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July 2014 • PRICELESS T O P S • L e x i n g t o n ’s M o s t I n f l u e n t i a l M a g a z i n e

July 2014


vol. 8 no. 7


FEATURES 54 107 111 114 117 133 163 160 189 210

There’s a DOC for That The Journey Through Infertility Is Plastic Surgery Right for You? Cosmetic Dentistry Alternative Medicine TOPS Cares: Jubilee Jobs of Lexington TOPS Tour of Homes: Redefining Townhome Luxury Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships TOP People to Know WOW Wedding: Stevi & Sam Brooks

TOPS IN EQUINE 139 145 150 153 158

Horse Park Happenings Local Flavor: Punchestown Stable Fillies in the Workplace: Michelle Mullins California Dreamin’: Triple Crown Nickers



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Out & About I


Out & About II


TOPS June Preview Party


Catholic Charities A Divine Affair


KET Summer Celebration I


KET Summer Celebration II


Broadway Live 2014-15 Season Announcement


Jarrett’s Joy Cart


Taste of the Bluegrass I


Taste of the Bluegrass II


Keeneland Concours d’Elegance


Salvation Army Annual Luncheon


National Association of Professional Women


Christian Care Communities


194 Cardinal Hill Telethon 196 Encore Fundraiser for OperaLex 198 YMCA Awards 200 2014 Black Men Working Academic Signing 202 Toyota Celebrates 10 Million cars made in Kentucky 204 Lexington Restaurants I 206 Lexington Restaurants II 208 Go Red for Women at the Lexington Legends 226 TOP Shots



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52 TOP 5 Dining: Vegetarian Friendly 53 A Taste of Thyme: Tantalizing Tomatoes 120 Relationships: Oh, the Weeds I’ve Watered 123 Posh Paws: Five Cool Ways to Chill with Your Dog 126 Family: Getting there is Half the Fun (?) 127 Parties: TOP Party Themes for Kids 128 Etiquette & Entertaining: From Whence Cometh Your Manners 131 Fashion: Get Dressed 180 Gardening: Attracting Hummingbirds 182 Health & Fitness: Empower Yourself! 185 Sports: Thoughts from the Black Hole of Sports 186 Business News 214 Weddings: Your Something Blue Could be YOU 216 Lesley’s List 218 Arts & Entertainment 221 Up & Coming


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80th Anniversary Celebration for the Beta Gamma Omega Chapter

Toasting the Wine and Vine Fest in Nicholasville

A b o u t

Michael Lynn, Máximo Bredfeldt, Doug Arnett and David Rempfer at the IntegriVault Launch Party

Amber Green, Melissa Sparks and Krystal Walling for Kentucky’s HANDS

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life celebrated by survivors





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Paul Miller Ford “Dads and Grads” Car Show

Equus Run Vineyards Ribbon Cutting

Courtesy Fun Day Golf Outing benefitting the Makenna Foundation

Ashley Smith, Kate Mudd and Kaelyn Query prep for the Downtown Poker Stroll

Mark Cornelison

Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Open House

Jett Pennington gives his all on the Kid’s Legacy Triathalon



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TOPS PREVIEW PARTY Photos by Alex Orlov In celebration of the June issue, the TOPS Preview party was held on June 4th at L.V. Harkness. This issue recounted the pagentry of the Derby as well as summer fashion. Guests enjoyed delicious finger food courtesy of Wild Thyme Cooking, exquisite shopping, and the beautiful rooftop garden. Alice Honchell

Emily Congleton and Jen Brown



Jere Sullivan and Ann McBrayer

Jim Blancet

Sue Ann Truitt and Brandon Brooks

Liz & Julia Harris and Anne Gay Donworth

Anita & Dr. Richard Matter

Caity Jackson, Keith Yarber, Lisa Fath and John Powell


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Nick Blevins and Trish Brown

Allison & Joey Davis

Dr. Andrea Omidy and Dr. Danesh Mazloomdoost



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CATHOLIC CHARITIES: A DIVINE AFFAIR Photos by Alex Orlov Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington held ‘A Divine Affair’ on June 6th at the The Carrick House. Event-goers enjoyed celebrity chefs, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, silent auctions, games, and door prizes. All proceeds went to benefit the programs and services of Catholic Charities to meet the needs of their programs. Ruslyn Case-Compton

Michaela Duzyk and Mathilda Young

Robert Bosworth and Debbie Flynn


Catherine Nalli, Beth Wright and Sal Nalli

Jerry O’Daniel and Fr. Noel Zamora

Diane & Rob Bromley, Georgia Zeigler and Christina & James Weathers



Debbie Sutton and Priscilla Johnson

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Judy Koppe and Libby King

Dave ‘Kruser’ Krusenklaus and Mark Dodson

Cyndi Dodson, Dominic & Carol Scordo and Barbara & Ron Halloway



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KET SUMMER CELEBRATION PT. I Photos by Alex Orlov KET hosted their annual Summer Celebration on June 6th at the Donamire Farm in Lexington. This year’s theme was “Sizzle and Salsa” where guests danceed all night long and even learned a dance move or two from Lacey Schwimmer, a ballroom professional from Dancing With the Stars. All proceeds went to the mission and services of KET. Michelle Ripley

Alex & Crinda Franke

Logan Hillyard and Haley Williams

Cindy Trapp and Sylvia Cerel-Suhl




Sandy Welch

Dingus & Masten Childers

Davonna & David Saier

Lacey Schwimmer and Hunter Lisle

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Bernie & Sylvia Lovely

Carla & Jay Blanton

Mark & Chantel Stoops and Ray Ball



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Donna Williams

Turner & Yajaira West

“Sizzle and Salsa” was the theme of KET’s 2014 annual Summer Celebration, which was held on June 6th. Guests danced the night away to music performed by The Jimmy Church Band. There was also a fabulous silent auction with 300 prizes. All proceeds going to the services and missions of KET. www.ket.org

Chasity & Bryan Raisor

Tim & Heather Couch, Talbott Todd, Craig Yeast, Linda Green and Marilyn Todd

John Nicholson and Jana McGuire



Anna Taylor

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David & Patty Breeze

Len Press, John Hall, Michele Ripley and Shae Hopkins

Sunset over Donamire Farm



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BROADWAY LIVE 2014-2015 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT Photos by Woody Phillips The 2014-15 Season of Broadway Live was announced on May 22nd at the Opera House. This event featured previews of upcoming national shows performed by local talent such as the Lexington Singers, the AcoUstiKats, and the Town & Village School of Dance. Pat Bell, Kitty Mason and Elliott Mattox

Evan Pulliam, Ron Wilbur and Peter Gibbons

Lexington Singers and Ron Wilbur

Lyndy Franklin Smith, Tom Martin, Sheila Kenny and Jeromy Smith




Merrill Richardson and Bill Owen

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Dancers from Town & Village School of Dance

Robert Thomas, Luanne Franklin, Karen Mossman, Ashley Landis and Chris Mossman

Adam Luckey, Rachel Rogers and Ryan Case



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JARRETT’S JOY CART 15TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT Photos by Woody Phillips Jarrett’s Joy Cart hosted “The Sky is the Limit” event on May 17th, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the Joy Cart, created by a critically ill pediatric patient named Jarret Mynear who wanted to spread joy to other sick children through toys. Event-goers enjoyed great food, cocktails, dancing and auctions to help fund the future services of Jarret’s Joy Cart. Jennifer Mynear


Emily Thornton, Babs Wagner, Claire Mynear and Chris Wagner

Jeff & Jeanne Jacobs

Dr. Jack Jansen, Dr. Carol Steltenkamp and Martha & Mark Birdwhistell

John Graeber and Erica Shipley



Cindy Cline and Carson & Donna Knox

Jeff & Emily England, Joe & Jennifer Palumbo and Joy & Matt Minner

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Elizabeth & Marvin Bartlett

Matt, Emily & Andrea Dawson

John, Linda, Michael & Allison Price



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TASTE OF BLUEGRASS, PT. I Photos by Woody Phillips, Dinker Patel and Ron Morrow

Chef Sharon Caudill and Gwen Hart

Emily & Micah Sierp

Susie Basham, Judy Cooper and Debbie Bosworth

Mya & Aja Price



The 33rd Annual Taste of the Bluegrass, hosted by God’s Pantry Food Bank, was held on May 17th at the Keeneland’s Keene Barn & Entertainment Center. Event-goers got to experience more than 60 of Central Kentucky’s best restaurants and beverage distributors as well as live music and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event went to support the services of God’s Pantry Food Bank. www.godspantry.org

David Mato Segovia, Holly Hughes and Rebecca Wallace

Angela Moore, David Lasheen and Brandy Dean

Meri Tackett and Lorena & Julian Gallegos

Cameron Tinker

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Corey & Hannah Maple

Gene Guinn, Kathy Scorsone-Stovall and Marian Guinn



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TASTE OF BLUEGRASS, PT. II Photos by Woody Phillips, Dinker Patel and Ron Morrow God’s Pantry Food Bank hosted its 33rd annual Taste of the Bluegrass on May 17th at the Keeneland Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. The event featured and showcased the best food and drinks Lexington has to offer with a “who’s who” of restaurants, caterers, bakeries and beverage purveyors all located in Central Kentucky. Derek Vonckx and Jessica Hundley

Colonel David Livingston


Barbara Huber and Carin Lovell

Frank & Cameron Shoaf and Denise Kopp

Holly Hughes and David Mato



Lesha & Jake Munich

Judy Burkhard, Jane Winkler Dyche and Myrna Wesley

The Chef Team from JW Marriott

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John Bollinger and Sarah Hamilton

James Vermillion and John Shutt

Lexi of Lexington Serves it Up



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KEENELAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE Photos by Ron Morrow Keeneland Concours hosted a party to preview the KET production, Horsepowered at the Kentucky Theater on May 16th. Horsepowered is a documentary about the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance event, a three day car exhibition held each July. Models of cars to be featured at the upcoming event were on display to give eventgoers a sneak peak of what to expect. www.keenelandconcours.com

Andy & Brooke Haymaker

Philip Tibbs, Sue Entwisle, Doug Rood and Taft McKinstry

Tim & Michelle Coles



Curt & Peggy Richards

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Mark Gold and Wayne Masterman

Connie & Tom Jones and Steve & Marie Leiding

2014 Keeneland Concours Committee



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SALVATION ARMY ANNUAL LUNCHEON Photos by Paul Atkinson The Salvation Army hosted its annual Appreciation Luncheon on May 14th in the Salvation Army Center in Lexington to commemorate all those who have donated their time and money over the past year. Even-goers enjoyed music provided by the Salvation Army Brass Band. Commissioner Kay Rader, General Paul Rader and Major Frank Klemanski

Rick Christman and Neal Vaughn

Bobby, Josie & Jennifer Murray

Lindy Karns




Major Steven Ashcraft, Elmer K. Whitaker and Joseph Jones

Jon Hatfield, A.L. Kawaja and Sheriff Kathy Witt

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Lt. Colonel Pat Burr and Emily Davis

Julie Dolan and Mary Porter

Juan Galicia, Brian Boone, Ric Nelson, Sherry Myers, Carlos Robles, Amanda Shipley and Debra Hughley

Major Debra Ashcraft



Wine of the Month

Tye’s Picks of the Month

Table No. 7 Chardonnay Why I Like It: A young winemaker’s dream was fulfilled in a small, rustic restaurant. He proposed to her at Table No. 7, then she smiled and raised her wine glass to toast their new lives together. This chardonnay recalls their evening at Table No. 7. Filled with the promise of good things to come, like crisp citrus flavors and aromas that enhance your favorite appetizers and dinner menus. Composition: Chardonnay, Dry Chenin Blanc, Symphony Flavor Profile: Rich citrus and apple, gentle oak spice Alcohol by Volume: 12.5% Residual Sugar: 0.65 Cooperage and Winemaking: 40% barrel fermented sur lie aged; 60% stainless steel fermented at 55 degrees 100% maloctic Vintage: 2011

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Goose Island Endless IPA Why I Like It: Long days and warm nights awaken the city. The list of neighborhood festivals is endless. As is the great music that brings us together in parks and parking lots. Goose Island brewed this Session IPA to be easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore. Aroma, Taste and Body: Bright notes of fresh oranges and other citrus fruit Mouthfeel: Mild bodied, medium carbonation. Crisp on the palate with a refreshing finish that is not overly bitter Alcohol by Volume: 5% IBUs: 35 Malt: 2-Row, Cara Pils, Caramel 60 Hops: Amarillo

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TOP 5 Dining


Vegetarian Friendly by Alexa Bacon

ALFALFA RESTAURANT Inside the rustic brick walls covered with colorful paintings and chalkboard menus is Alfalfa Restaurant, a vegetarian friendly restaurant that focuses on producing local, yet eclectic food. This eatery offers a wide variety of delicious vegetarian options such as their black bean quinoa burger, lasagna alfalfa, and a four-part veggie plate. Even try their famous Tomato Bisque soup that Lexington’s own Coach Calipari frequently tweets about! Downtown • 141 East Main Street • (859) 253-0014 alfalfarestaurant.com


A local creole favorite since 2004, Gumbo Ya Ya is renowned for their authentic and inexpensive Cajun cuisine provided within a festive atmosphere. This lively eatery offers over 15 different vegetarian dishes like their popular Tofu E’toufee, which is poured over either a hefty serving of white rice or penne pasta. Owners Greg and Tressa are a friendly couple that promise an enjoyable meal and encourage free samples! S. Broadway Park • 1080 South Broadway • (859) 252-9292 gumboyayaky.com


Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine is a family owned restaurant that combines an array of fresh Mediterranean food within a welcoming environment. With an emphasis on providing healthy options, the local eatery offers multiple vegetarian dishes such as their famous falafel, which can be paired with a side of the colorful Greek salad or an order of homemade hummus to top off this very nutritious meal! Beaumont • 3061 Fieldstone Way (859) 224-1138 • sahara-lex.com



Asian Wind delivers upscale Chinese food without the monotonous presence of a buffet styled restaurant. This sit down eatery’s attentive service and authentic food is only outdone by their variety of vegetarian dishes. Vegetarians can eat outside of the box by dining on different Kwachic and Kwabif dishes, which are nicknames of meatless chicken and beef, or an order of egg drop soup.

This unique combination of a local fresh food market and eatery creates the wholesome feel of Good Foods. This cafe features a hot buffet, and soup and salad bar filled with a wide range of vegan and vegetarian choices, as well individual on-the-go items. The buffet menu changes daily but offers options such as eggplant lasagna or vegan Cajun lentil soup that will please any customer!

Palomar • 3735 Palomar Centre Drive • (859) 223-0060 asianwindrestaurant.com

Southland • 455 Southland Drive • (859) 278-1813 goodfoods.coop

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Taste of Thyme

Tantalizing Tomatoes

We are certainly in the thick of it now—the hot sticky humid nights of July, lightning bug city, cricket choirs, and mosquito hell. I will take it any day over this past winter. Mother Nature can keep dishing it out as long as I have a pool nearby, air conditioning, a full bottle of bug spray, a fan next to my bed, ice in my fridge, and maybe an ice cold summer shandy (fruit/vegetable style beer) now and then. (No, I am not the outdoors kind of woman) but what I do love is the amazing produce this weather yields here in Kentucky. At the beginning of this summer, I joined a Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Elmwood Stock Farm and have been enjoying my robust box of fruits and vegetables since the beginning of June. Recently I have been chowing down on what seems like an endless variety of heirloom tomatoes. I also planted a few in my home garden since tomatoes are fairly easy to maintain anywhere with full sun and consistent watering. Yellow boys, pink ladies, beef steak, cherry tomatoes, green striped, you name it…I love tomatoes! It’s easy to get in a habit of the classic Caprese salad and top the tomatoes with a simple basil pesto, some sliced red onion and fresh mozzarella but my absolute favorite salad is mixed with a unique fresh herb combination of tarragon, oregano, parsley, and basil. I first discovered this recipe in the Junior League of Houston cookbook and have been enjoying it ever since with just a few tweaks of my own. Salad recipes in particular are always up for personal touches and can be altered to appease your specific taste. Enjoy!

Herbed Dressing

INGREDIENTS • 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice

• 1 TBSP finely chopped fresh Flat Leaf Parsley

• 2 TBSP minced shallots

• 3 TSBP finely chopped fresh Basil

• 2 tsp minced garlic

• 1 cup diced red tomatoes

• ½ - ¾ cup olive oil

• 1 cup diced yellow tomatoes

• 1 TBSP finely chopped oregano leaves

• 1 cup grape tomato halves

• 1 TBSP finely chopped tarragon leaves

• 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

• 1 ½ tsp coarse salt


INGREDIENTS • 5 large red tomatoes, thinly sliced • 5 large yellow tomatoes, thinly sliced • Coarse salt and cracked black pepper • 6 cups baby arugula • 2 ounces freshly shaven Parmesan cheese or fresh diced mozzarella cheese

PREPARATION Combine the lemon juice, shallots, and garlic in a medium bowl. Whisk in the olive oil; add the herbs, diced tomatoes and grape tomatoes. Mix well and season with the salt and pepper. Arrange the sliced tomatoes decoratively around a large platter, alternating colors, season with salt and pepper. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tomato pieces from the dressing and place over the sliced tomatoes, drizzle with three-fourths of the dressing. Toss the arugula with the remaining dressing. Arrange the arugula in the middle of the platter of tomatoes and top with the cheese. Do not refrigerate. Serve immediately.

by Allison Davis Chic Chef




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When it comes to your health, you know you want the right professional to handle your unique needs. But finding the right person to guide you through life’s many ups and downs can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Central Kentucky’s healthcare professionals rank among the nation’s best, complete with cutting edge innovations and technology. Get to know some of the region’s physicians and learn more about the many different kinds of practices that serve the area.



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baptist gyn-oncology services 859.278.5671 | 1780 nicholasville rd., ste 101 | baptisthealthlexington.com


r. Elvis Donaldson has practiced gynecologic oncology in central Kentucky for the past 39 years. Six years ago he was joined by Hope Cottrill, MD, a Lexington native who had completed her gynecologic oncology fellowship at USF/Moffitt Cancer Center. Working as a team with Baptist Health, these physicians embrace comprehensive gynecologic cancer care. This includes risk assessment, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, referral for radiation, and cancer surveillance. Their close knit staff provides personal care in a friendly environment. Other goals include community outreach, research, and expedited care.

Photo by Shaun Ring



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lexington clinic cancer centers the john d. cronin cancer center 859.258.6505 | 1401 Harrodsburg Rd, Ste A-100 lexingtonclinic.com/cancer


illiam “Billy” Camp, MD, began practicing at Lexington Clinic’s John D. Cronin Cancer Center immediately after completing his training. He is motivated by his patients, and said his wife has had the biggest impact on his career. Dr. Camp is heavily involved with his two children’s sports teams and his hobbies include playing golf and computer games with his son. He enjoys 80’s music, Star Wars, the Big Bang Theory and his favorite books, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Dr. Camp also added that most people would be surprised he can juggle. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic


lexington clinic cancer centers the john d. cronin cancer center 859.258.6505 | 1401 Harrodsburg Rd, Ste A-100 lexingtonclinic.com/cancer


achel Harper, MD, knew she wanted to be an oncologist at the age of five when her friend’s father passed away from cancer. For the past 11 years, she has been a hematologist/ oncologist at the Lexington Clinic John D. Cronin Cancer Center. She enjoys taking care of all of her patients and is motivated by the courage they show. When she isn’t working, she enjoys yoga, Bon Jovi music, watching Downton Abbey and reading, particularly the Harry Potter series. She considers her greatest accomplishment in life to be her three children, Caleb, Sarah and Lily. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic



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lexington clinic cancer centers the john d. cronin cancer center 859.258.6505 | 1401 Harrodsburg Rd, Ste A-100 lexingtonclinic.com/cancer


or the past 14 years, Michael Horn, MD, has worked at Lexington Clinic’s John D. Cronin Cancer Center. He is motivated by helping patients and their families through difficult situations and forming strong relationships with them. The biggest influence in his career came from Dr. John Cronin, who cared for his father-in-law and demonstrated how to be an excellent oncologist in all phases of care for a cancer patient. His spare time is spent with his family, traveling to many of his children’s tennis tournaments. He also enjoys missionary work, which has taken him to Costa Rica and Paraguay several times with his family. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic


lexington clinic cancer centers the john d. cronin cancer center 859.258.6505 | 1401 Harrodsburg Rd, Ste A-100 lexingtonclinic.com/cancer


usan Liddle, MD, has been practicing medicine for the past 26 years, 10 of which she has spent at the Lexington Clinic John D. Cronin Cancer Center. Board-certified in hematology, internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Liddle finds her motivation in helping people, especially through difficult treatments for cancer. Originally from Menlo Park, Calif., Dr. Liddle now resides in Lexington, with her husband and three children. In her free time she enjoys singing in her church choir, ceramics, hiking and staying active in her community through volunteering. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic



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LEXINGTON CARDIOLOGY AT CENTRAL BAPTIST 859.277.5887 | 1720 nicholasville rd. ste 601 | baptistheartcare.com

azhar aslam, md

William Gary Boliek, md

James Crager, md

Sandeep Duggal, DO


he Lexington Cardiology physicians are board certified in the areas of Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Echocardiography and Vascular Interpretation. These physicians are engaged in cutting edge technologies and participate heavily in research, ensuring that they stay ahead of the curve and at the forefront of their field.

Aaron Hesselson, MD

Cardiology has long been a progressive area in terms of technological development. Many recent innovations have improved the range of options available to the patients of Lexington Cardiology. Pulmonary Vein Albation (PVA) is a surgical procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), in conjunction with cardiac catheterization, creates images of the inside of blood vessels, leading to improved diagnostic imaging. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement TAVR) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for valve replacements.

Paula Hollingsworth, MD

Lexington Cardiology is affiliated with Baptist Health and has clinic locations in 15 cities throughout the state. These physicians continue to provide personalized, expert patient care. They continually look for ways to better serve their patients and their community. Michael Jones, MD

Tyler Richmond, md



Photos provided by Baptist Health Lexington

Michael Rukavina, MD

Anthony Marano, MD

Kevin Scully, md

Gery Tomassoni, MD

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LUFTMAN PLASTIC SURGERY 859.278.8504 | 1401 harrodsburg rd., b360 | luftmanplasticsurgery.com


r. Martin Luftman is one of central Kentucky’s leading plastic surgeons. He has over 30 years of experience in his field, but it’s his philosophy towards plastic surgery and the care of his patients that really sets him apart. Plastic surgery enables Dr. Luftman to help people through work that he loves doing every day. His goal is to constantly learn in an effort to provide his patients with the latest and most advanced surgical treatments. In addition, the non-surgical options available in Dr. Luftman’s practice include lasers, fillers, Botox, tattoo removal, and permanent make-up. Almost all surgical procedures are done on an out-patient basis and patients recover at home. Dr. Luftman personally calls daily to answer questions or concerns. The entire staff at Luftman Plastic Surgery focus on privacy, professionalism, and a pampering environment. Dr. Luftman strives to provide state of the art plastic surgery to patients in an effort to increase their confidence and self-esteem. Simply changing one seemingly small thing in someone’s life can broaden their horizons and perhaps bring a dream to reality. Photo provided by Dr. Luftman



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chuck kenney, md | dale absher, md

central kentucky radiology, bluegrass regional imaging 859.276.2157 | 160 n. eagle creek dr., ste 106 | 1401 harrodsburg rd. c-45 pet/ct Location: 701 bob-o-link, ste 245 | bluegrassregionalimaging.com


entral Kentucky Radiology is a group of 15 radiologists formed in 1999 with the merger of two well-established practices in Central Kentucky. They provide diagnostic and interventional radiology services throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky. Radiology is an ever-changing field with new technologies and techniques that enable radiologists to provide doctors with quality information to make accurate and sustaining plans

of care. Although Doctors Absher and Kenney may be behind the scenes to most patients, they are committed to providing superior imaging services in a timely manner. When asked what motivates them, these doctors say, “Simply stated, the patient. Providing the patient and family with the best care keeps us coming to work every day.” Photo by Shaun Ring

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HECKMAN DENTAL 859. 885.0100 | 117 Bryant Dr, Nicholasville, KY | heckmandental.com


r. Ben Heckman has been practicing dentistry for over four years. He opened his own family practice, Heckman Dental, in January 2013 and offers a variety of dental services, from cleanings and whitening to fillings and tooth replacement. Ben says that many people have anxiety about seeing the dentist, but he wants to assure everyone that he’s here to help. Dentistry has changed in recent years, with advancements that make the experience more comfortable and much more convenient for patients. Ben’s fiancé, Carrie, is the office manager and they have a very special wedding planned this summer. Photo by Shaun Ring



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erika n. music, MD | joseph p bank, md |kelli g. webb, md 859.278.9492 | 1401 harrodsburg rd c-415 859.623.4241| 351 Radio Park Dr, Ste 101, Richmond, KY | dermconsultants.com


ermatology Consultants has been providing quality dermatologic care since 1976. Their physicians are passionate about general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology and providing the most advanced treatments for skin, hair and nails. Dr. Bark is an active Rotarian, long distance motorcyclist and photographer. He is the author of three books on dermatology and an avid medical broadcaster promoting skin health. His motivation is to ensure patients are treated as the doctors wish to be treated themselves.

