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All throughout my youth, I wondered why people didn’t like going to the dentist. That all changed when I moved away from home to go to college, and had to find a new dentist for the first time. That experience opened my eyes to how intimate dentistry is and how vulnerable you feel if you are not comfortable in the dental office. back to a profession that changed my life.” In 1992, Dr. Ho started his practice in Laguna Hills and added a second office in Rancho Santa Margarita and with great dedication and hard work, cared for residents of both cities. “As my children started to grow up, I realized that I wanted to spend more time with them while I could,” he says. “So I sold my Laguna Hills location and focused on RSM, which is where I lived. I recently relocated back to Laguna Hills as now my children have grown, but my parents need a little more attention. They reside in Laguna Woods Village.”

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our smile/mouth is the first thing people notice when they speak to you. Finding someone you trust to take care of your dental hygiene is imperative to enjoying the confidence a beautiful smile gives you. Ivan Ho, DDS is one of those select few dentists you can trust. From the moment you meet him, you are immediately touched by his warm nature and empathy.

“As a doctor myself, extensive knowledge and expertise is important,” says Patient Steve H., MD. “Dr Ho is truly an expert!”

Dr. Ho has been caring for patients for over twenty years and has won numerous awards and reviews that focus not only on his excellency within dentistry, but also the warmth with which he treats his patients - as welcome guests and friends.

Dr. Ho has had more than his fair share of time in the dental chair as a patient. This has given him the unique perspective of both a professional and a patient.

As a University of Southern California School of Dentistry graduate and an award winning board certified dentist, Dr. Ho lectures nationally and internationally about both cosmetic and implant dentistry. His expertise and warm demeanor have earned him the respect and trust of both colleagues and patients. 16

Angela P., a local school teacher, echoes the sentiment and adds: “I’ve been searching for a dentist with honesty and compassion, I found Dr Ho through a co-worker and refer all my friends and family to him.”

“I had extra teeth and gum issues that required multiple gum and oral surgeries from my childhood all through my adolescence,” says Dr. Ho. “Despite the many and varied procedures I went through, I was fortunate enough to see wonderful providers and I was extremely grateful for the care they gave me. The experience of rectifying my own oral health led me to pursue dentistry. I wanted to give

Dr. Ho has been enjoying his return to Laguna Hills and being able to care for patients that got him started twenty-plus years ago. “It is not just fillings, crowns, implants, cosmetic dentistry or cleanings: it’s ‘beyond the nuances’ dentistry. Your oral health plays a very important role in your overall health and your ability to enjoy the simple pleasures of life like eating good food. “After all, your smile is an indication of what is within.” Dr. Ho says with an engaging smile of his own.

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DOHENY BIKE The Fastest Growing E-Bike Company in Dana Point

By Jody Robinson

You might be surprised to learn what the country’s fastest growing industry is and it’s not RV sales, in spite of a year of lockdown. But the demand to get on the road is certainly fueling the drive toward recreational activities in North America, and e-bikes are running away with the market.

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ueled by demand from both Canada and the U.S., e-bikes are looking at an annual growth rate of close to 11% over the next few years, marching right along with a booming housing market and burgeoning infrastructure development. Targeting not only recent retirees, but enthusiasts of all ages looking to stay

active, get outside or simply prefer to tool around town on an E-bike - the evolved and infinitely more exciting electric iteration of the traditional two-wheeler. While E-bike purveyors are seemingly on every corner, few have experienced the explosion in interest and growth locally like Doheny Bike - the fastest growing E-bike company in Dana Point. This is perhaps due in large measure to the popularity, versatility,

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utility and affordability of the company’s Fold N’ Go collection - available in a array of colors and profiles. But undoubtedly in equal measure is the mission of its co-owners - Jason Spates and Micah Meiring - to “give back to the community.” Doheny itself boasts a robust outdoor history. Killer Dana, the aptly named freight-train-thick swell brought in surfers and developers alike. Hoping to keep the community close to the land and sea that brought it prosperity originally seemed logical for Jason, Micah and their team, working with the City of Dana Point recently to hand out 75 complimentary helmets, scooters, and skateboards. “Dana Point is an amazing community, and we want to help more kids enjoy it safely. Doheny Bike is donating a Doheny EZ Folding bike to Pet Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year on September 19th called Pet Project Foundation: Roaring for Rescues! Proceeds will benefit the animals at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. “We recognized the opportunity to give back, to contribute to our community that shaped our childhood, and it felt natural to encourage mobility and personal freedom when the pandemic had taken so much of it away.” Jason and Micah are a couple of local Dana Point dads, lucky enough to have lived near the worldfamous Doheny Beach surf spot their entire lives. “Our freedom was nearly unlimited as kids in the 1970’s and 80’s - we wanted our own kids to be as mobile as we were.” The idea of access and freedom have long been associated with the bicycle, and Doheny Bike believes in

