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October 2019 // Priceless



Cancer Survivors and Inspirational Stories


When Kim Pinnick was diagnosed with cancer, she wanted the best possible care. Fortunately, she found it close to home – at Baptist Health Floyd and Baptist Health Louisville. Her team developed a treatment plan that allowed Kim to keep a regular routine. “I was able to come home after treatment,” she says, “sleep in my own bed and still get amazing care.” Today, Kim is in remission and enjoying life. But she will always be grateful for the care she received. “My journey showed me that I can be strong,” Kim says. “With Baptist, I didn’t have to be by myself on that journey.” Learn more at

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Maintaining Courage Throughout Your Fight | 32

Top 5 Inspiring & Healthy Bites | 86

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Feeling Lucky? Enter the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle 19 Three Reasons Kim’s Glad Her Cancer Care Was Close to Home 21

All beautiful things don’t have to be complicated


Hope Scarves Turns Heartbreak Into Hope 22 Top Shops: Fall Into Fashion 24

life+style Boutique Spotlight: Kendra Scott 30 Maintaining Courage Throughout Your Fight 32


Altobellis-Dunbar Wedding 44

Inspirational Individuals Special Advertising Section 51

at home Design Guru: Halloween Boo-tiques 62

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Tour of Homes: Belknap Bungalow is a Cozy Spot For Couple 66 Waterfront Botanical Gardens Phases Into Reality 78

cuisine The Volare Experience 84 Top 5: Inspiring & Healthy Bites 86 Gustavo’s Mexican Grill: One Man’s Humble Beginning Forms Strong Foundations 92

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Inspiring Confidence: Holding Back the Years 99 Cyberknife Helps Patients in a Unique and Advanced Way 103

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Exercise Can Improve Cancer Patients’ Lives 104 Donating Bras to Women in Need 106

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Women’s Healthcare Special Advertising Section 109


Inspiration is Everywhere

Marcella And Ina: What Inspires Us? The Parks 122 supermom: Taryn Skees 124 Tops Cares: Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana and Shirley’s Way 128 Meet the Media: Sarah Jordan 130 Breaking the bronze ceiling: Margaret Weissinger Castleman 134 Calendar: What to Do In Lou 136

photos Out & About 24 Uplift: Uniting With heART to End Homelessness 140 Davis Jewelers’ ORIS Watch Launch Party 142 Big Four Arts Festival 143 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 144 Whitney/Strong’s a Night for Life 146 7th Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards 148 Legacy of Life 5k 150 Exceptional Senior Living Block Party 151 Grand Re-Introduction of KCAAH With Dr. Lonnie Bunch 152 Robbie Bartlett’s 60th Birthday Party 153 Top Shots 154

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Cancer Survivors and Inspirational Stories

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You may want to save this issue for when you are having one of those “bad days” or “bad weeks” or even “bad months”- it just might put a few things in perspective for you. These stories are remarkable and give hope to all of us. These survivors found a strength that they didn’t know they had. Medical advances and talented surgeons, doctors, and nurses worked together to save these lives and so many others. So while I probably shouldn’t say that this is my favorite issue... It is one of the most moving.

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Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this issue has some other great content, including a spotlight on some women doing big things in the realm of healthcare, a few true philanthropists, as well as some entrepreneurs whose names we think you will want to know. I hope you will take the time to read these amazing stories. As has once been said, “Every day is a gift, that is why it is called the Present.” Enjoy this issue, and be well!

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Feeling Lucky? enter the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle COURTESY RENDERING


he grand prize for the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW raffle just got a little grander. This year’s home in Norton Commons is a $750,000 second empire inspired, three story beauty. It is impeccably decorated from the wide plank floors to 12foot ceilings. It’s not a bad potential payoff for a $100 ticket purchase: A pristine, over 3,000 square foot home in the picturesque Prospect neighborhood of Norton Commons. (The consolation first prize, a BMW with $10,000 in the truck, isn’t bad either.) Word is getting out, which is why this annual

fundraising effort, which is part of Norton Children’s vaunted Snow Ball gala, continues to grow year after year. It’s no surprise. Once again built by Ramage Company and decorated by Leslie Cotter, this year’s prize is almost 3,000 square feet, every square inch decorated in stunning transitional style with furnishings provided Century Entertainment and Furnishings. If the large quartz-clad island in the open concept kitchen don’t dazzle you, maybe the fabulous modern light fixture in the family room will. Or perhaps it’s the two floor of porch living space is more your style. If

you’re the practical type, the geothermal heating and cooling system will save you energy costs and the four bathrooms will prevent long lines at the parties you’ll undoubtedly throw. The furniture doesn’t come with the prize package, but it can be purchased at an open house or once the raffle is over. You can buy tickets online, even if you won’t be there to scream with joy in The Omni Louisville ballroom. All funds raised go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation which is just another reason why these tickets are worth every penny.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO WIN Tickets for the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle are $100 each. Open houses will be held every Saturday and Sunday, through November 17. The drawing will be held on November 23, 2019. Go to for more information or to purchase tickets.

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e had big plans to start our empty nest,” says Kim. “My daughter, Kelsey, was headed to college and we had a cruise planned.”

Three Reasons Kim’s Glad Her Cancer Care was Close to Home By receiving her care at Baptist Health, Kim remained close to her husband and family, wasn’t burdened financially and didn’t have to take sick leave. COURTESY PHOTO

But those plans for sun and sea were sidetracked when Kim Pinnick’s doctor found a lump in July 2017. She was immediately referred to Allison Hatmaker, M.D., breast surgeon, Baptist Health Louisville. It was Stage 2 ductal carcinoma. “It’s one of the worse things you can hear,” says Kim. For the next 12 months, Kim’s life revolved around surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. “I had a great medical team that set forth a great plan,” says Kim. “I got my chemo and surgery at the CBC at Baptist Health Louisville and my radiation at Baptist Health Floyd,” says Kim. “I was able to stay close to home, so I still got that hometown feel from everybody I encountered.” Kim described the environment as very welcoming, with nurses who are very concerned and caring. “Everybody I met had caring personalities and felt like truly cared about my outcome,” she says.

Besides, world-class treatment, Kim also had the comforts of home every day. “We had family and friends around us and during all the treatment,” says Kim. “Radiation is an all-day thing. People would come in and out: my husband, Keith, was my rock, my mother and stepfather, my husband’s parents, my son a couple times, my daughter when she was home from break – it made the day go faster.” Kim continued to work through all her treatments and only took off a couple weeks after surgery and a few days when she was scheduled to receive high doses of chemo. “Staying close to home made my life easier,” says Kim. “The 12-month experience would have financially put a burden on us if I would had to have traveled.” When it comes to living through cancer, Kim counts her bright spots and those are the support she got from friends, family and her medical team. “I love feeling good and having the energy to do what I want to do when I want to do it,” says Kim. “Baptist Health – the great care I got from my medical team – helped me get where I am today. Cancer free and feeling good.” 

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Hope Scarves Turns Heartbreak Into


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I am turning heartbreak into hope.” – LARA MACGREGOR, FOUNDER, HOPE SCARVES


hat quote isn’t just a slogan from Lara MacGregor, it’s a spirit; it’s her mission.

Cancer touches us all and the statistics are staggering. It’s touched two of my 10 siblings, a few cousins and a long list of friends. But there is hope. And hope defines the mission Lara MacGregor, her family, her staff, volunteers, benefactors, and donors share with great passion and unbridled enthusiasm. “Hope Scarves captures the stories of women who have dealt with cancer and their scarves; and pass those stories along to those who are facing cancer,” MacGregor said. “It’s simple intentionally. We want to pass on a little bit of hope from one woman to another.”

community and volunteers was incredible and the operation took off from there,” MacGregor said. “I wrote a business plan, did the paperwork for a non-profit, started a web site and here we are, eight years later, with a bustling team who are fulfilling all of these orders.”

She was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer while seven months pregnant. She was 30 years old and needed every ounce of energy, and hope, she could muster.

It’s a simple process: colorful, stylish scarves are donated or purchased and packaged, along with a donor’s personal cancer survivor story, and passed along to those who request one. Both the scarves and the stories are packaged and sent to the person battling the disease.

“A friend of a friend sent me a box of scarves. It was inspiring to get this gift from a woman I never met, who had taken the time to pack up these scarves and she wrote a note that said simply, ‘You can do this,’” MacGregor recalled. “Every time I wore one of her scarves, I felt her strength and encouragement. “Once I finished that treatment, my hair started growing back and I wanted to return them. But my friend told me to find somebody else who could use them. I took the scarves to a conference for young women with breast cancer where I met a woman named Roberta from Pittsburgh and I gave her the scarves. I realized how passing them on brought me strength. “Passing along the scarves to Roberta and encouraging her through my story brought me healing and strength. And I thought about doing this on a bigger scale to help more women facing all types of cancer.” That gesture begat the non-profit Hope Scarves business. She operated first out of a spare bedroom in her home in 2012, and now she and staff members work out of office space on Sherrin Avenue in St. Matthews. “The response and enthusiasm from the

“Our youngest recipient was 2 years old and our oldest is 97 and the scarves are for all types of cancer,” MacGregor said. “You go online and fill out a request form where you can specify color, design, etc… You can request a scarf for yourself if you’re receiving treatment or you can request a gift scarf for someone you know who is going through treatment.

she took it to her room. She came back the next day in tears to tell me how special it was. She told me that she is a rose gardener, her mother is a rose gardener and her grandmother was a rose gardener. She had lost her grandmother to the same type of cancer she had. Her scarf had bright red roses on it.” Powerful. Inspirational. And if you spend a few moments with Lara, you’ll experience all of that and more. Diagnosed in 2014 with metastatic breast cancer, MacGregor knows her time here is finite. In response, she led Hope Scarves to expand its mission to include metastatic breast cancer research. Since 2014 Hope Scarves she has raised $300,000 for research which is matched 1:1 for a total investment of $600,000. Metastatic breast cancer, the most advanced/terminal stage of breast cancer receives a small percent of the millions raised for raised for breast cancer. Lara is working hard to change that.

“It’s all donation based, no specific cost, and we’ve had requests with small donations all the way up to $1,000,” MacGregor said. “And when we receive the scarves back, we ask for that personal story too. We send them to Highland Cleaners and they dry-clean every one of them free of charge.”

“The notion of cancer has been with my boys all their lives and they’re involved in the mission of Hope Scarves,” she said. “For me, I hope to show them how to turn a difficult experience into something meaningful for others.”

The business now tracks more than 12,000 scarves that have reached all 50 states and 24 countries. They manage each scarf using the Salesforce software, which enables Lara and staff to track each scarf and the story or stories that go with them.


Here’s one of her favorites: “I was at a conference and sharing scarves and stories. I gave a scarf that was packaged-up to a young woman. I told her about our program and

Hope Scarves’ main fundraiser is called “Colors Of Courage” and will take place Nov. 9 at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. For information on how to purchase tickets, donate, volunteer or shop, go to TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2019 23

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Chinese Laundry Florina mule, $84, from Magnolia & Fig


Fall into FASHION

Multi-colored snake boho tie waist dress, $125. Elan rose-colored cable knit cardigan, $89. Hammitt VIP crossbody, $275. All from The Urban Farmgirls.

Time to bid summer farewell and welcome fall – possibly the most versatile season in terms of fashion. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Washed black A.Z.I. jeans, $122, from Olivia & Co. Boutique Tabitha Simmons leopard-print calf hair ankle boots, $359, from Belle Monde Boutique

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Ecru leather jacket, $349, Belle Monde Boutique

(left) Collins vintage gold Y necklace in olive epidote, $138, and (right) matching Ellms gold cuff bracelet in olive epidote, $58, from Kendra Scott Gucci sunglasses, $450, from Dillard’s

Patterned red shawl, $110, from Olivia & Co. Boutique

Gorjana power gemstone bracelets, available in multiple colors, $38, from Dillard’s

Pixie Mood handbag, $88, from Six Sisters Boutique

Bamboo Shoes Justify-45 slip-on loafers, $34, from Six Sisters Boutique

Tatum Clearly Handbag, $70, from Tunie’s Boutique

Bowie oversized leopard-print sweater, $68, from Magnolia & Fig

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Erin Layman, Paula Carey, Robin Byrd, and Rhonda Harding at the Annual Arts Showcase at Treyton Oak Towers

Di Tran and Jenean Hampton at the Louisville Beauty Academy 2 year celebration

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Morgan Hancock, Alan Rupp, Lexi Hartman and Skip James at the Galt House renovations event

Vycki Goldenberg and Charlene Jennings with a multitude of donations for Volunteers of America Residential Program at the Message Envy World Wellness Weekend

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Boutique Spotlight: Kendra Scott

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n 2002, Kendra Scott began making jewelry in her bedroom. Carrying her infant son with her, she sold the jewelry door to door in her hometown of Austin, Texas. Finally, a small boutique bought all the pieces she had made. Her first collection was a demonstrable success and catapulted the young designer into a billion-dollar enterprise now known simply as Kendra Scott. Kendra is now the Chairman, CEO, and lead designer of Kendra Scott, LLC. and in 2017 she was named Earnst & Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year. According to Cat Salter, marketing and

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philanthropic manager for Kendra Scott in Kentucky, the entrepreneur wasn’t an overnight sensation. Her first business, the Hat Box, specialized in comfortable but stylish hats designed for women going through chemotherapy treatment and a portion of the proceeds were donated to cancer research. Although that venture proved unsuccessful, she gained valuable experience and was following her passion for building her own company.

A lot of people don’t realize that in addition to fashion jewelry, we have fine jewelry – true diamonds, and gold, silver and rose gold

a lot of people don’t realize that in addition to fashion jewelry, we have fine jewelry – true diamonds, and gold, silver and rose gold,” she continues. The Kendra Scott line isn’t limited to jewelry but also includes jewelry boxes, candles, frames, mirrors and geodes. “They’re a way to integrate little luxuries into your life. Some of our frames are customizable so that you can carry your personality throughout your home.”

Scott embraces the core values of family, fashion and philanthropy in the privately held company. “For her, family extends beyond her husband and two sons. She thinks of her employees as family, and the employees think of each other as family. That sense of family also applies to our customers. When you walk into our stores, we want you to feel part of the family,” says Salter.

Color Bar by Kendra Scott is a unique design element that allows an individual to create her own bracelet, earrings, ring or necklace by choosing from more than thirty stones in different colors, and three metals – silver, gold and rose gold. Color Bar parties, complete with sweets and champagne, pair guests with a stylist to design custom jewelry at bachelorette gatherings, birthday parties and other celebrations.

“With our fashion jewelry you have ontrend style, modern and fresh designs, and high quality at an affordable price point. But

The Kendra Scott philanthropic mission has been responsible for more than 8,000 fundraising and awareness events and

donates in excess of $5 million annually to local and national causes through the Kendra Gives Back initiative. That program invites community members to host in-store events for causes and organizations focusing on health and wellness, education, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

terminal cancer). We’ll be raising money in-store through sales from the Metastatic Breast Cancer Charm Necklace, and the Holley Day national giveback of 20% from store and web sales to fund the Retreat experiences,” says Salter. The Louisville Kendra Scott retail store is located in Oxmoor Center.

Holley Day, on October 13, is a particularly important day for Kendra Scott. “We’re honoring Kendra’s friend, Holley Kitchen, who passed away from Metastatic Breast Cancer, by funding an Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat (for families with a parent facing

Another component of the Kendra Scott philanthropic endeavors will also take place during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every piece of the special Breast Cancer Assortment purchased during the month, Kendra Scott will gift a piece of rose

quartz jewelry and a handwritten note to women touched by breast cancer. 


