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From (L) Josh Scranton, PsyD, Terry Kelleman, LAADC, Janet Kennedy, LMFT, Dan Robinson, CATC III, Leila Entezam, LMFT, Richard Granese, MD, Martin Pennington, PsyD, Caitlin Young, MFTI, Brian Licuanan, PhD, Reno Galassi, LMFT

A Mission for Michael: Setting a New Standard for Recovery By Jody Robinson


istorically, great change has been associated with fire. A great crucible, reforming lives beneath the purifying heat of flame. The sea however, with its unfathomable depths, hold a great mystery to the effects of change over time. After all, the phrase “sea change” originated from the power of the ocean to alter landscapes. Thanks to Shakespeare: an idiom that can cool the fan of flame, and still signify our lives taking shape in ways they would never have before, as we are reformed under the great heat or weight of tragedy. John “Tripp” H. Smith, III and his wife Loretta are no strangers to that indescribable pressure. When their son Michael took his own life on November 10, 2007, their lives were

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altered forever. Despite being a successful young man in his earlier life, Michael had “devolved” into an unrecognizable person as a result of his depression, and subsequent dependence on chemical substance to help self-medicate his problems. After his passing, bound to create something beautiful, Tripp and his close friend Dr. Richard Granese, MD, a well-respected Orange County psychiatrist joined together to found A Mission for Michael, Inc. to help remember Michael, and carry his legacy forward: helping others escape the ravages of drug and alcohol through a dual diagnosis treatment. A Mission for Michael (AMFM) offers a structured answer to what can be a wildly volatile and fluid situation. After their 45-90 day treatment


program, patients transition to Sober Living and Outpatient: getting them back on their feet, refining that which is detrimental to their continued health and success. Based in South Orange County, AMFM programs are designed to treat individuals with co-occurring disorders. Dr. Granese notes “substance use disorders and mood and anxiety disorders that develop independently of intoxication, dependence and withdrawal are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the United States.” Helping to rebuild those individuals from foundation up helps ensure they will not relapse, and can dramatically assist in stabilizing their mental health illness. Operating the only recovery facility owned by a psychiatrist, Dr. Granese is doubly dedicated to tackling the issues he

has seen first hand, with more and more regularity. When sources like Mental Health America state that the number of individuals affected by mental health illnesses outpaces the populations of both New York and Florida, lines are drawn in the sand. We can reach out and assist, or let more than 40 million Americans persist in their downward spiral, towards an outbreak of devastation that is greater than many of us would like to imagine. “AMFM is not a 12-step based program, but we believe the 12-steps are another relapse prevention tool. We have found that working them in conjunction with therapy, psychiatric care, family participation, and small group therapy sets the patient up for success.” Often, however, the roots that Dr. Granese and his team are trying to reach are buried in a mess of underlying psychological factors and trauma that drives physical and emotional addiction. A unique way of approaching such trauma is the “step-down” feature offered through the program. The patient begins intensively - then steadily drops down to less intensive treatment as they progress. Continuing with their therapist and psychiatrist every week, in conjunction with a weekly family group helps keep the individual accountable, to themselves and those they love. “We want to reduce the incidence of triggers that signal relapse, and a return to the addiction spiral.” With a team of mental health professionals ranging from Clinical Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, etc. - all Masters or PhD level cross-trained psychotherapists, patients are in the immense care of folks who recognize the changes necessary to alter mental perceptions and distortions. “The psychological restructuring starts the client on a path of growth moving beyond the confines and entanglements of addiction. This continuum of care can provide the strong foundation necessary to build a base of recovery.” When facing down anything beyond one’s own capability, a great humility

