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Women’s Hair Loss

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What used to be a “men’s condition” is now quickly becoming a female epidemic. It is scary to think that you could randomly wake up one day and begin to see more hair on the pillow case and less on your head. For women losing their hair, it is a serious blow to femininity and the ideal vision of themselves. We are constantly cutting and coloring to make sure our hair looks the best it can. But what if one day the un-thinkable happens… and it falls out and doesn’t grow back?

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Question: What causes women’s hair loss?

Answer: Female hair loss can be caused by multiple factors, but the most common cause is an underlying genetic pre-disposition to hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia or female pattern hair loss. Unlike the popular myth that you inherit hair loss from your mother’s father, women can inherit hair loss from either side of the family. This means that women can inherit hair loss from men and vice versa. It is much more common than people know. There are other factors that can cause hair loss or increase hair loss due to family history. They include stress, lifestyle, diet, thyroid dis-function, fungal infections, scalp parasites, and medications (most common hormone replacement and birth control pills).

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for the loss, the treatment protocol will vary. Usually though for common female pattern hair loss the protocol is relatively similar. We a have a 9 month program that includes twice weekly office visits for cool light laser treatments for the scalp. This stimulates cell regeneration and is already approved to promote thicker hair. Our program also includes topical pharmaceuticals, hormone therapy balancing cream, nutritional supplementation, holistic hair care products, and topical scalp serums. This is most aggressive treatment that we offer, but it works. When you use everything together the way that our program does, you are bound to get results.

quickly as possible and treat that problem. Don’t try to treat it yourself because it wastes time that could be spent growing hair back. I obviously would recommend to call us and then come in for a consultation. Worst case scenario, you can stop the progression of the loss. Best case, we can dramatically reverse your hair loss and regrow hair. We have had numerous cases where a woman was wearing a wig or extensions when they started the treatment. Then 9 months later they were able to remove their wig permanently or stop getting extensions because their hair had gained so much volume and density.

Question: What do your clinics use to help women with thinning hair?

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Question: What advice would you give a woman who is dealing with this problem?

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Female Hair Loss on the Rise In a recent study by the Dermatology Online Journal, it states that at least 10 percent of premenopausal women will experience hair loss and that a staggering 50 percent to 75 percent of women will lose hair after 64 years of age. In a recent report on NBC Online it states these numbers are low and that female hair loss is seriously on the rise.

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But why are women losing hair now more than ever? And what can be done about it? After contacting numerous hair loss professionals in the valley, one seemed to have his finger on the pulse of the problem, and this is what he said:

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Question: Is there hope for women with thinning hair? How do you control it?

Answer: There certainly is. There are so

many tools that can be used to control female hair loss and reverse it in many cases. Once you have established the reason for the hair loss and it can be treated with a variety of methods. Unfortunately, most general physicians simply don’t have the time or the knowledge to get a full understanding of why a woman is losing her hair. The female patient is then left combing the internet for solutions that rarely leads to any real answer.

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Question: How you do know what is causing your hair loss?

Answer: A simple patient history is the easiest way. Many women have blood tests for hormonal issues, thyroid dysfunction, iron levels, and vitamin D deficiency. Unfortunately this rarely produces any other cause other than normal pattern hair loss. At our clinics we use a video microscope to analyze the condition of the scalp at 50x magnification. At this level we can tell if the client has loss due to stress, diet, infection of the hair follicle, or simple hormonally related hair loss.

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Question: Is there maintenance required?

Answer: 99% yes. I usually tell people it’s like brushing your teeth. If you don’t brush them and go to the dentist, your teeth will rot and fall out. The same goes for your hair. If you have a genetic hair loss problem, you have two options; oneyou can treat the problem long term, or two- let your hair fall out and go bald. Clearly our clients choose hair.

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s I welcome you all to our October issue, my favorite assistant is sitting on the couch next to me - my dog, Indo. The ‘fur-baby’ revolution is only enabling me to treat my slobbery best friend as human-like as I can... and no one’s complaining here! Our pet-loving issue gave me the opportunity to meet some amazing people who dedicate so much time and effort toward protecting and training man’s best friend.    Maricopa County has a serious animal overpopulation problem. We are second in the country! I adopted my dog, so I can’t stress enough the amazing opportunities found in adoption, rescuing and fostering. I know the yelps and pawing of puppies in the pet store window can be hard to resist, but please, consider saving a life if you are looking to make a furry family edition. Shelters are overflowing with adorable puppies and the sweetest, well-behaved adult dogs looking for a second chance. Your heart will melt! Mine did.    With that said, now Indo has a friend! I am currently fostering an adorable white chihuahua through A Dog’s Tale, an amazing rescue project run by a woman with the biggest heart in the world. SARAH BEL GRAY FASHION EDITOR Check out her story and find ways you can donate, foster and PHOTOGRAPHER adopt. And for those of you who have already found your pawmate, the amazing trainers featured in this month’s issue will leave you in awe as they help you turn your pooch into the most well behaved dog on the block.    Now that we’ve taken care of our ‘babies’, let focus on ourselves, ladies! In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, VALERIE ZOCCOLI we spent time with a few of the East Valley’s best doctors. The ADVERTISING talented specialists answered plenty of our ‘must-know’ questions and gave us some powerful knowledge. As women, our free time seems few and far between as we juggle work, family and our many responsibilities. This issue goes out to you. Take the time to keep yourself in the best health. We hope that this issue will assist you in treating yourself like the queen that you are. JENNIFER STAMPS ADVERTISING

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As the temperatures cool, we in the East Valley are greeted by an array of festive, outdoor celebrations. October is a favorite time for most Phoenicians; perfect weather, pumpkin patches, and beer. Oktoberfests around the Valley provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that, and more.

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  SanTan Brewery is hosting their 6th annual Oktoberfest on October 5th. Polka Music will fill the air as smells of German food and craft beers invite your senses. The eating contests, beer games and tricycle races will have you channeling your German heritage.    Take a trip to the gorgeous Tempe Town Lake October 11th through the 13th for Four Peaks Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest. With free admission, this child-friendly event has activities for everyone. Bring the suits, because the famous Tempe Beach Splash Park will reopen for this weekend. Kinderfest, created especially for the kids, offers a carnival atmosphere full of games,

crafts, dancing and painting.    October 12th, make your way to Salt River Fields. This Oktoberfest is full of corn hole tournaments (with a 5,000 cash prize!), cooking demos, DJs, live music, and a Hellzapoppin Freak Show. Their Kids Zone is the spot, with face painting, inflatables, a zip line, and much more! At this festival you can find some of the most amazing local vendors, selling everything from handmade jewelry to beautiful Indian decor. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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THRILLS, SCARES AND SCREAMS...OH MY! GET YOUR SPOOK ON THIS HALLOWEEN AT ONE OF THESE EAST VALLEY SPOOKTACULAR SITES.

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You’ll find three must-visit attractions at Mesa’s The Crypt Haunted Attractions, located at Fiesta Mall. Get ready for a mind thrill at The Asylum, an 1870s physiatrics hospital where you’ll find out if the patients are in charge, or the madman Dr. Vantas who specialize in frightening experiments. For more haunts and terror, check out The Crypt, one of Arizona’s longest-running haunted houses. You’ll encounter plenty of undead thirsting for those curious souls who dare to go inside. Looking for more to explore? New this year to the lineup of attractions is the Chaos Maze, ensuring there’s fun for everyone. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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DARK SCARES HAUNTED ATTRACTION

This October, you can check into the Dark Scares Hotel in Mesa, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be checking out! Voted one of the best haunted houses in the Valley by Arizona Foothills Magazine, the spooks and thrills are sure to be a hair-raising experience this year, too. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The Gauntlet haunted house. You’ll crawl and climb over objects, explore the multi-level house and experience downright frightening special effects. Need something a little less spooky but just as fun? Go for a round of Spooktacular Miniature Golf, where you’ll experience one of Golfland’s 18-hole golf courses with a spooky twist. It’s family-friendly and you may even encounter a Halloween character or two.

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Have younger ones in the house? Take the tots to something everyone will enjoy at Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert. You can explore the pumpkin patch and the $10 children’s admission also includes a straw bounce, pumpkin decoration with a bag of stickers, hay rides, feeding of the pet animals and entrance into Alexander’s Adventure Maze. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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Queen Creek’s Schnepf Farms becomes a Halloween haven fit for the whole family this fall season at their Pumpkin & Chili Party. Pick out your own pumpkin at their pumpkin patch, enjoy a hay ride or lose yourself in the four acre corn maze! There’s also miniature golf, a carousel, petting zoo, roller coaster, spooky train ride, bonfires and marshmallow roasting, BMX shows, flying farmer ride, extreme canine dog show and much more. Friday and Saturday nights feature fireworks, Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races and outdoor movies. Have a big group? Consider reserving a private bonfire. The event runs every Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of October. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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   “The Animal Rescuers” is a unique web series that aims to showcase the hard work of various pet rescue organizations and the animals in their care. What began as a labor born out of grief and love has transformed into a show that has helped not only the organizations they spotlight, but many of the animals and people involved.    Last year, show host Kimber Leigh lost two of her own beloved dogs. Out of deep grief she grabbed a camera and began doing something creative to get her mind off of her loss. Producer Cory Mandall saw Leigh’s video on Facebook and wanted to work with her to create a pet-centric show. In a move that Leigh calls “diving intervention”, the show “The Animal Rescuers” was born. “I knew the second that Cory mentioned it was animal rescue, I knew where it came from and I couldn’t turn it down,” explains Leigh.    Mandall enlisted the sponsor support of PetPlanetHealth.com and Phoenix Animal Care Coalition 911 who came on board as the show’s sponsors. The now new episodes air nearly each week online. To illustrate the problems that our state has, Leigh says, “Arizona has the second highest euthanasia list and they kill hundreds and hundreds of animals a day.”    Mandall had a lineup of animal rescue organizations in Arizona he wanted to approach as part of the series. “Every time we went to a rescue, it was something completely different and that is what is so unique about the show, states Leigh. There are more than enough rescues to spotlight, and “The Animal Rescuers” frequently does their show in conjunction with an on-site adoption event. One particular episode highlighted an organization that rescues dogs and then trains them to do search-andrescue missions for humans.    30

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“The Animal Rescuers” just wrapped production on their 28th show and there are a total of 33 more shows planned before the end of the year. In addition to visiting rescues in the valley, the show travels around Arziona. “We’ve been all over. We’ve been up to the White Mountains, Mingus Mountain and Prescott,” Leigh says. “We get contacted all the time by rescues out of state, but the budget is so limited.” In the future, they may consider visiting other states if the show’s budget increases to allow for travel.    Various types of rescues featured have included dogs, cats, ducks, rats and even wild animals. “We did a show at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center,” Leigh states. They focus on rescuing wild animals that have become too accustomed to humans and can no longer live in the wild. The center keeps bears, lions and tigers. In fact, after that particular episode aired, donations of meat came into the center for the animals. Other shows have garnered Home Depot gift cards and cash donations for the rescues.

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TIPS FOR THE BY JEREMY JONES

“ANTI-RUNNER”    Pound…pound…pound…go your feet on the hot AZ pavement. Your stride is getting heavier and heavier and you can already feel one of your leg muscles tightening up. Your goal was to run for 4 miles, but you soon realize you are less than a mile into your journey. Pound…pound…pound… you come to a stop, this just isn’t for you. Don’t worry. There are others just like you. Although running (when done with good form and proper joint alignment) is one of the best cardiovascular exercises, there are plenty of other options for those of you who don’t enjoy this particular form of exercise. This month I will share some good old-fashioned tips for the “anti-runner.”    From a conditioning standpoint running is a great way to increase your heart rate and help burn a significant amount of calories. So what you need to take into consideration is how can you elevate your heart rate above its normal beat? And no, I’m not talking about the rapid thumps you get when you are about to give a presentation in front of hundreds of people. I’m talking about moving enough so that your circulation has to increase in order for your heart to pump blood to all of your working muscles. I’m talking about moving in a manner that actually increases your breathing rate and makes it a little more difficult to carry on a conversation. Now don’t get me wrong, I think walking can be considered exercise for some individuals who are severely deconditioned or overcoming certain injuries, but if your goal is to get into better shape today, tomorrow, and the weeks to come, you have to elevate your heart rate several times a week for at least 20 minutes per day.    With the temperatures starting to drop

this month, you have the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy some heart pumping exercise. One of my favorite tools that really helps stimulate your heart rate is a good old-fashioned jump rope. Jumping rope is another outstanding form of cardiovascular exercise because not only does it increase your heart rate and help condition your body, it also helps maintain great posture that can carry over to the rest of your day. Think about it. When was the last time you saw someone jumping rope, hunched over as if they were sitting in front of the computer? It’s impossible to maintain this hunchback position and swing a rope around your head for very long at all. Your body will let you know that it just doesn’t feel good and strongly encourage you to stand up tall while jumping over each rotation of the rope. And don’t worry about the coordination aspect of the exercise; you can even use an “invisible” rope until you get the pat-

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tern down. Just swing your arms around as if you were holding a rope, and lightly jump off the ground when your hands are at the bottom of the rotation. Start with 30 seconds and then increase to a minute, as you get more comfortable with this exercise that you probably haven’t done since high school. (Be sure to check out the sidebar to see how you can turn this into a 20-minute workout.)    As always, the key is to have fun while you exercise. If running isn’t for you, focus on increasing your heart rate. Whether it’s with a jump rope, biking, swimming, or playing your favorite sport, get out there and do it. Your body and mind will appreciate it for years to come! FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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   If someone asks where you got that adorable printed maxi dress, and you answer “Junky Trunk”, the reaction is almost always a look of understanding. Here in the East Valley, the name Junky Trunk is synonymous with trendy fashion and affordable prices. And that’s what owners, Shelli and Hayley Netko, strive to provide.

