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CHRISTUS Family Medicine – Lake Charles

New cliNic OpeN!

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is proud to announce its new clinic christus Family Medicine is open at 711 Dr. Michael Debakey Drive. Meet our new physicians and nurse practitioner:

Provided ServiceS • Primary care • Wellness visits

Dennis W. Fletcher, M.D. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University in 1978, Dennis Fletcher, M.D., received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport and completed both his residency and internship at W.O. Moss Regional Hospital (now W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic). He is board-certified in family medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

• Annual check-ups • Physicals Accepting new patients! To schedule an appointment, please call

(337) 436-6100.

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holley Kelley, D.o. Holley Kelley, D.O., received her osteopathic medicine degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in 2007, followed by internships in both family practice and psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center as well as her family practice residency. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians as well as the American Medical Association. Michael a. traub, M.D. Board-certified in family medicine, Michael Traub, M.D., received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1977, followed by his residency completed at Lake Charles Charity Hospital (now W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic). He has been involved with the American Academy of Family Physicians, Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, and the Southern Medical Association. Joan G. Gatte, aPrn, FnP-bc In 1994, Joan Gatte received her associate’s degree in nursing from Louisiana State University Eunice, her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2002 from Loyola University in New Orleans, followed by her master’s degree in nursing at McNeese State University here in Lake Charles in 2006. She has extensive endocrinology experience and received her American Nurses Credentialing Certification in 2007. Joan is also a member of the Lake Charles Region of Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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In This Issue

Regular Features

Wining & Dining

22 First Person with Bethany Hamilton 24 Who’s News 38 Business Buzz 68 Happenings 70 McNeese Corral 71 Solutions for Life!

6 What is Brunch and Where Can You Find It? 11 Dishing with Zeus and 3Topia 12 New Options for Your Lenten Menu

Places & Faces 16 St. Nicholas Center Opens Doors to Hope 20 Habitat ReStore is Moving Money & Career


Repurpose Your Refund 28 – 36 Cover Story:

Home & Family 42 Spring for Pet Safety 44 Let’s Grow Indoors 50 Some PC Users Will Be Vulnerable After April 8

Style & Beauty

52 – 56 Special Section:

Mind & Body




Weise Joins Thrive Staff Thrive is pleased to announce the addition of Jeannie Weise to its advertising sales team. Weise will serve as a sales representative for the magazine. A Kinder native, she graduated from McNeese State University and has extensive retail experience. Weise most recently worked with Steve Schindler Photography. She is an active member with the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., and chaired the Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market Committee in 2010. She is a board member for Educational Treatment Council/Harbour House and member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church where she also volunteers at their school and church. She lives in Lake Charles with her husband and two daughters.

58 Allergies Are in Full Bloom 60 Smokers More Likely to Need Cataract Surgery 66 Protecting Your Skin from the Wear and Tear of the Sun


Editors and Publishers

Kristy Armand Christine Fisher

Creative Director/Layout

Barbara VanGossen

Advertising Sales Jeannie Wise ads@thriveswla.com 337.310.2099

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Submissions edit@thriveswla.com

Business Manager

Katie McDaniel

Assistant Designers

Shonda Manuel Kris Roy Mandy Gilmore

Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

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to our dedicated volunteers & generous donors for helping us provide SWLA with meaningful services for 80 years!

THE HEART OF GIVING Join the JLLC for a juried exhibition and closing reception during National Volunteer Week! We’ll pay tribute to the League’s 80 years of community service and feature original student “heART” work representing “What volunteerism and a heart of giving means to me.”

Anniversary Art Exhibit Exhibition dates:

March 17 through April 11, 2014 at the Art Associates Gallery 809 Kirby St., Central School, Suite 208 Lake Charles, LA 70601

Closing Reception/ Artist Recognition: Open House 6-7:30pm Central School Auditorium Art activity for kids while supplies last

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What is Brunch and Where Can You Find It? by Austin Price

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When the English writer Guy Berringer coined the term “brunch” in 1895 and proposed that England make it a staple of their weekends, his reasons were as social as they were gustatory. In fact, he wasn’t particularly interested in what kinds of meals might make up a brunch, suggesting only that the cook provide “everything good, plenty of it, (and) a variety of selection.” His concern was more with the human element, how it should be “sociable and inciting…” so that it would in turn “put you in a good temper… with yourself and your fellow people,” confident that if it was doing its job right a healthy, postChurch brunch would “sweep away the worries and the cobwebs of the week.” Maybe that’s why he chose the word “brunch” to represent this proposed meal. Sure, it’s linguistically appropriate, but it’s always a fun word, the kind you might expect children in the back of a car ride to come up with just to keep themselves amused, a word light and inviting and playful, just as a good “brunch” should be. It’s nice to see, then, that his proposal didn’t go ignored. Flash forward to

the present and you’ll see that Sunday brunch isn’t simply acceptable or even merely liked: people love their brunches. From New Orleans, where Sunday mornings find roughly half of the city’s population sitting on street corners just waiting to get inside for a bite, to New York, which boasts many of the most avant-garde cooks in the brunch business (where else can you pick up a dish that couples oysterson-the-half-shell, scrambled eggs and steel-cut oatmeal?), everyone can find a perfect excuse to stay in a little later Sunday mornings and delay their breakfast just a little. Whether you’re hung over and looking to recover with heartier fare or part of a church group that’s eager to continue socializing well beyond the service, there’s no reason to skip out on the many brunch options available in your own backyard.

BRUNCH OPTIONS IN LAKE CHARLES: - Luna’s (11am – 2pm) - Pujo’ Street Café (10am – 2pm) - Le Beaucoup Buffet at Lauberge (11am – 3pm) - KD’s (all day) - Le Peep Café (all day) - Pitt Grill (all day; Eggs Benedict breakfast meal served exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays) - IHOP (all day) - Waffle House (all day) - Le Café (all day) - Stellar Beans (all day)

JOBS. GROWTH. EXPANSION. It’s happening in Southwest Louisiana thanks to the strong foundation of industry, infrastructure and vision. As a hub for business that’s keeping SWLA moving, the Lake Charles Regional Airport is part of that foundation. A key component that large companies look for when relocating is convenient access to air travel. The Lake Charles Regional Airport offers that and much more. The 1,800 acre Lake Charles Regional Airport complex is home to: • 12 flights daily with American Airlines and United Airlines with one-stop connections worldwide • The world-wide headquarters for Era Helicopters, LLC and EraMED and operations base for PHI, Inc—helicopter services transporting oil and gas personnel as well as medical specialists to the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and in international markets • Marine Spill Response Corporation—one of six coastal locations in the country • Vision Aviation—fueling, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance and services, pilot services and flight training Nearly 30 tenants are located within the airport complex, bringing business to Southwest Louisiana. The Lake Charles Regional Airport is reaching farther and preparing our area for takeoff.

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In the Cupboard:

Making Your Own Easter Egg Dye by Leslie Fain

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If you are looking for some beautiful, natural looking colors to dye your eggs this Easter, look no further than your own kitchen cabinet, spice rack and freezer, according to Jenny Wanderscheid, of TheDollarStrecher.com. According to Wandersheid’s recipe, one can dye eggs any of the colors below by using the corresponding fruits, vegetables and spices.

Yellow: turmeric

Beige to brown: coffee

Blue: canned blueberries or red cabbage Pale red: fresh beets or cranberries and frozen raspberries

Pale green: spinach leaves Green/gold: Golden Delicious apple peels Megan, a blogger at Simple Bites, said that dyeing eggs with natural ingredients is a trial and error process, and it is good to experiment with other ingredients, too, such as tea, or paprika. (www.simplebites.net/how-to-dye-easter-eggs-the-natural-way/) She added that one can also dye brown eggs for a totally different look. To make your dye: 1) Put eggs in a single layer in pan, and cover eggs with water. 2) Add a teaspoon of vinegar. 3) Add the natural dye ingredient of your choice. 4) Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes. For very dark eggs, let them stand overnight in refrigerator. You can also make some very decorative Easter eggs using onion skin, according to TheDollarStretcher.com. First, take several onion skins – they can either be brown or red—and wrap them around an uncooked egg, holding them in place with rubber bands. Hardboil the eggs as normal, and then unwrap. When dry, polish with olive oil.

Pale yellow: orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed and ground cumin

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Kool Aid Eggs

You and your kids can make vibrant, good smelling eggs using dye made from Kool Aid, according to the heyjenrenee.com blog. According to Jen, since Kool Aid contains citric acid, there is no need for vinegar. First, boil some eggs, and allow them to cool. For each color, use one packet of Kool Aid and 2/3 cup water and stir. She suggests doing this activity over the sink, as Kool Aid can be kind of messy and stain countertops. Dip one egg into a cup of the dye until it becomes brightly colored. At first the eggs will smell very fruity, but as they dry, they will smell just like normal hard-boiled eggs. Jen warns against using three flavors: Lemonade, which comes out looking white; pink lemonade, which shows ups too light; and grape, which turns eggs an almost a grayish-black color. To get yellow, she suggests adding ¼ to ½ a packet of orange to a packet of lemonade. To get pink, add a little bit of cherry or strawberry to pink lemonade. To get an indigo color, add some berry blue Kool Aid to grape. Using Kool Aid to dye your eggs will give you very vibrant Easter eggs!

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Deviled Eggs by Leslie Fain

What do you do with all the boiled eggs from Easter? Try your hand at making one of these delicious deviled egg recipes for you family.

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

www.skinnytaste.com Calories: 44 • Fat: 3 g • Protein: 3 g • Carb: 2 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 0.2 g Sodium: 30 mg (without salt) Ingredients: - 6 large eggs, hard-boiled (recipe here) - 1 medium avocado - 2-3 tsp fresh lime juice - 1 tsp red onion, minced - 1 tbsp minced jalapeno - 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped - kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste - 1 tbsp diced tomato - Pinch chile powder (for garnish)

Directions: 1. Peel the cooled hard boiled eggs. 2. Cut the eggs in half horizontally, and set the yolks aside. 3. In a bowl, mash the avocado and 2 whole egg yolks; discard the rest. Mix in lime juice, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, salt and pepper and adjust to taste. Gently fold in tomato. 4. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the guacamole into the 12 halved eggs. 5. Sprinkle with a little chile powder for color and arrange on a platter.

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs Allrecipes.com Ingredients: - 12 eggs - 1/2 cup mayonnaise - 4 slices bacon - 2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese - 1 tablespoon mustard

Directions: 1. Place eggs in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, and cool. To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water. 2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Alternatively, wrap bacon in paper towels and cook in the microwave for about 1 minute per slice. Crumble and set aside. 3. Peel the hard-cooked eggs, and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, crumbled bacon and cheese. Stir in mustard. Fill egg white halves with the yolk mixture and refrigerate until serving.


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Dishing With Zeus and 3topia Zeus and 3topia, fit together likeYin and Yang In the philosophy of Taoism—an ancient Chinese religion— the concept of “Yin and Yang” are seen as the balancing forces of nature. Contrary to popular belief, however, these forces are not seen as “good” and “bad” forces opposing one another. They are meant to represent halves of a cohesive whole, each working inversely to the benefit of a single entity. This is precisely the sort of harmonious philosophical vibe Zeus Lake Charles and 3topia owner Pablo Mejia had in mind when he opened the two businesses alongside each other. Zeus Greek and Lebanese Café, a regional restaurant franchise originating in Lafayette, focusses on freshness and light. The restaurant’s open floor-plan is dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows across the storefront and huge painting of a Grecian seascape along one wall. Light, delicious fare pair perfectly with upbeat Mediterranean music and chipper staff. This freshness carries over to the menu. Zeus’s traditional Greek and Lebanese dishes, some with a Louisiana twist, are dominated by clean zesty flavors. The sundrenched rustic freshness of Zeus is directly juxtaposed by the epicurean excitement of its adjoining neighbor, 3topia. Named for its triumvirate of ownership— Mejia, his mother and a childhood friend—the bar offers the dark side to Zeus’s light. Described as a “highend sports bar” or “ultralounge,” 3topia is meant to offer a little extra spice to the culinary experience. “We hope that both places feed off of each other. You can have a nice dinner at one, pop over and have a nice cocktail with a date. Or bring in some friends and have a little party,” Mejia said. This symbiosis is a culture Mejia hopes to engender in what he calls Lake Charles’“restaurant row,” not just for his own businesses, but for others as well.

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3topia recently hosted the “Magic Men of 3topia,” an auction of area businessmen who are eligible bachelors. Although some of the antics at events like this may be a bit risqué, the adherence to mutual beneficence remains. A portion of the proceeds for the auction were donated to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital. “We’re all working toward the same thing,” Mejia says. “I think we should work together.” 3topia has opportunities to socialize for virtually any taste, from speed dating to gamer tournaments. For a comprehensive calendar of events, check out their Facebook pages. Zeus

Menu Items

For those in the area adhering to the precepts of the Lenten season, here are just a few of Zeus’ non-meat offerings. APPETIZERS: Lebanese Pizza: Fresh grilled pita bread, topped with feta cheese and Zataar (Lebanese oregano). *Spinach Pies: Fresh fried filo dough, stuffed with spinach, Spanish and feta cheese, sautéed onions and olive oil. For a Louisiana twist, ask for them to be topped with crawfish in a cream sauce. SALADS: Tabbouleh: A traditional Lebanese salad, this mixed parsley, scallion, mint, and cracked wheat salad breathes freshness. *Zeus Salad: This combination of Greek and Lebanese salads is a Zeus specialty. Shrimp can be added to this salad as well as others on the menu. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

ENTRÉES: Eggplant Royal: This hearty eggplant dish comes stuffed with sautéed shrimp and mushrooms. Mozzarella cheese and a cream sauce are dolloped on top for a buttery finish. It is served with a feta salad and hummus. Shrimp can be removed to make the dish vegetarian. Shrimp Kabob: Jumbo shrimp marinated and dusted with herbs and grilled to perfection. *Zeus Fish: Grilled tilapia fillet topped with sautéed crawfish in a cream sauce. Shrimp and Artichoke: Jumbo shrimp and artichoke hearts sautéed in a creamy dill sauce. Served with rice and feta salad. *Denotes owner’s recommendation.



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New Options for Your Lenten Menu Spring in Southwest Louisiana is, for many, a time of penance as well as a time for rebirth. In observance of the Lenten season, many area Catholics forego meat as a modern day “fast.” Fortunately, our Cajun predecessors settled in an area rich in diverse species of “non-meat” protein sources—a.k..a seafood— providing a delicious loophole in a season of austerity.


For those who enjoy food with a Central American flair, this is an island twist on a staple of Mexican cuisine.

What You’ll Need: - 1lb of flaky white fish filets (Mahi Mahi works best, but tilapia is a fine substitute). - 1/4 cup melted butter or canola oil (write this down... butter is always better) - juice of one large lime - 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped - 2 tbsp minced garlic - 1 tbsp ancho chile powder - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper - 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped - flour tortillas - fresh pico de gallo • 2 tomatoes, chopped • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped • 1/2 large white onion • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped • 1 large lime, juiced • salt and pepper to taste Stir ingredients together in a mixing bowl, allow time (1-2 hours) to let flavors consolidate.

