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The Truth about Dieting, Metabolism and HCG

Written by: Cindy Santoro, APN, RN


f you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably got a few extra pounds you can live without. Unfortunately, after what seems like hundreds of diets, workouts, lotions, and procedures, those unwanted pounds hang on for dear life. Soon the frustration sets in and you are wondering what went wrong and why the pounds aren’t melting off like you thought they would. You are not alone, and the answer is a little simpler than you think. The problem can be found in metabolism. For those unsure, metabolism is

defined as the transformation of food into energy. In theory, if the amount of food or calories you need amounts exactly to the amount of calories you consume, your weight will remain unchanged or even increase. When the amount of calories consumed exceed the amount of calories needed, the excess is stored as fat. Judging from the pattern, one might conclude that less calorie intake will result in painless weight loss. However, it doesn’t always work that way and it’s evident when listening to diet sob stories from friends, family, and even some patients. The most common story I hear goes something like this, “I starved myself for weeks and lost some weight initially. Then my weight seemed to plateau. I got frustrated and ended my diet. As soon as I went off the diet, I gained all the weight back very quickly.” What happens to most in these situations is the loss of water weight during the first few days. Following the loss of water weight, your body settles into starvation mode causing you to lose muscle mass instead of fat since

your body stores fat for the winter. The muscle mass loss reduces your metabolism. As a result, your lower calorie intake doesn’t assist in dropping the weight as fast as you would like because you still have metabolic needs to fulfill. Once the diet ends, your weight increases coinciding with your low metabolism and diminished muscle mass. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on diets entirely. You just need to find the right diet. The HCG diet is a highly recommended diet in which it works with your body and not against your body. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy. The physician-guided, low calorie diet feeds “the baby” by breaking down fat instead of muscle. In time, the reduced fat assists in raising your metabolism. As the diet continues, your metabolism becomes “super-charged” increasing desired weight loss results. Although HCG is a hormone produced by pregnant women, the diet is safe for men and women, according to doctors. An added benefited, as

mentioned on an episode of Dr. Oz, is the decreased appetite making the low-calorie diet less of a struggle. Doctors also report that weight gain is unlikely once the HCG diet program has ended, because your me-

tabolism will be altered to be much faster than it was before the diet. By carefully following instructions by your HCG diet physician you are likely to end the treacherous cycle associated with the yo-yo diet.

Dr. Robert Frankel MD, DC, FACEP

Dr. Robert Frankel is a board certified emergency physician who trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center for over a decade. He is also certified by the Federation of Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine and holds a doctorate in chiropractic. His training in both tradition medicine and holistic anti-aging care makes him a unique practitioner. His approach to each patient is based in individual care. Dr. Frankel breaks the paradigm “one drug works the same for each person”. The practice customizes your care with nutrition, diet and hormonal balance.

Cindy Santoro APN, RN

Cindy has had over twenty years of experience as a certified Advanced Practicing Nurse and R.N. She is recognized for nursing excellence by the honor society Sigma Theta Tau. Cindy has a vast range of practice and experience. She has been practicing and certified in aesthetics, diet and nutrition, geriatrics, emergency medicine and family medicine. Cindy’s experience, expertise and care for her patients is evident when you first meet her.


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Welcome to the May/June 2013 Issue Of Monmouth County Woman “Summer at the shore” never gets old, no matter how long you’ve lived or vacationed

here. We all eagerly await the cool breezes blowing off the ocean, warm sand between our toes, and gardens full of purple and pink hydrangeas. This is a perfect time to witness all the wonderful changes at From The Garden (p. 37). She has many wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s and Father’s Day as well as many other special occasions. There has been some good news lately: home prices have risen over the last year, and with those gains there has been a renewed sense of optimism. In the March/April issue Ansell Grimm & Aaron explained the hidden closing costs when purchasing a home. In this issue they speak to homeowners who are trying to secure a mortgage modification on their current home. A key aspect to selling your home is to create an emotional connection for the buyers in order for them to see themselves living in your home. The expert to guarantee that the buyer will have this emotional connection is Holly Volpe, a certified staging consultant serving Monmouth County and the surrounding areas and is the owner of “Set The Stage” on page 40. Lastly, a successful and dedicated Real Estate family is The Orrico Realty on page 36. Using the experts in this publication will help you sell/buy/refinance your home more smoothly. Many homeowners are still rebuilding from hurricane Sandy’s destruction. If you need to replace furniture or accessories you don’t want to miss the two-page article on pages 6 and 7 from Heritage House Interiors, which is offering extra discounts and free delivery to Sandy victims, as well as a giveaway on page 40. In this issue, you’ll also find great gift ideas for some upcoming holidays, including Mother’s Day on May 12th and Father’s Day on June 16th. Chocolate Carousel has any specialty dessert possible for mom or dad. Also, this month’s article features fabulous groom cakes and their traditions, which can be designed for his individual passions (p. 35). Gift cards for products and services from any business in this issue would be another way to show you care. Memorial Day is another time we set aside for remembering people who have made a difference in our lives – in this case, the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. On page 16 of this issue, you can read about a woman whose mission is to bring comfort to the families of these fallen soldiers through the sewing of “Remembering Quilts.” Memorial Day also marks the official launch of the beach season. Despite the damage that Hurricane Sandy wreaked last fall, the shops and restaurants along much of the Jersey shore are back in business, and the beach is ready and waiting for you! So get yourself in summer-shape with the advice of the many healthcare professionals whose articles you’ll find in the Medical and Health & Wellness sections of this issue. Experts in skin and hair care, weight loss, nutrition, wellness and fitness will help you care for your whole body, from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes and everything in-between! Whether you enjoy surfing, fishing or backyard barbeques with friends and relatives, we wish you a safe and fun summer. Take advantage of everything the Jersey shore has to offer, including the many wonderful events you can read about in the Community section of this publication. And while you’re reading, please let the contributing writers know when the information they have provided has benefited you in your own life. Thank you for your continued support of the Monmouth County Woman magazine.

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and the Staff of Monmouth County Woman Featured on the front cover are staff members from Total Hearing Care. Learn about the importance of an annual hearing assessment and where/when you can get one free on pages 5 and 21. Front Row (Standing Left to Right) Anne Rosano, Audiologist and Dispenser Lic. #549, Christina Parrott, Dispenser Lic. #1090. Back Row (Left to Right, sitting) Joni Del Sordo, Audiologist and Dispenser Lic. #644,  Sharon Stoor, Dispenser Lic. #572,  Deborah Seidner, Regional Vice President –Total Hearing Care, Audiologist and Dispenser Lic. #623. Cover photo by Annette Jenkins Photography. Annette can be contacted for appointments at 732-936-1416. See more of her spectacular portrait work on page 63.

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Total Hearing Care – Annual Hearing Screenings Make a Difference! Most people take their hearing for granted. Hearing loss impacts people of all ages, and studies note that one in five Americans over the age of 12 has some level of hearing loss! Total Hearing Care encourages people to have an annual hearing screenings. As a leading resource for audiology services and digital hearing devices, Total Hearing Care has recently opened new Monmouth County offices in Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, and Holmdel in addition to their offices in Neptune, Manalapan and Brick. FRONT ROW ( Sitting Left to Right) Anne Rosano, Audiologist and Dispenser Lic. # 549, Joni Del Sordo, Audiologist and Dispenser Lic. # 644. SECOND ROW (Standing Left to Right) Christina Parrott, Dispenser Lic. # 1090, Sharon Stoor, Dispenser Lic. # 572, Deborah Seidner, Regional Vice President –Total Hearing Care, Audiologist and Dispenser Lic. # 623

Anne Rosano, M.A., CCC-A

Christina Parrott, NBC-HIS

Sharon A. Stoor, NBC-HIS, ACA

Anne Rosano, M.A., CCC-A, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and hearing from Brooklyn College and a Masters of Audiology degree from Kean College. Anne has worked in ENT offices as well as with nursing home and assisted living residents.

Christina Parrott, NBC-HIS, is a nationally board certified hearing instrument specialist with more than 10 years’ experience. She sees patients at Total Hearing Care’s clinics in Brick, Neptune and Sea Girt.

“Denial is the most common thing I see in this profession. I love showing patients how much their world opens up once they can hear well again.” Anne is a hearing health care provider at Total Hearing Care – Neptune.

“Getting an annual hearing screening is as important as getting an annual physical. Knowing a patient’s hearing health care history makes it easier for me to assess their hearing loss and determine the best hearing device solution.”

Sharon A. Stoor, NBC-HIS, ACA, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Douglass College. She is a nationally board certified hearing instrument specialist, who is committed to enhancing the communication abilities of her patients. “I have an opportunity to get to know each of my patients when they come for their free annual hearing evaluation. Having that trust is an important component of being able to help my patients when the time comes for them to make a hearing device decision.” Sharon works at Total Hearing Care – Manalapan.

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Deborah Seidner, M.M.Sc

Joni Del Sordo, M.S., FAAA, holds New Jersey licenses in both audiology and hearing aid dispensing. Joni brings more than 20 years’ experience in helping people hear better. “So many people don’t realize how much their hearing has declined until they are properly fit with hearing devices. It’s exciting for me to see the difference I can make in someone’s life!”

Deborah Seidner, M.M.Sc, is Total Hearing Care’s Regional Vice President. She supports the offices and staff at more than 35 clinics in New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Deborah obtained her Master of Medical Science degree from Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to having worked in private practice and in a broad variety of clinical settings, Deborah has collaborated on a children’s book about hearing loss and a pharmaceutical pictorial book on middle ear infections.

Joni received her Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida and is certified by the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association. Prior to joining Total Hearing Care - Neptune, Joni was the audiology department supervisor at a major teaching hospital.

“Everyone Was Knowledgeable And Caring…” Irwin Z., Brick “Anne Rosano really knows her stuff! Everyone else at the Brick location was very knowledgeable & caring, and helped me with everything I needed.”

“Educating patients about hearing health is the most rewarding part of my profession. I have found that my best patients are those who understand the importance of annual hearing evaluations because they realize early diagnosis and treatment means they won’t miss out on a moment of their lives.”

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The Three Most Common Problems That Are Detrimental To Oral Health

Written by: Sophia Nichols, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., P.A. 1. PLAQUE Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. When we eat, the bacteria in plaque release acids that attack the enamel of our teeth. These repeated attacks can lead to tooth decay. Plaque that is not removed completely will eventually harden into tartar or calculus. This kind of build up is very unhealthy for the gums and may lead to bone loss around the teeth and periodontal or gum disease. The main cause of tooth loss in adults is not tooth decay, it is periodontal disease. In addition to this, researchers have found that there

is a link between periodontal disease and systemic disorders such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, respiratory diseases and low- birthweight babies. In other words, your oral health affects your overall health. Tips: Brush twice daily, floss and eat a well balanced diet. Since most people are very busy these days, Dr. Nichols recommends rinsing your toothbrush with water and brushing your teeth while you’re watching TV or reading at night before going to bed. You’ll be surprised at how much more time you’ll spend brushing your teeth. Many times when we brush before bedtime we are too tired to brush thoroughly. The flavored toothpaste makes our mouth feel fresh and clean and we only brush for 30-60 seconds when we should be brushing for at least 3 minutes. Try brushing while you’re watching TV. You’ll spend 10-15 minutes brushing without even realizing it! You can brush using toothpaste right before you turn in for the night for 30 seconds to make your mouth feel minty fresh and get the benefits of fluoride.

About the Practice‌ The professional office of Dr. Sophia Nichols has served the Monmouth and Ocean County areas for over 20 years. We provide gentle Family Dentistry utilizing state-of-the-art dental technologies. Our purpose is to provide the highest quality dental care for our patients in the most comfortable manner possible. Please call our office to discuss Cosmetic and Restorative procedures that will give you the smile you always dreamed of! Working closely with most insurance carriers enables us to afford you the very best of care. A variety of payment options are offered for your convenience including Visa, MasterCard and Care Credit, a monthly payment plan specially designed for individual dental needs. Day and evening appointments are available and our office is open on alternating Saturdays.

2. DRY MOUTH Xerostomia or dry mouth can wreak havoc in our mouths. That’s because our saliva is made up of electrolytes, antibacterial compounds, mucus and various enzymes all of which help prevent tooth decay, bacterial, fungal and viral infections. When the salivary glands stop working properly it causes the mouth to become dry which can lead to tooth decay, bad breath, gum disease as well as other oral health problems. Dry mouth can be caused by many prescription drugs and over the counter medications. People who are being treated by radiation therapy and chemotherapy are often affected by dry mouth. Other factors that can contribute to dry mouth are stress, anxiety, hormonal alterations, depression, nutrition and dysfunction of the immune system. Tips: Brush twice daily, floss and drink plenty of water. Dr. Nichols recommends using Biotene Dry Mouth spray, liquid or gel to help maintain the oral environment and provide protection

against oral dryness. She also recommends staying away from sugary foods and snacks.

“I have always had a fear of the dentist. Dr. Nichols came highly recommended by friends who are patients. The moment I walked into the office my nerves were calmed. Dr. Nichols and her staff are friendly, kind and compassionate. I never feel rushed or stressed at my appointment. You are a real person with all the attention focused on you!� - Judy M.

3. GRINDING Most of us at some point in our life have dealt with stress. For many of us stress is an ongoing occurrence in our daily routine. Unfortunately stress can cause many unwanted symptoms and side effects. One symptom we have been seeing more of lately is bruxism or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can also be triggered by suppressed anger or frustration, a competitive or hyperactive personality type, abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth, changes during sleep cycles and pain from an earache. If left untreated bruxism or grinding can cause your teeth to fracture or become loose as well as cause tension headaches and facial pain. Since bruxism usually occurs while sleeping, most people don’t even know they are doing it. Tips: Have regular dental

check-ups to detect damage in the early stages and treat abnormalities of the bite. You may benefit from a custom-made night guard. Dr. Nichols does not recommend the over-thecounter night guards because they may do more damage than good since they are not professionally made or adjusted. She also recommends finding ways to relax and relieve stress. She says, “When our computer gets jammed up what do we usually do? We shut it down and reboot. Sometimes we need to shut down and reboot ourselves by going away on vacation, listening to music, taking a walk, talking with friends, reading, praying, etc. It’s important to find ways to relax.�









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Tooth Fairy Or Guardian Angel? Presented by Dr. Maxim Sulla, TenderSmiles4Kids


t Tender Smiles 4Kids, our services are offered to new and existing patients. We specialize in working with children with special needs and/or anxieties.

