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44 Wellness Spotlight It’s never too late in the year to take stock of your health and get in shape. Schedule those important checkups and screenings and consult with your doctor about fitness programs and treatments. Our annual Medical & Wellness issue kicks off with experts in functional medicine, yoga, and aquatics.

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Kentucky to the World is a nonprofit organization based in Louisville that boosts awareness of Kentucky’s positive impact across the United States and around the world by sharing the stories of contemporary individuals that have strong ties to Kentucky. Founded in 2012, KTW shares Kentucky’s impact with the world by way of blogs and video content, interactive exhibits and live speaker events, and through programs on Kentucky

Educational Television. KET is broadcasting Kentucky to the World shows on 16 stations and streaming on their website. KET also reaches into parts of seven other states. “This partnership is truly a game-changer for Kentucky to the World, and we’re proud to be able to help provide KET with important programming that promotes the best our state has to offer,” says Shelly Zegart, president and CEO of Kentucky to the World. Proceeds from the playing cards help KTW continue its support of “the artists, writers, thinkers and game changers who are dedicated to elevating the narrative of Kentucky on the world stage,” according to Shelly. Make plans to attend KTW’s next live event, “A Journal for Jordan: Dana Canedy’s Heartrending Journey to the Silver Screen,” on Oct. 4 at Kentucky Performing Arts’ Bomhard Theater. And purchase your deck of cards at 

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For Ann Bakhaus, creating a beautiful retreat on this small island was a lifelong dream. She visited Eleuthera many times as a young girl. She fondly remembers her father tipping Dr. Seabreeze, a local musician, $20 and saying, “Please play ‘Yellow Bird’ for me, friend.” Now, three generations of her family listen to the strains of that Caribbean song. And the family is inviting guests to come experience this stunning getaway in the Bahamas.

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The home in Double Bay was completed on April 20, 2020. It sits on 2.3 acres nestled between a 20-acre pond and the pristine private pink sand beach. j. stuart hurt of House flew all the way to Eluthera to serve as the interior designer, and the team was thrilled with his work. The main house has four en suite bedrooms with a separate main suite with private entrance. At 8,400 sq. ft., the spacious house has everything guests could need. That includes a chef-inspired kitchen with a custom rock wall with lots of amenities. The spacious living room boasts soaring 28-foot ceilings and a bar. It’s a multi-use space that’s perfect for families or entertaining. The many windows offer glimpses of the sunset cocktail space, large pergola, attached infinity pool and more. The detached guest casita overlooks the pool. With a large living space, eat-in kitchen, three en suite bedrooms and an additional bunk room, it’s perfect for hosting family or bridesmaids. The large covered cabana – affectionately known as “The Office” – faces the private beach and can be used for yoga, cocktails, coffee breaks, massages or a quiet sunset dinner. One thing the family is most proud of is the fact that all of the YellowBird facilities are environmentally sustainable with solar power and a rain harvesting system. The staff is comprised of locals, including a yoga instructor, a chef, tour guides, comfort specialists and more. This property is available for rent. Pricing available upon request. Learn more: TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2021 37

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What makes Eleuthera so special compared to other islands? Eleuthera – which means freedom – is where I would start. No other island in the Bahamas means that. But more than that, Eleuthera brings a balance to the concept of tourist destination. The island attracts a lot of tourists, but it’s not a touristy place! I think that is very special. What does YellowBird offer visitors that no other property does? Amazing views, the most knowledgeable staff, and access to the best that Eleuthera has to offer in a brand new home on a private beach. No other property offers all of those things at the same time. Also YellowBird is the definition of sustainable and local. The home has multiple environmental features and the people who built it and work there can all be traced back to Eleuthera. YellowBird invests in the island and in the people of the island to ensure that this paradise will be here to stay. In three words, how would you describe the spirit of Eleuthera? Free, natural, and magical. -Horatio Smith, Personal Chef and owner of Da Perk

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How Bad Does a Knee Have to Be Before Considering Replacement?


Health Challenges as We Age


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It’s never too late in the year to take stock of your health and get in shape. Schedule those important checkups and screenings and consult with your doctor about fitness programs and treatments. Our annual Medical & Wellness issue kicks off with experts in functional medicine, yoga, and aquatics. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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hronic conditions such as autoimmune disease, fatigue, neuropathy, thyroid disorders, and joint pain can be challenging to diagnose and treat through conventional Western medical treatments that often only mask systems without resolution. Dr. John Baird of Rejuv Medical Louisville specializes in integrated functional medicine and hormone replacement therapy to treat the root cause of the issue. “Louisville has been slow to adopt functional medicine,” says Dr. Baird. “With your insurance card, doctors will treat you for being sick and are adept at writing prescriptions. But here we get at the root cause, not cover it up. Once we balance the hormones and fix the gut, we are clearing up the problem.” John Baird, MD, is a local Louisvillian from Fern Creek. He grew up with an organic garden and a love of sports, contributing to his interests in holistic healing and non-operative sports medicine. Dr. Baird earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Virginia Commonwealth. He is board-certified in anti-aging medicine, functional medicine, and regenerative medicine and holds certifications in osteopathy and acupuncture. “My tool belt is full, so I can help those no one else can - like a detective doctor...”

John Baird, MD Dr. Baird has practiced functional medicine for over twenty years and evaluated over 15000 women and men using a patient-centered, holistic approach, often involving natural hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy treats some fertility issues, menopause, andropause, and other hormone imbalances, which result in weight gain, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, thyroid disorder, and

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Dr. Baird is one of only two osteopaths in Louisville who do adjustments to the entire body. trouble sleeping. Patients that had tried multiple doctors and specialists have finally found pain relief, increased energy, positive mood changes, body transformation, and reversed signs of aging at Rejuv Medical Louisville.

With natural treatments and a healthy diet, lifestyle, and exercise changes to reduce systemic inflammation, Dr. Baird successfully gets patients off multiple medications and reverses neuropathy with 90% efficacy. “Inflammation is often behind the major leading causes of death.” Dr. Baird is one of only two osteopaths in Louisville who do adjustments to the entire body. Rejuv Medical Louisville was one of the first medical practices in Louisville to offer Red Light Therapy for Contour Body Sculpting. Following an evaluation of body composition, inflammation, and cell health, the safe, effective treatment removes fat with no pain, surgery, or downtime. A simple urine test with 76 different markers allows Dr. Baird to “evaluate for an optimal balance of the digestive system” to fix the gut internally. “With the digestive system in a happy place, every symptom goes away.”

