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WHEN IS IT TIME TO SCHEDULE A HEARING TEST? PART 2. It is a good idea to have your hearing tested by an audiologist by age 50 so this test becomes a baseline.

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Welcome to the March/April 2016 Issue Of The Monmouth County Woman! I’m writing this note with the knowledge that the first day of Spring, March 20th, is less than 20 days away. Soon the snow and sleet of winter will be a distant memory! And with the coming of spring, we celebrate the eighth year anniversary of the Monmouth County Woman publication. It’s hard to believe that seven years have passed since we bought this publication to the women of Monmouth County and their families. It has been our pleasure to work and support the talented and knowledgeable professionals who share their expertise with our readers in the area of health and wellness, physical therapy law, fashion, beauty, dental and much more. This issue is loaded with valuable information in all these areas. For instance, if you are looking for a dermatologist, Dr. Renata Flaks, owner of Quality Dermatology, has helped thousands of patients achieve and maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair (pg. 8). If you are facing the challenging and emotionally distressing job of caring for a loved one with memory impairment, you will want to read about Millennium Memory Care, which offer’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care with an individualized, holistic approach in an intimate homelike atmosphere (pg. 11). In this issue you can also learn about a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at Beacon of Life (pg. 12). Their qualified team acts as your extended family in helping to identify services that will improve and maintain overall health for the elderly population. You will also find valuable information in four areas of law: Laura D’Orsi (Family Law on pg. 17), Daniel Straffi (Bankruptcy Law on pg. 17) Ansell, Grimm & Aaron , PC(Commercial Litigation and Municipal Law on pg. 23) and Christine Matus (Special Needs Children & Real Estate Law pg. 36). This issue offers some wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s Day on May 8th. A gift certificate from Hair & Co. Oasis Spa (pg. 25) is the perfect way to show love and appreciation for your mother, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and the other moms in your life. Other great gifts can be found at From the Garden (pg. 43), Lynne’s Fashion Boutique (pg. 26), and Chocolate Carousel (pg. 44), where you can find specialty cakes and chocolate novelties. When a particular article in the Monmouth County Woman publication is helpful to you and your family, take a moment to email, tweet, or Facebook the business to let them know. Happy Spring! Warmest regards, Lynn K. Wolf and the staff at the Monmouth County Woman Publication

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Medical Professionals


Spring-ing Back into Sports

ith spring just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to warmer weather and the opportunity to return to our favorite outdoor sports and recreational activities. But after a long, often sedentary winter, jumping back into action abruptly can lead to muscle strains, ligament tears and other injuries.

Preparing To Avoid Injury

According to Ron Arzt, PT, Center Manager, Kessler Rehabilitation Center at Seaview Square/ Ocean, preparation is key. “Going from zero to sixty – from being indoors all winter or just sitting behind a desk all week to full-on recreational activities on the weekend – is a prescription for disaster. Our bodies simply do not respond well to this stop-andstart level of activity.” Arzt notes that many so-called weekend warriors overlook the needed preparation and get right into the game, increasing their risk of injury. However, by incorporating strength and cardiovascular training during the week, individuals can help to decrease the likelihood of injury on the weekends. If you don’t have a regular exercise regimen or time to get to the gym, there are other options: take a walk during the day, use the stairs whenever possible and sit on a physioball instead of a chair to engage your core muscles.

Getting Started

A ten-minute warm-up that includes basic stretching and light jogging or walking will help prepare your body and reduce the possibility of injury. In addition, yoga or Pilates can help to improve balance, core strength and general spine conditioning. Arzt cautions that regardless of the sport, people should learn to listen to their bodies and know their own limits. Some may have to modify their game and tone down their “inner competitiveness” to engage in play more safely. Being able to recognize the difference between pain and muscle soreness is also important. Playing

through pain can result in microtrauma, seemingly minor injuries often related to overuse or repetitive stress that can lead to more serious problems and require medical attention. Conversely, muscle soreness is a common reaction to exercise and generally responds to rest. Studies show that proper nutrition and hydration can also aide in muscle recovery. Another tip is to get out of your comfort zone, mix it up, and keep the “fun factor” in mind. Engaging in more than just one activity will decrease the risk of developing an overuse or repetitive stress injury, allow your body to recover more easily, and reduce the chance of boredom. It’s essential, too, to check with your physician before beginning any exercise program or engaging in recreational activities.

For more information regarding complimentary screenings or to schedule an appointment, please contact Ron Arzt at 732-493-3624 or You can visit Ron at his center located at Neptune’s SEAVIEW SQUARE Shopping Center next to Work Out World.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical therapists play a vital role in helping individuals recover from an injury through manual hands-on therapy, exercise, modalities such as hot/ cold pack, electric stimulation and ultrasound, and other non-invasive treatment. In addition, the evaluation of a healthy individual and “pre-habing” can help identify any weaknesses, decrease the risk of injury and improve overall well-being. “By assessing a client’s body mechanics and movement patterns, we can recognize any deficits and develop a program specific to their needs. For example, an individual who plays tennis will have different risk factors than a golfer or a runner. Posture, ergonomics and foot mechanics are all part of the process. It is our job to evaluate the core as well as the specific joints and muscle groups involved in a particular activity.” Following a screening, recommendations may be made to improve strength, skills and techniques, or in some cases, may point to the need to further evaluation. “Our goal is to provide the understanding, education and treatment necessary for our client’s to play it safe and confidently not only this spring, but all year-round.”

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soft tissue massage, to optimize each client’s recovery. Ron, who lives in Ocean County with his wife and two children, believes that positive outcomes depend not only providing expert clinical care, but on creating a supportive rehabilitation environment - which is exactly what clients will find at his center. For more information, contact Ron at 732.493.3624 or stop by Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 2345 Route 66 (Seaview Square Plaza next to Work Out World)

March/April 2016

Pediatric Dentistry


Sweet Treats For Your Child’s Sweet Tooth:

Diet And Tooth Decay

Often parents and patients will ask me what I see in clinical practice as the main cause of tooth decay. The answer is very simple: dietary habits and homecare. Brushing and flossing daily are imperative for the prevention of plaque build-up but cavities also need a source of sugar to grow and flourish. Are there foods my child can eat to help prevent cavities?

If you are unable to brush after snacking, have your child rinse with water to help wash off food particles. Eating a crunchy carrot can help to dislodge food that gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of your child’s teeth. Fresh fruits and veggies also make great snacks. Cheese is considered a cariostatic food-that means that it actually can help prevent cavities by changing the pH in an individual’s mouth to be less acidic. Acidic mouths cause cavities. And clinical studies have shown that chewing sugar free gums containing the ingredient xylitol can help fight cavities as well.

What are some surprising foods that can cause cavities?

Children who drink juice (even 100% natural juice has lots of natural sugars) or flavored milk or soda (regular and diet) in between meals or frequently are more prone to cavities developing between the teeth. Dilute juice with water as often as possible. And remember, 4-6 ounces per day of juice is all that is recommended by pediatricians. Eat your fruit, don’t drink it!! It is a well known fact that candy and lollipops are the largest culprits found to cause tooth decay, but what about fruit snacks and dried fruits including raisins? Any sticky snack that lodges in the deep crevices and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth or gets stuck in between the teeth is the most likely to start the decay-forming process. Sticky raisins and fruit snacks do just that! They get stuck on the teeth-and the sugar in them immediately goes to work weakening the outer tooth surface called the “enamel.” If these sticky substances are not brushed off of the teeth quickly and effectively, the teeth can be eaten away resulting in tooth decay or cavities.

Snacks such as goldfish crackers, pretzels, potato chips and high sugar content cereals such as those containing bright artificial colors, marshmallows, and dried fruits all contribute to tooth decay. These carbohydrate-rich snacks break down into sugars over time, which sit in the deep crevices of your child’s back teeth and ultimately cause tooth decay. The solution is less consumption and more frequent brushing.

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

Does it matter how often my child snacks and drinks?

YES! Children who are frequent sippers, those children who sip drinks frequently throughout the day, are more likely to get cavities in between the teeth than those children who drink a cupful all at once. Children who stick to water or white milk in between meals are less likely to develop cavities in between their teeth. Frequent “snackers”–children who snack frequently on any snacks in between meals get more cavities. This is because the snacking causes a change in the mouth’s pH level so that the more often you snack, the longer amount of time the environment in the mouth is acidic and cavity prone. So frequent consumption of carbohydrate-rich snacks such as crackers, pretzels, or goldfish, which break down into sugars, also causes an increased risk of cavities.

What if my child has a sweet tooth?

If your child has a super sweet tooth, a piece of plain chocolate (not covered in caramel) like a Hershey’s Kiss is an okay treat to indulge in because it does not get stuck in the teeth but “melts in your mouth.” Since there is no sticky residue left behind, there is not as much sugar stuck in tooth grooves. Pure chocolate is better than chocolate covered in gooey caramel! Making sure to brush and floss afterwards, regardless of what sweets you eat, will help to wash away any residual sugars! If you are the parent of a special needs child who is involved in any therapy program utilizing food rewards, try to substitute M&Ms for Skittles or fruit snacks. Of course they are going to get sticky stuff at birthday parties–most kids love junk and we cannot prevent them from indulging once in awhile. But I always tell parents, you can only control what YOU can control. In other words, win the battle at the supermarket. If you purchase it, they will eat it. Remember, that children’s dietary habits tend to directly mimic their parents dietary habits!

HEALTHY TEETH SNACKS Carrots Cheese Yogurts Apples Milk Water All other fresh veggies All other fresh fruits Xylitol-containing sugar free chewing gum

CAVITY-CAUSING SNACKS Fruit snacks/ Fruit roll-ups Raisins Candy Lollipops Goldfish crackers, pretzels, potato chips (frequent consumption) All juices All flavored milks Soda/ Lemonade/ Iced tea Gatorade/ Powerade


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Melanoma: Protect Your Skin

Over the last decade, skin cancer claimed more than 500 lives in Monmouth and Ocean counties as the Jersey Shore endured one of the highest overall cancer ratings in New Jersey.

Ocean County ranked first in the state for melanoma-related deaths with an average of 302 from 2000 through 2010, the latest year of data available from the New Jersey Cancer Registry. Monmouth County ranked third with an average of 239 deaths, according to the registry, which collects, by law, cancer data from doctors and hospitals about cancer-stricken residents in each county.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Regular full skin cancer screenings increase awareness of skin cancers. Statistics show:  75% of all skin cancer deaths are from melanoma  One American dies from melanoma every hour  Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old  Research from 2004 shows an estimated total direct cost associated with treatment of melanoma was $291 million  5-year survival rate – if detected and treated before it reaches the lymph nodes – 98%  5-year survival rate for regional (lymph nodes) stage melanomas – 62%  5-year survival rate for distant (other organs/lymph nodes) stage melanomas – 15%


Understanding Melanoma Malignant melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is malignancy of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), located predominantly in the skin, but also found in the eyes, ears, gastrointestinal tract, and oral and genital mucous membranes. Important facts about malignant melanoma include: Melanoma is preventable  Melanoma is curable in early stages through annual skin cancer screenings by a dermatologist


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When Is It Time To Schedule A Hearing Test? Part 2


In Part 1 of this article, we discussed untreated hearing issues and how to recognize if you have hearing problems. In Part 2, we will talk about identifying the common causes and the different types of hearing loss as well as the options available for an individual Jill Gordon, Au.D., needing a hearing aid. CCC-A, F-AAA What are the most common causes of hearing loss? Common causes of hearing loss include but are not limited to aging, exposure to loud noise, family history of hearing loss, viruses, autoimmune disease and head trauma.. Are there different types of hearing loss? Hearing loss can be identified by the part of the auditory system that is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss:  Conductive  Sensorineural  Mixed hearing loss Conductive hearing loss occurs in the middle ear. Some examples include fluid in the middle ear, ear infections, perforated eardrums, and impacted cerumen. A seconsorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This typically is permanent and the most common type of hearing loss. Some possible causes of SNHL include aging, noise exposure, genetics, or ototoxic drugs.

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Memory Care


Holistic Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Caring for a loved one with memory impairment, including Alzheimer’s or dementia, can be challenging and emotionally distressing, leaving caregivers feeling overwhelmed. As Alzheimer’s or dementia progresses, demands on the caregiver intensify as loved ones become increasingly dependent and require more assistance for daily activities. It is natural for caregivers to feel anxious and drained, as pressures on time and energy continue to grow. But caregivers must also care for themselves and recognize their limitations before putting their own well-being in jeopardy. By setting realistic expectations, caregivers can acknowledge they need not assume the burdens of care alone, and can begin exploring resources for providing the best care for their loved ones. We asked Galina Markovich, Director of Millennium Memory Care, a few of the most common questions to get her advice for caregivers.

Should my loved one be moved to a full-time care facility? Q:

If you are struggling to provide the quality care you want for your loved one, it may be time to consider a move to a full-time care facility. As Alzheimer’s and dementia progress, so does the need for constant care. A residential facility provides peace of mind through full-time care in a secure and comfortable environment.

How do I choose the right facility? Q:

While large care facilities can provide complete medical care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, a small, intimate facility allows for more personalized attention and greater opportunities for meaningful activities and social interactions. The best way to know if a facility is right is to visit and meet with the staff. This can help you determine the quality of the facility, whether private rooms are available, and whether care and supervision are available around the clock. You can assess programming for activities and socialization, check on security and learn about meal quality and options. You can also inquire about caregiver-topatient ratios.

What is a “holistic” care approach? Q:

Some memory care facilities focus almost solely on medical needs. A holistic care approach addresses the “whole” person, utilizing knowledge from an individual’s complete life history, going well beyond just medical care. A holistic approach recognizes the connection between mind, body and spirit, caring for residents on all levels.

What benefits do smaller homes provide? Q:

A smaller home provides a stimulating community environment to reduce isolation, treat depressive symptoms with socialization and activities, and focuses on quality of life. With smaller resident populations, tailored therapies can be designed for each patient.