Banking stem cells From teeth Imagine that routine checkup at your pediatric dentist’s office results in the collection of lifesaving stem cells from your child’s tooth that may be useful to treat dozens of diseases over their lifetime. While it sounds like science fiction, the reality is it’s a field that has been developing for nearly 15 years. Stem cells help the body renew and repair itself. When people hear “stem cells” they often think “embryonic” stem cells, but there are also a noncontroversial type called “adult” stem cells. For over 50 years, doctors have been using these adult stem cells from bone marrow, and since the 1980s from umbilical cord blood, to treat (and even cure, in some cases) diseases such as leukemia or genetic blood disorders. Today over 500,000 families have privately stored their child’s umbilical cord blood for its potential medical uses in the future.

As it happens, there are also potent stem cells that live in the dental pulp (the tissue inside teeth) or the periodontal ligament (the layer of tissue that keeps the tooth attached to the jaw bone). These stem cells may be more useful for treating routine diseases of bone, connective, nervous, or muscle tissue, or treating the wear and tear as we all age. And they can be collected and banked for future potential uses when teeth come out. A Developing Field Over the past 12 years, scientists and doctors have investigated many uses for stem cells from teeth such as for regenerating skeletal bone, repairing or building new teeth, treating spinal cord injury, heart attacks, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, periodontal disease and potentially other important uses in dentistry and medicine. People have already been treated with these stem cells to regrow jaw bone and treat periodontal disease. The field is still developing, but every year, the list of diseases studied and potential usefulness of the stem cells that can be collected from teeth that come out during the course of normal dental care increases. We used to think of teeth that come out as useful only to the Tooth Fairy or discarded them as medical waste. Now, instead of throwing away baby teeth or extracted wisdom teeth, the stem cells inside can be preserved for potential uses in the future.

“In only 10 years, we’ve seen the field move forward from a concept to clinical reality. We want every family to have this important new option, that’s why we launched Store-ATooth”, said Dr. Peter Verlander, Chief Scientific Officer of Provia Laboratories. Dr. Verlander left his post at Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics to help launch StoreA-Tooth. “We are working with partners around the world to make this simple source of stem cells a reality for millions of people.” In 2008, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry issued a policy on dental stem cells, in which they acknowledge the potential utility of these cells, as long as they are properly collected and stored. In a February 2012 interview in NJ Family, incoming AAPD president Joel Berg (one of the scientists who helped develop Sonicare toothbrushes) said, “We’re doing the right thing in developing this technology. Dental stem cells may become cells that can heal your child. Science improves every year, and so does our understanding of what they can do. Whatever we think stem cells can do today is only going to improve with time.” Families that store their child’s dental stem cells will be more prepared to benefit from breakthroughs and advances being developed around the world from dental stem cells.

Dr. Max’s “Toothfairy Mobile” is a favorite attraction for children at community events. The children get to know the other side of dentistry beyond drillings and fillings.

Make An Informed Decision That’s one reason I’ve chosen to provide my patients access to this technology. I want all the parents in my community to know this is an option to consider. Before baby teeth fall out or wisdom teeth are extracted, visit and take a moment to learn more about banking stem cells from teeth so you can make an informed decision about whether this is something you want to do for your family. At Tender Smiles 4 Kids we offer our dental services to new and existing patients. We see kids as early as age 1 through college. Our entire staff also has extensive expertise in caring for patients with special needs. Additionally, we offer services such as Laser dentistry (No Shots, No Drills), Nitrous Oxide Sedation, Oral Conscious

Sedation, and In-office I.V. Sedation administered by an M.D. Anesthesiologist. We also offer General Anesthesia in the Hospital. We use digital radiography, which is safer for your child and produces up to 90% less radiation! We have FREE infant exams and FREE orthodontic consultation. Ask our orthodontist if you qualify for braces or Invisalign for both kids and ADULTS! Our Eco-friendly office provides a gentle environment for kids where they can be relaxed and worry-free! Children look forward to the prize drawer, balloons and their golden tokens for the Toy Tower to get more prizes for an excellent visit! Dr. Max looks forward to your child’s visit & to showing you how exceptional dentistry can improve your child’s life.

Dr. Max graduated from NYU College of Dentistry with his D.D.S. with honors and then received his Pediatric Dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is the President of the NJ Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a council member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


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Understanding The Ultrasound Q

What is the advantage of ultrasound? The big advantage is the ultrasound uses no radiation to create images. This is why it is safe to use on pregnant women and their unborn children. The test is painless and noninvasive (no needles or injections). Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.


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here is a common misperception that an ultrasound examination is only for pregnant women. While ultrasound is of great value in examining an unborn child, there are many other uses for the ultrasound.  The ultrasound can be used to detect disease in the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and ovaries.  It is the preferred test to evaluate the testicles, gallbladder, blood vessels, breasts, and thyroid gland.   The ultrasound examination is fast, safe, and effective. It is one of the greatest tools at the radiologist’s disposal in diagnosing disease and potentially saving lives.

Ultrasound of the breast shows a non cancerous benign cyst in an area of palpable lump.


Why is gel applied during the test? A clear water-based gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body. This eliminates air pockets between the machine and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body. Without the gel, images are not as clear and artifacts can form.



What is a pelvic ultrasound? As stated earlier, the ultrasound is the first line test in examining the unborn child. In addition to that, the ultrasound can be used to detect disease in women with pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. The ultrasound can evaluate the uterus and ovaries to detect fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometrial polyps, and various types of cancer.    Occasionally, a more detailed evaluation is necessary by placing a special transducer within the patient’s vagina.  This is referred to as a transvaginal ultrasound. Transvaginal ultrasound is


performed very much like a gynecologic exam. A protective cover is placed over the transducer, lubricated with a small amount of gel, and then inserted two or three inches into the vagina. This procedure is typically not uncomfortable.


What about blood vessels? The ultrasound has a function called Doppler Ultrasound allowing the evaluation of veins and arteries. The most common reason for a venous ultrasound exam is to search for blood clots, especially in the veins of the leg. This condition is often referred to as deep vein thrombosis or DVT. These clots can dislodge and travel into the lungs, where they can cause a dangerous condition called pulmonary embolism. If the thrombus in the leg is found early enough, treatment can be started to dissolve the clot and prevent it from passing to the lung.  The ultrasound can also evaluate arteries, especially carotid arteries (located in the neck).  Plaque can form in the carotid arteries,


Doppler Ultrasound of the carotid artery shows blood flow through the artery to detect life threatening stenosis.

narrowing the vessels. This is called stenosis of the carotid artery, a condition that substantially increases the risk of a stroke. The major goal of carotid ultrasound is to screen patients for this type of blockage. If a significant narrowing is detected, early medical or surgical life saving treatment may be initiated.


Why is ultrasound used in the breast? Breast ultrasound is used to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical exam (such as a palpable lump). Breast ultrasound is also used in conjunction with mammography to detect and characterize potential abnormalities. Ultrasound imaging can help to determine if an abnormality is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst) or a combination of both. The Doppler Ultrasound can be used to assess blood supply in suspicious breast lesions.



What are the limitations of ultrasound? Ultrasound waves are disrupted by air or gas; therefore ultrasound is not an ideal imaging technique for airfilled bowel or organs obscured by the bowel. Ultrasound has difficulty penetrating bone and, therefore, can only see the outer surface of bony structures and not what lies within. Also, large patients are more difficult to image by ultrasound because greater amounts of tissue attenuates (weakens) the sound


waves as they pass deeper into the body. At Toms River X-ray, CT, and MRI Center, our ultrasound machines are the most state of the art available with the latest in computer technology and the most powerful transducers on the market.  These allow us to create the clearest possible pictures to more accurately detect and diagnose disease.  

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About The Author ... Dr. Cyrus Khorrami is an Ocean County native who attended kindergarten through twelfth grade here in Toms River. He is a graduate of Temple University Medical School and completed his radiology residency at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Khorrami completed a Cross Sectional Imaging Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.  He has returned to Toms River to work with his family as Medical Director of Toms River X-ray, CT, and MRI Center.

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Assisted Living A neurologist performed all kinds of tests including MRIs and PET scans to get the result of the final diagnosis. It was definitely Alzheimer’s disease. Paul and Jill were living in Florida at the time. It’s where they built their life together working in the assisted living industry – Jill at Paul’s side. Paul did not want to move back to New Jersey, but that is where they had friends and family. At a time of crisis, the decision was made that it would be best if Jill and Paul had a support group in familiar surroundings. They packed up and moved back to New Jersey.

A Cruel Twist of Fate Thinking of the words to a famous Alanis Morissette song “Ironic” – Well life has a funny way of sneakin’ up on you.When you think everything’s okay and everything’s goin’ right, right. Isn’t it ironic…don’t you think? –You can’t help but think of Paul’s story. Paul not only worked in the assisted living industry, but was also a founding pioneer of designing and programming a special dementia wing in assisted living communities. This wasn’t just a job – it was a passion. His wife, Jill recalls “Paul’s vision was that the Alzheimer’s residents deserved to be in a more structured wing with directed programming and more staff per resident than what is normally expected.”Who would’ve guessed that Paul, at the age of 51, would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately four years ago Paul started behaving differently. He couldn’t figure out how to button his shirt or put his shoes on the right feet. Simple tasks were getting more and more difficult. Nothing was making sense. In 2009 he went to a doctor to get some answers. He had just experienced what he thought was a panic attack. The doctor examined him and diagnosed him with depression and anxiety. His wife Jill knew there had to be another answer. She noticed his personality was changing. After 25 years of marriage, you just know when something isn’t right. The bizarre behavior continued in public as well as in their home. It was time to get another opinion.

Back in New Jersey was no picnic either. It was terribly hard for Jill. “It became evident that I needed to hire some help in the house so I could go do simple errands like grocery shopping. Something that would normally take me a half hour could take me over two hours to complete if Paul came with me.” She had no intentions of placing Paul in a facility. She is his wife after all and she thought she could look after him and take care of him. The disease took a toll on Paul quickly. Jill could not manage with just a few hours of relief with an aide. She increased the aides’ hours, but as she did, Paul’s behavior grew violent and unpredictable. Jill tried to place Paul in a respite program – a type of trial stay in an assisted living community. It was something she was familiar with and thought it would be a great help. Unfortunately the assisted living staff was not fully trained or equipped to deal with Paul’s issues. Jill took him back home. One day when Jill was at her wit’s end, she reached out to the home health agency in her area and told them that this was an impossible situation. She realized she could not care for her husband around the clock. The agency referred her to Brandywine Senior Living. “I knew the second I walked through the doors and met Amy that this was it.” Amy Willner, Executive Director of Reflections at Colts Neck, was a great comfort to Jill, reassuring her of this difficult decision. Colts Neck is a freestanding dementia community where their entire staff is fully trained to interact and care for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. That is what they do. Jill recalled the way she felt the day she moved Paul into Colt’s Neck, “It smelled good and I got a good feeling about it. The gazebo, the warm and caring staff – I could not have picked a better place.”

11 Paul settled into the community and has never asked to go home. Having been a drummer and musician throughout most of his life, he takes comfort in listening to music. He wrote poems and songs in the beginning of his diagnosis to try and put his feelings to what he knows best – music. His biggest achievement, however, was in writing a book, A Cruel Twist of Fate. The day he was diagnosed with the disease he told his wife Jill that he wanted to put his thoughts and memories down on paper. It’s an amazing account of his life and his journey. He wanted to create awareness. Paul wanted others to know that this disease does not discriminate against age or anything else. It doesn’t run in his family either. The book took six months to complete. And just in time, too. If he hadn’t decided to dictate the words to his wife at that time, the book would have never been published. How ironic.



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Delivering The Promise

Women And Retirement: Building A Solid Foundation: Part II of II Prepared by MetLife, Delivered courtesy of Donna Hlavacek, CASL®, MetLife Solutions Group

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hese days, saving enough money for a comfortable retirement can be a challenge for most Americans, and the evidence suggests it’s most challenging for women. According to the MetLife Study of Women, Retirement, and the Extra-Long Life, women in the United States live eight percent longer than men on average, and while these bonus years may be a blessing, it also means than a woman’s resources must be designed to last longer. Most women will need to build their own retirement savings to maintain a reasonable standard of living in their later years. Here are some more strategies to get started:


Plan to work longer. A few extra years

spent working may enable you to save more money toward your retirement, and you may also consider working until you qualify for full Social Security benefits. In addition, your health care costs may be lower if you postpone retiring until you qualify for full Medicare benefits.


Arrange to pay off your mortgage and other debt as quickly as possible.

Owning a house outright in retirement not only ensures you will have a place to live, but it can also serve as a valuable source of equity, should you need it. To give yourself an incentive to pay off your credit cards, resolve to turn your monthly credit card payments into retirement account contributions, when the debt is paid.

If you’re married, assess the capacity of your partner’s retirement benefits to meet your future needs.


Given the possibilities of divorce and widowhood, it’s essential you plan for a time when you might have to manage independently. Also, know your rights regarding your spouse’s pension in case of death or divorce and research the effects of divorce and remarriage on your Social Security benefits.

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If your family budget is tight, evaluate the benefits of putting extra funds into your own IRA or 401(k) versus putting money aside for your children’s college education.


While your children may qualify for financial aid or low-interest loans to help pay for college, there are no grants or scholarships for retirement. Also, bear in mind that some funds may be withdrawn from a retirement account before the age of 59½ penalty-free, if used for qualified education expenses. Taking the time to make saving for your own financial future a priority can certainly pay off handsomely in the end, and for most people, it is financially possible, even with other financial obligations, such as bills, the needs of children and other family members. While taking care of others is important, don’t forget to take care of yourself by preparing for your retirement—it can make all the difference in the long run, when you truly want your Golden Years to be golden. Call Donna Hlavacek, MetLife Solution Group, (732)919-6194 and let her help you with your retirement plan. Pursuant to IRS Circular 230, MetLife is providing you with the following notification: The information contained in this document is not intended to (and cannot) be used by anyone to avoid IRS penalties. This document supports the promotion and marketing of insurance products. You should seek advice based on your particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. Life insurance policies and annuity contracts contain certain exclusions, limitations, exceptions, reductions of benefits, waiting periods and terms for keeping them in force. Please contact a MetLife representative for costs and complete details. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY 10166. L0313313291 [exp0215][CT, NJ, NY, PA]

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Rehabilitation After Replacement Written By: Julianne Dods, Meridian Fitness and Wellness In order to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life following a major joint replacement, it is important to begin and adhere to a structured rehabilitation program. A sedentary lifestyle can make it difficult to regain and retain range of motion within the joint which is why staying physically fit and active is an important step towards recovery. In June 2012, Joanne Donovan, 73, of Middletown, underwent surgery to correct a multiple break injury to her ankle that required an assortment of hardware to fix. “I had a foot full of metal,” says Joanne jokingly. While a licensed Physical Therapist was in charge of Joanne’s initial recovery, she was released from therapy after eight weeks. In order to retain normal strength and quality of life, she knew it was important to continue a strength training program with a fitness professional. “Joanne came to me last August, soon after she completed her Physical Therapy program,” says Certified Personal Trainer Kori Van Houten of Meridian Fitness and Wellness in Hazlet. Joanne was unhappy with the level of pain that continued to inhibit her daily activities and forced her to walk with a cane. “Joanne looks far younger than her age and comes across as a sophisticated woman with such poise and dignity. It was my number one priority to get her

moving throughout her full range of motion again and restore her confidence within herself.” After receiving a written history and release from Joanne’s Physical Therapist, Kori developed a new, personalized exercise program for Joanne. “After meeting once on the gym floor, it became apparent that the safety and stability of an aqua-therapy routine would benefit Joanne as she regained strength and mobility without compromising the stability of her weakened ankle.”

