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To get the best results for your fine hair, consult your trusted stylist on tips for the volume you desire.

Fine hair usually has no movement, can be hard to manage, often looks limp, and lacks body. The hair is finer in texture than average and harder to deal with without using the right products. On the other hand, too much product can add weight to your hair, which results in a flattening effect after you’ve spent ample time styling it.

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washing You want to wash your hair as soon as it gets oily. However, just because it is less tolerant of skipping washes than thicker hair, that doesn’t mean you need to wash it every day. It will depend on what types of products you use and how you treat your hair. Before washing your hair, gently massage your scalp, which will increase blood flow and help to begin the exfoliation of your pores that may hold excess oil.

conditioning You may not need conditioning after every shampoo. When you condition, try conditioning the ends of your hair while avoiding the roots.




The key to getting the best look for your fine hair is getting the right haircut performed by a skilled stylist. Having the right shape for your hair type and texture, while also complementing your facial features, is essential. If you don’t have the right shape for your hair, nothing short of a miracle and a pound of lacquer will keep it in place. Another way to give fine hair a fuller look is through heavy highlights to give the illusion of volume. Since fine hair can be completely straight to very curly, choose a stylist who is aware of these differences as well as how to give you fuller looking hair through the cut. Once you have the right cut, get the best look every day with these fine hair care tips.

After your shower, gently blot your hair dry with an old t-shirt. This is gentler than a towel. It all starts with how you dry your hair. Use a warm or cool hair dryer setting with a concentrator to focus the air. You should use your fingers until your hair is 90 perecent dry, then use a soft bristle brush. Dry your hair upside down to give yourself maximum volume. After your hair is dry, flip your head over again and brush your hair completely through.

hair products With fine hair, you want to limit products but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid them. Try strategic use of hairspray to hold hair in place. You can also use a volumizing dry shampoo or a sea salt spray instead of hairspray. Try applying these products to the ends of your hair while avoiding the roots to avoid weighing down your do.

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Total Gum Health Creates a Long-Lasting, Beautiful Smile Hollywood stars know the power of a beautiful smile. Celebrities seem to have perfect teeth, but just like the rest of us, many of them have had a little help from their dentist and in many stars, their periodontist too. If periodontal tooth and gum issues are not treated before buying beautiful cosmetic dentistry, you may be wasting your time and your money. Periodontal health is the foundation of a healthy smile and can make the money you spend on beautiful teeth last many more years.

Your smile can help make new friends, close a business deal, cheer up a broken heart and ensure that other people feel good about you. How you feel about your smile, directly relates to how much you actually use it. Do you like your smile? If not, you may be missing out on a beautiful and healthy smile that will give you the self-confidence you deserve. It goes one step further – healthy teeth and gums are the foundation of a healthy body – as your oral health directly impacts your body health and wellness. Advanced dentistry and good periodontal (gum) care can help you achieve the ultimate show-

stopping smile. Dental implants will give you back your smile with natural looking and fully functional teeth that best replace your own. Gum grafting can reduce a “gummy smile” to show more of your teeth and open up your beautiful smile. Laser treatments that utilize less invasive procedures can control and eliminate periodontal bacteria to help save your natural teeth and gums. An experienced periodontist can provide you with countless options for improving your smile and keeping your gums and teeth healthy for life. Are You Missing Teeth? The effect of a missing tooth is not only devastating to your smile, but it’s detrimental to your long-term oral and medical health. It’s not just about unsightly gaps; people missing teeth lose supportive gum tissue and the bone that surrounds other teeth, and eventually the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. Studies show that people with all their teeth can live, on average, 10 years longer than people with missing teeth. Having gaps where teeth are missing affects the way the jaw closes as the remaining teeth begin to tilt and drift into the gaps. Food can become trapped in these spaces, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease. The tilting and drifting can also cause problems for the opposing teeth as your bite becomes off-balance and you may begin to experience jaw and joint problems. Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to look prematurely aged. Lost teeth affect what you eat, how you swallow, process food, and how you speak and function. The good news is that an experienced periodontist has the advanced training beyond their


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regular dental degree to prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal (gum) disease with the most advanced laser therapy to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. A periodontist can also offer personalized solutions to replace your missing teeth, repair your damaged gums, and prevent or rebuild bone that may have been lost. Your teeth provide much more function than just the ability to chew. They are necessary for the health of the gum and jaw tissues as they provide a strong foundation for a truly beautiful smile. Take control of your dental health. Make an appointment for a complete periodontal evaluation with an experienced periodontist today.

Dr. Karl Smith has been in dental practice for more than 34 years. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981 and immediately entered General Practice in the US Air Force Dental Corps. He successfully completed three additional years of advanced education in the specialty of Periodontics with additional training in IV Sedation and Dental Implants in 1992, at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He won the John Pritchard Prize for outstanding research which included looking for a vaccine against bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Dr. Smith completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a Certificate in Health Services Management while working full time as a Periodontist.

