collection runs thru Jul. 29. Need backpacks, notebooks,

Cranberry Women’s Club, meets 7 p.m. the 2nd Thurs of the

Thursdays in the Park, 7 p.m., Jul 14, The Hobbs Sisters;

Jul. 21, Keystone State Musical Theater; Aug. 4, Bon Journey; Aug. 11, Phase IV Band; Aug. 18, Lenny Smith & The Instant Gators, Cranberry Park Rotary.

binder, calculators & other school supplies. For info, visit nhco. org or (412) 487-6316.

5, KardaZ; Aug. 12, Keystone Musical Theater, Rotary Gazebo. Free. Friends of the Cranberry Library will be grilling hot dogs. & 12, Cranberry Public Library. $3 for grilled hot dog, chips & bottled water or $10 for a family 4 pack. Benefits the Cranberry Public Library programs & services.

Arts & Entertainment Driftless play, 8 p.m., Aug. 11-13, Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square. For info, visit

Kinky Boots, Sept. 20-25, Benedum Center. Visit Legacy Theatres shows: 7:30 p.m., July 23; The Fabulous

Hubcaps. For tickets, 1-877-987-6487 or

Life Stories, a solo Pittsburgh art exhibit by Ray Sokolowski

runs thru Sept. 30, Point Park University, Lawrence Hall Gallery. For info, visit

Martini’s with Monet Art Exhibition, July 6-Aug. 3, at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building.

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally Summer of 69: No

Apostrophe, 8 p.m., Aug. 21, Benedum Center. For info, visit or (412) 456-6666.

Steppin’ Out Live With Ben Vereen, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17, The Hillman Center at Shady Side Academy. For tickets, visit www. or (412) 968-3040.

Health & Wellness Arthritis Expo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 24, Regional Learning

Alliance, Cranberry Twp. For info, http://arthritisexpo.kintera. org/pittsburgh or (412) 250-3343 or

Community Fitness, 9:30 a.m., Woodland Valley Church,

Mars; 6 p.m., North Way Christian Church, Wexford; 6:30 p.m., Woodland Valley Church, Mars; 9 a.m., Lighthouse Foundation, Butler. Tues. & Sat. classes benefit the food bank. Contact

Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest fundraiser is underway through Aug.

1, with Dr. Shannon Thieroff of Choice Chiropractic. Help support the cause to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. For details, visit

Zumba Fitness, 9:30 a.m. Mon., & 6:45 p.m., Thurs,

Woodland Valley Church, 225 Crowe Ave., Mars. Try a free class! Contact

Zumba Fitness, 6:00 p.m., Sats, North Way Christian

Community, 12121 Perry Hwy., Wexford. Suggested $5 donation to benefit the food pantry Contact heather.simplynatural@

Outreach Community Auto (a program of North Hills Community

Outreach) is accepting old vehicles. Call (724) 443-8300 or

Nativity Lutheran Church, 4517 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Allison

Park is a donation site for non-perishable groceries for North Hills Community Outreach for its three food pantries. Dropoff hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit,

North Hills Community Outreach Speakers or volunteer

speakers are available regarding their programs and volunteer opportunities. Call (412) 487-6316 opt. 1 x3112 or JLKissel@


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North Hills Food Bank, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

every Tues & Thurs, rear parking lot of Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway. Call, (412) 366-7477 or Donations always welcome.

WorkAble provides free career consulting

and employment mentoring to unemployed and underemployed job seekers in Allegheny County. For details, call (412) 904-5993.

Support Groups Anchorpoint: Siblings Support Group, 1— Week group for kids 8-12, 4:30 p.m., Mon., & Life Skills Group, 4:30. Tues., Anchorpoint. Call (412) 366-1300.

Bereavement Support Group, Beyond

Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., 2nd Wed., of every month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. Free of charge, no registration is necessary. Call (412) 748-6640.

Breast Cancer Support Groups, 5:30-7

p.m., 3rd Mon., AGH Hospital; 7-8:30 p.m.,1st & 3rd Weds, UPMC Passavant Cranberry; 6-7:30 p.m., AHN Health & Wellness Pavilion, Wexford. Free & open to cancer patients & caregivers over 18, no students. Sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center. Register at (412) 622-1212.

Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., every Wed., of the month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. For drug & alcohol addiction. Phone, (412) 748-5120 or

General Cancer Center Support Groups,

5-6 p.m., 4th Mon., AHN Health & Wellness Pavilion; 6:30-8 p.m., 2nd & 4th Weds, UPMC Passavant Cranberry. Free & open to cancer patients & caregivers over 18, no students. Sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center. Register at (412) 622-1212.

Grief Support Group for widows and

Bereavement Support Group (for widows/ widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed. Hosted by St. Sebastian Parish, Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300.

widowers over fifty, 2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., of the month, St. Sebastian Parish, 311 Siebert Rd. Visit

Bereavement Support Group in the North

Lupus Foundation meetings, 7-8:30 p.m.,

Hills, 10-11:30 a.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Call Heritage Hospice (724) 334-6600.

every 3rd Tues, UPMC Passavant Hospital, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Donor Hall. Call (412) 261-5886 or

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Events HAPPENINGS | July 2016

Mind Matters Brain Injury Support Group, 7-9 p.m., every

Group 7-9 p.m., 4th Mon. Contact Anita at (412) 215-7967,, or

MISS Foundation (Mothers in Sympathy and Support) for those


3rd Thurs., of the month, Butler Memorial Hospital, East Brady St. in the Dimmick Center. Call (724) 283-6666. grieving the loss of a child – includes miscarriages, still birth and prematurity. Meetings held 7:30 p.m., 1st Tues of the month, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cumberland Rd., McCandless. For info, contact

S.P.I.N. For Single Moms: 6-7:30 p.m., 4th Monday of the Month in Bellevue. For details, call (412) 366-1300.

Veteran HOPE, support group for women Veterans recover-

ing from mental illness, meet 6-8 p.m., every Tues., VA Butler Healthcare, Room 217WS, Building 1. For info, call (724) 996—8892 or (724) 285-2756 or

Women’s Self Care Support Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sats., Anchorpoint Counseling. Call (412) 366-1300, ext. 129.

Counseling Ask the Attorney, free legal consultation for low-income families. Held 7 p.m., the 3rd Wed, Jul 20, NHCO North Boroughs. Pre-register at (412) 408-3830, ext. 3217 or

Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church is offering it Stephen

Ministry Program for people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, illnesses, job loss, loss of home, military deployment & other life struggles. Free & confidential program for people of any faith. Call (412) 486-4010 or

Group Services, Intensive Outpatient Program, 5:30-8:30 p.m., M,W, Th.,Therapy Group 6-8 p.m., Tues., Family Only Group 7:30-9:00 p.m., 2nd Tues, Psycho-educational Support

Western PA Professional Business Association Network Breakfast, 7:15 a.m., Tuesdays, King’s Restaurant, Rt. 8,

Gibsonia. Call Mary Ann, at (724) 935-2221 or

AM Spirit Cranberry Chapter, a business networking group, meets 7:15 a.m. every Wed, at North Park Deckhouse, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Glen at (412) 916-8699.

AM Spirit Pittsburgh North Chapter, a business networking group, meets 8 a.m. every Thurs, at Panera Bread, Cranberry. Call Glen at (412) 916-8699.

AM Spirit Wexford Chapter, a business networking

group, meets 7:15 a.m. every Mon, at Eat N’ Park, Franklin Village. For info, visit php?chapter=Wexford.

Cranberry Chapter of Women’s Business Network meets,

7:30 a.m., Thurs., Jul. 7 & 21, Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, Cranberry Twp. Call Chris at (412) 735-9494.

Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters Club meets at noon

every Mon., Pella Windows Training Center, 230 Thorn Hill Rd., Warrendale. Visit

Criders Corner Chapter of Women’s Business Network meets, 12 p.m., Thur., Jul. 14 & 28, The Sports Grille, 1294 Freedom Rd. Call Jan at (412) 366-1600.

North Hills Chapter of Women’s Business Network meets, 9:00 a.m., Thur., Jul. 1 & 15, Eat N’ Park, Route 8 & Saxonburg Blvd. in Etna. Call Pat at (412) 486-8938.

Sarver Chapter of Women’s Business Network meets, 11:30 a.m., Thur., Jul. 7 & 21, Coopers Station Restaurant, Route 356 in Sarver. Call Michele at (724) 353-2431.

Wexford Chapter of Women’s Business Network meets,

8 a.m., Tues., Jul. 12 & 26 & 28, Atria’s Restaurant, Wexford. Call Judith, at (412) 848-7986.

Volunteer Opportunities American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive

cancer patients who are undergoing treatments to & from their appts. Interested volunteers call (412) 919-1100 or

Friends of North Park are looking committee volunteers for

communication & Outreach, stewardship, water tower restoration, deer management and history. For info, call Gary at (724) 544-7284.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council volunteer tutors needed to work with adult literacy students on basic literacy skills, 4 hour/week commitment. Free tutor training provided. Call (412) 393-7600 or

Hope Hospice is looking for volunteer for their patients.

Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, just have the heart! Call (412) 367-3685.

Mission Vision needs volunteers to help with Provide vision– Give hope. Call (724) 553-3114 or

North Hills Community Outreach Volunteer Orientations, 10 a.m., July 14, NHCO, Allison Park. Call (412) 408-3830 ext. 3204 or

Saint Alexis Festival Days August 3-6 • 6-11 p.m. Nightly 10090 Old Perry Highway

Live stage entertainment Games Rides Food Raffles

Flea Market

Saturday, July 16 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 17 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (half-off sale) Join us for the 24th annual Saint Alexis Festival from August 3-6, 6-11 p.m. nightly on the church grounds. Fun for all ages including rides, live stage entertainment, games, delicious festival-style food and nightly indoor dinners, Kiddieland, blackjack & poker, raffles and so much more!

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Seeking hospice volunteers...if you can find the time to sit

with hospice patients we would love to have you. Call Bethany Hospice, at (412) 921-2209.

Volunteers needed at The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, 282 Sarah Street on the Southside. Help make a difference in the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.  For details, call (412) 381-0277 or

Volunteer tutors needed to work with adult literacy students

on basic literacy skills. 4 hour/week commitment. Free tutoring training provided. Call Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, (412) 393-7600 or

Volunteer Tutors Needed for children struggling with school work. Call Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, (412) 366-1300 or

Worried about the New SAT? Total Learning Center is offering practice testing free of charge, 11 a.m., 1st Saturday of every month, 12051 Perry Hwy., Wexford. Call (724) 940-1090 or

Fundraiser & 5K Race/Walks A Day in the Burgh with Kovacic! For the Nathan

Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation, Aug. 6, Pirate game (tail gate begins at 2 p.m.) For details, visit the-nathan-trapuzzano-memorial-foundation-575472.

Cindystock, 4 p.m., Aug. 13, 2552 Wexford-Bayne Rd., outdoor music festival and picnic. Proceeds benefit local cancer screening providers. For details, visit

Hampton Rotary Club Firecracker 5K, 9 a.m., July 4. Pre-


register online to save time and money. Visit hamptonrotary. com.

Community College of Allegheny County is enrolling

Hemophilia Walk, 10 a.m. (9 a.m. registration), Sept. 17,

La Roche College Summer Visit Days, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,

Lupus Loop 5K Walk/Run, Sept. 24, Station Square

students for the fall 2016 semester for the final year of a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. For info, call (412) 469-6229 or July 16 & Aug. 12. For info, visit or (412) 536-1272.

La Roche College Transfer Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,

Tues thru Aug. 2, Palumbo Science Center, Room 104 at La Roche College. For info, visit or call (412) 536-1260.

La Roche College Summer Visit Days, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,

July 16 & Aug. 12. For info, visit or (412) 536-1272.

North Hills School District is accepting registration for its

summer educational programs, open to students grades seven to 12. For details, visit or (412) 318-1017.

Provident Charter School dedicated to children with dys-

lexia & other language-based learning differences is enrolling grades 3 & 4 for 2016-17. Located on Troy Hill. For info, call (412) 636-2014 or

Saint James School in Sewickley is accepting registration for their 2016-17 school year, pre-school thru eighth grade. Visit or call (412) 741-5540 ext. 100.

Saint Mary’s School in Glenshaw Homecoming Gala in

North Park Boathouse, 10301 Pearce Mill Rd., Allison Park. For info, visit LoginRegister. Pittsburgh. For info, visit

St. Barnabas Charities 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Aug. 6, St.

Barnabas campus, 5850 Meridian Rd., Gibsonia. Visit or call, (724) 687-9140.

