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ARE YOU GYMTIMIDATED? 5 tips to feel confident at your workout

DON’T GET BURNED Laser treatment mistakes to avoid

SWIM SAFETY Precautions for kids around the pool

“Suga” Sean O’Malley The UFC competitor talks his undefeated record, adventurous style and return to the Octagon






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Sean O’Malley

10 e  d note

Inside the world of the funky, undefeated UFC competitor

16 health

Heart-healthy breakfast, lung cancer stigma, stress eating, food poisoning on the rise, talking to your children, depression in children, and the perks of living with someone

20 list

Pool safety

22 splurge Solar cooler

24 cook

Tropical tumeric smoothie

26 style

Just add water


Lyndsey Fry

The ice hockey Olympian talks coaching the next generation of girls




28 weight loss News to know

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30 solo scottsdale Meet Brittany

32 muscle

Bodyweight burner

34 balance Overcoming gymtimidation

36 nutrition Deprivation diets

38 scottsdale soul A summer squash recipe, plastic-free glitter, fighting cancer with food, an organic vodka, and Senora Quest’s new mobile service

40 life


The Madison Scottsdale, Jicama eats made easy, Hotel Valley Ho’s indoor market series, unlimited golf at Mountain Shadows, and Tocaya Organica at Scottsdale Fashion Square

ARE YOU GYMTIMIDATED? 5 tips to feel confident at your workout

DON’T GET BURNED Laser treatment mistakes to avoid

SWIM SAFETY Precautions for kids around the pool

“Suga” Sean O’Malley The UFC competitor talks his undefeated record, adventurous style and return to the Octagon


ON THE COVER: Sean O’Malley, photo by James Patrick,




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42 toys, tech & gear Up, up and away

44 crazy 8s Fun in the sun

45 funnies

Get ready to work those abs

52 relating

Putting in the work

54 beauty Laser warnings

57 event

Cancer Treatment Centers of America open house

58 doctor’s orders Men’s hearing





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MICHAEL FITZMAURICE, MD Founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute Double Board Certified Hand Surgeon

When you've suffered a hand or wrist injury or need immediate care for persistent joint or nerve pain in your hands, wrists, or forearms, Hand & Wrist Urgent Care in Scottsdale is a quick and cost-efficient alternative to the emergency room. We provide fast diagnosis and specialized treatment for injuries to the fingers, hands, and wrists by one of the top hand surgeons in the country – Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice. Our patients are evaluated as soon as possible and may receive on-site x-rays or ultrasound for an effective diagnosis and treatment plan. If necessary, minimally invasive surgery can be performed within the same day to ensure the best possible outcome. At our center, we treat a wide range of hand and wrist injuries, including (but not limited to) the following: • • • •

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Everyone has a little bit of a fighter in them, but not everyone can do it for a living. Our cover star this month, Sean O’Malley, brings funky style, pizzazz and his never-give-up attitude to the UFC. Get to know him on page 46 as he prepares to return to the sport after a brief break. The weather is heating up in the Valley, signaling summertime. If you’re headed out of town, page 42 has a packing list of must-have items for jet-setters. Maybe you’re going somewhere cool by the water; flip to page 26 for by the pool styles. And speaking of the pool, if there’s kids around, pool safety may be top of mind. Page 20 shares tips to keep your kids safe around the pool. Swimsuit season can bring up some feelings of panic, thinking about getting into a bathing suit in front of family and friends, causing people to follow crazy crash diets. Page 36 talks about destroying deprivation diets and how you can follow a healthy eating regimen instead. Want to get in the gym to tone up but nervous about starting fresh? Page 34 covers gymtimidation and tips to feel confident during your next workout. We also have a 20-minute bodyweight workout on page 32 that can be done at home if you’re not quite ready to hit the public gyms. Lastly, if you’re in need of a little refresh, try the tropical turmeric smoothie recipe showcased on page 24 for a healthy, cooling treat to beat the heat.

Best, Skip the stress, excessive wait times, and costly appointments at a hospital emergency room. Get the urgent care you need for the fastest recovery possible at Hand & Wrist Urgent Care!


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HAND INSTITUTE MI C H A E L F I T Z MAU RI C E , MD Founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute Double Board Certified Hand Surgeon

Dr. Fitzmaurice’s advanced regenerative medicine techniques provide natural and long-lasting relief from hand and wrist conditions.

Dr. Fitzmaurice’s advanced regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, and hyaluronic acid, provide natural and long-lasting relief from carpal tunnel, trigger finger, tennis elbow and thumb arthritis among many other hand and wrist conditions. His passion for customized patient care and innovative techniques have redefined his specialty and made him one of the most sought-after hand surgeons in the country. Dr. Fitzmaurice is also a pioneer; he personally developed a line of nutritional supplements and patented surgical techniques to improve the safety and efficacy of hand surgery. When combined with regenerative medicine treatment, severe conditions that affect the hand can be alleviated and eliminated in the most effective ways possible for each patient.



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Heart-healthy Breakfast Don’t skip out on the most important meal of the day – it’s good for your heart. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported skipping breakfast was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular-related death, especially stroke-related death. After looking at common factors such as a person’s age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle, body mass index and disease status, researches found that those who never ate breakfast had an 87% higher risk of cardiovascular mortality compared with people who ate breakfast every day. So grab a heart-healthy breakfast, and keep your heart happy.

Not Just for Smokers Sometimes, stigma stands in the way of care. According to a recent evaluation, lung cancer in people who have never smoked is more common than most people think, and its on the rise. Lung cancer awareness is historically a strong and honest messaging on smoking, but has inadvertently underwritten to lung cancer receiving much less attention than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers. The British study reported that more nonsmokers died from lung cancer than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers. Increasing awareness could help lead to earlier diagnosis, reduce the blame culture around lung cancer and rebalance research funding. Source:

Source: www.cnn. com.

Step Away From the Chips It’s the cycle that keeps on giving. When you are stressed, you reach for your go-to snack: chips, chocolate, popcorn, granola bars – you name it. When stress occurs, the adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol, which increases




appetite and motivates a person to eat, especially foods high in fat, sugar, or both. However, a recent study is giving a better look into why that may not be your best bet the next time you are stressed out. Researchers made a discovery: an insulincontrolled molecular pathway in the brain

that may lead to excessive weight gain. When you reach for your high-calorie/ fat food, you are more likely to gain weight when you consume these foods under stress, versus when you eat them during less stressful situations. Source: www.

Which Came First: Chicken or Food Poisoning? Unfortunately, as recent food poisoning cases tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, it’s not going away anytime soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent report that the frequency of several types of food poisoning infections climbed last year, but that the increases could be the result of new diagnostic tools that help identify more cases. The two most common sources of infection have been longtime problems: salmonella and campylobacter. Salmonella can come from an array of foods including vegetables, chicken, eggs, beef and pork. The other germ, campylobacter, is commonly tied to chicken. While these two infections can appear anywhere, they are typically more often found in chicken. Source: www.

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A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. If you are concerned about receding gums due to gum disease or have gum recession because of aggressive brushing, smoking or medications, turn to Dr. Erik Svans, a Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique® Provider. This surgical treatment rebuilds the gum line without cut and suture surgery. You can walk out of our office with a beautiful new smile in a single visit! In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is often called the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” as it takes as little as an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia so you can return to work after your appointment.



