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Who's Who Professional golfer Justin Thomas has a plethora of awards and accolades to his name, like being named Kentucky’s Mr. Golf when he was at St. Xavier High School in Louisville in 2009 and winning the prestigious PGA Championship in 2017. “I’m wanting to win more majors,” he said, “but it’s one single golf accomplishment. When they’re over with, they’re past.” He has a self-assurance that comes from a strong work ethic and a generous spirit, traits he saw exemplified in his parents, Mike and Jani Thomas. Since turning pro in 2013, Justin Thomas has been thoughtful and giving, especially with his professional earnings. “He’s done it out of the kindness of his heart,” his mom said, adding that her son was fine with donating quietly “and no one ever knowing it, but the best way to grow your giving power is to establish a foundation.” The Justin Thomas Foundation has come to fruition. As a family, the Thomases talked with several people, including other athletes, over the last couple of years about starting a foundation. “Probably the biggest thing he was told was ‘If you do it, do it 100 percent and make the commitment,’” his mom said. “He was absolutely in. He would have done it a year sooner than we did.” Justin Thomas turned to his friend and fellow golfer Jordan Spieth, who told him it would be a lot of work but worth it. For a professional athlete to start and continue a successful charitable foundation, they’ll need to focus on the sport. “The most important thing in my career is my golf,” Thomas said. Winning more tournaments will be a way to help his foundation raise more funds and support more people. He has decided to have the foundation support children in need and junior golf, as well as military families. Through the Justin Thomas Foundation, he and his family

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are “committed to showing compassion, displaying kindness and making a difference in the world,” according to his website, JustinThomasGolf.com. Look for the big DONATE button, because tax-deductible contributions are gratefully accepted 24 hours a day. The Justin Thomas Foundation had its official launch on April 17 at a benefit dinner held at the Marriott in downtown Louisville. The gala was complete with Kelley James providing the music entertainment and there was a live and silent auction to raise funds for the foundation. Golf commentator Peter Jacobsen was on hand to interview Thomas for the crowd. His mom had arranged a little surprise for her son without his knowledge, a video of recorded congratulations featuring Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. “We ended up selling it out,” Jani Thomas said. “We thought we’d cap it at 500 people and ended up with 542 and had a waiting list.” Justin’s stipulation was that the event had to be fun, so his mom turned to family friend Tara Guenthner, who has handled events for PGA of America and Breeders’ Cup through her event company Hipp Inspired. “Tara just did an amazing job,” Jani Thomas said. She also gave props to Jimmy Kirchdorfer, owner of ISCO Industries, who stepped up as title sponsor for the foundation’s launch. “He got a team to sell tickets to the event,” she said. “That was huge. When we were starting with this, we were not sure what to charge or what kind of response we would get.” The charities benefiting from the Justin Thomas Foundation are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, Convoy of Hope, Folds of Honor, the Kentucky Golf Foundation, The First Tee of Louisville and The First Tee of Tuscaloosa.

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Thomas went to school in Tuscaloosa, spending his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Alabama. Yes, the University of Kentucky recruited him for golf, but he wanted to go out of state. “He was a great student,” his mother said. “St. X prepared him very well for college.” At Alabama he won all kinds of awards, including the SEC Player of the Year, National Freshman of the Year and National Player of the Year. After his sophomore year, he turned pro in September 2013. In April 2019, the day after the foundation launch was the first day of the Justin Thomas Junior Championship. The AJGA tournament (American Junior Golf Association) is a junior-am open tournament for boys and girls ages 12 to 19 from all over the world. It has taken place in April the past couple of years at Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, Kentucky, where his dad is a golf pro. Mike Thomas is a designated PGA of America Master Professional and his dad, Paul Thomas, played a U.S. Open event in the early 1960s, making Justin a third-generation pro golfer. “There are more and more junior players coming up,” Justin Thomas said, noting the strength of the field of 78 players. “We’re not as big a state as Florida or Texas or California, but also we don’t have the proper weather for someone like myself at that age to play year-round.” For junior golfers who want to make a career of golf, Thomas’ advice is to “enjoy it and stay patient. It is a tough and humbling sport. It’s fun.” Jani Thomas’ suggestions for other mothers of athletes is to “just love them, no matter what. Make it fun and let them be happy.” At the age of 16 in 2009, Thomas played in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. At the time he was the third youngest player to make the cut for a PGA tournament. In 2017 he won his first major, the PGA Championship, and was named PGA of America Player of the Year. The PGA Championship is one of four “major” events in golf; the other three are the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship (in the United Kingdom). Thomas earned the Wanamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship, held at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. The trophy is named after Rodman Wanamaker, the founder of the Professional Golfers Association of America. There are around 50 PGA events every year worldwide. The only one in Kentucky is the Barbasol Championship, held for the second consecutive year at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, July 18 to 21. Justin Thomas will be in Northern Ireland playing in the British Open the same weekend. Bryan Pettigrew, tournament director of the Barbasol Championship, met Thomas at the foundation kickoff event in April and was impressed with the golfer’s involvement in giving back to kids and supporting charities. “He is a great ambassador for our state,” Pettigrew said. “We should be proud of him that he’s from Kentucky.” Justin Thomas is a brand ambassador for Titleist, CITI, Polo Golf, Rolex, Troon, Beats by Dre and Kentucky’s own Woodford Reserve. You know you have made it when Ralph Lauren, the most iconic American fashion brand, launches the “Justin Thomas Collection” which bears the JT Logo and includes a flag sweater, Polo bear hoodie, vest, pants and, of course, Polo golf shirts. The JT Collection is available for anyone to purchase through the Ralph Lauren website. As time allows while he is traveling, he is talking up the Justin Thomas Foundation on social as @JustinThomas34 on Instagram and Twitter, and @JLThomas34 on Snapchat.

In terms of what the future can hold, you never want to set a ceiling. We want to impact as many kids and people as we can, as positively as possible.” -JT

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BIA Cares

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BIA Cares, a nonprofit organization started by The Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky, is drastically changing the lives of deserving families throughout Kentucky. This nonprofit aims to support its community’s physical, emotional and social well-being through hands-on service projects. In addition to the Operation Military Cheer campaign, which collects toys, coats, clothes and shoes for military families during the holidays, BIA Cares puts their construction skills to good use to improve the lives of Kentuckians. Their team offers remodeling services for families with accessibility needs and builds new homes for local veterans. The organization, along with its supporters, has now been able to provide three local veterans with homes of their own. In 2017, BIA Cares selected Scott and Brooklyn Heideman as the Home for a Veteran recipients. Scott began serving in the U.S. Army immediately after graduating from high school. In 2016, he went on to pursue a double major as a full-time student. Brooklyn worked as a cardiopulmonary technician until recently when she and Scott started their own business together. Brooklyn also volunteers at the Thompson Hood Veterans Center in

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Wilmore. She there spends time with local veterans and assists in taking them to events around the area. Scott and Brooklyn’s new two-floor home on Walcot Way in Coventry Subdivision features three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Although the organization usually builds homes for veterans, in 2018, BIA Cares selected Amya Catching, a different kind of hero, as the recipient of a new home. During the summer of 2017, Amya was paralyzed from the waist down at her 12th birthday party when she was struck by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting. BIA Cares worked to build Amya and her family a new home that would be able to accommodate for her new needs. BIA Cares is excited to announce their 2019 recipient at The Second Annual Funding Hope with BIA Cares on Saturday, August 17th at The Galerie in Versailles, KY. Join special guests, Joel Valentino and Boogie G and The Titanics, for a special night of live music, incredible food and beverages, live auctions and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to be involved in a night of hope to support a very powerful cause. Visit biacares.com to register for this life changing event.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH Second Annual Funding Hope with BIA Cares at The Galerie in Versailles, KY

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS One in 5 adults experience a mental health condition every year and one in 17 lives with a serious mental illness today. Defined as a condition that affects a person’s feelings, mood or the ability to relate to others and function day to day by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), what’s more is that even with the same diagnosis, each person will have different experiences and symptoms are often invisible to the naked eye. NAMI Lexington aims to educate, advocate, listen and lead our community to a greater awareness and understanding of mental illness. story by Lauren Rogers

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Phill and Kelly Gunning, NAMI Lexington’s Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, tell us that in addition to the person who is directly experiencing a mental illness, “family, friends and communities are also affected, but often overlooked in the healing and recovery process.” They know first-hand because they are one such family. Phill and Kelly Gunning started their journey with NAMI over 17 years ago when they were experiencing traumatic circumstances brought on by the disease of a serious mental illness involving a close family member. “Our family was in a mental health crisis when we first came to NAMI years ago and at the time, though it was a resource for education, support and advocacy for people whose lives have been touched by serious mental illness, it was comprised mostly of a group of people who felt isolated and forgotten,” Kelly shares. “There were only 69 dollars in the bank when we first began attending the NAMI Lexington Family-toFamily class in 2002, which was life-changing and life-saving for us, and we knew we wanted to do more to help,” adds Phill. And help they did by volunteering not only to hold a benefit at The Blue Moon, but by headlining the fundraiser with their Rock and Roll band, Flashback. In just that one night, over $4,200 was raised for the organization. “It was an incredible start,” remembers Kelly, “and we have continued working so hard to provide other families with what was not available to us when we needed it.” The Gunnings valued their initial NAMI experience so much that they went on to become teachers, teacher trainers, volunteers and eventually, the leaders of the Lexington organization, which was initially founded in 1985. Today, NAMI Lexington is a “front-runner in family education, consumer program development, peer-empowerment, collaboration, inclusiveness, diversity, cultural competence and scope of services”. Further, NAMI Lexington currently provides 20 free programs and services in addition to facilitating 10 weekly free support groups and holds frequent collaborations with a variety of other organizations to “connect and meet people where they are with the goal of holistic wellness for all." The momentum is largely driven by the Gunnings and their team to get the word

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out about what this organization offers and what it means to the community continues to increase. Phill notes, “We value most what the NAMI ‘lived-experience’ affords individuals and families affected by serious mental illness as we have benefitted first-hand from the value of knowing you are not alone.” Kelly continues, “Navigating this illness affecting our family for the past 18 years would have been impossible without becoming a part of the NAMI Lexington organization. To be able to give back, to pay it forward, to change the script for families that are receiving a diagnosis for the first time, to be a life-changer and a life-saver with NAMI means to be a light in the darkness for those darkest days.” There are many ways NAMI Lexington has been a light for the Lexington Community over the past seventeen years. These include collaborating to open the new Eastern State Hospital, a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility where people can now receive treatment for serious mental illness; creating “Participation Station”, the first peer-run, peer-operated center in Kentucky; developing and implementing the Fayette County Mental Health Court and advocating for the passage of Tim’s Law in 2017 for providing Assisted Outpatient Treatment. “NAMI Lexington’s Soul is devoted to community support, education, advocacy and promoting recovery for any individual whose life experience includes serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder. We are a true Grassroots organization striving to provide all of our programs and services free to individuals and families from a ‘lived-experience’ perspective, which has proven to be most effective,” says Phill. Kelly adds, "We are always looking to define and refine service needs, to diversify funding streams, to increase membership and to increase community ownership and recognition of the need for these vital programs and we are so grateful to all of our amazing community partners and incredible board members and volunteers without whom we would not be where we are today.” Everyone knows someone affected by mental illness. Each person experiencing this disease – which we can now see on a PET scan as clearly as we can see brain markers that indicate Alzheimer’s or the occurrence of a stroke – is someone’s son or

Phill and Kelly started their journey with NAMI over 17 years ago during a family mental health crisis. "We wanted to do more to help... we have continued working hard to provide other families with what was not available to us when we needed it."

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daughter, brother or sister, mother or father. “Not all disabilities are visible,” Kelly reminds us gently, “and we need a serious shift in mindset as a society to help dissolve the discrimination that people with a mental illness are faced with today.” To this end, there needs to be a greater focus on integrated care for people with this disease, and a greater sense of empathy and kindness imparted where traditionally there is not. “The stigma is still so great that people often do not want to share their stories for fear of being judged or isolated,” says Phill, “but we want people with serious mental illness to be treated without discrimination and without stigma more than anything.” While NAMI Lexington has many plans to accomplish this over the next few years, one of their key goals will focus on educating and engaging the business community on the importance of having healthy workers in the workforce. To help businesses achieve this, NAMI Lexington features an outstanding course called Mental Health First Aid, which is like CPR for mental health, and it teaches individuals how to recognize if someone is in a mental health crisis and how to respond appropriately. They will also continue to develop programming and opportunities for youth through partnering with schools and other agencies to educate on Suicide Awareness and Prevention among a host of outstanding options to serve others and provide the opportunity for others to get involved and give back. “Everything we do locally is addressing a need identified by community stakeholders right here in Lexington and we ask heaven daily to please send more angels to continue this great work in Fayette County.”

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For more information and complete details on all of the programs NAMI Lexington offers, please visit namilex.org. •

To become one of NAMI's local angels, be sure to follow NAMI Lexington on Social Media by liking and sharing on Facebook and Twitter or catch NAMI Lexington in and around the community at one of these great upcoming events: AUGUST 22ND NAMIWalks Kick-Off SEPTEMBER 7TH Roots and Heritage Festival SEPTEMBER 13TH - 14TH Festival Latino de Lexington SEPTEMBER 27TH Recovery Festival at Eastern State Hospital OCTOBER 6TH - 12TH National Mental Illness Awareness Week OCTOBER 12TH NAMIwalks at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

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Mental Health

CHANGING THE PERCEPTION of

MENTAL HEALTH Mental illnesses are conditions that impact thought, emotion and behavior. Like physical illnesses, they can vary greatly in severity, and many people have more than one type concurrently. Nearly 45 million Americans live with mental illnesses, and one in five people will be impacted at some time in their lives.1 Despite the prevalence of this disease, many myths and misconceptions still persist, serving as roadblocks to understanding, empathy and support for those most directly affected. story by Barbara Meyer

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Mental illnesses are prevalent in popular culture from movies such as “Silver Linings Playbook” ( bipolar disorder), television shows like “Monk” (OCD) and “Scandal” (PTSD), “This is Us” (anxiety/panic attacks) to books: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (depression). Once considered a defect or weakness, mental illness is now recognized as a chemical imbalance in the brain or result of an environmental condition like stress or trauma. With a shift toward community-based health care, mental health treatment has become more mainstream, and people are more open about sharing their experiences with mental illness and recovery.

is currently unknown, though it can run in families. It affects men and women equally. Approximately 2.6% of Americans live with bipolar disorder.3

Yet while popular media has helped to bring mental illness out in the open, it has often perpetuated myths for the purposes of entertainment: that the mentally ill are violent or antisocial, can’t control their symptoms, look different from others, are incurable or can be cured with a simple fix. Clearly, there are still many misconceptions to dispel.

Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any form of mental illness, because of the damage it can cause to internal organs like the brain and heart, and the high risk of suicide. Singer Karen Carpenter died at the age of 32 from complications of years of living with anorexia. Eating disorders have been shown to run in families, affect men as well as women, and may develop in various stages of life. Diana, Princess of Wales and actress Jane Fonda were among the first high-profile individuals to speak openly about their struggles with bulimia.

There are over 200 classified types of mental illness; let’s look at some of the most common.

DEPRESSION A mood disorder that affects how you feel, think and perform basic daily functions like sleeping and eating. It’s believed to originate in imbalances of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Depression is the #1 cause of disability around the world, affecting more than 300 million people1. It can strike people of all ages, though women are twice as likely as men to become depressed, and the condition peaks during reproductive years (ages 25-44).2 There are different forms, including postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Signs of depression include persistent sadness, dread, emptiness, fatigue and inability to focus. In many people, especially men, depression can manifest itself as anger and irritability. While it’s natural to feel down from time to time, symptoms that occur consistently for two weeks or more could be signs of a major depressive disorder (MDD) that requires treatment.

BIPOLAR DISORDER Once known as manic-depressive illness, this is a brain disorder marked by sudden and extreme shifts in mood and energy levels. These phases, called “mood episodes” can last for weeks or months at a time. In a manic episode, feelings include agitation, elation, euphoria and accelerated speech, while in a depressive episode people experience anxiety, fatigue, inability to focus and lack of interest in almost all activities. Bipolar disorder usually appears first in adolescence. The cause

EATING DISORDERS Illnesses marked by disturbances in thoughts, emotions and behaviors relating to food, including bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating. The National Eating Disorder Association reports that over 30 million Americans and 70 million people worldwide suffer from these conditions.

ANXIETY DISORDERS Life contains many moments that can cause us to feel nervous, such as taking an important test, managing a big business project or dealing with relationship issues. Anxiety disorders are different because they involve feeling worried or anxious for often no apparent cause. These emotions can be ongoing and severe enough that they cause people to avoid basic life activities. Over 18.1% Americans are affected.1 The five major types are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Panic Disorders (panic attacks) and Social Anxiety Disorder.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION Addiction is an inability to break a dependence on a substance or behavior, even if the consequences are harmful. A chronic disease that alters the brain’s structure and function, addiction comes in many forms, though it’s most commonly associated with illegal and prescription drugs, tobacco, pornography and alcohol. One can also become addicted to gambling, sex, video games, shopping, food, work and social media. The Surgeon General reports that nearly 21 million Americans struggle with substance addition, more than the number who have all cancers combined. In addition to serious, even fatal damage to the body, addiction can lead to financial ruin, damage to personal and professional reputations and loss of relationships.