Veterans North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor meets 7-9 p.m., 2nd Mon., of the month, Quilt Company, Middle Rd., Allison Park. Call (412) 487-9532 or

Pennsylvania Community-Based Programs Awarded VA Grants to Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports at Slippery Rock University. Visit

Veterans Discover HOPE Here-Career, 3rd Wed., 6:30-8:45

p.m., Cranberry Twp., Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Free. Call (724) 779-8323, discoverhopehere@ or

Veterans Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA

Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. Visit Active.asp.

Commemoration of their 50th Anniversary of their athletic association, 6 p.m., Oct. 1, St. Mary church campus. Grand raffle, music by Drew Martier & Friends. Tickets are $50 and go on sale Aug. 1. For info, email

Veterans’ Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Support Group,

Saint Sebastian School in Ross Twp., is accepting registra-

tions for Preschool thru 8th grade for 2016-17. For enrollment details, visit or (412) 364-7171.

program for vets meets 6 p.m., every Mon., at VA Butler Healthcare, Room 213, East South (ES), 325 N. Castle Rd., Butler. Visit


Dancing & Recreation

North Allegheny High School Class of 1981, 35 Year

Country Knight Line Dancers host a line dance 7-10:30 p.m.

Reunion, 5-11 p.m., Sept. 3, Knob Hill Park, Elias Fry Barn. For info, visit our Facebook page.

every Wed., in St. Athanasius Hall, cost $5 per person. Call, Janine (412) 931-6971 or

Shaler Area High School Class of 1972 Reunion. Join

Summer Dance Sensation at Cynthia’s School of Dance offering: Baby Ballerinas/Big Boy Jumpers ages 18-24 month;

our Facebook group for 2016 & 2017 reunion plans, tell your classmates!

Seminars, Workshops, Courses & Conferences Legacy Theatre Seminars: 11 a.m., July 5, What is the

Purpose of My Brain: A Gift For Salvation, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless Twp. Call, (412) 635-8080 or

Teen driver safety FOCUS program is being offer thru

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and The Allstate Foundation. For schools interested, call (412) 692-8229 or

10 a.m., Fridays, VA Butler Healthcare. Call 800-362-8262 ext. 2498.

“Veteran X” mental health & substance abuse recovery

Tiny Tot Dancers & Advanced Tiny Tot Dancers Ages 2-4; Hip Hop for ages 5 & up; Tap, Jazz and Ballet for ages 5 & up. Special 3 day program July 19, 20, 21; July Special - Jungle Book Jumpin’ Program; 3 Week July Program on Tuesday & Thursdays. Call 412-367-3330 or visit us on Facebook for more details. Cynthia’s is located at 4721 McKnight Road

Handicapable Square Dancing, 7-8 p.m., weekly on

Thursdays (starting May 5), Dorseyville Alliance Church, 3703 Saxonburg Blvd. For ages 18 & older. Register at (412) 9158486 or (724) 443-2616 or (Continued on page 16) | NC July 2016


Events HAPPENINGS | July 2016

Orchard Hill Church events: Ballroom Dancing, 2nd & 4th

Fri., Sept. 9 & 23, 1st & 3rd Fri., Oct. 7-Dec.2; Coed Volleyball, 7:30, Tues, Sept. 13-Dec. 6; Co-ed Indoor Soccer, 8:30 p.m. Wed, Sept.14-Dec.7; CIZE Live, 6:15 p.m. Thur., Sept. 15-Dec. 8; Men’s Pick-Up Basketball, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15-Dec. 8. For info, visit or (724) 935-5555.

Saturday Singles Dance, for ages 40+, 8 p.m. to midnight,

Jul. 9, A Perfect Pair Mix & Match Ice-Breaking; Jul. 23, Free Pizza Party, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy. Free dance lesson 7:30 p.m. Call, (724) 316-5029 or www.dancetonight.weebly. com.

Yes, You Can Dance! (YYCD) is a special needs ballroom

program for teens (16+). Participants meet one hour on Sundays at DancExplosion Arts Center in the North Hills or Steel City Ballroom in the South Hills. Participants are paired with a trained volunteer dance mentor. Call (412) 999-3998 or

Community Events Crafters needed…for a Craft Extravaganza, 10

a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 8, Sisters of Divine Providence. Call (412) 635-5401 or or cdpsisters. org/2016CraftExtravaganza.

Enjoy a Night Out at the Ballpark w/the St. James Singles Community, 7:05 p.m., July 6, Brewers vs. Pirates. Cost $48 includes ticket & transportation. For info, call (412) 741-6650.

Giant Flea Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., July 16; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July

17 (1/2 off sale), Saint Alexis, 10090 Old Perry Hwy., Wexford. For info, visit or (724) 935-4343.

Harmony Museum’s Antique Gun Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 13, Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St. in National Historic Landmark District. For info, visit or (724) 452-7341.

Movies in the Park in Pine, Free movies at Pine Park Gazebo: July 22, Finding Nemo; August 19, Zootopia. Movies start at dusk (around 9:00 p.m.) Rain date for each movie is one week after original date. Questions? Email pinecenter@twp.pine.

Orchard Hill: KidsFest ’16, Jul. 11-15, Jul. 18-22, Jul. 25-29; Global Leadership Summit, 9:30 a.m., Aug. 11-12. Visit http://

Pine Community Day, 4 p.m.-dusk, July 16, Pine Community

Center. Train rides, Rock wall, pony rides, jumbo bouncer, giant slide, food, games & more. Fireworks display. For details, visit

Saint Barnabas General Store is now open. Stop in for coffee, milk, bread, eggs, chocolates, snacks, paper products & household item. They deliver to all St. Barnabas communities. For info, call (724) 625-8995.

Train rides, Mars Shortline Railroad in Mars, 10 a.m.-2

p.m., every Friday & 1-4 p.m., every Saturday, thru Sept., weather permitting, Mars Area History & Landmark’s Society (GPS #1 Brickyard Rd., Mars). Donations are welcome. Visit or (724) 272-9588

Working families are waiting...donate your car to Community Auto. Your unwanted running vehicle can help

low-income working individuals. For info, visit or (724) 443-8300.

Festivals, Fairs & Fashion Food Bank’s Feed More Festival, July 17, at Stage AE on

the North Shore. For details, visit www.pittsburghfoodbank. org.

Saint Alexis Festival, 6-11 p.m., Aug. 3-6, 10090 Old Perry

Hwy., Wexford. Nightly dinners, rides, games and family fun. For info, visit or (724) 935-4343.

Saint Ferdinand Festival, 6-11 p.m., Aug. 12; 5-11 p.m.,

Aug. 13; 4-9 p.m., Aug. 14, Cranberry Twp., bountiful dinners, flea market, trains rides. For info, visit or (724) 776-2888.

Saint Sebastian Parish Festival, July 11-16, McKnight/

Siebert, Ross Twp. Super bingo, games, rides, nightly entertainment, basket raffle, car raffle, nightly dinners. Visit www.

Camps St. James Parish Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon,

July 18-22, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. For info, visit www. or (412) 741-6650 ext. 503.

Teen Camps, Aug. 1-5, National Aviary. For details, visit or (412) 323-7235.

Environmental & Gardening Fox Chapel Farmer’s Market, 3-6 p.m., Weds, thru Oct. 26,

Shady Side Academy. For info, visit www.ShadySideAcademy. org/FarmersMarket.

Garden in the Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 15, corner of

Babcock Blvd., & Wildwood Rd. Features Penn State Master Gardeners. Sponsored by Friends of North Park. For info, call (724) 544-7284.


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Great Local Gardens Contest sponsored

by Shaler Garden Club and Shaler North Hills Library runs thru Jul. 11. For info, email Sharon at or (412) 486-0211.

Greybrooke Garden Club welcomes Penn

State master gardener Dave Buresch at its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m., July 13, in the Fellowship Hall of Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd. Guest are welcome. For info, contact Barbro Kelley at (412) 296-0538.

Keep PA Beautiful is accepting applications for Fresh Paint Days PA Grants, applications due by Jul. 31. For info, email or 877-772-3673 ext. 113.

North Park Latodami Nature Center:

Coyote Howl, 8 p.m., Jul. 8; Irwin Run Biodiversity Inventory & Service, 10 a.m., Jul. 9; Taking the Forest through Tai Chi & Flute, 1 p.m., Jul. 9; Nature Hike, 10 a.m., Jul. 13; Geocaching Nature Game, 7 p.m., Jul. 15. Pre-register (724) 935-2170.

Southern Butler County Garden Club Garden Tour, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Jul. 16,

tour private gardens in Zelie & Harmony. For details, visit or call Rose, (724) 272-0501.

Golf Butler County Chamber of Commerce,

Aug. 3, Ladies’ Outing at Conley Resort. Email or (724) 283-2222.

Library Northland Library Events: 6 p.m., Jul. 7,

Scrabble Night; 2:30 p.m., July 25, I’m Having a Senior Moment, 7 p.m., Jul. 28, The Great One: The Life & Legacy of Roberto Clemente; 1-3 p.m., Aug. 2, Harry Potter Day, 7 p.m., Aug. 4, Am I Going to Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction & Grief. Call (412) 366-8100 x103 or www.

Rid Your Home of Unwanted Chemicals, Electronics & Freon Appliances, Jul. 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17. Oct. 15 & 29, Nov. 19 & Dec. 17, 129 Ash Stop Rd., Evans City. Preregistration if required 1-866-815-0016.

St. Barnabas Free Care 5K


he 25th Annual St. Barnabas Free Care 5K will be held Aug. 6. Each year, fitness enthusiasts take to Meridian Road to raise money for the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which enables nursing and living assistance patients to receive more than $7 million in free care each year. The event will include a jam-packed party on the lawn of the St. Barnabas Medical Center following the race. It will be emceed by WPXI-TV’s Trisha Pittman and KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert. Free refreshments, awards, prizes and music will be featured. The race begins at 9 a.m. and welcomes competitive and amateur runners, joggers, walkers, teams, stroller pushers and wheelchair racers of all ages. Registration is $25 and benefits the Free Care Fund. For information, visit or call (724) 625-3770. l l l | NC July 2016



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t Ideal Image, we are dedicated to helping you look and feel your personal best. Giving you the confidence you deserve. Our services are performed by licensed medical and nursing professionals, with an uncompromising concern for your comfort and safety. • Ideal Image has performed over 5.5 million laser hair removal treatments nationwide. • Ideal Image is Americas #1 Choice for Laser Hair Removal. • We use only the top licensed nursing and medical professionals in the country, and employ over 200 licensed medical professionals. • Most of our guests can return to work or play immediately after a laser hair removal treatment. • Ideal Image provides our Laser Hair Removal Guests with a Lifetime Membership for the areas purchased.

At I deal Image, we provide a full array of skin and body services: Laser Hair Removal – at Ideal Image, we have mastered the process of laser hair removal and stand behind our methods as one of the best ways to achieve permanent hair reduction. No more bumps, stubble or irritation. Treatments average just under 30 minutes and then guest can go back to work or play. BBL™ BroadBand Light therapy – also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or the photo facial, produces younger look-


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The experience in the words of our guests: “This definitely changed me as a person 100%. It is phenomenal. I haven’t bought razors - which are so expensive now. It’s not even anything on my mind anymore where it was always on my mind and the first thing on my mind before I had Laser Hair Removal. It’s amazing. It truly is amazing. If I could speak to my fifteen year old self… you have a lot to look forward to, is what I would tell her.” – Nicole “Now that I’ve had the Laser Hair Removal, I feel like my life is so much simpler. I feel like I look better; I feel better; I have more confidence. The flexibility to be able to play with my children, being able to throw on a bathing suit and just go get in the pool without a second thought has been really a life saver. And my husband has been really supportive. He knows that I struggled with the waxing and shaving for years. And so I think he’s happy to see me happy.” – Sammy “I started to notice hair on my back when I was probably 19 or 20 years old. It always bothered me. It was always one of those self-conscious things that I always felt like you know, can somebody see that? Can somebody else notice that? And it just got to me…No one actually ever suggested it to me because it’s honestly not things that guys are usually tell each other…I was in and out in like, 30 minutes – I mean I did it on my lunch hour – I was right back to work, I mean no problems. Went to the gym that night, and it was good. -- Steve

Ideal Image has two convenient locations in the Pittsburgh area: Ideal Image Wexford in the Wexford Flats at 2000 Village Run Road, Suite 204 and Ideal Image Pittsburgh in Robinson Town Centre at 1934 Park Manor Boulevard. To learn more and watch informative videos, visit our website or for a FREE consultation, call (724) 759-2620 for our Wexford location and ask to speak to Michelle. Or call Lisa at our Robinson location at (412) 706-5262. l l l | NC May 2016



IMAGE & STYLE | July 2016


Fast Layering Tips to Look Hot while Keeping Cool BY KELLY SMITH

The sun is out, the heat is on, and so what’s a girl to do? While your first instinct may be to wear as little clothing as possible that may not be the most fashion forward choice.  Sure, it’s a practical move but, practical and stylish rarely go hand in hand.  