Kendra Scott is located inside the Oxmoor Center Mall, Suite B-10, at 7900 Shelbyville Road. Call 502-221-3056 or visit their website at for more information.

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C OURAGE t hr ou g h o u t yo u r

Just as no two people are the same, no two healing journeys are identical. These stories of cancer diagnoses and medical crises are shared with the hopes of reminding everyone that patients are not alone and that compassion is part of health care. BY KATHIE STAMPS PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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MIKE DAVIS Breast cancer survivor “It is my goal to make sure no other man suffers like I did due to lack of knowledge.”


n 2011, Michael “Mike” A. Davis had a lump on his chest that was growing and beginning to itch. On Jan. 30, 2012, he was diagnosed with breast cancer and his initial reaction was one of total shock. “I was also scared, embarrassed and very nervous,” he said. His wife and daughter had gone with him for the mammogram and biopsy, and he told the news to his best friend in Baton Rouge. “I was honestly so embarrassed I hardly told anyone at first and then began slowly to let others know,” he said. He had a mastectomy on his right chest to remove a 3 centimeter tumor, along with a second tumor under his arm and three lymph nodes. Mike gives a shoutout to Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington and Dr. Badine for their excellent treatment and care. Mike’s wife Dian was the tough one. She took off work to take care of her husband and remained dedicated and determined every day, even when Mike was ready to quit many times. There were quite a few bad days during chemo, and the only thing that didn’t taste like rusty nails was grape Gatorade. To this day, when Mike drinks one or smells it, memories rush back.

While he was going through chemo, Mike says he didn’t like to hear trite phrases like ‘Hang in there’ or ‘You got this’ but what was far worse were the friends who were scared to say anything at all. “Several of my golf buddies just came up and hugged me and I will never forget those people,” he said. During his medical crisis Mike realized he was not invincible. “I learned I needed people,” he said. “And I learned how much I love God, life, family and friends. Every day is a blessing and my faith and my family’s faith has grown by leaps and bounds.” Now he sees the beauty and wonder in the small things of life, like watching sunrises and sunsets, sitting on the ocean, having simple conversations with friends, watching people interact, and “playing horrible golf and playing with my three grandkids.” Mike lives in Nicholasville, works in Winchester at a life science company called DSM, and spends time on the road in the U.S. and Europe. He tells his story often, because it is his goal “to make sure no other man suffers like I did due to lack of knowledge.” He got involved with Susan G. Komen Kentucky and he serves as vice president on the organization’s board of directors. “We celebrate survivors as much as we possibly can, we mourn the ones we lost, and there is a third category,” Mike said, “the forever fighters.” He recently learned about the forever fighters, the people with cancer who are still taking treatment and don’t consider themselves survivors, but they are surviving. While Mike is out in the world sharing his own story to help others, he is promoting and demonstrating compassion all around. “This will be a strange statement and not understood by most, but now all the surgery, chemo and radiation is completed, I was able to take a bad experience and turn it into good,” Mike said. “I cherish life, friends and family so much.”

Advice from Mike “For ladies, do your self-checks and mammograms. For guys, if something doesn’t seem right, get checked immediately. Don’t wait like I did and almost lost my life.”

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Advice from Kimb e rly “Seek guidance from someone in the medical field who has been through this. My friend works for a large pharmaceutical company in the oncology department and has also had breast cancer. She tries to mentor others who are not familiar with what questions to ask. Also, if your doctor only recommends a mastectomy for one breast, fight for a double mastectomy. I didn’t fight for that and really wish that I had done so.”

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KIMBERLY BEYER Bre a s t ca n cer s urv iv or “There was no doubt in my mind that I had the emotional strength to get through this.”


mammogram on Sept. 5, 2014, showed Kimberly Beyer that she had two types of cancer in her right breast: DCIS and tubular carcinoma. “I was only 47 years old and just didn't think it would happen to me,” she said. Five weeks later she had a mastectomy and has taken Tamoxifen since then. Kimberly’s reaction to the diagnosis was one of fear, especially at the possibility of not being there for her four daughters when they needed her. “I was terrified that I would have the BRCA genes and pass them to my daughters,” she said. She is so grateful it turned out that she was negative for that test. Her husband was the first to know about her cancer diagnosis. “It took me a while to tell friends and family because I was honestly in shock,” Kimberly said. She did wind up posting on Facebook to let people know, and to remind them to have their own mammograms done. “I skipped a year and so my situation might have been different if I had gotten my mammograms every year as I was supposed to.” Prayer helped her through the hard days the mastectomy. “Prayer and more prayer,” she said. “I also did some meditation to calm myself.” Spending time with her husband and daughters was, is, and always will be her main lifeline. Kimberly is a corporate accountant and owns two boutiques on Frankfort Avenue. The Urban Farmgirls offers women's apparel and Urban Farmhouse Market is a store with gifts and home decor items. She is opening a new boutique on Hurstbourne Parkway in October. After her surgery, friends came through in small ways that were huge. One friend organized evening meals to be delivered for the Beyer family for a month. Another friend took off work for an entire week. “I was in so much pain and had drainage tubes,” Kimberly said. “I needed help with showers and other activities. She took care of me and that was a total blessing.” The gratitude list Kimberly has for the people in her life is long. In addition to Alison, Darcy, Kelly, and Tracie, among many others, Kimberly is thankful to Dr. Noel for doing a great job on her reconstructive surgery.

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“My diagnosis was truly a blessing. I appreciate so much more than I ever did,” Kimberly said. “I am so grateful for each and every day. I want to travel to different places instead of the same because you just don't know if you will become ill again.”

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CHRISTY STONE E me rg e nc y su r ge r y su r vi vo r “One thing I can say is that my kids know I love them. I make sure I tell them every day.”


n 2015, Christy Stone had her daughter, Mia, via a scheduled cesarean section. The baby was fine, but Christy’s life was in danger with massive internal bleeding that was not noticed by medical professionals for 12 hours. “I passed out throughout the entire day,” she said, but she couldn’t get a doctor or nurse to check out her concerns. Finally, during late-night rounds, a physician happened to see her pass out before his eyes, and within 20 minutes she was in surgery to fix the internal bleeding. Two surgeries in the same day. Her hemoglobin was a 6. The normal range is 12 to 15. “I was very close to dying. My blood pressure was 48/20 and they weren’t sure I would make it out of surgery,” Christy said. She chokes up when she thinks about that second surgery. “The worst part of my entire experience was calling my other children and thinking it would be the last time I would talk to them.” Her son Alex and bonus son Caleb were both 11 years old then. “My husband, Dan, was the rock that kept the rest of my family from falling apart,” she said. “He is the love of my life.” After the second surgery, Christy needed blood transfusions to get her blood pressure back up, but then she had trouble breathing afterward and wound up in ICU with what was later diagnosed as a rare condition called transfusion-related acute lung injury. “It turned all the blood in my lungs and capillaries into cottage cheese. I had about an eighth of my lung to breathe in,” Christy said. “I almost did not make it. I was upset that they would not listen to me, and I’m in health care!”

She is the site administrator for Louisville CyberKnife, a cancer treatment machine at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. A week before she had her baby girl, Christy had a strange feeling and started telling people at work, “If I don’t come back, this is where this is and here’s how to do this.” After her daughter, Mia, was born, Christy had three miscarriages over the next three years, including one at 20 weeks. Then she got pregnant again and had a baby boy in March 2019 through another scheduled C-section. “I went to a different small hospital here in Louisville with one-on-one nursing care, which is what I was looking for,” she said. “They were listening to me.” At Baptist Health La Grange, Christy told the story of her previous birth and ensuing complications to Dyna, a nurse who listened to every word. The 2019 C-section for little Parker went well, and Dr. Matt McDanald and his team determined there was no internal bleeding. Four hours later, though, Christy’s blood pressure bottomed out and the nurse got the physicians and medical personnel together. They acted swiftly, even getting doctors from Cleveland Clinic on the phone as everyone tried to figure out what was going on. The La Grange medical team was able to have Christy out of the hospital in 5 days instead of 10. She has been through a battery of tests and genetic testing, but Christy still doesn’t have a definitive medical diagnosis, although there is a suspicion of a hidden blood-clotting disorder. All she knows now is that she is taking care of herself as best she can, and that human connection saved her life. “The nurses at that hospital in La Grange listened to me,” she said. “Without them I truly would not have made it the second time. They saved my life!”

Advice from C hr i sty “If you think something is wrong speak up and keep bringing it up until they listen. Designate a family member to speak on your behalf if you cannot. You are the only one who knows your own body. People are human and the medical field is no different. Hospitals where they treat you like family are hard to find. I trust everyone at Baptist La Grange, and I am grateful for them.”

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CAROLINE JOHNSON Breast cancer survivor “Ask a local nonprofit organization for suggestions on how to support your friend or family member. Don’t rely on the person with trauma to guide you. You should be there to support them and not the other way around.”


t the age of 37, Caroline Johnson had a baseline mammogram. Just under three years later, she found a lump in her left breast and proceeded straight to her OB-GYN. She had a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy in the same day, and was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 4, 2013. “I was devastated,” Caroline said. “My oldest daughter was 10 at the time and our middle daughter was away at summer camp. Telling my children about my breast cancer diagnosis was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Our youngest son, Michael, was 8 years old.” Michael was born with a rare genetic disorder called Bosch-Boonstra-Schaaf optic atrophy syndrome. The Johnson family already had a CaringBridge site set up for him, so Caroline used the page to communicate her cancer diagnosis with friends. “My husband, Michael, stood by me through this entire journey,” Caroline said. “He places me and his children second to God and I am so lucky to have him in my life. Many marriages end in divorce, even without health challenges, and I feel blessed to continue to have his support.” She saw two different breast surgeons. The first one recommended a double


Most people do not know what metastatic breast cancer is. It is stage IV breast cancer, and there is not yet a cure.

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mastectomy and a tummy tuck that would serve to reconstruct her breast, a procedure known as a TRAM flap. “After a second opinion and much reading and research, we opted to go the less invasive route,” Caroline said. She had a lumpectomy on the left breast, but a few days later the surgeon called to say that the margin was not clear on the pathology report. “A week later, I was back in surgery having a left breast mastectomy. My decision was based on fear that the cancer was still present in my body.” Then she had four rounds of chemotherapy, followed by radiation and breast reconstruction surgery. About a month prior to having the tissue expander removed and replaced with a breast implant, an unfortunate infection necessitated having the reconstructed breast removed. “Many women develop infections after radiation and, for this reason, some plastic surgeons recommend waiting until after radiation to start the reconstruction process,” Caroline said. In 2015 she had the TRAM flap to complete the reconstruction successfully. Caroline’s sister-in-law, a nurse, came with her to the early medical visits and took notes in a notebook. “When you receive a cancer diagnosis, you don’t always

One in 8 women and one in 1,000 men will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Up to 30% of breast cancer patients will experience a recurrence of metastatic breast cancer. This is when breast cancer moves from the breast to other organs. The median survival rate is two to three years and this type of breast cancer is extremely

hear everything the doctor is saying to you in your initial appointments,” Caroline said. “It was nice to be able to go back and read through the notes later when we had to make hard decisions about treatment.” She felt comfortable with her doctors and the support they provided, including Dr. Stephen Kelty who performed the surgeries to remove the breast tumor; her plastic surgeon, Dr. R. Thomas; and her oncologist, Dr. John Huber, who continues to follow Caroline for breast cancer screening checkups. “My faith and family support system is what got me through,” Caroline said. While receiving treatments, she read bible studies and motivational books. “It was the one thing that kept me going and feeling strong through the process.” When her treatment was complete, Caroline learned that a traumatic experience can result in amazing things. She wanted to help others facing a terminal breast cancer diagnosis, so she founded the nonprofit organization Twisted Pink in June 2014. The inaugural event was a masquerade ball that raised $100,000. Since then the nonprofit has raised almost $1.4 million to fund metastatic breast cancer research.

underfunded. An estimated 7% of all research dollars is directed to metastatic breast cancer. Twisted Pink was formed to change these statistics. The mission of Twisted Pink is to extend lives and improve quality of life for late-stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding metastatic breast cancer research.

Advice fro m C ar o li n e “Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions from your medical team. Always receive a second opinion. Do not accept a wait-andsee approach to breast cancer. If you have a suspicious spot, demand an ultrasound or biopsy. Breast cancer can’t be detected from a mammogram alone. Mammograms are an imaging tool. The true diagnosis comes from a pathologist looking at the cells from within the body.”

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life+style A d v ic e fr om Tri n a “You CAN do this. You will find the strength that you need to get through each day. There is a fighter deep within us all. You don’t have to be brave all the time; I had many days when I did it afraid. Do your homework, seek out the best medical professionals, ask questions. It’s your life you’re fighting for, no one else’s.”

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Trina said. She also gives lots of credit to her husband, Mark, and son Jordan, along with her mother (who has since passed away), her in-laws, cousins, doctors and “all of the survivor sisters who give me hope.”

TRINA AMOS Breast cancer survivor “I learned that I had strength deep within my soul, that I didn’t even know was there. I learned not to take life for granted.”


routine mammogram in 2007 left Trina Amos with a cancer diagnosis. She was 43 and her first thought was of her son, who was 15 at the time. “Every word that was being said to me beyond ‘you have invasive ductal carcinoma’ was a blur,” she said. “All I could think about was will I be here to see my son graduate? See him get married?” She was given a pink blanket along with some reading material “like I had just been initiated into a pink club I didn’t sign up for,” she said. “I made my husband carry the blanket out; I didn’t want that ‘door prize.’” Trina had a bilateral mastectomy, breast reconstruction, eight treatments of dose-dense chemo and a total of 15 surgeries. “I contracted a serious infection during reconstruction, which I have since learned is very common,” she said. “This delayed my reconstruction until after chemo.” Chemotherapy did a number on her, but one of her doctors reminded her that the hair loss and other side effects were temporary. “This helped me keep going,”

Every single day, even the bad days, Trina got up, dressed up and showed up. “I put on my makeup and wig even if I sat in my recliner all day,” she said. Trina likens her scars to a roadmap to places like survival, happiness, strength and her journey to healing. Most people mean well with their words but they may not have any idea what to say. “As long as they are there to listen to you, that’s all that’s really important,” Trina said. Some of the most helpful actions other people took for her during her treatments were the meals scheduled and provided by her church family, and having someone go with her to every chemo appointment. Her plastic surgeon’s office was especially helpful. “Dr. Brad Wilhelmi, Chief of Plastics at University of Louisville, has been the best in making sure I was happy with my reconstruction results,” she said. “I overcame this beast by leaning on my faith, family and my amazing team of doctors,” Trina said. “Cancer truly has given me more than it ever took away. I am a much stronger, happier person than I was 12 years ago.” Trina lives in Henryville in Clark County, Indiana, aka “the sunny side of Louisville” where she works in insurance sales and service at Gary Gilstrap State Farm Insurance in Georgetown, Indiana. She had always been used to solving her own problems, but being told you have breast cancer isn’t something anyone can solve on their own. “I was somewhat of a control freak at the time,” she said. “This was something I had no control over.” These days she shares her story so that someone else won’t feel alone and will have hope. “That’s what it all about: helping others with what I have learned facing their own new journey.” She has walked in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade several times, an event that means a great deal to her because it means one more year of survival. “It’s so important to show the thousands in the crowd that there are long-term survivors out here,” she said. “This disease is not an automatic death sentence. It has come so far with survival rates.” 