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Autoimmune Disease Neuropathy Joint Pain

Hormone Replacement As a concierge doctor for functional integrated medicine, Dr. Baird offers personal attention with no wait. He will often spend at least a full hour with his patients at each visit and shares his cell phone number. Rejuv Medical Louisville is a cash-only clinic with affordable rates, financing, and free, scheduled 15-minute phone consultations. Red Light Therapy is currently on special at $89 for two visits. For an inside look, as well as an abundance of testimonials from happy patients, visit Dr. Baird’s brand new Facebook group - Louisville Wellness Club at groups/louisvillewellnessclub. Just for joining Louisville Wellness Club, you’ll get access to a members-only Summer Special to testdrive the state-of-the-art Contour Light®, awesome offers, and promos! Look at these amazing before-and-afters from just a single session of Contour Light®. And there are more who have seen the same results or better in their very first session.


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oted Best Fitness Club of Louisville by multiple local publications, Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center offers a wide range of classes, programs, equipment, and facilities for all ages and fitness levels. The yoga and aquatics programs have something for everyone, whether you are just beginning an exercise program or seek-

ing advanced instruction and practice. Yoga Instructor Rebecca Wine and Aquatics Director Mary Duke Connell shared highlights of their respective programs and their overall health and wellness impact. Rebecca Wine pointed out the variety of yoga classes available at Milestone, “We teach to all levels and for who is in the class at that moment. Yoga offers relaxation, strength, and balance. And ours is a well-rounded program.” Rebecca has been a fitness instructor for 30 years and has been teaching yoga for 28. She is a US Yoga Alliance RYT® 200, Registered Yoga Teacher with 200-hour Yoga

Teacher Training Certification. In addition to yoga, Rebecca does personal training and teaches other fitness classes full-time. Yoga is particularly beneficial for an “understanding of the body and body awareness,” helping with mobility and stability of the joints. The resulting gains in strength and balance can help prevent devastating injuries. “Yoga provides relaxation and destresses. In class, I can just feel the stress leaving their bodies. It is proven science that yoga lowers blood pressure.” Rebecca teaches Vinyasa Yoga which is an excellent cardio workout as well. “Following the pandemic, I know most people were stressed out. At Milestone, we helped our members deal with that.” For more information on Milestone Wellness Center yoga classes, visit group-exercise/class-schedule. Aquatics Director Mary Duke Connell leads Milestone’s award-winning Aquatics Program that offers so much more than swimming laps. Virtually any form of exercise can be performed in or adapted for the water. “It works your entire body at the same time.” Under Mary’s leadership, the program has won the following United States Water Fitness Association Awards: #1 Aquatic Program in the US, #1 Aquatic Wellness Center in the US, #1 Aquatic Exercise Program in the US, #1

The yoga and aquatics programs have something for everyone, whether you are just beginning an exercise program or seeking advanced instruction and practice. Adapted Aquatics Program in the US (Special Programs), #1 Water Walking Program in the US, #2 Fitness, Person Training, and Physical Therapy Program in the US, and #3 Top Aquatic Director in the US. “I began swimming at age three and never looked back!” says Mary. She was on swim teams, served as a lifeguard, participated in synchronized swimming, and has taught hundreds of swim lessons, lifeguarding, and swim safety programs. “I even qualified to be a Playboy Bunny Synchronized Swimmer!” Mary enjoys helping members achieve their goals such as recovering from injuries or joint replacement, weight loss, disease management, fitness, personal training, and more. “Water exerts far more pressure on your muscles than air does, allowing increased strengthening as you move through the water.” Aquatic exercise offers “increased

flexibility, swelling and injury recovery, balance training, aerobic capacity” and reduces stiffness. “Swimming builds endurance, strength, and cardiovascular health with no impact or stress on your joints. Swimming can be a wonderful way to lose weight and maintain a healthy heart.” Milestone offers private swimming lessons for children and adults and group infant/ toddler and adult classes. Visit for more information. Join Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center at and follow @BaptistMilestone on Facebook and Instagram. 

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How Bad Does a Knee Have to Be Before Considering Replacement? For the majority of patients with knee pain that interferes with their ability to go on walks and enjoy other recreational activities, most doctors will try more conservative treatments before recommending surgery.

» Your arthritis is interfering with your life. If simple, necessary activities such as walking, sleeping, and working are becoming difficult due to knee pain.

» You want lasting relief. The average knee replacement lasts for 20-25 years and a little less for those who are more physically active.

Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery


treat my patients like I would want to be treated and explain all the options to them,” said Thomas Schlierf, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon with Baptist Health Medical Group in Louisville and New Albany, Indiana. “We try conservative therapies first, but if those aren’t working then we talk about total joint replacement.”

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» Your long-lasting pain isn’t improving

» Your knee hurts when you’re at rest. You want to remain active.


“Our goal is to get you back to your daily activities and doing the things you enjoy doing,” explains Dr. Schlierf.

When You Should Consider Knee Replacement

» Pain relief. Probably the biggest benefit you’ll notice after surgery is not experiencing pain during your daily activities and when you’re at rest.

Dr. Schlierf can be contacted at (502) 897-6579

» High success and satisfaction rates. More than 90% of those who undergo knee replacement surgery, most of whom have osteoarthritis, say that it improves their pain and that they’re satisfied with the results one year after the procedure.

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Health Challenges As We Age

We have all heard the term, “aging gracefully.” That is what we all aim to do. You exercise. You eat right. You are in decent shape. Still, getting older can have its challenges and bring on health issues as we age. BY ALISON CARDOZA PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. Minor in Health Promotions. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader.


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any of us will experience or are experiencing weight gain/weight loss, arthritis, sleep deprivation, fragile bone (osteopenia/osteoporosis), and balance issues. These are normal signs of aging, however, they can surprise us and come on very quickly. To slow down the aging process, there are a few things that you can do to help this process go a little smoother.

WEIGHT GAIN/ ARTHRITIS Also called joint inflammation can WEIGHT LOSS cause pain and stiffness that can wors-

It is important to fuel your body with healthy nutrients. I advise my clients to eat breakfast every morning. You have been fasting all night and breakfast will help break that fast. Aim to eat a protein and a complex carb to start your day energized in a healthy way. An example would be eggs and a piece of whole wheat toast. Eat snacks in between your main meals. Aim to get the colors of the rainbow, (great antioxidants) fruits and vegetables for snacks. Lunch and dinner should consist of a protein and a green. An example is bean soup and a salad. Stay hydrated and drink water. Exercise everyday for 30 minutes. Stay active!

en with age. Staying active is the key! Don't let your muscles get stiff. It may be as simple as squeezing a therapy ball everyday to improve wrist strength or doing simple neck and shoulder stretches, such as shoulder shrugs and rolls to release stiffness. This release can help you in day to day activities, such as turning your head when driving your car. Applying ice for 30 minutes and applying heat can help with joint stiffness. Massages also help release tension and muscle soreness.