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SEEKING HELP Mental Health America ranks Kentucky 26th by state for prevalence of mental illness and access to care. An estimated 600,000 Kentuckians experience a mental illness every year. For about 5% (around 168,000 people) it will be severe enough that it limits major live activities. Yet less than half of them will seek help.4 Sadly, more Kentuckians will die every year from suicide than in car accidents.5 Denial, embarrassment, lack of understanding where to go and being uninsured or underinsured are just a few of the factors causing people to forgo treatment. But just like a physical illness, trying to ignore or get used to the symptoms is usually not the best option. Seeking help for a mental illness is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s no different than getting treated for a physical condition like asthma or diabetes and shouldn’t come with feelings of guilt or shame. If you or someone you care about is living with a mental illness, be aware that there are many treatment avenues available. Ideally, treatment is a process where you partner with your PCP, therapist, and family members to work toward recovery. Depending upon the level of severity, time in a psychiatric hospital, outpatient facility or rehabilitation clinic may be required. Don’t be afraid to try several providers before you find the right one for you. While reviewing potential therapists, look carefully into their credentials, area of specialty and approach to treatment to be sure they’re aligned with your needs. You may prefer someone experienced in LGBTQ, teen, couples or senior issues, or one who offers a faith-based approach. Current and retired service members may grapple with different mental issues than civilians. The U.S. and Kentucky Departments of Veterans Affairs have mental health and support services located throughout the Commonwealth just for service members and their families.

WHAT COULD I EXPECT FROM TREATMENT? Treatment for mental illness is usually medication, talk/ behavior-based therapy or a combination. Medication can help to keep symptoms manageable, but combining it with behavior modification can help facilitate lasting success. Some medications may be used until the condition has been addressed, while other conditions like bipolar disorder require lifelong treatment. A primary care provider will want to do a physical exam to rule out any physical issues, such as a thyroid or endocrine system disorder, that may be the actual cause of symptoms.

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Patients should understand that depending upon the condition, recovery can be a long and difficult process and will require commitment from themselves and those around them. It’s common to want to discontinue medications once symptoms start to improve, but this shouldn’t happen without the direction of the therapist. Check with your insurance provider to see what is covered under your plan, and find out if your employer offers an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) that may also help cover the cost of therapy. If time or travel are a concern, there are programs such as Doctor on Demand, BetterHelp and Talkspace that allow you to talk to a therapist via your mobile device. With the right care, many people are able to recover completely or manage their conditions to the point that they can have fulfilling and successful lives. Are you ready to take the next step for yourself or a loved one who needs mental health care? Here are some resources that could help you:

MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION SERVICES The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services administers and provides public mental health services. They have a provider directory that you can search by services by county. They also have 24-hour crisis hotlines and a directory of Community Mental Health Centers and psychiatric hospitals where those with mental health concerns can check for treatment options. Visit: dbhdid.ky.gov or call: (800) 374-9146. The Office of Drug Control Policy oversees substance abuse and addiction treatment. There are many treatment and recovery resources available, visit: odcp.ky.gov The Kentucky Psychology Associates allows you to search psychological service providers: kpa.memberclicks.net The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) lists treatment resources for Lexington: www.namilexington.org and Louisville: namilouisville.org New Vista (formerly Bluegrass.org) is a nonprofit community mental health center that has provided treatment to children, adults and families in 17 counties in Central Kentucky since 1965. They are experts in mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Find more information at: bluegrass.org or call their 24-hour helpline: 1-800-928-8000. • 1 NAMI 2 World Health Organization 3 National Alliance on Mental Illness 4 The National Institute of Health 5 CDC

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Providing “quality and compassion” since 1951, DAK’s team has the education, expertise, and experience needed to diagnose and treat a vast variety of both simple and complex disorders of the skin, nails, and hair. Among the more common are acne, precancerous skin conditions, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, malignant melanomas, and, with summer upon us, poison ivy. For those requiring dermatopathology, there is an onsite, College of American Pathologists-accredited Dermatopathology Reference Laboratory (DRL), which has the capability of evaluating a full range of problems. Headed by dermatopathologist, Dr. Fernando de Castro, the lab strives to supply clinicians and their

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patients with accurate, reliable, and timely results. DAK is also proud to offer the only surgery center in Kentucky devoted to dermatologic care with its Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)-accredited and Medicare-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). Here, individuals can obtain outpatient surgery using the latest techniques, including Mohs micrographic surgery, which has proven to be one of the most effective methods for treating skin cancer. Their on-site Mohs surgeon, Dr. Sean Marzolf is board certified in Dermatology and has completed an advanced fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Procedural Dermatology. If the goal is cosmetic, the duo of Dr. Laurie Massa and Dr. April

Ramsey make available a wide array of procedures and products to maintain healthy and beautiful skin, such as microdermabrasion, micro-needling, Botox, Obagi Blue Peel Radiance, and the revolutionary IPL Photofacial. Laser tattoo removal is also performed. And, always on the forefront of innovative procedures, DAK also offers Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratosis (AK). DAK’s main state-of-the-art, 45,000-square-foot office is located in Lexington at 250 Fountain Court. Built in 2002, the facility houses comfortable exam rooms, the DRL, and ASC. For patient convenience, DAK has three other locations, including a second in Lexington, one in Frankfort, and one in Mt. Sterling.

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Lexington Clinic Veterans Park Marisa Belcastro, MD • Jordan M. Prendergast, DO • Caitlin Gerrald, PA-C • Craig W. Irwin, MD • Hannah S. Atkins, PA-C

859.272.1928 • LexingtonClinic.com/veteranspark At Lexington Clinic Veterans Park, a team of physicians and providers deliver family care from the entire team – just like a family. The physicians treat chronic and acute illness and offer preventive care for all ages. Craig Irwin, M.D., Marisa Belcastro, M.D., Jordan Prendergast, D.O., Caitlin Gerrald, PA-C and Hannah S. Atkins, PA-C take pride in a personalized healthcare approach. The primary care and preventive services help patients feel better in their daily lives through the modification of existing conditions and education to enable patients to take charge of their own healthcare. The providers at Veterans Park have a vested interest in the health of the community because they don’t just work here, they also live in this area and are committed to making it a better and healthier place to live.

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Center for Anti-Aging MedSpa Karla Stephen, MD

859.402.2005 • AntiAgingLex.com Born in Pikeville, Kentucky and a UK College of Medicine graduate, Karla Stephen, MD has always loved helping people become their best self. “I realized early on that aesthetic care was tremendously important for maintaining confidence, as well as how you present yourself to others,” Dr. Stephen explained. Her passion is providing excellent care through non-invasive treatments and innovative procedures. Her special interests and training focus on aesthetic medicine, including injectables, as well as promising new body sculpting procedures such as SculpSure and Emsculpt. “I find it is very rewarding to help people feel better about themselves. I love seeing them improve their confidence and reach their goals,” Dr. Stephen explained. “My team and I love taking care of our patients and we look forward to coming to work every day." Dr. Stephen says one of her most important qualities is her ability to mul­ titask. In private practice since 2007, Dr. Stephen serves as the sole owner, medical director and provider at Center for Anti-Aging MedSpa. In addi­ tion, she also works as a hospitalist at Baptist Health. “I love my job, so it never feels like work,” she explained.

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Markey Cancer Center at Lexington Clinic Susan E. Liddle, MD • Rachel M. Harper, MD • William D. Camp, MD Michael E. Horn, MD • Karen Mulholland, RN, MSN, AOCNS, APRN

859.258.HOPE (4673) • LexingtonClinic.com/cancer Markey Cancer Center at Lexington Clinic is a new collaboration which includes offering medical oncology and infusion services currently provided in Lexington; the radiation therapy services and the medical oncology and infusion services in Richmond will also be delivered in coordination with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. This collaboration increases Lexington Clinic’s ability to reach more patients, expand the services offered by our cancer centers and further our commitment to building a healthier community.

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Lexington Neurology David M. Blake, MD

859.260.1273 LexingtonClinic.com/lexingtonneurology Dr. David Blake is a general adult neurologist with more than 30 years practice experience. He provides care to patients with multiple sclerosis, stroke, degenerative disorders of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and treatment for migraine and epilepsy. He also performs nerve conduction studies and EMG, as well as consultations for nerve and muscle disorders of the limbs. photos provided by Lexington Clinic

Lexington Clinic Neurology Andrew R. Schneider, MD • Craig A. Knox, MD PhD Eliza E. Robertson, MD, PhD

859.258.4800 LexingtonClinic.com/neurology The three experienced physicians, Craig A. Knox, MD, PhD, Eliza E. Robertson, MD, PhD and Andrew R. Schneider, MD, at Lexington Clinic Neurology offer a wide-range of services to each patient. The neurologists specialize in treatment of sleep disorders, chronic migraines and diseases of peripheral nerves and muscles. In addition, they also offer Botox/Myobloc injections for migraines, EEG services, electrodiagnostic testing, EMG nerve conduction studies, general adult neurological consultations and sleep disorders consultations.

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Family Practice Associates of Lexington (front) Todd Martin, APRN • Mary Henkel, MD • Shelby Riggs, APRN • Hannah Brugger, APRN Lindsey Clickner, APRN • Joseph Gerhardstein, MD (row 2) Wesley Johnson, MD • Diana Hayslip, MD Raleigh Kincaid, LMFT • David Dubocq, MD (top rows) January Hamby, APRN • Rejeana Conwa, MD Keith Applegate, MD • Amanda Foxx, MD • Jeff Foxx, MD • Whitney Adams, APRN • Ashley Rollins, MD

859.278.5007 • FPALex.com After 36 years of serving Central Kentucky, Family Practice Associates (FPA) of Lexington’s motto is still “Your Family, Your Health, Our Passion.” In order to guarantee the highest level of care to patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, FPA takes a patient-centered approach, which emphasizes care coordination and open communication with a strong focus on preventative services and providing comprehensive chronic disease management. For this, they have earned Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification from the National Commission on Quality Assurance. The practice was founded by Jeff Foxx, in 1983, and the practice has grown tremendously since then. FPA now consists of 120 employees, 20 providers including 12 board-certified physicians, 6 advanced registered nurse practitioners, a physician’s assistant, and licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as medical assistants, lab techs, receptionists, and other caring professionals. Together, they work to provide the most comprehensive primary care services, including the specialties of Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics and Marriage and Family Therapy. Among the services offered are vaccinations, sports and school physicals, well-checks, Medicare Wellness exams, sick visits, chronic Illness treatment, diabetes-focused visits, and dietitian services. FPA also has a full service on-site laboratory, bone density testing, allergy testing and other ancillary services. The 2 newest physicians to FPA, Dr. Rajeana Conway and Dr. Ashley Rollins, are both excellent additions to the practice. Dr. Conway is an Internal Medicine physician from the University of Cincinnati medical school, who sees adult patients for all primary care issues. Dr. Rollins is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician from the University of Kentucky medical school, who sees patients and children of all ages. Both Dr. Conway and Dr. Rollins have family ties to this area and are excited to be practicing in central Kentucky. As an early adopter of health information technology, FPA affords its patents an active online portal so they can engage in consistent communication with providers; have quick and easy access to their medical information and test results; and participate in virtual email visits. For your convenience and comfort, FPA has two Lexington locations in Hamburg and on Harrodsburg Road, each equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced equipment available in today's medical industry. A new location in Brannon Crossing is coming in 2020. For further accessibility, FPA has both evening and Saturday hours to allow patients to schedule appointments that are more accommodating for their personal schedule.

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Lexington Clinic Endocrinology Deborah L. Cartia, APRN-C Walaa Ayoub, MD, PhD Krista Johnson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

859.258.4401 LexingtonClinic.com/endocrinology Lexington Clinic Endocrinology ensures compassionate and customized care designed to speciďŹ cally meet your needs. Lexington Clinic Endocrinology specializes in the treatment of diabetes as well as other thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Through the advanced technology of our DXA unit, our providers can detect and treat osteoporosis early to keep patients healthy and ahead of this disease.

Lexington Clinic Pulmonary Matthew J. Craig, MD Amber Erwin, PA-C Katelynn DeBacher, PA-C

859.258.4568 LexingtonClinic.com/pulmonarydiseases At Lexington Clinic Pulmonary, our doctors and providers are with you from diagnosis to treatment for all pulmonary issues. Our providers treat a wide range of issues including COPD, lung cancer, sleep disorders and more. Kentucky has the highest rate of lung disease in the country and our team is committed to helping you and your family by providing the highest quality of care available so you can rest easy and breathe better.

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Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat, a Part of Lexington Clinic Sharon A. Howard, APRN, FNP-C • Matthew L. Kuhl, APRN, MSN Alberto N. Laureano, MD • K.V. Hughes, III, MD, FACS • Gregory V. Osetinsky, MD, FACS Keith J. Alexander, MD • Ray M. Van Metre, MD

859.278.1114 • LexingtonClinic.com/kentuckyent Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat, a part of Lexington Clinic, delivers compassionate and comprehensive care to patients through prompt, personal and courteous service. Within their practice, the providers treat individuals from birth throughout their life and assist in the major functions of the body, including hearing, smelling and breathing. Through improvement of these essential functions, the providers hope to improve the lives of each patient they see. Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat offers a no-shot allergy treatment. This no-shot treatment works to minimize allergies with daily drops mixed specifically for each patient. The drops are placed under the tongue in exchange for traditional allergy shots. The physicians of Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat offer diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders, as well as the ancillary services of allergy and audiology at three different locations throughout Central Kentucky.

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Lexington Clinic Otolaryngology/ENT Wayne B. Colin, DMD, MD Michael T. Cecil, MD

859.258.4371 LexingtonClinic.com/ENT Michael T. Cecil, MD, FACS and Wayne B. Colin, DMD, MD, of Lexington Clinic Otolaryngology/ENT utilize the latest techniques in the field of Otolaryngology/ENT to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult ear, nose and throat disorders. Dr. Cecil and Dr. Colin find joy in their patients’ improvement and ability to return to their normal lives. Both board-certified physicians offer minimally-invasive surgical treatment of head and neck disorders and diseases, so that patients can live a better life.

Lexington Clinic Gastroenterology Scott A. Merkley, MD • An-Yu Chen, MD Matthew D. Ashmun, MD • James B. Hunter, MD Amy Collins, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

859.258.4950 LexingtonClinic.com/gastro Lexington Clinic Gastroenterology providers are committed to providing the highest quality care to all patients. The team provides treatments for a wide range of gastrointestinal issues including celiac disease testing and management. Lexington Clinic Gastroenterology also provides comprehensive care for any and all diseases involving the digestive tract.

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Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI Jason Harris, MD

859.278.7226 • Lexington Diagnostic As the owner of Lexington Diagnostic Center, Dr. Jason Harris is a board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologist with sub-specialty training in musculoskeletal radiology. Born and raised in Kentucky, he is committed to serving Kentuckians for all of their medical imaging needs. Dr. Harris and the LDC team take a patient-first approach in providing the highest quality imaging services at an affordable cost. “With each study I read,” says Dr. Harris, “I remind myself this study represents a person, somebody with a life and a family. I know that our patients are relying on me, and I take that very seriously.” Dr. Harris dedicates time for each patient, and the results are usually delivered in less than a day. "We know that medical imaging can be scary. We do our best to comfort our patients and care for them like they are a part of our family." Lexington Diagnostic Center is the only locally-owned, free-standing, and independent imaging center in central Kentucky. They provide MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, X-ray, ultrasound, and DEXA imaging services. By specializing in imaging, Lexington Diagnostic Center provides excellent care without the overhead costs of hospitals. LDC passes those savings on to their patients. Affordability and quality of patient care attract people from across the commonwealth and beyond.

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UK Pediatrics @ Maxwell Rhoda Akafuah, MD • Philip Latham, MD • Kimberly Ringley, MD Miriam Behar, MD • Marcy Duncan, MD • Carol Martin, ARNP • Nancy Barrett, ARNP

859.323.6211 • ukhealthcare.uky.edu/kch Nothing is more important to a parent than their child’s health. UK Pediatrics @ Maxwell understands this and makes “taking care of children, changing lives, and putting smiles on the faces of parents” their utmost mission. UK Pediatrics @ Maxwell is a group practice, with one location, specializing in acute and chronic childhood diseases; adolescent medicine; child development; childhood abuse; nutrition; and school and preventive health. Currently, UK Pediatrics @ Maxwell has five physicians and two advanced registered nurse practitioners working together, and with families, to keep kids healthy and happy. When not working at the clinic or hospital caring for your families, all the providers at Maxwell enjoy spending time with their families. Working in conjunction with the Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) team, the practice is also prepared to find appropriate treatments for children needing advanced care through any of the 30 advanced subspecialty programs offered at KCH. In addition, it can offer referrals to UK’s Pediatric High BMI (Body Mass Index) Clinic, which helps children and adolescents struggling with obesity to implement lifestyle modifications using nutrition and physical activity, and to the International Adoption Clinic, which assists families before, during and after their adoptions. Located in downtown Lexington, next to Good Samaritan Hospital, UK Pediatrics @ Maxwell is very accessible to most nearby counties in Central Kentucky and offers complimentary, onsite parking for patients. The clinic is open from 7:15am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. After hours, patients are seen at the UK Twilight Children's Clinic located on the 4th floor of Kentucky Clinic or at the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center.