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While timid at first, Joanne agreed to move her personal training sessions to the pool. “We started out very conservatively. Joanne would hold onto the handrail with both hands and slowly inch her way into the pool,’ says Kori. After that initial appointment, Kori and Joanne met twice a week for half hour sessions and Kori would occasionally give Joanne small homework assignments, such as stretching exercises, which she completed religiously. “Gradually my cane use decreased,

and my confidence increased,” says Joanne. About 4 weeks, Joanne came into the club and reported to Kori that she could now ‘do the stairs one foot at a time’. When Joanne finished her training program with Kori, Kori gave her a laminated workout card to use when she came to the pool on her own and invited her to join Liquid Strength, a small group in the pool. “She enjoys the small group atmosphere and has recently graduated to some of the more difficult equipment I offer. I am so very proud of her for overcoming her timidity and pain, not only re-habbing the ankle, but continuing to challenge herself to become even stronger,” says Kori.

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Most Parents Would Do Anything To Help Their Children…

Lorraine Catalano, CNMT and Imaging Director If you are experiencing memory loss, and/or have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, the Amyvid PET Scan could help you do just that… help your children. Alzheimer’s disease affects the entire family. Help protect your children by getting an early

diagnosis. Early detection and treatment can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Having the Amyvid PET Scan can give you and your family correct information about the cause of your cognitive impairment. Until this scan was available, the only definitive way of knowing if a person had Alzheimer’s disease was by an autopsy. Many doctors have been treating patients with medications used to treat Alzheimer’s, without the benefit of knowing definitively if that patient really has Alzheimer’s. Using these medications may not be beneficial to patients, and, in some cases, could be detrimental to their health. This scan will give the information needed for doctors to make appropriate treatment decisions.

Amyvid, a radioactive diagnostic agent for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging of the brain is used to estimate beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of cognitive decline. • A negative Amyvid scan result reduces the likelihood that a patient’s cognitive impairment is due to Alzheimer’s disease at the time of image acquisition. • A positive Amyvid scan result indicates moderate to frequent amyloid neuritic plaques; neuropathological examination has shown this amount of amyloid neuritic plaque is present in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Amyvid is an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations.

Caring Heart & Brain Imaging is the first imaging center in New Jersey to perform the Amyvid PET Scan. This fantastic imaging tool can diagnose and differentiate the forms of dementia at even earlier ages. We can address cognitive changes and impairment because we know what is attributing to the diagnoses. Diagnosing and staging is vital for doctors to prescribe the

appropriate pharmaceutical treatments and therapies to slow the progression of these diseases. If we can slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, we can give patients and families the time to plan ahead. It also allows the person with Alzheimer’s to participate in health care, financial and legal decisions, as well as giving them precious quality time with their loved ones.

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At Caring Heart & Brain Imaging, you are in our caring hands.

Cardiac Breakthrough Slipping Away at the Jersey Shore… The Jersey Shore has suffered some great losses in the recent past due to Super Storm Sandy and the Nor’easter…and now, another great loss seems inevitable. Caring Heart & Brain Imaging has made the latest cardiac technology available to residents of the Jersey Shore, who could only benefit from this same testing if they traveled to New York City, Philadelphia or Northern Jersey. Unfortunately, educating patients and doctors is taking time, and not enough

patients are aware that they can ask their family practice doctor or cardiologist to write a script for the test that will accurately and specifically determine if your heart muscle is receiving adequate blood flow and if that blood flow is evenly distributed. The test to ask for is called a Cardiac PET Perfusion study with Rubidium. The Cardiac PET Perfusion study is the newest version of a cardiac stress test. For those people who have had the

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old test, the most compelling reasons for having the Cardiac PET Perfusion study performed at Caring Heart & Brain Imaging are: • Speedier Scan Times – approximately 45 minutes as opposed to 2-1/2 to 4 hours for the old SPECT scan, • Patient Exposure to Radiation is cut in half - the Attrius scanner reduces patient exposure to radiation, and Rubidium, the agent used in the scan, has a short half-life, so the amount of radiation exposure is substantially less than a chest x-ray. • Improved Images – PET provides clearer, more precise 2D images better suited for detection of disease. • Avoidance of Unnecessary Procedures – Test images are

so accurate, procedures such as stent implantation and even coronary bypass surgery might be avoided. • We will provide transportation, if necessary. If you have some, or all of the risk factors mentioned below, you should see your family practice doctor and ask if you would benefit from the Cardiac PET Perfusion study performed at Caring Heart & Brain Imaging. • Smoking. • High LDL, or “bad” cholesterol and low HDL, or “good” cholesterol. • Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure). • Physical inactivity. • Obesity (more than 20% over one’s ideal body weight). • Uncontrolled diabetes.

• Uncontrolled stress and anger. • Family history of heart disease • Post-menopausal • Race (African Americans, American Indians, and Mexican Americans are more likely to have heart disease than Caucasians) Don’t let this opportunity to receive the best and most accurate technology for cardiac care slip away from you. Tell your doctor you want only the best. We are happy to answer any questions you or your doctor may have. We can be reached at 732-292-1008, or visit our website at At Caring Heart & Brain Imaging, you are in our caring hands!

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Area Neurosurgeons Offer Next-Generation Treatments, Community Awareness and a Partnership of Hope. Brain tumors are the second leading cause of

• Vision Problems: Vision problems occur in 25%

cancer related deaths in children and young adults

of patients. Eye care professionals can recognize

ages 15- 34. For over 50 years Atlantic

signs of increased intracranial pressure.

NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) has maintained their core value that the needs of their patients come first.

• Behavioral and Cognitive Problems: You may experience problems with short-term memory, lack

is means constantly striving toward the

of concentration, and inability to find the right words.

application of leading-edge research to their clinical practice. eir neurosurgeons incorporate the most

• Nausea or Vomiting: Nausea and/or vomiting are

advanced surgical technology and neurosurgical

symptoms that are more likely to point towards a

techniques available for the treatment of brain

brain tumor when accompanied with the other

tumors, back pain, stroke, brain aneurysms, spinal

symptoms mentioned above.

disorders, traumatic brain injury, and more. ANS is affiliated with New Jersey’s leading healthcare systems and with over 9 offices throughout the region, their reputation has made them the largest private neurosurgical practice in the state of New Jersey. e ANS Neptune location gives residents of Monmouth and Ocean Counties access to exceptional neurosurgical care with groundbreaking treatment options right around the corner. Early detection is extremely important when dealing with brain tumors. “e most important thing you can do when it comes to brain tumor

DID YOU KNOW? Brain tumors can be effectively treated. “While many of the tumors of the nervous system can be cured by surgery alone, others require a more comprehensive treatment plan including chemotherapy and radiation in addition to surgery,” states Dr. Ron

symptom-free intervals.” Other things to know: • Almost half of all brain tumors are not cancerous, are slow growing, and respond well to treatment. • If a patient is diagnosed with a brain tumor, a treatment plan can be designed to fit their

community on the importance of choosing a neurosurgeon for an accurate diagnosis.

dinner and open discussions, ANS provides a guest

If you think the symptoms you have are brain-tumor

speaker at every meeting. e doctors mingle with the

related, do not panic. Make an appointment with an

patients and there are plenty of interactive

ANS physician and we’ll help you move forward from

activities for everyone to enjoy. At one meeting,

there. e warning signs of a brain tumor depend on

massages were available for anyone who wanted one.

the size and location, but here are some common

At another meeting, ANS brought in a makeup artist

15-95% of patients suffering from a brain tumor. • Speech Disturbance: Difficulty in communicating

• Loss of balance

If you or a loved one notice symptoms of an acoustic neuroma, you should seek medical attention immediately. For more information, visit Dr. Benitez is a part of ANS, a unique group of doctors who use their skill and training, coupled with innovative procedures, to provide the highest level of care to patients. For over 50 years, we have combined knowledge, experience, and innovative surgical techniques to provide our patients with the latest technology, treatments, and care.

volunteer their time to hold the support group once a

tumors are very general and could be misleading.

don’t normally suffer from them, but occur in

• Numbness or weakness in the face

month for patients and their loved ones suffering from brain tumors. You can share your stories or just sit

• Seizures: Seizures are a sign only to those that

• Tinnitus (ringing in the affected ear) • Hearing loss in the affected ear

called Partnership of Hope. Employees of ANS

back and listen to others tell theirs. In addition to

primarily in the morning and are severe in nature.

• Headache

In 2012 ANS started a support group for patients

e symptoms that are associated with brain

• Headaches: ese types of headaches occur

• Vertigo (dizziness)




Common symptoms are:

Treatment options vary for each individual case and are determined after a series of hearing, balance and neurological exams are performed to diagnose the patient. Common outcomes include MRI scans to monitor the tumor, radiation to stop the tumor's growth, or surgery to remove the tumor, if needed.

the highest grade tumors to live longer with extended,

individual needs and lifestyle.

launched an awareness campaign to educate the

A: Acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing, benign brain tumor that develops on the main nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain. Also known as vestibular schwannoma, an acoustic neuroma is not cancerous, which means it does not spread to other parts of the body, but it can affect other nerves as it grows in size.

treatment modalities have allowed even patients with

neurosurgeon when surgery is needed, but it is also

to the nervous system. For this reason, ANS has

Q: What is an acoustic neuroma?

• Difficulty understanding speech

true that neurosurgeons are the most qualified specialists to diagnose any ailments or injuries related

from Ron Benitez, MD

Benitez. “Recent innovations in all three of these

awareness is to educate yourself,” states Dr. David Wells-Roth. Most believe that you only go to a


Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists Brain, Spine and Neurovascular Surgery

and a hypnotist. Volunteers also work outside of the meeting to accommodate the everyday needs of patients who are not able to care for themselves. Partnership of Hope offers patients transportation to doctor’s appointments, prepared meals, child care, additional counseling, grocery shopping, and more. For more information about ANS and Partnership of Hope or to view a listing of all

with others including problems speaking, reading,

hospitals they are affiliated with in your area, visit

writing and recognizing the names of objects. or call 732.455.8225.

310 Madison Avenue Suite 300 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.285.7800 11 Overlook Road Suite 180 Summit, NJ 07901 908.516.2941 School House Village 350 Main Street Suite 5 Bedminster, NJ 07921 973.285.7800

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Is Heel Pain Holding You Back This Spring?

By: Dr. Susan Belanger For Part II , I want to introduce you to an excellent treatment for anyone who has chronic pain and injuries that won’t go away. EPAT is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. It is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA. This proprietary technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. Over 20 Professional Sports Teams, USA Olympic Track and Field Team, and Nike Shoe Company Running Team have all been successfully using EPAT. Who does it benefit,

everyone. Anyone who has chronic pain and injuries that won’t go away, should strongly consider EPAT. The benefits of EPAT treatment are numerous; it can be performed in an office setting. It does not require anesthesia or a sterile environment. Patients are immediately fully weight bearing. Bilateral injuries can be treated at the same time. There is no incision, no risk of infection at the treatment site and absolutely no scar formation. Patients are able to return to work/normal activities within 24-48 hours, resuming strenuous activities after 4 weeks. EPAT has a solid over 80% success rate. And it is fast, safe, effective and affordable. You can have your cake and eat it too with EPAT treatments. Studies show that you can continue the activities that you love through treatment. Secondly, you do not need invasive surgery. And finally you will still reap positive results, many times, more positive results than any other available treatment. In fact the results of other treatments such as cortisteroidal injections,

orthotics , e-stim, and even surgery, seem to be significantly less effective in research studies than EPAT, showing 75% to 95% success rates. If you are considering surgery for heel spur syndrome, Achilles tendinitis or any chronic injury that has not responded to cortisone injections, stretching, anti-inflammatories, night splints, physical therapy, and orthotic devices, EPAT is the treatment of choice before considering invasive surgery. EPAT is administered once a week for a series of three weeks (up to five weeks), each treatment taking approximately five to 10 minutes (depending on the area of injury). EPAT is known to have the most rapid healing rate of any technology out there. EPAT can be used for acute and chronic musculo-skeletal pain-even knots, dysfunction, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis, chronic heel pain, tendon insertional pain, acute and chronic muscle pain, and neuromas. If you have been unsuccessful in treating any of the above conditions and are

About Dr. Belanger . . . Dr. Belanger graduated from Northeastern University and earned her medical

degree at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Following graduation she completed a two-year surgical residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. In 1998, she accepted a fellowship position at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, CA, where she trained in trauma of the foot and ankle. Dr. Belanger went on to teach Surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine for three years while working in private practice in Howell, NJ. In 2002, she decided to take a full time position in a Private Practice in Monmouth County. Dr. Belanger was born and raised in Warwick, RI. She now resides in Monmouth County where she enjoys raising her twins, running, and biking along the Jersey Shore.


reasonable and are allowed to be paid by qualified health savings accounts or your employer’s flexible payment medical savings account. To see if EPAT is the right treatment for you, make a consultation appointment to see if you can have the most cutting edge medical care available.

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Remembering Quilts and Flags to Honor Loved Ones

Helen is a woman on a mission. Her mission is to bring comfort to the families of fallen soldiers and to help wounded veterans suffering from memory loss. But her work doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. She also helps those dealing with any difficult illnesses, along with comforting relatives

considering surgery-consider EPAT first. EPAT is available for a wide range of patients, EPAT treatments should be postponed for pregnant women, for deep venous thrombosis or malignancy cases, or if you are taking blood thinners. EPAT is not covered by most insurance. The fees are

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who are far away from their loved ones. How does she do this? With her Remembering Quilts, Flags, Pillows and Tote Bags. Each piece is created with familiar photos and names to help someone remember those near and dear to their heart. Beyond her generous donations, she also has an online store for those who are interested in purchasing one.


