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The County Woman~Behind The Scenes “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” These words of Melody Beattie, one of America’s most beloved self-help authors, echo the theme of this issue of Atlantic County Woman. These are the months when people focus on thankfulness and giving. We, the staff at the County Woman Publications, are thankful for the hard work and exemplary educational articles provided by our contributing writers six times a year to the readers in Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth County.

On this page, I want to introduce you to the key women behind the scenes of these three publications and express my gratitude for their contribution to our success.


Darlene Davis: “The creation and page layout design of the three publications is a tribute to your ingenuity. Thank you for your perserverance during the many late nights and weekends to ensure that our deadlines have always been met over the past seven years. Your vision in creating each page is always superb!” PJ Santos: “Thanks to your web design skills, our website is as attractive as it is functional. Your social networking expertise has helped to create brand recognition for us throughout all three counties. Thank you for your professionalism and your dependability. It’s been great having you work Lynn K. Wolf, Publisher with us since 2007 to help grow our “publication family.” Annette Jenkins: “Annette is a very gifted photographer whose patience, creativity and dedication has resulted in beautiful front covers, professional business profiles and perfect “on location” photos. I am very thankful that she has been the photographer for the Monmouth County Woman publication since its inception in March 2008!” Katie Githens: “Thank you for your excellent customer services and communication skills. Many of the clients and readers have shared how they appreciate your patience and assistance with each and every issue. You definitely bring the magic of “Disney World Customer Service” to the County Woman publications!” Kristina Pruitt: “As an Associate Publisher, Kristina assists me with the production, copyediting, and sales. I’m very grateful for her consistent level of expertise with the handling of all aspects of the publications. You have an excellent eye for misspellings and grammatical errors. Your humor and positive manner with our clients and readers is especially appreciated when on deadline!” Laura Golden: “Thank you for joining our design team this year. I appreciate your reliability, commitment, and skills with our publications!” Meghan Morse: “As our newest member of our team, I want to thank you for your enthusiasm, graphic skills, and helping the contributing writers realize their optimum satisfaction with their page.” Jeanne Teller: “Thank you for your exemplary job as my extension in Ocean and Monmouth County with the distribution. Under your management, the distribution of the publications is widespread and effective.” Gena Ansell-Lande: “The interview questions and subsequent articles that you write are well received by the clients and the readers. Your involvement with the publications span over two years and include working with a wide variety of professionals. Thank you for your professionalism and writing skills in all three publications!” I have been very fortunate to have a team of dedicated and talented women whose synergy results in superb client service and high quality primary educational publications, Atlantic County Woman, Ocean County Woman and Monmouth County Woman publications!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday! Lynn K. Wolf, Publisher

The County Woman Team: (L-R) PJ Santos, Laura Golden, Jeanne Teller, Lynn Wolf, Kristina Pruitt, Darlene Davis, Katie Githens, and Meghan Morse.

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Meet The Talented Women Of The County Woman Publications Read how their personalities, passions and dedication create the superb issues that women and their families in Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth counties read six times a year!

Annette Jenkins, Photographer

Owner: Annette Jenkins Photography, LLC My first career was managing and designing technology software. Then I turned a 20-year passion for photography into a career and never looked back. My husband and I love to travel the world and look forward to our vacations. Some of our favorites include Thailand, Costa Rica, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and the national parks in the United States. I love meeting people and hearing their stories. I’ve certainly met many fascinating women through Monmouth County Woman, beginning with the publisher, Lynn Wolf! It makes my day when I take someone’s headshot and they are thrilled with the results!

Kristina Pruitt, Associate Publisher I have worked with Lynn and the County Woman publication since its inception seven years ago. It has been exciting to watch the Atlantic County Woman publication grow and expand, as well as having been part of the launching of the Ocean County Woman and the Monmouth County Woman publications in 2008. I love speaking with different people and learning what they do and being able to help grow their business through educational articles. It is creative and interesting work, and I feel blessed to be a part of it. My home life is very busy with two wonderful children, a supportive husband and a pet snail!

Meghan Morse, Art and Production Associate I am the newest staff member at the County Woman publications. I enjoy learning all the various aspects of the publication business in this fast paced office! Currently, I’m a full time student at Cumberland County College pursuing an Associate Degree in graphic design. My favorite part of working here is learning the procedures and talking with the vast number of different businesses that are featured in these publications. In addition, I enjoy designing the display ads and pages along with working next to very talented and experienced graphic designers.

Darlene Davis, Professional Page

Designer /Graphic Designer Owner: Designs By Dar since 1999 I have been designing for thirty-five years and my work career and home design business compliment each other perfectly. I’m blessed with a beautiful family. A daughter, Kelly Jae, grandson, Bryce (age 5) and an 11-year-old Labador ‘Kel.’ Our family suffered a devastating loss this spring when the love of my life, my husband Jay, passed away suddenly, but our love keeps us afloat. I’ve been with Lynn from the start and I’m proud to be a large part of “The County Woman” publications. I learn a lot of valuable information through the articles and share it with family and friends outside of the counties. In my 35 years of designing, I must say that working with Lynn and the staff has truly been a source of joy for me.

PJ Santos, Webmaster

Owner: Digital Art Station, Inc. since 1999 I graduated from De La Salle University in 1999 and formed my business, specializing in website development, graphic digital design and online marketing business. I live in Egg Harbor Township with my husband, David, and my two beautiful daughters Isabella and Gabriella. My first meeting with Lynn was seven years ago when she approached me to design the Atlantic County Woman website. The website has expanded to include Ocean and Monmouth County Woman publications and evolved into a digital flipbook with active Facebook and Twitter accounts. As a resident of Atlantic County, I’m excited to see the publication everywhere I travel in the county, as well as watching the online presence grow stronger everyday.

Laura Golden, Graphic Designer Owner: Golden Design, LLC Four years ago I started a family graphic business, Golden Design, and am able to be home with my four year old daughter and enjoy a thriving business. I’ve been working with the Monmouth, Atlantic and Ocean County Woman for about a year. It is my privilege to create page designs for a wide range of different clientele through the publications.

Katie Githens, Public Relations

Executive /Graphic Designer I joined the staff of the County Woman Publications in 2012 after completing my Associates’ Degree in Graphic Design and a certificate of Web Design from Camden County College. Working with the contributing writers is the best part of my job. I’ve learned so much through reading their educational articles and have developed a rapport that would never have been possible if I wasn’t part of the County Woman team. My husband Eric and I have been married for three years and we have a boxer named Ratchet. I am an avid dirt bike rider, racing & competing in ECEA Enduro sanctioned events.

Gena Ansell-Lande, Writer

In addition to working as a writer for the County Woman publications, I am a “full time” Mom to twin boys Maxwell and Griffin, 4 ½ years old. I am also “Mom” to our 8 year old Weimaraner, Riley who is almost as much maintenance as my boys. My background is in professional writing and I graduated from Emerson College with a BFA Degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. I have enjoyed working for the County Woman Publications and it is the ideal fit for my lifestyle right now. Best of all, are the friendly staff and publisher. It is always a pleasure to work with other friendly, accomplished women. I am grateful for the opportunity to be working with County Woman team!

Jeanne Teller, Regional

Distribution Director I’ve enjoyed a career in two diverse fields, one in real estate/ construction and the other in healthcare. I worked as a claims supervisor for Barnabas Health for 16 years. While working for Barnabas Health, I gained a broad knowledge of health insurance and the inner workings of a hospital system. I’m happily married with three grown children, three grandchildren and one more grandchild coming soon! I’ve enjoyed interacting with the public in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties through The County Woman publications. I’ve met many interesting people.

In addition to those pictured, I would like to thank all my distributors for their contribution and dedication to ensure the publication is available in the medical offices, libraries, grocery stores, super Wawa’s, special events, and other professional buildings throughout Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth County. By 2018, over half of small businesses will be run by female entrepreneurs, according to a study by The National Federation of Small Businesses. Independent women are taking the initiative to start their own businesses and have shown they have the tenacity to make it happen. The following quote rings true for all entrepreneurs: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire, 1912. Photo Credits: Page 4 group photo by Donna L. Andrews Photography. Page 5, Annette Jenkins and Gena Ansell-Lande photos by Annette Jenkins Photography, individual photos by Donna L. Andrews Photography.

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Up and down the Jersey Shore, families were enjoying the lazy, magnificent days of summer. Many of the owners on the boardwalks reported their businesses were doing well, some said even better than last year. Admittedly, there is still ongoing construction along the northern parts of the Jersey Shore, but overall, the Jersey Shore is amazing. The revitalization proves we are Jersey Strong! In addition to the high quality educational articles found in this issue, we want to bring your attention to several of the specials and events that you won’t want to miss. Now, our play giveaways are only available on Facebook. “Like Us” on Facebook and participate in our play giveaways as well as other offers during the issue. The equinox brings autumn on September 22 at 10:29 PM EDT. The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the sun crosses the celestial equator. Enjoy all the fall activities in New Jersey as you watch the landscape silently burst with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. On behalf of the staff at The Ocean County Woman, thank you for your continued loyalty, and for your comments, suggestions and support. We are the Media Partner with NJAWBO Happy Fall, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex Region. Featured On The Front Cover ~ We are Investment members of Advisor Toms River-Ocean Back Row (l-r): Donna Hlavacek, CASL®, Financial Service and County Chamber Representative forand MetLife Premier Client Group, Ken Hlavacek (husband) Of Commerce. Lynn K. 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Celiac disease is a condition in which the body has an immune reaction to a protein called gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, and many prepared and packaged foods. When someone with celiac disease ingests gluten, the immune response causes inflammation that can damage the lining of the small intestine. Since the small intestine is responsible for absorbing nutrients in our diet, damage to its lining can cause malabsorption.

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The symptoms of celiac can be different in each person. In mild disease, one may not have any symptoms at all. The most common digestive symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, bloating, and excessive gas. However a small percentage of celiac patients may actually have constipation or even be obese. Since the disease leads to a decreased absorption of nutrients and vitamins, patients could suffer from iron deficiency

Anyone can have celiac disease including children and adults. It is estimated that 1 in 141 people in the US have celiac disease and it is most common in Caucasians. It also tends to occur with greater frequency in people who have family members with celiac, those who have type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disorders, and a skin disease called dermatitis herpetiformis.

How is celiac disease diagnosed?

that has a camera on the end. A tissue sample, or biopsy, will be taken to assess for damage under a microscope. If the diagnosis of celiac is confirmed, you will be tested for many nutritional deficiencies including iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. A test to measure the bone density may also be performed.

levels. These will usually normalize within 6 months to a year. You may also be prescribed vitamins to help treat any nutritional deficiencies. About 10 percent of people may have symptoms despite following the diet carefully. While other conditions may contribute to ongoing symptoms, the most common culprit is inadvertent ingestion of gluten. A small percentage of people can have refractory celiac disease, where digestive symptoms do not improve despite following a gluten free diet.

How is celiac disease treated?

The treatment for celiac disease consists of a complete gluten free diet. In addition to foods, gluten can be found in packaged goods, medications, supplements, and even certain make up products. Some common foods which needed to be avoided include bread, pasta, pastries, cereal, beer, and many sauces and condiments. Foods which don’t include gluten are rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, fruits and vegetables, gluten free breads and pasta, as well as wine and distilled alcoholic drinks. Many grocery stores in the area have sections devoted to gluten free products. In fact, many vacation spots and cruises will offer gluten free menus. It is best to consult with a dietician that specializes in understanding a gluten free diet and lifestyle. Your doctor can monitor the response to treatment by following antibody

If you feel you may have celiac disease, it is important to see a doctor before eliminating gluten from the diet. Initial testing for celiac includes a blood test which looks for high antibody levels to gluten. These include tissue transglutaminase antibody and endomysial antibody. Over 90 percent of people with untreated celiac disease have increased levels in the blood. Before having these tests, you should continue to eat a normal diet that includes gluten. If these antibodies are elevated, you will need an upper endoscopy. During this procedure, the gastroenterologist will examine the small Services: bowel lining Adult Gastroenterology with a flexible instrument Colon Cancer Screenings

dreaded but rare complication of untreated celiac is small intestinal cancer (lymphoma). In children, undiagnosed celiac disease can lead to diarrhea, short stature, delayed puberty, and certain neurological conditions. It is essential to meet with your doctor regularly and undergo monitoring of antibody levels and any nutritional deficiencies. While embarking on a gluten free diet can seem like a daunting task, there are many resources available to patients to make the journey easier and manageable.

What are complications of untreated or undiagnosed celiac disease?

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Acupuncture And Infertility Over the years I have treated many cases of infertility. These cases were the most challenging. Case #1: LS, a 25-Year-Old Female:

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

The purpose of this article is let women know that acupuncture can help them in all stages of trying to get pregnant. In my experience as an acupuncturist I have seen the mainstreaming of acupuncture over the past 10 years. With the science backing the the empirical data collected over the past 3000 years, I work hand in hand with gynecologists and fertility specialists. Most women who are going through IVF know to seek the help of an acupuncturist. Be wary though of those who say they treat infertility not all acupuncturists are the same. That is why you need to have an acupuncturist who knows everything about your history in order to best help you.