is necessary. Big wave surfers, emergency medical personnel, firefighters, even educators can attest to the power of collected thinking when facing down unknown situations with potentially extreme consequences. Addiction, similarly, attacks from all directions, with remarkable disregard and abandon. “It’s a family disease”, Dr. Granese states. But what does that mean? Tripp and Loretta learned volumes from their son’s addictions and helped build into the treatment program a family humility that speaks to the entire system failing when one member falls apart at the seams. But isn’t the addict the one with the problem? “The addiction is not only destroying the addict, it’s likely destroying the family too. You’re all involved in the addiction. Parents and loved ones can’t function: they worry, their job suffers, they fight and argue amongst themselves. They can’t take care of the rest of the family and their physical, emotional, and spiritual health suffers.” The family becomes addicted to their loved one’s addiction. Chaos, codependency, and a lack of boundaries all compound the issues at hand. While patients are certainly encouraged after they leave treatment to continue working with a sponsor and start step work within a Sober Living Outpatient Intensive, families are also encouraged to learn steps and tools to help get out of the toxic and repetitive cycles of abuse. Stepping outside the manipulations and co-dependencies that have been formed help the patient discover how it feels to escape isolation, fear, and anxiety, and practice healthy selfcare. “Sometimes, what we think of as ‘helping’ the addict is not helping at all,” Dr. Granese notes. “You can actually do more harm than good.” With the presence of an ever changing healthcare system and the uncertainty of being able to receive quality care, AMFM is furthering its vision to include a separate intensive outpatient Mental Health track. This patient-centered outpatient program specializes in working with those suf-


fering from an array of mental health diagnosis. The need for mental health treatment is expanding in Orange County and it is our aim to fill this increased need and be a center that strives for a healthier community. “Patients get to choose not only the times that work for their own schedule, but most of all, they get to decide which groups yield the best personal results.” While a base level of care may look the same for everyone, a key component at AMFM are non-standard time allotments for treatment. Most programs, via insurance companies, place restrictions on a patient’s treatment. Conversely, each person’s needs are continually evaluated to carefully negotiate their duration of care. “This means attendees can slowly transition out at a time they feel confident and are not limited by the coverage of their insurance plan. We allow for complete rehabilitation and optimal individual success.” Designed for both individuals who are coming into care for the first time, and those taking the step-down approach to their treatment, AMFM’s Outpatient Program has found it’s patient’s success rates easily outpace those in other programs. “Many individuals are successful starting with and remaining in outpatient. For some, outpatient can be a great indicator that a higher level of care is needed.” Every individual coming to the program, whether from another facility, or transitioning from AMFM’s 45-90 day program sees a psychiatrist. Each therapist in the program is an employee, not a contractor. “They are therefore highly committed to working as a team, and have high standards of care to maintain.” The outpatient program is led by Terrence Kelleman, a Licensed, Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. 30 years of experience to back his title, a remarkably outgoing personality, and direct leadership style allows him to facilitate the most effective group meetings possible. While in the program, patients are held accountable with the help of drug testing, yet they have also dis(continued on page 36)

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ooks can definitely be deceiving. From the road, Backstreet Home Decor appears to be a small storefront, its windows displaying beautiful decorative items, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Step inside, however, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll discover that you could literally spend hours looking at all of owner Susan Smith’s wonderful offerings, which range in style from Old World to contemporary.

accessories that would make our new house a “home.” Susie’s vision of color, texture, line, shape, natural proportion and balance resulted in the beautiful floral arrangements and wall hangings that adorn our home, along with just the right accent and “statement pieces” to visually tie everything together. While everything in her store speaks of high quality, her prices are surprisingly affordable. Because of longstanding relationships with vendors from the top decor lines across the county, Susan is able to acquire furniture and accessories at substantial discounts - which she in turn passes along to her customers.

Each piece is reflective of Susan’s keen eye for color, quality, texture, design detail and style - a fact not lost on the scores of professional designers who regularly shop here to decorate their client’s homes. Homeowners who have taken advantage of Susan’s in-home consultation rave that she was able to suggest just the right furniture, decor, florals and color palette to create the look they were dreaming of - a fact that I can personally - and happily - attest to.

“We only LOOK expensive,” she says. “What sets us apart is that all of our florals are custom designed on the premises. We work with our clientele to create exactly what they want. We really try to come up with the unusual unique items that you just won’t find in every single store.”

