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Welcome to Slidell Magazine’s Medical Directory & Healthcare Excellence Issue. I’ve considered doing an edition like this many times over the years, but I hesitated because I wasn’t comfortable choosing the “Top Docs” of Slidell. It’s been done very well in other publications, where doctors are ranked within their specialties based on a formula using peer and patient reviews, physician credentials, clinical activity and disciplinary actions. I’ve also seen publications choose “Top Docs” based upon online polls and Facebook voting contests, which made my stomach lurch. With every edition of Slidell Magazine, I strive to remain true to our motto, “Keep It Fresh, Keep It Positive”; so choosing which doctors are better than others just didn’t feel right. We have EXCELLENT healthcare options in Slidell. We have two, large, full-service hospitals and two privately-owned surgical hospitals. We have dozens of independent physicians and specialty clinics. Slidell boasts a regional Cancer Center that is saving lives and using therapies that previously could only be found out of our area. Plus, our community has multiple urgent care facilities that offer fast service and help to alleviate the burden placed on our two local emergency rooms. I decided that, rather than choosing a “best”, Slidell Magazine would offer a directory of all physicians licensed in east St. Tammany Parish, as registered with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. We are grateful to have so many dedicated healthcare professionals and providers in our community!

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New Orleans based digital watercolorist, Dr. Gary Arnold, has been honing his skills in photography and digital watercolor painting for the past three decades. Originally a student of Bob Ross using the wet on wet technique, Dr. Gary painted and sold beach scenes in New Hampshire during the summer to put himself through college. He later became an expert in Photoshop, using it in his marketing and advertising business. Dr. Gary says his hobby brings about the perfect combination of his three passions, travel, photography and painting. Dr. Gary’s watercolor work demonstrates that realism painting is not merely a literal or photographic copying but an interpretive rendering. “Being a watercolorist forces me to work in the moment, considering every stroke confidently, all the while remembering the result I seek.” His two upcoming fall art shows in Slidell will showcase his personalized portraits, figure paintings, wildlife paintings, cityscapes and landscapes. His artwork employs vivid colors, ambiguous spaces and dramatically realistic scale and intensity. He utilizes the weightlessness of his stories and photojournalism to help capture the depths of movement, color and composition in his digital watercolor paintings. Dr. Gary quite the fan club, as he is followed by more than 125,000 people on Instagram!


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SEPTEMBER 2019 Story by Charlotte Collins

Extraordinarily Fascinating “Ordinary” People Extraordinary Fascinating

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“People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

This month’s adventure all began with an email. Our non-profit arts organization, OTAC, was hosting our annual exhibit at the Slidell Cultural Arts Gallery. This year, the exhibition was a juried show, and I was collecting the entries on my computer. Many of the works gave me pause; there was some amazing artwork. On this particular occasion, I stopped, mesmerized by a strong contrast of black and white swirls spiraling down an organic glass form. Specks of bright colors were flecked here and there. Then I saw an entry with beautiful shiny, transparent glass in cool blues, earthy greens, and sunrise magentas. As I zoomed in on the images, my attention zeroed in on their large spherical, bubble-like surfaces that seemed to float upward and downward at the same time within the glass forms. These glass art pieces were ethereal and complex. It turns out these pieces were indicative of the artist’s personality. There are so many facets to Solange’s life that it took several interviews to capture the full spectrum. You will see this as 6

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we visit with the artist. I also learned that someone’s surname can reflect someone’s lifestyle, and that a proper name can describe phases of someone’s personality. Solange and I spoke briefly on the phone to confirm details, and I nearly squealed for joy when I found out she had a glass furnace and kiln right here in Slidell! I have a really addictive penchant for all things glass, be they functional or purely decorative. I once took a glass blowing workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. I absolutely loved it, but found the physicality more than I had anticipated. I also rode a boat, a vaporette, from Venice to Murano. This is an island where all glass blowers were forced to move their studios after many destructive fires threatened the city of Venice. The biggest kiln I could afford was a very tiny one. It serves me well, and I have made some beautiful jewelry. The problem lies in that the visions in my mind’s eye are bigger than my kiln. So

I was really looking forward to my talk with Solange Ledwith. Finally, the day came for the artists to deliver their work for the show. Solange carried in her boxed pieces, glass cleaner, and a cotton rag to clean off fingerprints once she placed them. She was as tall, fit, trim, and muscular as I suspected. Gathering glass and blowing it out is hot work, and requires a lot of upper body work and inner core strength. Imagine leaning over a hot furnace, holding a long pole, dipping it down into the pool of molten glass, and gathering a big hunk of it. All the while you are also twirling the pole round and round during the entire process to gather the glass on the tip. Being tall is an advantage, particularly if your furnace is off the ground; you don’t have to put your face as close to the heat. I've actually singed my eyebrows despite the protective goggles. Luckily, Solange said she can do that part for her students if they want. Students can do as much, or as little, of the physical work themselves. Now that’s a relief for someone my size.

Classes are held in her studio, which was the home of her grandfather, John Evariste Guzman, Jr., the son of John Evariste Guzman, Sr., who acquired Guzman land as part of a Spanish land grant. This land grant was given to his ancestors during the same timeframe that Francois Cousin received his Spanish land grant; and the Francois Cousin house, now my home, is the oldest known structure in St. Tammany Parish. I am quite certain these two patriarchs would have known each other and done business together. This was getting better by the second, a chance to see the son’s house and the glass studio, bingo! I signed up immediately, as did two of my friends.


The home I entered was not the original family estate near the bayou, but was fairly close by. The best the family knew, this was the home of John E. Guzman, Jr., and was built in the early 1900s. It was designed as a shotgun house but, as she explained, “Grandpa would tear down sections and rebuild them again. He slowly expanded it for his family with five kids.” The house had nice, tall ceilings, and the kitchen had floor to ceiling cabinets. As you can imagine, Solange’s glass creations peeked out from all the shelves, tabletops, and cabinets. Speaking of peeking, little tumbling kittens and a possessive large dog kept appearing and disappearing again. We sat over tea and Solange confirmed, “My mother’s family came from Spain in the late 1600’s. Her ancestor was a soldier, and the King of Spain awarded him a land grant, 5,000 acres, a large portion of what would later become the city of Slidell. One of my relatives forged Old Spanish Trail, and I think it might have been part of his land.” “The Guzman family once owned most of what would later be Slidell; but, over time, the family lost their fortune, as families tend to do through the generations. My grandpa, John Evariste Guzman, Jr. grew up in the Ninth Ward, so we spread out a bit.” Her long, sandy blonde hair with strawberry undertones and light blue eyes suggested maybe French, British, Scottish, or Irish heritage. I looked up her surname, Ledwith, and found that it probably is a derivation of Ledwyche. Many who share this surname originate from the Ledwyche Brook area in England. They moved around quite a bit in order to follow work, as it was a very remote village. They felt it important to identify where they were from, regardless of where they ended up. Then she described her own background. Her mother, Jenell Guzman, met her husband, Walter Ledwith, in San Francisco in the sixties. Solange was born in NOLA, but her father was from New York, and the family moved back there for better job opportunities. A few years later, her parents divorced. Solange explained that, after this, they seemed to move in two year increments. The family of four then included her mom, older sister, Luchia, her





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Lucky for us, her mom,Jenell, decided to move the family back to Slidell in 2007. Now Solange calls Slidell her hometown. She explained, “Mom grew up here, and remembers this yard and all the family stories, which she related to us often. In contrast, I don’t look back and have those small town memories, or those of a home other than Slidell. Everywhere I’ve been has been a part of what made me who I am. It’s like I fit in everywhere, but don’t really fit anywhere, if that makes sense. But I love being part of this town where my mother’s family began.” Moving closer to her current influences, Solange revealed that, “Mom was a writer for local newspapers and magazines. She worked for news stations, like NBC, so she worked a lot. My sister is ten years older, and helped raise me and my brother. My brother and I were extremely close growing up. We pretty much did everything together. He didn’t even realize how much I emulated him. He was extremely artistic, so of course I followed in his footsteps." I also looked up the meaning of Solange, having never known someone with that name. One meaning was “solemn” from the Latin root. Hers seemed to be a strong, inward-focused energy. But the one that fit her more, and the one Solange grew up hearing was “sun angel”, sol for sun, and ange for angel. Given that in her class, I found myself gleefully playing with heat and direct flames, in the outdoors, in the summer heat of Louisiana, it justifiably fit her. Yes, I got to take the class, and I’m going back this weekend for more. Her equipment was at a lower height than the last class I described, so I felt right at home. It was like a slow, graceful, choreographed dance. Looking into the furnace at the dancing flames was almost meditative. So, your next question might be, how did she become an artist? Solange was taking science courses with the intent to study viruses. She began taking art classes simply as a stress relief. "I tried everything, photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and everything they offered. I loved them all. In 2002, I found glass. I was immediately attracted to it, and found it satisfied my persona entirely. The physical exertion it required satiated the athletic aspect of my personality. The basics of physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics that goes with using the material intrigued the scientific part of my personality. And, of course, I got to be creative." Thus Solange earned her Bachelors Degree from California State University at Chico, and her Masters of Art degree at California State University, Fullerton. Glass has actually been around at least 5,000 years,

with archeology proving it was in Egypt in 1500 BC. However, the blowpipe was invented about 2,000 years ago by the Syrians, and therefore, so was the art of glass blowing. But it was the Italians who became famous during the Renaissance period for refining this art form. Then the French and Germans entered the competition, as evidenced by the highly realistic stained glass in their cathedrals. Glass became important to medicine and science as an impervious container that was easily sterilized. Even today, glass petri dishes are the industry standard. You might be surprised to learn that, with all of our modern technology, we are still working to achieve the mastery level from ancient history. We emulate their techniques and processes down to the working bench and tools they used. If you were to compare the tool bench from that historic period to the working bench today, you would find little variation. Then, in the 1960s, there was the American Glass Movement. The U.S. was finally introduced to the coveted, secret techniques from the Italians. Solange set the tone, “Many Italian families weren’t happy, because we are talking about their livelihoods here. You worked with the same studio or family for generations, so that they could avoid someone stealing secrets of the trade.” In my research, this practice was referred to as almost holding the workers prisoners. There were reports that, if you were caught looking into a glass studio window in those days, you could get your eye poked out. Solange explained, “That was considered destroying a family’s tradition and livelihood. It took a very brave guy to step outside that tradition and introduce the techniques to the U.S. Now, with every generation in America, the profession is getting better. It started with something similar to melting a beer bottle over a camp fire, very primitive. Finally, we have successful, refined techniques that continue to evolve.” I wondered how the passionate artist evolved into a business woman. The answer was a surprise. In 2013, Solange joined the Air Force Resrve at the age of 33. As she described, “It was a privilege for me to pay my dues for my country, and I wanted to give back. I realized I was reaching an age limit, so it was now or never. In 2017, I was deployed to Kuwait. While I was there, I saved money, and that chunk of savings is what helped me start my business. I am still in the Reserves, and still work in fuels, distributing jet fuel to planes and drones. We test the fuel to make sure it is clean, since dirty fuel can crash a plan. We maintain all the equipment associated with fueling. It’s physically taxing, so I couldn’t grow old in this job, there’s lots of heavy lifting. But this work played a huge role in me realizing what I was really passionate about in life. Starting a business in glass making and sharing that with my own community here in Slidell became my goal.”

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She also noted that moving to Slidell had helped her have more time for her art. “I was moving around a lot in my early adult years, but I’ve mellowed now that I am here. Louisiana is slower paced, which is good for artists." “I wake up with the sun, drink my tea, feed the animals, and water the garden while it's cool.” But then her schedule gets hectic, as she goes into New Orleans 3-4 days a week to blow glass and teach at YAYA Art Center. She also helps manage the studio there. After her workday is finished, she switches gear and trains in her martial arts class, Kuk Sool Won, where she is currently testing for her black belt. Solange related, “Martial arts has helped me throughout my life. The stretching, strength training, and the mental/emotional focus has continued to carry me through life’s physical and emotional challenges. It’s yet another thing that I will continue to do the rest of my life.”


She grew almost reverent as she talked about glass, “At YAYA, we have a full scale glass blowing studio. It’s a non-profit art center that teaches ages 12-25. The studio is an airy, open bay with huge doors that we can open up. There is no air conditioning. Their furnace holds about 500 pounds of hot glass, and idles at 2,150 degrees. They order all the glass from the Czech Republic. Due to the heat, which can be painfully hot, there tend to be fewer workers in the summer. Typically, there are three or four workers in there at once, all working in concert. Sometimes I do the 'starts' and hand it off to someone to finish. I gather glass on a blowpipe and put color on it. I hand it off to someone who then shapes it and blows it into the final form.” Growing energetic, she smiled, “I really like the challenge and the camaraderie. We talk all day, almost like a barbershop, and play loud music to keep the energy up.”

Then she described quite a different scenario, one without solid sleep. “On the days that I don’t go into the city, I’m here teaching at Swamp Girl Glassblowing. If I’m teaching, I wake up at two or three in the morning to light my furnace. I teach individuals, friends, families, and home school groups, and can also take my equipment elsewhere for mobile classes or demos.” “Now I teach students of all ages and walks of life. I allow people to do as much as they are comfortable with, parents can even help. I may do the hot part for them. Then they can pick color for their own design, apply the color, shape it, then blow it out. They do the bulk of designing and I do the in between process to ensure the piece comes out successfully.” Having started classes with her, I can see why glass making is so fascinating. Throughout the complex process, each stage is

Left: Joining the Air Force Resrves in 2013. Middle: Her 2017 deployment to Kuwait. Right: Solange, center, in her martial arts training class.

Left: The Ledwith siblings. Middle: Solange, teaching and creating blown glass art. Right: Solange and Slidell Magazine writer, Charlotte Collins, in the Swamp Girl Glassblowing studio

different, but critical to the final outcome. So much change with color or shape can occur in an instant. It keeps you on your toes.

can shut off, so I keep my costs lower. Next, I had a trailer designed with tracks so that I can safely load and transport my furnace and equipment.”

There is even more to learn with the process, including studio etiquette. You have to understand how to work efficiently as a team, where to stand, and how the team moves through the studio. Having watched more than I actually worked, I was amazed at the intricacies involved with a glass studio. Solange patiently explained, “Working with glass requires efficiency because you are burning fuel, which is akin to burning money. Big studios are constantly burning fuel, which creates a large overhead expense.”

Looking up again, she nodded and asserted, “I intend to stay in my home that I have made in Slidell. My family history and this house, to which I am very attached, are important to me. Slidell is a warm, welcoming, family-oriented community. People are very down to earth, and seem to understand that its okay if life can be a struggle at times. When I first moved here, it felt like I could breathe all of a sudden. I relaxed.”