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CaloAesthetics Chet Mays, MD

859.269.2256 • CaloAesthetics.com Formed by Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace, CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center sits at the vanguard of plastic surgery in the Louisville and Lexington area. "Our emphasis is the highest level of patient safety, providing our patients with the information to make the right choices for their situation, surrounding our patients with an experienced, well-trained staff and offering advanced surgical skill," says Dr.Calobrace. "Enthusiastic patients tell their friends about us, and physicians around the country refer patients to us, especially in complex situations." In 2016, the board-certified Dr. Chet Mays joined the Calobrace team, bringing his tremendous experience, natural skill, aptitude, and a remarkable sense of empathetic sensitivity with him. He has an emotional intelligence about him that just can't be taught. "When someone comes to see us for a consultation, they're really opening up about something that they aren't comfortable with about themselves and putting themselves in a vulnerable position," Dr.Mays says. "This is a decision that I don't take lightly, and it's of the utmost importance that everyone feels more than comfortable here." Dr.Mays comes from a family with particularly skilled hands. His father and three older brothers are also surgeons. He considers himself not only a surgeon but an artist. "What we do at CaloAesthetics is essentially sculpting, molding, and shaping, only instead of clay, it's the human body. What we do is 100% committed to the cosmetic and aesthetic, so in a way, this is our art studio." CaloAesthetics is a place that reflects the desires of our own self-image, where those problem areas that the gym just doesn't seem to fix or the signs of aging can be modified or reshaped into something more to our liking. Dr. Mays puts it succinctly; "We're here to help you love the body you're in." photo by Dick Arnspiger

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Lexington Clinic Urology | Commonwealth Urology/ Urologic Associates, A Part of Lexington Clinic Fred P. Hadley, MD • Timothy H. Atkinson, MD • Timothy D. Adkins, MD • John M. Patterson, MD Charles G. Ray, MD • Andrew C. McGregor, MD • Mark H. Beard, MD • Stephen J. Monnig, MD Thomas K. Slabaugh, Jr., MD • Justin D. Johnson, MD • Terrence R. Grimm, MD • William R. Crowe, Jr., MD

859.258.4361 • 859.258.6950 • 859.258.6450 • 502.223.5758 • LexingtonClinic.com/urology The physicians and providers at Lexington Clinic Urology and Commonwealth Urology/Urologic Associates offer a wide range of comprehensive urologic services. With 12 providers in four convenient locations, they are the largest urology group practice in Central and Eastern Kentucky. The group not only provides in-office care for urologic disorders, but also performs surgical services for patients. The physicians are excited to be in a field on the forefront of advancement of minimally-invasive surgical procedures, which allows patients to return to their normal lives more quickly. A unique focus for each of our patients and their urologic needs ensures the best care for each individual. Whether acute problems, such as urinary infections and kidney stones, to chronic issues like prostate problems or urinary incontinence, the providers treat each patient the way they would like their family to be treated.

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Lexington Clinic General Surgery Monika McCowan, PA-C J. Sloan Warner, Jr., MD, FACS Michael Totten, MD Richard Montgomery, MD, FACS

859.258.4271 LexingtonClinic.com/generalsurgery Lexington Clinic General Surgery boasts three surgeons who offer a wide range of services to patients and can perform most procedures on-site at Lexington Clinic’s out-patient surgery center. The three surgeons recognize the individuality of each patient and offer and honest and caring atmosphere to better understand a patient and help make the best decisions possible for each treatment plan. All three surgeons place importance on their family and extend this same importance to their patient’s family as well.

Lexington Clinic Rheumatology Haider Abbas, MD Susanna Moberly, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, SANE

859.258.4450 LexingtonClinic.com/rheumatology The Lexington Clinic Rheumatology team looks beyond the surface of a patient’s discomfort to diagnose and treat the problem or issue. This board-certified team is dedicated to ensuring a patient’s ability to maintain functionality of joints with management of inflammatory diseases and other immunological disorders. Their compassionate approach to care is what ensures the enhancement of patients’ lives.

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Wellward Regenerative Medicine Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD

859.275.4878 • WellwardMed.com Wellward Regenerative Medicine has one goal: revolutionizing healthcare. Danesh Mazloomdoost shares his vision for patient healing: “Wellward takes pride in its ability to identify the root problem and then facilitate your body’s ability to heal it. Our physicians use the most cutting-edge technology to harvest growth factors and stem cell derived products from your own body, and use it to improve your life in aspects even beyond arthritis or spine problems.” Dr. Danesh, as his patients call him, holds a dual board certification in Anesthesiology and Comprehensive Pain Care. He and the Wellward team question medical practices commonly presented to patients as the only option, instead searching to find innovative alternatives that offer the safest, whole-body solutions. Dr. Danesh adds this about his hope for patients: “Our focus is quality of life. This does not always mean immediate comfort. Our perspective looks toward the horizon which means taking better care of our body and spirit. We want to show people how to live better lives and minimize any limitations. This goes beyond repairing joints and healing nerves. It incorporates movement, self-awareness, relationships, and spiritual wellbeing. Perhaps these are lofty goals, but how else would you define health, the primary focus of every physician?”

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The Center for Plastic Surgery and Med Spa Sandra Bouzaglou, MD, FACS

859.263.8083 • center4plasticsurgery.com With the completion of over 3,500 successful plastic surgery cases, The Center for Plastic Surgery can ensure patients the best plastic surgical care the Bluegrass has to offer. Established in 1998, by Sandra Bouzaglou, MD, the center, and its adjoining outpatient facility, The SurgiCenter, became Kentucky’s first accredited facility of its kind. The center prides itself in utilizing the newest technologies and latest techniques to improve patient outcomes in a safe and efficient manner. Over the past two years, they have performed all their procedures under local anesthesia with oral sedation. Recently, they underwent a complete renovation of the facility providing an even more beautiful and private environment. “I’m also blessed to have a great staff, including my patient care coordinator Janet, my microneedling/HydraFacial specialist Gloria, our nurse injector Jasmin, our Operating Room Nurse Director Kim, and our certified First Assistant in the operating room, Marty.” Dr. Bouzaglou is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing plastic surgery for close to thirty years. After completing a fellowship in plastic surgery from the University of Kentucky in 1990, she began specializing in all types of breast surgery, body contouring, and facial rejuvenation techniques. To expand her healthcare horizons, Dr. Bouzaglou practiced in California where she learned innovations, which she has incorporated into her practice here at home. Together, Dr. Bouzaglou and her husband, Dr. Sanford Archer, have raised four children in Lexington. She is an avid swim mom and now a proud water polo mom, as well. Sponsored Content | TOPSinLex.com

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UK Markey Cancer Center Lung Cancer Program Suzanne Arnold, MD • Ronald McGarry, MD, PhD • Tim Mullett, MD • Jordan Miller, MD • Shari Meyerson, MD • Holly Stilz, PA

859.257.4488 • markey.uky.edu Kentucky has one of the nation’s highest rates of lung cancer. Fortunately, we also have the UK Markey Cancer Center Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Program, which treats over 500 new lung cancer cases each year, more than any other cancer type. In 2018, Markey Cancer Center was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Top 50 Cancer Centers” in the nation and as a high-performing hospital for lung cancer surgery. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state, Markey offers clinical trials not available elsewhere. UK Markey Cancer Center’s Multidisciplinary Lung Program takes a team approach. Dedicated groups of physicians, clinicians, staff and researchers meet to discuss each patient’s case and formulate a precise plan using the latest in thoracic surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatments. Our board-certified physicians are experienced in every aspect of lung cancer from prevention to treatment and fully utilize the newest research, most advanced techniques, and state-of-the art technologies, such as non-invasive targeted radiation therapy and robotic and minimally invasive surgery for optimal results. With lung cancer, early detection is key. Markey Cancer Center offers patients a Lung Cancer Screening Program, as well as a Lung Nodule Clinic aimed at discovering cancers at their earliest stages.

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UK Markey Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Program Patrick McGrath, MD • Emily Marcinkowski, MD • Richard Gibbs, MD • Mincha Parker, APRN • Mark Bernard, MD • Mara Chambers, MD

859.323.2222 • markey.uky.edu With breast cancer as the second most common cancer in women, Lexington is privileged to have access to Markey’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center, which boasts an 80% five-year survival rate among its breast cancer patients. The Comprehensive Breast Care Center is a part of the UK Markey Cancer Center, which was named one of the “Top 50 Cancer Centers” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. And, as the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Kentucky, the center has the unique ability to provide patients with the latest clinical trials and treatment options. In addition, they also have the region’s only team of fellowship-trained surgical oncologists specializing in breast cancer. The center unites specialists in medical oncology, radiation medicine, diagnostic mammography, pathology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery – all working together to review cases and ensure each individual receives the most appropriate and effective treatment. The center also brings together expert cancer clinicians, breast surgical oncologists, pathologists and scientists to make up the Breast Tumor Board, which meets twice per week to discuss and analyze specific tumors in order to recommend targeted therapies. The Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Markey holds the distinction of being the only breast care program where complete care, including mammograms, biopsies, doctor appointments, breast cancer treatments and ongoing surveillance, all occur in one convenient location.

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Downtown Drs. Brown Ryan Brown, MD • Cady Brown, MD

859.687.6595 • DowntownDrsBrown.com In our impersonal, tech-obsessed world with a healthcare system mired in administrative red tape, the office of Downtown Drs. Brown offers a much-needed and welcome alternative. The primary care practice was opened in 2018 by married couple, Drs. Cady and Ryan Brown, and uses the membership model, which allows for a small staff and customized care for each patient. The practice’s top priority is to provide a warm, relaxing environment and form long-lasting, non-judgmental, doctor-patient relationships. Their approach to wellness emphasizes lifestyle changes and prevention. To make certain patients continue to benefit from this model, they will eventually cap the number of accepted and implement a waitlist. Both doctors are native Kentuckians who graduated from the UK College of Medicine and went on to complete residencies in Internal Medicine at Tulane University. During their down time, you can find them outdoors. Ryan enjoys golf and skiing, and Cady is an avid gardener and runner. The couple shares two young children.

Brannon Crossing Family Dental Akira Nakada, DMD

859.271.0083 • BrannonCrossingFamilyDental.com As one of the doctors at Brannon Crossing Family Dental, Dr. Akira Nakada is committed to improving patient’s smiles and, in turn, their overall health and happiness. Located in Brannon Crossing Shopping Center, the practice provides a full range of dental care from basic dental hygiene to same-day crowns to complex oral surgery and orthodontics, all using the latest advancement in dental technology. Dr Nakada is a graduate of University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, the Kentucky Dental Association, and the Bluegrass Dental Society, and the American Orthodontic Society (AOS). He is also bilingual in English and Japanese. When not at his dental chair, Dr. Nakada can often be found on the ice. In 2016, he took up figure skating and now competes in regional competitions with his daughter. He also enjoys spending time with his family, working with computers, and traveling overseas.

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Commonwealth Plastic Surgery Jared Nimtz, MD

859.277.9435 • Commonwealth Plastics.com Commonwealth Plastic Surgery is family owned and operated, which influences how patients are treated. The team is attentive to delivering exceptional care in a comfortable environment while really listening to the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Jared Nimtz specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body. His most requested procedures are fat grafting to the face, breast and buttock, as well as the mommy makeover. Commonwealth Plastic Surgery introduced plasma technology this year. They are the first office in Lexington to offer Renuvion J-Plasma, filling a much-needed gap in the surgical services they offer patients. This means they are now able to permanently tighten skin without the large incisions of a traditional facelift, thigh lift or tummy tuck. In July, Dr. Nimtz is expanding his practice to Nicholasville and offering SōL Retreat at Sweat Keene inside the Keene Trace Golf Course. SōL Retreat is a one-stop shop for health, beauty and wellness you cannot get anywhere else in Kentucky. Sign up for yoga, cycle or cardio at Sweat Keene, enjoy the beautiful facilities – such as the showers and steam room – then get a spray tan, facial or even Botox before hitting the links or heading out to an event! The team will be offering an array of skin care procedures, including the Plasma Pen, which tightens crow’s feet, lips lines and brow lines without surgery. They look forward to offering exception care in Lexington, London and now Nicholasville!

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Lexington Clinic Audiology and The Hearing Store Lisa D. Mays, PhD, CCC-A • Michael M. Jones, AuD • Andrea Reynolds, AuD, CCC-A Alecia Soyk-Manning, AuD • Tyler Caldwell, AuD • Melissa L. Siemer, AuD, CCC-A

859.258.4371 • LexingtonClinic.com/audiology 859.977.1178 • LexingtonClinic.com/thehearingstore Lexington Clinic Audiology and The Hearing Store believe that providing personal care, while improving patients’ lives, is central to what makes their practices so rewarding. Together, these teams enjoy giving patients the ability to communicate and interact through improving their ability to hear. For each of the audiologists, there are defining moments that solidified their purpose. Moments like seeing a child hear for the first time or bringing back a grandparent’s ability to hear their grandchild laugh again were the inspiration for pursuing this practice. Recent developments in this field continue to motivate these teams to provide innovative care with a personal touch.

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Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic & Tates Creek Animal Hospital Keri Wynn, DVM • Amanda Holaday, DVM • Kevin Smith, DVM • Ashley Sullivan, DVM • Heather Hancock, DVM

859.263.5037 • RichmondRoadVetClinic.com 859.273.1933 • TatesCreekAnimalHospital.com Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic and Tates Creek Animal Hospital are part of the Kentucky Veterinary Practice Group, a consortium of locally owned veterinary practices offering superior service and compassionate pet care. Both locations boast a friendly, well-qualified staff that is ready and eager to help your pet live its best life. The staff strives to make patients feel welcomed, respected, and confident in the care they receive. Patients benefit from five licensed veterinarians and a staff of well-trained technicians, assistants, and receptionists working together to provide a full range of services, including annual wellness examinations, nutritional counseling, care for illness or injury, treatment for chronic issues, emergency care, and surgical procedures. Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic, an AAHA accredited facility, now offers 7-day-a-week hours and 24/7 monitored medical and boarding services. This fall, the clinic will be renovated, featuring expanded offices, surgical suites, and additional boarding services. The practice’s CEO, Dr. Kevin Smith, has been working in a veterinary setting since he was fifteen years old. After graduating from Auburn University's College of Medicine, Dr. Smith made Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic his home. In addition to keeping pets healthy, he is devoted to maximizing pet owners’ bonds with their animals. “We work hard to create a culture of family between our doctors and staff and want our clients to be an extension of that sentiment.” Sponsored Content | TOPSinLex.com

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Medical Vision Institute Jitander Dudee, MD

859.278.9486 • MedicalVision.com For over 25 years, Medical Vision Institute has been providing the Bluegrass with comprehensive ophthalmic care, including quality eye exams, glaucoma management, dry eye treatment, premium cataract surgery, and much more. With an in-house laser surgery suite, MVI can perform refractive procedures such as LASIK and HDSA. Outpatient cosmetic procedures, such as eyelid rejuvenation, can also be done onsite. At the helm is board-certified ophthalmologist, Jitander Dudee, MD, who has been helping thousands achieve better vision since 1994. Dr. Dudee specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. After achieving his medical degree from Cambridge University, Dr. Dudee completed his internship at the Royal Naval Hospital in Portsmouth and St Thomas's Hospital, London, then obtained the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Dr. Dudee believes that patient-doctor communication is the cornerstone of a positive office visit and makes certain that the he and the staff go over each patient’s goals and expectations; carefully explain the entire process; and give a full opportunity for questions.

Lexington Clinic Center for Breast Care Eleanor Broaddus , RN, CBHN, CN-BN Chad W. Harston, MD • John W. West, MD Debbie Stakelin, DNP, MSN, RN, AGN-BC, CN-BN

859.258.4444 LexingtonClinic.com/breastcancercare Lexington Clinic Center for Breast Care is comprised of an expert team of radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists as well as a fellowship trained mammographer that all work together to create a customized treatment plan for each patient they see. The Center for Breast Care team offers the very latest in breast care detection technology with tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, and is the first facility in Central Kentucky to offer contrast-enhanced mammography. The team uses a multi-disciplinary approach to breast care and enjoys seeing the difference they make in patients’ lives each day.

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The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass Traci Westerfield, MD • Anand Modadugu, MD • Laura Hummel, MD • Kellie Dryden, LCSW • Jason Goumas, PT • Lois Wright, PA-C Christopher Lyon, MD • Rebecca Moore, APRN • Peter Wright, MD • Lynne Shockey, APRN • Dennis Northrip, MD

859.278.1316 • Pain-PTC.com The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass is the largest freestanding facility in Central Kentucky dedicated to the treatment of pain. Since 1993 the Center has operated a physician practice and surgery center, expanding from one building at Regency Road and Pasadena Drive to three buildings within this perimeter. The Center has eight physicians from different specialties (anesthesiology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal and family medicine, addiction medicine and palliative care), most of whom are board certified in pain medicine, as well as a staff of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Behavioral Medicine Specialists and a Physical Therapist. All specialists work together, using interventional procedures, physical therapy, behavioral medicine, and pain medication, to evaluate patients with an end goal of alleviating or minimizing their pain. The Center has an on-site lab, imaging suite with a CT scanner and X-ray machine, outpatient surgery center, behavioral medicine department and rehabilitation/physical therapy department. The Center’s patients are referred from their primary care physician or another specialist and are referred because the provider realizes a specialist in pain management is needed. “There are a lot of people in pain who can greatly benefit from visiting a pain specialist. Our goal at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass is to help alleviate or manage our patients’ pain and allow them to live their best pain free life. That is our mission,” emphasizes Heather Wright, CEO.

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Susan E. Neil, MD Aesthetic Medicine and Wellness Susan Neil, MD

859.278.6345 • SusanNeilMD.com Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Neil has run her own private practice since 1999, focusing on aesthetic procedures, preventive medicine and adult medical care. One of Dr. Neil’s favorite parts about her practice is experiencing the evolution of non-invasively treating aging skin. “I love getting instant natural-looking results that patients can see.” She continues to further her education by participating in on-going training, all with the goal of improving patients’ appearance with a natural approach. Body sculpting has become more customizable and more comfortable. Two of Dr. Susan Neil’s favorite treatments are SculpSure™ and Thermage® FLX. SculpSure is a treatment that offers a natural looking, slimmer appearance without surgery or downtime. SculpSure’s body contouring technology targets and destroys fat cells safely in just 25 minutes without affecting the skin’s surface. Dr. Neil is the only provider in the area that does double chin treatments with SculpSure. “It is the fastest and most comfortable, as well as the most customizable treatment for permanent fat reduction,” she explains. Dr. Neil was among the first physicians in the US to use Thermage®, which is now celebrating its 13th anniversary. Thermage® FLX is a unique non-surgical procedure for firming and contouring loose skin on the face, thighs or abdomen, as well as improving the appearance of cellulite, usually in one treatment. Whether treating cosmetic concerns or medical issues, Dr. Neil enjoys being an educator and advocate for her patients.