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n a warm Wednesday evening at Porcini in Louisville, as spring gave way to summer, several local wedding vendors gathered to hastily but carefully plan the nuptials of Dr. Stephanie Altobellis and Thomas Dunbar to take place just ten days later on June 29, 2019. Although they had been a couple for nearly ten years and engaged for the last year and a half, Stephanie and Tom’s relationship had recently taken on a new sense of urgency. Although Tom’s last routine physical had been perfectly normal, as an

internist Stephanie was alarmed about some rather vague but persistent symptoms Tom was experiencing and ordered a CT scan. Unfortunately, Stephanie’s concerns turned out to be well-founded. Tom was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic adenocarcinoma of the appendix, a rare form of cancer estimated to affect as few as 2 out of every 1 million people. The news seemed at first as though it might implode their full, well-ordered lives. But Stephanie and Tom immediately began making other plans.

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heir love began with a bit of skepticism followed by nearly instant chemistry; and then for several years it took its sweet time, yet grew deeper every day. Stephanie and Tom were introduced by mutual friends Sarah and John Gray at John’s 50th birthday party. When Sarah pointed Tom out to Stephanie, her immediate reaction was, “I don’t do bald.” Tom, on the other hand, only had eyes for Stephanie in a crowd of about three hundred. Once they were introduced, Tom turned on the charm and won Stephanie over in a hurry. Each had been married twice before and knew that blending families was no easy task. The relationship moved merrily along for six years

before Tom bought an engagement ring for Stephanie. He carried that ring around for two more years, unsure if Stephanie was ready to accept it and waiting for just the right moment to pop the question. That this couple had not met prior to Sarah Gray’s matchmaking is a minor miracle. They both grew up in Louisville’s Riverwood neighborhood and lived primarily in Indian Hills as adults. Stephanie is not the only doctor in her family. Her father and both brothers are also physicians; and Stephanie’s father had been Tom’s mother’s doctor. Stephanie had known two of Tom’s three sisters, and Tom knew Stephanie’s brothers. Finally, in February 2018 Tom took Stephanie on a birthday ski trip to Obergurgl, Austria in the Tyrolean Alps. As he began to kneel by the dinner table one night, Stephanie assumed he had hurt himself skiing. He pulled out the ring box. She said yes.

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nspired by their engagement story, the wedding quickly coalesced around a “Sound of Music” theme. Stephanie’s father had been ill and entered the ceremony with his walker to the song “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”. Tom, still recovering from abdominal surgery just three days prior, walked up and joined his brother Best Man Wallace Dunbar and Groomsman Duane Parker to “My Favorite Things”. Matron of Honor Kim Getz and Bridesmaid Cynthia Franzen proceeded to “Edelweiss”. The bridal march was “How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?” Even the wedding cake shared the alpine theme. Laughter through tears would rule the day as family and friends flown in from all over the country celebrated with the happy couple. Stephanie says, “Every single thing was a 10,” when reflecting on the amazing work of everyone involved. Tom and Stephanie spent their honeymoon at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has undergone several rounds of chemo

at Norton Hospital Audubon here in Louisville. Tom is a former family business owner, a small business broker, financial analyst, asset manager, and actor who still manages to work out three times per week. Philanthropy has always been a driving force in his life; and he has not slowed down in those efforts. Eighteen years ago, Tom lost his six-year-old son to neuroblastoma. Since then, Tom made substantial yearly donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital where his son received treatment, has served as President of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, and funded cancer drug trials through the Evan TJ Dunbar Neuroblastoma Foundation. He is supporting research work and pioneering new treatments at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and University of Louisville, Most recently, Tom made a $1 million matched donation for a cutting-edge cancer treatment lab that will be named for Evan and for Stephanie. “She knew better than I did what was in front of me,” Tom says. “I am incredibly blessed to be with her every single day.” 

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From inspirational career paths to moving personal stories, these featured individuals spark influence and motivation in others. BY ROCKO JEROME AND TAYLOR RILEY PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER AND DICK ARNSPIGER

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HLP Aircraft Detailing 502-724-3575 • HLPAIRCRAFTDETAILING.COM

Founded by young student pilots and private pilots at Bowman Field, HLP Aircraft Detailing Company brings a commitment to excellence to their work that is second to none. Last year, Brett Logsdon, Henry Putney, Zak Leet, and Alex Rogers were looking for ways to pay for their training when one of their instructors suggested that they provide a plane washing service there at the field. “It just went from there,” says Brett. “Next, we expanded into detailing. We have very exacting standards and don’t cut any corners, so even though we’re a new company, we’re going to provide a great service.” The guys quickly found that their exceptional devotion to quality work and attention to detail is equally applicable to other vehicles. They also service boats and automobiles, and their reach extends past Louisville and into the surrounding areas, like Clark and Shelby county. Whatever you drive, fly, or ride, HLP is here to keep it washed, waxed, and detailed so that you’re high, tight, and looking right. With a personable attitude that is equal to their expertise, HLP is a name that you know you can trust. They are exceedingly polite, believe in the value of working hard to achieve their goals, and through practical application, have learned more valuable lessons than any school can teach. You can find, follow, and connect with HLP Aircraft Detailing on Facebook, Instagram, or at their all new website at

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clater jewelers


Clater Jewelers is thrilled to be celebrating 70 years in Louisville. William D. Clater started in the south end, October of 1949, and moved to the east end some years later. In 1973 Sallie Clater Baer and Megan Campbell Martin started working for Mr. Clater in the jewelry store and their love of jewelry began. William Clater grew the business based on honesty, trust, integrity and superior customer service. In 1997, Sallie and Megan purchased the business from Sallie’s father. “We can’t think of a better business to be in, we have the privilege of sharing so many happy moments and celebrations with our customers.” Megan’s daughter Christy Martin Effinger discovered she loved the business as much as her mom and Sallie do. To start her career in the jewelry business she pursued a graduate gemology certification from the Gemological Institute of America. She is committed to continuing her education within the jewelry industry, completing appraisal certification courses as well as bench jeweler programs. She believes being hands on and knowledgeable in all aspects of the business is key. “I love redesigning an old sentimental piece of jewelry into a new lifetime piece. Jewelry tells a story!”

October 28th is National First Responders Day. Clater’s is partnering with Jewelry Innovations to give 5 local fire stations a new tool to safely remove contemporary metal rings on the market today. We are honored to support our hard working first responders as they serve our community. Clater Jewelers is truly a family jeweler. Buying a diamond is a lot easier when you find a jeweler you can trust. This store is committed to helping their customers, treating them like family, continuing education, quality products and service. Clater Jewelers is happy to be serving a 4th generation of families. For Clater Jewelers 70th year in business they are celebrating Big. Visit them in Westport Village.

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Louisville Beauty Academy 502-625-5531 LOUISVILLEBEAUTYACADEMY.NET

As a child in Vietnam, Di Tran experienced a level of poverty that few of us in the United States could fully conceive. “We lived in mud huts,” he recalls. “It was very rural and poor. My parents, two sisters, and I moved to America when I was 12. We were empty-handed and had to start from the very bottom.” From humble beginnings, Di Tran has built a remarkable life of success. He attended Speed School and there developed his gifts in computer science, leading him to become an engineer. These skills along with his drive and ambition allowed him to climb the corporate ladder at Humana. He’s taught his expertise to others at Sullivan in six years as a professor and he owns eight nail salons. He’s a life long learner with a passion for discovery, but his greatest strength might be his sense of compassion and desire to give back. “I’m interested in building a stronger community for all,” he says of Louisville Beauty Academy, the cosmetology school that he owns. Here, people from all backgrounds can learn a trade that can carry them through their lives for an affordable cost and with very flexible schedules. It’s his endeavor to help others reach the heights that he has achieved, and he strives to be as strong an advocate for the community as he can possibly be. “We are all stronger together,” he says.

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Majestic Hemp company 502-709-4567 MAJESTICHEMPCO.COM

Melissa Thieneman is a survivor on a mission to inspire and help people in achieving a new level of well-being. She knows firsthand just how much CBD helps with chronic pain. After battling Scoliosis in 2003 and breast cancer in 2017, she found that hemp products eased her pain and improved her quality of life. “My two sons got me to try it,” she recalls. “I had tried just about everything, but found that this natural solution truly was the best.” Along with her sons, Corey and Mychal Beam, and her husband, David Crawley, Melissa opened Majestic Hemp Company earlier this year in the Highlands. They offer a wide range of medicinal products designed to ease a number of ails, including stress and anxiety, muscle pain, and insomnia. Available in the form of tinctures, rubs, and gel caps, the Majestic brand is made with love from farms here in Kentucky, as well as Colorado. True to their name, Majestic Hemp has made a commitment to excellence. They are dedicated to bringing you the best CBD available. Complying with the Farm Bill of 2018, the CBD oil you will receive meets the 0.3% limit of THC. For those whom might still be on the fence- in the near future, Melissa and her family will begin to hold informative classes at their shop. Majestic Hemp is located at 1620 Bardstown Road. You can find more information and order products directly from

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Dana Reinhardt 502-681-6502

A man of deep compassionate spirit, Dana Reinhardt strives to open doors and create new opportunities for those who find themselves in struggle. “It’s very important for me to make things happen for other people. So many people face such huge challenges. Often, all they need is a bit of relief or advice, and that makes all the difference. The thing that gives our lives meaning is that sense of purpose. Once you have that, you have the keys to the world.” Dana has built a remarkable career in the life insurance business and still continues to forge strong bonds with many people from various backgrounds. He founded Reinhardt Academic Center located at the UofL Business School. It’s an institution that allows business school undergraduates to serve in apprenticeship, all while developing a powerful education through careful guidance. “It’s been said before, but knowledge truly is power,” says Dana. In 1982, Dana got an instant family when his wife gave birth to triplets; Erin, Amanda, and Dana Jr., who was born with cerebral palsy. Dana’s lifetime skill and drive to help others found an all new purpose with caring for these children. Throughout the years building his insurance practice, Dana stayed engaged with community projects and raising money for cerebral palsy. In 2015 tragedy hit and Dana was widowed. “This was a severe blow with a family of triplets,” Dana says. “In looking back, it’s amazing what can happen to you when you think your life is perfect.” After two years of grieving, Dana met a very inspirational person that helped him build his confidence back and start moving forward again. He recently married this remarkable woman, Shannan. With her encouragement, Dana is back doing what he loves best – helping others. On October 12th, Dana is hosting a major fundraiser to benefit those who live with cerebral palsy. The event is in service of the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, and will be held at the Louisville Downtown Marriott. It’s sure to be a spectacular evening, featuring the music of Nashville’s stellar party band, Burning Las Vegas. Dr. Mark Lynn and his wife, Cindy have been so kind as to be the main sponsors, and Dana is so grateful to them both for their help.

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With the help of individual donors, and fantastic partnerships with foundations and local businesses, like Churchill Downs, the Louisville Parks Foundation has been revitalizing Louisville’s public parks in a big way. Positively impacting local neighborhoods immeasurably, the Foundation has installed state of the art, professional grade improvements, like the city’s first public turf soccer fields. It’s part of an alliance with Louisville City FC, allowing people of all

ages and backgrounds free and easy access to the international game of soccer. People can play to their heart’s content on these fields, bonding and celebrating soccer (or football, as the rest of the world calls it). These fields are stellar for practice, organized events, and “pick-up” games. Turf was generously donated by LouCity for the first field, and the five turf soccer fields can be found at three local parks- Wyandotte, Beechmont, and William Harrison, all located in South Louisville. Since their installation, these fields are in constant use. “It’s so important for a community to have these outlets,” says Brooke Pardue, President and CEO of the Foundation. “We are improving the health and well-being of our residents, through play.” For more information and insight on this project, and how you can help our 120+ public parks and recreational facilities continue to grow and thrive, you can visit

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“What makes you Happy? We have one shot at life here on earth, so we better make it a good one. I believe happiness is a choice and we can dramatically increase our happiness by practicing daily happiness skills,” says Jennifer Hemsell, a motivational speaker and blogger. Jennifer left behind a successful career in Corporate America after 22 years to follow her true passion-spreading happiness. She has presented her seminars throughout the country including the Greenbrier, for corporations, schools, client events, and has been featured on WHAS Great Day Live. She is pictured here with her son Cole. You can find out more about her cutting edge seminars and get daily happiness tips on Facebook, Instagram, and


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Derrick Clarkson is passionate about cheerleading. “The main thing that I wish people understood about cheer is that it’s a real sport,” he says. “Stunting and tumbling require high levels of talent and athletic ability by both males and females. It’s now a provisional Olympic sport.” Along with his partner Julie Theniman, Derrick opened Royal Cheer Extreme in 2011. It’s a competitive, all-star gym that prepares students for college and emphasizes important life lessons. “Winning is always nice, but we feel it’s more important to make good humans. That’s what we’re really all about.” Derrick came from a very athletic background, and cheered in high school at Eastern and then U of L. He began coaching in 1997. He’s also a fireman for St Matthews. “I always loved firetrucks,” he says of his lifelong enthusiasm, “and I love helping people and trying to be an inspiration to my son.”

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Bedded Bliss, your fine linens and bedding resource, is ready for the holidays with merchandise to heighten your senses. Luscious soft fabrics to feel and scents to ensure a calmer you. Set your holiday table this year with fine china and tabletop accessories from Dolfinger’s, a Louisville institution since 1863. A stop at Cartwheels Papers & Gifts is a must! Receive 20% off storewide while you you're shopping for the perfect Christmas cards, invitations and gifts for everyone on your list!



Stop in at Lemon Tree for your party looks for the holiday season and the perfect accessories to complete your outfit. Plus fashionable gifts for all the girls on your list!

Whether casual or formal, no outfit is complete without designer handbags and footwear from H. J. Redmon. It’s time to start decking your halls for the holidays at Digs Home and Garden. From trimming your trees to updating your interior style décor with new upholstered seating, furniture, lighting and art, Digs is the place. Fleur de Lis Interiors offers a variety of home interior décor, design assistance, artwork, gifts and more. Schedule your in-home holiday decorating consultation with their professional designers now.

A trip into Three Dog Bakery is a must for the most PUPular treats and gifts for the dogs and their people on your list. Crown your holiday parties and meals with the best fresh fish selections in town from Highland Fish Market – Chenoweth Square.

Breakfast and lunch are always a treat at Cheddar Box Too!, which is now open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5-9pm. Mark your calendar now for a special treat of Cookies with Santa at CB2 on Saturday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. Schmidlin Silversmithing is located in Bedded Bliss. Offering custom design gold and silver jewelry – jewelry repair and stone setting – silver and gold plating – restoration a turd you call Art – smelting precious metals – Engraving – appraisals – watch and clock repair – polish silver brass and copper.

The Lash Lounge provides effortless beauty. Their licensed Cosmetologists and Estheticians specialize in customizable Eyelash Extensions, Lash and Brow Tinting, Lash Lifts Perming, and Threading. The stylists expertly customize every guest’s lashes to compliment their unique eye shape using their proprietary technique. Reflections of You, By Amy is your One-Stop-Shop for all your residential & decorating needs. Amy and her team are ready to assist you with Furniture, Accessories, Lighting, Fabrics, Custom Kitchens & Baths.





Falls City Market offers a curated selection of the finest local products Louisville has to offer. The newly opened Con Huevos Craves joins Bourbon Barrel Foods, Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Gelato Gilberto and Mint Julep Experiences to provide locals and visitors alike with a true taste of the Commonwealth.


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Witches and ghosts and goblins have been hiding and making not a sound. All that’s about to change. And they’re not waiting until October 31 to make an appearance, thanks to Halloween lovers like Anna Hickman and Jack Mathis.


ickman, store manager and floral buyer at Dee’s, and Mathis, owner of Work the Metal, aren’t into the freaky, spooky surprises of the holiday but they like it so much that they’ve been planning for it since January. Their crazy good fun begins when they attend the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market to buy merchandise for their stores. Hickman also visits the market in Dallas and Mathis taps into his various reps for additional items.