Doctors told LS that she would not get pregnant. LS did not want to believe them and took matters into her own hands. Researching acupuncture LS reached out to Acupuncture Health Services. After completing a full intake we found out that as a child she was overweight. To overcompensate LS became a fitness addict. LS had 0% body fat and increased muscle mass. As a result there was an imbalance of her female hormones. LS had not had a period in four years. After two years of acupuncture and herbs she gave birth to a baby boy. This was the most challenging case by far to date.

Case #2: IP, a 37-Year-Old Female:

IP had just ended her first cycle of IVF unsuccessfully. She heard that acupuncture could increase the success rate of IVF. We began treatment while she was attending her reproductive endocrinologist. Frequent testing showed that her hormones were normalizing. I remember her saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my LH (luteinizing hormone) is at a good level and all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing is the acupuncture.â&#x20AC;? Over a period of seven months I suddenly lost contact with IP. I called and called. IP called three months later out of the blue to thank me. IP had gotten pregnant. IP told me that the institution where she was doing the IVF treatment had done a pregnancy test and it came back

positive. They further told her it was ectopic and needed to be aborted. Wisely, she saw her gynecologist. He confirmed that everything was normal and that she should break from further treatments. She now has a baby girl.

Case #3: YB, a 36-Year-Old Female: After one successful pregnancy YB wanted to have another child. Unfortunately, she had suffered multiple miscarriages. The significance of this case is that even though she had a successful pregnancy in the past she was diagnosed with infertility. After eight months of treatment she got pregnant. In the eighth month of her pregnancy, YB lost her mother. Although her mother was terminally ill it was hard to cope with. In the end she gave birth to a baby boy.

Case #4: TT, a 36 Year Old Female:

TT was on her eighth cycle of IVF. She had one successful pregnancy with IVF and was trying to get pregnant a second time. Three of the cycles were freshly harvested eggs and four were frozen. TT was very excited about the prospects of trying acupuncture, but was disheartened after so many failures. I mentioned that every attempt was a different scenario including the current cycle with acupuncture. I referred to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;German study,â&#x20AC;? a case that stated women who received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer had a higher success rate of implantation

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.

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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. Scan to hear more testimonials ď&#x192;

than those women who did not. I also explained that we would treat twice a week for two months until TT went for the transfer procedure. I also encouraged TT to do what the German study suggested and go before and after transfer, which she did. The most significant thing we worked on was not to have any expectation. Although we did everything by the book including acupuncture, TT could not spend time thinking about whether or not she would get pregnant. Expectations often create scenarios that do not come to fruition and one cannot spend time thinking about the

future if one is not there yet. We can only treat and take it one day at a time. The worstcase scenario was the IVF would fail. We set up post IVF treatment protocols. TT could continue getting acupuncture until she got pregnant. She was agreed with this, although, she did not want to pursue IVF any longer. TT had a baby boy.

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Your Test Results Are Wrong: Why Your Ailments May Stil Point To A Thyroid Problem Q: Is it possible I have a thyroid problem even though my

tests and an extensive look into the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The diagram illustrates the complexity of thyroid function. A conventional thyroid panel will frequently be limited to the inclusion of TSH, and T4. However, the reality is that if you are not being tested for at least five indicators in blood your thyroid dysfunction could be easily missed.

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Joann Wiener, owner, opened her business in Red Bank over 37 years ago. She enjoys working with a talented and experience staff and serving a loyal base of clientele. She is excited about the addition of the “Oasis Spa” in her salon. Milena Melone graduated from Monmouth University and is a licensed aesthetician in N.J. and Ct. She is a Reiki Master and certified Hypnosis Practitioner and certified Dr. Vodder MLD Practitioner. Milena is the former owner of Spa 500, little Silver and MGM Italia Wellness, Spoleto, Italy.

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Professional Beauty Advice From The Experts At Hair & Co.

Joann Wiener

Owner, Hair & Co Thirty-nine years later, I am still excited and passionate in leading my hairstylists to perform their craft at their most optimum level. We know that your hair is your “crowning glory” – a sign to the world of your style, health and attitude. Healthy locks are better achieved through appropriate hair care products and regular haircuts. To that end, the relationship between stylist and client is helpful in achieving those goals.

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Darwin Munoz

As a healthy hair enthusiast, I always emphasize a proper home hair color care routine to my clients. I recommend using our Schwartzkopf Pro BC Hair Therapy Color Save sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. The combination of these products will guarantee 70% color retention.

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Tiffany Colelli

Having long hair I know sometimes “just a trim” can be scary. It is essential, however, to cut ends regularly (every 6-8 weeks) to allow for long and healthy hair.

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Hair takes a beating from summer sun, water and wind. If you need a quick pick-me-up to brighten and shine, a glaze will do the trick!

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Have you ever been told you don’t have the hair to wear a certain style due to lack of hair, length or volume? I am certified in Hot Heads Hair Extensions and I can change that for you! Extensions can give you the confidence and style you’ve been looking for! With Hotheads’ and my experience, the possibilities are endless with any hair type! Great for special occasions like weddings or proms, or just for having a new look. Book a consultation with me today.

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Michele K. Lawson

As a specialist in color and multidimensional hair color, I highly recommend a “conditioning color gloss” this time of year to repair and/or tone summer brassiness. This will add shine and a healthy glow to go gracefully into the fall and winter months. We also recommend low-lights to tone down summer blondes or to add a kick of “fashion accent color” for fun!

Eileen Laddaga

I started my passion for hair at Paul Mitchell Partner School NYC, which landed me an amazing job working with one of the top colorists of Paul Mitchell. The last few years I have been styling right outside Washington, D.C. enjoying work and education with Redken Bumble & Bumble and Organic Color Systems. One of my favorite products/treatments is the Brazilian Blowout! Every woman needs beautiful shiny hair with less blow-dry time! Call for your first appointment.

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Facials can accomplish so many things: it can address the concerns of rosacea, acne, pigmentation and relaxed elasticity. In this chaotic world, perhaps the biggest benefit to a facial is the de-stressing that is achieved through a classic face, neck and shoulder massage along with the Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (for rejuvenation, sinus decongestion, headaches and acne). Combining these two modalities brings you the ultimate relaxation! In my 25 years as an aesthetician, Reiki master, Dr. Vodder practitioner and certified hypnotist, I have come to understand that touch is an important factor.


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Pediatric Dentistry


Going To The Dentist Can Be FUN? Believe it or not, kids actually enjoy going to TenderSmiles4Kids.

With so much to do, it makes time go by so quickly! Every dental chair has a flat screen TV hanging above, so each patient can watch television or a DVD of their choice. The waiting area offers a game room with PlayStation, Xbox and a homework station for kids to do school-related work. The reception area also features a 228-gallon fish tank filled with exotic fish, which is the central attraction of the whole office. For younger children, agerelated books, toys and TV shows are also offered. At the end of every visit, kids receive goody bags filled with toothbrushes and stickers, each child will also receive a balloon to celebrate a great visit! Dr. Max commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents know their kids are at ease and they can have peace of mind knowing their children will be taken care of. It makes their lives easier.â&#x20AC;? This is why most parents ask if they can be patients too!

At TenderSmiles4Kids, the entire team is committed to providing every patient and family a superior level of comfort and service!

â&#x20AC;&#x153; Dr. Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice is very unique because it is an all green, eco-friendly office. Which uses digitalized x-rays and is free of gluten, dyes, sugar, formaldehyde, formocresol, and mercury.â&#x20AC;?

TenderSmiles4Kids specializes in working with children with special needs and or anxieties.

If needed, they can help your child feel relaxed and at peace during their important dental care with these services:

Nitrous Oxide â&#x20AC;˘ Oral Conscious Sedation â&#x20AC;˘ IV Sedation â&#x20AC;˘General Anesthesia Dr. Max receives a great deal of gratification from the fact that children actually enjoy a visit to his office! You can find more information on their website: Dr.Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toothfairy Mobileâ&#x20AC;? is a favorite attraction for children at community events. The children get to know the other side of dentistry beyond drillings and fillings.

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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& Wellness

Change Your Body In Just 55 Minutes A Week! “I was not in the best condition when I began the program, but Prep55 starts each participant off at a level and pace that is comfortable and slowly progresses you into more challenging workouts that aren’t intimidating.” ~ Marie

By Julianne Dods, Meridian Fitness & Wellness

Being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and fitness levels can take to improve their long-term health and quality of life.

Wintensity physical activity is the


hile 150-minutes of moderate-

most beneficial across all spectrums, some physical activity is better than none; especially for sedentary individuals who are just beginning to incorporate exercise into their daily or weekly routine.

For this reason, Meridian Fitness & Wellness has launched a revolutionary new small group exercise program which gets participants to engage in just 55 minutes of physical activity per week: Prep55.


So, what is Prep55? According

to Joseph Giordano, Certified Personal Trainer and Program Design Specialist, Prep55 stands for Physical Readiness Exercise Program. “Basically, Prep55 is a beginner or novice program that focuses on foundational exercises, proper mechanics and lifting techniques for safe and effective workouts. The program is comprised of two 25-minute small group exercise sessions each week, for 8 weeks. In addition, each participant receives personalized nutrition counseling and fitness evaluations prior to beginning the program, as well as at the completion of the program.”


Is it really possible to improve your fitness level in just 55 minutes per week? The experts at Meridian

Fitness & Wellness say, YES! “This program was professionally developed to introduce effective exercise habits, support healthy dietary changes and educate participants about creating sustainable lifestyle changes,” said Paul Brones, Regional Training Director at Meridian Fitness & Wellness. “Together, these things can make a profound difference in people’s health and fitness…not to mention how they feel about themselves.”


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Is Prep55 right for me?

Often times novice fitness enthusiasts become complacent with their exercise routines creating fitness plateaus and reducing motivation to continue exercising. Prep55 focuses on changing those routines by building on fundamental exercises. As the participant slowly progresses and becomes more proficient in the movements, they will notice considerable gains in both cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.

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to enroll in Prep55 is just $79 per person…less than $5 per session. It is open to Meridian Fitness & Wellness members and non-member. Classes are forming now for January 2014 sessions. Space is limited, so register now by calling (732) 335-4200, today! For more information about Meridian Fitness & Wellness and Prep55, visit

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At Meridian Fitness & Wellness, we are committed to creating a healthy and fun atmosphere the whole family can enjoy.

Prep55 is designed to be effective for all participants regardless of age or current fitness level. Giordano, who spearheaded the initial launch of the program this past June, says that one of the benefits of the Prep55 program is the personalized attention and support given to each participant in a fun a motivational environment. “Anyone can succeed with Prep55,” says Marie Hayes who, along with her son, graduated from the pilot class. “Even though the sessions are only 25 minutes, you accomplish and learn so much. Prep55 acclimates you to fundamental exercises and gives you the knowledge you need to change your life.” “If it wasn’t for Joe and Prep55, my son and I would not have achieved our goals. Together, we are more conscious of our food choices and making active lifestyle changes that are easy to implement and maintain.” Marie has continued to explore other Small Group classes, while her son, Lloyd, now meets with Joe one-on-one. “Prep55 made such a tremendous impact on both of our lives,” says Lloyd.

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Orthodontist Dr. Sezer Olcay, Takes The Anxiety Out Of Getting Braces MCW: Tell us about what you do in your orthodontic practice.


Dr. Olcay: In our

practice, we not only maintain and achieve healthy teeth, but keep the whole body and face in mind as we work with each patient. The teeth donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just need to be healthy but need to be esthetic, straight and fit in a beautiful, well-balanced face.

Sezer Olcay, DMD Holmdel Orthodontics

Dr. Sezer Olcay is not your typical orthodontist. In fact, it is not uncommon for her patients to keep in touch with her and actually form caring relationships. She has been practicing Orthodontics in Monmouth County for the past 11 years and deals with discrepancies and misalignments of the teeth and jaws. The official name of the specialty is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orthodontics and Dento-facial Orthopedics.â&#x20AC;? She adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not just correction of crooked teeth, but also facial/jaw bone problems, such as under and over bite issues.â&#x20AC;?

Monmouth County Woman recently caught up with Dr. Olcay to learn more about her practice.

MCW: What do you love most about your job?


Dr. Olcay: It is so great

to see kids evolve into adolescents and young adults with improved self-esteem and confidence. It is a special relationship we form. Sometimes we follow them when they come to the office as tag-alongs with their older siblings until they go to college and beyond.

MCW: Tell us a little about your background and education.


Dr. Olcay: I graduated

from Rutgers College and attended University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I practiced General Dentistry as a Resident at Monmouth Medical Center for one year. Afterwards, I completed my 3-year Orthodontic Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. There was such a diverse pool of patients. I was exposed to all kinds of orthodontic, orthognatic (jaw) and syndrome (such as Downâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Cleft-lip and Palate) problems.


Dr. Olcay: The

American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist at the age of 7. Not so much because they need braces at that young age, but to rule out any size and relationship discrepancy of the top and bottom jaws and also to control bad habits. Any damage that was caused by a habit is still reversible at that age.

MCW: What sets your office apart from others in the area?

MCW: What are some challenges you face in the world of orthodontics?



MCW: When should children visit the orthodontist?

Dr. Olcay: There are

plenty of great, talented orthodontist in the area. What sets us apart is that we are a small, hands on office. I also think that being a mom adds a different dimension.