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UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Hip & Knee Replacement Team Stephen Duncan, MD • Jeffrey Selby, MD • Patrick O’Donnell, MD

859.323.5533 • ukhealthcare.uky.edu/ortho Dr. Jeffrey Selby, Dr. Stephen Duncan and Dr. Patrick O’Donnell make up the UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Hip & Knee Replacement Team at UK HealthCare. Ranked as the #1 program in Kentucky and #45 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, UK Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine has proven experience in providing quality care and successful outcomes. That's why they are also recognized as high-performing in hip and knee replacements. Joints naturally show wear and tear as people age. Patients may feel hip and knee problems soon if they have been especially active, played sports or have been injured. As one of the largest hip and knee programs in Kentucky, UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Hip & Knee Replacement Team treats a wide variety of problems. They are experts in the field of correcting failed hip and knee replacements from around the region and state. Whether you’re experiencing chronic pain from arthritis or an old injury, the team at UK HealthCare treats a variety of conditions. If you're an active adult ready for life’s next adventure, or a grandparent who wants to keep up with the grandkids, let Dr. Selby, Dr. Duncan and Dr. O’Donnell help you get back to doing the things that move you. The team offers their patients the same advanced care as the UK athletes, using modern techniques to help get you back in the game, back to work or back to yourself as quickly as possible. If surgery is needed, UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Hip & Knee Replacement Team can offer advanced partial or total joint replacement and reconstruction for knee and hip conditions. Their leading orthopedic surgeons help patients understand their treatment options and what to expect on the road to recovery.

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Lexington Clinic Obstetrics-Gynecology Alesha Pennington, APRN Nova Gatliff, APRN-WHNP • Tamara James, MD Kimberly East, APRN Christina Daugherty, APRN-WHNP

859.258.5220 LexingtonClinic.com/baby Lexington Clinic Obstetrics-Gynecology offers complete and compassionate care to our patients. The team strives to give the highest quality of care and they take pride in providing the best experience for all of their patients. The Obstetrics-Gynecology team makes sure patients are comfortable and confident in the care that they receive.

Woodford Family Physicians Laurie Garner, PA-C, PhD Steve Vogelsand, MD R.K. Hutchinson, MD

859.873.9188 LexingtonClinic.com/woodford The family doctors of Woodford Family Physicians have served the community of Versailles for more than two decades. Our team is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice and provides families with the diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic care they can count on. Woodford Family Physicians treat a broad-range of injuries and illnesses for every member of the family and are committed to bettering patients’ lives.

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Lexington Clinic Cardiology Stephanie Middleton, MSN, APRN, ACNP-AG, CCRN-K • Renita Crouch, PA-C Suresh Rekhraj, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI • John Sartini, MD, FACC, FAHA Bruce Bradley, MD • Carrie Dunaway, DNP, APRN, NP-C • Terence Ross, MD, FACC

859.258.5300 • LexingtonClinic.com/heart Lexington Clinic Cardiology is comprised of an advanced medical team of physicians and providers with a longstanding tradition of providing superior heart care to the cardiac patients of Central Kentucky. They boast a rich history of revolutionary advances in heart treatment for more than 90 years and developed one of the first cardiac care units in Lexington. Lexington Clinic Cardiology is proud to have received multiple accreditations from renowned organizations including Vascular and Echocardiography labs accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and Cardiac Nuclear Lab accredited by the American College of Radiology. With their expanding practice, and the advanced training they possess, the cardiologists of Lexington Clinic continue to give patients more advanced options for cardiac treatment and prevention to improve all aspects of life.

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Lexington Clinic Orthopedics - Sports Medicine 859.258.8575 • LexingtonClinic.com/sports The Lexington Clinic orthopedic physicians come from a wide array of backgrounds and personal interests, but what unites them is their passion for their field of practice. These fellowship-trained surgeons provide specialized, orthopedic care with a thorough commitment to their patients. Lexington Clinic’s orthopedics program remains on the cutting edge of innovation in surgical and therapeutic care so patients receive the best treatment possible. These physicians are also passionate about team sports and partner with 8 local high school and college athletic programs to provide sports medicine services. Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine has also been the official team physicians for the Lexington Legends since 2001. Under the leadership of Dr. Ben Kibler, who is internationally recognized in sports medicine and shoulder injuries, Lexington Clinic has an orthopedic team that provides specialized, expert care in sports medicine; hand surgery; hip and knee replacement; foot and ankle surgery; and shoulder surgery.

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Access Med Jeremy Stich, MD • Andy Williford, PA-C • Ryan Miller, PA-C

859.439.0400 • AccessMedDirect.com In 2015, a trio of medical professionals united in their desire to put patients first by offering a personalized practice with extended visit times, increased accessibility, and lower costs. Their goal was to ensure patients superior healthcare from trusted providers who prioritize wellness in order to avoid illness. As a solution, they established Access Med, becoming the first Direct Care clinic in Central Kentucky. Instead of answering to insurance companies, they deliver unlimited individualized care directly to patients for a low monthly membership that averages an affordable $50 per month. The benefits of a Direct Care clinic are numerous and include no wait times, 24/7 access, unlimited office visits, a relaxed atmosphere, transparent cost, and an in-house pharmacy offering prescriptions at wholesale prices. Access Med’s founders are Dr. Jeremy Stich, Andy Williford and Ryan Miller. Dr. Stich completed both medical school and residency at the University of KY and is board certified in emergency medicine. When not working, Jeremy enjoys climbing, hiking, and camping with his family of seven, Andy is a dedicated father of two, and Ryan enjoys watching his son play baseball. All three are dedicated to changing the landscape of healthcare in the Bluegrass. photo provided by Access Med

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Frontier Nursing University

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Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

859.251.4700 • Frontier.edu Founded in 1939, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is a proven pioneer in distance education and innovative teaching practices. With top-ranked, accredited programs, FNU is one of the largest not-for-profit universities in the United States for advanced nursing and midwifery education. Today the University has over 2,000 master’s and doctoral nursing students enrolled from every state in the United States and several countries, and is educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to improve the healthcare of women and families in rural and underrepresented areas in America. Dr. Susan Stone, a Certified NurseMidwife, believes collaboration with other health care professionals is an essential component to improve the health of women and families. Since 2001, Dr. Stone has served as the president of FNU. As a practitioner, instructor, university president, presenter, and organizational leader, she promotes advanced practice nurses and midwives through “advocacy, education, and innovation.” As a nurse-midwife and current president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), she works to forward the midwifery profession. Her passion and influence are felt throughout the FNU community. FNU graduates possess the skills and compassion to provide exceptional care to all people. All programs are “offered through a distance education format via online courses and a clinical experience in the student's home community.” The University offers both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree option with the specialties of Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, and PsychiatricMental Health Nurse Practitioner. photo by Keni Parks

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UK Midwife Clinic Christine (Chrissie) S. Adams, APRN, CNM JoAnne B. Burris, APRN, CNM Hayden P. Meza, APRN, CNM Dolores (Dee) J. Polito, APRN, CNM

859.323.9897 ukhealthcare.uky.edu UK Midwife Clinic prides themselves on treating patients as family. Patients can expect to form relationships built on respect; have both their hopes and fears honored; and see all their concerns addressed completely with compassion. UK Midwives are available by phone 24/7. From their first appointment, throughout pregnancy, and into labor and delivery, mothers will experience the continued presence of a trusted professional. Midwifery was integrated into the obstetrics department of UK to meet the community's need for care for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies. However, UK also possesses the experience, resources, and latest technologies to treat the highest risk pregnancies. And, UK houses the most state-of-the-art NICU in Kentucky. Four dedicated providers make up the clinic. With 35 years of nursing experience, 22 in midwifery, Dee Polito, serves as the Director and Chief Midwife. When she isn’t “catching babies” or working on her doctoral degree, Dee and her husband relish spending time in their cabin in the Red River Gorge. Lexington native Hayden Meza is recently married and enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and normalizing women’s health issues. JoAnne Burris is passionate about empowering women to make informed choices and exploring National Parks with her husband, daughter, son, and dog. When not on call, Chrissie Adams spends her time with friends and family, hanging out at local breweries, and keeping up with her one-year-old. photo supplied by UK Healthacre

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UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center 859.323.2232 • ukhealthcare.uky.edu/barnstable-brown-diabetes-center Kentucky ranks fifth, nationwide, in diabetes incidence. Also, as many as one in three adults in our state may have prediabetes. With these statistics, having access to a facility such as The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center and diabetes education services is vital. The center, which is part of the UK HealthCare system, has been leading the way in diabetes prevention, education, research, and comprehensive care for over a decade. Over the course of a year, the center helps more than 7,500 adult patients and 2,500 pediatric patients manage their diabetes and related diseases.

At the nationally-recognized Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, the focus is on delivering “patient-centered services with practical problem-solving approaches.” Along with top-of-theline treatments, services include extensive education, in both individual and group settings, where patients learn strategies such as goal setting, action planning, and shared decision making and problem-solving to help them meet their goals and live a healthy life with diabetes. As a component of UK HealthCare, patients are served in inpatient, outpatient, clinic, community, and research settings.

Laura Hieronymus, DNP, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE • Kristen Stakelin, MD, MLDE, CDE Sheri Setser-Legg, MS, RDN, LD, MLDE, CDE • Shanna Cunningham, MSN, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE Dee Sawyer, MS, APRN, MLDE, AGCNS, BC-ADM, CDE • Beth Holden, MSN, RN, MLDE, CDE Janet Gilligan, MEd, RDN, LD, MLDE, CDE • Karen McKnight, RDN, LD, MLDE, CDE Janelle Schnake, RDN, LD, MLDE, CDE • Angela Hepner, MEd, RDN, LD, MLDE, CDE, CDTC Andrea Francis, MS, RDN, LD, LDE • Leslie Scott, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, MLDE, CDE

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The dedicated team of diabetes educators works with people of all ages, and their providers, to ensure optimal prediabetes and diabetes education services. With over 200 years of combined experience, the educators are experts with extensive experience in training patients with diabetes-related conditions and providing patient and family education across the lifespan. These duallicensed educators hold licenses in not only diabetes education, but are also nurses and dieticians, along with a pharmacist, a physician, and a social worker. In collaboration with your provider, the team provides programs for the prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes and self-management education for all types of diabetes

including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. They also pride themselves in being at the forefront of diabetes technology and offer a comprehensive technology training program that includes insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring. For educators, a rewarding aspect of the job is empowering patients to improve their quality of life and future health by helping them better understand and self-manage their disease. In closing, the message is, “Diabetes is not easy; however, it can be successfully treated. And, diabetes education over a lifetime can help individuals with diabetes learn to live a long and healthy life.”

Debra Howard, APRN, CPNP-PC, MLDE, CDE • Kathy Edwards, RN, LDE, CCRP Jennifer Cherolis, BSN, RN, MLDE, CDE • Loraine Cira, MS, RDN, LD, CHWC, DEA Kristina Naseman, PharmD, MPH, MLDE, BCACP, CDE • Katy Walker, CSW, LCSW, LDE Nancy Garth, BSN, RN, LDE, CLNC, CPPN • Melanie Cobb, BSN, RN, MLDE, CDE Megan Latiff, RDN, LD, MLDE, CDE • Jennifer Walker, DNP, APRN, LDE Brandie Cobb, MS, PSC-SR • Jenna Wells, PSC, RMA • Mickey Harris, PSC, CNA

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Bluegrass Home Care Services Tammy Elliott Scott, OTR

859.334.0744 BluegrassHomeCareServices.com Since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Occupational Therapy, Tammy has been working to improve the quality of life for others. After working for over 20 years as an Occupational Therapist, Tammy Elliott Scott founded Bluegrass Home Care Services. She leads a team who provides knowledgeable care to individuals who need assistance to stay in their homes. Tammy and her team strive to “assist those with cognitive or physical limitations so they can live their best life possible in their chosen environment.” Bluegrass Home Care Services assists with the full scope of daily living needs, such as dressing, bathing, housekeeping, pet care, issuing medication reminders, grocery shopping, and meal planning and preparation. They also offer transportation to and from doctors’ appointments, Alzheimer's and Dementia care, new mom assistance, hourly companion care as well as around the clock care, and fall prevention. After a complimentary in-home assessment, a caring and compassionate caregiver is hand selected who best matches your loved one's needs. Bluegrass Home Care Services is honored to enrich lives by helping people who desire to stay in their homes do so longer and remain happier and healthier. If you feel this service may be right for you or a loved one, the company provides a free customized in-home assessment.

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C&C Pharmacy Kristin DeRossett, Pharm.D • Lindsay Romero, Pharm.D • Consuelo Palutis, Pharm.D • Chris Palutis, RPh

859.263.1220 • CandCrx.com C&C Pharmacy is an independently owned and operated pharmacy located in the Hamburg area on Mapleleaf Drive. Chris and Consuelo Palutis, both pharmacists, own C&C and are proud to have a wonderful staff. They all bring years of experience to the industry and together work to mold it into the community and family pharmacy it is today. C&C takes on more of the patient’s busywork than traditional, big-box location. They are a full-service pharmacy in addition to the specialized services they provide. Among these services are custom compounding, personal medication packaging, medication therapy management, immunizations and functional medicine supplementation. They also provide discount plans and home delivery. The biggest challenge the staff faces is coordinating a patient’s care between insurances and medical professionals. More often than not, the process of managing multiple prescriptions can become overwhelming to a patient and noncompliance follows. Palutis notes, “At C&C Pharmacy, we have the utmost respect for the trust patients put in us to take care of their needs and as well as educate them about their drug therapy.” “Collectively, as pharmacists,” says Palutis, “our inspiration is the well-being of our patients. We make it our mission to instill confidence and a sense of security in them as we work on their behalf to provide excellent pharmaceutical care and to improve their quality of life.”

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The Arthritis Center of Lexington KC Wells, APRN • Amelia Hendrickson, APRN

859.254.7000 • ACLKY.com The Arthritis Center of Lexington, founded in 1997, is comprised of five board certified rheumatologists and two nurse practitioners. Armed with an understanding that rheumatoid arthritis is a highly individualized and complex disease, Arthritis Center of Lexington utilizes advanced practitioners in order to provide patients with integrated care in the Rheumatology setting. KC Wells received her Associates of Science in Nursing at Lexington Community College in 2005, followed by her Baccalaureate in Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014 and her Masters in Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2018. Amelia Hendrickson received her Associate in Nursing at Southeast Community College in 2000, followed by her Baccalaureate in Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University in 2005 and then her Masters in Nursing at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in 2009.

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OPIOID EPIDEMIC In 2017, 11.4 million Americans abused opioids, with the majority of them (11.1 million) misusing prescription pain killers.1 Opioid abuse has grown into a national crisis with an impact being felt throughout our state. Every day more than 130 Americans die of overdoses — that’s one person every 11 minutes. Kentucky is the state with the third-highest drug overdose death rate in America... a rate which is increasing.2 Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is leading the development of a comprehensive action plan to address opioid addiction and its impact on the social and economic framework of Central Kentucky. story by Barbara Meyer | photo courtesy of the Mayor's Office A lifetime of service to the Bluegrass and her background in nursing have helped drive Mayor Gorton's awareness of the severity of the problem, the need for answers and the complexity of the issue. “It is affecting our entire community, every demographic,” Gorton says. “It is a life and death issue. It’s detrimental to our labor force, diverts funding from much needed initiatives and has stolen the future from many talented Lexingtonians. People need help.”

OPIOIDS EXPLAINED Opioids are a class of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. They come in two main categories: pain relievers like oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®) and morphine that are available legally with a prescription and regulated and approved by the FDA, and illegal drugs like heroin and illicitly-made fentanyl. In addition to blocking pain signals, opioids also impact the brain’s reward center that releases dopamine and endorphins, causing users to feel happy and relaxed. Unfortunately, repeated use causes the brain to stop making those chemicals on their own, leading them to need the opioids just to feel “regular”. The body’s ability to regulate pain becomes altered, resulting in the need for larger and more potent doses in order to experience relief. This is where the danger of overdose can occur. The Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office reports that the largest demographic for overdose deaths is people aged 35 to 44. Jefferson and Fayette County have the highest percentages of overdose deaths.3 The danger for opioid use by the older population is compounded by the fact that more than 85% of those 57-85 already use at least one prescription medication every day. 50% take five or more prescriptions every day. That increases the risk for drug interactions.4

Most of the heroin coming into the U.S. is produced at poppy farms in Mexico and smuggled across the border by large drug cartels. Heroin also comes from Columbia. Fentanyl for U.S. consumers is primarily produced in China. The U.S. leads the world in opioid consumption, followed by Canada, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, the Netherlands and Spain.4 Opioid abuse can consist of taking more medication than is required, taking it in a way that’s not prescribed, taking medication prescribed to someone else or taking it recreationally to get high. Most prescriptions for pain are written for a legitimate use for a limited time. As pain subsides, so does the need for the medication. But use can continue long after physical conditions have healed - in fact, opioid addiction can set in after less than a week. If a person becomes addicted to the medication during their recovery time, they will search for a cheap, easyto-obtain alternative once the prescription’s time window has ended. Often, that’s heroin—80% of heroin users began with a prescription painkiller.3

OPIOID DEPENDENCE VS. ADDICTION Thirty years ago, opioids were most commonly administered to cancer patients and people who had suffered severe physical trauma. Chronic conditions like back and neck pain were addressed with behavioral and physical therapy. A number of factors have driven the rise in opioid use, including an aging population, obesity, and an increase in cancer survivorship. Just as not every person who consumes alcohol becomes an alcoholic, most people are able to manage their prescription drug use even when the source of their pain is ongoing. Physical dependence on pain medication and substance use disorder (SUD) are two different things. Being dependent on pain pills is maintaining normal function through the use of medications

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prescribed and monitored by a doctor. SUD is an inability to stop using to the point that normal life functions, like sustaining a job, keeping up with school or maintaining relationships are impeded. The American Psychiatric Association reports that nearly a third of Americans know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers. “Right here in Lexington, we are seeing affluent, low income, white, black, Hispanic, blue collar and white collar workers who have been affected by this disease,” Gorton observes. “No one is immune. Also, there are many people who still struggle to see this as a disease, rather than a choice. We have got to address this head on. While addiction can lead to crime, many addicts do not have criminal convictions. We cannot continue to identify addiction as criminal behavior if we want to find answers.”

