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Women Following in their Fathers’ Footsteps



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Charline McCombs Caring for Family and Community











Editor’s Letter

Like Father, Like Daughter — Women following in their father’s footsteps





What’s New

Charlene McCombs — Caring for family and community

39 Mommy Matters


42 Beauty



Hillside oasis showcases city views

45 Women’s Wellness

52 GUYS TO KNOW Dr. D. Leslie Hollon, Ph.D. — Preacher, professor, author and pastor of Trinity Baptist Church

49 Wine


92 Restaurants



78 Senior Living

Michele Patton, Owner of School of Rock

95 Weddings


CALENDARS 34 Fashion 90 Events

Saveurs 209 — Thoroughly French

97 Women on the Move


98 Looking Back

96 Entertainment

Ashley Simpson — Making a Difference with Music



Sylvia Benitez, Founder of GAGA

Charline McCombs Honored for Her Work Photography Josh Huskin 8 |


A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR MAY/JUNE 2014 The two months we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are a good time to reflect on the

PUBLISHER J. Michael Gaffney

importance of families. As you read this issue of SAN ANTONIO WOMAN, you’ll see that some

EDITOR Beverly Purcell-Guerra

take family closeness to an additional level in multigenerational businesses.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Tamara Hooks, Maria Jenicek

Read about three businesses where daughters have joined their fathers in running the enterprise: Liz Garza Williams

SENIOR WRITER Jasmina Wellinghoff

Cheryl Ludwick, co-owner of Koch Ranches Gourmet Country Store with her father, Tony Koch; Kimberlee Dennis-Brysch, who works every day at Dennis Jewelry with her father, George Dennis; and Courtney Percy, vice president of marketing at Julian Gold, where her father, James Glover, is

COO. It’s not unusual for the younger generation to introduce such concepts as a social media presence to established procedures and all to the advancement of the company. Las Casas Foundation celebrates the 100th birthday of the Empire Theatre by honoring our Profile, Charline McCombs, on May 21 at a two-part gala starting at the Majestic Theatre and ending with a show at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. She is in the spotlight for the work she has done over the years for the Las Casas Foundation, which has raised funds for the restoration of these two historic theaters. At Home will take you to a residence in Champions Run that is built on a hillside and

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Like Father, Like...


Daddy’s girls follow in fathers’ footsteps We’ve all heard the old adage, “like father, like son,” but in today’s world, daughters are just as likely as their male siblings to follow in dad’s footsteps. In this issue, in honor of Father’s Day, we are showcasing three women who work side by side with their dads on a daily basis. Hired for more than simply their last names, these are independent, well-respected businesswomen who have brought their own unique skill sets and ideas to the table. Just ask their dads!

Cheryl Ludwick, co-owner, Gourmet Country Store While other 7-year-old girls were playing with Barbie, Cheryl Ludwick was spending her weekends building fences and feeding the animals on her family’s ranch. Although she may not have realized it at the time, she was also laying the groundwork for what would become a lifelong passion and career.

Today, Cheryl works alongside her father, Tony Koch, in the Koch Ranches Gourmet Country Store, which they opened in 2011 as a place to offer the Koch Ranch homegrown produce and grass-fed meats, along with other locally grown products, to the public.

“If you are raising it yourself, you know how it’s grown,” she says. “My passion is growing the cleanest, healthiest, tastiest food we

“We had been successfully selling our meat and produce at local

can grow and then sharing it with our customers.” To that end,

farmer’s markets, but the selling period was limited,” explains

Cheryl, a retired attorney, oversees nearly every aspect of the busi-

Cheryl. “We thought it was time to offer retail hours.”

ness, from marketing and bookkeeping to management and production. She also oversees the ideas of her father.

Koch Ranches, Inc. consists of eight working ranches that are spread across more than 4,400 acres of lush pasture in Medina

“She takes care of the details,” says Tony, a self-described “idea guy.”

and Frio Counties. Here they grow produce to organic standards and raise grass-fed livestock that has met the prestigious Ameri-

“The challenge is that when he gets an idea, he wants to go full

can Grassfed Association and the Animal Welfare Approved

steam ahead without laying the groundwork,” explains Cheryl.

Agency’s certification standards. Getting to this more natural

“That’s where I come in.”

ranching process was an evolution that Cheryl was instrumental in leading, especially after learning that her oldest son suffered

Together they have implemented some ideas that are making it

from Crohn’s disease. A lifelong proponent of healthy eating,

easier for people to not only understand why they need to be

Cheryl began to take a hard look at the effects that food can have

mindful of how the food they eat is grown, but also to have con-

on the body and began working with her father to change the way

venient access to healthy foods. In addition to stocking the

the Koch Ranch raised its livestock and grew its produce.

shelves and cases with fresh meats and produce and other good-

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Cheryl Ludwick is co-owner with her father, Tony Koch, of the Koch Ranches Gourmet Country Store. That's where they sell Koch Ranch homegrown produce and grassfed meats plus other locally grown products. A retired attorney, Ludwick is a lifelong proponent of healthy eating.

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UP FRONT “So many people are denied the opportunity to know their parents that well,” she muses. “When you work with them daily, you get to know them as more than just your parents but also as friends.”

Kimberlee Dennis-Brysch, Dennis Jewelry Some of Kimberlee Dennis-Brysch’s earliest and fondest memories involve going downtown to visit her father, George, at work and having lunch across the street at the old Bluebonnet Hotel. “I was only 3 or 4 years old, and I thought it was such a special treat,” she reminisces.

Today, Kimberlee gets to see her father at work every day, and even though she’s all grown up, it’s still a special treat. “Seeing my dad every day is the best part of my job,” she says happily. “My parents divorced when I was really young, so I didn’t have that growing up.”

Kimberlee’s grandfather started Dennis Jewelry in 1936. She is the third generation to join the business, and over the years, she has learned every facet. Even as a child, she would spend her summers ies for customers to grab and go, Koch Ranches Gourmet Coun-

wrapping packages, answering phones or just sitting and watching

try Store offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) sub-

her grandfather at the bench as he created custom pieces. She

scriptions where customers can pay for weekly boxes filled with

paid close attention as he explained the process, and as a result,

seasonal produce, meat or a combination of both. Cheryl explains

she can handle everything from special orders to buying to cus-

that the purpose of the CSA is to teach people to eat local, sus-

tomer interactions.

tainable food that is in season. “Studies show that it is actually healthier for our bodies to eat the foods that are in season in our

“I can do everything except physically create or repair jewelry,”

area,” she explains.

she says, adding that she started as a typical Girl Friday.

Each customer receives a weekly email with the details of the con-

“I had to work my way up just like anyone else, but I always knew that this is what I wanted to do.”

tents of that week’s box, along with a recipe for how to prepare the items. “It makes people better cooks because they learn to try new things,” she says.

In addition to learning the physical aspects of the job, Kimberlee was also educated on the family work ethic. Her father taught her

Cheryl and Tony are also preparing to introduce pre-packaged

his philosophy of “My word is my bond and my handshake is my

frozen meals, the majority of which will be Paleo-friendly and

contract,” and it is a motto she employs daily. “You have to be

gluten-free. Keeping busy moms like herself in mind, Cheryl says

straightforward, and you must have integrity when dealing with

that these meals will make serving up a quality dinner much more

people,” she explains of the family’s creed. “I treat everyone the

convenient. “These allow you to have a healthy meal on the table

same way that I would want to be treated.”

in 30 minutes,” she says. George credits his daughter for bringing in a younger demographic By making healthy foods easily accessible and by educating her

by introducing new, more fashion-forward lines and bridal selections.

customers on the benefits of a clean, healthy eating lifestyle,

“It’s great having a third generation in the business because most of

Cheryl is hoping to change the way people look at the dietary

our customers are multigenerational,” says George. “Plus she has a

choices they make. She has already had an influence on her oldest

great work ethic, and I know that I can trust her with anything.”

son, age 15, who is very active in the business, working on the ranch in the summer and participating in the agriculture program

Part of that work ethic includes understanding that there is no

at Madison High School. But the biggest reward for her efforts

special treatment for the boss’s daughter. Kimberlee says she

comes in the form of customers who tell her that they have started

makes sure to follow the same protocol as everyone else when it

eating better and losing weight.

comes to things like calling in sick or taking vacation time. And like the other women in this article, she is careful about leaving

“We are so blessed to be able to share what we do with others

work at the office. The family often vacations together at her fa-

and make a difference in their lives,” she says proudly, adding that

ther’s South Texas ranch, and all talk of jewelry is forgotten as they

working with her dad is just an added bonus.

spend time barbecuing and relaxing.

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Kimberlee Dennis-Brysch first became fascinated with jewelry watching her grandfather create custom pieces. Today, she works with her father, George Dennis, at Dennis Jewelry. She has introduced more fashion-forward lines and bridal selections to attract a younger demographic.

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Courtney Percy, who began her career at Julian Gold in gift wrapping, has risen to be vice president of marketing. She convinced her father, COO James Glover, that the store needed to add a social media component, which has proved to be highly successful.

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With two sons of her own, Kimberlee says there is a chance that Dennis Jewelry could see a fourth generation joining the family business. Her advice to them about working with family? “You must have an even temperament, and you must be able to keep a calm, cool head at all times,” she cautions. “You also have to really love the business.”

Courtney Percy, vice president of marketing, Julian Gold When your father is the COO of one of Texas’ most upscale retailers and your mother is the cosmetic buyer for the company, there’s a good chance that the fashion bug will bite you at an early age. That was the case for Courtney Percy, who began working in gift wrapping at Julian Gold while she was still attending MacArthur High School. Today, she is the vice president of marketing, overseeing everything from special events to the graphic design of all the printed materials to the company’s social media presence. She is also working alongside her parents, James and Susan Glover.

Julian Gold has been clothing generations of women from some of the most stylish families in Texas for almost 80 years. During that time trends have come and gone, and the way that companies do business and interact with their customers has evolved. Courtney, who worked her way up from gift wrapping to assistant buyer and floor manager, realized the need for the company to embrace the changing trends and approached her boss, aka dad, with ideas for ways to enhance the presence of one of Texas’ oldest independent retailers.

“There is still that Julian Gold customer that appreciates the more personal touch in the form of phone calls and direct mail

While attending the University of Texas, Courtney worked at the

pieces,” she explains. “We try to keep a balance between the

State Capitol for the House of Representatives, where she

traditional and the modern. I’ve learned a lot from my dad

gained experience in event planning and public relations. She

about this, but he has also seen a positive change in the past

convinced James to give her a chance to put her skills to work

few years via our digital media efforts.”

at Julian Gold by moving the marketing in-house rather than continuing to outsource.

Communicating openly and honestly is the key for Courtney

“He had more hesitation about it than I did,” says the lively

ronment. They also know to leave business at the store. A close-

and James when it comes to creating a harmonious work envi-

blonde, who refers to her father as Mr. Glover while on the job.

knit bunch, Courtney, her husband, and their two children can

“In the end, however, it turned out to be a seamless transition.”

be found having Sunday dinner at the Glovers’ home almost every week, and Julian Gold is not part of the family banter. “We

“Courtney brings new ideas and a fresh approach to doing business,” says James. “Adding the social media component has had a huge impact.”

don’t talk business after hours,” she says.

Courtney realizes that theirs is a unique situation that isn’t necessarily for everyone. But then again, Julian Gold is a

Courtney explains that the fashion industry in general has

unique specialty store that still takes pride in one-on-one cus-

changed to be more contemporary and sporty across the

tomer interaction and community involvement. As a result of

board, and even work attire has become more casual. By na-

that level of dedication and commitment, the store has a de-

ture, these changes appeal to a younger demographic, and

voted following, something that is almost unheard of in the

what better way to reach them than via social media plat-

fickle world of retail.

forms? “We attract a younger generation by utilizing the tools that demographic likes to follow,” she says, acknowledging

“Businesses like Julian Gold, and families like ours that work to-

that her father had some concerns about this new way of

gether, are rare and special,” Courtney says. “We are trying to

communicating with the store’s loyal clientele.

hold on to that for as long as we can.”

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Caring for

& community

Charline McCombs has made a name for herself When Charline McCombs was growing up in Corpus Christi, she and her family would often visit San Antonio for shopping and fun, which always included movies at the Majestic Theatre. It was the place to go to, she says, “so beautiful to us coming from Corpus.” She even has a photo of herself and a friend in front of the theater.

Never “in her wildest dreams” could she have imagined back then that one day she would be involved in the restoration of that unique performance hall and its sister theater around the corner that now carries her name — the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. But life presents us with surprising twists and turns. As an active board member of the Las Casas Foundation for BY

more than two decades, Charline has helped raise the funds for


the restoration and continues to support all aspects of the orga-


nization’s work, which still includes the supervision of the two

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historic theaters now collectively named the Joci Straus Performing Arts Center. For her dedication and generosity, Mrs. McPHOTOGRAPHY BY


Combs will be honored May 21 at a two-part gala, which will start with dinner at the Majestic and end with a show at the Empire emceed by six-time Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch. The proceeds benefit Las Casas Performing Arts Scholarship Competition.

