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In a perfect world, breast cancer would not exist.

In a better world, women with breast cancer would need fewer treatments and receive more effective radiation.

In our world, CHRISTUS St. Patrick is bringing this state-of-the-art treatment to women every day.



If you or a loved one is diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, call the Regional Cancer Center at (337) 431-7916 and ask about Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation.

The Regional Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Patrick proudly introduces Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Our team is the ONLY one in the region offering this technology, allowing our mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, friends to stay in the comfort of their own community while receiving treatment.

David Chang, M.D., M.S. – Radiation Oncologist A 2008 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, Dr. Chang completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in radiation oncology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes external beam radiation therapy to breast, prostate, lung, head, neck, and skin sites, as well as HDR brachytherapy.

Mohammad Y. Khan, M.D. – Internal Medicine & Medical Oncologist Before returning to Lake Charles in 2010, Dr. Khan practiced hematology and oncology in Houston. He served as the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at the University of Texas and was also the head of the Neurological Oncology, Head and Neck Cancer and Thoracic Oncology divisions for UT Medical School at Houston.

• Decreases the number of radiation treatments from 33 to 5 • Shortens treatment time from 4-6 weeks to 5 days

Michele Hurley, RN – Oncology Nurse Navigator Michele Hurley, RN, CHPN, received her associate’s degree in nursing from McNeese State University in 2002. Certified in Hospice and Palliative Nursing, she launched CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s palliative care program and most recently served as Director of Nursing for CHRISTUS Hospice and Palliative Care.

• Reduces treatment area, minimizing side effects

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0 Who’s News 2 30 Business Buzz 36 First Person with Karl Bruchaus 53 By the Numbers 68 Happenings 69 McNeese Corral 70 Solutions for Life!

6 Kickin’ It Up a Nottch: Grilling Goes Gourmet 9 Eat Healthy Brings Healthy Local Restaurant Options 10 Let’s Talk Sushi laces & Faces P 14 Embark on a Last Minute Summer Adventure 17 For the Love of Music and Teaching Money & Career 22 Cover Story:

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Kickin’ it up a Notch:

Grilling Goes If there’s one thing Southwest Louisianans know, it’s hunting, fishing and good food. Okay, so that’s more than one thing, but all three are intricately linked to provide some of the best meals you’ll ever eat. While fish fries, seafood boils and stovetop creations like etoufee and courtbouillon may be mainstream, people around these parts are no strangers to throwing their catch on the grill. 6 www.thriveswla.com

Crave, a local store offering gourmet baskets, fine olive oils, balsamics and more, has upped the ante when it comes to heating up the grill. As famed chef Emeril Lagasse would say, they’re kickin’ it up a notch with new gourmet grilling products. “Since opening Crave near the end of last year, we’ve put a lot of effort into bringing unique products to the area and listening to what our customers tell us they want more of,” said store co-owner Fran Avery. “Our new grilling products offer those who love to grill a way to take something that was already great and make it even better.”


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Another great way to step up your grilling game is by checking out the SaltWorks pink salt slabs. “The slabs have no additives or chemicals, but add a natural flavor to meals that won’t overwhelm your taste buds,” Avery commented. “Basically you heat the slab to a high temperature and then you can sear thinly sliced meats, fish, vegetables, seafood and other quick-cooking foods right on them.” The slabs can also be chilled to serve sushi, appetizers, cold meats and cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, and even cold desserts. “The slabs are harvested from within the ancient Himalayan mountain range of Pakistan where they have

The end result of a grilling adventure is only as great as the cookware that you start with. “Gourmet Grillware by Winston Armetale is the perfect cookware for the grilling enthusiast,” Avery aid. “These great pots and pans allow you to cook and serve meals in the same piece, something that saves you time and keeps those slip-through-the-grates-foods safe on the grill.” Gourmet Grillware contains a non-toxic, aluminumbased alloy in the metal to make hot foods stay hot longer. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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remained protected from pollution and impurities,” Avery added. “The salt is mined as large, meteor-like boulders and cut down to slabs, blocks, bricks and more. They are considered ‘Gourmet Food Grade’ and offer a unique way to cook and serve from one dish.”

Seasonings and Sauces Once you’ve got the perfect cookware selected, it’s time to prep your ingredients. Dry rubs, marinades and barbecue sauces add flavor and excitement to your dishes. “There are some unique dry rubs out there that can add a little something extra to the flavor of your meal,” said Melanie McMullen, Crave co-owner. “Road Kill Grill Seasonings are a little on the spicy side, but they add a delicious, smoked flavor to meat.” If you’re looking to enhance the taste of your catch of the day, Fish-Tail Seasonings are the perfect solution; for poultry, consider Beer Can Chicken Rub. Crave also offers several lines of natural organic seasonings. If a marinade is more your style, fresh, extra virgin olive oil and balsamics, mixed or alone, make a great marinade. McMullen says they both tenderize meat and infuse any grilled dish with fresh flavor. Crave has over 40 varietels of olive oil and balsamics on tap to choose from, and the flavors you mix and match depend on your individual taste and what you are cooking. “We encourage people to experiment, but the general rule for a mixed marinade ratio is 1/3 balsamic to 2/3 olive oil,” said McMullen. For something new in packaged flavor, Vintage Farm Gourmet Sauces and Brack Ranch Marinades and Barbecue Sauces may offer just the culinary adventure you’ve been searching for. “Both offer flavorful sauces and marinades that are favorites in

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Wining & Dining | Gourmet Grilling restaurants across the country,” McMullen said. “The Vintage Farm Collection offers a unique and zestful flavor while Brack Ranch has more of a savory, western flavor.”

Washin’ it all Down Nothing goes better with barbecue than an ice-cold beer or cold drink. “There are some great specialty brews available that pair nicely with barbecue, many from regional microbreweries,” added McMullen. “For the non-drinker, Swamp Pop is a premium sugar cane soda brewed right here in Louisiana.” For more information, call Crave at (337) 421-0040 or visit them at www.facebook. com/CraveLakeCharles. The store is located at 2801 Ryan Street, Suite 100 in Lake Charles.

Pass the Salt

by Angela Hauser

Etiquette Rules for Dining at Fancy Restaurants Dining at a fancy restaurant, whether with friends or clients, requires knowledge of proper etiquette, even in our modern world. It seems everyone is constantly distracted by their cell phone, but put it away at a nice restaurant. Car keys, purses, and other personal items do not belong on the table, and neither do elbows. Dress appropriately, depending upon the time of day and how formal the restaurant. Maxi dresses are the rage this summer, and can be worn with nice jewelry. Men can wear dress slacks or khakis, with a nice shirt and tie. A jacket is optional. Elsie Wamsley, of White Gloves and Party Manners in Lake Charles, said the napkin should remain on the table until the meal is ordered, then it can be unfolded halfway. “The fold of the napkin usually goes toward the waist,” said Wamsley. Place the napkin on the chair when leaving the table for the restroom. This gesture tells the waiter you are not finished. Wamsley said there are two styles of dining, Continental and American zig zag. The fork stays in the left hand upside down, and the knife in the right when eating Continental. The elbows are kept close to the ribs.

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Americans usually cut with the fork in the left, then put down the knife and switch the fork to the right hand to eat. “Continental style is smooth and quiet,” said Wamsley. “American is a noisy way of eating.” Always let the waiter know who will pay the bill, and allow your guests to order first. When ordering wine, point to a wine in your price range on the menu for your waiter. Cut and eat one piece of meat or fish at a time. Butter bread on the small plate provided, and if you wish to sample a friend’s meal, place a small amount on the bread plate and pass it to them. Wamsley said when there are several courses, a palate cleanser such as a sorbet may be served in between each course.

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At the end of the meal, place the knife and fork on the plate, not on the table. Fold the napkin over once, and place it to the left of the plate. Many people post photos of their meals to Facebook or Instagram, and if done discreetly it is okay. A few simple etiquette tips will make dining at an elegant restaurant a memorable and relaxing experience.

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Eat Healthy Brings Healthy Restaurant Options for Local Diners by Katie Harrington

at our menu. We just Earlier this year changed a couple of the the Partnership for a products we offer and Healthier Southwest now we are proud to be Louisiana and the Dare able to set an example to be Healthy Program, for other restaurants to made possible by a serve.” Challenge Grant from For Chef Chad Jackson the Blue Cross and Blue at the Lake Charles Shield of Louisiana Country Club, the Foundation, began program was a welcome working with local offering. “It’s a natural fit restaurants to launch a for us. We were already local healthy restaurant Cutting the creative ribbon of fresh vegetables is (center) Janice Ackley, Dare to be Healthy (left to right) Dave Evans, owner/chef Luna Bar & being approached by initiative that would Grill; Lydia Martin, BCBSLAF Strategic Initiatives Manager; Taylor Rossi, Eat Healthy Registered Dietitian, Chef Joseph Jaskiewicz, Delta Downs our clientele for healthier, bring easily identified, Racetrack, Casino and Hotel; owner Rocky Keeley, Gatti’s Pizza (Back Row—left to right) Mayor Randy Roach, Mayor Chris Duncan, Chef Chad Jackson, Lake Charles Country Club; Danielle Edwards, Partnership for a Healthier SWLA, more unique items. healthier options to Darrel Metoyer, Delta Downs; Dennis Scott, CPPJ and Allison Callahan, Eat Healthy Intern. We are excited to be restaurant menus expanding our menu to around the area. then have the chef pack half of it in a to-go box add and create new, healthier options.” Since then, Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana has before even being served,” adds Ackley. “Portion Thanks to the persistence of programs made great strides by entering into partnerships control is huge when it comes to making healthier coordinators, Chef Dave Evans of Luna Bar & Grill with several local restaurants. Gatti’s Pizza in food choices but it requires will power. Pack half discovered that many of his existing menu items Sulphur and Lake Charles, Luna Bar & Grill, the Lake is the perfect way to enjoy a smaller portion of Charles Country Club and Delta Downs Racetrack, the dish you love without being tempted to eat Casino and Hotel are all now participants in this continued on p10 the entire thing in one program aimed at encouraging healthy eating sitting.” and an active lifestyle to support the fight against Darrel Metoyer, FMP, obesity. director of operations “Calcasieu Parish has an alarming obesity rate of for Delta Downs, 37 percent, this is higher than the state and national says they are just Satisfy average,” says Janice Ackley, Dare to be Healthy h with getting started with your sweet toot program coordinator. “Knowing that Americans eat emade the program, but are one of our hom out on average four times per week and spend half excited to be involved. desserts! their food dollars eating out, we wanted to help “Eat Healthy is a great make healthier menu options readily available.” extension to a program With input from local chefs, restaurant owners, we were already in the and registered dieticians in the area, a set of Eat process of putting in Healthy guidelines were developed to determine place. Everyone from menu options that are a healthier choice. Other our 700 employee guidelines and environmental strategies were team members to our also rolled out to assist Eat Healthy partnering guests were demanding restaurants in helping their diners make smart healthier options, so selections. participation in this “Simple and small changes can make a huge program is allowing difference,” Taylor Rossi, the program’s registered us to enhance and dietician, says. “We’ve begun the process of making promote some of some great changes with our restaurant partners in our healthier options the area. With their input, we’ve come up with a set already in place.” of guidelines that are strict enough to make these Rocky Keely, owner of changes count, but broad enough that restaurants Gatti’s Pizza in Sulphur, are able to participate without having to change says many people have their entire dish or menu.” Cookie Cakes & More! wondered how a pizza In addition to dish-specific guidelines, the place can offer healthier program also encourages participating restaurants Phone (337) 478-0785 options. “It really wasn’t to extend a healthier option by offering other that complicated once Fax (337) 477-6289 recommendations, such as “Pack Half.” we sat down with the Deli and Bakery 3101 Kirkman St. • Lake Charles “Pack half allows the diner to order a dish and dietician and looked




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Wining & Dining | Healthy Eating already fit within the guidelines of the Eat Healthy SWLA criteria. “For us it was as simple as maybe offering a sauce on the side instead of on top of the dish. We are happy to announce that we will soon be adding some healthier options for kids to our menu too.” Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana is part of the Dare to Be Healthy Challenge Grant, made possible by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. It is supported by the Southwest Louisiana Dietetic Association and the Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. “We are very excited about what the Eat Healthy SWLA initiative has accomplished as a Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana grantee,” says Christy Reeves, executive director of the Blue Cross and Blue of Louisiana Foundation. “They have been a terrific example of the effort it takes to realize a healthy community.” For more information or to see a list of participating restaurants, visit www.healthierswla.com.

What Goes into an Eat Healthy SWLA Dish? Participating Eat Healthy restaurants receive one-on-one consultations from an Eat Healthy registered dietician, along with a tool kit complete with Eat Healthy stickers to place next to designated menu items, window clings, informative table tents, a yard sign, buttons for servers and much more. If you are a restaurant owner interested in becoming a partner with the Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana program, contact Janice Ackley at (337) 478-4822, extension 12, or email healthy@ swlahec.com.

Let’s Talk Sushi by Erin Kelly

Sushi isn’t what you think. Maybe you’ve tried it already, and you already know what it’s all about. But if you’re new to the sushi game and aren’t sure how to play, don’t worry. It’s not as intimidating as it looks, and once you’ve thrown your hat in the ring, it only gets better from there. Because you’ll be eating sushi. Are you imagining raw fish? Don’t. Raw fish without rice is called “sashimi,” not sushi. And although traditional Japanese sushi is typically served as an oblong mound of sushi rice draped with toppings of raw fish, the Americanized version of sushi—known as makizushi, or sushi rolls— commonly incorporates cooked ingredients. Yes, makizushi sometimes involves raw fish, but you can also get cooked seafood too, along with a host of other ingredients like avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, and carrots.