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A Warning to Parents Anxiety and depression don’t just affect adults, and there is a warning sign to look out for. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 35% of young adults in the United States are obese. And, about 32% of teens ages 13-17 have had an anxiety condition at some point in their lives. A recent nationwide study connected obesity and anxiety among youth, finding that obesity is an independent risk factor for anxiety and depression among children and teenagers. Source:

Chitchat with your Children Keep talking – its good for the baby! Researchers found that young children who are exposed to a large amount of adult speech tend to have better cognitive skills than children whose parents are on the quieter side. A new study identified a link between kids who heard high quantities of adult speech and their nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness. The researchers also found that high-quality adult speech may have benefits for children’s linguistic development, as children in the study who interacted with adults who used a diverse vocabulary knew a greater variety of words themselves. So keep talking, you are helping your child grow! Source:

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Buddy up Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age and sex, according to research. The percentage of people living alone has increased in recent

years due to population aging, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility, and the percentage of those with reported mental diseases has also increased throughout the years. Previous studies

have investigated the link between living alone and mental disorders but have generally been conducted in elderly populations. Source: www.

Your skin deserves to be in the hands of a specialist!

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6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe Around the Pool Summer always comes early here in the Valley, and with it, pool season. Playing in the pool is one of the best ways to cool off and beat the heat, but when it comes to the pool and your kids, safety always comes first. Dive into these simple precautions to ensure that everyone has fun and stays safe around the pool this summer.

1. Teach your kids how to swim.   This might seem obvious, but it is a fact that learning to swim saves lives. While it’s important to note that this doesn’t guarantee safety, you will drastically reduce the chances of accidental drowning by enrolling your child in a local pool school and having them practice frequently.  2. Walk, don’t run and look before you leap.   Pool decks get very wet and very slippery. Keeping kids from running or playing rough near the pool is an easy way to prevent a slip and fall, and the possibility of serious injury. Children also need to be careful when jumping into the water. Jumping or diving into the shallow end of the pool is dangerous. Be aware of people swimming close by; an underwater colli-

sion is bad news for everyone!   3. Surround your pool with a safety barrier.   Installing a fence at least 4 feet high with self-closing and locking gates can make all the difference in keeping a wandering child out of the water. Many pool fences are built to be climb-resistant to prevent little ones from trying to get into the pool the hard way. Check with local officials for specific requirements.   4. Balance your water.   An underappreciated part of pool safety is keeping the water itself clean and sanitary. Even if you cannot see it with the naked eye, your water could be home to microscopic germs or other dangerous pollutants. Testing your water with a test kit and adding the right chemicals will keep your pool

and your guests safe and healthy.   5. Be prepared.  Learn CPR and first aid and keep an emergency kit and lifesaving equipment near the pool. If someone is in trouble and needs to be rescued from the water, be sure they are seen in the ER immediately, even if they seem fine.   6. Watch your kids. Finally, the most important rule of all: Watch your kids around water. Stay attentive and avoid texting or using your cell phone. If you are with other adults, take turns being the water watcher. If you are alone and need to leave the pool area for any reason at all, bring your children with you. Never, ever leave them alone in or around the pool. Taking your eyes off your kids for only a second is all it takes for tragedy to strike.

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Just Chillin’ GoSun launches a solar-powered cooler

GoSun, a company that promotes solar cooking through its patented vacuum insulated solar ovens, is launching the GoSun Chill this summer. The portable, high-efficiency cooler utilizes energy from the sun, along with combining the technology of brushless compressor motors with lithium ion batteries, to keep drinks and food cold, or frozen, for up to 10 hours, eliminating the need for ice. The cooler can be directly powered by an accompanying portable solar panel or a rechargeable lithium battery, prolonging the time your contents stay cool. The 40-liter cooler, which comes in at only 27 pounds, fits 40% more food and drink than its classic counterpart since there’s no ice using the valuable space inside. It’s equipped with built-in wheels and pull-out handle for ease. Available for $479 with shipment starting this August at GoSun,




4 HOTTEST AESTHETIC TREATMENTS FOR MEN AT NHL – SAFE, FAST & EFFECTIVE NHL now offers services to enhance your appearance without the injections or surgery. Their newest location at the Scottsdale Quarter offers a concierge-like atmosphere and cutting-edge treatments with successful results. Their services are result driven and their goal is to make you look and feel your best with customized packages and VIP Memberships.

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) Enhance your look after 1 session! One of the most innovative therapies for aesthetic rejuvenation and hair restoration is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP treatments use a concentrated amount of your own plasma to promote the cellular regeneration process. Use on your face for a more youthful appearance and for your scalp to boost hair growth. What separates NHL from other offices offering PRP, their procedure is processed in a particular way using a state-of-the-art centrifuge proven to provide the highest concentration of PRP and achieve maximum results. The perfect 3-step process includes microneedling and revolutionary growth factors. Add specialty stem cell boosters to increase your results.

SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION  (SMP) SMP is the newest, cutting-edge method to reduce scalp visibility in thinning areas and give you the appearance of thicker hair. Their certified SMP Artist uses specialty equipment to deposit ink onto the scalp and will color match your hair for natural-looking results. Whether you have long hair, short hair, or thinning hair, SMP will reduce the visible signs of hair loss with realistic looking hair follicles for a subtle, natural look.

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EYELID LIFT Get a real eyelid lift without surgery. The world’s most advanced non-surgical eyelid lift is highly versatile and very effective in smoothing out wrinkles with instant, lasting results. Non-invasive, skin lifting and skin tightening. The NHL Eyelid Lift is a revolutionary way to treat loose eyelid, puffy eyelids, treat wrinkles, sagging and dull skin without the downtime and cost of surgery. Look awake and refreshed.


HAIR RESTORATION New advancements in hair restoration are lightyears beyond the traditional hair transplants. The innovative treatments at NHL are driven by science and technology to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Hair Recovery Packages are customized to you depending on your hair loss needs. Restore your hair and your confidence today with our quality hair care, medicalgrade treatments, and stem cell therapy.


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TROPICAL TUMERIC SMOOTHIE Makes two smoothies 1 cup mango (frozen or fresh) 1 large banana 2 cups almond milk 1 teaspoon coconut oil 2 teaspoons chia seeds 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Vanilla protein powder 1 cup ice Shaved coconut flakes for garnish

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Top each drink with shaved coconut flakes and enjoy!




Erica Ptak is the creator of Founded in Flavor, a local food blog devoted to healthy, indulgent recipes. For more information on her blog, visit or visit her Instagram at @foundedinflavor.

Driving on the course, fun. Driving to the cleaners, not so fun.

Specializing in premier quality dry cleaning, with complimentary pick-up and delivery to your home or office for your convenience. Organic Dry Cleaners is a full-service dry cleaning company with locations in both Scottsdale and Phoenix. We pride ourselves on focusing on high quality pressing, being tough on stains, but eco-friendly, using only organic, non-toxic, dry cleaning solvents. Your garments will last longer and look exquisite!