What if a patient does not want to leave their home? Q:

In-home care services are an option that allows your loved one to enjoy familiar surroundings while receiving expert care. This may benefit those who find leaving their familiar home upsetting or traumatic. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia will be affecting more of us and our loved ones as our elderly population continues to increase in number. It is important to acknowledge just how challenging caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia can be, and not be afraid to seek help and understand the options available.

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When a loved one gets to that point in life when their healthcare needs start to impact their daily living, it’s time to look for help. Beacon of LIFE is a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) and is essentially an alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility. The PACE model was created as a way to provide the elderly with flexibility to receive health care and recreational care needs while helping them remain in the comfort of their own community. Our primary focus is to help you continue to live in the community for as long as possible. To achieve this goal, we focus on preventative care. In fact, although all people enrolled in PACE are eligible for nursing home care, only seven percent actually live in nursing homes. We provide care and services in the home, community, and PACE center. Although we have contracts with many specialists and providers in the community, most PACE participants receive their care from staff employed by Beacon of LIFE in our center. This includes adult day programs, medical clinics, and occupational and physical therapy facilities. Our qualified team will act as your extended family in helping to determine the services you may need to improve and maintain your overall health and will then put the resources in place to accomplish this goal. We provide all transportation to the center for activities or appointments. In order to enroll in a PACE program, participants must be age 55 or older, live in the service area of a PACE organization, be certified as meeting the need for nursing

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Just some of the services we provide are: • Primary Care • Social Services • Hospital Care • Dental Care • End of Life Care Each participant is given a team of health care professionals to help make critical health care decisions. We will get to know you and your unique preferences. Our team is experienced in caring for people like you. You and your family participate as the team develops and updates your plan of care and your goals in the program. We support all family members with caregiving training, support groups, and respite care to help families keep their loved ones in the community.


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Q & A With Dr. Manpreet K. Kohli: Why Breast Specialists are Key to Comprehensive Breast Care Breast cancer care has come a long way. Thanks to advances in screening mammography, many breast cancers are found in their earliest stages. Although breast cancer is still prevalent, women can feel confident that the breast cancer battle is one that can be won because survival rates have improved significantly. Boardcertified and fellowship-trained breast surgeon Manpreet K. Kohli, M.D. of Barnabas Health Medical Group, discusses why breast specialists, including breast surgeons, are important in not only preventing, diagnosing and treating breast cancer, but also guiding women through survivorship. Dr. Kohli provides comprehensive breast care as well as medical and surgical expertise and is affiliated with the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

Q: Why is it important to see a breast specialist? Dr. Kohli: While traditional

mammograms, x-rays of the breast, are the most commonly used breast cancer screening tool, they are not perfect and they may not be the best test for every woman. There are many different modalities of breast imaging that each have their own advantages and drawbacks. Breast specialists are able to determine the best screening

method, when to start screening, and how often women should be screened to prevent breast cancer. However, for example, younger women, or women with dense breast tissue may benefit from 3D mammography (also known as tomosynthesis) which takes multiple clear images of the breast instead of one x-ray, making it easier for a radiologist to detect abnormalities. It does expose women to a slightly higher amount of radiation. Breast ultrasound is another tool used to evaluate denser breast tissue, without additional radiation exposure, but it is more difficult to compare year-to-year as a screening tool. Breast MRI, which creates detailed pictures of the inside of the breast, is extremely sensitive at picking up lesions in the breast—it is associated with a high false-positive rate, so it is typically reserved for patients known to be at a higher than average risk of developing breast cancer. Finally, breast-specific gamma imaging, which picks up activity in areas of the breast where there are metabolically active cells, is an option for women who might be MRI candidates but might not be able to undergo that method of imaging because of a metallic implant.

Q: Who should see a breast specialist? Dr. Kohli: It is a common

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Manpreet K. Kohli, MD Fellowship Trained Breast Surgeon Dr. Kohli is affiliated with Community Medical Center in Toms River and the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kohli, contact: Community Medical Center 67 Highway 37 West Riverwood 1 Building, First Floor Toms River, NJ 08755 732.557.2153 Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center 300 Second Avenue Long Branch, NJ 07740 732.923.7702

About Barnabas Health Medical Group Barnabas Health Medical Group is a multispecialty group practice comprising highly trained and experienced world class primary and specialty care physicians. Barnabas Health Medical Group physicians provide compassionate and innovative cutting-edge care for people at every stage of life at easily accessible facilities conveniently located throughout New Jersey. Backed by the vast continuum of resources of Barnabas Health, the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, our dedicated physicians and expertly trained supporting staff continuously strive for clinical excellence. To learn more, visit breast specialist if they have a breast disease; all women are welcome. I see patients for a variety of different reasons, including women experiencing breast pain, women with a family history of breast cancer, women who want a thorough breast examination or those seeking help managing the complexities of imaging. When a new patient comes in for an appointment, she fills out a risk factor survey that calculates her lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. If the score is over 20 percent, she is considered highrisk. As part of our high-risk program, she can get a breast exam every six months as well as receive coordination and evaluation of her breast imaging. It’s no secret that it’s important to find breast cancer early, when it is most treatable, so I look at overall breast health and ways to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.

Q: What can women do to lower their risk of breast cancer? Dr. Kohli: While certain factors cannot

be changed, like being born a woman, lifestyle changes make a difference. One of the most important things a woman can do to lower the risk of breast cancer is maintain a healthy weight because fat is the building block for estrogen, which is often the fuel for many breast cancers. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is ideal and may even prevent recurrences in women who have had breast cancer. Exercising 80 to 110 minutes a week is linked to an 18 percent reduction in breast cancer risk. Drinking less than five glasses of wine a week, or less than one alcoholic beverage a day is preferable. Quitting smoking is important, not just for reducing the risk of breast cancer, but for our overall health. Having children before age 30 and breast feeding may also help lower your breast cancer risk.

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Q: What are the advances in breast cancer treatment? Dr. Kohli: Since all breast cancers are

different, our treatment plans are tailored to meet the individual’s needs. Whether it is chemotherapy or radiation, limited or more extensive lymph node removal or lumpectomy versus mastectomy, many considerations are taken into account when developing a treatment plan. Thanks to surgical advances, breast surgery is not as mutilating as it once was. We can really help women feel comfortable in their own skin after the procedure. Surgeons are now able to perform breast conservation surgery often times with oncoplastic methods that help maintain the natural look and contour of the breast. Mastectomy, the removal of all breast tissue, used to be quite deforming, but women now have the option of breast reconstruction which can happen immediately, or in stages. Some women elect to have implants placed, while others have their breasts reconstructed with tissue from their own body. With a nipple saving mastectomy, a woman can keep her natural nipple and areola rather than having a nipple reconstructed and pigmented with tattooing. Incisions can be placed in more inconspicuous locations, like under the breast in the inframammary fold, so that no incisions are visible once they have completed their treatment. Unfortunately, not all women are candidates for this surgery. If a woman has a certain degree of ptosis (low-hanging breasts) or has more than one spot of cancer, or if it is within two centimeters of the nipple, she cannot receive a nipple saving mastectomy. When it comes to choosing the correct surgical option, overall health should be evaluated before making a decision. Not all women are candidates for certain surgeries, but a breast surgeon can explain the options and help women make the best decision.

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New Date of Emancipation in New Jersey On January 19, 2016, Governor Christie signed S-1046/A-2721 into law. This law establishes 19 as the age when a child support and/ or medical support obligation will terminate. The new law allows for child and/or medical support to continue up to age 23 for cases in which the dependent is still in high school; attending full-time college, vocational or graduate school; is disabled; if the parties reached a separate agreement; or, if continued support was granted by the court. This could expand child support, as if a child did not attend college previously, child support ended when a child graduated from high school. The effective date of the law is February 1, 2017 and applies to all child support orders. If you have at least one dependent, age 19 or older, as of February 1, 2017, you will receive an initial Notice of Child Support Termination on or around August 1, 2016. This Notice will be sent out 180 days before the dependent’s 19th birthday and will contain information on how to request a continuation of child support as well as how it will impact the amount of child support.

If your Judgment of Divorce (JOD) or support order specifies an end date other than the dependent’s 19th birthday, that date will stand and you will not be permitted to request an administrative continuation of support. However, you still may receive a Notice of Child Support Termination and be asked to provide the Court with a copy of the JOD or order. If no continuation of child support is requested, a second Notice of Child Support Termination will be sent out 90 days before the dependent’s

19th birthday. If no continuation is requested after receiving the second notice, the order of support will end as of the child’s 19th birthday, and both parties will receive an update reflecting this change. (Note that if there are child support arrears, the responsibility to pay the arrears shall continue until all arrears are paid in full.) If your JOD or support order calls for child support to continue beyond the dependent’s 19th birthday - if they are in college, for example - you will receive a Final Notice of Child Support Termination 90 days before the dependent’s 23rd birthday (or other extended termination date) informing you that the child support will end. In order to ensure that all notices and informational updates are received, please confirm that New Jersey Child Support has your most current contact information.



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ne in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. New and often cutting-edge treatments give these women the hope and courage they need to help manage or overcome the physical, mental and emotional challenges of breast cancer, and in many cases, beat the disease altogether. Our technologies for treating breast cancer continue to improve each day. Now, we are proud to introduce HALO breast radiation therapy! Along with conventional treatment plans, our physicians offer Halo Breast Radiation Therapy (Heart And Lung Omitting). HALO breast radiation therapy is a technique of delivering whole breast radiation therapy with effective removal of the heart and lung from high exposure, which may reduce future risks of heart conditions and breathing problems.

We understand it is important to our patients to monitor the effectiveness of each treatment. It is for this reason, through follow-up visits and examinations, we continue to ensure your well-being into the future. After radiation is over, the normal tissues heal and get back to normal. During follow-up care, your doctor can give you personalized information about your risk of recurrence. Understanding your risk of recurrence and the treatment options may help you feel more prepared if the cancer does return, and will help you make decisions about your treatment. ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR HALO?

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Specialized Reading Program


Reading Shouldn’t Hurt Reading is a complex process. It involves problem solving in

which the reader works to make sense of the text. It also involves fluency which derives from the reader’s ability not just to decode words but also to quickly process larger language units. When students lack these skills they lose self-confidence and self-esteem. Eventually, they lose their motivation to learn to read. Schools are increasingly challenged in meeting the reading needs of a variety of students learning styles. Even as early as kindergarten, we see students struggling with simple sounds and words. All students can enjoy reading and keep up with the demands of school. At Learning Press we are committed to finding and using each student’s natural strengths and create successful and confident readers. Our methods are unique and extraordinarily successful. We create proficient readers.

Proficient readers are • Mentally engaged • Motivated to read and learn • Socially active around reading tasks • Strategic in monitoring the interactive processes that assist comprehension • Set goals that shape their reading process • Monitor their reading If your child is lacking in any of these skills call us today. We will provide diagnostic testing to asses your childs ability and reading instruction given by experts.

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Mary Beth D’Antoni Business owner of Learning Press LLC, Author of “Pathways to the Mind,” Educator, Speaker

Mary Beth D’Antoni is a reading expert who has been active in the field of education for thirty years. She holds a NJ K-12 teaching certificate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked as a seventh grade Language Arts Teacher, Reading Teacher, Adjunct Professor of Reading and is author of “Pathways to the Mind, “a reading program for students who have difficulty learning from traditional methods. Her educational experience has involved concentrated work in remedial, developmental and enrichment areas for kindergarten through college level students. Ms. D’Antoni has done extensive independent research related to students with learning disabilities. Her program “Pathways to the Mind “is based on her experience, findings and research on the development of reading skills and has been recognized throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. Learning Press LLC provides comprehensive reading instruction to students in grades K-6 who are struggling with reading.



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f the answer is yes, you are one of many caregivers facing this role today. It is one of the most challenging of life transitions facing adult children as they are hurled into the role of caregiver for a parent, grandparent, or spouse, particularly one with a condition like Alzheimer’s disease. It is a complete role reversal for adult children and or spouses facing this challenge. How this loved one is cared for is just one of the many decisions adult children must make. We Care Adult Care is an option that should be considered. The atmosphere and care offered at We Care is important not only for those brought into the center, but for the caregivers who bring them. We Care Adult Care provides Stimulation, Transportation, Activity, Meals, Nursing Care, and much more under one roof

for the loved one, while offering the much needed break to the caregiver. We also offer support for the families in many ways, sometimes a hug will do and other times it is offering support groups, counseling and referrals to assist them as necessary. We Care Adult Care offers a “quality of life” unparalleled by any other day care center in Monmouth County. Cost half the price of home care. Grants and subsidized assistance is available to those whom qualify.

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Health &W NON-DRUG THERAPY RELIEVES PAIN ellness AFTER FAILED BACK SURGERY Law Over 300,000 back surgeries are performed in the U.S. per year. Unfortunately, 1 out of every 10 patients continues to experience back or leg pain even after surgery. Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), also known as post-laminectomy syndrome, occurs in a number of patients who have undergone back surgeries such as laminectomy, discectomy, or lumbosacral fusion. It can be a severely disabling, longlasting complication of back surgery.

SCS is an implantable device, comprised of a small transmitter and two soft wire leads. The leads have electrodes at the tips which transmit a pulsed electrical energy near the spinal column. This pulsed energy is known to block painful signals that are being transmitted from the back. Long term follow-up studies have determined a 50-75% success rate at 5 years for SCS therapy use for FBSS. It has been shown to provide significant long-term pain relief along with reducing the need for opioid pain medications.