Tuna, salmon and yellowtail are among the most common types of fish on American menus, according to Hiroko Shimbo, a global authority on Japanese cuisine. “The types of fish will depend on the region of the country,” she says. In Louisiana, for example, diners can have rolls stuffed with crawfish. When it comes to sushi, Hiroko repeats the same word again and again: “Fresh.” Everything is fresh, from the sushi rice to the seafood. The art of crafting those fresh ingredients into delectable pieces of sushi is a long and intricate process that takes years to master, but it pays dividends for the proud chef and the hungry patron. According to Hiroko, author of The Sushi Experience, many sushi beginners get their feet wet with the California roll because of the familiar ingredients (avocado and crab meat), but she clarifies that the idea of a “sushi roll” is largely continuted on p12

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Wining & Dining | Sushi external to Japan. She said it’s also uncommon in Japan for diners to pile pinches of wasabi on top of every bite. “In Japan, when the chef makes sushi, wasabi is already included, so no additional wasabi is needed,” she says. “It isn’t topped with additional wasabi, which is common in America.” But, she adds: “There is no one way to eat wasabi that says ‘this is it.’” Ginger? That’s another story. For those who have yet to order sushi, here’s a head’s up: Your rolls arrive with wasabi, slivers of ginger, and soy sauce. It’s not uncommon for American diners to pile the ginger on top of their sushi roll, but word to the wise—you’re not supposed to. “No, no, stop it,” Hiroko says. “The ginger is a mouth refresher for cleansing the palate between pieces, not to put on top.” Feel free to have a field day with the wasabi and soy sauce (although some sushi purists insist that the two should never be mixed). Now, the chopsticks. It’s perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your hands. In fact, that’s how it’s done in Japan most of the time. But if you insist on using the chopsticks, make sure you’re doing it right so you can relish the full sushi-eating experience. “Some people don’t know how to use the chopsticks properly. They squeeze the roll between the chopsticks to pick it up, and the roll gets destroyed,” Hiroko says. “That’s much worse than


eating it with your hands.” When you’re not sure what to order, Hiroko says it might be a good idea to start with ingredients that are familiar to you. Hence, the ever-popular California roll. You can also ask your server for suggestions. You certainly won’t be the first.

If you’ve got a craving for sushi, check out one of these local stops: LAKE CHARLES Asia, L’Auberge Lake Charles 777 Avenue L’Auberge Fuji Japanese Steakhouse 3241 E. Prien Lake Road Ichiban Japanese Grill, Prien Lake Mall 1604 W. Prien Lake Road Kyoto Japanese Steak House 2610 Dillard Loop Miyako Japanese Restaurant 915 E. Prien Lake Road

Greater Kahn Mongolian Grill 1740 W. Prien Lake Road Osaka Sushi and Hibachi 3035 Gertsner Memorial Drive Wasabi Sushi King 3905 Ryan Street SULPHUR Kroger 1421 Beglis Parkway Sulphur, LA 70663

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by Allie Mariano

Embark on a Last Minute Summer Adventure In Southwest Louisiana, a last-minute vacation to New Orleans can be an easy and fun getaway. In three hours, you can be immersed in the completely different culture of the Crescent City. There is so much going on that it can be hard to choose just a couple things to do, much less the perfect place to stay. In August, The New Orleans Hotel Collection—a collective of boutique hotels throughout the city—has a number of packages that can be booked three days in advance. The packages provide a combination of different New Orleans experiences. The Live to Eat: New Orleans Cuisine Package includes three nights’ accommodations at the The Dauphine Hotel. Located on Dauphine Street in the French Quarter, it provides a unique, historic experience. Guests are greeted with a complimentary beverage from May Baily’s Place, and the amenities include a saltwater pool and deluxe continental breakfast in the Audubon breakfast room, where John James Audubon painted his Birds of America series while staying in the Audubon Cottages. The package also includes jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters for two, beignets & coffee at Café du Monde, gift certificate to Broussard’s, admission for two to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and to the Museum of the American Cocktail. Paired with an upcoming event like the COOLinary Arts Festival, this could be an awesome weekend away. The COOLinary Arts Festival is monthlong, city-wide celebration of the amazing food in New Orleans. Many restaurants participate with prix fixe menus and other specials all through August.

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Another great package is the Classic Crescent City Package, which includes three nights’ accommodations at the Hotel Mazarin, a Super City Tour for two, a daytime riverboat tour, and beignets and coffee at Café du Monde. This package provides a wonderful combination of some classic New Orleans’ favorites. Hotels aside, there are some amazing things happening in New Orleans in August. The Saints pre-season begins, and the home games include the Tennessee Titans on August 15 and the Baltimore Ravens on August 28. New Orleans is, of course, the city of live music, so any night of the week great music can be heard at a number of venues both in and outside the Quarter. The newly opened Saenger Theater hosts national acts, which will include the Gypsy Kings on August 16 and Crosby, Stills, and Nash on August 23. Finally, at the end of the month, the hugely popular Southern Decadence Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend. This festival includes many free events all over the French Quarter. Regardless of how you choose to spend your weekend, the Crescent City provides a great escape. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Maintaining Healthy Order Faith and friendship keep Lisa Whelchel in healthy order. You know the actress best from shows like “The Facts of Life” and “Survivor.” She has also authored several books and has made her own workout video, but her favorite role is mother. However, at 51, with her children grown and out of college, she’s looking at what lies ahead. “Acting is something I genuinely love and I just took a break in order to be home with my kids. I’m seeing if I can do some more things,” Whelchel said in an interview with Thrive.

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by Elona Weston

Whelchel will speak at the Healthy Woman Anniversary Event at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles on September 4. The event is hosted by the Lake Area Medical Center. Whelchel will share one of her favorite lessons— the importance of friendship. She said over the past decade, she has learned the value of having female friendships. “I’ve just really discovered the importance of female friendship for our own growth, internally, and our own growth in our relationship with God and our families. I’ll share about, basically, my struggles, knowing how to have friendships -- how to be a friend, how to identify a friend,” she said. Making friends wasn’t always easy. Whelchel said her mother introduced her to acting as a way to pull her out of her shyness. “I just loved it and took to it and decided right away, that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. Whelchel auditioned for “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” won the part and moved to California. She found stardom, and lifelong friends, with the character of Blair Warner in “The Facts of Life” and life-long friends. She said she still keeps up with the cast. One of Whelchel’s most challenging television projects, she said, was when she was cast on

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“Survivor.” She said it was a physical and mental struggle. “For me, it was a very personal lesson. I had spent all of my life wanting to be a good girl, wanting to be a reflection of God, wanting to do the right things and be kind -- and yet to play the game, you kind of have to be really ruthless and back stab and betray. There was conflict within me because I genuinely loved the game, wanted to play it well, wanted to win the game and yet it was very hard for me to go against everything,” she said. Whelchel said though she loves acting, faith is her true calling. “Even at young age, it was a real calling. I was comforted when I came into contact with that kind of love, I knew how much I needed it and I wanted to spend my whole life telling everyone about this love.” Whelchel’s latest role is the Hallmark Channel movie, “For Better Or For Worse.” It also stars “The Facts of Life” alum Kim Fields. Lisa Whelchel will be the featured speaker at the Healthy Woman Anniversary Event on September 4, hosted by Lake Area Medical Center. For more information, call 337-475-4064 or visit www.lakeareamc.com.

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For the Love of Music and Teaching Barbara Belew is not sure how many students she has taught in her 59 years as a music professor at McNeese State University, but without a doubt, she said, she has loved teaching each one. Belew, 84, never wanted to be a teacher, but the combination of growing up in a musical family and having the “best example of a music teacher” did have its influences, she said. “My mother was a piano teacher. I started playing piano when I was five. The funny thing was, I never told her, but I said, ‘I’m not going to teach. Not me, no way. And if I ever have to teach, I’m not going to teach piano.’ I think I was a red-blooded American girl, not wanting to do what mother did,” she said. When Belew was a senior in college, studying piano, a student aide asked her to give her some lessons in her spare time. “She said, “Barbara, do you ever teach piano? I want to learn to play piano.’ And the Lord just handed me my first student. The story might be different if she hadn’t wanted to, or if she had not been a good student, but I had the best experience,” she said. Belew went on to graduate from HardinSimmons University in Abilene, Texas, and later attended graduate school at Indiana University,

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various national harp conclaves, chaired contests where she learned harp. and served on musical society boards. In 1955, at 25, she came to Lake Charles for an She also founded -- and leads -- the McNeese instructing job at McNeese State College. Belew, State University Harp Camp, which marked its 15th now an associate professor, credits her career year this summer. longevity to her desire to always learn more and to Belew said she does not plan to slow down any her students. time soon. There’s more music to make and more “I have been very fortunate because most of the students to teach, she said. students I have had really were interested in what “I want to keep doing it,” she said. “So, I will.” they were doing. That means they are going to work at it, and that means I am going to enjoy it a whole lot more,” she said. Barbara Belew, 84, has been teaching music In Belew’s six decades in Lake and harp at McNeese Charles, she has been involved in State University for 59 the local music culture. She was years. even there for the start-up of the Lake Charles Symphony in 1958. “Lake Charles Civic Symphony, it was in those days. There are only two of us left that were in that first 1958 symphony -- Pat Bulber and I,” she said. Belew has also played at church and at a list of notable venues around the state, Texas and beyond. She has attended

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Local Municipalities Unveil Two Walking Paths by Elona Weston

Last month the American Heart Association, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and local muncilpalites unveiled two new AHA Designated Walking Paths in Southwest Louisiana. The new walking paths will be located at Riverside Park in Lake Charles and the park area near City Hall in Iowa, LA.

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Donald Lloyd II, Administrator at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, the American Heart Association, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach and Iowa Mayor Carol Ponthieux hosted official ribbon cutting ceremonies at each new walking path. The American Heart Association’s designated Walking Path program, sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, provides safe and accessible walking paths that give the community a resource that can be used to increase heart health. All cardiovascular diseases combined claim more lives each year than the next three leading causes of death combine, including cancer. Just in Louisiana alone, heart disease and stroke claim more than 10,000 lives a year. There

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are countless physical activities available, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all. It’s the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health. Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you: • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels • Improve blood lipid profile • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity • Enhance mental well being • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

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to the company’s staff. Founder and CEO Nick Villaume hired Ashley Aquino and Zack Chonko.

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cardiology and comprehensive echocardiography. He is also a registered peripheral vascular interpreter and is board eligible in interventional cardiology. Dr. LeBeau joins the other physicians in the cardiology department of Imperial Health, which includes Drs. Gilmore, Fastabend, Turner, DePuy and Mulhearn. His office is located at 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive (third floor) in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 312-8281.

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Local businessmen Jim Boyer and Keith Duplechin were recently appointed to Lakeside Bank’s Board of Directors. Boyer, a Southwest Louisiana native, is currently a partner with Southland Capital, a real estate development firm. Duplechin, a lifelong resident of Southwest Louisiana and a graduate of McNeese State University, is the co-owner of AdSource and Realty Source. They will be joining Mike Veron, senior partner of Veron, Bice & Palermo; Bill Roberts, retired banker and office manager of Roberts & Dunn, CPA’s; Willie Mount, former Louisiana State Senator and mayor of Lake Charles; Dr. Willie Staats, former LSU professor and banking specialist; Robert Piper, retired CEO of US Unwired; David Trahan, owner, operator of Gaidry’s Menswear; Joe Thomas, founder of Resin Systems of Sulphur; and Mike Harmison, president and CEO of Lakeside Bank. For more information, visit www.lakesidebanking. com or call (337) 474-3766.

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Donna Richard and Matt Young, both of Lake Charles, have been elected to the board of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation. Richard and her husband Rick Richard own and have renovated several landmark Lake Charles properties including the Calcasieu Marine National Bank building and Cash and Carry building. Young is the public relations director at O’Carroll Group and previously served as the executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Names Chief Financial Officer West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has named Jobie James, MBA, as its new chief financial officer. In her role, James will provide administrative Jobie James, MBA oversight to the hospital’s patient financial services and finance departments, in addition to admissions, physician services/ clinics, physical medicine, and health information management departments.

Brett Montelaro is the recipient of the 2014 West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Partners scholarship in the amount of $1200. For more information Brett Montelaro about the scholarship, contact Rebecca Clark, WCCH Partners president, at (337) 527-7034.

Dr. Turner Presents at Conference Michael C. Turner, MD, FACC, FSC, CT, recently gave a presentation on the importance of cardiac CT technology in clinical practice. Dr. Turner is a board certified preventive cardiology and cardiac CT Dr. Michael Turner specialist. He was awarded a fellowship by the Society of Cardiovascular CT. For more information, call at (337) 436-3813.

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Katy Rozas has been named marketing specialist at O’Carroll Group. A Southwest Louisiana native, Rozas graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2010. For more information, call (337) 478-7396.

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CFO Podiatric Doctors Attend & Present at Annual Meeting in New Orleans

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Drs. Tyson Green and Kalieb Pourciau, foot and ankle specialists with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, attended the LPMA annual summer meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Green was the guest speaker at one of the educational sessions, leading a discussion on wound care advancements, and he also spoke at a dinner presentation about the use of compound medications in wound care.