ROOTS OF THE EPIDEMIC Opioid abuse has grown in underprivileged communities where the most viable employment is in manufacturing and service jobs with a greater risk of physical hazards, coupled with limited access to healthcare. Over the years, physically demanding work in manual labor can lead to on-the-job injuries and the development of chronic conditions like knee pain. Taking painkillers allows people with those conditions to keep working. Gorton recognizes the challenges Kentuckians face in combating opioid abuse, saying, “Kentucky is a poor state. Many citizens are unhealthy. Even in this economy we have pockets of persistent unemployment. The opioid epidemic is rampant here. We need all hands on deck to help, and that increased involvement is beginning to take root. Since taking office, I have seen the conversation start to change. We are building regional collaborations that include supportive services, such as workforce development. There are conversations happening around housing, mental health and family support services in response to this crisis. Public safety representatives have an approach that includes prevention and education.”

EFFECTS OF THE EPIDEMIC Don Rogers is the Chief Clinical Officer at New Vista (formerly Bluegrass.org) a nonprofit regional mental health center in Lexington which has been caring for Central Kentuckians with mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities for over 50 years. “I think the medical community has begun to address the issues related to over-prescribing of opioids and although there is probably still some over-prescribing, there have been major improvements,” he says. “We want the public to know that the opioid epidemic has a broad impact including its impact on the child welfare system, increases in the number of adverse childhood experiences, emotional and behavioral problems of family members, educational impact on children exposed to parents involved in SUD, overcrowding in jails, a major impact on first responders, increased

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health care cost due to emergency room visits, and expensive medical procedures. In our communities, these issues are not just hypothetical but very real. We see lots of adults and children for both substance abuse and mental health treatment for which the origin of their problem ties back to the opioid epidemic. Our organization has a wide range of resources to help, but the problem requires even more resources to address the conditions of despair connected with this epidemic.”

TREATMENT Treatment for opioid addiction can take place in different settings, including outpatient and inpatient/residential rehabilitation facilities, 12-step programs, and individual and group counseling. Treatment is typically more successful if a person seeks it before their addiction has become extreme. The most effective therapy for severe opioid addiction is thought to be medication assisted treatment (MAT). Through MAT, addicts taper off their drug use while taking opioids like methadone that help ease cravings, but don’t produce the soaring high that fuels continued addiction. Gorton encourages parents to take an active role in protecting their children from the dangers of opioid abuse. “Research shows that people who suffer from addiction often have childhood history of untreated trauma and grief,” she observes. “We should work to identify and seek out mental health support for children when they encounter trauma. Many families are often times embarrassed to discuss family substance use disorders. We need to talk openly about drugs, and about the impact of addiction within families, and use tools such as AA, NA, AlaNON, FindHelpKy.Org and GetHelpLex.org to support those conversations. Parents should encourage organizations to have public conversations around early warning signs of drug misuse, and what steps to take should your family become victim to a substance use disorder. Also, don’t be afraid to have frank discussions with primary care physicians and dentists about your concerns related to prescription pain relief. Andrea James in my office is working solely on this issue. She has spent several months visiting and researching various local agencies, organizations, meeting with their leadership and learning about their programs. She has seen some best practices … admirable, amazing and impactful work happening around this issue. She has been able to identify gaps in our local services and is beginning to connect resources with need as these gaps are known. Individuals who want to be involved are invited to contact Andrea and share their ideas and experiences. Reach Andrea at (859) 258-3114 or ajames@lexingtonky.gov.” • 1

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NEW IN TOWN:

Wise Bird Cider is now open in the Distillery District

Agave & Rye comes to Lexington in the Fayette Mall area

A new cidery joined Lexington’s beloved Pepper Distillery District in early June.

The famous Agave & Rye from Covington, Kentucky has opened a new location in Lexington at Fayette Mall, off of Nicholasville Road.

The open, modern space allows customers to enjoy a view of the cider taproom where you can see the cider crafting process taking place. The space holds a few garage-style doors that lead outside to a spacious, partially covered patio. The much anticipated Town Branch Trail is predicted to run just behind Wise Bird Cider and the nearby creek. Wright, a certified cidermaker by the Cider Institute of North America, compares his cider to wine in the sense that its distinguishing factor is the apple variety used. Wise Bird Cider only uses apples grown in Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Wise Bird Cider owners Tim Wright and Greta Pittard moved to Lexington from Washington D.C. and are excited to fulfil their dream of owning and operating their own cidery. With two young children of their own, Wright and Pittard have made the cidery family friendly, welcoming kids and dogs! Wise Bird Cider officially opened on June 7th. The cidery is located at 1170 Manchester Street, Suite 140.

Located just between The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s, this restaurant believes that food should be exciting. Their eclectic interior and gothic murals appear to be creating a space that we can’t wait to step into. From skull margarita jars to quirky art, Agave & Rye is as much a visual experience as a culinary one. “We believe food is an adventure, taking you somewhere playful with every bite. We have made it our promise to deliver a chef inspired take on the standard taco. Elevating this simple food into something Epic,” they said. “If you enjoy creative delicious food, and an endless selection of bourbon, tequila and craft cocktails, we promise Agave & Rye is the place for you.” Tacos, bourbon, margaritas and a fantastic experience await guests. The menu will change seasonally, offering a farm-totable experience. Patio seating is also available. Avage & Rye is located at 3535 Nicholasville Road in the Fayette Mall area!

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Joseph-Beth is making summer reading even more fun!

You can now text 911 in an emergency

Joseph-Beth Booksellers has created a summer reading program that they hope will encourage people to read more over the course of the summer. With book recommendation lists for people of all ages and “Reading Bingo,” Joseph-Beth aims to keep reading fun and interesting during summer! Joseph-Beth has created and released three extensive summer reading lists as suggestions for readers. They have a list for kids, a list for young adults and a list for adults. The Summer Reading Bingo Cards reward readers for scoring a ‘bingo’! The cards include a ‘free space’ as well as other prompts that can be crossed off once the reader has finished reading a book that meets the prompt’s description. A prompt may suggest, “Read a book recommended by a friend,” or “Read a book reviewed by the New York Times.” Once you’ve completed the bingo card by crossing five boxes in any direction, you will win $5 in “Bingo Bucks” to spend at Joseph-Beth! If you fill the entire bingo card, you will win $10 in “Bingo Bucks!” Joseph-Beth Summer Reading Bingo cards are available in store or online atjosephbeth.com.

Local 911 call centers are now able to send and receive text messages in the event of an emergency. The director of the Enhanced 911 Center, Robert Stack, recommends to “call if you can, text if you must.” Individuals in an emergency situation should only text 911 if it is impossible to place a call. This service is predicted to especially be of use to those who are hard of hearing, or those that may have a difficult time speaking. Having the ability to text 911 is also anticipated to benefit those who may find themselves in a particularly dangerous situation where speaking aloud could increase the threat. It should also be helpful in the event that phone lines and cell towers are overwhelmed. In the event of an emergency, enter the numbers “911” (do NOT include dashes) in the “To” field. In the initial message to 911, include the location of the emergency, as well as what type of help you need. Once the message has been sent, be prepared to answer questions via text message from the 911 operator. Do not delete the messages between you and the 911 operator, and do not turn your phone off until the operator tells you that you may do so.

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New & Noteworthy

AROUND TOWN:

Kentucky teen musician Will Muse is making waves Will Muse 16-year old singer/songwriter from Somerset, Kentucky, released his second single, “Spend,” via Radio Disney in April of this year. A talent scout from PCG Universal out of Nashville discovered Will Muse, and his “rock and blues influenced style,” at the 2017 Opry Mills Unplugged Series. Muse’s first single “I Can Change” was released only six months later. He emphasizes that the song concerns real world problems that people face on a daily basis. Muse says, “I discovered that people connect with ‘I Can Change’ on many different levels, whether it reminds them of romantic relationships, friendships, having a loved one who is battling drug addiction or some other great problem in the world. I’m excited that the release of the track allowed me to share my music with more people than ever before.”

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Commonly referred to as a “prodigy teen musician,” Muse admits that he misses several days of school each month in order to spend time in Nashville working on his music career. He will soon be releasing his nine-song EP, which was co-written and produced by Britton Cameron. Muse is hopeful that he will fulfill his dream of organizing a tour that will allow him to meet and connect with more of his fans.

NEW IN TOWN:

Monticello Bank opened two new locations in the area

The Lyles family opens Nash’s Southern Table & Bar on Southland Drive

Monticello Banking Company is a state-chartered commercial bank that’s served customers for over 100 years. Their bank operates from twenty offices throughout eleven counties in central and southern Kentucky. The main office, opened in 1895, still operates in Monticello, Kentucky.

Nash’s Southern Table & Bar is now open in the former Willie’s Locally Known location on Southland Drive!

Community is at the heart of Monticello Bank. They believe in strengthening and contributing to the local commumity through their business and retail banking services. By offering value and service to their customers, they build and sustain relationships that serve everyone. Monticello Banking Company is able to meet the credit needs of local businesses by means of credit cards term loans, mortgage loans, construction loans and letters of credit. Taxexempt credit facilities are available for local government projects, such as infrastructure and industrial recruitment. The company offers a full range of deposit and loan products to businesses and individuals. All of this and more is offered with unparalleled customer service and professionalism. Help welcome two new Monticello Bank locations to the area! The Beaumont branch ribbon cutting is on July 26th from 11am-2pm. The Nicholasville ribbon cutting will be August 2nd from 11am-2pm. The ribbons will both be cut at 11:30!

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In 2016, Muse – only 14 at the time – was inspired to create a charity event that would enable him to use his musical talents to positively impact the lives of others. Muse chose the Make-a-Wish Foundation to be the beneficiary of the money raised during the annual Somerset charity event he decided to call “Music for Wishes.” During just the first three years of this event, over $85,000 was raised and donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

After Willie’s closed in November of last year, the Lyles family purchased the building. Chandler Lyles explained that the family – who brought us Lyles BBQ – already knew how to do great barbeque, so they wanted to try something new. The restaurant’s carefully curated menu was created by Jennifer Lyles and Nash’s executive chef, Ben Fatula. The lineup brings classic Southern comfort food, including hush puppies, hot browns and meatloaf with everything made from scratch or supplied from local vendors. The Lyles family says that they “hope to build on the amazing things that the Willie’s team accomplished.” They emphasize that the plan is for Nash’s to be more of a sitdown restaurant than Lyles, which is mainly carry-out. The interior of the new eatery has a modern rustic feel.Guests can enjoy watching sports on the massive 150” television. Nash’s Southern Table & Bar is located at 286 Southland Drive in Lexington. Join the Nash’s team for lunch and dinner. Find them on Facebook to preview the menu and get the latest updates.

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Honor Flight Kentucky celebrates local veterans with a once-in-a-lifetime experience Throughout the United States, more than 1,500 World War II veterans and 500 Korean War veterans pass each day. The mission of Honor Flight Kentucky is to give these deserving veterans an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for a full day of recognition and remembrance. Honor Flights began when retired U.S. Air Force paramedic jumper Earl Morse accepted a position at the Springfield Ohio Veterans Administration in 2005. He began asking his patients if they had ever been to Washington D.C. to see the memorials. Morse was overwhelmed with the number of veterans telling him that they had never been to D.C. because they either couldn’t afford it or they didn’t want to go without their fellow “battle buddies.” Morse took action, and in May of 2006, the first Honor Flight took place with just 12 veterans. Today, there are more than 130 Honor Flight chapters in 45 states with countless volunteers. Each veteran is assigned a guardian, who will travel with and assist the veteran throughout the day. Before departure with American Airlines to Reagan Airport in D.C., passengers enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at Bluegrass Airport. Once landed, the veterans board charter buses and are given a police escort to their many sightseeing destinations. Each veteran will

receive letters from students, families, politicians and others that want to thank them for their service. They are greeted once again at Bluegrass Airport for a Welcome Home Celebration. Honor Flights allow veterans to remember those lost and to come to terms with what the hardships they experienced, which often brings peace and closure. Doyle Rambo (USMC) describes the Honor Flight as “the link that completes the chain of life.” In 2017, a program called Homefront Heroes was initiated alongside the Honor Flight. This program is designed to honor the women that made sacrifices while their husbands were serving. Once the veterans take off for D.C., the women are treated to their own day of sightseeing and shopping! They are greeted by notable guest speakers such as Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton. “They are so appreciative of the recognition and story sharing with those who understand what they were experiencing on the homefront,” says Jan Yankey. To register a veteran for this once in a lifetime experience or to apply as an Honor Flight guardian or volunteer, go to honorflightky.org. The oldest veterans and any terminally ill veterans are first priority, and will automatically be moved to the top of the list.

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What a great decision by our team to work with Townes and the TOPS Digital Solutions team. My only regret is that I did not meet Townes sooner. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. I had heard of SEO and SEM for businesses but was unsure of what kind of impact it was having from a sales point of view. Which to my surprise was very affordable and didn’t lock us in for long terms if we felt that it wasn’t working the way we thought it should. If you have thought about this before, but have not decided to follow h through with it, you are missing out. It has changed the way we do business.

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Business Social Media

You know your business should be active on social media. You’ve heard it all before, but I’m here to say it one more time: you need to be on social media! Around 77% of US businesses use social, and if you’re not… odds are that your competition is out there right now engaging with potential customers that you’re not reaching. Why bother? Social media has become a powerful buying influencer. Facebook alone influenced 52% of consumers’ online and offline purchases. More importantly, 63% of consumers who search for a business online are more likely to choose ones with informative, engaging social media presence. The bottom line? Social media is a must have tool in your business’ marketing strategy. No matter if you are the Marking Executive of a large company or working on a brand-new side-hustle. The potential boost to your business is worth investing in! In that spirit, here are some tips to help you get started:

STRATEGIZE Choose social media platforms that make sense for your business. Considering Facebook is the largest and most popular social network, every business should have a Page that is actively monitored, if not updated weekly. Retail and restaurant businesses will find more use in Instagram than an industrial company. Businesses with blogs or frequent specials might find Twitter to be most useful.

PROVIDE SUPPORT Engage with customers. 71% of consumers who received a quick social media response said that they would recommend the brand to others.

HOW’S YOUR WEBSITE? An attractive, up-to-date website is the peanut butter to your social media jelly. If you catch someone’s eye on social, they’re going to click over to your website: make sure that what they see is just as spectacular as your carefully crafted posts!

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

INVEST YOUR TIME WISELY

Just like anything else in your business, you’re here to suit your clientele. Every social media post should match the feel of your brand while providing interesting, relevant content. Know the demographics of your target audience and always keep that in mind!

Your time is money. Learning the ins and outs of social media targeting and advertising can be difficult and timeconsuming. Turning the hard stuff over to a pro can free you up to interact more with your customers and get back to what you do best.

Wondering if your social media game is up to snuff? Get in touch with TOPS Digital Solutions today! We can provide a free website evaluation and discuss what you could improve. 859.543.8677 • advertising@topsmarketing.com

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Art in the Bluegrass

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story by Alex Hemberger | photos courtesy of The LEX

Entering its fifth summer season, The Lexington Theatre Company combines “Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls” in their summer productions of West Side Story and Disney’s Newsies this season! After an extensive audition tour, consisting of over 1,000 artists, The Lex has combined Broadway veterans, local actors and college students from around the country to complete its Summer 2019 Cast and to fulfil its mission of “providing firstrate professional theatre for Central Kentucky, while serving as a training ground and performance platform for the next generation of musical theatre artists.” West Side Story will play at the Lexington Opera House from July 11-14, featuring Jerome Robbins’ original choreography. Lexington’s own Broadway veteran, Colton Ryan, returns home

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to lead the company as Tony. Disney’s Newsies will also play at the Lexington Opera House from August 1-4. Dan DeLuca, who played the lead role of Jack Kelly on the Broadway National Tour, comes to Lexington to reprise his performance. Season subscriptions and single tickets are now available for purchase at the Lexington Center box office, or by phone at 859-233-3535. Single tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more information or to make a donation, please visit The Lexington Theatre Company’s website, www. lexingtontheatrecompany.org. The 2019 season is presented by Variety Live at the Opera House, with co-producing sponsor, CHI Saint Joseph Health. •

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story by amanda harper photos by alex hemberger unless otherwise noted

As we get into the heart of summer, now is the perfect time to get out of the house and have some fun! There’s nothing better than enjoying the sunshine while staying active and healthy during the warmer months. We’ve broken down 10 ways that you can do just that right here in Lexington; some might even be right down the street!

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yoga on the green Center yourself in the heart of downtown. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 6-7am through August 22nd, enjoy free yoga in Triangle Park presented by the YMCA of Central Kentucky. In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held inside the High Street YMCA Group Exercise Room. Remember to bring along a towel, water bottle and yoga mat! Alternate idea: Several organizations coordinate outdoor yoga sessions throughout the summer. For instance, The Kentucky Castle offers sunset yoga if you prefer getting your stretch on in the evenings. Be on the lookout for Facebook events to find the latest outdoor yoga in town.