“It should be fun, but we’re also thinking beyond fun to community, individual expression and the ability to remain mobile.” sending its patrons out on adventures to places unknown, where they might not have ventured before. They set out to provide an affordable solution for everyday mobility. “With the average buyer’s budget in mind, we wanted a functional riding experience that is not trendy, awkward and limited to your hometown,” says Micah. “Creating the agility of the Fold N’ Go anywhere design, we have provided a solution to buyers that want to travel in a smaller car with electric bikes and ultimately extend their outdoor adventures.” As parents, Jason and Micah stress the importance of safety, and encourage all riders to be over 16, along with the importance of sizing the bike

out, wearing a helmet, and meeting minimum requirements to ride the bikes safely on the road. “It should be fun, but we’re also thinking beyond fun, to community, individual expression, and the ability to remain mobile.” On a single charge, you can ride up to 50 miles. Put a basket on the back and you’re ready for the store or farmer’s market. “I wanted something better than traffic in my car and I just knew that the options I had to help my community needed to be affordable and reliable.” With a background in commercial truck leasing and loans, and an early pandemic ride on his nephew’s electric scooter, genius was born. “There’s something about being out in the fresh air that made a great start to the day.” The recent cycling boom couldn’t agree more. Doheny Bike 34163 Pacific Coast Hwy. #100 Dana Point (949) 427-3305 DohenyBike.com 19


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ClubSport Aliso Viejo Orange County’s premier resort-style gym

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I was chatting with a friend the other day about gyms. He was bemoaning the era of headphones: AirPods, Beats, you name it. I laughed at first because it seemed like such a funny complaint: I don’t like gyms because people wear headphones. But then it dawned on me as he continued to talk, that he was really referring to the missed sense of community he used to get when he went to the gym. Or, as he calls it still - the club. The Club isn’t gone, however. Not by a long shot. That place you could go to achieve your fitness goals or simply be well among a group of other like-minded folks? It still exists, in Aliso Viejo at ClubSport - Orange County’s premier fitness resort-style gym where “you’re more than a member, you’re a member of our family.” And the experience here is even more amazing than ever.

Group fitness classes similar to the ones you may enjoy at boutique studios can be found at ClubSport Aliso Viejo with over 70 weekly instructor-guided class options such as boxing, cycling, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, barre, aquatics, and the increasingly popular HIIT workouts using water rowers, striders, and strength-training equipment. And don’t forget the wide range of court sports including racquetball, squash, and basketball.

Relaxation more your speed for the day? Book a massage or facial treatment at the luxurious R Spa - which is also partnered with the Rejuvenation Room offering IV vitamin therapies and vitamin injections. A full-service restaurant, the vibrant Citrus Fresh Grill & Market serves up “naturally delicious” new world cuisine, snacks, and smoothies for dine-in or takeout crafted from real, wholesome ingredi20

If you have no idea where to begin when it comes to your fitness and nutrition goals, ClubSport Aliso Viejo has that covered, too! There is a wide range of options for personal training, an immersive 8-week weight loss program called Rev32, nutritious takehome meals, and accessible advice from on-site professionals that make it easy to stay accountable to yourself. There is literally something for everyone. Whether it be relaxation or rejuvenation you’re looking for, or to get super sweaty alongside your Boot Camp compadres, the Club hasn’t actually gone anywhere. It’s simply gotten better. As for the Air-Pods? You can take ‘em or leave ‘em.

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BRONWYN GORMAN | Decorating Den Interiors By Jody Robinson

Over a half-century ago, a former fabric salesman named Steve Bursten had a vision: an unparalleled interior design catalogue that would match creatives to homes across the US and Canada.

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A longtime Orange County resident, Bronwyn embraces the unique lifestyle of its population, and the indoor-outdoor spaces that reflect it. Where else can you hit the waves and the ski hill in the same day? “A house isn’t just a home, it is your refuge, your sanctuary at the end of the day, and responsible for ushering you into each new one," she says. "I want to promote health and happiness with my designs - from the ease of process to the details in your favorite room.” Bronwyn's business, a reflection of her personal values and ideals, takes the leap from outstanding customer service into genuine respect and care for her clients. “I’m passionate and motivated to understand each individual I have the pleasure of working with." And it shows in her projects.