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The primary signs include excessive daytime sleepiness and daytime impairment such as reduced concentration, slower thinking, and mood changes. Keeping the mind and body active during the day with positive activities can help the body fall asleep faster at bedtime. If you struggle, try falling asleep or tricking your body and lying down in a spot that you normally do not sleep in. Try reading to relax or have the television on in the background at a low volume with a relaxing show such as Planet Earth. Listening to sound wave music, lavender scents and warm baths help the body relax before bedtime as well. Wind down and keep a set routine every night.


Osteopenia is a condition where the body does not make new bone as quickly as it reabsorbs old bone. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle. New bone creation does not keep up with old bone removal. Weight bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones. Women, in particular (primarily small boned, 65 or older, and who are postmenopausal) are most at risk. Aim to consume calcium and vitamin D. Get a Bone Mineral Density test at your doctor to stay on top of your bone health.


Incorporate balance exercises into your daily routine to prevent falls, improve coordination, and prevent injury. Simple exercises such as balancing on one leg everyday for 30 seconds can improve your balance coordination. As we age, many may experience vertigo, a sensation of feeling off balance. Dizzy spells can occur. By practicing balance exercises, we are more apt to recover or catch ourselves from falling. Balance boards and Bosu balls are great pieces of equipment to test your skills. At Baptist East Milestone, we have the trainers and equipment to help you safely secure your balance. 

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As you age, you may reflect on your youth. Did I take care of myself? Did I make healthy choices to live a healthy retirement? The choices you make today will reflect on your future. Choose wisely. Make a life for yourself that you truly want to live.



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Susan has been an Aesthetician for almost a decade and puts a vast skillset to work for her clients. She was an apprentice with very prominent medical and alternative health practitioners in New York City and her native Chicago. Today, she combines advanced technology with non-toxic skincare to obtain optimal skin health unique treatments. "There are definitely genetic factors, but it's also about lifestyle, diet, daily habits, so many elements," she says. "Acne can trouble us as a lifelong thing, well into our fifties. It doesn't have to be a continual challenge, however. We just need to find your personal reasons why." Skintuition offers an Acne Bootcamp designed to determine the exact cause for clients' acne while also debunking widespread myths about just what triggers breakouts. Here, you can learn the everyday habits that could be contributing to your acne. "While products alone will help improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin, our


Bootcamp takes your acne-fighting journey to the next level," says Susan. During this intensive program, the Skintuition team will coach you through step-by-step instructions on how to take control of your acne and get clear—once and for all. Once you've completed the program, you can reintroduce potential triggers into your daily life, allowing you to pinpoint the specific factors that contribute to issues with your skin. This approach equips you with the tools you need to know what works for your skin and what doesn't, enabling you to maintain clear skin for as long as you want. "Most often our treatments are prescription free, topical, and can even be based on diet," Susan says. In fact, she's currently working on an acne cookbook made up of recipes for better skin health. 

SUSAN HICKS Skincare specialist and acne expert

Colla en g ain’t just for your lips!



hen you think of “collagen,” the first place your mind goes is probably a Kardashian. Or maybe a Real Housewife. But collagen is more than just a lip or fine line filler injectable. Collagen is actually one of the most abundant proteins in your body. It provides structure to your skin, connective tissue, teeth, muscles, organs and joints, among other things. This translates to firmer, healthy-looking skin, as well as fuller lips and luscious hair.

Nutrients that increase and support your body’s collagen production: Vitamin C

You may be wondering why you’d need to supplement collagen if your body has so much of it.


As we age, our body produces lower quality collagen, and less of it. This manifests as less supple, less firm skin and weaker cartilage in joints. Certain lifestyle choices, like smoking, excessive sun exposure or eating too much sugar, can damage the collagen that your body does produce.


There are many natural food sources of collagen, including bone broth and pork skin. But it’s unclear whether simply consuming collagen-rich foods increases the levels of collagen in your body, since it’s broken down into amino acids during digestion. If you think your body could use the boost of collagen, hydrolyzed collagen (sometimes called peptide collagen, and sold as powder or pills) or gelatin is the way to go. It has already been broken down into smaller peptides, making it easier for your body to absorb. Studies show that this collagen is a promising help for building muscle mass, slowing arthritis and improving skin elasticity. How do you work this powder into your diet? It’s great in smoothies, soups or baked goods (just substitute some of the flour in the recipe for collagen powder). You can also use gelatin to make homemade gummies. If you’re looking for a simple beauty (and health!) solution that you can do at home, pain-free, collagen may be a good bet for you. As with any supplement, always check with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure it’s a good fit for you. 

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Ways to work collagen peptide powder into your daily routine:  Blend into your smoothie  Mix into soups or bone broth  Add to scrambled eggs  Replace flour in a recipe for baked goods  Add to lattes or hot chocolate  Stir into oatmeal or yogurt

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Christy is one of the very few Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioners in America, and she’s dedicated to helping her patients lead better lives through healthier, clearer skin. Combining a caring background with extensive clinical expertise, she’s built an experienced team and a loyal following of patients. “We make a point to approach every patient with great care and consideration,” she says. “I diagnose and treat their conditions appropriately and aggressively. Patients expect results, and they deserve them.” Baker and her team pride themselves on the fantastic environment they have established, working to make patients feel like they are supported by a team of skin experts. “We handle skin concerns that are medical as well as cosmetic and approach both types of patients similarly.” In 2018 she opened DermCARE Practitioners, LLC. “Dermatology is my passion, and I want every one of my patients to have individualized care,” says Christy. She explains that it isn’t always possible in a corporate-owned or large practice setting. “I opened this practice because I wanted a chance to provide the level of care I would want for myself or my family. We treat patients as individuals and believe in earning their trust through exemplary care,” she says. “We are a totally independent practice, and it is up to me to decide how much time my patients need with me. That’s how it should be.” Across her 22 years of healthcare experience, she has amassed an impressive skill set. Her first ten years as a NP were spent in emergency medicine and primary care, and she still maintains her board certification in family practice. When she first considered pursuing the specialty of dermatology, she was uncertain. “I thought I would be bored!” she says with a laugh. “That changed very quickly. Seeing the difference it can make in someone’s life to finally have control over their skin problems and relief from their symptoms, it’s a life altering experience for many of my patients. I love being a part of that.” Christy knows that a person’s appearance plays a huge role in how they feel about themselves. “The cosmetic side of dermatology can be equally satisfying for me. After all, we all want to look our best!” She goes on to say that having knowledge, experience, and expertise in aesthetics is extremely important. “The safety and satisfaction of my patients are my top two priorities with any cosmetic service.” SERVICES OFFERED: •

Medical evaluation and treatment of abnormal skin lesions, skin cancer, acne, eczema, melasma, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cysts, rashes, pigmentation disorders, and any other dermatologic conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails of children and adults.