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POLST: Practitioner Order for Life-sustaining Treatment :57=B;C@85;95@CB9 The best yourandend-of life are followed There are specific,wishes important As childless individuals Written By: Judith S.way Parnes, to ensure LCSW, CMC


amily caregiving has traditionally been at the heart of how long term care is provided and received. Presently, the majority of America’s older population is being cared for primarily by relatives: spouses first, then adult children. But what happens if you are a childless adult? Or an older adult who is geographically or emotionally distant from your children? Our experience and new research confirmed what Writtenhas By:now Judith S. Parnes, we at Elder Life have always L.C.S.W., C.M.C., stated: Executive Director, children does ElderHaving Life Management not guarantee that there will be someone to Health care for Care you Last month a new as you reach an advanced age. Planning tool, the POLST Nor does childlessinnecesform, wasbeing announced NJ. sarily mean that you forms will have This follows similar fewer options or receive less care being established nationally. than those with adult children. Practitioner Orders for Life Present findings demonstrate Sustaining (POLST) that there isTreatment no evidence that was actually signed into law by older adults with no children Governor Christie in December demonstrate less emotional well 2011, however only recently being or quality of care received announced for implementation. than adults with adult children. The called for the creation Whatlaw is true is that as care needs begin to affect a person’s ability of a standardized form that to remain independent, people can be signed by a patient or without children have a signifisurrogate, and the patient’s cantly higher rate of needing to attending physician or move to an alternative living advanced practice nurse, and arrangement such as a for nursing provides instructions end of home or assisted living. Ortool alterlife care. The goal of this natively, if there are sufficient is to improve communication resources, pay for live-in help.


couples being to reach their 50s of wishes and andindividual 60s and may be involved in documentation of medical caring for their own aging parents, many wondering orders that are reflect patient who might they call at 3:00 am to go centered wishes. to the roomisor who Theemergency POLST form would be their advocate, drive intended for patients with them to the doctor’s office if they life limiting illness and allows were unable, or call them once for detailed preference on or twicegoals a week to medical check in and specific and say hello. interventions. The Completed In the next decade, the numPOLST form is an actual ber of married couples with no medical that becomes children order is expected to grow by 7 amillion permanent part an to 36 -- from 29of million individual’s medical record. million. Right now, almost 1 in It is valid in in their all healthcare 5 women late 40’s have settings including at home, no children. By 2040, when hospital, nursing home and the oldest boomers are reaching their 90s, 21 percent will have during medical transport. and no child tois help provide care. therefore a standardized The demographic reality universal tool for end of leaves life experts worrying about the counmedical orders. try’sThe dwindling supply of family challenges that caregiversfamilies, in the years come. patients, andtotheir Compounding with these healthcare professionals face statistics is a startling lack of pretowards the end-of-life can be paredness among people in their daunting. Caring and sensitive 50’s and 60’s – with or without communication between family children – regarding their planmembers regarding a person’s ning of their care needs in their wishes needIf to documented older age. nobe spouse is availin advance. But, studies able and no trusted child nearby indicate Americans stillyou to act as most your voice, who can have not exercised their right to trust to make difficult and emotional decisions decisions on yourthe behalf? make about kind When more thought goes into of healthcare intervention they what kind car you purchase want whenofthey cannot speak or where you go forThose summer vacafor themselves. tools are tion compared to what you want the Advance Medical Directive to happen should you become documents. The Advance incapacitated, thencontinues priorities to Medical Directive need to change. be the best way to write your

areas that need to be reviewed by wishes in in advance. all adults order to assure that thenames yourUnderstanding later life plan has associated with it, first for contact documents is the step, they and decision making.purposes. each serve different These include:Medical Advance Identifying the one Directives/Living Will:person that will be responsible to instructs family and medical assist withon health care decisions. providers the treatments Thisan individual would be when listed that individual wants as your health care representano longer able to verbalize tive, health their Theproxy, mostor your Medical Power of Attorney. This common decisions involve person ideally will live in relaCardioPulmonary Resuscitation tive close proximity to you, and (CPR), a Do Not if not specific plansResuscitate are in place (DNR), a Do Not Intubate and understood as to how this (DNI, decisions With person and/or will be available. regarding artificial nutrition internet and cell phones, physical and hydration. distance becomes less significant A Medical powerHowever, of for communication. attorney identifies which having the person physically close bymember certainlyorwill addfriend to family close yourmake comfort reduce anxietcan careand decisions ies. patients are temporarily when Being educated regarding the or permanently unable role of the professional to communicate or make care manager, who will own. be responsible decisions on their for providing a comprehensive These documents are vital assessment as advancedand carerecommendaplanning tion for a care plan tools. However, in that orderwill be designed to meet your speto put a person’s end-of-life cific circumstances. You or your preferences into actionable health care representative will physician’s orders, theofphysician then have the benefit this or nursefor practitioner must write advisor advocacy and decision making.



a specific order in the medical record. A Practitioner Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a medical order form signed by the patient and the doctor. It becomes part of the patient’s medical record and provides specific instructions Keeping all team of your to the medical onmedical such information location issues as the use in of one mechanical for easy access when and necessary, breathing machines with updates annually if not feeding tubes. The POLST sooner. Consider convenience in form accomplishes two major medication management, explorpurposes: ing home delivery as an option. • It is portable from one care Reviewing your Health insursetting to another. ance coverage, secondary •insurance It translates wishes of Long an and potential individual into actual term care insurance opportuniphysician orders. ties. A recent casea illustrates Appointing Financial why a POLST form needs to well be part Power of Attorney as as of every person’s comprehensive having your Will reviewed with advanced care plan: an your attorney. Mrs. C. and Considerhas howdementia your presis confined to a wheelchair ent home environment can but had planned ahead with be enhanced to accommodate an Advance Medical Directive future deficits in mobility, hearstating she did not want CPR. ing, and/or vision . While beingoptions transported to a Review for alternaroutine doctorarrangements, appointment tive living including Continuing Care via ambulance, she went into Communities, shared housing cardiac arrest. Because her options and Assisted Living.

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advance directive was not a signed physician’s order nor did she have an Out of Hospital DNR order, while en route, the EMT aggressively performed CPR. Mrs. C was intubated in the ER before her family could step in. The family called Elder with yourextremely bank to Life Meet Management automatic bill pay upsetreview because their mother’s options. wishes were not carried out, andFacing now she on a ventilator. theiscomplexities of growing older much The EMT’s andis the EReasier did with job. a plan acknowledgetheir Asand is often the case, ment of who will many individuals be arethere totally to assist you. is true for unaware that This Advance Medical everyone regardless of age, but Directives or Living Wills are certainly does require the delegaimportant information and tion of responsibilities so that legally binding. They still YOU DO NOT FACE OLD require a physician’s order to AGE ALONE. be implemented. The POLST will prevent this scenario from Judith S. occurring in the future.




For more information C.M.C., about a POLST and all Executive forms of advance care Director, planning, Elder Life please contact Elder Life Management Management, at (732) or 931 West493-8080 Park Avenue, via e-mail at elmcares@ Ocean, New Jersey, 07712

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The Symptoms And Treatment Of Barrett’s Esophagus

Dr. Steven A. Gorcey, Monmouth Gastroenterology Dr. Steve A. Gorcey is one of the founding partners of Monmouth Gastroenterology & has been practicing in Monmouth County since September 1991. Dr. Gorcey is board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. While routine Colon Cancer Screening and Upper Endoscopy comprise the majority of Dr. Gorcey’s procedures, he also has a special interest in some of the most advanced endoscopic procedures performed in the world today. Along with being an expert in Biliary Endoscopic (ERCP), which is a way of dealing with bile duct disorders through the mouth, Dr. Gorcey is one of a few select physicians in the world performing Restorative Obesity Surgery Endoscopically (ROSE procedure), which is an incisionless method of revising the stomach after Gastric Bypass Surgery. His close relationship with the advanced laparoscopic surgeons allows him to attack complex problems with novel combinations of operative endoscopic and surgical approaches. In addition, Dr. Gorcey was the first doctor in the State of New Jersey to perform BARRX Ablation for Barrett’s Esophagus. BARRX is a non-invasion way of removing pre-cancerous tissue from the esophagus.

What you should know about GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus. Barrett’s Esophagus is a precancerous condition marked by a change in the cells lining the lower part of the esophagus; it develops in response to injury from acid produced in the stomach. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a medical condition where stomach acid enters the esophagus, causing symptoms, damage or both. The esophagus is a muscular tube that transfers food from the mouth to the stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a valve that is located where the esophagus enters the stomach. Its function is to prevent acid, as well as other contents of the stomach from coming back (refluxing) into the esophagus. Patients with GERD often have dysfunction of the LES, allowing abnormal amounts of acid to “reflux” back into the esophagus. Prolonged exposure to acid can cause symptoms as well as damage to the lining of the esophagus, leading to ulcers, Barrett’s Esophagus, and sometimes cancer. The most common symptoms of GERD is heartburn or indigestion, often times associated with excessive belching. GERD can also cause atypical symptoms such as asthma, chest pain, chronic cough, raspy voice, sore throat, constant throat clearing, laryngitis, sinusitis and loss of teeth enamel. In some patients with GERD, symptoms may not be present at all. Initial treatment of GERD includes lifestyle changes, such as avoiding certain foods, not eating late in the evening, elevation of

the head of the bed, smoking cessation, weight loss, and wearing loose-fitting clothing. If there is no response to lifestyle change, patients may require medication to reduce acid production. At this point, endoscopic evaluation of the esophagus is critical.

How is Barrett’s Esophagus Diagnosed? Barrett’s Esophagus is diagnosed with biopsies taken during an endoscopy. An endoscope is a flexible tube about the width of a pencil, with a light and video camera on the tip. It is passed through the mouth after the patient is sedated by an anesthesiologist and live video images of the esophagus, stomach and first portion of the intestine called the duodenum are viewed on a monitor by the Gastroenterologist. Small pieces of tissue can be obtained using biopsy forceps, which are then viewed under the microscope by a pathologist. Barrett’s Esophagus is diagnosed when small intestinal cells are seen in biopsies from the esophagus. Another term for Barrett’s Esophagus is Intestinal Metaplasia. Who develops Barrett’s Esophagus? Approximately 10%-15% of individuals with chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett’s Esophagus, and it is estimated that Barrett’s Esophagus may affect as many as 2-7 million individuals in adults over the age of 40, especially among males. There is also a direct correlation between Barrett’s Esophagus and obesity, reaching a

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How does Barrett’s Esophagus progress to cancer? Barrett’s Esophagus can turn into adenocarcinoma of the esophagus through a process called dysplasia. Dysplasia means that the Barrett’s cells start looking atypical under the microscope, and can be low grade or high grade. Once dysplasia is present, the risk of cancer increases. Not all patients with dysplasia develop cancer. A patient who has been diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus must undergo endoscopic surveillance with biopsies, at intervals of every 1-2 yrs. If dysplasia is present, endoscopies are performed as frequently as every 3 months.

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therapy. By reducing the exposure to acid, the risk of cancerous transformation is reduced. If during endoscopic surveillance, dysplasia is found on biopsies, the options are more frequent endoscopic examinations, or removal of the Barrett’s tissue, with BARRX ablation being the most effective and safest approach. BARRX ablation uses radiofrequency to burn off the Barrett’s lining without injuring the esophagus. Once these cells are destroyed, normal esophageal cells grow back in its place. If you suffer from GERD symptoms, or have been diagnosed with Intestinal Metaplasia or Barrett’s Esophagus, the doctors at Monmouth Gastroenterology have the experience and expertise to manage your condition.

How is Barrett’s Esophagus treated? Since Barrett’s Esophagus is caused by GERD, treatment is Please call our office for a aimed at the underlying cause. consultation with one of our Acid suppressing medication called physicians, 732-389-5004. proton pump inhibitors Monmouth Gastroenterology Nadeem A. Baig, MD are the Kenneth Belitsis, MD mainstay of Thomas C. Fiest, DO Steven A. Gorcey, MD Rajiv Uppal, MD

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prevalence of almost 25% when the body mass index (BMI) is above 35. Silent reflux (GERD without any symptoms) is especially prevalent in this group. Tobacco smoking and alcohol abuse have also been implicated as risk factors in developing Barrett’s Esophagus. Studies are underway to determine if any genes or markers can be found that would predict the development of Barrett’s Esophagus in the general population.

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Written by: Hoan-Vu T. Nguyen, MD, Seaview Orthopaedics

Four out of five people will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. For many it is debilitating and impedes their quality of life. Their pain can go on for years to decades without relief. Some very common causes of low back pain originate from the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint which are the joints located at the two dimples of the lower back. Sacroiliac Joint disorders are commonly misdiagnosed in patients with low back pain due to parallels to certain spinal conditions. Pain generated from SI joint disorders may present in varying degrees on one or both sides of the low back. The pain can also be felt in locations other than the joint itself including, but not limited to the groin, hip, thigh, buttocks, and down the back of the leg. Pain originating from SI joint disorders usually is present with certain movements and the changing of position. Many patients will experience the pain from sitting and will try to avoid sitting on the affected side by leaning on the less affected side of the buttocks or may experience pain while sitting with legs crossed. Moving from a position of sitting to standing, twisting, climbing stairs, rolling over in bed, getting in/out of the car, and lifting may be painful when the SI joint is the source. Patients with pain mimicking sciatica or misdiagnosed as a herniated disc may also be experiencing pain from the SI joint. Though SI joint disorders present in both males and females, it is more common in females. Many women will experience low back pain during pregnancy due to hormones released to relax the ligaments allowing the ligaments to enlarge in preparation for childbirth. In

addition, the growing uterus may stretch or weaken muscles around the pelvis. Moreover, added weight and compensatory changes in walking patterns during pregnancy can place strain on the SI joints resulting in SIJ inflammation and ultimately causing pelvic pain. For most women postpartum, after childbirth the SI joints will revert to normal, tightened, and locked position. Unfortunately for 20% of women, full tightening fails to resume and these women develop varying intensity of chronic low back pain. In addition to pregnancy and childbirth, the sacroiliac joints may be disrupted due to age related degenerative changes, prior trauma, previous lumbar fusion, degenerative sacroiliitis, or a comorbidity like Ankylosing Spondylitis. Many patients undergo conservative treatments including, but not limited to physical therapy, SI joint injections, chiropractic manipulations, radiofrequency ablations. However, conservative therapies without the ability to tighten and lock the joint back into position may only at best have provided temporary pain relief until now. A new surgical option, the iFuse Implant System, may be able to provide pain relief for patients no longer responding to conservative therapies. “The procedure is minimally invasive and stabilizes the SI joint by surgically inserting 3 small porous coated, titanium implants across the joint to create a fusion,” states Dr. Nguyen. “The triangular design and large surface area help minimize rotation and fuse the overloaded SI joint compared to cannulated screws.” In addition, the iFuse procedure may offer several benefits compared to traditional SI joint fusion;

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minimal incision, post-operative stabilization, shortened hospital stay, and potential for quicker recovery. According to Dr. Nguyen, “The iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis. The iFuse procedure typically takes about an hour and requires one overnight stay in the hospital. The procedure may be done with local or general anesthesia determined by the surgeon based on the patient’s overall condition.”

