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ANS Practice Manager, Maryann Gomez, discusses navigating insurance issues in today’s climate. A 2010 report observed that lack of health insurance causes 48,000 unnecessary deaths in America every year. This alarming statistic reminds medical professionals across the country why patient care should always come first. Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) strongly believes that not one patient should be denied treatment because of their insurance plan. ANS Neurosurgeons heal some of the most complex medical cases today; giving patients facing painful and life-threatening illnesses compassionate care and access to next-generation treatments. Maryann Gomez, ANS practice Manager, has fostered many great relationships with ANS patients. Her sincere dedication has helped assist numerous patients to get the best insurance coverage possible. “Our patients are like family to us,” says Ms. Gomez. Our practice offers patientcentered care 24/7 and the most cutting edge treatments options available, regardless of a person’s insurance plan.” Health Insurance issues are affecting so many today, but most affected is the senior citizen community. Did you know that a recent study found that 25% of senior citizens declare bankruptcy due to medical expenses, and 43% are forced to sell their primary residence? It’s astounding to think that after a full life of saving to retire, so many have to continue working to afford healthcare.

Ms. Gomez adds that, “ANS understands that neurosurgical operations can be expensive and the complexity of insurance coverage can be emotionally draining and confusing for patients. While our neurosurgeons are busy treating patients, we have a talented staff dedicated specifically to assisting patients with billing questions and concerns.” ANS’s billing department is trained by some of the finest in the field and fully understands the details of coverage options, co-payments, billing and reimbursement issues. “We want to make sure our patients get the care they need. For this reason, our staff will facilitate assistance to persons in need of negotiating and understanding insurance claims as well as help to provide patients with payment plans that can fit within their budget.” With over 50 years of proven experience and a success rate higher than the national average, ANS feels that your health is worth more than anything. Rest assured, ANS will work hard to get you back to where you were before surgery. To make an appointment call 732.455.8225 or visit us on the web at For more information about our insurance policies, visit ANS_Insurance_Brochure. pdf or call Maryann Gomez at 973.285.7800.

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Fall Back Into Fitness By: Julianne Dods, Vice President, Meridian Fitness & Wellness

It’s no secret that living well and proactively taking care of your body throughout all stages of life is important. One key component to a healthy lifestyle lies in the engagement of regular physical activity; however, adhering to a structured fitness program often has it challenges, especially for mothers of young children. While more and more mothers are taking on full-time careers, their commitment to more traditional female roles, such as managing the household and providing childcare, has not diminished. So, how do these busy moms manage to juggle it all and still find time for the gym?

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is one of a growing number of mothers who carve out time from their demanding schedules to make health and fitness a priority. Between preparing meals, cleaning up toys, and acting as a chauffeur, our kids become a tried and true excuse to let a consistent exercise routine fall by the wayside. But not for Elizabeth, who, aside from carrying out her responsibilities as a wife and mother, also juggles a professional career as a school psychologist and moonlights as a fitness enthusiast.

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future, I have an obligation to take care of myself physically now.” Between juggling domestic and professional responsibilities, there are legitimate reasons why working mothers find it difficult to maintain a regular exercise routine. Add in sleep deprivation and the guilt that generally comes along with indulging in recreational activities outside of the home, working mothers often find that their increased stress levels actually inhibit their exercise behavior. That is not that case for Elizabeth.

schedule training sessions on a weekly basis,” says Kerri. “During the summer months, she is able to fit in a few extra workouts, but as the school year progresses scheduling becomes a bit more difficult.” In order to combat scheduling obstacles, Kerri and Elizabeth set one training session per week that is considered a “no cancel” workout. “Having that appointment set up in both of our schedules is a great way to guarantee that we stay on track with Elizabeth’s training program.” When Elizabeth’s schedule restricts her from more than one personal training ses“I am never going sion per week, she makes it a to tell you I like going point to attend group fitness to the gym,” admits classes instead. Kerri believes it is this important combiElizabeth. “I think of nation of flexibility and set going to the gym as an appointments that really obligation of a responworks for busy moms who sible parent, spouse, are constantly on the go. After all, the most successful and professional. If I fitness routine is the one that want to be an active is convenient and that you participant in my famcan actually maintain. “I owe a lot of my sucily’s life, I have to actuElizabeth and Personal Trainer, Kerri Miano, set one cess to the support of my ally be ACTIVE!” “no-cancel” training session each week. husband, Todd, as well as my relationship with Kerri,” said Elizabeth became a parent later in “Personally and professionally, I can be Elizabeth. As mothers of young children life and firmly believes that maintainunder a lot of stress.  Going to the gym who strive to maintain a professional ing a structured fitness regimen will helps me manage that stress, which in career as well as manage a household, allow her to be present as her daughter, turn makes me a better parent, wife, and Kerri and Elizabeth have found a lot Alex, grows up. “My father passed away psychologist,” she says. of common ground.   “Our similar life in his mid-40s and I feel his absence For the past year and a half, Elizabeth experiences have enabled us to become at every major life event I have expehas been working with Certified friends. Between picking-things-up-andrienced, from my high school, college Personal Trainer and Meridian Fitness putting-them-down we are able to laugh and graduate school graduations, to and Wellness Group Fitness Director and commiserate.”  my wedding day, to the day I became a Kerri Miano. “While juggling her However, as a mother herself, Kerri mother,” says Elizabeth. “The loss of my work schedule as a psychologist and knows that plans often change and child father has taught me an important life managing her daughter’s social and aca- care can become an issue, especially lesson about caring for my health now. demic career, Elizabeth still manages to in the beginning of a fitness journey. If I want to watch Alex grow up in the

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Health Meridian Fits Every Body! For Elizabeth, she had a lot of anxiety about taking time away from her daughter. “Alex is not typically a very outgoing child, but she genuinely enjoys going to the Kids’ Club at the club while I am working out, especially if Kerri’s children are there as well,” says Elizabeth. To get around additional child care issues, Elizabeth and Todd also have Alex in swimming lessons during the summer months while they are training with Kerri. While Kerri and Elizabeth may have forged a friendship, Kerri still manages to push Elizabeth, both physically and mentally, during her training sessions. “Elizabeth and I work well together because we understand each other’s challenges and restrictions as working mothers. I encourage her to stick with her commitment to making fitness a priority which, in turn, keeps her accountable for the goals she wishes to accomplish.” “While I may not always love going to gym, and finding the time and energy to maintain a regular fitness routine can often be a challenge. I truly believe that exercise has helped me become a better mother and wife. It has also made me happier and more productive at work,” Elizabeth says.

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Acupuncture FAQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question people ask me all the time: 1. Does it hurt? 2. How does it work? 3. Is it safe?

Acupuncture Does Not Hurt

Written by: Michael D. Beys, L.Ac. , MSTOM Acupuncture Health Services, LLC

Over the years of practicing acupuncture I see some common patterns. Although acupuncture treats pain effectively, it can also treat a myriad of conditions. It is my goal for this article to clarify acupuncture in general. Acupuncture has been around for 6,000 years in some primitive form. It is not till the advent of mining and smelting do we see the use of needles. Acupuncture is one of many disciplines that make up what we call Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM consists of acupuncture, herbs, tuina (bodywork), qigong exercise, and vasopneumatic therapy (cupping). In this article we will focus on acupuncture. I tell all my patients that 75% of my job is education. Whether you schedule with myself or another practitioner you should know a few things about acupuncture. These are common

The needles are very fine and are inserted painlessly. The key to painless insertion is to rapidly insert the needle so that the skin does not have a chance to feel it. Once the needle is in we do not introduce or take out any substances like a syringe. Once the needles are in, the body recognizes them as foreign and reacts a certain way. It will immediately divert the

use, and never reused. They are disposed of in sharps containers. There is little risk of cross contamination because I am trained in clean needle technique. Clean needle technique involves the swabbing of acupuncture points with alcohol and insertion of needles within a sterile environment. The World Health Organization (WHO) comments that unlike many drugs, acupuncture is non-toxic and adverse reactions or side effects are minimal. For instance, acupuncture and morphine have similar rates of effectiveness when used for chronic pain, but with acupuncture, unlike morphine, a

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;... The World Health Organization (WHO) comments that unlike many drugs, acupuncture is non-toxic and adverse reactions or side effects are minimal ...â&#x20AC;? circulation to the affected area. When the blood arrives it bring oxygen, nutrients, immune cells, and hormones for proper physiological function. In order to feel pain it is a signal that goes from the affected area to the brain. Acupuncture has been shown, through the use of MRI, to alter the perception of pain by blocking the pain signal. As the body acknowledges the needle it will try to sedate the patient by releasing endorphins. Endorphins are the feel good hormones that provide the relaxation, and sense of well being that acupuncture is known for. The last question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it safe?â&#x20AC;? refers mostly to biohazard. The needles are sterile one time

patient does not have the negative side effect of dependency. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that relatively few complications have been reported, in light of the millions of people treated with it every year. According to NIH studies, the numbers of people who have received acupuncture treatments in the U.S. has increased.

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Michael D. Beys, L.Ac. , MSTOM, is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. His training consisted of over 3000 hours in the study of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in a state-approved, nationally accredited college. Michael D. Beys is nationally certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. He was the supervising Acupuncturist at RUMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s substance abuse Detox Center and South Beach Psychiatric Rehab. He is also fluent in Greek, Spanish, and proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. Currently, Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice also focuses on Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health and Infertility.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going through IVF can be harsh on your body and mind. Pairing acupuncture along side of IVF helped my body get ready for implantation not only physically but mentally as well. I always looked forward to going to acupuncture and I always left feeling calm and de-stressed. Needless to say my pregnancy test came back positive and my overall wellbeing was increased with the help of acupuncture. I would highly recommend Mike Beys at Acupuncture Health Services.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;&#x201C;K. B.





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Solutions To Chronic Pain at Premier Pain Centers One of the most successful methods of treatment she works with is

Carmen M. Quiñones, M.D. Premier Pain Center

Dr. Carmen M. Quiñones is a Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician who has been practicing in New Jersey since 2006. She successfully treats many conditions, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc diseases, whiplash injuries and sciatica. Focused on studying the science of spine and musculoskeletal disorders, her specialty is in interventional pain management modalities, including lumbar epidurals, steroid injections, facet joint nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and trials with spinal cord stimulators. Currently practicing at Premier Pain Centers in Shrewsbury, East Brunswick, and Freehold pain management offices, she is dedicated to enhancing her patient’s quality of life. Dr. Quiñones also sees patients with osteoarthritis and conditions associated with joint and nerve pain. “As a physiatrist, I diagnose muscle, nerve, and bone disease and specialize in non-surgical treatment. I felt that further training in interventional pain management would optimize the care of my patients.”

lumbar epidural steroid injections and nerve blocks. They are usually done for conditions such as low back pain radiating to the leg (“sciatica or radiculopathy”). These conditions are commonly caused by spinal stenosis or a bulging disc putting pressure on the nerve. The lumbar epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure where a steroid is injected in the space between the vertebra and the meninges covering the spinal cord. “The steroid and local anesthetic will help to decrease inflammation and therefore relieve pain. The pain relief may last from days to years. This will allow the patient to resume their normal activities including an exercise program.” Spinal cord stimulation is an innovative approach frequently used to treat conditions such as chronic lumbar radiculopathy, complex regional pain syndrome and failed back surgery syndrome. The procedure is done after the patient has failed conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, medication and therapeutic injections. The stimulator provides pain relief by transmitting mild electrical impulses to the spinal cord. “The stimulation interrupts the pain signals going into the brain. The patient will experience a pleasant tingling sensation in the area where the pain is felt.

The procedure begins with a trial of the stimulator. This will help determine if the procedure is going to be successful. The trial is done in an outpatient setting,” she adds. The trial leads will be inserted percutaneously into the epidural space. The leads are properly positioned until the patient reaches stimulation in the affected areas. The leads will be connected to an external device and the patient will be sent home. In three to five days the patient will return to the office and the leads are removed. If the patient achieves at least 50% pain relief, then the leads will be implanted permanently, which will require a minimal surgery.

There are many facets that set Premier Pain Centers apart from other practices. “Our practice provides compassionate, quality and state-of-the-art care through an integrated team of physicians and allied-health professionals. Our physicians take a leadership role in the advancement of the science of interventional pain medicine. As an expert in musculoskeletal disorders, my goal is to provide pain relief, and most of all, quality of life!”

chronic). The main difference between chronic and acute spinal related pains and the different methods for treatment are important to understand. She explains, “Acute pain is when the pain is present for less than three months and is usually related to acute tissue damage whether it is post-surgical, herniated disc or any injury. Chronic pain refers to pain that has been present for more than six months. The treatment for acute and chronic pain often overlaps in the early stages.”