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For garnish: - shredded white cabbage - thinly sliced red onion - thinly sliced green onion - sour cream - salsa of your choice, salsa verde (any tomatillo-based green salsa) is best Directions: Whisk lime juice, butter, salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder, jalapeño and cilantro. Pour mixture over fish in sealed container, turning often to coat. Marinade for 20-30 minutes. Drain excess liquid from containers and place contents of containers into a baking dish, laying filet’s out so that they don’t overlap. Cover and bake at 450 for 15 to 20 minutes (10-15 for thinner tilapia filets) or until fish flakes with a fork. Remove from pan and serve in flour tortillas topped with pico de gallo. Garnish with cabbage, sliced onion, sour cream, and salsa verde. Serves 4-6

by Chris LeBlanc

Unfortunately, last winter stuck around like Billy Ray Cyrus... It wouldn’t quit even though everyone wanted it to. Thus, the crawfish harvest for this season looks scant. And, as we all know, scarcity breeds a healthy bump in price. But don’t fret, these Lenten themed dishes are sure to ease any crawfish lover’s “achy breaky heart.”


Of all these recipes, this is one of the quickest, easiest and most filling. Perfect for the late Friday afternoon post-work dash to feed a ravenous family. It also pairs well with a nice buttery Chardonnay... which also pairs well with Friday afternoons. It’s a match made in frenetic heaven.

What you’ll need: - 1lb peeled and deveined shrimp - 3/4 cup unsalted butter - 2 tbsp canola oil - 5 garlic cloves, minced - 1/4 white onion, minced - 1 large lemon, juiced - 1/4 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped - 1/2 tbsp dried oregano - 1/2 tbsp onion powder - 1/2 tbsp garlic powder - 3/4 lb angel hair pasta - 1 tsp salt - 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Reduce heat and melt in butter slowly. Add oregano and parsley. Simmer over medium heat until the shrimp are cooked through. Serve over cooked angel hair. Serves 4.

Mix onion powder, garlic powder, salt, lemon juice and shrimp. Marinade for 15-20 minutes. Heat canola oil in large skillet. Sauté garlic, onions and shrimp over medium-high heat until shrimp are pink.

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Steak lovers and Beef Industry Council spokespersons, avert your eyes. This will be difficult to read. These herb-rubbed tuna steaks rival a quality filet mignon. The thick, meaty texture of the tuna, along with the savory, aromatic spices lend themselves to a beef-like experience that is unique for seafood. It may be hard to believe, but this boldly flavored meal is right at home in your Lenten diet. Being good has never tasted so great. What You’ll Need: - Four 8-9 oz. Ahi tuna steaks (about 1-inch thick) - 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar - 3 tbsp olive oil - 1 tbsp lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp onion powder - 1/2 tbsp garlic powder - 1/2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper - 1/2 tbsp dried ground basil - 1/2 tbsp dried ground oregano - 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Whisk vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice. Marinade steaks in mixture for 20-30 minutes. Stir remaining ingredients together in separate bowl. Remove tuna steaks, letting majority of liquid drip off. Sprinkle liberally with seasoning mixture, patting into either side of steak to ensure adhesion (not too aggressively as fish is a bit delicate). Heat grill to high. Grill steaks 2 1/2 minutes on either side (any longer and they will dry out). Remove and let sit for 4-5 minutes before serving. Serve with grilled veggies or a garden salad.

CRAWFISH MYTHS DEBUNKED Researchers at the LSU AgCenter recently explored some of the most popular myths regarding Louisiana’s favorite crustacean. Here’s the truth about two of the biggest crawfish tales: Myth # 1: Salting crawfish before boiling is a must for purging. Salting crawfish before boiling as a means of purging the intestinal tract doesn’t really work. According to researchers, if you really want to purge crawfish, you should set them aside in a pot of fresh water with no food for an entire day. A quick 10-minute spray down will help wash mud and other debris away.

Myth # 2: Straight-tail crawfish were dead before going into the boil. Researchers found that the degree of the tail curl is not an indicator that a crawfish died before cooking. A crawfish with a straighter tail may have been blocked by another crawfish in the pot from curling its tail or it might have been shoved up against the side of the pot and its tail couldn’t curl.

Now that the truth is out, go ahead and order your next sack of crawfish and throw together a boil. After all, tis the season!

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Springy by Chris LeBlanc


There’s something about springtime. Cool breeze, sun on your shoulders, and the smell of new flowers and fresh cut grass combines to make you want to sit outside and enjoy a few tasty refreshments. Here are a few spring-inspired cocktail ideas that’ll help make your attitude as sunny as the weather.



A tropical take on the traditional mimosa, this cocktail is light and fresh. Enjoy at breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner… really anytime. Ingredients: − ½ glass of champagne − 2 oz. Pomegranate juice − 2 oz. lemonade Stir and serve chilled.

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The John Daley:

This tasty concoction was inspired by the classic warm weather drink, the Arnold Palmer. Like its namesake, it’s as good as an Arnold Palmer… but it’s full of alcohol. Ingredients: − 4 oz. sweet tea flavored vodka (Firefly is recommended) − 6 - 8 oz. Lemonade − Splash of grenadine Shake and serve over ice.

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Most of the time when an old classic is “reinvented,” the reproduction is a sad shadow of the original. Lucky for you, the same principle doesn’t hold for cocktails. This berry infused redux of the mojito is as sweet and fruity as it is light and clean. Ingredients: − 2 oz. berry flavored rum (Bacardi Wolfberry or Strawberry) − 6 - 8 mint leaves − 1 oz. sugar or simple syrup − ½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice − 2 oz. soda − 1 oz. berries (If wolfberry rum is used, use blueberries. If strawberry rum is used, use strawberries) Muddle mint and berries in glass. Add sugar (or syrup), lime juice and rum. Shake until well mixed and sugar is dissolved. Stir in soda and serve over ice. Garnish with lime wedge and a sugarcane stick.

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Spring Shower:

If you’re a fan of tangy martinis and getting caught in the rain, you’ll love this cocktail. Gazing into the turquoise depths of this drink as you sip will have you dreaming of palm trees and sandy shores. Ingredients: − 2 oz. Premium vodka − ¼ oz. Lime juice − ½ oz. Blue Curacao − ½ oz. Sweet vermouth Shake over ice and serve chilled. Garnish with lime peel.


This one is for the more... uh... outgoing of cocktail seekers. This potent mixture tastes like a melted alcoholic popsicle. People often ask why it’s called the “Buh-bye.” My response is always the same: If you drink too many, you’ll find out. Ingredients: − 1 part melon vodka − 1 part green apple Pucker − 1 part peach schnapps − 1 part sweet and sour Shake and serve chilled.

Easter Bunny:

In honor of the season, we celebrate perhaps the most odd of all the present giving fairytale creatures, the Easter Bunny. If Peter Cottontail had a drink of choice, this was it. Ingredients: − 1 ½ oz. White chocolate liqueur − 1 oz. Caramel vodka − 1 tsp. Chocolate syrup Shake and serve over ice.


The shoes you wear for your sport should be as carefully considered as any other piece of equipment you use, and this includes what is inside. In addition to stabilizing and cushioning the foot, quality orthotic inserts have been shown to increase muscle efficiency and decrease pain associated with common athletic foot movements, like quick starts and stops or landing on uneven surfaces. And when individualized needs for specific sports and positions are worked into the customized product, the foot is controlled, guided and limited in ways that work best at preventing injury and increasing performance. These are currently being used by McNeese football and women’s basketball players.

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St. Nicholas Center Opens Doors to Hope by Katie Harrington

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than juvenile diabetes, AIDS and cancer combined. Ranked as the fastest-growing developmental disability, 1 in 50 American children are affected by autism. “Autism is a disorder or neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior,” said Christy Papania-Jones, executive director of St. Nicholas Center for Children. The severity of symptoms can vary widely, but children with autism often experience difficulty in communicating and interacting with others. While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorders, there are some treatments for the core symptoms. Research shows that early intervention programs, like those offered by the St. Nicholas Center, can greatly improve a child’s development. 16 www.thriveswla.com

A study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry followed a group-based early intervention program for six months. Focused on social development in children as young as two, the study showed that early intervention enabled therapists to improve some of the participants’ core symptoms. “Prior to the St. Nicholas Center for Children’s opening in 2008, there were no applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services locally, and providers of early intervention were limited in Southwest Louisiana,” Papania- Jones said. “Today, we are able to bring ABA and early intervention services to many local Thrive Magazine for Better Living

families.” The nonprofit center’s goal is to make education, social and therapeutic services affordable to any local family struggling with the high costs of addressing the challenges presented by autism. “When a family receives a diagnosis of autism, developmental delay or a neurological disorder, the struggle to maintain hope is often the first challenge,” added Michelle Mudd, St. Nicholas Center for Children executive board member. “We work with these families to rebuild hope by helping their children realize their full potential. Our vision is to be the state model of an all-inclusive, April 2014

therapeutic facility providing the best in pediatric therapy and affordable services.” “After Sydney was diagnosed with autism, I felt like I had lost something…hope for the future, her chance for success in education and the opportunity to communicate with my child,” said Corlissa Hoffoss. “When she began therapy at the St. Nicholas Center, we learned about ABA and its history of success. As she continued therapy, she was able to start school and is now in kindergarten.” The idea to open the center began when Chris and Christy Jones, whose son is affected by autism, decided they wanted to help other local children with developmental delays. They secured a space in downtown Lake Charles and began the process of

finding licensed therapists and educators who shared their mission. “We were told by a doctor that Bain would never talk,” Christy Papania-Jones said. “And we began to believe it when he was in speech for two years and made no sounds. After four months of ABA, he said his first word and has been making progress ever since.” Before opening the center, the Jones had to hire someone to take their son to four different therapeutic facilities to meet all his needs. “When the center first started, two therapists were providing treatment to four children,” said Papania-Jones. “From there we continued to grow as we implemented the principles of ABA into our play and teaching. Now each child we serve has an individualized curriculum designed specifically to meet his or her needs.” Just six months after opening, in April 2009, the fire that devastated the Children’s Museum destroyed the center and all of its materials. “So there’d be no interruption in the children’s therapy, we began researching alternate solutions and were fortunate to have CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital provide us with a building for the next six months,” Papania-Jones said. “We continued to grow and eventually found our current Broad Street location. From there we grew our staff to provide a wider range of services, including occupational and speech therapy, social skills groups and physical therapy.” The center would soon face another challenge. Their space was limited and the addition of new services required many families to travel to multiple locations. So the Center began looking for a new home to accommodate a multi-disciplinary team. “We moved into a 6,500 square foot building in August 2010 and were again able to expand


The St. Nicholas Center is currently undergoing a capital campaign to continue remodeling efforts on their new facility. There are several naming opportunities available, including classrooms, conference rooms, gyms and more. The $2.4 million campaign is called Open the Door to Hope. To learn how you can support the center, visit their website, www.stnickcenter.org or call (337) 491-0800.


April is National Autism Awareness Month. Several events are being planned to help raise research funding and awareness. Joining Hands for Autism 5k and 1-mile Walk Saturday, April 26 ICCS (1536 Ryan Street) Pre-registration: $20 for the 5k and $15 for the 1-mile walk Organized by St. Nicholas Center for Children, Autism Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter and Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana. A Brewer’s Plate, presented by Hoffoss Devall Saturday, May 17 (6:00 p.m.) Historic Cash and Carry Building Tables of 8 are $800 Contact St. Nicholas Center for Children for more information.

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our services to include a Social Skills Training Program focused on helping the children to interact with others and build relationships with peers,” said Mudd. “Each child’s program includes a full behavioral assessment, written report, home program and addresses communication, skill acquisition, social skills training, parent and teacher training and school readiness.” The center is now working on renovating a 24,000 square foot building on Ryan Street in Lake Charles to accommodate a growing client base. Once complete, it will house multiple gyms for occupational and physical therapies, speech therapy classrooms, and designated, single, double and group classrooms for three different ABA levels. “We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in five years,” Papania-Jones said. “Thanks to early intervention therapy we’ve seen non-vocal children talk in as little as two weeks and children no longer meet the criteria for autism. We’ve also worked with the Diocese of Lake Charles to integrate our students into regular classrooms, eliminating their need for special education.”

Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana www.autismservicesswla.com St. Nicholas Center www.stnickcenter.org McNeese State University Autism Program www.mcneese.edu/autism Autism Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter www.autism-society.org/chapter167 Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org

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Step Back in Time at

The Corner Gallery

Many delightful surprises are hidden away at The Corner Gallery, located at the corner of Ryan and Louie Streets. Longtime residents may remember “Somewhere in Time” on Hodges, which was owned by Nancy Alexander. After seventeen years, she closed her store in 2000 to purse a design business at the World Trade Center in Dallas. There she designed showroom space for many manufacturers over the last 12 years. Now she is back, and has opened hew new gallery along with her business partner and friend Charlies Willis, a well-known name on the local auctioneer circuit. After carefully selecting six other dealers,

The Corner Gallery opened its doors. Designer’s Choice, Inspirations by Sue, Chez Rouge, Some Fine Treasures, Afternoon Tea, and Burns Antiks have joined the gallery with their unusual offerings of antiques, decorative accessories, fine art and jewelry. There’s history in almost everything you see, from timeworn beauty to imperfect treasures. Alexander’s love of French antiques is evident in the many pieces of furniture available. Oil paintings, large selections of frames Audubons, lavish lamps

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and sparkling chandeliers, beautiful old rugs and vintage pottery are all on display. There are small gift items available as well, perfect for that special little remembrance for a dear friend, or a forever-to-keep piece for yourself, you will want to look in every corner and every turn of the gallery. The Corner Gallery also has a fine jewelry section, featuring luscious pearls, diamonds,and fine gems presented by Nancy Hickman. In addition, Hickman offers her services in jewelry design and bead stringing. Do not discard old or broken jewelry, bring it by to be repaired or restrung. The original George Theriot’s business at this location was the feed store, and sits proudly in the back of The Corner Gallery. The boards still hang on the walls where the feed sacks were tied and customers scooped their feed for purchase. As you stroll through the Market on Louie (the name given to this grand old room) you can feel the history all around you. You’ll see concrete floors with cracks, an old floor safe and the original doors that hosted many customers in its grand years. There’s a lot of paint that is peeling away, but with great love and labor, friends rallied with effects to keep the nostalgia and history. Many customers talk about their memories of parents bringing them in to pick out their favorite little baby chick. These old walls have a lot to say and share, but you definitely get the feel just by entering the Market on Louie. The back room was opened after friendly “nudges” that it is just too special and quaint not to be seen and experienced. Visitors who pass through want to take home a little piece of their magical experience, whether it be a vintage coffee mug, a lush sofa or the scent of lavender in a candle or French-milled soap. There is so much to see and experience in this quaint old building so be sure to plan a trip to The Corner Gallery and The Market on Louie. The Corner Gallery is located at 2220 Ryan Street in Lake Charles and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment

Q: A:

With all of the industry located near the various waterways we have in our area, what effects are they having on our water? Industries clean the water before it reaches the environment.

Sometimes advisories are issued for drinking and swimming, but they are related to biological waste hazards from homes and businesses, not industrial processes. Stringent guidelines are in place to monitor the impact local industry has on our waterways. The regulations continue to tighten and industry is consistently meeting the guidelines. The treatment processes at local industries result in clean water, which is lab-tested to verify compliance with regulations. These labs are certified by the DEQ to avoid any perceived bias. One of the reasons Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise is because of our rich waterways, and we understand that everyone – including industry – plays a role in maintaining good water quality.