To learn more about the iFuse Implant System please visit, or contact Dr. Nguyen for additional information.

Hoan-Vu T. Nguyen, MD Dr. Hoan-Vu T. Nguyen is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders and completed a fellowship in spine surgery. He specializes in general orthopaedics, neck and back surgery and disc replacement. He is an attending physician at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Official Monmouth Medical Center.Team Doctors Of:

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reaming of your baby’s face, the sound of his laugh, or the color of her eyes…then finding out that conceiving won’t be as easy as you had believed— that’s the heartache of infertility. Before giving up your dream, give yourself every opportunity. “Today’s scientific knowledge and significant advances in reproductive technology have given us great options for safely overcoming infertility,” assures Dr. Allen Morgan, who is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and medical director of Shore IVF Reproductive Medicine. “By focusing on thoughtful, individualized medical evaluation and care, we are achieving unprecedented levels of success, even in the most challenging cases. “Fertility care is a complex subspecialty,” adds Dr. Morgan. “Our fi rst goal is to fi nd answers that will lead us to the appropriate course of action for each patient. In vitro fertilization [IVF], for

example, can be an excellent solution, but not everyone needs IVF. We have other options to explore, including lifestyle changes, medication, and minimally invasive surgical procedures that can dramatically increase the chance of conception.”

Your Path to Parenthood Dr. Morgan walks hand-in-hand with each couple as they explore the possibilities of parenthood. He notes that causes of infertility can involve one or both partners. One of the most common causes is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which interferes with normal ovulation and menstruation. Also, severe endometriosis—when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus—can affect the function of the reproductive organs. Other factors may include abnormal sperm production, function, or delivery. “We are compassionate and supportive in all that we do to find solutions that lead to conception,” Dr. Morgan emphasizes. “Helping patients become parents is our specialty.”

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Summertime and Learning at Ranney School is Personalized, Rewarding and Long-Lasting Written by: Kathleen Deeken, Ranney School Director of Summer Study For many students, school concludes in June, but learning at Ranney School provides a year-round opportunity to explore an academic, creative or athletic interest and to discover the power of motivation and engagement when it comes to learning. Summer is also the perfect time to build the academic and study skills that will set your child up for success at the next grade level. Ranney’s summer selection of academic and talent development courses, including a full complement of gifted and talented and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) courses for Pre-K – Grade 12 students opens up a world of opportunity and dynamic learning! 2013 Summer Programs at Ranney School highlight a wide range of exceptional academic, talent development, and gifted and talented programming infused with 21st-century skill development. This includes collaborative learning opportunities and technology, which serves as an accelerator to

critical and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to approach new experiences inside and outside of the classroom

environment. They build confidence in their ability to navigate school subjects, new challenges and social networks. Even our youngest learners – ages 4 and 5 – participate in specialized programming designed to build confidence by focusing on foundational skills: cognitive, psychomotor and social–all in the name of fun! Our Day Camp, licensed by the state of New Jersey and accredited by the American Camp Association, has been the favorite of hundreds of families in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties for more than 30 years. The school continues to offer innovative programs for children age 3 to grade 12. This year, Ranney is excited to offer a new Counselor-inTraining (CIT)

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program for 14-year-olds. This full-day CIT program will include special camp and trip activities, CPR training, and emphasize the development of leadership skills. Themed work projects will be given, where accountability, collaboration, compassion, respect, responsibility and sportsmanship are practiced in camp interactions with children, peers

and adults. Day campers build strong friendships within their assigned groups, as they experience physical fitness challenges and specialized programming in science, nature, arts and crafts, sports, music and drama, among other fun activities. Each group is organized by age for additional swim and sports instruction, electives and weekly themed activities including: field and carnival days, climbing wall activities, talent shows, sports challenges and much more! Structured schedules are designed to provide individualized instruction, as well as, optimum social interaction. Our low camper to staff ratio ensures an exceptional and personalized summer experience. Our exciting Sports Camps include a wide range of interests for boys and girls: • Golf Camp for 6- to 10-yearolds and 11- to 14-year-olds; • Basketball, Fencing, Soccer and Tennis for 8- to 13-year-olds; • Boys’ Lacrosse for 9- to 13-yearolds and Swimming for 8- to 18-year-olds.

Young and experienced athletes can focus on skill building in their chosen sport or they can try a new one at our top-quality Sports Camps this summer! With no price increase for 2013 and additional cost-cutting benefits for new and returning families, there is even more reason to sign up early for a summer of exceptional learning and fun. Ranney is pleased to continue to offer one free week of Day and Trip Camp with your camp registration. Please note that a free Trip Camp week will include a nominal cost for trip tickets. Families who combine morning academic courses with afternoon Day Camp will qualify for a free week of half-day Day Camp incentive. New families to Ranney Summer Programs receive 10% off program costs with registrations received by April 5, 2013. Continuing family applications on our website reflect

discounted pricing of 20%. “Summer Programs at Ranney School are designed for students of all ages to personalize their summer adventures by choosing from a wide range of academic and talent development courses, Counselor-in-Training Program and Day, Sports and Trip Camps for a summer of exceptional learning, friendbuilding and self-expression,” says Ranney School Director of Summer Study Kathleen Deeken. “Come and discover the Ranney experience for yourself this summer.” Visit www.ranneyschool. org/summerprograms to register for one of our Summer Programs Open Houses, taking place May 4, May 18 and June 1 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.), or to access a program application to reserve your child’s place in what promises to be a transformational summer of learning and fun at Ranney School!

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FREE WEEK OF DAY OR TRIP CAMP WITH CAMP REGISTRATION! • Free morning care available. Extended day care and transportation available.

• Track and field, tennis courts, two gyms, 25-meter indoor pool.

• Daily swim instruction.

• Specialized elective program, mini-sports clinics, science & rocketry.

• Low camper-to-staff ratio. • Safe, secure and nurturing environment. • Licensed by the state of NJ and accredited by the American Camp Association. • Daily hot & cold lunches in air-conditioned dining hall.

• Digital photography, computer labs, music, art, drama,camp yearbook. • Combine academic & talent development or sports camp with an afternoon of day camp. • Friday fun, talent shows, pony rides/petting zoo, carnival day.

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Summertime and Learning at Ranney School is Personalized, Rewarding and Long-Lasting Written by: Kathleen Deeken, Ranney School Director of Summer Study For many students, school concludes in June, but learning at Ranney School provides a year-round opportunity to explore an academic, creative or athletic interest and to discover the power of motivation and engagement when it comes to learning. Summer is also the perfect time to build the academic and study skills that will set your child up for success at the next grade level. Ranney’s summer selection of academic and talent development courses, including a full complement of gifted and talented and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) courses for Pre-K – Grade 12 students opens up a world of opportunity and dynamic learning! 2013 Summer Programs at Ranney School highlight a wide range of exceptional academic, talent development, and gifted and talented programming infused with 21st-century skill development. This includes collaborative learning opportunities and technology, which serves as an accelerator to

critical and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to approach new experiences inside and outside of the classroom

environment. They build confidence in their ability to navigate school subjects, new challenges and social networks. Even our youngest learners – ages 4 and 5 – participate in specialized programming designed to build confidence by focusing on foundational skills: cognitive, psychomotor and social–all in the name of fun! Our Day Camp, licensed by the state of New Jersey and accredited by the American Camp Association, has been the favorite of hundreds of families in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties for more than 30 years. The school continues to offer innovative programs for children age 3 to grade 12. This year, Ranney is excited to offer a new Counselor-inTraining (CIT)

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program for 14-year-olds. This full-day CIT program will include special camp and trip activities, CPR training, and emphasize the development of leadership skills. Themed work projects will be given, where accountability, collaboration, compassion, respect, responsibility and sportsmanship are practiced in camp interactions with children, peers

and adults. Day campers build strong friendships within their assigned groups, as they experience physical fitness challenges and specialized programming in science, nature, arts and crafts, sports, music and drama, among other fun activities. Each group is organized by age for additional swim and sports instruction, electives and weekly themed activities including: field and carnival days, climbing wall activities, talent shows, sports challenges and much more! Structured schedules are designed to provide individualized instruction, as well as, optimum social interaction. Our low camper to staff ratio ensures an exceptional and personalized summer experience. Our exciting Sports Camps include a wide range of interests for boys and girls: • Golf Camp for 6- to 10-yearolds and 11- to 14-year-olds; • Basketball, Fencing, Soccer and Tennis for 8- to 13-year-olds; • Boys’ Lacrosse for 9- to 13-yearolds and Swimming for 8- to 18-year-olds.

Young and experienced athletes can focus on skill building in their chosen sport or they can try a new one at our top-quality Sports Camps this summer! With no price increase for 2013 and additional cost-cutting benefits for new and returning families, there is even more reason to sign up early for a summer of exceptional learning and fun. Ranney is pleased to continue to offer one free week of Day and Trip Camp with your camp registration. Please note that a free Trip Camp week will include a nominal cost for trip tickets. Families who combine morning academic courses with afternoon Day Camp will qualify for a free week of half-day Day Camp incentive. New families to Ranney Summer Programs receive 10% off program costs with registrations received by April 5, 2013. Continuing family applications on our website reflect

discounted pricing of 20%. “Summer Programs at Ranney School are designed for students of all ages to personalize their summer adventures by choosing from a wide range of academic and talent development courses, Counselor-in-Training Program and Day, Sports and Trip Camps for a summer of exceptional learning, friendbuilding and self-expression,” says Ranney School Director of Summer Study Kathleen Deeken. “Come and discover the Ranney experience for yourself this summer.” Visit www.ranneyschool. org/summerprograms to register for one of our Summer Programs Open Houses, taking place May 4, May 18 and June 1 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.), or to access a program application to reserve your child’s place in what promises to be a transformational summer of learning and fun at Ranney School!

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Sat., May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sat., May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sat., June 1st 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

FREE WEEK OF DAY OR TRIP CAMP WITH CAMP REGISTRATION! • Free morning care available. Extended day care and transportation available.

• Track and field, tennis courts, two gyms, 25-meter indoor pool.

• Daily swim instruction.

• Specialized elective program, mini-sports clinics, science & rocketry.

• Low camper-to-staff ratio. • Safe, secure and nurturing environment. • Licensed by the state of NJ and accredited by the American Camp Association. • Daily hot & cold lunches in air-conditioned dining hall.

• Digital photography, computer labs, music, art, drama,camp yearbook. • Combine academic & talent development or sports camp with an afternoon of day camp. • Friday fun, talent shows, pony rides/petting zoo, carnival day.

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Milena has 23 years experience in the field of aesthetics. With a B.A. from Monmouth University, Milena also expanded her interests in wellness as a New Jersey licensed aesthetician and Connecticut certified aesthetician. Having owned her own business for over twenty years (Spa 500 in Little Silver) , Milena has lent her expertise with several speaking engagements at the Learning Annex in New York City, promoting the spa industry. Milena received Advanced Hypnosis certification in the Eriksonian method from the NLP Center in NYC. Upon returning from Italy, where she owned and managed MGM Italia, a wellness center, Milena and her businesses were written up in “The Wall St. Journal”, “Woman’s Day Magazine”, “American Spa Magazine”, as well as appearing on Italian television and various Italian publications. She was also interviewed by Joan Hamburg of WOR radio. Milena has also enjoyed great success in the field of energy work. She is a Reiki Master and is also certified ad modum Vodder, Austria, for Manual Lymphatic Drainage since 1994, a modality that promotes healing and rejuvenation. You can find Milena at “Hair and Company, Oasis Spa” in Red Bank.

Corinne LeBaron has been the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch & New Brunswick since 2004. She holds a Master of Social Science from the University of Colorado and a B.A in Political Science from Fordham University. She has received Special Congressional Recognition for her outstanding service to the community and the ATHENA Leadership Award for professional excellence & community service. Prior to joining RMH, she served as Executive Director of Project Safeguard in Denver, CO, a non-profit, focusing on the legal and policy aspects of domestic violence. She worked on public policy and legislative initiatives, providing testimony to House & Senate Committees on victim’s rights and serving as an expert witness in criminal cases. She was a Statewide Instructor with the Colorado Police Corps Academy & Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute developing curriculum and conducting training for law enforcement personnel. Corinne is a registered yoga instructor and volunteers her time teaching to young adults with disabilities and to prisoners in a local correctional facility. Corinne’s passion is travel- the more adventurous the better! She most recently traveled to Africa where she made a successful ascent to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania & hiked the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda to hang out with a family of mountain gorillas. To visit Corinne at Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch call 732-222-8755 or visit the website at

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Dr. Sophia Nichols

Dr. Nichols pursued her goal of wanting to become a dentist since she was sixteen year old. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and, was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the New Jersey Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dentistry, according to Dr. Nichols, is a rewarding and philanthropic profession. She genuinely enjoys welcoming and treating patients in her family practice of over twenty years. Her emphasis is on general and cosmetic dentistry. The ability to combine art and science to help patients become healthier and feel better about themselves is very fulfilling to her. Facilitating a positive dental experience to her patients with a caring and empathetic approach comes naturally to Dr. Nichols. She is dedicated to continuing postdoctoral education and believes in conservative, preventive dentistry. Her goal is to provide quality dentistry in a comfortable setting that will increase the longevity of her patients’ teeth.

Lynne Goldberg, President of Lynne’s Fashion Boutique Lynne was born and raised in Monmouth County and attended public schools there. Like many women of her generation, Lynne began her career as a teacher. Lynne married and soon became a full time mother to two sons. Although her career of teaching was cut short, her love of fashion blossomed. She was always interested in clothing and design. Her professional career in the retail field began in 1989. She has always enjoyed shopping with an appreciation for excellent quality. She selects designer clothing only available in specialty shops, and not found in department stores. Together with her exceptional staff, Lynne provides women with expertise in choosing styles that flatter and enhance a person’s physical assets. Her clients have come to appreciate the personal attention they receive. Currently, Lynne resides in Ocean County and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and their wives. Her pride and joys are her two grandsons and two miniature schnauzers. Lynne is a member of the Little Silver Professional and Business Association and can be reached at 31 Church St. in Little Silver and at Photo by Annette Jenkins Photography

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What Is Collaborative Divorce? In a Collaborative divorce the attorneys for both sides agree to assist the clients to resolve conflicts by employing cooperative techniques rather than adversarial strategies and litigation. All of the parties commit themselves to achieving a negotiated settlement. The parties agree that neither party will proceed with litigation during the process. The parties and their lawyers engage in four-way meetings. These meetings allow the parties to explore their issues on their own timeline. The goal is to reach an agreement, have it signed by all parties and then proceed with the divorce through the courts.


