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ur April issue is all about bringing recognition to the extraordinary

doctors that we have here in El Paso. For most, a visit to the

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have scheduled in a day. But if we’re honest with ourselves, healthcare and preventative care is a very important aspect of our lives. Being healthy and educated in our health allows for us to be in control of our health, spend time with loved ones and be the best version of ourselves. We are on the cutting edge of technology and innovative treatments, expanding El Paso’s forceful presence in our region. Not only is this important to El Paso, but also to our surrounding area – for our neighbors in New Mexico and Mexico. Instead of having to travel to other cities, people in our community can continue to receive excellent healthcare and watch as our healthcare services expand and gain international status. The world of health will always be a place of high employment and a way for our city to keep being recognized. Within the Nurse Practitioner field alone, 37,100 people will join the field by the year 2022. Our city is not only growing and allowing for some of these jobs to be filled, but we also have doctors that are being recognized for the great work they do. That we are aware of, Jose Manuel de la Rosa, MD, MS received the Platinum Award, the top honor in the Texas Medical Association Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine. We also have Dr. Frank Agullo, MD, FACS and Dr. Humberto Palladino, MD, FACS that were named with the prestigious RealSelf award as a Top 500 Influencer in Cosmetic Surgery chosen from 13,000 members. We truly have some of the best doctors right here in our city. We highlight Dr. Laiq M. Raja, who is doing extraordinary things in his field of interventional cardiology. When you read his story you will learn about his different methods and what he is able to do for the community with innovative technology. We also get to talk to Dr. Marius Ruja, a chiropractor who is not only making a difference for his patients, but has opened up his home and extended his family to children all over the world. We have the privilege of being in a city where growth and possibilities are endless, which is the case with El Paso Medical Research Institution – another story you can read about within the pages of this issue. So go ahead and read about these incredible people for yourself, learn about the cutting edge treatments and remember to stay healthy!


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Specialized Care

in the Hands of Dr. Miguel Pirela-Cruz | By: BRENDA L. CASTANEDA photography by: ROBERT CORRAL |


e is a talented musician, a fine

to El Paso. He worked at University Medical

illustrated many book covers and medical

athlete, an artist and a brilliant

Center in the Trauma Department and has

text books throughout his career. He studied

surgeon. He is Dr. Miguel Pirela-

earned a reputation as one of the leading

medical illustration at Rochester Institute of

Cruz. He has an impressive career that spans

experts in orthopedics and more specifically

Technology after medical school.

over 35 years in medicine, most of it in the

as a hand and microvascular surgeon, which

field of orthopedics. Pirela-Cruz has lived in

encompasses everything from the fingertips

Rona Fagan, a Registered Nurse and assistant

El Paso for the last 24 years of his career. He

to the shoulder.

to Pirela-Cruz for over 10 years, says, “He is a pretty talented artist.” He finds a way to

was born in Brooklyn, New York and earned his medical degree from Temple University

He is a gifted artist and brings that talent

bring his artistry to his practice in a way that is

School of Medicine in 1980. He moved to this



beneficial to his patients. “A picture is worth

region and worked in Gallup, New Mexico

Illustration is a hobby of his that he was able

a thousand words,” says Fagan and is evident

and Las Cruces, New Mexico before moving

to integrate into the medical field having

when Pirela-Cruz creates illustrations to






Dr. Miguel Pirela-Cruz

April, 2016 explain procedures to his patients to give them a better understanding of what they will be experiencing. On many occasions he has done this on the paper coverings in the exam room, signs his drawing and gives it to the patient for future reference, a practice that his patients find very comforting. According to PirelaCruz,




have tapered off for me because of my increased clinical responsibilities.” He has, however, increased the number of teaching videos that he develops, as he is the Multimedia Associate Editor for the journal “Hand,” which is a helpful tool for teaching surgery. His contributions to advancements in orthopedics can be found in the many journals and articles in which he has had published throughout his career. Pirela-Cruz recognized early in his career that that he wanted to specialize in hands. When asked about his specialty, he says “I studied with some of the best doctors in Louisiana who were experts in hand surgery.” The time he spent with those surgeons gave him valuable experience that would be instrumental in his later development of devices in hand surgery. His specialty in hand surgery has made him a widely-known expert in this field because of the development of surgical devices that improve the recovery period for patients. He has designed three hand specific implants that are now being used. Two of those devices are directly related to wrist fractures and one specifically for thumb instability and arthritis. He never stops working to improve the efficiency of orthopedic surgery and is currently working on a design for a device for the scaphoid, which is one of the carpal bones of the wrist. This device will greatly improve the healing process. The development and approval of this device is especially significant because fractures of this nature are hard to heal because of the limited blood supply in 26

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Dr. Miguel Pirela-Cruz that bone. In addition to the scaphoid device,

substandard work conditions and frequently

he is currently working on a design for a

results in very serious injuries and burns of

microsurgical stent which will be used for

the hands. Pirela-Cruz and his team teach

repairing small blood vessels.

the local doctors and therapists how to treat these injuries and are dedicated to educating

“He is a very humble man and an amazing

the medical community in this third world

surgeon,” says Fagan of Cruz. “His patients

country. There is also consistent follow-up

really like him. He is very caring and very

for these patients to provide additional care

friendly.” She adds that he is also very

if and when it is needed.

committed to the charity work he does with the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation

He is the former Chair of Orthopedics at

(GHHF). He has been directly involved in this

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

organization for over 12 years. He is the lead

El Paso, a position he held for 10 years, until

for the team that travels to Guatemala every

recently when he accepted a position to run

other year. He has no trouble getting people

a new program within TTUHSC El Paso. He

to donate their services and equipment to

has recently been named the Director of the

this goodwill effort. The work the team does

Upper Extremities Division at the West Texas

in Guatemala is one of surgical service and

Hand and Microvascular Institute for TTUHSC

teaching. When the people of that country

El Paso. This institute is a long time vision of

know of his upcoming visit, they travel

Pirela-Cruz’s that has finally become a reality.

from far and wide to be assessed. Plastic

Although the program is in its infancy, Pirela-Cruz

injection molding, one of the main industries

will focus on the development and recruitment

in Guatemala, is often practiced under

of fellowship-trained hand surgeons. This new

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unit will focus on upper extremities and will address congenital problems, traumatic injuries and other common conditions like carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. This program will be a center of excellence in hand and microvascular surgery and ultimately will work with University Medical Center, TTUHSC El Paso, and the new westside hospital. Once established, the West Texas Hand and Microvascular Institute will start their own fellowship in this specialized field. Pirela-Cruz is sought out by medical personnel worldwide because of his cutting edge hand and microvascular surgery, nerve transfers and replanting. “Dr. Cruz is a very good teacher and doctor,” says Fagan. “Because he is fluent in Spanish, he builds a rapport with his patients and that makes them feel good.” He is a dedicated physician who is also an accomplished musician. He plays the vibes (vibraphone) and particularly loves Latin jazz and often plays with local bands. He is also an excellent athlete and champion swimmer. Pirela-Cruz is married to Janet Pirela, a registered nurse, who has returned to school and is studying accounting. They have two children, daughter, Leah, who is studying medicine in Rochester, New York, and their son, Juan Carlos, who is studying aviation. Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Miguel Pirela-Cruz in his new role as the Director of the Upper Extremities Division of the West Texas Hand and Microvascular Institute.


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g Edge | By: DENISE NELSONďšşPRIETO photography by: TOMMIE MORELOS |

Dr. Laiq M. Raja D

r. Laiq M. Raja is an interventional cardiologist and member of El Paso Cardiology Associates. His specialty lies in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which most

commonly affects the lower extremities. Raja has pioneered cutting-edge technology for the treatment of this disease, which the National Institutes of Health estimates affects one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50. Recently, Raja was the principal investigator on the SEATTLE II study in which patients with pulmonary embolisms were treated with the brand new EKOS System catheter. The patients’ blood clots were bombarded with ultrasound waves via the catheter, which softened them and then administered a high dose of blood-thinning medication.


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Traditionally, lung clots are treated by

in the country use it,” Raja says. “I brought this

Raja took part in another major study in

intravenously administering TDA, a blood

technology to El Paso, so in that way, we are

collaboration with the medical device company,

thinner. Since the drug is given intravenously,

much more advanced than most cities.”






technology specifically to fight PAD. Together

that means it travels to all parts of the body, including the brain, where there is a risk of

Raja, who is originally from Pakistan, attended

with Avinger’s founder, Dr. John Simpson,

cerebral bleeding. With the EKOS procedure

medical school at the Universidad Autonoma

Raja helped construct the groundbreaking

and administering TDA directly into the

de Ciudad Juárez. From there he completed

Wildcat catheter, used in the treatment

lungs, the risk of bleeding in the brain is

his internal medicine residency at Texas Tech

of Chronic Total Occlusion, in which the

significantly reduced.

University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

coronary artery is completely blocked.

He joined the prestigious El Paso Cardiology “This technology has only been around for five or six years and only about 25-30% of hospitals


Associates group in 2001.

The benefit of the procedures developed by Raja lies in the non-invasive nature of

On the Cut ting Ed ge - Dr. L aiq M. Raja

April, 2016

the techniques. In the past, patients

primarily on training doctors in the United

suffering from various vascular diseases

States. He also takes every available

would require general anesthesia and

opportunity to do outreach with physicians

about a week’s stay in the hospital in

and practitioners, namely emergency

order to have their arteries cleared up.

room and ICU doctors who are often on

Most of Raja’s patients are diabetics

the frontlines of cardiovascular-related

and suffer from poor blood circulation,

illnesses and trauma.

which vastly increases the risk of blood clots. He explains the advantages of

“Awareness is a major problem, even

his techniques:

among general doctors. There is not a well-organized screening to detect

“Almost 100% of my procedures are

early peripheral vascular disease, to

done [with] small catheters, without

prevent [for example] people ending

any surgery and without any general

up with gangrene of the leg,” he says.

anesthesia, so it’s much less invasive;

“So I reach out to physicians, even the

therefore, there is less risk for older

general public, and give talks about my

patients and high-risk patients, who in

procedures. The hope is that one day we

the past were unable to undergo surgical

can catch this disease [PDA] before it’s

procedures; so this new, relatively less-

really too late.”

invasive way has helped to prevent more Raja hopes to make his techniques the

and more amputations.”

standard at The Hospitals of Providence, With the advent of this new technology,

where he also practices.

