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An Artistic Adventure p.24


What Works for Stefanie Griffith p.6


Wearing a Memory p.6 Hold onto Love p.22 Instant Beauty p.20





YOU p.35

Hopeful Scarves p.10

“I’m my own health advocate.” p.30 WHAT SHE’S DOING AT 4am p.8

Her Go-To Stress Reliever p.24

How Celia Catlett Corrals Her Day p.26

Choosing the Perfect College p.28


of Drug Addiction p.8 How Tara Anderson Started in Public Radio

Your health? Never take no for an answer p.30


The Strength of Glass




25 Good Things

These Kids Need You p.32



Brighten Your Face p.24


Take a Trip to Williamsburg p.28

JANUARY 2017 • VOL. 27 / NO. 2

PUBLISHER Cathy S. Zion EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anita Oldham EDITOR Tiffany White CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Lucy M. Pritchett Miranda G. Popp




bought the perfect short-heeled booties. They had some flair and looked great with whatever I paired them with — just the image I wanted them to represent. However, they pinched when I stood in them for any length of time. Part of my attention was focused on putting a bit more pressure on one foot to relieve the pressure in the other one. I was so relieved to take them off. I kept trying to make them work, but nothing changed. Sometimes it seems the lives we create for ourselves can be just as ill-fitting as these boots were for me. If that is the case for you, maybe it is time for something new — adjustments so that your life is custom made for you.

• Boots: Pull on your boots for extra fortification if you are preparing to go through some tough times. Bring along your cloak of friends for extra support. • Sneakers: It’s not about whether you are moving but how you are moving. Add accountability through a friend or an app. • Comfortable Shoes: Sometimes we feel that we need to put on things that feel familiar but don’t stay the same to avoid change. The steps you take can be gradual. • Old Shoes: Give them away to someone else who needs them — and give away your old ways at the same time.

Want to vary the path you are walking on? Different shoes make different footprints. The women in this issue will inspire you to take some steps in the right direction. — Anita Oldham

ON THE COVER: Pilar Salinas-Bedo is doing everything she can to stay healthy and feel good. As a NPC bikini competitor, Pilar looks forward to her regular workouts. Find out more about what she’s doing on page 56. Photo: Melissa Donald Location: Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center Makeup: Blades Salon & Spa




Here’s some shoes you could consider: • Slippers: Take a minute for yourself. Try some good self talk and deep breathing to put yourself in the moment. We all need a little guilt-free me time. • Work Shoes: Are you heading back to work or a new job? These shoes need to fit well, but remember that they can be a little big so you have room to grow your skills. Pull on your confidence first. • High Heels: Are you taking some time to celebrate? Pair these shoes with a sparkly attitude and laughter. Take a minute to enjoy the people in your life.


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kaitlyn English Teri Hickerson Suzy Hillebrand Joyce Inman CIRCULATION MANAGER W. Earl Zion Today’s Woman is published monthly by: Zion Publications, LLC 9750 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 307 Louisville, KY 40223 Phone: 502.327.8855 The opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the position of the publisher. Today’s Woman magazine does not endorse or guarantee any advertiser’s product or service. Copyright 2017 by Zion Publications LLC, all rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited without permission from Zion Publications LLC.

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WHAT WORKS FOR STEFANIE GRIFFITH By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Trina Whalin

Wearing a Memory


hair museum? Not someplace one would normally think of as actually existing. But in celebration of its 31st year, Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique owner Stefanie Griffith thought creating such a place would be entertaining as well as a chance to celebrate the history of the business. Also, she found it a way to appease her curiosity about the history of All Things Hair.

Evelyn Merkel (left) owned Alex Adams salon and was co-owner of Alix Adams Talent Agency.

What Works for Her:

• Asics Model GT-2000 series running shoes: “At least once a week, I go on a long walk — maybe five or six miles. These shoes give me good support.”

• Her Hair Products: “I use Aveda’s Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Aveda Shampure, a dry shampoo.”

• EveryDollar personal finance app: “My husband and SEARCH: Stefanie Griffith

I just started using this app a few months ago. We figure our monthly budget and decide what we can spend in each area after the monthly bills are paid.”

Pursue Serenity Let’s just stop for a moment. Can’t we enjoy full and serene lives? Why not pursue serenity? Circumstances vary, and serenity may be hard to imagine in some lives. Still, tranquility and turmoil can coexist, serving as lesson and reminder. Appreciating its value and making the choice to cultivate serenity

By Bob Mueller

is the beginning. Far from being a keepsake to have and to hold, tranquility is won through awareness, good judgment, and practice. It takes work to uncover our quiet haven. Difficulty is real; escape is neither possible nor always desirable. Bedrock calm despite hard times is good living. SEARCH: Stop a Moment

Bob Mueller is the vice president of Development at Hosparus.



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Louisville real estate agent Crystalyn Noland says her fashion inspiration started at home.

fashion inspiration. She always looked put together and classy. She was a trendsetter.”

Crystalyn’s mother, Nancy Downey, nicknamed “Fancy Nancy” in their Minnesota community, worked in an art gallery. All throughout their childhood, Crystalyn and her two sisters idolized their mother. “I have confidence in my [style] decisions because of my mom,” says Crystalyn. “She’s my

In 2012, Nancy passed away from a rare form of lung cancer, leaving her coveted closet to her three daughters. The sisters divided it up and a third made its way to Crystalyn’s Louisville home. “When I go to a closing, I always have a piece of her jewelry on,” Crystalyn says. “She’s with me every day.”



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What Inspires this Master of the Mic? By Megan M. Seckman Photo Sunni Wigginton

“I’m already African American, how much black do I need to look slim? ...I know I’m no Disney princess but Queen Ursula, royalty. A self-made boss; a threat to you weak-minded mermaids who are too afraid of my tidal wave... So when they call you ‘Fat Girl,’ you say ‘And?’” SURVIVAL SKILLS



ergeant Brittney Garrett of the Jeffersontown Police Department, had seen enough — the rising number of drug overdoses and overdose deaths in Jefferson County, the climbing rates of crime, and the overwhelming number of drug addicts detoxing in jail cells. In 2015, Brittany began an addiction program based on a model started by the Gloucester Police Department called the “Angel Program” — a new policing effort aimed at getting addicts treatment instead of putting them in jail. Here’s how it works: If an addict comes to the Jeffersontown station, officer and volunteer “Angels” will help them find treatment. Participants are not charged with a crime, and officers will dispose of any drugs or drug equipment in the participant’s possession. In just the first nine weeks, 22 people went to the police and signed up for themselves to be sent immediately to a facility for treatment. “We were arresting people who were addicted; that is

not the solution all of the time,” Brittney says. “We are trying to help people before it comes to that.” However, Brittney adds, “We are still aggressive on drug traffickers and people committing crime. If you have committed a crime on the street, we want you to get help, but you have to pay for the crime you have committed.” Brittney says they have built a network of treatment centers, such as Our Lady of Peace and the Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center. “We call these places until we find one that has an opening. Some facilities can get our participants in immediately.” Most of the free ones are always full, she says, but some of the private-pay facilities provide scholarship programs for people with no insurance. “Getting well shouldn’t depend on whether or not you have insurance,” she says. SEARCH: Britney Garrett

