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Charity Register February Opportunities to Give & Support Sunshine Tennis League x Boys and Girls Club of El Paso Through a partnership with Boys and Girls Club of El Paso, you can now form a team for women’s 7.0 and doubles league. Now through March 30, enrollment can be done at El Paso Country Club, El Paso Tennis Club, Tennis West and Coronado Country Club. For more information contact Sunshine Tennis League at (915) 203-0966 or Anthony Tomasheski with the Boys and Girls Club of El Paso at (915) 532-7410.

Cupid’s Chase 5K On Saturday, February 10 the Community Options, Inc. of Las Cruces invites you to this fun 5K to help raise funds for people with disabilities. Participants will start at Mesilla Plaza. This is an opportunity to help others. Strollers are welcomed. For more information visit Facebook. com/CupidsChase

RISE Against Hunger This is an opportunity for Millennials to join RISE and give back to the community. The RISE Against Hunger event will be on February 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless. Dedicate some time in feeding the homeless and learn more about this United Way funded agency that provides a system of care for El Paso’s homeless population. Get more information at

The Walk for the Future The Walk for the Future will be held on February 17 at The Fountains of Farah. Choose to walk at either 7:30, 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. This fundraiser is to help local students win scholarships to further their education. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Development Foundation will then choose the students to receive the scholarships. For more information go to


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February, 2018 Bariatric Patient

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Candida Rodriguez loves her kids. But at 289 pounds she couldn’t

process, she gained so much more — the ability to run and play

run and play with them. With hypertension and pre-diabetes, she

with her children. “I am no longer on medication for hyperten-

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her children — just like it happened to her own mother at a

mother,” said Candida. “The Hospitals of Providence was very

young age. “Getting healthy is a choice I had to make for me, so I

helpful in preparing me for a life change. I love my new self!”

can be healthy for my children,” said Candida. That’s when she turned to The Hospitals of Providence for help. The bariatric weight loss program at The Hospitals of Providence provided Candida with the support and resources she needed in

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order to lose weight and get healthy. This 13-week program treats both the physical and emotional sides of weight loss with services before and after surgery, including support groups, nutritional counseling, gym memberships and more. After her gastric bypass surgery, Candida lost 130 pounds. In the


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s we go to print on the February magazine, I’m on a much-

needed vacation in Paris. I sit at the top of my five-level flat,

looking over the “City of Light,” communicating back home about cover mock-ups and final print details from the other side of the

world through fast technology. I’ve just spent a day with a Paris

magazine comparing operations, meeting their team and exchanging

ideas. The conclusion at the end of the day is that we operate on a similar scale, and my summation is that the talent that El Paso

celebrates could be compared to the European level. I smile as I leave the meeting, internally congratulating our team on our magazine products. So many people have it wrong if they think that this city isn’t making significant strides—especially when it comes to the medical world. This month, we wanted to look at the amazing doctors and medical advances that are shaping our city. With the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the specialized pediatric care offered by The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital as well as El Paso’s Children’s Hospital, and the many accolades our El Paso doctors receive on a national level, we continue to achieve the highest level of health care in the area. Inside these pages, you’ll meet Dr. Oscar Aguilar, who is one of the many outstanding doctors advancing the way integrative medicine is being implemented; Dr. Assman, who has traveled the world, finding his home in El Paso; and a group of doctors that have just been recognized by the MSP Communications publication, “Super Doctors.” It’s a great time for these El Paso medical professionals. Hopefully, we’re all still sticking to our New Year resolutions as well. We have articles to keep the momentum going and motivate you into a healthier life. We’re not leaving the kids out either. A local gym, Get Lifted, has a special program just for kids, teaching them to lead a healthy life at a young age. Read about it on page 58. There’s also an extremely cool advancement in knee surgery that you need to read (page 40). For the lighter articles, the fun reads that take our minds off our busy lives, we’ve got fashion tips for your first date, a trip to Bryce Canyon and an interesting editorial on a local bootmaker that is designing for a major fashion house (does Louis Vuitton make you interested?). As we wind down from the craziness that the holidays brought us and move deeper into 2018, we hope that you realize how great our city is and everything that it has to offer. Just in case you’ve forgotten, go ahead and look inside these pages. We celebrate the good things going on in our city.

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Dr. Oscar Aguilar



| By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photography by: DAVID PARISH | ith coronary heart disease

is brought about only through the healing

being the leading cause of death

of mind, body and spirit as one. Likened to

in the U.S., accounting for most

holistic medicine, integrative medicine takes

of the near 800,000 deaths from

things a step further by using the whole-

cardiovascular disease as of late, it

person approach to ultimately determine the

could very well be said that our nation

root cause of illness.

is in a literal health crisis.* Couple that

with some of the highest rates, locally,

Dr. Aguilar was part of the junior Olympic

for diabetes and obesity, and it becomes

team from 1985-87 for the javelin throw and

clear that the need for change is very

even trained in an attempt to make the 1988

much an understatement. Local and highly-

Olympic team. His other passions include

regarded cardiologist, Dr. Oscar Aguilar,

the exhilarating sports of bullfighting and

a native of El Paso and director at Texas

horse racing, the latter of which he’s had the

Integrative Medicine & Cardiology (TIMC),

pleasure of watching his own horses win.

knows well the statistics that plague both our

Dr. Aguilar, however, always aspired to be a

nation and our area, and is driven to be that

cardiologist and tells of being recorded by his

catalyst of change by leveling-up the future

father at age six as saying he wanted to be a

of healthcare right here in our own backyard.

“heart doctor.” Now a full-fledged cardiologist who incorporates nutrition and wellness into

Raised in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, he attended

his practice, Dr. Aguilar quotes the centuries-

medical school at the Instituto Tecnologico

old philosopher, Hippocrates, in reminding us

de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in

that, although integrative medicine is not a

Mexico before finally returning to the states.

new approach to healing, it still holds a rather

Certified by the American Board of Internal

novel place in modern day medicine.

Medicine in Interventional Cardiology and

Cardiovascular Diseases, as well as the

The famous quote, “Let food be thy

Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

medicine and medicine be thy food,” is

and Cardiac CT, Dr. Aguilar is also a Certified

indeed his mantra and today, Dr. Aguilar


treats food exactly as that: medicine. His





Wellness Institute. It’s this culmination of


knowledge and expertise that brings us

medicine, hormone replacement therapies





to Dr. Aguilar’s innovative practice and all-

and metabolic medicine, to name a few, have

encompassing belief that lasting change

enabled him to further refine his practice 21

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into one that is patient-centered and highly



patients. It’s been shown that eating such

focused on prevention and restoration, as it

elementary school years that place emphasis

diets can reverse diabetes, fight cancer,

incorporates the often-overlooked variables

on the detrimental effects of poor nutrition,

reduce high cholesterol and decrease fatty

of nutrition and wellness for their proven and

the staggering statistics and the roles that

liver and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

powerful effect on healing.

lifestyle and well-being play on health.

Dr. Aguilar also designed his own formula of

Consequently, Dr. Aguilar recently entered

vitamins and minerals, CardioRx+, which are

That brings us to the American fast-food diet

into a partnership with NOSH, a local eatery

based on his own tried and true formulation

and the health problems linked to such diets.

dedicated to wholesome and sustainable

that serves as an adjunct to his now-proven

Dr. Aguilar asserts that a critical component

foods that spell healthy eating at its best.

health programs that are helping to restore

of the solution to our nation’s health and

Their meal-prep options are approved by

the health of many of his patients. Available

health care problems lies in early education.

medical professionals and even include a

at TIMC later this month, CardioRx+ has

Specifically, he calls for more sophisticated

“Metabolic Switch” that’s catered to TIMC

already been shown to help prevent heart





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Dr. Oscar Aguilar

disease, heart attack and stroke, among

after discontinuing their prescribed diabetes

government wants to fix the healthcare

other health benefits.

medications, show no traces of the disease

system, we need to go there in a preventative,

in subsequent lab tests, demonstrating that

integrative way. That’s the only way to really

the condition is indeed reversible.

fix the underlying problems that we have.”

Through the impressive work of Dr. Aguilar,

Hope also lies in the recent implementation of

TIMC now offers a level of care in our city that is unmatched for its highly progressive

Not only is Dr. Aguilar helping to restore the

integrative medicine curriculums at universities.

approach to treating cardiovascular disease

health and vitality of our city, he’s restoring

According to Dr. Aguilar, some medical schools

and other chronic diseases. Dr. Aguilar and

hope. With life expectancy down for the first

are beginning to offer an integrative medicine

TIMC have claimed to cure Type 2 diabetes

time ever in our nation because of our current

residency due to the growth of this movement.

specifically, which is typically considered

health crisis, the time to make healthy changes

He adds, “Clinics like these aim at getting to

treatable, but not reversible. The clinic has

is now. As Dr. Aguilar asserts, “I believe that

the source of the problem, as opposed to

documented several cases of patients who,

there’s tons of hope and I believe that if our

merely treating symptoms.”


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With our own city’s health statistics in need of an overhaul, Dr. Aguilar and TIMC are pioneers for our community through their meticulous, one-of-a-kind approach. Named one of Texas Monthly’s SuperDoctors® for the last 11 years straight, it’s clear that Dr. Aguilar, as one of El Paso’s own, is a true gem to our community. The slogan at Texas Integrative Medicine and Cardiology is “Changing the way we do medicine,” and not only is Dr. Aguilar changing the way the Sun City does medicine, he’s also changing the way we do life.

*Sourced from heart-disease-and-stroke-statistics-2017


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Across the Map



pecialty assistance, accompanied by emergency response when necessary,

has been a call Dr. Assmann has been passionately pursuing. Beginning a

humble life in Brazil, Dr. Assmann’s passion has carried him into new countries.

He came to the United States in 2000, as a foreign exchange student, to take six

paid-for college credits, allowing him to work as an emergency medical technician

where he fell in love with medicine.