Raja has seen the success rate of his “Ultimately,

procedures climb to over 95%.





edge helps the patient because you Raja





spreading the word about his techniques

give them the most state-of-the-art, advanced treatment available.”

and procedures, although his focus is


Local Doctors, Pharmaceutical Companies join Forces to Offer Patients Innovative Treatments | By: ISABEL A. RODRIGUEZ photography by: JOSE DAVID |


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premier clinical trial center in El Paso is spearheading research efforts in various

medical fields that could improve the health and quality of life of local residents and patients all over the world, through new and innovative therapies. El Paso Medical Research Institute, opened since April of last year, specializes in conducting clinical trials on behalf of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies,






experienced medical professionals in El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez. “We focus on different specialties, including cancer and oncology in order to try to provide opportunities for patients to benefit from these trials,” said Dr. Jose D. Burgos, the center’s chief medical officer. “Nobody else [in the area] is doing this. We work with the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. Not many people have access to this.” Burgos is an internal medicine specialist and just one of several medical professionals involved with the research institute. He describes himself and his colleagues as intermediaries and data-collectors. “When companies have medications that have proven to be safe for patients – and they’ve been targeted to treat very specific conditions – we begin to work with them. We have several ongoing studies.”


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Since these studies are only in their experimental phases, the treatments being tested won’t be available for several years. He explained that clinical trials involve four key phases before the drug or treatment is released for public distribution. Each phase is designed to answer a specific research question. Phase one consists of a controlled study to evaluate safety. This is where most side effects of a treatment are noted, Burgos explained. In phase two, the treatment is expanded to a

The El Paso Medical Research Institute is

people have a particular case of cancer, they

larger group. Positive effects are also usually

currently focused solely on phase two and

are referred to other cities, where trials that

confirmed at this time.

three, but scientists hope to eventually

could potentially treat the cancer are already

conduct phase one studies at the research

being run. We can bring those studies to El


Paso because we have the capacity to do

Phase three includes comparisons to other

that. Then patients won’t have to leave town

medications and placebos. “Every medication we have today has gone

to look for other treatment options.”

Finally, phase four consists of long-term

through a clinical trial process,” Burgos said.

studies conducted after a treatment has

“This is imperative for medicine to progress

Doctors at the research institute work

been launched on the market. The entire

– not only to improve the quality of life of the

closely with local hospitals and other medical

study is overseen by the U.S. Food and

patient, but to decrease the side effects of

professionals. New patients typically come

Drug Administration (FDA) and results are

[treatments] that already exist.

from doctor referrals and must go through a qualifying process.

monitored by the pharmaceutical company, Burgos added. Participants are free to recuse

“No one in El Paso is doing phase one

themselves at any time, for any reason.

trials,” he added. “The closest is probably

The pharmaceutical company conducting

the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer

the study compensates candidates who

Center in Houston. That’s why, when some

participate in clinical trials. Scientists are


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New Mexico and Juárez, and testing is completed at Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso. “Our goal is to prove ourselves to the community




companies as an ethical and professional group of scientists,” Burgos said. “We’re serious and committed to provide this added commodity to the city. “Within the next five years, we want to grow to the extent that we can be an original referral center and offer alternative treatments to people who normally go to Arizona, Houston and California. We want to make those treatments available in El Paso. That is the ultimate goal.” Scientists are currently monitoring five clinical trials, with a new study added almost each month.



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Are you yearning for a healthier lifestyle? Whether you want to jump back into those resolutions you made four months ago or are just looking for ways to incorporate strength and wellness into your life, these books are sure to help you on the way to reclaiming your health, mind, body and soul.

“Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life” By: Kelsey Miller

“Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body” By: Kate Hudson

Sometimes the key to health and happiness is letting go of the rules

It’s no secret that Kate Hudson has maintained a strong and healthy

we think we have to follow. Columnist Kelsey Miller just released

body through her years as an actress. In her new read, “Pretty Happy:

her new book, “Big Girl: How I gave Up Dieting and Got a Life,” this

Healthy Ways to Love Your Body” details how she balances her career,

last January. As one of the first in the movement, Miller talks about

family and health by cultivating a healthy relationship with her body,

her decision to give up dieting for good. Full of stories, this read is

eating well, awakening her body through movement and through the

enchanting and inspiring and sure to help you overcome your own

miracle of mindfulness. If you are looking for reasons to like yourself

balancing act.

again, look no further this book is sure to show you the road to love.

“Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organization

“Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book”

and Tidying Up” By: Marie Kondo

By: Johanna Basford

Known for famous “KonMari Method of Cleaning,” Marie Kondo tells

Sometimes the answer to a healthy lifestyle is simply finding a way

all in this new book “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art

to de-stress after a busy day. If you are still looking for that outlet, try

of Organizing and Tidying Up.” In this “teeny” read, Kondo dishes on

Johanna Basford’s solution and pick up an adult coloring book. Already

how to create a healthy space by simply decluttering and letting go of

a bestseller, this coloring book will give you the chance to escape the

the junk we accumulate. This simple visual guide is perfect for even

to-do list and find joy in the simple pleasures of life.

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very day in the U.S., a medical procedure

especially those who need these medical

sustainable, affordable prosthetic solutions

of some sort is taking place. And, with

technologies for prosthetic reasons.

within many of those developing countries. It was founded by native El Pasoan

the never-ending wave of technological







procedures result in a healthy recovery.

According to the World Health Organization,

Roger Gonzalez, PhD.

there are 40 million amputees throughout the developing world, but only about 5% of

“I started to see the need for the poor to gain

them have access to any form of prosthetic

access to better technologies to help them

devices or assistance.

regain their life,” he said.

the poverty line, options aren’t limitless.

Enter: LIMBS International, an organization





Thousands go without regular medical care,

devoted to transforming lives through










countries, such as Mexico and Bolivia, where over 40% of the population lives below


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courses at UTEP, says the organization started as a student project in 2004 and grew to an independent non-profit (501-c3). The organization is funded through donations from individuals, foundations, and grants. Gonzalez says the main goal of LIMBS International is to help the poorest of the poor amputees around the world and communities who seek to serve them. LIMBS combines ultra-low cost technology, rehabilitation and education --- from research to service. So, who is benefiting from this global initiative? To name a few, Bangladesh, a country with a population of more than 156 million people, is not known to be an economically rich country and because it is so densely populated, road traffic accidents are a common occurrence. Combine those accidents with a stretched medical system; many treatable injuries have

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resulted in amputation. Since partnering with

of the population lives in poverty and cannot

amputees can get. To collaborate with their

Bangladesh in 2006, LIMBS International has

afford adequate medical care.

local community to walk alongside them again as they regain their life back.”

fitted 200 patients with prosthetics. LIMBS has been helping the citizens of Kenya has been a recipient of LIMBS

Mexico since 2014. Its rich culture and

And despite all of its success, Gonzalez

prosthetics since 2006. Although a beautiful

Mexican traditions have made it one of the

says there is still more to achieve with the

country, it’s also seen many casualties of

most visited countries in the entire world.

worldwide non-profit.

war that have resulted in a large amputee

But, almost 50% of Mexico’s population

population. Gonzalez and his team have

suffers from diabetes, which has resulted

“We seek to make our technology available

eight partner clinics in Kenya and have fitted

in large numbers of amputees. So far 30

to the widest possible audience but also

200 patients.

patients have been fitted.

to provide intensive rehab assistance to

Guatemala is the newest benefactor with

Gonzalez, who continues to research for

Our goal is to provide holistic care to help

the organization. With a population of 15

LIMBS to develop new products, says he is

amputees regain their lives back.”

million people, lush scenery and rich Mayan

a bit surprised at how fast word has spread

heritage, Guatemala is the most populous

about the organization.

communities who seek to aid amputees.





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country in Central America; but, its home to many natural disasters, such as earthquakes,

“Our big effort is to leverage our technology

volcanic eruptions and hurricanes. Over half

to help increase the assisstance the poorest

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Talking Good Energy With Dr. Marius Ruja | By: KRYSTA AYERS |


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he positive energy that surrounds Dr. Marius Ruja is infective and is what he is all about. Because April is our doctor issue, I thought El Paso should get to know Ruja

and go beyond what is on the surface, go beyond what Google

could inform us about, and learn about the good that he puts out into the world. On the surface, he is a Chiropractor, having graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa – where chiropractic got its start. He greets each coming patient with a familiarity, as if they’ve been long time friends, and even talked to me with an informal easiness. As we started our conversation – because it was more of an open conversation than an interview – Ruja spoke to me about his childhood, his home and his intent and purpose in life. A theme and atmosphere of pure energy unfolded, as did his story. The person that we become is often affected by our childhood and upbringing. Ruja was born in communist Romania, leaving with his parents at the young age of eight seeking political asylum. “I lived in a border town much like Juárez and [El Paso]. We escaped together and we spent two years in a political refugee camp in Austria. We were turned down in three countries because of quotas. We came out of a different issue, but I see the same kind of energy with [the Syrian refugees in the news].” His family decided to move to Brooklyn, New York. Jumping into ESL classes, he quickly had to learn English, mentioning that during the learning process a lot of energy was felt when he couldn’t verbally express himself. “You either smile or you don’t,” he said, discussing how energy can still be felt with people. When his family relocated so Savannah, Georgia, Ruja attended an all boys Catholic Military high school that


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he graduated from before attending the local

would never be fully healed until a friend told

just your hands,” said Ruja. He was already

college and playing soccer.

him to see a doctor that his grandmother

a pre med student, so he studied abroad to

saw. Very skeptical about seeing the doctor,

China and Hong Kong, where other methods

This was the beginning of the journey that

a chiropractor, he went anyway. “[The doctor]

such as acupuncture, herbs, meditation

led Ruja to where he is today. “The way I

told me, ‘I’m here to help you. Within a

and other forms of therapy were eagerly

came about all of these things, I had a head-

month, if I can’t help you get better then you

learned. “I came back home and changed

on car collision, and I went through a lot of

don’t owe me anything. It’s a gift to you.”