Jenny Bono Named Assistant Chief Financial Officer Jenny Bono has been named Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Lake Area Medical Center in Lake Charles. Bono has been an employee of Lake Area Medical Center Jenny Bono since 2011, most recently serving as the hospital’s Financial Controller.

Cardiovascular Specialists Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Godare Stein, MSN, ARNP, has joined the clinical staff of Cardiovascular Specialists of Southwest Louisiana. She has over 25 years of nursing experience, with a comprehensive background in cardiac Rebecca Gadoare Stein care, including diagnostic and interventional cardiology. In her new position, Stein will be practicing with Thomas J. Mulhearn IV, MD, FACC, and Jennifer Crawford, APRN, FNP. Call (337) 436-3813 for more information

Hebert Hired as Director of Economic Development Cameron native, Clair Hebert has been named Director of Economic Development by the Cameron Parish Police Jury. With nearly a decade of Planning, Development Clair Hebert and Marketing experience, Hebert brings a background and knowledge of Disaster Management, site development and relationship building with local, state and federal contacts. For more information, call (337) 739-1098.

Dr. Bridget Loehn Awarded Board Certification Bridget Loehn, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist with the ENT & Allergy Center, an affiliate of Imperial Health, has been awarded Certification by the American Board of Dr. Bridget Loehn Otolaryngology, one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Call (337) 312-8564, or visit www.entandallergyclinic.net for more information.



West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Names new Vice President West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) is pleased to announce the recent promotion of J.W. Peloquin to vice president of facilities J.W. Peloquin management. Peloquin will be responsible for construction and facility projects and will provide administrative oversight to the hospital’s plant operations and cardiology departments. He will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies, in addition to directing, planning, and managing all renovation projects, new construction, and land purchases.

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Master the Art of

The Deal

by Erin Kelly

“To be a great negotiator, the first step is having the innate desire to do the right thing.” ~Consultant MaryEllen Tribby

If the word “negotiation” makes you nervous, throw it out. Instead, think of it as “problem-solving,” because ultimately, that’s what negotiations are—two groups of people trying to come to a consensus that’s in the best interests of both. “People find it intimidating because just the word ‘negotiation’ is viewed as a negative. People think you have to be willing to be unethical or that you need an MBA in order to be successful at it. Nothing could be further from the truth,” says business consultant MaryEllen Tribby, CEO of Working Moms Only and author of Reinventing the Entrepreneur. “To be a great negotiator, the first step is having the innate desire to do the right thing.” Maybe it doesn’t intimidate you, though. Maybe you consider yourself a pit bull of negotiation tactics—someone who makes requests and watches the other person follow through on them. Maybe. But if your techniques involve antagonistic demands or emotional manipulation, you’re not doing it right. Effective negotiation—or “problem solving,” if you prefer—is not a competitive sport, says Steven Cohen, author of The Practical Negotiator. According to Cohen, the best way to negotiate is to view it as a collaborative process. The competitive approach is one of several “broad traps” that people fall into when they prepare to, and undertake, negotiating. Tribby calls the adversarial approach “the biggest killer” to solid negotiation. “Some people view it as there can only be one winner. Therefore, they bully 22 www.thriveswla.com

and are condescending,” Tribby says. “These are deals you need to walk away from.” Another common mistake is believing there is only one right answer. “The whole idea should be that folks with whom you negotiate can add value to your situation, that they have resources/assets to bring to bear on the process that will improve on any result you might achieve acting alone,” Cohen says. “People who are wedded to a single right answer—‘my way or the highway’—limit their flexibility. They take positions that cannot be changed without their risking losing face. And no one wants to lose face.” To understand the many potential answers before you (rather than getting hung up on one), you need a solid understanding of your own interests, he adds. Tribby notes that the rules of negotiation are the same, whether you’re negotiating with a car salesman, your boss, your partner—even your teenager. The skills you use in the typical “big” deals are the same ones you would use in everyday life to reach the ideal negotiation apex: the “win-win.” Know what you want. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But knowing what you want is more than thinking, ‘I’d like to make more money’ or ‘I want to a buy a car for X amount.’ You have what you want, why you want it, and what your parameters are. “It’s critical to understand what you want before you ever set foot in a negotiation. That way, you’ll know when to push forward and when to stop,” Tribby says. “Knowing your bottom line prevents you from taking advantage of the other person in the negotiations, and it also prevents you from Thrive Magazine for Better Living

agreeing to terms that are unacceptable to you.” Instead of saying, ‘I want to make more money,’ go with: ‘I’d like an 8 percent increase, but I’ll agree to 5 percent if necessary.’ Know what they want. Remember—it’s not all about you. According to Tribby, this is by far the most important principle in marketing and negotiating. Do your homework. Find out as much as possible about the person sitting across from you. Does this person prefer handshakes or verbose contracts? Prepare accordingly. “If you want to convince someone of something, you need to characterize your suggestions in ways that demonstrate how they serve the other party’s interests,” Cohen adds. Know what you’re worth. “Sometimes it’s as simple as looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, ‘You’re entitled’—to a fair price, good service, an honest answer, or a medical diagnosis that gives you the capacity to make positive choices,” Cohen says. Too often, the intimidation of negotiation or the increased focus on the person at the other side of the table can make people lose sight of what they can offer. Tribby—who has worked for multi-million dollar divisions of companies such as Forbes, Crain’s New York Business and Times Mirror Magazines—says this is one of the biggest mistakes she sees employees and entrepreneurs make. “Make sure your accomplishments are engrained in your head,” she says. “But also make sure that they are accurate and consistent.” August 2014

Listen and hush. The best negotiators are detectives, Tribby says. They ask probing questions and then shut up, because they know the other person will tell them what they need to know. There’s a catch: You have to be listening. “Most of the time we’re so busy making sure that people hear what we have to say that we forget to listen,” Tribby says. “Many conflicts can be resolved easily if we learn how to listen. You become an effective listener by allowing the other person to do most of the talking.” Tribby suggests the 80/20 rule—listen 80 percent of the time, and talk the other 20 percent. Don’t be a jerk. Negotiators who win by intimidation don’t really win, Cohen says. Instead, they lose the respect (and relationships) of people they intimidate. He reiterates that negotiation is “a process by which people reach an agreement each part will willingly fulfill. Bringing in issues that will increase willingness on either side is by far the most positive route. Respect is what folks want—and if you make that the underlying message, you are likely to be treated with respect in return.” So, don’t be a jerk. Lead with optimism, Tribby says, not with the belief that you’re going to get over on someone. If you walk away feeling you’ve “pulled one over,” then you haven’t achieved true success. If the other person feels cheated, watch out. It’ll come back to bite you.

The Gender Gap Numerous studies show that there’s a clear gender gap when it comes to the power of negotiation. Men are more apt to equate the process with winning a football game; women are more likely to compare it to getting a tooth pulled. One of the reasons women avoid negotiation is because they fear backlash or negative repercussions—because that’s often what they get. According to researchers at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, the gender gap doesn’t exist because men are inherently better negotiators than women. “Rather, the tendency to ask for less is a self-protection strategy based on very real threats of being penalized for behaving contrary to deeply ingrained gender expectations,” wrote Katherine Shonk, editor of the Institute’s Negotiation. A collaborative study between the University of Texas at Austin and Georgetown University found that the “backlash effect” is more than a perception. It’s reality. The social price for dynamic negotiation is substantially higher for women than men. Researchers studied perceptions of identical negotiating tactics in which the only difference was the negotiator’s gender and found that women were perceived as less nice and more demanding, whereas men were perceived as successful. Participants were also less inclined to interact socially with women who advocated for themselves. August 2014

When women took a more “accommodating” approach, rather than an assertive one, they were viewed as weak and submissive. According to Harvard researchers, men generally initiate negotiations to advance their self-interests much more often than women; however, researchers have identified some situations in which women routinely negotiate and thrive. • When issues matter to them— particularly those related to work-related travel and daily schedules. This could be in part because women feel it is socially acceptable for them to negotiate issues that directly affect their families. • When they negotiate on behalf of others. Studies indicate that women feel more comfortable • When they have good information. Women are at a greater disadvantage when parameters are vague, according to the Institute. Men negotiated higher salaries than women in fields where starting salaries were ambiguous, including telecommunications, real estate, health services, and media. Women performed just as well when negotiating for jobs in industries where compensation was fairly clear, such as investment banking, consulting, and high technology.

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Your Body Language Speaks Volumes by Erin Kelly

Consider your posture right now, as you read this article. Are you leaning forward, with your elbows on your knees, or are you leaning back comfortably in your chair? Do you have one hand on the page and another wrapped around your waist? After you finish reading this, will you cross your arms or stretch them behind your head? Your answers likely say more about you than any of the words you’ve spoken over the past hour. That’s because body language—all those nonverbal cues, like shifting in your chair, twirling your hair, or pursing your lips—make up more than 65 percent of communication, according to some estimates. Body language may not mean much when you’re sitting at home watching reruns, but when you walk into a place of business, the nonverbal cues you give can mean the difference between a promotion or an oversight. Exuding confidence, competency and professionalism is more than a few spoken words, a handful of well-written emails, or a couple of completed projects; it should come across in all that you do, including the way you carry yourself. Here are a few tips. Stop Fidgeting. According to Forbes, people tend to pacify themselves with fidgets when they get nervous or stressed. This includes hair twirling, fiddling with jewelry, drumming fingers, or wringing

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hands. All of these gestures translate into lack of confidence or credibility. Do you tend to fidget in meetings? If so, try to catch yourself before it starts. Instead of turning your wedding ring around your finger, tape a deep breath and put your hands on your lap. Sit up straight. Give the perfect handshake. Don’t just rely on grip alone. (In fact, gripping too tightly can actually turn people off). Instead, consider it an art. According to Patti Wood, a body language expert who has worked with Bristol Myers, Price Waterhouse, Proche, Disney, and other notable companies,

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there are a few rules associated with the perfect handshake. Rise, if seated. (That includes men and women). Approach the handshake recipient with confidence—keep your head level and your hands at your side, out of your pockets. Shift purses, briefcases, papers, beverages or cell phones to the hand that won’t be doing the shaking. Smile, but don’t overdo it, and make eye contact. Face the person squarely, not at an angle. When you reach out for the shake, make sure your hand is straight up with the thumb on top, then open your hand between the thumb and the first finger so that you slide your hand easily into the web of the other person’s hands. Your palm should touch their palm. Once full contact is made, wrap your fingers around the other person’s, put your thumb down gently, and squeeze firmly. The pressure should be equal or slightly more than the pressure you’re given.

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This is not the time to show off your machismo by gripping too tightly. Remember to Smile. When two people meet, the reward centers of the brain are more active when introductions are made with a smile, according to researchers at Duke University. Not surprisingly, they found that the human brain prefers smiling faces—sometimes those that are as far away as a football field. Smiling doesn’t just spread joy to the beholders. It also makes the smiler feel cheerier, researchers say.

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Maintain eye contact. It shows you’re listening. Don’t stare people down or make them uncomfortable, however. A good rule of thumb, according to Forbes: When you greet a business colleague, look into his or her eyes long enough to notice what color they area. Strike a pose. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, used experimental methods to investigate how people judge each other and themselves. She found that competence and power played a role in shaping social interactions—everything from

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who gets hired to who we admire. Interestingly, Cuddy was able to link hormone levels with body language and behavior. This means that the way we “pose” can have direct effects on how we feel about ourselves, and how we behave. According to her research, “power posing” for as little as two minutes changes testosterone and cortisol levels, causing us to think and act more powerfully. One such pose involves standing with your feet apart and your hands on your hips. (Think: Superman or Wonder Woman). Another is arms raised in victory. (Think: Rocky). And yet another is leaned back with your hands behind your head. Try it for just two minutes, Cuddy says, and you could alter your state of mind.

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Leave a Message After the Beep – And Make it Good by Erin Kelly

Voicemail is an undervalued art form. When you hear the beep, you’re not just leaving a message—you’re communicating. And you don’t want to do it badly, especially if you’re making a sales call. Here are five tips to leaving the right message after the beep: GIVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION FIRST Most people identify themselves, explain why they’re calling and then end with their contact info. But many people miss a digit on the phone number and have to replay the message. The problem is, they’re forced to listen to the message in its entirety all over again, when all they need is the phone number. Make it easier for them and say the number first.

BE SUCCINCT Don’t leave a message about five different topics. Get to the point. You can bring up the other issues when they call back, or send them an email, which allows you to be more thorough. AVOID PHONE TAG Tell them the best time to reach you. REVIEW YOUR MESSAGES Most phone systems give callers the option to review messages before they’re sent. Take advantage of this feature. SOUND YOUR NAME CLEARLY Telephones often distort high frequency sounds—particularly the sound of “f” and “s.” When you give your name, it might be helpful to spell it out clearly.