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Dee’s is a haven for everything you need to create your own Halloween décor and accoutrements. “I always suggest that people start with the front door. If you don’t want to decorate a banister or kitchen, working with the front door won’t overwhelm you, and it can give you the confidence to go from there, so you might think, ‘Now I can do the entryway.’ Also, the front door sends a strong message in addition to making you feel proud you did something yourself,” says Hickman.

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at home Wreaths and swags, often decked out in colorful ribbon, are popular among Dee’s do-it-yourselfers. The store carries 55 different styles of ribbon available by the roll or yard. Part of the DIY floral selections are wreath adornments that come as kits in a bag. She especially likes the cat, Frankenstein or a mummy that can be wired onto a wreath. Hickman enjoys working with customers who are eager to try their handiwork on a wreath for their own home, but she takes it in stride when someone needs to make ten wreaths for an event such as a school festival. Even for those people who think they can’t make something themselves, Dee’s gives them the ideas to do it, whether it’s through one-on-one help from the store’s designers or on Dee’s YouTube channel. Dee’s has a trove of decorative accents that need no craftiness whatsoever. They’re ready to be bought and displayed in any home that’s ready for some Halloween spirit. “We try to bring in the bright colorful stuff. We don’t carry creepy,” says Hickman. One of her favorite pieces is a glitter eyeball on a stem. Spiders on stems and witch hats on a stick also appeal to an irresistible silliness that epitomizes Dee’s take on Halloween. The wide range of Halloween home décor items includes pillows, hand towels, ready-made wreaths, ceramics, florals and figurines. The Dee’s folks also have an eye for Halloween jewelry and fascinators. The fascinators are a quick and easy way for adults to show some holiday style. A spider fascinator with tulle, feathers and big, googly eyes is the perfect accessory for a quirky Halloween fashionista. “So many people get excited about Halloween decorations. For some of them, Halloween is even bigger than Christmas as far as home décor,” says Mathis. When he first spotted a line of pumpkins with jazzy twists like sequins, orange and black stripes, and black and white polka dots, he knew they would be a hit among his clientele. Being a person who doesn’t want to ignore the outside of a home for Halloween, he points to a solar-powered pumpkin that’s decorated like a witch and lights up at night as a sure-fire eye catcher. Mathis’ sense of humor is evident throughout the store. Rather than Home Sweet Home, the message on a set of coasters reads Tomb Sweet Tomb. And he probably can’t help grinning when he passes by a wall hanger that declares If the boom fits, ride it.

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Belknap Bungalow

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Brigett and Juan Mercado once had a large home on Eastern Parkway, but when Brigett toured their current Belknap bungalow nestled on a shady street, complete with a white-picket fence, she knew it was the perfect time to downsize. “The minute I saw it, I knew,” Brigett says. So, she hurried to make an offer while other buyers were waiting outside. BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTOS BY JUSTIN JORDAN

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he transformation into the 1,008-square-foot mid-century modern and clean abode of their dreams wasn’t easy. “It was definitely a challenge,” Brigett says about the initial state of the home. “We wanted to get the dirty stuff out of the way.” They had a lot of work in front of them. First, they worked on the front of the house, by taking off a screened-in porch on the front and making an open area with bright furniture, a ceiling fan and fresh greenery. After new siding and roofing, the couple refinished the floors of the home and retiled the living room fireplace, leaving the original 120-year-old molding and paneling. “There’s nothing wrong with doing things in stages,” Brigett says.

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he dining room once held closets, but the couple decided to create cabinets for china and other sentimental items. This leads to the kitchen––a huge project for the Mercados, which included knocking down a closed wall and opening the dining room to the kitchen, creating a seemingly larger space. Brigett is a long-time interior and kitchen designer, and she had a vision. “I take from what I like,” Brigett says. The kitchen, as with the rest of the home, has clean lines and is very traditional with white walls and white, marble counters. Three large, casement windows bring fresh light and air to the kitchen and look out into the backyard. The yard and deck were the next projects the couple took on. Juan built a storage building and Brigett designed the deck and a beautiful pergola and a team created a beautiful sitting area for the couple to sip coffee and spend time with their dog Harry.

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ith two bedrooms, and a small bathroom with a vintage vibe, the home includes different textures, jeweled-toned chairs and mixed-metal fixtures. Brigett likes to include higher end items with budget items. “I source from all different places,” Brigett says. “I don’t feel like it has to be expensive to look good.”

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he couple, now empty nesters, can walk to bars and restaurants and grocery shop with ease. And Brigett has more time for her business, DBM Interiors, where she is “designing with a purpose.” Brigett partners with a local nonprofit, Mispit and Friends animal rescue, to give 10 percent. For more information, go 

Décor Sources: FURNITURE: for the mid-century modern pieces; consignment and antique shops APPLIANCES: Cosmo commercial range, Whirlpool appliances LIGHTING: Amazon DIY project in kitchen; Dining room: Home Depot; Living room: West Elm

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Waterfront Botanical Gardens


A formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens on October 4 marked the culmination of a dream. The dream was, and continues to be, shared by many.

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pon her death, Helen Harrigan, a gardener who loved daylilies, roses, and irises, left $1.5 million in a trust to build a botanical garden and conservatory in Louisville. Those funds as well as support from Emil and Nancy Graeser and other generous benefactors helped establish the financial foundation for what is sure to become a much beloved Louisville landmark. Based on a Master Plan that was completed in 2014, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, located at the corner of Frankfort Avenue

and River Road, in Butchertown, is being developed in several phases. The estimated total cost of the project is $65 million. The first phase, some of which was introduced at the opening, will be completed by the end of 2020, and will feature the Graeser Family Education Center, Education Gardens, a 50-foot water wall, greenhouse, workshop, Beargrass Creek Pathway, Beargrass Creek Overlook, and the promenade’s Tree AllÊe. A tapestry of 150 trees has been planted on the property along I-71.

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at home “The Education Center will have a pretty robust program. We’ll offer classes and events throughout the year, and the Education Center will be used by schoolkids during the day. We can rent it out in the evenings and on weekends for weddings, meetings, and corporate events,” says Kasey Maier, President of Waterfront Botanical Gardens. In front of the Education Center will be an infinity fountain and flowers. The Mary Lee Duthie Gardens, George Duthie’s honor to the memory of his wife, will surround the Center. In the Pollinator Gardens will be plants that attract butterflies, birds, bees, and dragonflies. A mister will appeal to the bees and butterflies. Large divots will hold water for the birds. Plants in the first phase of the Edible Gardens will be small but in the subsequent phase will be much larger. “I call them teaching gardens. They’re plants of varying heights so that small people, tall people and people in wheelchairs can work in the gardens or see what’s in them,” says Maier. The Trellis Garden, which she describes as almost an art piece, acts as a spine that extends from the Visitor’s Center to the Beargrass Creek Overlook. It provides shade and shows how to grow plants on a trellis. A letter of intent has been signed with world renowned Japanese garden designer Shiro Nakane. The two-acre Japanese Garden will be a tribute to Emil Graeser, whose fondness for Bonsai trees dated to his childhood when he sent off for one of the trees he saw advertised in a magazine. Visitors to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens will also enjoy the Native Gardens, home to a variety of species native to the area, a Water Filtration Garden, Children’s

Center, Secret Garden, and Sensory Garden. There are many volunteer opportunities available for the novice gardener, more experienced gardener, and anyone who loves such a beautiful setting. Volunteers may become involved in educational programs, event planning, fundraising, horticulture, marketing communications, office work, and physical labor. Anyone who will be planting on site will receive specific training while other volunteers may help with plant preparation throughout the year at other locations. “Fundraising is, of course, a challenge but

we have been very lucky. We received $5 million from Ellen Leslie, who passed away in June. She loved gardens and understood the vision. We call her one of our believers, just like the Graesers. And every year we have more than 1,500 donors who contribute five dollars and on up. In addition, we get a lot of support from the State of Kentucky,” says Maier. “The community’s reception to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens has been amazing. Everybody of every age is excited. The older people have wanted it for a long, long time. They’re so happy to see it finally coming to fruition. It will become a huge tourist attraction but also a wonderful place for local residents. Our job is to keep it interesting and changing so there are always new things to see and attend. I know it will be a major cultural asset for Louisville and Southern Indiana.”


On October 4, Waterfront Botanical Gardens has a grand opening and dedication of the long-awaited Graeser Family Education Center, the first building of Waterfront Botanical Gardens. For a full list of opening week festivities and more information visit or call 502-276-5404.

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The Volare Experience Louisville’s been home to several outstanding Italian restaurants for decades and Volare Italian Ristorante, operating at its Frankfort Avenue location since 2004, has positioned itself as a stalwart in the local foodie scene. BY PAUL NAJJAR PHOTOS BY JOSH KEOWN

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xecutive Chef and Managing Partner Josh Moore has been running the kitchen since 2005. His youthful smile belies his 25-plus years of experience apprenticing and moving his way up the pecking order in a restaurant kitchen. But, it isn’t just Moore’s exceptional culinary chops that make this place a destination; it’s the Volare team along with Moore’s talent that makes for a satisfying night out. “We call it ‘the Volare experience,’” Moore explained. “It starts with valet parking, our hostess station and front of house GM and Managing Partner Jonathan Tarullo adding his personal touch. Add our great atmosphere and live music and then the bar brings it all together. We’ve got the romantic, secluded area, the lively bar, and the private dining room. We have a lot of elements that go into giving our guests ‘the Volare experience.’” Moore’s skills, honors, and accomplishments include: cooking at the James Beard House in 2013, the Chopped competition win in 2019, the Certified Angus Beef ambassador,

the ever-popular Fish Friday creations, the sugar pulling and sugar blowing desserts, the ice sculptures, the fresh produce from Moore Farms, and the outstanding food and drink menus his team has crafted through the years. But the humble Louisville native and proud Seneca High School alum knows none of it could be done alone. “I love what I do and care about every dish that comes out of our kitchen,” Moore said. “I’ve been blessed with a tremendously passionate, dedicated, and loyal staff including my sous-chef who’s been with me for 14 years and our pastry chef who’s been with us for more than a decade.” Tarullo’s been with Volare since July of 2016, first as GM, and loved it so much that he bought into the business as well. With the Executive Chef and General Manager both part of the ownership group, the investment from them goes far beyond monetary value. And it shows. The Volare team delivers. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few restaurateurs, Dean Corbett and

We call it ‘the Volare experience.’ It starts with valet parking, our hostess station and front of house, our GM Jonathan Tarullo and the amazing service. Add our great atmosphere and live music and then the bar brings it all together. We’ve got the romantic, secluded area, the lively bar, and the private dining room. Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele, some of the foundational members of the Louisville restaurant scene,” Tarullo said. “When I had the opportunity to come work here, it was a no-brainer. I’d come here on Sunday nights, kind of undercover, just for the diver scallops and beets. My wife and I had our third date here. We loved coming here while I was working elsewhere and it was a fairly standard date every Sunday.

“Chef’s touch on every dish; his personal touch on every ingredient that we source and fine tuning those things is special,” Tarullo said. “The customer service we provide each guest; the story behind each plate we deliver is unique. So much (produce) comes directly from his farm to your table and all of this sets him and us apart.” You know you’re in for a treat the moment you enter the grounds. Maybe you were inspired by a social media photo of Moore grinning ear-to-ear holding up a giant fish early in the day on Fish Friday, describing what it is and what part of the world it was caught. His connection with Bluefin Seafoods and Joe Bonura has allowed Moore to bring in the finest, freshest seafood from around the world to your dinner plate. It began Valentine’s Day weekend in 2013 and has been a staple for Volare regulars and seafood fans ever since.

“Bringing in fresh fish is so much fun, people come in just for that,” Moore said. “My wife Lindsay told me that I should take a picture and post it on social media, and it’s taken off from there.” Josh, Lindsay and their son Gibson work their 10-acre farm in Taylorsville. Moore Farms has expanded and that’s to the delight of any Volare guest. The heirloom tomatoes are known throughout the region, not just for their flavors, but for what Chef Moore does with them. Volare is like that. At some point in your visit, you’ll be wowed. Whether it’s the efficient, friendly service, the delicious cocktails (try the Brooklyn, thank me later), the extensive wine list for all types, the bar bites or making your way through the entire menu, you’ll find your favorites, and you’ll be tempted to explore.

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With the holidays right around the corner, the specter of seasonal weight gain is creeping up on us all. But diets are such a downer. So we went searching for inspired food choices packed with good nutrition but not at all lacking in flavor. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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t Harvest Restaurant, “Farm-totable is not just a fad.” Executive Chef Jeffery Dailey and his team cook with that philosophy “because it’s the right thing to do.” In fact, the walls of the restaurant are lined with oversized photographic portraits of the local farmers from whom they source their ingredients. Both their Facebook page and Instagram profile feature a “Farmer of the Month” and the chefs’ weekly trips to area Farmers’ Markets. This past July, Harvest hosted a Farmers and Fermenters Dinner in collaboration with Foxhollow Farm and Mile Wide Beer Co. Harvest’s cuisine is not only locally sourced, but also globally influenced. The freshest ingredients are often the most expensive. The cooking techniques can vary widely and may be challenging to execute so successfully. Chef Dailey and the Harvest staff are inspired by their relationships with farmers and producers to make their food and the dining experience accessible and enjoyable for customers. Meat and potatoes have met their match with entrées as memorable as Beet Au Poivre with Capriole Chevre, hazelnut, crispy onion, cabernet peppercorn jus, and horseradish crema.

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Louisville Vegan Foods



hen Morels Café closed on August 18, vegans were not the only Louisvillians to feel the loss. Many had turned even their most carnivorous friends and family members on to Morels’ whimsical (yet still familiar) riffs on fast food and pub grub favorites. The pain was short-lived though, as they realized owner Stanley Chase had so much more up his sleeve. The Café did not close for lack of business.

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There were just too many other avenues for all the ideas Stanley needed to explore and expand. Morels lives on with event catering, deli items sold at Rainbow Blossom, and themed pop up events at venues such as The Merryweather. But to find all the original creations, perfect partners, and latest creations under one roof, the Louisville Vegan Foods booth at Logan Street Market is the place to be. Indulge in all the old Morels favorites, plus vegan jerky from Louisville Vegan Jerky Company, and bacon/ pepperoni/taco fiesta bits from Louisville Vegan Toppins’ - all by Stanley and team. Ashley Bender of Sugar High Vegan Cakes and Gary Whelpdale of Whelpdale Chocolates continue to bring the sweet. “The Future Is Fake.”

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ant to eat healthy but intimidated by the whole meal prep movement? Prep Meals 502 does all the work and can provide the inspiration you need to try meal prep for yourself. Their macro portioned meals use quality ingredients, organic vegetables, grass-fed meats with no antibiotics or hormones, and wild-caught seafood. Prep Meals 502 carries a wide selection of flavorful meals and snack boxes in a range of diet options: kids, keto, paleo, vegan, and signature dishes available in individual portions and family-style. More than just a delivery service, Prep Meals 502 offers dine-in and grab-and-go options as well at their current brick-and-mortar location open six days a week and will soon expand to Bardstown Road in the Highlands. Their stores also carry supplements and healthy snacks and drinks. Keeping up with diet trends and customization may be a challenge; but keeping individuals and families healthy is the reward. Be sure to request and keep an eye out for Prep Meals 502 at local gyms and festival events.

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Volare restaurant ser ves modern Italian cuisine with Southern hospitality. Chef Josh Moore combines exper t skills with his passion for using locally sourced and house -made produc ts.