“I loved the practice immediately and jumped at the opportunity to become a partner after a year.” Dr. Music would like patients to know she treats each one as she would a member of her family. Dr. Webb takes pride in providing quality care to each patient doing the best job possible every day. She has been practicing medicine since 2000 and feels that the greatest achievement professionally is when patients refer a friend or loved one. Photo provided by Dermatology Consultants

Dr. Music is from Lexington and wanted to practice here. She was aware of the outstanding reputation of Dermatology Consultants.



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Lexington Clinic Orthopedics Sports Medicine Center

859.258.8575 | 700 bob-o-link dr. | lexingtonclinic.com/sports


tarted in 1977, The Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine Center is a sub-specialized orthopedic practice that offers a wide range of services including general orthopedics, sports medicine, total joint replacement, hand surgery, the Shoulder Center of Kentucky and, most recently, foot and ankle surgery. The practice boasts a team of ten fellowship trained, board-certified or board-eligible physicians with medical degrees from the University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Duke, the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the University of Pittsburgh. They also serve as team doctors for the Lexington Legends, Lexington Catholic High School, Bourbon County High School, Transylvania University, Berea College, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands and Union College, and are on the medical staff at all Lexington hospitals. In their free time, the physicians enjoy a wide range of sports including basketball, soccer, baseball, track, football, lacrosse, tennis, golf, skiing and target shooting. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic

(L-R) Trevor W. Wilkes, MD; David C. Dome, MD, ATC; Peter W. Hester, MD; Stephen C. Umansky, MD; W. Ben Kibler, MD, FACSM; David M. Burandt, MD, FACSM; Harry Derderian, MD; Nicholas A. Viens, MD; Tharun Karthikeyan, MD; and Christian P. Christensen, MD





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ANGELA D. HOUCHIN, MD 360 pediatrics 859.948.9471 | 1096 duval st., ste 210 360mentalhealth.com


n assistant professor of Pediatrics at UK, Dr. Angie is founder and president of 360 Pediatrics, a private practice that provides consultation to 360 Mental Health. Dr. Angie graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2002. She then completed her pediatrics residency and additional year of training as the Chief Resident of Pediatrics. This mother of three is an avid runner and outdoorswoman. “My kids have made me grow tremendously as a pediatrician. If you haven’t ‘been there’ yourself it’s hard to truly understand the challenges today’s parents face.” She also enjoys playing piano, staying nvolved with her church and reading in her spare time. Photo by Shaun Ring

TIMOTHY M. HOUCHIN, MD 360 mental health 859.948.9471 | 1096 duval st., ste 210 360mentalhealth.com


r. Tim Houchin, who enjoys playing guitar and violin, is one of only 200 physicians in the country to be triple board certified in general, forensic, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2002 before spending the next 6 years in residency and fellowship trainings. He returned to Kentucky to advocate for excellence in mental healthcare for all Kentuckians, especially children. As President of 360 Mental Health Services, Dr. Houchin has gained the use of the FDAcleared Quotient ADHD objective test and Genesight genetic testing to best determine which ADHD treatment may be best for each child.

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WELLS PLASTIC SURGERY & SKIN CARE 859.255.6649 | 135 e. maxwell st. | wellsplasticsurgery.com


ood results and happy patients are what motivate Dr. Wells. He says, “Cosmetic surgery is a journey and it is my job to guide my patients safely and successfully to the outcome they are seeking. What could be more rewarding than making people happy? I get to do that every day. I am a lucky man.” Dr. Wells is best known for the “Mommy Makeover”, which focuses on breast and abdominal contour surgery. Throughout his career, he has done both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, though his practice focuses primarily on cosmetic procedures. He is a member of the Allergan Diamond Practice, which means his practice is in the top 3% nationally for their product sales. Dr. Henry Wells graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill and received his medical degree from UK. He completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he served as an assistant professor of plastic surgery. He returned to Kentucky in 1988 to enter private practice. Henry’s wife, Susan, manages the Wells Skin Care program and most of their nonsurgical services. They have two sons. Henry loves outdoor sports, travel and painting, and translates his knowledge of art into sculpting and balancing the human body. His other passion is working on cars and motors. Photo by Shaun Ring



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nick abedi, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH SURGERY ASSOC. 859.276.1966 | 1401 harrodsburg rd., ste c100 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Nick Abedi is a vascular and general surgeon, as well as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital. Nick’s practice emphasizes the care of patients with artery blockages and vein abnormalities. This includes those with prior strokes, limb pain due to artery narrowing and those with aneurysm disease. He also treats varicose veins and performs general surgery, including laparoscopic treatment of gallbladder disease. He considers himself blessed to have chosen a field he is passionate about. This husband and father enjoys watching soccer, playing with his three children and doing carpentry work. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health

ralph alvarado, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH PRIMARY CARE ASSOC. 859.263.1280 | 2424 sir barton way, ste 125 859.744.5111 | 475 shoppers dr., winchester,ky kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Ralph Alvarado is proud to offer “big city” medicine with a “small town” feel.www He practices outpatient primary care, but also takes care of his own patients when they are admitted to the hospital. He is motivated to uphold his Christian beliefs and improve the community into a place where children can thrive. Dr. Alvarado has been practicing medicine for 19 years after completing his internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at UK. He is a board member of KentuckyOne Health Medical Group and the medical director of several Lexington nursing homes. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health



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joseph hill, md | michael moore, md | andrew moore, II, md 859.276.3883 | 1401 harrodsbu,rg rd, ste b488 plasticsurgeonsoflexington.com


he Plastic Surgeons of Lexington team consists of four doctors with over 100 years of combined experience in the field of plastic surgery. The three Moore brothers followed in the footsteps of their father, Andrew Moore, Sr., M.D., Lexington’s first plastic surgeon. Joseph Hill, Andrew Moore II, M.D.’s sonin-law, joined the practice in 2012.

tive surgery of the face, breast and body, as well as hand surgery and reconstructive cleft lip and palate. They have a passion for bringing the safest and latest technology to their patients. They offer non-surgical procedures, including injectables such as Botox and fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, as well as laser treatments.

Many plastic surgery teams employ patient educators; however, the PSOL team handles this important role directly, ensuring that patients have as much face-to-face time with their surgeon as possible. They are committed to patient communication. They also ensure that referrals are handled the same day if requested and have an in-office surgical room for minor procedures. Their practice encompasses cosmetic and reconstruc-

Their commitment to compassionate care extends beyond their office walls. The surgeons at PSOL are active with The Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, which was founded by Dr. Moore, Sr. They are also involved with Baby Health and Surgery on Sunday. Photo by Shaun Ring Not pictured: Dr. Sherwood Moore



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ADKINS FAMILY DENTISTRY 859.543.0333 | 2701 old rosebud rd. | adkinsfamilydentistry.com


r. Ruth Adkins, the first in her family to attend college, graduated from the University of Louisville College of Dentistry in 2003. Since then, she has had extensive training in various cosmetic procedures, such as dental implants, veneers and Invisalign, as well as in the use of Botox and dermal fillers. She feels that dentistry is an exciting field right now, as many dental procedures are less invasive and more focused on the cosmetic side. Dr. Adkins says, “Going to the dentist can now be a pleasant and comfortable experience, and the changes we can make to a smile by doing a few simple cosmetic procedures can be life changing.” This single mother of two daughters, 11 and 5 years old, says that her own mother had the greatest impact on her life. Ruth’s mother passed away when she was in dental school. She believes she inherited her compassion and drive to leave things better than when she found them, so she strives to make her mother proud. Ruth enjoys attending Cross Roads Christian Church and working with the Woodford County Girl Scouts. In her spare time, she likes to play golf or watch football. Photo by Shaun Ring





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BAPTIST PULMONARY & CRITICAL CARE ASSOCIATES 859.278.0319 | 166 pasadena dr., ste 100 | baptistphysicianslexington.com

Clay Gerhardstein, MD

John Harrison, MD

Matthew McIntosh, MD

Joseph Mueller, MD


or patients with pulmonary diseases, access to professional care in a comfortable environment is absolutely essential. The Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates of Baptist Health System have over 30 years of combined experience in assisting patients with lung diseases and conditions. Their offices are equipped with the latest in technology, all in one convenient location to ensure that patients’ needs are met on-site as efficiently as possible. With 8 physicians who are board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care and 2 physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine, this department is well equipped to treat all pulmonary diseases, including COPD and emphysema. This department is home to the only state-accredited in-office Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, ensuring the highest level of care for their patients. They also have their own on-site digital x-ray machine for chest x-rays. With two complete Pulmonary Function Labs and a Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Lab, this office can ensure that patients have their pre-appointment testing completed at the location where they will see their doctor, adding a level of convenience and comfort that is unmatched in the region. A full-time ARNP can see patients who are having difficulty, as well. Photos by Shaun Ring

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NANA MIZUGUCHI, MD, FACS | M. BRADLEY CALOBRACE, MD calobrace & mizuguchi plastic surgery center 2341 lime kiln ln., louisville | 502.899.9979 calospa lexington 824 euclid ave., ste a-100 | 859.269.CALO calobrace.com


r. Bradley Calobrace is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed several residencies in general and plastic surgery. A National Key Opinion Leader in breast surgery, Dr. Calobrace spends a lot of time on the road as a lecturer. He began a private practice in Louisville 18 years ago and built a strong reputation of excellence. Dr. Calobrace enjoys tennis, running, weight lifting and skiing. He is involved with the Louisville Theatrical Association, Gilda’s Club, Wounded Warriors and Susan G. Komen. Dr. Nana Mizuguchi has a broad based cosmetic plastic surgery practice. More than half of his practice is devoted to breast augmentation and other breast surgeries. He also performs body contouring and facial aesthetic surgeries. Dr. Mizuguchi received his medical degree from UCLA in 1996 and has been at his present practice since 2006. A husband and father of three, this surgeon enjoys skiing and fishing. It would surprise people to know that despite growing up in Long Beach, Californa, he is a country boy at heart. Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mizuguchi are excited to bring their practice and expertise to Lexington this fall.

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amy tiu, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH GASTROENTEROLOGY ASSOC. 859.278.8400 | 1401 harrodsburg rd., ste c-305 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Amy Tiu specializes in gastroenterology and nutrition. She aims to offer complete care, seeing patients through outpatient and inpatient services. She wants to be there for her patients to answer questions along the way and is motivated by patients who really try to take care of themselves. Dr. Tiu knew early on that she wanted to be in healthcare. She worked as an EMT, nurse’s aid and nutritionist before going to medical school. Her interest in nutrition made gastroenterology a natural fit for her. She enjoys new discoveries in digestive health, especially how important bacteria can be in our system. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health

eliseo a. colon, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH PULMONARY ASSOC. 859.313.4744 | 1401 harrodsburg rd., ste a-300 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Eliseo A. Colon, who has 20 years of experience, practices pulmonary and critical care medicine, caring for patients who are severely ill in the ICU or on life support. He and the Pulmonary Associates team treat lung diseases such as COPD/ emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and pulmonary nodules. He is excited by new, minimallyinvasive diagnostic procedures that are available to patients with pulmonary issues, including EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound) and electronaviational bronchoscopy. Dr. Colon is motivated to succeed for his family, and credits his father with having a huge impact on his life. He enjoys playing tennis, reading and vacationing in the British Virgin Islands. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health



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GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 502.868.1100 1140 lexington rd. georgetown, ky georgetowncommunityhospital.com


r. Justin Case has expertise in general gastroenterology, Hepatology and advanced endoscopy, such as endoscopic ultrasounds and ERCP. He had a gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship as well as an advanced endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Case says that developments in the treatment of Hepatitis C are allowing physicians to offer a safer and more effective route of care. Endoscopic technology is also advancing, making diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal abnormalities easier. This doctor is motivated by his desire to help patients understand and participate in their health and well being. Photo by Shaun Ring

RICK MYHAND, MD CENTRAL KENTUCKY ONCOLOGY & HEMATOLOGY 502.868.1100 | 1140 lexington rd., georgetown, ky georgetowncommunityhospital.com


graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Rick Myhand was a faculty member in hematology oncology training programs for the Army, Air Force and Navy, stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He later served there as Chief of the Hematology/Oncology Services, as well as at the Brooke Army Medical Center and San Antonio Military Medical Center before retiring from the Army. Dr. Myhand says his career goal has always been to be a community oncologist. He loves direct patient care and aims to offer compassionate, friendly, personable and easy-access healthcare. Photo by Shaun Ring



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Lexington Clinic Neurosurgery 859.258.6760 | 1401 harrodsburg rd, ste A-540 lexingtonclinic.com/neurosurgery


he Lexington Clinic Neurosurgery department, which started in 1956, currently consists of five physicians and three physician assistants with more than 118 years of combined neurosurgical experience. The group works closely with their patients in central and eastern Kentucky to help them achieve better health and quality of life through advanced neurosurgical care. They perform minimally invasive surgeries that are safer and result in a quicker recovery. Their services include complex spinal procedures; deep brain and vagal nerve stimulation; spinal stimulators and pain pumps; peripheral nerve surgeries; kyphoplasty; treatment of compression fractures and adult scoliosis; brain tumors and pituitary surgeries. They genuinely care for their patients and personalize their care. Additionally, the physicians enjoy time with family and friends, attending local events and volunteering in the community. They have a competitive slow-pitch softball team called The Neurogenic Batters. They are all dog owners. Individually, they enjoy a wide range of activities including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cycling, scuba diving, hiking, skeet shooting, hockey, horseback riding, running, travel and reading. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic

(L-R) Robert D. Owen, MD; Matthew P. Tutt, MD; Gabriel H. Phillips, MD; Henry P. Tutt, MD, MSc and Leon J. Ravvin, MD, CM, FRCS (C)



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lucia hardi, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH RHEUMATOLOGY ASSOC. 859.967.5594 | 170 n. eagle creek, ste 104 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Lucia Hardi provides comprehensive, personalized care for autoimmune chronic conditions and musculoskeletal disorders. She treats a variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Dr. Hardi aims to treat each patient as a unique individual. She says it is a privilege to follow each patient in his or her life journey, which can be challenging for a healthcare provider and highly rewarding. Dr. Hardi attended the University of Kentucky Medical School and completed her residency at UK Hospital. She has been practicing medicine for 8 years. She says her proudest accomplishment is being a mom. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health

alam khan, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH NEUROLOGY ASSOC. 859.629.7145 | 160 n eagle creek, ste 420 kentuckyonehealth.org


long with his associate, Amjad Bukhari, M.D., Dr. Alam Khan is a stroke expert and covers two hospitals for general and pediatric neurology–Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph London. He has been practicing for 15 years and has been with his current practice for the past 7 years. With training from Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, Dr. Khan is honored to provide high-quality neurology care to central and eastern Kentucky. Dr. Khan, a husband and father, is motivated by the satisfaction of earning a living through a noble cause. He enjoys educating his patients and is excited about the expanded use of Botox for neurological issues. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health



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enio kuvliev, md, hospitalist nick kouns, md, hospitalist & chief of staff winchester hospital medical associates 859.745.3500 | 175 hospital dr., winchester, ky clarkregional.org


he Hospitalists at Clark Regional Medical Center played a large part in the hospital being awarded the “High Five Award” for top performing Lifepoint Hospitals in the country. They were also awarded the Lifepoint Patient Safety Award this year. This medical group has consistently given high quality care using evidenced based guidelines ensuring that their patients will receive some of the best healthcare available in the Bluegrass! Dr. Enio Kuvliev is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine for 15 years. He started Winchester Hospital Medicine Associates with Dr. Nick Kouns ten years ago and has dedicated his career to the care of hospital patients. This

husband and father of three says that much of his spare time is occupied by his family and watching soccer. Dr. Nick Kouns has been practicing medicine for 17 years. He has been a Hospitalist at Clark Regional Medical Center since 2005. In the community, Dr. Kouns has worked to promote the arts in healing here and around the world. His efforts include establishing the art gallery lining the hallways of Clark Regional Medical Center and working to establish Community Arts Centers in developing nations, a project adopted by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees and the Ugandan government. Photo by Shaun Ring





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LAURA JUSTICE, DMD PEARSON JUSTICE DENTAL 859.543.0700 | 3285 blazer pkwy, ste 200 pearsonandjustice.com


ommitted to excellence and unprecedented patient care, Dr. Laura Justice has been practicing dentistry for 25 years. She and her team are dedicated to providing a full spectrum of oral care, from routine hygiene to non-surgical periodontal therapy. The doctors at Pearson Justice Dental offer a range of different types of implant dentistry, Invisalign and personalized esthetic dentistry. Dr. Justice proclaims, “Our goal is to provide service, quality, and time to each of our patients to ensure they get the best and most comprehensive care possible.” We love seeing what a difference enhancing someone’s smile can make in their lives. Photo by Shaun Ring

DANESH MAZLOOMDOOST, MD PAIN MANAGEMENT MEDICINE 859.275.4878 | 715 shaker dr. ste 132 painman.com


he science of pain has revolutionized over the past decade. Dr. Danesh Mazloomdoost, a Lexington-native, has been at the forefront; he trained with the nation’s leading experts at Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson. He is Board-Certified in both Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain, giving him cutting-edge insights to treat pain at its source rather than simply relying on narcotics. In his free time, Dr. Danesh is an avid photographer and serves as a Board Member to the Lexington Hope Center and Physicians for Responsible Opiate Prescribing. His inspiration for compassionate care comes from his parents, who practice with him at Pain Management Medicine. Photo by Shaun Ring



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leslie a. appiah, md, assoc. prof. of obgyn, dir. of oncofertility

UK WOMEN’S HEALTH OB/GYN 859.323.5410 | 800 rose st., c538 ukhealthcare.uky.edu/obgyn


r. Appiah specializes in Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Gynecology with expertise in fertility preservation. She’s motivated by her love of people and says, “I feel blessed and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to do what I do – take care of women of all ages, helping them to reach their full reproductive health potential.” Leslie has practiced medicine for eight years and completed two fellowship programs. She has started several patient support groups and also enjoys interacting with young girls outside the office in mentorship roles through church or civic organizations. Married with two children, Leslie describes herself as a “foodie” and enjoys attending live theatre and visiting her family’s home in Ghana. Photo by Shaun Ring

Lauren Beaven, MD

UK WOMEN’S HEALTH OB/GYN GEORGETOWN 859.323.9333 | 202 Bevins Lane, Georgetown KY ukhealthcare.uky.edu/obgyn/georgetown


auren enjoys caring for women through all stages and events in their lives. She recently completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency and is starting her career with UK Women’s Health OB/GYN Georgetown in August 2014. She has always wanted to be a physician and is committed to providing comprehensive women’s care, including prenatal, preventative, and midlife health care. Lauren, a wife and mother who loves wearing wildlypatterned socks, says that she hopes to show her son that serving the public and bettering the community is a worthwhile endeavor. She recently spoke at her alma mater’s Women’s Health event. She thanks her parents for giving her the opportunity to succeed. Photo by Shaun Ring



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FRED A. SCHROEDER DMD | THAD A. SCHROEDER DMD schroeder family & cosmetic dentistry 859.276.5496 | 2401 regency rd, ste 202 | schroederdentistry.com


r. Fred Schroeder has owned his own dental office for thirty years and accredits his success to his ability to listen to his patient’s concerns and apprehensions. He exhibits outstanding care while providing affordable options which has allowed his practice to grow in Lexington. Dr. Fred, who enjoys the outdoors, says that his ambition to help his patients through their fear of dental work is what motivates him to remain a compassionate and skillful dentist who will always “Cater to Cowards”. Dr. Thad Schroeder is excited to work alongside his father at Schroeder Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. A recent graduate from the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry, his eagerness and drive are contagious. While in dental school, Dr. Thad won the Janet F. Lee Leadership Award noting that it was one of his proudest accomplishments next to his engagement to a fellow classmate. As compassionate as his dad, he says that having a patient shake his hand or offer him a hug is the most fulfilling experience in the world. When not helping with wedding plans, he is involved with Mission Lexington Dental Clinic, which provides dental care for those living in poverty. Photo by Shaun Ring



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859.278.0396 | 1760 Nicholasville Rd., Ste 101 | lexingtonobgyn.com


n essential component of providing quality healthcare is the partnership between physician and patient. As specialists in the field of women’s health, Lexington OB/GYN Associates’ physicians are dedicated to providing personalized care to fit the needs of each individual patient. The practice consists of eight physicians, two nurse practitioners, and many registered nurses and certified medical assistants. Through 24 hour practice only physician coverage, this OB/GYN practice offers childbirth options ranging from natural childbirth, spontaneous labor, induction after 39 weeks, cesarean and vaginal births following a previous cesarean. They also offer personalized childbirth education classes, certified lactation consultation, and in-office ultrasounds and blood work. The practice’s GYN care includes numerous contraceptive options, management of menopause and perimenopause symptoms, Hormone Replacement Therapy, STD testing, as well as laparoscopic and Da Vinci surgery options. They value their patient’s time by offering the ability to have bone density scans, mammograms, ultrasounds, and lab work all done during the same visit. The staff at Lexington OB/GYN Associates enjoys getting to know their patients and their families. Their number one priority is keeping patients informed and providing state of the art healthcare. They understand that open communication is part of the decision making process and are strongly committed to educating their patients regarding all their health care options. Photo by Lee P. Thomas

L-R (Row 1) Tracy D. Slone, MD, Lynne O. Simms, MD; (Row 2) Julie Ashmun, MD, Kara Wells, MD, Karen Schell, MD; (Row 3) J. Thomas, Adkins, MD, Randal Owen, MD, Olson Parrott, MD



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GREG REYNOLDS, MD CLARK DIGESTIVE CARE CENTER 859.745.3500 175 hospital dr. winchester, ky clarkregional.org


ollowing medical school at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Greg Reynolds trained in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine there before becoming a Chief Medical Resident. He then achieved a 3-year Fellowship there in Gastroenterology, giving him advanced training in the field. This husband and father of two is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He has been with the Clark Digestive Care Center, which is affiliated with The Clark Regional Medical Center, for 1 year. Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that deals with treatment of disease in the digestive system. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Acid Reflux (GERD), liver disease, pancreatitis and diarrhea are all issues that Dr. Reynolds and his team work to treat. Dr. Reynolds also performs endoscopies of the stomach and colon–more commonly known as a colonoscopy. He says that every adult should receive routine colonoscopies after the age of 50 to screen for and prevent colorectal cancer. In his spare time, Greg enjoys off-roading in his Jeep, listening to Pearl Jam and staying active. He was even featured as one of TOPS Fit and Fabulous in 2013. He considers himself a dedicated person, in life and in service of his patients. Photo by Ron Morrow



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GEORGETOWN FAMILY PHYSICIANS 502.867.0222 1138 lexington rd., ste 130, georgetown, ky georgetownfamilyphysicians.com


graduate of Berea College with a BA in Biology, Dr. Henry R. Preston attended Marshall University School of Medicine. He has been practicing for 17 years and in the same location since 1992. This husband and father of four is a volunteer with Community Medical Mission, a free health clinic for low-income citizens of Scott County. Georgetown Family Physicians offers a wide scope of family healthcare services. Family practitioners manage acute and chronic illnesses. They provide general health maintenance over the patient’s lifetime, and can refer patients to specialists when patients need more specialized care. Photo by Shaun Ring


GEORGETOWN FAMILY PHYSICIANS 502.867.0222 1138 lexington rd., ste 130, georgetown, ky georgetownfamilyphysicians.com


r. Todd Reinhart attended Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and pursued his medical degree at Northwestern University. He has been practicing medicine for 14 years and says he is deeply motivated to offer the best, most compassionate care to his patients. Dr. Reinhart is the Chief of Staff at Georgetown Community Hospital. He loves being a family physician and appreciates the trust his patients have in him. He says, “I’ve always wanted to treat the whole gamut of ages, from infant to adults.” In addition to providing general health maintenance over the patient’s lifetime, Dr. Reinhart can refer patients to specialists when the situation warrants. Photo by Shaun Ring



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BAPTIST CARDIOTHORACIC SURGICAL GROUP 859.277.7129 | 1720 nicholasville rd, ste 502 baptistphysicianslexington.com


his team of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons provides expert care of the heart, lungs, esophagus and other cardiovascular organs. Dr. Gary Earle began performing and teaching surgeries at the VA Hospital in Lexington. He joined the Baptist Health group in 1988. He is the only cardiothoracic surgeon to perform Cyberknife treatments.