When our family moved from San Clemente to San Juan Capistrano three years ago, Susie’s showroom the first and only stop I needed to make for the decorative items and

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It doesn’t take a lot to impress me when I walk into a pharmacy. At this point, the large chains that scatter the map like Starbucks greet you with as much enthusiasm as you might expect someone walking into the dentist for a root canal. (No offense to dentists…) Really, I’d like a smile - maybe a simple “how’s your day going.”


aybe just the acknowledgement that I’m a human, who doesn’t particularly want to stand in line, but needs whatever particular item I happen to be picking up at the time. Like me, Michael Parsi had also had enough. A graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1994, Parsi went onto Southwestern Oklahoma State University Pharmacy School in 1998. After working as a pharmacy manager for one of those large chains for 15 years, Michael decided he’d had enough.

be freedom in the formula. More than just a simple retail store. More than just a pharmacy. Michael has a passion for people - a passion for his patients, and though they work with a small team of pharmacists, each is more dedicated than the next to providing the best care for each customer that walks in their door. “This is a part of our legacy. We have been supporting our communities by supporting schools and local charities. We have been involved with the Laguna Hills High School charity, Laguna Niguel Soccer Teams, the International Society for Children with Cancer, and more.”

“I needed to spend more time with my patients”, he notes, “they’re not just a number waiting in a long line. They deserve better.” Established in 2013, Seena Pharmacy is truly dedicated to providing superior service and care. One prescription, one customer at a time. Always greeting their customers with a smile and a sense of appreciation, the pharmacy instantly stands out in my book. Like I said, it doesn’t take a lot to impress me. Offering bubble wrap for assisted livings, free shipping and delivery, durable medical equipment, and vaccinations, the service doesn’t stop with a smile. “We try to take advantage of our niche market to take our business to a whole new level.”

Small businesses often raise the bar on service. With more dedicated, caring staff, and owners who actually care about what products are selling off their shelves, and to whom. Seena has one of the most incredible pharmaceutical reputations out there, with five-star reviews littering their Yelp page. Customers rave - “the most personal pharmacy in Orange County,” “no need to leave a message and wait for days, I recommend them highly!”. On and on they go. The last chain pharmacy I went to struggled for their three stars. Some, after coming home from experiencing more atrocious customer service, I find only two stars. Abysmal. Unnecessary, when you think about the ease with which the pharmacists serve their clients at Seena. “My intention was, and is to help people and bring a smile to their face: because I care”, Michael says with a smile. That’s plenty enough to impress even me.

Also offering some compounding, the pharmacy can create unique and formulated medication tailored to fit each specific individual’s needs. For some, it could be as simplistic as adding flavor to a solution to make it go down a bit easier - or perhaps transforming a pill to a solution. Or, it could be creating a complex mix containing multiple active ingredients designed to work in a specific combination. The perfect combinations are tough to control, but with a little love and a lot of practice and care, there can

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here are countless things to worry about in our world: Large and small, tangible and intangible - hurricanes, supervolcanoes, bills, hidden gluten in our food. the dryer eating socks mysteriously. The list is long, and often feels like it’s getting longer. Most folks are already a little apprehensive when it comes to going to the dentist, but the worry of tooth decay, gum disease and plaque can pile upon all the other worries

Busy caregivers are hard pressed to take residents in assisted-living facilities to dental appointments on a regular basis, and family members barely remember to schedule appointments for themselves. As an unfortunate result, the majority of the population that actually needs the most care is left to their own devices.


Dr. Charles Zahedi believes there is too much at stake to forget the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities when it came to their dental care. He first came up with this novice idea when he noticed the lack of elderly patients coming


for what he believed much needed attention. “Mobile Dental USA provides a full range of dental services at your place of residence (via a full size 40+ ft mobile dental clinic or mobile equipment for ‘concierge dentistry’ performed in a client’s home). Using state-of-the art equipment, Mobile Dental performs x-rays, cleanings, cavity treatment, dentures, and implants.” For those with missing teeth or denture wearers, Mobile Dental can work up their exclusive BoneLoss and Denture-Loss Prevention Programs because as Dr. Zahedi put it “a healthy smile is part of a healthy body and visiting a dentist has never been easier.” Most folks could pinpoint exactly what it is about a shark that scares them. Or a tsunami. More likely than not, those same folks wouldn’t be able to articulate what it is about dental care that scares them, or the direct correlation between tooth replacement and malnutrition. Knowing more about certain things can help alleviate the fear - and being well informed about dental health can only bring us closer to a more balanced, healthy lifestyle. For these reasons and much more (that can’t be covered in this article) Mobile Dental USA is an accessible and educational concept, targeting its