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Shelli and Hayley have been the motherdaughter power team behind the helm of Junky Trunk boutique since January 2012. The Netkos are incredibly hands-on with their business, from behind the scenes work to dressing the shelves, these ladies are keeping themselves busy. Hayley is the store’s buyer, and Shelli trusts her daughter one hundred percent. Junky Trunk recently launched their own brand, called JTB by Hayley Michelle, where Hayley is the creative genius behind these designs.    Another incredibly unique aspect of Junky Trunk is their social media status. With nearly 30,000 Instagram followers, customers - both local and worldwide - can get up-tothe-minute details of the newest styles and information on specials, coupons, and flash sales at the boutique. The ladies on the Junky Trunk staff are constantly busy pulling orders that flood their e-mails, all the while helping the consistent flow of people coming in to check out their newest offerings.    One of the things that Shelli is passionate about is encouraging the community to shop locally. “A locally owned independent business returns about 45 cents of every dollar spent back to the local economy,” says Shelli. In the case of Junky Trunk, you are even providing

funding to help establish their upcoming Pay It Forward College Scholarship Program. And, charity is always on the Netkos’ minds. With “Cause for Kindness”, a portion of their profits will be contributed to a local charity each month.    It’s safe to say that both Shelli and Hayley have found their calling in helping the women of the East Valley find their style at Junky Trunk boutique. If you’re looking for a cute outfit for your getaway, or a sleek dress for date-night, you can be sure to find what you’re looking for at Junky Trunk.

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  “Combatting Poverty and Empowering People” may be the tagline for the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), but a conversation with Director of Operations, Stephen Sparks, quickly proves the organization’s many endeavors could easily exceed such a succinct summary.    TCAA has been serving the community of Tempe since 1966 assisting in homelessness prevention, operating a food pantry, helping families apply or renew their SNAP (food stamp) benefits, and even offering a prenatal program, among many other charitable endeavors. In fact, the only homeless shelter in Tempe is also operated by TCAA, which provides accommodations to 3540 homeless adults each night. “We assisted 1,695 families this past year,” Sparks says, explaining assistance can include helping pay rent or a utility bill. “The food pantry gives out roughly 323,000 pounds of food to families experiencing food insecurity,” he adds.

  

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But TCAA doesn’t just work with the homeless, the organization also helps Tempe residents with employment, too. Residents can get job coaching, help with resume writing and attend the biweekly workforce development program held at Escalante Center. “We were actually able to get employment for 218 homeless individuals and assisted 112 with obtaining stable housing,” Sparks says.    Four senior centers are also operated by TCAA, which provide wellness, exercise and educational programs, too. Additionally, about 50,000 meals are delivered to homebound and disabled seniors in Tempe and Scottsdale. “Really, our vision is to provide stability and independence to low income families, seniors, children and the homeless through a variety of basic needs and empowerment services,” Sparks says.    A fun community contribution by TCAA has been the Escalante Community Garden Project. The organic produce that’s grown is distributed to volunteers who commit to working at least two hours per week in the garden. Another portion of the produce is used to help support the TCAA food pantry.    The garden also has educational opportunities for local schools as well as potlucks and community build days the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. And on the agenda for this year? A new farmer’s market launching in North Tempe this fall.

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   October marks the organization’s annual First Crush Charity Gala, to be held at the Tempe Center for the Arts. It’s a great opportunity to learn more and help support TCAA.    “We utilize the First Crush Gala to educate people about the agency and also raise funds to serve more people in the community,” Stephens says.    The event will take place on Oct. 25 and includes food from Santa Barbara Catering Company, cocktails provided by Four Peaks Brewing and Action

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“Man’s best friend” has crossed the barrier between friend and family. As the connection between canine and companion strengthens, “fur babies” are filling our news feeds, relaxing on our couches, and licking our ice cream cones. We spent some time with some of our favorite Pet Whisperers of the Valley, one of which trained some of Cesar’s dogs! These folks will make your dog-loving heart skip a beat as they save lives, correct behavioral issues, and engage your pup.

DANIELLE DEWITT Danielle DeWitt would make any animal lover’s heart go pitter-patter. Her non-profit animal rescue group, A Dog’s Tale, is taking an aggressive and proactive approach to the extreme problem of animal overpopulation within Maricopa County.   Danielle has a strong background in sales and marketing. These skills, combined with her huge heart and dedication, are saving the lives of hundreds of animals in our area. After serving on the board of The United Way and other various groups, she decided to give back to the animals. Danielle found Friends of Arizona’s Shelter Animals and became a foster mom for the first time. Sydney, her first foster “fur baby” led to fostering for rescue groups all across the valley.    A Dog’s Tale, founded in March of 2013, is now in the process of obtaining their 501 C3 non-profit status. Running under the umbrella of the Feather Foundation, Danielle and her team work day in and day out to save animals from being euthanized. Mari46

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copa County shelters take in almost 300 animals per day and euthanize half of them. Each morning Danielle receives a list of over 80 dogs to be euthanized that next morning, and she fights throughout the day to save them. On top of the list from shelters, the group works to save the lives of strays and owner surrenders. A Dog’s Tale has successfully rescued 141 dogs in less than five months.    This fight is especially complicated, because the group does not currently have their own facility to house the animals they rescue. A Dog’s Tale relies solely on foster homes and boarding. The boarding facilities used to save the animals on the ‘e-list’ rack up a very large bill for this heartfelt organization. “Boarding is a temporary fix,” Danielle explains. “Although they are taken care of, they still are not in their proper, FURever home.’”    Ninety perfect of dogs desperately needing foster and FURever homes are healthy and well-mannered. A foster parent provides food, shelter and love. The more foster homes available, the more lives saved. Fostering is an extremely rewarding experience. If you are considering owning a dog, a foster situation

is a perfect fit. Or, if you already have a dog, welcoming another into your home can have many benefits. The dogs can entertain each other, form bonds and help with hyperactivity. If behavioral modifications are needed, the dog will work exclusively with Juan Aguilar, an e-collar training extraordinaire, at the charity’s expense. “We aren’t taking dogs and crossing our paws,” says Danielle. “We are taking every step we can to find these dogs FURever homes.” Upon, or prior to adoption, A Dog’s Tale picks up the bill for vet visits, spay and neuter, and microchipping. Petsmart Charity and the Petco Founda-


tion have partnered with A Dog’s Tale, and together they hold adoption events every Saturday and Sunday.   Maricopa County holds second place in the United States for overpopulated areas. While Danielle supports the No Kill Movement, she understands this problem can be prevented by the spaying and neutering of all animals. In hopes for future government funded spay and neuter clinics, Danielle explains that the overpopulation problem is like an open

wound. “You can put a Band-Aid on it, or fix the infection. Animals are dying, and my goal is to get to the root of the problem.”    Danielle and A Dog’s Tale are looking forward, and working toward finding and moving into their dream facility. A Dog’s Tale hopes to soon build their staff, hire vets, and own a building where they can safely house the animals they save.

A DOG’S TALE A Dog’s Tale is in need of generous donations. If you have old sheets and blankets or dog products in your home, please send them their way! Donation Needs:

Blankets | Sheets|Towels|Crates|Kennels| Puppy Pads|Dog Food|Collars and Leashes |Toys

Please become a foster parent today! FOR MORE INFORMATION: : (602) 872-4453, Adogstale.org

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ERIK FREITAG

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  Erik Freitag’s Rottweilers Cimbo and Humnel, are constantly smiling. Erik’s understanding of dogs and their need for engagement creates a bond unlike any other. Onlookers smile as his pups hang on his every word. “Sitz,” “Platz!” “Hier.” (In respect of the sport, Erik has become fluent in German and trains his dogs in the original language)   Erik’s training background began when he was 12. He worked with horses, leading trail rides, rehabilitating, and working on race tracks. As an avid animal lover, he grew up with dogs. In 2005 Erik was invited to a local Schutzhund club, and was very impressed by the handlers control. Two weeks after his first experience with the sport, he found himself in a bite suit, and was hooked.   The sport, Schutzhund, developed in Germany in the 1900s. Erik explains this sport was used to “weed out” physically and mentally weak German Shepherds used for police and military work. Today, many breeds participate in the sport, testing their ability in a variety of tasks including search and rescue, protection, perseverance, forming strong human bonds, and more.    As a trainer and certified helper, Erik works with members of multiple Schutzhund clubs in the area. These clubs practice three phases of training. Phase one is tracking. This executes the dog’s ability to independently follow a scent. Phase two focuses on the dogs workability and drive to complete a task, in addition to the willingness to obediently fol-

low the handler. Phase three is practiced after phase one and two have been mastered. As the most intense phase, protection exercises and a bite sleeve are introduced. Honing in on the dogs ability to protect his handler, a strong amount of control is necessary due to the strict obedience needed to safely complete this phase. The owner never wears the bite sleeve, so that the dog’s relationship with their owner is not confused. An outside helper, such as Erik, uses the sleeve to train other club members’ dogs in the protection phase. Erik himself, also never uses the sleeve when working with his own pups.    Eriks passion for the sport require daily, constant commitment. “I wake up at 4:30 AM to train my dogs,” explains Erik. And this commitment has resulted in some of the most obedient, happy dogs.   Trained Schutzhund dogs make wonderful pets for a variety of reasons. The self-control and confidence found in the dogs throughout the training process result in an amazing bond, and one well behaved dog. In addition to Schutzhund training, other sports and activities are available for you and your pup.   Their are four Schutzhund clubs in Arizona. Within the Valley, Erik is active in the Phoenix and Scottsdale clubs. Competitions, club trials and training is held throughout the year, and dates are available on club websites.

SCOTTSDALE SCHUTZHUND CLUB We are a Working Dog club dedicated to preserving the

Working Ability, Character and Temperament of our dogs. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

scottsdaleschutzhundclub.us (602) 761-6771

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JUAN AGUILAR Juan Aguilar, a remote e-collar specialist and owner of Jonny Be Good Dog Training, has been answering the prayers of Valley pet owners since 2007. His calm, cool and collected approach to dog training will leave both you and your dog feeling relaxed and confident.    Although Juan and his two pups make it seem effortless, many know training a dog is not an easy task. I stared in awe as his dogs stayed glued to his side while off-leash at a public park. “Training is time consuming and often overwhelming. When life’s responsibilities fill your day, keeping up with correction and discipline becomes tough,” says Juan. Lucky for us, he uses a tool that eases the efforts needed for consistent, daily training.   The e-collar and remote used in Jonny Be Good’s training classes has a half mile range, and the ability to reach through doors and walls. This means you can correct your dog while continuing your tasks, allowing for very little interruption.    “Dog training must be hands on,” explains Juan. “And the remote allows you to constantly be hands on, no matter where you are and what you’re doing.”    His brother, a K-9 Police Officer for Andrews Air Force Base, introduced Juan to the ‘magical’ remote e-collar. Fascinated, Juan attended Sit Means Sit Dog Training School and No Limitation Remote E-Collar Training School. The school’s extensive classes instructed on everything from the dynamics of the e-collar to proper training techniques for both pet and owner.   Case by case, the e-collar has been effective in training a variety of behavioral issues, including basic training needs and severe dogaggressive issues (Juan has even trained Cesar Millan’s dogs). The key here is focus. The stimulating pulse created by the collar allows you to refocus your dog, and regain control. Snuggly fastened, the collar’s pulse forces the neck muscles to contract, as if someone was tapping you on the shoulder to grab your attention. The pulse, controlled by the remote in your hand, can be lowered or heightened depending on the severity of the distraction. The small remote has an LCD screen that in-

dicates the level of stimulation. The pulse ranges from 0-127, while offering different kinds of stimulation as well, including ‘nick’, ‘constant‘ and ‘pager’. The nick is for one-time, minimal distraction situations, while the constant provides multiple nicks for higher distractions. The need for an increased level of stimulation depends on the situation.    The popular five-week course allows you to socialize your dog while keeping full control. As you advance throughout the weeks, your dog will learn to “place” (his dogs literally place themselves on fire hydrants, stools, and other objects at his command), keep focus around distractions including other dogs, and behave in public.    Juan offers free consultations, and allows for you to feel the stimulation produced by the collar. “This is not a toy,” he jokes, after I ask if I can show my boyfriend how it works. True, it isn’t a toy, but it also isn’t painful, so don’t be afraid of hurting your pup. I am famous for spoiling my “baby boy” and have been weary of the scary “shock collar” term. But, after talking with Juan, and feeling the stimulating pulse myself, I eagerly scheduled my consultation.    My goals were to promote my pets socialization and train him to walk properly. Yes, I am the lady being dragged, in shame, down the street. I’ve tried everything; there are probably six different collars, halters and leashes in my cabinet. I basically began to accept the fact that my dog will always pull when on a leash. And according to Juan, I am not alone. Many seek him out as a ‘last resort’ that should have been a first resort.   “People tell me they’ve spent thousands of dollars and were left feeling hopeless; and after a few classes, I am standing with them at the dog park, and their dog is off the leash and focused.” FOR MORE INFORMATION JONNY BE GOOD DOG TRAINING SERVICE 310-462-3071 JonnyBeGoodDogTraining.com

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BY NISSA HALQUIST AND LINDSEY RODRIAN/ PHOTOS BY SARAH BEL GRAY

From head to toe, a woman’s body is a beautiful thing, but as we age, we are constantly changing. No matter how well we think we know our bodies, there are plenty of questions to be answered as we learn more about our incredible, life-giving selves. We asked three local professionals some of the questions on the minds from residents living in the East Valley.