Now it all made sense why it took a long time for her to start her business. She asserted, “I was intimidated by the cost of a startup. My studio is a fantastic setup with smaller equipment and a furnace I

“People tell me you should be in NOLA as an artist, but I enjoy a big yard, growing a garden, and having a simpler life than I could in the city. This pace is so much more conducive to an artist. Plus, I get to enjoy my family as well as my own life. My family is very important to me and I need to be near them. Today, I’m

going to hang out with my sister and my mom. I don’t get a lot of days off.” So, what are her goals for the future? “For now, I’m trying to grow my business to be a more stable income and part of Slidell. I also entertain the thought of going back to school for a chemical engineering degree. It’s not so that I can change my career, but rather to enhance it with a deeper understanding of materials at a molecular level. There is a time to be an artist and a time to be a scientist. And sometimes you are both. I find they go hand in hand.” She finished with a flourish as she proclaimed, “The bottom line is that we never stop growing and learning." Thanks to Solange, two of my girlfriends and I are growing with glass knowledge, and loving every weekend at Swamp Girl Glassblowing. Anybody care to join me?

Left: With her main man, Charlie. Middle: These are just a few of the many beautiful examples of Solange's artwork on display. Right: You can enjoy and purchase Solange's blown glass at art shows throughout the area.


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HEALING By Rev. Tracy L. MacKenzie Lead Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church

This month’s Slidell Magazine focuses on the many fine and accomplished medical professionals that we have on the Northshore. In 1986, when my grandfather was 87 years of age, I asked him, “Paw Paw, what are some of the most amazing inventions that you have seen in your lifetime?” The first things about which he spoke were the variety of “medical” and “medically-related” inventions. Specifically, he mentioned penicillin, X-Rays, IV technology and this relatively “new-fangled” machine called a “Cat Scan.” Since the beginning of time, humanity has been seeking cures and healing. So, much has progressed throughout the ages to make medicine more humane, more accessible and more effective. I can hardly believe some of the advancements that I have seen in my time: MRI’s, cardiac stents and arterial stents, robotic surgery and 3-D printing for implants. Medicine and medical advancements, however, are not “healing.” By definition, healing is “the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.” Healing is the working together of mind, body and soul towards the ultimate goal of wellness. Early on in my practice of ministry, I did a Chaplaincy Internship at the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. On several occasions, the venerated Chief Surgeon of the Hospital invited the young residents to meet with the hospital’s Chaplaincy Staff. The residents and interns would present a particular medical case. Once they had discussed the medical aspects of the case, he would look at those of us who were Chaplains and ask, “What are the young doctors missing?” We would then talk about the relevant spiritual and family issues of the case. His purpose was to help the young, new physicians understand that healing is more than physical healing. It is more than treating the patient’s current medical crisis. It is treating the whole patient: mind, body and soul. Often, the best medical treatment includes the whole family. When I am at the hospital, praying for someone getting ready to enter into a surgical procedure, one will hear me pray a) for the individual’s healing, b) for the family and caregivers and c) for the doctors, nurses, therapists and all who are part of the healing process in the life of the individual. And, then, I will pray, “Lord, we know that you are the Great Physician and that all healing comes in and through you…and, so, it is in your name that we pray for that healing.” Many times, it is the medical professionals in the room who are touched by this prayer. I know many physicians and nurses who pray for and with their patients. A neo-natal nurse friend of mine boldly sings the Doxology (an anthem of Praise to God) when she or someone else has a successful IV stick in one of the tee-tiny patients for whom she is nursing.

This belief in God as healer and physician comes from the ministry and miracles of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. Throughout the Gospel, Jesus sees and meets the needs of the individual…the man who is blind, the leper who is outcast, the woman with the issue of bleeding… …and, as he healed, he empowers the disciples, throughout all of generations, to “heal” in his name. I believe that those who are in the medical professions are called, by God, to use their gifts for the purpose of healing. And, healing is more than just physical. Healing is spiritual. Our lives are fraught with much stress and worry. Stress and worry become issues for our physical health. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer (and other physical ailments) are exacerbated by stress and worry. When we are fully committed to our wellness… mind, body and soul… our “healing” process begins. This is my wish for all.

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Storyteller HISTORY, LOOSE ENDS, TYING IT TOGETHER needed to be replaced. Brenda did not hear anything else. That bit of information gave me a starting point to begin my investigation.

My first assignment for Slidell Magazine was to write a historical piece about our community. The submission was titled Friday’s Ditch. I did a few others, but frankly found that, if I were going to present Slidell’s past, I was going to do it accurately; and that took too much time for research. I did a few. Some I am proud of. I did stories about Captain McVay, George Baragona, Jimmy Goldman, Jayne Mansfield and Arthur Jones. Due to time constraints, I asked to be allowed to write stories that were not necessarily, and sometimes not at all, about Slidell. My slot was later taken by Ronnie Dunaway, who did a masterful job, partly because he was talented and partly because he is a native of the area. Ronnie has taken a sabbatical and in no way am I intending to reclaim that genre. However, when something falls in your lap, you must take advantage of it. This is a story of history that I accumulated a bit at a time, and finally there was an incident that tied it all together. It is an eclectic story. Here it is. 16


Some years ago, a book was found in my father-in-law's bookcase by my son Alan. He was drawn to it because it was old and worn. Inside the cover was inscribed: To Leighton Hall Dunham from Mrs. Grant, 1916. We could not imagine who Mrs. Grant was until my wife, Brenda, remembered that years ago, she had been contacted by David Cooley, an attorney representing the trust left by the Grant family. David’s grandfather, L.V. Cooley, had been Mrs. Grant’s legal advisor. The Grants, specifically Mrs. Grant, had left two parcels of land to the “good citizens” of Slidell. All the trustees had died and

In the 1880’s, a railroad was to be built from New Orleans to points farther north. A spot was chosen on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain to treat the timbers to be used in the trestle being built across the lake. This site and that industry has been dubbed the Creosote Plant. It was a major operation and attracted a tough group of hard-working men. The community which would later be Slidell consisted of mostly boarding houses and saloons. With this very loose infrastructure, Fritz Salmen decided to come to Slidell and build a brick manufacturing plant. Volumes could be written about the Salmen family and their success. They expanded into a sawmill, a shipyard and a large farming operation. During the expansion, Fritz brought in his brothers, Albert and Jacob, to help with the business.

In 1908, a terrible accident occurred. Once a week, the financial men of the larger businesses would go to New Orleans by train to arrange banking needs such as payroll, accounts payable, etc. Again, there have also been volumes written about the accident; but, to be brief, the train was rear-ended by another train just across Lake Pontchartrain near a little village called Little Woods.

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Thirteen people would die. For the purposes of this story, we are interested in two. Mr. Jacob Salmen, brother to Fritz and partner in the family enterprises, was one. The other was Mr. C.M. Lowry, the overall manager of the creosote plant. This name is familiar, but it has nothing to do with my wife's family, the William Lowry family. (But certainly coincidental.) Between Fritz and Albert, the Salmen interest had a more than adequate perpetuation plan. This may not have been the case with the creosote plant. The plant was owned by Mr. James Grant, a savvy investor who lived in Slidell. He would promote Mr. Brick Pomeroy Dunham as the manager. Mr. B.P. Dunham was the grandfather of my wife, Brenda Lowry Case. That appointment is most likely why we are in Slidell today. Mr. B.P. would remain in that position for over 50 years, and was given a nice home on the property with usufruct for his life and his wife Lucy’s if she survived him. Remember that, early on, the infrastructure of Slidell consisted of mostly saloons and boarding houses. There was little benevolent involvement by the inhabitants of these establishments and any type of community improvement had to be done by just a handful. Of course, the name Salmen comes to the top; but there were others, including the Grants and the Dunhams. I am sure there were others, and I do not overlook them with purpose, I just don’t know their stories. Mrs. Salmen was a devout Baptist. I am told she did not allow laughing on Sunday. We know she was responsible for and largely financed the first public school and the First Baptist Church. (Over 50 years later, the Salmen Foundation would be instrumental in the donation of the land where the First Baptist Church now sits.) The church and school were first built on College Street. On the other hand, her husband was a Presbyterian. He, along with Mrs. Dunham and a few others, were responsible for the establishment of the First Presbyterian Church, with Mr. Salmen being a benefactor. The church was built on the corner of Brakefield and Carey. Mr. Grant continued to accumulate wealth by investing. He started his career as a telegraph operator for the railroad in Vicksburg, Mississippi. By the time of his death from pneumonia in 1921, his estate was valued at $963,000 a sum that would be equal to $13,800,000 today. Certainly, he was a man with a Midas Touch.

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He and his wife Mabel were also philanthropic. She funded the Episcopal Church, which was located on Fremaux and Third. They also owned property that Mrs. Grant gave to Slidell in trust located on Teddy Avenue. It is a small park on the north side of the street. Also, the vacant property used as a parking lot in front of Café Luke and behind KY’s was given in that trust. On the property where the parking lot is now, Mr. and Mrs. Grant built what was known as the Community House. It was a place given for use by the public, paid for by the Grants. We know it was in existence in 1912. Clubs met there, dances were held there, weddings were held there, some civic meetings were known to have been there, and it may have been used temporarily as a school. From all accounts the Grants furnished it in splendor.

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The story goes that the dances held there were community dances and were for all ages. On one occasion, Lucy Dunham and her husband B.P. were there, as well as two of her daughters, Pomeroy and Gladys. It was a Saturday night. The band was contracted to play until midnight but some of the men took up a collection for them to play on. The band may have played on but the Dunham girls did not hear it. Lucy Dunham was very pious. Her daughters would not be dancing on Sunday. They would be escorted home.

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The story of the Salmen family, as I have said, has been told, but the Grant family not so much. Their story probably would have drifted out of Slidell history if it had not been for Alan finding the book. Even with that, it may not have been made popular if it had not been for the “Scandal of the Time.” James Grant died in 1921. His estate was probated, and the assets given to his wife, Mabel. As I had mentioned, it was a large sum and certainly would have been the talk of the parish in those days. A few days after the settlement, Mollie Grant appeared to protest the proceedings. She says she is his wife. According to Mollie, he married her when she was thirteen years old (some accounts say sixteen) and still living in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Accompanying her the day of her protest was a man she referred to as their son, James Grant, Jr. This could have been a simple ploy, and she could easily have been dismissed as a money-hungry woman. It was not that simple. She had proof. In her hand she held a stack of checks. These checks were written by James Grant to St. Stanislaus School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. They were tuition checks for, according to her, “their son.” In the other hand she held a stack of checks written for the same purpose to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. Finally, she retrieved from her purse a deed. It was a deed to a home James had bought for her and their son on Cadiz Street in New Orleans.

The case was destined for the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 1925, the case was settled. The court found in favor of Mabel, not Mollie, as common law wives were not recognized under Louisiana law. In those days, illegitimate children were not recognized either.

himself. The son, however, not withstanding his educational advantage, developed into a thoroughly disreputable character. He is a bankrupt, self-confessed and admitted perjurer, forger, drunkard, wife deserter, embezzler, and is himself the father of three illegitimate children.

I quote to you the actually wording of some of the decision of the court:

In 1929, Mabel passed away. The estate had grown significantly. She gave her physician and good friend, Dr. Griffith of Slidell, $40,000. That would be the equivalent of $520,000 today. She gave her attorney, L.V. Cooley, $4,000, the equivalent of $52,000 today, and left money in trust for several of her family members. In addition to leaving two parcels of land to the good citizens of Slidell, it is believed that she left some for Mollie.

It is true that the decedent provided the means for his son’s education, in the course of which he attended St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. The evidence shows that Mr. Grant was a generous and honorable man. There can be no doubt that he keenly felt his responsibility for his youthful escapade. This is amply shown by his conduct toward the plaintiff in sending her sums of money from time to time and purchasing for her the home on Cadiz Street, and in his endeavor to secure for his son an education which would enable him to adequately take care of

At some point during the existence of the Community House, it was decided that it should be redecorated. Some of the furnishings were for sale. Lucy and B.P. Dunham’s daughter, Pomeroy, was engaged to be married. This was in 1923.

Lucy Dunham purchased a chair from the Community House for a wedding present for her daughter. There were actually two identical chairs, but when Lucy returned to buy the other, it had been sold to persons unknown. This chair remained in the Dunham family with Lucy’s granddaughter, also named Lucy, being the last to own it and to know its history. Recently, Lucy decided to downsize some of her belongings and offered the chair, along with its history, to her niece Brenda Case, my wife and daughter of Pomeroy. Knowing we both like history, Brenda now has the chair. We think it is an excellent vehicle to tell stories of our colorful past. The picture you see at the beginning of this story is of that chair. It is well over 100 years old. If you have seen the mate, please let me know and we may be able to reunite them.

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BREAKING TRADITIONS By His Magnificence, the Magnanimous Muckkidy-Muck, Cap’n Tom Collins

Financial sponsors of this wacky krewe donate year after year to keep this unique Slidell tradition on the streets! This year's royalty consists of two tireless individuals, an editor/publisher and a chef, neither of whom are ever observed at rest. That would be Her Glorious Royal Highness, Queen Kendra Maness, owner of this very magazine, who apparently never sleeps. Her consort is His Exalted Majesty, King Kevin Young, food purveyor extraodinaire at KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop. All hail, all hail! The Krewe is honored to be ruled over by these beloved reigning monarchs, as their bountiful vitality will certainly energize their minions. So how does this all work? The Krewe is subdivided into mini-krewes, small groups of like-themed marchers who are typically family or friends. Each mini-Krewe dresses and decorates for the parade theme in their own loosely interpreted way. This year’s theme is “MoonPie Renaissance.” Most will probably reference the revival of art and literature during the 14th–16th centuries. But, hey, renaissance is also defined as a revival of or renewed interest in something. Hmm?! Where does that lead your imagination? Internal combustion engines are banned but battery power is permitted and may be used to run electric motors aboard floats or costumes. Electric propulsion may only be used for individuals who are unable to walk the route. Since floats are

people powered, this parade is intimate. Revelers in the throng freely interact with parading members, blurring the line between parade goer and participant. The most common float foundation is a grocery cart, which can carry MoonPies and be adorned with decorations for your mini-krewe. Many members build their own floats of wood, affixing wheels obtained at places like Harbor Freight. If you choose that method, be advised that larger wheels roll with greater ease on the streets. BREAKING TRADITIONS So you want to be in that number? Attend the Red Beans and Rice Ball on September 14, at Patton’s, 127 Cleveland Ave, at 6PM. Food is included and there will be a cash bar. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rock Kandy. Costuming is encouraged. Zany antics will be the order of the day. Members are admitted free of charge, but the public is invited to attend for a $25 fee. That fee will be applied toward your membership if you decide to join up. Can’t make the ball? Visit the website at monalisaandmoonpie.com, fill out the membership form, submit it along with your payment, and you’re in! Memberships will also be accepted at the Olde Towne Pumpkin Festival on October 5, from 11AM - 4PM, on Erlanger Ave, an event at which the Krewe will stage a frisbee painting party! Final date to register or pay in full is October 11, so don’t delay! 21



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A Salute to Slidell’s Healthcare Excellence


Dr. Smith was the first physician on record in Slidell. According to a Louisiana historical building inventory, the Chateau Bleu building on West Hall Avenue by the train tracks was built for Dr. Smith in 1890.