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Save More, Worry Less by Katie Harrington

Money. It’s a touchy subject, but getting real about your financial situation and defining what money means to you can help you sleep a little easier at night. Learning how to budget it, save it and take control can help you worry a whole lot less. “While everyone’s financial situation is different, there are some common money worries we all face,” says Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “The first step to eradicating money worries is education. There are many great resources out there to help with various money-related topics and the more you know, the more empowered you’ll be.” Also, know your monthly expenses. “If you don’t already have a budget in place, now is the time to create one. Determine what you need for everyday living expenses on a monthly basis and compare that to your income. Do you have enough coming in to meet your needs or is it time to search for additional income or cut expenses?” In order to determine how to allocate your income, McDaniel suggests learning the 50/30/20 rule. “This rule of thumb says that of your income each month, 50 percent should go toward your fixed expenses and 30 percent toward lifestyle expenses like food, clothing, entertainment and travel. The remaining 20 percent should go toward savings and debt reduction.” Using this principle, run the numbers to determine what your financial picture should look like and remember that you can spend less than these percentages; in fact, it’s encouraged. The key is to make sure you aren’t spending more than these percentages. “One of the keys to worrying less about money is complete honesty about your expenses,” McDaniel says. “Many find their weaknesses to be dining out, entertainment or clothing. For others, expenses that they should be planning ahead for, such as holidays, birthdays and other gift-giving occasions are what is squeezing their wallets. These are areas that should be cut back or better planned for.” The ultimate goal is to dedicate 20 percent of your monthly income to savings, but McDaniel says that may not be realistic at first. “Figure out how much you can afford to set aside with 20 percent being your ultimate goal.” It’s hard to set yourself free from money worries if you don’t know where your money is actually going. “Pull your expenses and income from the last three months and categorize where every penny went,” adds McDaniel. “You can’t make necessary changes if you don’t where you’re spending your money. Compare these records with the 50/30/20 rule and look for ways to make cuts to better align your spending with it.”

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Once you’ve got a better idea of where your money is going, you may find there are some areas where you’re spending more than you are comfortable admitting. McDaniel recommends setting limits on these spending areas. “For these areas, pick an amount that seems reasonable and start tracking that area on a daily basis. Once your monthly limit in this area is reached, stop spending on that item until the next month. Sometimes tough love is the best approach.” In order to better facilitate saving, set up automatic savings transfers. “The mistake many people make is waiting to see what is ‘left over’ each month before committing money to their savings account,” McDaniel says. “The old adage of ‘pay yourself first’ is perfect in this instance. Protect your future by treating your savings plan as another bill to make sure it happens. Have a set amount automatically transferred to your savings account each month.” Finally, McDaniel emphasizes that your budget must be a fluid document and reviewed frequently. “As life changes, so will the things you need and want to spend money on. Review your expenditures frequently and make changes when necessary, just make sure you don’t replace one bad spending habit with another. Also, instead of spending a windfall like a tax refund or other unexpected cash, put at least some of it into your savings.” For more information on how to save more and worry less, call Lakeside Bank at (337) 474-3766 or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! The Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana Opens Lafayette Office The Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana has opened a second office in Lafayette at 1700 Kaliste Saloom Road, Building 2, Suite 201. The Vein Center Dr. Carl Fastabend is under the direction of Carl Fastabend, MD, FACC, who has practiced interventional cardiology for over 30 years and has a special interest in peripheral vascular disease. Now through August 8, the Vein Center is offering free vein screenings by appointment in their new Lafayette location. For more information to schedule a free vein screening or regular appointment, call (337) 534-VEIN (8346) or visit www.veincenterswla. com.

JD Bank Announces Team at New Westlake Branch JD Bank has hired five new staff members at the bank’s Westlake Branch. L to R: Rochelle Mallett, Monica Stein, Shelley Rochelle Gary, Robin McGee, and Eddie Wolfe. Mallett, who will serve as the Westlake Branch office manager, will lead the new team. She has more than 15 years of banking experience working for Cameron State Bank. JD Bank has also hired Eddie Wolf, Shelley Gary, Monica Stein and Robin McGee to serve as utility banker and tellers respectively. The team brings several years of banking experience from IberiaBank in Westlake. For more information, visit www.jdbank. com or call (800) 789-5159.

Lake Charles Top Mid-Market Town For Business Southern Business & Development recognized Louisiana as the 2014 State of the Year in the publication’s 15-state region, marking the fifth time in the past six years Louisiana has earned either State of the Year or Co-State of the Year honors in the South. In addition, Lake Charles received the 2014 Mid-Market of the Year title while Baton Rouge earned the 2014 Major Market of the Year honor. 30 www.thriveswla.com

Louisiana Foot and Ankle Specialists Opens

Dr. Daniel T. Hall IV and Dr. Mallory M. Przybylski have opened Louisiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC. They are dedicated to excellence in providing their patients and the Lake Area community with advanced, comprehensive conservative and surgical treatment of the foot, ankle and lower leg in a caring and compassionate environment. They are located at 212 West McNeese Street. For more information, visit their website at www.lafootanklesurgeons.com.

CSE Celebrates Sulphur Branch Grand Reopening

CSE Federal Credit Union has announced the completion of their Sulphur Branch renovations. Continued growth is the reasoning behind CSE Federal Credit Union’s recent renovations. For more information, visit www.csefcu.org.

Family & Youth Honors Humanitarian of the Year and Youth of the Year Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc (Family L to R: Phil Earhart, Louisiana area market & Youth) honored president of IBERIABANK; Pearl Cole, Humanitarian of the Year; Devan Corbello, Pearl Cole as Youth of the Year; and Julio Galan, Humanitarian president and CEO of Family & Youth. of the Year; and Devan Corbello as Youth of the Year, during their Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation, sponsored by IBERIABANK. For experienced professional assistance, contact Family & Youth at 337-436-9533.

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Calcasieu Endodontics Opens in Oak Crossing in Lake Charles Calcasieu Endodontics, owned by Dr. Beatriz Robles and Dr. Victor Caronna, has opened at 5656 Nelson Road, Suite C1, in the Oak Crossing business park development. Dr. Beatriz Robles is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles. She earned her D.D.S., general practice residency, and certificate in Endodontics from LSU School of Dentistry. After completing her Endodontic residency, Dr. Robles practiced in Lake Charles and simultaneously taught undergraduate Endodontics at LSU School of Dentistry, as part-time faculty. She then relocated to Colorado, where she held a full-time faculty position at the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine, in the Division of Endodontics. Dr. Robles is a Diplomat of the American Board of Endodontists, as well as a mentor for the College of Diplomats. Dr. Victor Caronna, a New Orleans native, earned his D.D.S. from Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry. He completed a general practice residency at LSU and practiced general dentistry at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Mountain Home, Tennessee, for three years before returning to Louisiana to complete his certificate in Endodontics at LSU. He is Board eligible and is in the process of completing the final step required to become a Diplomat of the Board of Endodontics. For more information about Calcasieu Endodontics, call (337) 240-9553.

Family and Youth Receives 2014 Children’s Law Award Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc (Family & Youth) was chosen as the L to R: Supreme Court Chief Justice recipient of the Bernette J. Johnson; President and CEO of Family & Youth, Julio Galan; and Louisiana 2014 Children’s State Bar Association President, Law Award, Richard K. Leefe. presented by the Louisiana State Bar Association. Only one award is given each year to an organization that has made significant contributions to the provision of services on behalf of the children of Louisiana.

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Arts Council Celebrates 35 Years The Arts Council of SWLA celebrated 35 years of arts, culture, and a better Southwest Louisiana at a recent patron party. The celebration, which marked the organization’s 35-year anniversary, brought together the Arts Council’s sponsors, members, and supporters as a ‘thank you’ for continually advocating the importance of the arts on the region’s economy, tourism, and quality of life. For more information, visit www. artscouncilswla.org.

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JD Bank Full-Service Branch in Westlake Now Open JD Bank has opened a new full-service branch in Westlake, expanding its network of branches across southwest Louisiana. The Westlake branch is located at 1511 Sampson Street. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com.

New Fabric Store & Sewing Studio Opens Niche Fabric & Studio has opened its doors in Lake Charles. Niche sells designer fabric and notions and offers classes ranging from sewing techniques for all skill levels to more project-based classes, including camps for young people and crafting parties. Niche Fabric & Studio is located at 4700 Common Street, Suite B. For more information, visit www.nichefabricstudio.com or call (337) 477-3810.

(337)370-3677 Q: I adopted a 3 year old lab mix from the shelter. He is afraid of thunder. What can I do to get him over his fear? A: First, “Thank You!” for adopting and not shopping. The first thing I would need to know are the actions of the dog to the thunder. To an untrained eye, fear and anxiety may seem the same. Determining if it is fear or anxiety based is the first step. Secondly, I would need to know your response to whatever behaviors the dog exhibits. Sometimes pet parents reinforce fear and reward anxious behavior unknowingly. Due to the limited space here, my quick response is that there isn’t a quick answer to your question. To begin, do not punish your dog for fearful or anxious behavior. Punishment may lead to aggressive behavior or various unwanted or even destructive behaviors. Should you choose to hire a trainer to help with this issue, make sure they are a dedicated force-free trainer and a certified dog trainer. For the immediate future, here are a few things you can do: 1) Observe your dog and see where his “safe” place is. This is where he should be allowed to go when scared or nervous. 2) Before the storm begins and his anxiety/fear level rises, play with him doing energetic play-as the fear/anxiety builds, he will stop playing and seek his safe place. 3) Do not scold or punish him for seeking out his safe place. He should be allowed to come and go as he pleases. Praise/rewarding for coming out is encouraged, but don’t coax or force him out of his safe place. Professional Membership: Pet Professional Guild and Association of Pet Dog Trainers General Memberships: Force-Free Trainers; ADOPT Louisiana Positive Dog Trainers

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Fresh-pressed uniforms, the smell of brand new pencils, crayons and notebooks and the return of a regular routine are just few reasons back-to-school time is so exciting. Whether you’re a student, teacher, parent or some combination of all three, we’re here to help with great back-to-school tools all packed into the following pages.

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by Jody Bradley

With the new school year fast approaching, you’ve got work to do. Here are some simple, fun ideas to get your kids’ minds moving and marching to that schoolhouse beat. Math is everywhere.

Ready, set, read.

Do you ever get questions like, “How old are you, Mom?” Well, instead of simply telling your child your age, try telling them your birth year and then have them figure out your age. You can even help them illustrate using a number line and show their “jumps” from 1976 to 1980, 1980 to 2000, and 2000 to 2014, for example. Going to get groceries? Ask them to spot geometric shapes throughout the aisles. Red beans and rice for dinner? While you’re preparing to cook, let them put the dried beans in pairs, sets of 3s, etc., then practice skip counting. Instead of “Go Fish”, try a Bingo game with some of the deck of cards. First one to flip over cards that add up to 20 wins. “How many days until school starts?”“How many until Christmas?” Use these familiar conversations to help them brush up on their calendar math days. Want to combine literature and math? Read The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith for a fun bedtime treat. Kids will love this quirky tale of math mania. The next day, pull it out again for an engaging and exciting round of crazy math riddles you can all do together.

Have you had trouble getting them to read all summer? Mix it up a bit with new reading habits created from daily spontaneous opportunities. Is your preschooler ready for big kid school? Next time they crawl in your lap, pull out your local newspaper or family magazine. Challenge them to “find the capital Ts on the page” or “Let’s count how many vowels are on this page!” For the more experienced reader, have them choose 20 random words in the paper and circle them. Then create silly sentences together using as many of the circled words you can. Last, don’t hesitate to make a chapter book your nightly routine. One short chapter a night and you’ll have them excited about literature and itching to see how the story will end.

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! l o o h c S leips for Success to Mid7d Sensible T For parents who can’t be in the classroom with their children each day, establishing a positive connection with teachers is the next best thing. When the lines of communication between teacher and parent are open, it can build the foundation for a low-stress school year. Here are a few tips:


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Since most parents can’t be in the classroom with their children each day, establishing a positive connection with teachers is the next best thing. When the lines of communication between teacher and parent are open, it can build the foundation for a low-stress school year. Here are a few tips: Establish a relationship with the teachers at the beginning of the school year. Attend an open house before school begins for a relaxed meet and greet. Keep in mind the teacher is meeting a number of parents and children that evening. The best option is for a parent to schedule a one-on-one conference to discuss any concerns. Prepare a list of topics to discuss, and try to keep the meeting under an hour. Personal connections are always preferred over emails so there are no misunderstandings. Many schools hold meetings for parents or guardians after school has begun for each grade level. Rules, expectations, and homework schedules are discussed. Parental involvement with a child’s education is encouraged, and is important for the success of the child.

Remember to say thank you, and send a note or email to the teacher occasionally. A good teacher will try to meet the needs of the whole child, not just academically. A parent should let a teacher know from the first meeting their child’s education is the goal, and keep the communication open.

Volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning on field trips is also a good way for parents to become involved with the school. When setting up a meeting with a teacher, let them know the reason of the meeting so they can be prepared. A list with questions or concerns will move the meeting along and help a parent to remember everything they want to discuss.

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Teachers also request meetings with parents to discuss a student’s progress. Often they are scheduled at the end of each six or nine-week period. Be respectful of a teacher’s schedule. They have a mountain of paperwork in addition to a classroom of students.


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hen school begins in Calcasieu Parish this month, it will be under the direction of new superintendent Karl Bruchhaus, who took over the leadership role in June . Bruchhaus, a native of Elton, Louisiana, earned an accounting degree from McNeese State University and is a CPA (certified public accountant). He has more than 25 years of experience as an administrator in the Louisiana public education system and has served as the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s Chief Financial Officer since 1996. Across the state, he is regarded as one of the top school board professionals. He is current president, and former board member, of Louisiana Association of School Business Officials (LASBO) and is a certified member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Bruchhaus and his wife of 25 years, Paula, a teacher at Prien Lake Elementary School, live in Lake Charles. Their two children attend McNeese State University. Thrive had the chance to visit with Bruchhaus about his new position and his goals for the future of the school board.