my whole perspective. I want to be a doctor

things…it was really traumatic. I had sports

At the end of that, Ruja wanted to learn

that compliments, that gives people an

injuries but never [anything] like that. I went

the same methods the doctor used. “I’ve

alternative. [My goal] is to really make your

to a lot of doctors and physical therapist and

never seen anyone do so much for a person

life healthy,” he said.

things like that,” recalls Ruja. He had come

without blood work, injections, meds and all

to a point where he accepted that his body

that. I didn’t realize you could do all that with


April, 2016 Ruja is not only what he does for a living, though. His home life is just as interesting and inspiring, mirroring the work that he does for people in our community. His eyes light up and his smile becomes warmer when he starts to talk about his family. They all lead a life full of positive energy and embody what they preach. “We walk the walk and talk the talk,” jokes Ruja when he tells me that his wife has had all five of their children with water birth. All five kids are incredibly talented, athletic and eager self-learners. But his home and his family extend beyond being blood-related. “I hate saying foster. I remember our first one was a 12-year-old, so we went through foster parenting classes. We opened our home and family to extended family. That word “fostering” is not the right word. It’s not the right energy.” His family and home has opened up to eight boys, all from different countries – seven of those eight have now graduated from universities. “Our children grew up with them. It’s about all of us. It’s not about me. It’s about the environment and the community,” Ruja says. And his words are sincere as he adds, “We have so much to share with our children, all


around us. And they have so much to share with us. They remind us about what life is really about. Is life really about stuff?” He then shares a story with me about growing up in Brooklyn, a story that says a lot about the kind of person he is, why he puts out into the world what he does. “I remember when I was younger – I was an only child – I hated eating alone. I would go to somebody else’s house or invite some one else to my house and just share that. Just that energy, I liked that.”



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people, Ruja leaves us all with a reminder to put good energy into the world and revisit the days where we knew our neighbors. “Let’s not be afraid. Don’t be by yourself. Don’t eat alone. Invite someone in.”


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DOCTORs of physicians is growing. In the sea of healthcare professionals, one might find it overwhelming to discover just the right one. Enter our ‘Doctors Worth Knowing’ showcase and you might just come across the physician you’ve been looking for. These experts come from a wide array of specialties, but one thing’s for sure: These doctors have passion for their fields and the amazing care they provide our community is why we’re proud to share their profiles with you. Enjoy!

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Our Sun City’s healthcare community is thriving and its network


Dr. Mario Nutis 10201 Gateway Blvd. W, #330 El Paso, Texas 79925 915-228-2491


Dr. Mario Nutis “You can have anything in life if you have a goal,” says Dr. Mario Nutis. Nutis’ goal was to attend Stanford University and train with the best laparoscopic surgeon, Dr. Camran Nezhat, which was realized and is why he is the doctor he is today. He is not only Triple Board Certified, but he is a co-author and an innovator. Professional, humble and unpredictably creative, Nutis is the epitome of what a great doctor and surgeon is. He started his career, graduating from Texas Tech School of Medicine, practicing family medicine for three years before continuing to embark in obstetrics and gynecology and most recently, female pelvic medicine and Reconstructive Surgery – being Board Certified in all three categories, the only one in El Paso. Most importantly, and impressively, Nutis has been awarded the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery, meaning that his surgeries have met the high standards and criteria under the Surgical Review Corporation. He insists, “The details are what make you a good surgeon.” “[Having a baby] is a special moment that goes by so fast. It’s like your wedding or graduation,” Nutis said. Because of this, he has created videos and captured still moments in the delivery room so his patients can look back on the special moment. On the same line of technological interest, the latest innovation he has created, trademarked and patented, is his iDoppler, a fetal Doppler that would allow mothers to hear her baby’s heartbeat and monitor it through an app. His desire to service his patients and prepare them transcends through different mediums. He has created his own website, detailing his credentials and has also created an app for smartphones in order for his patients to view FAQs, learn about their procedure and gain insight on how to prepare themselves post-op. His creativeness has allowed his patients to learn about his practice at the tip of their fingers and stream videos of births performed. Working in Juárez and El Paso, being bi-national and bilingual, Nutis is able to serve his community and give the beautiful blessing of life.



Dr. Douglas Lim One local anesthesia group, West Star Anesthesia Services, P.A.

Composed of over 40 physicians and nurse anesthetists, West

(WSAS) boasts an impressive track record of proven leaders in the

Star Anesthesia is proudly led by Dr. Tomas Murillo, President

advancements of anesthesia that dates as far back to 1967. Their

WSAS, Dr. Douglas Lim, Co-Vice President WSAS, Director of

experts provide anesthesia in specialties including Cardiovascular,

Operations DSMC, Chief of Anesthesia DSMC; Rob Olivares, Jr.,

Women’s Services, Interventional Radiology, Labor and Delivery,

Co-Vice President WSAS, Director of Operations LPMC, Vice Chief

Bariatrics, Neuroscience, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatrics,

of Anesthesia LPMC; Dennis Robbins, MSN, CRNA, Managing

and emergency surgery at local trauma centers. The group also

Director WSAS; Jessica Compean, Chief of Anesthesia LPMC; Toni

implements cutting-edge care by way of its affiliation with the Texas

Stearns, Lead CRNA DSMC; Gary Thomson, CRNA, OB Director

Institute for Robotic Surgery, which utilizes the most advanced and

LPMC; and Mark Henderson, CRNA. Their size and strength make

minimally invasive robotic techniques to enhance the patient’s overall

them the largest, privately held group of anesthesia providers in El

experience. And if that weren’t enough, West Star Anesthesia is also

Paso providing the most innovative patient care available in our area.

home to the only Kidney Transplant Center in the Sun City region.

Enhanced postoperative recovery techniques and state-of-the-art equipment that accurately measure optimal levels of anesthesia in


patients, are what set West Star Anesthesia apart from the rest.

pros improve the quality of life for not just those in need, but for our

Simply stated, their objective is to enhance a patient’s ability to

community as a whole. Now, that’s something we can be proud of!

manage and improve their level of comfort, all while maximizing the patients’ overall safety.

Tip: For patients interested in services from West Star Anesthesia, P.A., a simple request to your surgeon or doctor could lead the way.

Admirably, when asked what the future holds for West Star

They proudly provide their state-of-the-art care in the HCA Las Palmas

Anesthesia, the response is one of expansion and where “local

Del Sol Healthcare System.

leaders can promote a local vision.” The group has proven to “give back to the community” through donations and sponsorship to

West Star Anesthesia Services, P.A.

charitable organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and to the

5959 Gateway Blvd. West, Suite 120

National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Their team offers the best and

El Paso, Texas 79925

most advanced care in the El Paso region by many of the top doctors

shown here in The City Magazine. In doing so, their pain management By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: TOMMIE MORELOS


Dr. Manuel Aranda, Jr. A proud Sun City native with an uncommonly lengthy tenure in emergency medicine, Dr. Manuel Aranda, Jr. has worked in virtually every ER in town. A Coronado High School graduate, he attended the California Institute of Technology for a B.S. in Molecular Biology, followed up by an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 1994. He returned to his beloved hometown to undergo his residency in emergency medicine at former Thomason Hospital, now University Medical Center. For 22 years strong, Aranda has stayed true to the field of emergency medicine. The trend in Texas healthcare for free-standing emergency centers as opposed to hospital-based ERs has, basically, revitalized his purpose. Aranda explains that because of this recent evolution, “We’re not as busy anymore, and can give more individual attention and personal care.” (Ironically, he expected the latter early in his career only to see it in later years.) Between the Hospitals of Providence and both full-service Neighbors Emergency Centers, he enjoys time with his wife and children, and avidly plays the stock market. Of course, we also know that Aranda‘s GREAT at caring for the community he loves and the residents he serves! Dr. Manuel Aranda Jr. Neighbors Emergency Center 1540 N. Zaragosa El Paso, Texas 79936 915-855-6096 58 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING


Dr. William Miller Dr. Humberto Palladino Dr. Frank Agullo Southwest Plastic Surgery stays at the forefront of technological innovation. With highly qualified staff, they are committed to providing multiple treatments for the population they serve. To achieve this goal, the doctors of Southwest Plastic Surgery are involved in research and participate in annual national and international meetings to remain educated on new techniques and technologies that deliver optimal outcomes. This has allowed them to expand their list of services in order to offer more and focus on certain desires from patients in the region. New technologies and methods that have been included are: Picosure, the best tattoo removal laser, which can be done in as little as four treatments; Cellfina, the only long term Dr. William Miller

solution for cellulite, approved by the FDA, done in less

Dr. Humberto Palladino

than an hour; Ulthera, a non-invasive rejuvenation for face

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and neck; and Vanquish, treating the circumference of the

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abdomen to melt fat away. Both Cellfina and Picosure are

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Jose J. Monsivais, MD, FACS Dr. Jose J. Monsivais is one of the leading physicians in this region, providing comprehensive surgical and non-surgical management for patients with a wide variety of disorders of both the upper and lower extremities. These include brachial plexus injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, complex pain syndromes, congenital hand abnormalities, Dupuyren’s contracture, hand fractures, hand contractures, microsurgical reconstruction, nerve injuries and peripheral nerve pain, replantation surgery, syndactyly, trigger fingers, and wrist pain and injuries. For all conditions, the goal is to restore function and improve quality of life. Monsivais is certified in Surgery of the Hand by the American Board of Surgery and also in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Monsivais frequently presents his research both nationally and internationally, and has authored over 56 scholarly publications. His global health service activities include volunteer activities with Health Volunteer Overseas in Ethiopia, Honduras, Moldova, and with the Palestinian

Jose J. Monsivais, MD. FACS The Hand and Microsurgery Center of El Paso

Children’s Relief Fund in Lebanon and West Bank, Palestine.