Dr. Quinones believes the most challenging aspect of her profession is to create community awareness that there are options for people who suffer from chronic pain. But with a great challenge comes her greatest reward: leading her patients to a pain free life!

Dr. Carmen Quiñones is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NJSIPP). Along with her Board Certification, Dr. Quiñones is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FAAPMR). After completing her medical training with a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, she was awarded an Interventional Spine and Pain Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Dr. Quiñones lives in Monmouth County with her family and enjoys hiking and practicing yoga.

Many of Dr. Quiñones’ patients describe their pain as being acute (as opposed to

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7 Myths Of Long Term Care Planning Written By: Judith S. Parnes, L.C.S.W., C.M.C., Executive Director, Elder Life Management

What is Care Planning all about - and more specifically Long Term Care planning? No one wants to think about the time in one’s life when we may find ourselves physically or cognitively incapacitated? This is the time when we will need assistance on a daily basis not for a short-term problem, but for chronic long term medical conditions. Needing care daily is not about being old, but about quality of life and minimizing the need for being dependent on others to provide the support needed. Here in the USA, it is true that we are living longer, more active and healthier lives. However, the facts remain that 1 in 2 people over the age of 85 do need help in some way, on a daily basis.

MYTH 1: I am healthy and

probably won’t need help when I am older. As much as we may like to believe we are invincible, odds are high if we live long enough, each of us will one day need help

with some aspect of our living.

MYTH 2: Long-term care

means living someplace other than home. Long Term Care is not a place; it is a type of care. This care can be provided at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home. Most often, individuals think of Long Term Care as a Nursing Home only. Many people do prefer to stay in their own home, and with assistance and some modifications, staying at home may be possible even as abilities decline. Environmental obstacles, such as stairs, or narrow doorways, etc would need to be evaluated. If a move is being considered, assisted living facilities may be a wonderful option, as increased socialization opportunities are many. And as needs progress, a skilled nursing facility may be the best environment for long term care.

MYTH 3: Medicare and my

Supplemental Insurance pays for long-term care. Medicare and supplemental health insurance pay for treatment of “acute” illnesses only. Hospitalization, and post hospitalization in a skilled nursing home, typically called “SubAcute” Rehab, will be covered by Medicare and sometimes supplemented by the secondary insur-

ance, for a finite period of time. However, the chronic, long-term care costs are not covered by Medicare. Medicare does not pay for continued help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, dressing, or assistance with feeding.

Therefore, many individuals with considerable assets, if they live long enough and need significant supportive care for long periods of time, may need the government to pay for this Long Term Care. The reality is that Medicaid is how long term care is financed in the United States.

MYTH 4: My wife and I have

MYTH 6: My family will help

saved enough money should we need long-term care. The cost of providing fulltime long-term care assistance to one person can exceed $110,000 year. Individuals who need limited assistance will be able to stretch their retirement savings, but long-term care costs over a long period can deplete bank accounts quickly. Savings can be greatly reduced by the needs of one spouse, leaving the other spouse with fewer financial resources available when they also need care at a later point in time.

MYTH 5: Medicaid is only for “poor people.” Long Term Care Medicaid is only available to individuals who have already “spent down” their assets. It does not replace Medicare or individual Supplemental Insurance, but acts as the “third insurance” that can pay for what the traditional insurances do not cover.

me with whatever I may need. Unpaid family members, typically daughters, are the most common source of long-term care assistance. However, even the most hands-on families typically need outside assistance, utilizing home health aides, adult day care, assistance with transportation to appointments, and professional care management services to help supplement the care they can provide.

MYTH 7: My parents live in

a different state, so there is little I can do to help them. In fact, there is a lot you can do for family members living at a distance. Arranging for a professional geriatric care manager in your parents’ area will allow you to have an experienced elder care consultant working just for your family. This care manager will become your eyes, ears and most importantly be the advocate for your loved one, just as you would if you lived nearby. Geriatric Care Managers are: • Knowledgeable about community resources • Able to coordinate all aspects of necessary medical care • Can apply for public entitlements including Medicaid when appropriate • And sometimes even help to mediate when adult children

Judith S. Parnes, L.C.S.W., C.M.C., Executive Director, Elder Life Management, 931 West Park Avenue, Ocean, New Jersey, 07712

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have differing opinions about what to do. Care Managers do the work, allowing the family to be lovingly involved without the stress of all the day to day elder care management obligations. It is the Professional Geriatric Care Manager who will dispel the common myths of long term care. To locate a care manager to be your family’s elder care expert, go to

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I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t know what I would do without you. You are the one that keeps me going. It is so difficult to manage my parents and try to work. I don’t live near my mom and she get so confused. I would lose my sanity without your help! A long overdue thank you! ~ LC, Toms River, NJ

Judith S. Parnes, L.C.S.W., C.M.C., Gerontologist and Elder Care Consultant is Executive Director of Elder Life Management, Inc., Ocean, NJ. Elder Life Management provides quality elder care planning, management and Medicaid application services to older adults and their families. Please visit or call (732) 493-8080 for more information.

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Dry Eye: Your Questions Answered! of dry eye patients. The majority of DED is evaporative in nature. Oil secreted by the meibomian glands in the eyelids comprise the lipid layer of the tear film, which prevents evaporation. When these glands become clogged, lipid (oil) is unable to be secreted. Without enough oil in the tear film, the tears will evaporate more rapidly than normal.

Written By: Dr Lisa Ortenzio The Witlin Center For Advanced Eyecare

Q: What is Dry Eye? A

: Dry Eye Disease [DED] is a condition in which the tear film does not properly lubricate the surface of the eye due to tear underproduction or tear evaporation. The tear film is comprised of 3 different layers: when this balance is disrupted, the tears cannot function properly to maintain a smooth corneal surface, providing comfort & clear vision. For many years, it was thought that underproduction of the aqueous layer of the tear film was the major cause of dry eye. In reality, this accounts for a small percentage

Q: Who Gets Dry Eye? A : DED is the most under diagnosed condition in eye care; it may affect between 10-20% of the population. Women are affected almost twice as much as men; hormonal changes that occur around menopause are generally the culprit disrupting the tear film. General health conditions such as thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can contribute to symptoms. Medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy and high blood pressure medications can be a cause. Contact lens wear intolerance can be exacerbated by DED. Our technology driven world certainly does not improve DED symptoms. Staring at electronic devices for even short periods of time causes a decrease in the blink rate, which leads to an ineffective distribution of the tear film across the eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface.


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Q: How do you know you have it? A

: Symptoms of dry eye include tearing, burning, blurry vision, light sensitivity, or a sandy/gritty feeling. Often contact lens wearers find their lenses are very uncomfortable. Sometimes the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symptoms will even outweigh signs we find clinically. These patients are looking for relief and we perform a dry eye exam to assess their condition.

Q: What can be done about it? A : Depending on the severity of the patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; symptoms, different recommendations are made. If the patient has very mild signs or symptoms, artificial tears (lubricants) can provide some (although short) lasting relief. Prescription Restasis eye drops is a topical form of cyclosporine, a potent anti-inflammatory drug. It works to decrease inflammation that causes dry eye and over time produces healthier tears. It can be very beneficial especially in conjunction with oral Omega 3 fatty acid supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids act to improve the oil secretions, which leads to a better tear film.

Q: What is the A

LipiFlow treatment like?

: Quite relaxing. It is comprised of heat & a gentle massage applied directly to eyelids. No other part of your eye is exposed to the heat. The patient is reclined and both eyes are treated simultaneously. We talk the patient through treatment, with calming music in the background. I, myself, underwent LipiFlow earlier this year. I found it to be very comfortable & soothing; it was like a spa treatment for my eyes. It takes about 15 minutes to

perform. The goal of LipiFlow treatment is to completely evacuate the contents of the clogged meibomian glands, allowing the glands to â&#x20AC;&#x153;resetâ&#x20AC;? and produce better oils.

Q: How soon after A

treatment will I get relief?

: Patients usually start to feel the benefit about 4-6 weeks after the procedure, sometimes even sooner. The goal of the LipiFlow treatment is evacuating the meibomian glands of their clogged, solidified contents. The glands can then â&#x20AC;&#x153;resetâ&#x20AC;? themselves. We do recommend that the patient continue with their current Ocular Surface Disease regimen, (artificial

tears, lid hygiene, Restasis, and O 3 FA supplements).

Q: Who Can Perform this new treatment? A : At the Witlin Center, I perform the Lipiflow procedure, from the applicator insertion to the removal. DED poses a wide range of vision and quality of life issues. We at Premier Dry Eye Group at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care are excited to provide patients with an option to manage this frustrating condition. It is the only FDA cleared procedure that treats the root cause of Dry Eye. It is extremely gratifying that we can finally give our many Dry Eye patients some true and long lasting relief.

Carolyn N., Age 62, Evaporative Dry Eye sufferer since 2005 How did suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye impact your life? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was horribly uncomfortable light sensitivity; I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear my contacts much. Sometimes I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read.â&#x20AC;? After the LipiFlow treatment, when did you start feeling relief? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say within a few days.â&#x20AC;? What has been the difference since the LipiFlow treatment? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can wear my contacts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very exciting. This has made a huge, huge difference.â&#x20AC;? How did the treatment compare to your expectations? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been better than I expected.â&#x20AC;? How did suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye impact your life? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had trouble keeping my eyes open because of the burning and the pain. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read in the evening. I was just miserable.â&#x20AC;? What were your expectations of the LipiFlow Treatment? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that high because nothing helped me before. But I was willing to try it because I was pretty desperate.â&#x20AC;? What was the LipiFlow procedure like? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was some discomfort; there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any pain. Compared to the other treatment it was like going from 15th-century medical treatment to 20th-century.â&#x20AC;? How soon after the treatment did you start feeling the effects? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immediately.â&#x20AC;?

Dr Lisa Ortenzio is a 1990 graduate of the University of Delaware and received her Doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1995. She then spent 2 years in post graduate training and subsequently practiced at 2 large ophthalmology groups in Central Jersey. Dr. Ortenzio has specialty training for the Lipiview/Lipiflow system, which treats the root cause of dry eye.

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Three Things Your Spouse Needs to Know About Your Traditional IRA


There was such an amazing response to the information included in the July/August 2013 article, we have decided to run this information again!

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Specialty Cakes


Chocolate Novelties

Trendy Texture Takes The Cake

By Lisa Poradaâ&#x20AC;¨Owner, Cake Designer Chocolate Carousel

Chocolate Carousel is an old-fashioned bakery and sweet shop featuring homemade specialty cakes for all occasions, desserts, hand-dipped chocolates and novelties located in Wall, NJ.

Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trends in cake decorating are simply sophisticated, elegant, creative and colorful all at the same time. Cakes have seen a resurgence of buttercream frosting. Buttercream was once the traditional frosting for wedding cakes, but in recent years the fondant

covered cake was thought to be more desirable for its sleek appearance. Now, thanks to advanced techniques that allow butter cream to look just as smooth as fondant, cakes iced in butter cream are becoming popular again. This trend is terrific because buttercream frosting tastes better than fondant and is much less expensive. Additionally, we have seen an increase in chocolate frosted cakes, even for elegant occasions like weddings. Gone are the days where brides hid their decadent chocolate cakes under mounds of white fondant. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more simple approach welcomes a cake elegantly iced in a velvety chocolate frosting that looks as mouth watering as it does beautiful.

Textured cakes are definitely IT right now.

In the recent past, the sleek and very smooth cake was all the rage. Today, cakes are being iced with a variety of textures including ruffles, stucco, lined textures, rosette coverings and more. These textured cakes are very elegant while at the same time appearing simple and sophisticated. They have a soft feel to them and are very inviting. Textured cakes can perfectly fit in a rustic



country wedding setting or a sleek city sophisticated soiree.

The use of color on cakes is another current trend in cake design. The use of color is often combined with texture to create an ombre effect. These ombre cakes start off in a shade of color and then gradually fade to white or into another color at the top of the cake. Even wedding cakes are becoming more colorful. This season, we have done ombre cakes in blues, pinks, lavenders, greens and even blue fading to orange to emulate a sunset! Another use of color is a color burst effect. This is when the cake is iced in a traditional white or chocolate frosting and then a large flower in a bright color adds that burst to finish the design.