DermCARE is a provider of neurotoxins like Botox and dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero Balance for cosmetic purposes. Radiesse can be injected as a filler or hyperdiluted for rejuvenation. Microneedling, PDO thread lifts, chemical peels, plasma pen skin tightening, dermaplaning, acne scar subcision, and benign skin lesion removal are also offered.

They also have an experienced para-medical tattoo expert on staff, Paige Spear, who offers semi-permanent makeup, eyebrow microblading/powder brows, scar and vitiligo camaflouge, post-procedural nipple and belly button enhancements, BB glow, and more.

Christy Baker is a PCA Skin™ certified provider and offers their full line of products along with skincare product consultations.

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Lecresha Sewell



Constantly learning and seeking new ways to treat her patients, Lecresha meets her desire to help people. “As a child, I had an interest in healthcare and real estate,” she says of her twin passions. “When I went to Central High School Magnet Career Academy, the medical magnet was full, so I decided to choose nursing. My career took off from there.” Her interest in women’s health started when she was an undergrad. “I was pregnant while I was taking courses at UofL, and I loved everything about maternal child nursing,” she says. Her interest led to expertise, and she’s now an APRN at Norton Healthcare. In 2020, Lecresha formed Melanated Healthcare, LLC. It’s a mobile application that assists black and brown patients in locating melanated healthcare professionals in their area. “The health disparities for black people and persons of color (POC) are devastating,” she says. “The evidence supports better health outcomes when patients receive care from culturally competent healthcare professionals. Melanated Healthcare is the solution to eliminate health disparities.” Set apart in her industry because she creates innovative solutions to influence positive change, Lecresha loves working in the Louisville area. “I can make a difference in my hometown, and I can witness the impact,” she says.

HER WORDS OF ADVICE: “You do not have to conform to limitations. If you wish to achieve anything, create a plan and execute. Ultimately, you determine your success and outcomes.” LECRESHA@MELANATEDHEALTHCARE.APP 62 TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2021

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Steve Samuel, MD Dr.Steve Samuel was born in Louisville and grew up in St. Matthews. He attended Indiana University where he graduated with a biological science degree. Following his undergraduate studies, he was accepted to University of Louisville Medical School. He did his surgical residency under the renowned Dr. Michael Debakey in Houston and was his Chief resident. He returned to Louisville and was a successful general surgeon for 33 years. After years and years of being on his feet, Dr.Samuel found himself in need of vein surgery on his aching legs. This lead him to seek treatment, and he was so impressed with the results that he trained nationwide and now performs the same procedures for his own patients. This month marks two years of success for Comprehensive Vein Care, the practice he started with his wife, Lori. They were recognized as an American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS) Member of the Month within six months of opening. It’s a labor of love. Lori and Dr. Samuel have created a comfortable, all-inclusive, non-hospital based space where you can receive the treatment you need for your aching legs and get back to your life quickly. It’s under local anesthesia, and all insurance is accepted. “The service at Comprehensive Vein Care is based on a patient-to-patient basis because I needed this service myself,” Dr.Samuel says. “We want our patients to have healthy beautiful legs that they can be proud of!” (502) 583-7741 | COMPREHENSIVEVEINCARE.NET | 141 QUARTERMASTER COURT JEFFFERSONVILLE, IN 47130 TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2021 63

TOPS Doctors Roberto A. PenneCasanova, MD BLUE HALO MED SPA

“We focus on providing reliable and affordable result-oriented services and products to treat common skin conditions,” says Rhonda Hatfield, owner. The family-operated business, Blue Halo Med Spa, is now in its sixth year. Built from the ground up and with Dr. Penne as Medical Director from day one, this fantastic team of professionals comprises highly experienced experts. Blue Halo Med Spa offers services like laser hair removal, injectables, facials, waxing, and even liposuction in the office, utilizing water and ultrasound technology to obtain the best results with the least amount of downtime or risk. In addition, they include Renuvion for skin tightening with every procedure to give the best results. Another service offered is the PDO threads, a technique that allows Dr. Penne to contour and lift almost any area of the body without surgery. He was one of the first to offer it in our area and frequently trains other MDs and NPs on this procedure. “Safety is our number one goal, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve and provide the best outcome possible for our clients,” says Rhonda. “For this reason, we invest heavily in training and education for our team.”


Spa will soon open a second location (12400 Shelbyville Road, Louisville KY 40243) with a Grand Opening on August fourth from 10 am - 7:00 pm. They are also presenting a new formal Training Division to help others in our area learn and perfect the esthetic treatment trade. This service will be offered both online and in person.


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Dr. Jason Greenberg GREENBERG LASIK

Over 20 years of LASIK experience and more than 80,000 treated eyes, Dr. Jason Greenberg’s commitment shines through. At Greenberg LASIK, friendly service meets life-changing results with the most advanced technology available at an affordable price. “We specialize in LASIK. That’s all we do, and we are really good at it,” says Dr. Greenberg, who comes from a long line of eye care professionals. “I believe that if you treat patients like your family, success will follow,” he says. “I have one of the greatest jobs in the world! I get to change lives in ten minutes. As much as I enjoy performing surgery, the best part is when patients come back following LASIK. I get to see how happy my patients are and hear them say things like, “This is the best thing I have ever done; it was the best money I ever spent. I wish I had done it years ago.” Dr. Greenberg knows first-hand what his patients are experiencing as he had the procedure himself in 1997, and he still sees with 20/20 vision.


Every team member is polite, professional, and great at what they do. The procedure is fast and totally painless. A couple of quick progress checkups, and you’ll be 20/20 or better without visual aids. I couldn’t be happier about the experience and highly recommend Dr. Greenberg and his team.”


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A dentist with 21 years in practice, Kwane Watson had an idea that would revolutionize the way we think of dentistry. That idea resulted in Kare Mobile, a comprehensive concierge mobile dental service that meets the patient where they are. Kare Mobile providers perform all the treatments one would expect from a dentist’s office, including cleanings, extractions, crowns, Invisalign, and routine exams X-rays. The mobile service model reduces the overhead associated with a brick and mortar practice and allows the provider to spend more time taking care of each patient. Fittingly, Kwane is the President of American Mobile & Teledentistry Alliance, devoted to manufacturing the mobile centers necessary for this idea to continue to thrive. “Not only is it a matter of greater convenience, but everyone deserves access to care across all communities,” he says. K WA N E @ K A R E . M O B I | L O U I S V I L L E , K Y KARE.MOBI | (502) 523-2347

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Laura A. Curry O W N E R / P R ESIDENT C A R E B U IL D E R S AT H OME