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The Microcannula Technique Injectable Facial Fillers Without Bruising As a natural part of the aging process, we lose bone and soft tissues throughout the face and body. This process, combined with the effects of gravity, commonly leads to deepening wrinkles, sagging skin, and an increasingly gaunt countenance. Injectable dermal fillers offer an excellent non-surgical treatment to reverse these effects and restore a fresh, youthful appearance, and they are one of our most requested services. of hyaluronic acid, a gel-like substance that is naturally found throughout the human body. The hyaluronic acid molecule is too large to penetrate the surface of the skin, but when injected under the skin it can be used to lift, plump, and restore the smooth contours of the face and hands. Hyaluronic gels are available in various consistencies, each used for a specific purpose. For example, a robust filler is needed to sculpt

To ensure that our patients receive gentle dermal filler treatments and natural-looking results, we use the advanced microcannula technique, a delicate procedure that is customized for each patient. Here are some of the most frequent subjects we discuss when considering treatment: What are dermal fillers? The most commonlyused dermal fillers are made

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Dr. Dennis Faludi has decades of experience in reconstructive and microsurgery, with additional training in advanced facial aesthetic procedures. Dr. Faludi’s expertise in the delicate techniques required for working with small vessels, nerves, soft tissue, and bone flow naturally into Aesthetic Medicine. He now uses his surgical skills to perform minimally invasive cosmetic treatments for a variety of skin and vascular conditions over the face, hands, and body. To ensure the highest quality of care, he works personally with each patient from the initial consultation through treatments and follow-up visits.

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the midface, whereas a softer, creamier filler is needed for the lip and eye areas. Which areas do you treat with dermal fillers? We use dermal fillers primarily for restoration of midface volume, eye rejuvenation, softening of smile and marionette lines, sculpting of the nose, chin, and jaw, lip augmentation, treatment of wrinkles, and hand rejuvenation. In all of these treatment areas, the experience and technique of the injector are paramount. Product selection, the amount used, placement, and injection technique all affect the final result. Good work produces a rejuvenation that is natural and refreshed without looking artificial. Why do you prefer the microcannula technique? The microcannula technique involves the use of a thin, flexible tube that gently pushes blood vessels and nerves to the side as it travels through the treatment area. This technique involves only one insertion site per area, and it allows the injector to follow the natural architecture of the face with precision. Prior to the procedure, the insertion site is numbed with anesthetic, and most patients feel little to no discomfort during the treatment. Tissues are lifted evenly without lumps, and with skillful cannula use the bruising rate drops to nearly zero, in contrast to a rate of nearly 60 percent when the injections are done with needles. Mastering this technique requires training and experience, but the benefits to the patient are well worth the extra effort. How long will the results last? The effects of hyaluronic acid fillers generally last between 12 – 18 months, depending on several factors: the type of filler, the amount used, the treatment

area, and how the body processes the filler over time. Most of our patients prefer hyaluronic acid fillers because of the naturallooking effects they provide, as well as the fact that the amount and placement of the fillers can be adjusted to match the treatment areas as one ages. If you are considering dermal filler treatments and would like to learn more, we encourage you to visit our office for a complimentary consultation. To schedule your appointment, please call us at 703-992-7979. We see patients from Monday through Saturday of most weeks, and we look forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Dennis Faludi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. A native of Northern New Jersey, Dr. Faludi graduated Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, with an M.D., followed by an orthopedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University, where he trained further in reconstructive arthritis, hand, plastic, and microsurgery. After finishing the San Francisco Hand Surgery Fellowship, he settled in Northern Virginia to practice reconstructive, hand, and microsurgery. He pioneered the intraoperative use of lasers in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Faludi is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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How to Prevent and Treat “Turkey Neck” As we age, and let’s face it, we all are, our body goes through changes both inside and out. Our skin is the largest organ of the body making it the biggest telltale sign of all.

also when underlying platysmal muscles start to detach and loosen, their edges showing through thinning skin as vertical bands from the chin to collarbone. Hence giving us what is commonly referred to as, “Turkey Neck”. You can hide your turkey neck with scarves and turtlenecks, but why not treat it, too? The colder seasons are the perfect time to give some much-needed extra attention to this area! At New Image Plastic Surgery, Dr. Roberta Gartside offers both surgical and nonsurgical options to prevent and treat Turkey Neck.

One of the most forgotten yet the noticeable areas that show signs of aging is our neck. Factors like genetics, extreme weight loss, collagen and elastin breakdown, and sun exposure can affect how your neck ages. Thin, weak, and delicate skin

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Kybella – This injectable is formulated to eliminate fat, specifically under the chin. It uses deoxycholic acid to break down fat cells, so your body can remove them for long-term, naturallooking improvement. Botox (Dysport, Xeomin) – In the hands of an expert, Botox injections can be effectively used to relax the platysmal bands, softening their appearance. ThermiTight – Stimulates new collagen production, helping firm and plump up skin using radio frequency heat. SkinPen – Uses micro-needling, which directly addresses the texture and firmness of the delicate skin of the neck. Microneedling works by creating hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis to stimulate your skin’s natural production of new collagen and elastin. Neck lift – Removes excess, sagging skin, normally by pulling it upward to an incision behind the ears. A neck lift is commonly performed with a lower face lift, because the neck and lower face share muscle and skin structures. Liposuction – Helps chisel the neckline by surgically extracting extra fat in hard-to-reach pockets under the chin and along the neck.

Chin implant – Augmenting the chin can often help fill loose skin, reducing a wattle and upper-neck sagging. It’s a fast procedure. It places a custom-shaped implant, fitted to your unique jaw, through a tiny incision hidden under the chin. Lower face lift – While this surgery doesn’t focus directly on the neck, it can remove jowling and further contour the chin area. It is frequently carried out in conjunction with a neck lift. There is no one perfect treatment for everyone. For some patients with advanced aging, surgery will give the best results and they will still need to continue caring for their neck with nonsurgical treatments for prevention. For others that are concerned earlier in the game, nonsurgical treatments can help prevent or stave off the need for surgery. To learn more, call 703-742-8004 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gartside.