Even more interesting is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;naked cake.â&#x20AC;? You may not have heard of the naked cake yet, but you will! The naked cake is becoming all the rage for the upcoming season. These cakes are simply filled and stacked and not iced at all. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, NO icing, leaving the inside cake layers exposed.

Testimonial: Lisa totally thinks outside the box when it comes to your cake. She really takes your personality into account! We did a cupcake tower and we wanted the traditional cake cutting for the top tier. My husband and I are big ice cream fans and Lisa totally took that idea and ran with it. We loved our cupcakes and cake and will be ordering from Lisa again very soon. Lisa also did our black & white cookies that we were using for our escort cards/ favors. She took the time to bag them and put our seating tags on them for us. She even did the ribbon in our accent color. The black & white cookies were so fresh and looked so cool. I have to say Chocolate Carousel is one of my favorite vendors and so easy to work with!

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There are many things that set his practice apart. He adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My practice is unique because it is an all green, Eco-friendly office and we use digitalized x-rays. Tender Smiles 4 Kids is free of gluten, dyes, sugar, formaldehyde, formocresol, and mercury. Additionally, we have non-glued carpets and hypoallergenic tiles, Pď?˛ď?Ľď?łď?Ľď?Žď?´ď?Ľď?¤ ď?˘ď?š Dď?˛. Mď?Ąď?¸ď?Šď?­ Sď?ľď?Źď?Źď?Ą, with the latest technologies.â&#x20AC;? TenderSmiles4Kids Best of all, their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tender Teamâ&#x20AC;? 2eEV_UVcD^Z]Vd%<ZUd hands out balloons and coins for aVUZRecZTUV_eZde5c>Ri prizes, often having as much fun Z^aRcedRdZ^a]VaYZ]`d` as the children themselves!

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>R_j5V_eR]A]R_d2TTVaeVU Dr. Max finds the most rewarding part about his profession is when he treats a child who has extensive dental needs or any type of special needs, and then return every 6 months with clean, healthy mouths they are so proud of themselves. As in any profession there are challenges he must face on a daily basis. These have to do with insurance companies which, at times can be a barrier to the prompt delivery of necessary dental care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents are forced to think twice about expenses. To accommodate this concern we are involved in numerous dental plans, and offer in office payment options, along with care credit,â&#x20AC;? he adds.

gives extra protection. All children up to three years of age should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old they should use toothpaste that contains 1350ppm to 1500ppm. Parents should supervise their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tooth brushing, and use only a pea-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste until they are about 7 years old.


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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. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Elana and 3 children; Matthew 11, Jordana 8, and Vivien 2. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening and sports.

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What You Don’t Know About Your Car Insurance May Hurt You...

Written by: Kristine M. Bergman, Esq. Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC

...if you are ever injured in an auto accident. For many New Jersey drivers, the specifics of automobile insurance are less than clear. It is very important you, as a consumer, understand the policy choices that you are given by automobile insurance companies and how those choices may affect you if you are ever involved in an auto accident. As New Jersey drivers, we are well aware that New Jersey auto insurance rates are among the highest in the country. In response to and in hopes of calming the soaring insurance rates, the New Jersey Legislature, in 1988, amended New Jersey automobile insurance law and introduced the “Verbal Threshold” (now known as the “Limitation on Lawsuit” option), which was intended to reduce the number of lawsuits being filed each year in hopes of lowering auto insurance rates. As a result, you are now required to select either the “Limitation on Lawsuit” or the “No Limit on Lawsuit” option when beginning or renewing your auto policies. These terms, however, are rarely explained to us. It is important to understand that your election of the Limitation on Lawsuit option will also extend to limit the rights of immediate family members living with you if they are listed on your auto policy or are non-drivers or drivers who are not covered under any other auto insurance policy.

What Does “Limitations On Lawsuit” Mean?

If you are injured in an auto accident and have elected the “Limitation” option, you will be prevented from recovering any monies for your pain and suffering (referred

to as “non-economic damages”) unless your injuries fall under one of the six (6) specific categories of injuries provided for under our State law. Because personal injury cases are almost always accepted on a contingency fee basis (as in the oft-heard television advertisements “you don’t pay us unless we collect money for you”), attorneys will likely decline to accept a case where the injured person is subject to a “Limitation on Lawsuit” and their injury does not clearly fall into any one of the six specified categories, which are: Type 1 - Death; Type 2 - Dismemberment; Type 3 - Significant disfigurement or scarring; Type 4- Displaced fracture; Type 5 –Loss of a fetus; Type 6 –Permanent injury. While most of these categories are clear in their meaning, the “Type 3” injury can sometimes be a matter of opinion. What you may consider to be “significant” scar or disfigurement simply may not be considered “significant” in the minds of a jury. A large (or multiple) facial laceration, which can be painful, embarrassing and take many months to heal, may fail to satisfy the threshold of injury required under the “Limitation” if there is no permanent scarring or if the scarring would be considered minimal or insignificant to other people. Many injuries suffered in automobile accidents can be very painful and may need long-term treatment; however, if the injury ultimately heals completely without any further known issue, the “Limitation” would apply to prevent you from pursuing a claim regardless of how long you suffered pain. Anyone who has ever suffered a bulging disc well knows the long-term pain and discomfort that this type of injury causes and how much it can impact day-to-day

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life. Despite same, these injuries are likely to fail to meet the criteria of the Lawsuit Limitation.

But The Accident Was Not My Fault!

If you are subject to the “Lawsuit Limitation”, your right to sue for noneconomic damages will be limited even if the other driver is 100% at fault for the accident.

Which Option Should I Choose?

Cost was, and often is the factor in deciding which option to elect. The “Lawsuit Limitation” will lower the cost of your annual policy premium by an average of about $500.00, but will significantly limit your right to sue for pain and suffering if you are ever injured in an automobile accident. Policyholders who elect the “No Limit on Lawsuit Option” maintain the right to sue for pain and suffering regardless of whether

or not they meet the criteria of one of the six categories of injuries. Of course this does not guarantee success of recouping monies for your pain and suffering, however the “No Limit” option will enable you to make a claim for pain and suffering where the Lawsuit Limit would deny you that right if your injuries did not fall into one of the six categories. The ultimate choice in which option to elect belongs to the policyholder, but the choice should be made knowingly. You should not be asked to give up any of your rights before you understand what it is you are giving up. Kristine M. Bergman, Esq. is an attorney with the Law Firm of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC, Ocean Township, New Jersey, and practices in the firm’s Personal Injury Litigation Department. The above information is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.

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and triumphs. Her eyes grow bright and sometimes tearful as she shares her experiences at Brandywine.

The first question one might ask Marva Poindexter, Care Manager at Brandywine Senior Living at Wall, could be, “Why would you leave the beautiful, sunny isle of Barbados? Isn’t the average temperature, year-round, between 70 and 88 degrees? And then you see the smile and the picture begins to get clear. “It’s the residents. I love all of my residents,” she says. “They are all so unique and special to me.” And that’s what it’s all about for Marva. Yes, she left the tropical paradise and comforts of sunny Barbados and traded them for the colder, more unpredictable weather of coastal New Jersey. She moved from Barbados to New York in 1993 and then migrated south to West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. She has lived in Asbury Park for the past 15 years. Perhaps Marva finds herself in a profession that’s characterized by selfless dedication and commitment to caring for seniors who need some assistance, support and compassion because it’s what she has been doing ever since she was a young girl. She was working in housekeeping when a friend told her about obtaining a Home Health Aide certification. While holding down two jobs, she completed that certification and knowing that caring for seniors is in her heart, she applied for a job at Brandywine Senior Living at Wall (formerly Waterford Glen). Marva has many innate talents which are necessary to being a good care manager. One of those talents involves being a patient listener. Sometimes, for a variety of physical or cognitive reasons, residents cannot express themselves clearly like they once could. She’s able to give to residents (“my other family”) her undivided attention while they tell fascinating stories about life’s challenges


“I got really close to one resident who loved to knit. She knitted scarves in every color! She was so very special to me. When she was in the hospital, after she was transferred to rehab, I visited with her and brought her knitting needles. I just knew she would love that.” “Another resident called me her “coordinator” because I matched all of her jewelry with her fine clothes. She really took pride in the way she looked.” She also loves her job because of her fellow team members. “Everyone helps out each other just like family.You don’t have to ask. They just jump in and do it. It’s different here and that’s why I’ve stayed for the past 9 years!” said Marva. When not working two jobs, Marva spends time with her family. Ironically, her sister works as a Reflections Care Manager at the same community as Marva, taking care of residents with dementia related diseases. Her son works at another Brandywine community in Shrewsbury, NJ as a chef. How fortunate we are at Brandywine to have an entire family of talented, caring and compassionate individuals as members of our team. Marva loves to dream and talk about the future. Her hopes and dreams haven’t been quite fulfilled yet, so she feels that she has a lot more to accomplish. She has her heart set on being a nurse one day. “I’ll get there!” she says with her trademark smile, beaming with confidence and selfassurance. None of us who know her have any doubt about that!

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Treating Pediatric Orthopaedic Fractures Q Q Q Q Why are broken bones (fractures) and other orthopaedic injuries in children different than those of adults?

Written By: Dr. Paul T. Haynes II, MD Pediatric Orthopaedics

Football, field hockey, soccer, basketball, ice-skating, wrestling, cheerleading, etc… The variety of sporting and recreational activities available to children abounds.

Mamazing energy and arry that with their

indefatigable appetite for fun, one can certainly understand how their propensity for injury is elevated compared to adults. Indeed, approximately 40% of boys and 20% of girls will experience an injury that may result in a broken bone. In terms of orthopaedic injuries, children are not considered “little” adults. As such, their orthopaedic treatment is as unique as they are.

There a few reasons why children’s fractures behave differently than those in the adult. Children’s bones possess unique anatomy and physiology, compared to adults, that predisposes them to distinctive injuries. At the ends of the majority of children’s bones are growth plates. These specialized structures allow for the bulk of longitudinal growth – arms and legs to grow. Growth plates are comprised of a small, complex cluster of specialized cartilage cells that regulate and generate skeletal growth. Because they are made of cartilage, they are weaker or softer than mature bone. During an injury, energy often finds the “weakest-link,” which results in fractures in and around the growth plate. Surrounding every bone is a thick layer of supportive tissue – periosteum. This structure is considerably thinner in the adult. The robust periosteum in children allows for accelerated bone healing and may also help keep fractures better aligned. The anemic adult periosteum does not possess the same ability to constrain fractures from displacing (the broken bones moving from their normal position) nor allow them to heal at the same pace. Lastly, as children mature, their muscular development may outpace their bony development. Muscles, and their bony insertions into bones (tendons), and liga-

ments (structures that often connect bones) may be stronger than the bone they are acting on. In adults, ligaments, muscles and tendons are usually the “weak-link.” It is this unique arrangement that may lead to fractures in children as opposed to ligament, tendon or muscle tears in adults.

What types of fractures occur in children?

As the growth plate is a relatively weaker structure within the pediatric bone, it is frequently involved in fractures. The most commonly used classification system for growth plate fractures is the Salter-Harris fracture classification. It accounts for the most common types of growth plate fractures and injuries. In general, as the growth plate fracture level in the Salter-Harris classification is elevated from I to V, so is the potential damage to the growth plate itself. This may have an impact on the bone’s or limb’s normal development. In addition to fractures involving the growth plate, children may incur other distinct fracture types. As their bones are softer or weaker than adults, children may have buckle (torus) or greenstick fractures. In buckle or torus fractures, one side of the child’s bone literally buckles under pressure while the opposite side remains intact. These types of fractures most often occur after a fall on an outstretched hand within one of the bones near the end of the forearm. Greenstick fractures are likened to a young tree

branch being bent – one side splinters while the other side contorts. These types of fractures often occur in the forearm.

How are children’s fracture treated?

Ironically, the characteristics that make children prone to certain types of fractures also allow them to heal uniquely. The majority of fractures that happen in children are amenable to conservative treatment – casts, splints or slings. Also, treatment times are often reduced with fractures in children as opposed to adults. A fracture in the lower leg or thigh bone of a child will often heal in a cast in a relatively short period of time whereas, a similar fracture in an adult will require a lengthy time in a cast or an operation. Special consideration is warranted regarding fractures involving the growth plate. There are times that fracture in and around the growth plate requires manipulation or surgical intervention. Manipulation (to move the fracture fragments into acceptable position) may be accomplished with local but may also require general anesthesia in the emergency or operating rooms. Alternatively, some fractures require an operation that will secure the fracture fragments in better position using smooth pins, screws or thin rods. A unique treatment plan is created for each child and fracture – this often is devised in consultation with a pediatric orthopedist.