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he tagline for the upscale vegetarian restaurant Roots - “mindful, compassionate cooking” - can be felt in every Asian and Vietnamese dish served, and in the care of its gentle, stalwart owner Huong “CoCo” Thien Tran. CoCo came to the United States with her family in 1975 at the age of 29 to escape Communism and, more specifically, to Louisville because her brother was here studying at the University of Louisville’s Speed School of En-

gineering. A fast food meal soon after her arrival inspired her to open The Egg Roll Machine, followed by Café Mimosa, Zen Garden, and other successful restaurant ventures in Asian cuisine. At Roots, the tapas-style menu of interpreted Asian favorites and Vietnamese specialties, along with an impressive tea selection, are every bit as inspiring as CoCo’s story. She tells of how deeply she loves the environment, her adopted country, this city, and her customers. In turn, CoCo is inspired by the younger clientele who introduce their parents to vegetarian food at Roots, many of whom claim they would have turned vegetarian long ago if they knew it could be so good.



North End Café

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orth End Café “Louisville’s Fine Diner”opened as a breakfast-lunch-only spot in Louisville’s Clifton neighborhood 16 years ago. They quickly outgrew their converted historic home and expanded into the building next door with a bar and larger dining space. Brunch and dinner services were added; and the breakfast menu stretched from dawn to after dark. North End Café buys ingredients locally and can accommodate multiple dietary

preferences and restrictions. Guests can find menu offerings as healthy or indulgent as their hearts desire. Making food choices that are smart but satisfying is made easy at North End Café with Starters like Grilled Shrimp Piri Piri marinated with garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, and olive oil. There are also several dinner-sized salad options and guilt-free entrées such as Chipotle Roasted Chicken marinated with roasted garlic and lime and served with Spanish rice and green beans sautéed with onions and poblano peppers and topped with a piquin puya pepper sauce. The breakfast meals and á la carte items nourish the body and soul all day or all night long. 

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Gustavo’s Mexican Grill: one man’s humble beginning forms strong foundations Anyone who walks in the door at one of the Gustavo’s Mexican Grill restaurants will immediately notice the friendly atmosphere and the eye contact from every staff member you engage. That trait comes from the energy, spirit and work ethic modeled by owner/operator Gustavo Reyes. BY PAUL NAJJAR PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER


he three Gustavo’s Mexican Grill locations, in Prospect, LaGrange and Crestwood, bustle with activity like their namesake. That activity has enabled the local chain to expand soon to a fourth restaurant, in Norton Commons, at the location formerly housed by Citizen 7. From the looks of it, Gustavo is thrilled to keep growing his brand throughout the region. “I came to Oldham County in 2004, and I love it here; this is my home,” Reyes said. “I have my wife and my baby girls here, and everyone is happy. There is so much good going on here, and we’re blessed to be a part of this community.” The middle child of seven children,

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Gustavo’s parents and six sisters helped mold the work ethic that guests at his restaurant experience wherever he is. They tended a little farm with a few dozen cows and some goats. The same dedication needed to take care of their farm can be seen in how his staff interacts with the guests. The native of Lagos de Moreno, about 120 miles east of Guadalajara, came to the U.S. when he was 15, where he stayed with cousins in Nicholasville. He held several jobs from painter to bricklayer to dishwasher and built those funds into a successful business. “I wanted to make money to buy a truck and someday a house,” Reyes said. “I started

Serving others and serving guests with a smile and a hug is something my parents and my sisters instilled in me.




out making more than $200 a week, which was more than how much a lawyer in Lagos de Moreno would make. But serving others and serving guests with a smile and a hug is something my parents and my sisters instilled in me.” He opened Gustavo’s in Crestwood in 2010 with help from one of his sisters. And the family influence continues to this day. He and his sister visit each other a few times a year and work on menu items and food concepts as well as ways to improve and grow his business. “We started with a small place, about 20 tables, in Crestwood,” Reyes said. “And we worked hard to give the best food and service that we could. But our goal was always to grow the business. My insurance partner, Jay, really helped with all of that. After about two years we were able to make a little money. And two years later, we went from a 2,000 square feet space to double that size. In 2013, I was able to focus on completely Gustavo’s and we grew to over 300 seats.” He’s a magnanimous character. He

engages his guests and wants them to feel welcome; like they’re not just in his home, but in their home. “We work hard to please our guests,” Reyes said. “Talking with people and seeing happy faces is something I love to see.” He and his wife Karina have two girls, three-year-old Sophia and year-old Salma. During to the interview, Sophia greeted guests and bounded about the restaurant creating warm smiles from table to table. “I started working when I was 10, helping my grandparents on their farm milking cows,” Gustavo said. “I was helping them because I love to work and my grandfather taught me so much. I talk about those things he taught me here all the time and will teach my daughters, too: work hard, respect people, be honest and have good values. If someone is doing something and you have the chance to help, then volunteer to help. I hope I can pass all of this along to my daughters someday.”


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A year after the expansion in Crestwood, Reyes opened Gustavo’s La Grange. Two years later he opened in prospect and the Norton Commons spot is tentatively scheduled to open in December. Look for a new menu at that location with dishes inspired by traditional recipes from Lagos de Mareno. And future plans include a new restaurant just down the parking lot in La Grange as well as a new concept in the works for 2021. It’s not just the standard Mexican fare at Gustavo’s. He puts little twists on several dishes that make them a little more unique and show a little more care.

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“I’ve learned so much from my parents and grandparents and sisters,” Reyes said. “We love to cook and we want our guests to be happy. We’re so blessed to be here in America and for all the opportunity it has given me and my family.” Fans of his restaurants frequent not just for the well prepared dishes, but the hospitality and the family atmosphere. You meet him once and you’ll see; you’ll be part of the family. “I’m a family person and we want everyone to feel like they’re part of our family.” 

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Radiofrequency Assisted Lipolysis The most advanced minimally invasive, fat burning, and skin tightening technology in the field of plastic surgery today BODYtite®, FACEtite®, ACCUtite®, and MORPHEUS8® are all in-office procedures with minimal downtime Dr. Juan Luis Quintero specializes in plastic and cosmetic surgery. For the past 12 years in Louisville, he has been recognized by his peers and patients as an artist and very skilled plastic surgeon. His unparalleled devotion, compassion and attention to detail in the care of his patients has made him stand out in the community. Through his continuous motivation to bring the best and most innovative care to his patients, he has decided to incorporate non-invasive and minimally invasive radiofrequency technology to his practice. ( 5 0 2 ) 8 9 5 - 1 9 0 0 • J Q @ J Q P L A S T I C S U R G E RY. C O M 217 BRECKENRIDGE LANE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207

Inspiring Confidence Holding Back the Years We begin with Part One of a planned three-part series covering in detail a complete, head-to-toe makeover for our very own Advertising Sales Manager, Kathy Thuerbach. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER AND DICK ARNSPIGER

Kathy is a full-time working woman, loving wife, and devoted mother of three grown children with two grandchildren and two more on the way. She is originally from Toronto, Ohio and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mass Communications. While at Purdue, Kathy spent three and a half years as The Golden Girl, the most iconic feature baton twirler position in all of college athletics. In addition to performing on the field, The Golden Girl serves as a leader of the Purdue All-American Marching Band and as an ambassador for the university. Kathy bested 154 young women who auditioned to become the 10th Golden Girl, and had to re-audition each year to retain her title. There have been a total of 30 Purdue Golden Girls to date; and Kathy was able to attend their 50th Anniversary celebration in 2004. Prior to her time as Purdue Golden Girl, she was a former national and world champion baton twirler and Ohio Jefferson County Junior Miss Pageant winner. After college graduation, Kathy spent a couple of seasons as a Laker Girl. Her time in Los Angeles coincided with that recently established cheer and dance squad and a couple of the Lakers’ early 1980s NBA championships.


ver the years Kathy has balanced a successful career in advertising, marketing, and sales, a happy marriage, and the raising of three children who have all become successful in their own right. In 2014, Kathy suffered a major health scare that rocked her both physically and mentally. She was diagnosed with a large tumor of the pituitary gland. As a result of the surgical removal of the tumor, Kathy’s endocrine system was left without regulation and requiring hormone replacement therapy, primarily prednisone. The after effects of the surgery and side effects of hormone therapy have taken their toll on Kathy’s body and her self-confidence. She has reached a point in her life when she finally has the time to devote to her own self-care. Due to her medications, Kathy is not a good candidate for elective, traditional plastic surgery. So she is exploring some minimally-invasive options to turn back the clock and help her feel like herself again.

Enter Dr. Juan Luis Quintero and the expert staff at JQ Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa in St. Matthews. Dr. Quintero is a highly skilled and talented plastic surgeon who personalizes his approach with each patient, continuously seeking out the latest and greatest of treatment options. He is assisted in his practice by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Bridget Gary Hart, Aestheticians Danielle Overton and Brittany Wesson, Patient Care Coordinator Natalie Loreti, and Billing & Insurance Coordinator Stephanie Goodman. Kathy’s treatments under the care of Dr. Quintero also received the benefit of an all-day visit with Registered Nurse and InMode representative Beth Wetzstein of Maningas Cosmetic Surgery in Joplin, Missouri. Beth was in Louisville to train Dr. Quintero’s staff on InMode’s AccuTite®/FaceTite®/ BodyTite® Pro and Morpheus8® equipment and procedures for body and facial contouring and resurfacing.

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health+beauty For Kathy’s lower chin and neck area, the BodyTite® Pro machine connects to a handheld 18–gauge internal cannula/external electrode instrument which combines minimally invasive liposuction with Radio-aFrequency Assisted Lipolysis to liquefy fat and tighten the skin. Almost immediately following FaceTite®, Kathy received treatment to reduce wrinkles and discoloration and smooth the skin via Morpheus8®.

FaceTite® treatment preparation began with numbing cream, local anesthetic injections of lidocaine, and self-administered sedation in the form of nitrous oxide. For Kathy’s lower chin and neck area, the BodyTite® Pro machine connects to a handheld 18–gauge internal cannula/external electrode instrument which combines minimally invasive liposuction with Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis to liquefy fat and tighten the skin. Sterile water-based gel protects the skin as heat energy is applied via foot pedal operated by the doctor as he carefully sculpts the area. The BodyTite® Pro machine is also used for AccuTite® involving smaller areas of the face, BodyTite® for the body, and Morpheus8® radio frequency assisted fractional microneedling to stimulate collagen production, promote sub-dermal renewal, and reduce wrinkles. During the FaceTite® procedure, Kathy felt tugging sensations but no pain. Dr. Quintero continuously monitored her comfort level providing rest periods, ice, and additional

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Mikhail’s goal with Kathy was to reflect even more of her fun, feisty personality. With regard to hair color, seasonally appropriate autumnal hues were used to complement Kathy’s green eyes.

lidocaine injections as needed along with the patient-administered nitrous. The BodyTite® Pro machine has several inherent safety mechanisms for constant control of internal and external temperatures and cuts itself off to prevent any possible overheating or burning. Following FaceTite®, Kathy was alert and able to effectively communicate. She had just a few sublobular and submental incisions that were so tiny as to not even require a stitch for closure. Almost immediately following FaceTite®, Kathy received treatment to reduce wrinkles and discoloration and smooth the skin via Morpheus8®. Morpheus8® is another InMode procedure using the BodyTite® Pro machine with a handheld microneedling gun and the same foot pedal for energy application. This fractional microneedling goes slightly deeper than standard microneedling for reorganization of subdermal structures to improve skin texture and radiance with the added benefit of heat to assist in fat liquefaction. The fat liquefaction, fibrous tissue coagulation, and hemostasis of these procedures result in less swelling and minimal downtime as compared to conventional facelifts. Kathy felt mild stinging sensations that she says were more “surprising” as opposed to painful. For aftercare, a compression wrap is recommended for just a few days of social downtime. Patients are given gentle but effective homeopathic medicine and ointments to take home with them, such as Arnica and Bromelain; and Bacitracin is also recommended. Dr. Quintero and staff members kept in constant communication with Kathy in the hours and days following her procedures; and Kathy was seen in the office two days later. Just as in her initial consultation, Kathy felt truly listened to and fully involved in her own recovery process. She says her family and friends already notice a difference in the contours of her face and the smoothness of her skin. Results can be seen as early as six weeks, with best results seen in four to six months. It is believed that these new instruments, procedures, and techniques will bridge the gap and reduce the need for some facial-tightening surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia and subsequently involving much greater risk to the patient. As a smiling and enthusiastic Dr. Quintero says, “Join the revolution!”


athy recently received a beautiful haircut and color from Mikhail Schulz of J. Michael’s Spa & Salon, also in St. Matthews. Mikhail has been a stylist for six years, all of which he has spent with J. Michael’s. He has also been an educator with Eufora Hair Care for the past five years. J. Michael’s is a full-service salon and spa providing luxury experiences to pamper their guests from head to toe. Mikhail is well-trained and experienced in performing most of the salon services. In fact, he has found it a challenge to specialize, as he so enjoys all aspects of what he calls “the best job ever!” Making people feel beautiful, listening to great music, and incorporating his love of fashion and pop culture in the process inspire Mikhail on a daily basis.

appropriate autumnal hues were used to complement Kathy’s green eyes. Mikhail used coppers, auburn lowlights, with darker tones at the base for depth, and some highlights toward the front to add light to the face. The cut is a modern shag bob with some volume at the crown. Products used were exclusively Eufora. Kathy is due for lash (and possibly hair) extensions, which we will cover in next month’s issue, along with follow-up treatments from Dr. Quintero, wardrobe, and makeup. Stay tuned for Part Two in our November issue!  Kathy after “part one” of her makeover

As a stylist, Mikhail makes it his mission to listen to his guests, give them his own professional opinion and perspective, and bring out their individual beauty. He also hopes to provide a greater understanding of the intensive scientific expertise involved in hair care and color, in addition to his artistry. As for the future of the industry, Mikhail sees more and more products and techniques being developed to celebrate and enhance natural hair textures, after decades of trying to bend or straighten hair to the will of passing fads and trends. Mikhail’s goal with Kathy was to reflect even more of her fun, feisty personality. With regard to hair color, seasonally

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CyberKnife Helps Patients in a Unique and Advanced Way BY TAYLOR RILEY



f cancer treatment could be quicker and less invasive, those diagnosed could suffer a lot less, according to the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Louisville CyberKnife. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a nonsurgical, outpatient treatment that treats cancerous and noncancerous tumors throughout the body with minimal to no side effects. CyberKnife is able to deliver very high doses of radiation with extreme accuracy, which allows physicians to zero in on the target tumor and irradiate it without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. As a result, CyberKnife treatment is more comfortable for patients, radiation is delivered more accurately, and treatments

can be completed in one to five sessions. After a patient comes in for a consultation with a radiation oncologist, they undergo a CT scan, which helps the physicist, and radiation oncologist build the patient’s individualized treatment plan. During treatment, the patient lies on a table under a compact linear accelerator, a machine that generates a radiation beam, attached to a highly maneuverable robotic arm that moves around their body, delivering high levels of radiation directly to their tumor for 30 to 90 minutes.

It’s more accurate than most radiation machines. It spares the surrounding tissue to unnecessary radiation...

Instead of 40 treatments of traditional radiation therapy, Christy Stone, Administrator at Louisville Cyberknife, says CyberKnife only takes one to five treatments. After treatment, patients are able to go home and go about their day as normal and come back every other day until the treatment concludes. “It’s more accurate than most radiation

machines,” Christy says. “It spares the surrounding tissue to unnecessary radiation and the patient is not here as long with hardly any side effects.”

CyberKnife is noninvasive and does not require anesthesia. It also helps those suffering from noncancerous diseases such as acoustic neuroma, trigeminal neuralgia, and arteriovenous malformation. Treatment may be a good option for those who have medically inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or those who seek an alternative to surgery or conventional radiation therapy. Those who have recurrent cancer or metastatic tumors that have spread to other areas of the body from the main tumor site, or have a high risk for complications after surgery, may also benefit.