Dr. Roberta Gartside is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in the DC Metro area. She is a member of both American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Treasure of the VA Society for Plastic Surgeons. She is also the Chair of the Board for the Society for Women’s Health Research. Dr. Roberta Gartside is one of the most experienced and sought after surgeons in the area. She takes the time to work one-on-one with her patients to customize their treatment plans to fit their specific needs and desires. In addition to a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures, she also offers other non-invasive treatments such as Botulinumtoxin A (Botox), facial fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, etc.), microneedling, ThermiVA (vaginal) and nonsurgical body contouring (SculpSure).

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health&wellness By Priya Thirumlai, MD, FACS

Vein Health is Women’s Health Over the summer and fall, I saw many patients with bulging, ropey veins in their legs. It’s easy to notice varicose and spider veins during short-and-sun-dress season, but just because your legs look healthy, it doesn’t mean they are. Varicosities are just one possible symptom of a larger issue: vein disease. Forty million Americans suffer from vein disease, but this disorder goes widely undiagnosed. Vein disease is a result of reduced function in the veins in your feet and legs, causing blood to flow backward and pool in the lower extremities. This pooling can cause other less obvious, but perhaps more sinister, symptoms: leg pain, cramps, swelling, fatigue, itching and burning… Left unchecked, vein disease can progress into more serious complications, including limited mobility, venous leg ulcers and Lymphedema. If you’re experiencing leg pain, whether you can see your veins or not, it could be vein disease.


Women are at Higher Risk of Vein Disease Vein disease is hereditary, and weight, age and lifestyle choices are all factors in causation as well. But women are unfortunately at higher risk of vein disease than men. I myself have suffered from vein disease, which guided me to this field of study in the first place. A recent population study showed 66 percent of cases occur in women. Hormonal changes that occur during puberty and menopause, along with the use of birth control pills, can all weaken the vein walls. Moms are even more at risk, and that risk increases with

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each pregnancy. As the baby grows within the uterus, increased pressure is put on the already hormonally weakened veins. Chronic Pelvic Pain Vein disease can also play a role in causing chronic pelvic pain in women. Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is characterized by persistent pain located anywhere between the belly-button and the hips. Unlike menstrual cramps, CPPS lasts for at least six months and doesn’t get better or worse based on the menstrual cycle. CPPS has many potential causes, and vein disease is one of them. A frequent cause of CPPS is pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS), which is when varicose veins develop within the abdomen. An excess of the hormone estrogen often causes this condition — usually during pregnancy or at various stages of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen can weaken the walls of the veins, causing them to deform and expand. The vein begins to balloon, holding more and more blood, which increases the pressure in the vessel. Eventually, the pressure becomes too much for the valves whose function it is to keep blood flowing toward the heart. As these valves fail, blood begins to pool, causing painful varicose veins to develop. Because CVR focuses solely on the vein health of the lower extremities, we can diagnose and treat your PCS. All it takes is a short evaluation. There is a solution. While leg pain and bulging veins are often assumed to be an inevitability of aging, I can give my patients relief from these symptoms and prevent their vein disease from progressing further. The Center for Vein Restoration locations in Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Alexandria and

throughout the DMV can provide evaluation through a 30-minute ultrasound session. If there is a medical need, treatments are simple, pain-free and require no downtime. Myself and my colleagues are trained in a variety of noninvasive vein closure modalities, including Venaseal, ClariVein, radiofrequency and others, to provide a treatment plan customized to you. Don’t let leg pain go unchecked. Come into a CVR location today and learn more about your vein health, and start looking better, feeling better and living better today. Call 1-800-FIXLEGS (1-800-349-5347) to schedule your appointment or visit on the web at

Priya Thirumlai, MD, FACS is an Endovenous surgeon and Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, allowing her to focus a career in lower extremity venous disease and PCS. She has over 16 years’ experience and is a proud recipient of the Guardian Angel Award, HCA Healthcare Distinction Award and won the Most Compassionate Doctor Award twice. She joined Center for Vein Restoration in 2015. The mission of Center for Vein Restoration is to improve lives in the communities we serve by providing state-of-the-art vascular care to those with a true medical need. We have over 70 locations throughout the U.S.


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“Profile coaches take the time to learn about members’ lifestyles, preferences and metabolism so they can create a healthy weight loss plan rooted in science and research.” Personal Plans

Profile creates customized nutrition, activity and lifestyle plans to ensure members are armed with everything they need to reach their weight loss goals and stay there. Profile coaches take the time to learn about members’ lifestyles, preferences and metabolism so they can create a healthy weight loss plan rooted in science and research. And as members’ journeys change, their plans will, too.

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The husbandwife team, Andres and Patricia Gonzalez, spent years searching for the right business venture to take on. Andres works in retail operations and Patricia is a physician, and they wanted a family business that would combine their interests. The doctor-developed weight loss system, Profile by Sanford, was the perfect fit for the duo. They’re confident Profile will stand out to potential members for the same reason it stood out to them. It’s a science-based approach to weight loss that offers what diets don’t: personalized plans and weekly one-on-one health coaching. The Gonzalez duo strives to impact the community by being an expansion of healthcare. Their Falls Church location is the couple’s first of several projected locations in the Merrifield and Vienna areas.