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LIFESTYLE Outdoor Activities

bike the legacy trail Beginning at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Garden in the East End and winding up at the Kentucky Horse Park Campgrounds, the Legacy Trail is one of Lexington’s most beautiful trailways. The 12-mile shared-use greenway offers a comfortable, paved path that’s mostly off-street. Enjoy public art displays and a leisurely ride while soaking up all that makes Lexington a wonderful place to live. Alternate Idea: The Blue Grass Trust’s Cycling Through History path invites you to discover Lexington’s past while you pedal. Get the guide from VisitLex.

out on the water You can beat the summer heat while getting more active. Who likes to canoe? Kentucky’s waterways offer beautiful views and cool, relaxing outdoor fun. Take a boat out on the water and waterski or wakesurf the day away. Not nautical? Head to a local marina or watersports rental business and rent equipment to dip your toes in or take lessons. Whether you kayak, raft, pedal boat, tube, canoe or paddle board, make a splash with aquatic activities. Tip: Sunscreen is your friend when you’re on the water! Remember to re-apply: even water-resistant sunscreens stop working as soon as 40 minutes.

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the spraygrounds Kids can make a splash in Lexington with city park “spraygrounds”, fun interactive water features that are perfect for kids of all ages. The Spraygrounds in Jacobson and Masterson parks are open from the end of April through early October, 9am - dusk. The Spraygrounds at Castlewood and Douglass parks require admission to the pool facilities and operate on the pools’ schedules. Parental supervision is required. Alternate Idea: Need even more fun? The Whitaker Family YMCA has an outdoor Splash Pad that kids will love. Contact them for more information. Masterson Station Park - Photo via Element Design

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night moves Love to be active, but hate the summer heat? There are lots of nighttime events that help you safely get out and about without suffering through the sun’s rays. Check out the websites for McConnell Springs, Raven Run, Shaker Village and other local parks for fun twilight events. From stargazing to night hikes, there are a lot of ways for night owls to get going. The annual A Midsummer Night’s Run (August 8th) is a perennial favorite 1-mile fun run, children’s race and 5K that kicks off as the sun goes down in downtown. Tip: If you’re out and about at night, wear reflectors, travel with a group and follow other common sense safety practices. Stay safe out there!

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walk it out Lexington has tons of fantastic walking trails. Raven Run Nature Sanctuary boasts 4.1 miles of hiking that climbs 515 feet on the way to Palisades Overlook. McConnell Springs has two miles of trails, including a half-mile paved loop. The Arboretum Trail is 2 miles of paved walking trails surrounded by beautiful examples of local tree species. Coldstream Park is a popular destination with 1.2 miles of shared use pathways that lead into the Legacy Trail. Tip: Visit lexingtonky.gov/trails to learn more about our city’s many walking trails! Ready to make a big step forward? Search for local 5K races and walk for a great cause. The Arboretum Trail

pick-your-own Don’t limit your time at the orchard to just fall! Many have pick-yourown summer crops (and other outdoor activities) that you can enjoy with the whole family. As a bonus, you’ll come home with a bounty of fresh, local produce! Check out your favorite orchard’s website for what crops are in season, as well as what special activities are scheduled so you won’t miss a thing. Alternate Idea: Don’t forget about local wineries! Take a stroll among the vines with a guided tour or dance the night away at one of their concerts. Evan’s Orchard

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hit the zipline Get a rush while you take in some truly incredible scenery! At Red River Gorge Zipline Tours, guests climb about 80 steps to even get to the zipline, which takes you up to 55mph over 300 feet in the air. It’s sure to get your heart rate up while offering you a thrilling experience. Before and afterward, there’s lots of hiking to enjoy in the area, as well as rock climbing. Tip: Ziplining is not for everyone. Do your research before heading out. Take along friends, so that you don’t chicken out!

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grand slam! Tennis is a great way to get active and make new friends. There are many public tennis courts in Lexington Parks, or private facilities at local gyms, clubs and complexes that often offer instruction. Local amateur leagues can help you stay accountable while offering some competitive fun. Getting into the game? Check out the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships July 29th - August 4th to see the best of the best in action. Alternate Idea: Getting active can be social! Lexington has adult and youth leagues for several awesome sports, from tennis and disc golf to pickleball or footgolf. Meet new people while having a blast.

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fore! Sunshine means it’s tee time in central Kentucky! The area’s many public and private golf courses offer endless fun for players of all skill levels. With the Barbasol Championship in town at the end of the month, there’s never been a better time to hit the green and brush up on your backswing. You may not be competing, but there’s a lot to learn from watching the pros at the Barbasol Championship! Head to Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club July 18th - 21st to see 132 of the best players in the sport, including PGA TOUR Professionals. Seeing the action up close will provide priceless insights into your own game. Aside from witnessing some truly amazing play, there is a lot for spectators to enjoy during the tournament. Thursday, July 18th is Military Appreciation Day. Saturday, July 20th is Family Day, with activities for the entire family to enjoy. The championship ceremony will be held following play on Sunday, July 21st. Tickets are available online. If you’re interested in developing your own golf skills, central Kentucky boasts a number of options. Lexington Parks & Recreation offers adult golf schools under the direction of PGA Professionals. Many private golf courses offer one-on-one instruction while local pro shops can help outfit you for success. Local driving ranges allow you to practice your precision without the long haul.

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Kids can go in on the fun, too! Lexington Parks & Recreation’s Play Golf Lex Junior Programs offer lots of opportunities for children to discover their passion for golf. The Gilbert-Bunnell Golf Camps, which are held each spring, summer and fall, are a great way for kids to get golfing. Why golf? This low-impact sport typically burns more calories than a short trip to the gym – even if you take a cart! With sweeping views of some of central Kentucky’s most beautiful terrain, most players find golf to be a relaxing pastime. Many others find it to be the perfect environment to conduct important business meetings. Whether for work or pleasure, golf offers a host of benefits. It offers social interaction as well as a physical challenge. Practicing your swing requires balance, coordination and skill, promoting mental acuity. Not at home on the range? Putt-putt is a great family activity that doesn’t require a masterful backswing. Disc golf is an alternative for those who prefer frisbees to five irons. Whether you’re a seasoned golf fanatic or a complete novice, central Kentucky’s many golf courses are a fantastic way to get active outdoors this summer.

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LIFESTYLE Outfit of the Month

1. Whether you’re heading to the beach or just kickin’ it poolside this summer, go with what makes YOU feel fierce; for us that is always a fabulous animal print. Solid & Striped’s ‘The Nina’ one piece is made from smooth stretch fabric decorated with on-trend leopard spots and featuring a stylish waist-defining belt.

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When on vacation or even just visiting the pool on the weekend it’s important to have your favorite summertime essentials on hand. We opted for a flattering Norma Kamali sarong for when we feel like covering up, a comfy pair of Steve Madden slide-on sandals, a glamorous oversized Eugenia Kim hat, chic Valentino sunglasses, and of course a pretty and playful Fallon & Royce beach bag.

in the look: 1 | Eugenia Kim Veruschka hat 2 | Solid & Striped The Nina belted leopard-print swimsuit 3 | Valentino Oversized hexagonal acetate sunglasses 4 | Fallon & Royce Canvas Tote With Crystals 5 | Steven by Steve Madden Greece Sandals (Available at Macy’s Fayette Mall) 6 | Norma Kamali Ernie Multi-Way Oversized Sarong 7 | LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Face and Body Cleanser (Available at The Summit AT Fritz Farm)

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Selena Gomez’s Icy Opal Beauty At The 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival

by jesse brooks

The opening ceremony of the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off with an ultra glamorous bang last month with dozens of stars gracing the red carpet, but it was the lovely Selena Gomez that instantly charmed us. The icy, old Hollywood glamour that renowned makeup artist Hung Vanngo created on the singer/actress was a true standout. Donning an all white 2-piece custom Louis Vuitton gown that was on the more simplistic side, Hung was able to accentuate Selena’s exotic features with a shimmery pearl hued winged eye, bronzed skin and a bombshell red lip using all Marc Jacobs Beauty products that can be found at Sephora Fayette Mall.

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or Tayler and Ramsey Simmons, a chance interaction turned into something much more. “During my first semester at Western Kentucky University, Ramsey and I shared a geography course. We met once again in an economics course the following semester and ended up sitting next to each other every day.” Though a great friendship flourished, a trip to Bonnaroo with friends featuring a front row, main stage performance by Sir Paul McCartney under the stars was just the opportunity they needed for sparks to ignite. “Good memories were formed, to say the least,” laughs Tayler, “and after Bonnaroo, not a day has gone by that we haven’t spoken to one another six years later!” Throughout the remainder of college, through many jobs and moving cities, the lovebirds have stayed together. Once Ramsey proposed, the happy couple excitedly commenced planning for their October 2018wedding date. “I came across The Barn at Cedar Grove and fell completely head over heels,” exclaims Tayler. “It had everything that we needed!” The gorgeous outdoor ceremony spot sealed the deal for the couple as it reminded them of a shared love for the outdoors and the many hours spent hiking together during their early dating years. Because both the bride and groom were born and raised in Kentucky, (Ramsey in Scottsville and Tayler in Bowling Green), The Barn at Cedar Grove fit the centralized location they desired allowing both families to attend their wedding without having to travel very far. Further, Tayler and Ramsey were also thrilled with their decision to use the venue because of the incredible staff who were super helpful throughout the entire process, making it a joy to work with them for both their ceremony and reception.

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Adorned in beautiful pearl earrings from one of her grandmothers and carrying a Treasure Chest Florist bouquet featuring a sentimental broach from her other grandmother, Tayler was stunning as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom in a Justin Alexander dress from Steel Magnolia of Somerset. Ramsey, an avid collector of brightly colored socks, selected a fun pair to wear with his navy Calvin Klein suit as he waited for his bride to meet him at the altar. During their vows, as Ramsey went to grab Tayler’s ring to place on her finger, he lost his grip on it and her wedding band went rolling across the concrete floor of the barn right into the skirt of her dress! “I bent over, picked it up, and we tried again! Nerves are really high on your wedding day, no matter how much planning you do, and that little moment is one of my favorites that we still laugh about today,” says Tayler. Similarly, “Aside from the moment we said, ‘I do’, we share quite a few favorite memories from the day,” the Simmons reminisce. Some of these are more culinary inclined such as the artisan food truck catering service by the Rolling Oven, a donut wall, a hot chocolate and cookie bar, and a small, naked cake for the reception baked by the bride. “These details really make me smile because they are such a testament to how hard my mother and I worked to pull everything off,” Tayler explains. Others, however, are more sentimental, including their first dance as husband and wife and the father-daughter and mother-son dances. “These were so special to us and we will cherish them forever,” Tayler says. Not to discount the passion for music which helped to bring them together so many years ago, the Simmons disclose that they spent months planning their reception playlist to really reflect who they are. “Our DJ, Brandon DeWitt who happens to be a long-time friend of Ramsey’s from Scottsville, really set the tone for our reception and we loved it all,” Tayler imparts. “To be honest, we don’t wish for a single thing to have gone differently,” Tayler reflects. “Just seeing all of our family and friends share sweet moments together throughout the evening was wonderful and we will remember them fondly forever.” They encourage couples who are planning their own wedding to think about what details will really matter to them when they look back on their special day years down the road. “Decide what matters to you most as a couple and don’t feel like you have to follow every tradition if it doesn’t resonate with you,” Tayler advises. Ramsey adds, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy it all and be completely in the moment.” “Also,” he laughs, “don’t plan a 16-hour flight the morning after your wedding. We wish we would have taken that piece of advice!”

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PHOTOGRAPHER Morgan Marie Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Caitlin Oakes Videography VENUE The Barn at Cedar Grove WEDDING PLANNER Sandy Ellnor, Sassy

CATERING Rolling Oven FLOWERS Treasure Chest Florist BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER Justin Alexander BRIDAL GOWN The Steel Magnolia

GROOM/GROOMSMEN Calvin Klein HAIR + MAKEUP The Bride STATIONERY Minted DJ Brandon DeWitt, Groom’s Friend

Spoon Catering + Mother of the Bride

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LIFESTYLE Weddings Unveiled

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It’s hard to find an appetizer that you know will please everyone, so it is nice to have a healthier option for your guests mixed in with the comfort foods. Whether you choose a cucumber roll up or tofu skewer, your guests will appreciate your diet-friendly options!

Recent Bride & Owner of Haley Michelle Designs

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Combining elegance and ease, this home elevates everyday living. story by donna ison photos by shaun ring

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As one of the only female builders in Central Kentucky, Victoria Rosok of Premier Home Builders, LLC, brings years of experience and a unique perspective to each construction project, and people have taken notice. Premier Home Builders has won “Best New Home Design of the Year” on two separate occasions and has been awarded “Best of Houzz” two years in a row for Customer Service. Last year, it was also awarded “Best of Lexington” in the Builder category. Designed with an emphasis on ease and elegance, “The Bella,” which garnered the honor of “Best New Home Design of 2018” from the Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky, is no exception.

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“We wanted this space to be very versatile, so we went with an open floorplan, a big island in the kitchen for easy for entertaining and full first floor living, including storage,” Vickie states, “And when selecting the finishes, it was all about easy maintenance and using surfaces that are not going to stain and you can just wipe off.” The Bella was purchased last fall by John and Cathy Lutzkanin, after relocating to Lexington from Denver, Colorado with their two golden retrievers. The home had everything the couple was searching for in a property. Cathy states, “We really wanted first floor living, an open concept, and as little carpet as possible because of our dogs. Also, we anticipated we would have, at least, one parent moving in with us at some point, so we needed a separate second floor.” This home provides all of this and more, while exuding livable luxury throughout.

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Upon entering through a set of handsome mahogany double doors topped with an arched transom, you step into a gracious great room with a formal dining and living area connected to a large kitchen. As in all Premier Home Builders homes, the space is teeming with sophisticated details such as crown molding, tall ceilings, eight-foot doors, custom columns and the subtle touch of rounded corners. An expanse of windows allows natural light to pour in from all sides. A coffered ceiling with white beams and gas-log fireplace, from Fireplace Concepts, with a sleek mantle in the same crisp white give the living room a clean and classic feel. These deliberate touches led to the home receiving the award for Interior Features during the 2018 Grand Tour of Homes. Of course, the couple has imbued the home with their own personality, as well.

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For the first floor, Cathy chose a color palette of muted purples and rich brown. “I love color, but still wanted it to be calming. And, after being a nurse for thirty-two years, I wanted nothing to do with hospital colors. So, we went for soothing and tranquil, but still different.” Their furnishings, most of which came from Signature Furniture, were purchased specifically for the house. Cathy explains, “We have moved a lot in our time together, so we very rarely bring furniture with us.” The style is relaxed yet refined with an overstuffed sofa, traditional wingback chairs, and contemporary tables. Though they loved the look of the the original dark hardwood flooring from ProSource, it was replaced with Rogers Floor Covering’s engineered plank in pine for a purely practical reason. Cathy explains, “It was absolutely gorgeous, but our older dogs just couldn’t walk on it.” 134

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The kitchen is located just off the family room through a large cased opening and is a perfect representation of Vickie’s design philosophy. She says, “I always try to achieve a push and pull of masculine and feminine.” This involves creating a harmonious balance of heavy and airy, sharp and curved, dark and light elements. “With the cabinetry and countertops, it gives it a masculine feel. But, then you add the light fixtures and jewelry of home for a feminine feel,” states Vickie. The central focal point of the room is a large island, with seating, topped by a stunning quartz countertop from Artistic Granite, chosen for its combination of durability and beauty. Substantial, white custom cabinetry with decorative trim, from Castle Cabinetry, anchors the room. The stove hood, with its contoured design and ornate corbeled shelf adds an artisan feel. And, black quartz countertops and a porcelain tile backsplash, also from Artistic Granite, compliment the white wood.

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Above the island, a pair of brushed silver chandeliers with dangling crystals from Ferguson provides a feminine nuance. “If you’d ever told me I’d have chandeliers in my house, I wouldn’t have believed you. But, I love them. It just works.” Cathy says, with a laugh.

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Form meets function in every room. “For the lay-out, everything is in relation to each other for everyday function, but also for when you’re entertaining,” says Vickie. For this reason, the bar with display shelving is located at the edge of the living room, so guests feel welcome to help themselves. Originally, a breakfast nook was incorporated into the design, but Cathy and John opted for a coffee conversation arrangement instead.

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The owner’s suite won First Place in the Master Suite category in the 2018 Grand Tour of Homes. Through discreet pocket doors, the roomy owner’s bedroom connects to a lavish bath with a soaking tub, sinks with quartz countertops and a glass-walled, walk-in shower with a glass block window. Just beyond, through a cased opening, lies a stunning custom closet replete with ample shelving and hanging space, a graceful chandelier and a perfectly angled, three-way mirror, which is the only aspect of the closet visible from the bedroom. As Vickie points out, “It’s all about presentation.”

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In all of her homes, Vickie strives to make day-to-day living easier and more enjoyable. One way is to ensure homeowner’s have more than enough storage on both levels, including a longer than average garage. Her homes have both an owner’s and guest’s coat closet, with the owner’s being near the garage where they most often enter and exit. Another small touch with a big impact is a hanging rod in the laundry room for air drying garments. Premier Home Builders built their first spec home in Tuscany. Vickie states, “Our plan was that if it didn’t sell, we would move into the home. It sold in thirty minutes with three offers to back it up. And, from there, we were on our way.”

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The first floor also boasts a full guest suite with a full bath. According to Vickie, “We are really trying to incorporate a full guest suite into every design. We find it really works if they have elderly parents who are visiting, or we have a younger couple that would like to initially have their toddler or baby on the first floor, and then later graduate them to the second floor.” The second floor contains two spacious guest rooms with sizable windows, a full guest bath, large linen closet and ample attic storage. It also boasts a versatile bonus room, which is currently being used as a gym, but will soon to be transformed into a sitting room for Cathy’s mother who is relocating from New England to reside with the couple.

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Though they thoroughly enjoy every room of the first floor, the couple’s favorite place to recoup and relate is the backyard. Each had a “must have” detail they demanded be incorporated into the space. For John, it was the organic fountain encircled by free-form flat pavers and featuring a trio of boulders configured to give a waterfall effect. Cathy added two large L-shaped brick planters to the design. The multi-colored stone patio contains a seating area, dining area and firepit surrounded by Adirondack chairs all amidst pristine landscaping with pops of color.