“I am grateful and honored, but I don’t feel deserving,” says the unassuming, low-key woman, who with her legendary husband, B.J. Red McCombs. has had a considerable impact on San Antonio and beyond. It was their donation of $1 million that made the completion of the Empire renovation possible.

It all started with a phone call from Las Casas founder Joci Straus asking if Charline would be willing to host a reception for the then-new nonprofit “to introduce people to what we are doing.”

“I knew nothing about Las Casas, but after listening to Joci and all the plans she had, I was hooked,” recalls Charline. “’Could I join?’ I asked her. Joci’s one of the most incredible ladies I’ve ever known. I am blessed to have her as a friend and mentor actually. I have learned a lot from her, just seeing her in action and how she approaches various challenges, and we have had many challenges along the way.”

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I can’t tell you how good it felt to finish the Empire. And look at what it has done for the city of San Antonio. Downtown has come alive again.

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Among them was the dilapidated state of the Empire. Built in 1914 as a venue for “moving pictures, vaudeville or stock performances,” the hall closed in 1978, a victim of changing mores and suburban flight, and it remained dark for 25 years. “It looked terrible; you couldn’t even imagine that it could be restored,” says its benefactress. “Not only had it been closed for so long, it had previously been painted and plastered, and you couldn’t see at all what it looked like when it was new.” Undaunted, Las Casas went forward with the project, but fundraising stalled at one point. When Charline returned home from a board meeting one day, her husband inquired about the progress of the project. She explained the situation to him, and within days the McCombs decided to make their pivotal donation. The Empire is not the only place named after her, but it’s the only one in San Antonio, and it has a special place in her heart. “My husband has his name on a lot of things, but I never thought of having my name on anything,” she admits. “This one is special because I have loved the work we have done there, and the results are just awesome. I can’t tell you how good it felt to finish the Empire. And look at what it has done for the city of San Antonio. Downtown has come alive again. I love to go to shows there and at the Majestic and see all the people walking around.” Nowadays, Charline remains on the board because she believes in Las Casas’ more recent educational initiatives that assist performing arts students in achieving their goals. For the last six years, the organization has run the aforementioned scholarship competition for college-bound Texas students wishing to pursue careers in acting, dance and vocal performance within the framework of musical theater. To honor the Empire’s centennial, the nonprofit will award $100,000 in scholarships in






awarded so far to $485,000. New this year are two other educational programs: Behind the Scenes, a year-long effort to expose theater-loving youth to aspects of professional theater; and Camp Broadway, a summer camp for ages 10-17.

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“We have so many talented young people in San Antonio. The performances (in the scholarship competition) are fantastic.”

Upcoming at the Empire Theater May 20 –

Children’s Fine Arts Series: Malika, Queen of the Cats

May 22 –

ARTS San Antonio presents Amadeus Leopold in recital

May 28 –

Justin Hayward

June 10 –

South Texas Jazz presents Brent Watkins and his 18-piece orchestra

June 13 –

Children’s Fine Arts Series: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

June 21 –

ARTS San Antonio presents Jazz vocalist Jose James

For information about the Las Casas’ May 21 gala and show visit

Family is No. 1 Born Charline Hamblin, Mrs. McCombs

great. Someday I may come home and tell

have eight grandchildren and five great-

grew up in Corpus in her grandmother’s

you we are going to South America, and I

grandchildren. “It never occurred to me that

house. Her father had died when she was 2,

expect you to be supportive.” To which his

we would see great-grandchildren,” she ad-

so “my grandmother raised both me and

bride replied, “I’ve always wanted to go to

mits. “It took me a while to be able to even

my mother.” She credits grandma for teach-

South America.”

say it. Think about it! Great-grandchildren!

ing her everything she knows. “I find myself

In my 2008 interview with her, she con-

quoting her all the time,” says the lady

fided that while Red prospered in business,

Naturally, they are all welcome in her

who’s now not only a grandmother herself

her focus was primarily on the home and

home where, among other things, they can

Good heavens!”

but a great-grandmother as well. “She was

her three daughters. “I let him make all the

get to see a playroom where their parents

an astute woman, and she taught by exam-

decisions in the business world, and he lets

— the eight grandkids — played years ago,

ple. She had gone to college for a year —

me make all the decisions at home,” she

their painted images still looking down from

very unusual for that time — and she taught

said back then. As the two of us are again

the walls.

school until she married. And she was big

sitting in her spacious living room on a

Together, the three daughters are in

on taking care of other people, so that has

sunny March day in 2014, she reaffirms her

charge of the McCombs Foundation, which

stayed with me. She was also very thrifty,

commitment to the family: “My family is still

has awarded nearly $100 million so far to

but I didn’t get that from her,” she says with

No. 1 and always will be.”

educational, charitable and health organi-

a chuckle.

However, one of Red’s business interests

zations, including causes their mother has

Growing up, young Charline dreamed of

was very close to her heart. The spouses

supported. Besides Las Casas, those have

marrying and having a family of her own,

share a passion for sports and over the

included the Girl Scouts of Southwest

and, she says, “things happened just right.”

course of their marriage have owned sev-

Texas, UT Austin women’s athletics, the

With marriage in mind, she majored in home

eral professional teams, including the Spurs.

United Negro College Fund, the American

economics at Southwestern University in

Charline got involved with all of them and

Heart Association, the McNay Art Museum,

Georgetown, a school that Red attended as

developed friendly bonds with players and

her alma mater, Southwestern University,

well but not at the same time as his future

their wives. So why did they sell the Spurs?

and many others.

wife. The two met one day in 1948 while

“I think I asked that question myself,” she

Given that she’s been happily married

waiting in the registration line at the Del Mar

says. “It was time to move on to something

for 63 years, could she share some insights about marital harmony?

Junior College in Corpus. “I was standing in

else, I guess. Red may consult me (about

line to ask for a Southwestern catalog,” re-

business decisions), but that’s his job and I

calls Charline. “He heard me and since he

know he knows best.”

“Respect for each other is important. Things come up in life, but you have to be

had gone there, he came over to say hello.

Of their three daughters — Linda, Con-

We started going out together and had fun.

nie and Marsha — only the latter is involved

other, we laugh a lot, and both of us are

Then over time, things developed.”

in her father’s business on a daily basis (in

very family-oriented,” she notes, then pon-

able to have fun together. We enjoy each

The couple married in 1950 and drove to

fact, she runs McCombs Enterprises), as is

ders for a moment before adding, “We have

San Antonio on their wedding night, talking

her own adult son, Joseph. “All three are in

different but complementary personalities.

about their future. As Charline recalled

Florida on a business trip today,” Charline

My husband is very outgoing, enjoys inter-

years later in the book Red Zone: Cars,

tells me. “He (Red) loves having her so in-

acting with people. I am more low-key. It’s

Cows and Coaches, Red said, “I don’t know

volved. We also have another grandson in

good to have different personalities. It

what life holds for us, but it’s going to be

the business.” Altogether, the McCombs

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Hillside Oasis IN CHAMPIONS RUN SHOWCASES CITY VIEWS When you’ve spent years living in the hills of Austin, where large multiple-level homes are built on the edges of cliffs, San Antonio can seem a little flat. For one developer and homeowner, the opportunity to acquire a beautiful tract of pristine hillside in Stone Oak was a perfect draw. She and her team made the improvements for the gated community of Champions Run and realized very quickly that individuals wanted the opportunity to enjoy city and Hill Country views. “Though there was interest with several lots sold, homeowners in San Antonio were not used to building homes on hillsides, as they do in Austin,” she says. “So I decided to design a home that showcased the city view.”

A model home She designed the house on a napkin and deliberately chose a lot that would require several levels and provide a beautiful view of San Antonio and the Hill Country. She made changes as construction occurred, changing a few details as she went. “I chose designs, materials and colors that carried a California influence,” she says. “I love California home design, and I wanted to establish it here. I thought it would be nice to see new materials and colors in this part of the city.” The finished home is a three-level Mediterranean latte-colored stucco with a brown tile roof. Cantera stone balustrades line the balcony and porch. Three landings lead from the driveway to the front door, a custom-made glass marvel. “I love glass prisms, the way the light passes through and brings color to walls and floors. I wanted the front door to be a statement about things I like, so the front door is made of strips of glass that have a prismatic effect,” she explains. Above, the custom-made front door reflects the homeowner's love of glass prisms. Opposite, the family room with its expansive views of the surrounding countryside.

The flooring in the entry hall is of Cantera stone. “I used Cantera on the outside decks and brought it into the house as a way to bring the outside in,” she says. “It’s very easy to care for and worked out well. I’ve lived in this house nearly 20 years, and it looks as beautiful as the day it was installed,” says the homeowner. To the left of the entry is a cozy study with a bright view of the neighborhood. Built-in bookshelves line one wall, providing storage for reference books and personal items. The star of the room is the chandelier, a combination of modern and traditional styles. “I love chandeliers,” the homeowner says. “The right chandeliers can make a house.”

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Above, the formal living room, which is set aside for conversation. Above left, from top, the formal dining room, the master bedroom and the swimming pool. The homeowner loves chandeliers and has used one in almost every room.

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Formal living and dining

Backyard oasis

Beside the study is the formal dining room, open to the entry

French doors lead from the living room to the back patio, an

hall. “I know the trend is going away from the formal dining room,

oasis in dappled sunshine. The outdoor kitchen and seating make

but I use mine often, as I enjoy getting the family together,” she says.

for fun entertaining, and the homeowner’s grandchildren enjoy the

It’s easy to imagine an intimate dinner party here, with a fire

pool and the playscape perched in the grass.“I love water,” she says.

flaming in the wood-burning fireplace and light sparkling from the

“The sound of it is so relaxing. I put three scuppers in the pool so I

large glass and wrought-iron chandelier. Built-in shelves display

could hear the water in the background when I’m out here. This is

keepsakes. Several large floral paintings in decorative frames pro-

a very relaxing, peaceful, private area to enjoy being outside.”

vide accent colors for the neutral wall color. Cantera stone columns separate the dining room from the for-

The sunny kitchen has seen one renovation since it was built. “My children and I had lived here a number of years when I decided

mal living room, where a small sparkling chandelier hangs from the

it was time for an update,” the homeowner says. She installed stain-

center of the coffered ceiling. “This is my room for conversation,”

less steel appliances, marble countertops and backsplash and a

she says. “There’s no television here, just comfortable seating for

large chandelier. She replaced some of the cabinet fronts with glass.

an evening’s discussion.”

“The cabinetry work was custom, so there was no reason to replace it,” she says. “The glass fronts were a way to change things up.”

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The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances, marble countertops and a large chandelier. Some of the cabinet fronts have been replaced with glass. Opposite, another view of the formal living room.

The kitchen flows into the breakfast room, where a large round table with seating for eight is the center of attention. “Round tables are my favorite,” she says. “They lend themselves well to conversation. No one is left out because they are at the wrong end of the table.” The coral chairs with their neutral seats provide a colorful contrast to the brown table. The room’s best asset is the view of the hillside beyond. Three steps up from the breakfast room is a transitional space that is used to display pressed botanical prints by Austin artists Lauren Lachance and Eduardo Benitez. “This husband and wife go all over the world to find unusual leaves to press,” she says. “I think they provide a natural complement to the light and materials in my house.”

Fun and games in family room The game room has a spectacular picture window with a marvelous view of the Hill Country. The room is tastefully furnished with a sofa and chairs that offer either a view of the window or the giant flat screen television at the other side of the room. The large wood-burning fireplace provides warmth on chilly evenings. “This is my family room,” the homeowner says. “We gather here to watch movies and hang out. It’s a relaxed environment for children and adults alike.” On the kitchen level is the guest wing, with three guest rooms with en suite baths. The homeowner uses one of the rooms as an exercise studio, complete with weights and elliptical equipment. “I use the elliptical machine, but sometimes I wonder if I don’t get a better workout climbing all these stairs,” she laughs. The third bedroom is larger than the other two. “I designed the home so it would have two master suites, this one and the one upstairs,” she says. “It is always possible that whoever owned this house would have a need for a master suite or mother-inlaw suite downstairs.” Down a staircase from the guest level is the three-car garage with two large storage rooms.

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Private aerie The upstairs master suite is a private aerie. Entry is gained through a small sitting room, where the homeowner reads and enjoys the view through plantation shutters. French doors open onto a balcony facing south, with the San Antonio panorama on the skyline. The room is simply furnished, with a king-sized bed and upholstered headboard. Bombé chests flank the bed, and a large armoire is opposite. A large flat-screen television is mounted next to the armoire. The fireplace provides warmth and comfort during evenings when cold winds whistle down the canyon. A portrait of the homeowner and her children hangs over the fireplace. The spacious master bath features a Jacuzzi tub beneath a wide window offering a fabulous view. The mirrored walls are practical as well as pretty. The walk-in closet is a model of organization, with bi-level racks and shelves for shoes. Lots of shoes. The way the space is arranged allows her to organize her clothes and accessories by color or style, if she chooses. “A large closet is a necessity,” she says. “You can never have too much storage.” What started out as a model home ended up being the homeowner’s dream, she says. “I love the house, the views, the serenity of it all. It meets my needs and is just my taste!”

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The New Face of



She is so lame. You’re fat and ugly.