efforts on Orange County’s aging population. “It can be frustrating to eat certain foods or even to speak with confidence at times for those without stable dentures,” Dr. Zahedi says. “But most people don’t know that the trouble doesn’t stop there. Not replacing missing teeth prevents adequate food intake, resulting in a lack of proper nutrients and vitamins, leading to weight loss, and even other serious medical conditions.” Dr. Zahedi even advises those with dentures, without missing teeth, become more aware of their fit. The pressure of their removable

dentures on the jaw can result in the loss of that precious jaw bone. Mobile Dental USA is a pioneer, the first of its kind, with the ultimate goal of improving the standard of life for the elderlies of Orange County. With the revolutionary Bone-Loss and Denture-Loss Programs, the good doctor’s team can assure residents who undergo the procedures that they will be done in an hour. No sutures required. No endless months of healing. “They can immediately start eating, and speak with confidence,” Dr. Zahedi notes - “it’s a phenomenal solution for residents that cannot have extensive surgery for other, non-related medical reasons. And it eliminates the cost of replacing lost removable dentures, which is essentially an ironclad guarantee for those associates suffering from memory-loss or impairment.”

Not replacing missing teeth results in the rapid loss of the precious jaw bone, inadequate food intake, weight loss and a cascade of serious medical conditions.

ans (www.dentistsforveterans.org), to reflect their goals, and better call out the true needs of dentistry to the American population today. “Since its humble beginning in 2011, over $500,000 in dental services have been provided to veterans in need.” By eliminating pain and infection, which sometimes tend to be side effects of serving our county so valiantly, Dr. Zahedi is giving back to the community the best way he knows how – outstanding and convenient dental care. When asked what prompted him to pursue this non-for-profit organization, Dr. Zahedi responded, “If I don’t do it, who will?” A noble question, rightly asked. Addressing the unknown worries of these disabled, or mobility impaired, or elderly populations is one thing. Bringing the care to their front door before they have a chance to worry? Another concept entirely. By bringing a complete dental care office to the community, Dr. Zahedi and his team are changing the way these residents look at dental care. Perhaps he can’t do anything about the super volcanoes, or what is and what isn’t gluten free, but he’ll rebuild your dental profile so it’s the least of your worries.


Repeatedly recognized as a leader in his industry by his passion and knowledge for the health and wellness of older adults, Dr. Zahedi has been honored by the American Dental Association’s Burton Wasserman and Dental Clinics of North America to write a book chapter (pub. July 2016) entitled Special Care Dentistry: Treatment of Orally Handicapped Edentulous Older Adults Using Dental Implants. In 2011, Dr. Zahedi addressed a different need: that of the dental care of impoverished and disabled veterans living in Southern California. His first non-profit, Oral Disability Rescue, was comprised of a small group of volunteer dentists and dental assistants who looked after their target population. Since then, the name has changed to Dentists for Veter-


Dr. Charles Zahedi is a current UCLA School of Dentistry Faculty member and instructor and is practicing in Newport Beach with over 27 years of experience treating older adults and corporate employees. Connect with your mobile dentist by calling (855) 99-MDUSA (855-996-3872) or visit www.mobiledentalusa.com

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Depression does not discriminate based on your social standing, how much money you have in your bank account, your accomplishments. Even if there’s nothing but happy moments around you, why then do you still feel depressed?


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esearch has found that the brain out of balance and lack of harmony between the lobes could possibly lead to disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Many people turn to prescription medications in an attempt to address their symptoms, but ironically these same medications can possibly cause or perpetuate the afflictions we are expecting them to treat. Brainwave Optimization is a unique highly scientific yet holistic approach. Over 120,000 people have successfully participated, and the number grows every day. What are they experiencing? We start with an intensive scientific evaluation of your brainwaves, using a very advanced computer program in the initial assessment. We determine where the imbalances and frequencies levels are in the initial assessment. We can then create a plan customized to your specific needs. Over the next 5 days, you can relax in our zero gravity chair while listening to audio feedback being created by your own brainwave frequencies and mirrored back through this advanced technology. This process can be viewed on our website,www.awokenlife. com, under “What is Brainwave optimization?