Why Would You Pursue Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative divorce is effective where each side in the divorce is able to reach a fair solution and resolve differences. Collaborative divorce addresses more than just the legal issues. Collaborative divorce seeks to minimize the impact of divorce on the parties and the family. When a case is litigated in Court, the parties make allegations about each other and are hostile. This inadvertently impacts the children, who see their parents displaying hostility towards each other. Even though your marriage is ending, in collaborative divorce, you are working together to achieve a resolution that works best for you both. You and your spouse control the process, rather than reacting to deadlines set by a Court. Collaborative divorce is the route to take if you want to maintain a good relationship with your exspouse and lessen the impact of the transition on your children. However, collaborative divorce is not for everyone or every situation. It requires that those involved be committed to working with and not against the other party in order to achieve results. In Collaborative divorce you will not get your “pound of flesh” but you might reach an agreement that will keep you and your spouse involved in your children’s lives and maintain an amicable relationship with one another. The Collaborative process recognizes that even after the divorce

you and your spouse will continue to remain the parents of your children and will help to facilitate you both working together to maintain these roles. Collaborative divorce provides the parties with an agreement that is designed by the parties, with the assistance of their collaborative divorce lawyers.


Who is a good candidate for collaborative divorce? Do you still care enough about your spouse and your children to want to reach an amicable agreement rather than have your dirty laundry aired in Court? Do you want confidentiality with your divorce or do you want Court papers filed as public documents, which slander you and your spouse? Individuals who are best suited for collaborative divorce should take a long-term view and be thinking of the future and the maintenance of a relationship with the other party.


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By Diane Eia RN, DON As the RN at We Care Adult Daycare, I am available all day when members are in the facility. I have been employed as an RN for nearly 30 years, working with the elderly and special needs in both long term and day care situations. While many people like to work in a hospital type of position, I have had the ability to get to know my members and their families in a much more intimate way and build long lasting relationships with both. As the Director of Nursing, I am responsible for the direction, provision, and quality of nursing services provided to all members. Initially, I make an assessment of each member’s health needs upon admission, which we update as needed on a continual basis. I am in charge of monitoring daily medical, psychological, and emotional needs of each member. Certain other responsibilities regarding each member’s

health care include providing nursing care based on the physicians orders, maintaining written records on each member and to act as a resource person and health educator for families and members. I also develop an Initial plan of care which is reassessed every three months, with the goal of input from family members and professionals, both essential for the best outcome with ongoing treatment. My daily job duties include: medication administration, daily/weekly vital signs, pain management, nutrition education, coordinate the provision of other health services provided within and outside the center and managing medical emergencies. In addition to serving the members, I am responsible for implementing infection control procedures and heading the committee, maintaining employee health files, and heading staff education. Education is important to us, and at We Care we serve as a teaching facility to local colleges and universities, by allowing the nursing students, under the direct supervision of their professors an opportunity to learn from our members. But my biggest joy is interacting with members on a daily basis and making a difference in their days, lives, and also allowing their families options, knowing that their loved one is safe.

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Tips to Move Along Your Mortgage Modification

Written by: Jessica Zolotorofe Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments, whether the cause was a loss of employment, increase in expenses, an illness, or other hardship, it is likely that you are familiar with the process known as the HAMP loan modification review. Some lenders are delightful to work with when you find yourself in such a situation. However, if your lender has been uncooperative, or you feel like you have been given the run-around while your lender allegedly reviews your loan for modification, you should first visit the Home Affordable Modification Program website at www. to find out if you are eligible for the program. Sometimes, lenders will have you running in circles, sending them documentation and affidavits, but what they fail to tell you is that you do not qualify for the program based on the preliminary criteria. This wastes valuable time you could be using to hire an attorney to defend your foreclosure action or to negotiate a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. You also could have used that time to list your home with a realtor and

attempt to complete a short sale, or as a final resort, to find suitable alternate housing for yourself and your family in case a foreclosure action is completed. Unfortunately, borrowers have no legal right to a loan modification and lenders do have the right to foreclose in the event of default. However, if your lender has refused to accept payments and has caused default interest and penalty fees to accrue while dragging out the process in bad faith, an attorney can assist you in negotiating a settlement or taking appropriate action through the legal system. In the meantime, if you are behind on your mortgage payments and you are trying to participate in a loan modification, the following tips may be helpful:


Each time the lender requests a new document, send it promptly by certified mail, return receipt requested, along with a dated cover letter indicating exactly what you are sending, and make sure to keep a copy. That way, when the lender asks for the same document again a few weeks later, claiming never to have received it, you have the cover letter and the proof of receipt to show that you indeed sent it already, and it was signed for by a representative of the lender.


Most modification programs use thirty-one percent (31%) of your income as the guideline for a modified monthly payment, if your loan is ultimately modified. As such, we strongly advise our clients to open a separate bank account to put thirtyone percent of their monthly income into each month, and not to touch it until the lender has made its final determination as to eligibility for a loan modification. That

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bank statement is a very helpful tool to show the lender that you can clearly afford a modification as you have been putting that amount aside each month.

returns are signed and dated in all the appropriate places therein, or the lender will return the documents and have you send them again, wasting more valuable time.


If you are self-employed, a three-month profit and loss statement will be requested. Make sure to clearly indicate if your business is seasonal, so the lender does not use your best or worst three months as an indicator of your average monthly income. Also, make sure you clearly indicate if you only own a percentage of the business, or the lender will likely attribute all of the income on the profit and loss

Write down the full name of the representative, his or her extension number, and the time and date of every call you have with the lender, including notes as to what transpired during that call and what you were told or advised to do by the lenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative. This log will be extremely important to an attorney in formulating a complaint against the lender, if necessary.


Make sure every document you submit to the lender is signed and dated on each page, and that tax


statement to you. While the above should be helpful to facilitate a smoother review process, it merely includes general guidelines and cannot be a substitute for legal advice specific to your case. Thus, the best advice I can give is to contact an attorney immediately. Too often, we get calls from individuals whose homes are in foreclosure and who have been attempting to apply for a loan modification for months, or even years. These persons may have had valid cases, or whom we may have likely been able to assist had they called us just a few months sooner.

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Body Healing

Understanding Integrative Approaches To Health And Mental Health Care The Focus is on Whole-Person Health

Submitted By: Carol Veizer, MA, ACS, NCC, LPC


hen health care practitioners view their patients as partners and when there is as much concern for feelings, relationships, spirituality and the sustainability of the environment as there is for physical health, a new healing system arises. In this new integrative system, the goal of treatment is much more than the absence of symptoms or disease; it is optimal health of mind, body, and spirit.

What Is Integrative Health Care?

Integrative health care is based on the philosophy that health is influenced by a variety of interrelated factors such as life choices, environment, genetic makeup, intimate relationships, and the meaning and purpose in life. As a model it is collaborative and multidisciplinary. It is open to and recognizes the importance

of conventional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), mental health care, and mind-body approaches (such as meditation, yoga, hypnotherapy, Reiki, and therapeutic massage). There is a respect for each individual’s journey and for the stories that make up the history of their lives. There is a belief that these “biographies” influence the biology that manifests in illness or in health. Integrative health care supports all of the important aspects of life, including creativity, cultural expression and the celebration of community. To have “health” means that the whole person is in balance – physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Therefore, there is no “health” without “mental health.”

“There is no health without mental health.” What Is An Integrative Approach To Mental Health Care?

Integrative mental health is an evolving, whole-systems approach to wellness of mind, body, and spirit. It considers that symptoms are associated with multiples causes and that multiple approaches to assessment and treatment may be necessary so that each individual may attain an optimal state of health and well-being. Therefore, the integrative mental health profes-

sional is knowledgeable about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and trained in the “art of collaboration” so that they can discuss patient care with medical doctors, as well. The goal is to understand as much as possible about the whole person and to be aware of what treatments are occurring simultaneously. Approximately half of the individuals diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders are using a combination of therapies and conventional and “natural” drugs to alleviate symptoms. For this reason, it is important for health care professionals to ask the right questions and to collaborate in seeking answers when treating individuals who come seeking help. Today, these individuals may first seek counsel from a medical doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or a psychotherapist. Therefore, it is important that patients disclose all of their treatments to all of their health care professionals. Mental health professionals trained in integrative approach-

es frequently serve as the historians of each patient’s care, especially since they are the ones who spend the most time with each patient during the course of treatment.

How do you find an integrative health or integrative mental health professional?

Since there are no legal standards that define words such as “holistic” or “integrative,” advertisements don’t necessarily give us any clear indication of the training, education or credibility of the professionals behind the ads. Therefore, it is important for consumers to do some research when seeking professionals who are truly integrative. There are some key questions to ask: What is your education and training? Have you had specialized training in integrative health and/or mental health care? Are you comfortable working in collaboration with diverse health care professionals? Can I discuss with you my choice to use multiple treatments without being judged?

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If I want you to, will you speak to my other health care professionals about my care? Most of all make sure that all of your health care providers consider you to be a partner with them in your health care process. You have choices to make with respect to the course of your treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let your providers know about all of the medications you are taking, including those that are “natural” and those that you self-prescribe including alcohol and “recreational” drugs. Trust your intuition when choosing your health care providers. Remember that you are entrusting them with your whole life. Carol L. Veizer, MA, ACS, NCC, LPC is the founder and director of the NJ Center for the Healing Arts, which has been designated as one of the first integrative mental health centers in the country. Since 1989, Carol and her team of mental health and complementary and alternative health care professionals have offered opportunities for the integration of mind-body and spirit. “NJCHA” is also a highly sought after internship and practicum site for graduate students in the mental health professions who are seeking additional training in integrative mental health care.

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Look Good - Feel Better Program Brings Hope to Cancer Patients

Michele Konopko Lawson


lthough Michele Konopko Lawson was approached many years ago to offer her hairstyling expertise to the LGFB program, it was a “chance” encounter at Sloan Kettering while she had accompanied her step mom, Maureen Smith Konopko, that moved Michele to make that leap to volunteer her services. Michele has recently been honored with the Look Good - Feel Better State Sunrise

Award for the Eastern Division 2012 for her many years of volunteerism. LGFB program was developed in 1989 as a free non-medical public service program to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, while helping them to manage their treatment and recovery with more confidence. The program is open to all women with cancer undergoing chemotherapy and/ or radiation. Volunteer beauty professionals are all trained and certified by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, A.C.S., and PBA/NCA at local, regional and national workshops. Michele is the wig coordinator for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society offers cancer patients one free wig. Please check out their website: www. Michele has quietly and lovingly given of her time to

help many women through difficult periods in their lives and in doing so lessened the suffering her own family went through. As Michele has said on numerous occasions, “These women are true winners. They make me a better person every day through their bravery and strength during the worse time in their lives.” Michele also uses her expertise as a Master Colorist for corrective color at HAIR & CO. OASIS SPA, having made that her home for almost 25 years. She has a keen eye for the perfect hairstyle and color. If you have concerns

or questions regarding when to inquire about a wig, please feel free to visit 12-14 White Street, Red Bank, or call Michele at 732 747-6983 for a consultation. Classes are also available. You can rest assured that Michele will talk you through the process while putting you at ease. Of course,

Michele is also an expert in all hair services including special occasion hairstyles. Other services available with Milena Melone are Reiki and Dr. Vodder MLD Manual Lymph Drainage. Milena is only one of two aestheticians in NJ certified in Vodder.

About the owner: Joann Wiener, owner, opened her business in Red Bank over 37 years ago. She and her husband Howard enjoy working with a talented and experienced staff and serving a loyal base of clientele. She is excited about the addition of the “Oasis Spa” in her salon.

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& Wellness

Spring Has Arrived!! Could You Use More Energy And Mental Sharpness??

Dr. Yvonne H. Johnson Hall, Harrison & Johnson Assoc., LLC

Two most frequently asked questions are: 1. What can I do to increase my energy level?? AND 2. Is there anything that you can recommend that would improve my memory? As spring appears and summer is around the corner, our “to do” list grows and our energy level remains low.

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We need a stimulus to get us up and running. Would you be interested in a quick, “on-the-go”, great tasting, complete nutritional breakfast? Kenzen Vital Balance is a natural, organic, plant-based formulation without salt or artificial sweeteners. There is no dairy, soy, whey, gluten, lactose or GMO. This new formulation has created a “buzz” and individuals are experiencing amazing results. Data suggests that the body responds best with protein as the first meal of the day. Kenzen Vital Balance is a unique formulation of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that support the natural elimination of toxins. It contains vegetable protein and probiotics for healthy digestion and a strong immune system. This nutritional blend of ingredients includes a broad and balanced measure of daily essentials that assist the body’s natural defenses against free radicals and environmental challenges.

Kenzen Vital Balance has only 125 calories and 18 grams of protein and is vegan and kosher certified. It can be mixed with water, milk, juice or yogurt for variety. Benefits reported after 10 days to two weeks, included increased energy, improved productivity, appetite suppression and elimination of cravings for carbohydrates. Midmorning or afternoon hunger breakthroughs disappeared. Individuals experienced a noticeable improvement in mental acuity, depression and mood swings. Loss of weight and inches were also observed. Kenzen Vital Balance has a delicious vanilla flavor and is recommended for use as part of a total weight management program that includes a healthy diet and exercise.

This formulation can also be administered to individuals in need of additional nutritional supplementation. Can you think of a loved one that may

find this product beneficial? If you have questions and/or would like to discuss further, please contact: Dr. Yvonne Johnson at 732 – 409 – 2995.

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NJ Author Regina Rosenthal Announces the Release of Her New Book,

The Heart of Healing

Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care As a child, Regina Rosenthal stood alone in her family’s backyard, lost in awe while pondering the Great Mystery in the night sky. She acted on her wonder.

Today, she is a respected physical therapist, teacher, and health coach, who has distilled three decades of experience in the healing arts and sciences into The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, released March, 2013, and published by Dimensions of Wellness Press. In The Heart of Healing she fuses the spiritual and the practical, offering guidance on how to use Selfawareness and Self-care practices to reconnect with our hearts and authentic Self during healing. Her personal and professional stories, and the wealth of tools and strategies presented throughout this book, will empower readers; help them discover their inner strengths, resources, and wisdom; maximize wellbeing; and bring joy and vitality back into their lives.

Her book explores seven universal themes encountered during healing, and awakens readers to the dynamics of conscious healing. It is for anyone who finds life difficult in the face of illness, emotional challenges, mental stress, and/or a loss of life meaning and purpose. It is an invaluable tool for health-care practitioners, social workers, clergy, and those who need to survive and thrive while dealing with the very real threats of stress and burnout. A more heart-centered, purposeful, and meaningful life will manifest as each reader becomes aware of their infinite ability to respond to life and healing challenges. For information on workshops and community seminars check out:

Purchase books at Create Space ( or E-books available on Amazon, BookBaby, and Google Play Books.