On stage, Rheonna Thornton, 31, is a lyrical beast — a larger-than-life volcano erupting with hot molten magma in verse, recorded from a tiny smartphone kept in her purse. She is poet, hear her roar. Rheonna’s poems, usually drafted at 4am when no one can interrupt her, concern primarily the themes of body-shaming, her culture, and love. They are filled with anger and take on an aggressive tone — “My poems have teeth,” she says — but are, above all, motivational. “I’m a big girl and I write for those girls that don’t have a voice, that may be suicidal like the young girls I worked with at Maryhurst years ago. I like to speak up for my girls.” So what inspires this master of the mic? What She’s Reading: Poetry, especially Maya Angelou, who she refers to as the “mother” What She’s Watching: Once Upon A Time What She’s Listening To: Ella Fitzgerald, for poetic inspiration

Great Article, I have had the honor of hearing this poet live and she is awe striking and inspiring! — Laura Wize via






ara Anderson’s story begins with a chance encounter. After graduating from UK with degrees in both music performance and journalism, Tara was asked to apply for a position conducting the UK orchestra. After leaving a successful audition, she ran into her former journalism teacher Maria Braden. Maria congratulated Tara on getting the conductor’s job and said, “Oh, you would be great at that, but have you ever thought of working in public radio? I think that would really suit you.”

communication, and in 2001, was offered a full-time position with the station as assistant program director and producer.

From that point on, Tara’s life changed. Something had sparked, and she began pursuing a graduate assistant position at Fordham University in Bronx, New York, which included working 20 hours a week at the university’s public radio station. Tara went on to earn her master’s degree in

By 2009, Tara and her husband made the decision to return to Louisville. She began working part time for Louisville’s public radio stations, and is now contributing editor for WFPL, the producer and host of weekly podcast, Five Things, as well as the moderator/host for The Moth StorySLAM.

It is on us how to make someone’s life and our life beautiful. To be part of the public radio stations is just a way to connect around your people. To explore what is happening around the world. Tara Anderson, you are doing a great job — keep it up. — Sanjeet Veen via

Congratulations, well deserved! — Michael Johnathon via

So true, ‘picking up and moving to a brand new place’ being so valuable. — DoveNative via

Congratulations Tara!!!!! — Rita McCown via

Sending Hope through Scarves When Lara McGregor started treatment after her first cancer diagnosis in 2007, a woman she didn’t know sent her a box of beautiful head scarves with a note that read, “You can do this!” Once her treatment finished, she boxed up those scarves and passed them to another woman who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. In 2012 Lara formed Hope Scarves, a non-profit organization that has touched cancer patients in our community and around the world. “This was my attempt to turn a scary time of life into something positive that could



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help others,” Lara says. “I could wallow or live in fear, but that’s not my nature.” Lara began working from the spare bedroom of her home, sending a few scarves a week to other women diagnosed with cancer. Each shipment of scarves contains a story from another cancer survivor. Lara firmly believes that it’s the power of that story that brings so much support to the women who receive the scarves. Go to to learn how you can help this organization. A group of volunteers work at Hope Scarves.

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25 THINGS (Why 25? Because we are 25 years old!)

Happenings, news, and tidbits that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month

7 New Year’s Goals By Anita Oldham

We didn’t have to look far to find some great New Year’s resolutions! The women we featured in this issue have inspired the following goals. 1. FIND YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO. Celia Catlett — wife, mother of three,

and general counsel and corporate secretary at Texas Roadhouse — has many shoes in her closet, but the bedazzled cowboy boots probably represent her best. “Cowboy culture is rooted in loyalty, integrity, being true to who you are, and taking no nonsense. I really identify with that.” (page 26)

2. BE PRESENT. Tytianna Wells Smith, co-founder of the publishing company Honey Tree Publishing, likes to take 8. a moment and reflect before heading out the door. “Before I go, I like to speak to the universe when Do you want I’m alone. I always say ‘thank you’ and make to be part of our sure that I am both appreciative and present, Best Healthy Bodies no matter how busy I am. I don’t let the issue in August (a goal clutter of life distract me from being human.” to work toward!)? ( 3. CONSIDER A REGULAR FITNESS PLAN. To feel good in what she

wears, Crystalyn Noland focuses on the inside. She works out every morning before her day starts churning. “It’s good for my mental health, too,” she says. “The key to my day is working out. Then I’m putting on something that makes me feel good. It comes from within.” (page 6)


In a million years, Louisa Kleinert never would have guessed that her career as a classically trained oil painter would lead her down the path — over hills and valleys of loss and self-actualization — to her current destination: professional makeup and cosmetic tattoo artist. “This career has led me to stay creative, but to do so in a way that leaves a lasting impact on another life,” she says. “If a woman feels good about how she looks, if she’s healthy and her face shows that, then God help anyone who stands in a confident woman’s way.” (page 22)

5. FIND A WAY TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS. “If I’m really feeling down, I

wear a pair of fake Velour Lashes made out of real clipped mink hair. No one can feel down when they wear those,” says Louisa Kleinert. Kleinert



Go to our website to submit your information (under Best Bodies).


luckiest woman in Louisville,” says Rosemary DeLaney. ”I am surrounded by such good women in my life. I am so blessed and so happy with them.” (page 30)


“Instead of getting frustrated, accept that all individuals are imperfect. Then give as much as you feel capable of giving from your heart, without demanding anything in return. Give freely to others. You never know from what direction friendship may come.” This comes from one of writer Bob Mueller’s latest postings as one of four ways to foster friendship (search Bob Mueller at

9. Fly High this year This is a photo from our 18th birthday issue with Jessica Hall Rushmore (a then-18-yearold woman).

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“I appreciate all you have done to promote and support women in our community.” “For me personally, I believe Today’s Woman has helped me immeasurably in my career. From being on the cover back in 2007— to participating in the Most Admired Woman events in 2013 — your publication has helped me to network and reach out to fellow professional women. It keeps me apprised of other women’s successes in other arenas outside of the law. I love seeing the smiling, confident and proud


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faces of the women you feature regularly in your articles. I hope I am able to “pay it forward” by being passionate in my work as a judge about women and families.” — Judge Angela Bisig

“I just saw the (Turning Point article on PeaceWorks business) article at Wow! Thank you both (writer

Lucy M. Pritchett and photographer Patti Hartog) so very much! So very well written and the photographs are wonderful! The feedback is so kind, humbling and encouraging. “I discovered and visited the Polish Pottery Store in Middletown because of your articles. It could be dangerous. I have used Polish Pottery for years and love it!” Kindest Regards, Lydia Allen, owner of PeaceWorks

“Congratulations on an amazing 25 years! Thank you

for giving so many women and men so much reading pleasure and keeping us informed about the community.” — Lindy Street TODAY’S WOMAN / JAN 2017


25 THINGS Celebrate With Us!


Don’t miss our 25th Birthday Party on February 13 (Galentine’s Day!) at the Olmsted. It will be an openhouse type party with local leaders’ motivational words, artwork, door prizes, and our signature drink. Sign up at today. 16

14. Share Your Baby’s Beauty! You just have a few more days to nominate a beautiful baby — nominations are due January 6 at 15.