Another Awoken Life client, Dana Point resident Vince adds “I cannot put this in to words how much this has changed my life. Struggles of alcohol dependency, depression, spelling and even my fear of heights suddenly became manageable. I went in to this a total skeptic and was made in to a believer. Thank you for giving me a life I never thought possible.” Awoken Life is dedicated to helping people achieve their potential, through Brainwave Optimization, guided visualization and even hypnotherapy. It’s our goal to see you getting back to your life as soon as possible.

Have you ever heard someone say “just think positive, look at the bright side or just get over it” and think “easy for you to say?” Depression is a real thing and the answer can be as easy as relaxing for five days while having Brainwave Optimization at Awoken Life.

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All the jokes my husband makes about potentially living under the same roof as his mother-in-law aside, my 84-year-old mother knows she can always move in with our family if or when the time arrives when she needs extra help in her daily life.


recently learned about Acti-Kare, thinking forward about what options were out there for those looking to take care of their elderly in-house: options to give you more dignity, comfort, and independence, not less. An industry leader in providing highly qualified, compassionate, and trustworthy caregivers, Acti-Kare is dedicated to in-home care, and Lori Renaud, R.N., is at the helm in South Orange County, steering her team towards excellence. Especially when it comes to senior care. Acti-Kare offers affordable in-home care - both hourly and live-in services - including transportation, meal preparation, personal care services, companionship from professionals who are screened, bonded and insured. “I began Acti-Kare in April of 2015. Working in healthcare provided me with the opportunity to recognize the value and benefit of high-quality in-home care,” says Lori. “Too many seniors only have a life of existence, leading to isolation and depression.” Indeed, for those struggling with recovery following a surgery, like a friend’s mother after she broke her hip, life becomes smaller and smaller. Until the house you raised your children in can start to feel more like a trap than a triumph.

my mother now have a constant companion, her laundry is taken care of, mail sorted - but if she wants to go out and run errands or meet a friend, her transportation is arranged.” Clients can still do their own grocery shopping; but if they’d rather not bother with the task of preparing and cleaning up afterwards, or perhaps are dealing with a restricted diet, “Acti-Kare caregivers can prepare meals that maintain a healthy diet, as well as monitor their daily nutritional needs to insure sufficient nutrition.” Unfortunately, a great many seniors fail to meet those demands, leading to frustration, and often, a heightened risk of illness.

Acti-Kare utilizes a collaborative approach in working alongside hospice and home health care companies toward the same client/patient goals through open communication and a commitment toward providing outstanding service. “Our caregivers go to the client’s residence, and we are daily achieving my goal of providing seniors the opportunity to have a life with meaning, and a more active, social, and independent lifestyle in a safe environment,” says Lori.

“I educate the public on disease management and prevention,” says Lori. “But sometimes it takes the presence of a competent, compassionate caregiver to ensure that corners aren’t being cut on health in some of the most important years of your life.” Treating every client as if they were a family member of their own, Lori’s team is confident that their suite of senior care solutions will surpass your expectations for care - without committing to a longterm contract or minimum hour block of service.

As a Registered Nurse, Lori takes each initial consultation herself, developing an individualized plan of care for every client, and checking back in regularly to provide personalized health assessments. The Acti-Vate Program takes customized care one step further, challenging the norm of an age-induced fatigue, and balancing mind, body and spirit to improve the wellbeing of clients holistically. The knowledge that your loved ones are in careful hands is priceless, and the understanding that those hands are leading your loved ones to a safer, more independent lifestyle in their advanced years is immeasurable.