“We make lives easier and better for families and individuals,” says Laura Curry, MA, MAT, Owner and President of CareBuilders at Home. “It goes so far beyond just being a business; it’s about sending people to help people. This is all about building connections and keeping people involved and engaged so they can continue to live their best lives.” CareBuilders at Home utilizes the latest technology to ensure that those they serve are well looked after but given agency to live their lives as they wish, backed up by well-trained and compassionate people to look after them to the degree they want and need. Laura puts two master’s degrees -in Psychology and Education- to work in her position and has a personal resolve instilled in her from an early age. “I had a great relationship with my grandmother, and she lived to be 99 years old,” she says. “She was very independent and lived that way her whole life, at a time when entities like CareBuilders didn’t exist. I always really admired that. People should have the opportunity and choice to live where they want. We’re very proud to help give them that option.” 2210 GOLD SMI TH LN, ST E 2 0 9 LOUI SVI LLE, KY 40218 502-458-CARE ( 2273) CAREBUI LD ERSATH OME LOU I S VI LLE . C OM

Rebecca Redman, MD Deputy Director of Clinical Research & Medical Oncologist

We face cancer with innovation, so you can face cancer with new hope. We are the face of discovery at UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center. With academic research and leadingedge clinical trials you can only get here, we help save lives with less invasive treatments. And as one of the leading centers in the world to pioneer promising new cellular therapies like TILs and CAR T-cell therapy, we cure the incurable.

Brown Cancer Center is also at UofL Health – Medical Center Northeast Now patients can find the same expert care teams from our downtown location at our new outpatient facility located at 2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard off Old Henry Road near I-265/Gene Snyder Freeway.

We are one of the only centers in the area with CyberKnife®, delivering radiation using pinpoint accuracy. And Monarch™, a robotic endoscope that diagnoses lung cancer in hard-to-reach areas, even at early stages. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists focus exclusively on your form of cancer. By making the impossible possible for the past 40 years, we help patients face cancer with new hope.

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For upscale dishes in a relaxed atmosphere and some of the best appetizers and burgers in the city, Mussel & Burger Bar is a local favorite with national acclaim. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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he first location opened on Taylorsville Road in 2013 and single-handedly raised the burger game for the Louisville restaurant scene. In October 2015, the second location opened on 7th Street near Museum Row in downtown Louisville. Bluegrass Restaurant Holdings, established in 2017, acquired both sites in 2018. Bluegrass Restaurant Holdings Director of Operations and lifelong Louisvillian Nathan Eiden started his career with Mussel & Burger Bar as a server in early 2014. He was promoted to management the following year. Nathan was General Manager of the downtown location until 2018, when the new ownership tapped him to manage both restaurants. “We deliver quality ingredients through a chef-inspired menu in an approachable, familiar way.” New Executive Chef Michael Strickland comes to Louisville from Naples, Florida. He owned and operated three restaurants there before accepting the opportunity to helm the Mussel & Burger Bar kitchens. Michael has family in Louisville and is a classically-trained chef, giving him some local background and multicultural perspectives.

Executive Chef Michael Strickland

At Mussel & Burger Bar, it is not uncommon to see a family dining next to a power lunch next to a couple on a first date. “Our goal is to deliver as much good food to as many people as we can,” says Nathan. “You don’t need to break the bank to experience great food.” Dishes are made from scratch with local ingredients whenever possible, along with other elements from around the world to add some international flavor. Mussel & Burger Bar is not about shortcuts. The mussels are always fresh, and the accompanying grilled slices of local bakery artisan bread are delivered daily. Many would argue that dipping the crusty bread in the flavorful broths of the mussels is the highlight of the experience. Moules Basquaise are served with Spanish chorizo, olive oil, seafood sofrito broth, piquillo peppers, mild chili flakes, garlic, and onions. The secret to the Curry Cream mussels is a yellow Korean-style curry picked up weekly from an undisclosed local market. Red onions, lemongrass, garlic, and lemon zest balance the curry and make it sing. Chefs prepare the grind for Food Network-famous burgers in-house daily with a mix of sirloin and brisket, adding browned butter to enhance the flavors of the quality beef. Michael Symon of Food Network’s Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, and Carnivorous’s

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Courtney Rada featured the Argentinian Burger on their shows. The Argentinian adds a patty of chorizo Argentino to the beef burger smothered with thick-cut provolone cheese, caramelized onions, and chimichurri sauce topped with mixed greens and Italian marinated oven-roasted tomatoes. The pommes frites are the perfect accompaniment. Also highlighted on Carnivorous, the decadent Southern Bell burger is piled high “with fried green tomatoes, rémoulade sauce, and pimento cheese on a pretzel bun.” Sweet potato fries with smoked pineapple dipping sauce are the side of choice for this and the Bacon Breakfast Burger. The B.B.B. is the ultimate brunch burger “with caramelized onions, aged white cheddar cheese, maple syrup aioli, thick-cut maple syrup glazed pork belly, and a fried farm egg.”

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In addition to apps, mussels, and burgers, Mussel & Burger Bar offers salads, sandwiches, entrées, decadent desserts, and a Kids Menu. The Drink Menu boasts specialty cocktails, wine, bourbon, Irish whiskey, and beers, including local seasonal selections. Now back to full dine-in capacity, both locations made it through COVID with one new and one remodeled patio. According to Nathan, a third as-yet-undetermined Mussel & Burger Bar location is on the horizon! Bluegrass Restaurant Holdings is also currently partnering with Malibu Jack’s Indoor Theme Park on a fun center for adults. Jak’s Bar & Restaurant will open in the adjoining former Walmart Garden Center. 

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Coffee dates are back! Get out of the house to catch up with friends or work remotely with a change of scenery. These local shops are spilling the beans on great atmosphere, premium coffee, and plenty of tasty treats. Skip the giant chain drive-thru and turn an ordinary day into something special.


Louisville Joe Coffee Company



ouisville Joe Coffee Company is a coffee bar inside Dox Fox Clothing and Culture boutique at 1567 Bardstown Road in the Bonnycastle neighborhood of the Highlands. Dot Fox/ Louisville Joe Owner Sally Bird says Louisville Joe has been “nestled here in our hearts” ever since she drew up her original business plan twenty years ago. It is “a natural evolution” out of the boutique’s location. The coffee bar has been open for a year now, offering organic,

fair-trade coffee and tea and “the most magical espresso shots” from the vintage 1970s Victoria Arduino espresso machine. Sally is a “born and bred Louisville kid” who always wanted to “invest time and energy in business” here. She works with local dairy suppliers, features pastries from local bakeries, and sources coffee from Bean roastery on Goss Avenue and Safai Coffee headquartered on E. Kentucky St. Louisville Joe is “such an asset to the boutique,” says Sally, as folks are “meandering down Bardstown Road” they can get a boost of energy to power through the day or hot chocolate to keep the kids happy while they shop. Sally’s favorite coffee drink is a Dot Fox Latte made with oat milk, almond, and caramel. She also recommends the Green Tea or