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ileen Walsh, a self-proclaimed Ireland travel guru, has many suggestions for how to best tour the country. However, she believes it isn’t a true Irish vacation until you’ve learned why Ireland has earned the title, “The Emerald Isle.” “I do encourage people to rent a car and explore. Even though they drive on the opposite side and the roads are narrow, it’s part of the adventure,” Eileen says. “You will have a marvelous time no matter which part of Ireland you visit. The only mistake you can make is trying to see too much in one trip. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.” — Torie Temple By the way, we are looking for people who are living out bucket list items — want to share that with us? We would love for you to contact us so you can inspire the rest of us to live out our dreams! Contact and put Bucket List in the subject line.


JUST ASK JOYCE: My Husband Keeps Having Emotional Affairs “There is a way out and up. Emotional affairs are damaging, as God views those adulterous as well. However, they are sometimes more quickly forgiven and healed by the offended spouse. I would strongly urge you both to do what you can to work through this, but don’t discount the significance of counseling. Discuss your needs openly and honestly with this end result in mind: each of you will be the one who meets those needs for the other. When needs are met, your marriage will be elevated.”


— Joyce Oglesby,

The Monthly Muffin: The Weight Loss Muffin Each month this year, I am going to bring out something from the archives in honor of our 25th year. This month we are going to revisit the Monthly Muffin, a popular monthly column where our food writer Melissa Donald created a muffin for our readers to try. The Weight-Loss Muffin

½ c. flaxseed meal ¼ c. old-fashioned rolled oats ½ c wheat germ 1 c. white flour 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar ½ tsp salt ⅛ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp cinnamon 2 tsps baking powder ⅓ c vegetable oil or coconut oil 2 Tbsps molasses 2 Tbsps honey 1 c. milk 1 egg (room temperature and lightly beaten) 1 tsp vanilla 1 c. frozen/fresh blueberries 1 c toasted walnuts – chopped


In a large, dry skillet toast walnuts on medium high heat, stirring occasionally to lightly brown on all sides — about 2-4 minutes. The walnuts are dry roasted — no oil is needed in the pan. Remove from heat and pan to cool and chop into smaller pieces. In a large bowl, mix together the flaxweed, rolled oats, wheat germ, and turbinado sugar. Sift together the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add to the bowl with the grains and sugar and mix well. Once chopped and cool, add the walnuts to the dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl, combine the oil, molasses, honey, milk, egg, and vanilla.


In a small bowl, coat the blueberries with 1 Tbsp flour to keep the batter from turning purple. Make a well in the bowl with the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids and mix until just blended. Stir in the coated blueberries until covered with batter — do not overmix. Lightly grease a 12-muffin tin and fill each cup ⅔ full. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven for 8-12 minutes. After 8 minutes, check to see if the muffins are done by sliding a toothpick in: if it comes out clean, it is done. Makes 12 muffins, each muffin contains 216 calories, 4.3 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.




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Come join the Today’s Woman stair climb team — it will remind you to appreciate your lungs!

We would love to have you join our team for the Fight for Air Climb at National City Tower to raise money for The American Lung Association in Kentucky on February 4.

It’s only 38 Flights (780 steps) — and you get a tshirt and get to have fun with our staff members.

Cost is $35 and participants need to raise a minimum of $100 to participate.


4 LOCAL WINTER DISHES TO TRY Story and Photos by Lindsey McClave

Start with Duck

La Chasse, a French restaurant, located on Bardstown Road, recently blew out the candles on its first birthday cake, and is fast becoming a Louisville favorite. Its menus rotate four times per year, including the extensive cocktail list crafted by owner and awardwinning mixologist, Isaac Fox. The winter menu is as promising as ever, the duck confit a standout rich with flavor and perfectly composed. Cooked in fat, the duck meat melts off of the bone, the edges of the skin crisped just so. A savory-sweet apple and cardamom compote cuts through the duck’s richness, and chorizoapple lentils act as the warm and hearty base of the dish. Roasted Brussels sprouts frame this beautiful and filling meal.



Braised Short Ribs

Spanish tapas are the star at Artesano, a Westport Village hot spot, with a handful of large plates also available for those looking to truly indulge. The chefs behind Artesano’s delicious creations know that on the coldest of nights, they have a winner with their braised short rib dish, which is set atop a puree of roasted butternut squash and garnished with pickled shallots and mustard salad greens. A perfectly fried, sunny-side-up egg crowns the presentation, the runny yolk acting as a binder and unifying this winter-rich meal.

White Bass

Chef John Varanese always has something up his sleeve, and is constantly turning out new seasonal offerings at his Frankfort Avenue eponymous restaurant, Varanese. This season, we’re craving one of his ‘house favorites,’ a pecan encrusted California white bass paired with assorted veggies and set atop molasses whipped sweet potatoes. The dish is finished with a bright honey jalapeno butter sauce and garnished with microgreens, adding a touch of freshness.

Oven Roasted Rabbit

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a local Louisvillian who doesn’t adore Mayan Café on East Market Street. A Louisville institution, the food served at the Mayan Café is rich with the flavors of the Yucatan, yet crafted with ingredients harvested from the farmlands of the Bluegrass. The oven-roasted rabbit served with fried plantains and grilled cactus is a highlight of the restaurant’s thoughtful menu offerings. Blanketing the dish is a pipian rojo sauce, a mole sauce made with pumpkin seeds, the very same seeds that happen to be the secret ingredient in its famous lima beans.