Nobody likes you anyway.

RU crying? LOL I know where you live.

I am going to get you.

Recognizing and Handling Bullying COUNSELORS AND WEBSITES CAN HELP What do you think of when you hear the word, “bully”? If you are

powers them to say things that they would most likely never have the nerve to express in a face-to-face confrontation.

of my parents’ generation, you might think of that kid who was al-

As parents, we want to protect our children from bullying. The

ways taking the other kids’ milk money. If you are my age (40

reality, however, is that we are not always going to be able to, nor

ummm..ish), you might think of the kid who taunted you on the play-

should we fight their battles for them. That is not to say that we

ground or didn’t invite you to her slumber party. If you are a child in today’s world, the person who shared an unflattering photo or disparaging comment via social media might come to mind. If you are me specifically, you will recall the fellow third-grader who blackmailed you daily because she heard you say what, in hindsight, was a pretty innocuous, albeit mildly inappropriate word. Seriously! This teeny tormentor threatened to expose my indiscretion to our teacher on a daily basis unless I handed over my new crayons, Hello Kitty pencil case or whatever else she could extract from me in my panicked state. Eventually I realized that I could take no more, so

should observe a strict “hands-off” approach. On

Bullying is no longer just an obvious shove on the playground. There are levels of emotional and physiological torment made worse by the fact that there is a much larger audience for today’s bully, thanks to the world of technology.

is not only appropriate, it is absolutely necessary. Lucia Carter, MA, LPC, cautions that the effects of long-term bullying can range from low self-esteem to depression and, in the worst cases, even suicide, so knowing how and when to intervene is critical. “Parents have several roles when a child is being bullied,” says Carter, a licensed professional child/ adolescent/adult psychotherapist in private practice. First, parents need to listen to the child’s concerns and validate the child’s feelings. Next, they should help the child develop coping strategies such as ignoring the bully, using humor to combat

I “told” on myself. Sure, I got a slight reprimand in

verbal aggression or reporting the bully to an adult.

the form of a “black sheep,” but what I really got was an enormous sense of relief. Why? I had taken away the bully’s

the contrary, there are cases when getting involved

Finally, parents can help the child work step-by-step through situ-

power and put myself back in charge — not to mention that I also

ations that have occurred — or may in the future — and engage him

secured my crayons and prized pencil case from her possession.

in role-playing scenarios.

Valuable life lesson learned.

“The best approach depends on your child and what type of sit-

While my incident was traumatizing to me at the time, it’s ludi-

uation he or she is facing” says Carter. “It is important to help your

crous when you compare it to what kids go through today. Bullying

child find the most natural and effective response for his or her com-

is no longer just an obvious shove on the playground. There are lev-

fort level.”

els of emotional and physiological torment made worse by the fact

If the techniques your child is employing are not working, then it

that there is a much larger audience for today’s bully, thanks to the

may be time to take things to the next level. If the bullying is occur-

world of technology. The Internet provides kids (and some adults)

ring at school, this could mean alerting the principal and teachers

with a certain bravado that comes from hiding behind a computer

to the situation. If it is taking place off campus, it could mean having

screen. The perceived anonymity makes them feel invincible and em-

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But what if your child asks you NOT to intervene? “This is a very individual and complex situation that should be taken seriously,” advises Carter, adding that it can foster a child’s self-esteem to be able to stand up to a bully and set his or her own boundaries. It can also be a valuable experience for dealing with future issues. However, if you choose to honor your child’s wishes and not inform the school, Carter says it is imperative that you effectively monitor the situation to ensure that the bullying is not continuing or escalating. A case where the parent or adult should ALWAYS intervene is when the bullying is happening in cyberspace. Carter says it is the responsibility of the parents to get involved in these cases and to notify the cyberbully’s parents. She recommends the website, which walks children and their parents through the “stop, block, and tell” approach. According to the site, the first step is to stop and take five minutes to cool off before posting a knee-jerk response. The second step involves blocking the cyberbully or limiting all communications to the people on “buddy lists.” Finally, the child should always tell a trusted adult. Cyberbullying can also be reported to Bullying in any shape or

“It is important that the child feels supported,” explains Carter. “They have to understand that it is not OK to let the bullying continue.”

form is never OK. Even if it seems as though the situation is a case of “kids being kids,” parents should never ignore their child’s fears or concerns. In addition to www.stop-, other helpful resources for parents and children include and

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WHAT YOU’LL SEE ABOUT THE EYES: CAT EYES. Big and bold or thin and subtle. Just do it. Reverse cat eyes. Bold line under the lower lid, none on upper lid. THICK/HEAVY EYEBROWS or pale, almost nonexistent looks. SHIMMERY EYE SHADOW FOR DAY WEAR. Creamy silver lid or gold highlight. BRIGHT SHADOW COLORS DAY AND NIGHT. Fuchsia, emerald, azure blue; sometimes for drama, two or three at the same time in long sweeps across the lids with no blending involved. PASTEL SHADOW SHADES like pistachio, mint, baby blue, tangerine, pearly pink. NUDE EYES or SMUDGED, SMOKY EYE TREATMENTS. EYELINER IN MANY FORMS: thick and thin pencils, felt-tip liners, liquids, creams and gels in pots and tubes, “roller balls” and, of course, powders. MULTIUSE PRODUCTS for eyelids, cheeks and lips.

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HOW ABOUT THOSE LASHES? Well, the most popular look seems to be long and voluptuous. This look can be accomplished in several ways. You can choose from an array of fake eyelashes. There are mink ones, thick ones, thin ones, extra long, extra thick, individual lashes and sections of the whole lash area. There are serums you can use to grow longer eyelashes. You can also invest in professionally applied eyelash extensions. There are mascaras claiming they will not clump or smudge; some are waterproof;

some are colored; some will condition lashes; and some are just clear. One professional said in a recent interview that “there’s nothing worse than a false lash done wrong,” and that “black-black mascara is the go-to color for everyone.” You can tint your lashes, or perm them or use a good eyelash curler — if you know how to use it properly. If not, there’s a new product on the market considered to be state-of-the-art, and it’s said to actually do what it is supposed to do. It is the L’Oreal Butterfly Brush — an

NAILS, TOO, HAVE BECOME POPULAR AS AN ARTIST’S CANVAS You can go bold, using brighter, shinier versions of blues, greens, purples, hot pinks. Pastels are hot as shades of nail polish. However, they are deeper versions of sapphire, aqua, yellow and pinks, not the transparent kind we’re used to seeing. According to research, we here in San Antonio prefer turquoise, purple and sky blue for our nails. Many polishes are enhanced with properties that add protection, like lacquer, to prevent chipping and to last longer. Glitzy nails are all the rage — day or night — along with do-it-yourself nail decorating. Paint designs and color blocks dazzle your nails with metallic paints or match your clothing. Nudes are not nude — they’re buttercup or yellow gold, a more beige transparent look, instead of just clear or pinkish. White nails are popular and great for decorating. Iridescent and sparkles are included in polishes. You can add your own bling over your choice of color of polish, using Swarovski crystals or appliques, some looking like gold fishnet stocking patterns.


angled wand that literally separates each individual lash, to extend and shape your lashes into the perfect winged-out, feathered look we all crave. And there are those jewels you can apply to really jazz things up.








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Or, as one local permanent cosmetic professional calls his business, “Wake up made up.” Permanent makeup is considered a permanent tattoo, which replaces the cosmetics used for the eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and lip liner, eye shadow and blush. It is, therefore, smudge-free. These permanent cosmetics can also be used to cover scars and skin pigmentation problems and create aureoles after breast surgery and are a boon for those who suffer from poor eyesight or are unable to apply conventional cosmetics because of arthritis or other health problem. Almost everyone is a candidate for permanent makeup. It can be a time-saver, a money-saver, or perhaps even a marriage-saver! How about all that space you’ll gain in purses, drawers and cabinets?

Q. DOES IT HURT? A. I would be lying if I said there will be no pain during the process, especially at the more sensitive areas — like the lips. However, there is some numbing cream that helps. Healing doesn’t take long at all. Q. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE PROCEDURE? A. Just as in any tattoo procedure, pigment will be implanted in the dermal layer of the skin, using special inks and equipment designed just for this purpose. Q. WHAT IS THE COST? A. Nationally, costs run around $250-700, depending upon the procedure(s). Look for local ads or check in the telephone directory or online to contact professionals directly about costs, services, procedures and payment plans. Note: “Cheap” procedures may apply to someone inexperienced, working in the back of a hair or nail salon. Q. HOW PERMANENT IS PERMANENT? A. Just as with a tattoo at a parlor, it should last a lifetime, although you may need or want touch-ups over the years. Q. WHAT DO I LOOK FOR IN A PERMANENT COSMETIC PRACTITIONER? A. Seek out an experienced professional, an expert, someone who has proven artistic ability. He or she should be board certified (D.A.A.M. or F.A.A.M.) and possibly have a secondary certification (C.P.C.P.).This will give you a way to find a most qualified technician/ artist. Of course, word-of-mouth from happy consumers who look great also might work! Q. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? A. Infections or serious illness (HIV, hepatitis) from unclean tools, products or practices. Skin problems such as rashes caused by allergic reaction to ink (there’s a test you can have before you start) or possibly increased chance of sunburn, redness, bumps or scarring. Swelling or burning around the tattoo when undergoing an MRI test. This is rare and short-lived. Just inform the radiologist or technician that you have tattoos.

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ANNUALLY. About 19 million of us see a doctor. More women were treated for backaches than men. Intensity levels of back pain range from muscle- and pos-

Pain in the is a pain in the POCKETBOOK

ture-related pain to life-altering, potentially fatal injuries involving the spinal cord. Everyone

Back pain is one of the most expensive health problems reported. Recent research placed the price tag for spine care at $86 billion.

from children to seniors can experience back problems.

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Not only is back pain, which includes neck pain, the most common physical complaint among us, it is the leading cause of lost time on the job. Here, I can personally testify why — it's because every move one makes includes the back. So ... it's hard to get up, sit up, stand up, brush teeth, comb hair, get dressed and drive to work, much less sit in one position all day. Back pain refers to sore muscles and tendons, herniated disks, fractures, and most frequently, pain that has developed over a long period of time.




Injuries. Contact sports, accidents and falls can cause the full range of back problems, from minor muscle strains and tears to herniated disks to fractures causing severe damage to the spinal column and the spinal cord.


Scoliosis, which causes curvature of the spine.


Specialize in problems of the musculoskeletal system, including ruptured disks, sciatica, low back pain and more, head to toe.

Rheumatologists Find the reason(s) for swelling and pain, treat arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Neurologists Diagnose and treat problems involving the nervous system, including those who have suffered a stroke, have Parkinson's disease or other brain-related diseases and chronic back and neck pain. As experts in the origins of pain, they examine how the nerves are functioning in relation to balance, movement, strength, reflexes and sensation. They do NOT perform surgery on the spine.

Neurosurgeons Diagnose and treat diseases and other conditions of the central nervous system and the nerves branching out from the spine. As the name implies, they DO perform surgery on areas such as the brain, the spine and the spinal cord.

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal stenosis can cause narrowing of the spinal column, pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, and weakened bones, leading to more bone fractures. Kidney stones or skeletal infections like endometritis, fibromyalgia affecting trigger points of pain and cancerous tumors. Cauda equina syndrome. Disk material expands into the spinal canal, causing compression of the nerves. One would experience pain, possibly loss of sensation and bowel or bladder dysfunction. Although not as frequent as many back problems, this must be considered a medical emergency. Self-inflicted pain. Back pain resulting over time from bad habits such as poor posture, sitting incorrectly, slouching, pushing, pulling and lifting things carelessly, overexertion in work and play.

This is discomfort that is not initiated by a specific pull or blow to the back. Weakened muscles don't allow one to perform daily activities like bending, stretching, even walking, without pain. Myofascial strain. This is chronic backache resulting from tension, stress or other emotional problems, such as depression and anxiety. Lack of proper sleep. You need seven hours of the good, uninterrupted kind of sleep, leaving you refreshed in the morning. Pregnancy. Yes, there it is in black and white. Hormonal changes, coupled with weight gain, place extra stresses on a woman's spine and legs. Weight gain or just being overweight places extra stress on your spine. Sneezing, bending at a certain angle, even for a few seconds ... these can cause pain that is just as intense as that caused by lifting or other actions

TREATMENTS FOR BACK PAIN Back pain is usually divided into two categories:

Sometimes, you can feel the pain immediately. Other times, problems take some time before the pain is really bothersome. Much of the time, muscle strains are the culprit. The most common area of this pain is ... wait for it ... the lower back. The next most prevalent place is the base of the neck.

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Acute: This pain lasts less than three months and usually gets better with home treatment. Some steps you can take when you first get back pain include using heat or ice, taking over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol or Advil, and not resting too much (contrary to past thinking.)