ummer clothes can be challenging if you want to add interest because you reveal more skin. The options at your disposal for using “layering tricks” to camouflage problem areas are limited, not to mention, using long jackets, scarves and sweaters to create a better silhouette.  If you want to shine in the sun while keeping cool, read on to try some of the best tips to get you ready for the start of summer!   CALLING ALL ACCESSORIES! - For a stylish summer look in a snap, layer those accessories over any solid or one piece look.  Add a belt, a big necklace and a statement shoe to grab attention!  For extra style power, use a cross body bag to give even more interest.  If you’re not a big accessory aficionado then start off small with choices such as a long lariat necklace in a fun summer hue and a pair of gladiator sandals. Scarves still have a summer staying power, but for the love of fashion, do be sure that they are truly a sheer summer scarf.  DITCH THE SLEEVES - Short and sleek moto vests will add a touch of summer flair to an otherwise boring cotton top.  Longer sleeveless vests that cover your behind will be figure flattering and they can be layered over any length tee or tank.  Choose a style that buttons or loosely ties if you like a fitted look and feel.  For a more feminine feel, slip into a lacy vest with floral embroidery or silky strings that lace up the back. COOL SUMMER SLIP ON - Say goodbye to those winter white or beige cardigans that you know should never see the light of (summer’s) day!  Instead, try a summer-friendly version of the cardigan: the sheer kimono jacket.  These fun and flirty slipons can turn boring into boho chic in a snap!  They are so


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lightweight and filled with pure comfort plus they add that extra layer that we all crave. You can also wear sheer or very light, drapey cardigans but do be sure they are bought in the summer section when shopping. LAYERED LOOK IN A BOX - There are layers, then there are “layers.”  Create an illusion of layering by using color and print blocking dresses and tops.  Some new styles do the work for you: there are dresses, for example, that use 2 or 3 colors that drape down using extra fabric between them or just use prints in contrasting colors and styles.  Either way, your overall look will still be layer-esque.  PEEK-A-BOO- I SEE YOU! -  Layering a sheer, see-thru or lace blouse or top over a solid tank or tee is one of the best ways to greet the summer!  If you try this look, (and why wouldn’t you want to?) don’t forget the importance of a good bra and or cami.  While layering with sheer or lace garments is perfectly appropriate, it is in fact, not for everyone.  If the idea of wearing a sheer top (even with everything in place) just doesn’t appeal to you, then you can always opt for a “smart” top.  This is what I consider to be a top or blouse that can cover up problem areas.  They drape in all the right places.  Some have a drop sleeve that can cover your upper arm while exposing just a touch of sexy shoulder skin.  Others drape or have an elasticized waistband that can cover a tummy bulge.  A split sleeve also offers a bit of coverage while still keeping you cool. Layering to create a new look every day for your summer style should be fun!  Everyone has their own inspiration and style but remember to stay cool, and don’t “sweat out” the small stuff this summer! l l l | NC July 2016



2016 Physicians and Specialists Guide


PHYSICIANS & SPECIALISTS Directory We at Northern Connection magazine are proud of the many dedicated Physicians and Specialists in our area that work endlessly to care for and bring the latest advances in healthcare to our families, loved ones and community. In this, our 17th Annual Physicians and Specialists guide, we highlight both individuals and practices and their incredible skills, qualifications and accomplishments. 22

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Amorose Chiropractic Lucas Amorose, DC Kelly Amorose, DC

Drs. Lucas and Kelly Amorose, southwestern PA natives, are the owners and chiropractors of Amorose Family Chiropractic. The doctors have utilized chiropractic care since high school, where they both saw improvements in their overall health and in athletic performance.  Instead of focusing on symptom relief and pain-based care, after problems have already developed, they hope to educate the community on the importance of regular chiropractic care for unlimited health benefits and to improve quality of life.  Chiropractic is a natural approach to improving health,

allowing the body to heal itself before considering more invasive treatments. AFC offers affordable initial care plans and membership options, which allows entire families to achieve greater health without worrying about the cost.  AFC specializes in the Activator Methods technique, which uses a hand-held, spring-loaded adjusting tool which requires no twisting or popping sounds!  They see many kids, and have a passion for helping those with developmental delays and other sensitivities live happier and healthier lives!

Brooktree Health Services Brooktree Health Services is a state licensed facility for Partial Care/ Day Program, Intensive Outpatient Services, and Outpatient Services. Brooktree Health Services can provide off site supportive housing in the community, including recovery coach services 24/7. The clinical program is grounded in a 90-day curriculum with 3 phases of treatment. As the patient progresses through the stages of change, the curriculum is built to adapt to the patient’s readiness and level of insight into recovery. Each patient will have an individualized addiction treatment plan developed upon intake. Clinical staff will monitor patients’ progress throughout treatment and determine patients’ discharge/ aftercare plans. Brooktree Health Services provides a holistic approach to its patients and their families. They believe that in order to effectively address the disease of addiction, the life areas of the patient must be evaluated and addressed while in treatment. Appropriate interventions are suggested to patients as they progress through treatment. (Continued on page 24) | NC July 2016



2016 Physicians and Specialists Guide

Bridget M. Chufo, Ph.D., RN

James Goldsmith, DDS

Specializing in Weight Loss and Obesity for the past 36 years throughout the Eastern US (in Pittsburgh since 1995) Post Grad, Duke University, Doctoral in Research of Obesity and Weight Loss, New York University, Masters in Family Health Nursing, Duquesne University, Bachelor’s in Nursing, Villanova University. UPMC. CCU, ICU, ER. Dr. Chufo has been throughout the country guiding people towards good eating practices that they can maintain for the rest of their lives and makes each program manageable for their lifestyles. She has been on ALL national TV news shows, offering her opinion and guidance and documenting the newest research.  She has been on the O’Reilly Show debating vegetarianism with children.  She has hosted a weekly cable news show weekly on PCNC, has been featured on The Tammy Bruce Show nationally featuring health and weight loss issues.  Dr. Chufo also hosted an hour talk show on KDKA-radio every Saturday for 18 years with Rob Pratte. She was selected Woman of the Year, 2005.  She was a finalist for the 2002 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, One of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2002 and many more awards. Community involvement include being on the boards of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, The Hearing Center of Children’s Hospital, and the American Liver Foundation.

Dr. James Goldsmith is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia and completed a three year residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has been in practice since 1992 and has practices in Wexford and Canonsburg, PA. His practices are colorful and inviting. Some of the services that are offered: Nitrous Oxide Analgesia (Laughing Gas), Digital Xray technology helping to reduce radiation exposure, Dental Sealants, Oral and Intravenous Sedation. Additionally, parents are encouraged to accompany the child into the treatment areas.

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Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Dentica

R. Patrick Francis, AuD Board Certified Audiologist Francis Audiology Associates

Dr. Francis and his staff take pride in getting to know you in a caring and professional manor. Additionally, we offer you the latest in diagnostics and rehabilitative audiology so that we can provide you the level of


care appropriate for your individual needs. In providing the hearing healthcare products that protect and rehabilitate your hearing, we enable you to enjoy better hearing to your fullest potential. Dr. Francis has been serving the Pittsburgh area for over twenty-five years and is located in Wexford. Please visit us at or speak with us at 724-933-3440.

Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates

As the largest private orthopaedic practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area, GPOA welcomes all major insurances, including UPMC and Highmark. Our board certified physicians are on staff and have admitting privileges at many of the area’s hospitals, including UPMC and Allegheny Health Network facilities. We do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. Our surgeons have additional training in subspecialties such as sports medicine, arthroscopy, total joint replacement, and more. This level of expertise helps us to provide an extra level of care for those faced with musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, spine problems, hand injuries, and foot and ankle problems. GPOA has offices in numerous locations from which physicians provide compassionate, state-of-theart, and skilled surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic care. We are here to help you find doctors and treatment plans that are the right fit. For more information, visit . To schedule an appointment, call 800-544-9340.

Ideal Image At Ideal Image, we are dedicated to helping you look and feel your personal best. Giving you the confidence you deserve. Our services are performed by licensed medical and nursing professionals, with an uncompromising concern for your comfort and safety. Ideal Image has performed over 5.5 million laser hair removal treatments nationwide. Ideal Image is Americas #1 Choice for Laser Hair Removal. We use only the top licensed nursing and medical professionals in the Country, and employ over 200 licensed medical professionals. Most of our guests can return to work or play immediately after a laser hair removal treatment. Ideal Image provides our Laser Hair Removal Guests with a Lifetime Membership for the areas purchased. At Ideal Image, we provide a full array of skin and body services: Laser Hair Removal, BBL™ BroadBand Light therapy, Coolsculpting®, Laser Tattoo Removal, Ultherapy Skin Lifting - Ultherapy®, and anti-aging treatments including Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm Ultra, Voluma, and Kybella.

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Are You Missing This Important Piece of Prevention? BY DR. SHANNON THIEROFF


he most popular trends in healthcare now include families working on healthy habits, baby boomers trying to age gracefully and everyone trying to avoid the costs and dangers of sickness and disease. Taking care of the body in a preventative mindset is logical - but we need to start thinking outside of the box: of prevention being limited to getting the right vaccines and getting all the right tests. Prevention is like dentistry, taking care to prevent problems before they start. You wouldn’t only brush your teeth when you knew you had a cavity right? One of the reasons I love chiropractic was that it has a strong foundation for prevention. The goal of chiropractic is to help the body run itself so effectively that it doesn’t get sick or break down. How does that work? Here’s how: • The body has a balance where everything is “just right.” That’s called “homeostasis.” • The nervous system connects every cell of the body back to the brain. The brain then controls all of the functions of the body by sending and receiving messages through the nervous system. • The nervous system’s sole goal in life is to maintain “homeostasis” and keep you alive. The connection back to chiropractic is that the spinal bones wrap around the spinal cord and nerves. When those bones shift, it causes changes in the way the nerves send and receive messages. This can break down our body’s ability to maintain its balance. This can result in pain and sickness. These misalignments can start as early as birth. Chiropractors are trained to correct the misalignments and this allows the body to work on healing itself and getting back to a state of natural balance. In fact, chiropractic treatment has been shown to affect the following: • The use of medicines (lower rates) • The immune system and blood pressure (improvement) • Faster return to work and normal activities • Aches and pain • Lower health care costs So if you’re trying to stay healthy, save money and live better, you need to see if chiropractic can make a difference for you. l l l

Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center, P.C. Dr. Shannon Thieroff and Associates 8199 McKnight Road (412) 364-9699

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2016 Physicians and Specialists Guide Mercy Hospital. A shareholder in the practice, Dr. Hartung is thrilled to be opening a new office so close to her home.

Kids Plus Pediatrics

Lucas Godinez, DO, IBCLC Dr. Lucas Godinez, a board-certified pediatrician and International Board Certified Lactation consultant, lives with his family in the North Hills. He joined Kids Plus in 2004 after completing an Osteopathic Internship at Meadville Medical Center and his Pediatric Residency at Mercy Hospital. A shareholder in the practice, Dr. Godinez specializes in prevention medicine, sports-related injuries and concussions, and children with special health care needs.

Alicia Hartung, DO, IBCLC Dr. Alicia Hartung, a board-certified pediatrician and International Board Certified Lactation consultant, has lived on the same North Hills street her whole life. A graduate of Vincentian Academy, Washington & Jefferson, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she joined Kids Plus in 2001 after completing her residency at

Ditte Karlovits, DO Dr. Ditte Karlovits, a board-certified pediatrician, came to school in the US after growing up in Denmark. A graduate of Northwestern University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed her Osteopathic Internship at Michigan State and her Pediatric Residency at Georgetown University. Dr. Karlovits, who lives less than a mile away from the Cranberry/Seven Fields office, joined Kids Plus in 2012 after several years as a pediatrician in the North Hills.