Kevin McGee

environmental manager at local industry

Lake Area Industry Alliance

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Habitat ReStore is Moving! by Lauren Jameson

The ReStore, Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc.’s resale store for discounted home supplies and items, has been located in two, side-by-side warehouses at 1720 Sprig St. in Lake Charles for the past couple of years. The store is making a new home at 3960 Gerstner Memorial Boulevard (La. 14) — the former Norwood’s Abbey Flooring Center — at the end of April. But, Habitat needs the community’s help to fill the now- empty, 12,000 square foot facility. Businesses and individuals are asked to donate new and and slightly-used appliances, furniture, flooring and even the kitchen sink — literally. Items ReStore is looking for include doors, cabinets, tile, furniture, vanities, heaters, air conditioners, electrical fixtures and supplies, windows, plumbing supplies and fixtures, appliances and a variety of household and décor items. All items donated are then priced at 50 percent-70 percent off retail and made available for sale to the public. “The store is exactly what it says it is — a store that resells items donated by the community,” said Lenn Knapp, Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area

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Inc.’s executive director. “The store has a twofold purpose — it recycles items that normally would sit in someone’s garage or attic or ones that would normally be discarded, thus saving them from the landfill. Second, net proceeds from ReStore sales go to help build future Habitat houses.” “It’s another way for the community to get involved in the Habitat program, by donating useable materials or shopping in the ReStore,” he added. Some recent donations include furniture and other items from the remodeling effort at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Much of the inventory is also coming from houses purchased by Sasol. Sasol officials allow ReStore employees to go in and strip houses of useful materials before they are demolished. Other significant ReStore contributors are Gilbert’s Flooring, Miriam Hutchinson Interior Design and Budget Blinds. Tony Miller, ReStore’s current coordinator, said word of mouth and social media have played a huge part in ReStore’s success. “People really like the place,” he said. “Once they visit the first time, they always come back.” In addition to item donations, Habitat needs to raise funds to help pay for the move. Habitat is in the midst of a monthlong online capital campaign to raise the approximately $30,000 needed to make the move happen. Called “$30,000 in 30 Days,” any money raised during the campaign will help offset the store’s relocation costs. “There are so many costs incurred in a move such as this one,” Knapp said. “For instance, new signage is needed which will cost us more than $8,000. The air conditioners and heaters are being reworked for almost $6,000. We need equipment, such as a used forklift, to move inventory. We also need items such as

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cash registers, computers, and racks to hold and display inventory — all at a significant cost for Habitat.” Donating to the initiative is easy. All you have to do is visit share.habitat.org/30-000-in-30-days and click the “Make a donation” button. Donations can be made on the site through April 30. All monetary and item donations are tax deductible. Money raised at the ReStore helps build future Habitat homes, according to Knapp, in fiscal year 2012-2013, net proceeds raised at ReStore provided sufficient funding to build another home. “Habitat is not a government giveaway program. It gives opportunity, but our partner families have to work hard and earn the opportunities to purchase these homes,” he said. Each homeowner plays a part in building their own house and other Habitat homes through their 300 hours of required “sweat equity.” This, the donated labor of volunteers and an interestfree mortgage help make the home affordable for them. “We’re able to keep the home affordable in this manner, as most of our mortgages, with the insurance and property tax escrow are less than $450 a month,” Knapp said. Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc. was founded in 1992. Since its inception, the organization has built more than 88 homes in the area and helped another 34 families get into homes. The existing facility is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday until the end of April. Once the new facility is up and running, it will be open Wednesday-Saturday each week. For information on ReStore, how to make money or item donations, or how to arrange for delivery or pickup of items donations, call 310-1771, email Tony@hfhca.org or visit Habitat’s Facebook Page at facebook.com/Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc.

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Center for Catholic Studies Opens at McNeese The Diocese of Lake Charles and Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans recently entered into an agreement with McNeese State University to open the Center for Catholic Studies at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Student Center to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to study Catholic theology. “This agreement will allow some McNeese degree programs to accept these courses in fulfillment of elective hours,” Dr. Jeanne Daboval, McNeese provost and vice president of academic and student affairs, said. Father Nathan Long, spokesperson for the Diocese of Lake Charles, said other universities throughout the country have similar agreements with local dioceses. “It is also common to see universities offer programs of coursework in Women’s Studies, African-American Studies or Jewish Studies, reflecting the diversity among college students. By offering a venue in Catholic Studies, this agreement meets the needs of the many Catholics in the community seeking to deepen their education in the Catholic tradition.” Local clergy members serve as faculty and course offerings include April 2014

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Bethany Hamilton

by Kaite Harrington photo by Mike Coots

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or Bethany Hamilton, being born into a family of surfers in Hawaii meant she’d be riding the waves from a young age. By eight years old she’d entered her first surf competition the Rell Sun Menehune event in Oahu. She walked away victorious in both the short and long board divisions, sparking a love for surf competition. On October 31, 2003, at only 13, Bethany’s life changed forever after being attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, leaving her left arm severed and the loss of 60 percent of her blood. After fighting through

What drew you to the water in the first place? Why surfing? I was born into a family of surfers, so the beach, ocean and surfing was a big part of my life from the beginning. My parents took my brothers and I to the beach nearly every day and since they loved surfing, they had us in the water basically since birth. I love how it’s always changing and every time I surf it’s different than the time before. No one wave is like another. It’s both challenging, refreshing and a lot of fun! Now, for me it’s like art - seeing what I can create on each wave! I fell in love with surfing at around age seven and started surfing with a girlfriend, Alana Blanchard, plus a lot of other local surfer girls. We had a posse! We pushed each other and started competing in the local kids’ events. I was homeschooled so I could spend more time catching waves. At the age of eight I entered my first outer island surf competition and I was hooked from there. You were barely a teenager when you lost your arm during a shark attack. The teenage years are challenging for everyone, how did you adjust to the extra challenges you faced? There are definitely a lot of new challenges you face as a teen, from the physical changes to the new emotions, thoughts and peer pressures. I was 13 when I lost my arm and it definitely added a unique element to that phase of my life. The grounding foundation I had established in my relationship with God definitely helped comfort and guide me; no matter what happened I had hope in the life I had in Jesus Christ. Reading scripture like Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope,” assured me that God was with me and that he still had purpose for my life. Knowing God loved me, loving Him back, and having the support of my family and friends gave me the confidence I needed to “survive” the teenage years!

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an infection and several surgeries, her positive spirit and quiet faith helped her through the traumatic event. Just one month after the attack, Bethany found herself back on her board and in pursuit of her dream of becoming a professional surfer. In 2007 her dream came true when she turned pro. Bethany shared her story in an autobiography titled Soul Surfer which would later become a major motion picture. Bethany now travels the world sharing her inspirational story. She recently spoke with Thrive about her journey.

Choice of friends is also so important. I’m so glad I had friends who love God, love to be healthy, active, and encourage me in the tough areas. After a few weeks they seemed to not even notice that I had lost an arm. Thankfully, it was never an issue. I was just Bethany and they treated me the same as they always had. I do admit I went through a time of being really selfish, especially with my family. Feeling entitled to be treated a certain way and given my way. I didn’t even realize I was acting like that. One day my family sat me down and confronted the issue. They pointed out that I was being really selfish, and while it hurt to hear that, it opened my eyes to the truth. I was thankful they brought it to my attention because it caused me to turn to God, seek forgiveness, and ask Him to help me change. And He did! Not like I’m never selfish now, but it is not overpowering my life any longer. I’m so thankful. What sustained you after the attack as you worked to get back on your board? God. Simple as that. And the support of my family and friends. God’s love and gentle guidance got me through a lot of the emotional stuff. I know my mom was praying for me daily and my youth leader / friend Sarah Hill was there to pray for/with me and give me good biblical counsel. In the area of surfing, my parents were both supportive of me wanting to try surfing again. They were willing to sacrifice a lot so I could possibly pursue snowboarding or whatever I wanted to do; but since they love the ocean and understood how it can help bring healing, they were thankful that I wanted to continue life near the beach. Of course they had their fears and worries, but they were so sensitive and encouraging, and it allowed me to be confident in getting back out there. My brothers and dad helped me choose the best boards to ride, and modified my surfboards so that I was able to eventually progress to a performance shortboard.

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What message do you hope to spread? We all face various obstacles and unexpected challenges in life, including the big factor of peer and society pressures. I hope to encourage youth, and all people, to choose what’s right and not give in or get lost in the junk of this world. I talk about thankfulness, choosing to find the good in each situation, and being uniquely you; or as I like to say, “be your beautiful self.” I hope people can see from my life, and other’s closer to them, how incredible God is and how much He loves us and the salvation we can have through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection. What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now? Now that I’m married, Adam and I hope to have started a family by then and be teaching the keiki (child) to surf! I plan to still be surfing and between now and then—pushing myself to be better at the sport. Nutrition and fitness have become such a passion, I may like to be working with people to live healthy lifestyles. And I think I’ll probably be doing some speaking appearances then too. We’ll see! I’m really open to whatever God wants me to do. Right now, I’m taking things day by day.



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Doucet Presented Highest Award in Regional Advertising O’Carroll Group’s Pam Doucet was awarded the Silver Medal by the American Advertising Federation- Lake Charles Chapter (AAF-Lake Charles) at the group’s Pam Doucet annual Addy Awards ceremony. The award has been bestowed on a mere eleven Southwest Louisiana advertising professionals since 1987. Doucet is the Senior Account Manager and Media Buyer for O’Carroll Group.

Doucette Appointed to AARP Louisiana Executive Council

Alfred Doucette

The Executive Council of Louisiana AARP welcomed Alfred Doucette, Jr. of Lake Charles as a new member. AARP is working to help Americans 50+ live life to the fullest. Louisiana has over 500,000 members.

McNeese Graduate Opens Local Mortgage Banking Branch Assurance Financial Group has named Jessica McBride as branch manager of their new location in Lake Charles. Jessica served Jessica McBride as a mortgage originator at the company’s Lafayette branch. For more information, visit www.lendtheway.com.

Terrell Qualifies for Prestigious “Court of the Table” Outstanding client service, etihics and professionalism have elevated Barry Terrell Jr., CFP, ChFC of Lake Charles to qualify for the exclusive “Court of the Table” of the Barry Terrell, Jr., CFP Million Dollar Round Table – The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Terell is a 17-year MDRT member and a 1-time Court of the Table qualifier. For more information, call (337) 477-8271.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Names Joy Huff VP of Physician Sales, Marketing and Mission Integration CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has named Joy Huff Vice President (VP) of Physician Sales and Marketing, and Director Joy Huff of Mission Integration. In her new role, Huff will oversee the physician sales and marketing functions of the hospital and ensure that the CHRISTUS mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ is integrated into hospital operations and throughout the community.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Names Jones Associate of the Year

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CHRISTUS Physician Group Hires Michael Traub M.D.

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CHRISTUS Physician Group has hired Family Practice Physician Michael Traub, M.D. Dr. Traub is located at the CHRISTUS Family Practice-Lake Charles clinic at 711 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has named James Jones as the 2013 Associate of the Year. Jones has worked in maintenance and engineering at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital for over 22 years.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Administrator Receives 2014 Outstanding FMU Alumnus Award

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of Business Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2014. First given in 1991, the Morgan B. Coker Award recognizes a School of Business graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and success in their career field and who has played a vital role in their community.

New CEO of Imperial Health System Announced Keith Broach, MBA, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Imperial Health System in Lake Charles. Broach, an Alabama native, has over 30 years Keith Broach, MBA, FACHE of experience in the hospital administration and healthcare services management fields. For more information, visit www.imperialhealth.com.

Moore Named WCCH Safety Award Recipient West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital named Heather Moore, registered nurse, as the recent recipient of its safety award. The award, which honors employees for their promotion of safety and Heather Moore, RN safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.

Evette Biagas Gradney Appointed to CVB’s Board of Directors Evette Biagas Gradney was appointed by the City of Lake Charles to serve on the board of directors for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention Evette Biagas Gradney & Visitors Bureau (CVB), representing the Southwest Louisiana Lodging Association. For more information, visit www.visitlakecharles.org or call (337) 436-9588.

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Family Medicine Physician Joines Vinton Medical Clinic Staff West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital announced that Lacey Cavanaugh, MD, family medicine physician, has joined the Vinton Medical Clinic medical Lacey Cavanaugh, MD staff. Dr. Cavanaugh has practiced alongside Dr. Brian Gamborg in Sulphur since 2012. A resident of Carlyss, Cavanaugh is a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Vinton Medical Clinic is located at 1611 Hampton Street in Vinton and is open Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 589-5951.

CHRISTUS Physician Group Opens New Family Medicine Clinic, Welcomes Physicians

Fastabend and Conner Attend National Forum

Carl Fastabend, MD

Robert Conner, NP

Lake Charles vein disorder expert and owner/ founder of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, Dr. Carl Fastabend and Nurse Practitioner, Robert Conner attended the 26th annual American Venous Forum. This annual educational meeting, hosted by the American Venous Forum Foundation, consisted of comprehensive overviews and presentations focusing on recent advancements in vein disease care, innovative treatments and techniques, as well as research developments and patient care strategies.

Beckham Appointed as State Farm Agent

Dennis Fletcher, MD

Holley Kelley, DO

CHRISTUS Physician Group opened a new family medicine clinic, CHRISTUS Family Medicine-Lake Charles, at 711 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. The physicians and advanced practice nurse located at the clinic are Joan Gatte Dennis Fletcher, M.D., Holley Kelley, D.O., Michael Traub, M.D., and Joan Gatte, APRN, FNP-BC. They are now accepting new patients and will offer primary care, wellness visits, annual check-ups and physicals. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 436-6100.

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MDs, NPs and EMTs Attend the Second Annual CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center Cardiac Symposium

Curt Beckham was appointed as the State Farm Agent on Ryan St after Roy Collins’ retirement, and has a newly renovated building. Curt brings 4 ½ years of industry experience Curt Beckham and is eager to provide the community with outstanding customer service and quality products. For more information, visit www.curtbeckham.com or call (337) 477-1188.

L to R: Carl Fastabend, M.D., Michael Turner, M.D., Thomas Mulhearn, M.D., Richard Gilmore, M.D. and M.D.Miguel DePuy, M.D.

Physicians, nurse practitioners and first responders attended the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Heart Center Cardiac Symposium on Saturday, March 15, at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Local cardiologists Miguel DePuy, M.D., Carl Fastabend, M.D., Richard Gilmore, M.D., Thomas Mulhearn, M.D., and Michael Turner, M.D. discussed the latest techniques for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Some topics that were covered during the symposium included: Early diagnosis, prevention and Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease PCI for CAD – Medications and Current Status Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death Current Status Treatment of CHF Drugs vs. Devices Prevention of Readmission for CHF Causes and Treatments of Venous’ Insufficiency For information on the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center, visit www.christusstpatrick. org/hearthealth.

Clemons Appointed to Louisiana Supreme Court Committee Todd S. Clemons, local attorney and founder of Todd Clemons and Associates, was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Committee on Bar Todd Clemons Admissions. Clemons is the Examiner for Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence, which is one of nine subjects on the examination. He is responsible for drafting the exams and grading guidelines. For more information, call (337) 477-0000 or visit www.toddclemons.com.