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Just Add Water Take a dip in summery styles for the beach and beyond

Paper straw sun hat, $17.99 at H&M, Rose gold circle sunglasses, Le Specs Luxe, $119 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Lace-up one-piece swimsuit, Tommy Bahama, $159 at Nordstrom, www. Printed caftan coverup, Lilly Pulitzer, $149 at Saks Fifth Avenue. “Always summer” round straw bag, Seafolly, $68 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Pink two-strap slides, Birkenstock, $39.95 at Dick’s Sporting Goods,





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‘The Boob Whisperer’ 9 out of 10 women are wearing the WRONG size bra. 8 out of 10 don’t know how to put it on. • • • • • •

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weight loss news

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Portion Control for the Future

A Magic Pill Take a pill and lose some weight? That dream is becoming a reality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently cleared a new capsule to help adults who are overweight or obese shed some pounds, when used in conjunction with diet and exercise. The hydrogel capsule can be taken with water before lunch and dinner. In the stomach, the capsule releases thousands of particles that absorb water and swell to create small individual gel pieces. Those gel pieces increase the volume and elasticity of the stomach and small intestine, helping to make you feel full, which could then lead to weight loss.

It’s important to watch portion sizes starts early, according to a new study conducted at Penn State. Researchers found that when served larger portions of typical meals or snacks, preschoolers consumed more food, both by weight and calories. While it’s known that adults are likely to eat more when served larger portions of food over time, it was thought that young children can sense how many calories from food they need and adjust their eating habits accordingly. This recent study concludes that portion control should start early in life to help prevent obesity and other weight-related issues later on in life.

One Point for the Mediterranean Diet The Mediterranean diet has been long applauded as the “best” diet to maintain a healthy weight, and it keeps reigning true. Those who stick to a Mediterranean diet tend to consume fewer calories, while meeting all of their needs, compared to those who follow the Western diet most Americans abide by, according to a study performed at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The research resulted in the first experimental evidence that the Mediterranean diet protected against increases in consumption, obesity and prediabetes compared to the Western diet.

Source: www.cnn.


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Acupuncture for Everything Americans are moving away from traditional medicine and steering toward natural medicine – for everything from the common aliment to weight loss. Acupuncture is believed to help balance the flow of energy through the body and lead to a slew of physical and mental health improvements, including better sleep and stress relief. Research has also suggested that acupuncture can help people curb or kick additions, from food to drug addictions. A recent study conducted by Yale University shows that acupuncture might alter brain chemicals associated with these addictions and, in this way, aid in weight loss.



Dr. Bryan Geier talks a new treatment for pain management Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat the majority of all pain related symptoms with a non-invasive approach? Now, you can. As a Chiropractor, my education and training was focused on relieving pain by influencing the nervous system through the use of spinal manipulation. However, in my practice I intently focus on the myo, which is the Latin term for muscles and connective tissue called fascia. Here in lies the term Myofascial therapy. When treating pain, I chose to focus on the myofascia of the body because this is the most important component to influencing the Central Nervous System to decrease pain, specifically honing in on treating this pain by taking an alternative, non-invasive approach. Unfortunately, myofascial therapy receives little attention as a major source of pain and is seldom taught in modern medical school training. Even more unfortunate is the lack of insurance reimbursement for this important therapy. So, let’s dig into the topic a little deeper.

running through, around and crisscrossing every inch of your body including muscle, organs, blood vessels, nerves, spinal cord, brain and skin. The central nervous system receives its greatest amount of sensory nerves from myofascial tissue. This means that the fascia is as important or more important than muscle in sensory input delivery. The key to this statement is that your myofascia becomes the byproduct of your environment without you even realizing it. It experiences stress, memorizes chronic poor posture, feels the weight of your head sitting at the computer all day, and permanently holds onto old untreated injuries. As a result of never ending signaling to the brain, the body develops symptoms like pain and endocrine dysfunction like adrenal fatigue, dysfunctional mood and brain fog, to name a few. If the fascia controls the information that can influence the brain, then this is the first step to calming down the body’s pain response and also improving overall global body function.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND PAIN AND MYOFASCIA The muscular system is the largest sensory organ. Approximately 50 percent of your body weight is made up of about 400 skeletal muscles. Your fascia is actually one giant interconnected web of connective tissue

WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL THERAPY? It is a deep tissue treatment involving the breakdown of fascial adhesions known as trigger points. These trigger points ultimately create a permanently shortened muscle, resulting in pain and muscle dysfunction and, in turn, weakness and uncoordinated movements. Myofascial therapy can be performed in many ways including by a practitioner’s hands, using tools that break down adhesions and stretching. This therapy proves to be a very efficient and effective therapy for pain management, improving athletic performance and reducing cellulite.

COMMON INJURIES RELATED TO MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINTS • Pain or stiffness in your neck, mid- or lowback • Headaches or jaw pain • Sciatica and other nerve related symptoms like numbness and tingling • Tendonitis, Bursitis and Plantar Fasciitis • Joint pain especially in your shoulder, knee or wrist • Generalized dull, achy pain • Athletic performance issues

HOW DOES HEALTHY FASCIA BECOME UNHEALTHY FASCIA? This happens when extra layers of fascia grow due to stress, trauma, repetitive motions, dehydration and inflammation. Inflammation comes from repetitive working out or even eating inflammatory foods such as (but not limited to) sugar, fried food, certain oils and processed wheat.

CALL 480.800.4924 AND MENTION SCOTTSDALE HEALTH MAGAZINE TO RECEIVE 20 PERCENT OFF A PACKAGE OF THREE VISITS, EQUALING $179. Dr. Geier is located inside Jewish Community Center (JCC). A JCC membership is not required to be treated. Sign up to see Dr. Geier and also receive a one week pass to the JCC!

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Each month, Scottsdale Health features one local single. This month, meet…

Brittany Kohnke AGE: 34 ABOUT ME: Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, I moved out to Phoenix 3.5 years ago like most Midwesterners, to escape the brutal winters. I am a full-time high school physical education teacher and also own my own personal training and coaching business.  In my free time, I compete in powerlifting, partake in all the outdoor recreation activities Arizona has to offer, and enjoy spending time with my friends and family. MY FAVORITE BOOK IS: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IN A SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Someone who is intrinsically driven to be the best version of themselves in every way possible. This person has a

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With over 30 years of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgical experience, Dr Wolin and his staff not only Talk the Talk… they also Walk the Walk. Listen to what his patients have to say about their care and surgical results… (Verified independent interview) Just a few months ago I got a good closeup view of my lips in the mirror. I was horrified. How could I possibly have gotten so many wrinkles in not only my lips but also in the areas surrounding my mouth? I never even smoked cigarettes..I immediately decided that I would try and remedy the situation. I went to a local spa where I was told that a temporary filler combined with a standard skin peel would solve my problems. After undergoing multiple injections, it was evident that the solution to my problem not in a little jar of magical potions nor in a minuscule injection of temporary filler. The problem could only be solved by a combination of permanent volumizing as well as resurfacing my skin. I had heard of Dr wolin and his greater than 25 year experience using Fat Transfer techniques to revolumize and smooth wrinkles around the mouth. I also found that he was using a fantastic chemical peel resurfacing technique called “ The Croton Oil Peel” which produced amazing smoothing of the skin without the downtime associated with Laser Resurfacing. In just 45 minutes, under local anesthesia, I have been able to reclaim my deflated and wrinkled mouth…My results were amazing…natural and permanent.

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Dr. Andrew Wolin has been a leader in the plastic surgical community of Scottsdale since 1985, and his extensive years of experience benefit each patient. His top-notch reputation as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and for cutting-edge procedures draws patients from near and far. Dr. Wolin is the Medical Director of the Wolin Plastic Surgery Center. His practice offers a full-range of face and body procedures, including facelifts, browlifts, nose surgery, facial fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fat transfers, fotofacials™, laser skin resurfacing, ear surgery, breast augmentations, breast implant/exchanges, breast reductions, breast lifts, arm lifts, bodylifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and Coolsculpting to freeze away your unwanted fat. Dr Wolin also offers the newest technology in Permanent Hair Restoration, NeoGraft for men and women. Dr. Wolin is located at 8415 North Pima Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale 85258. You can call 480.945.8440 or visit to set up a consultation to learn more about these incredible procedures.