Gary Earle, MD

Dr. Mohammed Imam began practicing in Tennessee before moving to Somerset, KY to establish an open-heart surgery center. He joined this practice in 2006 and serves as the Director of the Valve Center. He was certified to place the first transfemoral valve implantation in the nation.

Mohammed Imam, MD

Dr. Robert Mitchell joined the practice in 1996. His emphasis lies in the unusual and complicated cases centering on endovascular repair of aortic and thoracic aneurisms. He serves as the Director of the Aneurysm Center at Baptist Health Lexington. Dr. Anthony Rogers has been performing surgery since joining the practice in January of 1987. He was the first surgeon to perform Robotic Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). He serves as the Director of Cardiac Surgery & Cardiovascular Services at Baptist Health Lexington. Photos provided by Baptist Health Lexington

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MORGAN CHAMBERS, DMD | SETH CHAMBERS, DMD BLUEGRASS DENTISTRY 859.543.0505 | 3475 richmond rd., ste 100 | bluegrassdentistry.com


his husband and wife team is committed to complete oral health care and education for patients of all ages. They build trusting relationships by bringing the patient into the diagnosis and offering complete dental solutions.

Drs. Seth and Morgan Chambers incorporate state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat patients, including digital x-ray’s that drastically reduce x-ray exposure and intraoral cameras showing patients clinical issues firsthand. They share a common goal of changing the perception of dentistry by making the patient experience comfortable and they are completely focused on what’s best for the patient. Seth enjoys all aspects of dentistry from single tooth to full mouth rehabilitation with a focus on esthetics and implants. He says, “I never judge a patient whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years since they’ve been to the dentist, the past is the past and our focus is on helping them be healthy and back to 100%.” Morgan completed a General Practice Residency at UK focusing on pediatric, hospital, and sedation dentistry. Bringing sedation dentistry into their practice allows her to focus on patients who aren’t able to seek treatment in a normal dental setting. Morgan’s personal interest in Botox therapy decreases headaches and TMJ pain. Photo by Ron Morrow



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LEXINGTON CLINIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY 859.258.5220 | Lexington Clinic at Saint Joseph East Office Park 160 North Eagle Creek Dr, Ste 400 | lexingtonclinic.com/baby


he Lexington Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology department considers the needs of today’s busy woman. With same-day appointments, a convenient location and flexible scheduling, the department works hard to put the needs of the women they serve first. The four board-certified physicians provide women’s services including annual exams, family planning, minimally invasive gyne-

cologic surgery, in-office IV hydration, infertility consultations, menopausal counseling and care for women older than 50, routine obstetrics and an ultrasound and lab on site. This wide range of services, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, demonstrates the staff ’s commitment to excellence. Photo provided by Lexington Clinic

(L-R) Robert B. Thompson, MD; Tracy S. Arghavani, DO; Tamara James, MD; Kimberly East, APRN and Ramon Thomas, MD, MBA


859.258.6784 | LEXINGTON CLINIC AT SAINT JOSEPH OFFICE PARK 1401 HARRODSBURG RD, STE A-510 | lexingtonclinic.com/hospitalmedicine he Lexington Clinic Hospital Medicine Department con- outpatient follow-up services in order to assist patients and sists of seven physicians and provides care for patients at their physicians through the continuum of care in the hospiSaint Joseph Hospital. All seven are board-certified internists tal and following discharge. Lexington Clinic hospitalists take with broad experience in consultative medicine, internal med- ownership of their patients’ care and find it rewarding to gain icine and geriatrics. the trust of their patients and families.


The physicians accept referrals or consultations for care by local and regional physicians and coordinate the inpatient and

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(L-R) Mitchael G. Estridge, PhD, MD; S. Nichelle Graham, MD; Imran Kahn, MD; Gerry A. Bernardo, MD; Jamil A. Farooqui, MD; Yuchen Ma, MD and Timothy D. Brammell, MD





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859.278.6345 | 2101 nicholasville rd., ste 206 susanneilmd.com


usan, who loves continually learning more about her fields, has an independent solo practice with an emphasis on adult preventative medicine and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. She is a board certified family physician and has been practicing for 25 years. Susan says, “I enjoy the long-term relationships I have with my patients and their families, and the intellectual stimulation of evolving medical knowledge.” Susan attended the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her residency at UK. She and her husband have a coonhound, 3 cats and several horses. She says she loves golf, tennis, listening to audio books and vacationing in Hilton Head. Photo by Shaun Ring

jitander dudee, md

medical vision institute 859.278.9486 | 2351 huguenard dr. medicalvision.com


r. Jitander Dudee, a board certified ophthalmologist, specializes in anterior segment and refractive surgery. Originally from London, England, he attended the University of Cambridge and received numerous professional distinctions, including the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London. Jitander has been practicing in Lexington since 1994. As a full service ophthalmology group, MVI is focused on providing patients their best personal vision by treating a wide variety of medical and vision issues for patients of all ages. They also offer cosmetic and refractive procedures like Eyelid Rejuvenation and HD Surface Ablation, providing safe and accurate vision correction. Photo by Shaun Ring



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THE CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURGERY 859.263.8083 | 501 darby creek rd, ste 59 | center4plasticsurgery.com


hough she grew up in Los Angeles, Dr. Sandra Bouzaglou considers Lexington her home. After graduating in Plastic Surgery from the University of Kentucky in 1990, she began her practice in Frankfort and eventually moved to Lexington in 1998 to establish The Center for Plastic Surgery and the adjoining first accredited AAAASF outpatient surgical facility in Kentucky, The SurgiCenter. Dr. B says that having a happy and satisfied patient is her chief motivation. She is pleased to offer each patient special, individualized attention that other private surgery centers cannot provide. Dr. B established the first Breast Reconstruction Awareness day (BRA day) in Kentucky in 2013. This unique event brings together plastic surgeons to raise awareness for breast reconstruction in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The event also raises funds for women who have financial hardships that prevent them from seeking this potentially life-changing procedure. Sandra’s husband is Dr. Sandy Archer who works in the UK Department of Otolaryngology. Together, the couple has four children. Dr. B enjoys time with her family, travelling, reading and needlepoint. Her favorite vacation destinations are in Europe. Photo by Shaun Ring



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CENTER FOR ANTI-AGING 859.402.2005 | 152 w. tiverton way, ste 160 | antiaginglex.com


r. Karla Groves grew up in Pikeville, Kentucky and attended Pikeville College where she received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and shortly thereafter attended UK’s College of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Groves began her physician career through the inception of Lexington Family Medicine in 2007, which began as a traditional Family Medicine Clinic. Her passion of helping patient’s live healthier lifestyles encouraged her to incorporate weight loss programs along with primary care. Due to the increasing need of guidance for health enhancement, Dr. Groves decided to transition her traditional clinic to one which focused more on improving patient’s health through weight loss programs and non-surgical, non-painful procedures.

Lexington Family Medicine then became The Center for AntiAging, specializing in health wellness prevention and anti aging. Dr. Groves remains a leader in the field by using the most technologically advanced procedures available to slow the aging process of her patients while enhancing their quality of life. In addition to primary care, she also teaches patients solutions and plans for maintaining permanent weight loss. The Center for Anti-Aging provides weight loss solutions and procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, professional skin care, laser-therapies, and bioidentical hormone replacements to ensure patients a longer, healthier, and happier life. Photo by Phillips Mitchell



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steve lin, md

KENTUCKYONE HEALTH CARDIOLOGY ASSOC. 859.276.4429 | 1401 harrodsburg rd., ste a-300 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Steve Lin’s father is a cardiologist and he has three siblings who are physicians. He knew from a young age that he was interested in cardiology because he was fascinated by the intricacy and function of the heart. Dr. Lin specializes in coronary and peripheral arterial interventions, management of congestive heart failure, evaluation and management of valvular heart disease, varicose veins and venous thrombosis management. He aims to treat patients with care and humility. He hopes to improve each patient’s cardiovascular health by getting the individual involved. He enjoys the continual learning process and applying cutting-edge information in his practice. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health

ann rodden, DO KENTUCKYONE HEALTH PRIMARY CARE ASSOC. 859.977.2273 | 2353 alexandria dr., ste 280 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Ann Rodden completed a Family Medicine Residency after medical school. She served as Chief Resident and completed a 2-year Faculty Development Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Rodden provides primary care for all ages, from acute needs and chronic medical concerns to preventative services. She provides osteopathic manipulation, which involves palpitation and movement of bones, muscles, joints and fascia. Her aim is to treat the whole person rather than “one disease at a time” and was trained to coordinate subspecialty care when patients require it. Ann and her husband have three cats and two chickens. She enjoys running and gardening. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health



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Neurosurgical Associates at Central Baptist 859.277.6143 | 1760 Nicholasville Rd., Ste 301| baptistphysicianslexington.com


r. Christian Ramsey specializes in all forms of minimally invasive neurosurgery, including spinal disk surgery, aneurysm, carotid and emergent stroke intervention. He has been practicing medicine for 13 years. Dr. Ramsey attended the University of Kentucky for Medical school and continued into a Residency in Neurosurgery. He achieved a Fellowship in Helsinki, Finland, followed by endovascular training at UK. He joined the faculty there for three years and has now joined the staff at Baptist Physicians Lexington to provide excellent neurovascular and neurosurgical care to this community. He is married with 3 children and enjoys hiking in Colorado.

Dr. Curtis Given specializes in cerebrovascular disorders, including cerebral aneurysms, strokes and AVMS. He is excited about recent developments in his field, including aggressive, yet minimally invasive, therapies for these potentially fatal conditions. Dr. Given has been practicing medicine for 14 years. He served eight years on the faculty at the UK Hospital before transitioning to Baptist Physicians Lexington. He has three children and enjoys vacationing in the Bahamas. Both doctors say their favorite TV shows are Breaking Bad and Justified. Photo provided by Baptist Health Lexington





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Billy D. Reynolds, DMD. | Karl W. Lange, DMD | Steven J. Rider, DMD 859.278.0576 | 1636 nicholasville rd. | lrandr.com


ange, Rider & Reynolds is a friendly dental office that has offered technologically advanced dental procedures since 1962. Dr. Reynolds graduated from the UK College of dentistry in 1989 and lives in Lexington with his wife and stepdaughter. Dr. Lange is a 1960 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and has 52 years of experience.

Dr. Rider has been practicing dentistry for 33 years. This drum playing dentist, husband and father of three believes everyone can have a beautiful smile. The biggest attributes of their practice are the friendly long term staff members that make patients feel like family. Photo by Ron Morrow


HAMBURG VISION CENTER 859.327.3701 2716 old rosebud rd. ste 130 hamburgvisioncenter.com


aren started her own practice in 2011 and says that many people don’t realize that optometry is about so much more than glasses and contacts. Optometrists detect eye diseases and systemic conditions through routine eye exams. Many people who think their vision is fine learn that their eyes may not be healthy. “I practice optometry on whole family comprehensive eye care in a relaxing and personal environment. I want every patient to feel like I have addressed their concerns and that they received a thorough examination,” Karen says. Hamburg Vision Center has an excellent optical boutique with styles that can suit the most discerning patient. Photo by Shaun Ring



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GEORGETOWN CARDIOLOGY 502.863.3303 1140 lexington rd., georgetown, ky georgetowncommunityhospital.com


r. Joe Thomas completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Connecticut. His cardiology Fellowship took place at the University of Kentucky Hospital and he completed a cardiac imaging Fellowship at Yale University. From stress tests to general non-invasive cardiology services, Georgetown Cardiology provides the highest quality heart care. Because when it comes to the heart, waiting is not an option, they guarantee their patients appointments within one business day of calling. Their services include nuclear and echo stress tests, preventative cardiology, transthoracic and transesophogeal echos and cardiac arrhythmia evaluation and management as well as cardiac critical care. Photo by Shaun Ring


502.867.0222 1130 lexington rd., ste 130, georgetown, ky georgetowncommunityhospital.com


eorgetown Family Physicians began as Dr. Raymond Wechman’s private practice in 1991. He provides office services, hospital services (including intensive care), attends at the local nursing homes, and even makes house calls when needed. Two doctors have joined the practice, and Georgetown Family Physicians continue to be a full service practice that provides the “hometown family docs” people still want and still deserve. Dr. Wechman is a part-time instructor at Georgetown College. He is an active member of his church and works with the Boy Scouts. He was a founding member of the Scott United Ministries. Photo by Shaun Ring



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bluegrass Bariatrics surgical associates 859.543-1577 | 2716 old rosebud rd, ste 350, Lexington, KY bluegrass bariatrics & advanced surgical Specialists 800.935.3309 |1138 lexington rd., ste 230, georgetown, ky georgetownbariatrics.com


r. Eric F. Smith offers general surgery and bariatric surgery at Georgetown Community Hospital and Baptist Health Lexington. He is Board Certified in general surgery and a Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon recognized by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Smith has performed laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies, laparoscopic gastric bypasses and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. He also treats gallbladder disease, complex hernias and colorectal disease. He was the first surgeon in the state to perform Single Incision Robotic Cholecystectomies. Offering safe, minimally invasive procedures allows patients to get back to life quickly with as minimal discomfort as possible. Photo by Shaun Ring



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kentuckyone health cardiology assoc. 859.276.4429 | 1401 harrodsburg rd., ste a-300 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Michael Shaeffer became interested in cardiology while working as a physical therapist after college. He was amazed at seeing patients with heart conditions restored to better health. Dr. Shaeffer attended the University of Cincinnati for medical school and did his residency and a Fellowship there. He also completed a Fellowship with William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. Michael specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including coronary and heart valve procedures. He stresses that early diagnosis is crucial in ensuring the best outcome for patients. Michael is inspired by his wife, who survived cancer. He has a son and a daughter and enjoys staying active. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health


kentuckyone health primary care assoc. 859.263.0329 | 141 n. eagle creek, ste 100 kentuckyonehealth.org


r. Amanda Smith completed full residency training requirements for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is board certified in each. Many such doctors choose to practice in a hospital, but for Amanda, serving as a primary care physician was the right fit, caring for both adults and children. Her practice is a “Reach Out & Read” site providing free books to patients at their well-child visits, promoting early language skills and a lifelong love of reading. Dr. Smith and her husband have a 2 year old son. She is the KidsQuest Special Events Leader at Quest Community Church and a bass fisherwoman who enjoys vacationing on the beach. Photo provided by KentuckyOne Health



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BEAUMONT FAMILY DENTISTRY 859.223.2120 | 3141 beaumont ctr cir, ste 300 859.368.8260 | 100 trade st, ste 175 859.687.0975 | 2408 sir barton way, ste 225 beaumontfamilydentistry.com


eaumont Family Dentistry began with the vision of Dr. Trish Takacs over 30 years ago. Her team serves a wide range of expertise from providing basic preventive dentistry for the entire family to offering restorative care, Fastbraces, Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea therapy and facial pain management. They have three locations to best serve the different areas in Lexington. Interestingly, Dr. Takacs and all of the associates are graduates of the UK College of Dentistry! Dr. Takacs’ son, Dr. Ryan Golibersuch, joined the practice 2 years ago, after graduating from dental school. His main focuses are CEREC crowns, IV Sedation, and Invisalign. Dr. Erica Higginbotham has been practicing in Lexington for 11 years and has been an associate of Dr. Takacs for almost 3 years. She takes

care of patients at the Leestown location and enjoys all facets of dentistry. Dr. Jill Miller joined Beaumont Family Dentistry in 2011, having worked with Dr. Takacs for several years as a teenager. She grew up in the caring environment of Beaumont Family Dentistry and loves giving people their smiles back! Dr. Katie Bowen has volunteered in local dental programs as well as global health brigades. She is excited to be part of a motivated and passionate dental family. Photo by Ron Morrow

(L-R) Jill M. Miller, DMD, Ryan J. Golibersuch, DMD, Patricia E. Takacs, DMD, Eric I. Higginbotham, DMD, Katie Sutherland Bowen, DMD





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LEXINGTON DIAGNOSTIC CENTER AND OPEN MRI 859.278.7226 | 1725 harrodsburg rd., Ste 100| lexingtondiagnostic.com


r. Robert Pope, a graduate of UK and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, practiced his first three years while serving in the United States Air Force. This experience included a 6-month tour in Iraq, where he served as Chief Radiologist; he counts serving in Iraq his proudest accomplishment. Following the completion of his service, he entered a Fellowship in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Radiology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lexington Diagnostic Center is an outpatient diagnostic imaging center offering MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray and nuclear medicine. They also offer image guided steroid, facet and epidural in-

jections by MSK Fellowship trained, board certified radiologists. Robert is a member of the Lexington Medical Society, LYPA and UK Alumni Club. He participated with the Hoops for Hope fundraiser, which raised funds for The Hope Center. Robert is an avid UK fan and true Wildcat. He tries to attend as many games as possible. He also enjoys fishing, golfing, reading, playing guitar, and cooking on his Big Green Egg. His favorite vacation destination is Destin, Florida. Photo by Ron Morrow



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859.260.6050 | 1760 nicholasville rd. ste 410 | baptisthealthlexington.com


he breast radiologists at Baptist Health Lexington Breast Imaging are busy women who seek the very best in health care for themselves and their families. They know personally how crucial it is for women to receive the most technologically advanced breast imaging services available in a caring and comfortable environment. The board-certified breast radiologists – Medical Director Dr. Angela Moore, Dr. Sandra Bates, Dr. Molly Hester, Dr. Francie Masters and Dr. Tamara Patsey – provide a full range of breast imaging services, including 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis.

This latest imaging method allows a radiologist to see the breast layer by layer in fine detail which minimizes the effect of overlapping tissue. This improves cancer detection. It also helps to decrease the number of patients recalled from screening mammograms for additional imaging. Baptist Health Lexington Breast Imaging is pleased to provide its services at three convenient locations in Lexington as well as sites in Nicholasville, Georgetown and Richmond. Photo by Ron Morrow

(L-R) Dr. Angela Moore, Dr. Molly Hester, Dr. Francie Masters and Dr. Tamara Patsey Not pictured: Dr. Sandra Bates



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CENTRAL KENTUCKY PULMONARY MEDICINE 502.868.1100 1140 lexington rd., ste 130, georgetown, ky georgetowncommunityhospital.com


oard certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Erica Gregonis cares for patients with lung diseases and complicated pulmonary infections. She practices in both Georgetown and Winchester. A mother of two, Erica says she enjoys helping people have a better quality of life. During her year as Chief Resident of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, Erica lived through a major hurricane that left the hospital closed for months. Rebuilding helped her redefine her personal and professional priorities. She describes herself as determined and loves serving two great Central Kentucky communities. Photo by Ron Morrow


wanda harrison, md, erica clark, MS, melissa mcIntyre, aprn, debbie fibel, md 859.277.8560 1451 harrodsburg rd bmgky.com


stablished in 1999 by four female physicians, Bluegrass Medical Group has grown from 4 to 15 exam rooms while still maintaining a patient-focused atmosphere. Committed to providing Central Kentucky with quality medical care, Bluegrass Medical Group is sensitive to every patient’s unique needs. With providers board certified in internal and family medicine, Bluegrass Medical Group of-

fers a wide range of services from preventative and primary care to managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, smoking cessation and weight loss management. They offer both women’s and men’s health services and are available the same day for acute illness such as cold, flu, sinus infection and strep throat. Photo by Keni Parks






The Journey Through Infertility






n estimated one out of every five American couples is infertile. Infertility is defined almost randomly, said Dr. Sherman J. Silber of The Infertility Center of St. Louis, one of the country’s leading fertility clinics.