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Exercise Can Improve Cancer Patients’ Lives BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Those suffering from the effects of cancer and chronic illnesses may not feel they have enough energy to exercise, but it’s extremely important to improve their physical, spiritual and emotional health, according to experts at two local programs.


t’s not only beneficial for the physical ailments of long-term pain and disease, but work-out facilities can be a community for people going through the same things; they can be a pick-me-up in the middle of a day full of doctors and hospitals.

`Two programs, Baptist Milestone and the YMCA, bring together doctors, physical therapists, psychologists and exercise trainers to give the best outlook possible for an otherwise negative situation for cancer patients.

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YMCA and LIVESTRONg The YMCA of Louisville and Southern Indiana offers a free program for cancer survivors and their immediate family members to give them support. LIVESTRONG is a free, 12-week program for sufferers trying to recover or decrease side effects during treatment. Patients and their families can attend any Y location that offers LIVESTRONG in Louisville or New Albany to sign up for the twice-a-week program, whether their goals are to just walk to the mailbox, run a marathon or somewhere in-between, says Barb Millhollan, Community Development, and LIVESTRONG Director. Barb says in one way, shape or form “everyone has been touched by cancer.” The LIVESTRONG program is more of a community, she says. “It’s a great community of people trying to do better … to be healthier now.” The Y locations have pools to help those suffering from hip or knee troubles from

cancer drugs and many classes including balance, barre, functional activity, ab, spin and weight loss. The patient or survivor will first receive a pre-test to include walking, balance, and flexibility. and at the end of the 12-week program, the test will be performed again. “If they show up, all their numbers will increase and they’ll feel stronger,” says Barb. The facilities host educational workshops that include physical therapists, psychologists and doctors to help educate and assist in the transition to a positive future, says Barb. “Even if cancer knocks on your door again, you will approach it in a different way and you’ll be stronger!” Barb says many of the participants have made lifelong friends from the program. “Together they are powerful,” she says. “They feed off each other. It’s a program no one wants to join, but once you’re in, you’ll never leave.” For more information and an application to apply for the LIVESTRONG program at

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Baptist Milestone The trainers at the CAREProgram at Baptist Milestone’s goals are to help cancer patients with restorative exercise. Anyone who has been diagnosed or is currently going through treatment is invited to take part. The program is tailored for people who are early on in their journey. They have full access to the fitness facility and meet with a trainer twice a week for 12 weeks. “Low intensity helps increase energy levels,” Fitness Director Maria Bernard, MS, says. Bernard says that once a surgeon or oncologist and physical therapist has cleared the patient, he or she can begin with five to ten minutes of light cardio, then light strength training and end with cardio during a session.

“A lot of times, in these people’s lives, they have a lot of doctor’s appointments to go to,” Maria says. “Come see me and feel better. It’s not another appointment on their calendar, but more educational than anything.” Bernard, who has been training for 12 years at Baptist, says it’s important for those suffering from chronic diseases to strengthen and stretch certain areas of the body. She says exercise should be “a new normal type of thing. Exercise is important for everyone but it helps with the healing process and with confidence. You’ll have someone coach you through this, choose the best plan of action and them with the healing side of this.” Patients can register through the Baptist Health Lousiville Cancer Resource Center at cancer-care/cancer-resource-center.aspx.

Chef Inspired Meals Chef Gabe comes to Prep Meals 502, taking over as our Head Chef and General Manager of the Blankenbaker Store. Chef Gabe will be a vital piece to the Prep Meals 502 operation for creativity, logistics, expansion, and creating an overall better experience with Prep Meals 502. Welcome aboard Chef Gabe!

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ith October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our inspiration-themed issue here at TOPS Louisville, exploring the charitable side of Underpinnings Lingerie in Norton Commons is right on time. Underpinnings owner Staci O’Sullivan shared all the ways her business and its customers generously give back to the community. Underpinnings Lingerie is a beautiful boutique with a staff of fit consultants practicing radical inclusivity and dedicated to warm, welcoming customer service and the goal of a perfect fit for every body. The experience is every bit as body-positive, comfortable, and fun as it is indulgent, luxurious, and discreet. Many Underpinnings customers are so satisfied with their bra fitting experience, that they literally cannot go back to their old bra and choose to leave the store wearing one of their new ones. These customers receive a $5 discount on a new bra to let that old bra go with Underpinnings to be laundered and donated to charity. Underpinnings works with two separate charities to provide bras for women in need. One charity serves survivors of human trafficking, drug addiction, and domestic violence; and the other serves the homeless. Some Underpinnings customers have been so moved by this initial gesture that they have returned to donate stacks or bags full of bras for donation. Supporting various breast cancer-related charities and events such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is a natural fit for Underpinnings. They also participate in various charity silent auctions throughout

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the year by donating Underpinnings Lingerie gift cards all dressed up for show in a lovely gift bag. What better month to bring your patronage to a local woman-owned business that truly cares and treat yourself to gorgeous new undergarments, which are the foundation of a successful wardrobe. Keep in mind that 80% of people are wearing an incorrect bra size; and to maintain a proper fit, bras should be replaced as often as every few months depending on how often they are worn. Underpinnings Lingerie carries a wide selection of brands, an amazing bra size range of 28A to 54N, and lingerie from XS to XXXL. They provide requested and walk-in complimentary custom fittings Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-6pm and set aside Mondays by appointment

only at no extra charge for clients who prefer a more private shopping experience. To contact the boutique for a fitting, call (502)333-0370. To maximize the joy and satisfaction that shopping with Underpinnings can bring, consider attending a trunk show, hosting a lingerie party with friends, or throwing a lingerie bridal shower. The evening begins at 6pm, giving your group the run of the store for two hours, fully staffed for personal shopping fueled by prosecco and snacks! In the case of a shower, the guest of honor is also provided with an advance fitting and assistance in composing her wishlist. Parties require only a $250 total purchase minimum and can be booked by emailing 

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Start a holiday tradition with your family by visiting a winter wonderland filled with trees, lights and holiday accents available for purchase to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital. Marvel at the hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and décor. Also enjoy Louisville’s first appearance of Santa, free children’s crafts, sweet treats, holiday entertainment and a Hanukkah display.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we’re featuring healthcare providers and other professionals who aid in all aspects of women’s healthcare. BY ROCKO JEROME AND TAYLOR RILEY PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER AND DICK ARNSPIGER

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“My greatest inspiration comes from the patients,” says Dr. Alexis Karageorge with Louisville Concierge Medicine. “ One of the most important decisions you will make in life is the physician you choose to care for you. It is both a privilege and pleasure to provide long term care to patients in sickness and health. It is especially a very humbling experience to provide care at the end of life.” Dr. Karageorge takes great pride in her work. In Louisville Concierge Medicine, she created an independent private practice that provides competent, compassionate and comprehensive medical care. “To be a good physician, one must strive to be a good detective,” she says. “As Louis Pasteur once said, ‘Chance favors the prepared mind.’” Dr. Karageorge strives to keep up-to-date, is an absolute perfectionist, and is a stickler for accurate, thorough medical records. This is no small challenge, but she’s absolutely devoted to this true service to her patients. “Medical care has become very super specialized,” the doctor observes. “Therefore, it’s not unusual for patients to have multiple subspecialists. Continuity of care is critical to restoring and maintaining good health. I am biased, but feel that all patients should have a strong Internist to serve as their advocate and navigate them through our very complex medical system.” To provide that continuity, Louisville Concierge Medicine serves as ”captain of the ship” by coordinating and facilitating care on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.

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VibrantMed Spa

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With a dedication to their clients that sets them apart from others, the staff of all female professionals at VibrantMed Spa share the common goal of boosting -and maintaining- health and confidence which is obvious from the time you walk in the door of the chic aesthetic boutique. “We are your best friend’s medical spa,” says nurse practitioner and owner, Erica Chowning. “We build an individual treatment plan based around the client’s timeline and budget, then grow with them over time.”

With over 14 years of experience, Erica brings an innate sensitivity to the details of her work that keeps clients coming back. Offering a variety of treatment options including injectables, facials, medical grade peels and skincare, as well as skin tightening and laser treatments, VibrantMed Spa is equally dedicated to promoting their Wellness Program because they know that beauty glows from within. “We believe that aesthetic beauty and overall wellness go hand in hand,” she says. Looking and feeling great is a collaborative effort that she advises can start with something as simple as drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily to hydrate the skin and help flush toxins from the body. To take the first step on your journey, visit or call 502618-0995 for more information.

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Fertility & Endocrine Associates 502-897-2144 • IVFKENTUCKY.COM

Most of us expect our lives to follow a predictable path — get an education, land a good job, find a mate, then start a family by getting pregnant and giving birth to a perfect child. Unfortunately, for 10% of the reproductive-aged population, those expectations will not be realized. More than 6 million couples in the U.S. are diagnosed with infertility and the underlying medical conditions that cause it. Treatment options are available. Infertility represents a complex physical, spiritual and emotional crisis that affects all areas of a person’s well-being. The causes of infertility are almost equally shared by conditions affecting women and men. The clinical staff at Fertility & Endocrine Associates partners with each couple to identify these factors, provide education and consultation, and develop a customized plan for treatment. 112 TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2019

“Most patients who struggle with fertility will be able to get pregnant-often with relatively low-level interventions,” says Miriam S. Krause, MD, FACOG. “Don’t give up hope!” In addition to fertility treatments, Fertility & Endocrine Associates offers help for other related problems: couples who struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss, non-fertility related hormonal and gynecologic problems, as well as cryopreservation to preserve fertility for individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer treatment or those who choose to delay family building. IVF procedures are carried out at our state of the art facility, Louisville Reproductive Center. “We provide compassionate care to both the male and female struggling with infertility from the initial consultation, through procedures, surgeries, fertility therapy and early pregnancy,” says Robert J. Homm, MD, FACOG. “I am constantly amazed when the patient is surprised that I will be performing their ultrasounds, IVF procedures and even their surgery. I think our level of care sets us apart from other fertility practices and IVF centers.” The Associates bring a strong sense of compassion and reason. “There is a measure of art to the process, much science and also a measure of happening which is out of any human control,”.says Kit S. Devine, DNP, APRN, “We are very interested in their success in building their family. Our goals never change.”

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Germantown Chiropractic


Typically, when people think of chiropractic, they imagine twisting, popping, and cracking maneuvers. Dr. Sarah Murrow, D.C. at Germantown Chiropractic offers a gentle alternative for those who are afraid to try chiropractic care. “If you are in a lot of pain or have a delicate spinal condition, it can be scary to think of someone touching you in general, let alone ‘cracking’ your back. Here, you don’t have to worry about that.” She is currently the only doctor in Kentucky certified in the Cox Technic®, an adjusting technique that features a specialized table that allows for a slow, hands-on decompression and manipulation of the spine. It works to take pressure off of the nerves, mobilize the joints, stretch the muscles, and open up the disc spaces. “It was designed for people with severe disc degeneration, stenosis, post-surgery pain, or just for people who don’t tolerate (or desire) the more aggressive treatment methods.” Dr. Murrow’s associate, Dr. Andrew Stone, D.C., is one of only two ART® (Active Release Technique) certified providers in Louisville. ART® is a specialized soft tissue technique utilized to address disorders of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. They also use a piece of rehabilitation equipment called the Huber Motion Lab (pictured). This state-of-the-art equipment works to strengthen the deep core postural muscles surrounding the spine that are often neglected by traditional exercise. “With the gentle spinal and disc treatments the Cox Technic® offers, the specific soft tissue treatments that ART® provides, and the unique therapy that the Huber Motion Lab allows, we are able to tackle most musculoskeletal conditions in our office,” she says. Finally, the front office staff further sets the practice apart. “I have had some patients choose to come to our office purely because of the kindness and helpfulness of my staff,” Murrow explains. “I am extremely blessed.”

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Starlite Home Healthcare


A rising star has come over the horizon. Starisha Curry is becoming a light that shines and has touched the hearts of many.

“I give those I serve extra attention, and I am happy to keep them as happy and healthy as they can be in the home,” she says. Everyone deserves that TLC, and Starisha is here to provide comfort and care to her clients, whom she treats with the same consideration as she has shown to her own family. Starisha first found that she had the bright spirit for service to the elderly and homebound while witnessing her mother and aunties care for her grandmother towards the end of her life’s journey. “I feel that God has led me to this,” Starisha says of her drive and ambition to assist those in need. She has had years of experience working in hospital settings. It’s all led to this – the moment that she applies her talent and skill for the benefit of those in need. With Starlite Home Healthcare, Starisha leads a team of expert associates, She has made a commitment to excellence. “Whatever you might be going through or whatever your health situation may be, we can improve your quality of life and make things a bit easier for you in your day to day journey,” she says. “We’re all about longevity, and we intend to be around for a long, long time.”

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Dr. Colleen Walker


Dr. Colleen Walker has over 20 years practicing medicine but has recently opened a new private practice in St. Matthews which she says “feels like a throwback to how medicine used to be practiced.” It’s why she went to medical school and why she chose to focus on primary care. “I am able to develop relationships with my patients and really get to know them and their individual needs,” says Colleen. “Everyone has their own idea of how they want their personal healthcare treatment to go. I can spend as much time as I need to customize individual plans and am able to deliver quality healthcare at every stage in their lives.” Colleen only accepts a small number of patients, which allows her to spend that kind of time with people. And that is the way she wants to practice. “I am able to schedule a full hour appointment and same or next day appointments,” she says. “There is no wait to see me and patients have access to my cell phone and my email so they are in contact when they need me.” Colleen says she is inspired by helping people, and it is rewarding to her to watch someone’s health truly improve as she works with them towards their health goals. “I would love anyone who is interested in private healthcare to stop by my office and meet my incredible staff,” she says. “Our office is cozy and comfortable and more like a spa than a doctor’s office. Plus, my Goldendoodle Molly will greet you as well. It totally takes the fear of doctor’s offices out of the picture.”


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“Our forte is wellness and prevention,” says Kim Evans, APRN of the Institute for Integrative Medicine. “Thirty percent of all cancers, stroke and heart disease can be avoided

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in entirety or in part through taking proactive measures. We’re here to help you find – and keep – your health just as strong as it can be. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The Institute for Integrative Medicine promotes wellness through stress management, nutrition, APO E gene testing, and spiritual healing. With hands-on, high tech healing for the body, mind, and spirit, this team is driven to provide transformative healthcare to all. Optimal health goals are in reach, and Kim literally wrote the book. Transforming Healthcare: Healing You, Me and Our Broken Disease–Care System is available from Butler Books, on Amazon, and the Institute for Integrative Medicine office. Institute for Integrative Medicine is located at 205 Townepark Circle.


Boston ivf


“One of the most rewarding things that I encounter is when one of my patients sends me photos of their child, or even better, introduces them to me in person. It’s such a strong reminder of why I do this,” says Dr. Daniel Griffin of Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital. Dr. Griffin graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive/Infertility. Infertility can be both male and female factor. “Seeing a specialist can be a difficult decision but Boston IVF collectively has assisted more than 90,000 babies being born since 1986. Our team takes a personal approach based on your own health and fertility history.” He and his practice work wonders for those struggling to have a baby. Dr. Griffin and his team looks forward to working with individuals or couples who want to achieve their lifetime dream of building their family. For more information and to find out how Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital can help, be sure to visit


Barton House


Barton House is not just a facility that cares for people with Dementia or Cognitive Impairments. They are also a home that cares for family members. Everyone at Barton House goes the extra mile to give the special touch for everyone to feel cherished and loved. Research of best practices support everything that the caring staff of Barton House do every day. “As the Executive Director at Barton House, my passion is caring for those with memory impairment,” says Amy Clark. “I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I bring knowledge and expertise to assist not only my staff but our family members throughout the entire process. I train my staff on all aspects of Dementia and best ways to provide the highest level of care. We are here to be an extension of the family so the spouse can be a spouse, the child can be the child and the family member can be the family member. We want our residents to maintain as much independence as possible. We are here to assist not take away from their abilities. We are their home and family.”