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20-Minute Bodyweight Burner Get a serious sweat session from anywhere

This is one of my favorite go-to 20-minute sweat sessions for busy professionals who travel or just can’t make it to the gym for a workout. The simple setup: set the clock for 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest for all four exercises, completing four total cycles in 20 minutes. Your heart rate will be pumping and leave you dripping some serious sweat when its all finished.




THE BREAKDOWN: 40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest (X4) for each of the following movements: Split Squat – Right and Left Leg T-Pushups Skater Hops Inchworms

Split Squats Assume a staggered stance with the rear foot elevated and front foot forward, pushing through the heel. Hold a dumbbell in each hand or go bodyweight only depending on your ability level. Start by slowly descending, dropping your knee and hip to lower your body down to the floor then returning to your starting position. Skater Hops Stand with your weight on your right foot, now push to your left by pushing off with your right leg. Land on your left foot, lifting your right leg off the floor

behind you. Continue pushing laterally back and forth. If needed, tap your back foot on the floor behind you for balance. T-Pushups Assume a standard pushup position straight-line head to heel. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. As you push yourself back up, rotate one side of your body up as you raise the same side arm your toward the ceiling, letting your eyes follow your hand. Return to the starting position and perform another pushup. Alternate from left to right with each repetition.

Inchworms Begin to walk your hands forward without moving your feet (your heels will begin to rise off the floor). Continue walking yourself forward until you reach a full push-up position where your spine, hips and head are level with the floor (stiff line head to heel). Complete one full range of motion pushup and then walk your hands back to your feet until you are vertical once again in the starting position.

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balance / by Rachel Reddish

Overcoming Gymtimidation A few tips to help you feel confident at the gym

As many as 50% of Americans feel self-conscious about working out at the gym, according to a recent study. Don’t let “gymtimidation” prevent you from experiencing the health and wellness benefits of exercise. Overcome that nagging voice in your head and feel great at the gym by following a few simple guidelines.

Have a plan Write your workouts or sign up with a personal trainer who can ensure you have homework on the days you are not working with them. A lot of anxiety comes from walking into a packed gym and not having a plan. Having a plan both saves you time and helps you learn about your facility. When is it busy? Who is in the

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facility and can assist when you have questions or concerns? This also helps you have a backup strategy in place in case your desired equipment is unavailable. You will be ready to apply progressions, regressions, and supplemental exercises to still get that lift you’re looking for! Another reason to write your workouts is that it will make you go. The psychology behind writing your workout down will drive you to get to the gym and complete the workout, even if you’re feeling intimidated. “If you ink it, you think it.” Focus on you It’s natural to think that all eyes are on you when working out in a gym, especially if you are nervous and haven’t established your confidence yet. If you focus with heavy intent on your workout and reaching your goals, then you won’t have time or energy to focus on those around you. Put on those headphones and crank up whatever music makes you feel great. Bring a friend to the fitness party When feeling intimated by the gym, find someone who can be a fitness mentor, or even just a buddy. There is something comforting about being with a friend in the gym, even if they are intimidated as well. Attacking the gym anxiety as a team can be very beneficial. You can share stories and laughs as you fight through it together.



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Take a class and speak to your M instructor Y Taking a class is a fantastic way to CM meet several memMY bers who just might be in the same boat CY as you. Tons of folks take classes CMY because it’s easy toK blend in. Be sure to introduce yourself to your instructor. They will never use this to embarrass you, but a quick introduction lets them know to watch and perhaps cue a little differently to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit of the class. Instructors are also great at making different suggestions for members based on what their goals are. Believe in yourself It’s important to keep in mind that everyone has started where you are today. No one gets to where they want to be overnight. If you feel someone watching you at the gym, keep in mind that they could be admiring your hard work and dedication. In fitness you don’t practice perfection, you practice consistency. If you keep up with dedicated practice, then you will soon be the one everyone is looking up to and aspires to be at the gym.





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nutrition / by Jess Hutchens

Deprivation Destroying Diets Stop restricting and allow freedom with four easy-to-follow tips

Summer is here and that means people are lounging by the pool, wearing bikinis, and trying to be at the top of their game with their fitness and nutrition. Motivation is high to look and feel good this time of year, which means people are more inclined to try more extreme means of dieting for weight loss. There are diet pills and extra supplements being used as a means of “quick fixes� for people who did not reach their goals in time. There are also intense diet plans going around, and people depriving themselves of sugar, salt, alcohol, and any other fun type of carb in hopes of reaching their goals in time. Forget the trends and follow these four tips for a healthy, free way of living.




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Allow Flexibility Many people try to reach their goals by restricting something in their diet, whether it’s sugar, carbs, fats, salty foods, etc. They eliminate these things completely and will not allow themselves to have it for a certain amount of time. Almost always, they will “mess up,” cave in, and allow themselves that thing, only resulting in feeling discouraged and defeated. In more severe cases, the person will then binge eat from the shame and guilt that came from it all, and the vicious cycle starts over again. Depriving completely can be an ongoing pattern that is counteractive with reaching your goals for the long term.

The biggest misconception is that you have to eliminate something you enjoy completely in order to reach your goals. If you understand what amount your body needs and you are consistent with it, you can actually have your cake and eat it, too. Restricting does not always have to be the answer. Follow the 80/20 Rule First and foremost,

to lose body fat you need to be in a calorie deficit. This is the number of calories that your body needs slightly below maintenance level in order to lose body fat. Once this amount is figured out, you can actually live and thrive off of the 80/20 rule. Calories matter most, so your body won’t gain fat from fun foods if you are still in the calorie deficit range each day. This

means, 80% of your daily caloric intake needs to be healthy, clean, nutrient-dense foods. Think of your typical “healthy” foods; fruits, veggies, protein, whole grains, and so on. From there, every single day if you wanted, you can have 20% of your daily caloric intake be “fun” foods; think a glass of wine, a cookie, or a small bowl of chips. Here’s an example: If your calorie deficit

amount is 1,700 calories, you should be eating 1,360 “clean” calories, and can have 340 “fun” calories every single day and still lose body fat, without restricting! Eat a “Treat” Meal If allowing yourself some flexibility every day is not something you can handle, incorporating a weekly “treat” meal is another great alternative

to not restricting completely. That is, once a week you can allow yourself a fun meal or treat, within reason, and still reach your goals, assuming you are in a calorie deficit. This allows you to still have some freedom and flexibility without feeling completely restricted. It also gives you something to look forward to each week! Move On If you are restricting and do cave into cravings, the best thing to do is move on the next day. Start over and do not beat yourself up. Continuing the pattern of shame and regret with food will only allow the cycle to continue. Get back on track as soon as you can and do the best you can.


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Plastic Free is the Way to Be Made of eucalyptus cellulose core, Today Glitter recently launched as the world’s first 100% plastic-free glitter, serving as an alternative to traditional glitter. Perfect for beauty gurus, arts and crafts projects, and DIY home decor, the 100% plastic-free line is 30-40% softer on the skin than conventional glitter, lending itself to silkier, more comfortable application, while nine vibrant colors and four glitter sizes to choose from allow for ultimate order customization. Free of the harmful metals and toxic chemicals in traditional glitter and biodegrading in as little as 30 days, Today Glitter’s newest line is an optimal way to enjoy using glitter without the litter. Conventional glitter is made of microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic that once enter the environment, are irretrievable and take up to 200 years to biodegrade. When in waterways, the microplastics are consumed by marine life and ultimately lead to their death. www.



