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TOP: Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from? Are you curious about their military service or medical history? Learn the basics of beginning your family-history research at a special program, “Genealogy 101,” on Wednesday, February 27, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Sienna Plantation. BOTTOM: Learn how to search online with minimal effort for public records such as property records, court records, property-tax records, and much more by attending “Public Records at Your Fingertips” on Thursday, February 28, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab of the Sienna Branch library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Sienna Plantation.

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It’s Gator Palooza time by Cathy Hunter The annual Gator Palooza Family Festival is set for Saturday, February 23rd. This fun, family friendly event is hosted and held at Sienna Crossing Elementary in Sienna Plantation from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. From inflatables, game booths, Bingo, confetti eggs, bake walk, golf cart and mechanical bull rides, to silent and live auctions for fabulous items, there are activities for everyone. Before booths at the Gator Palooza open, lace up your sneakers and participate in the Gator Palooza Gator Dash & Smash! This one mile run is open to all elementary age students. At the end of the run, students will dash into a corral to stomp on three balloons. Inside each balloon is a certificate for great prizes (like gift cards to your favorite places). Check-in starts at 10 am. The Run begins at 10:30. Register at Gator Palooza is a major Sienna Crossing PTO fundraising event. So, while you’re there, buy a delicious lunch or dessert from one of our food vendors and plan to spend the whole day at Sienna Crossing! ■ Sienna Crossing Elementary is located at 10011 Steep Bank Trace in Sienna Plantation. Visit for more information.

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emorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest is home to one of Houston’s largest cardiology programs. Here, a highly dedicated team of affiliated physicians uses state-of-the-art technology to perform the most advanced diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures to treat heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease. Accolades abound for the Institute’s quality care, including Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiac Hospitals in the United States.

New technologies benefit patients with heart rhythm abnormalities As a leader in healthcare, the Institute is once again stepping forward with innovative technologies to deliver an even higher level of care to patients. One such technology is MediGuide™, a system that dramatically reduces the duration of fluoroscopy, a rapid sequence of X-rays, received by patients when catheters are inserted into their bodies to evaluate and treat heart rhythm abnormalities. The Institute is the only hospital in Texas, and one of just five in the United States, offering this emerging technology. Inspired by global positioning systems, MediGuide applies 3-D visualization and precise navigation to pre-recorded 2-D X-ray images that serve as a base map during cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) implantations and cardiac ablation image-guided procedures. Automatic adjustments are made to the recorded images to allow for cardiac motion and respiratory changes. As a result, less fluoroscopy is used throughout a procedure, while giving physicians a clear view inside the heart. “While every case is different, the MediGuide technology reduces radiation exposure by 50 percent, at minimum, and it


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can be up to 90 percent,” said Shanti Bansal, M.D., a boardcertified cardiac electrophysiologist affiliated with the Institute. Another elite technology offered by the Institute for patients with arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeats, is the quadripolar biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). People with untreated arrhythmia are at a higher risk for permanent heart damage and stroke. All ICDs monitor heartbeats and send electrical impulses to the heart – a process called pacing – to correct dangerously fast rhythms. ICDs use three thin wires, or leads, to deliver the impulses. In traditional ICDs, one wire contains two pacing sites. In the quadripolar biventricular ICDs that single wire has four pacing sites. This allows physicians greater flexibility in placing the leads and provides new possibilities for some patients who previously had no acceptable places to locate the leads. “Going from two electrodes to four electrodes opens up a world of possibilities as far as what we can do with left ventricle pacing,” said Dr. Bansal, who holds the distinction of being the first surgeon in Houston to use the new ICD. “We can electronically program the quadripolar biventricular ICD to optimally deliver pacing needs to the heart with a minimal drainage on the battery, while at the same time optimizing cardiac performance. In addition, this device allows us to change the location of pacing without adjusting the lead itself, so it eliminates an additional surgery that is often required for readjustments.”