With These Boozy Baked Bourbon-Soaked Nectarines with Brûléed Sugar

Story and Photos by Paige Rhodes

t can be difficult to decide what to make for a date night dessert. You don’t want anything too heavy, but you also want to show off some of your culinary skills. Lucky for you, there are few things better than a warm piece of fruit straight from the oven with a big scoop of ice cream on top. The contrast of hot and cold is the textbook definition of comfort food. Include a splash of bourbon and you have the perfect end to a wonderful evening. Plus, the hot fruit turns some of the ice cream into a sauce that mixes with the warm bourbon and is enough to make your mouth water. If you don’t feel like turning on your oven you can use a grill instead. Ingredients 2 ripe nectarines 1/4 cup bourbon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 tsp ground cardamom Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, slice the nectarines in half, scooping out the pit. Using a fork, make several punctures in each half to allow the bourbon to soak in. Place all four halves in a small baking dish, cut side up. Combine bourbon and vanilla in a measuring cup and pour into the cavities of the nectarines, allowing the liquid to pool where the pit was. If there is any excess liquid, pour it around the nectarines in the baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. While the fruit

is in the oven, combine the sugar and cardamom to sprinkle on top. When the nectarines are finished in the oven, sprinkle the tops generously with the cardamom sugar. Using a culinary torch, brulée the sugar on top of the nectarines until golden brown and solid. Alternatively, you can turn your oven to broil and place the fruit under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Just make sure you do NOT take your eyes off of them as they can burn quickly. Serve warm with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of the warm vanilla bourbon leftover in the bottom of the baking dish. Yields: 2 servings SEARCH: Nectrines


Update Your Makeup By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald

Freshen up your makeup with these trends suggested by makeup artist Carrie Lentz: LIPS: “This season we are seeing more of that dark, almost goth lip — deep reds and ‘vampy’ shades of purples. When wearing a bold lip, keep the rest of your makeup simple.” Go for that clean, fresh, smoothed-out look with the lip being the main feature.




EYES: “That copper penny shadow color is so big right now. It’s great to wisp it on and

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go without a lot of work. It also complements most all skin tones,” Carrie says. “We’re also seeing very graphic eyeliner this season — taking the traditional cat-eye to another level and even using bright colors for this look instead of black.” BROWS: “Clean, sculpted brows. Remember to embrace your own brow and make it fit your face.” There isn’t one perfect shape or size. Work with what you have and make it your own.

Carrie Lentz makes Brittany Arnold’s makeup pop with a few simple changes.




By Brigid Morrissey Photo Melissa Donald


elanie Miller’s free spirit and love of the arts led her to cities such as Nantucket and Maui, but landed in Louisville after marrying her long-time friend and glassblowing artist, Casey Hyland. In 2002, he established his business, Hyland Glass, and Melanie came on board in 2006. “We never skip a beat. I know exactly what he’s been through. We’re basically one unit, one movement. The art world is what ties us together.”

An Artist Found Her Dream Job By Megan M. Seckman Photo Sunni Wigginton

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Have I Fallen Out of Love?

By Joyce Oglesby

Falling out of love can take you places you might not want to grow. It’s easy to outgrow someone you’re never around, especially when your interests have taken root in other areas. If your husband is the father of your children, he deserves a shot at preserving the legacy. I would encourage you to try these things: • Remember when. Take account of the memories you have with your husband when love was in place. Do they make you smile? Do they soften your heart? Are they exciting and igniting still? If you can answer yes, or even I think so, then you’ve not fallen to the point of not being able to get up and move on to a deeper relationship with your husband. • Take stock. Evaluate the pros and cons of outgrowing this marriage. But as you’re weighing the inventory, add considerable bulk to what divorce will do to your children. They are truly the ones who take the fall. • Cut out something less important. I believe it’s time



you reassess your priorities. God. Wife. Mother. Career. Committees. Friends. The order of priority I outlined is actually the way it should go. • Create the excitement again. There is still time for you to rediscover the things you love about your husband. It is as much your responsibility as it is his to make love happen! • Dismiss the thought. I find the more we convince ourselves of something that sounds exciting for a change of pace, the more inviting it becomes. Once we’ve made the exchange in the mind, it moves quickly to the heart, or vice-versa.

Falling out of love isn’t as easy as it appears. It seems to happen in a flash. Love is something that folks actually have to work really hard to avoid. It does take effort to make love happen. Funny thing, though, when it does happen, it really doesn’t feel like much trouble at all. Struggling with a relationship issue? Write Joyce Oglesby or listen to The Just Ask Joyce Show, M-F from 3-5pm on WFIA 94.7fm/900am. SEARCH: Just Ask Joyce

Louisa Kleinert, professional makeup and cosmetic tattoo artist, started with Kleinert Cosmetics but had a yearning for more. Her mother suggested the world of permanent makeup, but there was one problem — “I was scared of needles!” Louisa says. “I realized, though, that if I was good, I could really make a lasting difference in people’s health and well being.”

Products She’s Using:

~ SOO AE Korean facial masks made out of fabric or rice paper and soaked in various solutions to enhance firmness, glow, or other outcomes. ~ LimeLight by Alcone lip gloss — you can apply it over other shades, and it is organic and animal friendly. ~ Alba Botanica Towelettes for makeup removal — one side is exfoliating and the other is smooth.

Latest Purchase She Praises:

“I love my new Croc hair straightener. It vibrates so that the hair passes through easily without getting snagged.”

Favorite Accessory:

“I always wear the bangles my mother gave me. They have inspirational quotes on them, like “I believe in you…” SEARCH: Louisa Kleinert



SOFTBALL IS HER GO-TO STRESS RELIEVER By Carrie Vittitoe Photo Melissa Donald


ayon Davis has been an avid softball player since she was a child. When she isn’t working at her job as an accountant with the Department of Defense, she travels around the United States on the Black American Softball Association’s (BASA) Black Softball Circuit, an activity that still provides her tremendous stress relief. Stress relief is critical for Fayon, given her childhood abuse, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder SEARCH: Fayon Davis

from her Army days and an abusive marriage when she was younger. Playing softball offers her a way to cope. Fayon says, “I had to keep a lot inside, but softball was my out. I’m just grateful that I didn’t explode through the years.” We can all learn an important lesson from Fayon about using faith, fitness, and fellowship with the less fortunate to be our best, less-stressed selves.

Not Only a Tattoo Parlor — This is an Art Gallery By Brigid Morrissey

Photo Melissa Donald

For someone who describes her artistic medium as “telling other people they’re good at art,” Juanita Mondragon sure has a vision like an artist. Together with her husband, Travis King, an award-winning tattoo artist, they’ve set out to change the stigma that comes with tattoo parlors. Four years ago, Juanita and Travis opened a tattoo studio on Baxter Avenue called Prophecy Ink. But this isn’t your typical tattoo business. The spot doubles as an art gallery that supports local artists. “We want to raise the



bar of tattooing,” Juanita explained as she led me through her impressive collection of masks, caricatures, and paintings. “We’re in the midst of an evolution of art.” Opening the gallery has created a platform for Juanita and Prophecy Ink to make a mark on the community in more ways than one. “Tattooing makes the money, but the art is our way of giving back. If it has anything to do with art, we’re all over it.” SEARCH: Juanita Mondragon





Photo Sunni Wigginton


f all the many shoes in Celia Catlett’s closet, the bedazzled cowboy boots probably represent her best. “Cowboy culture is rooted in loyalty, integrity, being true to who you are, and taking no nonsense. I really identify with that.” A wife, mother of three, and general counsel and corporate secretary at Texas Roadhouse, Celia wrangles her day into order by staying flexible and allowing the different areas of her life to bleed into one another.


Celia Catlett doesn’t let the demands of work prevent her from spending quality time with her family.