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health&wellness By Mariam Alimi, RN, BSN, Aesthetic Director

Facial Contouring: Beautification & Masculinization Contouring has been a popular buzzword for years and it is often mentioned in the beauty/makeup industry to accentuate certain facial features. Contouring can show lifted, defined cheeks bones. as well as define other areas of the face including the nose, jawline and the chin. Contouring with makeup uses light and dark makeup to help create illusions, shadows and highlights. It is common for women to desire to highlight their cheek bones because it is a sign of youth and a lifted face. While makeup can do wonders, dermal fillers can help supplement and change your existing bone structure. Facial contouring with dermal fillers can lift and pull areas up that have lost elasticity. One can also use FDA-approved fillers such as Restylane Lyft, Juvéderm Voluma, and Radiesse to help change the shape of the face. For example, an ideal face shape is often heartshaped or contoured with a strong cheekbones and jawline. Cheek and Jawline Contouring One should always start with the cheeks when doing facial contouring. This is because when a person determines our age, we

often look first at the eyes and the surrounding area – cheeks and under eyes. Celebrities who come to mind with strong jawlines include Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Throughout evolution, a chiseled jawline has emerged as a sign of attractiveness for men. There are points on the face for men that can be contoured with dermal fillers, such as improving the mid face, giving a square chin and jawline, therefore, achieving a more masculine, rugged appearance. On the other hand, there are areas of a woman’s face that we can highlight to make more feminine, such as contouring the cheekbones and chin. These areas anchor the face and help tighten

and pull back the skin, so using dermal filler to restore volume loss will lift the lower face. Dermal filler is an amazing option to really make those cheekbones ‘pop’. Using dermal filler for facial contouring can also restore balance to the face. Whether it’s a result of genetics or environmental factors, such as sleeping predominantly on one side of the face, filler can correct asymmetry as well.

If you would like to find out more, or are interested in getting evaluated for treatment, call us for a free consultation at 703-273-0001.

Mariam Alimi, RN, BSN, is the Aesthetic Director and Advanced Injector at Impressions MediSpa. Mariam is an aesthetic nurse with a Bachelors in Nursing from Stratford University cum laude and a bachelors from Virginia Tech. She is an expert in laser technology and has more than 10 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Mariam is certified in botox and dermal fillers including advanced techniques using Restylane, Restylane Lift/Perlane, Voluma, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Mariam is a licensed in ArqueDerma® Artistic Restoration Lift® and InstaTox®. She has completed an intense training through InjectAbility® Institute, home of the ArqueDerma® technique. Mariam has also completed several courses using Sculptra, collagen stimulator, for facial rejuvenation, Sculptra Butt Lift and treatment of cellulite. Mariam is committed to restoring, sculpting and enhancing one’s natural beauty through non-surgical techniques. Mariam is a member of the Association of Medical Aesthetic Nurses, American Society for Laser Medicine and American Nurses Association. She is a native of Northern Virginia and her hobbies include spending quality time with her family, nature hikes, traveling and staying current on the latest advancements and research involving aesthetic medicine.

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8. False: A balanced diet does not guarantee the proper amount of fluoride for the development and maintenance of your child’s teeth. If you do not live in a community with fluoride in the water your child may need additional fluoride. By Dr. Angela Austin Talk to your dentist about your child’s specific fluoride needs.

Why a Pediatric Dentist?

9. True: Water is so important in fighting tooth decay. Especially fluoridated tap water. It washes over your teeth and gums along with your saliva, helping to combat the acid and buildup of bacteria.

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oral health providers for your infant, child, or adolescent. We understand and are experienced in dealing with the unique dental issues and concerns that go along with each stage of childhood. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, as well as dental growth and development.


office, we use words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to your child. We are specially trained to handle children and describe their dental experience in a fun and imaginative way. Have fun reading books about dentistry with your child and encourage play behaviors that mimic a dental visit with your child being the dentist and then the patient. Talk about how the dentist will help keep your child’s teeth healthy and how they care about children. Your child’s reaction to their first visit to the dentist may surprise you in a positive way!

Dr. Angela Austin is a

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist in Alexandria, Virginia. She specializes in treating patients aged 1-21. She is also specially trained to treat special needs patients as well as patients with high dental anxiety. She is the owner of Alexandria Children’s Dentistry with two locations: 6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 345, Alexandria, VA 22312 and 609 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. For more information, contact or call 703-942-8404.

health&wellness By Jeanette Wages, The Wellness Cooperative Owner

Beauty Shines from the Inside “Happy girls are the prettiest.” – Audrey Hepburn. In my mid-thirties, I am a far cry from the awkward pre-teen and teenage girl I was in the past, worried about if a boy would ever like me, and crushed when I was told I was ugly. Words back then meant a lot, and I took them to heart well into my twenties – settling for whoever seemed interested in me at the time because I didn’t believe anyone else would want me or find me attractive. Now, when a drunk guy at the bar tells me I’m “ugly” because I’ve politely, or not so politely, told him I wasn’t interested, I can just smile and say I’m not for everyone, and move on. Some would say I grew into myself; I acquired a curve or two, realized my hair is much more mermaid than pixie, and stepped into a more feminine look. I would say I grew into myself, but in a completely different way. I finally figured out who I

was, what makes me shine and what really matters. Surprisingly, whether someone finds me physically attractive is not in the top 10 of things that matter, not that I don’t love a compliment here and there when I look nice.