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FERTILITY While it has declined statistically in recent years, infertility still remains a very common issue throughout the U.S. According to the CDC about 1.5 million, or 6%, of married women 15-44 are infertile. And when discussing impaired fecundity (the ability to get pregnant and carry the baby to term), those numbers jump up to 6.7 million, or 10.9%.    For some couples in the East Valley, infertility is much more than just a statistic; it’s a very real concern. And they may not be sure where to turn to get the help they need, or what the process can entail.    According to Dr. Millie Bahera, a board certified physician in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, if you’re over 35, the clock is ticking as they say and you should move forward after six months of trying.    An initial meeting will involve a complete physical work-up of both the woman and man. For the woman, this involves a full pelvic exam, ultrasound, thyroid testing, a hysterosalpingogram (HSG, an X-ray test to examine the inside of uterus and fallopian tubes and surrounding area). The man goes through a thorough sperm analysis.    For men, testicular abnormalities, low sperm motility and sperm count are the most common causes. For women, they are ovulation dysfunction (irregular or no ovulation), tubal blockages and age. Abnormalities of the uterus can prevent an embryo from implanting properly, making it a common culprit for impaired fecundity.    Once the cause is pinpointed, then treatments to counteract the infertility can begin. With uterine issues, disruptive polyps or fibroids can often be easily removed through surgery. For ovulation problems, a series of pills can help regulate a woman’s cycle. Effective and with low incidence of side effects, the type most commonly prescribed is Clomiphene Citrate. Pregnancy often occurs within three cycles. But if that doesn’t work, Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH) via a series of daily hormone injections is the next step.    Some of the other causes are not as easily overcome, and won’t allow for natural conception. According to Dr. Behera, the most important factor these days is the woman’s age, and health. “More and more couples are focusing on their careers, education and finances before starting a family” she says. “But, you must be proactive when you are planning a later pregnancy.”

   This is not a social commentary, but a biological fact. If you’re 35 or older, your chances of conceiving naturally become significantly lower as the number and quality of viable eggs drop off. That being said, the age issue--and tubal blockages, sperm problems or unknown causes-can often be by-passed through more advanced means:

INTRAUTERNINE INSEMINATION (IUI)

Otherwise known as artificial insemination, IUI is the most common option when the man’s sperm count or motility is too low to allow it to make the journey to the egg on its own. The woman starts a fertility drug regimen to stimulate ovulation. Then, timed with the ovulation, a man’s sperm is collected, processed and injected directly into the uterus.

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF)

EGG DONATION

While sperm banks have been around for decades, improvements in freezing technology have only more recently made egg banks a viable option. The process is the same as with sperm: choose the eggs you want, have them fertilized and implanted. You can even use your own eggs if you planned ahead when you were younger and had them “harvested” and stored until you were ready to conceive. Whatever the outcome, going through the infertility process is an inevitably emotional experience. It is a private matter made public, your body poked and prodded. And despite the fact that it’s an uncontrollable physical issue, there’s still the feeling that the infertility is somehow your fault. As long as you and your partner both go into the process with the same goals, no blame and the ability to communicate openly, you’ll come out the other end stronger than ever. And somehow the joy of having a child will be that much greater for the challenges you overcame to make it happen.

More advanced than IUI, IVF is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment in which healthy, mature eggs are collected and fertilized outside the body. An embryologist prepares the eggs and sperm and allows them to fertilize in a controlled environment, either by placing thousands of sperm next to the egg or via Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), injecting the sperm directly into the egg. After a few days, the best embryos are collected and two to four of them are placed in the mother’s uterus. Ideally, both the mother and father will be able to contribute genetic material. But if not, that’s where sperm banks and now egg banks can help.

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F E R T I L I T Y Q. Now, many are choosing to have children at a later time, what can women do to preserve their eggs? A. The biggest advancement in my field is preserving

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What steps do you take upon meeting with a patient who is having difficulties conceiving? A. When first meeting we go thorough

eggs and fertility. This has really been mastered within the last couple of years, and the technology has really taken off. It’s exciting! You have to think proactively because there is not a way to stop the clock. Keep your body healthy. This includes moderate exercise, a healthy body weight, hormone balance, monitoring your cycle and asking questions early. If you find yourself with irregular periods, that can be a concern. If your menstrual cycle is inconsistent, a week early, or late, that is something to discuss with your doctor. The number of eggs one is born with varies-

background and history of both partners. This includes anything that can impact the couple, such as medical background, caffeine intake, alcohol consumption and smoking. Next, we administer a physical exam, this includes taking a look at the thyroid and overall body weight. There is then specific focus on the pelvis. I take an ovary ultrasound, and monitor the uterus. Next, we look at tubes, sperm and hormones.

Q. What plays a role in this specific number, and what happens are we age?

Q. What’s next? A.

A. There are a few things that affect your number of

eggs. Looking at your mothers history is helpful. If she had a late menopause, chances are you will be fertile longer. Lifestyle also plays a huge role, including smoking and medication. Generally, all women are born with one to two million eggs. When you hit puberty it is reduced to around 400,000, and each month following, you lose up to 100. Age 35 is feared because the risk factors change. The egg number and egg quality decrease; while risk of miscarriage and chromosomal problems increase.

Q. Are oral contraceptives dangerous if taken for extended periods of time? A. There is a good side and a bad side. It can keep

I give the couple a few custom options, based on their situation. Together, we find a game plan. First are simple options, this includes improving timing and keeping it simple. Natural chances! It also could include adding a little medicine to improve ovulation while monitoring with ultrasound. The next level, insemination. And the third, in-vitro fertilization.

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cycles regular, and studies have shown it can reduce risk of ovarian cancer. On the other side, it can mask issues that may be related to hormones. Some women find that once they stop their birth control, and are when they are ready for a family, issues arise that went unnoticed because of oral contraceptives regulating and controlling their cycle. But, oral contraceptives themselves are not harmful.

MILLIE BEHERA, M.D. FACOG Board Certified, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Treatment Center, East Valley and Scottsdale

Dr. Behera is board certified in reproductive endocrinology, and is a specialist in infertility treatment. While attending Medical School, she was drawn to Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Graduating from Canada’s University of Saskatchewan in 1999, she followed her interests, and completed her residency in Obstetrics in Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario. Fascinated by fertility complication, surgical aspects, and rewards, Dr. Behera completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Duke University Medical Center. Finding passion and enjoyment in the balance of fertility, she moved forward to become one of the most respected fertility specialists. Dr. Behera has been apart of the Fertility Treatment Centers of Scottsdale and the East Valley for the last four years, with 15 years of prior experience.

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CANCER BY NISSA HALLQUIST

   While death rates have fallen dramatically, breast cancer still remains the number one form of cancer in the U.S. (apart from non-melanoma skin cancer). According to the American Cancer Society, invasive breast cancer will strike 1 in 8 women (or 12%) during their lifetime. In 2013, they predict 232,340 new cases will be diagnosed, with 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (DCIS, or Stage 0, the earliest non-invasive form of breast cancer). And about 39,620 women will die from it.    In Arizona, this breaks down into 4,660 new cases in 2013, with 790 fatalities. Fortunately for women in the Phoenix area, there are numerous resources available to fight back against this disease, including the renowned Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, with teams of specialists on hand to take you from screening to diagnosis to treatment to recovery. Before all that, though, is there any way to prevent breast cancer in the first place?

DOING YOUR OWN SELF-EXAMS AT HOME CAN BEGIN AT ANY TIME AS AN ADULT.    In special cases, if there’s significant family history, you could get a blood test to identify inherited mutations in the two breast cancer genes--BRCA1 and BRCA2. Abnormalities of these genes indicate much greater risk of contracting breast or ovarian cancer. If you test positive for the abnormality, meeting with a genetic counselor will help you determine the extent of your personal risk and your options for reducing those risks, which very often turns out to be a mastectomy and/or hysterectomy.    A famous recent example of this was, of course, Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy based on her family history and positive BRCA abnormality. While the decision 58

was highly criticized by some, Dr. Randall Craft, a breast reconstruction surgeon at Banner points out that this was by no means an isolated decision. “Lots of women have done what she did,” Dr. Craft says. “They weighed the facts and found that it was the right thing to do, for them and their families.” (And before you get too worried, keep in mind that a hereditary BRCA mutation is extremely rare. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is responsible for only about 5% of breast cancers.) For the rest of us, the best way to fight breast cancer is simply to find it and treat it early. There are five basic stages of breast cancer, Stage 0 through Stage IV (with subcategories in I, II and III). Each presents with a variety of specific characteristics, but essentially tracks breast cancer from its non-invasive beginnings in the breast (Stage 0) through the growth of a tumor and its spread to nearby lymph nodes (Stages I-III) and then, finally, metastasizing throughout the body (Stage 4). Screening guidelines have been established to catch breast cancer and start treatment as early as possible, ideally no later than Stage I. Doing your own self-exams at home can begin at any time as an adult. In addition to the possibility of locating a lump, the hope these days is to start self-examination early so that you’re familiar with your breasts and notice any changes, whether an out-and-out lump or just an area of thickening. Starting no later than age 40 (earlier if dictated by family history) self-exams should be complemented by professional breast exams and mammography. Altogether, these methods greatly increase chances of finding breast cancer early. If the results of a mammogram are abnormal, further testing (sonogram, PET scan) is required to isolate the cause.    Dr. Stephanie Byrum is a surgeon specializing in breast disease and oncology. As part of the comprehensive cancer fighting team at Banner, she works together with her team from the beginning, to ensure a cohesive, personalized plan to defeat

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the disease. “If cancer is detected, we perform a biopsy the same day,” says Dr. Byrum. “We don’t want to make anyone wait.” If benign, the tumor is inherently non-invasive and can usually be removed with simple surgery. But if it’s malignant, ongoing treatment is dependent on the stage of the cancer and the characteristics of the tumor. This includes tumor size (in proportion to the breast itself) and its type, classified as endocrine (estrogen or progesterone) receptor positive, HER2 positive, triple negative (none of the above) or triple positive (all of the above).    According to Dr. Byrum, treatment commonly starts with radiation (sometimes with neo-adjutant chemotherapy) to shrink the tumor as much as possible. After all, the smaller it is the easier it is to remove, with much less physical damage. Then, once the tumor has been completely extracted, follow-up radiation kills any cancer cells possibly left behind. The exact classification of the breast cancer will determine the appropriateness of any follow-up endocrine therapy.    Once the cancer has been completely removed via lumpectomy or mastectomy, the breast or breasts can be reconstructed. This can happen in a separate surgery after the mastectomy (delayed reconstruction) or even during the same surgery (immediate reconstruction). Once reconstruction is completed by a skilled plastic surgeon, you should feel as good as new...good and cancer-free.


B R E A S T Q. Why did you decide to specialize in post-cancer breast reconstruction? A. I liked the idea of putting

people back together again, especially after such a traumatic experience as fighting breast cancer. And I love the personal connection; long after their surgeries, women I operate on will still stop by just to talk and tell me how they’re doing. That’s one of my favorite parts of what I do.

Q. When do you come onto the scene in the cancer fighting process? A. As soon as surgery is indicated,

I’m there to consult and work with the oncology surgeon (such as Dr. Byrum). We’re a team and work together to plan out treatment, and with the patient too. It’s really important for everyone to communicate and be on the same page; that helps to build trust and makes the surgery easier for everyone.

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mastectomy is, of course, much more involved.

Q. What options are available for breast reconstruction these days? A. The two main choices these

days are implants or DIEP flap tissue transfer. The implants (most often silicone) offer a much faster surgery and recovery time. The DIEP procedure involves taking one’s own tissue from the abdomen or lower back and using that to reform the breast. So you kind of get a tummy tuck at the same time your breasts are being reformed. It’s a much longer operation, and it takes longer to recover from it. But the results are very natural and there wouldn’t need to be any follow-up procedures.

Q. Do all women choose to get reconstruction? A. Most do; it helps them to put the ordeal behind them. The real question is not so much if to get the reconstruction but when, either during the mastectomy surgery or afterward. It depends on just how much breast tissue is available, the full removal of the cancer and the patient’s wish to forego another surgery.

Q. When it comes to your job, what’s the difference between a lumpectomy and mastectomy? A. A lumpectomy means that just

a small portion of breast tissue was removed, while a mastectomy is the full removal of the breast. Even if it isn’t a lot, a lumpectomy can still leave the breast misshapen; this can usually be corrected with fairly minor reconstructive surgery. Correcting the effects of a

RANDALL CRAFT, M.D. Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

In order to become the board-certified plastic surgeon he is today, Dr. Randall Craft started off attending medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. After graduating in 2003, he went on to conduct his general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and plastic surgery residency at the Harvard Plastic Surgery Combined Residency Program in Boston. He also took a jaunt over to Australia to complete a clinical fellowship at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne. As of 2012, he’s back in Arizona, practicing at one of the most renowned cancer centers in America, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. Dr. Craft specializes in the full spectrum of both implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction, as well as comprehensive plastic and reconstructive options for all areas of the body.

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SKIN BY NISSA HALLQUIST AND LINDSEY RODRIAN

  If there’s one thing that we have plenty of

in the East Valley, it’s sun. That’s why a lot of people come to California, after all. The hot, bright sun: providing power, helping plants to grow and encouraging outdoor activities, rest and relaxation. We love the sun. But when it comes to your skin, the sun can definitely be too much of a good thing.

   Overexposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the number one form of cancer found in women (beating out even breast cancer). More than that, it is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., period. 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in 2 million people annually, more than breast, cancer, lung and colon cancers combined.    There are a variety of skin cancers, with varying degrees of severity. There’s Actinic Keratosis (AK, precancerous lesions), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC, the most common type of skin cancer) and Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Often resembling an innocent mole, melanoma moves fast, mutating quickly into malignant tumors.    Apart from skin cancer, the sun can also mistreat your skin in other ways, most notably in the area of aging. UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, effectively weakening collagen and elastin, leading to deep wrinkles. “UVB rays cause sunburn and can affect the surface texture of the skin,” explains founder of East Valley Dermatology, Dr. Elizabeth Geary. (Similar effects can result from other environmental factors like smog and chemicals in the air.)    Fortunately, these days you don’t have to just live with the damage the sun and environment can cause. As long as you keep an eye on your body and make a professional skin exam part of your routine,

skin cancer is easily diagnosed and treated. And when it comes to reversing the signs of aging, the latest cosmetic procedures do so with a minimum of invasiveness or discomfort. There is always the option of a complete face lift, of course. But if the idea of out-and-out surgery doesn’t appeal to you, there are less invasive means. Still the most popular option, Botox is injected under the skin, and reduces wrinkles by limiting muscle contractions. Or you have the option of going with injectable dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Artefille, and etcetera. These help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily filling them in, most popularly around the eyes and mouth. For even less invasive means at home, topical creams that include Retin-A help to both smooth out minor wrinkles as well as reduce acne.    Of course, you could reduce skin damage by stopping it from happening in the first place. Your best protection? One word: sunscreen. “Using a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF will protect skin from damaging UV says,” says Dr. Geary. Apply it liberally about half an hour before going outside (giving it time for the skin to absorb), and reapply at least every couple of hours.    For added protection, cover up as much as is comfortable; wear a hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Stay in the shade as much as possible, especially when sunlight is at its most intense, 10am-4pm.    Your day-to-day cleaning and moisturizing regimen also has a profound effect on the overall health of your skin. The best types of cleaners and moisturizers for you are dependent on your specific skin type--dry, oily or combination, normal or sensitive. As a rule though, unless your skin is super-dry, avoid oil. The best bets for most skin types are gentle, water-based products, preferably made with natural (hypoallergenic) ingredients that you can actually pronounce.

ROSEMARY J. GEARY, M.D. Founder of East Valley Dermatology

Dr. Rosemary Geary attended Medical School at University of Arizona. As an Arizona native, Dr. Geary was drawn to dermatology and dangers of the sun. After finishing her Internship and Residency in Cincinnati, Ohio, she returned to Arizona and became Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She began practicing in 1998, and over 10 years ago, founded East Valley Dermatology. 60

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Q. What are the best ways to protect your skin? A. People with a lighter complexion need to protect themselves all the time- time in the sun adds up over the years. We are not meant to live in this heat, so, daily sunscreen is essential, Eucerin makes a great body lotion with SPF. If you are planning a long trip in the car, wear long sleeves. There is a company called Coolibar, they make sun protective gear such as driving gloves, and other items that protect you from the UVA that comes through the glass.

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Q. How oftenshould Arizonians be tested for Melanoma? A. They say at 50 everyone should be checked. if you have a large number of moles or light skin, you should be checked every year or two. At our office, we have a special light called a Dermascope. it is important to see someone that uses that device.

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Whether replacing existing flooring or installing flooring into a new home, The Carpet Broker Design Center has a unique variety of stylish products available all under one roof. Choose from carpet, tile, hardwoods, marble, granite, laminate or luxury vinyl to fit your lifestyle and the unique traffic patterns that occur within your home. Carpet no longer has to be monotone or “speckled”. New carpet styles available include smart looking tweeds and barber pole styles that can lend an entirely new feel to a room or be used to compliment nearly any color palette. There is a huge selection of carpet to choose from, and The Carpet Broker Design Center carries trusted names such as Mohawk, Dixie Home, Royalty, Shaw and Beaulieu, among many others. There are also earth-friendly carpets made with SmartStrand® that are stain and soil resistant and manufactured from DuPont Sorona renewablesourced polymer. The production of this type of carpet uses 30 percent less energy and produces 63 percent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to a nylon-based carpet. Engineered hardwoods are also a popular choice for flooring. They can withstand heavy traffic and do not require the maintenance typically associated with traditional hardwood floors, but they are every bit as gorgeous. They also

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hold up beautifully in our dry desert climate. One flooring product that has found a huge fan base in Arizona is luxury vinyl. It has a lifespan of up to 20 years and can withstand heavy traffic in a busy home. Unlike vinyl of decades past, this new vinyl takes on the look of wood planks, slate, stone or tile and can be used in any room of the home. It also lends itself to blending seamlessly with nearly any style of interior design. The Carpet Brokers Design Center carries the latest styles in granite and quartzite countertops and cabinetry to compliment and round out your home’s new look. Visit the website for unique design tips, client reviews, specials and a product gallery. Find your new flooring look today, or ask about the Bargain Warehouse roll stock behind the showroom. Complimentary in-home estimates are available.

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Kitchen Works is a full service, family owned and operated, licensed remodeling contractor. For more than 18 years, they have been creating and installing the finest in custom, hand-crafted cabinetry that makes any living area a show space and a reflection of your unique lifestyle. Owners Larry and Terrie Page have a wealth of experience and pride in workmanship that keeps customers returning for new projects. Terrie is a master finisher (and ASID member) and Larry is an expert builder. Together with their son who is an apprentice at Kitchen Works and their daughter who also works in the business, they have amassed a loyal group of satisfied customers. “We always hear about our great quality and attention to detail,” said Terrie Page. Larry also hand-turns posts to create beautiful custom designs that add lavish detail to a room. Gone are the days of boring, cookie-cutter cabinets. Now, anything is possible. Cabinetry starts with American-made hardwoods. Trends in wood evolve, but types available include walnut, ebony, cherry, hickory and alder; which is currently the most popular wood used in cabinetry, primarily for its beauty and the ease with which it can be stained. “We rarely do the same color twice,” Terrie explained. “I just love creating new colors and I really get into the project.” Potential customers are invited to come to the shop to feel the quality, 72

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the manufacturing experience and experience the difference that hand-crafted artistry makes with each job. Joinery fasteners and dovetailed details ensure longevity of drawers and cabinets. Parapan is a 100% acrylic finish that is durable and provides a contemporary look. If keeping to a strict budget, re-facing and re-surfacing are very costeffective options. “The bid, measurements and installation are all done by the same person to ensure continuity of the job,” said Terrie. Call today to arrange a tour of the shop or for a complimentary estimate. In addition to kitchens, Kitchen Works does many unique projects for bathrooms, offices, wet bars, libraries, entertainment centers and custom storage. Visit the website to read customer testimonials and see the “before” and “after” photo gallery.

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SIMPLY KLASSIC

INTERIORS BY LYNETTE CARRIGTON

Simply Klassic Interiors is a unique downtown Chandler Retail Store open to the public and designers. There you will find home decor merchandise including gift items, holiday decor, accessories, lighting, art, rugs, furnishings and custom upholstery. Simply Klassic Interiors offers a wide variety of design styles that are affordable. The Designers at Simply Klassic Interiors offer a complimentary one-hour design consultation for those who are considering a new interior design space or remodel. “We interview with potential clients in their homes or at the store to find their design goals, needs and their tastes,” Cunningham explained. “We bring photos, iPads or a computer to show all different kinds of styles.” If a client has existing furniture or accent pieces they want to keep, the designers can repaint, repurpose or reuse items and give them a new style in a creative way. The store provides a full range of interior design services for residential and commercial clients. “We do model spaces, condo living and small space living and all types of offices, leasing centers and pool and clubhouses,” explained Interior Designer Susan Cunningham. Together with Interior Designer Kimber Hicken, they embrace the chance to work with homeowners, designers and business owners to create unique spaces and keep a keen eye on the design budget. As with all design jobs, if there is a limited budget a “wish list” is made for additional items that can be purchased or added in the future. No job is too big or too small for Simply Klassic Interiors, and they have completed jobs ranging from $1500 to multi-million dollar properties. Whether it’s a bachelor pad or a professional ball player’s condo, Simply Klassic can breathe new life into any living space. Designers also work on out-of-state projects in California, Nevada, Washington and Utah. The retail store is open to the general public and if you do not see exactly what you want, custom orders can be completed with ease. Designers are encouraged to use the Simply Klassic design center and store as a place to meet with their clients and have access to the large vendor library to help complete their projects. Also, check the website for a new special or promotion each month.

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When it’s time to consider new kitchen, bathroom or vanity countertops, granite and quartz countertops continue to be the most durable, beautiful and dependable products you can choose for your home. Countertop Rock offers the highest quality workmanship with the best prices available in Arizona. The company operates not as a middleman, but as the actual fabricator, supplier and installers of custom-made slab countertops, which enables them to pass the savings on to you. Granite and natural quartz countertops are more affordable than ever and a luxurious addition or upgrade for a kitchen, bathroom, bar or other areas of a home. No two slabs of granite are exactly the same and there are many different color variations that can compliment a kitchen or bathroom, including some very rare colors that are not offered by other suppliers. Granite and quartz countertops are a 76

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wonderful investment as they are a beautiful accent, lend an upscale look to the overall decor and add to the resale value of a home. Natural quartz products such as Cambria and Caesar Stone are now very affordable and easy to care for. Products are sealed by the distributor and sealed again by Countertop Rock. The regular application of sealer and cleaner from a home improvement store will keep countertops looking like new for many years to come. Any time you have a contractor to your home or place of business it is of the utmost importance to use someone who is experienced and takes your investment seriously. Countertop Rock is fully licensed, bonded and insured and is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Countertop Rock also installs custom cabinetry and sinks and does quality full kitchen and SPECIAL

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Arizona Solar Concepts Solar Power for Arizona BY LYNETTE CARRIGTON

There’s no denying that solar energy is the wave of the future. And Arizona is one of the best places anywhere to enjoy the benefits of the most abundant energy source on earth. Whether you have a home or business, you can benefit from being able to harness the energy of the sun and ultimately lower your power bill and heat your own water. “Even though we can do anything electrical, our primary focus is solar electric and solar water heating systems,” stated Owner of Arizona Solar Concepts, Clint Taylor. Arizona Solar Concepts uses highly-trained technicians who handle every step of the solar installation process and the company is designated by APS as a Qualified Solar Installer. Best of all, Arizona Solar Concepts will take care of everything from blueprints and applications to municipal inspections and installation. Also, take advantage of local and federal solar energy tax credits, rebates and incentives. Did you know that a 1 kilowatt home solar system will prevent approximately 170 lbs. of coal from being burned, 300 lbs. of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere and 105 gallons of water from being consumed each month? With a combination of the flexibility of having your own power source, lessening pollution and preserving earth’s other natural resources, there is no better time to consider a solar energy system. Any excess energy generated can be “sold” back to the utility company.

“Our advantage now and always has been that we have both electric and thermal solar technologies available from one company,” explained Taylor. “That is our expertise; that is what we do.” The company’s experience allows them to run “lean”. “We invest in the right tools to make the job right, sell it for a fair price and we are here for the long run.” To schedule your on-site, no-obligation evaluation, contact Arizona Solar Concepts today. Get started on the path towards energy independence using the expertise of a company that can assist you with harnessing the power of the sun. Learn how you can get $0 down, no payments and no interest for one full year.

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ARIZONA SOLAR CONCEPTS (480) 446-3600 info@azsolarconcepts.com azsolarconcepts.com

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PROFILES OF THE EAST VALLEY A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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rizona’s East Valley is home to many top medical and health professionals. These select few men and women strive to remain on top of their respective fields, keeping abreast of the latest research and cutting-edge technology, all the better to offer you the best health care and services available. Passionate about their work and the communities they serve, they are even more passionate about you and your well-being. Read on to meet these exceptional men and women.

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SMILES BY GARZA John A. Garza, DDS

754 S Val Vista Dr., Ste. 106, Gilbert (480) 539-7979 | www.smilesbygarza.com

Dr. John A. Garza is a licensed general dentist and has been practicing dentistry in the valley since 1994. He earned his first degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1990, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1994. Dr. Garza is an affiliate member of the J. Dean Robertson Society and is a recognized active member of the dean’s circle. He holds current licenses to practice dentistry in Arizona and Oklahoma. Dr. Garza has lectured both internationally and domestically, exchanging concepts on dental technology, cosmetics and Cerec. He has traveled as far as Shanghai, China and as close as The Scottsdale Center in AZ. Dr. Garza’s emphasis is in cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Dr. Garza demonstrated, advised and trained other dental professionals at the Western Regional Dental Convention in the use of Cerec technology. Dr. Garza offers digital x-rays and flat screen televisions in each operatory. Patients can sit back, relax and watch a movie during dental treatment. For a unique experience, our touch screen monitors present your charts and x-rays right in front of you. Dr. Garza interactively co-diagnoses your treatment with you. Building rapport and eliminating questions regarding your care. Moreover, Dr. Garza is an innovator. He has created the optimal crown/bridge removal tool that maximizes patient comfort while minimizing the time in the dental chair. Learn more at www.theCrane.me VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2013

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ROBISON ORTHODONTICS DR. BLAKE ROBISON

1635 N. Greenfield Rd., Suite 103, Mesa (480) 615-8888 1355 S. Higley Rd., Suite 105, Gilbert (480) 888-7711 WWW.ROBISONORTHO.COM

Dr. Blake Robison, a native of Arizona attended dental school at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco. Upon graduating, the university faculty invited him to teach at the school and pursue a highly competitive Doctorate in Education and Leadership. While teaching dental students and working toward his second doctorate, Dr. Blake started a dental practice in downtown San Francisco and was recognized three years in a row as one of America’s Top Dentists for outstanding patient care and contributions to the field of dentistry. To provide patients with the best care possible, he returned to school and completed 27 months of rigorous specialized training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. The program is world-renowned for advancements in orthodontics, including Invisalign, miniimplants, frictionless braces, and more. Dr. Blake’s number one passion is his family. He and his wife Addi have three energetic sons—Max, Jack, and Gus. He loves playing tennis, is an NBA and college football fanatic, and hopes to find a TV show to replace his favorites, LOST and 24.