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Your background is primarily on the business side. What advantages or benefits do you think this creates in a position such as this? And what challenges? My business background has provided me an opportunity to be organized and to make practical decisions. Financial decisions are often very direct and clean cut, while many issues relating to children tend to have more room for discretion. The general nature of education is exploratory and involves theoretical research. A challenge for me is to blend the structure of my financial nature with the thought process that the learning environment undergoes constant change on a daily basis. You’re married to a teacher. How does that help you in your new position? Understanding the demands of teachers and the challenges they face is crucial. Having my wife as a teacher, in addition to my mom and two sisters who are also teachers, helps me connect with the daily lives of educators and students. Paula is a great sounding board for new ideas; giving me a different perspective to consider. At the end of each day, it’s nice to come home to a wife who, even after 25 years of teaching, still loves her job. It motivates me and gives me hope that we can build a support system for our teachers and increase teacher morale. A positive attitude among our educators will carry over to the students they serve. Daily conversations with someone in that school environment; someone who understands growth and learning, parent and community relations, and morale, helps give me a clearer vision and stronger base for decision making. What career accomplishments are you most proud of up to this point? There are a number of both personal and professional accomplishments that I am proud of at this stage in my life. The fact that both of my children graduated from Calcasieu Parish public schools and are successfully enrolled at McNeese State University brings me great pride. Professionally, the Louisiana Association of School Business Officers twice elected me president of the statewide organization, and recently presented me with a lifetime service award for my efforts. The financial stability of the Calcasieu Parish School Board is also a source of pride, especially with the many challenges we have faced over the last 18 years.

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What do you see as the school board’s biggest challenge moving forward? There are three big challenges that I see for our system moving forward over the next four years. We have to restore confidence in our neighborhood schools where doubt has crept in through performance issues over the last 10 or 15 years. This undertaking will involve quality leadership, continued teacher and instructional development, and the stimulation of interest from parents and students through inspired performance. The second big challenge will be a financial effort to maintain the services we offer along with rising retirement and health costs and the increasing pressure to pay our employees a more competitive wage. Lastly, our third challenge will involve retaining employees during the rapid development Southwest Louisiana will experience over the next five years. There will be many competing opportunities that our employees will be able to explore. What do you hope to accomplish in your first year? In your first five years? I had an immediate goal to fill the chief academic and financial officer positions with qualified individuals who can meet our district’s needs. With our leadership team now complete, we are moving forward with our plans to enter the new school year. Our curriculum teams are creating a set of uniform student learning targets for each subject area along with developing a localized curriculum for our district. We are working to evaluate the multitude of programs offered in our system to ensure we are putting our time and money into the areas that are the most beneficial for our students and teachers. I believe my mission statement serves as a perfect summation of my long-term goals: Building foundations for the future. We have to focus on continuous improvement at every level as we build the very educational foundations that our students rely on for success throughout their time with us and life after graduation.

When you look at media coverage of the school system on the state level, it can be pretty negative at times. When you drill down to the local level, however, Calcasieu Parish schools rank as some of the best in the state. What is so different about our system? What makes us successful? Calcasieu is fortunate to have excellent educators and support workers in our schools and offices who truly care about students. Our district has been willing to take risks over the years on new programs and new technology that have made us models in the state and in some instances, the country. We are blessed to have a great university in our region and a growing technical college that is proactive in partnering with our public school system. Our success was very well demonstrated after Hurricane Rita when all people across our parish banded together to recover quickly from a terrible crisis. The people in Calcasieu Parish are what provide us an opportunity to succeed. In your ideal world, what will the Calcasieu Parish school system look like 10 years from now? Ten years from now, our ideal scenario would present high performing students in all schools in our parish. My hope would be that the success is driven by a high literacy rate accompanied by parents, students and community members who demonstrate an extraordinary value for education. Our teaching professionals would also be compensated accordingly for the lasting impact they have on our children. Our programs and pathways to graduation would be efficient and well laid out. Jobs in our area would be prevalent, allowing our graduates great opportunities to live and work in Calcasieu Parish. What do you do to relax? My family would say that I am not good at relaxation in general. Working out, running, and playing tennis or golf provide me the most stress relief available and keep me going strong. What is something about you that would surprise people who don’t really know you? Most people would not know that I was once 70 pounds heavier than I am today and that I have completed 9 full marathons, including races in Chicago, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Houston. Another not-so-interesting fact is that I have eaten a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread on nearly every work day for the last 12 years.

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The anticipation of a new school year can be stressful situation for shy students.

by Angela Hauser

Julee Spann, principal at Vincent Settlement Elementary in Sulphur, said parents should visit the school with their children, then trust the faculty and staff to help the child feel at ease. Spann said a shy student can be paired with a sensitive, responsible leader in their grade level to help them adapt. “A counselor will assign a student to take them under their wing,” said Spann. “This will help them feel accepted and safe.” With a friend in the background watching out for them, the child will eventually feel confident enough to venture out on their own. A counselor can help the child work on social skills privately to build confidence. Journaling can also help a child express feelings they not be able to express verbally, and allow staff to get to know them. Learning about interests or hobbies can help staff draw out a child’s gifts. Allow them to be themselves. Teachers and students work on team building projects throughout the year, which allow students to depend on others while learning and having fun. Cooperative learning with a partner or team teaches students to learn to work with different personalities.

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“We want to make sure a student who is shy knows they have potential to tap into, and they have something to share,” said Spann. Many schools offer student participation through field trips, service projects, student council, 4-H and other clubs, chorus, and more. Vincent Settlement holds Movies Under the Stars, family nights, and encourages mentoring by family members. Something as simple as reading with a child outside the classroom to help build skills is beneficial to a shy student who is having difficulty learning to read. Allow a shy child the opportunity to learn to be independent, and build confidence to come out of their shell. Every child is different, and every child should feel their self-worth.

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“Our motto is ‘you matter’ for children and their families,” said Spann. “Appreciate every child’s differences, find their gifts, and help them realize their own potential unique to them.”

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It’s been nearly a year since McNeese State University Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill stood in front of a room of university staff, coaches, fans and media and reminisced about some of his favorite McNeese memories. He said he hoped to one day see people passing on the street, saying “Geaux Pokes.” With the start of a new academic year looming, Hemphill has geared up his department for the approaching sports seasons, but the magnitude of the connection between sports, academics and real life is not lost on him. It’s something he’s tried to keep at the forefront of his thought process as director of athletics. “What young people receive from athletics are lessons and experiences, many of which are outside the strategies of the game. Self-discipline, work ethic, organization of time and dealing with peer pressure, there are just so many lessons that correlate with life that come as a bonus when you’re involved in athletics. I think that we have a real opportunity to positively impact the lives of our student athletes,” Hemphill says. He credits his own experiences as a collegiate-level athlete with preparing him for his current role. “What’s prepared me for this job is not just the time I’ve been in this field, it’s been many years previous to that too. I am very fortunate that I was able to play as a Division 1 athlete, coach and be an administrator at Division 1 universities. I’ve also been a collegiate recruiting coordinator and have experienced the process from the parents’ perspective with my own son who was recruited and is currently a sophomore basketball player at the United States Naval Academy.” These roles have given Hemphill unique perspectives that have benefited him during his first year on the job at McNeese. He says it is a dream come true to be back in the Lake Charles area, working at McNeese State University. “I left Southwest Louisiana and have worked at major universities around the country, all those other places were positive learning experiences, but I wanted to come back home. I’ve always felt a sense of devotion to McNeese and Southwest Louisiana and even after a year, this is still my dream job.” Reflecting over his first year and looking ahead to the new year, Hemphill says there have been some challenges and there are still many more ahead of the university. “There are no quick fixes to issues with budgets or other issues we face, but what makes McNeese special is that we have been successful in the past and we have a great foundation on which we can build our future.” A strong showing last year for many of the university’s athletic programs has poised the athletic department for a great start this year.

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“Winning is fun. When you win people want to win more and this creates a competitive spirit and more community involvement,” adds Hemphill. “That’s what makes the job exciting, not only from the competition standpoint, but also having our athletes graduating and leaving here with a positive experience with happy memories. We’ve got happy athletes and a hard-working, cohesive coaching and administrative staff and that’s what makes it exciting to come to work every day.” For the past year, Hemphill has been listening— listening to student athletes, coaches, university staff and community members to see what challenges the programs are facing and where potential opportunities exist. “We have challenges on multiple levels within the university, including athletics. Universities all over the state are facing budget shortfalls and we are no different,” Hemphill adds. “Lower state funding, increases in tuition, decreasing student enrollment and the battle for the entertainment dollar have us pursuing more revenue streams.” Fundraising is one way to off-set the financial shortfall; this is something that the community has always been generous with where the university is concerned. Education is another key. Educating the community on the challenges we are facing, changes we are making and our efforts to preserve Cowboy traditions is important,” Hemphill says. “Changing football game kick-off

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times from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. is one adjustment we are making this fall.” This is a decision that many people are happy about, Hemphill adds. “We realize that we are changing a tradition and this has upset some, but when a tradition isn’t working as well as it once was, it’s time to step back and look at what changes could help. It has also been a tradition to fill Cowboy Stadium and that’s not taking place now. Our season ticket sales have been down for the last three or four years and we are also having to fight more than ever for the entertainment dollar. By moving the games up an hour, we hope to bring back some former season ticket holders but also add new families to our list. We’re still playing in the evening but everyone, especially families with young children and individuals who’ve travelled from out of town, will get home at a reasonable hour. We have designed packages to attract more families, new individuals and corporate groups looking to obtain more value for their entertainment dollar, but never losing focus on our loyal fan base.” Hemphill stresses that the excitement of McNeese football will remain, no matter what time kick-off takes place. “We’re fighting to keep our current fans and invite new ones to experience the great tradition of not only Cowboy football, but all McNeese athletics.”

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Another way to keep the community educated and informed about McNeese athletics is social media. “We have department staff who post information and pictures to Facebook and Twitter sites,” Hemphill says. “It has provided us with a way to educate our fans and give them an inside view of current experiences and news from our athletes and teams. We invite everyone to follow us, no matter what your preferred media outlet is and get caught up in the excitement of McNeese athletics. GEAUX POKES.” For more information regarding all McNeese State University athletics or purchasing season tickets for the upcoming football season, visit www.mcneesesports.com.




Home & Family

Crownpoint Cabinetry with Customized Style

In the 1960s, Norm Stowell was an educator and principal trying to support a family of seven children. He did various contracting construction projects to supplement the family income and was soon asked if he could build a kitchen for one of his customers. With the help of his wife Deanna and children, he custom-built the kitchen in his garage and launched a business that continues to thrive 35 years later. Three of the Stowell children continue to work in the family business, as well as members of the third generation, in-laws and almost 90 other “extended family� members. by Kristy Armand photos by Shonda Manuel & Crown Point

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Based in New Hampshire, Crown Point Cabinetry has never wavered from its original focus. All of their work is custom crafted by hand, promises made are promises kept and each and every client is give the respect they deserve.

Norm Stowell, founder of Crown Point Cabinetry, trims a door panel, 1989.

“We’re a traditional New England cabinetmaking company, and we work under a different model than the typical cabinet maker,” says Mark Wirta, Sales Manager with Crown Point. “We make cabinetry to order only, there’s no mass production. The cabinetry is 100 percent custom and designed to your space, choices, and style, to exacting standards. This way we can provide the absolute highest value to our clients.” The company has the reputation of being one of the highest quality cabinetmakers in the United States and has been featured on the television programs, This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again, as well as the Country Living House of the Year project. Their styles are wideranging and include Traditional, Prairie, Victorian, Shaker, Early American and Modern. Crown Point is available nationwide, and now, for the first time, their work can be found in Southwest Louisiana. They have partnered with the developers of Walnut Grove, a flourishing traditional neighborhood development on West Sallier Street in Lake Charles. Brian Stowell, the president of Crown Point, met Walnut Grove’s village architect, Everett Schram, at a builders’ conference several years ago. After realizing that Walnut Grove and Crown Point shared similar values, a business relationship became the natural next step. As both companies have a deep appreciation August 2014

for the quality and value of custom-crafted products, and how these products enhance one’s lifestyle, it was a natural fit, according to Stowell. The fact that each company was multigenerational was an added bonus. “When people see our cabinetry, they are drawn to its craftsmanship and classic style. That’s what happened with Walnut Grove,” said Stowell. “We typically go into homes in historic areas, whether it’s a renovation or a “new old” house. Our style lends itself to very traditional homes where there’s a lot of attention to detail. We fit well in places like Charleston, where we are often part of a renovation, and we are a good fit in new homes with builders who place that same value on quality. Southwest Louisiana is a new area for us, but the construction standards and the quality of craftsmanship found in the Walnut Grove homes are perfectly in sync with those of our company. Working with the architects and designers there has been a very seamless process, and we are very pleased with the final results in the homes that have been completed.” Schram agrees, saying that Crown Point adds the distinctively unique, beautiful functionality that the development and design team wanted for Walnut Grove. “Crown Point offers workmanship that is second to none, along with the highest grade lumber, premium hardware and custom finishes to complement each piece. You can feel the difference in the weight of the wood, the smoothness of the drawer slide, the gentle, silent closing of the door. It’s subtle, but huge. That’s where true quality makes a big difference and adds real value to not only the home, but to the lifestyle of the homeowner. Crown Point works with us to deliver that; to

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Home & Family Customized Cabinetry create the warmth and character that we want each of our homes to have.� Crown Point has designers on staff who closely collaborate with the Walnut Grove design team. Together they customize kitchen cabinets and features, lay out the spaces, discuss style and color choices, and finalize the design. Once approved, the cabinetry is made in New Hampshire, carefully loaded onto a furniture moving truck and delivered to Walnut Grove for final installation. Walnut Grove offers kitchens from Crown Point cabinetry, as well as other options for bathrooms and built-ins. Multiple examples of the cabinetry can be seen in the Walnut Grove Model Home, located at 2070 Jabez Drive. Call (337) 497-0825 or visit www.crown-point.com for additional information.