What types of complications can occur with pediatric fractures?

Complications may certainly happen with any fracture but there is a higher likelihood of complications with fractures in and around growth plates. The more the growth plate is disturbed, the higher the potential for complications. Growth plates allow for longitudinal growth – their disruption may lead to deformity (limbs growing in a bent fashion) or for limb length discrepancy (the opposite limb being shorter or longer than the injured extremity). For this reason, fractures involving the growth plate warrant closer and often longer observation after injury. Approximately 2-8% of fractures involving the growth plate result in complications. If such a complication arises, there are many treatments devised to correct the issue.


What should be done if you suspect a fracture in a child?

A fracture will often declare itself as pain, swelling, redness, tenderness and/or deformity. Immediate treatment should ensue. An evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon should be sought in a timely fashion particularly with regards to fractures involving the growth plate.

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Dr. Paul Haynes is a general orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in Pediatric Sports Medicine, Limb & Pediatric Spine Deformity as well as General and Pediatric Orthopaedics/Surgery. He is an attending physician at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Seaview has physicians specializing in General Orthopaedic, Pain Management and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopaedic and Independent Medical Evaluations.

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We customize your care through hormonal, diet and nutritional balance. Ask Our Anti-Aging Physician How We May Help! Kelly McPadden, RT(R)(M), LMT, HC

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Kelly trained as a radiologic technologist and has practiced for over 20 years. Early in her career she took additional studies in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaging, specializing in mammography and is licensed through the ARRT. Her training at The Institute for Integrated Nutrition combines a mind/body approach to health and nutrition. Kelly is also a NJ licensed massage therapist. She has a special interest in helping clients that are dealing with complicated pain issues, but specializes in injury recovery and prevention. In addition, she provides general relaxation massage for stress reduction.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;one drug works the same for each personâ&#x20AC;?. The practice customizes your care with nutrition, diet and hormonal balance.


Unlike most practices that use conventional medicine, we use natural medicine. The problem with conventional medicine is that it views each patient as a group of symptoms. For each symptom, a pill is given to extinguish it. Many times, a medicationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side effects produce more side effects and symptoms that need more pills. As a functional, anti-aging practice, we search for the root cause of your discomfort. There is often an imbalance of your hormonal or nutritional status. The holistic treatments that we perform improve your overall health and give you more energy and a renewed zest for life.


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started A Stitch in Time as a result of my reaching the end of one career, and my need to begin another. After having spent 25 years in Corporate Americathe last 16 of those in Human Resources â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I was Michele Vail, Owner ready for a change. One day, my best friend called A Stitch In Time and asked me if I wanted to take knitting lessons with her. This was a learning experience that forever changed my life. At the time, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know â&#x20AC;&#x153;yarn shopsâ&#x20AC;? existed. However, my inspiration/ education came from a local yarn shop in Colts Neck and its owner. The experience was such a positive one, that I promised myself someday Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a new career. Several years later that promised was fulfilled.

^I opened A Stitch in Time on Nov.15, 2011.

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Enhancing Communication Good communication is the foundation of successful relationships, both personally and professionally. But, we communicate with much more than words. In fact, research shows that over 80% of all human interaction is nonverbal. The ability to understand and use nonverbal communication is a powerful tool that helps us connect with others and build better relationships. Every look, every gesture, every twitch of an eyebrow communicates an inaudible message. Our posture, eye contact and hand movements all play an important role in nonverbal communication, but one of the most significant ways we communicate with others is with our smile. A smile is part of a universal language. The author and world-

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About the Practiceâ&#x20AC;Ś 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.

pain and stress while increasing our sense of well-being. According to Mark Stibich, a consultant at Columbia University, and contributor to a Guide to Longevity at â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Smiling: 1. Boosts the Immune System. Smiling can actually stimulate your immune response by helping you relax. 2. Lowers Blood Pressure. When you smile, there is evidence that your blood pressure can decrease. 3. Releases Endorphins and Serotonin. Research has reported that smiling releases endorphins, which are natural pain relievers, along with serotonin, which is also associated with feel good properties. Dr. Rollin McCarthy, Ph.D., the Institute of Heartmathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Vice President and Director of Research states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The science shows that by consciously cultivating a smileâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both on your face and in your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you can take a proactive role in creating your own health, happiness, and fulfillment, while positively affecting others and your environmentâ&#x20AC;?. A great smile is always in style According to new research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), consum-

ers say they would pay to fix their teeth before they would pay for weight loss help. Of the 80 percent of American adults who in a recent poll admitted they would spend money to hide or correct aging flaws, 62 percent said they would pay to fix the quality of their teeth, compared with 48 percent who said they would invest in weight loss help. Women are more likely than men to invest in such improvements (84 percent versus 75 percent). Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans think a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smile can defy agingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effects while eyes come in a distant second (34 percent). Perhaps speaking from experience, 54 percent of Americans over 50 attest that a smile can overcome decades of birthdays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A great smile is always in style, and these results prove it,â&#x20AC;? said AACD President Dr. Ron Goodlin. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see what you would look like with a new smile We have new digital software that lets patients see what they could look like before they have any cosmetic treatment done. It only takes a few minutes to do a smile simulation and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. See an example below.

Quotes to smile about â&#x20AC;&#x153;A smile is a universal welcome.â&#x20AC;? - Max Eastman â&#x20AC;&#x153;A smile is a powerful weapon. You can even break ice with it.â&#x20AC;? - Author Unknown â&#x20AC;&#x153;A smile is the curve that sets all things straight.â&#x20AC;? - Phyllis Diller â&#x20AC;&#x153;A smile of encouragement at the right moment may act like sunlight on a closed-up flower; it may be the turning point for a struggling life.â&#x20AC;? - Joseph Addison â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.â&#x20AC;? - Anonymous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always smile when you can. It is cheap medicine!â&#x20AC;? - Lord Byron

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Come Experience The Fall Collection at Lynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s! Lynne Goldberg, owner of Lynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Boutique, has been in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Fall is my favorite season for clothing, as there are so many choices in fabrics, colors and styles. Many of our transitional pieces are lightweight fabrics, which are good for layering, and also travel well. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for you to come and experience them for yourself. You will see many rich jewel tone colors, as well as muted colors of greys and blacks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the staples of our wardrobes in the northeast. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to add some color, which will play an important part of our fall fashions. The trends that you will also be seeing this season are color block designs and styles that feature the peplum look, both in evening wear as well as in daytime clothing. Our evening collections are also arriving daily, and we have many new wonderful choices for you. Whether you are attending a wedding, are the mother of the bride or groom, or just need to add something special to your wardrobe, it is our pleasure to dress you for your special event. As we will be receiving new merchandise every day, both clothing and accessories, remember to come in often!

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Skin Rejuvenation After A Summer Of Fun

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t has been another great summer at the Jersey Shore and while enjoying those beautiful days you may have used sunblock, a hat and maybe even an umbrella to protect your skin.

Despite these measures, you might be noticing some changes to your skin, including changes in texture (roughness or unevenness), prominent pores, fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration (brown and red spots). These

changes are the most noticeable in our face, chest décolleté and hands. As we age, the collagen production in our skin decreases and the structural support diminishes, causing visible changes. Ultraviolet light from the sun and other factors, such as smoking contribute to these changes. Good skincare and skin protection help you maintain youthful skin but are not 100% restorative or protective. Advances in fractionated CO2 laser skincare now offer treatments with little to no downtime while enhancing the skin strength and elasticity. The result is more youthful, smoother skin with better texture and color. This laser technology works by placing a grid pattern of tiny pulses of light with a column of energy into the second layer of the skin resulting in new collagen formation and skin renewal. The fractionation (untreated areas of skin) between these pulses accelerates recovery. Recovery that once took weeks now takes a few days with the Matrix Fractionated C02 Laser.

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Be Passionate About Your Hearing Health! you would think only Baby Boomers would have hearing loss. Not true! While hearing loss is a normal part of aging, the largest age group with hearing loss are people between 18 and 64 – about 19 million people compared to 14 million at retirement age!

a gerontologist, I am an expert in the study and trends of aging. I am a researcher, Emmy award winning journalist, and a passionate spokesperson for mature adults. I became associated with Total Hearing Care, a leading hearing health care provider, because they are also passionate about providing unsurpassed hearing health care and support to the mature adult. I recently turned to Elizabeth Cook, M.A., FAAA, Total Hearing Care’s Chief Audiologist, to learn more about how each of us should be managing our hearing health as we move through life.

Why is hearing loss becoming more prevalent Gerontologist and at an earlier age? One Total Hearing Care reason is the use of Spokesperson hand-held music players and headphones. major retirement Today, one in five wave began in 2011 teens has some form of hearing when the first of the Baby Boomers turned 65. loss – a rate that is 30% higher than The number of Americans in the 1980s and aged 55 and older will 1990s! Overall, more than almost double by 2030— 10 million Americans are from 60 million in 2000 to experiencing hearing 107 million. The number loss due to irreversible of Americans over 65 will damage to their hearing more than double, from from noise. 34.8 million in 2000 to 70.3 million in 2030. Regardless of your age, be passionate about With statistics like that, your hearing health! As

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What I’ve learned is that you are never too young (or old) to get a hearing screening. Hearing loss is an inevitable part of aging, but approximately 95% of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. According

wore. Today, hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and colors. They can rest behind the ear or sit invisibly in the ear canal. Today’s hearing devices are also fully digital and some even use Bluetooth technology to turn your hearing aids into a wireless headset so you can more easily hear your TV, listen to music, and even take phone calls directly through your hearing device!

to Ms. Cook, “Only about 15 percent of general practitioners routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical exam. Total Hearing Care offers free hearing screenings at all of our clinics, and we encourage people to make annual hearing screenings part of their overall health care.” She recommends that people schedule their free annual hearing screening while making their annual physical appointment.

Whether you are part of the older I took Ms. Cook’s generation now, recommendation and I had will be in the not my hearing tested by Total too distant future, Hearing Care. It took just a or think as a young few minutes, was painless, adult may have and now I have a hearing hearing difficulties, baseline as part of my plan on having a medical records history. hearing screening as part of your Hearing devices today overall health care. Taking can be considered a control of your hearing fashion statement! No means taking control of longer are hearing aids your life. the big clunky analog devices your grandparents

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Adult Day Care


We Care Adult Care Supports The Alzheimer’s Memory Walk Saturday September 28, 2013 Point Pleasant Boardwalk

 One out of nine people age  Unless something is done,  Cost to Medicare and “A world without 65 and older has Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s will cost an estimated Medicaid will increase over 500 Alzheimer’s” is one out of three over 85 $1.2 TRILLION (in today’s dollars) percent! has AD. in 2050. the vision of the  Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th Alzheimer’s Association leading cause of death for people Your donations mean so much! in the United States. We need your help Checks payable to:  In 2012, 15.4 million family Alzheimer’s Association greater NJ Chapter TODAY! and friends provided 17.5 billion If you have not been paying attention you should start. The facts are as follows:

hours of care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementiascare valued at $216.4 billion.

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of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of care giving as high or very high; more than one-third report symptoms of depression.

“We Care” Medical Adult Day Care staff is a team of professionals who work together to meet the needs, not only of the care receiver, but also the caregiver. The team consists of: Administrator, RN’s, Social Worker, Activity Director, Transportation Staff, Dietician, Pharmacy Consultant, and Nursing Assistants. We are proud of our Staff at We Care as we have a professional staff with years of experience and commitment to the members and their families. We Care Adult Care improves the lives of people by providing a safe stimulating place for them to participate in activities, exercise, socialization with peers, and health monitoring by an RN. We also provide meals, transportation and the elevation of self-esteem.

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, after breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The risk of the average person between the ages of 50 to 80 developing colon cancer is about six percent or almost 1 in 20. Family history of colorectal cancer and certain other cancers (ovarian, uterine, breast and other GI cancers), inflamatory bowel disease (Ulcerative and Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colitis), obesity and smoking significantly increase this risk. Colorectal cancer arises when cancer cells form in the lining of the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum make up the large intestine, which is the last part of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digestive system. Food enters the stomach by way of the esophagus, passes through 20 feet of small bowel, where most absorption of nutrients occur, and the remainder traverses the large bowel where excess water is absorbed, ultimately becoming stool which exits the rectum. Colon cancer can occur anywhere

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in the large bowel or rectum and usually begin as a small growth called a polyp. At first, a polyp is small and harmless and causes no symptoms. Over time, polyps gets bigger, which can lead to bleeiding or blockage of the colon. By the time these symptoms occur, the polyp most likely has developed into a cancer that continues to grow and spread to other organs (metastasize.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the big myths is that if you feel well, you are well.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true with colon cancer. Precancerous polyps are found in 25 percent of average patients screened.