The turn of the century became a sprint for the confident young doctor as he acquired funds from his family to purchase a visa and get his undergraduate degree in St. Louis at Maryville University. The Gateway to the West is no cliché statement for a young medical professional like Dr. Assmann, who found the true value of education and the pursuit of happiness in a country that has been sown in freedom. His first job in the United States was as an emergency medical technician at Harrah’s Casino. He then took a job in St. Louis at Christian Hospital where he worked for a short time





Springfield for paramedic school


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and working on the side as a 911 dispatcher.

Vegas and it is now inexpensive to fly from El

He also became a volunteer firefighter for two

Paso to Atlanta, Georgia so that I can see my

years until finishing school.

kids more easily and affordably.”

In 2008, Dr. Assmann started nursing school and

After living in El Paso for a year and a half, and

then joined the United States National Guard

midway through his residency, Dr. Assmann

a year later allowing him to finally receive his

was presented with an offer to work anywhere

citizenship and complete his undergraduate

in the country. Despite the offers, he signed

degree. He worked for a couple of years in the

a contract to stay in the city and work for Las

army before starting medical school at Ross

Palmas Hospital. He believes that El Paso is

University in the Caribbean. During his residency,

unique because there is a high demand for

he was able to travel to many different hospitals

medical professionals. He affirmed that, “It is

in the United States for clinical rotations and

very fulfilling and humbling to help and serve a

worked in Chicago, Michigan and Florida during

[border] population.”

his third year of residency. During his third year, Dr. Assmann was accepted into Texas Tech

Out of all the hospitals he has worked for in

University Health Sciences Center here in El

the United States, he feels most humbled

Paso. Prior to his acceptance to Texas Tech, and

and fulfilled working here and desires to be a

after traveling to many places in the United States

physician in El Paso and make a difference in

as well as Central America, Dr. Assmann declared

the community. He loves El Paso because to

that El Paso was the best place that he visited.

him, the people are some of the most grateful that he has served, even after the long wait


He loves that El Paso, “is a military town, there

times. He also enjoys exploring the different

are many outdoor things to do, like climbing at

types of pathology in the region that he normally

Hueco Tanks and hiking. El Paso is close to Las

wouldn’t see in other parts of the country.

February, 2018 Among its many great attributes, Dr. Assmann praises Texas Tech Health Science Center for practicing “disaster drills.” These drills were created to prepare students for disasterrelated situations that they may encounter. These drills teach them how to remain calm during a disaster and how to respond so that victims are cared for in the best way possible. These drills have become a huge asset to the university—some of its alumni were able to perform exceedingly well while caring for victims during recent tragedies such as the Las Vegas massacre and the hurricane disaster in Houston. The university is doing a fine job developing medical professionals to serve the community by equipping students like Dr. Assmann, who wakes up every day excited and thrilled to go to work and make a difference in someone’s life.

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any of you have no doubt begun the

That is a press. The list is endless. Functional

new year with promises and resolutions

movements as therapy have been a staple

centered around improving your health.

of the rehabilitation community for decades.

According to a poll conducted in mid-

Functional movement based training is at the


opposite end of the spectrum from traditional

Americans had the following resolutions as

weight training. Traditional weight training

their top three: eat healthier, exercise more

normally focuses on only one muscle group at

and save more money. We all hope to capture

a time, generally uses lower repetition speed

the spirit of renewal that comes with the new

for the specialized machines, uses specialized

year and use it to help us become better


versions of ourselves: healthier, more fit,

everyday movements, and can often lead

leaner, and yes, we want to look better too!

to muscle tightening or shortening. Ideally,










high-level athletes and competitors will utilize

To that end, I suggest that you seriously

some combination of these two modalities.

explore functional movement based training

However, for the average individual, seeking

as the foundation of your fitness journey.

to improve their overall fitness as efficiently

Functional movement based training centers

as possible, functional movements present a

around a very simple proposition: your body, in

few advantages.

everyday life, moves in compound “functional’

patterns and exercises that replicate those

As the exercises are done on multiple planes and

patterns will prove most beneficial to your

involve multiple muscle groups simultaneously,

overall health in the long run. Functional

full-body engagement takes less time than

movements have been shown to prevent

using the traditional approach. Second,

injury through their mimic of regular, everyday

virtually all functional based movements

movements. Need to pick that heavy box up

require significant core engagement, which is

off the floor? Well, that is a deadlift. Need to

essential to balance and posture, particularly

get your carry-on bag that you loaded up with

as we age. In particular, various studies have

souvenirs into the overhead compartment?

shown particular benefits in the areas of 31

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balance, posture and back strength, core strength and fat burning. The foundational text Anatomic Kinesiology, by Gene Logan and Wayne McKinney, describes posture as being a function of the development of the anti-gravity muscles: “the antigravity muscles are the most important muscle groups which make possible the maintenance of body postures.” These muscles are, in short, the lower legs group (calf muscles); upper leg muscles (quadricep primarily, along with hamstring and gluteus muscles) and the spinal erector muscles, from hip to neck. By focusing your training on functional movements, these muscle groups are exercised regularly and thoroughly. Functional movements also add an element that traditional weight training does not: engagement of the nervous system. The entire




in terms of movements, not muscles. Exercises that target specific joints and muscles are training the muscles, not the movements, which results in less functional “transfer.” A good example is the squat, which will provide a greater transfer effect on an individual’s ability to stand up and sit down than leg extensions will. So, the obvious next step is where to find functional




Thankfully, there are multiple disciplines and places to find opportunities to explore these movements. First, if you want a oneon-one model, most personal trainers can incorporate functional movements into your regimen. This may be a great introduction to functional movements, as they will most likely also incorporate traditional weight training methods as well. It is important to ask your trainer about it before you begin though, as personal training methods and styles can vary widely. If you prefer a group


February, 2018 training model, CrossFit is the most popular class-based program based on functional movements. CrossFit is almost exclusively built around functional movements, through the use of basic gymnastic movements, body weight resistance, cardiovascular training, and Olympic lifting movements. If the Olympic lifting movements are intimidating or simply not what interests you, many CrossFit gyms offer a training program that uses functional movements but does not incorporate barbells. Marital arts, of many forms, is often overlooked as a form of functional training, but the reality is that all martial arts

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disciplines rely heavily on bodyweight-based functional movements, as well as significant core and balance work. Additionally, martial arts disciplines add an element of cognitive challenge that is unique to those philosophies. As an example, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly disciplined and advanced form of

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martial arts that engages all muscle groups in a variety of ways. Additionally, because the advanced movements require you to engage upper and lower muscle groups, across your midline and using multiple joints, there is a demanding effect on the brain and nervous system as well. The training is ultimately based around combat, but there are significant functional movement benefits. The good news is that regardless of your preference, there is a program out there, all across El Paso, that is for you! So this year, try something new as you begin your fitness journey. Add some compound, functional movements to your traditional training. Take a group class as an augment to your personal training. Variety in your training can be an incredibly effective tool for improving your effectiveness. As we often tell our clients, the hardest movement you will ever do is walking into the gym. Once you do that, the rest comes much easier. Good luck on your fitness journey, and here is to accomplishing our resolutions in 2018!



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combination of hard work and a strong positive attitude has

now husband, Dr. Scott Stein, built as an addition to their home.

carried one talented woman from El Paso to places and

Margaret’s persistence has developed into

heights where she has acquired national

an active family of medical professionals,

attention. At a young age, Dr. Margaret

beginning with her father, who gave her sage

Negrete moved forward in her journey to

words of advice: ‘’Keep moving forward

become a medical professional, which

slowly and when no one is looking or paying

led her to secure a position as a board-

attention, you will pass the crowd and


become who and what you want to be.”




Sierra Hospitals. Margret received her undergraduate degree from the University

Success in her field, and in competitive

of Texas at El Paso, and thereafter attended


medical school at Des Moines University with

accomplishments over a 25-year period.

a doctorate in cardiovascular anesthesiology.

Margaret has carried the same legacy to her





two daughters who are pursuing medical

To stay active, she became interested in

professions. Her youngest daughter, Daryl,

bodybuilding, and impressively, Margaret

is in her third year of dental school at the

won her first competition while she was

University of Texas School of Dentistry, and



their eldest daughter, Alex, will soon be

found her competing every year through

graduating from Des Moines University with

the rest of her collegiate career, and into

a degree in physical therapy.




her career as an anesthesiologist. Not only

was Margaret attending medical school and

After years of competitive body building and

competing in bodybuilding competitions,

training, Margaret has won first-place at the

she was also working as a gym assistant.

2017 NPC Miami Nationals FBB Finals this



past November, allowing her to compete

working in El Paso while also finding time

in the professional division. She had been

to train clients from a gym that she and her

fervently working towards this achievement





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for so long, that after continuously falling

check and stewarding a healthy number of

short of winning her professional card, she

workouts in a sport where injuries can be

had begun to let go of her dream. However,

easily sustained. Along the journey, family

she kept a resilient attitude, inciting a drive

and friends have played a major component

to grasp her professional title. In previous

in encouragement, and Margaret expressed

competitions, she has received awards such

to me, “I would like to give a shout out to my

as the first American woman to win among

beautiful daughters Alex and Daryl, and to my

international competitors and Champion in

husband Scott Stein for all their support and

Woman’s USA Lightweight Division. One of

belief in me. A major shout out to Mary Ellen

the greatest challenges she has overcome

Jerumbo for being a mentor and pointing

in her bodybuilding career was being able

me in the right direction all those years ago

to adjust major changes in accordance with

and for continuing to always offer help and

the dynamic of the evolving “Women’s

support. I am thankful for all my good friends

Physique” event. She has been able to carry

who helped me get through this past year.

on an outstanding ability to be extremely

You know who you are!”

competitive through the course of changing criteria while also pursuing her career and

Margaret plans to compete in the professional

raising two daughters.

league this September, as well as use her Senior Fitness Certification to teach strength

Finally, after 24 years, she championed

and conditioning classes for the elderly at

a win to receive a “Pro Card” at age 57.

assisted living communities around El Paso,

She proudly declared to me, “I feel like a

where she can passionately inspire others

bodybuilding elder.” She has worked hard,

to accomplish their goals just as she has

slowly and steadily keeping her body in

achieved hers.