My mother is in fine health now. But as she ages and has increasing needs, what a great option to see her in her own home, running her own errands, confident, dignified and independent in the care right at her doorstep. Connect with Lori Renaud, R.N. by calling (949) 558-2777 or visit www.southorangecounty.actikare.com

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hen one contemplates the term “health crisis,” images from the 1995 medical disaster movie Outbreak come to mind. Hazmat suits and quarantined children in terrifying plastic rooms. But the term is so much more than just the Hollywood scare tactics that have been built up around it. Alycemates, a yearling business, is working on eradicating a different health crisis entirely: that of isolation. ALYCEMates began when Jessica Yum (co-founder of its parent company, ALYCECare) recognized early on that senior isolation and loneliness were reaching epidemic proportions, with increasing numbers living alone at home, instead of in a vibrant, thriving family community, or assisted living facility. She began to realize that the need for companionship was more than just a simple relationship with a caregiver, or a neighbor next door, and Alycemates was born. There is not a single business that does what Alycemates does. Jessica and her team are excited to offer the

community ALYCEMates has built to seniors in the program, “which has evolved greatly from ALYCECare, our home care agency. We bring seniors out of isolation through checkins, exclusive social outings, and of course, the most important part: their ALYCEMate roomate.” They wanted to create a unique program to alleviate the dangers of isolation without having to throw money at the problem. Home care often costs as much as $25/hour, which, for most folks living on their own at a more advanced age, is a steep going rate. Many individuals didn’t need round the clock care, and wouldn’t pay for it, putting themselves at risk then of falling off the social wagon, only to put them at higher risk of dying earlier. 45% higher, in fact. A staggering statistic, given that according to a 2010 study, that’s 15% more at risk than from excessive drinking, and 25% higher than obesity. 40% higher than losing years from air pollution.

seniors as roommates, they could in fact, solve two problems. Senior isolation, and the student debt and housing crisis facing our youth. Seniors would no longer have to live alone: they could be mentors and teachers. Share their stories and dispense wisdom. Students could alleviate the pressure on their pocketbooks, and help others to stay connected. But how exactly are students and seniors matched up?

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“We visit a senior’s home and sit with them for an extended period of time to determine if they are a good fit,” says Jessica. “Participating seniors are typically in good health, have an extra room, live in a safe neighborhood, and are sociable. We then interview several candidates for ALYCEMates to determine which individual would be the best fit for the senior in terms of maturity, stability, personality, interests, etc. - a process which can take several weeks.”

give back, and are comfortable with seniors is no small feat. If they pass the preliminary round of checks, ALYCEMates balances out the equation with a thorough background check, reference check, and credit check. Select candidates get to meet with the senior in person to ensure the chemistry is there. “We’re looking for big-hearted candidates who truly want to be part of the program, and it’s usually very obvious when a candidate is primarily interested in saving money on rent.” With studies showing that seniors living communally add as many as 1015 years to their lives, it’s no wonder that a business like Alycemates found its way into existence. “If you are over 50 and have a spare bedroom, you can become a senior host. It’s as easy as that,” says Jessica. “Earn extra income, alleviate alone time, mentor a young person, make a life-long friend. The benefits are endless. Seniors can earn up to $500 a month through the program.” No hazmat suits, plastic-sheeted quarantine rooms, or reruns of Outbreak required.


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“Mindful Mover’s” Wish List By The ALIGN Pilates & Yoga Team

The holiday season has arrived! But what to do about that perfect gift? Well, if there’s a special someone in your life that loves mindful movement, why not give them the gift of yoga or pilates?


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Anyone who practices yoga or Pilates will need a mat, but with so many different types and price ranges on the market these days it’s hard to know what to get. And trust us, not all mats are created equal. Quality matters. For exercises that involve laying, rolling on the spine, arm balances and headstands, a good mat goes a long way. Go for one that is made of real rubber or eco-friendly materials, and thickness of at least ¾ of an inch. Our top pick at Align is the Manduka Pro Mat.

Most mindful movers are also very mindful about what goes in and on the body. Essential oils are natural plant compounds that are both fragrant and contain therapeutic properties that promote physical and mental well-being. With a ride range of use from achy joints to calming the mind, essential oils are a must for your mindful mover. We love the Deep Blue essential oil from doTerra after a good work-out.



Sometimes choosing the right size, color or prop can be overwhelming, but a simple gift card to a favorite studio, prop brand or athletic wear is always a win.