Chronic: Pain that has lasted longer than three months, requiring more intensive treatment. Longer-lasting back pain requires adding other treatments, like manual therapy, maybe a muscle relaxant or stronger medicine or even a steroid or other applicable localized shot. Perhaps you'll want to try acupuncture, massage or a more comprehensive rehab program.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? There are a variety of doctors who deal with spine problems, beginning with your own family or general practitioner or pediatrician, as applicable, who will look at your medical history, your symptoms, the type of work you do and the physical activities you participate in regularly or occasionally, followed by a physical exam. Based upon this, the doctor will prescribe medication or physical therapy or perhaps send you for a test such as an X-ray, an MRI or CT scan or other evaluation procedure. Your doctor may then refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.

WHAT ABOUT BACK SURGERY? When it is determined you need back surgery, the problem is usually one of the following: a spinal fracture, an infection, disease

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or tumor in the spine, a herniated disk, an instability or weakness in the back or legs, a loss of control of the bowel or bladder. Back surgery is a really BIG decision, and many times the outcome is less than is hoped for, so you should consider getting a second opinion. Another consultation can

EMERGENCY CARE Call 911: When back pain accompanies chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. After an injury when the patient is unable to move part of his or her body; when the injured person complains of severe back or neck pain; or there is weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities. Call your doctor NOW: Your symptoms of numbness, weakness, or long-term back pain become much worse, or the pain awakens you. If you lose control of your bladder or bowels, you develop fever, painful urination or other urinary or kidney infections. And if you have had cancer or HIV in the past and new or increased back pain develops.

help you be as informed as you can be, help you weigh pros and cons of types of surgeries available and how soon you need to make your decision.

Don't hesitate to ask your doctor for a recommendation or source for a second opinion. It's actually a pretty common request. Find out if a second opinion is covered by your health insurance. Ask your first doctor to send your records and test results to your doctor giving a second opinion. Write down your questions and concerns to take to your appointment. Make an informed decision based upon your research.

THERE WILL BE REHAB. Just face it — a comprehensive rehabilitation program is a very important part of the success of back surgery. Physical therapy will help you regain flexibility, condition your back and stomach muscles, increase your endurance for activities. If you are not willing to commit to the rehab program after surgery, you may not be a good candidate for the surgery. Since four out of five of us will experience some form of back problem, be prepared! Avoid problems by exercising regularly, eating healthy, losing excess weight, quitting smoking, not lifting heavy objects, using good posture, trying to lower the stress in your life and ... stop being a weekend warrior!




Rosé Wine A summertime favorite that pairs easily with food As the warm days of spring and summer arrive here in Central Texas, rosé wines are a refreshing wine option and perfect for the season. At its best, rosé wine is transcendent, rich in history, and can be produced from a number of different dark-skinned grapes (red or black).


osé wines are far-ranging in flavor and expressive of terroir (the microclimate where the grapes are grown) with a multitude of

grape sources from around the world. The most astonishing quality of rosé wine is the ease with which it can be paired with food, from summer salads to grilled game. Rosé matches up effortlessly and can bring out the hidden flavors of the food pairing. Rosé was a favorite of King Louis XIV and the popes of Avignon, France, and even today is a staple of the French countryside. The most famous region in the world

for rosé is the Tavel, located in the Rhone region of southern France. The main grapes for the rosé from Tavel are grenache, cinsault, Syrah and mouvedre (all dark-skinned grapes). Tavel rosé wines tend to have more body and structure than most other rosés and are one of a handful that can embrace a few years in the cellar (most rosé wines are produced in a style that is meant to be consumed young).

1 BIELER FROM THE PROVENCE REGION OF FRANCE This wine offers a silky texture and lush expressive notes of red raspberry, currant and wild cherry.

While it is quite common to see “pink or blush” wines throughout Europe, these wines are in fact rosé, a drier style of wine than the sweeter white zinfandel that is more familiar to the United States. Although white zinfandel is produced from the black-skinned zinfandel grape varietal, it is in fact a sweet pink blush wine and not a dry rosé style of wine. There are three ways to make rosé wine: the skin contact method where the skin of the grape sits in contact with the juice (used in Tavel), the Saignée method (also known as bleeding or running off juice from just-crushed dark-skinned grapes prior to fermentation) or the blending method (the combining of red and white wine juice). Rosé wines can be produced in a sparkling, a semisparkling or a still (noneffervescent) style. Additional dark-skinned grapes used to produce rosé outside of

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Tavel include cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot, pinot noir, tannat, tempranillo, Syrah, and countless others. The different varietals offer distinctive


flavor profiles for each wine. In Portugal or Spain rosé is known as “rosado,” while in Italy it is known as “rosato.”

Pairing rosé with food Rosé offers a perfect accompaniment to the traditional wild game of Texas or a festive summertime Sunday brunch of yogurt, wild berry fruits and croissants.

CRIOS FROM THE FAMOUS SUSAN BALBO WINEMAKING FAMILY LOCATED IN MENDOZA, ARGENTINA Crios is made from 100-percent malbec with a medium body and alluring aromas of fresh strawberry and cherry.

From beginning to end,

rosé can carry the dinner party or any social gathering. For starters, appetizer




smoked salmon served on a toasted baguette with an herb cream cheese or artisan bread toasted and topped with spinach, blue cheese and chorizo. Pairing the food and wine within a region or country is a great way to embrace the unique essence of the particular area. For example, serve a

Spanish chorizo with a Spanish rosé. The salad course can be as simple as sprinkled goat cheese, pine nuts and fresh-cut strawberries over field greens with strawberry vinaigrette dressing. Rosé can handle our Texas meat lovers as well, complementing such favorites as grilled venison chops with wild mushroom polenta or roasted stuffed Texas quail with a port wine reduction glaze served with fresh vegetables and three-cheese polenta. As echoed above, rosé is seamless


SECCO SPARKLING FROM NORTHERN ITALY Secco has good definition of rich strawberry combined with Italian cherry and subtle notes of biscotti mid-palate.

and pairs harmoniously with most cuisine, reflecting the graciousness of classic rosé wine. Characteristically, rosé wines are of medium to high acidity, always crisp and refreshing, with bright fruit qualities. Note that wines of pronounced acidity are the best to match with food.



1. Winemaker Charles Bieler has been recognized as a fine wine producer from the south of France,

and rosé is his specialty. His wine offers a silky texture and lush expressive notes of red raspberry, cur-

rant and wild cherry. Racy yet defined, elegant and sophisticated, this wine follows through with multiple

layers of flavor. Bieler’s is a small-production wine and available for only a few months of the year, usually

offered in the spring and summer. Bieler has been highlighted in articles from Wine Spectator magazine, and his 2012 rosé received a 90 point score from Wine & Spirits magazine.

2. Crios rosé is made from 100-percent malbec grapes with a medium body and alluring aromas of

fresh strawberry and cherry. On the palate, the wine reveals a pure expression of raspberry, wild straw-

berry and cherry accompanied by a hint of spice.

3. The Italian bubbly Secco rosé offers a brilliant pink hue that sparkles in the glass. It is round on

the palate, with good definition of rich Alpine strawberry that combines with Italian cherry and subtle

notes of rose petals. Varietals for this wine include raboso piave and pinot noir (or pinot nero, as it is known in Italy).

4. The Reginato rosé of malbec is majestic with gentle aromas of bright red fruits and a hint of floral

spice that fills the glass. Rich in color and character, this focused wine includes flavors of strawberry and

rhubarb. Reginato can be enjoyed at the Culinary Institute of America restaurant NAO, located at the Pearl.

5. Billecart rosé Champagne is a refined Champagne worthy of any celebration. The fine light bubbles

rise in the glass and emit inviting aromas of cranberry and cherry. This sophisticated Champagne offers

flavors of raspberry, cherry and red licorice that are concentrated yet polished. The finish is silky and lengthy with a refined tannin gracefulness. Enjoy this Champagne at Chez Vatel & Bistro in Olmos Park.

Denise Easdon is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine.

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Photography by JANET ROGERS

& Trinity

DR. D. LESLIE HOLLON, Ph. D. Preacher,




pastor of

Baptist Church

escribed as one of the great pastors in America, Leslie Hollon, senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, is one of the most respected ministers and church leaders in San Antonio today. A native of the Texas Hill Country, he grew up in Boerne before heading to Baylor University in Waco,

where he began a long and impressive road of scholarly pursuits. He holds a number of degrees, in-

cluding a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy, as well as various honorary degrees and earned certifications, including his induction into the Board of Preachers at the Martin

Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame for Preachers at the International Chapel of Morehouse College. Married for over 35 years, he and his wife, Vicki, have three grown children. I caught up with Dr. Hollon to find out a little bit more about how this scholar became a man of the heart.


During my sophomore year in high school I was recovering from major back surgery, which also prevented me from playing varsity basketball that year. Consequently I spent more time developing

some of my other interests, including student government and speaking. My pastor at Boerne's First Baptist Church encouraged me to preach. And then others began to encourage me as more opportunities came my way. I entered Baylor to pursue a career in law and politics, but God's call to preach became clearer to

Q. In your opinion, how important is a person’s spiritual life? In today’s busy world, how can we find more time to devote to that aspect of our lives?


We are made in God's image, and therefore at

our core we are spiritual be-

me by my junior year. The woman I was dating, who two years later became my wife and is my soul

ings. We hunger for divine

mate, also encouraged me to trust what was happening within my heart and mind. So we moved to

love and thirst for godly wis-

Louisville, where I went to seminary, became a full-time pastor and felt God's confirming peace. My call

dom. When we don't care for

is to live and speak in a way that helps people to know that God's love provides the resources to live

our souls, then we shrivel up

their best life.

as human beings. We become disconnected within ourselves and disengaged from others. Every day has 1,440 min-


My personal motto is: Trust God. Love people. Live the adventure. These four hats are ways that I

utes. Begin each day by using

enact the adventure. When I am at my best, all four flow together because they help me to fulfill

the first eight minutes of

my calling. At any given time, a ministry need will require one hat to get priority over the others. For-

wakefulness by saying, "Lord,

tunately, I equally enjoy all four. I like and need the diversity, and each area stimulates me to improve in

I love you. I need you. I give

the other areas.

myself to you.

Guide me

throughout this day, which I now visualize and picture you going before me." Then call


People's stories and the beauty of God's love inspire me. Closing the gap between the two is a

on that prayer throughout

daily challenge and is what gets me out of bed every morning. Education helps me to better un-

the day and evening. Those

derstand how to meet the challenge. Ministry, like life itself, requires good coordination between the

eight minutes will help you to

heart, head and hands. The head enables us to discern what is best. The heart gives us courage and

build all the other minutes in

passion. The hands get us involved to enact our decisions and desires.

the best way.

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Seeing Christ at work in people is my greatest joy. This creates transformation in lives and communities by ministering during

such passages as finding forgiveness, discovering life purpose, recovering hope, celebrating love, recovering from failure, building sustain-


Trinity's renewal includes a balanced offering of ministries in San Antonio for all ages and updating our campuses for 21st century

able success, healing families, working through grief, reconciling

ministry. Five years ago we opened our TriPoint campus. Today we are

relationships, facing death and seeing eternal life. This and more is all a

updating the interior and exterior of our sanctuary on the Mulberry

part of what it means to be a pastor and gives me great joy.



Along the way I learned that life includes me, but is not just about me. We are all in this together. We need each other, and God

made us this way. Volunteerism is one of the key fuels to keep community going. Currently, I serve as a board member for Alpha Home, board member for the United Way of San Antonio, pastoral adviser to the San Antonio Ecumenical Center, commissioner of the Christian Life

Our theme, "GOD IS REMODELING," was launched last October and within four months we met our goal of raising $3 million. The Trinity family, along with some local supporters, believe in the vision that is renewing us from the inside out and therefore have enthusiastically contributed to the capital campaign.

Commission of Texas Baptists and chairman of the Baptist World Alliance's Commission on Worship and Spirituality.