MCW: Do you offer any specials to new patients? Dr. Olcay: Yes, as a


â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand opening specialâ&#x20AC;? of the Holmdel office, we are offering promotions at both Holmdel and Ocean offices. We are celebrating the new office with complimentary new patient consultation and diagnostic records, which are the x-rays, molds, and pictures that are needed prior to starting orthodontic treatment.

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Living With Dry Eye: A New Outlook

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

to be discontinued because they have become too uncomfortable to wear. All of this leads to the conclusion that Dry Eye is not just a complaint but also a real quality of life issue. It has been estimated that Dry Eye patients can spend between $500-$3,000 per year on treatment. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the cost in lost work productivity of over $10,000 annually. While these numbers may be surprising, these patients are uncomfortable, unhappy and increasing in number. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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m agine planning your day, arranging your life, and participating in activities all based upon how your eyes feel.

Women are generally affected more than men and this is usually attributed to hormonal fluctuations around menopause. Medications such as those to treat high blood pressure as well as antihistamines and antidepressants can also disrupt tear film layer balance in both women & men. General health conditions such as lupus, diabetes & thyroid disease can also contribute to dry eye symptoms. Most dry eye is considered evaporative, meaning that the tear film (actually comprised of three layers) does not remain

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reality for millions of dry eye sufferers. Their eyes are so uncomfortable from the dryness & burning, they often find simple tasks like reading or driving too difficult to undertake. They have become so light sensitive that outdoor events are limited or even avoided. Contact lenses often have


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on the cornea for a long enough time between blinks. This is due to a decrease in the amount of oil (lipid) that is released by the meibomian glands located within the eyelids. Normally, with each blink oil is released. If these glands are not working properly the secretions become thicker and the oil is not released. The delicate balance of the tear film becomes disrupted. Dry eye patients suffer from many symptoms. Burning, stinging, sandy or gritty feeling, and light sensitivity. Visual fluctuations are quite common as well as the tear film does not adequately lubricate the cornea to provide the smooth surface that is necessary for good vision. Contact lens wear is often discontinued due to discomfort and blurry vision. The treatment of dry eye disease varies based on the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signs and symptoms. Artificial tears and lubricants can provide short-term relief. A drop form of cyclosporine, Restasis, works to decrease inflammation that causes dry eye and over time produces healthier tears. Used in conjunction with oral Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplements (which act to improve oil secretions), a better tear film can be achieved. Simple eyelid scrubs done several times a week are used in conjunction with these other therapies as well.

The Premier Dry Eye Group at The Witlin Center is proud to provide an exciting new treatment option for our patients.

Lipiflow (Tear Science) is the only FDA cleared procedure that targets the root cause of dry eye. A 15 minute painless procedure that through heat and massage, Lipiflow removes the solidified oil from the eyelid glands, allowing the glands to â&#x20AC;&#x153;resetâ&#x20AC;? themselves and secret the oil that is needed for an optimal tear film. With a stable tear film, comfort improves and visual fluctuations diminish. Most patients feel an improvement within a few weeks of treatment

and find the effects last 9-18 months, many even longer. We recommend patients stay on their current dry eye therapy after treatment and many find that their drop use decreases. Lipiflow is an out of pocket expanse to patients and they feel this money is well spent. We find that our patients are so happy to find some real relief! As stated before, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quality of life issue. We at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare are committed to provide innovative and personal care at the highest professional level. We are excited to provide patients an option to manage this frustrating condition. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gratifying we can give our Dry Eye patients some true relief, and in turn, their lives back.

Dry Eye Symptom Checklist: Do your eyes experience:

â&#x20AC;˘ Feeling of Dryness, Scratchiness, or Grittiness â&#x20AC;˘ Stinging or burning sensation â&#x20AC;˘ Sensitivity to light â&#x20AC;˘ Fatigue â&#x20AC;˘ Soreness or Irritation â&#x20AC;˘ Do you use eye drops, a little or a lot? â&#x20AC;˘ Difficulty wearing contact lenses â&#x20AC;˘ Increased irritation from wind or smoke â&#x20AC;˘ Itchiness / Redness â&#x20AC;˘ Excessive tearing without relief â&#x20AC;˘ Blurred vision, often worse at the end of the day, after watching TV, reading, working at computer, sewing, etc.

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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Medical Professionals

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November/December 2013

Medical Professionals


Think Twice Before Ignoring That Pain In Your Shoulder AAsNew Cure For An Old Problem! time goes on, everyone experiences aches and pains. The difficulty lies in figuring out

what pain we can endure and ignore from those that are more serious. At the top of the list is shoulder pain. Usually shoulder pain hurts with overhead activity. The pain radiates down the arm between the shoulder and the elbow, and it interferes with sleep. Unlike other parts of the body that experience wear and tear and develop arthritis, shoulder pain most commonly involves the rotator cuff tendon, not an arthritic condition. The rotator cuff tendon’s main function is to assist in raising the arm above shoulder height. It can be injured traumatically by a fall, by repetitive overuse in throwing or participating in racquet sports, and frequently can be torn without any injury or overuse. Unfortunately, the rotator cuff tendons can degenerate and tear with age. Most importantly, once they are torn they do not heal. Once torn, the tear will increase with activity and eventually become unfixable.

Q. What About Conservative Treatment?

With early detection, medication, physical therapy, and sometimes a steroid injection (frequently referred to as a cortisone injection), the pain can be stopped and a full tear prevented. When a full tear of the tendon is caught early, it can be repaired with an arthroscopic shoulder surgery. However, if left untreated for a long period of time, a rotator cuff tear will become irreparable. Over the years, a chronic rotator cuff tear will cause arthritis of the shoulder joint referred to as rotator cuff arthropathy.

Q. How Is It Diagnosed?

If there is weakness on exam or pain that does not respond to medication or therapy, an MRI is usually obtained. This radiologic exam will show rotator cuff tendons and the size of a tear. MRIs also can give clues to the chronicity of the tear. This will aid in the surgeon’s decision if the tear is repairable. Some massive, chronic tears are irreparable. Rotator cuff arthropathy is a painful condition, and in its worst form patients cannot lift the injured arm. This phenomenon is described as a pseudoparalysis of the shoulder. When this stage of a rotator cuff tendon tear is reached, the patient has developed a massive, chronic and irreparable tear. Until recently, the only treatment was to ease the pain with medication or an occasional steroid injection. In the past several years, a new procedure called reverse total shoulder arthroplasty has evolved to treat this dreadful condition. A conventional shoulder replacement cannot be performed when the rotator cuff is not functional because that surgery relies on the function of a healthy rotator cuff tendon to be successful.

Q. Why Is It Called A Reverse Shoulder?

Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty gets its name because the ball is placed on the socket side of the joint and the cup is placed on the ball side of the joint. Reversing the placement of the components gives this prosthesis a bio-mechanical advantage which allows the patient to regain overhead use of the limb as well as alleviating pain. In the last couple of years, second and third generation prosthesis have been developed, and the surgical technique has been refined. This combination has lead to increased patient function, longer lasting replacements, and lower rate of complications from surgery. The recovery of the procedure entails an arm sling for approximately four weeks and several months of out-patient physical therapy. Furthermore, the surgery usually only requires a onenight hospital stay. So the next time you experience shoulder pain, especially if it hurts at night or with overhead activities, think twice before just living with it. Rotator cuff problems are more easily treated if recognized early. However, if you have a massive irreparable rotator cuff tear or have had a rotator cuff repair surgery which failed to heal (failure of rotator cuff surgery can be as high as 10%), there now is a reliable solution to your problem, which did not exist several years ago.

The moral of this story is ... “Don’t sit on that ache in your shoulder! Get it evaluated before it’s too late!”

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Dr. Spagnuola, who is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon, Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine for shoulder and knee injuries, is a New Jersey native. He graduated with honors from Villanova University in 1992 and then continued his education at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He graduated medical school in 1996 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Following medical school, he trained for five years in orthopaedics at Monmouth Medical Center, including six months of pediatric orthopaedic training at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. Dr. Spagnuola completed his training with a year of sub-specialty training in sports medicine and shoulder injuries at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. • 732-660-6200

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November/December 2013

Assisted Living

“A Memorable Smile”

21 members call Teresa to ask her to tell their mother what to do. When she does take a vacation, the resident asks to come with her so they could be together. “She is so attached to me!” said Teresa with a delightful smile.

When you think of the saying, “conveniently located,” you think of Teresa. For over twelve (12) years, this Brandywine Concierge has lived, literally, across the street from the Brandywine Senior Living at Howell community. But the real irony is that she’s travelled thousands of miles to get here! You see, Teresa is originally from Poland. It’s been quite a transition from Poland to Jackson, New Jersey where she graduated from high school. But her travelling days were not quite finished yet. It was on to Minnesota, where she graduated from business school. Then, back to New York where fittingly, she worked for a travel agency. Finally, due to family circumstances, she found her way back to the Garden State. She’s been here ever since, and we hope that here is where she’ll stay! Her care giving journey began when her mother became sick and Teresa and her husband Paul moved in with her parents. They have been taking care of their family for 32 years. It was out of this love where Teresa found an inner delight that just couldn’t be satisfied at home. One day Teresa noticed that an assisted living facility, formerly known as Pinewoods Assisted Living (now Brandywine Senior Living at Howell) was being developed. She applied right away in the trailer on the property. She worked for one year as a CNA, and then in activities for three years. After that, she applied for the Concierge position and never looked back. “I’ve been a CNA for 20 years and I’m used to taking care of people,” Teresa says proudly. Her personality and care giving background has made her job as a Concierge a special one for the residents and their families. “I love interacting with the families. At the front desk, you get to learn so much from them. I consider myself a really good listener. The families can be nervous moving mom or dad in, and it’s my job to make them feel comfortable, and at home. Teresa says one of her biggest challenges is trying not to play favorites, but, she realizes, that’s not always possible. She has one resident in particular that adores Teresa so much, that the resident’s family

One of the main reasons Teresa loves working for Brandywine is the educational opportunities available to her through Brandywine University. “I go to as many as possible. I take the information I learn and pass it on to the residents so I have better tools to support them.” Teresa’s commitment to learning, always trying to improve upon her skills and work standards, exemplify her positive attitude and strong work ethic. And when she’s not providing love and support to the residents, she continues to do what she’s done for most of her life---travel. She’s traveled extensively – Paris is her favorite city in Europe. She enjoys long vacations to visit her home country-Poland, where she still has family. “There are a lot of cousins and mostly they keep in touch via e-mail,” she explains. Paul and Teresa have two sons that both live in Manhattan. She loves making the trip to Manhattan to see her two sons. “I never hired a sitter when my children were young. I worked nights as a private duty aide through an agency so I could be home with my boys. No big deal.” What an incredible wife, mom and role model! Her husband, Paul, retired and is now home with Teresa’s father when she is at work. Paul works around the house, and Teresa knows that her father is well taken care of. No matter what, Teresa knows she can keep her commitment and go to work when she is needed. “There was snow up to my hip one winter, but my husband walked with me all the way to work so I could be there for my residents.” Teresa says that she gets a lot of support from her Brandywine family as well. The one thing we do know is this: the support she gives to her residents, families, and fellow team members is what makes her the shining star she is today.

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November/December 2013




Local Honey

Busy Bees… Even In Winter Our Newest Creations! For those of our customers who fell in love with our creamed honey, you’re going to get a new treat entirely! Over the summer we have been perfecting the recipe for creamed lemon wildflower honey. It’s a sweet, citrusy, smooth creamed honey that is great for both spreading and mixing. Dropping a spot in your tea makes for an all-natural tasting sweetener, while it can also be used as a delicious spread on toast or fruit.

Another item we’ve recently introduced is our bee pollen capsules. Some of our customers had issues with the taste of raw bee pollen, but were still eager to get the benefits of local bee pollen. Bee pollen is a great source of protein and vitamins and minerals, and it works as an appetite suppressant. Utilizing bee pollen capsules makes staying healthy easier. These products are very personal to us, because they weren’t actually conceived by us personally. Over the past year our customers have been suggesting to us, that our creamed wildflower would be great with a hint of lemon in it. They’ve also been asking when tasting our Lemon wildflower if it comes in a spreadable honey like our creamed wildflower and creamed cinnamon. Also over the summer, we’ve had multiple customers say they wanted to enjoy the health benefits of bee pollen, but didn’t feel comfortable with its earthy, almost bitter, taste. You asked, and we deliveredand we are very pleased that both are becoming such a hit with people. Come by the shop and visit us on

fromthegardeninc for more information about our line of products.

Social Networking We’ve been good and busy over the summer, and we’ve made tons of new friends throughout not just Monmouth County, but the entire state. Between the summer weather, people stumbling upon our shop, and meeting new customers at farmer’s markets, we are pleased with our new family of customers that have come our way. Now that winter is here, we don’t want you to miss a thing that From The Garden has to offer. Since we’re open year-round, we want to make getting in touch with you, the customer, as easy as possible. That’s why we’re going to be taking extra care this winter to respond to any and all inquiries made on our Facebook page ( fromthegardeninc). If there’s anything you need from us just swing by our page and see about it. On those busy winter days when you may not be able to get around, we want to serve you as best we can. Like us on Facebook to get all of your updates right as they happen.

What Else Is Happening This Winter? If you think we’ve got nothing going on in the wintertime, think again. Our honey shop will still be open at its regular business hours. We’re going to be doing more decorative gift baskets and favors throughout the holiday season. Winter is also a great time to start taking your honey to prevent springtime allergies. Readying the immune system ahead of spring is a great way to get a handle on seasonal spring allergies.