What Is Colorectal Cancer Screening?


Colorectal cancer screening looks for polyps and cancer in the colon and rectum in their early stages, before they cause any symptoms. Detecting cancers earlier reduces the likelihood of spreading, overall survival rates increase, and the need for chemotherapy decreases. It usually takes about 5 to 10 years for a small polyp to develop into a colon cancer. This gives us a great window of opportunity to screen, as well as the abiliy to prevent new polyps from forming. Screening is most commonly accomplished with the help of an instrument called a colonoscope, which allows us to find polyps and remove them before they have a chance to develop into cancer. By detecting polyps in their early stages, they are usually smaller, and their removal becomes easier and safer. Other modes of detection include barium enema and virtual colonoscopy. These are x-ray methods of detection that involve inserting contrast media such as barium through a tube placed into the rectum similar to an enema. These tests are done without sedation, have a lower polyp detection rate than colonoscopy and expose the patient to radiation. In addition, if a polyp is detected, a colonoscopy will be required for removal, subjecting the patient to a second test.

What Is A Colonoscopy?


A colonoscopy is the vehicle by which colorectal cancer screening is performed. The colonoscope is a soft flexible tube, about the thickness of an index finger, with a light and video lens on the tip. Images are viewed on a high definition television monitor. After the patient is sedated, the colonoscope is inserted into the rectum and passed to the very beginning of the large intestine, where the small intestine ends. Air is used to inflate the colon, which in its natural state is like a deflated balloon. Inflation is important in order to get a good view of the walls of the colon and rectum, so as not to miss any polyps hiding in the deflated creases. Instruments can be passed through the colonoscope for removing polyps and sampling tissue (biopsy). Any polyp or tissue removed is then sent to a pathologist for review under a microscope.

What Happens Before And After The Colonoscopy?


In order to achieve the best chance of finding small polyps, the stool needs to be cleared from the colon. This process is referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;colon prepâ&#x20AC;? (preparation). The colon prep generally begins 2 days prior to the procedure with a low residue diet (avoiding fibrous foods, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits) and ends the night before with gentle laxatives. This process is important because if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stool in the way, the camera will not be able to get a good look at the walls of the colon and rectum, resulting in missed polyps or cancers, and usually necessitating a repeat procedure. Sedation with intravenous medications will be administered by an anesthesiologist before and during the colonoscopy. These medications will make you sleep, resulting in no memory, or feelings of discomfort. Patients generally wake up in the recovery

room with no recollection of the procedure. The most common question patients have after the procedure is â&#x20AC;&#x153;when are we going to start?â&#x20AC;? Arrangements must be made for someone to drive you home because the sedative used by the anesthesiologist impairs driving ability.

When Should I Have A Colonoscopy?


The American Cancer Society recommends colon cancer screening to begin at the age of 50. Recent literature documents that African-Americans develop larger polyps earlier and therefore should start screening at the age of 45. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family history of colon cancer, multiple colon polyps, or related cancers like ovarian or uterine cancer, screening should start at age 40 or 10 years younger than the earliest family member who had that cancer. Obesity and smoking can also increase the risk of colon cancer and polyps.

Conclusion . . .


In conclusion, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Early diagnosis of colon cancer and removing polyps before they have a chance to turn into a cancer, has been shown to save lives and as a result save the healthcare system money. Colonoscopy is the gold standard in polyp and colon cancer detection, and the only detection mode that allows removal of the polyp at the time of the test. Colonoscopy is safe when performed by a skilled colonoscopist, as well as painless thanks to advances in outpatient sedation. Please make sure you talk to your family and friends about having a colonoscopy. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take no for an answer, as there is no excuse for missing a potential colon cancer.

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Let Monmouth Gastroenterology Detect the Cause of Your Stomach Pain Do you suffer from digestive difficulties or stomach pain?

Dr. Steven A. Gorcey

We all know there is something about this topic that makes people a little bit uncomfortable. This leads many people to suffer in silence. Sometimes solutions can be as easy as making diet or lifestyle changes. However, when the answer is not as simple, you may need to see a specialist. After all, when it comes to stomach pain finding the cause of your trouble can be quite challenging. With offices conveniently located in the New Jersey area, Monmouth Gastroenterology of Eatontown are Board Certified Physicians in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. They combine state of the art medicine with cutting edge technology and provide the highest level of care for gastrointestinal, liver disease and colorectal cancer prevention, detection and screening in the Monmouth County area. Their practice has one goal in mind and that is to make their patients live longer, feel better and improve overall quality of life. Their team of six specially trained doctors in the field of gastroenterology specializes in the treatment of diseases dealing with the digestive system. Their subspecialty focuses on the disorders of the digestive tract, which include the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), liver and pancreas.

The six physicians in the practice include: Dr. Nadeem Baig

In addition to performing EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) and Colonoscopy, Dr. Baig has advanced training in ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancretography) and EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound). He completed his fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Kenneth Belitsis

Dr. Belitsis specializes in screening colonoscopy and has advanced training in Diseases of the Pancreas and Biliary System offering Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) with CORE and fine needle aspiration, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopantography (ERCP) and Cholangioscopy. He offers services including Endocopic Mucosal Resection of early tumors and treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus with ablation.

Dr. Thomas C. Fiest

Dr. Thomas C. Fiest is a Board Certified Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology Specialist in endoscopic procedures. Dr. Fiest has been chosen by Castle Connolly as “Top Doctor” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was also chosen by New Jersey Monthly as “Top Doctor” in 2007 and 2011. Recently chosen “Top Doctor” by his peers for 2012.

In addition to Colon Cancer Screening, Upper Endoscopies, and ERCP-Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography), Dr Gorcey is one of a few select physicians in the world performing Restorative Obesity Surgery Endoscopically (ROSE procedure). This is an incision-less method of revising the stomach after gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Gorcey was also the first doctor in the state of New Jersey to perform BARRX ablation for Barrets esophagus, a non-invasive way of removing pre-cancerous tissue from the esophagus.

Dr. Laleh A. Merikhi

Her special interests include women’s health issues, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Celiac Disease, functional GI disorders, Gastrointestinal motility disorders, specifically esophageal and ano-rectal disorders. In addition, to performing EGD, Colonoscopy and Capsule Endoscopy, Dr. Merikhi performs Esophageal Manometry, Ano-rectal Manometry, biofeedback training and esophageal PH monitoring. She also focuses on digestive diseases specific to woman.

Dr. Rajiv Uppal

Dr. Uppal’s expertise is in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), treatment of teenage children and non- surgical treatment of hemorrhoids. Dr. Uppal performs Upper Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP, esophageal dilatation and more advanced endoscopic procedures including radio frequency ablation of Barrett’s epithelium.

The most rewarding part of their profession is the relationships they build with their patients. The physicians strive to get their patients back to their optimal health with the proper diagnosis and treatment. On the flip side, disorders of the digestive tract are one of the most common reasons for a physician visit and are often the most difficult to diagnose. Often times, the real challenge is helping their patients practice “patience” until we can diagnose their disorder and then help to treat them.” Monmouth Gastroenterology takes great pride in their fine staff and facilities. When you visit their office you will find the staff to be friendly and pleasant. Today, in our fast paced world, everything is just a click away. The Practice Portal which you will find on their website enables you to safely and securely view your information after you register with them as a patient. This site allows you to view your medical information, request appointments and prescriptions, send medical or billing questions to staff, update your personal data and obtain forms to complete for your office visit. Due to their specialty, they understand there are certain topics that are embarrassing, however as soon as you have symptoms such as rectal bleeding or diarrhea, call their office and make an appointment. Simple answer but unfortunately not always followed –Early detection is important.”

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Local Honey

A Healthy And Safe Solution For Diabetics When we take our products to local farmers markets we’re constantly hearing from people who cannot enjoy honey because of their diabetes. “Nope, can’t have it, I’m a diabetic,” they say. We found it unfair that a disease could turn off someone to the very notion of having a teaspoon of honey to sweeten their foods so we did some research. It turns out that honey can be a safe and effective substitute to sugar. Please note many commercial honeys you can buy at the supermarket are mixed with sugar to begin with, so if you want to have a comfortable and safe sugar substitute, you will want all natural local raw honey. The fructose and natural sugars in honey are enough to stimulate insulin production, but it’s always smart to know what’s in the food you’re buying, and buying local is a great way to keep track of that. If you are a diabetic, you know your body better than anyone, so it’s always good to know what your system can and cannot handle before diving into a great big honey pot. Being aware is smart, but why deny yourself an enjoyable treat when all you

have to do is brush up on what is and is not good for your body? From the Garden has an array of local honey products that work great as sweeteners. When you buy honey from us, you know what you’re getting, all natural local honey, no additives and more importantly no surprises.

Cinnamon & Honey

Combining cinnamon and honey is a great way to reap even more health benefits from a traditionally sweet and enjoyable treat. Making a spread with cinnamon and honey on toast is a wonderful healthy alternative to jelly or jam and has been known to lower cholesterol. Hot water with honey and cinnamon has been known to do wonders for arthritis. Combining cinnamon and honey and taking a spoonful is a great way to deal with the common cold, indigestion, bad breath, bladder infections and more. The list goes on and on. Of all these health benefits, there are items you can find in just one great product at our store.

Our “Wildflower & Cinnamon” honey is a great pre-mixed treat that you’re going to love. As simple as the

name suggests, our “Wildflower & Cinnamon” honey is nothing more than our traditional wildflower honey with a light mixture of certified organic cinnamon. Unlike our creamed cinnamon honey, this product has a much lighter texture and is better capable of providing all the health benefits that cinnamon and honey have to offer. It’s great for mixing in tea, spreading on toast, or adding to your oatmeal in the morning. Between the health benefits and the taste, there’s no reason not to try our “Wildflower & Cinnamon” honey!

Honey Raspberry Citrus Slush This is a great refreshing treat that uses honey and fruit!

1½ cups fresh orange juice ½ cup honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lime juice 1½ cups frozen raspberries 1 cup crushed ice Lemon or lime garnish In a blender combine orange juice, honey, lemon and lime juices. Mix until honey is dissolved. Add raspberries and ice; purée. Serve in beverage glass garnished with lemon or lime.

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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Medical Professionals


Diagnosed With Breast Cancer: What’s Next? breast is removed surgically, there is a risk of cancer growing back in the same breast or spreading to other organs, a process called metastasis. The risk of metastasis is based on a number of factors. Age, menopause, the stage of the cancer and characteristics of the tumor cells (grade, hormone receptors called ER and PR, and Her-2) all determine the risk of relapse or metastasis.

Age Submitted by: Dr. Sarah J. Easaw, MD, FACP Ocean Hematology & Oncology


he biopsy shows that you have breast cancer. In addition to the shock and emotional turmoil, a thousand questions go through your mind. “The surgeon said that he took everything out, so why do I need chemotherapy?” “What are my chances?” “Am I going to die from cancer?” “My friend only needed to take a pill, why am I not getting that?” No Two Tumors Are Alike Not everyone diagnosed with breast cancer is treated the same because no two tumors are alike. Even after the lump in the

In general, young women tend to have more aggressive tumors and are more often treated with chemotherapy than older women.


Breast cancer is staged from Stage 0 to Stage IV; Stage 0 is pre-cancerous and is also known as carcinoma in situ (DCIS or LCIS). Stage 0 cancer does not metastasize and does not require chemotherapy. Stage I is a small tumor (<2cm) confined to the breast; when the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes or if the tumor is >2cm it is Stage II. Stage III includes tumors that have spread to lymph nodes in the neck, have affected more than 4 lymph nodes, or have spread to the skin and chest wall. When the cancer has metastasized to other organs (commonly to the bones, lungs or liver), it is Stage IV. The higher the stage, the higher your risk is of relapsing; chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or both are recommended to reduce that risk.

Tumor Characteristics

Certain features on the cancer cells can predict the aggressive-

ness of the cancer. Cancer cells are graded from I to III, grade I being the least aggressive and grade III being the most. The tumor cells are also tested for hormone receptors on the surface of cancer cells, called ER and PR (estrogen and progesterone). Tumor cells are also checked for a protein called Her-2. About 25-30% of all breast cancers are Her-2 positive. Her-2 positive patients are treated with a drug called Herceptin.