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Bringing Children Home Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster care system. They remain in the system until their home environment is safe—but for many, that never happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest Louisiana, right here in our community.


KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), highlights one child each month who is legally ready to be adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring each month’s story.

Darrell In Search of a Loving, Patience-Filled Home Several medical conditions have made four-year-old Darrell’s life hard, but Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Adoption Specialist, Desiree’ Bellard says a forever home could transform his abilities. “Darrel just needs a family who would be patient with him; a family who would give him a lot of attention, and most of all, love.” Darrell has been in foster care for more than half of his life. It is going to take a very special family willing to take on Darrell’s special needs to bring him the stability and love to thrive. DCFS will work with an adoptive family to provide the resources Darrell needs at no cost. “He is getting different therapy sessions for his developmental delays, and whatever is out there that we can help provide, we will do that,” said Bellard. Even though Darrell cannot speak, he can communicate, and his tender heart shines through. “He’s just fun-loving. He’s full of energy. He loves to play. He loves things that are musically inclined,” said Bellard. If you have the capacity to embrace this special child and match his excitement for life, you may be the mom or dad Darrell hopes to be with forever. “Darrell can just give life to a family just like any other child,” said Bellard. “He’ll just make the family more complete.” Darrell is ready to be adopted through DCFS. For more information, call 337-491-2470. or 1-800-814-1584. Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at www.kplctv.com.

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Style & Beauty

Stop Seeing Spots

On-the-spot treatments for hyperpigmentation by Kristy Armand

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Age spots, freckles, liver spots – different people call them different names, but no one wants to see these areas of hyperpigmentation on their skin, especially on their face. “Contrary to what most people think, age spots aren’t caused by getting older,” skin care consultant Tana Garcia with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “You can blame them – and nearly every other form of unwanted pigmentation – on the sun. The sun’s rays basically attack the skin, and the skin defends itself by making pigment. If you are skeptical, look at the skin that is never exposed to the sun. If the changes you are so unhappy with really came from aging, you’d have them all over.” She adds that aging does play one big role in the appearance of age spots: “The older a person gets, the greater the amount of sun damage they’ve accumulated, so the spots are more numerous and more visible. That’s why sunscreen and sun avoidance are really key.” Even though most spots are caused by the same source – the sun – they do take different forms. Here are the most common: Freckles: These are small tan spots that are usually less than half a centimeter. They may come and go, fading in the winter and darkening in the summertime. Lentigines: Known as age or liver spots, these small-to-medium brown areas multiply as you get older, popping up most often on the face, hands, and chest — all places with maximum exposure to sun. Uneven skin tone: Rather than a few specific spots, this involves larger areas of pigmentation that make your skin look darker in some areas, lighter in others. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: These are dark spots that develop after pimples, bug bites, or other flare-ups, and then stubbornly remain long after the initial inflammation has healed.

Melasma: More patchy than spotty, these brown outbreaks are hormone related, so they are likeliest to appear (on the cheeks, forehead, and around the lips) when a woman is pregnant or taking hormone replacement or birth control pills. So how do you make these spots fade away? Garcia cautions against brightening or lightening cleansers. “They won’t hurt you, but they also won’t do anything more than wash your face. They’re not on the skin long enough to make a difference, regardless of what active ingredients they contain.” She says hydroquinone is by far the most effective treatment for hyperpigmented skin. Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent available in higher grade cosmeceuticals or by prescription. “This product works by interfering with an enzyme that helps your skin produce melanin, the brown pigment that shows up as spots. The best products will contain two to four percent. Be careful to apply it only on the specific areas you want to lighten because hydroquinone is bleach. The product doesn’t distinguish the skin you want to bleach from the skin you don’t” Garcia adds that if you are sensitive to hydroquinone, you can improve the appearance of spots somewhat with other treatments, including kojic acid, licorice extract, mulberry, vitamin C, and soy. “These are excellent alternative or additional therapies for pigmentation. They do not all directly inhibit the enzyme that produces melanin, but they can produce visible results. Garcia says there are several in-office skin care treatment options that can help eliminate

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hyperpigmentation, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion and Dermapen. Home care products are always recommended in conjunction with these treatments in order to achieve longterm results “And it just can’t be said enough: sunscreen is a must,” stresses Garcia. “Sun exposure can trigger production of the pigment you are trying to eliminate, and almost any treated dark spot can reapear if exposed to UV light.” She adds that even people with dark skin need to use sunscreen. In fact, a recent Johnson & Johnson study of hyperpigmentation in African-Americans found that participants who simply added an SPF 30 sunscreen to their daily routine (and used no other additional treatments) saw significant improvement in their pigmentation, skin tone, and radiance after eight weeks. For more information about treating hyperpigmentation, call the Aesthetic Center at 310-1070 or visit www.facehealth.net.

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Hair and Makeup Tips for Beating the Heat Styling your hair and applying makeup only to leave the house and dissolve into a puddle of heat and humidity can feel like a losing battle. Here are some tips to avoid this sort of meltdown as well as some suggestions for more laidback, summery looks that are weather-friendly. • First and foremost, take care of your skin in the summer. It will make a world of difference. Adding a salicylic acid or glycolic acid formula to your face-washing routine will help clear up oil and grease in the pores caused by sweat and sun.

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• Explore new hairstyles to get into the spirit of summer. To achieve the popular beach hair look, use a texturizing salt spray in towel-dried hair below the roots and above the ends. Scrunch your hair and let it air dry down or in a low, messy bun for more wave. It’s easy to get frustrated and throw your hair up in a ponytail to get it out of the way. Before you leave the house, experiment with some up-dos like buns, top knots, or braids. Have fun with it, and leave the house prepared for the heat.

• Use a toner with salicylic acid in the morning to prevent the skin from getting too oily throughout the day. Look for one with naturally derived salicylic acid to avoid skin irritation. Instead of using moisturizer on the face—which actually opens the pores up to more sweat—try a tinted primer or a light liquid concealer that has SPF in it. • When choosing your makeup for summer, make sure to go with the waterproof varieties of mascara and eyeliner. Try a lighter makeup routine than usual and let the natural radiance of your skin shine in the summer sun. • Changing up your hair care routine might include switching out heavier shampoos and rich, moisturizing conditioners with lighter varieties. Volumizers and neutralizing sprays or serums are great if you are blowdrying your hair and want to protect it from turning frizzy in the humidity. You could also run a light, natural argan oil through your hair to give it some sleekness and shine.

REVERSE THE DAMAGE Did you know that up to 90% of the signs of premature skin aging are caused by sun exposure? Fortunately, you can repair your skin and prevent further damage. The Aesthetic Center offers a range of rejuvenating treatments and products to restore a healthier, more youthful appearance.

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Healthy Woman Anniversary The Facts of Lifetime Friendships At our 4th Anniversary Event, Lisa Whelchel, who most remember as Blair from The Facts of Life, and others more recently as a fan favorite on 2012’s Survivor, will share her wit and wisdom when it comes to embracing and nurturing life-long friendships. Whelchel, the author of Friendship For Grown-ups, is sure to give you and your friends a night to remember.

Fourth Anniversary Celebration Thursday, September 4 • 4-8 p.m. L’auberge Casino Resort 777 Avenue L’auberge • Lake Charles

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Snazzy Summertime Layers by Lauren Jameson

How do you dress for both? Layering is the key. Here are a few tips for successful summer layers:

Keep a cardigan or light jacket with you at all times or keep one at your desk.

Keep in mind that lighter colors reflect the heat while darker colors absorb it.

When dressing, start with a stylish, base outfit that you can either add or take away from, but still look stylish. For example, start with a sleeveless dress and add a cardigan or scarf (or both) that you can take off with ease whenever the need arises. It is important to make sure the base outfit is presentable on its own.

Make sure to wear thin, breathable fabrics. Heavy, synthetic fabrics are not feasible for summer. Also, try to wear fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily, such as jersey, and make sure to keep the layers light. Dresses or clothing with any kind of lining will just make you hotter – and they stick to you.

Lightweight cardigans come in just about any color and they can be paired with short-sleeved and sleeveless blouses and dresses without taking away from the look you want to achieve. Lightweight, colorful blazers, especially ones with three-quarter sleeves, will provide the same effect. Cropped cardigans or blazers help keep your look trim and less bulky, while longer styles are more tailored and classic.

Try to avoid the preppy-style twinset – a matching cardigan and sleeveless shell. This look can often make you look outdated. If you feel compelled to wear the combination, try to find a shell and a cardigan of opposing colors to achieve a color-block look. Also, avoid boxy cardigans and try to find more fitted styles.

There are many styles of “summer scarves” made in lightweight fabrics and fun, colorful prints that can help stave off that indoor chill as well. Pashminas and shawls are another option. Infinity scarves are also easy to store and will help warm you up.

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It’s common knowledge that most of the heat escapes your body through your heat and neck. So, while it’s OK to wear sandals, wearing closed toe, or even peep toe, heels will help keep you warmer. Also, wearing your hair down will help keep your neck warmer and help ward off the chill.

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Happinessa Habit by Kristy Armand

Happiness – it means different things to different people, but it’s something everyone seeks in one way or another. The concept seems to be the focus of our thoughts and an ever-present topic in our cultural conversation. There’s certainly no shortage of information and advice on the subject. A Google search for “happiness” delivers over 86 million results and you can find over 184,000self-help titles related to happiness on Amazon.com. 54 www.thriveswla.com

The quest for happiness is not a new one. Aristotle, the original self-help guru, defined happiness as “a life lived in accordance with virtue.” For him, happiness wasn’t a feeling, but an evaluation of a life lived well. That thought process began to shift in a profound way in the 18th century when people started thinking of happiness as more of a personal feeling, an emotion. Consider the Declaration of Independence, in which Thomas Jefferson identifies the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right, along with life and liberty. “When you look at happiness in this framework, as a ‘right,’ we really shouldn’t be surprised by how focused we are on our feelings of happiness – or unhappiness – at any given time,” says Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, owner of Solutions Counseling & EAP. “We’ve been raised in a culture where the goal is to seek happiness,

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but what determines what that is? It’s not the same for everyone and it’s not even the same for each person at different times in their lives. It can be exhausting to feel like you are constantly seeking a critical component of your life but never finding it. Ironically, this preoccupation with happiness may actually be making us less happy.” Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, and nationally syndicated columnist, believes today’s combination of unprecedented prosperity and uncertainty about the future are the driving factors causing people to obsess more about their personal happiness. Her research found that when we’re able to provide for our families but face economic and political uncertainty at the same time, we focus more on what we can control and what we really want from life, such as, “Do I have meaningful relationships?” “Do I get satisfaction from work?”“Do I feel like my life is what I want it to be?” Rubin says its the answers to these types of selfexamining questions that determine our feelings of happiness. Research shows that approximately 50 percent of happiness is determined by personality traits that are largely hereditary, so half of how happy you feel is basically outside your control. “But, on the positive side, that means 50 percent of your level of happiness if totally within your control,” says Forbess-McCorquodale. “And the good news is you can make a conscious effort to be a happier person, even if you’re genetically inclined to fall a little lower on the happy scale. Two studies recently published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that those who actively tried to feel happier reported the highest level of positive moods, making a definitive case for thinking yourself happy. So the choice to be happier really is yours.”



Proven Habits of Happy People

They surround themselves with other happy people. Joy is contagious. Researchers in the Framingham Heart Study who investigated the spread of happiness over 20 years found that those who are surrounded by happy people “are more likely to become happy in the future.”


They cultivate resilience. Happy people


They notice the little things.

know how to bounce back from failure. Resilience is like a padding for the inevitable hardship human beings are bound to face. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” It’s important to celebrate great, hard-earned accomplishments, but happy people give

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attention to their smaller victories and little pleasures too. When we take time to notice the things that go right, it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day . Finding meaning in the little things, and practicing gratitude for all that you do have is associated with a sense of overall well-being.





They express gratitude. Happy people


They unplug. Whether by meditating, taking a few deep breaths away from the screen or deliberately disconnecting from electronics, unplugging from our hyperconnected world has proven advantages when it comes to happiness.


They get spiritual. Studies point to a link between religious and spiritual practice and happiness. Happiness habits like expressing gratitude, compassion and charity are generally promoted in most spiritual traditions, and belief in a higher power or purpose is linked to overall happiness.

They give back. Whether it’s money or time, positive people do good for others, which in return, does some good for the dogooders themselves. A long-term research project called “Americans’ Changing Lives” found a bevy of benefits associated with altruism. Volunteer work was good for both mental and physical health. Givers also experience what researchers call “the helper’s high,” a euphoric state experienced by those engaged in charitable acts. The act of making a financial donation triggers the reward center in our brains that is responsible for dopamine-mediated euphoria.