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uncomfortable as one ages. Upwards of 30.8

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first-class hospitals like Hospitals of Providence and Foundation Surgical Hospital. Dr. James Bean, from Sun City Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery Specialists, is a long-time El Pasoan who has been in practice for over 20 years and continues to improve his skills by keeping up with technology that benefits his patients. Dr. Bean performs patient-specific custom knee replacement and believes that it is the next step in improving the lives of his patients after surgery. Advanced imaging techniques, precise alignment and patient-specific bone molds are used to form the metal components of the pre-navigated knee. 3-D printed instruments and implants are made to exact specifications, with custom “cutting jigs,” to ensure the right bony cuts are made, ensuring less bone loss, less bleeding and overall a more natural knee. According to Dr. Bean, “No two knees are alike.” ConforMIS says, “Femoral and tibial implants are individually sized and shaped to fit each patient’s unique anatomy.” It boasts many advantages to your average, “off-the-shelf” knee implant—more of the patient’s healthy bone is preserved and significantly less blood is lost during the procedure, with the recovery time only half as long as traditionally expected. What was four to six months of recovery with an “off-the-shelf” knee, is cut down to an expected six weeks to three months with custom implants. As such, patients require less followup care and on average experience lower postsurgery costs. If the idea of getting out of pain and back to an active life sounds like something you or someone you know hopes for, then it’s time to take action. Do your research and talk to your physician, don’t be afraid to ask for the latest and greatest—you will be happy you did. Dr. Bean says, “This technology is a natural progression and improves the satisfaction of my patients and I will continue to do what I think is best for my patients.”


Super Do February, 2018

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ctors February, 2018

El Paso’s

Leaders in


Excellence A | By: ANDY MARTINEZ |

ccolades and awards, although great

when they happen, are more often than not rarely one of the principal

reasons that someone does their work. Although this may be true, five Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso have been given the designation of “Super Doctors” by MSP

Communications publication, Super Doctors. The publication assigns the designations based on an aggregate of qualifications including years of experience, fellowships, academic achievements, honors and awards as well as other outstanding achievements. The five Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Super Doctors are: Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Gustavo





medical officer, The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus Charmaine Martin, M.D., associate professor, director of medical student education, family medicine clerkship director, director of OB services


E l Pa s o ’ s L e a d e r s i n M e d i c a l E xc e l l e n c e

Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A.

Gustavo Martell, M.D., FACOG

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Charmaine Martin, M.D.

Photos courtesy of TTUHSC El Paso Jennifer Molokwu, M.D., M.P.H., assistant

most number of candidates—even those

community helps maintain empathy and a

professor, associate director of medical

who may be less visible or work in highly

fresh outlook,” said Charmaine Martin, M.D.

student education

specialized areas. Through this approach, a variety of candidates are considered for

These doctors’ objectives and expectations

Mary Carmen Spalding, M.D., associate

the designation, one which only about five

of themselves, as well as of their colleagues,

professor, residency program director

percent of doctors from the state of Texas

fall nothing short of providing the utmost in

are granted. “We have many physicians

quality patient care. Being nominated for the

Doctors are nominated by their colleagues,

at Texas Tech University Health Sciences

title and, subsequently attaining it, is simply

and the question that Super Doctors asks

Center El Paso that are “Super Doctors.” I

a testament of the kind of work and research

physicians to keep in mind throughout the

want to introduce our community to these

that these Super Doctors do to continue to

nomination process is: “If you needed medical

physicians,” said Richard.

help people when they need it, not only in the borderland but in the grand scheme of the

care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?” “Our peers are

The ever-changing tides of medical care and

medical profession. Being designated “Super

our most knowledgeable and demanding

the expectations of growth within the field


critics. To be named a “Super Doctor” by

allows for doctors to consistently maintain a

accomplishments in addition to their future

our peers is a particularly special honor and

progressive point of view. “I try to do what I

contributions. For Gustavo Martell, M.D.,

distinction,” said Richard Lange, M.D.

love and what excites me. Having established

one purpose of his career is “to continually

a free clinic and working and learning with the


MSP Communications thoroughly searches

students has been a great joy and passion.

and safety, which are never-ending goals.

medical databases in order to procure the

Anything that has to do with helping the

Everything else falls into place,” he said.










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E l Pa s o ’ s L e a d e r s i n M e d i c a l E xc e l l e n c e

Jennifer Molokwu, M.D., M.P.H.

Mary Carmen Spalding, M.D.

Throughout the years of these Super Doctors’

opportunities in the borderland. “I’ve had

works, they have consistently proven to be an

the privilege of sharing my story with many

example to follow, as such a title is far and

high school, college and medical students.

few between among doctors. Their vocational

I always tell them that the key to success

trajectories are not only impressive, but

as a doctor is not in your brain—it’s in your

are a clear indication of their worthiness

heart. If you always do the right thing for the

and competence in their field of expertise

right reason, you can never be wrong,” said

and many others. “I love family medicine

Gustavo Martell, M.D.

because you are prepared for most situations that present, such as pediatric, psychiatric,

For any up-and-coming medical students or

obstetric, medical, emergency or surgical

anyone that is looking to the medical field

care. It is a humbling and fulfilling profession,”

as a viable option for themselves, Richard

said Mary Carmen Spalding, M.D.

Lange has some advice that he not only suggests to future medical professionals,

As a well-defined and authentic portrayal of

but to his colleagues who have worked and

the standard of care in El Paso, these doctors

will continue to work in the field. “Strive for

are a model for the burgeoning medical career

excellence and be a continuous learner.”

“Strive for excellence and be a continuous learner.”


VEG Going


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will take, ‘People Give You These Responses’ for $600. “How will you get enough protein?

Animals were put on this earth to be eaten.”

“What is, ‘I’m thinking of going vegan?’” Ding ding! You have heard these questions before

right? Poll anyone who has considered or has taken the plunge of living a vegan lifestyle and nine times out of ten they have been met

with twisted lips and questions that fall in line with the previously mentioned. So, you are

considering giving it a shot. Maybe it’s because of the new year, or you have always been interested in what being vegan

is like. Maybe you are trying this out just to see what the hype is about. The road ahead isn’t easy, but we are here to give you some help along the way.

After traversing the pages upon endless pages of blogs, medical texts and advice from those who have done this before you, we have gathered what we have found to be the most helpful and accurate advice. We are going to guide you along your journey that takes its first step now.


February, 2018

What can I, or can’t I eat

In order to do this, you must first have an understanding of what exactly you can and can’t eat. This also involves you asking yourself a very integral question, “What type of vegan am I going to be?” This may sound a bit odd, but there are many different types of vegans. Some people only extend the practice into their dietary habits, while others carry it forth into their philosophy by completely abstaining from all animal products. Some cite ethical reasons, others the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Everything starts with having some form of understanding—a game-plan per se. Knowing where you stand will allow you to start making a list of your can and cannot items.

Start small

As with quitting or starting anything, going full-speed can lead to burnout. Take it easy. You need to set small goals for yourself. A few of the most interesting lessons I learned while doing my research was that when people went into it full-fledged white knuckled, they experienced a much higher chance of not sticking to it. Start with having two vegan meals a day, then go two full days, a work week and then a month. By setting small benchmarks, you are more likely to be able to move forward. It’s kind of like learning to walk. When we were born, we weren’t expected to be able to jump straight into that whole upright movement thing, right? Baby steps are key.


February, 2018

Don’t go at it alone

One of the most common themes that surfaced was that many people abandon veganism because they don’t have a support system or anyone in their corner to go to, and they slowly fall out of the lifestyle. Ask for help and advice from people who have gone vegan and who are still keeping up with it. Trust me, finding a vegan isn’t hard—they don’t stop talking about it (insert elbow nudge and wink). All kidding aside, find someone and ask them questions, ask them for ideas on cooking substitutions and find an online resource or blog. The resources are truly endless and people are willing to help.

Explore your palate and plate

Whenever I hear people talking about vegan options, the word “gross” is often thrown around. Sure, a vegan hotdog may not be the most appetizing item, but look past that. Expand your tastes and look at other cuisines. Indian and Asian food host an endless amount of vegan options and are out-of-this-world delicious. You do not need to sacrifice taste and pleasure to go vegan. You just need to adapt and re-wire your thinking when it comes to food; it shouldn’t be treated as a punishment—food is meant to be enjoyed, and being vegan doesn’t mean you have to be miserable.

Don’t sweat it

People tend to get so caught up in the “rules” that they forget the reason why they started. Don’t be so hard on yourself—this is a process and an evolution. YOU WILL NOT DIE IF YOU CHEAT. Cheat is not the word I want to use, but it gets the point across. That one bit of cheese or small spread of butter does not make you a “bad vegan.” I hear often that people equate this lapse as they would a recovering alcoholic just having one sip, but that is misplaced. This also relates back to taking things slow. Some people might be able to make the switch overnight, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Do it your way, because you are doing this for yourself and no one else.



TOP DOCTORS “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” – Hippocrates

Long considered the father of medicine, Hippocrates said it best. The following features exemplify the love that our “Top Doctors” have for humanity. Turn the pages and one-by-one, enjoy what drives these fine physicians to make their craft of medicine the art that it’s become for each and every one of them.