Todd Wolynn, MD, IBCLC Dr. Todd Wolynn, a board-certified pediatrician, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and 6-time Pittsburgh Magazine Top Doc, is President and CEO of Kids Plus Pediatrics. A graduate of Washington & Jefferson University, the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Carnegie Mellon University, he also serves as Executive Director of the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. A shareholder in the practice, Dr. Wolynn is a nationally recognized expert on immunization, pediatric sleep, breastfeeding, and practice management. (Continued on page 32)


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Genesis Medical Associates G enesis Medical Associates, established in 1995, is the largest, independent, primary-care practice in the North Hills. As a physician-owned independent practice, Genesis Medical Associates accepts ALL major insurances and treats patients at both UPMC Passavant and at Allegheny General Hospitals. The physicians and staff of Genesis are committed to providing the highest quality healthcare and patient treatment even as healthcare continues to transform throughout the Pittsburgh region. According to Genesis executive director, Mark Kissinger, “Our continued mission is to promote tangible advancements in quality, safety and value and to provide our patients with consistently high value healthcare in the context of a long term, patient-centered relationship.” Specifically, Genesis Medical Associates has implemented several state-of-the-art, quality initiatives that embrace the leading-edge of the most innovative care delivery processes, including: The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) – Credentialed in 2014 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Genesis is recognized as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. As a PCMH, Genesis is designed to be your “home-base” of medical care. NCQA recognizes only those medical practices that strive to obtain the best possible outcomes for patients by coordinating the medical team’s care with available community resources and active engagement in the patient’s ongoing care treatment. It represents a philosophy of healthcare delivery that emphasizes the importance of the patient-physician relationship. Physicians serve as leaders of the healthcare team that is responsible for coordinating all aspects and specialists involved in their patient’s wellness care, acute care, hospital care and chronic care management throughout their lives. The foundation of PCMH is based upon the following principles: • Improved Access to Care – The goal of the PCMH and Genesis is to improve access to care, which means that in most cases, same day acute appointments will be accommodated as necessary. Our mobile device Same Day Schedule App offers a quick and easy way for scheduling with your Genesis Practice. • Use of the Electronic Health Record – Genesis, as a Patient Centered Medical Home, employs the EHR to collect and store patient information and clinical data. That information is then used by your physician to manage care, identify high risk patients, track lab results and transmit prescriptions to pharmacies. In addition, physicians can communicate with testing centers and specialists through a HIPAA-secure and integrated electronic referral portal, whereby transition of care documents are electronically


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sent to specialist physicians and treatment reports are electronically received back into the Genesis Electronic Patient Record. As a continued commitment to applying the highest level of technology to efficiently manage patient medical records in the practice and on your portal, Genesis will implement a new Electronic Record system in August. • Genesis Patient Portal - Patients can access their own medical data, view lab results, request prescription refills, send messages to their physician’s office and schedule appointments through the Genesis patient medical record portal on the web site. • Self-Care and Community Resources – The PCMH recognizes that patients want to share the responsibility for their health care with their medical team. Through a partnership with their providers, patients are encouraged to participate in managing their care and valuable community resources such as chronic care management are made available to assist in those efforts. • Enhanced Patient Experience – Genesis Medical Associates believes that improved patient satisfaction is an important aspect of healthcare delivery. With that goal in mind, Genesis encourages feedback from patients and constantly endeavors to improve the quality of the care they provide.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – in tandem with Keystone Clinical Partners, Genesis is co-owner of the first Physician Led Accountable Care Organization to be contracted with Medicare in Western Pennsylvania. Medicare ACOs represent a new form of alignment between hospitals, physicians and health insurance companies and were established to coordinate care, improve quality and reduce costs. Genesis is currently working in conjunction with these entities in creating Accountable Care Alliances toward a more comprehensive approach to individual and family medicine. Genesis Physicians recognize that healthcare is not a singular or episodic event and, as such, they take the concept of Care Coordination very seriously. Physicians will follow up with patients in order to actively engage them in obtaining whatever ongoing treatment is necessary to control their chronic conditions and to encourage appropriate preventive care. Genesis physicians are dedicated to acting on the patient’s behalf for all treatment needs and working as a team with their specialists to provide them with the best treatment in the correct setting at the right time. To learn more about Genesis Medical Associates, Inc., their life-time dedication to providing high-quality patient care and their high standards of medical excellence, visit their website at l l l 


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Genesis Medical Physicians Jeffrey Bentz, DC is a national board certified chiropractor with an additional license in adjunctive procedures. In the past 8 years he has successfully treated thousands of patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions where multidoctoral co-management is the standard of patient care. Dr. Bentz was recently published in Dynamic Chiropractic Journal in discussion of manipulation of post-surgical knees. He has spent time in the operating room with neurosurgeons furthering his education of complex spinal surgeries. Dr. Bentz offers 3 chiropractic techniques with focus on rehabilitation of muscular imbalances and spinal disc herniation. Dr. Bentz was born and raised in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. He is married and has 2 children. Matthew G. Cook, DC is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of North Hills High School, Duquesne University and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He enjoys spending time with his wife Corissa and his two boys Dominick and Nicholas. In addition to treating patients in his office he is active in hunting, fishing and playing soccer. Dr. Cook has been a practicing chiropractor and a part of Genesis Medical Associates since 2007 and treats athletes and families of all ages. His services in his office include chiropractic manipulations, rehabilitation, extremity adjustments, medical massage therapy, decompression therapies and physiotherapies. He is proud to be serving the community and city he was born and raised in and strives for excellence through superior patient treatment, education and working collaboratively with medical, neuro and orthopedic physicians. He believes that a multi-disciplinary team approach assures the highest quality of care and outcomes for patients. Ashim K. Dayalan, MD Dr. Dayalan attended the Bangalore University as well as Bangalore Medical College/ St. Joseph’s College, graduating in 1988. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is currently a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, The Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Allegheny County Medical Society. Dr. Dayalan is also certified in treating addiction by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Dayalan currently serves as a preceptor for the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and has attained recognition in diabetic care and office systems under the Bridges to Excellence program. Some of the services provided include primary care, wellness, chronic disease management behavioral health, addiction treatment, osteoporosis management, joint injections, and a vast menu of point of service testing and treatment. He became a physician not just to help those in need, but also to experience the satisfaction of helping others. Dr. Dayalan is the proud father of one son – Raj. In his free time he enjoys playing squash, target shooting, cooking, and sports cars.


Barbara Fardo, DO is a doctor of osteopathic medicine who specializes in Family Medicine at Genesis Medical Associates in Cranberry Township, PA. Dr. Fardo is board certified by the American Academy of Family Medicine. Selected the Community Choice Award Winner –Best Physician Cranberry Eagle for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

bad. Medicine has gone through many tremendous changes lately, but the shift has favored primary care, allowing him to focus on preventive medicine and promote quality healthcare. Dr. Heil has recently served as medical director of the Transitional Care Unit at UPMC Passavant Hospital. He is also on staff at Allegheny General Hospital. Finally, he is dedicated to his family, raising three talented ice hockey players.

Eric S. Griffin, DO was educated at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at UPMC St Margaret’s Hospital. He is board certified in family medicine and has been a member of Genesis Medical Associates for two years. Dr. Griffin, is married to Adrienne and has one child. When not working, he spends time with his family, hiking, swimming, and gardening. Occasionally he enjoys going to the theater, a museum or a sporting event in Pittsburgh. Dr. Griffin realized a knack for helping others when volunteering at a same day surgery recovery center while in high school. His experiences and time with patients at this center started him down the path to his medical career.

Louis Heyl, MD joined his father Dr. Frank Heyl in family practice in 1981. He and his wife Mary have two sons who are in medical training and will join Genesis Medical Associates in the future. Presently, Dr. Heyl is president of Family Medicine at UPMC Passavant and, president of Genesis Medical Associates. He is also a member of Allegheny County Medical Society, American Medical Association and Pennsylvania Medical Society. In his free time Dr. Heyl enjoys spending time with his family and his favorite hobby is fly fishing.

Daniel K. Grob, MD was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his residency at UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital. He has been a member of Genesis Medical Associates for eighteen years. He serves as Medical Director at Concordia at Rebecca Residence in Allison Park. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care. Dr. Grob is married to Carla and they have three children and they keep him busy but he does find time to hunt and fish, often with one or other of his children joining in the fun. There is no one defining moment when he became inspired to follow his career path but his mother remembers him claiming medicine as his future occupation at the age of 4. He sought opportunities in high school and college to learn more about medicine and at each step his passion for medicine was confirmed and grew. It was the director at St. Margaret’s Family Practice residency, Dr. J. Ferrante, which showed him the rewards of a long term relationship caring for entire families across generations. Kurt Heil, MD is a Pittsburgh native. He attended high school at North Allegheny where he was part of the Western Pennsylvania championship wrestling team. Outside of school, he was an Eagle Scout and active leader in the Boy Scouts of America. This helped forge his love of the outdoors. He attended the University of Notre Dame, went on to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed medical training at the Fairfax Family Practice residency program of Northern Virginia. He is proud to be part of Northern Area Family Medicine, a division of Genesis Medical Associates for 18 years. He enjoys practicing family medicine due the great joy it brings him to care for multiple generations, seeing them through good times and

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Scott Heyl MD is a third-generation Family Practice Physician who will join the Heyl Family Medicine Practice of Genesis Medical Associates in July 2016. Dr. Scott Heyl has completed his Family Practice Residency at the UPMC St. Margaret Hospital where he was the Chief Resident. He is currently engaged to Dr. Rachelle Atrasz. Scott is a proud Pittsburgh native. He graduated from North Allegheny High School and Washington and Jefferson College. As a board certified family practice physician, Dr. Heyl looks forward to bringing his passion for patient care to Genesis along with his modern-day knowledge of patient health management. Alka Kaushik, MD Dr. Kaushik has been actively practicing medicine since 1979. She began her education at Lady Harding Medical College, completing multiple residencies and internships in India. In 1981 she came to the United States and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Lincoln Hospital, NY. She then completed a radiology residency at Bronx-Lebanon Medical Center followed by an Anesthesiology residency at Methodist Hospital in NY. Upon relocating to Pittsburgh, she decided to specialize in Pain Management, completing a fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in 1993. Dr. Kaushik provides full service pain management, from medication management up to and including interventional pain procedures. She holds certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology and has been a diplomate recognized by the American Academy of Pain Management. She is also a certified in acupuncture and has been certified in addiction management by the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry. She currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, Ved (also a physician) and enjoys spending time with her two daughters among her many other interests.

Joseph Kimmell, DO is a Family Medicine physician and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Kimmell has been with Genesis Medical Associates since 2007 and currently serves on its board of directors. Dr. Kimmell was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Kimmell is married and has two children. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. DOs are trained to look at the whole person from their first days of medical school, which means they see each person as more than just a collection of organ systems and body parts that may become injured or diseased. This holistic approach to patient care means that osteopathic doctors integrate the patient into the health care process as a partner. Christopher G. Koman MD, CMD, FAAFP Is a family physician and has been a member of Genesis Medical Associates since 1998. Dr. Koman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed residency in family medicine at UPMC-Shadyside and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a certified medical director in long term care by the American Medical Directors Association. Dr. Koman is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine. Dr. Koman has held academic appointments with the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine and Duquesne University School of Nursing. He is medical director of Vincentian Home and Vincentian Personal Care, and holds clinical privileges at AHN-Allegheny General Hospital and UPMC-Passavant. Dr. Koman has professional interests in family medicine, geriatrics and healthcare quality. His practice is recognized as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. Koman is married with four children and is active in his parish and the community. Robert H. Potter, Jr. MD, has been taking care of patients and families for over 30 years. He joined his father’s medical practice after completing his training at the UPMC St. Margaret’s Family Medicine residency program. Dr. Potter graduated from Allegheny College and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Potter, a founding physician of Genesis Medical, is also trained in geriatric medicine, certified as a medical director in long term care, and serves as Medical Director for the Healthcare at Home Hospice and the Kane Nursing Facility. Dr. Potter provides consulting services for the Pirates and is the school physician for North Allegheny and North Hills school districts. Dr. Potter was awarded the prestigious 2015 Allegheny County Medical Society Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Award.