They look on the bright side. When you choose to see the silver lining, you’re also choosing health and happiness. The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events will last a long time, will undermine everything they do, and are their own fault. Optimists, who are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about misfortune in the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case. Such people are unfazed by defeat. Confronted by a bad situation, they perceive it as a challenge and try harder.

focus on what they have, not on what they don’t have. It’s motivating to want more in your career, relationships, bank account, etc. but thinking about what you already have, and expressing gratitude for it, will make you a lot happier. One study showed people who wrote down 5 things they were thankful for once a week were 25 percent happier after ten weeks.

10 They make exercise a priority.

Simply put, exercise causes your body to release endorphins and endorphins make you happy. Exercise has been shown to ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, thanks to the various brain chemicals that are released that amplify feelings of happiness and relaxation.

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They make and keep good friends. There’s a definite payoff to making real (not just professional or social media) friends. Increasing your number of friends correlates to higher subjective well being; doubling your number of friends is like increasing your income by 50 percent in terms of how happy you feel. And if that’s not enough, people who don’t have strong social relationships are 50 percent less likely to survive at any given time than those who do. Make real friends and make the effort to keep those connections strong and you’ll live a longer, happier life.

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They get plenty of rest. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed isn’t just a myth. When you’re exhausted, you are much more likely to be in a bad mood. A good night’s sleep can help decrease anxiety and improve mood.

12 They laugh frequently.

You’ve heard it before: Laughter is the best medicine. A good, old-fashioned belly laugh releases happy brain chemicals that make us better equipped to tolerate both pain and stress. The more you laugh, the happier you’ll be.

13 They treat themselves right.

The happiest people go out of their way to treat themselves right and they do something nice for themselves each day. They set appropriate boundaries and take care of themselves by saying no to things when they need to. They also accept themselves as they are and don’t engage in negative self-talk.

15 They actively pursue their goals.

Goals you don’t pursue aren’t goals, they’re dreams, and dreams only make you happy when you’re dreaming. People who could identify a goal they were pursuing were 19% more likely to feel satisfied with their lives and 26 percent more likely to feel positive about themselves.

14 They don’t chase stuff.

Money is important. Money does a lot of things, including create choices, but after a certain point, money doesn’t make people happier. After about $75,000 a year, money doesn’t buy more (or less) happiness, according to a study released earlier this year. Chasing possessions tends to make you less happy.

Louisiana Has Found the Secret to Happiness Louisiana residents must follow most of these 15 habits. According to a study released by professors from Harvard and the Vancouver School last month, Louisiana is the happiest state in the nation. The results were based on data from a CDC study and weighted based on demographics and income. Six of the top 10 cities with the happiest people in the country were in Louisiana, with Lake Charles landing at number 8. Here are those six and how they ranked:

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Post Surgical Pain Neurosurgeons at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Perform Region’s First ‘Awake Craniotomy’ Brain surgery is a daunting experience for any patient, although thanks to general anesthesia, it’s typically not a memorable one. That’s not the case for patients who go through an awake craniotomy – a unique, complex procedure that allows surgeons to react based on feedback from the patient during removal of a brain tumor. Dr. Brian Kelley and Dr. Erich Wolf, neurosurgeons on staff at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, recently performed the first awake craniotomy procedure in Southwest Louisiana, successfully removing a high-grade brain tumor from a 50-year-old patient. An awake craniotomy enables neurosurgeons to more accurately remove tumors located near sensitive, high-functioning areas of the brain. Until now, patients needing this type advanced procedure had to travel away from home and family to receive the care they needed. The nearest qualified surgeons and facilities are located in Houston, New Orleans or Shreveport. But Dr. Kelley has extensive training in the awake craniotomy procedure and performed them for several years before moving to Lake Charles nearly one year ago. Since that time, he has worked with CHRISTUS to add the technology and train the surgical staff to make the procedure available here in Southwest 58 www.thriveswla.com

Louisiana. Dr. Kelley says that an awake craniotomy is just what it sounds like. “The patient is awake and able to interact with the us during the procedure, which helps us prevent permanent functional damage to highly sensitive areas.” He explains that the patient is sedated while the surgeon opens the skull to expose the brain, then gradually brought out of sedation to full consciousness. Because the brain itself doesn’t have any pain receptors, the patient feels no discomfort. Local anesthesia in the form of a scalp block with mild intermittent sedation is usually enough to eliminate any feelings of pain. As the tumor is carefully removed by the surgeon, the patient’s language, motor and sensory function are monitored to make sure critical parts of the brain are protected. “When tumors are in what we call eloquent, functional areas, the margin of error is a small as a millimeter,” Dr. Kelley says. “That’s why the patient’s feedback in the awake technique is critical for minimizing risk and preserving function.” Dr. Kelley and Dr. Wolf used 3D images from a functional MRI, along with the hospital’s StealthStation navigation

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software to “map” and guide them during the awake craniotomy. The brain mapping and patient interaction functions associated with the procedure have been shown to offer better outcomes and more functionality preservation than other treatments while allowing for the maximum amount of tumor to be safely removed. Recovery time is also shortened. “This patient had an excellent outcome and we were able to completely remove the tumor, leaving no residual tissue and resulting in no functional deficit,” said Dr. Kelley. “We would not have been able to perform this surgery here without the availability of advanced technology and the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital’s commitment to expanding neurosurgery capabilities in Southwest Louisiana,” said Dr. Kelley.

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Advanced Cardiovascular Care: The pain that follows a major surgery, such as a joint replacement, can be extreme. Now, there is a new drug being used at Lake Charles Memorial that is considered a game changer in treating post surgical pain. It is called Exparel and it is injected during surgery and takes away the pain in the most critical recovery days. “We inject the drug around the joint in the operating room,” says Dr. Nathan Cohen, an orthopaedic surgeon with the Memorial Medical Group. “Over the course of 72 hours the medication is released and it typically gives you three days of pain relief.” Marilyn Martine experienced the benefit first hand, twice. She has driven a school bus in Allen Parish for 30 years. She had arthritis in both of her knees and the pain become so unbearable, she knew she had to do something. “I hurt so bad that they could cut the knee off completely and it wouldn’t have bothered me a bit,” she says. Martine was referred to Dr. Cohen after living with the pain in her knees for three years. She had both knees replaced about six-months apart. Exparel was used each time, giving her a less painful experience and a faster recovery. “I woke up waiting for that horrible pain to kick in, but it never came,” Martine recalls. “I walked around the hospital that same day without a cane or walker.” Once the medicine wears off, the pain is dramatically less than it would have been right after surgery. Martine was able to start physical therapy earlier, and get out of the hospital faster. “Patients are alert and comfortable,” Dr. Cohen says. “Most of my patients walk the same day and go home within 24 to 36 hours of the operation.” Dr. Cohen uses Exparel on all of his total hip and knee replacements. Patients are still prescribed prescription pain killers, but use very few, if any. Oftentimes, over-the-counter medications like Advil, Aleve or Tylenol are sufficient.

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Mind & Body There once was a time when sciatica was viewed as a condition for older patients, something to be suffered when you passed middle-age. But jobs with long hours at a desk, coupled with little to no physical activity, have spawned a new group of 20-something sciatica sufferers.

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About 40 percent of adults will be affected by sciatica at some point in their lives. Men and women, regardless of weight, are susceptible to this condition, which most often affects adults between the ages of 30 and 50. According to Dr. William Lowry Jr., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, most sciatica sufferers have desk-bound careers. “Sitting reverses the pelvis, which stretches some of the muscles in the lower back, while compressing other muscles. These muscles can strain, which causes them to lock or spasm. This affects the sciatic nerve and causes pain.” He explains that sciatica is a symptom, not a disease, that results from an irritated sciatic nerve. Although there is no single injury directly related to sciatica, the most common cause is a herniated or slipped disc that leads to pressure on a nerve root. A variety of other factors can be the reason for an injury, such as: Piriformis syndrome. The result of the piriformis muscle becoming tight or convulsing. This can put pressure on and irritate the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis. A condition that is a result of spinal canal narrowing accompanying pressure on the nerves. Spondylolisthesis. A slippage of one vertebra, which causes it to be out of line with the one on top of it. This narrows the opening where the nerve passes through. Dr. Lowry says sciatica is not the same as back pain, but the two often accompany one another. “Unlike back pain, sciatica typically affects only one side. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg, so damage to the nerve can result in some people feeling intense pain in one part of the leg or hip and insensibility in other areas. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot.”

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He recommends seeing a doctor as soon as any signs start to occur. “Sciatica pain can come in various forms. You may get mild tingling in the one leg, constant pain in one side of the rear, or numbness in a foot. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to make a person unable to move.” Once your doctor confirms your sciatica symptoms, there are various treatment options available. Sciatica usually resolves on its own with time and rest, so treatment will be geared toward helping you manage the pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, aspirin or muscle relaxants can help. “Contrary to popular belief, lying in bed for an extended period of time will not help sciatica,” Dr. Lowry says. “In fact, it can make symptoms worse. An active lifestyle can actually help manage sciatica pain.” He suggests asking your doctor for advice on the best type of exercise program for you specific situation, and finding activities you enjoy, which will increase the chances of you sticking with it. Dr. Lowry says time—in conjunction with these pain management techniques—will usually improve sciatica symptoms. “However, in some cases, steroid injections may be an additional treatment option if symptoms do not improve.” Since sciatica can affect just about anyone, Dr. Lowry offers these suggestions for prevention: • Practice good posture to alleviate pressure on the lower back. • Avoid sitting for long periods without stretching or walking. • When lifting heavy objects, stand up with your hips and legs while holding the item close to the chest. • Do strengthening exercises that support your spine, such as swimming, walking or activities recommended by a physical therapist.

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It’s no secret that BOTOX injections help smooth out troublesome lines and wrinkles that appear as we age. BOTOX has also been used to reduce severe sweating. But did you know that BOTOX is now being used as an alternative treatment for the nearly 35 million people worldwide that suffer from TMJD (temporo-mandibular joint disorders) and associated jaw tension and pain? While the exact cause is not clear, most dentists believe that TMJD originates in the jaw muscles when the joint is misaligned, or when the jaw, face, head or neck is injured. TMJD can also result from joint disease, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis; or due to chronic pressure on the joint or facial muscles, such as teeth grinding or clenching. Most believe TMJD is caused by a number of factors including the effects of stress, causing facial muscles to tense and the jaw or teeth to clench. TMJD are known to cause pain in or around the ear when chewing, speaking or opening your mouth. Dr. Tim Robinson of Robinson Dental Group says his office is now using BOTOX to treat TMJD symptoms. “When BOTOX is injected directly into

the jaw muscles – typically at half the dosage used for cosmetic treatments – it blocks the nerve impulses to the injected muscles. Once these signals are interrupted, the contractions fade, the muscles relax – and the pain associated with TMJD diminishes.” “The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX can even minimize lockjaw. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within four to seven days of their first treatment, although full relief can take up to two weeks,” says Dr. Robinson. BOTOX appears to be a safe alternative to traditional treatment for most people who experience jaw tension or have a TMJD. Nevertheless, it is important for BOTOX providers

to screen patients to determine their eligibility for treatment. During the initial consultation, a doctor or dentist should carefully review every prospective patient’s medical history before beginning treatment. Generally, there is little pain associated with the BOTOX TMJD treatment. Some patients have likened the injection pain unto a “bug bite” or “prick”. Pain from the injection can be reduced by numbing proposed injection sites with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. For more information on BOTOX injections as a TMJD treatment option or for cosmetic solutions, visit www.robinsondentalgroup.com or call Robinson Dental Group in Lake Charles at 474-3636 or in Moss Bluff at 429-5057.

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Staying Alert on the Road by Katie Harrington

The phrase drowsy driving has been a hot topic in national media for the last month following a tragic accident involving comedian Tracey Morgan. A luxury van Morgan and several other people were traveling in was struck by a Walmart 18-wheeler on the New Jersey Turnpike last month. Comedian James McNair was killed in the accident. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Kevin Roper, has been charged with vehicular homicide and it is alleged that at the time of the crash he had not slept in more that 24-hours. Roper has pled not guilty, but recent coverage of this accident is bringing the dangers of drowsy driving back to the forefront.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 2.5 percent of fatal crashes and two percent of injury crashes involve drowsy driving. These estimates are believed to be conservative, however, and up to 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. “Getting behind the wheel of a car when drowsy is dangerous not just for yourself, but also for your passengers and the other drivers and passengers out on the road,” says Joni Fontenot with the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “Aside from the staggering death toll each year, the NHTSA also

blames drowsy driving for 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.” A Centers for Disease Control report says that of nearly 150,000 adults aged 18 or older in 19 states and the District of Columbia surveyed, 4.2 percent reported that they had fallen asleep while driving at least once in the previous 30 days. Individuals who snored or usually slept 6 or fewer hours per day were more likely to report this behavior. Like alcohol and drugs, sleep loss or fatigue impairs driving skills such as hand-eye coordination, reaction time, vision, awareness of surroundings and decision-making.