Dr. Jaime Midez A native of Chile, Dr. Jaime Midez, an internal medicine and functional medicine physician, came to El Paso with the passion and drive for taking our healthcare to the next level. With an aim at getting to the root cause of his patients’ health conditions, Dr. Midez applies more advanced techniques than traditional medicine, like cutting-edge stem cell therapies and a deeper analysis of individual factors such as nutrition, hormonal influences, toxins and lifestyle. Board-certificated in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Midez completed a fellowship in stem cell research at The Ageless Institute and is a fellow with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Taking a comprehensive approach to treating his patients, Dr. Midez dedicates his practice to overall prevention, as well as the regeneration of the body’s healing systems, rather than simply treating symptoms. After 20 years as an internal medicine physician, a profession he long aspired to, he began shifting his focus to regenerative medicine as a means of improving the medical outcomes in his patients. “Looking for root causes of diseases will allow us to establish a solid plan of care in each patient,” says Dr. Midez. As such, therapies are individually and thoroughly tailored to each patient with the end-goal of eliminating the real culprit of their maladies. What better approach to a healthier you and me?

Dr. Jaime Midez 6955 N. Mesa, Ste. 112 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 490-0647



Dr. Dennis Reiter The Sun City’s longest tenured Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Dennis J. Reiter, returned to his native El Paso in late 1992. He completed residency and fellowship at the internationally renowned Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, followed by additional fellowship in Ohio. Dr. Reiter’s lifelong dream was to establish a surgical practice and settle his family in El Paso. This year marks 25 years of private practice in his hometown. Dr. Reiter’s concept for advanced care can be seen at his practice of 10 years, Visione 360. At Visione 360, Dr. Reiter and the staff of Certified Ophthalmic Personnel, pride themselves in providing superior options in lifestyle tailored Cataract surgery. Dr. Reiter’s fellowship training offers patients Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery options with a focus on the eyelids and the surrounding structures of the eye. Dr. Reiter’s mantra is “As El Paso grows, Visione 360 grows.”

Dennis J. Reiter, D.O. Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Fellow of the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Visione 360, Eye & Cosmetic Institute 400 Executive Center Blvd. El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 532-3937


Photographed by: JOHN HORTA

Southwestern Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Dr Lawal specializes in the treatment of heart rhythm disorder, such as atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm problems. He is board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiology. He completed his internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Maryland, followed by fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at UT Health Science Center, San Antonio. He then completed a fellowship training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at UT Southwestern, Dallas. He earned his Medical degree from University of Ibadan. Dr Lawal’s expertise include complex ablation therapies for arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia





tachycardia. Other services provided include pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation,






evaluation and management of syncope. Dr Lawal has extensive interest in medical research. He is the author of several articles that have been published in reputable medical journals. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, New Mexico State University, where he is actively involved in teaching. He is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology. He is the President/CEO of Southwestern Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. Dr Lawal’s philosophy is to provide every patient with compassionate and personalized care. Lookman Lawal, MD, FACC, FHRS Southwestern Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute 3080 Joe Battle Blvd, Ste. A El Paso, TX 79938 (915) 313-4949 Photographed by: DAVID PARISH


IT’S A MATCH February, 2018

Which School Fits You?

UTEP College of Health Sciences

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

• Neurology • Obstetrics/Gynecology • Ophthalmology • Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation & more… ( UTEP School of Nursing

• Doctor of Nursing Practice • Nurse Practitioner • Nursing (BSN) • Interdisciplinary Health Science & more… (

El Paso Community College

• Dental Hygiene • Medical Coding • Health Information Management • Radiologic Technology & more… (

• Clinical Laboratory Science • Kinesiology • Occupational Therapy (MOT) • Physical Therapy (DPT) & more… (

Southwest University at El Paso

• Medical Assistant • AAS Medical Coding • Associates Degree in Nursing • AAS Medical Laboratory Technician & more… (

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU

• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree (

Brightwood College Vista College


• Dental Assistant Diploma • Medical Assisting Diploma • Practical Nurse Diploma & more… (

• Dental Assistant (diploma) • Medical Assistant • Medical Office Specialist (diploma) (

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El Paso February, 2018

Staying Active, Staying Healthy | By: TAYLOR HINES photography by: STEVE CHACON |


Kids February, 2018


hree! Two! One! GOOOO! The alarm

work capacity across broad time and modal

rings out the beep that you have come

domains,” Holly worked as a pharmaceutical

to associate with a rewarding pain. You

rep who focused on diabetes medication. In

look down at the bar in front of you and

her work she noticed that many El Pasoan’s,

set up your proper lifting position. You keep

and children at that, were dealing with the

track of the reps in your head remembering

disease. Seeing people in her

to breathe and keep a tight core throughout.


As you get to the top of your last rep and turn

by a disease, that in specific

the corner, you feel the swift air as 15 ten-

instances can be prevented,

year-olds jet past you with the energy of the

weighed heavy on her heart.

energizer bunny, and the on-looking smile of

Take a step forward a few

their coach, Holly Mata. This is Get Lifted

years, thousands of pull-ups

CrossFit Kids and you are still shaking your

and plenty of bumper plates

head wishing you were as good as them.

on the bar bell later and



you have a dojo of training Get Lifted CrossFit Kids spawned under

devoted to kids.

the uber successful umbrella of Get Lifted, a CrossFit Gym with its own plethora of

One of the many unique

accolades and a proven competitive track

aspects of Get Lifted Kids is that it is the only

“That’s the number one thing parents always

record. Founded by eight-year NFL veteran

CrossFit Kids Certified Gym in El Paso that

ask about. Safety. When you walk into our

Paul Smith, it is the “only gym from the city

solely serves children ages 3-18. The kid’s

gym you’ll notice that we don’t have anything

to qualify an individual athlete, team and

gym is a separate entity entirely. “This is

heavy and our equipment is custom-made to

master’s athlete to the CrossFit Games.”

their gym, this is their CrossFit gym,” says

fit the needs of our kids.” Safety is Holly’s

The foundation was set to branch into the

Holly. By this time, you have seen the word

primary concern and through the rigorous

youth community. Cue in Holly Mata, a

CrossFit peppered throughout the text and

certification course, the foundations of

former UTEP soccer alum, five-time regional

many of you have this preconceived notion

functional movement are hammered into the



and symbolism in your minds. “It’s not safe,”

minds of coaches.

competitor, mother, wife and certifiable

is the most common response to the word

badass (the certificate exists, I checked).

CrossFit or, “People get hurt all the time.”

When we start thinking of the type of kids

Before her days of exhibiting “increased

Holly is quick to ease the mind of parents,

that would be in the gym, what usually




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comes to mind is the child who is training for a sport; to jump higher, run faster, get stronger. Here though, it is actually a different case, “Yes we do have a few of the kids who are using this to train for a sport, but about 70 percent of our kids are just here to get active. This is their sport. Their parents (many who are gym members at Get Lifted) want them to start these healthy habits as kids so it can carry them into their adulthood. One of the greatest things I have seen is that, the kids really come together and it’s a completely organic experience. They cheer each other on and really develop a community on their own.” There is a strong sense of leading by example, but the kids have their own space. “What is really nice is that, yes, we are a part of the Get Lifted gym, but we are our own space. We have our own entrance, speakers, music and facility. The kids aren’t staying active throughout the class because mom and dad are watching, instead they are doing it because they are having fun.” Holly laughs a little bit and her voice goes to a much more relaxed and soothing tone, “You have to make it fun, without fun the kids don’t respond. Fun is everything. You can disguise a workout that is focusing on them doing air-squats by turning it into a game. That’s really the goal, to have fun while still being healthy and active.”


February, 2018


TCM Pet of the Month highlights our readers’ best friends!


Owner: Mono Martinez


Meet Rooney! Rooney is the friendliest, dorkiest, most hilarious dog. He’s a growing 3-year-old boy who never lost his puppy energy. Rooney wakes up every morning

ready to play and ready to drive his mom and dad crazy. He loves strangers, and no matter who you are, he expects you to be his best friend and to pet him consistently. If you don’t, he will paw at you and give you sad eyes until you do! He loves his toys, loves to eat, loves long walks visiting his neighborhood friends, and LOVES tennis balls. You’ll regret the day you threw the tennis ball even one time for him because it never stops from there. He never learned to respect personal space, but he’s so cute that there’s no use in trying to push him away! It’s never a dull moment with this lovable (and needy) pup, and we love him so much for that!

Is your pet TCM’s next Pet of the Month? Send a photo and short story with why you think your pet belongs in this page to 62


February, 2018

Eats with

Felipa Solis | By: ELAINE GORDON |


elipa Solis has more than 30 years of broadcast experience, having worked at KTSM TV News Channel Nine, the NBC affiliate in El Paso. Felipa’s love of

Felipa’s Easy Vegetarian Lasagna

the community and passion for the arts

Serves 4-6

lead her to the position of executive director of El Paso Pro-Musica. Felipa has worked for


vegetables and continue to cook the sauce.

five years alongside world-renowned cellist

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the tomato paste to the sauce mixture

and artistic director, Zuill Bailey.

1 large yellow squash, sliced in circles

for thickness along with salt, pepper and

1 large zucchini, sliced in circles

some red pepper flakes to taste and cook

Her media work continued in Austin, Texas

Baby Bella mushroom (12) cut in half

for about 30 minutes or until the tomato

where she worked in the Capitol Press

Bag of baby spinach

sauce is done. If time is an issue, you might

Corps and was assigned to the State Senate,

1 large onion, chopped

consider using two jars of organic sauce

the Attorney General’s Office, The Texas

Fresh garlic cloves (4-6), chopped

instead of fresh tomatoes for your sauce

Land Commission and Gubernatorial and

1 box lasagna noodles

and pour the two jars into the pot with the

Presidential Campaigns. She returned to

Fresh tomato sauce (10 large tomatoes)

sautéed vegetables. Stir your tomato sauce

Channel 9 in 1997 to continue her work. She

1 small can tomato paste

frequently so that the sauce will not stick to

also worked as the managing editor of the

Salt and pepper to taste

the bottom of the pot.

newsroom, whereby she oversaw the news

Red pepper flakes to taste

content of each broadcast and guided the

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (small tub)

In a lasagna pan, first place a small amount of

intern programs.