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Not a real specific disease, as I learned later through some of my own research, but more an umbrella covering the impairment of at least a couple of different brain functions; dementia’s group conditions affect memory loss and judgment, often the two most important pieces in the typical motions of an everyday life. Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s all snug up neatly under the umbrella, as does vascular dementia. At some point, like with my friend’s grandmother later that year, it can become necessary to offer more care than is available around the home. That’s when care in a senior living community like Serra Sol Memory Care in San Juan Capistrano becomes so vitally important.

A partnership between Protea Senior Living and Agemark Senior Living two of the foremost names in senior residence care - Serra Sol Memory Care prides itself on offering “a truly inspired life” for its residents. As with all things, there are homes that feel like sterile hospitals and communities that feel like home. Serra Sol certainly falls in the latter category. Providing exceptional care is the tip of the iceberg at the new South Orange County location, and like most icebergs, the weight of their mission hovers below the surface, imbuing each day with meaning derived from little things that mean a lot. As the management company who will oversee all day-today operations, Agemark creates true communities that are warm and wel-


coming, and works diligently to give those in their care love, laughter and joy and encourages residents to live life fully - despite the challenges they face. Renowned for turning the traditional image of an old-folks home into a passionate, engaging, mission-driven community, Agemark’s custom touches at Serra Sol include an onsite Director of Nursing, Physician oversight, assisted telemedicine appointments, balanced menus and dining services, on-site physical, occupational, and speech therapy from preferred partners, and regular communication of resident’s assessment and needs with loved ones. My friend later shared that her grandmother’s room at the senior care residence might not have been a replica of her bedroom in the home she lived in for years, but all of the important things were there - photos, cards from the grandkids, her favorite reading chair. At Serra Sol, they understand that in addition to making sure your loved one’s health-related needs are met, equally important is the warmhearted staff who care deeply about their feelings, and the routine and familiarity of place that sparks an awareness of the positive memories they carried in with them. As far as personalized care goes, Serra Sol has it all. In fact, through the 26

An Agemark facility, in conjunction with Protea Capital Partners - two of the foremost names in senior residence care - Serra Sol Memory Care prides itself on offering “a truly inspired life” for its residents.”

Agemark communities spanning six states, everything from the environment to the friendly faces one sees each day contribute to an elite level of service. The leadership teams are all handpicked, ensuring that each member of the staff exemplify the values they hold close: professionalism, integrity, compassion. Employees assist with daily outings and activities, customizing them to each resident’s passions and interests. From social gatherings to individual spiritual practices, crafts, baking, yoga, walking, or trips to local attractions, keeping residents motivated and excited for the day-to-day means stimulating their minds and bodies. After all, feeling engaged combats memory loss, and can even trigger new neural pathways to link old and new memory together. Serra Sol boasts an incredibly safe and secure environment, keeping those with memory loss top of mind. 43


My friend’s grandmother passed away a few years after she moved into the home, at a ripe old 93. I’m told she was surrounded every day by the comforts of her own memories until the end, and remained a hilarious, crisp fighter regardless of what came her way. I understand the perils that a disease like dementia can bring a bit better now that I’m older, but that only amplifies my gratitude for the safety and sense of community that the residents of Serra Sol Memory Care enjoy. Set the standard for care for your own loved ones, at Serra Sol.

Secured entries and exits, alarm systems, and emergency call buttons complement lovely natural vegetation and water features in the residence’s secure outdoor courtyard, perfect for dining or simply enjoying an afternoon chat. Restaurant-style meals are served in a beautifully appointed dining room, and a multipurpose area serves to house crafts, cooking, games, film screenings and more. A state-of-the-art Tovertafel table features a game system providing cognitive stimulation to its players in the form of movement and interaction. Don’t miss the ice cream sundae dipping station in the dining area,

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YOUR ANNUAL NOTICE OF CHANGE By Stephanie Frisch

In the Medicare Insurance world we refer to it as an “ANOC” (we love using acronyms, unfortunately we’re just about the only ones that know what they mean).

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The Annual Notice of Change is a document you receive in the mail (or online if you signed up for that) that explains the changes that your Medicare plan may have made for the upcoming year. Some changes that you would see on your ANOC are increases or decreases in your monthly premium, changes to your co-pays, deductibles, the annual out of pocket maximum and the plan’s drug formulary. (the prescription drugs that the plan gives you access to at a set copay or co-insurance amount) You will receive your Annual Notice of Change every year around the end of September. It’s not a fancy envelope with bright red letters reading, “Open Me, I’m Important to Read” rather it’s generally printed on an inexpensive paper resembling a newspaper, and it usually reads and looks like a pamphlet. All plans have some type of change for the upcoming year. An ANOC will list 2 columns, one is what your benefit is for the current year, the other column will show what it will change to in the new year. Sometimes the change is good; a lower premium,