“The standard arbitrary definition of infertility that almost everybody accepts is unprotected intercourse for a year without getting pregnant,” said Silber, who is considered to be the world’s leading authority on several methods of assisted reproductive technology. He is also the author of How to Get Pregnant. Infertility is epidemic in this country, Silber said. “The reason for the huge increase in infertility that we’re seeing is related to the age at which couples try to start having kids,” he said. “The incidences of infertility are always related to the age of the female partner. In teenagers it’s about 0.2 percent. But by the time you’re in your early 20s, it’s up to 2 percent. Two percent is a very low figure for infertility, but on the other hand, it’s a tenfold decline from when you were a teenager.” By the time a woman reaches her early 30s, the infertility rate goes up to 20 percent – a hundredfold decline. The man’s sperm count is often a contributing factor to a couple’s infertility. “It’s true that in about 50 percent of infertility cases, the husband’s sperm count is low, but that is not the only problem,” Silber said. Raising a man’s sperm count with hormones and other treatments is useless, he maintains. “The man’s sperm production rate is constant and it’s controlled by his genes,” Silber said. “It’s a waste of time to try to raise his sperm count.” A peculiar condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome also affects fertility. “Some women are born with gigantic numbers of eggs,” Silber explained. “And that’s beautiful in the sense that they’ve got this heavy endowment of eggs. But all those eggs suppress the early follicle-stimulating hormone rise that’s supposed to occur when you have day one of your menstrual cycle, and so by suppressing your pituitary gland, they prevent ovulation.” The most important factor for overcoming infertility is how frequently a couple has sexual intercourse. “Maybe they’re having sex once a month or twice a month, but they’re not very likely to connect if their sexual history isn’t that frequent,” Sil-



ber said. “Normally you should be having sex two or three times a week if you’re trying to get pregnant.” Couples these days often have hectic lifestyles and demanding jobs that make it difficult for them to schedule time for intercourse. Quite often they’re too tired or too stressed. But if you want to have a baby, you have to make time for sex. “When the wife ovulates, that egg is only alive for eight to 12 hours, so you always want sperm in the genital tract,” Silber said. “The sperm will live for two or three days. So if you have sex two or three times a week, that’s adequate. But if you’re not having an adequate sexual history, that’s a big problem.” Some couples turn to assisted reproductive technology to help them conceive. Since the birth of Louise Brown, the first “test tube” baby, in 1978 – conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) – these technologies have evolved and improved, giving couples a wide array of options in their quest to become parents. Besides IVF, other assisted reproductive technologies include intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI); transvaginal ovum retrieval (OCR); zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT); and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT). In IVF, the woman’s eggs are fertilized with the man’s sperm outside her body in a test tube or a culture dish, and the resulting embryos are returned to her. IVF was originally used in cases where damaged fallopian tubes prevented natural pregnancy, but now it is the go-to option for virtually all types of infertility. In order to retrieve multiple eggs for IVF, the woman must receive injections with hormones and carefully monitor her ovaries by ultrasound and her hormone levels by blood tests every day or every other day until she is ready for the egg retrieval. With ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. This procedure is recommended for women whose partners have low sperm counts. “We couldn’t do that before 1992,” Silber said. “When we studied it, we found that even if the sperm count isn’t low, you get a higher fertilization rate and more embryos by directly injecting the sperm. We do no harm to the egg in the process.” With OCR, a small needle inserted through the back of the vagina is guided via ultrasound into the ovarian follicles to collect the fluid that contains the eggs. In ZIFT, egg cells are removed from the woman’s


ovaries and fertilized in the laboratory. The resulting zygote is then placed into the fallopian tube. With GIFT, eggs are also retrieved from a woman’s ovaries and fertilized in the laboratory, but the resulting healthy embryos are returned to the woman’s uterus instead of the fallopian tube. Advances with IVF have made GIFT less in demand. When a couple comes to The Infertility Center for an evaluation, the first thing Silber does is a three-dimensional ultrasound and follicle count on the woman. The man is tested to make sure he is producing sperm. Even men who have had a vasectomy can have their fertility restored. Silber performed the first microscopic vasectomy reversal procedure in 1975. “Our results are spectacular,” Silber said. “Ninety-five percent of the men [we treat] completely regain normal fertility. Everybody thought [vasectomy reversal] was impossible because the tubes are so tiny, but my experience as a microsurgeon and my laboratory research showed me that we could certainly do it.” With some Japanese colleagues, Silber also developed the minimal-stimulation IVF, a unique approach that reduces much of the complexity associated with standard IVF but retains comparable success rates. Mini-IVF is beneficial for older women and women with low ovarian reserve. It does not require the daily hormone and progesterone injections a woman has to endure for several months with standard IVF. Mini-IVF is designed to recruit only a few good eggs, thus avoiding the risks of hyperstimulation and reducing the number of injections needed. And it costs less than regular IVF. “The mini-IVF procedure costs about one-third of what you’d expect it would cost,” Silber said. “We get fewer eggs [than conventional IVF], but those eggs are really high quality, so we get two good embryos out of it and then we freeze those embryos.” A month later, the woman comes back and more embryos are harvested and frozen. The cryogenic procedure does not harm the embryos. In fact, Silber recommends women take the time to freeze their eggs for future use. He realizes women are pursuing degrees and careers and might not find “Mr. Right” right away. “If I were king and I could issue edicts, I would tell every 23-year-old girl they should have their eggs frozen,” he said. “Then they don’t have

to worry about their biological clock and they can get pregnant whenever they want. So many young women today say, ‘I don’t really want to have kids. They’re too much trouble. I’m just not that maternal.’ But by the time they’re 40 or 45, they all want babies.” The Infertility Center never destroys embryos. “Many patients are concerned – they don’t want the embryos discarded or being researched on,” Silber said. “We reassure them we are a right-to-life program and we will not discard an embryo and we won’t do embryo research. People wonder: ‘What’s going to happen to my embryos?’ Nothing’s going to happen to your embryos. We store them here.” So how much do the different procedures cost? “Most clinics do $10,000 worth of tests ahead of time that are worthless, so the couple is already $10,000 in the hole and their IVF on average will cost $15,000 to $16,000,” Silber said. “The drugs are very expensive.” This is one reason Silber recommends the mini-IVF. “Instead of $5,000 worth of drugs, it’s $500 worth of drugs, and the whole cost is about $9,500,” he said. Insurance does not usually cover infertility treatments. Silber said there are a few states, including Massachusetts and Maryland, where insurance will cover the procedures, but you must live and work in these states; you can’t just go there for infertility treatments and then return to your home state. Silber makes sure his patients understand the emotional aspects of undergoing the procedures. “The one thing I make clear to them is this is a very intimidating experience to go through,” he said. “It’s very emotional. It’s easier to take care of cancer patients who are in danger of dying than infertility patients. The emotions are incredible.”

The reward for Silber comes at Christmas. “We have more than 10,000 Christmas cards from happy people with pictures of their baby,” he said. Any couple considering utilizing assisted reproductive technology needs to do their homework and investigate all the possibilities available to them.





Plastic Surgery

Is Plastic Surgery Right for You? by Tanya J. Tyler According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic procedures include laser hair removal, liposuction, tummy tuck, spider vein treatment, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), hair replacement, Botox, facelifts and breast augmentation. The ASPS says reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is usually performed to improve function for the patient, but it may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Some reconstructive procedures include scar revision, cleft palate repair, breast reduction and breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Costs for the various procedures vary regionally. For example, a breast augmentation procedure might cost between $3,000 to $5,000 in the Midwest, but would be considerably more expensive on the East Coast. The average cost of liposuction is $2,866, not including anesthesia, according to 2013 statistics from the ASPS.

Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. Dr. Anu Bajaj, a plastic surgeon in Oklahoma City, OK, makes it a priority to ascertain her patients’ hopes and expectations before operating on them. “I want to understand what they’re hoping to accomplish [with the surgery], what their goals are,” she said. “Do they have a realistic expectation about what I can accomplish for them?” She also makes sure to assess the patient’s overall health. “You always have to make sure the patient is an appropriate medical candidate,” said Bajaj, who has been in practice for 10 years. “In other words, they are relatively healthy; they don’t have severe heart disease or a lung problem or uncontrolled diabetes, things that would make the risks and complications from doing a surgical procedure too great. There are other things you may look at. You might look at things like their smoking history and whether they are morbidly obese, which would also be a factor that plays a role in risks and complications.” Patients need to be candid about their health history, including discussing with their surgeon any illnesses, prior surgeries of any kind



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and complications from prior surgery, before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure. The plastic surgeon needs to know if the patient has allergies or if you has ever had a reaction to prior anesthesia. Before the surgery, he or she might instruct the patient to quit smoking or stop taking certain types of medications that may increase their risk of abnormal bleeding during surgery. The surgeon has their best interests at heart, so it is imperative that they follow his or her instructions precisely. The patient will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that they fully understand the procedure they will undergo and have been informed about risks and potential complications. Their cooperation will influence the outcome of their surgery.

because they’re not considered medically necessarily,” Bajaj explained. “They are things that we’re doing to improve our appearance or feel better about ourselves, so that’s why we have to pay for them ourselves.”

A popular trend in plastic surgery is the “mommy makeover.” These surgeries include breast reductions, breast augmentation and tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, which removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened or separated muscles. This creates a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. Tummy tuck patients are generally women who want to feel better about themselves after having children. Breast reconstruction is also common among patients who have had mastectomies due to breast cancer.

After costs, patients are usually most concerned about downtime they will experience after their surgery.

Breast reconstruction is also available to men. “The most common thing that I see for my male patients is male breast reduction surgery,” Bajaj said. “Sometimes as men get older their breast tissue gets larger [a condition known as gynecomastia] and they want that gone.” There have been some exciting additions to the menu of plastic surgery procedures. “One of the biggest things that’s really taken off in our specialty is the concept of fat grafting,” Bajaj said. “That is where we take fat from one part of the body, process it in a certain way and then inject it in another part of the body to add fullness or add volume.” An example of fat grafting would be harvesting fat obtained from the thighs during liposuction for breast augmentation and reshaping. Because cosmetic surgery is often elective, it is not usually covered by insurance. “Those types of things are not covered by insurance



However, reconstructive plastic surgery is generally covered by insurance, according to the ASPS, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly. “Breast reconstruction has to be covered by your health insurance plan,” Bajaj said. “There was a 1998 federal law passed under the Clinton Administration that says all types of breast reconstruction for mastectomies performed for cancer has to be covered.”

“It depends on what’s being done as to how much time people would need to take off or how long it will take to recover,” Bajaj said. “For example, for breast augmentation, those patients will be able to return to work within three to five days, although it may be two to three weeks before they can resume a vigorous exercise routine. With a tummy tuck, it’s closer to two to three weeks. With liposuction, it would be less than a week.” A plastic surgeon should discuss the expected recovery time and possible side effects from the surgery beforehand. Bajaj strongly advocates working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. “You would hope that everybody would follow certain medical and ethical guidelines, and in an ideal world everyone will,” she said. “The thing that confuses the issue is you don’t necessarily have to be a plastic surgeon to perform plastic surgery.” A board-certified plastic surgeon is obligated to follow the ethical standards of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “Aesthetic and plastic surgery is a cash-based economy, so if the patient pays you, you do it but you still have to be a doctor first and foremost,” Bajaj said. “Obviously you can be board certified in certain specialties, but I wouldn’t go see a board-certified neurosurgeon to have plastic surgery. I want my board-certified neurosurgeon to operate on my brain.”

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Choosing a surgeon who is a member of the ASPS ensures the patient that they have selected a physician who has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery; is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction; operates only in accredited medical facilities; adheres to a strict code of ethics; and fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety. These are some questions the ASPS says one should ask when interviewing potential plastic surgeons: • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had? • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals? • Is your office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency? • How many procedures of this type have you performed? • What kind of help will I need during my recovery? • Am I a good candidate for this procedure? • How do you handle complications? • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery? In addition, be sure to ask to see before-and-after photos of patients the plastic surgeon has worked on. Many people assume only the rich and famous can afford to have plastic surgery. “I would have to say all of my patients are regular, everyday people,” Bajaj said. “A lot of them are people that have been saving their money because they’ve wanted something done for a long time. It’s not just something that people with lots of money do. It’s people who just want to feel better about themselves, just regular people like you and me.” For Bajaj, a successful plastic surgery procedure is virtually unnoticeable. “To a certain degree, whenever you have an aesthetic procedure done, the good results are the ones that you don’t necessarily want the entire world to know about,” she said. “But people know that you look better or you look more relaxed and refreshed, as opposed to [people saying], ‘Oh, my, what did you get done to your face?’” For more information about plastic surgery or to find a local boardcertified plastic surgeon, contact the ASPS at (847) 228-9900 or visitplasticsurgery.org.



Cosmetic Dentistry


DENTISTRY by Alexa Bacon


he latest advancements in dentistry have created the opportunity for patients to receive full smile restorations with minimal time and pain. Cosmetic Dentistry is the latest growing trend in the U.S. that consists of dental procedures used to improve the look of teeth, gums and in whole, a person’s smile. Unlike general dentistry, the goal of Cosmetic Dentistry is not to fix a medical problem, but rather improve the look and straightness of teeth. TYPES OF COSMETIC PROCEDURES VENEERS Veneers are used by dentist to correct chips, cracks, gaps and discoloration within teeth, as well as crookedness of the top front teeth. For this procedure, dentists extract a thin layer of enamel from your tooth to help create your veneer. After making a mold of the patient’s mouth, the dentist combines your enamel with porcelain to craft a perfectly fit veneer for your tooth. The dentist then molds the veneer onto the injured tooth, leaving a white and straight replacement in its place that looks perfectly natural. The great thing about this process is it only takes 1 to 2 hours to complete and two weeks for the veneers to be formed. The general price range for porcelain veneers are about $500 to $1,500 per tooth, and they last 10-15 years. WHITENING A simple procedure that will brighten your smile is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening corrects the discoloration or yellowing of teeth usually caused by long-term consumption of coffee, tea, soda, or red wine. For this procedure, the dentist uses high intensity light, or lasers, combined with hydrogen peroxide gels to whiten a patient’s smile. While some patients may experience sensitivity during the process, whitening is generally painless and takes around one hour to complete. Whitening costs about $650 when completed by the dentist and about $100-$400 for a take home kit.



DENTAL IMPLANTS New technology helped create a procedure to replace lost teeth in a near permanent and effective technique. Dental Implant is the procedure for patients missing a tooth or teeth, who can undergo surgery to have a new tooth replace the missing one. In this process, dentists insert a titanium rod in the gums of the missing tooth to act as a root for the prospective tooth. Dentists then connect the implant crown to the titanium root to fasten the crown into the gum line. Dentists create implants that resemble an identical replica of the patient’s former tooth and help maintain the bone support of the adjacent teeth. Receiving dental implants consists of a completing a series of steps and generally takes a few months to fully finish the procedure. The costs of implants depends on the type of implant and materials used within the procedure, but is generally around $900 to $3,000 per tooth and about $24,000 to $96,000 for a full mouth restoration. GUM LIFTS This new procedure gives patients the opportunity to fix gum lines that overlap the teeth or are perceived as uneven. Dentists use lasers to remove excess gum in order to make teeth look larger and fuller. Also they can laser the gum line so the gum is spread out evenly among the patients smile. This process only takes up to 30 minutes with minimal recovery time. Gum lifts cost around $50350 dollars to remove the gum around one tooth and about $1,000 to 3,000 to fix the gums on all visible front teeth. COMPOSITE BONDING This technique fixes any chipped, broken, or decaying teeth in a process similar, but easier than veneers. Dentists extract patients

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tooth enamel and combine it with dentin to create a natural looking crown that can be applied on the area of concern. Then the dentist molds the crown onto the chipped or broken part of the tooth through a high intensity lasers to make the tooth look completely normal and natural. The difference between bonding and veneers is that bonding only covers a part of the tooth while veneers coat the entire injured tooth. Composite bonding usually costs around $300-$600 per tooth. LATEST TECHNIQUES

metic surgeries are usually not under that category. Check with your provider to inquire if your insurance plan covers cosmetic benefits by sending in a pre-determination to your carrier to see if the desired procedure will be covered. Sedation is often not covered by insurance. Multiple procedures, such as bonding or repairing a cracked tooth, could be viewed as medical treatment for coverage. If your plan doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery contact your dentist or prospective dentist to see if they offer any low price deals or options to fit your budget. Also you may want to consider changing your plan to include cosmetic dentistry if coverage is needed.

Dentists are using these latest techniques to ensure a satisfactory cosmetic procedure. Lasers: In many procedures, mainly gum lifts, dentists are using high intensity lasers to perform procedures instead of scraping away with a scalpel or using chemical remedies, which are more time consuming and painful. • Natural Fixtures: Dentists are focusing on preserving as much as the natural tooth as possible by using enamel to combine with dental composite material to make crowns and veneers look natural and retain the color of teeth. This has also increased the lifelike appearance of dental implants. • Sedation techniques: Dentists offer many new sedation options during cosmetic surgery for apprehensive or sensitive patients. Such techniques are using as IVs, inhalation gas, or intra muscular sedation inserted through injection in the shoulder for patients uncomfortable with IVs. NEW TECHNOLOGY Advancement in research has provided dentists with many new technologies to make your cosmetic procedures as painless and quick as possible. • Digital X-rays: These x-rays provide a full view of your mouth without the potential harms of radiation to instantly get a clearer picture of the problem in a shorter amount of time. • CEREC Procedure: This technology makes the process of getting a crown simpler and easier. Instead of making a mold of your mouth, dentists take a digital, 3-D picture of your mouth and use it to create a perfect ceramic crown in 10-20 minutes that is permanent and requires no check up appointment. • Panoramic X-rays: This X-ray takes a picture of the entire jaw line in one picture and makes dental implants easier to conduct. • Invisiline: Instead of having to wear metal braces, dentists offer custom formed aligners to straighten crooked teeth in less amount of time. These aligners are nearly invisible and replace the difficulties of braces. INSURANCE COVERAGE Insurance coverage of cosmetic dentistry is different, for most insurance providers, than coverage for general dentistry. Some providers consider only medical needs for dental coverage, and cos-



Alternative Medicine

Looking for a Better


by Dana Sizemore

This modern world we live in gives us many choices and offers count-

less alternatives in life. Yet it seems, no matter how far we have come in the developed world, we are continually looking back to age-old techniques that have been proven with time. There is certainly no exception when it comes to our own health. The cloud of uncertainty that surrounds our healthcare system, and the distrust for mainstream medicine that has evolved as a result, has most Americans thinking about a better alternative. Alternative and complementary medicines certainly appear to be a viable option. The term alternative medicine is given to whole hosts of medicinal techniques that vary dramatically in origin and practice. They are called alternative medicines because they lie outside the limits of what is considered mainstream, modern medicine. This is because there is not enough, if any, scientific research to support their efficacy. The recent resurgence in support for each of these techniques, however, would suggest that they have value. There is a desire emerging among people, to stay well, prevent disease, and to undergo less invasive treatments. Many alternative practices offer wellness at a much lower cost than our traditional healthcare system. Scientists are taking note and research is being done. The problem, however, comes down to funding. There is simply not as much money to be made in natural approaches.

Complementary medicine describes a situation where the practitioner and the patient embrace the ideas of both the mainstream and the alternative medical realms. This integrative approach will often utilize treatment options from both worlds, taking a holistic point of view. Holistic health states that in order to achieve total health and wellness, there must be unity of the mind, body and spirit. Alternative and complementary medicines are rooted in a belief that the human body has innate powers of healing. Therefore, the aim of medical intervention should be to cause as little harm as possible, and to help patients utilize their own healing powers. Prevention is also a key component. The idea being that once complete balance is achieved; wellness is achieved and can be maintained. Although it may seem as if alternative medicines are up and coming, these are certainly not new concepts. In fact, some of the practices I will discuss are hundreds of years old, while others still were developed thousands of years ago. Discussed below are some of the most popular alternative medical interventions utilized by Americans today. MASSAGE THERAPY Massage therapy is probably the most well-known and widely practiced alternative technique. There is no doubt that humans respond to touch



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in powerful ways. The use of human touch to bring about healing, relaxation and comfort has probably been used since the beginning of humankind. Archeological evidence that massage was used as a healing technique has been found in many ancient civilizations, including China, India, Japan, Korea, Rome, Greece and Mesopotamia. There have been wall paintings of people having their feet and hands massaged found in ancient Egyptian tombs. References to the use of massage have been found in ancient medical texts in China, India and Greece. This practice did not make its way to the United States until the middle part of the nineteenth century. Massage uses various techniques, most often done with the hands and forearms, to manipulate the deep and superficial muscle and connective tissue layers of the body. It is believed that the removal of the “tightness” of the muscles and connective tissues can improve blood flow, and therefore, bring about healing. As described in Alternative Medicine: the Second Edition, “the benefits of bodywork include pain reduction, relief of musculoskeletal tension, improved blood and lymphatic circulation, and the promotion of deep relaxation.” Scientific studies have shown that massage therapy can improve outcomes for those who suffer from chronic pain, cancer, fibromyalgia, mental health issues, headaches, and HIV/AIDS. Massage therapy is awarded limited coverage by some insurance companies. Some carriers require that the therapy be prescribed by a doctor in order to offer reimbursement to the patient. Even then, it is most likely that only a portion of the cost will be reimbursed.

CHIROPRACTIC The official beginning of Chiropractic as a healthcare profession is considered to be in 1895, when D.D. Palmer gave the first “adjustment” after discovering a spinal misalignment in a friend. There is evidence, however, that some forms of spinal manipulation may have been practiced over 3,000 years ago. Ancient Chinese writings make reference to chiropractic procedures, and later, in 1500 B.C. the Greeks documented the relief of lower back pain through use of spinal manipulation. The practice of Chiropractic is based on the relationship between the structure of the spine and resulting function of the nervous system. Chiropractors believe that misalignments in the spine can interfere with the efficacy of the nervous system. This is believed to lead to tension and pain that can then diminish the body’s defenses. The Chiropractor will make adjustments to the spine so that normal nerve function can resume. The center of chiropractic care is the adjustment, which is usually done by hand. The name Chiropractic is derived from two Greek words, literally meaning done by hand. Chiropractic care is so widely used that most insurance companies will offer some sort of coverage for chiropractic services. Often insurance companies will cover a limited number of visits per year.



Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago and is regarded as a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The use of acupuncture has continued for thousands of years throughout Asian countries, but it did not make its way to the West until the 1970s. It is now considered to be widely practiced in the United States, most commonly for pain relief.

Homeopathy was developed over 200 years ago by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. Appalled by the barbaric medical attempts of his day, such as the use of leaches and mercury-based laxatives, he set out to develop a more humane approach to healing the body.

The practice is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of a vital life energy considered to be in all living organisms. This energy is known as Qi or Chi. Acupuncturists use thin, metallic needles to penetrate the skin at specific anatomical points throughout the body. The needles are used to stimulate those points, either by manual manipulation or electric stimulation. This is believed to stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms, which will serve to rebalance the flow of healing energy, and ultimately lead to pain relief and restored health.


Some health insurance companies do offer limited coverage for acupuncture treatments. Most often they will reimburse the patient for a portion of the cost for a limited number of visits per year.


Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars, which states that “like cures like.” The philosophy behind this is that if given a small amount of a substance that causes similar symptoms to that which the patient is suffering, the body’s natural healing mechanisms will be stimulated, and eventually bring about a cure. Thus, patients are given minute amounts of substances, which if taken in larger amounts, would produce symptoms of the very illness for which they are seeking care. Homeopathic practitioners believe that the more a substance is diluted, the greater its potency. Therefore, homeopathic remedies contain diluted amounts of naturally occurring substances that have been derived

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from plants, minerals or animals. These remedies are usually formulated into sugar pellets to be dissolved under the tongue. They can also be in other forms, such as gels, ointments, drops or pellets. Homeopathy recognizes manifestations of illness as unique to every individual. Treatment plans, therefore, are often very different among patients – even those who suffer from the same illness. Homeopathic evaluations and remedies are not covered by most insurance companies because they are not FDA approved. NATUROPATHY Naturopathy, like Homeopathy, was started in Germany - probably around the same time. This practice was further developed in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Naturopathy is guided by the philosophy that things in nature have an inherent power to heal themselves. Naturopathic medicine, therefore, seeks to maximize the body’s natural processes for maintaining and restoring health, while administering the least harmful interventions possible. The foundation of naturopathy practice is based on the following six principles: • First do no harm • Physician as a teacher • Treat the whole person - mind , body and spirit • Prevention • Healing power of nature • Treat the cause rather than the symptoms Based on these principles, naturopathic practitioners use a number of different approaches for helping their patients achieve good health. These include, but are not limited to: nutrition counseling, herbal medicines, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, massage and joint manipulation, exercise therapy and lifestyle counseling. Using a broad range of methodologies, a naturopath will develop an individualized plan based on the patient’s symptoms and lifestyle to treat the whole person, rather a specific symptom. Naturopathic services have largely not been covered by health insurance companies in the past. The Affordable Health Care Act, however, has brought about change in this area. It prohibits discrimination against licensed health practitioners, including those who practice integrative health. Visits, therefore, to a legitimately licensed naturopath should be awarded some coverage. Vitamins and supplements he or she may prescribe probably will not be covered, unless they have been FDA approved. PHYSICAL THERAPY Hippocrates is believed to be the first practitioner of physical therapy. He often treated people using massage, manual (physical therapy) techniques, and hydrotherapy. Toward the end of the 19th century modern physical therapy developed in response to global events. During the Polio outbreak of 1916 physical therapy was used to treat children left with disabilities. Later, during the First World War women were recruited to work with wounded soldiers to help restore physical function. Today physical therapy is defined as ‘the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.” Often physical therapy will

be needed following an injury or surgery of some kind, with the goal being to restore physical function and improve movement. That said, however, often physical therapy can be used to prevent surgery as well. Physical Therapists (PTs) will work with each patient to develop a treatment plan. This plan will often involve stretching, exercise and massage. The desired effect is to increase flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination and balance. Physical therapy is often covered by health insurance companies to some degree. There is often a deductible to be met with physical therapy and a portion of each visit will often be covered. OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE Osteopathy was developed in 1874 and is believed to be the oldest system of healthcare to have originated within the United States. Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) recognize that the entire body is interconnected and that every organ system affects the others. DOs undergo intensive training to understand the musculoskeletal system and how that system affects the rest of the body. It is a physical medicine that involves joint manipulation and physical therapy. This is done in an effort to help restore musculoskeletal balance and therefore, achieve balance of the entire body. Like naturopathy, osteopathy aims to treat the whole person, rather than a specific ailment. Osteopathic medicine is probably more traditional than alternative. Doctors of Osteopathic medicine have become widely accepted and are largely accepted as equals with Medical Doctors. Like traditional MDs, DOs must complete four years of medical school and they are licensed at the state level. They may specialize as many MDs do, if they desire to do so. Because, Osteopathic doctors are licensed professionals, most insurance companies will cover their services, as they would any other physician. To learn more about alternative medicines, you may visit the following websites: alternativemedicine.com | nccam.nih.gov | mayoclinic.org/alternative-medicine | themidwaycenter.com




Oh, the Weeds I’ve Watered Can you imagine looking out the front window and seeing your very intelligent neighbor watering a massive bushel of weeds? Spending time and passion making sure that every one of those unruly, ugly weeds got every drop of water from her watering can? The irony would drip further if the stunning rose garden directly beside her was left wilting, because there was only enough water for the stragglers.

we are aware of how utterly ridiculous our forgiving actions were. Our afterthought is of course “WHAT WAS I THINKING!”