Summer Squash with Neonata, Smoked Yogurt and Peppered Feta Recipe provided by Mora Italian,

1 pound baby zuchinni 1 pound baby yellow ssquash 3 tbsp Neonata Sauce (at Italian grocers, aka Rose Marina) 4 tbsp peppered feta cheese 2 tbsp smoked yogurt (yogurt + 2 drops of liquid smoke) 6 Fresno chilis, sliced thinly into rings 1 cup Champagne vinegar 1 cup water ½ cup sugar

For the pickled chilis: Bring the vinegar, water and sugar to a boil. Allow this mixture to cool and then cover the sliced fresno chilis and allow to sit for at least 24 hours. For the squash: Combine all the squash and place on a baking tray. Coat the squash evenly with the olive oil and evenly distribute the fresh thyme amongst the squash. Season evenly with salt, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes or slightly tender. Once cooked, immediately toss with the neonata sauce and set aside for plating (keeping warm). To Plate: Spoon the smoked yogurt on the center of a plate. Arrange the roasted summer squash on top of the smoked yogurt and garnish with a sprinkle of the peppered feta cheese and few pieces of the pickled chilis. Serve immediately. Serves four.


Cancer Free with Food Celebrity chef Liana Werner Gray recently released her new book, CancerFree with Food: A Step-by-Step Plan with 100+ Recipes to Fight Disease, Nourish Your Body and Restore Your Health, with a forward by Dr. Mark Hyman. As the title suggests, the book aims to show how to fight cancer with food, showing readers how to turn their kitchen into a pharmacy and serving as an essential guide for those diagnosed with cancer looking to heal from the inside out. Liana Werner Grey is the bestselling author of The Earth Diet, 10-Minute Recipes, a CBD advocate, health researcher, natural food chef and healthy living influencer. She has been the “celebrity chef” on mainstream media including ABC News, NBC and News 12 New York and Fox News. She is a passionate advocate for healthy diet and lifestyle, and is the resident health and nutrition coach at Complete Wellness NYC.

Organic Alternative Frankly Organic Vodka, Austin’s first organic vodka crafted with USDA certified organic, nonGMO, gluten-free ingredients, recently launched five flavors to markets across Texas and Arizona. All of the vodkas from the

company, which are distilled five times and filtered twice in small batches, are handcrafted from organic sweet corn and organic fruits, roots and botanicals harvested from healthy soils without the use of synthetic pesticides. Frankly’s flavor profiles are uniquely

divine with layers of functional ingredients like turmeric root, maca root, ceylon cinnamon, wild cherry bark, and ginger root. The portfolio includes an original and four flavors: Strawberry, Apple, Grapefruit and Pomegranate. The flavored offerings have a lower ABV at 30%, compared to the norm of 40%. Frankly Organic Vodka recently won three medals at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and four from the 2018 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. Frankly also gives back 1% of revenue to support no-kill animal shelters, sanctuaries, and/or animal cruelty advocacy organizations locally within each distribution state.

Going Mobile Sonora Quest Laboratories, Arizona’s largest integrated laboratory system, recently announced the availability of a new mobile sample collection service available in Maricopa County. The service provides consumers the option to schedule an appointment to have a Sonora Quest phlebotomist come to their home or place of business to perform blood collection for lab testing. Patients will now have an option to select a time and location for Sonora Quest to come to them for sample collection as opposed to the traditional collection performed in Sonora Quest’s patient service centers. This service is available for blood tests ordered by physicians, or ordered directly by consumers without a doctor’s order through Sonora Quest’s My Lab ReQuest offering.  The mobile service may be covered by some insurance plans, although insurance is not required. When not covered, this service is available with prepayment of $60. Customers can schedule an appointment on any device online or by calling 602.685.5000 and selecting option 5.

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Party on a Bike in Scottsdale The Madison, which already has established studios in both Arcadia and Tempe, recently opened a third location in Scottsdale. Offering its famous “Party on a Bike” 45-minute indoor cycling classes, The Madison wows once again with high-energy classes reminiscent of a dance party. The new studio offers the same exciting lighting, state-of-the-art sound system and wildly motivating teachers (or DJs!) as its first two locations, so spingoers can exercise and have fun at the same time. First-time riders, $15. Class packages are available at each studio and online. www.



Jicama for Health Jicama may just be the next kale or cauliflower, as it’s now being labeled as an “it” veggie in the food and beverage world. The Mexican yam bean that looks like a cross between a potato and a beet features a creamy white flesh and mildly sweet, crisp texture (similar to an apple). The vegetable’s high inulin content promotes bone health and protects against osteoporosis, and it’s filled with gut-boosting prebiotic fiber and vitamins to boost immunity while improving overall digestion. Xica Brands brings an approachable way to eat the veggie with a line of prepackaged, ready-to-eat options, including spears, tortilla chips, taco shells, and tortillas.


Chefs + Farmers Market Series As summer heats up (and the local outdoor farmers markets wind down), Hotel Valley Ho is bringing a free indoor neighborhood market to town. The Chefs + Farmers Market Series will take place at the Sands venue on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 22 to July 13. Guests can enjoy bites from chef Russell LaCasce along with other local chefs including Rene Andrade of Ghost Ranch and Matt Taylor of Mora Italian. There will also be fresh produce and local culinary delights for purchase, spirit and wine tastings and a cash bar featuring bloody marys and mimosas. The event will have live music, and guests will receive a 25% off voucher to use at ZuZu during their next summer visit. Each Chefs + Farmers Market will feature a different theme, from the music to the food, including South of the Border on June 22, Bada Boom Edition on June 29, Backyard Grillin ‘n’ Chillin on July 6 and Sweet Treats on July 13. www.hotelvalleyho. com.

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Staying in town this summer? The Short Course at Mountain Shadows is offering unlimited golf passes for $299 through September 22. Tee times are available anytime Monday through Friday and after 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with carts available for an extra $5. 480.624.5433.


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Now Open: Tocaya Organica The Southern California-inspired modern Mexican restaurant recently opened a second Valley location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, with its first at Kierland Commons. Tocaya is focused on wellness-driven dining, serving dishes rooted in traditional Mexican recipes. The restaurant accommodates a variety of dietary preferences ranging from vegan and gluten-free to vegetarian and keto, using high-quality produce as the foundation of its seasonally-rotating menu. Each dish at the eatery starts vegan with chef’s recommendations for protein and dairy additions, if desired. Tocaya also offers seasonal agua frescas, margaritas, juices, coffees and teas.