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Dr. Aime Serna Dr. Aime Serna is an El Paso physician who is board certified in Internal Medicine. Just over a year ago she added a weight loss program to her services through the Centers for Medical Weight Loss. The program, which is supplement-based and includes shakes, soups and bars, is a completely personal plan, physician prescribed and focuses on behavioral modification and lifestyle changes. Serna works one on one with the patient through their weight loss journey. The patient has the option of taking the intense six-week program or the more laid back twelve-week program. One of the main objectives of this program is to afford patients the opportunity to take medications away from their regimen rather than adding medications by focusing on long-range and short-range goals. Dr. Aime Serna Through her years in internal medicine, Serna has seen that many of the ailments

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and conditions that a patient is experiencing can be remedied through maintaining a

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healthy weight. Her Masters in Public Health concentrated on the impact of obesity in

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communities allows her serve as a guide in an ever changing world of diets and plans.


Whether the individual wants to lose 10 or 70 pounds, the goal remains the same: lose the weight, and never find it again. By: BRENDA L. CASTANEDA photographed by: TOMMIE MORELOS


Dr. Michelle Mendoza Ageless Medspa and Salon

Dr. Michelle Mendoza

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Ageless Medspa and Salon began a year ago under the qualified hands of


Dr. Michelle Mendoza and Family Nurse Practitioner, Marila Taylor. Mendoza

graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine in 2001. She became board certified in internal medicine in 2004 and since has been recertified through ABIM Maintenance of Certification program in 2015. “It was always my dream to open a medspa at some point to offer alternative treatments, preventative medicine and focus on teaching healthy living before chronic illness sets in,” said Mendoza. She is also the Medical Director at Trisun, a skilled nursing facility in Northeast El Paso. “What is unique to Ageless Medspa is that we treat the whole person,” said Mendoza. Someone coming in can receive a Vampire Facial, Botox, facial fillers, work with a personalized weight-loss program and take advantage of their full-service salon. It’s all about preventative care. Ageless Medspa and Salon also offers Bio Identical hormone replacement therapy that improves libido, weight control and decreases hair loss and joint pains. Platelet-rich plasma treatments are also available, serving as a built-in fountain of youth. In the hands of professionals, trust in Ageless Medspa and Salon. 62 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING


Dr. Helson Pacheco-Serrant The thought of brain or spinal surgery would worry anyone of us. That is where Dr. Pacheco-Serrant comes in. Commonly referred to as Dr. Pacheco, he is not only one of our city’s top neurosurgeons, but he also has the personal experience of having lost his own father to a brain aneurysm as an adjunct to his credentials. As the story goes, he knew from a young age that he wanted to be a surgeon and after losing his father at 16, his vision became his life’s mission. What followed was a college degree, M.D. and subsequent residency from the University of Puerto Rico, and then ultimately, a move to our Sun City. The move could not have been better as Dr. Pacheco is the only fully bilingual neurosurgeon in town, which proves to be extremely beneficial for patients as it eliminates the need for a translator (a common scenario here). Aside from a wide array of cutting edge services for the brain, spine, and nerves, including brain tumors, minimally-invasive spine surgery, and gamma knife procedures; the procedures are streamlined to augment the patient’s overall outcome, above the national average by keeping the general anesthesia times to a minimum. Bottom-line: This top neurosurgeon is not only adept at the most cutting-edge procedures around, but he can truly relate to the experiences of his patients and their loved ones. And that’s priceless!

Neurosurgical Specialists of El Paso, PLLC Dr. Helson Pacheco-Serrant 1700 N. Oregon Street, Suite 660 El Paso, Texas 79902 915-351-1444



Dr. Michael DeLuca Dr. Michael DeLuca, a cardiologist, has spent the last 13 years practicing medicine in El Paso. He grew up in Kingwood, Texas and went to college at North Texas State University. He spent his first two years of medical school in Budapest, Hungary and spent two years of medical school in London, England, followed by four years of internal medicine training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. DeLuca also spent four years of interventional cardiology training at Scott and White hospital in Temple Texas. DeLuca specializes in interventional cardiology, which involves opening up blood vessels in any part of the body as well as placing pacemakers and loop recorders. He also provides multiple forms of stress testing and echocardiography. After several years in his own private practice, Dr. DeLuca joined El Paso Cardiology Associates in January of this year. The group includes Dr. David Dobrin, Dr. Mike Gutierrez, Dr. Vipool Patel and Dr. Laiq Raja. Having spent the last seven years covering calls for the cardiology associates group, he felt it was in his best interest to join them now and with the many advances in cardiology he can better treat his patients. DeLuca is married and has three children; two of whom are following in his footsteps and are currently in medical school in Budapest, Hungary, and his youngest child attends high school in El Paso.

Dr. Michael DeLuca El Paso Cardiology Associates 4301 N. Mesa, Ste. 100 El Paso, Texas 79902 915-532-6767



Dr. V.M. Villalobos A holistic approach is one way of describing Dr. V. M. Villalobos’ pursuit to care, but there’s much more beneath the surface. Education, mental health, and physical well-being are equally at the center of his work, but the core of his family medicine practice lies in his spirituality. A man of faith, when asked about his acts of generosity he responds simply, “God tells me what to do.” And it shows. Not only does this boardcertified family physician provide quality care to anyone in need, he also offers affordable care through discounted health plans for those who might not otherwise afford the same level of services. Topping that, he cares generously for the indigent at a completely free medical care at the Adventist Family Clinic in El Paso, with an additional location in Juárez, Simpatia Y Buena Voluntad. Through prevention and early detection, the use of “annual assessments” versus the periodic physical examination, and of course, imparted knowledge, Villalobos’ “comprehensive” approach to care, including weight loss and allergy testing, is obvious. His spirituality, however, is what sets his practice apart from the rest. As he astutely points out, “We can’t separate the priestly functions from the doctoral functions” in the way physicians care for their patients. And this is where his benevolence in care becomes transparent and why Villalobos is truly a gift to our community!

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NPs PAs When walking into your doctor’s office for an appointment, one might assume they will be seeing their very own physician. However, in more recent years, there is a new group of health professionals that meet you at the exam room door instead – the nurse practitioner or physician assistant. This growing group of medical professionals take on the responsibility of patient care with their own advanced education as well as certifications and skills and are able to do so independently with their very own license.


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et’s discuss the role and background

According to the American Association of

well as working in office seeing patients

of the nurse practitioner first.

Nurse Practitioners, there are approximately

for routine or post-hospitalization follow-

These licensed professionals are

190,000 NPs currently practicing in the

up appointments. He is certified to practice

registered nurses who have further

United States and the Bureau of Labor

under the supervision of a licensed physician,

expanded on their nursing backgrounds by

Statistics anticipates about 37,100 more

however he is able to write prescriptions and

obtaining more certifications through a more

will be coming on board by the year 2022.

order diagnostic tests which he can read and

advanced education where their previous

Nurse practitioners can be found in a variety

interpret for patients. “The main way we,

skills are enhanced to further assist the

of settings whether it be your family care

as nurse practitioners, improve patient care

physician with patient care. Just like other

office or a specialty care facility such as

is by having a background in nursing that

registered nurses, they are qualified to perform

oncology, women’s health, neonatology,

complete head-to-toe assessments during

pediatrics, gerontology and many more. As

patient evaluations. In addition to these prior

partners on the health care team, NP’s have a

qualifications, they are also knowledgeable

respectful and cooperative relationship with

in the field of giving the patient a diagnosis

other physicians. If they are not familiar with

as well as writing prescriptions for necessary

a certain case or situation, they refer patients

treatments and medications. This skill alone

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for their more complex diagnosis.

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Masters in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

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April, 2016 Michael Hollingsed is a physician assistant for a group of prestigious cardiologists here in El Paso that serves over seven hospitals to include The Hospitals of Providence and William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He began his career in the 70s as an Air Force Medic, which at that time required a two-year certification program, and later went on to complete more schooling to be in the profession he is in now. His daily schedule involves lesser time in the clinic and more time assisting the physicians in surgery, whether it be harvesting veins for conduits, resolving perioperative issues, or performing care before and after surgery. “I love my job or I would not have done it for the last 20 years. We as PAs are involved in so many aspects of medicine. The best part is that we allow the physicians more room for flexibility and accessibility to patient care by being qualified to take care of the majority of the patient’s needs ourselves.” According to reports of the American Association of Medical Colleges, the United States could see a shortage of 90, 000 physicians by 2022 and up to 130, 000 by 2025. Due to this decrease, NPs and PAs will be more necessary than ever in stepping in to help provide care.

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to Hospital de la Familia in Juárez, where the

them improve their function.”

Dr. Jacob Heydemann and his team at the

clinic is housed, and treat children from Juarez,

Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic have transformed

the state of Chihuahua and surrounding areas

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their services into an international effort

from the states of Coahuila, Durango, Sinaloa

with the clinic since it first began operating.

involving two hospitals, anesthesiologists,

and Sonora. In the last three decades the

After meeting Heydemann she accompanied

physical therapists and orthotics suppliers.

clinic has treated more than 7,500 through

him to the clinic.

28,459 physical therapy sessions, 30,400 Founded in 1985, Heydemann recognized

medical consultations and 816 surgeries.

“He invited me to go to the clinic in Juárez with him one time,” Fisher said. “He said

the need for an orthopedic pediatrician in Juárez and he volunteered himself in order

“I look forward to going to clinic every

he knew that if I went one time I would be

to grant children access to professional

month as it is a unique experience to see

committed to going again. Thirty-plus years

healthcare, regardless of nationality, socio-

the progress the children have made and to

later and I am still going.”

economic level or geographic setting. Back

continue years of relationships with parents

then, the clinic only had five closet-size

and children,” said Lead Physical Therapist,

Among conditions treated are clubfoot,

rooms and was not at the level it is at today.