Slidell’s first make shift hospital was the original Slidell High School (the present day site of Brock Elementary), which was converted to infirm those affected by the influenza epidemic of 1917.

Slidell’s Medical History Doctor John Keller Griffith started practicing medicine in town around 1911. He married Vivian Comfort and raised two children. On his first bid for public office, Doctor Griffith was elected in 1936 to represent Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District. It was the first and only time our area has elected a resident to the United States House of Representatives. Griffith Park in central Slidell is named in his honor.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1898, Doctor Joseph Feaston Polk hung his shingle in Slidell that same year with his wife, Marganie Langston Polk, a schoolteacher. He would make house calls on horseback until Slidell grew enough for roads to be built. After a tour of duty in World War I, Dr. Polk returned to Slidell to continue his practice. In 1920, the heart of town centered around Crescent Drug Company, owned by Doctor Polk and Joseph Calvin Langston, a pharmacist. (Many Slidellians still know this location as Time Out Bar.) Their prescription department was open 24 hours a day. The store had the only soda fountain in town. Doctor Polk continued to make house calls until his death in 1958. Many people refer to Dr. Polk as Slidell’s first physician. Although untrue, it is certain that he was the most memorable.

In 1956, citizens gathered at the auditorium to discuss the feasibility of Slidell having its own community hospital. The land was donated by Mrs. Robert A. Jahraus. A federal grant allowed for the construction and equipment. In November of 1959, Slidell Memorial Hospital opened with 30beds. Today, SMH has 229 licensed beds.


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WADE ESTOPINAL, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Doctors Urgent Care (985) 690-8300 BARRY FAUST JR, MD PHYSICIAN Southern Pain & Neurological (504) 887-7207 COLIN FEE, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Ochsner Medical Center (985) 649-7070 MELVIN FERLITA JR, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 649-8858 SIMON FINGER, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Orthopedic SMH Physicians Network (985) 646-3662 BRIAN FONG, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Orthopedic Brian L. Fong, MD, Inc (985) 641-7775 EDWIN FORREST, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Ochsner Medical Center (985) 646-5189 MICHAEL FRANCIS, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Integrative Pain Medicine Center (985) 641-1255 ADELAIDE FRANCOIS, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Health Foundation (985) 646-5070 ANDREW FULLER, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-2200



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ALISON GALVAN, MD PHYSICIAN Pathology Alison M Galvan, MD (985) 768-0510

JAMES GRIFFEE, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-8743

MAYNARD GARRETT, MD PHYSICIAN Otolaryngology (504) 914-5834

GREGORY GROGLIO, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Cardiovascular Gregory L Groglio, MD (985) 726-0026

ABHIJIT GHATAK, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 DIANA GILLMORE, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General Diana L. Gillmore M.D., LLC (985) 646-1884 ALMA GJINO, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine (985) 280-8743 PATRICK GLYNN, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 882-4500 JAMES GOSEY JR, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Orthopedic Elite Orthopedics (985) 646-3662 CHRISTY GRAVES, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine SMH Physicians Network (985) 280-8970 EARL GRAVOIS, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General Earl Gravois, MD (985) 649-0072 CARY GRAY, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General Cary Gray, MD (985) 646-4444 ASAHEL GRIDLEY, MD PHYSICIAN Bariatrics (985) 639-3777 30

ANDREW GRUEZKE, MD PHYSICIAN General Practice Urgent Care (985) 326-8283 LLOYD GUERINGER JR, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-8542 BENJAMIN GUEVARA, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Orthopedic Ochsner Health Center (985) 646-5550 BRIAN GUIDRY, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 493-4727 COLLEEN HAGEMANN, MD PHYSICIAN Psychiatry, Child Acadian Care (985) 781-7353 THOMAS HALL, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Thomas H. Hall, MD (985) 643-8680 HATEM HAMED, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Esthetic MD Medspa (958) 641-5476 AMY HAMMONS, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Health Center (985) 639-3777

ERNEST HANSEN III, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine (985) 646-5189 MICHAEL HAPPEL, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 882-4500 JULIA HAVLOVIC, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Health Center (985) 639-3777 AYNAUD HEBERT, MD PHYSICIAN Otolaryngology Aynaud Foster Hebert, M.D. (504) 578-6004 DAVID HEBERT, MD PHYSICIAN Ochsner Health Center (985) 639-3777 LOUIS HEBERT, MD PHYSICIAN Otolaryngology Slidell Ear, Nose & Throat, Assoc. (985) 646-4400 JONATHAN HEIMAN, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics (985) 646-1580 TERRELL HEMELT, MD PHYSICIAN Northlake Eye Center, APMC (985) 643-6355 MELISSA HEMELT, MD PHYSICIAN Bariatrics Advanced Medical Weight Loss (985) 641-7747 MICHAEL HENKE, MD PHYSICIAN Psychiatry, Child Acadian Care, LLC (985) 781-7353 MIYOSHI HENRY, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice (985) 646-1122

Dr. Tod Aust, founder of the Aust Interventional Pain Clinic in Slidell in 2018, is a native of Southern California, where he spent most of his life. In 2006, when Dr. Aust and his family visited friends for a wedding in New Orleans, they fell in love with the city, culture and people of Southeast Louisiana. Tod did not get into the medical profession as early as many of his peers. “I was a late life bloomer when it comes to becoming a doctor,” he explains. “I was the first person in my family to graduate college, much less medical school, and I didn’t even enter college until my late 20’s.” Tod already had several careers and successful businesses under his belt before attending college. The first thing he noticed in all his intro Biology classes (besides the fact that he was almost a decade older than most of the other students) is how easily everything seemed to make sense to him. He quickly realized that he had a passion for life sciences, and the decision to pursue a career as a doctor soon followed. He graduated from UCLA Medical School in 2012 and chose Pain Management as his specialty. “I saw many patients during my residency suffering from debilitating pain,” he explains, “and most of the time the only treatments being offered were drugs or prescriptions to mask the symptoms. I want to get to the root cause of my patients’ pain and relieve as much of it as possible without having to resort to pills.” Dr. Aust learned to optimally manage patients with refractory pain that were unsuccessfully treated by multiple providers over many years without relief, allowing those patients to finally live pain free. He is comfortable with a wide arsenal of both “bread and butter” and less often seen interventional techniques. He has significant experience with Spinal Cord Stimulation and is a national educator for Intrathecal Pump implantation and management. Dr. Aust travels extensively throughout the region performing surgeries to implant Intrathecal Pumps in patients. These pumps deliver targeted pain medication directly to the affected area of the spine on an automated schedule, increasing the medication’s effectiveness by up to 300x over medication taken orally. He does extensive follow-up with these patients to make sure their pumps are managed and maintained correctly. “Patients who get the pumps because they are trying to get over opioid dependency, are much more likely to succeed if their pumps are properly calibrated and managed on an

individualized basis,” Dr. Aust explains. “Attempting to eliminate 100% of a patient’s pain is completely unreasonable, so our goal is to reduce pain to the point where our patients can get their lives back.” Patients that are able to return to work, return to their families, and return to the lives they abandoned while in pain is, at the end of the day, the most rewarding part of Dr. Aust’s work. Outside of his practice, Dr. Aust and his wife are both passionate about fostering a growth in the arts and in wildlife conservation, specifically lemurs, which are on the Endangered Species list. To those ends, they have started an art studio in Mandeville, Lola’s Art Experience, and helped launch the Louisiana Lemur Foundation. Tod’s wife, Tina, is the foundation’s CEO. Combining his love for science, arts, conservation and our community, Dr. Aust is doing great things for our region. We are happy to have him call Louisiana home! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aust, call (985) 377-1884, or you can learn more about his practice by visiting his website, www.AustPain.com. Lola’s Art Experience can be found online at www.LolasArtStudios.com. The Louisiana Lemur Foundation website is www.LouisianaLemurs.org.


985-377-1884 https://austpain.com 740 Gause Blvd Slidell, LA 70458 3798 Veterans Blvd. Suite 200 Metairie, LA 70002 2000 Audubon Ave. Suite B Thibodaux, LA 70301 LIKE US ON FACE BOOK

EDUARDO HERNANDEZ MORENO, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatric, Pulmonology Children’s International, LLC (985) 781-7337 KEITH HICKEY, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700


JASON HILL, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine (985) 646-5750 DEBORAH HILTON, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology Skin Care Specialists, APMC (985) 649-5880




$20 feeds 8-10 $35 feeds 16-20

25pc - $35 50pc - $65 100pc - $125


MEREDITH HIXSON, MD PHYSICIAN Obstetrics-Gynecology SMH/ Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-4490


JAMES HOUSER, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 882-4500

Served with remoulade


Served with orange pepper jelly

50pc - $80 100pc - $155

CRAWFISH OR MEAT PIES 25 - $35 50 - $65 100 - $125

Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Cheddar Cheese & House-made Leidenheimer Croutons w/ your choice of dressing

Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese & House-made Leidenheimer Croutons

CHICKEN ADD-ON Grilled or Blackened

$+25 feeds 8-10 $+45 feeds 16-20




Served with lemon wedges & cocktail sauce

50 - $35 100 - $65




Buffalo, Sweet Chili, BBQ

50 - $25 100 - $45

CHICKEN TENDERS Buffalo, Sweet Chili, BBQ

25 piece - $25 50 piece - $45 32

KENT HICKEY, MD PHYSICIAN General Practice The Doc’s Clinic A.P.M.C (386) 237-2012







REX HOUSER, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 882-4500 JERRY HUDSON, MD PHYSICIAN Pathology Pontchartrain Pathology, APMC (985) 280-2588 BRUCE ITELD, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 DARRIN JACKSON, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 ASHRAF JAMIL, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Apogee Physicians Group (985) 280-2200


CORNEL JEANSONNE, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Childrens International Medical Group (985) 781-7337 KEVIN JOHNSON, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Slidell Medical Rehab (657) 888-4659 NATALIA JOLLIFF, DO OSTEOPATHY Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ochsner (985) 639-3779 PAMELA JONES, MD PHYSICIAN Psychiatry Pamela Jones, MD (985) 643-8376

ENTRÉES ½ Pan feeds 8-10 Full Pan feeds 16-20

RED BEANS & RICE With Sausage

1/2 - $30

Full - $55


1/2 - $50

Full - $95


Penne Pasta tossed in Creole Cream Sauce & Your choice of Crawfish or Shrimp

1/2 - $80

Full - $155

CHICKEN BIENVILLE Penne Pasta tossed in Bienville Sauce & Blackened Chicken Breast

1/2 - $55

Full - $95

ALAN JOSE, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Apogee Physicians, SMH (985) 280-8742 MARY JOUBERT, MD PHYSICIAN Infectious Diseases (985) 641-5523 JAMES JOYCE, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-2200 KISHORE KAMATH, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology (985) 646-0691 GILO KAWASAKI, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell VA Outpatient Clinic (985) 690-6936 SILSBEE KEMP, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine (985) 280-8742 FREDERICK KEPPEL, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Orthopedic Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-9855 ZAHOOR KHAN, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 649-7070



24 - $70

$35 feeds 8-10 $60 feeds 16-20

48 - $135


Tuscan Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Swiss, Honey Mustard

BUFFALO CHICKEN Grilled Chicken, Tomato, Mozzarella, Buffalo Sauce Side of Ranch

BLACKENED CHICKEN PEPPER JACK Blackened Chicken, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Creole Remoulade, Sun Dried Tomato

SANDWICHES FINGER SANDWICHES Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or combination. Dressed with lettuce tomato & pickle, sandwich spread by request

60 pc $80 120 pc $175

- Cajun Potatoes - Potato Salad - Baked Macaroni - Loaded Potato Soufflé - Sautéed Seasonal Veggies


Served with Whiskey Sauce

1/2 - $35

Full - $65


Full - $75

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BRIAN KINDL, MD PHYSICIAN Orthopedics OrthoLouisiana/ New Orleans Shoulder Institute (985) 326-8614 LESLIE KING, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Ochsner Children’s Health Center, Slidell (985) 639-3755 JIMMY KITTRELL JR, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine SMH Physicians Network (985) 280-8970 THOMAS KREFFT, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 882-4500 CHARLES KRIEGER JR, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Orthopedic Charles W. Krieger Jr, MD (504) 236-4877 RICHARD KUTNER, MD PHYSICIAN Acadian Care (985) 781-7353 JOHN KWON, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 ROBERT LADERER, DO OSTEOPATHY Family Practice Laderer Physician Services, PLLC (985) 328-9124


ALLAN LARCENA, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell Internal Medicine Clinic (985) 646-0123

SARAH LILLIS, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 649-7070

MICHAEL LAVIGNE JR, MD PHYSICIAN Gastroenterology Michael E. Lavigne, Jr., MD (985) 288-5237

JOSHUA LIM, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-2768

GEORGE LAWRENCE JR, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Pearl Acres Pediatrics (985) 643-7927

EDWARD LIRETTE, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine (985) 280-8542

RICHARD LEBLANC, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General (985) 639-3777 RONALD LEBLANC JR, MD PHYSICIAN Oncology SMH Physician Network Hematology Oncology (985) 646-2411 ALICE LEBRETON, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-7337 ANNE LEE, MD PHYSICIAN Pathology, Anatomic St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office (985) 781-1150 JOSE LEFRAN, MD SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777

ROBERT LITTLE, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice (985) 639-3030 ANN LOBELLO, MD PHYSICIAN Obstetrics-Gynecology (985) 781-4848 PHILIPPE LOGAGLIO, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine (985) 445-5925 JOHN LOGAN, MD PHYSICIAN Freedom Spine, LLC (985) 871-4114 KEITH LUPER, DPM PODIATRY Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 SOPHIA MAI, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology Hilton Dermatology (985) 649-5880

JAMES LAM, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Ochsner Health Center (985) 639-3777

RICHELLE LEGNON, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology, Diagnostic Access Radiology (985) 646-0691

ELAINE LANASA, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine EML Professional, LLC (985) 726-6014

CHRISTOPHER LEW, MD PHYSICIAN Gulf Coast Pain Institute (985) 649-5825

ZOHREH MANCIL, DPM PODIATRY SMH Physicians Network (985) 649-0002

ZHAOHUI LI, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Cardiology Institute, Inc. (985) 641-7577

BALMINDER MANGAT, MD PHYSICIAN Psychiatry Balminder S. Mangat (985) 649-2576

BLAKE LANDRY, MD PHYSICIAN Blake Landry (985) 643-1194

TYLER MANCIL, DPM PODIATRY SMH Physicians Network (985) 649-0002

About 150 million Americans visit a hospital emergency room every year. Only about 14 million of those visits are serious enough to be admitted to the hospital. Many of these visits consist of patients seeking help with a range of ailments from colds to limb sprains and breaks, and minor cuts and burns. All of these “non-emergency” visits to the Emergency Room increase wait times for patients and drive up the cost of healthcare for everyone. Rapid Urgent Care, with seven locations in Southeast Louisiana (including Slidell), is attempting to ease the burden of our overworked emergency rooms, by providing a real alternative for patients with non-life threatening ailments. Founded in Mandeville in 2013, the first location of Rapid Urgent Care was an instant success. Patients that couldn’t wait for their primary family physician and needed to see a doctor immediately, were provided with convenience and quick turnaround times. Rapid Urgent Care has added a new location every year since, starting with their second location in Covington (2014), and quickly followed by Slidell (2015), Metairie (2016), Baton Rouge (2017), Amite (2018), and the newest location in Bogalusa (2019).