The joy of a prop! Props can either make or break your practice. Some moves are so difficult one may need the assistance of a bolster or block. On the other hand, one may like to make the exercise more challenging and use a ball or a magic circle. Props make great stocking stuffers or fun gifts under the tree. Blocks, bolsters, blankets, therabands, magic circle, yamuna ball or a foam roller are all great choices for the mindful mover.

May the gift giving begin, and we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season! If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates and yoga experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E-6 in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.alignpilatescenter.com

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A symphony orchestra is typically comprised of seventy to one hundred musicians. Depending on the work being played and the size of the venue, the philharmonic is comprised of brass, woodwinds, and percussion, sometimes including keyboard or a stand-alone instrument, like a standing harp.


ach piece has its part in the composition. Each piece has its own individual music, the notes blending together to form the symphony’s movements. Each musical note is vital to the performance.

er symphony, joining the broad musical sweep of American culture, the Colonel realized how vital it was to alert his new community to the vitamins, herbs, and alternative supplements that could revitalize their health.

A human body is comprised of six main elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. 60% of those elements makes a body of water. To sustain the symphony that the human body plays night and day - heart rhythm, blood circulation, nerve connection, one must receive the proper amount of nutrients, remain in an environment that is amenable to growth, and avoid injuries or weaknesses that would attack its regular performance. Colonel H.S. Dhinsa has dedicated his life to providing the correct environment for a vibrant internal composition. A voracious reader and trained horseman, the Colonel was born and raised in India. After graduating from his studies as a Veterinarian, he joined the Indian military as an animal vet and became an expert on breeding horses, especially in the areas of fertility and infertility.

Graduating from the American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy was icing on the educational cake. A Master’s recipient of a Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology degree from Denmark added to his extensive background in reproductive physiology, nutrition, and clinical homeopathy. The Colonel began to stack up his experience, looking for an outlet to forge a new path towards health. His opportunity arose in 1999, with the purchase of Health Works Juice Bistro. Housed in Laguna Niguel’s Plaza de la Paz, the Bistro has been Colonel Dhinsa’s “Temple of Healing” for the past 18 years. Present seven days a week to give sage advice to his customers, the Colonel takes pride in the gourmet sandwiches, wraps, soups, wheatgrass shots, and fruit smoothies he provides at Health Works. “We are looking at alternative systems to supplement medical science, and produce a healthy body.”

A delicate balance, to be sure, the Colonel spent thirty years in the military, perfecting the science behind the body’s own balance, rising through the ranks to become a Colonel. Taking early retirement, he and his wife moved to the United States in 1991. Individual notes in a larg-

Without the conductor, a symphony is simply comprised of individual instruments. Single sounds which, without guidance, produce cacophony. Offering free one-on-one guidance to his clients, Colonel Dhinsa is the health composer. Aligning a variety of herbs, medicines, and supplements, his homeopathic cures for yourself or your favorite animal companion will revitalize your internal composition and bring you back to the symphony your own body is capable of. What a sweet sound that is. Connect with the Colonel by calling (949) 831-9777. Health Works and Juice Bar is located at 27271 La Paz Rd, Suite A in Laguna Niguel.


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Five month old Slater is an adorable little kitty looking for his forever family. Very sweet and good with other cats, Slater has a great personality and just loves lap time. He would make a wonderful addition to almost any home. Brothers Trick and Treat are quite the dynamic duo. This guinea pig pair is sure to brighten your day with their cute coos and adorable squeaks. Trick and Treat are both very sweet and would love to go home together.

Chico is an easygoing gentleman who is ready to be your new best friend. At four years old, Chico is a great mix between fun-loving and calm. Potty-trained and well-mannered, he would make an easy transition into a home.

If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

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136 N. La Salle Street Old World charm and authentic Italian cuisine is at its finest in the heart of the Chicago Loop. Located adjacent to the Cadillac Palace Theatre inside the Hotel Allegro, 312 Chicago is presided over by executive chef and Italian native Luca Corazzina. Taste your way through plates of silken Burrata cheese, pappardella bolognese, and Mediterranean branzino (a skin-on sea bass with yellow pepper puree, crab meat, green onions, radishes, fresno peppers, lime juice, olive oil and micro cilantro) so fresh you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Italy for dinner.