In order to enjoy the full benefits of honey, it is important not to heat your honey above 140oF Doing so can destroy all the enzymes that are beneficial to your health. Pasteurizing is an unnecessary step in honey production, since it kills the elements of the honey that are the healthiest and most important. Consuming pasteurized honey has little more benefit than the sugars so many people seek to avoid. Due to its low water content, honey rarely grows bacteria. It can last indefinitely without refrigeration. Honey acts as a cough suppressant, boosts immunity, and can be used to improve blood sugar and sensitivity to insulin. When made into an ointment, it can be applied to diabetic ulcers, eczema and canker sores. When it is supplemented in apple cider vinegar or tea with ginger, it can relieve nausea caused by morning sickness. And at 64 calories per tablespoon, it is one of the healthiest sweeteners you can find.

Interesting Honey Facts • Historically, honey has been used to treat adults and children (over 1 year of age) for coughs and allergies. • Honey has recently been found in tombs beneath the earth, and because of its low moisture content, can still be consumed. • Much of the honey sold in the United States comes from overseas, injected with artificial additives, and often is not honey as we know it at all. • Two-thirds of the food we eat is pollinated by bees or another pollinator.

Pumpkin Honey Bread 1 cup of honey ½ cup of butter or margarine, softened 1 can of solid pack pumpkin 4 eggs 4 teaspoons of baking powder 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons of ground ginger 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg In a large bowl, cream the honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time until well incorporated. Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Bake at 350˚F for one hour or until a you can insert a toothpick into the batter and come out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes. Invert pans to remove loaves and allow to finish cooling on racks.

•Bees have produced honey for 150 million years. • To make 1 pound of honey, the colony must visit 2 million flowers. A typical trip is 50-100 flowers. • A typical beehive in NJ produces 50 to 400 pounds of honey. • A single bee will make approximately just 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime! • Bees make everything from royal jelly to bee venom. The bee venom is used for therapy (BVT) to relieve chronic pain and to help patients who have MS. • Please remember that REAL LOCAL HONEY is much more than to just satisfy the palate!

Benefits of Raw Honey Raw honey is full of enzymes, minerals, vitamins and proteins.

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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November/December 2013

Specialty Cakes


Chocolate Novelties


Holiday Confections At Chocolate Carousel even more baking-related questions from our customers than usual. Some of those questions are listed below, along with advice from Chocolate Carouselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expert kitchen.

How can I prevent my cheesecake from cracking?

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.

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start thinking about holiday baking. Cookies, cakes, pies and the like are a traditional part of our holiday celebrations. At Chocolate Carousel, we have the opportunity to make some of our most favorite holiday confections during this season. Our customers wait all year for our sweet potato brownies, pumpkin mousse stuffed cupcakes, holiday pies, cookies and cheesecakes. During this season, we also hear

In my opinion, cracking along the top of a cheesecake gives it character! This problem is common for at-home bakers as well as professional bakers. If your cheesecake cracks, use that opportunity to top it with sliced fruit or a chocolate ganache topping. However, to avoid cracks altogether, try baking your cheesecake in a water bath. This is done by placing your cheesecake pan with the base wrapped in foil into another pan filled about ½ way with water. Additionally, only use room temperature cream cheese in your recipe and bake your cheesecake at low heat, allowing it to cool completely in the pan before removal.

Many recipes call for unsalted butter, can salted butter be used as a substitute? The reason most recipes call for unsalted butter is because that allows the baker to remain in control of the amount of salt being used in a recipe. That said, if you only have salted butter on hand, use it and leave out any additional salt that the recipe may call for.

How can I keep the fruit from sinking to the bottom of my muffins? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great trick for handling this problem.


Whether it be in cakes, muffins, breads or tarts containing fruit, simply toss the fruit with just enough flour to coat it well before you add it to the batter. Doing so will help the fruit float throughout the batter during baking and not simply sink to the bottom. I hope these tips will help make your holiday baking a little easier. But remember with the busy holiday season, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it all. Specialty bakeshops like Chocolate Carousel that use fresh ingredients and bake in small batches can be a perfect solution to your holiday baking needs! Whether you order all your sweet treats or supplement your baking with some of ours, we are a great resource for our customers. Stop in to check out some of our homemade holiday specialties. Happy Holidays!


Submit your questions to our expert bakers at Chocolate Carousel, send your emails to dessertfirst@chocolatecarousel. com, contact us on Facebook or Twitter and put Monmouth County Woman in the subject line. See your answer in the January/February issue of Monmouth County Woman. We will be answering readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions in our column throughout 2014! We look forward to hearing from you!

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!




Chocolate Carousel is a family owned and operated specialty dessert shop located in Wall NJ. â&#x20AC;˘ 732-280-0606

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November/December 2013

Cosmetic Dentistry


WARNING: More Than Half Of American Adults Have Gum Disease! itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important to have regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations. Some common warning signs are:

Written by: Sophia Nichols, D.M.D., M.A.G.D., P.A.

â&#x20AC;˘ Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing â&#x20AC;˘ Red, swollen or tender gums â&#x20AC;˘ Gums that have pulled away from your teeth â&#x20AC;˘ Receding gums â&#x20AC;˘ Chronic halitosis (bad breath) â&#x20AC;˘ Loose teeth â&#x20AC;˘ Spaces between teeth that were never there before â&#x20AC;˘ Changes in your bite



What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. Seventy percent of adult tooth loss is caused by gum disease, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimates that 47.2 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent.


What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease? It is very possible to have gum disease and have no symptoms or warning signs. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by bacteria. The mouth is filled with an innumerable amount of bacteria! Certain bacteria accumulate in the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on our teeth known as plaque. Bacterial plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. If plaque isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus (also known as tartar).Toxins produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with even more toxins and bacteria. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper, and the bacteria moves down until the bone that holds the tooth in place is destroyed. The tooth eventually will fall out or require extraction.

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.

The good news is that the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is reversible. If you do not receive professional cleanings and improve your oral hygiene to halt the spread of givgivitis, the infection will spread from the gums to the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth. Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this chronic periodontitis that can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth.

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There are some factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease. They are: â&#x20AC;˘ poor oral hygiene â&#x20AC;˘ smoking or chewing tobacco

â&#x20AC;˘ genetics â&#x20AC;˘ crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean â&#x20AC;˘ pregnancy â&#x20AC;˘ diabetes â&#x20AC;˘ medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives

Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health The mouth is the gateway to your total health. If your mouth is unhealthy your whole entire body can be at risk. Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing and there is a rapidly growing body of science that is being studied. . While a link is not conclusive, studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with many other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, osteoporosis, and low birth weight babies .


How do you prevent gum disease?

Removing plaque through daily brushing, flossing and professional cleaning is the best way to minimize your risk. We can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs. The dental hygienists in our office have received advanced training in diagnosing and treating gum disease. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first thing they look for in a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouth!

Call Dr. Nichols for your next dental appointment.

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November/December 2013

Cosmetic Dentistry


Meet The Staff At Sophia Nichols Family Dentistry Tina S.

Office Manager

Tina has over 25 years experience in the dental industry. She provides general supervision of all business aspects of the practice. Her knowledge, analytical experience and management skills have proven to be valuable assets to our office. With her compassion and commitment to our patients, she strives to make them feel welcome and comfortable while receiving the best care possible! She currently resides in Wall with her husband and two children.

Nancy S., RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

With over 35 years experience in her profession, Nancy received her dental hygiene degree at Middlesex College. She lived in Manhattan, State College, Pennsylvania, and Greenwich Connecticut and also lived and worked overseas in Switzerland for an adventure of a lifetime. Patients appreciate her thorough and gentle touch. Nancy has been working with Dr. Nichols since returning to New Jersey in 2005. She resides in Wall with her sweetheart Vic and her three pampered kitties and plans on staying put.

Giovannina (Joanne) K., RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Joanne is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She received her AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene from Union County College, is a member of the ADHA, NJDHA, and is certified in BLS. Joanne is compassionate, nurturing, warm and understanding. She is married and has 3 children.

Sophia Nichols,

D.M.D., M.A.G.D., P.A.

Dr. Sophia Nichols pursued her goal of wanting to become a dentist since she was sixteen years old. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and, was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the New Jersey Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dentistry, according to Dr. Nichols, is a rewarding and philanthropic profession. She genuinely enjoys welcoming and treating patients in her family practice of over twenty years. Her emphasis is on general and cosmetic dentistry. The ability to combine art and science to help patients become healthier and feel better about themselves is very fulfilling to her. Facilitating a positive dental experience to her patients with a caring and empathetic approach comes naturally to Dr. Nichols. She is dedicated to continuing postdoctoral education and believes in conservative, preventive dentistry. Her goal is to provide quality dentistry in a comfortable setting that will increase the longevity of her patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; teeth.

Cathy L., CDA, RDA Registered Dental Assistant

Cathy has been a dental assistant over 25 years. She enjoys creating a beautiful smile for our patients while improving their self-confidence. She makes our patients feel comfortable and relaxed. She is always there to listen to our patients needs. She received her Registered Dental Assisting license at UMDNJ in Newark. She spends all of her time with her husband, their 3 sons and their dogs and birds. A very proud Air Force mom!

Roseanne H.

Business Assistant and Insurance Coordinator

As our Insurance Coordinator, Roseanne handles all aspects of insurance claims and patient billing. Roseanne helps patients by taking the confusion out of working with their dental carriers. Roseanne is a conscientious advocate for our patients. She is also witty and very personable. Roseanne has been in the dental field since 1978 and in our office since 1999.

Diane D., RDHe Registered Dental Hygienist

Diane graduated from the hygiene program at UMNDJ Newark. She has over 30 years of training and experience in dental hygiene, is certified in CPR/BLS and regularly updates her continuing education. She has worked with Dr. Nicholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office since 2006. Diane resides in Toms River with her husband.

Kelly D., CDA Dental Assistant

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ty of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He received his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; New York University, where he ellow in maternal-fetal medicine. Dr. Parchment has medical privileges at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., the Kimball Medical Center N.J., and the Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. Prior to establishing a successful practice in Ocean and Monmouth County, he was director of e Hospital Center at Orange in Essex County, NJ. He also speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Parchment is an alumnus of the United States Naval Academy, In his free time, you may see Dr. Parchment at the Lakewood Blue Claws game watching his favorite baseball team, playing his guitar, or in the park y. He is father to Alexander Joseph and Alexa Joanne Parchment, as well as husband to the lovely Suzanne K. Parchment.

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Proves to be a Smaller Operation with Bigger Results. Sue Martin, 49, of Newton is known by friends and family as a positive, energetic wife and mother of four children ages 13-22. Last October, Ms. Martin started to feel discomfort in her lower back area, and as days went by, it seemed to be getting worse. Like most people experiencing chronic discomfort, Ms. Martin’s demeanor started to change, and the woman who normally describes herself as having a “high tolerance for pain” really started to see her life deteriorating. Normal, everyday activities like taking walks, shopping with her daughters, and working as a secretary in her husband’s real estate firm became impossible. “I couldn’t enjoy life anymore. Without warning, I found myself in a place I’d never been. It was a dark place and I cried daily,” she says. The pain would last for 6 months, when Ms. Martin finally visited her family physician. “By the time I got there, the pain was unbearable and I was desperate for help. My doctor suggested I see a spine specialist. He told me he knew of a local neurosurgeon, and referred me to Dr. Charles Stillerman of Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS). I called and they were able to schedule my appointment immediately.” Dr. Stillerman is a board certified neurosurgeon and is one of five fellowship trained spinal surgeons in the practice. His specialties include spinal disorders and complex spinal deformities. Like all other neurosurgeons at ANS, Dr. Stillerman believes that surgery

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should only be considered as a last resort. “We first explore alternative, more conservative options,” says Dr. Stillerman. “It is only after these options have been exhausted that we suggest surgery.” In Ms. Martin’s case, surgery was necessary. Dr. Stillerman found a compression of spinal nerves resulting from a large disc herniation. He performed a minimally invasive procedure that used a microscopic drill through an ultrascope. “Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a smaller operation with bigger results,” says Stillerman. “Key benefits include smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays and less post-operative discomfort; benefits that would not be possible just a few years ago.” MISS patients generally go home doing well within hours of surgery and incisions are usually so small that there are no sutures to remove. After her surgery, Ms. Martin says she felt “wonderful” and had “no pain at all.” She regrets thinking the pain would go away on its own, adding that she should have seen her physician sooner. “This is a common mistake many patients make,” says Dr. Stillerman. “Many people think the pain will go away just as it had come, but the spine is central to your body and affects a major portion of your nervous system. When your spine is compromised, you could aggravate the situation by not seeing a medical professional.” As for Ms. Martin, she is back to enjoying her life and her family. “I owe everything to Dr. Stillerman,” says Ms. Martin. “He gave me my life back and I will be forever grateful.”