Rapid Urgent Care. They will be expedited through, taken care of, and sent back to work within a short period of time. The employer will be billed, so there is no cost to the employee. The Slidell location hours are Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 8pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm. All forms of medical insurance are accepted, including Medicaid, Medicare, and even Tricare (for veterans). Appointments are accepted, but not necessary, and online check-ins are available. Rapid Urgent Care is involved in our community. They are members of the EST Chamber and ChamberOne Networking, and routinely make donations to school sports programs, the Covington Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. Rapid Urgent Care also participates in the STP High School medical internship program. Rapid Urgent Care is located in Slidell, minutes from I-12, at 2170 Gause Blvd West, a block from Northshore Blvd, on the same side as the former mall. You can stop by 7 days a week for treatment, or call (985) 326-8283 to make an appointment. You can check-in online on their website (RapidUrgentCare.com).

Locally owned by Dr. Edward Dease, all the locations are managed by Dr. Andrew Gruezke (Medical Director) and Chip Carriere (Operations Manager). Each location has (at least) one LPN, one x-ray technician (and x-ray machine), and one doctor on duty at all times during business hours. Rapid Urgent Care’s slogan says it all, “Quality Care. FAST!” “We want to provide the best quality care we can, and get you back out and on your way to your home, school or workplace,” explains Bailey Martin, RUC’s Marketing Manager. “Patients with very serious and life-threatening injuries should still go to the hospital ER; but, for those with less serious illnesses and injuries, we hope you’ll give us a chance to make you better.” Some of the services offered at all locations of Rapid Urgent Care are prescriptions (for colds, flu, and other seasonal illnesses); shots (for vaccinations, school, and travel); physicals (for school, sports, D.O.T. and employment); drug screening (for employers, schools, and D.O.T.); STD testing; Xray and treatment of broken bones, fractures and breaks, along with splints and care for sprains; treatment, suturing and stapling for lacerations; treatment and prescriptive care for earaches, sore throats, U.T.I.’s, and more! Rapid Urgent Care also specializes in Occupational Medicine. What that means is expedient and hassle-free care for employees and employers. Once a company creates a free account, if an employee gets a cut (for example) while at work, send them to

(985) 326-8283 Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30-8 Sat-Sun 9-5 2170 Gause Blvd West, Slidell, LA 70460 www.rapidurgentcare.com LIKE US ON FACE BOOK

Dr. Craig J. Brandner &

Dr. Joshua S. Brandner If you had to pick one word to describe the oral surgery practice started by Dr. Craig Brandner 30 years ago in Slidell, that word would be “family.” Dr. Brandner’s office manager, Barbara, says it’s because they treat all their patients like family. While that is undoubtedly true, their practice can also be truly described as a “family business.” Dr. Craig Brandner shares his practice with his son, Dr. Josh Brandner (also an oral surgeon), and his daughter Katie Brandner Rebouche (a licensed medical esthetician). Dr. Craig Brandner graduated from LSU Dental School in 1983, marrying his wife, Pam, that same year. After a six year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, the Brandners moved to Slidell to start Craig’s practice, which opened in 1989. More than just start a business, the couple raised their family here and became part of the Slidell community. Pam founded the annual Children’s Wish and STARC Tennis Tournament, raising money for both local organizations. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Tournament. “Slidell has changed and grown so much in the thirty years we’ve been here,” Pam said. “It feels like our family and business have grown right along with the community we love.” In 2013, Craig and Pam’s daughter Katie joined the practice after receiving a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Esthiology Science Degree from Aveda Institute.

and bone grafting procedures. The staff is trained in outpatient office based sedation in their state-of-the-art office setting. The Esthetician side of the business is managed by Katie Brandner Rebouche. Aesthetic treatments include laser hair removal, Collagen P.I.N., HydraFacial MD, IPL, tattoo removal, and Venus freeze, just to name a few. “Much of our day-to-day success is because of our amazing staff, many of whom have been with us for 15 to 20 years,” Craig proudly explains. “All of them are like family to us, and a few actually are family. My wife’s sister, Lisa, is also an important part of our practice.” Now that Dr. Josh Brandner has joined the practice full-time, they are looking forward to some exciting changes in the future. Also, instead of splitting their time between their two offices (Slidell and Mandeville), they look forward to opening both offices full-time to better serve more patients on both sides of the parish. To schedule an appointment or consultation with any of the talented Brandners, Dr. Craig, Dr. Josh or Katie, please call (985) 847-0104 or contact them through their website www.SlidellOralSurgery.com

This year, their son, Dr. Josh Brandner joined the practice. Josh attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he received a B.S. in Biology. He attended the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans before completing medical school at LSU Sciences Center in Shreveport. He then received a certificate in General Surgery at Baptist Health in Birmingham, AL, prior to completing his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency at The University of Washington in Seattle. “I love being a surgeon and taking care of my patients,” Josh explains. “I knew the first time I joined my dad on a mission trip to Belize that I wanted to be a doctor and follow in his footsteps.” Dr. Craig and Dr. Josh Brandner practice a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, with expertise ranging from facial fracture and facial laceration repair/reconstruction, corrective jaw surgery, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and botox. In addition, Dr. Craig and Dr. Josh specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of facial pain, facial injuries and TMJ disorders, as well as performing a full range of dental implants


(985) 847-0104 Fax: 985-847-0118

2364 East Gause Blvd Suite 102 Slidell, LA 70461

www.slidelloralsurgery.com LIKE US ON FACE BOOK

Healthcare Excellence EDWARD MANNINA JR, MD PHYSICIAN Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 649-8688 JENNIFER MARAIA, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Children’s International Medical Group (985) 781-7337 BABU MARINGANTI, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-2200 TANYA MARTIN, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Southeast LA Veterans Healthcare Administration (985) 690-2662 CARL MAYEAUX, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology (985) 646-5082 JONETTE MAYER, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Ochsner Health Systems (985) 639-3755 KATE MCDONALD, MD PHYSICIAN General Practice L. Kathleen McDonald, MD AMC (985) 641-2222

LESLEY MENG, MD PHYSICIAN Oncology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore Hematology Oncology (985) 639-3777 PRAMOD MENON, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 ROBERT MERCADEL, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-8542 ROSS MESTAYER, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Northlake Anesthesiologists (985) 649-4063 CHRISTOPHER MILLER, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice SMH Physicians Network (985) 280-9909 TARA MITCHELL, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics (985) 639-3755 SAM MOGHTADER, MD SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN Ochsner Health Clinic (985) 639-3777

LINDA MCELVEEN, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine SMH Physician Network (985) 280-8970

ANTHONY MORALES JR, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Lakeview Physician Group (985) 641-7283

MATTHEW MCELVEEN, MD PHYSICIAN Oncology SMH Physician Network/ Hematology Oncology (985) 646-2411

MEHDI MOSADEGH, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology Dimitry Dermatology (504) 229-7453

UJWAL MEKA, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (504) 641-5974

PATRICK MOTTRAM, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Patrick E. Mottram MD, FACP (985) 649-3556

ROBERT MULLER, MD PHYSICIAN Gynecology Robert J. Muller, MD (985) 641-2100 JUNAID MUNSHI, MD PHYSICIAN Ochsner Health Clinic (985) 639-3777 THOMAS MYERS, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 718-1274 HAROLD NEITZSCHMAN III, MD PHYSICIAN (985) 641-3742 JAMES NEWCOMB JR, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Health Clinic (985) 639-3777 MARK NICAUD, MD PHYSICIAN Gastroenterology Gastroenterology Group AMC (985) 641-8982 CARLOS NINE MONTANEZ, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Dr. Carlos Nine (985) 847-0024 WENDY OBERDICK, MD SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN (985) 661-3550 OLAIDE ODELOLA, MD PHYSICIAN Slidell Memorial Hospital/ Apogee Physicians (985) 280-8743 CHERIE OERTLING, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Pearl Acres Pediatrics, LLC (985) 643-7927 ROBERT OERTLING, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics (985) 643-7927



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MAYOR OKOLOISE, MD PHYSICIAN Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hope Medical Specialties (985) 326-8101

JOEL PERDOMO, MD PHYSICIAN General Practice Dimitri Dermatology (985) 643-4575


RATNAKAR PERNENKIL, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Cardiology Institute, Inc (985) 641-7577

THOMAS ORGERON, MD PHYSICIAN (985) 643-4512 JOSEPH OSCHWALD, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 STANFORD OWEN, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Center for Health Management (985) 649-0732 ROBERT OWENS, MD PHYSICIAN (985) 643-0613 JANINE PARKER, MD PHYSICIAN Pulmonary Diseases IMG Physicians (985) 641-5523 DAVID PATE SR, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology/Surgery Northshore Dermatology (985) 590-4225 RICHARD PEARL, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 GERARD PENA, MD PHYSICIAN Otolaryngology Slidell Ear, Nose & Throat Assoc. (985) 646-4400 SARAH PENA, MD PHYSICIAN Otolaryngology (985) 640-0791


FRANCIS PETITTO III, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-9002 TRADINA PICHON, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Premier Wellness Center (985) 768-2649 MICHAEL PINSKY, MD PHYSICIAN Urology Ochsner Health Center Two, Slidell (985) 639-3777 JEFFREY PINTO, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health Sysytem (985) 520-0909 ANDREW PIZZA, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 649-8542 LAURA PLACE, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Ochsner Children’s Health Center, Slidell (985) 639-3777 KOTESWARA POTHINENI, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Cardiology Institute, Inc. (985) 641-7577 IN SIAN POUW, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Children’s Int’l Medical Group (985) 646-1580

KIRANKUMAR PRAJAPATI, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital/ Apogee Physicians (214) 660-9535 CHARLES PRESTON, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office (985) 718-1150 MATTHEW PROCTOR, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 649-7070 IRUM QURESHI, MD PHYSICIAN Allergy and Immunology A.A.&I, LLC (985) 893-5780 HENRY CHRISTIAN QUEVEDO DIAZ, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiovascular Diseases Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 ANGIE RAGAS, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 649-8542 SANJAY RAINA, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine SMH Physicians Network (985) 280-8970 SHERYL RAMDASS, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-8502 BRENNA RAMOS, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-2200 GOLLAMUDI REDDY, MD PHYSICIAN Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Gollamudi Reddy, M.D. (985) 781-5600

Healthcare Excellence KONDA REDDY, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Northlake Anesthesiologists, APMC (985) 649-4063

COURTNEY ROME, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Children’s International Medical Group (985) 646-1580

MATTHEW RIVENBURGH, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine (985) 646-5189

INGRID ROSKOS, MD PHYSICIAN Obstetrics-Gynecology Ingrid K Roskos, MD APMC (985) 781-4848

CARL ROBINSON, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Carl D. Robinson, M.D. (504) 875-8686


JOHN ROHEIM, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics John George Roheim MD FAAP APMC (985) 645-8996 BRICE ROLSTON, MD PHYSICIAN Allergy and Immunology A.A.&I, LLC (985) 893-5780

SHERYL ROWLAND, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Slidell Memorial Hospital/Pediatrics (985) 280-7337 DARREN RUIZ, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medical Consultants (985) 280-8583

CHRISTOPHER SANCHEZ, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 520-0909 RICHARD SANDERS JR, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Lakeview Cardiology Specialists, LLC (985) 892-9233 RANDOLPH SASSONE, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (504) 985-5280 ARTHUR SATTERLEE, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology, Diagnostic Diagnostic Imaging Services (985) 643-5476 ELLEN SCHNEIDER, MD PHYSICIAN Ophthalmology Ellen C Schneider, MD (985) 781-7531

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MATTHEW SCHUETTE, MD PHYSICIAN Pulmonary Diseases (985) 280-7456 HANS SCHULLER, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Hans E Schuller, MD LLC (985) 643-9704 RICHARD SCHUNIOR, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General (985) 641-0078 ANTHONY SCURRIA, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Northlake Anesthesiologists APMC (504) 717-5387 STEPHANIE SEASLY, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Urgent Care of Slidell (985) 661-8851 MARIELISA SEDRISH, MD PHYSICIAN Rheumatology Gulf Coast Rheumatology (985) 280-6770 PHILLIP SEDRISH, MD PHYSICIAN SMH Physician’s Network (985) 280-6770 PEDRO SERRANT-GOTOS, MD PHYSICIAN Pedro A. Serrant, MD, LLC (985) 646-4464 JOHN SEYMOUR, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-5010 WILLIAM SHAFFER, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology, Diagnostic Access Radiology, North Lake (205) 657-2660 ROBERT SHAFOR, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General Robert Shafor, MD FACS (985) 781-9002 40

STEVEN SHAPIRO, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics E.M. DIMITRI, D.O., PMC (504) 229-7453 CLINTON SHARP III, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Clinton H. Sharp III, MD (985) 641-8086 AMY SHEEDER, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-5750 BEATA SILVESTRI, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology Beata Silvestri, MD (985) 649-7070 DAVID SILVESTRI, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology, Diagnostic Designed AV Environments (985) 807-9729 ASHLEY SIMON, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 SHIKHA SINGLA, MD PHYSICIAN Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777 DAVID SLAGLE II, MD PHYSICIAN Ophthalmology David F. Slagle II, MD, APMC (985) 649-0206 PAUL SLOCUM, MD PHYSICIAN Gynecology Paul D. Slocum, M.D. (985) 640-5253 CHARLES SMITH, MD PHYSICIAN (800) 935-8387 JAMES SMITH III, MD SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN (985) 892-9233

MELISSA SMITH, MD PHYSICIAN Obstetrics-Gynecology (985) 781-4848 JONATHAN SORREL, MD PHYSICIAN Otolaryngology SLENT (985) 273-5795 DASARATHY SRIVINAS, MD PHYSICIAN Gastroenterology Dasarathy Srinivas, MD (985) 646-4415 URSIN STAFFORD, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine (504) 280-8542 HELEN STEVENSON, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Helen Elizabeth Stevenson, M.D. (985) 645-8687 JESSICA STEWART, MD PHYSICIAN Children’s International Medical Group (985) 646-1580 AGUSTIN SUAREZ, MD PHYSICIAN Northshore Oncology Associates, LLC (985) 641-1963 AQIB SULTAN, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 870-3318 EVAN SUMMERS, DO OSTEOPATHY Internal Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-2200 ALEXANDER SUNG, MD PHYSICIAN Emergency Medicine Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-5050 ROBERT SWANTON, MD PHYSICIAN Radiology, Therapeutic (985) 649-8688


It has been a very busy - and very good - year for the physicians and staff of South Louisiana Ear, Nose, Throat, and Facial Plastics (SLENT). SLENT’s presence in Slidell has grown since Dr Connolly established the satellite clinic in 2014. With the addition of Dr. Sorrel and Dr. Corneille joining the practice in 2018, the clinic has expanded space, office hours, and services offered on-site in Slidell. Following the philosophy they live by , the SLENT family can help more people here in our community.

lead to blockage of the sinuses or worsening of asthma symptoms. We offer allergy testing and treatment, and if symptoms are chronic, we offer traditional sinus surgery or other newer options such as in-office balloon sinuplasty. The different treatment options really allow us to personalize the care for each patient.”