Jasmine Tea Latte. This summer, try an Italian soda, iced Rose Hip Tea, or Mint Tea with pomegranate, fresh mint, and fresh thyme. “We also make a mean chai,” inspired by a chai Sally had on a visit to Taos, New Mexico. “It’s pretty spicy but still sweet.” Louisville Joe currently serves pastries from Smør Nordic Bakeri and Breadworks scones, including the cinnamon scone that Sally can’t resist. Louisville Joe Coffee Company is all take away service with just one table out front for now. But there are plans to expand with a kitchen and more seating for a more traditional café setting. Louisville Joe is open 9 am - 8 pm Monday through Saturday, and 9 am - 6 pm on Sunday. Sally is looking forward to hosting events such as poetry slams, open mike nights, and psychic fairs. Follow @ louisvillejoecoffee on Instagram. TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2021 77


Day’s Espresso & Coffee 1420 BARDSTOWN RD LOUISVILLE, KY 40204 (502) 456-1170 DAYSCOFFEE.COM


wned by a group of friends and family members, Day’s Espresso & Coffee is “a Highlands institution” in its 27th year of operation. One of the owner’s friends opened the first coffee cart on Bainbridge Island across Elliott Bay from downtown Seattle. Day’s Espresso & Coffee opened on December 13, 1994, serving “superior product” from a fourth-generation San Francisco roaster. Co-Owner/General Manager Chris Roy was Day’s fourth paid employee and co-owned and designed the Downtown Louisville location open from 1998 to 2005. “Managing Day’s Espresso & Coffee has never felt like work,” says Chris. “I love doing it, and it feels effortless most of the time.” He takes great pride in helping build the business over all these years. Serving the “most consistent product” is the goal. “We focus on the nuance of each drink. I train my people that they are not just completing a task. I instill taking ownership of what you’re doing. The skill to construct espresso beverages is something they can take with them anywhere.” Luckily, Louisville is “a city rich with local coffee shops.” Chris suggests starting with drip coffee (in a range of 33 different roasts that “never taste burnt”) or a classic espresso drink. “We have the best Cappuccino in the city, and I would gladly host a drink-off to prove it.” He also recommends the Espresso, Cortado, and Con Panna. Day’s offers over thirty flavors for the Cafe Latte, along with a wide selection of alternative dairies. Beat the heat this summer with a Big Train blended frappe available in a dozen flavors. The shop also serves Lotsa Pasta paninis and baked goods from Payne Street Bakehouse and Kizito Cookies. Day’s Espresso & Coffee has benefited from the “pandemic reset,” receiving small business financial relief and improved parking and traffic flow due to permanent traffic pattern changes on Bardstown Road. The walk-up window is perfect for pet owners and unvaccinated customers, and a new merch section has expanded offerings. Day’s is open seven days a week from 6:30 am to 6 pm and may host after-hours evening events in the future. Follow @daysespressoandcoffee on Instagram and Facebook.

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please & thank you



fter successfully navigating the business disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Please & Thank You celebrated its tenth anniversary on May 17, 2021. The woman-owned cafés located in Clifton, East Market District, and Prospect are famous for their coffee program - and chocolate chip cookies! Founder/Owner/Operator Brooke Vaughn was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. From age 8, she spent every other weekend in Louisville at her father’s Daily Grind Coffee Shop on Frankfort Avenue. Brooke has worked in coffee since age 15, and she hasn’t stopped since. Working in a coffee shop next door to a record store in Indianapolis, Brooke met her husband. They eventually decided to take a shot at opening a café in Louisville. Since its inception, Please & Thank You has distinguished itself from other Louisville coffee shops. “We don’t do decaf or non-fat,” says Brooke. “This is a place where people come to treat themselves, not unlike visiting an ice cream parlor. It’s a nostalgic experience.” The most popular coffee drinks at Please & Thank You are the Iced Coffee and Cold Brew from their proprietary blend by Good Folks roastery in Louisville. Brooke spent 2½ years developing her chocolate chip cookie recipe. In the early days of Please & Thank You, she put out just a half-dozen cookies every morning, and they sold out by noon. It wasn’t long before the cookies landed on local “Best of” lists and then in the national media. Now thousands are sold each day! Please & Thank You’s chocolate chip cookie “Dough Box” is now available in the freezer sections at Kroger, Paul’s Fruit Market, and Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. Brooke’s favorite drink is Iced Black Tea, which is also available by the gallon - along with Green Tea, Lemonade, and Iced Coffee. Please & Thank You locations will be running a Gallon Sale through July 31st. To order online, download the Please & Thank You app or visit pleaseandthankyoulouisville. com. Follow @plsthnks for the latest specials and updates.

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safai coffee shop



he history of Safai Coffee Shop begins in 1998 with a 72 square-foot drive-through kiosk originally called Java Brewing Company. Just before opening Safai Coffee Shop in the Highlands in 2011, a trip to France inspired Mike and Medora Safai to serve crepes at the new location. “They had no idea how popular the crepes would be,” says General Manager Allison Tipton. “We have come to be known for our crepes.” Both sweet and savory crepes are available, including the Poppa Lava featuring “spicy cream cheese, bacon, smoked gouda, pickled red onions, grilled red peppers, and a generous drizzle of hot sauce.”

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Allison started her career with Safai ten years ago as a barista. She “began taking on more responsibilities as opportunities arose. “I have been the General Manager for eight years now, and it is an immensely rewarding job.” Safai’s “welcoming atmosphere and community engagement” make it “a safe space for people of all identities and backgrounds.” Safai has held events and fundraisers to benefit local community organizations such as Dreams with Wings, Kentucky Health Justice Network, and Change Today, Change Tomorrow. Safai Coffee Shop’s drip coffee solely using the pour-over method also sets it apart from other local coffee shops. “Pour-overs are made by slowly pouring hot water over ground coffee through a cone-shaped dripper. The benefit of a pour-over is that the coffee is freshly ground when ordered, and you can taste all of

the distinct flavors more clearly.” The Ethiopia Yirgacheffe dark roast “has a rich dark chocolate flavor and hints of blueberry.” Safai’s most popular specialty coffee drink is the Black Magic latte with white mocha sauce and blackberry syrup. The new signature 24K Gold Latte with vanilla, turmeric, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom can also be served hot or iced. Allison recommends the seasonal lemonade made in-house with blueberry syrup and soda added - perfect for summer! Safai Coffee Shop currently offers carryout, patio seating, and a walk-up window. The indoor seating area is still under renovation, with plans to open in late summer. In addition, a second location, Safai Coffee Bar, is available in Logan Street Market. For the latest specials and updates, follow @safaicoffeeshop on Facebook and Instagram.