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Repurpose your Refund by Kristy Armand

Tax season is here again, and if you are one of the lucky ones, you might be receiving a refund this year. If so, it’s tempting to view this as free money, but there are several smarter ways to use these funds to improve your overall financial picture, according to Christa Comeaux, Assistant Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “Many people get their money and decide to blow it on a shopping spree or a vacation, but the truth is, wise financial choices can turn this one-time windfall into many more shopping sprees and vacations in the long run. The key is patience,” Comeaux says. One of the smartest things you can do is use your refund to set up a rainy day fund, which you can then contribute to monthly. According to Comeaux, it’s much easier to build on an existing foundation than to start a savings account with just a few dollars. You can designate the fund for whatever you want – travel, emergency household expenses, eventual down payment for a vehicle. If you prefer to reap immediate benefits, you can also consider paying down some of your debt. When flushed with extra cash, this is usually considered the wisest choice. “Although it’s not as fun as blowing the money on a weekend getaway, it’s probably the most intelligent thing to do,” Comeaux says. “If you decide to pay down some credit card obligations, put the money toward those that have the highest interest rate to minimize those higher fees as much as possible.” Paying down a credit card doesn’t sound very glamorous, but if you lower the balance of just one high-interest card, Comeaux says you’ll be positioning yourself for greater savings. Some decide to pay on their mortgage rather than their credit card debt, which also makes a lot of sense, Comeaux says. Another long-term way to invest your refund is to open an Individual Retirement Account. “If you already have an IRA, you could invest your money into the existing fund that you have.” If you decide against opening or expanding an IRA, consider other stock options. Although this is another test of patience – perhaps the ultimate test – stocks have been historically proven to produce returns, if you invest wisely under the tutelage of an expert and understand the implications of your investments. 26 www.thriveswla.com

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Rainy Day Fund

Pay Off Credit Cards

Car Tune Up

“If you are fortunate enough to not a great deal of debt, there are more practical options,” Comeaux says. “A very wise use of tax refund money is for non-covered health expenses. If you been putting off that annual physical, preventive screening, or elective procedure, this money can provide the means to invest in your health, which is always an excellent idea.” And if your car needs a tune-up, now might be a good time to take care of that with your refund. “Too often we wait until our car starts clunking before we take it into the shop, but preventative maintenance can save consumers a great deal money compared to repair costs,” says Comeaux. Putting money toward your car can also result in immediate payback, if you decide to sell it. There are other numerous ways that consumers can use their refund to its fullest potential. Some are practical and some are not-so-practical. It’s ultimately up to each individual to decide what to do with their refund money,” Comeaux says. “There’s certainly nothing wrong with doing something for yourself, but as you make plans for this money, keep your bigger financial picture in mind.”

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Welcome to your 30s, the years where you finally get to show off what you’ve learned and become the person you discovered in your 20s. These are the years when you stop crying over spilled milk, you’re comfortable in your own skin and you become a go-getter like you’ve never been before. You’ve learned to accept that life is life and you have the confidence and financial security to go with the flow. For the fourth year in a row, Thrive set out to find 13 individuals in the Lake Area who are making the most of their 30s and thriving. We are pleased to introduce you to this year’s class of 13 Thriving 30-Somethings.

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Stephanie Karpovs (37)

Walter Elliot once said, “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” For Stephanie Karpovs, her husband Anatole and their two young children Nikolai and Clara, truer words have never been spoken. In 2011 Stephanie, a speech-language pathologist, was involved in a severe car accident that left her with multiple injuries and unable to work or drive for a year. Not one to be set back, however, Stephanie looked at the positive side of things, the fact that she survived, and used her creativity to write a book for her daughter so she could process the accident. She continued to volunteer and lend help and encouragement to others where she could. While undergoing an intensive physical therapy routine and returning to work with preemies in the NICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, the Karpovs were handed another hurdle to overcome. Anatole, a local pediatrician, was diagnosed with cancer. Stephanie stayed by his side during their trips to Houston for chemotherapy and kept their house running smoothly. Her motivation to keep going came from a desire to model grace during adversity for her children. “I treat life as an adventure—what more will I learn,” she says. “How can I handle it best? Who can I make smile? I believe that I am here for the purpose of loving God and showing how His peace can transform.” Currently serving as the president of Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., Stephanie gives freely of her time to many community organizations. She served on the Chamber SWLA board, is a member of the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society Alliance and the Caring Ministry Team at her church, has served on the Dolby Elementary Student of the Year selection committee and is a community panelist for Family & Youth’s Civic Engagement Institute. She also shares her love of music by occasionally moonlighting as a wedding singer. She strives to give thanks to God and treat others with kindness and respect, a lesson she says was inspired by her mother, Donna Kestel, from a young age. “She has been my role model since childhood. She instilled a deep faith and spirit of volunteerism in me, and is the most generous person I know. “ For Stephanie, thriving means taking each day and doing something great with it. “It means being strong when challenges arise and finding the positive in each situation. Thriving is that idea of continuous improvement—putting one foot in front of the other—and making progress.”

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Money & Career Heather Hidalgo-LaFleur (37)

As one of the youngest marketing leaders in the CHRISTUS health system, which spans six states, Heather Hidalgo-LaFleur finds her motivation each day from the fact that she loves her job and the organization she works for. “I really feel like we’re there to better the community and I’m proud of our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” she says. In addition to handling marketing and communications for the hospital, she also manages the first workplace wellness program in the CHRISTUS health system, which includes more than 30 companies across Lake Charles and surrounding areas. Her leadership and contributions have helped the hospital earn National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award for best quality, reputation, doctors and nurses for five years in a row. Hidalgo-LaFleur’s personal definition of thriving plays a lot into the passion and energy she puts into her career and personal life. “Happiness has to be a part of thriving. If you’re not happy then the rest doesn’t really mean anything,” she adds. “Being the best person that you can be through work and your relationships or whatever you find most important is thriving.” In addition to her many responsibilities at the hospital, she also lends her time and talent to variety of community organizations and boards. She is a past vice-president of the Lake Charles Chapter of the American Advertising Federation and is involved with the American Heart Association and Calcasieu Parish Medical Society. She formerly served on the KID POWER of Southwest Louisiana and the Alzheimer’s Association boards. She and her husband Kevin enjoy spending their free time with their dog Doc and attending various community events like Live at the Lakefront, Downtown at Sundown and the Spring Art Walk just to name a few. To pull it all off, she is inspired by her parents who work hard and have strong moral compasses. Her husband’s support through everything she does is also an inspiration.

Janet Woolman (38)

Janet Woolman, executive director of economic development at McNeese State University and of the Louisiana Environmental Research Center, believes that innovation happens at the crossroads of the disciplines, and she links that belief to her personal definition of thriving. For her, it all boils down to having diversity in everything in which you are in engaged. “The richness that diversity brings to one’s life through friends from all walks of life and from other countries, travelling and experiencing other cultures changes one’s perspective,” she adds. “Taking risks and not allowing fear of the unknown to prohibit one from exploring different aspects of life is what it means to thrive.” Innovation is the name of the game for Woolman, who hopes to make Southwest Louisiana a better place through her work in developing the Innovation Center and managing the McNeese Student Incubator, both inside the SEED Center. “I hope to continue in a meaningful way, paving new paths, being a part of the transformation that higher education is currently undergoing,” she says. “It is my goal to lead innovation within the university and community while continuing to grow professionally and contribute back to our state and the broader academic community.” Motivated by public service, Woolman says she went into higher education with her sights set on service. “Collaborating to bridge the skills of the students, the expertise of the faculty and the resources of the community and businesses in the area to transform the local region is very important.” She adds that mentoring happens at all different levels and that her students teach her daily through their viewpoints to help her gain a better understanding of what is needed to make this area a hub for innovation in the region. Woolman credits the many professors who took an interest in her as a student for her inspiration to be the person she is. “Dr. Jeanne Dabavol is one that comes to mind. She took a chance on me and gave me opportunity. Margaret Thatcher is another person who inspires me. She broke the molds and led her country down a new road.”

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When Sofia Simancas left her family in Ecuador to attend college at McNeese State University 10 years ago, she knew there’d be challenges. A lengthy naturalization process, overcoming language barriers and having to miss her close-knit family were just a few struggles she’d face. Thanks to a positive outlook and a determined spirit, Simancas has overcome what life has thrown her way to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with. In her role as promotions director at Fox29 and the CW, she works closely with local fundraisers benefitting different causes, something she says is a passion. “I’m often looking for ways to reach out to different groups to help create awareness towards health, local arts, music and more. I am fortunate to work at a place where everyone supports this mentality.” In addition to organizing drives, contests and other fun events for the community, Simancas volunteers her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected and abused children in the area. “This is very rewarding for me. When I look around, I see a lot of pain and suffering from human beings whose voices sometimes can’t be heard. There is a lot to do in this community, for different causes, and dedicating a few hours each week or month could impact so many people without you even realizing it.” Knowing that she has the ability to be better today than she was yesterday is what gets her out of bed each morning. “It’s like every morning you get a second chance to accomplish, or maybe even rectify, what you didn’t accomplish the day before. You learn something new every day,” she adds. As for long-term plans, Simancas says she just puts it all in God’s hands. “Having a plan got a little overrated for me. I planned on returning home to Ecuador after I graduated from McNeese, but here I am 10 years later, so I guess it’s in God’s hands to determine where I will be in life. All I want is to be able to contribute somehow, everywhere I go. I want to leave this world knowing I at least tried to improve something or impacted someone’s life in a positive way.” She says thriving is all about seizing the opportunities to apply your abilities to become the best version of you through failure and success. “No matter what your occupation is, if you are able to impact someone’s life or your own in a positive way, you are thriving.”

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Money & Career Britney Glaser Felder (30)

Britney Glaser Felder has a big job. For many in Southwest Louisiana, her face is the first one they see when they turn on the television each morning. For this KPLC anchor/reporter, this isn’t a role she takes lightly. “I’m motivated to get out of bed each day by the fact that through my job, I have the ability to positively impact the community by helping people start their day off on a happy note,” says Felder. A Dry Creek native, she is passionate about the area she calls home and wants to help make Southwest Louisiana a better place. “I truly believe we can ‘have it all’ when we share our all. For me, that begins at home with my husband and carries over to my job, giving me the biggest platform to start a chain reaction of good in the community.” Felder has certainly garnered positive attention with her reporting. She’s won numerous state and national awards for her reporting. The Louisiana Associated Press has presented her with five awards and the Louisiana State Medical Society has given her two meritorious reporting awards. In 2013 she received the Michael E. DeBakey Award for Journalism from the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington D.C. for her series on alligator blood being tested as a new antibiotic. Her Healthcast stories have gained national attention, as many of them now air on NBC stations throughout the U.S. Even working odd hours she still finds time to help out with various community organizations such as the Ad & Press Club of Southwest Louisiana, Veteran’s Programs in Dry Creek and Lake Charles, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Dancing Classrooms Mad Hot Ballroom and many, many more. She says she’s inspired by her mother. “She always taught us to look at the needs of others and see what little things we could do to help. She would explain to us that our job is our mission field and that shaped what I do today.” For her, thriving means defining your own version of ‘success’ and always growing to achieve it.”

Sharmita Rideau (33)

It’s no secret that women tend to put their own health on the back burner. This is something Sharmita Rideau, fitness instructor and founder of the nonprofit L.I.F.E. FIT and program director of The K.I.S.S. Project, is trying to change. “One of my goals is to inspire women to always remember that their health is the most important factor in living life both naturally and spiritually, and raising a family,” says Rideau, the daughter of Cory and Robin Wright and mother of three boys, including a newborn. “I hope to touch many around the world through my personal testimony and ministry in fitness to help them understand they are not alone in this lifestyle of finding ways to live healthy along with all the other hats we wear as women.” A member of House of Prayer in Westlake, she is motivated to get out of bed each day by the breath of life that God has given her to see another day. “The fact that I am able to motivate someone else gives me motivation to wake up daily as well,” she adds. “I know that each day is a gift and I have the capability to help someone else understand that.” She is committed to numerous community projects, including being a partner with the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana and the Dare to be Healthy Challenge Grant. She is a healthy living speaker to many groups, including I am Gracious, Ladies of Transformation, Girlie Girls, T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) and many others. Sharmita finds inspiration to keep going thanks to her husband’s unwavering support. “We come from two very different lifestyles, but that has not stopped him from being my number one fan,” she says. “Every day, no matter how he feels, he provides for our family without complaint as I am pursuing my dreams. Kevin is always there for me throughout every tear and smile and encourages me to be better and do better. He is definitely the help mate God wanted me to have.” According to Sharmita, thriving means pushing, pursuing, pressing and persevering until you have reached a goal. “Once you have reached that goal, you repeat the four P’s again and attain another goal all the while staying humble, grateful and thankful for all and to all who have helped along the way.”

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THE INSTITUTE FOR NEUROPSYCHIATRY Welcomes Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

The physicians and staff of the Institute for Neuropsychiatry are proud to welcome Lisa A. Chavis, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, to our clinical staff. Originally from Lafayette, Lisa has over 20 years of healthcare experience, 15 of which are in the mental health field. Her credentials include: • Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in psychology/sociology from University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey College in Gulfport, Mississippi • Masters of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Louisiana at Lafayette • Served as Director of Geropsych Unit, Dauterive Hospital for 12 years • ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Lisa is now accepting new patients. Call 477-7091 for an appointment or to make a referral.

James Babin (35)

Meeting the challenges of a new day is what gets James Babin out of bed. A wife, two kids, a thriving business and multiple community commitments keep Babin, general manager for ASI Office Systems, busy. Inspired by his dad, a family man who built their business from the ground-up, Babin says he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps by running a successful company while being a good husband, a good father and an effective community leader. According to Babin, who graduated from McNeese with a BS in marketing and management, his passion for civic engagement took off when he joined Fusion Five, Southwest Louisiana’s young professionals organization under the Chamber SW. His involvement with the organization, which he now serves as the communications director and membership chair, changed the way he did business, and this shift propelled his business toward a greater success. The more Babin worked with Fusion Five, the more he was able to give back to his community while building business connections. Since then Babin has taken on numerous leadership roles in the community and dedicated countless hours toward programs and initiatives in hopes of making the area a better place to live, work, and visit. He serves on the Chamber SW’s Leadership Council, the Quality of Life Council, Fusion Five board of directors and is currently serving the Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana as it’s vice president. Heralded by his peers as someone who seeks ways to engage and develop young professionals across the region, Babin aims to help cultivate the area’s next generation of leaders. By creating development opportunities for new leaders in the region, Babin helps to ensure that the Lake Area is able to retain the young talent and skills that can positively affect the regional workforce and economy. All of this he does with his supportive family at his side, a sense of humor and a quick wit that’s hard to miss. Babin says for him, thriving is all about “being able to provide for your family while keeping your sanity.”