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I’ve learned the phrase “beauty is only skin deep” is a huge lie we need to stop telling our kids and ourselves. I understand the sentiment, I really do, but to me it’s still all wrong. Beauty begins from the inside and glows outward, which is why we should be focused on nourishing our bodies and souls in the beauty industry. It’s easy to go look at the latest and greatest silver bullet in skin care to make ourselves look 18 again. With Botox and collagen threads, vampire facials, microneedling, and everything else out there, why wouldn’t you give that a try? Personally, my skin care philosophy leans towards the thought process that if I wouldn’t eat it, I’m not putting it on my face. Also, if it’s going to show on my skin, am I going to put it in my body? Sure, chocolate cake sounds amazing right now, and in moderation it’s awesome, but if I eat a whole cake every day, my skin, and love handles will show it. So, maybe, beauty does start somewhere inside with what we are putting into and on our bodies. My favorite part about beauty is when someone’s inner light is just shining through like a beacon. The moment someone is talking about what they are passionate about. When you get super excited. That perfectly timed compliment bringing a sparkle into your eye on even the worst day. True beauty. The beauty on

the inside. I know some of you are rolling your eyes at me, it’s ok. I am a firm believer the plainest person physically can be the star of any room with self-confidence and some passion! Sleep, water, exercise and healthy foods, you’ve all heard it before, but I will say it again! That’s the easy part. Please get regular facials from a professional to keep your skin healthy. But most importantly, be around people and things that bring out your truest beauty. Your aura is always your best advertisement.

Jeanette Wages is the owner of The Wellness Cooperative, a premier holistic spa in Old Town, Alexandria. With an extensive background covering many fields, Jeanette has earned a Masters in Linguistics from University of Washington, certification in Aromatherapy from American College of Healthcare Sciences, certification as a Holistic Life Coach from the Spencer Institute, and a certification as an Empowerment Coach from the Universal Coach Institute. She has a passion for serving others and charity work.

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Virginia Colin, Ph.D. Director of Colin Family Mediation Group LLC

HELPING FAMILIES STAY OUT OF COURT Q: HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE ROLE OF THE MEDIATOR? A mediator’s primary responsibility is to facilitate a constructive discussion. Often that means helping each person hear the other person’s perspective. Most people have a hard time listening when they are in the middle of a dispute. Sometimes the mediator needs to help people stay calm enough to think clearly. Sometimes we help people recognize why they think a certain outcome is crucial and find other ways to meet the need that underlies their preferred outcome.

Q: WHEN DID YOU FIRST LEARN OF THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION? I learned a little about how good mediation could be when I was getting divorced in the 1990s. I learned much more when I volunteered to mediate for a friend who had been in a custody battle for more than a year and a half. His ex-wife decided to give the process a chance even though she could reasonably have expected me to be biased in his favor. The process in that case was long, hard, stressful, and exhausting, but also successful. My friend came to an agreement with his ex on a custody and visitation schedule they could both live with. Their kids no longer had to live in an emotional war zone. Despite the parents’ history of hostility and frequent court hearings, they never went back to court.


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“OUR CLIENTS RARELY SPEND MORE THAN $3,000 TOTAL, FOR BOTH PARTIES, AND OFTEN GET BETTER OUTCOMES.” Q: HAVE YOU HAD A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WHERE MEDIATION HELPED? Mediation helped my husband and me finalize some decisions about when our children would spend time with each of us. And, of course, I have had hundreds of experiences seeing mediation help our clients.


Q: WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A MEDIATOR? After succeeding with my friend and his ex, I thought there probably were not many people who would be willing to put themselves into the middle of that kind of hostility, and maybe even fewer who could help the parents succeed in developing an agreement. So, I thought maybe that was the work I was supposed to be doing. It felt like a calling.

Q: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE TRAINING AND CREDENTIALS? The legislature created and the Supreme Court of Virginia oversees one of the best training programs for mediators in the country. You have to complete a specific set of programs to learn the information and skills you will need as a mediator. Then you have to co-mediate several cases with certified mentor mediators, do child support calculations, and write the agreement that two or more of your clients have developed. When one of your mentors says that you are ready to handle cases on your own, you can be certified. I got my training and apprenticeship opportunities from Northern Virginia Mediation Service, which has been doing a great job training mediators for decades. Our state also has continuing education requirements, including ethics training, for mediators who want to retain their certifications.

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MEDIATING AND WHAT KEPT YOU IN THIS FIELD? Professionally I have been mediating for 10 years. What keeps me in the field is seeing again and again how valuable mediation is for families. For example, in divorce cases, people who hire two attorneys to help them fight with each other spend tens of thousands of dollars, get angrier, more anxious, and more depressed, and have little control of the outcome of their disputes. In divorce mediation, people have professional support working together to solve their family’s shared problem. Most of our clients only spend $1,000 to $3,000 for our help creating and then writing their Marital Settlement Agreements. We don’t make the emotional distress worse, and the two clients have complete control of the decisions that get written into their agreement. “I still have a missionary feeling about this work. The world needs skilled, professional family mediators. That keeps me in the field.”