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Another bonus to the home is its location in the in the Tuscany development in Hamburg. “It is so convenient to everything. And, I lucked into the fact that it is also only three miles from my office,” says Cathy, “And, we love the neighborhood. We have a great group of neighbors. It is the nicest mix of people.” Since moving to Lexington, the couple has found several businesses they love to frequent including Le Deauville, Carson’s Food and Drink, Coles 735, and Jean Farris Winery & Bistro. And though, coming from Denver, the damp and humid Kentucky weather has been challenging, the warmth of our inhabitants has more than made up for it. John says, “Having lived all over the country, we have never been in a friendlier place.” Cathy adds, “This city has the nicest people, by far, hands down.”

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Looking for the perfect calm, hazy blue? Valspar’s Seattle Haze (known as Twinkle, Twinkle at some locations) is a gentle blue that’s touched by purple and grey to create a relaxing shade that’s perfect for bringing in softness and serenity. Seattle Haze brings a nod to the coast, and it’s an easy look to master. Blonde woods, seagrass, hemp fiber and accents with natural inspirations will pair perfectly with this paint. Clean lines and clever textures are the way to go for a beachy look. Anchor the space with charcoal touches: pure black would feel too harsh against the muted palette. Here, Seattle Haze is employed in a conversation space that makes the most of the architectural features and white beams to draw interest. It’s a smart choice for loft spaces, but it could be a clever pick for bringing calm to a living room, nursery or bedroom – there’s a reason some stores call it Twinkle, Twinkle! It would also be a great pick for a home’s exterior if beachside vibes are the goal. Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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amantha Johnson is not just a Super Mom, she is a Super Star and her 7-year-old son, King, is already following in her footsteps. Samantha has been directing the Night Market in Lexington for the past four years in addition to managing high profile clients across the nation through her own PR Firm, SaManhatanPR, and working Part-Time for Delta Airline where she and her family enjoy the perks of being able to fly whenever, wherever. What’s more, she is currently working on her third Netflix affiliated project but being a mom is the role she strives to always put first. Samantha shares, “Over the past 4 years of directing The Night Market and intentionally growing the diversity, I’ve also witnessed King’s growing from an unfamiliar four-year-old to running the show at seven-years-old on site and he is the best promoter ever. He sees me follow my dreams, serve community, cook dinner and more. Not only is King already adept in the promotional arts, he plays the violin, is a super-spy scientist, creates outstanding songs, has been learning Chinese for almost a year, is an open mic pro when it comes to poetry and loves flying on airplanes. Though Samantha is inspired to be a Super Mom by the belief that a happy mom influences a happy child, this has not always come easy. Samantha explains, “I would see statuses on social media jokingly referencing moms slowly slipping away from themselves but ending it with an obligatory statement of ‘I don’t know where my life would be without my son/daughter.’ The truth is, I do know where my life would be and it kind of looks exactly how my life is now minus a kid and probably living in NYC. I just took a different route to get where I am today. Instead of living in NYC, now I can go to NYC everyday if I want and my son gets to experience that right beside me. I want him to see me for who I am to the core so that he feels comfortable being his most authentic self.”

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This sound advice is not only motivating for new mothers, but for anyone that may temporarily feel like they are losing their identity in trying to conform to an idea of what life should look like. It inspires us all to realize our own life path and search for our version of happy. Samantha continues, “If I conform to something beyond my happiness it will only teach him the exact opposite of what we believe. We like to ask, ‘What’s the BEST that could happen?’ And King will know that he is a super kid with a super mom who inspires him beyond belief. You cannot be what you cannot see, and between his dad, Bilal El-Amin and myself, he will have endless opportunities.”

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T: What are your biggest challenges? SJ: Raising a black male in America who is above average height and weight for his age and explaining to him the

current climate and encouraging him beyond the comments that kids bring to school regarding politics. We have already had very serious talks about racism, privilege and how to turn the other cheek, believe it or not. These haven’t been out of caution, but to stand against issues he has faced already in the 1st grade.

T: What is the most rewarding part of being a mom? SJ: Realizing that kids are resilient, that doing what works for us is best and knowing that my influence on this little

human is super impactful. I get to see the wheels turn until the light comes on. When he says he wants to fly a plane, we schedule to fly a real plane for an hour because it’s my job to show him that, all things are possible.

T: What advice do you have for other moms? SJ: Girl, do you! Tend to your family to the best of your ability but do not lose yourself and when your grip slips,

call someone you trust and take a break. Be an example beyond just caring for you kid(s). How can you tell a child to follow their dreams, but they never see you do it? And instead of preparing your children for the worst that could happen, encourage them to think more positively; it will force you to do the same. We don’t realize how conditioned we are to be careful that we grow hesitant to live our best lives.

To learn more about the Night Market, please visit their website at nolicdc.org/the-night-market and be sure to say hi to Samantha at one of their upcoming events on July 5, August 2, September 6 and October 4.

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hether you are 25 or 65, you’re probably caring for an older family member in some capacity, or know someone who is. As a generation, baby boomers are in the unique position of being seniors themselves or caregivers for their aging parents. The oldest boomers turn 73 this year and the youngest are 55. Boomers are the only generation whose birth years, 1946 to 1964, are agreed upon by all sorts of organizations. The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living (BGAAAIL) offers an annually updated “Pathways Guide” on its website. The 100-page PDF contains information on

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housing options and home health care, medical supplies and transportation, meals and activities, and legal details such as living wills, advance directives and a durable power of attorney. The federally funded National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) offers supplemental supplies and respite assistance for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, and people who are caring for senior family members. These NFCSP services are available through the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living. The local agency also provides caregiver counseling to address difficult issues, caregiver training to help with decision-making, and assistance

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in locating any other service a caregiver might want. According to the Kentucky Partnership for Long-term Care, at least 70% of people over the age of 65 will need certain longterm care services, like an assisted-living facility or nursing home. More often than not, it is up to the individual or family to pay for those services. Kelly Parsons, a certified social worker with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at UK, researched the average monthly cost of senior care in the area. A skilled nursing facility (nursing home) is $8,120. Assisted living runs $4,000 to $6,000 per month, and

a personal care home aide around $3,200. “Medicare covers none of these,� she said. An assisted-living facility is a social model. Personal care and skilled nursing facilities are medical models. For in-home assistance, caregivers have quite a few choices, from private individuals who are often referred by friends and acquaintances, to franchise organizations with employees that have been screened and bonded, up to 24/7 private-duty nursing with licensed medical professionals.

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When hiring an agency, Parsons advises asking about their liability insurance, how long employees have worked for the company, what their policy is if an employee cancels on a scheduled day, what their backup plans are, and if the employees are bonded. Besides looking at background checks, what’s your gut feeling? And remember, it is a business. “They wouldn’t be able to survive if they sent someone for an hour a day. Typically they have a three or four-hour minimum to book,” she said. “Get to know that care provider. Let them know your mother was a master gardener, so the provider you hired can walk in and say, ‘I cannot get my tomatoes to grow, can you help me?’ and start a relationship, so your loved one feels they are of value.”

the discovery that there are changes in the brain decades before there are outward symptoms of Alzheimer’s; the identification of an illness that looks like Alzheimer’s disease but has different pathological changes in the brain; and just this spring, the center’s Dr. Peter Nelson co-chaired breakthrough research in the discovery of LATE dementia, an acronym for Limbic-predominant Agerelated TDP-43 Encephalopathy.

Caring for aging parents long-distance? “Wherever you go in any state, if you call the local city government they’re going to have an Area Agency on Aging,” Parsons said.

For those with aging relatives who are resistant to handing over their car keys, Parsons said, “I encourage them to let us be the bad guys and say, ‘You can’t drive.’”

Founded in 1979, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is one of 32 such centers in the United States and is the top recruiter into clinical trials. The center at UK is a pretty big deal. It is recognized around the world for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias. When you hear national news about the latest Alzheimer’s research, chances are good that the research came from Lexington, Kentucky. Examples include 162

“Not all dementia is Alzheimer’s, but all Alzheimer’s is dementia,” Parsons said. She encourages family members to have open and honest conversations about safety issues like driving, for one thing, and to stop and recognize “how incredibly difficult it can be to move through the aging process.”

Yes, driving is associated with independence, but it is simply not worth the safety risk. Parsons says to focus instead on continuing your love one’s strong social life. “Can somebody from church come pick up Mom? Are they safe enough to use Uber?” She also recommends using ITN of the Bluegrass to call and schedule rides to the hairdresser or grocery store.

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$4,000-$6,000

Amounts sourced from Kelly Parsons, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at UK

Projected populations for Lexington-Fayette County in 2020* Total Population 333,580 Baby Boomers (age 55 and older)

83,390 Generation X (age 40 to 54)

59,744 Millennials (age 20 to 39)

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“We’ve come a long way in dementia diagnosis,” Parsons said. “Before, it was like cancer and people wouldn’t talk about it. But so many more families are affected by it now.” She added it’s important to honor the life of those diagnosed with dementia. “They have short-term memory problems and might not recognize people, but it doesn’t mean they didn’t live.” Cassie Mitchell is a nurse by trade and COO of Bluegrass Care Navigators. “For adult caregivers, the health care system is so complicated and convoluted, trying to figure out what Mom needs and where Dad needs to go is pretty complicated,” she said. Mitchell urges people to have a goals-of-care conversation with aging parents. “What we see often is, nobody is talking about what they want or putting it in writing, leaving other family members trying to make decisions on someone’s behalf and there’s all this angst.” For example, four grown children whose mom has had a stroke may have four different opinions about how to care for her. Having a conversation ahead of time about what she would want will go a long way toward having the whole family on board. Check out TheConversationProject.org for tips. Bluegrass Care Navigators was formed in 1978 as Hospice of the Bluegrass. The name was changed in early 2017 and now operates in 32 counties across Kentucky. On any given day, BCN is providing hospice care to more than 200 Lexingtonians in homes, senior living facilities and in area hospitals. In addition to end-of-life hospice care, Bluegrass Care Navigators provides six other lines of service for those facing chronic and serious illnesses. There’s a transitional care program with a clinical team to support patients after a hospital discharge; home primary care and “Extra Care” private duty nursing programs; palliative care that works alongside any physicians’ treatments to provide relief from the symptoms and stresses of a serious illness and thereby improve the quality of life; an adult day health care center in Frankfort for social and medical care for those who are aging at home and whose families may need extra support while they work or take a break from caregiving; general grief support services and specific support groups. BCN is one of only nine Palliative Centers of Excellence in the United States. “People assume they are one and the same,” Mitchell said of hospice and palliative care. “Palliative is the management of symptoms. It’s a specialty like cardiology is a specialty.” Palliative care can be needed with or without hospice care. For someone who has lived with heart disease for years, for example, a palliative specialist focuses on treating the symptoms of the disease, while a cardiologist treats the disease itself.

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TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS from Kelly Parsons, CSW

IF YOUR LOVED ONE HAS THE CAPACITY, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY IN PLACE TO MANEUVER THROUGH PAYING THEIR BILLS OR SIGNING THEM IN SOMEWHERE. FIND OUT ABOUT DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. WRITE OUT A LIST OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE (MOW THE YARD, PICK UP A PRESCRIPTION) SO WHEN SOMEONE ASKS IF THERE’S ANYTHING THEY CAN DO, YOU CAN TELL THEM SOMETHING SPECIFIC. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND FIND WAYS TO GET RESPITE.

Lexington has four senior centers for residents 60 and older with offerings of all kinds, including fitness classes and yoga, meditation and art, music and dancing, bingo and chess, and tai chi for arthritis. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a learning program at UK for residents 50 and older in Lexington and Morehead. There are classes, workshops, a speaker series and social outings for a nominal registration fee per semester. “We are social people,” UK’s Parsons said. “All the research shows that for healthy brain aging, we need to stay social, exercise and eat well.”

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RESOURCES Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living bgaaail.com

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging centeronaging.uky.edu

Bluegrass Care Navigators bgcarenav.org

Transportation for seniors (Volunteer drivers welcome!) itnbluegrass.org

Lexington’s Four Senior Centers lexingtonky.gov/aging

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Other menu items not to miss include the black beans reminiscent of something you’d find in the upper Antilles. “They’re mom’s recipe, half is puréed and half is whole beans to give a nice texture and then they’re seasoned up with spices like allspice and nutmeg,” says Laurenvil. The curried chickpeas are lower Antilles inspired by Indian flavors and a coconut curry sauce. And then you have the Jackfruit Tacos: a combination of griddled jackfruit seasoned with jerk rub and served atop flour tortillas topped off with housemade pineapple mango salsa. It’s a sweet and mildly spicy vegan dish that pleases all palates. “Vegetarian and pescatarian is common fare in the islands. There’s not a lot of milk and cheese and you find a lot of tropical fruits and vegetables. I started cooking without some of the meats and ended up with some delicious dishes”, comments Laurenvil. “There’s a great population of vegetarians and vegans here in Lexington and they support what we’re doing.” The final dish from the current menu that Laurenvil often enjoys himself is his take on a Cuban sandwich. “We use a brioche bun and turn it into a melt, we serve it with plantain chips and it’s good - really good,” says Laurenvil. Whether you want to listen to some music and enjoy a laid-back meal with your friends or to indulge in a melty Cuban sandwich with plantain chips and a pineapple juice to wash it all down, Beach House will transport your taste buds to the islands. “Every time someone comes, they say they appreciate something about it—for a lot of people, it feels like home. That value keeps me inspired”. here in a neighborhood that is growing and thriving,” comments Laurenvil. “It was a 2-year process to get this place going but it’s been worth it”. Laurenvil, who was born and raised in Miami, learned to cook from his mom Fida. “Everything I grew up eating was hard to find in Lexington so we started with pop-ups around town under mom’s name and then a spot in Al’s bar opened up so we stayed long term and everyone started coming to see us,” recalls Laurenvil. “While my mom isn’t as involved in the cooking for Beach House she’s still involved in tasting my food and giving her feedback,” laughs Laurenvil. “She’s always judging my food and never quite gives me the approval; she always has an opinion but she’s been my best teacher.” With its natural wood floors, bright walls, live plants and beachthemed artwork featuring ocean waves, gorgeous sunsets and palm trees, you can’t help but picture yourself gathered around one of the bourbon barrel tables with a group of friends as you taste on plates of Jerk Chicken Udon, Jackfruit Tacos, Curried Chickpeas and Fida’s famous black beans and rice, washing it all down with a tropical fruit nectar. “In the Caribbean, there are so many influences from around the world. The Jerk Chicken Udon combines Asian influences of udon noodles with Dutch flavors of Jerk spice. “The broth for the Udon is a collaboration with Ramon at The Jerk Lex, he does pop-ups here in town and bottles his spices. We’ve always wanted to collaborate on something so he came in and we whipped up the broth together,” says Laurenvil.

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Main Ingredients: Mango Pineapple Salsa, Jackfruit and Corn Tortillas To Prepare: To make the salsa, dice mango and pineapple. Mix together a base of apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, salt and pepper, bell peppers, red onion, cilantro and mix it all together. Set aside. Marinate the jackfruit in a jerk seasoning blended paste using Ramon Hargon's Jerk spice. Cook it down in oil to a dark color. Add in scotch bonnet pepper, soy sauce, red onion and bell peppers to create a paste. Thin out with water and squeeze over jackfruit and stew on a flat top grill. Place in warm corn tortillas. Top jackfruit with salsa and serve with a piece of lime.

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What made you fall in love with food? My mom. It’s easy to go out and eat but when you understand the process and seeing how serious my mom was about the process when she was teaching us, you realize how much goes into it. There’s an innate science—do this don’t do this. If you want to get this taste, balance with this. When my mom showed me I really understood what goes into it. Anyone can follow a recipe but each recipe translates differently depending on who’s cooking. My mom’s passion made me care. How do you stay inspired? Close people around me, my girlfriend and friends. Lexington values what I am doing, they show up even though we’re a small mom and pop. They come for the experience. Favorite thing to drink? Tropical fruit nectars. The fruity flavors go well with Jerk - I love a good pineapple juice or nectar. Do you have a morning ritual if so, what does it look like? Get up and rush to the restaurant haha. Well first, I do some shopping then I come into the restaurant and look at where everything is at for the day. I cut on the appliances and lights and make sure it all warms up and after that, I do the basic prep then I start cooking. When you’re not working are you cooking or grabbing carryout? Carry-out. I like the taco trucks, Thai food (Jasmine Rice). Sushi (Yamaguchi, Blue Sushi, Sakura and Tachibana). Favorite veggie? Eggplant. It’s very versatile. Boil it down and use it in a stew with cabbage, my favorite dish with it is veggie lagoon.

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Beach House Caribbean Coffee & Tapas 109 West Sixth Street, Lexington Favorite dish from your childhood? The fish - snapper, stewed snapper. What do you love most about Lexington? It’s a place that is growing and a city with a lot of opportunities to build and bring something that Lexington doesn’t have already. There is a tradition here but there is also a lot of room to grow. Open minded people here support new things. Piece of advice for someone who dreams of pursuing a career in food. Love the process. There are days where I am over it but I love the process. The process of starting from scratch from all of these different components and figuring out how to put it all together you have to love it. The food business can be stressful so you must love it.

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What’s the last thing you ate? The pineapple mango salsa, but I’ve been eying a Cuban all day! If you could cook for anyone who would it be and what would you make? I’d have to say, my family. We’ve cooked in here plenty of times but me actually taking over the kitchen for a homecooked Thanksgiving style meal. I would make them all the specials that my mom cooks haha, kidding, she’d have opinions. I’d have to break away from that and come up with my own dish so I would make a traditional Labouyi, a dish in Haiti I have never made but grew up eating, it’s awesome. It’s essentially a porridge made with green plantains for breakfast. There’s anise in the middle and it’s hearty.