It doesn’t take a scientist or brain surgeon to evaluate this scenario as profoundly ridiculous, but when it comes to matters of the heart—and in the relationship world—we humans do this very thing over and over again.

Even more importantly, I go back to an earlier statement. “I might in fact be the rose.” It wasn’t until I surrendered to society and my own fairy tale imagination that I felt perfectly comfortable being single.

Oh, the weeds I have watered; thinking I could somehow fix a person to be what I was looking for. I finally came to the determination after endless buckets of tears that I was going to find myself a rose. I also concluded that I may in fact be the rose… and that I would rather be alone than to try placing a square peg into a round hole. Or in other words, allowing a jerk who didn’t deserve me to have me. Excuses. Many of us have made excuses or watched our loved ones make painful excuses for dating choices. “Uh, he doesn’t usually get THAT drunk before church.” Or perhaps “Yeah, he just get’s really affectionate with strangers when he is intimidated; sorry mom – he didn’t mean anything by licking your elbow.” It’s not until the relationship ends that



Those stupid pheromones in the brain early on keep us from thinking clearly. We must, therefore, learn how to trust our instincts and peers for guidance. Because honestly, drunk before church should be a red flag. Every – single – time.

I was finally the cake. And the icing on the cake was when Mister Man came moseying down my garden. As it turned out, he had watered quite a few weeds in his life as well. So he makes it a point to keep beautiful flowers stocked in our kitchen all of the time, as do our kids. Although, I’m pretty sure they might be picking them from the neighbor’s bushes. by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran





Posh Paws

5 Cool Ways to Chill With Your Dog JULY. The month of lemonade, sparklers and celebrating the birth of our nation (and me, incidentally!) Unfortunately, sun-drenched picnics quickly give way to fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk heat. Being a dog parent in this time can be a challenge. You come to dread taking Princess for a stroll when the thermometer is edging up towards 100º. What can be done? Rice Bandanas Use bandanas to make tubes (folding along the bias), and fill them with rice. Stitch them shut if you like. Pop your rice bandanas in the freezer for several hours. When you’re about to head out, wrap them around both your neck and your dog’s neck. The grains of rice will hold the cold long enough for your walk. You can attach a breakaway collar closure on your dog’s bandana, or just tie it on! If you sweat on the bandana, leave it on the counter to dry before you stick it back in the chill chest.

by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

Splash Ball Fetch If you head to the pool section of your local department store or toy store, you’ll see all sorts of squishy splash toys that are intended for playing in the pool. Many of these are

great for playing with dogs in the yard! Soak splash balls in cool water and play a game of fetch in the yard. You’ll both get soaked, but you’ll feel much cooler. Like the Lake Head out to a lake that allows humans and pets alike to go for a dip. Many dogs love to swim and play fetch in the water. If your dog isn’t great at paddling, stay in shallow waters. Dip your paws together. The Cold Seat The last thing you want on a hot day is a blanket. But blankies can be cool! Stick a blanket or flat sheet in the fridge. Mist it with a tiny bit of water for extra chill, or add a pillow. When you get inside from a hot walk, spread your chilly blanket out on the couch and flop down. You’ll thank me once you wake up from your nap. Siesta Siestas are an age-old tradition that is designed to make the heat tolerable. Rather than working and walking through the hottest part of the day, nap right through it. Put your hard effort in early and late. Your dog is certainly on board for this! If his midday walk is in the hot part of the day, gradually make it earlier. If it’s right when you get home from work, edge it towards a slightly later hour. In the meantime, stay indoors and savor the A/C.




Getting There is Half the Fun(?) The road trip—one of the great rites of passage for every family. I was a little savvier a few years later when I packed up and headed I grew up riding in the back seat of a V8 Chrysler station wagon. For road trips, my parents collapsed the seats so my sister and I could spread out with games and toys and take a random nap whenever we wanted. We thought it was high tech when we could play cassette tapes and sing along. I was a creative child with a propensity for planning even back then. When my parents said the trip would be 14 hours, I made a list of things to do. En route to Boston my plans included, count to 100 (out loud). When I completed the task before we were out of Pennsylvania, I upped the ante and went for 1000. My parents let me live anyway. When I had kids, I was determined to give them the same sort of wonderful, family bonding time. I never dreamt these trips would reveal the quirks, phobias (and aromas!) we would prefer be displayed only behind closed doors at home. Or never. I started early with our oldest. She was barely two when we set out from South Florida to Northeast Ohio. The trip was abruptly halted when my beloved VW’s water pump went out, an hour from anywhere. I coasted into a small service station where we spent the better part of the day waiting for the mechanic to locate the necessary parts. The waffle house next door was our only option for meals, and when I ordered my sweet little one milk, she wasted no time downing the entire cup over her outfit. I thought I was brilliant when I washed the clothes out in the sink and turned on the hand dryer to dry them, until I learned my darling daughter had a pathological fear of machines that blow warm air. There was a complete emotional meltdown. And by complete, I mean I had to tell the manager there was no need to call 911. by Hallie Bandy






So my adorable toddler finished the next leg of our journey in damp clothes; which still smelled like milk.

to a family reunion with two children. I thought they would enjoy each other’s company, side by side. Until I heard the blood-curdling scream from the toddler I thought had been sleeping. “I bite him,” said his big sister. Indeed, she had. When their little brother was born, I planned our summer vacation just a few weeks after he was due. Certainly, it would be easy enough to travel with a newborn. He would sleep most of the day, especially since car seats induce napping. Except, he didn’t sleep. Especially in a car seat. By the time we arrived at our destination, I had rug burn on my elbow from attempting to get a pacifier into the child’s mouth. His older siblings, confined to the rear seat of our minivan, were told we didn’t care what they did as long as they didn’t wake the baby once he cried himself out. Because really, how much trouble can you get in with paper and crayons? When we extracted them at the end of the journey, I realized they had kept themselves quiet by making paper airplanes and other pseudo-origami, which they then dispensed onto the floor of the car. The pile was a foot high, all the way across the back of the car. By the time we had four children, I didn’t even give a second thought to adding a puppy to a road trip. We were already on overload. No one gave a second thought when we drove through a small town that smelled like dog food. “It’s probably the school cafeteria food,” we joked as we drove by the town’s middle school. Funny, there are so many sights along country roads one could think might be the source of a dog-food smell, one doesn’t think to check the car. We passed through 60 miles worth of small towns that smelled like dog food before we stopped and, upon opening the back door to retrieve the baby, realized—the puppy is car sick. One of life’s cruel ironies is, as kids become able to manage their own emotional and bodily functions at a level that makes a road trip somewhat pleasant, it also becomes almost impossible to get everyone together to take such a trip. I’m always grateful when we can make it happen. And when we can’t, I am grateful for my well-trained dog, who no longer gets car sick, and loves to ride along.


TOP Party Themes for Kids If you don’t want to go out and buy a bunch of character-themed decorations, there are other options for a character themed party. Instead, you can start with solid or patterned decorations that don’t incorporate the actual characters. Then, include the characters into the decorations by adding your child’s toys and figurines. It keeps the party looking a little more stylish without going overboard on incorporating the characters. CARNIVAL THEME A carnival theme party works well for a party you’d like to have at home or a local park. It’s perfect for both boys and girls. Simple games, made from supplies you probably already have on hand at home, will keep little guests busy throughout the party. Afterwards, you can give guests tickets for each of the game winners, so they can redeem the tickets for small prizes. Munchies, such as popcorn, cotton candy, soft pretzels, and hot dogs, will make for a carnival worthy menu. COWBOY OR COWGIRL THEME There is something timeless about a western theme party. Your little buckaroo will love celebrating their birthday with a good old-fashioned hoedown. Decorations such as hay bales, cowboy hats, and bandanas will add a western touch without breaking the bank. Games such as sack races, rubber “rattlesnake” roundup, and digging for “gold” in a sandbox are simple party ideas. MICKEY AND MINNIE MOUSE THEME

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ometimes the hardest part of planning a party is just getting started. Often a good place to begin is with the theme of the party. For kids’ parties, picking the theme can help you make other decisions, such as the venue, the decorations, the menu, and even the party favors. Some children have definite ideas about the type of party they would like to have. However, others are happy to let their parents pick their theme and plan the party. The following children’s party themes have been trending recently. If you’re looking for a party theme for kids, your favorite little people will love one of these top party ideas. MOVIE CHARACTER THEME Characters from movies or television shows are always popular with children. Look no further than their favorite television shows or movies for inspiration. Right now, Disney’s Frozen is at the top of the list for little girls. Even in summer, your little party guests will melt over the winter themed party. For boys, two ever popular themes have been Star Wars and Cars.

Almost all kids under the age of five know about the mouse— M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E, that is! This ubiquitous mouse is a favorite of kids worldwide, so he will always be a popular party request. Thankfully, that popularity makes it easy to find Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse themed party decorations. Snacks such as Mickey Mouse shaped Oreo Pops, Mickey Mouse Cupcakes, Make your own Mickey Mouse CLUB-house sandwiches, and cheese and crackers keep with the theme. VINTAGE THEME Vintage party themes are a trendy, especially for first birthdays. For boys, one of the most popular first birthday party themes is a Little Man theme, complete with bow ties and moustaches. For girls, vintage garden parties or tea parties have remained current. One of the draws of a vintage party is that you can include family heirlooms and other sentimental items. Antique décor items borrowed from family and friends will add the fabulous retro vibe you are strivby Deanna Talwalkar ing for, but will also be more meaningful Party Planner Extraordinaire than store bought items might be.



Etiquette & Entertaining

From Whence Cometh Your Manners

Amy Vanderbilt? EmilyPost? Your Mother? Your Father? Your Grandmother?

“You are not hungry, your mouth is bored”. Phillip’s Mother

As you ponder the origin of the manners you practice, it is most likely your manners were learned from a person. Your Mother or Grandmother influenced you more than you realize. The way you speak, the way you treat others, which fork to pick up first, all stem from the way you were taught, not which etiquette book you read. An important parenting responsibility is to teach children how to conduct themselves in a respectable manner. The most important lessons we learn are from others. These teachings have been passed along often through coined sayings or well known quotations. Generations have learned insights and inspirations by word of mouth.

“Oh, no thanks, I’ll just have a sip of yours”. Alice’s Mother

Trending today is the sharing of advice often given by your Mother or Father. One of the morning shows recently presented a segment on favorite parental sayings which have influenced lives. A newly published book is by Erin McHugh, Like My Mother Always Said… wise words, witty warnings and odd advice we never forget. The book is part hilarious and part words to live by. Think about what your Mother always said.

by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette & Entertaining Consultant


My Mother was told by her Mother which she, in turn, often reminded us, “Don’t ever rest until the good gets better and the better is best”. “It’s not what you do but who you know”. Kaye’s Mother


“Put on your sweater, I am cold”. Carolyn’s Mother “Choose your battles wisely”. David L. “There are thousands of opportunities to keep your mouth shut, use them”. Sandra’s Mother “If you don’t remember what you wanted to say, it couldn’t have been very important”. Dee’s Mother One of my favorite books is Bartlett’s Famous Quotations. It gives something to think about while, hopefully, helping one to become a better person. Notice how many people use quotes or old expressions in their speech. These coined sayings can greatly influence how we act. Today’s applications of this influence may be derived from clichés used in advertising. Some examples are “Be all that you can be” which promotes self improvement and inspires us to be our best. “Just do it” could give the clue as to what to do when an invitation arrives requiring a R.S.V.P. “Be original – have it your way” could refer to someone boosting his self confidence level. “We’re with you… always have been” could be important when discussing the value of a relationship. “Balance is everying” could refer to the proper way to set a table. “At the corner of Happy and Healthy” is a constant reminder of how we should strive to present ourselves to others. As you hear favorite sayings or see slogans in advertising, make it a practice to try to apply it to becoming a better person in every way. My saying for today is – “It’s never too late to improve!”






Get Dressed

Hands down, the most utilized item in my closet during the summer months is none other than The Dress. It fits the summer bill for a variety of reasons. First and foremost being comfortable and seasonally appropriate. I mean truly ladies, how easy is it to just slip on one of these lovelies and go? Aside from its comfort, a summer dress is one of the more versatile pieces you’ll find in your arsenal. Take the pinktuck printed dress—it looks lovely and summer appropriate paired with a denim vest and ballet flats. You could also kick up the casual notch and pair it with some vans or converse sneakers and a denim jacket. Headed out for a date night or evening with your girlfriends? Hang onto the denim jacket and throw on a great pair of neutral wedges. Royal blue makes this sheath dress anything but ordinary. Its shape and vibrant color could take you from office to evening. Pairing it with a colorful statement necklace and a bright orange clutch only enhances its vibrancy. Here’s the beautiful thing about a colorful frock such as this… the color combos are endless. Think baby blue for a tone on tone look, mint or Kelly green, bright pink, yellow, black, or even a little dose of leopard. Don’t have a statement necklace that will complement your dress? Why not try a printed summer scarf or a brightly colored handbag—both equally pretty and such great summer staples. Then there’s always that one dress. That dress that could stand out in a crowd for all of the right reasons. Maybe it’s because of its shape. Maybe it’s because of its print. Or maybe it’s because the dress alone is truly so fantastic that it needs no frills, fluff, or accessories to accentuate it. This black and white striped lovely, to me, is one of those stunners. A gorgeous combo of mesh paneling and stripes, this free flowing dress just screams summer. And here’s another beautiful thing, like the other dresses pictured, it can no doubt carry you from day to night. I actually sported this frock with ballet flats and found it to be equally as flattering and undeniably comfortable. I’ve said it once and I believe it bears repeating, The Dress is just one of those pieces that won’t do you wrong in the summer months. Be its shape, color, versatility, or print, it is a staple that every woman’s closet should have. Trust me, your closet will thank you.

by Beth Parker Fashion Blogger/Stylist seersuckerandsaddles.blogspot.com

photos by Tiffany Mitchell



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by Mary Ellen Slone

Virtually “every Monday morning at 9 o’clock sharp,” a new

group of vastly diverse individuals will assemble for an orientation session at the Jubilee Jobs offices on North Broadway, across from the Legends’ Stadium, in Lexington. Most of these folks hope to be able to transition from some form of public assistance; to qualify to secure a decent entry-level job; and to be able to perform well after being hired. Yet, while each is thankful to have been offered this opportunity to better his or her life situation, 70-80% of these individuals are ex-offenders, and will have to overcome the challenges of on-therecord criminality which that fact presents. TYPICALLY, WHO ARE THESE FOLKS? Often, this Monday conclave can include military veterans, former teachers, used car salesmen, child care providers, moms and even grandmothers with babies in tow, recently unemployed food service workers, part-time cab drivers, self-proclaimed country musicians, unemployed house painters, delivery truck drivers, ventriloquists/entertainers, auto service guys, part-time nannies, graphic designers and copywriters, and college-age students, many of whom at one time have been homeless. They typically represent different ethnicities, varying age groups, and a different level of commitment to work toward self-betterment. Cary Plummer, Jubilee Jobs’ Executive Director noted, “Statistically, there are estimated to be 17,000 unemployed individuals (men and women) in our Greater Lexington Metropolitan area. What we offer is an opportunity (not a guarantee) for those who are sincere in bettering their current situations, to qualify for gainful entry-level employment by completing our challenging, but proven-to-be-successful multi-step program. It’s regimented, it’s demanding, and truthfully, it’s not successful for everyone.” Why? “Because breaking the cycle of being unemployed and the likelihood of having to overcome a criminal record, along with a commitment to hard

work requires honing, re-tooling, expanding ‘skill sets’, perseverance, and a significant amount of faith. Last year Jubilee Jobs of Lexington touched the lives of over 550 people, and in the process helped 155 men and women to secure new jobs – enabling each of them to better care for their families and to “Work for Sustenance, Dignity and Hope.” Each of these steps has been designed to help enable qualified, sincere individuals to obtain gainful employment by presenting themselves in a positive manner as they interview for jobs. The staff members’ commitment to investing energy and building confidence in these candidates is impressive and appropriate, since several Jubilee Jobs ‘team members’ have successfully completed the rigorous program themselves. Worthy of mention–because ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression’, the organization maintains racks of appropriate ‘interview apparel’ for both male and female candidates to wear as they present themselves to prospective employers. “Our program offers a hand-up, not a handout; it’s a partnership between our team and our clients. Our goal is to help our clients become educated about the job search process, assist them in getting a job as soon as possible, and then help and encourage them to stay employed.“ Director Plummer’s input on these area-wide challenges includes the following, “As you are reading this article, ‘let’s say’ that you not only need, but you really want a job. You attend one of our Monday morning ‘briefing sessions’ and you determine that our Jubilee Jobs’ proven, sequential program to help you get hired is worth your time and commitment to try. “We know that although our initial sessions for job seekers are well attended, the number of individuals who return the next week for personal assistance is often significantly smaller. That’s because a portion of our ‘first time attendees’ come expecting our team to ‘do the heavy lifting’ to facilitate each of them



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getting hired, which is simply not the case. We are poised to give these individuals every possible opportunity to get a job and start to earn a decent living, but they must complete the rigid requirements for success. “Typically, we begin the process by asking each candidate to bring in both a photo ID and a Social Security card. Concurrently, our trained counselors (who are also successful ‘graduates’ of our program) interview each of these attendees to ascertain what their expectations are. In exchange, we are blatantly honest in our estimations of whether or not these goals are realistic or not. Next, we begin a series of workshops focused on interviewing preparation and conflict resolution, we work to create each person’s resume—a huge step for some who have never even seen such a document. As our association with these individuals continues, we work with them on numerous important issues: how to best present themselves to a prospective employer; what, and what not to do or say. This information is important – and is sometimes forgotten when overridden with anxiety in an interview.” “What do we teach our interview-bound clients? 1) Practice what you’re going to say. 2) Be on time for the interview and be candid, when asked about your possible criminal history. 3) Be prepared to answer questions as to your work history and your actual interest in the job for which you’re applying. 4) Ask the interviewer to explain exactly what the open job requires. 5) Sincerely thank the interviewer for sharing his or her time with you, and politely ask ‘when will the hiring decision be made’? 6) The next business day, be sure to contact the interviewer (or his or her assistant) and re-iterate your interest in obtaining the position. Ask if any further information from you is requested, and if there are any other questions that they may have that you’d be able to answer. 7) Recognize that it may take several interviews with prospective employers before you receive an actual job offer. Keep your name ‘in play’. If possible, write a note of thanks to the interviewer for sharing his or her time with you. If you learn that for whatever reason you did not get a job offer, always thank the interviewer for his or her time.



8) Above all else, recognize that there may be many individuals applying for these same jobs, and you may not ‘get the nod’ to become employed by the first, second, third or even more places you interview. Always remember and repeat as often as is necessary, “Discouragement is not my friend— hope is!” At Jubilee Jobs of Lexington, the staff members will share their own successful personal stories with candidates working toward job placement. They will confirm that exiting public assistance status (which, although not a panacea, is often virtually the only ‘way of life’ some of these individuals have ever known) is often a really difficult adjustment. According to Plummer, “ With determination and faith in God – lives have been significantly changed for the better through interaction with the Jubilee Jobs of Lexington organization. We’ve been doing this for over 5 years, and our goals for 2014 are first, to positively affect the lives of at least 600 people, and to hopefully help at least 170 individuals to obtain and keep new jobs.” “Obviously, it takes funding to run this ministry that God has charged us with, based on our expenses to run our program this past year, the cost to provide committed clients with a personal Job Counselor and initial program workshops is approximately $493 per client, $760 to get them through most all of our program steps, and slightly under $1000 to get them through the entire program and into a new job. On the average, these new jobs will produce an economic impact back into the community of about $18,000. We can only carry out this ministry we believe God directs, when those in this community support us.” GET INVOLVED “Consider volunteering some time to help our clients, to financially support our ministry, and certainly praying for the work we do. Learn more about how you can make a difference through Jubilee Jobs of Lexington!” Jubileejobsoflexington.org

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Success Stories Shay Irwin, Jubilee Jobs’ Senior Job Counselor, works with marginalized citizens to regain their self-worth, while preparing them to seek gainful employment. Herself a graduate of the Program, Shay brings a unique understanding to her numerous roles: she teaches a life skills and job training program at the Fayette County Detention Center and at the Women’s Hope Center, and she handles social media, marketing, and online fundraising at Jubilee Jobs.

Shay Irwin, Sr. Job Counselor, Darralesa Lindsay, Job Counselor, and Cary Plummer CEO of Jubilee Jobs

Darralesa Lindsay, also a graduate of the Jubilee Jobs program, serves as a Job Counselor at JJ , assisting folks in our area who have the desire and need to work but face employment barriers. She has a BS Degree from Sullivan University, and is currently working to complete her Master’s Degree in Human Resources. She routinely shares her administrative talents with her church and even volunteers at another local organization.





Ben Creed has a handful of mane as he breaks from the gate at Belterra Park. He recently recorded win #500, making him the most successful graduate of Lexington’s North American Racing Academy. Photo by John C. Engelhardt

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Horse Park Happenings by Katie Shoultz A Game for the Ages Known for inspiring mega fashion designers and for its high-profile players, polo has long been a sport to admire and take in. Experts contend that polo likely originated in China and Persia 2,000 years ago. The name of the game may well come from the word “pholo” meaning ‘ball’ or ‘ballgame’ in the Balti language of Tibet. A notable pastime of kings and emperors, polo became known as the sport of kings and is one of the oldest recorded team sports in history. The basics of the sport are that polo is played on horses with two teams. Each team attempts to score goals by hitting a ball with a mallet that is attached is a 4.5 foot stick. Each match is divided into chukkas or chukkers that are approximately seven minutes of play time and represents the amount of time a horse can exert itself in this high-intensity sport before needing to rest. Most polo players have a string of polo ponies so that the player can switch to a new horse that is “fresh” and ready for play while letting the others rest as needed. Polo is

A notable pasttime of kings and emporers, polo became known as the sport of kings and is one of the oldest recorded team sports in history.



TOPS IN EQUINE an inherently risky sport, but the rules have been designed to mitigate the danger. It’s a fun sport to watch with fast horses and a quick pace – polo on the sidelines is anything but a bore! The Lexington Polo team play at the Horse Park, and their season is underway. During Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the polo fields at the Park can be found dotted with sleek ponies and savvy riders. It’s the perfect way to celebrate an afternoon in style. Pack a picnic and bring a few friends to tailgate and enjoy the day. Ready to cheer on some girl power in the sport? Women from all over the U.S. will be competing in what is considered to be one of the top women’s tournaments in the States at the Horse Park. The tournament begins on July 9th with finals wrapping up the action on July 13th. Witness history being made as this tournament is sure to be one of the most exciting women’s polo events! Sponsors for the event include Nespresso, La Martina, Polo Line International, PQ Magazine and Tato’s Mallets. As Lexington Polo’s website states, “All players will be welcomed the first night at a press reception where we will present each team to our sponsors and our invited guests. Finalists and winners will receive trophies and luxurious prizes from the club and and various sponsors of The Kentucky Women’s Polo Invitational.” A Perennial Favorite The Robert Murphy Horse Show will take place over the Fourth of July holiday ( July 3-6) and is a long-standing tradition in the local area. With the Murphy family having generations in the equine industry, the show captures a familial atmosphere. Known for its fun and relaxing show environment – the competition



spans all ages and levels in the hunter and jumper disciplines. There will also be a Battle of the Barns trivia night with teams consisting of members of stables with each team answering a variety of questions about horses, horsemanship and riding. Come sit ringside and watch riders make the rounds! Darby Wright, a junior rider from St. Louis, Missouri has made the trek to the Horse Park for the show since she was born into the horsey way of life with her trainer and mom, Boo Gonzalez of Dublin Farms Ltd. A family tradition and highlight of the show season, Dublin Farms enjoys the perfect blend of a well-run show with a casual feel. “Robert Murphy has been one if not the favorite horse show for our barn for over 15 years!” Boo Gonzalez said. “They go to awesome lengths to have awesome exhibitor conveniences and courtesies. My kids love the special exhibitor dinner nights too. As a pro, I appreciate how the show runs, and moreover, that they make every effort to get great judges. This makes my job as a coach so much better as there is a standard of education and a system we can follow and educate clients to. We love you, Robert Murphy Horse Show!” Of course, any competitor or spectator is likely to run into at least one Murphy family member. Marianne Murphy – the primary organizer of the show – can often be spotted handing out ribbons, giving encouraging pats to a horse ring side, or simply catching up with a friend. ALWAYS LEARNING! NEW MUSEUM EXHIBITS Want to learn more about the sport of hunters and jumpers? Or maybe you’ve been a rider all your life and want to take trip down

Polo in an inherently risky sport... polo on the sidelines is anything but a bore! Pack a picnic and bring a few friends to tailgate and enjoy the day.


memory lane? Stop by the USHJA Wheeler Museum where the new exhibit, A Sporting Tradition — Iconic Horse Shows across the United States – has opened and will run through the end of 2014. There’s photos, artifacts and other memorabilia from some of the most important horse shows in the history of hunter/ jumpers in the United States. A horse show past that was filled with talent and underdogs making their way to the win, of glamorous dinners and impossibly long days – horse shows have always held an air of mystique. Witness the old traditions and the magical moments that make the sport so great.