Q: WHAT SPURRED THE GROWTH OF YOUR PRACTICE AND CONTRIBUTED TO ADDING MORE MEDIATORS? Before I was trained, mediators told me you cannot earn a living as a family mediator. I thought that was crazy. With so many families obviously in need of mediation services, how could it not be possible to earn enough money helping them? I set out to prove my advisors wrong. It took time to develop my practice, but after five years I realized that if I was

getting one more new case per week than I already was, it would be more cases than I wanted to handle on my own. So, I invited other mediators I knew, including two of my mentors, to join my practice. I help the people who need us find us, the other mediators each take some of the cases, and we share the income.

Q: WHAT TYPES OF CONFLICTS ARE IDEAL FOR THE WORK OF A MEDIATOR? The topic of a conflict is less important than the willingness of the people involved to try to find solutions. Ideally, each person is willing to negotiate in good faith, each person wants to find a solution, and each person is able, perhaps with help from the mediator, to keep emotions from overwhelming his or her ability to think. When the people involved want to solve the family problem, it does not matter whether the problem is elder care planning, family business succession, marriage mediation, or reconnecting family members who have been estranged from each other.

Q: HOW MUCH TIME AND MONEY CAN MEDIATION SAVE, LET’S SAY IN AN AVERAGE DIVORCE? When going toward divorce through lawyers and court hearings, people usually spend $10,000 to $30,000 each, and sometimes spend as much as $100,000 per person. That’s a lot of money going out of the family and into the accounts of lawyers. Our clients rarely spend more than $3,000 total, for both parties, and often get better outcomes.

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Formerly a research psychologist, Virginia Colin has been providing family mediation services professionally since 2009. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security and healthy development and their own adult well-being. Focusing solely on family mediation, she is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and in 2018 served as its President. Dr. Colin is also a certified mentor mediator. She is the co-author of The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia and the solo author of Human Attachment, “Divorce in Virginia”, “Infant Attachment: What We Know Now,” and a variety of other print and Internet publications. She was also the host of Family Matters, a Internet talk radio show you can still find on VoiceAmerica. com. She has experienced parenthood in many ways — single parent, foster parent, married parent, divorced parent, and remarried stepparent. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking in the woods, and playing Eurogames.

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Meet the

Renee Kostick Reynolds, J.D.

Rick Schapira, P.E., J.D.

As a licensed attorney in DC since 1993, Renee has specialized in family law cases. She became interested in family mediation as a civil, more practical alternative for clients going through a divorce. In 2011, Renee served as the Family Intake Specialist at Northern Virginia Mediation Service. There she became well-versed in the legal trends in Virginia as they relate to divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution of assets and debt, tax issues upon divorce, and the standards and norms upon which the courts rely when deciding what would be in the best interests of children. In addition to helping private mediation clients, Renee enjoys biking, hiking, reading and finding new adventures with her husband and four children.

As a licensed attorney in Virginia, Florida, and the District of Columbia, Rick has specialized in family and workplace mediation as a productive and efficient alternative to litigation. A retired senior executive, he was Deputy General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. He is a certified District Court and Circuit Court mediator for civil and family cases and is a certified mentor mediator. He is wellversed in Virginia law as it relates to divorce, co-parenting, distribution of assets and debts, tax issues upon divorce, and the standards and norms when deciding what would be in the best interests of children. As a mediator, he strives to assist his clients in reaching creative solutions to their specific situations. Rick enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and spending time with his dogs.


Dorothy Douglas Taft

Angela Mojica

Dorothy brings to the mediation table her keen listening skills and decades of experience working in the US Congress, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the US Agency for International Development in positions that involved negotiation, diplomacy, mediation, and real life solutions to complicated problems. Her advocacy and policy work on internationally recognized political and human rights issues has taken Dorothy to more than 60 countries, requiring extensive crosscultural communications. Having served since 2007 within her religious community as a counselor for those navigating life’s challenges, she has a deep understanding of interpersonal dynamics, working through loss, and identifying new pathways for moving forward. When time permits, Dorothy enjoys cycling, playing her violin or bagpipes, and the culinary arts.

Angela cares deeply about assisting parents and families through mediation, facilitating effective communication between the parties to help them identify and decide on matters that are key to the well-being of each member of the family. During her eight years of service as the full-time Bilingual Family ADR Case Coordinator in Washington DC, Angela was responsible for managing domestic relations mediation cases. Angela has also mediated family cases for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Fairfax and for the Prince William County Office of Dispute Resolution. Between 1995 and 2000, Angela was the Morale Welfare and Recreation representative for the USA Navy in Barcelona. During her travels Angela loves to explore and observe how families communicate and act. Angela speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Catalan.

Juliana Zoto Efessiou Juliana has more thabn 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur in a variety of businesses. Throughout her career, Juliana has been the point person for resolving conflict and helping parties in disputes reach mutually acceptable solutions. Over time, her focus shifted from workplace conflict resolution to family mediation. Having been divorced twice, Juliana is passionate about helping couples transition out of marriage with dignity and integrity. She has seen firsthand how litigation can tear a family apart emotionally and cause great financial damage. Juliana firmly believes mediation, not litigation, best serves the parties involved, especially the children. When not helping clients find common ground, Juliana enjoys the arts, Orange Theory, traveling with her husband, and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.