Tamara Wettermann-Price, MD, Dr. Price attended Amherst College and received her M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Allegheny General Hospital and has participated in a Medical Ethics fellowship at UPMC. She is a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. Price is also certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Price has been employed by several Pittsburgh area health systems and most recently owned and operated an independent practice in Moon Township over the past fifteen years. She has a strong background in patient education, wellness, and preventative medicine. She has also participated in the education of Nurse Practitioner students through several area colleges and universities. Among her many interests Dr. Price enjoys the outdoors, is an avid hiker and skier. She also enjoys spending time with her children who reside in Colorado and Florida. Tad D. Scheri, MD was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at the University of Virginia. He completed his residency at UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital. He has been a member of Genesis Medical Associates for thirteen years. He serves as medical director at UPMC Cranberry Place and is a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Scheri is married to Dedee and they have two children. He enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and cooking. Karen L. Schogel, MD, Dr. Karen L. Schogel, MD, FACP is a Boardcertified doctor of Internal Medicine. She is actively involved as Medical Director of Health Informatics for Genesis Medical Associates. She represents the Medical staff at UPMC Passavant Hospital as a member-at-large of the Medical Executive Committee. She is serving on the Medical Advisory Board of Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Coraopolis, PA. Dr. Schogel has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. Donald Shoenthal, MD joined Dr. Heyl to practice family medicine in 1991. He and his wife Mary Ann have a daughter. Dr. Shoenthal is secretary of Genesis Medical Associates. He is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Shoenthal is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Allegheny County Medical Society. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and is a ski enthusiast. Warren Smith, MD was born in Johnstown and completed his undergraduate degree in Health Records Administration as a member of the first class of students in this major at the University of Pittsburgh. He subsequently served as Interim Director of Medical Records at Mercy Hospital and then Director of Medical Records at Eye & Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh before deciding to return

to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he obtained his MD degree. He completed a residency in Family Practice at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh and then served a US Public Health Service obligation at the StoRox Family Health Center in McKees Rocks before joining Northern Area Family Medicine in 1989. In addition to assisting with the administration of the practice, he is often times called upon when there are computer related issues in the practice as this is an area of interest. The proud father of two children, Dr. Smith resides in Wexford and is the third of six children. Most of his siblings still live in the Johnstown area. He is one of the remaining founding partners of Genesis Medical Associates which serves much of the North Hills of Pittsburgh. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Allegheny County Medical Society. He received an award for working with the US Public Health Service for greater than 15 years serving the medically underserved. Mark A. Woodburn, MD, His desire to enter medicine was solidified when his mother passed away of breast cancer at the young age of 43, when he was only 9 years old. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he graduated from North Allegheny High School. The first one to go to college in his family, he received a full scholarship to attend Denison University in Ohio, then went on to attend Drexel University College of Medicine. Following he returned to Pittsburgh and completed residency in family medicine at UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital. Board certified in family medicine, he especially enjoys all the many facets of medicine, including caring for patients of all ages, sports medicine and injections, and has a special interest in dermatology. He currently lives at home in Wexford with his beautiful wife Kiley (whom he feels has a harder job than him as a stay-at-home mom), and his two daughters, Isabella and Evelyn. He prides himself on following patients during their entire line of care, from office to hospital (when needed) and even to skilled nursing home care (where he serves as medical director at Manor Care North Hills). He carries his motto “treat every patient in front of you as how you would want your own family treated” wherever he goes. William Zillweger, MD, Dr. Zillweger is a physician who specializes in Internal Medicine as a member in Genesis Medical Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. He is board certified by the NBPAS as a Diplomate in Internal Medicine (National Board of Physicians and Surgeons), and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His clinical focus incudes comprehensive primary care, ambulatory care, gerontology, hypertensive diseases and addictionrecovery medicine. He serves as Medical Director of Celtic Hospice/AHN HealthCare@Home and the Genesis Medical Laboratory. Dr. Z and his staff are dedicated to providing quality, personalized healthcare for adolescents to the elderly. Communication, understanding, confidence and trust are the basis of his professional relationships. | NC July 2016



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Terrance R. Krysinski, MD, RVS, RPhS

Board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Vein Institute of Pittsburgh A Pittsburgh native and lifelong resident of the North Hills, Terrance R. Krysinski, MD, RVS, RPhS graduated from North Allegheny High School and attended Washington and Jefferson College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Krysinski earned his medical degree from Temple University and undertook his surgical training at Albert Einstein Medical Center. After completing his residency, he began a private surgical practice in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Krysinski is credentialed as a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) as well as a Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS). He is an active member and a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Krysinski is the founding physician of the Vein Institute of PittsburghSM. Here, patients are offered a full spectrum of venous care ranging from small spider veins to bulging varicose veins. Specializing in highly advanced and minimally invasive outpatient procedures to treat venous disease, Dr. Krysinski performs various procedures daily to alleviate patient’s complaints of aching, pain, swelling and restless legs.

Brad Levinson, M.D. Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon (724) 741-6020

I am a Board-Certified Colon and Rectal surgeon. Although trained in New York City in general surgery and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in my specialty, I have been practicing only in Pittsburgh and western PA for the last 25 years. Over the years, the experience of contributing to new innovations has and continues to be extremely fulfilling. Some of the procedures I perform can be life-saving, such as a colonoscopy, which is a quick and painless way of preventing colon cancer. Some of the rectal procedures I perform are best done by specialists, like myself, in order to offer patients their best results and full rectal control after surgery. Ultimately, as in all of medicine, my personal interaction with so many patients I have helped is what makes my work a lasting inspiration.

Dr. Maura Massucci, OD, FCOVD Doctor of Optometry Massucci Vision Plus

Maura Massucci, O.D., F.C.O.V.D. is residency trained in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Massucci was selected for the prestigious residency program at the State University of New York, College of Optometry (SUNY), in Manhattan. After several years of practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Massucci returned home to the Pittsburgh area to found Massucci Vision Plus where she practices full scope optometry with a focus on vision therapy, rehabilitation, and the examination of patients with special needs. Dr. Massucci has also done extensive work with patients recovering from concussions and other brain injuries that effect vision. Dr. Massucci is board certified in children’s vision, vision therapy, and visual rehabilitation and is a Board Certified Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (F.C.O.V.D.). Most recently Dr. Massucci was named Young Optometrist of the Year for both Western Pennsylvania and the state of Pennsylvania.

Medical Acupuncture Clinic of Pittsburgh Marievic G. Manrique, MD At The Medical Acupuncture Clinic of Pittsburgh, our acupuncture is performed by a physician (MD) trained and licensed in Western medicine who also has training in acupuncture. Marievic G. Manrique, MD is a practicing anesthesiologist, certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Manrique completed her Medical Acupuncture training at the Helms Medical Institute under (Continued on page 34)


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Dr. Joseph Helms, the founding father of Medical Acupuncture in the United States. She is a member of the American Association of Medical Acupuncture. In addition, Dr. Manrique has taken courses on Mind-Body Medicine at the Benson Henry Institute.

hernia procedures, as well as in gynecology. OVH also has a Cardiac Catheter Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, a critical care suite, and other top-of-the-line facilities. To learn more about our hospital and the many services available, visit

Ohio Valley Hospital

Shawn Richey, DC

World Class Care. Right Next Door Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH) is located in Kennedy Township. A community hospital with a wide variety of services; with us, you’re just around the corner from feeling better. Some of our specialties and programs include: a Pain Treatment Center, an Acute Rehabilitation Unit, the Willow Brook Geropsychiatric Unit, outpatient psychiatry, senior independent living and personal care, outpatient laboratory services, a brand-new state-of-the-art orthopedic unit, a cutting-edge CT Scanner, and The Wound Care Center. We also provide a wide range of services for people suffering from diabetes. OVH is also helping to educate the next generation of medical professionals through our nursing and radiography programs. For people who may have trouble getting to the hospital, OVH offers a free courtesy van service; restrictions apply. We have made advances in our surgical unit, offering the option for robotic-assisted surgery during gallbladder and

Specialist in Peripheral Neuropathy Chiropractic Family Health Center Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Dr. Shawn, graduated from North Hills High School and earned his first bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2003, he graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Dr. Shawn Richey is also a member of the NeuroTCA, and has seen hundreds patients suffering with peripheral neuropathy. Through Chiropractic Family Health Center, Dr. Richey provides a specialized treatment protocol that is able to address the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful, non-invasive, drug-free approach that includes the use of light therapy to stimulate tissue repair. It includes 9 specific treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms. Over the years, Dr. Richey’s program has a 91 percent success rate in helping sufferers feel 75-100 percent better. Dr. Richey has helped hundreds of sufferers of peripheral neuropathy throughout the region, he has expanded his practice to include both Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties.

Saint Barnabas Health System

St. Barnabas Health System is one of Pennsylvania’s largest health care systems of its kind, offering comprehensive, compassionate care for people of all ages. For 115 years, St. Barnabas Health System has had one simple mission: to help retirees live comfortably at a price they can afford. St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes four retirement communities, four living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, home care, hospice, and a community outpatient medical and dental center. Our beautiful suburban campuses are located a short drive north of Pittsburgh in Allegheny and Butler Counties. Our newest addition, Beaver Meadows, is located in Beaver County. St. Barnabas provides more than $6 million in free care annually, engaging in innovative methods to raise money for its Free Care Fund such as the Kean Quest Talent Search, the St. Barnabas 5K, Rudolph Auto Repair, and Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe. For more information on St. Barnabas visit

Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital and Avalon Veterinary Hospital

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treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible. At both Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital and Avalon Veterinary Hospital, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet, including: After Hours Assurance, Dentistry, Digital Dental Radiographs, Digital Radiography, Drop-offs, Exams and Consultations, Full In House Laboratory, House Calls, Laser Therapy, Microchipping, Nutritional Counseling Overnight Capabilities, Pet Insurance, Primary Care, Surgery, Ultrasound, Urgent Care, and Vaccinations.

nosing, treating, and managing hearing loss and balance disorders in patients of all ages. Dr. Schott believes in patient-centered care, service to your community, and professionalism. Above all, she strives to use her experience and training to help individuals and their families.

Swift Audiology

Dr. Shannon Thieroff, the owner and founder of Choice Chiropractic, has been practicing in Pittsburgh since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Logan College of Chiropractic. Because she grew up in the North Hills, Dr. Shannon has had the pleasure of helping the people who made up her childhood community. She is licensed in Pa, Md and N.Y. and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic examiners. Dr. Thieroff is proficiency rated in Activator technique. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program through the Katz Business School at Pitt. Dr. Shannon enjoys working with patients of all ages and has done extensive work focusing on treating injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents as well as cervical spine conditions. She has served as a safety consultant for the Allegheny County EMS, LifeFlight and PennDOT. In addition, she has helped local school districts implement wellness programs for their teachers and staff. Dr. Shannon loves her work and greatly values the opportunities she has each day to help her patients achieve the best health and quality of life possible. Dr. Nicole Schott AU.D., CCC-A Dr. Schott received her Doctorate in Audiology (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology (2009) from West Virginia University. During her time at WVU, she served as the Special Olympics and Service Committee Chair for the Student Academy of Audiology. She was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Graduate and William G. Monahan awards for her outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service. Dr. Schott has gained knowledge in many aspects of audiology while working in private practice, educational, and hospital settings. She has dedicated her career to diag-

Shannon Thieroff, DC

Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center, P.C.

Tri-State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Tri-State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has more than 200 years of combined experience and orthopaedic expertise right in your backyard. They provide the region with the most advanced orthopaedic treatment for sports-related injuries. TriState cares for athletes in a variety of sports and athletic programs and serves as team physicians and sports medicine providers for North Allegheny and Seneca Valley school districts. Tri-State Orthopaedics is an independent practice that provides a full range of orthopaedic care in four office locations and accepts major insurances, including both Highmark and UPMC. They offer specialty services such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and Ortho Urgent Care hours.

UPMC Senior Communities

At UPMC Senior Communities, we offer a lifestyle that promotes health and wellness in comfortable, worry-free surroundings. Residents have a variety of choices including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. In 18 Pittsburgh-area locations, our communities offer a full calendar of activities and programs to promote healthy senior living, including:


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Castle Creek Drive, Ext. Suite 106 Seven Fields, PA 16046. Http:// Improve your health today! Call now, at (724) 742-2700. Dr. Vactor’s Weight Loss Program also makes a great Father’s Day gift, to help keep your Dad fit and healthy! If you can’t call now, take a picture of the number with your SMART phone so you have the number ready to call. If you are one of the first 25 callers to schedule your no cost/no obligation consultation and in office review, and mention you saw Dr. Vactor in the July issue of Northern Connection, you will receive a $50 discount good towards any of his guaranteed weight loss programs. Not valid with any other offers and new patients only are eligible. l l l Results may vary based on an individual’s physical health, diet, personal commitment, and adherence to the program.  Information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  Guarantee can be reviewed in the office prior to starting the program. | NC July 2016



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date, 90-95% of his patients have achieved their weight loss goals. YES, 90-95% of patients have achieved their weight loss goals. Dr. Vactor is so absolutely sure of the results and outcomes of his program, that he offers a GUARANTEE of RESULTS! During this time, Dr. Vactor and his family have lived in the Cranberry and Mars area, where he is also devoted to his community and helping his patients reach their goals.

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Doctor of Chiropractic and Natural Healthcare Advocate (724) 742-2700 Dr. Michael Vactor has cared for patients in the north Pittsburgh area for over fifteen years. He is also an award winning expert in weight loss management and is frequently featured on KDKA-TV, WPXI, Cornerstone-TV, radio shows and other public speaking venues on health and weightloss issues. In addition, Dr. Vactor also cares for the players, coaches and their families of the Pittsburgh Black and Gold organizations. To


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Vascular Access Centers Dr. Sandeep Sharma Sandeep Sharma, MD serves as the Medical Director for Vascular Access Center of Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Sharma is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine of Grenada, West Indies. He completed his Family residency in Erie, PA and his Internal Medicine residency in (Continued on page 42) | NC July 2016



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Pittsburgh. After residency, he completed his Nephrology Fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He trained for three years in Interventional Nephrology under the supervision of Dr. James McGuckin of Philadelphia, PA and Dr. John Ross, MD at Bamberg County Hospital, Bamberg, SC. He is board certified by the American Society of Diagnostic Nephrology. Dr. Sharma has presented at numerous major national and local conferences, is involved in the Fistula First Initiative, and is an active board member of the national Kidney Foundation. He has been recognized for ‘Outstanding Service to Patients’ at Allegheny General’s outpatient clinic, and also performed research alongside Dr. Rita McGill (“The Effect of Spironolactone on Cardiac Hypertrophy in Hemodialysis Patients”). He routinely cares for patients not only from Pittsburgh, but also from all across Western PA, as well as Ohio and West Virginia. He has performed over 13,000 procedures related to the maintenance of dialysis access.