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At Garden State Medical Center, we usually begin treatment with conservative measures such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, opioids, and physical therapy. If these do not work, patients are offered minimally invasive techniques such as epidural injections to provide pain relief. These injections offer temporary relief that can last anywhere from a few days, to a few months. When performed a few times a year, these injections can sometimes be enough to help patients manage their chronic pain long-term. However, some patients do not find relief with any of these techniques and are often left with chronic lower back pain that can severely impact their daily lives. They are unable to continue working, cannot perform daily activities, and eventually do not want to leave their house due to severe pain. These patients are candidates for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) therapy that may provide substantial pain relief and change the way they live their lives. SCS therapy is covered by most insurances, including Medicare. SCS is a therapy that is FDA approved to treat neuropathic pain syndromes including failed back surgery syndrome, chronic regional pain syndrome, diabetic and vascular neuropathic pain. SCS therapy has been used since 1967 to treat lower back pain refractory to other modalities of treatment. Failed back surgery syndrome is currently the most common use for SCS in the United States.


near the nerves through a needle – there is no incision and you go home within an hour following the procedure. If the device proves successful at reducing pain, the patient returns to have a permanent device implanted. The procedure for the permanent implant is very similar to the trial, except a small incision is made to insert the device under the skin. There is no hospital stay involved for either the trial or the permanent placement. The procedure is 100% reversible if the patient does not get relief or wishes to have it removed. For more information about Dr. Gupta and GSMC, visit or call 732-202-3000.

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What To Do After a Failed IVF Cycle

Is an Endometrial Scratch (Endometrial Biopsy) Right for Me? by Dr. Allen Morgan, Fertility Doctor in NJ


f you have just undergone in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but your healthy embryo(s) failed to implant in your uterus, your reproductive endocrinologist may be suggesting an endometrial scratch to accompany your next treatment cycle. Here’s all the information you need to make an informed decision. What is endometrial scratch?

Endometrial scratch, also known as an endometrial biopsy, is used to help embryos implant in the womb after in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The simple procedure may also offer insight into the cause for healthy embryos failing to implant in the uterus. At least, mild chronic infection, which is a common cause for failure to implant, could be ruled out. Also called an endometrial biopsy, it is fairly simple, takes about 15 minutes and causes only mild discomfort in most cases. The procedure itself consists of causing a mild superficial injury by “scratching” the lining of the uterus and also getting a small sample to be tested. The best time to perform the endometrial scratch is approximately one week before the next IVF cycle.

Who should have an endometrial scratch performed?

Studies so far have been limited to patients whose embryos failed to implant after in-vitro fertilization despite being healthy and viable. Clinical pregnancy rates in some studies show almost a doubling of the chance to conceive - a remarkable leap in statistics.

More research is required to evaluate the role of endometrial scratch in patients going through their first cycle of IVF treatment. There is no evidence to support performing this procedure on first time IVF patients since the studies so far have been limited to patients who have at least one failed IVF cycle.

How does scratching help implantation?

Scratching the uterine lining causes a reparative process that releases natural chemicals, hormones and growth factors. Evidence suggests that the new lining cells that grow afterwards are thought to be more receptive to an implanting embryo and so increases the chances of pregnancy. In some studies clinical pregnancy rates were nearly doubled. It’s a complicated biochemical process where the embryo has to chemically communicate with the surface of the endometrium. The interaction must result in some of the cells underneath dieing in order to make room for implantation. The embryo must then must invade the cells and implant itself into the tissue of the endometrium in order to successfully grow into a baby.

If your first in-vitro fertilization treatment cycle failed despite having healthy embryos, your reproductive endocrinologist may suggest an endometrial scratch with your next IVF cycle. If your fertility doctor hasn’t discussed this option with you, contact Morgan Fertility at 732.363.4777 or to ask for a consultation to discuss your next steps.


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Residential Health


Raising the Standards of Senior Residential Care “If Our Parents Don’t Deserve For 20 years, Christiana Foglio, Founder and CEO of Community Investment Strategies, has been committed to providing seniors with high-quality housing and resources as well as a continuum of care. Recognizing the need for a facility that provides an intimate setting for the memory care population, Chris created Onora Health – a new residential senior care facility in Ocean Township.

Better Care, Then Who Does?” -Christiana Foglio, Founder of ONORA Health

“I created ONORA Health so that your loved ones can have what every family deserves— a safe and embracing community offering concierge-level services and innovative memory care.”

For families coping with the challenges of aging and memory loss, the instinct is often to look back in time to better days. At Onora, we work with our residents to look forward and embrace life. As a family-owned company, we were driven by our own personal experiences with aging loved ones to create a senior residential care facility that offers a level of care that can only come from one family to another. Each resident we share our home with matters, and we pride ourselves on providing the tools and care he or she needs to thrive. By limiting our home to a maximum of 15 residents and providing 24-hour nursing care, we are able to emotionally invest in each person, developing a trusting and caring relationship between our caregivers and residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all care model, we create a customized, personalized care plan specifically tailored to each resident’s emotional, social and physical needs. Not only do our residents matter, but every moment we spend with them matters, too. Our daily life enrichment program, The Path, builds upon the unique path of each resident’s life by enhancing old passions and cultivating new interests. Instead of a set activity list, our residents create a plan of activities they want to participate in every day, allowing them to take ownership of their lives, enhancing brain functioning and eliciting enthusiasm.

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 Barry Capp 

An Attorney on the Fast Track to Success


s a partner in Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s litigation department, Barry Capp wears many different hats but primarily devotes his practice to commercial litigation and municipal law. This includes business and contract disputes, including dissolution of businesses, construction defect cases, environmental matters, civil rights violations, and bankruptcy work. His other role is that of a municipal attorney, which means that he represents local New Jersey municipalities in connection with a wide range of issues. Barry derives a great deal of satisfaction from helping those clients’ that need it the most. He adds, “For me, the rewarding part occurs when I am retained to represent clients who have suffered a loss, often financial, who had little to begin with and I am able to advocate on their behalf to make them whole again.” He began his career after graduating from law school and serving as a law clerk for a New Jersey Superior Court Judge. “I became associated with a small litigation firm that focused on representation of municipalities, including defense of lawsuits brought against them. That was the beginning of my involvement in this area,” he adds. MCW: What is the most rewarding part about your profession? Barry: Our Ocean Township office prides itself on assisting people who are unfortunately faced with requiring legal representation in all areas of the law, whether it be divorce, criminal defense, real estate matters, personal injury or workers’ compensation cases. Since many of our attorneys are lifelong local residents of coastal New Jersey, we pride ourselves on assisting them.

been occasions where clients have retained us after other attorneys had represented them. By developing relationships with and paying particular attention to our clients’ needs from day one we have been able to develop the stellar reputation we have had for decades not just in Monmouth County, but also in the entire tri-state area. Even after 18 years of practice, Barry Capp still finds his job challenging and stimulating. “I believe that attorneys and legal professionals can lose sight of the reason that people seek us out in the first place. When clients seek legal professionals (just like when patients seek medical professionals) it is because something is wrong and they need help. We pride ourselves on addressing our clients’ problems with an intensity you won’t find elsewhere. By doing so, we are in a far better position to vigorously advocate for them and resolve their issues,” he adds. Barry received his B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. He later received his J.D. and Certification in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law. He and his wife Heather have two children, a son, three and a daughter eight months old.

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MCW: What is the most challenging? Barry: Aside from trying cases, I would say managing expectations is the most challenging. I think there is a general perception from the public that if they have an issue, they can retain an attorney and their problems will automatically disappear. We provide legal services that are second to none and constantly strive to place our clients in a better position when they leave our offices. However, a significant part of what we must do with clients is communicate what they can realistically expect. My job is to present a strategy and give them an idea of where they want to be. This, as opposed to telling them what we think they want to hear. In my 18 years of legal experience, I have found that clients are not only receptive to this approach, but also quite appreciative, and continue to come back for our services. MCW: What are the most common issues you see in your profession? Barry: In our dealings with members of the profession we see corners being cut, whether that be missed deadlines or a client’s dissatisfaction due to lack of attentiveness from their attorney. In fact, there have The County Woman Magazine

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Health & Wellness 32 FOR YOUR CARING BRACES

Braces, wires, springs, rubber bands, and other appliances can attract food and plaque, which can damage teeth if not brushed away.

Most orthodontists recommend brushing after every meal or snack with fluoride toothpaste and carefully removing any food that may have gotten stuck in your braces. Some orthodontists will also prescribe or recommend a fluoride mouthwash, which can get into places in the mouth that a toothbrush can’t reach. A waterpik or airflosser is also sometimes helpful to flush out stuck food.

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a regular soft toothbrush. Brush down from the top and then up from the bottom on each tooth with braces. Next, brush your teeth with a proxabrushProfessional or “Christmas tree” brush. Hypnosis This brush & is specially designed for Coaching cleaning between two braces. Insert the brush down from the top and then up from the bottom Rhoda Kopy,between Director two braces.1541 Use several Rt. 37strokes East,inSuite E each direction before moving on to Toms River, NJ 08753 the next space between two braces. 732-270-0080 Repeat procedure until all teeth have been cleaned.

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Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

To floss teeth if you have braces, feed the short end of the floss through the space between the main arch wire and the upper portion of the tooth closest to the gum. Use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss between the teeth. Be careful not to pull with too much force around the arch wire. Begin brushing teeth by using

While wearing braces, most foods can still be eaten if you cut them into small pieces that can be easily chewed. There are certain foods, however, that can break or loosen braces and should be avoided, such as: • Hard or tough-to-bite foods, such as apples or bagels

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 12 years, dealing with discrepancies and misalignments of the teeth and jaws. The official name of the specialty is “Orthodontics and Dento-facial Orthopedics.” She adds, “It is not just correction of crooked teeth, but also facial/jaw bone Your Mind Work FOR You – problems, such as under and over biteMake issues.” Instead of Against You! Rhoda Kopy is a nationally certified consulting hypnotist and wellness coach, with specialty certification is complementary medical hypnotism. She earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Communications from Richard Stockton College of N.J., has an academic background in nursing, and 20+ years’ experience in community health education and coaching. Rhoda adheres to strict ethical standards of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

foods, such as • Chewy Empowering

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taffy or caramels on the cob • Cornhildren andpopcorn, teens can learn Hard pretzels, • to “program” themselves for nuts, and carrots success, and develop an attitude In addition, dowhen not facing of “I can do it!” chew ice or bubble gum.back over difficult situations. Think


part connected with behavior patterns, mind – the conscious mind – doesn’t emotions, and memories, and which is usually achieve results. You can talk the seat of the imagination. Children to your child from now until the cow are so adept at using their imagination jumps over the moon about how the that they are said to be in a state of “needle” really won’t hurt, but all the hypnosis much of the time. They rationalizing in the world isn’t going your growing-up years. What were What to Do If a Bracket are masters at daydreaming, playing to change that gut reaction to scream some of the key challenges you faced? “pretend,” and engaging in “make and kick and flee. Appealing to the orWere WireyouBreaks made fun of because you band an appointment believe.” That the ability allowsand them-schedule to subconscious mind, using a variety were overweight or bit your nails or Broken braces, loose bands, or protheorrepair. easily visualize,for sense, feel the things of safe and gentle techniques, is what got caught up in some other negative truding wires can cause problems but that are suggestedProtruding to help them or resolve getswire. results. Young broken Use anpeople who are habit? Were you a capable athlete an issue. Teenagers tend to be more introduced to hypnosis and coaching, rarely require or student who emergency didn’t perform treatment. well end ofabout a pencil to the wire analytical; buteraser their curiosity andmove who practice what they’re taught, However, do call your orthodontist to because you lacked confidence and a less bothersome hypnosis, theirtoimagination, and desire position. tend to: If you Were you super setfocus? up an office visitshytoand fixhad the problem. to make changes generally themof the• Feel competent and capable can’t movemake it out way,more apply a interacting with other people? good candidates for this approach, as • Be more relaxed If difficulty you suffer a more severe mouth or small amount of orthodontic wax over Did standing up in front of the class to well. • Focus more easily facial injury, seek immediate Here’s do a presentation scare the heck out help. of protruding notempowered attempt to Some of thethe issues commonly end. Do • Feel you? tips Were to youget petrified of going to theof the some through some addressed with teens and children • Creatively problem solve cut the wire because you might accidendoctor’s office andproblems getting the dreaded more common until you include: are • Feel equipped to handle challenges tally swallow it or inhale it into your needle? Imagine having access to tools • Negative habits (i.e., like thumb Children and teens who are good able to see your orthodontist: that would have allowed you to feel lungs. If a mouth sore candidates developsfor from the sucking, nail biting, skin picking, this approach include empowered, competentApply and capable, Loose brackets. a small piece wire poking the inside of your mouth, unhealthy eating) those who are open to the approach equipped to handle challenges. Fears (i.e., needles, being alone, who:salt water ofand orthodontic wax to temporarily •rerinse your mouth withand warm What a difference that would have dentists, doctors) • Want to resolve the particular issue – attach loose brackets or place wax over or an antiseptic rinse. An over-the-counmade! That’s precisely why hypnosis and • Performance blocks (i.e., sports, and see the benefits in doing so is a to wonderful approach for between thecoaching bracket provide a cushion ter dental anesthetic can also applied academics, arts) • Are ablebe to discuss their feelings and and and teenagers. theyand gain other thechildren bracket yourWhat gums to numb the area. • Focus and concentration (including goals surrounding the situation through several sessions, which includes studying and test-taking) • Can sit quietly for at soft tissues of the mouth. Your orthoLoose spacers. These will need to beleast ten instruction in self-hypnosis, lays a • Bedwetting minutes at a time dontist usually provides orthodontic wax foundation that helps them as they if they • Shyness andrepositioned social unease or replaced • Will spend slip a fewor moments each day life. first get braces. totravel you through when you • Organizationfall andout timecompletely. management practicing certain techniques and/or While many adults benefit from Stress management listening to a CD Loose bands. These will need to• be this approach, kids, in particular, Source: Trying to address issues like • Are able to follow simple instructions replaced or recemented place. Save care-of-braces-retainers have a natural affinity for it.into Hypnosis these with the logical part of the engages the subconscious mind – that

Commonly Asked Questions about Hypnosis

feel anything that runs counter to who you are and what you want.