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SKINOVATIVE AND CENTER FOR VENOUS DISEASE

KARENA AND WILLIAM FULTON JR. MD

2557 S. Val Vista Drive, Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 917-SKIN (7546) | www.gilbertmedspa.com

Karena and William Fulton Jr. MD are Gilbert residents, parents and native Arizonans. Karena grew up in Snowflake Arizona and Dr. Fulton grew up in Apache Junction Arizona. They are also owners of SKINovative and Center for Venous Disease a medical practice dedicated to helping individuals look and feel their best. Karena is the Director of Operations and works to make sure the office is serene and inviting instead of institutional or cold as some larger medical centers or practices can be. “Our staff is caring and loving from the beginning”, Karena says. Dr. Fulton enjoys helping patients. He is a diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the American Board of Phlebology (Vein Care), and board-certified in Emergency Medicine. SKINovative offers complete vein care, weight loss, Botox and Juvederm, Microdermabrasions, Chemical Peels, Photo Facials, Dermapen, Ulthera, and skin care products. “We are not a factory we can slow down and take our time with our patients”, Dr. Fulton says. “Our big focus is patient care, we want to make sure that the patient feels comfortable the whole time they are here,” Karena says. For more information visit www.gilbertmedspa.com. Karena and Dr. Fulton look forward to making you part of the SKINovative and Center for Venous Disease family. VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2013

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PREMIER ORTHODONTICS DR. DUSTIN COLES

3160 S. Gilbert Rd. Suite 1, Chandler (480) 361-4600 www.premierortho.az.com

Dr. Dustin Coles has been creating Spectacular Smiles at Premier Orthodontics since 2006. He attended Brigham Young University for undergraduate studies, and then dental school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he finished #1 in his dental school class. Following dental school, he completed a two-year orthodontic residency at Indiana University.  Dr. Coles loves to learn about new technology, that way his patients receive the best orthodontic treatment available. He uses the most advanced technology braces and materials, which allows most treatment to be completed very quickly and without extractions. He has also been extensively trained in the invisalign system, and has found that it will work for almost every patient, regardless of age or severity of the problem-this means straight teeth without braces! He knows that it is important to give back, and he sponsors many of the local school and community sports teams. He is an advocate of concussion education and safety, and has donated hundreds of custom mouthguards to local youth football programs over the past 7 years. Orthodontics is Dr. Coles’ passion, he enjoys going to work each day to help people achieve the smile they dream of! Premier Orthodontics has recently added a third location to their practice, a beautiful state-of-the art office in the Chandler/Gilbert area. He and his friendly staff are ready to help you work on your spectacular smile!   When not working, Dr. Coles loves spending time with his wife Ursula, and three amazing kids, Jaden, Maila and Makoa. For more information, visit premierothoaz.com today! Dr. Coles looks forward to helping you transform your smile and becoming part of the Premier Orthodontics family! 84

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BACKFIT HEATH + SPINE Dr. GREG VOGEL D.C., MUA

754 S. Val Vista Dr. Ste. 105, Gilbert 480.491.2900 | www.backfithealth.com

Dr. Greg Vogel D.C., MUA is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician and Physiotherapist since 2001, currently practicing in Gilbert. Being almost a native (since age 3), he received his B.S. Degree in Physiology from the University of Arizona, and his Doctorate from Life University, graduating with honors in 2001. As a lifelong athlete, Dr. Vogel began working extensively at the U of A and Life University Training Centers with elite athletes, where he developed the philosophy of utilizing functional rehabilitation along with cutting edge chiropractic and medical care. This visionary approach is evident at his Gilbert center, BackFit Heath + Spine. Dr. Vogel believes that the future of health care is: collaborative, integrated care from medical doctors, chiropractic physicians, physio-therapists, nutritionists and massage therapists working together at one location. He’s made each of these specialties available at his Gilbert practice to give you the type of superior care that you’re entitled to. Under Dr. Vogel’s guidance, the doctors and therapists at his office work together with one goal in mind: to help you achieve faster and more effective results. This vision has prompted Dr. Vogel to include advanced protocols and state of the art equipment including: Diagnostic Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray, Spinal Decompression, Specialized Rehab Equipment, Ncv/Emg Testing, and Neurogenix 4000. Three unique therapies he offers include: MiRx, a natural solution for headaches which can bring relief for 6 months; the Knee Rejuvenation Program, which helps many avoid knee surgery; and Neuropathic Stimulation, which helps restore nerve function to those suffering from neuropathy. Besides running a well-respected practice and actively participating in the local community, Dr. Vogel enjoys spending time with his wife Naomi, daughter, Cayleigh, and two lovable dogs, Jackson and Bella. Certifications: Manipulation under Anesthesia, Staff Privileges Sonoran Desert Surgery Center, Golf Biomechanics/Injury Prevention. Professional Affiliations: Arizona Chiropractic Association.

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BANNER MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER MARY CIANFROCCA, DO, FACP

2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive, Gilbert (480) 256-6444 I bannerhealth.com/mdanderson 

Dr. Mary Cianfrocca is a board-certified medical oncologist whose practice focuses exclusively on the treatment of breast cancer. She practices at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ where she leads the Breast Cancer and Clinical Cancer Genetics Programs. Dr. Cianfrocca has been practicing as a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer since 1999.  Prior to coming to the valley in 2011, Dr. Cianfrocca practiced at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.  She is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Midwestern University) and she completed her residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center followed by her hematology/oncology fellowship at Northwestern University, both in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cianfrocca strongly believes that the best care for patients with breast cancer is achieved by a multidisciplinary team and this is the model that she put into place at Banner MD Anderson. The Breast Program includes surgical, medical and radiation oncologists who are dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer and also offers comprehensive diagnostic and supportive services.  In addition, she and her colleagues developed the Undiagnosed Breast Clinic at Banner MD Anderson, a unique clinic in which women who find a breast mass or have an imaging abnormality can be evaluated promptly and in the majority of cases have a diagnosis by the following day.   Dr. Cianfrocca is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology where she serves on the Continuing Medical Education Subcommittee and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has numerous publications in the area of breast cancer and has lectured extensively across the country. She is a member of numerous committees at Banner MD Anderson, chairs the Institutional Review Board and leads the Tumor Boards.   86

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TEAM ORTHODONTICS AND JUNGLE ROOTS CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY JOHN CULP III, D.M.D, P.C

KEN DANYLUK, D.M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.D. (C)

www.jungleroots.com

2080 E. Williamsfield Rd. Ste 104 (480) 759-3333 www.teamorthodontics.com

Diplomat, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry E. Williamsfield Rd. Ste 104 (480) 759-1119 2080

Diplomat, American Board of Orthodontics

Team Orthodontics and Jungle Roots Children’s Dentistry are two of the East Valley’s most well respected and innovative teams under one roof. Both Dr. John Culp and Dr. Ken Danyluk are excited to provide not only the latest and best children’s dental and orthodontic treatments available, but our teams are committed to providing 5 star customer service. Dr. Ken Danyluk, Dr. John Culp and their teams accommodate both children’s dental treatment needs and orthodontic treatment needs while providing coordinated, one-stop appointments for both pediatric and orthodontic treatment. Dr. John Culp’s love and care for children led him to pursue a specialist degree in Pediatric Dentistry which he received from Baylor University College of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Ken Danyluk has been providing outstanding orthodontic care since 1998. He is Board Certified in Orthodontics in both the United States and Canada and also holds the additional distinction of being a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Involvement by both doctors in their respective specialty organizations on a national and state level, continues to ensure the highest level of combined knowledge for the ultimate in coordinated patient care. Dr. Culp and Dr. Danyluk are more than just dental specialists. “We feel a very strong connection with the community and make a point of supporting our local schools, sports teams, theatre groups, mom’s groups at every possible opportunity”, Dr. Danyluk says. In addition to their support for people in our community, both doctors enjoy playing ice hockey at our local rinks, spending time with their families and friends and enjoying the fantastic weather Arizona has to offer.

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URBAN OPTIQUE AND EYECARE DR. SHERYL SIMMS

4960 S Gilbert Road, Suite 11, Chandler (480) 802-7170 I Urbanoptiqueaz.com

Dr. Sheryl Simms loves helping patients with vision and overall eye health. She is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and completed her internship at Illinois Masonic Hospital. While in Chicago, Dr. Simms practiced at an upscale optical boutique on Michigan Avenue. She has participated in contact lens studies for FDA approval and conducted lectures on bifocal contact lenses. After relocating to Arizona, she began providing charitable eye examinations for the Thomas J. Pappas School for the homeless and Vision USA. She does charitable work for Prevent Blindness America and a local organization, The Foundation for Blind Children, in Phoenix. For her great passion and dedication to optometry, Dr. Sheryl Simms, was awarded Doctor of the Year by her previous retail location in 2001. With great interest in serving her community, Dr. Simms opened Urban Optique & Eye Care in Chandler in 2006. She is a member of the Arizona Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. After nearly twenty years of practicing optometry, Dr. Simms is delighted to continue to serve as your local optometrist.

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HARRIS DENTAL – QUEEN CREEK SCOTT HARRIS, DDS

20261 E. Ocotillo Rd., Ste. 120, Queen Creek (480) 987-8768 | www.harrisdental.com

Dr. Scott Harris is a graduate of University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, one of the top dental schools in the country. Dr Harris considers patient comfort and quality care his top priorities. He is a very conscientious person who can put even the most fearful patient at ease during their visits. Dr. Scott has received numerous accolades, including the Arthur A. Dugoni Award for Excellence in Implant Dentistry. He has received advanced training and education in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, “Teeth in a Day” implant-supported dentures, oral conscious sedation, Invisalign®, and CEREC® CAD/CAM technology. He is a member of the Crown Council, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Arizona Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Harris recently traveled to Moala, Fiji where he provided dental services to residents of several small villages. He continues to provide charity service and has been involved in helping Harris Dental raise over $120,000 for children’s charities. Dr. Harris loves to be involved with his community and enjoys running, cycling and spending time with his wife Rachael and sons Duke and Boss. VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2013

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THE K LOUNGE Laser & Medical Aesthetics KIMBERLEE BERKBIGLER

1401 E. Williamsfield Rd., Suite 24 Gilbert (480) 677-9414 Located at the Salon Boutique At The K Lounge we pride ourselves on educating our clients. We embrace the motto “ENJOY YOUR SKIN”. We specialize in Collagen Induction Therapy aka Micro Needling with the Eclipse MICROPEN, PCA Skin Chemical Peels and Laser Hair Removal, it’s that simple. We do the procedures that remove or diminish damage like sun damage, fine lines & wrinkles, dull or sullen skin appearance and even textural changes, that lifestyle, environment, diet and even natural aging can do to your skin. Our laser and medical treatments create “true transformation” with mild-tomoderate approaches, depending on the client’s needs. The before and after results we see are amazing. Allowing your own skin to Radiant and Rebuild itself from within. And the best part is it’s affordable, and the noticeable transformation is youthful healthy skin. * In an effort to provide a well-rounded Med~Spa experience we now offer Botox & Juvaderm for all your Injectable needs, just Book with Emily. The K Lounge is owned and operated by Kimberlee, who is a Certified Laser Technician and Medical Aesthetician and a proud mom of a wonderful 13 year old son.

SAVAGE SMILES

ROBERT A. SAVAGE, DDS 1929 E. Ray Rd., Ste. 2, Chandler (480) 334-5402 | www.savage-smiles.com Dr. Robert Savage is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Creighton Dental School. He has practiced in the East Valley for the last 24 years. He is married with three teenagers. When not tending to his fatherly duties he is busy providing quality dentistry for his patients. Dr. Savage has built a solid reputation and a dedicated patient base. He prides himself on developing relationships with his patients so as to better reach their dental goals. Dr. Savage surrounds himself with the best specialist and staff to insure his patients receive the most comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Savage loves to create beautiful smiles but, he knows his biggest reward is making you smile. Please visit his website www.savage-smiles. com and on his Facebook page for more information. He looks forward to making you part of the Savage-Smiles family.