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George Cestia (35)

Emily Fenet Parker (33)

“By working smart and working together, we can all succeed in a spectacular way.” This is a phrase that Emily Fenet Parker can’t seem to get out of her head. It’s something she thinks about when it comes to her job as special events manager at L’Auberge Casino Resort, as well as her home life with her husband and two young sons. “My definition of thriving is about being happy, loving what you do and to cherish each and every moment,” Parker says. Finding inspiration from her parents and husband, who she says are always humble and hardworking, Emily finds herself motivated each day to excel and succeed in not only her professional career, but also her personal life. Describing herself as a “stay busy” type, she says she thrives on accomplishment and forward motion. When she’s not busy overseeing multi-million dollar budgets and creating exciting, memorable events for L’Auberge, Emily finds time to participate in Habitat for Humanity projects by volunteering for quarterly builds. She is also an active volunteer for Hobo Hotel and Boys Village. A graduate of the Southwest Louisiana Leadership program, Emily’s can-do attitude is hard to miss at area walks and fundraisers. She is also a member of the L’Auberge Community Relations Council, another venue that allows her to positively impact the community. She aims to continue working hard to drive herself to be the best version of herself that she can be. “Finding that balance between family and work is, and always will be, a challenge, but I love what I do, which makes things easier,” adds Parker.

For George Cestia, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, thriving means making steady progress towards a set goal. “We all thrive in our own way at our own pace.” Cestia, father to 18-month-old identical twin girls, aims to be a loving and supportive husband and father, a productive member of society and a successful business owner. Ultimately, he hopes to provide his family with life experiences greater than his own. Inspired by his parents, who he says are the perfect balance to each other, he tries to take the best of their traits to shape himself. “My mother is the nicest person I have ever met and my father is a great dad, devoted husband and just a lot of fun to be around. He always tried to set a good example for us in life.” He says both his parents encouraged him to live life to the fullest and this is something he has certainly worked to do. George donates his time to many community projects as he is a member and past president of the Lake Charles Rotary Club and was named the 2009 Rotarian of the Year. He is a board member and past president for Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles, a board member of the City of Lake Charles Zoning, Louisiana Golf Association, Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, Calcasieu Community Clinic and National Wild Turkey Federation. In 2012 he was honored with The Silver Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America. “I set daily, weekly and annual goals both personally and professionally and I work each day to achieve them,” Cestia concludes. “Each achievement or goal reached by definition means I thrived that day.”

Lyle Broussard (33)

Lyle Broussard knows his way around the kitchen. This hometown success story is the oldest of five who grew up with a passion for food and Louisiana culture as he helped his family build their restaurant. Today he is the room chef at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill inside L’Auberge Casino Resort. In his role he oversees the menu development and kitchen staff for one of the property’s busiest outlets. A recipient of the illustrious Pro Chef II certification and a member of the American Culinary Federation’s Southwest Louisiana chapter, being a chef is about more than cooking for Broussard, who says he’s always wanted to be a chef and hopes to motivate at least one person to find their passion for food and realize the viability of a career in culinary arts. “I try to make the most of each day,” says Broussard. “The earlier I’m up, the earlier I can get started in bringing a spotlight to Southwest Louisiana cuisine.” Even though he spends his days mentoring younger chefs, such as those graduating from SOWELA’s culinary arts program, he says he learns a lot each day too. “I am inspired to be a better chef and person by the people working under my lead. Being a leader means I have to set an example every day. Whether it’s in the way I dress, the way I carry myself or just the attitude I bring, people are counting on me.” Broussard says the key to thriving is to not set boundaries for yourself. “You can’t be afraid of failure in the kitchen or in life. I can plan a menu out and take some risks and it’s either going to be a failure or it’s going to be a hit. If it fails, we just look at why it did and learn from it. Life is the same. There will be setbacks, but you just have to keep racing towards your goals. If you stay true to yourself, you’ll be alright.” 34 www.thriveswla.com

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Chelsea Boudreaux (38)

Chelsea Boudreaux is excited to wake up each day and embrace the new opportunities headed her way. The cirector/owner of Yoga Center of Lake Charles, Boudreaux strives to live in the moment and be happy and healthy. In addition to being a business owner, she spends time giving back to her community through various service projects, including feeding the homeless and volunteering at the Women’s Shelter, participating in Earth celebrations, giving her time and talents to community meditation events, volunteering at local schools to teach yoga, breathing and meditation techniques, and was even part of local green group whose mission was to inform the public about how to recycle, reduce and reuse. “I find inspiration in every individual I meet, there are wonderful qualities in everyone,” Boudreaux says. “My mom is a great inspiration, helping to mold me, encourage me and guide me to be the person I’ve become. My wonderful husband also supports and loves me unconditionally.” For this mother of one daughter, Zoe, who also inspires her and teaches her something new each day, thriving is all about dedication. “You have to have the self-discipline to continue moving forward and the motivation in life, finding positivity and breathing through the rough times knowing there is going to be a fulfilling outcome.”

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Money & Career Christy Duhon (39)

A 1953 juke box led Christy Duhon, public information officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System, to her job. “I took a part-time job at the Moss Bluff branch five years ago because I wanted to earn some money to fix up my juke box,” says Duhon. “By the time I left at the end of my first day, I knew I’d found my purpose. The excitement of being able to help others on a daily basis is what gets me out of bed each day.” Even though she’s only been in her current role for a year, Duhon has jumped outside the box to market the 13 branches of the public library system. From bringing the Monster Truck Show in for a visit and having a presence at local events, to the much acclaimed Innovation Studio, Duhon aims to attract new patrons from all walks of life. “I want to keep truckin’ and spreading the word about the library,” Duhon adds. “I work for an institution that serves the public and I want to be its biggest cheerleader.” When asked who inspires her, Duhon quickly gives credit to her friends, as well as Library Director Dr. Gabriel Morley. “He wanted the library to have a new vision and encourages me on a daily basis to be myself. It means a lot that a person like me, with piercings and tattoos, is accepted and has the opportunity to get out and spread the word about the public library.” For Duhon, thriving means bringing enthusiasm to the table and being a good leader. She says being outspoken and inspiring people and motivating them to do well. “I want people to be excited about public services. I try and pay the kindness I receive forward by treating people, the library the way I’d want to be treated.

GotS pring Fever? Marcus Myers (31)

Hard work is something Marcus Myers, chief felony DWI prosecutor for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, is totally comfortable with. Growing up in a single-parent household, he joined the workforce part-time as a 15-year-old high school student and continued to work his way through law school as a law clerk for the Louisiana Senate Chief of Staff in Baton Rouge. For Marcus, thriving means doing more than what is expected of you under the circumstances. This is a definition he has taken to heart. After graduating from law school in 2009, he moved back home and became an assistant district attorney in April 2010. Just two years later he was promoted to misdemeanor section chief—the youngest section chief ever at the District Attorney’s office. This husband and father of a young son finds his motivation each day by thinking of what he can do to protect and help the people of Calcasieu Parish and the ambition to make his family proud. “I want to raise my son to become a thoughtful, respectful adult who understands what is means to be a good citizen and family man,” says Myers. In addition to his times spent in the courtroom, Myers teaches criminal law classes to the law enforcement cadets at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy. He has been a member of the Young Men’s Business Club, Women’s Shelter board of directors, Crimestoppers board and American Inns of Court. He only has to look to his mother, Kim, to find inspiration. “As a father, I now understand all that she has done for me while I was growing up and her commitment to raising me right despite many obstacles in the way.”

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! WCCH Receives CT Accreditation West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) and the Diagnostic Center of WCCH have been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Boardcertified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field award it only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation.

Mortgage Bank Assurance Financial Expands into SWLA

Louisiana-headquartered Assurance Financial Group has expanded into SWLA, opening a branch in the heart of Lake Charles at 748 Bayou Pines East Drive, Suite A. McNeese State University graduate, Jessica McBride, has been appointed Branch Manager of the new location. Jessica has already added two loan officers to her team: SWLA native Melissa Butter and newcomer Kristin Farlow. Assurance Financial is an independent mortgage lender, and handles the entire mortgage process in-house. For more information, call (337) 419-1885, or visit www.lendtheway.com.

Credit Union Celebrates Relocation of Lake Charles Branch To celebrate the relocation of its Lake Charles branch, Pelican State Credit Union gave its members an opportunity to grab some fast cash in a money booth. The credit union gave away $2,075 to 108 members. For more information, call (337) 474-2040.

United Way Celebrates Successful Campaign and Recognizes Volunteers United Way of Southwest Louisiana wrapped up another campaign season with the annual “Leaders & Legends” Meeting and Victory Celebration. United Way honored a number of individuals and companies who helped make 2013 a successful year. The big announcement of the day was that the 2013 campaign raised $4,125,757 and a 103.1% of the campaign goal of $4,000,000. For more information, call (337) 433-1088 or visit www.unitedwayswla.org.

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Lake Charles Charter Academy is planting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden, sponsored by L’Auberge Casino Resort, as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The Lake Charles Charter Academy Teaching Garden will use American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines as well as information from gardening and education experts.

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Welcome to Lake Charles: A Newcomer’s Guide

Lake Charles is a small, but vibrant city in Southwest Louisiana. Our city and the surrounding areas are full of things to do, see, and experience. The population of the Lake Charles metropolitan area is around 200,000 people, and it’s situated right on I-10 with easy access to both Houston and New Orleans. Locals agree that this gives them the option of visiting and experiencing big cities, while living in a place that retains its small-town feel. The downtown area is a cultural hub with live music and several museums. The Civic Center hosts national entertainment acts and Lake Charles has a four-year university, McNeese State University, as well as Sowela Technical Community College. Now, Sasol and several other companies are bringing economic expansion to the Lake Area, which will increase jobs and revenue in the city. Here’s a handy guide to what is going on, so newcomers can see all of the wonderful things that might bring someone to Lake Charles. And if you’ve lived here for a while, maybe this guide can serve as a reminder of all you can do in the Lake Area. If you are new, you definitely need to know about the Newcomers Club of the Lake Area. This group has been around since 1964 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! The Newcomers Club is not just for new people to the area. As their February-March newsletter says: “It’s a way to make true friends with people new to you. Our mission is to get you involved in our communities, whatever your interests. Don’t ever give up, just give back.” Of course, all new transplants to Lake Charles are welcome to join. The club hosts a variety of events each month and throughout the year, including a book club, a coffee group, a salon evening, a game night, monthly luncheons, and much more. Here

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are some other great options to help you best enjoy this city: If you enjoy the outdoors, Lake Charles has tons of options. The city has many parks where you can enjoy Louisiana’s warm and sunny weather. In particular, the newly renovated Bord du Lac Park and Marina is a wonderful place for a walk along the lake. There are picnic tables and areas to fish from. You can view the 9/11 Memorial, which includes beams from the World Trade Center. In addition, there is a gated playground with its own pirate ship and many places to climb around. Sam Houston Jones State Park is less than a 20-minute drive from downtown Lake Charles. The park is over 1,000 acres and features five hiking trails, twelve log cabins, and 78 camping sites. Visitors can fish or simply walk the trails and observe all the natural wildlife around them. Lake Charles is the fifth largest city in Louisiana and is known as the festival capital of the state, hosting more than seventy-five festivals each year including a crawfish festival, the Contraband Days Pirate Festival, Cajun Food and Music Festival, Marshland Festival, and the Arts & Crabs Festival. Every year, Banners at McNeese State University presents a cultural season with over twenty cultural events related to the arts and humanities. The season extends from March to May and includes events ranging from jazz music and foreign films to academic lectures and acrobatics. In addition to annual and reoccurring events, Lake Charles has a number of year-round cultural options for newcomers to experience. The Lake Charles Symphony played its first concert in 1958. Since then, it has become an integral part of the cultural events in Lake Charles. The symphony plays

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at the Rosa Heart Theatre in the Civic Center. Lake Charles’ museums are another wonderful cultural experience. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year. In Sulphur, the Henning Cultural Center features work from local artists as well as some traveling exhibits. The Children’s Museum provides hands-on fun and entertainment year-round with events and established exhibits. Lake Charles Little Theatre has been the established community theater since 1927, interrupted only by the 1929 stock market crash and World War II. Every year, the theatre puts on several productions and tickets are only $20 for adults. New residents of the Lake Area cannot miss the food and music scene either. Southwest Louisiana is known for its regional Cajun cuisine, which includes gumbo, boudin, jambalaya, and crawfish. Several restaurants around town serve up their own version of these favorite dishes. If you’ve never tried Louisiana crawfish, do yourself a favor and eat some this season. You might need a local to show you how it’s done, but it’s an experience you will not regret. As you settle into Lake Charles, you will find there is no shortage of things to do and see. Whether you want to relax with friends over drinks or spend some time outside or listen to any kind of music, you will always find entertainment in Lake Charles. With the growth and development on the horizon, more and more will be happening in the coming years.

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Here’s a list of handy websites and contact information around the Lake Charles Area. City Hall: www.cityoflakecharles.com 326 Pujo St, Lake Charles, LA (337) 491-1290

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Voter Registration: Angie Quienalty is the registrar of voters for Calcascieu Parish. Voter registration can be found in room 7. 1000 Ryan St. Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 721-4000 Lake Charles Vistitor’s Bureau: Your source for all types of events and attractions in the area, visitlakecharles.org. 1205 N Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 436-9588 Lake Charles Newcomer’s Club: www.lakecharlesnewcomers.org (337) 496-7490 Arts & Humanities Council: The Arts & Humanities council facilitates or helps to facilitate many of the cultural events around the city. artsandhumanitiesswla.org 809 Kirby St #202, Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 439-2787 The SWLA Entrepreneurial & Economic Development Center (SEED Center): An economic development center, which houses regional organizations. allianceswla.org/seed-center 4310 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70602 (337) 433-3632 A few other helpful links: Parks and Recreation: www.crt.state.la.us/ Calcasieu Parish Police Jury: www.cppj.net/ Upcoming Musical Events: A local website that keeps a list of all musical happenings around Lake Charles. www.thechucklive.com/ Banners: www.banners.org/ 337-475-5123 Central Library: calcasieulibrary.org/ 301 West Claude St., Lake Charles, La 70605 (337) 721-7116

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Spring for Pet Safety by Erin Kelly

Spring is a much-welcome visitor after a wayward winter, but the change of seasons can present new challenges in caring for your pet, according to Jae H. Chang, DVM, veterinarian with Farr Veterinary Hospital. He provides a run-down of the most common spring-time pet health concerns and tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy during this season. Bugs. Now that the weather’s warmer, flying bugs that bite will be out in force. Make sure to pick up a regular supply of repellant drops from your vet; overthe-counter flea drops and collars can be hazardous to your pet’s health. Also, make sure they are current on heartworm medications. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet. Allergies. It’s the sneezing season, and that doesn’t just apply to humans. Pets can sufer with seasonal allergies as well. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause minor sniffling and sneezing, and more severe reactions in some cases. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Easter Candy. The Easter holiday is usually accompanied by lots of different chocolate treats including solid chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate Easter eggs, and many more. With all this chocolate around please remember to keep these treats away from your pets. In addition to causing an upset stomach, chocolate contains caffeine and a toxin called theobromine. In dogs and cats, both caffeine and theobromine can cause high heart rates, high blood pressure, and, in some cases, seizures. If your pet gets into the Easter chocolate, it is recommended to have them checked out by a veterinarian. Fishing Tackle. You’re probably anxious to get out fishing, but remember to protect your pet in the process. Colorful and odorous

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lures tempt dogs and cats—but the lures usually dangle from barbed hooks, and the potential problems of that are obvious. Make sure your hooks and lures aren’t readily accessible to your pet. If your dog or cat happens to latch onto one of them, don’t pull it out yourself. Seek emergency vet care immediately. Pools. True, dogs usually know how to swim and love to be in the water, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them unattended around the pool. Always make sure your pool is enclosed and inaccessible when you’re not around. Spring Cleaning. Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ reach. Almost all

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commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. Home Improvement Projects. Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools.