❀ What if I’m not “hypnotize-able”? It’s rare that someone is

❀ What is hypnosis? It’s a naturally occurring state, like daydreaming, becoming absorbed in a good book, or zoning out while you’re driving. Used in a clinical setting, it’s a powerful vehicle for change. You are coached into a state in which the deeper part of your mind, the subconscious, is more accessible and open to change. Diverse techniques are used, such as guided imagery, mental rehearsal, NLP, etc. As with meditation, there are many physiologic benefits when it’s practiced regularly. ❀ Do some people lose control? That only happens on TV and in the movies. People use this technique because they want to gain more control over themselves. No one can make you think, say, do, or

unable to enter this state because it is a naturally occurring state. Therefore, just about anyone who wants to enter the state can do so. And, the more it’s practiced, the easier it becomes. People who would not be good candidates include those with organic brain damage, difficulty processing simple information, and severe and untreated psychiatric disorders. ❀ Is it possible to get stuck in hypnosis? No. It is possible to drift into a sleep state, however, because it’s often quite relaxing; but a good practitioner won’t let that happen. ❀ Can I use this approach instead of seeing a medical doctor or a therapist? This is not intended to take the place of licensed medical or mental health care. If you are having a significant physical or mental health problem, it needs to be appropriately handled. There are times when it is necessary for a hypnosis practitioner to request authorization before seeing certain clients, and hypnosis practitioners often work in tandem with physicians and therapists.

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Fickle Mother Nature finally brought us a blast of Winter in MidJanuary— reminding us that the winter weather is here and continues to be challenging to our wardrobes. The best way to cope is to have layering favorites that work well with different garments. We have decided to try a new concept at the boutique, which we hope you will embrace. We are offering free “Dress to Impress” seminars two days a week. You can sign up for a Wednesday and/or Saturday afternoon and we will give instructions on how to best dress your body type and flatter your figure. These small group classes have limited space in order to give personal attention, so be sure to sign up today! We will use our “Pop Up Sale” merchandise as examples as well as our new transitional pieces that are coming in daily to accomplish this goal. This is surely an opportunity you won’t want to miss! The important thing is that we all look and feel wonderful. Sometimes all we need is a new accessory to give us a lift. Whether it is a chunky necklace or scarf, it can be just the thing to finish off an outfit! Don’t wait for someone to give you a gift, make the effort towards building your wardrobe. Just as you would get your nails and hair done, be good to yourself! Our Mother of the Bride and Groom collection is in full swing now with lots of brand new arrivals! Don’t stress, we have a fabulous selection to choose from. Be sure to visit our website at to sign up for our informative newsletter and be sure to check out our Facebook page for special pop-up sales—it will change frequently!

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Retired Teacher Teaches the Most Important Lesson of Her Life

Tell the World You’re Back!

When Donna Mulrane retired, she didn’t think she’d have yet another lesson to teach – and that it would perhaps be the most important one of her life. The lesson? Don’t go back to sleep if you are awakened by a jarring headache. And why is this lesson so important? Because it saved Donna’s life. One night in early September, Donna, who lives in Toms River, NJ, and taught fifth grade in the Toms River School District for 28 years, woke up at 1:00 am. She had a debilitating stiff neck and a severe headache. Having suffered migraines for 40+ years, she recognized this headache wasn’t like the others. “I knew I was in trouble, so my husband of almost 50 years rushed me to Brick Hospital,” Donna describes. “A CT scan was done immediately, and it showed a leaking aneurysm. Within minutes, I was being transferred to Jersey Shore Medical Center in an ambulance.” There she and her family met Neurosurgeon Pinakin Jethwa, MD and Physician Assistant Dean Barone, who are part of the neurosurgical team at Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS). “Donna’s aneurysm was located toward the front of her brain just above the nerves that control vision,” Dr. Jethwa explains. “An aneurysm is a blister on a blood vessel, similar to a bubble on a tire. The walls of an aneurysm are weak and prone to rupturing, which causes bleeding into the brain. This bleeding can lead to stroke, permanent brain damage, coma, and death. Nearly 50% of people who have a ruptured aneurysm die within 30 days. It’s a scary disease when you consider that most patients are perfectly fine one minute and then in critical condition the next. It is an absolute emergency, and the aneurysm needs to be fixed right away.” As such, with Donna, there was no time to spare. Dr. Jethwa and his team had to find the aneurysm and repair it before it caused any more damage. They performed a procedure called an angiogram where a catheter was placed in an artery in Donna’s leg and brought up to her brain. Pictures were then taken of her blood vessels, and a 3D model of her aneurysm was created. In the past, the only way to treat a ruptured aneurysm was through invasive brain surgery. However, Dr. Jethwa has special training on a newer minimally invasive technique called “coiling” where a thin catheter is used to block off the aneurysm from the inside. This procedure doesn’t require opening the skull and results in less pain, no scars on the head, and a faster recovery time. Dr. Jethwa got Donna’s permission to repair the aneurysm with coiling – if possible – prior to the angiogram. “Thankfully, Dr. Jethwa was able to coil the aneurysm during the procedure,” Donna continues. “This was a frightening experience, but Dr. Jethwa and Dean took the fear out of it, not only for me and my husband, but for our four grown sons as well. They were compassionate, kind, and they kept us informed of every detail – what had been done and what the next steps were. I call them my miracle men. I don’t believe I would have survived without them.” After a 15-day hospital stay where every minute of every day was critical, Donna returned home. After a few months of physical therapy at home, she’s as good as new. “I hope to be released from Dr. Jethwa’s care when I visit him in February,” she concludes. “As a breast cancer survivor, I am extremely blessed to have had two chances in this life. So here I am teaching what is perhaps the most important lesson of my life – if you wake up with a really bad headache, don’t go back to sleep. Get right to a hospital. It could save your life.” For more information on life-saving treatments for brain aneurysms and ANS, visit or call 732-455-8225. MCW/OCW FEB Selfie Ad #236_r2.indd 1

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Anemia: A Symptom, Not A Disease

re you anemic?

You don’t have the energy you used to have. You are 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. 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).

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.

Diagnosing Anemia

A simple blood test (CBC) can tell you if you are anemic. It measures the hemoglobin and the hematocrit. Normal hemoglobin varies from 1215 gms in women and 13.5 to 17.5 in men. These normal ranges vary slightly depending on the

laboratory. You can also measure the levels of iron, B12 and foliate in the blood. After these preliminary blood tests, you may be referred to a Hematologist (Blood specialist) who can perform additional tests, including a bone marrow evaluation.

What is the treatment of Anemia?

Treatment of anemia depends on the cause. Taking iron pills or B12 can treat iron and B12 deficiency. In cases of unexplained iron deficiency, you have to look for occult causes of bleeding, especially from the stomach and intestines. An endoscopy and colonoscopy becomes essential in such cases, especially, if you are 50 or older. Anemia from other causes can be improved by treating the underlying illness. • Role of ESAs (erythrocyte stimulating agents): A hormone 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.


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When Does Forgetting Become An Issue? Is it memory loss or am I just being forgetful? Did I just lose my keys or will I never remember where I put them? Is it OK that I can’t remember how to do basic chores because I’m “getting older”? The first answer brings good news because you are asking these important questions, not someone on your behalf, and, even more important: there are answers! When your memory has significantly declined, is poor compared to performance typical for your age but DOES NOT interfere with independent, dayto-day functions, you can be described as having Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI. Dementia is an advanced deterioration of MCI and means that you no longer are able to independently perform dayto-day functions. Alzheimer’s Disease or AD is the most common form of dementia, and we know that a protein-based plaque exists in the brains of these patients at abnormally high levels. We also know that this plaque begins to accumulate and clump together within the brain as early as a decade or more before you may experience any memory loss, impairment or dementia. On a positive note, we are living longer and could prepare to enjoy this new stage of living proactively and productively. Exercise, proper diet and remaining busy, active and engaged are proven factors that minimize developing symptoms of dementia. But the research, proper diagnosis and treatment options leave much to be desired and are far from where we need these areas developed at this era of science, technology and awareness. But as we said earlier, there are answers: The Memory Enhancement Center of New Jersey in Eatontown and Caring Heart & Brain Imaging in Manasquan. Dr. Joel Ross is the founder of the Memory Enhancement Center and is an expert in the detection and evaluation of dementia. Dr. Ross is currently directing some of the most advanced research studies sponsored by the leaders in pharmaceutical research for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Caring Heart & Brain Imaging is the first imaging facility on the Jersey Shore to offer expert PET imaging of the brain to diagnose dementia and differentiate between Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Caring Heart & Brain Imaging has an impeccable and extensive track record because our

interpreting radiologist is expert in interpreting PET scans with extensive training in interpreting brains affected by dementia. We are the only facility in New Jersey that has performed over 90 AMYVID PET scans to identify the protein plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease. And Caring Heart & Brain Imaging is the only dedicated PET scanner in New Jersey and that means less radiation exposure because there is no CT scan involved. And the best news of all is that all Medicare recipients can now have an AMYVID PET scan at no cost or any out-of-pocket charges, providing your annual deductible has been met and you have traditional Medicare coverage. The scan is totally covered by a new research study called the IDEAS PROGRAM. The study is being run by Alzheimer’s disease and imaging researchers, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the American College of Radiology. Amyloid PET scans in the IDEAS Study are conducted with FDA-approved imaging agents, and are paid for by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a covered service for Medicare beneficiaries who are participating in the trial (one scan per person). Medicare does not cover clinical beta-amyloid PET scans that are not being done as part of the IDEAS Study or other CMS-approved studies. Both Dr. Joel Ross and Caring Heart & Brain Imaging are certified participants in the IDEAS PROGRAM and together can offer you a full assessment and accurate diagnosis with the only scan that can indentify plaque in your brain. This means you can have answers and consultation to address the possibilities with expertise, promise and options otherwise unavailable. NOW, the next step is yours. All you have to do is reach out to the possibilities. Step forward boldly with the confidence that there is strength in knowledge and there are answers that will keep the reins in your hands! You remain in the driver’s seat to conduct your own course of action and navigate what can be the most rewarding stage of your life! Call for an appointment to meet with Dr. Ross and you will have an intensive consultation, expert scan and a future of knowledge and answers.

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Written By: Joel S. Ross, MD Memory Enhancement Center


Are there tests that can help diagnose the cause of my memory loss? The Memory Enhancement Center of America provides unmatched excellence in the accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of individuals age 45 and older who have concerns about their memory. Individuals come to the center from the Tri-State area. Why? They receive in our state of the facility a comprehensive and confidential consultation at no cost to them or their insurance. Is it just simple forgetfulness or something more? Dr. Ross has the best and newest approaches to highly and accurately diagnose the cause of memory loss in all that come to the Center. It is hoped soon the center might offer a program to prevent or delay MCI/AD. We are the only center in NJ that specializes in MCI, Alzheimer’s Disease and related conditions. All dementia starts with what is called Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI. Most doctors have heard the term MCI but don’t know how to properly apply it to the appropriate patient with memory loss. It is quite simple: The world renowned physician/neurologist, Dr. Ron


Peterson, MD who literally wrote the book called Mild Cognitive Impairment has the following criteria that need to be in place to diagnose MCI: 1. Memory concern corroborated preferably by a close friend/family member. 2. Objective memory impairment for the age and education of the subject (we administer these simple tests of memory at the center to determine is this criteria is satisfied. 3. Largely intact general cognitive function (meaning to most people who meet and talk with you there would not be anything noticeable). 4. Generally preserved activities of daily living (this simply means you can still drive, prepare meals, shop, change appointments by phone, renew medications by phone with the pharmacy or prescription benefits plan manager, and care for all your daily basic needs. 5. Not demented (this means no dementia which essentially refers to your loss of such abilities noted in number 4). If you have MCI, it is critical you have a thorough evaluation. There is no better place qualified to have the proper testing than at the Memory Enhancement Center with Dr. Ross and his staff. The evaluation requires often less than 90 minutes in our office. Our staff is most courteous, caring and compassionate to the needs of all individuals seeking answers to why their memory is failing. Common questions patients we ask of you at the Memory Enhancement Centers of America: • Do you repeat questions about the events of the day?