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toys, tech & gear / by Gabby Leighton

Up, Up and Away Practical packables for jet-setters

Herschel Supply Co. Amenity Kit Leaving on a jet plane to somewhere far away? It can be hard to sleep or get comfortable on a longer flight, so bring all the necessities for a




relaxing trip. This kit comes with soft foam ear plugs, a sleeping mask, a pair of slippers, and an inflatable pillow, which all fit into the storage pouch equipped with a drawcord closure. All items, with the exception of the soft foam ear plugs, are made from a cozy cotton/poly fabric. The sleeping mask comes equipped with a stretch-fit headband and the slippers (available in small/medium and large/extra-large) have a foam padding and synthetic suede outsole. $30 at East Dane,

Calpak X Oh Joy! Set of Packing Cubes It can be tough to keep organized when you’re living out of a suitcase, whether your trip is for a day or a few weeks. This set of four packing cubes (along with a water-resistant pouch for wet-dry storage) will help everything stay in its place. The pack includes two small cubes, one medium cube, one large cube and an envelope pouch. Each packing cube has a zip closure, top carry handle, exterior zip pocket, breathable mesh front so

you can see what is inside and an ID tag to add names to help with organization, whether you’re labeling with a person’s name or the clothing category. They all also feature waterresistant lining. $48 at Nordstrom, www. OOO Traveling Expandable 22-inch Carry-On Spinner Luggage with Removable Battery Perfect for business travel or a long weekend getaway, this luggage is made of lightweight, shatterproof polycarbonate plastic, perfect for carrying on. With 360-degree super-silent spinner wheels, the suitcase will effortlessly glide through the airport and it comes equipped with a built-in TSA approved lock. The luggage has expandable capability but the inside is equipped to handle it all as it’s divided into two zippered compartments with multiple pockets and has a compression system to compress soft items for more packing space. The high-tech item also features a removable, rechargeable battery to charge your phone plus a universal adapter for international travel. $248 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Letsfit Digital Luggage Scale Are you a bit of an over packer? The fees associated with overweight bags can be astronomical so it’s best to avoid them. Make sure you’re good to go before you leave the house by weighing

your bag with this easy-to-use handheld scale. To see what your suitcase weighs, loop the flexible strap around your suitcase handle, turn on and lift. The weight will be displayed on the clear backlit LCD display screen and has a target weight setting and overweight warning to remind you if overweight. The maximum weight for this product is 110 pounds. Slip the small, lightweight scale into your bag or purse to weigh your suitcase again before you head back to town. $8.99 at Amazon, JetKids by Stokke Bedbox Traveling with kids can be rough but this innovative suitcase may just solve all your problems. The ride-on, carry-on and sleep-on suitcase really does it all. It’s a spacious carry-on dimensioned suitcase (with swivel wheels in the front) in which children can ride on, be pulled along or pull themselves on through the airport for ease. There’s a top handle for the child to hold while riding and an adjustable strap allows parents to carry it over their shoulder. Wondering about the sleep-on aspect? The suitcase can turn an economy seat into a first-class travel experience in five simple steps. The extendable lid elongates the seat to create a larger surface area and it comes with a mattress and soft side panels to create a comfortable space on the seat. $199 at Nordstrom.

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Hello, summer! While there are just under 300 days per year of sunshine on average in Phoenix (that’s almost 100 more days than the U.S. average!), the sun gets even more attention during the summer months. Before you get out and have some fun in the sun, learn a bit the largest object in our solar system.

1. Massive impact. The sun accounts for 99.8% of the mass in the solar system. It has a mass of around 330,000 times that of Earth. 2. Tick-tock. The average distance from the sun to the Earth is about 150 million km and it takes eight minutes for light to reach Earth from the sun. This energy can reach Earth in mere minutes, but it takes millions of years to travel from the sun’s core to its surface. 3. Middle-aged. The sun is 4.5 billion years old, which astronomers believe to be about half its lifespan.

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4. Sizing up. The sun has a diameter of roughly 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles), almost 10 times the diameter of the Earth. This means over one million Earths could fit inside the sun. The sun is still considered tiny

as there are much bigger stars out there. 5. VIP. The Sun is the most important celestial body from the Earth’s point of view as it maintains all life, giving us light and heat. 6. Component talk. Approximately 74% of the sun’s mass comes from hydrogen and 24% is helium. The remaining 2% includes trace amounts of iron, nickel, oxygen, and all the other elements we have in the solar system. 7. A dime a dozen. Our galaxy, aka the Milky Way, is home to about 100 billion other suns. 8. Hot, hot, hot! The sun is very hot, with its core being the hottest at a scorching 15 million degrees Celsius. The surface is relatively cool at 6,000 degrees Celsius.


The Joke’s on Us! So go ahead and laugh already—hey, it’s good for you! Three people were riding in a car; a hardware technician, a systems analyst and a programmer. The systems analyst is driving and when they come to a steep hill he finds that the brakes have failed and the car is accelerating out of control. So, he pumps the emergency brake, downshifts the gears, and rubs the wheels’ rims against the curb. He finally wrestles the car to a stop. The three climb out and assess the situation. The hardware tech says, “Let’s try and fix it. I’ll crawl under the car and take a look.” The systems analyst replies, “I think we should get someone qualified to fix it, a specialist in brakes.” The programmer says, “Why don’t we just get back in and see if it happens again?”

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UFC competitor Sean O’Malley talks his undefeated record, adventurous style and comeback to the sport

/ by Elizabeth Liberatore / photos by James Patrick

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There is no other mixed martial arts promotion company quite like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Known for hosting worldwide events that feature the highest-level fighters, other organizations pale in comparison to the multibillion-dollar enterprise. The fights are thrilling, the crowd is energizing, and the fighters bring their own unique style to the combat sport. “Suga” Sean O’Malley is one of UFC’s most colorful fighters. His loud getups and fighting chops, which garnered him an undefeated record, immediately turned heads. People wanted to know where on earth this impressive and young competitor came from.

Cage Calling

UFC fighters, sports broadcasters and spectators will tell you that O’Malley came onto the scene straight out of the woodwork. In truth, he hails from the Queen City of the Rockies, or Helena, Montana. Unencumbered by what others thought, O’Malley marched to the beat of his own drum as soon as he could walk. “I’ve always been very driven, outspoken, energetic and creative, even when I was a kid,” he says. His childhood dream was to become an NFL player. That dream quickly faded once O’Malley was introduced to martial arts at age 16. His tall and slender frame had him competing at the amateur level in the bantamweight division, a weight class of competitors who range from 123 pounds to 135 pounds. Taking to the cage like a pro, light on his feet and extremely fluid, O’Malley found his new calling. “I realized I could make a career out of fighting when I




started watching UFC more, so when I was about 17 or 18 years old,” he explains. O’Malley has been professionally competing as a mixed martial artist since 2013. A handful of his first fights were in his native state, and his first fight outside of Montana was in North Dakota against David Nuzzo. In this fight, O’Malley performed something out of a Jackie Chan movie. His stunning spinning hook kick knocked his opponent out and secured him a spot on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, a weekly UFC show established to find new talent. “The Contender Series was a good night for me. I knew I would get a contract if I went out there and performed well, and I did.” O’Malley adds, “I got to meet Snoop Dogg [that night], too.” The tattooed Montanan with the full, curly hair made his UFC debut against Terrion Ware in December 2017 – and he won. Next, he fought and beat Andre Soukhamthath in March 2018. It became clear that O’Malley wouldn’t stand to be called a rookie for long. In fact, he made it known that when he fought, spectators weren’t just watching UFC, but they were also experiencing “The Sugar Show.” “Sugar [is my nickname] and it came from my first coach, Johnny Aho. He called me that because he thought I was so sweet to watch fight,” O’Malley explains.