The “Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Legend” exhibit may be seen in the International Museum of the Horse daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Kentucky Horse Park’s regular daily schedule. Park admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12, and includes “Next Day Free” admission. Children 6 and under are always admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. A Blue Ribbon Beginning

The first of the shows at the Horse Park wrapped up in grand style. Country Heir I and II saw hundreds of horse and rider pairs throughout the two weeks of competition with riders from Another new exhibit that you around the country. In the don’t wan to miss at the Kentucky $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Horse Park’s International derby top honors went to rider Museum of the Horse, is the Havens Schatt and Smiles with “Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Peter Pletcher and Clementine Legend” exhibit as part of the nabbing the red ribbon. The “Calumet Farm: Five Decades derby classes were introduced of Champions” exhibition. several years ago in an effort to This exciting and informative bring excitement and enthusiasm exhibit features a treasure trove to the hunter ring for competitors of Bassett’s awards that includes and spectators alike with big, his 1996 Eclipse Award of Merit, natural jumps that encouraged and Breeders’ Cup Recognition horses’ jump effort and rideability Trophy. One of the highlights of along with hand gallops, tight Photo Courtesy of the USHJA the exhibit is a video chronicling turns and and unrelated distances Bassett’s life and achievements, personally between jumps. More closely reflecting a fox hunt, the derbies chronicled by Bassett. have been an invaluable addition to the hunter division and offers Since 1981, when Bassett helped the Horse Park secure a loan riders a chance to really showcase their horse’s athleticism. of the Calumet trophies and other memorabilia, Basset has been In the jumper ring during Country Heir II, the $60,000 Grand an avid supporter of the Park. Bassett also served as the first Prix went to renowned competitor Margie Engle and her mount chairman of the Park’s board during 1980-1983 and through his Indigo after she successfully navigated the tough course with the invaluable help, the Park was able to bring the Thoroughbred grit and finesse Engle is known and admired for. geldings Forego and John Henry to live at the Park. Congrats to all riders on a successful outing!

Horse shows have always held an air of mystique. Witness the old traditions and the magical moments that make the sport so great.



TOPS IN EQUINE YOUNG RIDERS Around the corner is the North American Junior and Young Rider Champions set to take place on July 15-20. This competition remains the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21 and riders from Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Caribbean Islands, Canada and Mexico come to the Horse Park on this special occasion. These young riders compete for both team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and eventing as well as the FEI World Equestrian Games recognized disciplines of reining and endurance. The competition regulated by the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent. In 1974, the NAJYRC began as an eventing challenge between the U.S. and Canada. It then grew as a dressage championship that was included in 1981 and show jumping the following year. The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A dressage championship was



added in 1981, and show jumping was added in 1982. For some of the young riders, it’s the first time competing at the Horse Park. For others, stepping into the big Rolex ring for the first time is a breathtaking experience. Grab your Kentucky Club VIP, and you’ll be sure to be a part of the action! With a special access tent located next to all the action, a VIP spot includes a buffet breakfast and lunch Wednesday – Sunday as well as complementary wine and beer in the afternoon. BreyerFest! On July 11th -13th the 25th annual BreyerFest – its Silver Jubilee – will be taking place! This annual model horse festival is a cherished event for young and old! With crafts and contests, equine performances and demos galore – BreyerFest is the largest model horse show in the country. Admission to BreyerFest includes plenty of activities: pony rides, petting zoo and piggy races, face painting, magic shows and the opportunity to meet some of your favorite horses that inspired their Breyer models. For more information visit Breyerhorses.com and join the fun!





Local Flavor: Punchestown Stable

by Katie Shoultz


Sarah Meier, trainer and owner of

Punchestown Stables in Lexington, knew early on that horses would always be in her life. Starting out as many do in the industry, Meier began her riding career innocently enough – with weekly lessons. But, as anyone who has been bit by the horse bug can attest to, there is no known cure. Meier is a classic case as she has displayed all the symptoms of the intense and abiding love of all things connected with horses. Starting Out Riding at a local riding stable in Milwaukee, WI when she was seven, Meier couldn’t get enough of it. Spending every moment possible on the back of a horse, Meier progressed quickly through the ranks and rode with professional Steve Wall competing in the big equitation classes and junior hunters. After leasing two hunters, Meier then went to “indoors” – the shows that are the goal for many top competitors, particularly juniors, with many shows prior serving as qualifiers to be considered for the indoor shows. “I won my two qualifying medals out of what seemed like a gazillion people and had a pretty good junior career,” said Meier. One thing about Meier sticks out – her hard work and talent that she shrugs off casually. She’s not one to bask in the glory but rather would be out doing what she does best – riding. Making the Leap After her junior career wrapped up, Meier chose not to go to college but made the move to Lexington to pursue horses on an even more intimate level. “I moved to Lexington because I horse showed so much as a kid here and just thought it was the coolest place,” she told. “When I moved here, one of the few hunter/jumper places was Frank Conway’s whom I started riding and working for; he was really great to me. He let me ride a bunch of horses and got me truly started in the jumper ring.” Prior to her stint as a working student for

(photos by Keni Parks)




Conway, Meier had only been in the jumper show ring a few times and lacked the practical jumper mileage. But, all that changed and while she loves to ride the young ones and strive for that perfect hunter round, she would also handily have a barn full of jumpers. For Meier, versatility comes just as natural as breathing. After her time working for Conway, Meier then went on to work with professional Dennis Mitchell when he was based in Knoxville, TN. Riding more than a dozen horses a day, Meier continued to develop an iron clad work ethic. “And this was all before I turned 21,” laughed Meier. “I came back up to Kentucky after a few years and kicked it around for a little bit. I broke yearlings for a season at Juddmonte and then went and galloped horses at the racetrack for two years.” That’s another thing – Meier doesn’t just know her way around an arena or show ring. She’s also track savvy. Having met her former husband and business partner at the track, the two started Punchestown together. “At the time, the primary focus of the business was to buy young horses, clean them up and sell them. We did a lot of thoroughbreds since we both had a pretty extensive track background. Growing the Business After taking over the business in its entirety in 2010, Meier brought on Alex Nelson. “Alex has been an extremely important part of Punchestown and what it is now,” she said. With a great string of lesson horses and riders of all ages along with an active showing family – Punchestown has blossomed into a vibrant and versatile barn with Meier doing most of the riding and Alex training many of their young and less experienced riders. “Our relationship works out great because she doesn’t have a huge burning desire to ride and show herself. She really enjoys the teaching aspect of it whereas I really enjoy bringing along the young horses.” When Meier talks about Nelson – it’s easy to see that they share many of the same qualities. “She’s 23 and is an incredible worker. She loves children and keeps learning and is never afraid to ask questions.” Nelson’s favorite part of the business? For her, it’s getting the young horse off to a good start and getting them to the ring at the horse shows. With a barn that caters to the client and has a little something for most everyone who wants to show – Meier has certainly made a home in the bluegrass.





Future Stars’ Time to Shine! by Mark Coley

Each July, everything is on

the wire for the future stars of equestrian sport when they arrive at the Kentucky Horse Park. Each step the horses take, every second spent, and every decision made in the ring, can cost valuable points when riders ages 14-21 look to climb atop the podium at FEI/Adequan North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC).

rider Teresa Adams added that she was excited to see her other teammates do so well. “It’s so different than any other show, it makes us all just ride that much better to help our team members because this represents everyone here. We want to give each other a good name, make our horses look good, and have fun together.”

The only competition of its kind in this continent, athletes from all across the United States, as well as Mexico and Riding into the ring with the Gold medal Canada, will be arriving in Lexington the honors hers to lose, Charlotte Jacobs, week of July 13 to compete in the three of East Aurora, N.Y., looked to set herOlympic disciplines of jumping, dresself apart from her fellow young rider sage and eventing, as well as the World competitors earning the top honors Equestrian Games disciplines of reining for equestrians across North America. and endurance. For spectators of the free Beautifully clearing twelve challenging event, the success of the Championships jumping obstacles with only one fence should come as no surprise. With a full Jamie Pestana riding Winzalot (Susan J Stickle) remaining, an unlucky rub would bring trade fair, wonderful hospitality options the rail down and leave Jacobs one spot for the week, a beautiful Bluegrass backdrop, and future Olympibehind fellow New York rider Lillie Keenan in the victory gallop. ans on their way to greatness, celebrating its 40th anniversary this “It was tough of course,” Jacobs recalled. “My horse left the ground year is just a testament to the NAJYRC’s ongoing legacy. at the last fence and she’s usually such a great vertical jumper. I was One of the original founders of the Championships and a wonlike, ‘I have it,’ and I landed and I heard the crowd and I was like derful supporter of the event, Howard Simpson, reflected on the ‘Oh my God, I knocked it down.’ It was instant shock.” importance of the NAJYRC. “There is no greater evidence of its As any athlete will tell you, the highs and lows are just a part of success than the many Junior and Young Riders who have gone on competing in sports; it’s what motivates the drive to achieve great- and represented their nations at Pan-American Games, World Cup ness. What sets the NAJYRC apart from this is that for these young Events, and the Olympic Games. However, just as crucial a success aspiring athletes, they don’t have to experience the ride alone. As is that most of the NAJYRC participants since the mid-1970s have top-level international championships, riders compete all week, used their Championships experiences to become contributing striving to earn both Individual and Team medals. With teammates citizens of their countries in all sorts of occupations, because they comprised of fellow equestrians from the areas surrounding their can’t all be Olympians. Early on in the process, when the program home towns, there is a great sense of team spirit that surrounds had only begun to take shape, one person described it as a system NAJYRC week. based on a fairly simple philosophy. ‘Give the youth the opportuniJamie Pestana, of Livermore, Calif., was part of the 2013 winning ty, the tools, and the supervision at the highest levels to reach lofty, USDF/Platinum Performance Young Rider Team Championship but obtainable goals. Then quietly step aside and let them reach for representing Region 7. Pestana, who was also the 2010 Junior In- their dreams.’” dividual and Freestyle Gold medalist and a two-time Team Silver The 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider medalist, stated, “It’s great when you’re out there and your team is Championships presented by Gotham North will run July 15-20 at cheering for you and you know that you’re not just there for your- the Kentucky Horse Park. Free to attend, spectators are invited to self, but for your teammates and your region.” Fellow California learn more about the Championships by visiting youngriders.org.


Charlotte Jacobs riding Kochina (SportFot)

Lillie Keenan leads the victory gallup (SportFot)

Jamie Pestana riding Winzalot (Susan J Stickle)

Lillie Keenan riding Londinium (SportFot)


Dressage Young Rider Team Gold Medalists from Region 7: Teresa Adams, Ariel Thomas, Jamie Pestana, Jaclyn Pepper (Susan J Stickle)

Fans cheer on Area 5 eventers (Brant Gamma Photos)

Young Rider Team Gold Medalists from Region 7 (Susan J Stickle)

Nicole Doolittle (Brant Gamma Photos)




Fillies in the Workplace: Michelle Mullins Real Estate Agent, Kirkpatrick & Company

By Kathie Stamps

Michelle Mullins (photo by Keni Parks)

Racehorses and real estate are two of the hot topics

in Michelle Mullins’ life at any particular moment of the day. Along with being a great mom to her teenage daughter, that is, and being a certified general appraiser who specializes in horse farms, a bloodstock consultant and a real estate agent, as well as someone who offers Thoroughbred auction representation and general consulting. “On any given day I could and often do wear all of these hats,” she said. “I drive a lot.” Mullins is a native Lexingtonian who took a turn through Texas during her childhood for a few years before her family moved back to the Bluegrass. After graduating from Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Mullins attended UK, Midway College and


Northern Kentucky University. She was a biology major but “got sidetracked by the racetrack,” she said. Education is a constant factor in Mullins’ life, as she keeps up with her continuing education classes each year from multiple providers—just one example is the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. When she was five years old and living in Fort Worth, Texas, Mullins started riding horses and has been passionately in love with them ever since. She has bred horses, bought and sold them, and had a trainer’s license in 10 states and Canada. She has been involved with racetrack charities for many years. In 2012 she was a bachelorette for a fundraising effort on behalf

of KEEP, the Kentucky Equine Education Project.

She is also expanding the scope of her appraisal practice in conjunction with Austen Rawlings, who is the owner of Austen Appraisal & Consulting. His expertise is with singlefamily residences and office buildings, while Mullins’ specialty is horse farms, so their competencies will help each other’s business expand. Mullins is licensed to appraise any type of real estate property in Kentucky. “My specialty is horse farms because I’ve been around horses all of my life,” she said, and she has the accolades to prove it. For one thing, she was instrumental in the development of George Strait’s Oceanfront Property Stables in the mid-1990s. “The stable posted 36 percent winners and was in the money 63 percent of the time at racetracks across the country,” she said, “including Keeneland, Del Mar, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn, Lone Star, Retama, Hoosier Park and Woodbine.” She trained Affirmed and Ready, a Hoosier Juvenile Stakes winner for George Strait. Lone Star Park, a horse racing track in Grand Prairie, Texas, just outside of Dallas, held its inaugural meet in 1997 and “Dallas Morning News” horse racing writer Gary West named Mullins the rookie trainer of the year. In 2004 Mullins started learning how to appraise Central Kentucky horse farms with the late Arnold Kirkpatrick.


These days Mullins is staying busy as a real estate agent at Kirkpatrick & Company, and as proprietor and certified general appraiser with Bluegrass Select Appraisal, which she has owned since 2012. With Bluegrass Select Appraisal she prepares written reports for the determination of property values by collecting and analyzing real estate data. Her reports meet national appraisal standards, of course, and are in compliance with local, state and federal laws.

“Eventually, I was responsible for all of the appraisals,” she said. She has been involved with appraisals for around 150 farms in the Bluegrass at some point over the years. She has also done conservation easement work for private clients with regards to Lexington’s Property Development Rights, or PDR, program. Mullins is an IRScertified conservation easement appraiser. As an appraiser she provides nonbiased valuation services for a variety of people and institutions. Sometimes her clients are banks and insurance companies; other times they are estates or individuals. “My background as a horseman is very helpful to that,” she said of appraising horse farms. For example, she knows that people who buy land for crops want the earth to be pretty flat, but those who are leasing or purchasing land for a horse farm like the ground to slope and roll a little bit, because it’s good for exercising the horses. In appraising horse farms, her inspections involve taking measurements of the property and evaluating the construction, condition, functional design and special features. Appraisals also involve researching public records and looking at value comparisons of similar properties, among other aspects of the job. “You have to read, write and do arithmetic,” Mullins said, “to show someone how you came up with a price per acre.” In addition to appraisals, Mullins handles horse farm leases. As a licensed Realtor with an emphasis on equine properties, she is also co-listing properties with fellow Realtor Tamara Bayer at Kirkpatrick & Company. And just in case you think her plate is too full, think again. Mullins is known to consult on an independent basis with many of her longtime clients about racing and pinhooking prospects, along with some breeding consultation, primarily regarding conformation issues.





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California Dreamin’ by John C. Engelhardt

His career thus far is one

because when they made the purchase of Love The Chase, a groom walked by and said, “anyone who decides to buy this horse is a dumbass.” Coburn and Martin embraced the insult and the silks and blinkers for the foal that Love The Chase would produce would carry the inside joke with “DAP” emblazoned on both.

that dreams are made of. As a matter of fact, his co-breeder and owner had a dream that the foal of modest lineage would be born with a chestnut coat and adorned with alabaster markings on all four legs and a blaze streaking past brilliant eyes to his flaring nostrils. In his dream, it would be that colt that The partners decided to breed their would go on to wear the garland of $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion roses on Kentucky Derby Day and named Lucky Pulpit who stands at parlay that win into immortality Harris Farm in Coalinga, California. as a Triple Crown winner. His Lucky Pulpit does have ties to exact flashy appearance would Lexington as his popular sire, Pulpit earn him the name of California won Keeneland’s prestigious Blue Chrome. In an almost unbelievable Grass Stakes and has since sired story involving a colorful cast of the outstanding stallion Tapit and characters, that dream came to top graded stakes winners Stardom fruition for the California-bred. But Bound, Ice Box and Corinthian. the continued road to Triple Crown glory is fraught with tales of safety Lucky Pulpit made 22 lifetime Some of the polish came off the “Chrome” pins, stumbles at the start, loose with Steve Coburn’s post-Belmont rant starts and bankrolled $209,928 with shoes and misjudged rides that have a record of 3-5-5. His forte was kept the Belmont Stakes, the final sprinting on the grass and he developed early, making six starts jewel of the series, one of the most elusive challenges of the entire while scoring two wins and placings in two turf stakes, finishing sport. third in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes while collecting almost half Hollywood producers were probably tripping over each other to get the rights for this story that captured the casual racegoers and fervent fans alike. Fashionably bred yearlings raised on the most exclusive bluegrass breeding farms bring million dollar bids with hopes of becoming the best of their generation. This year’s Triple Crown leading man was a case of “the little guys” catching lightning in a bottle. Steve Coburn and Perry Martin are two names that were never known in racing circles. Their paths crossed through minor partnerships in racing. Coburn resides in Gardenerville, Nevada and Martin calls Sacramento, California home. The duo bought a mare named Love The Chase for $8,000 when the racing partnership they were involved in was being dissolved upon her retirement. The two men then formed the partnership “DAP,”

of his lifetime earnings. Lucky Pulpit contracted a viral infection at the beginning of his three-year-old season which led to permanent respiratory problems. His only other win came as a 4-year-old when he captured the 5 furlong Smile Stakes on the greensward. After California Chrome won the 2014 San Felipe Stakes, Lucky Pulpit’s stud fee increased from the 2013 fee of $2,500 to $10,000. The chestnut colt by Lucky Pulpit out of the Not For Love mare Love The Chase was foaled Feb. 18, 2011 and named California Chrome. The next piece of the puzzle was to find the trainer that would make the exact fit. Colburn and Martin selected Art Sherman because, “He is old school. He’s a regular guy ... He can spend quality time with every horse.” He could be the script writers dream in this saga. Born in Brooklyn, New York the diminutive son of a barber kept hearing from his father’s customers that with




his size he should take to the racetrack – and that he did. At age 17, Sherman got a job as stablehand on Rex Ellsworth’s ranch. From Ellsworth and trainer Mesh Tenney, he learned to groom and eventually gallop horses. In 1955, he was the exercise rider for Swaps, who was owned by Ellsworth. He rode in a train boxcar with the horse while traveling from California to Kentucky, sleeping on a bed of straw next to the horse during the four night trip. Swaps went on to win the Kentucky Derby that year. Sherman was also at the 1956 Derby as a stable hand for Ellsworth’s horse Terrang who finished 12th, but it would be 57 years before he would return to Churchill Downs – only this time as the trainer of the Derby favorite.

Hollywood Park where he won his second start against fellow California-breds at 4 ½ furlongs. Sherman elected to test his mettle against open company and he faded to 5th in his first stakes try. With blinkers added for the first time and back against statebreds, California Chrome won the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar. He then stepped up to Grade 1 company in the 7 furlong Del Mar Futurity and while he finished 6th, he was only beaten by 2 lengths. In his next start back against California company he hopped at the break and finished 6th of 9 starters. For California Chrome’s final juvenile start Art Sherman enlisted the services of Victor Espinoza and they turned out to be a match made in heaven. Not only did they romp in the King Glorious Stakes, but together they remained undefeated through their next six stakes races leading up to their bid for the final jewel in the Triple Crown – but let’s not get ahead of the story. After leaving the ranks of state-bred competition, the team of “Dumb Ass Partners” looked awfully smart in beating the best of the west in the Grade 2 San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles. His speed numbers were through the roof, he won with great acceleration and surely Steve Coburn was saying, “Pinch me and tell me I’m still not dreaming.”

Sherman became a licensed jockey in 1957. His first win was at Hollywood Park. In 1959, he won a race in Maryland where then Vice President Richard Nixon awarded the trophy, attracting national attention. The highlight of Sherman’s career came when he beat his idol and future Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro in a race. “I’ll never forget that because after the race he came by and put his arm around me and said, ‘You run a good race, son,’” Sherman recalled. He won over 2,000 races during his riding career. After riding for over 21 years, he retired from riding as a jockey and began Kentucky Derby Day was fast Jockey Victor Espinoza missed the third jewel in the Triple Crown training horses. Though he has for the second time approaching, but Art Sherman trained ten Grade 1 winners and has was in no rush to get to Louisville 2,100 victories, the spotlight never and trained California Chrome in the comfort of home base Los was so bright until it bounced off California Chrome. Alamitos right up to a few days prior to the “Run for the Roses.” Enter jockey Victor Espinoza to this passion play. He grew up dirt poor on a goat farm outside of one of the poorest sections of Mexico City. As a young boy he had an admitted fear of horses, but he faced the life decision of a sun up to sundown life on the farm or a chance to join his brother at the racetrack and he bravely chose the latter. For whatever reason Espinosa has flown under the radar for years while winning over 3,000 races with his mounts earning over $164 million. Many had forgotten that he had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard the speedy War Emblem only to stumble at the start of the Belmont and lose all chance of capturing the elusive Triple Crown. California Chrome’s career began as a 2-year-old at Betfair


Laying in wait for him to leave California for the first time a contingent of accomplished runners were stretching their legs under the shadows of the twin spires each morning. Among them were Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong, Arkansas Derby victor Danza, Louisiana Derby champ Vicar’s in Trouble and a strong cast of talent that ran right behind them. The bloodline purists stated there was no way a son of Lucky Pulpit could get the 1 ¼ miles at Churchill Downs and press box pundits declared there would be a pace scenario that would cook “CaliChrome” and set it up for a closer. Knock as they may, when the gates opened for the “Greatest Two Minutes In Sports,” California Chrome proved them all wrong and the national throng that

At Pimlico the field size was cut from a thundering herd of 19 starters to 10. California Chrome seemed more comfortable with the footing there and he showed no wear or tear from his Derby effort. His connections were confident and the detractors hard to find. He had stamped himself as the “real deal” and with the shorter distance was made the 1 to 2 favorite. The attendance was a record: 123,469. Breaking from post position 3, Espinoza asked for a little speed out of the gate to get him off the rail to prevent being boxed in, and then was able to get the beautifully balanced chestnut colt to go into cruise control down the backstretch. Turning for home he accelerated as he had in his past five starts and put enough distance to hold off Ride On Curlin by 1 ½ lengths.

1 ½ miles of the Belmont Stakes is called, “The Test of Champions.” Art Sherman headed straight to Belmont Park to get California Chrome acclimated to “Big Sandy” and rain or shine his colt took to the track just after sunrise to a regimen of long gallops to continue to build a foundation for the test ahead. After the Derby and Preakness there was little need for added conditioning, though he did have one recorded workout prior to the Belmont. From all reports by the clockers and media on hand, California Chrome relished the surface in New York and his daily routines, often taking breaks to pose for the cameras and onlookers during training hours.


backed “the little guys” in the game were lifted in spirit as one when Victor Espinoza raised his whip in victory as they crossed the finish line. It was a goose bump moment for sure and one to be enjoyed to the trip to the Preakness.