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• Do you avoid driving to unfamiliar locations? • Do you rely more on reminders, post its or calendars more than before? • Do you have trouble recalling conversations the next day or several days later? • Do you seem confused while doing familiar things in or outside the home? • Do you have trouble paying the bills? • Do you get confused about the day, date or month of the year? • Do you get lost or confused while driving or walking in a familiar place? • Do you have pauses in your speech? • Do you have problems finding even common words or using familiar names? • Do you sometimes forget what you wanted to say in the middle of a conversation? • Do you walk into a room and forget what you came in their to do or get? If you answered positively to two or more of these questions then call The Memory Enhancement Center of America today for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose except more of your memory if you wait a minute longer. After memory tests at your office, what else is done to help explain the cause? Dr. Ross provides a detailed consultation to you and your current physicians so they can also help you decide upon the next course of action. This may be a prescription of an FDA approved drug for dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. In some cases, a suggestion to reduce or eliminate possible medication(s) that can be


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I was really bothered by my forgetfulness. Was I destined for Alzheimer’s disease? I’m too active a person, too involved in life to think that was my destiny. I knew I had to do something about what was happening to my memory — before it got any worse.That’s when I found Dr. Joel Ross and his Memory Enhancement Center. I learned there were new treatments available for the kind of forgetfulness I was experiencing. Thank you for all your kindness and caring. It’s greatly appreciated. We feel very lucky to have you. ~ Anthony & Helen


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Dr. Sunita Mann Treats the Patient First…

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Dr. Sunita Mann has a favorite quote that embodies her philosophy of medicine: As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”


As a doctor that practices a relatively new field of medicine known as Functional Medicine, Dr. Mann places a heavy emphasis on eating healthy foods. This brand of medicine seeks to reveal the root cause of chronic health issues by looking at the patient’s entire body and their environment. “The key to this approach is to look beyond a group of symptoms and instead, treat the underlying cause of the condition. Many chronic diseases like Diabetes, Neurological disorders, Menopause and other hormonal imbalances cause significant problems for people and prevent them from living a healthy life. It can also result in a dependence on prescription drugs,” she says. However, there is much more to healing than drugs. Functional Medicine is a fundamentally new way of thinking about health and disease. Conventional Medicine (which is what she was taught in Medical School) treats the signs and symptoms of disease, often individually. She adds, “We were taught to look at the body as systems rather than the whole being, in which so many health issues are interconnected.” MCW: How did you become involved in this area of medicine? Dr. Mann: I’ve found that many functional medicine doctors become involved in the field through their own health journey. The same is true for me. My Conventional Medicine training was in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology which gave me a great background in diagnosing medical problems. I practiced Radiology for 13 years until 2013 when I developed a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to the contrast dye I routinely used in my radiology procedures. As a result of the reaction, I was unable to walk more than 50 feet without feeling shortness of breath, had difficulty climbing steps, and was not able to drive. After many months of recovery, during which I realized I could not continue to practice in my chosen field of medicine, I knew it was time to take care of my health. That journey led me to uncover a whole new world of medicine, which combines the medical principles that are thousands of years old with the cutting edge technology of modern laboratory diagnosis. Because of my background, I needed to see the evidence of what was going on in my own body and The County Woman Magazine

from there, discover that health is a continuum: from optimal health, through problems such as weight gain, to high cholesterol, to high blood pressure and high blood sugar, to fatigue, all the way to disease. As I began a journey towards wellness, I realized that my newfound knowledge could help others dealing with illness. I then began my formal certification in Functional Medicine so I could offer these techniques to my patients. MCW: What is the main difference between Conventional medical care and Functional medicine? Dr. Mann: Conventional medicine is great at treating acute problems, such as pneumonia, heart attack, infections, and trauma. In fact, without this type of medicine I would not be alive today. After such a severe anaphylactic reaction, the only reason I am here is because of the amazing medical personnel who reacted so quickly to save my life. However, once a person is out of immediate health danger, conventional doctors are not trained to keep people in optimal health. A conventional doctor may counsel patients on eating a healthy diet and getting exercise but they lack the time and tools to help the patient with their specific health concerns. Functional medicine is Personalized Medicine and allows the doctor and patient to work together to look at the specific genetics, environment, laboratory findings and risk factors to formulate a specific plan to achieve the goal of optimal health. MCW: What are the benefits of this type of medicine? Dr. Mann: Personalized Functional Medicine treats the whole person rather than parts of the person. By looking at a combination of genetic predispositions, family history, and lifestyle factors (such as nutritional status, exercise, and stress levels) we use targeted diagnostic tests to see what is going on inside the body. I can then provide an individualized plan to get a patient to optimal health. The goal is to locate and reverse physiological imbalances that may have been present for years before a person manifests disease, and in someone who already has a disease, to use those same tools to reverse the process. MCW: What is the most rewarding part about your profession? Dr. Mann: I love to help people who have been to many different conventional doctors looking for help, often bewildered by how they got to this point and then finally come to the realization that they can achieve optimal health.

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years of being in the field. She adds, “One of the most powerful MCW: What is the most challenging? Dr. Mann: The field requires a real commitment from the patient to tools available to all of us is the practice of breathing techniques to become my partner in getting healthy. There are those who hope for actually change our physiology.” She uses yoga-breathing exercises in the morning to get ready for the day and ends her day with meditaa “magic pill” to solve their chronic health problems and the simple tion to help her unwind. By practicing these techniques regularly she truth is, there is no such thing. Like anything worth having in life, optimal health takes commitment and true desire to change the hab- is able to reduce stress and directly reduce inflammation in her body, which she believes is the main cause of chronic disease. its that led the patient down the path to illness. Another challenge is the cost of some of the testing. UnfortuDr. Mann grew up in Edison and after obnately, many of the tests that assist in functaining her undergraduate degree in Biology Functional Medicine tional medicine diagnosis are not covered by at Rutgers University; she went on to Medical insurance. The patient and I have to make at UMDNJ-Rutgers. After an internship a decision about which testing is the most is a fundamentally new School in Internal Medicine, she obtained a degree in critical to start with. I try to work within Radiology from UMDNJ- University Hospital their cost constraints but as I explain to paway of thinking about and then received advanced fellowship training tients who have already seen so many other in Neuroradiology at the Mount Sinai School doctors, sometimes paying for the testing health and disease of Medicine. She and her husband, who is also themselves makes all the difference in geta physician have three children and reside in ting healthy. and puts the power of Marlboro. MCW: What are the most common issues you see in your profession? being healthy back in Dr. Mann: What I treat mirrors the comthe patient’s hands, in mon health concerns present in America today. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cana partnership with cer – these are the main drivers of the common killers. Conventional medicine waits their doctor. until the onset of these conditions to start treatment. Functional medicine uses testing to find the earliest signs that a patient is at risk for a specific disease. I look at the body’s response to certain foods or the presence of food sensitivities, level of inflammation in the body, the hormone status, and the health of the gut. All of these factors can be tested for and if a person is found to have problems in any of these areas, they can be treated with a highly personalized plan to reverse these changes. Visit MCW: Do you treat a lot of women with hormonal issues? Dr. Mann: Yes I see many patients with hormonal concerns who are afraid to take hormones because they’ve heard that it can increase the risk of cancers and other problems. I like to educate my patients about Bio-identical Hormones, which are very different from the commonly prescribed hormones, derived from horse urine that many women have used in the past. Bio identical hormones are a natural replacement for the hormones we all lose as we age and in fact, are crucial for good health. 100 State Route 36, Suite 2G, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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Are You Suffering From Erectile Dysfunction?


oday’s couples don’t want to give up physical intimacy as they grow older. A recent study indicates that sexual desire and activity are widespread among older men and women worldwide, and persists into old age. But what about men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED)? While ED becomes more common as men age, growing old is not the cause of the problem. ED can be an early sign of a more serious health problem. Finding and treating the cause(s) of your ED can improve your overall health and well-being. ED can result from health or emotional problems, or from both combined. Reduced blood flow or harm to nerves in the penis can result in erection problems. These can be caused by heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, surgery, injuries and even smoking. Some medicine, as well as alcohol or other drugs may also cause erection problems. Emotional (depression, stress or worry) or relationship problems can cause or worsen ED. ED can have serious effects on intimacy, self-esteem and quality of life. The good news is that it is treatable, and today nearly every man with the condition can be helped.

To improve erection problems, we often may need to treat the root causes. We may ask you to change certain habits, such as stopping smoking, drug or alcohol use. Treating emotional problems, such as relationship conflicts, depression or performance anxiety can also help. Cutting back on or changing certain meds can often improve ED as well. Remember, you should not stop taking any medicine or change any meds without talking to a health care provider first. If a blood test shows low testosterone levels (low T), testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may help. However, if a blood test shows you have normal testosterone levels, adding TRT will not help your erection problems Dietary supplements (often called “herbal remedies”) for ED are popular but may not be safe or even work. Unlike prescription drugs, they do not have to be proven to work. Drugs like Viagra® and Cialis® offer a solution for many men. However, studies show that about 30% of those seeking treatment find medications don’t work for them. Others find second-line treatments like a vacuum pump or penile injection therapy to be cumbersome and intrusive. A more permanent – and often more satisfying – solution is a penile implant.

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This is a medical device surgically implanted by a urologist to treat ED. There are several types of implants available, but Dr. Gazi implants the advanced three-piece inflatable device most often. The penile implant offers a permanent, long-term solution to ED, providing the ability to have an erection any time. It allows for greater spontaneity and does not interfere with ejaculation or orgasm. Penile implants are often covered by Medicare or insurance when ED is due to organic causes. The good news for many men is that ED can be treated safely, and treatments can work well. If you have ED, there is hope. There is help. Talk to your health care provider to see if one of these treatment choices will work for you.

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Blood In The Urine Last year one of my friends called me, expressing concern that her family doctor found blood in her urine during a routine examination. She couldn’t see any blood, and in fact she felt fine. This condition, called hematuria, has many benign causes, but my friend was understandably worried because it could also be a symptom of a more serious condition such as cancer. What are the types and causes of hematuria?

What is a CT urogram?

Hematuria (blood in the urine) can be seen in up to 21 percent of the population. In fact, up to 18 percent of normal individuals can have some degree of hematuria. However, it can be a symptom of an important medical condition requiring work-up and treatment.

The diseases that cause hematuria can occur can anywhere from the kidneys (which makes urine) to the bladder (which stores the urine) to the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder). One of the most effective

Things that can cause hematuria include kidney stones, infection or injury to the bladder and/or kidneys, overly aggressive exercise, and cancer. In men, prostate enlargement or prostate infection can cause hematuria. There are two types of hematuria. Gross hematuria is visible blood in the urine. Often the urine is red or brown and occasionally contains clots. Microhematuria is indicated by red blood cells in the urine and can only be seen under a microscope. Microhematuria is often an incidental finding discovered on urine tests as part of a routine medical evaluation.

diagnostic tools for this condition is the CT urogram. During this process, a CT (CAT) scan uses an x-ray beam that rotates around a patient’s body to be absorbed by detectors. A computer processes the informa- tion to create images. Intravenous contrast is injected into the patient so it can be taken up by the kidneys, ureters and bladder. Using the most sophisticated computer software, the radiologist can recreate and analyze the kidneys, ureters, and bladder in exquisite detail. This examination can accurately look for kidney stones as well as kidney infections. The real advantage of this test is the ability to detect very small cancers in these organs.

CT urograms provide exquisite detail of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.

How is hematuria worked up? Painful hematuria is more likely to have a non-cancerous cause such as the passing of a kidney stone or a urinary tract infection. Painless hematuria may also have a benign cause; however, cancer is also a possibility that should be considered. A detailed analysis of the urine should be performed to look for signs of kidney disease and to detect cancer cells. Often a urologist will have to perform a cystoscopy. This is a procedure that uses a tiny camera to look inside the bladder to provide a more detailed view.

Subtle cancer in the right kidney which was only detected using a CT urogram.

Subtle bladder cancer in a patient with hematuria that is best seen using a CT urogram.

What if a patient cannot have a CT urogram? The CT urogram requires injecting a small amount x-ray dye into the veins. If a patient has a dye allergy or has poor kidney function that prevents the safe administration of the x-ray dye, a CT scan without a contrast injection can be performed instead. In addition, MRI and ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder can be performed to examine these organs. The good news for my friend is that her CT urogram was negative and her hematuria was cleared up without treatment. Much to her relief, her hematuria was due to aggressive exercise (she was training for a marathon around that time). But only by taking pro-active steps to obtain an accurate diagnosis was she able to obtain this peace of mind.

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Diverse Life Challenges Inherent in Raising a Special Needs Child Part 1 Emotional

Raising a special needs child is both challenging and rewarding, arduous and beautiful, and it is a labor of love in nearly every sense.

But trust the testimony of those who have firsthand experience raising a special needs child—the love and fulfillment far outweigh the difficulties and struggles. Nonetheless, raising a special needs child inherently means you will have to anticipate and deal with unique and diverse challenges in your life, for both you individually and your family. Below we have listed four specific components of parenting a child with a disability which you will need to understand and plan for. These two components are all inherent considerations in raising any child, disabled or not, but for special needs children you must make special considerations within these categories that are specific to your family’s unique circumstances. You must examine each aspect of your life mindfully, and then you must plan and react accordingly.


The financial component of parenting and raising a special needs child is vastly important. As we have discussed in our last two blogs, Financial Planning for Special Needs Parents 101, Part 1 and Financial Planning for Special Needs Parents 101, Part 2, special needs children will incur numerous expenses that you never imagined or otherwise would have planned for. It is vital that you take the time to understand your family’s financial situation, analyze your child’s short term and long term needs and costs, and plan appropriately through tools like special needs trusts and government benefits to be able to afford those needs and costs. Be prepared to put in a significant amount of time and effort to ensure that the financial needs of your disabled child are provided for throughout their childhood and adulthood. An experienced estate planning attorney like Christine Matus can assist you and guide you through the process of doing just that.

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The emotional component of raising a special needs child cannot be overstated. There are going to be tears and laughs and anger and joy. You may at times question your ability to handle things when they get tough, your patience will be tested to its extreme limits, and you may even need to grieve the loss of the family life that you always thought you would have. That’s not to say raising a special needs child is worse than the family life of those without a disabled child, simply different. Take care to plan for and appropriately care for both the emotional needs of your child, as well as the emotional needs of the rest of your family and, just as importantly, yourself. Take steps to build a strong network of support from friends, loved ones, and professionals. Seek out the advice and knowledge of those who have experience facing what you are facing, and don’t be afraid to utilize counseling. Parenting a special needs child has the potential to strain your mental health, and you should take proactive steps to combat this possibility. Stay tuned for more information in the May/June issue. Next issue we will discuss career and logistical challenges when raising a special needs child. Please call The Matus Law Group today and let’s begin the process of ensuring you are ready and able to provide for your special needs child throughout his or her life.



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March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Written by: Jai Mirchandani, MD, Gastroenterologists of Ocean County

What is Cancer Screening?


screening test is a recommended medical test to examine for precancerous lesions prior to the development of cancer. Examples of these kinds of tests include: Mammography- to detect early breast cancer; Pap Smearsto detect cervical cancer; and a Prostate Exam- which examines for early prostate cancer. Colonoscopy is a screening test to detect and prevent colorectal cancer. What is the colon and rectum?

The colon is a 6 feet long tube, which absorbs excess water and salt into the blood, and converts waste into stool. The rectum is the end of the colon, where waste/ stool is stored until it leaves the body during a bowel movement.

What is a polyp and why are they important?

A polyp is a growth out of the wall of the colon. Polyps are either benign (non-cancerous), or pre-malignant (pre-cancerous). Polyps are important because certain polyps can grow large over time into colon cancer. Usually patients have NO SYMPTOMS, if they have a polyp. Polyps are caused by genetic and hereditary factors, as well as dietary and environmental factors.