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CFNC Opens Two New Classrooms in Alexandria’s West End The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) opened two new classrooms in Alexandria’s Landmark Towers apartment complex. The CFNC’s strategic decision to open these classrooms follows a years-long research process to identify Alexandria neighborhoods with the greatest need for early education services. Now, up to 45 low-income children in Alexandria’s West End have access to a high-quality early education and wraparound health and family services at no cost. This amazing move would not have been possible without the incredible support of a special anonymous donor, Biscayne Contractors, the City of Alexandria, Cole & Denny Architects, Van Metre Foundation, Landmark Towers, Marietta McNeill Morgan &

Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust, and Lobkovich Kitchen Designs. Interested in more information or in volunteer opportunities? Contact Development Manager Maggie Klefstad at or (703) 836-0214 ext. 238.


19th Annual Heroines of Washington Awards Gala Presented by Perspecta benefiting March of Dimes WHEN

Tuesday, November 19 6:00 P.M. WHERE

The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

© 2019 March of Dimes

Heroines of Washington is one of Washington’s most unique events, recognizing and honoring professional women in the D.C. metro area for their dedication to community service. Formerly Heroines in Technology, March of Dimes has expanded this gala to honor women for their community service in various industries. Since 2001, March of Dimes has honored 118 heroines and raised more than $3.1 million to fight for the health of all moms and babies. For sponsorship, corporate tables and ticket information, visit: MARCHOFDIMES.ORG/HEROINES

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Take Control of the Holidays The upcoming holidays can add stress to our already busy lives. Staying healthy starts with a full awareness of your mind, body, heart and spirit. Be mindful of what you are experiencing, so that you can take steps that take care of you. When we are stretched for time, we often try to fit as much into a day as we can, which leaves us little time to rejuvenate. There are a number of practices that you can incorporate into your routine that refuel – some taking only a few minutes. By incorporating any of these – or other practices you may enjoy – you can minimize the stress and you may even end up enjoying this time more than you thought you would. If you need some help getting through the next

few weeks, please reach out to The Women’s Center and sign up for our “healthy holidays” webinar on Nov. 12, 2019. Visit our website for more details.

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Say “no” when you need to

The following are from a number of sources that all point to making sure you are taking time for yourself.


Take short breaks throughout the day: meditate; stretch; breathe deeply; take a short walk; read; talk to a friend


Make a list of what is important… and what is NOT important; be willing to let some things go


Don’t sacrifice sleep for your “to do” list


Pay attention to what you control… and what is out of your control


Breathe (deep belly breathing is most effective – 5 or 6 deep breaths, 3-count in; 6 count out)

Check your thoughts… are they a constant “to do” list? Or are you experiencing the moment?

8 Drink plenty of water 9 Give yourself love time to consider what you are 10 Take grateful for



Tuesday, November 12 8:00 - 9:00 am Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Hall 400 Center St S, Vienna, VA This event is free and all are welcome! Join friends, neighbors, and community leaders to learn more about The Women's Center, which has provided access and affordability to excellent mental health care, support, advocacy, and education for the most vulnerable in our community. Shirley Clark, Executive Director, will discuss the impact of The Center on our community and how we plan to continue to serve for the next 45 years! Our thanks and gratitude to community organizations and businesses for helping to underwrite this event.

RSVP: 571-315-1618 or

As a nonprofit organization, The Women’s Center relies on philanthropic support to offer subsidized and free care and support to people in need in the community. Mental health


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ounded in 2013, Astoria Laser Clinic & Med Spa is an expert in anti-aging treatments and procedures to make you feel as beautiful on the outside as you do on the inside. Dedicated to providing excellent results for nearly every skin and body type, Astoria brings cutting-edge science and impeccable treatment options to every customer in a warm and decadent spa environment. With each complimentary consultation, clients are given an insightful, no-obligation look at what treatments they would most benefit from and the results to be expected. If you’re interested‌ look no further. Read on about some of our most popular services from our dedicated team of expert clinicians. N ovember/December 2019 | FA IR FA X WOMA N .C OM


HOW MICRONEEDLING REPAIRS SEVERELY DAMAGED SKIN Featuring Allyson Burgess, RN, BSN Cosmetic lasers have come a long way since they were first introduced to aesthetic medicine. The newest lasers provide impressive results with less downtime than their predecessors, making them the go-to devices for helping patients with problems such as unwanted tattoos, scarring or hyperpigmentation. Now you can add “needling”, the new treatment removes scar tissue, deep lines, discoloration and tattoos. In recent years, microneedling has risen in popularity and is now commonly used for treatments such as scar revision, hyperpigmentation and improvement in fine lines/wrinkles. The rise in the acceptance of microneedling among dermatological and surgical practices may be attributed to its ease-ofuse, versatility, overall safety and consistently satisfactory results. Microneedling works with the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. Microneedling creates microchannels within your skin. This treatment allows for all the benefits of collagen induction therapy. With microneedling there is very little down-time. Microneedling can treat all patients of all skin types and colors. This is important for people whose skin color may not make them a good candidate for other procedures and treatments. Microneedling does not depend on chromophores (pigment or color) to work. Therefore, it does not matter how dark one’s skin tone is (naturally or if you’ve spent too much time in the sun) when considering a treatment. Microneedling can provide great results for people with all skin types. Microneedling takes advantage of the skin’s natural healing ability to safely deliver consistent results to patients with all skin types with littleto-no downtime.