Dr. Cynthia Fisher. “I am always impressed

hip dislocation, spastic paraplegia, chronic

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has dedicated its service and alleviated suffering, enhanced health and brought joy to children and their families. Most recently the clinic was awarded $5,000 by the Trull Foundation to purchase walkers and pediatric knee immobilizers for the young patients. However, the clinic is still in need of more such as special walkers, forearm crutches, braces and wheelchairs. “It is a team effort to help children in our sister city. Just because there is a border involved does not take away the desire to assist the children of Juárez,” Fisher said. “Our clinic continues to be successful due to the efforts of our patroness Olga Munoz, the efforts of Dr. Heydemann and his office staff


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April, 2016 “It gives me satisfaction knowing he is happy and that [the wish] is going to help him in this hard time he is going through,” Chavez said. “I just love how everyone comes together as a community to help make a child feel better.” Make-A-Wish® North Texas El Paso Regional Office Wish Manager, Jennifer Maturino, agreed. “Thanks to the help of Viva Power Sports we were able to create an unforgettable experience that not only made Lennie feel super special, but

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“Children live so much of their life in

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imagination and Make-A-Wish helps bring

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that imagination to reality,” Hicks said. “I got emotional because I have been given

“We are so grateful for our community

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an expensive gift and because my parents

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this joy because her son was granted his wish.

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any of us are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to better ourselves. In today’s digitally driven culture there are countless websites, TV shows and apps, which are geared toward promoting an overall healthier mind and body. While many of these outlets can prove helpful, you must stop to realize that

one of the most beneficial practices is already “pre-installed” in you: meditation. There have been many studies and publications which show how meditation can help a variety of things such as reducing stress and anxiety, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and experiencing a better sense of well-being One of the best things about meditation is that it allows for flexibility. Meditating does not have to be a complicated or rigid process of committing yourself to one hour daily to benefit its rewards. Try taking a five-minute break regularly at your computer. Simply close your eyes and take several deep breaths inward and outwardly counting slowly to five with each time. You can also say positive affirmations such as: “I am healthy, I am at peace, and I am centered.” As you breathe out, release negativity by saying: “I release my tension, I release the stress in my shoulders.” If a thought comes to mind about tasking or projects and deadlines, tell that thought to go away – only focus on your breathing and the calmness of where you are at that moment. You may even place your palms flat on your thighs or slip your shoes off and put your feet to the floor as a way to ground yourself. Here are some suggestions based on your astrological sign too that could help to enhance your mediation practices: Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces – Water

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is therapeutic for these signs so playing something

meditating in Epsom salt would help to relax further.

calming is ideal to help with meditation. Air signs tend

Swimming, rafting, or a day at the beach helps too.

to be physically active and may find they can get into a calming state with walking or exercise.

Fire signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius – Burning incense or a candle will help to clear the mind and

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Artist Spotlight


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Artist Spotlight

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‘‘KNOT’’ | By: PABLO DELGADILLO photography by: ALEX BRISEÑO |

t’s not an everyday thing when your

Japan you have 16 monuments, you have

Editor-In-Chief asks you to go with her

pieces in Spain (being the only Mexican

to interpret an interview, especially

artist with a Don Quixote sculpture in

to meet the artist that was in charge

Alcala de Henares, which means a lot to

of the now iconic “X,” “La Equis” or

Sebastian), in Denmark, and in Mexico

“Monumento a la Mexicanidad” in Cd.

City. For us in the region the “X” which

Juárez. The sculpture has become such

stands proudly in our sister city Juárez,

a monumental staple in the border, that

can be seen from El Paso and is often

I was intrigued about who could’ve been

referred to as a famous landmark. What

the face behind such a striking and massive

was your inspiration for this piece? Was

piece of art. The interview took place at the

this a gift, or a consignment piece?

El Paso Museum of Art – as we entered there he was sitting on a bench, Mexican sculptor,

Sebastian: Cd. Juárez asked me for a

Sebastian. With a very calm demeanor and

monument that honored the “Mexican”

a strong and soothing voice he introduced

essence of the country but more specifically for

himself as we walked with him and the

Cd.Juarez. I had to do a tribute for Juárez, so

cultural attaché from the Consulate General

what better way to express it than with an “X.”

of Mexico through the exhibit, finding a

The “X” represents the change that Mexico

perfect spot to start the interview.

had under former President Benito Juárez, which changed the name of Mejico for Mexico.

Sebastian’s exhibit “Knot” is a mixture of

The “X” represents the Mexico of today, a

various forms of art including painting and

mixture of Spaniards and indigenous people. In

sculptures that aren’t shy of color and strong

a lot of Mexican words the “x” is used a lot.

design forms. In this exhibit you can admire some of Sebastian’s architectural work in a

TCM: The “X” is so famous, even for

smaller scale (including the “X”) and some of

people in El Paso who’ve never traveled

his earlier paintings. After taking everything

to Juárez; it is an icon, one of the most

in, The City Magazine’s own, Shelley Mozelle, was inspired enough to start the interview and this is how it went: The City Magazine: I know you’re very well known through many countries, in

famous art pieces in Juárez. Tell me in what part of your life you realized that art was meant for you, when did you realize that you’d made it as an artist? S: Probably in 1968, I graduated from college and just started doing art. There are some 85

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drawings here in the exhibition that are from the 70s, just when I started doing everything. I started to go out and exhibit in the streets. I got the chance to be in galleries and lucky me, my work was a hit! I had the opportunity to sell one of my first paintings to Rufino Tamayo (one of Mexico’s most famous artists), who bought one of my pieces and that meant a lot for me. I think that’s when I knew I had made it. TCM: Since you were supported by one of Mexico’s most famous artists, what do you do to support other up and coming artists? S: I have my own foundation “Fundacion Sebastian” where I promote talent, up and coming and artists that are already established. I often buy work for the foundation and exhibit it on the premises; it’s almost like following a chain of support, and we are all here for the art. TCM: Is there a piece of art that’s your favorite, a piece that you would never let go of? S: No, every art piece is a story and takes a place in history. They all required love, passion,





favorite, they’re like my children. You need to have passion and vocation, work for it! There


Artist Spotlight are some pieces that I’ve sold and then re-

wasn’t a crook or a thief, I just wanted to create

purchased them. There’s this particular skull

beautiful art and sometimes, sadly, people just

sculpture that I sold to an architect, which

judge you for what you create and they don’t

he later gave to his kids and I re-purchased

look beyond that. They will refer to me as the

it from them because it was very special for

artist and not the person.

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me. There are pieces of work that I had given to my brothers who all passed away already,

TCM: Artists often refer to their emotions,

exhibit when there’s so much to cover

and I don’t know where those pieces are.

one of those emotions is love, it’s

throughout the years. I think the curators

Those pieces mean a lot to me because of

universal. Is there a single piece of art that

picked a wonderful selection, which covers

their value and I wish I had those back.

you did when you were in love?

pieces that are as old as time all the way

TCM: Everyone wants to leave a legacy

S: There’s not a particular single piece, but

I haven’t seen in almost 30 years! Some of

in life, what is it you would like to have

being in love or loving people makes you

these pieces I haven’t seen since they were

people speak about you?

more creative. It’s not only romantic love,

in Denver in another exhibit. It is a nice walk

it’s also love for my kids. I remember when

down memory lane, really nice surprises.

until now. I was so glad to see pictures that

S: I think every artist, it doesn’t matter the field,

I was younger I was going to get married to

professionally we’re good when we can mimic

the mother of my first child, and she broke

“Knot: The art of Sebastian” is currently on

the opposite of what’s going on in our lives. It’s

my heart first. I had this mud collection, and

exhibit at The El Paso Museum of Art and will

all about duality and being very connected with

as an immature artist I got really upset and

be shown until June 5th. In this exhibit you

your emotions. We create art to leave a thought,

destroyed everything. That’s why I don’t

can encounter 53 pieces of his finest artwork

an expression. I think everyone will remember

have anything from when I was a student,

that encompasses over 40 years of his career.

me through art; for me it’s important that they

because my emotions were so raw, but

The colorful abstraction of the pieces comes

know that I wasn’t a bad person! (Laughs) I

out of that relationship I created one of my

as a breath of fresh air, and in the borderland

proudest works, my son, Matias.

we have our own examples which can be found in Cd. Juárez with the “X” or here in

TCM: What’s “Knot” about?

El Paso with “La Esfera Cuantica Tlahtolli” at the Fox Fine Arts building in Utep, or

S: It’s a very interesting mixture of my work; it is difficult to really pick and

“Aguacero” located on the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry on Santa Fe street.

choose different pieces for an


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spiritualit y


y grandmother had four daily rituals

in which she honored the four elements. To honor water, she put

her feet in running water. For earth, she made sure her feet felt grass. For fire, she made sure she saw the sun. And for air, she stood underneath the canopy of stars each night. My grandmother, like other American Indians not only honored the four elements every day, they prayed to the four directions every night. Kabalistic Jews spoke of the four worlds. The Hawaiian Hula culture immersed itself in the four elements. Buddhists wrote the Four Noble Truths. There are four ruling archangels, four cardinal directions, four earth seasons, four times of day, etc. Author Debra Silverman in her book, “The Missing Element” writes, “Egyptians passed onto us their version of the Four Elements, which is steeped in astrology – the oldest science on earth. These people honored the land they lived on – not because it was a good idea, but because they were dependent on it for their survival and they had to pay attention. They operated with rocks in their pockets and wisdom in their hearts.” In many ancient civilizations, these four elements are regarded as the foundation of the whole body, part of every basic principle about healing the body and the foundation of life. The constant interaction of the four elements gives rise to the processes of the human body and is the impetus behind physical life, making the concept of keeping all of them balanced important. Of course during the normal course of one’s life, the elements go in and out of balance in a continuously changing state of health or disease.


Substances that are solid can be said to have the qualities of the Earth element. Solid qualities of the body that are of the Earth element include skin, muscle, tendon, bone, viscera, fat, and other solid organs. Imbalance of the Earth element would manifest as symptoms of the organs associated with the Earth element. Some examples would be: skin disease, bone disease, tumors, and other “solid” disorders.

WATER ELEMENT Substances that are liquid are of the Water element. Liquid qualities of the body that are of the Water element include blood, eyes, phlegm, saliva, lymph, urine, semen, other liquids of the body. Imbalances of the Water element would manifest as symptoms of the organs associated with the Water element such as blood disease, eye disorders, renal disease, venereal disease, bladder or urinary tract infection or stones, and any diseases manifesting in abnormal urine or other liquid discharge.

AIR ELEMENT Substances that have movement are of the Air element. Moving qualities of the body include respiration, digestion, and excretion, motion of the limbs and joints, sexuality, aging. Imbalance of the Air element would manifest as symptoms of the organs associated with the Air element such as pneumonia, cough, mucous congestion, tuberculosis, bronchitis, other respiratory infections, fainting, dizziness, and arthritis. The Air element is considered to be the most important element in promoting mobility, strength, longevity and vigor.