Dr. David Catalane David Catalane, MD is a board certified General/ Vascular Surgeon with over 25 years’ experience treating vascular disease. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine with honors in surgery, he did his surgical training in Pittsburgh at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Catalane is on staff at St Clair, OVGH and Mercy to care for inpatient hospital needs but is now able to offer outpatient vascular evaluation and treatment at the Vascular Access Center of Pittsburgh


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in the new Cranberry location. Dr. Catalane has successfully endeavored to keep abreast of all the latest advances in surgical care, including minimally invasive endovascular techniques. These procedures make possible the management of complex vascular problems, many requiring only a needle stick or single, small incision. Problems treated include: peripheral vascular disease, non-healing wounds, threat of limb loss, dialysis access placement, aortic aneurysm, venous disease and others.

Dr. Paul Willis Dr. Paul Willis is a Pittsburgh native, and graduate with honors, of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training and a research fellowship at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY, where he also met his wife. After completion of his training, he moved back home to Pittsburgh, where he and his wife started a family, and he has been actively practicing General and Vascular Surgery ever since (16 years). As a partner of Catalane and Willis Surgical Associates, Dr. Willis has also kept abreast of all the latest advances in surgical care, including minimally invasive endovascular techniques. These procedures are minimally invasive with little to no downtime required. Problems treated include: peripheral vascular disease, non-healing wounds, threat of limb loss, dialysis access placement, aortic aneurysm, venous disease and others. | NC July 2016



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Fighting Opioid Addiction with Physician-Patient Pain Contracts With all the current discussion and concerns about opioids, have you ever heard of “physician-patient pain contracts?”


en Hogue, practice manager for Genesis Medical Associates Dayalan & Associates Family Practice in Ross Township, was one of the early endorsers and enthusiastic supporters of the concept. A frequent guest lecturer for the past 10 years on ‘medical ancillary services,” Hogue’s office is one of the few primary care physician offices in the region offering entire behavioral health services in house including drug treatment. “Primary care physicians,” he noted, “need a better understanding of medically-addicted patients. That addiction may come from prescriptions dealing with


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a recent injury, post-surgical pain or orthopedic pain. Unless it’s a chronic condition, the PCP needs to assist the patient in weaning him or her off the medication.” Among the methods Hogue recommends are physical and/or occupational therapy or treatment by interventionist pain specialists. There is also something known as the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale, a written form asking the patient a variety of questions, which can indicate addiction or the level of addiction. “There is a tendency by some physicians to overprescribe to simply keep the patient quiet and not actually managing the addiction,” said Hogue. He believes that as many as 60 percent of the addictions in our area are the result of medical addictions rather than recreational drug use. “With the physician-patient pain contract,” according to Hogue, “the patient must agree to certain rules including a minimum of one visit per month and drug screening.” “We use four methods to determine the patient drug use,” he said, “including in-house urine testing; having the urine sent to a laboratory; a saliva test also sent to a laboratory and hair samples sent to a laboratory. All of the tests help know how the patient is responding.” “We must deal with the total patient,” he added, “and that means taking a look at behavioral issues as well.” Genesis Medical Associates maintains a behavioral health practice located in Ross Township that addresses this problem. Hogue proudly notes that his Genesis office has one of the most successful independent addiction programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area. For more information, contact Ken Hogue at Genesis Medical Associates Dayalan & Associates Family Practice at (412) 369-9943. Genesis Medical Associates, Inc. is the largest independent primary care physicians group in Allegheny County with 11 offices stretching from the city of Pittsburgh north to Cranberry Township in Butler County. l l l

Peripheral Neuropathy Sufferers Have



Are you being told, “There’s nothing to be done?” or that, “You need to learn to live with the pain?” Are you being over-medicated with pain medicines that don’t cure? Have you been through test after test with no result, explanation or treatment? Are you becoming discouraged?


specialized treatment protocol is available at the Chiropractic Family Health Center. It includes 9 specific treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms. Once thought to be incurable, peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When damage to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. Unlike laser therapy that does not address the involved damaged small nerve fibers or home light therapies that do not offer all the frequencies needed to heal them, our program utilizes state of the art technology with combined therapies to restore life to the dead nerves. Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from this debilitating disease. Many patients are suffering from symptoms of painful cramping, burning and tingling, difficulty walking, numbness and even interruption of sleep. Over the years, Dr. Richey’s program has a 91 percent success rate in helping sufferers feel 75-100 percent better. Dr. Shawn Richey (a member of the NeuroTCA) has seen hundreds patients suffering with peripheral neuropathy. He has treated patients that have tried everything including potentially harmful medications and other painful testing and treatments. This can leave patients still struggling and wondering down the long road of endless disappointment. Now we are able to address the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful, non-invasive, drug-free approach that includes the use of light therapy to stimulate tissue repair. Dr. Richey has helped hundreds of sufferers of peripheral neuropathy throughout the region, he has expanded his practice to include Westmore-

Here’s What Dr. Shawn’s Patients Say... “Before I found Dr. Shawn, I suffered from peripheral neuropathy for 17 years. It felt as if someone was constantly torturing my feet with electric shocks. Night time was even worse. No position eased the pain and I couldn’t stand the sheet or blanket to touch my feet. When I would take a shower, it felt as if I was being electrically shocked with each drop of water that hit my feet. Test after test, doctor after doctor, there was no result or help. I was even told, “There’s nothing to be done; you’re just going to have to live with it.” But then I had seen Dr. Shawn’s ad in Northern Connection magazine and I made the call for my free consultation and assessment. After I received my first treatment, I was actually able to take a shower and have a good night’s sleep. It was fantastic and it filled me with hope!! I felt NORMAL!! I am half way through the program and I just keep getting better and better. I just keep getting more and more hopeful that this is going to work and I’m going to get my life back!...” – Paul, Wexford Be sure to follow the rest of Paul’s story though his treatments in the August issue of Northern Connection magazine.

“I lived in pain from peripheral neuropathy for 15 years. I don’t have diabetes. I wasn’t in an accident. I was simply working in the garden when all of a sudden, I felt this tremendous pain hit my feet and it never went away. I saw so many doctors and had so many tests. But then I found Dr. Shawn! I am completely blown out of the water that this is working. Anyone with peripheral neuropathy should not get discouraged or lose hope, they should call Dr. Shawn.” – Sheila, Latrobe “I was in pain from peripheral neuropathy for 12 years before I found Dr. Shawn. I noticed a difference after the first treatment. I even danced my way into his office for my second appointment. I so believe in the treatment that I have become a neuropathy specialist and assist Dr. Shawn and I am so pleased to see wonderful results in patients. Relieving them of the pain that I once endured myself.” – Lynne, Jeannette

land as well as Allegheny Counties. Chiropractic Family Health Center now has offices in both Sewickley at 2591 Wexford-Bayne Road, Suite 207 and Latrobe at 1901 Ligonier

Street. For a FREE Consultation contact Dr. Shawn Richey at (724) 940-9000 and your appointment will be made at the location that is most convenient for you. To learn more, visit

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Organic vs. Conventional Foods. What Should You Be Buying? BY JOELLA BAKER


s someone who is always concerned with what I’m eating or getting exposed to, I’ve done a lot of research into what things I should be purchasing under the organic name to keep myself and my family healthy. First, What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Organic Foods? Conventional foods differ from organic foods in several ways, including the use of chemical versus natural fertilizers (i.e., compost) to feed soil and plants. Conventional farmers also use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds, while organic farmers use environmentally generated plant-killing compounds. Therefore, organic produce has significantly fewer pesticide residues than conventional produce. Are there foods that are ok to purchase that aren’t organic? Absolutely. There are a number of foods out there that are naturally equipped to protect themselves from the pesticides they may be sprayed with and come back with very low or zero toxins when analyzed. However, it is recommended that you still wash the fruit since you will be handling it and you could absorb toxins through your skin while cutting the fruit. Here is a list of foods you don’t have to buy organic: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, sweet peas (frozen), onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe (domestic), cauliflower, sweet potatoes. Here are some of my suggestions on what to purchase to at least keep yourself at a lower risk of ingesting pesticides and toxins: Beef: Beef should be purchased organic as much as possible. “Research suggests a strong connection between some of the hormones given to cattle and cancer in humans, particularly breast cancer,” says Samuel Epstein, MD, pro-


fessor emeritus of environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Specifically, the concern is that the estrogen-like agents used on cattle could increase your cancer risk, adds Ted Schettler, MD, science director at the Science and Environmental Health Network. ( Chicken: Chickens who are raised organically have been fed an organic feed --- feed raised without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides --- for their entire lives, and they have never been injected with hormones or antibiotics. The access to the outdoors encouraged movement, which encouraged muscle growth and discouraged fat accumulation, which means a leaner, meatier chicken. (Reference Angela Brady, Demand Media) Strawberries: Strawberries are one of our favorite summer foods, but those that aren’t organic can hold a lot of toxins. They say there can be up to 13 different toxins on a non-organic strawberry. Potatoes, carrots and root vegetables: They have the potential to absorb toxins that soak into the ground. Try to always purchase root vegetables grown organically and without pesticides, washing them won’t remove all the toxins. Celery: When researchers analyzed 89,000 produce-pesticide tests to determine the most contaminated fruits and vegetables, celery topped the chart. Celery stalks are very porous, so they retain the pesticides they’re sprayed with—up to 13 of them. Also buy organic bell peppers. ( Popcorn: The linings of microwavepopcorn bags may contain a toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which is used to prevent the food from sticking to the paper. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PFOA is a likely carcinogen. I make

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my own popcorn on the stove. It tastes so much better than the microwave popcorn and takes about the same amount of time to make. Milk: Dairy products account for a reported 60 to 70 percent of the estrogens that we consume. Mainly because milk naturally contains hormones passed along from cows. What worries some experts is that about 17% of dairy cows are treated with the hormone rBST (or rBGH), which stimulates milk production by increasing circulating levels of another hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). ( Tomato Sauce: Choose the glass jar or box over the can. “The lining on the inside of food cans that’s used to protect against corrosion and bacteria may contain BPA,” explains Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, a professor of carcinogenesis at MD Anderson Cancer Center and past president of the Society of Toxicology. ( Kale and Spinach: Non-organics are often sprayed with more than 20 kinds of pesticides. A USDA Study found 58 pesticide residues are usually contained in spinach. Buy organic or really wash your spinach well. Peaches: Peaches are high on the list of tree fruits for being the most susceptible to pesticide residue, and usually contain levels above the legal limits. The fuzzy skin on the peaches seem to hang on to those pesticides. Contaminants in peaches are fungicides and captan and iprodione, which have been linked to cancer. As far as non-food items, things to buy organic include: reusable water bottles, cleaning supplies, cooking pans, and food storage containers. I hope this helps you to shop a little smarter and to purchase better and safer food for your families! Happy Eating! l l l

Seniors SENIOR LIVING | July 2016

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The July Passage BY JOE BULLICK


ello July, I hope you had a great June! Good old Julius Caesar named July after himself when he revamped the old Roman calendar. However, July is often called, “the dog days of summer” since it is when Sirius the Dog Star, rises with the sun. July is also one of the seven months with the length of 31 days. As a young boy, cutting a half acre of grass with only a push mower was tough. I also cut a neighbor’s lawn and got $2.00 and a cold bottle of Coke. Boy, times have changed, now everyone has a power mower, some are battery operated, or powered by an electric plug from the house. The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1830 in England to cut sports grounds instead of the scythe. In 1902, the first gas engine lawn mower also came from an English company. In 1953, Briggs & Stratton revolutionized


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the lawn and garden industry by developing the first lightweight aluminum engine. A special time this month is July the Fourth, the celebration of U.S. independence. The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Thomas Jefferson. Three U.S. presidents actually passed on the Fourth of July. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the country’s birth. James Monroe, the fifth president, passed five years later in 1831. July 4th has so many things going on. The big thing is fireworks, picnics and grilling up a great Fourth of July holiday. New York City has the largest fireworks display in the USA. Mom always made sure we had plenty to eat on the Fourth; she made a great chef salad, homemade ice cream and plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, and root beer. We always made sure our flag was flying. There are some great Fourth of July themed songs – This Land is Your Land, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, God Bless America, and America the Beautiful. On July 2 & 4, the Heinz History Center has a flag folding ceremony which takes place from 12:00-12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. The Phillies will be in town on the Fourth. If you’re a baseball fan, there’s the All-Star Game which will be played in San Diego this month. Trevor Hoffman and David Winfield have been selected as the official spokesmen. This will be the 87th MLB All-Star game. The first game was played in 1933 at the World’s Fair. They were many great starters on the field that day including Babe Ruth, who was later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Pie Traynor was a reserve player at third base. He had a two-base hit as a designated hitter. Well, I hope you vote for your favorite player for this year’s match-up. On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened his first theme park on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland usually hosts more than 14 million visitors a year. There were some famous people born in July – Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872; Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913; Ginger Rogers – July 16, 1911. Happy birthday to those folks born under the zodiac signs of Cancer and Leo. Well, have a great Fourth and I leave you with this – “What may be done at any time Will be done at no time.” – Scottish Proverb

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Happenings for Seniors Free Services for Seniors through North Hills Community Outreach. Help with rides to medical appts., grocery stores, yard work. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 ext. 3313 or Kerry at (412) 449-0151 to schedule an in-home registration visit. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at McKnight Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Services Ross Twp., Berkley Hills, Swan Acres & part of McCandless Twp. Call (412) 487-4088. Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring – An Hour a Week Can Change a Child’s Life. For adults 50 & over become a tutor. Training sessions held on the fifth floor of the Duquesne Light Building. Call (412) 393-7648 or email UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800-324-5523.