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Michele Patton School of Rock San Antonio Owner/General Manager

What do you do? My job is multifaceted, centered around the School of Rock motto: “Inspiring the World to Rock on Stage and in Life.” I design advertising, generate social media, take pictures and video at concerts, encourage our kids, find venues and opportunities for our kids to perform, present tours, answer phones, schedule... in a nutshell, I do a little bit of everything. I try to create an environment that’s awesome for both the teachers and the musicians. Length of time at this job: Three months, but I’ve been an entrepreneur for many years. What do you like best about your job? Watching kids build confidence and success at music and in their lives. I also love it when teachers get excited because a student understands a new concept or gets to perform on stage for the first time. Education/Major: BA in political science, Master of Science in computer science. What career path led you to where you are today? I am a leader and always wanted to run a business of my own. I had to experience different levels of leadership to determine which was right for me. Teaching swimming lessons, resident assistant in a college dorm, managing retail stores, teaching college courses, managing a computer software division, holding officer positions for PTAs, and owning my own businesses, it’s been a combination of things, not a single path that led me to where I am. When did you know that you were in the right place in your career? My career has taken many paths, twists and turns. Once I realized a way to combine working with kids with being an entrepreneur and business owner, I knew I was in the right place. My son has always loved music and has filled my home with enjoyment as I listened to him practice and perform. I have always encouraged him to do what he loves and never give up his music. School of Rock is a way to provide other children a place to do what they love, a way to work through fears and experience the thrill of playing music. Would you encourage your children to go into the same field? Absolutely, and my son would be even better at it since he is very musically talented. That said, I always encourage him to do what he loves and to follow his dreams. Who were your mentors? Various teachers, professors and bosses throughout my life. I was typically around people who encouraged me to be more and do more, operate “outside of my comfort zone” — to become a leader. What did you want to be growing up? A teacher. Interestingly, I do not teach music, but provide the place and opportunity for students to learn not only music but confidence through positive reinforcement. They learn team skills through playing in an environment where the sky is the limit, setting goals with guidance, and accountability


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because they play music with other kids in a band composed entirely of children. Whom do you most admire? I admire the musicians who teach at School of Rock — most are in bands themselves where they work really hard at what they do and get paid very little. Then they come to School of Rock and teach the kids how to do what they love — always with a smile, positive attitude and lots of encouragement. What do you enjoy doing on a day off? I like to spend time with my husband and son. We enjoy movies, going to concerts, visiting the zoo and just relaxing. What is your all-time favorite book? A series called the Dragonriders of Pern. What’s the best movie you have seen in the last year? The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. What type of music do you like? Rock ‘n’ roll, of course! Who has been the biggest influence in your life personally and professionally? My dad. I grew up a military brat, traveling all over the world. He always encouraged me to be independent, to do what I wanted to do, live out my dreams and never give up. He taught me how to survive in predominantly maledominated fields and not fear things that seemed impossible. In recent years, my son is my inspiration. He shows me how to give and be more compassionate, how to love and be loved unconditionally, and how to enjoy music by soaking it in, instrument-byinstrument. We can learn so much from our kids if we open our eyes and minds. What brought you to San Antonio? We visited during March 1999 on a business trip and fell in love with the weather and people. What do you like most about San Antonio? The people of San Antonio are so friendly, and the culture is diverse and accepting. What community groups or not-for-profit groups are you involved with as a volunteer? YOSA, NAWBO, Down Syndrome Association. Do you have a favorite dish? Spaghetti Carbonara. I learned to make it when I was a teenager living in Italy. What are your goals? My goals are fluid and have to adjust to life events. My personal goal has always been to help others, especially children, to gain confidence in who they are and to feel good about themselves. What is the best advice that you have ever received? Be yourself and like who you are. Don’t worry about what others think of you or what you are doing, but always treat everyone with respect. Never sacrifice your own values for success. People would be surprised to know that ... I am not at all musically inclined, and I love science fiction.

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Ready, Set,

Remodel! Whether you want to make your house more attractive and comfortable for your family, or you want to add value for resale, remodeling projects big and small can bring out the best in your home.


ou want to be sure that your home makes a good initial impression, and you also want it to be comfortable, beautiful, sturdy and safe for your family — a place you can be proud to call home. It’s amazing how a little elbow grease and ingenuity can make an enormous difference in the look and feel of a house. Power-washing the sidewalks, installing a new garage door, planting a hedge and putting furniture polish on a wooden front door or fireplace mantel — it all makes a tremendous difference. Even just resurfacing an old deck, painting a front porch or planting hedges can help your house look its best. You can do it by yourself, and it won’t cost that much. Sometimes, though, bigger renovations are needed that require more money and skill. For example, you may want to re-tile an entire bathroom or rip out the green shag rug your parents installed in their living room sometime circa 1970. A pool is a great investment in your home — especially if you plan to sell it someday. Investing in a backyard patio, an outdoor kitchen or living space, a gazebo or pergola and a pool can turn up the “wow” in your home. Indoors, nothing enhances a home or ups the resale value more than a kitchen makeover and new appliances.

Another great place to invest in your home is in a bathroom remodel. A friend of ours added a walk-in closet and his/her bathroom suite with a river pebble shower with multiple shower heads. Another friend put the same kind of shower in a bathroom of Italian white Carrera marble. Neither wanted to sell his home; these friends just wanted to enjoy their space and make it nice for their families. So whatever your reason, a remodel is a winning idea. Sometimes, though, the changes required are less visible — you need to upgrade the wiring, level the foundation, install a new hot water heater or get larger air conditioning units that can really handle the Texas summer heat. Other times a big kitchen update is your dream, or you need to add a mother-in-law suite. In those cases, you’ll want to call a professional. While putting together SAN ANTONIO WOMAN’s At Home section over the years, we’ve worked with some of the area’s best and most dependable contractors and home service providers — experts who can help with any renovation, large or small. You’ll want to keep these pros on speed dial as you begin your next home improvement project. Together, you can get ready, get set and remodel in style.

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2014 SAN ANTONIO WOMAN Medical Directory

THE DOCTOR IS IN Finding the physician that’s the best fit for you and your family can mean peace of mind and good health for years to come.

Old-timers used to say an “apple a day keeps the doctor

Sure, keeping the doctor away sounds good in theory —

away.” But these days Americans know better than to avoid

but the reality is, night or day, we all want a physician we

doctors at all cost. We don’t stay out of a doctor’s office just

can trust year-round, and a hospital or clinic to turn to in

because we’re well or only call them when we’re sick. We

case of an emergency. And we want primary care physi-

want to have a good, long-term relationship with our physi-

cians who can refer us to specialists if the need arises.

cians so they can be proactive in keeping illnesses and other maladies at bay and we can continue to maintain good

San Antonio residents also rely on the city’s many health

health, live long active lives and be our best healthy selves.

education programs, screenings at health fairs and sup-

Modern medical wisdom dictates that we schedule regular

as hospice programs, free clinics and vaccination and ath-

annual well visit checkups, mammograms and colono-

letics physicals, partnerships with schools and senior

port groups for individuals coping with a disease, as well

scopies. We need to keep a close watch on blood pressure

groups to address their specific health needs, and health

and blood sugar, as well as our weight and cholesterol. We

profession training programs and continuing education.

need someone who knows our families’ medical histories

Health and wellness are important to San Antonio citi-

and what to listen for when listening to our hearts. We want

zens, and with over a dozen hospitals and medical centers

someone who knows us well enough to sense when we’re

here, solid solutions to our health care concerns are close

not looking or feeling like our old selves. We need someone

at hand.

who knows the difference between a patient who’s sad and one who is depressed or overly anxious. We need someone

But how does one find a physician to trust with his or her

whose sole job is to help us stay well and in shape.

family’s health and wellness? Here’s a good place to start.

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Dermatology Dr. Osswald is a board-certified Dermatologist and fellowship-trained Dermatopathologist. She is presently an Associate Professor and Chief in the Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at UT School of Medicine, San Antonio. She treats patients of all ages with a wide variety of skin diseases including treatment of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, cutaneous lymphoma, hair disorders, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and blistering disorders.

Sandra S. Osswald, M.D. • Dermatology • Dermatopathology

She enjoys teaching residents and students in dermatology and dermatopathology, speaking at local and national events, and numerous publications in derhas matopathology journals and textbooks.

Education: Medical School: Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA Residency: Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX Fellowship: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC Years in San Antonio: 20 Contact: UT Medicine Dermatology Cancer Therapy & Research Center 7979 Wurzbach Road, Grossman Bldg., 3rd floor San Antonio, TX 78229-4427 (210) 450-9840

Dr. Osswald is committed to providing quality care to her patients and supporting our community.


Allison Sutton M.D., F.A.A.D., F.R.C.P.C. • Dermatology • Aesthetic Dermatology

Dr. Sutton is the Director of Aesthetic Dermatology at UT Medicine as well as an assistant professor at UT School of Medicine San Antonio. She is a board-certified dermatologist in both the United States and Canada. She practices medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology and sees patients of all ages. Her interests and expertise include: Botox®, fillers, comprehensive skin care, acne, and rosacea. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, and Canadian Dermatology Association. Specializing in medical and aesthetic dermatology, Dr. Sutton is committed to providing comprehensive dermatologic care that is evidence based and innovative.

Education: BSc Anatomy and Cell Biology: McGill University Medical School: University of British Columbia Residency: University of Toronto Fellowship: San Antonio, Texas

Contact: UT Medicine Dermatology Cancer Therapy & Research Center 7979 Wurzbach Road, Grossman Bldg., 3rd floor San Antonio, TX 78229-4427 (210) 450-9840

Endocrinology Kathleen Hands, M.D., is board-certified in both internal medicine and Endocrinology with subspecialty training in thyroid disorders. Dr. Hands is the first Ultrasound Certified endocrinologist from AIUM and trains other endocrinologists in thyroid ultrasound guided biopsy techniques.

Kathleen Hands, M.D., F.A.C.E., E.C.N.U. • Thyroid nodules & Thyroid cancer • Parathyroid disease • Pregnancy-related thyroid disease • Autoimmune thyroid diseases • Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

Recognized nationally for her expertise in lymph node assessment in patients with thyroid nodules to determine risks for cancer, she is one of few physicians who perform molecular studies on thyroid nodule biopsies, increasing accuracy in assessing cancer risks and avoiding unnecessary surgery. Dr. Hands has received “Compassionate Doctor Award” from independent patient review groups.

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Education: Fellowship: UTHSC, San Antonio • Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine • Diplomat of the American Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism • Asst. Professor, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center SA, Dept. of Medicine Years in San Antonio: 10 Contact: Thyroid & Endocrine Center of South Texas 540 Madison Oak Dr., Suite 270 San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 491-9494

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Functional Medicine

Andrew W. Moore, D.C. • Restore thyroid naturally • Weight loss resistance • Autoimmune thyroid disease • Healthy thyroid no medication

Dr. Moore has made it his life’s ambition to study the newest research on the underlying causes of thyroid disease as well as many other conditions. He teaches classes on how the body has the ability to heal itself with the right information. Studies show that normal thyroid hormone level (TSH) does not equal a healthy functioning thyroid without symptoms, how 80 percent of thyroid symptoms are autoimmune related, and how most doctors don’t even test for them. Dr. Moore teaches thyroid patients how to restore their thyroid naturally by knowing what tests are needed and then what to do to naturally heal their thyroid.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry: University of Texas, San Antonio Villanova University Florida State University Doctorate: Doctor of Chiropractic, Parker Chiropractic College, Dallas, Texas. Years of practice: 27 Contact: Moore Life Health Solutions 8507 McCullough, Ste. A-1 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 525-1507

Healing can only come from the inside-out, never from the outside-in. The true doctor of the future has to be a doctor who removes the interference and lets the body do the healing.


Yasmin Alishahi, M.D. • Ulcerative colitis • Crohn’s disease • Screening colonoscopy

Dr. Alishahi is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition of University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio. Her main interest is caring for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s patients. Through a program offered by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Dr. Alishahi was chosen as a visiting fellow during her second year of fellowship to participate in treating and managing IBD patients at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine at Rochester, MN. She is currently serving as the president of the Texas Alamo Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (TASPEN). Dr. Alishahi is committed to providing the best care for her patients and to training future physicians.

Education: Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis Chief Residency: University of Tennessee, Memphis Internal Medicine Residency: University of Tennessee, Memphis Fellowship: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio Dr. Alishahi graduated from her Gastroenterology Fellowship in 2013 Contact: UT Medicine Digestive Disease Center Medical Arts & Research Center - MARC 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, 4th Floor - 4A San Antonio, Texas 78229 (210) 450-9880


Donna McMyler, M.D. • Board certified gastroenterologist • Colon cancer screening • Inflammatory bowel disease • Celiac disease • Acid reflux/heartburn

Dr. Donna McMyler uses her background in nutrition to treat patients with gastrointestinal issues such as acid reflux, celiac disease, IBS and gastroparesis. Her father-in-law was diagnosed with colon cancer at an early age, and she has made it her mission to ensure both men and women are screened for this highly preventable disease. Dr. McMyler attended the University of Texas Health Science at Houston for medical school and the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio for residency and fellowship. Dr. McMyler grew up in a small town in Texas and when not helping her patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. A lot of women will take care of their family first — their kids, their husband — women need to take cre of themselves.

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Education: B.S. Degree: Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas M.D. Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas Internal Medicine Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Years of practice: 12 Contact: Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio 855 Proton Road San Antonio, Texas 78229 (210) 614-1234, ext. 332

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Zarema Singson, M.D. • Board certified gastroenterologist • Colon Cancer Screening • Inflammatory bowel disease • Women’s GI Health • Liver disease

Dr. Singson earned her medical degree from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and went on to complete her residency and fellowship training at the University of California Irvine where she served as Chief Resident and received an award for her research on innovative methods in polyp detection and analysis. She is skilled in all areas of gastroenterology with a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer prevention, women’s GI health, hepatology, and obesity as it relates to GI disorders. When she is not practicing medicine, she enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family. I believe in the patient/physician relationship and enjoy building a relationship with my patients and working together on their health goals.