FIRE ELEMENT Substances that have heat are of the Fire element. Warm/hot qualities of the body include body temperature, circulatory system, and metabolism. Imbalance of the Fire element primarily manifests as diseases of the Fire element organs: he heart and circulatory system. The easiest way to balance these elements is to simply to expose yourself to the elements in their primitive forms. Put your hands into dirt, feeling the coolness, heaviness and solidity of the ancient earth element. Take a bath or visit a stream to feel the flowing wetness of water. Feel the breeze blowing on your skin and get in touch with the change and lightness of air. Turn on your stove or make a campfire and connect with the heat and power of fire. By doing this, you will get closer to an archetypal understanding of @emichellecromer

these concepts, and like my grandmother, you will be on your


way to balance the elements on a daily basis.


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professional boundaries clear. Your love life

the flirting is only getting more intense. You

steer away from dating the boss man. Dating

should not impede with your responsibilities

begin to have lunch together or meet after for

the boss man can be extremely difficult.

at work. What you do outside of work is

a drink. The reality is that dating a co-worker

There is always the potential of favoritism,

your business; what you do at work is your

is more common than we think. I mean … it

abuse of power or conflicts of interest. Not to

employer’s business. Think about that.

only makes sense right? You two are in close

mention you two will definitely be the topic

proximity on a daily basis and can relate to the

of discussion at work.

Maintaining clear boundaries also means ensuring discreet behavior at work. Keep the

struggles at work. Although having a fling at work sounds tempting, there are certain rules

Be direct with your love interest/co-worker.

PDA to a minimum when at work. You don’t want

you should follow before “jumping the gun.”

If you decide to take the plunge and finally

to make your colleagues feel uncomfortable.

ask them out, you must remember the rule

Also, make sure you don’t air your dirty laundry

Know your company’s policies on dating.

of the game is that you only get one shot at

if things go awry in your relationship. Maintain

While some companies strictly prohibit

it. According to Lisa Green, an employment

your professionalism at all times.

dating, others allow it with full disclosure

lawyer and the author of “On Your Case,”

to supervisors. You don’t want to put both

not only is persistence a buzz kill, but you risk

The thrilling thing about love is that it can be

of your jobs in jeopardy, so make sure you

creating a hostile work environment for your

so unpredictable, serendipity at its best. You

follow protocol.

crush, which can be defined as harassment.

just never know when it will find you. If love has found you at your work place, have an open mind and enjoy it.


raveling can be hard on your health and

Wear running shoes to the airport so you can move quickly through the airport and

fitness routine. Combine cramped seating,

get some cardio in.

long lines at security gates, high priced airport food, flight delays, limited baggage and seats

Buy a traveling cooler like ones found on that you can easily carry as

packed with disease-ridden travelers you have

your carry on luggage, will pass TSA inspections and pack it with non-perishable items.

the perfect storm for weight gain. According to a study performed at the Weizmann Institute of

Don’t forget to pack your gym gear to exercise in your hotel’s gym or ask your

Science in Israel, mice with jet lag had microbes in

concierge for a day pass to the local gym near you.

their gut altered by changing time zones, which in turn promoted obesity. Normal feeding patterns of

Research and print workouts from online, YouTube or on Pinterest that you can

the microbes are thrown off by crossing time zones,

perform either on your own in the hotel room or with dumbbells in the hotel gym,

and it’s those microbes that control the metabolism

and have them ready to go. Make sure you choose

toward fat storage. This study explains why shift

a workout that is at your level because some may

workers and frequent fliers have symptoms like high

be too easy.

blood pressure, abdominal obesity, poor blood sugar regulation and high inflammation. Take these tips to stay fit on the go:

Buy weighted bands that pack easily in your luggage and can be used pretty much anywhere. You can find great quality bands on and some come with printed exercises for you to perform on your own.



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Tips to continue

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fa s h i o n i s ta recently returned from a weeklong

trip to New York City for Fashion

Week, where the shows forecasted

fall designs and lines. To my delight,

the fashion industry is staying firmly

planted in the 70s over the next few

seasons. This spring will reveal the

transition into the inspired decade, so

shoppers can buy confidently knowing

bohemian blouses and floral prints aren’t

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In the world of fashion, most trends begin in Europe and progress to the States over time. At Market, I noticed firsthand the absence of the stiletto heel, with 70s inspired styles like thick, chunky, low heels leading the shoe trends. Next, a personal favorite of mine, sneakers! The Dior spring show featured their gals in sneakers and dresses, ushering in a fun, relaxed, easy vibe. Whether they’re Vans, Converse or Supergas, sneakers and tennis shoes are the must-have accessory going forward. Don’t think they are only appropriate with gym clothes; girls in the know are sporting them with skirts, dresses and even cool leather pants. Come fall, the cool weather will make way for flared, high-waisted jeans, fun furry pieces (including faux!), and glitzy metallic accents that pay homage to the days of disco. Denim for all: whether it’s a denim jumpsuit, a denim skirt (yes, a denim skirt), or anything in between, denim is going on strong. Lines like Frame and RTA are new and upcoming, but right on point with their fits and quality. With denim skirts and sneakers back en vogue, chic dressing is really becoming more easy and relaxed. After all, who doesn’t want to be comfortable and cute? Last but definitely not least, distressed clothing is back with a vengeance. What we once thought looked raggedy is actually more expensive to make and customize, and the art of distressing is strategic and difficult to hand stitch and cut. The more worn the look, the better – holes, tears, paint and frayed detailing all add to the casual chic vibe that we can look forward to in spring and fall.

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1. RED LIPS RULE THE RUNWAYS What do Snow White, Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift all have in common? They all are known for a classic signature beauty look that also happens to be one of the biggest makeup trends for Spring/ Summer 2016. That’s right ladies, the red lip was all over the Paris runways for this year’s spring collections. This year’s red is a true candy-apple, bright version of the hue. While matte-finish crimson pouts still dominated the runways, designers also featured satin and glossy versions of the red lip as well. However, the commonality seen in all of these red lip looks was a clean, precise, defined application. Pro tip: For the perfect red lip, line lips and fill them in completely with a true red lip liner (try MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry $16.50). Next, take your red lipstick (try NYX Round Lipstick in Snow White) and apply it with a square or flat edged liner brush so that you can make precise, clean lines around the mouth. Then take a concealer pencil (Try NYX Wonder Pencil) in a shade close to your skin tone and clean up and remove any imperfections or unevenness with the pencil. Tracing all around the mouth with the concealer pencil will keep your lipstick in place and prevent it from bleeding and feathering. Finally, take a clean Q-tip or small detailing brush and lightly apply a translucent or HD powder over the concealer pencil to further lock-in and secure your look. If you want to create a more matte finish to the lips, you lightly dust over the lipstick with translucent powder as well.


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2. BRONZED BEAUTIES While red lips paired with pale complexions were seemingly everywhere, equally as prevalent were tan, sun-kissed models that appeared to have just stepped off a cruise ship or a California beach. Bronzy, glowy complexions sporting just enough color and shimmer to give these models a sexy, relaxed natural look. The rest of the makeup with this look was generally muted or done with complementary bronze, metallic and earth tones. This season’s popular bronze tones are cooler gold and olive-based tones with very little red or orange in them. Try Bobby Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural ($42) which works for all complexions, even pale blondes, or the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($30) which will help neutralize redness and even out skin tones.


Pro tip: If you find that powder bronzers over your foundation appear muddy or splotchy, try applying a cream-based bronzer right after you apply your foundation and concealer and before you apply your setting powder. All bronzers, cream or powder, should be applied lightly in layers to the outside of the face

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Rated R-Coloring Coloring should be for everyone and luckily for us coloring books for adults have been increasing in popularity. Here’s why: they’re so fun! Unlike children’s coloring books, these books have thinner and smaller lines, which help to relieve stress (at least, according to the books). They come in different themes (cities, fashion, pets, mandalas, etc.). Get some wine and color away your worries!

Pom-Poms Michael Kors started to incorporate them in his bags, but pompoms are not only meant to be on keychains. Nowadays we see a ton of garments that have incorporated pom-poms. You can find them in blouses (courtesy of Topshop and Comme des Garçons) and even on snapbacks, for a cooler, modern look. Some people think pom-poms might be childish, but they’re just fun (and very “In” right now).

Big Bloom Before you go all Meryl Streep in The “Devil Wears Prada” and make a sarcastic comment on how florals for spring is a groundbreaking idea, hear me out. I’m all for florals in spring, that’s what spring is all about! But we have to stay away from grandma floral prints and go for big bold flowers. Big flowers on a printed skirt, or a modern take on a floral print in a button up shirt, there’s a lot of garments in which you can incorporate this trend without looking like wallpaper from an old house. Go big and don’t be scared of flowers. Jill Stuart and MILLY have wonderful examples of this type of print, or if you want something more abstract but with the same appeal go for a marble floral print, or something more psychedelic.


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Floral Numbers We’ve all seen them, those “jersey” inspired t-shirts with a floral background and huge numbers in the center of it. There’s a variation of them; numbers and the name of a city, some flowers with a bandana design, flowers inside the numbers, or the whole t-shirt is floral. The important thing is: they’re not in style anymore. The Super Bowl already passed and so should this trend. They’ve been remade into a bunch of different styles, for both girls and guys, each as tired as the last one. Get rid of them, because if you’re still wearing them, you’re not the real MVP.

Keep the change Unless you’re still an avid shopper at Hot Topic (and if you’re over 18 years old, you really shouldn’t be) there’s no excuse for you to be the owner of a Velcro wallet. They’re as ugly as they are durable, and let’s be honest; Velcro wallets are for a person that tends to drop everything that’s inside a regular wallet. They are noisy when you open them and nobody wants to see a grown man paying on a date and taking his card out of a Velcro wallet. If you’re not a kid, get a decent looking wallet and stay away from that sticky mess.