Who Needs Chemotherapy?

the collarbone. This is temporary and can be removed after treatment is completed.

Side Effects Chemotherapy can cause nausea, fatigue, vomiting, hair loss, mouth sores, low blood counts and numbness in the extremities. These are all reversible and improve once treatment is discontinued. With the use of newer medications, nausea and vomiting can be prevented considerably. To learn more about treatment of breast cancer or other cancers, contact Dr. Sarah J. Easaw, 732-961-0010

Even if the visible tumor is removed surgically, you may have cancer cells floating around in your system that can deposit in different parts of the body. This can happen a few months to several Compassionate Cancer Care, Close to Home years later, producing metastasis. Research has shown that this risk can be reduced by giving chemotherapy for a few months. In addition, hormonal therapy and Herceptin are used in appropriate patients. After surgery, your surgeon will refer you to a Medical Oncologist who will then determine the kind of treatment you may need. Women who have very early stage breast cancer may not need any treatment and should be observed periodically. Most women with ER and W We offer a full range of Hematology & Oncology services. PR positive tumors are W We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer care in a treated with Tamoxifen warm and personalized manner. (before menopause), or W Our newly renovated, spacious infusion room provides a Arimidex (Anastrazole) peaceful and friendly atmosphere to patients while they receive

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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.


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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 hypertension (high blood pressure). • Physical inactivity. • Obesity (more than 20% over one’s ideal body weight). • Uncontrolled diabetes.

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venous disease when needed. Traditional and newer treatments, such as Closure, Stab-phlebectomy and Sclerotherapy are advised when needed.

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Patients are initially started with Prescription strength compression stockings for at least 3-months on a daily basis to help reduce the symptoms such as pain and swelling. Their condition is monitored and if the situation does not improve, other treatment options are explored. A certified compression hose fitter is on premises to help.

Our philosophy is to promote Total Health for our patients. We evaluate each patient with their Total Health in perspective with a specific focus on the management of venous diseases. In promoting Total Health, we also counsel patients for the management of other related conditions such as weight gain, smoking cessation, nutrition information and other related services.

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Sclerotherapy is used for veins smallThe VNUS Closure Procedure is Stab-Phelebectomy is used for the er than 3mm in diameter. It involves On the new patient visit, the physifor varicose veins bigger than 5mm in removal of varicose veins 3–5mm injecting small veins with an FDA cian conducts a complete history and in diameter through multiple micro approved sclerosing solution such as physical examination and symptoms as- diameter and uses radiofrequency to incisions, utilizing local anesthesia. Sotradecol, Polidocanol or Asclera. sessment. Pictures of legs will be taken close the vein. for medical documentation. The physiG. ClariVein aka MOCA™ ! cian will discuss your vein concerns as Insurance Pre Authorization Insurance Coverage well as your treatment goals. The toal  (Non-Thermal Vein Ablation System) Start Early–Due to insurance for Treatment time for consultation could take as  is the new Endovascular technique for the requirements, from initial consult, Most insurance commuch as 60 minutes. treatment of venous reflux disease; it companies cover varicose vein it can take as much as three to six

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An appointment will be scheduled for an ultrasound for an ultrasound on our premise. A diagnostic Venous Ultrasound is performed to evaluate the superficial veins as well as the deep veins and to map out the incompetent veins. The physician will then discuss the ultrasound results, treatment options and tailor a treatment plan designed specifically for your venous problem. Attention to detail, proven treatment with care and compassion, leads to excellent results. Unless the patient requests for it to be done in a hospital, all procedures are done by a Board certified Vascular Surgeon at our Vein Centers. Procedures are performed either under local anesthesia or with IV sedation.

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ibroid tumors also are known as leiomyomas or myomas and, by far, are the most common benign uterine tumor. They usually are diagnosed during a regular gynecological examination, but may present with the symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic fullness, infertility, and urinary frequency. Fibroid tumors can be located at different sites within the body of the uterus: subserosal, intramucosal, or submucosal. They can occur as a single tumor or be present with others. The most common consistency of fibroid tumors is hard and firm, but they also can be soft and rubbery.


What Causes Fibroid Tumors? The cause of fibroids is unknown, but they all begin as a single cell that begins to replicate itself to grow. So, once this tumor is removed, it will not come back. There is evidence of increased incidence within families. Estrogen hormone has a major influence which stimulates fibroid growth. Fibroids have the potential to enlarge during pregnancy. During menopause, when there is very little estrogen, the tumors usually shrink.



What are the Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors? Symptoms vary from person to person. Very often, women can be completely asymptomatic, even those with large tumors.


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How Common are Fibroid Tumors? Fibroids are the most common gynecological tumor in women. Clinical studies show that 20 to 25 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids. Although these tumors are for the most part benign, there can be a malignancy rate of 0.10.2 percent. Studies show that these benign tumors are four to six times more common in African-American women that in Caucasian women. This is further evidence of a probable genetic predisposition.



How are Fibroid Tumors Diagnosed? Fibroids frequently are diagnosed when an enlarged, irregularly shaped uterus is identified during a pelvic exam. This is confirmed most commonly by ultrasound. An MRI or CT scan also can be used to further define the extent of the tumor and its location.



Can Fibroid Tumors cause Infertility? Approximately 10 percent of fibroids can be the primary cause of infertility. Miscarriages or pre-term labor are other complications. Most women who have fibroids are not afflicted and have uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries. Fibroid tumors can block the fallopian tubes, which can lead to primary infertility. Studies support the fact that if conception is successful, only 10 to 15 percent of women will have complications from their fibroid during pregnancy.


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What are the NONSurgical Treatment Options? 1. Medical management with LupronÂŽ injections every three months to shrink the tumor. This places the woman into a temporary state of menopause, which is completely reversible. This is only good for up to six months, then surgery should be performed after the tumor has shrunk. 2. Embolization of the arteries supplying the tumor. This is done as an outpatient procedure in the radiology department at some hospitals. This is a good option for someone who is not interesting in having children and who is also not a good candidate for surgery. 3. Focused high-frequency ultrasound also helps to shrink the tumor but is still not readily available in most hospitals and is not standard of care at this time. It does appear to be very promising, however.

These surgeries can be performed several different ways; 1. Laparoscopically -- with or without robotic assistance 2. Laparotomy -traditional open case with a larger skin incision 3. Vaginally -- this is usually to perform a complete hysterectomy, not a myomectomy Traditional gynecological treatment follows two courses. The first, for small or asymptomatic tumors, is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wait-and-seeâ&#x20AC;? approach, including annual ultrasounds to watch for any changes. The second traditional avenue, usually for larger and more symptomatic disease, is a myomectomy for the superficial tumors and a hysterectomy for the more invasive fibroids. Depending on the philosophy of your gynecologist, the ovaries may or may not be removed. My approach is much

Infertility specialist Allen Morgan, MD, once again has received a two-year accreditation for Shore Area In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Accreditation was granted based on the results of a comprehensive on-site inspection of the laboratoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities and overall management, as well as its records, staff credentials, and safety program and record.

Dr. Allen Morgan of Shore IVF and Reproductive Medicine has been practicing for 20 16 years and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Morgan teaches OB-GYN residents at Jersey Shore University Medical Center who get their clinical experience in reproductive endocrinology under his tutelage. Dr. Morgan is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgeons. He is an associate member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists. Dr. Morgan is on the staff of Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch; Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank; Community Medical Center, Toms River; Central State Hospital, Freehold; Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood; Ocean Medical Center, Brick; Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune; and Southern Ocean County Hospital, Manahawkin.


What are the Surgical Treatment Options? 1. Myomectomy- remove only the tumor and leave the uterus. 2. Hysterectomy- remove the entire uterus and the tumor together (with or without the ovaries) There is no way to completely remove fibroids successfully without surgery. If a woman is beyond her childbearing years, she could consider a hysterectomy; however, a less-invasive procedure would be removal of the tumor and preservation of the uterus (myomectomy). Today, many GYN surgeons will offer a partial hysterectomy or a supra-cervical hysterectomy, in which the uterus and tumor are removed, but the cervix is left intact, which supports the vaginal vault so there is reduced risk of vaginal prolapse or defects with the strength of the vaginal internal attachments.

more patient-friendly with fertility preservation in mind. However, if the patient is not interested in having children, then the above options are available.



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May/June 2012 September/October 2013

Medical Professionals


Why Are You Squeezing My Breasts? Q A

Cyrus Khorrami, M.D.

Besides lung cancer, breast cancer causes more deaths among American women than any other form of cancer. A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8. Each year about 240,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed (that is one for every 2 and a half minutes). Sadly, 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year (one death every 13 minutes). Screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality by 25-30% for women ages 50-70 and by 18% for women ages 40-50. Early detection is incredibly important. The 12-year survival rate is 95% for cancers detected that are less than 1 centimeter in size. Despite these statistics, many women still do not consistently have their yearly mammograms. The major complaint is discomfort. Here are some of the more common concerns with mammograms and the explanations as to why they occur.

Why do you have to squeeze my breasts?

When a patient undergoes a mammogram the breasts are placed in between two paddles on the machine. The paddles compress the breast and an x-ray is taken. The paddles apply pressure on the breast. This serves two purposes. First, it holds the breast still. The slightest movement can blur the images. This can limit the sensitivity of detecting tiny calcifications that can be a sign of cancer. The second reason is to displace breast tissue. Breast tissue looks white on mammograms. Unfortunately, cancers also look white on mammograms. Finding cancer in breast tissue can be like finding a snowball in a snow bank. One thing that helps improve detection of cancer is trying to spread out the breast tissue as much as possible. This is performed by the pressure applied by the paddles.


Why do you have to pull my breasts?

Mammograms are all about early A breast cancer detection. Breast cancer can form in any portion of breast

tissue. Therefore, it is important to have as much breast tissue imaged as possible. So our technologists need to physically pull the breast onto the x-ray film so all of the breast tissue is included in the mammogram. Many women do not know breast tissue extends up to the collar bone. It is also very important to image the lymph nodes in the armpits to detect potential early cancer spread. This is why we image and compress high to the level of the shoulder.


Why do you have to take so many images?

The standard way to image the breast is top to bottom and A side to side. Typically, each breast is imaged twice (four x-rays total). Occasionally additional views are needed to better image all the breast tissue from various angles. This helps improve detection of potential breast cancer.

breast cancer detection. Although mammograms can occasionally be uncomfortable, they often save lives. As always if you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact our staff, 732-244-0777.


Sometimes when I am asked to return for more images, the technologists use a paddle that squeezes my breast even more. Why does that happen? The breast is made A up of many layers of overlapping breast

tissue. Occasionally, the radiologist will see an area on the mammogram which is suspicious. It must be determined whether this is truly cancer or overlapping breast tissue. A specialized paddle will be used to press on the area that is suspicious. If the area of concern disappears with the compression, it is likely an artifact and represents overlapping breast tissue. If this area persists with compression, cancer must be considered and additional imaging or a biopsy may be performed. Mammograms are extremely important for



Small suspicious lesion in the breast disappears with compression. This was not cancer, but overlapping breast tissue



Suspicious lesion in the breast that did not disappear with compression. This proved to be a solid mass

As always, contact our office where our staff will be more than happy to assist you.



you can count on.