Education: B.A. Degree - Biology: Rice University, Houston, Texas M.D. Degree - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Internal Medicine Residency: University of California Irvine, Orange, California Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of California Irvine, Orange, California

Contact: Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio 8214 Wurzbach San Antonio, Texas 78229 (210) 614-1234

Internal Medicine / Gastroenterology

Amy E. Schindler, M.D. • Small bowel enteroscopy • Obscure GI bleeding • General gastroenterology • Colorectal cancer screening

Dr. Schindler is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UT School of Medicine in San Antonio. During her gastroenterology training, she developed particular interests in quality in endoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, and small bowel enteroscopy for obscure GI bleeding and other small bowel pathology. She greatly enjoys teaching students, residents, and fellows in gastroenterology, and she’s happy to have returned to San Antonio to serve patients at the MARC, University Hospital, and the Robert B. Green Campus. Dr. Schindler is committed to providing quality care to her patients and quality training to future physicians.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry: Rice University Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Contact: UT Medicine Digestive Disease Center Medical Arts & Research Center - MARC 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, 4th Floor - 4A San Antonio, Texas 78229 (210) 450-9880

Internal Medicine Women's Comprehensive Clinic for Internal Medicine strongly believes in disease prevention and maximizing the potential for optimal well-being through education. Dr. Castoreno’s objective is to improve the health, quality of life, and healthcare delivery to women through skilled professional services and quality training. She hopes to optimize patients' health through comprehensive medical care and patient education. Dr. Castoreno was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She is married and has three children.

Rosemary Castoreno, M.D. • Women focused Internal Medicine • Preventative / Wellness Care • Medical Weight Loss • Comprehensive Hormone Evaluation • Women's Health Services

Women's Comprehensive Clinic for Internal Medicine feels that through knowledge comes self-empowerment, allowing women to make informed decisions and take charge of their health.

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Education: Health Careers High School Bachelor of Arts: University of Texas at Austin Doctorate of Medicine: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Internship and Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Years of practice: 11 Contact: Women’s Comprehensive Clinic for Internal Medicine 1611 N. Alamo San Antonio, Texas 78215 (210) 333-0733


According to the American Heart Association, every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). More than one in three women is living with CVD, including nearly half of all African-American women and 34 percent of Caucasian women. Although heart disease death rates among men and women have declined steadily over the last 25 years, rates among women have fallen at a slower rate.

Know Your Risk Factors

RACE/ETHNICITY African American, Hispanic and Native American women are all at greater risk of heart disease than Caucasian women and are also more likely to have contributing risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and obesity. While certain risk factors cannot be changed, it is important to realize that you do have control over many others.

Important risk factors for heart disease that you can modify: • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE • HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL

Risk factors you cannot change: FAMILY HISTORY OF EARLY HEART DISEASE If your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, or if your mother or sister had one before age 65, you are more likely to get heart disease yourself. AGE (55 OR OLDER FOR WOMEN) After menopause, women are more apt to get heart disease, in part because their body's production of estrogen drops. Women who have gone through early menopause, either naturally or because they have had a hysterectomy, are twice as likely to develop heart disease as women of the same age who have not yet gone through menopause. Another reason for the increasing risk is that middle age is a time when women tend to develop other risk factors for heart disease.

• DIABETES • SMOKING • BEING OVERWEIGHT • BEING PHYSICALLY INACTIVE Some women believe that making just one healthy change will take care of all of their heart disease risk. To protect your heart, it is vital to make changes that address each risk factor you have -- each has the individual potential to greatly increase a woman's chance of developing heart disease. You can make the changes gradually, but making them is very important. What is the take-away message? Be aware of your risk factors and take them seriously. The actions you take now to lower your risk may just save your life.

If you are concerned about the health of your heart, call our office for an appointment. Our professional team of compassionate cardiologists and staff provide the best cardiovascular care that San Antonio has to offer. Call us directly: 210.272.0098

San Antoio Endovascular & Heart Institute 18615 Tuscany Stone Suite 170, San Antonio, Texas 78258 210.272.0098

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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Georgia A. McCann, M.D. • Gynecologic Oncology • Radical Pelvic and Reconstructive Surgery • OB/GYN

Dr. McCann joined the faculty of the UT School of Medicine at San Antonio in September 2013 as an assistant clinical professor in the division of gynecologic oncology. Her expertise includes the diagnosis, treatment, and research of cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and vulvar cancers. Dr. McCann also has advanced training in robotic surgery, radical pelvic, and reconstructive surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers and complex benign gynecologic conditions. She completed her gynecologic oncology fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center after a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McCann is dedicated to the comprehensive care of women with gynecologic malignancies.

Education: Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Pennsylvania Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Fellowship: Ohio State University Medical Center Dr. McCann has authored or co-authored over 35 papers and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals and looks forward to continuing her research while caring for the unique patient population of Central and South Texas. Contact: UT Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Arts & Research Center - MARC 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, 5th Floor - 5A San Antonio, Texas 78229 (210) 450-9500

Oncology & Hematology Dr. Dham practices in San Antonio and focuses on malignant hematology and medical oncology, with a special interest in leukemia and lymphoma. Her clinical interests include the care of young adults with cancer and also the issues faced by cancer survivors. Dr. Dham has a special interest in genetic risk assessment of cancer and its implication on families.

Anu Dham, M.D.

She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

• Medical Oncology & Hematology • Offices in Downtown San Antonio and Jourdanton

Education: • Internal Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL • Oncology & Hematology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Contact: Cancer Care Centers of South Texas 1200 Brooklyn Ave., Suite 115 San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 224-6531 1901 Highway 97E, Suite 200 Jourdanton, TX 78026 (830) 769-5259

Oncology & Hematology Dr. Wilks is a research site leader with US Oncology Research for Cancer Care Centers of South Texas. She is an active speaker for several pharmaceutical companies covering a variety of drugs to treat breast cancer.

Sharon T. Wilks, M.D. F.A.C.P. • Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology • Fellow of the American College of Physicians • Served in the USAF • 27 years in practice

Dr. Wilks is the founder of the Alamo City Cancer Council and has authored “I’ve Just Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer: What’s Next?” and similar booklets for colorectal, lung and ovarian cancer. She also chairs a committee that sponsors an annual Breast Cancer Update for the San Antonio community. In addition, she serves on a planning committee for the Baptist Hospital Breast Cancer Center.

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Dr. Pounds grew up in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. She went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate school and attended Temple University School of Medicine. She did her general surgical residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and then went back to Temple for a Vascular Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Pounds returned to UTMB in Galveston and was an assistant professor for 6 years. She relocated to San Antonio in 2007 and had a successful private practice, leaving for the opportunity to teach and work with the veterans in a dual appointment in the School of Medicine Division of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery at the UT School of Medicine in San Antonio. Dr. Pounds is committed to providing excellent care for vascular disorders and has a particular interest in acute and chronic venous disease.

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Unfortunately, aging brings with it a number of changes in our physical health or our mental capabilities, or both. Planning ahead can save your senior and yourself a lot of stress and time.

There are so many things to consider. For example, important documents — official and personal.

• Is there an existing will or power of attorney? If so, where are they located?

Important personal and official documents will need to be located. You may need to obtain copies of keys to safes and safe deposit boxes.

• Are they all in one place for easy access and organized in some form?

• Or are they stuffed here and there, in this drawer or that cabinet or hidden in a shoebox somewhere?

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS INCLUDE: WILL: Names executor, guardian for minor children and distribution of property.

• You’ll need to locate those documents, which give you or someone else permission to act for the older person.

LIVING WILL: A directive to physicians as to what medical procedures you want taken if you are too ill to state your wishes.


POWER OF ATTORNEY: Written authorization for a designated person to act on your behalf for whatever purpose you designate.

In addition to the wills and powers-of-attorneys, you’ll need to determine the senior’s financial situation to help with the selection of the caretaker decision process. FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS:


Include checking and saving accounts, certificates

Include Social Security and driver’s license num-

of deposit, pensions and other retirement bene-

bers, military records, birth, marriage and divorce

fits, Social Security, investments, real estate

certificates, tax records, passport number, ap-

owned and other personal property assets. Also

praisals of valuables. You should also include lock-

include any credit card, loan or other outstanding

box and home security system codes, spare keys,

debts when making the financial assessment.

codes to locks and firearm location and papers.

DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY: Becomes effective if you become incapacitated and unable to manage your own personal and financial matters.

And—pet records. INSURANCE DOCUMENTS: Personal health insurance, long-term-care policies,


Medicare supplemental insurance to pay for the

Should contain physicians’ names, prescription in-

“gaps” in Medicare coverage, life insurance and

formation and any health issues. Remember to lo-

home and auto insurance. Is there any eligibility for

cate and organize ALL important documents, or

veteran’s or disability benefits?

at least place them in one specific place, and tell someone where to find them.

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HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY: Names the agent you appoint to make health care decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.




Your assessment of the senior’s health should include observation of balance, signs of fatigue or sleeplessness, vision or hearing difficulties, signs of depression, dementia and the ability to take medications correctly. Is he or she able to perform basic daily activities like dressing, bathing, use of telephone, use of toilet, rising from a chair or negotiating stairs, shopping, preparing meals, driving safely and housework?

What about his or her appearance and hygiene issues — does the senior maintain personal cleanliness, oral care, combed hair, trimmed nails and wear clean and appropriate clothing?



MATCHING THE CARE TO THE NEED Armed with the health assessment by yourself and the senior’s physician and the important personal and financial documents, you can now consider lifestyle and senior services options available.

Senior care facilities vary greatly as to the types of services provided and other amenities, such as activities offered — whether included or paid for separately — and, many times, the beauty of the facility or grounds. The most common types of facilities, based on the help required as the needs change, include: ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY:

Allows for continued independent living in a house or apartment. Residents have freedom to come and go at will, driving themselves or going on group outings with transportation provided. Planned activities can include dancing, bingo, exercise classes,


Check the licensing current and past, the financial records, inspection reports, and obtain references.

swimming and so forth, along with meals and some care provided.


Look for signs of the quality of care, including interactions between patients and staff and each other.

These are actual private individuals’ homes providing assisted liv-


Inspect the safety aspects of the facility. Look for fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler system. See if doors and locks are secure. Is someone on duty 24/7?

RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES: ing to only one to three clients — help with daily living activities, meals and some medical care. Residents should be able to man-

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age their daily personal care as far as eating, bathing, shopping, dressing and medications, in general. However, the senior can have visitors at any time, and they may come and go as they please, signing in and out.

What are the qualifications of medical personnel? NURSING HOMES:

Is it easy for those with disabilities to move about? Consider the location of the facility as well. Is the neighborhood safe? Are shops, doctors’ offices, places of worship, friends and family nearby?

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Provide full-time medical care, meals, housekeeping, laundry and organized activities. It may be possible to have these services provided at home, but registered nurses usually aren't required to help with meals, housework and laundry. Several government and insurance programs may be available, depending upon the patient's needs. However, if the patient needs 24/7 care, medical and otherwise, a nursing home is most likely the best option.

HOSPICE CARE: Offers a specific type of care by specially trained nurses and caregivers to terminally ill patients at home, in a hospital or at a hospice facility. Included may be some light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry and medication management. CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY: Offers the convenience and security of housing options that can meet needs as they change, from independent living to assisted living to nursing facilities and hospice care without the patient’s having to locate and then move from one type of facility to another. SPECIFIC DISEASE-RELATED FACILITIES: These places concentrate on care for those suffering from diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc., because of the unique care required.

EASING THE TRANSITION You can help your loved one make the transition more easily by being sensitive to his or her preferences and feelings. Try to find ways to allow her or him to maintain some control over the future. After all, if home care is no longer an option for whatever reason, it will necessitate a move into a new residence, which will become “home.” It is a life-changing transition from living an independent, self-sufficient life, to a facility where he or she will be dependent upon others —strangers —for the help needed, whether there is a major health issue or inconveniences such as the inability to drive, shop, cook and perform other daily functions of life. Keep in mind that both you and your senior may suffer physical and mental stress, feelings of frustration, exhaustion, anger, sadness or resentment. However, if you and your parent(s) or other loved one plan for the future, your job will be easier, and he or she will be much more likely to have personal wishes fulfilled.

Those who have gone through this process urge you to involve as many resources as you can to help — family, friends, physicians, clergy, social workers and support groups.