Brew & Sip Coffee Bar



n May 11, Brew & Sip Coffee Bar celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded shop at 3800 Shepherdsville Road in West Buechel. Brew & Sip managed to grow during the pandemic from 400 square foot micro space to a 1700 square foot dine-in with drive-thru. More than just a coffee bar, Brew & Sip provides “a safe space for the community,” providing jobs and educating customers to “get an understanding of what they’re ordering.” says Owner LaToya Cook-Bradley. She is passionate about growing with the business, continuing her education in restaurant revitalization and small business development. LaToya shared some of her current favorite specialty coffee drinks. Brew & Sip’s classic Cinnamon Swirl is reminiscent of a cinnamon roll. The Bourmella is bourbon caramel sauce over rich espresso and steamed milk. Not Your Hiney tastes much richer than it is with cacao powder, local honey, choice of steamed milk, and espresso. Nilla Bee features vanilla and local honey. The decadent Swizza is chocolate caramel hazelnut with Heath milk chocolate English toffee pieces. The food items at Brew & Sip Coffee Bar go well beyond typical pastry offerings. LaToya owns and operates Flavorfull Catering Events & More, so she knows her way around the kitchen. Brew & Sip serves breakfast daily with both healthy and indulgent choices, such as Avocado Toast with Egg and Cinnamon Rolls. The Smoked Chicken Salad on a croissant remains a best-seller at lunchtime. Order online at and follow @brewandsipcoffeebar on Facebook and Instagram for the latest menu specials and updates. 

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amp Hendon® is “so much more than just a summer camp,” says Executive Director Megan Cooper. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization provides a monthly support group for parents and caregivers, family weekends, and various other programs to support Type 1 diabetic youth through different ages and phases of the chronic condition. Kentucky’s first endocrinologist, Dr. James Robert Hendon, and his associate Gladys Powell developed a camp program for Kentucky children with diabetes in 1965. The American Diabetes Association® sponsored the organization through 2010 when the ADA exited the program in Kentucky. The camp was maintained and supported by volunteers until Camp Hendon® hired Operations Manager Lori O’Bryant as the first paid employee in January 2015. 2021 marks Camp Hendon®’s tenth summer, returning post-COVID-quarantine at 75% capacity with physical distancing measures and some masking. Megan and the staff are hoping for more updated guidance by the time summer camps occur. “We are the only program of our kind in the state dedicated to Type 1 diabetes.” Megan, who has an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, joined the team in January 2017 after her husband (a Camp Hendon® donor) and a friend on the board encouraged her to apply. “Camp Hendon® is about community and strong relationships,” says Fund Development Manager Wendy Williams. Wendy moved to Louisville in January from San Antonio, where she served as development director in the nonprofit world for four years. “When the kids are fighting tough battles and have anxiety, there is always someone there.” Wendy knows all about it, having been diagnosed herself at just 13 months old. She attended Camp Hendon® since the age of seven and credits them with helping her become independent in managing her condition. Megan points out

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in need of financial assistance. Out of 165 children and their families, Megan says, “approximately 40% won’t pay a dime.”

that diabetes camp is “a respite time for parents” as well, a whole week “away from that daily management” of Type 1 diabetes. Wendy explains that as a 501(c)3 fully supported by grants and individual financial and in-kind donations, Camp Hendon® is an independent organization not affiliated with any other diabetes charities. The summer camp fee is $550, but the actual cost of the camp is $1700 per camper. Funding covers the $1250 gap and “camperships” for families

In addition to the summer camps, Camp Hendon® supports parents through the virtual support group held the second Tuesday of every month with specific topics and special expert guests. Camp Hendon® will host a teen retreat weekend September 10-12 at Camp Horsin’ Around, “specifically set up for medical populations” in Perryville, Kentucky. On Saturday, October 2, Camp Hendon® will sponsor a free day camp in Lexington for 1st through 8th graders. 



Hope Scarves

Founder, Lara MacGregor

Your donations and involvement are welcome 365 days a year at



ope Scarves was founded in 2012 by Lara MacGregor, cancer survivor and the leader of this nonprofit that collects scarves and stories from people who have gone through cancer treatment and want to pass on their messages of hope and encouragement to others. More than 17,000 Hope Scarves have been sent to people facing over 90 types of cancer in every state and 26 countries, and $700,000 has been raised for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research. Hope Scarves held a virtual “outLIVING Cancer” fundraiser worldwide May 22-23 and at Seneca Park in Louisville, as an international day of joyful activities, including biking, soccer, tennis, yoga, playing cornhole and more. In light of Lara’s stage 4 breast cancer progression and start of IV chemotherapy, outLIVING Cancer gives all individuals the chance to live life over cancer, no matter their abilities, age and location. The goal for the event was to raise $75,000, which was almost doubled thanks to 35 teams, 266 participants and 1,332 donors from 33 states who contributed $131,200 to Hope Scarves and MBC research. “I’m continuing to hold both joy and fear in the same hand at the same time. As I adjust to concerning health changes, outLIVING Cancer was a beautiful example of the enthusiasm of our community,” Lara

said. "We were blown away by the amount of support we received and so excited to see all of the great activities that individuals and teams participated in throughout the weekend. Thank you to those who donated, volunteered, and shared all the activities you did that brought you joy. Today and every day we OutLIVE cancer.” SPONSORED BY LG&E

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IN JULY 2019,

TAYLOR RYAN Keeping the Conversation Going

Founder, Change Today, Change Tomorrow, Inc. BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS


Volunteers are needed for food justice, education

and public health, including Feed the West and mong other programs, CTCT the Umoja Project. Make monetary donations and has funded campaigns to supsupport the wish list of Change Today, Change port Black-owned grocery stores, Tomorrow at Black artists, Black trans and gender-nonconforming folks, protesters who've been calling and three college degrees, Taylor knows for justice for Breonna Taylor, and helping to make sure young people in Lou- data inside and out, as well as the imporisville’s West End are remembered and tance of impact-based programming for a community. As the executive director cared for during the holidays. of CTCT, she knows people and how to Taylor studied computer software en- speak to their hearts, especially when gineering at Mississippi State University, those hearts are breaking. Her own has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in com- broken wide open as she devotes her munication from UofL, with a certificate waking hours to this business she startin Peace, Justice and Conflict Transforma- ed. Social impact is a tensile-strength tion, and in the past three years she has fabric for every community. earned not one, but two graduate degrees “In just one year we have been able from Marshall University in Huntington, to serve over 100,000 residents while West Virginia, a Master of Science in adult rerouting millions of dollars in in-kind education and an M.A. in leadership studies, with an emphasis on nonprofit and donations to the folks who need it the most,” Taylor said. “We offer over 20 public agency management. outreach programs that span from diWith 10 years’ experience in her field rect service to unrestricted funding.”