That dress is a mesh Mesh dresses seem to be the go-to party dress when it comes for a night out on the town with your friends, or a nice romantic dinner, but it’s a trend that has been so overdone, we are tired of it. A little mesh here and there is fine, but a lot of mesh ends up looking like a “mesh”.


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Think Pizza Can’t be Healthy? | By: ELAINE GORDON |


pril is usually

my Easter Sunday

recipe, however Easter

fooled me this year by arriving in

played in the morning. If you continued to play the joke past noon, you would be considered the “April Fool” yourself.

March! So, I decided to postpone my “Easter meal” and utilize one of my favorite pizza recipes for April, while remembering a fun fact about April, and that is April Fool’s Day on April 1st.

In Italy, France, Belgium and areas where French is spoken, such as Switzerland and Canada, April’s Fool’s translation is often known as “April fish.” The joke is to attach a paper fish to the back of a person without them noticing. While the Scottish people

April Fool’s Day, also known as All Fool’s Day, is thought to have begun around 1582 in France. It started with the revision of the

go around with a sign on their backs that states “Kick Me” and that results in several boots to the butt!

calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Year’s Day began on January 1 instead of March 25 - April 1,

Here in America, it is fun to have a good-natured day to poke some

which was considered “New Year’s week.”

harmless fun at family, friends and co-workers. Remember, this day can be viewed as positive and also good for one’s health. April Fool’s

April Fool’s is a day in which people all over the world celebrate by

Day encourages jokes, harmless pranks, and belly laughs that all bring

playing practical jokes on one another. In England, jokes are only

great health benefits by using laughter to relieve stress and strain on the heart. BON APPÉTIT!


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Organic Guilt-Free Healthy Pizza Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 2-3 pkgs. Udis Gluten free thin and crispy pizza crust 1 pkg. Flatzza pizza whole grain thin crust 1 pkg. Coleman natural chicken meatballs, or ground chicken 2-3 Chilis (any type) 2 Onions 1 24 oz. jar Tomato Basil Sauce (Organicville) 1 jar Artichokes 1 jar each Black olives/ green olives 1-2 cup Feta cheese 1 8 oz. pkg. of Daiya mozzarella dairy-free cheese, or you can use fresh mozzarella (12-16 oz.) Several leaves of fresh basil 1 jar (any color) bell peppers 1 jar of mushrooms Italian spices (mixed, or oregano) Sea salt to taste Cracked pepper to taste 1/4 cup Olive oil 1/4 cup filtered water 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper Directions:

cheese with added spices on top. You can choose

Pre-heat the oven 350 degrees

to add a bit of cayenne pepper to make your pizza much more spicier.

In a stainless steel skillet sautĂŠ onions, peppers, and any other raw organic veggies (not in a jar) in olive oil.

My favorite version of this pizza is ground chicken,

When soft, set aside.

fresh basil, black olives and feta cheese with mozzarella cheese on top, sprinkle Italian spices on top.

In another skillet sautĂŠ ground chicken until browned. Set aside.

For vegetarians and vegan eaters, I chose a whole grain flat crust pizza shell topped with tomato basil

Place pizza crusts on pizza pans and cover with tomato

sauce, organic veggies, vegan cheese and Italian

sauce leaving the edges without sauce. For the non-

Spices, with some salt and pepper to taste.

vegetarian pizza, sprinkle ground chicken all over the pizza crusts that you want to contain meat.

After preparing all the different pizzas, place them in the oven checking to see if not only the cheese

Then decide to make your pizzas the varieties you

is melted, (vegan cheese takes longer to melt) but

would like. For example you might want to make

that the crust is medium to crispy. You want to be

one pizza with meat, artichokes, black/green olives,

mindful that your pizza is not soggy. Bake for about

mushrooms and red peppers. Then add your cheese

20-30 minutes. When done, set aside for 5-10

and some Italian spices on top, salt and pepper to taste.

minutes to cool.

On another pizza you might choose to use ground

Serve with Italian soda or Chianti wine and a salad

chicken, chilies, red peppers, onions and mozzarella

of your choice.



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f you watched the UTEP women’s basketball team this season, you witnessed one of its star players make national headlines and break new ground. But in the future, you may see Cameasha Turner sitting on the Supreme Court bench as one of its Justices. The senior guard and criminal justice major

has overcome many barriers, including discouragement and disbelief. Those feelings affected recruitment efforts. “At first I thought I’m not good enough to go to college, I’m not good enough to go play [Division 1] basketball,” she said. “Look at me – poor community, nobody in my family went to college, nobody in my family played sports – football, baseball, nothing.” It may have been difficult for the Dallas native to see a future in basketball, but that

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Adams saw a player she wanted on her

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team. “I loved her passion for the game,


extremely competitive, tough-nosed and a

and 2016 C-USA All-Academic women’s

great student, [she] had a lot of desire to do

basketball team.




big things, I think in the classroom and in the courts, so her passion was big.”

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Turner’s drive has earned her a perfect grade

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April, 2016 The fan favorite grew up with eight brothers and two sisters. Since coming to El Paso four years ago, Adams says Turner has done some more growing up. “I’m really proud and it’s a great feeling to see someone flourish and mature and develop.” Turner attributes her success on the UTEP women’s basketball team to focus and hard work over the years. She first realized in 7th grade that she was pretty good at basketball, but her collegiate journey required balance, dedication and desire. “Throughout





complained, but I also knew that I had to do the extra steps and not make excuses,” she said. “A lot of people where I come from, they make excuses about why they didn’t make it. ‘Oh my parents didn’t have enough money and this and that,’ and I just knew once you got God on your side and once you got the effort you put in, just understand that it will happen for you. You just can’t give up, you just got to be pushing and pushing.” Turner’s lessons learned and aspiration to excel have helped her welcome her role as a mentor to younger players on the team and have her determined to dedicate her career, after basketball, to the criminal justice system.

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the opportunity UTEP and Coach Adams provided. “I made the decision to play for Coach Adams, but she made the decision to believe in me. She didn’t have to believe in me. She trusted me when I didn’t even trust her and I’m grateful for that.“ Turner says she’ll always remember this city. “I’ve impacted this city, but this city has also impacted me and I am very grateful and I can never forget that. On my road to success, whether I go be a lawyer or a judge, I’ll always remember El Paso.”





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Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu. His hobbies include sleeping, licking feet, and playing with his fox. He is a very sweet dog, playful and loves children. He does not like to wear costumes but loves to be fancy and always has a bow tie on. The only trick he knows is how to sit but only when he knows he is going to get a treat.” Is your pet TCM’s next Pet of the Month? Send a photo and short story why you think your pet belongs in these pages to



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Zen and 10 Habits for Financial Stability and Success My business partner asked me what “zen” meant. One way to think of zen is this: a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusions and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. Just like any goal, getting your finances stable and becoming financially successful requires the development of good financial habits. Here is the top 10 list to eliminate debt, increase your savings and increase financial security for your family. Here they are, in no particular order: 1. Evaluate your expenses, and live frugally. If you’ve never tracked

thinking about that new iPod while at your desk, or even if it’s multiple

your expenses, try keeping a 30-day list. If you have an urge to buy

urges to buy the same item. Whether you buy the item or not, just

something, make it a rule that you have to first write it on your 30-

keep track of the urges. Many times the urges are subconscious. You

day list. If, at the end of those 30 days, you still want it, then you

won’t be able to control your spending if you’re not aware of it.

can buy it (if you have the money). Just the act of putting it on the list (awareness) and forcing yourself to wait (delay) can make a big

4. Keep your family secure. The first step is to save for an emergency

difference. Then evaluate how you’re spending your money and see

fund, so that if anything happens, you’ve got the money. If you have

what you can cut out or reduce. Decide if each expense is absolutely

a spouse and/or dependents, you should definitely get life insurance

necessary, then eliminate the unnecessary.

and make a will — as soon as possible! Also research other insurance, such as homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.

2. Make savings automagical. This should be your top priority, especially if you don’t have a solid emergency fund yet. Make it the

5. Invest in your future. If you’re young, you probably don’t think

first bill you pay each payday, by having a set amount automatically

about retirement much. But it’s important. Even if you think you

transferred from your checking account to your savings (try an online

can always plan for retirement later, do it now. The growth of your

savings account). Don’t even think about this transaction — just make

investments over time will be amazing if you start in your 20s. Start by

sure it happens, each and every payday.

increasing your 401(k) to the maximum of your company’s match, if that’s available to you. After that, the best bet is probably a Roth IRA.

3. Control your impulse spending. The biggest problem for many

Do a little research, but whatever you do, start now!

of us. Impulse spending, on eating out and shopping and online purchases, is a big drain on our finances, the biggest budget breaker

6. Eliminate and avoid debt. If you’ve got credit cards, personal

for many, and a sure way to be in dire financial straits. Keep a small

loans, or other such debt, you need to start a debt elimination plan.

notebook handy and every time you get an urge to buy something,

List out your debts and arrange them in order from smallest balance

practical or not, put a little tally in the notebook. Tally every urge,

at the top to the largest at the bottom. Then focus on the debt at the

whether it is to buy something online, or at a store, looking at a catalog,

top, putting as much as you can into it, even if it’s just $40-50 extra


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(more would be better). When that amount is paid off, celebrate! Then take the total amount you were paying (say $70 minimum payment plus the $50 extra for a total of $120) and add that to the minimum payment of the next largest debt. Continue this process, with your extra amount snowballing as you go along, until you pay off all your debts. This could take several years, but it’s a very rewarding process, and very necessary.

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left for each of these expenses, and when you run out of money, you know it immediately.

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You don’t overspend in these categories. If you regularly run out too fast, you may need to

rethink your budget.

8. Pay bills immediately, or automatically. One good habit is to pay bills as soon as

Views and opinions expressed are those of Monica Narvaez and are subject to change based on market and other conditions.

they come in. Also, as much as possible, try to get your bills to be paid through automatic deduction. For those that can’t, use your bank’s online check system to make regular automatic payments. This way, all of your regular expenses in your budget are taken care of. 9. Look to grow your net worth. Do whatever you can to improve your net worth, either by reducing your debt, increasing your savings, or increasing your income, or all of the above. Look for new ways to make money, or to get paid more for what you do. Over the course of months, if you calculate your net worth each month, you’ll see it grow. And that feels great.