deductible, co-pay or maximum out of pocket known as a MOOP (see, there’s another acronym for you!) What you want to make sure of is that you are aware and informed when the change is not good news; a higher deductible, higher co-pays or premium or MOOP. At that point, you can decide if it’s going to affect you enough to want to look at making a change to your coverage for the new year. In the Medicare Advantage plan world, the HMO plans seem to have positive changes for the most part, but the few PPO’s out there in Orange County not so much. The biggest offender of changes prompting people to look elsewhere is the “Stand Alone Medicare RX plans” that people who use Medicare as their primary insurance coupled with a Medicare supplement plan pay for. These plans seem to always be giving an increase to their deductible, premium and co-pay amounts. Unfortunately knowing how to go about finding the right Medicare drug plan on their own isn’t something most Medicare beneficiaries know how to do. The good news is that I do! So, if you get surprised by your ANOC this Fall, feel free to reach out to me, I’d be happy to help you.

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This podcast answers all the “bazillion” questions that kids ask each and every day and it’s led by kids! But Why tackles topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. In addition, they bring in experts in a variety of fields and have kids join the discussion and ask the experts their own questions.

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Is your child curious about space? Then you should check out this podcast from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Each week, they teach something cool about space exploration and life in space. Although this podcast isn’t

Cuteness overload! This podcast was created by the inquisitive Nate Butkus when he was just five years old, and is an awesome adventure into the wonderful world of science, research, and discovery. Now nine, Nate, along with his scientist and educator guests, explores everything from chemistry and climate change to the human brain and bat biology. Nate truly does a fantastic job and if your child is curious about science, then this show is well worth a listen!

Tumble

Described as a “kid-friendly Radiolab,” Tumble explores a variety of science topics, from outer space and bacteria to dinosaurs and the human body, interviewing experts in the field. Tumble is hosted by Lindsay, a science journalist, and Marshall, a teacher. Most episodes run from 10 to 20 minutes long and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, as well as their parents.

Wow in the World

Produced by NPR, Wow in the World delves into topics involving space, technology, and the human brain in each 20 to 30 minute episode. Tech geeks will love episodes that explore 3D printing and artificial intelligence, and space lovers can learn all about black holes and alien asteroids. There are also plenty of other topics sure to interest listeners of all ages: What makes chili peppers hot? Can we make ice cream melt more slowly? What makes that sound when you crack your knuckles?

SCIENCE PODCASTS FOR OLDER KIDS 60-Second Science

Even shorter, but no less entertaining and engaging, 60-Second Science is hosted by the award-winning magazine Scientific American. Every episode is not quite a mere one minute;


most are actually around two to three minutes in length. 60-Second Science examines all kinds of topics on health, animals, technology, and more. This podcast will pique the interest of kids who might not have the attention span for longer episodes yet.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

This is not your typical science podcast, but if your kids love Harry Potter and you love rationality, it’s the perfect fit. It’s fan fiction, in audio form. As their website states: “This is an alternate universe story, where Petunia married a scientist. Harry enters the wizarding world armed with enlightenment ideals and the experimental spirit.”

Imaginary Worlds

Older kids who love to read science fiction and fantasy books will get a kick out of the bi-weekly Imaginary Worlds podcast. Host Eric Molinsky interviews writers, artists, filmmakers, and game designers about how they create fictional worlds and why fans love them. Molinsky takes on topics in half-hourlong episodes such as, food in science fiction worlds, the plight of androids, fictional languages, and more.

SCIENCE PODCASTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Star Talk

Astrophysicist and pop culture icon Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses astronomy, physics, and life in the universe with a new co-host each week. Co-hosts run the gamut from celebrities (Katy Perry, Kevin Smith) to fellow scientists (Alan Alda, Bill Nye) and everyone in between. Each episode is about 50 minutes to an hour long and great for the whole family to listen to at home or on a road trip.

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Science Friday (or “SciFri”) is a call-in talk show that typically broadcasts on public radio stations every Friday, and is also available to listen to in podcast form. Science journalist and host Ira Flatow discusses current news on science, nature, and technology. Each episode is composed of two hour-long segments, and topics are as varied as can be: voting, how genetics affect your sleep, theories on dark matter, and a week devoted to cephalopod science.