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Thoroughly French on Broadway Behind an unassuming storefront on an

fish with lemongrass. That this is not hearty

Beet and duck play nicely together, but

only marginally more noteworthy block of

bistro food is emphasized even more force-

garnet betterave beats saignant duck in

lower Broadway lies an unexpected sur-

fully with the arrival of the first plate.

prise: Saveurs 209, a thoroughly French

one respect: texture. Though the duck, capped by an unashamed layer of scored,

restaurant run by a genuine French family

The “carpaccio” of St. Jacques with

crisp fat, was impeccably cooked and im-

— in rigorously French fashion.

champignons de Paris and a dressing of

mensely flavorful, it would have been un

Transplanted Parisians Sylvain and Sylvie

walnut oil is lovely and lapidary in the man-

peu resistant to an ordinary knife. Laguiole

ner of a classic Chanel suit, the overlapping

to the rescue and all was well. Other entic-

Nykiel operate the front of the house here;

leaves of translucent scallop and matte

ing main course possibilities included a

their daughter Caitline helms the kitchen.

mushroom, lightly scattered with finely

bronzini with fingerling potatoes and an

The Nykiels themselves are as annoyingly

chopped chive and hazelnut, making for a

Angus tenderloin with polenta.

trim and chic as the spare restaurant, a sim-

stunning composition. But as with Chanel,

ple white space enlivened by chair seats in

the perfect accessory — say a simple silver

unabashedly orange Lucite. Table settings

circle pin (nothing as pushy as an Hermés

as everything else, and it offers both bot-

are carefully considered with stemware ap-

scarf) — is often required. And such is the

tles and glasses that have been chosen to

The wine list at Saveurs is as proudly Gallic

propriate to each wine by Villeroy & Boch

case here: The bright silvery acidity of a

work seamlessly with the cuisine — think

and, should you need one, steak knives by

squeeze of lemon or a soupçon of zest

essential shoes and bag. A glass of Macon

the lauded French firm of Laguiole. (More

might be one avenue of approach and

Villages was listed as a pair for the scallops,

on that below.)

would help lift the dish considerably.

and its citrus/almond character was alto-

Nor does the menu deviate from things

Couture references are risky, to be sure, but

was suggested as a match to the duck by

French, with appetizers on the order of a

let’s push on: If the scallops were Chanel,

Nykiel pére (and likely would have been

mousse de foie de volaille (chicken livers)

the magret de canard with beet and

perfect), its $18-a-glass price tag was a lit-

with oyster mushrooms, and seasonally in-

palette-knife daubs of puréed potato might

tle daunting. (This is as good a place as any

fluenced entrées (bowing here to the

qualify as Balenciaga — Fall collection, of

to mention that though prices in general

American use of the term) such as monk-

course. Just a little freer, in other words.

don’t reach Parisian levels, nor are they

gether complementary. Though Bordeaux

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Photography JANET ROGERS

Bon appétit! Pictured above, the chic, clean interior of Saveurs 209; the plateau de fromages ... cheese board; Hudson Valley duck breast, beets, potato puree and comte' sauce; lemongrass-marinated monkfish, light eggplant dip, capers and fingerlime, and, below, the fantastic pistachio cream and fresh strawberry sorbet with crispy streusel and homemade strawberry jam.

marché aux puces; plats principaux run from $26 to $39. Lunch is understandably more gently priced and perhaps a good place to start.) I chose instead a Côtes du Rhône Villages by Ferraton and was perfectly happy. It was the unexpected appearance on the list of a white Chinon, a rarity in these parts (the appellation is more known for its reds), that influenced my final menu selection.

Before noticing the Loire Valley bottle, the meringue-based Pavlova with seasonal fruits had been foremost in mind, but an abrupt switch to the plateau de fromages (amus-

more readily available at local sources such

menu.) Fortunately, the container was not

ingly asterisked with a “may contain milk or

as Central Market. Concentrating on the ex-

presented, and I was able to depart with a

cream” note) seemed perfectly justifiable

ceptional, the Valençay is named for a town

degree of decorum.

given the wine. I was pleased with both.

in central France, and its pyramidal shape, the top lopped off, is said to have been in-

Decorum now suggests this conclusion:

The Les Chanteaux blanc is a wine produced

fluenced by Napoleon. A young goat

Saveurs presents a unique opportunity to

from 100 percent chenin blanc grapes, and

cheese, its clean, fresh and lemony taste was

explore an aspect of French cuisine San

its floral/mineral qualities tag it as distinctly

perfect with the wine. The Vacherin Mont

Antonio has not seen enough of. A willing

French — and worlds away from the jug

d’Or was even better. This is an ultra-unctu-

audience should also give the chef an op-

plonk of yore. Of the four cheeses on the

ous cow’s milk cheese often simply eaten

portunity to build upon an already solid

board, two were as unique as the wine, two

with a spoon from its wood-strip container.

base. This is San Antonio, after all, and we

(the bleu d’Auvergne and the Petit Basque)

(It’s a winter cheese and will soon be off the

take the notion of (robust) tastes seriously.

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Photography by JANET ROGERS

Making a Difference with

Four years ago, “If you’d asked me where I’d be teaching, I would

asked, ‘Will your parents come, too?’” she says, laughing.

have said, ‘Anywhere but middle school,’” says Ashley Simpson, choir

By contrast, she estimates that more than 50 percent of the stu-

director at Mark Twain Middle School in the San Antonio Independent

dents in her choir classes are there only because of a “huge schedule

School District.

mess-up.” It took several weeks to sort out the schedule problems,

Simpson — and yes, that is her real name; she’s Susan Ashley

but Simpson was left with many students who didn’t get the elec-

Simpson, and “My mom is Susan” — attended Longfellow Middle

tives they wanted, while losing would-be singers to required classes

School in the same district and remembers it as a mixed experience.

to help them improve their math or reading skills.

“I had teachers who really loved what they were doing, but some of

About 90 percent of her students come from disadvantaged back-

the students — and some of them were my friends — made it difficult

grounds, and many have “a really rough time at home,” with parents

for the teachers to teach,” she says. “It takes a lot of patience and

who have become incarcerated, frequent moves, brushes with the ju-

possibly even more patience.”

venile justice system or domestic abuse. At the beginning of her first

Before starting her current, first full-time job as a teacher, Simpson

year of teaching, “I felt out of my depth,” says Simpson, who turned

student-taught at the elementary and high school levels. “It wasn’t until

down jobs at more affluent schools for the opportunity of building

I started working with middle schoolers that I realized they’re at an ex-

new music programs at Twain. “The issues we face go beyond the

cellent age to motivate and inspire,” she says. “You can light a spark

classroom. There were multiple times last year when I didn’t know

that will stay lit forever.” A 2012 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Simpson almost didn’t major in music education there. Intending to major in communications as a more practical

what to do. Then, 30 seconds later it came

“I have to make them understand they need to be exposed to music of other time periods.”

route to a possible broadcasting career, she missed the deadlines to take the required courses for a music

to me.” Many of her students have been held back for academic deficiencies and feel uncomfortable being older than their peers. “They don’t want to be here,” she says. “There are outbursts on their part, frustrations on mine.”

Although Simpson is not much more than a decade older than

major. Not sure which way to go, she asked UTSA’s Dr. Gary Mabry

her sixth-to-eighth-grade students, there’s a generation gap between

if she could audition. “When he heard my voice, he said, ‘You’re a

what they want to learn and what she needs to teach them. “They

music major,’” says Simpson, who dropped her journalism courses

come to choir and want to do techno and rap,” she says. “I have to

and “never looked back.”

make them understand they need to be exposed to music of other

As a student at the Fine Arts magnet school at Jefferson High School, she was in choir, band and jazz band and acted in musical the-

time periods.” During her first year, Simpson figured out strategies “to meet them halfway.”

ater. She joined three more choirs at UTSA and sang opera there and

That meant letting them choose some of the songs, such as a

with the San Antonio Opera. She sings alto or mezzo-soprano in nearly

Bruno Mars hit, for their end-of-year pop concert, with a student-led

every genre of music and plays piano, saxophone and drums. In the

flashmob in the middle. In day-to-day choir practices, Simpson uses

best tradition of music teachers, she says, “I pick things up easily.”

games such as using an iPod Shuffle loaded with songs of many gen-

It’s not an exaggeration to say that music is her life. A veteran of

res, awarding points to students who correctly guess whether a tune

the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, she toured Europe with the

is pop, country, reggae or Latin. They warm up by stretching and

group and went on to sing backup for Gloria Gaynor at the Alamod-

moving to beats and enjoy getting the chance to express their emo-

ome and to perform in Carnegie Hall with the UTSA Alumni Choir.

tions when Simpson asks them to describe how a piece of music

An only child, she had the benefit of parents who supported her arts

makes them feel. “I want them to get involved with music, to have

activities, as Band Boosters and in other volunteer capacities. “They

fun with it,” she says. “They need to get engaged with music, to go

were so well known in the district that when I got this job, I was

beyond thinking of it as background noise.”

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ASHLEY SIMPSON Age: 24 Occupation: Choir director, Mark Twain Middle School, San Antonio Independent School District. Why she’s a Role Model: Using her musical talents to make a difference at a school with a predominantly low-income population. Personal: Single with a boyfriend; pet parent to Gypsy, a chiweenie (Chihuahua/dachshund mix) adopted two years ago from a shelter. They’re telepathically close: “As an only child, I grew up with animals as my siblings.” Her own role models: Parents Susan and Ray Simpson — “They’ve given me every single opportunity I’ve asked for and promoted and encouraged my success.” Goals: Finish her master’s degree, become an administrator, pursue a doctorate. Best advice ever given: A seasoned teacher told her, “The first two years as a teacher are all about keeping your head above water. If you’re surviving every day, you’re doing OK.” Favorite relaxation strategy: “I love going hiking on the weekends with my boyfriend and my parents and our four dogs.” What she’s reading: The Legend, dystopian young-adult trilogy by Marie Lu, because she likes to read what her students are reading. “It helps me understand them,” Simpson says. “I buy the most books at our school book fairs.”

Some come in early or stay late in her choir room. “It’s safe here,” she says. “It feels like a sanctuary. If some of the girls need to cry, they know they can do it here.” If she could make the choice again, Simpson would still want to teach at Twain: “I feel like this urban district is my calling. These students need the help I have to give them, and understanding how to work with them has made me a softer person.” A member of Twain’s leadership team, she’s currently working on a master’s degree in educational administration at UTSA. She is interested in moving up to administration someday, using the lessons she has learned to help other teachers. “I see the challenges my administrators face, and I would be happy to take them on someday. No principal goes into a perfect situation.” Seeing progress among her students “is a great motivational tool. I accept challenges with open arms.”

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Sylvia Benitez Founds GAGA for Women Artists

At top, artist Sylvia Benitez, founder of the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association, and a panel of artworks from the show The Exquisite Quilt. Works are by (top row, from left) Carole Greer, Carolina Flores, Diane Bazaldua, (second row) Loretta Medellin, Anne Burtt, Jennifer Polnaszek, (third row) Carole Greer, Susan Michaels, Bonnie Kirkley. Below, some of the artist members of GAGA: (back row, from left) Bridgett (Bibi) Saidi, Benitez, Thelma Muraida and (in front) Carolina Flores.

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edical school is not a likely place for an art exhibit, but many employees and visitors to the UTHSC’s flagship institution have had the opportunity to view some gorgeous original art for almost a year.

Housed on the seventh floor in the psychiatry department, the show, The Exquisite Quilt, was mounted by a women’s art collective known as the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association, or GAGA, an organization founded by artist Sylvia Benitez in 2010. With a broadly defined theme of flora and fauna, 81 individual panels created by 31 artists were assembled into nine large sections that you couldn’t pass by without stopping to examine. Each artist’s interpretation was unique, and each was amplified by the others within the large panels. It was a feast of color and creativity. “From here, the show will be going to the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock,” said Benitez when we met in the exhibition hall in late March. “Lubbock has an amazing art scene. Their First Fridays (akin to San Antonio’s events in Southtown) attract the whole town. This will be a sales show, so what’s left of it will then be installed at the Bihl Haus in December.” This month, GAGA will open a different show at the Southwest School of Art. Titled The Exquisite Rainbow Corpse, it will feature 96 pieces mounted on opposite walls, “with a rainbow of light panels on one wall and a rainbow of dark panels on the other.” Then come fall, the Art Institute of San Antonio will play host to Material Choice, an exhibit about craft materials used in fine art. Not bad for a young nonprofit. Benitez started GAGA to help promote and serve the mature woman artist of South Texas, through exhibition, promotion and education opportunities. “When I was teaching at the Southwest School of Art, most of my students were women in their 40s or older, very talented and eager to show their work,” says Benitez. “I began wondering how I could help these fabulous ladies. If you are starting your art career after having been a doctor or teacher for years, you are not taken seriously (by the art establishment). But being new in the area, I was also lonely, so that was another reason to form this group. It has absolutely snowballed. We have 60-plus members now.” Quite a few have a strong art background but were not able to devote time to art earlier in life, and, to Benitez’s surprise, younger women are joining, too.

GAGA refers to Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the few successful female painters of the 17th century, and invokes her protection with the use of the word “aegis,” goddess Athena’s shield. Since its inception, GAGA has organized more than 10 shows in San Antonio, Rockport, New Braunfels and Beeville. Thanks to her efforts and connections, Benitez has been able to bring to town curators, master printers, and museum experts to interact with the group through two additional GAGA programs: the Professional Insights Experience and the Curatorial Experience. For former physicist and CPA Brigitte Saidi, GAGA was a godsend. About two years ago the self-described amateur watercolorist attended the show opening of Benitez’s paintings at Gallery Nord and was impressed by the painter’s cloudscapes. “I chatted with her, and Sylvia told me about the organization,” recalls Saidi. “I went to a member exhibit and was fascinated and enchanted by the work and by being around them. I am learning so much by talking to them about art. It helps me to understand what I am doing and the direction I want to take. It has definitely enriched my life.” Saidi participated in the Quilt show and will be part of the Rainbow one as well. What’s more, she is now represented by the River Edge Gallery in Kerrville. Already established artist Carolina Flores had similar comments about the support and cooperation within the organization and words of praise for Benitez’s generous input: “I have enjoyed getting to know Sylvia, an artist of high caliber and so well connected. She’s been a new mentor to me and a wonderful one.”