Truly an outstanding family woman and business woman. Great article. — Sunshine via SEARCH: Celia Catlett

It’s 5:30am. Celia enjoys some “me time” before the mad rush of the day begins. By 7am, the kids and her husband are up and out the door. Celia arms herself with a cup of coffee and begins her morning commute. By 8am, she is settled in the office and ready for the day. Her daily agenda is typically full of phone calls, emails, and a variety of meetings, but Celia tweaks her work schedule to fit in opportunities to volunteer at the kids’ school. “I want to be involved in my kids’ lives. That’s very important to me, and I don’t ever feel like I have to apologize for that or make excuses at work.”


Celia rarely takes time out when she’s working. If she doesn’t have a lunch meeting, she eats at her desk. The reason Celia pushes herself through the workday is so she can leave the office early enough to walk in one of the nearby parks before she gets home. “I zone out and clear my head. It’s the only exercise I found that I don’t hate.”


Celia gets home and spends the remaining hours until the children’s bedtime hearing about their day, helping with homework, starting dinner for herself and her husband. “There’s a lot of administration. Some days it takes all five of us — me, my husband, the babysitter, and my husband’s parents who live here in town — to accomplish what needs to happen every day.” Once the kids are in bed, Celia catches up with her husband over dinner. By 11pm, it’s lights out. “I’m an Olympic-class sleeper,” Celia says,“as soon as I’m horizontal, I’m out.”

Two Cats, a Dog, and Counting Abbie Blum, a sixth grade language arts and drama teacher at East Oldham Middle School, has three pets and counting. “Currently we have two cats and a dog named Tyler,” Abbie says. “The kitties we have now are Stuart and Reggie. I’m a super big advocate of adopting pets rather than going to breeders, so I always go to the Humane Society or a rescue,” Abbie says. “I just hate that there are so many pets without homes, and I want to help in any way I can.” SEARCH: Abbie Blum



By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald






ver the last 18 months, my son Lucas and I have taken advantage of school breaks in order to visit 14 colleges that piqued his interest. Simply getting one-on-one time like that with my teenage son was a gift beyond measure, but I have reveled in the added bonus of listening to him contemplate what may be in store for him after high school. He has only a broad notion of what academic discipline to follow, but he has a few non-negotiables: • A large city that has cold weather so he can ski in the winter •A  chance to get involved not only on campus but within the culture of that city •A  study-abroad experience •A  n opportunity for community service along with his academic endeavors Aside from the part about cold weather (which I would never choose for myself), these are goals right after my own heart. Lucas and I have a lot in common, and if I made a college list today, it would look much like his. Still, I intentionally avoid making statements like that to him; this is the beginning of his next phase of life, not my own. Because

my work generally coincides with the school calendar, I am privileged to have been able to go with him to Boston, Chicago, D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Montreal, which was a full family vacation, too. We listened to admissions counselors, took campus tours, and talked through the pros and cons of each institution. Those presentations all started to sound the same after a while, but being on campuses and in those cities gave him a chance to figure out what might be the right fit for him. And this proud mom can’t wait to see what choice he makes! In fact, my excitement for him was so encompassing that it wasn’t until just a month or so ago that the other reality hit. He’s actually going to go to one of these schools. And if my guess

A Family Trip to Williamsburg

Williamsburg allows you to immerse yourself in history. Watch as the



blacksmiths make weapons for the Revolution during the tour at Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury, or tour the Governor’s Palace and experience life of the royal government in Virginia before its collapse. Continue with the Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk or participate in a guided Art Museum Tour to see American and British antiques and colonial folk art. Orrell house in Colonial Williamsburg.

By Torie Temple

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Having knowledge of our past is having the power to create a successful future. This was the idea behind Jane Parker’s first trip to Williamsburg. “There comes a time when kids can’t identify with history anymore,” Jane says. “I wanted to reinforce the history they had begun to learn about in middle school. We started going when (my daughters) were about 10 and now, I have taken my grandchildren.”

is correct, he won’t be back other than to visit. My rational side knows this is what we’ve always wanted: to raise a young man who is independent and ready to strike out on his own, but the mom in me feels a little sick. “Why did I take him to these schools that are so far away?” Is it possible I won’t see my baby but just a few times a year? Yes. Maybe. Probably. Who knows? I realize this is typical parent angst, but hearing about it from other parents who have experienced it is not the same as the reality when it comes. It gives the word “bittersweet” new meaning. It’s true that I’m eager to watch him grow and thrive in his own way in whatever corner of the world he chooses. But I also take note of a little hole forming in my heart -- and we’re still a year away. There’s so much about parenting for which you can’t prepare, and maybe that’s a good thing because this is going to hurt. I’m glad my first reaction is the one that encourages him to follow his dreams, but I didn’t expect to hear so loudly from the inner-mom who’s not ready to watch him go.





osemary DeLaney, 62, is a certified Pilates instructor who has owned Pilates of Louisville since 2001. She is also an aesthetician at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine (IAAM). “I’ve always been an active person and take care of myself,” Rosemary says. “I learned that I have to be my own health advocate and to trust my doctor.” In 2007 Rosemary was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), which is an autoimmune disorder. “The nurse practitioner said that all of my stress showed in the blood work, including a high cortisol level and low vitamin D,” Rosemary says. “She thought that my teaching Pilates every day helped to slow down the aging process.” Rosemary was prescribed Armour Thyroid medication, which is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands. “I started feeling wonderful, like my old self,” she says.

By Mary Ellen Bianco Photo Patti Hartog

The next year, Rosemary was diagnosed with Celiac disease, and she went on a gluten elimination diet. In 2013, Rosemary was diagnosed with yet another autoimmune disease. Her research showed that an estimated 75 percent of those with autoimmune diseases are women. “If you have one disorder, it’s very common that you have another.” Today, Rosemary watches her diet, takes vitamins, supplements, fish oil, and herbs. She mixes turmeric — a plant in the ginger family that reduces inflammation — with baking soda to brush her teeth and uses it in soups. “Vitamins B12 and D are two of the most important for me,” she says. Rosemary was told in her 20s that to avoid aging the skin she should not sunbathe. “These little jewels that I’ve gotten through my life I take as part of my life,” she says.