Support Groups Alzheimer’s Support Group, 10 a.m., 1st Monday of each month, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Rd. For details, call Suzie, at (412) 337-6731. Bereavement Support Group (for Widows/ Widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., St. Sebastian, Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300. Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Alzheimer’s Affiliated Support Group meets 3 p.m., the 1st Mon., of every month, and 2 p.m., the last Friday. Contact Pam, at (724) 779-5020.

Entertainment & Social Beatty Pointe Village: Kennywood, a Century of Change, 2:30 p.m., Jul. 13; Elvis Tribute, 7 p.m., Jul, 27, Beatty Rd., Monroeville. Call (412) 374-9000.

Cumberland Woods Village: Live Production – The Fabulous Hubcaps, 7:30 p.m., July 23, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park. For info, (412) 635-8080 or Hampton Fields Village: El Rey’s Duo, 2:30 p.m., Jul. 14; Elvis Tribute, 2:30 p.m., Jul, 29, Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park. Call (412) 492-8448. Lighthouse Pointe Village: El Rey’s Duo, 2:30 p.m., Jul. 12; Elvis Tribute, 2:30 p.m., Jul, 28, Chapel Harbor Dr., Fox Chapel. Call (412) 781-2707. Seneca Hills Village: Tribute to Connie Francis, 3 p.m., Jul. 14; Elvis Tribute, 7 p.m., Jul, 28, Saltsburg Rd., Verona. Call (412) 793-1700. Sherwood Oak: Who Killed Jon Benet Ramsey? 2 p.m., Jul. 19; Elvis Tribute, 2 p.m., Jul, 25, Norman Dr., Cranberry Twp. Call 1 (800) 642-2217. St. Alexis Over 50 trips: July 21, Rivers Casino & Pirate ballgame (fireworks night); Sept. 5, Cleveland Air Show & Cruise; Oct. 14-15, Samson, Sight & Sound Theatre; Nov. 18, Light-Up-Night on the Gateway Clipper. For info on the ballgame & Cleveland, call Rose, (724) 728-2563 or (412) 908-0124. For details on Samson or Light-Up, call Janet, at (724) 869-5339.

Seminars Legacy Theatre senior seminar; 11 a.m., July 5, What is the Purpose of My Brain: A Gift for Salvation; 11 a.m., July 19, Poetry Revealing Life Experiences, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless Twp. Call, (412) 635-8080 or

Health & Wellness A new service is available to provide a daily check on the well-being of ones in special situation and provide updates to the (remote) caregiver or relative. For details, visit

Senior Meetings Cranberry Senior Citizens Club for residents 55+ meets at 1 p.m., the 2nd Tues., of the month in the Cranberry Municipal Center. Call (724) 816-4977 for info and programs.


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Friends and Fun 55+ Singles meet at 7 p.m., every 1st Friday, at St. Ferdinand’s, Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., Oldenski Hall, Upper Room. Call (724) 776-9274. Friendship Groups for Visually Impaired, Men’s Group meets every Weds. 1-3:15 p.m., Knitting & Crocheting Circle meets every Weds., 1-3:15 p.m., Monthly Meeting 2nd Thurs. of each month 1:15-3:15 p.m., The Lunch Bunch meets 4th Thurs. of every month 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Talking Book Club meets 1st Mon. of each month 1-2:30 p.m. Call (724) 444-0064. Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. Call (412) 741-4900 or visit

Volunteer Opportunities: Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit Hospice patients. For details, call (412) 367-3685. Neighborly Gnomes assist seniors with disabilities with yard tasks. For info, visit North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Action program is seeking Senior Companion volunteers. Contact Nancy, at (412) 3070069 or North Hills Community Outreach’s Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, funded by St. Margaret Foundation are seeking volunteer ride-along dispatchers. The shuttle operates weekdays in the lower Freeport Rd. area. Contact Kerry at (412) 449-0151 or North Hills Community Outreach needs volunteers for their senior programs. Contact Patti, at (412) 408-3830 ext. 3204. Olive Branch non-profit fair trade shop located at 11160 Perry Highway, Wexford is seeking volunteers. For info, call (724) 7998700 or email Pittsburgh Friendship Group is looking for volunteers to help visually impaired seniors. No experience is necessary. Call (724) 4440064. Ursuline Services’ Checks and Balances program assists those who have difficulty with financial affairs. To register, call (412) 2244700 x113 or



Aunts and Uncles Trivia

Relatively speaking, we pay tribute to these special family members BY PAULA GREEN the slang Uncle Charlie term is a curveball, a pitch that veers away as it nears the batter. There’s also the slang phrase, “Well, I’ll be a money’s uncle!” In math, there is the order of operation – Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (parentheses, exponents, multiplication & division, addition & subtraction). Since we’ve introduced you to some famous aunts and uncles, we must now commence with our relative query. Get set for this kinship, because it’s time to get a little trivial... 1. Sanford and Son featured this aunt who was a devout churchgoer and tough-as-nails realist.  2. Which actor portrayed Samantha’s wise-cracking warlock Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. 3. What was the aunt’s name in the TV show Roseanne? 4. This NBC comedy series featured Uncle Al the kiddie’s pal. 5. Namesake of a 1974 film and a 1966 Broadway musical. 6. In 1971, who released the song Uncle Albert? 7. Name the aunt in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. 8. This famous uncle was known as “Mr. Television.” 9. What was the aunt’s name in Gone with the Wind? 10. Robert Vaughn starred in this 1960s secret agent TV show. 11. This aunt appeared in the Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew Mysteries. 12. Famous anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. 13. James and the Giant Peach featured two evil aunts, Aunt Spiker and ______. 14. What is the mascot’s name featured in the Monopoly game? 15. Popular symbol for the United States. He’s a cartoon figure with long white hair, whiskers and dressed in a swallow-tailed coat, vest, tall hat, and striped trousers.  Sources: famous-aunts-uncles-family-reunion-game/, https://www., Answers: 1. Aunt Esther 2. Paul Lynde 3. Aunt Jackie 4. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In 5. Aunt Mame 6. Paul & Linda McCartney 7. Aunt Polly 8. Uncle Miltie (Milton Berle) 9. Aunt Pittypat 10. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 11. Aunt Gertrude 12. Uncle Tom’s Cabin 13. Aunt Sponge 14. Rich Uncle Pennybags 15. Uncle Sam


unts and uncles often form a special place in our hearts and fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and wonderful memories. They are people who we can turn to and trust and we know that they will be there for us. In honor of these special relatives, July 26 has been designated national Aunt and Uncle Day. This month, we reflect on some memorable aunts and uncles. On television, there was Aunt Bee from The Andy Griffith Show. Batman featured Aunt Harriet. Bewitched had forgetful Aunt Clara. Sabrina the Teenage Witch had two zany aunts Zelda and Hilda. The Simpsons has two aunts as well, Patty and Selma, and Unkie Herb. Fresh Prince had Aunt Vivian and Uncle Phil. Uncle Bill headlined the series Family Affair. The show My Three Sons relied on their Uncle Charley. Petticoat Junction featured Uncle Joe. The Addam’s Family included Uncle Fester. The Beverly Hillbillies starred Uncle Jed. The Sopranos showcased Uncle Junior. Jerry’s Uncle Leo was the brunt of some of his jokes in Seinfeld. Full House gave us motorcycle-riding Uncle Jesse, who later married Aunt Becky. In the movies, Dorothy was raised by her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz. Peter Parker (Spiderman) was reared by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Luke Skywalker was raised by his Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen Lars. Harry Potter featured Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. A few other famous film aunts and uncles included - Aunt Edna in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Uncle Remus was found in Song of the South. Uncle Peter was a character in Gone with the Wind. Of course, there was John Candy’s memorable portrayal of Uncle Buck. Uncle Scrooge is a comic book starring Scrooge McDuck, his nephew Donald Duck, and grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and revolving around their adventures in Duckburg. Uncle Duke is a fictional character in the comic strip Doonesbury. Aunt March is the meddling aunt in Little Women. Anton Chekhov wrote the play Uncle Vanya. Many newspapers carried the advice column Agony Aunt. Uncle Kracker is an American musician, singer, lyricist, rapper and guitarist.  In your cabinet, you may have Aunt Jemima syrup or Uncle Ben’s rice. Venture to the mall and grab a soft pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. In baseball, | NC July 2016


Schools KIDS & EDUCATION | July 2016

School Movers & Shakers Pittsburgh Northern Homeschool Enrichment Co-op Four students from the Pittsburgh Northern Homeschool Enrichment Co-op in Baden were honored for their work in the essay contest from The Daughters of the American Revolution. Sue Clark, from the Kushkushkee Trail chapter presented awards to:  Esther Hess, Nick Molicki, Sophia Pagano, and Bekah Black. Bekah also won 2nd place, 9th-12th grade, in the Scholastic Contest Writing Awards sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Writing project.  

Shaler Area Shaler Area students receive top honors in the annual Junior Classical League state convention. Awards winners were: CJ Bakaj, Josh Bartosh, Isaiah Bartsch, Aimee Everett, Alyssa Krause, Leann Mullen, Brooke Olejarz, Rosalia Paras, Mike Phillips, Cara Roth and Brandon Walsh.

The following Burchfield Primary students won awards in the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania’s Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest. Winners were: Alexis Claycomb, Iyla Dennison, Savannah Druga, Bailey Falk, Lillian Graf, Sean Harding, Brian Hegerty, Ella Hergernroeder, Katie Kemper, Noah Lang, Taylor London, Dylan McGuire, Nicholas Mulkerin, Alyssa Niehause, Melina Poliziani, Troy Pulkowski, Ava Santoyo, Sienna Sterrit, and Ava Yeschke.

Hampton Poff Elementary School in the Hampton School District gave Dr. Michael Mooney a unique sendoff on June 8, since he officially retired on June 30 after eight years of service in the District. The special surprise presented to Dr. Mooney was an appearance by the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot followed by a dance flash mob to the song “Thank You for Being a Friend.” Also as part of his retirement surprise the staff at Poff Elementary School made arrangements for him to throw out the first pitch of the Pirates games on June. 12.


North Allegheny The North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve David Christopher to the position of assistant superintendent for K-12 education. The effective date of appointment is dependent upon release from Mr. Christopher’s current employer.

Zitcovich, Kase Armitage, Morgan Wehr, Coryn Ferguson, Micah Link, and Olivia Schulthe.

David Christopher

Seneca Valley Seneca Valley said farewell to the following staff members at a retirement luncheon. These 27 individuals had a combined total of more than 630 years of service to Seneca Valley. They are: Becky Cress, Jane Eisenhart, Patricia Faber, Carol Garbett, Roberta Geubtner, Phyllis Jerpi, Ruth Johns, Susan Kearney, Roseanne Koenig, Dennis Lemmo, Robert Magerko, Marion Mann, Margaret Marlowe, Joyce Mastalski, Mary McConaughy, Margaret Mourer, Linda Orr, Kathleen Pitluga, Lori Rehm, Victoria Riddle, Kathleen Rombach, Susan Teets, Sandra Thiebaud, Clare Torso, Susan Valenti, Roxanne Walker, and Kimberly Willoughby. Seneca Valley student Julia Kooser’s STEM project placed first on her project at both regional and state competitions for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Julia also won the Princeton Alumni Association of Western Pennsylvania’s Sponsorship Award for her research at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF). As a result of winning the award, Miss Kooser and her parents attended the annual Princeton alumni dinner held at the Harvard Yale Princeton Club (HYP). The Seneca Valley Choirs, grades 8-12, competed in the Heritage National Music Festival in Toronto, Ontario, April 29-May 2. The 320 choir members brought home several accolades. The following won gold medals: 8th Grade Chorus, 9th Grade Chorus, 10th Grade Choral Union, Show Choir, Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, the Men’s Chorus garnered a silver award.

Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School first grader Yorick Williams collected one postcard from all 50 states during his class’ “Great Postcard Race” assignment. He is only the second student to ever accomplish this feat. In addition, Yorik received postacrds from South Africa, London, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Guantanamo Bay and Cuba.

North Hills North Hills High School students won top honors at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition. Lauren Rebel and Anna Meyer notched perfect scores for their experiments. Other first place winners were Maria Arlia and Allison Lukac.

Pine-Richland Brownie Troop of Pine Richland Girl Scout Troop #52483 used the proceeds from their annual cookie sale to purchase toys for the UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers. The troop visited UPMC Mercy on June 6 and presented their donation to the unit staff. Support from Troop #52483 will ensure that all pediatric patients who visit the UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers will benefit from this treatment.

Mars Area Mars Area School Board appointed Kara Eckert to the new position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Innovative Practices. Mars Area School Board appointed Dr. Elizabeth McMahon as Assistant Superintendent (K-12).

Kara Eckert

Seneca Valley Intermediate High School (IHS) and Senior High School (SHS) gifted students, grades 9-12, recently participated in the Technology Student Association’s (TSA) Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition. The SHS team finished second in the state out of 84 teams and also finished 22nd in the nation out of 655 teams.

Mars Area High School named its Renaissance Students of the Month for April/May. They are: Jennifer Walker, Erin Greer, Troy Whittaker and Caleb Schmidt.

Approximately 32 eighth grader German students at Seneca Valley Middle School took the Level 1 National German Exam. Several earned recognition by the American Association of Teachers of German. They are: Claire Williams, Jake

Mars Area High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team won the 2016 WPIAL Boys Varsity Lacrosse Division II Championship on May 27. Team members were: Blake Thompson, Nick Cimini, Gino Crognale, Cole Hetzler, Patrick

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Four Mars Area seniors were selected to receive 2016 Jeff Danner Memorial Scholarships. They are: Aaron Gruber, Alex Gruber, Nathan Sablowski and Elise Sheehy. Mars Area High School senior Andrew Diefenbacher was selected to receive a USG Corporation Scholarship.

Elizabeth McMahon

Andrew Diefenbacher

Morrow, Jake Porter, Zachary Sicher, Joseph Crognale, Joe Horvat, Anthony Grieco and Cade Hetzler.

Shady Side Academy Shady Side Academy appointed Gianna Fazioli as director of SSA Farms, effective June 1. Shady Side Academy junior Anya Satyawadi won a free college education for the scientific research she presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held May 8-13 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Gianna Fazioli

Fox Chapel A team of Fox Chapel Area High School students placed at the Shaler Area STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Competition. Vincent Lundy, Solana Morningstar and Krista Spuhler won first place for their catapult. Fox Chapel Area High School junior Nina Khorey earned the highest score in the nation one the Le Grand Concours (National French Exam). Nina won the Platinum Award, meaning she earned the top score in the nation in her division (French 5E). Fox Chapel Area High School senior Leah Saleone was awarded the Jefferson Dean Memorial Award on June 1. Three Fox Chapel Area High School robotics teams placed at the Sixth Annual Combat Bots competition. “Throat Punch” finished third. Team members were: Erik Bothe, Andrew Fugh, Donovan Gorgas and Jacob Mozurak. “Dragon Lord” finished fourth. Team members were: Jacob Smith, Andrew Wirkowski and Christopher Snider. The girl’s team “Marduk” won best engineered. Team members included: Elena Berg, Clara Ferreira, Hanna Belotti and Karissa Becer. Fox Chapel Area High School’s 2015-16 student news publication Fox Tales Quarterly has been named a first place winner in the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association’s Annual Newspaper Competition. Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Gwendolyn Davison has been selected as a 2016 Carson Scholar. As a Carson Scholar, Gwendolyn received a $1,000 scholarship and was also named the recipient of the Maureen Yaw Endowment. (Continued on page 54) | NC July 2016


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Dorseyville Middle School Honors Band earned first place at a Music in the Parks Festival. The band also earned a rating of Superior which is the highest rating possible.

St. Kilian Anthony Spalvieri, a fifth grade student at Saint Kilian School won the 23rd Annual Diocesan Spelling Bee. Forty-three schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh competed. Anthony took first place in grade 4-6 bracket. He won $75 cash prize. Saint Kilian Middle School gifted class participated in the Stock Market Game of Pennsylvania. Out of 85 teams in the division one Saint Kilian team placed first in the region. Team members included: Devin Anderson, Dalhart Dobbs, Thomas O’Toole and Xavier Reese.

Providence Heights Alpha School Nine Providence Heights Alpha School students participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) state competition held May 16 at Penn State. First place honors were awarded to Allison Edwards, Christian Farls, Max Kress, Colleen Moosman, Sarah Pritchard and Anthony Warda. Second place awards were given to: David Foody, Annie Snyder and Macy Worrall.

Saint Sebastian The Saint Sebastian Forensics team competed in the Diocesan finals placing third out of 28 schools. Participating were Sarah Berger, Ella Harding, Lauren Lutz, Isabella Kunsak, Carlie Kreutzer, Sarah Petrunia, Savannah Powers, Ethan Rihn, Rachel Rombach, Emily Stepp, Michael Taffe, Sophia Weger, Nick Weising and Kate Wells. Saint Sebastian students Cecilia Engelhardt and Nicholas Santucci participated in the Pittsburgh Diocese All Star Band. Saint Sebastian students raised $1,227 for the American Heart Association in the Jump Rope for Heart competition. Seventh grade Saint Sebastian students raised more than $3,000 for the impoverished children and families of Chimbote, Peru. Since their efforts first began in 2006, more than $30,500 has been raised. Saint Sebastian School students competed in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition at the Pennsylvania State University. Earning first awards were Emma Polen, Michael Taffe and Kate Wells. Eric Ford, Madison McBurney and Ethan Rihn each received second awards. Saint Sebastian School Class of 2012 graduate, Gillian Kasper is 2016 Hampton High School vale-


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dictorian and Adelyne Bejjani and Lilia Smyers are 2016 salutatorians at their respective high schools, Vincentian Academy and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. Thirty-seven Saint Sebastian eighth graders graduated on May 31. The following awards were presented: Pastor’s Award: Patrick Sharpe, Principal’s Award: Savannah Powers, Liturgical Ministries Award: Antonio Battista and Xavier Moskala and the American Legion Awards: Sarah Petrunia and Nicholas Weising.

Total Learning Academy Total Learning Academy congratulates freshman student John Bassi on winning a 2nd level prize in the Creative Communications Spring poetry contest for his poem Hope.

CCAC Community College of Allegheny County North Campus student John McCabe helped his team to finish first at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XX John McCabe Golf Tournament, held May 6–8 at Cumberland Country Club in Cumberland, Md. McCabe also finished in third place among all the golfers, posting a two-day total of 157 (76, 81).

La Roche College

Ohio Northern University

La Roche College recently earned recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the fifth consecutive year.

Megan Bookser, of McCandless Township has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the spring semester 2016. She is a sixth year pharmacy major.

La Roche College is pleased to announce that 378 students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester.

Point Park University The 1923 Hope Harvey Football Club, a predecessor version of today’s Pittsburgh Steelers, is brought to life in a sculpture by Ray Sokolowski.  The installation of his exhibit will be on display until Sept. 30 at Point Park University in Lawrence Hall Gallery.

Saint Vincent College Breana Liberoni of New Alexandria, a senior accounting major at Saint Vincent College has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accounts (PICPA) and a $3,500 scholarship by the Southwestern Chapter of PICPA.

Marshall University Jeff Staley, of Sewickley, is the new intern for Maritom, llc. Jeff is a Junior at Marshall University, majoring in Integrated Science and Technology with Jeff Staley a focus on Game Development. He will be joining the staff of Maritom on a variety of new web and mobile app development projects.

The School at McGuire Memorial Pennsylvania Approved Private School (APS)


he School is the newest and only Approved Private School in Western Pennsylvania located outside of Allegheny or Erie County that serves students ages 3-21 with complex learning and support needs, including students with significant behavioral challenges. Easily accessible from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties. A new, state-ofthe-art wing was built for students with autism and intellectual disabilities to meet their unique learning needs.   A developmentally appropriate curriculum with a wide range of educational materials is available. Dedicated professionals assist all of our students, from those with autism who may have significant sensory needs or challenging behaviors to those with intellectual disabilities or those who are medically fragile with positioning needs, feeding tubes, tracheostomies, ventilators and sensory losses. Technology (SMART Boards, Ipads, TAPIT, VizZLe and touchscreen computers) is incorporated into each classroom and community-based instruction is an important component of the curriculum. Contact Kim Lieb, Director at 724-891-7222 or Visit us at l l l | NC July 2016


Starting the Conversation



n addition to my work here at Northern Connection, I also have my own sideline business where I recently had a rather unpleasant experience. A person who shall remain nameless inadvertently sent me a different file than the one she “meant” to send me. When I opened the file, technically everything was correct and so I assumed it was her final draft and distributed it accordingly. Then, oops, as it turned out, she had sent the wrong file from the one she had “meant” to send. To my mind, I thought, “Mistakes happen.” Since we can’t change the past, I assumed we would work together to see what we can do to correct it going forward. But alas, rather than take any responsibility for sending the incorrect file, she started the blame game in which, apparently, I was to be a psychic, mind-reader and intuitively know that it wasn’t the file she “meant” to send. Pardon me? Not only that, but during her blame game, she was belligerent, rude, unprofessional and even used profanity. Naturally, she and her boss ended up parting ways. But it got me thinking. None of that had to happen. If she just accepted that she sent the wrong file, we could have worked together to correct the situation. Instead, it was more important to her to have someone else to blame. My question is, why? Mistakes happen. Granted the written word is powerful, but in this instance, no one’s lives were at risk; no information being disseminated was incorrect. Why the drama? Obviously, I’ve been speculating on possible answers since it happened but what do you think? Where does the buck stop? Let’s continue the conversation on my blog at http://northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot. com, email me at or send me a “Letter to the Editor” at P.O. Box 722 Wexford, PA 15090-0722 attn: Marianne Reid Anderson. l l l


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A Patriotic Salute to Military Discounts BY PAULA GREEN

This month we celebrate our nation’s 240th birthday. As Americans, we are very proud of our country and it is important to honor those who defend it. In the Pittsburgh region, there are various establishments that offer military discounts to service men and women.


ocally, Cranberry Community Waterpark in North Boundary Park is sponsoring Military Appreciation Days on Sundays – July 31 and Aug. 28. On these two days, veterans and current members of the armed forces are invited to swim free of charge with their Valid Military ID Card. Dependents will be admitted for a discounted price of $5 with a Dependent Military ID Card. The pool is open to the public daily 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. thru Labor Day. For further info, call (724) 779-4386 or Amusement park enthusiasts will be happy to know, that Kennywood offers service members with a Valid Military ID a discount price as well. Park admission for armed force members is $22.00 plus a $1.00 amusement tax. For details, visit Kennywood’s sister park Idlewild in Ligonier offers the following - Active Duty Military and their dependents can save $13.00 on the purchase of a Regular FunDay Admission during the regular summer season and $8 during fall operating season (Sept. weekends & Hallowboo) when they show their Valid Military ID/Military Family ID at the Main Gate. For info, visit https:// The Pittsburgh Pirates and I.C. Light honor and thank military and their families with special pricing on game tickets. Service members can “Save up to $10 on Tickets to All Sunday-Friday Games.” Veterans can save $10 per ticket on Outfield Box tickets, or save $6 per ticket on Grandstand sections tickets. Valid active-duty, reserve, retired, dependent or DOD employee ID card required for ticket window purchases. Verification by For online orders, visit Armed service personnel receive discounts at the various Carnegie Museums. Active Military Personnel receive 50% off admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Offer valid for up to four people per Valid Military ID. For details, visit The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium allows all active duty, reservists, and veterans of the United States military to receive free general admission with proper identification (i.e. Valid Military ID, DD-214). For info, visit http://www. l l l | NC July 2016


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Northern Connection Magazine - July 2016 Issue  

Enjoy reading about Greene County and all of their summer events! This issue also features our 2016 Physicians & Specialists Directory and...

Northern Connection Magazine - July 2016 Issue  

Enjoy reading about Greene County and all of their summer events! This issue also features our 2016 Physicians & Specialists Directory and...