The Comeback Kid

O’Malley was without a doubt one of UFC’s most attractive up-and-comers to watch. His tenacity to win was gripping, his

kooky style was refreshing and he seemed unstoppable. But then The Sugar Show was forced to take an extended intermission. “I tore my labrum a few years ago and it got to the point where I couldn’t train on it anymore. The tear got longer and required [two] surgeries,” O’Malley explains. His seven-month-long recovery brought his fighting career to a complete standstill. Despite this, O’Malley remains extremely optimistic about picking up where he left off. “The best piece of advice I’ve received is to take care of your body, which is what I’m doing right now,” he says. “There are no nerves approaching my comeback, just pure excitement.” He will step back into the UFC cage, coined the Octagon, early next month in Las Vegas to fight against Marlon Vera. O’Malley certainly has a long way to go to prepare for the match, but he’s eager and excited to do the work necessary.

Training, Gaming and Sugar Style

The 24-year-old has called Arizona his second home for five years. He trains at Phoenix’s premier mixed martial arts center, The MMA Lab, where he trains with owner and head coach John Crouch, as well as Augusto Mendes and Tim Welch. The dedicated fighter works out anywhere from eight to 12 times a week. “I warm up first and then, depending on the day, hit mitts, wrestle, spar, grapple or focus on strength and conditioning,” he says. Recovery is key. O’Malley never shies away from a coldwater immersion and dip in the hot tub after every session. Nutrition is another biggie. He and his partner Danya practice clean eating year-round. “I don’t meal prep. I eat organic foods only. My girl cooks for me and helps me stay consistent with my diet,” he explains. Real and responsibly sourced foods is an important subject matter for this UFC fighter. One of O’Malley’s personal goals is to one day own and operate a compound where his family and friends can grow their own food and raise their own animals. Another one of his dreams? “I’d also like to get on Dancing with the Stars someday,” he chuckles. With a fan following of 425,000 on Instagram (follow him @sugaseanmma) and his flashy style that pulls from the King of Pop and Jimi Hendrix, something tells us that O’Malley was born to be a contestant on the ABC dancing competition show. “My vibe is funky, wild and creative. It’s Sugar style! I just like to wear stuff that most people can’t or wouldn’t dare to pull off,” he says. When he isn’t donning a perfectly teased hairstyle, yellowcolored shades or tie-dye anything, O’Malley likes to connect with his fans on Twitch, a streaming platform for gamers (sugashow_og). As an avid gamer himself, his channel allows him to play games with his fans, chat with them and do frequent giveaways. “I have a really good relationship with my fans. They mean a lot to me,” he explains. For more information, visit

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/ by Gabby Leighton

Olympian Lyndsey Fry is changing the game of hockey for females as director of the Small Frys Development program and president of the Arizona Kachinas Chandler native Lyndsey Fry is not your typical 26-year-old. She began playing ice hockey at age 6 and with determination and hard work, has placed in numerous high-profile competitions, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where she led Team USA to a silver medal. Now, the Harvard University and W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University graduate is living out her coaching dreams as the director of the Small Frys Development program and the president of the Arizona Kachinas all girls hockey association, coaching over 180 girls ages 5-19. In her new role as the Arizona Coyotes Brand Ambassador and Special Advisor to the President and CEO, she also provides branding and strategic advice to the organization.




WHEN DID YOU FIRST FALL IN LOVE WITH HOCKEY? I actually fell in love with hockey when I was 4 years old and was introduced to the Mighty Ducks movies. I was a huge Disney kid and there was something about that movie that just made me want to be a hockey player. My parents got me the plastic skates that strap onto my shoes and I would just skate up and down the driveway for hours. Finally, my dad put a stick in my hand and I was hooked! I started playing inline hockey when I was 5 and ice hockey when I was 6. The rest is history! WHAT WAS THE BEST PART ABOUT COMPETING IN THE 2014 OLYMPICS? The most incredible thing was being able to represent Arizona. I’m the first hockey player, male or female, from the state of Arizona to play ice hockey in the Olympics and the first Arizona-born Olympian to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. I knew that going into the games and to be able to represent my state

and he realized I could offer more than just hockey coaching and brought me on full time in November of 2018 to be a hockey ambassador and his special advisor. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION? For me, coaching the next generation of Arizona girls hockey players is extremely personal. I tell people all the time that the reason I coach is because every opportunity, friendship, childhood memory and my education has come through hockey and I want to provide those things for the kids I coach. They are a ton of fun and to know that you’re giving them more than just hockey skills is incredibly rewarding. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HOPE TO PASS ON TO THE KIDS YOU’RE COACHING? I think anyone who coaches youth sports hopes to teach kids more than just the technical aspects of the game. The real purpose of coaching is to help develop quality people. Hockey is a sport that teaches lessons like teamwork, perseverance and self-confidence so those are the bigger things that I hope to pass on. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM? The Arizona Kachinas Hockey Association is the excusive girls hockey association in the state of Arizona. We have elite teams that will travel for competition and development teams that play here in Arizona. We also

on the international stage was incredible. HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY LEAD YOU TO THE ARIZONA COYOTES AND ARIZONA KACHINAS? I grew up playing hockey in the same rink as the Coyotes’ Director of Amateur Hockey Development Matt Shott, who has always had my back. In 2015, we started talking about what it would take to really grow girls’ hockey in the state of Arizona. The timing all worked out really well because as soon as we had developed our plan to build girls hockey by focusing on the young girls at the base, the NHL launched a program called the Industry Growth Fund (IGF). Matt applied for our Small Frys all girls development program and we received the grant. I started as a contracted employee who was brought in to run the Small Frys program while I was finishing up my MBA at ASU. During that time, I met our current CEO, Ahron Cohen. We bounced some ideas around

have our small Frys program for girls who are beginners which is designed to feed into the Kachinas girls program. Our mission is to provide every female hockey player in the state of Arizona the opportunity to play the sport they love in the state they love with girls who are just like them. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR NEW EXPANDED ROLE? When I was hired on for this expanded role, my main objective was to help grow youth hockey in the Valley. So currently, my primary focus is ensuring that the Kachinas Association is successfully launched in its inaugural season and operates with a sustainable business model long term. Given my background, girls hockey is where I can make the greatest impact here and now but I also hope to expand the contribution of my advisory projects to help serve the Coyotes Organizations, which ultimately will ensure sustainable community hockey development in Arizona.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF SINCE YOU’VE STARTED COACHING? I think along the way I’ve learned about myself that I care more about teaching life lessons that I care about winning. That’s why I think I actually fit better with development players rather than elite competitive players. I think moving forward, I’ll let myself push girls more and remember that I don’t always need to be the “nice coach.” Sometimes teaching life lessons means being a little stricter and earning the players’ respect. IF YOU COULD GIVE YOURSELF ONE PIECE OF ADVICE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Work hard and have fun. I let hockey feel like a job as I got older rather than something I was thankful I got to do every day. Now I wish I could go back and just remember how incredible each and every day was as a youth hockey player.