1 fresh mozzarella (1 pkg. or a large tub)

tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan and then place the noodles one-by-one. Begin

Felipa was named the Humanitarian of the


layering your lasagna with lasagna noodles,

Year by the League of United Latin American

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add a bit of

then tomato sauce, vegetable mixture, baby

Citizens for 2014. She continues to volunteer

salt and a small amount of olive oil to boiling

spinach and the two different cheeses.

with organizations throughout the community

water and cook the lasagna noodles until al

Continue this process until the final top layer

including the Susan G. Komen Race for the

dente. When done, al dente style (a bit firm),

has been added, and then just add some

Cure, the Plaza Classic Film Festival and the

place each noodle individually on some wax

tomato sauce and the two kinds of cheeses.

El Paso Humane Society. Along with the El

paper and let stand on the counter.

Bake approximately 50 minutes, until bubbling. Let cool before cutting and serving. You might

Paso Community Foundation, her family has established the Mickey Solis Scholarship

In a large pot, add your olive oil and begin

prefer to add some warm garlic Italian Bread

Fund for students at Jefferson High School

to sauté onions, garlic, squash, zucchini,

to this recipe and a side salad if you choose.

in honor of her late husband, Miguel Solis.

mushrooms and a few tomatoes, until all the vegetables are soft. Then, get a blender or

Bon Appétit!

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Artist Spotlight


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Artist Spotlight

Tomasso Arditti | Photography by: CHRIST CHAVEZ |


or El Paso bootmaker Tomasso “Thomas” Arditti, making a pair of boots is more than just a labor of love. Tomasso says his boots are made with a piece of his artistic heart and soul—no pun intended.

To Tomasso, it’s also about maintaining the purity and integrity of the

boot-making process. At just 46-years-old, Tomasso has been in the boot

business for almost 20 years.

“The beauty of it is, you have hand-picked flat leathers, and within 30 to 45 days’

time, you have a one-of-a-kind, wearable work of art,” Tomasso said. “The defining

aspect of our product is, you buy it today and in 10 years, it’s classic; it’s still in

style. That’s the driving force of my design.” Tomasso’s own designs are top-sellers at several fine-leather boutiques across the country. Some of his designs include handcrafted gold and palladium gilt boots, inspired by his love for art deco design. The gold and palladium sheets were hand applied, not sprayed or painted on. It’s that attention to detail that has also put his workshop on the radar of some of the world’s top designers. Tomasso’s craftsmen are currently working on lines created by Louis Vuitton, Moët, Hennessy Special Prize winner Kozaburo Akasaka and former Ralph Lauren Vice President, Chris Leba’s R13 brand. Kozaburo Akasaka’s boot features a “snake mosh pit”—a tangle of snakes, hand-tooled into the leather by Tomasso’s craftsmen.


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Artist Spotlight

February, 2018 Kozaburo flew to El Paso to spend Thanksgiving

has set Tomasso’s creations apart is his

former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev,

weekend with Tomasso to discuss the boot’s

dedication to 100-percent handcrafted and

actor Jack Nicholson, former NFL Hall of

design, Tomasso’s handmade techniques and

meticulously made boots, shoes and other

Famer Shannon Sharpe and New York Stock

to check out his workshop.

fine leather goods.

Exchange Chairman Richard A. Grasso, as a gift from the El Paso Electric Company when it earned its listing on the stock exchange.

For R13, Tomasso is working on 300 pairs of

Located on Missouri Avenue, just outside of

ankle boots. He said Chris Leba’s designers

downtown, his small factory is filled with the

discovered his boots online on a 2002 list of

smell of leather and glue. Inside, his team

Tomasso’s dedication to detail goes as far as

the 25 Top Custom Bootmakers, which was

is dedicated to the nearly lost art of making

sifting through hundreds of alligator skins—

published in Texas Monthly.

boots by hand from start to finish.

his preferred material—to find near-matching scale patterns, as he did when he was






methods of making the boots,” Tomasso

Tomasso has created boots for everyone

commissioned by El Paso businessperson,

from Pope Francis to Marilyn Manson.

Alejandra De La Vega-Foster, to create a pair of boots with a hand-tooled El Paso

said. “There’s no computer stitch, everything is cut by hand to this day. Everything is

In 2016, Tomasso created a pair of boots as

Chihuahuas logo for her husband Paul

stitched by hand.”

a gift for the Pope during his visit to Juárez.

Foster’s birthday.

The bone-colored boots, which Tomasso All of the boots made for Chris and Kozaburo

designed himself, feature a replica of the

“It’s quickly becoming a lost art,” Tomasso

will be made with the same hand-cut

silver papal cross worn by Pope Francis. The

said. “It’s a labor of love. It’s awesome, it’s

leather, freehand stitching and 100 percent

cross was hand-carved by El Paso master

very fulfilling. There’s nothing more beautiful

truly handmade attention to detail as all of

leather carver, Jim Resley.

than creating something that no one else in the world will have. Our handcrafted boots

Tomasso’s own boots. Tomasso’s





While El Paso has long been one of the

commissioned, purchased and gifted to


other celebrities and dignitaries, including




are wearable heirlooms.”


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huge buzzword in the fitness

Be sure to take care of yourself and your

your breathing and clearing your mind is

industry is “balance”. We hear

individual needs first. In doing so, you are less

beneficial in alleviating anxiety, lowering

it all the time that we need

stressed and better equipped to help others

stress levels, lowering blood pressure and

balance. Exercise is negated

too. Many of us crave peace and quiet but in

improving heart health.

if you aren’t balancing it

today’s world find it hard or nearly impossible

out and eating right. We

to find time for ourselves. Here are a few

Treat yourself to a nice new journal for a

should have a balance of

suggestions for living a more rewarding and

place to be able to express your thoughts and

peaceful life.

emotions. It is especially important to write

how much time is spent working out, how

down the negative and toxic ones as a way to

much at work, and how much with friends and family. In all of this, spiritual well-being

Set aside time daily for meditation in a place

purge them. Being able to express yourself

is often left out of the conversation even

free of distractions such as TV. You can set

and get it off your chest is a great way to

though it’s likely the biggest part of mental,

up a small alter with a deity, candles and

maintain inner peace.

emotional and physical health.

incense or even just play calming music.


We do not practice deep breathing enough

Adult coloring books with beautiful patterns

and it has been proven that slowing down

such as mandalas or flowers are another way

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to clear the mind and melt away stressors.

beach! This is called grounding and can

Personally, I’ve found it as a good form of

really help you to release stress levels and

meditation. Being creative and allowing your

feel connected in life.

inner child to color and create is truly good for the soul. After spending some time being

More traditional ways of feeding the soul

creative, you may find you have a sense of inner

and spirit are faith-based through regular

calm. Another takeaway is higher focus and a

attendance of church or synagogue. If these

better perspective on what’s plaguing you.

channels aren’t for you, consider joining a yoga class once a week to give you balance

If you enjoy the outdoors, taking time in

in life and align your chakras. Book a massage

nature is great for the spirit. It’s important

for yourself as another way to relax and take

to walk barefoot in the water and enjoy

care of your spirit.

the feeling of the sand between your toes instead of worrying about the mess it’ll

Whether or not you go to the gym to work

make in the car later. In another words,

your physical body, please make sure to take

don’t focus on the negative, just enjoy the

time to do something for your spirit and soul.


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s d o o G | By: KRYSTA AYERS photography by: SHARILYN WELLS |


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hen you open the doors to Savage Goods, you are greeted by the smell

of freshly baked goods, a clean,

modern design and a community of

people. Wooden chairs are decorated

with plaques of unfamiliar names—the

names of people from the community

that contributed to Savage Goods opening a storefront. Two counters serve different purposes: one, for people to sit and order a beer or wine, the larger main one to take food orders before you sit down. Eyecatching teal blue tiles line the main counter where you order, and a chalkboard up above gives you the menu and plenty of seating is spread around for you, your friends or family to sit and enjoy your time. The owners are young and consist of Michelle Savage, her husband Tyler and her sister-in-law, Mariah Savage. While Mariah makes all the baked goods in house—her days start at a daunting three in the morning—Michelle takes on the business side of things and her husband does everything in between, making sure the café is running and that motivation is high.


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“We wanted to bring something good … that resonated with people,” says Michelle. The community aspect of the place is important to note. When Michelle talks about the café, she also talks about a “third place.” Most people go to work and go straight home, but people need a “third place” in order to have conversations, meet with their neighbors and serve as a gathering place, she explains. Creating Savage Goods to be that “third place” in the neighborhood was a goal. When Savage Goods first started out in 2013, they had a small tent at the Downtown Artists and Farmers Market. It was originally a hobby, something extra for the three owners who already had two to three part-time jobs each. People soon spread the word of these baked goods, leading to special orders and quickly selling out each weekend. The vegan and gluten-free goods were something that the El Paso market was missing. That’s when the owners asked the community to 76

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help them accomplish something bigger— open up a café. If you haven’t seen the Kickstarter video that Savage Goods put out in 2017, it’s still floating around the internet. The original goal to fund the building of the café was $20,000. The three owners had already picked the location, the old Jimmy’s Grocery store on the corner of Nevada and Oregon Street. What they actually received was $31,000, something that Michelle expressed was reassuring to them as they started in an established neighborhood. The location was crucial and, as Michelle put it, “[It] really fits our values.” True to supporting local, they also sourced locally with Wooden Design Company for the sleek inside booths, and Kodiak Construction and Development for the build out of the space. “The contractors were really great in listening to and delivering what we wanted,” shared Michelle.