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This Spring Means FLORALS! Lynne Goldberg, owner of Lynne’s Fashion Boutique, has been in the women’s retail clothing business since 1989, and her boutique has evolved and changed along with the times. Specializing in mother of the bride or groom, she also carries a wide selection of casuals, sportswear, and accessories that will allow you to dress well and feel comfortable everyday for any occasion. As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers” and floral prints are quite popular this spring... not only on tops, but pants and dresses too. Layering is the way to go with our crazy temperature changes. We’ve got lots of great separates and sets that work together to take you from morning to evening. Many people think of our store as just having special occasion attire, but we are so much more! This is the best time to shop for spring and summer as we always have the best selection in the beginning of each season, although we do continue to get new merchandise as the season progresses. Because we only order one size of each style, it’s first-come first-served. The manufacturers are not stocking many extras so reorders are difficult to get. So be sure to come in early in the season to get the best selection. Whether you need a dress to attend a daytime destination wedding or are the mother-of-the-bride or groom and need a formal gown, we have an enormous selection of cocktail dresses and formal gowns. Accessories are playing an important role in eveningwear as well as sportswear. We have a terrific collection of lightweight, and colorful scarves that are very easy to wear! We also have wonderful jewelry to enhance your ensemble. Please note that we are not a bridal store and do not carry traditional bridal gowns, nor do we carry prom gowns. Mark your calendars to join us for Little Silver’s second annual sidewalk sales. It will be on May 17th and 18th. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Since 1999

31 Church Street Little Silver, NJ (732) 530-5443 • We carry sizes 2 to 20. • Sportswear. • A wonderful selection of evening attire, specializing in the perfect mother-of-thebride and groom dresses and gowns. • Fabulous jewelry. • Belts and accessories. • Handbags and more!

Spring and Summer Hours

Tuesdays - Fridays 10:30 am to 6:00 pm Saturdays 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Closed Sunday & Monday

Lynne & Staff

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Specialty Cakes & Chocolate Novelties


Here’s to the Groom

Written By Lisa Porada, Owner and Cake Designer of Chocolate Carousel, An old-fashioned bakery and sweet shop featuring homemade specialty cakes for all occasions, desserts, hand-dipped chocolates and novelties located in Wall, NJ One of the questions I am asked the most during the

bridal consultation is, “What exactly is a groom’s cake?” The groom’s cake is a tradition made popular in the Southern part of the United States, but has mainstreamed everywhere in recent times. It’s a great way to make the groom feel a part of the festivities and to honor him at the wedding or rehearsal dinner. Once, viewed as an “unnecessary” expense, the groom’s cake has made a huge comeback with most brides taking advantage of this opportunity to do something special for her guy! The Groom’s cake is designed to represent the groom’s favorite flavors and past times. And of course, the price ranges based on

flavor and on how elaborate or detailed the design is. Tradition says the groom’s cake should be displayed beside the wedding cake and should serve as an alternative to the wedding cake. That is no longer the only option. Today’s budget conscious and practical minded couples often opt to serve the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner in lieu of another type of dessert. Alternatively, the groom’s cake is sometimes cut and boxed as a wedding favor after it has been displayed at the wedding. Groom’s cakes are made to represent a groom’s favorites sport or teams, favorite foods, cars, pets or more. Your creativity and imagination

are the only limitations. At Chocolate Carousel, we have made some amazing groom’s cakes including fire trucks, cheesesteaks, Yankee caps, hunting cakes, a cheeseburger and fries, a replica of a favorite stuffed animal, pets and many more. The best part for the bride and the guests is to see

the look of delight on the groom’s face when he sees his cake. Let’s face it, after months of choosing flowers, dresses, invitations and the rest, the groom’s cake is something the groom deserves and will really appreciate.

Testimonial: My wedding cake was absolutely beautiful and delicious! Chocolate Carousel did a fantastic job and the cake looked exactly how I imagined it! They also did a groom’s cake that we had at our rehearsal dinner! Everyone raved about the taste and how cute the cake was. Highly recommended!!

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Real Estate


Now Is The Best Time To Buy A Home Rates are at Record Lows! “WE NEED MORE INVENTORY!”

Thanks to the great work of our sales team, we are selling out of our inventory! Please call us for a complimentary market analysis of your home. At Orrico Realty, we take care of your home as if it were our own. We are a company dedicated to providing the very best service to our clients. Having a very professional staff that is dedicated and determined to meet all clients’ professional needs has helped our company grow into what it is today. We attribute Orrico Realty’s success to our staff’s hard work and dedication, and especially, the leadership of our inspiring Broker and Mentor, John Orrico.

Meet The Orrico Family . . . John (Broker)

COLT’S NECK Bretwood Drive

COLT’S NECK 6 Cypress Way

Stunning 5 bedroom Prestwick model at Trump National Golf Course located on the 5th hole with great views! $1,525,000.

Large 6700+ Sq. Ft. estate has 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with a very spacious and open floor plan on Trump National Golf Course. Priced to sell! $1,524,000.

Amy (Secretary) Jason (Salesperson) Joseph (Broker Salesperson) Josephine (Salesperson)

COLT’S NECK Rivers Edge Drive Beautiful Rivers Edge Estate! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, very quiet location in the upscale reservoir section. Gunite in-ground pool! $1,399,000.

Benny (Salesperson)

About Us . . .

John Orrico, broker and owner of Orrico Realty has lived and sold real estate in town for over 16 years. He has vast financial knowledge and knows the town very well. “The best thing to have in this business is a good reputation and you can’t do that unless you treat everyone fairly and with mutual respect.” John Orrico is a firm believer in the code of ethics set forth by the Real Estate Commission and values his relationships with clients. Our office is located at 415 Route 34, suite 211 in Colts Neck, NJ 07722 . Colts Neck is a wonderful town filled with horse farms, recreational parks, golf courses, and most importantly: great people. We have a highly acclaimed school system from grades K-12. We are considered a suburb of New York City; about fifty minutes by train and car.

COLT’S NECK Kathleen Drive

(732) 303-0050

Colt’s Neck Bretwood Drive

This home has a wonderful view of Trump National Golf Course, 2.78 acres, 4 bedrooms, large kitchen w/ granite, center island, and walk-in pantry. Great room has vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace. $1,459,000.

COLT’S NECK Hambletonian Drive Construction under way! This luxurious 6 bedroom, 7500 Sq. Ft. estate is set on 3 acres in a premier development. $2,599,000.

Foundation In!! This 5800 Sq. Ft. masterpiece will have the highest quality construction and amenities. Top of the line kitchen! $1,350,000.

COLT’S NECK Stone Hill Road This beautiful home has 10 foot ceilings on the first floor, Maple Brookhaven kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, full finished basement. $1,225,000.

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& Local



From The Garden . . . Same Address, Different Location!


e want to make this summer at From The Garden Inc. even bigger than last year. Over the past year, we have expanded from only selling individual products to offering elaborate gift baskets and large-scale favors. Our fruit stand at the front of the property attracted our first wave of customers, but now we are moving all of our resources to the shop we have been using since the end of the fall. When you come to visit, just head down the driveway to our shop to get everything you’re looking for. We still have all the fresh fruits, delicious vegetables, fresh cut flowers and, of course, honey.

Natural Energy

The general consensus is that honey is nothing more than a breakfast topping and an additive for tea, the truth of the matter is, there’s much more to it than that. Within its amber hue rests a diverse cocktail of natural sugars, amounts of antioxidants, enzymes minerals, vitamins, as well as amino acids. Beyond culinary uses, it can be found in beauty products, throat-soothing methods and is a great natural source of energy among athletes. Honey is a rich source of carbohydrates, measuring 17 grams in just one tablespoon. Since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy, it is ideal for your working muscles. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help keep them going. Instead of processed and artificial sugars that can be found in sweets like cookies and chocolate, a honey stick sold at our shop can be a great treat that is sweet and all natural. Whether you’re looking for an energy boost or just a sweet reward after a long workout, honey is a fast, easy and delicious all natural energy source.

The Perfect Cooking Companion

People are always looking for a light and fresh option to perk up their latest dish. Traditionally, honey was used in vegetarian dishes or primarily desserts. New options are created every day to produce unique sauces and marinades for more common dishes. Why not add honey to your fruit salad or drop some into a sorbet mixture? It is the most natural sweetener you can find, so why wouldn’t you want to use your imagination to improve your favorite dishes with honey?

Soothing Elements

Honey is a great way to help soothe a sore throat. Combined with other warm and natural ingredients it is an easy remedy to those sore throats that Winter shifting to Spring can cause. Follow this recipe to make perfect, soothing tea to cope with a nasty sore throat. Ingredients: Honey soother 3 tea bags chamomile 1 cinnamon stick 3 cups boiling water ¼ cup honey Directions: 1. Place tea bags and cinnamon sticks in a 1-quart teapot. 2. Add boiling water; steep three to five minutes. 3. Remove cinnamon sticks and tea bags. 4. Stir in honey.

Allergy Protection

honey isn’t just delicious it is lasting. When ancient Egyptian tombs were opened, explorers found honey buried beneath the earth only to discover that it was still good and had not spoiled for a thousand years. Between the taste and the health benefits, honey is a great way to bring a healthy bit of joy into your daily routine. There have even been studies showing that local honey helps your immune system fight allergies. With all of the great things honey brings to the table there is no reason not to pick up a bottle and try it out and see what it has to offer.

Drew and Patty would love to meet you and share the benefits of real, local honey with you. Stop by our honey farm on Fairfield Road!


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Some research supports that local honey obtained close as possible to where you live may help build immunity to certain seasonal allergies. Many people using local honey find allergy relief. Allergies are triggered by continuous exposure to the same allergen over time. Even if a particular plant is not allergenic initially, it can potentially become very allergenic if long amounts of time are spent in the same environment as the plant. Honey made by bees in the vicinity of the allergenic plant will contain tiny amounts of pollen from that plant. This honey will act as a sort of vaccine if taken in small amounts. A few teaspoons per day for several months can provide relief from seasonal pollen related allergies.

Benefits of Honey

Honey is such a diverse food; it’s hard to stop listing the ways that it benefits you in your daily life. It contains every nutrient that a human needs to survive including water content. With antibacterial and antiseptic properties it can also be used to treat burn victims and some individuals with healing problems. For centuries it has been used to treat sore throats, coughs and allergies. As a sweetener, Monogrammed and Custom Gifts

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& Rattan


Heritage House Interiors Offers Quality Rattan And Wicker Furniture


s you may know Heritage House Interiors has always featured upper end rattan furniture, giving our beach homeowners the best quality casual furniture for their shore lifestyle. Our seniors have adopted that lifestyle as well when they retire to their new shore communities. Many times people are confused about rattan furniture and its care. Here are some questions we have been asked over the years. After reading the answers you will develop a new respect for this wonderful green renewable and versatile plant.

Is rattan a form of bamboo? Rattan and bamboo are not related at all even though they look similar. Actually, bamboo is a grass that spreads with lateral roots that create a root mat like grass. It sends shoots upward growing over a foot a day with some species. Bamboo is hollow with a very thin impervious skin and segmented at the growth marks. Rattan has a similar grow mark pattern but is solid like wood.

rattan pieces are made with stronger bracing and joints, smooth solid wood drawers with finishes that hold excellently. Indonesia is now producing furniture and limiting rattan shipments abroad. Other countries are filling in the gap with inferior poles. Because of Heritage House Interior’s almost 40-year relationship with our suppliers we are still using the highest grades of rattan for our collections.

Is Rattan strong? Because it is a vine Rattan is very flexible. It can be steam bent into very intricate curves unlike any other plant including bamboo. Bending may cause minor stress cracks, but the rattan will maintain its strength and finish. Wood or bamboo would splinter in this process. Pound for pound it is stronger than steel. Yet you may feel a little movement when you sit on a dining chair. Because it is a vine you will feel the support poles flexing but the joints are intact.

What is wicker?

How and where does Rattan grow?

Wicker is a general term for any woven furniture. There are over fifty materials that can be used to make wicker furniture. Wicker furniture is an ancient technique that has been found in ancient tombs woven from reeds, split wood, willow, bamboo and rattan. In the late Victorian era when it was popular to have large porches and conservatories filled with wicker chairs and other pieces, they devised a method of making wicker strands from twisted paper and painted it to look like rattan wicker. In that way it was affordable for everyone. Rattan furniture was bought for the very wealthy homes.

Rattan is a vine that grows up to 40 feet long and up to 4 inches in diameter. It is found only in tropical zones. The species that is used for furniture manufacturing is grown in northern South America, The Philippines and Southeast Asia. The strongest with the least mineral discoloration and clearest grain is rattan grown in Indonesia. The vine is shipped to Europe, North America and other parts of Asia for production. It is now grown commercially on large farms in Indonesia.

Why is some wicker and rattan furniture more expensive than others? Rattan is categorized into five grades like wood; based on mineral coloration, grain clarity and diameter. Today most furniture is made with 1” to 1.5” diameter poles. Grade 4 or 5 is only used in the finest furniture because the raw poles are priced at the level of Rosewood. The average rattan factory uses grades 2 to 3 at 1” to 1.5” diameter, which costs less for the material. Grades 2 and 3 are usually stained dark or painted. Grade 1 is always heavily painted and is very thin and looks more like bamboo. That is why you can see two dressers or sofas in rattan that at first glance look similar and the prices are very different. Grades 4 and 5 have the finest finishes, more pole weight and thickness with stronger construction. Higher-grade

How is Rattan wicker furniture made? Rattan wicker is woven from strands formed in the core of the plant as it is extruded through a machine that works like a spaghetti maker creating different diameters of strands for different uses. The skin of the plant is cut into thin strips that are used for caning seats and for the decorative wrapping on furniture joints to give them a finished appearance. The strands (binding) do not hold the joints together. The peeled rattan poles are used as they grow to construct rattan furniture that is not woven. The poles taper slightly and are not perfectly straight like a milled wooden pole. Matched poles, by size and coloration, are a sign of a finer rattan piece.

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Why is rattan furniture hard to find in stores? Rattan wicker furniture looks similar to wicker made of other materials such as willow, reed, and paper, which cost less to produce. Higher-grade rattan pieces are made with stronger bracing and joints, smooth solid wood drawers with finishes that hold superbly. Most furniture stores make a higher profit on composition products that give the look of rattan or wood but are made of synthetics, wood byproducts or paper with photo laminates. Rattan has become more of a specialty item that only a limited number of stores will carry. We are one of the larger rattan dealers in New Jersey and probably the only one that carries our grade levels.