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“Driving requires a set of skills that are dramatically reduced when you are sleep deprived,” says Dr. Jana Kaimal, medical director at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “Studies show that drowsiness can cause slower reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, a decline in attention to important signs, road changes and actions of other vehicles and increased moodiness and aggressive behavior.” In addition to these impacts, Dr. Kaimal says drowsiness can also cause decreased alertness that can prevent you from seeing an obstacle and avoiding a crash, problems with processing information and short-term memory as wells as microsleeps, brief two to three second sleep episodes, that you may not even realize are happening. According to Fontenot, when sleepiness is a factor in accidents, the driver is usually alone and is more likely to be male. She says most drowsy driving crashes happen between midnight and 6 a.m., followed by mid-afternoon. Dr. Kaimel says this corresponds to when the body’s need for sleep is the greatest – at night and the circadian dip during mid-afternoon. Perhaps the most shocking statistics involving drowsy driving appear when looking at data comparing driving while fatigued to driving while intoxicated. “Studies have shown the 17 hours of sustained wakefulness produces performance impairment equal to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent,” Dr. Kaimal explains. “After 24 hours, impairment is equal to a BAC of 0.10 percent.” All 50 states consider a BAC of 0.08 percent to be legally drunk. “There are several warning signs that you may be too sleepy or fatigued to drive safely,” Fontenot adds. “Turning up the radio or rolling down the window, impaired reaction time and judgment, trouble focusing, yawning and rubbing your eyes repeatedly and drifting from your lane are all signs that it is time to pull over.” Dr. Kaimal also says there are several groups of drivers who may be at a greater risk for driving drowsy. “Young people, shift workers, commercial drivers, people with undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders and business travelers all are in a position to be too fatigued to safely operate a vehicle.” Dr. Kaimal and Fontenot offer these tips to reduce your risk of drowsy driving before your next trip. Get enough sleep. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night and most teens need eight and a half to nine and a half. Take a break. Plan to stop about every 100 miles or two hours during long trips. Don’t go it alone. Arrange for a travel companion so you have someone to talk with or share the driving. Put down the alcohol and sedatives. Check the labels of your medications to make sure there are no warnings against operating a vehicle while you are taking it.

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For sleep-related questions, contact the Sleep Disorder Center at (337) 310-7378. For safe driving information, call the Safety Council at (337) 436-3354.

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For a Common Irritating Eyelid Condition If you suffer from dry, itchy, gritty eyes, you may think you have allergies or dry eye syndrome, but you could actually be battling blepharitis, a common inflammatory condition of the eyelids. And if you aren’t treating the problem correctly, your battle could wage on indefinitely. The Eye Clinic now offers a new treatment for blepharitis called BlephEX, which is providing relief for many patients coping with the ongoing irritation of the condition. Dr. Charles Thompson, an ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic who is fellowship-trained in corneal disease, cataract surgery and external disease, explains that blepharitis is a disorder that affects all age groups and has varying forms and presentations. He says most commonly, blepharitis is distinguished by its anatomic location on the eyelid. Anterior blepharitis involves an accumulation of bacteria at the base of the eyelashes, leading to a thick biofilm on the eyelid margin. The incidence of anterior blepharitis increases exponentially in patients who suffer with

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certain types of dry eye. Individuals who produce an insufficient amount of tears will develop anterior blepharitis as a result of their tear deficiency. “Most people do not understand that when our eyes are dry due to decreased tear production, we are missing a part of our innate immune system as a result,” says Dr. Thompson. “Several aspects of our tears serve to fight off and neutralize bacteria that are present on our eyelids and on the surface of our eyes. The more advanced the anterior blepharitis, the more prone an individual is to awaken with significant matting of the eyelashes, and the more likely they are to have chronic itching and burning despite the use of artificial tear drops or anti-allergy medications.” Posterior blepharitis involves thickened and inspisatted meibomian glands, which are oil glands present in the upper and lower eyelids. When the oil from these glands becomes thickened, it cannot

be expressed onto the surface of the eye. As a result, the eye’s tear film becomes unstable and these patients develop a type of dry eye known as ‘evaporative dry eye.’ Dr. Thomposn says either type of blepharitis can become a chronic condition, resulting in itchiness, tearing, crusting, redness and stinging or burning of the eye. Dr. Thompson says blepharitis has historically been difficult to treat effectively, with little examination time given to the diagnosis and discussion of treatment options. Patients were started on warm compresses to improve oil gland function, and encouraged to incorporate dilute

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baby shampoo into nightly eyelid scrubbing. Artificial tears helped to mitigate the symptoms for some. For extremely aggressive cases, oral and topical antibiotics may occasionally be needed. “Unfortunately, patients often abandoned these treatments because they saw little or no benefit, and continued to suffer with the condition,” says Dr. Thompson. “The truth is, too much responsibility was placed on the patient to scrub their own eyelids, and it is very difficult to scrub them effectively. In addition, many patients with anterior blepharitis may have vision impairment related to cataract or macular degeneration, or they may have arthritis or some other medical condition that makes scrubbing even more challenging.” With the new BlephEx in-office treatment, Dr. Thompson is able to treat blepharitis at the source – literally. The device’s hand piece spins a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of the eyelids and at the base of the eyelashes to remove all bacterial debris and the bacterial biofilm associated with blepharitis, while gently and painlessly exfoliating the eyelids. “This alleviates the irritating symptoms of blepharitis and improves the overall health of the eyelid. The treatment eliminates a major source of eye irritation, and minimizes the need for at-home self-treatments and the need for excessive prescription medications,” says Dr. Thompson. Margaret Coltrin was one of the first patients at The Eye Clinic to have the BlephEx procedure and she says the results were immediate – and incredible. “I had been putting drops in my eyes four times every day for several weeks and it just was not getting better. My eyes were gummy and gritty; I was truly miserable. Dr. Thompson suggested BlephEx and I was willing to try anything. It took just a few minutes and my eyes were better right away. This has been an ongoing problem for me, and I am so happy to have a new option that works.” After the procedure, patients are instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with proper lid hygiene. “Because we know blepharitis is often a chronic problem, we do recommend that patients maintain regular follow-up to assess the health of their eyelids. BlephEx treatments may be repeated at four- to six-month intervals if needed,” adds Dr. Thompson. For more information about BlephEx or any dry eye or ocular surface condition, call The Eye Clinic at (337) 478-3810 or visit www.theeyeclinic.net.












For the fourth consecutive time, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is the recipient of Grade A honors for safety, thanks to our physician-led team. This “A” Grade was given by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization using publicly available data to apply letter grade safety ratings to hospitals nationwide. The Leapfrog Group reviewed all aspects of safety, including injuries, accidents, preventable medical errors and infections. To view results, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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Mark Your Calendar! Arts & Crabs Fest Tickets On Sale July 15 The Arts Council, Lake Charles/ SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Southwest Beverage, and KVHP/FOX29/the CW have announced that the 5th annual Arts & Crabs Fest will take place on August 16 from 5pm8pm, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Arts & Crabs Fest is a homegrown Southwest Louisiana festival celebrating the ties between our seafood and culture – our region’s greatest national assets. General admission ticket sales will be available online at www.artscouncilswla.org and at the Arts Council office. Tickets are $25 per person, and ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older.

Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles Hosting Big Bang Skeet Shoot The Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles is hosting a Big Bang Skeet Shoot on August 16 at the Lake Charles Gun Club located at 6601 Ward Line Road in Lake Charles. All proceeds from the shoot will help will benefit CARC and Boy’s Village. The entry fee for 4-man teams is $500 or $125 for individual shooters. For more information, call Dave at (337) 396-6526 or Steve at (337) 474-1622.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival Seeking Submissions The third annual Lake Charles Film & Music Festival will take place October 10-12 with independent film screenings, live music, seminars, workshops in downtown Lake Charles. The festival is currently seeking entries for films that have been completed after January 1, 2012. More information and submission forms are available on www.lakecharlesfilmfestival.com. The deadline for entries is August 13.

Free Community Health Screening Offered The Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles will offer a free health screening on August 16 from 8am–12noon at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Healthcare professionals with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, Lake Area Medical Center, Lake Charles Memorial Health System, and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital are partnering to bring this comprehensive wellness-screening program and provide 1,000 free health screenings. Screenings will assess risks for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and diabetes due to the high prevalence of obesity in Southwest Louisiana. Participants are required to fast (no food) a minimum of 4 hours. Water and black coffee are acceptable. Daily medication should be taken prior to the screening. For more information, visit www.healthierswla.com.

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Radiology Department Attends LSRT Convention

McNeese State University Radiology Department attending the LSRT Convention in New Orleans Louisiana. They placed 1st and 3rd place for Scientific Exhibits and had great success in the State Quiz Bowl competition.

McNeese Receives Federal Economic Development Grant McNeese State University has received a $102,590 grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to help lead innovation and economic development in Southwest Louisiana. The grant from the EDA University Center program funds the second year of a five-year grant awarded to McNeese in 2013. McNeese was one of 19 universities awarded the grant in a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies.

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McNeese Partners with StraightLine McNeese State University has partnered with StraighterLine - a leading provider of affordable online college courses - to provide students with more opportunities to earn credits toward degree programs and certificates. McNeese now accepts StraighterLine’s online college courses for credit, according to Dr. Dustin Hebert, executive director of the Doré School of Graduate Studies and Extended Education. Students can now earn a McNeese degree online or on campus, using some StraighterLine courses to complete general education courses. For more information, contact the McNeese Electronic Learning Office at 337-475-5126.

McNeese History Professor Publishes Book Dr. Michael J. Crawford, associate professor of history at McNeese State University, has released a new book titled “The Fight of Status and Privilege in Late Medieval Dr. Michael J. Crawford and Early Modern Castile, 1465-1598.” Penn State University Press published his book. In his book, Crawford investigates conflicts about and resistance to the status of “hidalgo,” conventionally understood as the lowest, most heavily populated rank in the Spanish nobility.

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McNeese offers Sessions on Affordable Care Act and Small Business Health Options Program Are you a small business owner looking to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the Small Business Health Options Program Marketplace? Two free workshops will be offered to provide information for employers on health coverage choices. The first workshop will cover an overview of the SHOP Marketplace from 5:00-8:00 pm on August 12, in Rooms D and E of the McNeese State University SEED Center (4310 Ryan St.).The second workshop will be held from 8:00am-6:00pm on August 27, in Rooms B and C of the SEED Center. It will consist of small group counseling sessions where employers will learn more about marketplace enrollment choices for their small businesses. To pre-register or for more information, call (337) 475-5529 or email lsbdc.msu@lsbdc.org.




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

Let ’s Start at theVery Beginning … a very good place to start … (am I the only one singing at this point?) I love beginnings, whether we’re talking about birth, toddlers learning to walk, the first day of school and all the ensuing grades, first job, first boy/ girlfriend, you get the picture. I love that we have the opportunity to have a “fresh start” a multitude of times in our lives. I hope that is how you view mornings: a fresh start. Every morning you have the opportunity to decide what kind of day you’re going to have. I believe the way you choose to start your day will influence the tone of the rest of your day. Do you groan when the alarm goes off? Do you have to drag yourself out of bed? Do you take that first look in the mirror and say “Ugh, I do NOT want to go to work today?” If so, I cannot possibly understand why you don’t have a great day every day! (Can you smell sarcasm in a magazine?) The way you choose to start your day is so important. Please consider adding in some of the following tips: Begin the night before. The best way to ensure a good day is a good night’s sleep. So much influences our sleep: what you eat and drink, how much you eat and drink, how late you eat and drink, how you get your mind and body ready to go to sleep (hint: TV is not part of the equation). Get to bed on time (most people need 7 to 8 hours per night), with a stomach that is not overly full, in a bed that is comfortable, in a dark/quiet/ cool room and either read or listen to relaxing music to go to sleep. Quit hitting “snooze.” Don’t purposely set your alarm so you can snooze for another hour before getting up. Either you won’t actually get back to sleep, or

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you will and then you’ll be unpleasantly jolted awake again. Set the alarm for the time you need to get up and GET UP. Hitting snooze is like setting all your clocks fast to trick yourself into being on time–you are not fooling yourself, and you spend wasted time figuring out how much more time you have before you have to get up. Even if you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, get up at the correct time. The best way to get your sleep schedule on track is to get up on time every day. Choose carefully what you put in your mind. Well, since you won’t be hitting your snooze button anymore, you won’t have that time to lie in bed and dread the day. But you do have the opportunity the entire time you are getting ready to tell yourself what kind of day you are going to have. That conversation is very influential. Make sure it’s positive and productive. If you have something on your schedule that you’re not looking forward to, choose to focus on what better thing you will do afterwards. Exercise! Or meditate, do yoga, or have a daily devotion. Do something in the mornings to feed your soul. When we feel nurtured, and we feel we have started the day in a healthy way, we are more likely to keep ourselves in that positive space. I choose to exercise the mornings for several reasons: I want to go ahead and sweat early so I can get cleaned up only once in a day, I need to get it over with so I don’t find any excuses throughout the day not to do it (and believe me, it wouldn’t take much to derail me), but most of all, I just feel better when I start the day doing something good for me. It seems

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to keep me on track for the remainder of the day. Plus, I believe there is some research that indicates exercising in the mornings burns more calories than doing it in the evenings, and who doesn’t want that?! Choose carefully what you put in your body. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet so many of us don’t eat anything at all, or we eat junk. I am guilty from time to time. I LOVE a good doughnut, or a good bear claw, or a good cinnamon bagel, or pancakes … (OK, I think I just went into a carbohydrate coma). For the most part, I eat a healthy breakfast (which is fruit, for me). Those times I cave and have the luscious carb I’m dreaming of, I feel sluggish the rest of the day. AND I seem to eat junk the rest of the day. Those first decisions of what to put into your body (water, people, WATER) tend to lead us to better eating choices throughout the day. I hope you will consider incorporating some of these thoughts into the beginnings of your days. And if you don’t do it today, remember, you have another chance tomorrow!

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