“Our main goal is to generously serve our community, focusing on the needs of our patients first, and putting customer service as a main priority. We are trying to build a culture of servant leadership, and we use our Christian values to guide our day to day actions and long-term goals. Our profession is our way to worship God with the talents He has given us. I believe this approach is a big reason the SLENT clinics have proven to be successful.” The beautifully renovated office, located at 1258 Brownswitch Road, is the third location for SLENT, giving patients the opportunity for excellence in care locally, as well as in Mandeville and Hammond. SLENT is a private practice, and the difference that offers can be felt among the close-knit group of medical professionals that includes 35 employees, 3 physicians, 2 audiologists and a nurse practitioner. Their attention to detail and philosophy of care is led by their physicians. “Our ultimate goal as physicians is the same passion that brought us into the field of medicine to begin with: provide genuinely compassionate, personalized and top-notch care to all of our patients,” said Dr. Sorrel. This excellence in care covers children as well as adults, and includes Hearing and Balance testing, Allergy testing and treatment, Sleep Medicine, as well as General ENT. They also offer medical spa and hair restoration services in the Mandeville location. Dr. Connolly, who has been with SLENT for 6 years, was instrumental in expanding SLENT services in Slidell over 5 years ago. He is not only board-certified general ENT, but also Otolaryngic allergy and Sleep medicine. Dr. Connolly offers home sleep study testing for sleep apnea, as well as the latest medical and surgical techniques to help patients who do have obstructive sleep apnea. SLENT’s Slidell family now also includes Audiologist Dr. Marissa Corneille who, along with Dr. JJ Martinez, provides children and adults with testing and treatment for hearing problems, balance problems and hearing aids. “Our audiology services have truly expanded since Dr. Corneille recently joined the practice with Dr. Martinez, and now we are positioned to help out our patients even further with all of their hearing and balance issues,” explained Dr. Sorrel. Living in beautiful, blooming southern Louisiana with humidity that could make diamonds wilt, few of us are immune to allergy and sinus trouble. SLENT offers a full range of treatments and services so you can enjoy the outdoors again. “Allergy problems are very significant in our region, and effect thousands of people. This can

SLENT Welcomes two new providers: Jonathan Sorrel, MD, is a native of South Louisiana. He graduated from LSU Baton Rouge and received his medical degree from LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. His five-year residency training was completed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Sorrel met his wife Emily while in school and they are now the proud parents of two daughters. He is very excited to bring his family back home to Louisiana and honored for the opportunity to serve his community. Marissa Corneille, AuD, was born and raised down the bayou just outside Houma. She attended LSU Baton Rouge, graduating in 2014. Dr. Corneille completed her clinical externship year at SLENT Hearing & Balance Center, before graduating with her Doctor of Audiology degree in May 2018 from LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. Soon after moving to New Orleans to pursue her doctoral degree in Audiology, Dr. Corneille fell in love and married her husband Evan in June 2017. They welcomed their son Benjamin into the world in June 2018.

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ERIC TABOR, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology Northshore Dermatology (985) 641-5198

SHARON TOMBERLIN, MD PHYSICIAN Pathology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-5065

MARY WARD-SEYMOUR, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Ochsner For Children, Slidell (985) 639-3755

ILEANA TANDRON, MD PHYSICIAN Endocrinology Ileana J Tandron, MD APMC (985) 643-9704

TIMOTHY TRAINOR, MD PHYSICIAN Gastroenterology Gastroenterology Group AMC (985) 641-8982

PHYLLIS WARING, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics Phyllis Dale Waring, M.D. (985) 646-1226

ROBERT TAYLOR, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Ochsner Clinic Slidell (985) 639-3777

NEILSON TRAN, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (504) 644-8666

ALAN WEEMS, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, Neurological Neurological Surgery of Covington PLLC (985) 641-4144

RICHARD TEXADA JR, MD PHYSICIAN Paradigm Health System (985) 520-0909

GABRIEL UWAIFO, MD PHYSICIAN Endocrinology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777

MICHAEL WEIL, MD PHYSICIAN Dermatology Michael K Weil, MD., APMC DBA Acadian Dermatology (985) 690-6600

ZAW THANT, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 280-8743 LARRY THIRSTRUP, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine LZRS (985) 640-8398 CLINTON THOMAS JR, MD PHYSICIAN Obstetrics-Gynecology Clinton L. Thomas, Jr., M.D.,Ph.D. (985) 781-1006 IGNATIUS THOMAS, MD PHYSICIAN Cardiology Ignatius Thomas, M.D. (985) 774-6815 MADAELIL THOMAS, MD PHYSICIAN Internal Medicine Northlake Cardiology Associates, Inc (985) 649-2883 JOSEPH THORNHILL, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology (314) 749-4163


DAVID VAN THIEL, MD PHYSICIAN Hematology David H. Van Thiel, MD (985) 863-7779 ERIN VAUGHN, MD PHYSICIAN Pediatrics SMH Physicians Network (985) 280-8970 JORGE VEGA, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology APMC (985) 280-8583 DARREN VIGEE, DPM PODIATRY Paradigm Health System (985) 649-9795 FRANK VOELKER III, MD PHYSICIAN Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 JOHN VU, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777

THOMAS WEST, MD PHYSICIAN Anesthesiology Northlake Anesthesiologists, APMC (985) 649-4063 MADELYN WIEGAND, MD PHYSICIAN Endocrinology M. Claire Wiegand MD (985) 259-4318 CHEQUITA WILLIAMS, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Northshore Family Medical Center (985) 646-1122 GARY WOLF, MD PHYSICIAN Surgery, General Ochsner Clinic Foundation (985) 639-3777 RUBY XI, MD PHYSICIAN Family Practice Southeast LA Veterans Healthcare System (985) 690-2626 CARI ZANSLER, MD PHYSICIAN Psychiatry (985) 768-9029

Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Doctors Steele Rolston and Irum Alisha Qureshi may have begun their lives on opposite sides of the world, but it is their passion for their profession and their patients which led to the partnership in their Asthma, Allergy & Immunology clinic in Covington, LA. Dr. Steele Rolston grew up in the Baton Rouge area and suffered serious asthma as a child. It was the treatment he received as a child which inspired him, at the ripe old age of 7, to become an asthma doctor himself. He was treated as a child, by asthma pioneer Dr. Susan Dees, who taught at Duke University. Dr. Rolston earned his undergraduate degree in 1971 at LSU, and his medical degree at LSU New Orleans in 1975. He met his wife, Susan, while at LSU, and after his residency they moved to Mandeville in 1982. He started his practice, in Covington, the same year. “I was really impressed with the school system in St. Tammany, which is one of the reasons we chose to make it our home,” he said. We have a special needs daughter, and St. Tammany schools offered more, even back then, for her and our other kids.” Dr. Rolston actually helped Draft the long range plans for integrating special needs students into the St. Tammany School system. This is only one of the many contributions that he and his wife have made in the community, like volunteering with STARC and serving as a trustee at First Baptist of Covington. “Being an asthmatic myself, I truly enjoy helping people in our community, especially young athletes, remove the barrier of being unable to breathe, and improving their quality of life,” Dr. Rolston explains. Dr. Irum Alisha Qureshi, spent her younger life surrounded by doctors in her own family. At the young age of 3, she announced that she wanted to become a doctor just like her mother.

months later, and she moved from London to Hammond, LA. She completed her medical residency at Ochsner in New Orleans as the Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, and completed fellowship training in Allergy & Immunology at Children’s Hospital & LSU Medical Center (New Orleans) from 2004-2006. In 2008, she partnered with Dr. Rolston, at the clinic in Covington, and has settled down to raise her young family with her husband. Allergies affect more than 20% of the U.S. population, and are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease. Allergy and asthma-related illnesses account for over 18 million visits to doctors and emergency rooms, and more than 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S. “I emphasize patient / parental education with the latest information and focus on treatment options to relieve acute conditions and chronic illnesses,” Dr. Qureshi explains. “Immunodeficiencies, caught early, can greatly improve the quality of life of a child or adult. Developing a good relationship and a customized plan for each patient, coupled with providing the highest level of care in a friendly environment is of paramount importance.” In 2015, Jodi V. Buras, RN, FNP, joined the practice with Dr. Rolston and Dr. Qureshi. She has practiced exclusively in the field of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology since 2001, and both doctors agree that Jodi is not only well qualified, and highly experienced, she is also comprehensive when it comes to patients and treatment. This Fall, Doctors Rolston, Qureshi and Ms. Buras are moving to their new state-of-the-art facility, which will be located at 160 Greenbriar Blvd in Covington. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr Rolston, Dr. Qureshi, or Ms. Buras, please call (985) 893-5780.

“My parents were always the pillars of support throughout my life,” Dr. Qureshi said. “They made me what I am today.” She attended medical school in England and received her medical degree by the time she was 21. Within two years she was one of the youngest doctors to take and pass the *MRCP (Membership of Royal College of Physicians) exam on her first attempt and earned one of the highest passing grades. (*The MRCP is one of the most revered internal medicine exams in England, and only 25% of doctors pass it on their first attempt.) “I chose Asthma, Allergy & Immunology as my specialty, not only because it was so challenging, but also because it allowed me to treat both children and adults, and make a difference in their quality of life,” Dr. Qureshi explains. Soon after passing the MRCP exam, she attended a medical conference in New Orleans, and met Dr. Tahseen Rab. They were married six

• Brice Steele Rolston, MD • Irum Alisha Qureshi, MD, MRCP • Jodi V. Buras, RN, FNP

(985) 893-5780

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS EMILY BASSETT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Clinic Slidell (985) 639-3777 MATTHEW BASSETT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Northshore Family Medical Center (985) 646-1122 STEVEN BECNEL PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 MICHAEL BENINATO PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SMH Physicians Network Elite Orthopaedics (985) 646-3662

AARON BRASUELL PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Northshore Dermatology (985) 641-5198

MATTHEW GABLER PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700

MISTY BREAKFIELD PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 639-3777

BRANDY GLORIOSO PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Pain Management (504) 842-5300



LESLEY DUBUC PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700

MARY GUNTHER PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-5337

BARRY FREDERICK PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Slidell Memorial Hospital (985) 649-8542

ANDREA JUNEAU PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Health Clinic (985) 639-3777 KRISTI KENNON PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Health Clinic (985) 639-3777 ZANE KIRBY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Northshore Family Medical Center (985) 646-1122

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NICHOLAS PANDIS PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Louisiana Heart Center (985) 649-2700 KRISTIN PIPPIN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Health Clinic (985) 639-3777 HANNAH SCHNEIDER PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Ochsner Medical Center Northshore (985) 646-5189 THUY TRAN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Dimitri Dermatology (985) 643-4575

Healthcare Excellence A successful medical partnership requires absolute trust, respect and singularity of vision to meet the needs and concerns of its patients. Doctors Edmund Ring and Kristie Reine at Lakeshore Family Dentistry have these qualities in abundance, and one more just for good measure… love. You see, Dr. Ring and Dr. Reine are a dentistry dynamic duo, who also happen to be husband and wife. They met in 1997, during college at LSU, in a physics class. They noticed one another and, over the next few weeks, managed to incrementally move their seats closer and closer together, until they were seated next to each other. Bodies in motion, indeed - Sir Issac Newton would be so proud! Eddie was at LSU on a swimming scholarship, but gave up his last year of sports eligibility for early entrance into the LSU School of Dentistry. Eddie’s dad is a dentist in his hometown of Houma, and Eddie was inspired to follow in his dad’s footsteps. The next year, Eddie was joined by Kristie at the LSU School of Dentistry, where they graduated in 2002 and 2003 respectively. After dental school, they debated on where they would settle down, between Houma (Eddie’s hometown) or Slidell (Kristie’s hometown). Slidell won when Kristie promised that they would live somewhere on the water. Her love of Slidell and his love of fishing and boating sealed the deal.