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Don’t be fooled by temporary solutions. They won’t fix your spine. With the number of Americans suffering from back pain on the rise, it’s no surprise there are so many specialists offering relief. For this reason, it is important that patients know what to look for when choosing their specialist. Don’t put yourself at risk. Only trust a neurosurgeon to diagnose and treat your delicate nervous system. At Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists (ANS), all of our neurosurgeons are board-certified. Most notably, 5 of ANS’s neurosurgeons are fellowship-trained in spine and hold national recognition in their specialty. In turn, ANS remains the largest and most reputable neurosurgical practice in New Jersey. Don’t let insurance come before your health. ANS sees all patients. For more information, visit us at or call 732.455.8225.

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A Parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Obligation To Pay Child Support background to determine the imputed income.

What if I am not working? Even if you are not working, the Court will most likely still hold you to an imputed income.

What is sole parenting versus shared parenting?

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In New Jersey, both unmarried and married parents alike have an obligation to support their children. New Jersey has adopted Child Support Guidelines, which go up to certain income levels and are applied in cases of determining a child support obligation.

What is Imputed Income? If one parent is not working and the other is working, an â&#x20AC;&#x153;imputedâ&#x20AC;? income may be used to determine the income that the nonworking parent could make if they were working. Normally the court will look at past earning ability and educational Enter to Win

If the parties enjoy a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shared parentingâ&#x20AC;? relationship with the children, where the children spend the equivalent of two overnights a week with each parent, there may be a reduction of child support, as it is assumed that the other parent must provide a similar home for the children to stay in. Sole parenting is when a paying parent enjoys less than two overnights a week with a child.

What information do I need to provide? If you want to apply for child support, you must provide your income information including your tax return and three most recent paystubs to the court. The parent applying for child support can also ask that the support can be paid through the probation department of the county where the child resides.

What does the Court look at? The Court will use income

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from all sources to determine your child support obligation. This will include income from employment, bonuses, real estate income, etc.

at least 12 credits per semester, your child will be considered emancipated when he/she graduates. You may be able to seek a

What else do I have to pay for my children?


In addition to child support, parents have an obligation to contribute to health insurance, unreimbursed medical expenses, and work-related childcare expenses.

Do I have to contribute to sports, dance and other expenses? In certain cases, both parties also contribute to extracurricular activities and extraordinary expenses. Also, if you and your co-parent have mutually agreed to enroll your child in a Catholic school or an expensive sports program, that would be something you may be obligated to continue to pay for. When do I have to pay child support until? You are required to pay child support until your child is considered emancipated. In New Jersey, two examples of emancipation are when your child graduates from high school and does not continue on to college, taking at least 12 credits per semester. If your child does continue on to college taking

reduction in child support if the child is no longer living at home while attending college.






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Stubborn Fat Has Met Its Match

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CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive, clinically proven procedure to selectively reduce fat layers in problem areas using a patented cooling technology. It is a safe procedure cleared by the FDA and CE marked in Europe that gently cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in treated areas of the body without harming surrounding tissue.


Key Benefits of CoolSculpting


It involves no needles, surgery or downtime.

• Since CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, patients can resume daily activities including work and exercise, immediately following treatment

It’s safe.

• Patients can generally sit or lie comfortably and read, work on their laptop or even nap during the procedure. The procedure is performed in a medical office, under the supervision of a physician specializing in cosmetic procedures.

It’s convenient.

• Procedures last about one to two hours, so treatment can easily be performed during a lunch hour or without major disruption to the day.

The results are dramatic.

• On average, each CoolSculpting® Procedure results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated areas, and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.

How CoolSculpting Works ®

During the CoolSculpting® Procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to specifically target underlying fat, leaving surface skin tissue unaffected. When fat cells are exposed to extreme cold, a process of natural removal is triggered, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The result is a visible reduction in fat bulges.

Target Patient

CoolSculpting® is not intended as a weight-reduction program for overweight individuals. The best candidates for the procedure are people near their ideal body weight who eat well and exercise regularly and have pockets of fat that have not responded to a healthy lifestyle. They are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat but are not considering a surgical procedure.

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On average, CoolSculpting® results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated areas, and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients. Clinical studies1 involving hundreds of patients show that, for properly selected patients, CoolSculpting® is an effective way to reduce fat without the risk and recovery time of surgical procedures. The result is noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas.

1. Clinical data on file. ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. Pleasanton, CA. 2. Manstein D, Laubach H, Watanabe K, Farinelli W, Zurakowski D, Anderson R. Selective cryolysis: a novel method of non-invasive fat removal.a Laser Surg Med. 2008,40:595-604. Disclaimer: In the U.S., non-invasive fat reduction is cleared only for the flank (love handle). CoolSculpting® and the CoolSculpting® logo are registered trademarks of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. The snowflake mark is a trademark of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. Copyright (c) 2011, ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. The products described in this document may be covered by U.S. Patent 7,367,341. Other patents and patent applications pending worldwide. IC0185-A

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What To Know When Hiring A Home Improvement Contractor 2) Perform Due Diligence

Written by: Heather L. Garleb, Esq. Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC


e’ve all been there or know someone who has.

A much anticipated home renovation project quickly becomes a nightmare as the quality of work disappoints and the actual bills far exceed the original cost estimate. Frustrating at best, these situations are particularly heart wrenching for homeowners trying to repair their property in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not realize that under New Jersey law, they are afforded some protection and recourse. The following are some simple steps to help ensure home improvement projects run smoothly and educate you about your options if they do not.

1) Look for a license number and check with the Division of Consumer Affairs to ensure the license is active and in good standing.

Under the Contractors’ Registration Act, all home improvement contractors are required to register with the Division of Consumer Affairs to obtain a valid license. All contractors must then “prominently display” their registration numbers at their places of business, in all advertisements, on any business documents, contracts or correspondence, and on all of their commercial vehicles. When hiring a contractor, if their registration number is not easy to locate and readily displayed, keep looking! To obtain a valid license from the state, each contractor must submit proof of a minimum of $500,000 in general liability insurance. Thus, by checking that a potential contractor is properly registered, you are also ensuring that he carries the requisite insurance. You can check the validity of a contractor’s license by either calling the Division of Consumer Affairs or visiting their website.

Know who you’re hiring. While checking for a valid license is a good first step, it doesn’t ensure that a contractor’s work will be done well or in a timely, cost-effective manner. Help avoid problems like poor quality of work and frequent delays by doing your research before hiring. Ask to see a portfolio of the contractor’s prior work. Contact references and anyone you know who has worked with the contractor, so that they may share their insight about the experience. Reach out to material suppliers and tradesmen who have worked with the contractor. Do they hold him in high esteem? Glean what you can about the contractor’s reputation. Are others’ experiences with the contractor positive? If not, or if there is any uncertainty, continue your search.

3) Get It In Writing

in the end, it will protect both the homeowner and the contractor if any disputes arise down the road.

4) I’ve already hired a contractor and the job’s gone horribly awry. Now what?

In addition to Consumer Fraud Act violations, the New Jersey Administrative Code governs Home Improvement Practices and prohibits several unlawful practices. Contractors may not falsely advertise or misrepresent their products and services. Absent exigent circumstances, they are required to begin and/or complete work within the time frame specified in the contract. If work is delayed for a legitimate reason, contractors are required to provide timely, written notice to the homeowner of the reason for the delay. Final payment by the homeowner is not required until the project is completed in accordance with the contract terms. The contractor may not request final payment until such a time. If any of the requirements for a written contract are not met, the contractor

The Consumer Fraud Act requires that all home improvement contracts for a price greater than $500 be in writing. Specifically, there must be a written contract, signed by all parties. The contract should contain all terms and conditions and at a minimum, must include the name, business address, and registration number of the contractor; a copy of the contractor’s certificate of general liability insurance and the total price to be paid by the home owner. The contract should also contain a description of the work to be done, the time frame for the start and completion of the work, a description of any mortgage or security interest to be taken if financing is involved and a statement of Areas of Practice: any guarantee or warranty Bankruptcy with respect to any Civil Litigation products, materials, labor Commercial Litigation or services provided by the Commercial Real Estate contractor. Any changes Contract to the contract that may Criminal Defense arise as the work progresses DUI should also be in writing. Insist on a written contract! Any reputable contractor will happily provide one. Writing everything down may seem like a hassle, but

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Anemia: A Symptom, Anemia: Symptom, Not Not AA Disease Disease This results in reduced oxygen supply to different parts of the body. When this is severe, it can cause difficulty in breathing, fatigue, dizziness and lightheadedness. It can diminish the oxygen supply to the heart muscles and can lead to heart attacks. Reduced oxygen to the brain can lead to syncope (fainting).


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

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getting tired easily; many routine day-to-day tasks are getting more difficult. Others are noticing that you look pale; you want to sleep day and night… Chances are, you may be anemic. Anemia is not a disease in itself, rather a symptom of some other underlying ailments. This could be something as simple as a deficiency of iron or other nutritional supplements or less commonly, a major illness such as cancer or bone marrow disorders.


What is anemia?

There are three types of cells in our blood. Red cells (RBCs), White cells or (WBCs) and Platelets. Red cells contain a red pigment called hemoglobin that carries oxygen to the different parts of the body. White cells help to fight infection. Platelets help to prevent bleeding. Anemia is a condition in which the number of healthy red cells (RBCs) in the blood is low.


What causes anemia?

Anemia can be caused by either a defect of production of red cells from the bone marrow or excessive loss of blood/blood cells. • Iron or B12 deficiency: Blood cells are mainly made inside the bone marrow. (Marrow is the red juicy material inside the bones). Certain nutrients are needed for the production of blood cells, especially RBCs. Iron is a component of the red pigment hemoglobin. In addition, vitamins like vitamin B12 and folic acid are also needed to make blood cells. Deficiency in the diet or poor absorption of iron and B12 can lead to anemia. • Hemolytic anemia: If there is excessive destruction of blood cells, a process caused hemolysis, it leads to anemia. This can be hereditary, such as sickle cell anemia, Thalassemia(Meditaranean anemia) or acquired, such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia. In the latter, our body makes an antibody against our own red cells and it destroys the red cells in circulation. • Bone Marrow Diseases: If there are abnormal cells in the bone marrow, due to leukemia or other types of cancers, production of blood cells will be suppressed. Aplastic Anemia is a condition where the production of all blood cells, including red, white and platelets are markedly diminished. • Anemia from blood loss: If you have excessive blood loss (heavy menstrual cycles, bleeding ulcers, polyps or tumors in the stomach

and intestines), it can lead to anemia as your bone marrow may not be able to keep up with the extent of blood loss. • Anemia of chronic disease: Certain diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, cancer and chronic infection can suppress the bone marrow and lead to decreased production of blood cells.

called erythropoietin made by the kidneys stimulates the production of red cells from the bone marrow. This is now commercially available as Procrit/ Aranesp injections and is used to treat certain types of anemia. These drugs should only be used under the supervision of a Hematologist or other physicians familiar with their use.

Diagnosing Anemia

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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 promise was fulfilled.

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

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You Just Discovered A Breast Lump. What’s The Next Step?  


What is a clinical breast exam and how is it performed?


Cyrus Khorrami, M.D.


reast cancer is the most common malignancy affecting women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. 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 (one every 2.5 minutes). Sadly, 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year (one death every 13 minutes). Therefore it is extremely important to use every tool available to detect, diagnose, and treat breast cancer.  Discovering a lump on the breast during a physical examination should prompt immediate attention. Here are some of the more common questions asked by my patients under these circumstances.

A clinical breast exam is a breast examination conducted by a health care professional. For women over the age of 40, it is recommended that this is performed every year. For this exam, the patient undresses from the waist up. The examiner will first look at the breasts for abnormalities in size or shape, or changes in the skin of the breasts and nipples. Using the tips of the finger pads, the examiner will gently feel the patient’s breasts and armpits. Special attention will be given to the texture of the breasts, location of any lumps, and fluid expelled from the nipple. The clinical breast exam is a good opportunity for women to learn the proper technique for conducting a self breast examination from their health care professionals. Ask your primary care physician to teach you.


How important are breast self examinations?

Very important! Self breast examinations play an important role in discovering breast cancers.  Women over the age of 40 should perform self breast examinations monthly. It is important for women to get familiar with their breasts and know how they normally look and feel. This allows them to immediately notice any changes and to alert their doctor.


If a mass is discovered, what is the next step?

If a mass is found during a self breast examination, it should immediately be brought to the attention of your primary

care physician. For most women, a mammogram is the next step. A marker is placed over the lump and a mammogram is performed.   This allows the radiologist to focus on the suspicious area.  Normally compressing the breast with paddles during the mammogram is required to displace the surrounding breast tissue away from the suspicious mass.  A mammogram is not typically performed if you are under the age of 30, recently postpartum and lactating, or had a recent normal mammogram within the month.  In these cases, a breast ultrasound is the first step.


What about an ultrasound of the breast?

If a mass is detected by mammography, an ultrasound is typically ordered for a more complete evaluation. An ultrasound can determine if a mass is solid (made up of soft tissue) or cystic (made up of fluid).  If the ultrasound shows the mass is a cyst made up of clear fluid (a simple cyst), this mass is benign and no further work up is needed. If the ultrasound shows the mass is a complex cyst (fluid containing debris) or is solid, a biopsy may be required to determine if it is cancer.


What if the breast mass can be felt on physical exam but it is not seen with mammography?


Occasionally, a suspicious mass discovered during a breast examination cannot be seen with mammography. This may be due to overlapping breast tissue obscuring the lesion. An ultrasound is then ordered to help find the mass.  The

Ultrasound of a breast lump shows to be a benign, simple cyst.