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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September/October 2013

Real Estate

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Britt Sloan: Changing Lives One Body At A Time

Britt Sloan has had a passion for Eastern medicine and a holistic lifestyle from as far back as she can remember. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about preventing illness and injury and that manifests itself by adapting a complete lifestyle commitment.â&#x20AC;? As the founder of Spa Botanical, ( she creates and markets face and body care products made with natural, organic and 100% vegan ingredients. She is also a massage therapist and a certified IET Practitioner. As an advocate and educator for health and wellness she is passionate about her field. She adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about selling products and making money. My goal is to be an effective educator for health and wellness. Imagine the profound effects on generations to come if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to not only cure illness, but drastically reduce and prevent it as well. The Eastern and Western medical worlds are finally moving closer

together and acknowledging the importance of both in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progressive society. I, like many others in the field of health and wellness, are thrilled to see this pattern of evolution. People no longer want a remedy for their symptoms (i.e. pills), they want to be cured. Hopefully, with continued education and support from the scientific community, it will continue in this very positive direction. Though it is yet vastly uncharted territory, there is an extremely useful and important place for both science and metaphysical modalities in our future and in the future of generations to come. Imagine the impact should we be able to harness the best of both the Eastern & Western medical worlds, and not only to prevent and reduce certain types of disease and illness but, quite possibly to cure and eliminate.â&#x20AC;? Monmouth County Woman recently sat down with Britt as she invited us into her world of wellness. MCW: How did you first become interested in holistic living? BS: As a pre-teen I started making homemade products for personal use. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been amazed by the abundant ingredients Mother Nature has to offer. Much of these foods have stood the test of time and remain the best ingredients for food and cosmetics. As I began researching the benefits of whole foods I realized just how far removed weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become from nature. I personally wanted to make life style changes and move forward in a more healthy direction. In the last 6-7 years there has been a huge movement of like-mined people who are choosing to live longer, healthier lives. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I found my niche. MCW: Describe the benefits of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). BS: Integrated Energy Therapy is similar to Reiki but a little more â&#x20AC;&#x153;intense.â&#x20AC;? Its purpose is to help the patient release negative energies that the body has stored deep within

on a cellular level. Many times we â&#x20AC;&#x153;thinkâ&#x20AC;? weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve â&#x20AC;&#x153;let things go,â&#x20AC;? but in reality weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve pushed those traumatic experiences so far down into our psyche, that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unaware of how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manifesting in other areas of our lives or, other parts of our bodies. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all experienced everyday stress in our lives. Some people are unable to release that negative energy and it affects our bodies in debilitating ways like ulcers or through depression. IET is similar to acupressure and acupuncture, but without needles that works on the release of negative energy and correcting the proper flow of the chakras. You do not need to be spiritual or religious to experience the effects. There is nothing for the patient to do but relax and allow the practitioner to work. MCW: What are some benefits of getting massages besides the obvious one of relaxing?

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your Skin Type?

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BS: Many people will argue massage is not a luxury--- but a necessity. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so happy to see the medical community getting on board with the advantages to preventive alternative medicine. Recently there have been articles published by the medical community about studies confirming the positive effects that massage can have on the body. A good massage can relieves stress, which helps to lower blood pressure and tension. Studies have also found that massage releases endorphins that make us happy---- a more healthful alternative to pharmaceuticals. MCW: What is the most rewarding part about your profession? BS: Being able to be creative is a huge part of who I am and that makes me the happiest. I find every aspect of my career rewarding and I love educating people on the benefits of healthy products.








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Adult Community


Land Lease Communities Are Perfect Match For 55+


and lease communities are a perfect blend of the independence of owning your own home within your financial means and living in a comfortable neighborhood.

Usually several homes to the acre, life in a land lease community is somewhat like the familiar days of enjoying the changing seasons on the stoop of the old homestead. Land leased communities often offer the camaraderie of shared life experiences where most people on the block know each other. Another fact that makes this home ownership choice so appealing is the lower cost of buying the home. Leasing the lot is as financially efficient as any other leasing experience; lower cost, paying for exactly what you need and owning a home that is just the right size. Some land-leased communities advertise with the accent on the origin of the home- usually a manufactured home of one type or another. This type of construction is very durable, energy efficient and easily maintained. Economies in bulk material purchases by the builder yield a more economical offering to the homeowner. Terms can be misunderstood if a potential homeowner’s thinking is not up to date. Manufactured homes include modular homes, manufactured homes and even the older origin of the term mobile homes. As this type of construction has been fine-tuned over the nearly 100 years since its introduction, the actual homes have changed as dramatically as other homes built in the early 1900’s compare to today’s new home. Energy, light, openness of floor plans, and the physical construction are much improved even in the most recent 10 years. Yet, as in

any home comparison, the originals are still viable useful homes that are readily bought, sold and occupied. There are many offerings in the land lease communities; some are age-qualified, some are not; some are gated, some are not. Amenities differ from location to location just as any community. Leasing the land keeps the purchase price of the lot out of the financing and buying transaction, making it affordable to all income levels. The monthly lease cost can vary from one community to another just like any other location-based expenses. Find out what is included in any lease and compare what is offered to what you need and the services you expect to enjoy.

v Fountainhead in Jackson NJ is a land lease community for people at least 55 years of age. The

neighborhood design is often cited as an important and favorable aspect of residing at Fountainhead. With mature trees, off the street parking, enjoyed by responsible homeowners displaying pride in their investments it is a great place to retire. All homes are owner-occupied. The lease fee includes the property tax among other services, and yet it is still very affordable. It can be the perfect solution for people starting over from the tragedy of last fall. Homes from approximately 900 square feet to 1,450 square feet offer many solutions to retiring in comfort. Dining rooms, front porch, carport, walk-in closets, great energy efficiency and natural gas heat are just a few things to select in planning the new home purchase at Fountainhead. Jackson, recently voted one of the best communities in NJ, offers bits of everything that is good about living between 2 major metro areas. Fresh air, great schools,

excellent recreation areas, good roads and all the services are easily accessible to all the residents of this 100 square mile township. The Fountainhead location is just off the major artery in town- County Line Road, 2 miles from I-195, and 5 miles to Route 9. v The three Viviano siblings own and continue to build the Fountainhead community. Nancylu Viviano and brother-in-law Clem Caldarise manage the office, sales and construction while a friendly staff of service and production people complete the team. Nephews and nieces are stepping in as their skills develop. New homes and pre-owned homes are always available, sometimes for immediate occupancy. The future homebuyer knows what they want and need today- and the manufactured home is easily customized to satisfy. Optional room designs, and levels of upgrades and an open-minded developer can be found at the Fountainhead office to please the buyer. Pricing is very clear; beginning at $85,000 for a very basic modestsize home to approximately $160,000 for a deluxe home that can be enhanced up to $175,000. It’s a good idea to call ahead for a visit, but not necessary, home consultants are available Monday thru Friday 10-4:30 and Saturday from 11 a.m. For more information please visit the website or like us on facebook- FountainheadNJ.

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What is a Plantar Wart?

By: Dr. Susan Belanger Warts (aka Verruca) typically appear on hands and feet. They present as rough small tumors or cauliflower like or a solid blister. The virus that causes plantar warts is not highly contagious but can be transmitted through tiny cuts or breaks in skin. Since everyone has a different immune system, not every person who comes in contact with the virus will develop a wart. The virus is called the human papillomavirus of which there are 100 types. Plantar warts have increased incidence in children and young adults between 12-16 years old who share dormitories, gym facilities and common bathing areas. Warts can be persistent and new warts can grow as fast as old warts disappear. If warts are untreated they can grow in size or develop clusters called mosaic

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unsightly, and multiply so the advice is to treat them:PVDBO try over the counter remedies, which in time will work but this is not the recommended course for anyone who is immunocompromised, diabetic or pregnant. Doctors usually use common treatments in combination such as; Salicylic acid in a 40% concentration. The acid peels off the infected skin a little at a time. This can take months and healthy skin must be protected. Freezing (cryotherapy) is the most common treatment and usually effective but also requires several applications. The chemical can cause a blister and the wart tissue sloughs off. Cantharidin is a substance extracted from the blister beetle and has been used for centuries. The beetle juice can cause a blister lifting the wart from the skin. Duct tape was applied to warts in a study in 2002 where after 7 days the tape was removed, the wart soaked and rubbed with an emery board. It was found that after several months the warts vanished. Aggressive forms of treatment include:

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.

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On Friday, September 20, 2013 the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Long Branch and New Brunswick will host their 4th Annual Wine Tasting from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Robert B. Meyner Reception Center at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel. Indulge and discover a variety of fine wines from all over the world, cheeses and chocolates while browsing a collective array of items in the silent and live auctions. This year’s Grand Prize Raffle is a trip for two to the Harvest Inn in Napa Valley, California with round trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information on the Wine Tasting or the Ronald McDonald House, log on to our website, or contact Lynne Siedentop at 732-222-8755 ext 30.

Giving is Fashionable - Family Runway Show On Friday, October 18, 2013 the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Long Branch and New Brunswick will host their Giving is Fashionable Family Runway Show from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the The Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. The RMH Fashion Show celebrates designers, celebrity models, our community & our supporters, but most importantly our families for the purpose of making a difference in our children’s lives. Join us for an evening of fun, fashion, food and festivities. Mingle with friends & celebrities, and bid on exciting travel packages while supporting the families staying at RMH. Tickets are one ticket for $125 or two tickets for $200. For more information on the Fashion Show or the Ronald McDonald House, log on to our website, or contact Lynne Siedentop at 732-222-8755 ext 30.

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If you love antiques or collectibles and home décor, you will love Yesterdays and Todays. It is a place to linger, a place in which to amble down the lacquered woodplanked floors. Many customers just can’t leave without buying something. Head right for fine china, vintage kitchen tins and utensils, Asian vases, quilts, hand-painted items, antique dolls, Depression glassware, dishes, candles, quilts and lace. Enjoy the sun-drenched furniture showroom that invites you to seat yourself at a dining set and be transported back to Christmases at Aunt Mildred’s. Sink into a Queen Anne sofa and remember being a child sitting in the same kind of chair, legs dangling impatiently, waiting for Grandma to bring out the tin of Ritz crackers, like the one you saw back in the country kitchen room. Try to find the rainbows cast by prism-laden lamps, just like you did years ago. Ambiance matters. You’ll not hear Lady Gaga in this shop! Instead, you’ll peruse to the sounds of Dean Martin, Neil Diamond and other musical greats. Senses shift from the music to the sights…the lighted glass counters hold everything from Royal Doulton figurines to Fenton art glass to toy RC Cola cars. Tiffany lamps hang from ceiling fixtures. Oil paintings of every style adorn the walls and vintage jewelry galore. Melody credits her husband, Moonstar Painting owner and contractor Seyithan Tektas, with translating her vision of Victorian elegance fused with country charm into the reality that customers and consigners experience. (Family and friends also volunteer their time to man the registers

and help assemble and arrange consignments as they come in.) “People love it. I have people who hang out in here for hours,” Melody said. “They say, ‘Oh my God, my mother had this, my grandmother had this.’… It’s like walking down memory lane….Things go fast, though. If you want it, you have to buy it.” Stroll back the other way and explore the offerings: vintage handbags for the ladies, and with the men who accompany their women, fishing rods, Hess trucks, vintage magazines, bar signs and the requisite John Wayne posters. “We have quality furniture at reasonable prices. Why pay $5,000 for a new dining room set when you can get better quality for $1,000 or less? You get great things for little money. There really is something for everyone. This isn’t a thrift store; we sell quality items at affordable prices.”

Yesterdays and Todays accepts all Quality collectibles, jewelry, antiques, new and old furniture, vintage items, toys, magazines, art glass, figurines, paper, military, jukeboxes, slot machines, bar signs, pocketbooks, hats, furs, and much, much, more! She does buyout antiques and estates. Vendor space is also available. Home delivery for customers is available. Call for details.

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Melody Tektas is passionate about antiques and treating customers and consigners well. Yesterdays and Todays Consignment Center is her love letter to those who share that passion, and includes vintage collectibles along with select modern items. It took three years of researching antique and vintage markets, and two years of seeking the perfect location before she settled on the 200-year-old Siperstein’s building on Toms River’s Main Street to create Yesterdays and Todays Consignment Center. The center is as rare as many of the items it holds. It’s the only consignment store of its kind in New Jersey. With the success of the Toms River location, a second location in Brick is opening in July.

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Customers aren’t the only ones who benefit. Melody deals with nearly 2700 consignors and has several vendors renting out space. Consignors receive 50 - 60 percent of the sale price; for antiques a higher percentage; and consignors get paid once a month. “People trust me,” Melody said. “We try to get fair prices for all our consignors. We are honest, and have a knowledgeable and personable staff that is great with all our customers.”

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Sifting Through The Sand For Hidden Beach Gems With Eileen Fox Allen will bend down and scoop up the most beautiful piece of glass, perfectly shaped for a pendant or earring.

Where exactly does “beach glass” come from?

Written By: Eileen Fox Eileen’s Beach Gems

How did you get involved with jewelry making? I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts – pottery, weaving, candle making, painting - you name it; I’ve dabbled in it. At one point, I started making beads out of the pottery clay, and from there, I moved into jewelry making. I’ve made hundreds of necklaces, earrings and bracelets out of a variety of materials, from chunky pieces of wood and clay to tiny crystals and pearls. But recently I started using materials that can be found on the beach, which not only saves on material costs but also offers the added attraction of the “hunt.”