As is the case every year, Triple Crown on the line or not, there are fresh horses that train to this race in mind. Often they are Kentucky Derby horses who had troubled trips and elected to skip the Preakness to freshen, local runners with a recent stakes challenge over the Belmont strip or late developing 3-year-olds with pedigrees that suggest the longer they go – the better they’ll get. Either way, it creates a challenge of historical proportion for a horse that has run against the best of his generation within a five week span.

After the connections held the heralded Woodlawn Vase over their heads in the Pimlico winner’s circle and made their way back to the barn to watch California By the time a beautiful Belmont day Chrome cool out, the inevitable arrived in New York, the striking long shadow of the challenge of California-bred had not only won the Triple Crown set in with the over the hearts of casual racing Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist is a son of Gainesway Farm sunset. It was the thirty-fourth time fans, but many of the top national stallion sire Tapit a horse has won the first two legs of handicappers were acquiescing to the Triple Crown. Among those that the fact that while his pedigree had limitations to distance, he was couldn’t win the Triple Crown are some of the best names in recent just the best 3-year-old in training and could probably go the 12 times: Spectacular Bid (1979), Pleasant Colony (1981), Alysheba furlongs considering his performances to date. The whole racing (1987), Sunday Silence (1989), Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet world was watching, and except for those with another horse in the (1998), Charismatic (1999), War Emblem (2002), Funny Cide race – the prospect of watching the first Triple Crown winner in 35 (2003), Smarty Jones (2004), Big Brown (2008) and I’ll Have years was soul inspiring. Another (2012). Horsemen aren’t about to help drape the garland of white Should California Chrome continue his dominance of his carnations over the neck of the Derby and Preakness winner, they generation, he would forever be held along the ranks of racing’s lay in wait hoping there will be a chink in his armor or that the greats like Sir Barton who won the first Triple Crown in 1919. He efforts expended will open the door for a classic win for one of their was followed by Gallant Fox in 1930, Omaha in ‘35, War Admiral steeds. There were four horses in the field that tried California in ‘37, Whirlaway in ‘41, Count Fleet in ‘43, Assault in ‘46, Citation Chrome in the Derby and were freshened for a shot at him in the in ‘48 and then three superstars in the ‘70s — Secretariat (‘73), Belmont. General a Rod and Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin Seattle Slew (‘77) and Affirmed. There is a reason why the grueling joined him in both previous Triple Crown races. Three challengers




came out of the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont – a key prep that produced Belmont Stakes winners Gallant Man, Coastal, Danzig Connection and Colonial Affair. California Chrome drew the number 2 post position and probably would have liked to be further outside, but with his tactical speed could get good position regardless. The gates blew open to a huge roar from the crowd at Belmont and every racetrack, OTB and bar across the country. It appeared Victor Espinoza had once again put himself in a favorable position, breaking cleanly and saving ground along the rail while letting the front runners do battle. What a million viewers could not see, was that during the slight brush with Matterhorn in the early strides is that he was struck on the hoof and the back of his leg during the brushing causing an injury that was bleeding as he returned post-race. Depending on who you talk to, Espinoza had him in a perfect spot along the rail down the backstretch – or – he was being boxed in. Either way, he worked and he weaved outside of horses and looked ready to pounce on the leaders as they turned for home. Oh so briefly screams of “Go Chrome Go” were shouted from coast to coast, but Commissioner and Tonalist were showing no signs of tiring through the final two furlongs and they recorded a repeat of their Peter Pan Stakes finish only with a much closer outcome. Joel Rosario, who chose Tonalist over the mount on Ride On Curlin, caught Commissioner by a head and Derby starter Medal Count was a length behind the top two, while California Chrome and Wicked Strong dead-heated for the fourth spot. Things got awfully quiet at bars and betting emporiums around the country. “The Little Engine That Could” couldn’t that afternoon, and as much as it left us with a heavy heart it needs to be put in historical perspective. California Chrome did not embarrass himself, he joined a club that includes racing greats the likes of Spectacular Bid, Pleasant Colony, Alysheba and Sunday Silence. At that level – two out of three ain’t bad. Sadly, that fact eluded co-owner of California Chrome Steve Colburn. Instead of embracing his colt’s courage and enjoying the ride the underdog hero had taken him and his many backers and tipping his cowboy hat to the connections of Tonalist, owner Robet Evans and trainer Christophe Clement – he went on a rant heard around the racing world. Minutes after his colt had crossed the finish line Coburn took center stage on national television and stated that winning the Belmont with a rested, fresh horse such as Tapit’s son Tonalist was “the coward’s way out.” He later declared that his rivals were “a bunch of damned cheaters. It’s all or nothing because this is not fair to these horses that have been running their guts out for these people and for the people who believe in them,” he said. “This is the coward’s way out, in my opinion.” Ouch! Coburn actually believed that only the horses that qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby should continue on the Triple Crown trail.


With his math, that would have given us a six-horse field – and Medal Count still finished ahead of his colt! Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed all faced fresh horses while completing the Triple Crown. There is a reason they call it “The Test of Champions.” Ironically, Tonalist is owned by the son of Thomas Mellon Evans, whose colt Pleasant Colony won the Derby and Preakness. His bid to win the Triple Crown was derailed in the Belmont by a fresh horse, Summing. There was no whining about that loss or competition in 1991, nor should there ever be. After a night’s sleep and being informed of California Chrome’s foot injury Coburn had a chance to wipe the slate clean to bring back the team’s fan club, but instead he threw kerosene on the fire. While being interviewed at Belmont Park by “Good Morning America,” Coburn said he believed skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown and then running in the final leg is not fair. His analogy was, “It wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair.” He also said that he “may have gone off halfcocked yesterday, but I don’t care.” He added that he didn’t care if people called him a sore loser, then gave out his personal cell phone number and said anyone could call him for a debate. The term Dumb Ass Partners was taking on a whole new meaning. Ouch! Perhaps it takes two nights sleep to come to your senses after one of the world’s biggest roller coaster rides, but as my mother always told me – “You can’t un-ring a bell.” Appearing on the ABC program “Good Morning America” in New York with co-host Robin Roberts, Coburn said, “I need to apologize to the world. I sincerely apologize.” Coburn, accompanied by his wife, Carolyn, with his voice quivering, said his outbursts were from “just the emotion of the whole journey. It’s a learning process for us, I’m gonna do better. I needed to do this,” he said to Roberts. “I needed to do it because I was wrong.” The saga of California Chrome shined a bright light on racing and while one co-owners overreaction in the national spotlight may have tarnished the brilliant colt’s success briefly, the sport would be better if we can leave that behind. For now he is bedded down in his comfortable stall at Los Alamitos waiting for his hoof to heal. 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman, the oldest trainer to win a Kentucky Derby, will hopefully use his “old school” methods to bring him back to his peak form so for those that have modest means, but a love of the sport will have their dream live on forever.

John C. Engelhardt has been an equine photographer and turf writer for 30 years and served as the President of the Turf Publicists of America. He hosts a weekly radio show on winningponies.com. For reprints of his images or future assignments you may contact him at longshot51@earthlink.net


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A Rare Breed

One afternoon in early June, I went to Lakland Farm to visit the owner, Brenda Lakin, as she was preparing to move to her home state of Illinois. After knocking, I was greeted at the front door by Brenda and an entourage of friendly dogs of a variety of sizes and breeds. As I sat down with her to chat, a large jaguar jumped on the table and looked me right in the eyes! Brenda’s warm laughter saturated the room and said, “That’s Taj, a Jag Cat – he is a rare breed.” When Brenda Lakin enters the room, she is a presence to behold. You can feel her warmth and compassion, eyes sparkling with her sharp wit and humor. As always, she is followed by her furry friends, Brenda seems like the Pied Piper of cats and dogs. She has a true love of all animals, big and small. For many years, she has raised chickens; she speaks of them as children. On her back porch, she has a red metal rocking chair where she would rock them when they were sick or in need of comfort. As Brenda was showing me around the farm we entered a large barn where a baby bird had fallen from its nest above. The poor thing was cold and barely living. Brenda lovingly tucked the bird under her shirt to keep it warm and alive – she is a rare breed.

Brenda Lakin with her adorable friends: Rags (Havanese), Cammie (Bernese Mountain Dog), Fergie and Charm (Japanese Chin) Photo by Marshall English

“These are all Serama chickens. I raised them for show and as pets. This breed is very tame and likes people. They like to be cuddled and talked to if you handle them from the beginning. I had a bouncy chair and rocked them while talking to them. It was extremely relaxing for both of us. I had two small incubators in the house and loved hatching and brooding them on my kitchen table with a heat lamp hanging from the light fixture. I could watch them all day and there is NOTHING cuter than a bunch of those little fuzzy butts running around. They come in all colors and and they can be frizzled, silkie, or smooth feathered. I spent several years raising and selling them but knowing our time on the farm was limited, I sold off all my birds. I still miss them very much.” ~Brenda Lakin


by Lisa Sheehy

“Simba and Taj Both are hybrid with wild (Asian Leopard, etc.) cats. The smaller one is a Bengal and the larger one in front is a ‘Jag Cat’. The Jag Cat is bred by only one Breeder in the world. They’re bred for large size and beautiful wild characteristics, but a very smart and sweet temperament.” ~Brenda Lakin

KY Bank Tennis

by Rena Baer, Media Coordinator Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Photographer: Charlie Baglan


he Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships will bring more than 100 professional tennis players from around the world to the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex July 21-27, marking the 20th year of Lexington hosting this USTA Challenger-level tournament. The only professional tennis tournament in the state and one of the few Challenger events to include both men and women, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships has attracted many players who have gone on to make big names for themselves. Lleyton Hewitt, Melanie Oudin, Marion Bartoli, and John Isner are just a few of the tournament’s most famous alumni. Over the years, the tournament, which found a new title sponsor in Kentucky Bank this year, has grown into a community event that includes activities, food, drink and fun, in addition to the on-court action. Ladies’ Night, Men’s Night, Kids’ Day, UK Night and a ProAm provide ample opportunities for fans to get involved. “We are very proud to be able to usher the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships into a new era,” said Louis Prichard, president and CEO of Kentucky Bank. “The championships are important not only to tennis enthusiasts but also to virtually all of us in this region. This one-of-a-kind tournament brings national and international attention to Central Kentucky and to our entire state. Throughout our history, Kentucky Bank has been committed to projects that support our communities and region, and that is why we are so pleased to be able to help keep this tournament in Kentucky.”



Many families in Lexington have also opened their homes, hosting players and officials during their stays here and making it a favorite stop on their often-grueling schedules. One of the most common refrains heard from Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships’ players is how much they appreciate the Southern hospitality shown by residents and how much they look forward to coming to Lexington. Friendships have been forged through these stays, leading to area families traveling to New York City for the U.S. Open or to London, England, for Wimbledon and the chance to see “their players” compete on hallowed Grand Slam grounds. Another fun and popular way to involve the family in the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships is for children to participate as ball kids. Kids ages 10 and above can volunteer for an afternoon, an evening or all week if they’d like, helping on the court and experiencing the players and the action closer than even the fans with the best seats. Ball-kid training is provided before the tournament, and kids are fed, given breaks and monitored during their on-court shifts. The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships offers a week of fun for the whole family, starting with the best tennis fans will see in the entire state and ending with the opportunity for everyone to be part of this exciting event. Tickets are $10 a day and are available at the gate. For more information, please go to www.lexingtonchallenger.com or contact tournament director Brooks Lundy at lblundy1@gmail. com or 859-509-9707.

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SATURDAY, JULY 19 Qualifying Rounds | Play begins at 10 a.m. | Free Admission SUNDAY, JULY 20 Qualifying Rounds | Play begins at 10 a.m. | Free Admission Pro-Am Tournament (Players/Sponsors) | 5:30 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 21 Pro-Am Day Presented by TOPS Qualifying Rounds | Play begins at 10 a.m. Men’s Main Draw | 7 p.m. Pro-Am Final (Players/Sponsors) | 6:30 p.m TUESDAY, JULY 22 Women’s Main Draw | Play begins at 10 a.m. Smart Shots/LTC Kids Day | 11:30 a.m. -1p.m. Sponsor Clinic | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Foster Care Council of LexKY/Signature Club Round Robin| 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 Big Blue Night Men’s & Women’s Main Draw | Play begins at 10 a.m. No Limits Art of Strength BTA Fun Tennis Blast|5:00 p.m. UK Hall of Fame Induction | 6:30 p.m. Big Blue Exhibition| 7:00 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 24 Ladies Night Presented by Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers Men’s & Women’s Main Draw | Play begins at 11 a.m. Women’s Luncheon| 12 p.m. Ladies Round Robin Tennis Tournament | 5:30 p.m. Ladies Night Activities | 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 25 Men’s Night Presented by Town Branch Bourbon Men’s & Women’s Quarter Finals | Play begins 12 p.m. Men’s Round Robin Tennis Tournament | 5:30 p.m. Men’s & Women’s Doubles Semifinals SATURDAY, JULY 26 Volley s & Vineyards Men’s & Women’s Semifinals | Play begins at 4 p.m. Men’s & Women’s Doubles Finals | 8 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 27 Championship Sunday Presented by Michelob Ultra Men’s & Women’s Singles Finals | Play begins at 1 p.m.





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Redefining Townhome Luxury on a Scenic Lakefront

by Elizabeth Adams Photography by Shaun Ring


ith a backdrop of a glimmering lake, this Harbour at Lakewood luxury townhome paints a pretty picture of low-maintenance living in one of Lexington’s most desirable areas. Prospective residents will be swept away by its spacious layout and elaborate interior detail. Providing easy access to downtown, this gated community serves as evidence that townhome convenience doesn’t require a sacrifice of style or function. These high-class homes will attract buyers looking for the unlikely fusion of scenic beauty, townhome convenience and distinctive style.



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From the curb, visitors will notice a pair of mahogany garage doors and a quaint courtyard preceding the main entrance. The courtyard welcomes visitors with a mahogany bench and a black iron trellis for greenery. The area is contained with a perimeter layer of waist-high brick walls. A stone-trimmed arched passage leads to an elegant wood front door. With its clean, compact entrance, the townhome is deceptively large, offering more than 3,200 square feet of living space inside.







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The front door opens to a sprawling great room painted in an airy shade of gray. The great room demands attention with an exquisite coffered ceiling that stretches 10 feet high and built-in shelving on either side of a fireplace and charcoal-black hearth. Hardwood flooring and neutral tones throughout the great room provide a sleek canvas for decorating and a classy, contemporary feeling. The eye is drawn directly through the great room to a far wall of sliding glass doors. Visitors will absorb a panoramic view of the private lakefront at the backside of the property. A slate patio flanked by two caramel-toned columns and a red brick perimeter wall matching the rest of the exterior sets off the partially covered patio, which leads down a few steps to a neatly manicured grass lawn.



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the opposite end of the great room, a wide arched entryway transitions into a full-service kitchen, which includes a breakfast area naturally illuminated by a set of quadruple windows. The kitchen is sufficiently equipped for entertaining with stainless steel appliances fitted snug into the custom cabinetry. Earth-toned distressed cabinets are assembled against the work area’s walls with a cream tile backsplash underneath. A pair of globe lights hover over a large island with a two-sided sink and creamy beige granite countertop.





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Double French doors open to a small private sitting room off the great room,

which beckons to be used for serving coffee to a couple of friends or savoring some quiet time with a book. A small paned window provides a glimpse outdoors and a bronze chandelier hangs from the center of the high ceiling. A short hallway leads to an office space that includes a towering wall of built-in shelving. and a midnight-toned half bathroom with a contemporary rectangular standing sink.



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he master bedroom has a private stone balcony accessible through a wall of sliding glass doors. Painted in gray-neutral tone, the room is embellished with silver accents, a purple paisley comforter and a stone-gray tufted bench at the foot of the bed. A narrow hallway trails past a pair of his and her walk-in closets that are divided by a granite-topped wet bar with built-in storage cabinets.







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The master bathroom is tastefully decorated in a variety of earth-tone tiles. A romantic corner Jacuzzi nestled in beige tile squares sits under a paned window. In the opposite corner of the bathroom, stands a shower adorned with a mix of earth-toned tiles. Vanity areas with ceiling-high mirrors and distressed cabinetry span two facing walls. A small crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling provides a delicate touch to the room.



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Inside an energetic coral-tone room with a high vaulted ceiling, a grand arched and paned window provides another splendid view of the lakeshore. A space to accommodate a permanent resident or temporary guest, the room provides a private bath with a black granite vanity and spacious walk-in closet. A third bedroom is painted in a soft charcoal. The room is drenched with natural light flowing from windows on two outlying walls. A private bathroom attached to the bedroom includes a black and white granite vanity and tub built with subway tile and a streak of beige accent tile. The upper level of the home also includes two storage closets, one of which can be transformed into an elevator shaft, a laundry room that features a bar-style granite countertop, washer and dryer set, as well as a built-in ironing board.




Attracting Hummingbirds They’re small.

They’re fast.

They hover in mid-air in a beautiful, effortless way. They can put on quite a show fluttering upside down, forward, and backwards at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. It’s the hummingbird. A backyard beauty I have yet to lay my eyes on at my house. Sure, I’ve tried to lure them in with the sweet nectar of a hummingbird feeder, but this is the third year in a row I’ve laid out the welcome mat for the hummingbirds, yet they still elude me. I have learned, I am to blame. Timing is everything. The hummingbird migration begins around the first of April in Kentucky. You better be ready, because if you aren’t they will keep on moving. The best rule of thumb is to put your feeders out early. While I don’t recall when I put my feeder out that first year, I can bet it was too late. That was mistake number one. Mistake number one was compounded by the fact I filled the feeder with nectar only once all summer. I cringe at the thought now. I was treating it like bird seed with no need to refill until it’s empty. WRONG. Common sense should’ve told me leaving sugar water out under the hot summer sun for the duration of the season is a recipe for icky. My sense is if, and that’s a big if, any hummingbird sipped on that nectar they fluttered away so fast and spread the word to avoid Rauch gardens at all costs. In all seriousness, my initial ignorance could have made the birds sick. The feeders need to be cleaned and refilled with fresh nectar every few days. Last summer I was careful to put out fresh nectar regularly, and I moved the feeders (I added a second one) out of direct sunlight.

No visitors. Thinking location was the issue I moved the feeders again (I’m up to three this year) to yet another location. Big mistake. Apparently hummingbirds are creatures of habit and they like their feeders in the same place year after year. Me oh my! While their outstanding knack for remembering reliable food stops may be to my disadvantage, I am hoping with a lot of preplanning I can create a hummingbird haven in my garden in time for next year. They are attracted to vibrant colors, namely red, as well as tubular flowers. From annuals to perennials, vines and bushes, hummingbirds are attracted to the following: azalea, butterfly bush, honeysuckle, lantana, morning glory, bee balm, columbine, day lilies, coral bells, foxglove, larkspur, lily, fuchsia, impatiens, petunia, geranium, and gladiolas. Fortunately, I have read they are an inquisitive little creature and are quick to sweep in on a new food source, so hopefully my previous missteps may be forgiven next year. Now, if only the wildlife would find my yard as unappealing as hummingbirds have thus far. I’m talking to you dumb bunny, Mr. Possum, groundhog and anyone else who is nibbling on my homegrown goodness. Unlike the hummingbirds, these critters are not welcome.

by Michelle Rauch Gardening Enthusiast

Shown here is a male ruby-throated hummingbird, the most common species seen here in Lexington. To read more about them visit hummingbirds.net/rubythroated/html.





Health & Fitness

Empower Yourself! Admit it; sometimes, we take our health for granted… But, it’s time to feel empowered and gratified. Don’t worry.

efficiently,” explains Leann Shields. Pilates strongly believes in stability before mobility which fosters a more grounded foundation when executing the Pilates exercises or in any situation in life.

Joseph Pilates, the mastermind behind Pilates, described the goal of his conditioning technique as “... the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind and the ability to perform life’s daily activities with zest and ease.”

Pilates is strength training, but also relaxing when underworked muscles are awakened and overused muscles are eased, resulting in a more efficient, balanced and aligned body. That’s why the four remaining principles focus on correcting the anatomical alignment as life can sometimes get us out of whack.

We have the answer: Pilates.

This very philosophy is working for Leann Shields, a Pilates advocate. With a history of back problems, Pilates makes Leann “feel put back together again.” Now, she applies Pilates techniques throughout her daily routines. Yes, even when doing housework or picking up her four year old daughter. Whether it’s everyday activities or extreme athletic endeavors, the applied principles of Pilates will help keep one pain free and energized. Jean Copper will attest that Pilates enables her to spend hours in the flow of gardening without a problem due to increased strength, flexibility and endurance. Well, how? While Pilates may seem like a magical formula to health success (and for the most part, it is), it takes some true dedication to achieve these results. Focused breathing is known for centering and calming while the emphasis on core strength enhances balance and stability. “Once there is strength in the core, I can do everyday activities more



To sum it up, the results are a powerful testimony to the exercise method. Pilates is beneficial for the mind, body and spirit. In applying these principles, the mind, body and spirit are synchronized in a transcendental harmony that can’t quite be explained with words. The results of Pilates last a lifetime! Pilates offers these benefits based on the five constantly monitored principles: • Breathing • Pelvic Position • Rib Cage Placement • Scapular Stability • Neck Alignment

by RuthAnn Maddocks Owner, Pilates Place






Thoughts from The Black Hole of Sports This is the time of year that sucks, Big Blue Nation homies. We have no basketball. We have no football. The baseball team came up a little short in regional play. The softball team reached the College World Series but fell just short. I am bored. When I get bored, things tend to get a little weird. Pretty soon, I’ll start seeing theorems and equations on walls like John Nash in “A Beautiful Mind.” If I don’t have Kentucky sports structure, things tend to get out of hand. My choices are to drink, occupy my neighbor’s bouncy castle they’re using for a birthday party, or clean like an OCD addict on Heisenburg Blue. Frankly, my Occupy Bouncy Castle is the best option, but let’s not go there just yet. So here are some thoughts I’ve been pondering: • It’s in Time Warner Cable’s best interest to pick up the SEC Network to avoid Big Blue Nation going nuclear. Should the cable behemoth decide not to pick up the all-new channel, invest in Direct TV. Stocks will be booming. • There’s no way Coach Cal won’t try and play three seven-footers at the same time. He’ll be like a mad scientist with so much size at his disposal. • Kentucky will NOT win the national championship. • See what I did there? • The next person I hear complain about Mitch Barnhart will receive a ninja chop to the throat from yours truly. The basketball program is at unprecedented levels. The pieces for a football program are (finally?) in place. The baseball team continues to advance into post-season play. The softball team just finished the best year in their history. Kentucky athletic programs are at an all-time level of competitiveness. Thanks, Mitch.

• However, I didn’t get my Blue Lot pass. I haven’t cried that hard since Fredo betrayed Michael in “Godfather II”. • Even if you’re pulling for Drew Barker to be QB 1 in the season opener against UT-Martin, you got to respect the work Patrick Towles is putting in. He didn’t cry. He didn’t whine. He didn’t seek a transfer. Instead, he busted his butt to alter his throwing motion and change his footwork. That’s like learning how to walk again for a quarterback. That’s leadership. • I also believe Towles will be the starter against UT-Martin. Barker will be right behind him, though. • Kentucky will have six players 6’9” and taller. Most college programs are lucky to have one. I smell domination in the paint. Stick it, Duke. • Would I love to see a newly renovated Rupp Arena? Of course I would! It’s a shiny new toy that I can brag about to UK haters! • Does Kentucky really NEED a newly renovated Rupp Arena? It’s debatable. Both sides have valid points. The most frustrating thing is watching the university and city government argue about it in the press. Go out. Grab a beer together. Hash it out. Be men. • Tyler Ullis—the freshman point guard from Chicago—will push Andrew Harrison for the starting spot. Mark it down. • I can’t be the only person that realizes Kentucky has an SEC backfield for the first time since Mark Logan and Mark Higgs ran wild under Jerry Claiborne, right? • Jo Jo Kemp and Braylon Heard will do A LOT of heavy lifting while the Air Raid offense continues to be installed. Rome wasn’t built in a day, BBN.