Ultrasound of a breast lump shows a suspicious solid mass proven to be cancer by biopsy.

patient can point out the exact location of the mass to the ultrasound technologist and doctor and a spot specific search of the area can be conducted.

to your doctor, a biopsy may be performed to determine if there is hidden cancer.

What if the breast mass discovered during a breast examination cannot be seen with mammography and ultrasound?



The breast is composed of soft fat and dense fibrous tissue. This can occasionally cause irregular texture which can mimic a breast mass. If the mammogram and ultrasound are both negative, the chance of breast cancer in the area of concern is extremely low.  In this case, follow up breast exams should be performed.  If the mass discovered in a physical exam is very suspicious


What about men who have breast masses?

Up to 1% of diagnosed breast cancers are in men. Since men usually do not have routine screening mammograms, most of these cancers are discovered during physical exams.  Many masses discovered in men are the development of breast tissue just behind the nipple (called gynecomastia). This newly formed breast tissue is benign. It is highly recommended to have any breast mass be examined by a doctor. The best way for men to determine whether a mass is cancer or gynecomastia is through a mammogram.

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

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November/December 2013


Elder Life Management

Older Adults And The Affordable Care Act What The Affordable Care Act Means For Individuals With Medicare In 1965, health care coverage for older adults in America changed dramatically with the passage of Medicare. This program has basically remained unchanged for 45 years, until 2010 when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. Today, the ACA is the health care legislation that will revolutionize health insurance coverage for all ages. For older Americans who already have health insurance, it is the aim of the ACA to better control costs, enhance the quality of some existing services and the development of innovative programs, as well as some increases in benefits. Before the ACA, most adults over the age of 65 typically qualified for Medicare. People under the age of 65, who were fortunate enough to retire early, would need to purchase their own private policy or remain working at a job that provided health care coverage as part of its benefit package, but needed to wait until 65 to receive Medicare benefits.

The problem is that Medicare costs have been

rising at an unsustainable level. From 1985 to 2009, Medicare costs grew at almost a nine percent rate every year. In addition, Medicare did not provide sufficient coverage for many seniors, particularly those with high prescription drug costs. And the more than 5 million early retired adults, individuals between the ages of 55-64 (i.e. not eligible for Medicare) could find no affordable insurance coverage at all.

The Affordable Care Act attempts to address these problems by strengthening Medicare coverage in the following ways:

within specified targets. These recommendations will be sent to Congress, and can only be overridden with a supermajority vote.

• Prevention – Older Adults can now take advantage of expanded benefits like preventive services: flu shots, diabetic and cancer screenings, and yearly “Wellness visits” – without paying a dollar out of pocket. Some practitioners are using this annual visit as an opportunity to review Advance Medical Directives, and the new NJ POLST form regarding goals for health care.

Finally, for those who do not qualify for Medicare, the ACA law now makes private insurance more widely available, also mandating that all individuals purchase some type of health insurance plan. All of which remains highly controversial.

• Closing The Medicare Donut Hole – The traditional Medicare drug coverage program forced many seniors to pay thousands for prescription drugs that were not covered under Medicare. New provisions provides for up to a 50% discount on brand name drugs during the “donut hole” in coverage, the ACA will also eliminate the “donut hole” in coverage as of 2020. • Enhanced Tools To Manage Health Care Records – Medicare’s Blue Button and allows seniors to better monitor and review current and historical health records, test results, payments, etc. • Controlling Medicare Cost – The ACA requires tougher screening procedures and stronger penalties for those who commit Medicare fraud. The ACA reduces payments to providers and Medicare Advantage Plans. This will, however, reduce the number of participating physicians, who may now be deciding to no longer accept Medicare patients. In addition, a new Independent Payment Advisory Board will issue recommendations to keep Medicare costs

However, for older adults and their families

attempting to navigate the long term health care maze, the most significant change with the ACA and its effects on Medicare patients, is the increase utilization of Observation Status (see article March/April 2012) as well as hospital financial sanctioning by the Federal government, for the “frequent flyer” or older adult who is returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. (See article November/December 2011.)

Only by being educated consumers will it be possible to understand the present state of health care changes.

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

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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Menstrual Irregularities? Overweight? Excessive Facial/Body Hair?


You Might Have PCOS


olycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in women, affecting 5-10% of the female population. This syndrome was first identified in 1935 by Stein and Leventhal who found certain common characteristics among women with PCOS. It is characterized by irregular menstrual periods and infertility due to a lack of ovulation (release of an egg), and by signs of excess male hormones overproduced by the ovaries. The ovaries are usually enlarged with a smooth surface and multiple small cysts seen on an ultrasound exam. The small cysts are actually follicles (the small fluid sacs that house the eggs) that have not grown large enough to release their eggs. Because PCOS is a syndrome, and not a disease, the treatment is targeted at the most concerning symptom. Lifestyle changes and treatments to prevent diseases associated with PCOS can be implemented.


What are the Symptoms?

the birth control pill. The pill provides the right hormonal signals to the uterus to allow regular menstrual periods, and to keep the lining of the uterus from getting too thick. This effect allows for lighter periods and a reduced risk of cancerous changes to the lining. It also suppresses the ovaries, so that they do not make as much testosterone. Another hormonal option is to give progesterone for 5-10 days each month. This will cause the thickened lining of the uterus to slough within one week. This treatment is often given (after a negative pregnancy test) prior to starting birth control pills or fertility treatments. Neither treatment makes the ovaries ovulate.

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Luckily, most of the symptoms caused by PCOS can be successfully treated. Dr. Allen Morgan is an expert in PCOS and would be happy to discuss your situation with you.



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percent of patients will ovulate and half of those who ovulate will ultimately conceive after several attempts. There is a modest increase in the risk of having twins (5-7%) with clomiphene citrate. Some patients do not respond to clomiphene citrate and may require other therapies. One option is to give medications to lower insulin levels to help the ovaries ovulate, or to respond better to other fertility medications. Another option is to use fertility shots that contain FSH. These shots directly stimulate the ovaries, but must be used carefully because patients with PCOS can have an excessive response to these medicines and make too many eggs, increasing the risk of multiple pregnancies including the possibility of triplets or higher order pregnancies. Therefore, these medicines must be monitored carefully by a trained Fertility Specialist (Reproductive Endocrinologist). Some patients can also benefit from in Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Dr. Allen Morgan of Shore IVF and Reproductive Medicine on Route 70 in Lakewood has been practicing for sixteen years and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1994) and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (1999). 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.

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Caring Heart & Brain Imaging Is Truly Saving Lives Lorraine Catalano is the

Imaging Director at Caring Heart & Brain Imaging. Lorraine said, “They offer many different scans but the Cardiac PET Perfusion Scan allows them to assess how well the cardiac arteries are distributing blood flow to the myocardium, or heart muscle. They are the only facility in Monmouth and Ocean counties offering this type of scan.” She adds, “This scan detects preclinical disease, i.e., coronary artery disease that is not yet obstructive and may not be causing symptoms. The scan will enable a practitioner to recommend lifestyle changes and introduce lipid and blood pressure medication to prevent the disease from accelerating to more advanced stages that require

invasive interventions and compromise lifestyle activity.” The scan also evaluates progression of disease in patients with known coronary artery disease and quantifies the presence and extent of obstruction to insure that correct decisions are made about necessary procedures or medication and lifestyle adjustments. Aside from the obvious preventative benefits of the scan, patients fully appreciate that the entire process takes only 45 minutes, as opposed to 3 to 5 hours with the older, alternative SPECT Cardiac Scan. “Above all, patients trust that the results are accurate, specific and conclusive enough to address their concerns and provides answers that they can trust.” This scan also delivers a much lower dose of energy and that means less exposure to radiation. Unfortunately, when it comes to seeking treatment for chest pain education does not always mean people do the right thing. Many studies have





found that when heart patients received counseling about heart attack symptoms and when to get treatment were no more likely to get immediate care than those who had not received counseling. This is problematic because patients who do receive care within 90 minutes after the onset of symptoms fare much better in the long run.

Elizabeth Canning received a Perfusion Scan simply because


she was feeling out of breath and was due for an overall checkup and blood work. As a smoker, not only was her cholesterol high but so was her blood pressure.

The County Woman recently discussed what the scan did for her and why she feels it saved her life.


EC: High blood pressure for me was usually 120 over 80, so for my blood pressure to be even higher was a red flag. My physician, Dr. Deluca scheduled the scan for me but I was rushed to the ER at 5am with chest pains before it was performed. I felt like I was unable to breathe and actually did not even want to breathe. It seemed the only relief was doing my Lamaze breathing. I had five kids; so I was quite familiar with it.

EC: My symptoms sounded like reflux however there was some indication of irregular heart symptoms. The hospital kept me for three days perform-

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CW: How was your experience

with the staff and doctor at Caring Heart & Brain?

EC: The Center is very nicely decoCW: What made you decide to have rated and provides a warm atmosphere. the Perfusion Scan?

CW: What were some of your symptoms?


ing numerous EKG’s, a chest X-ray (my second in a week), an Echo and a nuclear stress test. Even though there was some indication of irregular heart, the tests were clear and I was sent home with medication for reflux. I returned to Dr. Deluca still complaining and he changed the reflux medication. I returned again because my blood pressure was still high even on medication and I was still having several episodes a day of severe chest pains. Dr. Deluca was convinced it was the heart and once again rescheduled the Perfusion Scan. Sure enough, my left circumflex was 90% blocked and two stents were inserted by way of a heart catheterization.

The doctor and staff are pleasant and made me feel very comfortable and restful, not anxious. CW: What do you recommend that

people do to avoid this sort of misdiagnosis happening to them?

EC: Firstly, this scan should definitely be a covered expense with all insurance. What I went through – three days in the hospital with numerous time consuming tests that did not even show any results was frustrating. This non-intrusive, low radiation, 45 minute scan cannot be compared. Chest pain is chest pain – dangerous to ignore. CW: How was your recovery and

what concerns do you currently have regarding your heart?

EC: Hardly any recovery from the catheterization but a couple days of rest and no heavy lifting for a short time. Thankfully, I now feel great and am relieved to have found the right solution.

Tell your doctor you want only the best.

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What Is Mechanico Chemical Ablation Of Varicose Veins?

Girija Surya, M.D.

Board Certified in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

Hi, friends!


e have talked before about different procedures to treat large varicose veins, which is a medically necessary procedure, and not cosmetic. The cosmetic treatment for spider veins, associated with the large varicose veins, should follow the treatment of large varicose veins. These procedures involve heat application to the affected varicose vein from inside the vein using radiofrequency or laser, (endo-thermal) venous closure, EVLT, etc.

Today, we will talk briefly about another procedure that has a high level of efficacy and is a less painful treatment of varicose veins. This is possible through a new device developed, called Clarivein®. Clarivein® is a special motorized catheter with a rotating tip. It differs from other modern treatments such as laser and radiofrequency that use heat to seal and close the vein (thermo-ablation). Instead, it uses chemo-mechanical ablation. “Chemo” stands for the liquid that has special chemical properties that destroy the inner lining of the vein. “Mechanical” stands for the rotating tip of the catheter that sprays this liquid onto the inside wall of the vein. The rotating action of the catheter tip within the inside of the faulty, leaky vein and the sprayed liquid act together to close and seal the veins. As Clarivein® does not use heat, it does not cause pain, and there is no risk of burning structures close to the vein. Tumescent anesthesia, the uncomfortable injections

given with other endovenous procedures, are therefore not required when using Clarivein®. This is why most patients find the Clarivein® procedure more comfortable and tolerable than all other endovenous techniques. Procedure: The Clarivein® catheter is purged with saline first, and assembled at the table just before the procedure is to be done. The first few steps are similar to the endothermal technique. After the patient’s veins are mapped, under sterile conditions, the wire and the catheter sheath is inserted into the vein, without any incision. The catheter sheath is retracted to expose the wire tip which is positioned 2cm from the junction of the Greater Saphenous Vein, with femoral vein. Once the image is checked, the motor is turned “ON” and the wire rotating starts along with the pull back. After the first cm,

injection of sclerosant also starts, and the pull back continuous, at the speed of 1 – 2 mm/second. Once the entire catheter and sheath is removed, the patient wears compression stocking, and is discharged from office to go to normal daily activities. Follow up for a Clarivein® procedure is the same as for the endothermal techniques.

Less painful treatment of varicose veins is possible. RESULTS: The first procedure in humans was done in 2009 and 96% successful ablation of treated vein was noted, and this result has been reproduced by many surgeons. We have done several in our offices with success. This 96% success rate has been consistent in subsequent follow up

for 2 years. There are no complications of DVT or nerve damage reported. In almost all published series, closure rate of more than 90% is reported. In an observational study retrospectively conducted, there is less post procedural pain in comparision to other procedures. In short, MOCA – Mechanico Chemical Ablation of varicose veins is a safe and effective procedure in the hands of a trained physician. There is definitely a learning curve and a good ultra sonographer is important to make the procedure go smooth. The procedure may be performed in under 30 minutes, due to no requirement of tumescent anesthesia. Since there is no nerve damage, veins close to ankle can be treated using MOCA. This is definitely a good alternative to be considered when treating major varicose veins.

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ince 2003, the Vein Center for Women has been taking care of women, with Dr. Girija Suryaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise in venous (vein) diseases and her personal interest in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health as the driving force.