Below: Shanti Bansal, M.D., a board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist, is the first surgeon in Houston to use the new quadripolar biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

TReAT youR HeART To Red WINe ANd dARk CHoColATe university of Houston Sugar land 14000 university blvd. Thursday, Feb. 21 6 – 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun evening with cardiac healthcare specialists who will provide tips for a heart-healthy lifestyle. See exercise demonstrations, enjoy a sampling of light appetizers, red wine and dark chocolate and so much more. The event is free but space is limited. To register, call 713.222.CARe (2273).

TAVR is option to traditional open heart surgery Another relatively new technology at the Institute is transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. This state-of-the-art procedure is for patients with severe aortic stenosis – a narrowing of the aortic valve opening – who are unsuitable candidates for traditional, open heart surgery. Less invasive, the innovative TAVR technology places a new aortic valve within the diseased valve while the patient’s heart is still beating. Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital is among only a handful of U.S. hospitals performing the TAVR procedure. Robert Baldwin, M.D., a Memorial Hermann-affiliated cardiovascular surgeon, said TAVR valve function is nearly equal to the valves used in open heart surgery. Additionally, valves used in Europe for the past 10 years show little sign of deterioration. Dr. Baldwin points to shorter hospital stays and faster recovery as major patient benefits of the TAVR procedure. “During a traditional aortic valve replacement, patients are normally hospitalized for one or two weeks,” he said. “Then it’s one to three months before they start to feel robust again.” Contrast this to an 82-year-old male who recently underwent the TAVR procedure because he was so frail he was about to begin hospice care. A few weeks following his TAVR surgery, this reenergized gentleman was happily practicing his golf swing as part of his physical therapy rehabilitation.

Above: The highly skilled team of affiliated cardiac specialists approved to perform the TAVR procedure at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest includes Johanna Higgins-Clowney, M.D., Devang Patel, M.D., Robert Baldwin, M.D., W. Carter Grinstead, M.D., Earl Mangin, M.D., and (not pictured) Luis Echeverri, M.D. (Larry Pullen Photography)

Cardiac Rehabilitation provides strong support to promote heart health To help heart patients stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of their cardiovascular disease, the Institute offers a personalized Cardiac Rehabilitation program. This medically supervised program addresses heart-healthy lifestyle changes through exercise, plus education about prescribed medications, nutrition, stress management, smoking cessation and other issues. The program is particularly beneficial for those with congestive heart failure, angina pectoris (chest pain due to clogged heart arteries), recent heart attack, peripheral artery disease and other forms of cardiovascular disease, and for those who have undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery, balloon angioplasty (PTCA) or pacemaker placement. Classes meet for one hour, three times a week. A physician’s prescription is requested to participate and many insurance companies cover the program’s costs. To learn more about the award-winning cardiovascular care at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest, visit














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Speaking Your Teen's Language of Love By Gary Chapman


isualize that inside every teen is an emotional love tank. When the teen’s love tank is full — that is, she genuinely feels loved by her parents — the teen can make her way through adolescence with minimal trauma. But when the teen’s love tank is empty, she will grapple with many internal struggles and will typically look for love in all the wrong places. Therefore, discerning your teen’s love language is essential. Here is a brief description of each of the five love languages.

Physical touch Hugs, kisses and tender touches are given in abundance when a child is young. However, some parents feel more awkward about touching as their child enters adolescence. If a teen’s primary love language is physical touch, those appropriate touches are no less important during the teen years than they were in the earlier years.

Words of affirmation Using words to encourage and affirm is at the heart of this language. When a toddler is learning to walk, we stand just two feet away and say, “That’s right! Come on; you can do it.” And when that toddler falls, we encourage her to get up and try again. Why do we forget the power of affirming words when kids become teens? When 14-year-old Melissa broke her arm, words of affirmation gave her the assurance she needed. “I know that my parents love me because while I was having such a hard time keeping up with my school work, they encouraged me. They said they were proud that I was trying so hard.”

Quality time This love language involves giving your teen undivided attention. For some teens,

regardless of what you’re doing together, nothing is more important than when a parent gives focused attention. Mindy’s primary love language is quality time, and at 17 she still feels secure in her parents’ love. “They are always there for me,” Mindy says. “I can discuss anything with them. I know they will be understanding and try to help me make wise decisions. I enjoy doing things with them, and I am going to miss them when I go to college.”