Your Health? Never Take No for an Answer By Mary Ellen Bianco Photo Patti Hartog

Marilynne Locke Rowland is passionate about the power of information regarding her conditions. After years of chronic pain, severe muscle spasms, exhaustion, and mental fog, she decided to look for answers. Several physicians and tests later, Marilynne was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/

Rosemary DeLaney monitors her health and maintains a regular fitness regimen.

chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and a persistent Human herpes virus 6 infection. “I had to take personal responsibility for my health,” she says. “Doctors don’t know everything, but

SEARCH: Rosemary DeLaney

you can certainly guide them to the answers. I don’t go by myself to a medical professional.” John, Marilynne’s husband, supported and encouraged her through the whole process. “I knew John wouldn’t let me down, even when I had no hope,” she says. Today, Marilynne is able to control her symptoms with the help of medication and natural remedies. “I’m very grateful [for] where I am today,” she says. “I didn’t think that I would get back. If nothing else, I hope that I can educate others who face the same medical conditions.” SEARCH: Marilynne Locke Rowland




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By Megan S. Willman Photo Submitted


ome of the Innocents offers a wide range of services such as parenting classes and convalescent care for kids who are too sick to stay at home. Last year alone, the agency served over 7,000 children, parents, and families. Julie Spry, volunteer service manager for Home of the Innocents, says there are a few programs in need of attention right now: Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center (KCPCC), the Residential Treatment program, and the Cornerstone/After-Care program. Here’s how you can help: 1. Through KCPCC, Home of the Innocents offers a home-away-fromhome to medically fragile children whose care needs extend beyond those which their parents can provide. Volunteers serve as companions and friends to these children by reading to them, playing games, or just offering a hand to hold. 2. The Residential Treatment program, housing 50 to 60

children at a given time, provides a safe space for children who have been removed from their homes, often due to abuse or neglect. “These children need a chance to build trust and know that someone cares for them,” Julie explained. In addition to help with schoolwork, some examples of recent volunteer activities include a class on skin-care and make-up application, exercise drills taught by a group of firefighters, pet therapy, and art therapy classes. 3. Home of the Innocents offers peer support groups for parents called Cornerstone. During their group time, volunteers are needed to provide childcare and activities for the kids. There is also a meal provided to the family on these evenings. Although Julie encourages interested people to check the website, homeoftheinnocents. org, she points out that volunteer needs change often. Better information can be gleaned by contacting Julie directly at 502.596.1031. A Home of the Innocents volunteer plays with one of the residents.

Flying Away from Stress By Carrie Vittitoe Photo Trina Whalin Gretchen Wilkins has seen many benefits from taking year-round aerial classes at Louisville Turners. She slimmed down and has more muscle definition and core strength. She now also has a shared passion with her children. Aerial art is a great stress-reliever and confidence booster that makes her feel better mentally. Gretchen says, “You’re discovering what you can do as an individual. You leave the Mom role, the coworker role, the wife role, and you are just you.” SEARCH: Gretchen Wilkins Gretchen is the mother of 10-year-old triplets, who also take the class with her.


JAN 2017






You deserve the best, and Today’s Woman is giving it to you for our annual Best for You awards. This year, we’re showing you how to live a healthier life, beautify your environment, and bring positive change into your community — with your help. We gave you, the readers, the chance to nominate and vote on the best businesses and services in town. Turn the page to read about the 30 businesses featured so you can initiate changes that will make your life the best it can be.


• Healthful Food • Wellness • Get Moving • Save Your Skin • Find Relief • Improve Sight • Reshape/Contouring • Help Others • Home Improvement • Home Interiors






If you’re searching for some healthier food options, add these places to your list.



Paul’s is known for stocking a large selection of fresh produce, much of it sourced locally, as well as a variety of freshly prepared salads and meals. “We pride ourselves on the produce that we’re able to get, and we’re always trying to offer newer and healthier items,” says vice president and co-owner Sally Thieneman. A butcher section in the Brownsboro Road and Middletown locations provides freshly cut and trimmed meat to order.

Home Cuisine has been offering freshly-made, healthy meals for pick up or home delivery for the last 14 years. Several meal programs are available, including the popular 22-day vegan challenge. “We’ve been really impressed with our clients’ progress and how excited they are about the challenge,” says co-owner Mae Pike. In addition to the five Rainbow Blossom locations, pick up is now available at Prospect Party Mart.

3922 Chenoweth Square 502.896.8918 (multiple locations)




RAINBOW BLOSSOM FINALIST Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, this natural food market guarantees that all its foods are free from synthetic preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. The store supports fair trade, sustainable, and humane methods of production. “We carry mostly organic products and have more local vendors than ever,” says marketing and events coordinator Johanna Sims. The Wellness Center at the Springhurst location offers healthy cooking classes as well as health, nutrition, and lifestyle support from naturopathic and holistic practitioners.

3738 Lexington Road 502.896.0189 (multiple locations)






These healthcare services are providing convenience and high quality care for patients.



Celebrating 29 years in business, this obstetrics and gynecology practice prides itself on building strong personal connections with patients and empowering women to take charge of their health care. “Our name says it all — we put women first in everything we do,” says executive director Denise Kirkham. The practice is expanding its in-office surgery services to provide added convenience and cost-saving measures. An electronic registration process that includes a clinical interview eliminates paperwork and helps ensure consistency of care.

A group of five female board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, All Women provides comprehensive personalized women’s healthcare. The practice recently moved into a new, expanded office in the Dupont Professional Towers. “We’re very excited to be in our new space, which is much more accessible and convenient for our patients,” says practice manager Tess Wheeler. “We’ve also acquired our own mammography machine and now have the capability of offering 3D mammography in-house as well.”

Baptist Health Medical Pavilion 3900 Kresge Way, Suite 30 502.891.8700

4010 Dupont Circle 502.895.6559




WOMEN’S DIAGNOSTIC CENTER FINALIST Focusing solely on breast health, Women’s Diagnostic Center provides breast cancer screening, biopsy, diagnosis, and one-on-one consultation services with speciallytrained physicians. “We have a very compassionate staff who is very dedicated to our patients,” says medical director Dr. Art McLaughlin. “Finding breast cancer early gives the best chance of survival, and if a diagnosis is made, we help transition our patients to the best surgeons and oncologists so they get the care they need.”

4004 DuPont Circle 502.893.1333



If you’re changing your fitness routine or starting something new, there are multiple ways for you to get in a good workout that is also enjoyable.




Group exercise classes, aquatics, personal training, and fully equipped gym facilities make the Y a go-to destination for anyone looking to get fit and get moving. “Community-wide membership means you can go to any of our 11 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana,” says director of marketing and communications Gail Lyttle. Each location is staffed with experts in exercise and nutrition who are available to help everyone meet their health and fitness goals.

Milestone offers 270 fitness classes a week, 70 of which are aquatics, as well as a full range of exercise equipment. “Close to a third of our equipment was recently replaced, so we have lots of the newest and the greatest,” says Milestone president Diane Kelton. Members can also take advantage of the child care area, enjoy an afterworkout meal at the on-site cafe, and visit the spa for a massage, facial, or mani-pedi. “We have it all under one roof,” says Kelton.

Morning, afternoon, and evening, there are group fitness classes at the JCC every day of the week. “We’re constantly updating our classes to stay with the latest fitness trends,” says fitness director Ron Peacock. “We have something for everybody, and we’re known for having excellent instructors.” The facility has a pool and an extensive array of fitness equipment. Personal trainers are also on staff to offer assistance.