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April, 2016



First Friday Art Walk and Ghost Tour ::: April 1st

If you enjoy crafts and spooky lore, come out to San Elizario’s First Friday ArtWalk and Ghost Tour! The event will host numerous local artists, an 8pm “movie on the wall” and a full-fledged ghost tour at 10pm. Admission to the craft sale is free.

Texas Tech Raider Roadshow ::: April 4

For high school students preparing to head off to college don’t miss the Texas Tech Raider Roadshow at the El Paso Convention Center April 4 at 5:30 p.m. Find out what Texas Tech has to offer you! Info: (806) 834-6951

Info: (915) 851-0093 or




Latin Comedy Jam Presents Felipe Esparza April 16

The “Last Comic Standing” champion, Felipe Esparza is coming to El Paso for El Paso Live Latin Comedy Jam. The show starts at 8: 30 p.m. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre Admission starts at $22. Info:


Poppy Fest 2016 ::: April 2

Join the El Paso Museum of Archeology, the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition and the Franklin Mountains State Park for the annual Poppy Fest at the El Paso Museum of Archeology at 10 a.m. on April 2. There will be nature demonstrations, educational opportunities and of course, the beautiful flowers. Admission is free.

Kermezaar Arts Festival ::: April 9-10

The festival is back! Don’t miss this exciting display of arts at the International Museum of Art April 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Info: (915) 543-6747 or

Info: (915) 755-4332 or


Old School Throwback Jam ::: April 9

Rick Recht Youth Community Music Concert ::: April 3 Don’t miss a night of fun at the B’Nai Zion Social Hall. On April 3 the Rick Recht Youth Community Music Concert will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for children, $14 for adults, and $36 for the whole family. Info: (915) 833-0808

Mission Trail Art Market ::: April 17

Experience culture at the Mission Trail Art Market at San Elizario Historic District from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop for delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, or seasonal decorations. There will also be unique paintings, sculptures and photography. Sweet and savory treats will also be offered. Admission is free. Info: (915) 851-0093 or

UTEP and the Don Haskins Center will host Old School Throwback Jam April 9 at 7:30 p.m. With Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Rob Base, and more you are not going to want to miss this!. Info:

15 Tim Hawkins ::: April 17

Tim Hawkins is bringing his hilarious comedy routine to the Abraham Chavez Theatre on April 17 at 6 p.m. Making his way as an internet sensation, Hawkins has performed live for hundreds of venues and carries a half million Facebook fans.

TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour 2016 ::: April 3

Six-time Grammy award winner, Toby Mac is coming to the Sun City April 3 at the Don Haskins Center at 7 p.m. Info: (915) 747-5234

El Paso Comic-Con ::: April 15-17


El Paso Comic-Con is the Sun City’s own slice of pop culture. Get your own up-close look at authors, cosplayers, and stars including guests from Batman (1966), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and more! Info:


April, 2016


Party for the Planet – An Earth Day Celebration April 23-24

Celebrate Earth Day at the El Paso Zoo! See all of your favorite animals and celebrate as Khaleesi the orangutan turns 1! The party starts at the El Paso zoo April 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: (915) 212-0966 or


Sun City Craft Beer Festival ::: April 30

The El Paso Convention Center in Downtown El Paso will host the Sun City Craft Beer Festival. Don’t miss this delicious weekend of local and national brews. The festival starts at noon and will run until 8 p.m. Admission starts at $30. Info:



FACEBOOK! Volbeat ::: April 25

Volbeat, the Danish heavy metal sensation is coming to the Abraham Chavez Theatre April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck will also be performing. Info:

El Paso Chihuahuas

The season is off to a terrific start! Don’t miss your favorite springtime tradition and head out to Southwest University Park for the summer 2016 Chihuahua season! Chihuahuas vs. Reno April 15 at 7:05 p.m. April 16 at 7:05 p.m. April 17 at 1:05 p.m. April 18 at 6:35 p.m.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat April 26

Chihuahuas vs. Tacoma April 19 at 6:35 p.m. April 20 at 11:05 a.m. April 21 at 6:35 p.m. April 22 at 7:05 p.m.

Contests Editorial Extras Things to Do Sneak Previews

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to the Plaza Theatre April 26 at 7:30 p.m. This musical sensation is an unforgettable hit, perfect for the whole family. Info:


Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros ::: April 30

The 20th annual Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros will be held at Washington Park on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: (915) 543-5401 or


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Ben Bridge Jeweler and Southwest University Event Benefiting The March of Dimes FEBRUARY 11, 2016 | at BEN BRIDGE JEWELERS | Photographed by J.R. FLORES


Over the Edge for the El Paso Zoo FEBRUARY 11, 2016 | at BEN BRIDGE JEWELERS | Photographed by J.R. FLORES




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Forti’s Mexican Elder Restaurant $$

Mi Piaci


321 Chelsea St. | (915) 772-0066

5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034

Forti’s Mexican Elder Restaurant has been serving savory Mexican

Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner

food for more than 35 years. Their Carnitas are slowly simmered

Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest

large pieces of seasoned marinated pork shoulder and come with

seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,

cilantro, grilled onions served with beans, rice and guacamole. O, DF

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O

Pho King



311 N. Kansas St. | (915) 260-5400 An authentic Vietnamese restaurant offering your favorite pho. With different menu options, like spring and egg rolls and rice dishes, Pho King also offers a build it you own pho and build you own grill with different protein options and spices to suit your taste buds. It’s the best pho-king place in town!


Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O


6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621 Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H

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The Green Ingredient


1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577

201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010

There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H.

The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious,

Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re

nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the

becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good

real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are

food. “We saved you a seat.” O, H

nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!




The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$ 8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)

El Taco Tote


Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso.

201 East Main St. | 2921 N. Mesa St.

The Original Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the

1000 Magruder St. | 1461 N. Zaragoza

house with their own original recipes. Prepared fresh and slowly

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cooked to perfection using apple wood during the whole process

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creating a magnificent flavor. H

(915) 838-6000 This is not fast food, this is Real Mexican Grill food that we’ve made just for you, El Paso. Changing the face of Mexican food, we offer different variations of tacos ranging from, barbacoa, pork and chicken, shrimp, fish and much much more. Also on our menu, try our new veggie taco.

King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697 317 N. Mills Ave. You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre, bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H




Mesa Street Grill $$$

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Anson 11 $$-$$$

3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881

303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400 Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a

Anson Mills. For a downtown dinning experience like no other,

summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

Rulis International Kitchen


4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806 Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sunday’s try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour M-F 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF

The Garden Grill

Anson 11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

House of Pizza $$ 208 N. Stanton St. | (915) 533-3424 The vintage and trendy House of Pizza offers their most popular specialty pizza, which is called the House Special. It includes pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, onions, bell peppers and irresistible extra cheese. O

Oishii $$


125 W Mills Ave. | (915) 231-1125

111 W. University Ave. | (915) 351-2121 We have created a new concept and a new style of dining in the Enjoy American cuisine with influences from around the world. Try the

heart of downtown El Paso. Satisfy your taste buds with quality

popular green chili soup, sip on some wine after work or class and enjoy

ingredients and traditional techniques. Choose from our freshly

El Paso’s weather on our outdoor patio. Located inside the Hilton Garden

prepared sushi bar and sip on fine wine. This is the newest

Inn, this treasure is for all of El Paso to experience. O, H

addition to downtown’s fine dining and you don’t want to miss


out. Oishii, simply translated, means delicious. P

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Congratulations Dale Laverty for capturing your son Cameron in action! Don’t forget to start submitting your “Best Springtime Shot” of El Paso for your chance to be featured in our May issue of The City Magazine! All photos sent will be property of TCM for publishing. All entries should include your name, phone number and a brief description of how the photo was taken. Email entries to: or call (915)500-5730 with questions. DEADLINE: April 15, 2016


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APRIL Advertiser INDEX A & O Group .................................................................Pg. 77

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon ..........................................Pg. 100

Alto Golf Estates.........................................................Pg. 114

Paso Del Norte Wealth Advisors ....................................Pg. 4

Ben Bridge Jeweler ......................................................Pg. 15

Patient Care Associates................................................Pg. 20

Casa Buenavista ......................................................Pg. 18-19

Polo Real.......................................................................Pg. 29

Claudia Castillo Makeup Artistry .................................Pg. 118

Quartermane Salon.....................................................Pg. 121

D’ansa Jazz Stage.......................................................Pg. 120

Regency of El Paso.......................................................Pg. 96

David Paul .....................................................................Pg. 97

Southwest Plastic Surgery .............................................Pg. 3

Elaine Gordon Health Coach .........................................Pg. 52

Southwest University at El Paso ..................................Pg. 13

El Paso Photo Ops ......................................................Pg. 119

Spectrum Technologies ................................................Pg. 67

El Taco Tote ..................................................................Pg. 21

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique .....................................Pg. 101

GECU ...................................................................inside cover

Sunset Funeral Homes .................................................Pg. 51

Grace the Psychic Lady ................................................Pg. 51

SCC Imaging .................................................................Pg. 37

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino....................Pg. 5

Table Occasions ............................................................Pg. 43

Intraceuticals ..............................................................Pg. 123

The El Paso Club...........................................................Pg. 72

Jacqueline Ramsey, Realtor .........................................Pg. 27

The Green Ingredient....................................................Pg. 81

KTSM News Channel 9 ................................................Pg. 39

The Hospitals of Providence A New Me ........................Pg. 9

Matthew Abraham Make Up Artistry .........................Pg. 106

The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital ..........Pg. 78

Mattress Firm ............................................ Inside Back Cover

The Italian Kitchen West.............................................Pg. 119

Mesa Street Grill.............................................................Pg. 7

The Mattress Store.......................................................Pg. 11

Makios ....................................................Pgs. 47, Back Cover

Tropicana Homes ..........................................................Pg. 73

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa ..............................................Pg. 89

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc...........................................Pg. 1

Montenegro Salon and Spa ........................................Pg. 115

Walgreens ............................................................. Pgs. 16-17

Mt. West Family Health Center ....................................Pg. 83

Westside’s Third Hole ..................................................Pg. 12

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