Giving and receiving gifts

Some parents speak this language almost exclusively and are often shocked to find that their teen does not feel loved. Although gift giving is not the love language of all teens, gifts speak loudly for many. When asked how she knew her parents loved her, Michelle, 15, pointed to Continued on page 18

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To Get Started: You’re going to see 30 pairs of things that your parent(s) might do or say to show love to you. All you have to do is pick one item in each pair that you like better. For some of them, you might like both options—but just pick one. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete the profile. Take it when you are relaxed, and try not to rush through it. When you finish marking your answers, count how many times you circled each letter and transfer to the appropriate blank at the end of the test.

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Asks me what I think


Puts his/her arm around my shoulder


Goes to my ball games, recitals, etc.


Does my laundry


Buys me clothes


Watches TV or movies with me


Helps me with school projects


Hugs me


Kisses me on the cheek


Gives me money for things I need


Takes time off of work to do stuff with me


Rubs my shoulders or back


Gives me cool things for my birthday


Reassures me when I fail or mess up


Gives me a high five


Respects my opinions

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Goes out to eat or shops with me


Lets me use his/her stuff


Tells me I’m the best son/daughter in the world


Drives me to places I need to go


Eats at least one meal with me most every day


Listens to me and helps me work through problems


Doesn’t invade my privacy


Holds or shakes my hand


Leaves me encouraging notes


Knows what my favorite store is


Hangs out with me sometimes


Sits next to me on the couch


Tells me how proud he/she is of me


Cooks meals for me


Straightens my collar, necklace, etc.


Shows interest in stuff that I’m interested in



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Allows my friends to hang out at our house


Pays for me to go on school or church trips


Tells me I look good


Listens to me without judging me


Touches or rubs my head


Sometimes lets me pick out where we go on family trips


Takes me to the doctor, dentist, etc.


Trusts me to be at home alone


Takes me on trips with him/her


Takes me and my friends to movies, ball games, etc.


Gives me stuff that I really like


Notices when I do something good


Gives me extra spending money


Asks me if I need help

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Doesn’t interrupt me when I’m talking


Likes the gifts I buy for him/her


Lets me sleep in late sometimes


Seems to really enjoy spending time with me


Pats me on the back


Buys me stuff and surprises me with it


Tells me he/she believes in me


Can ride in the car with me without lecturing me


Picks up stuff that I need from various stores


Sometimes holds or touches my face


Gives me some space when I’m feeling upset or angry


Tells me that I’m talented or special


Hugs or kisses me at least once every day


Says he/she is thankful that I’m his/her child

Excerpted from The 5 Love Languages ® of Teenagers ©2010. Reproduction and distribution for use, personal and/or professional (workshops, organizations, churches, nonprofits, small groups, etc.), are permitted provided the profiles are distributed free of charge.











The letter or love language that receives the most points is your primary love language. If you score the same score for two love languages, then you are bilingual. If you score high on one love language and have a close second, that second highest score is your secondary love language! Would you like an email copy of your results? Take the free quiz online at and get your personal results emailed directly to your inbox.

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Fort Bend Symphony Presents a Trio of Master Works