The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty Inside Outâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the belief that if one is healthy on the inside, the beauty will be visible on the outside. Dr. Surya and her staff follow a protocol in evaluating patients holistically, providing information, education, and assistance to help them achieve total health.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want women to see that we understand their issue,â&#x20AC;? says Surya. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our main motivation is their entire wellbeing. We want them to get the proper care and we pay attention to their total health.â&#x20AC;?


Dr. Surya, a board-certified cardio thoracic and vascular surgeon, has been in practice since 1987. She has extensive experience in vascular and thoracic surgery and performs various procedures such as bypass surgery for legs; repair of aortic aneurysm, carotid endarterectomy, lung resection, esophageal surgery, vena cava filter placement, angiography, and shunts.


The Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treatment modalities include medical, supportive, conservative, and surgical treatment of venous diseases as needed. Both its newer and traditional treatments include state-of-the-art endovenous closure treatment, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy and stab phlebectomy, all tailored to patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. They are proud of their kind and qualified staff, including nurses who accompany Dr. Suryaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When patients come in, they ought to be treated as a special person, and they get that experience along with the professional treatment they need,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Surya, who has practiced in Monmouth County since 1994. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our patients feel very

comfortable in terms of talking to the office staff and having a pleasant experience every step of the way, which they value. Not every doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is like that.â&#x20AC;?











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A Simple Solution To Improve Your Health!!

Written By: Dr. Yvonne H. Johnson Hall, Harrison & Johnson Assoc., LLC

Sleep is essential for productivity and alertness, and is a vital sign for overall health. Yet, individuals who report getting sufficient sleep on a regular basis continue to decline. 90 percent of the population states that on a weekly basis, they suffer from a mild to moderate degree

of insomnia. The remaining population states that they have no problems sleeping, but still wake up feeling tired and sluggish. In the short term, a lack of sleep can affect judgment, mood, and the ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even mortality. The most striking result from chronic sleep deprivation is a loss of immune function- the ability

for our bodies to protect us from infection.

Automatically, we assume that children who sleep 8 to 10 hours per night are getting sufficient sleep. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Our children are sometimes displaying symptoms that can be misinterpreted as a disease, thus leading to many children being classified with behavioral and learning disabilities. Sometimes, asking a few questions can lead to a determination of a diagnosis of sleep

Dr. Yvonne H. 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.

deprivation. When these sleep issues are addressed, we have been able to demonstrate behavioral and scholastic improvement in a very short time. Maintaining a good, natural, supportive sleep system allows the body to relax, repair, and recharge our cells in preparation for the next day. The national sleep foundation encourages us to develop good sleep habits that support wellness.

The Kenko Sleep System surrounds and cocoons the body in a magnetic field, far–infrared energy and ionic comfort technology that release negative ions. This sleep system results in a good nights sleep that is relaxing, restorative, healthy, and natural. If you are looking for a natural solution to your sleep challenges and wish to receive a demonstration of the products and technologies, please call my office at: 732–409–2995.

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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.


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Travel Dreams By: Carole Kaiman, Travel Professional Vagabond Travel/Cloud Nine

Anyone with a passport or a passion has them. Whether we call them a wish list, or 100 places to see before we die, we all keep a checklist of our travel dreams somewhere in our minds. Most of us have a plan to travel at least once this year and most also hold passports. Where is your next travel dream taking you? As a seasoned Travel Professional, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the opportunity to travel to some great destinations and each one was a new experience to embrace. From the beautiful white sand beaches of Aruba, with its hot tropical breezes and variety of excellent restaurants, to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, with its art and cultural

city of Asheville, travel is an incredible way to experience life.

Back from a wonderful weekend in Asheville North Carolina, I learned why so many

of its residents have chosen to move there permanently. Asheville is the home of talented artists, musicians, restaurants, theater, and amazing landscapes. We found an old Woolworth store in the center of Asheville that was transformed into a Local Artists venue to promote their creations. The original restaurant counter was left untouched. What great memories! Not to be missed is the amazing Biltmore Estate, the home of the Vanderbiltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s built in 1895, a collaborative effort between architect Richard Hunt and landscape architect Frederick Olmsted (Olmsted also designed Central Park.). The history and

Hotel Riu Palace, Aruba beauty of this grand Estate is a wonderful way to spend a fall day. You can proceed to the beautiful GROVE PARK INN for lunch on the terrace and a relaxing SPA treatment in this award-winning spa. (President Obama played a round of golf here this year). This is the perfect way to wind down and think about the day.

fall and winter travel. Home to stunning beaches and top hotels (Ritz Carlton will open next year), the nightlife has a buzzing bar and club scene with wonderful restaurants. We have a favorites list to try. Nonstop flights from the New York area will have you on the beach enjoying a drink before you know it.

We love the island of Aruba,

So many wonderful travel experiences enrich your lives and expand your views. Are you planning your next adventure yet?

positioned deep in the Caribbean outside the hurricane belt, making it a great island destination for

Carole Kaiman Travel Professional Vagabond Travel/Cloud Nine Over 25 Years


Biltmore Estate Asheville

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Britt Sloan: Changing Lives One Body At A Time the creative aspect of her profession that she enjoys the most. â&#x20AC;&#x153;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.â&#x20AC;? Speaking of products, her lovely gift baskets make the ideal holiday gift for just about anybody!

MCW: How did your product line develop?

Presented By: Britt Sloan Spa Botanical, LLC

As the founder of Spa Botanical (spabotanical. com) Britt Sloan 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 highly passionate about her field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about selling products and making money. My ultimate goal is be an advocate and educator for health and wellness,â&#x20AC;? she says. However, it is

BS: From as far back as I can remember Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been intrigued by Eastern medicine and living a holistic life style. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a firm believer in working to prevent illness and injury and that comes from making a total life style commitment. Initially I began making homemade products for personal use. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m amazed by the wonderful and abundant natural ingredients Mother Nature has to offer. In fact, many of these foods and ingredients have stood the test of time and are still the best ingredients in foods and cosmetics. Believing I was not alone in my desire for user-friendly, all natural skin care products I decided to create my own line. After much research and development I offered my creations to friends and family who responded with rave reviews. It was then that Spa Botanical was born and we have been thriving ever since!

movement of like-minded people and this lifestyle is quickly gaining popularity. People are choosing to live longer, healthier lives. When I discovered my niche I also realized I could help and educate others in doing so.

MCW: Tell us about your product line.

BS: Our products are customized by skin type and we offer the complete line in a single package. So whether your skin is oily, normal or dry we have something for you to try. Your kit will include a scrub, cleanser, toner, antiaging serum eye gel, vegan organic lip balm and cucumber firming gel. Each Spa Botanical product is blended fresh to order.

MCW: Has it been a challenge to educate people in this area? BS: I am pleased to say that in the last few years there has been a huge

MCW: What are some common issues you see in your profession?

BS: I often find it so ironic that it is the individuals who travel all over creation to find fresh, organic and healthy food to feed their families will be so quick to use poisonous low grade creams, lotions, and cleansers on the largest organ of their bodiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;skin. I push hard to educate people to become as savvy about reading their body product labels as they do food labels. It takes seconds for something you put on your skin to be absorbed into your blood stream. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;typicalâ&#x20AC;? consumer will spend $8.00 on a quart of organic fruit. Do you really want to use harmful inferior products on your body just because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inexpensive?

A Spa Botanical bath and beauty care gift basket makes the perfect holiday gift for anyone this season. It is a great way to celebrate someone special.



Q2QOLQH%RXWLTXH About Spa Botanical Spa Botanical began as a humble, one-woman operation, and has since grown into a national business. Spa Botanical is dedicated to the constant research and development of their products to ensure customers receive skin care made with the most beneficial ingredients earth has to offer. Spa Botanical provides all-natural, organic, vegancertified products that not only repair and perfect the skin you were born with, but protects it from the continuous changes in environmental conditions, daily exposure to airborne pollutants, chemicals and free radicals. Spa Botanicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to offer appealing all-natural skin care products to both men and women who are interested in the look and feel of a healthy body. Every client is different and has different skin care needs. The entire Spa Botanical product line is gentle and pH balanced. They are free of animal by-products, harmful toxins, chemicals, carcinogenics, fragrances, sulfates, dyes and many other harmful ingredients. Visit to learn more about these wonderful products.

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

Meet The Orrico Family . . . John (Broker)

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Beautiful PoloPrestwick Estate home StunningRancho 5 bedroom model on 4 acres National with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 at Trump Golf Course locatbathrooms. Finished walkout basement ed on the 5th hole with great views! and Gunite pool. $2,399,000 $2,599,000 $1,525,000.

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

The curb Rivers appealEdge of this home5 isbedBeautiful Estate! magnificent! Look no further than this rooms, 4.5 bathrooms, very quiet loca4 bedroom move in condition that tion in the upscale reservoir section. is sure to in-ground please any pool! potential buyers. Gunite $1,399,000.

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

Reduced $739,000

Benny (Salesperson)

About Us . . .

John Orrico, broker and owner of Orrico Realty has lived and sold real estate in town for over 18 16 years. He has vast financial knowledge and knows the town very well. “The best thing to have in this business is a good reputation and you can’t do that unless you treat everyone fairly and with mutual respect.” John Orrico is a firm believer in the code of ethics set forth by the Real Estate Commission and values his relationships with clients. Our office is located at 415 Route 34, suite 211 in Colts Neck, NJ 07722 . Colts Neck is a wonderful town filled with horse farms, recreational parks, golf courses, and most importantly: great people. We have a highly acclaimed school system from grades K-12. We are considered a suburb of New York City; about fifty minutes by train and car.

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try. Great room has vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace. $1,459,000.

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

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

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Olivia Rose Porada

Carol L. Veizer, MA, ACS, NCC, LPC

Sales Associate at Chocolate Carousel

Owner of NJ Center for the Healing Arts

Olivia was born in Morristown, NJ. At the age of 5 she moved with her family to Shrewsbury, NJ. A graduate of Red Bank Regional High School’s Performing Arts Academy, Olivia is currently a junior at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she is studying classical voice performance. She is an honor student, member of the college choral and has performed in several opera productions. Olivia will be playing the role of Belinda this spring in TCNJ’s production of Dido and Aeneas. During college breaks Olivia is a member of the sales team at Chocolate Carousel in Wall, a family business owned by her mother, Lisa Porada. She has grown up learning the importance of dedication and hard work and has an entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, Olivia recently had the honor of working as a summer intern at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan. A young cancer survivor at the age of 17, Olivia lives each day to the fullest and hopes to one day pursue a career in the music industry.

Carol lives and works in Red Bank, NJ. Born in Ocean County, Carol was raised in a family that shared a commitment to helping others through service. In 1989, she founded the NJ Jersey Center for the Healing Arts, a non-profit integrative mental health center now designated as being one of the first to combine conventional mental health, complementary and alternative medicine and the arts. After 23 years, Carol is still directing the Center located in Red Bank. Known for her efforts in the area of integrative mental health, Carol was invited to join an international group of 16 pioneers of integrative psychiatry, psychology and other healing disciplines, and in 2010 they formed the nonprofit International Network of Integrative Mental Health. The organization was awarded a grant to develop a website to advance this specialization across the globe. Carol sees her life as one of many passions and pursuits. She is a clinician, a writer and researcher with a love of ethnography and a deep interest in medical anthropology. She shares her life with a wide circle of extended family, two collies and three cats. Though her goal of completing her PhD was put on hold to develop her career, she is currently completing her dissertation and plans to graduate this summer. To learn more about Carol and the team of healing professionals at the NJ Center for the Healing Arts, please visit www. or call 732-747-2944..

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Joanne Feliciano, PA-C

Britt Sloan

Physician Assistant at Improve Health Solutions

Owner at Spa Botanical

Joanne is a graduate of St. John’s University. She has been practicing as a Physician Assistant (PA) for 18 years. One of her notable accomplishments was her position as Lead Forensic Liaison for the World Trade Center Disaster Operations. She is a member of SEMPA and AAPA. She is currently the Lead PA for TeamHealth at Lourdes Emergency Department Willingboro/Deborah. She works with ED physicians to establish diagnosis and treatment plans. Her latest endeavor is working with Dr. Robert Frankel at Improve Health Solutions managing patients who struggle with weight loss. She received training in Weight Management and Medical Fitness. With her knowledge, she is able to help her patients accomplish their weight loss goals and lead them to a healthier lifestyle. Her personal goal is to encourage people to live healthy and to prevent illnesses that are linked to obesity. Joanne was born in the Philippines and raised in NYC, she moved to Monmouth County eight years ago to raise a family. She currently resides in Wall Township, is married and has two girls. She loves the beach, traveling and spending time with her family. To learn more, visit www. or call 866-807-8686.