Gardening. It’s time to let your garden grow, but beware, many popular springtime plants are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. And those fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides may keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Always store these poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. For more information, contact Farr Veterinary Hospital by calling (337) 474-1526 or visiting www.farrvet.com.

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Let’s Grow Indoors Spring Plant Care Tips

by Christine Fisher

The beauty of flowers and plants doesn’t need to stop in your garden or patio. Bring the feeling of spring and growth into your home with houseplants. Before you say that your thumb is anything but green, consider the wide variety of plants available. There are plants that will thrive in virtually any type of environment. The trick is matching the plant with your surroundings to foster a relationship that works for both of you. The staff with Greengate Garden Center are matchmakers, of sorts. “Once we know the lighting availability in a home, we can find a plant that will do well,” said Daniel Chimeno, general manager. “It’s important to match the plant to the light available so that the homeowner doesn’t get discouraged.” He said there are varieties of plants that are tolerant to different lighting conditions. The mother-in-law tongue, or snake plant, are among the toughest of all houseplants. They can withstand virtually any conditions, from dark to light. Also, a peace lily does well in low light so it’s a popular choice for many homeowners. Along with light, knowing how much to water a plant is another key for helping them thrive. A common mistake plant lovers make is to water

every plant on the same schedule. “Depending on the variety, one plant may do best with watering only once a month while another plant needs to be watered weekly,” said Chimeno. He said to check the plant information when you purchase the plant, or check online, for any care needs. “If you purchase from Greengate, we’ll make sure you have all the information you need so that you can enjoy your plant for years.” In addition to the aesthetic appeal of plants, they also offer health benefits. Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, while people take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. “People and plants work well in the same environment because they naturally benefit from each other,” Chimeno said. Part of a plant’s photosynthetic process is to release moisture vapor, adding humidity in the air around them. In fact, plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in; they’re natural humidifiers. Studies show that when several plants are in a room, they can raise the humidity level, which helps promote good respiratory health in

humans, as well as decreasing their incidence of dry skin, colds and sore throats. Plants remove toxins from the air, up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, every day, according to NASA research. VOC’s include substances like formaldehyde, found in rugs, vinyl and cigarette smoke, as well as benzene and trichloroethylene, found in man-made fibers, paint and inks. Whether you like plants as a boost to your home’s décor or to encourage good health, they meet needs on many levels. Adding them to your home will give you a cozy environment and help you breathe a little easier. For advice on plants, call Greengate Garden Center at 477.6080.

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Subtract Math Anxiety from Standardized Testing Season

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Math anxiety can easily undermine the hard work students have put in throughout the year, lowering their scores on standardized tests and jeopardizing their chances to take advanced classes or enroll in the schools of their choice. While a welldocumented phenomenon, it is preventable.

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Martha Dalton, owner of the Lake Charles Mathnasium franchise, explains that students can reduce anxiety by reviewing mistakes in homework assignments and practice exams and then group the errors into three categories, easily remembered as the “three C’s.” The Three C’s: • Concept: understanding the methods needed to solve specific problem types • Comprehension: determining exactly what the problem is asking of the student • Calculation: solving the problem correctly without errors or oversights “When faced with test questions for which they are not properly prepared for or have had trouble with in the past, students can become gripped with math anxiety. However, they can address the root cause by reviewing past assignments and practice tests. Often, the cause lies in difficulties with one or more of the three C’s: Concept, Comprehension, and Calculation. After identifying where

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exactly a student’s weaknesses lie, adults can help address them. This allows students to move on from anxiety and perform at the level of their true potential,” Dalton says. As a first step, parents, teachers or private instructors can sit down with students and look at the types of errors they’ve made in homework assignments, regular tests and practice exams. It’s a process that can be helpful anytime during the academic year, especially when students become anxious about math. It is particularly important when it’s time to start preparing for standardized tests. For concept challenges, ask students to break down a question into a series of meaningful parts, resolve each part and then put the parts back together. Have children struggling with both concept and comprehension read troublesome questions aloud. This will invoke different parts of the brain to help strengthen the mechanics of understanding. Another helpful approach is to ask students to reframe questions in their own words.

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To help students overcome calculation difficulties, Dalton suggests that beyond rote practice, which is more appropriate in this situation than the others, it’s crucial to make sure a child’s written work is neat and clear. “Neat penmanship makes a huge difference in kids’ ability to think clearly and follow their own good reasoning.” As the day of the test approaches, children should also take some common-sense steps that can be applied to all types of tests. First, avoid last-minute cramming by learning to pace yourself and structure a daily study plan. Make sure to eat a healthy, high-protein breakfast the morning of the exam. Then, in the testing room, stop and close your eyes. Take a moment to inhale deeply. When you exhale, open your eyes and envision the test with an “I can do” mindset. Studies have shown that math anxiety impacts up to half of all students in various ways. However, with the proper approach it can be effectively addressed and not be a permanent hindrance to performance.

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Lighten Up Your Home for Spring A few simple touches can go a long way in making your home ready for the arrival of spring.

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First, let in the natural light. Open the windows and swap dark blinds or drapes with wispy, sheer curtains. Find some simple valances to highlight windows in your house that especially let in the sun. If you’re feeling creative, buy some fabric and make your own! Is the entrance to your house weighed down with the trappings of winter—a large coat rack piled with coats, heavy-duty rugs for boots and winter shoes? Do yourself a favor and put those things in storage to clear the entry way for warm weather. Then add a floral wreath and a bright doormat. Changing the look and atmosphere of your home may only take a few quick changes and a trip to the nearest antique store. If your sofa or easy chair has a dark-colored slipcover, try a lighter replacement. Find some bright new throw pillows to adorn your living room. See if you can spice things up with a great find from the antique store, like a new lamp or piece of art. If there are heavier rugs in some rooms, experiment with replacing them with lighter ones such as sisal or colorful 48 www.thriveswla.com

braided rugs. A lively shower curtain will freshen up the bathroom and make it feel new again. Put away old hand towels with gray, navy or other winter tones, and replace them with pastels or bolder colors. Lay down a new bath rug to give the room a pop of color. If you’re looking to take on a larger project, now could be the perfect time to add an accent wall. Pick a bold color that draws out the subtle hues of the other walls and the furniture in the room. Choose a wall that doesn’t hit the eyes as soon as you walk into the room, and position it to reflect the natural light. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try a wallpapered accent wall. Finally, scatter hints of nature throughout your home. Add vases with fresh flowers or bowls of wheatgrass to tables. Find a small, soothing fountain for your entryway and place some river stones in it. Even something as simple as a spring-scented candle can bring life and warmth into your house after the long winter!

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Some PC Users will be Vulnerable After April 8

by Katie Harrington

About 500 million PC users will not be able to receive support and updates on their Windows-based operating system after April 8, which is the last day Microsoft will offer technical support for its Windows XP operating system. With Windows XP still running nearly 30 percent of all desktops, security experts worry that millions of Internet-connected computers will be vulnerable to hackers. “If you’re using Windows XP, this end of support doesn’t meant that your computer will stop working after April 8, it just means it will no longer be considered secure,” says Shawn Davis, co-owner of Southern Technologies. “The security updates that Microsoft will no longer be providing for this system patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware. These important updates also help keep user data safe so without these updates, a computer running XP after April 8 should not be considered secure.” Davis says there are solutions for those still using this operating system. If your current

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computer meets the software requirements, it’s possible that the solution is a simple as upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. “Windows XP is a product of software development that was completed in the late 1990s,” adds Davis. “This was long before cloud computing, Internet media, mobile devices and other advanced technologies that are now commonplace. The big fear is that without constant security updates, hackers could possibly find new holes to access these computers. Through these computers, they could then launch larger-scale attacks on even newer computers.” Just last year alone, Microsoft patched around 100 vulnerabilities in the Windows XP system.

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The home user still using a Windows XP computer is obviously at risk for having their personal data compromised, but perhaps more concerning is the number of small businesses still using computers with Windows XP. “Small businesses like doctor’s offices who are still using XP computers really need to take the time to upgrade their systems,” Davis says. “With medical records and everything else that is now stored and transferred electronically, it’s important that regular security updates are received and installed to protect patient data.” For more information, call Southern Technologies at (337) 474-3567 or visit www.southern-tech.net.

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It’s time to spring your well-dressed foot forward! When transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring, it’s all about lighter layers and brighter accessories. Ladies, ditch the kneehigh boots and step into a pair of wedge ankle boots. Pair these with lighter wash, distressed jeans or a classic pencil skirt. On top, layer a sheer blouse over a light camisole for a peek-a-boo effect. Men, spring is the time to bring out canvas pants, vintage style sneakers, and patterned button downs. Ladies, if you’re ready to wear shorts but the weather still has that nip in the air, find some cute knee socks and a pair of loafers or oxfords. Lace or patterned tights are also great way to keep warm while adding flair and personality to your outfit. A long skirt or a maxi dress is another option, and it can be fun and chic to add a funky belt to accentuate the waist. Transitioning to a spring wardrobe is a great excuse to expand your jacket collection. Men may go for a cotton safari jacket or a nylon field jacket for a sophisticated,

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everyday style. Women, try a summery sundress with a blazer for a casual, yet professional look. Either a mid-thigh or a cropped utility jacket is a practical and relaxed option with a pair of jeans. Maybe you’re feeling a little adventurous. Hit the town with a light leather jacket over a three-quarter sleeved dress and some closed-toe heels. Spring prints will make your outfits pop, and floral is in this season. Throw on an airy floral scarf and put the heavier pashminas back in the closet. Lighten your load by cleaning out your larger winter bag and transitioning to a colorful clutch or small saddle bag. For men and women alike, it’s time to dust off or invest in a new pair of flashy, patterned sunglasses or classic black shades. Just remember, let your personal style shine!

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Spring and summer accessories are going to be big, bold and colorful, according to Summer Landry, manager at Cato Fashions in north Lake Charles. “Peach and orange, mint green and a bold lime yellowgreen are the big colors this season,” she said. Other colors—lavender, coral, orange, soft blue, pink and yellow—will add interest to accessories. Metallic purses, belts and shoes will remain trendy. The black and white combination isn’t just for fall and winter, Landry said. Look for lots of black and white accessories in upcoming months. Belts are also a must-have accessory this spring, Landry said. “Skinny belts, big belts, colorful belts and blinged-out belts — belt everything and anything,” she said. In addition, after a years-long hiatus, gold is making a comeback everywhere— from buttons to buckles to jewelry. You will also see plenty of mixed metals. Colorful and multi-layered statement necklaces continue to be trendy. New to the scene are seed bead and pendant necklaces. It’s time to embrace insects — bees, butterflies, ladybugs

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and dragonflies— will swarm your accessories this season. Owls and foxes are also in vogue. Skulls and mustaches are not as fashionable this year, Landry said. Infinity scarves in lighter fabrics and pastels and bold colors will be all the rage in the coming months, she said. New to the scene this season, according to Landry, will be big, chain link bracelets and necklaces in both silver and gold. Crosses on earrings, necklaces, bracelets and belts will continue to be stylish. “Crosses are huge, especially sideways crosses on jewelry,” she said. The general consensus is that the sideways cross is not sacrilegious — it symbolizes the wearers’ awareness of their place in the world and how Jesus carried the cross. Also this season, it’s a good idea to stock up on lots of huge rings. They’re still in demand. “The chunkier and the bigger, the better,” Landry said. Other accessories to embrace this spring and summer: Jeweled headbands, head scarves, chandelier earrings, oversized sunglasses, glam baseball caps, visors, pins and brooches, skinny bangles and anything with fringe. Also stylish will be accessories made with nautical rope, bungee cord, straw, raffia, snakeskin, tortoise design, translucent materials, nail heads, studs and spikes, Accessories will also feature two-tone leather, stripes, geometrics, chevron patterns, mod flowers and ombre. The western look — steer heads, feathers and rawhide — coin designs, moon and star motifs and messages and slogans, i.e “Love,”“Friends Forever” will also be prominent.

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Think mules, wedges, pointy toes and lots of color when buying your spring and summer shoes, said Catina Coats and Whitney Guillory of Catina Couture in Lake Charles. “This spring, think of the three C’s — classy, colorful and creative details,” Catina said. The big news is that mules, or open-backed sandals and shoes, are back! “If you know you’ll be on your feet too long, mules are what you need,” Catina said. “They give more support around the arch of your foot, allowing you to feel more comfortable.” Also good for those long days on your feet, wedge-heeled sandals continue to be popular Catina said. “They’re still here,” she said. “We look forward to this time of year to show off our strappy and colorful wedges. They are such a go-to shoe, from a day of shopping to date night.” Making a pointed return after a brief hiatus are pointtoed heels and flats. “They went away for awhile, but are making a great, new come back. The new T-strap, pointy pumps are a must! Pair them with a boyfriend jean and a blazer for a more business look or put them with a skinny pant and blouse for a day out,” Catina said. And hello late 1990s — we have your chunky, white platform sneakers. But you can’t have them back — because they’re in again. “Don’t hide them in the back of your closet because they’re back! The wedged sneakers were a big hit this past fall season and will continue into spring. Pair them with boyfriend, cut-off blue jean shorts with a graphic tee for a relaxed, but trendy look around town. For a more flirty look, add a bold statement necklace and you are set,” Catina said. Overall, look for this season’s shoes to feature bold colors, patterns and textures. “It’s spring, a time for all the fun, bright colors and patterns,” she said. “Camel, or cognac, is still the go-to color. It is one that goes with any and everything.” Also, remember that shoes don’t have to match your outfit perfectly. “Don’t be afraid to add color or mix patterns,” she said. Beading on shoes and sandals is all the rage this season. “Detailed sandals are very popular and come in many different designs and fits,” she said. Catina Couture carries such shoe lines as Steve Madden, Jessica Simpson, Naughty Monkey, and Not Rated. The store is located at 2801 Ryan St., Suite 200. For information, call 433-5220.

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There’s nothing like a new season to have us searching for a new look, and make-up is a big part of that. Jennifer Lemons, licensed aesthetician and owner of Dermalogix Day Spa says this year’s spring make-up trends are fun and colorful. “There are many options to choose from among the new season’s options, from vibrant pops of color to minimal, softer looks.” She highlights some of the most popular trends for spring 2014:


One of the hottest looks this spring is bright coral or orange lipstick, rather than a traditional red. If you’re unsure about jumping into such a vivid color, work into it subtly. You can also try blending a hot red with an orange to produce a blended look that still creates that wonderful pop of color without being too orange. The absolute opposite of the bright orange trend is for those who seek a more neutral color palette. You can adopt this look by finding a lip color and a lip liner that most closely match your lip color. Contour your lips with the liner and gently shade in the full lips. Apply color on top to enhance staying power. Finish with a clear coat of gloss.