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EVOLUTION HAIR LOSS INSTITUTE – TEMPE

WILLIAM GAUNITZ V, TRICHOLOGIST

4450 W. Rural Rd. Bldg C Suite 222, Tempe (480) 222-HAIR(4247) | www.hairgrowthcenters.com

William Gaunitz began treating hair loss in 2002 due to his own experience with hair loss in his early 20’s. William has studied trichology (the study of the hair and scalp) in London England, Bordeaux France, and Perth Australia. In his travels, he assembled a unique hair loss treatment protocol that has helped thousands of people regrow their hair and maintain it without the need for surgical hair transplantation. William’s clinics are unique in the United States by offering a trichological scalp analysis and patient history that determines the reason for an individual’s hair loss. With this information Evolution clinics can then determine the best course of action to treat the hair loss either with either at-home treatment or in-clinic treatment options depending on the situation. In his 11 years in business, William has advanced the science of hair loss treatment with a full product line of shampoos, vitamins, topical scalp serums, and laser products. Sport figures and celebrities have used his program with great success and is he endorsed by numerous medical professionals. At his Tempe clinic, William still works personally with every individual who participates in his 9 month clinical program to ensure the highest quality results and greatest personalized service.

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FUNKTIONAL FITNESS SARA KRUTZ

213 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert (480) 503-2307  |  www.funkfitness.com Sara has been working as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Flexibility Specialist since graduating from ASU in 1996. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Arizona State University and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Sara has pursued continuing education with Pavel Tsatsouline, Charles Poliquin, Charles Staley, Paul Chek, Paula Owens, Dr. Eric Cobb and many more world-renowned exercise and nutrition experts. Throughout her continued education she became an A&F Flexibility Specialist, and has been certified in TRX Suspension Training, Dynamic Variable Resistance Training and Functional Movement. Sara has a passion for practicing and teaching optimal, efficient, and graceful movement patterns. Her favorite exercise tool is the kettlebell, but she enjoys creating individualized and group programs using the variety of equipment available at Funktional Fitness. The sky is the limit!

SEVILLE FAMILY DENTISTRY

DR. HOWIE BRAUER/ DR. JOY BRAUER 3336 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 119, (480) 279-4790 www.sevillefamilydentistry.com The goal of Drs. Howie and Joy Brauer is that you have a pleasant experience in their dental office while receiving high quality dental treatment. At Seville Family Dentistry you will see the same doctor for your initial consultation, treatment and recall examinations. Drs. Howie and Joy Brauer will provide excellent dental services with a compassionate touch for your family of all ages. Dr. Howie Brauer attended the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry and earned his D.D.S. When Dr. Howie is not in the office he enjoys cycling, golfing and hanging out with his three girls. Dr. Joy Brauer completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) at University of Missouri Kansas City. Outside of the office, Dr. Joy enjoys traveling, working out and spending time with her family. The doctors are continuously involved in study clubs and continuing education in order to provide the best care and education to their patients. “Quality Dentistry with a Compassionate Touch”

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ALL ABOUT YOU MED SPA DAWN GROFF, RN, WHNP-BC

825 S. Cooper Rd. Suite B3, Gilbert, AZ 85233 480.838.4968 | www.allaboutyoumedspa.com

1997 Graduate of University Of Texas Southwestern Medical. Board certified by the National Certification Corporation for Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Specialties as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner in 1997. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner I earned my degree as a licensed practical nurse in 1989 and began working for the state of TX in mental health and mental retardation while working my way through my RN education and graduating with honors in 1991. As a nurse with 24years of experience, I can honestly say helping others to be the best they can is truly my passion. 17 years of experience working with OB/GYN physicians. I left the office practice 3 years ago to help run my brothers Home Care Agency but finally realized my true passion and desire to be a business owner and be able to have my own practice. With that desire I decided to open my own Medspa and I have put all I learned through the years under one roof. All About You Medspa is truly “all about you.” We strive to make everyone who walks through our doors feel important and leave better than when they came in. We also love to help the community and organizations anyway that we can. Our Salon team participates and proudly displays the logo for Locks of Love, which is an organization that serves children with medical hair loss. We give free haircuts to those who qualify and want to donate their hair to the charity. The organization then makes wigs from the hair that was donated and gives it to children who have lost their hair due to medical conditions or treatments. Proud supporter of Children’s Hospital through sponsored events and have donated many services and certificates to different organizations throughout the year. VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2013

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VIBRANT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC NICOLE C. GAITANIS-LOLI, D.C. Chiropractic Physician 2200 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 200

 www.vibrantfamilychiropractic.com

(480) 205-6951

Dr. Nicole always knew she wanted to work with people on their journey to optimum health.  From an early age she was naturally drawn to healthcare by her mother, who is a dedicated nurse.  Even though she did not like the idea of the “Medical Model” of treating a symptom with drugs, her interest drove her to research further into natural healing.  For the past 12 years, Dr. Nicole has used a very low-force Chiropractic Technique that helps people not only get out of pain, but help restore balance to the overall body through Clinical Nutrition and Emotional Healing as well. Her passion is driven by seeing people get well from all types of aliments achieve a healthier, more vibrant life. Her quest for knowledge has never stopped and she is always updating and furthering her education to provide the best care possible.

SUMMIT HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Chris M. Robinson, DC, CICE

GET THE CARE YOU DESERVE! At Summit Health Chiropractic we want to make sure that you receive quality and thorough medical- chiropractic care. We currently have offices located in Queen Creek, Chandler, West Mesa, & East Mesa. The focus of Summit Health Chiropractic is the treatment of injuries related to auto accidents. We will provide medical care following your auto accident on a lien – which means you will have no out of pocket costs during the course of treatment. We also have a network of physicians, including orthopedists, neurologists, imaging centers, pain management that will also work on a lien. Dr. Chris M. Robinson, DC, CICE is the founder of Summit Health Chiropractic. Dr. Robinson is always striving to provide the most up-to-date medical care after your auto accident. He has advanced training from the Spinal Research Institute of San Diego and he is certified through the ABIME to perform independent & impairment evaluations. Call to schedule (480) 677-4800 or visit us online at SummitHealthChiro.com 21321 E Ocotillo Road, Ste 125, Queen Creek, AZ 2919 S Ellsworth Road, Ste 102, Mesa, AZ 1982 W Main Street, Mesa, AZ  6016 E McKellips Road, Ste 4, Mesa, AZ  2080 W Southern Avenue, Ste A2, Apache Junction, AZ 3755 S Gilbert Road, Ste 109, Gilbert, AZ 312 N Alma School Road, Ste 18, Chandler, AZ

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There is nothing more beautiful than a healthy smile!

Robert A. Savage, D.D.S.

Proudly providing quality and compassionate dentistry in the east valley for 24 years. FROM PREVENTION TO RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY, we offer the entire range of modern dentistry to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful for your entire life. Call us or go online for a full overview of the treatments we offer.

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FAMILY AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY • Implant crowns & dentures • Crowns in one visit • Intra-oral cameras

• Digital X-rays • Veneers & tooth colored fillings

Call 480.334.5402 or visit us online

www.savage-smiles.com

1929 E. Ray Rd. Suite 2 • Chandler, AZ 85225

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OAHU

Oahu BY DON AND ANN JACKSON

VIBRANT SOUL OF HAWAII

The Hawaiian Islands continue to be at the top of many folks’ wish lists for a vacation, and each island offers totally unique and different reasons to visit.

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LOCATION: OUTRIGGER WAIKIKI

Oahu, the most populous island, provides unique diversity not found on the other islands and is often referred to as “The Gathering Place.” For years we’ve recommended visiting Oahu first before heading off to other islands. It may not end up being your favorite island, but when considering the breadth of things you can do and see, it truly stands alone. No other island provides visitors such contrasting settings that will pique the interest of everyone in your vacationing party. Consider these: a modern cosmopolitan big city like Honolulu poles apart from nearby quaint fishing towns; a dynamic activity-filled beach area like Waikiki in sharp dissimilarity to many other quiet, secluded beaches around the island; the diverse fusion of Eastern and Western cultures; the native Hawaiian traditions surviving comfortably with our American heritage; and the ultimate contrast- bountiful, natural, pristine beauty within minutes of horrific memory-filled World War ll sites.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO: Naturally, on all the islands there are many similar things to see and do, such as a multitude of water activities, golf courses, botanical gardens, and air and boat adventures to name a few. But for this article, we want to concentrate on those things that are really unique to Oahu. Let’s start with touring Iolani Palace, the largest, most ornate and one of only two legitimate royal palaces on American soil. (The other much smaller palace is on the Big Island). The original Hawaiian monarchs were considered royalty by all reigning sovereigns of the world and were invited to most other nations’ regal gatherings throughout the globe for many years until the monarchy ended (iolanipalace.com). Attend a free weekly concert by the incredible Royal Hawaiian Band on the grounds of the palace, weather permitting. This great band has been playing concerts continuously since 1836, is America’s oldest concert band and only fulltime municipal band in the U.S. The concert we attended was first-rate

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and they performed over 350 concerts last year alone (rhb.org). Tour many of the sites at Kualoa Ranch, once the residence of kings, on the Northeast shore. Jurassic Park, Lost, and other famous movies and television shows were filmed there (kualoaranch.com). Visiting Pearl Harbor and the ghostly U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is a must. But maybe equally important is to tour the U.S.S. Mis-

souri, the battleship where the peace treaty with Japan was signed to end World War II. Even after three visits over the years, both remain amazingly nostalgic experiences for us as veterans (pearlharboroahu.com)! Tour the glamorous oceanside estate, SHANGRI-LA, built and owned by the famous heiress Doris Duke, recently opened for public tours in concert with a worthwhile

tour of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Known as the richest woman in America, Doris had one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic art and a life filled with amorous affairs, unfortunate tragedies and incredibly bizarre adventures. When we Googled her history we came to the conclusion that her life was a movie waiting to be produced (shangrilahawaii.org). Visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation and try to solve what they claim to be the world’s largest garden maze (doleplantation.com). Hike the incredible trails leading up to the tops of Diamondhead Crater State Monument and the lighthouse at Makapuu Point to experience some of the best vistas on all of the islands. From the lighthouse, we had incredible views of breaching whales in the ocean below (diamondheadpark.org). Animal lovers will enjoy a walk through Honolulu Zoo, the only accredited zoo in Hawaii (honoluluzoo.org). Sea Life Park features entertaining dolphin and sea lion shows, sea turtle feedings, and an amusing penguin habitat (sealifeparkhawaii.com). An all day visit to the 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center, owned by the Mormon Church and staffed mostly by B.Y.U.-Hawaii students on scholarship, is a must

excursion. Seven different villages provide authentic insights to different South Sea island cultures, games, activities, and offer the state’s only canoe pageant. Their award-winning family-friendly All’I Luau is the only luau sans alcoholic drinks, and their fantastic evening floor show, “Ha: Breath of Life” is Hawaii’s largest and most extravagant production worthy of Broadway (polynesia.com).

MORE NIGHTLIFE OPTIONS: Unlike the other islands there are quite a few floorshows to consider in the Waikiki area. Magic of Polynesia, our favorite Vegas style spectacular, starred master illusionist John Hirokawa (magicofpolynesia.com). Society of Seven, Waikiki’s longest running show for over 40 years, is loaded with talented humorous singers performing energetic hits spanning many eras (societyofseven.com). Legends in Concert, an offshoot of the original Las Vegas show, still wows audiences with famous singer impersonations (legendswaikiki. com). One of our best surprises was the standup comedy show by local favorite, Bo Irvine (hawaiicomedytheater.com). He had us rolling in laughter! WHERE TO SHOP: Ala Moana Center, the largest and finest in the state, features nearly 300 restaurants and stores (from high fashion to beach wear), a lush tropical open air setting, and beautiful koi ponds (alamoana.com). Along high energy Waikiki is another great shopping area with everything from glamorous clothing stores to t-shirt shops. Royal Hawaiian Center is central Waikiki’s preeminent shopping complex (royalhawaiiancenter.com). One caveat: avoid the disappointing International Marketplace which has become just too tired to warrant a visit. This historic site is begging for a dramatic upgrade and major renovation-hopefully soon! WHERE TO STAY AND DINE: Here’s a list of our faves in a variety of areas and classifications after numerous Oahu vacations in recent years. At the foot of Diamond Head: Lotus, a stylish boutique-style hotel located away from the crowds of the busier Waikiki beach areas, features wonderful views, complimentary evening wine hour, daily tea/coffee service, continental breakfast, beach cruiser bikes, and the new,

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highly-touted Park Restaurant (aqualotus.com). Waikiki Central: Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, one of our top picks, is a recently renovated property with three of our favorite Oahu restaurants on site including Duke’s Canoe Club, Hula Grill, and Chuck’s Steak House. No resort fees, a nice fitness center, and their Plantation Spa are welcome features (outriggerwaikikihotel.com). New Beach Walk Area: Embassy Suites Waikiki is one of the crown jewels of this popular chain featuring all the great amenities you expect like complimentary full breakfasts, evening manager’s reception, and refrigerator/ microwave in each suite. One major plus- if you like the exotic tropical cocktails like Mai Tais, they’re included in the reception (embassysuiteswaikiki. com). North End of Waikiki: The Ilikai Hotel and Suites, although an older property, was the first

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hotel we stayed in years ago and a nostalgic connection remains. Accommodations are exceptionally large and the location overlooking the beach, marina and Ala Moana Beach Park and near Ala Moana Shopping Center is ideal. Special rate offers are often dramatically less then other local hotels with similar locations (ilikaihotel.com). Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai is a fine dining restaurant featuring an award winning wine list, traditional Italian cuisine, and astonishing views (sarentoswaikiki. com). Fabled North Shore of the Island: Turtle Bay Resort, another past and present personal choice, is the furthest resort from Honolulu and Waikiki and that alone is a major plus for many visitors. Nearby quaint towns, fantastic beaches, horseback trail rides along the beach where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, a unique pony experience for children, and a gorgeous oceanfront setting are hallmarks. Their new restaurant, Kula Grill, features farm to table cuisine (turtlebayresort.com). Other Lodging Possibilities: Into condominium stays? Well, Aston Resorts of Hawaii is the island leader in providing a wonderful variety of condo facilities within modest price ranges. Their Aston Waikiki Sunset is a three diamond resort located near the beach and Kapiolani Park, and all of their one or two bedroom suites come with a complete kitchen (waikiki-sunset.com). Planning a meeting or conference? Hilton Hawaiian Village, based on previous conventions attended at this mega-complex, is a no-brainer choice. Not checked

into the Village? No worries-just be sure to stop by any evening for an outdoor Polynesian show and fireworks display (hiltonhawaiianvillage.com). Love historic crème de la crème lodging properties? The Royal Hawaiian, affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, should be earmarked for a future special occasion stay. Even if you don’t stay at the Royal, be sure to stop by for a quick look at this classic beauty and have a drink in their legendary beachfront bar (royal-hawaiian.com). More Recommended Dining Options: The Chief’s Luau, rated number one by Trip Advisor, is not surprising. Their pre-show positive interaction with attendees (especially kids), the show itself, friendly service, quality Hawaiian food presentations, and Sea Life Park setting all add up to a winner (chiefsluau.com). Looking for a local’s fave? Treat yourself to a Loco Moco Plate at the funky Rainbow Drive-In, owned by the same family for over 50 years (rainbowdrivein.com). Willing to travel a few miles for the island’s most popular breakfast? Then head up to Cinnamon’s Restaurant in Kailua for the island’s primo pancakes, omelets, and cinnamon rolls (cinnamons808. com).