• I’ll miss watching the women’s softball team being loud, having fun, and being weird in the dugout. That was almost more fun than watching them play.

• The player I’m most excited to see play this fall? Bud Dupree. The senior defensive end is being mentioned as a possible first round pick. That hasn’t happened since All-American Art Still was drafted that high a couple of centuries ago.

• Karl Town, Jr. wears a size 20 shoe. I think that’s bigger than my arm. That growth spurt you promised me never came, doc. Thanks a lot.

• Yes, I know it wasn’t centuries ago. It just seems that long ago.

• Much like a lot of you, my football season tickets are now in a different section. It stinks, but if it’s for the greater good of Commonwealth Stadium, I’ll take one for the team.

• There’s no amount of money I wouldn’t pay to go fishing with Rich Brooks. • I need more beer.

by Drew Johnson Sports Junkie



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Bluegrass Medical Group Established in 1999 by four female physicians who wanted to be able to balance their careers with being “Mom”, Bluegrass Medical Group has grown from 4 to 15 exam rooms while still maintaining a patient-focused atmosphere. With a team that is committed to providing Central Kentucky with quality medical care that is sensitive to every patient’s unique needs, Bluegrass Medical Group is the right choice for individuals who want a personalized healthcare approach. Bluegrass Medical Group offers a wide range of services with providers board certified in internal and family medicine. From preventative and primary care to managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, smoking cessation and weight loss management, they can offer care for a variety of needs. They offer both women’s and men’s health services including bone health and of course are available the same day for acute illness such as colds, flu, sinus infections and strep throat just to name a few. Still independently owned by two of the physicians who actively see patients, Bluegrass Medical Group is available to provide a level of personalized service that many other clinics simply can’t provide. For anyone seeking a primary care provider, make an appointment to see the team at Bluegrass Medical Group today.

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Joli Salon and Spa Joli Salon and Spa invites everyone to be their guest at this small, intimate and personal location in Hamburg. Joli thrives on having the most cozy and comfortable furnishings aligned with the very best equipment and implements. Their guests say they have “the cleanest, most attractively decorated salon and spa in Central Kentucky”. The spa aroma is heavenly from the first moment one sets foot in this full-service salon and spa. The mission at Joli is to uphold the values of Aveda, from the products they use to the way they give back to society. They use only Aveda products for skin, hair, body and makeup treatments, offering the most natural and healthy look possible. From their extraordinarily high standards of sanitation to their stunning and effective Aveda treatments, Joli offers an experience that just can’t be found at other local salons. Joli Salon and Spa makes their guests feel radiant–not just on the outside, but also on the inside. Their hope is to have every client feeling completely renewed, with results that will be noticed time and again! They welcome new clients to discover what they have to offer, and invite old clients to stop by for a visit!

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Missing Link I.T. Missing Link Managed I.T. specializes in the information/ technology needs of Central Kentucky small businesses. Whether the business is just starting up or needing some issues resolved, Missing Link can plan, implement and support technology needs, such as hardware, software, email, copiers and phone systems. Small and medium-sized businesses need proactive and preventative I.T. service. This increases productivity, reduces downtime, keeps cost under control and decreases risk. Missing Link can offer business owners a peace of mind that many never thought possible. The unique services from Missing Link I.T. can detect and prevent tech issues before they become a problem, which allows business owners and employees to focus on doing what they do best! Their fixed cost maintenance plans make I.T. management easy for business owners. Their services include a 24/7 Local/Remote Help Desk, wireless infrastructure, on-site and off-site backup, disaster recovery planning and much more. The trained, knowledgeable staff has answers for business owners who aren’t sure what services will suit their needs best. Curious about what managed I.T. support and monitoring can do to make things run smoothly? Contact Missing Link I.T.

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Sherry Curry is a registered nurse and certified clinical electrologist with extensive dermatology training. She has owned and operated Lexington Electrolysis Clinic since 1988. She is the only person in this region who performs the Modern Galvanic Multiple Needle type of electrolysis, a truly permanent form of electrolysis. Sherry receives referrals from some of the most trusted physicians in this area. Enjoy a free consultation and get more information in her comfortable, private office, located in the Beaumont Center.

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Craig McCloud, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is no ordinary entrepreneur , advising and consulting numerous companies on a regular basis. He has a persistence to achieve excellence in all things. He has been selected to participate in this year’s Leadership Kentucky class and attends the annual World Business Forum. Craig is currently pursing NCA certification via the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto.

Senior Helpers provides in-home companion and personal care services using Central Kentucky’s most compassionate people. They help with meal preparation, medication reminders, errands, light housekeeping, transportation and personal care needs, along with many other services. They specialize in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. Lexington owner David Vance ensures that each client receives customized care planning from dedicated staff, eager to address the needs of each senior. He invites everyone to learn more about their personalized service.

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Joan Zarth and Nathalya Cubas

Sandra Chambers Reed

Louise Newsome and Star Jones

Daria Branham and Tracey Rucker

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The Lexington chapter of the National Association of Professional Women held a special meeting May 1st at Spindletop Hall. Guests were encouraged to wear their best Derby Hats as they listened to an inspirational speech from Star Jones, the NAPW Spokesperson and participated in a Derby Hat Auction. All proceeds went to The Nest and Dress for Success. www.napw.com

Leisha Smith

Dawn McCamish, Lori Adkins and Marcie Timmerman

Analisa Wagoner, Davonna Saier, Michele Frank and Becky Sowell

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K. Nichole & Misty Dotson

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CHRISTIAN CARE COMMUNITIES ANNIVERSARY DINNER Photos by Ron Morrow Christian Care Communities celebrated the 30th year of the “Best Friends” approach to care, developed in Lexington by Virginia Bell. Guest speaker for the dinner was internationally known Alzheimer’s and Dementia expert, Dr. Nori Graham. The celebration was held April 28th at Second Presbyterian Church. Wayne & Laura Bell

Tonya Cox

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Virginia Bell, David Troxel and Nori Graham

Kathy Bloomquist and Linda Crawford

Ray, Linda, Arlene & Keith Rector



Rachel Southwood and Linda Whipple

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John & Susan Fister

Margaret McCoskey and SueEllen Brill

Don & Vonda Lichtenfelt and Marilyn Miracle

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Elizabeth Jones and Sarah Luby

Jennifer Palumbo and Amber Philpott

Marley Tribble, Bharath C. and Taylor Roy

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital hosed its 43rd Annual Telethon on April 27th, which aired live from 11:30am to 6:00 p.m. on WKYT-TV 27 and WYMT-TV 57. The telethon featured stories of courageous children and adults who turned to Cardinal Hill Hospital in their time of need. The Telethon raised over $400,000 to provide programs and patient care to children and adults through the facility. www.cardinalhill.org

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Hilary Thornton and Steve Kelly with Central Bank’s donation

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Hope Hurst Helps the Cause

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Ellis Hosfield and Cathy Jacobs

Chris Bailey gets a check from Winchells and Noodles and Co.

Thanks to all who helped!



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ENCORE FUNDRAISER FOR OPERA LEX Photos by Ron Morrow OperaLex hosted a fundraising celebration for the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre on May 31st at the Keeneland Race Course. The event consisted of food tastings and spirit vendors, performances by UK Opera students, and a silent auction. Proceeds went to the funding of future performances by OperaLex. Stephanie Marshall Peniston

Melissa & Wes Omohundro

Pam Miller and Gregory Turay

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Lee Thomas and Jeremy Ashby

Bob & Julie Quick

Haley Traub, Zackery Morris and Holly Nicole Dodson

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Elizabeth & Ben Arnold

Tedrin Blair Lindsay and Nan McSwain

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YMCA AWARDS Photos by Ron Morrow The YMCA of Central Kentucky held its annual celebration on Thursday, May 1st at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The evening highlighted the many accomplishments achieved over the past year. Special recognition was given to Tom Harris (Red Triangle Award winner), as well as donors, Heritage club members, board members and volunteers. Al Isaac and Trisha Rayner

Julie Balog and Ashley Baggett

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Jeannie The’ and Wendy Keene

Ruby & George Rice

David Martorano, Quinnette Connor and Tom Harris

Michael Prather and Brigitte Nguyen

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Dr. Frederick Haynes

Michelle & Marcus Tyler Jr.

Lynn Hardy and Rita Kirtley

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The Black Males Working program honored fifteen of its high school senior members’ graduation and future academic career on May 31st at the Lexington Convention Center. Reverend Fredrick Haynes spoke words of encouragement during the event about the pride he felt that each man took his future education into his hands and succeeded. bracktown.org

Kylan Nelson and Brandon Hardy

Mike Runyon

Malik Johnson and Kylan Nelson

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Janet Beard and Brant Welch

George Livingston IV and Taylor Robinson

Quenton Moore II, Rosz Akins and Dr. Roger Cleveland



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The Big 10 Mil!

Shirley Devers and Ashley Chatham

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson and Mayor Jim Gray

Former Governor Martha Layne Collins and Rick Hesterberg



On May 29th, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc celebrated its 10-millionth vehicle made in the state. The Georgetown plant’s first vehicle to roll out was a 1988 Camry, while the 10 millionth vehicle was a 2014 Camry hybrid. Toyota’s staff and crew and Mayor Jim Gray and other community leaders commemorated this milestone. toyotageorgetown.com

Kim Menke and Mark Manuel

Mike Triebsch, Raul Alvarez and Walter Godinez

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Toyota team members celebrate #10MillionMade

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Bill Samuels and Mayor Jim Gray salute the upcoming “Lexington Restaurant Week� and the light the event shines on our innovative locally owned restaurants. Restaurateurs and Restaurant Week sponsors BB&T, Quantrell Cadillac, Makers Mark, Southern Wine & Spirits, WKYT-TV and Restaurant Week producers, Group CJ, toast our explosive cuisine scene. The celebration was hosted by Shakespeare and Co. in the private party salon. LEXrestaurants.com

Alan Stein and Nancy Diedrichs

Burk Kessinger and Larry Dean

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Armando Galtieri and Keith Clark

Sampling a Strawberry Old Fashioned

Jim Gray and Ken Parr

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Brad and Beth Pickrell

John J. Maher and Brooke King

Shakespeare & Co. Salon



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LEXINGTON RESTAURANT WEEK PARTY, PT. II Photos by Paul Atkinson To celebrate the 2nd Annual Restaurant Week, to be held July 24th to August 2nd, Group CJ, alongside Bill Samuels, Mayor Jim Gray, Restaurateurs and Restaurant Week sponsors BB&T, Quantrell Cadillac, Makers Mark, Southern Wine & Spirits, and WKYT-TV toasted the local cuisine scene in the private party salon of Shakespeare and Co. Gene Williams

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Lynn Cravens and Bud Watson

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Tom & M.J. Rogers

Bill Samuels, Randy Burke, Jane Conners, Connie Jo Miller and Heath Campbell



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GO RED AT THE LEGENDS Photos by Bonnie Dailey On June 13th, the Lexington Legends teamed up with the American Heart Association and KentuckyOne Health and hosted a “Go Red� Friday, encouraging game goers to sport red in order to raise awareness about heart disease. Heart disease is preventable through maintaining an active lifestyle, staying away from fat and sodium and not smoking. goredforwomen.org



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WOW Wedding

Stevi & Sam

Brooks January 4, 2014


tevi and Sam first met in 2008. A native of Birmingham, England, Sam played soccer for the University of the Cumberlands with one of Stevi’s friends, who made a point of introducing them. Stevi and Sam were happy to meet but didn’t stay in touch. In 2012, they were reintroduced. They remembered their first meeting and, from that point on, were inseparable. It took only a year for Sam to propose. His family was in town from England and they met up with Sam and Stevi in Fort Myers, Florida for a family vacation. On June 4, 2013 Sam told Stevi he wanted to take a family photo at the beach during sunset, and everyone gathered at the edge of the shore. As he walked Stevi to her spot on the beach, he showed her a heart in the sand where he had written the words, Will You Marry Me? He dropped to one knee and pulled out a box with the ring. Sam’s dad took a photograph as Sam proposed, forever capturing the moment. Six months later, Sam and Stevi were married at the nearby Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL. The wedding took place on the terrace in front of waterfalls, the natural beauty of the setting providing the perfect décor, along with a crystal, candle lit chandelier, turquoise tulle along the aisles and vibrant hydrangeas. The Old English

Written by Cynthia Ellingsen Photography by Romero Photography



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Sheepdog belonging to the couple served as one of the groomsmen and was walked down the aisle. There were several sentimental touches in the ceremony, including a handmade arch constructed by the Stevi’s father and Sam, and a sand unity ceremony. The couple’s niece and nephew served as the flower girl and ring bearer. The bride wore her aunt’s garter, in honor of the fact that her aunt has been married the longest in the family, over fifty years. The reception sparkled with votive candles and turquoise lighting that complemented the color scheme. Playful touches included a DJ who not only played great music, but organized fun games to keep guests of all ages entertained, as well as a photo booth and candy bar.

Dinner included a Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese croutons, chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and spinach or short ribs with dressed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. The cake was also elegant, with fresh flowers and a monogram. Both the bride and groom picked the flavors, with the groom choosing white cake with strawberries and whipped cream for his section and the bride selecting white cake with chocolate chips and chocolate mousse for hers. The top of the cake was red velvet and cream cheese icing, selected by both the bride and groom, with a piece set aside for their one-year anniversary. The couple’s favorite moment was the “first look”, a moment they took to be together before the wedding. They loved the opportunity to see one another for the first time and share a private moment on their special day.



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DETAILS Venue & Cakes: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, FL | Wedding Photography: Romero Photography Florist: Vern Devine | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal from One Devine Day Bridal Party Attire: One Devine Day | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxedo




Your Something Blue Could be YOU The latest trend on the wedding-show runways, and

coming down the aisle, are blue wedding dresses. It sounds garish at first, but these blue beauties range from the faintest hint of blue overlaying white, to iciest blue fabric with rich embellishments that give a gown a true wow. Plus, what’s more popular in the Bluegrass than Blue? Be careful with blue – too much or too dark and it looks like you are wearing a fancy prom gown, and you don’t want to be lost in a crowd at your own reception. If you choose blue, going with a big wedding gown style complete with train and tons of volume not only screams ‘wedding dress’, but also makes a completely unique statement about you as a bride. MAINTAIN YOUR BLUE RIBBON LOOK Be careful with your choice of bridesmaid’s gowns, so that your blue gown doesn’t clash with theirs if you choose blue for your bridesmaids. If you can’t find a spot on coordinated blue bridesmaids dress choice, a safer direction is to put them in a more of a tone instead of a color – grey, gunmetal, black, blush or cream – all depending on the undertones of your blue dress. SET THE ‘TONE’ FOR YOUR WEDDING THEME Choosing a gorgeous, big impact blue gown gives you the perfect entre to complete a blue themed wedding. Reception themes that speak to your love could be “Once in a Blue Moon” or “Out of the Blue” or even “Something Blue” with florals, table décor, blue lighting, blue favors and more bringing your theme home. Once you go blue… stay on that hue. SKIN TONES BEST FOR BLUE Brides with light skin with pink undertones look great in blue, and conversely brides with darker skin pull off blue magnificently, especially if the blue has a crisper white or even silvery undertone. Redheads, beware of blue – cooler tones are not your friend. The same goes for light skinned brides with peach or rosy undertones. Like always, if you are pre-sold on blue, don’t be surprised if you can’t ‘say yes’ to it in the bridal salon and choose a traditional white or ivory – colored wedding dresses are a big step. But if it works, you will know – like a bolt out of the blue.

by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant



You will never ‘feel blue’ if you choose a lush blue toned wedding gown for a unique and personalized wedding – and your guests will never forget it. And your groom will know you are True Blue.



Arts & Entertainment

Lesley’s List

My favorite Arts events in Central Kentucky from Junly 2 to August 3 by Lesley Cissell

JULY 2-3, 5-6, 9-13 – TWELFTH NIGHT BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, performed by Kentucky Conservatory Theatre at Moondance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre in Beaumont at 1152 Monarch St. This classic production of outrageous high comedy and cross-dressing is part of Summerfest 2014. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. and showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced according to whether audience members want provided chairs ($20), bring their own lawn chairs and sit in choice of two spots ($10 and $15) or bring their own blanket and sit in choice of two spots ($5 and $10). Tickets may be purchased atmykct.org. JULY 3 – ANNUAL PATRIOTIC CONCERT with the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Singers in front of Old Morrison at Transylvania University on Third Street across from Gratz Park. This 8 p.m. concert is free of charge. JULY 7-12 – LEXINGTON JUNIOR LEAGUE CHARITY HORSE SHOW, This first leg of the American Saddlebred Triple Crown is also the world’s largest outdoor Saddlebred horse show. At Red Mile Harness Track at 1200 Red Mile Rd., the shows are Jr. League Horse Show



twice daily. Tickets are $5 for the 9 a.m. and $10 for the 6:30 p.m. Call 859-252-8014. JULY 10 – AJ GHENT BAND brings its brand of Americana AJGhent Band sounds fusing southern rock, blues, soul and funk to Natasha’s Bistro at 112 Esplanade in Lexington. AJ, reared in a family known for 8-string lap steel guitar, brings both hands over the guitar and plays while standing. The performance is 8 p.m. and costs $10. Visit beetnik.com or call 888-259-6873. JULY 10-12 – MISS KENTUCKY preliminaries and finals can be seen at Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington at 7 p.m. Tickets for the preliminaries on July 10 and 11 are $35 each and for the finals on July 12 are $65 each. A subscription to all three evenings can be purchased for $126. Call 859-257-4929 or visitfinearts.uky. edu/events/singletary-center/miss-kentucky-2014-finals. JULY 13 – BLACK STONE CHERRY HARD DRIVE LIVE TOUR stops at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom at 899 Manchester St. for an 8 p.m. performance. Admission is $18 in advance or $20 at the door and audience must be 18 or over. Joining these rockin’ Kentucky boys are special guests KYNG and WE AS HUMAN. Visit bustersbb.com.

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JULY 15 – MICHAEL MCDERMOTT in concert at Natasha’s Bistro at 112 Esplanade in Lexington at 9 p.m. Stephen King compared McDermott to Bruce SpringBlack Stone Cherry steen, writing McDermott’s sound made him “feel so happy to have ears.” Tickets are $12. See beetnik.com or michael-mcdermott.com. JULY 17 – LEON RUSSELL is in concert at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom at 899 Manchester St. in Lexington. This legendary Hall of Fame rocker will perform to an audience of 18 and over at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Visitbustersbb.com. JULY 17-20 – KEENELAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE returns for its 11th year to the historic grounds of Keeneland Race

Course for a weekend of food, fashion, music, black-tie gala and silent auction all surrounding more than 130 exquisite, collector automobiles. The car show, itself, will be held Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. The event will close at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, but children 12 and under and active military in uniform are admitted free. Visitkeeneland.com/calendar/keeneland-concours-delegance. JULY 23-27, 30-31 – LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, will be presented by Kentucky Conservatory Theatre as the second part of Summerfest 2014 at Moondance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre in Beaumont, 1152 Monarch St. The Broadway musical tells the story of a skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when an exotic blood-sucking plant is discovered in the shop. The scary plant comes also with aliens and R&B-singing carnivores and is presented at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Ticket prices are based on the three types of amphitheatre seating: chairs provided by KCT are $20; grass allocated for audience members who bring their own lawn chairs is $10 or $15 depending on distance from the stage; and spots for blankets are $5 or $10, again depending on distance from the stage. Seemykct.org. JULY 31-AUG. 3 – BALLET UNDER THE STARS is an annual event presented by the Lexington Ballet Company and Kentucky Ballet Theatre at Woodland Park at the corner of High Street and Kentucky Avenue in Lexington. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of art and dance under the trees. Tickets are $5. Call 859-233-3725. AUG. 2-3 – SHAKER VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR is considered one of the state’s premier craft events and attracts both elite regional artisans and up-and-coming artists to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. The historic site is located at 3501 Lexington Rd. in Harrodsburg. The hours on Saturday are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, call 800-734-5611.

Lesley is owner ofThe Academy for the Creative Arts based in Central and Southeast Kentucky. Also a violinist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Lesley is contributing Arts and Culture editor and associate news editor of KyForward.com.



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Lancaster Grand Theatre by Robbie Clark

After over a decade worth of renovation and revitalization work costing millions of dollars, the regal Lancaster Grand Theatre, in the heart of the Garrard County community’s downtown strip, proudly shines again. A lot of the area’s golden citizens have been returning to the venue they remember so fondly from their earlier days. “A lot of our older people in the central Kentucky region, when they come in they say, ‘Oh, I sat right over there’ or ‘That’s where I met so and so,’ and it will be the person they are still married to today,” said executive director Debra Hoskins. Construction on the Lancaster Grand Theatre began in 1924, and it opened to the public in February of 1925. The Theatre remained open for over 40 years but closed in 1967, and basically sat empty and slowly deteriorated. In the early 2000s, a group of concerned community members wanted to return the Theatre to its original luster and bring top-notch entertainment to downtown Lancaster. It was a task 12 years in the making. Through grants, private donations, and selling seats in the auditorium, the civic group was able to raise the $4 million needed for the dramatic overhaul, which along with making the building structurally sound, included restoring many of the theatre’s original features, such as the light fixtures, tin ceilings and walls, and the proscenium – an ornate gold and tin plaster embellishment surrounding the stage opening. “It was a huge process because the building was actually getting ready to just fall down. The building was dilapidated and ready to go, but they restored it and renovated it back to the original look of 1924,” she said. The Theatre celebrated the beginning of its inaugural season last September, and the response has been robustly positive. Hoskins takes a lot of professional pride in what the restored venue brings to Lancaster and the surrounding region. “This is my hometown, so watching a venue like this open and be successful is a great pride and joy that I have,” Hoskins said.



Officially the Theatre seats 400 guests, but a hydraulic lift at the front of the stage allows a portion to collapse to accommodate another 150-200 seats. Last year’s season saw a number of world-class acts come through Lancaster Grand Theatre, impressive in their own right, but even more so considering the central Kentucky location. Along with musical acts like Riders in the Sky, The Coasters, The Platters, J.D. Crowe, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the venue also showcased theatrical performances such as “Rhythm of the Dance,” a Broadway traveling production of “A Christmas Carol,” a “Cirque du Soleil” feature, and “The Nutcracker” performed by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Along with the scheduled performances, Lancaster Grand Theatre also hosts a series of very popular “American Girl” tea parties, which have already seen over 1,300 children in attendance. Part of Lancaster Grand Theatre’s programming includes multiple performances of various productions, some in the evening and some during the day for school field trips. “That way children in central Kentucky can come to these kinds of programs,” Hoskins said. “So many kids don’t have the opportunity to leave the state and see this type of show, so we bring it to them.” Hoskins said that with the caliber of acts the venue has been able offer, the bulk of the audience attending shows comes from nearby Jessamine and Fayette counties. And looking at the 2014 - 2015 season which is nearly finalized, she thinks Lancaster Grand Theatre won’t have any trouble having a full house from the months of August to next May, save for the month of March. Hoskins, being from Kentucky, is all too aware that an unpredicted scheduling conflict with a University of Kentucky men’s basketball game can leave auditoriums barren. “I stay away from March dates because of the SEC and NCAA tournaments,” she said. “I get squeamish around those days so I don’t schedule anything – no need to go up against something I can’t defend.”

Arts & Entertainment

LANCASTER GRAND THEATRE 2014 - 2015 SEASON September 6 | Tribute to Elvis September 19 | Time Jumpers with Vince Gill September 25 | The Temptations October 2 | Restless Heart October 14 | Cirque d’Or October 18 | Etta Britt October 24 | Smokey Joe’s Cafe with The Coasters November 14 | Sundy Best November 21 | Dan Tymenski with the Boxcars December 1 | “A Christmas Carol” December 18 | “The Nutcracker” presented by The State Ballet Theater of Russia January 24 | Abba Mania January 28 | Popovich Comedy Pet Theater February 7 | American Girl Tea & Movie Event February 17 | In the Mood (big band orchestra) February 24 | “Rhythm of Dance” April 20 | Chanticleer May 15 | Etta May For more information about the theatre or upcoming performances, please visit LancasterGrand.com.







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