How common is Colorectal Cancer, and do I have to worry about it?

Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cause of Cancer in both men and women. It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that colorectal cancer will be the second most common cause of cancer death in 2016. The lifetime probability of developing colorectal cancer is approximately 1 in 20 for both men and women, making it very common.

What are some potential symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

Symptoms of Colorectal cancer include blood in the stool, anemia (low blood counts), changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Often, however, patients have no symptoms at all.

What are risk factors for developing colorectal cancer?

Family history and genetic factors are one of the biggest predisposing factors to the development of colorectal cancer. If you have a close family member who had either colorectal cancer or colon polyps, you are at an increased

risk for developing colorectal cancer. Environmental or dietary factors, such as diets high in red meats, alcohol or tobacco use can predispose patients to colorectal cancer. Also patients who are overweight or have advanced diabetes are also at an increased risk for developing colorectal cancer.

What are protective factors for colorectal cancer?

Diets high in fruits, vegetables and fiber are protective for colorectal cancer. Also a diet high in calcium has also been seen to be protective for colon cancer as well. Exercise has been seen to be a protective factor as well to prevent colon cancer.

Who should be screened for colorectal cancer?

Any man or woman over the age of 50 years old should be screened for colorectal cancer. Patients with family members with a history of colorectal cancer, or colon polyps, as well as certain symptoms may need to be screened at an earlier age.

treatments, including possible surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Ultimately they have a shorter life expectancy.

What is the most important thing to know about colorectal cancer?

The most important things to know about colorectal cancer is that it is a common form of cancer, and all patients, including men and women are susceptible to developing colon cancer. Most types of colorectal cancer are preventable however, with appropriate screening. Colonoscopy is covered as a screening tool by Medicare and most insurances. Make sure to talk to your doctor to see if you should be screened for colon cancer.

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How do patients get screened?

A patient can get screened by stool tests to check for blood, X-ray or CT scan tests, as well as certain blood tests that can assess if patients are at risk for developing colorectal cancer. The best test for screening for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy, as this test can visualize pre-cancerous polyps, as well as remove these polyps before they have a chance to grow and become colorectal cancer.

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What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a test where a flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. Through this tube, a gastroenterologist can visualize the inside of a patient’s colon. Using a colonoscope the gastroenterologist can identify small polyps, and remove them internally. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. Patients are given sedation to make them comfortable throughout the entire procedure. The day before the procedure patients must drink a solution to clean their intestines prior to the procedure. If a patient’s colonoscopy is normal, they most likely will not need another procedure for 10 years.

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e are not your average assisted living community. Spring Oak of Toms River provides several levels of specializes services to meet each individual’s needs, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. These programs are specifically tailored and combined to promote the highest level of independence and health. Our community is designed to serve older adults and provide a wonderful alternative to struggling alone at home while still helping to maintain their independence. We strongly believe that the need for assistance as we age does not mean having to give up one’s independence. Our emphasis is on helping each resident to maintain their health, wellness and dignity, and enjoy the socialization our communities provide. At Spring Oak of Toms River, our residents live in private apartments that feature a kitchenette, bathroom and

emergency call system. A variety of floor plans are available, with residents furnishing and decorating the apartment to their taste. All residents receive three meals per day in our restaurant-style dining room, weekly linen service with housekeeping, access to laundry services, transportation for medical appointments and shopping trips, and a 24-hour emergency response system, as well as a variety of activities to participate in. Staff is on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide personal assistance with medications and a full array of activities. This valuable combination of housing and optional services provides a home-like setting with the right balance of health and wellness without compromising an individual’s choices, dignity, or independence. Visit our community and learn more about what we have to offer.

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Is the HairMax® clinically proven?

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HairMax® works through a process called Photobiostimulation, similar to photosynthesis in plants. HairMax® delivers therapeutic, nourishing light energy to your hair follicles to activate them for stronger growth. This boost of light revitalizes and enlivens weakened hair follicles to stimulate growth factors and reverse the thinning process. This will help extend and restore your hair’s natural growth cycle, resulting in hair growth with increasing density, fullness and vibrancy.

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How long will I need to continue hair loss treatments with the LaserBand 82?

To keep seeing benefits, use your LaserBand as directed on an onging basis. If you do not use the device as recommended, there is a strong possibility that you will not see benefits or your hair loss will regress to where you were prior to using the LaserBand.

Can I use my LaserBand 82 on wet or dry hair?

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Colorectal Cancer: Are You Aware? What’s The Big Hype?

It is very important for patients to remember this and allows for shorter hospital stays, decreased incisional seek evaluation if they are experiencing rectal bleeding. pain and earlier return to work and other activities. Other symptoms such as abdominal pain and weight Can colorectal cancer be prevented? loss are usually late symptoms and quite possibly indi- Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that is preventable. Obtaining a screening colonoscopy at How common is colorectal cancer and who is at risk? cate advanced/extensive disease. How is colorectal cancer diagnosed? regular intervals is the single best way to prevent colorec Colorectal cancer is the second most common Evaluation of colorectal cancer is first begun with a tal cancer. Your colorectal surgeon or specialist is able to cancer in the United States among both men and complete history and physical exam, including a digital review the guidelines for screening colonoscopy based women. It affects 140,000 people annually and upon your age, medical history and family history. Alrectal exam and possibly testing the stool for blood. A causes 50,000 deaths. The average person has a one in colonoscopy is the most definitive test used to diagnose though not definitively proven, studies published in the 20 chance of developing colorectal cancer in his/her literature mention additional factors that may lower your lifetime. This risk is increased if there is a family history colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy is performed by a risk of developing colorectal cancer and include: eating a colorectal surgeon or other specialist in order to get a of colorectal polyps or cancer, and is even higher still high fiber, low fat diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and direct visualization of the inside of the colon and recin those patients with a history of breast, uterine or engaging in regular, vigorous exercise. ovarian cancer, and patients with a history of extensive tum. A colonoscopy is a safe, painless, outpatient proinflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or cedure performed under a light sedation. Based upon Visit the findings on colonoscopy, your colorectal surgeon Crohn’s colitis. Additionally, a person’s risk for developing colorectal cancer increases significantly with age. or other specialist may recommend other testing such Josephine B. as blood work, a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis, What causes colorectal cancer? “After I had my colonoscopy and found out I had colon pelvic MRI and/or ultrasound. It is generally agreed that nearly all colon and cancer, my primary physician recommended I see Dr. How is colorectal cancer treated? Paonessa. Not only is she an excellent surgeon, I would rectal cancer begins in benign polyps, called adenomas. Nearly all cases of colorectal cancer require surgery. recommend Dr. Paonessa to anyone and everyone.” These pre-malignant polyps, or growths, occur in the Radiation and chemotherapy are sometimes required wall of the colon and/or rectum and may eventually Patricia E. increase in size and become cancer, or medically speak- in addition to surgery. If the cancer is diagnosed and “I credit Dr. Paonessa for saving my life. Her thoroughtreated in the earliest stages, approximately 80-90% of ing, carcinoma. This is known as the “adenoma-carciness and attention to detail made the difference for my noma sequence”. Several factors have been mentioned patients are restored to their normal health. The cure recovery. I’ve never met a doctor like her-so attentive rate decreases to 50% or less when the cancer is diagin the literature that may increase a person’s risk for and caring.” nosed in the later/advanced stages. Less than 5% of developing colorectal cancer and include: age, a diet all colorectal cancer patients require a high in fat and cholesterol, an inactive/sedentary lifecolostomy or “bag”, thanks to modern style, obesity, smoking and environmental exposures. technology. Dr. Paonessa prides herself What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer? in being able to maintain this standard Unfortunately, polyps and early cancers do not of care in her own practice. Not only produce any physical signs or symptoms. Therefore, is she able to minimize the number symptoms usually indicate late or advanced disease. of colostomies/”bags” created for her The most common symptoms of colorectal cancer are patients, but she performs a majority rectal bleeding and changes in bowel habits such as of her colorectal cancer surgeries using constipation or diarrhea. These symptoms are comlaparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic colmon in many other disorders of the gastrointestinal orectal surgery is a minimally invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery tract so it is very important to have a thorough examsurgery in which small incisions are Board Certified in General Surgery and Proctology ination should you experience them. NOT ALL REC- made to perform major surgery. This TAL BLEEDING IS DUE TO HEMORRHOIDS.  laparaoscopic surgery  colonoscopy  abdominal/pelvic surgery  anorectal surgery Board-certified in general  fecal incontinence  pelvic floor disorders surgery and proctology and NEW  endoanal/rectal ultrasound  office proctology LOCATI a fellow of the American ON!!  anorectal manometry/physiology College of Osteopathic 2101 Route 34 South, Suite H 1172 Beacon Avenue, Suite B Surgeons, Dr. Paonessa Wall, NJ 07719 Manahawkin, NJ 08050 specializes in colon and rectal surgery. She believes Phone: (732) 282-1500 in patient-centered care Fax: (732) 282-1501 and preserving each Office Hours: M-F 9AM to 5PM patient’s independence, Nina Paonessa, well being and dignity. DO, FACOS Nina Paonessa, DO, FACOS, an established colorectal surgeon practicing in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, answers questions about colorectal cancer, one of the leading cancers in both men and women.

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A New Level of Acute Care: The Intensive Medical Management Unit


areOne at King James is proactively addressing evolving, acute care needs with a new Intensive Medical Management Unit (IMMU). This innovative unit provides a heightened degree of medical attention with increased nurse staffing for the initial transition period. Patients must receive clearance for medical stability from their attending physician to transition to our general sub-acute unit. Incoming patients will be transported directly from the hospital to our CareOne IMMU, which provides a 1:10 RN/Patient ratio and 1:10 CNA/Patient ratio to support this elevated care setting. The 10-bed IMMU is where all new acute admissions will be placed for the first 48 to 72 hours for assessment and specialized care. The IMMU is designed as a transitional care unit to assist patients’ adjustment from acute to post-acute care for continued rehabilitation. Our IMMU state-of-the-art medical technology and resources include: • ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner • Dynamaps • Non-Invasive Open Ventilation System • Telemed • Electrocardiograms • 24/7 Physician Access for Patients • Specialist on Staff o Cardiac Care Center: Dr. Pierson o Pulmonary Program: Dr. Parhar o Medical Director Geriatric Board Certified: Dr. S. Swartz o Pain Management: Dr. Rim • Metaneb • Respiratory Therapy on Site • Bladder Scan

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An intensified Transitional Care Program translates to fewer hospital readmissions. CareOne is one of the first rehabilitation centers in New Jersey to align with the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations with an advanced model of care—the Transitional Care Program. This innovative effort was designed to ensure the coordination and continuity of care during the transition of patients between healthcare settings and as health needs change. Findings from multiple clinical trials have consistently demonstrated the positive impact of the Transitional Care Model on the outcomes of older adults while reducing total costs of healthcare, including less out-of-pocket costs for patients. The model has resulted in fewer hospital readmissions with reported improvements in physical health, functional status and quality of life. More patients are moving from hospital to rehab to home with more specialized care from CareOne The cornerstone of Transitional Care with Intensive Medical Management is the CareOne Care Navigator. These specially trained registered nurses are dedicated to guiding patients and loved ones through each phase of care, beginning at the hospital transition. Our unified healthcare team is dedicated to clinical excellence and helping to facilitate positive transitions of care. Our industry-leading, specialized programs are designed to maximize recovery from hospital to rehab to home. In addition to our enhanced, acute care capabilities, CareOne at King James continues to provide exceptional sub-acute rehabilitation services for our patients as well as assisted living with a complete spectrum of care options.

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Local Honey


Producing just one pound of honey requires a colony of bees to visit up to 2,000,000 flowers, and collectively fly forty to fifty thousand miles, with each honey bee visiting 50-100 flowers per flight. The average honey bee colony needs 50-70 pounds of honey per year to sustain itself. It takes approximately an acre of flowers in constant bloom to feed 1 colony of bees in one year.


oney bees collect nectar and pollen in order to sustain their colony, and in the process they pollinate plants, many of which produce the fruits and vegetables that make up a varied and nutritious diet for people. Sufficient honey bee habitat is crucial for the health of bees and for your own health since millions of honeybee colonies per year are needed to adequately pollinate crops essential to humans. By preserving, enhancing and restoring habitats that support honeybees, we are in fact ensuring our own food supply. A great deal of what makes up our daily meals is dependent on pollinator activity. Approximately one third of what we eat and drink is delivered directly or indirectly from insect-pollinated plants. The USDA has estimated that honeybees account for 80% of insect crop pollination. In the United States, insects pollinate crops that produce billions of dollars worth of products annually, such as food, fibers and medicines. Plentiful pollinator habitats are essential to healthy honey bees, and many other pollinators as well.

 Gifts From Beeswax

 Candles As always, we have a wide selection of beeswax candles. All work great as gifts and are available in a variety of styles.

 Honey Favors Create, customize, and design whatever you like to make your special day even more special with honey favors. If you can think it, we can do it. Swing into the shop to check out our wide array of options.

 Farm Fresh Flowers This spring, we’re going to have plenty of farm fresh cut flowers and produce for sale. We’re much more than just a shop that sells delicious honey. We’re more than happy to make custom bouquets from a wide array of flowers including dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolas, and much more!

Our hand and body creams are just a few of the items that you might want to include in a gift basket for any special occasion. The creams are scented with sweet citrusy essential oils that give your hands a great smooth feeling without an overbearing fragrance.

 Soaps We are very pleased to announce that our handcrafted soap is now available again by popular demand. Collaborating with a local soap maker from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, we have created a product that is smooth on the hands, smells great and is made with our all natural wildflower honey.

 Lip Balm During the winter season, our lip balm was easily the most popular item in our store. We couldn’t keep it on the shelf! We are excited to be experimenting with a new orange flavor that’s now available in our shop.