INSIDER TIP: For the best car rental rate go to: discounthawaiicarrental.com. Not sure how they do it, but they surprisingly saved us nearly $100 on the bid we received from the same national agency. For tons more info on hotels, dining, events and everything Oahu: visit-oahu.com. EDITOR’S NOTE:

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food&wine DINING | REVIEWS | WINE | SPIRITS

BY RODRIC J. HURDLE-BRADFORD PHOTOS SARAH BEL GRAY

CHOP PING IT UP AT CHANDLER’S NEWEST NEIGHBORHOOD STEAKHOUSE    In December a new chapter in dining began in the East Valley, as Chop Chandler opened just in time for Christmas. In less than a year they have developed a loyal customer base by offering a perfect blend of timeless favorites and creative new cuisines.    “Our main focus is to be a neighborhood style restaurant because there are not a lot of privatelyowned businesses in Chandler,” says Charles O’ Steen, general manager. “We have the flexibility to be responsive to our guest’s requests, we always want to be responsive to what they need.” An example of this responsiveness is the recent addition of lamb chops on the menu, which is not traditionally offered at the restaurant. VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2013

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food&wine O’ Steen’s dedication to hospitality and impeccable service comes from being born and raised in New Orleans, although he has worked in the Valley since 2002. “New Orleans is all about hospitality, there is something in the water,” says O’ Steen. “I really enjoy working in the service industry and we want to create a local environment where we know our guests, and people come for the ambiance, service and food.”    Chop Chandler is operated by the same ownership group that started The Living Room, The Sushi Room and Humble Pie, so they have a track record of satisfying the appetites of Valley residents. Chop boasts the look of a contemporary American steakhouse with dark woods and dark leather accented by incredibly dramatic lighting. Their bar also has a warm and inviting atmosphere.To add to the neighborhood feel, Chop

Chandler hosts live music every weekend. On Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. a piano player electrifies and soothes the crowd throughout the evening. On Sunday afternoons from 4 pm. To 8 p.m., guests are treated to more live music, highlighted often by the local band the Spanish Summer Sippers. “No matter where you are at in the

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world, the service industry is the same,” says O’ Steen. “It is all about what a group of people experience as individuals at your establishment. When people walk away they know they’ve had a quality, unique experience.”    Many people walk into Chop Chandler for their daily happy hour specials, which feature ribs, grilled artichoke, smoked salmon and a classic cheeseburger. Along with beer draft specials, they also offer one of the items they are known for—wine. “Our great wine program and craft cocktails are a big part of what we do,” says O’ Steen. “We use fresh berries and fresh juice for all of our drinks.” After guests wet their palette they are ready for either a signature dish or an innovative entrée that can only be found at Chop Chandler. No surprise, the first selection for many visitors is the pork chop. The

entrée is a house-cured, double-cut pork chop, with baked potato served with green apple chutney. “We cure our pork chop in house for four days, roast it then finish in the grill,” says O’ Steen. “Because of our name we needed to have a great pork chop on the menu. We had to offer our guests something that is not an ordinary pork chop, and it is a very juicy piece

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of pork.”    Fish lovers are fascinated by the fresh Idaho Trout, which is slightly seasoned, and grilled with almonds, herbs and served with seasonal vegetables. “We use a mesquite grill for many of our menu items and you can tell by the taste,” says O’ Steen. Those with a sweet tooth come to love the dessert menu, filled with six trendy and tasty options. The Pecan Torte features homemade shortbread topped with pecans, French vanilla ice cream and homemade butterscotch. For their key lime pie a graham cracker crust is used with toasted pecans along with a lime zest filling. It is topped with homemade whipped cream and lime zest. “The pecan torte is our most popular dessert that we serve, it is comparable to a southern pecan pie,” says O’ Steen. “We take it to the next level with the bourbon butterscotch. We make as many items as possible from scratch, by hand.”

Along with taking responsibility for customer satisfaction, Chop Chandler is also a responsible restaurant. “All of our beef is 100 percent natural with no hormones, says O’ Steen. “Our high quality beef and fresh fish reach out to all meat lovers and we are confident that they will return.” And when they return, they can bet that Chop Chandler will still feature the same high level of service and food quality, with a distinct and unique ambiance. “When you walk in, you know you are at a restaurant that has its own feel,” says O’ Steen. “And we will let our food speak for itself.”

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IN SEASON PUMPKIN & SQUASH

PUMPKIN & SQUASH BY MICHELE BIRD

The coming of fall means a whole lot of pumpkins and squash are on the horizon. From being used as decorative pieces to ingredients in recipes, pumpkins and squash have a diverse amount of uses. Many may mistake the two as they are strikingly similar in appearance. Other similarities include the fact that there are many shapes, sizes, and colors. Pumpkin varieties include Cinderella, Long Island Cheese, and Howden. Common hues are white, yellow, and orange. With Halloween right around the corner, pumpkins are commonly recognized for their use as jack-o-lanterns. Baby Boo pumpkins are small in size and perfect for young kids to decorate with paint or markers. Larger varieties of pumpkins are available and ideal for carving a spooky design. Be sure to take advantage of the leftover pumpkin seeds by roasting them in your oven. It’s definitely a treat that you will fall in love with. Another seasonal favorite that

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shouldn’t be forgotten is the traditional pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Who says pumpkin pie can only be eaten during Thanksgiving? Squash also have a large list of varieties including Butternut, Carnival, and Delicata. Depending on the type of squash you choose, color varies from green, yellow, and orange. When preparing pumpkin and squash techniques such as frying, baking, steaming, and boiling can be utilized. Next time you pick up a pumpkin or squash, try to expand outside of the common decorative uses during Halloween and Thanksgiving. These two ingredients add the perfect twist to any meal and a fall flavor your mouth will savor after. Find the variety that suits you best and start cooking up a storm! Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or want some hearty pasta, pumpkin and squash are essentials to every recipe this season.


ROASTED BUTTERNUT BAKED PENNE 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small shallot, chopped 1 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese 2/3 cup milk 1/2 pound whole wheat penne 1/4 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, sage leaves crumbed bacon, if desired DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop squash, then lay on a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Roast for 20 minutes, flip once, then roast for 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and add squash to a bowl, then mash with a potato masher or fork. Prepare water for pasta and cook according to directions. While pasta is cooking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter and shallots. Whisk continuously until the butter browns and small brown bits appear in the pan. Immediately whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add milk, mascarpone and mashed squash, then mix until combined. I chose to keep my “sauce” in a thicker state (see the second picture), but if you’d like it thinned out a bit more, add additional milk. At this point, taste and see if you’d like any additional salt or spices – this will most likely depend on how seasoned your squash was. I added another small pinch of salt. Add pasta to an 8 or 9-inch baking dish. Pour sauce over top, then use a spoon to fold the sauce into the penne, coating it completely. Top with shredded cheeses and fresh sage leaves. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Garnish with crumbled bacon if desired. NOTE: this is a very “thick” pasta, and it is not swimming in sauce. If you would prefer it to be “saucy,” I’d advise adding more milk to the sauce while cooking. It is great reheated, and adding 1-2 tablespoons of milk when reheating helps it come together nicely. Photos and recipes courtesy of howsweeteats.com

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The Sushi Room is a cool, comfortable, yet unpretentious sushi bar and sake lounge. Sit at the exhibition style crescent shaped sushi bar, in the soft seating area in the center of the room, or under a live plant wall. The intimate outdoor patio is favorite people watching spot - in a quant and quiet setting. Huge menu full of sushi rolls, starters, entrées and non-sushi selections. Nightly specials. Happy hour every day 3 to 6:30. Reverse happy hour Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 to 11 2475 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler 480.821.9000. www.sushiroomaz.com

TC’S PUB & GRUB BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

   TC’s Pub & Grub is a great local spot, owned and operated by two East Valley women. Shannon D’ambera and Robin Walker support our area in a variety of ways. With food as good as their hearts, these ladies donate to House of Refuge, a non-profit charity supporting homelessness and abuse.    Their fresh ingredients and home made wing sauce are the perfect accompaniment to a game on one of their 17 flat screen TV’s. Make sure you grab a round of their homemade cajun chips. Honestly, any restaurant that puts a fried cheese wedge on top of my burger automatically becomes ‘the new burger joint.’ The Chef Boy R We is also topped with pepperoni, ham and pizza sauce.    Tuesday night is family night at TC’s. Enjoy the french dip while your children eat for free. The magician and home-made rice crispy treats will make this spot your kids favorite family dinner. If you are looking for great local music, search no more. Our community talents are highlighted every Friday as you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and don’t miss ‘Dueling Piano’s’ the first Thursday of every month.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

TC’S PUB & GRUB 7205 S Power Rd. Queen Creek, (480) 988-0313

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CHoP Chandler is Chandler’s first locally owned steakhouse and grill. The menu features burgers to bone-in steaks. Simply prepared seasonal fish and nightly specials are cooked to perfection on the seven-foot mesquite hardwood grill. Salads, fresh vegetables, desserts, vegetarian and lighter fare options also grace the menu. An energetic social atmosphere with a U-shaped bar. ChoP’s private dining area will accommodate parties of 50 and is a perfect for business meetings. ChoP’s extensive wine program with close to 200 wines by the bottle sets out to impress even the most vinocentric of palates.   2625 W Queen Creek Rd, Chandler 480.821.0009. www.chopchandler.com

The Living Room has recently undergone a renovation - is looking forward to celebrating four years in Downtown Ocotillo and has been drawing crowds since opening in December 2009. A casual and upbeat wine bar – focusing on hospitality and with a mantra of love, laugh & lounge. $5.00 glasses of wine until 6pm daily.  2475 W Queen Creek Rd, Chandler (480) 855-2848 www.livingroomwinebar.com


Introducing the Olive Mill’s NEW breakfast menu. The Olive Mill is now open at 7am daily for breakfast. Already famous for their made-fromscratch lunch menu featuring the Food Network’s acclaimed Kalamata sandwich, breakfast includes signature benedicts [shown here] as well as the “Olive Farmer’s Breakfast” and Vanilla Bean Waffles. New offerings include the “Angry Swine” omelette featuring sausage from The Pork Shop, Ricotta and Vanilla Pancakes, Challah French Toast finished with honey Mascarpone cheese, Nutella, and flambe banana, and “Beast and eggs” fried top sirloin steak with two eggs any style. 25062 South Meridian Rd Queen Creek, (480) 888-9290 queencreekolivemill.com 

Our satisfying and tasty menu features the freshest produce, all natural and hormone-free meats, made-fromscratch baked goods and oh so much more. Plus, The Spot supports local people. The nearby school sports team, community charities… We love our little nook in the Gilbert neighborhood. Homey touches like speedy deliveries to keep us connected to you, our friends and neighbors here in Gilbert. When you want a fresh and friendly lunch, dinner or delivery from your favorite local hangout, just hit The Spot! NE Corner of Higley & Ray Road. 1493 S Higley Rd., Suite 102 Gilbert, (480) 279-5553 TheSpotAZ.com

Arizona’s best-kept secret.... El Zocalo is housed in the 100 year old Monroe building and has established itself as being a significant addition to the revitalization of downtown Chandler. El Zocalo’s award winning patio is tucked away in the back and offers a private, secluded, romantic retreat. Reminiscent of a true Mexican hacienda. El Zocalo is perfect for quaint weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries or any special occasion. Weekend live music on the patio for dinner, after hours live bands, dancing and Killer outdoor street tacos served from 10:30 PM until 2 AM. Come and check us out! 28 S. San Marcos Place Chandler, (480) 722-0303 elzocalo.com

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MASON JAR MAKEOVER BY NIKKI BAILEY

Have you ever tried to bring a home-made yogurt parfait to work? You put your yogurt in your Tupperware, add granola and berries and head off. Hours later, you open up your delicious healthy snack and your granola and berries are mush. Not so tasty anymore, right? Let me introduce you to BNTO by Cuppow. With inspiration from Japanese bento boxes, BNTO is a canning jar adapter that conveniently separates your foods into two compartments. Not only is BNTO dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean, it is also environmentally friendly. It is BPA and phthalates free, leaving you no worries about unhealthy chemicals in your container. Find BNTO at Whole Foods Market (Raintree Ranch Center in Chandler) or purchase online at cuppow.com/collections.