ANTI-AGING BREAKTHROUGHS FOR 2020 Featuring Ivana Donley, Licensed LME Clinician Fractional Pixel and Clear Lift Lasers are the key to turning back the clock. Unlike traditional lasers, which use a stamping or scanning technique, these lasers allow the clinician to treat the targeted area with high speed and elegant efficiency. The Fractional Pixel pulses are triggered as the treatment tip is rolled across the skin, regardless of the speed at which the hand piece is moved. These modules accurately and consistently deliver


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a single row of seven pixels per millimeter and it creates thousands of microscopic perforations while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. In more detail, the Pixel laser light passes through patented optics to penetrate the skin with tiny thermal channels. These micro-injury sites begin healing and, as collagen remodels, scars begin to fade, and texture starts to improve. If you are looking for a shorter downtime, ClearLift is a non-ablative approach to laser skin resurfacing. Clinicians can offer patients skin resurfacing treatments that are fast and virtually painless with visible results and no downtime. The innovative technology delivers a controlled dermal wound deep beneath the skin. The outer layer of the skin is left undamaged. All stages of healing and skin repair occur under the intact epidermis. This laser has numerous advantages, fast treatment time, no topical numbing is required, and treatments can take as little as 30 minutes. It is virtually painless, and patients report a comfortable, skin resurfacing experience. Unlike other laser treatments, patients can immediately return to their daily lifestyle. Variable tip depths can also be used for a combination of work on the same area to customize treatment in problem areas. The tips give providers the levels

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REMOVE FAT FIRST, BUILD MUSCLE SECOND Featuring Nuha Handoush, Licensed LME Clinician The future has arrived! People with unwanted fat, in the wrong places, are always looking for better ways, and the newest technology, to help reduce or get rid of that fat and build muscle. We are excited to announce that the newest member of the CoolSculpting family, CoolTone, has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now available in the Fall. CoolTone uses magnetic muscle stimulation to induce supramaximal contractions to increase muscle strength and definition in the abdomen and the buttocks. CoolTone is not only the most powerful muscle toning device on the market today, it is also pain-free. The powerful electromagnetic current that is produced to stimulate the muscle contraction is able to bypass the sensory nerves which allows for a comfortable yet effective treatment. The introduction of CoolTone into the marketplace will undoubtedly jolt the body contouring industry. The FDA approved the newest CoolTone device for use in strengthening, toning and firming the abdominal area, buttocks and thighs. CoolTone uses magnetic muscle stimulation to penetrate muscle layers, which then causes involuntary muscle contractions. The body responds to the contractions by strengthening muscle fibers, leading to increased muscle tone. Same maker of the CoolSculpting device, a non-surgical fat-elimination device that works by freezing and killing fat cells in targeted areas like the abdomen, flanks or under the chin.

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An Elite Music and Art School at Your Doorstep Dear parents, students, and music lovers, welcome to The European Academy of Arts – a world-class school and beacon of arts and culture for Northern Virginia. It’s a great honor to invite you to come and experience an exceptional music and arts education. The European Academy of Arts welcomes students of all ages and levels. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, The European Academy of Arts will greatly fulfill your personal goals and expectations. It was created to serve, to nourish, and to inspire students and families. This fine arts school stands out with its own exclusive vision, philosophy of teaching, and depth of its curriculum.

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Alexandria Symphony: Autumn Storytelling and Holiday Merrymaking with a Twist Ms. Short will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, originally written for guitar and arranged for harp. She is a Classics Alive Artist, sought-after touring soloist, and enrolled at the UNC School of the Arts. December’s concerts will be presented one hour earlier than usual and with no intermission, and the entire audience is invited to stay for a post-concert reception complete with holiday treats, activities and a chance to meet the musicians. “It’s a multi-sensory concert followed by a holiday party for the whole ASO family,” says Ross.

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra continues its 2019-2020 season of diverse programming under the direction of Maestro James Ross. In his second year as Music Director with the ASO, Ross endeavors to feature forgotten and underrepresented voices in the concert hall and present symphonic music in unconventional and creative ways. “Together we are exploring what vitality an orchestra can bring to our community,” says Maestro Ross. “Although we are dead serious about orchestral music and its much-needed humanizing impact in today’s world, we’re not afraid of surprises and presenting concerts that are both fun and moving.” Opening the ASO’s performances on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, singers from the Alexandria

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Elgar composed the concerto as his last major work, melancholy in its sentiment and also romantic and backward-looking in its style. Soloist Wolfgang Schmidt is internationally acclaimed as a touring and recording artist as well as a conductor. The November program will conclude with Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8. “Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony is full of sunshine, parables, folk dance, forest and perfectly-orchestrated storytelling,” relates Maestro Ross. The ASO will present a family-friendly holiday concert experience on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec.15, 2019. Starting with the prelude to Hänsel and Gretel, the program includes the Nutcracker in two formats: excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite and Duke Ellington’s rendition that swings. For Saturday’s performance, Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite will be accompanied by visual images by The New Live rendering the story of an African-American girl in Harlem. Additional visuals by Tim McLoraine will accompany Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Hänsel and Gretel. Also joining the ASO in December is Morgan Short, winner of the 43rd Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition.

The Alexandria Symphony is a fully-professional orchestra drawing from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region’s wealth of musical talent. The ASO performs Saturday evenings at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and Sunday matinees at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Adult tickets start at $20, and the ASO offers discounts for seniors, students and military personnel and veterans. All youth (18 and under) tickets are $5. For tickets and more information, visit or call (703) 548-0885.




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