“I know it sounds strange, because so many patients dread the thought of a root canal,” he explains, “but I love being able to help my patients’ solve their problems. We are in a people-related profession, and you have to be a people person. It’s a bonus when I’m able to help alleviate their fear of dental procedures.” For the last 13 years, this husband and wife team have been performing cosmetic dentistry, installing dental implants, crowns, root canals, periodontal treatments, x-rays and routine cleanings. Along the way, they have continued to adopt the best technology and have kept up with the latest techniques and treatments. “We treat everyone like family,” Kristie explains. “We measure our success not in the quantity of procedures we perform every day, but in the quality of the care we provide. You will not feel like a number in our office. We give all our patients quality service and friendly care with no judgement.” If you would like to schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Eddie Ring or Dr. Kristie Reine, please call (985) 643-1852, or get more information at their website www.lakeshorefamilydentistry.com

They opened their own office, Lakeshore Family Dentistry, in 2006, and moved their practice into a newly constructed building on Robert Boulevard in 2011. The new building may have taken a while to be finished, but it was worth the wait. Every patient room is open, without doors, and every patient chair faces a tall window with a view of flowers, trees, and beautiful birdhouses. “We’ve had birds of every kind, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and even foxes show up outside our windows,” Kristie said. “We strive to make our environment calm, quiet, personable, safe and clean. We take pride in our surroundings, because patient comfort is our main goal.” Though both Dr. Ring and Dr. Reine are General/Family Dentists, they have different favorite specialties. Kristie loves cosmetic dentistry and being able to help her patients achieve the smile and confidence they’ve always wanted. “A beautiful smile for one of my patients is all the reward I’ll ever need,” she explains. “I also love to be able to talk and interact with so many different people every day.” Dr. Ring, on the other hand, loves performing root canals. Dr. Reine laughingly rolls her eyes at this answer in a way that only couples who have been together for awhile do.

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The City of Slidell’s

Concert Series in Heritage Park

October 6

Ronnie Kole

with John Perkins & Bobby Ohler

October 13 An Evening with the

Northshore Community Orchestra

October 27 Halloween Bash with

Vince Vance and the Valiants

Sundays • 5-7 pm • Heritage Park • Free Admission The City of Slidell’s Bayou Jam Concert Series is made possible by the Commission on the Arts and the city’s 2019 Cultural Season Sponsors: Renaissance • $5,000 Sponsors: Sophisticated Woman Magazine

Baroque • $2,500 Sponsors: Acadian Ambulance • C. Ray Murry, Attorney At Law Jazz on the Bayou/Ronnie Kole Foundation • Silver Slipper Casino

Neoclassical • $1,000 Sponsors: Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert • Lori’s Art Depot/Lori Gomez Art Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency • Purple Armadillo Again

Impressionism • $500 Sponsors: Chateau Bleu • CiCi’s Pizza • Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer • Flatliners Entertainment Old School Eats Food Truck • Olde Towne Slidell Print Shop • Pontchartrain Investment Management Roberta’s Cleaners • Semplice’s Pizza • Sirocco Coffee Company • Slidell Historic Antique Association Terry Lynn’s Café & Catering • Weston Three 19 • Tanya Witchen - Engel & Völkers Real Estate

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.


Love makes no Sound by Rose Marie Sand For the whole month of July, a family reunion referred to as “Cousin Camp” happens at the lake home of Don and Mary Pat Landry in Slidell. Family members come in from New York and Texas to enjoy the good life of card games, playing with their seven dogs, swimming, crabbing and boat rides on the appropriately named boat, The Four C’s, for the siblings, Cori and Chuck and twins Chris and Cheri. All with a healthy dose of Cajun love. It was my pleasure recently to meet Chris, one of the Landry sons, and learn a bit more about his remarkable life. Now living in Austin, Chris visits his parents often. Among many other things, Chris told me that on rainy days during Cousin Camp, a sign language class is the order of the day.

Chris is an engaging guy, and his humor and energy are contagious. His friends and family appreciate his sense of humor that runs from witty sarcasm to loyal compassion.

Chris and his partner, Ken Brown, are the entrepreneurs who own the five-year-old company, which employs six other deaf people, along with interns from the Texas School for the Deaf.

The visit to Cousin Camp is a break from the business he started, owns and operates, named Scan Mailboxes, in Austin.

The office staff communicates primarily by using sign language, and they often find hearing customers want to learn how to sign; there’s a large percentage of deaf citizens in the area.

Scan Mailboxes receives their customers' mail and emails the pictures to them. The customers decide whether to pick up the mail if they are local, or have it opened, scanned and forwarded as needed, or simply shredded. For travelers or home-based businesses, Scan Mailboxes is an important way to manage mail.

There’s a light switch outside the door, in case one of the employees does not see or hear someone come in. “That’s part of the deaf culture,” Chris explained. Providing these opportunities for staff and customers is a dream come true

Chris' son, Tyler, 12, is the sign language instructor for the evening; Tyler and his parents, Nicole and Chris are deaf. Daughter Alexis, 10, is hearing but knows sign language (known as CODA – Children of Deaf Adults). 48

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for Ken and Chris. “Many deaf people struggle to find a job, and this is our opportunity to close that gap. Not only that, it seems our employees are very happy as we are not reminded of being disabled or oppressed,” Chris explained. He’s had many days of feeling that way, although he is quick to explain that his family’s support has gotten him very far in life. “I was fortunate to have speech class during school, outside of school, and at home. My family learned sign language to communicate better with me. My loving Mother was really devoted to providing everything to maximize my potential,” Chris said. He’s had a myriad of experiences that personify who Chris Landry is – a confident man who loves snowboarding, Stand Up paddling, acting and trampoline jumping! He brings high energy to all facets of his life. He’s worked at pizza restaurants, a houseman at a hotel, a Human Relations Manager, and in sales. “I had a difficult time climbing the ladder in other corporations,” Chris said. “Many doubted my ability to provide for the company.” Team building and group meetings were also a challenge. “Pretty much most of the time, I felt treated as a dog that goes fetch.”

even though I’ve struggled, I’m able to show everyone that I can be a father, a family man and an entrepreneur,” he said. So many of Chris’ experiences growing up may not be apparent to a hearing person. Halloween night meant masked people, so he felt like he was talking to a robot. He often felt like he was drowning in a sea of conversations – eyes focusing back and forth like a bouncing Ping-Pong ball. He'd feel left out, as decision-making meant he was often only told what the plans were. A funny story would mean he was the last person informed or last to laugh. “Despite this, I come from a very loving family; I hear stories of other families falling apart.” Among his siblings, older sister Cori, twin Cheri and younger brother Chuck, Chris is the only deaf person. Among his own family of wife, Nicole, son Tyler and daughter Alexis, his daughter is the only hearing family member. Soon, Chris and Nicole will welcome a new baby - they're expecting! I shared with Chris that my mother, Julia DiGiovanni, was also deaf from a childhood illness. I have very vivid memories of the bulky, cumbersome hearing aids she wore when I was a child. A wire ran from the unit, that would be tucked into her bra, to her ears.

It was a constant source of embarrassment all of her life. No surgery was available to help her, and we learned to speak directly to her so she could read our lips. I remember well that, even when the television was turned down, she could know the action by reading the actors' lips! Despite trying many doctors and surgeries, no technology was available to help Mom. So, knowing that there was new technology that has improved the life and future for deaf people, was a blessing for me to learn. Chris grew up wearing hearing aids, but a surgery has been life changing. Chris had a Cochlear implant in the spring of 2011, after his son, Tyler, who was 5 at the time, came home from school saying he wanted the implants. “Hearing aids are a lot like black and white television; whereas Cochlear implants are like flat screen, colored HDTVs,” Chris explains with typical clarity. Chris felt Tyler was a bit behind in social skills and language, and realized that mainstream education wasn’t a good fit for his son.They had surgery at the same time. “Tyler was braver than I, but he was such a little innocent boy. I knew too much and was hearing protests amongst the deaf community,” Chris said. “It took me about two or three months to finally realize I was hearing stuff!”

Although “mainstreamed” all of his life with an interpreter service, Chris explained that it was a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree, who helped him fully accept deafness as a part of his identity. This deaf professor used an interpreter to voice for him throughout the class. “It was a reverse psychology experience. I didn’t have to rely on my interpreters, worrying if they understood what he said,” Chris said. “I often felt ashamed of being deaf when I was growing up. Now, I’m proud that

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Even with the implants, he said he still struggles to hear, as “the implants are very different than wearing hearing aids.” Although he hears a lot more now, it doesn’t mean he understands all spoken language. As an older recipient of the implants, “it takes a lot more time for me to learn spoken language through my third ear.” Tyler progressed more quickly than his dad. Tyler is now 12 years old and his proud dad says he has achieved so much more in one year than he did at the mainstream school. The whole family of Landry’s are proficient in American Sign Language, ASL. Chris also pointed out that verbal or spoken language isn’t the only way to communicate. “I think those who don’t gesture much would struggle more in a different country using language. How else can they ask for water or where the restroom is!” The Cochlear implant has given Chris one gift that he treasures more than anything. “I love hearing my children call me Daddy,” he said. For the Landry’s, there’s an unspoken form of communication – love. Love for one another, love for their families, and a love of Louisiana. “I’ll always call Louisiana home; we have Cajun blood in us. We decorate our homes with Fleur de Lis and we love Mardi Gras and the seafood in Louisiana,” Chris said. “I painted a ladder with Louisiana emblems for the kids for parades,” he shared. Louisiana is the place the whole family gathers often, and they enjoy the pace and energy of Slidell. “I like Slidell because it’s a nice drive from Austin, and my parents home is quiet and roomy,” Chris said. The beignets and Blue Bell ice cream every night after dinner doesn’t hurt either. “And the seafood here is better than in Texas!” Chris said. Indeed, it is.


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COCHLEAR IMPLANT The Cochlear implant that Chris and Tyler Landry have is a small, complex, electronic, surgically-implanted neuroprosthetic device that provides a sense of sound to a person with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin behind the ear. Unlike hearing aids — which amplify sound — a Cochlear implant bypasses damaged portions of the ear to deliver sound signals to the auditory (hearing) nerve. Chris wore hearing aids until he was about 30, when his 5-year-old son, Tyler, came home from school telling his parents in sign language, “I want CI.” “It was a big decision,” Chris explained. “Hearing aids are affixed with ear mold and things are heard through the ear canal, whereas Cochlear implants are surgically implanted behind the ear. So, the 'third ear,’ as I call it, connects sounds directly to the brain, bypassing the ear system.” The signals processed with the implant and “third ear” stimulate the auditory nerve, which then directs them to the brain. The brain interprets those signals as sounds, though these sounds won't be just like normal hearing. It takes time and training to learn to interpret the signals received from a Cochlear implant.

"I figured it was a good time for me to get surgery while Tyler had his too, so we could mentor each other. Hearing through our 'third ear' is definitely a new world (sense) to learn," Chris said. Newer CI’s are water resistant and the Landrys will upgrade to new processors soon. One of the things that Chris has learned is that, apparently, with only hearing aids, he couldn’t hear high frequencies. “I couldn’t hear birds sing or crickets chirp or whether or not I left the water running in the bathroom. I could only hear loud noises or deep voices - furniture scraping, dogs barking, etc.” “Now with CI’s, I pretty much hear everything and I now understand why there are some hearing people who 'go crazy' complaining about annoying sounds!" Chris said. Chris says his son’s age made a big difference in how he processed the new sounds he heard. “Babies' brains work like sponges – they absorb every possibility.” The happy little boy who asked for the implant has become a gregarious young man who attends the Texas School for the Deaf and loves being physically active in flag football, basketball, tennis and track. And his father rejoices in being able to hear his children say, “I love you, Daddy.”

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE Most people are familiar with American Sign Language, if not used by a family member or friend, they often see it used at forums, conventions or other large gatherings. The addition of a signer is an artistic moment in a performance, as everything that is involved in artistic spoken performance – pauses, breath intake, facial or vocal emotion, body posture – come together in sign language. It is estimated that 1 in 20 Americans are deaf or hard of hearing. There’s no accurate count of the number of people who use the language, although surveys estimate hundreds of thousand users. The language emerged from the American School of the Deaf, founded in 1817. Some deaf people do not use sign language, and all don’t function the same. But, Chris notes, there are several advantages to knowing how to sign.“People can talk to one another in public and know that most people may not understand a private conversation,” he said. Using sign language when scuba diving is another advantage he’s enjoyed. The ability to talk to friends quickly, and even through windows, is a plus. Chris also appreciates the fact that he can have an ongoing conversation in noisy environments. Chris considers ASL non-verbal and illiterate language, which makes it unique from other spoken/literate languages. “Many people don’t realize ASL can be somewhat similar to other (hearing) people gesturing. “I’m pretty sure everyone has entered a room feeling awkward or left out, or visited a country with a language they don’t understand,” he added. "Sign languages are prevalent in most countries, and there are even 'home sign languages,'” He’s researched the subject and added that babies can learn sign language to communicate effectively whether they can hear or not. Babies start “babbling” with their hands and learn to sign as easily as they learn to speak. All languages are developing and constantly changing over time; and ASL has its own unique history. There’s a sign language called the Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL) that was used by the residents of that island from the early 18th century to as recently as 1952. Because of an unusually high percentage of deaf islanders, and the fact that deafness was a recessive trait, it was used by both deaf and hearing people there, so deafness was not a barrier to participation in public life. As many as 1 in 4 residents of Martha’s Vineyard were once deaf. Sign language declined when the population migrated to the mainland. There are no fluent signers of MVSL today. Today, there are somewhere between 125 and 300 different sign languages in the world. Sign language does not represent spoken language. The language also has its own grammar, and facial expressions are invaluable. Each deaf community is somewhat its own cultural group, sharing a sign language and a beautiful culture. Signing looks amazing, because it shows not only what language can do, but also the poetry of what language looks like.