We also sell in our farm store: Local brown eggs, Bittersweet Foods (everything from our honey, granola, porridge, Bien Bars, in-season pickles, salsa, etc), Holly Jolly Jam, My French Chef baked goods (delicious rosemary and lavender cookies), Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters, Midnight Candle Company, tea and foot salve from Smiling Earth elixirs. All of this is provided by local farmers and merchants!


The 3rd annual market season kickoff: Patty & Drew Madzin

May 1st, 2016 (May Day)

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Specialty Cakes & Chocolate Novelties

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Whether it be the Ears or the Tail, that first bite of the Chocolate Bunny is simply the Best but have you ever thought about how that bunny came to be? Each year shortly after Valentine’s Day we begin the Easter Bunny production at Chocolate Carousel. Our bunnies are not mass produced, but rather made by hand the old-fashioned way. It’s a daunting process because there are so many styles to make; large and small, sitting or standing, hollow and solid. Of course each is made in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate. About midway through the season I start dreaming about Easter Bunnies and that’s the moment I realize it’s really Easter again. Nonetheless, the making of the chocolate Easter bunny is a very significant part of our year at Chocolate Carousel. Our bunnies are part of our family and each has its own name and personality. We name our bunnies after members of our staff, but only after they have worked with us for two consecutive Easters. At that point the staff member earns a bunny, picks a style to carry their name and so a new bunny is created. The fact is that the life of a chocolate Easter bunny is not an easy one. They are born from a vat of carefully tempered chocolate which has been slowly melted and stirred until it is a smooth creamy consistency. Then the chocolate is carefully poured into rows and rows of shiny plastic molds that are hand clipped together to form a three dimensional form. Once the molds are clipped shut they must be slowly rotated by hand until the chocolate evenly covers all the mold’s surfaces.


These newly conceived bunnies are then tapped, jiggled, shaken, spun around and tilted to remove all air bubbles and to evenly disburse the chocolate before they are placed into the refrigerator to set. Once in the chill they need to be spun about every 30 seconds to ensure that the chocolate sets evenly creating a perfectly hollow bunny. Once the bunnies are carefully removed from their molds they are born. Upon their birth, they are trimmed of excess chocolate and each receives a set of sugar eyes and a bow carefully hand placed by a decorator. They are then placed into shiny clear bags tied with ribbon and ready to be presented to our customers for their Easter baskets. The bunny’s fate is sealed. They are too good to resist and will surely be enjoyed on Easter Sunday. So stop in and meet our bunnies, whether it be Henry, our most popular style sitting proudly on the shelf or Margie our largest bunny tipping the scales at over 8 lbs, our bunnies are always fresh, delicious and worthy of their reputation as the most important element of every Easter basket.


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Healthy Bones For A Healthy Spring Submitted by: Jay Greco, RPh

Calcium… Do not forget about me!


aking calcium—either through diet or supplements—is a little like making deposits into a bone bank account. If you keep a healthy balance of this mineral, your body is able to build and maintain bone, which is a living, ever-changing tissue. Not only does calcium keep bones and teeth healthy, it also helps with clotting blood, sending signals between nerves, and regulating heart rhythms.1,2

But if you fail to make calcium “deposits,” your body starts to pull calcium out of your bones and “overdraws your account.” Worse than a painful overdraft fee, however, this calcium imbalance can cause porous, weakened bones. This condition is called osteoporosis. In the U.S., it affects 8 million women and 2 million men, resulting in 1.5 million fractures each year.1 How much calcium do you need? It varies, depending on your age. Your preteen or teen needs more. Banking calcium at this stage is really like making an early investment in “retirement.”

The National Academy of Sciences recommends: • 1,300 mg/day for children ages 9–18 • 1,000 mg/day for men and women ages 19–50 • 1,200 mg/day for men and women ages 50 or older1,3 Some guidelines suggest 1,500 mg for postmenopausal women who don’t take estrogen.2 That’s because—due to a loss of estrogen at menopause—women start to have bone loss earlier than men.1 If you take calcium supplements, it’s best to divide the dose. Take half in the morning and half at night.2 Let me know if you have questions about

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different types of calcium. I can also discuss any medications that might interfere with calcium absorption. And I can give you tips on how to handle any calcium side effects, such as constipation or indigestion. To limit side effects, be sure to take no more than 2,000 mg daily.2 Foods rich in calcium include dairy products, dark leafy greens, dried beans, nuts, and calcium-fortified foods, which may include orange juice, cereal, and bread.1,3 Some recent studies suggest that food sources of calcium may be better than supplements. Last year, a study reported on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that participants who got most of their calcium from diet had better bone density than those who got most it from supplements.4 It’s too soon to know why, but it might have to do with better absorption or other food compounds that enhance bone health. What else can you do to prevent bone loss as you age? Try weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or running, and get enough vitamin D.3 This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium. To get enough of it, you can spend at least 15 minutes in the sun several times a week.5 You can also take supplements or get food sources of vitamin D—in salmon, tuna, or fortified milk, margarine, or cereal.6 Try to get 800 International Units (IU) daily, but no more than 2,000 IU, which can be toxic.2

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1. Harvard School of Public Health Web site. “Calcium & Milk.” nutritionsource/calcium.html 2. UpToDate Patient Information Web site. “Patient information: Calcium and vitamin D for bone health.” 3. CDC Web site. “Bone Health.” everyone/bonehealth/ 4. Science Daily Web site. “Dietary Calcium Is Better Than Supplements At Protecting Bone Health.” 5. American Dietetic Organization Web site. “Calcium and Vitamin D: Essential Nutrients for Bone Health.” 6. Office of Dietary Supplements Web site. “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D.” http://

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Women Of Monmouth County


Renata Flaks, DNP, Quality Dermatology

Photo by Tracy Harman Photography

As the present owner of Quality Dermatology, Dr. Renata Flaks has helped thousands of patients achieve and maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. She treats all dermatologic issues, including malignant and benign conditions. She became interested in this specialty when her daughter was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was only seven years old. Before becoming a Dermatologist, Dr. Flaks worked at Bayshore Emergency Room for nearly four years and received her Master’s and Doctorate from Monmouth University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners, and many others. Most recently, she taught Nurse Practitioner students at Monmouth University and after her business settles down, she hopes to go back to teaching. In her spare time, she loves to travel and participate in medical mission trips to help people in other countries.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Flaks, please call 732-244-2666 or email

Stacy Kelly, Operations Manager Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern NJ

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Stacy Kelly a lifelong resident of Middletown, NJ, Stacy had a 24 year banking career, when given the opportunity to work at the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey (RMHCNJ), she jumped right in. Stacy previously was an operations manager for Santander Bank, supporting 32 branches in Monmouth and Ocean County. Stacy has a passion for RMHCNJ and has served over the past 10 years on a several committees including being the chair of the Garden Tea, when the opportunity came to be there full time, it seemed like a dream come true. “To be able to service the mission of the House and make a difference, that is what it is all about” Stacy resides in Middletown with her Husband Chris and three children; Daniel, Somer and James (and we can’t forget her Bulldog Mia). As a family they support their local Fire Company, Station 4 in Leonardo, where Chris is a volunteer. Stacy also is a past president of the Leonardo First Aid and the Assistant Director of the Middletown Five Squad Assoc.

For more information, call 732-222-8755 or visit

Ellen Policastri, MS, L. Ac., Dipl., Rehability Pain & Injury Center

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Ellen Policastri is a licensed Acupuncturist at Rehability Pain & Injury Center of Freehold, NJ. A native of Florida, Ellen has been a Monmouth County Resident for over three years and currently resides in Matawan, NJ. Ellen enjoys educating her patients on the benefits of acupuncture, introducing them to a system of holistic medicine that has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Acupuncture works with your body’s physiology and natural processes to help restore and maintain health all without side effects or the need to add more medications. At Rehability, she specializes in assisting patients’ rehabilitation from injuries, accidents, surgeries, or those suffering from chronic pain. The advantage of being treated at Rehability is the convenience of Physical Therapy, Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, together under one roof that will help you recover faster. For more information about why and how acupuncture works, visit Schedule an appointment and start enjoying the natural benefits of acupuncture, now.

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Sharon Moleski, MA, LPC, LCADC, CCMHC, Director, Brain Health Center

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“What a privilege it is for me to be a counselor!” That is how Sharon Moleski describes her career and calling. With her counseling skills and neurofeedback training Sharon marvels at the real changes she sees her clients making. “It is incredible the difference in the quality of people’s lives, when they learn that they can live more effectively,” she says. Born in Syracuse, Sharon moved to New Jersey after receiving her undergraduate degree from New York University. Receiving her Masters degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey, she had received additional training in family therapy and neurofeedback. Sharon is a board certified and Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with national certifications in mental health counseling and supervision. Sharon’s practice at the Brain Health Center includes work with individuals who have addiction problems, depression and anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She works with adults and children with attention problems. In addition, she is trained and experienced in family and couples counseling. Her office is conveniently located near Parkway Exit 98 in Wall, NJ.

For more information about her innovative work, call Sharon at 848-404-9111.

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Theatre & Entertainment

A Hilarious Night of Laundry, Laughs and Liquor! PERFS BEGIN MAR 3 1

Have you ever gone un-showered for days, fought with your husband over who works harder, picked a child’s nose or had a kid pee on you? Dena Blizzard’s hilarious new show One Funny Mother will make you realize you’re not crazy... motherhood is.

If you are a mom, have a mom or are married to a mom, One Funny Mother is the perfect girl’s night out or date night. New World Stages, 340 W 50th St., NYC - 212-239-6200

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Theatre & Entertainment


“Robert Creighton is BORN FOR THE ROLE!” - New York Times “SHOWSTOPPING! Pure hallelujah moments.” - Variety




Musical Hollywood’s

About Tough Guy in Tap Shoes

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Riki Kane Larimer Presents


Robert Creighton Music & Lyrics by Robert Creighton & Christopher McGovern Book by Peter Colley Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse Directed by Bill Castellino Starring

Westside Theatre 407 W 43rd St - 212-239-6200 -

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Social Community Activities Network ... Where Active Adults Meet To Be Informed Community 72 SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) is SCAN’s new division “SCAN on Wheels” in Full a non-profit adult social education and resource Swing with Successful Aging and Technology center founded in 1988 and conveniently located Program in the Monmouth Mall. The name reflects the Following on the great success of the 2015 Digital action-oriented profile of its members and the Aging Mastery Program, SCAN is delivering the vibrancy and social strength of the KingAging Manorand Care Center, Laurel Baythis Health CANnetworking (Social Community ActivitiesSuccessful Technology Program year. organization. Network) The main draw membership, & Rehab, Monmouth County Division of the is anofadult social This project is a partnership between SCAN and which is open education to anyone aged 50resource and over, is Aging, Disabilities & Veteran’s Services,toOcean and center Affordable Housing Alliance and is designed use the opportunity to socialize stay healthy. on interactive Orthopedic Associates, Pharma-Care, United founded in 1988,and headquartered technology to help selected applicants SCAN is athe place ‘Where Active Meet to be Mall. Health Care, Health Group,and andpositive Williams basement levelAdults of Monmouth connect online and VNA encourage ongoing Informed,The Empowered and Inspired.’ Lift Company. name reflects the action-orientedengagement in life. The program began on February th Mark Yourweekly Calendars: profile of its members and the vibrancy and will continue to April 28th and then 4 2015 Was A Busy Year at SCAN and social networking strength of SCAN is producing the 2015 Senior monthly meetings until the end of 2016. The sessions • Going strong with 1075 members. the organization. The main draw of are being held at the YMCA Community Center on and Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition • Conducted 123 SCAN classes and 81 Boscov’s membership, which is open to anyone Center Street in Freehold Borough. we would like to extend an invitation to all classes at four locations: SCAN at the Monmouth aged at 50Monmouth and over,and is the opportunity Two categories Monmouth County Seniors to participate in Mall, Boscov’s Ocean Malls, and to socialize and stay healthy. SCAN is a of individuals are this annual event. The show will be held at the Seabrook, Tinton Falls. place “where active adults meet to be participating and Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 • Take Control of Your Health workshops were Informed, Empowered and Inspired.” learning to use Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ and ithow will be presented to 82 attendees. computers organized by SCAN. The art tablet show will run from • Additional classes were held at Monmouth to getPlease onlinecall and August 5th to August 30th, 2015. University Wilson Hall, Ocean County become engaged. SCAN for additional details. Community College Planetarium, and FoodBank Feb 4 coach/participant meeting Limited SCAN will hold and display all 1st income place of Monmouth/Ocean Counties. participants were given free tablets and internet service. winners at the SCAN campus in the Monmouth • We hosted a Caregiver’s Support Group at SCAN, Other participants already owned a tablet and had Mall from September 1st to September 18th, Presented by conducted by Monmouth County Office on Aging. access 2015. to the SCAN internetwill buthost hadan noOpen idea how to use House Art their • We produced TV shows which were broadcast tablets. All participants are also attending classes to Reception Friday, September 11 from 1-3PM. to 450,000 potential homes on Comcast, *** 2015 Event Sponsor *** learn to make and maintain meaningful changes Take Control of Your Health in Cablevision and Verizon FiOS in Monmouth healthworkshops behaviors, financial well-being Investors Bank and Ocean Counties. Programs included twelve will be held duringand the enrichment summer in latersolife. Coaching is being provided to all. dates. 30-minute Welcome to SCAN programs, featuring please call for details of locations and ** Sponsors ** Two additional sessions of the program are planned 12 organizations, twelveMonmouth 30-minute Community TCOYH is a 6-week, evidence based workshop Mall for 2016, one to be held in Neptune and the other Connections programs, featuring 24 organizations, designed by Stanford University to help thosein Monmouth Medical Center Contact SCAN to at better 732-542-1326 for and six 30-minute CareerNatural Connections programs GreenLong Branch. with chronic conditions manage their New jersey Gas/Save additional details or if you are interested in joining featuring local businesses and related symptoms and live life to the fullest even withone Asbury Park careers Press with of these sessions. them. There were also 441 views of these programs their physical limitations. The workshop is Atrium at Navesink Harbor / Beacon Health & Social Services on SCAN’s YouTube channel. facilitated by a team of trained Peer Leaders. Captel Outreach / Comfort Keepers of Central Jersey • Volunteers logged 957 hours in support of SCAN’s Free computer classes are available for Garden Hills Residence-CIS / Healthsouth Rehab Hospital of Tinton Falls programs. US Veterans every Wednesday. You must register Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield / King Manor Care Center • We collaborated with 28 organizations throughout in advance, so check the complete class listing at Laurel Bay Health & Rehab / Monmouth County Division of Aging, Disabilities Monmouth and Ocean Counties. & Veteran’s Services / Ocean Orthopedic Associates • FoodBank of Monmouth/Ocean Counties provided We are working with the Monmouth Pharma-Care / United Health Care / VNA Health Group VITA income tax assistance to 345 people and County Office on Aging Caregivers Department, Williams Lift Company Navigation of the Affordable Care Act assistance to and we have a free Caregivers Support Group 106 people at the SCAN facility. at SCAN which is open to the public. Call for We provided four special events: details. Chinese New Year celebration comes to OnMonmouth May 20thMall, SCAN its annual • Health Fair at the 250held attendees By popular demand, we have added Mall • Brain Fair at the Monmouth Mall, 70 attendees Take Control of Your Health Fair at the Monmouth a Parkinson’s GroupMedical with a Center In conjunction withSupport the Monmouth • Annual Monmouth Luncheon at Seabrook, had attendees 24 vendors and Mall. We 216 professional facilitator which is open Medical Program, SCAN sponsoredtoathe Year of • 111 submissions to theWe Monmouth County 400 attendees. want to thank ourArt Event Chinese public.New Join Year the group on 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, and 8/9. the Monkey celebration at the Monmouth Show with 13 winners advancing to the State show. Sponsor, Investors Bank, and all of our Sponsors: th The14Fall Semester classes will begin February . Those lucky of enough to attend Publicity forMonmouth SCAN: Mall, Monmouth Medical Center, Mall on Septemberwere 8. Details will be available at the the freeoncelebration treated to Lion and Dragon • Class listings: semester, three semesters -6 New 3,000 Jersey per Natural Gas/Save Green, Asbury end of August. Updates will be on our website at a Chinese orchestra, Chinese folk dances, Chinese regular articles in County magazines Park Press, AtriumWoman at Navesink Harbor, Beacondances, • Digital Aging Program: 25Captel attendees HealthMastery & Social Services, Outreach, calligraphy bookmark making, a Chinese knotting The demonstration andBoscov’s an overallCampus great time.of Courses will receivedComfort tablets, internet coaching Keepersservice, of Central Jersey,and Garden Hills run from September 14-October 9 and details classes. Residence-CIS, Healthsouth Rehab Hospital of will be available by the end of August. Updates VISIT Tinton Falls, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, will be on our website at