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exceptional senior living 502-907-3778 EXCEPTIONALSENIORS.COM

Exceptional Senior Living is a charming and quaint personal care community in Prospect. Featuring resort style living, residents experience fun, engaging daily activities, including outings for dining and entertainment. With 65 accommodations on site, this is a true community with neighbors visiting each other every day, celebrating life and their health. There’s a salon, a spa, a movie theatre, a large courtyard, a putting green for golfers, and that’s just a few of the fantastic amenities you will find at Exceptional Senior Living. There are also nursing services available for those whose health requires extra attention. This wonderful care and living experience is made possible by the women in this photo, as well as the rest of the staff. “The idea is for our residents to absolutely enjoy life to the fullest,” Lisa Gann, Executive Director at Exceptional Senior Living, says. “They deserve the best we have to offer, and that’s just what we give them.”

FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Dianna Curtsinger, Cheryl Raque, and Lisa Gann BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Jaime Raque, Kristi Finley, and Crystal Crimmins


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“Our goal is to change the conversation around pain clinics,” says Haley Newman of the new partnership between Bodyworks Medicine and Commonwealth Pain & Spine. This union brings together both traditional and innovative solutions to treat degenerative conditions throughout the body specializing in knee and spine pain.

“It is incredibly fulfilling being a part of a medical practice that is specialized, proactive and progressive in patient care, focusing on the root cause of the problem rather than treating the symptoms,” Haley says. Bodyworks Medicine is not a one size fits all clinic. “Not everyone is the same, a one size fits all treatment for knee or back pain isn’t always an effective answer. Every treatment modality we offer is catered to the patient. The culture we’ve created here is warm and welcoming and I think that really shows to our patients.” Haley Newman is an aspiring home chef, and she says the concept is similar to her work in medicine. “The person or group I am cooking always gets a customized experience,” she says. “My position as office manager at Bodyworks and my life outside of work seamlessly align in my values and mindset. Building community is important whether it be through preparing a beautiful meal for my loved ones or walking a patient through a complex process such as a stem cell treatment.”

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A certified expert in the administration of medicinal hemp, Dee Dee Taylor has committed herself to providing much needed relief to those in need. “I’m all about long term solutions, not just a quick fix,” she says of the high quality hemp extract products that she has available through her store, 502 Hemp. Everything that she offers comes from local Kentucky farmers and is produced by Commonwealth Extracts. 502 Hemp serves as a beacon of light and an alternative remedy to those suffering from a great many health challenges, including cancer. “I have a great number of clients who are cancer patients. We offer a discount. This has never really been about making money for us, we just want to help and know that hemp can do that.” In addition to their Middletown location (201 Moser Road), 502 Hemp just opened a new location in LaGrange at 1407 East Crystal Drive.


Theraplace therapy & learning center


TheraPLACE is an outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy clinic located in St. Matthews. They primarily serve people from birth through their late 20s who have a

variety of developmental conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism, and Down syndrome. They strive to provide patient and family centered care by addressing goals developed with the family in a play-based manner. Every day, parents are amazed and inspired as the expert TheraPLACE staff help challenged children to stand and take their first steps. Often, these are kids whose doctors had believed they might never be able to become so mobile. TheraPLACE provides the services and resources these children need to be successful and fully participate in school, in the community, and in their home without added stress on the family. Their team of women featured in this photo is devoted to finding methods to help children participate more with their family and friends.

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Ina Marcella Events is a full service event planning and creative consulting business co-owned by Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel. With shared backgrounds in the arts and non-profit management, and a mutual passion for community engagement, Ina and Marcella have developed a unique approach to event planning aimed at creating inspired one-of-akind events for their clients. Ina and Marcella have been friends for twenty years and each is married with three kids.

Finding inspiration in Louisville isn’t too hard. We have a lot to appreciate here, and a lot to work towards. From inventive entrepreneurs investing in our urban spaces, to world class artists delighting our senses, there is much to celebrate right now. But what inspires us most about Louisville is not something new. It’s part of our childhood memories, part of our everyday lives, and hopefully part of our children’s future. We are talking about the parks of course.

was created to restore Louisville’s 17 Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks following the devastating tornado of 1974. Every day we get the chance to enjoy parks created and planned tree by tree to ensure all residents a nearby natural escape from urban life. They are celebrating their 30th year of protecting these century old parks. In contrast, 21st Century Parks hopes to build on Olmsted’s legacy by planning for the next 100 years as our city spreads and grows, protecting nearly 4,000 acres from development, and guaranteeing park access for the future communities that will someday surround it.


Entertain in the Parks

here are three main park organizations in our city. Louisville Parks and Recreation maintains over 100 green spaces, and strives to make Louisville a clean, green, safe and inclusive city where people love to live, work and play. Olmsted Parks Conservancy

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As Louisvillians and event planners, the possibilities in the parks are endless. We entertain in these parks. We live in these parks. We support these parks. All of these activities help ensure a vibrant and healthy future for our community.

Did you know you can rent pavilions in the park for your own private celebrations? It’s always a gamble with the weather, but it is an inexpensive alternative to renting a private venue. Visit or call

(502) 368-5865 to rent a shelter or pavilion for an upcoming occasion. You will get the space all day, giving you time to set up and clean up. But remember the Boy Scout motto, “leave no trace,” and treat our parks with the respect they deserve when your celebration is over. Tired of dinner parties? Mix it up with your friends and attend one of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy Bike-Ins. The next one is on October 20th at Tyler Park and will feature live music, local food trucks, cold brews and an end of the night family friendly movie. Visit for more info and get a group together, spend quality time, and enjoy the outdoors for a new way to enjoy friends. Get out of the office board room and host your next meeting in a public outdoor space to inspire creativity for your co-workers and staff. Louisville parks are spread out all over the city, so you can always find a space nearby. Need more tech support? Check out The Parklands; they offer state-of-the-art meeting rooms in their environmentally friendly Gheens Foundation Lodge and PNC Achievement Center Classrooms. For rental info visit

Live in the Parks Have we mentioned we are moms of three kiddos each? The parks offer us an extension of our homes with space to enjoy the outdoors, plenty of places to explore, and resources to learn. Olmsted Parks Conservancy offers Guided Walking Tours where educated volunteers share the history of our parks that even lifetime residents might not know. Whether you live near a Metro Park, Olmsted Park, or 21st Century Park, they each have a unique line-up of events to enjoy. These events exist because of the residents who attend them, so be one of those residents. One of our favorites is coming up; celebrating its second year is the Hayride on the Hill, Sunday, October 29 at 4:30 PM on Baringer Hill. This free event features food, hayrides and fun, presented by Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market. The parks aren’t only for warm weather. We enjoy the parks year-round. Splash parks help us beat the heat and are located around town in all three park systems. Fall is a great season to be outdoors! We collect nature items with our families for craft projects; think leaf rubbing activities and acorn collages. Sledding down hills in Cherokee Park provides some of our favorite childhood memories, and canoe through the Parklands has become a new hobby with our own kids as the weather warms back up.

Support the Parks - There are three easy things you can do to support our dynamic park systems. Visit the parks! The parks need residents to enjoy them, keep them safe and keep them relevant. Our communities will thrive when neighbors recognize each other out enjoying our greenspaces. Get outside, met a neighbor and enjoy our natural gems! Donate! 21st Century Parks and The Olmsted Parks Conservancy offer many opportunities year-round to show your support for their missions to improve and sustain healthy safe park systems in Louisville. Attend an event or donate directly to help these organizations flourish and grow. Visit their websites for more info on their current projects and how to give. Can’t donate, or want to do more? Volunteer with all three organizations and their various beautification programs. Metro Parks’ BrightSites program focuses on neighborhood centric clean-ups. 21st Century Parks will train you to be a Park Ambassador and educate you on the unique wildlife and horticulture native to our area, or become a Park Steward with Olmsted Parks Conservancy and help cultivate a healthy future for our more historic parks. 

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Local mom Taryn Skees transforms her daily challenges into an inspiration via a very special blog, helping others along the way. Taylor Riley brings us the insight. PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


aryn Skees is the mother of four boys, and while others might find that in itself challenging, she’s overcome so much more. Taryn became a blogger after her son Aiden was diagnosed with Apert syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes abnormalities in the formation of the head. Her blog, “More Skees Please” started as a way to keep her family and friends in the loop about Aiden’s struggles but soon became a platform for much more. Now, Taryn is taking on her very own nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families touched by Apert syndrome called Apert Owl. Taryn calls it “therapeutic” to write about the challenges of being a wife and mother, even if it’s not an Instagram-worthy perfect life. “And that’s OK,” she says.

Tell us about your family and the struggle with your son Aiden. With Aiden, we were surprised by (Aperts syndrome) at birth, and we were thrust into this new world of medical terminology. To see everything that he’s been through and see how far he’s come; he’s touched so many other peoples’ lives. By sharing his story through the blog, I’ve been able to connect with other families (with Aperts) or those facing tough medical diagnoses. I try to approach life with a positive attitude and keep moving forward.

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What are some of your biggest challenges? Learning how to cope with a child with a very rare medical condition. I’m wanting to be everything for my children … and not letting mom guilt get the best of me. I’m trying to figure out how to be an advocate. I do a lot of public speaking to raise awareness of differences. I tell the kids not to judge a book by their cover. It’s an incredible challenge but a rewarding experience.

Do you try to share any aspects of your work with your family? Absolutely. Now that the kids are older, we do a lot more social media posting. And the older kids have a say in our Instagram posts. They will have their own thumbprint; it’s not mine to share of them anymore. They embrace it sometimes.

Do you have any time for hobbies? Not really. I spend a lot of time at home hanging with family and having game nights. I’m trying to stay above water. I love to read. I like audiobooks and podcasts—I can plug them in with driving.

What values do you try to model for your children? Honesty and authenticity. Be who they are, and not fall prey to “biggest, best, most” thing portrayed online. Stay humble, be kind. In order to instill that in my kids, I have to model that for them. I’m not perfect. I will make mistakes, and I will own up to that.

How did you start to write? And what do you enjoy most about your career as a blogger? I’ve always loved to write; I got a communications degree from Bellarmine. After I graduated, I got a job in marketing and business development, and I enjoyed business part of writing. Always my passion was sharing and being vulnerable. It is my outlet. It’s very therapeutic to write. At first it was just for me, then family members would read for an update (on Aiden). In 2008, I started, then as I started to write more, emails came from people who stumbled across my page. They called it “inspirational.” I then changed it to “More Skees Please,” and it evolved through the years. I’m sharing very openly and being vulnerable,

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being a real mom, but not trying to be something I’m not. And people say, “We appreciate your honesty.” Life isn’t always easy. It’s not shiny. I try to be authentic.

How do you balance career and family? It’s hard; it really is a challenge, and I’m not great at it. I recently started a part-time job as a file clerk for a law firm. After raising four kids, I had to do something meaningful and flexible, but still be a present parent. It’s kind of hard to do, to find that unicorn of a job that allows that flexibility as a parent. Parents need that flexibility to be their best selves at work. I’m able to balance my time as mom...and I’m going into the office for much needed downtime.

What are some of your proudest accomplishments? Starting Apert Owl. I knew what I could do for families, making a difference and an impact. I didn’t know what I wanted to be until I grew up and had kids. Having Aiden, he was the catalyst, to create this kids love seeing what we’re doing.

What is your advice to other women who are juggling careers and motherhood? To just breathe. Give yourself grace. I’ve really learned in the last couple of years, having all the balls in the air, and I feel like I’m failing … I’m finally coming to a place where I’m saying “no.” I’m taking a step back and really evaluating what I want to do. I think that is crucial. 


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Fighting the Unspoken

Battles of Cancer

Between the emotional and financial strains, it truly takes a village of support to battle cancer. Here, we feature two organizations aiding that courageous fight. BY ROCKO JEROME • COURTESY PHOTOS


ith the motto "Living with cancer is not a choice, but HOW you live with it is," Gilda's Club exists to make life more livable for those of us whose lives have been affected by cancer. Our own local chapter has been lightening loads and opening doors of possibility for years now, and with a newly opened facility, the possibilities are endless. Gilda Radner was one of those rare celebrities who seemed like a personal friend. An indispensable part of the legendary original cast of Saturday Night Live, her knack for creating funny characters was among the best, but what made her really special was the amount of charm she managed to exude. She was sweet, but never saccharine. Something about the way she performed The Way We Were solo on a piano as the awkward teen Lisa Loopner always had a way of wetting my eyes, and I imagine you feel the same way. The world was just a better place for having her in it. We lost Gilda in 1989 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She faced it with characteristic grace, strength, and humor. It was her desire that others might learn from her experience and find comfort and solace in the face of this dreadful disease. Gilda had referred to cancer as a "membership to an elite club I'd rather not belong to." After she was

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gone, her widower, Gene Wilder, founded Gilda's Club along with Joanna Bull, who had been Gilda's friend and psychotherapist. Today, Gilda's Club has clubhouses all over the country, special places where those living with cancer can find community. "The thing about cancer is that it can affect anyone," says Karen Morrison, President and CEO of Gilda's Club Kentuckiana. Karen has held her position for over twelve years and presided over a lot of growth in that time and helped to facilitate a great deal of healing- both physically and mentally. "An absolutely critical component to getting well is psycho/social support. Cancer can impact the mental and even physical health for entire families, not just those diagnosed. Fear, stress, hopelessness are contagious, and the effects can be devastating. At Gilda's Club, you're never alone. It's a warm, welcoming community where people get it. This is where we see the person--not just the disease. We have more than 100 program offerings each month—all free. People can come here and safely share and explore their cancer experiences, form bonds, and, ultimately, help each other. Wherever someone might be on their journey, they will always find someone three months ahead who can guide them and three months behind to whom they can give guidance. We find that being needed is more powerful than having need. The people who come here to both give and receive support inspire each other and all of us every day.” With a newly opened facility on Grinstead, and plans to open a branch site in west Louisville in 2020, Gilda's Club Kentuckiana has tripled their capacity and increased access for those who need it. The new building is nearly three times the size of the previous one and features increased spaces for meetings both small and large, a kitchen, a game room, and even a playroom complete with a treehouse. Living a life of purpose and joy doesn't stop when a person becomes ill. In fact, it becomes more important. For more information on how you can give, volunteer, or seek service for yourself or someone that you love, please visit

Sometimes people will say ‘Well, you should’ve saved up for that rainy day,’ but the bills for cancer treatment aren’t a rainy day. They’re a flood. – MIKE MULROONEY

Shirley’s way


hen my mom had cancer, family and friends came from all over to visit and pay their respects. Everyone talked about how wonderful she was. How caring and loving. They also talked about cancer, and how it had touched their lives. All of them, every single one, either knew a number of people who had faced this disease or battled it themselves. The other thing that they also had in common was that it lead to complete financial ruin for them or the people that they knew. Sometimes people will say 'Well, you should've saved up for that rainy day,' but the bills for cancer treatment aren't a rainy day. They're a flood. Your savings can get washed away within a month, even if you have insurance. People lose everything right at the point that they are most vulnerable, as they battle this terrible disease and their health is failing, they have to watch all their money and security just burn away. After mom was gone and we put her in the hearse, I kissed her head and promised her that I would do something about this." That's Mike Mulrooney talking about Shirley's Way, the non-profit organization that he founded in his mother's name. Driven to make a difference, the group has raised $233,000 this year and $900,000 since their founding in 2013. They provide financial relief for those suffering from cancer and similar ailments, directly paying expenses including, but not limited to medical, medications, rent and mortgage, utilities, groceries, everyday living, and other expenses. They even manage to allow people some fun things for distraction by collecting donations of tickets to plays, games, concerts, and other events. If you would like to donate or apply for assistance for yourself or someone you love, you can visit to easily begin the process. 