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LEAVE YOUR LOVED ONES A TREASURE MAP, NOT A TREASURE HUNT! One of the most common questions I am asked when meeting with grieving loved ones after a death is: “How do we know where the assets are?” For many children, their parents were somewhat secretive about their assets. We all know about their primary home and usually where they bank (we got birthday checks!); but, other than that, who really knows? Sometimes the deceased spouse was the one who paid all the bills and handled all the finances, and the surviving spouse is literally clueless as to what and where the bills and assets are, especially when many of us choose “paperless” so there aren’t even bills or statements to find. The best advice I have in the above situations is to find the last income tax return (if one even exists) as this shows us income, interest, and dividends, and to look at the last few months of checking account statements for ongoing bill payments. After that, the treasure HUNT is on. The best thing you can do for your loved ones is to have a treasure MAP instead. I understand that many folks don’t want their children to know their intimate financial business…YET. But just because you have established a detailed listing of all your legal papers, assets and liabilities doesn’t mean your kids need to see that now, they just need to know where to find the “Treasure Map” when the time comes. That time is certainly WHEN you die but also IF you become disabled before you die. The disability aspect is becoming more prevalent than ever before. (I will save my preaching on the benefits of having a long-term care prepayment plan in place for another article!) Our estate planning clients leave our office with a big maroon “Estate Planning Portfolio.” It’s classy (and, of course, we tell the kids exactly what to be on the lookout for), but you can certainly create your own binder from Walmart with the same end result. This binder should have signed copies (or even the originals themselves) of all your essential estate planning legal documents: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Assets and Health Care, and Living Will. But it should also house copies of all life insurance information (with confirmation of beneficiaries), property deeds, vehicle and boat titles, cemetery deeds, business formation paperwork, birth and marriage certificates, military papers, etc. Then, once a year (I recommend January because you can print out all December 31st statements), place a copy in the binder of the first page of your statements (this page usually contains balance, account numbers and advisor’s name) for brokerages, annuities, cash

value life insurance, banks, bonds, credit unions, etc. If you are paperless, don’t forget about account logins, passwords, and safe combinations (or at least how to access the master login program if you have one). I also recommend your annual declaration page for all your car, home, and flood insurances, and a list of all advisors’ names and numbers (accountant, attorney, financial planner). If you keep the originals in a safe deposit box, make sure someone else (in addition to your spouse) is named as a co-owner on the box for post-death access. Your final wishes should be clear. Do you wish to buried, cremated, or donated to a medical school? If you want to be cremated or donated, it is best to have these wishes spelled out in a legal document ahead of time so there are no family disagreements after you’re gone. What kind of services do you want (none at all or a second line)? Some of our clients even write their own obituaries. The more information you leave behind, the easier (and quicker and cheaper) it will be for your loved ones. As morbid as it may sound, the moment we are born we get in the “waiting line” to be called Home again, but only He knows where in the line we are…so TODAY, please leave behind a Treasure Map and not a Treasure Hunt.

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Welcome to Part 2 of our continuing coverage of Audubon Nature Institute. In June of this year, I introduced you to the newly reopened and redesigned Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Please enjoy this second installment of all that the Audubon Nature Institute has to offer and stay tuned for the third story in our series next month! As I write this, yet another heat advisory has been issued for our area. It’s been one of those brutal summers where you never want to leave the A/C. It’s so hot outside, it feels like you might spontaneously combust! If you are like me and looking for something cool to do and stay cool while doing it, check out the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Housed in the historic U.S. Customs House on Canal Blvd. in New Orleans, they opened their doors in June of 2008. 54

It was a long journey from that day in 1985, when Ron Forman, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute, appeared on Edwin Newman’s TV show, Urban Eden, and indicated his plans to add an insect house at the zoo. By 1995, no progress had been made towards realizing this goal. Meanwhile, Mr. Forman returned from a visit to the Montreal Zoo, which had just opened their beautiful new insectarium. He was inspired to forego the addition at the Audubon Zoo and, instead, create a stand-alone Insectarium! It took over eight years to secure the Customs House as a location. Between 1999 - 2001, Zack Lehman, now Curator of the Insectarium Animal Collections and Visitor Programs, sat down with others on the team and determined exhibit sizes, which insects would be housed in live exhibits, and how these

exhibits would be distributed throughout the museum. Of course, there were setbacks along the way. One of which was Hurricane Katrina. What makes the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium unique from others around the country? Its sheer size of 23,000 sq. ft is amazing! Add to that, 70+ live exhibits – mostly arthropods, along with some vertebrates – fish, alligators, and birds. Their interactive 4D theater provides a sense of reality to the insect performances. As the chairs move, you feel sensations of something poking you from inside your chair, a puff of air as a bug flies past, and who can forget the smell when a dung beetle drops his load! A truly unmatched experience is enjoyed by the entire family when you visit The Bug Appétit Cafe, where you sample the current day’s lineup of edible

insect dishes. Ron Forman made it a priority to serve bugs to the public daily. Crispy Cajun crickets, cinnamon bug crunch, Southwest glass worms, creamy mealworm taco dip, six-legged salsa, hummus, cheesy garlic dip with cricket flour, chocolate-covered crickets, and chocolate "chirp" cookies are just a few of the choices. There are even gluten-free cookies and cricket king cake during Mardi Gras! Yes, l sampled a few! While researching before my visit, excuses floated through my mind. Should I say I was allergic? That I had a huge lunch and I couldn’t consume another bite? That I had a fancy dinner to attend that evening and didn’t want to fill up on bugs? By the time I’d viewed all the insect exhibits and learned about them, the credibility of my excuses faded. I found myself sampling the creamy mealworm taco dip, and enjoying it! Then Chef Mack introduced me to his gluten-free cookies and chocolate-covered crickets. My curiosity about cricket flour led him to share his recipe of roasting cricket legs, then grinding them to the fine texture of flour. After a small sample, I concluded it had a nutty, smoky, roasted flavor. Chef Mack shared that he adds it to smoothies. Could this be a replacement for my plant-based protein powder? Insect fact: Chef Mack’s gluten-free cookies are made from 1/3 cricket flour, 1/3 rice flour, brown sugar and molasses. Even the tables have live bugs underneath their covers with loads of fun facts to inform you about your dining companions.

Insect Fact: Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects. According to Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the world’s leading research science center on edible insects, there are 2,111 insect species considered edible. What else can you expect to encounter during your visit? As you enter the main hallway, you can’t help but notice the realistic, larger-than-life replicas of insects mounted on the walls, and the large dragonflies soaring overhead. Right off the bat, you find a roach exhibit. Not my favorite insect, but I force myself to remain calm as Zack pulls one of the 3” long, giant cave cockroaches from its exhibit to show me how their wings are designed. He jokes, “Some people question the wisdom of making roaches the first exhibit in a museum where you want visitors to go, ‘Yay bugs!’ But these guys just don’t have good press agents.” The first part of the museum deals with the earth 400 million years ago, when arthropods emerged from the water and began to colonize land. Guests can expect to see approximately 100 species of arthropods on any given day. Per Zack, “Roaches have changed very little in their body over 400 million years.” Insect Fact: All insects are arthropods, but not all arthropods are insects. There are five major arthropod groups: crustaceans, arachnids, centipedes, millipedes, and insects. Insect Fact: Centipedes and millipedes are different. Centipedes move a lot faster than millipedes, but millipedes can curl up in a ball and centipedes

can’t. Physically, centipedes have 1 pair of legs per body segment, while millipedes have 2 pairs of legs per segment. This is true of centipedes and millipedes throughout the world. Of course, everybody in Louisiana loves crawfish. While there are over 30 species of crawfish found in Louisiana, red swamp crawfish are the ones we eat the most. Included in the crustacean exhibit are several blue crawfish. According to Zack, “If you harvest enough crawfish, once in a while you will come across a blue one.” What creates a blue crawfish? “Seems to be a combination of some genetic disposition and something that happens once the crawfish hatches from the egg – both genetically and environmentally. Leafcutter ants are probably the hardest working exhibit insect in the museum. There are about 40 species throughout the world. While the ones on display are not Louisiana natives, our own species exists in the western part of the state. Although mostly nocturnal, they only forage between 45-90°F. The long lines of ants carrying leaves back to their nest make them easy to locate. You might think they are vegetarians building a huge salad, but they are not. Instead, dinner is the fungus that grows on the decomposing leaves. All ants play distinct roles in the colony. There are workers, guards, soldiers and reproducers. There are easily 50,000 ants in this nest. Insect fact: A single colony may contain as many as 10 million ants! A leafcutter ant can carry something in its jaw that

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The three main types of dung beetles are rollers, tunnellers and dwellers, indicating what they do with the dung they encounter. A roller shapes the dung into a ball, rolls it away for a later meal or to be used for laying eggs. Tunnellers work as male-female pairs to dig a tunnel beneath the dung, where the female stays sorting the dung that the male brings down. As you might have guessed from their name, the dwellers live in the pile of dung, laying eggs and happily munching away. Why would they choose dung for dinner? No matter which animal - elephant, cow, moose, or bear - there are always bits of undigested food that pass through their digestive tract and the dung beetle finds this yummy! Regardless of the reason, they serve a crucial benefit in pasture ecosystems by keeping the soil productive and healthy. Insect fact: A Dung Beetle is the strongest animal in the world, capable of pulling up to 1,141 times its own body weight. This is equivalent to a 154-pound human dragging 6 full double-decker buses down a road. Field Camp offers an opportunity to learn about the tools that entomologists use in the field, along with the different environments they visit, and different techniques used to capture insects. An Audubon staff member or volunteer will choose from their favorite insects to share with visitors at the field camp post. Irene was showcasing vinegaroons and Madagascar hissing roaches, both of which she keeps as pets!

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It is easy to locate the dung beetle exhibit (Zack’s favorite) as it can be found directly outside the restrooms! How appropriate! Dung beetles are found in every country except Antarctica. Their habitat ranges from lush forests, to hot, dry deserts. As their name would indicate, they eat feces or dung.


Vinegaroons, non-native to Louisiana, are most likely found in the Southwest. The fact that they are nocturnal makes them even less likely to be encountered. While they are non-poisonous, they can spray a mist of 85% concentrated acetic acid or vinegar, hence their name. As for the Madagascar hissing roaches, they are found on an island off the coast of Africa. They hiss during mating rituals, fights between males, and when disturbed. Visit the Underground Exhibit, where visitors seem to shrink to the size of a bug so they can experience life from a bug’s perspective. In reality, you stay the same and the bugs are magnified. Included is a giant trapdoor spider that sweeps in to grab you for dinner! Insect Fact: Trapdoor spiders don’t spin webs. They dig a burrow and fashion a trapdoor above

it. The spider detects their prey’s vibrations, leaps out and captures it when it ventures too close. The New Orleans gallery contains the typical insects that you find in New Orleans daily life, such as roaches, mosquitoes, love bugs, termites, grasshoppers and more. The Love Bug exhibit is housed in a vintage VW Bug, where you can sit inside and watch a video about love bugs. The fact that they are orange and black indicates that they taste bad and explains why nothing eats them! Insect fact: Love bugs are actually flies but called love bugs because they are most often seen flying as mating pairs. Boudreaux’s Bait Shop showcases our local favorites (or non-favorites): Formosan termites, more beetles, honeybees, crawfish, and more. Learn all about Formosan termites and how quickly they can devour wood. Learn which type of wood material they consume the fastest and which will take a little longer. See what a devoured wall inside your house could look like if they came for a visit. Insect Fact: Formosan termites are native to eastern Asia and made their way to the U.S. after World War II via cargo ships. The swamp exhibit provides an up-close view of small alligators, safely inside their aquarium. There is a second tank with local freshwater native fish, such as crappie, perch and more. Next on the tour is one of my favorites – the Metamorphosis Gallery. Of course this would be of great interest to me after my wonderful experience with monarch butterflies! This exhibit embodies the cycle of life for insects. Learn how insects reproduce and grow. You may even witness a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis! During my visit, several had recently emerged and were still in their wing-drying phase. Insect Fact: Most butterflies emerge from their chrysalis in the morning. Upcoming are two of the most popular exhibits in the museum. As you walk into the Hall of Fame, whether leaving the theater or meandering your way from the Metamorphosis Gallery, you are immediately captured by a sense of calmness, with soft, relaxing music in the background and multiple wooden cases housing the most beautiful and exotic butterflies, beetles and insects found throughout the world. See the world’s largest butterfly - a pair of rare Queen Alexandra's birdwings, and see the smallest butterfly. Also experience the fastest and most impressive bugs on the planet. Admire the beauty of the exhibits which were designed and implemented by Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium staff.

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Benefits of Insects Insects provide beneficial assistance to us and our environment by keeping pest insects controlled, pollinating crops, and by being sanitation experts. Biological control: The use of insects to control pest insects or weeds. Food for humans: Insects have served as food sources for humans for tens of thousands of years. Most popular are crickets and mealworms. Medicinal uses: Entomotherapy is the practice of using insects or chemicals extracted from insects to treat medical issues. Bee venom therapy, or apitherapy, may improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, post herpetic neuralgia, painful or keloid scars, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Pollination: Over 75% of crops rely on insects to pollinate them. Recycling: Saprophages are insects that feed on dead animals, plants and feces, then break down these resources into nutrients that help plants grow and flourish.

Useful Insect Products Cochineal dye is extracted from cochineal scale insects and used to dye fabrics a light red to crimson color. The dye is also used to provide color for cosmetics and food. Shellac, or wood finish, is made from scraping the secretions of lac scale insects from trees, grinding it to a powder when dry, and mixing with ethyl alcohol. We are all familiar with honey from honey bees and silk from caterpillars. Silk production is a very involved process. The favored insect is the giant silk moth from China. The caterpillars are raised from eggs and fed mulberry leaves. Once the caterpillars spin their cocoons, the cocoons are harvested and placed in a large pot of boiling water to begin the process of creating fabric. It takes several thousand feet of very fine thread to spin each cocoon. The fine threads are spun together to create a thicker thread which can be dyed and then woven into fabric. Over two thousand silkworms are needed to produce one pound of silk!


From here, saunter into the amazing Butterfly Garden, offering anywhere from 700-800 live butterflies flitting about. The soothing, tranquil music mixed with the soft sound of running water and the sights of koi swimming in their beautiful pond gives this area a very Zen-like atmosphere. Add to this beautiful flowers everywhere, with gorgeous butterflies sipping their nectar. Stroll slowly. You might have a butterfly grace you with a landing on your shoulder or your head! There are usually about 15 species of butterflies and a couple of different moths to view. The Atlas moth is considered the largest moth in the world with a wingspan up to 12 inches! On my second visit, several had emerged from their cocoons. It was thrilling to see their amazing size and beauty. Ever wonder how the museum acquires its insects? There are three methods utilized: 1.) Insectarium employees collect insects in the field. 2.) Insects are acquired from similar institutions willing to give away or trade their surplus. 3.) Through a commercial scientific supply houses. To collect them in the field, Zack and his team travel about 30 miles south of New Orleans, around Des Allemands, Louisiana, at night. Potential samples are attracted by mercury vapor and ultraviolet lights projected at a white sheet. Aquatic insects, such as giant water bugs, water scavenger beetles, predacious diving beetles, tiger beetles, or fishing spiders are captured. Sometimes they get the unexpected, such as pink or yellow katydids, which are usually green. Any pink or yellow ones are brought back for breeding for future exhibits. Speaking of breeding... The Butterfly Garden and Insectarium maintains a lab offsite where they breed about 30-40 species of insects to support their displays. Additionally, they keep long-lived individual or colonial arthropods in order to place animals from their lab in exhibits when needed. They currently breed walking sticks, grasshoppers, katydids, millipedes, roaches, beetles and mantises. Their long-lived species include spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and ants that can live anywhere from 3 to 20 years.