What specifically are you looking for on that hunt? Shells, glass, pebbles, anything that might look good hanging from a silver or gold chain. As a Jersey shore native, I have been collecting seashells since I was little, and I’m still always on the lookout for especially pretty or unusual shells. But I never really took much notice of sea glass until I started dating a guy who has a knack for spotting the stuff a mile away. We can be walking along what appears to be a completely clean, empty beach, and suddenly

Also referred to as sea glass, it’s just broken bits of bottles, glasses, tableware and other household items that have been discarded or lost in natural disasters, often many years ago. These pieces have been worn down by wind, water and sand until the edges are smooth and the surfaces are frosted. Most of the glass you find locally is green or brown – which may have something to do with the color of beer bottles. But I’m partial to the blue or white pieces, which are much harder to find.

And how do you turn that from a piece of glass into a piece of jewelry? Allen, my glass-hunter and partner in crime, also happens to be a dentist with a set of drills that can make perfect little holes in glass and shells. After he drills them, I use them as I would any type of bead, pairing them with crystals, pearls and other materials to create necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Of all the crafts I’ve tried, this has been among the most enjoyable – the seaside walks are good exercise, the jewelry making is good therapy, and each finished piece is a memento of my favorite place, the Jersey shore.

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Eileen Fox was born and raised in Absecon. After earning a BA in Anthropology and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, she went into publishing, where she worked for 20 years as an editor and writer. Moving from Philadelphia to Washington to New York, she finally circled back to South Jersey to raise a family and continue her career. She has spent the last ten years as a marketing and public relations consultant for a variety of clients, writing brochures, newsletters, articles, news releases, postcards, ads, marketing plans, and website content. When she’s not at her computer, she can often be found at her workbench making jewelry or on the dance floor doing the salsa and meringue. She also enjoys hiking and biking, and does volunteer work for Hadassah. Although she lives in Cherry Hill, Eileen spends almost every weekend at the shore, where she has a wonderful network of friends with whom she travels, does Pilates and shares good times.

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Debbie Moriarty CyberKnife® Program Nurse Manager, New Jersey CyberKnife® Debbie Moriarty dedicated her career to oncology after being inspired by care given to a family member. Her 26-year career has spanned inpatient medical oncology, radiation oncology, oncology research, inpatient hospice and home care hospice. Born in Orange, N.J., she currently resides in Toms River where she serves as the CyberKnife® program nurse manager for New Jersey CyberKnife at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, a service of Community Medical Center. As a CyberKnife program nurse manager, Debbie provides clinical support and care coordination for cancer patients. Though her career path was inspired by her experience with nurses, her current motivation comes from witnessing the spirit of her patients and working with the experienced New Jersey CyberKnife team. She has been a member of the Oncology Nursing Society for more than 20 years, serving as president of the Central New Jersey chapter in previous years. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. New Jersey CyberKnife treats malignant and benign tumors throughout the body using CyberKnife technology. The center offers the only CyberKnife treatment in Ocean County. For more information visit

Dr. Sarah Easaw is a board certified Oncologist and Hematologist who has been practicing in Lakewood since 2006. She completed her internship and esidency in Internal Medicine at Harlem Hospital, affiliated with Columbia University, followed by a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. Before moving to Ocean County, she practiced Hematology and Oncology in Westwood, New Jersey for 10 years. Dr. Easaw founded Ocean Hematology & Oncology, a medical practice focusing on the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. She received Star Career Academy’s Excellence in Healthcare Award in 2010. Her clinical expertise is equal to her ability to treat each patient as an individual with care and compassion. “Dr. Easaw is the most wonderful, compassionate woman and doctor that I have ever met,” says a patient. Dr. Easaw is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is affiliated with Kimball Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Community Medical Center. She resides in Monmouth County with her husband and two children. To learn more about Dr. Easaw and her practice, call 732-961-0010 or visit

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Christina Mendoza

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Lynne Griffin is a resident of Little Egg Harbor, was born in the Bronx and moved to Monroe Twp at eight years old. After graduating, she worked in retail until moving to Healthcare 30 years ago with a trip to the Chiropractor! Nine years ago when she felt she needed a challenge, she switched to Ophthalmology to manage The Witlin Center. Lynne is an accomplished Business Manager and “The woman behind the doctors success” most of her career. The Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare’s 3-location practice keeps Lynne current in the industry as a member of AAOA and going to seminars around the country. She has run educational lectures to different groups and enjoys working with patients and being instrumental in getting their vision restored. Although a dedicated professional, in her spare time Lynne enjoys relaxing with her husband Dennis at their house “down the shore” as well as being out on their boat, going to the gym, visiting Atlantic City and fine dining. She also enjoys spending time with her two college aged children, Shane and Nicole, and strives to live by her motto WORK HARD AND PLAY HARDER! To learn more, visit

Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Christina Mendoza is the Assistant General Manager at Meridian Fitness and Wellness in Hazlet, New Jersey. Christina started her fitness career ten years ago as a Front Desk Associate for a nationally based health and fitness club. She continued to work within the fitness industry throughout college, expanding her knowledge of health and wellness and the impact it has on the community. After graduating from Monmouth University in West Long Branch with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Business and Spanish in 2009, Christina realized that the fitness industry was her true calling. “For the past three years, I have worked as the Marketing Coordinator and as a Les Mills instructor in Lawrenceville and quickly became the Assistant General Manager of Marketing,” says Christina. After hitting several milestones in their Fitness, Marketing and Sales departments, Christina began recognizing her desire to grow within the fitness industry. “I joined the Meridian Fitness and Wellness team in May 2013 and am looking forward to the next chapter in my career.” To contact Christina, call Meridian Fitness and Wellness Hazlet at (732) 335-4200.

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Dr. Yvonne H. Johnson

Kyra A. Becker, LCSW, BCD

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Assistant Director, NJ Center For the Healing Arts

Dr. Johnson serves as a member of Partners in Health for Meridian Health and is on the board of the New Horizon Treatment Services, Inc. Both programs permit her to lend her expertise to their mission of improving the health of the surrounding communities. Since leaving the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Johnson returned to her southern roots and natural remedies by becoming the CEO and President of Hall, Harrison & Johnson Assoc., LLC. Her company has partnered with Nikken, the manufacturer of technologies and products that assist in resolving everyday health challenges. These natural solutions provide energy to the body, permitting the body to heal and repair itself from within. The beauty of these phenomenal technologies is that they are non-toxic and produce no side effects but work in synergy to maintain the body in an alkaline environment. Most importantly, these solutions are a compliment to standard, traditional treatment. Dr. Johnson and her husband, Melvin, are longtime residents of Manalapan. She is active in her church community and as a former teacher, enjoys spending time with children and seniors. To learn more about her company and how she may be able to assist you in relieving your discomfort and other health challenges, please contact Dr. Johnson at 732-4092995 or email at drjohnson@hallharrisonjohnson. Visit their website at www.

Kyra Becker, a native New Yorker, has called Monmouth County her home for 24 years. Her diverse professional and personal background has led her to her current position as the assistant director of the NJ Center for the Healing Arts where she is also a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist. She is especially excited about her role as a supervisor to students from several colleges and universities who come to the NJ Center for the Healing Arts to learn about the integrative mental health model that has been distinguished as being one of the first of its kind in the country. Kyra has a 24-year-old daughter who resides in Manhattan with whom she shares a passion for exercise. She considers both horseback riding and spending time with her dogs activities that help to keep her physically fit. Currently, Kyra’s practice is open to clients who are interested in integrative hypnotherapy. To learn more about Kyra and the team of healing professionals at the NJ Center for the Healing Arts, please visit or call 732747-2944.

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Director of Development and Community Relations, LADACIN Network

Owner, Cake Designer, Chocolate Carousel

A desire to help children with disabilities led Luisa Vroman to join LADACIN Network 28 years ago. Luisa’s steadfast and caring service to the Agency began in the school program as a music therapist. She has held the positions of Coordinator of Therapy and Director of Ocean County Programs, and now serves as Director of Development and Community Relations. Luisa says, “I am proud to have been involved in an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of infants, children and adults with disabilities.” Ms. Vroman is a member of the Monmouth/Ocean Development Council and several local Chambers of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce. Luisa received the Constance Weaver Award from the United Way of Ocean County for helping to improve the lives of people in Ocean County. Luisa has lived most of her life in Monmouth County. She resides in Freehold with her husband, Kevin, and is the proud mother of two children. To reach Luisa, call 732-493-5900, ext 266. For more information on LADACIN Network, please visit www.

Lisa, a lifelong resident of New Jersey has lived in Shrewsbury for 14 years with her husband, John and their daughters, Olivia and Victoria. Creativity and love for the arts is an integral part of this family.  Olivia is a classical voice performance major at The College of New Jersey while Victoria is a dance major at Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Lisa graduated Rutgers with degrees in Spanish and Political Science and Drew University with a Master’s in International Affairs.  She worked for several years on Wall Street and later at a consulting firm in New Jersey.  However, her love of creating sweets, originating from a high school job in a sweet shop, inspired her to leave the corporate world and pursue her dream.  Chocolate Carousel was founded once Lisa completed training in chocolate, pastry and cake design. Lisa heads the company with the support of her husband and family.  She is the executive pastry chef and lead cake designer. Chocolate Carousel has received local and national awards for their exceptional quality and service.  Chocolate Carousel is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and contributes to many charitable organizations including the Foodbank. Contact Lisa at 732-280-0606, Chocolate Carousel on Facebook or on

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Girl Trips In Style By: Carole Kaiman Cloud Nine Travel

entertainment (such as attending theater performances or visiting local jazz clubs), and free time to shop.

What’s more fun than hanging out with the most important ladies in Looking for some great girls weekend trips? Need your life while feasting inspiration? Try a shopping trip, on decadent meals, a spa weekend or simply a getaway full of indulging in pampering relaxation by the pool. spa treatments or Ask a group of women to pick their perfect girlfriend getaway and you’re experiencing the great bound to get some creative and varied outdoors? responses. How can you and your According to a recent travel survey, CLOUD NINE TRAVEL learned manfree trips are on the rise, and a large percentage of women polled say they never check in with the office when traveling with pals. Now that’s a real vacation from work!

What’s unique about a women’s trip? It’s safe, relaxed, uncompetitive and stress free. When women travel together they let their hair down. They don’t have to nurture or take care of anyone, except themselves. A women’s trip is a “real vacation,” a time to renew body, mind and spirit. The camaraderie of likeminded women encourages laughter, easy communication, sharing secrets, being one’s self and having lots of fun. Women’s trips have “female specific” activities built into the itineraries--like a spa visit, a cooking class, visits to gardens, evening

traveling crew get on the same page and, ultimately, on the same plane?


For gal pals looking to get away on a stress free trip, the gals will leave their worries on dry land and sail aboard one of Regent Seven Seas’ all-inclusive cruises. Female clientele can unwind at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club or let loose dancing at the onboard night club. From piano bars and karaoke to yoga and Pilates to wine tasting and gaming at the casino, Regent Seven Seas keeps them entertained long before reaching the multiple destinations on their cruise.

Culinary Learning Vacations

Shows like Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Paula’s Home Cooking have created an almost cult-like following for certain celeb chefs and have turned their restaurants into destination hotspots. It can be fun to follow a culinary superstar to a chef ’s table, but many women are no longer content just to taste their dishes; they want to learn how to make the food themselves. That’s likely why the number of women-only culinary vacations has doubled in the past year. Once you’ve got an apron on and mise en place (“everything in place,” as the French say), you and your pals can learn to improve your cutting and cooking techniques as you prepare gourmet meals. The best part of the day (besides bonding with your buds, of course) is enjoying the fruits of your hard labor.

We’ve learned through our travels that it’s all about compromise. Thanks to the recent surge in girlfriend getaways, (56% of women now take them, according to a travel survey), there are more women-only adventures than ever.

You and your group can put your kitchen skills to the test during a 2 to 5-day boot camp at The Culinary Institute of America in Greystone, CA. Working alongside renowned chef instructors, you’ll be immersed in the art of food, such as perfecting a beuerre blanc sauce and learning how to braise osso buco.

Instead of standard female-focused fare, such as spa outings and in-suite slumber parties, the following offerings provide the potential for a trip of a lifetime.

Shopping the Souks

thanks to the exotic markets featured in the film Sex and the City 2 and the television show Real Housewives of New York, groups of friends are now planning destination getaways to souks and bazaars worldwide. These open-air markets, found primarily in Middle East cities, include hundreds of individual stalls that sell a menagerie of goods such as spices, fabric, handmade trinkets, tea sets, clothes and even precious jewelry. Some of the most renowned markets include those in Marrakesh, Morocco, Istanbul (Grand Bazaar which Cloud Nine has shopped), Dubai (Gold Market), and Jerusalem (Old City). Call your best gal pals today and plan a fabulous, fun, getaway, then call Cloud Nine to plan the stress free adventure.

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