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3 and Inspiration SCAN Offers Information, Empowerment,


Take Control of Your Health Fair

SCAN’s Campus of Courses at Boscov’s Ocean County Mall (free to SCAN members) - March 8 to 23. Class listings available on the SCAN website,


Information Age (InfoAge) tour at Camp Evans, Wall Township, March 23. $15 fee, registration required.


Technology Fair at Monmouth Mall, April 2. SCAN will be partnering with Monmouth University. Representatives will be available to display and explain state of the art digital devices and systems. The Social Community Activities Network is located at 180 Ocean (SCAN) County Brain Health Fair, St Route 35 in Eatontown (basement level of Andrew United Methodist Church, Toms Monmouth Mall); for more information River, May 6. and a schedule of other upcoming events, call 732-542-1326 orMay visit9. Check Spring/summer classes begin the SCAN website in April for class listings.

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180’s NEW SHELTER TO PROVIDE HELP, HOPE AND HEALING On the eve of the long-awaited opening of the new 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc., safe house -- a home built to provide safety, hope and healing to Monmouth County victims of domestic violence -major donors and community supporters of the project gathered to witness the results of their philanthropy. Among the supporters recognized at the gathering were 180's closest community partners including: Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, Faith & James Knight Foundation, Mrs. Eileen O’Hern Luby and Mr. William Luby, New Jersey Natural Gas, Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Murphy,


Dr. Robert and Joan Rechnitz and Verizon. With gratitude to these lead supporters and many others,

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Providing hope and healing to Monmouth County families for over 40 years, 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. is a private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in our community. 180 is committed to providing services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Also, 180 works to mobilize concerned individuals, organizations, and civic and religious groups to join our effort to end violence and abuse through public education, public policy reforms, and training of allied professionals.

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highest county in the state for police-reported domestic violence incidents. In New Jersey, an act of domestic violence happens every 7.29 minutes, and it is the largest cause of homelessness in the United States. The new shelter will be able to house 45 clients and children at one time, up from 25 at its current location. Late last year, two major fundraisers also helped contribute to the success of the safe house construction. The October premier classic motorcar show, Concours d'Elegance, led by Jeff Cruz of Rumson; followed by December’s “Hope 8 Concert” at the Count Basie Theater, hosted by Bobby Bandiera, both provided significant funding for the organization. While the safe house construction is now complete, additional funds are needed to finish furnishing the building, and to provide needed counseling, therapy, transportation, court assistance and other supportive services that survivor families need to begin anew. 180's upcoming 40th Anniversary Celebration, set for April 15, will help to raise funds to supplement the operational costs of the safe house and other vital 180 programs. For more information about making a tax-deductible contribution to 180 or to attend the

 Friday, April 15, 2016 40th Anniversary Celebration

event in April, contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development, at

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(left to right) At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Safe House, 180 Executive Director Anna Diaz-White with Lead Donors: Cheryl Bliss, Fran Lobl, and Lisa Knight from the Faith & James Knight Foundation, Martha Delehanty and Andrew Testa from Verizon, Dorothea Bongiovi from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, and Kathy Ellis from New Jersey Natural Gas.

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Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faire

Saturday, April 9 10 am until 2 pm

Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch 1001 Broad St./ Route 35

Shrewsbury For more information contact:

Shrewsbury Historical Society 419 Sycamore Avenue PO Box 333 Shrewsbury NJ 07702


The Monmouth County Genealogy Society and the Shrewsbury Historical Society are sponsoring a unique Authors Book Faire Saturday, April 9, and inviting local authors to display and discuss their books about Monmouth County or its people. Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faire will be at the county library’s Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, from 10 am until 2 pm, Saturday, April 9. The public is invited to stop in to meet authors of books associated with Monmouth County. Admission is free and visitors will have an opportunity to purchase any books they desire, and authors will be present to sign copies as requested. Linda Wilson, president of the Genealogy Society, notes “By partnering with the Shrewsbury Historical Society and the Monmouth County Library system we are giving local authors an opportunity to become known

while at the same time giving all residents a chance to see the plethora of material available about this very special county in a single visit to the library.”

Rick Geffken and Don Burden will be among the authors of books about Monmouth County who will be appearing for signings at Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faire on April 9th, 2016.

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Jensen’s Marina 239-472-5800 Historic Marina Cottages Captiva’s Boating & Fishing Headquarters

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It’s Time To Go Fishing – Jensen’s Marina At Captiva Island! Jensen’s Marina is known as the “Fishing Headquarters of Captiva Island”. Sanibel and Captiva Islands area offers prime fishing for many species including the much sought after Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout and Tarpon. The annual migration of tarpon starts around mid-April and goes well into the month of July. Jensen’s Marina is ideally located for the Tarpon fishing in famous Boca Grande Pass (known as the World Capital of Tarpon Fishing) with professional captains in large boats. This area offers the ultimate in Tarpon fishing…so many casts, so many opportunities. The pristine waters surrounding Sanibel Island and Captiva Island provide excellent opportunities for fishermen of all skill levels…from the novice to the World Record seeker. Whether offshore, inshore, mangroves on the bay-side, pier, beach or wade sea fishing, fish can be found here year ‘round. Most of the fishing occurs about nine miles from the beach. The abundance of fish available in and around Captiva makes fishing possible any time of year. The area is known for Tarpon, in season during the spring and summer; Snook, a year-round favorite; and King Mackerel, a spring and fall catch.

Call and reserve your cottage at Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina Resort, today!

Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina Resort “Experience True Captiva Jensen Style” 15107 Captiva Drive • Captiva Island, Florida 33924

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Vehicle Donation Program

Donate a vehicle, and it will be sold at auction. The proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern New Jersey, and you may qualify for a tax deduction. Vehicle donations help us bring families together when family is needed most. Just call 1-855-227-7435 or visit Select Ronald McDonald House from the drop down box. Fill out the form and they will arrange for pick up and auction of your car. Make sure to direct the donation to: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF CENTRAL & NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

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More fun, more memories! Part of raising a family is making memories that your children will cherish forever. A family vacation is part of those memories.

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The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra

Invites you to join us for our Sixty-Seventh Anniversary Season 2015-2016

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The MSO’s special 67th Anniversary Evening Concert Grieg: In Autumn Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor Victoria Cannizzo, Soprano Roy D. Gussman, Conductor

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Featuring our 2015 Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suites Carolyn Wong, Violin Lucian Rinando, Conductor

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition Final Round United Methodist Church of Red Bank

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Featuring a Special Pre-Concert Recital at 2:15 p.m. Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz Schocker: Hannah’s Glade Mozart: Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp, K. 299 Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 Gary Schocker, Flute; Emily Mitchell, Harp Roy D. Gussman, Conductor

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Berlioz: Overture to The Judges of the Secret Court Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in Eb Major, K. 449 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in Eb Major, Op. 75 Ravel: Boléro Ron Levy, Piano Roy D. Gussman, Conductor

Pre-Concert Interviews 45 Minutes Prior to Concerts

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Medical Professionals



Enhance Your Natural Beauty As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Christopher Godek has developed a true love for the specialty. Part of what makes him so successful is his ability to appreciate the way plastic surgery can transform a person’s life. He is devoted to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery including facial, breast and body surgery. His reconstructive practice includes breast cancer reconstruction, skin cancers, facial trauma, and facial reconstruction. Dr. Godek also has a very busy non-surgical practice that includes skin care, chemical peel programs and injectables, including Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse, Belotero, and Sculptra. “These minimally invasive techniques are used to improve facial balance and create a more natural, youthful and rested look,” he adds. He and his team take an individualized approach to each patient they see. He adds, “Our team strives to achieve results that enhance specific areas of concern, while also complementing the beauty of your natural features.”

MCW: How did you become involved in this field?

Dr. Godek: I originally trained as a biomedical engineer at Syracuse University and then went on to complete my medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. I also completed a one-year research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, I had the opportunity to work alongside one of the top plastic surgeons in the country. After spending time with this surgeon, I came to realize the unique aspects of Plastic Surgery. I became involved in this field due to the wonderful interactions I had with my teachers and patients while training at Boston University, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania, where I completed my Plastic Surgery residency.

MCW: What is the most rewarding part about your profession?

Dr. Godek: I love being able to help others in need. Patients often come to me with a problem or concern and being able to offer them the most up-to-date options to help them is incredibly rewarding. This includes everything from helping young children with birth defects or injuries, to helping women who have lost a breast due to breast cancer. The ability to help someone feel “whole” again is tremendously rewarding.

MCW: What is the most challenging?

Dr. Christopher Godek

Dr. Godek: The most challenging aspect of the profession is that not all deformities can be corrected. Additionally, not all patients that see us in our practice are candidates for surgery due to other health issues or medical conditions. My number one priority is the safety of our patients. Having to tell a patient that they cannot undergo a certain procedure due to their health is very challenging and can be quite upsetting to the patient. We work very closely with our patients to help them overcome these obstacles when, and if they occur.

MCW: What sets your practice apart from others like it?

Breast Enhancement

Dr. Godek: We provide a great deal of extra care before, during, and after surgery. For facial procedures, patients meet with one of our Bella Derma aestheticians for skin care and make-up advice beforehand; then for microdermabrasion and facial massages following their surgeries. For body procedures, patients visit the Bella Derma Medi Spa for massage and ultrasound to reduce any swelling or bruising and to help diminish downtime after surgeries. My patients receive so much more than just a procedure. Our state-of-the art spa treatments speed our patient’s recoveries and help them look and feel healthy so that they may return to their everyday activities as soon as possible.

Body Contouring

MCW: What are the most common procedures that you perform?

Face Lifts Eyelid Lifts Rhinoplasty

Injectables and Fillers

Dr. Godek: The most common procedures that I perform include nasal surgery, eyelid lifts, face lifts, breast enlargement, breast lifts and breast reductions, as well as tummy tucks, and liposuction. I also perform a significant number of breast cancer reconstructions, facial cancer reconstructions, and reconstruction after facial trauma.

Skin Care

MCW: Are there any cases that stick out in your mind?

Facial Rejuvenation

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Dr. Godek: One of my most memorable cases is from early in my career. Upon completing my training at the University of Pennsylvania, I started working in New Jersey and was on staff at several hospitals in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties. At that time, I was taking trauma calls at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and was on Plastic Surgery call. I received a phone call from the emergency room about a young girl who lost her hand in a rollover motor vehicle accident on the Garden State Parkway. I was able to take the patient to the operating room and re-attach her hand with techniques and microsurgery that I had learned while at the University of Pennsylvania. She made an incredible recovery and was able to keep her hand. Dr. Godek consistently puts his patients first. Beginning with the consultation visit, he spends quality time getting to know each of them and to better understand their goals. He adds, “I want to be sure they feel comfortable expressing their aesthetic goals to me. All of my patients are very special to me. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know each one of them on a personal basis and developing a lifelong relationship with them.” He grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts where he met his wife, Kristen, when they were both in high school. The couple now lives in a small ocean community with their two boys. Outside of Plastic Surgery, they enjoy time at the beach paddle surfing and fishing. TheCounty CountyWoman Woman Magazine Magazine The

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