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(617) 702-2878 cuppow.com

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This family (and date night!) friendly, locally owned sushi and Asian fusion restaurant is conveniently located just south of the 202 San Tan  on Gilbert Road in the Watermark Center.  Valley diners will love the way Otaku’s staff combine an obsession for the freshest fish and weekly specialty items with a fanatical belief that guests should be welcomed and made to feel welcome. For guests that don’t enjoy sushi, they have a full selection of hot food from a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese. Stop in today and discover your local Asian destination. 2430 S. Gilbert Rd. Ste. 5, Chandler, (480) 821-3908  otakusushi.com   facebook.com/otakusushi

CORNISH PASTY CO. BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

What’s a pasty? It is a savory pastry-style sandwich with combinations of meats, veggies and other delicious ingredients. Founder Dean Thomas hails from Cornwall, England where pasties are serious food. Thomas himself creates about 90% of the delicious pasty offerings at Cornish Pasty Co. The most traditional pasty is The Oggie, featuring steak, potatoes, onion and rutabaga with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup. Another unusual offering is the Lovely Bit a Salmon pasty with a flakey marinated salmon, roasted tomatoes, spinach, sautéed asparagus and roasted red potatoes and a side of white wine cream dill sauce. With ingredients and recipes that are a little more upscale, you are in for a treat each visit. Pasty offerings are diverse and the menu large; it’s pasty nirvana. Premium Pasties are perhaps a little more adventurous with The Chicken Greek, Carne Adovada, Pesto Chicken and Lamb Vindaloo. They’ve got vegetarian diners covered with two different daily vegan pasties, plus the Balsamic Portobello, Veggie Pesto Chicken and Veggie Mexican pasties among many others. The menu features made-fromscratch soups (don’t miss the mushroom, walnut, spinach soup), sides, salads and desserts. The entirely British Banoffee pie with homemade salty caramel, graham cracker crust, bananas and whipped cream will have you longing to visit London, guaranteed. Currently, Cornish Pasty Co. has locations in Tempe and Mesa, another opening in Scottsdale in October, and Phoenix and Las Vegas locales coming soon. We loved the English pub atmosphere with an entirely British musical selection. Pip-pip!

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1941 W Guadalupe Rd #101, Mesa (480) 838-3586, cornishpastyco.com

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Want to feel special and welcomed by familiar faces? TC’s Pub and Grub offers all the comfort of the local community with the excitement of family-fun and entertainment all week long. Where else can you find indoor and outdoor seating, patio games and happy hour specials seven days a week? Come in and experience all the fun and flavorful, from scratch entrees, daily soup specials and classic pub food TC’s Pub and Grub has to offer. Sun 11am-10pm • Mon-Wed 11am-11pm Thurs 11am-12am • Fri & Sat 11am-2am 7205 S Power Rd, Suite A104 Queen Creek, (480) 988-0313 tcs-pub-and-grub.com  

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Zappone’s is an authentic Italian Bistro nestled in the neighborhood of Gilbert. Chef/ Owner Sal makes fresh Ravioli and Manicotti from scratch daily. Italian Crusty Bread is baked fresh daily. Try the Funghi Pizza, with Crimini Mushrooms, mozzarella, caramelized onions, and truffle oil. Join us for Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 3-6pm for Bruschetta, cocktails, wine, and much more starting at $4. Once a month we offer Demo Cooking class on Saturday for $30. Live Entertainment each Fri 7-close Buy a $50 Gift Certificate - get a $10 bonus Holiday Catering Available Open Mon-Sat 11-9pm, Sunday closed 1652 N. Higley Rd, Ste 103 Gilbert, (480) 218-2338 NW Corner of Higley and Baseline


BRIO - AT SANTAN VILLAGE, is a casual, white-tablecloth restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian food. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to Gilbert. BRIO invites you to enjoy their premium quality steaks, chops, seafood and pasta.  BRIO is pleased to offer Weekend Bellini Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays; Large Group Dining; Light Menu with entrees 550 calories or less, Gluten Free Menu, Kid’s Menu, Outdoor Terrace Dining and an Extensive Italian Wine List.   2150 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, (480) 917-9177 BrioItalian.com Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

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PARADISE BAKERY - AT SANTAN VILLAGE. Is all that shopping making you hungry? Stop by Paradise Bakery & Cafe at San Tan Village shopping center for a wide variety of menu selections including delicious cookies and baked goods, breakfast items, soups, salads and sandwiches. All of our menu items are prepared daily with only the finest ingredients available, just as you would at home. We are a “hands-on” bakery and cafe concept, which is what sets us apart and keeps our loyal customers coming back, again and again. We look forward to seeing you at Paradise Bakery & Cafe at San Tan Village! 2156 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, (480) 889-7080 Mon-Fri 6am-9pm; Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 7am-8pm Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6-10am; Sat & Sun 7-11am Free Wi-Fi  I paradisebakery.com 

CANTINA LAREDO - AT SANTAN VILLAGE. Serving modern Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere. The Mexico City style menu includes grilled fish, chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. Enjoy the awardwinning signature margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime juice and the finest tequila. Serving lunch, dinner, drinks, Sunday brunch. Full service catering and private event dining available. 2150 East Williams Field Road Gilbert, (480) 782-6777 Cantinalaredo.com Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

CANDY CREATIONS BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Oreo’s limited edition Candy Corn Oreo is available at Target for the Halloween season. If you are feeling spook-taneous, make them at home! COOKIES: 3 1/2 cups (14 7/8 oz.) unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 8 tablespoons (4 oz.) cool unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 cup (3 1/4 oz.) vegetable shortening, at room temperature 1 cup (7 oz.) granulated sugar, 1 large egg 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract FILLING: 2 1/2 cups (10 oz.) powdered sugar 2 tablespoons light corn syrup or Lyle’s golden syrup 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening, at room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lowfat milk Orange and yellow food coloring

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EVENTS CALENDAR

GREAT DATES BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

4th Annual Arizona Taco Festival

OCT. 19 -20TH 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. EACH DAY

Whether you like beef, pork, fish or chicken, you’re going to find the ultimately perfect taco. Join 30 teams of taco aficionados as they battle it out for a $10,000 prize purse and get your fill of a variety of delicious tacos. Saturday events include the Tequila Expo, Best Sombrero Contest and Taco Eating Contest and Sunday events include Bartender Flair Challenge, Bizarre Taco Eating Contest and the Chihuahua Beauty Pageant. (Hint-wear a sombrero on Sunday for a free taco.) Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, (480) 466-0579, aztacofestival.com

13th Floor Haunted House FRIDAY, SEPT. 13TH-NOVEMBER 9TH (check website for exact dates/times)

You can’t have October without getting scared out of your wits at a haunted house. 13th Floor is the valley’s spookiest, most-haunted and ultra-scariest foray in the world of the living, the dead and the un-dead and is considered one of the best haunted houses in the entire state of Arizona. Discover the reasons that most buildings don’t have a 13th floor; you may just have to take your answers to the grave with you. And if you’re dying to know—parking is free. The 13th Floor, 2814 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, (602) 456-2250, 13thflooraz.com

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Pumpkin & Chili Party

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER, STARTING OCTOBER 3RD

Fall is here! Celebrate pending cooler weather with activities galore. Enjoy hay rides, a carousel, a four acre corn maze and a ten acre celebrity corn maze, petting zoo, rollercoaster, bonfires with marshmallow roasting, extreme canine dog shows and BMX stunt masters. Friday and Saturday nights feature a rock climbing wall, outdoor movies, Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Of course, grab a bowl of chili and pick out a pumpkin! Check the website for the daily event schedule. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, (480) 987-3100, schnepffarms.com


Depeche ModeThe Delta Machine Tour OCTOBER 8TH, 7:30 P.M.

It’s hard to believe that Depeche Mode has been delivering cutting-edge synth-pop since 1980. This time around, they’re touring in support of their newest album “Delta Machine”. The band has sold more than 100 million albums and singles worldwide and their hits include “Blasphemous Rumours”, “Personal Jesus” and “Strangelove”, among many others. The opening act is Crystal Castles. Ak-Chin Pavilion (Formerly Desert Sky Pavilion), 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, (602) 254-7200, livenation.com

ArtBridge Thursdays

San Tan Brewing Oktoberfest

The Marshall Way Pedestrian Bridge becomes a bustling hub of activity on Thursday evenings in October when the entire space is transformed into an outdoor gallery of local and regional artists showcasing their creations. Enjoy arts, crafts, jewelry, booths and exhibits in a familyfriendly environment. Scottsdale ArtWalk also takes place nearby (Old Town Scottsdale), so go early and hit both events. Free admission. Waterfront/Southbridge Plaza, 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (602) 314-0323

OCTOBER 5TH, 4:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M.

iPhoneography PHX Exhibit

Disney’s The Lion King

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play

OCTOBER 4TH, 6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.

OCTOBER 22ND-NOVEMBER 17TH

OCTOBER 26TH, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

EACH THURSDAY IN OCTOBER, 5:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.

Come find out about the newest technological craze of iPhoneography in the state’s very first exhibit comprised solely of photography taken with and edited on iPhones. Six valley iPhoneographers will be showcased including Jaime Glasser, Sonya Kautzman, Mike Moriarity, Laurie Provost, Helen Street and Joe Vigil. Learn what is visually possible with nothing more than an iPhone and a few apps. First Studio, 631 North 1st Avenue (north of Fillmore), Phoenix, (602) 244-9727, firststudio.net

It doesn’t matter if you’re German or not, dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and head out to Chandler for San Tan Brewing’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest. This year’s event features live music from valley group, The Expendables, the Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, beer games and a family zone with fun activities for the every member of the family. San Tan Brewing Co. 3. S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, (480) 917-8700, santanbrewing.com

It’s the “Circle of Life” brought to life onstage in a way only Disney can present. Award-winning Director Julie Taymor delivers the vibrant visuals, innovative landscapes and amazing animals of this beloved tale of a little lion and his ascension to his rightful throne. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, (480) 965-3434, asugammage.com

Now, more than ever, it’s important for kids to learn about health, fitness, wellness, good eating habits and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Entertainment brought to you by Everything Kids Fest (sponsored by Koupons 4 Kids). Bring your kid’s bikes along to join the Fit Kids Fun Ride and enjoy everything cycling and safety at the Brett Saks Foundation’s Bike Land. Banner Children’s will be providing the first 500 kids with FREE helmets. Find out more and sign up at www.gearupaz.org. Free admission. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler, (480) 782-2665, chandleraz.gov

Walk Now for Autism Speaks OCTOBER 27TH

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the United States. More funding and research is needed to support families affected; estimated to now be one family receiving an autism disorder diagnosis every 11 minutes. Help raise funds and become a part of a larger, family-focused community. Corporate, school and family teams are all welcome to participate. Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising and awareness event. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, Contact Amy Hummell (602) 685-1161, walknowforautismspeaks.org VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2013

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last word

FINAL THOUGHTS

THE $10K

BLACK

LABRADOR BY KELLY POLLARD

  This is what I know. A dog is the key to a life in suburbia. She is just as important to a household as a yard big enough for birthday jump houses and couches long enough to accommodate NFL viewing parties. My husband and I adopted Sadie, a hyperactive Labrador puppy with a blocky head and shiny brown eyes one month before we married. Sadie was the first pet that I was totally responsible for, essentially my first child. I quickly learned, costs of owning a dog went beyond dog food and adoption fees.   During our honeymoon year as a newly formed family, Sadie developed a quick appetite for pricey running shoes. This stoked a growing appetite for destruction that new chew toy could

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remedy. People assured us she would outgrow this stage. She graduated to chewing up fabric porch swings, an entire hot tub cover, an entire sectional couch, and in one comical farce, a down pillow with feathers spread like a blizzard across our yard. Nothing was off limits to her, including one complete demolition of a thorny rose bush.   When my

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sons were born, she tore into vast collections of stuffed animals, wooden blocks and dirty diapers. She learned the art of perching right at their feet dangling from the high chair and accepting all foods tossed her way, much to my boys’ delight. She grabbed loaves of bread and entire pizzas from the counter. She was a stealth ninja, closing in on whatever she wanted the moment I left a room. Of course we adored her despite her naughtiness.   When Sadie was just four years old, she injured her leg in our yard. With a torn ACL, we learned about the surgery, the insane costs, and the six week recovery complete with the cone of shame. This also coincided with us freshly moved into our new house with a toddler and infant in tow. We paid cash for the surgery and crossed our bathroom remodel off our list.    What she cost us in debt, she returned one hundred percent in her loving

nature with our exhausting sons that clambered all over her like she was a furry jungle gym. She lay devoted at my feet during my most overwhelming moments as a new mother. Her presence made me feel safe on the nights when I was alone at the house. She joined us camping, hiking and on road trips. She is family. Sadie is thirteen years old now. Instead of rejoicing in hours of destruction, Sadie is content to spend afternoons sleeping at my feet while I write on my computer. Her muzzle has faded from glistening black to a coarse gray stubble. She still wears her gleeful dog smile when we come home every night. Her eyes still shine with total trust and unconditional love. And her every breath is worth all the time and love and money we’ve invested in this dog. I say she is the $10K dog, but quite honestly, she is priceless.


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