ollowing a fall of holiday-themed The second half of Orchestral concerts, the Fort Bend Symphony Masterworks is devoted to Edward Elgar’s Orchestra welcomes spring with Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, Orchestral Masterworks featuring a commonly called Enigma Variations. trio of works by the great composers History holds that Elgar began playing a Ravel, Sibelius and Elgar. The February theme on the piano, then altered it slightly 17 performance, under the musical directo reflect the characteristics of his friends. tion of Dr. Héctor Agüero, begins at The resulting composition features 14 2pm at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash people in the variations, starting with Rd in Stafford. Elgar’s wife and ending with a selfThe concert opens with the beautiful portrayal. Karelia Overture by Finnish composer Jean “Although FBSO concerts always Sibelius. This nationalistic piece include classical music, this is the first one celebrates the simple but noble spirit of since I became music director in 2008 the people of Karelia, a historical that features all classical music,” said province of Finland that is now divided Agüero. “Orchestral Masterworks is a between Finland and Russia. Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra musicians Jami Thomson, wonderful opportunity for our audience Also featured is Maurice Ravel’s Sean Huston, Ryan San Miguel and Haley Packer take a to listen to, and enjoy, music they might break from rehearsals for the February 17 Orchestral Pavane pour une infante defunte, a piece that Masterworks concert. (Photo by Charles Lin) not know. The program will also provide suggests how a princess would have a great challenge for our players! They danced a slow processional in the Spanish courts in earlier times. Both have asked for a program like this so I’m excited to the original piano composition and the orchestral version that followed finally program for their needs.” express the enthusiasm Ravel, a French composer, held for Spanish Adult tickets are $12 and $17. Discounts are customs. available for seniors 55 and over, students, military The first half of the concert concludes with the winner of the FBSO and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at Young Artist Concerto Competition. or by calling (281) 276-9642 ■

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Acts of service

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her blouse, skirt and shoes. She said, “Everything I have, they gave me. In my mind, that’s love. Because they have given me far more than I need, I share things with my friends.” Michelle not only feels loved from receiving gifts, but she also expresses love to others by giving gifts. Whether your goals are to lose weight, build strength, improve mobility or just improve quality of life, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your best. Scoop Pilates and Personal Training was created by Phillip and Tracey Griffin to provide specialized training programs to assist clients in achieving their fitness goals. 8817 HWY. 6, STE. 470 MISSOURI CITY, TX 77459



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Parents are continually doing actions designed to assist their kids, but if these acts of service are to be expressions of love, they must be done with a positive, caring attitude. Brady, 13, lives with his mother and brother. It’s apparent that Brady’s primary love language is acts of service when he says, “I know my mom loves me because she sews the buttons on my shirt when they fall off and she also helps me with my homework. She works hard so we can have food and clothes.” Few things are more important for parents than discovering and speaking their teen’s primary love language. The teen needs to receive love in all five languages, but focusing on the primary love language will fill the love tank much faster and more effectively. Consider your teen’s love language. If his language is not obvious, the assessment quiz on pages 16 and 17 may help you. Dr. Gary D. Chapman is the senior associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the author of The Five Love Languages of Teenagers.

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8880 Highway 6, Suite 200 Missouri City, Texas 77459 (281) 778-2020 Gastroenterology

David Wolf, MD

UT Physicians at Sienna Village (713) 486-1200 Geriatrics

Faith Atai, MD

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Kristal Taylor, MD

UT Physicians at Sienna Village

(713) 486-1200 Oncology

Methodist Oncology Partners

16659 Southwest Freeway, Suite 151

Sugar Land, Texas 77479 (281) 276-5200 Orthopedics

Orthopaedic Specialtists of Texas Four convenient locations (281) 494- MOST (6678)

Pradeep Kodali, MD

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Victoria Regan, MD

UT Physicians at Sienna Village (713) 486-1200 Pediatric Gastroenterology

Ashish DebRoy, MD

Canine Leadership Program (281)633-7370 Pet Care

Meadow Lake Pet Resort 13500 Furman Road Houston, Texas 77047 (713) 413-1633

Sienna Plantation Animal Hospital

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Scoop Pilates & Personal Training 8817 Highway 6, Suite 470 Missouri City, Texas 77459 (281) 778-6801 Psychiatry

Prashant Gajwani, MD

UT Physicians at Sienna Village (713) 486-1200 Speech Therapy

Speech and Learning Center LLP (281) 403-2600 Surgery

Kulvinder Bajwa, MD UT Physicians (713) 892-5500 Veterinary Care

Sienna Plantation Animal Hospital 9212 Sienna Ranch Road Missouri City, Texas 77459 (281) 778-5244 YMCA

Fort Bend Family YMCA

4433 Cartwright Road Missouri City, Texas 77459 (281) 499-9622 Rates: Placement remains for 12 consecutive months.

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