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“Case of the Tireds” By now, we are all settling into our “back to school” routines. The school zones are in effect; soon it will be darker earlier; and we have one last holiday weekend (Labor Day) to look forward to until Thanksgiving. I bet you had all these grand plans to cook a bunch of food on Sunday to “make the week easier,” and to “stay on top of things.” You probably made a pact with yourself that went something like, “No pizza! No buckets of chicken unless it’s an emergency! Saturday we will go to the Farmer’s Market and get all of our vegetables. Only homecooked meals are allowed!” Uh huh. Me too. And then life takes over. Luckily, my husband takes up the slack. Not only do we always have fresh sourdough bread, but he also takes the time to garnish – chiffonade of basil, chopped parsley, toasted almonds. Even the baby gets her food garnished. My mom gave me the side eye recently as my husband gingerly put the finishing touches on his homemade Pad Thai. “Once school starts, there will be no time for this dill business," she said. “Your children are going to be starving when they walk through that door. And you, my dear, are going to be exhausted.” Whatever mom, you don’t know what you’re talking about. We’ve got this. Cut to: First week of school “You didn’t grab your lunch box? It’s dress day? Shorts or long pants? How was I supposed to know it was going to drop 40 degrees today? I have a

meeting after school. Oh no, it’s school picture day, too! You need a haircut! What’s for supper? Cereal! We’re out of milk?! I just bought milk! Okay, um, who wants…” (Don’t do it! Resist!) “Who wants pizza?” And there it is. May I? The Crock Pot. Introduced in 1971 for, you guessed it, working women. Women could start the meal in the morning and come home after a long day at work to not only a delicious smelling home, but also (and most importantly) dinner. An entire hot meal, patiently waiting to be served and appreciated. Tender chicken, a pot roast, beans – all waiting for you. The Pot Roast beckons, “Take your shoes off! Relax! You’ve had a long day. Grab a spoon, a plate. I’ve been waiting for you all day. I love you. You deserve me.” (What? Your Pot Roast doesn’t talk to you? Maybe my sleep deprivation has kicked in!) We were recently gifted an “Easy Crock Pot Meals” cookbook. It was anything but. Most of the recipes required cooking the protein in a pan, making a roux, tranferring it to the Crock Pot and then finishing it off in another pan. The whole purpose of a beloved Crock Pot is to cut down on steps and pots and pans. If it takes longer than 15 minutes to prep, something is not right. We have a much more rustic approach. It involves meat, a can of something and leftover refrigerator vegetables. The smartest thing you can do is add it to the ever-growing “Do it the Night Before” list. Put your meat, can of something,

and vegetables in the Crock Pot and place it in the refrigerator. On your way out the door in the morning, plop it in the heating element part of the Crock Pot and forget about it. I mean, don’t forget about it and then pick up pizza on your way home. That’s silly and you’ll beat yourself up. Invest in some sticky notes. Supper shouldn’t be hard. And the default shouldn’t be fast food. As with anything, if you make a list and put it on your schedule, home cooked meals should fit right in. And, is there anything better than walking into a home after a long day and being able to enjoy a homecooked meal? NOT GOING TO WIN A CONTEST BUT WILL SATISFY YOUR HUNGER CROCK POT CHICKEN Into the Crockpot: 4 Chicken Thighs 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup ½ Onion – chopped 3 Stalks of Celery – chopped Anything else floating around that fridge of yours? Mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, parsley, basil, rosemary, bell peppers – add them to the party! Salt, pepper and a dollop of butter or olive oil. Turn on low. Go to work. Run errands. Work out. Text an old friend. Check the mail. Do something on your “Do the Night Before” list. Wash your hands. Ding! Dinner is ready! 63

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“THE RIDE” Imagine that you are in a situation where a mentally unstable person is standing just a few inches from your face, with crazy, bulging eyes and a creepy, demonic-like voice, yelling, “I AM LUCIFER! I AM LUCIFER!” Over and over. Spit flying. What would you do? Run? Punch them? Protect yourself with a weapon? Would you hope someone brave showed up to save you? I’d probably do all those things. But the man that encountered this exact situation, right here in Slidell, didn’t do any of that. He only did what he does every day… give people another chance at life.

open and causing a concussion. My own children don’t really have any stories worth mentioning, thank God. I asked a few other people but there still weren’t enough stories to make it worth the while. I turned to my brother, Kevin, a Slidell paramedic who has been working EMS for 15 years, prior to that, serving as a U.S Army Medic. Surely, HE had some funny stories to tell me! His reply came back quickly but wasn’t what I was expecting. “Ride on the Ambulance with me Friday night.”

Approaching the irrational, semi-human force in front of him, with his own unique “weapon of choice” … a syringe of Versed, he shoots it into the person's nose in order to counteract the obvious drug and alcohol overdose. Lucifer, confused as to what had just happened, yells out, “WHAT THE HELL DID YOU GIVE ME?!” The brave man looks into the eyes of Lucifer and calmly and confidently replies, “I gave you God.” For this special Healthcare Excellence edition of Slidell Magazine, I was given an idea to talk about silly things kids do that put them in the emergency room. Or, just funny medical stories in general. I had a couple from my childhood; like using a sheet of waxed paper instead of my skateboard to skate down the half pipe in my front yard, busting my head 64

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With those words, I had a strong feeling that the angle of this story was about to change. I met him at shift change, around 6pm on a Friday night. A petite, young, blonde-haired paramedic had just finished her shift and was cleaning blood from inside the Ambulance and from her pant leg. “That old drunk lady told me she was going to kick my ass!” she energetically told my brother out the side door. She continued checking her pants for blood while at the same time restocking supplies in a ninja-like fashion, with a smile. Kevin began quietly and meticulously studying inventory. His partner and EMT/Paramedic-in-training, Liz, pops up out of nowhere. “We’re out of gloves. What size you want? Medium? OK, I’m on it.” Kevin never even said a word. He began walking around the Ambulance for a quick PMCS to make sure it was safe to drive and that no one messed up “his truck.” The man takes major pride in any vehicle he drives, especially this one. After making the full circle, he came back with a look of approval, back to the side entry, looking over inventory one last time. I kept secretly wondering when he was going to be ready to hit the road. About to pull the sliding door shut, he paused and quickly looked down to the step leading into the Ambulance. There was some grass and dirt laying on top. Reaching into a compartment next to him, he pulls out a tiny hand broom, sweeps the step off, then returns the broom back to its proper home. NOW I think he is ready. I load up to begin this long, 12-hour night of mystery and excitement, still not a clue as to what I will be

writing about. They sat in front, I was in the rear-facing seat in the back, a wall with a small window between us, and a notebook in my hand to write down some questions. “So, funny stories. Got any good ones?” I asked them both, since writing while moving backwards was already making me queasy. In a serious voice, Liz simply says, “None about kids.” Oh right, I thought, feeling stupid for not realizing the reality of their job. Kevin, eating his dinner out of a tuna pouch, told me to just give it time, something would spark an idea tonight. Liz tells me a funny story involving an adult; but, unfortunately, it was a little TOO adult to mention here. They turn up the music a bit, dancing in their seats, giggling. Then, the first call came. A transfer from Slidell to Metairie. Music went down and the focus turned up as patient history was read out loud. I asked about transfers and people just wanting rides to the hospital. That’s when I felt some tension. Not so much about having to do it, they know it’s their job, it’s the taxi service label that gets slapped on them. Or a heroic story where they are mentioned in a vague sentence among all the heroic deeds of others. “And the patient was transferred by ambulance to…” You get the point. I began to feel very nauseated at this point, pulling the trashcan closer. I hear, “Just face sideways, that’s what I do,” as this hospital on wheels bumped and swerved towards its next destination. We got to the hospital and they automatically entered into some other mental zone. They jumped out and headed to the back of the truck. Liz pulled out the gurney while Kevin opened different

compartments to grab all the items and equipment needed for this patient’s particular medical situation. And it was A LOT. All this from just 10 minutes of reading from a tablet and a quick word on the phone with a nurse. I’m pretty sure a taxi or Uber ride would have been totally suitable, but I’m not certain they carry tiny brooms. We entered the room with concerned family members, nurses, and more IV lines hooked up to beeping monitors than I could even count. Personally, if I were to walk into this situation as a Paramedic, I would just throw my hands in the air and be like, “Yep, I’m done. Too much for me.” Like a bad dream where you are on stage naked and asked to perform some song with lyrics you don't know. That’s why I’m not a paramedic. Watching Kevin was like watching a scene from the Matrix. Entering codes, knowing what wires to cut before the 10 seconds are up, how to reprogram the system back to the right order while ducking under deadly laser beams. I was literally hiding in the bathroom to avoid any flying shrapnel. It was crazy! But he did it, all while comforting the patient and communicating with the nurses and family with ease and confidence. I have no clue how he did it. After all, the broom was still in the truck. On the ride to NOLA, he made sure his patient was comfortable and stable, checking vitals, pushing buttons on some strange but completely important contraption that keeps him breathing properly, all while trying to maintain balance in the cumbersome vehicular situation. Man, where’s a taxi when you need one?! 65

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Now, imagine all these things going on at once; then, someone throwing down 5 sets of tangled Christmas lights and saying… "Hey, I know you’re busy, but can you untangle these for me?" Of course, I mean IV tubes, ones holding medicine crucial to this patient making it to his destination alive. The patient made it safely to the new room and, in my expert opinion, better off than he was. Because, after 40 minutes of saying nothing, the patient left us with a smile and a joke. But, you know, it was JUST a transfer. Arriving back in Slidell, I ran into the gas station for some Dramamine and Advil (from sitting sideways). I asked Liz how long she had left in Paramedic school. “Nine more months, but I feel a step ahead of most of the students because I’m working with someone who really knows his job. I have more knowledge because of the hands-on training he allows me to do. Kevin is a good teacher; I appreciate being able to work with him.” That answer got me thinking about the comradery they must share spending all those hours together, seeing situations that most of us could never imagine. Not knowing at any given moment what they might pull up to. But still, able to remind each other to stay human by dancing and singing. Telling jokes. I asked her what made her choose this profession. She paused to think, not because she didn’t know the answer, but because the answer was a hard one. “I lost my teenage brother in a car wreck back in 2003. I kept thinking about his last moments on earth, those people that are by someone’s side to comfort them. I want to be that person for someone if need be. That last comforting voice they hear.” My next question would also be a hard one. “What is the hardest thing you have been through while in this job?” In my mind, I imagined a patient situation that didn’t turn out well. But that wasn’t the case. “It was a couple of months ago while Kevin and I were riding in the Ambulance. We got a call that my mom had passed away. I knew she was sick, but I had to work. I couldn’t be there. That has been the hardest for me.”


I asked Kevin the same question. His answer confirmed what I had just been told. “We miss out on important moments with family. We work so much.” I also asked him what he likes about his partner. “She knows what she’s doing and there is no drama.” In this line of work, that is a huge compliment. “How do you deal with all the stress?” Kevin answers, “One call at a time. I don’t dwell on it or take it home with me because I know I did the best I could. I’m also saving up to buy a DJ system - music keeps me grounded. It would be something for me to do on the side to decompress. Unfortunately, it will take me awhile to get the money, but I already have my name picked out. DJ Critical. Get it? Critical care? Anyway, it’s my dream.”


My final question: “What do you want everyone to know about your job?” “Our training lasts almost as long as an RN. Despite long hours, time away from our families on holidays, verbal and physical abuse from patients that are under the influence of an illegal substances, we show up to work tired and underpaid, working inside a box 1/8 the size of a typical ER room. And we do it all because we love our jobs.” There were other calls on this 12-hour shift like chest pain and respiratory distress. Another transfer. But my story about patient situations, especially any funny ones, had been long out of my head and replaced with something much more important. The Slidell EMS heroes. When you thank a Police Officer or a Fireman, please don’t forget the brave men and women of EMS. Maybe even buy them some food that’s not in a pouch. Or a bigger broom. One day, your life could be in their hands and, if that ever happens, I promise, those hands are right where you will want to be.


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An adverse reaction to a vaccine is similar to an adverse reaction to anything else. It’s a negative response that the body (human or animal) has to one or more of the substances in a vaccine, a reaction to what the body perceives as a foreign invasion. There are penicillin reactions, reactions to anesthetic drugs used in surgery, and reactions to common substances, such as food and even water, to name a few. Some cats are allergic to dogs, and vice versa. Furthermore, a few pets are allergic to certain types of plastic food and water bowls, or even to humans! A common reason for dogs or cats to be itchy is flea allergy dermatitis, which is a reaction to the saliva a flea injects with every bite. Vaccines are not perfect; manufacturers strive constantly to make them better. It would be nice if we could predict which individuals might be sensitive to vaccinations or which vaccine might cause an allergic response before they’re ever given. It would allow us to carefully tailor the vaccines given to each patient. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. The myth that linked human childhood vaccines to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been thoroughly debunked, and serious vaccine reactions in humans and in pets are quite rare. Failing to vaccinate your pet, your child, or yourself leaves you susceptible to nasty yet preventable diseases. Sorting through the information can be confusing. There’s always going to be bad advice or inaccurate information out there, so it’s never a bad idea to consider the quality of the information sources. Are you learning from the CDC's website, a university website, your medical doctor, your local veterinarian, or from a guy who sells alkaline water as a cure-all? For those people or pets who have a history of a severe vaccine reaction, the standard recommendation is that the vaccine believed to have caused the reaction should not be given again. The fact that there are people and animals who cannot tolerate vaccines makes it so much more important for those who can tolerate vaccines to step up to the plate and stay up-to-date, as this strengthens the overall “herd immunity” of the population, further protecting those who legitimately can’t be vaccinated. If we focus solely on the rare adverse reactions, and not on the benefit of population immunization, we lose the much-needed herd immunity.

thorough discussion with your veterinarian concerning each vaccine, as some vaccines seem more prone to causing reactions than others. Since multiple vaccines combined into one injection are often given to pets, it may be a good idea to split vaccines up, not because too many at once will overload the patient, but because separating the different vaccines may help to identify the one responsible for causing an adverse event in a given patient. Some animals with a history of adverse vaccine reactions may need to have preventive medications given prior to vaccination, in addition to close monitoring afterwards. More good advice on preventing vaccine reactions in known reactors can be found at www.veterinarypartner.com - my go-to online source for the pet owning public. If you’re still convinced that the safest route is to forego vaccinations for yourself, your children, or your pets, then you may want to also reconsider driving. The CDC says that more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year due in vehicular crashes in the US; that’s 90 people every day! Those accident numbers are far beyond any values for human vaccine reactions. Keep in mind, it wasn’t a vaccine reaction that killed the cat, it was curiosity, and Old Yeller would’ve had a much happier ending if he had gotten his rabies vaccine! Having everyone in your family, two- and four-legged, appropriately vaccinated for his/her age and geographic area is, in my humble opinion, part of being a responsible member of society.

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