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JORDAN Sarah Jordan might be the busiest woman in the business. Not only can you hear her on the airwaves Monday through Sunday on 99.7 DJX, she is also the marketing director for Alpha Media Louisville, which includes five different radio broadcast stations. How does she juggle all the craziness? Well, cups and cups of coffee, and also the fact that she’s been doing it for more than a decade. BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


arah is a hometown girl who grew up in the area–– Southern Indiana to be exact. She caught the entertainment bug at an early age. She was a star on the stage for the prestigious drama department at Floyd Central High School, where she graduated in 2005. She knew around that time that some level of being front and center of an audience was her destiny. The next year, while at the University of Southern Indiana, she began her career as both a radio and television intern. In 2007, she was hired full-time by Alpha Media Group, where she was on-air at night for 102.3 FM. In 2008, she began her tenure at 99.7 DJX.

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Sarah has been an integral part of our team for many years. Her passion, talent, creativity and hard work are a lethal combination. I’ve been blessed to see her grow and develop from an intern, to on-air talent, to the marketing WHERE DISTILLING ! director over all five of our radio stations here in Louisville. The future is bright for Sarah!

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Sarah took on even more when she accepted a job as the marketing director at Alpha Media. “Every day is different,” Sarah says about her favorite part of her job. Her busiest day includes planning events, client calls, live and studio broadcasts. “I’m never just sitting in the office, ever,” she says.

home with my family,” Sarah says. “I never wear makeup and my hair is always in a ponytail (at home).” Sarah reveals she is secretly a shy person who, because of her career, is forced to be an extrovert.

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Radio DJ and Alpha Media Operations Manager Ben Davis says their company is lucky to have Sarah. "Sarah has been an integral part of our team for many years. Her passion, talent, creativity and hard work are a lethal combination,” he says. “I've been blessed to see her grow and develop from an intern, to on-air talent, to the marketing director over all five of our radio stations here in Louisville. The future is bright for Sarah!" Radio isn’t as glamorous as it seems, she wants listeners to know. “I’m really just the girl with pajamas pants on at

Sarah loves giving back to the community in which she grew up. She serves on the Kentucky Derby Festival board, was once a Kentucky Derby Festival Princess and volunteers at local schools to teach radio. She loves Harry Potter and musicals, in which she has been known to cry––maybe just a little. Sarah is proud of the fact that she’s a young woman in her position. “I’m the target demographic,” she says, which puts her ahead of the competition. Sarah is pro-women in management and finds mentoring “rewarding.” “I want to tell other women, ‘You can do this,’ and they need better mentors to be able to do that.” 

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Sarah still lives in Floyd Knobs, Indiana with her husband Brian and her two children, son Camp, 6, and daughter Kennedy, 4. “I’m from here,” she says. “In media, so many people have to bounce back and forth between markets.” But, Sarah, has been in Louisville for years and never plans to leave. “I love the small-town vibe,” she says. Sarah and Brian met on a blind date and have been married nine years. And, surprise! Sarah is pregnant with her third child to be born in November. The large family has an unusual lifestyle; they built a multigenerational home in the Knobs where four generations live under the same roof. Sarah’s parents live in the home, along with her ailing grandfather. “I wouldn’t be able to work without that support,” she says of her family who looks after her children during long hours at work.


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A mom’s story: How Kosair Charities became our village My husband and I were devastated to hear our unborn son, Henry, had spina bifida. Thankfully, we learned about a network of organizations supported by Kosair Charities. From this network we sought answers, advice, and understanding. What we found was a family. After Henry was born, I quickly learned raising a child with complex medical issues requires a village. Kosair Charities is not only a part of our village, but because of generous donor support, our village exists. Henry is redefining what it means to live with spina bifida daily. Your donation will make a difference. It will allow Kosair Charities to continue making a life-changing impact on kids like Henry throughout our community.

— Erin Hinson, Henry’s mom

Henry (age 6) and his mom, Erin.

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ouisville suffragist Margaret Weissinger Castleman was born in 1880 to Isabelle “Belle” Muir and Colonel Henry “Harry” Weissinger. Belle Muir descended from an old Kentucky family; and her father, a brother, and a son were all judges. Margaret was likely named for maternal grandmother Margaret “Sophronia” Rizer and paternal great aunt Margaret Beall Muir. Sophronia had been ill in the early spring of 1885 and was taking medicine by the fire at the family estate of Oaklea in Pewee Valley, Kentucky when her clothing caught fire. She was so badly burned that she passed away the next night. Margaret’s Uncle Sidney received serious burns as he tried to extinguish the flames. In 1905, Oaklea was destroyed by a fire that started in the kitchen flue. According to the Pewee Valley Historical Society, L.H. Gruber & Sons built a new Colonial Revival home on the same spot, having also completed the summer home of Margaret’s father on Undulata Farm in Shelbyville two years prior. Harry Weissinger was born at home on family property, now site of Louisville’s Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Central Park. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War under the command of Major John Breckinridge Castleman and General Basil Duke, and returned to Louisville to become founder and president of the Harry Weissinger Tobacco Company and a founding father of the American Saddlebred Horse Association. Harry and Belle Wessinger had

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was also a suffragist and civic leader. Margaret continued her education in New York City, made her debut at the Galt House Hotel at age 20, and was active in local theater her Shenaturally began givIntuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn.throughout These are traits thattwenties. many women possess, and that can lead to confident decision making courageous accomplishments. ingand speeches related to suffrage as early They’re also the foundation that can help build a soundasinvestment strategy. Working with a 1909. financial advisor who complements your investing style and listens more than talks, can help Onwealth January 1910, Margaret you continue making those confident decisions and keep your plan 21st, on track.

Wessinger married Samuel Torbitt Castleman, president of Travelers’ Insurance Machine Company and Wells Fargo Advisors Bluegrass Complex Wells Fargo Advisors Louisville Branch member of the Pendennis Club. 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 297 N. Hubbards Lane, Suite 300 Samuel was related to BrigaLexington, KY 40507 Louisville, KY 40207 dier General John Breckinridge John Gardner Justin Schappe Castleman who was married to Managing Director – Complex Manager Senior Vice President – Branch Manager suffragist Alice Barbee, another influence on Margaret. MargaWells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered ret broker-dealer non-bank affiliatewere of Wells Fargo & Company. andandSamuel members ©2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR # 0819-03226 of several social and country clubs, had four children, and took ownership of Undulata Farm where they raised cattle and thoroughbred horses.

six children, including Margaret. Oldest sister Blanche was accidentally shot and killed by an aunt at Oaklea at the age of 14, when Margaret was just a baby. Margaret attended Semple Collegiate School (forerunner to Louisville Collegiate) just steps away from the Weissinger family home at 4th & Oak. School founder Patty Blackburn Semple

Between 1917 and 1920, Margaret was a member of and elected officer in multiple suffrage and Democratic Party organizations at local, state, and national levels. During a September 1921 speech, she made a plea for Louisville women to get out the vote, bemoaning the fact that only 60% of white women had registered to vote in the last election versus 83% of black women. She believed white women like herself should be at least as appreciative of the voting enfranchisement achieved little more than a year before. Margaret died in 1945 at the Weissinger-Gaulbert Apartments and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery. Undulata Farm is currently for sale with an asking price of $5,500,000. August 18, 2020 will mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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october events October 4 Hit it for Hildegard Annual Golf Scramble

11:30am, Heritage Hill Golf Club Join us for a great day of golf and help support a needed community resource. All proceeds benefit Hildegard House. Hildegard House provides a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them so they may die with dignity. They do not charge a fee or bill insurance: they rely solely on donations. For more information visit

October 4–5 Brasserie Provence Is Celebrating 6 Delicious Years

5pm both days, Brasserie Provence Join Us For Dinner Friday, October 4 & Saturday, October 5 and enjoy live music with La Petite Musique from 6-9pm, $6 Kir Royale, $6 shrimp

cocktail, $6 birthday dessert, and a chocolate mignardise for every guest. It wouldn’t be a celebration without you! For reservations call 502.883.3153 or visit reservations.

st. james court art show

Varying times, Historic Old Louisville The St. James Court Art Show® is a juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show featuring over 700 artists from around the U.S. held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. For more information visit

aircraft and warplanes from all over the United States, military vehicles and equipment, military memorabilia, past war educational exhibits and even more planes than before! New for this year, the festival kicks off with a revamped race, the IPA 5K on the Runway presented by Independent Pilots Association (IPA) benefiting Kosair Charities and Home of the Innocents. PLUS, the Bowman Bouncy Field, which includes more than two acres of inflatables and the Mighty Titans® Adventure Run and the Boomin’ on Bowman After-Party, a free concert taking place on the airfield Saturday evening. Additionally, a Dedication of Kentucky's first ever “Rosie the Riveter” living rose garden. For more information visit

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11:30am-6:30pm, Valhalla Golf Club V-Soft Cares' 6th Annual Charity Golf Scramble supports Gilda’s Club

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Kentuckiana. Since opening 11 years ago, Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana has served nearly 8,000 men, women and children living with 55 different types of cancer. The annual charity scramble is a part of V-Soft’s philanthropic initiative to support the local community, selecting a different charity every year. At this year’s scramble, attendees will have the chance to hear stories from some of Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana’s members and enjoy a day on the course in support of this truly amazing organization. For more information visit

October 10 Corbett Cosmetic's Fifth Annual Fall Festival Open House 4-8pm, Corbett Cosmetic Join us for exclusive event pricing on Dysport, fillers, spa services, and products! We will also have mini consultations with medical experts, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, and a Louis Vuitton giveaway! RSVP by calling 502-721-0330 to be entered to win our grand prize valued at $5,000.

October 10–12 Louisville's International festival of film

Varying times and locations The 9th Annual Louisville’s International Festival of Film (LIFF) offers three days of screenings, educational workshops, and open dialogue with savvy audiences in a gorgeous setting. For more information visit

October 12 Wine on the River Louisville

2-6pm, Big Four Lawn Sample wine and spirits specific to a certain regions. Restaurants featuring culturally themed menus will also have food available for purchase. Take a break from your travels and enjoy the soothing sounds of live music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Haven. For more information visit

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11am-1pm, Brown Park Walkers are encouraged to get teams & raise donations to support the Kentuckiana Stroke Association. $15 minimum Donation per person

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October 13 femme fair

12-6pm, Copper & Kings The Spinsters Union of Louisville is hosting our first Femme Fair. This event is focused on amplifying, celebrating and healing through centering on all expressions of femmeness. Our event hopes to create a space where everyone feels comfortable celebrating their expression of what it means to be femme. For more information visit

October 17 "He Said, She Said" Wine Dinner 6:30pm Brasserie Provence Brasserie Provence presents a 'He Said, She Said' wine dinner featuring Julie DeFriend vs. David DuBou in a blind tasting matchup! Dinner is $79 per person +tax and gratuity. Wines will be available for purchase with a 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine. Reservations are required: Call 502.883.3153 or online at

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october // november events October 18 Hidden music in the garden

5-8pm, Cave Hill Cemetary Please join us for an amazing evening of live orchestra music throughout the beautiful 296-acre garden of Cave Hill. Guests will take a motorized tour and see some of the musical greats that call the cemetery home. Sure to delight, with surprises along the way, we will explore, learn, and pay homage to some very special musical talent that is hidden at Cave Hill. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided both at the beginning reception and end performance. For more information visit

October 19 Sista strut

8am, Shawnee Park Did you know that African American women have a 41% higher death rate from breast cancer than white women? And, are more likely to be diagnosed before age 40? The goal of Sista Strut

is to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well as provide information on community resources. For more information visit

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

8am-12pm, Fourth Street Live The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® celebrates and promotes 200 years of Louisville and Kentucky distilling history, combined with a half marathon route that showcases one of Louisville’s most scenic parks and provides a distinct downtown running experience. With this new bourbon theme, the half marathon is intended for those age 21 and older, which means runners must be 21 on or before race day. For more information visit

Louisville Civic Orchestra's “Classical Grandeur”

7pm, Cralle Theatre of Bellarmine University’s Wyatt Hall More than 60 women and men, who volunteer their time, passion and talents to form a community of musicians

comprising the Louisville Civic Orchestra (LCO), welcome all ages to their opening fall concert, “Classical Grandeur.” The concert will kick off LCO’s 104th season. Tickets are free, and the Orchestra requests that anyone interested please reserve seats through the concert link at

October 26 A Phantom of the opera masquerade ball

7-11pm, Louisville Memorial Auditorium Dress for the occasion and step back in time for an evening of music, dancing and fundraising while experiencing the world’s largest Pilcher Pipe Organ presentation of the silent movie classic “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney. Party with a DJ in the lobby with multiple cash bars and complimentary snacks throughout the evening. Also there will be a gift basket raffle and photo wall. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets available at

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Out of the Grave 5k

9-11am, Waterfront Park Out of the Grave is a fun run fundraising event for the benefit of sexually trafficked children. Participants will enjoy this thrilling run in Waterfront Park, finding themselves immersed in the journey story of a trafficked child and her race for hope. Prepare to dodge zombies, overcome obstacles, and conquer the grave. Family friendly! For more information visit


8pm-1am, Mercury Ballroom A night of dancing, surprises and theatrics awaits you. Dancing all night with live music from V-Groove and DJ Mike Ballard. White castle cheeseburgers to be delivered at 11pm. For more information visit


6:30-9:45pm, Frazier History Museum An Evening with Poe showcases original theatre, live music, Poe-inspired artwork, and an exhibit highlighting Poe’s legacy in pop culture entitled Beyond the Raven: The Poe You Didn’t Know. This year’s performances include: “The Raven”, “The Bells”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The System of Doctor Tarr and

Professor Fether”, “A Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym”, and more! For more information visit

October 27 Making strides against breast cancer walk

12:30-4pm, Cardinal Stadium Registration opens 12:30pm; walk begins at 1:30pm. Register online at We’re raising funds for breast cancer research, patient support programs, and early detection and prevention programs.

October 27–28 Fashion Encore Sale

Varying times, Nearly New Shop A unique, once-a-year sale of gently used designer women's, men's, vintage, and children's clothing, plus jewelry, collectibles, household items, furniture, and more! For more information visit

November 2 OPAL'S ANNUAL GALA 2019

5:45-11pm, Paroquet Springs Join us for a night of fun, food, music

and friends - plus live & silent auctions, as we raise money to help bring happiness and restore dignity to area seniors! Guests will enjoy a delicious 3-course meal and refreshments, hours of live rock n' roll, cocktail hour, plus live & silent auctions. As always, our auctions will feature a huge selection of rare and collectible bourbons including Pappy! For more information visit

November 9 Hope Scarves' colors of courage

6:30pm, Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center Hope Scarves shares scarves, stories and hope with people facing cancer. Founded in 2012, the organization has sent over 12,000 Hope Scarves to people ranging in age from 2-97 in every state and 24 countries and invested $600,000 in stage iv, metastatic breast cancer research. Named "the most meaningful event in Louisville," our 8th annual Colors of Courage will feature food stations, live music, a full bar, silent auctions, raffles, moving stories, and meaningful connections. For more information visit

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