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Savage Goods has expanded a lot since its famers market days, and not only in regard to space. You can walk in for breakfast, lunch, really good coffee, beer or wine. If you’re looking for a quick bite, grabbing one of their baked goods (especially a donut) is a great choice. Again, these items are vegan and gluten-free, without compromising the taste. Breakfast burritos are also available if you want something heavier to fuel your day, and lunch sandwiches are healthy and filling. After work or after class, take a seat and enjoy a beer on tap or a glass of wine to relax a little bit. “We came [to El Paso] for one day and fell in love with it,” says Michelle of deciding to move here with her husband. And now, people are spending time eating at Savage Goods and returning that community love.


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Differences Between

Being in Love Being Attached and just



W February, 2018

e all know that one person who jumps from

one relationship to another, falling madly in

love each time. If you’re Miss Judgy like

me, you’re probably thinking that’s not love, these people just don’t like being alone. Although, I have no real insight in knowing if your love is real or not, I can give you some general pointers. Maybe this will help solve your issues and make you realize the differences between love and attachment.

Passion vs. Apathetic I once saw a quote that stated, “Love is giving someone the power to destroy you..but trusting them not to.” Kind of a cynical way to think of it, right? But if

Safety vs. No safety

we think about it, love is being vulnerable, passionate, and selfless. Our needs

One falls in love with a special person because they

and wants no longer preoccupy us. It’s all about making our partner happy and

make you feel safe. You don’t necessarily have to be

meeting their needs. With this being said, they say the closest feeling to love is

with your partner to know that the safety net is there.

hate. Hence why after you break up with someone, all that beautiful, selfless love

Even if you two are apart, you know how he or she

turns into raging, passionate, inexplicable hate. Attachment is apathetic in the

feels about you. The feeling of safety with attachment

sense that if you stop talking to your crush, you would feel indifferent. It’s not a

differs in the fact that you never have a true hold on

life altering experience for you.

your partner’s feelings because the only time you feel

Selfless vs. Selfish Like I mentioned above, being in love with someone triggers you to only think about your significant other. Putting someone else’s needs before your own is now your main priority. Attachment is simply wanting someone to be there before you. You’re not looking out for them, you’re looking out for you. Everything you do for your partner has to also benefit you.

High Maintenance vs. Low Maintenance Real love and relationships are never easy. While love can be pure and beautiful,

safe is when you’re with him or her. When you’re apart, you can’t help but wonder what, or who, he or she is doing. There is no emotional security.

Empowerment vs. Power Feelings of elation and empowerment are associated with love. When one is in love, your confidence level rises and you begin to feel as though you can take on the world and accomplish anything. When you’re just in an attachment, it becomes a power struggle. Insecurity eventually begins to be an issue. You want to make sure you’re the one in the relationship who doesn’t get left.

anything that intense and life-changing takes work. Love and relationships are like flowers that one must water often in order for them to stay alive and thrive. You must foster your love for your partner to keep it nourished. When one is attached to someone you don’t necessarily have to put that much effort into it.


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Let this start off by stating that this is for both men and women—because getting ready for a first date may not come easy for everyone. Having first-date jitters

are already the worst. Pair that with the

pressure of making a good first impression and now you’ve got anxiety and a paralyzed

ability to choose your own outfit. Some of you may be more blasé and not have an issue with this (you should still read for fashion tips!) but for others, piecing things together

may not come as easy. Whether your first date is at a coffee shop, a local bar, dinner at a dimly lit restaurant or taking a tour at a vineyard, you should be comfortable but also show that you made some effort (first impressions, remember?). Here are some tips to make getting ready for your first date a little less stressful. 82

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Is Key

Guys—listen up! Just because comfort is key, that doesn’t mean that you should show up to your date in a T-shirt and jeans. Especially if said T-shirt has writing on it. That is for your day out with the boys. With that being said, jeans are always ok. Ladies and gents, wearing a pair of jeans is the most versatile and comfortable option for a first date. Whether you’re getting drinks or doing something that requires more movement (like dancing, you filthy animals), jeans are a safe bet. Ladies, choose a flattering pair that accentuates your curves. Guys, don’t sag—wear a belt if you need to and wear a fit that isn’t going to bag around your ankles. In my humble opinion, skinny jeans look good on everyone, but if you are anti-skinny jeans then go for the bootcut and make sure they’re the right length.


Is Not a Footnote What you choose to wear on your feet should depend on where you go on your date, but should never be an afterthought. Shoes are an accessory that should pull your entire outfit together. If it’s a day-date, I highly encourage you to keep it casual. Male or female, your Chucks are ok. For anything in the evening, choose something a little more stylish. A low heel for the ladies is always sexy—just keep it comfortable and something you’ve already broken in. Not a heels fan? Some cute black flats are always an easy bet, or some black booties. Gents, bring out your wingtips. These will dress up your jeans in an easy and comfortable way. If you don’t have wingtips (you should), you can opt for some Chelsea boots.


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the Accessories Less is more. Accessories are a way to add some personality to your outfit, but you never want to overdo it—especially on a first date. You want to curate an outfit that is polished, stylish and still you. These tips are for both men and women: a watch is always a sexy piece; keep your rings limited to two (none on the ring finger); either one necklace or one bracelet. Ladies, if you have a statement necklace or chandelier earrings, keep everything else very simple and dainty. You want the focus to be on you, not your jewelry. Guys, even if you’re just wearing a nice watch, it’s a nice touch to any outfit.

Top it Off It’s still a little chilly outside, so take a look at how to finish off your outfit. If you’re going to dinner, a blazer to go along with some khakis and your wingtips will be a great option for you guys. Another option for the dinner date is a tailored coat (think pea coat). If the weather is that low, you can never go wrong with a leather jacket, no matter where you end up. Ladies, we sometimes get caught up in the cuteness of our outfit that we don’t want to hide with a coat, but staying warm is also important. During the day, you can opt for a jean jacket or a bomber. For something in the evening, a simple black coat is always a fashionable choice. Again, a leather jacket is a great option—plus, they always make you feel cooler and give you confidence, which is something everyone could use on a first date.

Essentially, a first date is so two people can get to know each other. Wear something you’re comfortable in, and save the fancy clothes for your future date at the Broadway play you said you’d both enjoy. And really, the best thing you can wear is your smile, so just 84

have fun and enjoy the experience.

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The New Year has begun and we all want to put our best face forward. Are things like dark under eye circles or redness from stress, hormones or rosacea holding you back? ometimes we need a little extra support … let’s talk about color correcting 101. Color correcting isn’t a new concept — makeup artists have been using these tactics for years. The theory is based on complimentary colors laid out on the color wheel. Those of you who paint are already familiar with the concept; it starts with the three primary colors but the makeup color wheel also uses flesh tone shades. Look at the picture … the primary colors are in the inner ring. Red at 11:00, yellow at 3:00 and blue at 7:00. Now imagine intermediate shades, what is the mix of blue and red? Purple! Blue and yellow? Green! Red and yellow? Orange! You get the idea. Now look at the wheel again. The colors at the opposite sides of the wheel are known as complimentary. When I started painting, I couldn’t understand why you would use orange to tone down blue! Similarly, you use the complimentary shades to cancel out unwanted hues in your skin. A great new Flesh Tone Color Wheel by Terri Tomlinson is now available at to help you find your perfect color correcting shade. Many of you think that by adding extra concealer you can hide a multitude of sins, but in reality, all that does is make the skin look like you are indeed trying to hide something. When done right, color correction can help counteract everything from dark under eye circles, to redness around your nose, to that pesky pimple that flared up overnight.


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Dark Under Eye Circles

Redness or Rosacea What to use: To counteract the redness, use a yellow-toned corrector or a green

What to use:

To counteract

primer to neutralize discoloration. This correction should be done

a dark purple tinted hue, opt for

underneath your foundation and must be kept in thin layers. If more

a peach-toned correction. This

coverage is needed in one or two spots, dab a small amount of

should be done on top of your

product on top of the initial layer.

foundation application as your best skin matching shade can begin to


correct or hide a multitude of sins.

apply the yellow corrector or primer directly to the red area and gently

Using a foundation paddle or a damp beauty sponge,

press into the skin. Now, gently apply your skin toned foundation to


Using a small synthetic brush and a small amount of

the peach tone corrector, place the mixture under your tear duct

create your flawless face. Finish with a small amount of translucent powder on top of the skin.

and follow the darkness or veiny discoloration. Gently pat with your finger or your brush. Do NOT sweep the product on as this will only remove the product from the area you are trying to cover. Next, tap a thin layer of your skin toned concealer on top. Quick tip: the biggest mistake women make with concealer is using a shade that’s too light— it actually accentuates what you’re trying to hide. Place a very thin layer of translucent powder on top to hold the correction in place.

Note: This same procedure can be used to cover redness around the nose or for stubborn breakouts.

Try these products:

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Correcting Cream, or Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer for Redness


Use a corrector for anything that shows through the

foundation. A peachy/orange tone neutralizes under eye circles, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces age spots and sun spots and softens freckles. For fair/light skin use a salmon tone; for light/ medium skin use a peach tone, for tan/dark skin use a pure orange color, for deep skin use a red-orange color.