Find a location near you at

750 Cypress Station Drive 502.896.3900




3600 Dutchmans Lane 502.459.0660




Does your skin care system need an upgrade? Find out about a few services you can try for revitalizing your skin.

DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES WINNER This full-service dermatology practice offers medical, surgical, and cosmetic procedures ranging from skin cancer detection and treatment to rejuvenation programs for aged, sun-damaged, sensitive, and acneprone skin. “We’re great at balancing patients’ medical needs and their aesthetic needs to help achieve real results,” says Taylor Mulkey, M.D. The doctors perform many non-surgical rejuvenation and skin care services themselves and work closely with the practice’s Cosmetic Skin Care Center aestheticians to ensure the best quality of care.

2811 Klempner Way 502.896.6355



CALOSPA REJUVENATION CENTER FINALIST From physician-directed skin care to customized facials, peels, and laser-assisted treatments, CaloSpa helps prevent and reverse some of the effects of photodamage and aging on the skin. The facility also treats such common problems as acne, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. “We have proven treatments and the latest technology to offer our clients, and we’re very well-trained in everything we do,” says senior aesthetician Karen Stickrod. Boardcertified plastic surgeons of the adjacent Calobrace & Mizoguchi Plastic Surgery Center are available to offer expertise as needed.

2341 Lime Kiln Lane 502.814.3000 (also in Lexington)

AESTHETIC ALTERNATIVES FINALIST A division of Associates in Dermatology, Aesthetic Alternatives offers a vast variety of skin care treatments and aesthetic procedures including facials, chemical peels, dermaplaning, dermal fillers, microneedling, and neurotoxins. “We use multiple modalities and tailor them specifically to each patient to address all of their needs and achieve a natural and refreshed look,” says Twyla Henderson, RN. Pharmaceutical-grade skin care products are also available.

3810 Springhurst Boulevard (also in New Albany, IN) 502.583.1749




Try one of these options for easing your pain and alleviating stress.



Comprised of an extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, Frazier Rehab is dedicated to providing treatment and support to those who need it. The facilities are staffed with highly trained therapists who are experts in their fields. “We treat individuals with minor injury or illness, help people learn to walk after a surgery, offer solutions for chronic pain, and work with people who have suffered catastrophic head or spinal cord injury. Whatever the problem is, we truly see our mission as helping people find relief,” says vice president Cathy Spalding.

Floating at the Weightless Float Center involves relaxing in a tank filled with 900 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in 200 gallons of skintemperature water. “The water density is more than that of the Dead Sea, so your body just floats on the surface,” explains co-owner Greg Ellis. The combination of the therapeutic properties of Epsom salt, weightlessness, and minimal sensory stimulation is proven to soothe both body and mind. “The gravity-free environment helps with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic pain. Being in that meditative state has also shown tremendous benefits for post traumatic stress disorder.”

220 Abraham Flexner Way 502.582.7400 (multiple locations) rehabilitationcarefrazier



600 Distillery Commons, Suite 150 502.567.4111

ELEMENTS MASSAGE FINALIST Both Louisville locations offer a range of massage styles from deep tissue to aromatherapy. “We’re all about matching the therapist with the client’s needs to make sure the customer gets the most benefit,” says Middletown location owner Andrew Pryor. A membership program allows people to take care of themselves on a monthly basis. “Whether it’s pain relief or stress relief, a full hour of hands-on massage is a time when someone else is completely focused on you. That’s a rare opportunity in our lives,” says Westport Village location owner Colleen O’Connor.

Westport Village 1301 Herr Lane 502.412.9383 Middletown Commons 13303 Shelbyville Rd 502.244.7660





Keeping your eyesight in perfect condition is easy with help from these vision experts.


JOHN-KENYON WINNER (TIE) Leading the field in cataract, refractive, and retinal surgery, John-Kenyon strives to bring the best and newest treatments and technology to patients while providing personalized care. “We put a lot of effort in designing custom treatments for our patients depending on their needs,” says medical director and refractive specialist Dr. Asim Piracha. The practice is one of the few in the region to offer Corneal Collagen CrossLinking (CXL) as an alternative to corneal transplants and is the first in the area to start performing the new SMILE laser vision correction procedure.

4040 Dutchmans Lane 502.895.2910 (multiple locations)



Offering comprehensive eye care including treatment of disease, LASIK, and other vision correction procedures, the ophthalmologists, optometrists, and technicians at Bennett & Bloom pride themselves in providing excellent quality of care. “We take the time to address any questions or concerns our patients may have and make sure they feel comfortable before they leave the office,” says Dr. Meredith Lanham. The practice is equipped with the latest technology and has retina, cataract, glaucoma, and cornea specialists on staff.

4010 Dupont Circle, Suite 380 502.895.0040 (multiple locations)

KENTUCKY EYE CARE FINALIST The first and the longest-operating ophthalmology practice in the state, Kentucky Eye Care is a one-stop comprehensive eye care facility for the whole family. The practice is equipped to handle everything from medical and surgical treatment of eye and vision conditions to routine eye exams and optical services. “We are very hands-on and take care of our own patients, so you’ll see the same doctor whether you’re coming in for a contact lens exam or scheduling cataract surgery,” says practice administrator Cortney Burden.

Springs Medical Center 6400 Dutchmans Parkway 502.896.8700 (multiple locations)






Whether you’re thinking about minimal or more extensive cosmetic surgery, the specialists in this category can offer you a variety of surgical options and services.

CALOBRACE & MIZUGUCHI PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER WINNER Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace and Dr. Nana N. Mizuguchi recently welcomed Dr. Chet Mays to their team. Together, the surgeons offer both invasive and non-invasive options to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals for face, breasts, and body. “We’re a surgical center, but we also cross over into our CaloSpa to perform minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures to meet our patients’ needs,” says Dr. Mays. The practice is supported by a team of registered nurses and certified aestheticians, all specially trained in the latest cosmetic techniques and procedures.

2341 Lime Kiln Lane 502.899.9979 (also in Lexington)



JULENE B. SAMUELS, M.D. FINALIST Treating patients with her signature “woman’s touch,” board-certified plastic surgeon Julene Samuels continually expands her portfolio of new and innovative non-surgical options for those who are looking for less invasive procedures. The most recent addition to her practice is an ultrasound body contouring device called UltraShape Power. “It’s very comfortable for the patient and permanently reduces fat by 32 percent,” says Samuels. Patients are also loving the skin tightening and contouring results achieved with the Profound device.

6400 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 335 502.897.9411

UofL PHYSICIANS — PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY FINALIST Utilizing a variety of the latest stateof-the art procedures and techniques for face, breasts, and body, the team of board-certified plastic surgeons at UofL Physicians works with patients to create customized solutions that offer real, natural, and beautiful results. “We pride ourselves not only on our knowledge and expertise but also on the care and compassion we show each of our patients,” says board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bradon J. Wilhelmi. All of the doctors in the practice are also teachers and researchers at the University of Louisville.