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ALFALFA’S

141 E. Main St. | 859.253.0014 | AlfalfaRestaurant.com

Since 1973, Alfalfa’s has been serving up locally sourced, fresh ingredients and a host of vegetarian options. For brunch, the Tofu Burrito is a much-loved choice: enjoy crumbled spiced tofu with black beans, onions, mixed bell peppers and spinach, topped with diced tomatoes and chopped scallions, served with corn tortillas and red chili sauce. Or give The Alfalfa Hoppin’ John a try, featuring black-eyed peas and brown rice served with Creole tomato sauce, white cheddar, onions and bell peppers.

BOURBON N’ TOULOUSE

Athenian Grill’s authentic Greek menus boast many vegetarian and vegan options, which are clearly marked to make dining meat-free easy. Start with Dolmathakia, a vegan appetizer featuring grape leaves stuffed with basmati rice and spices. The Greek Veggie Plate includes Tyropitakia (mini phyllo pie with feta and katiki cheeses) served alongside their Greek Garden Salad and your choice of sides.

829 Euclid Ave. | 859.335.0300 | ILoveCajun.com

THE SAGE RABBIT

BUDDHA LOUNGE

This chef-driven, farm to table eatery boasts plenty of meatfree options. For lunch, grab the Veggie Tostada with black beans, rice and seasonal vegetables. For dinner, try one of their many pasta options, or ask the server what’s on special. From delicious gnocchi to bright, delicious veggies, there’s bound to be something for everyone in your crew at The Sage Rabbit.

This urban chic downtown eatery has an impressive menu that welcomes a wide variety of tastes. Their signature Blue Grass Roll features avocado, cream cheese, apple, cucumber, tomato and yum yum sauce. Enjoy your roll with some Veggie Gyoza or a Veggie Tempura Platter. The impressive drink menu will make Buddha Lounge your new favorite hangout spot.

438 S. Ashland Ave. | 859.523.2095 | TheSageRabbit.com

Hop to the vegetarian section of Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s menu board for some exciting options that are anything but boring. Try their popular Black Beans and Caramelized Corn, finished with red bell peppers and a light cream reduction. Their Artichoke and Parmesan Cream with Mushrooms dish is a favorite among locals.

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Summer sipping.

Pasta + cheese = yes, please!

A mojito is a traditional highball style drink made popular in Cuba.

Mac and cheese is more than the sum of it's parts. Whether you use a secret cheese blend, add bacon, jalapenos or broccoli, mac and cheese always contains a large dose of comfort regardless of exact recipe.

A refreshing combination of white rum, lime juice, sparkling water, sugar and mint, the mojito is a perfect summertime patio pick-me-up.

Our pick: Take your mac to the next level with J. Render's "Oh No You Didn't" Grilled Cheese sandwich. Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce and Smoked Mac & Cheese are nestled between American Cheese Slices and Texas Toast then grilled to perfection.

Our pick: Creaux's concoction of rum, soda, and fresh muddled mint. Try it avored with blackberry, mango or strawberry.

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Guac rocks! Beloved as guacamole and avocado toast, avocados are so much more than these dishes. With vitamins C, E and K, omega-3 fatty acids the heart-health fats found in this superfruit make it a great replacement for high fat, unhealthy oils. Our favorite example of the versatility of avocado is, no question, avocado brownines. However, we'll never turn down the guac!

Chocolate obsession knows no season. Our pick: In deference to the season, we'll take our milk chocolate in iced and in liquid form over at Chocolate Holler. Now just to decide between the Iced Honey Bear or the Chocolate Shake from their summer menu!

Our pick: El Rancho Tapatio's Guacamole Dip alongside their Nachos Fajita appetizers.

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CAJUN SWEET POTATO FRIES Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients: 1 garlic clove 1 pound lean ground beef 1 teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon salt, divided ¼ teaspoon black pepper ½ cup less-sodium teriyaki marinade 2 large sweet potatoes ½ tablespoon coconut oil 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning Lime, zested 8-ounce can crushed pineapples, juice reserved 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (about 15 stems) ½ small red onion (send whole onion) 10-ounce bag shredded red cabbage 2 teaspoons sesame seeds 4 mini Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls

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Preparation: Prepare the Sliders: Mince the garlic, and add it to a bowl with the ground beef, ground ginger, ⅛ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. With clean hands, mash all of the ingredients together and form 8 equal-sized slider patties, using about ¼ cup of beef for each one. Marinate the Sliders: Place the sliders in a single layer in a baking dish, and pour the teriyaki marinade over them. Flip the sliders over once to make sure the bottoms are touching the marinade. Wash your hands thoroughly, and cover the dish tightly with foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Prepare the Cajun sweet potato fries: Preheat oven to 400°F, coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, and cut into thin fries. Combine the coconut oil, potatoes, cornstarch, and Cajun seasoning. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until golden and tender. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Prepare the Slaw: Zest the lime and whisk it together with the pineapple juice, mayonnaise, vinegar, and ⅛ teaspoon of salt. Wash and chop the cilantro. Cut the red onion in half, and thinly slice the other half (saving the first half for another use). Combine the red cabbage, red onion, cilantro and sesame seeds. Pour the dressing over it and toss with tongs. Cook the Sliders: Heat a grill pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Remove the sliders from the marinade and allow the excess to drip off. Cook the sliders for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. In a microwave safe bowl, warm the crushed pineapple. Split the Hawaiian rolls in half, and put 2 halves on each plate. Layer 1 slider on each bun half, followed by a heaping 1 tablespoon of slaw, and 1 tablespoon of warmed pineapple. Divide the sweet potato fries evenly between 4 plates. Nutrition Facts: Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 2 sliders + 18-20 fries Calories 464 | Fat 17g | Carbohydrates 53g Fiber 5g | Sugar 23g | Protein 27g

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PLAY BOOK As a coach, you motivate players the right way to build confidence and instill discipline."

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Once he got out of coaching in 2014, Reggie Hanson wasn’t exactly sure what he would do. However, the former University of Kentucky basketball player quickly had numerous inquiries from the corporate world about coming to work. story by Larry Vaught “In coaching, you develop certain skills that people in the corporate world want,” said Hanson. “I tried several different things that did not fit before I found what I really like.” Hanson says working in management at Dillard’s in Tampa is a lot like coaching because he had to build a team and organization. “As a coach, you motivate players the right way to build confidence and instill discipline,” Hanson said. “Now, I still have to recruit the right people that fit with what I want and then make them good at what they do. The only difference is that instead of being about winning and losing, it’s about sales. But I love it and we are thriving.” Hanson scored 1,167 points during his UK career from 1987-91 before later spending seven seasons on coach Tubby Smith’s UK staff after his playing and coaching career in Japan ended. He opted to stay at Kentucky when coach Eddie Sutton was fired and Rick Pitino arrived. Hanson’s devotion to the program led Pitino to rename the team’s sacrifice award to the Reggie Hanson Sacrifice Award. Pitino often said that Hanson was his most crucial recruit because he helped hold the team together when the Cats were on probation when Pitino took over. Hanson could have transferred to any school and been eligible as some did but stayed at Kentucky. “Rick has told me he didn’t know what he would have done if I had not stayed,” Hanson said. “My mother told me to trust in God and follow my heart. I signed up to come to Kentucky. Did I sign up for us to be part of an NCAA investigation or go on probation? No. But in life, if you start something, you’ve got to deal with it. Every player wants to make his stamp on the program in some way. For me, it was staying and helping the program get back to being dominant. “Rick told me I could develop into one of the top players in the SEC and be one of the most beloved players ever to UK fans. I gave up a lot to stay at Kentucky and get the program back on track. I don’t regret it one bit. Rick did a lot of things to promote me.” Dealing with adversity as he did is one of the lessons in Hanson’s new book, “10 Life Lessons: Learned as a Student-Athlete.” “I took my experiences at UK as a player for Rick Pitino the last three years and how each experience translated to real life,” Hanson said. “I give some funny stories about things that happened to me to

make the book more interesting.” Hanson moved from North Carolina to Somerset where he played basketball at Pulaski County High School. He also lived seven years in Japan playing and coaching. He also coached college basketball at South Florida. “I am glued to the game now. I love the game and keep up with the Cats and college basketball and the NBA,” Hanson said. He admits there are times he misses coaching, but he loves living in “year-round nice weather” in Tampa. His book was one way for him to stay connected to basketball at a time when more studentathletes are transferring than ever before. He hopes his book offers life advice for players and coaches. He also encourages fans to read the book. “Fans all mean well but they are not caught up in what the athlete goes through daily. If you are playing great, they love you. If you are playing bad, they tell you how bad you are,” he said. “You have got to respect that they have their opinion but fans have to figure kids ages 17 to 20 are trying to succeed and figure life out at the same time.” Sometimes fan experiences turn out different than anyone could expect. Hanson was a junior at UK when two Lexington high school sophomores — David Pulito and Josh Hopkins — met him in the Wildcat Lodge parking lot. “We ran over starstruck and he was nice enough to humor us and talk for a bit,” Hopkins, now a TV star, said. “Somehow we badgered him into giving us his number. We called and said we had something to bring him and went over and gave him a VHS of Michael Jordan’s ‘Come Fly with Me,’ some candy, basketball cards and two goldfish. “It’s embarrassing to admit all of this but Reggie was so nice to us. I never forgot it. We came by a few more times to say hello and then finally we were too embarrassed to keep bugging him.” Hopkins was one of the first to buy Hanson’s book and the player’s encounter with the “famous” actor is included in the book. “I want to get kids to understand you are a role model and have an impact that could go a long way and why it is important to treat all fans the same. I just was nice to a couple of high school guys and now I have a friendship with a famous actor,” Hanson said. “Our relationship has grown each year. I am very proud of Josh and David, who is a successful real estate agent in Lexington.

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SWIMMING TO ASIA If you are looking for inspiration about what determination can do for an athlete, say hello to University of Kentucky swimmer Asia Seidt. story by Larry Vaught She’s an eight-time first-team All-American, 2019 Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2019 Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year. Not bad for someone who wasn’t sure as a youngster that she would ever find a sport where she could succeed. “I started in T-ball when I was a kid. I was actually terrible. My mom pulled me out of that. We're part of a neighborhood pool and she said she just literally threw me in one day to see what happened and I ended up falling in love with the water,” said Seidt, a four-time SEC champion. “I have been competitively swimming since I was 6. That’s really the only thing I have ever done. I am not very good with hand-eye coordination type stuff. Soccer and baseball were not really my thing.” Seidt’s mother swam in high school but the UK senior says her mother “really didn’t do sports” and had no idea her daughter would become an All-American. “My family jokes that I was a little short, chunky kid and wasn’t very good at swimming at first,” Seidt said.

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Seidt is a two-time USA Swimming national team member (2017, 2018) as well as a two-time World University Games participant (2018, 2019). She’s part of nine UK school records going into her senior season. She never envisioned anything close to the success she’s had.

About age 12 she had a “huge” growth spurt and moved up to the highest level on her club team. She started training more and participated in her first multi-state competition.

“It has absolutely exceeded what I thought. I definitely had goals coming into college about what I wanted to do but I wasn’t highly recruited. Some coaches turned me away because I wasn’t fast enough,” she said. “I think that actually motivated me more because some thought I was not good enough.”

“That was the first championship I ever won. From there, I loved winning and I hated losing. I just realized then it was something I wanted to do, especially in college,” she said.

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“I may not have been the fastest in high school but with his training, I am able to be almost one of the fastest now,” Seidt, who has won the SEC 200-meter backstroke three straight years, said. Becoming a Wildcat for an athlete that grew up in Louisville was not hard. “I would say I was never a Louisville fan. My parents cheered for Kentucky but my mom grew up in California, so she doesn’t have any real ties to Kentucky,” Seidt, who has a 3.6 grade-point average, said. “When I got recruited, I fell in love with Kentucky and my entire family is Kentucky fans now. I think we have everything you could possibly have Kentucky-wise at our house.” Kentucky’s campus is filled with high profile athletes in various sports. Seidt’s resume certainly is the equal of anyone on campus but she doesn’t see herself that way. In fact, the one thing she hopes people know about her is that she is not that special. “Coming into college, I was scared. I didn’t look at schools because I didn’t think I was smart enough or wasn’t good enough to swim there,” Seidt said. “Looking back, that was such a frustrating time for me. I wish I could tell people who are in that situation to just believe in yourself. If you want to do it, you can do it.

...That actually motivated me more because some thought I was not good enough." “That is my goal to swim fast, be smart, work hard in the community and luckily, I can do that with the resources that Kentucky provides. If I had to put a message out there, I would just hope people believed in themselves or had more confidence in their ability to do things. It is possible obviously to do things you didn’t think you could. Look at me. I can do it and a lot of other athletes on this campus can do it, so always believe you can do that, too.”

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83RD JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LEXINGTON CHARITY HORSE SHOW July 8 - 13 | Kentucky Horse Park Rolex Stadium What started in 1937 as a fundraiser to support the Lexington Junior League’s community outreach efforts has grown into the world’s largest outdoor competition for American Saddlebreds and the first leg of the Saddlebred Triple Crown. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday & Saturday with children under six admitted for free. Morning sessions are free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Lexington. Learn more at lexjrleague.com.

THE PADDOCK DINNER SERIES A KEENELAND-CRAFTED EVENT July 11 | Keeneland Saddling Paddock From the beginning, Keeneland was meant to be “a gathering place for all.” With their renowned culinary team and the best locally sourced food from around the Bluegrass, Keeneland delivers on that promise by creating a beautiful and deliciously unique way to enjoy their iconic venue. Executive Chef Marc Therrien and his staff present guests with course after course of mouthwatering creations paired with craft cocktails in a family-style setting and live music. Whether you’re a selfproclaimed “foodie” or are simply looking for a unique dinner experience, this is a can’t miss event. Learn more at keeneland. com.

BREYERFEST July 12 - 14 | Kentucky Horse Park story by Jen Roytz Photo courtesy of Breyer Animal Creations

LAND OF LEGENDS HORSE COUNTRY TOUR Godolphin at Jonabell and Mill Ridge Farm Experience the life of a Thoroughbred on the Land of Legends tour. Throughout the summer, this unique tour will allow visitors to see the inner-workings of the American stallion division of Godolphin, a global powerhouse in international Thoroughbred racing and breeding, followed by a visit to Mill Ridge Farm, where you’ll be able to get up-close with mares, foals and yearlings at this family-owned and loved Thoroughbred nursery. After your tour, you can visit acclaimed chef Ouita Michel’s Honeywood Restaurant and enjoy a free order of beignets on the same day as your Horse Country experience. To learn more about this and other tours available through Horse Country, go to visithorsecountry.com.

Breyer Animal Creations brings horses to life with its popular BreyerFest event. Children and adults alike will enjoy Demonstrations and exhibitions from various breeds and disciplines, shop a huge vendor fair, get to meet some of the real horses behind the Breyer models and more. Every BreyerFest ticket includes a free limited edition Breyer model horse and free activities, like Breyer model painting, pony rides, circus acts, a petting zoo, face painting and more. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit breyerhorses.com.

HATS OFF DAY AT THE KHP July 27 | 9am - 9pm | Kentucky Horse Park Kentucky’s horse industry is responsible, both directly and indirectly, for an estimated 100,000 jobs. Hats Off Day is a family-friendly day-long celebration of the horse and its impact on the Commonwealth. In addition to free admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, guests will enjoy children’s activities, pony rides, interactive equine stations, a vendor fair, Grand Prix show jumping and more. Learn more at kyhorsepark.com.

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DAVID & BONNIE ADKISSON, MICHAELENE & WIL JAMES

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ENRIQUE GONZALES

RACHEL PATTON AND MAXINE RUDDER JACOB WALBOURN AND AMY SOHNER

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Summer Nights in Suburbia

Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show

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Kentucky Horse Park

JULY 7 Summerfest: Broadway Under the Stars Woodland Park

JULY 8 Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

JULY 9 Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

JULY 10 Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show

West Side Story 8pm Lexington Opera House

Summerfest: Much Ado About Nothing Woodland Park

JULY 12 Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

Breyerfest Kentucky Horse Park

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Barbasol Championship

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Champions at Keene Trace

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Dive-in Movie

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JULY 18 Breyerfest

5-8pm Downtown

Barbasol Championship

2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

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LexArts Hop

Barbasol Championship Champions at Keene Trace

Summerfest: Broadway Under the Stars Woodland Park

Summerfest: Broadway Under the Stars Woodland Park

JULY 21 Barbasol Championship Champions at Keene Trace

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Story Circle: The Secret Garden

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

10-11am Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Rood & Riddle Grand Prix Kentucky Horse Park

Dive-in Movie

8-11pm Shillito Park

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

BrickUniverse Lego® Fan Expo

10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Lexington Center

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

AUGUST 1 Disney's Newsies

8pm Lexington Opera House

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

AUGUST 4 Disney's Newsies

1pm Lexington Opera House

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

JULY 28 BrickUniverse Lego® Fan Expo

10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Lexington Center

AUGUST 2 Disney's Newsies

AUGUST 8 Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest 7pm Central Public Library

8pm Lexington Opera House

JULY 29 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

JULY 30

AUGUST 3

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

Disney's Newsies

AUGUST 9 Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest 8pm Embassy Suites

AUGUST 10 Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest 7:30pm Kentucky Horse Park

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Due to the changing nature of events, please contact hosting organizations before attending any event. Visit TOPSinLex.com for more fun!


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Dare to Defeat Epilepsy Walk

Art Still, Drew Franklin and Valerie Still at the Children's Charity Cabaret Show & Dinner

Gwyn and Ren Everly at the J. Renders 3rd Anniversary

Maserati Mingle Courtesy Fun Day 210

TOPS in Lexington | July 2019


Profile for TOPS Magazine

Tops in Lexington - July 2019  

Who's who, what's new and what to do in Lexington, Kentucky.

Tops in Lexington - July 2019  

Who's who, what's new and what to do in Lexington, Kentucky.