Try these products: Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette Color Corrector & Concealer, or Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette


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eauty may very well be in the eye

The Chihuahuan Desert is one of the most biodiverse areas

of the beholder, but it begs the

in North America, covering more than 200,000-square miles

question: What if you are surrounded

that extend into parts of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and

by beauty every day and don’t notice

Mexico. In this desert you can find native plants that include

it? Often times when people think

yuccas, agave and the creosote bush, which gives off that

of a desert, and even when they

“rain smell” when it rains. Among these plants, you can

live in one, they picture dry, barren

find various species of wildlife as well. Though there is a

land that (aside from the occasional

percentage of locals that recognize the value the Chihuahuan

tumbleweed or cactus) is empty of

desert has to offer, the zoo is hoping to increase awareness.

all life and color. They could not be

“We want our guests to see the everyday value of this

more wrong. The El Paso region is full

desert they can find in this region, their neighborhoods and

of gorgeous native flora that provides

even their very own backyard,” said Americas’ animal area

shade, nourishment and shelter for many of

supervisor, Tammy Sundquist.

the also native species the El Paso desert is home to. This


has been recognized by many members of the community

We sat down with zoo director, Steve Marshall, to ask him

including those at the El Paso Zoo, who have plans to build

why the zoo proposed this exhibit in their comprehensive

a Chihuahuan Desert complex and replace one of the oldest

Master Plan approved by City Council in 2013. This proposed

exhibit sections in the zoo—the Americas.

renovation and new exhibit will prove to benefit many species

February, 2018 of wild animals and plants that are native to El Paso. “This is an important addition to the zoo, because there is so much value in our local environment that we want people to understand what there is to appreciate,” said Steve. It is easy to understand that this project is an adventurous learning experience for the community, and why the El Paso Zoo is so passionate about it. This area is also


being created with the hopes that it will change people’s perspectives, to embrace the value it holds, along with sharing and living among the native wild residents and vegetation. Steve went on to comment, “There is an inherent value to the uniqueness of the local environment that isn’t always practiced or

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taken to another level of appreciation, or admiration. The zoo is making conscious efforts






environment here to present why we believe it carries a surplus of true value.” The zoo has always presented itself as a leading role in the education of wild animals and their importance, adding the Chihuahuan Desert project is no different. Steve is hoping that through continued discovery about both native and exotic animals, zoo guests will learn and understand more than ever. He went on to express the hopes he carries, that





about animal species native to El Paso, as a community we will be more understanding if we are to see a mountain lion, fox or horned lizards near our homes. “We should not be trying to eliminate the environment that we live in, but embrace this environment. We are presenting a complex ecosystem that we believe should be actively appreciated and shared.” It is imperative to understand that we share this space with the creatures that were here before we were. Construction for the Chihuahuan Desert will begin in late February with an estimated completion date in fall of 2019.


February, 2018

His Prerogative S


kincare, as a lifestyle choice, revolves around the idea of “preventative care� as opposed to corrective treatment and anyone

that knows me, even on a superficial level, knows that skincare is one of my all-time favorite routines in life. To my ultimate dismay during a recent trip overseas, I tragically ran out of my favorite moisturizer; Root Science Youth serum. After a brief moment of self-loathing from forgetting to check the status of my skincare before leaving, everything suddenly became of minimal importance until I was able to find an adequate replacement. Knowing I’d be in the parched air of airplanes for the majority of the day while getting to my destination in the Netherlands, I really should have known better. There is hardly any step in the skincare regimen that is more important than moisturizing as it fights dryness, irritation and really crusades against early signs of aging, so, as we grow and learn to take better care of our skin and overall grooming together, here are just some of the products I stashed in my carry-on.


February, 2018


Perricone MD

1 Soothing Post-Shave Treatment


Unless you’re trekking through the jungles in central America or staying in a hut in the Alps for weeks on end, there’s really no reason to let that fresh beard lineup get messy as soon as you walk into the airport. After a cleanup and for any irritation from razor burn, minor nicks and cuts, this lightweight, alcohol-free lotion is perfect for a refreshing treatment. The herbaceous scent is topped off with notes of fresh hemp and is good for all skin types.

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Wise Red Maple Cream Pomade This hair pomade, with moisturizing and nourishing properties, not only helps keep your hair healthy but also does it while providing a high hold with a medium shine. The freshly-peeled bark scent is a departure from the many overly-fragranced hair-styling products. The texture of this product is easily re-moldable throughout the day and doesn’t flatten hair or lose effectiveness throughout the day. Simply run your fingers through your hair and re-shape if you’re going from one tourist activity to the next. Use on wet hair for a piece-y look or dry hair for a smoother, sleeker appearance.


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Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta

3 Extra Strength Daily Peel – Packets Traveling around with a large bottle probably wouldn’t go over too

well at security, so these individual packets are perfect for throwing in to your toiletries bag to use whenever you feel it necessary. For dull skin and uneven texture that might develop due to long flights, these daily peels reveal a smoother and livelier skin. After the simple two-step process that consists of nothing more than gently rubbing the wet towels on your face for a couple of minutes, your skin will instantly appear more radiant. Generously moisturize afterwards if you have sensitive skin as the treatment is extra strong in order to quickly tackle common skin problems.

___________________________________________________ $88 |


Topman Ornate Tassel Brooch You have a suit that you just know looks good and fits you perfectly,


however, you still feel the need to elevate it just a little to set it above the rest. You’ve considered tie bars, cuff links, simple lapel pins and even collar tips but they’re just not enough. Enter the ornate brooch. Recently popularized by luxury fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana, who feature them heavily in their recent fashion shows, these statement pieces are sure to catch many peripheral looks and set you apart from the dime-a-dozen suits around you.

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February, 2018

Mask On Face masks know no gender—these are for everybody. They have recently grown in popularity, and with so many great brands out there, there’s no excuse to not pamper your face. Fight off that dry skin with deep moisturizing options. Even though face masks won’t solve all of your problems, you’ll have great skin when you expertly slay them all.

Wine Club

Orange You Glad

We all like to drink—there’s no shame in it. If you

Ladies, there’s a new trend

like to drink wine, why not get it delivered to your

in town. Paint your lips a light

door? There are online wine clubs that allow you to

shade of orange for a new

order your monthly dose so you can try new ones,

interesting look. Sure, reds will always be a classic

or keep your favorites in stock. Now you’ll just

go-to, but try making orange your primary option and

need to keep making up reasons to drink.

feel the sass consume you.


February, 2018





No Coco While giving someone a box of chocolates is a fast and easy thing to do, it’s also extremely basic and thought-less. This year for Valentine’s Day, try to think outside the box (pun intended) and put some thought into your gift.

Tinder Me Not I’m not saying that using an app for dating is out, but if you’re using it to only hook up and then go on your merry way—that is a no-no. Hooking up was for your college days. If you’re using a dating app, don’t be the one fooling around with people— especially since others use it to find that

Straight Ends

special someone.

With so many blow dry bars popping up and gaining popularity, leave straight hair by the way side. Having sleek, straight hair is boring. Add some definition




grabbing the curling wand instead of the flat iron. Your hair flips will be serving even more attitude.


February, 2018


February, 2018

The Adventures of

“Yellow Jacket” … on the trail at Bryce Canyon | By: MARIE MOORE |


February, 2018


ryce Canyon National Park

We actually preferred this to the mandatory

is all about the view and

bus ride experienced in Zion National


Park, because we got to visit at our own

behind the wheel of your

pace, within the private comfort of our car.

family vehicle or saddled up on a horse called

Washrooms, drinking water, maps and

“Yellow Jacket”—there is simply no end to

informative bulletin boards dot the way, so

the spectacular scenery around you.

there’s no fear of getting lost.

On foot, you can visit the Bryce Amphitheatre

If your driver prefers to sit back and relax,

(an eight-mile trail), brave the one-mile loop

there is also a free shuttle that runs from

to Bristlecone Loop and witness the park’s

spring thru fall, frequently stopping at

highest elevation or walk on spectacular

numerous, well-marked stations. Campers

adjoining trails between 14 overlooks.

will enjoy abundant amenities, including a

You might want to take some binoculars

laundromat, post office and showers.




to steal a close-up look at a “Clark’s Nutcracker” or “Hairy Woodpecker” found

But whether you hike, bike, drive or ride,

in abundance, especially near the rustic

there are unlimited opportunities to “ooh”

and charming lodge.

and “aah” at Fairview, Natural Bridge (a jetting rock-face with a hollowed circle

From your family vehicle, it’s both easy and





convenient to drive along the main canyon

Rainbow and Paria Point, Sunrise, Fairyland

road, get a clear indication of upcoming

Canyon and the other geological wonders

overlooks, park and pop out of your car.

scattered around you.

Along the way, drivers often slow to watch elk, Pronghorn deer and bunnies in their

Nothing, however, beats the thrill of tackling

natural environment—cautious driving habits

the 1,000-foot drop to the floor of the

reap many rewards.

canyon, like saddling up on a horse named Yellow Jacket! I had the pleasure of spending


February, 2018 a half day with my new four-legged friend on a wrangler-led trail that twisted and turned down switchbacks and up narrow trails. Yellow Jacket was a beautiful, somewhat feisty specimen, who liked to walk “on the edge” of the path, affording me breath-taking and sometimes breath snatching views of the wonders below. His sure-footedness and familiarity with every inch of the trail was the only thing that kept me from panicking and once I learned to trust him and relax, our time together became one of the most exhilarating mornings of my life. Something primal and powerful happens when you rein 1,000 pounds of tendon, flesh and muscle covered in Palomino gold, between your legs. Nothing in nature compares. Advance reservations are a must—and be sure to “tip your lid” to my friend Yellow Jacket when you see him.

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and artichoke cream


hope your holidays were a success. Mine was especially good to me as my brother blessed me with a Dutch oven. For having a pretty stocked kitchen, it was definitely a missing piece. If you don’t have one, I start this column

with this advice, go buy one or borrow one from your grandma. Visually, this dish makes sense to me. But on paper…I didn’t have a clue what to name this recipe. My idea though - to make a fancier scalloped potatoes with some crispy skin chicken. Kind of a classic combo but missing its finesse. So I deconstructed


Chef’s tip

the scalloped potatoes by removing the creamy aspect and baked them with a thyme butter and thinly sliced onion. Using my (Christmas gifted) Dutch oven, I crisped up some chicken thighs and turned the drippings into a rich and savory artichoke

Fish makes a great substitute for chicken

4 pounds russet potatoes 5 chicken thighs, skin on 12 ounce bag of spinach 1 large white onion, half thinly sliced, half minced

spoonful of artichoke cream will make up for any doubts that traditional scalloped potato eaters will have. Make it for that special someone for Valentine’s Day or just be good to your momma and make her dinner. Everyone will love you more for it.