A simple swipe of bright blue eye shadow is still a trendy accent for eyes this year. If you choose to use this tip, be sure to keep the rest of your makeup application looking neutral so that your eyes will take center stage. Pastel palettes in soft blues, aquas and purples are also popular this year. Speaking of eyes, “cat eyes” are back in a big way. Runway models this year are sporting over-exaggerated winged black eyeliner which produces a dramatic, eye-catching look. Bold brows are back this year. White eyeliner is used to make eyes pop even more.

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Ditch the structured contour and highlight lines for spring 2014. It’s time for a softer, natural look, with just a little bronzer at the hollows of your cheeks, and even less around your hairline and jawline. Choose a bronzer that is the color of your skin when you have a natural tan – any darker and it will look muddy. Less is definitely more when it comes overall color.


A youthful, glowing face is still – and always – in style. Healthy skin begins with a well-balanced diet and the proper amount of daily hydration. Take care of your skin both inside and outside: be sure to drink plenty of water and always use gentle facial cleansers to keep your skin healthy. Oh, and never cheat by leaving your makeup on overnight. Remove your makeup every evening and rinse your face with clear water after using removers. Follow with a light moisturizer. “One key factor driving all make-up trends this year is the experimentation,” adds Lemons. “Try out different combinations of make-up and create your own unique look!” Dermalogix is a full-service day spa located in Oak Crossing on Nelson Road. Visit dermalogixspa.com for more information on skin, hair, make-up, nail and massage services.

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Memorial 3.0 Since 2007, Lake Charles Memorial Health System has invested over $59.4 million in system upgrades from technology to infrastructure to services. Over the next three years, Memorial has planned investments of over $55 million. That’s over $114 million of actual and planned investments because we are committed to building a better patient experience.

Memorial 2.0

2007 - 2013

√ Cancer Linear Accelerator Installation

Memorial 3.0

2014 - 2016

ER Expansion ICU Expansion

√ Surgery Center Upgrade

GI Center Expansion

√ GI Center Addition

Cancer Linear Accelerator Upgrade

√ Cath Lab Expansion/Upgrade

2nd MRI Addition

√ Sterile Processing Center Upgrade

Medical Office Building Nelson Road

√ ER/Fast Track Addition

Medical Office Building Moss Memorial Campus

√ Cafeteria Redesign √ Parking Expansion

PatientSecure Hand Recognition Admissions

√ Electronic Medical Records Installation √ Emergency Generators and HVAC Upgrades

Physician Dictation Voice Recognition System Nurse Call Portable Phones Electronic Patient Discharge System

√ Memorial Medical GroupSM Expansion - 62 physicians and counting... √ Reading Library Addition √ Rehabilitation Center Upgrade √ Switchboard Upgrade √ Portable Patient Lift Addition


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Allergies are in

Full Bloom by Kristy Armand

When it comes to allergy season, Louisiana doesn’t necessarily play by the rules. Although most people believe that springtime is the peak season for allergy symptoms, Louisiana residents are exposed nearly year-round to pollinating grasses and mold. According to the American Lung Association, allergy-causing pollens bloom in our backyards in virtually every season except winter. Louisianans suffer through ragweed from August to October, then tree pollens from April to June, and finally, allergy-causing grasses from May to September. When allergy-causing pollens aren’t blooming, we still have to deal with other allergy pests that flourish in Louisiana’s climate. Things like dust mites, mold, and cockroaches.

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But for many allergy sufferers, the arrival of spring signals the beginning of sneezing, sniffling, itchy eyes and more. “In the spring in this region, tree pollens are very high and trigger allergies in may people,” says Dr. Brad LeBert, ENT and Allergy Specialist with the ENT & Allergy Clinic. “Right now, grasses are just starting to release their pollens and will peak in the summer. Mold spores, animal dander, dust mites and cockroach allergens are present all year round, so while some individuals

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may suffer more in the spring, allergy season really is a year-round experience in our Southwest Louisiana.” Dr. LeBert says airborne pollens and mold spores are almost impossible to avoid. “Allergy sufferers can help control their symptoms by checking pollen and mold counts in the area. These counts can be found on several allergy Web sites, such as pollen.com. If you know pollen and mold counts are high, it might be a good idea to stay indoors

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and purchase a good air filter to reduce your exposure. For people very sensitive to airborne pollens, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect your skin when spending extended periods outdoors. You can reduce your exposure to dust mites but covering your mattress and pillow in a dust mite proof cover, vacuuming frequently, dehumidifying, and spraying dust mite killing agents on carpeting and furniture upholstered

inadequate ventilation. In warm climates, such as Louisiana, air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems can pull warmer air inside. It’s also crucial that homeowners have their HVAC systems maintained regularly. Dr. LeBert says for many people, avoidance won’t stop allergy symptoms. He says there are several categories of allergy medications: antihistamines, leukotriene inhibitors, steroid sprays, antihistamine sprays, and decongestants, along with eye drops containing antihistamines for those with severe eye itching and tearing. “Some overthe-counter medications work for some people, others may require stronger, prescription medication.” For people who fail to get significant relief with allergy medications, Dr. LeBert says allergy testing and desensitization therapy may be recommended. “The key is identifying the cause of your allergy and pinpointing the right treatment for you. If you suffer with allergies that are making you miserable and keeping you from enjoying your normal activities, you should see a qualified doctor for help in managing your allergy symptoms.”

For many allergy sufferers, the arrival of spring signals the beginning of sneezing, sniffling, itchy eyes and more. with fabric cloth. Having an exterminator periodically spray your home may help keep cockroaches out of your home. Lastly, if you have an allergy to an animal, try to keep your animal outdoors or at least out of your bedroom. Nasal rinses with saline are helpful in washing out allergic particles from your nose if you have had extended exposure to outside pollens and mold spores.” According to the Alliance for Healthy Homes, high indoor humidity can trigger mold growth. High humidity could be caused by poor construction or

For more information about allergy testing and treatment, call the ENT & Allergy Clinic at 312-8564.

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Smokers More Likely to Need Cataract Surgery by Erin Kelly

If you smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day, you have a 42 percent higher likelihood of needing cataract surgery in the future, according to recent research. “Smoking has long been linked to different types of ocular problems,” says ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon Jon Yokubaitis, MD, FACS, with The Eye Clinic. “This study further reiterates what we and other doctors tell our patients all the time: If you want to live a healthy and productive life, you need to quit smoking. Cigarettes affect every area of the body, and that includes the eyes.” Dr. Yokubaitis explains that a cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, which focuses light and produces clear images. “This lens is about the size and shape of an M&M candy and sits just behind the iris, or colored part of the eye. Inside the eye, the lens is contained in a sealed bag, or capsule. As cells die through the aging process, they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, more cells die and accumulate, causing the lens to cloud, and making images look blurred or fuzzy. For most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging. But, eye injuries, certain medications, medical conditions and environmental factors can also contribute to cataract formation. There 60 www.thriveswla.com

is no treatment for cataract, other than surgery. During cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed and replaced with a very soft plastic, foldable intraocular lens or IOL.” Swedish researchers found that the cataract risk associated with smoking falls after quitting cigarettes, but never quite reaches the lower levels of non-smokers. “Once you quit smoking, your cataract risk can fall to about 21 percent higher than people who have never smoked. Even though that’s still a higher risk, it’s a much better number than 42 percent,” Dr. Yokubaitis says. The higher the intensity of smoking, the longer it takes for that increased risk to decline. Even though the highest numbers were associated with people who smoked more than 15 cigarettes a day, even light smokers were at increased risk, “and this risk remains for years,” says Dr. Yokubaitis. Researchers found that smoking generates free radicals in the lens, which increases oxidative stress and reduces plasma concentration of antioxidants. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

“Basically, smoking compromises your eye’s ability to protect itself against ocular damage and disease, making it much easier for complications to develop,” says Dr. Yokubaitis. Cigarette smoke also contains toxic metal ions, and researchers reported that cadmium can accumulate in cataractous lenses of smokers. The cadmium may affect anti-oxidative lens enzymes, weakening the defense against oxidative damage and hastening cataract development. “Smoking has also been linked to higher rates of glaucoma, dry eye, and a number of other ocular conditions as well,” says Dr. Yokubaitis. “Just one more reason to quit smoking now,” he adds. For more information about cataract treatment, call The Eye Clinic nearest you, or 1-800-866-5223, or visit www.theeyeclinic.net.

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Choose orthopedic care that can help you get back in the game. Bone or joint injuries can affect your life anytime, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you love. The care you need is right here at home from the orthopedic specialists on the medical staff at Surgicare of Lake Charles. For over 38 years, the specialists on the Surgicare staff have been repairing achy knees, dislocated joints – even frozen shoulders – and helping Lake Area residents get back to doing the things they love. If you have a bone or joint injury that requires surgery, choose Surgicare of Lake Charles.

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Gynecological Cancers: What Women Need to Know There are five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancer. “Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs and symptoms, different risk factors and different prevention strategies,” says Dr. Matthew Scroggs, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist with the Memorial Medical Group. “All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age, but when found early, treatment is most effective.” Being aware of your family’s history can help determine if you are more susceptible to cancer. Lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise can also have a significant role in the prevention.

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Cervical Cancer Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of death by cancer in women. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Women do not typically display any symptoms, such as abnormal bleeding or discharge, until the cells have turned into cancer and enter the deepest parts of the cervix or other pelvic organs. Cervical cancer can be prevented by regular screenings and vaccination against HPV. Also, routine Pap tests are critical to early detection.

Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer has often been called the “silent killer” because there is no reliable screening test. By the time the patient comes to the doctor with symptoms of bloating or abdominal pain, it is typically in an advanced stage. Ovarian cancer is rare, but comes with a high mortality rate.

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The symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, such as pelvic pain, urinary problems and bloating, are common of other conditions; however, women with ovarian cancer say these symptoms were persistent, started suddenly, and were an abrupt break from their normal menstruative or digestive patterns.

Uterine/Endometrial Cancer Uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer, is the most common type of gynecologic

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A Healthy Addition West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is pleased to announce that Lacey Cavanaugh, MD, family medicine physician, is now at our Vinton Medical Clinic, seeing patients Tuesdays through Thursdays. cancer. Some risk factors for uterine/endometrial cancer include the use of estrogen without progesterone, diabetes, hypertension, tamoxifen use and later age menopause.

Dr. Cavanaugh joins our Vinton medical team providing exceptional

“One of the most common risk factors for developing uterine/endometrial cancer is obesity,” Dr. Scroggs says. “Women who are obese have higher circulating levels of estrogen, which increases their risk for this type of cancer.”

To schedule an appointment, please call (337) 589-5951.

care for your family. It’s one more example of our commitment to your family’s good health.

Same day appointments are available.

Vaginal Cancer Vaginal cancer is one of the rarest forms of gynecologic cancers usually affecting women between 50 to 70 years old. It, too, is associated with HPV. Typically symptoms of abnormal bleeding or discharge do not show until the cancer is more advanced.

Vulvar Cancer Vulvar cancer is a rare, abnormal growth on the external female genitalia, typically occurring in elderly women. Symptoms of red, pink or white bumps do occur, along with itching and burning. Fortunately, vulvar cancer is very curable when it is detected at an early stage. Protection against infection from HPV can reduce the risk of vulvar cancer. Also, examination of the vulva for changes by women at home or by their gynecologist can lead to early detection. Although many of the symptoms associated with gynecologic cancers may seem common and often times are due to other causes, it is important to be in tune with your body and pay attention to any changes. “All women need an annual exam and cervical screening after age 21,” Dr. Scroggs says. “Recent guidelines include periodic Pap tests. The frequency at which these tests are done depends upon age and personal history.”

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Tackling Athletic Performance from the Ground Up

by Kristy Armand

When you consider the active and exhausting life of an athlete, it’s hard to imagine a part of the body that endures more hardship than the feet. Whether it’s football, track, soccer, basketball, softball, tennis or any other sport, the feet provide the foundation for every type of athletic activity. As track star at St. Louis High School, Kaitlyn Tunks counted on her feet to take her to a championship, and possibly – hopefully – a college scholarship and the Olympics some day. “Running is more than a sport to me – it’s become part of who I am. You’re competing against other people, but you’re also competing with yourself, and constantly pushing to excel and outperform your last, best time. I just love to run.” But two years ago when Katilyn, then a sophomore, began having pain in her arches and legs, she worried that her running career might be over before it really even began. “It started out as an ache, but got a lot worse. I had shooting pain down my shins and my arches were really tight and painful. It definitely affected my performance and I was really worried about how – or if – I’d be able to get past it.” She saw Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist at the Center for Orthopaedics and team doctor for McNeese Athletics. “Kaitlyn’s problems were not unusual at all for a runner, or really for any elite athlete who trains and competes at that upper level,” says Dr. Green. “We see these type of lower extremity overuse injuries in our offices all the time. The athletes typically assume their problems originate from overuse, poor form or

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excessive training, and while these may all be part of the cause, there’s usually a bigger, underlying problem with a critical piece of their sports equipment. They are really surprised when I explain that the equipment I’m referring to is their athletic shoe, and even more specifically, the inside of it.” Dr. Green explains that shoe manufacturers skimp on the inside of the shoe to boost the features and aesthetics of the outside of the shoe. “Let’s face it, most people buy a shoe based on what they can see and feel on the outside, so it’s really not that surprising to find that even the most expensive, higher-end sports shoes have inadequate support on the inside. In fact, that’s why the insole of most shoes slides right out, making it easy to replace with an orthotic insert of your own choosing.” A custom orthotic insert is what Dr. Green recommended for Kaitlyn. “Kaitlyn was exhibiting classic overuse injury symptoms, primarily shin splints, that occur very often in runners. There can be the result of overtraining, biomechanical problems, stance, pattern of running, surface and other factors, but all of these contribution factors can often be corrected with the right orthotic insert.” He says pre-fabricated inserts are available, but recommends purchasing these from a qualified provider to ensure that you are getting a quality product that can handle the demands an athlete will put on it. “For someone without any problems who just wants extra support and added injury prevention, a good quality, pre-fab insert may meet their needs. However, for extremely active athletes and those involved in higher levels Thrive Magazine for Better Living

of competitive sports, a custom insert is often a smarter option. These offer much more benefits for both injury prevention and performance enhancement.” Every person’s foot is different, and every athlete plays different positions and approaches their play in different ways, explains Dr. Green. “A golfer places different demands on their foot than a tennis player or distance runner; a wide receiver for a football team will have different needs than a defensive back. All these factors play a role in creating the most effective insert possible. We make a custom cast of each foot and include details about the athlete’s sport, their specific position and level of play. This information is used to manufacture their custom insert. Once we receive it, my staff and I evaluate the fit and make adjustments as needed, right here in our office.” In addition to stabilizing and cushioning the foot, custom inserts have been shown to increase muscle efficiency and decrease pain associated with common athletic foot movements, like quick starts and stops or landing on uneven surfaces, according to Dr. Green. “When individualized needs are worked into the customized product, the foot is controlled, guided and limited in ways that work best at preventing injury and increasing performance. Consider Kaitlyn’s shin splints as a specific example. The arch of the foot plays a role in triggering this painful condition. When the arch is controlled in an effective way, the risk of developing shin splints decreases.”