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438 N. Wells Street Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s has stayed true to the original Chicago style deep dish pizza recipe first created in the 1950’s. Lou’s is famous for its buttery, flakey crust; sweet and tangy tomatoes; gooey mozzarella cheese; and perfectly seasoned sausage. If you’re craving the best deep dish around, Lou Malnati’s is the place to go!

43 E. Ohio Street With 63,000 square feet of space, dozens upon dozens of aisles of groceries, and 20-plus different restaurants and bars – Eataly’s is a foodie’s Italian-cuisine themed Disneyland. Arguably the most popular restaurant here is La Pizza & La Pasta features two of the best-loved Italian dishes: Napoli-style pizza and al dente pasta. Grouped together in the southwest corner of the second floor, they share a menu - making this the most immediately appealing area for a group that includes all ages.


1112 S. Wabash Avenue This classic hybrid Jewish deli/American family diner tips its hat to a bygone era by balancing the warmth of a 1940’s soda fountain nostalgia with a clean, modern design. Vintage revolving doors, fully functional antique silver soda jerks, an old-fashioned candy counter, white pharmacy tiles and 1920s art-nouveau fixtures add to its charm. And to our kids’ delight, breakfast is served all day! The 11 City French Toast is crafted from fresh baked challah, strawberries, bananas and toasted coconut.

125 S. Clark Street Revival Food Hall is a massive 24,000 square foot venue located in the heart of The Loop on the ground floor of The National—a 20-story restoration of a historic 1907 Daniel Burnham-designed building. A kaleidoscope of all-local, artisanal purveyors prepare a variety of dishes for virtually every discriminating palate: Mexican fare, pizza, sandwiches, barbecue, baked goods, ramen, poke (my favorite), seafood, gelato, salads, coffee, cocktails and wine. You won’t find any restaurant chains here - most of the stalls are occupied as offshoots of small restaurants and food trucks


True to form, the kids opted for the Margherita pizza, and then had to stave off the adults grabbing a slice (or two). This delicious dish is the real deal folks and quite possibly the best Neapolitan pizza in the city – boasting both a beautifully charred crust and the perfect balance of crisp exterior to airy, soft interior, a light brushing of tart and slightly sweet tomato sauce and a smattering of just-melted tangy mozzarella. Yum!

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as Winter Fest OC Returns! Southern California’s Ultimate Winter Experience

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Continues with 18 days of Entertainment, Attractions and Fun for all Ages

elebration Festivals is “bringing winter to the OC” with the return of Southern California’s largest winter tradition - Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the forecast calls for 18 days of snow in a winter wonderland of fun as Winter Fest will run from December 21 through January 7, giving families additional time in the new year to enjoy more than 20 wintry activities that are back by popular demand. See Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds for four nights only before heading back to the North Pole on Christmas Day. Winter Fest’s giant wonderland of family fun and date night charm is a great value with tickets available starting at only $10. Season passes are also available for all 18 days of Winter Fest to capture plenty of Instagram-worthy pictures. “Winter Fest has become a go-to destination for Southern California families to celebrate the holiday season and we are proud to bring ‘winter to the OC’ for our third year of fun, food and entertainment,” said Katrina Carlson, Events Director of Celebration Festivals. “We’re bringing back all the attractions people love, from high-speed sledding thrills to a larger real snow play area, outdoor ice skating, and flying Santa and his Reindeer over the fairgrounds. Whether you choose to come for a day of carnival games and snow play, enjoy a holiday cocktail over evening entertainment, or ring in the New Year, Winter Fest has something for everyone to make lasting memories.” Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas start at only $69 per session, creating a destination for holiday office parties, birthday parties, family retreats or date nights. Each cabana will accommodate two to 10 people and can adapt to fit parties of up to 100 guests. The VIP cabanas offer exclusive menus with seasonally-inspired food, cocktails, a private ice rink entrance and private servers. For more information, visit www.WinterFestOC.com


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Sc 12 2017 issuu  

Southern California business lifestyle publication

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Southern California business lifestyle publication