Preheat oven to 350. While oven heats, melt two tablespoons butter in a microwave. Once melted, mix with ground thyme and 2 tablespoons oil and set aside. Prep your standard size baking sheet by covering with foil.

4 cloves garlic, minced 1 can artichoke hearts, drained, half liquid reserved

cream that you you’ll probably end up eating on its own. A heavy

Once covered, use half of the butter mixture to coat the baking sheet, corner to corner. 2.

Peel potatoes and thinly slice into rounds. Once sliced arrange on sheet pan so they lay on each other and create long lines of overlapping thinly

8 ounce can peperoncini, drained, diced

sliced potatoes. Next, take your thinly sliced onion and generously and

5 tablespoons butter

remaining butter mixture over top of potatoes and season liberally with

carefully fit in between sliced potatoes in any order you’d like. Pour salt and pepper

2 tablespoons flour


8 cups whole milk


is fork tender. While potatoes bake, warm remaining oil on medium-high in a dutch oven, or a deep heavy bottom pan. Once warmed through, season chicken

2 teaspoons ground thyme

thighs with salt and pepper, and place skin side down into hot oil until skin is extremely crispy. Roughly 5-7 minutes. Turn and cook until juices

4 tablespoons oil 2 teaspoons onion powder

Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes, until tops are crispy and flesh

run clear or until internal temp is 165 degrees, roughly another 3 minutes. 5.

While the chicken cooks, blend artichokes and peperoncini, add artichoke liquid a little at a time until the mixture is thick but runs smooth. Remove

2 teaspoons garlic powder

chicken, set aside. To your hot pan, add minced onion and garlic. Let sweat in pan while lightly stirring for2-3 minutes. Add artichoke and

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

peperoncini blend and cook down for another 3 minutes. 6.

powder, crushed pepper, and remaining butter. Continually stirring until butter melts. Once melted, add flour to pan, stir to incorporate and cook

salt, pepper

for another 2 minutes to get rid of raw flour taste. 7.

CHop it like it’s hot

watch us cook this recipe on our YouTube!

Once cooked through and flavors have mixed, add onion powder, garlic

Lower heat to medium low and add whole milk in three sessions. Stirring and incorporating milk with each session. Once all the milk has been added, finish with nutmeg, spinach, and salt/pepper to taste. Let thicken for 10-12 minutes on medium low heat. Stirring often.


Once sauce is thickened and warmed through, gently lay chicken thighs into sauce just before serving. On your plate, layer potatoes first, heavy spoonful of sauce and chicken thighs on top.

February, 2018




A Chorus Line – UTEP Dinner Theatre ::: February 2

El Paso Coyotes ::: February 4

7:00 p.m. The UTEP Dinner Theater Support the university as they put on the classic, A Chorus Line. Admission: $41 Info:


El Paso County Colliseum Cheer for the El Paso soccer team. February 4 v. Baja 7:05 p.m. February 10 v. San Diego 7:35 p.m. December 10 v. Blazers 4:30 p.m. February 24 v. Ontario 7:30 p.m. Info:


El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market ::: February 3-24

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Head downtown every Saturday for some local art and fresh local produce. Bring the whole family and enjoy food trucks as well. Admission: free Info:

Valentines Super Love Jam ::: February 9

7:30 p.m. UTEP Don Haskins Center The old school concert that will put you right in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Admission: $35 Info:


El Paso Rhinos ::: February 9

Hospitals of Providence Events Center Bring your jackets and come and root for the El Paso Rhinos. February 9 v. Tulsa Oilers 7:00 p.m. February 10 v. Tulsa Oilers 7:00 p.m. February 11 v. Tulsa Oilers 4:30 p.m. February 23 v. Dallas Snipers 7:00 p.m. February 24 v. Dallas Snipers 7:00 p.m. February 25 v Dallas Snipers 4:30 p.m. Info:

YWCA New Year, New You Fit-A-Thon ::: February 10

9:00 a.m. YWCA Central Now is your time to demo some of the YWCA’s newest classes and keep up with your health for the new year. Admission: free Info: (915) 519-0000



::: February 3

8:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre This all-Mexicana group grew in popularity in the 80s and 90s and now they’re back on stage to perform their biggest hits. Admission: $48+ Info:


Jo Koy: Break the Mold Tour ::: February 9

7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Get a belly full of laughs with Jo Koy’s new comedy tour. Make it a date night and leave the kids at home. Admission: $30 Info:

Ghost Bus Tour ::: February 10

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. L & J Café Take a three-hour paranormal bus tour with Rev Henry Flores (Ghost Adventures Route 666 episode) through El Paso’s most haunted spots. Admission: $30 Info:

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nominated Paul Anka ::: February 12

7:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Hear all the classics during this nostalgic concert when Paul Anka comes to the Sun City. Admission: $50+ Info:


Aaron Watson

::: February 23

8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Enjoy a night of two-stepping fun when west Texas country artist Aaron Watson comes to the Sun City to entertain us. Admission: $42 Info:

7:00 p.m. The Perch at Tricky Falls David Dondero returns to El Paso with local openers Sleepspent, Gytrash and Javier Martinez. Admission: free Info:



David Dondero ::: February 13

El Paso’s

EP Symphony Orchestra: A Night of Requiem by Mozart ::: February 23


7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Let the EP Symphony fill your need for classical sounds. Playing Mozart, Verdi, Brahms and more, you don’t want to miss out. Admission: $16+ Info:

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Blake Shelton

::: February 17

9:00 p.m. NMSU Pan American Center Las Cruces will be hosting Blake Shelton as well as musical guests Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins. Admission: $69+ Info:

Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding ::: February 24

8:00 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Don’t miss this adventurous show as Tuff Hedeman competes for the championship bull riding spot. Admission: $15 Info:

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Monster’s Ball

Benefiting Loretto Academy OCTOBER 27, 2017 | Photographed by JESSE MAYNES


Reynolds Home “Pictures of Hope”

Young Artist Party & Exhibition NOVEMBER 7, 2017 | Photographed by JESSE MAYNES


Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Gala DECEMBER 1, 2017 | Photographed by JON-CARLO DIAZ


Roberto Coin Holiday Trunk Show

benefiting Make-A-Wish at Ben Bridge Jeweler DECEMBER 12, 2017 | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


Sun City Orthopaedic Christmas Celebration DECEMBER 16, 2017 | Photographed by JON-CARLO DIAZ

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El Paso’s New Premier Event Venue Now Booking Holiday Parties

Host your party in the Sun Kings Saloon, City Hall Grill, or the WestStar Bank Club.

On-site catering provided by Spectra Food & Hospitality. They can structure a menu tailored to your needs! 915.242.2018 1 Ballpark Plaza | El Paso, TX | 79901




Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400

204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options

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

available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new

11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.

The Downtowner $$


325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200

114 A. Mills Ave. | (915) 355-7281

Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel

Grab a carefully crafted cocktail and meet us on El Paso’s first rooftop

Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only

bar. We’re located in the heart of downtown, with views of San Jacinto

breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers

Plaza, so join us for delicious food and drinks. We have everything

great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the

from crispy Brussels sprouts in bacon jam to a classic cheeseburger

amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully

with agave-chipotle pickles. On Taco Tuesdays enjoy $2 tacos and

crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.

drink specials and a newly added brunch menu for the weekend that



includes tasty El Paso-inspired dishes with a complimentary mimosa. Enjoy the big city feel right here in downtown. O, DF Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

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

To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email:


Mi Piaci





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

6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621

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

Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips

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

and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will

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

satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O

lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR

Jerusalem Grill $$

Westside’s 3rd Hole

5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357

1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577

Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,

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

baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is

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

complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita

Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We

and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing

saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H


array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events

The State Line


1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!

Italian Kitchen West


450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio

or intimate and comfortable atmosphere Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from an ocean away. O, PR



The Kitchen

Mesa Street Grill $$$


150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801

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

Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple

with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The

Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is

Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,

crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this

with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.

dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

P, H, DF, PR




5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west $$$

3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200

side. It features international cuisine that blends European with LatinAmerican flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a

This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working

modern environment. PR

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O

King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697


Edge of Texas


8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 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

Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak

boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood

you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H

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FEbruary Advertiser INDEX Adiuvare Healthcare....................................................Pg. 132

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 123

BioDrip iV Nutrition........................................................Pg. 33

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 85

Casa Buenavista......................................................... Pgs. 4,5

Park Tavern....................................................................Pg. 19

CT Construction.............................................................Pg. 91

Sin Vodka.................................................Pgs. 35, Back Cover

Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 91

Smallcakes.....................................................................Pg. 62

El Paso Rhinos.................................................................Pg. 8

Southwest Plastic Surgery..............................................Pg. 9

Elyse Simons Beauty.....................................................Pg. 29

Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3

Farmers Insurance.........................................................Pg. 33

Southwest University Park..........................................Pg. 125

Flavours Catering...........................................................Pg. 97

Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 93

Fox Auto Group.......................................Pgs. 130, Front Fold

Stonewood......................................................... Pgs. 112,113

GECU.................................................. Pg. Inside Front Cover

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 79

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 97

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists......Pg. 111

Gusto.............................................................................Pg. 57

Shift+...........................................................................Pg. 105

Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 38

Table Occasions...........................................................Pg. 124

Indicium Display Network.................................... Pgs. 10, 104

The Hospitals of Providence.................................. Pgs. 13, 88

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 11

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 67

Intracueticals.................................................................Pg. 78

The State Line...............................................................Pg. 61

Jerusalem Grill...............................................................Pg. 90

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

KTSM News Channel 9...............................................Pg. 122

Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 6, 7

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

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 39

Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 17


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