A transplanted New Yorker A Maryland native, Benitez has known she wanted to be an artist since age 7. After getting a BFA and attending graduate school “for three hours,” the eager young woman headed to New York City to immerse herself in the contemporary art scene. Over the course of a couple of decades she made a name for herself and has a long résumé to prove it. At first, with little money in her pocket, Benitez says she collected trash and used it to weave tapestries, but as her reputation grew, grants and awards came her way, including two from the National Endowment for the Arts, two from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a Puffin Foundation Award, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant and others. Thanks to funding from various state art councils, she participated in 70 collaborative mural projects in schools in New York, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Photography JANET ROGERS

From trash tapestry, the artist moved to working with various natural materials — vines, bamboo, hemp — that she personally harvested. The resulting sculptural installations were shown in museums, galleries and sculpture parks throughout the United States, establishing along the way her signature style. Since they were made from biological material, many were only temporary creations. “They were site-specific, and I ultimately let them disintegrate in place,” she says with a shrug. “I never sold any art. It was never about the product, it was about selfexpression.” Meanwhile, the grants and the murals took care of the necessities of life, so much so, in fact, that she was able to buy a little farmhouse on the Maryland coast. That’s when her perspective began to change. Following the death of her partner and living alone by the shore, the artist re-evaluated both her life and her art. This reflection, coupled with the beautiful sights of sea, shore and sky, eventually brought her back to her first love — painting. Then life changed again in 2006, when she married Texan Charles Ditto, who teaches musical composition at Texas State. The couple now live on a 13-acre property near Seguin, and the transplanted New Yorker loves it. Her former bio materials have been replaced by oil paints and canvas with which she creates the majestic cloudscapes — which she calls “horizon lines” — that so charmed Saidi. Benitez is now represented by four commercial galleries, including one in Atlanta and Gallery Nord here. The work for GAGA is her voluntary contribution to the organization that’s clearly close to her heart. At the time of this Interview, she was preoccupied with the production of the catalog for the Rainbow show, the first ever for GAGA. The project was made possible through a small grant from the city plus an anonymous donation. “This got me really excited,” she notes. “It’s a new learning process. If the catalog sells well, we’ll have lots of money in the bank, then we could make a coffee table-size catalog that celebrates all the members. That would be wonderful!”

So what are her hopes for GAGA’s near future? I ask. “Actually I am shocked by how much we have already accomplished,” she replies. “For the future, I would like us to have a home where members could have regular exhibitions and forums, maybe with studio space and classrooms. I am growing with the organization. Maybe we’ll expand beyond San Antonio. I am sure we are not the only city that has a lot of talented women artists.”

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MAY/JUNE 2014 The Ecumenical Center Ethics in Business Luncheon May 1 Marriott Riverwalk (210) 616-0885

North SA Chamber 28th Annual Golf Tournament May 12 Oak Hills Country Club (210) 384-7727

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum Blue Star Red Dot May 21 Blue Star Museum (210) 227-6960

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center 5th Annual Paseo por el Westside May 3 Rinconcito de Esperanza (210) 228-0201

Friends of Hospice Spring Party May 13 Private Home (210) 785-5852

Las Casas 100 Years of Entertaining San Antonio Honoring Charline McCombs May 21 Majestic and Empire Theatres (210) 223-4343

San Antonio Public Library Foundation 3rd Annual Cinco de Derby Celebration May 3 St. Anthony Hotel (210) 225-4728

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation 6th Literary Luncheon Author Linda Yellin – What Nora Knew May 14 Southwest School of Art Chapel (210) 225-4728

Texas Biomedical Forum Annual Gala La Dolce Vita May 3 The Argyle (210) 867-3269

San Antonio Botanical Garden Splendor in the Garden Gala May 14 San Antonio Botanical Garden (210) 829-5360

Temple Beth-El 140th Birthday Celebration May 3 Temple Beth-El (210) 733-9135

San Antonio Food Bank Taste of The Dominion May 15 The Dominion Country Club (210) 337-3663

Avance Mother of the Year Luncheon Honoring Rosie Castro May 9 Valero Energy Corporation (210) 220-1788

The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation Bingo de Mayo May 15 San Antonio Country Club (512) 699-1640

The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter 13th Annual Honoring Mothers Luncheon Honoring Jane Macon and Patricia Liberto May 9 Marriott Rivercenter (210) 930-3669

Solar San Antonio Annual Fundraiser and Bill Sinkin’s 101st Birthday Celebration May 15 The Veranda (210) 354-0236

Good Samaritan Community Services Good Samaritan Award May 9 San Antonio Country Club (210) 424-2065 San Antonio Gardenia and Musical Club Coronation Ball May 9 Oak Hills Country Club (210) 445-7238 American Diabetes Association Valero Tour de Cure May 10 Retama Park (210) 829-1765 x6123

Women’s Global Connection Annual Party Cocktails and Conversation May 15 Southtown Sweb Development (210) 832-3208 Palmer Drug Abuse Program 14th Annual Breakfast Love First: A New Approach to Intervention, Featuring Author Jeff Jay May 16 Omni Colonnade (210) 227-2737 McNay Art Museum 6th Annual Spring Party Blame It On Rio: Carnival at the McNay May 16 McNay Art Museum (210) 805-1761

Junior League of San Antonio 90th Anniversary Celebration May 10 The Bright Shawl (210) 225-1861

WINGS 2nd Annual Taste of Summer May 17 The Veranda (210) 946-9464

Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Party, Passion, Purpose Promise Ball May 10 Hill Country Hyatt (210) 822-5336

Any Baby Can 26th Annual Adopt A Doll Luncheon May 21 Menger Hotel (210) 227-0170

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San Antonio Can High School 11th Annual Motherhood Luncheon Honoring Kathy Mays Johnson May 22 Pearl Stables (210) 607-9720 Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation 3rd Annual Golf Fore Friends June 9 Hyatt Hill Country (210) 704-2800 San Antonio Symphony 75th Anniversary Celebration June 14 Joshua Bell Concert Majestic Theatre Post-Concert Anniversary Party St. Anthony Hotel (210) 223-8624 Any Baby Can 2nd Annual Taste of the Hill Country June 19 Kronkosky Place (Boerne) (210) 227-0170 Association for Women in Communications Headliner Awards Banquet June 20 Westin Riverwalk (210) 508-0261 Mexican American Unity Council Spirit of Education Awards Luncheon June 21 Omni Colonnade (210) 978-0510 United Way Volunteer of the Year Awards June 25 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (210) 352-7099 Ronald McDonald House 4th Annual CHAIR-ity July 17 Old San Francisco Steakhouse (210) 614-2554 North SA Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business Leaders Awards July 22 Omni Colonnade (210) 344-4848





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#1 Friends of Hospice Valentine Luncheon Benefiting CHRISTUS VNA Hospice and Palliative Care Beverly Pace, Mary Beth Fisk and Nancy Torgerson

#2 UTSA Presents Great Conversations at the Institute of Texan Cultures

Craig Boyan, the Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion, Dr. Harriett and Dr. Ricardo Romo

#3 Battle of Flowers Oratorical Contest Winner

Taylor Dodson and Anne Ballantyne

#4 World Affairs Council of San Antonio Presents the 2014 International Citizen Award

Henry Cisneros, President Bill Clinton and Mary Alice Cisneros

#5 The San Antonio Symphony Ball — 2014 San Antonio Symphony Belles



13th Annual Night of Artists Sale & Exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art Museum Scott, Gloria, Leah and Chad Clingman

#7 Alpha House Presents Doorways of Hope Luncheon

Sandy Klein, Earline Lagueruela and Lynnea Castillo


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David Sixt

Mr. and Mrs. David Robert Van Sciver (Analie Christian Ogden) February 15, 2014

David Sixt

David Sixt

Mr. and Mrs. Shaun McBrook (Jennifer Sedio) March 8, 2014

Jenna-Beth Lyde/Parish Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Blazi (Heather Kuhn) February 22, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Wendell Fregosi (Anna Frances Brackett) December 7, 2013

Jenna-Beth Lyde/Parish Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Craus (Mary Butcher) February 8, 2014

David Sixt

Mr. and Mrs. Jeramy Michael McMahon (Ellen Alexandra Wise) November 23, 2013

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Entertainment & The Arts Comedy

Sister Act Majestic Theatre June 24-29

Music Gipsy Kings Majestic Theatre 5/19 Mon, 7:30 pm Soli Chamber Ensemble Gallery Nord 5/19 Mon Ruth Taylor Theater 5/20 Tues

Eddie Izzard - Force Majeure Majestic Theatre Wednesday, July 2, at 8 PM

Jesus Christ Superstar AT&T Center 6/19 Thurs, 7 pm COMEDY Ralphie May Empire Theatre 5/5 Thurs, 8 pm Jay Leno Majestic Theatre 6/13 Fri, 8 pm

B. B. King Majestic Theatre 5/22 Thurs, 8 pm

Gabriel Iglesias: Unity through Laughter AT&T Center 6/21 Sat, 7 pm

Journey and the Steve Miller Band AT&T Center 5/22 Thurs, 7 pm

DANCE Move Live on Tour Julianne and Derek Hough Majestic Theatre 6/3 Tues, 7:30 pm

Justin Hayward Empire Theatre 5/28 Wed, 7:30 pm Romeo Santos AT&T Center 6/6 Fri, 7:30 pm Brent Watkins and His 18-piece Orchestra Empire Theatre 6/10 Tues 7:30 pm


The Canard of Vaucanson Overtime Theater 5/2-31


Schubert Great Majestic Theatre 5/9-10 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Beethoven Piano Concerto Majestic Theatre 5/16-17 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Mahler 5 Majestic Theatre 6/6-7 Fri and Sat, 8 pm 75th Anniversary Concert Joshua Bell, violinist Majestic Theatre 6/14 Sat, 8 pm


43rd Annu al Texas Fo lklife Festiv Institute of al Texan C June 7-8


Museums MCNAY ART MUSEUM Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE Thru 5/25 The Full Monty: Male Nudes from the Collection Thru 5/25 Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting 6/11-8/17 WITTE MUSEUM H-E-B Body Adventure Powered by University Health System Opening 5/24 Julian Onderdonk in New York: The Lost Years, the Lost Paintings Thru 9/9 SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct Thru 6/8 Matisse: Life in Color 6/14-9/7 INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES Texas Contemporary Artists Series 5/3-10/26 Hats Off to Fiesta Thru 7/6


Private Lives The Classic Theater 5/9-25


Starlight Movies in the Garden San Antonio Botanical Garden 5/2, 9

Dead Man’s Cell Phone The Playhouse Cellar Theater 5/16-6/1

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART Nichola Lelva: Infinite Cycle Russell Hill Rogers Gallery 5/9 thru 7/6

Culinaria Wine and Culinary Arts Festival Various locations 5/14-18

Shakespeare in the Park San Antonio Botanical Garden 5/28-31 (210) 207-3250

Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Ass’n Exhibit GAGA: ROYGBIV Ursuline Hall Gallery 5/9 thru 7/6

Funny Girl The Playhouse 6/6-29 (210) 733-7258

SPACE Gallery “Pace Gems” exhibition Thru 9/13

Glen or Glenda Overtime Theater 6/13-7/12

San Antonio Botanical Garden Art in the Garden Sculptures by Richard Hunt

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58th annual Fiesta Noche del Rio Arneson Theater 5/16-8/16 Fri-Sat, 8:30 pm 43rd annual Texas Folklife Festival Institute of Texan Cultures 6/7-8 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze AT&T Center 7/2-6


Constance Barone, M.D. Dr. Constance Barone has opened Elegante Surgery Center at 9502 Huebner Road, Units 202 and 203. It is an accredited cosmetic surgery center (AAAHC). Dr. Barone is former chief of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.


Eileen Breslin Ph.D.

Anne Krause

Michelle Pair

Darcy Scrimpshire

Paula Tucker

Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing at UTHSCSA, is the new president of the America Association of Colleges of Nursing. She joined UTHSC as dean in April 2008 and has created a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and a Clinical Nurse Leader Program. She has raised donations allowing her to recruit outstanding professors from across the country.

Anne Krause is the new executive director of fundraising for Hemisfair’s urban park expansion and improvements. She will direct the Hemisfair Conservancy, charged with raising philanthropic dollars for park improvement projects. She has served nonprofits for 14 years and has been a philanthropy consultant for a Fortune 200 company and a private family foundation. She is past president of the Alamo Heights School Foundation and a trustee of the Southwest School of Art.

Broadway Bank announces that Michelle Pair has been promoted to senior vice president, private banker. She joined the bank in 2008 and has more than 18 years of banking experience, including work as a private banker and a vice president in lending. She earned a BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas has named Darcy Scrimpshire director of special events, responsible for planning major fundraising and relationship-building events and working with parents and other volunteers. Previously she was a marketing specialist for The Prestigious Mark, a provider of corporate branding items. She is an officer in the San Antonio chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.

Paula Tucker became Chief Executive Officer at Boysville, a Texas Home for Boys and Girls, In January. She had previously served as Chief Operating Officer. She has 26 years of experience in the social work field and a master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. As COO, she worked to expand the ages of children served and keep sibling groups together.

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1967 Enjoying some father-daughter time as parents gather for kindergarten graduation.

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San Antonio Woman May/June 2014  

Bi-monthly women's magazine serving San Antonio and surrounding areas.