My home is very contemporary. Can I use rattan? Rattan and wicker enhances any setting whether it is rigid modern, fussy Victorian, country French or Cape Cod beachy. Rattan adds a soft natural touch. Add a rattan coffee table and bar stools with a rattan entertainment center to a minimalist Great Room. It suddenly becomes more inviting. Use rattan chairs and server with a Victorian oak claw foot dining table. Try our crisp white dresser and nightstand in your beach house and our rich textured wood toned rattan overstuffed swivel glider chair and sofa in your Tommy Bahama man cave. Relax with our rattan Theater recliners and plasma stand in your new home theater room. It works with every style. Unfortunately, as the world becomes more industrialized we are losing

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These can be major signs of a common disorder called Sleep Apnea. Other signs may include: • Waking often to urinate • Morning headaches • Memory or concentration problems • Irritability, depression, or mood swings • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening1 With sleep apnea, you breathe shallowly or have regular pauses in your breathing that can last from a few seconds to minutes. This may occur when the airway collapses or becomes blocked from extra tissue or other causes. Breathing pauses can happen many times a night, often moving you out of deep sleep into light sleep.2 1News flash: your body and brain need oxygen—and lots of it! Sleep apnea can be serious. It isn’t something to ignore. The problem is, a lot of people don’t know they have it because there is no simple test to detect the condition. And your doctor can’t confirm it during a routine office visit.2 1Feeling tired a lot may be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Sleepiness can lead to work-related or driving accidents. And, if left untreated, sleep apnea can also increase the risk of: • High blood pressure • Heart attack

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Acupuncture For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Submitted by: Keith Koehler, MAOM, CA Koehler Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Formulas

Acupuncture has become a

popular choice for treatment among Americans. Although pain relief is the most common reason for treatment, it is not the only reason. One reason people have been seeking acupuncture is to help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Organizations such as Acu-

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acupuncture to help victims of natural disasters since September 2005 in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Free community acupuncture treatments were given to evacuees, residents, first responders, emergency personnel, volunteers and other care providers. More recently, acupuncture treatments were given at local shelters here at the jersey shore following hurricane Sandy. There were shelters in Pt. Pleasant, Brick, and Bayville to name a few. In a typical session, both ears of the patient are needled at the same time, usually for about 30 minutes. As with any acupuncture treatment the practitioner uses pre-sterilized single use needles.

The treatment used in the ear consists of

five points, referred to as the NADA protocol. It was first used in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital in New York as a treatment for drug addictions as an alternative to methadone. Patients treated with the NADA protocol often report reduced anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals as well as an improved sense of well-being and hope. They often say they feel “energized,” “lighter” and “more relaxed” after finishing a treatment. The NADA protocol can be used with other treatment modalities, such as counseling, support groups and self-help programs, to increase the overall effectiveness of care.

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Debunking Bankruptcy Myths catch up on their mortgage arrears. Strategically, the question becomes more whether a home is worth saving in light of its value in today’s market. It is important to consult with a bankruptcy attorney in order to evaluate these options and protect that which is most important. Myth #2:

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ankruptcy is not something anyone wishes to think about. This is especially so for people who are accustomed to paying their bills regularly and on-time by any means necessary. Unfortunately, this is not always an option in today’s economic climate. As folks figure out ways to survive, many times they think of bankruptcy as an absolute last option – an end, figuratively and literally – as opposed to the fresh start it is intended to be. This is likely due to a lack of knowledge of bankruptcy laws and only a familiarity with the many myths associated with filing bankruptcy that stop people from being proactive in protecting themselves and moving forward. Let’s start debunking some of those myths in this article: Myth #1:

I will lose my house!

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Many of my clients are surprised by the amount of credit opportunities they will be inundated with after filing for bankruptcy. This is likely due to the fact that credit card companies know that a person can only file for bankruptcy once every eight years (not that anyone wishes to have to file again), and therefore wish to begin the cycle of using cards again. I always recommend to clients to start slow by applying for a secured card. Using credit helps to improve your credit, however, it is best to proceed with caution. Myth #3:

I will never be able to purchase a home or vehicle again!

This is simply not true. Will it take time to rebuild your credit to the point of acquiring a new mortgage or refinancing? Absolutely. Usually it takes a minimum of two years of rebuilding one’s credit before a mortgage lender will consider you for same. Car lenders are far more lenient, but the important thing to note is that the sooner one files a bankruptcy, the sooner the slate is cleaned. I think it is extremely important for people to move forward with their lives in as expeditious a manner possible rather

than continuing to spin their wheels and getting nowhere. Myth #4:

I will have trouble finding a new apartment!

Although it is true that many apartment buildings and landlords pull credit reports in evaluating potential tenants, this simple caveat also rings true: at the end of the day, cash rules. The money that my clients are able to save in not having to pay minimum fees to credit card companies and the like can be socked away toward putting together a security deposit, first month’s rent, last month’s rent, and maybe something in between. In today’s rental market, landlords are hard pressed to turn away folks that have the ability to put that kind of money down on a new apartment or rental home, especially if they are gainfully employed. Myth #5:

Everyone will know my business!

Is a bankruptcy filing a matter of public record? Yes. Does that mean that people will know about your business unless they are really looking? Absolutely not! There is no “scarlet letter” that one must wear when filing for bankruptcy. In fact, the perceived stigma associated with it has, without question, lessened over the past ten years. People need help – and bankruptcy is a legal option every qualified citizen is afforded. Besides, it is quite likely that the same people you don’t wish to know your business are in the same predicament as you. Rare is the person that isn’t suffering some manner of financial distress in these times.

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With less pressure to get it all done in a day or a weekend, living in your own single family home on a 5,000 square foot lot is a great way to relax and unwind after a full life of working, raising a family, and planning. Home prices in landleased communities tend to be much lower than land/ home real estate purchases. Land leasing costs are much lower than the usual combination of mortgage, property taxes, utility costs and exterior home/lot care. Land leased communities are located all around the state and many are agequalified. Fountainhead is a 55+ community in Jackson (Ocean County) offering

new and pre-owned homes at prices to satisfy most budgets. Fountainhead maintains an experienced home sales staff and a la carte services to supplement the services included in the land lease fee. Land leasing is not a new idea, but it is a lifestyle whose time has come. As our state population increases, and our free time decreases, we want to make the most of every day. So why use our time to do a lot of upkeep to the home and yard. The days of enjoying that kind of hard work are passed for many 55+, a little to do is better. Visit Fountainhead online or Facebook and learn more about saving your time

for family or your favorite hobbies. New homes available at Fountainhead can be as large as 1,400 square feet or as modest as 900 square feet. Each home lot developed includes an area for parking off the street and a place for a garden building (shed). Each home offered includes the features of natural gas appliances and heat, gutters, air conditioning and easy care exteriors. Every new

Fountainhead home is built to high standards and inspected to just as high standards. It is a friendly community on the Jackson-Freehold border, less than 2 miles from I-195 (the major east/ west artery for central New Jersey). All the services are within a mile or two and for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive as much as they used to, Jackson offers free senior transportation.

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ince its founding by a small group of families in 1949, LADACIN Network has offered opportunity and hope for people with disabilities and their families living in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Through the years, the Agency has responded to the increasing needs of the community by expanding its programs and services. Today, LADACIN serves over 3,000 individuals and their families. LADACIN Network provides lifetime programs and services to infants, children and adults with cerebral palsy and other multiple physical and developmental disabilities, including early intervention and respite programs, a child care center for children with and without disabilities,

Department of Education approved schools, adult day programs, vocational training, supported employment, residential services, clinic services, personal assistance services, and lift equipped transportation. LADACIN Network relies on the support of the community to provide and expand these quality programs and services. Although state funding assists the Agency, it does not sufficiently fund the comprehensive services required by our clients. Upcoming events such as the RAT Rock Open Golf Classic allow the Agency to raise awareness as well as funds.

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Letter From NJAWBO Shore Region President Jackie Berman Welcome Spring

This past April, NJAWBO Shore Region held a very successful 2nd Annual Freehold Home & Business Expo. The net proceeds were donated to Friend Circle of Central NJ, Make-A-Wish NJ and NJAWBO Shore Region. The region looks forward to holding this event next year and donating to other organizations

After a very long winter, spring is finally in full bloom. NJAWBO Shore Region is bursting with events. Our much anticipated guest speaker is scheduled for May 23rd. We are honored, Lt Governor Kim Guadagno is speaking at our annual installation dinner meeting. Everyone is invited to attend and learn what is happening in the business world in New Jersey.

As busy women and business owners, we need more TIME!! June 27th we have a chance to learn how to manage our time better with the author of “Become a Time Millionaire,” Melody Stevens. After speaking, Ms. Stevens will be available to answer questions and autograph the books every attendee will receive.

NJAWBO Shore believes in giving back to the community. Also at our May 23rd meeting, we will be awarding our 3rd Annual Donna Myers Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

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Non-members are invited to attend a Shore Region event at member price – mention this article! May & June Meeting Dates Networking Spa Medica, Englishtown May 1, 6:00pm Dinner Meeting Guest Speaker: Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno May 23, 6:00pm Bella Vista Country Club, Marlboro Networking & Learning The Microsoft Store, Freehold Raceway Mall June 5, 8:30am Networking/Dinner Meeting Guest Speaker: Melody Stevens “Become a Time Millionaire” June 27, 6:00pm Alcouer Gardens, Ocean Twp For details, or to register, visit: Limit one per person. Valid for NJAWBO Shore Region (Monmouth/Ocean/Middlesex) events only.

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This scholarship is for a female student, (MUST BE a resident of Monmouth, Ocean, or Middlesex County), enrolled in an accredited college or university with active student status with a focus on becoming a business owner. $500.00. We are very excited to be awarding this scholarship to a very deserving young woman.

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Medical Professionals


Colorectal Surgery Practice Celebrates First Year Anniversary in Toms River Highly Skilled. Thorough. Passionate. Committed. Time and time again, patients of Nina Paonessa, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., a fellowship trained colorectal surgeon, describe her with these words. It’s no wonder that droves of people from Ocean County and beyond are seeking out Dr. Paonessa for their colorectal care. The only female colorectal surgeon in the area, Dr. Paonessa is known for her expertise and patient-centered care. She has quickly established herself as the area’s “go to” colorectal surgeon. Her practice, celebrating its one-year anniversary in Toms River, is located at Barnabas Health Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician practice affiliated with Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility. Dr. Paonessa specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with colon and rectal conditions/diseases and frequently performs laparoscopic surgery for her patients. She also offers conservative and minimally invasive treatment options for many common anorectal disorders. She

frequently explains to her patients that “just because I am a surgeon, doesn’t mean everyone needs a surgery. There are other options I can offer you.” Dr. Paonessa has been named Proctologist of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Proctologists, awarded the Patient's Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor's Award by for six consecutive years, and is on the HealthGrades Honor Roll.

dedicated to maintaining the integrity and dignity of their patients. All of the examination rooms are very private and they strive to make all of their patients comfortable at all times. Although medical conditions related to the colon and rectum can be an awkward topic, it is an important issue that can’t be ignored. Dr. Paonessa is sensitive to her patients’ concerns and dedicates her full attention to everyone she treats.

Who should make an appointment with Dr. Paonessa? People experiencing conditions or diseases including rectal pain or bleeding, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence/pelvic floor disorders, hemorrhoidal disease, polyps, fissures, rectal prolapse, pilonidal disease, rectocele, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Once a diagnosis and surgical recommendation is made to a patient, Dr. Paonessa and her staff handle the preparation arrangements. By the time the patient leaves the office, he/she will have everything required to take the next steps towards his/her surgery. If he/she needs to see a cardiologist or urologist or needs to get an x-ray or test, the office will coordinate those appointments. Dr. Paonessa is dedicated to supporting her patients through the entire colorectal surgery process so they are never overwhelmed.

How can patients best prepare for the first appointment? Patients will be asked to provide a medical history, which is carefully reviewed in conjunction with a comprehensive examination. Dr. Paonessa will review all previous records and x-rays. Based on this, your medical history, consultation with your other doctors, and careful evaluation, she will provide a diagnosis and recommend the best medical approach. Dr. Paonessa believes in integrated healthcare and will coordinate with all of your physicians throughout the entire process to ensure the most thorough care possible. What is Dr. Paonessa’s philosophy on patient care? As a solo-practitioner, Dr. Paonessa believes in patient-centered care and a personalized approach. Her staff knows all of their patients by name, and they are

Nina J. Paonessa, DO, FACOS Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Is a referral required in order to make an appointment? Although Dr. Paonessa gets many referrals from primary care physicians and other specialists, many patients schedule appointments on their own, without a referral, if they are experiencing any symptoms of the conditions listed above. What insurance plans are accepted? While most insurance plans are accepted, it’s best to check with your insurance company. Feel free to call Dr. Paonessa’s office at (732) 557-2153 for assistance. What happens if it’s determined that surgery is recommended? Following the initial examination, Dr. Paonessa will arrange for a consultation with the patient and their family members, as she feels it is important for every patient to have a strong support system when he/she is facing a difficult medical issue. Dr. Paonessa will explain the surgery in detail and draw a diagram to help the patient understand exactly what the surgery will entail. What is the post-surgical recuperation like? While this is contingent upon the type of procedure, Dr. Paonessa’s goal is for every patient to return to his/her previous level of functioning. Dr. Paonessa remains closely connected with her patients throughout the entire postsurgical process, including cancer patients, to conduct regular check-ups and post-surgical testing according to the guidelines of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the National Cancer Institute.

Bio: Board-certified in general surgery and proctology and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Dr. Paonessa specializes in colon and rectal surgery. She has been in practice for 9 years. She completed her colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. She is co-editor of the textbook Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids, 2nd edition. Dr. Paonessa believes in patient-centered care and preserving each patient’s independence, well being and dignity. She provides the latest, up-to-date treatments and tailors each plan of care to the individual patient’s needs.

Patient Testimonials Josephine B. “After I had a colonoscopy and found out I had colon cancer, my primary physician recommended I see Dr. Paonessa. Not only is she an excellent surgeon, but she’s such a compassionate person as well. I would recommend Dr. Paonessa to anyone and everyone.” Marie S. In addition to being a skilled surgeon, Doctor Paonessa is so caring, compassionate and attentive, I felt like she was my good friend. I considered going to a New York hospital until I met Dr. Paonessa, but because of her I decided to stay local and I am glad I did. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Paonessa, and I highly recommend her to everyone I know. Patricia E. “I credit Dr. Paonessa for saving my life. Her thoroughness and attention to detail made the difference for my recovery. I’ve never met a doctor like her—so attentive and caring.”

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