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Taylor Ryan founded Change Today, Change Tomorrow, Inc. (CTCT) with the help of Nannie Grace Croney and an all-female executive board. Through three pillars of food justice, education and public health, the mission of CTCT is to appeal to the needs of the Black community through a variety of initiatives and engagement opportunities in ways that “redirect material resources directly into the hands of Black people and other marginalized folks,” she said.

The most popular food justice program is Feed the West (FTW). “It is a free grocery delivery program born out of the twin 2020 pandemics of Covid-19 and the increased awareness on anti-Black state-sanctioned and state-based violence,” Taylor said. CTCT partners with more than 20 local businesses through the Feed the West program, delivering fresh produce and other healthful groceries, as well as toiletries and other resources around the city. “Food apartheids are a very prominent fixture in Black communities around Louisville, specifically the west end of Louisville where historically racist policies have had long-lasting effects on the resources available in those areas,” she said. “We seek to address all of the barriers associated with access to healthy food and sustainable meals for all residents. Everyone deserves to have barrier free access to quality, healthy food no matter their socioeconomic status.” In addition to Feed the West, CTCT’s food justice pillar includes a food pantry project and community garden development. The organization also conducts virtual cooking classes and hosts a monthly pick-up program for Black-owned fresh produce, herbal tea, organic supplements, alkaline water and cold-pressed juice. “We are always sure to add storing resources and recipes in our food giveaways to avoid food waste and ensure maximized impact.” On East Broadway, CTCT’s Change Education Hub offers in-person and online mentoring, tutoring and classes. Workshops for youth range from coding to science to an ongoing “30 for 12” mentoring program with local Black experts who design and teach their own youth workshops. During the school year, Change Today, Change Tomorrow partners with Watch Us Grow to provide free tutoring for students in grades 1-12. In collaboration with the Louisville Free Public Library, CTCT provides free virtual literacy programming every month via the Western Library. “Our education pillar focuses on all BIPOC youth ages 5-24,” Taylor said. “In one year’s time, we hope to be able to open a homeschool cooperative in our ideal community space.” Public health is another pillar for CTCT, in which “we are trailblazing Black-led research by way of community assessment and focusing on Black folks’ experiences with our local health care system,” she said. Outside of the research itself, CTCT is committed to breaking the stigma of being tested and living with HIV/AIDS, by hosting a community event for each HIV/AIDS

“awareness day” of the year. Each event offers collaborative resources, free food and testing to the public. This past year, CTCT has incorporated free COVID testing at each HIV/AIDS testing site. The first Friday of each month, CTCT distributes period products to individuals and community organizations who need them, offering tampons, pads, pantyliners, period panties and DivaCup products. Every other month, CTCT hosts a community baby shower that serves an average of 40 babies. The list of offerings and programs is constant and consistent. “We offer caregivers the top three most needed items regardless of the price,” Taylor said. “We also go out to the streets each Thursday evening to serve the unhoused community at three different sites in downtown Louisville. We partner with organizations that bring Narcan, mobile showers and quick medical assistance to unhoused individuals. We have a goal by the end of the year to house at least five people.” Pocket Change is one of the newest initiatives by Change Today, Change Tomorrow. Located at 1753 Bardstown Road, this storefront for Black-owned businesses is open 7 days a week, 2-9 p.m. The building is also a business hub with co-working space and rental space for events, and small biz classes are offered the third Thursday evening of each month. “We hope to continue to find and support new local Black businesses to put into our storefront,” Taylor said. “Supporting local black owned businesses not only supports that business, but often a whole community is uplifted by dollars spent and support given.” Metaphorically and literally, making change and spending change today will change tomorrow. Follow the hashtag #ChangeYourSpending and redirect shopping dollars to support local Black-owned businesses.  SPONSORED BY LG&E

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Stability for Families in Crisis Once a regional resource for veterans, USA Cares has grown into a national veterans support organization assisting thousands of post 9/11 military families in crisis. BY HEATHER FRENCH HENRY COURTESY PHOTOS


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e provide housing and emergency financial assistance. We can also help a combat injured veteran transition into a career, but what we really focus on are the major factors that contribute to veterans suicide,” states Trace Chesser, President & CEO of USA Cares and combat veteran. “I dealt with that after my service. I really struggled with a loss sense of purpose and dealt with some pretty severe depression, PTSD myself. The services we provide at USA Cares are helping to reduce factors that can actually contribute to veterans suicide.” With suicide rates alarmingly high among veterans, the pandemic created even more hardships in unprecedented numbers. Organizations like USA Cares had to shift quickly to the growing needs within the military community. In 2020, USA Cares began to feel the strain on their resources as many organizations began referring veterans to them in record numbers. According to Chesser, “It really hit our team hard because it was just so much more than we expected. When all this happened, we had a fundraising event

scheduled but immediately had to shut everything down. However, the needs kept coming in. We saw a 60 percent increase in requests asking for help.” Now, as the restrictions have lifted, USA Cares is hitting the ground running with two major events back-to-back with a Valhalla golf event on July 19th and the popular USA Cares Gala on August 7th at the Marriott Downtown. Chesser is hopeful that these efforts will see a resurgence in support. ”We've not sold out yet, but we've had a huge response. With the golf event, our goal is to raise over two hundred thousand dollars to help our military families that are in crisis.” While the mission for USA Cares has remained focused on crisis assistance since 2003, they are now offering comprehensive programming with financial literacy through a partnership with Abound Credit Union (formerly Fort Knox Federal Credit Union). “They provide us a lot of resources and funds to help veterans and their families. We also have a career transition and training program online to help coach and train service members on how to get employed or get a better job. Maybe they're highly skilled and did some great things in the military but they don’t know how to translate or explain it. They also may be in a job below their skill set and could be doing something greater.”

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Mike Mulrooney and Kellye Duckworth with Shirley’s Way

Shannon Kessler, Keith Yarber (Owner, TOPS Louisville), and Brittany Swan

Nate Miller, Chad Howard (VP Digital Marketing, TOPS Marketing), Lori Clemons, and Kelly King

Janine and Karl Truman from Truman Law

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Jessica Taylor and Mary Taylor from That Cute Little Shop

Brad and Veronica Stivers (Big Day Events)

Jenny Hoertz with John Waller (Waller Design Group)

James and Brittany Penny from IX Bourbon

Beth Goins and Liz Hazelwood

Eric Pohler with Precision Home Inspection

LaToya Bradley

Haley Bottorff (Account Executive, TOPS Louisville), Lori Samuel, T J White (VP Sales, TOPS Louisville)

Adam Caperton and Bryce Cariel

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Kathy (Editor-in-Chief. TOPS Louisville) and Jon Thuerbach

Karina Sanchez and Gustavo Reyes (Gustavo’s Mexican Grill)

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