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Dr. Green and his team have been working with McNeese athletics, providing custom inserts for the football team this past season. “We had had a lot of lower extremity injures over the prior seasons , 2010 – 2012, and I asked the Center for Orthopaedics’ doctors for their help in reducing these types of injuries,” said MSU Head Football Coach Matt Viator. “Dr. Green suggested doing custom inserts for all the players.. The entire process was way more detailed than I expected. They came to our training camp last summer and looked at foot-toground contact, breaking broke down the movements of positions, and even how individual players moved in those positions. They made casts of each players foot, created their custom inserts and fit them themselves, monitoring the players’ performance throughout the season. Not only did we have a dramatic reduction in injuries for the 2013 season, we also noticed increased speed and agility.” Kaitlyn reports similar dramatic results. “After I got my inserts, my arch and leg pain went away pretty

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quickly, and my times improved a lot,” she said. Just how much did her time improve? Last year, as a junior, Kaitlyn was the state outdoor champion in the 800, and the runner up for the 400. She’s already signed a letter of intent for track with Northwestern Louisiana University and she is more committed than ever to making her dream of competing in the Olympics a reality. “This is just another way to protect yourself and step up your athletic performance,” Dr. Green says. “In my opinion, you should be as safe as possible in sports, and always protect one of your most important assets— your feet.” Learn more about orthotic inserts for athletes from Dr. Green at a free community seminar on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 pm in the Center for Orthopaedics’ Lake Charles office. Call (337) 721-2903 to register or register online at www.centerforortho.com.

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Protecting Your Skin from the Wear and Tear of the Sun

by Katie Harrington

After a long, dreary winter, it’s nice to know that warmer days are finally here. The sunshine relaxes us and boosts our spirits, but these benefits come with a dangerous trade-off. Annually, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States, with 90 percent caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. “Most of the skin damage we associate with aging— wrinkles, sagging, leathering and discoloration—is actually UV ray-related,” says Dr. Lee Miller, a board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon with Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana. “This damage is cumulative, so it’s important to be smart about sun exposure.” Dr. Miller encourages patients to seek shade, especially from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. “The sun’s rays are the strongest during this time of the day. If you’re outside, try and stay under a pavilion, in the shade of a leafy tree, or a sun umbrella. If you can, go out in the early morning or late afternoon sun instead.” Everyone has made the mistake of getting sunburned at least once in their life. What may seem like a minor, temporary irritation is actually more dangerous than you think. “Even a single burn increases the chance of developing

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melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer,” Dr. Miller adds. “Suffering five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk. It’s important to avoid spending long periods of time in the sun and when you feel or see yourself turning red, take cover.” In addition, short periods of time in the sun are cumulative, increasing one’s risk for skin cancers later in life. This is why daily sun protection is so important. Many venture into a tanning bed to darken their skin, but Dr. Miller says a tan is never safe whether you get it poolside or in a salon. “The new high-pressure sun lamps found in many tanning salons actually emits UV rays in doses as much as 12 times as that of the sun. People using tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.” Even the occasional use of a tanning bed almost triples the chances of developing melanoma. If you have to be outside, it’s best to cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking

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sunglasses. “Clothing can be the most effective form of sun protection,” adds Dr. Miller. “Densely woven and bright-or-dark-colored fabrics provide a great level of protection from harmful rays. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block 99-100 percent of the sun’s UV rays.” Wrap-around sunglasses not only protect the eyes and surrounding skin, but it also helps prevent serious conditions such as cataracts and melanomas of the eye and eyelid. Choosing the right sunscreen is essential to protecting your skin. “For daily use, a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher is a good idea.” Dr. Miller says. “The SPF measures how long the skin can be exposed to the sun’s shortwave, UVB rays, before burning compared to how long it takes to burn without protection.” For more extended periods in the sun, try to use at least SPF50 for the face and 30 for the body. For those with sensitive skin, try a physical blocking sunscreen (those that contain the active ingredients Zinc oxide or Titanium Dioxide). “Keep in mind the SPF only

measures UVB protection,” adds Dr. Miller. “You also need protection from UVA rays as new research shows these rays penetrate deeper. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.” As for how to apply it and how often to reapply it, Dr. Miller offers this advice. “The most common mistakes people make are not applying enough and forgetting to reapply. Apply one ounce (two tablespoons) to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply it every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.” It’s critical to keep infants out of direct sunlight, as their skin possesses little melanin, the pigment that gives color to the skin, hair and eyes and provides some sun protection. “Sun burns for babies and toddlers can be especially dangerous,” concludes Dr. Miller. “A bad burn can potentially lead to dehydration and heat stroke.” For more information, call the Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 433-7272 or visit www.dermswla.com.

Meet the Newest Member of our Physician Team

Enrique A. Mendez, MD, FACP, FACR Rheumatologist

Enrique A. Mendez, MD, FACP, FACR, has joined the Imperial Health Physician Team. Mendez, who has practiced medicine in the Lake Area since 2001, specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematous and a wide range of other rheumatology related disorders. Dr. Mendez earned a medical degree from Universidad Salvadoreina Alberto Masferrer (USAM) in El Salvador, then traveled state-side to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Vernon Hospital, an affiliate of the New York Medical College in Mount Vernon, New York. Dr. Mendez also completed a rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Mendez is also a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the state and local medical societies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (337) 312-8619.


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Mark Your Calendar! Trey Killian Pay It Forward 5K Scheduled The Trey Killian Pay it Forward 5k will be held on April 5 at Heritage Pavilion in Sulphur. This year’s event is a fundraiser for Sissy Armer, a teacher’s aide at Sulphur High School, battling Mixed Malignant Mullerian tumor, a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer and Ashton Louviere, a 3 year boy with Stage 3 Wilms Tumor, a type of kidney cancer. For more information and how to register, call Sandee Killian at 337-853-9442.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Hosts Annual Zippity Zoo Fest 2014 BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host its annual Zippity Zoo Fest on April 5-6. Marking the anniversary of the Zoo’s Easter Sunday opening in 1970, Zippity Zoo Fest also kicks off the beginning of spring at the Zoo. Activities at Zippity Zoo Fest will include the Children’s Village, face painting, feature keeper and horticulture chats, the Safari Snapshot photo booth, Ed-Zoo-Cation station, live entertainment stage and special guests from across the region. For more information, visit www.brzoo.org.

until May 3 at the Art Associates’ Gallery in Central School, 809 Kirby St., with a closing reception, May 2, 5-8:00pm. For more information, call (337) 4392787 or visit www.artassociates.org.

Pop Up Galleries and Art Battles at Spring Art Walk Downtown Lake Charles will celebrate Southwest Louisiana’s wide and vibrant spectrum of visual arts during the Arts Council of SWLA’s annual Spring Art Walk on April 25 from 5– 9pm. This free event focuses on artist exposure by concentrating the region’s talent into a few square blocks within the Charleston Cultural District. For more information, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-2787.

Tour LaFitte Bike Ride Scheduled Moss Bluff United Methodist Church and KPLC-TV along with other local organizations will once again be hosting the Tour LaFitte cycling event in support of Louisiana Special Olympics. The ride will be held on May 3rd. The ride will start and end at the Lake Charles Civic Center. All routes start at 7:30 am. For more information, visit www.tourlafitte.com.

Empire of the Seed Presents An Evening With MusicMakers Empire of the Seed will present An Evening With MusicMakers, featuring pop and classical music along with jazz and classical ballet at 6pm on May 4. A reception and silent auction will precede the performance and guests will enjoy a light buffet of appetizers and wine as they view the auction items and place their bids. For more information or advance ticket sales, contact Eva LeBlanc at (337) 244-9314.

Spring Garage Sale Scheduled to Benefit Hobo Hotel Hobo Hotel for Cats is holding a huge spring garage sale, which will help fund the ongoing rescue work for homeless cats and kittens in the Lake Area. The garage sale will be held April 5 from 7:30am12:00pm at 1801 Common Street in Lake Charles. For more information about Hobo Hotel or to volunteer or adopt a pet, contact the adoption center at (337) 439-2428.

NAMIWalks, Changing Minds and Improving Lives On April 26, NAMI Southwest Louisiana, a United Way agency, will host the 12th NAMIWalk at 7:00am at the Lake Charles Amphitheatre. The funds from the event support NAMI SWLA’s mission of providing education, advocacy, and support to those affected by mental illness. To participate in the WALK as a walker or sponsor, contact NAMI SWLA office at (337) 433-0219 or visit www.namiswla.com

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Exhibit Opens with Friends’ Shared Inspirations The Art Associates of Lake Charles will host an art exhibit of works by local artists, Sue Zimmermann and Corene Soileau, opening April 15 and running

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39th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes Scheduled The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society announces its 39th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes for April 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. Themed “Beautiful Bones: Historic Preservation in Action,” the tour will feature six distinctive homes located in and near the Charpentier District. The homes will display a variety of architectural styles from the turn of the 20th century. “The houses on tour display a variety of architectural design and exquisite interiors, and each offers a glimpse of contemporary living in historic properties. The annual Tour of Homes is a much anticipated community event and design resource,” said Trent Gremillion, 2014 tour co-chair. “The Tour will also offer patrons a souvenir program with historic images and information about the Charpentier District.” Homes on tour include the Rhoden home (1112 Hodges), the Shreve home (518 Clarence), the Moreno home (633 Cleveland), the Schindler home (912 Pujo), the Cash home (1030 Pujo), and the Bourge home (1025 Kirby). Event patrons are asked not to wear spiked heels, as they can damage the hardwood floors. The event is open to the public. Tour of Homes ticket sales are available online at www. calcasieupreservation.org. Pre-sale Tour tickets are available for $10 (by cash or check) from Gordon’s Drugs and the Arts and Humanities Council at Historic Central School. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event, if still available, for $15. A separate Traditional Sunday Brunch will be available by reservation with Pujo Street Cafe between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Brunch reservations should be arranged by calling (337) 439-2054. April 2014

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St. Jude 5K Walk and Fun Run Scheduled A Steps for St. Jude 5K Walk and Fun Run will be held at 8am on April 12 at the McNeese State University Quad to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This event – “Rockin for a Cure” - is sponsored by the McNeese student chapter of Up ‘til Dawn. To register, visit www. tinyurl.com/MSUSTEPS14 or send an email to mcneeseutd@gmail.com.

Thomas Named Keynote Speaker Dr. Chris Thomas, director of campus life at McNeese, was the keynote speaker for the Spring Northeast Regional Conference of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities in Hershey, Chris Thomas Pa. He discussed the “Five Columns of Promotion” from institutional understanding and awareness through professional cultivation and promotion.

Basone Received Doctorate in Education

Ginger Brown Basone

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Ginger Brown Basone, assistant professor of nursing at McNeese, received her doctorate in education in January of 2014 from Walden University. Her dissertation is titled

“Effects of Teaching Critical Thinking Within an Integrated Nursing Curriculum.”

McNeese Professor Publishes Book Dr. Jacob Blevins, professor of English at McNeese State University, has released a new book titled, “Humanism and Classical Crisis,” published by Ohio State University Press. The book explores Jacob Blevins the psychological implications of classical imitation during the Renaissance. Although many previous scholars have acknowledged the tremendous debt owed to classical literature and culture by Renaissance thinkers, this book grounds such influence in a more elemental psychological crisis of identity formation, according to Blevins.

Kelley Has Work Selected for Annual Exhibition Heather Ryan Kelley, professor of visual arts at McNeese State University, had work selected for the 29th Annual Positive Negative National Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Eastern Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries. Kelley had an artists book included in the “Positive Negative 29: Pages” display at Slocumb Galleries. The piece titled “doublin their mumper all the time” is a maze book from her studies of “Finnegans Wake.”

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Drum Majors Selected for 2014 Band The drum majors for the 2014 Pride of McNeese Cowboy Marching Band have been selected. They are: Matthew Duplantis, a junior music education major from Houma; Lena Perry, junior music education major from Orange, Texas; and Austin Vallot, junior music education major from Erath. These students completed an audition process, which included votes by their peers, conducting the band and interviews.

Sasol Donation to McNeese College of Engineering Sasol donated $15,000 through the McNeese State University Foundation to the McNeese College of Engineering for its endowment campaign.

L to R: Patricia Prebula, president-elect of the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors, Paul Hippman, manager, Sasol, Lake Charles Chemical Complex, and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, engineering dean.

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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

Gray Is My Favorite Color! “But Keri,” you say, “There are so many beautiful colors in the world! Gray? Gray is the color you’re choosing as your favorite? What about powerful blue, festive orange, or bold red?!” Nope, I’m sticking with gray. I was talking with a friend recently as she complained about a co-worker. This co- worker was very hard on her secretary–almost expecting perfection from a young, inexperienced person who was not being paid very much. My friend thought the secretary was actually doing a pretty good job, all things considered. The co-worker was ready to fire the secretary, without regard for the learning curve and effort the secretary had put in. “She just isn’t looking at the big picture,” complained my friend. “Your co-worker is young, isn’t she?” I asked. “Yes, she’s in her early 30s,” my friend answered. Ah, to be young again! Back in my 20s and early 30s, life was so simple. The world was black and white–good and evil. The rules were the rules–and they were to be followed at all costs. No need to bend. No need for flexibility. No need to take anything into account. As I matured personally and as a therapist, I began to realize just how gray the world is. Very rarely are things black and white. I learned this lesson when I was in graduate school. My internship involved working with the perpetrators of domestic violence. I was disgusted–I had to provide therapy to people who used violence to get their way? These people were animals and didn’t deserve my time or talent (don’t ask me WHY I thought I had even an ounce of talent at the time!). And then I got to know them. As part of their

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therapy, they shared their childhood stories. Childhoods filled with beatings from parents and watching parents beat on each other. Very often my clients were not beating their partners nearly as much as they themselves had been beaten. All in all, they thought they were doing better. And, as I learned their histories, I realized they were doing better. They really did handle their anger better than those who had gone before them. These “animals” didn’t want to be this way. There was so much shame and humiliation connected to the violence. They honestly didn’t know a different way to deal with situations, and for the most part they were open to learning healthier ways of responding. I never dreamed I would have anything but contempt for these batterers. But I got to know them as people–their histories, and their feelings. I can’t tell you how many tears were shed and hugs were shared by us all during the course of treatment.

Are you carrying around some guilt about a choice you made earlier in life? Sure, now it’s easy to look back and see that maybe it wasn’t the best decision. But, honestly, at the time–didn’t you do the best you could with what you had? Quit being so hard on yourselfput the situation in “gray” perspective (based on your age, knowledge and life circumstances), learn from it and move on. At this point in my life, I feel sorry for the “black and white” people of the world. I think of the people who are struggling with accepting the very things they have viewed as “evil” all their lives –racial issues, sexuality issues, etc. It’s easy to be “black and white” until someone you love does the very thing you are so against. I’m just so glad that it’s not my job to judge people. My job is to love people, meet them where they are, and help them get where they want to go. Come along–we’ll be traveling in my gray car!

Today as I work with clients, I try to help them see how gray life is. Hate your parents? Feel like they screwed you up? Why didn’t they protect you better, love you more, spend more time with you? Typically I agree that things should have been different, and it would have been better if they had been different. But spending time being angry, bitter and resentful is only hurting you. Why not try taking a look at the bigger, grayer picture? What were your parents’ childhoods like? What events shaped their world view? Most people I know do the best they can. They don’t intentionally try to mess up their children. And usually they do a better job than their parents did. Remember, when you know better, you do better.

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