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/ by Dr. John A. Robinson Drs. Cristina RomeroBosch and John A. Robinson have treated thousands of patients with their comprehensive approach to hormone replacement therapy and hormone pellet therapy for a combined 25+ years. This power couple has created their unique brand, The Sex Docs, as they provide Sexual Wellness solutions for couples at their Scottsdale medical practice, The Hormone Zone. Explore more at

One Plus One Equals Three In any good relationship, when two people come together, it creates something very special that is more than the sum of its parts. When two people fill in the natural gaps of the other person, while this is working simultaneously and harmoniously, the relationship becomes a living entity all on its own. And if you are in a really good relationship, then you know what we mean. Even others from the outside will notice also; that there is a special energy when you both walk in the room, that is larger than each of you, that is larger than life. This special type of relationship is dictated by both conscious and unconscious forces, some things we can influence and control, and others that we cannot. Consciously, we can make direct decisions to truly desire to enhance our partner, be there for them, and make the needed sacrifices for the sake of the relationship. Unconsciously, there can be forces and influences that can be harder for us to control. One of these unconscious forces is our physical state as we age, and the hormonal balance that affects our ability to think clearly, make enhanced




and complicated decisions, energize our positions and motivations, and stimulate us sexually, all of which are important in maintaining a healthy and cohesive relationship. Relationships are affected by the influences of hormonal imbalance, particularly our desire to connect intimately. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are vital to the energetic synergy of our sexual impulses, drives, and motivations. As we age, as soon as our 30s, these hormones begin to decline and start to provide unconscious influences in our relationships, dampening that spark that used to be easily kindled. Other hormones such as oxytocin, an important bonding hormone, will affect both men and women, as they age and will burden the ability to have a deeper connection that leads to a healthy sexual appetite. Fortunately, there are answers. There is a very old saying that “healing is always a possibility” and this includes our hormones and our relationships. Here are some distinct ways you can begin to restore and improve your relationships now.


Practice Self-care. When we pause for a moment and really focus on what we really want and need, and then take action toward fulfilling our desires and needs, then we reap all of the benefits for ourselves and then have the capacity to continue to give to our partner. If you are not taking care of yourself, how can you take care of someone else? Make your relationship a priority. You have to be honest and ask where you place your personal relationship in the order of what you value. If you want your relationship to improve, and flourish, then prioritize. Really prioritize. Take direct action on behalf of your partner and your relationships. After you have thought about it, read articles about it, you have to take definitive action on a daily basis toward doing for your partner and yourself. As you give, you will begin to receive.Â

Consider having your hormones rebalanced and optimized. Volumes have been written about the benefits of hormones and specifically how it creates a spark in your mind and motivation in everything you do. There are countless patient testimonials about the benefits of hormones. The process of properly restoring your hormonal balance is a rebirth for your life and a renewal of your relationships. The world of hormones is a specific medical discipline that takes years of experience and training to really understand how to wield this tool correctly. Be sure to seek out medical professionals who understand how to have the honest conversation with you and your partner about hormones and intimate relationships and lead you both back to that special something you have always had.

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/ by Felicia Taghizadeh

a discrete location, like behind the ear, and then wait a few weeks to see how the skin responds. Lasers can be safely used for all skin tones as long as you select a knowledgeable provider. If you have hyperpigmentation from a laser, don’t despair. There are several ways to get your skin looking beautiful again. Prescription hydroquinone cream, kojic-acid pads, and treating the discolored area with a different wavelength laser can all help to even out the dark areas and create a uniform color to the skin. It takes time and commitment to reverse hyperpigmentation and is worth the effort. Burns are another common laser complication. Inexperienced laser providers can cause burns through improper use of the device. Burns happen when too much concentrated energy is delivered to the same area and can show up as blisters after a treatment, track marks on the skin, and excessively painful areas. It is essential that burned areas be quickly cooled. Topical steroids and protective balms can help repair the damaged skin and prevent infection. A skilled physician may use prescription products to reduce the profile and appearance of the scar and may even use a different laser to try to get the burned area to match the surrounding tissue. Finally, money should never be the determining factor. If a laser treatment is offered at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. It isn’t worth saving a few bucks when your face and peace of mind could suffer long-term damage. So how do you get the benefits of a laser without the complications? 1. Make sure you are visiting a licensed provider. 2. Ask about the provider’s qualifications—how many patients have they treated? How long have they had the device? Have they had any complications? 3. Understand your goals and do your research. Make sure the treatment will address your goal – hair removal lasers will not make your skin look younger or take care of pigment. The provider has to have the right tool for the job.

Don’t Get Burned Mistakes to avoid when lasering

As a top five aesthetic market in the United States, the Valley is full of providers ready to treat your skin with the newest laser device. Lasers can remove unwanted hair, blast away brown spots, erase spider veins, and create younger-looking skin by stimulating collagen and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. But buyers beware — a laser in the wrong hands can create lasting damage that can be difficult to repair. Lasers work by delivering concentrated energy into a cell, causing it to die without impacting the surrounding tissue. This breaks up pigment, stimulates collagen, and causes damaged skin cells to go away. Complications occur when too much heat is built up in the skin. The most common complications are hyperpigmentation, burns, and infection. Hyperpigmentation is when the treated skin gets darker after a laser. It happens frequently in patients with darker skin tones. To avoid the risk of hyperpigmentation, make sure to select a provider who has extensive experience treating patients who have darker skin. The provider should also do a test spot in

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doctor’s orders / by Kelly P. Conroy

Listen Up, Guys Tune in to men’s hearing loss

Men and their loud lifestyles Men’s lifestyles and occupations explain their higher rates of hearing loss. From farming to military service, construction work to manufacturing plants, more men work in noisy environments or use loud tools. Men’s recreational activities can be loud, too. Think of the noise levels generated by woodworking, metalworking, hunting, motorcycling, leaf blowers and other power tools. Loud noises cause ear damage Chronic exposure to loud noises can take a permanent toll on your hearing, damaging the sensory and nerve cells in the inner ears. Personal audio devices are common culprits – especially ear buds that fit directly inside the ear canal. Whatever audio device you use, limit the volume around half to three-fourths of highest setting, and keep listening sessions to one hour or less.

Men are often accused of being poor listeners, especially by their spouses. In truth, they may have poor hearing. While 23% of adults have some form of hearing loss, the majority – 60% – are men. Higher-pitched sounds, including softer women’s and children’s voices, are often the first to go.

Many causes of hearing loss Aging impacts your hearing, too. By the time people are in their 60s, many will notice a change in their hearing.

Other causes of hearing loss can include heredity, ear infections or injuries and high fevers. Most people are surprised to learn that certain medications may also cause sudden hearing loss, particularly some medications used in the treatment of cancer, antiinflammatory drugs like NSAIDs, and certain medications to treat erectile dysfunction. If you have sudden hearing loss – especially in one ear – or experience sudden vertigo or dizziness, see your family physician or ENT doctor promptly. Hearing is key to well-being Hearing loss isn’t just annoying or inconvenient, it can also be embarrassing and that can cause people to stop participating in social activities. Social isolation can easily lead to depression or anxiety. Hearing loss can also impair your ability to learn, perform well at work and hear important cues that help you safely navigate your surroundings. Signs and symptoms to look out for Watch for these signs and symptoms of hearing loss:

Muffled-sounding conversations and environmental sounds Difficulty understanding words, especially in a crowd Trouble hearing consonants Needing to ask others to repeat themselves or speak up Needing to increase radio or TV volume Although most hearing loss can’t be reversed, a hearing specialist or audiologist can help by recommending the right hearing solution for you. Many devices are nearly invisible, too. Almost half of all hearing loss is preventable, so take steps to protect the hearing you have by limiting your exposure to excessive noise. When it can’t be avoided, use ear plugs, available at most drug stores, and remember to position the soft plugs deeply in the ear canal to be effective. Hearing loss can take a toll on a man’s quality of life. It deserves your attention during Men’s Health Month (June) – and always!

Kelly P. Conroy, AuD. Is a Doctor of Audiology at Mayo Clinic, Arizona. Dr. Conroy specializes in treating people with hearing loss and in rehabilitation through amplification devices.






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