401 E. Chestnut St., Suite 790 502.595.6629 (2 locations)






Making a worthwhile difference in your community is one the best things you can do. Consider volunteering your time at one of these nonprofit organizations.



The organization known for providing end-of-life care and support to hospice patients and their families is expanding its services. Now known as Hosparus Health, it includes a palliative care program for seriously ill patients and a life care program for those coping with chronic illness. “We are reaching out in our community to add more volunteers to our base so we can respond to additional patient requests,” says volunteer services manager Kathy Ising. From assisting in the corporate offices to helping patients and families with chores or providing companionship, there are many different ways to get involved.

Dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Cedar Lake is driven by a vision of “a community where those with and without disabilities learn to share and enrich each other’s lives through meaningful interactions that cultivate mutual respect and unconditional love.” Individuals as well as volunteer and corporate groups can get involved on many different levels from working one-on-one with people Cedar Lake supports to leading a group class or taking on a project, says director of marketing Tara Oliver.

3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive 502.456.6200




KOSAIR CHARITIES FINALIST Kosair Charities has been working to help children and families in the community since 1923. The organization supports over 100 pediatric agencies in Kentuckiana by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education, and care. “We have several programs that help individuals, families, and corporations get involved in our mission,” says Vicky Weber, senior vice president for business relations and marketing. Kosair Charities also leads the Face It Movement (, which aims to end child abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth by 2023.

Kosair Charities Sam Swope Centre Campus 982 Eastern Parkway 502.637.7696




Enhance the appearance of your home on the inside and out. These places offer services that can get you started on your next home improvement project.

FRANK OTTE LANDSCAPE & DESIGN GROUP WINNER From initial design through installation and follow-up maintenance, Frank Otte Landscape & Design Group is a full-service landscape company. “What sets us apart is the experience and professionalism of our crew,” says co-owner Sharry Waldeck. “We have team members who have been with us over a decade, and our superintendent has been with us for over 30 years.” That longevity and dedication translates into the ability to handle any project while delivering excellent service to customers.

13905 Aiken Rd 502.245.1571



BARGAIN SUPPLY FINALIST Family owned and operated since 1929, Bargain Supply stocks an incredible variety of tools, appliances, electronics, and more. “We’re like a Lowe’s or Home Depot but without the lumber,” says sales manager Todd Hester. In addition, Bargain Supply offers almost 1,000 pieces of scratchand-dent appliances, which come with the same warranty as in-thebox models. “We’re also a full line dealer, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for in scratch-and-dent, we’ll beat anybody’s price on a new in-thebox product.”

844 East Jefferson Street 502.562.5000

CORNERSTONE KITCHEN & BATH FINALIST Cornerstone provides planning, design, and installation services of cabinets, countertops, and hardware for any area of your home or business. “‘Designs that inspire’ is our slogan,” says president Jeremy Curran. “Our designers come from different walks of life, so we can do modern, we can do very traditional, and we can do anything in the middle.” The company showroom features a fully functioning bar and kitchen and a large selection of cabinetry in a wide range of prices and styles.

1981-B Nelson Miller Parkway 502.890.9100

Zach Schmitt demonstrates the comfort of the recliner.




Beautify and update the rooms in your home starting with your furniture.

COLONIAL DESIGNS WINNER Originally founded in 1951 as a family business specializing in florist services, Colonial Designs has grown to include furniture, home decor accessories, and special gifts. The store also offers custom upholstery fabrics and design services. “We like to get unique, different types of fabrics that you don’t see everywhere around town,” says retail manager Amy Moyer. “It’s a casual, fun atmosphere for people to come in and shop.”

3712 Lexington Road 502.896.4461



CHERRY HOUSE FURNITURE GALLERY FINALIST With over 25,000 square feet of fine furniture, lighting, and accessories in a variety of styles, Cherry House has something for everyone. “Customer service and attention to detail are priorities with us,” says president Leslie Whitehouse. “Starting from the sales floor to delivery, we go to great lengths to take care of our customers.” A new motion recliner gallery was recently added, and custom orders and design services round out the offerings.

2419 South Highway 53 La Grange 502.222.0343

BARRY WOOLEY FINALIST Barry Wooley calls himself a purveyor of all things beautiful. The awardwinning designer and his team offer a full range of interior design services — from initial concept to construction, installation, furnishing, and finishing touches — as well as a retail store featuring some of their favorites. “We’re known for creative designs, but we’re all about trying to make the homes reflect the people who live in them rather than impose our style,” says Wooley. “I think of design as creating a backdrop for people that makes them look and feel good in their space.”

835 East Main Street 502.569.7101 (also in Mellwood Art Center)



By Tiffany White Photos Melissa Donald


Corporate Recruiter, MasterBrand Cabinets and Jazzercise Instructor at Jeffersonville Jazzercise Center

Recent Fitness Win “Last year, I decided I needed to run the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon. I don’t know why, but I suspect pressure from my friends and my competitive spirit had something to do with it. It rained the whole time. Two and half hours later, I decided it was my last mini.”

Why Jazzercise? “It’s the perfect blend of cardio and strength in an hour-long class! I’m so ADD, and it actually keeps my attention. I never find myself watching the clock! When not teaching Jazzercise, you can find me staying active by walking, running, hiking, or lifting weights.”

Staying Strong “I think most people need to work on endurance more than anything. Sure you can lift weights, ride a bike, run a mile but the real question is: ‘how long can you do those things?’ If you can find a program, stick to it for longer than six months and build endurance, strength comes naturally along with mental strength.”

Future Fitness Goals “Keep it clean and healthy. I grew up in an obese, unhealthy family who thought downing two dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts was normal. Growing up and learning that healthy fitness is something you have to constantly work towards maintaining is a lofty goal. ‘Do I want to lose my last 20 pounds?’ Sure, I want to be healthy doing it.” SEARCH: Best Bodies

PILAR SALINAS-BEDO, 50 Barber, nail tech, massage therapist at Hairworks

Biggest Fitness Win “I placed third at the 2016 Universe in Masters Bikini 50 & Over. I worked out seven days a week with a combination of weight training and conditioning. I also stayed on a strict diet.”

The Fight Continues

Her Motivation “Right now (it’s) the Olympic athletes. There are also people at my gym. Other than competing, I just want to stay fit and healthy so I don’t have so many problems as I get older. Staying active is so important.”

“I never want to quit, and I won’t unless I physically can’t.” SEARCH: Best Bodies

Best Exercise “For me weight training is the number one, but I also do a lot of conditioning to help burn fat. I work on a punching bag, do plyometrics, and walk everyday outside.”

Pilar recently started working out with a bokken.

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Want to vary the path you are walking on? Maybe it is time for something new — adjustments so that your life is custom made for you. The wom...

Today's Woman January 2017  

Want to vary the path you are walking on? Maybe it is time for something new — adjustments so that your life is custom made for you. The wom...