Cultivate your Child’s Interest in Science

Podcasts are a great way for children to introduce science topics at home and explore their interests and curiosities. So the next time your mind starts swirling and you start feeling overwhelmed by your child’s insatiable curiosity to ask questions about sciency things, just have them tune into one of these great Science Podcasts for Kids! To learn more about Stratford School and our unique STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – curriculum or to schedule a personalized tour visit us online at www.stratfordschools.com. 53


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mental health benefits for students. Although popular activities such as sports and pep rallies had to be eliminated during the worst months of the pandemic, the school still put on exciting events and continued annual traditions to give students a sense of normalcy. For instance, a lunchtime Winter Formal was held outdoors, and a surprise “Snow Day” was staged complete with fresh snow and giant hills on which students could sled down. JSerra will continue to stay on top of health and safety protocols when students return to campus for the new school year. (Football games will also be returning to campus for all spectators to enjoy!)

JSerra’s “bold commitment” (as described by The Los Angeles Times) not only gave a safe and stable learning environment but also provided

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Getting the Best from Your Child with Special Needs by Anthony Cupo

Parents want what is best for their children. This is as true for parents of special needs children as it is for others.

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1. UNDERSTAND “THE BEST” IS A CHANGING EXPECTATION We all have an expectation of what our children should ultimately achieve. Maybe you want them to be able to verbalize their anger, rather than acting out. Or perhaps you want them to use an “indoor voice” in public, rather than yelling. It’s important to understand that children may not immediately meet those goals — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their best at the time. A child’s “best” is an ever-moving target. Today, their best may be to yell a little less loudly when they become irritated. A few months from now, their best may be to proclaim “I’m angry” rather than yelling. Shift your expectations and define “the best” as your child’s best effort right now.

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is worth persevering and getting that “official” diagnosis. It will open you up to more specific, effective strategies.

It is completely normal and natural to become frustrated as a parent. What you need to avoid is letting that frustration impact the way you deal with your child’s behaviors and emotions. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a step back, take a few deep breaths, and regroup before addressing your child. Make sure you’re taking time out to care for yourself. This can help to preemptively reduce frustration.

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3. GET A CLEAR DIAGNOSIS Some parents are afraid to move forward with the diagnostic process because they do not want their child to be labeled or categorized. However, getting a clear diagnosis for your special needs child can make it so much easier to encourage them and help them grow. Once you understand your child’s diagnosis, you can research tactics and techniques that specifically work well for children with that diagnosis. For instance, for children diagnosed with ADD, strategies, like limiting distractions, regulating sleep patterns, and promoting waiting time, can help them develop and be their best. If you did not know your child’s diagnosis, you may not think to implement these effective and proven strategies. The process of getting a diagnosis can be long and a bit frustrating. You may need to see several doctors and specialists. Your child may need to undergo a variety of tests. However, it

As the parent of a special needs child, you are ultimately the one who makes decisions about treatment and care. But it is wise to trust the professionals. Therapists, pediatricians, and educators who have spent years in school and have experience working with special needs children can offer remarkable guidance. Trust these professionals. Remember they really do take your needs (and your child’s needs) to heart.

5. STRATEGIZE WITH OTHER ADULTS IN YOUR CHILD’S LIFE Does your child have another parent? Maybe an aunt or uncle who babysits, or perhaps an older cousin. Hold regular “meetings” with these influential adults in your child’s life. During these meetings, update them on your child’s progress, the latest tips and techniques you have learned from your therapist, and anything else important in your child’s life and development. Keeping all the adults on the same page will allow them to more effectively encourage and support your child. The more support your child has from loving adults, the greater success they will experience.

6. CELEBRATE SUCCESSES ALONG THE WAY Remember: Each step forward is an achievement. Celebrate these small steps, even if there is still quite a distance to go to meet your child’s goal.


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7. MAKE A LIST OF CARE PRIORITIES AND STICK TO THEM You won’t perfectly adhere to every best practice and technique every day. For example, maybe you know sugar is not great, considering your child’s diagnosis, but occasionally allow a cookie. You know a good night’s sleep helps your child feel calmer the next day, but sometimes things get away from you and your child is up ’til midnight. Progress…not perfection. Stick to routines and care practices more often than not. One way to keep practices a priority is to make a list. Start by using red ink to list the tactics you absolutely must employ each day. This can include medication delivery and avoiding sugary foods. Then, in orange, list the tactics that are a little less vital, but still important. Follow those with blue tactics that are nice to employ, but not really essential. Each day work your way down your list. Make sure you check off each red tactic and as many orange tactics as possible. Challenge yourself to check off the blue tactics more often, too. This strategy helps ensure that “oops” moments with your child occur less frequently, and this will help them make continual progress toward their goals. As you employ these 7 tips and tactics, remember that each small step forward is a success. We want our children to achieve their best five or ten years from now. But we also want them to do their best every day. When you’re giving your best, it becomes a very realistic goal.

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