Britt has never been wary of a new challenge. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where she trained in classical ballet for 13 years and performed with a Chicago area production company. After studying Nutrition, Business, and Design in college, she became a flight attendant. This part of her career led her to New York where she settled, working as a Benefits Specialists for a corporate law firm before leaving to start a family. She moved to New Jersey to raise her two sons: Noah – a 16-year-old junior at SRHS, and Julian – a 7th grader at Monmouth Beach Elementary. As a stay at home mom she started to create natural body products. “I started offering them as gifts and charity baskets, and through word of mouth and the endless support of my wonderful friends and loved ones, Spa Botanical took off and continued to grow into a National business.” She has been invited to as a guest speaker at the Wellness Center for cancer patients in Eatontown, The Woman’s Expo at Brookdale Community College, and at a Red Cross luncheon for local businesswomen. (732) 539-1454

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Monmouth County


Kavita Beri

Tracey L. Wolfman

Owner of BeriEsthetique

Owner of We Care Adult Daycare

Dr. Beri founded Beri Esthetique , a boutique medical practice offering Primary Care and Cosmetic Medicine for adults with a special focus on Preventive & Anti-Aging Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Medical Center, an affiliate of Cornell University. In addition to Board Certification, she holds a number of distinctions, including PCA Skin Certified Professional and membership in the International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine and the American Society of Laser Medicine & Surgery. She has worked extensively in the fields of Primary Care, Dermatology and Aesthetic medicine. Her professional practice includes Botox injections, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair removal and Skin Rejuvenation. The office is set in a comfortable relaxing atmosphere and utilizes a state of the art electronic medical record system allowing patients direct online appointment scheduling, access to personal medical records, and refill requests. Dr. Beri can be reached at BeriEsthetique, 732-455-8118. For more information,

Tracey L. Wolfman has been a resident of Middletown for the last 40 years and has always had a passion for senior citizens. She launched “We Care Adult day Care” in 2000. Tracey has spent the last 26 years working with the elderly population, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease. Tracey’s dedication and knowledge have helped many people afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Tracey is a Registered Nurse who completed her Masters in Nursing Administration from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She also graduated from Brookdale Community College and then Monmouth University with a BSN in Nursing. Tracey resides with her husband Marc in Monmouth, NJ and spends her free time caring for her beloved animals, competing in Horse Shows and cheering her adored nephew Mark and nieces, Natalia, Sarah and Devan who have made her proud “Aunt T” by all of their outstanding accomplishments. Tracey is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, New Jersey League of Nursing, National Council on Aging, Board Member Alzheimer’s Association of greater NJ and serves on both the Entrepreneurial Excellence Advisory Board and the Business Management Advisory Board at Brookdale Community College. Visit for more information.

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Donna Hlavacek Financial Services and Investment Advisor Representative at MetLife Premier Client Group Donna is enjoying her life and career as a “Jersey Girl” transplant. Her roots are in Lancaster County, PA where she previously built a successful first career as a retail manager initially with Gimbels, then Bradlees, Target and Staples. At the age of 50, Donna began to question her personal preparedness for the rapidly approaching retirement years. Donna found that she had a keen interest and aptitude for a transfer of her business skills to a more personal level of planning. Her 25+ years in business management spent evaluating cash flow, operating expenses and balance sheets, translated easily to household balance sheets, retirement distribution, cash flow and efficient asset positioning. This personal process of discovery led to a natural change of career.

Donna began her new career path in financial services by studying and obtaining her licenses to sell Life, Health and Variable Securities products. This was followed by licensing in General Securities and appointed as an Investment Advisor Representative. Most recently, Donna has completed an advanced five course academic curriculum meeting the requirements for CASL – Chartered Advisor for Senior Living. Donna is a valuable member of the Creative Financial Group, an office of MetLife, in the Wall Township location. Donna resides in Middletown with husband, Ken and their rescue cat Gremlin. Contact her at (732) 919-6194. Donna is a registered representative and investment advisor representative of and offers securities products and investment advisory services through MetLife Securities, Inc. (MSI) (member FINRA/SIPC) and a registered investment advisor. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC), New York, NY 10166. MSI and MLIC are MetLife companies. 1305 Campus Parkway, Wall Township NJ 07753. L0313312964[exp0314][NJ]

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S ee D ee D ee B riDgewater in the P erformance of a L ifetime !


Ben Brantley, New York Times



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Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th Ave.

Billie Holiday musical

“Seduced Me inTo a STaTe of BliSS.” - Charles Isherwood, The New York TImes

“SiT Back anD enjoy! Wonderful!” - eNTerTaINmeNT weeklY

“MaSTerful-pure Holiday!”- NY1 “Top-notch! Bridgewater is pHenoMenal - a genuine star!

THiS iS THe Billie Holiday We’ve Been WaiTing To See!”- T

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A Mesmerizing Story Told Through Music, Dance & Technology

“BEST NEW ACT IN AMERICA!” -Piers Morgan, America’s Got Talent



A Grownup’s Prequel to Peter Pan 212-239-6200 | New World Stages, 340 West 50th St.

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New World Stages • 340 West 50th Street

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Our Families Thank You! Another exciting year for Ronald McDonld House of Long Branch & New Brunswick! We held 9 different events this year and each one was a great sucess due to the support of our sponsors, attendees, donors and the volunteers. Every photo tells a story. As we look back at the fun we had, we look forward to 2014 with excitment of what is to come.

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Letter From NJAWBO Shore Region President Jackie Berman Happy Holidays!!

Jackie Berman President, NJAWBO Shore Region Monmouth/Ocean/Middlesex 732.610.1567

Non-members are invited to attend a Shore Region event at member price – mention this article! Nov. & Dec. Meeting Dates All Women Networking Nov. 11, 6:00pm Draft House, Long Branch Holiday Shopping Expo & Silent Auction Nov. 21, 6:00pm Expo Tables Available Marlboro Jewish Center Marlboro Breakfast & Networking Dec. 4, 8:30am Freehold Microsoft Store Freehold Raceway Mall Holiday Luncheon/ Gift Exchange Dec. 12, 11:30am Bella Vista Country Club Marlboro For details, or to register, visit: Limit one per person. Valid for NJAWBO Shore Region (Monmouth/Ocean/Middlesex) events only.

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2013 is quickly coming to an end, but at NJAWBO Shore Region, this is the most fun time of the year!!! For the next two months our region has two great events, intervened with our education/networking meetings. It’s the time when NJAWBO Shore sits back, relaxes and laughs!!! This year our annual gift auction is combined with a holiday shopping extravagance, scheduled for November 21st. The public is invited to enjoy the auction and shop at the same time. Members and outside vendors are invited to purchase an expo table where they may sell items for direct purchase. Bring your unwanted gold, get cash on the spot (you’ll have more money for shopping). You can eat, shop, party with friends and meet new ones too!!! A truly fun day is our annual Holiday Luncheon on December 12th at Bella Vista Country Club. All are invited to participate in our holiday exchange gift game where those who wish to bring a wrapped item valued at $25 can join in the fun.

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At this year’s Holiday Luncheon the winner from our Donna Myers Entrepreneurial Scholarship raffle will be drawn. Only 200 tickets at $20 are being sold. Winners do not have to be present. Eight prizes will be awarded with the top prize being $1,250 (if all tickets are sold). If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please call Jackie at 732-610-1567. We are not just all fun. November 11th an all women networking event is scheduled and December 4th is breakfast at the Freehold Microsoft Store, the topic is Skype & Lync for Business Communications. Please check our website for updates. 2013 has been a very difficult year for many. We are still recovering from Sandy and the economy. I wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy and treasured moments. May 2014 be your best year yet! Energize!! Empower!!! Engage!! Warmest Regards, Jackie Berman President, NJAWBO Shore Region

Networking • Holiday Expo • Gift Exchange

Visit our on-line calendar for up to date info: It is Our Mission to provide tools for members to compete in any market place enabling them to operate financially successful businesses. Our Objectives * To encourage and support business ownership by women * To enable women business owners to network and conduct business with one another * To offer ongoing training in business ownership, through programs and seminars offered by the State and Regions * To increase the visibility and clout of women business owners, while furthering their influence and participation in the general business community * To interact with other business organizations



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Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour ~ December 21, 2013 Submitted by: Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association


he 25th Anniversary Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour is our premier fund raising event. On the 3rd Saturday of December each year a minimum of 8 beautifully decorated 18th and 19th century historic homes, and 2 bonus houses, as well as several public buildings and 2 churches, are open to the public. Please think about starting your holiday season with a festive glimpse of history in Dennisville at Christmas time! • Sponsor – Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association, Inc., [501 (c)(3)]. • Date – Sat., Dec. 21, 2013. • Time – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bonus hour for 25th Anniversary Tour.

“Preserve what you have—you can never replace it.” Jef Buehler, Main Street New Jersey, NJDCA

• Tickets - $10.00 - sold at the Dennisville Post Office, 24 Hall Ave. in Dennisville the night of the tour only beginning at 3:30 pm. Greeters will distribute programs and get tour goers started on their way. Houses open at 4:00 pm. The Post Office will be open for stamp sales as well. • Soup and sandwich supper at the South Dennis Trinity United Methodist Church beginning at 4:00 pm until food runs out ($8.00 adults, $3.50 children under 12). • Refreshments and comfort stations at the Dennisville United Methodist Church Social Hall and Dennis Volunteer Fire Station. • The Middletones Carolers (Middle Township High School) will perform through the village. • Dennis Volunteer Fire Company – will be open with equipment (new and antique) on display. Light refreshments will be available here.


The Capt. Charles J. and Lydia Crawford House - 1852 From the Personal Perspective:

In July 1988, the current owners purchased the house. The house was in deplorable condition: few windows or doors, floors that had more openings to the dirt than floor boards and holes in the roof and walls. Trees and shrubbery hid the house almost entirely from the street and the yard. In fact the house was slated for demolition and resale of the land. One of the earliest projects after closing in the house was the construction of a large 2 car garage. This served more as a place to store supplies, tools and furniture as work progressed on the house and the property in general. This work included the cleanup of the fallen in back porch, the cleanup of the remains of the outdoor shed/stable area which had been badly burned and the salvage of the original root cellar. This cellar has been converted to a beautiful Koi pond. The original outhouse remains on the property and now serves as a garden shed. There are also 2 other outhouses which were brought into the property and serve as storage buildings. The current owners’ stewardship of the Captain Charles J. and Lydia Crawford house will help to insure a long standing history for this house within the Dennisville Historic District. Many years of hard work are reflected in this house’s “finished product”. The house itself is a living documentary of how a house that was once slated for demolition was actually saved and lovingly restored to its present condition. They have tried to be as faithful to its original glory as possible not only by intermingling original materials and components with newer ones, but by a lot of TLC in hopes of giving this house at least another 161 year lifespan.

We suggest bringing a flashlight on the tour for dimly lit areas.

DHHOA MISSION The Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation incorporated in April, 1990. Its mission is: “to study the history of the area and to encourage the preservation of the historic homes in the Dennisville Historic District and Dennis Township so that future generations will be able to view them and learn about the area’s rich history”. The village of Dennisville is on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places as a Historic District comprising more than 60 structures. As a result of its long term preservation, beautification, and educational efforts, the DHHOA is considered the Custodian of the Dennisville Historic District.

Further information or contact Jack Connolly at (609) 861-1338 or email

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Medical Professionals


The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center Proudly Announces the Naming and Expansion of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center (top row) Margaret C. Fisher, MD, Medical Director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and President of the MMC Medical Staff; Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer, Monmouth Medical Center; and Bill Arnold, COO, Monmouth Medical Center; (sitting) Tara Kelly, Vice President, Foundation, Monmouth Medical Center and Thomas and Ann Unterberg.

In recognition of a significant gift from Ann and Thomas Unterberg to the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center will now be named “The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.” The Unterberg’s gift will support the unrivaled pediatric care provided by The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and allow for facility renovations, the refurbishing of patient areas to provide patients and their families with a more comfortable environment and the expansion of the pediatric intensive care unit, which serves hundreds of children each year. “The Unterberg’s transformational gift to The Children’s Hospital will create an even more comforting environment to match our high-quality clinical care,” said Meg Fisher, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics at Monmouth and Medical Director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital. “This gift will help us to continue providing exceptional pediatric care throughout the community.” The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center offers the highest level of pediatric services for newborns to adolescents, including cutting-edge treatment, specialized expertise and an unsurpassed dedication to medical excellence in 32 pediatric sub-specialty areas. Every aspect of care benefits from a child-friendly, family-centered approach. “The Unterberg’s generosity to Monmouth Medical Center will have a far-reaching impact in our community, benefiting our youngest patients and their families,” said Frank J. Vozos MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical

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“We’ve been considering for a while how we could make a lasting impact on the future of Monmouth Medical Center. We feel it is important to invest in the non-profit institutions and organizations here in our own backyard. No one can dispute that children are our community’s future. We hope that our gift will encourage others to learn more about Monmouth Medical Center – we know they will be impressed with what they see – and invest as we have, in this fine institution.” Ann Unterberg Ann and Thomas Unterberg

Center. “The Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, the hospital administration, the medical staff and all employees of Monmouth Medical Center express our deepest gratitude to the Unterberg’s for their continued dedication to Monmouth Medical Center.” To learn more about The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, visit our web site

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Adult Community


Do You Know The Many Benefits Of Living At Fountainhead? Submitted by: Nancylu Mannuccia


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.

hood design is often cited as an important and favorable aspect of residing at Fountainhead. With mature trees and off-street parking, it is a great place to retire and is enjoyed by responsible homeowners displaying pride in their investments. All homes are owneroccupied. 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. 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 our website or like us on Facebook- FountainheadNJ.

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


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For more than 20 years, Dr. Allen Morgan has been a leader in the ever-advancing field of reproductive medicine.


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

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

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

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